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Son of MI6 chief ‘killed in car crash’ in Scotland — RT UK News

Published time: 1 Apr, 2019 17:10 Edited time: 1 Apr, 2019 17:18 The son of...

MI6 chief makes secret Israel visit to discuss Iran nuclear program: Report

The head of Britain's foreign spy agency MI6 has reportedly made a secret visit to Tel Aviv and exchanged views with Israeli intelligence officials...
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Video: Pablo Miller spyline: Litvinenko & Skripal’s MI6 handler – UK role in Polonium...

Pablo Miller spyline story; British role in Russiagate (anti Russian propaganda) – John Goss, discusses who Pablo Miller is – Russian spy defector handler...
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Video: Anti Russia & anti-Corbyn lies – funded by Foreign Office and MI6 –...

Investigative reports: with Lucy Morgan-Edwards: https://politicsthisweek.wordpress.com/2019/01/17/bcfms-weekly-politics-show-presented-by-tony-gosling-131/ ... Via Youtube
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Video: MI6: licence to undermine Corbyn. Government funding anti-Labour trolls on social media

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MI6 chief lures young Brits into espionage with Russia-bashing — RT UK News

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MI6 architect displays the park of the future — RT UK News

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Video: CrossTalk Bullhorns: Trump & MI6 (Extended version)

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Video: Chepiga/Mishkin? Is Bellingcat/Eliot Higgins MI6 ‘countergang’ 4 censored Julian Assange/Wikileaks?

Second hour: Investigative reports: Bellingcat and Skripal affair: government says of Bellingcats investigation: 'no conclusive evidence'; ... Via Youtube
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Video: Chepiga/Mishkin? Is Bellingcat/Eliot Higgins MI6 ‘countergang’ 4 censored Julian Assange/Wikileaks?

Second hour: Investigative reports: Bellingcat and Skripal affair: government says of Bellingcats investigation: 'no conclusive evidence'; ... Via Youtube
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Video: Chepiga/Mishkin? Is Bellingcat/Eliot Higgins MI6 ‘countergang’ 4 censored Julian Assange/Wikileaks?

Second hour: Investigative reports: Bellingcat and Skripal affair: government says of Bellingcats investigation: 'no conclusive evidence'; ... Via Youtube
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Video: QE counterfeiters: ‘Global Russian cyber-attacks’ commissioned by NATO’s CIA & MI6?

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RT & Former UK Ambassador Exposing CIA-MI6 Control Over Western ‘News’ Media

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One of Britain’s most wanted fugitives has finally been tracked down in Switzerland after six...

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A former UK intelligence chief appeared on the BBC to push for Western strikes on...
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Video: MI6’s Skripal Psychological Warfare Operation: Novichok, Salisbury, Viktoria, Yulia

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CIA & MI6 may offer Skripals new IDs, relocation to Five Eyes country –...

US and British intelligence agencies may offer Sergei and Yulia Skripal new identities and relocation...
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Video: British MI6 had motive to murder Skripal – Saddam, Gaddafi, Assad, now regime...

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Video: #Novichok Hysteria: MI6 fake news agent Sergei Skripal’s Salisbury nerve agent provocation?

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Former MI6 spy Steele to give evidence in ‘dossier’ libel case — RT US...

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Fatal Quad: Who Is Assassinating Former MI6 Assets On British Soil?

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Ex-MI6 chief ‘not convinced Russia influenced Brexit’ — RT UK News

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Ex-MI6 spy who compiled Trump-Russia collusion dossier says it’s ‘70 to 90% accurate’ —...

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MI6, MI5 & GCHQ in court over mass surveillance practices — RT UK News

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MI6 ‘doesn’t trust’ Boris Johnson enough to share information with him, claims report —...

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Video: Were Tehran ISIS terrorists backed by CIA, Mossad, MI6, Western secret services?

Russian President Vladimir Putin has condemned the Tehran terrorist attacks. In a message to President Hassan Rouhani, Putin said such crimes prove the ... Via...
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Video: UK secret services, MI5 MI6 complicit in Manchester Arena terror attack?

Investigative reports: including a look at whether UK secret services, MI5 and MI6, were complicit in Monday's terrorist attack at Manchester Arena. Manchester ... Via...

Ex-MI6 chief fears Trump will launch catastrophic war on North Korea

US President Donald Trump could lead the world into a catastrophic war with North Korea because of his inexperience and temperament, former British spy...
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Video: MI6 doesn’t need ‘Daniel Craig on steroids’: Spy chiefs use cinema ad to...

The UK's foreign spy service, MI6, is on the lookout for its next generation of agents. RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to RT! Via Youtube

Ex-MI6 spy called to testify on ‘Russian Trump dossier’ before US Senate inquiry

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MI6 plans return to ‘tap on shoulder’ spy recruiting

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James Bond’s ‘Q’ is actually a woman, says MI6 chief in new spy recruitment...

MI6 chief Alex Younger has revealed the real head of gadgetry at the British spy...

Aid worker killed by Navy SEALs in Afghanistan ‘secretly worked with Britain’s MI6’ –...

A British aid worker who was killed by a grenade in Afghanistan during a botched rescue attempt by US special forces was actually working...

Ex-MI6 chief warns electronic voting presents serious hacking risk

Traditional paper ballots may be a better option than electronic voting systems because the technology could be hacked and ballots altered, the former head...

7,000 terrorist suspects on loose in Germany – former MI6 chief

Thousands of terrorism suspects are on the loose in Germany and there is no way...

‘James Bond wouldn’t cut it in MI6,’ real-life ‘M’ claims

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James Bond wouldn’t make the grade in modern MI6, says Britain’s top spy

Fictional super-spy James Bond’s lack of a moral compass would quickly rule him out of...

Former MI6 spy chief warns Boris Johnson to be ‘careful’ after Russian Embassy protest...

Calling for protests at the Russian Embassy is a risky move, a former head of...

Islamic terrorism won’t wane for years to come – MI6 chief

UK spy chief Alex Younger believes the terrorism threat will persist for many years, a...

Tech firms distancing themselves from spies thanks to Snowden – MI6 chief

Spy chief Alex Younger says the leaks from Edward Snowden have undermined the relationship between...

MI6 dismisses claims Lee Rigby killer Michael Adebolajo was radicalized by Kenyan torturers

Claims by one of soldier Lee Rigby’s killers that he was tortured and mistreated by...

‘MI6 boss who rendered me claims to be a Christian’ – Gaddafi torture victim

Former MI6 chief Mark Allen is mistaken if he thinks that a recent article he...

‘Boris Johnson in charge of MI6’: Internet baffled by choice of new UK foreign...

New British Prime Minister Theresa May has been slammed online for her decision to appoint...

MI6 used hoax WMD reports based on action film ‘The Rock’ to justify Iraq...

A fake intelligence source fooled MI6 with false reports based on the action movie ‘The Rock’, which ended up being used to justify Britain’s...

Did UK govt spend £10mn keeping Jack Straw & MI6 chief out of court...

Keeping Iraq war-era Foreign Secretary Jack Straw and former MI6 boss Mark Allen out of...

SAS, MI6 & 350 British paratroopers primed for Euro 2016 terror alert – reports

SAS soldiers are currently embedded alongside spies from MI6 in the Euro 2016 security apparatus,...

MI6 won’t be charged over kidnap, torture of Libyans

Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) announced Thursday that no charges will be brought against British...

MI5, MI6 suffered ‘serious rift’ over Libya rendition flights & torture

Britain’s involvement in secret rendition operations during the ‘War on Terror’ caused a serious breakdown...

Europe faces ‘populist uprising’ over visa-free travel in Turkey deal, warns ex-MI6 chief

Europe offering visa-free access to millions of Turks is like “storing gasoline next to the...
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Video: Jail CIA MI6 not Street Dealers! 2008: banks suck in billions in cash...

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19Yx6XV_QTo&w=580&h=385] In 2009 the US Office on Drugs and Crime reported billions in cash had flowed into banks from drug cartels to keep them...
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Video: MI6 think they can pin Litvinenko assassination on Putin Now Boris Berezovsky is...

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=boOz3VZ5mkQ&w=580&h=385] Another perspective on events as not allowed to be discussed in the BBC 'Regime change in Moscow' propaganda programme Litivnenko's associates, Dmitry ... Via...

Details of MI6 informant’s murder trial must remain secret, even from ECHR — Supreme...

The UK Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal filed by a Chinese dissident and MI6 informant convicted of murder to take his case to...
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Video: Drugs As Weapons Against Us: Did Jimi Hendrix’ manager Mike Jeffery work for...

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mAB34v4iXM&w=580&h=385] The CIA's murderous targeting of Tupac Shakur, Kurt Cobain, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, the Black Panthers and other leftist political activists is explored...

MI6 forced to show how it may snoop on privileged lawyer-client exchanges

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It fell on deaf ears’: CIA and MI6 knew about ISIS assault in advance,...

As Iraq’s western border falls beyond the control of the country’s government, a new report suggests the United States and Britain were warned of...

Iran Arrests MI6 Spy: Arrested Agent had contacts with “Five British Intelligence Officers”,

Iran announced on Saturday that it has arrested a member of the British spy agency, MI6. “With God's assistance and power, the spy was arrested...

MI6 tried to help Gaddafi flee Libya

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Britain’s MI5 & MI6 sabotage revisited

Britainâ„¢s spying apparatus MI6 has also been training, supporting and funding anti-Iran terrorist group-lets.The UK spying agencies, the Security Service (MI5) and the Secret...

Ex-MI6 agent takes hunger strike

Ex-MI6 agent takes hunger strike in protest against agency's involvement in GitmoA former British intelligence officer says he will refuse food for a week...

Ex-MI6 chief warns to leak Iraq secrets

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Woolwich murder, the MI6 connection: Younger brother of Michael Adebolajo ‘was paid thousands to...

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MI6 role in killing Congolese PM

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SOAS serves as MI6 training ground

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Proof MI6 and MI5 Aided Libyan Torture

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New evidence has emerged that proves the UK was complicit in the kidnap and torture of a Libyan man. For over a decade British politicians including  Gordon Brown, Jack Straw and David Miliband have strongly denied that the UK had involvement with torture. Crucially, the files detail a meeting between senior heads of MI6,  MI5 and Gaddafi's external intelligence agency.

SYRIA: CIA-MI6 Intel Ops and Sabotage

SYRIA: CIA-MI6 Intel Ops and Sabotage

This incisive article by veteran war correspondent  Felicity Arbuthnot was published by Global Research a year ago, on February 2, 2012.

You will not read it in the New York Times.

At a time of  mounting media fabrications –when “objective truths are fading” and  “lies are passing into history”– this analysis reveals the diabolical modus operandi of US-NATO terrorism and  how covert intelligence ops are applied to trigger conditions for the collapse of nation states. One of these “conditions” is the outright killing of  innocent civilians as part of a cover operation and then blaming president Bashar Al Assad of  have committed atrocities against his own people

Michel Chossudovsky,  Global Research , January 27, 2012


“In order to facilitate the action of liberative (sic) forces, …a special effort should be made to eliminate certain key individuals. …[to] be accomplished early in the course of the uprising and intervention, …

Once a political decision has been reached to proceed with internal disturbances in Syria, CIA is prepared, and SIS (MI6) will attempt to mount minor sabotage and coup de main (sic) incidents within Syria, working through contacts with individuals. …Incidents should not be concentrated in Damascus …

Further : a “necessary degree of fear .. frontier incidents and (staged) border clashes”, would “provide a pretext for intervention… the CIA and SIS [MI6 should use … capabilitites in both psychological and action fields to augment tension.” (Joint US-UK leaked Intelligence Document, London and Washington, 1957)


“'The very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world. Lies will pass into history."
(George Orwell (Eric Arthur Blair, 1903-1950.)

For anyone in two minds about what is really going on in Syria, and whether President Assad, hailed a decade ago as “A Modern Day Attaturk”, has become the latest megalomaniacal despot, to whose people a US-led posse of nations, must deliver “freedom”, with weapons of mass, home, people, nation and livelihood destruction, here is a salutary tale from modern history.

