Posted June 26, 2013 by Jerry Alatalo
Oneness – Earth Overview
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by Jerry Alatalo
“I shall give a propagandist cause for starting the war. Never mind if it is plausible or not. The victor will not be asked, later on, whether he told the truth or not. In starting and waging a war, it is not right that matters but victory. Have no pity. Adopt a brutal attitude… Right is on the side of the strongest.”
- Adolf Hitler (1889-1945)
Millions of men and women around the world are experiencing astonishment after listening to the intercepted phone call between the European Union’s Catherine Ashton and Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet. These same millions of people from every nation and region around the world are now experiencing double astonishment.
Mr. Paet’s bombshell allegation shared with the EU’s Ms. Ashton, that one group of snipers was behind the shootings and murders in Kiev, and that this group was not sponsored by Viktor Yanukovych but the so-called new coalition, has caused a worldwide stir that cannot be ignored by the most powerful political leaders on Earth.
Destabilization of nations, false flag operations, and outright coups have in the past been conducted without the broad awareness of most people on Earth. But, because the situation in Ukraine has led to a political clash between Russia, the European Union, and the United States, and because there are many more millions of men and women following, researching, and writing about events in the Ukraine, the phone call between Ms. Ashton and Mr. Paet cannot be swept under the rug – the allegation(s) contained in that call will have to become addressed in front of the entire human race.
It is generally accepted as fact that Viktor Yanukovych stole billions of dollars from the Ukrainian people, yet the crime of multiple murder of protesters is now in question. This leads logically to some extremely important questions.
As mentioned, there is general agreement that Mr. Yanukovych stole billions from Ukraine, but that does not erase the possible major crimes of snipers killing in a professional, military manner. Dr. Olga Bogolomets, the woman Mr. Paet spoke to about the serious allegations he later shared with Ms. Ashton in the phone call, treated those protesters who were hit by bullets in Kiev, and observed that people were getting shot in the head, neck, and heart – in other words, the shooters were shooting to kill.
Dr. Bogolomets may become Ukraine’s Minister of Health. While she was treating the victims of shootings in Kiev she observed that there were very few victims who had been shot in the arms or legs, or with rubber bullets. Her observations, along with the recollections of former members of Ukraine’s Kiev-based élite law enforcement unit, the Berkut (the unit was dissolved when the new government took power, the over 1,000 Berkut members were out of a job), strongly indicates that shooters were highly trained, professional, military-style men who knew exactly what they were doing.
Not investigating the serious allegations can only be described as an option that is untenable – to ignore this largest of the large accusation without a probe to determine its reality or falsehood is unthinkable and unimaginable.
The action which turned out to be the genesis of protests in Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych’s postponement of consideration of a European Union offer in favor of a Russian offer of economic aid, saw Russia putting $15 billion on the table. Mr. Yanukovych is alleged to have stolen from $12-70 billion from the Ukrainian Treasury. Mr. Yanukovych, who in all likelihood used tax havens in Switzerland, the Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands, or any number of tax havens around the world, has knowledge of where those missing $billions are.
France’s President Hollande has called for “the eradication of tax havens”. As a result of tragic events in Ukraine (which may or may not have included mass murder initiating a coup d’état), along with actions by government officials involving massive corruption (including hiding of $billions in offshore tax havens), offers humanity the very real possibility of ending two of mankind’s greatest historic scourges.
Recent events in the Ukraine have been dramatic, saddening, enraging, and tragic. From a certain perspective, the two main issues which have become identified are those listed – these issues represent at the same time two of the major issues that humanity must honestly deal with.
Investigation of the killings in Ukraine to determine who was responsible is the right thing to do. Investigation to determine where the $billions stolen by Viktor Yanukovych went, and if they are in tax havens, is the right thing to do. Given the universal attention these investigations will receive from men and women around the world from the media, politicians, citizen journalists, religious organizations – the whole of humanity – truth will come to the fore, starting the process of worldwide eradication of actions like coups and tax evasion.
This then begins humanity’s journey toward true democracy on this Earth.
by Jerry Alatalo
An intercepted phone call between the European Union’s Catherine Ashton and Estonia’s Foreign Minister Urmas Paet has shocked the world. With over 1,000,000 views on YouTube, the Estonian PM Paet’s assertion that both policemen and protesters killed in Ukraine were shot by the same snipers, and that ousted Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych was not behind the murders, has millions around the world asking some very disturbing and complex questions.
Some of Ms. Ashton’s words from the phone discussion.
Describing her suggestions to the new coalition government: ”You have to go and lay flowers where the people died. You have to show that you understand what you have, what has happened here. Because what you’re experiencing is anger of people who’ve seen the way that Yanukovych lived, and the corruption, and they’re seeing you all as the same. And those are the people who’ve lost people and feel that he ordered that to happen. There’s quite a lot of shock in the city, a lot of sadness and shock. And that’s going to come out in some very strange ways if they’re not careful.”
