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Greece Triumphant: Tsipras Plays the Troika's Petty Game

Disenfranchised protesters demonstrate their displeasure of austerity politics in central Athens, Greece, on Sunday 8 May 2016. Courtesy: Alkis Konstantinidis

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 28 May 2016

On Wednesday 25 May 2016, the Faustian Pact between the Syriza government in Greece and the bankers Troika, aka. the European Commission (EC), the European Central Bank (ECB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), reached a new zenith: the devilry of the Troika in handing over a long delayed tranche of the €86bn bailout fund agreed late last year will see the vast majority of the €10.3bn package being returned to the very same bankers who loaned it, as interest payments, while the debt mountain continues to climb for the Greek nation and its beleaguered people. The issues of debt restructuring and debt relief, a toxic subject likely to quicken the pace of the Eurozones capacity to author its own demise, was studiously avoided.

However, the Troika's acquiescence in releasing the funds is predicated on Greece adopting the fiscal equivalent of self-immolation: earlier this month, on Sunday 8 May, the Prime Minister, Alxis Tsipras, his Finance Minister, Euclid Tsakalotos, and the Syriza government had no option but to adopt even more fiscally regressive policies to secure the latest payment from the Troika's bailout fund. In a wafer thin majority of just 153 votes out of a House maximum of 300-seats, the Greek parliament passed legislation to further eviscerate the nations economy by implementing budgetary savings of €5.4bn. The three key planks of the reforms passed were the restructuring of the nations tax system, its pension systems and its social safety net for the poor, the sick and the growing ranks of the unemployed, who currently account for more than 25% of the population.

The notion that a Greek pensioner can survive, let alone live, on a paltry pension of just €384 per month is as ludicrous as the country ever being able to repay the debts that have been foisted upon it by an unelected and unaccountable bankers Troika from the European Union (EU).

Nonetheless, while the Greek people are scheduled for yet further depravations, over and above the catastrophe that continues to unfold on a daily basis in the country, the EC has an economic department who are attempting to make PIIGS (Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain) fly:

Courtesy: European Commission - 3 May 2016

The Eurozone is currently mired in a ubiquitous deflationary spiral not too dissimilar from the Great Depression of the late 1920's. The idea that Greece can claw its way out of this crippling deflationary vortex whilst only modestly improving its unemployment rate by a measly 1.1 percent over the next year is fanciful in the extreme. What is even more bizarre is that the Gross Public Debt is forecast to actually fall, by four percentage points, most probably financed by a projected improvement in the Public Budget Balance, which is based on an assumption that current, and scheduled, austerity measures will improve the balance sheet. The fact that deflationary forces are still in the ascendency, i.e. increases in taxation, reductions in disposable income and reduced public expenditure on education, healthcare and social services, appears to be lost on the EC's economic department. Nonetheless, the pinnacle of this forecast in economic buffoonery is an eye-watering increase in the nations GDP Growth Rate of three percentage points in just one year. While Greece may be capable of many things, this projection is as absurd as the idea that pigs can actually fly.

Of course, Tsipras, Tsakalotos, the Syriza Party and a growing minority of the Greek people, have now learned that the intransigence of the Troika, in both its negotiations and its insistence upon unrealistic and unworkable solutions to problems of its own making, is nothing more than a charade for public consumption and to reassure the international money markets that the EU has the situation under control. The truth, of course, is infinitely much more unpalatable: the Eurozone has been, and still is, on the brink of economic collapse as the ECB, bereft of the fiscal tools it needs to bring about economic stability to a disparate group of nations in differing stages of their economic cycles, can only tinker at the edges of an eternal maelstrom.

Meanwhile, Tsipras, Tsakalotos and the Syriza Party are playing the Troika's petty game while they wait for the inevitable debt relief the nation and its people need.

Now, who was it that said Greece is incapable of Herculean tasks?

The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.
William Shakespeare



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Feature Article

Brazil: Rousseff Ousted in International Neoliberal Economic War

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The current impasse in Brazilian politics, i.e. the suspension and pending impeachment of the democratically elected President, Dilma Rousseff, is symptomatic of the widely acknowledged aim of the US Empires multinational corporations and organisations in seeking global economic hegemony via the application of neoliberal and internationalist policies aimed at liberalising the economies of independent nation states. It is no secret that successive regimes in the US, dating back to the mid 1990's, have been embarked on a plan to subvert the worlds' economies in the form of the universally abhorred and reviled Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP - circa 1995), the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP - 2005) and the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA - 2012).

That Brazil, akin to China, India, Russia and South Africa (aka. BRICS), is not party to the pecuniary theft of both personal and public property, and the debt slavery about to be created by the imposition of the US Empires neoliberal policies, is the primary reason that it is, as are all of the other BRICS nations to differing degrees, an economic and military target of the US regime.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 14 May 2016



Feature Images

Satellite Views of Aviano Air Base Aviano Pordenone Italy

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Satellite views of Aviano Air Base (Italian-US Nuclear Weapons SIte), Aviano, Pordenone, Italy.



