Posts tagged ‘UN’

August 27, 2019

The Sandal that Slapped the Tank

by mkleit

In December 2018, the fighting Yemeni parties have conducted peace negotiations to pave the way to an end of the brutal war that has torn the country apart, especially with the military intervention of a Saudi-led coalition in favor of one of the parties. The negotiations did some change on the ground, yet in the art of war, the side that imposes its conditions must be the one that has the upper hand, and so far, that’s not the zone the Coalition is in.

The Yemeni military forces have targeted on the 17th of August ARAMCO’s Shaibah oil field and refineries, near the Saudi – Emirati borders, with 10 military drones, which makes it the second time the Yemenis target the strategic depth of the Saudis in the war that has started mid-March 2015.

Yemeni military spokesman, Yehya al Saree’, who goes by the command of the Yemeni government in Sanaa, said that on the morning of the 17th of August, the Yemeni aerial forces have launched its largest attack on Saudi Arabia since the start of the Saudi-led Coalition war on Yemen by targeting Shaibah oil field and refineries with 10 military drones. He promised “bigger and wider military operations on their (Saudis) vital facilities… the coming operations will be more hurtful for the enemy.”

 

Yemeni military spokesman, Yehya al Saree, announcing major attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil refinery in Shaibah

 

This peculiar development isn’t the first of its kind, if we’re speaking of an attack on Saudi Arabia’s vital oil facilities, where the Yemenis have targeted main oil pumps in central Saudi Arabia last May. It has caused some surges in oil prices as well as a change in the tone of Saudi officials and their allies inside Yemen – mainly in southern regions – towards the nature of the war they’re fighting against a Yemeni government located in Sanaa.

The Emirates, the Saudi’s most prominent regional allies in this war, has committed to withdraw its forces from Yemen after a series of attacks on its interests such as oil tankers in Dubai port, military drone operations on Abu Dhabi airport, and its military presence in Aden, south of Yemen. In addition to the international pressure from some governments and rights groups because of alleged war crimes committed against civilians in southern areas, such AP’s report on secret prisons where rape and torture is being practiced on opposers to the Emirati presence in the capitol of the Yemeni south, Aden, supervised by Emirati generals.

Report of Yemeni Army air force targeting Abu Dhabi Airport

 

The Emirati decision has indirectly led to sporadic clashes in Aden between Emirati-supported Southern Transition Council and the pro-Yemeni President Abed Rabbu Mansour Hadi forces, supported by the Saudis. This tension between both sides has shaken the trust among the members of the Coalition, especially with the different goals each party has from the war. For the Saudis, it’s about political control over the Yemenis, and the Emiratis are in it for the ports, especially Aden, Socotra, and Houdeidah, which would act as a vital replacement for the strategic Dubai port considering recent developments in the Persian Gulf and the potential big rivalry that the Chinese-funder Pakistani Gwadar port would create. As for the Hadi government, it’s acting basically as the Saudi’s political puppet to enforce the latter’s control over the country that has always been directly related to the national security of kingdom; while the Transition Council is looking for independence and separation from the Northern part of Yemen, taking he country back to a time before the unification in 1990.

This turbulence, alongside that in the Northern front, would mostly lead the Saudis to one of two options:

  • Conduct direct peace talks with the Sanaa government, especially the Houthis, alongside the revival of the agreements signed in Decemeber’s talks in Stockholm. This would pave the road to an end to the entire war and the sufferings of the millions of Yemenis whom are either displaced, suffering from famine, diseases, malnutrition, and injuries.

Even though the warring parties have signed several agreements that would be a starter in lasting peace process, yet, due to the direct and indirect intervention of many global players in the war, the agreements weren’t fully applied on ground, with the exception of the Houdeidah agreement where the clashes were halted and UN peace-keepers supervised the peace treaty there, in which lies the only port that’s an access for humanitarian aid to more than half of the country’s population.

It’s worth noting that there has been huge international pressure on Saudi Arabia and the UAE to stop the war from governments and International NGOs, and recently there has been a notable statement on the 20th of July by the Saudi Ambassador to the UN, Abdullah al-Muallimi, where he said that “we do not want war with Iran in Yemen or elsewhere… it is high time that the war in Yemen should end and the Houthis should accept UN resolution 2216 by ending their illegitimate occupation of power in Yemen.” This statement could serve as a beacon of light to end this catastrophic war.

 

Heads of both Yemeni delegations, Khaled al-Yamani (left) and Mohamad Abdul-Salam (right), shaking hands, with the presence of UN secretary general Antonion Guterres (center) at the closing of the Yemen peace talks in Stockholm (December 2018)

 

  • The second option would be getting the upper hand in the war over the Sanaa forces and the Houthis, yet it’s easier said than done considering the recent balance-tipping developments, whether it be in Dale’ governorate in the south, just north of Aden, the capitol of the Saudis’ Yemeni allies; as well as, and most notably, the losses the Kingdom is suffering from at the border fronts, where the Saudis have lost several towns and around three cities, clashes going on near other cities, air fields like Abha and Khamis Mousheyt are being constantly hit by military drones and ballistic missiles, and border outposts are being taken over by a few men wearing nothing but slippers and a traditional Yemeni outfit, unlike the Saudi-led coalition which is fully equipped with body armor, night vision scopes, state of the art machine guns, and protected by formidable air and ground forces.

History has taught us that one the hardest battles that any army would fight is against a group that has no fear of death nor does it have anything to lose. The Yemenis have fought 6 wars in the past 30 years, unlike the Saudis, who have entered their first actual war.

In addition to that, the problem that lies in this expectation is that several of the key allies of the Saudis are taking a step back from supporting them, such as the US, France, and UK, after reports on war crimes and human rights abuses by Saudi-led coalition forces. Yet that doesn’t mean that these three elite nations aren’t getting paid in billions in return for weapons for the Saudis and Emiratis. Human rights aside, money still has the higher ground in the case of Yemen.

Nevertheless, the Houthis and their allies in Sanaa are still producing and improving their military arsenal to repel the Coalition’s attacks in the north, which has been a surprise to the Saudis and a heavy punch that they’re trying to cope with.

 

 

Sanaa-supported Yemen military generals standing in front of newly developed missiles’ replicas

 

In conclusion, the most reliable option here is a total cease-fire in all of Yemen, though it’s hard to practically impose on the warring sides due to the lack of trust between them, yet it will open a door for serious negotiations to put an end to the war, or, to say the least, apply the agreements that have been signed between them in Stockholm last December.

August 28, 2018

Ansar Allah Spokesman: Saudi Arabia wants a submissive entity not a free Yemen

by mkleit

 

Yemen’s Ansarullah spokesman Mohamed Abdel Salam said the political solution in Yemen is represented by the presence of consensual authority adding that the upcoming consultations on September 6 in Geneva must ensure a political solution presented by the presidency, the government and security arrangements as principles.