Some of the stunning comments from Urmas Paet.
Speaking about his conversation with Dr. Olga Bogomolets, a physician who treated Ukrainian protesters/victims of shootings in Kiev, and a candidate for the head of Ukraine’s Health Ministry. Mr. Paet tells Ms. Ashton that he received information from Dr. Olga Bogomolets:
“All the evidence shows that the people who were killed by snipers, from both sides, among policemen and people from the streets, that they were the same snipers killing people from both sides. (At this point in the call, Ms. Ashton replies, “well, that’s, yeh”) And she also showed me photos and says that it’s the same handwriting, the same type of bullets, and it’s really disturbing now that the new coalition, that they don’t want to investigate what exactly happened. “
“So that there is stronger and stronger understanding that behind snipers it was not Yanukovych but somebody from the new coalition. (Here Ms. Ashton replies, “I thought we do want to investigate. That’s interesting, gosh.”)
The first obvious observation is that this assertion by Mr. Paet, that there are doubts about ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych being responsible for the deaths of protesters, is about as serious an assertion that is possible on this Earth, at this time, in relation to events in Ukraine. A slightly less obvious observation is the very subdued response from Catherine Ashton after Mr. Paet shared his revelations. One would think that Ms. Ashton’s first response wouldn’t be “well, that’s, yeh” but her logical response to such highly-charged information would have been more like, “My God! You can’t be serious!”
Another curious observation is the fact that nowhere in this phone call, in particular the controversial statements made by Mr. Paet, did Ms. Ashton ask any questions of Mr. Paet about those same controversial assertions. Close to the end of the phone call, shortly after Mr. Paet’s statement ending with, “..that behind snipers it was not Yanukovych but somebody from the new coalition”, Ms. Ashton begins to close down the phone communication turning to separate issues from the deaths of protesters and who was responsible.
Certainly thousands of men and women around the world will be listening many times to this phone conversation. At this point, millions of viewers/listeners of this profoundly controversial discussion will be waiting to hear from Dr. Olga Bogomolets with her version of tragic events in the Ukraine. May all men and women of good heart pray for her safety and well-being.
Until then, high level representatives of the Ukraine, European Union, Russia, and the United States have been given information that will require the most determined and honest look at what really occurred in the Ukraine.
(Earphones strongly recommended)
by Jerry Alatalo
“Taxation without representation is tyranny.”
- James Otis (1725-1783)
Looking to find out if a particular world politician or transnational corporation, a particular business tycoon or Hollywood icon, or your local drug smuggler is using a tax haven? Perhaps you just have a hunch about a person, or persons, or company - that they are probably using a secretive tax scheme to hide money from their government to avoid paying their share of taxes.
Now you have an internet website with a tax haven database to search/check for yourself.
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (icij.org) has established a place for any man or woman in the world to go for information on tax havens, where users are able to search by nation, corporation, or individual. This is an historic accomplishment that holds out great promise for the people of the world. Why? Because, as ICIJ’s Gerald Rye points out in the following film by his ICIJ organization, 1/3 of the wealth in the entire world is parked in tax havens. Because, as Mr. Rye also points out, 1/2 of the entire world’s trade flows through tax havens.
The ICIJ tax haven database website (offshoreleaks.icij.org) gives men and woman from every nation on Earth the ability to report what they know about people, corporations, and other tax haven users to ICIJ, in effect the ability to report tips on illegal tax avoidance activities. If people are concerned about the hundreds of billions, trillions, of dollars of uncollected tax revenues because of the existence of tax havens – and have the desire to expose tax cheats – there is now a place to get involved and make a real difference.
Not only is it important that this database website is available for computer owners around the Earth because it offers real potential to end tax evasion, it also allows people around the Earth to investigate a massive, secretive industry that has been operating for decades, known only to those who have reached a certain level of wealth accumulation. Frankly, the scene in the film with Britain’s David Cameron and America’s Barack Obama – because both Cameron and Obama are well aware that tax havens are a huge, multi-decade industry enabled by the largest accounting, banking, and legal firms in the world – where Mr. Cameron speaks about his “great concern” regarding tax havens, is almost laughable.
The rich and powerful on Earth have been using tax evasion schemes for decades, and this includes terrorist organizations, drug cartel operators, arms smugglers, sanctions breakers, and the whole vast array of criminal actors with wealth. ICIJ’s exposure of this, what may be the greatest scandal in the history of this world, will blow the lid off decades-old secretive actions that have been immense in their consequences for humanity.
For those men and women who have asked themselves how 85 people could have accumulated personal wealth that is equal to the combined wealth of 3.5 billions human beings, ICIJ’s database points them to the most logical source for the real answers.
