It shouldn’t have surprised anyone when the six nations which make up the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) called on their Western protectors to enforce a no-fly zone in the skies over Libya in 2010. Or that these same monarchies scurried to arm the same al Qaeda terrorists they were protecting in Libya as they invaded Syria in a failed attempt to overthrow the Assad government. Continue reading
Three years ago Rudolf M. Elmer, former head of the Cayman Islands office of the prominent Swiss bank Julius Baer, announced that he had handed over to Wikileaks information on 2,000 prominent individuals and companies that he says engaged in tax evasion and other criminal activity. Elmer described those exposed as “pillars of society”.
In a March 7, 2011 article in The Independent of London titled “America’s Secret Plan to Arm Libya’s Rebels”, journalist Robert Fisk reported that the Obama Administration had asked Saudi Arabia to arm the Libyan rebels. The Saudis complied and later backed the same al Qaeda rebels in Syria. The Saudis also invaded Bahrain to save the al-Khalifa monarchy. Continue reading
The global elite know that energy is paramount to life. Control over energy means control over people. Four giant companies are now making a play to own not just all the oil, but virtually all energy sources on the planet. In my book Big Oil & Their Bankers…, I dub them the Four Horsemen. They are Royal Dutch/Shell, Exxon Mobil, Chevron Texaco & BP Amoco. Continue reading
On that now infamous day of April 20, 2010, BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig was flying the flag of the Marshall Islands in our Gulf of Mexico, so that the rig’s owner Transocean could dodge its US tax bill.
Already in 1999 the company had moved its headquarters from Houston to the Cayman Islands to ditch the tax man. In 2008 Transocean, having merged with Global Sante Fe, settled into Zug, Switzerland. While the company now employs 1,300 people in Houston and only a dozen in Zug, the tax haven moves have saved the company some $1.8 billion since 1999. Continue reading
In 1928 Sir John Cadman of BP held a little meeting at his Achnacarry, Scotland castle. In attendance were Sir Henry Deterding of Royal Dutch/Shell, later an avid supporter of Adolf Hitler; Walter Teagle of Exxon, who later shipped chemicals to the Nazis; and William Mellon of Gulf Oil, which is now part of the ChevronTexaco abomination. Continue reading
(Part one of a three-part series excerpted from Chapter 1: David Rockefeller & the Shah of Iran: Big Oil & Their Bankers…)
In 1872 British Baron Julius du Reuter was granted an exclusive 50-year mining and communications concession in Persia by that country’s Peacock Throne monarchy. By 1921 the British government had installed Shah Mohammed Reza Khan in a palace coup. With their puppet in place, du Reuter’s firm, one of the British Empire’s most important tentacles, busied itself exploiting the rich oil reserves of Iran. Continue reading
When I crossed the border from Botswana into Zimbabwe in 2009 I had travelled to 50 countries. The entire 30-year odyssey is chronicled in my book The Grateful Unrich: Revolution in 50 Countries. I feel fortunate to have been able to see so much of this beautiful planet, but I guess I sorta’ planned it that way.
Ever since that first trip to Europe as trombone player in my high school jazz band, I was bound and determined that I would always have a cash reserve to pay for that next plane ticket and that I would never let a job get it the way of traveling. As such, any kind of “career” was out of the question. The act of travel was just too important. Continue reading
Russian warships continue to stream into the Eastern Mediteranean. Infowars.com reports that Chinese warships are doing the same. Hezbollah fighters cross the Syrian border with Lebanon en masse. Iran says it will target US embassies in the region if we attack Syria.
Last year, for the first time since the 1979 Iranian Revolution, two Iranian warships entered the Suez Canal bound for the Mediterranean. The frigate and supply ship conducted training exercises with the Syrian military. Continue reading
While Americans line up at the gas pump for their annual Labor Day fleecing, Exxon Mobil reported 2012 earnings of $44.9 billion. That’s $300 million shy of the all-time record for corporate profits. That record belongs to – you guessed it – Exxon Mobil. So much for Labor Day. Global monopoly capital, now pushing for war in Syria, is firmly in the driver’s seat.
(Excerpted from Chapter 7: The Four Horsemen: Big Oil & Their Bankers…)
In 1975 British writer Anthony Sampson penned The Seven Sisters, bestowing a collective name on a shadowy oil cartel, which throughout its history has sought to eliminate competitors and control the world’s oil resource. Sampson’s “Seven Sisters” name came from independent Italian oil man Enrico Mattei. Continue reading
The Rothschild family combined with the Dutch House of Orange to found Bank of Amsterdam in the early 1600’s as the world’s first private central bank. Prince William of Orange married into the English House of Windsor, taking King James II’s daughter Mary as his bride. The Orange Order Brotherhood, which more recently fomented Northern Ireland Protestant violence, put William III on the English throne where he ruled both Holland and Britain. In 1694 William III teamed up with the Rothschilds to launch the Bank of England.
