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Sunday, 8 June 2014

Welcome to Berlin's House of One – a church, synagogue and mosque

Sunday 08 June 2014 

It has been dubbed the "Wonder of Berlin". And if a Protestant pastor, a rabbi and an imam can realise their shared dream, the world's first house of prayer for three religions will open its doors in the German capital in four years' time, with the building costs being paid for by donations.

The unique project is called the "House of One", and its aim is to provide a place of worship and contemplation for adherents of the world's three main monotheistic faiths, although the building will also be open to all. It will house a church, a synagogue and a mosque under one roof.

"Berlin is the city of wounds and miracles," said Rabbi Tovia Ben-Chorin, one of the three behind the project. "It is the city in which the extermination of the Jews was planned. Now, the first house in the world for three religions is to be built here," he added.

The fundraising drive was launched this week, with a symbolic handing over of the first brick. The House of One's backers hope to raise the €43.5m (£35m) needed to construct the hexagonal-shaped brick building, on a site next to Berlin's central Museum Island, entirely through sponsorship. Anyone can donate money online. A single brick costs ¤10.

The idea was born in 2009, when archaeologists excavating a section of ground on Museum Island unearthed the remnants of Berlin's earliest church, the Petrikirche, and the city's Latin school, which dates back to 1350.

Architect Wilfried Kuehn with his model Architect Wilfried Kuehn with his model  "We quickly agreed that something visionary and forward looking should be built on what is the founding site of Berlin," said Gregor Hohberg, the Protestant pastor who initiated the project. He was convinced that multicultural, multi-faith Berlin was the right city in which to open a house of worship for three religions.

"Berlin is the city of the peaceful fall of the Berlin Wall and the peaceful coexistence of believers from different faiths – they yearn to understand each other," he said.

Imam Kadir Sanci, the House of One's Muslim leader, said he wanted the project to encourage a conscious dialogue between different faiths and cultures, which would help prejudices against Muslims to evaporate. "We want our children to have a future in which diversity is the norm," he insisted.

Kuehn's model Kuehn's model  The plans for the House of One indicate that while the building will contain a separate synagogue, church and mosque under one roof, there will also be a large central area, in which members of the three faiths and others can meet and contemplate. Last Tuesday, the House of One construction site on Berlin's Gertraudenstrasse was still a vacant building lot, with little more to show than a recently felled plane tree and dirty, grey sand scarred with the tyre tracks of lorries and excavators.

However, the desolate scene did not deter the pastor, the rabbi and the imam from symbolically burying their shoes in the sand at the centre of the site.

"One has to have a great deal of faith in God to imagine that a wonderful building, unique in the world, will stand on this site in just a few years," Mr Hohberg told a congregation from different faiths at a service a little later.

He added that building work could commence in 2016, providing donations to the fund of €10m had been raised by then.

[Ed. - this could be straight out of an 'End Times' film]


Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Files Uncovered - Nazi Veterans Created Illegal Army

By Klaus Wiegrefe

Newly discovered documents show that in the years after World War II, former members of the Nazi Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS formed a secret army to protect the country from the Soviets. The illegal project could have sparked a major scandal at the time.

For nearly six decades, the 321-page file lay unnoticed in the archives of the BND, Germany's foreign intelligence agency -- but now its contents have revealed a new chapter of German postwar history that is as spectacular as it is mysterious.

The previously secret documents reveal the existence of a coalition of approximately 2,000 former officers -- veterans of the Nazi-era Wehrmacht and the Waffen-SS -- who decided to put together an army in postwar Germany in 1949. They made their preparations without a mandate from the German government, without the knowledge of the parliament and, the documents show, by circumventing Allied occupation forces.

The goal of the retired officers: to defend nascent West Germany against Eastern aggression in the early stages of the Cold War and, on the domestic front, deploy against the Communists in the event of a civil war. It collected information about left-wing politicians like Social Democrat (SPD) Fritz Erler, a key player in reforming the party after World War II, and spied on students like Joachim Peckert, who later became a senior official at the West German Embassy in Moscow during the 1970s.

The new discovery was brought about by a coincidence. Historian Agilolf Kesselring found the documents -- which belonged to the Gehlen Organization, the predecessor to the current foreign intelligence agency -- while working for an Independent Historical Commission hired by the BND to investigate its early history. Similar commissions have been hired by a number of German authorities in recent years, including the Finance and Foreign Ministries to create an accurate record of once hushed-up legacies.

Kesselring uncovered the documents, which were given the strange title of "Insurances," while trying to determine the number of workers employed by the BND.

Instead of insurance papers, Kesselring stumbled upon what can now be considered the most significant discovery of the Independent Historical Commission. The study he wrote based on the discovery was released this week.

An Ease in Undermining Democracy 

The file is incomplete and thus needs to be considered with some restraint. Even so, its contents testify to the ease with which democratic and constitutional standards could be undermined in the early years of West Germany's existence.

According to the papers, German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer didn't find out about the existence of the paramilitary group until 1951, at which point he evidently did not decide to break it up.

In the event of a war, the documents claimed, the secret army would include 40,000 fighters. The involvement of leading figures in Germany's future armed forces, the Bundeswehr, are an indication of just how serious the undertaking was likely to have been.

