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Israeli billionaires caught trading with Iran lifts lid on Mossad's cooperation with 'the enemy'

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Yuli (left) and Sami Ofer.
Israel's Ofer brothers face a backlash at home and abroad over their business dealings

Ofer Brothers Group, one of Israel's most powerful corporations, is no stranger to scandal, but until now has largely emerged unscathed. But since allegations emerged that it traded with Iran it has been facing an unprecedented domestic backlash that could profoundly shake the Israeli establishment.

Israel's hawkish government, led by Benjamin Netanyahu, is the most vocal of Iran's critics, labelling its nuclear ambitions an existential threat to the Jewish state and calling repeatedly for tougher economic sanctions by the international community. But what it demands of others, it apparently fails to do itself, Israeli commentators say.

"Netanyahu, who endlessly preaches the need for firm action against Iran to prevent it from acquiring nuclear arms, is not lifting a finger to stop Israeli companies and individuals indirectly trading with Iran," wrote Yossi Melman in the left-leaning newspaper Haaretz.

Comment: Well, well, well. The Israeli security services recruiting Israeli billionaires to cooperate with Iran! This supports our hypothesis that behind the heavily propagandised outward antagonism between 'enemy states', psychopaths in power actually cooperate with each other. The "destruction of the Jews" is really a goal of the Israeli elite, who have no compunction with embroiling ordinary Israelis in endless war while they prepare to jump ship.

Star of David

US pledges record-breaking funding to Israel, for 'system to defend Israel from Iranian missiles coming from outer space'

Congress pledges record-breaking funds for David's Sling, Arrow, and system to counter Iranian threat

Washington - The US pledged record-breaking funding for Israeli defense programs Wednesday as Congress voted to add $235.7 million dollars in aid for the David's Sling and Arrow 3 missile defense systems.

The additional funding will also go towards additional Arrow 2 batteries, as well as the development of a system to defend Israel from outer space, against Iranian missiles.

The House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee appropriated the funds in addition to aid already approved by the Obama administration, which amounts to around $205 million used to fund additional Iron Dome batteries.

The overall sum is a record-breaking $440 million for defense systems, in addition to the defense budget Israel receives regularly from the US, which stands at $3 billion.

Star of David

As they continue trading with Iran, Israeli elites prepare to jump ship

So Congress just appropriated 235.7 million dollars for the David's Sling and Arrow 3 missile defense systems, alongside investment for the development of a system to defend "Israel from outer space, against Iranian missiles" (serious). That is tossed into the pot atop $205 million to fund the Iron Dome missile batteries, and $3 billion in regular military aid, most of which gets re-routed to American industry.

Even 'David's Sling' is developed by Raytheon, an American company, and Rafael, an Israeli company. Israel is a mecca for high-technology production, which is what military investment is meant to augment. No shock that it occurs with and in Israel when 55 percent of Israel's exports are in high-technology, 71 Israeli companies are listed on the NASDAQ, and Intel has 6,000 jobs over there. Nice investment opportunities, clearly, which get subsidized by the US government, and brokered and lubricated by the lobby, which represents the 20 percent of American "warm Jews" - short-hand for the Jewish upper-class and the liberal opinion-makers and managerial class who know who butters their bread and gives them the illusion of power.


Syria: Who is Behind The Protest Movement? Fabricating the Pretext for a US-NATO 'Humanitarian Intervention'

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Tens of thousands of Syrians gather for a PRO-government rally at the central
bank square in Damascus March 29, 2011.
There is evidence of gross media manipulation and falsification from the outset of the protest movement in southern Syria on March 17th.

The Western media has presented the events in Syria as part of the broader Arab pro-democracy protest movement, spreading spontaneously from Tunisia, to Egypt, and from Libya to Syria.

Media coverage has focussed on the Syrian police and armed forces, which are accused of indiscriminately shooting and killing unarmed "pro-democracy" demonstrators. While these police shootings did indeed occur, what the media failed to mention is that among the demonstrators there were armed gunmen as well as snipers who were shooting at both the security forces and the protesters.