Recent Articles

Saudi Regime Creating Wahhabist Caliphate in the Middle East

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In early January 2015 there were numerous reports throughout the media in the Middle East that low-flying cargo aircraft, without any identifying insignia to distinguish its country of origin, were dropping weapons and supplies in Iraq on territory known to be held by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). When the Iraqi Army shot down two UK aircraft in Al-Anbar Governorate in February 2015 followed by the discovery of a cache of Saudi supplied food and ammunition in Tikrit, Saladin Governorate, in March 2015, the US Empire shifted its insurgency support operations from Iraq to Syria. While ISIL continued its operations in Iraq, albeit in holding mode, those areas in Syria that were bordered by Israel and Turkey quickly became the new growth areas for meting out chaos, death and destruction as well as the primary routes for the re-supply of the Empires insurgents and for the sale of the oil they had plundered from both countries.

The US Empire, in particular Israel, Jordan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, the UK and the US, who have unequivocally been proven to have created, trained and financed all of the terrorist factions in the region including ISIL, had been rumbled.

US Asian Pivot in Tatters as India & Thailand Escape From its Grasp

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In late November 2011 the Obama regime in the US announced that it would be seeking to shift its current interventionist foreign policy away from the Middle East to the Asian Pacific, a policy more commonly known as the Pivot to Asia. The rationale for this change in its military emphasis was to contain a growing power in the region, China, and to reassert its former military and economic hegemony upon its Southeast Asian vassals, i.e. Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, South Korea, Vietnam and, of course, India and Thailand. Naturally the Middle Kingdom, a direct translation of 中国 (China), were none to pleased with the move but it was not unexpected given that China had risen from relative economic obscurity to becoming the world's second largest economy in just 30 years.

The Indian Bengal tiger rises.

India, a former colony of the British Empire, has been traversing a political canyon for decades with one foot on the peaks in the East and the other on the ridges in the West. This balancing act has, thus far, allowed the nation to remain a relatively independent country that has largely escaped the vagaries of the US Empire, i.e. its global economic and military projects in overthrowing and/or assimilating geostrategic or resource rich nations.

Golan Heights: Israel to Steal Syrian Oil Regardless of the United Nations

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Late last year, on 7 October 2015, Israel quietly announced that it had discovered massive oil reserves in the Golan Heights: the Golan Heights is an area of the Syrian Arab Republic that has been illegally occupied by the Israeli's since they waged an unprovoked war of aggression, i.e. the Six Day War in 1967, against Egypt, Jordan and Syria. The lucrative find, estimated to contain billions of barrels of oil as well as millions of cubic metres of gas, is set to dwarf the Middle Eastern nations daily consumption of hydrocarbons and has the capacity to significantly reverse its fortunes in becoming a major exporter of energy resources instead of being a net importer.

The fact that the Israeli regime carried out the geological surveys required to discover these reserves at a time when Syria was on the point of collapse, clearly demonstrates the insidious nature of its current dictator, Benjamin Netanyahu, who has, right from the very beginning of the Syrian conflict, taken an active role in the attempted overthrow of the legally constituted government of President Bashar al-Assad.

Economic Terrorists: The Desperation of the US Empire et al.

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The Oxford English Dictionary defines the word terrorism as the unofficial or unauthorised use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims. In the years that have passed since the violent attacks of the 11 September 2001 in New York, a series of events that have, as yet, not been fully explained by the authorities, there is no universal agreement on the definition of terrorism given that political expedience often dictates its meaning. While the September 2001 attacks, following independent analysis of what little material evidence remains, clearly bear all the hallmarks of a state sponsored false flag operation, the narrative of successive regimes in the US has been to obfuscate the truth surrounding these events and to deceive the American people ... a form of psychological terrorism not unlike that used on the occupants of Airstrip One (formerly known as Great Britain), a province of Oceania, in the dystopian novel 1984.

While the fluidity of the term terrorism is occasionally the cause of much derision among those regimes who seek its protection for their own nefarious activities, their remit is a spent cause as the lack of universal agreement on its meaning naturally lends credence to those who dare to hold the real terrorists, i.e. the US Empire et al. who misuse and abuse it, to account for their activities.



Featured Images 2016

June 2016

Courtesy: Open Source

Satellite Views of Aviano Air Base Aviano Pordenone Italy

Satellite views of Aviano Air Base (Italian-US Nuclear Weapons SIte), Aviano, Pordenone, Italy.


May 2016

Courtesy: Open Source

Satellite Views of HMAS Harold Holt Exmouth Western Australia

Satellite views of Her Majesty's Australian Ship (HMAS) Harold Holt, (aka. Australian & US Maritime Signals Unit), Exmouth, Western Australia.


