Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Journalist's murder turns spotlight on 'mafia island' Malta


The son of murdered Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia on Tuesday accused Prime Minister Joseph Muscat of being complicit in his mother's death as the shockwaves from a grisly car bomb killing reverberated across Europe.

Matthew Caruana Galizia, also an investigative journalist, described the pain of finding his mother's body blown to pieces and said he believed she had been assassinated for her whistleblowing activity.

In an emotional post on his Facebook page, the son accused Muscat of filling his office with crooks and creating a culture of impunity that had turned Malta into a "mafia island".

The centre-left premier denies any wrongdoing. But the case looks set to increase scrutiny of Malta by its partners in the European Union.

Some members of the bloc have already expressed concern over the island's light-touch regulation of financial services and company registrations, and a controversial scheme that offers an EU passport to wealthy investors.  (more...)


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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Jared Kushner Isn’t Alone: Universities Still Give Rich and Connected Applicants a Leg Up


When Georgetown University announced plans in September to make amends for its historical participation in the slave trade, President John J. DeGioia drew a curious parallel. The descendants of 272 slaves sold by the university in 1838 to pay off debts, he said, would receive the same advantage in admissions as the children of its alumni.

He seemed unaware of the irony. Alumni children at prestigious universities like Georgetown tend to be white and to come from affluent families. In other words, DeGioia was equating a remedy for past racism with a policy, known as legacy preference, that itself discriminates against low-income and minority students.

“If Georgetown really wants to come to grips with its discriminatory past and present, it would also end admissions policies like legacy preference that unconscionably favor the already privileged,” said Michael Dannenberg, director of strategic initiatives for policy at Education Reform Now, a think tank affiliated with the advocacy group Democrats for Education Reform. As a U.S. Senate staffer in the early 2000’s, Dannenberg pushed unsuccessfully for legislation restricting admissions preference for alumni children.

DeGioia’s comparison underscores the staying power of legacy preference — despite critics like Dannenberg and me. My 2006 book, “The Price of Admission,” documented that colleges exploit admissions as a fundraising tool, lowering their standards by hundreds of SAT points to let in children of well-heeled alumni, business tycoons, politicians and celebrities. Using students’ names, class ranks and test scores, I challenged the colleges’ propaganda that they either don’t consider family wealth and background in admissions, or just use it to break ties between equally qualified candidates. By exposing these practices, I hoped to spur both transparency and reform.

“The Price of Admission” stirred attention, controversy and outrage. I decried what I called the “preferences of privilege” in appearances on Ivy League campuses and on television shows from “The Colbert Report” to “Nightline.” I even testified before a U.S. Senate committee. My findings could not be dismissed as merely anecdotal, because a mounting stack of academic studies corroborated them. One put the advantage of being an alumni child at 160 points on the 400-1600 SAT scale. Another examined admissions decisions at 30 highly selective colleges and universities and concluded that the odds of a legacy being accepted at his or her parent’s alma mater are more than seven times better than an ordinary applicant’s.  (more...)


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Spies on Campus: The CIA and the FBI from the Indochina Wars to the “War on Terror”

A deal with the devil: Graham Spanier
On the crisp autumn afternoon of November 26, 2007, a black car picked up Graham Spanier, then president of Pennsylvania State University, at Dulles International Airport and whisked him to CIA headquarters in Langley, Va. Using his identification card — embedded with a hologram and computer chip — he checked in at security and was greeted by the chief of staff of the National Resources Division, the CIA’s clandestine domestic service. They proceeded to a conference room, where about two dozen chiefs of station and other senior CIA intelligence officers awaited them.

Spanier was expecting to brief them on the work of the National Security Higher Education Advisory Board, an organization he chaired and had helped create, which fostered dialogue between intelligence agencies and universities. First, though, the CIA surprised him. In a brief ceremony, it presented him with the Warren Medal, said to be the agency’s highest honor for nonemployees.

The honor recognized Spanier’s dedication to alerting college administrators to the threat of human and cyber-espionage, and to opening doors for the agency at campuses nationwide. A former family therapist and television talk-show host with an unruffled, empathetic manner and features — round face, white hair, blue eyes—reminiscent of Phil Donahue, Spanier soothed many an academic’s anxieties about dealing with the CIA and the FBI.

Since the intelligence agencies were going to meddle anyway, Spanier reasoned, they should do so with the knowledge and consent of college presidents. “My feeling was, If there’s a spy on my campus, a potential terrorist, or a visiting faculty member you believe is up to no good, I know you’ll be pursuing it,” he told me in April 2016. “Here’s the deal. Rather than break into his office, come to me — I have top-secret clearance — show me your FISA [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] order, and I’ll have someone unlock the door.”

Spanier’s CIA medal, and a similar FBI award a year later, symbolized a reconciliation between the intelligence services and the academy. The relationship has come full circle: from chumminess in the 1940s and 1950s, to animosity during the Vietnam War and civil-rights era, and back to cooperation after the September 11, 2001, attacks.  (more...)


