Salbuchi: “Si cae Siria, cae Irán y luego el ataque va directamente contra Rusia”“Lo que quiere EE.UU. es llegar a Irán, pero a través de Damasco. Primero, tienen que hacer caer a Damasco para concentrar luego todo el fuego contra Irán”, insiste Salbuchi. Las acusaciones contra el Gobierno de Al Assad sobre el uso de gas mortal son absurdas, opina. “En EE.UU. hay una actitud de tolerancia cero hacia los estados auténticamente soberanos que no se alinean a EE.UU. No hay puntos intermedios: o se está con EE.UU. o se está en contra de ellos”, comenta el analista. Al mismo tiempo, advierte de que una acción militar en Siria podría desembocar en unas consecuencias totalmente imprevisibles. “Siria es un aliado tradicional de Rusia. Si cae Siria, luego cae Irán y luego el ataque va directamente contra Rusia, con lo cual estamos viviendo momentos muy, muy peligrosos. Se está jugando con fuego y el descontrol de esta situación incluso podría derivar en una confrontación entre las potencias occidentales y Rusia y sus aliados de consecuencias absolutamente imprevisibles”, argumenta.
La retórica bélica de países como EE.UU., Reino Unido, Francia, Turquía y Alemania hacia Siria se incrementó en los últimos días. A pesar de que los investigadores de la ONU todavía no han confirmado los ataques químicos durante el conflicto sirio, dan por hecho el uso de gases mortales por parte de las tropas gubernamentales e insisten en la necesidad de emprender una acción militar en Siria sin la autorización de la ONU, ya que la iniciativa requeriría la aprobación por parte de Rusia y China en el Consejo de Seguridad, y ambos estados se oponen a la intervención internacional en el país árabe.
Israel: The Missing Link in the Syrian Puzzle
As the world holds its breath, wondering when the US and its allies will attack Syria, Western governments and its well-oiled mainstream media seem to be ignoring a key player that has kept strangely quiet during this crisis: Israel.
Today, US power rests heavily on its terrifying military, its industrial-financial complex, and its global media clout. But that power is fast eroding because, in the age of the Internet, power is increasingly much more about prestige, credibility and trust, an area where the US is falling to pieces.
US interventionism has become all too blatant over the past 20 years. The Balkans War in the late 1990s, with the bombing of Belgrade, triggered initial alarms especially amongst non-ally countries because, coupled with Bush Sr.’s 1991 Gulf War, it became clear that the American global hegemon was out to get the whole world, especially with the former Soviet Union out of the way.
But what got red lights blinking really strongly was Iraq. Baby Bush’s false accusations of “weapons of mass destruction” as an excuse to take out an entire country just so he could “smoke out” an uncomfortable former associate, Saddam Hussein, were blatantly obscene and proved to many that the American global hegemon was officially out of control.
Back then, America still had the excuse of the horrendous 9/11 terror attacks in New York and Washington to justify its mass war-mongering. But American credibility took a sharp fall when George W himself ended up admitting that: (a) there was no connection whatsoever between nasty Saddam and nasty Osama who allegedly did 9/11 (Alas! We’ll never know because Obama later threw Osama into the ocean…) and (b) there most definitely, assuredly and unequivocally were NO weapons of mass destruction in Iraq… Add to that the burden of growing proof that 9/11 may have been a false flag…
So, America had to design a new system of war or, rather a new system of getting itself into war against its selected “rogue state” targets. It’s no longer enough to go on TV and accuse such and such a country of being a “danger to world peace” or that it “does not have the kind of democracy that we want to see” as Hillary Clinton said when visiting Egypt only last year…
No. Something new had to be invented: “The Arab Spring”, which is the code for instigating, triggering and engineering civil strife in target countries which can then be escalated, as necessary, to veritable social war. And if the ongoing leadership still don’t get the message and insist on clinging to power, then US, UK, Israeli and other intel agencies can escalate the engineered nationwide mischief all the way up to fully–fledged civil war. Libya, Syria, Egypt, Afghanistan, Iraq… of the Islamist Syrian opposition group Ahrar al-Sham fires against a Engineering such wars throughout the Middle East basically requires:
(a) Identifying who the “freedom fighters” would be – mostly thugs, terrorists, guerrillas, soldiers of fortune and a wide assortment of violent mercenaries;
(b) Then arming them with lethal high (though not too “high”)-tech weaponry, financing them to ensure they can do as they please inside the target country, and
(c) Unleashing them onto the cities of Egypt, Libya, Syria and elsewhere, just as they did (and still do) inside Iraq.
And if all of that doesn’t work, then just order several NATO fighter squadrons to bomb the damn place to smithereens and provide satellite Intel to local “freedom fighters” so they can execute Hollywood-like operations such as the live-TV assassination of Muammar Gaddafi and his family, accompanied by Hillary Clinton’s chuckles on CBS TV.
But the case of Syria is different.
The world will no longer have America pulling the wool over its eyes. Growing sectors in the international community are coming to understand that those gangs of violent assassins, rapists and criminals – aka Syrian Freedom Fighters – have been armed, trained, financed and given the fullest media support by the US and its allies.
America’s dirty tricks department is raving full-blast right now trying to pin recent chemical weapons attacks on Bashar al-Assad’s government, but this is getting very low credibility ratings. Common sense dictates that it would be suicide for President Bashar Assad to kill his own civilians – including children – in a Damascus neighborhood, when his real enemies are the Western-backed terrorists and delinquents trying to take over his country.
Why would Assad give his enemies the “perfect excuse” for an armed attack against Syria? Common sense tells us that Assad is surely telling the truth when he accuses those very same terrorists for that “false flag” attack as a way of bringing NATO in on their side, with its jets, cluster bombs and napalm.
Every time we hear of such dreadful terror attacks we need to understand two fundamental issues: (1) who benefits from such attacks, and (2) follow the money trail…
Today, America’s credibility, trust and prestige have fallen so low that even the British Parliament finally disavowed any armed intervention by the UK, at least until such time as the UN or some truly trustworthy independent entity churns up irrefutable proof regarding who perpetrated those heinous chemical weapons atrocities in Syrian last week.
sh Prime Minister David Cameron (R) speaking at the dispatch box delivering his statement to the Houses of Parliament next to British Deputy So David Cameron cannot just yet go into “puppy poodle mode” behind Obama, as his predecessor Tony Blair did so obediently behind George W. a decade ago over Iraq.
But let’s look at three factors that are missing in the ongoing analysis of the Syrian crisis:
Ever since the two Gulf wars, America has been fighting Israelis’ wars for them. In the case of the 2003 invasion and destruction of Iraq, this was so obvious that the very same NeoCons who in 1996-7 planned war against Iraq in their “Project for a New American Century (PNAC)” think-tank – Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice, Bush, Douglas Feith, David Wormser and others – would later execute that war in 2003 as top officers in the George W. Bush regime. The prime reason: Saddam Hussein was then the greatest threat to “democratic and favored ally” Israel.
Several of those NeoCons – Douglas Feith, David Wormser, Richard Perle and other Bushites – had already gone so far as to prepare a strategy report for Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu in 1996 called “A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm” which, again, targeted Iraq as Israel’s key foe at the time.
So, the Iraq War was to a great extent a proxy war that only benefitted Israel, becoming a huge headache for America, which lost thousands of its sons.
As the former prime minister of Malaysia, Mahathir Bin Mohammed, once famously pointed out: “The Jews rule the world by proxy. They get others to fight and die for them.”
The excessive and overpowering role that Zionism plays in American politics, American finance, American universities, American mainstream media including it Hollywood “entertainment industry,” and over American foreign policy, has been all but proven. This vital issue today lies at the heart of an increasingly far-reaching debate among America’s intelligentsia, which is, of course, being hushed up by the mainstream media.
One of its milestones was played out by two of its prestigious academics – Stephen Walt, former Dean of the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and his colleague John Mearsheimer, professor of Political Science at Chicago University – who published their groundbreaking book: “The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy” in 2007.
In it, they show in a very convincing and well-documented manner the long reach and powerful clout that the “Israel First” lobby exercises over the US media, the banks, the Congress, the State Department and the Pentagon, whereby they are able to systematically tip the scales in favor of Israel, no matter what the cost. No matter if right or wrong.
And the cost to America has been extremely detrimental to its National Interest. Here lies one of the roots of much of the disrespect, mistrust and even hate that growing sections of global public opinion feel towards the US and its key allies.
President Barack Obama’s problem right now is that America’s military establishment is very much aware of the stakes involved in any “preventive attack” against Syria and, much more importantly, against Iran. Intervention against either or both countries will undoubtedly lead to massive war in the Middle East.
Look at a map: Syria and Iran lie squarely inside Russia’s vital geopolitical sphere of interest, which is already under heavy Western encroachment. Read their lips: Russia is saying, “not one step further!”
America would do very well to think twice or thrice before doing anything rash…
But here comes the problem: ever since Israel was kicked out of Southern Lebanon in July 2006 by the well-armed and trained (by Iran and Russia) forces of Hezbollah commanded by Nasrallah, Israel has been licking its wounds; dark furor and revenge burns in Zionism’s heart.
Since Bibi Netanyahu came back to power in 2011, Israel has gone into preventive war mode, using Iran’s inexistent nuclear program as a pretext. For that past four or five years, Israel has been threatening Iran with military attack almost every other day, with Washington, London and Paris nervously obliging…
in Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, uses a diagram of a bomb to describe Iran’s nuclear program while delivering his address to the 67th United Nations
The American military, however, are painfully aware that there’s some truth to former Prime Minister Mahathir’s words. They don’t want to fight yet another Israeli war this time in Iran. So, they have been acting as a brake which is reflected in Obama’s increasing “caution” regarding Iran, going so far as to dispatching his military top brass to Israel to calm Netanyahu down, trying to make sure Israel does not launch a unilateral “preventive attack” on Iran that will drag the US into a massive conflict in the Middle East, the results of which are far from clear.