April 2016

Night Views of Pine Gap Alice Springs Northern Territory Australia

Night views of Pine Gap (aka. Australian & US SIGINT Unit), Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia. Courtesy: Kristian Laemmie-Ruff


March 2016

Courtesy: Open Source

Satellite Views of RAF Croughton Northamtonshire England UK

Satellite views of Royal Air Force Croughton (US Air Force Communications Unit), Northamtonshire, England, UK.


February 2016

Courtesy: Open Source

Satellite Views of Muwaffaq Salti Air Base Zarqa Governorate Jordan

Satellite views of Muwaffaq Salti Air Base (forward operating base of Bahrain, Belgium, France, Holland and US Air Force's in their illegal war of aggression against Syria, 2014 - ongoing), Zarqa Governorate, Jordan.


January 2016

Courtesy: Open Source

Satellite Views of Buchel Air Base Rhineland-Palatinate Germany

Satellite views of Buchel Air Base (German-US Nuclear Weapons Site), Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.




Surveillance Programmes

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PRISM

PRISM is a mass electronic data mining surveillance programme operated by the NSA, GCHQ and other ECHELON partners since 2007.


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XKEYSCORE

XKEYSCORE is a data searching and analysis programme operated by the NSA, GCHQ and other ECHELON partners since 2008.


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THIEVING MAGPIE

THIEVING MAGPIE is an in-flight mobile electronic surveillance programme operated by GCHQ since 2008.


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BOUNDLESS INFORMANT

BOUNDLESS INFORMANT is a data analysis and visualisation tool operated by the NSA since 2009.


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IP PROFILING ANALYTICS & MISSION IMPACTS

IP PROFILING ANALYTICS & MISSION IMPACTS is a metadata acquisition, track and trace programme operated by CSEC and its other ECHELON partners since 2012.


Surveillance Reports

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TOR Stinks

  • We will never be able to de-anonymize all TOR users all the time.
  • With manual analysis we can de-anonymize a very small fraction of TOR users, however, NO success in de-anonymizing a user in response to a TOPI request/on demand.


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TOR Egotistical Giraffe

  • Peeling back the layers of TOR with Egotistical Giraffe.


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TOR Advanced Open Source Multi-Hop Networks

  • Very widely used worldwide.
  • Open source, very secure.
  • Still the King of high secure, low latency Internet Anonymity.


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TOR De-Anonymising Techniques

  • Data transformation.
  • Scoring, results.
  • Current status, software.



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TOR Hidden Services

  • Discovering TOR's hidden services.




Articles 2016

May 2016

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Greece Triumphant: Tsipras Plays the Troika's Petty Game

On Wednesday 25 May 2016, the Faustian Pact between the Syriza government in Greece and the bankers Troika, aka. the European Commission (EC), the European Central Bank (ECB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), reached a new zenith: the devilry of the Troika in handing over a long delayed tranche of the €86bn bailout fund agreed late last year will see the vast majority of the €10.3bn package being returned to the very same bankers who loaned it, as interest payments, while the debt mountain continues to climb for the Greek nation and its beleaguered people. The issues of debt restructuring and debt relief, a toxic subject likely to quicken the pace of the Eurozones capacity to author its own demise, was studiously avoided.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 28 May 2016


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Saudi Regime Creating Wahhabist Caliphate in the Middle East

In early January 2015 there were numerous reports throughout the media in the Middle East that low-flying cargo aircraft, without any identifying insignia to distinguish its country of origin, were dropping weapons and supplies in Iraq on territory known to be held by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). When the Iraqi Army shot down two UK aircraft in Al-Anbar Governorate in February 2015 followed by the discovery of a cache of Saudi supplied food and ammunition in Tikrit, Saladin Governorate, in March 2015, the US Empire shifted its insurgency support operations from Iraq to Syria. While ISIL continued its operations in Iraq, albeit in holding mode, those areas in Syria that were bordered by Israel and Turkey quickly became the new growth areas for meting out chaos, death and destruction as well as the primary routes for the re-supply of the Empires insurgents and for the sale of the oil they had plundered from both countries.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 21 May 2016


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Brazil: Rousseff Ousted in International Neoliberal Economic War

The current impasse in Brazilian politics, i.e. the suspension and pending impeachment of the democratically elected President, Dilma Rousseff, is symptomatic of the widely acknowledged aim of the US Empires multinational corporations and organisations in seeking global economic hegemony via the application of neoliberal and internationalist policies aimed at liberalising the economies of independent nation states. It is no secret that successive regimes in the US, dating back to the mid 1990's, have been embarked on a plan to subvert the worlds' economies in the form of the universally abhorred and reviled Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP - circa 1995), the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP - 2005) and the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA - 2012).