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My school years were timed with some of the worst relations between intelligence and academia. There were many rumors on campus concerning our faculty and dons. My own experience was not a happy one. Although I eventually graduated with a marketable degree, I learned considerably more than was on the curriculum.


Monday, October 16, 2017

Hey, Patrickbhai: Violent Persecution of Christians Rises in India, 'An Attack Being Recorded Every 40 Hours': Report

Christians protest for their rights in India
A new report says that violent attacks on the Christian minority in India are increasing at an alarming rate, as the emboldened members of groups close to the governing Hindu nationalist party seek to create a "Hindu nation." There's an anti-Christian attack every 40 hours, the report highlights.

The report by the All India Christian Council says attacks against Christians increased by about 20 percent in 2016, and physical violence against Christians was up by as much as 40 percent. A fresh attack is being reported every 40 hours, it added.

"The attacks have become severe and more frequent. Incidents used to be confined to a few states. Now the violence has spread to 23 states," the report notes, pointing out that the sharpest rise has been recorded in the northern Uttar Pradesh state and the southern state of Telangana.

The attacks involve physical beating, vandalism and torching of churches, burning of Bibles, death threats, forcing Christians to renounce their faith and convert to Hinduism, and disruption of and attacks on church services and prayer meetings.

In one case, Hindu nationalists beat an evangelist with chains, stripped him and forced him to drink urine, the report says. In another incident, a Christian cemetery was desecrated and skeletons dug up and strewn across the graveyard, it adds.

Attacks on Christians have been on the rise since the Hindu national Bharatiya Janata Party won the national election in 2014. The BJP believes in and propagates the Hindutva ideology, which envisions an India where Hindus and the Hindu culture will dominate. The BJP is believed to be the political wing of the chief Hindu nationalist group Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).  (more...)


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Our serene man in India is unperturbed:


It's just a cost of doing business to him. Offshoring our jobs is what the Bay Street Brahmans pays him to do:




So, what about Paddy's evolution on sex ed, economics, and who knows what else????
Christians are just Dalits in the pack Patrickbhai runs with.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Patrickbhai? Who is anti-socon Patrick Brown, really?

Gujarati Uber: Offshoring Ontario jobs
Prime Minister Stephen Harper may have given his Indian counterpart a welcome fit for a king, but a Conservative backbencher is the one Narendra Modi calls “brother.”

Patrick Brown, a Barrie, Ont., MP who is running for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party in Ontario, forged a friendship with Modi years ago, during a difficult time for the Indian leader.

The red carpet is now being rolled out for Modi everywhere he goes during his three-day visit to Canada, but he has not forgotten Canadians’ support all those years ago...

Brown met Modi more than five years ago at a trade conference in Gujarat, a state in western India. At that time, Modi was the chief minister of Gujarat and an international pariah. He was accused of being complicit in the deadly 2002 riots that killed more than a thousand people in the state, most of them Muslims.

Even though the courts refused to prosecute Modi, the U.S. refused to issue him a visa and other countries imposed diplomatic boycotts.

That’s when some of Modi’s friends in Gujarat asked “if a Canadian politician could come to speak at his trade conference to try to rebuild this brand of his of being a person who’s going to bring investment to India,” Brown said.

“So I went, I got to know him, I spoke at his conference and we hit it off, so he kept on inviting me back.”

Brown, who has been counting on political support from Indo-Canadians, said Canada was one of only two foreign countries represented at that conference.

He remembers Modi telling him: “I will never forget who was here during our most difficult days.”  (more...)



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OK, so Patrickbhai can afford to thumb his nose at social conservatives, thanks to the Gujarati vote. What will the Modi-fied Ontario look like?


Bad, very bad. Say hello to child labor and slavery to the Bay Street Brahmans.


Saturday, October 14, 2017

Political Murder, Klan/Nazi Style


 A comprehensive look at the Klan and Nazi killings of union organizers during an anti-Klan rally in Greensboro, N.C., and the subsequent acquittal of the assassins. Highlighting the program is a replay of the video footage which was taken at the murder scene by TV reporters. Lewis Pitts, prominent civil rights attorney who has assisted the American Indian Movement and worked in the Karen Silkwood case, presents the shocking facts of the comprehensive, continuous complicity of the local and federal police forces on the side of the Klan and Nazis. Pitts also discusses the gross violations of justice occurring during the trial.

In the concluding program Lewis Pitts places the Greensboro murders in a national perspective in relation to other serious attacks on our constitutional rights by the Klan, police, Congress, courts, FBI and the other intelligence agencies -- public and private -- in the country. Pitts recalls the FBI's COINTELPRO program, CIA abuses, the Karen Silkwood case, and the maltreatment and exploitation of the American Indians, and he notices an extremely dangerous trend in this country towards fascism. Also featured are videotapes made during the Greensboro massacre and replays of sections of previous programs in which attacks on civil rights are recounted.


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How Ukraine Turned into An Arms Dealer? Supplying Weapons to Al Qaeda and ISIS-Daesh


The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) together with the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network revealed a scheme of weapons supply to the terrorists of ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra.