“Our vision for a political solution is to have a political authority that is consensual, such as presidency, by establishing a presidential council or finding a consensual personal, forming a government of national unity with all parties involved, and then arranging security and military matters,” he said in an exclusive interview with Unews Press Agency.

Abdel Salam further added that the other side only looks at the arms of the Yemeni Army and the Popular Committees ignoring other arms and stressed that there must be a political umbrella of the state’s authority, confirming that all heavy weapons must be at the state camps.

The spokesman pointed out that this is followed by humanitarian and economic arrangements, such as the treatment war remnants including reconstruction and compensation due to the war and the imposed siege that have caused disasters for the Yemeni people.

Abdel Salam denied the existence of any trust between the Yemeni forces and the Saudi-Led Coalition, stressing that Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi is not presented as a consensual person because he is “part of the problem in Yemen.”

“There is no trust between us and the Saudi-Led Coalition, so there must be a signed agreement and this was the problem with the Kuwait negotiations. They wanted an agreement signed by us, where as they only provide us with verbal promises.”

He explained that the solution is represented by a comprehensive agreement signed by all the parties with an international presence as well as public announcement and commitment by all.

Abdel Salam pointed out that “in the closed rooms, they ask (the government of the outgoing President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi) only for what matters to them, but in media they say that we do not commit and we are not looking for a solution.”

Speaking about the outgoing Yemeni president Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi, Abdel Salam said that he became part of the problem and it is not logical to give him the confidence again to be president.

Abdel Salam said the weapon is a matter of strength for them and noted that the Saudi-Led Coalition will not allow them to have any political presence, adding that Saudi Arabia does not want a strong state in Yemen, but an entity of its own.

“The problem in Yemen is not in its weapons, because the Saudi-Led Coalition is entering arms into Yemen,”

He stressed that they believe that weapons must be in the hands of the state, wondering “who is this state?”

Abdel Salam pointed out that there are groups in the south that do not recognize the legitimacy of Mansur Hadi and do not accept him, and pointed out that there are weapons in the hands of ISIS, Al-Qaeda and other groups, stressing that they do not accept that the issue of weapons to be limited only to them.

Speaking about the Saudi-Led Coalition, Abdel Salam said that “if we had been with the Saudi-Led Coalition alongside a state in Yemen that belongs to the House of Saud that has no arms and no force, they would have given us the best types of weapons, the issue is not in the arms, but in the cause you adhere to and weapons are used to achieve it.”

Abdel Salam stressed that the United Nations has a very limited role in Yemen because of the American-British political pressure, Saudi and the Emirati money, condemning the lack of accountability of the Saudi-Led Coalition for massacres against Yemenis.

“Saudi Arabia is arrogant and because it failed in the war, it has become reckless and is fleeing … The Saudi regime committed a massacre against children in a school bus in Dahyan market and said it was consistent with international law,”

He added that “Saudi Arabia’s political support protected it, as well as that of America and Britain, as in Syria, Trump announced a strike against Syria after accusing the latter of the alleged chemical strike case, a dubious issue. Chemical weapons were smuggled across the border, but Syria was bombed. ”

The spokesman further pointed that in Yemen, the massacre has been collectively condemned by the international community, but they were not been able to pass a commission of inquiry because the perpetrator is known.

“Saudi Arabia is carrying out its operations with American planes, ammunition and intelligence. It is only carrying out what it is being ordered to do, and America will not accept any investigation condemning it… Saudi Arabia, the UAE, the United States and Britain are working to protect Israel’s interests,” he said.

Speaking about the role of the United Nations, Abdel Salam said that the UN is playing a minor role, stressing that it will not diverge from the US and British positions as well as the Saudi and Emirati money.

August 27, 2018

المتحدث باسم أنصار الله: التحالف السعودي مع دولة في اليمن تابعة لآل سعود دون أن يكون فيها سلاح وقوة

by mkleit

 

نفى المتحدث باسم أنصار الله، محمد عبدالسلام، وجود أي ثقة بين القوى اليمنية والتحالف السعودي، وأكد على أن اسم عبدربه منصور هادي غير مطروح كشخصية توافقية لأنه “جزء من المشكلة في اليمن.”

وفي مقابلة خاصة مع وكالة يونيوز للأخبار، قال عبدالسلام أن “الثقة معدومة بيننا وبين التحالف السعودي، لذلك يجب ان يكون هناك اتفاق موقع، وهذه المشكلة التي كانت في مفاوضات الكويت، هو أنهم أرادوا اتفاق موقع من طرفنا ولكن هم يعطوننا فقط وعود شفهية.”

وأوضح أن “الحل هو أن يكون هناك اتفاق شامل يوقع عليه جميع الاطراف بحضور دولي وإشهار معلن ويلتزم به الجميع.”

وأشار إلى أنه “في الغرف المغلقة، يطلبون (حكومة الرئيس المنتهية ولايته عبدربه منصور هادي) فقط ما يخصهم، أما في الاعلام يقولون أننا لا نلتزم ولا نريد الحل.”

وفي معرض حديثه عن الرئيس اليمني المنتهية ولايته، عبد ربه منصور هادي، قال عبد السلام أنه “أصبح جزء من المشكلة، فهل من المنطقي أن يكون هذا الشخص الذي قاتل اليمنيين وجلب لهم هذا الشر والويلات أن نعطيه مجدداً هذه الثقة ان يكون رئيساً؟ نحن بحاجة أن نوجد شخص على قبول من كافة الاطراف وهم موجودون، أما أن تأتي السعودية لتفرض عليها عبد ربه منصور هادي فهذا لن يحصل.”

وشدد على أن “منصور هادي لن يستطيع ان يقدم لك الحقوق الذي كان جزء من انتهاكها.”

كما أكد المتحدث باسم أنصار الله، محمد عبدالسلام، أن “السلاح هو موضوع قوة لنا ولن يسمحوا (التحالف السعودي) لنا بأي حضور سياسي”، موضحاً أن السعودية لا تريد دولة قوية في اليمن، بل كيان تابع لها.

واوضح أن “المشكلة في اليمن ليست بالسلاح، لأن التحالف السعودي يدخل السلاح الى اليمن بشكل كبير.”

وقال أن أنصار الله “نؤمن ان السلاح يجب أن يكون بيد الدولة، ولكن من هي هذه الدولة؟ هل الدولة هي التي كانت تقاتلك لأربع سنوات وأدخلت المرتزقة والاجانب لاحتلال البلد؟ هذه ليست دولة.”