Among its most important actors was Albert Schnez. Schnez was born in 1911 and served as a colonel in World War II before ascending the ranks of the Bundeswehr, which was founded in 1955. By the end of the 1950s he was part of the entourage of then Defense Minister Franz Josef Strauss (CDU) and later served the German army chief under Chancellor Willy Brandt and Defense Minister Helmut Schmidt (both of the SPD).

Statements by Schnez quoted in the documents suggest that the project to build a clandestine army was also supported by Hans Speidel -- who would become the NATO Supreme Commander of the Allied Army in Central Europe in 1957 -- and Adolf Heusinger, the first inspector general of the Bundeswehr.

Kesselring, the historian, has a special connection to military history: His grandfather Albert was a general field marshal and southern supreme commander in the Third Reich, with Schnez as his subordinate "general of transportation" in Italy. Both men tried to prevent Germany's partial surrender in Italy.

In his study, Kesselring lets Schnez off easily: He doesn't mention his ties to the right-wing milieu, and he describes his spying on supposed left-wingers as "security checks." When asked about it, the historian explains that he will deal with these aspects of the file in a comprehensive study in the coming year. But the BND has recently released the "Insurances" files, making it possible to paint an independent picture.

The army project began in the postwar period in Swabia, the region surrounding Stuttgart, where then 40-year-old Schnez traded in wood, textiles and household items and, on the side, organized social evenings for the veterans of the 25th Infantry Division, in which he had served. They helped one another out, supported the widows and orphans of colleagues and spoke about times old and new.

Fears of Attack from the East 

But their debates always returned to the same question: What should be done if the Russians or their Eastern European allies invade? West Germany was still without an army at the time, and the Americans had removed many of their GIs from Europe in 1945.

At first, Schnez' group considered allowing themselves to be defeated and then leading partisan warfare from behind the lines, before relocating somewhere outside of Germany. In the event of a sudden attack from the East, an employee with the Gehlen Organization would later write, Schnez wanted to withdraw his troops and bring them to safety outside of Germany. They would then wage the battle to free Germany from abroad.

To prepare a response to the potential threat, Schnez, the son of a Swabian government official, sought to found an army. Even though it violated Allied law -- military or "military-like" organizations were banned, and those who contravened the rules risked life in prison -- it quickly became very popular.

The army began to take shape starting at the latest in 1950. Schnez recruited donations from businesspeople and like-minded former officers, contacted veterans groups of other divisions, asked transport companies which vehicles they could provide in the worst-case scenario and worked on an emergency plan.

Anton Grasser, a former infantry general who was then employed by Schnez' company, took care of the weapons. In 1950, he began his career at the Federal Interior Ministry in Bonn, where he became inspector general and oversaw the coordination of German Police Tactical Units in the German states for the event of war. He wanted to use their assets to equip the troop in case of an emergency. There is no sign that then Interior Minister Robert Lehr had been informed of these plans.

Schnez wanted to found an organization of units composed of former officers, ideally entire staffs of elite divisions of the Wehrmacht, which could be rapidly deployed in case of an attack. According to the lists contained in the documents, the men were all employed: They included businesspeople, sales representatives, a coal merchant, a criminal lawyer, an attorney, a technical instructor and even a mayor. Presumably they were all anti-Communists and, in some cases, motivated by a desire for adventure. For example, the documents state that retired Lieutenant General Hermann Hölter "didn't feel happy just working in an office."

Most of the members of the secret reserve lived in southern Germany. An overview in the documents shows that Rudolf von Bünau, a retired infantry general, led a "group staff" out of Stuttgart. There were further sub-units in Ulm (led by retired Lieutenant General Hans Wagner), Heilbronn (retired Lieutenant General Alfred Reinhardt), Karlsruhe (retired Major General Werner Kampfhenkel), Freiburg (retired Major General Wilhelm Nagel) and many other cities as well.

Records Have Disappeared

Schnez's list wasn't passed on, but the documents state he claimed it included 10,000 names, enough to constitute the core staff of three divisions. For reasons of secrecy, he inducted only 2,000 officers. Still, Schnez had no doubts that the rest would join them. There didn't seem to be any dearth of candidates for the units: After all, there was no lack of German men with war experience.

It remained to be determined where they could relocate to in case of emergency. Schnez negotiated with Swiss locations, but their reactions were "very restrained," the documents state he later planned a possible move to Spain to use as a base from which to fight on the side of the Americans.

Contemporaries described Schnez as an energetic organizer, but also self-confident and aloof. He maintained contacts with the League of German Youth and its specialized organization, the Technischer Dienst (Technical Service), which were preparing themselves for a partisan war against the Soviets. The two groups, secretly funded by the United States, included former Nazi officers as members, and were both banned by the West German federal government in 1953 as extreme-right organizations. Schnez, it seems, had no qualms whatsoever associating himself with former Nazis.

Schnez also maintained a self-described intelligence apparatus that evaluated candidates for the "Insurance Company," as he referred to the project, and determined if they had suspicious qualities. A criminal named K. was described as "intelligent, young and half-Jewish."

