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     Korean Conflict: What was the real cause?*

    May 6th, 2018

    By Arturo Sampana

    Image © knightlab.com

    This is an alternative view about the root cause of the Korean War – BD Admin

    ASIAN leaders were relieved over the recent historic move of North and South Korean leaders to end their conflict and talk peace.

    Immediately, Association of Southeast Asian Nations leaders congratulated the effort of the two Korean heads of state to talk peace “as an encouragement to proceed with the talks.”

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in had pledged to work towards the “complete denuclearization” of the Korean peninsula and the signing of a peace treaty this year.

    But many would ask: What was the real cause of the “Korea Conflict?”

    Nowhere has the secret society manipulation’s of both sides of a conflict been more evident than in Korea in the early 1950s.

    As in the Persian Gulf and Vietnam, official semantics termed this conflict a mere “police action,” not a war. Both war cost the American nation a total of at least 34,000 lives.

    Much documentation now exists to show that the Korean conflict was the result of careful planning by men whose control extended to both the United States and the Soviet Union. This conflict began with the founding of the United Nations (UN), which was identified as a coalition against Germany, Italy, and Japan, the Axis powers; at the end of World War II.

    US President Woodrow Wilson © en.wikipedia.org

    The UN organization was merely an outgrowth of the old League of Nations (LN), that failed attempt to unite the fledgling world government was instigated by Woodrow Wilson and members of the Milner-Rhodes secret societies. The LN concept was resurrected at the UN during the distraction of the world war when representatives from the United States, the Soviet Union, Great Britain, and Chiang Kai-shek’s China met at the Dumbarton Oaks estate near Washington, DC, from August 21 to October 7, 1944.

    A primary mover of this and subsequent actions to establish a UN was John Foster Dulles, who had helped found the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).

    A participant in the 1917 Versailles Peace Conference, Dulles also created the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO) which provided the legal rationale for the war in Vietnam.

    Further details of UN operations were worked out during the pivotal Yalta Conference in February 1945. It was in the secret protocols of the Yalta Conference that then great powers – the United States, Soviet Union and the United kingdom – agreed to partition Korea along the Thirty-eighth Parallel and allowed the Soviet Union and China control over the North.

    It is interesting to note that the partition had been contemplated a year earlier.

    An April 1944 article in Foreign Affairs called for “a trusteeship for Korea… assumed not by a particular country, but by a group of Powers, say, the United States, Great Britain, China and Russia.” The CFR leadership realized that the American public might not agree to war should such a “trusteeship” be challenged and began to develop a rationale for intervention.

    An internal 1944 CFR memo stated that the “sovereignty fetish” and the “difficulty… arising from the Constitutional provision that only Congress may declare war” may be reversed with “the contention treaty that would overrule this barrier. Our participation in such police action as might be recommended by [an] international security organization need not necessarily be construed as war.”

    “It is not unreasonable to say that there never would have been a Communist regime in North Korea, nor would there ever have been a Korean War, had American negotiations [led by CFR members] and lend-lease shipments not brought the USSR into the Pacific theater,” commented one observer.

    The formation of the UN began two months after Yalta at the United Nations Conference on International Organization was held in San Francisco.

    A resulting charter was signed in June and went into effect October 24, 1945, little more than two months after World War II ended. The UN was created “essentially by the Council of Foreign Relations,” wrote Ralph Epperson, an American writer and conspiracy theorist.

    “There were 47 members in the American delegation to the UN conference at San Francisco.”

    Their “senior adviser” was John Foster Dulles.

    “Emboldened by his formidable achievements, Dulles viewed his appointment as secretary of state by President Eisenhower, in January, 1953, as a mandate to originate foreign policy, which is normally regarded as the domain of the president,” stated The New Encyclopaedia Britannica.

    Considering Dulles and the other CFR members behind the creation of the UN, it is no surprise to find that organization today supervising the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (commonly called the World Bank) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

    The UN also houses a number of social agencies including the International Labor Organization (ILO), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

    In 1947, following a breakdown in negotiations over reunification, the matter of Korea was turned over to the UN.

