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Mr Carl Bildt
of Government Policy
in the Parliamentary Debate on Foreign Afairs,
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 1
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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.
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Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Have We Delivered Libya Into the Hands of Al Qaeda?
Now that Gaddafi is gone, our fears have not decreased.
The Daily Mail noted earlier this month:
The black flag of Al Qaeda was hoisted in Libya yesterday as Nato formally ended its military campaign.
The standard fluttered from the roof of the courthouse in Benghazi, where the country’s new rulers have imposed sharia law since seizing power.
Seen as the seat of the revolution, the judicial building was used by rebel forces to establish their provisional government and media centre.
Change of regime? A trademark Al Qaeda flag was seen flying over Benghazi’s courthouse last week
Flying high: The Al Qaeda flag, with Arabic writing and a moon design, can be seen flying alongside a Libyan national flag above Benghazi’s courthouse
The flag has been spotted on the courthouse several times, prompting denials from the National Transitional Council that it was responsible.
What is going on in America? On the one hand, we have soldiers dying in Afghanistan fighting Al Qaeda. On the other hand, we just helped a group of people take over Libya and the Al Qaeda flag is flying over their capital city headquarters.
What are we doing? It is time for America to get its story and its priorities straight about what we stand for as a nation. Its time to get out of all these wars and all of these conflicts where we think we can play both sides against the middle and it usually ends up with U.S. soldiers getting killed.
Its time to bring our troops home and take care of things here at home…. We can’t tell the whole world what to do and we have an obligation to get our own house in order here at home and put people back to work.”
And Truthout notes today:
America appears to have “liberated” Libya right into quasi-theocratic governance, its transitional government announcing that the decision regarding what to do with the body of its summarily raped and executed former dictator would be taken by the head of the Islamic Fatwa society. This is not actually a problem for America, whose mind is onother things. “It may not be quite the country that NATO thought it was fighting for (when Sharia is implemented in Libya),” said Libya expert David Hartwell, senior analyst at HIS Jane’s. “But the huge amounts of oil and gas in Libya will make everyone learn how to reconcile themselves with the new Libya.”
Hey, what’s a little Al Qaeda among oil-sharing friends?
As I’ve repeatedly noted, the “War on Terror” never had anything to do with fighting terrorism or Al Qaeda.
- Photo Finish: More Evidence of Strong al-Qaeda Presence in Post-Gaddafi Libya
- See No Al-Qaeda: The New York Times and Libya
- Al-Qaeda Turns Assassination Narrative Into Anti-Gaddafi Propaganda
- ‘NATO, al-Qaeda militia killed Gaddafi’
- Thanks To Obama, The Al-Qaeda Flag Is Now Flying High And Proud Over Libya
- Media Openly Admits Foreign Special Forces Behind Overthrow of Gaddafi
- Libya Warned Smugglers are Looting Gaddafi’s Guns
- Gaddafi accuses Al-Qaeda of coordinating uprising
- Al-Qaeda Commander Ordered Sharia Law In Libya
- Press No Longer Hides Fact That Gaddafi Overthrow Led By Special Forces
- Libyan Group Associated with al-Qaeda Meets Obama Officials
- Libya stalemate would draw in Al-Qaeda: McCain
Sherif Elhelwa, writing for Vice, has photographed the al-Qaeda flag flying atop the courthouse in Benghazi. It shares a staff with the Libyan rebel flag, or more precisely the NATO-rebel flag.
“It was here at the courthouse in Benghazi where the first spark of the Libyan revolution ignited,” he writes. “It’s the symbolic seat of the revolution; post-Gaddafi Libya’s equivalent of Egypt’s Tahrir Square. And it was here, in the tumultuous months of civil war, that the ragtag rebel forces established their provisional government and primitive, yet effective, media center from which to tell foreign journalists about their ‘fight for freedom.’”
From the beginning of the staged revolt against Gaddafi, evidence pointed at the presence of the CIA created terrorist group within the ranks of the NATO rebels. It was reported by the establishment media and then ignored as the official narrative came into focus.