Have the more recent sabre rattlings against Syria* been based on US-UK government papers, only discovered in 2003 - and since air brushed (or erroneously omitted) from even BBC timelines, on that country?(i)

In late 2003, the year of the Iraq invasion, Matthew Jones, a Reader in International History, at London’s Royal Holloway College, discovered “frighteningly frank” documents:1957 plans between then UK Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan, and then President, Dwight Eisenhower, endorsing: “a CIA-MI6 plan to stage fake border incidents as an excuse for an invasion (of Syria) by Syria’s pro-western neighbours.” (ii)

At the heart of the plan was the assassination of the perceived power behind then President Shukri al-Quwatli. Those targeted were: Abd al-Hamid Sarraj, Head of Military Intelligence; Afif al-Bizri, Chief of Syrian General Staff: and Khalid Bakdash, who headed the Syrian Communist Party.

The document was drawn up in Washington in the September of 1957:

“In order to facilitate the action of liberative (sic) forces, reduce the capabilities of the regime to organize and direct its military actions … to bring about the desired results in the shortest possible time, a special effort should be made to eliminate certain key individuals.

“Their removal should be accomplished early in the course of the uprising and intervention, and in the light of circumstances existing at the time.”

In the light of President Assad’s current allegations of foreign forces and interventions, cross border incursions (as Colonel Qadafi’s before him, so sneered at by Western governments and media – and, of course, ultimately proved so resoundingly correct.) there are some fascinating, salutary phrases:

“Once a political decision has been reached to proceed with internal disturbances in Syria, CIA is prepared, and SIS (MI6) will attempt to mount minor sabotage and coup de main (sic) incidents within Syria, working through contacts with individuals.

“Incidents should not be concentrated in Damascus … care should be taken to avoid causing key leaders of the Syrian regime to take additional personal protection measures.”

Further : a “necessary degree of fear .. frontier incidents and (staged) border clashes”, would “provide a pretext for intervention”, by Iraq and Jordan - then still under British mandate.

Syria was to be: “made to appear as sponsor of plots, sabotage and violence directed against neighbouring governments … the CIA and SIS [Her Majesty's Secret International Serivce, MI6] should use … capabilities in both psychological and action fields to augment tension.”

Incursions in to Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon, would involve: “sabotage, national conspiracies, and various strong arms activities”, were, advised the document, to be blamed on Damascus.

In late December 2011 an opposition “Syria National Council” was announced, to “liberate the country”, representatives met with Hilary Clinton. There now seems to be a US – endorsed “Syrian Revolutionary Council.”

The Eisenhower-Macmillan plan was for funding of the: “Free Syria Committee” and “arming of political factions with paramilitary or other actionist capabilities”, within Syria.

CIA-MI6, planned fomenting internal uprisings and replacing the Ba’ath-Communist-leaning government, with a Western, user-friendly one. Expecting this to be met by public hostility, they planned to: “probably need to rely first on repressive measures and arbitrary exercise of power.”

The document was signed off in both London and Washington. It was, wrote Macmillan in his diary: “a most formidable report.” A Report which was: “withheld even from British Chiefs of Staff …”

Washington and Whitehall had become concerned at Syria’s increasingly pro-Soviet, rather than pro-Western sympathies – and the Ba’ath (Pan Arab) and Communist party alliance, also largely allied within the Syrian army.

However, even political concerns, were trumped by Syria then controlling a main pipeline from the Western bonanza of Iraq’s oil fields, in those pre-Saddam Hussein days.

Briefly put: in 1957, Syria allied with Moscow (which included an agreement for military and economic aid) also recognized China – and then as now, the then Soviet Union warned the West against intervening in Syria.

Syria, is unchanged as an independent minded country, and the loyalties remain. It broadly remains the cradle of the Pan Arab ideal of Ba’athism, standing alone, since the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime.

In 1957, this independent mindedness caused Loy Henderson, a Senior State Department official, to say that:“the present regime in Syria had to go …”

Ultimately, the plan was not used, since, British mandate or not, neighbouring countries refused to play. However, the project, overtly, bears striking similarity to the reality of events over the last decade, in Syria – and the region.

In a near 1957 re-run, Britain’s Foreign Minister, William Hague has said President Assad “will feel emboldened” by the UN Russia-China vote in Syria’s favour.

Hilary (“We came, we saw, he died”) Clinton, has called for: “friends of a democratic Syria”, to unite and rally against the Assad government:

“We need to work together to send them a clear message: you cannot hold back the future at the point of a gun”, said the women filmed purportedly watching the extrajudicial, illegal assassination of may be, or may be not, Osma Bin Laden and others – but certainly people were murdered – by US illegal invaders – at the point of lots of guns.

Supremely ironically, she was speaking in Munich (5th February) historically: “The birth place of the Nazi party.”

The Russia-China veto at the UN on actions against Syria, has been condemned by the US, varyingly, as: “Disgusting”, ‘shameful”, “deplorable”, “a travesty.”

Eye opening, is the list of US vetoes to be found at (iii). Jaw dropping double standards can only be wondered at (again.).

Perhaps the bottom line is: in 1957, Iraq’s oil was at the top of the agenda, of which Syria held an important key. Today, it is Iran’s – and as Michel Chossudovsky notes so succinctly: “The road to Tehran is through Damascus.”(iv)

Notes

i. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-14703995

ii. http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2003/sep/27/uk.syria1

iii. http://www.jadaliyya.com/pages/index/4237/us-on-un-veto_disgusting-shameful-deplorable-a-tra

iv. http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=25955

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Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org The United Kingdom is resettling Al Qaeda’s Syrian medical unit, called the “White Helmets," as “refugees” in UK. The...

Russiagate – LewRockwell

UK intelligence agencies acted ‘unlawfully’ when spying on NGO campaigning against them

British intelligence services acted unlawfully when they spied on a UK-based NGO, Privacy International, the...

Guardian’s ‘deliberate lies’ over Assange Russia plot slammed by Craig Murray — RT UK...

British ambassador turned whistleblower, Craig Murray, has accused the Guardian of ‘deliberate lies’ over their...

Ministers giving spies license to torture, human rights group claims — RT UK News

Spies are routinely being given legal cover by ministers if there is a possibility of...

Who Wants To Relaunch the War on Syria?

Seven years after the beginning of the war against Syria, fought by proxy jihadist forces, the partisans of its destruction want to start again....

BBC stonewalls ex-ambassador over Newsnight editor’s links to Sergei Skripal — RT UK News

UK diplomat turned journalist, Craig Murray, has taken on the BBC over their Salisbury poisonings...

Why Democracy Needs Solidarity for Julian Assange’s Freedom

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange remains in solitary confinement inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he was granted asylum in 2012 against the threat...

Pentagon employee questioned contracts with FBI informant Halper & lost his clearance – attorney...

A Pentagon employee claims he was stripped of his security clearance after he complained about Department...

Ex-soldiers MP group demands inquiry into ‘UK involvement in US torture and rendition program’...

A public inquiry into Britain’s complicity in torture must be ordered by Prime Minister Theresa...
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Video: Butina lawyer: ‘This is registration type of crime, not spy one’

Media reports that portray Maria Butina as a spy misrepresent the actual charges leveled against her, and no evidence has been produced to back...

Spies and terrorists – how deep are links between British state and Manchester bomber?...

Yet another link between the British state and the Manchester Arena suicide bomber, Salman Abedi,...

America’s Allies Against Russia & Iran

Main U.S. allies are Saudi Arabia, UAE, Al Qaeda, ISIS, Israel, & Nazis Eric Zuesse The public have been so brainwashed by Big Brother’s lies, so...

GCHQ’s ‘carte blanche’ powers to snoop on UK citizens ruled unlawful — RT UK...

The British government broke the law for more than a decade by handing GCHQ powers...
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Video: ‘It’s nice here’: German fans stay in Russia even after team’s shocking elimination

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Ex-‘secret prison’ inmates demand inquiry — RT UK News

Former UK nationals who were tortured by US authorities in the aftermath of 9/11 are...

Prosecute Blair govt officials at ICC after torture report – ex-diplomat Craig Murray (VIDEO)...

Craig Murray, the only British civil servant to express written concerns over UK complicity in...

Ex-Guantanamo Bay prisoner says British intel agencies the ‘only reason’ he was locked up...

An ex-Guantanamo Bay inmate has said British intelligence agencies are the “only reason” he was...

Tony Blair calls for counter-terror cooperation with Russia — RT UK News

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has called on the UK to cooperate with Russia to...

UK complicit in ‘inexcusable’ kidnap and torture of terrorist suspects post-9/11 – official reports...

Two long-awaited parliamentary reports have found that UK intelligence agencies were more involved in the...

Declassified report shows Northern Ireland police told not to arrest MI5 informants — RT...

After almost 40 years in the dark, a declassified report has revealed that Northern Irish...

BBC gives UK spy network some nice PR at taxpayer expense — RT UK...

A recent BBC video saw the state-funded broadcaster chat to the deputy director of the...

Spooks Spooking Themselves – Consortiumnews

As the role of a well-connected of group of British and U.S. intelligence agents begins to emerge, new suspicions are...

Creepy spy TV ad aimed at ethnic minority mums — RT UK News

UK’s international intelligence service, MI6, has launched their first ever TV ad to attract mothers...
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Video: RT one of few media outlets invited to witness N.Korea closing its nuclear...

Meanwhile, North Korea is gearing up to dismantle a nuclear test site located in the remote north-east. It's the country's only known nuclear site....

Teen on trial for terrorism says ‘discrimination’ a factor in her radicalization — RT...

A teenager accused of planning a terror attack has told a London court that discrimination...

Academic warns govt repeating mistakes that led to Manchester attack — RT UK News

One year on from the Manchester terrorist attack, the UK government has only just admitted...

Tony Blair refuses to apologize to man kidnapped, tortured thanks to UK intel —...

Tony Blair has refused to apologize to rendition victim Abdel Hakim Belhaj, who was tortured...

Stefan Halper – Latest character in Russiagate drama spied for the CIA in the...

A new persona has been thrust into center stage of Russiagate drama. Stefan Halper, who has...

A Tale of Two Tortures – Consortiumnews

How the Americans and the British “tortured some folks” and got away with it, as Annie Machon explains. By Annie...

Sergei Skripal discharged from hospital after being poisoned by ‘deadly’ agent — RT UK...

Just over two months after reportedly being targeted by 'one of the most deadly nerve...

Trump’s War Against Iran – Consortiumnews

An apparent coordination between Trump leaving the Iran deal and Israeli attacks on Iranian targets in Syria portend an attack...

MI5 chief uses terrorism and Russia threat to beg for Brexit clemency — RT...

Andrew Parker's visit to Berlin on Monday is being held up as historic, the first...

A New War Looms in the Mideast

UK apologizes for Belhaj rendition that led to torture by Gaddafi forces (VIDEO) —...

UK Attorney General Jeremy Wright has apologized to Abdel Hakim Belhaj and his wife Fatima...

Libya rendition victim sent to Gaddafi torture house settles case over UK involvement in...

Rendition victim Abdul Hakim Belhaj has reportedly reached an out-of-court settlement, ending an epic legal...

Still no suspects, admits UK national security adviser but still blames Russia — RT...

British police still have no suspects in the Skripal poisoning investigation, the UK's national security...

Whatever happened to the Skripals? UK media and authorities fall silent on Salisbury poisoning...

Sergei Skripal, the poisoned ex-Russian spy, and his daughter Yulia dominated headlines a few weeks...

SAS should have oversight – MPs call for end to special forces secrecy —...

The secrecy around the UK’s special forces could be coming to an end as political...

A Lie Too Far?

On 4 March 2018 it was a nice day in southern England, and the MI6 Russian spy Sergei Viktorovich Skripal and his daughter Yulia...

David Cameron’s disastrous Libya intervention criticized by own committee (VIDEO) — RT UK News

The UK’s intervention in Libya contributed to the north African country’s current instability, according to...

UK government accused of quietly rewriting ‘torture guide’ for MI5 — RT UK News

A guide for British intelligence officers on how to avoid breaching the human rights of...

Russian Exodus from the West

By now the West – the US, Canada, Australia and the super-puppets of Europe, overall more than 25 countries – has expelled more than...

Washington police stand by initial conclusion of no foul play in Russian media tycoon’s...

Metropolitan Police have said they still believe the death of the Russian media tycoon in Washington...

30 Questions That Journalists Should be Asking About the Skripal Case

There are a lot of issues around the case of Sergei and Yulia Skripal which, at the time of writing, are very unclear and...

Tories held talks with Cambridge Analytica in 2016 – report — RT UK News

Reports that Tories sought the help of Cambridge Analytica have resurfaced as the political consultants...