The death figures presented in the reports are often unsubstantiated. Many of the reports are "according to witnesses". The images and video footages aired on Al Jazeera and CNN do not always correspond to the events which are being covered by the news reports.

There is certainly cause for social unrest and mass protest in Syria: unemployment has increased in recent year, social conditions have deteriorated, particularly since the adoption in 2006 of sweeping economic reforms under IMF guidance. The IMF's "economic medicine" includes austerity measures, a freeze on wages, the deregulation of the financial system, trade reform and privatization. (See IMF Syrian Arab Republic - IMF Article IV Consultation Mission's Concluding Statement, 2006)

Comment: New country, same story: the protestors are being galvanised from without. Compare this situation to what happened in Iran in 2009:

Sickening Hypocrisy: the CIA's Dirty War in Iran

Or more recently in Libya:
They want Libyan leader of 40 years Muammar Gaddafi dead, they want Libya's oil and they want to terrorize Muslims across the region who have been rattling their cages since the beginning of 2011. What's that you say? Gaddafi is an evil tyrant who slaughtered his own people during the initial uprising as it spread from Egypt? Hundreds of thousands fled Libya from his army's brutality? The majority of Libyans have waited decades for this opportunity to come? Yes, that's what we too initially thought. But let's back up and examine recent events in Libya to see if we can discern what's really going on. The idea that the US and British governments are "humanitarian" warmongers all of a sudden just doesn't sit right with us.

The first thing to take note of is the fact that Gaddafi welcomed "this time of popular uprisings" and encouraged Palestinian refugees to return en masse to Israel's shores. That can't have gone down well in Tel Aviv. Of all the countries overdue an uprising of discontented people, Libya would appear bottom of the list for Africa. Libya has the highest income per capita and highest living standard in Africa thanks to Gaddafi's welfare programs in which oil money is ploughed back into the country's development.

If you look back at the initial reports of "Gaddafi slaughtering his own people", you will notice that they are largely based on the testimonies of members of anti-Gaddafi organisations located in Switzerland, the US and UK. One name that was repeated through the world's newswires on February 21st, when the propaganda ramped up to fever pitch, was Adel Mohamed Saleh, a self-proclaimed "political activist". His testimony is included in this Australian broadcaster's reporting of the initial fighting in eastern Libya in late February:
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
The World Today with Elanor Hall

Tuesday February 22, 2011

[...] Despite the leader's assurances poor communication into the country and a ban on foreign journalists are contributing to a series of conflicting reports. [...]

Many residents spoke of their fears to the BBC and Al Jazeera television.
"We think it is not Libyans, these are not Libyans. They are mercenaries coming from all over the world. I've seen some white people killing. I've seen some black people killing people all over the streets. There is a (inaudible) are killing people."
With few foreign reporters in Tripoli - it's difficult to confirm the cause of the explosions or whether the video is authentic.

But at least one man - identifying himself as a Tripoli resident - claims that Libyan warplanes have been bombing indiscriminately across the city.

Adel Mohamed Saleh calls himself a political activist. He told Al Jazeera the war planes had initially targeted a funeral procession, but were now bombing one area of the capital after another.
What we are witnessing here today is unbelievable. We have never seen anything like this before. Now there is an aerial bombardment all over the city even in the alleys. In the Feshlun (phonetic) neighbourhood, our neighbourhood where I am there is an aerial bombing, intense shelling.