وتساءل المسؤول في أنصار الله: “هل قدموا نموذج إيجابي في الجنوب للدولة؟ هناك مجموعات في الجنوب لا تعترف بشرعية منصور هادي ولا تقبله وهناك سلاح بيد داعش والقاعدة وجماعات أخرى، فلا نقبل أن يُختزل موضوع السلاح فينا فقط.”

وشدد عبدالسلام على أن “السلاح هو موضوع قوة لنا ولن يسمحوا لنا بأي حضور سياسي،” مطالباً الطرف الآخر بـ”ناقش أسباب حصول العدوان وانتشار السلاح، ثم قم بإلغاء هذه الأسباب.”

وفي حديثه عن التحالف السعودي، قال عبدالسلام أن “التحالف السعودي مع دولة في اليمن تابعة لآل سعود، دون أن يكون فيها سلاح وقوة (…) لو كنا معهم، لأعطونا أفضل أنواع الأسلحة، فالمسألة ليست في السلاح، بل في القضية التي تتمسك بها والسلاح وسيلة لتحقيقها.”

وأكد المتحدث باسم أنصار الله أن الحل السياسي في اليمن يتمثل بوجودة سلطة توافقية وأن المشاورات القادمة في السادس من أيلول/ سبتمبر في جنيف “يجب ان تضمن حل سياسي يتمثل بالرئاسة والحكومة وبالترتيبات الامنية كمبادئ”.

وفي مقابلة خاصة مع وكالة يونيوز للأخبار، قال عبدالسلام أن “رؤيتنا للحل السياسي هو ان يكون هناك سلطة سياسية متوافق عليها كمؤسسة الرئاسة عبر إنشاء مجلس رئاسي او إيجاد شخصية توافقية، ثم تشكيل حكومة وحدة وطنية تشارك فيها كل الاطراف، ثم ترتيبات امور أمنية وعسكرية بعد انتشار السلاح بيد الجماعات الارهابية المختلفة.”

كما أضاف أن “الطرف الآخر لا ينظر الا لسلاح الجيش اليمني واللجان الشعبية، دون أن ينظر الى سلاح الآخرين، ويجب ان تكون هناك مظلة سياسية تحت سلطة الدولة. كل الاسلحة الثقيلة يجب ان تذهب الى معسكرات الدولة.”

“يتبع ذلك ترتيبات انسانية واقتصادية، متمثلة بمعالجة مخلفات الحرب كالاعمار والتعويضات لأن الحرب تسببت بكوارث بحق الشعب اليمني نتيجة الحصار الذي استمر سنوات،” كما قال عبدالسلام، مشدداً على أن “الحل السياسي يجب ان يضمن هذه الترتيبات.”

وفيما يخص المشاورات المزمع عقدها في السادس من أيلول/ سبتمبر القادم في مبنى الامم المتحدة في جنيف السويسرية، قال المتحدث باسم أنصار الله أن “مشاورات جنيف يجب ان تضمن حل سياسي يتمثل بالرئاسة والحكومة وبالترتيبات الامنية كمبادئ، لأن الامم المتحدة تقول أن التفاصيل يجب أن تذهب الى الحوار السياسي، فنحن لا نمانع ذلك شرط أن لا تُختزل كما حصل في مباحثات الكويت التي كانت شروطها امنية وعسكرية فقط دون أن تكون سياسية كتسليم السلاح والانسحاب دون أن يكون هناك غطاء للدولة.”

كما أشار إلى أنه سيكون هناك وفد وطني موحّد للذهاب الى تلك المشاورات، موضحاً أنه “ربما سيكون هناك بعد المشاورات جلسات للمفاوضات تؤدي الى التزامات مثل وقف التصعيد وفتح مطار صنعاء.”

وعلى صعيد متصل، قال المتحدث باسم أنصار الله، محمد عبدالسلام، أن الأمم المتحدة دورها محدود جداً في اليمن بسبب “الضغط السياسي الامريكي – البريطاني والمال السعودي والاماراتي”، مندداً بغياب محاسبة التحالف السعودي على المجازر التي يرتكبها بحق اليمنيين.

وفي مقابلة خاصة مع وكالة يونيوز للأخبار، أشار عبدالسلام إلى أن “السعودية متغطرسة ولأنها فشلت في الحرب أصبحت متهورة وتهرب الى الامام (…) فارتكب النظام السعودي مجزرة بحق أطفال في حافلة مدرسة في سوق ضحيان وقال أنها متوافقة مع القانون الدولي.”

وأضاف أن “الدعم السياسي للسعودية حماها، كذلك القادم من امريكا وبريطانيا. كما الحال ما حصل في سوريا، قام ترامب ليعلن ضربة ضد سوريا بعد اتهام الاخيرة بقضية الضربة الكيميائية المزعومة، وهي قضية ملتبسة. سوريا نكرت الموضوع واعتبرتها مؤامرة، وأكدت أن جماعات مسلحة لديها اسلحة كيميائية تم تهريبها عبر الحدود، ومع ذلك تم قصف سوريا.”

“اما في اليمن، تمت إدانة المجزرة بشكل جماعي في المجتمع الدولي، ولكن لم يتمكنوا من تمرير لجنة تحقيق لأنه معروف من هو الفاعل،” قال المسؤول في أنصار الله.

وفي حديثه عن المجازر التي ارتكبها التحالف السعودي في اليمن، ومن ضمنها مجزرة الصالة الكبرى وغيرها من مجازر، قال عبدالسلام أنه “لم يتم تشكيل أي لجنة تحقيق دولي، وهي مجازر قامت بها طائرات التحالف بدعم سياسي امريكي.”

وأضاف أن “السعودية تقوم بعملياتها بطائرات وذخائر واستخبارات امريكية، وهي تنفذ فقط ما تُأمر به، ولن تقبل أمريكا بأي تحقيق يدينها (…) كما أن السعودية والامارات وامريكا وبريطانيا يعملون على حماية مصالح اسرائيل.”

وفي معرض حديثه عن دور الامم المتحدة، قال عبدالسلام أن المنظمة الأممية “تلعب بهامش ضيق ولن تخرج من الموقفين الامريكي والبريطاني، والمال السعودي والاماراتي.”

وأعطى مثالا عن المبعوث الدولي السابق لليمن، اسماعيل ولد الشيخ أحمد، حيث وصفه بأنه “كان تابعا للنفوذ السعودي بشكل صريح، وكان يحركه سفير سعودي، وعندما انتهت ولايته أصبح وزيراً للخارجية لنظام يُحرك من قبل السعودية.”

وأكد على أن أنصار الله “لا نراهن على الامم المتحدة لأنها تتحرك فقط عندما يحصل احراج لها من الرأي العام الدولي”، وأعطى مثالا على ذلك قائلا: “لم تستطع الامم المتحدة أن تعطينا رحلة عودة الى صنعاء بعد أن حوصرنا في مسقط لثلاثة أشهر عقب انتهاء مفاوضات الكويت، وتمت إعادتنا بصفقة تبادل مع معتقلين للتحالف.”