Actually a US-UK defeat in the Middle East could very well spell the beginning of the end of America as a global superpower. Russia (and China) are staring very sharply at the Middle East… They are not blinking…
The ongoing US military strategy says that if the White House must take on Iran, it should first take out Syria. At least that seems to be America’s promise of sorts to keep Netanyahu’s dogs of war at bay.
But the weeks have turned into months, the months into years and Zionists in Israel, the US, Britain , France and elsewhere are getting awfully impatient.
They want their D-Day now!
If the road to Tehran must go through Damascus, then, America: take out Damascus now!
For three years the US has been engineering “Arab Spring” civil war in Syria but Bashar Assad’s still there. Russia stands behind him.
A UN Security Council unanimous vote against Syria is no longer an option. Britain’s Parliament just said no to David Cameron, and French President Hollande’s support of the US lacks clout: sadly for the French it’s been many decades since France was last able to decide the outcome of any war, anywhere… Now, many in the US Congress are grumbling…
So, Mr. “CEO” of the United States of America Barack Obama: it’s your call now!
US President Barack Obama (AFP Photo / Saul Loeb)
You either strike against Syria now – today, even – to the unanimous applause of Zionists in Israel, Congress, the global banks and markets, the mainstream media and throughout the world, or you stand down and your prestige, “Mr. President,” goes down the drain.
Your bluff will have been called. And a bluffing president is no president at all.
Mr. Putin knows this only too well, which is why he maintains Russia’s powerful fleet roaming the waters of the Mediterranean off the coast of Syria…
Once again, it’s shame on you, America!
Another fine mess the Israeli Trojan Horse has gotten you into…!
Adrian Salbuchi for RT
The G20 summit’s gonna be tough for Obama…
For Barack Obama, the G20 summit in St. Petersburg will be a tough face-to-face encounter with Mr. Putin, the first since the chemical weapon attack in Damascus. One of these gentlemen blinked; the other one remains very focused. Guess who blinked?
Why didn’t you talk to me?
This will be the first meeting between Obama and Putin since their ongoing stand-off over Syria began after the chemical weapon attack in Damascus on August 21. Perhaps the Syria crisis could have been mitigated (even avoided altogether) had the presidents met, as long planned, in a one-on-one summit in Moscow last August. But Obama canceled it.
According to The Washington Post (August 7, 2013) that was “a rare, deliberate snub that reflects the fresh damage done by the Edward Snowden case [the young National Security Agency contractor given political asylum last month by Russia] to an important relationship already in decline…. With that announcement, Obama effectively wrote off more than a year of effort to build cooperation with Putin.”
At the time, White House press secretary Jay Carney explained: “Following a careful review begun in July, we have reached the conclusion that there is not enough recent progress in our bilateral agenda with Russia to hold a US-Russia summit in early September.”
Political hindsight now shows that there are either a) Very serious flaws in the White House’s decision-making process; b) The escalation process leading to (what they hoped would be) war on Syria was then already firmly on the US-UK agenda, so that Obama had better not get himself embarrassed by having a smiley-smiley meeting with Putin just days before a Syria strike; or c) Worse still, “somebody else” is calling the shots at the White House and in the State Department.
Whatever the reasons, last week was a bleak one indeed for the US, UK and Israel alliance’s endeavors to get themselves into war with Syria so that they could apply that old black magic learned so well in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Balkans and Libya.
After the Damascus chemical weapons attack, the White House and Downing Street began a threat escalation fury saying they were “ready to attack Syria.” US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel gave notice to the world that “the US military stands ready to heed Obama’s attack order at a moment’s notice,” and even President Francois Hollande made France join the saber-rattling party.
But then it all began falling apart. First, on August 29, Britain’s House of Commons said “No,” to David Cameron’s plea to authorize British bombing of Syria together with its US ally.
Then UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki-Moon said his inspectors had confirmed that the attacks took place, but it would be several weeks before we could know who the culprits were…
The always obliging mainstream media tried to whip up a war frenzy, going so far as to say that Saturday, August 31 would be “D-Day.” But Saturday came and all we got was an Obama speech saying something like “the US is ready to attack Syria, but we’re not quite sure when: it could be one day from now, or one week, or one month…” (How about two years from now?)
Even France’s Hollande had to backtrack when confronted with his countrymen’s overwhelming opposition to attacking Syria, a former French colony, demanding that at least France’s deputies have a say. After all, France too is supposed to be “democratic…”
But what really seems to have made all the difference were those common sense statements coming out of the Kremlin in Moscow, some of them quite personal from president Putin to president Obama…
Putin began by stating that the horrific Damascus chemical weapons attack was being used by the Western allies as a scapegoat to attack Bashar al-Assad, adding: “I am sure this was no more than a provocation by those looking to drag other countries into the conflict and obtain the support of powerful international players, particularly the United States.”
He also shrugged off the West’s accusations, pointing out that “claims that the proof exists but is classified and cannot be presented to anybody are beneath criticism,” whilst he challenged Mr. Obama to come clean once and for all: “If the US has proof that the al-Assad regime is responsible for that attack, then submit that evidence to the UN Security Council.” Which would then, no doubt, take a unanimous decision. Obama did not reply…
Common sense points to the perpetrators being that wide assortment of criminal fighters wreaking havoc inside Syria, which include the Al-Qaeda offshoot Al-Nusra, (aka “Syria Freedom Fighters” and Syrian National Council), armed, funded and trained by the US. Putin added: “In such conditions, to give a trump card to those who are calling for foreign military intervention is foolish nonsense.”
In addressing his comments to Obama, Putin said he was speaking to him not as the US president, but as a holder of the Nobel Peace Prize. “We need to remember what’s happened in the last decade, the number of times the United States has initiated armed conflicts in various parts of the world. Has it solved a single problem?” Afghanistan, Iraq … There is no peace there, no democracy, which our partners allegedly sought.”
Denying as “utter nonsense” the idea that Assad’s forces would use chemical weapons when they were winning the civil war, Putin looked steely and confident. After months of pressure to abandon Assad, Putin sent the West a strong message: he is ready to fight over Syria in the St. Petersburg G20 Summit.
He added that “of course, the G20 is not a formal legal authority. It’s not a substitute for the UN Security Council; it can’t take decisions on the use of force. But it’s a good platform to discuss the problem. Why not take advantage of this? Is it in the United States’ interests once again to destroy the international security system, the fundamentals of international law? Will it strengthen the United States’ international standing? Hardly.”
Putin said the attack may have been a provocation by rebels fighting Assad, intended to hasten US military intervention.
A senior US administration official in Washington said that Russian officials “and certainly the Russian media” (I wonder who?) are continuing to say that the United States has an agenda focused on regime change in Syria, and that “the United States is driving tumult in the Middle East for its own ends.”
It’s the Geopolitics, Stupid!
Twenty heads of state will be meeting for the two-day summit. President Putin’s official welcome says that “the forthcoming Leaders’ Summit in St. Petersburg will reaffirm the G20′s role as an efficient mechanism for coordinating the world’s leading economies’ policy approaches to global economy and finance.” Sure, why not?
But to really understand the world of the 21st century, we must begin by shedding many 20th century paradigms that still distort our world view. For instance, the one that insists that the economy reigns supreme over all Mankind, as explained by former US president Bill Clinton’s famous 1992 campaign slur against George Bush Sr. “It’s the economy, stupid!”, which by the way got Slick Willy into the White House for eight full years.
But that was in the 20th century. Not any more… The 21st century is no longer just about the economy. Actually, it’s much more about anything BUT the economy and, as Slick Willy would say, you’d have to be really stupid to think otherwise.
People are starting to realize that if you really want to tackle the economic problems of the G8, G20 or G179, then world leaders would be very well advised to first and foremost tackle one fundamental hideous problem: the global mega-bankers’ power to consistently rip off the entire planet by getting governments to bail them out every time their criminal shady business deals grow sour.
That’s when grabbing taxpayer money, the Fed’s hyperinflationary Quantitative Easing I, II and III come in: workers lose their jobs, countries go into debt defaults, and the specter of (hyper)-inflation starts to loom on the horizon.
If these summits do not address this key issue, then it’s like the proverbial Emperor with No Clothes. If you avoid addressing the obvious, all you get in the end is more business as usual. Some hollow end-of-global-summit statements; some wishful thinking statements, and it’s “Bye, see you at next year’s G8, G20 or G179 meeting…”
Why then are these issues never ever on any economic agenda? Because the mega-bankers are too damn powerful, too damn strong and too damn threatening to government leaders. Only a very few dare to take action to force them to behave properly, ethically, morally and peacefully. That’s what true sovereignty is all about…
Banksters need the war system; they thrive upon it. Ever since the days of bankster founding father Meyer Amschel Rothschild, they need a perpetual war system to survive. They always have…
You see, there is no such thing as a “bank too big to fail” – whether it’s Goldman Sachs, CitiCorp, Wells-Fargo, Bank of America or HSBC. What we see are banks that are too powerful to fail; which means that their power, leverage and control reach all the way up to the White House, 10 Downing Street and the Palais D’Elysee.
If any government or parliament does not bow to their demands, well… the banksters have the global mechanisms to make sure that government or parliament does not survive too long…
In short, the real agenda behind this week’s G20 Summit is how the ongoing Superpower Geopolitical tug-of-war plays out.
Meanwhile, let the blind lead the blind: let the other G20 presidents and ministers – Rouseff of Brazil, Kirchner of Argentina, Mexico’s Peña Nieto, Indonesia’s Bambang, Italy’s Letta, Australia’s Rudd, Canada’s Harper et al – talk about “the economy” and blah, blah, blah… Let the mainstream media put that on their headlines and news flashes…
Meanwhile, Vladimir Putin will continue to stare at Barack Obama who will continue to blink, whilst no doubt China’s Xi Jinping will join them with a typical enigmatic Chinese smile.
