If we’re headed for regime change in Iran, get ready for a military draft. We’ll need one.

If we’re headed for regime change in Iran, get ready for a military draft. We’ll need one.

Gil Barndollar — USA Today May 31, 2018

Iranian indigenously developed air defence radars, one of which (far right) is for the Bavar 373, which is thought to be comperable to the Russian S-300. Click to enlarge

With U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, the installation of John Bolton as national security adviser, new sanctions and demands on Iran and a White House that appears committed to doing the heavy lifting for our friends and allies, regime change in Iran may well be back on the menu.

Should a serious public relations campaign for regime change begin, we will assuredly hear some familiar songs: the mullahs’ theocracy is weak and will swiftly collapse; our “man in Tehran” will be embraced by the people; the war will practically pay for itself; and most important, we won’t need to put any American “boots on the ground.”

All of these claims should be treated with enormous skepticism, but the last one is the most dubious.

Any serious effort to end the Iranian theocracy will not only require American troops but will also almost certainly break our vaunted All-Volunteer Force If you like the idea of regime change in Iran, you had better love the idea of a new American draft.

We have seen for decades that American air power alone is insufficient to topple a government, whether it be Hitler’s Germany, Ho Chi Minh’s Vietnam or Saddam’s Iraq. (Bolton’s predecessor, Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, dubbed this idea “the vampire fallacy”). Our Sunni Arab allies are stalemated in Yemen and distinctly averse to sending troops to Syria. The idea that they would invade or occupy Iran is risible. The Washington regime change crowd’s preferred Iranian proxy is a hated cult called Mujahideen-e Khalq.

But if the mullahs are to be overthrown, it will be by American soldiers and Marines. Even if the Islamic Republic were to somehow collapse on its own, concerns about radiological material, the security of the Strait of Hormuz or another massive wave of refugees would probably drive the U.S.to intervene with ground troops.

U.S. politicians and generals sometimes like to point out that the volunteer military has successfully endured a decade and a half of sustained combat and a ceaseless cycle of deployments. This is not the whole story.

Despite the enormous amount of money expended there, Iraq was by historical measures a low-intensity war. Total combat deaths for American forces over eight years were about the size of a brigade, and losses in Afghanistan roughly half that. Yet a modest increase in force structure required the military to greatly lower its standards, doubling felony waivers for Army recruits from 2003 to 2006, for instance.

A massive increase in the use of civilian contractors (more than 50 times the ratio in Vietnam) also hid the volunteer system’s cracks. The All-Volunteer Force was barely able to sustain two large, but low-casualty, campaigns — neither of which has resulted in anything resembling a U.S. strategic victory.

Occupying Iran would be a challenge of an entirely different magnitude than Iraq or Afghanistan. The Islamic Republic has a population of 80 million people — more than double that of either of its war-torn neighbors. However, it shares the ethnic diversity of those neighbors: only 61% of Iranians are Persian. This has caused some hawks to salivate, but it should instead provide another strong warning about the second- and third-order effects of regime change in Iran. As in Iraq and Afghanistan, removing Iran’s government could unleash the furies of sectarianism and communal strife. The odds are exceedingly low that U.S. troops will be “greeted as liberators.”

Iran’s geography is equally daunting. At 636,000 square miles, it is effectively the size of Western Europe. Ringed by mountains, ocean, and swamp, Iran is a fortress. Most of its population lives in the mountains; the lowland salt flats and deserts are largely uninhabitable. American forces, dependent on motorized and aerial movement and supply, are particularly ill-equipped to handle Iran’s military geography.

The force with which we would occupy Iran is also not as resilient as most Americans probably think. Even now, in a time when most troops are not seeing direct combat, the volunteer force is struggling just to maintain numbers and standards. The Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy are each short of a full quarter of their required fighter pilots. The Army recently announced that it is already 12,000 recruits behind on its recruiting goal for 2018 and will not make mission.

The Pentagon stated last year that 71% of Americans between the ages of 17 and 24 are ineligible to serve in the U.S. military, mostly for reasons of health, physical fitness, education, or criminality. The propensity of this age group to serve is even lower. The likely demands and casualties of a war in Iran would spell the end of the All-Volunteer Force, requiring the conscription of Americans for the first time since 1973.

There is ample evidence that American foreign policy elites haven’t learned much from Iraq or Afghanistan; one need only look at the latest headlines from Libya or Syria. But perhaps even our modern Bourbons in Washington can grasp one simple lesson from the post-9/11 campaigns: Wars have an uncanny tendency to take on a life of their own.

Regime change in Iran would bring a host of consequences, many of them unknowable, but almost all of them negative for America and the region. There is one outcome we can be sure of, however: Occupying Iran would be the death of America’s all-volunteer military and necessitate a return to a draft.

Gil Barndollar served as a Marine infantry officer from 2009 to 2016 in Afghanistan, the Republic of Georgia, Guantanamo Bay and Bahrain. He holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Cambridge.

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The Ongoing Thimerosal Travesty Needs to End

The Ongoing Thimerosal Travesty Needs to End

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. — The Weston A. Price Foundation April 20, 2018

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Thimerosal is the infamous mercury-containing preservative in use, to this day, in some vaccines and also in dozens of other pharmaceutical products approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).1-3 Public health agencies, government regulators and medical trade groups have repeatedly declared thimerosal to be safe,4,5 but the published peer-reviewed science argues that nothing could be further from the truth. For anyone who bothers to investigate thimerosal’s appalling record, there is a vast, still accumulating and compelling body of research that contradicts the public health establishment’s deceptive safety claims.

Thimerosal is almost 50 percent ethylmercury by weight. Ethylmercury is an organic mercury compound with toxicity mechanisms similar to methylmercury6 (the hazardous type of mercury in seafood). The danger posed by both types of mercury was evident in earlier eras when fungicides containing either ethyl- or methylmercury poisoned farmers, sometimes on a large scale, from the 1950s through the 1970s.7,8 Of the two compounds, the ethylmercury in vaccines is far more toxic to and persistent in the brain, where it has a propensity to accumulate as inorganic mercury,9,10 with an estimated half-life of as long as twenty-seven years.11

HISTORY OF THIMEROSAL

Before the invention of modern antibiotics and antiseptics, physicians experimented with mercury-containing compounds to try to stave off microbial pathogens. Thimerosal was born of those efforts. Dr. Morris Kharasch, a university chemist and Eli Lilly fellow, developed thimerosal and filed for a patent in June 1929, describing thimerosal as an “alkyl mercuric sulfur compound” with antibacterial properties. Eli Lilly and Company registered thimerosal under the trade name Merthiolate later that year.

Eli Lilly researchers reported in 1931 that animals seemed to tolerate high doses of thimerosal. However, many of those animals died of evident mercury poisoning just days after the study ended. Also noteworthy is the fact that in early animal toxicity studies and many later research efforts, researchers did not assess socialization behaviors or perform cognition tests. In other words, they did not consider the possibility of mercury-induced brain damage.

During this same time period, the Eli Lilly researchers reported on the first injections of thimerosal into humans. The unlucky recipients of large doses of Merthiolate were twenty-two patients hospitalized during a 1929 epidemic of meningococcal meningitis in Indianapolis. The thimerosal had no apparent therapeutic benefit, and all twenty-two patients died—seven of them within one day of thimerosal administration. The researchers nevertheless described the experiment as a success, and a published paper stated that “these large doses did not produce any anaphylactoid or shock symptoms” (neither of which is associated with toxic mercury exposure). However, the clinician who treated the meningitis patients apparently was not convinced of thimerosal’s efficacy, stating, “Beneficial effects of the drug were not definitely proven.” Moreover, any short-term neurological or other deleterious effects of the thimerosal would likely have been masked by or attributed to the patients’ meningitis infections.

For decades, Eli Lilly promoted its confident version of the Indianapolis results as evidence of thimerosal’s safety, paving the way for thimerosal’s inclusion in various antiseptic products, including nasal sprays, eyewashes, vaginal spermicides and diaper rash treatments. This escalation of thimerosal use in consumer products occurred despite numerous studies from the 1930s showing that thimerosal was not, in fact, “highly germicidal” and actually was more effective at destroying human cells than killing pathogens. Thimerosal never measured up to its supposed raison d’être of safely preventing microbial contamination, and studies continued to chalk up clear and unequivocal evidence that thimerosal was deadly to human cells.

THIMEROSAL IN VACCINES

Nonetheless, starting in the 1930s, pharmaceutical companies began to use thimerosal in multi-dose vials of vaccine to extend shelf life and lessen the risk of bacterial and fungal contamination that arises when several doses are drawn from the same vial. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines allow health providers to administer extra doses from multidose vials up until the printed expiration date “if the vial has been stored correctly and the vaccine is not visibly contaminated.”12 (The CDC does not say what to do about contamination that may not be “visible.”)

Through the 1970s and 1980s, children in the U.S. generally received eight injections of three types of vaccines—oral polio, measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) and diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP) vaccine—in their first eighteen months. The DTP vaccine contained fifty micrograms of thimerosal per shot, translating into one hundred micrograms of mercury exposure by eighteen months. In 1986, after more and more people began suing vaccine manufacturers for serious vaccine injuries primarily related to the DTP vaccine, Congress took the unprecedented step of granting vaccine manufacturers full immunity from lawsuits. The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 established a compensation program “as an alternative remedy to judicial action for specified vaccine-related injuries.”13 By making it impossible for vaccine-injured plaintiffs to sue pharmaceutical companies, the result—whether intended or unintended—was to eliminate any financial incentive to make vaccine safety a priority.

Beginning in 1989, the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) began steadily increasing the types and total number of vaccines required for school attendance, including thimerosal-containing vaccines. By 1999, the expanded vaccine schedule called for children to receive nineteen vaccine injections by age two, eleven of which contained thimerosal. Children born in the 1990s could be injected, therefore, with up to 237.5 micrograms of mercury by their second birthday, and as much as 62.5 micrograms at a single doctor’s visit.