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 14 May 2016


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US Asian Pivot in Tatters as India & Thailand Escape From its Grasp

In late November 2011 the Obama regime in the US announced that it would be seeking to shift its current interventionist foreign policy away from the Middle East to the Asian Pacific, a policy more commonly known as the Pivot to Asia. The rationale for this change in its military emphasis was to contain a growing power in the region, China, and to reassert its former military and economic hegemony upon its Southeast Asian vassals, i.e. Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, South Korea, Vietnam and, of course, India and Thailand. Naturally the Middle Kingdom, a direct translation of 中国 (China), were none to pleased with the move but it was not unexpected given that China had risen from relative economic obscurity to becoming the world's second largest economy in just 30 years.

The Indian Bengal tiger rises.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 7 May 2016


April 2016

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Golan Heights: Israel to Steal Syrian Oil Regardless of the United Nations

Late last year, on 7 October 2015, Israel quietly announced that it had discovered massive oil reserves in the Golan Heights: the Golan Heights is an area of the Syrian Arab Republic that has been illegally occupied by the Israeli's since they waged an unprovoked war of aggression, i.e. the Six Day War in 1967, against Egypt, Jordan and Syria. The lucrative find, estimated to contain billions of barrels of oil as well as millions of cubic metres of gas, is set to dwarf the Middle Eastern nations daily consumption of hydrocarbons and has the capacity to significantly reverse its fortunes in becoming a major exporter of energy resources instead of being a net importer.

The fact that the Israeli regime carried out the geological surveys required to discover these reserves at a time when Syria was on the point of collapse, clearly demonstrates the insidious nature of its current dictator, Benjamin Netanyahu, who has, right from the very beginning of the Syrian conflict, taken an active role in the attempted overthrow of the legally constituted government of President Bashar al-Assad. It is no coincidence that the exploration company who made the discovery, Afek Oil and Gas of Israel, is a subsidiary of Genie Energy, a US conglomerate whose board of directors include the Iraqi war criminal Dick Cheney, the former deputy-despot-in-charge of the US regime, and James Woolsey, a former CIA chief apparatchik, who is noted for achieving absolutely nothing.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 30 April 2016


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Economic Terrorists: The Desperation of the US Empire et al.

The Oxford English Dictionary defines the word terrorism as the unofficial or unauthorised use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims. In the years that have passed since the violent attacks of the 11 September 2001 in New York, a series of events that have, as yet, not been fully explained by the authorities, there is no universal agreement on the definition of terrorism given that political expedience often dictates its meaning. While the September 2001 attacks, following independent analysis of what little material evidence remains, clearly bear all the hallmarks of a state sponsored false flag operation, the narrative of successive regimes in the US has been to obfuscate the truth surrounding these events and to deceive the American people ... a form of psychological terrorism not unlike that used on the occupants of Airstrip One (formerly known as Great Britain), a province of Oceania, in the dystopian novel 1984.

While the fluidity of the term terrorism is occasionally the cause of much derision among those regimes who seek its protection for their own nefarious activities, their remit is a spent cause as the lack of universal agreement on its meaning naturally lends credence to those who dare to hold the real terrorists, i.e. the US Empire et al. who misuse and abuse it, to account for their activities.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 23 April 2016


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IMF Lectures the British Public and Undermines its Democracy

On the 23 June 2016 the British people will head to the polls to vote for, or against, remaining a part of the European Union (EU), aka. the Say Yes 2 Europe or Vote Leave referendum. While the merits of both campaigns bear close scrutiny and the general public have been charged with the responsibility of making a reasoned and rational evaluation of the issues involved, there are those who seek to undermine the democratic will of the people.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) was originally a creation of Bretton Woods Conference held in July 1944. The conference, a meeting that not only encapsulated but epitomised the US Empire's motto, To the Victor Belong the Spoils, is responsible for the establishment of one of the the most egregious, irresponsible and undemocratic institutions in the modern world.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 16 April 2016


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While Rome Burns the ICIJ Blithely Does the Bidding of its Master

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), a title that encapsulates an oxymoron of gargantuan proportions, i.e. their principal modus operandi is to stenographically publish leaked information, is following its masters voice, the US regime, and is blithely doing its bidding.

If we are to believe what we have read thus far, an unknown whistleblower gave the Süddeutsche Zeitung, a daily German newspaper, a vast trove of data from a Panamanian company called Mossack Fonsecca in early 2015. The cache of data is known to contain details of legal, but clearly morally questionable activities, as well as numerous illegal activities of its clients who have used, and continue to use, a financial instrument called an offshore company to avoid, and/or evade scrutiny from their own regulatory authorities. The Süddeutsche Zeitung subsequently shared this trove of data with the ICIJ who have gone on to distribute it among many of their global partners in the mainstream media.