“The war to rid the country of the Gaddafi dictatorship might have ended, but the battle for control of post-revolutionary Libya has only just begun. And it will surprise few that assorted radicals, jihadists, Salafists, and LIFG [Libyan Fighting Group] veterans are attempting to fill the power vacuum and replace one dictatorship with another,” Elhelwa concludes.
It is, of course, an artificial deadline. It coincides with the G20 meeting in Cannes. Beyond that, there is not significance to six weeks. What it does do is to concentrate minds. And that was probably its purpose.
However, the past 18 months have been littered with meetings and summits to rescue the euro. Many have come with the billing that they are "crunch" gatherings. Communiques are issued that pacify the markets for days, until the small print is read. And then the realisation dawns that the big question has not been answered.
What happens if a big nation like Italy gets into difficulty? If it is too big to bail out - which currently it is - what impact will that have on Europe's banks? Will the eurozone break up in chaos and imperil what is left of the global recovery? So markets fret. So politicians and officials pledge to use "overwhelming force" to fix the problem.
Emerging from the IMF meeting in Washington is the broad outline of the latest plan. It broadly accepts that Greece will default. What it aims to do is to protect Europe's banks from the fall-out and to build up defences around Italy.
So, in the weeks ahead Europe's banks will be re-capitalised - though we don't know by how much. There will be huge efforts to boost the size of the EFSF - the main bailout fund. The EFSF already has been given extra powers and those are currently being debated by national parliaments. Its fire-power has been raised to 440bn euros (£380bn). The suggestion is that the fund needs to grow to 2 trillion euros.
How this will be done is not clear. But the mood is to pick up on an idea initially floated by the US Treasury Secretary, Timothy Geithner. At a meeting in Wroclaw he called for the existing fund to be leveraged so that it would be four or five times greater. How would this be done? No-one is sure, but the EFSF could act like a bank and draw on funds from the ECB.
So the proposed deal is re-capitalise the banks, expand the EFSF so it could protect even Italy, and prepare for a Greek default.
It is easy to sketch out such a scenario on headed hotel notepaper in Washington - and then there is politics, and reality.
Greece - a country only in name
Firstly, there is Greece. It finds itself pursuing a policy that almost no-one believes in. It is dishing out new austerity plans in the hope it will be given another bailout cheque next month. Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos is increasingly seen as whistling on the deck whilst the passengers are making their escape. At the weekend he said "Greece is never going to default because that would be a catastrophe for the eurozone."
But, all around him, plans are being laid. The markets have already factored in a Greek default. Some 60% of the Greek people now expect a default. Built in to the new plan is the expectation that Greek debt will be cut by between 50% and 60%, so as to protect the eurozone.
So why, if default is in the offing, should the Greek people go along with the latest austerity plans? A poll suggests that already 48% of Greeks are unable to meet their extra tax burden. Yes, Greece will get the next tranche of the bailout money - 8bn euros - but that is only to buy time.
Greece remains dangerously unstable. "There is no doubt that we are living in wartime conditions," said Apostolos Tamvakakis, the CEO of the Greek National Bank.
The much repeated statement by Mr Venizelos that "Greece is and will always be a euro area member state" is so often repeated that it sounds desperate. The likelihood is that it will remain in the eurozone because of the difficulties of leaving. But it is increasingly a country only in name; its sovereignty has been traded away and its future will be decided by outsiders.
Dissent in Germany
Secondly, there is Germany. The EFSF bailout fund cannot be expanded without German approval. They are wary of giving the ECB more power. Even the German president has warned that there are risks to democracy in doing that. One of the attractions of the modern German state is its focus on the consequences for democracy.
This Thursday the Bundestag will vote on the extra powers for the EFSF agreed on 21 July. The expanded fund will raise German financial guarantees to 211bn euros.
The legislation will be passed. But that isn't the problem. For Angela Merkel the vote will test her authority. If she has to rely on the opposition for the votes she will be damaged and it could even lead to early elections. She needs 311 votes. Her coalition has 330 but she has rebels and they may still embarrass her.
If Angela Merkel comes through this test she may find herself having to tell the German people why more German treasure has to be deployed to defend the euro. She has already said that defending the single currency is a German national interest. The problem is the growing divide between the political class - the elite - and the people. The political class remains firmly committed to the European project. The public has become wary. More than 70% of the people are against further bailouts. If this latest plan is to fly, they will have to be won round.