After reconsideration of the absolutely immense implications surrounding this multi-trillion dollar, decades-long, immeasurably large hoodwink, perhaps one has the responsibility to reconsider the extent and all-encompassing scandalous nature of this historic activity that has directly affected the lives of every man, woman, and child on this Earth. With an amount of focus, thought, and reflection, it is safe to say with all certainty:
Tax havens are the greatest scandal in the history of this world.
In the year 2014, it is essential that every man and woman becomes aware of the greatest scandal in the history of this world. Please pass this most important information on to your family, friends, news organizations, political representatives, and religious organizations. The sooner everyone knows what has been occurring, the sooner steps will be taken to correct a monumental series of historic and criminal human events.
Please visit: The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, icij.org
(Thank you to TheICIJ @ YouTube)
by Jerry Alatalo
“Those who steal from private individuals spend their lives in stocks and chains; those who steal from the public treasure go dressed in gold and purple.”
- Marcus Porcius Cato (234 – 149 B.C.)
Let me first thank the man in the following video, Mr. Scott Baker, for delivering one of the most, if not the most, articulate presentations on Public Banking that this writer has ever seen. Any man or woman who views this video, and especially those who are trained/experts in Public Accounting/Finance, will come out on the other end of this slightly less than 50-minute presentation and immediately begin planning, which leads to establishing, Public Banks in every state of America.
Mr. Baker clearly lists all the superior financial advantages that cities, counties, states, and nations will enjoy through their establishing Public Banks using government funding currently available. There is no doubt whatsoever that, when government entities seriously study then establish their own banks, their financial security becomes guaranteed to a greater extent than dealing with Wall Street banks and their casino-like speculative gambling.
Please disseminate this powerful video presentation to your city council members, your county board members, your state’s representatives and governor, your United States representative in Congress, your United States Senator, and the White House. Get this important information out in any creative way possible. Send out emails with the link to every newspaper, news organization, and social justice organization you can list.
Public Banking is not only financially advantageous for governments at all levels but, with the present enormous risks of bank failures due to their holding of hundreds of trillions of dollars in very suspect derivatives, an absolute necessity. Estimates of the total dollar amount held by banks in derivatives range from over 200 trillion to 1.25 quadrillion (1,250 trillions).
Scott Baker clearly shows that banks holding trillions in derivatives, if a small percentage of those derivatives bets place those banks on the losing side of the gamble(s) – losing bets which surpass those banks’ total assets – banks will go bankrupt. If a city, county, or state government has accounts in that failed bank, those deposits will then get converted to shares in the corporation bank and, since the bank has gone bankrupt for gambling/speculative losses, the deposits of the government entity, as well as every depositor, will be wiped out.
This video is specific to an effort in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to establish a Public Bank in that major American city. It is a presentation that is fully relevant for every city, county, and state in America because government accounting rules, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), are virtually the same for all entities. Every government entity which has the option to establish a Public Bank produces a Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) that citizens can examine on the internet.
Public Banks are safer and better than Wall Street casinos
In the wide world of finance/banking, risk is always a big part of the discussions. After viewing this profoundly powerful presentation, you will most certainly agree that government leaders at every level who do not very seriously consider establishing Public Banks are taking the ultimate financial risk.
(Thank you to PublicBankingInstituteTV @ YouTube)
by Jerry Alatalo
“Let us never negotiate out of fear; but let us never fear to negotiate.”
- John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)
Given the levels of stress being experienced by men and women around the world on the situation in Ukraine, many have thought long and hard about how to prevent any escalation of violence there. There are a lot of people around the world turning to the internet to get the latest reports because many people are concerned. Others are watching their regular news programs on television, because, once again, people are very concerned.
Reports are out there that claim that Victor Yanukovich managed to steal up to $70 billion from the Ukrainian Treasury. Living in America, if Barack Obama became accused of stealing $70 billion from the U.S. Treasury, most certainly impeachment proceedings would have begun, all the facts would be presented by the highest priced attorneys in the nation, and, if it was proven the President Obama did indeed steal $70 billion, he would be guilty of “high crimes” then removed from office.
Such an impeachment of Mr. Yanukovich did not occur in the recent days, so his removal from office/travel to Russia was one where, as Mr. Yanukovich stated recently, his personal safety as well as his family’s made no other option available. This writer has no idea whether Victor Yanukovich stole billions of dollars from the people of Ukraine. The point here is that if this is the reason he was eventually forced to leave the Ukraine and lose the office he was voted into, then such proof of a multi-billion dollar theft needs to get shown to not only the Ukrainian people, but the men and women of the world.
If such proof comes to light, then the lawmakers in Ukraine can move forward according to their constitutional rules for removal of their president for crimes. The same scenario would apply if Yanukovich becomes proved accountable for the dozens of deaths during protests. All of the facts need to become presented, all the witnesses need to testify, and the rule of law must prevail for these very serious allegations so that the truth about events becomes widely known.
