Monday, September 18, 2017

‘China Hustle’: A Horror Story about Chinese Firms Listed on North American Stock Exchanges

TORONTO—The documentary “The China Hustle,” which premiered recently at the Toronto International Film Festival, shows how hundreds of Chinese companies listed on North American stock exchanges can cause billions of losses to investors due to lack of proper oversight.

These Chinese firms enter the U.S. stock market through reverse takeovers with American companies and report revenues and assets that have no base in reality, thus inflating the companies’ stock value.

Making a story about complex financial transactions for the everyday viewer was one of the biggest challenges faced by Jed Rothstein, director of “The China Hustle.”

“Financial crimes are by their nature very complex; their complexity is what enables the fraud,” said Rothstein, the producer/director behind “Before the Spring After the Fall” and “Killing in the Name.”  (more...)

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There's your New World Order for you.

Brazil: rural land conflicts are part of a planned project of killing

2016 turned out to be the second most violent year for land conflicts in Brazil in the last 25 years, only just behind 2003. That reality is made up of 61 murders, including those of 16 young people between 15 and 29 years of age, one adolescent and six women. In total there were 1,536 conflicts, including agrarian and labour issues and water rights disputes – an average of 4.2 per day.

The data is drawn from the report “Conflicts in the countryside 2016”, published by the Pastoral Land Commission (CPT), the most recent of a series been published annually since 1985. It was presented to the Legislative Assembly of São Paulo, in collaboration with the PT deputy Carlos Neder, as part of a strategy to secure regional publicity for land struggles in Brazil.

“It is with great sadness that we present this report,” said Fr Antonio Naves, a member of the CPT for São Paulo, “There is a continuing project to massacre peasants who fight for their land,” he added, recalling that land conflicts have existed ever since the arrival of the Portuguese in the 16th century. “It has been 500 years of the massacre of the weakest, the blacks and the quilombolas (descendants of former slaves). These have not been isolated cases, but a systematic killing project.”  (more...)

The game of land monopoly is rather more genteel in Toronto:
My wife's family was driven off the land when she was 8 years old. The military dictatorship provided additional incentive to leave Brazil in the 70s... so here we are in Deer Park, a small Brazilian community.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

The KKK’s war on Catholics

A Ku Klux Klan member salutes during an American Nazi Party rally
The Klan is known mainly for its racism, but it also long harboured a virulent strain of anti-Catholicism

During its 1920s heyday the Ku Klux Klan was unremitting in its hostility towards Catholicism. As one Arkansas member put it, the loyalty of Catholics was “across the sea and the religion they profess is a foreign religion … the quicker we invite them to go back to the other side of the big pond the better it will be for us”. A typically rabid editorial in one of the Klan’s many periodicals – with the suitably sinister headline “To Your Guns!” – hammered the point home to its readership: “Drop not your fiery cross but carry it over vale and hill till pagan Roman Catholicism is expelled from our fair and free American life forever.”

The Klan pursued a goal of what it termed “100 per cent Americanism” and Caleb Riley explained why this made detestation of the Pope obligatory: “I am an Anglo-Saxon white man, and so constituted and trained that I cannot conscientiously take either my politics or my religion from some secluded ass on the other side of the world.” A Klan member from Mississippi was more succinct: he had no time for “that old dago by the Tiber”.

The fantastical allegations came thick and fast. Every time a Catholic father had a son he would add a rifle to the arsenal stored in the basement of his local church. It paid to be prepared for the great Catholic insurrection that was sure to come. After all, who could fail to notice that two antique cannon at Georgetown University in Washington were pointed directly at the Capitol Building? Worse yet, the Pope had already bought lands close to DC and was planning a “million-dollar mansion” from which he could mastermind the overthrow of the government.  (more...)

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If you're gonna hate, hate together

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Christopher Simpson's 'Blowback': US Recruitment of Nazis

Author Christopher Simpson discusses his book entitled "Blow Back: America's Recruitment of Nazis and its Effect on the Cold War." Simpson's interest in the topic started during the deportation trial of Otto Van Bolschwing, who argued against deportation because the CIA had brought him in. Simpson has attained information through the Freedom of Information Act. The United States sought all operatives to combat Soviet "expansionism" at the end of World War II. The foreign service began recruitment during POW debriefings, and helped many criminals avoid war crimes trials. The foreign service, Simpson concludes, created the Cold War to insure the Pentagon budget following the end of World War II.

