November 30, 2011

Pakistan, Russia and the Threat to the Afghan War


Vytautas Landsbergis: Europe faces war with Russia, not with Muslims

 Publication time: 28 November 2011, 17:33
Europe is threatened by the war of civilizations not with Muslims, but with Russia, which - as if another civilization, and on which does not apply the criterion of conscience. This was said on Monday at a conference of MEPs, the first president of independent Lithuania Vytautas Landsbergis, talking about the Soviet past and Europe suffering from amnesia, which is becoming more like Russia.

"It is more complicated with a European conscience. But in the official Russia there is no such thing. It can be concluded that the official Russia remains outside Europe, where there are still remnants of conscience. This is an another civilization. And it is here, and not with Muslims, threatens a war of civilizations.

It should not be allowed, so soon we will see now informally proposed conclusion - that Europe would not have conscience. No difference, no problem. And no one feels bad", said the politician at the conference History and Memory. Soviet past of 1953-1990.

November 28, 2011

How to Lose in Afghanistan


 NATO military moves near Afghanistan recently backfired when NATO airstrikes killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. Western diplomats apologized, saying the strikes were “tragic” and “unintentional.” But the Pakistani’s remain angry. For several years the Islamist forces in Afghanistan have been using the wild and mountainous regions of Pakistan as a sanctuary. Reacting to this, NATO aircraft mistakenly pounded Pakistani troops while attempting to strike the enemy. Mistakes of this type are common to military operations, and should have been prevented by commanders tasked with a broader view of operations.

America’s alliance with Pakistan has always been problematic, yet this alliance is essential. Every measure should have been taken to assure the safety of Pakistan’s troops. After all, Pakistan is theologically closer to the Taliban than to us. This is something of a military paradox, and a diplomatic paradox. The modern view suggests that pragmatists – of whatever religious persuasion – should work for peace; that violent radicals need to be contained. So the Americans seek help from Muslim Pakistan to win a battle against Muslim Afghans. At the same time, Pakistani’s crave American friendship, American economic assistance. Pakistan has need of development, and money, and technology. But a alliance of convenience is not always convenient.

November 26, 2011

IT'S TIME FOR REAL LEADERSHIP AND VISION FOR AMERICA

By Dr. Laurie Roth
November 25, 2011
NewsWithViews.com

No one wants a bull in a China closet for a President who breaths ‘emotional’ fire out their nose and creates wars everywhere while pushing their agenda. However, we desperately need real inspiration and vision, with a passion for keeping our freedoms and American traditions whole and safe. That means drawing lines in the sand and sticking to them, whether the pollsters and political class like those lines or not. That means old fashioned, America courage.

A few weeks ago I declared my intention to run for the office of the President of the US. I sent out press releases. Some of you saw the headline article posted by WND.com and other sites. I knew I was starting in as a total outsider, non lawyer, non politician and non millionaire. However, I knew I was a patriot, a visionary, veteran Talk show host who had always represented the cutting edge issues of the American people, and most importantly I was called to do this by God. Some of you immediately think ‘religious cook’ or ‘fringe’ at the notion of me even saying that. 

The truth is, I have never fantasized or imagined being President of the United States. This hasn’t been a career move or positioning for my ego. Instead, God asked me to run, a commoner, a survivor, Mom and patriot with REAL ideas of service for a time such as this. I said yes, knowing how it would sound. He has asked me to simply trust Him through the long process, running as an Independent conservative, not Republican or Democrat.

As shared before, my strategy: 1) be in prayer 2) continue to speak my mind in my published articles and do my radio talk show every day 3) contact various, independent political parties to see if some will align with me and get me on the ballot in their region or states represented.

The American Independent party of California has said they would put me on the ballot in that state. 4) pull together volunteers to obtain the signatures needed to get me on the ballot in other states. 5) post several 3-5 minute videos, being made as we speak. They will soon be seen here on YouTube.

Some lines in the sand that must be drawn

Get America out of the UN and stop all funding to it

The UN has long ago morphed into and Anti Semitic, anti American, money sucking machine. Dictatorship and Islamic nations usually vote us down and continue to assault our best alley in the Middle East, Israel. They have sought to get international taxes from us for mythological environmental disasters of warming, push ‘Rights for the Child’ Treaties, taking away parents rights, tried to get an international court system we all bow down to and sought to have a one world currency. Former ambassador to the UN, and former candidate for President, Alan Keys has also demanded we get out of the UN. Why have we given them 7.7 billion in tax payer dollars?

The Week in Review

November 25, 2011 | From theTrumpet.com
Arab League threatens Syria, Russia threatens U.S. missile defense, hunger threatens Zimbabwe million, and bacteria threatens Europe.

Middle East

Deadly clashes in Egypt: Some 41 people have died and more than 2,000 wounded in violent protests in Egypt since Saturday, according to the country’s Health Ministry. The protesters believe the ruling military council—the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces—isn’t doing enough to hand power back to the people. On Friday of last week, the Muslim Brotherhood kicked off the wave of protests when tens of thousands of Islamists marched through Tahrir Square. A few remained overnight in tents, and when police tried to remove them the next day other protesters supported them, leading to fights between police and protesters that spread to other cities. The clashes continued despite the ruling military council promising to speed up the transfer of power to civilian rule. On Tuesday, a deal was struck between the Muslim Brotherhood and the military that would allow the transition to civilian rule to occur on a timetable favoring the Islamist group. This is precisely why the military had sought to hold on to power—to prevent an Islamist takeover. It was agreed that presidential elections will be held by July, six months earlier than originally planned by the army, and a new government formed. A truce between security forces and protesters brought some calm to the streets on Thursday, but a “million-man march” is planned for Friday, which is likely to see a resumption of violence. The clashes have jeopardized parliamentary elections due to begin Monday, but if the elections do go ahead, “the new crisis will benefit the Islamists, possibly widening their projected margin of victory,” Real Clear World reports. Whatever the immediate outcome, expect the Muslim Brotherhood to come out on top.

November 25, 2011

Europe : la Nomenklatura contre les peuples

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novembre 25th, 2011 Guy Millière

Quand l’euro a été créé, j’ai publié plusieurs articles expliquant pourquoi la décision qui venait d’être prise ne pouvait qu’avoir des résultats tragiques et conduire à un cataclysme. Nous sommes présentement dans le cataclysme. Je pensais qu’il faudrait dix ans pour que celui-ci survienne. Le calendrier est respecté.

http://www.dreuz.info/wp-content/uploads/Specter__by_marathonripper-300x250.jpgJe l’ai déjà écrit de nombreuses fois, tout comme de nombreux économistes compétents, l’euro est une monnaie qui a été imposée à un ensemble de pays qui n’avaient ni la même structure économique, ni les mêmes gains de productivité, ni les mêmes systèmes sociaux, ni la même histoire, ni la même culture. A moins d’imaginer que ces différences puissent s’effacer par enchantement, des dysfonctionnements ne pouvaient que finir par apparaître et s’accroître.