This is a very small area with a population of no more than 10,000. We tried to help the injured people but there are too many of them and anyone who dares to go out to help is being shot at by mercenaries and snipers.
And he went on to say he'd seen quote, "many, many dead".
People are crying. Death is everywhere. Why is the world silent on these atrocities? Why? This is the question. Why the Arab countries are keeping silent, why. Within the next few hours the entire Libyan population can be wiped out if this continues.
Here is the emotional plea from "Saleh" broadcast by Al Jazeera:

In retrospect, that last line is precisely the idea we were all being led to believe. Intervention was urgently required in Libya to protect ordinary people from a madman. If there were no foreign journalists in Libya at the time, whose word do we have to go on that a.) war planes really were carrying out indiscriminate bombing and b.) those war planes were Gaddafi's? Opposition groups based in Switzerland, London and Washington seeking regime change, whose "estimates" lurched to "thousands dead" by the end of February.

The other thing that jumps out at us in the above article is the report of "mercenaries coming from all over the world... white, black... killing indiscriminately." Early on Gaddafi was accusing "al Qaeda and hallucinogenic drugs" of being behind the uprising. Yes, we laughed at that one too and figured the man had lost the plot, as we're consistently reminded by the western media. Let's suppose for argument's sake that "al Qaeda" is really al-CIA-duh, what to make then of the fact that Libya was the first country to request an Interpol arrest warrant for Osama bin Laden, back in 1998? The request was turned down because Britain's MI6 intervened on bin Laden's behalf. A few months later "al Qaeda" killed 200 people in US embassy bombings in Africa and the rest, as they say, is history. The Guardian article on this story goes on:
British intelligence paid large sums of money to an al-Qaeda cell in Libya in a doomed attempt to assassinate Colonel Gadaffi in 1996 and thwarted early attempts to bring Osama bin Laden to justice.
Remember the headlines? "Gaddafi's army will kill half a million, warn Libyan rebels." Did you know that the leader of the "rebels" is a known CIA collaborator? Its two leading spokespeople live in Washington and London. Ever wonder why the western media called them "rebels" from the start, and not "terrorists" or "insurgents"?

Writing for Global Research, Julie Lévesque explains that the Benghazi region from which these "rebels" emerged just happens to be a hotbed of armed Islamic fanatics. Not only that, but Sarkozy, Obama and Cameron's Coalition of the High and Mighty are fully aware that the Benghazi rebels' ranks comprise real, actual - to use their own term - "Islamo-fascists". Then there was the report of Israeli arms company CST Global paying some 50,000 mercenaries from central Africa to bolster Gaddafi's suppression of the uprising. Factor in the reports of Libya crawling with British, Dutch and American intelligence agents before and during the initial stages of the uprising/civil war and we then have the perfect recipe for some fun and games in the desert for the Secret Team.

This is why the Obama administration threatened to veto the UN resolution if a clause granting the mercenaries blanket immunity from prosecution was not inserted into the final draft. Minimal digging is required to see the blatantly obvious: the "terrorists" (al Qaeda), the "rebels" (now the legitimate government of Libya, if you are to believe that moron, Sarkozy), the "white and black mercenaries" shooting demonstrators while pretending to be Gaddafi loyalists and the NATO invading forces... ARE ALL THE SAME ENTITY! Even the US mainstream media is scratching its head wondering how the US got itself into a position where it is rushing headlong into another Iraq in order to defend avowed anti-American extremists!

The most high-profile defection from the Gaddafi regime was that of Musa Kusa, the Libyan foreign minister. He "fled" to London, where it emerged that he had "been in close contact with British MI6 and the CIA since the 1980s". He was one of theirs, in other words. He also oversaw whatever torture took place under the regime, so demonising Gaddafi on the basis that he "tortures his own people", then using this to justify an air (and soon to be ground) invasion is so absurd, it makes the head spin!

The fact that the largest military undertaking since the Iraq war walked through the UN this time around shows how much worse things have become since then. There was a least some resistance left in people then. All of the anti-Gaddafi rhetoric was pre-invasion psy-ops to clear the way for shock and awe. The Russian military has stated that it could not verify a single airstrike had taken place against protesters.