There have been reports that highly trained military men were among the protesters and the clashes were more than government security forces against a group of misguided skinheads throwing bricks. Some members of Ukraine’s 1,000-member élite military, the Berkut, which was disbanded after the transition of government (all 1,000 lost their jobs), afterward described “war situations” during the protests, pointing out that certain members of the opposition were militarily astute.
Given the number of coups that have occurred around the Earth through history, the events of recent weeks in Ukraine should be investigated and all the facts recorded. The questions that remain unanswered about the departure of Mr. Yanukovich, and whether or not the proper steps for his removal from office were carried out have to get answered. Let the chips fall where they may.
The reason the following statement from the Russian Federation’s United Nations representative is being shared here lies in the spirit of getting to the truth about what occurred in Ukraine. Because this video will probably not be broadcast in America, and because this writer does not see humanity from one “side” or ”the other”, this statement delivered at the United Nation’s Security Council is a part of history that has to become considered for men and women to get the fullest view of Ukraine’s recent events.
The events in Ukraine must be thoroughly examined to find with specificity all actions in the most complete context, and allow for differences of opinion to become resolved to the complete satisfaction of each stakeholder. Unanswered questions have to become answered as fully as humanly possible to enable, as the Russian UN representative states, “cooler heads to prevail”.
This is not the time to let matters of great concern expressed by men and women from the Ukraine, European Union member states, America, or Russia to become thrown aside and ignored. This is the time for high level, as-long-as-it-takes discussions to make sure the moral and ethical route gets taken concerning this unfortunate series of events that has great consequences for international relations.
The situation in Ukraine demands that all stakeholders put their minds together as one. That all stakeholders come together on an agreement that is in the best interests for all people in Ukraine, and the world, as one.
It is painfully obvious that differences of viewpoint exist regarding the situation in Ukraine. To favorably resolve the differences will require an absolute willingness by all to work together in the spirit of oneness.
by Jerry Alatalo
“The thing from which the world suffers just now more than from any other evil is not the assertion of falsehood, but the endless and irrepressible repetition of half-truths.”
- G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)
Sometimes it is what politicians and news anchors don’t mention that is the most important. In recent days the Russian Federation voted to allow Russian forces to move on to the Crimean Peninsula in Eastern Ukraine on the Black Sea. What the political leaders and news media doesn’t focus on is that Russia has a major naval base there.
In the following video from the year 2008, the situation in Crimea becomes viewed in a fuller light, and may describe that Russian naval base in a way which helps to explain the reasons for recent actions by Russia. Nikita Khrushchev, who was born in Ukraine, “gave” the Crimea to Ukraine in 1954. Russia has operated a naval base there for decades, and has paid the Ukrainian government to lease the base until 2017, when the lease runs out and shall not be renewed at that time.
As this 2008 short film shows, the thirty thousand men and women who work in Crimea because of the presence of Russia’s naval base have been aware of the 2017 lease-end date at least since 2008. One can guess at what the motivations for Russian actions in the past hours have been. Perhaps there is a concern that the new Ukrainian government will demand Russia leave the Crimean peninsula before 2017. Russia has said at the United Nations in the recent hours that the people in Crimea are in fear for their safety, so Russia was urged to provide protection.
It is perhaps the case that Russia is only concerned about the closure of their naval base in Crimea. Sometimes on the grand chessboard where small governing groups or oligarchies devise and carry out their plans - Earth – the “players” speak to each other in a language unfamiliar to most people who are outside those oligarchies, oligarchies present in every nation, so the military aspect of Ukraine, Crimea, and Russia’s naval base there is out of the awareness of everyday people.
Russia supplies 25% of Europe’s natural gas, and 80% of that gas travels through pipelines through Ukraine. In Syria, the war began shortly after Syria, Iraq, and Iran agreed to constructing a $multi-billion pipeline project to transport Iran’s huge natural gas reserves across Iraq, through Syria, and on to the lucrative European market. Syria had turned down a request by Qatar to run a pipeline to transport their huge natural gas reserves to Europe, natural gas coming from a gigantic natural gas field shared by Qatar and Iran. Instead of coming to wise agreements without the need to war, over a hundred thousand innocent men, women, and children have died, and millions have been forced to flee their homes and become refugees.
So, it should be said that small groups of powerful people, oligarchs who control governments, have become involved in wicked games of business competition that at times end in war. Back to the Crimean situation, it is the Russian naval base which is the piece on the chessboard that is the focus of the “players”. In the rarefied air of oligarchs, average people cannot know what actions fail to get ruled out to win the “game”. History shows that there are times when wisdom and reason are either willfully ignored or tossed aside to focus on winning the “game”.
No matter which group of oligarchs “wins”, when wisdom and reason get excluded from the discussions and war is viewed as an acceptable option, the majority of non-oligarchs – average citizens – suffer greatly. So, at this time in Ukraine wisdom and reason needs to become the focus and come to the forefront. Efforts to communicate in ways that resolve differences while avoiding rhetoric that separates and divides, but allows coöperation and agreement for the best results for the most people, need to become successful. Here is where true communication must take place with total honesty.
