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December 2015

2015: Geostrategic Chaos is the Lifeblood of the US Empire

War is good for business as the likes of Babcock International, BAE Systems, Cobham, Boeing Defense, Haliburton, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Gruman and Ratheon, to name just a few, will tell you. While 2014 was a year that clearly demonstrated The Erosion of Democracy and Accountability, 2015 has shown how pain, suffering, death and destruction is the very lifeblood upon which the US Empire relies for its survival.

Mission Accomplished: NATO's ISAF Operations at Home & Abroad
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On Thursday 1 January 2015 the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission in Afghanistan came to an ignominious end: three days earlier, on the 28 December 2014, US Commander General John Campbell cowered from the Taliban in a secret ceremony in Kabul as he formally handed off Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) to Operation Resolute Support (ORS). The OEF mission is mostly noted for the death of belligerents from all sides of the conflict and its wholesale destruction of the nations infrastructure while ORS is famously noted for achieving ... well, nothing actually. Not unexpectedly, the Western Military Industrial Complex (MIC), an industry who had been in a severe recession for more then a decade, following the dissolution of the USSR in 1991 and the subsequent peace dividend that ensued in Europe, was rescued from the brink of bankruptcy and have profited enormously from the West's renewed military voyeurism.

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Nearly three weeks later, in Eastern Europe on 18 January 2015, the Ukrainian puppet regime in Kiev, who had been installed by the US Empire back in February 2014, resumed its ethnic cleansing offensive against the Russian Ukrainian freedom fighters in the southeast of the country. The southeast of Ukraine, aka. the Donbass region, is the industrial powerhouse of the nation and has long since supported the former President, Viktor Yanukovych, who was ousted in the bloody Euromaiden coup d'état perpetrated by the EU, the UK and the US. On the first day of Kiev's renewed hostilities in the region more than 30 innocent men, women and children died. Naturally, the MIC have been keen to support the Kiev offensive and are known to have supplied a range of light and medium military armaments, including small and medium sized weapons, ammunition, non-lethal equipment, i.e. clothing, night vision and communications devices, and resupply of same as required to maintain the ongoing operation.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 26 December 2015

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Repressive, Murderous & Totalitarian: The House of Saud in Yemen

The House of Saud, an Islamic hereditary dictatorship based on the Wahhabi sect of Sunni Islam, is on a crusade ... to eradicate Shia Islam, aka. the Shiites.

The Yemeni struggle against Sunni Wahhabism would not be possible were it not for the Houthis rebellion of June 2004. The Houthi uprising was sparked by the attempted arrest of Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi, a Shiite clerical leader of the Zaidis religious sect, who actively protested against the rampant corruption and lack of accountability of the then ruling President, Ali Abdullah Saleh, also a Shiite. Later that year, in September 2004, Hussein al-Houthi was killed by Yemeni security forces and the rebellion quickly faltered but not before the Houthis had become a credible force in waging gorilla warfare. Nonetheless, President Saleh did go on to improve government transparency and accountability and the Houthis remained relatively dormant for the next seven years.

In early 2011 the Arab Spring arrived in Yemen: a US Empire, Israeli and Saudi inspired revolutionary wave of protests, riots and civil wars that engulfed the Middle East. President Saleh was quickly besieged by a Sunni onslaught, created and funded by the Saudi regime, who waged a murderous campaign culminating in the bombing of the Presidential Palace on the 3 June 2011. The bomb killed four of Saleh's bodyguards and left him seriously wounded. On the 4 June 2011, Saleh acquiesced and appointed Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a Sunni, as acting President to appease the rioting crowds while he left for medical treatment abroad. For the next three months the Hadi regime waged a brutal war of attrition against the Shiites, mainly targeting the Zaidis and the Houthis who represented the most credible threat to their authority, as they sought to solidify their power base.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 19 December 2015

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Déjà Vu: US Empire Seeks Regime Change in the Maldives

On 29 November 2013, in Vilnius, Lithuania, Victor Yanukovych, the former democratically elected President of Ukraine, refused to sign the Ukraine-European Union (EU) Association Agreement (UEAA), one of the precursors to joining the EU, preferring to remain in the orbit of the Russian Federation. Merkel, the principal representative of the EU at the meeting, was furious. Less than 3 months later, in a now widely acknowledged accurate narrative of the events that subsequently occurred, Yanukovych was ousted from office in a bloody coup d'état perpetrated by the EU, the UK and the US, upon the culmination of a wave of subversive activities commonly known as the Euromaidan. While the UEAA agreement was signed a month later, on the 21 March 2014, it has still to enter into force. More importantly, for the Ukrainian people, the nation has yet to emerge from the US Empire inspired sectarian war it unleashed and as the country descends further and further into an economic and political abyss, the West, and its corporate vultures, are already eyeing the spoils of war.

Eighteen months later, and 4, 000 miles Southeast of Ukraine, a similar tale is unfolding.

The Maldives is an Indian Ocean archipelago which includes 1,192 coral islands grouped in a chain of 26 atolls that lie approximately 500 miles Southwest of mainland India. In its short history of independence, since 26 July 1965, from the brutal vagaries of the British Empire it has had just 6 Presidents, the third incumbent, President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, clocking up exactly 30 years to the day in office. President Gayoom was ousted in a pseudo-democratic process by Mohamed Nasheed on the 11 November 2008 having been groomed by the British Conservative Party in the niceties of duplicity and despotic rule. Nasheed resigned from office on the 7 February 2012 when his misdeeds finally caught up with him after having arrested Judge Abdulla Mohamed for failing to interpret the law in accordance with his political ambitions. Just over three years later, in March 2015, Nasheed was convicted under the Anti-Terrorism Act of the Maldives for arresting a Criminal Court Judge and sentenced to 13 years in prison where he remains to this day.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 12 December 2015

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Merkel's Regime to Exploit Migrants to Revive Flagging Economy

The notion that one man's crisis is another man's opportunity is a common refrain among those who seek to exploit the misfortune of others for personal gain.

Cue Merkel, the tyrannical head of the German Fourth Reich, who is notorious for micro-managing issues and tasks into oblivion, mostly by doing absolutely nothing, and is widely acknowledged as the principal architect of the European Migration Crisis (EMC) that continues unabated to this day.

The origins of the EMC can be traced back to early 2007 when Greece was battling to regulate the flow of undocumented migrants crossing the Maritsa River from its neighbour Turkey: the Turkish Republic has long since facilitated this illegal trade in human cargo from Africa, the Middle East and South-Central Asia to the European Union (EU). Four years later, in the wake of the Arab Spring, aka. the US Empire inspired colour revolutions that raged throughout North Africa, boats and bodies of migrants began pitching up on the shores of Greece, Italy, Malta and Spain. By late 2014, given the probability of death in crossing the Mediterranean had become inversely proportional to the possibility of reaching the EU, the traffickers of this illegal trade in human cargo quickly shifted their route back to Turkey who, once again, opened up its borders. As the refugees began piling up in transit countries, like Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Macedonia, Serbia and Slovenia, on their way to mainly Northwestern European nations who have much more generous social welfare systems, the Merkel regime announced they would be welcome in Germany. Thereafter, from early September 2015, the trickle of refugees quickly turned into a deluge that has yet to abate.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 5 December 2015

November 2015

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Erdogan Authors His Own Demise in Russian Servicemen's Blood

The Obama regime is visibly seething and its coalition puppets operating in the Middle East are desperate to assuage its anger.

While the counter-insurgency campaign being waged by the Russian Air Force in Syria has been an overwhelming success thus far, the current Despot in Charge (DIC) in the White House, Obama, his incompetent military strategists in the Pentagon and the US coalition of the coerced, are clearly vexed: the DIC's coalition in the Middle East, i.e. a sycophantic collection of military voyeurs masquerading as a counter-insurgency force who are primarily engaged in the task of facilitating regime change in Syria whilst maintaining chaos throughout the region for geo-political and military strategic purposes, are consumed with rage having had their quest for regional supremacy thwarted by a much smaller, and more efficient, Russian force.