Adrian Salbuchi for RT
Can countries go bust? IMF created new form of modern mass slavery
One can only wonder how horrific debt crises caused by artificially created unsustainable debt burdens could ever be resolved by taking on/imposing ever higher, heavier, long-term debt.
When Argentina sank into its worst financial, economic and social crisis in late 2001/2002 forcing it to default on its unsustainable Sovereign Public Debt, Anne Krueger – at the time the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) first deputy manager – was very straight-forward about the whole matter. She proposed introducing the concept of bankruptcy of entire countries as a means to, above all, afford international creditors fullest protection.
Chapter 11 Bankruptcy for Nation-States!
A Leading Case…
That revolutionary proposal ended up not being used on Argentina at the time, mainly because successive local caretaker governments ended up doing the global mega-bankers’ dirty work for them. Today, with a new crisis looming for Argentina, it appears that the ‘Chapter 11 for Nations’ concept is back on the agenda. Will Argentina become a leading case in macro-managing such a process?
Those were stormy times for Argentina and its creditors. But when President Néstor Kirchner took office in mid-2003, the global mega-bankers were able to quickly agree with him on a scheme whereby Argentina would come out of its debt default in an “orderly manner” (for the bankers, that is…). Since then, the money began flowing again to mega-banker coffers big time!
In June 2005 a hodgepodge of more than 127 public debt bonds was replaced with just three new bonds that rolled over Sovereign Debt as far as 42 years into the future; the key bond series being adjustable by Cost of Living, which in Argentina means inflation. This explains why the Kirchner government have tampered with official inflation statistics all but destroying the credibility of the local statistics office, INDEC.
At the time, however, around 20% of bondholders did not agree to play along. They clumped together as a strongly leveraged group of so-called “hold-outs” – mostly vulture hedge-funds like the Elliott Management Group – suing Argentina repeatedly so that their original bonds’ capital and interest yields are paid to them. Thanks to a series of Second District South Manhattan Court of Appeals sentences by Judge Thomas Griesa favouring Plaintiffs, these vulture funds now demand their pound of flesh.
AFP Photo / Alejandro Pagni
In recent years, Néstor Kirchner’s ill-fated June 2005 Debt Mega-Swap began backfiring on Argentina creating all sorts of trouble for the country, that included the attachment of public assets abroad. Notably, the high profile arrest for over two months of the Argentine Navy’s School Vessel – ironically named “Libertad”; Liberty – in a port in Ghana with its full crew on board, heeding one of the New York Court’s attachment orders.
A new showdown seems to be fast approaching as Argentina has been ordered to pay up or else. This is making key global players fidget uncomfortably in their chairs. Although the global banking elite would love to put Argentina up against the wall, they must however be cautious regarding the precedent this would create that could bring mischief to on-going debt restructures in other parts of the world, especially in the European Union.
That explains why President Obama who had said he would support Argentina, then decided not to do so. The IMF’s Christine Lagarde also said she would support Argentina, but then changed her mind… twice. The French government who were not expected to make any friendly gestures, now speaks in support of the troubled South American country…
So, what’s up? Basically, that Anne Krueger’s concept of setting up the international legal framework that would allow bankruptcy procedures to be imposed on whole nations is again in the forefront.
That would “legally” permit turning Argentina upside down so that it not only gives up every last Dollar but, more importantly, its immense natural resources, a most attractive prospect for the Global Power Elite, as long it does not wreak havoc or derails their long-term plan of the controlled deconstruction of sovereign nation-states – Arab and (coming) Latin American “Springs” included – as part of the coming World Government they are engineering.
What’s the idea?
In an article published in the CFR’s official journal “Foreign Affairs” over a decade ago (July/August 2002), former US government and Federal Reserve Bank officer Richard N. Cooper backed the country bankruptcy factor supporting Ms Krueger’s “bold suggestion” whereby “under certain conditions a government’s international debt repayments should be temporarily suspended while negotiations take place on restructuring that debt.” With her statement, the IMF officially endorsed the radical suggestion of introducing an international legal framework addressing country bankruptcy as a way of “improving the international financial architecture”.
In practice, as the IMF’s No. 2 officer, Krueger’s proposal was to introduce a sort of Chapter 11 mechanism permitting orderly management of the transition of countries defaulting on their sovereign debts, back into paying by steering their Nation-States into controlled national bankruptcy.
The implicit objective is to ensure that Sovereign Bond creditors – hedge funds, vulture funds, giant megabanks like Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, CitiCorp, JPMorganChase, HSBC, and the IMF itself – can exert huge leverage taking priority in cashing in on the monies sucked out of a Nation’s taxpayers’ (workers’), central banks, mineral, oil & gas wealth, and other resources and reserves.
AFP Photo / Justin Sullivan
This would transmute into a new edition of the IMF’s proverbial “recipes” to “help nations” totally and irretrievably in debt to once again “access international financial markets” so that they can re-program, roll-over, refinance, kick forwards defaulted, impossible-to-pay short-term debt, by mutating them into long-term, hugely profitable, high interest yield juicy performing debts.
That would look really nice on mega-banker financial sheets, and would ensure that gigantic amounts continue to flow out of troubled Nation-State public coffers and into mega banker private pockets!
As if horrific debt crises caused by artificially created unsustainable debt burdens could ever be resolved by taking on/imposing ever higher, heavier, long-term debt. One can almost hear the sucking sound in the dark recesses of the global financial system…
Modern mass slavery couldn’t have been better thought out…!
Argentina’s Pound of Flesh
Argentina pulled out of its 2001 default thanks to President Kirchner’s heeding of all global mega-banker demands, a fact eloquently symbolized when in January 2006 Mr Kirchner paid to the IMF the FULL amount allegedly owed to them by Argentina: almost U$S 10 billion in hard cash with no write-downs, in exchange for absolutely nothing! Sovereign debt indeed acts as a chronic infection that conditions everything in Argentina.
Alas! As with all chronic infections you can bring down the fever for a short while but as soon as you run out of addictive meds, or catch a new cold, you´re again running a full-fledged infectious fever.
Eight years later, this is Argentina’s sorry state: annual inflation topping 30%; growth slowing down dramatically; total government clampdown on the purchase of foreign currencies for imports, travel, tourism and other needs; government tampering with economic statistics; slumping popular support for Ms Kirchner’s… Add to that rampant corruption and public mismanagement…
A woman leaves a supermarket with a promotional poster outside in Buenos Aires (AFP Photo / Juan Mabromata)
But this was no accident, for Argentina’s chronic debt crises has made the country bite the dust under a Catch-22 trap for many decades. When in July 2000, a little over a year before the country’s collapse, a sector inside Argentina’s Catholic Church helped organize a “Jubilee Year” in Congress centering on the country’s ballooning public debt crisis. This prompted Cardinal Héctor Aguer, Archbishop of La Plata (Argentina), to say that continuing on its present path could only lead to Argentina’s demise as a sovereign nation, adding that “one can almost imagine the words that will be inscribed on Argentina’s tombstone: “She lived paying; she died owing”. This echoed Ralph Waldo Emerson’s words, “They say the world is close to bankruptcy; that the world owes more than what the world can pay…”
Solve et coagula
Now the Global Power Masters appear to be keen on refloating the whole “Chapter 11 for countries” idea. But they must do this with great caution lest they end up shooting themselves in the foot, because if Argentina is to be made an example of by a New York Court ordering Argentina to pay vulture funds who did not accept the 2005 Debt Mega-Swap, that example could spill over not only into countries like Greece, Portugal and Cyprus, which mega-bankers could macro-manage, but also Spain and Italy – even France – which is a totally different and more complex ball game that could even sound the untimely death-knell of the Euro earlier than what the global Elite want.
Remember: the Elites pushing all nations towards World Government need to engineer the CONTROLLED demise of Sovereign Nation-States; and the CONTROLLED demise of municipal governments like Detroit, Los Angeles, Washington DC and 120 other US cities earmarked for bankruptcy, where they propose applying constructive Chapter 9 public bankruptcy conditions rather than Chapter 11 designed to “orderly” tear apart and gobble up private companies.
The question is whether declaring nations, provinces, states and municipalities bankrupt and ripe for liquidation is the next Wave of Change that will erode traditional public structures, thus paving the way for that coming World Government. A long-term process echoing the adage of the alchemists of old: “Solve et Coagula” – Dissolve and Re-build – which, by the way, ties in with the British Fabian Society’s idea of doing things gradually and unnoticed rather than suddenly and painfully.
For one of history’s lessons from the failed Marxist revolutionary experiment of the 20th Century is that stable far-reaching change cannot be imposed overnight; better to drive change gradually, seducing people into accepting it. Just like the proverbial frog which if thrown into boiling water will jump off and survive, but if placed in lukewarm water slowly heated up, will cook to death without realizing it.
Finally, the obvious question is: why does just about every country’s public sector – Argentina, UK, Italy, Mexico, US, France, Brazil, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Thailand, Nigeria… – owe so, so very much money to the same supranational private sector banks: Goldman Sachs, CitiCorp, Lazards, Bank of America, HSBC, JPMorgan Chase?
Gregg Easterbrook eloquently described the roots of the problem in an article published in Reuters on 7th July 2011: “Governments in Greece, Portugal, the United States and elsewhere are borrowing, and often wasting, money at a reckless pace. Why do banks and financial markets cooperate? Because there’s something in it for them. They keep a little slice of the public money being borrowed or wasted. This is the ‘Sliver Strategy’, and it underlies the ways many of the Western world’s wealthy institutions relate to government: Only a sliver. But the more that is borrowed, the larger the sliver becomes….”