    By 1949 both the United States and the Soviet Union had largely withdrawn wartime occupation troops from the Korean peninsula. The U.S. withdrawal left a mere 16,000 South Koreans armed with mostly small arms to face a North Korean communist army of more than 150,000 armed with up-to-date Russian tanks, planes, and artillery.

    When General Albert C. Wedemeyer, sent by President Truman to evaluate the situation, reported that the communists represented direct threat to the South, he was ignored and his report kept from the public.

    In January 1950 North Korean premier Kim Il-sung proclaimed a “year of unification” and began massing troops along the Thirty-eighth Parallel.

    As in the future Persian Gulf war, the CFR-filled U.S. State Department did nothing. Truman’s secretary of state, CFR member Dean Acheson, stated publicly that Korea was outside the defensive perimeter of the United States.

    “This gave a clear signal to Kim, who invaded the South that June under Soviet auspices,” wrote Perloff.

    American leaders professed surprise and anger over the June 25 North Korean assault and called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council, then composed of the U.S., Great Britain, France, the Soviet Union, and Nationalist China.

    The council, with the Soviet Union absent and China represented only by anti-communist Chiang Kai-shek, voted for UN intervention in Korea.

    It has been noted by conspiracy authors that this vote could have been prevented by a Russian veto. But strangely, Soviet delegates had staged a walkout in protest that Communist China had not been recognized by the UN. Soon after this vote for UN-backed conflict, the Soviet delegates returned, even though the People’s Republic of China still had not been recognized.

    On June 27, with UN sanction, President Truman ordered American troops to assist the UN “police action” of defending South Korea. Through July and August, the outnumbered and outgunned South Korean Army, along with the four ill-equipped American divisions sent by Truman, were pushed down to the tip of the Korean peninsula. The situation looked bad until mid-September when General Douglas MacArthur launched a brilliant and daring attack on Inchon Harbor, located midway up the peninsula, that broke the North Korean battle line and cut their supply routes.

    Chairman Mao Tse-tung © Encyclopedia Britannica

    Badly shattered, the North Koreans pulled back with the UN troops— 90 percent of which were Americans—close behind. As the fight crossed the Thirty-eighth Parallel, China’s Mao Tse-tung warned that any movement to the Yalu River bordering China by UN forces would be unacceptable.

    On November 25, nearly 200,000 Chinese “volunteers” crossed the Yalu and smashed into the unprepared UN troops. Another 500,000 followed in December.

    Again the Americans and their allies were pushed back but managed to regroup and later counter attacked back to the Thirty-eighth Parallel. The war then settled into a series of actions back and forth across the contested parallel.

    As in Vietnam, the U.S. military was hamstrung with policy decisions which prevented them from fully prosecuting the Korean conflict. But, unlike in Vietnam, a military leader of considerable standing balked at these restrictions and appealed directly to the American public for support.

    General MacArthur, the hero of World War II, ordered the Air Force to bomb the Yalu River bridges, which would have cut China’s supply and communication lines. He appealed to sympathetic congressmen to support his military actions and to allow the Nationalist Chinese on Taiwan to launch a second front against China to relieve pressure on Korea.

    The official response to MacArthur was swift in coming. MacArthur’s bombing orders were canceled by General George Marshall (father of the Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe after World War II and a CFR member who had been called out of retirement by President Truman to serve as Secretary of Defense). This was the same Marshall who, as Army Chief of Staff, reportedly received advance word of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

    MacArthur was ordered not to bomb key Chinese supply bases and to order pilots not to chase fleeing enemy aircraft.

    Chinese commander General Lin Piao was to say later, “I never would have made the attack and risked my men and my military reputation if I had not been assured that Washington would restrain General MacArthur from taking adequate retaliatory measures against my lines of supply and communication.”

    US Gen. Douglas MacArthur © biography.com

    MacArthur’s appeal to the public resulted in his dismissal by President Truman on April 10, 1951. He was replaced by General Matthew B. Ridgeway, who later became a CFR member.