The Turkish dictator, Erdogan, a latecomer to the overt campaign of the US coalition to usurp the democratically elected President of Syria, Bashar al-Assad, has actually been involved in the Syrian debacle from the beginning, in early 2011, when the CIA, MI6 and the Israeli Mossad inspired colour revolution first began: Erdogan's initial role in the campaign was to facilitate the training, arming and funding of Syrian separatists and various al-Qaeda terrorists, of differing affiliations, and then, as the situation deteriorated even further, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), as part of a series of military operations by the US coalition to generate regional chaos. It is a known fact and now common knowledge that the Erdogan regime have profited handsomely from this illegal trade: the key sponsors of terrorism in the Middle East are known to be Jordan, Kuwait, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, the UK and the US, who have all poured money and munitions into the region via Turkey.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 28 November 2015

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Greek Bailout: Tsipras Takes the Troika to the Cleaners]

On Tuesday 17 November 2015 the Greek Finance Minister, Euclid Tsakalotos of the Syriza government finally reached an agreement with the bankers Troika, aka. the European Commission (EC), the European Central Bank (ECB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for the first €12bn tranche of an €86bn bailout programme scheduled for disbursement from August 2015 through to August 2018. This third bailout, erroneously believed by many economists to be a fiscally poisoned chalice, will see only €2bn of this payment going to the Greek government while the remaining €10bn is earmarked for the recapitalisation of the country's four major banks, Alpha Bank, Eurobank Ergasias, National Bank of Greece and Piraeus Bank.

The agreement is the first of many that will ensue over the next 34 months in a Faustian pact between the Alexis Tsipras government and the international Troika: the schedule of payments to Greece from the Troika is wholly dependent on Tsipras's implementation of fiscally regressive policies that will further entrench an already moribund economy. Of course, the notion that the Greek economy will ever reach the escape velocity required for it to become a self-sustaining member of the Eurozone (EZ) during the bailout period is patently absurd: fiscally regressive policies, aka. austerity, drains the very lifeblood out of an economy, i.e. its liquidity and capital, creating an inescapable economic vicious circle that often results in stagflation.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 21 November 2015

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Flight 9268: Cameron & Hollande Have Russian Blood on Their Hands

Less than one hour after the Russian Metrojet Flight 9268 blew apart in mid-air and then crashed into the Sinai desert near Housna, Egypt, killing all 224 people on-board, Abu Osama al-Masri received a terse phone call from his handler in the French Directorate-General for External Security (DGSE): mission accomplished, claim responsibility.

The DGSE, the French equivalent of the British Secret Intelligence Service, aka. MI6, first courted al-Masri as their al-Qaeda operative on the Sinai Peninsular back in 2003. Since then, al-Masri, and the terrorist group he spawned, Ansar Bait al-Maqdis (ABM), have received weapons, ammunition and funding from DGSE. In early November 2014 al-Masri pledged the groups allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

An MI6 and DGSE engineered false flag operation.

One month before the demise of Flight 9268, on 30 September 2015, literally hours after the Russian Air Force began operations in Syria at the request of President al-Assad, DGSE and MI6 planned, and then executed, the false flag operation: the DGSE are known to have supplied the ABM terrorist group with the materials required to make the bomb and then mentored them in its construction while MI6 facilitated airside access to the secure area of Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport and supervised its placement aboard the Russian passenger airliner. In other words, the destruction of Flight 9264 was yet another Western sponsored false flag operation targeting innocent civilians, akin the recent events in both Paris in January 2015, the Charlie Hebdo attack, and Tunisia in June 2015, the Sousse attack. There is irrefutable evidence that both of these two shooting incidents were a direct result of the training, equipping and funding of disaffected local Muslims by the DGSE, MI6 and the CIA.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 14 November 2015

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Obama Regime Outmanoeuvred by President Putin Yet Again

On Friday 30 October 2015 the Obama regime publicly articulated a policy that has been in operation for more than three years: a group of US Special Operations Forces on the ground in northwest Syria, previously known to be operating incognito, were finally acknowledged and authorised to continue their nefarious activities.

The hypocrisy of the US coalition knows no bounds.

It is common knowledge that two major sections of the northern border between Syria and Turkey are open conduits through which terrorist recruits, weapons and supplies pass in one direction while refugees, the injured and oil passes in the opposite direction. In the far northwest of Syria, Jabhat al-Nursa, other al-Qaeda affiliated terrorists and separatists groups maintain a 120 kilometre wide open border with Turkey whilst a little further east, also in the north of the country, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) hold an open crossing of similar length. US special forces, aka. the Green Berets and the UK's Special Air Service (SAS), amongst others, were instrumental in opening up these breaches in the Syrian-Turkish border in early 2012, and remain there to this day, in order to facilitate the training, arming and funding of terrorists of every stripe in a bid to oust the democratically elected President of Syria, Bashar al-Assad.

Clearly Obama, and his most sycophantic vassal Cameron in the UK, are desperate to reclaim the current initiative from President Putin and the Russian Air Force who, in just over one month, since 30 September 2015, have disabled and destroyed more terrorist targets in Syria than the US coalition have done in over a year of counter-insurgency operations.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 7 November 2015

October 2015

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EU Regimes Create a Dangerous Significant Minority With Nothing to Lose

As of September 2015, the official rate of unemployment in the European Union (EU), a political and economic union which includes 28 member states, was just over 11 per cent. While the unemployment rate in the smaller 19 member Eurozone (EZ) was marginally greater at 11.1 per cent, the unofficial figures, which exclude a myriad of creative accounting techniques used by respective regime apparatchiks to hide the true scale of unemployment, was a little over 22 per cent for both the EU and the EZ. In other words, there are 46 million people in the EU who are actually unemployed, of which 35 million reside in the EZ.

Nonetheless, all EU regimes, with a few exceptions, continue to espouse the notion that their official unemployment rates are not a serious issue: Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain all acknowledge that their high rates of unemployment have had, and will continue to have, negative consequences but their concerns are dwarfed by the majority who blissfully refute the issue is anything more than a minor cost to economic and structural reform in the wake of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC). The official unemployment rate throughout the EU only counts those who formally register as unemployed: people who are unemployed and in need of unemployment benefit and/or social security payments must register to secure payment and will thus be formally counted. Those unemployed persons who are supported by others, i.e. family and/or friends; those who are unavailable, i.e. family commitments or health issues; unemployed part-timers and those who are available but not actively seeking employment, are not counted.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 31 October 2015

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Afghanistan: Taliban's Return Exposes Western Empire's Foreign Policy

On the 26 October 2014 the UK regime handed over its last military base in Afghanistan to the Afghan Ministry of Defence having ousted the vast majority of the Taliban in the region: Camp Bastion, Gereshk, Helmand Province, had been the primary forward operating base of the British military contingent in the country since early 2005 and was subsequently part of the much larger International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), who also ceased operations at the base on the same day.

At the time of the UK regimes withdrawal, over 400 British military personnel had been killed in action whilst more than 2,100 had been physically wounded in a conflict that has continued to rage since October 2001. The number of personnel who have since returned to the UK and are known to suffer from psychological distress, of one form or another, has not been officially quantified but is estimated by the King's Centre for Military Health Research to be more than 15,000. Moreover, the number of dead and wounded in Afghanistan is, understandably, much greater than Western loses and are still being counted: more than 26,000 civilians have been killed while a similar number of Afghan military forces have also lost their lives, plus an estimated 25,000 to 40,000 Taliban are known to have been killed: Afghan deaths in the conflict range from 77,000 to 92,000 while the number of injured and traumatised is completely unknown. The cost, in terms of the pain and suffering caused, on all sides of the conflict, is immeasurable.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 24 October 2015

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Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Netanyahu Will Never Solve the Problem, He is the Problem

Benjamin Netanyahu's, aka. Bibi, first term in office, as Israel's Despot in Charge (DIC), from June 1996 to July 1999, was mired in political compromise and corruption: Netanyahu was forced to rely on a string of minority parties to secure any jurisdiction over the ruling Labor majority in the Israeli Parliament, aka. the Knesset, and he was known to have repeatedly prostituted his office and his regime in a myriad of corruption scandals. His subsequent fall from grace was swift: Ehud Barak defeated him in the July 1999 election and he spent the next couple of years in political obscurity working in the communications sector.