This begs the question “why did big banks underwrite the liars’ loans that caused the housing bubble? Because they took origination fees and other payments, then passed the toxic debt along to taxpayers. The greater the loan volume the larger the sliver — and most of the slivers ended up in the pockets of the banks’ top management.”
So, ready or not, here comes the New Wave: Bankruptcy of “failed states…!”
See you in Court…
Adrian Salbuchi for RT
Mucho se viene escribiendo estos días sobre la 61ª Reunión del Grupo Bilderberg que este año se realiza en Londres. Pero, ¿qué es realmente el Grupo Bilderberg?
Oficialmente se trata de un grupo de personas muy influyentes que, año a año, se reúnen para mantener “discusiones informales sobre megatendencias y grandes temas mundiales… de naturaleza privada cuyos participantes… pueden tomarse el tiempo para escuchar, reflexionar y comprender. No existe agenda oficial; no se adoptan resoluciones; no hay votaciones, ni declaraciones…” (sitio oficial www.bilderbergmeetings.org).
Muchos, sin embargo, creen que Bilderberg es un oscuro grupo que “conspira” para dirigir los destinos de la humanidad.
La realidad es que se trata de gente muy rica, excepcionalmente poderosa e influyente que tiene claros objetivos e intereses en común, aunque nadie sabe a ciencia cierta sobre qué discuten detrás de puertas herméticamente cerradas. Claramente, Bilderberg viene despertando creciente interés y expectativa entre la opinión pública mundial.
La reunión de este año se lleva a cabo en el superexclusivo The Grove Hotel con su hermosa cancha de golf en Watford, Hertfordshire, a pocas millas del centro de Londres.
Desde que se iniciaron estas ‘Reuniones Bilderberg’ en 1954, siempre eligen hacerlas en exclusivos hoteles que brindan la necesaria seguridad, privacidad y tranquilidad para discutir su siempre secreta agenda.
Los amigos de las teorías conspirativas acusan a Bilderberg de todos los males del mundo moderno. En verdad, ello es un poco exagerado pues se tiende a abordar al Grupo Bilderberg como algo aislado cuando en verdad solo cobra revelador significado cuando se lo inserta dentro de la compleja y mucho más vasta trama de la estructura del Poder Real Global que rige nuestro mundo.
Esa red de poder está conformada por una multitud de nodos: las corporaciones multinacionales, los bancos transnacionales, los multimedios globales, gobernantes subordinados, entes multilaterales supranacionales como la ONU, el Banco Mundial, el FMI y un verdadero rompecabezas de ‘lobbies’ y agrupaciones públicas y privadas de la más variada índole y calibre: ONG, think-tanks, clubes, logias y sectas, e incluso –¿por qué no, si son parte del poder mundial?– mafias, grupos terroristas, traficantes y otras organizaciones criminales.
Todos se integran en mayor o menor grado y sutileza dentro de una nutrida Red de Poder Global. Sus promotores a menudo la describen como “el concierto de las naciones…”.
En verdad, lo que los une es la búsqueda por imponer a toda la humanidad un Gobierno Mundial formalmente ‘público‘ (para que sus decisiones tenga fuerza de ley ‘urbi et orbi’, y nadie pueda escapar a sus decisiones, imposiciones y órdenes), pero controlado desde el ámbito ‘privado’ (que es donde hoy reside el Poder Real: podríamos decir que la Privatización del Poder es uno de los fenómenos geopolíticos clave de las últimas décadas).
La trampa que nos preparan es terrible: un Gobierno Mundial formalmente público que contará con el aval ‘democrático’ del voto de los pueblos que lo ‘elegirán’; pero donde las ‘opciones’ que enfrentaremos serán cada vez más estrechas. Pues desde ese mismo poder privado manejado por el dinero, las ‘opciones democráticas’ son predeterminadas en sus alcances, predigeridas en su concepción y predecididas por poderosos operadores.
Esto ya rige en la mayoría de los países, donde los dueños del poder tienen la desfachatez de llamarlo “democracia”. Ahora pretenden imponerlo a nivel mundial…
Dentro de este esquema Bilderberg es una de las instancias decisorias, quizás la más relevante con perfil público, que conduce –mejor dicho, que nos empuja y arrastra– hacia ese sueño mesiánico de erigir un Gobierno Mundial.
Las 138 poderosas personalidades reunidas en el Grove Hotel no solo tienen objetivos e intereses en común; también los une el espanto ante cinco poderosos enemigos. Efectivamente, desde la óptica de Bilderberg y sus socios, existen cinco ‘Enemigos Públicos’, por así decirlo, a los que combaten despiadadamente:
Enemigo Público No. 1: el estado-nación soberano. ¿Por qué? Porque un estado realmente soberano cumple tres misiones indelegables:
1. Promover el Bien Común de la mayoría del pueblo;
2. Defender a ultranza su Interés Nacional
3. Identificar a amigos y enemigos, previendo amenazas (que debe conjurar) y oportunidades (que deben aprovecharse inteligentemente).
Enemigo Público No. 2: la moneda soberana no generadora de interés, que todo estado puede y debe utilizar, emitiendo la cantidad que necesita la economía real del trabajo y la producción. Hoy, casi todos los estados están subordinados a los dueños del poder global. Controlan sus bancos centrales haciendo que incumplan esta función primordial soberana. Así, despejan el camino para los megabancos privados que emiten su ‘moneda privada’ generadora de billones en intereses. Resultado: individuos, organizaciones y estados nacionales irremediablemente endeudados para siempre;
Enemigo Público No. 3: el rechazo masivo del sistema de deuda usuraria en todas sus formas;
Enemigo Público No. 4: Instituciones republicanas independientes del poder del dinero. Solo así podrá haber auténtica democracia, en lugar de la falsa y enferma democracia financiada por los millones y millones de dólares de bancos, empresas, narcos y corrupción que hoy sufrimos en casi todos los países del mundo;
Enemigo Público No. 5: los valores tradicionales de todos los pueblos, sean cristianos, musulmanes, budistas… Valores sanos y dignos como: honor, verdad, lealtad, disciplina, perseverancia, trabajo, libertad, valentía, solidaridad… Por algo esa usina de anticultura y decadencia que es Hollywood trabaja permanentemente para subvertir todo lo bueno, bello y profundo que hay en nuestra cultura y en la vida.
Por ejemplo, el vicepresidente de EE.UU., Joe Biden, acaba de señalar que gracias a las minorías que manejan Hollywood “el matrimonio gay es hoy una realidad”, no solo en su país sino también en Francia, Argentina y decenas de otras naciones. ¿Se imaginan las patologías psíquicas entre el creciente número de niños que tienen ‘dos mamás’ o ‘dos papás’? Los psicólogos freudianos llenarán sus bolsillos con estos futuros enfermos del Nuevo Orden Mundial… Amén que la militancia homosexual, junto con el aborto, promueve otra de las prioridades de las elites agrupadas en torno a Bilderberg: la despoblación del planeta.
Bilderberg: ¿Quiénes son realmente?
RT acaba de publicar la nómina completa, ‘Quien está invitado a la reunión Bilderberg 2013‘. No repetiremos esos datos aunque señalamos la manera en la que los participantes de Bilderberg se insertan en poderosísimas estructuras copadas por el Nuevo Orden Mundial: corporaciones, megabancos, gobiernos, think-tanks, multimedios…
En cierta manera, operan como una suerte de gran ‘orquesta’ en la que cada operador ejecuta su ‘instrumento’: megabanco, multinacional, multimedio, cátedra universitaria, funcionario de gobierno u otro puesto de alto poder. Como toda gran orquesta, para que ‘suene’ como se pretende necesita tener un ‘director’ cuya función es asegurar silenciosamente que todos ‘toquen’ su parte correctamente; no a su capricho, sino según una ‘partitura’ que, en el caso de una sinfonía clásica, pudo haber sido compuesta hace dos, tres o más siglos…
De manera similar operan Bilderberg y la Red de Poder Real Global: ellos son los ‘directores silenciosos’ del ‘concierto de las naciones’ y su ‘partitura’ les viene de larga –larquísima– data…
Algunos participantes ‘en red’:
Carl Bildt, ministro de Asuntos Exteriores y ex primer ministro sueco; director de la Trilateral Commission (TC), poderoso think-tank fundado por Rockefeller/Kissinger/Brzezinski;
Beatriz, reina renunciante de Holanda, hija del fundador de Bilderberg y principal accionista de Royal Dutch Shell;
Donald Graham, dueño y presidente del imperio ‘The Washington Post’; miembro de la TC y del think-tank Council on Foreign Relations (CFR);
Henry Kissinger, asesor permanente del Gobierno de EE.UU., ex secretario de Estado; Kissinger Associates; director del CFR, director vitalicio de la TC;
Christine Lagarde, jefa del FMI, ex presidenta del poderoso estudio jurídico Baker & McKenzie de Chicago, EE.UU.;
Mario Monti, director para Europa de la TC; primer ministro de Italia hasta abril 2013 (reemplazado por Enrico Letta, también miembro de la TC;
Richard Perle, subsecretario de estrategia global en el Pentágono bajo George W. Bush; uno de los culpables de la destrucción de Irak en 2003; sionista fanático; directivo del think-tank neoconservador AEI (American Enterprise Institute);
Robert Rubin, ex secretario del Tesoro de Clinton; junto a Lawrence Summers y Timothy Geithner (ambos CFR/TC) causó la debacle financiera del 2008 al anular la ley Glass-Steagal; directivo de CitiCorp; copresidente del CFR; miembro de la TC.
Peter Sutherland, presidente de Goldman Sachs International; presidente de la London School of Economics; ex presidente de BP; presidente honorario de la TC;
Robert Zoellick, ex presidente del Banco Mundial; miembro del CFR y TC.