Les dysfonctionnements sont là. Les économies grecque, portugaise, espagnole, italienne, irlandaise, française n’ont pu suivi le rythme de l’économie allemande et ont subi des handicaps croissants de compétitivité qui auraient pu se régler par des dévaluations successives : la dévaluation ne pouvant jouer son rôle de variable d’ajustement, il est resté le chômage, et l’endettement. Les taux d’intérêts valides pour l’Allemagne ne l’étant pas pour des pays où des tendances inflationnistes se manifestaient, il en a résulté des mésinvestissements vecteurs de bulles spéculatives, qui ont touché spécialement l’Irlande et l’Espagne.

Germany has declared war on the eurozone

Britannia Radio


Spot on at last! Kaletsky has dithered for far too long - inexcusably so - but at last his analysis is correct
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/columnists/anatolekaletsky/article3235103.ece


Anatole Kaletsky
November 23 2011

The Bundesbank is strong-arming its neighbours just as it did when Britain was forced out of the ERM in 1992

If Clausewitz is right that “war is the continuation of policy by other means”, then Germany is again at war with Europe at least in the sense that German policy is trying to achieve in Europe the characteristic objectives of war the redrawing of international boundaries and the subjugation of foreign peoples.

Likening German policy to warfare is controversial, to put it mildly, so let me begin by describing how events in Europe have unfolded in the past few months. Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, has consistently claimed that Germany will “do whatever it takes” to save the euro. But what she has actually done is consistently to refuse to take any of the necessary action. She has also prevented European institutions from taking such actions, even when the German veto had no legal or moral justification.

November 24, 2011

Katyn 2. Book review about Russia's terrorist attack against Polish President published in Italy

Publication time: 19 November 2011, 14:50
An influential Italian blog, Paper Blog, published a review of a book by a renowned Polish scholar Leszek Szymanski "Terrorist attack in Smolensk". The review reads:

"Author - Leszek Szymanski (born in 1981 in Krakow), graduated from the University of Warsaw, investigative journalist and photographer, publicist ("Agora", "Gazeta Polska", "Najwyzszy Czas", "Warszawska Gazeta", "Wprost"). Participant of TV programs "Misja Specjalna" and "30 minut extra". Since April 10, 2010, he is leading an journalistic investigation into the disaster of Smolensk.

In the book "Terrorist attack in Smolensk", he describes the results of his investigation. He exposes the work of Russian prosecutors, who did not explain the causes of the disaster of Tupolev, but corroborated the version of a pilots' error. The book presents facts, statements of persons related to intelligence, aeronautics (especially military), witnesses of the events. And not only that.

It also presents the analysis of the reasons of the Russian terrorist attack, overlooked by intelligence services, the methods of disinformation on the part of governments of Poland and Russia, Polish and Russian attorneys, Polish and Russian investigators.

Four scenarios for the reinvention of Europe

Why the impossible is also necessary

Looming behind the euro crisis is a larger and more fundamental challenge: the near-collapse of the EU’s political system. The rise of anti-EU populism across Europe has prevented the continent’s politicians from grasping the political challenges.

Technocratic institutional fixes have only provoked more populism. European leaders are now unable to solve the euro crisis because they can only force inadequate solutions through loopholes in the Lisbon Treaty.

In ‘Four scenarios for the reinvention of Europe’, ECFR’s director Mark Leonard offers a new framework for understanding Europe's efficiency and legitimacy crises, and examines the political and legal obstacles to a solution in different member states, the new cultural divisions in Europe, and the rise of new populist forces (including a discussion of  the new German and British questions). He sets out different scenarios for solving the euro crisis without exacerbating the chronic crisis of declining European power.
  1. Asymetric integration would continue finding incremental solutions without treaty changes. This is the easiest solution but risks failing to solve the crisis, exacerbating the resistance of Europe’s citizens, and shifting from a rules-based EU to a power-based EU.
  2. A smaller Eurozone, dropping the Greeks and maybe others, would be more sustainable and less painful, but could unleash a tsunami of panic that could result in the unravelling of the euro, a deep recession and a loss of EU influence in the world.
  3. Political union through treaty change would be the most complete and durable, but carry the risk of spectacular failure, for instance through rejection by referendums or parliaments, leading to the disintegration of the EU itself.
  4. Federalism without the federalists, based around deeper integration in the Eurozone outside the scope of existing EU treaties and insitutions. But this would risk a gulf opening within Europe and the global marginalisation of the core EU17.
The author argues that the EU has lost legitimacy because its leaders cannot act. But the reason they cannot act is in turn because the EU has so little legitimacy. He examines the three traditional channels for strengthening democratic participation and legitimacy – electing EU officials, referendums and national opt-outs – and concludes that each route could make Europe harder to govern.

“The best hope of regaining European credibility, and stemming the tide of disintegration, may be to develop political rather than institutional responses to the anti-European arguments of the populists. The real challenge will be to solve the acute euro crisis without at the same time exacerbating the chronic crisis of declining European power.” Mark Leonard

Click here for a pdf of ‘Four scenarios for the reinvention of Europe’.

The research for ‘Four scenarios for the reinvention of Europe’ is based on interviews with senior officials and political figures in 19 EU member states. The paper is the first official publication in ECFR’s major new project on reinvention.

 http://www.ecfr.eu/content/entry/four_scenarios_for_the_reinvention_of_europe

November 23, 2011

IS RUSSIA PREPARING TO ATTACK UNITED STATES?

By Paul McGuire
November
23, 2011
NewsWithViews.com

Russia was no longer considered to be a world power after the fall of the former Soviet Union. But, those who have underestimated Russia are in for a rude awakening. Today Russia has the second most powerful military in the world and is number two in the production of both oil and gas. Forbes Magazine estimates Moscow has 79 billionaires - an increase of 21 in just one year. A top-level Russian General Nikolai Makarov said NATO’s eastward expansion or an attack on Iran by the U.S. and Israel could cause Russia to enter the conflicts threatened ‘The possibility of local armed conflicts along nearly the whole border has increased dramatically. In certain conditions, I do not rule out local and regional armed conflicts developing into a large-scale war, including using nuclear weapons.’ In other words, Russia is prepared to use nuclear weapons!

