Archive for the ‘PEOPLE’ Category

McChrystal’s Kabul. Like Baghdad, a magnet for psychopathic killers and spies

In AMERICA, ASIA, OBAMA on 14/06/2009 at 2:32 PM

In assuming command of NATO forces in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal will have immense control over a Western military and contractor presence in the country that has turned the Afghan capital of Kabul into a “Baghdad East,” a place where psychopathic assassins, Chinese prostitute spies, and opium smugglers run rampant. And in a departure from past strategy in the war-torn country, the Obama administration is launching an “information war” in Afghanistan that will paint the Afghan government of Hamid Karzai as a beacon of democracy and stamp out any news or other information that could be seen as harmful to the U.S. war effort against Afghan insurgents who are opposed to the foreign military presence in their country… Wayne Madsen Report


Mikhail Gorbachev: It’s time for a second American revolution in the spirit of perestroika

In AMERICA, GORBACHEV on 10/06/2009 at 3:30 PM

Years ago, as the Cold War was coming to an end, I said to my fellow leaders around the globe: the world is on the cusp of great events, and in the face of new challenges all of us will have to change, you as well as we. For the most part, the reaction was polite but sceptical silence. In recent years, I have often told listeners that I feel Americans need their own change – a perestroika, not like the one in my country, but an American perestroika – and the reaction has been markedly different. Halls filled with thousands of people have responded with applause. Some have reacted with understanding. Others have objected… Sydney Morning Herald

Could a teenage girl topple Berlusconi?

In BERLUSCONI, ITALY on 27/05/2009 at 3:04 PM

Italians are always scornful about the obsession of the “Anglo-Saxon” media with the private lives of the rich and famous, but for the past month the Italian newspapers have been preoccupied with one subject and one subject only: the relationship between Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and a young woman from Naples called Noemi Letizia. Mr Berlusconi has been caught out telling numerous lies about the relationship and refuses to explain them. And with important elections pending, his popularity, at an all-time high only six weeks ago, may be eroding… The Independent

Stiglitz Says Ties to Wall Street Doom Bank Rescue

In AMERICA, ECONOMY, OBAMA on 17/04/2009 at 1:35 PM

The Obama administration’s bank- rescue efforts will probably fail because the programs have been designed to help Wall Street rather than create a viable financial system, Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz said. “All the ingredients they have so far are weak, and there are several missing ingredients,” Stiglitz said in an interview yesterday. The people who designed the plans are “either in the pocket of the banks or they’re incompetent.” The Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP, isn’t large enough to recapitalize the banking system, and the administration hasn’t been direct in addressing that shortfall, he said… Bloomberg

Ukraine dipping into IMF funds while Soros is shorting the hryvnia

In ECONOMY, IMF, RUSSIA, SOROS, UKRAINE on 02/01/2009 at 9:33 AM

The outgoing Bush administration, echoing the anti-Russian lobby in Washington, DC (which, not coincidentally, comprise some of the same people in the pro-Israel lobby), is condemning Russia’s Gazprom’s cut-off of natural gas to Ukraine. Gazprom maintains that Ukraine owes it $2.1 billion for past gas deliveries. Ukraine has threatened to seize gas bound for the European Union in retaliation. Russia has called the threat blackmail by Kiev against Russia and the EU nations that receive gas via pipeline from Russia via Ukraine. As with anything where billions of dollars are at at issue expect to find the hidden hands of George Soros and his ultimate bosses, the Rothschild banking family… Wayne Madsen Report

Clearstream scandal to return to haunt Sarkozy

In ECONOMY, FRANCE, SARKOZY on 18/12/2008 at 10:56 AM

WMR has learned from informed sources that French President Nicolas Sarkozy will soon face renewed charges that he received illegal foreign funds through the Luxembourg banking company Clearstream. Luxembourg is a well-known tax haven that maintains strict confidentiality over banking and corporate records. Then-French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin met with the recently-retired head of French military intelligence Philippe Rondot and EADS deputy director Jean Louis Gergorin. Gergorin told de Villepin that two names on the secret list of French politicians who had Clearstream accounts — Paul de Nagy and Stéphane Bosca — were pseudonyms for Sarkozy. It was believed by French intelligence that the names came from Sarkoy’s father’s full name, Nicolas Paul Stéphane Sarkösy de Nagy-Bosca… Wayne Madsen Report

Obama faced with security problem at outset of transition process

In AMERICA, CIA / FBI, CLINTON, ISRAEL, OBAMA on 06/11/2008 at 11:20 AM

WMR has learned from informed U.S. intelligence sources that prospective Barack Obama White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has an active FBI counter-intelligence file maintained on him. Emanuel’s rise to the Chief of Staff position may pose a significant security problem for President-elect Obama if the FBI insists on conducting the full background security investigation normally required for senior White House officials. Questions about Emanuel’s links to the Israeli intelligence service, the Mossad, were allegedly so great that President Bill Clinton was forced to dismiss Emanuel from the White House staff in 1998. One of the FBI agents who discovered Emanuel’s dealings with Israeli intelligence was, according to our sources, the late FBI counter-terrorism Assistant Director John O’Neill… Wayne Madsen Report

Australian PM Kevin Rudd – “Nuke strike would make 9/11 insignificant” and other weird warnings


Over the last 72 hours there has been a strange melange of cryptic messages leaked from world political leaders about what could be in store for America over the next few months. These predictions of impending doom come from England, France, Australia and the United States. In each case there has been a press releases or news expose’ predicting huge and building threats emerging from faceless enemies in shadowy places. Joe Biden set the stage at a Seattle fund raiser for VIP’s last Sunday when he told the audience about an “international crisis” that will test Barack Obama’s Presidency should he be elected… Daily Newscaster

Il Ritorno di Berlusconi (or The Robber Baron Returns)

In BERLUSCONI, ITALY on 01/07/2008 at 2:02 PM

THE HIGHLIGHT of the Gnomington Summer season will be the premiere of this little-known Italian masterpiece, based on an Italian folk tale. The robber baron, Silvio, returns from two years’ exile, after the kingdom has been usurped by another robber baron, Roman di Prodi. The chorus of villagers sing despairingly “Mama Mia”, as the hated and corrupt tyrant steals back the throne. Another highlight is the “Alitalia Chorus”, to celebrate the villain’s seizure of the State airline.

Radio Three, Live from the Met – Berlusconi’s “The Robber Baron and the Gypsies”

Having returned from exile to his throne in Italy, Silvio, the robber baron, finds an encampment of gypsies outside his palazzo. The gypsies dance and sing, “Grazie, grazie a Brussels”, a chorus of praise to the EU for allowing them to come from their homes in Romania to earn their livings as window cleaners, olive pickers and workers in the crime and sex industries. The baron is enraged and sings the famous aria, “Sono solo ladrone” (“I do the robbing around here”). He incites the townsfolk, with the support of the carabinieri, to attack the gypsy camp and burn it to the ground. As they do so, they sing the joyful closing chorus, “Arrivederci Roma” (“Immigrants go home”).