January 26, 2016

The Icey Journey to Seek Refuge

by mkleit

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Refugees from Syria and other war-torn countries have a journey different from that of “the death boats”. The slideshow above shows the journey that refugees take while crossing European borders under harsh weather conditions.

The photos belong to Reuters from the Serbian – Macedonian borders (map below of refugees full route since the wave started).

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Route line that refugees have taken from Turkey to Germany

July 25, 2013

Kafala System: Modern Day Slavery (CASES – Itijah TV)

by mkleit

The kafala system (sponsorship system) is a system used to monitor the construction and domestic migrant laborers in the Arab States of the Persian Gulf.

The system requires all unskilled laborers to have an in-country sponsor, usually their employer, who is responsible for their visa and legal status.

This practice has been criticised by human rights organizations for creating easy opportunities for the exploitation of workers, as many employers take away passports and abuse their workers with little chance of legal repercussions.

The show CASES, produced by Aly Sleem and hosted by Farah Atoui, deals with human rights violations regardless of any political affiliation/agenda. They stand by oppressed people everywhere so they aim to tackle their cases professionally from both humanitarian and legal perspectives. Their objective is to raise awareness and to speak out for those who have no voice.

In Studio: Mr. Mohammed Kleit: a Social and Human Rights Activist

Through Skype from London: Mr. Nicolas McGeehan: the UAE Researcher at HRW

By Phone from Dubai: Mr. Alex Malouf: a Journalist and Analyst

By Phone from Manama: Mr. Mohammed Al-Maskati: the President of Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights.

March 23, 2013

Salbuchi: israel and USA’s Nightmare

by mkleit

Adrian Salbuchi for RT

 

Adrian Salbuchi Source: soberaniaargentina.com

 

When Israel invaded Southern Lebanon in 2006 they were ignominiously expelled by Iran-backed Hezbollah. Since then, the Jewish State has gone into ‘we-have-to-take-out-Iran’ mode, doing everything it can to drag America to war against Iran.

Almost seven years later, Israel’s window of opportunity is closing fast.

‘My big brother America is gonna beat you up…!’
That’s been Israel’s implicit message to Iran ever since. When George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Condoleeza Rice and the NeoCons ran America, bringing the US on board this war-mongering effort against Iran did not seem a daunting task. Especially considering that inside the US, Israel can rely on a little help from its ‘friends’: the powerful pro-Israel lobby led by AIPAC – American Israeli Public Affairs Committee.

But in 2008 Bush was replaced by Barack Obama whose brand of Democrats are not all knee-jerking ‘Israel First’ fanatics. Add to that the US Military’s growing resistance to a foreign policy that has been led astray by the Israeli lobby, particularly after successive fiascos in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the growing “Arab Spring” mess.

Even more, large sectors of US and global public opinion are becoming aware of the dangers of America’s Israel addiction; of Israel’s use and abuse of the US as a proxy power fighting its wars, something clearly not in America’s national interest.

In his message to the UN General Assembly last September, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu produced a cute bomb-shaped graph to show the world just how close ‘big bad Iran’ is to having a nuclear bomb which he says they will use to obliterate ‘good little Israel’.

Netanyahu would have certainly loved to see staunch Zionist Mitt Romney make it to the White House in November’s elections but – Alas! – he didn’t, and Obama’s still living there, and even had the nerve of naming non-Zionist moderate Chuck Hagel as head the Pentagon.

It seems the US is taking an increasingly arm’s length approach to the ‘Iran Problem’ given the very serious geopolitical perils and overtones that any unilateral US/Israeli/NATO military attack on Iran would spell, which might even lead to direct confrontation with Russia.

Meanwhile Iran will not back down on its nuclear program, an issue the Obama Administration is taking an oddly calm view on. Significantly, the US even gave Argentina a subtle nod to negotiate with Iran over the 1994 AMIA terror bombing in Buenos Aires.

Since, theories have arisen that Bush, the US president at the time, coaxed Argentina’s President Kirchner into falsely accusing Iran, solely based on CIA/Mossad “evidence” delivered in October 2006, right after Israel’s fiasco in Lebanon.

So in light of all this what, exactly, is going on here? Why are the US and Israel at loggerheads over Iran?

Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, uses a diagram of a bomb to describe Iran’s nuclear program while delivering his address to the 67th United Nations General Assembly meeting September 27, 2012 at the United Nations in New York. (AFP Photo/Don Emmert)

America’s Worst Nightmare
Today the US and Israel have increasingly divergent interests and objectives regarding Iran. Israel’s are easy to grasp: Iran is Israel’s geopolitical arch-enemy, and one of the few countries that is up to the task of becoming a strong and credible leader in the Muslim World, especially since one of Iran’s key objectives is to do away with Israel’s hardline rule in Palestine.

Mainstream Western media have continually and falsely noted that “Iran wants to wipe Israel off the map”, rather than Iran merely wanting an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestine. America, however, has a different cause for concern.

 

Mainstream Media Control Source: http://www.heydumbasses.com

 

Nothing to do with Iran’s nuclear program but rather with the US Dollar. For many decades the US, through its Federal Reserve Bank, has abusively printed huge quantities of unbacked ‘Fiat money’ to finance its huge deficit, which today has ballooned to over 15 trillion. All’s well as long as that money circulates and ends up somewhere far away, such as the vaults of the central banks of friendly countries like Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, and even of some not so friendly countries like China.

Even if it is kept going around and around in the global financial merry-go-rounds of the bonds markets or… the huge global oil market.

“Just keep it flowing and busy in all those markets”, Washington seems to be saying, “…so that we can continue printing more and more of it!” Of course, none dare call it inflation, technocrats have nice buzz-words for things like, “Quantitative Easing I, II and III”, “TARP Funding” and “too-big-to-fail-megabank bailouts…” But call it what you may, inflation by any other name smells just as rotten…

Public Enemies
The US knows only too well that, to a great extent, it is a superpower without much power, because if China decided to sell their almost 2 trillion in US-Dollar treasury bills, bonds and other financial instruments, quickly changing them into Euros, it would spell inflationary disaster for America.

Such eventualities however, are unlikely to occur given the complexities of global financial markets; thus, neither China nor any other major US-dollar-holder appears ready to do that – not just now, anyway.

However, there is another much more physical, concrete and strategically complex threat that keeps US leaders awake at night- the oil market. To better understand why America’s joy-ride is fast coming to an end as people’s political awareness grows, let me give you a simple example:

Every time Argentina, South Africa or Japan need to buy a barrel of crude oil, its people must work to earn those 100 dollars oil costs in international markets.