While America has been naively disarming, Russia has over 12,000 antiballistic missiles in its defense system. Many of these ICBM’s are aimed at cities and key locations in America. Ever since the “fall of the Soviet Union,” Russia has been conducting massive military exercise in partnership with nations like Iran and China. These defense drills are designed to help prepare Russia for any U.S. missile attack against their nation. In addition, Russia has been building a vast system of underground bunkers and nuclear blast shelters. Some military experts are speculating Russia is secretly preparing for World War III.

GERMANY APPROACHES THE DOMINANCE IT ALWAYS SOUGHT

GERMANY APPROACHES THE DOMINANCE IT ALWAYS SOUGHT

Rodney Atkinson 

In the Sunday Telegraph of 13th November 2011 Thomas Kielinger, a German journalist based for many years in London denied Germany has sought to dominate Europe. He said the last thing Germany wanted to show was "leadership" given the role of the "Fuehrer" in the past! But history tells us otherwise, not least the years since the second world war which have culminated in a German State which has bound other nations by treaty but frequently exempts itself, has established a 17 country currency based in Frankfurt and has become rich and industrially dominant while many EU countries approach bankruptcy.

It was Helmut Kohl who said "The future will belong to the Germans ... when we build the house of Europe." and it was Adenauer's Minister of Commerce, Dr Seebohm (anticipating the British Government's favourite phrase "Britain at the heart of Europe"!) who asserted that "Germany is the heart of Europe and the limbs must adjust themselves to the heart not the heart to the limbs." As the Mediterranean members of the European Union teeter on the brink of bankruptcy Germany has accumulated a Euro 750 billion trade surplus with them - due entirely to the Euro which subsidises German exports and prevents those countries from adjusting a national currency to their loss of competitiveness.

November 22, 2011

Constitutions being trashed all over Europe

First in Italy, this from Bloomberg:
Italy’s new government, headed by former European Union Commissioner Mario Monti, has an unlikely supporter in President Giorgio Napolitano, an ex-communist who once praised the Soviet Union for crushing the 1956 reformist movement in Hungary.
Napolitano, whose post is usually ceremonial, earlier this month emerged as the key Italian contact for foreign leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy as Italian bond spreads widened to a record during a deepening debt and political crisis.
From Ireland we learn via The Irish Times:
IT IS obvious to everyone that ordinary government has ceased to function in Ireland. What has been less clear is that something even more profound has happened: our system of government has been set aside. This is not a rhetorical exaggeration, but a demonstrable truth.
and in the UK, from Michael Burke, a constitutional expert (because our Press don’t have the balls):
Given that the Government increasingly, and without precedent, insults our laws and customs, the questions have arisen as to how has the “elective dictatorship” come about? And what redress do we have? Does this not deserve incisive examination, given the division of the powers that our system used to embody? Is it now taken as a mere theory?
It has come about because of the conflation within the House of Commons—a subset of the legislature—of the legislative power with the executive power which now emanates directly from it. The executive now has full control of that part of the legislature.
But that democratically elected part of the legislature is not only not The Queen’s; it is not the executive’s either. It is the electorate’s and it alone democratically represents those whose laws and customs The Queen’s Coronation Oath binds Her Majesty to protect.
The EUSSR continues to salami slice one country after another, now merely provinces.

From RTE News:

COMMISSION TO PROPOSE “ADMINISTRATION” POWERS – The Irish Times says the European Commission wants the Brussels authorities to be given the power to place distressed euro zone countries in a form of EU “administration” as part of a new drive to toughen the fiscal rules behind the single currency.
Truly sickening for everyone.

 http://www.parker-joseph.com/pjcjournal/2011/11/22/constitutions-being-trashed-all-over-europe/

Syria, Iran and the Balance of Power in the Middle East

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By George Friedman

Bahrain and the Battle Between Iran and Saudi ArabiaU.S. troops are in the process of completing their withdrawal from Iraq by the end-of-2011 deadline. We are now moving toward a reckoning with the consequences. The reckoning concerns the potential for a massive shift in the balance of power in the region, with Iran moving from a fairly marginal power to potentially a dominant power. As the process unfolds, the United States and Israel are making countermoves. We have discussed all of this extensively. Questions remain whether these countermoves will stabilize the region and whether or how far Iran will go in its response.

Iran has been preparing for the U.S. withdrawal. While it is unreasonable simply to say that Iran will dominate Iraq, it is fair to say Tehran will have tremendous influence in Baghdad to the point of being able to block Iraqi initiatives Iran opposes. This influence will increase as the U.S. withdrawal concludes and it becomes clear there will be no sudden reversal in the withdrawal policy. Iraqi politicians’ calculus must account for the nearness of Iranian power and the increasing distance and irrelevance of American power.

November 21, 2011

Reshaping the International Order – a review


Lets have a read in six parts Posted on February 18, 2011 by ianpj

Fed up? Had enough of Government spending all your money on useless and crazy schemes? Pissed off with all the regulation and rules? Even more pissed off with the level of punitive taxes and fines?

Let me explain what its all about.

Governments are no longer about looking after the best interests of their people. Rights are no longer about protecting the people from their governments.

No, now its about globalised interdependence, making sure that no one Nation State can support and survive on its own, being dependent upon a host of other states for fuel, food, energy, human resource, defence and money. Its about the destruction of Nation States and the creation of unelected supranational governments and institutions. The post democratic age.

The increase in military style policing at home is not to protect you, but to keep you very much in your place as this change advances. Ironic really as we fight overseas wars all in the name of exporting democracy to the great unwashed in order to keep our military structures fully occupied whilst this revolution takes place.

The European Union Uber Alles

 
Monday, November 21, 2011 by Ron Holland - www.thedailybell.com 
(Translation: The EU Over All)

"Consider that the entire Western world is outraged that the Greek prime minister announced that he is going to permit the Greek people to decide their own fate instead of having it decided for them by a handful of banksters, politicians, and bureaucrats." – Paul Craig Roberts

Roberts is right. The monetary and political elites only like democracy when they know they can game the system and control the outcome of the election. German Chancellor Merkel should support giving the Greek people the right to vote on the imposition of crippling austerity measures. In fact, given the EU problems today, every member nation should have a referendum on whether to stay or leave the EU since most countries never allowed their citizens to vote yea or nay on joining in the first place. My question is what kind of union is against democracy and voters having their say on important issues or where politicians bypass voters and suddenly announce new leaders without elections?