In my book, Thimerosal: Let the Science Speak,14 I quote school nurse Patti White, who noticed, early on, the vaccine-induced mercury overload in young children. In 1999, White testified before Congress about the thimerosal-containing hepatitis B vaccine administered to newborns:

The elementary grades are overwhelmed with children who have symptoms of neurological and/or immune system damage: epilepsy, seizure disorders, various kinds of palsies, autism, mental retardation, learning disabilities, juvenile-onset diabetes, asthma, vision/hearing loss, and a multitude of new conduct/behavior disorders. We [school nurses] have come to believe the hepatitis B vaccine is an assault on a newborn’s developing neurological and immune system. Vaccines are supposed to be making us healthier. However, in twenty-five years of nursing, I have never seen so many damaged, sick kids. Something very, very wrong is happening to our children.

School nurses were not the only ones to call attention to the mounting evidence that thimerosal-containing vaccines were having neurotoxic effects. In response to pressure from Congress and the public, the FDA conducted a review in the late 1990s that found that the amount of mercury in the childhood vaccine schedule surpassed some federal safety guidelines. Accordingly, the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a lukewarm statement in 1999 about thimerosal’s potential risks. The statement’s authors called for the phase-out of thimerosal-containing vaccines “as expeditiously as possible,“ while still avowing that “the large risks of not vaccinating children far outweigh the unknown and probably much smaller risk, if any, of cumulative exposure to thimerosal-containing vaccines over the first 6 months of life.”15

THE SIMPSONWOOD CABAL

A year later (June 7-8, 2000), the CDC convened a secret scientific review panel of over fifty experts who began backpedaling from the AAP-USPHS pronouncement.16 The group that met at the Simpsonwood Retreat Center near Atlanta included high-ranking CDC and FDA representatives, state and international public health officials, vaccine company representatives and others. At the outset, the meeting’s chair, immunologist Richard Johnston, expressed regret that the group had not met to consider the data sooner, “in advance of…the public health decisions [to phase out thimerosal] that were made last summer.” Further betraying his preconceptions, Johnston stated that there was “no evidence of a problem, only a theoretical concern that young infants’ developing brains were being exposed to an organomercurial.”

The group then heard a presentation by Thomas Verstraeten, a research fellow at CDC who subsequently went on to a decade-long career at GlaxoSmithKline. Verstraeten had been working up a study using data from the Vaccine Safety Datalink (established by the CDC in 1990 to study rare and serious vaccine adverse events), scrutinizing data from roughly one hundred and ten thousand children born between 1992 and 1997 and enrolled at U.S. health maintenance organizations. The study sought to assess the relationship between thimerosal exposure (at one, two, three and six months of age) and neurological damage. After the initial findings showed a possible causal link, Verstraeten reworked the study design and analyses several times prior to Simpsonwood. Despite these apparent attempts to make the association “go away,” Verstraeten was obligated to present the troublesome finding of linear and statistically significant dose-related relationships between thimerosal exposure and neurodevelopmental disorders to the group assembled at Simpsonwood.

Although differing viewpoints emerged, many of the Simpsonwood attendees were less than persuaded by Verstraeten’s results. Some, such as John Clements of the World Health Organization’s Expanded Program on Immunization, focused more on the public relations implications. Clements stated:

I hear the majority of the consultants say…that they are not convinced there is a causality direct link between Thimerosal and various neurological outcomes. …The research results have to be handled, and even if this committee decides that there is no association…through freedom of information that will be taken by others and will be used in other ways beyond the control of this group. […] My mandate…is to make sure…that 100,000,000 are immunized with DTP, Hepatitis B and if possible Hib, this year, next year and for many years to come, and that will have to be with Thimerosal-containing vaccines unless a miracle occurs and an alternative is found quickly and is tried and found to be safe. […] How will it be presented to a public and a media that is hungry for selecting the information they want to use for whatever means they have in store for them? …I wonder how on earth you are going to handle it from here.

Despite the clear association between thimerosal exposure and neurodevelopmental disorders demonstrated by the Verstraeten study, many of the industry and public health scientists present tried to minimize the implications by voting them away. When polled at the end of the day’s discussion, most of them voted to rate the link between thimerosal and neurodevelopmental disorders as “weak.” In his summary comments as meeting rapporteur, Paul Stehr-Green described Verstraeten’s results as being only weakly indicative of a safety signal—defined as “information on a new or known adverse event that may be caused by a medicine.”17 While acknowledging that the signal “deserved further investigation and…raised some perhaps disquieting possibilities,” Stehr-Green concluded that “there was not anything close to sufficient evidence to support a finding of a causal relationship.”

Attendee William Weil (a pediatrician representing the AAP) noted that even accepting Stehr-Green’s assertion that Verstraeten hadn’t proven a link to neurodevelopmental disorders, it was alarming that he hadn’t disproven it, and there was insufficient evidence, he pointed out, to reject a possible causal relationship. He stated that “the possibility that the associations could be causal has major significance for public and professional acceptance of thimerosal-containing vaccines.” Weil also observed that “the number of kids getting help in special education is growing nationally and state by state at a rate we have not seen before.” Another of his observations was that thimerosal in vaccines represented “repeated acute exposures” and that “the earlier you work with the central nervous system, the more likely you are to run into a sensitive period for one of these [neurodevelopmental] effects.” Finally, Weil pointed out the limitations of epidemiological studies, calling for further in-depth animal and developmental neurotoxicity studies and stating: “Some of the really gutsy questions from a person who is very concerned about neurodevelopment cannot be answered out of this.” At the same time, Weil cautioned others not to overly minimize or “play with” the VSD data. Weil was the only reviewer present to rate the association between thimerosal and the neurodevelopmental outcomes as strong, giving it a four on a scale of one to six (where one was weakest).

The groupthink on display at Simpsonwood primarily illustrates that most public health and medical experts were itching to exonerate thimerosal, regardless of the science, and continue with business as usual. Following the Simpsonwood meeting, CDC moved aggressively to hastily gin up five poorly designed epidemiological studies18-22 to disprove the link between thimerosal and neurodevelopmental disorders. Written by industry scientists, the published studies focused solely on one injury (autism), and four out of the five were done on foreign populations with minimal exposure to thimerosal. Three of the five studies were published in a compromised journal, Pediatrics, which receives a significant portion of its revenue from vaccine-makers. In 2002, the AAP dutifully “retired” its 1999 joint statement on thimerosal.23 In January 2013, the AAP went even further in several articles in Pediatrics, going on record in favor of exempting thimerosal from an international treaty on the elimination of avoidable mercury exposures.24

THE FALLACY OF TRACE AMOUNTS

Even when vaccines do not contain thimerosal as a preservative, manufacturers use it in some single-dose and multidose vaccines to impede bacterial growth during the manufacturing process.5 The CDC states that “when thimerosal is used this way, it is removed later in the process” and only “trace amounts” remain (no more than one microgram per dose).25

The notion that “trace amounts” of a substance as highly toxic as mercury might be benign is exceedingly misleading. In a seminal 2014 publication in the prestigious journal Lancet Neurology, toxicology experts Philippe Grandjean and Philip Landrigan observed that the developing human brain is uniquely vulnerable to mercury and other neurotoxins, often “at much lower exposure levels than had previously been thought to be safe.”26

Discussing methylmercury, the Lancet authors also noted that developmental neurotoxicity occurs at far lower exposure levels than “the concentrations that affect adult brain function.” Other investigators have argued that there may be no meaningful safety threshold for methylmercury.27 Given the body of research indicating that ethylmercury is more toxic than methylmercury and that both have comparable mechanisms of toxicity, it stands to reason that warnings about the risks of lower exposure levels would also apply to ethylmercury.

A 2012 Italian study showed that ethylmercury-containing thimerosal diminished the viability of human cells in the lab at a concentration one-fiftieth that of methylmercury.28Although thimerosal’s apologists like to state that ethylmercury disappears from the bloodstream more quickly than methylmercury, this is no evidence that it has cleared the body. Ethylmercury migrates more rapidly to and then lingers in the organs.29

A study that analyzed hair samples from babies’ first haircuts found that children with autism who had received thimerosal-preserved vaccines excreted lower levels of mercury into their hair as infants compared with normal, same-aged children also receiving these vaccines, suggesting that the mercury had lodged in the autistic children’s brains and was hindering neurological development.30

OPEN SEASON ON PREGNANT WOMEN

Thimerosal passes more easily from a mother’s bloodstream through the placenta than does methylmercury.31 Fetal cord blood mercury levels are typically about double the mother’s mercury blood levels.32 This is cause for concern for developing babies in light of the CDC’s 2004 recommendation that all pregnant women in any trimester get flu shots. By 2012–2013, uptake of flu shots during pregnancy had steadily increased to approximately 50 percent.33 Manufacturers still preserve millions of flu shots with massive bolus doses of thimerosal (about thirty-six million flu shots containing twenty-five micrograms of mercury in the 2017-2018 flu season),34 meaning that children born since 2004 have been increasingly likely to be exposed to thimerosal in utero.

A 2017 CDC study reviewing data from the 2010–11 and 2011–2012 flu seasons linked spontaneous abortions to flu vaccines, finding that women vaccinated with the inactivated influenza vaccine had 3.7-fold greater odds of spontaneous abortion within twenty-three days than women not receiving the vaccine.35 For women who received the H1N1 vaccine in both seasons covered in the study, the odds of spontaneous abortion in the month after receiving a flu vaccine were 7.7 times greater. The vast majority of flu vaccines available during the seasons studied were multidose formulations containing twenty-five micrograms of mercury.

THIMEROSAL WORLDWIDE

While the thimerosal debate has carried on in the United States, children around the world have never stopped receiving thimerosal-containing vaccines. The mindset revealed by Simpsonwood attendee John Clements of the WHO—who described a “mandate” to vaccinate one hundred million children “this year, next year and for many years to come” with thimerosal-containing vaccines—has not changed. In fact, the medical community continues to argue that the benefits of keeping thimerosal in vaccines outweigh the risks and that thimerosal is “critical” for low-resource countries that rely on multi-dose vials as the most affordable option.36 One of the AAP’s former presidents has asserted that, for the good of the global community, the Academy’s pro-thimerosal position is a “no-brainer.”37The WHO’s Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety states that “no additional studies of the safety of [thimerosal] in vaccines are warranted.”38

The global health authorities making cavalier and single-minded pronouncements on “life-saving vaccines” should consider the bigger health picture. For example, exposure to toxic metals such as mercury can contribute to malnutrition and, conversely, malnutrition may also increase susceptibility to mercury toxicity.39,40 Mercury is also a potent immunosuppressant, which has implications in low-resource settings where children already face numerous other health challenges and environmental pollutants.41

THE TIME IS NOW

The medical establishment’s defense of thimerosal’s safety has proven highly successful in tamping down deeper investigation into thimerosal and the vaccine industry. Perhaps because major pharmaceutical companies (the makers of vaccines) are among the biggest advertisers in the U.S., the mainstream press has accepted these government orthodoxies and ignored the ample evidence showing that thimerosal is toxic. In fact, the thimerosal saga illustrates the aggressive, knee-jerk rejection by the press, the medical community and allied financial interests of any scientific information suggesting that established medical practices are harming public health. Nevertheless, continuing to wait for more research is not a reasonable public policy option. Thimerosal is dangerous to human health and should immediately be removed from all vaccines (as well as other pharmaceutical and cosmetic products), both in the U.S. and globally.