Key findings of House Committee on Russia probe — RT US News

The House Intelligence Committee has released a summary of their 14-month probe, which says Donald Trump...

Did Putin Order the Salisbury Hit?

The Strange Case of the Russian Spy Poisoning – Consortiumnews

Applying the principle of cui bono – who benefits? – to the case of Sergei Skripal might lead investigators away...

‘Just because the poison was made in Russia doesn’t mean they’re behind it’ –...

Ex-MI5 agent Annie Machon has dismissed the PM's claims that the origin of the nerve...

Dead or not? The Times breaks news of ex-Russian spy death on its front...

It’s either fake news or The Times knows something we don’t – the paper’s first...

UK investigation into Russian ex-spy Skripal illness must respond to evidence not rumor –...

The investigation into what made Russian ex-double agent Sergei Skripal ill “has to respond to...

UK diverts ‘enormous resources’ to probe Russian ex-spy’s poisoning — RT UK News

Amid hysteria surrounding the mysterious poisoning of Sergei Skripal, Britain is dedicating a significant part...

180 troops sent to Salisbury after Russian ex-double agent poisoning — RT UK News

Up to 180 troops are being sent to the city where Russian ex-double agent Sergei...

What really happened to Sergei Skripal? British press revels in speculation — RT UK...

An ex-spy is in a critical condition this week – fact. But that alone makes...

More than 20 people injured in ‘nerve agent incident’ involving ex-Russian double-agent – police...

A total of 21 people were injured and three remain in hospital after the “incident...

Ex-Russian double agent Skripal & daughter were exposed to nerve agent, police confirm —...

Russian ex-double agent Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, were exposed to a...

Russia has ‘no motive’ to attempt murder of ex-spy, George Galloway tells RT (VIDEO)...

Russia “has no real motive” to want to kill ex-double agent Sergei Skripal, former MP...

Blame precedes evidence as Western media speculates freely over ill Russian spy (VIDEO) —...

As details emerged that a Russian ex-double agent collapsed following “exposure to an unknown substance,”...

Assange continues attack on UK judiciary, citing report where Judges bemoan ‘inappropriate pressure’ —...

Julian Assange has questioned the impartiality of the UK’s judicial system. The Wikileaks founder cited...

Judge who upheld Julian Assange’s warrant questioned over links to security services — RT...

Julian Assange's supporters are questioning the integrity of the judge who upheld his UK arrest...

Snowden calls out Fox News claim that memo is first proof of govt spying...

Whistleblower Edward Snowden called out Fox News host Tucker Carlson for claiming Americans have grounds to...
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Video: 7yo handcuffed after allegedly attacking teacher in Miami

A 7-year old boy was handcuffed and removed from school by police after he reportedly hit a teacher at a Miami elementary school. Video...

I Visited the Rohingya Refugee Camps and Here Is What Bangladesh Is Doing Right

Nearly 1 million Rohingya refugees have entered Bangladesh from Myanmar since September 2017. The Bangladeshi government's plan to start repatriating them beginning this Tuesday,...

DOJ warns release of House Intel memo on FBI, Clinton campaign could ‘harm national...

The Justice Department has called on the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee to let the...

Trump slams ‘sneaky Dianne Feinstein,’ calls on GOP to take control over Russia probe...

Donald Trump has lashed out at "sneaky" Sen. Dianne Feinstein for releasing a transcript of the...

Trump’s lawyer sues BuzzFeed, Fusion GPS over Russia dossier — RT US News

President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer has filed two defamation lawsuits against Fusion GPS and Buzzfeed for...

‘Confounding’ release of Fusion GPS transcript sparks rift in Senate Russia probe — RT...

“Somebody’s already been killed,” as a result of the Trump-Russia dossier being published, a co-founder of...

Britain is seeking to ‘overthrow’ Tehran, Iran’s supreme leader claims — RT UK News

Iran has foiled attempts by Britain and the US to create unrest during a wave...

Gov’t Admits ‘Losing’ Thousands of Papers From National Archives

Documents on the Falklands, Northern Ireland’s Troubles, and the infamous Zinoviev letter among those ‘misplaced’, leaving historians suspicious The Guardian January 1, 2018

Pro-ISIS hackers could be Russians, claims UK intelligence report… citing single Telegraph article —...

A parliamentary report on UK intelligence speculates that Russian hackers could be conducting ‘false-flag’ cyber-attacks...

Trump could jeopardize UK-US intelligence sharing, admits parliamentary group — RT UK News

Strains in US-UK intelligence sharing relationship since Donald Trump’s inauguration have been officially acknowledged by...

Bringing jihad home? 300 British ISIS fighters ‘hiding out in Turkey’ — RT UK...

Published time: 27 Dec, 2017 11:58 British jihadists are on the run, having been driven...

Stop whining about CNN and focus on ‘Russian bots’ — RT UK News

Published time: 14 Dec, 2017 13:48 Edited time: 15 Dec, 2017 08:30 Donald Trump is...

Boris wants UK back in Middle East… RT looks at the mess British foreign...

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson attacked British foreign policy critics for playing “into a jihadi...

British mother jailed in Iran suffering ‘uncontrollable moods, insomnia, severe depression’ – doctor —...

A British mother jailed in Iran may be eligible for early release after medics found...

A Simple Checklist Inspires a New Kind of Activism

Activists chant and display signs at at a protest prior to World AIDS Day on November 29, 2017, in New York City. (Photo: Working...

The Democratic Money Behind Russia-gate – Consortiumnews

As Russia-gate continues to buffet the Trump administration, we now know that the “scandal” started with Democrats funding the original...

Body of UK expert on Iraq weapons moved from grave after exhumation threat from...

Published time: 29 Oct, 2017 13:14 The body of David Kelly, a UK bioweapons expert...

The Simulacra Democracy | Dissident Voice

… a nation in which 87 percent of eighteen- to twenty-four year olds (according to a 2002 National Geographic Society/Roper Poll survey) cannot locate...

The Simulacra Democracy

Photo by William Brawley | CC by 2.0 … a nation in which 87 percent of eighteen- to twenty-four year olds (according to a 2002...

Black Is White, White Is Black, in the Washington Post

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org The Washington Post presents a shockingly imaginary Syria, in which the U.S. Government has been the friend of the...

‘Naïve’ jihadists should be reintegrated into British society after leaving ISIS, says govt expert...

Published time: 20 Oct, 2017 10:03 Britons who joined Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in...

GCHQ spooks in the dock over UK government bulk data hacking

British intelligence services, which authorized the bulk hacking of phones and computers, are at the...

Spying on the spies: State surveillance of Britons now being monitored

Published time: 1 Sep, 2017 10:48 A new watchdog charged with regulating state surveillance has...

Why did Princess Diana's car crash? 20yrs after her death, conspiracy theories abound

Twenty years after Princess Diana was tragically killed in a car crash in France, conspiracy...
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Video: Trump: ‘All options are on the table’ after N. Korea missile launch over...

Donald Trump says "all options are on the table for North Korea," according to a White House statement. It comes after Pyongyang launched a...

Govt buried report showing terrorism, crime & illegal migration will increase after Brexit

Terrorism, crime, and illegal migration in the UK will increase after Brexit, Theresa May’s own...

What is the British govt really hiding in its secret archives?

As Britain’s love affair with state secrecy collides yet again with public demands for transparency,...

Media mogul asked Thatcher for $20bn to save Soviet Union

A Labour MP and media mogul, the late Robert Maxwell, attempted to secure a $20...

Cozy relationship between Blair govt & Gaddafi regime uncovered in secret files

Published time: 11 Jul, 2017 15:04 Secret Libyan files uncovered by lawyers and presented as...

British spies could be forced to disclose deepest secrets in legal challenge

A legal challenge brought against British intelligence services aims to shed light on the nature...

The Imperial City at the Brink

The Conflicts Forum, directed by former British diplomat and MI6 ‘ranking figure’ Alastair Crooke, sent me another unpublished article by Alastair and asked if...

Documents shedding light on CIA-orchestrated Iranian coup of ’53 released by State Dept

Published time: 16 Jun, 2017 21:40 The US State Department has released a volume of declassified...

An Interesting View of Foreign Politics

Eric Zuesse For many years, I have been reading — but not yet citing as documentation for my own articles regarding U.S. international policies —...
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Video: Terror At London Bridge, MI5 Are Not Doing Their Job So Heads Must...

Lack of MI5 and MI6 accountability – has their conduct been seen as a failure or an achievement? Via Youtube
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Video: ‘What did the Prime Minister Know?’ – John Pilger on terror in Britain

'Going Underground' speaks to legendary filmmaker and journalist, John Pilger about MI6's connection to the Libya-Manchester atrocity ahead of tomorrow's ... Via Youtube

Confrontation at Bilderberg 2017

While President Trump seems to have sorted out his problems of interior authority – more or less – the conflict has now moved on...

Spy agencies expect torrent of new job applications after London Bridge attack

Published time: 6 Jun, 2017 12:58 Britain’s spy agencies expect the recent terrorist attacks in...

‘I’m going to be a terrorist,’ 3rd London Bridge attacker told authorities

The Moroccan-Italian man identified as the third London attacker told Italian authorities “I’m going to be a terrorist” when he was stopped at Bologna...

Programmer denied prize money from UK data challenge because of his Russian citizenship

A Russian programmer says, despite his success in a challenge held by the British military,...
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Video: Moscow again? Malta PM ‘informed’ of Russian election meddling as saga continues

Reports have emerged online claiming that Britain's intelligence service, MI6, along with the CIA, are concerned that Russia could interference in Malta's ... Via Youtube

Blowback? Manchester bomber linked to terrorist group which UK allegedly backed

Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi and his father, Ramadan, had long-standing links to a violent...

Clandestine diplomacy: Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson meets rival Libyan leaders in secret

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has met the two rival Libyan leaders as part of a...

Bigoted Americans Far More Supportive of War Against Syria

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org —— On April 23rd, the U.S. mega-corporate and government-funded National Public Radio network, NPR, interviewed voters about their views on...
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Video: Russian Su-30SM fighter jets show off skills at military air show in Malaysia

Russian Su-30SM advanced fighter jets show off skills at the 14th Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition. COURTESY: RT's RUPTLY video ... Via Youtube

Senator Probes FBI's Ties to British Spy Who Investigated Trump

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has opened an inquiry into allegations the FBI worked with the British spy who authored a...

British suicide bomber ‘wasn’t being monitored’ because Theresa May ‘downgraded surveillance’

While serving as home secretary, Prime Minister Theresa May downgraded the surveillance of an extremist...

Pulling out of Europol would make post-Brexit UK vulnerable to terrorism – agency chief

Britain’s continued relationship with Europol is “absolutely necessary” to keep the country safe from future...

Libyan rendition & torture victim vows to ‘fight UK govt until the end’

Libyan torture victim Abdel Hakim Belhaj has vowed to fight his case against the UK government “until the end.” In 2004, Abdul Hakim Belhaj was...

Up for auction: WW2 spy weapons & escape tools used by British secret agents

Deadly spy weapons and escape tools used by secret agents during the Second World War are to go on sale at auction for the...

British hackers, spies & whistleblowers could face 14yrs in prison under new proposals

British spies and civil servants could now face up to 14 years in prison if they are found leaking national secrets, after allegations about...

May condemns torture… as ex-army Tory MP says ‘sometimes it might be justified’

Prime Minister Theresa May has condemned torture in response to President Donald Trump’s suggestion he...

Down the Rabbit-Hole to Trump’s Victory

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org There are several key reasons why Donald Trump won, such as that he achieved a 1,405,004 nationwide popular-vote victory in...

The Ugly Specter of Torture and Lies

Exclusive: President Obama refused to hold “war on terror” torturers to account but punished truth-tellers severely, a bleak legacy not...

Taliban bomb maker’s case against British military thrown out by Supreme Court

A Taliban bomb maker seeking to sue the British military over his detention in Afghanistan has had his case thrown out by the Supreme...

BBC’s Trump-Kremlin documentary is like an ‘Austin Powers’ film, says Galloway

The credibility of a BBC documentary about US President-elect Donald Trump called ‘Trump: The Kremlin...

Dossier’s Russia Charges Should Be Treated Skeptically–but Taken Seriously

The idea that charges of Trump colluding with Russia came from an “intelligence report” is itself an invention. Some in media are treating the report...

Ex-spies flocking to private security sector, eroding traditional codes of silence – report

Britain’s burgeoning security sector is increasingly recruiting former spies to do its dirty work, leading...

Theresa May says Trump dossier spy Christopher Steele ‘hasn’t worked for UK for years’

Prime Minister Theresa May says the spy who compiled an unverified dossier alleging Moscow has...

Britain preparing ‘official’ anti-Moscow campaign – Russian embassy

The Russian embassy in London says that the British authorities are looking to launch an official campaign against Moscow, based on what senior diplomats...

‘Furious’ German spies frozen out by UK intelligence after ‘leaking to WikiLeaks’

British spies are refusing to share secret information with their German counterparts because they believe Berlin’s leaky data servers have provided rich pickings for...

Officials: Obama Prioritized Defeating Assad Above Defeating Jihadists

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org SUMMARY The evidence is clear and convincing: U.S. President Barack Obama, against advice and warnings from his top military officers,...

Hillary Clinton and the Muslim Brotherhood

The FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private e-mails is not directed at a case of negligence in the face of security regulations but at...

Double, Double Toil and Trouble

“We came, we saw…he died” boasted a beaming Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, speaking of the 2011 western overthrow of Libya’s leader Muammar Khadaffi. She...

Spy agencies illegally collected personal data on British citizens for 10 years, judges rule

British spy agencies broke privacy rules by secretly and illegally collecting massive amounts of UK citizens’ confidential personal information for more than 10 years,...

Labour splits laid bare after Corbyn spokesman compares US and Russia’s actions in war

Labour spokesman Seamus Milne’s comments that protests outside the US Embassy would be as appropriate as outside the Russian Embassy drew a stinging response...

Public rejects military action in Syria if it means conflict with Russia – poll

Britons are deeply concerned about the humanitarian crisis in Aleppo, Syria, but reject any idea...

Victims of modern slavery ‘lost’ in system by British police

Police forces across the country are failing thousands of victims of modern slavery by failing...

ISIS suspect nabbed in Cardiff with USB disguised as cufflink containing terrorist plans

A Cardiff man has been charged with six terrorism-related offenses, including concealing plans for a...

‘Alive & kicking’ Al-Qaeda poses ‘very direct threat’ to UK – Defense secretary

A resurgent Al-Qaeda poses a growing threat to the West as Islamic State is driven out of its strongholds, British Secretary of Defense Michael...

US Propaganda Goes into Overdrive

Over the weekend the Western press is blasting Russia and Syria for alleged war crimes in their assault on the terrorist controlled part of...

Whatever you do, do not use Google Allo: Snowden

Google Allo, the new “smart” chat app launched on Wednesday, is ‘dangerous’ and should be avoided,...

UK spy agencies will be used to combat modern slavery

British intelligence agencies are set to join the fight against modern slavery and human trafficking...

The Real Enemy of Both Koreas

Warring hotspots all over the world are flaring up in 2016 in what amounts to preparation for World War III between the military forces...

MI5 lawyer to be grilled by MPs over UK’s role in Guantanamo ‘torture’

MI5’s top lawyer is to answer questions in Parliament over whether the intelligence agency knew...

Stench warfare: British spies planned to use stink bombs to beat the Nazis

British and US spies planned to use a stinky liquid sprayed onto enemy clothes using...

'Get the bastards' : George W Bush’s reaction after 9/11 attacks revealed

George W Bush’s reaction to the 9/11 attacks has been revealed by his press secretary at...

UK intelligence watchdog says MI5 spies broke dozens of privacy rules… by ‘mistake’

British spies have been censured by the government’s intelligence watchdog for breaking dozens of agency...

Hundreds of Royal Marines to join the SAS to train New Syrian Army and...

Britain will deploy hundreds of elite troops to the Middle East to train Syrian rebel...

American woman killed in London mass stabbing

A US citizen in her 60s was killed in Wednesday night’s knife attack in Russell...

Controversial Cardiff imam implies sex slaves OK under Islam

A British Muslim preacher in Cardiff has stoking tensions with his radical sermons by saying...

Churches told to bolster security after ISIS murder of Normandy priest

Churches must review their security to deter terrorist attacks, the British Home Office has told...

UK’s role in rendition ‘scandal’ must be reinvestigated, demands Tory MP

A senior Tory MP is calling for an inquiry into the failure of government agencies...

London sees mass post-Brexit anti-Tory, anti-austerity, anti-racism protest (PHOTOS)

Several thousand protesters demonstrated in London on Saturday against austerity, racism and the new Tory...

Haters gonna hate? How Boris went against mainstream

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who was appointed to the position by new UK Prime Minister...

Migrant sex attacks will spark confrontation with Islam in Europe – intelligence chief

Patrick Calvar, chief of the Directorate General of Internal Security, told members of the French parliamentary commission: "We are on the brink...

Britain’s Scramble for Africa: The New Colonialism

Colin Todhunter Africa is facing a new and devastating colonial invasion driven by a determination to plunder the natural resources of the continent, especially its...

‘Military action was not a last resort’: Chilcot finally releases Iraq War report

Britain chose to join the invasion of Iraq in 2003 before peaceful options for disarmament...

British govt urged to come clean on ‘links to torture’ after Iraq invasion

“Faulty evidence” extracted by torture and used to justify the US and UK invasion of...

British spies gave faulty intelligence on Iraq, then quietly withdrew it – Chilcot

The Chilcot report into Britain’s invasion of Iraq is highly critical of the UK intelligence...

NGOs push for judicial inquiry into UK’s links to post-9/11 rendition & torture

A potent alliance of leading human rights NGOs has called for a full judicial inquiry into Britain’s role in rendition a week ahead of...

Third of ‘Leave’ voters think MI5 spies working with govt to stop Brexit –...

Up to one third of Leave voters think the UK’s intelligence agency MI5 is conspiring with the government to stop Britain leaving the European...

MI5 was bulk collecting public’s data, with little or no oversight

MI5 was allowed to escape regular scrutiny of its bulk collection of communications data by the watchdog charged with overseeing it, newly-released confidential correspondence...

Jury sees police taser ‘mentally ill’ Islamic extremist who slashed London commuter’s throat (VIDEO)

Dramatic footage of an Islamic extremist being tasered by police after he slit the throat...

Europe’s War on Refugees is Repeating the Mistakes of the War on Drugs

Ververidis Vasilis | Shutterstock.com   The EU’s “war on people smuggling”, escalated last week by David Cameron, appears to be modelled on the failed “war on drugs” –...

Europe’s War on Refugees is Repeated the Mistakes of the War on Drugs

Ververidis Vasilis | Shutterstock.com The EU’s “war on people smuggling”, escalated last week by David Cameron, appears to be modelled on the failed “war on drugs” –...

‘Absolutely brutal’ Chilcot Iraq war report will not let Tony Blair & Jack Straw...

Sir John Chilcot’s Iraq war inquiry report will not let former Prime Minister Tony Blair,...

Spy agencies chase female recruits as GCHQ announces ‘Girls Only Day’

UK spy agencies are keen to recruit middle-class mums and older women, it has emerged....

Drone hunt: Pakistani man on secretive US ‘kill list’ sidestepped by UK govt

Downing Street has refused to respond to a Pakistani peace worker who’s demanding to know...

Is the UK’s Iraq Inquiry Set to “savage” Tony Blair?

In spite of all the scepticism regarding the long delayed UK Iraq Inquiry into the illegal invasion of Iraq, with predictions (including by myself)...

Leave EU or face greater terror threat, Brexiteers warn

Unless Britain votes to leave the EU it will face a greater risk of terror...

‘Prove you were spied on,’ secret UK court tells 650 claimants

Hundreds of claimants who say they were subjected to illegal surveillance have been told by Britain’s Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) they must prove they...

Ex-MI5 chief becomes latest doom-monger to warn of Brexit risk

Project Fear has returned with a vengeance in the Brexit debate, with Britain’s former MI5...

UK prime minister invokes militarism and war to argue for EU membership

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. Julie Hyland In a speech pledging to ensure “peace”, Prime Minister David...

Seymour Hersh Says Hillary Approved Sending Libya’s Sarin to Syrian Rebels

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org The great investigative journalist Seymour Hersh, in two previous articles in the London Review of Books (“Whose Sarin?” and...

Good chance spies are hoovering up your personal data in bulk, documents show

British security services “routinely” collect personal data on bulk from thousands of public and private...

Dominatrix-scandal Tory MP could be probed… by spies

Amid allegations of relationships with sex workers and letting former Playboy models see confidential papers,...

Chilcot redacted? Spies to scrutinize Iraq war report before publication

Relatives of British soldiers killed in the Iraq war are concerned that the security services...

‘Weak’ European spy agencies are ‘ineffective’ & prone to turf wars – Hammond

Britain’s foreign secretary has called out ‘weak’ European counter-terror efforts, saying there’s too much red...

British Army’s ‘disappearing hitmen’ used legal loophole to fight in Yemen

By exploiting a legal loophole Britain dodged its human rights obligations and deployed secret soldiers...

Brexit campaign claims 250 business leaders as backers

Some 250 business leaders have allegedly thrown their weight behind the call for Britain to...

EU security bodies “of little consequence” to Britain – ex-spy chief backs Brexit

European security bodies bear “little consequence” to British security, a former head of the UK’s...

London has the jitters after Brussels attacks – op-ed

As the dust settles after Tuesday’s brutal attacks in Brussels and the threat of further...

Obama’s Invasion Plan of Syria Was Drawn Up by Kim Roosevelt in 1957

Eric Zuesse The same person, Teddy Roosevelt’s grandson, who planned and headed the CIA coup to overthrow Iran’s progressive secular democratic anti-communist President Mohammed Mossadegh...
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Video: ‘Please don’t come’: Refugee crisis splits EU

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0FRMi6hAhk&w=580&h=385] The refugee crisis - the worst since World War Two - has left Brussels desperately searching for solutions on how to stem the...

Government attempts to avoid court hearing into UK complicity in rendition

By Mark Blackwood British government lawyers are seeking to suppress claims that former Labour Foreign Secretary Jack Straw and the then director of MI6 counterterrorism, Sir...

Who’s Making A Killing From the Paris Terror Attacks?

Terrorism is great for business if you’re in the business of growing the government leviathan. The bodies in Paris are not yet buried, while...

War criminal Tony Blair’s spy chief who wrongly claimed Iraq had WMDs making millions

The former spy chief who provided Tony Blair with ‘evidence’ justifying the invasion of Iraq in 2003 is now raking in vast sums of...

‘Free market failing cyber security industry,’ warns GCHQ chief

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by Stephen Lendman

Far-right Ukrainian ultranationalists are fascist extremists. Washington provides support. Oleh Tyahnybok heads the neo-Nazi Svoboda party. It's allied with likeminded groups. 

They openly display Stepan Bandera's Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN-B) red and black flag. 

He was a Nazi collaborator. He participated in mass executions and ethnic cleansing.

Svoboda's slogan is "Ukraine for the Ukrainians." Bandera said the same thing. He wanted Ukraine made ethnically pure. Mass extermination followed to do so.

Svoboda earlier called itself Socialist-Nationalists. It bears erie resemblance to Hitler's National Socialism. It reflects fascism writ large.

Hooliganism is longstanding fascist strategy. Blackshirt and Brownshirt violence helped elevate Mussolini and Hitler to power respectively. 

Communists, socialists, unionists and other opponents were attacked. El Duce's 1922 March on Rome coup made him Italy's youngest ever prime minister.

He took full advantage. He established a one-party state dictatorship. He eliminated competitors. Italy's business class, military and moderate right wing supported him.

In Weimar Germany's final years, economic and political crisis conditions existed. Ahead of 1932 parliamentary elections, Prussian authorities reported about 300 acts of politically motivated violence.

About two dozen were killed. Hundreds of others were injured. Brownshirt storm troopers enlisted working class support.

Goebbels provoked communists and social democrats. Propaganda highlighted Nazi martyrs killed or injured in street battles.

Hitler's Mein Kampf was a revolutionary manifesto. It denounced what he called the world's twin evils - communism and Judaism.

It openly said Germany's future "lie('s) in the acquisition of land in the East at the expense of Russia."

He blamed Weimar governance, communists, social democrats and Jews for Germany's crisis. He wanted an entirely new order established. 

He wanted absolute control. He eliminated all competitors. He transformed Germany into a one-party state dictatorship. He wanted Nazi hegemony over Europe.

Right-wing extremism dominates Western societies today. America more than ever resembles a police state. Duopoly power runs things.

Rule of law principles don't matter. Human and civil rights are disappearing in plain sight. Friendly US fascism is increasingly unfriendly. It's a short leap to tyrannical rule.

Ideological extremists threaten Europe. They're more subtle than earlier day fascists. They're just as dangerous. They want unchallenged power replacing democratic freedoms.

Neoliberalism replaced social justice. Right-wing politics dominates. US Republicans and Democrats are two sides of the same coin. 

Not a dime's worth of difference separates them. Most of Europe operates the same way. Societies are increasingly unfit to live in.

Hard line fascism is a short leap away. Con men like Obama and like-minded European counterparts take full advantage. Powerful interests are served at the expense of all others.

In summer 2013, months before violence erupted in Ukraine, Svoboda conducted paramilitary training.

Obama supports its extremism. So do key EU partners. Fascist elements operated openly in Ukraine since Washington's 2004 Orange Revolution.

Democratically elected Viktor Yanukovoych was ousted. Viktor Yushchenko replaced him. 

Soros money was involved. So were State Department funded organizations. In January 2010, Yanukovych was reelected.

He defeated Yushchenko. His last presidential act was naming Bandera a Hero of Ukraine. 

It's the highest national title award. It's given for "personal heroism and great labor achievements." Honoring Bandera caused uproar in Russia, Poland, Ukraine and elsewhere.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center and other Jewish groups condemned it. His award was later revoked.

Post-war, he worked for West German intelligence. Washington-recruited Nazi General Reinhardt Gehlen headed it. In 1959, KGB assassins killed him. 

His close associates were CIA and MI6 operatives. Their past Nazi affiliation was no deterrent. 

Bandara's legacy thrives in Ukraine today. His present day counterparts get open US support. 

In late January, Ukrainian leaders, civic groups and religious organizations wrote Washington, EU officials and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

They condemned neo-Nazi support. They said in part:

"You should understand that in supporting the actions of the guerrillas in Ukraine…you...are directly protecting, inciting and egging on Ukrainian neo-Nazis and neo-fascists."

"None of these oppositionists (Yatsenyuk, Klitschko, and Tyahnybok) hide that they are continuing the ideology and the practices of the OUN-UPA." 

"Wherever the Euromaidan people go in Ukraine, they disseminate, besides the slogans mentioned above, neo-Nazi, racist symbols." 

"Also confirming the neo-Nazi nature of the Euromaidan is the constant use of portraits of the bloody executioners of our people, Bandera and Shukhevych - agents of the (Nazi military intelligence) Abwehr."

"Have the UN, the EU, and the USA ceased to recognize the Charter and Verdict of the International War Crimes Tribunal at Nuremburg, where the Hitlerite Nazis and their henchmen were convicted?" 

"Have human rights ceased to be a value for the countries of the EU and the world community?" 

"Is the Ukrainian nationalists' devotion to Hitler and his mass murders of civilians now considered democracy?"

Western-supported fascist elements are responsible for violent protests. They're terrorizing Ukrainians. They're murdering civilians. They're killing police.

They're occupying government buildings. They're setting others ablaze. Yanukovych defends his country responsibly. 

He's wrongfully blamed for their violence. He's battling fascism's ugly agenda.

Rogue elements support it. Others are duped to do so. Washington and EU partners fund it. Most Ukrainians have no idea what's going on.

Their futures are on the line. So is Ukraine's sovereignty. Eighty-one years ago this past January 30, Hitler rose to power.

He became Germany's chancellor. He did so with Western support. He kept it through much of the 1930s. 

He established a ruthless dictatorship. Mass slaughter, barbarism and anti-Semitism defined it. He ravaged most of Europe. He murdered millions.

He might have emerged victorious if he hadn't invaded Soviet Russia. Waging war on two major fronts defeated him. Imagine if things turned out the other way.

Fascism didn't die. It's alive and well. It resides in Europe. It thrives in America. US policy exceeds the worst of Nazi crimes.

Hitler's Third Reich lasted a dozen years. Post-WW II America wages war on humanity. It does so at home and abroad. 

Millions ruthlessly slaughtered attest to America's ruthlessness. Syria is in the eye of the storm. So is Ukraine. Both countries are US-instigated battlegrounds.

How many more will die before both conflicts end? What will happen in their aftermath? 

How many more countries will America attack? Venezuela is the top Western Hemisphere target. Iran tops the Middle East list.

Trotsky once wrote:

"Fascism is a particular governmental system based on the uprooting of all elements of proletarian democracy within bourgeois society." 

"The task of fascism lies not only in destroying the Communist vanguard but in holding the entire class in a state of forced disunity." 

"To this end, the physical annihilation of the most revolutionary section of the workers does not suffice." 

"It is also necessary to smash all independent and voluntary organizations, to demolish all the defensive bulwarks of the proletariat, and to uproot whatever has been achieved during three-quarters of a century by the Social Democracy and the trade unions." 

European Jews suffered most under Hitler. So did all other Third Reich enemies. 

Washington wants all challengers eliminated. It wants supreme global power. It's waging war on humanity to achieve it. 

It may end up destroying it altogether. How many wars are too many? How many more millions will suffer and die? How much more ravaging is too much?

When will Washington's imperial agenda be challenged? When will White House lies be universally denounced?

On February 20, an Office of the Press Secretary statement wrongfully blamed Yanukovych. It ignored months of US-instigated, manipulated, supported street violence. It lied said:

"We are outraged by the images of Ukrainian security forces firing automatic weapons on their own people."  

"We urge President Yanukovych to immediately withdraw his security forces from downtown Kyiv and to respect the right of peaceful protest, and we urge protesters to express themselves peacefully."  

"We urge the Ukrainian military not to get involved in a conflict that can and should be resolved by political means."   

"The use of force will not resolve the crisis - clear steps must be taken to stop the violence and initiate meaningful dialogue that reduces tension and addresses the grievances of the Ukrainian people."  

"The United States will work with our European allies to hold those responsible for violence accountable and to help the Ukrainian people get a unified and independent Ukraine back on the path to a better future."

It bears repeating. Washington bears full responsibility. Plans to topple Yanukovych were made well before violence erupted.

Obama chose when and how to initiate it. He's in league with Ukrainian fascist extremists. He wants another imperial trophy. He'll stop at nothing to get it.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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Maybury writes, "...the CIA’s legendary chief of counter-intelligence – its brain for years – was James Jesus Angleton (aka The Kingfisher)...the narrative of the CIA would not be complete without him to be sure.

"He began his career shortly after the formation of the CIA in 1947, and was the station chief in Italy just after the war ended. Here he was instrumental in the undermining of the bourgeoning communist movement taking root in the later 40s, and amongst the tactics he used was eliciting the support of Italy’s Mafia, thereby setting a long-time precedent for the agency that was to feature frequently in its clandestine operations for decades to come.

"He was amongst the most out-there of people, a TS Eliot quoting/loving, chain-smoking, hard-drinking, orchid-growing, fly-fishing, gem collecting, insomniac raconteur who burned the spy-candle at both ends. Exceedingly well read and (counter?) intelligent, he was something of a polymath. In his day many considered this dude the sharpest tool in the spy shed, bar none! JJ’s motto: ‘absolute security at any cost’, one that would prove to be his undoing, as we will see.

"The term ‘Angeltonian’ even entered the espionage vernacular to become a byword in spy circles for overly conspiratorial and/or obsessively paranoid behaviour. Angleton was like DCI Allen Dulles alter ego – he was the uber-counter-spy, the spookiest of spooks in the spookier end of the spook business.

"If his boss Dulles was the Dagger in the Cloak and Dagger business, JJ was the Cloak! His spycraft was apparently second to none in the non-communist world. Even the Soviets had a fan club going of sorts; he was that good at what he did, they even copied his methods, proving that even in the spy world, the ‘imitation as the sincerest form of flattery’ thing still applies. He was once quoted as saying that: ‘Deception is a state of mind and the mind of the state’.

"The origin of his nick-name The Kingfisher is uncertain, but interestingly they are a bird species that have evolved unique visual faculties whereby they can see equally well in polar opposite environments, in their case air and water. A nice metaphor one suspects given his line of work, especially if it was not intended.

"On a more mundane level his nick-name may have been because of his striking features, which were indeed bird-like, if not ‘kingfisherish’. He eventually rose to the position of chief of Counter-intelligence at The Company, and although it’s not known if he ever sought the position or was even offered it, he would have been a prime candidate for Director either way. He could even have interrogated/interviewed himself for the job, a bonus. The motherfucker was that good.

- Spy v Spy Redux -

"He served under Dulles, and then later on Dulles successors, firstly John McCone, then Richard Helms, and for a brief time William Colby. A cryptographer by training (and it has to be said) inclination, he was also very knowledgeable about nuclear technology, having worked on the Manhattan Project (of which more in a later episode), and was apparently involved in the breaking of the Germans’ Enigma code, which did so much to aid the allied effort in the latter part of the War.

"Both these skills were handy during a Cold War. If there is such a thing as spy heaven (a safe house or waiting room in the afterlife maybe?), most of them be coming up to the Kingfisher, high-fiving his avian-eyed ass and be saying how much they ‘love his work’.
As indicated he was as paranoid as they come, for the most part a truly valuable character trait in the counter-spy business, given that the counter espionage and counter intelligence business is all about stopping the targets of your spying from doing what you’re trying to do to them, which is to spy on them. By definition, this means being permanently paranoid.

"Or more accurately, the counter spy/espionage/intelligence ‘schtick’ is more about ensuring that the spies on the other side enjoy minimal success at recruiting your own spies to spy on you and not them as you’d prefer them to continue doing without you finding out about it until it is too late.

"However, like JJ often did, I digress!

"And if Angleton trusted anyone, it is not known whether it worked to their advantage or not, and we’re not even talking about the Soviets here. We’re talking his own – indeed, especially his own – CIA colleagues. He was one of the coldest and most calculating of the Langley Cold Warriors. A strong pro-war hawk on Vietnam, he was also notoriously known for his surveillance of anti-war protesters, political activists and domestic dissidents (of which there were no shortages) during the Vietnam War and throughout the 60’s and early 70’s. He has also been frequently mentioned as having involvement in, knowledge of, and/or connections to the JFK hit and the Norma Jean suicide/accidental death/murder.

- The Hollow Man -

"As good as Angleton was, he wasn’t good enough though to pick up on arguably the biggest spies in the West before they defected to the USSR, who were located in the UK, and operating out of the august Cambridge University.

"As CIA CI chief, part of his responsibility was liaison with foreign intelligence and security officials and spooks, including with Mossad, SAVAK and MI6. Although some say he had his suspicions about the Cambridge group before anyone else did including the British – yes, he was that paranoid – he failed to act on these in time to prevent their subsequent defection. This was an outcome from which he never recovered, and indeed amongst many other missteps, it brought about his downfall eventually, but not for a long time to come.

"After the belated discovery of the aforementioned Cambridge spies (one of whom – Philby – Angleton worked with closely in London during the war, and later got pissed with on a frequent basis, and with whom he shared secrets that got many Western agents killed), Angleton became even more paranoid, seeing spies all over the Langley complex, which began to irritate a lot of people, managing to piss off not only then DCI Richard Helms, but also J Edgar Hoover over at the FBI HQ as well, with Hoover pulling the pin on any further cooperation with the super-spook.

"To piss Edgar off, or to have him pull the pin on you as we’ve seen in an earlier episode, was not all that difficult and certainly not always a good career move to repeat it inside or outside of the FBI. And as for being paranoid, there were few more so than Edgar. But Angleton survived Edgar; he was that ‘good’! And that paranoid! History tells us that paranoia is often proven most justified when it is the most ignored, but many would argue the lessons of history don’t appear to have become a collective political wisdom in the West, and especially some might say in Washington D.C., or for that matter in Langley.

"Not even Angleton though could last forever in the CIA. The culture didn’t make allowances for that. His increasingly pathological paranoia eventually brought him unstuck."

Maybury's apt portrayal of JJ Angleton left me chilled and angry. To think that America was literally turned over, post-WWII, to rats like him and the Dulles brothers never stops infuriating me. Shrewd, ruthless, paranoid, warmongering sociopaths controlled our foreign and domestic policy for over half a century and still do. Of course, they could not have done it in a vacuum. When considering the sources and consequences of Corporation Invisible Army's consolidation of power, one must remember that Operation MK-ULTRA (the covert experimentation with and drugging of innocent Americans) relied on Operation Mockingbird (the subversion of the free press); Operation PBSUCCESS (the overthrow of duly elected foreign governments) went hand in hand with Operation Paperclip (the secret recruitment of Nazi war criminals to serve in our intelligence, medicine, military and aerospace spheres). Angleton and Dulles made sure they could run roughshod over democracy in secret. In so doing, they amassed power unprecedented in our history. More power than presidents, legislative bodies, the Pentagon, and the media combined.

While I concur with most of the content, I take exception to three assertions--one) von Braun was a Nazi...his reputation was softened by a compliant press (which assiduously, and at Dulles's insistence, referred to him as a "German" scientist) once he emigrated to America and his new position at NASA; two) ALL Nazis were war criminals because they either knew of the death camps or participated in the executions; three) Dulles was sympathetic to Hitler and the Reich because his Sullivan and Cromwell clients had big-time investments to protect. Dulles's "Heil Hitler" salutation in correspondences with the Fuhrer is telling.

May Angleton and Dulles and all the other rats burn in hell for eternity.

http://www.amazon.com/Presidents-Mortician-Tim-Fleming/dp/098882907X

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Puerto Rico’s economy is in a dire situation. As of October 2013, the official number of people who are unemployed is at 14.7 percent, perhaps a lot higher if you count those that have dropped out of the labor force because they are no longer looking for employment opportunities.  The Public debt is currently at $70 Billion and increasing daily. Early this month an article written by Justin Velez-Hagan who is executive director of The National Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce for Forbes magazine titled ‘Default: Puerto Rico’s Inevitable Option’ describes what lead to Puerto Rico’s debt crises:

With triple tax exemption (federal, state, and local), combined with higher-than-average yields, Puerto Rican bonds became so popular in recent years that it was able to rack up $70 billion of debt now held by institutional investors and mutual funds alike. The debt-to-GDP ratio is now nearly 70% and growing, not including pension obligations, which raises the ratio to over 90%. With a per capita debt load of $19,000 and growing, Puerto Ricans shoulder almost 4 times the burden of U.S. leader Massachusetts which carries a deficit of $5,077 per citizen

Puerto Rico’s debt is 4 times larger than Massachusetts who Velez-Hagan acknowledges as the most indebted state per citizen with $19,000. The Washington Post also sounded alarm bells concerning Puerto Rico’s economic crises. In ‘Puerto Rico, with at least $70 billion in debt, confronts a rising economic misery’ Michael A. Fletcher describes what the commonwealth faces with cuts to pensions and government jobs and a rise in taxes all across the board including small and big businesses causing a migration of Puerto Ricans to major US cities:

The economy here has been in recession for nearly eight years, crimping tax revenue and pushing the jobless rate to nearly 15 percent. Meanwhile, the government is burdened by staggering debt, spawning comparisons to bankrupt Detroit and forcing lawmakers to severely slash pensions, cut government jobs and raise taxes in a furious effort to avert default.

The implications are serious for Americans outside Puerto Rico both because a taxpayer bailout would be expensive and a default would be far more disruptive than Detroit’s record bankruptcy filing in July. Officials in San Juan and Washington are adamant that a federal bailout is not on the table, but the situation is being closely monitored by the White House, which recently named an advisory team to help Puerto Rican officials navigate the crisis.

The island’s problems have ignited an exodus not seen here since the 1950s, when 500,000 people left for jobs on the mainland. Now Puerto Ricans, who are U.S. citizens, are again leaving in droves.  They are choosing the uncertainty of the job market in Orlando or New York City or Philadelphia over what they view as the certainty that their dreams would be crushed by the U.S. territory’s grinding economic problems.

Bloomberg Businessweek also published an article with concerns affecting the “Muni-Bond Market” that can rattle Wall Street’s Mutual Fund companies. ‘Puerto Rico’s Borrowing Binge Could Rock the Muni-Bond Market’ stated the facts:

The island’s plight affects almost anyone with a mutual fund invested in the municipal-bond market. Exempt from local, state, and federal taxes in the U.S., Puerto Rican bonds are held by 77 percent of muni funds, according to research firm Morningstar (MORN). About 180 funds, including ones run by OppenheimerFunds, Franklin Templeton Investments (BEN), and Dreyfus (BK), have 5 percent of their assets or more in Puerto Rican bonds.

General-obligation bonds, or GOs, which account for about 15 percent of the commonwealth’s public debt, carry the lowest investment-grade rating from Moody’s Investors Service (MCO) and S&P. A downgrade could force many mutual funds to sell part of their Puerto Rican holdings, flooding the market. “Puerto Rico could represent a systemic issue for the municipal-bond market,” says Carlos Colón de Armas, an economist and former official of the Government Development Bank, which conducts the island’s capital-markets transactions. “We are now in a situation where the bonds are trading like junk. I think the ratings agencies have been careful not to lower the GOs further, to avoid creating havoc in the muni-bond market.”

The Obama administration is sending a team of economic advisors according to Bloomberg News last month “With a $70 billion debt load and a substantially underfunded government pension system, the island has fueled market speculation it may need a bailout from Washington.” The report also stated what was on the agenda:

Most of the group’s work will focus on improving Puerto Rico’s management of federal funds to ensure officials are getting the amounts they are entitled to and putting them to effective use, according to the officials.  “There is less here than some people think,” said Jeffrey Farrow, who served as the Clinton White House’s liaison on Puerto Rican affairs. “This is pretty straightforward and an extension of what they have been doing in the past, but more intense, formalized and public.”

The first team of officials was scheduled to be from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Health, Education and Housing and Urban Development departments, officials said.  Puerto Rico’s education, health and housing departments are among of the biggest recipients of federal funding and have also been responsible for past Puerto Rico budget shortfalls.

The EPA’s intervention may stem from concerns regarding the ability of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority to comply with new federal air quality regulations that take effect in 2015.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is one of the agencies participating under Washington’s request. Washington has required that the Puerto Rico government and the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) comply with new federal air quality regulations by 2015. The online news source Caribbean Business reported back on July 11th, 2013 ‘PREPA falling behind on 2015 EPA Deadline’ that Puerto Rico is in a race to meet Washington’s air-quality standards by 2015:

A high-ranking regulatory official is concerned that the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (Prepa) isn’t moving fast enough to comply with strict federal air-quality standards taking effect in two years, as industry sources told CARIBBEAN BUSINESS that key decisions on the compliance process won’t be taken until next spring.  Prepa plans to either close or convert most of its oil-firing units to natural gas to comply with the new air-quality standards, but it won’t select a liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplier and decide on a method to deliver the gas to north-coast plants until March 2014, according to industry sources. That means the final contracts would probably not be enacted and finalized until the fourth quarter of 2014, they added.

Meanwhile, Prepa has an agreement with Texas-based Excelerate Energy to construct an offshore LNG terminal to feed the massive Aguirre powerplant in Guayama. A formal application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission was filed in April and the project remains in the permitting phase. Excelerate officials have said they expect the facility to be in service in early 2015, but that outlook depends on getting timely federal approval on its environmental impact statement and several permits.

Puerto Rico’s plan to convert most of its oil-firing units to natural gas will have an impact on its economy. Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) does not have the economic capacity to invest in the construction of new plants that would supply natural gas. “While the cash-strapped public utility can’t afford to build its own plants, there is interest from large energy companies to construct new generation units through public-private partnerships (P3s)” the report stated. “That is especially the case because the move to natural gas isn’t just about compliance, but about bringing down power costs.” Caribbean Business said that Edgardo Fábregas, a former member of PREPA’s board confirmed that the public utility is considering a plan to construct a gas-fired plant “The former Prepa board member said the public utility was considering a longer-term plan to construct, through a P3 initiative, a massive natural gas-fired plant, probably on the site of Arecibo’s Cambalache plant, which is rarely used.” The report also said that Fábregas admitted to the costs associated with the project:

To do a project right, building a plant that could “flex up or down” rapidly and would have the capacity to power the entire north coast, would cost $7 billion, and take six years to build. The project would allow for the elimination of the Palo Seco and San Juan plants, Fábregas said. “We have to move to natural gas as soon as we can, but at the end of the day, you have to renew your system. I understand the cost and time implications involved, but if we don’t start, we will never finish,” he added.

According to Robert Bryce, a senior fellow with the Center for Energy Policy and the Environment at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, a conservative think tank based in New York City produced a report called ‘The High Cost of Renewable-Electricity Mandates’. He wrote about the effects of Washington’s new air-quality proposal:

Motivated by a desire to reduce carbon emissions, and in the absence of federal action to do so, 29 states (and the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico) have required utility companies to deliver specified minimum amounts of electricity from “renewable” sources, including wind and solar power. California recently adopted the most stringent of these so-called renewable portfolio standards (RPS), requiring 33 percent of its electricity to be renewable by 2020.  Proponents of the RPS plans say that the mandated restrictions will reduce harmful emissions and spur job growth, by stimulating investment in green technologies.

But this patchwork of state rules—which now affects the electricity bills of about two-thirds of the U.S. population as well as countless businesses and industrial users—has sprung up in recent years without the benefit of the states fully calculating their costs.  There is growing evidence that the costs may be too high—that the price tag for purchasing renewable energy, and for building new transmission lines to deliver it, may not only outweigh any environmental benefits but may also be detrimental to the economy, costing jobs rather than adding them.  The mandates amount to a “back-end way to put a price on carbon,” says one former federal regulator. Put another way, the higher cost of electricity is essentially a de facto carbon-reduction tax, one that is putting a strain on a struggling economy and is falling most heavily, in the way that regressive taxes do, on the least well-off among residential users.

To be sure, the mandates aren’t the only reason that electricity costs are rising—increased regulation of coal-fired power plants is also a major factor—and it is difficult to isolate the cost of the renewable mandates without rigorous cost-benefit analysis by the states.

The new mandate is called Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) that automatically “require electricity providers to supply a specified minimum amount of power to their customers from sources that qualify as “renewable,” a category that includes wind, solar, biomass, and geothermal.” The report clarified what the results of the new energy plan would bring:

The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is similarly bullish on the state programs. The RPS rules are designed “to stimulate market and technology development,” the agency says, “so that, ultimately renewable energy will be economically competitive with conventional forms of electric power. States create RPS programs because of the energy, environmental, and economic benefits of renewable energy.”[4]

Although supporters of renewable energy claim that the RPS mandates will bring benefits, their contribution to the economy is problematic because they also impose costs that must be incorporated into the utility bills paid by homeowners, commercial businesses, and industrial users. And those costs are or will be substantial. Electricity generated from renewable sources generally costs more—often much more—than that produced by conventional fuels such as coal and natural gas. In addition, large-scale renewable energy projects often require the construction of many miles of high-voltage transmission lines. The cost of those lines must also be incorporated into the bills paid by consumers.

What Edgardo Fábregas forgets to mention is that Bryce’s analysis on the price of producing electricity through renewable energy sources can be astronomical. It is an amazing prediction given by the EPA under the Obama administration’s directives. It is important to note that the major players in the RPS programs are connected to Wall Street and major banks that includes Goldman Sachs who is one of President Obama’s major campaign contributors. Author and journalist Matt Taibbi wrote an article on the history of Goldman Sachs and the US government’s relationship for Rolling Stone magazine called ‘The Great American Bubble Machine’. Taibbi explains how Goldman Sachs would benefit from Washington’s air-quality mandates:

The new carbon credit market is a virtual repeat of the commodities-market casino that’s been kind to Goldman, except it has one delicious new wrinkle: If the plan goes forward as expected, the rise in prices will be government-mandated. Goldman won’t even have to rig the game. It will be rigged in advance.

Here’s how it works: If the bill passes, there will be limits for coal plants, utilities, natural-gas distributors and numerous other industries on the amount of carbon emissions (a.k.a. greenhouse gases) they can produce per year. If the companies go over their allotment, they will be able to buy “allocations” or credits from other companies that have managed to produce fewer emissions. President Obama conservatively estimates that about $646 billion worth of carbon credits will be auctioned in the first seven years; one of his top economic aides speculates that the real number might be twice or even three times that amount.

The feature of this plan that has special appeal to speculators is that the “cap” on carbon will be continually lowered by the government, which means that carbon credits will become more and more scarce with each passing year. Which means that this is a brand new commodities market where the main commodity to be traded is guaranteed to rise in price over time. The volume of this new market will be upwards of a trillion dollars annually; for comparison’s sake, the annual combined revenues of all electricity suppliers in the U.S. total $320 billion.

