World System

Colored Revolution

A “color revolution” is a term used for a movement based on legitimate grievances that is being co-opted into an operation to change and elected government.
Georgia in 2003
Ukraine in 2004
Kyrgyzstan in 2005


Extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions

Un-Human Rights Council
15 June-3 July 2020
Report of the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions:
VII. In conclusion
82. Accordingly, in light of the evidence that the US has provided to date, the targeting of General Soleimani, and the deaths of those accompanying him, constitute an arbitrary killing for which, under IHRL, the US is responsible. The strike was in violation of Art. 2(4) of the UN Charter with insufficient evidence provided of an ongoing or imminent attack. No evidence has been provided that General Soleimani specifically was planning an imminent attack against US interests, particularly in Iraq, for which immediate action was necessary and would have been justified. No evidence has been provided that a drone strike in a third country was necessary or that the harm caused to that country was proportionate to the harm allegedly averted. While there is information suggesting that the US requested, at least in December 2019, that Iraq take action against Kata’ib Hezbollah, no evidence has been provided that Iraq was consulted on how to alleviate any threats posed to the US arising from the visit of General Soleimani, such that Iraq should bear the burden of addressing those threats. No evidence has been produced that there was no time for the US to seek aid from the international community, including the UNSC, in addressing the alleged imminent threats. Major General Soleimani was in charge of Iran military strategy, and actions, in Syria and Iraq. But absent an actual imminent threat to life, the course of action taken by the US was unlawful.

Rebranding Terrorists
General Raymond Thomas, commander of US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) explains how they rebrand terrorists.
US-designated terrorist group PKK was rebranded in Syria as SDF (2017 interview)

Failed Coup 2018
The plot, code-named Operation Constitution, involved scores of captains, colonels, and generals from all four branches of Venezuela’s armed forces. The goal was straightforward and seismic—to capture President Nicolás Maduro and put him on trial. The plotters, wearing blue armbands marked OC, were supposed to storm the presidential palace and main military base and stop the May 20 presidential election.
The plotters believe they were betrayed, possibly by a double agent.
Some members of the Venezuelan military say the only hope for a return to stability is to replace Maduro by force. That remains unlikely after the coup’s failure.
In May 2018 The military tribunal report on the plot high-ranking officers from all four branches of the security services attempted an insurrection. the U.S. and Colombian governments provided financial backing and that there was a separate plot, Operation Armageddon, which called for Maduro’s assassination at a military parade in July 2017.
Maduro has handed over large parts of the economy to the military, including top jobs at the state oil producer and control over food distribution. He’s promoted hundreds of generals and admirals, and active and retired military officials hold nine of 34 cabinet posts.

Dealmaker: Abbas Ibrahim Yousef Al Yousef a UAE businessman
28 September, 2018

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Court of Arbitration, pertaining to a dispute over commission payment in relation to a $3.6 billion arms deal between French state-owned company GIAT Industries SA (now Nexter Systems) and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The agreement was for the sale of 388 Leclerc combat tanks, 46 armoured vehicles, 2 training tanks, spare parts and ammunition. It was signed in 1993 and scheduled to be completed in 2008.

The case brought before the ICC arbitration tribunal was a claim from Abbas Ibrahim Yousef Al Yousef, a UAE businessman, that GIAT had not honoured a contract to pay him a 6,5% commission on the deal or almost $235 million total. GIAT stopped paying after sending Al Yousef over $195 million through his company Kenoza Consulting & Management Inc., which was registered in the British Virgin Islands. Al Yousef demanded the nearly $40 million that remained outstanding.

GIAT’s lawyers maintained that they had to stop payments as they became illegal when the OECD Anti-Corruption Convention was transposed into French law in the year 2000. They claimed “Kenoza intended to commit and indeed committed corruption acts”.

Al Yousef firmly denied that any part of the commission had been used to bribe UAE officials or used in any corrupt acts. As GIAT did not produce any evidence for the claim, the ICC Tribunal did not rule on the issue but noted that “…if the excessive nature of the compensation for the Claimants service must be taken as evidence of a corrupt purpose of the Agency Agreement, this purpose must have been known and intended by both Parties to the agreement”.