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This article appeared in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the quarterly magazine of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Spring 2018

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. has been one of the world’s leading environmental activists for over three decades, known for his advocacy for transparent government and rigorous science. He is the founder and president of Waterkeeper Alliance and founder and chairman of the non-profit World Mercury Project. Kennedy’s 2015 book, Thimerosal: Let the Science Speak, presents extensive evidence supporting the immediate removal of mercury from vaccines.

 

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HITLER’S JEWISH NAZIS – PART 1

HITLER’S JEWISH NAZIS – PART 1

Unity Mitford
Adolf Hitler and Emil Maurice together in 1924.

There is a belief that Mein Kampf was written by Hitler’s Jewish lover Emil Maurice.

Emil Maurice – Spartacus Educational / Maurice, Emil / Hitler’s First Murder – henrymakow.com / Emil Maurice

Emil Georg von Stauss, the president of Deutsche Bank, lent Hitler a portable typewriter for the writing of “Mein Kampf.”

Von Stauss, a principal Nazi Party fundraiser, was a longtime business associate of the Rothschilds.

Hitler Used Rothschild Banker’s Typewriter.

Hjalmar Schacht
Hitler did not end interest payments to the banks.
Under Hitler, the Bank of International Settlements continued dealings with Germany.
Hitler’s policies helped to further enrich the Thyssen family, Krupp, the Goebbels family, certain US corporations, and the German banks.
In 1934, Hitler got Hjalmar Schacht to manage the Nazi economy.
Schacht was a ‘Rothschild agent’, a Freemason and he spoke Hebrew.

Hitler and the Banksters, by Ingrid Rimland / Nazi War Financing and Banking, by Otto Nathan / Ziopedia on MEFO’s / Jewish Virtual Library on Schacht / Wall Street and the Rise of Hitler, by Antony Sutton / Hitler’s Finances and the Myth of Nazi Anti-Usury Activism


Rolf Mengele and Josef Mengele. 

There is a belief that Josef Mengele, the Nazi, was Jewish.

According to Marc Berkowitz, a survivor of Auschwitz, Josef Mengele had a certain love for the Jewish people, was very knowledgeable about Judaism and even spoke Yiddish.

The Life and Crimes of a Nazi Doctor | PEOPLE.com

“Documents and interviews reveal that contrary to popular belief, for most of the time that Mengele was in hiding, the Mossad wasn’t looking for him at all.”

Why Did Israel Let Mengele Go? – The New York Times


Both Hitler and Eva Braun apparently had Jewish ancestry, according to DNA tests.

Hitler’s wife ‘Jewish ancestry / Hitler’s Jewish roots

The Jews of Europe and North Africa and are mainly people who converted to the Jewish religion.

These are not the Jews of the Bible, who are believed to have originated in Saudi Arabia.

There are as many different types of Jew as there are different types of Christian.


Maria Schicklgruber

Hitler’s father’s mother Maria Schicklgruber ‘slept with a wealthy Jew in Vienna’.

Hitler – Rothschild

Reportedly, as a teenager, Hitler took a fancy to a pretty girl called Stefanie Isak, whose surname has Jewish origins.

(Hitler’s secret Jewish girlfriend Mail Online )


August Kubizek

Adolf was friends with August Kubizek and they developed a “romantic” and “intimate” relationship.

They both moved to Vienna.

They slept together.

Adolf sometimes spoke to Kubizek of his admiration for the Jewish people.

Adolf met Reinhold Hanisch and they went together to live in a hotel, the Mannerheim, which catered exclusively to gay men and their gay lovers.

In Vienna, Hitler had numerous Jewish friends.

His Jewish friends included, Josef Neumann who sold his paintings, the Galician Jew Jakob Altenberg, the Hungarian Jew Samuel Morgenstern, and the Jahodas, the cultivated upper-middle-class Jewish couple whose company Hitler enjoyed on occasions.

Herr Hitler

Josef Neumann  was a wealthy Jewish homosexual who used to come to the Mannerheim to find young men for sex.

After Neumann, Adolf  went to live with Josef Greiner, who was a fan of the Mannerheim.


Emil Maurice

Hitler’s ‘lover’ Emil Maurice, a German Nazi, had Jewish ancestors.

[11]

Emil Maurice was an early member of the Nazi Party and a founding member of the SS.

He was Hitler’s chauffeur and one-time personal secretary.

The key Nazis had many ‘Jewish’ connections.

I have found that most Jews, most Black people, and most Moslems are lovely, friendly decent people.

My friend Peter is Jewish and, according to his wife, he is very anti-semitic.

Peter explains that he dislikes that small section of Jews who will happily mistreat their fellow Jews.

According to Mordechai Zalkin, a senior history lecturer in Israel, it was mainly Jewish mafias who, in the period before World War II, controlled the underworld in Warsaw, Vilna, Odessa and certain other large cities in Europe. (World of our (god)fathers,/ the brains behind the sexslave trade)


Lulek Lau, 8 year old child orphan, one of the youngest survivors of Buchenwald concentration camp – 1945

In his novel, In the Vale of Tears, Mendele Mocher Sforim describes how Jewish mobsters use underhand methods to kidnap Jewish girls from poor, remote towns and then force them to work as prostitutes.

(the brains behind the sexslave trade)

According to Israel Shahak, in the Middle Ages, “Jewish physicians, tax collectors and bailiffs could be relied upon by a king, nobleman, pope or bishop…

“Jewish rabbis and rich Jews were part of the governing class.

“Together they oppressed the masses, Jew and non-Jewish.”

Makow – Jewish Elite.

Who are the Jewish Nazis?

Reinhard Heydrich, the mastermind of the Holocaust, is believed to have been Jewish.

Walter Schellenberg in his Memoirs (p. 207) writes: “Canaris told me after Heydrich’s death that he possessed proof of Heydrich’s Jewish ancestry.”


“When Heydrich was a child in Halle, neighborhood children made fun of him, calling him “Isi” (Izzy), short for Isidor, a name with a Jewish connotation.

“When he served in the navy, many of his comrades believed he was Jewish. Some called him the “blond Moses.”

“Others who lived in Halle have claimed that everybody believed that his father, the musician Bruno Heydrich, was a Jew.

“Half-Jew Alice Schaper nee Rohr, who took piano lessons from Bruno, claimed, “We all knew he was Jewish. …He looked just like a typical Jew.”

“In town, Bruno was called Isidor Suess behind his back. With such rumors going around, it was not surprising that Heydrich felt continually burdened by these allegations, especially when he served as an SS general.”

– Bryan Mark Rigg, the author of Hitler’s Jewish Soldiers

Erik Hanussen

Erik Hanussen, born Hermann Steinschneider, was a Jewish occultist.

‘He instructed Adolf Hitler in performance and the achievement of dramatic effect.’

He enjoyed the company of Germany’s  elite, becoming close with members of Ernst Rohm’s Brownshirts (SA).

‘He was a supporter of the Nazis despite his Jewish ancestry, which was an open secret.’

Hanussen was close to certain important Nazi officials, to whom he had lent money.

It is claimed that Hanussen hypnotized Marinus van der Lubbe, who was blamed for causing the Reichstag  fire.[12]

Hanussen disappeared in mysterious circumstances in 1933.

Werner Goldberg was a German of Jewish ancestry, who served as a soldier for Hitler during World War II.

His image appeared in the Berliner Tageblatt as “The Ideal German Soldier”, and was later used in recruitment posters for the Nazi military.


Aharon Shear-Yashuv, the son of a Nazi.

Wolfgang Schmidt, son of SS officer Edmund Schmidt, became a rabbi.

Today he is known as Aharon Shear-Yashuv and teaches at Tel Aviv University.

Aharon has been a senior rabbi in the Israeli armed forces.

Nazi-descended Jews living in Israel ….


Harald, Magda, Joseph.

Joseph Goebbels‘ first girlfriend was Jewish.

Goebbels’ family came from Holland; he was nicknamed “rabbi” in school.

Revelations

“Goebbels had a medal struck: on one side the swastika, on the other the Zionist star.”

Website

Magda Goebbels was born Johanna Maria Magdalena Behrend.

Magda’s mother Auguste Behrend divorced Oskar Ritschel and married a JEWISH businessman named Richard Friedländer.

Magda Goebbels once dated Haim Arlosoroff.

He became a prominent ZIONIST.

Goebbel’s descendents include –

Katarina Geller-Herr, who is Jewish.

Colleen-Bettina Rosenblat-Mo, who is Jewish. Her first marriage was to Michael Rosenblat, a German-Jewish businessman.

Anette-Angelika May-Thies, whose first marriage was to Axel May, a Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) international adviser for private banking, who managed the family’s investments for about 25 years.

John Amery.
John Amery, was a Jewish Nazi [4] who made propaganda broadcasts for Hitler.


Above, we see Herman Goering (left) and his body-double (right) who was put on trial.

Matthias Göring, from the family of Herman Goering, loves all things Jewish.

“Matthias Göring, with his bright blue eyes and Star of David necklace, feels drawn to Israel.”

Nazi Descendents: Matthias Göring Goes Kosher


On the left, we see Himmler, and on the right we see his body double.

Reportedly, Himmler had Jewish roots.

Himmler’s grandparents were Johan Himmler and Agathe Kien.

Himmler’s SS cooperated with the Haganah, the Zionist underground military organization in British-run Palestine.

Himmler neice, Catharine Himmler, married an Israeli

Katrin Himmler, the great-niece of Heinrich Himmler, married an Israeli.


Amon Goeth

Monika Goeth, daughter of Amon Goeth – the Plaszow Concentration camp commandant says: “I am completely drawn to Judaism.”