It is no coincidence that the US barely features in these latest revelations.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 9 April 2016


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Cameron's Regime Creates Dystopian Society Using Snoopers' Charter

On Tuesday 15 March 2016 the despotic regime in the UK, i.e. Cameron's Conservatives, were able to foist yet another ill-conceived and disastrous Bill upon the British public: the Snoopers' Charter, aka. The Investigatory Powers Bill - Mar 2016, was passed by a majority of 266 votes in the House of Commons while an even greater number of Members of Parliament (MP) actually abstained. That both the Labour Party and the Scottish National Party, who together account for 288 seats in the UK's lower house in parliament, chose to abstain on new legislation which involves security, privacy, and much much more, is as clear an indictment of the Bill's failure to not only address the MP's concerns but also the concerns of the British public.

Of course, it should be remembered that the Cameron regime are actually an illegitimate administration who assumed office with just 24.4% of the popular vote following the General Election of 7 May 2015. That the British people have to endure a deeply unpopular and undemocratic First-Past-the-Post (FPP) voting system, while even fledgling democracies in countries like Australia and New Zealand have managed to introduce Proportional Representation (PR), is a complete abomination.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 2 April 2016


March 2016

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Myanmar: Despotic Personality Cult to Replace Military Dictatorship

On 4 January 1948, Myanmar, aka. Burma, finally threw off the shackles of its former colonial master, the British Empire, and regained its independence after 124 years of despotic and totalitarian rule. The return of autonomy and a unified nation state, a decades' long struggle fought by the Burmese people, was in part orchestrated by Major General Bog Yoke Aung San following the demise of the British Empire after World War II. Aung San's meteoric rise as one of the country's saviours did not last for long though as he was assassinated on 19 July 1947 by the British Secret Intelligence Service, aka. MI6, in a desperate attempt to derail the nation's return to independence. However, his passing had little effect on the country and its people who were used to the death and destruction meted out by the British Empire.

Nonetheless, given the nature of the peoples' struggle against the Empire, Aung San was quickly deified by the Burmese population who believed, as they do today, that an independent Myanmar would not exist were it not for his activities.

However, as oft is the case, all is not what it seems.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 26 March 2016


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Erdogan Uses MIT for Black-Ops Against His Own People

The history of the Turkish National Intelligence Organisation (MIT) is rooted in its military past, akin to the British Security Service , aka. MI5. The MIT was established in 1965, ostensibly to replace the Turkish National Security Service (MEH) who were mostly a murderous cohort of ex-military forces that were responsible for the nations first coup d'état and military regime from 1960 to 1966. The MIT, who are also predominately staffed by ex-military forces and maintain close links with the military, have demonstrated that they are no different to their predecessors.

The MEH were actually a creation of the country's first dictator, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, in 1926, who, in his second term of office, was desperate to solidify his power base and maintain control over the nation following the fall of the Ottoman Empire at the end of World War 1. Subsequently, all Turkish dictators, past and present, have relied on the services of MEH and MIT, respectively, to maintain their power and authority over the nation: both the MEH and the MIT are known to have supported successive regimes with liberal doses of murder and mayhem, when their own interests are met, and undermined their benefactors, as in the coup d'état's and installation of military regimes of 1960-66 and 1980-82, when they felt they were threatened.

The notion that the MIT are a virtuous derivative of the MEH is quite fanciful in the extreme.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 19 March 2016


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Turnbull Invites Nuclear Armageddon to Australia

In late June 2012 the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a Washington DC based warmongering think tank who are funded by the Military Industrial Complex (MIC), filed a report for the US Department of Defense: the US Force Posture Strategy in the Asia Pacific Region report advocated, among a litany of other military voyeuristic proposals, the forward deployment of a nuclear powered aircraft carrier group at Her Majesty's Australian Ship (HMAS) Stirling near Rockingham, Perth in Western Australia. When the report was made public by its authors in early August 2012, who were presenting it to the Armed Services Committee in the US Congress, a furore erupted in Australia. The Australian public vehemently objected to the CSIS proposal of deploying US forces on their soil and the Defence Minister at the time, Stephen Smith, was forced to repudiate the notion while his boss, Julia Gillard, an incompetent despot and a servile flatterer of the Obama regime, remained mute.

As oft is the case, the Western mainstream media, a sycophantic arm of the US Empire, only briefly touched on the issue and then quietly filed it in the don't-go-there cabinet to be ignored until one of their organisations require additional funding.

