CNN reports that “world powers” – corrupt states belonging to the Arab League and ultimately members of the European Union – are “mapping out a plan to deliver humanitarian aid” in Syria under the banner of “Friends of Syria.”
On Thursday, Secretary of State Clinton gave her blessing to a move to arm the Syrian opposition. CNN attempted to soften the deadly impact of Clinton’s move to initiate a fresh round of terror and murder by stating that “the opposition will find willing sources to supply them with munitions to counter the Syrian government onslaught blamed for thousands of deaths.”
“There will be increasingly capable opposition forces,” Clinton hinted. “They will from somewhere, somehow, find the means to defend themselves as well as begin offensive measures.”
An Arab League report issued earlier this month revealed that the Free Syria Army and other “armed opposition groups” are currently engaged in killing civilians and police and conducting terrorist attacks targeting innocent civilians.
Former FBI interpreter and whistle blower Sibel Edmunds, former CIA officer Philip Giraldi, and a handful of others have reported on the U.S.-NATO-CIA campaign to undermine al-Assad and violently depose his regime, but this information had been routinely ignored by the establishment media.
An advance draft of the Friends of Syria plan calls for al-Assad to agree to an immediate cease-fire or face a “yet-to-be mentioned response” from the “world community.” It recognizes the Syrian National Council as a “credible representative of the Syrian people.”
A mention on the website of the World Health Organization (WHO) admits that there were suggestions by member or members of the Chemical Aspects Working Group meeting in Tokyo, held in 2002, to omit information on the “adverse health effects” of fluoride to “prevent controversy.” Here is the full quote from the WHO’s website:
“At the Chemical Aspects Working Group meeting (Tokyo, 2002), the group was informed that the monograph was being finalized, and there was considerable discussion on various aspects of the draft, including a suggestion that the monograph should not mix discussion on the beneficial use of fluoride with adverse health effects to prevent controversy. The monograph was not discussed at the Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality Working Group meeting (Geneva, 2004). The document is in editing and layout (2005). A presentation to the Working Groups of the WHO Oral Health Programme on the importance of fluoridation was made in 2005.”
In the questionnaire for the working group, posted on the WHO’s website, the Working Group’s members are assured that their comments “will not be posted to the public website.” Well, it seems the WHO not only lies to the world, they lie to their own underlings as well. But no matter: the most important thing here is that the WHO deliberately contemplated omitting crucial information about fluoride’s damaging effects from its future publications- which in turn act as guiding principles, commandments almost, for states all around the world.
As it turns out, the WHO not only omits and deletes. That would make the whole affair some sad sort of cover-up or whitewash. No, the WHO- knowing perfectly well that fluoride is most damaging- actively promotes the use of fluoride and works to distribute it through the world’s water-supply. A WHO publication of the Expert Consensus Meeting Group Report even advises adding fluoride in the water-supply for specific segments of the population.
The “consensus” reached among the “experts” reads, that higher income groups often already consume enough fluoride for their purposes, which- by the way- has decidedly nothing to do with some dental battle against tooth decay.
“For example”, we can read in the report, “in countries such as those in Scandinavia, where public dental awareness is very high and alternative vehicles for fluoride (e.g. fluoridated toothpaste) are widely available and widely used, a decision to not fluoridate the water, or remove fluoride, or to supply drinking water with suboptimal levels of fluoride would likely be of little consequence.
The report continues with the statement that for segments of the population which do not have wide access to fluoridated toothpaste, the WHO would me more than willing to dump trace amounts of it into the water-supply, free of charge:
“On the other hand in developing and developed countries where public dental health awareness in some population groups (e.g. lower income) might be much lower, water containing either natural or added fluoride at concentrations of 0.5 to1.0 mg/l would be important for dental health.”
This idea perfectly coincides with the ruling guidelines of the WHO Oral Health Programme, which include a “particular focus” on “the disadvantaged and under-served population groups.”:
“The WHO Oral Health Programme, jointly with the FDI World Dental Federation (FDI) and the International Association for Dental Research (IADR), have embarked on an action plan for the promotion of using fluoride, particularly focusing on the disadvantaged and under-served population groups.”
Furthermore, the WHO’s Guidelines for drinking water quality states:
“In setting national standards for fluoride or in evaluating the possible health consequences of exposure to fluoride, it is essential to consider the intake of water by the population of interest and the intake of fluoride from other sources (e.g., from food, air and dental preparations).”
Dr.Richard Shames, graduated Harvard and University of Pennsylvania, after in-depth research into the effects of Fluoride on the human biological system, noted:
“(…) the Nazi concentration camps used fluoridated water to suppress the will and vigor of inmates. This appears to have been during the 1930s and was the first known example of fluoridated water supplies for a specific population.”
Fluoride, in whatever amount, is nothing less than a chemical weapon. Considering it is applied to entire populations or certain groups within a population, the definition is chemical warfare- a tool most useful to eugenicists who are intent on depopulation the planet.
In a secret program that is now admitted to be true, the United States government injected unknowing human ‘participants’ with highly toxic plutonium. It sounds like a bizarre torture scenario that you’d expect to see blamed on illegal terror organizations, but the individuals behind this crime are actually doctors working for the United States government. Disregarding the health of innocent citizens, the government testers were eager to see how unknowing participants suffered as a result of secret plutonium injection.
It began in 1945, when an employee at the Oak Ridge Nuclear Facility was in a car accident. Ebb Cade survived, but was taken in as a human participant in a disturbing study he did not consent to. It is important to note that this man was a fifty-three-year-old African American, as previous government trials have singled out African Americans and other minorities. The racist sterilization programs occurred between 1929 to 1974 under an admitted eugenics programs that officials claimed were ‘creating a better society’. Most victims were poor, black women who were ‘deemed unfit to be parents’. Individuals as young as 10 were sterilized simply for not getting along with schoolmates or being promiscuous, and many parents were misled into sterilizing their children.
Ebb Cade was taken and bound to a bed with a broken arm and leg, where doctors interviewed him regarding his current state of health. After determining he was in a state of proper health, doctors secretly injected him with 4.7 micrograms of plutonium on Aptil 10th. It is still unknown who exactly ordered the program within the U.S. government, as they have managed to disassociate themselves with the entire nefarious program. At the time of the injection, scientists were perfectly aware of the negative effects associated with radiation. With cancers and radiation sickness on the rise, these scientists knew exactly what they were doing — examining the effects of plutonium isotopes on living beings.
Prior to the tests on Cade, the scientists injected animals with plutonium and noted the severe adverse effects. In some cases, animals were even fed radioactive waste. In fact, one scientist received a face full of gas and required his stomach to be pumped along with a full face scrub in an attempt to eliminate the threat. The scientists made sure that they were given the full treatment after the exposure. Meanwhile, they were injecting individuals with plutonium.
Scientists took excretions from Cade over the next five days to see how much plutonium retained in his body. They also refused to set his broken bones until April 15th, and cut samples from the bone before doing so to examine the plutonium content in his bone tissue. Fifteen of his teeth were pulled for testing. After all of this, they never informed Cade what they were doing. One nurse said that the tortured Cade escaped in the middle of the night, and he was later found to die in 1953 of heart failure.
Sadly, Cade was not the last test experiment.
Three human experiments followed, all cancer patients seeking treatment. Instead of treatment, the patients were injected with deadly plutonium in order for government scientists to see the effects. A man in his sixties with lung cancer, a woman in her fifties with breast cancer, and a “young man” with Hodgkin’s lymphoma were all given the poison. Conveniently, the third patient’s records are not available. He was injected with fifteen times more than any other individual, at 95 micrograms.
What followed is further widespread testing. The University of Rochester joined the program, injecting patients with not only plutonium but radioactive isotopes like polonium and uranium. Other institutions like the University of California soon followed suit.
Perhaps most concerning is the fact that this disgusting disregard for human health is not an isolated incident. The Tuskegee syphilis experiment is but one example of secret government human experiments that have run rampant throughout recent history. Taking place between 1932 and 1972, Tuskegee, Alabama, the U.S. Public Health Service knowingly infected poor black men with syphillus in order to test the effects. These men thought that they were receiving free healthcare by the U.S. government.
The list goes on, targeting minorities and the disabled in particular. From forced sterilizations to incognito injections, there is a lengthy history of government testing that shows the blatant disregard for your health by the United States government and elsewhere. With this in mind, is it any wonder why the FDA keeps toxic substances like mercury unregulated among the food supply?
A proponent of the war on terror was left with egg on his face during a recent C-Span appearance when caller after caller hammered home the fact that the underwear bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, was allowed to board Delta flight 253 by the U.S. government.
The victim of this ‘truth bomb’ was Mickey McCarter, a prominent mouthpiece for the military-industrial complex that relies heavily on the manufactured ‘war on terror’ to the tune of billions of dollars every year. McCarter is a journalist specializing in “homeland security matters” and has also worked for government agencies like the US Navy’s Bureau of Naval Personnel and the Defense Contract Management Agency.