Hans Eppinger, an SS doctor, had Jewish origins. [3]

Walter Hollaender, a Nazi colonel who performed experiments upon concentration camp prisoners, was Jewish[3]

Erhard Milch, a German Nazi Field Marshal,  had Jewish roots[12]

Bernhard Rogge, a Nazi admiral, had Jewish ancestry[3]

..

According to author Paul Bogdanor, in his book Kasztner’s Crime:

A Jew called Rudolph Kasztner helped Hitler’s Third Reich murder almost half-a-million Jewish men, women and children.

Kasztner helped Eichmann to deport almost 8000,000 ‘ordinary’ Jews to Auschwitz.

dailymail


Adolf Eichmann

“Eichmann had Jewish friends, was employed by Jews as an oil and kerosene salesman, had Jewish relatives by marriage.”

(A portrait of Eichmann as an ordinary man – The New York Times)

In 1939, Adolf Eichmann desribed himself as a Zionist.

(Adolf Eichmann Was a Crypto-Jewish Zionist Nazi)

Adolph Eichmann went to Palestine in 1937 to negotiate a homeland for the Jews.

Jewish historian David Cesarani, in Eichmann: His Life and Crimes, states that as a child Eichmann was persecuted because he looked Jewish.

Eichmann’s stepmother had Jewish relations and Eichman associated with Jews.

Eichmann learned Hebrew, visited Palestine and worked closely with Zionists preparing Jews for emigration. (eichmann was jewish hurricane katrina was a regional)

Israel was alerted to Eichmann’s presence in Argentina in 1957, by Fritz Bauer, a Jewish prosecutor in Germany.

Bauer had been tipped off by Lothar Hermann, a Jew in Argentina, whose daughter, Sylvia, had become friends with Eichmann’s son.

Zvi Aharoni and Yaakov Meidad

Bauer alerted the Israeli authorities.

But Mossad closed the case!

(Zvi Aharoni and Yaakov Meidad)

“Only when Bauer insisted did Isser Harel, director of the Israeli spy agency Mossad, dispatch an agent to Argentina to verify the claim.

“Even then there was a delay of four months – in the 1950s the Israeli security… devoted not a single officer exclusively to the business of Nazi hunting.”

The Mossad agent met Hermann and insisted on being given fingerprint and identity card evidence; this was not possible.

Mossad closed the case for a second time.

The Philip Cross Affair 

The Philip Cross Affair 

UPDATE “Philip Cross” has not had one single day off from editing Wikipedia in almost five years. “He” has edited every single day from 29 August 2013 to 14 May 2018. Including five Christmas Days. That’s 1,721 consecutive days of editing.

133,612 edits to Wikpedia have been made in the name of “Philip Cross” over 14 years. That’s over 30 edits per day, seven days a week. And I do not use that figuratively: Wikipedia edits are timed, and if you plot them, the timecard for “Philip Cross’s” Wikipedia activity is astonishing is astonishing if it is one individual:

The operation runs like clockwork, seven days a week, every waking hour, without significant variation. If Philip Cross genuinely is an individual, there is no denying he is morbidly obsessed. I am no psychiatrist, but to my entirely inexpert eyes this looks like the behaviour of a deranged psychotic with no regular social activities outside the home, no job (or an incredibly tolerant boss), living his life through a screen. I run what is arguably the most widely read single person political blog in the UK, and I do not spend nearly as much time on the internet as “Philip Cross”. My “timecard” would show where I watch football on Saturdays, go drinking on Fridays, go to the supermarket and for a walk or out with the family on Sundays, and generally relax much more and read books in the evenings. Cross does not have the patterns of activity of a normal and properly rounded human being.

There are three options here. “Philip Cross” is either a very strange person indeed, or is a false persona disguising a paid operation to control wikipedia content, or is a real front person for such an operation in his name.

Why does this – to take the official explanation – sad obsessive no friends nutter, matter?

Because the purpose of the “Philip Cross” operation is systematically to attack and undermine the reputations of those who are prominent in challenging the dominant corporate and state media narrative. particularly in foreign affairs. “Philip Cross” also systematically seeks to burnish the reputations of mainstream media journalists and other figures who are particularly prominent in pushing neo-con propaganda and in promoting the interests of Israel.

This matters because, an ordinary reader who comes across an article questioning (say) the official narrative on the Skripals, is very likely to turn to Wikipedia to get information on the author of the article. Simply put, the purpose of the “Philip Cross” operation is to make certain that if that reader looks up an anti-war person such as John Pilger, they will conclude they are thoroughly unreliable and untrustworthy, whereas if they look up a right wing MSM journalist, they will conclude they are a paragon of virtue and entirely to be trusted.

The “Philip Cross” treatment is meted out not just to left wingers, but to all sceptical of neo-conservatism and who oppose “wars of intervention”. A list of Cross’s victims includes Alex Salmond, Peter Oborne, John Pilger, Owen Jones, Jeremy Corbyn, Tim Hayward, Diane Abbott, Neil Clark, Lindsey German, Vanessa Beeley, and George Galloway. As you would expect “Philip Cross” is particularly active in making amendments to the Wikipedia articles of alternative media, and of MSM critique sites. “Philip Cross” has made 36 edits to the Wikipedia entry of The Canary and, staggeringly, over 800 edits on Media Lens. George Galloway remains the “Philip Cross” operation’s favourite target with a quite incredible 1,800 edits.

Just as revealing are the people who “Philip Cross” seeks to protect and promote. Sarah Smith, BBC Scotland’s uber-unionist, has had “Philip Cross” kindly delete references from her Wikipedia entry to family ties that (ahem) may have helped her career. Labour Friends of Israel’s Ruth Smeeth MP has had reference to the Wikileaks released US diplomatic cable that showed she was an informer to the US Embassy on the secrets of the Labour Party, deleted by “Philip Cross”. Right wing columnist Melanie Phillips had her embarrassing climate change denial excised by Cross.

“Philip Cross” not only carefully tends and protects the Wikipedia entry of Guardian editor Katherine Viner, who has taken the paper four square into the neo-con camp, Philip Cross actually wrote the original hagiographic entry. The Guardian’s MI6 contact, Luke Harding, is particularly looked after by Cross, as are their anti-Corbyn obsessives Nick Cohen and Jonathon Freedland. So are Murdoch hacks David Aaronovitch and Oliver Kamm.

There is no doubt that Kamm, leader wirter of Murdoch’s Times, is close the the “Philip Cross” operation. Many people believe that Kamm and Cross are the same person, or that Kamm is part of a multiple persona. Six times I have personally had hostile edits to my Wikipedia page by “Philip Cross” made in precise conjunction with attacks on me by Kamm, either on Twitter, in a Times editorial or in Prospect magazine. Altogether “Philip Cross” has made 275 edits to my Wikipedia page. These include calling my wife a stripper, deleting my photo, removing my reply to attacks made on me by Kamm and Harding among others, and deleting my refusal of all honours while a British diplomat.

Neil Clark and Peter Oborne are among many others who have suffered attacks on them by Philip Cross on Wikipedia simultaneously with attacks by Kamm on other media. Clark is taking Kamm to court for stalking – and “Philip Cross” has deleted all reference to that fact from Kamm’s Wikipedia page.

What is plain is that Kamm and Cross have extremely similar political views, and that the dividing line of those they attack and those they defend is based squarely on the principles of the Euston Manifesto. This may be obscure, but is in fact an important Blairite declaration of support for Israel and for neo-con wars of intervention, and was linked to the foundation of the Henry Jackson Society. Who do we find editing the Wikipedia entry for the Euston Manifesto? “Philip Cross”.

What is particularly interesting is that “Philip Cross”‘s views happen to be precisely the same political views as those of Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia. Jimmy Wales has been on twitter the last three days being actively rude and unpleasant to anybody questioning the activities of Philip Cross. His commitment to Cross’s freedom to operate on Wikipedia would be rather more impressive if the Cross operation were not promoting Wales’ own opinions. Jimmy Wales has actively spoken against Jeremy Corbyn, supports the bombing of Syria, supports Israel, is so much of a Blairite he married Blair’s secretary, and sits on the board of Guardian Media Group Ltd alongside Katherine Viner.

The extreme defensiveness and surliness of Wales’ twitter responses on the “Philip Cross” operation is very revealing. Why do you think he reacts like this? Interestingly enough. Wikipedia’s UK begging arm, Wikimedia UK, joined in with equal hostile responses to anyone questioning Cross.

In response many people sent Jimmy Wales evidence, which he ignored, while his “charity” got very upset with those questioning the Philip Cross operation.

Wikimedia had arrived uninvited into a twitter thread discussing the “Philip Cross” operation and had immediately started attacking people questioning Cross’s legitimacy. Can anybody else see anything “insulting” in my tweet?

I repeat, the coincidence of Philip Cross’s political views with those of Jimmy Wales, allied to Wales’ and Wikimedia’s immediate hostility to anybody questioning the Cross operation – without needing to look at any evidence – raises a large number of questions.

“Philip Cross” does not attempt to hide his motive or his hatred of those whose Wikipedia entries he attacks. He openly taunts them on twitter. The obvious unbalance of his edits is plain for anybody to see.

I have in the past exchanged messages with “Philip Cross”. He says he is a person, and that he edits in conjunction with Oliver Kamm tweets because he follows Kamm and his tweets inspire him to edit. He says he has met Kamm and admits to being in electronic communication with him. That excjange I had with Cross was some years ago. More recent communication with Cross (who has now changed his twitter ID to “Julian”

has been less forthcoming and he has not replied:

George Galloway has offered a reward of £1,000 for the name and address of “Cross” so he may also take legal action.

My view is that Philip Cross probably is a real person, but that he fronts for a group acting under his name. It is undeniably true, in fact the government has boasted, that both the MOD and GCHQ have “cyber-war” ops aiming to defend the “official” narrative against alternative news media, and that is precisely the purpose of the “Philip Cross” operation on Wikipedia. The extreme regularity of output argues against “Philip Cross” being either a one man or volunteer operation. I do not rule out however the possibility he genuinely is just a single extremely obsessed right wing fanatic.

Finally, it is worth noting that on Wikipedia, an operation to boost the mainstream media narrative and denigrate alternative sources has the massive advantage that only information from mainstream media sources is permitted in political articles.