It will be a long and difficult six weeks. The Americans, the British and a whole slew of commentators are using shock and awe to try to force the eurozone essentially to stand behind the debts of all its nations. It is a massive step with huge implications. The public - as so often happens in Europe - are spectators.
Torsdagen den 14:e April 2011
Centralbankerna nettoköpare av guld
Efter att centralbankerna i många år orkestrerat guldförsäljningar har centralbankerna bytt kurs och är numera nettoköpare av guld. Till och med centralbankscheferna börjar inse att statsobligationer är osäkra i dessa tider.
Främst är det centralbankerna i Kina, Indien, Ryssland och Mellanöstern som köper guld. Dessa är mer kompetenta än centralbankerna i väst. De orientaliska länderna är måna om att bevara värdet på sina tillgångar.
I väst jagar centralbankerna ränta men verkar strunta i att tillgångarnas realvärde minskar och blir värdelösa. DI titulerar Riksbankens guldförsäljning som "Riksbankens gyllene affär" trots att Riksbanken sålt av hela 60 ton guld 2004-2009 och nu endast har kvar 126 ton.
Riksbanken motiverar med att de önskar förbättra den riskjusterade avkastningen.
Detta är fullständigt förkastligt och gör mig bara förbannad. Papperspengar kommer och går och medan ädelmetall består. Frågan är om Riksbankens guld ens finns fysiskt allokerat eftersom bankens guld enligt egen utsago förvaras på "olika platser i världen". Var? Libyen? Pappercerifikat på råvarubörserna? Jag uppmanar Riksbanken att genast ta fysisk besittning av vårt guld om det inte redan är förlorat.
April 6, 2011
Max Keiser talks to Alex Jones about food stamps and financial terror on the Keiser Report.
Detta handlar också om hur skuld krisen SKAPADE.
Paul Joseph Watson
March 17, 2011
Suggesting that levels of radiation leaks from the stricken Fukushima plant are being grossly underreported by Japanese authorities, a Swedish government agency told Reuters today that not only will the radiation reach North America, but it will subsequently cover the entire northern hemisphere.
“Lars-Erik De Geer, research director at the Swedish Defense Research Institute, a government agency, was citing data from a network of international monitoring stations established to detect signs of any nuclear weapons tests,” reports Reuters.
“Stressing that the levels were not dangerous for people, he predicted the particles would continue across the Atlantic and eventually also reach Europe.”
De Geer said he was “convinced it would eventually be detected over the whole northern hemisphere,” according to the report, adding that radioactive particles would “eventually also come here,” referring to Europe.
De Geer’s prognosis arrives on the back of a study of data by the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization, which confirmed that the radioactive plume from Fukushima would reach the Aleutian Islands on Thursday before hitting southern California late on Friday. The CBTO has a network of radiation monitors deployed globally that can detect radioactive particles such as caesium and iodine isotopes.
Experts are correct in assuming that the initial waves of radiation will be low, but expect levels to rise in subsequent days as the effects of the three blasts to impact the Fukushima facility, which occurred on Saturday, Monday and Tuesday, manifest themselves in the form of increased radiation injected into the atmosphere.
“Naturally, with the credibility of every government around the world shot, it is no surprise that most consumer Geiger counter stores are sold out of inventory at this point, at virtually all price points,” writes Tyler Durden.
As we reported earlier, having confidence in the trustworthiness of governments globally who have habitually lied about the true threat posed by radiation, notably after the 3 Mile Island accident and the Chernobyl disaster, is somewhat less than wise.
However, at least the Swedes can be trusted to know a thing or two about detecting radiation. While the Soviets were furiously engaged in a cover-up of the Chernobyl disaster which occurred on April 26 1986, Swedish workers at the Forsmark Nuclear Power Plant were the first ones to detect the fallout from the accident two days later on April 28.
It was only after the workers failed to find the source of any radioactive leak at their own plant that the true horror of what had happened 1,100 km (680 miles) away in the western Soviet Union began to unravel.