US documents viewed by SPIEGEL indicate that Schnez negotiated with former SS Obersturmbannführer Otto Skorzeny. The SS officer became a Nazi hero during World War II after he carried out a successful mission to free deposed Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, who had been arrested by the Italian king. The former SS man had pursued plans similar to those of Schnez. In February 1951, the two agreed to "cooperate immediately in the Swabia region." It is still unknown today what precisely became of that deal.

In his search for financing for a full-time operation, Schnez requested help from the West German secret service during the summer of 1951. During a July 24, 1951 meeting, Schnez offered the services of his shadow army to Gehlen, the head of the intelligence service, for "military use" or "simply as a potential force," be it for a German exile government or the Western allies.

A notation in papers from the Gehlen Organization states that there had "long been relations of a friendly nature" between Schnez and Reinhard Gehlen. The documents also indicate that the secret service first became aware of the clandestine force during the spring of 1951. The Gehlen Organization classified Schnez as a "special connection" with the unattractive code name "Schnepfe," German for "snipe".

Did Adenauer Shy Away? 

It's likely that Gehlens' enthusiasm for Schnez's offer would have been greater if had it come one year earlier, when the Korean War was breaking out. At the time, the West German capital city of Bonn and Washington had considered the idea of "gathering members of former German elite divisions in the event of a catastrophe, arming and then assigning them to Allied defense troops."

Within a year, the situation had defused somewhat, and Adenauer had retreated from this idea. Instead, he pushed for West Germany to integrate more deeply with the West and for the establishment of the Bundeswehr. Schnez's illegal group had the potential to threaten that policy -- if its existence had become public knowledge, it could have spiraled into an international scandal.

Still, Adenauer decided not to take action against Schnez's organization -- which raises several questions: Was he shying away from a conflict with veterans of the Wehrmacht and the Waffen-SS?

There were misgivings within the Gehlen Organization, particularly surrounding Skorzeny. According to another BND document seen by SPIEGEL, a division head raised the question of whether it was possible for the organization to take an aggressive stance against Skorzeny. The Gehlen Organization man suggested consulting "the SS", adding, the SS "is a factor and we should sound out opinions in detail there before making a decision." Apparently networks of old and former Nazis still exercised considerable influence during the 1950s.

It also became clear in 1951 that years would pass before the Bundeswehr could be established. From Adenauer's perspective, this meant that, for the time being, the loyalty of Schnez and his comrades should be secured for the event of a worst-case scenario. That's probably why Gehlen was assigned by the Chancellery "to look after and to monitor the group."

It appears Konrad Adenauer informed both his American allies as well as the political opposition of the plan at the time. The papers seem to indicate that Carlo Schmid, at the time a member of the SPD's national executive committee, was "in the loop."

Little Known about Disbanding of Army 

From that point on, Gehlen's staff had frequent contact with Shnez. Gehlen and Schnez also reached an agreement to share intelligence derived from spying efforts. Schnez boasted of having a "particularly well-organized" intelligence apparatus.

From that point on, the Gehlen Organization became the recipient of alert lists including the names of former German soldiers who had allegedly behaved in an "undignified" manner as Soviet prisoners of war, the insinuation being that the men had defected to support the Soviet Union. In other instances, they reported "people suspected of being communists in the Stuttgart area."

But Schnez never got showered with the money he had hoped for. Gehlen only allowed him to receive small sums, which dried up during the autumn of 1953. Two years later, the Bundeswehr swore in its first 101 volunteers. With the rearmament of West Germany, Schnez's force became redundant.

It is currently unknown exactly when the secret army disbanded, as no fuss was made at the time. Schnez died in 2007 without ever stating anything publicly about these events. His records on the "Insurance Company" have disappeared. What is known stems largely from documents relating to the Gehlen Organization that made their way into the classified archive of its successor, the BND.

It appears they were deliberately filed there under the misleading title "insurances" in the hope that no one would ever find any reason to take interest in them.


Saturday, 19 April 2014

EU elections: Marine Le Pen and Geert Wilders 'on track to form far-Right bloc of 38 MEPs'

Europe's far-Right is on the rise and on track to get public funding worth over £2 million a year after May's EU elections

Bruno Waterfield, Brussels 16 Apr 2014

Marine Le Pen and Geert Wilders will have enough MEPs to form a publicly funded far-Right political group in the European Parliament following elections next month, according to a voting forecast.

The Pollwatch2014 prediction, based on opinion polls across the European Union, puts the French Front National and Dutch Freedom Party leaders on course to form a far-Right parliamentary bloc of 38 MEPs from at least seven countries.

A bloc of such a size in the EU assembly would be entitled to over £2 million a year in public funding for European political parties and groups, with British taxpayers contributing around £300,000 to subsidise extreme nationalists across Europe.
The pair has formed a coalition called the European Freedom Alliance to campaign against the EU in European elections to be held in five weeks and both are leading the opinion polls in their native countries.

"I am convinced we'll have a group," Miss Le Pen said earlier this week
The Austrian Freedom Party, Belgian Vlaams Belang, Italian Lega Nord, Slovak National Party and Sweden Democrats have joined up with Miss Le Pen and Mr Wilders with opinion polling in those countries showing growing support amid a popular backlash against the euro.