The US, however, only needs to print US$100. The same goes if they need money to overrun Iraq, Libya or drone-bomb Afghanistan to smithereens: just print the money and keep the oil flowing and the bombs falling.

Get the picture? It’s easy to be a “superpower” that way!

But the picture becomes clearer when you join the dots. Imagine what would happen if those trillions upon trillions of Petro-Dollars spinning and gurgling globally were to suddenly slip from the control of the three – and only three – New York, London and Dubai-based global oil markets solely trading in Dollars?

For instance, if a major oil-producing country or group of countries were to create a fourth global oil market trading not in Dollars but in Euros, say Yens, Rubles, Yuans…?

Given the volumes of oil that countries like China, India and Japan gobble up, if successful, such a market would displace very sizeable shares of Petro-Dollar volumes, which would mean fast declining mega-sums of Petro-dollars spinning away from global markets and flowing back towards US-centered financial circuits.

Can you imagine what hundreds of billions of freed up Petro-Dollars flowing back to the US in a short period of time would mean?

Reuters/Lee Jae-Won

Weapons of mass destruction
Well, like the proverbial cat playing with a mouse under its paws, since at least 2005 Iran has been openly toying with the idea of opening up a such fourth non-US$ global oil market. China would probably support them as they get a sizeable share of their oil from Iran, so perhaps would India.

If the followers of Hugo Chavez hold on to power, Venezuela too might tag along (now do we understand why the US needs to get a strong grip on Venezuela?).

Even Russia, which does not really need Iranian oil, might support Iran for its own geopolitical reasons, considering its growing conflicts with the West. Last year, we even heard strong rumors about Iran selling oil to India payable in gold…

Iran fully understands this issue so they are cautiously biding their time. Remember, their Persian forefathers invented chess… So, wouldn’t the US just love to take out Iran to thwart such a threat? I mean, it already happened twice in the last decade:

IRAQ: As part of UN sanctions after the first Gulf War, every year Saddam Hussein was allowed to trade one billion dollars of Iraqi oil for medicines and food. But then, starting in 2000 Saddam started to switch over to the Euro.

Suddenly, the world learned from Bush’s NeoCons that Iraq had arsenals of nasty “weapons of mass destruction”; that Saddam had to be “taken out” otherwise mushroom clouds would explode over London, Washington and New York! And so, a decade ago in March 2003, the US, UK and NATO promptly ransacked Iraq and had Saddam Hussein murdered. WMD’s? Ooopss, sorry… didn’t find any!…but: Iraq continues selling its oil in dollars.

LIBYA: In 2010 Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was planning to introduce a new currency to trade North African oil: the “Gold Dinar” in lieu of the dollar. Suddenly, the world learned from the US, France and Britain that Gaddafi was a formidable monster so…in October 2011 he too was taken out and murdered on live TV to the laughter of Hillary “We-came-we-saw-he-died” Clinton. Now Libya lies in shambles but its new pro-Exxon/BP “authorities” trade their oil solely in dollars…

Turning points
The key question now is which shall prevail in the US in the weeks and months to come: American national interest or Israeli national interest?

This is really top level Machtpolitik so, just to be sure everything’s in order, the most obedient Western mainstream media are keeping “all options on the table” running all sorts of headlines to remind us how nasty Iran is, its nuke ambitions, poor Little Israel and its security issues (which is why they’re allowed to keep the sole nuclear arsenal in the Middle East, right?), the delicate state of the global financial system and why no one should be allowed to rock the boat and, of course, the never-ending “War on Terror…”, But now we know.

It is all about oil; it is all about the US-Dollar; it is all about a global financial system being kept artificially alive for mega-banker profit; it is about Israel… The flip-side of that coin gets even worse: It’s not about the interest of the working masses in the US, Europe and worldwide; and it definitely is not about Democracy or Human Rights.

 

You won’t hear, see, nor speak! This is corporate media Source: http://thewatchers.adorraeli.com

March 16, 2013

They Taught Us Life, Sir!

by mkleit

[Written version of the poem is at the end of the post]

 

None would’ve said it any better; Rafeef explains the relationship between Western journalists, in particular, and the global view with the Palestinian cause.

In 2012, “israel” launched several aggression on the non-occupied territories of Palestine. The most prominent were operations “Defense Shield 2002”, “Summer Rains 2006”, “Cast Lead 2008-2009”, and most recently operation “Pillar of Cloud 2012”. Each aggression was preceded by a media propaganda campaign against Hamas, the Palestinian authority in the Gaza strip, as well as the most common key fact of almost every global conflict: elections! (as the diagram below shows)

 

Notice the death toll between both sides, there’s no equal comparison for both sides, as the pie chart shows on the top right corner. For those who don’t know, Palestinians don’t have shelters in Gaza, little food, polluted water, no electricity, not much of building material, yet they stood tall in front of every attack from the “israeli” side.

Every UN resolution calls out for Human Rights, women rights, child rights, freedom of speech, freedom of faith, freedom to live… None of these are implemented in the remaining lands of Palestine (Gaza and Jerusalem). But global powers and “peace keepers” turn a blind-eye when “israel” tortures Palestinians, imprisons them, closes down tunnels, roads, and persecutes every person that looks Arab.

“israel” is not the “land of God”, as the creators of apartheid claim it is. The land of God is free of racists, atheists, terrorists, and liars! They do not abuse! They do not occupy! and most certainly they do not kill the innocent and helpless!

Palestinians have and are fighting to take back the land that has been stolen from them since 1948, ask an “israeli” about that date, he’ll tell you “we just came back home”… Ask a Palestinian about 1948, you’ll know the true story behind the whole issue of Palestine and “israel”. And if an “israeli” or even an extremist Jew would answer that Palestine is their homeland and it was given to them by the British because of what Hitler did to the Jew, there are two issues here:

1- Hitler massacred many ethnicities and races, other than Jews.

2- In what sense would Britain give the zionists Palestine after what Hitler did in Germany?

 

You are not allowed to talk about anything concerning “israel” or Palestine from 1948 and before; it’s not in the “israeli” text books, documents, or films. And they keep on giving the world a view of Palestinians as dehumanized creatures and an approval to oppress and even kill them.

Through all the torture, sanctions, oppression, and death toll that Palestinians suffer, they’re still fighting back with pebbles, stones, and light weaponry. Recently, the Qassam brigade, the military wing of Hamas, acquired missiles that would change the equation a bit in the hands of the Palestinians of Gaza against “israel”, which owns air forces, naval forces, and land forces; and acquires one of the most advanced armies in the world. Yet they lack key factors that Palestinians have ever since they have been occupied: Determination and Credo.