    The MacArthur plan for a diversionary attack by Taiwan was never to be. This plan had been blocked by an order from Truman only two days after the North Koreans attacked.

    According to government documents, Truman said, “I have ordered the Seventh Fleet to prevent any attack on Formosa |now Taiwan]. As a corollary of this action, I am calling upon the Chinese Government on Formosa to cease all air and sea operations against the mainland. The Seventh Fleet will see that this is done.”

    General Marshall also rejected an offer by Chiang Kai-shek to send Nationalist Chinese to aid Americans in Korea.

    Added to these incomprehensible orders restricting military options, was the amazing fact that Russian commanders were running the conflict on both sides. Under the agreement at Yalta and due to their supplying North Korea with military hardware and technology, Soviet military officers were largely in control of the war.

    Author Epperson cited a Pentagon press release which identified two Soviet officers as being in charge of movements across the Thirty-eighth Parallel. One, a General Vasilev, actually was overheard giving the order to attack on June 25,1951.

    General Vasilev’s chain of command reached from Korea to Moscow to the UN Undersecretary General for Political and Security Council Affairs. At this same time, General MacArthur’s chain of command went through President Truman to the UN Undersecretary General for Political and Security Council Affairs, an office held at that time by Russian Constantine Zinchenko. This meant that Soviet officers were overseeing the North Korean war strategy while reporting back to a fellow Soviet officer in the same UN office that coordinated the allied war effort.

    “In effect, the Communists were directing both sides of the war,” wrote author Griffin.

    What past conspiracy authors failed to consider was the evidence that Communist Russia was financed and controlled from the beginning by the inner circle of America’s modern secret societies. The war finally settled into a stalemate which ended with an armistice signed on July 27, 1953, six months after General Dwight Eisenhower had become president of the U.S.

    MacArthur, noting that for the first time in its military history, the United States had failed to achieve victory, was later to state, “Never before has this nation been engaged in mortal combat with a hostile power without military objective, without policy other than restrictions governing operations, or indeed without even formally recognizing a state of war.”

    This set a precedent in the United States which continues to haunt us to this day.

    But was there again a hidden purpose to this seemingly pointless conflict, one that reached into the upper circles of the secret societies? A 1952 Foreign Affairs article explained, “the meaning of our experience in Korea as I see it, is that we have made historic progress toward the establishment of a viable system of collective security.”

    So Korea was another step forward in realizing the CFR goals of one-world government backed by an implied military command as with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

    CFR member Dean Acheson later admitted, “The only reason I told the President to fight in Korea was to validate NATO.”

    Both NATO and the United Nations resulted from the most momentous event of the twentieth century—World War II—and once again the diligent researcher finds the unmistakable imprint of the secret societies.

     

     The opinion of this author is his/hers alone. It is not necessarily the views of Beyond Deadlines.

     

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    The Rise of Communism*

    March 27th, 2018

    By Arturo Sampana

    German philosopher and economist Karl Marx. Late 1870s. Reproduction image © SPUTNIK/ A. SVERDLOV

    MANY varied secret societies were involved in the movement which eventually led to Communism. One of the earliest may have been the Carbonari, or charcoal burners, of Italy of the Middle Ages.

    According to author Arkon Daraul, the Carbonari claimed to have begun in Scotland where they lived a free and communal life in the wild forests burning wood to make charcoal. They created a government consisting of three vendite, or lodges, for administration, legislation, and judicial matters.

    The lodges were ruled by a High Lodge led by a Grand Master, who headed a form of primitive Masonry.

    “Under the pretense of carrying their charcoal for sale, they introduced themselves into the villages, and bearing the name of real Carbonari they easily met their supporters and communicated their mutual plans,” wrote Daraul.

    “They made themselves known to each other by signs, touches and words.”
    The anti-cleric doctrine of the Carbonari, which became known as “Forest Masonry,” spread widely after initiating the French king, Francis I.