After discussing the recent conviction of the underwear bomber with no mention of the fact that he boarded the plane only with the aid of the U.S. government, McCarter faced a barrage of callers who set him straight. The first caller immediately drew attention to Flight 253 passenger Kurt Haskell, an attorney who witnessed a well dressed Indian man force airport officials to let Abdulmutallab board the plane despite the fact that he had no passport and was on a terror watchlist.
“Why would a CIA agent….get that guy on the plane,” the caller asked, to which McCarter responded by claiming, “I am not familiar with the story,” before erroneously claiming that Abdulmutallab “raised no alarm”.
The notion that McCarter, who bills himself as a terror expert, has no idea about Kurt Haskell’s testimony, FBI confirmation of the fact, in addition to media reports concerning how AbdulMutallab was helped on the plane by a well-dressed man, over two years after it was initially revealed, is dubious to say the least.
After a second caller again references Haskell’s testimony and makes the connection between the underwear bomber plot and the TSA’s invasive groping policy, he is cut off, before a third caller discusses how the event created the perfect pretext for the introduction of naked body scanners, which just happened to make a lot of money for security officials like Michael Chertoff who were heavily invested in them at the time.
This episode again underscores the fact that – as Hillary Clinton bemoaned last year – we are winning the infowar. Informed Americans in growing numbers are successfully waking up their fellow citizens to the fact that the war on terror is a manufactured hoax wherein intelligence agencies recruit patsies and dupes to carry out attacks which are then used to advance the agenda of the military-industrial complex.
It’s a scary thought, having the Internet forcibly shut off for you. But it’s just what some Fortune 500 companies and government agencies could face as the Federal Bureau of Investigation tries to get rid of an extremely malicious computer virus.
Krebs on Security reports that the malware — DNSChanger Trojan — infected more than 4 million computes in more than 100 countries thanks to the work of six men who were arrested in Estonia for the crime in Nov. 2011. Gizmodo reports that the virus causes the user to be sent to fraudulent websites by changing DNS settings and even prevents them from visiting security sites that could help rid them of the virus.
In the United States, a half a million computers were reportedly infected with a security firm finding at least one infection in half of the Fortune 500 companies and 27 government agencies. What’s to be done? Krebs on Security reports that any computer still infected by March 8, 2012, will have Internet service disconnected from it:
“Yes, there are challenges with removing this malware, but you would think people would want to get this cleaned up,” said Rod Rasmussen, president and chief technology officer at Internet Identity. “This malware was sometimes bundled with other stuff, but it also turns off antivirus software on the infected machines and blocks them from getting security updates from Microsoft.”
Would you eat mystery meat grown in a lab if doing so was better for the environment? The debate may seem abstract, but scientists could turn a test-tube burger into reality by October.
The $330,000 project being conducted by Mark Post, chairman of physiology at Maastricht University in the Netherlands, involves a cow’s stem cells and funds from an anonymous private investor.
Post has already created several small strips of muscle tissue that, once he makes thousands more, will be mashed together to create a burger patty. The first sandwich could be ready this fall, he said during a presentation at the annual meeting of the American Assn. for the Advancement of Science in Vancouver, Canada.
Every victim of a crime in Michigan is entitled to make a statement in open court regarding the impact of the crime on their life. The statement is limited to the victim’s physical, emotional and financial well being as it relates to the crime. Keep that in mind as you read my statement. Below is a copy of the victim impact statement I gave today at the Underwear Bomber sentencing hearing. When reading my statement, keep in mind that I am a practicing attorney in the State of Michigan. In addition, I regularly practice in the Court the hearings are taking place at and therefore, I am somewhat limited as to what I can say. We were limited to 5 minutes each.
I wish to thank the Court for allowing me these 5 minutes to make my statement. My references to the government in this statement refer to the Federal Government excluding this Court and the prosecution. On Christmas Day 2009, my wife and I were returning from an African safari and had a connecting flight through Amsterdam. As we waited for our flight, we sat on the floor next to the boarding gate. What I witnessed while sitting there and subsequent events have changed my life forever. While I sat there, I witnessed Umar dressed in jeans and a white t-shirt, being escorted around security by a man in a tan suit who spoke perfect American English and who aided Umar in boarding without a passport. The airline gate worker initially refused Umar boarding until the man in the tan suit intervened. The event meant nothing to me at the time. Little did I know that Umar would try to kill me a few hours later as our flight approached Detroit. The final 10 minutes of our flight after the attack were the worst minutes of my life. During those 10 minutes I sat paralyzed in fear. Unfortunately, what happened next has had an even greater impact on my life and has saddened me further.
When we landed, I was shocked that our plane taxied up to the gate. I was further shocked that we were forced to sit on the plane for 20 minutes with powder from the so called bomb all over the cabin. The officers that boarded the plane did nothing to ensure our safety and did not check for accomplices or other explosive devices. Several passengers trampled through parts of the bomb as they exited the plane. We were then taken into the terminal with our unchecked carry on bags. Again, there was no concern for our safety even though Umar told the officers that there was another bomb on board as he exited the plane. I wondered why nobody was concerned about our safety, accomplices or other bombs and the lack of concern worried me greatly. I immediately told the FBI my story in order to help catch the accomplice I had seen in Amsterdam. It soon became obvious that the FBI wasn’t interested in what I had to say, which upset me further. For one month the government refused to admit the existence of the man in the tan suit before changing course and admitting his existence in an ABC News article on January 22, 2010. That was the last time the government talked about this man. The video that would prove the truth of my account has never been released. I continue to be emotional upset that the video has not been released. The Dutch police, meanwhile, in this article (show article), also confirmed that Umar did not show his passport in Amsterdam which also meant that he didn’t go through security as both are in the same line in Amsterdam. It upsets me that the government refuses to admit this fact.
I became further saddened from this case, when Patrick Kennedy of the State Department during Congressional hearings, admitted that Umar was a known terrorist, was being followed, and the U.S. allowed him into the U.S. so that it could catch Umar’s accomplices. I was once again shocked and saddened when Michael Leiter of the National Counter terrorism Center admitted during these same hearings that intentionally letting terrorists into the U.S. was a frequent practice of the U.S. Government. I cannot fully explain my sadness, disappointment and fear when I realized that my government allowed an attack on me intentionally.
During this time, I questioned if my country intentionally put a known terrorist onto my flight with a live bomb. I had many sleepless nights over this issue. My answer came shortly thereafter. In late 2010, the FBI admitted to giving out intentionally defective bombs to the Portland Christmas Tree Bomber,the Wrigley Field Bomber and several others. Further, Mr. Chambers was quoted in the Free Press on January 11, 2011 when he indicated that the government’s own explosives experts had indicated that Umar’s bomb was impossibly defective. I wondered how that could be. Certainly, I thought, Al Qaeda wouldn’t go through all of the trouble to plan such an attack only to provide the terrorist with an impossibly defective bomb.
I attended nearly all of the pretrial hearings. At the hearing on January 28, 2011, I was greatly disappointed by the prosecution’s request to block evidence from Mr. Chambers “as it could then be able to be obtained by third parties, who could use it in a civil suit against the government”. It really bothered me that the government apparently was admitting to wrongdoing of some kind as it admitted that it was concerned it would be sued. It further upset me to know that the government was putting its own interests ahead of those of the passengers.
When I attended the jury selection hearings, I questioned why versions of the same two questions kept coming up, those being:
1. Do you think you’ll be able to tell whether something is actually a bomb? and 2. Do you realize that sometimes the media doesn’t always tell the truth?
I continued to be greatly saddened at this point as I felt the truth continued to be hidden.
When Umar listed me as his only witness, I was happy to testify, not on his behalf, but on behalf of the truth. I never expected to testify, as my eyewitness account would have been too damaging to the myth that the government and media are putting forward. A mere 5 days after I was announced as a witness, there was an inexplicable guilty plea which exasperated me as I no longer would be testifying.
In closing I will just say that regardless of how the media and government try to shape the public perception of this case, I am convinced that Umar was given an intentionally defective bomb by a U.S. Government agent and placed on our flight without showing a passport or going through security, to stage a false terrorist attack to be used to implement various government policies.
The effect this matter has had on my life has been astounding and due to this case, I will never trust the government in any matter, ever.
In regards to sentencing, nothing I’ve said excuses the fact that Umar tried to kill me. He has waived his valid claim to the entrapment defense. Umar, you are not a great Muslim martyr, you are merely a “Patsy”. I ask the court to impose the mandatory sentence.
Greece is teetering on the edge of bankrupcy, the future of bailed-out Portugal is uncertain and the single currency itself could be in trouble. The ranks of people writing off the Eurozone and even the European project itself are only swelling in number. So, perhaps that’s why the message for a United Europe is being pushed on an all new platform – the classroom.