The whole planet is united in hoping that Japanese technicians find some way to restore power and water cooling system to the Fukushima plant before that terrible scenario has any chance of repeating.
The video below shows how far the radiation clouds from Chernobyl spread across Europe, smothering virtually the entire continent within 7 days. Although agencies like the WHO and the IAEA claimed that only 9,000 people died as a consequence, more contemporary studies have shown that nearly a million people have been killed from cancers caused by the disaster over the course of the last 25 years.
Borde vi inte kolla upp vilket prepparat mannen åt innan vi dömmer han till rattfylla?
Jag menar det kan vara 1 på miljonen att han får den biverkningen igen.
Man kan ju bli på "fyllan" av mat med eftersom att näring "kan" påverka hur vi beter oss vilket alkohol droger och medicin också kan göra.
För vad jag vet så är medicinen han tog "enligt artikeln" ett anti depp prepparat.
Men vi kanske igentligen ska skylla på trafikljuset, för hade det inte varit där så hade han kanske inte somnat. vem vet?
Låt er inte luras. Egyptens regering kan lika lätt igen stänga ner twitter eller vilken annan tjänst dem vill. Dem har fortfarande samma internet 2 som världen vill uppgradera till.
Detta är ett inlägg om hur du som privat person kan dra nytta av den ekonomiska krisen och all brottslighet som sker på den ekonomiska marknaden.
Med hjälp av detta så kan du stryka ALLA dina skulder om det Svenska Juridiska Systemet följer Svenska och Internationella lagar.
Här är Göteborgs Posten. Läser ni den så borde ni se att vi har ett stort problem.
Vi har sedan 2008 haft en finnans kris runt om i världen. Vi har också sätt många tappra försök att rädda ekonomin, i alla fall om man ska tro på nyheterna som rapporteras i Sverige. Vad dem inte berättar är hur man försöker lösa problemet.
Problemet är att vi har en för stor skuld till bankerna som äger våra pengar och det ansvarslösa sätt dessa pengar hanteras på.
Våran skuldkris försöker vi just nu lösa med mer skuld, vilket är helt absurt. Man kan inte laga en grop i gräsmattan genom att gräva en djupare grop bredvid den första. Men varför ignorerar våra Svenska ekonomer detta grundläggande problem?
Och vem ska ta upp notan för pengarna vi trycker upp och lånar ut? Ja men det är ju skattebetalarna. Inkomst skatten går till stor del att betala av Sveriges skuld till Svenska riks banken. Ni vet väll att alla pengar vi använder i dagens samhälle är lånade?! Skulle vi betala tillbacka statens skuld helt så har Svenska folket inga pengar kvar, bara en massa extra skulder tack vare ränta.
Kan det vara för att dem tjänar stora pengar på det?
Om ni lyckas läsa er igenom allt kommer ni se att detta är ett över 100 år gammalt problem. Det finns en väldigt gammal lösning på detta problemet. Tyvär vet allmenheten inte om det.
Englands 500 år långa valuta
Läs den bruna rutan på Sidan 2 i PDF dokumentet med namet: The bank of England
Med detta vil jag visa att det finns ekonomiska system som var hållbara under en lång tid.
Vad som gjorde Englands system så bra var att dem hade ingen ränta. Vilket direkt tar bort inflation ur ekonomin.
Det var detta system som fick England att bli den stormakt England är idag.
För er som tror att den Engelska drottningen inte har någon makt har så fel.
Queen Elizabeth II är en av världens mäktigaste individer!
Fractional-Reserve Banking (FRB)
Jag har varit in på Swedbank Umeå i sommras. Där frågade jag om vilket system dem använder för att förvalta mina pengar. Svaret var: Tyvär får vi inte lämna ut sånna uppgifter, antingen så ställde jag en för svår fråga eller så vet denna unga och mycket snygga "bank expedit" inte hur banken hanterar Pengar. Detta stärkte bara min tro i att bankerna använder sig av FRB systemet.
Så här fungerar FRB Systemet i världens alla banker, ni kommer se problemet.
Jag går till banken och sätter in 100 kr på mitt sparkonto.