Guelph high school teacher faces five additional sex-related charges

A Guelph high school teacher now faces eight sex-related charges.

Brian Hathway, 49, was originally arrested on Sept. 11 and charged with three sex-related offences involving a youth. Since then he faces five additional charges not involving a youth.

On Friday, Hathway was granted bail and will remain under house arrest, residing with a friend in Kitchener who posted a $10,000 surety.

There is a publication ban on any evidence presented in court.

Following his bail hearing, Hathway left court with a sweatshirt pulled up over his head to prevent media from taking photos of him. A friend led him to a waiting vehicle.

He is scheduled to appear back in court on Oct. 10.

Hathway was a long time auto body teacher at College Heights Secondary School. He is not currently teaching.

Guelph Police reported that they started an investigation into allegations against Hathway on Sept. 8 and arrested him on Sept. 11.

He was originally charged with sexual assault, sexual exploitation and obtain sexual services for consideration – under 18.

The new charges are:

- two counts of sexual assault

- two counts of obtaining for consideration, or communicating with someone for the purpose of obtaining for consideration, the sexual services of a person

- attempting to procure or solicit a person to have illicit sexual intercourse  (more...)

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Is Facebook the New Safe Haven for Neo-Nazis?

During the now-infamous Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., last month, members of the so-called alt-right movement marched past the local Reform synagogue, Congregation Beth Israel, holding flaming tiki torches and yelling “Jews will not replace us” and “Sieg Heil!” In the aftermath of one of the most public displays of anti-Semitism and white supremacy in years, condemnation came from far and wide. And on social media, the response was also swift: Facebook reacted by removing or restricting some of the most extreme groups that were using its platform.

And yet, even amid the clampdown, racist and anti-Semitic groups and individuals in Canada continue to spread hateful messages and organize demonstrations on Facebook.

The “alt-right” movement, which contains white nationalist, white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups, emerged out of websites like 4chan, Reddit and the neo-Nazi news and the comment site Stormfront – platforms that are largely anonymous and thus make it difficult to trace individual contributors. But on Facebook, the situation is quite different. A lot of individuals associated with the “alt-right” have been using the site to form groups and organize events. And as the “alt-right” movement moves from an online subculture to a political force that’s staging public demonstrations, social media, and specifically Facebook, has become their go-to destination.  (more...)

St. Michael's College Luminary: Paul Fromm

Paul Fromm with David Duke
He serves as the international director for the white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC), a direct descendent of the White Citizens Councils that rabidly opposed school desegregation in the 1950s and 1960s. He formerly hosted a daily radio show on Don Black’s racist web forum, Stormfront. Fromm also lectures frequently in both the United States and Canada and has appeared at annual conferences hosted by the CCC and the white nationalist American Renaissance.

Paul Fromm was born in Bogota, Columbia, to a devoutly Catholic family, and was raised in Etobicoke, Ontario, after his family relocated. He attended the University of Toronto’s St. Michael’s College where he earned a degree in education and a master’s degree in English.

While a student at the University of Toronto, Fromm co-founded the ultra-conservative, anti-communist Edmund Burke Society (EBS) with Don Andrews and Leigh Smith. The EBS was involved with several violent confrontations with New Left and anti-war groups, including a conflict in 1971 during a speech given by William Kunstler. Fromm was knocked unconscious after having a pitcher of water thrown in his face. In the early 1970s, he led an EBS takeover of the Ontario Social Credit Party. He was elected the party’s president in 1971, and in 1972, the group changed its name to the Western Guard (WG). Fromm, after serving as the opening speaker at a May 1972 event honoring Robert E. Miles, a Klansman and Christian identity ideologue, resigned as president following a report by the Toronto Sun.  (more...)

Here's where Paulie was sheep-dipped by the Toronto Catholic School Board to pursue his political aspirations:

Cheer up. The future's so bright I gotta wear shades:

The illustrious faculty
The reader may wonder what could draw the likes of Gregory Baum and Paul Fromm together. We may gain some insight from Judith Reisman:

I lived on campus during that time, although at the opposite corner of the St. George complex. I found Nazis there too, so it wasn't an isolated phenomenon.

Do Catholics dance with Nazis?

You have to be a college-educated Catholic to party with this crowd: