Archive for October, 2010

HAPPY HALLOWEEN: SCARY PICTURES FROM THE DARKSIDE…

October 30, 2010

Herr Cheney can still spook people after all these years.

Cheney might be frightening to some, but he’s not to be outdone by this one, screaming from across the aisle…

Nancy Pelosi: when plastic surgery goes wrong.

Nancy Pelosi really did push for Healthcare Reform or whatever it turned out to be (in the end it was a bailout for the Insurance giants) but it could not stem the collagen nightmare on Pennsylvania Ave. But this is not nearly as scary as what would have been had the infamous ‘Drag Series’ of pictures remained hidden from public view- Rudy Giuliani, aka Mr 911,  might have become the Republican nomination for President…

What a drag: the photos that sunk Rudy's lofty political ambitions.

Editor’s Note: We actually have select photos in our premium archive of Al Gore sunbathing with rainbow patterned spandex cycling shorts, but after careful consideration by the editorial team the photos were deemed way too graphic for publishing…


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The IMF and its Corporate Partners Begin Feeding on UK Natural Resources

October 26, 2010

Editors Note: As the green movement continues chasing phantom events like global warming and climate change, real environmental abuses continue to go virtually unchallenged. Case in point: a cash-strapped British Government is preparing to sell off over half of its forest land to a cartel of private corporations  and banks in league with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). It’s an ironic reverse-Robin Hood play, where Sherwood Forest will be pilthered by the rich, away from the people and handed over to an invite-only guestlist of elite  corporations…

Where is the ‘green movement’ during all this? Good question. Most so-called environmental activists have long since disappeared from the actual front-line where protecting natural assets was once top priority. Hungry for money and some media action, most have opted instead for guilty pleasures- indulging in the great green global farce, hell-bent on fighting against the most awesome non-existent enemy of all time- CO2 and climate change. This of course, has been a stroke of genius for the ruling cartel of globalist think tanks, foundations, GMO food producers and the major banks, allowing them to press ahead with what they do best- stripping our natural assets and leaving a toxic mess behind, most of which has gone unreported in recent years. Rather than covering these abuses and real threats, media pundits have chosen the CO2 bait; editors in the major media outlets have opted intstead to promote their glossy green sections and devote airtime to the new populist green version of  environmental news. A true fast-food media agenda. Like other dumbed-down causes… the War on Terror, the Cold War and Lady GaGa’s shopping habits- climate change is simple to sell and doesn’t require too much thought on the part of the audience. All this while millions of green-washed activists, hippies and young people waste their valuable energy, time, effort and money on a feel-good, apocalyptic green orgy of ignorant bliss.

Hate to say it… but we told you so.

If you consider yourself an environmental activist, then this video OpEd by James Corbett should be required viewing:

The Great IMF Fire Sale of the UK Has Begun 

Phil Brennan
Infowars

October 25, 2010

The British Government is about to sell off over half of all UK Forests that are currently under the control of the Forestry Commission to private corporations as the asset-stripping of the UK is begun on behalf of the International Monetary Fund and the Big Six Beast Banks.

Caroline Spelman, the environment secretary, has just announced plans to sell around half of our forests to the mega-corporations – that is 150,000 hectares of prime woodland – as well as numerous other properties. The New Forest, Sherwood Forest, and the Forest of Dean could be targeted for sale.

The Sunday Telegraph provided a map of which forests are owned by the state through the Forestry Commission:

Under the direction of the IMF, bankrupt Britain is preparing to sell-off on the cheap half its remaining woodlands to corporations.

The vast majority of these forests are in Wales, West Scotland and the North East of England.

Most of these forests will be sold off to housing developers, timber merchants, power generators and Centre-Parcs Ltd for golf courses and holiday camps. Our right of access to these forests will be severely curtailed, and we will have lost a great natural resource that can never be bought back for the People.

As we have already stated, this selling off of prime forestry land is part of the mass looting that will occur by the IMF on behalf of the Big Six Beast Banks and Mega-Corporations.

During the IMF Riots in Greece, the Greek government was busy selling off several islands to the same bankers who deliberately bankrupted Greece in the first place, so it comes as no surprise that similar things are being done here. What does come as a surprise is that this IMF Fire-Sale is occurring even before the British people have had their IMF Austerity Riots.

British natural assets are in danger of being looted by the banks.

Then there is the issue of the UN’s Agenda 21 – how they plan to push the vast majority of people into big cities and out of the countryside so that the people will be far easier to control as the One World Government takes over. Once crushed within cities, living standards will go down remarkably and access to land for us will be at a premium. We will become more and more reliant on mega-corporations to supply our food and other resources, which puts us in danger of manufactured scarcity and mass starvation, because we will not have independent means of growing our own food as more and more public land within the cities will be sold off for dormitory-style housing projects under Agenda 21.

In the United States they are already trying to make it illegal to grow your own food through S510, and it is only a matter of time before the Communitarian European Union Dictatorship follows suit. This is to be done through Codex Alimentarius under the World Trade Organisation.

Meanwhile, rioting in the streets will not do any good for us as the IMF, World Bank, and United Nations are hell-bent on bankrupting the people so that we will not be able to effectively resist the One World Government being put in place for the benefit of the Globalist Elites and the Mega-Corporations. The government wants us to riot so that they can crack down hard on us and then use the riots as an excuse to implement even more of the New World Order Control Grid around us.

Targeted peaceful protests are the only means to fight against the IMF Fire-Sale of our forests, which means all us old anti-bypass protesters and Tree-Pixies (tree-squatters) are going to have to come out of retirement to show the younger ones how it is done, while we have the means of peaceful protest still available to us. This is not just about preventing our criminal government from selling the national silver, this is also about our civil liberties as the deliberate economic collapse gathers pace in order to put people into poverty and under more government control.

This is a fight against neo-feudalism, a fight for our very lives.

Global Warming? Siberian swans signal start of yet another Arctic winter

October 21, 2010

Editors Note: After a decade of pressing on with their man-made global warming theory, the UN’s esteemed IPCC has been tripped up again by a higher power, namely, Mother Nature. For all the faithful followers of the climate change fear movement, brace yourself for yet another record-breaking winter snap in 2010-2011. In the UK, snow has already fallen inYorkshire and drivers were stranded in cars following blizzards in Scotland. How many consecutive record-breaking winters will it take before we finally wake up to the reality that man’s CO2 is not heating up the globe and causing seas to rise and come to terms with the fact that any policies built on the back of this 21st century science fiction should be binned immediately? At any rate, it’s time to bundle up…

The first migrating Siberian swans have arrived three weeks early as Britain braces itself for a blast of Arctic weather.

By Heidi Blake
Oct 19, 2010
Telegraph

The birds fly 2,500 miles from Russia each year to escape the freezing winds blowing behind them. According to folklore, their early arrival signals the start of a long, harsh winter.

Migrating Bewick Swans have already started their annual exodus in search of a warmer climate.

Eight Bewick swans touched down in Britain late on Sunday night, marking the earliest arrival since 2003.

They landed as a blast of cold air swept in from the Arctic, bringing frost and sub-zero temperatures to many parts over the weekend. The village of Benson near Wallingford, Oxfordshire, recorded the lowest temperature of 38.3 degrees Fahrenheit (-3.5C) on Saturday night.

The Met Office forecasts that it will get even colder by mid-week, with daytime temperatures as low as 41 degrees Fahrenheit (5C) in some parts and cold winds expected to bring a dusting of snow to higher ground in the north.

The birds landed at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust nature reserve at Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, and will be followed by around 300 more over the coming weeks.

Last year, the first swans landed two weeks later but in much larger numbers, marking the start of the coldest winter for 31 years.

Staff spotted the Bewick swans, distinguishable by a bright yellow patch at the top of their beaks, at dawn yesterday.

James Lees, the reserve warden, said: “Forecasters have predicted it will be just as cold this winter as last and the Bewick’s’ early arrival could support this, and could even mean we are in for an even colder winter this year.

“If nothing else they have brought the Arctic weather with them as this week is set to be fairly chilly.”

CIA paid Liverpool FC and Boston Red Sox tycoon millions… to use jet for ‘torture’ flights

October 20, 2010

By Sharon Churcher and Chris Hastings
Mail Online

A jet owned by a senior executive in the US firm which has bought Liverpool Football Club was chartered by the CIA and used in flights allegedly linked to the rendition of terror suspects.

The plane is owned by Phillip Morse, 69, the vice-chairman of New England Sports Ventures, which bought the club on Friday for £300million.

Inquiries by the European Parliament and human rights groups have linked the plane to alleged extraordinary rendition operations which took place during the same period.

Liverpool FC and Red Sox tycoon Philip Morse earning extra pocket money by renting his private jet out to the CIA for "torture flights"

 A European Parliament report linked the jet directly to the abduction of Abu Omar, an Islamic preacher, who was snatched from a Milan street by the CIA in 2003 before being taken to Cairo.

Extraordinary rendition entails the abduction and transfer of a terrorist suspect from one country to another. People have been taken to states such as Egypt, Syria, Morocco and Uzbekistan which are suspected of practising torture in violation of a United Nations Convention.

The disclosure that such a senior figure in New England Sports Ventures (NESV) has been paid millions by the CIA is likely to alarm football fans already concerned that one of the country’s most prestigious clubs is still in American hands.

An investigation has established that between 2002 and 2005 the CIA chartered the plane from Mr Morse for millions of pounds and made extensive use of it.

After being hog-tied and blindfolded aboard the CIA Gulfstream jet, it's unlikely that Abu Omar will ever support Liverpool FC again.

Mr Omar was snatched by the CIA in 2003 despite having been granted political asylum by the Italian government. He was moved to an American air force base at Aviano near Venice before being transported to a NATO base in Ramstein in Germany. He was then flown from Germany to Cairo.

The European Parliament report reproduced flight documents for Mr Morse’s jet, which carries the logo of the Boston Red Sox baseball team, also owned by NESV, on its tail fin. The 19-seater Gulfstream IV, with the registration N85VM, flew from Washington to Ramstein on February 4, 2003.

On February 17, the day of Mr Omar’s abduction and rendition, the plane left Ramstein at 6.52pm and arrived in Cairo at 10.30pm. The following day the plane made the return journey to Washington via Shannon in Ireland…
READ FULL STORY HERE

The cold truth: Climate Science is anything but “settled”

October 18, 2010

The debate is now open: watch this fantastic and informative 5 part interview series with the UK’s Lord Monckton covering all aspects of the great global warming and climate change debate – IPCC scientific fraud, global government and the realisation of a New World Order designed by a global elite…

   A sharp and very complete interview with the UK’s Lord Christopher Monckton (Part 2 of 5)
  (Part 3 of 5)

After a decade of intense brainwashing, people are beginning to realise the truth about man-made global warming

Special thanks to Prison Planet TV for this informative series.

IRISH HIGH COURT UPHOLDS VICTORY FOR INTERNET PRIVACY

October 13, 2010

By Patrick Henningsen
21st Century Wire
Oct 12, 2010

The ongoing global battle between internet users and mega-media corporations saw a rare victory for the free internet community in Ireland this week.  Leading Irish internet service provider UPC won a Dublin High Court legal battle against the major record companies over online music file sharing and ISP customer privacy.

The world’s corporate music industry has been keen to institute draconian measures against ISP users in Ireland, which would be administered by traffic-monitoring equipment that would scan, flag and record all content that is shared and downloaded by all ISP customer account holders in that country.

Under the local guise of the Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA), music moguls Warner Music, Universal Music, Sony, BMG and EMI Records have sought for the last decade to control the flow of digital content through their global cartel. Ideally, this cartel would control the flow and sharing of all music intellectual property, policing individual users and their ISP’s with a seemingly bottomless multi-million dollar legal trough. Using Ireland as a test ground for their new policy, the cartel has sought to enforce a self-styled “three strikes system” against ISP’s and their customers.

 

From Napster to Limewire: ultimately it's a case of the people's privacy vs the music industry.

 

Slashdot reports: “The High Court in Dublin ruled today that there was no precedent in Irish law to force ISPs to identify and disconnect people accused of illegally downloading copyrighted files. The court case was spurred by objections to the recording industry’s three-strikes system from Irish internet provider UPC. Earlier this year, Eircom, one of Ireland’s other large ISPs, gave in and implemented the system, as we discussed previously. This resulted in many of the more ‘technical’ users leaving that ISP in droves. Nice to see an ISP willing to take a stand.”

This key legal decision will certainly be good news for dozens of smaller ISPs in Ireland who have been awaiting the news from the UPC case in order to measure their own ability to fight the powerful international music recording cartel.
Collusion lawsuit possible

Vodaphone, O2 and 3 Network each have lucrative, existing deals signed with the international music cartel regarding licensed music and video content for their mobile network phone users. As the mobile phone network providers continue to make serious inroads into the home ISP market, the potential for corporate collusion will certainly grow. Evidence suggests that a collusion may exist between large corporate ISPs and the music cartel in Ireland, as Vodafone Ireland and Meteor (Ireland’s third largest mobile service provider) have been engaged in private meetings with the record companies in order to lobby for their new “three strikes for fileswappers”. Should the music label cartel become successful in getting Vodafone on board, their new, albeit arguably illegal mandate, would cover nearly two-thirds of all Irish broadband households. The cartel initially sued Irish leader Eircom in order to stop its ISP customers from file-sharing by cutting off their internet broadband accounts- a move which forced Eircom into the music cartel camp, as well as sending a stark warning to other service providers who are not willing to capitulate to a blanket control of internet users throughout the country.
‘Big Brother’ fears are very real

One of the objectives of music cartel pressure on service providers is to force the ISPs (at their own expense) to install a new generation sophisticated traffic-monitoring equipment that will examine the content of its subscribers. This mechanism was initially challenged in the Irish courts by the Data Protection Commissioner prompting a key legal debate over whether or not IP addresses constitute ‘personal information’. The initial court ruling interpretation is that a person’s IP address does not constitute personal data. It remains to be seen exactly how large companies like Eircom will legally be able to differentiate between a variety downloaded and shared user content without infringing on privacy laws.
Clearly this UPC legal victory will embolden the collective of smaller ISPs in Ireland who are preparing to lock horns with the cartel, but the fight is one which will rage on. On the front end of this global battle is the issue of intellectual property and rightful music royalties. But the back end- historically the most important end of any technological policy debate, is ultimately about personal privacy and civil liberties.
The looming Big Brother State will have a relatively easy entry point into your home should the music cartel succeed in this running legal war, another reason why this issue should be on the radar of users who place a value on personal data and retaining the privacy of their user content.

Obama accused of exaggerating terror threat for political gain

October 9, 2010

Editor’s Note: Playing around with the terror threat level worked fairly well for the Bush Administration. Now Obama has discovered this handy little spanner in his executive public relations tool chest. Amazingly, many people still fall for this tired Orwellian school lunch time announcement prank. Part of our mission here at 21st Century Wire is to offer solutions, so we have devised a new system for the Obama Administration which we hope will help move things forward...

 

The team at 21st Century Wire has put forward a new 'Terror Chart' which Washington may use in future.

 

Pakistani diplomat launches scathing attack on White House 

European intelligence claims raised terror alerts ‘nonsensical’

By Simon Tisdall and Richard Norton-Taylor
The Guardian
Oct 8, 2010

A US terror alert issued this week about al-Qaida plots to attack targets in western Europe was politically motivated and not based on credible new information, senior Pakistani diplomats and European intelligence officials have told the Guardian.

The non-specific US warning, which despite its vagueness led Britain, France and other countries to raise their overseas terror alert levels, was an attempt to justify a recent escalation in US drone and helicopter attacks inside Pakistan that have “set the country on fire”, said Wajid Shamsul Hasan, the high commissioner to Britain.

 

French police carry out security checks at Gare du Nord following the US terror warnings (PHOTO: Franck Prevel/Getty Images)

 

Hasan, a veteran diplomat who is close to Pakistan’s president, suggested the Obama administration was playing politics with the terror threat before next month’s midterm congressional elections, in which the Republicans are expected to make big gains.

He also claimed President Obama was reacting to pressure to demonstrate that his Afghan war strategy and this year’s troop surge, which are unpopular with the American public, were necessary.

“I will not deny the fact that there may be internal political dynamics, including the forthcoming midterm American elections. If the Americans have definite information about terrorists and al-Qaida people, we should be provided [with] that and we could go after them ourselves,” Hasan said.

“Such reports are a mixture of frustrations, ineptitude and lack of appreciation of ground realities. Any attempt to infringe the sovereignty of Pakistan would not bring about stability in Afghanistan, which is presumably the primary objective of the American and Nato forces.”

Dismissing claims of a developed, co-ordinated plot aimed at Britain, France and Germany, European intelligence officials also pointed the finger at the US, and specifically at the White House. “To stitch together [the terror plot claims] in a seamless narrative is nonsensical,” said one well-placed official.

While Abdul Jabbar, a Briton, and others killed by an American drone strike on 8 September in North Waziristan, in Pakistan’s tribal areas, were heard discussing co-ordinated plots, including possible “commando-style” attacks on prominent buildings and tourist sites in European capitals, security and intelligence officials said the plots were nowhere near fruition.

READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

NATO: FOSTERING A NEW GENERATION OF ORGANISED CRIME OVERSEAS

October 8, 2010

By Patrick Henningsen
21st Century Wire
Oct 8, 2010

There was a time when the theatre of war remained exclusive from the type of blue-collar crime, racketeering and fraud we entertain at home. Throughout the 20th century, organised rackets were a venerable industry in America. Within an official military context, activities like “insurance jobs”, staged lorry thefts, narcotics and human trafficking are not exactly simple fayre for the average commissioned soldier. For a private contractor however, this kind of under-the-table work can land an easy payday for anyone organised and bold enough to go through with it.

Truck drivers, security guards, fork lift operators, stock checkers, middle managers and a few key bent police officers all working in collusion with each other to take in merchandise and then distribute it through black market channels. Everyone gets a cut along the way. This might be a scene straight out the Baltimore shipping yards in the popular HBO series The Wire. It could be from any US teamster-controlled port, or any Sicilian Mafia-controlled market in Italy, or Marseilles. It’s organised crime. And it’s the exact same blueprint we are witnessing in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The Wire's Baltimore crime syndicates are not unlike those in NATO's war zone (PHOTO: Nicole Rivelli)

According to a recent report from the BBC this week, some owners of oil tankers being used to supply fuel to Nato Forces in Afghanistan believe that some of the attacks on their convoys are suspicious. Yes, you heard that right. Contractors have been caught red-handed attacking their own vehicles whilst travelling from Pakistan to Afghanistan.

The reports explains, “Evidence suggests that bombs have been planted in the tankers by the “Nato contractors” – individuals or companies who have been contracted by Nato to supply fuel and goods to forces in Afghanistan.”

NATO contractors have developed creative new streams of criminal income (PHOTO: AP)

Dost Mohammad, an oil tanker owner from Nowshera district, stated that a Nato contractor had recently been caught trying to plant a bomb in an oil tanker. He added that the contractor had apparently sold off the fuel before staging a bombing of the vehicle. “Only 2,000 litres from the original 50,000 litres had been left in the tanker to cover up the crime,” he said.

While NATO and US operations have alternative supply routes into Afghanistan, the Pakistani route still remains the cheapest and most convenient. With no regulation or real oversight, it has become a virtual breeding ground for the teamster-style criminal. In the case of fuel transport, it’s a win-win situation for the contractor. According to Mohammad : “If an old vehicle is burnt, Nato gives them money for a new vehicle. In addition, they receive compensation for all the fuel lost as well.”

In these regions, under the tax-payer funded protection of US and NATO forces, private security and civilian contractors currently control both the white and black markets in most major goods and services, no doubt helped in part by a few key cooperative people in the military and government structures. The results are becoming clear: in and amongst these many thousands of private contractors, you now have an established criminal class that has been allowed to mature and develop their own unique supply lines and niche black markets over the past decade.

It’s not enough to get a no-bid contract in an occupation zone, or for blue-collar workers to be paid in excess of $1000 per day tax-free. No, they have additional needs. It seems that the best practices of classic American and European organised crime has well and truly made its way into the war zone, having established a virtual criminal’s playground.

At home, this class of blue-collar ‘goodfellas’ crime, insurance fraud and larceny is harder and harder to pull off because law and order mostly rules, and strict regulation applies to trade. The days of the wild west and the hay days of the black syndicates are mostly long gone. Over the decades our authorities at home have gotten wise to certain shady practices, and insurance claims investigators are too good at their jobs to be hoodwinked.  In places like US occupied Iraq, NATO occupied Afghanistan and Pakistan, however, the criminal war booty is plentiful and the market is wide open for business.

The BBC report follows the revelation recently that British soldiers sent to fight the Taliban were buying drugs from Afghan dealers and shipping them back home to Britain. Heroin and other drugs are apparently being smuggled in by a syndicate group of soldiers returning each week to RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire. The temptation would be too much to resist, as Afghanistan is the source of 90 per cent of the world’s opium. This is not so shocking, as throughout history drugs and war have often gone hand in hand. The same situation we find in Afghanistan would also apply to cocaine stocks if US or NATO troops and private contractors were to occupy Columbia or Peru.

We are witnessing a major trend. Subsidised by the State, war zones have provided a lucrative market for private organised crime over the last 20 years. Examples of Dyncorp and Halliburton’s sex trafficking rings in Bosnia, Blackwater’s mercenary death squads in Iraq, Germany’s private waste disposal firm Ecolog AG’s drug running operations in Afghanistan are all well documented by now.

It’s clear that the US and NATO occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan have been designed to last for 50 years or more, similar to the permanent operation along the DMZ in Korea, staffed by over 30,000 military and civilians since its construction in the late 1950’s. Western interests clearly hope to colonise and bring eventual ‘civilisation’ to these war-torn regions and once business stability is achieved, the corporations can move in properly. Recently, a delegation of representatives from 14 American companies sets off for Iraq, on what the US Commerce Department referred to in a freudian slip, “the first trade mission since the end of the US government’s combat operations in Iraq.”

After the corporations are able to harvest these fresh new markets, the bulk of occupational forces and throngs of contractors will eventually wind down. Then the real fun begins at home. After honing their criminal skills overseas, namely… fraud, larceny, protection rackets, extortion, bomb making… and in some cases murder, these thousands of professional criminal contractors will be returning to an economically weakened US and Europe with enough cash and muscle, to stake a claim in one of many new domestic organised crime arenas.

As if we don’t have enough domestic criminals to contend with already.

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About the author: Patrick Henningsen is an independent writer, filmmaker, communications consultant and managing editor of 21st Century Wire.

Contact: pj.henningsen@gmail.com

About the author: Patrick Henningsen is an independent writer, filmmaker, communications consultant and managing editor of 21st Century Wire.

Contact: pj.henningsen@gmail.com

Eco-warrior Osama Bin Laden Joins the Climate Camp

October 6, 2010

Editor’s Note: You really can’t make this up; an incredible story and indicative of the times we are living in. It seems that the phantom terror chief has joined in the environmental fight againt man-made global warming, imploring the West to deal with a similarly phantom menace- climate change and implement ‘preventive measures’ against extreme weather events. This new green avatar of bin Laden even sets forth guideline for greener dams and bridges to cope with what Al Gore refers to as CO2-induced ‘extreme weather events’. If you believe that this timely message came from Bin Laden himself, then it follows that you will also believe that mankind’s CO2 is heating up the atmosphere. Bin Laden and Climate Change are the two top selling products of fear on the mass media market today- here we can offer you a nice little 2-for-1 agitprop package.