Even Reich Chancellor Hitler supported plebiscites and this is far more than we can say for Merkel or the European Union. We all know how earlier referendums on EU membership were curtailed when the elites discovered citizens in most countries would intelligently vote to oppose joining the European Union. This is why the British people have been prohibited from voting on EU membership. The banking and political elites demand each nation march to the tune of the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank and Berlin regardless of what is in the best interest of individual EU nations.

Bypassing the Voters Yet Again

Leaked: Germany’s Latest Plan to Dominate Europe

November 21, 2011 | From theTrumpet.com
Why does Germany see Ireland’s budget plans before the Irish Parliament does?
 
Germany wants highly-indebted eurozone countries to be subject to automatic sanctions and a European Monetary Fund to manage the bailouts, according to a German Foreign Office memo leaked to the Telegraph. Germany is plotting to make these changes in such a way that they don’t trigger a referendum in the UK.

“Further development in the area of fiscal policy in the eurozone is essential for the permanent stabilization of the euro, and also of utmost importance for the entire EU,” states the memo.
Under the proposal, nations that violate the Stability and Growth Pact could be taken before the European Court of Justice.

“To what extent persistent violation of the provisions of the Stability and Growth Pact could result in intervention in the budgets of member states should be fully assessed,” says the memo. “In the discussion it has been suggested that the post of a European ‘stability commissioner’ could be established, who would have the right of direct intervention in national budgets in the event of permanent breaches of the Stability Pact, or could make suggestions for relevant Council decisions.”

November 20, 2011

Trilateral Commission influence in the Eurozone

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Posted on 11 November 2011
 by Patrick Wood

Speaking of his Tri­lat­eral Commission’s influ­ence in the orig­inal cre­ation of the Euro­pean Union, David Rock­e­feller wrote in 1998,

“Back in the early Sev­en­ties, the hope for a more united EUROPE was already full-blown – thanks in many ways to the indi­vidual ener­gies pre­vi­ously spent by so many of the Tri­lat­eral Commission’s ear­liest mem­bers.” [Cap­i­tals in orig­inal] (Rock­e­feller, David; In the Begin­ning; The Tri­lat­eral Com­mis­sion at 25, 1998, p.11)

Some argued that “that was then and this is now,” and that the Commission’s influ­ence had waned with the passing of the older generation.

Non­sense. It was Tri­lat­eral Com­mis­sioner Vallery d’Estaing who authored the EU’s Con­sti­tu­tion in 2002 – 2003 when he was Pres­i­dent of the Con­ven­tion on the Future of Europe.

On November 10, 2011, Robert Wenzel, Editor & Pub­lisher of the Eco­nomic Policy Journal, wrote the fol­lowing short report:

Does the European Union have an Expiry Date?

 RT

Published: 19 November, 2011, 18:47
Edited: 19 November, 2011, 18:59


A veritable re-engineering of the entire planet has been taking place in front of our eyes for many decades now. However, since it is gradual, most people do not notice or understand what is happening.
­Just like the proverbial frog that if thrown into boiling water painfully jumps out and survives, but will be cooked and die if thrown into lukewarm water where the heat rises one degree every 5 minutes…
What goes under the name of “New World Order”, “Globalization” or (my favourite) “World Government” describes the long-term objectives of a highly powerful Global Power Elite embedded inside every country, notably the US and Europe, that owns, operates and channels every country’s resources – oil, finance, economic strength, military prowess, natural resources – from inside to promote their supranational agenda.

This highly complex, holistic and extensively planned process helps explain much (if not all) of the on-going violence, chaos and injustice we see in the realms of finance, politics and the economy.  But good strategic planning also requires experimentation, trial and error, scenario building and war games.

My native country, Argentina (and Latin America as a whole), have been repeatedly used for such “experimentation”, as happened here ten years ago when the international banking cartel aligned to the IMF/World Bank, US Treasury Department, rating agencies and the “qualified” mainstream media, worked together to collapse Argentina’s financial and monetary system, but at the same time managed to save all their banks that operated in the country.

Argentines saw their money locked up in the banks, their Dollar deposits were arbitrarily changed into local devalued pesos at fraudulent rates of exchange as local Caretaker Governments (to this very day) take measures always aligned to local and international banker interests.

The results for Argentina?  GDP fell by 40% in 2002; 50% of our population fell below the poverty line (most never made it back up again); violence and death on our streets, foreclosures, bankruptcies, full-fledged social war (that stopped just short of civil war) and yet…. not one single bank folded!

If we fast-forward to Greece, Ireland, Italy, Spain, the US, UK, Portugal and Iceland today, we see the same scene over and over again.  Clearly, not mistakes made by specific governments, but a veritable model designed to control whole nations imposing unnecessary and fraudulent public debts.

One of the key lessons they learned in Argentina was how to control “We the People” through PsyWar (Psychological Warfare) exerted by the controlled media so that the population ends up accepting all the hardship, whilst the banker and government perpetrators get to keep all the money and stay in power.

I wonder whether the European Union might not be a similar experiment but on a much vaster and grander scale?  An experiment on how to bring very different countries with different languages, legal systems, cultures, histories of war and hatred amongst them, all under a straight-jacket of bureaucratic union that increasingly sweeps away national sovereignties?   A sort of “How To” on promoting voluntary submission by the EU’s 27 member states to accept one legal bureaucracy, one parliament, one unelected president, one military force, one flag, and one currency…

What lessons are Globalists learning from the troubles of the EU?  Are today’s growing Euro-woes a reflection of the fact that, after more than half a century of Euro-building we now see the controlled demolition of the EU in order to (re)build it into something new? Perhaps, “moulding it into something closer to their heart’s desire”, as the old 19th Century British Fabian Society urging gradual socialist world government once envisioned?

Is the EU an intermediate stage on the “Hard Road to World Government” suggested by Council on Foreign Relations member Richard Gardner in a seminal April 1974 article in “Foreign Affairs”?  A stage in which legal, political, trade, financial, social, cultural, media, monetary, military and so many, many other complexities have been iron-out, re-designed and re-tooled to serve a “greater purpose”?

Will we soon see the break-up of the Euro, not as an unfortunate “accident” but as a planned mega-process which (together with the hyper-inflated US Dollar) will be allowed to tailspin into a controlled collapse only to be replaced by a new global currency issued and managed by Global Power Elite private interests from a coming world central bank of some sort?  Does the EU have an Expiry Date?