In conclusion, some images from the edit pages of Wikipedia articles to give just a little flavour of what I am talking about:

I am slightly concerned lest I am myself getting obsessed. Do you find this as fascinating as I do?

The “Philip Cross” MSM Promotion Operation Part 3 

The “Philip Cross” MSM Promotion Operation Part 3 

“Philip Cross” has just 200 Twitter followers, but has more MSM journalists following him than are to be found among my 42,300 twitter followers. Despite the fact a large majority of “Philip Cross’s” tweets are mere retweets, with Oliver Kamm and Nick Cohen most frequently retweeted. “Philip Cross” has never broken a news story and the few tweets which are not retweets contain no gems of expression or shrewd observation. In short, his twitter feed is extremely banal; there is literally nothing in it that might interest a journalist in particular. Do not take my word for it, judge for yourself.

Why then does James LeMesurier, founder of the “White Helmets”, follow Philip Cross on twitter? Why does ex-minister Tristram Hunt follow Philip Cross on Twitter? Why does Sarah Brown, wife of Gordon, follow Philip Cross on twitter?

Why then do so the following corporate and state journalists follow “Philip Cross” on twitter?

Oliver Kamm, Leader Writer The Times
Nick Cohen, Columnist The Guardian/Observer
Joan Smith, Columnist The Independent
Leslie Felperin, Film Columnist The Guardian
Kate Connolly, Foreign Correspondent The Guardian/Observer
Lisa O’Carroll, Brexit Correspondent The Guardian
James Bloodorth, Columnist The Independent
Cristina Criddle, BBC Radio 4 Today Programme
Sarah Baxter, Deputy Editor, The Sunday Times
Iain Watson, Political Correspondent, The BBC
Caroline Wheeler, Deputy Political Editor, the Sunday Times
Jennifer Chevalier, CBC ex-BBC
Dani Garavelli, Scotland on Sunday

Prominent Freelancers

Bonnie Greer (frequently in The Guardian)
Mason Boycott-Owen (The Guardian, New Statesman)
Marko Attilla Hoare (The Guardian)
Kirsty Hughes
Guy Walters (BBC)
Paul Canning

Let me recap, The official story is that “Philip Cross” is an obscure and dedicated Wikipedia editor who edits every single day for five years. His twitter feed has never contained any “news”. Yet among the 160 followers he had last week before the media spotlight was turned upon him, were all these MSM journalists, many more than follow anyone but the most prominent individuals, more than follow an activist like me. Plus big figures like Sarah Brown, Tristram Hunt and James Le Mesurier. What does this tell us about who Philip Cross is.

The largest single category of Philip Cross’s historic 160 followers is anti-left and anti-Corbyn twitter accounts, especially those that specialise in making accusations of anti-semitism against left wing or anti-war figures. These include:

UK Media Watch “promoting accurate coverage of Israel”; ALT Putin’s Capitalist Wealth “@medialenswipe”; Antinat; Jeremy Corbin Prime Minister; Jewish News; Anti-Nazis Utd [which thinks I am a Nazi]; Labour Against Anti-Semitism; Jews Aganst Jeremy Corbyn. A very much larger number of individual followers of “Philip Cross” have twitter streams which predominantly consist of attacks on Jeremy Corbyn or the anti-war left in general, and of vociferous support for Israel. Of personal interest to me, there are at least seventeen of Philip Cross’s supporters who have made utterly unprovoked attacks on me on social media over the last twelve months.

So let us recap what we know. “Philip Cross” spends a quite astonishing amount of time on Wikipedia making malicious edits to the entries of anti-war or anti-corporate media figures, while at the same time polishing and protecting the Wikipedia profiles of corporate and state media figures. “Philip Cross” had done this obsessively for 13 years and not had a single day off, even at Christmas, for five years.

“Philip Cross” is not very active on twitter, mostly just retweeting, and as you would expect has therefore not had many followers. But an extraordinary percentage of that very limited number of followers are MSM journalists or senior Establishment figures. There is absolutely no reason on the face of his Twtter stream why Philip Cross would attract this particular type of following. His retweets are mostly of Nick Cohen and Oliver Kamm, and his followership is concentrated in the Guardian and Times, which nowadays have very similar neo-con agendas.

“Philip Cross”‘s own twitter stream makes no effort at all to hide the fact that he has the strongest of neo-conservative biases, hates the Left and anti-war movement, and strongly supports Israel. “He” is part of an active social media network trolling these views. The purpose of “his” continual Wikipedia editing could not be clearer. I suspect strongly that this particular Philip Cross twitter follower gives us a clue:

That is a twitter account founded by a collective of Guardian writers to attack MediaLens, whose Wikipedia entry “Philip Cross” has edited over 800 times. I suspect “Philip Cross” is a similar collective effort, which may hide behind the persona of a real life individual called Philip Cross. The intention of this effort to denigrate and demean alternative media and anti-war figures through their Wikipedia entries, and at the same time to burnish the Wikipedia entries of mainstream media figures, is proven without doubt, as is the continued complicity of Wikipedia in enabling and defending the long-term operation.

Analysis of “Philip Cross” tweets.

FOOTNOTE Since Philip Cross’s activity was brought into prominence throughout social media a few days ago, his Twitter followers have increased, mostly by people who dislike his activity wishing to keep an eye on him. I have disregarded these new followers, and it in no way diminishes my argument for trolls to point out that he now has left wing followers as well.

The Deep State Routinely Rigs Elections

The Deep State Routinely Rigs Elections

May 12, 2018

bernie-sanders-michael-d-higgins.jpg

Another ultra-left cultural Marxist, Michael D. Higgins, won the 2011 Irish presidential election by a landslide, even though he was 19 points – yes 19 points! – behind in opinion polls conducted two days before the vote. Even more surprisingly, the RTE Teletext service, Eirtel, mistakenly published the exact margin of his victory before counting had begun. Seen with Bernie Sanders who had the 2016 Democratic nomination stolen from him in the primaries.

The uncanny ability of corporate media outlets to predict the precise outcome of elections and referendums before counting – or in some cases, even before voting – starts, recurs again and again. 

“Somehow, when push comes to shove, the popular populist never proves quite popular enough: In the end, David Duke bombed in 1992, just as Pat Buchanan bombed in 1996. Ditto Jean Marie Le Pen in 2002, Ron Paul in 2012, Nigel Farage in 2015, Gert Wilders in 2016, Marine Le Pen in 2017, Bernie Sanders in the Democrat primaries, and Roy Moore in the Alabama special election. Beginning to spot a pattern yet?”

(See the mind blowing First Comment by Kevin Boyle below the article.)

by Jude Duffy

(henrymakow.com) 

Dublin- Elections are rigged. Don’t take my word for it: listen to U.S. presidents and presidential candidates, past and present.

In 2013 Jimmy Carter said America was no longer a functioning democracy (1). More than 50 years earlier JFK told Gore Vidal that Zionist mobsters stole the 1948 Presidential election for Freemason Harry S Truman ( 2) Donald Trump, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry and John McCain have all said fraud is widespread and game-changing in US elections (3).

When asked if he believed Presidential elections were above board, Rudy Giuliani put the matter succinctly: “Only a moron would say that.” (4).

It’s not just candidates who believe the deck is stacked: Donna Brazile, the former head of the Democratic National Committee admitted that the Dems rigged the 2016 primaries in order to shaft Bernie Sanders, and Democrat Senator, Elizabeth Warren agreed (5).

According to Robert F Kennedy Jr: “They [the Republicans] stole it [the Presidential election] in 2000 and they stole it in 2004” (6).

OUTSIDE AMERIKA

And it’s not just Americans: Nigel Farage insisted that his party’s defeat in a crucial 2015 UK by-election had been achieved through fraud (7), a view given credence by a British High Court Judge’s statement that Britain’s voting system would “shame a banana republic” (8).

And it’s not just the losers: Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai accused the BBC and the UN of rigging the 2009 presidential vote in his country (9). Sour grapes on his part? Not quite – he won the election!

Hard proof of election rigging abounds. The UK sovereignty campaigners Brian Gerrish and Mike Robinson spotted blatant evidence of ballot stuffing in an English count center during the British general election of 2010. When they brought it to the attention of the authorities, they were threatened with arrest (10).

In the 2009 Irish European parliament elections, a chance recount of votes revealed that an anti-globalist candidate had 3,000 votes stolen from him and given to another candidate (11). In the context of a small country like Ireland, 3, OOO is a lot of votes.

Yes, the skeptics will retort, but a few examples don’t prove the whole system is rigged. Maybe not, but the non-reaction of the state and media surely does. The media and the Irish police completely ignored the recount story, a clear indication that they themselves collude in the rigging of Irish elections and referendums (ibid.). In any case, such examples could be multiplied a hundredfold – from Ireland, from the UK, from the US, and from just about every other western nation.

Sticking for the moment with Ireland, when lifelong Rothschild agent and radical lesbian feminist, Mary Robinson, supposedly won a surprise victory in the 1990 Irish presidential election, RTE, the Irish state TV network, reported that ballot boxes in rural and deeply conservative areas of the Irish midlands contained no votes for candidates other than Robinson – about as likely a scenario as David Duke topping the poll in Tel Aviv mayoral elections.

Another ultra-left cultural Marxist, Michael D. Higgins, won the 2011 Irish presidential election by a landslide, even though he was 19 points – yes 19 points! – behind in opinion polls conducted two days before the vote. Even more surprisingly, the RTE Teletext service, Eirtel, mistakenly published the exact margin of his victory before counting had begun.

Likewise, Reuters reported the exact margin of victory in a 2012 Irish referendum on a fiscal treaty imposed on the country by the global bankers – again before counting had begun (12).

This uncanny ability of corporate media outlets to predict the precise outcome of elections and referendums before counting – or in some cases, even before voting – starts, recurs again and again. The American vote fraud investigator Jim Condit Jr. has documented just how often the American TV networks accidentally broadcast the correct results of elections prior to polls closing, and sometimes even days in advance of the vote taking place (13).

Such eerie predictive powers often dovetail with an even eerier uniformity of official voting outcomes. Obama – who has admitted that both big parties in the US rig wholesale (14) – gained a whopping 100 percent of the votes in 59 districts in Philadelphia in the 2012 election (15). In the 2009 second Irish Lisbon EU referendum, there was a uniform 20 per cent swing to the pro-EU side in every single constituency.

WOULD THEY/ COULD THEY? DO THEY?