There is no secret that the U.S. provides the so-called moderate opposition and Kurdish militia in Syria with arms and ammunition most of which are the weapons remained after the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact disbanded.

The U.S. DOD, through U.S. SOCOM, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, as well as Picatinny Arsenal, American military research, and manufacturing facility located in Dover, New Jersey, acquired arms in some Eastern European countries including Ukraine for their further sending to Syria. The procurement volume has already exceeded $700 billion.

Kiev used the logistical scheme elaborated by Washington to export arms and weapons from the Ukrainian armed forces weapons depots. The deal is estimated at $110 billion.

Between June 5 and September 15, the United States sent 1,421 trucks loaded with weaponry to the “moderate” opposition, including 596 trucks (more than 40 %) from Ukraine. Most of them ended up in ISIS’ hands.  (more...)


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Appeal court ruling upholding ex-London teacher's voyeurism acquittal sparks outrage


“Open season” has been declared on women’s breasts, advocates say, to be secretly filmed and photographed in public spaces legally after a surprising ruling from Ontario’s highest court in the voyeurism case of an ex-London high school teacher.

“It’s just absolutely mind-blowing, shocking and outrageous,” said Barbara MacQuarrie, community director for the Centre for Research and Education on Violence against Women and Children at Western University, reacting to a split decision from the Ontario Court of Appeal that upheld the acquittal of former H.B. Beal teacher Ryan Jarvis.

The majority decision ruled that students had no reasonable expectation of privacy in the public areas of schools, making Jarvis’s secretly record sexually driven videos legal under the voyeurism law.

“How can we have a law that doesn’t see the wrongness of not allowing women to sit, stand, be in public spaces without the danger of being recorded?” MacQuarrie said.

“It’s open season on women’s breasts.”

Jarvis, 41, was acquitted almost two years ago of voyeurism in London. The appeal was triggered after Superior Court Justice Andrew Goodman wasn’t entirely convinced that secret pen-camera videos of 27 female students were for a sexual purpose.

The videos were taken by Jarvis as he stood near students in the school’s hallways, cafeteria, classrooms and at track and field practice. About a dozen of the videos showed teenage breasts and cleavage, while the rest caught faces and upper bodies. The students were clothed.  (more...)


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Friday, October 13, 2017

Catholic high school teacher charged with sexual exploitation, child porn offences


A teacher at a Catholic high school in Etobicoke is in custody for allegedly luring a child online and making child pornography.

Toronto police say that on Thursday, officers conducted a search warrant in the Bloor Street West and Lansdowne Avenue area.

As a result of the search, a 46-year-old male suspect was taken into custody.

The suspect has since been identified as Gerard McGilly.

He has been charged with six offences including luring a child, sexual exploitation, making sexually explicit material available to a person under 18, making child pornography and possession of child pornography.

None of the charges have been proven in court.

Police say McGilly has worked as a teacher at Bishop Allen Academy on Royal York Road in Etobicoke since 2008. Before that he worked at Bishop Morrocco/ Thomas Merton Catholic high school from 2007 to 2008.

Prior to that, he worked as an education assistant at St. Francis Xavier Secondary School in Mississauga from 1995 to 2000. He also worked in St. Francis Table, a community outreach centre in Parkdale, from 2000 to 2006.  (more...)




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Thursday, October 12, 2017

CSIS, RCMP accused of neglecting far-right threat


At around 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 29, at the Centre Culturel Islamique de QuĂ©bec on the outskirts of Quebec City, the mosque’s parking lot was filling up for evening prayers. The centre is housed in a modern glass and steel office building, located on the corner of a busy thoroughfare.

At 7:50, a commotion was heard outside one of the entrances to the prayer room. There, two distant cousins, Mamadou Tanou Barry and Ibrahima Barry, were the first to be shot by a gunman, who then walked inside the room and continued his killing spree. It was all over in a few minutes - with six men dead and 19 wounded.

The suspect arrested was 27-year-old Université Laval student Alexandre Bissonnette, who is alleged to have been influenced by far-right and perhaps alt-right ideas.

In the minds of some, this deadly attack raised a question: while CSIS and the RCMP have spent years and vast sums spying on (and often harassing) Muslims, environmentalists, Indigenous and social justice activists, have they been overlooking a far more dangerous threat from the extreme right? After all, prior to the attack, Bissonnette was not even on the police’s radar.

“Just a simple counting of the number of active and visible and vocal right wing extremist groups in Canada show they are clearly more in-your-face and more visible than anything we see from Islamic extremists,” says Barbara Perry, a social scientist at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and an expert on Canada's extreme right.

“Again, just looking quantitatively at the number of incidents that we’ve been able to identify even in the last decade or decade and a half, the numbers (of far-right extremism acts) still outweigh the numbers of incidents associated with Islamic-inspired extremism.”  (more...)


Ontario child rapist former YMCA employee


The North Bay man serving a life sentence in the U.S. for raping a four year old and operating the child porn website Child's Play worked as a lifeguard for more than six years at the North Bay YMCA, The Nugget has learned.