The Vatican, always well informed, seems to think so as we see from their recent call for revamped global institutions; a sure sign that the old men who walk the Vatican Corridors are again reserving their place under the coming sun…

The controlled collapse of the Euro (through its break-up) and of the US Dollar (through inflation) coupled with a suitably engineered version of the “Arab Spring” for Europe, the US and others, that further erodes national sovereignties on a planetary scale, fuelled by controlled sequential wars and supported by increasing PsyWar emanating from the Western media monopolies…

All just one big mistake or merely different views of the same planetary Leviathan bent on imposing World Government on us all?

­Adrian Salbuchi for RT
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Adrian Salbuchi is a political analyst, author, speaker and radio/TV commentator in Argentina (www.asalbuchi.com.ar)

 http://rt.com/news/eu-expiry-date-salbuchi-727/

November 19, 2011

Winner of the Cold War: Communist China

Jeffrey T. Kuhner
BOWING TO BEIJING: HOW BARACK OBAMA IS HASTENING
AMERICA’S DECLINE AND USHERING A CENTURY OF CHINESE DOMINATION
By Brett M. Decker and William C. Triplett II
Regnery, $27.95, 231 pages


President Obama is creating a post-American world — one that is ushering in the dominance of China. Mr. Obama is fostering U.S. economic and military decline while simultaneously empowering Beijing’s rise to superpower status. China’s communists are on the march. Unless Americans wake up to the growing threat, both internal and external, our victory in the Cold War will have been useless.

This is the disturbing theme of “Bowing to Beijing: How Barack Obama Is Hastening America’s Decline and Ushering a Century of Chinese Domination,” by Brett M. Decker, editorial page editor of The Washington Times, and William C. Triplett II, a best-selling author and renowned China analyst. Lucid, concise and comprehensively researched, the book is a fire bell in the night. It is a dire warning that China has become what America once was to Great Britain: the ambitious upstart determined to eclipse the global colossus. The result will be not only the end of the American moment, but the triumph of a belligerent authoritarian communism hostile to democracy and the West.

“China’s leaders are engaged in a war against America. They view us as a threat to their regime and way of life. Hence, they have embarked on a systematic, long-term program to surpass us militarily, economically and politically,” Mr. Decker said in an interview. “They are willing to do anything — purchase our national debt, steal our intellectual property, spend obscene amounts to buy influence in Washington, engage in extensive espionage in our government and large corporations, and sell sensitive missile and nuclear technology to our mortal enemies — to defeat us. And the Obama administration is turning a blind eye.”

German memo shows secret slide towards a super-state

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An intrusive European body with the power to take over the economies of struggling nations should be set up to tackle the eurozone crisis, according to a leaked German government document.

The new MiFID review coming out of Brussels, above, could have a significant impact on both financial firms and their customers.
 
The memo will prompt fears that Germany's euro crisis plans could result in a European super-state with spending and tax plans set in Brussels 
 

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The six-page memo, by the German foreign office, argues that Europe’s economic powerhouses should be able to intervene in how beleaguered eurozone countries are run.
The confidential blueprint sets out Germany’s plan to tackle the eurozone debt crisis by creating a “stability union” that will be “immediately followed by moves “on the way towards a political union”.
It will prompt fears that Germany’s euro crisis plans could result in a European super-state with spending and tax plans set in Brussels.
The proposals urge that the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), a eurozone bailout fund that will be established by the end of next year, should be transformed into a version of the International Monetary Fund for the EU.
The European Monetary Fund (EMF) would be able to take full fiscal control of a failing country, including taking countries into receivership.
The leaked document, The Future of the EU: Required Integration Policy Improvements for the Creation of a Stability Union, comes as David Cameron meets Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, in Berlin today to talk about treaty changes and the eurozone crisis.

The German plan begins with a proposal to create “automatic sanctions” that could be imposed on euro members spending beyond targets set by the European Commission. Germany is demanding that if euro rules are “consistently violated”, it should be able to demand action from the European Court of Justice.

Germany, Finland, Austria and the Netherlands would be able to ask EU courts to impose sanctions, from fines to the loss of budgetary sovereignty, to protect the euro.

The memo states the EMF would be given “real intervention rights” in the budgets of euro members who have received EU-IMF bailouts.

Open Europe, a think tank, has called for Mr Cameron to demand concessions from Mrs Merkel in exchange for the plans, which need the consent of all 27 EU countries, giving Britain a veto.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/eu/8898213/German-memo-shows-secret-slide-towards-a-super-state.html

The two speed Europe solution was planned in 1994

There is a great deal of comment on the role that Germany is now taking at the lead to the financial crisis.

What if the entire edifice was pre-planned, designed to suck in the weak outer ring of European economies, designed to overburden and then collapse under its own weight, designed to allow the replacement of democratically elected leaders with Eurocrats, designed to put Germany in control, firmly and irrevocably.

Well enter stage left… Wolfgang Schäuble, the German Finance Minister and the architect of that planning. It was his joint paper on a two speed Europe presented in 1994  (Karl Lamers/Wolfgang Schäuble: Überlegungen zur europäischen Politik) that has now come to pass.


Born during WWII, Schäuble has been at the centre of government in Germany since the days of Helmut Kohl, for whom he served as his Chief of Staff in one of the most vociferous pro-European administrations.

The EU project came before all else, before his health, before his career. In October 1990 he was shot in an assassination attempt, which has left him confined to a wheelchair to this day, but he continued on. As Chairman of the CDU he was embroiled in a campaign donor scandal in 1990, forcing both Helmut Kohl and Schäuble to give way to the young East German politician that he had himself only two years earlier put forward as the party general secretary. Angela Merkel.

When Merkel became Chancellor in 2005, Schäuble was back. He has proved to be the driving force behind Merkel and her pro-European policies. “Under Merkel he’s developed an extremely independent role,” said Ulrich Deupmann, author of a biography of Mr. Schäuble. Or as the Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper put it this year: “The finance minister is his own chancellor.”

He has been working on his 1994 plan ever since, never really went away but as the Euro crisis rumbles on it has resurfaced because of various events, such as
  • the Euro with 17 EU member-states and three more in ERM II on track to joining. All but two states (Denmark, United Kingdom) have agreed by treaty to join but at least one of those treaty signatories (Sweden) has made no further steps to do so.
  • the Schengen area Treaty leading to a common border for many EU states (it currently excludes Bulgaria, Cyprus, Ireland, Romania and the United Kingdom) but which includes three non-EU members – Norway, Switzerland and Iceland. It is often asserted that Ireland only reluctantly agreed to stay out of the treaty to avoid creating a physical border between the Republic and Northern Ireland because the UK had refused to sign.
  • other initiatives limited to some states, such as the European Defence initiative and Prüm Convention.
  • the enlargement of the European Union to 27 member-states, with the prospect of accepting in the forthcoming years other candidates (Turkey and Iceland among others) where new members initially don’t join the Schengen area and the Eurozone.
  • the European Convention that lead to the treaty of the European Constitution that has been signed in 2004 by the 25 Heads of State, but was not ratified by all national parliaments or assemblies and so failed. Most of its provisions were adopted through the Treaty of Lisbon.
  • differences of view between EU members on some foreign diplomatic and military issues.
So is the rhetoric for ever closer union coming out of Germany this week Merkel or Schäuble talking? Well, let Schäuble tell you himself.
“There is a limited transition period where we have to manage the nervousness on the markets,” Mr. Schäuble said. “If it is clear that by the end of 2012 or the middle of 2013 that we have all the ingredients for new, strengthened and deepened political structures together, I think that will work.”
He sees the turmoil as not an obstacle but a necessity. “We can only achieve a political union if we have a crisis,”.
 Says it all really. Now tell me none of this was planned… and its not over yet. The bigger questions of course are how our appeasing PM will act, and how the Judas Class, the enemy within, will react to growing public anger at being shut out of the decision making process.

http://www.parker-joseph.com/pjcjournal/2011/11/19/the-two-speed-europe-solution-was-planned-in-1994/

Budget10: The EU Cartel’s dirty Trillion-Euro Game of Hide-and-Seek with Taxpayer’s money

EURDEMOCRACY

Did you read about the passionate debate about the 2012 Budget? Did you hear about the how Parliament  minutely and forensically interrogated the Commission about taxpayer’s money? Did you see how the Commissioner cowered as MEPs tore into the illogicality of its proposals? Did you cheer on seeing the riveting television when Parliamentarians shredded the arguments of Council of Ministers, declaring that they could not raise a cent of YOUR tax money without proper OPEN, DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATION?

Are you now fully aware about HOW and WHY the EU leaders take European tax from your pocket and HOW MUCH it spends on your behalf and WHERE? Did you see how 27 democratic States of Europe vigorously debated their common budget in the European Union?

NEITHER DID I !!!

The MAIN Debate on the 2012 Budget was IN SECRET! AGAIN!! The doors of the room 5G3 in the Spinelli Building of the Brussels Parliament were closed on 8 November 2011. I asked for admittance showing my press credentials. I also said that I was a journalist. I was asked whether I was part of the Council delegation. I said: No. I was then asked, if I was part of the Commission delegation. I said: No. I was asked if I was with the Parliament. I said: No.

Churchill's Principle - Part I: The Conversation

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In this series of six essays, Peter Carl guides us through a thought-provoking analysis of the Counter-Jihad Movement and what he sees may be its own greatest obstacles: itself and its message. Based upon thoughts arising from his intermittent exchanges over the past three years with opinion-leaders and politicians within the Counter-Jihad Movement, these essays will cause all who care about the survival of Europe and the West to step back and think. In this, his first in this series of essays, he begins by looking at a number of commonly accepted myths that are not only holding the Movement back – but which are actually giving a free and open road to the Islamization of the West. He concludes with a defense of a few of the Movements best known voices and our right, individually and as groups, to “hate” ideas.
“We have [come] together to try to pull the nation out of the forlorn and somber plight into which the action, or inaction, of all political parties over a long period of years had landed it. [….] What holds us together is the conduct of the war, the prosecution of the war. No Socialist, or Liberal, or Labour man has been in any way asked to give up his convictions. That would be indecent and improper. We are held together by something outside, which rivets all our attention. The principle we work on is: ‘Everything for the war, whether controversial or not, and nothing controversial that is not bona fide needed for the war.’”i (Emphasis supplied).
Winston Churchill, October 13, 1943, Speech to the House of Commons
Anyone in any party who falls below the level of the high spirit of national unity [-] which alone can give national salvation [-] is blameworthy. I know it is provoking when speeches are made which seem to suggest that the whole structure of our decent British life and society, which we have built up so slowly and patiently across the centuries, will be swept away for some new order or other, the details of which are largely unannounced. The spirit sometimes tempts me to rejoinder, and no doubt there are many here who have experienced passing sensations of the same kind, but we must restrain those emotions; we must see things in their true proportion; we must put aside everything which hampers us in the speedy accomplishment of our common purpose. ii (Emphasis supplied).
Winston Churchill, March 27, 1941, Speech to the Conservative Association
As background to this piece, presented exclusively here at The Brussels Journal as a six-part series of essays, over the past three years irregularly and off and on, I have been involved in a friendly yet sporadic private e-mail conversation, if one might characterize it so, with a few editors from a handful of some of the more widely-read blogs within the Counter-Jihad. This exchange has continued prior to and up through the attacks of the Oslo terrorist, Anders Behring Breivik, including actually during the very day itself of the extremely tragic and troubling July 22, 2011 massacres.

The Week in Review

November 18, 2011 | From theTrumpet.com

Middle East 

North Korea helping Iran with nuclear program: Hundreds of North Korean scientists are helping Iran with its nuclear program, according to reports published by Japanese and South Korean newspapers, citing information from anonymous diplomats. The Korea Times reports that the North Korean experts have been working at over 10 sites, including Natanz and Qom. The Japanese paper Sankei Shimbun reports that the North Koreans have been visiting three Iran centers researching nuclear weapons triggering. Bruce Bennett, a senior defense analyst for the Rand Corporation, says experts have suspected this sort of cooperation for years. “There’ve been stories of Iranians at the nuclear tests in North Korea, for example,” Bennett said. “So if information is really being shared, then you’ve got a much more dangerous situation, because most people would argue that the North Korean nuclear program is out ahead of Iran, and we don’t want Iran having that assistance.” 

November 16, 2011

FUEHRER MERKOZY’S TWO HALF-BRAINS SPLIT

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France and Germany clashed today over whether ECB should intervene to halt eurozone’s accelerating debt crisis. France-Fourth Reich relations have become increasingly similar to the Ballet de la Merlaison, created by Louis XIII of France in the 17th century. In this unique ballet, the king authored the work and played the leading role. All the other roles in the ballet were considered extras, who eagerly danced to the tune of the king.

As long as the king was still alive, this ballet was considered to be the work of a genius. Sarko, who loves the Ballet de la Merlaison, asserts France should play the leading role in Fourth Reich. But we all know that France and all countries of Fourth Reich have become economic provinces of Germany! Well, France is now the leading colony of Germany!