    At one point members also filled Italy, they nearly dominated the country.

    “In the early 1820s, they were more than just a power in the land,” wrote Daraul. “[They] boasted branches and sub-societies as far afield as Poland, France and Germany.”

    He added, “The Bolsheviks and their theoreticians of the Communist persuasion are traced by many as offspring of the Charcoal-burners. …”

    The anti-authoritarian socialism of the Carbonari, Illuminated Freemasonry, and other rationalist and humanist groups that grew during the Age of Enlightenment coalesced during the early nineteenth century, greatly aggravating the Roman Catholic church.

    “In our day, if Masonry does not found Jacobite or other clubs, it originates and cherishes movements fully as satanic and as dangerous. Communism, just like Carbonism, is but a form of the illuminated Masonry of [Illuminati founder] Weishaupt,” warned Monsignor George Dillonin 1885.

    One such movement was the International Working Men’s Association—better known as the First International—the direct forerunner to Communism, convened in London in 1864 and soon under the leadership of Karl Marx.

    Marx was born in Trier, Germany, to Heinrich and Henrietta Marx, both descended from a long line of Jewish rabbis and hence undoubtedly familiar with the mystical traditions of the Torah and Cabala. To deter antisemitism, both Karl and his father were baptized in the Evangelical Established church. And both were greatly influenced by the humanism of the Age of Enlightenment.

    Following his graduation from the University of Bonn, Marx enrolled in the University of Berlin in 1836 where he joined a secret society called the Doctor Club filled with devotees of Hegel and his philosophy. Although he had earlier expressed devout Christian ideals, Marx joined these Hegelians in moving from a belief that the Christian Gospels were “human fantasies arising from emotional needs” to outright atheism.

    Some modern conspiracy writers even claim that Marx eventually became a Satanist. They point to his eventual criticism of Hegel as not material enough in his thinking, the antisocial societies in which he moved, and a work written by Marx as a student which stated, “If there is a Something which devours, I’ll leap within it, though I bring the world to ruins… that would be really living.”
    Again the metaphysical views of both Marx and his detractors cannot be ignored.

    In 1843 Marx married and moved to Paris, a hotbed of socialism and extremist groups known as communists. It was in Paris that Marx befriended Friedrich Engels, scion of a well-to-do English textile mill owner.

    Marx and Engels both became confirmed communists and collaborated in writing a number of revolutionary pamphlets and books, the most famous being three volumes discussing capital, Das Kapital. Ironically, it was Engels—the capitalist’s son—who would financially subsidize Marx—the champion of the working class—most of his life.

    Engels, also a devoted Hegelian, had been converted to socialist humanism by Moses Hess, called the “communist rabbi,” and by Robert Owen, a Utopian socialist and spiritualist openly hostile to traditional religion.

    Marx and Engels eventually moved to Brussels and then on to London, where in 1847 they joined another secret society called the League of the Just, composed primarily of German emigrants, many of whom were thought to be escaped members of the outlawed Illuminati. The group soon changed its name to the Communist League and Marx along with Engels produced its famous proclamation, The Communist Manifesto.

    Marx’s manifesto set forth the ten immediate steps to create an ideal communist state. They bear a striking resemblance to the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion, suggesting some common origin. These steps include:

    *abolition of private property
    *a progressive or graduated income tax
    *confiscation of all property of dissidents and emigrants
    *creation of a monopolistic central bank with state capital to control credit
    *centralization of all communication and transport state control over factories and farm production                                                                                                                                                     *state ownership of all capital and the creation of a deployable labor force
    *combining agriculture with manufacturing industries and the gradual distribution of the population to blur the distinction between towns and rural country
    *free public education to all children

    This list was also remarkably similar to the steps for creating the ideal society proposed by the Bavarian Illuminati, strongly indicating a close connection between the two.

    “In fact, the Internationale can hardly be viewed as anything but Illuminated Masonry in a new disguise,” commented author Still.