Humanity has grown weary of oligarchical games, especially games which become played with a language, spoken with horrific violence and war, that obscures the true motives of its “players”. The time has arrived for the oligarchs to admit to the people the ways they have historically operated on their chessboard – Earth. All sides need to put the facts on the table, including the good, the bad, and the ugly. When the truth comes out and the world’s people understand the full story, then humanity can move toward a cooperative, truly altruistic way of living on the planet.
The year is 2014. Now is the time to end any and all games and start working in the most wise, best reasoned ways – with the greatest spiritual maturity humanly possible – to make sure the passing on of a better world for the generations to come.
(The original video on this post was taken down at YouTube)
by Jerry Alatalo
“There is danger in reckless change, but greater danger in blind conservatism.”
- Henry George (1839-1897)
Before Hugo Chavez became President of Venezuela, that nation was undergoing austerity measures implemented at the suggestion of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), who Venezuela at the time owed repayment of IMF loans. Because of those austerity measures, the tipping point being significant increases in bus fares, the Venezuelan people started protesting. Push came to shove and over 1,000 Venezuelans died at the hands of security forces under the right-wing government.
Hugo Chavez, a member of the Venezuelan army, organized a failed coup against the government, and was sent to prison for two years. After being released from prison, Chavez would run for president of Venezuela against a former Miss World/Venezuelan beauty, and won. In 2002, with events eerily similar to what is occurring in Venezuela in 2014, the opposition to Chavez organized demonstrations, the Chavez supporters were falsely blamed for killing protesters on a Caracas bridge that was carried out by sniper(s) on a high-rise in the area, and Chavez was toppled.
Days later, the Venezuelan army refused to go along with the coup, and with millions of Chavez supporters taking to the streets, Hugo Chavez was returned to the office of the presidency. Eight months later a nationwide strike was organized by Chavez’ opposition which brought the nation’s economy to a standstill. Chavez and the government were able to resume oil production, the economy doubled, poverty was reduced by 50%, and extreme poverty reduced by 70%. During this time “Christian” leader, American Pat Robertson, was filmed saying that Hugo Chavez needed to be assassinated, that “we can take him out”.
Hugo Chavez was born in a mud hut in Venezuela in extreme poverty. During the rest of his life his what has been called “Bolivarian Revolution” has moved to the rest of Latin America.
In Bolivia, the first indigenous person ever was elected president and he is Evo Morales. In Oliver Stone’s film Mr. Morales spoke about the war on drugs: “the pretext of the war on drugs, the fight against drug trafficking, what’s being implemented is a politics of control, not just against Bolivia, but many other Latin American countries. The war on drugs is part of the United States’ geopolitical interests. “
“They will always try to criminalize the fight against neoliberalism, colonialism, and imperialism. It’s almost normal, the worst enemy I have is the media… I feel more like a union leader than a president.”
In 2001, Argentina experienced a major economic crisis, despite following the dictates of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank. Nestor Kirchner would run for president and win in 2003. His wife, Cristina would succeed him as president and said to Oliver Stone, “We who live in this region don’t have the experience of one country imposing its ways on another country. Rather, we have suffered at the hands of colonialism. We’re all different people with different societies and different histories.” Stone: What do you think of the press calling Chavez a dictator? Her reply: “I don’t think there has ever been a government in Latin America or the world that has held the amount of elections as that of Hugo Chavez. I think this is like his 13th election. I haven’t seen many dictators win 13 consecutive elections. One may or may not agree with the things he says, but to say that in Venezuela that there isn’t the freedom to say what one thinks, I don’t believe that at all. It’s quite the contrary.”
President Cristina Kirchner on Argentina’s economic crisis: “The IMF recommended a wave of privatizations, state non-intervention in the market, that the market could solve everything, pegging the peso to the dollar, and so on. In order to maintain this fiction, the country endured a brutal financial situation, because the money came in from the IMF, there was a huge amount of interest on the loan for Argentina. Later they pulled out, this led to the largest deficit in the history of Argentina that rose to the level of 160% of Gross National Product. It left us with 25% unemployment, 56% poverty, and 30% extreme poverty. In the end, everything that could be regarded as a social tragedy. All this exploded in 2001-2 with a brutal devaluation of the currency, which signified a huge transfer of wealth. This is what Nestor Kirchner inherited in 2003. That’s why we began a different policy than before, and we confronted the IMF.”