In a nutshell, the issue of whether the Deep State rigs elections can be split into three sub-categories: Would they? Could they? Do they?

Let’s take the ‘Would they? question first. Those who organise and oversee elections and referendums in the western world are, broadly speaking, the same folk that organise and oversee the Neocon wars that kill millions; the same folk that promote abortion, euthanasia, transgenderism, paedophilia, nation destroying immigration, mass surveillance, false flag terror, bankster larceny, the pornification of society and much much more.

To know that they do all this stuff, and to then assume that they would draw the line at fixing elections and referendums is like expressing shocked disbelief upon being told that Charles Manson occasionally swiped french fries from his cellmate’s lunch plate. In the scale of globalist crimes, rigging elections and referendums is very small potatoes indeed.

The ‘Could they?’ question is even easier to settle. Combine hugely wealthy donors like Sheldon Adelson, Haim Saban, Goldman Sachs and Soros, with compromised public officials, cops on the take and politicians on the make, and you have a well-nigh infallible recipe for vote fixing.

Moreover, modern algorithm technology and the 21st-century craze for laying bare political and cultural allegiances on Facebook, Twitter and online forums, make rigging a piece of cake. If social media Deep State snoops don’t unearth your voting intentions, you can bet the embedded microphones and cameras in tech gadgets will. Google Chrome knows what food you get your pet hamster, so it’s safe to assume it also knows how you vote. With such information, planning the margins of vote fakery becomes something a maths major could formulate in an evening

Notice moreover that no matter how advanced the tech becomes, it never becomes quite advanced enough to facilitate the transparent online monitoring of elections and their aftermath. In a world of ubiquitous surveillance, the one thing that never gets surveilled is the counting of votes.

OPPONENTS OF VOTE RIGGING?
Who exactly is going to expose rigging? Corporate journalists? The same corporate journos that lied through their teeth about Saddam’s WMD and Ghaddafi “slaughtering his own people”? The same presstitutes that cover up or even justify the mass culling of Palestinians in the occupied territories? The same presstitutes that collude in the Deep State’s sponsorship of Isis and Al Qaeda, and the huge waves of nation -changing migration that flow from it? The same degenerate crew that promotes transgenderism for 7-year-olds?

Alternative types sometimes use the metaphor of ‘the rigged casino’ to describe modern western politics. True enough; the Anglo-Masonic Zio-Deep State controls the media, the banks, big business, the NGOs on left and the right, the courts, the publishing industry, the movie industry, the music business, the unions, the churches, and just about everything else. But what kind of rigged political casino would go to such lengths to grab all these levers in society, and yet somehow ignore the most important lever of them all – the voting lever? That would be like a mafia operation signing up all the menial staff at a casino – from the bartenders to the cleaners – but neglecting to recruit those who organize and oversee the business end of things – the roulette, the craps, the baccarat.

The ‘Do they’ question is the easiest of them all: As previously noted, the big players themselves not only admit that rigging goes on, they even admit that their own side does it. Sometimes they even admit that they personally do it themselves: one of James O’Keefe’s notorious video stings shows senior Democrat operatives bragging of rigging (16).

And far from regarding it as a crime, political bigwigs see vote tampering as a duty; In a leaked audio, Hillary deplored the West’s failure to rig elections in Palestine in order to keep Hamas out. (17). Hardly surprising, since she and her erstwhile boss, Obama, both revere the Marxist strategist of subversion, Saul Alinsky – a man who openly espoused cheating and fraud as political tools.

It’s not just a Democrat thing by the way: this culture of exalting ends over means also pervades the crypto-Trotskyist Neocon Republican Party.

John Perkins, former globalist insider and the author of ‘Confessions of An Economic Hitman’, says rigging elections is one of several go-to methods the global banking cabal use to maintain and extend their control over the nations of the world (15) – a statement genially confirmed by the former head of the CIA, and avid Neocon, James Woolsey, during a recent interview with Laura Ingraham (18).

Indeed almost everyone in the know acknowledges that outcome changing rigging is a matter of course in western elections. According to Harvey Wasserman, a liberal leftist, and author of“Uncounted: The New Math of American Elections’, “the scale of [vote] theft is unfathomable”, with a vast array of different rigging methods deployed (19).

Computer programmer Clint Curtis testified on oath that he had rigged voting machines on behalf of then Speaker of the Florida House, Tom Feeney (20).

Princeton Professor, Andrew Appel demonstrated how an electronic voting machine could be hacked in seven minutes (21).

However, don’t run away with the idea that fraud only happens in countries where electronic voting is the norm: John Turner, Chief Executive of the British Association of Electoral Administrators, admitted that “fraudulent activity [in Britain] is easy to perpetuate” (22). Voting is still done by paper ballot in the UK.

What more evidence do people need? Footage of rigging taking place? As it happens that exists too – in shedloads. During the 2014 Scottish Independence referendum count, videos emerged of vote counters stuffing ‘Yes’ votes into ‘No’ piles (23). At the 2009 EU Lisbon Treaty referendum vote count in the Republic of Ireland’s second largest city, Cork, a man was filmed leaving the centre with a ballot box in his hand – with nary a police officer, security guard or accredited count supervisor to be seen anywhere in the large hall (24).

CONCLUSION

The old saw that elections don’t matter is so much empty blather. Do mega-wealthy donors like Sheldon Adelson, Soros and Goldman Sachs give billions to their poodle candidates purely on a whim, and then leave the outcome to chance?

Advertising and media brainwashing sway some voters, no question, but such methods guarantee nothing. When it comes to ensured outcomes, the counting is what counts.

Elections don’t just matter, they are the ultimate psy-op, the black pill of black pills. When Mary Robinson “won” the Irish presidency in 1990, the Irish Rothschild media crowed that Ireland had changed forever, a prophecy they meant to be self-fulfilling. On cue, many hitherto conservative Irish politicians jumped on the liberal globalist bandwagon, and Irish Catholics and nationalists sunk into a swamp of defeatist torpor from which they have not yet emerged.

Likewise, Tony Blair’s three successive election victories wrought a cultural Marxist revolution in the UK that shred the very fabric of the country, while Bill Clinton’s triumphs in the US completed the Zio-feminist takeover of the American left.

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On the other hand, the oft-repeated failure of anti-globalist candidates to make good on the hopes invested in them drains the spiritual, intellectual and physical vitality of their supporters. Somehow, when push comes to shove, the popular populist never proves quite popular enough: In the end, David Duke bombed in 1992, just as Pat Buchanan bombed in 1996. Ditto Jean Marie Le Pen in 2002, Ron Paul in 2012, Nigel Farage in 2015, Gert Wilders in 2016, Marine Le Pen in 2017, Bernie Sanders in the Democrat primaries, and Roy Moore in the Alabama special election.

Beginning to spot a pattern yet?

You may not like some of these folk – indeed you may not like any of them – but the point is that, very luckily for the Deep State, they and their ilk never get to close the deal on the day that matters. To return to the casino analogy, what would we think of a gambling joint where the ball on the roulette wheel landed on red every time we played black?

In contrast to the populist perennial losers, charmless, charisma-free Rothschild poodles like Macron and Mary Robinson frequently spring from nowhere and grab the big prize on polling day – thereby rapidly accelerating the descent of their nations into Zio-globalist slavery.

But hold on, I hear you say, what about Brexit and Trump? To which I reply, what about them? Contrary to the myth, much of the British Zio-establishment, including most Neocons, and most of the popular press, supported Brexit. In any case, the evidence suggests that Brexit probably really won by around 75 percent: it suited the Deep State to keep the margin down in order to play off one side against the other in classic Hegelian dialectic fashion.

As for Trump, plenty of Neocon zealots backed him too: Sheldon Adelson, Rudolph Giuliani, Newt Gingrich, Conrad Black, and David Horowitz, to name just a few; not surprising he’s a professed Israel Firster with deep family ties to Chabad Lubavitch.

It’s also possible that Trump’s prediction that the vote would be rigged in favor of Hillary spooked the globalists into letting him win – in order to forestall populist skepticism about the integrity of the voting process from going viral.

Whether we like it or not, elections and referendums shape the culture of all nominal democracies, politically, psychologically and above all spiritually; the validity or otherwise of the result does not affect this process one jot. As long as everyone takes the outcome at face value, a rigged election or referendum transforms a nation just as much as a valid one would. Election results frame how the western masses view their country, and even how they view themselves as individuals. No one likes being in a minority, and the smaller that minority is – or seems to be – the greater the feelings of depression and alienation. Election and referendum results thus become self-fulfilling, as everyone, including the losers, seek – in the tell-tale modern cliche – ‘to get with the programme’.

Arguably the main reason countries like Poland and Hungary have remained spiritually and societally much healthier than western Europe, is precisely because their 20th-century histories made them alive to the reality of a rigged system – in contrast to the western masses who still delude themselves that they live in representative politics.

Far from prompting us to opt out of the political process, systemic vote fraud should make us all ‘election truthers’ – i.e. exposers of the fraudsters. Ignoring election stealing won’t make it go away; to paraphrase an old line about communism, you may not be interested in vote rigging, but the vote riggers are certainly interested in you. (see Notes below First Comment)

First Comment from Kevin Boyle 

Hi Henry,

The open door for electoral fraud in the UK is the fact that postal votes (20% of total) must BY LAW be mixed with ordinary voyes before counting.

This law was introduced after the 2003 General Election when it was noticed by many that postal votes in marginal constitiencies (then counted separately) were overwhelmingly for Tony Blair’s Labour Party, to a point way beyond any reasonable statistical improbability.

The solution was imposed meaning a field day for MI5 who will now routinely decide who wins our elections.many, including myself, believe they made a big miscalculation with the Brexit vote by underestimating the strength of feeling in the country. The official vote was 52-48% for Brexit. Those who traveled around the country and spoke to people tend to believe that the real majority was much greater, probably 70+% for Brexit at least, though this clearly cannot be proven.