“After first being contacted by a detective from the Toronto Police Service in 2016, we learned of the investigation and subsequent arrest and conviction of Benjamin Faulkner in relation to illegal acts he had committed while in the U.S.,” said Sylvie Montpellier, interim chief executive officer of the YMCA of Northeastern Ontario.

“He was a former employee whose job with us ended in 2014. We were shocked and disturbed to hear of the charges and co-operated fully with the police investigation.

“Our hearts go out to all of the children and families who were affected by these horrendous crimes,”  Montpellier said. “As an organization, we remain strongly committed to the safety and well-being of the children in our care, and have comprehensive policies and practices that are always a top priority.”

Benjamin Faulkner was arrested in October 2016 at a home in Montpelier Va., according to the Richmond Times Dispatch.

Faulkner and his business partner, Patrick Falte of Nashville, were sentenced to life (minimum 30 years) on Sept. 15 in Richmond for raping a four-year-old girl and operating Child's Play – the world's biggest child sex website according to the UK Daily Mail.  (more...)


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In plain sight: Fascism's Ties to Capitalism


In a capitalist “democracy” like the United States, the corporate news media faithfully reflect the dominant class ideology both in their reportage and commentary. At the same time, these media leave the impression that they are free and independent, capable of balanced coverage and objective commentary. How they achieve these seemingly contradictory but legitimating goals is a matter worthy of study. Notables in the media industry claim that occasional inaccuracies do occur in news coverage because of innocent error and everyday production problems such as deadline pressures, budgetary restraints, and the difficulty of reducing a complex story into a concise report. Furthermore, no communication system can hope to report everything, hence selectivity is needed.

To be sure, such pressures and problems do exist and honest mistakes are made, but do they really explain the media’s overall performance? True the press must be selective, but what principle of selectivity is involved? I would argue that media bias usually does not occur in random fashion; rather it moves in more or less consistent directions, favoring management over labor, corporations over corporate critics, affluent whites over low income minorities, officialdom over protestors, the two-party monopoly over leftist third parties, privatization and free market “reforms” over public sector development, U.S. dominance of the Third World over revolutionary or populist social change, and conservative commentators and columnists over progressive or radical ones.  (more...)


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Background on Canada-Ukraine defence agreement: A ‘rich, mutually beneficial’ arms trade

Merchants of death
(May 20, Revised August 25) – One of the main features of the Defense Agreement between Canada and Ukraine signed on April 3 is the neo-liberal arrangements regarding arms production and the global arms trade. These arrangements are taking place within the conditions of intensified inter-imperialist rivalry to monopolize the global arms trade and the expansion of the theatre of operations of the U.S.-NATO bloc not only in Eastern Europe but also in the Middle East. The AFP news agency reports that Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan “also said [the Defense Agreement] was a step toward liberalizing arms sales to Ukraine, which are currently restricted. The accord is ‘a very important step before [we] get to that,’ he said.” In a Department of National Defense (DND) release, he stated it “helps us continue to develop our rich, mutually beneficial relationships.”

The agreement codifies, legitimizes and opens the door to government funding of private arms deals that have already been negotiated between giant arms monopolies of Canada and Ukraine. It marks the latest stage in the accelerated rapprochement between the two countries’ military and security establishments in recent years. This relationship, with typically overt and covert features, is undertaking increasing strategic significance with a number of important partnerships forged in the military-industrial and educational sectors.

On the Canadian side, CBC reported on March 4 that “Canadian companies are also finding plenty of opportunity as Ukraine retools its defence industry. Pratt & Whitney Canada, Esterline/CMC Electronics, IMP Aerospace, and L-3 Wescam all have joint projects with Ukroboronprom,” the Ukrainian state-owned defence consortium.

Equally, the privatization of Ukroboronprom and the increase of Ukraine’s share of the global arms trade constitutes a main agenda of the Poroshenko government. A state-owned authority established in December 2010 to handle the development and procurement of combat hardware, Ukroboronprom directs the consolidation of the Ukrainian arms industry, along with state arms exporter Ukrspetsexport. In the wake of the 1991 breakup of the Soviet Union, Ukraine inherited one of the biggest military-industrial complexes in the world, employing over three million people at more than 3,000 enterprises across the republic. In addition, Ukraine was left with one of the largest surpluses of weapons with an estimated worth of $89 billion in 1992. Twenty-six years later, a mere 134 such enterprises – 123 state enterprises and nine joint stock corporations employing less than 100,000 people – are still at work.

Nevertheless, Ukraine is ranked as the ninth leading arms exporter in the world, while Canada is now the fifth. The ninth world weapons exporter needs lethal weapons coming from abroad? Why does no Canadian official or media raise this question? With a still large defense industry capable of producing a wide range of advanced weapons, the country is unable to satisfy its basic needs while the defence production is largely focused on exports to enrich a certain group of people.  (more...)