One other important factor to consider regarding Puerto Rico’s energy demands in the future is the supply of natural gas. Puerto Rico is hoping to secure a steady supply of natural gas from the United States for the next 100 years. “A key part of the plan is to secure a long-term LNG contract with the U.S., which has the most economical prices in the world, the result of a boon in U.S. natural gas exploration, which has unearthed a supply that experts say will last a century” according to the Caribbean Business report.  In the 2012 State of the Union Address, US President Barack Obama said “We have a supply of natural gas that can last America nearly 100 years, and my administration will take every possible action to safely develop this energy.” F. William Endahl, a research associate at Global Research wrote a ground breaking report, ‘The Fracked-up USA Shale Gas Bubble’ wrote that the 100 year supply of natural gas is in fact an inaccurate prediction:

In a sobering report, Arthur Berman, a veteran petroleum geologist specialized in well assessment, using existing well extraction data for major shale gas regions in the US since the boom started, reached sobering conclusions. His findings point to a new Ponzi scheme which well might play out in a colossal gas bust over the next months or at best, the next two or three years. Shale gas is anything but the “energy revolution” that will give US consumers or the world gas for 100 years as President Obama was told.

Berman wrote already in 2011, “Facts indicate that most wells are not commercial at current gas prices and require prices at least in the range of $8.00 to $9.00/mcf to break even on full-cycle prices, and $5.00 to $6.00/mcf on point-forward prices. Our price forecasts ($4.00-4.55/mcf average through 2012) are below $8.00/mcf for the next 18 months. It is, therefore, possible that some producers will be unable to maintain present drilling levels from cash flow, joint ventures, asset sales and stock offerings.” [16]

Berman continued, “Decline rates indicate that a decrease in drilling by any of the major producers in the shale gas plays would reveal the insecurity of supply. This is especially true in the case of the Haynesville Shale play where initial rates are about three times higher than in the Barnett or Fayetteville. Already, rig rates are dropping in the Haynesville as operators shift emphasis to more liquid-prone objectives that have even lower gas rates. This might create doubt about the paradigm of cheap and abundant shale gas supply and have a cascading effect on confidence and capital availability.” [17]

What Berman and others have also concluded is that the gas industry key players and their Wall Street bankers backing the shale boom have grossly inflated the volumes of recoverable shale gas reserves and hence its expected supply duration. He notes, “Reserves and economics depend on estimated ultimate recoveries (EUR) based on hyperbolic, or increasingly flattening, decline profiles that predict decades of commercial production. With only a few years of production history in most of these plays, this model has not been shown to be correct, and may be overly optimistic….Our analysis of shale gas well decline trends indicates that the Estimated Ultimate Recovery per well is approximately one-half the values commonly presented by operators.” [18] In brief, the gas producers have built the illusion that their unconventional and increasingly costly shale gas will last for decades.

However, Caribbean Business says that “Prepa has invited several suppliers to bid on a project to supply the north-coast plants with natural gas. It is spelling out its gas needs at its Palo Seco and San Juan plants, letting the energy companies decide the best way to supply the natural gas” and that “Prepa has made some progress on its natural gas conversion plan, which energy experts say is the only way to bring down the high cost of electricity.” Allowing energy companies decide how to supply gas would add to the price in the long run. Russia Today recently reported that “fracking technology” is causing major environmental problems within the United States. Since 2008, the state of Texas has been experiencing more earthquakes than ever before:

Between 1970 and 2007, the area around the Texas town of Azle (pop. 10,000) experienced just two earthquakes. The peace and quiet began to change, however, at the start of 2008, when 74 minor quakes were reported in the region. Now an increasing number of people, including scientists, are speculating that natural gas production by fracking – a process that forces high pressure water and chemicals into rock in order to extract natural gas reserves – is the culprit. The problem, however, is proving the claims.

Cliff Frolich, earthquake researcher at the University of Texas, said waste water injection wells from fracking could be responsible for the recent spate of earthquake activity. “I’d say it certainly looks very possible that the earthquakes are related to injection wells,” he said in an interview with KHOU television.

Frolich left room for doubt when he said thousands of such wells have operated in Texas for decades with no quakes anywhere near them. Frolich co-authored a 2009 study on earthquake activity near Cleburne, just south of Azle, which concluded: “The possibility exists that earthquakes may be related to fluid injection.” A recent government study lent credence to Frolich’s findings.

There have been Anti-fracking protests around the world. Fracking or “hydraulic fracturing” is a water-intensive process where millions of gallons of water, sand, and chemicals combined are injected underground with intensive pressure to fracture rocks that surround an oil or gas well. This process then releases extra oil and gas from the rock which flows into the well. “Fracking Technology” is proving to be environmentally dangerous for the health and safety of communities located in close proximity to these well sites. It causes many problems for the air we breathe and long-term environmental damage. For example, water can become contaminated from the toxins fracking has caused. It is an environmental hazard.

EPA rules and regulations also have the potential to impose a “carbon tax option” for states according to The Hill, A Washington D.C. based daily newspaper reported last month that Brookings Institution economist Adele Morris said that a carbon excise tax can be imposed on states:

Morris, a carbon tax supporter, argues that a carbon excise tax could be part of the “menu of specific approaches” that the agency gives states that will craft plans to meet the federal guidelines. Morris suggests that the EPA could “allow states to adopt a specific state-level excise tax or fee on the carbon content of fuels combusted by the power plants regulated under this rule.”

In other words, an excise tax associated with renewable energy supplies can be added only leading to higher energy costs for households, businesses and major industries. It would also allow Puerto Rico to contribute to the environmental degradation because of its future demands of natural gas which has no guarantee of supplies for the next 100 years. It is a recipe for disaster for both the economy and the environment.

 Will new EPA rules bankrupt farmers?

It is estimated that Puerto Rico imports at least 85% of the food supply from the United States according to the Latin American Herald Tribune. ‘Puerto Rico Imports 85 Percent of Its Food’ stated that “Puerto Rico imports 85 percent of the food its residents consume due to the lack of competitiveness among companies in this U.S. commonwealth, Agriculture Secretary Javier Rivera told Efe.” Agriculture Secretary Rivera admits that the majority of food is imported from the United States even though Puerto Rico has the capability to produce its own food, but cannot compete with US food suppliers. Rivera continued “Although we have the technical capacity, we’re not able to produce competitively” Why? “The secretary attributed the drop in production to the high operating costs of growing food on the island, which are, in turn, a result of high labor costs, as well as rising energy and fertilizer prices. Rivera acknowledged that therefore many farmers – of which there are fewer than 2,000 on the island, according to recent statistics – have come to depend on government subsidies to stay in business.” With new EPA regulations, remaining farmers will bear higher-energy costs because of the EPA’s new federal air quality regulations that will start in 2015. Agriculture on the island would be affected and farmers would be economically bankrupt when energy prices begin to rise.

From the 1929 Great Depression to the Recession of 2014

Looking back to the 1930’s, Puerto Rico was in economic despair due to the effects of the Great Depression. In 1940, the Popular Democratic Party (PPD) under the leadership of Washington’s puppet governor Luis Munoz Marin came to power with 37.9% of the vote compared to 39.2% of the Republican-Socialist coalition. The PPD also won the 1944 elections with 64.8% of the vote. The PPD was determined to transform Puerto Rico’s economy from an Agricultural farm-based to an export-driven modern industrial economy.

The US and Puerto Rico governments wanted to fast track the urbanization in many areas from a rural society to a modern, industrial urban center that would resemble New York City’s economy. For a short period of time, the project did increase living wages, improved housing conditions, health care and education. It also led to equitable land reforms,. At the same time the plan increased unemployment rates because many Puerto Ricans were unqualified for the types of jobs the new Industrial economy provided. It increased the migration levels to the United States, namely New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Puerto Rico became more dependent on U.S. markets and created more public and private debts. The most important aspect of US economic and political control of Puerto Rico was the cultural transformation of the population. It became what sociologist call “Americanization”. They were subjected to American culture, media, laws, and even its foods under Washington’s economic and social plan. In ‘Economic History of Puerto Rico: Institutional Change and Capitalist Development’ by James L. Dietz, professor of economics and Latin American studies at California State University wrote:

Industrialization and the accompanying decline of agriculture after the late 1940s did nothing to expand and make permanent the relative autonomy of the early 1940s. Instead, the PPD program had just the opposite result: it laid the foundation for increased dominance by U.S. capital from the 1950s to the present. The PPD’s goal of eventual political independence, after the attainment of social justice and a solution to the island’s economic problems, faded further into the future and eventually disappeared altogether. It may be that Munoz and the PPD never really were committed to independence, as many have suggested, but it is more likely that, as the PPD’s redirection of the economy under Munoz’s leadership tied its destiny ever closer to that of the United States, what they had became what they wanted as what they had wanted slipped further and further from their grasp

In ‘How an Economy Grows and why it Crashes’ author and economist Peter Schiff stated that “The evidence supporting these claims is largely emotional. What is far more certain is that the government’s monopoly control of public projects and services almost always leads to inefficiency, corruption, graft, and decay.” Puerto Rico’s economy was under US control then as it is now. Dietz says that “From 1941 to 1949, the government followed a program of land reform, control over and development of infrastructure and institutions, administrative organization, and limited industrialization through factories owned and operated by the government.” Comparing to what Peter Schiff said the Puerto Rican government’s control of certain economic sectors led to numerous “inefficiencies” and “Decay.” The bleak economic growth of Puerto Rico did not improve through a program called ‘Operacion Manos a la Obra’ or ‘Operation Bootstrap’ in English. It was known as “Industrialization by Invitation” to attract foreign investment. It failed in the long-run. Dietz further wrote:

“Yet Operation Bootstrap made it difficult for Puerto Ricans to improve their standard of living through their own efforts, since it put control over that process in the hands of U.S. firms, whose interests did not necessarily coincide with those of the majority on the island. It is likely that no one consciously intended such results from a development program that seemed so promising, but Puerto Rico’s colonial relation with the United States prevented, or at a minimum made more difficult, a more independent existence for the economy and society”

Puerto Rico’s dependence on the US mainland became evident as the years went by, but right from the beginning of World War II, Puerto Rico’s economy suffered.  “The war shut Puerto Rico off from its primary export market and source of imported goods, and meanwhile, there were no war industries to absorb surplus labor; consequently, unemployment increased” according to Dietz.  Today, Puerto Rico is suffering from a recession that started in 2006. In another report by Caribbean Business ‘PR reverses growth forecast, now predicts another year of recession’ and stated the dire predictions by the government of Puerto Rico, “The Puerto Rico government has dropped expectations for economic growth this fiscal year as the island struggles to pull out of a marathon downturn dating back to 2006. The Planning Board said Friday it is now projecting that the economy will shrink by 0.8 percent in fiscal 2014, dropping its previous forecast for razor-thin growth of 0.2 percent.” Puerto Rico’s economy will continue to decline as the US economy continues with its own economic problems. It will become more difficult as time progresses for Puerto Rico.

The Collapsing US Dollar and the Fall of Rome   

The US Dollar as a the world’s reserve currency is in its last stages because the US owes trillions of dollars in household, corporate and financial debt and future underfunded welfare liabilities.  The demand for U.S. dollars kept prices and interest rates low. It allowed the U.S. government to acquire the economic power it needed to dominate the world economically. It allowed the Federal Reserve Bank to print dollars unconditionally. Although the US dollar is still dominate with more the 50% of foreign currency reserves in the world, a gradual transition for other currencies is coming in the near future. The dollar will eventually lose its value. Interest rates on every loan and credit card will rise.

This is a recipe for disaster, because if a country such as Puerto Rico cannot produce its own food and is dependent on a foreign source that is the most indebted nation in world history with more than $17 trillion dollars in debt which continues to increase each passing day is a serious problem for Puerto Rico’s future. Tyler Durden of zerohedge.com provided a chart in 2012 to show the fiscal danger the United States faces in the near future. Durden explains:

We present the following chart showing total US Federal debt/GDP as well as Deficit/(Surplus)/GDP since inception, or in this case as close as feasible, or 1792, which appears to be the first recorded year of historical fiscal data. We can see why readers have been so eager to see the “real big picture” – the chart is nothing short of stunning.

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Ambassador Pickering also criticised the recently-passed Justice and Security Act, which rolls out secret courts known as Closed Material Procedures across the civil justice system in Britain, arguing that it seems it will lead to “more secrecy, not less.”
 