France pleads for stronger ECB action. Sarko declares ECB’s role is to ensure the stability of euro, but also the financial stability of Europe. Sarko demands ECB to take the necessary measures to ensure financial stability in Europe.

Sarko hoodwinks the risk premium investors charge to hold French debt rather than safe haven 10-year German Bunds is not justified. That spread hit a euro era peak of 195 basis points on Wednesday.

France’s banks are now in big trouble. Societe Generale has lost most of its share value since the beginning of the year. Societe Generale, Credit Agricole, and many others have been downgraded again by the 3CRAs. Both banks have Greek subsidiaries that have been dragged down by the crisis.

November 15, 2011

The founders of the EU were trying to prevent another German superstate. But that is precisely where we are heading

We don't need one of these... yet.

It is one thing for David Cameron to say, as he said at the Lord Mayor’s Banquet, that it is “in our interests” to remain in the EU. Would he, I wonder, say it was in our interests to be part of a greater Germany?

The way things are going, they might soon amount to the same thing. Angela Merkel declared last Monday that Europe is in its most dangerous predicament “since the Second World War”. The solution, as she said, is “more Europe, not less”.

In other words the ambitions of Germany are made plain: what is being envisaged in Mrs Angela Merkel’s mind is a unified Europe, a superstate, in which the most powerful, and therefore dominating, nation would be Germany. The superstate was planned from the beginning by its prophets and founders – despite the lies told to us over the decades by such as Edward Heath, Neil Kinnock and Michael Heseltine. But the idea of this radical political innovation being controlled by Germany was certainly not foreseen by those patriarchal Eurocrats. Ironically, they have achieved exactly that which they tried so hard to prevent.

So, three times in recent history, Germany has come close to a achieving hegemony in Europe: in 1870 under Bismarck, in 1914 under the Kaiser and again in 1939 under Adolf Hitler. Is Angela Merkel about to achieve by financial and economic muscle what those men failed to achieve by force of arms?
When the Berlin Wall came down, I recall a conversation I had with the poet and former senior civil servant, C H Sisson. I asked him what he thought of the collapse of the Soviet Union and he replied, “Good news. But, when we’ve just got rid of something like that in the East, why are we building something very similar to it here in the West?”

And that is effectively what we have.

We were promised by the Eurocrats a continent-wide democratic defence against fascist dictatorship, but what we are heading for at great speed is precisely that dictatorship. And it looks very much like what went on in the Soviet bloc for decades: government not by elected politicians but by unelected commissars and technocrats. How else are we to understand the appointment to the premierships in both Greece and Italy of EU apparatchiks?

Meanwhile, over his dinner, Dave waffles about the need for political powers “to ebb back” to Britain from the EU – as if this would happen naturally like the tidal flow. But the central dogma of the EU is that powers once arrogated from the nation states of Europe must never be returned.

Once again Britain stands alone. We do not this time – or not yet, anyhow – need Spitfires: we need a referendum on our continued membership of this bureaucratic dictatorship.

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/petermullen/100117608/the-founders-of-the-eu-were-trying-to-prevent-another-german-superstate-but-that-is-precisely-where-we-are-heading/

November 14, 2011

The European project is now sustained by coup

Even the outward forms of democracy are being shed

What we have witnessed is a coup d’état: bloodless and genteel, but a coup d’état none the less. In Athens and in Rome, elected prime ministers have been toppled in favour of Eurocrats – respectively a former Vice-President of the European Central Bank and a former European Commissioner. Both countries now have what are called ‘national governments’, though they have been put together for the sole purpose of implementing policies that would be rejected in a general election.

Italy and Greece are satrapies of Brussels, just as surely as Bosnia or Kosovo. In its Balkan protectorates, the EU overtly favours technocracy as the antidote to ‘populism’ (ie, democracy). Left to themselves, the locals have a tendency to vote for parties that want ethnographic frontiers. The EU's solution is to rule through a series of appointed governors – diplomats (and the odd retired politician) in Bosnia, generals in Kosovo.

Does Nazi Germany Dominate the EU?


Monday, November 14, 2011 by Staff Report - www.thedailybell.com

Geithner tells Europe to "move quickly" as instability hurts US and Asia ... Europe must "move quickly" to control its spreading debt crisis, because the volatility it is causing is the "central challenge" to global growth, US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said. US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner speaks after the finance ministers meetings at the APEC Summit in Honolulu, Hawaii. – UK Telegraph

Dominant Social Theme: The world is concerned about the EU. Something must be done.

Free-Market Analysis: The Anglosphere power elite is desperate to focus attention elsewhere than on its central-banking driven attempts to create world government. A big dominant theme that has emerged in the past two years is that Nazi Germans are driving the European Union. (See article excerpt above.)

This theme is all over the Internet now and has appeared in major mainstream publications. Just Google "European Union" and "Nazi." The idea is that when Nazi Germans realized they were going to lose the war, they came up with another way of dominating Europe, via economic means rather than by military conquest. This begs the question, though, of why Nazi Germans would want to do such a thing.

The enemy within – its time to expose them


The evil that is the EU has this past week come out into the open. The power brokers, the unelected ‘presidents’ who rule europa, the appointed unelected technocrats that have openly taken control of two sovereign states are only the very public view.

Hidden beneath the surface in every country in the EU are the traitors, the fifth columnists, the activists and the useful idiots. They all work to undermine our democracies, to ruin our trade, to impoverish our people, indoctrinate our children, making all dependent upon the state.

Without this army of traitors working within our institutions, our government, our civil service and our education system the power brokers have no power. Therefore we must know our enemy.

The thing that they fear most is publicity, to have the bright light of public exposure shone upon their actions. It is time to expose this evil at every level. At the supranational, national, regional and local levels for all to see and act against. So shun them, exclude them from your community, eject them from your pub or club, turn your back on them, give them no space and keep shining the light on them, and let everyone know who the traitors are.

When you know that your local councillor is taking his instructions from the Council CEO who has just returned from getting his orders from Brussels or the RDA, then you will know not to vote for them, you can demonstrate to remove the CEO, you can take action until these people are removed from their jobs. When you discover that your trades union has been making the rules in concert with the EU that are now crippling your ability to live rather than just survive, you can leave that union and isolate them, in every case you can take direct action against these fifth columnists when you know where exactly to direct that action.

November 13, 2011

Greece Forms a Kind of Communist Government?