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World Bank's Corrupt Companies Blacklist Dominated By Canada


Canada has the dubious honour of being home to the largest number of firms on a World Bank blacklist of corrupt companies.

But virtually all of that can be attributed to one Canadian company -- SNC Lavalin, the construction and engineering giant whose name is becoming a paragon of Canadian corruption.

Of the more than 600 companies now listed as barred from doing business with the World Bank over corruption, 117 are Canadian, the most of any one country. And of those, 115 represent SNC-Lavalin and its subsidiaries, the Financial Post reports.

Among the listed SNC subsidiaries are Candu Energy, which designs CANDU nuclear reactors, and Evergreen Rapid Transit Holdings, the SNC-Lavalin company established to build Vancouver's new Sky Train line.

The World Bank’s head of corruption investigations, James David Fielder, told the paper the SNC subsidiaries’ inclusion was due to “a World Bank investigation relating to the Padma Bridge project in Bangladesh where World Bank investigators closely cooperated with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in an effort to promote collective action against corruption.”  (more...)


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Panama Papers: German authorities carry out first raids in connection with tax leaks


Germany's Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) has carried out its first investigation after purchasing the so-called Panama Papers from an anonymous informant earlier this year.

According to German media, federal officers seized two million euros ($2.35 million) from an old slush fund owned by industrial giant Siemens. The money was reportedly embezzled into Germany from South America by a former company manager, Hans-Joachim Kohlsdorf.

A decade ago, the public prosecutor's office in Munich found that Siemens had bribed officials and governments the world over in exchange for lucrative contracts. The seized funds, which were taken from two Commerzbank branches in Frankfurt and Hamburg, are thought to be linked to the company's system of bribes.

Kohlsdorf, who for decades held several important positions at Siemens, was also targeted by investigators then. But charges against him were dismissed due to a lack of evidence that he had ever paid a bribe himself. He currently lives in Mexico, and it remains unclear whether Germany will seek his extradition.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

From the street to the courtroom: Magistrate issues arrest warrant for black man beaten at white nationalist rally in Charlottesville


A black man brutally beaten at a white nationalist “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville is now facing a felony charge related to the August attack.

A local magistrate issued an arrest warrant for DeAndre Harris on Monday after an accuser, whom police have not identified, claimed to have been wounded by the 20-year-old during the brawl, authorities told local media.

S. Lee Merritt, a civil attorney for Harris, told The Washington Post the charge was “clearly retaliatory” and described the accuser as a member of a white supremacist group. He maintained that Harris did not instigate the fight.

“We find it highly offensive and upsetting, but what’s more jarring is that he’s been charged with the same crime as the men who attacked him,” he said.  (more...)

Sunday, October 8, 2017

'Neo-Nazi cowards ... You're not welcome here!': White supremacists held another torch-lit rally in Charlottesville


Prominent white supremacist Richard B. Spencer was a featured speaker at a rally on Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia, where demonstrators reprised their chant of “You will not replace us!” and asserted that the South would “rise again.”

The gathering, which occurred eight weeks after a “Unite the Right” rally resulted in the death of a 32-year-old woman, was considerably smaller than the one in August, instead resembling a group of protesters who descended on the park in May.

The Charlottesville Police Department said in a statement that Saturday’s rally began around 7:40 p.m., included 40 to 50 people and lasted no more than 10 minutes.

“No disorders occurred during this rally,” the police said. Spencer then boarded a bus, which was followed by police officers “to ensure that the group was leaving the city,” according to the statement.  (more...)


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Howard W. Campbell Jr.' s Proposition


As bizarre as Howard's proposition sounds to those who've only studied history in state schools, the truth is that the allied nations accepted just such a proposition at the end of the war. Gestapo General Reinhard Gehlen persuaded the CIA to take the bait, and so began the cold war. The general worked in the employ of the CIA for a while, after which he restyled himself as an Evangelical pastor and joined up with Abraham Vereide's National Prayer Breakfast crowd. And, so began the religious right as we know it.

How did this happen? Simple. Everybody lied. In fact, they lied so consistently that they forgot how to discern the truth. Howard W. Campbell Jr. is a fictional exemplar of how America lost the plot. A synopsis of his sorry story can be found here:


You can get Vonnegut's novel baring Campbell's, and America's, soul here:


It's an excellent exploration of why you really don't want to lose integrity in politics, loyalties, beliefs, or religion. It's an exploration that would be most timely for Trumpian America.

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Hitler's interest in Wild West's cowboys and Indians 'may have inspired Nazi concentration camps'

Bodies of Sioux Indians being unceremoniously piled into a mass grave hacked into
the frozen Dakota soil after the tragedy at Wounded Knee, South Dakota in 1890
Adolf Hitler was an artist and avid amateur historian before he became one of the biggest mass murderers in history.

He was said to be fascinated by the conflict of cowboys and Indians in North America, avidly reading adventure stories of the Wild West.

One of his particular fascinations was how camps in America contained and eventually changed the Indigenous people of its lands.

And it is this idea, of containing people, scrubbing away their identities by replacing their names with numbers and breaking their spirit with beatings if they veered from the rules that can be seen in the horrific concentration camps later created under the Nazi regime.