By Wissam Keyrouz
Oct 5, 2010
Yahoo News

DUBAI (AFP) – Osama bin Laden has expressed concern about global climate change and flooding in Pakistan, in an audiotape aired on the Internet, his first public remarks since March, a monitoring group said on Friday.

“The number of victims caused by climate change is very big… bigger than the victims of wars,” said the voice, whose authenticity could not be immediately verified and was made available by SITE Intelligence Group.

The tape would be the first time Bin Laden has spoken publicly since March 25. It was not clear when the tape was made, but bin Laden congratulated Muslims on the holy fasting month of Ramadan which ended September 10.

GREEN WARRIOR: Latest audio release where Bin Laden panders to Al Gore's global warming theory.

“The catastrophe (in Pakistan) is very big and it is difficult to describe it,” said the leader of Al-Qaeda. “What we are facing… calls for generous souls and brave men to take serious and prompt action to provide relief for their Muslim brothers in Pakistan.”

Bin Laden made a series of recommendations to deal with climate changes namely preventive measures that he said should be taken by governments in the face of disasters.

“Providing tents, food and medicine is a duty… but the disasters (facing many Muslim countries) are much bigger than what is being offered.

“Action should not be confined to providing emergency aid… but to set up a capable relief task force that has the knowledge and experience needed to meet the challenges”.

One of them is “setting up studies of urban areas that lie by rivers and valleys in the Muslim world, pointing to floods that hit the Saudi city of Jeddah earlier this year”.

He also called for a review of security guidelines concerning dams and bridges in Muslim nations and said more should be done to invest in agriculture to guarantee food security for all.

“Investment in agriculture needs a lot of efforts and yields small gains. The issue today is not about gains or losses, but about life or death.”

In one of two tapes issued in January, bin Laden blamed major industrial nations for climate change, a statement the US State Department said showed that he was struggling to stay relevant.

In his most recent remarks, he warned that Al-Qaeda would kill Americans if the alleged mastermind of the 2001 attacks on the United States, Khaled Sheikh Mohammed, were executed.

Plans to send Mohammed to trial just steps away from his alleged crime in New York had to be put on hold after a furious public backlash over potential costs and security threats.

In another statement in January, he claimed responsibility for the botched Christmas Day bombing attempt of a US airliner and vowing further strikes on American targets.

Bin Laden also referred to US support for Israel in the January message.

“God willing, our attacks against you will continue as long as you maintain your support to Israel,” he said.

Bin Laden’s whereabouts are unknown, but in August, the US commander in Afghanistan, General David Petraeus, said bin Laden is “far buried” in the remote mountains between Afghanistan and Pakistan and that capturing him remains a key task.

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BANKER FORECLOSURE FRAUD REACHES EPIC PROPORTIONS IN THE US

October 5, 2010

At first glance, this is a shocking video report by US Congressman Alan Grayson. But if you’ve been following the housing bubble since 2007, it should come as little surprise that the illustrious banking community would eventually sink to the lowest depths of fraud imaginable. It appears that the bankers’ mortgage and foreclosure fraud has reached ever new and impressive heights in the US…

    Congressman Alan Grayson is now on the hunt for fraudulent bankers.

Grayson blamed the massive foreclosure problems largely on the electronic shortcut called “MERS”. “The banks simply digitized mortgage titles into a privatized system, called the Mortgage Electronic Registry System (or MERS),” he said. “And it did the transfers by trading Excel spreadsheets among the banks and trusts, rather than endorsing the notes as required by their own contracts, by state real estate law and by IRS rules.” He stated that 60 million properties are recorded in the name of MERS — 60% of the mortgages in the USA, and 97% of the loans made between 2005 and 2008.

On October 1, Bank of America announced that it was delaying foreclosures in 23 states.

The same day, Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal took the radical step of putting a halt to all foreclosures from all banks in his state.
READ THE FULL REPORT HERE

SMASH & GRAB: Bankers and their Lawyers are preparing for a hasty exit from their decade-long mortgage debacle in the US.