Notes:

(1) ‘Jimmy Carter: US has no functioning democracy’. Salon.com, July 18, 2013

(2) Apropos Magazine Scotland,

(3) ‘Rigged Election Talk Didn’t Start With Trump: The Washington Post, October 17, 2006

(4) ‘Trump warns of ‘rigged’ election as Giuliani makes racially charged claims; The Guardian, October 16, 2016

(5) ‘Donna Brazile Admits Cheating, But Clinton Campaign Has Yet To Apologize; Observer; O3/20/17

(6) ‘Was the 2004 election stolen?’: Common Dreams, June 1, 2006

(7)’Nigel Farage says Labour’s Oldham victory ‘bent”: www.telegrpah.co.uk; 4 December, 2015

(8) ‘Judge slates ‘banana republic banana republic’ postal voting system’; The Guardian May 2, 2010

(9) Afghan President Karzai accuses UN over election fraud; news bbc.co.uk, April I, 2010

(10) Controversial TV: Theo Chalmers interview with Mike Robinson of UK Column

(11 )’Vote Manipulation in Ireland in run up to Lisbon 2: www.youtube, Sep 22,2009

(12) ‘Reuters knew result of Irish referendum before the count: www.youtube, June 6, 2012

(13) Network America News – Vote Fraud: July 28, 2000

(14) ‘Watch Obama in 2008 Boasts ‘it helps that Dems are ‘in charge of voting machines’; Breitbart, 18 October, 2006

(15) ‘Romney earned zero votes in some urban districts in Philadelphia; CBS News, February 8, 2013

(16 ) ‘Rigging the election: VideoIII: Creamer confirms Hillary was PERSONALLY involved: Youtube, 24 October 2016

(17) ‘Hillary discusses rigging election in leaked audio’; Observer.com; October 28.

(18) ‘Confessions Of An Economic Hitman’; Berrot-Koehler; 2004

(19) ‘Former CIA Director admits to US Foreign meddling, laughs about it; Youtube; 25 February, 2018

(20 )’Computer programmers testifies he helped rig voting’; Mint Press; March 7, 2016

(21) ‘Princeton Professor, Andrew Appel bought an election voting machine online and hacked it in 7 minutes; Politico Magazine, August 5, 2016

(22) ‘Postal Voting Surge Brings Warnings of Electoral Fraud’:; The Guardian, May 2, 2010

(23) ‘Scotland Independence: Vote Rigging Caught On Video’; www.youtube, September 19, 2014

(24) Irish Referendum Count at Cork City Hall: http://www.youtube, October 7, 2009

Leaked Doc Reveals White House Planning “Regime Change” In Iran

Leaked Doc Reveals White House Planning “Regime Change” In Iran

Zero Hedge – May 10, 2018

It appears Rudy Giuliani wasn’t lying.

Just a few days after the former NYC mayor and latest member of President Trump’s unexpectedly let it slip that “we got a president who is tough, who does not listen to the people who are naysayers, and a president who is committed to regime change [in Iran]”, the Washington Free Beacon has obtained a three-page white paper being circulated among National Security Council officials with drafted plans to spark regime change in Iran, following the US exit from the Obama-era nuclear deal and the re-imposition of tough sanctions aimed at toppling the Iranian regime.

The plan, authored by the Security Studies Group, or SSG, a national security think-tank that has close ties to senior White House national security officials, including – who else – National Security Adviser John Bolton, seeks to reshape longstanding American foreign policy toward Iran by emphasizing an explicit policy of regime change, something the Obama administration opposed when popular protests gripped Iran in 2009, writes the Free Beacon, which obtained a leaked copy of the circulating plans.

The regime change plan seeks to fundamentally shift U.S. policy towards Iran and has found a receptive audience in the Trump administration, which has been moving in this direction since Bolton—a longtime and vocal supporter of regime change—entered the White House.

It deemphasizes U.S military intervention, instead focusing on a series of moves to embolden an Iranian population that has increasingly grown angry at the ruling regime for its heavy investments in military adventurism across the region. –Free Beacon

The ordinary people of Iran are suffering under economic stagnation, while the regime ships its wealth abroad to fight its expansionist wars and to pad the bank accounts of the Mullahs and the IRGC command,” SSG writes in the paper. “This has provoked noteworthy protests across the country in recent months” it further claims as an argument to push a “regime change” policy.

For now – at least – overthrowing the Iran government, with its extensive and close ties to the Kremlin, is not official US policy; SSG president Jim Hanson told the Free Beacon that the Trump administration does not want to engage in direct military intervention in Iran – and is instead focusing on other methods of ridding Iran of its “hardline ruling regime.” 

The Trump administration has no desire to roll tanks in an effort to directly topple the Iranian regime,” Hanson said. “But they would be much happier dealing with a post-Mullah government. That is the most likely path to a nuclear weapons-free and less dangerous Iran.”

That will likely change, however.

One source close to the White House who has previewed the plan told the Free Beacon that the nuclear deal, also known as the JCPOA, solidified the Iranian regime’s grip on power and intentionally prevented the United States from fomenting regime change.

The JCPOA purposefully destroyed the carefully created global consensus against the Islamic Republic,” said the source, who would only speak to the Free Beacon on background about the sensitive issue. “Prior to that, everyone understood the dangers of playing footsie with the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism. It’s now Trump, Bolton, and [Mike] Pompeo’s job to put this consensus back in place.”

The source tells the Beacon that Bolton is “acutely aware of the danger the Iranian regime poses to the region.”

John is someone who understands the danger of Iran viscerally, and knows that you’re never going to fundamentally change its behavior—and the threats against Israel and the Saudis especially—until that revolutionary regime is gone,” the source said, adding that “nothing’s off the table right now if Israel is attacked.

That said, Bolton is confident that an Iranian regime change will occur in the next six months:

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All sides of the complex battle in the Middle East are concerned

All sides of the complex battle in the Middle East are concerned

Robert Fisk — The Independent May 10, 2018

Israeli missile attack on Syria

In the West, it’s easy to concentrate on each daily drama about the Middle East and forget the world in which the real people of the region live. The latest ravings of the American president on the Iran nuclear agreement – mercifully, at last, firmly opposed by the EU – obscure the lands of mass graves and tunnels in which the Muslim Middle East now exists. Even inside the area, there has now arisen an almost macabre disinterest in the suffering that has been inflicted here over the past six years. It’s Israel’s air strikes in Syria that now takes away the attention span.

Yet take the discovery of dozens of corpses in a mass grave in Raqqa, Isis’s Syrian “capital”. It garnered scarcely three paragraphs in Arab papers last month, yet the 50 bodies recovered were real enough and there may be another 150 to be recovered. The corpses lay under a football pitch near a hospital which Isis fighters used before they fled the city – under an agreement with Kurdish forces – and could only be identified by markings which gave only their first names (if they were civilians) or their nom de guerre if they were jihadis. Who killed them?

Even less space was given to another gruesome discovery last month in tunnels beneath the Syrian town of Douma, east of Damascus. This vast stone warren of underground streets wide enough for cars and trucks was found to contain 112 bodies, 30 of them Syrian soldiers, the rest probably civilians, many killed long ago, presumably by the Jaish al-Islam group which fought for the town for many years. Were they hostages for whom the Islamists wished to exchange prisoners? And then murdered when no deal was struck?

My colleague Patrick Cockburn investigated an even more terrible mass killing outside Mosul which occurred in 2014, most of the victims Shia Iraqi soldiers. We know this because Isis filmed their appalling end, shot in the head and then tossed carelessly into the blood-stained waters of the Tigris, some of them floating far south towards Baghdad. History has not been kind to these lands. In 1915, when the Turks were massacring Armenians, many of the Armenian corpses drifted down the Tigris and reached Mosul – the very execution site which can be seen in the Isis video, taken, of course, 99 years later.

Like the vast mass graves of Europe after the Second World War – especially in the Soviet Union – the memory of this savagery will not be forgotten. Which is why the Iraqi authorities (largely Shia in the case of “judicial” trials which meet no international standards) have been hanging Isis suspects like thrushes on prison gallows, 30 at a time, in the south of the country. The Kurds appear to be behaving much more humanely outside Raqqa where court hearings have a modicum of justice, albeit unrecognised in the West. And so it goes on.

And to whom does one turn for justice? Or peace? The Russians in Syria, interestingly enough, have just started publishing a monthly newspaper for joint Syrian and Russian forces in the country. It has a touch of the old Soviet Union about it. The title is “Together, We Make Peace” – which might not convince the Syrian government’s opponents – and there are photographs of Russian troops feeding refugees (flat, Arab bread), of red-bereted soldiers patrolling front lines and a very large front-page photograph of both Vladimir Putin and Bashar al-Assad.

Intriguingly, just below, is a colour photograph of perhaps Russia’s top soldier in Syria: General Aleksander Juravlov, much bemedalled and in his dark blue dress uniform, staring unsmilingly at the camera. We may hear more of him as the weeks go by. Because Russia’s presence in Syria is far from over.

Copies of the newspaper in Arabic also attempt to teach Syrian soldiers basic Russian – the Russian version teaches Arabic. And there’s even (in the Arabic print run) a guide to Moscow, maps of Russia and stories about Second World War weapons. In the top left of each front page is another Soviet-style symbol: two hands clasped together. One hand is coloured in the red, white and black banner of Syria, the other in the red, blue and white of Russia. Yes, the Russians are going to be around for quite a while.

So are the Israelis. Their earlier attack on Iranian forces in Syria – of which there appear to be far fewer than the West imagines, although there are many pro-Iranian Hezbollah fighters still in the country – came suspiciously close to the Trump announcement reneging on the US nuclear agreement with Iran. And an Israeli statement that the Iranians had missiles in Syria was surely made in concert with the Trump administration – it came within hours, and coincidences don’t run that close in the Middle East.

The latest overnight Israeli air strikes, supposedly at Iranian forces in Syria after a supposed Iranian rocket attack on Israeli forces in Golan – and it’s important to use the “supposed” and not take all this at face value – must have been known to the Americans in advance. The Russians, too. And it’s clear that any Israeli plans to create a “security zone” (ie occupation zone) inside Syria and along the border of Golan – along the lines of the “security zone”, equally occupied and patrolled by local militias, in southern Lebanon until the year 2000 – would meet with American approval.

So it’s a moment when all sides are now staring at each other with increasing concern. Oddly, in all the coverage of Lebanon’s largely peaceful election last weekend, hardly anyone commented upon one of the successful Shia candidates in the Baalbek-Hermel district. He’s a familiar name – Jamil Sayyed – and he used to be Lebanon’s head of general security. He was also a loyal friend of Syria. The West had him locked up for three years after the inquiry into ex-prime minister Rafiq Hariri’s murder but he was released without any evidence found against him. After which, General Sayyed has been a frequent visitor to Damascus.