The Tribunal did investigate what services Al Yousef provided to justify the excessive commission. Despite claims to the contrary, the Tribunal found that Al Yousef did not play an important role in the development of the Leclerc tank. The tanks were fitted with German engines, which created an obstacle as this would violate laws forbidding German arms sales to the Middle East. Al Yousef claimed he had successfully lobbied German authorities to obtain a waiver from these laws in “…a process which involved decision makers at the highest levels, both in France and Germany”. During a witness statement, Al Yousef could not remember the names of any German officials and told the Tribunal he had used lobbyists instead of meeting with German authorities directly.

Surprisingly, Al Yousef told the Tribunal that had he been on a retainer, he would have asked GIAT to pay him a million dollars a month as a consultant. That would have brought him $51 million to $60 million rather than nearly $235 million. As a result, the Tribunal concluded that “…the contractual commission rates is far above anything that could be justified (…). The remuneration is excessive by the standard which Mr Al Yousef himself set and by any standard which was raised in the arbitration”. His claims were dismissed and Al Yousef was ordered to pay the entire cost of arbitration by the Tribunal ($550 000) plus a portion of GIAT’s legal costs (€115 000).



American countries accepting the self claimed president of Venezuela:

Argentina, Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic, and Saint Lucia.

Accepting Maduro as the president:

 Mexico , Antigua , Barbuda, Bolivia, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Vincent, the Grenadines, Suriname, Uruguay


Maduro is still recognized by China, Iran, Russia, Turkey and other international powers, Bolivia, Cuba, El Salvador, Mexico, Nicaragua and Uruguay within the region.




David Eby won’t rule out public inquiry after collapse of casino money-laundering case




Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Great Casino Industrial Laundry Complex….First Charges Have Been Laid.


Sam Cooper of Postmedia has the details – go read his entire piece.

Here is the lede and a bit more:

Criminal charges have been laid against Silver International Investment, a money-transfer business that RCMP allege was involved in money laundering, had ties to underground banking and used suspected drug cash to fund Chinese VIP gamblers in B.C. casinos.

During the RCMP’s Project E-Pirate probe, Mounties allege they uncovered more than $500 million from a Richmond money-laundering service they said handled up to $1.5 million a day…


…In late August, at a Vancouver conference attended by law enforcement officials, RCMP Insp. Bruce Ward outlined the details of E-Pirate. The investigation started with surveillance of gambling and cash drops at River Rock Casino, documents say, which led to Silver’s cash house, about a 10-minute drive away.

Ward said RCMP surveillance identified 40 different organizations linked to Asian organized groups dealing cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine. Gangsters were delivering “suitcases laden with cash” to Silver’s cash house.

At Silver, dealers could drop off $100,000 in cash in a suitcase, Ward said, and within minutes a credit for $95,000 would appear in a Chinese bank, after a five per cent fee was taken for the laundering and transfer service…


Describing a typical cash drop, (RCMP Inspector Bruce) Ward said: “They would put $100,000 into a hockey bag, show up at the casino, and give (the VIP gambler) $100,000 …



Charges laid in probe of alleged B.C. drug-cash money-laundering


Criminal charges have been laid against Silver International Investment, a money-transfer business that RCMP allege was involved in money laundering, had ties to underground banking and used suspected drug cash to fund Chinese VIP gamblers in B.C. casinos.

During the RCMP’s Project E-Pirate probe, Mounties allege they uncovered more than $500 million from a Richmond money-laundering service they said handled up to $1.5 million a day.

“The Public Prosecution Service of Canada can confirm that charges have been laid against Caixuan Qin, Jian Jun Zhu, and Silver International Investments Ltd. in relation to Project E-Pirate,” spokeswoman Nathalie Houle stated in an email on Wednesday. “We have no other information to provide at this time.”

RCMP and B.C. government documents obtained through freedom-of-information allege that organized criminals used Silver as an illegal bank to wash drug money. According to the allegations, a network of “private lenders” in Richmond lent cash from Silver to VIP gamblers recruited from China. These high-rollers visited B.C. for gambling junkets, according to these allegations, and received hockey bags full of cash.