The new grouping will pose a major political problem for Nigel Farage, the Ukip leader, who has refused an alliance with Miss Le Pen, because it threatens to break up his current Europe of Freedom and Democracy bloc, with the loss of around £1 million a year in funding.

The Front National leader is determined to take the crown as Europe's anti-EU leader from Mr Farage, who she has dismissed as being a political coward after he declined to campaign with her because of her party's past links to neo-Nazis and anti-Semitism.

To woo Mr Wilders, Miss Le Pen has severed all political links to the British National Party, Hungary's Jobbik and the Greek Golden Dawn while pushing her father Jean-Marie Le Pen, who has convictions for Holocaust denial, into the background.

Public funding for European political parties and groups is generous, amounting to £110 million in 2014 and the cash will provide a shot in the arm for the Dutch and French far-Right leaders who are intending to use the European Parliament as a spring board to win political power at home.

"The Front National used to be a party of opposition, it is now a party that is ready to rule," Miss Le Pen said on Monday.

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Diplomacy is a four letter word

The Neocon Triumphby Philip Giraldi
Why is the United States so reluctant to negotiate with other countries and so prone to leap immediately to the option of using force or chicanery in lieu  of a more deliberative foreign policy? It might partly be because we Americans are not very good at the subtlety and give-and-take that diplomacy requires, but it could also be because our framework for operating, which shapes what  we do and how we do it, is hopelessly skewed. One might even argue that the dominant neoconservative way of thinking has thoroughly infected both parties’ perceptions of how a foreign policy is supposed to work, leading official Washington to see everything in terms of "us and them" while at the same time  exonerating every American misstep by citing the largely bogus national security argument to explain places like Libya, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Iran.

The vitriol unloaded on Russia since the rise of Vladimir Putin and most recently to ridicule almost every aspect of the Olympic Games is astonishing. By all means criticize Russia for its slide into authoritarianism, but turning it into a target of choice for ignorant media, politicians and White House spokesmen is just downright stupid. Moscow’s cooperation is essential to resolve a number of international crises and the hostility radiating from Washington only makes the world a much more dangerous place for everyone.

The sustained pressure on the Ukraine over the past several months has likewise  been remarkable and, under other circumstances, it would all be difficult to explain but for the fact that it and Russia are essentially two halves of one policy that is being orchestrated by the same group of neoconservatives, some of whom have now, fortuitously enough, attached themselves to the party in power in the White House, which is the Democrats. It was easy enough to do as many neocons are basically liberal Democrats if one excludes their aggressive foreign  policy views.

Remember the pastel revolutions in Eastern Europe that were sponsored by the United States and some western nations but which are now best forgotten? Involvement  of Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) in places like the Ukraine and Moldova sure turned out well, particularly when the biggest baddest NGO of all, the National Endowment for Democracy
<>  (NED) got  involved. When the Russians and others complained about the activities of NGOs interfering in their domestic politics NED was what they were referring to. NED instinctively favored people who called themselves democrats and were able to speak English, polyglot ability somehow demonstrating their political reliability. They turned out to be as corrupt as their predecessors and no less inclined to fool around with the electoral system they inherited. Tinkering in Georgia <>  by Washington and its Israeli surrogates almost led to American  involvement in a war with Russia in which Washington had no conceivable interest. Remember John McCain’s "We are all Georgians now?"

Those who are aware of the insidious activities of NED, an ostensibly private  foundation that spreads “democracy” and is largely funded by Congress, know  that it has a Democratic Party half in its National Democratic Institute, and  a Republican Party half in its International Republican Institute. Madeleine Albright is in charge of the NED Dems while John McCain leads the NED GOP. Which is not to say that there is much in the way of adult supervision, probably a good thing as otherwise NED would be even more meddlesome than it already is.

After wrecking Eastern Europe NED has gone on to do yeoman’s work relating  to the Arab Spring, the results of which are clearly visible in Tunisia, Egypt  and Iraq. But now the focus is again on the former Soviet Union with millions of dollars going to opposition parties, this time with the full force of an uncritical mainstream media behind the effort. Easily forgotten are two indisputable  facts relating to Russia and the Ukraine. First, before the Soviet Union broke up in 1991, there was an understanding that the US and Europe would not use  the situation as an excuse to expand their spheres of influence into Eastern Europe. NED and other groups violated that understanding almost immediately and now Croatia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovenia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Romania and Poland are in the European Union and also in NATO, an organization that has absolutely no raison d’etre apart from serving as a military alliance against Russia.

Second, today’s Ukraine
<>  was largely shaped by Josef Stalin during Second World War, when parts of Poland  and Romania that had Ukrainian majorities were annexed. The Ukraine is roughly seventy-five per cent Ukrainian ethnically but ten million Ukrainian citizens  are ethnic Russians, more than 17% of the population. Many Ukrainians therefore look to Russia as a natural ally and trading partner while those who once were  part of Poland tend to look westward, but what is indisputable is that the current mildly pro-Moscow Ukrainian government of Viktor Yanukovych came to power after a free election monitored by international observers in 2010. Yanukovych believes in strong ties to Russia but is also friendly to the European Union and the United States. In spite of that studied neutrality Washington and the Europeans are stirring up unrest and trying to coerce the Ukrainian government into entering  into a formal arrangement with the EU that its elected leadership believes to be not in its best interests. Protesters, supported and possibly even trained and equipped <>  by Europe and the US, have responded with violence.