'Dirty' Industries: Just between you and me, shouldn't the World Bank be encouraging MORE migration of the dirty industries to the LDCs [Least Developed Countries]? I can think of three reasons:
1) The measurements of the costs of health impairing pollution depends on the foregone earnings from increased morbidity and mortality. From this point of view a given amount of health impairing pollution should be done in the country with the lowest cost, which will be the country with the lowest wages. I think the economic logic behind dumping a load of toxic waste in the lowest wage country is impeccable and we should face up to that.
2) The costs of pollution are likely to be non-linear as the initial increments of pollution probably have very low cost. I've always thought that under-populated countries in Africa are vastly UNDER-polluted, their air quality is probably vastly inefficiently low compared to Los Angeles or Mexico City. Only the lamentable facts that so much pollution is generated by non-tradable industries (transport, electrical generation) and that the unit transport costs of solid waste are so high prevent world welfare enhancing trade in air pollution and waste.
3) The demand for a clean environment for aesthetic and health reasons is likely to have very high income elasticity. The concern over an agent that causes a one in a million change in the odds of prostrate[sic] cancer is obviously going to be much higher in a country where people survive to get prostrate[sic] cancer than in a country where under 5 mortality is 200 per thousand. Also, much of the concern over industrial atmosphere discharge is about visibility impairing particulates. These discharges may have very little direct health impact. Clearly trade in goods that embody aesthetic pollution concerns could be welfare enhancing. While production is mobile the consumption of pretty air is a non-tradable.
Summers said developed nations should ship their carcinogenic toxic waste to poor African nations because those nations' citizens' low life expectancies----due to poverty----meant they would be deceased before they ever developed cancer from exposure to the carcinogens
The much feared Obama Internet ‘kill switch’ has been dropped from the latest incarnation of the cybersecurity bill which was introduced yesterday, but the White House still claims that it can intervene in the world wide web under the 1934 law that created the Federal Communications Commission.
“Public apprehension about the possibility of handing the White House a “kill switch” for the Internet has dogged the cybersecurity debate, fueled by a proposal that would have codified emergency powers for the president in the event of a catastrophic attack,” reports the Hill.
Indeed, cybersecurity advocate Joe Lieberman ominously pushed for the ‘kill switch’ provision to be included in the bill by citing the Chinese system of Internet policing as a model to which the United States should aspire.As we have documented, China routinely censors the Internet and cuts off access in order to hide evidence of government corruption and to cover up atrocities committed by the state.
Although language allowing the President to flip a figurative kill switch to shut down parts of the Internet is gone, the White House still claims that it already retains such powers under the law that created the Federal Communications Commission in 1934. This law states that if a “state of public peril or disaster or other national emergency” exists, the president may “authorize the use or control of any…station or device.”
Despite the more controversial aspects having disappeared from the bill, it still contains plenty of provisions that represent a sweeping power grab on behalf of the federal government.
One such provision would empower the Department of Homeland Security to conduct “risk assessments” of private companies in certain sectors and force them to comply with expensive mandates to secure their systems.
Despite the Internet kill switch provision being dropped from the bill, the web as a whole still faces innumerable threats to the anonymity, privacy and freedom of speech of those who use it.
Despite the recent defeat of SOPA and PIPA, protests over governments signing up for ACTA, a global treaty that grants copyright holders sweeping direct powers to demand ISPs remove material from the Internet on a whim, have swept Europe.
Editor’s Note: Monsanto is attempting to counter-spin the poor PR its been deservedly receiving recently - by attacking US farmers who use its frankenstien agra products. Currently, Monsanto are crying to the EPA screaming that, “Bugs’ resistance to modified crops may be increasing”, and ironically, are upset because farmers aren’t planting – non bT corn, next to GMO corn – because according to Monsanto, insects who eat BOTH natural and fake GM corn DON’T become immune to Monsanto’s pesticide perspiring synthetic corn. It should be abundantly clear by now to anyone who considers themself a green or environmental activist, that the world has a serious problem it is facing because of the depths which corporations like Monsanto and their extensive range of freak-tech GMO products have been able to penetrate the world’s food supply. As a mindless public become ever more dependent on experimental DNA-shuffling lab food for humans, successive generations run the risk of degrading their own human genetics, and even losing the ability to reproduce altogether.
Monsanto Co. and other seedmakers reported a threefold increase last year in U.S. farmers caught violating rules intended to stop insects from developing resistance to genetically modified corn.
The rules affect farmers planting seeds modified to produce a toxin derived from Bacillus thuringiensis, or Bt, a natural insecticide. The Environmental Protection Agency requires those growers to also plant an adjacent area — a so-called refuge — of non-Bt corn so that bugs feed on both types of corn and don’t become immune to the toxin.
Seed companies are concerned that bugs’ resistance to modified crops may be increasing. In July, Iowa State University found that some rootworms have evolved resistance to the Bt gene engineered into Monsanto corn. Entomologists in Illinois and other Midwestern states are studying possible resistance in fields where the insects devour roots of Monsanto’s Bt corn.
Seed companies used sales data to identify farmers who may not have purchased enough seed for a refuge, said Nick Storer, global science policy leader for Dow Chemical Co., another maker of modified seeds.
The last few decades have in many respects been a period of extraordinary progress.
There have been fewer wars, there are more democracies, diseases have been forced
into retreat and many hundreds of millions of people have been lifted out of poverty.
A world in which we have gained new opportunities through globalisation has become a
much better world for more and more people.
Not least in Europe – at the present time – we have cause to recall the great progress
made, and the model for peaceful cooperation between free countries that Europe has
thus become for the world.
At the same time, it is clear that we are facing major challenges – in the wider world and
In the wake of the economic difficulties, we are seeing forces that are turning away from
openness and cooperation – and that seem to believe that we can meet the future by
We must never take this path. Sweden must continue to be a strong force for open
societies, for an open Europe and for an open world.
We want to build new bridges and we want to open new doors.
This also means that we want to be a committed and constructive force in European
cooperation. Sweden aspires to be at the core of the European Union.
This is how we can best look after our national interests as well, and this is how we can
best promote the universal values by which we stand.
It is clearly in our interest that the euro area is strong and stable, and that the countries
affected by serious economic problems are also able to solve these with the help of
others. Ultimately, this is about keeping Europe together and avoiding serious social
The fact that we too will be part of the new fiscal pact is an expression of our
We want to see more forceful measures for growth and competitiveness in Europe as a
whole, as a complement to more immediate crisis management. It is important, after
all, not just to discuss current challenges, but also to address the conditions for security
and welfare in the future.
Sweden thus organised a British–Baltic–Nordic cooperation forum – the Northern
Future Forum – to discuss key growth issues. These include women’s entrepreneurship
and demographic changes.
To secure growth in Europe, we also want to broaden and deepen the common internal
market, invest more in research and development, and safeguard our openness towards
the rest of the world. One example of this is Sweden’s commitment to the European
Spallation Source (ESS) in Lund.
A stronger European economy is primarily important for Europe itself, but it also
strengthens our credibility as a global actor.
We are convinced that a stronger European voice is needed in work at global level. This
applies to issues from climate change and peace efforts to the protection of personal
Sweden is driving for a common European foreign and security policy that safeguards
respect for human rights, democracy and the principles of the rule of law.
We want to work for a strong European External Action Service and a clear vision of the
European Union’s strategic role. This is why we want to see a new and modern
European security strategy, as well as a European peace institute and a modernised
European aid policy.
We want Europe to be a strong voice and a clear force for peace, freedom and
reconciliation in both our own region and the world as a whole.
This has become even more important with the developments we have seen in the Arab
countries over the past year, but it continues to apply just as much in our eastern
neighbourhood as well.
I am referring here to the darkness in Minsk as much as the dictatorship in Damascus.
The door to our cooperation must remain open for all European democracies that want
to and can fulfil the obligations that come with membership. The Union’s values, such as 3
freedom of expression and fundamental human rights, must be respected by all
We welcome the fact that Croatia will now become the 28th member of our Union. This
also sends a strong signal to the other countries in the region.
Serbia deserves the status of candidate country, and it should be possible to begin
accession negotiations with Montenegro in the relatively near future. We hope that
Bosnia’s new government can take the measures required for applying for membership
of the European Union, and following the judgment of the International Court of Justice
it should be possible to begin negotiations with Macedonia. Albania and Kosovo need
our support in their work to embark upon the same path.
Sweden supports Turkey’s efforts to live up to all of the membership criteria – not least
respect for human rights – through continued reforms and a new constitution. It is clear
that considerable work remains to be done, just as it is clear that attempts to exclude
Turkey will slow down these reform efforts.
With Turkey as a member, the European Union will be stronger, both politically and
A solution to the Cyprus question is more urgent now than ever before, and would
contribute to stability in the eastern Mediterranean region.