“Robert,” he said to me over coffee there some months ago, “why do you hate me?” That was a bit of a breath-taker, and your correspondent hastened to deny any such emotion. Then came an invitation to the restaurant he owns in Beirut.

The point, of course, is that General Sayyed’s election means that one of Syria’s most trusted friends now has a seat in the Lebanese parliament. His speeches will be listened to with deep interest by his parliamentary colleagues. Odd, though, how we go on missing these developments. Out in the West – or Trump’s Wild West – mass graves, Russian alliances and Lebanese elections just don’t get the coverage they deserve.

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“We Know Where Your Kids Live”: How John Bolton Once Threatened an International Official

“We Know Where Your Kids Live”: How John Bolton Once Threatened an International Official

Mehdi Hasan — The Intercept March 29, 2018

Who better to advise the bully-in-chief, Donald Trump, on when to make war and kill people than another bully? It’s difficult, after all, to avoid the label — that of a bully — when thinking of John Bolton, the former Bush administration official-turned-Fox News pundit who Trump recently picked as his national security adviser.

“John Bolton is a bully,” José Bustani, the retired Brazilian diplomat and former head of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, told me when I reached him by phone in Paris earlier this month.

There are a number of people who claim to have been bullied or intimidated by Bolton — including Bustani. The latter’s criticisms of the famously moustachioed hawk have been public for many years now, but some of the details of his tense encounter with Bolton at the OPCW have never been reported before in English.

In early 2002, a year before the invasion of Iraq, the Bush administration was putting intense pressure on Bustani to quit as director-general of the OPCW — despite the fact that he had been unanimously re-elected to head the 145-nation body just two years earlier. His transgression? Negotiating with Saddam Hussein’s Iraq to allow OPCW weapons inspectors to make unannounced visits to that country — thereby undermining Washington’s rationale for regime change.

In 2001, then-Secretary of State Colin Powell had penned a letter to Bustani, thanking him for his “very impressive” work. By March 2002, however, Bolton — then serving as undersecretary of state for Arms Control and International Security Affairs — arrived in person at the OPCW headquarters in the Hague to issue a warning to the organization’s chief. And, according to Bustani, Bolton didn’t mince words. “Cheney wants you out,” Bustani recalled Bolton saying, referring to the then-vice president of the United States. “We can’t accept your management style.”

Bolton continued, according to Bustani’s recollections: “You have 24 hours to leave the organization, and if you don’t comply with this decision by Washington, we have ways to retaliate against you.”

There was a pause.

“We know where your kids live. You have two sons in New York.”

Bustani told me he was taken aback but refused to back down. “My family is aware of the situation, and we are prepared to live with the consequences of my decision,” he replied.

After hearing Bustani’s description of the encounter, I reached out to his son-in-law, Stewart Wood, a British politician and former adviser to Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Wood told me that he vividly remembers Bustani telling him about Bolton’s implicit threat to their family immediately after the meeting in the Hague. “It instantly became an internal family meme,” Wood recalled. Two former OPCW colleagues of Bustani, Bob Rigg and Mikhail Berdennikov, have also since confirmed via email that they remember their then-boss telling them at the time about Bolton’s not-so-subtle remark about his kids.

Another former OPCW official, then-Special Assistant to the Director-General for External Relations Gordon Vachon, who was in the room for the meeting with Bolton, has confirmed that the Bush administration official implicitly threatened Bustani. The OPCW chief “could go quietly, with little fuss and restraint on all sides and ‘without dragging your name through the mud,’” Vachon recalled Bolton saying, in an email to The Intercept. “I cannot say from memory that I heard Mr Bolton mention DG Bustani’s children, probably because I was reeling from Mr Bolton’s thinly-veiled threat to DG Bustani’s reputation.”

I reached out to John Bolton and the White House for a response to these allegations. Rather than issue an outright denial, the White House responded via a press spokesperson that referred me to a section of his 2008 memoir, “Surrender is Not an Option: Defending America at the United Nations,” which deals with Bustani and the OPCW. In the book, Bolton said the U.S. viewed Bustani as a “management disaster” (without mentioning Powell’s praise) but claims to have offered him “a gracious and dignified exit” — if, that is, he went quietly.

To call Bolton’s rhetoric undiplomatic is an understatement. He visited Bustani in his capacity as a top U.S. State Department official, yet his behavior was more thuggish. How on earth can a senior diplomat, representing a democratic government, justify implicitly threatening the children of an international official in order to win a political argument? How is such a person now fit to hold the office of national security adviser — the most senior position in the U.S. government that doesn’t require an election win or Senate confirmation?

“The problem with this man is that he’s so ideological, so brutal; he doesn’t open the door to dialogue,” the former OPCW chief told me on the phone. “I don’t know how people can work for him.”

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Bolton’s history of bullying, in fact, is well-documented. Carl W. Ford Jr, the State Department’s former intelligence chief, called Bolton “a serial abuser” of junior employees and “a quintessential kiss-up, kick-down sort of guy.” Testifying before the Senate in 2005, Ford discussed the case of Christian Westermann, the former chief bioweapons analyst at the State Department who had refused to sign off on a speech accusing Cuba of possessing a secret bioweapons program and had been “berated” by Bolton, who “then tried to have him fired.”

Melody Townsel, a former U.S. Agency for International Development contractor, said she was harassed by the short-tempered Bolton, then a lawyer in the private sector, on a visit to Kyrgyzstan in 1994: “Mr Bolton proceeded to chase me through the halls of a Russian hotel — throwing things at me, shoving threatening letters under my door and, generally, behaving like a madman,” she later recalled, in a letter to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

According to Time magazine, his former boss Colin Powell privately warned Republican senators in 2005, during the confirmation hearings for Bolton’s controversial nomination as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, that “he had been troubled by the way Bolton had treated subordinates who did not agree with him.”

Yet the big problem is that Bolton — the “madman,” the “serial abuser,” the “bully” — happens to also be pretty effective at getting things done. This is perhaps what makes him so dangerous. Take the case of Bustani and the OPCW: Bolton succeeded in having the Brazilian removed from his post. Only a few weeks after the U.S. official’s visit to the Hague, the OPCW chief was “pushed out of office” in an extraordinary meeting of the organization’s member countries (and in a decision, incidentally, that an administrative tribunal of the International Labour Organization would later call “unlawful”).

Bolton himself proudly recalled in his memoir how then-Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., criticized his views while praising his abilities during the 2001 congressional hearings to confirm him as undersecretary of state. “My problem with you, over the years, has been, you’re too competent,” Biden remarked, according to Bolton. “I mean, I would rather you be stupid and not very effective.

Now, therefore, is the time to panic; now is the moment to sound the alarm. The bullies have come together. The “ideological” and “brutal” Bolton is about to be given a desk a few feet away from the Oval Office. As national security adviser, he’ll be the first one in the room and the last one out. “Trump is utterly ignorant of the world, prone to making impulsive decisions, and tends to defer to the most forceful voice in the room, especially when it conveys information with confident bluster,” observed Damon Linker in The Week. “That would give Bolton enormous power to shape policy — which means the power to get the United States to launch big new wars as well as expand the numerous ones we’re already waging across wide swaths of the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia.”

Is it any wonder, then, that Bustani — who did so much to prevent the threat of conflict and the proliferation of chemical weapons before being ousted by Bolton — believes the latter’s appointment as Trump’s national security adviser could spell “disaster” for the world?

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George Osborne speaks of his delight after discovering he is Jewish

George Osborne speaks of his delight after discovering he is Jewish

Robert Mendick — The Telegraph.co.uk May 11, 2018

Clarisse Loxton-Peacock and grandson George Osborne. Click to enlarge

George Osborne, the former chancellor of the Exchequer, has discovered that he is Jewish.

The former Tory MP revealed his maternal grandmother Clarisse Loxton-Peacock – a glamorous Hungarian emigre – was a Jew who came to Britain before the war.

Mr Osborne, 46, was informed by his youngest brother Theo who had begun investigating his maternal grandmother’s background after falling in love with a Jewish woman.

Theo Osborne, 33, an investment manager, had embarked on the lengthy process to convert in order to marry his American fiancée Justine Fisher in an orthodox Jewish ceremony.

But part way through a conversion that can take several years, he uncovered documents that proved his grandmother – born Clarisse Feher – and her family had been members of a synagogue in Budapest.

Other evidence, thought to have included Hungarian birth certificates, also demonstrated the family’s Jewish origins.

A rabbinical court – known as the Beth Din – examined the documents and ruled Theo was Jewish. Under orthodox rabbinical law, the Jewish faith passes down through the maternal line, meaning Theo had no need to convert.

That allowed him to marry in an orthodox ceremony that took place last Sunday in the grand setting of the Wormsley estate in Buckinghamshire, owned by the Getty family.

The catering was kosher and the married couple celebrated with traditional Jewish wedding dances.

The ex-chancellor, who stood down as an MP last year and now edits the London Evening Standard, has spoken of his delight.

“The whole family was thrilled to be at my brother Theo and Justine’s wedding on Sunday and to have enjoyed all the tradition and splendour and energy of a great Jewish wedding,” he told the Telegraph.

The Osbornes had never known that their grandmother Clarisse – known to all as Klara – was Jewish. She died in 2004 aged 90 without mentioning to her grandchildren that they were technically Jewish.

“It wasn’t something she ever talked about,” a family friend said.

“She never discussed her Jewish roots. She had never suggested she was Jewish. She hadn’t come to Britain as a refugee from the Nazis or anything like that. She came in the 1930s to study at art college and then stayed. Her parents came from Budapest after the war and settled in London.”

The friend said: “George and Theo were delighted to discover they were Jewish. Their grandmother already had an interesting background but this makes it just that bit more interesting.

“Theo’s girlfriend is from an orthodox Jewish family and Theo had been more than willing to convert but thought it was worth investigating his grandmother. Theo did a bit of digging and found out from various sources that she was Jewish – things like synagogue records that survived in Hungary. The Jewish authorities were happy and so he didn’t need to convert.”

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Analysis of the 30 September 2013 BBC Panorama documentary 'Saving Syria's Children' and related BBC News reports, contending that sequences filmed by BBC personnel and others at Atareb Hospital, Aleppo on 26 August 2013 purporting to show the aftermath of an incendiary bomb attack on a nearby school are largely, if not entirely, staged.

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