 The US State Department’s Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland has been a  leader
<>  in the drive to punish the Ukraine and force it to become part of the EU. "We stand with the people of Ukraine who see their future in Europe," she said rather undiplomatically in December. But who is Nuland anyway? She  is described  in the media <>  as an experienced diplomat, which in a sense she is, but if  that phrase is intended to imply that she is completely a professional it would  be misleading. She is the wife of leading neoconservative Robert Kagan, who is best known for his assertion that Americans "are from Mars and Europeans  are from Venus". Kagan, who is quite portly and has characteristically never served in the US armed forces, presumably is Martian by adoption.

Victoria Nuland’s access to senior levels of government began when served as
<>  principal deputy national security adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney,  a position possibly obtained through the good graces of her husband’s neocon  associates, who were in the ascendancy at the Pentagon and White House at that  time. She then moved on to become US Ambassador to NATO under Bush-Cheney before bouncing back to Washington to work as Hillary Clinton’s press secretary. In that capacity she has sometimes been described as comfortable in working with both conservatives and liberals, but that would be misleading as in terms of foreign policy Clinton is no liberal, strongly pro-Israel and aligning largely with the neocon vision of an American that is ready, willing and able to use force and coercion to establish a new world order that is subordinate to US  interests.

 Like her husband, Nuland, backed by the White House and politicians including Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, is consistently  hostile
<>  to Moscow, possibly because the neocon world view favors the predominantly  Jewish oligarchs who looted the Russian economy before being brought to heel by Putin. National Security statists also require a powerful adversary to validate  their assumptions about the need to reorganize and lead the world to deal with  transnational threats. Nuland predictably refused to congratulate Putin on his most recent electoral victory and she has gone to bat for groups like "Pussy Riot" to embarrass the Russian government.

 Nuland was recently intercepted
<>   in a telephone conversation with the US Ambassador to the Ukraine Geoff Pyatt.  She and the ambassador discussed whom they would support in their drive to rearrange  the Ukrainian government, bringing in the UN afterwards to "glue" the deal. Nuland, who has visited the Ukraine several times to speak to the demonstrators and pass out cookies, described the possible European Union (EU) role in such a project disparagingly, using a four letter word which was widely reported in the media. The focus on her language somewhat obscured the far more important content of the call, discussing plans to destabilize the Ukraine while actively working to select one opposition politician as the preferred choice  to bring about change in the government.

 Victoria Nuland’s call over an unencrypted phone line
<>  to discuss highly sensitive matters was, at a minimum, a security violation. She and the Administration subsequently tried to frame it as a Russian  setup, calling it "impressive tradecraft," which it was not, but there  is no actual evidence that Russia was in any way involved in the intercept,  though it did exploit the damaging material that was handed to it on a platter. And the complaint about spying is itself deliciously ironic coming from a government in Washington that has been tapping nearly everyone’s phones with impunity.

 Ideologues like Victoria Nuland, who might serve as a poster child for what  is wrong with the US government, constitute only one element in the dysfunctional White House view of the world and how to interact with it. Former Senior State Department official James Bruno asks
<>  "Why does America send so many stupid, unqualified hacks overseas?" For the first time since the Second World War more than half of all US Ambassadors  overseas are political appointees rather than career diplomats, yet another instance of President Barack Obama’s saying one thing while running for office  and doing another thing when actually in power. Bruno describes an ambassador  to Sweden lying drunk in the snow, the current hotel chain owner nominee for  Norway who did not know the country was a constitutional monarchy, and a TV soap opera producer pick for Hungary who had no idea what interests the US might  have in the country. One Obama appointee Seattle investor Cynthia Stroum actually was forced to resign after running her embassy in Luxembourg into the ground, verbally abusing her staff and spending embassy funds on personal travel and alcohol.

 All of these splendid examples of American officialdom have one thing in common:  they gave a lot of money to the Obama campaign. Raising $1.79 million is now  the going  price
<>  for an ambassadorship. Good work Mr. Obama. You promised transparency  and have again exceeded all expectations by appointing ambassadors whose lack  of qualifications would embarrass the head of state of a banana republic. With  Victoria Nuland firmly at the helm of our ship of state in Europe and working to overthrow a friendly government while a group of rich but clueless clowns heads our embassies every American will henceforth know that he or she can sleep safe at night.
Read more by Philip Giraldi:
The Art of American Scaremongering  <>
   – February 10th, 2014

Ordinary Citizens Need Not Apply  <>   – February 3rd, 2014
Putting a Christian Zionist in Charge  <>
   – January 27th, 2014

Why We Fight  <>   – January 20th, 2014
We Told You So  <>
   – January 13th, 2014


Wednesday, 5 February 2014

A rash of deaths and a missing reporter

– Monday 3rd February 2014
 by Pam Martens

In a span of four days last week, two current executives and one recently retired top ranking executive of major financial firms were found dead. Both media and police have been quick to label the deaths as likely suicides. Missing from the reports is the salient fact that all three of the financial firms the executives worked for are under investigation for potentially serious financial fraud.