Thereafter, and for the next eight years, Netanyahu slowly rehabilitated his political fortunes before finally returning to the DIC's Office on 31 March 2009: a post he continues to hold today. Clearly his initial return to office was facilitated by the previous incumbent: Ehud Olmert's lack of popularity among his party and the electorate as well as irrefutable evidence of his involvement in corruption, practically handed Netanyahu the key to the DIC's Office. Moreover, Netanyahu's training for high office, having been educated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard, US, where he majored in political expediency and hypocrisy, respectively, was beginning to pay off: the primary skill set required of all Western dictators is the ability to control and manipulate the media and the general public via whatever means is at their disposal.

Nonetheless, while Netanyahu appears to have had some success in the dark arts of disseminating disinformation, he has yet to rise to the challenge of solving the problem that have bedevilled the region for the last sixty seven years.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 17 October 2015

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US Empire in Decline as Cardinal Sins Take Root in Seventh Decade

The most often cited hallmarks of a faltering Empire are a matter of historical record and well known: a waning Empire is invariably presaged by a decline in its moral and ethical values, political corruption, constant wars and excessive military expenditure, a failing economy, increasing unemployment, slave labour and a myopic inability to address any of the aforementioned symptoms.

The US Empire began its reign in the late 1940's in the wake of World War II after having initially profited from supplying all sides of the conflict with the tools to wage war and then proceeding to take the lions share of the victors spoils. Unlike most empires that have long since passed, the US Empire did not secure its position by the application of a superior intellect or military might but, in its theft of intellectual property and advanced technology, it filled a vacuum created by the demise of others, namely the Austrian, British, French, German and Japanese Empires of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. That successive US regimes have continued to rely on foreign skills and labour for its growth and advancement since then is common knowledge.

Nonetheless, the US Empire, having now transgressed all seven of the cardinal sins and clearly incapable of addressing them, is in irrecoverable terminal decline:

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 10 October 2015

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Cameron's Legacy: Lifted by Slavery & Shaped by Aggressive Tax Avoidance

On 21 April 2012 the primary source of the financial fortune accumulated by the Cameron clan eventually became common knowledge: Ian Cameron, David Cameron's father, was exposed as one of the senior directors of Blairmore Holdings Inc., a Panamanian investment company created on 12 April 1982 to specifically exploit the fiscal regulatory loopholes, in particular the relaxation of capital controls, that had been engineered in the UK by the Thatcher regime in 1979. Ian Cameron was known to be instrumental in the formation of Blairmore Holdings Inc. and was also involved in Blairmore Asset Management, a short-lived investment fund based in Geneva, Switzerland as well as Close International Equity Growth Fund Ltd., an investment fund based in Jersey, a UK Crown Dependency, amongst many others.

All three locations, Panama, Geneva and Jersey are, and were at the time, known to be tax havens that continue to provide financial services to those who wish to engage in what is euphemistically known as tax minimisation plans, aka. aggressive tax avoidance schemes.

What is less well known is that Blairmore Holdings Inc. transferred its assets on the 5 July 2012 to Smith & Williamson Blairmore Global Equity, an Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities (UCITS) company based in Ireland. Éire, in modern Irish vernacular, is both a member of the European Union and the Eurozone and is renowned for its very low rates of corporate tax and widely acknowledged, akin to Luxembourg, as a European based tax haven that facilitates aggressive tax avoidance schemes, tax evasion and money laundering operations.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 3 October 2015

September 2015

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Poroshenko Dumped: US Empire Abandons Ukrainian Basket Case

On the 19 June 2015, the US Empire's puppet in Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, sealed his own fate, and that of his increasingly incompetent and corrupt regime, when he sought official recognition by the Ukrainian Constitutional Court that former President Victor Yanukovych had been illegally stripped of his Presidential title:

I ask the court to acknowledge that the law on the removal of the Presidential title from Victor Yanukovych as unconstitutional.

It is common knowledge that Yanukovych was forced out of office on 22 February 2014, in yet another US Empire sponsored coup d'état, for failing to sign up to the EU Association Agreement in Vilnius, Lithuania on 29 November 2013. Yanukovych was subsequently stripped of his Presidential title by the Ukrainian parliament in contravention of the nations constitution later in February 2014.

The fact that Poroshenko was seeking to protect himself whilst delegitimising his own regime is telling: Poroshenko, one of many Ukrainian oligarchs whose financial and political rise was facilitated by the regulatory vacuum created by the dissolution of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) in 1991, was simply distancing himself from his own despotic rule. That his regime, known to be both fiscally incontinent and profoundly corrupt, have long since lost the confidence and support of the West is known, and Poroshenko's actions merely underscored that fact.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 26 September 2015

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Harper's Chattels: Canadian Economy to Rely on Slave Labour in the Future

One of the most often cited boasts of Conservative regimes the World over is their perceived economic prowess in balancing a nations budget, delivering a surplus and growing its GDP: the ideology of political Conservatism is rooted in free enterprise, private ownership and the acquisition of capital. Thus, when a Conservative regime presides over a national recession, i.e. a faltering economy not precipitated by events beyond their control or subject to the vagaries of global circumstances, there can be little doubt that those who wield the levers of power have undoubtably lost the plot.

Welcome to Stephen Harper's regime in Canada who is seeking a fourth term in office in the federal elections to be held on 19 October 2015.

Earlier this year the Canadian economy suffered a recession: Harper's mismanagement of the national economy is a matter of public record and clearly demonstrates his fiscal acumen is at best seriously flawed and at worst unequivocal evidence proving his financial incompetence. However, notwithstanding Harper's economic incompetence, it is his insidious plans for the exploitation of current and prospective immigrants who are being used, and will continue to be used, as disposable productive units in facilitating budget surpluses and growth in future administrations. Harper's authoritarian regime has enacted some of the most draconian and inhuman immigration policies ever to be legislated by a Western liberal democracy in its quest to acquire, for a privileged minority who are in positions of power and authority, an even greater share of the capital that will ensue from migrant slave labour.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 19 September 2015

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Western Dictators Masquerading as the Bastions of Democracy

In yet another blistering attack on the fundamental principals of representative parliamentary democracy, a small coterie of Western dictators, namely: Abbott (Australia), Hollande (France) and Cameron (UK) have unilaterally sanctioned military operations in Syria against the will of the majority of the people in their respective countries.

On Monday 7 September 2015, David Cameron, the autocratic head of an illegitimate regime in the UK with just 24.4% of the popular vote, admitted to the extrajudicial killing of Britons in an undeclared theatre of war in contravention of both national and international law. In fact, he had illegally authorised a Royal Air Force (RAF) targeted drone strike in Syrian territory: Cameron's illegal action in sanctioning the airstrike is not only a flagrant disregard of the parliamentary process, who have yet to authorise operations in Syria, but it is also against the will of the majority of the British public.

One day later, on Tuesday 8 September 2015, François Hollande, yet another Western despot who has practically destroyed the French national economy and thus rendered millions of his own people into abject poverty, illegally authorised aerial reconnaissance operations over Syrian territory as a pretext for the bombing campaign that he will initiate in the near future. Hollande's apparent restraint in not launching the airstrikes immediately is simply to placate a weary public who are becoming increasingly intolerant of his incompetence.

Then, on Wednesday 9 September 2015, Tony Abbott, a vicious dictator who revels in the human misery his regime inflicts upon asylum seekers, especially children, who are processed in off-shore detention camps, illegally authorised an extension to Australia's current military operations in the Middle East to include strikes against Syria. Abbott is desperate to change the current focus of the mainstream media in Australia who have highlighted his failures in immigration, the economy, which is suffering from a massive budget blow-out, and high unemployment for anything that would cast him in a positive light.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 12 September 2015

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Merkel Desperate to Rehabilitate Image Using Immigration Crisis

Plato, and his pupil Aristotle, both Greek philosophers of the 4th & 3rd Centuries BC respectively, defined a tyrant as one who rules without law, looks to his own advantage rather than that of his subjects, and uses extreme and cruel tactics against his own people as well as others. The concept of tyranny has changed very little over the last two millennia given the modern interpretation of a tyrant is routinely described as an absolute ruler who is unrestrained by law or constitution or one who has usurped the legitimate sovereignty of a nation state. The notion that the latter definition, the modern tyrant, has eschewed the use of extreme and cruel tactics is entirely spurious given that these objectives can now be achieved by nominally legal means.