It is impossible to point to any one factor to determine what caused Hitler to take certain actions. But he was drawn to the conflict of the American 'Cowboy and Indian' and merged this with his twisted epic vision of an Aryan German Empire - aka the Third Reich.  (more...)



I am put in mind of what my father told me about how he, his brother, and his sister were beaten in school in Alberta for speaking in the Polish language.
“Campbell was an ordinary-looking man, but he was extravagantly costumed in a uniform of his own design. He wore a white ten-gallon hat and black cowboy boots decorated with swastikas and stars. He was sheathed in a blue body stocking which had yellow stripes running from his armpits to his ankles. His shoulder patch was a silhouette of Abraham Lincoln’s profile on a field of pale green. He had a broad armband which was red, with a blue swastika in a circle of white.”
― Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Slaughterhouse-Five
Sorta makes sense:


More cringe worthy than Cowboys n Indians is Wops n Wahoos courtesy of the Ratpack from back in the day when the Mafia laundered its drug money through Hollywood... and gave the CIA a cut to fund its covert operations.


Thursday, October 5, 2017

"When the CIA goes to church, it doesn't go to pray."

Help from above... and below
One day in July 1944, as the Second World War raged throughout Europe, General William "Wild Bill" Donovan was ushered into an ornate chamber in Vatican City for an audience with Pope Pius XII. Donovan bowed his head reverently as the pontiff intoned a ceremonial prayer in Latin and decorated him with the Grand Cross of the Order of Saint Sylvester, the oldest and most prestigious of papal knighthoods. This award has been given to only 100 other men in history, who "by feat of arms, or writings, or outstanding deeds, have spread the Faith, and have safeguarded and championed the Church."

Although a papal citation of this sort rarely, if ever, states why a person is inducted into the "Golden Militia," there can be no doubt that Donovan earned his knighthood by virtue of the services he rendered to the Catholic hierarchy in World War II, during which he served as chief of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the wartime predecessor to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). In 1941, the year before the OSS was officially constituted, Donovan forged a close alliance with Father Felix Morlion, founder of a European Catholic intelligence service known as Pro Deo. When the Germans overran western Europe, Donovan helped Morlion move his base of operations from Lisbon to New York. From then on, Pro Deo was financed by Donovan, who believed that such an expenditure would result in valuable insight into the secret affairs of the Vatican, then a neutral enclave in the midst of fascist Rome. When the Allies liberated Rome in 1944, Morlion reestablished his spy network in the Vatican; from there he helped the OSS obtain confidential reports provided by apostolic delegates in the Far East, which included information about strategic bombing targets in Japan.

Pope Pius' decoration of Wild Bill Donovan marked the beginning of a longstanding, intimate relationship between the Vatican and U.S. intelligence that continues to the present day. For centuries the Vatican has been a prime target of foreign espionage. One of the world's greatest repositories of raw intelligence, it is a spy's gold mine. Ecclesiastical, political and economic information filters in every day from thousands of priests, bishops and papal nuncios, who report regularly from every corner of the globe to the Office of the Papal Secretariat. So rich was this source of data that shortly after the war, the CIA created a special unit in its counterintelligence section to tap it and monitor developments within the Holy See.

But the CIA's interest in the Catholic church is not limited to intelligence gathering. The Vatican, with its immense wealth and political influence, has in recent years become a key force in global politics, particularly with Catholicism playing such a pivotal role in Eastern Europe and Latin America. Unbeknownst to most Catholics, the Vatican, which carefully maintains an apolitical image, not only has a foreign office and a diplomatic corps, but also has a foreign policy. And with Polish Communists embracing Catholicism and Latin American Catholics embracing communism, the U.S. government and particularly the CIA have recently taken a much greater interest in Vatican foreign policy. A year-long Mother Jones investigation has revealed a number of unlikely channels — both overt and covert — which the agency uses to bring its influence to bear upon that policy.  (more...)


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Spooky Catholic
What if the homomafia, masonic mafia, and St. Galen Mafia are all one and the same? Why have we not seen fissures develop between them over the last 70 years? Why do they seem to act with one mind? Consider that the CIA serves what is essentially a masonic empire. It controls much of the Latin American hierarchy. Why not the curia and papacy?

'We have to be neutral': Canadian Forces warn members affiliated with radical groups


The Canadian Armed Forces are warning their personnel to be wary of associating with groups on social media, including Quebec's largest and most prominent far-right group.

"Being part of those movements is not something that's a part of our values," said Col. Paul Fuller.

An investigation by Radio-Canada found about 75 members of La Meute's private Facebook group are part of the Armed Forces, with some visibly identified by their military uniform.

La Meute, which has attracted more than 43,000 people to its Facebook group, is known for its public criticism of radical Islam and illegal immigration. Its three founders are ex-military.

Military members are forbidden to join organizations that don't respect the army's code of ethics.

"We have to be neutral when it comes to public opinion," said Fuller. "And we can't have personal opinions that go against our code of ethics and values."  (more...)