Officials allege these loans allowed wealthy gamblers to get money in Canada, bypassing China’s tight-capital export controls, and pay back the loan through underground banks in China. The VIPs were able to buy betting chips with street-cash $20 bills, mostly at Richmond’s River Rock Casino, and later cash out with $100 bills more suitable for investment in B.C., an audit by B.C.’s gaming enforcement policy branch alleges.

According to court records, Qin, born in 1984, and Zhu, born in 1975, face five counts, including laundering proceeds of a crime, possession of property obtained by crime, and failing to ascertain the identity of a client. Silver International faces the same five counts.

The accused are scheduled for a first appearance in Richmond provincial court on Oct. 30. Matthew Nathanson, lawyer for Silver International, did not respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.

The Canada Revenue Agency “is currently involved in this ongoing investigation,” spokeswoman Heidi Hofstad said Wednesday.

“These cases are complex and require months or years to complete,” Hofstad said. “The time it will take will depend on … the number of individuals involved, the availability of information or evidence, cooperation or lack thereof of witnesses or the accused.”

Corporate records indicate that Caixuan Qin is the director of Silver International. Qin’s mailing address for Silver is an apartment unit in Richmond. Qin is not the owner of the apartment, according to title documents. Caixuan Qin is listed as owner of a $2.5 million home in south Vancouver.

Silver, which was incorporated in 2014, operated in a unit of an office complex at 5811 Cooney Rd. in Richmond. Little else can be found about the company in B.C. registry documents.

An October 2014 filing in B.C. small claims court alleges that the owners of Silver International failed to pay a Richmond contractor for installing a glass door with an electric lock at Silver’s office. Silver International counter-claimed for deficient work, alleging: “It was a material term of the contract that the glass must be bullet-resistant.”

In late August, at a Vancouver conference attended by law enforcement officials, RCMP Insp. Bruce Ward outlined the details of E-Pirate. The investigation started with surveillance of gambling and cash drops at River Rock Casino, documents say, which led to Silver’s cash house, about a 10-minute drive away.

Ward said RCMP surveillance identified 40 different organizations linked to Asian organized groups dealing cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine. Gangsters were delivering “suitcases laden with cash” to Silver’s cash house.

At Silver, dealers could drop off $100,000 in cash in a suitcase, Ward said, and within minutes a credit for $95,000 would appear in a Chinese bank, after a five per cent fee was taken for the laundering and transfer service.

“The primary target that led us there, was a person that is involved in generating ‘whales’ … these high-end gamblers,” Ward said. “His expertise is going over and working in Macau, identifying rich Chinese businessmen that would go to Macau, and he was attracting them to Canada, to gamble. He would use Silver International as a bank account.”

Describing a typical cash drop, Ward said: “They would put $100,000 into a hockey bag, show up at the casino, and give (the VIP gambler) $100,000 … the loaning out would go to Chinese offshore gamblers coming into Canada.”

In a raid on Silver International’s office in October, 2015, civil forfeiture documents allege, Mounties seized over $2 million in mostly $20 bills, plus ledgers and daily transaction records. Ledgers suggest that in only one year, Silver laundered $220 million in cash in B.C., and sent over $300 million offshore, according to Ward.

B.C. gaming enforcement branch documents say that information revealed by the RCMP’s investigation into Silver and funding of gamblers at River Rock Casino led them to suspect funds are tied to “transnational drug trafficking … (that) could have a potentially devastating impact on the casino industry.”

A 2016 B.C. gaming enforcement branch audit alleged that River Rock Casino staff knowingly accepted millions in suspicious cash that was provided to VIP gamblers by lenders who were banned from B.C. casinos, Postmedia has reported.

On Wednesday, Chuck Keeling, an executive with River Rock’s operator Great Canadian Gaming Corp., said he was not aware of charges laid in the E-Pirate investigation, and he was not able to comment.

In his August presentation, Ward alleged Silver got so sophisticated that it could wire funds to Mexico and Peru, allowing dealers to buy narcotics without carrying cash outside Canada, and cover up the international money transfers with fake trade invoices from China.

“They facilitated drug trafficking and moved money from it around the world,” Ward said, pointing to records allegedly captured in the E-Pirate raids.

“This is a typical request, a direction from Silver International to move money from their own account to a drug dealer’s account. We saw evidence of over 600 (bank) accounts in China that were controlled or fed by Silver International. Chinese police have followed up, and they have labelled this a massive underground banking system.”

Ward said RCMP had “prepared two major crime reports to Crown counsel,” and “there will be six individuals (as) target of recommended charges.” Police in China were also making arrests, Ward said.

“Part of what we found, is they had two ongoing illegal casinos where the same businessmen who are part of the conspiracy were able to provide non-legal gambling for these offshore gamblers,” Ward said in August. “Now when they build the illegal casinos, there is no cash. You go to another place of business and you sign a loan. They give you credit to go gamble in the casino. So you don’t have any cash on you.”



Britain’s direct complicity in the war in Yemen must end
Rowan Williams

Millions of people face slaughter or starvation – the UK must stop sending billions in arms exports to Saudi Arabia

December 2018



The CIA, U.S. Foreign Policy and Secret Wars: Former Director William Colby (1989):


Voice of America Promoting a lecture by the founder of the Iranian communist guerilla group who was involved in the terror of American agents at Shah’s time !!

صدای آمریکا صدای چریک کمونیست


“It is also a fact that America is too democratic at home to be autocratic abroad. This limits the use of America’s power, especially its capacity for military intimidation. Never before has a populist democracy attained international supremacy. But the pursuit of power is not a goal that commands popular passion, except in conditions of a sudden threat or challenge to the public’s sense of domestic well-being. The economic self-denial (that is, defense spending) and the human sacrifice (casualties, even among professional soldiers) required in the effort are uncongenial to democratic instincts. Democracy is inimical to imperial mobilization.” (p.35)

Moreover, as America becomes an increasingly multi-cultural society, it may find it more difficult to fashion a consensus on foreign policy issues, except in the circumstance of a truly massive and widely perceived direct external threat.( p. 211)

Zbigniew Brzezinski

The Grand Chessboard (1997)




The Power Principle:


The Century of the Self


Repeatedly choosing the wrong side of history:


Harvard University
Vice President Biden:
Minute 52’18”

“The fact of the matter is, the ability to identify a moderate middle in Syria was—there was no moderate middle, because the moderate middle are made up of shopkeepers, not soldiers; they’re made up of people who, in fact, have—ordinary elements of the middle class of that country.”


“What my constant cry was that our biggest problem is our allies — our allies in the region were our largest problem in Syria. ”

The Turks were great friends. And I have a great relationship with Erdogan [whom] I just spent a lot of time with. The Saudis, the Emiratis, etc. What were they doing? They were so determined to take down Assad and essentially have a proxy Sunni-Shia war.What did they do?

They poured hundreds and millions of dollars and tens and thousands of tons of weapons into anyone who would fight against Assad. Except that the people who were being supplied were [Jabhat] al-Nusra and al-Qaeda and the extremist elements of jihadis coming from other parts of the world. Now you think I’m exaggerating. Take a look: Where did all of this go? So now what’s happening? All of a sudden, everybody is awakened because … [IS] which was al-Qaeda in Iraq, which when they were essentially thrown out of Iraq, found open space and territory in … eastern Syria, worked with al-Nusra who we declared a terrorist group early on and we could not convince our colleagues to stop supplying them. So what happened? Now, all of a sudden, I don’t want to be too facetious, but they have seen the Lord! Now … the president’s been able to put together a coalition of our Sunni neighbors, because America can’t once again go into a Muslim nation and be the aggressor. It has to be led by Sunnis to go and attack a Sunni organization. So what do we have for the first time?”

Now Saudi Arabia has stopped the funding going in, Saudi Arabia’s allowing training on its soil of American forces under Title 10, open training. The Qataris have cut off their support for the most extreme elements of the terrorist organizations and the Turks,President Erdogan told me — he’s an old friend — said you were right, we let too many people through. Now they’re trying to seal their border.”