 
Friday, November 11, 2011 by Staff Report - www.thedailybell.com
Economist Papademos to lead Greece's unity government ... Economist Lucas Papademos will be Greece's next prime minister, the Greek president's office announced Thursday, giving a non-politician the job of passing an unpopular bailout plan before elections are held next year. The selection by the two main political parties ended four days of squabbling over how to structure a unity government. Papademos, 64, and the rest of the government are to be installed Friday. – Washington Post

Dominant Social Theme: Thank goodness we have unity at last. Now Greece's troubles will be over.

Free-Market Analysis: Oh, wow, a Greek unity government. Unity. A less polite term would be "communism" in our view – for we and thee, not of course for the top Greek elites. Communism. Sure. Or close to it ... The state runs most of Greece now one way or another. And a politburo runs the state. A "unity government." Hah!

The EU's architects never meant it to be a democracy

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The rise of a "technocracy" was always part of the plan for Europe.

Greek police face the wrath of the people in Athens, the cradle of democracy - The EU's architects never meant it to be a democracy

Greek police face the wrath of the people in Athens, the cradle of democracy Photo: EPA

So, as headlines scream that vain bids to save the euro threaten us with “Armageddon”, the EU’s ruling elite has toppled two more elected prime ministers, to replace them with technocratic officials who can be trusted to do Brussels’s bidding.

The new Greek prime minister, Lucas Papademos, was the man who, as head of Greece’s central bank, fiddled the figures to enable Greece to get into the euro (against the rules) in the first place – before being rewarded with a senior post in the European Central Bank. He is no more democratically elected than Mario Monti, who will most likely be Italy’s new prime minister and had hurriedly to be made a “senator for life” to qualify him for the job. Monti’s main qualification is that, as a former senior EU Commissioner, he has long been a member of the Brussels elite himself.

Trilateral Rulers of the World

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On the attached list of current members of the Trilateral Commission, please find Mario Monti (right at the top) and (scroll down aways) Lucas Papademos - the newly appointed, unelected, "prime ministers" of Italy and Greece! These two former high officials of EU-institutions appear to have been appointed to their present positions at the instigation of the similarly unelected EU-Commission.

These appointments establish, more openly than ever before, the intimate connection between the powerful, supra-nationalist, politico-commercial organisations of David Rockefeller, and the élite of the EU - S
Subject: Trilateral group

http://www.trilateral.org/download/file/TC_list_10-11_2.pdf

Just to let you know that the new Governor of Greece Loukas Papademos is a member of the trilateral group.

November 12, 2011

Grèce et Italie : le retour des technocrates qui ont contribué à générer la crise

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Lucas Papademos et Mario Monti sont-ils les plus qualifiés pour sortir leur pays de la crise ? 

Lucas Papademos et Mario Monti. 

Lucas Papademos et Mario Monti. © Montage Le Point.fr / Sipa

De notre correspondant à Bruxelles,

Lucas Papademos a été vice-président de la Banque centrale européenne. Ce gestionnaire sans esbroufe a quitté son bureau tranquille, à l'université de Harvard, où il enseignait l'économie. L'intitulé de son cours ? "La crise économique mondiale : réponses et défis". Les Grecs en premier, les dirigeants de la zone euro derrière, tous espèrent que celui qui a accepté, au terme d'interminables tractations, de devenir Premier ministre de Grèce arrive à Athènes avec, dans sa besace, suffisamment de réponses pour relever le défi d'éviter la faillite à son pays.

Those very visible Teutonic tendencies again…

PJC Journal – IanPJ on Politics

There is a power struggle going on at the centre of the EU. It is like watching the power struggles that used to be a regular occurrence in the 60′s, 70′s and 80′s for control of the old Soviet Politburo.

Today it is the supposedly free West, those democratic societies that we have been warning for years are moving towards a hybrid of corporatism/fascism and communism, a totalitarian system of post democratic centralised control. After 4 years of writing, of warning, of showing the evidence, I have been told I am a fool, delusional, a conspiracy theorist. This week I find myself fully vindicated as I write about the events taking place across the channel.

Gauleiter Lucas Papademos has been appointed in Greece, an unelected ECB placeman. Gauleiter Mario Monti is expected to be in place on Monday. Both Greece and Italy are now nations under occupation government, unelected and appointed by Germany with the agreement of France. The candle of freedom and democracy has been snuffed out.

Today, Witterings from Witney pointed me towards this chap. A dangerous breed for anyone who values their liberty, their freedom and democracy as a way of life.
Herfried Münkler (born in Friedberg, Hesse, 15 August 1951) is Professor of Political Theory at Humboldt University in Berlin. Münkler is a regular commentator on global affairs in the German media and author of numerous books on the history of political ideas, on state building and on the theory of war, such as “Machiavelli” (1982), “Gewalt und Ordnung” (1992), “The New Wars” (orig. 2002) and “Empires: The Logic of World Domination from Ancient Rome to the United States” (orig. 2005). In 2009 Münkler was awarded the Leipzig Book Fair Prize in the category “Non-fiction” for Die Deutschen und ihre Mythen. – Wikipedia
In July 2011, Münkler published an essay in Spiegel calling for less democracy in the European Union and more centralisation of power.

The Week in Review

November 11, 2011 | From theTrumpet.com
The Middle East going nuclear, Berlusconi leaving office, Germany changing its mind about war, Asia planning a NATO rival, and British babies being born into harm’s way.

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Middle East

Iran on threshold of nuclear capability: Iran has worked, with help from foreign experts, to design nuclear weapons and is likely still conducting secret research on the project, the United Nations nuclear watchdog said in a report released Tuesday. The report, produced by the International Atomic Energy Agency, said many facets of Iran’s secret weapons programs went on past the 2003 date the United States had believed was when Tehran stopped all nuclear arms development. Among the findings that were of gravest concern to UN inspectors was the amount of uranium being enriched to 20 percent in facilities in the city of Qom. Uranium enriched to 3.5 percent is what is required for civilian energy purposes. Once it is enriched to 20 percent, the uranium can be used for medical purposes. It is a long and tedious process to go from 3.5 percent to 20 percent, but it is much easier to go from 20 percent up to 90 percent, which is the grade required for nuclear weapons. The true significance of a nuclear-armed Iran, wrote Courcy’s Intelligence Brief on November 9, lies not in the threat of a direct attack, but rather that “an Iranian nuclear deterrent would prevent Israel from using its own nuclear weapons to defeat an overwhelming conventional attack from its Arab neighbors. Israel came close to doing exactly this during the Yom Kippur War of 1973, and (as chief of staff Benny Gantz has admitted) Israel’s strategic environment could soon become worse than in 1973, with the possibility of Jordan, Hezbollah, the Palestinian territories, Turkey, and Iran all being added to Egypt and Syria in the balance against Israel.”