    In 1848 Marx failed to incite a socialist revolution in Prussia and, after evading prison, returned to London. Personality clashes, petty bickering, and fractious fights over ideology prevented the Communist League from becoming an effective force. Militant factions chided Marx for being more concerned with speeches than revolutions, and he gradually withdrew into isolation which only ended with his attendance at the 1864 First International.

    Marx’s life of struggle and poverty made a tremendous impact on world history by providing a philosophical platform for the modern secret societies based on the tenets of the older ones. He died of apparent lung abscesses on March 14, 1883, depressed over the suicides of his two daughters and just two months after the death of his wife.

    It is clear that Communism did not spring spontaneously from poor, downtrodden masses of workers, but was the result of long-range schemes and intrigues by secret societies.

    “There is no proletarian, not even Communist, movement that has not operated in the interests of money… and without the idealists among its leaders having the slightest suspicion of the fact,” wrote German philosopher Oswald Spengler, author of The Decline of the West.

    (Culled From “Report from the Iron Mountain”)

     

    * The opinion of this author is his alone. It is not necessarily the views of Beyond Deadlines.

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    Will US President Donald Trump reveal America’s secret policy about the space program?

    February 17th, 2017

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    ON January 21, 2017, Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States.

    Among the most important policy questions he now faces is how to respond to classified briefings about the secret space program and extraterrestrial life. Will President Trump maintain secrecy on the grounds of national security or will he support official disclosure as complimentary to his vision to “Make America Great Again?”

    One of the perennial questions confronting UFO and exopolitics researchers is, “how much are U.S. Presidents briefed about classified programs concerning secret space programs and extraterrestrial life?”

    According to some experts, U.S. Presidents are told relatively little, and run into institutional roadblocks when they explore alternative routes to the truth. It is well known for example that President Bill Clinton asked his close personal friend, Webster Hubbell, to get answers to two questions: If I put you over there in justice I want you to find the answer to two questions for me: One, who killed JFK? And two, are there UFOs?

    There is no reason to doubt the accuracy of Hubbell’s recollections. This suggests that soon after being elected President in November 1992, Clinton had concluded he was being given the institutional run-around in learning the truth.

    In contrast, Canadian researcher, Grant Cameron, states that U.S. Presidents are told quite a lot. If so, this might explain references by President Obama during an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live, apparently in jest, that “aliens would not allow him to disclose the truth.” The former president added “aliens won’t let it happen. You’d reveal all their secrets. They exercise strict control over us.”

    Sometime after his January 20 inauguration, President Trump received a classified briefing on the extraterrestrial topic. Regardless of how extensive the briefing(s) had been, he would have to make a decision about what to do with the information. Will he decide that national security arguments used to maintain the decades-long secrecy policy are compelling and worth preserving, or will he adopt a new approach based on his desire to restore high paying manufacturing jobs to the American people?

    Source: Exopolitics Files

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    Spratly islands, just like Sabah, belong to the Sultanate of Sulu

    December 21st, 2016
    Sultan Kiram I (right) with his late father (on left) Photo © Art Sampana

    Sultan Kiram I (right with eye glasses) with his late father (on left) Photo © Art Sampana

    MALOLOS City (Bulacan) — Sultan Abdullah Caparas Kiram I of the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo has laid claim over the disputed Spratly islands saying the contested group of islands between the Philippines and China actually belongs to the sultanate since the year 1360.

    In an interview with Beyond Deadlines, the Sultan Kiram I argued that both the Philippines and China could not lay claim over the Spratly Islands because that belongs to the Sultanate of Sulu.  He said China is partially correct when it claimed that the Philippines cold not claim the Spratly’s because it (China) started occupying the islands in the 1700’s when there is no Philippine entity yet.

    “How on earth the Philipines will claim Spratly Islands as its own when China is occupying the islands since 1700 – the year when the Philipines and even the United Nations never existed?” Kiram I asked.

    However, he added that China on the other hand could not also lay claim over the islands since the Sultanate already laid claim over it some 400 years earlier. He, however, conceded that China has been given permission to use the islands for only in three instances —  1) as a shelter during bad weather; 2) as fishing ground for provisions, and 3) as a rest area during long journeys.