Cue Merkel, the tyrannical head of the German Fourth Reich since November 2005, who has unilaterally been trampling all over her nations constitution for the last ten years: her preponderance for micro-managing issues and tasks into oblivion, mostly by doing nothing when something should be done, has inspired the younger generations in Germany to create a new verb Merkeln, i.e. to Merkel is to do nothing. Clearly the Chancellery has been occupied by a dysfunctional despot for some time, as evidence of its failures in addressing both national and international issues can attest. Thus Merkel, who is considering a fourth term in office at the Chancellery or possibly a stint at the United Nations (UN) as Secretary-General, is desperate to recover her standing both at home and abroad by launching what she perceives as a safe political campaign grounded in human rectitude to address the effects of the European immigration crisis.

Hence Merkel's prescient political epiphany:

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 5 September 2015

August 2015

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Mission Creep: The Western Empire Closes in on Syria

Given that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have clearly demonstrated their reluctance to adhere to the original plan devised by their creators, suppliers, mentors and former partners, aka. the US led Western Empire, to overthrow the legally constituted government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria as well as wreak havoc throughout the Middle East, the Empire has become increasingly impatient. The US, and its most sycophantic puppet the UK, are known to be the primary belligerents responsible for the current spate of unrest in the region but are now clearly troubled by the fact that their erstwhile terrorist partners have embarked on their own nefarious plans rather than concentrating on the Empire's primary objective.

Of course, the notion that ISIL represents a serious threat to the Western Empire is, quite frankly, laughable: ISIL, akin to the Mujahideen and al-Qaeda, are simply agents of a Western Imperialist foreign policy whose effectiveness and viability can largely be controlled, if and when necessary. Nonetheless, the fact that ISIL have been thumbing their nose at their overlords as they seek to establish their own Caliphate in the region has caused alarm among some of the neo-fascist elements of the Empire, e.g. Abbott (Australia), Harper (Canada), Netanyahu (Israel), Erdoğan (Turkey), Cameron (UK) and Obama (US), whose current primary objective, a Syrian coup d'état, appears to be slipping from their grasp. That Syria has not been extracted, forcibly or otherwise, from the orbit of the Russian Federation , is clearly vexing a small coterie of Western dictators.

Mission creep to the rescue.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 29 August 2015

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Angela Merkel: The Dysfunctional Despot

The Western definition of Leadership invariably depends on which side of the pond, aka. the North Atlantic Ocean, you happen to be sitting on. In the US, Leadership is often viewed as a process of social or group influence where a person invokes the aid and support of others in fulfilling tasks while the quest for personal power usually remains hidden in the background. In Europe and Oceania, Leadership is primarily a communicative and consultative function with the publicly acknowledged primary objective of gaining personal power by appearing to garner the support of others. Regardless of geographic location, the most common traits that help to promote a person to a position of Leadership are their values, vision, function and charisma, amongst others.

Angela Merkel was first elected to office in November 2005, nominally the least worst option among a list of candidates who had been tainted by the illegal exploits of both previous German Chancellors, namely Helmut Kohl and Gerhard Schröder. Merkel was simply perceived as a safe pair of hands and, if nothing else, espoused the values and beliefs of the majority of the electorate at that time. The fact that she was known to have little or no vision of the future and lacked the charisma essential for those in high office mattered little: functional acumen, a characteristic of the German people for which the nation is well known and respected, would hopefully carry her through.

Merkel went on to deceive the German electorate again in 2009 and 2013, ably assisted by a subservient mainstream media, by appearing to be a pragmatic politician rather than the functionally incompetent despot in charge of a regime that had long since abdicated its constitutional duty to the people: Merkel's reign in the Chancellery is simply a self-serving thirst for power while Europe crumbles around her feet.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 22 August 2015

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The Greatest Fiscal Nightmare on Earth: The Obama Economy

Welcome to the greatest fiscal nightmare on Earth, aka. the US economy, in which the US dollar, the self-appointed primary reserve currency of the world, has been intentionally debased by the Obama regime, via Quantitative Easing (QE), not just once since the turn of the Century but three times, in 2008, 2010 and 2012.

As of 11 August 2015, the US National Debt (USND) had risen to US$ 18.3 trillion (US$ 18,341,300,539,990) while the US Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was just US$ 17.8 trillion (US$ 17,840,639,935,823): in essence, the Obama regime in the US had simply spent more than the economy had earned and the debt to GDP ratio of 102.8% demonstrated that quite succinctly. Clearly all is not well in this bastion of economic virtue, an oxymoron of gargantuan proportions in this context, given the vast majority of economists tend to agree that a National Debt Ratio (NDR) of 102.8% to GDP is far too high for the long term sustainability of any economy and they are mostly unanimous on the issue that any country with an NDR above 110% is in serious trouble and will need some financial restructuring and/or debt relief to recover. The current financial crisis in Greece is a good example of this rationale at work.

Nonetheless, while the Obama regime is keen to promote a rose-tinted view of the US coping with the issues of a faltering economy that is clearly under considerable stress, the reality is the country is in fiscal decline, although many would argue it is in fact in terminal decline, and the vast majority of its people can look forward to nothing more than the continued erosion of their health and wealth for the foreseeable future. As some of the recent data on the US economy demonstrates, all is not what it seems:

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 15 August 2015

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US Coalition to Degrade & Destroy Iraq & Syria, Not ISIL

On the 18 December 2011 the post Saddam Hussein regime of Nouri al-Maliki in Iraq eventually kicked out the occupying forces of the US coalition when the US-Iraq Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) came to an end. Al-Maliki had simply refused to sign a new, politically compromising, SOFA with the Obama regime denying the US warmongering machine and its sycophantic vassals in the West the military foothold they sought in the Middle East. A little over two years later, after being carefully nurtured by the primary belligerents to the illegal invasion of Iraq in 2003, the authoritarian regimes of the US and the UK, in the guise of the CIA and MI6, had gone on to create a new foe, namely: the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Thus, on the 8 August 2014 the Obama regime, closely followed by Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, Netherlands, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey (belatedly), United Arab Emirates and the UK, began dropping bombs on ISIL who are their new regional partners engaging in wanton acts of death and destruction in rendering the Middle East into utter chaos. Of course, this role was previously filled by their earlier creations, the Mujahideen of the 1970's and 80's who subsequently morphed into al-Qaeda in the 90's. One month later, on 8 September 2014. al-Maliki was replaced by a more compliant puppet, Haider al-Abadi. The fact that these activities occurred in the same time frame as the Arab Spring, aka. the Colour Revolutions, which were also CIA and MI6 inspired operations that left numerous countries in varying states of turmoil, given the ongoing issues in Bahrain, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Palestine, Sudan, Syria and Yemen with the notable exception of Hong Kong, is no coincidence. Subsequently, the United Arab Emirates and Belgium, being the first to smell the hypocrisy of the US regime, have absented themselves.

Enter the Unholy Alliance:

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 8 August 2015

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Troika's Fiscal Evisceration of Greece to Recapitalise Banks at Taxpayers Expense

The notion that Greece needs the Euro to survive its current fiscal dilemma is patently false: it is the European Union (EU), the Eurozone in particular and the bankers that need Greece if they are to survive.

Greece currently represents approximately 1.5% of the Eurozone's GDP which equates to about 0.38% of Global GDP. The bulk of its public debt, now thought to be in excess of €330bn, is held by the European Central Bank (ECB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the lions share being shouldered by Germany at over €85bn. While the systemic fiscal risk of a Greek exit (Grexit) from the Eurozone, similar to that of 2010 and 2012, has since abated due to the involvement of the ECB, who have effectively rendered the country into a form of 21st Century debt slavery and bondage, it is the European public's rejection of austerity and the political fallout that would ensue that drives the EU's desperation to retain Greece in the Euro and the Union.