Nestor Kirchner on his personal meeting with George W. Bush: “That day Latin America was able to defeat the plans of the world’s leading power, represented by President Bush and his free-trade policies, and that we were able to do it collectively. I will never forget that day. So much so that I kept the chair from that meeting and it’s in my house. That day, we had the courage to not just speak on the radio when the man is not around, or when the empire’s representative isn’t there, we acted collectively and in coordination. That was one of the most important steps ever taken in the region.” Stone: What is it like to say ‘no’ to a banker? Nestor Kirchner: “Well, you’re either a subversive, on the left, a thief, or shameless. When you see a politician that is very friendly with the economic sectors, something’s fishy. Those sectors think only about their benefit and not the benefit of society. Now, in this period which Cristina Kirchner is leading, is a different and more difficult time. I had to pull this country out of hell.”
“The president has to grow the economy, make sure the distribution of income is fair. The sectors that control the economy, the sectors that want profit always and never gives back, the sectors that don’t want to cooperate, are the sectors that react. They want to keep doing things the old way, where wealth is concentrated in the hands of the few… I say that it’s not necessary to kneel before power, nor do you need to be rude to say the things you want to say to those who are against our actions.”
“We had a discussion in Monterrey, I said that a solution for the problems right now, I told Bush, is a Marshall Plan, and he got angry. He said the Marshall Plan is a crazy idea of the Democrats. He said the best way to revitalize the economy is war, and that the United States has grown stronger with war. He said that. These were his exact words. Well, he was talking about the United States. The Democrats had been wrong. All of the growth of the United States has been encouraged by the various wars. He said it very clearly. President Bush is, well, he’s only got six days left, right? Thank God.”
Hugo Chavez during these days had returned to Venezuela. He stood before thousands of Venezuelans in a soccer stadium and shouted, “To hell with the free-trade agreement!”
Former Bishop and current adherent to the ideas of “Liberation Theology” Fernando Lugo, became president of Paraguay. “My family was persecuted by (Dictator) Stroessner. My father was sent to prison twenty times. It is a paradox that I now live in the house where Stroessner lived.” Stone: Are the great changes in Latin America due to Liberation Theology? “Without a doubt. We believe that the roots of the change here in Latin America began with a new way of thinking. Fifteen or twenty years ago, no one would have thought that an indigenous person would become president, that two women would become presidents of two important countries, that a metal worker would become president, that a soldier would be president, and least of all, that a Bishop would become president. I believe that there is a new actor here, and that is the social movements.”
“The opposition definitely comes from those groups which have traditionally been the privileged ones in Paraguay, especially after 61 years under a hegemonic party. It hasn’t been easy to create change in the country. Here, there is a group which has been historically privileged in the government, with the country’s resources. We want to be consistent with the theory of Liberation Theology. If there are going to be the privileged, then it has to be those who in the past have been forgotten: the indigenous, the landless, the uneducated, the sick. Those are the ones who need to be the first priority. We are committed to honest transparency, and to give back dignity to our institutions, and with much more social justice. I can’t get away from the 30 years I spent in the church. It’s like Saint Paul says, “one sows the seed, another fertilizes it, another raises it, so another may harvest it.”
Union leader/metal worker Lula da Silva became president of Brazil.
“We have had governments that were subservient. Many times, it was also the same with the elite. Everything American was good, everything European was good, everything Japanese was good. Everything that was ours was worthless. I learned as a trade unionist that one only respects someone who respects themselves. I personally have no interest in fighting with the United States. The only thing I want is to be treated as equals. When I met with the head of the IMF and paid off the debt in full, he did not want me to pay the debt. He said, ‘Don’t worry about the money, we can roll it over. Keep the money.’ We paid off the IMF, we paid off the Paris Club, we do not owe anything to anybody. And now we have $260 billion surplus.”
Stone: Latin American bank? “Yes, and I’m working toward this, with Argentina, we have trade in our own currency. Now, it’s a process that we’ve begun, that we’re building. I dream that we have the structure of a common currency in South America and to have a South American parliament, and a South American constitution, and a South American labor federation. We’re changing the level of governance in Latin America. For the first time, the poor are treated like human beings. The growth of the left in Latin America is a result of the strength of democracy itself. I am truly optimistic.”
Rafael Correa became president of Ecuador.
“President Chavez started a new era in Latin America. For us right now, it is very hard to make the changes we would like to make and that the country needs. Now that we have many friendly governments in the region, like President Chavez, President Morales, the Kirchners in Argentina, Lula in Brazil, I imagine how hard it must have been 10 years ago for Chavez to have undertaken all those things alone in a Latin America full of neoliberal governments. Chavez has been a great influence. He’s been a great example in many ways. We love the U.S. very much. I lived there. I studied there. We love the people of the U.S. very much. But obviously the U.S. foreign policy is questionable.”
“That’s why when they want to pressure us to maintain their military base in our country, a foreign base that they didn’t pay anything for, either, and they accuse us of being extremists because we don’t want the base. If there’s no problem having foreign military bases in a country, we set a very simple condition, we would keep the military base in Manta, provided they let us put a military base in Miami. If there’s no problem with foreign bases then we should be able to have one over there.”