On Shaker Aamer, the British resident detained at Guantanamo Bay despite having been cleared for release, he said that “The US should immediately release Aamer or give reasons for his continued detention.”
 
Commenting, Cori Crider said: “When a Bush-era senior security official and a former US ambassador both dismiss the UK Government’s claims on why torture cases should not come before the court, it becomes clear that ministers do not have a leg to stand on.   Government lawyers are trotting out the same tired old line to try to avoid accountability: that it will harm national security, and the US will stop sharing intelligence with us.  Under-Secretary Hutchinson’s and Ambassador Pickering’s comments show that this claim is nonsense.”
 
ENDS
 
Notes to editors
 
1. For further information, please contact Donald Campbell in Reprieve’s press office: +44 (0) 207 553 8166 / donald.campbell@reprieve.org. uk

Oil, Azerbaijan and the Strange Case of Rick Bourke

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Oil, Azerbaijan and the Strange Case of Rick Bourke

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/oil_azerbaijan_and_the_strange_case_of_rick_bourke_20131016/

Posted on Oct 16, 2013

By Amy Goodman

Oil is the source of so much pain in the world. Around the globe, wherever oil is extracted, people suffer a constellation of injuries, from coups and dictatorship to pollution, displacement and death. Pipelines leak, refineries explode, tankers break up and deep-sea drill rigs explode. The thirst for oil disrupts democracies and the climate. Not far from the burgeoning fracking fields of Colorado, Frederic “Rick” Bourke sits in a minimum-security federal prison. His crime: blowing the whistle on corruption and bribery in the oil-rich region of the Caspian Sea.

Rick Bourke is perhaps best known for founding the luxury handbag company Dooney and Bourke. He is a philanthropist, and has invested his wealth into ventures seeking novel cures for cancer. In the mid-1990s, he met a Czech national named Viktor Kozeny, dubbed “The Pirate of Prague,” who reaped tens of millions of dollars through controversial deals during the privatization of Czech national assets. Kozeny sought greater fortunes by recruiting investors for the takeover of SOCAR, the state-owned oil company of Azerbaijan, a former Soviet republic on the western shore of the Caspian Sea.

Kozeny promised unprecedented returns on the investments. Serious investors vetted the opportunity and sank huge sums into the enterprise, including Columbia University’s investment fund, the insurance giant AIG, legendary hedge-fund manager Lee Cooperman, a longtime executive at Goldman Sachs, and former Senate majority leader George Mitchell. Bourke’s attorney, Michael Tigar, summed up the result on the “Democracy Now!” news hour: “Kozeny was a crook. He stole every bit of Rick Bourke’s money and all of the other investors’ money. He bribed Azeri officials. He lives today happily unextradited in the Bahamas.” 

Kozeny paid huge sums to the president of Azerbaijan, Heydar Aliyev. Like Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, Aliyev was a former top-level KGB official. He gained control of the country shortly after the Soviet breakup. His son, Ilham, during the period of Kozeny’s scheme, was the head of SOCAR. Kozeny employed a Swiss lawyer named Hans Bodmer to coordinate the complex scam. An American named Thomas Farrell, who runs a bar in St. Petersburg, Russia, became the bagman, ferrying duffel bags of cash to Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan.

The investment tanked, and Kozeny absconded with the remaining funds. Rick Bourke went to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, which has a history of going after white-collar crime.  He spoke with Assistant District Attorney Mariam Klipper, an expert on privatization in Eastern Europe. The DA’s office indicted Kozeny, who skirted the prosecution and is enjoying relative immunity in the Bahamas. 

As the lone whistle-blower, Bourke also cooperated with federal prosecutors. Nevertheless, they decided to set their sights on him. He eventually was found guilty under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, not for bribing anyone, but for alleged knowledge of the bribes, even though the entire case rested on testimony of the Swiss lawyer, Bodmer, and Farrell. At sentencing, former assistant district attorney Klipper wrote to federal Judge Shira Scheindlin, seeking a lenient sentence for Bourke: “He was extremely helpful,” she wrote. He “came to my office voluntarily and spoke candidly and with conviction about the case. We did not offer anything in return. ... I never had reason to doubt him.” While Bodmer and Farrell also were indicted, they received very favorable plea deals. They both quickly left the U.S.

Much of the court record is sealed, likely because of the involvement of intelligence agencies. In a remarkable twist in the case, the former head of Britain’s intelligence service, MI6, Sir Richard Dearlove, and the former deputy director of operations at the CIA, James Pavitt, both sought to testify on Bourke’s behalf. They were reportedly denied the opportunity, perhaps to protect the intelligence value of both Bodmer and Farrell. In the murky world of petroleum geopolitics, it is very difficult to know.

The son of Heydar Aliyev, Ilham Aliyev, succeeded his father as president of Azerbaijan, ruling the country with dictatorial control. He just won his third term as president last week, with the initial election results being reported the day BEFORE voting began. Human Rights Watch issued a report in September, “Tightening the Screws: Azerbaijan’s Crackdown in Civil Society and Dissent.”

Rick Bourke sits in the federal prison in Englewood, Colo., sentenced to a year and a day. Former Washington Post reporter Scott Armstrong, who founded the National Security Archive and chaired the Government Accountability Project, spent years investigating the case. As a senior investigator on the Senate Watergate Committee, Armstrong uncovered the existence of President Richard Nixon’s secret taping system. He knows corruption when he sees it, and considers Bourke a genuine whistle-blower. He summed up the case: “This elaborate set of frauds that Kozeny was involved in were in essence covered up by the United States government, who chose instead to bring the full weight of their investigative enthusiasm against the whistle-blower. And that just shocks the conscience.”


Denis Moynihan contributed research to this column.

Amy Goodman is the host of “Democracy Now!,” a daily international TV/radio news hour airing on more than 1,000 stations in North America. She is the co-author of “The Silenced Majority,” a New York Times best-seller.

© 2013 Amy Goodman

Distributed by King Features Syndicate

Rick Bourke.

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During the academic year 2013/2014, Prof. Knut Kjeldstadli leads the research project Globalization and the Possibility of Transnational Actors - The Case of Trade Unions at the Centre for Advanced Study in Oslo/Norway. In this guest post, he outlines the purpose of this collective research project.

In 1990 workers at a metal sheet factory in Ravenwood in West Virginia in USA were fired. Scabs were brought in. The answer of the local steel workers’ union was a campaign which came to last for two years. The target was the international corporation – owned by a Swiss billionaire –that owned the factory. The union and their supporters succeeded in mapping his property network. They campaigned at the local level, activated the work security authorities (Arbeidstilsynet) and pressed his customers in USA not to buy his products. They also linked up with trade unions in Switzerland, his bank and hindered him in buying property elsewhere. In all there were campaigns in 28 countries. In 1992 the Ravenwood steelworkers won. Others have not been that successful.

Transnational campaigns and trade union action are both part of, and an answer to, the phenomenon we call globalization. Or maybe we should speak in plural about globalizations, as these processes of interweaving take place at several levels with different logics as, for example, supranational institutions, culture industry etc. Yet at the core is the economy and technology and at the core of the core are transnational corporations or TNCs in globalist lingo. In 2008 they were close to 80000, controlling more than one fourth of world production and 70 per cent of world trade. We reckon that among the 100 largest economic units in the world 51 are corporations, 49 are countries.

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Sometimes globalizations are understood almost as a subject of – not history or social sciences – but of geology – huge long term processes that are impersonal, inevitable and irreversible – and almost impossible to act upon – or against. And certainly there is this deep trend. However, these developments have not appeared from nowhere. They have been consciously promoted by powerful agents, governments and corporations.  Yet, from the point of view of individuals, they seem so overwhelming that they appear as impersonal structures.

This raises the question: Is transnational action possible for those who are not in power? Or more optimistically put: Under what circumstances is collective transnational action possible? This goes to the heart of the matter of what we deal with in our CAS-group.

There are several transnational institutions, networks, organizations and movements that might have been focused upon. We have chosen trade unions as our case, for several reasons:

1) Trade unions are the most immediate counterparts or adversaries of the corporations.

2) They try – at least to a certain extent – to counter national and global inequality.

3) They work at several levels – from local to global, and are engaged within a national space while striving to organize transnationally.

4) Unions still have – despite of backlashes – a relatively robust organization. Among the movements that react to market driven globalization unions probably have the greatest capability.

5) Unions display a manifold of political approaches, from those who rely on being the winners in the global market competition to those who very much oppose it – such as the Ravenwood workers.

6) And then the last part of the six-pack: The international trade union movement contains within itself contradictions and tensions that have to be overcome if effective collective action is to be successful.

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The challenges, hindrances and problems are obvious – ranging from practical issues of communication to suppression and conflicting interests among wage earners. How does a local shop steward act when a car producing company such as Volvo stages a competition between its plants about which one produces not only in the most effective way, but also at the lowest costs due to acceptance of shrinking pay and less social benefits? Shall this shop steward resign and accept the new terms? Shall he or she accept the closure of the factory? Shall he or she try to reach out to colleagues in the plants in other branches of the company? This logic also works between countries and the competition over who offers the most business friendly conditions. Sometimes the problems and counter forces seem overwhelming.

Yet there are important instances of agency, even several instances of successful actions and policies. This will be pursued in our group:

Political scientist Roland Erne – from Switzerland and Dublin – works on a more generalizing theory of trade union transnational action, building on available case studies. Under what circumstances has such agency been possible?

Political economist Andreas Bieler, from Germany and Nottingham, deals with cooperation between trade unions and other social movements over the issue of access to clean and drinkable water, as well as with cooperation between trade unions in the Global South, such as COSATU in South Africa and CUT in Brazil.

From Norway Oslo comes human geographer Ann Cecilie Bergene. She works on one particular challenge to unions – temporary work agencies. While the standard worker in the North is still the type that has a permanent, full-time contract with benefits, in the South two thirds are more or less casually employed as opposed to one third in the North. Looking at Eastern and Southern Europe there are reasons to speak about an element of the global South in the global North.

Also from Oslo, historian Idar Hellewill work on the stance of unions towards this kind of work – precarious, temporary, and often vulnerable. He will partly compare how national unions have tackled this and partly study those instances of transnational actions that do exist.


Now – globalization also involves people who move, the majority of today’s ca. 250 million migrants being labour migrants. These labour migrants come from a varied background and enter a variety of professions. Social anthropologist Sabina Stan, from Romania, Canada and Dublin, handles the theme of global care chains. Women from the South and East leave their family, sometimes their children, to take care of other families’ children. They are hushjelper in Norway, the badanti of Italy, maids, sometimes camouflaged as au pair. The global care chain also comprises nurses and other health personnel, both publicly and privately employed. The last may grow, due to privatization. She will investigate trade union reactions to this development.

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Construction workers have been at the forefront among those who have had to face the erosion of standard work, temporary work, etc. Historian Darragh Golden, from Ireland and Dublin, studies labour migration within the European Union with a particular focus on the policies of construction workers’ unions in Italy and Ireland.

Unions and immigrants – in Norway, maybe Scandinavia – is the theme of Knut Kjeldstadli, Norway, Oslo, historian and group leader. The Norwegian Fellesforbundet, mainstay of the male industrial working class, has formulated the motto: “We are a union for workers in Norway, not only for Norwegian workers”. Here there are historical lines to be drawn. In 1912, strikers in the company town of Rjukan protested against evictions of foreign workers: “We stand together with our comrades, who accidentally – accidentally - are born in another country”.

Finally, some have queried whether trade union are really a topic to be studied through basic research, considering the Centre’s name here in Norwegian is Senter for grunnforskning. There is an implicit dichotomy – on the one hand there is basic research, which is curiosity driven, which is initiated by researchers, which is free, which may be abstract, which is not expected to have any immediate practical use. On the other hand, there is commissioned or applied research, undertaken at the request of employers or customers, where questions are predefined, which is not free, and immediate and profitable results are expected. Now this dichotomy does not exhaust the possibilities. To my mind our group is engaged in what I shall call strategic basic research, strategisk grunnforskning – meaning that it is researcher driven and defined, it enjoys the fantastic freedom CAS offers – and yet our questions address a certain horizon of problems defined by a societal interest, and are legitimized more by their social use value than their academic exchange value.

[This post is based on Prof. Knut Kjeldstadli's project introduction at the Centre for Advanced Study, Oslo, on 5 September 2013.]

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