The most often cited reason for the increase in public debt, not just in Greece but also in Finland, Ireland, Italy, Spain and Portugal, is the diverging trajectories of a European wide aspiration for a more egalitarian society and its diminishing economic growth. Economists and bankers routinely espouse these fiscal events, i.e. the Greek financial crisis, as the result of poor economic policies rather than articulate the causes for which they, the bankers, are largely responsible, namely:

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 1 August 2015

July 2015

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Increasingly Irrelevant, Ineffective & Incompetent: The G7, NATO & the OECD

From 8-10 July 2015 in Ufa, Republic of Bashkortostan, Russia, President Putin hosted back-to-back summits of the Brazil, Russia, India, China & South Africa Forum (BRICS), the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) and the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU). The meetings, representing almost 3 billion people from 3 different continents, formally established the BRICS New Development Bank (NDB) and the newly founded Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) in addition to ratifying plans for further cooperation in energy, national and regional security and military exchanges. Both India and Pakistan, previously observers to the SCO, were also approved for membership and are expected to become full members in 2016.

One month earlier, on 8 June 2015, the G7 (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom & United States), hosted by Merkel, the despotic head of the Fourth Reich, in Schloss Elmau, Bavaria, Germany, were busy trying to put a positive spin on an increasingly irrelevant organisation. The event was more notable for what it didn't achieve, in particular, the final G7 communiqué announced an ambitious plan on Climate Change to phase out the use of fossil fuels by 2100 but they failed to make any plans to reduce their own hydrocarbon consumption. The fact that the G7 produce more than twice the amount of carbon emissions per year than the whole of the African continent demonstrates how hopelessly out of touch the organisation truly are.

Of course, the issue of Climate Change was one of many issues where the group failed:

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 25 July 2015

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Cameron Targets the British Public in Operation Hellfire

In August 2013 David Cameron received a severe drubbing in the House of Commons when the assembled Members of Parliament (MP's) delivered a slim majority against his warmongering plans in Syria. The vote, 285-272, effectively ruled out the UK joining the US led air strikes that have since become synonymous with not only the death of countless innocent civilians and the destruction of their properties but the total abject failure of a counter-insurgency campaign against a group of terrorists the US and the UK had created just two years earlier, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Fast forward almost two years to early last week when Cameron, the authoritarian head of an illegitimate regime in the UK, refloated the idea of direct military intervention in Syria. On this occasion his proposals received much less attention in the mainstream media as he sought to manipulate public opinion, unlike the blanket coverage of his earlier gung-ho bravado support for the military voyeurism of the Obama regime in 2013. There is no doubt whatsoever that Cameron was capitalising on the nations grief for the innocent Britons slain in Tunisia by ISIL as he advocated for air strikes and Special Air Service (SAS) operations in the war-torn country.

Cue Operation Hellfire:

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 18 July 2015

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Coalition Collapse: Belgium is First to Smell US Regime Hypocrisy

On the 2 July 2015, the Belgian Air Component, aka. the Belgian Air Force, of the Belgian Armed Forces quietly withdrew its six F-16 Fighting Falcon's, a single engined multi-role combat aircraft, and 120 support personnel from the Muwaffaq Salti Air Base in Jordan citing budgetary reasons: the Belgian Ministry of Defence claimed it had not funded its involvement in the US Empire inspired Operation Inherent Resolve, a coerced coalition of nations to ostensibly counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in both Iraq and Syria, beyond 30 June.

Belgium's annual GDP in 2014 was US$434.5 billion.

Unsurprisingly, Belgium's unilateral withdrawal from the operation received scant attention from the worlds' media: the news was first broadcast on the Belgian RTBF news channel but then received no coverage whatsoever in any of the print or online publications throughout the West, only appearing briefly in the East on the Chinese Xinhua news agency website.

Nonetheless, it should be noted that both Denmark and the Netherlands, aka. Holland, are also contributors to Operation Inherent Resolve: the Royal Danish Air Force and the Royal Netherlands Air Force joined the coalition of the coerced in September 2014, the same time as the Belgian Air Force. Denmark's contingent includes seven F-16's, based at Ali Al Salem Air Base in Kuwait, while the Netherlands contribution includes six F-16's based at the Muwaffaq Salti Air Base in Jordan. Neither Denmark, nor the Netherlands have withdrawn their forces, yet.

Denmark's annual GDP in 2014 was US$238.7 billion while the Netherlands was US$794.6 billion.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 11 July 2015

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Cameron's Foreign Policy is Soaked in the Blood of Innocent Britons

On the 25 June 2015, in Kobane, Syria, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) detonated three car bombs close to the Syrian-Turkish border crossing killing 146 people. The next day, on the 26 June, 260 km east of Kobane in Al Hasakah, eastern Syria, another 20 people were slaughtered by an ISIL suicide bomber. Then, on the same day, in France, Kuwait and Tunisia a further 63 people were killed by ISIL: one was beheaded in a factory, Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, France; 24 were bombed in a Mosque near Kuwait and another 38 were gunned down on a beach and in its adjacent hotel at Port El Kantaoui, Sousse, Tunisia.

Not unexpectedly, most of the mainstream media in the West focused their attention on the events in France and Tunisia, not least because the majority of the victims were of Caucasian origin: the bombing of the Imam, Sadiq Mosque in Kuwait, where 24 Muslims were killed plus a further 202 were injured, received scant coverage in the press while the 166 Muslims who died in Kobane and Al Hasakah, Syria failed to hardly register among Western publishers. Nonetheless, the body count at the hands of ISIL in just two days, as of 3 July, totalled 229 plus a further 253 injured.

Clearly the message emanating from the carnage wrought by the jihadist adherents was loud and clear: Operation Inherent Resolve, a US Empire inspired military operation ostensibly mounted to counter and neutralise the threat posed by ISIL in Iraq and Syria, had, if anything, exacerbated the situation raging in that region and caused it to spread even further afield.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 4 July 2015

June 2015

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The Tyrants Charter: US Department of Defense Law of War Manual

In yet another example of how a once liberal democracy has morphed into a fascist dictatorship, the Obama regime in the US, via its apparatchiks in the Pentagon, have issued a military joint-service publication called the Department of Defense Law of War Manual (DDLWM, aka. the Tyrants Charter). The purpose of this 1,204 page tomb is ostensibly to rationlise US laws upon which war may be waged but in reality it is part of a process that seeks to justify and then codify the regimes transition from democracy to tyranny.

As the Greek philosopher Plato describes in his book, Republic, Book VIII, there are five types of regime, namely: Aristocracy, Timocracy, Oligarchy, Democracy and Tyranny. In the case of democracy, which degenerates into tyranny, a familiar pattern always emerges: a democratic government, usually fueled by the fear of a return to oligarchy, is easily exploited by a demagogue who takes power and establishes a tyranny. The tyrant goes on to use whatever tools are at their disposal to remove the best social elements in society, i.e. those who pose a threat to the new regime, and keep the worst who are easily controlled and manipulated. Thus, the people who are left become enslaved to the tyrant who goes on to provoke war to consolidate their position.

It is no coincidence that tyranny is the most unjust type of regime of all.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 27 June 2015

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Obama Lies at G7 to Cover Cracks in Crumbling Empire

You could see his lips moving and a familiar noise was being emitted between them: the utterances of a flailing dictator offered nothing constructive to the assembled media as he regurgitated by rote the lies his programmers had uploaded earlier.

On 8 June 2015, Barack Obama, the nominal head of a despotic regime in the US who are currently surveilling and terrorising every nook and cranny on planet Earth, sought to address the assembled media at the close of the G7 summit in Elmau, Bavaria, Germany. Obama, bereft of control over his wagging jaw and clearly intoxicated by the exuberance of his own verbosity, dissembled at length:

With respect to security, the G7 remains strongly united in support for Ukraine. We’ll continue to provide economic support and technical assistance that Ukraine needs as it moves ahead on critical reforms to transform its economy and strengthen its democracy. As we’ve seen again in recent days, Russian forces continue to operate in eastern Ukraine, violating Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. This is now the second year in a row that the G7 has met without Russia — another example of Russia’s isolation — and every member of the G7 continues to maintain sanctions on Russia for its aggression against Ukraine.

The G7 is far from united on this issue: France, Germany and Italy are all gravely concerned about the civil war raging on their doorstep in Ukraine. Naturally, the US and the UK are not at all worried about the events that are unfolding in the region given that it was their rogue agencies, the CIA and MI6, who facilitated the coup d'état of a democratically elected head of state, Yanukovych, for failing to sign the Ukrainian-EU Association Agreement in November 2013. On the issue of Russian forces taking part in the conflict in eastern Ukraine: Russia has repeatedly requested that the West should provide evidence of this but they have failed to do so. The fact that the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) have stated on many occasions that they have found no evidence of Russian forces involvement in the area appear to be of little consequence.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 20 June 2015

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Western Hypocrisy Exposed: The Rise of al-Qaeda and the Creation of ISIL in Syria

The activities of al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) and the creation of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), in both Iraq and Syria, are now both proven to be unequivocally a product of the West, its vassals among the Gulf States and Turkey, aka. The Axis of Evil (AOE).