Stone: DEA in Ecuador? “Well, what they’re doing is sort of advising, but we’re limiting the influence they used to have. They used to finance large parts of our forces, we’re changing all of that.” Stone: Correa one of the ‘bad left’? “With all due respect, knowing the American media, I would be more worried if they spoke well of me.”
Stone: You’re the godfather? Raul Castro: “No, maybe the first, but not the godfather. Everybody is grown up and all walk with their own two feet, with their own ideas, and contributing new ideas. For example, socialists in the 21st century, they aren’t inheritors of any of our work. We’re all definitely inheritors of something from someone. The Cubans are the heirs of the liberators of the Americas, starting with Bolivar and Sucre, Toussaint L’Ouverture, the Haitian, the first and only revolution led by slaves in the history of the world. We are the heirs of some of the more recent battles, of other companions who have fallen like Che Guevara.”
“But each one is learning their own identity and finding their own identity within the continent. We aren’t the godfathers and they aren’t the heirs. And the Cuban revolution has made it to the half-century mark as a whole. And the Cuban people, despite having explosive personalities, have learned to be patient and that is a remarkable thing. And this explosive combination, like Fidel said of the Europeans, our Spanish side, and our African side, we’re ready for another fifty years.”
Venezuela and the legacy of Hugo Chavez in 2014
Hugo Chavez led the entire South American continent away from the IMF and American economic controls. “I hope Obama will be a new Roosevelt, and Obama will implement a “New Deal”, not only for the U.S., but for all the continents of the world.”
Chavez died of cancer in 2013 at age 58. He made clear his choice of Nicolas Maduro to succeed him. Venezuela now is experiencing similar conditions to 2002, when a coup to take down Chavez was defeated by the military and the Venezuelan people. Venezuela remains a nation that has the largest oil reserves in the world.
“And perhaps this is one of the things that keeps us going. The optimism, faith, and hope. And the concrete evidence that we can change the course of history.”
- Hugo Chavez (1955-2013)
However people may view Hugo Chavez and the Bolivarian Revolution in Latin America, the events that have occurred on the South American continent are profound in their effect on the lives of many millions of men, women, and children. In the simplest of terms, the South American experience in recent years has been about political philosophy and the positives and negatives – the differences between socialism and capitalism.
Apartheid in South Africa ended with sanctions and pressure applied by men and women around the entire world. Read these letters from Gaza and know that now is the time to end apartheid in Israel.
by Jerry Alatalo
“Our Constitution is in actual operation; everything appears to promise it will last; but nothing in this world is certain but death and taxes.”
- Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
Have you ever heard of the phrase “neutral taxation”? How about “tax optimization”? Well, these are terms used by the largest accounting firms in the world to describe, frankly: “tax evasion“. And just who are these large accounting firms – these companies that most people believe are the ones making sure every document adds up to the last penny; that the tax filings of their customers are 100% accurate? And why is it that most people are unaware that the massive tax haven/evasion industry has operated for decades, and that real estate multi-millionairess Leona Helmsley’s viral pre-internet remark made over 20 years ago - ”Only the little people pay taxes” – remains true in the year 2014?
The “Big Four” accounting firms responsible for the global tax haven industry:
Most people are unaware of the fact that a massive tax avoidance industry has operated with impunity for decades around the world because no government officials have had the courage to expose the industry or take any action whatsoever to shut it down. Because no media corporations, owned by tax haven users and receiving multi-billions of dollars from corporations using tax havens, have had the incentive to tell the truth.
Because virtually any corporations with the resources to advertise on mainstream media outlets are using the “Big Four” accounting firms to escape payment of taxes, owners of those media corporations would, if their news divisions reported what was truly occurring regarding massive tax evasion by transnational corporations, lose almost all of their best, highest paying advertisers.
Because virtually every member of the United States Congress and Senate depends on campaign contributions from the major facilitators of tax schemes – the finance sector/banking corporations, as well as corporations/wealthy individuals who employ tax schemes – and many politicians use tax avoidance schemes themselves, no laws have been passed to close down tax evasion estimated in the hundreds of billions and trillions of dollars through recent decades.
If not for an explosive expose and release of banking records from the British Virgin Islands (BVI) a few years ago by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ – icij.org), comparable to recent leaks of “inconvenient” information from Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden and others, the tax haven industry would have kept humming along as it has for decades. Seeing that ICIJ released their explosive, avalanche of records around three years ago, and that tax havens continue to operate in dozens of locations around the world, it would seem that the industry is for the most part still humming along.
It is of no small interest to note that the government in the BVI has considered creating laws which result in prison sentences up to 20 years for persons leaking financial records after ICIJ’s massive release of records.
“Tax Free Tour” is a film which delves directly into the secretive world of tax havens and tax avoidance schemes facilitated by the previously mentioned “Big Four” global accounting corporations, the largest banks operating on every continent in the world, the highest priced law firms, and, frankly, elected political officials from low, medium, high, and highest levels of power.