Nonetheless, while the HMAS Stirling deployment has effectively been shelved by the untimely broadcast by CSIS staff in the US, there have been numerous other developments. The deployment of US Marines to the Robertson Barracks, near Darwin, Northern Territory was formerly agreed by Gillard and Obama in November 2011 and while the initial rotation of troops have been limited to just a few hundred personnel, it is expected to reach a maximum of 2500 by early 2017.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 12 March 2016


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Bankers Use Negative Interest Rate Policy as Bank Bail-In by Stealth

On the 25 March 2013 the Troika, aka, the European Commission (EC), the European Central Bank (ECB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), forced the Cyprus Popular Bank, aka. the Laiki Bank, to close and the Bank of Cyprus to sequestrate nearly 50 percent of the uninsured assets of its bondholders and depositors, i.e. accounts with assets >= €100,000, in exchange for a €10bn bailout fund. Of course, bank bondholders have suffered losses of this ilk before but this was the first time that such an event had involved a banks' depositors. In other words, the Troika's rescue package was dependent on a bank Bail-In funded by its depositor customer base.

The Republic of Cyprus first began to suffer severe liquidity problems, as a consequence of the US inspired Global Financial Crisis, back in 2008. By 2013, the Cypriot banks had long been overexposed to the bad debts they had incurred in Greece, in excess of €22bn, and a rapidly growing portfolio of non-performing loans, > €3bn, as the global recession continued unabated. The Troika's €10bn bailout fund was simply aimed at restoring liquidity to the nations banks even though Cypriot bank deposits were known to be in excess of €120 billion at the time. For the financial markets, who were now no longer willing to fund Cypriot government debt, the key issue was the banks potential losses, i.e. Greek debt and loan defaults totalled more than €25bn, which, given a Cypriot Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of just €19.5bn in 2013, represented a national debt-to-GDP ratio greater than 125 percent.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 5 March 2016


February 2016

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US Empire: Syrian Regime Change Impossible, Let's Go Back to Libya

On the 9 December 2012, in one of those rare moments in the West when its subservient mainstream media actually alluded to a smidgen of truth, the The Sunday Times in the UK aired (paywall) an Open Secret: the US Empire, aka. the Axis Forces, having illegally bombed and ousted the de facto Libyan leader, Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi, forcibly sequestrated hundreds of tons of the country's heavy weapons and shipped them off to their newly created jihadist rebels in Syria, via Turkey. The online publication Business Insider (sans paywall) quickly followed with their own report which was picked up by another online publisher, Global Research (also sans paywall), in a follow-up article.

Not unexpectedly, the news failed to gain any traction among the rest of the West's media.

Replete with weapons, ammunition and supplies, the West's jihadists in Syria, initially a disparate group of local separatists who were recruited, funded and trained by the CIA and MI6 plus a range of al-Qaeda affiliates, some of whom morphed into the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), slowly but surely destroyed the country. Syria subsequently descended into utter chaos, a condition that is known to be the very lifeblood of the US Empire, and by late August 2015 it was patently obvious the West was using mission creep to secure its long sought after objective of regime change. However, when Russian Aerospace Forces entered into the fray on the 30 September 2015, the situation completely changed: the Russian Air Force, in support of the Syrian Army, the Iranian Army and Hezbollah forces from Lebanon, aka. the Alliance Forces, have, and continue to, target and destroy all terrorist forces in the country, much to the dismay of the US Empire et al.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 27 February 2016


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Israeli BDS Ban: Cameron Criminalises Representative Democracy

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement is a global economic and political campaign that seeks full equality for the Arab-Israeli citizens of Israel, respect for the right of return of Palestinian refugees and an end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The BDS movement began on the 9 July 2005 and has continued to gain considerable traction and momentum over the last decade in the wake of the appalling atrocities committed by successive Israeli regimes.

The vast majority of opponents to the movement routinely argue that BDS activities are broadly antisemitic, that they promote the delegitimisation of the Israeli State and they are an unwelcome hindrance to the prospect of an Israeli-Palestinian negotiated compromise. However, its proponents vehemently contend that their actions are widely supported by numerous UN resolutions, that they are in complete conformity with international law and that they echo the British anti-apartheid movement which successfully campaigned against white minority rule in apartheid South Africa.

World public opinion clearly suggests that the Israeli regime are on the wrong side of history in this debacle as is the Cameron regime in criminalising representative local democracy.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 20 February 2016


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Finland: Sipilä's Regime About to Fall Off Fiscal Cliff

Juha Sipilä, Finland's current authoritarian despot in charge, was appointed the nations Prime Minister by the Finnish Parliament on 29 May 2015: Sipilä's rise to high office was primarily facilitated by the incompetence of the previous incumbent, Alexander Stubb who has since been publicly exposed in deliberately attempting to mislead the Finnish Parliament. The fact that Sipilä was the least worst option, among a coterie of hopelessly inept politicians vying for the head of the Centre Party back in June 2012, simply meant that he assumed the role by default following a resurgence of the party's fortunes in the May 2015 general election.