Palestinians, through this all, have taught the whole world, every day, Life!

 

Today, my body was a TV’d massacre.

Today, my body was a TV’d massacre that had to fit into sound-bites and word limits.
Today, my body was a TV’d massacre that had to fit into sound-bites and word limits filled enough with statistics to counter measured response.
And I perfected my English and I learned my UN resolutions.
But still, he asked me, Ms. Ziadah, don’t you think that everything would be resolved if you would just stop teaching so much hatred to your children?
Pause.
I look inside of me for strength to be patient but patience is not at the tip of my tongue as the bombs drop over Gaza.
Patience has just escaped me.
Pause. Smile.
We teach life, sir!
Rafeef, remember to smile.
Pause.
We teach life, sir!
We Palestinians teach life after they have occupied the last sky.
We teach life after they have built their settlements and apartheid walls, after the last skies.
We teach life, sir!

But today, my body was a TV’d massacre made to fit into sound-bites and word limits.
And just give us a story, a human story.
You see, this is not political.
We just want to tell people about you and your people so give us a human story.
Don’t mention that word “apartheid” and “occupation”.
This is not political.
You have to help me as a journalist to help you tell your story which is not a political story.
Today, my body was a TV’d massacre.
How about you give us a story of a woman in Gaza who needs medication?
How about you?
Do you have enough bone-broken limbs to cover the sun?
Hand me over your dead and give me the list of their names in one thousand two hundred word limits.

Today, my body was a TV’d massacre that had to fit into sound-bites and word limits and move those that are desensitized to terrorist blood.
But they felt sorry.
They felt sorry for the cattle over Gaza.
So, I give them UN resolutions and statistics and we condemn and we deplore and we reject.
And these are not two equal sides: occupier and occupied.
And a hundred dead, two hundred dead, and a thousand dead.
And between that, war crime and massacre, I went out words and smile “not exotic”; smile, “not terrorist”.
And I recount, I recount a hundred dead, two hundred dead, a thousand dead.
Is anyone out there?
Will anyone listen?
I wish I could veil over their bodies.
I wish I could just run barefoot in every refugee camp and hold every child, cover their ears so they wouldn’t have to hear the sound of bombing for the rest of their life the way I do.
Today, my body was a TV’d massacre
And let me just tell you, there’s nothing your UN resolutions have ever done about this.
And no sound-bite, no sound-bite I come up with, no matter how good my English gets, no sound-bite, no sound-bite, no sound-bite, no sound-bite will bring them back to life.
No sound-bite will fix this.
We teach life, sir!
We teach life, sir!
We Palestinians wake up every morning to teach the rest of the world life, sir!

 

“israeli” soldiers holding a gun behind a wall that has a graffiti “Free Palestine” http://writingdownthewalls.files.wordpress.com

 

 

February 22, 2013

Libya and the UN Bombing: Fact or a Bed time Story?

by mkleit

pimpdarlin:

“I believed the lies about Gaddafi & Libya all my life.

Search for & discover the truth.

Gaddafi is a strong Arab leader who has stood up to Rothschild bankers, unlike our own leaders who have wilfully made us & our unborn children DEBT SLAVES.

Have the courage to know the truth & take it wherever it leads you or you & your families will one day be under NATO/NWO bombs.

Read Muammar Al Qaddafi’s Green Book.

Find out about the living standards & freedoms enjoyed by Libyans.

Research the Great Man Made River Project & then find out how Libya’s water supply has been targeted by the UN & NATO by bombs & special/black ops.

These are war crimes. Ignored & unreported by the inhuman Zionist mainstream media.

The 2 main objectives of behind the invasion of Libya are:
privatising the national oil company and the state-owned central banking system.

Wake up. Unless enough of us do, we will be picked off & set against each other by these banker fascists who laugh at how easily we are controlled.

THINK for yourself in these times, as if your life depended on it.

IT DOES.

Love & respect to the people of Libya.

The main objectives behind the invasion of Libya, a sovereign country are the privatization of the oil & banking industries.”

December 5, 2012

A synopsis of The Israel Lobby: The Great Benefactor

by mkleit

shared as it is from: Exposing the Truth

“Tell Congress: Spend our money at home, not on the israeli military” stop$30billion.org Los Angeles campaign
http://lebanonspring.files.wordpress.com

 

This chapter serves to provide substantiation of the authors’ assertions that not only does Isra

el receive more foreign and military aid from the US than any other country in the world, yet that the amount of financial support, along with the conditions and concessions that are packaged up with our monetary gifts, make for quite an inordinate presentation of support in relation to other countries, most particularly in consideration of other countries’ proportional needs for our support.

While the US was supportive of the UN creation of the state of Israel, we also realized that providing overt financial aid of the state’s placement upon Arab lands would be treading on the thin ice created by the murky waters of the Cold War, as Russia and America both realized the importance of cultivating allies in the area.

Accordingly, US economic aid was initially reluctant, and surprisingly enough, John Foster Dulles ¹, of all people, then Secretary of State(and concurrently, killer of children, and conqueror of countries), threatened to rescind our agreement for aid to Israel, if Israel continued its offensive of aggression in the attempted land grab they launched against Egypt that was the Suez Canal War.
Israel agreed to the US’ demands that they stop trying to steal other people’s land and move back behind the established borders of their country, but, as we can now observe to be their usual fashion, Israel never truly lived up to their agreement, and so started their dance of manipulating the US, a dance in which we invariably let them take the lead.

1967 brought the Six Day War, with Israel attacking Egypt, Syria, and Jordan simultaneously. There had been tension in the area, as Russia fed Egypt false intelligence that Israel was going to attack Syria, prompting Egypt to mass its troops on Israel’s border, and exacerbating a dispute over whether Egypt and Syria were able to regulate passage in the Straits of Tiran.

Israel said it had a legal claim to be able to operate in the waters, but when Egypt offered to take the case to the international Court of Justice, Israel flatly refused. It seems like they must not have had much of a case as they said they did, or they would’ve welcomed the offer of taking it to court, and it is no surprise that Israel turned out to be lying once again.
Egypt declared the waters closed to any Israeli ships, and unable to prove its case in court, Israel did what they do even better than lying, and started bombing everybody instead, and taking their land.

Apparently, America liked their “go-getter” attitude in attacking Arab lands, and illegally occupying them, as foreign and military aid increased rapidly after the Six Day War, peaking in 1976, when Israel topped the list of US foreign aid recipients, and they have been at the top of list ever since. They are currently receiving $3 billion a year in foreign aid from the US, which is but 2% of their GDP.

This breaks down to about $500 per Israeli citizen, while much more impoverished countries, with people literally starving, are receiving much less per person in foreign aid from the US, while Israel was ranked as the 17th largest economy out of 187 countries in 2011 by the UN.