Those reports of Gaddafi "bombing his own people" could have actually been his air force taking out the rebels' (CIA et al's) weapons storage facilities. These "rebels" were conscripted to play their part for the empire. Check out this examination of the photos parading the unknown heroes in the world's media (see how many times you can spot the guy wearing goggles). The whole thing is staged. With practically no western media on the ground, who can tell the difference between Pentagon-approved press releases, complete with sound effects and CGI flames (like in the movie Wag the Dog), and objective reports coming from Libya?

The peak of civilization and the end of the road for the human race.

Lévesque called it correctly when she wrote that the prelude to Odyssey Dawn was a
psychological operation designed to galvanize global public opinion in favour of the NATO intervention and to demonize the Libyan regime [...]

There was the "butcher of Bagdad", the "butcher of Belgrade" and now it's the "butcher of Tripoli". Always the same tactic. Always the same saviours. And people always fall for it.
So we have seen chaos breaking out in Libya as a result of the Secret Team's agents on the ground priming their "rebels" and mercenaries. Gaddafi's response to the initial demonstrations, whether genuinely disproportionate or wildly exaggerated, has played right into the hands of the script for regime change. Don't mind the tripe about precision-bombing; we know better than to believe THAT lie by now. NATO war planes are bombing everything in sight: hospitals, schools, infrastructure, utilities, factories, food sources, you name it. They know that the more they destroy, the more money can be made from issuing contracts for rebuilding (even though nothing will actually be rebuilt - see Iraq). The powers that be are a law unto themselves, launching more wars and using depleted uranium-tipped weaponry even as rainfall right now wherever you are reading this is delivering nuclear poison from Japan. In fact, there is a strong possibility that some form of nuclear weapon has already been used by the Axis of Evil in Libya.

Light Sabers

Russia Warns U.S., NATO Against Military Aid to Syria Protests After Libya

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev meets the President of Syria Bashar al-Assad
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned the U.S. and European nations not to encourage anti-government protesters in Syria by holding out the prospect of military support like they provided in Libya.

"It is not in the interests of anyone to send messages to the opposition in Syria or elsewhere that if you reject all reasonable offers we will come and help you as we did in Libya," Lavrov, 61, said yesterday during an interview in Moscow. "It's a very dangerous position."

Rallies against President Bashar al-Assad's rule have swept Syria, inspired by the uprisings that ousted authoritarian rulers in Egypt and Tunisia. Syrian security forces have killed more than 1,100 people and detained at least 10,000, according to human-rights groups. The government blames the protests on Islamic militants and foreign provocateurs.

Russia abstained from the March 18 vote by the United Nations Security Council that authorized the use of force to protect civilians from Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi's forces, saying the resolution might lead to a "large-scale military intervention." Operations led by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization have stretched far beyond the stated goal of enforcing a no-fly zone, Lavrov said.


Syria nabs terror group behind protests


Syria's state television showed guns, grenades and ammunition it said were seized from the terrorist group.
Syria says it has arrested members of a terrorist group that planned acts of sabotage to destabilize the country following weeks of unrest.

According to Syrian security officials, foreign organizations provided the group with financial as well as military assistance to incite unrest in the country.

The head of the armed terrorist group, Anas al-Kanj, has confessed to receiving instructions "to incite people to protest, particularly outside the Ommayad Mosque in the capital, Damascus, and in the towns of Daraa, Latakieh and Banias."

He also confessed that he was ordered to use live ammunition and open fire on "protesters in order to sow disarray and lead people to believe that the security forces were shooting on the demonstrators."

Alarm Clock

US: Regulators shut small South Carolina bank; 45 failures in 2011

Regulators on Friday shut down a small bank in South Carolina, the 45th U.S. bank failure this year in the wake of economic distress and piles of bad loans.

The pace of closures has slowed, however, as the economy improved and banks worked their way through the bad debt. By this time last year, regulators had closed 81 banks.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. seized Atlantic Bank and Trust, based in Charleston, S.C., with $208.2 million in assets and $191.6 million in deposits. First Citizens Bank and Trust Co., based in Columbia, S.C., agreed to assume the assets and deposits of the failed bank.