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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The Knights of Malta Financial School: The Nugan Hand Bank


This program focuses on the relationship between the intelligence community and the arms-for-drugs trade. Relatively well publicized after the Iran-Contra scandal came to light, this relationship has existed for some time. The broadcast begins with discussion of the Nugan Hand Bank, a combined CIA and Naval Intelligence operation supervised under the jurisdiction of Task Force 157, an ONI subsidiary run by Edwin Wilson ... Deeply involved in the Southeast Asian drug traffic, the Bank also served as a funding source for covert operations, including the destabilization of the Australian Labor Party government of Gough Whitlam. The bank’s key officials consisted largely of former high-ranking U.S. military and intelligence officials....



Fast forward to the current era:

The many links between the Knights of Malta and the CIA:


Close to home, the goings on at St. Michael's College of the University of Toronto take on a different hue. The establishment of a John Birch Society chapter by neo-Nazi Paul Fromm attracts our attention, in particular. The John Birch Society was founded by American military officers closely associated with the fascist Nationalist Chinese army of Chiang Kai-shek. It was members of this army who established the heroin trade in the Golden Triangle after WWII. And, as the above program illustrates, the Nugan Hand Bank was set up to facilitate this heroin trade.

Toronto pro-lifers may wish to explore their connections to the John Birch Society. And then, there's the matter of the Cayman Islands. It's good to know how you're being funded.


Are Vatileaks 3 Here? Who Really Controls Vatican Finances? -- "Seek, Seek!"


(Rome) The Vaticanist Marco Tosatti has now turned his eyes away from the Correctio filialis. The reason is a letter whose author he did not name by name, but a "high animal." This "high animal" deals less with theology, but more so with politics. Through the Correctio filialis  a different topic had disappeared from the headlines: the interview by Libero Milone. Milone was appointed Auditor General  by Pope Francis in 2015 for the Holy See and all its institutions. On the 19th of June, Milone was suddenly shown the door. One reason for this was the fact that the Vatican press office and curial Archbishop Angelo Becciu, a Substitute for the State Secretariat, was explained in the interview: Milone had "spied upon some representatives of the Holy See."

This  "high beast" explained this situation in a letter to Marco Tosatti, which has distracted our attention from the Correctio filialis and the petitions connected with it "for only five minutes ."
"My impression, which I have gained, is the customary (as in Vatikleaks 1 and Vatileaks 2): that this argument [the Correctio filialis] was used to divert attention from the so - called "Case Milone" and the Vatican finances about which I only know from what I read in the newspapers, including Milone's interview in Corriere della Sera. 
After five years, we see that 'unrest' is growing exponentially because of Vatican finances. I do not know much, but if I could give advice to the Pope and, above all, to the Secretary of State, I would ask it to undertake an investigation into the investigations which the Vatican Taxes' Control Authority is managing and overseeing. Is it possible for directors, presidents, auditors to be dismissed, but those who would have to control everything, the AIF [Vatican Financial Information Authority], always remain untouched and unaffected, as if they did not exist? But do the leaders of the AIF really command? On behalf of whom? 
Pope Francis, Cardinal Parolin, we beseech you for the good of the Church: Seek! Seek!"  (more...)


Background:


A past Knights of Malta escapade:


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Barrie resident and former Catholic school teacher facing sex crimes allegations


A former Catholic board teacher is facing allegations of sex crimes.

According to Barrie police, Stephen Thomas Vincer, 64, was charged on Friday with gross indecency and sexual assault.

Police say it is believed the incidents occurred during the time Vincer, a Barrie resident, was employed as a teacher at Our Lady of Grace Catholic School in Angus, between 1975 and 2017.

The investigation has revealed two alleged victims who were youths at the time of the incidents, according to police.

OPP are also involved in the investigation.

None of the allegations have been proven in court.

Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School officials became aware of the investigation late last week when Barrie police spoke with the principal at the school, according to board director and secretary-treasurer Brian Beal.  (more...)



Being Recruited by the CIA, Espionage, and Dirty Tricks: How the CIA Works



So now you know who was running the sex, drugs, and rock n roll on campus during the 70s. I finally tuned out all that crap -- I wanted a real education and profession. They tailed me around for a long time after that. One government contractor even made me obtain a Top Secret security clearance, all for no particular reason. It's kinda fun turning the scope around on them, now that I'm no longer in the job market. Don't blame the boomers for the corruption in our society. You got it courtesy of the security state. So, what's on the news today?

Monday, October 2, 2017

Former Windsor high school drama teacher facing misconduct allegations


John Nabben was a high-energy and unorthodox teacher, whom supporters say was driven to get the best out of his high school drama students at Walkerville Collegiate’s Centre for the Arts.

But the former secondary school teacher, fired in June by the Greater Essex County District School Board, is now accused of professional misconduct by the Ontario College of Teachers.

Nabben abused students “physically, sexually, verbally, psychologically or emotionally,” the college alleges in a disciplinary notice issued following its investigation. No hearing date has been set.