New evidence, in the form of a US Department of Defense Information Report dated 5 August 2012, part of a much larger tranche of documents released to Judicial Watch on 18 May 2015 in their quest for the truth over the Benghazi, Libya debacle of 11 September 2012, has not only laid bare the AOE's extensive knowledge of the deteriorating situation in the Middle East but also its complicity in actively aiding, abetting and creating terrorist organisations in the region for their own nefarious purposes. As the report demonstrates:

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By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 13 June 2015

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Osborne's Wealth Transfer & Social Cleansing Programmes

In late March 2015, just 6 weeks before the UK's General Election where the electorate had an illegitimate regime foisted upon them, George Osborne delivered his final budget of the parliamentary session. Like all budgets that precede a General Election, the Chancellor of the Exchequer was sickeningly effusive in his praise for an economy that in reality has languished in the doldrums for the last 5 years with absolutely no prospect whatsoever of returning to surplus before 2020 and beyond.

Osborne then went on to proffer a tranche of sweeteners the general public could look forward to if Cameron's Conservatives were re-elected: the personal tax free allowance would be raised as would the threshold at which the higher rate of income tax was payable on earned income, and savers too would no longer have to pay tax on interest of unearned income up to a limit of £1000, for basic rate taxpayers, and £500, for higher rate tax payers, respectively. Osborne's finale was the introduction of yet another Help-to-Buy housing scheme called the Help-to-Buy ISA (ISA - Individual Savings Account, a tax free savings account) where every £200 saved would accrue a government top up of £50.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 6 June 2015

May 2015

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Logically Flawed: Abbott's Counter-Terrorism Strategy to Export Terrorists

Since that latter half of the 20th Century, following in the wake of World War II, the US is known to have created the majority of its enemies in furtherance of building its Empire. First among the foes to be annihilated was totalitarianism, a term that eloquently describes the political system adopted by most Western countries today, followed by communism, socialism and now terrorism. The doctrine of the US, and its vassal states throughout the West, has been, and largely still is, to engage whoever or whatever in economic, military or political combat on the pretext that the foe represents a serious threat to the Western way of life. Thus, the nominally democratic societies of the West and its general public, who are routinely manipulated by a subservient mainstream media into acquiescing to the demands of their despotic rulers, are claimed as the legitimate authority for the acts of the Empire.

Currently, the Abbott regime in Australia are in the process of introducing a raft of counter-terrorism measures, akin to the recently enacted, February 2015, legislation by Cameron's Conservatives in the UK, for a foe that scarcely exits.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 30 May 2015

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Greek Bailout: The Troika Seeks its Pound of Flesh

In late 2009 almost two years after the Global Financial Crisis began, an event prompted by the disastrous management of a few global financial institutions and the sub-prime housing market crash in the US, the Greek government debt crisis, aka. the Greek Depression, also began as evidence of its structural fiscal weakness became apparent: Greek government debt had grown at a greater rate than any other Eurozone country for nearly two decades before the beginning of the depression and its debt-to-GDP ratio was already greater than any of its fellow members of the monetary union.

In essence, prior to the Alexis Tsipras led Syriza government that took office on 25 January 2015, successive Greek regimes had not only been brazenly profligate and irresponsibly incompetent in their management of the country's finances but had also proven themselves to be woefully out of their depth in addressing the task of servicing the debt they had created. Of course, the current Greek Syriza government are not alone in being saddled with debts almost beyond their ability to service: the incompetent regimes of Ireland, Italy, Spain and Portugal are all in a similar position, to a lesser degree.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 23 May 2015

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Cameron's Conservatives: An Illegitimate Regime

The birthplace of democracy is widely acknowledged as being the city-state of Athens, Greece in 507 BC: Cleisthenes, an Athenian nobleman, overthrew the incumbent tyrannical ruler of the city, Hippias, and went on to install direct democracy for all eligible citizens. The definition of an eligible citizen at that time excluded women, men under 20-years of age, non-landowners, slaves and foreigners, i.e. only those who were considered to be either capable, or trusted, in taking up arms in defence of the state in the event of war. Thus, out of a total population of some 400,000 Athenians there were 60,000 eligible citizens, approximately, who could, and routinely did, take part in the direct democratic process.

Little is known of the life and work of Cleisthenes after his contribution to the good governance of Athens but what we do know is that direct democracy failed to become established as the default in Europe: the most common form of governance today is a process in which the people exercise their voice and their power through the election of representatives who they believe will act in accordance with their wishes. Thus, representative democracy has long since supplanted the notion of direct democracy as the de-jure form of governance in Europe, and elsewhere, where eligible citizens political rights are simply enfranchised in their right to vote.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 16 May 2015

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Merkel's Reich: Incompetent or Complicit in BND/NSA Relationship

On the 23 October 2013, an apparently indignant Chancellor Merkel was seen to strongly rebuke the US and its National Security Agency (NSA) for having monitored her mobile phone for the last ten years: Merkel's comments, in both tone and content as widely reported by a sycophantic and subservient mainstream media in the West, were of surprise, disbelief and disgust.

Merkel, via her spokesman Steffen Seibert: The Chancellor had made it clear that if it is true, she unequivocally condemns such practices and regards it as unacceptable. This would be a serious breach of trust. Such practices should be stopped immediately. (der Spiegel - 23 October 2013)

However, the truth is that Merkel was simply pandering to her electorate on the issue of German complicity in mass surveillance by the NSA having just been re-elected on 22 September 2013 as Chancellor for a third successive term in office. The Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) have long since been known to have actively collaborated with the NSA in their illegal mass surveillance activities. The fact that she, Merkel, is known to have vacillated on the issues raised in the weeks before her re-election, i.e. since the revelations sourced by whistleblower Edward Snowden were first published by The Guardian and The Washington Post on the 6 June 2013, and has continued to vacillate, obfuscate and dissemble, is common knowledge.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 9 May 2015

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UK's Political Candidates to Further Erode Democracy

On Thursday 7 May 2015 the British public will get a once in every five years opportunity to vote in a nationwide General Election where they will be able to choose from a local list of preselected candidates in electing a representative as their Member of Parliament (MP). The candidates, as chosen by the political parties they represent and dependent, in some regions, on the locality they seek office, are mostly promoted by the seven major parties in the UK: Conservative Party, Greens, Labour Party, Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru (Wales), Scottish National Party (SNP) and the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP).

Who pays for it?

Naturally, all of the parties are pro-big business in varying degrees, being either centre-left, centre or centre-right in their political views, and are enthusiastically aligned with the neoliberal economic agenda created by the vested interests of the financial sector based in the City of London, Wall Street (US) and most of the major multinational corporations. The fact that Chatham House, the Centre for Policy Studies, the Foreign Policy Centre, Reform, the Institute of Economic Affairs and the International Institute for Strategic Studies in the UK have already drafted the pro-corporate and invariably pro-US tranche of policies that the parties will foist upon the people, is common knowledge.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 2 May 2015

April 2015

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Global Hegemony: Mission NATO and the Military Industrial Complex

On 26 July 1949, Robert Taft, a US Republican Party Senator and the eldest son of the former US president William Taft, made a speech detailing his reasons for not supporting the formation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO). Taft junior's reluctance to condone NATO's creation was not so much political dogma, having opposed most of the policies of the US Democratic Party for the previous two decades, but visionary:

...the treaty is a part of a much larger program by which we arm all these nations against Russia ... a joint military program has already been made ... it thus becomes an offensive and defensive military alliance against Russia.
I believe our foreign policy should be aimed primarily at security and peace, and I believe such an alliance is more likely to produce war than peace.