It is a given that we strongly support Iceland’s accession negotiations. We eagerly await
the day when one more Nordic democracy can take its place at the European Council
Sweden’s security policy remains firmly in place.
Sweden’s security is built in solidarity with others. Threats to peace and security are
deterred collectively and in cooperation with other countries and organisations.
Membership of the European Union means that Sweden is part of a political alliance and
takes its share of responsibility, in the spirit of solidarity, for Europe’s security.
Sweden will not remain passive if another EU Member State or Nordic country suffers a
disaster or an attack. We expect these countries to act in the same way if Sweden is
similarly affected. We must be in a position to both give and receive support, civilian
Security and collaboration in our Nordic neighbourhood are particularly important. In
April last year, a Nordic statement of solidarity was adopted as a complement to both
our own and our neighbouring countries’ security policy choices.
Sweden continues its commitment within the European Union’s battlegroups. We are
working for these battlegroups to be placed at the disposal of the United Nations when
necessary, including in the event of major disasters.
The European Union’s ability to assist with crisis management, state-building and
humanitarian support in vulnerable countries contributes to a strong and unified
Europe. Sweden takes its responsibility for an active European role in such operations.
We demonstrated our ability to make an effective contribution to crisis management,
following a decision by the UN Security Council, by sending Swedish Gripen aircraft to
join the NATO operation in Libya last year, along with extensive humanitarian support.
Being in a position to quickly and flexibly contribute to operations when the need arises
is important for Sweden. We want to be a credible partner, regardless of whether
operations are led by the UN, the EU or NATO.
A new and effective instrument in people’s fight for freedom and democracy is access to
the free flow of information. This access can help to liberate people from oppression
and reflects the desire to exchange knowledge, ideas and opinions.
This is why Sweden is pushing for the right and opportunity of all people to
communicate openly and securely on the Internet.
Freedom on the Internet is the new front line in efforts for freedom in the world.
The universal values of human rights, democracy and the rule of law must guide the
global debate on norms for cyberspace.
Increased demands for regulation and control, and censorship and surveillance, risk
creating a new digital divide between those who have freedom of expression on the
Internet and those who do not. People’s freedom of expression on the Internet is the
best way to combat the misuse of the Internet by authoritarian regimes for anti-
Sweden has been proactive in putting the issue of freedom of expression on the Internet
on the agenda of the United Nations Human Rights Council.
Sweden will also host an international conference in Stockholm in April this year on how
freedom and openness on the Internet can also promote global economic and social
Moreover, we will take the initiative for a European strategy for freedom on the
This year it is one hundred years since Raoul Wallenberg was born. At a time when more
people need to stand up against persecution and xenophobia, he is an exemplary figure
in the fight against anti-Semitism and a reminder of the importance of personal
responsibility and civil courage. Sweden is celebrating Raoul Wallenberg this year, both
at home and abroad. As long as abuse and persecution remain a reality in far too many
parts of the world, his actions continue to have relevance for each and every one of us.
No one can have failed to notice in the past year that freedom and democracy are vital
forces motivating individual people. It is an important responsibility for Sweden and the
European Union to uphold human rights, international law and the principles of the rule
Sweden is standing for the United Nations Human Rights Council for the period 2013–
2015. Membership of the Council would put Sweden in an even stronger position to
pursue vital rights issues at global level and to make a constructive contribution to
strengthening the role of the Council.
Sweden continues to support the International Criminal Court, other international
courts and measures to prosecute and combat genocide, crimes against humanity and
Sweden works actively to support journalists, bloggers and human rights defenders
around the world. Sweden is a candidate for UNESCO’s Executive Board for the period
2013–2017 and wants to prioritise the global issues of freedom of the press and
freedom of expression.
We want to work for a world with greater gender equality. Sweden will play a leading
role in ensuring respect for equal rights and protection of equal opportunities for all
Freedom of religion and conviction is at the heart of an open society. Increased violence
and discrimination against people belonging to religious minorities are cause for
concern and must be combated. The same applies to attacks on people belonging to
ethnic minorities and LGBT people.
Cooperation between Sweden and our Nordic and Baltic neighbours has deep roots.
Together, we have achieved peace and freedom throughout our region, and today we
can combine our forces to propel these values beyond our own borders.
Next year Sweden will assume the responsibility for coordinating both Nordic and
Nordic–Baltic cooperation. Sweden is preparing a broad programme of cooperation in
the Nordic Council of Ministers, focusing particularly on growth issues. We also continue
to develop our work on the Baltic Sea Strategy.
As Chair of the Arctic Council this year and next, Sweden will play an important role for
intergovernmental action in a region whose importance is clearly growing.
It is a matter of better conditions for the peoples of the region and of protecting nature
and the environment in a region that is more sensitive than most.
We are now working on implementing the Swedish strategy for the Arctic region that
the Government adopted in spring 2011.
We share our European identity with our neighbours to the east. The European Union’s
Eastern Partnership is based on the vision that eastern European partner countries will
one day be able to participate to the full in European cooperation. We all stand to gain
from increased mobility, trade and cross-border cooperation. But moving closer to the
EU also means that democratic principles, human rights and the rule of law must be
Progress is being made in Georgia and Moldova. In Belarus, in contrast, gross violations
of human rights continue. Sweden is a driving force for vigorous European measures
against the regime, and at the same time we are strengthening support to the country’s
democratic forces. In the past year, Ukraine has also acted in a way that calls into
question the country’s respect for the rule of law and Sweden will therefore be
reviewing the direction of its development assistance.
A year ago hope was kindled that several countries in North Africa and the Middle East
would also be transformed into open societies and open economies.
Since then, we have seen free elections in both Tunisia and Egypt, the dramatic
overthrow of the Gaddafi regime in Libya and increasingly brutal and bloody repression
on the part of the regime in Damascus, whose days everyone knows are numbered. 7
What all the countries in the region need are open and representative political systems
that respect the right of all to freedom. Economic reforms to deliver jobs and welfare to
the rapidly growing populations are essential for a positive development. The rights of
women must be ensured and minorities must be protected against abuse.
It will be a crucial task for Europe in the years ahead to provide all the help we can to
We must work together internationally to stop oppression and violence.
The focus is now on developments in Syria.
Our position is clear: the violence must be stopped, President Assad must step aside,
and a process of democratic transition, representing all parts of Syrian society, must
This is the only way to avoid a civil war, which would be devastating for the entire
The EU fully supports the endeavours of the Arab League and its peace plan. We deeply
regret the fact that two vetoes prevented the UN Security Council from adopting the
At this time, the Arab League wants the support of the United Nations, and it must
receive that support.
Now we must increase pressure on the regime and support to those who are working
for a peaceful transition to a democratic Syria.
The sanctions will be tightened. Humanitarian support must be increased.
Sweden will take part in the formation of the Friends of Syria group in Tunis on 24
February. We are appointing an ambassador to develop dialogue with and support for
the democratic opposition in Syria.
We want to actively develop our cooperation with Egypt. We are seeking dialogue with
all the democratic forces in the country and look forward to the day when Egypt has a
civilian government and a democratically elected parliament.
We also want the European Union to begin negotiations on deeper free trade
agreements with Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia and Jordan, as soon as the necessary
conditions are fulfilled.
We are deeply concerned about the lack of progress in efforts for peace between the
Israelis and the Palestinians. We see considerable danger for the future in current
developments. This applies not least to the continuing settlement policy.
We are providing political and concrete support to efforts to build a viable, contiguous
and democratic Palestinian state. We look forward to the day when Israel and Palestine
can live in peace with other, and when Israel can live in peace and security with the
entire Arab world.
This is why we want to have a strong European force for peace in the region. It is when
we continue to work together on the basis established in December 2009 that we have
the possibility to influence developments.
Sweden will continue to work for a strong and united European policy on this crucial
The United States is the European Union’s principal strategic partner. In times of
economic crisis and turbulence around the world, our mutual dependence and the
importance of transatlantic cooperation become clear. Our broad cooperation with the
United States contributes to security and prosperity, globally and in our own region. The
United States is also an important partner in promoting Internet freedom and security.
Sweden is working for deeper economic integration and free trade between the
European Union and the United States.
At a time when demands for political and economic modernisation are growing in
intensity, it is in the interests of Sweden and the European Union that Russia develops
into a true democracy that makes a constructive contribution to solving common global
Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) will be an important step
towards integration into the global economy and a genuine economic partnership with
the European Union.
Sweden and the European Union have a growing relationship with China. China’s
increasingly prominent role in the international arena requires it to take greater
responsibility on global issues such as the environment and climate, security and
This responsibility also includes respect for human rights and democratic principles. This
respect has further deteriorated in recent times.
The growing role of India is central to long-term stability and security in the region. The
European Union’s strategic partnership with India builds on shared values of democracy
and the rule of law.