La lista es extensa… Entre los participantes Bilderberg de este año hallamos a los máximos funcionarios de:
Bancos: Deutsche Bank, Barclays, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, Lazard Freres, Mediobanca Italia, James Wolfensohn, Austrian Control Bank, inversoras KKV, AB (Wallenberg);
Seguros: AXA (su presidente y CEO Henri de Castries preside Bilderberg), Zurich, Prudential;
Telecomunicaciones/Informática: Telecom Italia, Microsoft, Google, Amazon;
Gobiernos: Gobernantes y ministros de España, Finlandia, Francia, Reino Unido, Turquía, Dinamarca, Noruega, Canadá, EE.UU., Bélgica, Suiza, Unión Europea. Políticos del Reino Unido, Italia, Alemania, Turquía, Francia, Portugal, Unión Europea, EE.UU. Militares de EE.UU.: (el ex director de la CIA, el general David Petraeus) y Europa (el comandante del Eurocuerpo, Olivier de Bavinchove);
Universidades: Harvard, London Business School, Oxford, Leiden, Kings, Princeton, London School of Economics;
Think-Tanks: American Enterprise Institute, TC, Hoover, CFR, Hudson, Carnegie…
Medios: The Economist, Financial Times, Washington Post;
Industria: Alcoa, Techint, Siemens, British Aerospace, Airbus, Heineken, Michelin, Novartis, BP, Royal Dutch Shell.
Digamos que cuando estos señores y señoras se reúnen para intercambiar ideas y propuestas, evaluar, negociar, pactar y decidir, claramente su poder para imponer sus objetivos e intereses no es nada despreciable…
Bilderberg: ¿Cómo operan realmente?
Insistimos: es un error considerar a Bilderberg aisladamente. Digamos que Bilderberg es lo más alto de la pirámide del poder mundial que se ve públicamente; la más elevada instancia decisoria que podemos conocer.
Si miramos hacia abajo, vemos los entes que analizan, evalúan y planifican el Nuevo Orden Mundial en todas sus facetas: política, económica, financiera, monetaria, académica, mediática, militar, geopolítica, que incluso instalan nuevos paradigmas colectivos receptivos a los intereses del nuevo orden mundial.
Entre esos entes vemos al CFR, TC, AEI, CSIS, Chatham House, Rand, Tavistock, Hudson, Hoover, Montpelier…
En Latinoamérica, sus ‘vasos comunicantes’ incluyen a la Americas Society (siempre dirigida por Rockefeller, Kissinger y sus compañeros de viaje) y a ‘consejos’ locales como el CARI argentino y sus pares en Chile, Brasil, Colombia, México y otros países. Todos reconocen un alineamiento (y subordinación) hacia lo que denominan el ‘consejo de los consejos’: el neoyorquino Council on Foreign Relations…
Si miramos hacia arriba, poco o nada vemos, aunque algo podemos inferir: logias masónicas, quizás… El ápice de la pirámide del poder mundial seguramente está muy poco poblada.
Se puede inferir una pequeña ‘mesa redonda’ (¿o triangular?) que reúne a las máximas autoridades planetarias: jamás elegidas en democrática compulsa pues estos individuos se suceden generación tras generación por imperio del poder del dinero.
Si tuviéramos que aventurar algunos apellidos, diremos que en esa mesa de ‘doce apóstoles’ (les encanta esta clase de simbologías) seguramente habrá algún Rockefeller, Rothschild, Mountbatten, Schiff, Warburg, Agnelli, Borbón, Weill, Oranje-Nassau…
Más aún: si Arturo tuvo 12 caballeros y Jesús 12 apóstoles, en su demoníaca simbología invertida quizás pretendan que la venidera máxima autoridad planetaria –su satánico ‘rey del mundo’– presida sobre 21 apóstoles. Pero a esas alturas del poder mundial, nuestra visión se turba…
Lo que sí sabemos es que todo lo que emana de ese soberbio sitial es nocivo para los pueblos libres del mundo. La clave de nuestra salvación bien podría provenir de los cinco ‘enemigos públicos’ del poder mundial. ¿Habrán de servirnos entonces como Banderas de Liberación?
Hey, Cyprus… Let’s go back to basics!
Can we have a common-sense explanation of why eurozone finance gone mad threatens to kill the otherwise healthy real economies of European Nations?
Much is being said about the Euro crisis exploding today in Cyprus which – like its recent Greek, Irish, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian versions – continues to fester like a malignant tumor in the body politic and economy of the European Union.
Economics: an exact science or a branch of psychology?
When times are stable and predictable, economics is treated like a science by bankers, academics, journalists and politicians aligned to the money-power elite.
All economic and social woes are explained away as resulting from the “laws of the economy” and the “invisible hand of the market”. Economists’ theorizing mumbo-jumbo never tells you is that the “invisible hand” is moved by a muscular “arm” that is directed by a perverse brain…
They try to convince us that it’s “normal” for markets, sectors and entire countries to go up, down, sideways, even dive into mega-collapses.
Such economic nonsense is normally signed by Harvard, LSE or Chicago University eggheads, suitably prestiged with Economics Nobel Prizes, and lavishly promoted by the mainstream specialized media like the Wall Street Journal and Financial Times.
However, as soon as the economic weather turns foul and the waves of currency instability, winds of banking crises and tornados of panic start rocking the boats of national and regional economies, that’s when the “science of economics” takes a really bad turn and.. it’s every many for himself! Or… every banker gets “government” to bail them out…
In economics what counts is Confidence and Trust, either real or perceived. That’s why banks’ head offices tend to look like veritable fortresses or gigantic skyscrapers, often with imposing temple-like columns, giant staircases and forbidding iron-clad gates. The idea was clear: when you enter a bank, you enter the Temple of Mammon. Financial Olympuses like the FED, Bank of England, and most every central bank beckon you to “trust” them, just as you trust your God when you enter Church; to have “confidence” in them for, like the Almighty, bankers want to make you believe that they too reign for ever and ever…
But, alas, as Peter Young writing on RT Op-Edge on Cyprus clearly explains, “confidence remains a rather intangible item. Measuring trust is rather a black art. We can never be absolutely certain we have 100% trust”.
Indeed! Trust is like virginity: once it’s gone, IT’S GONE. So when trust turns sour regarding a particular bank, or rumors arise of impending monetary collapse, or some major corporation is about to be “AIG’ed” out of existence, then “trust and confidence” turn into bank-runs, panic and deadly collapse.Workers walk next to the historic wagons of La Brugeoise at the garage El Polvorin, in the neighborhood of Caballito, Buenos Aires.(AFP Photo / Alejandro Pagni)
What Cyprus 2013 shows is that, like Argentina 2001, “trust and confidence” have little or nothing to do with reality especially when passed through the mainstream media’s ‘Lies Machine’ for, like all perceptions, they can be manipulated to fool, confound, hide ugly truths and distort.
When things start going really bad, fraudulent lies are maintained for as long as possible to give those who DO know the truth, the chance to exit quietly and unscathed. Once they are at a safe distance then – yes: all hell can be let loose!
That happened during Argentina’s massive banking, financial and monetary collapse of 2001/2: social chaos, dozens killed in clashes with police, 50% of the population buried below the poverty line, 40% drop in GDP, and yet…. not one single private bank folded!
Deja vu “all over again”
Argentina’s then-president Fernando De la Rúa and his Rockefeller-Soros wizard Economy Minister Domingo Cavallo did everything the mega-bankers needed to weather the storm, but nothing to help “we the people” who lost life savings, jobs, homes, health benefits…
Not surprisingly, after more than a decade Argentina’s government ensures a “business as usual” banking atmosphere: politicians and megabankers always cozy up to each other (money-sloshing tends to do that…).
What about “we the people”…? Argentine workers continue biting the dust suffering all sorts of government-triggered abuse – inflation, a total foreign exchange lock-down, and ferocious tax collector persecution. Why? When President Kirchner of Argentina must choose between local workers and global megabankers, she systematically chooses the latter… with suitable media marketing of course.
Does this ring a bell? Spain? Italy? Greece? Ireland? Cyprus? Occupy Wall Streeters…?
A tip: don’t believe the mainstream media; don’t believe government liars; above all: don’t believe the megabankers!
What’s it really all about?
Example: If you’re having a drink at the pub and your mate knocks your pint of beer on your lap: Ooops! Sorry!! Acccident… If he does that again 5 minutes later: Gosh what bad luck!!! If he does that a third time: HE’S DOING IT ON PURPOSE! For some reason, it’s the guy’s behaviour pattern so best to keep away from him!
Now look at recurrent sovereign-debt banking crises: Argentina suffered four “debt crises” over the past forty years that were all so similar to what later happened in 2008 in the US; which was identical to the banking crises in the UK and Iceland, which were then repeated in Ireland, Portugal, Spain and Italy; which flared last year in Greece and today robs Cypriot workers down to their bones. Accident? Bad luck? No… It’s a System!
We are in fact dealing with major fraud perpetrated by the global megabanking establishment and done “legally” because they pay for, finance, position and control key government posts in the executive, legislative and judicial branches of governments in just about every country.
Whether Argentina or Brazil, the US or Britain, Spain or Italy, Greece or Cyprus. Same story; even the same players.
Because the global megabanking establishment have worked really hard through their media, universities and their own players to blind us to a key factor no one ever talks about: the difference between public money (issued by the State) and private money (created by private banks almost out of nothing).
Public money are the dollar, euro, peso and pound bills circulating in different parts of the world issued by public banking authorities, normally a national central bank having monopoly issuance rights. Any private citizen doing the same will, if caught, end up in jail. And rightly so because counterfeiting currency adds money to the system but no work is added to the Real Economy. The message to the people is clear: You want money? Work for it!