Taft's understanding of the nature of the beast that had been created and its inherent inability to be either a rational or, at least, a reasonable force for good was summed up as follows:

If we undertake to arm all the nations around Russia from Norway on the north to Turkey on the south, and Russia sees itself ringed about gradually by so-called defensive arms from Norway and Denmark to Turkey and Greece, it may form a different opinion. It may decide that the arming of western Europe, regardless of its present purpose, looks to an attack upon Russia. Its view may be unreasonable, and I think it is. But from the Russian standpoint it may not seem unreasonable.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 25 April 2015

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Déjà vu: Syria Battles the Axis of Evil Once Again

On 29 March 1949 the Syrian Army Chief of Staff, Husni al-Za'im, led a bloodless military coup d'état of the nation with the aid and assistance of the newly formed CIA of the US. The deposed Syrian president Shukri al-Quwatli had fallen victim to the US Empires early ventures in the Middle East: al-Quwatli had courted independence from French colonial rule early in his tenure and sought the assistance of the US Empire, principally in the form of military aid, but was rebuffed.

Shukri al-Quwatli's quest for full and meaningful independence from the French, and his subsequent shift from looking to the West for support and refocussing on the Middle East, in attempting to create a regional power block, were not the primary reasons for his downfall. His demise was principally the result of his objection to the construction of the Trans-Arabian Pipeline in Syria which eventually connected the oilfields of Qaisumah in Saudi Arabia to the Mediterranean port of Sidon in Lebanon. Ocean going oil tankers routing through the Suez Canal or round the Horn of Africa were both notoriously slow and costly.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 18 April 2015

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US Empire to Target Myanmar in its Proxy War Against China

On Sunday 28 July 2013 a £9.6 million 2400 km pipeline connecting the Shwe, Shwe Phyu and Mya Gas fields in the Bay of Bengal, Myanmar (aka. Burma) to Kunming in southwest China began transferring natural gas to the resource hungry Middle Kingdom. The project, made all the more difficult because of both the inhospitable terrain it traversed and the restive nature of the people in the Kachin, Rakhine and Shan States in the west and northeast of Myanmar, marked a major milestone in China's quest for energy supply route diversity.

Subsequently, the transit of Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) in ocean going tankers from Qatar in the Middle East and the Shwe Natural Gas Project in Myanmar to southern and southwest China via the Straight of Malacca, a narrow 805 km stretch of water between the Malay Peninsular and the Indonesian island of Sumatra and one of the most important shipping routes in the world, practically stopped overnight as the flow of natural gas through the pipeline has spread amongst China's growing domestic infrastructure.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 11 April 2015

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Murderers: US & Saudi Arabian Complicity Exposed

On 11 September 2001, Saudi Arabia finally joined a small select club of nations who are engaged in state-sponsored terrorism: a role that is usually reserved for Western countries whose might and wealth is routinely acquired through such nefarious practices. The coordinated attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York, the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia and the failed attempt at Washington, D.C. carried the royal flag of the House of Saud in the ultimate false flag operation designed to reinvigorate the US Military Industrial Complex who were suffering from the Peace Dividend created by the dissolution of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) in 1991.

In the subsequent Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities before and after the Terrorist Attacks of 11 September 2001 (JIICATA) that culminated in December 2002, the Bush regime decided to classify a section of the report that dealt with the links between the hijackers and Saudi Arabia. Ostensibly Bush's 28 page redaction, out of a report totalling 832 pages, was to spare the House of Saud from foreign and domestic censure and to protect the US-Saudi relationship, even though the Saudi's were advocating its release.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 4 April 2015

March 2015

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Building an Empire in the 21st Century

On 15 March 2011 Syria became the tenth country out of a total of seventeen nations and other regions in the area to succumb to the revolutionary wave of protests, riots and civil wars, aka. the Arab Spring, that had rapidly swept throughout the Middle East from its genesis in Tunisia on 18 December 2010 following the self-immolation of a humble street trader named Mohamed Bouazizi. The inital wave of revolutions started by Bouazizi's defiant sacrificial act raged for nearly two years until late 2012 by which time most protesters had either been appeased or elected to office while the less fortunate found themselves arrested, imprisoned, tortured or even murdered.

To be precise: what had started as a solitary protest, an act of defiance and eventual self-sacrifice in the face of harassment, humiliation and the subsequent confiscation of a street traders livelihood had morphed into a transnational uprising encompassing a disparate range of grievances both social and political. Bouazizi's defiance had somehow magically empowered millions of people throughout the whole region into becoming advocates for freedom, social justice and democracy.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 28 March 2015

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Trojan Horses: European Vassals Instructed to Join AIIB by US

On the 4 October 2014 in Beijing, China the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) was formerly recognised in a signing ceremony by 21 countries throughout the region. The initial signatories were: Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, China, India, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam. Over the next three months a further six regional members joined: Indonesia, Jordan, Maldives, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia and Tajikistan while others, namely Australia, Japan and Korea baulked at the idea on instruction from their masters in the US who continues to maintain its global financial hegemony via the International Monetary Fund (IMF), The World Bank (TWB) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

However, last week, the UK became the first non-Asian applicant to be a founding member of the AIIB closely followed by France, Germany and Italy. The displeasure of the US, who say they question the bank's commitment to international standards on good governance, was duly recorded by the mainstream media as if these few European puppet states of the US Empire had suddenly shaken off the fiscal shackles that have rooted them to the US Empire since the Bretton Woods agreement was brokered in July 1944.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 21 March 2015

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Ireland's Fiscal Nightmare: Political Incompetence & Media Complicity

While the new Syriza government in Greece continues to capture the headlines of the mainstream media as it grapples with the austerity measures imposed by the Troika, aka. the European Commission (EC), the European Central Bank (ECB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the effects of these Institutions monetary policies are being acutely felt in other parts of the European Union (EU), namely Italy, Portugal, Spain and Ireland.

In the case of the latter, Ireland, the downward spiral into the mire of debt and despair began much earlier, in September 2008, when the Cowen regime officially announced the country was in a recession. The pain was almost immediate as government officials sought to increase taxes on the employed whilst reducing funding for social services, healthcare and education. Even the controversial cost-cutting budget of 2009 was brought forward, to October 2008, in an attempt to stem the fiscal bleed.

Ireland had not so much reached financial rock bottom as the year drew to a end but simply embarked upon a tortuous descent into financial ruin and the indentured servitude of its people to the Troika while the mainstream media buried their collective heads in the sand.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 14 March 2015

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Denmark's Thorning-Schmidt Regime Successfully Creates Jihadists

On Saturday 14 February 2015 the Thorning-Schmidt regime of Denmark joined an exclusive but growing club of Western nations who are now able to cultivate, enable and assassinate their own home-grown jihadists on demand.

Akin to the murderous rampage on 7 January 2015 at the Charlie Hebdo magazine offices in Paris, France, where 12 people were ruthlessly killed and a further 11 seriously injured by the Kouachi brothers, allegedly, Omar Abdel Hamid el-Hussein, a young man of just 22 years of age, single-handedly launched his own reign of terror on the streets of Copenhagen killing two and wounding five others before he was assassinated by the Danish security services in a similar shoot-out scenario that felled the Kouachi's in France.

The fact that el-Hussein, like the Kouachi's, had been sufficiently radicalised to carry out these atrocities and then provided with the training and weapons necessary to mount the attacks before being liquidated by the security services to prevent the truth from emerging in either a court of law or the media, is the standard text-book procedure in mounting domestic false flag operations among Western security agencies.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 7 March 2015

February 2015

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Maintaining the Status Quo: Media Distractions & Political Scapegoats

On Monday 23 February 2015 the UK's Channel 4 TV programme Dispatches aired a report about two former government cabinet ministers of previous despotic regimes: both Jack Straw and Malcolm Rifkind were caught on camera prostituting themselves before undercover hacks from the mainstream media posing as recruiters for a fictitious Chinese lobbying company.

While the revelations are a useful reminder of the cash-for-access brand of politics that prevails throughout the British parliament, as the litany of evidence unfolds on the Featured Representatives page of this website, these are only minor misdemeanours compared to the crimes for which they are guilty but have, as yet, escaped from being held accountable.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 28 February 2015

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Media Truthers: A Damascene Conversion or Personal Enrichment

In biblical mythology, the New Testament of the Bible narates the conversion of Paul the Apostle, aka. Saul of Tarsus, who previously revelled in the persecution of Christians. Saul was traveling on the road from Jerusalem to Damascus, a routine mission to round-up and incarcerate believers in Jesus Christ, when a resurrected Jesus appeared before him in a great flash of light. The biblical account of the event recounts the dialogue:

Jesus: Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?"
Saul: Who art thou, Lord?
Jesus: I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.