Banken tackar då så mycket för pengarna och låvar att förvalta dem väl. Banken måste nu sätta 10% av mina 100 insatta kronor. Man kan tro att dem tar 10% från mina 100kr, så är dock inte fallet. Banken skapar 900kr extra ur tomma intet och lägger mina 100 kr i reserv 10%.
Vad är inflation
Inflation innebär att priserna i ekonomin, den allmänna prisnivån, stiger. Man får färre varor och tjänster för samma mängd pengar – pengarna minskar i värde.
Silver och Guld
Silver och Guld priserna i världen styrs av inflation. Så ju mer pengar tappar värde desto mer går Silver och Guld priserna upp.
Mat, Bensin och Energi
Mat, Bensin och Energi priserna kommer snart att börja stiga kraftigt!
Ingen vet när den kraftiga ökningen kommer, men när euron kollapsar så har man cirka 2 veckor på sig att få ut alla pengar och investera det i vad man tycker behövs för att överleva.
Låg och stabil inflation skapar på olika sätt goda förutsättningar för en gynnsam ekonomisk utveckling. Om inflationen är låg och stabil minskar till exempel osäkerheten om framtida prisnivåer. På så vis blir det lättare för hushåll och företag att fatta bra ekonomiska beslut. Därmed ökar effektiviteten i ekonomin.
Den svenska riksbanken får det att låta som att vi måste leva med inflation. Detta är inte fallet. Om regeringen kunde hantera pengar ordentiligt så skulle aldrig inflation vara ett problem. Men eftersom att vi har en lågkonjuktur (inflation) så är det tydligt att något är fel. Om man bara tryckte upp pengar när det riktigt behövdes och i kontrollerad mängd så kan vi eliminera inflation.
Världens lösning på problemet
Vi måste få staten att kontrollera våran Svenska valuta. Vi kan inte ha våra Svenska politiker och gå på Bilderburg möten.
Jag talar förstoss om: Fredrik Reinfeldt, Göran Persson, Anders Borg, Maud Olofsson, Carl Bildt och Olof Palme.
Pengar får sitt värde av utbud och efterfrågan samt GDP. Men litar inte det svenska folket på valutan spelar det ingen roll vad som stödjer den.
Litar folket på valutan spelar det ingen roll vad som stödjer den. Du behöver dock utbud och efterfrågan med GDP för att kunna konkurera med andra valutor.
Hur kan vi ha en Svensk valuta när Sveriges högst höns bäddar ner sig i samma säng med erkända brottslingar?
Finnans krisen är helt 100% baserad på dåligt lånande, fusk och bedrägeri av banker.
Vi har en stor kollaps framför oss här i Sverige, men allmenheten vet det inte.
Om ni läser denna tidnings artikel ur Göteborgs Posten så kommer ni få en liten inblick i problemet.
USA Har under en lång tid haft en kamp mot dessa skurkar, det var bla för detta Amerikas Konstitution (section 8, article 1) blev skriven efter det vunna kriget.
The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;
To borrow Money on the credit of the United States - Här är den felande länken i den Amerikanske Konstitutionen.
1913 röstades The Federal Reserve act igenom.
Dem luriga Bankiererna hade nu fått ett monopol på USA's pengar i 100 år fram över. Den Amerikanska Kongressen hade nu mera inget att säga till om. Allt detta bara för att Konstutitionen tillåter den Amerikanska staten att låna pengar av Privata Banker/Intressen.
2010 så firades det 100 år gammla mötet på Jeckyll Island som var för att upprätta den Privata Banken FED. Det kommer inte som en överaskning att Ben Bernanke, en medlemm i Bilderburggruppen och var med på det årliga mötet 2008. Det borde inte komma som en chock att Bilderburggruppen skapades av den högre makteliten.
Kolla även upp Elitteori.
Ben Bernanke har brutit en brutit en lag som heter Logan Act
Dagens pengar har en säkerhets remsa. Kan denna remsan läsas från rymden eller varför inte med en kortvågs scanenr. Man kan läsa ID kort med hjälp av enkortvågs scanner.
Om pengar kan läsas på distans så ger det svaret på varför man nu får bränna dem
detta är en teaser.