    Kiram I added that there are documents to prove his claims.

    At the same time, the sultan reiterated that Sabah also belongs to the Sultanate.

    “North Borneo/Sabah was a gift from the Sultan of Brunei in 1760 when the army of Sulu Sultanate assisted the Brunei Sultan in quelling the civil war there,” Kiram I said.

    He also mentioned the 1939 Mackaskie Ruling as further historical and legal basis for the Kiram’s claim of ownership over Sabah.

    Sultan Kiram I’s, whose mother is a Maloleña and father, the late Sultan Esmail D. Kiram, a Tausug; said he  has some idea how to resolve the issue surrounding Sabah and the Spratly’s without involving any bloodshed. He, however, refused to elaborate stressing that he will only discuss the matter with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

    Sultan Kiram I was recently proclaimed as the 1st Sultan of Royal Supreme Sultanate of Sulu Archipelago and North Borneo Islands.

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    Clinton and Trump are distant cousins

    November 5th, 2016
    Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton Photo © http://politics.blog.ajc.com

    Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton Photo © http://politics.blog.ajc.com

    THE United States 2016 presidential election is set on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump are vying for the most powerful and influential post in the world, the U.S. Presidency.

    The rivalry between the protagonists is fierce that one is made to believe that there is no commonality between the two, much more a blood relationship. But according to the http://theantimedia.org and writer John Vibes, Clinton and Trump are distant cousins.

    Anti Media Author A.J. Jacobs and a team of researchers with genealogy web sites myheritage.com and geni.com have recently developed a family tree showing that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are distant cousins. They share royal blood that runs deep in their family lines. 

    Jacobs, in a recent interview, said “their (Clinton and Trump) 19th great grandfather is King Edward III so there is precedent for ruling a country, it’s in their genes.”

    The family tree, which can be seen and verified below (courtesy of myheritage.com/geni.com), is comprised of a long line of aristocracy on both ends.

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    When you take a close look at how global events have progressed over the ages, you will find that many of the families who dominate politics and economics today have bloodlines that trace back to the feudal lords of the Middle Ages. In Middle Eastern and third world countries, this is painfully obvious because there are still royal dynasties that openly claim it is their birthright to rule over their country. While in the West the aristocrats are a bit less open, the same principle still applies.

    For example, according to British genealogy researchers Burkes Peerage, most of the presidents in American history have been connected to a select few royal bloodlines.

    In the election of 2004, George Bush and John Kerry were the options for U.S. president, but both candidates were distant cousins to the Queen of England. They even belonged to the same secret society at Yale University, the morbidly named Skull and Bones fraternity.

    A young girl recently made the royal connections famous when her science fair project concluded that with the exception of Martin Van Buren, all U.S. Commanders in Chief — including current President Barack Obama — were descendants of a medieval English king.

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    The Director Of WikiLeaks & Julian Assange’s Mentor Gavin MacFadyen Dies

    October 26th, 2016
    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his mentor Gavin MacFayden

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his mentor Gavin MacFayden

    GAVIN MacFadyen, the director of WikiLeaks and founder of the Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ), has passed away at the age of 76.

    Susan Benn released this statement on behalf of family, friends, and The Board and staff of the CIJ:

    “Over his lifetime Gavin was a fierce defender of justice and human rights around the world. He was a warm, caring, larger-than-life person who, as many will attest, engendered love and respect from all who met him. His life and how he lived it were completely in sync with the principles that he held dear and practiced as a journalist and educator – to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.

    Gavin founded the Centre for Investigative Journalism in 2003 to address the worsening media climate for in-depth, sceptical and adversarial reporting. Over the next 13 years he helped train thousands of reporters from over 35 countries, many of which are places where journalism is under attack and those who speak out are at enormous risk. His students have gone on to great things in their careers and can point to Gavin as a mentor and inspiration. He has touched countless lives; his steadfast support for whistleblowers and journalists working in difficult environments has saved and given succor to some of the globe’s most threatened individuals and groups. He was the model of what a journalist should be.