Private money, however, is created by the private banking system thanks to Fractional Lending which legally allows them to create loans for 10, 20 or 50 times the amount of deposits in their vaults and then charge interest for them! But private bank money is just a figure on your bank statement or a blip on your ATM screen. Like all screens it can go blank “in a moment, in a twinkling of an eye…” The message to the bankers is clear: You want money? Create it for nothing!AFP Photo / Patrick Baz
People instinctively understand this which is why millions of Argentinians cued at their ATM’s waiting to get some “real money” (even if Mr. Cavallo’s “corralito” limited that to 250 pesos per week). Fast forward eleven years to Cyprus: same picture of people trying to withdraw 100 euros before they’re all gone.
Sovereign Debt Death Trap
1) The private megabanker cabal uses their leverage/control over governments and politicians so legislation is passed ensuring that the central bank never provides the right amount of public money the real economy of goods, services and investment needs; i.e., no credit.
2) In come the private bankers, asking government: “You need money build highways, finance defense, education and health? No problem: we’ll lend you all you want!”
3) Government keeps borrowing and borrowing way beyond its means.
4) Bankers and politicians refinance debt again and again and again, until it balloons way beyond repayment possibilities of the victim-nation.
…Oh, the wonders of compound interest!!
Take the high road or the low road…?
Say you’re president of a country and you need to build a 100 mile road costing $ 120.000.000 over a one year period, at an investment rate of $ 10.000.000 per month to pay for steel, cement, constructors, architects, workers, etc. Everything is set to go; you have two options:
Option 1: Ask private bankers to loan you $ 120.000.000 at, say, 10% interest which means you are indebted by $ 132.000.000. The bankers funding you will, no doubt, impose certain conditions like you’re having to use such and such a construction company, insurer, consultant, cement, steel providers….
Final cost: probably closer to $ 140 to 150 million. Irresponsible modern politicians will of course just dump that debt into the federal deficit black hole. Let the next president or prime minister tackle it!
Meanwhile, compound interest makes the debt grow and grow and grow: music to mega bankers’ ears!
Even more stupid: for a country like Argentina the loan will be in Dollars even though everything they need to build the highway – cement, steel, architects, workers – is available locally and could be paid in local pesos.
Final Result: Public indebtedness in foreign currency in an amount 40 or 50% more than actually needed, that will continue to grow under compound interest…Employees of Cyprus’ Laiki (Popular) Bank protest outside the parliament building in the capital Nicosia on March 22, 2013.(AFP Photo / Yiannis Kourtoglou)
Option 2: You order your central bank to issue $ 10.000.000 per month for 12 months in local currency. This may have a temporary inflationary effect that is immediately offset because government recovers tranches of that money through taxes that cement, steel and service providers start paying to your tax office, plus labor dues paid by workers. You repeat this for the 2nd, 3rd, 4th months until the 12th month when the highway is finished. Final equation: a good part of the currency issued immediately flowed back to your tax office (who can take it out of circulation), and the rest that remained in circulation can be recovered longer-term through road tolls. In fact most of it will be absorbed by increased demand emanating from real economic growth generated by the new highway (gas stations, diners, new towns, etc.).
Benefits: you did it with your local currency at ZERO INTEREST. If you do your homework right, the temporary transitional inflationary effect can be duly neutralized. Final Public Debt: Zero.
Now, you be the judge: what’s better, financing with public currency issued under a sovereign model, or with private banking money that makes sovereign debt grow way beyond your means, leading to inevitable Sovereign Debt crises in country after country; not by mistake but by design.
That is what megabankers want in terms of money, and that is what the Global Power Elite seeks because public debt ensures full control of countries. To add insult to injury, when bankers really screw things up as in 2008, government and media tell that we must save those nice banks because they’re “too big to fail.” You put your money in a Cyprus bank? Sorry… you’ll have to chip in with 20, 50 or 100 percent of it to save the bankers…
Now do we understand what’s behind this whole diabolical, perverse, fraudulent and immoral Sovereign Debt Crisis system?
Adrian Salbuchi for RT
Francis: The ‘End of the World’ Pope
After the white-smoke “fumatta” signaled Argentina’s Archbishop of Buenos Aires Jorge Bergoglio now heads the Catholic Church, the attention turns to significant, if subtle, signs surrounding the naming of the new Pope.
As soon as Msgr. Bergoglio was chosen, in the privacy of the Vatican Cardinal Giovanni Battista’s first question to him was, “What name would you like to be known by?” to which he replied “I shall be called Francis”.
Moments later, when presented to the world from the Basilica overlooking St. Peter’s Square Pope Francis announced to the world, “You know that the duty of the conclave was to give a bishop to Rome. It seems that my brother cardinals went almost to the end of the world to get him. But here we are.”
An interesting and significant phrase filled with foreboding in these troubling times, many perceive of apocalyptic worldwide turmoil. Particularly to those lending credence to the prophesies of Irish Saint Malachy, a 12th century Archbishop of Armagh who had a vision when visiting Rome of 112 future popes that the Church would supposedly have from his days onwards.
Malachy wrote down short emblematic and symbolic descriptions for each which have been fulfilled with uncanny precision to this very day.
According to that vision, the 111th pope was Benedict XVI, whom he described as “The Glory of the Olive” which makes him the next-to-last pope.
Malachy could have very well been way off the mark by whole centuries when you consider that some popes like Pius IX in the 19th century reigned for a full 34 years, whilst others like last century’s John Paul I only reigned for 33 short days. And yet, as we enter 2013 – just months after 2012 with its symbolic End-of-Time aura – we suddenly have a new (the last?) pope being chosen.
A lightning strikes St Peter’s dome at the Vatican on February 11, 2013. Pope Benedict XVI announced today he will resign as leader of the world’s 1.1 billion Catholics on February 28 (AFP Photo / Filippo ntefore)
Even if Francis I is not the last pope, he certainly makes an interesting list of Catholic firsts: the first non-European pope in almost 1500 years; the first Jesuit; the first to choose Francis as his name; the first to succeed an abdicating pope in six centuries.
Why all the expectation? Because for the 112th pope on Malachy’s List he wrote these ominous words: “In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church, there will sit Peter the Roman, who will pasture his sheep in many tribulations, and when these things are finished, the city of seven hills will be destroyed, and the dreadful judge will judge his people. The End.”
If Malachy’s List continues to hold in its uncanny precision to the very end, then Pope Francis I is the last pope of the Roman Catholic Church.
On the very same day that Benedict XVI shocked the world with his unprecedented and unexpected resignation, a bolt of lightning struck St. Peter Cathedral’s Dome, an image that went around the world. “The hand of God” many thought, only this time not alluding to an Argentine football player but rather a sign of the times to come for the Vatican: the coming of an Argentinian pope.
The monsignors are said to take this and other prophecies – notably the Vision of Fatima – quite seriously, which might help to explain why other possible papal candidates who either carried the name Peter or came from Rome were discretely left aside so as not to tempt Destiny.
Either way, Francis I is as he himself unwittingly said, an “end of the world” pope coming as he does from far off Argentina.
Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner (L) greets Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio at the Basilica of Lujan, December 22, 2008. (Reuters)
Opposition Cardinal in Argentina
As Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Bergoglio championed the plight of the poor in a very hands-on manner, which set him at loggerheads with the now ten-year-old, increasingly left-wing Nestor and Cristina Kirchner Regime.
His criticism of their government got stronger as the years went by, specifically targeting the Kirchner government’s corruption, political mismanagement and hypocrisy.
Since Msgr. Bergoglio would persistently lash out at the Kirchners during the solemnities of the Te Deum marking the anniversary of Argentina’s 25th May 1810 Revolution in Buenos Aires Cathedral which is traditionally attended by the President, his family and cabinet. Starting in 2005 the Kirchners decided to celebrate this anniversary elsewhere in the country to avoid Msgr. Bergoglio… In fact, President Cristina Kirchner has not met with him in almost three years now.
Though a moderate in many aspects – especially in his drive for Ecumenical inter-faith relations (he was just invited to visit Israel), and in his embracing of Second Vatican Council reforms – he has, however, systematically opposed same-sex marriage which became legal in Argentina in 2011, and strongly opposes abortion laws that are being promoted by both the left and the “liberal” right.
Msgr. Bergoglio is an ardent devotee of the Virgin Mary whose protection he invoked in his very first message urbi et orbi. The first place he went to pray as pope was the Chapel of the Blessed Virgin at Santa Maria Maggiore.
Then Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina offers a Holy Thursday mass in the Hogar de Cristo shelter for drug users, in the Parque Patricios neighborhood of Buenos Aires, March 20, 2008. (Reuters)
A House Cleaner in the Vatican?
As a sign of the times to come, Francis I is also the first pope in history to choose a name that honors one of Christendom’s most important saints: Saint Francis of Assisi, a 13th century reformer who preached by setting an example for all.
Although from a wealthy family, he chose to live in poverty and austerity telling his followers that a good Christian’s duty is to “Preach the Gospel always, if necessary use words”; meaning thereby that the best preachers are those setting the best examples, something the Church seems to have increasingly forgotten in modern times.
Saint Francis founded the Franciscan Order and its female counterpart founded by his spiritual sister St. Claire, both of which made vows of poverty. His preaching got him into trouble with local secular and Church authorities even landing him in jail.
As today, the Church of St. Francis’s time was very much in need of a major internal clean-up. Francis of Assisi reproached the pope in front of all his cardinals for their excessive attachment to luxury, and their banality and mundane ways. Later, Pope Innocent III would finally approve his predication and approved the founding of the Franciscan Order.
So, will Pope Francis I do as his spiritual predecessor and wage a veritable war for greater austerity inside the Church, requiring its highest authorities to set the example, both inside and outside the Church?
Will he really do something about prelates accused of improper sexual conduct, cutting them off fully and completely from the Church, and not just “transferring” them away to some quiet place hoping their immoralities and perversion will just go away, as if by magic?