The deaths began on Sunday, January 26. London police reported that William Broeksmit, a top executive at Deutsche Bank who had retired in 2013, had been found hanged in his home in the South Kensington section of London. The day after Broeksmit was pronounced dead, Eric Ben-Artzi, a former risk analyst turned whistleblower at Deutsche Bank, was scheduled to speak at Auburn University in Alabama on his allegations that Deutsche had hid $12 billion in losses during the financial crisis with the knowledge of senior executives. Two other whistleblowers have brought similar charges against Deutsche Bank.

Deutsche Bank is also under investigation by global regulators for potentially rigging the foreign exchange markets – an action similar to the charges it settled in 2013 over its traders’ involvement in the rigging of the interest rate benchmark, Libor.
Just two days after Broeksmit’s death, on Tuesday, January 28, a 39-year old American, Gabriel Magee, a Vice President at JPMorgan in London, plunged to his death from the roof of the 33-story European headquarters of JPMorgan in Canary Wharf. According to Magee’s LinkedIn profile, he was involved in “Technical architecture oversight for planning, development, and operation of systems for fixed income securities and interest rate derivatives.”

Magee’s parents, Bill and Nell Magee, are not buying the official story according to press reports and are planning to travel from the United States to London to get at the truth. One of their key issues, which should also trouble the police, is how an employee obtains access to the rooftop of one of the mostly highly secure buildings in London.
Nell Magee was quoted in the London Evening Standard saying her son was “a happy person who was happy with his life.” His friends are equally mystified, stating he was in a happy, long-term relationship with a girlfriend.

JPMorgan is under the same global investigation for potential involvement in rigging foreign exchange rates as is Deutsche Bank. The firm is also said to be under an investigation by the U.S. Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations for its involvement in potential misconduct in physical commodities markets in the U.S. and London.

One day after Magee’s death, on Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 50-year old Michael (Mike) Dueker, the Chief Economist at Russell Investments, is said to have died from a 50-foot fall from a highway ramp down an embankment in Washington state. Again, suicide is being presented by media as the likely cause. (Do people holding Ph.D.s really attempt suicide by jumping 50 feet?)

According to Dueker’s official bio, prior to joining Russell Investments, he was an assistant vice president and research economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis from 1991 to 2008. His duties there included serving as an associate editor of the Journal of Business and Economic Statistics. He also was editor of Monetary Trends, a monthly publication of the St. Louis Fed.

Bloomberg News quotes William Poole, former President of the St. Louis Fed from 1998 to 2008, saying “Everyone respected his professional skills and good sense.”
According to a report in the New York Times in November of last year, Russell Investments was one of a number of firms that received subpoenas from New York State regulators who are probing the potential for pay-to-play schemes involving pension funds based in New York. No allegations of wrongdoing have been made against Russell Investments in the matter.

The case of David Bird, the oil markets reporter who had worked at the Wall Street Journal for 20 years and vanished without a trace on the afternoon of January 11, has this in common with the other three tragedies: his work involves a commodities market – oil – which is under investigation by the U.S. Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations <>  for possible manipulation. The FBI is involved in the Bird investigation. Bird left his Long Hill, New Jersey home on that Saturday

<> , telling his wife he was going for a walk. An intentional disappearance is incompatible with the fact that he left the house wearing a bright red jacket and without his life-sustaining medicine he was required to take daily as a result of a liver transplant. Despite a continuous search since his disappearance by hundreds of volunteers, local law enforcement and the FBI, Bird has not been located.

When a series of tragic events involving one industry occur within an 18-day timeframe, the statistical probability of these events being random is remote. According to a number of media reports, JPMorgan is conducting an internal investigation of the death of Gabriel Magee. Given that JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank and Russell Investments are subjects themselves of investigations, a more serious, independent look at these deaths is called for.

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Saturday, 18 January 2014

Who didn't want him dead?

On 5 January 2014, The New York Post reported thus:

“The millionaire Hasidic slumlord found burned and suffocated in a Nassau County dumpster, his body still smoldering from the waist down... had so many enemies that investigators say they almost don’t know where to start looking...

‘Any number of people wanted to kill this guy,’ one law-enforcement source said of Menachem ‘Max’ Stark, 39, describing the father of eight as embroiled in several ‘shady’ real-estate transactions and being up to his tuchus in debt. ‘He owed a lot of people money,’ said another source…

Stark left behind a trail of angry tenants from more than a dozen residential properties… along with an untold number of unpaid contractors and angry business associates, investigators said… ‘He was involved in shady business deals, was known to carry around a lot of money and had a sealed arrest for forcible touching’ in his past, one law-enforcement source told The Post. The alleged victim was a young teen girl, said the source, declining to give further details.

‘He’s a Hasidic Jew from Williamsburg, and we think he’s a scammer,’ another investigator said of Stark, who had defaulted on more than $30 million in real-estate loans in recent years and owed tens of thousands in penalties for building violations. ‘He f–ked over a few people,’ the source added.