“It took Saudi Arabia to figure out ISIL’s objective wasn’t Ramadi, it was Mecca and Medina.”

Minute 52’18”




Clinton admits the U.S government created and funded the terrorists which they are fighting today


In February 2012, Israel teamed with MEK terror group to kill Iran’s nuclear scientists.



Washington ships arms to Al Qaeda-linked forces in Syria

Taliban peace talks: ‘Peace and reconciliation’ negotiations to take place in Qatar




Tony Blair, when change came to Egypt:
What is inevitable is that there’s going to be change. The question then is: How do you manage this process of change so that we get there with stability, not chaos, and some sense of order?

He said:
“What is inevitable is that there’s going to be change and the question is; what change and how do you manage it? “
“The question then is: How do you manage this process of change so that we get there with stability, not chaos, and some sense of order?”
“What is necessary is that we try and manage this and bring about the change that people want to see, rightly, but do it in a way that improves conditions for the people.”


“Then, in a letter to his Secretary of War expressing his full support for Washington’s judgment, Adams added two pointed observations.

Maintaining armies was costly business and could become quite unpopular in the absence of an enemy to fight,.”

McCullough, D. G. (2001). John Adams. Simon & Schuster.  Page 513



Eisenhower   Eisenhower text


Formation of our modern Civilization!


The General Wesley Clark Describes how a government memo had proven that a further 7 wars had been planned with the below mentioned countries.

Afghanistan ( already started when he claimed he saw the memo )

Why are you going to war with Iraq? I don’t know




It is funny

What if Analysis by Fox Business!!

Think Tank, real Tank
 Patrick Lyell Clawson is an American economist and scholar teaches an intro to war making!!!. He is currently the Director for Research at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and senior editor of Middle East Quarterly.



Media Giants Map


Without Saudi money and men, the Taliban would not have existed, nor would Pakistan have become a hotbed of fundamentalism it is today.

(Zakaria, 2003, p. 146)

A relatively small number of people — perhaps 1 million or .5 percent of the country– runs most of the major institutions in the united states or has influence in other ways. This state of affairs has dramatic consequences for the nation.  (Zakaria, 2003, p. 235)

Zakaria, F. (2003). The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad (1st ed.). W. W. Norton & Company.


A participant of the British delegation to the Versailles Peace Conference after WW1 Keynes believed the demands on defeated Germany were too harsh. He resigned his government position and wrote a book explaining his reasons. (Keynes, 1920, p.2)


The effects of U.S. intervention in Latin America have been overwhelming negative. They have had the effect of reinforcing brutal and unjust social systems and crushing people who are fighting for what we would actually call “American values.” In many cases, if you take Chile, Guatemala, or Honduras for examples, we actually overthrew governments that had principles similar to ours and replaced those democratic, quasi-democratic, or nationalist leaders with people who detest everything the United States stands for.

Stephen Kinzer



Kennedy King Paul


Chomsky on Middle East

Obama On Middle East




Even an Iranian poppet is …


Mahmoud Abbas asked businessman to donate $50m


Eisenhower feared war because, as a career soldier, he had lived it. In a 1943 letter to his brother, he scorned intellectuals who opined about war but had never seen “bodies rotting on the ground and smelled the stench of decaying human flesh.” And Eisenhower feared war because although he was one of the greatest generals in history, he knew that he could not control it. “Every war,” he declared, “is going to astonish you.” And “for a man to predict” a war’s course “would I think exhibit his ignorance of war.”


Malaysian Submarine business. Read it instead of  fiction books (Diamond, commission, blackmail, mistress):

She was allegedly introduced to Abdul Razak Baginda, a defense analyst from the Malaysian Strategic Research Centre think-tank, at an international diamond convention in Hong Kong by Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister, Najib Tun Razak, and had a relationship with him.[5]She accompanied Abdul Razak to Paris where she worked as a translator during his negotiations to purchase submarines from France for the Malaysian government.[6] The Hong Kong website Asian Sentinel revealed in a series of photographs that Altantuya was in France during which time the two quickly became romantically involved.[7][8] She reportedly became his mistress in Paris in 2005.