Sipilä rules Finland in a trichotomous coalition which includes his own Centre Party, plus the National Coalition Party and the Finns Party, who have never held office before. Stubb is now the Finance Minister in this coalition of intellectually challenged apparatchiks. All three parties are politically centre-right, i.e. bourgeois capitalists, akin to the Conservative Party (aka. Tories) in the UK that are renowned for their egregious abuses of representative parliamentary democracy. The Sipilä coalition, ideologically bereft of the characteristics that constitute a government fit for 21st Century Europe, are, just like the UK's Tories, dogmatically pursuing policies detrimental to not just the nation state but, more importantly, the Finnish people who have endured more than a decade of decline.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 13 February 2016


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Obama Funds, Trains and Arms Neo-Fascists & Nazi's in Ukraine

On 18 December 2015 the Obama regime signed off on House Resolution 2029 - Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, an omnibus spending bill that authorises the military voyeurs in the Pentagon to spend US$ 250 million in Ukraine:

US Bill 2029, Page 154, SEC. 9014: to provide assistance, including training; equipment; lethal weapons of a defensive nature; logistics support, supplies and services; sustainment; and intelligence support to the military and national security forces of Ukraine, and for the replacement of any weapons or defensive articles provided to the Government of Ukraine from the inventory of the United States:.

The Azov Regiment in Ukraine, formerly known as the Azov Battalion until it gained National Guard status in January 2015 and subsequently became mechanised with soviet era T-64 and T-72 tanks in early June the same year, were eventually withdrawn from the front line of the Ukrainian conflict in August 2015: the US puppet regime of Poroshenko in Kiev moved most of the neo-Nazi and neo-fascist elements of the military forces that were on the front line in the Southeast of the country to the rear echelons, including the Azov Regiment who were relocated to a base in Urzuf near Mariupol. The relocation of the neo-Nazi and neo-fascist front line forces in Ukraine was not out of respect for the Minsk I & Minsk II Protocols, two quadlateral agreements aimed at curtailing hostilities and fostering peace in the region that are continually being flouted by the Poroshenko Junta, but were in preparation for the start of Operation Fearless Guardian II which began on the 23 November 2015.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 6 February 2016


January 2016

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Libya: US Empire Seeks the Spoils of War, or Else

For the last five years, since the arrival of the Arab Spring in late 2010, early 2011, Libya has witnessed the death of more than 40,000 of its citizens and the wholesale destruction of the vast majority of the country's infrastructure: Libya, one of many nations in the region that was targeted and subsequently destroyed by the US Empire, NATO and a disparate array of Middle Eastern vassal states, has gone from having one of the highest Human Development Index's on the African continent to one of the lowest in just a few short years.

The primary cause of the nations current ills are clearly the result of an illegal war waged by the US Empire et al., the untimely demise of its de facto Head of State, Colonel Muammar al-Gadaffi, and the regulatory vacuum and chaos that has subsequently ensued: Libya, akin to Egypt and Tunisia was one of the first nations to succumb to the vagaries of the Empire's Arab Spring who have used illegal military interventions and coup d'état's as their primary modus operandi for regional geostrategic supremacy since World War II. For Libya, the demise of the nation state was almost absolute: national and local governments were obliterated while its education, healthcare and social security systems, previously the envy of most other African nations, were practically eradicated. The loss of life, pain and suffering of the Libyan people, as a result of the Empire's military voyeurism, is immeasurable.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 30 January 2016


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UK Economy: Osborne Incapable of Balancing the Nations Budget

With just over a month to go before the UK General Election on the 8 May 2015, George Osborne, the most fiscally illiterate and economically incompetent Chancellor of the Exchequer the British people have ever had the misfortune to endure, was lauding the nations GDP growth for 2014: the UK's Office for National Statistics (ONS) stated that the British economy had grown its GDP by 2.8 per cent in 2014, marginally higher than the projected ONS rate of 2.6 per cent. Osborne was jubilant, not least because the timely news, albeit predicated on the unsustainable growth in the sale of goods and services to the detriment of construction and manufacturing, helped to revive the flagging political fortunes of Cameron's Conservatives who were seriously lagging in the polls at that time. For the next five weeks Cameron, Osborne and the Conservative cabal used the timely blip in the economy to promote their fiscal policies of austerity and growth as a panacea in balancing the nations budget.

As is commonly known, in a perverse manipulation of representative parliamentary democracy, the Cameron regime were returned to office with just 24.4 per cent of the peoples vote: the UK's First-Past-the-Post (FPP) electoral system, unlike all variants of the Proportional Representation (PR) system, can, and invariably does, promote a prospective candidate to office with less than a majority (<=50%) of the vote for a given seat.