Will Francis I also fully and thoroughly clean up the Vatican Bank (Institute of Religious Works) forcing it to cancel shady financial deals, reject usury-based financial income, and putting its monetary wealth to work for the poor?
Again, will he identify and weed out the truly guilty of such crimes and perversion, severing all Church ties with them?
In short, will Francis I do something none of his predecessors seems to have had the will to do over the past fifty years, which is not to sweep all this mess under the carpet, but rather cleaning the place up for real?
That all remains to be seen.
Hundreds of millions of honest Catholics the world over, including in his native Argentina, certainly hope that he will.
Others, much closer to him now, who reside inside the Vatican, however, tremble at the thought that he might actually do just that.
Clearly a grave danger for Pope Francis, when one remembers that another pope – John Paul I – had pledged when chosen that he would clean up the Vatican Bank after its Banco Ambrosiano/Freemasonry scandal. Alas! John Paul I appears as Pope No. 109 in Malachy’s List, carrying the phrase “De Medietate Lunae” (of the Half of the Moon”): when elected in late August 1978, there was a half-moon in the sky and he died at the next half-moon…
St. Francis of Assisi (Image from wikipedia.org)
But we’re not really sure whether Msgr. Bergoglio chose his papal name only because of the Saint from Assisi. It may have been to honor other Francis’s like St. Francis Javier, or even 16th century St. Francis de Borja both of whom were, like himself, Jesuits.
The Jesuits – The Society of Jesus – are a 16th Century order founded by Spaniard St. Ignace of Loyola, as a militia to defend the Church against the forces of reformation and other dangers to the faith.
The Jesuit’s strong-willed militancy got them expelled several times from the American colonies and also from Europe. Even the Church itself suppressed them. They have an autonomous leadership under its Superior General whom many refer to as the “Black Pope” alluding to the Order’s great leverage inside then Church. Jesuits are known for being shrewd and sharp intellectuals with a keen sense for political and social strategy, and a very strong will to promote and drive their goals and objectives.
Maybe Msgr. Bergoglio is honoring all of these Francis’s. But the one that has caught the Catholic world’s imagination is clearly St Francis of Assisi, in which case much will be expected of Pope Francis. No pope – until now – has ever chosen that name which many perceive as emblematic of a key enemy of certain castes of mischief-makers inside the Vatican.
At odds on Iran: US doesn’t share Israeli zeal for military solution
When Israel invaded Southern Lebanon in 2006 they were ignominiously expelled by Iran-backed Hezbollah. Since then, the Jewish State has gone into ‘we-have-to-take-out-Iran’ mode, doing everything it can to drag America to war against Iran. Almost seven years later, Israel’s window of opportunity is closing fast.
‘My big brother America is gonna beat you up…!’
That’s been Israel’s implicit message to Iran ever since. When George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Condoleeza Rice and the NeoCons ran America, bringing the US on board this war-mongering effort against Iran did not seem a daunting task. Especially considering that inside the US, Israel can rely on a little help from its ‘friends’: the powerful pro-Israel lobby led by AIPAC – American Israeli Public Affairs Committee.
But in 2008 Bush was replaced by Barack Obama whose brand of Democrats are not all knee-jerking ‘Israel First’ fanatics. Add to that the US Military’s growing resistance to a foreign policy that has been led astray by the Israeli lobby, particularly after successive fiascos in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the growing “Arab Spring” mess.
Even more, large sectors of US and global public opinion are becoming aware of the dangers of America’s Israel addiction; of Israel’s use and abuse of the US as a proxy power fighting its wars, something clearly not in America’s national interest. In his message to the UN General Assembly last September, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu produced a cute bomb-shaped graph to show the world just how close ‘big bad Iran’ is to having a nuclear bomb which he says they will use to obliterate ‘good little Israel’.
Netanyahu would have certainly loved to see staunch Zionist Mitt Romney make it to the White House in November’s elections but – Alas! – he didn’t, and Obama’s still living there, and even had the nerve of naming non-Zionist moderate Chuck Hagel as head the Pentagon.
It seems the US is taking an increasingly arm’s length approach to the ‘Iran Problem’ given the very serious geopolitical perils and overtones that any unilateral US/Israeli/NATO military attack on Iran would spell, which might even lead to direct confrontation with Russia.
Meanwhile Iran will not back down on its nuclear program, an issue the Obama Administration is taking an oddly calm view on. Significantly, the US even gave Argentina a subtle nod to negotiate with Iran over the 1994 AMIA terror bombing in Buenos Aires.
Since, theories have arisen that Bush, the US president at the time, coaxed Argentina’s President Kirchner into falsely accusing Iran, solely based on CIA/Mossad “evidence” delivered in October 2006, right after Israel’s fiasco in Lebanon.
So in light of all this what, exactly, is going on here? Why are the US and Israel at loggerheads over Iran?
Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, uses a diagram of a bomb to describe Iran’s nuclear program while delivering his address to the 67th United Nations General Assembly meeting September 27, 2012 at
America’s Worst Nightmare
Today the US and Israel have increasingly divergent interests and objectives regarding Iran. Israel’s are easy to grasp: Iran is Israel’s geopolitical arch-enemy, and one of the few countries that is up to the task of becoming a strong and credible leader in the Muslim World, especially since one of Iran’s key objectives is to do away with Israel’s hardline rule in Palestine.
Mainstream Western media have continually and falsely noted that “Iran wants to wipe Israel off the map”, rather than Iran merely wanting an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestine. America, however, has a different cause for concern.
Nothing to do with Iran’s nuclear program but rather with the US Dollar. For many decades the US, through its Federal Reserve Bank, has abusively printed huge quantities of unbacked ‘Fiat money’ to finance its huge deficit, which today has ballooned to over 15 trillion. All’s well as long as that money circulates and ends up somewhere far away, such as the vaults of the central banks of friendly countries like Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, and even of some not so friendly countries like China. Even if it is kept going around and around in the global financial merry-go-rounds of the bonds markets or… the huge global oil market.
“Just keep it flowing and busy in all those markets”, Washington seems to be saying, “…so that we can continue printing more and more of it!” Of course, none dare call it inflation, technocrats have nice buzz-words for things like, “Quantitative Easing I, II and III”, “TARP Funding” and “too-big-to-fail-megabank bailouts…” But call it what you may, inflation by any other name smells just as rotten…
The US knows only too well that, to a great extent, it is a superpower without much power, because if China decided to sell their almost 2 trillion in US-Dollar treasury bills, bonds and other financial instruments, quickly changing them into Euros, it would spell inflationary disaster for America. Such eventualities however, are unlikely to occur given the complexities of global financial markets; thus, neither China nor any other major US-dollar-holder appears ready to do that – not just now, anyway.
However, there is another much more physical, concrete and strategically complex threat that keeps US leaders awake at night- the oil market. To better understand why America’s joy-ride is fast coming to an end as people’s political awareness grows, let me give you a simple example: Every time Argentina, South Africa or Japan need to buy a barrel of crude oil, its people must work to earn those 100 dollars oil costs in international markets.
The US, however, only needs to print US$100. The same goes if they need money to overrun Iraq, Libya or drone-bomb Afghanistan to smithereens: just print the money and keep the oil flowing and the bombs falling. Get the picture? It’s easy to be a “superpower” that way!
But the picture becomes clearer when you join the dots. Imagine what would happen if those trillions upon trillions of Petro-Dollars spinning and gurgling globally were to suddenly slip from the control of the three – and only three – New York, London and Dubai-based global oil markets solely trading in Dollars?
For instance, if a major oil-producing country or group of countries were to create a fourth global oil market trading not in Dollars but in Euros, say Yens, Rubles, Yuans…? Given the volumes of oil that countries like China, India and Japan gobble up, if successful, such a market would displace very sizeable shares of Petro-Dollar volumes, which would mean fast declining mega-sums of Petro-dollars spinning away from global markets and flowing back towards US-centered financial circuits. Can you imagine what hundreds of billions of freed up Petro-Dollars flowing back to the US in a short period of time would mean?
Weapons of mass destruction
Well, like the proverbial cat playing with a mouse under its paws, since at least 2005 Iran has been openly toying with the idea of opening up a such fourth non-US$ global oil market. China would probably support them as they get a sizeable share of their oil from Iran, so perhaps would India. If the followers of Hugo Chavez hold on to power, Venezuela too might tag along (now do we understand why the US needs to get a strong grip on Venezuela?).
Even Russia, which does not really need Iranian oil, might support Iran for its own geopolitical reasons, considering its growing conflicts with the West. Last year, we even heard strong rumors about Iran selling oil to India payable in gold… Iran fully understands this issue so they are cautiously biding their time. Remember, their Persian forefathers invented chess… So, wouldn’t the US just love to take out Iran to thwart such a threat? I mean, it already happened twice in the last decade:
IRAQ: As part of UN sanctions after the first Gulf War, every year Saddam Hussein was allowed to trade one billion dollars of Iraqi oil for medicines and food. But then, starting in 2000 Saddam started to switch over to the Euro. Suddenly, the world learned from Bush’s NeoCons that Iraq had arsenals of nasty “weapons of mass destruction”; that Saddam had to be “taken out” otherwise mushroom clouds would explode over London, Washington and New York! And so, a decade ago in March 2003, the US, UK and NATO promptly ransacked Iraq and had Saddam Hussein murdered. WMD’s? Ooopss, sorry… didn’t find any!…but: Iraq continues selling its oil in dollars.
LIBYA: In 2010 Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was planning to introduce a new currency to trade North African oil: the “Gold Dinar” in lieu of the dollar. Suddenly, the world learned from the US, France and Britain that Gaddafi was a formidable monster so…in October 2011 he too was taken out and murdered on live TV to the laughter of Hillary “We-came-we-saw-he-died” Clinton. Now Libya lies in shambles but its new pro-Exxon/BP “authorities” trade their oil solely in dollars…
The key question now is which shall prevail in the US in the weeks and months to come: American national interest or Israeli national interest?