Many on Stark’s enemies list took to social media Saturday, and not to mourn his passing. ‘His slanted shtreimel on his head gives his crookedness away,’ one commenter wrote on, referring to the victim’s fur hat in a photo.
‘Sentence his kidnappers to live in one of his buildings,’ wrote another poster to the site…

On the day he was abducted, Stark had called one businessman, a Borough Park-based real-estate developer, a dozen times, said the source, and had just succeeded in convincing the man to deposit $500,000 in an account for him, the source said…
At the time of his death, Stark owed tens of thousands of dollars in penalties for 148 Department of Buildings violations on his 17 properties, public records show. ‘He owed me some money on a job I was doing for him, and he told me to go f–k myself,’ one Williamsburg contractor told The Post of his dealings with Stark, who was notorious for bouncing checks.

Numerous former Stark tenants described living with vermin, plus shabby interiors and sporadic heat and water problems. ‘I’ve had many conversations with him, and of course in many of those conversations I wanted to kill him,’ joked Greg Hanlon, who lived in a Stark-owned building in Clinton Hill.

A Stark building at 239 Banker St. in Greenpoint was so decrepit, the city issued a vacate order in 2009 — and numerous tenants were left to chase Stark down in futile efforts to retrieve the four-month deposits Stark had demanded of them, one tenant organizer said. The building went into foreclosure shortly after. ‘He pretty much ripped off the whole building,’ said the organizer, Ryan Kuonen. ‘They kept trying to serve him, and he kept hiding from them. When he’d hear ‘Are you Max Stark,’ he would take off running.’

Investigators are finding a pattern of shady dealings in which Stark would acquire properties and then ‘lose’ the properties by failing to pay his mortgage and improvement loans, sources said. The properties would then be snapped up at bargain basement prices by family members and associates, one law-enforcement source said."
Not what you'd call Mr Wonderful then. Not someone you'd want to lend your mother's last ten bob to. Max wasn't loathed by everyone, however. The Post continues:

"Rabbi David Niederman of the United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg told reporters Sunday that Stark ‘was a warm person when you approached him and needed something from him.

‘He was the go to-person that many people went to when they needed something special,’ Niederman said. ‘He paid for a special doctor, special education, food, or rent to stop eviction.’

Brother-in-law Abraham Buxbaum also described Stark, a married father of eight, as ‘the most loving and giving father, brother-in-law, friend, business partner, person. He is loved by everyone,’ Buxbaum said. ‘No one ever had an issue with him. It was always enjoyable to be around him.

I, personally, was in his office with his secretaries,’ Buxbaum added. ‘We went through some of his files, his accounts, his deals. Nothing, absolutely, was alarming to me. Everything, to me, looked normal’.”

On the same day, The Business Insider told us this:

"The newly elected Brooklyn borough president and other New York politicians quickly condemned a controversial New York Post Sunday cover that asked about a murdered Jewish landlord, ‘Who didn't want him dead?’

Eric Adams, the new Brooklyn borough president, led a press conference Sunday afternoon to condemn the Post's ‘hateful coverage’ of the death of Menachem Stark…

Rabbi Abe Freedman tweeted that new New York City Public Advocate Letitia James was among the other politicians present at the press conference. According to the New York Observer's Colin Campbell, she suggested advertisers boycott the Post.
At the press conference, Adams called on the Post to issue an apology to Stark in Monday's edition.
‘The New York Post's decision to hang Menachem Stark in effigy on its cover, hours after shiva has begun, is a betrayal of journalistic integrity,’ he said.

Another attendee, New York City council member David Greenfield, suggested that Osama bin Laden got better coverage in the Post.”

They don't like their own 'shady' operators criticised, do they?

Oh yes, from the lofty heights of some council chamber or other, the David Cs are ever ready to pounce upon those who dare wash the dirty linen of the Orthodox in public.
And, of course, there's always some tame goy 'borough president' or equally pliable 'advocate' shiksa ready, willing and able to back up the Greenfields with a stern official denunciation from elsewhere within the corridors of power.

If there's one thing the eternal Jew doesn't like it's the whole truth, ladies and gents. The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth just does not suit those who seem happy to 'f-ck... people' over as a matter of course.

Don't you think it's about time the world told the David Greenfields and their bought apologists to get lost? Don't you think it's about time we were allowed to consider Jewish misdemeanour on an equal footing with our own without having some bought jobsworth threaten boycotts and claim betrayal?

Osama Bin Laden got better coverage? Well, David, he wasn't responsible for the rats, was he? Or the bad loans and the building violations. Maybe that has something to do with it. And then, they do say that Osama wasn't entirely responsible for 9/11 either.
Maybe one or two down at The Post are catching up.

Check out The Talmud if you want to know where the Menachem Stark-type mindset comes from.


On 7 January 2014, Debra Nussbaum Cohen informed us further in the Israeli daily, Haaretz:

“At his funeral on bitter-cold Saturday night, attended by some 1,000 people standing on the streets of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Stark was lauded as a pillar of his community… People in Williamsburg have been unequivocal.