The Old Lady of Threadneedle Street- as the Bank of England is known- is surrounded by thirty foot walls. Three floors beneath it the third largest stock of gold bullion in the world is stored. The biggest hoard lies beneath the Rothschild-controlled Federal Reserve Bank of New York. According to the excellent movie The Money Masters, much of this gold was confiscated from now-empty vaults at Fort Knox as collateral on US debt obligations to the Eight Families Federal Reserve crowd. Continue reading
The image of Boston Brahmin Secretary of State John Kerry huddled amongst monarchs and despots to announce that the US would openly arm the Syrian al Qaeda MI6 creation reminds one of the phrase ”filthy rich” – coined to describe the early excesses of the Knights Templar wing of the City of London/Rothschild banksters. With allies like these unelected Muslim Brotherhood stooges, Kerry needs no enemies. Continue reading
Development decisions, whether made by public administrators in Montana or in the Third World are presently made within the parameters allowed for by the international capitalist economy. The structure of this economy allows for absentee land owners, transnational processors and their creditors to exploit resources and labor on a global scale. Local people who produce actual wealth with their labor are forced into price competition with workers half way around the globe and are left in poverty by those who control the means of production, processing and marketing of the goods they produce.
Poverty is the biggest drain on our natural resources. You cannot separate sustainable development from social equity – Maximo Kalaw, President of the Haribon foundation for the Conservation of Natural Resources in the Philippines
Intertwined with the social crisis is a crisis that has emerged directly from man’s exploitation of the planet – Murray Bookchin, The Concept of Social Ecology
The Philippines ranks 14th in terms of world food production, with just a fraction of the global population living on its soils. Yet, according to conservative World Bank statistics, 75% of its children are malnourished and 65% of all Filipinos live below the poverty line, 30 million of whom live in “absolute poverty”, not even able to satisfy basic needs. Continue reading
Five weeks before the welcome end of the worst American Presidency in the history of the republic, el jeffe Bush did his best to go down as the Herbert Hoover of the new century, announcing with glee his traitorous plan to allow an “orderly bankruptcy” of the Big 3 American auto manufacturers - companies which formed the backbone of American industry since the early 1900′s.
Simultaneous to this Crown-inspired treason, Southern Senate Republicans - well-paid by the foreign auto-makers who have flocked to their retrograde states to avoid paying union wages - concurred. These are the very same people who parade around Washington playing “super patriot” when it comes to bombing civilian populations and feeding the military-industrial complex. But a ribbon on the bumper of your SUV doesn’t do shit for our misplaced troops, one of whom is my best friend whose convoy was attacked near Ramadi two years ago. Continue reading
The success of the Obama Administration in bringing about meaningful change to America hinges on a total rebuke of the phony but much touted War on Terror, along with the entire Homeland Security gestapo that came along with it. The War on Terror was concocted by the Bush Mafia to justify the oil occupation of Iraq, the gas pipeline occupation of Afghanistan, and the shredding of our Constitution.
Unless one is willing to debunk the War on Terror there can be no exit from the fear-based reactionary politics that have decimated our Bill of Rights, bankrupted our Treasury through the buildup of Homeland Security apparatus, and pulled us into anti-democratic occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.
The hard pill which the American people have yet to swallow is that now that the US occupation has ended in Iraq, Prime Minister Malaki will fall. Likewise, as soon as we pull all troops out of Afghanistan, Prime Minister Karzai is toast. The idiot Republican “look how great the surge worked” crowd, basking as ever in their Empirical delusions, will immediately blame these collapses on Obama-ordered withdrawals. Nothing will be further from the truth. Again. Continue reading
With economic indicators heading south again, President Obama should be thinking big and using his momentum to “flood the zone” during his State of the Union address tonight. He should outline a New Deal-type stimulus package that will help the US economy out of the doldrums and he should get tough on the banksters that put us here.
The real issue underlying the 2008 economic collapse has yet to be dealt with. Until banks began acting like banks and lend money again, instead of gambling QE1-3 at the commodities bubble casino, the economy will be unable to count on the private sector to pull it out of its downward spiral. We need a massive New Deal to both provide work for people and to modernize out ailing infrastructure. Continue reading
The most important change that the Obama administration can make is in our relationship with Israel and its Arab neighbors. I am guardedly optimistic that the Chuck Hagel nomination for Secretary of Defense foreshadows such a change.
For far too long Israel has dictated US foreign policy in the Middle East and elsewhere. This is because, as I outline in my book Big Oil & Their Bankers…, Israel is not so much a “Jewish homeland” as it is a creation of the Rothschild central banking monopoly which controls our Federal Reserve, the Bank of England, Royal Dutch Shell and scores of other financial and industrial behemoths. Continue reading
One of the great things about traveling overseas is that you don’t tend to watch much television. Fine by me. I think if every American tossed their tube there would be a revolution inside of a week. It has long been the primary tool of the global elite in the brainwashing of the masses.
When we do have a room with a TV while travelling we are always struck by the varying quality of the international news channels. In Thailand we got Le Monde out of France, the British BBC, DW from Germany, China’s CCTV, Al Jazeera from Qatar, NHK out of Japan, as well as news channels from South Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, Russia and the US. Continue reading