During the past year, major steps have been taken towards a free trade agreement and
the dialogue on global issues such as security policy, open trade routes, human rights,
the environment, energy and the economy is deepening.
Sweden and the European Union also look forward to continued cooperation with
strategic partners such as Brazil, Japan and South Africa.
Sweden’s involvement in Afghanistan is a long-term commitment based on broad
During 2012, Sweden’s military presence will be reduced as the Afghan people
themselves take over responsibility for security. The Swedish military mission in its
present form will be concluded no later than summer 2014. We are open to continued
contributions to training the Afghan security forces.
At the same time, Sweden will expand its development cooperation with Afghanistan,
with a view to strengthening civil society organisations, among other aims. The focus
will be on peaceful and democratic development, and on promoting gender equality and
the role of women in development. The transition to civilian leadership of all Swedish
operations will take place during the spring.
Respect for human rights and freedoms in Iran continues to deteriorate. The number of
executions has risen dramatically over the past year. This policy is barbaric. Sweden is
playing an active role in the European Union and the United Nations to draw attention
to and influence the situation.
There is a great need for democracy and respect for basic human rights in Cuba. Support
to the democratic forces must be reinforced and the pressure on the regime must be
In Burma prospects appear brighter. Important steps have been taken recently towards
what we hope will be real democratic change. However, much remains to be done,
including the unconditional release of remaining political prisoners, full respect for
human rights, and free and fair by-elections during the spring.
Sweden enjoys strong relations with many African countries. We want to contribute to a
European policy on Africa that emphasises openness, respect for human rights,
democratic governance and increased regional trade. While we welcome sustainable 10
progress in many cases, continued poverty, oppression and intractable conflicts remain
a reality in parts of Africa.
Developments in the Horn of Africa in 2011 were dominated by internal conflicts and
the massive humanitarian disaster in the wake of the drought. Great efforts are still
required to help the region.
In Somalia, which in addition has been severely affected by attempts to block aid
consignments from around the world, the political and humanitarian challenges are
enormous. Sweden is part of the core group working to strengthen the support of the
international community for peace and development in Somalia and is one of the
leading actors in this work.
The formation of a new state, South Sudan, creates new possibilities in the region, even
if great tensions still remain. The needs are substantial and Sweden will continue to
contribute to development in both countries.
Developments in the Great Lakes Region affect the entire region. The systematic abuses
against women and girls in the Democratic Republic of the Congo must stop.
To a great extent, the current threats to human security are global. This requires
cooperation and institutions in which all countries participate. It also requires norms
and international agreements that are respected by everyone.
A strong United Nations and effective multilateralism are, and will remain, cornerstones
of our policy.
Working for continued reforms of the United Nations is therefore an important
contribution to efforts to address cross-border challenges. The composition of the
Security Council does not reflect the world of today, and must be changed.
The G20 has begun to take on an increasingly influential position in world politics. Our
influence will be secured through the EU, the IMF, the World Bank and the OECD.
The global environmental and climate issues are among the most decisive challenges
facing our world. The fact that the participants at Durban backed a legally binding
agreement was the result of the European Union’s driving role. We now have a renewed
roadmap for a new climate agreement that includes all the countries of the world. But
the level of ambition must be raised if Sweden’s and the European Union’s climate
objectives are to be met.
Sweden is one of the initiators of global cooperation to reduce levels of black carbon,
methane and ozone in the atmosphere.
Sweden and the European Union will continue to push for the strengthening of the
institutional framework for sustainable development ahead of the summit in Rio de
Janeiro, Rio+20, later this year. At this conference, Sweden will work to ensure that the
three dimensions of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental –
are handled in an integrated way.
An important step on the road to Rio+20 is the Stockholm+40 conference, 40 years after
the first United Nations conference for the environment and sustainable development
was held in Stockholm in 1972.
The proliferation of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction is still one
of the most serious threats of our time.
Membership of the Board of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) increases
Sweden’s opportunities to play a constructive role to prevent the unauthorised
proliferation of nuclear weapons.
We support the efforts for a zone free of weapons of mass destruction throughout the
entire Middle East. An international conference hosted by Finland is planned for this
The IAEA, with Sweden on the Board, has expressed concern about possible military
dimensions of Iran’s nuclear programme. The European Union and others have imposed
sanctions as part of the policy geared towards dialogue and agreement on this issue.
It is crucial that the Non-Proliferation Treaty is fully respected. Iran must accept a
broader presence of IAEA inspections as a way to instil confidence in its declared
Sweden, together with Mexico, is chair of the Article XIV Process, which aims to see the
Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) enter into force.
We also support the efforts for continued reductions in global nuclear weapons
arsenals, including tactical nuclear weapons in our part of the world.
Sweden supports the important work to secure and destroy various forms of nuclear
material, and will participate in the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul.
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The world’s economies are becoming increasingly interlinked. Trade and investment
generate growth and employment.
The multilateral trading system has proven to be robust in times of economic
turbulence. Cooperation within the WTO has been largely responsible for making it
possible to counteract protectionism. A conclusion of the Doha Round would provide a
well-needed boost to the world economy.
In 2012, the conditions for the powerful promotion of Sweden are being strengthened
in important growth regions, through, for example, the newly established consulate in
Mumbai, India. Our embassies in Angola, Argentina, Malaysia and Vietnam can continue
their important promotional work.
Openness and an effective regulatory framework for free trade lay the foundations for
dialogue and democratic development. Swedish companies have an important role to
play through their ability to combine business with broader social responsibility.
In the EU, there is a special focus on eCommerce, and on strengthening compliance with
the common regulatory framework.
The long-term objective of eradicating poverty and oppression is far from being
achieved. We have a moral responsibility to support people who are vulnerable and
living in poverty. After 50 years of Swedish state development assistance, we can note
that the conditions for development policy have radically changed. Considerable steps
have been taken to adapt development cooperation to today’s world, but much remains
to be done. The reform of Swedish development assistance will therefore continue. The
development assistance framework in 2012 is estimated to amount to one per cent of
Growth is a prerequisite for a lasting reduction of poverty. Which is why Sweden’s
development cooperation is to be growth-oriented and focused on the poorest
countries and people.
But growth alone is not enough. The clear emphasis of Swedish development
cooperation on democracy and human rights and freedoms is central to modern
Civil society actors have a key role in achieving poverty reduction and democratic
Last autumn, a new global partnership for development was created at the high-level
meeting on aid effectiveness in Busan, South Korea. The participation of new actors
created new opportunities for lasting development and growth. Together with these
actors, and with our European partners, Sweden will continue to work for sustainable
development as well as transparent and generous development assistance
characterised by a clear focus on results.
The point of development cooperation is not to compensate for shortcomings in other
policy areas. Which is why the Government, both nationally and within the EU, is
endeavouring to strengthen the work on policy coherence for development.
The Government attaches great importance to gender equality and the role of women
in development cooperation. Women are a driving force for increased democratic rights
and freedoms, which we witnessed during the upheavals in the Arab world. Sweden
gives special priority to the implementation of United Nations Resolution 1325 on
women, peace and security, as well as Resolution 1820 on sexual violence in conflict
The UN Millennium Development Goals will be evaluated in 2015. It is expected that it
will be possible to achieve several of the goals, but major challenges remain. The
Government is therefore making a concerted effort to strengthen Sweden’s
contribution, not least in Africa. A reduction in infant mortality and improved maternal
health are in focus. Work to promote sexual and reproductive health and rights
We are travelling more than ever before. Every day, more than a quarter of a million
Swedes are outside Sweden’s borders. This is a challenge for our Foreign Service, which
has an important task of providing assistance to increasing numbers of people in
distress or being held in detention. From painful experience, we know that we must also
have the capacity to deal with major disasters abroad.
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs has built up an organisation that can respond to these
challenges by rapidly deploying resources to the area in question. Collaboration across
borders is also required in consular work.
Efforts to bring about the release of Swedish-Eritrean journalist Dawit Isaak are
continuing. The two Swedish journalists who have been imprisoned and sentenced in
Ethiopia should be released.
The internal challenges facing the European Union will not be easy to handle. But they
also offer the opportunity for us to reflect on the core of our cooperation, our
foundations, our basic values. In a world of shifting balances of power and interests, our
values – human rights, peace, freedom and democracy – are needed more than ever.
These values shape our Swedish foreign policy. And Sweden will, with European
partners, continue to promote them in our own region and globally.
I began by referring to the essentially positive developments we have experienced
during recent decades.
Our task is to help see to it that these developments can continue.
And that more and more people around the world can have a better life.
In its 1984 World Development Report, the World Bank suggests using “sterilization vans” and “camps” to facilitate its sterilization policies for the third world. The report also threatens nations who are slow in implementing the bank’s population policies with “drastic steps, less compatible with individual choice and freedom.”