The myth also recounts that Saul was blinded by the event and had to be led into the city (Damascus) where he neither ate nor drank while prostrating himself in prayer for three days. Soon thereafter, a disciple, Ananias of Damascus, on instruction from Jesus, met Saul and restored his sight. Saul was subsequently baptised Paul and his Damascene Conversion was complete. Thus Paul became a fervent adherent to the Jesus is the Son of God brand of Christianity and proselytised the faith widely before being martyed in Rome.

However, there is absolutely no similarity whatsoever between Paul the Apostle and any member of the mainstream media who, for their own nefarious purposes, suddenly claim they have experienced a Damascene Conversion in renouncing their previous deceit of the general public with a new found desire to publish the unvarnished truth.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 21 February 2015

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US Imperialism by Proxy Falters as the EU Regains Control

On the 4 April 1949 the founding North Atlantic Treaty (NAT) document of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) was signed in Washington D.C. and a twelve nation intergovernmental military alliance was created. Its purpose was to counter a perceived threat of an armed attack by the former Soviet Union, as envisaged by the Treaty of Dunkirk in 1947 and the Treaty of Brussels in 1948 which were the first treaties to invoke the mutual self-defence clause in the wake of World War II.

Similarly, the European Union (EU), a political and economic union formed by six countries in 1952, in the guise of the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC), and further developed in 1958 by the emergence of the European Economic Community (EEC), sought to integrate the nations of Western Europe into a cohesive community. Like NATO, the EU was instituted to address another perceived threat: the extreme forms of nationalism that were thought to be one of the precursors to World War II.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 14 February 2015

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Harper's Bill C-51 to Stifle Political Discourse and Equates Dissent to Terrorism

On Friday 30 January 2015 the Harper regime of Canada introduced Bill C-51 to the Canuck parliament: a Bill that includes a new swathe of anti-terrorism legislation clearly aimed at stifling the social, environmental and indigenous justice movements in the country from exercising their political right to dissent.

Bill C-51, akin to legislation introduced by two other Western authoritarian despots, Cameron in the UK and Obama in the US, is not intended to address the issues of a small minority of the public who have become irrevocably disenfranchised and irretrievably disaffected by Harper's confrontational foreign policy but to expand the role of the Communications Security Establishment (CSE, formerly CSEC) and, in particular, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) to subvert the public's right to political discourse, an essential component for a liberal democracy to function.

One of the key issues that the Bill seeks to implement is the Security of Canada Information Sharing Act: an invasive and draconian data sharing regime involving a disparate array of government institutions who are planning to share the private and personal information of Canadian citizens on the whim of departmental officials. The idea that an individual can be flagged up as a person of interest, on unsubstantiated and unproven allegations, i.e. not tested in a court of law, that could not only have a severe effect upon the person concerned but on all those who they come into contact, or interact with, is a gross violation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 7 February 2015

January 2015

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The Putrid Stench of Hypocrisy Emanating from the Fourth Reich in Berlin

On the 13 January 1993 the Helmut Kohl regime of Germany was one of over 60 nation states who were the first to sign the international Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC): an arms control treaty that prohibits the production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons and their precursor agents. The CWC treaty eventually came into force on the 29 April 1997 after its ratification by 65 of the signatory states and, as of October 2013, there were 190 parties to the treaty with Syria being the latest addition.

Germany, being one of the first group of nations to sign and ratify the CWC treaty, was viewed positively at the time: its early accession to the treaty signaled to the international community that a fully rehabilitated post WWII Germany was further distancing itself from its abhorrent past in perpetrating the Holocaust, an act of genocide carried out by the German Third Reich from 1941-45.

However, nothing could be further from the truth.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 31 January 2015

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Bombs Away! Ukrainian Junta Resumes its Policy of Ethnic Cleansing

On Sunday 18 January 2015, the Ukrainian Junta (Junta) resumed its ethnic cleansing offensive against the freedom fighters in the southeast of the country: yet another act of unprovoked aggression and a flagrant disregard of the Minsk Protocol (English / Russian) (Protocol) they signed on 5 September 2014 in Belarus. As the Donetsk region came under renewed attack from the heavy weapons that were meant to be withdrawn as part of the Protocol, artillery shells, missiles and even bombs rained down upon an innocent civilian population killing over 30 men, women and children. The body count had simply become yet another statistic among the records of collateral damage in a conflict that has claimed over 4800 lives and wounded more than 10,400 others.

Naturally, the majority of the mainstream media were focused elsewhere while all this was going on: propping up the Western Empire as it sought to make political capital out of the latest false flag incidents in Paris. The fact that three young French Muslim men, who had become irrevocably disenfranchised by the French regime and utterly disaffected by its illegal military voyeurism primarily aimed at Islamic countries in the Middle East, were recruited, funded and armed by the UK and the US, via MI6 and the CIA, to carry out the atrocities is common knowledge. The trail of evidence is quite compelling and yet it failed to make the headlines in the mainstream media as the Western Empire seized the opportunity to promote the case for even more draconian domestic security measures.

Meanwhile, back in eastern Europe:

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 24 January 2015

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EU Schengen Area Under Threat From US Regime

On the 21 December 2104, Wikileaks released two classified documents by a hitherto unknown entity within the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) called the i2c Analysis Group. The i2c Group, part of the CHECKPOINT Identity and Travel Intelligence Program within the Directorate of Science and Technology at the CIA, offers support and advice on travelling for its operatives, and much more.

The first document, Surviving Secondary: An Identity Threat Assessment of Secondary Screening Procedures at International Airports - September 2011, details what CIA operatives can expect and how to survive the secondary screening procedures at international airports when using false travel documents. The second document, Schengen Overview - January 2012, focuses on the watchlist and border control systems of the Schengen Area of the European Union (EU) and in particular, how these systems are implemented, their individual shortcomings and their combined failures in not being fully interoperable.

Clearly, the EU, as far as the US regime are concerned, are just another enemy in their quest for global dominance.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 17 January 2015

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Now You See It, Now You Don't: NSA Data Centre at Buckley Air Base US

Imagine an alien, aka. Agar, who lands its spaceship on the lawn of the Pink House, Utopia, disembarks, walks through the front door to the lift and presses the up button. Less than a minute later the interstellar visitor is in the lift standing beside the autocratic despot who heads Utopia, aka. Osama, and asks:

Agar: Why have you censored access to the satellite views of Buckley Air Force Base in Colorado?
Osama: My regime is committed to openness and transparency but there are some folks, most of them actually, that we don't tell how their tax dollars are being spent.
Agar: How can I restore my view of Buckley and all the other facilities you have censored?
Osama: Just head on over to China or Russia, they've got it all mapped now.

Buckley Air Force Base (Buckley) has been on the US military map since 1942. Fifty nine years later, on 1 October 2001, the 460th Air Base Wing of the US Air Force (USAF), later to morph into the USAF 460th Space Wing (460th Space Wing) on the 19 August 2004, set up their reconnaissance operations along with the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) at Buckley. Their remits are, respectively:

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 10 January 2015

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Mission Accomplished: NATO's ISAF Operations at Home & Abroad

On Sunday 28 December, just three days before the official cessation of NATO hostilities in Afghanistan, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) commander General John Campbell held a secret ceremony in the sports stadium of the NATO HQ in Kabul to mark the end of their warmongering activities. The event, bereft of the media attention that such an occasion would normally merit, for fear of reprisals by the Taliban, brought their failed occupation to an ignominious end.

The irony of Campbell's remarks at the event were telling:

Together we have lifted the Afghan people out of the darkness of despair and given them hope for the future.
Campbell's inglorious exit from Afghanistan is proof that even ISAF are afraid of a resurgent Taliban who are in de facto, if not de jure, control of the nation. The Afghan people have not so much as been 'lifted out of the darkness' as 'hoisted into the sun': creating a host of easy targets for the Taliban to pick off at will. They are neither alleviated of their despair nor do they have any hope for the future.

Campbell went on to remark to those assembled at the ceremony:

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 3 January 2015