Not unexpectedly, the financial gloss of Osborne's economy has completely worn off.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 23 January 2016


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Turnbull's Chariot: Out of Control, No Wheels & the Horses Have Fled

After stabbing his opponent in the back, the assailant quickly mounted his chariot and sped off. As the vehicle picked up speed it began to career aimlessly out of control and it was not long before smoke was seen billowing from its solitary axle. Bereft of grease, the wheels finally ground to a shuddering halt and then fell off, literally moments before the horses slipped their reins and fled.

Tony Abbott's tenure as the 28th Prime Minister of Australia was short lived, just less than two years, ending on 14 Septenber 2015: Malcolm Turnbull, who had previously been ousted by Abbott on 1 December 2009 as the leader of the Liberal Party, simply returned the political favour, albeit this time whilst in office. Abbott was widely acknowledged as nothing more than a vicious dictator who revelled in the human misery of an illegal asylum policy and, contrary to international law, the unlawful extension of bombing operations in the Middle East to include Syria while economic incompetence, heralded by a massive budget blow-out, and rising unemployment sealed his fate domestically. Turnbull did nothing, Abbott simply engineered his own demise.

On the 15 September 2015, Turnbull was elected to be the head of the Australian Liberal Party and, by default, the country's new Prime Minister, aka. the Despot in Charge (DIC): it is worth noting that Australia is yet another nation that was subjugated by the heinous crimes of the former British Empire who mercilessly murdered the vast majority of its native inhabitants and stole their lands, akin to Canada, New Zealand, the US et al. The DIC, aka. Turnbull, was quick to reward his most sycophantic of supporters in the Liberal Party room who had voted him into office plus a few National Party and Liberal National Party members who are joined at the hip members of the ruling Liberal and National coalition. A few days later, on 21 September 2015, the DIC's chariot started to career out of control, and in particular, when he appointed Malcolm Brough as the Special Minister of State, aka. Minister of Government Integrity.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 16 January 2016


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Maduro Under Threat: CIA Gains Foothold in Venezuelan Parliament

On 6 December 2015 the Democratic Unity Roundtable (Mesa de la Unidad Democrática, MUD) political party won 109 out of the 167 seats available in the parliamentary elections of Venezuela, a significant majority by almost any measure. The previous incumbents ruling the unicameral body, the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela, PSUV), were reduced from 99 seats to just 55, a swing of more than 16 percent. The key issue under consideration by the electorate at the time was the nations faltering economy.

It is no secret that the economic policies of President Hugo Chávez and his successor Nicolás Maduro, both of the PSUV, have, for the last 13 years, been widely controversial: President's Chávez and Maduro have charted a fiscal policy that involves an ideologically socialist redistribution of the enormous oil wealth of the nation to the vast majority of its people rather than it being hoarded by a speculative capitalist minority who had previously reduced the nation into abject poverty. This socialist approach to economic management is an extremely difficult objective for any government of a mixed or market based economy: the redistribution of capital, as evidenced by one of the most fiscally controlled mixed economies in the world, i.e. China, requires a significant degree of participation and consent of those who control it. In other words, the fundamental premise of socialist wealth redistribution ideology is that it requires the consent and participation of those who have or control the capital with the objective of lifting all participants as a result of the trade that ensues.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 9 January 2016


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Jordan: Abdullah al-Hussein Risks Annihilation in Filling Turkish Void

On 22 September 2014 the Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) was among the vanguard of participants in the US inspired, illegal, and currently ongoing, military campaign in Syria, named later as Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR). The RJAF's involvement in OIR, an operation more accurately described as a wicked, immoral and illegal campaign mounted by the US Empire and its sycophantic vassals to wreak utter havoc in Iraq, Syria and the wider Middle East in its quest to undermine, and destroy if necessary, all non-compliant nation states and insert puppet regimes as required, was simply an escalation of Jordan's involvement in the ongoing regional revolutionary wave of demonstrations, protests, riots, and civil wars, aka. the Arab Spring, that had been engineered earlier by the US Empire et al.

In late 2011, Abdullah bin al-Hussein, the despotic head of the Jordanian dictatorship, is known to have hosted the British Security Intelligence Service, aka. MI6, and the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) who were mounting cross-border operations into Syria aimed at creating dissatisfaction, disaffection and sectarian strife among the people, i.e. the Syrian Arab Spring. Little more than a year later in early 2013, the al-Hussein regime were busy playing host to French, UK and US military training missions that created the separatist forces who have rendered the country into absolute chaos and sought to overthrow its democratically elected President and head of state, Bashar al-Assad. More recently, it has now common knowledge that Jordan, a nation of Sunni Islam adherents, continues to provide extensive logistical support and safe-haven for the rest and recuperation of not only the separatists it helped to create as well as the numerous al-Qaeda factions that are waging a sectarian war in the country but also members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) who are intent on creating a fundamentalist Wahhabi Sunni Islamic Caliphate in the Middle East, akin to the murderous regime in Saudi Arabia.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 2 January 2016