The Post headline was ‘pure anti-Semitism,’ said Sarah Teitelbaum, a Satmar housewife who asked that her real name not be used. ‘He was a big ba'al tzedaka (giver of charity). Everybody only has good to say about him.’ Leaders of the Hasidic sect as well as Brooklyn politicians condemned the headline…

Subsequent accounts have detailed some of the financial and legal troubles Stark faced. With a partner he owned dozens of rental buildings with roughly 1,000 apartments in trendy Brooklyn neighborhoods including Williamsburg and Greenpoint. He had not paid tens of thousands of dollars in fines levied by the city for rental properties in severe disrepair… The real estate trade paper The Real Deal reported in 2011 that he and a business partner had been sued for $51 million for defaulting on five separate loans.

On the consumer review website Yelp, one tenant wrote that he lived in a building owned by Stark for five years and ‘the plumbing was a nightmare. The first-floor was overrun with big-ass rats. Electricity would randomly be shut off for days at a time.’ Another poster wrote, ‘Think of every terrible stereotype and characterization you can possibly imagine when the phrase ‘New York City slumlords’ enters your head’…
Sources say that in fact there is no contradiction between the role Stark played in his Satmar community of Williamsburg, and how some tenants and legal documents say he behaved outside it.”

After informing us that Satmar boys are taught that ‘non-Jews aren’t quite human,’ Cohen then quoted Samuel Katz, brought up as a Satmar but now secular, thus:
“You don’t see commonality with people who aren’t Jewish. There is a completely different taxonomy of people. There are Jews and then there are non-Jews, WHO DON’T HAVE SOULS…

Every boy is taught that the bad goyim will be killed (when the Messiah comes) and the good gentiles will have the privilege of serving us, of being our slaves. The way Stark dealt with tenants is part of that world view… It’s not taking advantage of them, that is the world order you’re taught to expect.

It informs your moral compass. Like all good people Stark was benevolent and generous to the people who he saw were like himself, but not to other people. There’s an empathy ‘blind spot’ that imbues the Haredi outlook.”

Samuel Heilman, an ‘expert on Hasidic communities’ and a professor of sociology at Queens College, was quoted thus:

“What you do to the goyim is not the same as what you do to Jews… Part of the collective mind-set… was that you need to keep a distance from them, that THEY ARE A DIFFERENT LEVEL OF HUMAN BEING.”

Do you get it yet, folks?

These people, whom politicians and nobility throughout the western world have protected and promoted for centuries, have always seen we lesser mortals as  ‘a different level of human being,’ as having no souls.

That’s how Iraq wars come to be. (The US Neoconservatives, who were agitating for a second Gulf War from the time the first one ended, were almost wholly Jewish) That’s how the banking scandals and world-wide recessions come to be. That how Israel gets to do what it does to the Palestinians. That's how a wholly unrepresentative, damp-handed nerd like Ed Miliband gets to be the leader of the Labour party. When you can’t criticise or investigate a self-serving, other-despising community, that community can, whenever it wants, take advantage of the rest.

Check out the negative influence that the Jewish Board of British Deputies, via its role in the creation and implementation of race law in this country, has had upon the happiness and welfare of the British people.

Homosexual Jews have ‘higher souls’ than Gentiles and its related links should dispel any notion that the supremacism exhibited by the Satmar community is uncommon.
Posted by Michael Graham at 09:13

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Israel demands family pays for house demolition

The Israeli authorities have demanded that a Palestinian family who were evicted from their house before it was demolished now pays for removing the wreckage.
by Kuzey News Agency 

When Israeli bulldozers arrived in front of Ayman Said Kerrish's home, Israeli officers woke him up and instructed him to leave his home within five minutes. This stirred a wave of protests and anger in other parts of the world, but it has become a daily routine for Palestinians in eastern Jerusalem, which is the capital of the Palestinian State.
Kerrish and his family were left homeless and helpless in just five minutes and were not able to stop the cruel Israeli officers who were determined to tear down the house. The only things they possess now are the pajamas they were wearing as they fled their home.

“They came very early in the morning. There were 40-50 police officers and some troops from border units. Although we had not received any early warning about our house being demolished, they came here and start to destroy the house. We begged them to give us some time to take some valuable possessions,” he said, telling the incident to TRT TURK
After several days of demolishing, Ayman’s little girl Nura still runs away from her father’s arms to the broken house that has a special meaning in her memory. There were 6 floors in the house where Ayman Kerrish lived, with his brother and other family members in four of them. But now this crowded Palestinian family must stay in a tent given by the Red Crescent in front of their destroyed house.

This tragic story is not unique for the Kerrish family. Israel will continue to illegally destroy Palestinian houses to make way for new Jewish settlements. Facing an economic bottleneck, the Palestinian authority is unable to provide sufficient aid to victims of Israeli brutality. The Kerrish family is working to get some legal consultancy from a Norwegian NGO.

The lawlessness embraced by the Israeli authorities with their indifferent stance towards international rules worsen the situation of Palestinian victims who do not know what the future holds for them. Noting that the Israeli goal is to put pressure on Palestinians to leave their lands, Kerrish said, “We do not know what will happen to us. They claimed our house without a license and destroyed it. But we did not rent this house, we bought it. How can they throw us out of a house without compensation?”

Instead of getting compensation for the injustice implemented by the Israeli officers, the Jewish authority demanded the family pays the cost of removing the wreckage. “What kind of justice is this? The laws are just on the paper. Their intention is clear to make Palestinians leave Jerusalem,” he cried out.