These political “leaders”, when pressed to comment on the huge amounts of revenues being squirreled away and out of the public’s notice (remember, this industry has hummed along for decades), respond with empty words while feigning outrage. Statements to the effect of “this is intolerable…” and “we will put a stop to this…” and “steps must be taken..” etc., have not been met with the actions required to match the empty words. The hypocrisy displayed by politicians on this enormously important matter, the lying expressed by ”I am just learning about this secretive practice” – while every politician has been fully aware of tax havens all along – is profoundly stunning.
Like all true criminals, corporations and ultra-wealthy individuals utilize deception, trickery, and disguise to carry out their crimes of tax evasion. One of the most damaging results of this worldwide practice is the aiding and abetting being done by the elected representatives of many nations around the Earth. The worst consequences have been felt by what has become known as the “99%” of the human race, now enduring depression-like conditions in nations around the Earth.
Most men and women remember the enormous media reporting that occurred surrounding the Bill Clinton impeachment proceedings. The issue was whether or not the President of the United States had, or did not have, “sex with that woman”. Across America (and around the world) citizens endured bombardment with news reports about Clinton’s impeachment day after day after day, night after night after night, week after week after week, and month after month after month.
And how many reports on tax havens – a worldwide trillion-dollar tax evasion scheme that has been secretly running entire nations and populations into the economic ground for decades? That has resulted in the greatest level of wealth inequality in the history of mankind here in the year 2014?
How many reports?…
(Thank you to VPROinternational at YouTube)
by Jerry Alatalo
“From the death of the old the new proceeds, and the life of truth from the death of creeds.”
- John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892)
Schoolchildren everywhere, when reading their history books about the assassination in 1968 of Dr. Martin Luther King (MLK) - who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize – they are taught that James Earl Ray was the man who murdered him.
These schoolchildren are being taught a false history.
In 1999, a trial – the first, and only, trial on the MLK assassination – was conducted (MLK family/plaintiff vs. Lloyd Jouwers and co-conspirators/defendants) and the verdict from the jury found that Lloyd Jouwers was 30%, while government agencies were 70%, liable for the death of MLK. Is every American, and every human being, aware of this fact? Has every history book printed since that 1999 trial reflected the absolute truth about the assassination of MLK, and finally corrected the complete falsehood that James Earl Ray was the assassin?
No and no.
Without apology, let it be known that, the cover-up that went on for 31 years before this trial was held has been a contemptible historical series of events in itself. The cover-up of the trial in 1999, which clearly proved innocent James Earl Ray – pointing to the massive misperception of Americans and people around the world about what really happened to MLK – while identifying the real persons and government agencies responsible for Martin Luther King’s death, can only be described as beyond contempt.
The fact that it has been proven that a Nobel Peace Prize laureate’s murder was surely covered up, that such an important figure in the history of the world could be gunned down, the truth suppressed to such an all-encompassing extent, is so overwhelmingly disturbing, that it is impossible to put into words the shocking nature of the situation.
The following video/film captures attorney for the King family, William Pepper, delivering his closing argument to the jury at this historic 1999 trial. This video first appeared on YouTube in 2008, and has received a miserably – pathetically - low 3,623 views. In these days of computer surveillance and related manipulations, it is within the realm of possibility that such statistics may not reflect reality. The video itself represents the effort to correct possibly the greatest historical, intentional misperception ever perpetrated on the human race.
Be that as it may, the one and only trial ever conducted on Martin Luther King’s assassination has been kept out of the awareness of the majority of people, and is truly evidence of a massive injury to representative democracy and justice.
William Pepper’s closing argument has to be printed in every history book, every last word. When courtrooms and juries are the greatest avenues for justice to become realized, and when an absolutely extraordinary example of justice found like the one in 1999 in that courtroom, with its jury, then it is the stuff of history. Exclusion of this trial from the awareness of all people, the trial which solved one of the most profoundly consequential murders in history, is incomprehensible.
Mr. Pepper’s words to that jury, when he tells them in the most direct, face-to-face, and heart-to-heart manner that the world will remember what their verdict was, is the material of legends.
The King family’s attorney makes certain that the men and women in the jury box know that, on the evidence presented, ”only you have heard this” and “the people in the United States have not heard this” and “the people of the world have not heard this”.
“What has happened in this case represents the failure of representative democracy. Government agencies caused the death of Martin Luther King and used every means available to cover it up. We are asking you to send a message. A message to all of those in power who manipulate justice – that you cannot get away with this – send that message. You twelve represent the American people.. the people cannot be here.. the media will keep the truth from them forever. The history books must be rewritten.”
The jury delivered the verdict that Lloyd Jouwers and his co-conspirators – the City of Memphis, the State of Tennessee, and the United States Government – were liable for the death of Martin Luther King on April 4, 1968.
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