The report, literally saturated with dehumanizing proposals, is devoted entirely to the World Bank’s long-term strategies in regards to population control and does not shy away from proposing the most draconian methods in order to depopulate the planet:
“Male and female sterilization and IUDs can be made more readily available through mobile facilities (such as sterilization vans in Thailand) or periodic “camps” (such as vasectomy and tubectomy-camps in India and IUD “safaris” in Indonesia).”
To illustrate how serious the World Bank is in achieving the overall strategy objectives on population control, the report makes use of outright threats:
“Population policy has a long lead time; other development policies must adapt in the meantime. Inaction today forecloses options tomorrow, in overall development strategy and in future population policy. Worst of all, inaction today could mean that more drastic steps, less compatible with individual choice and freedom, will seem necessary tomorrow to slow population growth.”
In the preface, then President of the World Bank and 1985 Bilderberg attendee, A.W. Clausen stated:
“(…) although the direct costs of The World Bank programs to reduce population growth are not large, a greater commitment by the international community is sorely needed to assist developing countries in the great challenge of slowing population growth.”
“(…) governments can use incentives and disincentives to signal their policy on family size”, the report continues. “Through incentives, society as a whole compensates those couples willing to forgo the private benefits of an additional child, helping to close the gap between private and social gains to high fertility.”
To give an adequate illustration of the World Bank’s preference for all-out government control over the people, and their intent on meddling in people’s personal decisions, the following quote will suffice (page 107):
“By taxing and spending in ways that provide couples with specific incentives and disincentives to limit their fertility, government policy can also affect fertility in the short run. Government can offer “rewards” for women who defer pregnancy; it can compensate people who undergo sterilization for loss of work and travel costs; and it can provide insurance and old-age security schemes for parents who restrict the size of their families. Each of these public policies works through signals which influence individual and family decisions- when to marry, whether to use contraception, how long to send children to school, and life expectancy, and whether and how much family members work.”
Under the header “Incentives and disincentives” (page 121), the World Bank proposes several more examples of government interference in the affairs of free humanity:
“To complement family planning services and social programs that help to reduce fertility, governments may want to consider financial and other incentives and disincentives as additional ways of encouraging parents to have fewer children. Incentives may be defined as payments given to an individual, couple, or group to delay or limit child-bearing or to use contraceptives. (…). Disincentives are the withholding of social benefits from those whose family size exceeds a desired norm.”
The report uses the example of China to make clear such measures can be highly successful if governments would only be willing to implement them:
“With the possible exception of China, efforts to raise the age at marriage by persuasion and edict have not been particularly successful.”
“In China the birth rate at the end of 1982 was estimated to be nineteen per 1,000 people, down from forty in the 1960s. The current figure, based on birth registrations rather than on a census, may slightly understate the actual birth rate; but it would still be well below current rates in South Asia, Africa, and most of Latin America.”
On page 124, the World Bank report further marvels at the Chinese government’s accomplishments:
“China has the most comprehensive set of incentives and disincentives, designed (most recently) to promote the one-child family. Since the early 1970s women undergoing various types of fertility-related operations have been entitled to paid leave: in urban areas fourteen days for induced abortion; ten days for tubal ligation; two to three days for insertion or removal of an IUD; and in the case of postnatal sterilization, seven extra days over the normal fifty-six of paid maternity leave.”
Making clear that the overall World Bank population reduction strategy must be implemented in a country-specific manner, the report states:
“The specific policy agenda for each country depends on its political culture, on the nature of the problem it faces, and on what it has already accomplished.”
What does have to be global, according to the World Bank, is continuing urbanization: people nicely locked up in massive townships. The report explains:
“Living in small towns does less to reduce fertility than does living in larger cities. That many of these changes take time to have an effect only underlines the need to begin them now. At the same time, other measures that complement and speed socioeconomic change can hasten a decline in fertility.”
This report is completely in step with the strategies outlined by the UN, the Rockefeller Foundation, Ford Foundation, World Health Organization and IMF as they move to depopulate the earth in a consorted global effort. The pretexts for fertility reduction given throughout the report are “sustainable development” and “poverty reduction”. The truth is, so states the World Bank itself, to introduce and further develop “policy measures to increase people’s welfare as well as (and as a means) to reduce fertility.”
Appearing on the Alex Jones Show on Monday, Emmy Award-winning actor Ed Asner said Navy Seals have told him military action against Iran is forthcoming and will be preceded by a false flag attack.
Asner told Alex and his nationally syndicated radio show audience that the Seals are attempting to alert the American people about the prospect of a false flag operation and “more foreign escapades” before the establishment media “starts brainwashing us.”
Beginning at 8 minutes and 57 seconds in the first video clip above, Asner said Iran is being set-up for military action that will occur during the summer or fall and create an October surprise prior to the election.
Asner said it is up to the American people to recognize and prevent an imminent false flag operation and stop another disastrous war before it gets started. He said the Navy Seals are now coming forward because they are worried that an Iran false flag attack “runs the danger” of creating a “world-wide conflict if it gets out of hand.”
False flag attacks designed to initiate conflict and war have been used numerous times by governments as a foreign policy tactic. During the Asner interview, Alex mentioned Dick Cheney’s effort to start a war with Iran.
“There was a dozen ideas proffered about how to trigger a war,” said Pulitzer Prize-winning New Yorker reporter Seymour Hersh in 2008. “The one that interested me the most was why don’t we build — we in our shipyard — build four or five boats that look like Iranian PT boats. Put Navy seals on them with a lot of arms. And next time one of our boats goes to the Straits of Hormuz, start a shoot-up.”
Cheney’s idea was rejected, but it was eerily reminiscent of the so-called Gulf of Tonkin incident that never occurred but resulted in the Vietnam War that ultimately claimed the lives of more than 58,000 Americans and around three million Southeast Asians.
The Gulf of Tonkin pretext established a pattern of “continuous government lies passed on by pliant mass media,” write Jeff Cohen and Norman Solomon.
In addition to Cheney’s idea of luring Iran into a conflict, the Bush administration devised a plan to trick Saddam Hussein into attacking a U.S. spy plane disguised as a United Nations aircraft.
“The US was thinking of flying U2 reconnaissance aircraft with fighter cover over Iraq, painted in UN colors. If Saddam fired on them, he would be in breach,” Bush wrote in a memorandum to then British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Gene “the Machine” Sperling has called for a “global minimum tax” on corporations. Obama’s director of the National Economic Council linked the call to the so-called Buffett Rule, a scheme based on statements made by investor Warren Buffett who said government should confiscate more money from the rich in order to reduce the tax burden on the poor.
Following Sperling’s comments yesterday and heated response in the blogosphere, officialdom responded by saying “there’s no United Nations-imposed duty in the works,” as Politico phrased it.
Sperling said the government “is looking for shared sacrifice” in its quest for more revenue. “He was referring to our proposal in the Blueprint for an American Built to Last that removes tax incentives for companies that ship jobs overseas,” a White House official said.
The Cato Institute did some fact checking after Obama’s SOTU teleprompter reading. Cato points out that the government encourages sending American jobs to slave labor hellholes like China and Vietnam and imposes a 40 percent tax rate on corporations that invest in the United States.
Obama’s “Blueprint for an American Built to Last” is cynical class warfare rhetoric for the ill-informed who will vote him back into office in November. The so-called 1% never pay taxes. They put their money into tax-exempt securities and move it offshore.
“In other words, the genuinely rich are likely to be the least harmed by high tax rates in the top brackets,” writes Thomas Sowell. “People who are looking for jobs are likely to be the most harmed, because they cannot equally easily transfer themselves overseas to take the jobs that are being created there by American investments that are fleeing from high tax rates at home.”
Likewise, small business – the real engine of job creation in America – is unable to transfer themselves overseas and escape the tax collectors.
Officialdom insists Obama’s blueprint wasn’t cooked up at the United Nations. Instead, it was conceived by the globalists at the Council on Foreign Relations, where Mr. Sperling is on staff as Senior Fellow for Economic Policy.
The CFR, Federal Reserve, Geithner’s Treasury where Sperling works, the IMF, World Bank, the Trilateral Commission, and the United Nations all work for the international bankers who are installing world government and a centralized global banking structure, so any dismissals by the White House are irrelevant.
An alarming white paper concludes that the Apple iPhone contains a backdoor spyware module that allows hackers or the government to conduct secret surveillance of the user, part of an established trend of corporations and the state working hand in hand to eavesdrop on citizens via widely-used software and hardware products.
Earlier this week, a technology group in Russia released the results of their attempts to reverse engineer the iPhone, concluding that the product has "A built-in function which sends all data from an iPhone to a specified web-server. Contacts from a phonebook, SMS, recent calls, history of Safari browser - all your personal information can be stolen."
The module could act as a backdoor for trojan developers or AT & T, said the report, adding that "government structures" would have access to the information.