In addition, the FDIC and First Citizens Bank and Trust agreed to share losses on $141.8 million of Atlantic Bank and Trust's loans and other assets.

The failure of Atlantic Bank and Trust is expected to cost the deposit insurance fund $36.4 million.

In 2010 regulators seized 157 banks, the most in a year since the savings-and-loan crisis two decades ago.

The FDIC has said that 2010 likely would mark the peak for bank failures.
bank closures US 2010-2011
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Regulators on Friday shut down a small bank in South Carolina, the 45th U.S. bank failure this year in the wake of economic distress and piles of bad loans.


Palestinians storm gate at Rafah Crossing

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Jerusalem -- Palestinians traveling to Egypt stormed a gate at the border crossing on Saturday after waiting for hours in buses, Gaza officials told CNN.

It is the first kink in cross-border travel after Egypt reopened the crossing with Gaza last week, a symbolic move that signaled the Cairo government's greater support of Palestinian aspirations.

The Rafah Crossing had been subject to frequent closures by Egypt after the Islamic militant group Hamas took control of Gaza in 2007.

The closure of the border had been part of an embargo policy by Egypt and Israel aimed at cutting off Hamas, but the embargo created an economic hardship on the Palestinian territory by limiting shipments of goods in and out of the country.

Top Secret

Bilderberg 2011: All aboard the Bilderbus

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Josef Ackerman, CEO of Deutsche Bank, practises his backflips.
As the Bilderberg conference heads towards Switzerland there's still time to book your seat on a minibus to St Moritz

As Europe groans, and austerity bites, as defaulting looms, and once proud nations fall to their knees in debt, there's only one annual conference of bankers and industrialists that can step in and save us all...


Next week, in Switzerland, Henry Kissinger and his brave band of corporate CEOs, high-wealth individuals and heavyweight thinktankers will lock arms with Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and David Rockefeller, and stand their ground against the economic contagion.

The last thing a bunch of bank bosses and multinational executives wants is for the nation-states of Europe to collapse, allowing their assets to be bought up on the cheap. Right?

Bizarro Earth

The Brazilian tribe that played by our rules, and lost

The Kayapó people's battle to save their land from flooding as the Bel Monte dam is built follows a pattern across the Americas
Chief Raoni of the Caiapo tribe
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Chief Raoni smokes a pipe while demonstrating against the construction of the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam.

The man pictured above is Raoni Txucarramãe, chief of the Kayapó people, who hail from Brazil's northern Pará province. The homeland of the Kayapó is the tropical rainforest surrounding the tributaries of the giant Xingu river, itself a nearly 2,000km long tributary of the Amazon. But the livelihood of the Kayapó people is under grave threat. Brazil's president, Dilma Vana Rousseff, has authorised the construction of a dam that will flood their homeland.

The Belo Monte dam will be the world's third-largest hydroelectric dam (after China's Three Gorges dam, itself with numerous problems, and the Brazilian-Paraguayan Itaipu dam). It will flood 400,000 hectares of the world's largest rainforest, displacing 20,000 to 40,000 people - including the Kayapó. The ecological impact of the project is massive: the Xingu River basin has four times more biodiversity than all of Europe. Flooding of the rainforest will liberate massive amounts of methane, a greenhouse gas far more damaging than carbon dioxide. But the impact on Chief Raoni's people, on an entire society, is unimaginable.

The Kayapó traditionally practised slash-and-burn agriculture on small farms cut into the jungle. The rich resources of their lands (minerals, timber, and potential hydroelectrical power) have brought pressures from outside. Although the Brazilian constitution explicitly prohibits the displacement of "Indians" from their traditional lands, it provides for one convenient exception: where the National Congress deems removal of the people to be "in the interest of the sovereignty of the country". Proponents of the dam argue that its construction is in the nation's interest.