However, it must be noted that Raja Petra Kamaruddin Malaysia Today Editor was the one who connected Najib Razak with the Altantuya murders.[9] Najib Razak denied all allegation as there were no concrete proof about him knowing Altantuya.[10] Raja Petra retracted back his allegation of the involvement of Najib Razak and Rosmah Mansor after the case were brought to court.[11] Afraid of being prosecuted by the Malaysian courts for giving false statement, Raja Petra ran to England leaving his wife and children behind.</ref> [3], Wikileaks: Prominent Blogger Flees Sedition Trial.</ref>

According to reports by the French newspaper Liberation, Altantuya found out that one of the parties involved in negotiations, a Spanish company Armaris, had paid out commissions of 114 million euros for the deal (reportedly one billion euros or RM4.7 billion for the purchase of three submarines). The commission was credited into the accounts of a company controlled by Razak, Perimekar. A letter written by Altantuya and found after her death admits that she had been blackmailing Mr Baginda, seeking $US500,000 cut to remain silent about her knowledge of the deal. [12]

On the 25th of Jun 2012, a French police investigation revealed that there were no immigration records of an “Altantuya Shaariibuu” entering France from 1999 to 2006.[13] The conclusion reached by the French police raised doubts of the existence of a photograph of the Mongolian, Najib Tun Razak and Abdul Razak Baginda in Paris, allegedly taken between 2004 and 2006. The same report noted instead the entry of a SHAARIYBUU Bayasgalan, who bore similarites to, but was not conclusively identified as Altantuyaa, as well as pointed out that Najib’s entourage might have entered France through diplomatic channels as there was evidence of his presence but no corresponding immigration record.[14]

Murder of Shaariibuugiin Altantuyaa. (2013, March 13). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 12:15, March 14, 2013, from


Scorpene Deal scam

The Scorpene deal scam is one of India‘s largest bribery corruption scandals, in which Rs. 500 crore (about USD 10 mn)[1] is alleged to have been paid to government decision makers byThales, the makers of the Scorpene submarine. The amount was channeled via middlemen such as Abhishek Verma. Also involved was Ravi Shankaran, a relative of the then chief of navy staffArun Prakash. He is the prime accused in the Navy War Room spy scandal.[2]

The investigation moved very slowly. In 2007, Prashant Bhushan of the Centre for Public Interest Litigation filed a petition with the Delhi High Court to investigate whether there had been kickbacks in the Scorpene submarine deal. The High Court took a strong line with the investigating agency, saying “We feel dissatisfied with that you’ve done so far. If you’ve tried to shield someone, then we will come down very heavily on you”.[3]

In October 2005, defence minister Pranab Mukherjee approved the Rs 19,000 crore submarine deal with French company Thales. Scorpene submarines are now being built in India under a technology transfer agreement that was part of that contract.

Scorpene Deal scam. (2012, November 10). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 12:28, March 14, 2013, from


Karachi affair

Karachi Affair (Urdu: ماجرہ کراچی ‎) refers to the commissions and kickbacks paid by France when it sold Agosta submarines to Pakistan and the May 8, 2002 terrorist attack in KarachiSindh,Pakistan. In 1994, France negotiated a deal to sell three Agosta-class submarines to Pakistan for a sum equivalent to €826 million (£684m, $996m). The commissions of 6.25% of the contract amount, approximately €50 million was paid out.[1] In accordance with standard procedure back then, only in 2000 did France sign an OECD convention outlawing commissions, some 50m Euroswere paid as ‘sweeteners’ to various senior Pakistani military and political leaders.[2]

Nicolas Sarkozy, then budget minister and was also Edouard Balladur‘s spokesman.[18] Both have denied any involvement in Karachi Affair. On 3 July 2012, French police raided former FrenchPresidentNicolas Sarkozy residence and office as part of their probe into claims that he was involved in illegal political campaign financing.[19][20] The allegations are related to the Pakistan Agosta submarine commissions used in political campaigns.[21]

Karachi affair. (2013, February 2). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 12:31, March 14, 2013, from



Given the ubiquity and celebrity of geolocation technologies, an individual has no legitimate expectation of privacy in the prospective location of a cellular telephone where that individual has failed to protect his privacy by taking the simple expedient of powering it off.