The authors’ state that, ‘In 1997, for example, Mitchell Bard, the former editor of AIPAC’s Near East Report, and Daniel Pipes, the hawkish founder of the pro-Israel Middle East Forum, wrote that “Israel has become an affluent country with a personal income rivaling Great Britain’s, so the American willingness to provide aid to Israel is no longer based purely on need.”,

and that, ‘Representative Lee Hamilton said in 1991 that Israel is one of three countries whose aid “substantially exceeds the popularly quoted figures” and said that the figure was closer to $4.3 billion.’ Regardless, as the official figures are stated, as of 2005, Israel had received $154 billion(in 2005 dollars) from the US since its creation, as well as other additional material support. It’s not quite $16 trillion, but that would certainly go a long way towards paying off our deficit, in my opinion…

You would think that anyone would be happy with this kind of arrangement, but Israel is a beggar who demands to be a chooser as well, eventually persuading the US to be the only country to be allowed to receive its aid in one lump sum payment, thereby giving them the ability to earn interest on the money, whereas no other country is given that opportunity.

Because the U.S. government normally runs budget deficits, transferring the aid all at once requires it to borrow the necessary amount of money up front, and the Congressional Research Service estimates that it costs the US “between $50 and $60 million per year to borrow funds for the early, lump-sum payment.”

The authors’ point out that, ‘according to the U.S. embassy in Israel, early transfer of FMF funds has enabled Israel to earn some $660 million in extra interest as of 2004. Israel has also received “excess defense articles(surplus U.S. military equipment provided to friendly nations either free of charge or heavily discounted) beyond the normal limits imposed by the 1976 Arms Export Control Act.’

Israel has also manipulated the US into conceding to provide Israel with “loans” instead of grants, because grants come with pesky oversight committees that Israel would, quite frankly, rather not be bothered with. Israel never pays the “loan” back, and presto!, they have coerced us into giving them a grant with no oversight, which is another exclusive privilege for Israel.

This, of course, means that our money can be used to fund Israel’s efforts to build settlements in the illegally occupied territories of Palestine, or any other number of ventures that the US would not approve of, if we had oversight, as the current line from Washington is that they overwhelmingly support Israel, but do not openly support their building of settlements in what they term to be illegally occupied territories. At least that’s what they say on the record, wink, nudge, while they give Israel $3 billion a year to buy tanks, and fighter jets, and bombs.

The continued list of exclusive privileges that the US accepts the imposition of, is that Israel is not resigned to investing all of the proceeds provided for their military funding in the US. The authors’ emphasize that, ‘The FMF program normally requires recipients of U.S. military assistance to spend all of the money here in the United States, to help keep American defense workers employed.                                                                                                                 

Congress grants Israel a special exemption in the annual appropriations bill, however, authorizing it to use about one out of every four U.S. military aid dollars to subsidize its own defense industry. “No other recipient of U.S. military assistance has been granted this benefit,” notes a recent CRS report, and “the proceeds to Israeli defense firms from purchases with U.S. funds have allowed the Israeli defense industry to achieve necessary economies of scale and become highly sophisticated.” By 2004, in fact, Israel, a comparatively small country, had become the world’s eighth largest arms supplier.’

The authors also assert, regarding joint military tehcnology resarch and development projects(above and beyond our established aid), that, ‘The United States has also provided Israel with nearly $3 billion to develop weapons like the Lavi aircraft, the Merkava tank, and the Arrow missile.

These projects were funded through the U.S. Department of Defense and often portrayed as joint research and development efforts, but the United States did not need these weapons and never intended to purchase them for its own use. The money that Washington pays to help Israel’s defense industry develop or produce these “joint weapons projects” is in reality another form of subsidy. The United States sometimes benefits from the technology that Israeli firms develop, but America would benefit even more if these funds were used to support high-tech industries in the United States.’

The list keeps growing, as another exemption from US foreign aid policy is that Israel can also accept contracts for military spending for less than $500,000 without any oversight from the US. This financial loophole was utilized in the 1990s by Brigadier General Rami Dotan, the director of Israeli Air Force procurement at the time, to divert and embezzle literally millions of dollars of US foreign aid money. It must be nice to have your own personal US of ATM machine, well, at least until you get caught, that is…

As if all that weren’t enough, every time Israel goes and invades another country to steal their lands, we then have another round of what are called “peace treaty talks”, but should be more appropriately termed, “stop Israel from invading talks.” At these talks, Israel bullies everyone at the table, and holds the negotiations hostage for the ransom of expanding both the amount of aid that they receive from the US, as well as additional exemptions from US foreign aid policy.

That’s a great little scam they’ve got going, once again manipulating the US, in this case, into allowing Israel to establish a pattern of being rewarded for punishable behavior, but of course, Israel remains the perpetual petulant child, and why wouldn’t they, when we consistently cave in to their demands?

The last exclusive privilege that I will highlight in exposing merely the tip of the iceberg of Israel’s exemptions from US policy, is that Prime Minister Shimon Peres revealed that
Israel’s clandestine nuclear program was largely financed by private contributions during the 50s and 60s. The authors’ also mention that, ‘According to the Israeli journalist Michael Karpin, a key coordinator of this fund-raising effort was Abraham Feinberg, a well-connected U.S. businessman, philanthropist, and political adviser, and contributors to the campaign reportedly included Canadian beverage magnate Samuel Bronfman and several members of the Rothschild family.’ ² With the Rothschilds involved, anyone who knows anything about world history and affairs is sure to draw the conclusion that Israel is acting in collusion with the Rothschilds in the Rothschilds’ quest for, quite literally, world domination.

Speaking of Israel’s “clandestine nuclear program”, according to the authors’, ‘When CIA Director Richard Helms came to the White House in 1968 to inform [President] Johnson that U.S. intelligence had concluded that Israel had in fact acquired a nuclear capability, Johnson told him to make sure that nobody else was shown the evidence, including Secretary of State Dean Rusk and Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara.

According to the journalist Seymour Hersh, “Johnson’s purpose in chasing Helms- and his intelligence- away was clear: he did not want to know what the CIA was trying to tell him, for once he accepted that information, he would have to act on it. By 1968, the President had no intention of doing anything to stop the Israeli bomb.”

In addition to its nuclear arsenal, Israel maintains active chemical and biological weapons programs and has yet to ratify either with the Chemical or Biological Weapons Convention. The irony is hard to miss: the United States has pressured many other states to join the NPT, imposed sanctions on countries that have defied U.S. wishes and acquired nuclear weapons anyway, gone to war in 2003 to prevent Iraq from pursuing WMD, and contemplated attacking Iran and North Korea for the same reason. Yet Washington has long subsidized an ally whose clandestine WMD activities are well-known and whose nuclear arsenal has given several of its neighbors a powerful incentive to seek WMD themselves.