Since AT & T displayed no hesitation in handing over information about their subscribers to the U.S. government as part of the controversial and illegal NSA wiretapping scandal , it would be no surprise to learn that included in the trendy new must-have gadget is a spyware module that allows the government to listen in to your conversations.
AT & T were chosen by Apple as the exclusive service provider for the iPhone, at present all other cellphone companies are blocked from offering any kind of service compatible with the iPhone.
The revelation is also not without precedent - a plethora of companies now include backdoor access in both software and hardware products that allow the state to step in and conduct warrantless covert surveillance, a blanket violation of the 4th Amendment.
Digital cable TV boxes, such as Scientific Atlanta, have had secret in-built microphones inside them since their inception in the 1990's and these originally dormant devices were planned to be activated when the invasive advertising revolution arrived - 2006 marked that date.
Yeeaah! I just got my ass wiretapped by the government!
The advent of digital video recording devices such as TiVo (Sky Plus in the UK) introduced the creation of psychological algorithm profiles - databases on what programs you watched, how long you watched them for, which adverts you liked or didn't like. This information was retained by TiVo and sold to the highest bidders - an example being Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction during the 2003 Super Bowl half-time show - TiVo were able to compile lists of how many people had rewound the clip and how many times they had replayed it.
Two way communications systems like OnStar also have the ability to tap into private conversations as Americans become increasingly conditioned, by means of the private sector, to having their every movement, web session and conversation tracked and catalogued by big brother.
Last year we reported on how Google were planning to use microphones in the computers of an estimated 150 million-plus Internet active Americans to spy on their lifestyle choices and build psychological profiles which will be used for surveillance and minority report style invasive advertising and data mining.
"The idea is to use the existing PC microphone to listen to whatever is heard in the background, be it music, your phone going off or the TV turned down. The PC then identifies it, using fingerprinting, and then shows you relevant content, whether that's adverts or search results, or a chat room on the subject," reported the Register .
The report cites the inevitability that the use and abuse of this technology will eventually be taken over by the state.
"Pretty soon the security industry is going to find a way to hijack the Google feed and use it for full on espionage."
The Echelon program has collected information in violation of the 4th Amendment from American citizen's phone calls since the early 90's at least. In addition, a 2001 European Parliament report stated that "within Europe all e-mail, telephone and fax communications are routinely intercepted" by the NSA.
The fact that Echelon barely even merited a mention during the recent furore created by the original USA Today NSA spying piece goes to show how utterly useless our media are in recalling what has already been admitted and proven.
In 1999 the Australian government admitted that they were part of an NSA led global intercept and surveillance grid in alliance with the US and Britain that could listen to "every international telephone call, fax, e-mail, or radio transmission."
The use of the iPhone as another means of carte-blanch invasive surveillance underscores the fact that corporations and government are joined at the hip when it comes to their disregard of the right to privacy as enshrined in the 4th Amendment to the Constitution.
The corporate media tells us it will be “six to eight weeks” before we know for sure how Whitney Houston died . By then they hope nobody will be paying attention, because it’s already been reported that the singer was killed by a cocktail of pharmaceutical drugs.
The 48-year-old performer was found dead in her bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California on Saturday.
“An autopsy was completed on Houston Sunday, but “there will be no cause of death at this time because it is pending toxicology reports,” Ed Winter, assistant chief of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office, told CNN.
“Winter declined to release the coroner’s initial finding of cause of death, saying lab results were expected in six to eight weeks.”
However, TMZ reports that Houstton’s family has already been told by L.A. County Coroner officials that “the singer did not die from drowning, but rather from what appears to be a combination of Xanax and other prescription drugs mixed with alcohol.”
No illegal drugs were found in Houston’s hotel room “but prescription drugs were present,” including “various pill bottles”. Despite talk of alcohol playing a role in her death, “There was no evidence that Whitney was drinking alcohol in the room.”
Houston had “a plethora of sedatives including Lorazepam, Valium, Xanax, and a sleeping medication that was found in her hotel room,” reports Radar Online.
“Prescription drugs kill over 200,000 Americans every year — even when taken as directed and not abused!,” notes Mike Adams. In comparison, there is no documented case of marijuana ever killing anyone, despite the fact that it is illegal in America.
“Whitney Houston is just one of countless Americans who are victims of Big Pharma, an industry that cares far more about corporate profits than it does about the lives of real people. And today, we have lost yet another iconic American artist whose life was cut short by addiction, prescription drugs and the entire “medication culture” that exists in America today,” writes Adams, pointing out that Houston’s erratic behavior before her death clearly indicated she was suffering from the side-effects of psychiatric drugs, including Xanax, which is known to cause odd behavior and suicidal thoughts.
With the two industries tied at the hip, don’t expect the corporate media to do much to impugn its relationship with the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical boondoggle by reporting the truth about Houston’s cause of death.
Take this as the source of today’s consternation. Schools and doctors in the UK are routinely giving 13-year-old girls contraceptive implants.
And, because they are covered by various laws that forbid them revealing that they are doing this – or even seeking permission in the first place – parents of these children are left unaware that this is happening.
Neither are we talking small numbers here. Last year 1,700 girls aged 13 and 14 were fitted with implants, while 800 had contraceptive injections.
Frankly, it’s too early in the morning for me to be reading outrageous statistics like this. That is such a preposterous idea that it should have been booted out at the drawing board stage.
As part of its effort to encourage business owners to spy on their customers, the FBI has labeled the bulk purchase of food as a potential indication of terrorist activity, despite the fact that FEMA itself last year purchased $1 billion dollars worth of storable food.
A flyer aimed at Military Surplus stores produced under the auspices of the FBI’s Communities Against Terrorism project, encourages owners to report people who “make bulk purchases of items to include….meals ready to eat”.
According to the flyer, the FBI advises store owners to demand ID’s from all new customers, as well as asking them questions about their purchase and being aware of “suspicious statements”.
The flyer also characterizes paying with cash or “demanding identity privacy” as an indication of terrorism.
The characterization by the feds of those who choose to protect themselves against rising food prices or a potential interruption in the food supply by purchasing storable food as potential terrorists is not only chilling – it is also completely hypocritical.
Even more chilling, the feds have also begun to characterize perfectly legitimate political and economic beliefs as those held by terrorists, effectively denouncing them as thought crimes.
As Reuters reported on Monday, authorities are now treating those who “believe the United States went bankrupt by going off the gold standard” as extremists who are a potential violent threat to law enforcement.
Vietnam here we come! At least that is what biotech giant Monsanto is saying. The multinational agricultural corporation most known for creating the hazardous chemical Agent Orange, which led to thousands of deaths and birth defects due to its widespread use within the country, is now attempting to begin providing Vietnam with their genetically modified foods.
During the Vietnam War, Monsanto’s Agent Orange was used as a part of the United States’ ‘herbicidal warfare program’. Having killed an estimated 400,000, deforming 500,00, and sickening 2 million, even 30 years after the war people are still suffering from the health effects induced by the chemical. Agent Orange has been shown to cause cancer, birth defects, live damage, and other major health problems. Although the damage is great, US courts have protected both Monsanto and Dow Chemical from liability and criminal prosecution. The US government has shielded Monsanto and Dow from the massive cost of medical treatment for victims and environmental remediation cleanup costs that would spell out bankruptcy for the corporations.
Despite enormous opposition, now Monsanto is making further attempts to profit from Vietnam by selling their genetically modified creations. It would be completely outrageous to see Vietnam accept Monsanto’s GMO’s, as they have already ruined hundreds of thousands of lives with their toxic Agent Orange. Given the well-known human and environmental destruction behind GMOs, Vietnam would only be inviting back tragic health complications.
No biotech company has yet got the official green light for selling genetically modified organisms (GMOs), but it does not assuage the fears that Vietnam could end up with another tragic legacy from a company that once caused many deaths in the country, environmental activists say.
The alleged purpose of using Agent Orange was to deny the enemy cover in forested areas through defoliation. However, the US Army did contract studies in 1943 of the effects of 2,4,5-T and 2,4-D (the other ingredient of Agent Orange) on cereal grains, including rice, and developed the concept of using aerial herbicide spraying to destroy enemy crops to disrupt the food supply. It seems that poisoning the enemy, farmland and civilians was a chemical warfare strategy.
Monsanto is, of course, highly aware of Agent Orange’s reputation and has fought numerous lawsuits filed by chemical’s victims both Vietnamese and American. The chemical, commissioned by the U.S. military, was dumped over jungles to kill vegetation and rout communist forces.
In Monsanto’s own primer on the Agent Orange era, it casts the chemical as patriotic — it was meant “to save the lives of U.S. and allied soldiers,” Monsanto says — and contends that the matter “should be resolved by the governments that were involved.”
We will see if Vietnam allows for Monsanto or any other biotech corporation to provide them with genetically modified foods, but the decision not to allow such measures seems clear as crystal to many.