Given the notoriety surrounding the disclosure of geolocation data to retailers purveying soap powder and blue jeans to mall shoppers, the police searching for David Pogue’s iPhone and, most alarmingly, the creators and users of the Girls Around You app, cell phone users cannot realistically entertain the notion that such information would (or should) be withheld from federal law enforcement agents searching for a fugitive.

Magistrate judge Gary Brown


How to make your organization legal.

On September 28, 2012 The U.S. State Department formally removed MEK from its official list of terrorist organizations, beating an October 1 deadline in a lawsuit against MEK.


A bad sister in law for Tony:


Ted Turner:
It is pretty hard to be wrong all the time 🙂

Watch the whole thing, It will be time well spent.
Ignore Amanpour’s annoyance.
He is really funny.


I was made to participate in things, the enormity of which is hard to describe. War crimes, crimes against humanity. Though I did not participate willingly, and made what I thought was my best effort to stop these events, there are some things that a person simply can not come back from. (Daniel Somers)


Military spending 2013: 22.5

Expenditure: 747







Games &  Propaganda


The goal is Justice. The method is transparency.

Looking at the enormous quantity and diversity of these military or intelligence apparatus inside the documents, what I see is a vast, sprawling estate: what we would traditionally call the ‘military-intelligence complex’ or the ‘military industrial complex.’ And that this sprawling industrial estate is growing, becoming more and more secretive, becoming more and more uncontrolled. This is not a sophisticated conspiracy controlled at the top, this is a vast movement of self-interest with thousands and thousands of players all working together and against each other to produce an end result, which is Iraq and Afghanistan, and Columbia, and keeping that going.

So what I see is: we often deal with tax havens, and people hiding assets and transferring money through offshore tax havens. I see some really quite remarkable similarities: Guantanamo is used for laundering people to an offshore haven which doesn’t follow the rule of law that we would normally expect. A tax haven is used for hiding people’s assets, laundering people’s assets through a jurisdiction which doesn’t follow the rule of law that we would expect in our home countries. Similarly, Iraq and Afghanistan — and Columbia — are used to wash money out of the U.S. tax base and back.

Arms companies.

Arms companies, yeah. And the generals and so on which, if you like, are non-profit versions. So you can’t just (or you can’t always) pull out two billion bucks from the U.S. tax base and just say, “Hey, let’s give it to an arms company straight away with no expectation of doing any work,” but if you say, “This two billion dollars has got to go into Columbia, but the Columbian government has to buy U.S. arms and those arms have to be of a particular type, a particular specification that only one of these arms companies has,” then that’s just a way of laundering [money] back into the United States.

What you’re saying is that money, and money making, is at the center of modern war, and it’s almost self-perpetuating.

Yes, and it’s becoming worse. The number of private companies that sprung up around Iraq, the number of private companies that are now supporting the National Security Agency, this has increased a hundred times in the past ten years — the number of companies. So now you have a school, a feeding school, that is feeding off the U.S tax base and is a lobby to make sure that those wars go on.

You have two sorts of lobbies: you have offensive lobbies and defensive lobbies. An offensive lobby tries to get new money that it didn’t have before by lobbying the leaders of government, and a defensive lobby makes sure that companies continue to receive the money that they’ve been getting before. So now we’re in a position in the United States where we have both enormous offensive lobbies and enormous defensive lobbies. But defensive lobbies always fight harder. They fight to keep the expectation of the money flow going, and that apparatus has been built up in the past ten years, and I think it’s going to be extremely difficult to dismantle.



The Conservative government of Stephen Harper wanted to replace the CF-18s with 65 Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning IIs, but its sole-source procurement process was so botched that the cost ballooned from $9-billion to $45-billion, and Ottawa had to start over again.