The public school board fired Nabben on June 7 after he had been removed from the classroom roughly a year earlier.

The allegations stem from complaints made by six students and span the decade he was at Walkerville after becoming a licensed teacher.  (more...)



'It's like they never existed': Toronto monument will honour mistreated British Home Children

Charles Bradbury is one of 75 children buried in two graves in a Toronto
cemetery. Researcher Lori Oschefski believes he was murdered. About
115,000 British Home Children came to Canada over eight decades.
They were told they would be leaving the bleak conditions of England for fresh air, clean country living and a better life in Canada.

But George Beardshaw, one of the children who made that trek, says that when he arrived alone at an Ontario farm back in 1938, it was soon made clear to him what was expected.

"I was there to work," says 94-year-old Beardshaw, sitting in his London, Ont., home. "They told me that many, many times: 'You're here to work.'"

Beardshaw's mother was unable to look after her three boys and sent her sons to an orphanage in Woodford Bridge, Essex. Both his brothers had left the orphanage, with one settling in Canada.

So when the school inspector came around asking who would like to go to Canada, Beardshaw raised his hand.

"I wanted to come over here and be a cowboy, or see the wheat fields," he said.

Instead, only minutes after he arrived at the Little Britain, Ont., farm, 100 kilometres northeast of Toronto, the then 14-year-old was told to put on coveralls and mow the lawn.

In reality, Beardshaw, like so many of these children, found their real purpose was to provide cheap labour.

"They never did a damn thing for me," Beardshaw says. "I worked, worked, worked, worked."

Lori Oschefski, CEO of the Barrie, Ont.-based British Home Children Advocacy and Research Association, said few Canadians know about the plight of the 115,000 British Home Children who immigrated to Canada from the U.K. between the late 1860s and 1948.

She learned that 75 children are buried in two graves that were unmarked for years in Toronto's Park Lawn Cemetery.

To ensure they are not forgotten, Oschefski spearheaded a campaign to erect a monument on the site, with all 75 names inscribed, to be unveiled on Sunday. "We need a place to go and remember these children. A place to go and mourn the loss of these children."

About four million Canadians are descendants of British Home Children. (more...)


Massey College professor resigns over racially offensive remark, cites lack of ‘due process’


Michael Marrus, the history professor whose racially offensive remarks have led to a public controversy at the University of Toronto's Massey College, has submitted his resignation as a Senior Fellow from the college, but says he is "disheartened" by the lack of dialogue between him and those who asked for his resignation.

"Where was the due process, where was the effort to hear me out, where was the effort to relate to 30 years of scholarship that have a lot to do with human rights? There is something cruel and reckless about this campaign," he said in an interview with The Globe and Mail.

He had been trying to apologize for the comment he made, e-mailing the person he hurt and offended and trying to talk to them, but his apology was not accepted, he said.

"I was so sorry for having wounded someone," Dr. Marrus said. "But nothing availed," he said.

The resignation comes after an incident during a lunch last week that gave rise to a petition that was signed by almost 200 students and faculty at U of T.  (more...)


Background:

I have to view my alma mater's ideological "purification" of a Holocaust Studies historian with a jaded eye. At the college I enrolled in as a freshman many years ago, there was blatant holocaust denial among the group of students I was introduced to by my don. Some expressed enthusiastic support for Ernst Zundel, Canada's most notorious Nazi apologist. In time, I discovered I had been placed among many sons and daughters of immigrants from former Axis countries -- Austria, Germany, Italy, Ukraine, Hungary, and Romania -- presumably because I am of Polish ancestry and served in the military, and would therefore be anti-communist as they were. However, these closet Nazis were also highly antisemitic, which I would not countenance, and I strengthened my resolve to befriend Jews despite the pressure to ostracize them.

This college also pushed an ideology of eugenics and population control, and cleverly utilized Culture Marxism as a fig leaf to mask racial discrimination with sexual identity, thereby neutralizing civil rights discourse. My American college don, who had studied under Herbert Marcuse at Columbia, was fully complicit in this scheme. He often affirmed his idolization of Margaret Atwood, then Reader in Residence at Massey College and eventually joined her in that Mordor of Canadian social engineering. The trajectory of a fascist provocateur to elitist Massey College makes perfect sense in the context of Canada's complicity in the Nazi ratlines. Against all of this is the backdrop of the technical architect of the holocaust, IBM, as the largest benefactor of the university's engineering and computer science schools.

So, an observer must take care to avoid the hidden agendas lurking in our institutions. The expulsion of a holocaust historian over racial issues in a school that has harbored closet Nazis is a bit twisted. And, boycotts of Israel by academics, despite the real sufferings of Palestinians, need to be examined in light of latent antisemitism in education. Media headlines tend to focus on Nazi thugs marching in Canadian small towns. However, the few who have scrutinized Canada's elite institutions from the inside know the rot that has coagulated beneath the genteel surface of high society, and where power and wealth waits to fuel horrors like Nazi Germany.



Sunday, October 1, 2017