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The FDA asserts that the foreign DNA fragments found in Gardasil pose no risk. In contrast, Dr. Hanan Polansky, from the Center for the Biology of Chronic Disease, uses his highly acclaimed discovery of Microcompetition to explain how these DNA fragments can cause major diseases.
Events over the last several days reveal that the United States and Israel plan to conduct a false flag terror event to be blamed on Iran. The event will likely occur within the next six months and will result in an attack on Iran prior to the November election.
Obama’s intelligence chief, James Clapper (center), warned of Iranian terror attacks inside the United States.
Intelligence in U.S. and Israel Warn of Domestic Terror Attack
Officialdom in the United States and Israel have issued a warning about an Iranian “threat stream” against Israeli “soft targets” in America.
The warning arrives several days after Obama’s intelligence boss James Clapper said Iran may strike inside the United States,
“We predict that the threat on our sites around the world will increase… on both our guarded sites and ‘soft’ sites,” states a letter sent out by the head of security for the Israeli Consul General for the Mid-Atlantic States.
Guarded sites are Israeli government facilities like embassies while soft sites are Jewish synagogues, schools, and community centers.
Yoram Cohen, the head of Israel’s security service Shin Bet, said recently that Iran’s Revolutionary Guard will attack Israeli and Jewish targets abroad in response to the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists.
In January it was reported Mossad was behind the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan.
“The thwarted assassination plot of a Saudi official in Washington, D.C., a couple of months ago was an important data point,” a nameless official told ABC News, “in that it showed at least parts of the Iranian establishment were aware of the intended event and were not concerned about inevitable collateral damage to U.S. citizens had they carried out an assassination plot on American soil.”
Cohen linked the alleged threat to the discredited plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in October. A court document in the case revealed that the FBI and the DEA concocted the plot as a sting operation and used failed used car salesman and alcoholic Mansour Arbabsiar as a patsy. Arbabsiar, who is from Iran, thought he was participating in a drug deal.
Despite the fallacious nature of the plot, intelligence officials used it to hype the specter of Iranian terrorism that will likely result in a false flag operation used as a pretext to invade Iran.
“In the past few weeks, there has been an escalation in threats against Israeli and Jewish targets around the world,” an intelligence document cited by ABC News states. It warns that demonstrations against Israel “could potentially turn violent at local synagogues, restaurants, the Israeli Embassy and other Israeli sites.”
The Israeli bulletin also provides an excuse for the TSA to step-up intrusive pat-downs and demand travelers be subjected to dangerous naked body scanners at airports across the United States.
“According to our evaluation there is a possibility that the forged passports will be used in order to pass as Israeli citizens at the security checks in Israel and around the world. Israeli security authorities may consider an Israeli citizenship as a [criterion] to proceed with a more lenient security check in secure sites such as airports, etc.,” the bulletin explains.
The latest warning arrives two weeks after the Turkish newspaper Zaman reported that a cell of the Quds Unit of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard planned to attack U.S. embassy in Ankara and other targets across Turkey.
Fast Moving Timeline for War
The latest development follows a number of events over the past few weeks that point toward a concerted attack by Israel and then the United States on Iran:
• DEBKAfile reported earlier in the week that the United States will have 100,000 troops in the region by March. “Pentagon has been quietly massing troops and armaments on two islands located just south of the Strait of Hormuz, and within easy striking distance of Iran,” Mac Slavo wrote on January 31.
• On Friday, the establishment media reported that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said “there is a strong likelihood that Israel will strike Iran in April, May or June,” according to the Washington Post. The timeline is predicated on Iran entering an Israeli contrived “zone of immunity” in its unsubstantiated effort to build a nuclear bomb.
• Iran has issued a number of threats in response to punitive oil and economic sanctions devised by the United States and Europe. On Friday, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a nationally televised speech that his country will retaliate if Western nations impose crippling oil sanctions. In January, in response to European Union foreign ministers deciding to impose an oil embargo on the country, Iran vowed to shut down the Strait of Hormuz.
• Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman General Martin Dempsey admitted on January 9 that Iran has the ability to close off the strategic shipping lane linking the Gulf of Oman with the Persian Gulf. He said doing so would constitute a “red line.”
• In December, in response to Sec. Def. Panetta’s not ruling out an attack, Iran announced it would hold a military exercise in the Persian Gulf. The 10 day exercise, dubbed “Velayat-e 90,” demonstrated that Iran has the ability to shut down the Strait of Hormuz. The U.S. further exacerbated the situation by sending the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis through the Strait of Hormuz while Iran was conducting its war game.
• Russia and China have indicated that an attack on Iran would constitute an attack on their national security. “Iran is our close neighbor, just south of the Caucasus. Should anything happen to Iran, should Iran get drawn into any political or military hardships, this will be a direct threat to our national security,” said Dmitry Rogozin, Russia’s deputy prime minister and former envoy to NATO, in mid-January.
War President: Re-electing Obama
In November, DEBKAfile said Obama will use war as a re-election tool. “President Barack Obama went on line to America’s senior allies, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Israel and Saudi Arabia, with notice of his plan to attack Iran no later than September-October 2012 – unless Tehran halted its nuclear weaponization programs,” the neocon-connected subscriber-only publication predicted.
“Obama’s announcement was not perceived as a general directive to US allies, but a guideline to blow the dust off the contingency plans for a strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities which stayed locked in bottom drawers for three years,” states the report, adding that “Obama’s announcement spurred Germany, France, Britain, Italy and Israel into girding their navies, air forces, ballistic units and anti-missile defense systems for the challenges ahead.”
Britain’s foreign secretary William Hague said in January his country has not ruled out military action against Iran. Britain had dispatched its “most formidable warship HMS Daring” to the Persian Gulf region prior to Hague’s remarks.
“The bottom line here is that Americans don’t believe in President Obama’s leadership,” said Shapiro, writing for the Financial Times. “He has to find some way between now and November of demonstrating that he is a leader who can command confidence and, short of a 9/11 event or an Oklahoma City bombing, I can’t think of how he could do that.”
The late Washington Post columnist David Broder was more succinct. “With strong Republican support in Congress for challenging Iran’s ambition to become a nuclear power, he can spend much of 2011 and 2012 orchestrating a showdown with the mullahs. This will help him politically because the opposition party will be urging him on. And as tensions rise and we accelerate preparations for war, the economy will improve,” he wrote in late 2010.
Tensions will undoubtedly rise if there is a terror attack inside the United States, either against an Israeli target or American one.
It would provide an airtight excuse to unleash the awesome power of the U.S. military against Iran and cast Obama in the adulatory light all “war presidents” receive as the masses fall in line and wave their flags and cheer on “our boys” as they decimate another country and engage in yet another bloody massacre of innocents.
TEPCO reported today that more than eight tons of radioactive water has leaked from the number four reactor at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant after a frozen pipe burst. The electric company said none of the water reached outside of the stricken reactor containment building.
Fukushima reactor number 4 containment building.
TEPCO failed to winterize the reactor’s cooling system and this oversight led to fractures in pipes due to frozen water inside, according to reports.
“I wouldn’t say this is a positive development. But it isn’t something that would further stoke safety concerns over other nuclear plants,” Kenji Sumita, honorary professor at Osaka University, told Reuters. “If it hadn’t been for the Fukushima disaster, an incident like this could have gone unreported.”
Soon after the earthquake and tsunami that overwhelmed and damaged the Fukushima nuclear plant last year, a long history of covering up mismanagement, accidents, and disasters by TEPCO and its transnational business partner General Electric was revealed.
Most of the cover-ups involved safety violations related to earthquakes. In addition, TEPCO has repeatedly endangered the lives of employees. In 1999, a serious accident at Tokaimura exposed hundreds of people to radiation and resulted in the evacuation of thousands.
“Behind Japan’s escalating nuclear crisis sits a scandal-ridden energy industry in a comfy relationship with government regulators often willing to overlook safety lapses,” Public Intelligence wrote last March. “Leaks of radioactive steam and workers contaminated with radiation are just part of the disturbing catalog of accidents that have occurred over the years and been belatedly reported to the public, if at all.”
In early January, it was reported by a number of sources that radiation from Fukushima has spread worldwide. 20,000 premature deaths in the United States have been attributed to the increased level of radiation, up from an estimated 14,000 in December. Meanwhile, a sudden rise in thyroid cancer has stumped the medical establishment.
In December, a report was released indicating that levels of radioactive cesium had reached 50 million times normal levels in the ocean water off the coast of the Fukushima Dai-ichi facility. Following the report, TEPCO finally admitted that the disaster was ongoing and alarming quantities of radioactive strontium have leaked into the ocean.
Considering TEPCO’s history of habitual lies and cover-ups, its latest claim that more than eight tons of radioactive water from the number four reactor is not a threat to public health should not be accepted at face value.