This is really top level Machtpolitik so, just to be sure everything’s in order, the most obedient Western mainstream media are keeping “all options on the table” running all sorts of headlines to remind us how nasty Iran is, its nuke ambitions, poor Little Israel and its security issues (which is why they’re allowed to keep the sole nuclear arsenal in the Middle East, right?), the delicate state of the global financial system and why no one should be allowed to rock the boat and, of course, the never-ending “War on Terror…”, But now we know.
It is all about oil; it is all about the US-Dollar; it is all about a global financial system being kept artificially alive for mega-banker profit; it is about Israel… The flip-side of that coin gets even worse: It’s not about the interest of the working masses in the US, Europe and worldwide; and it definitely is not about Democracy or Human Rights.
Adrian Salbuchi is a political analyst, author, speaker and radio/TV commentator in Argentina.www.asalbuchi.com.ar
The US is the Don Corleone of International Politics
South America – Venezuela in particular – has been the target of a coordinated campaign by the US government and private industry over the past few years. But those of us who have been paying attention know this is nothing new.
WikiLeaks recently published new documents showing that US global intelligence corporations like Stratfor and its foreign offshoot CANVAS worked hard over the past decade (aided and abetted by US Government agencies) in a failed attempt to overthrow Venezuela’s democratically elected president Hugo Chavez.
Meddling in the ‘Backyard’
The US corporate over-world has always worked closely with the CIA, the State Department and the Pentagon promoting the overthrow – known as “regime change in rogue states” – of governments that do not automatically align to US interests; or, better said, of governments that do not automatically align with the interests of the supra-national global power elite that is deeply embedded inside private and public power structures in the US.
This has been especially true throughout Latin America, traditionally America’s geopolitical and economic backyard, from Mexico to Tierra del Fuego.
For example, September 11th of this year (of all dates!) marks the 40th anniversary of the CIA-backed, financed and orchestrated overthrow and assassination of Chile’s democratically elected president, Salvador Allende.
Allende was replaced by a pro-US and pro-UK military junta headed by General Augusto Pinochet. At the time, private corporations like ITT worked hand in hand with CIA operatives promoting strikes, social turmoil and waging psychological warfare through the local media. Then it was Chile; now it’s Venezuela.
In fact, the 1970s and 1980s saw the Kissinger-designed and executed ‘Condor Plan’ finance and diplomatically support various military coups and regimes not only in Chile but in Argentina, Bolivia, Uruguay, Paraguay and other countries in the region.
Such US-UK support for authoritarian and criminal regimes would only stop when some Latin American general like Argentina’s General Leopoldo Galtieri went too far by doing something really stupid, like Argentina’s 1982 invasion of the Falkland Islands.
Relatives of Argentine soldiers who died during Argentina’s 1982 war over the Falkland Islands decorate tombs at a cemetery. (AFP Photo / Angeline Montoya)
Barring that, all those US-backed coups used local military strongmen trained in the US Military’s School of the Americas in Panama to do as they pleased in their local countries, as long as: (a) they kept those countries aligned to US geopolitical imperatives which during the Cold War meant being staunchly anti-Communist; (b) accepted Chicago-Boys-style financial dependency and artificially created public debts; (c) kept local populations in permanent fear and thus ‘disciplined and orderly.’
Since the fall of the former Soviet Union, however, these tactics changed dramatically. Now US control over Latin American countries is centred on promoting ‘democracy.’ Well, actually, “the kind of democracy that we want to see,” as Hillary Clinton so eloquently put it when visiting ‘Arab Spring Egypt’ back in March 2011.
c of State Hillary Clinton (C) shakes hands with Egyptians as she takes an unannounced walk through Tahrir Square, the epicentre of the 18 days of protests that overthrew long time ally Hosni Mubarak, on Mah 16, 2011. (AFP Photo / Paul J. Richards)
Such money-controlled democracy is, of course, no democracy at all, but rather an obscene money-sloshing and media clownery system that catapults their favourite candidates into local positions of power.
When the US has its way as in Mexico, Colombia and Chile, and their candidates win local elections, then it’s all business as usual.
But when growing political awareness among the local populace elects presidents into power who prioritize the local national interest as in Ecuador (who just re-elected their fine president Rafael Correa), Bolivia (Evo Morales) and, most notably, Venezuela with Hugo Chavez, then the ‘regime change’ mega-juggernaut comes into full action.
Public and private initiative
In America, you never know whether it’s the White House and Congress running the country and the corporate over-world, or if it’s the other way around: The corporate over-world runs the White House, Congress and the country.
Recent WikiLeaks documents released on Venezuela describes Stratfor as “a company that fronts as an intelligence publisher, but provides confidential intelligence services to large corporations such as Bhopal’s Dow Chemical Co., Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and government agencies, including the US Department of Homeland Security, the US Marines and the US Defence Intelligence Agency.”
“The emails,” WikiLeaks goes on to explain, “show Stratfor’s web of informers, pay-off structure, payment laundering techniques and psychological methods.”
The filtered emails cover a wide range of issues on the energy sector, especially oil; political change and the state of right-wing forces inside Venezuela; and the state of the country’s armed forces. They also refer to Venezuela’s relations with Cuba, China, Russia and Iran, and provide bleak projections for the economy and the financial sector.
The Serbian-based and US-supported Center for Applied Non-Violent Action and Strategies (CANVAS) is yet another such ‘global intelligence’ front of what, in practice, are organizations specializing in engineering social turmoil – even civil war – as countries like Serbia, Libya, Afghanistan and Syria have painfully learned.
The leaked emails from CANVAS had them explaining their recommended strategy for toppling governments, as in one revealing message to Stratfor:
“When somebody asks us for help, as in Vene (sic!) case, we usually ask them the question ‘and how would you do it?’. That means that the first thing is to create a situational analysis (the word doc I sent you) and after that comes “Mission Statement” (still left to be done) and then “Operational Concept”, which is the plan for campaign… For this case we have three campaigns: Unification of opposition, campaign for [September 2010 parliamentary elections] and parallel with that a ‘get out and vote’ campaign.” Very straightforward!
Stratfor Global Intelligence CEO George Friedman (AFP Photo/Ronaldo Schemidt)
Stratfor’s founder and chairman is one George Friedman, who is regularly interviewed in the Wall Street Journal, CNBC and CNN and is advisor to JPMorganChase, CitiGroup and Ernst & Young. Stratfor’s president & CEO is Shea Morenz, who for many years was a senior officer at Goldman Sachs. Not exactly corporations and megabanks bent on promoting the common good of the people of Venezuela, or of any other country in Latin America or elsewhere.
Clearly, there are no sharp lines separating these private intelligence publishers and analysts, think tanks like the Council on Foreign Relations, RAND Corporation, National Endowment for Democracy and major corporations, from public US-Government agencies like the CIA, NSA, USAID and the State Department.
In fact, throughout Latin America, lucid political observers will always keep an eye on what ‘La Embajada’ is up to. ‘La Embajada’ is Spanish for ‘The Embassy’ – not just any embassy, of course, but the local Embassy of the United States.
No surprise then to learn that this batch of WikiLeaks documents reveals US-based firms working to overthrow Hugo Chavez by assisting and financing opposition candidates like Henrique Capriles Radonsky, who was Chavez’s main opposition candidate, coming in second place in last year’s presidential elections.
Venezuela’s Democratic Unity coalition presidential candidates Capriles Radonsky. (AFP Photo / Juan Barreto)
Capriles Radonsky is strongly backed by US, European and Israeli interests, thanks to his notable alignment to those countries’ objectives in Venezuela and the region. Of Jewish background – in a country with a very tiny Jewish community – Radonsky promises to steer Venezuela away from the close ties forged by Chavez with Iran, Cuba, Russia, China and (until it was overrun and destroyed by NATO) also Libya.
Due to President Chavez’s ailing health, this public-private US initiative is again hard at work promoting all opposition forces inside Venezuela, whilst they eagerly await good news (for them) about president Chavez’s condition, hoping that he may have to relinquish the presidency he won late last year, which would mean new elections in a Venezuela without Chavez.
That would spell real tragedy for that country, as the US public-private initiative would again go into full ‘lets-get-our-boy-into-the-Miraflores-presidential-palace-in-Caracas’ Mode.upporters of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez gather at Simon Bolivar Square in Caracas. (AFP Photo / Juan Baretto)
A tragedy not just for Venezuela but for the entire region as well, where the US continues holding full sway in countries like Colombia – whose president Juan Manuel Santos is a member of the Rockefeller-funded, New York-based ‘Americas Society’ that promotes in-roads into Latin America for the powerful Council on Foreign Relations, whose head office is just across the street from them on Park Avenue at 57th Street. And Mexico recently elected pro-US rich-boy Enrique Peña Nieto as president. Two countries where it’s business as usual.
‘Make it look like a democratic election’
In advising on how to engineer destabilisation, CANVAS told Stratfor, that “We only give them the tools to use.” Referring to the 2010 parliamentary elections, they wrote, “This year we are definitely ramping up activity in Venezuela… they have elections in September and we are in close connection with activists from there and people trying to help them (please keep this to yourself for now, no publication). The first phase of our preparation is under way.”
So, this is “the kind of democracy the US wants to see.” Or, as Don Corleone in ‘The Godfather’ would recommend to agents and operatives if he sat in the State Department or the CIA: “Make it look like a democratic election.”
Maybe Corleone’s best disciples are actually running the show after all.
AFP Photo / Geraldo Caso
Adrian Salbuchi for RT
Adrian Salbuchi is a political analyst, author, speaker and radio/TV commentator in Argentina.www.asalbuchi.com.ar