Israel gets its aid despite its refusal to sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty and its various WMD programs. It gets its aid when it builds settlements in the Occupied Territories(losing only a small amount through reductions in loan guarantees), even though the U.S. government opposes this policy.

It also gets its aid when it annexes territory it has conquered(as it did on the Golan Heights and in Jerusalem), sells U.S. military technology to potential enemies like China ³, conducts espionage operations on U.S. soil, or uses U.S. weapons in ways that violate U.S. law(such as the use of cluster munitions in civilian areas in Lebanon).

It gets additional aid when it makes concessions for peace, but it rarely loses American support when it takes actions that make peace more elusive. And it gets its aid even when Israeli leaders renege on pledges made to U.S. presidents. Menachem Begin promised Ronald Reagan that he would not lobby against the proposed sale of AWACS aircraft to Saudi Arabia in 1981, for example, but Begin then went up to Capitol Hill and told a Senate panel that he opposed the deal.’

Apparently, if there are three things that Israel excels at, they are lying to people, bombing people, and then claiming they have the moral high ground, and that they are “defending” themselves, while stealing other people’s land. My scorecard, since the creation of the state of Israel by the UN, says that there have been 11 cases of escalated hostilities, and out of those, Israel has been the aggressor nine times.

This simply rearranges the cyclical logic(or apparent lack thereof), to bombing people, claiming defense and the moral high ground while stealing other people’s land, and then fabricating more lies to cover up the lies they’ve already told.

In summary, the whole of the Middle East is still indeed a Cold War proxy prize, as both Russia and China are threatening to get involved militarily if Israel keeps attacking and invading everyone, yet still the US is proceeding into uncharted territory of the realms of self-imposed ignorance.

America is set on autopilot, asleep at the controls, with a faulty Israeli GPS system navigating us directly towards the murky Cold War waters that could very well end up engulfing us in World War III, in the most extreme example of how it is not in our best interest or wisdom to blindly follow Israel’s influence simply to retain an ally that keeps creating more enemies for both of us…
June 12, 2012

The New World Order: A Popular Concept

by mkleit

NWO = New World Order

 

This popular conspiracy theory claims that a small group of international elites controls and manipulates governments, industry and media organisations worldwide. The primary tool they use to dominate nations is the system of central banking. They are said to have funded and in some cases caused most of the major wars of the last 200 years, primarily through carrying out false flag attacks to manipulate populations into supporting them, and have a grip on the world economy, deliberately causing inflation and depressions at will.

The people behind the New World Order are thought to be international bankers, in particular the owners of the private banks in the Federal Reserve System, Bank of England and other central banks, and members of the Council on Foreign Relations, Trilateral Commission and Bilderberg Group.  Now, although this conspiracy theory was ridiculed for years, it turns out that the Bilderberg does meet and requests no media coverage.  They receive no media coverage.  The world’s elite meet every year and it goes largely unreported, for what?

[efoods]Discussions at the meetings include the economy, world affairs, war and in general, world policy.  After the financial collapse, the Bilderberg played a key role in proposing that the world prepare for a new world order and have a standard world currency.  This was propsed shortly after by almost all attendees of the Bilderberg meeting.  During the 20th century, many statesmen, such as Woodrow Wilson and Winston Churchill, used the term “new world order” to refer to a new period of history evidencing a dramatic change in world political thought and the balance of power after World War I and World War II.

They all saw these periods as opportunities to implement idealistic or liberal proposals for global governance only in the sense of new collective efforts to identify, understand, or address worldwide problems that go beyond the capacity of individual nation-states to solve. These proposals led to the creation of international organizations, such as the United Nations and N.A.T.O., and international regimes, such as the Bretton Woods system and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, which were calculated both to maintain a balance of power as well as regularize cooperation between nations, in order to achieve a peaceful phase of capitalism.

In the aftermath of the two World Wars, progressives welcomed these new international organizations and regimes but argued they suffered from a democratic deficit and therefore were inadequate to not only prevent another global war but also foster global justice.  American banker David Rockefeller joined the Council on Foreign Relations as its youngest-ever director in 1949 and subsequently became chairman of the board from 1970 to 1985; today he serves as honorary chairman. In 2002, Rockefeller authored his autobiography Memoirs wherein, on page 405, he wrote:

“For more than a century ideological extremists at either end of the political spectrum have seized upon well-publicized incidents … to attack the Rockefeller family for the inordinate influence they claim we wield over American political and economic institutions. Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as ‘internationalists’ and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure – one world, if you will. If that’s the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.”

Thus, activists around the globe formed a world federalist movement bent on creating a “real” new world order. A number of Fabian socialist intellectuals, such as British writer H. G. Wells in the 1940s, appropriated and redefined the term “new world order” as a synonym for the establishment of a full-fledged social democratic world government.  In the 1960s, a great deal of right-wing conspiracist attention, by groups like the John Birch Society and the Liberty Lobby, focused on the United Nations as the vehicle for creating the “One World Government”, and contributed to a conservative movement for United States withdrawal from the U.N..

American writer Mary M. Davison, in her 1966 booklet The Profound Revolution, traced the alleged New World Order conspiracy to the creation of the U.S. Federal Reserve System in 1913 by international bankers, who she claimed later formed the Council on Foreign Relations in 1921 as the shadow government. At the time the booklet was published, “international bankers” would have been interpreted by many readers as a reference to a postulated “international Jewish banking conspiracy” masterminded by the Rothschilds and Rockefellers.

American televangelist Pat Robertson with his 1991 best-selling bookThe New World Order became the most prominent Christian popularizer of conspiracy theories about recent American history as a theater in which Wall Street, the Federal Reserve System, Council on Foreign Relations, Bilderberg Group, and Trilateral Commission control the flow of events from behind the scenes, nudging us constantly and covertly in the direction of world government for the Antichrist.

After the turn of the century, specifically during the financial crisis of 2007–2009, many politicians and pundits, such as Gordon Brown, Henry Kissinger, and Barack Obama, used the term “new world order” in their advocacy for a Keynesian reform of the global financial system and their calls for a “New Bretton Woods”, which takes into account emerging markets such as China and India. These declarations had the unintended consequence of providing fresh fodder for New World Order conspiracism, and culminated in former Clinton administration adviser Dick Morris and conservative talk show host Sean Hannity arguing on one of his Fox News Channel programs that “conspiracy theorists were right”.

In 2009, American film directors Luke Meyer and Andrew Neel released New World Order, a critically-acclaimed documentary film which explores the world of conspiracy theorists, such as American radio host Alex Jones, who are committed to exposing and vigorously opposing what they perceive to be an emerging New World Order.

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