    Gavin was one of life’s bravest, most passionate and courageous souls. Prior to CIJ, as an investigative journalist, Gavin produced and directed more than 50 investigative documentaries, many for Granada Television’s World In Action. They covered countries as diverse as Britain, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Guyana, South Africa, Mexico, Hong Kong, Thailand, the US, Sweden, India and Turkey. He was banned from Apartheid South Africa, the Soviet Union, and attacked by British Neo-Nazis because of his films. The volume and quality of his body of work is unparalleled.

    His loyalty to those under attack from powerful forces, particularly whistleblowers and journalistic groups like WikiLeaks, will remain a beacon for years to come.

    His commitment to exposing the true nature of power was his life force. He spearheaded the creation of a journalistic landscape which has irrevocably lifted the bar for ethical and hard-hitting reporting. Gavin worked tirelessly to hold power to account. He once said “Good journalism is always political journalism.”

    Note from CIJ: “We want to catalogue all the memories and stories that people have about Gavin on our website. Please email GavinTributes@tcij.org with your thoughts, stories, anecdotes, photos, videos, interviews, and anything else about Gavin that you want to share. Help us celebrate this wonderful, unique, and inspirational human being.”

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    UK’s Queen Elizabeth is the largest land owner on Earth

    October 24th, 2016

    QUEEN Elizabeth II, the largest landowner on Earth, has in her possession the most expensive pearl in the world. The pearl was a gift to her mother by Sultan Badarrudin II of the Sultante of Sulu and the Kingdom of North Borneo. Sultan Badarrudin II is a Filipino Tausug.

    UK's Queen Elizabeth II Photo © Biography.com

    UK’s Queen Elizabeth II Photo © Biography.com

    QUEEN Elizabeth II, head of state of the United Kingdom and of 31 other states and territories, is the legal owner of about 6,600 million acres of land, one sixth of the earth’s non ocean surface.

    The Queen is the only person on earth who owns whole countries and who owns countries that are not her own domestic territory. This land ownership is separate from her role as head of state and is different from other monarchies where no such claim is made – Norway, Belgium, Denmark etc.

    The value of her land holding. £17,600,000,000,000 (approx).

    This makes her the richest individual on earth. However, there is no way easily to value her real estate. There is no current market in the land of entire countries. At a rough estimate of $5,000 an acre, and based on the sale of Alaska to the USA by the Tsar, and of Louisiana to the USA by France, the Queen’s land holding is worth a notional $33,000,000,000,000 (Thirty three trillion dollars or about £17,600,000,000,000).

    Her holding is based on the laws of the countries she owns and her land title is valid in all the countries she owns.

    Her main holdings are:

    • Canada, the 2nd largest country on earth, with 2,467 million acres

    • Australia, the 7th largest country on earth with 1,900 million acres

    • the Papua New Guinea with 114 million acres

    • New Zealand with 66 million acres

    • the UK with 60 million acres

    She is the world’s largest landowner by a significant margin.

    • The next largest landowner is the Russian state, with an overall ownership of 4,219 million acres, and a direct ownership comparable with the Queen’s land holding of 2,447 million acres.

    • The 3rd largest landowner is the Chinese state, which claims all of Chinese land, about 2,365 million acres.

    • The 4th largest landowner on earth is the Federal Government of the United States, which owns about one third of the land of the USA, 760 million acres.

    • The fifth largest landowner on earth is the King of Saudi Arabia with 553 million acres

    Largest five personal landowners on Earth:

    • Queen Elizabeth II – 6,600 million acres

    • King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia – 553 million acres

    • King Bhumibol of Thailand – 126 million acres

    • King Mohammed IV of Morocco – 113 million acres

    • Sultan Quaboos of Oman – 76 million acres

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    The Panama Papers Investigation — a special report

    October 14th, 2016
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    THE Panama Papers project, led by ICIJ (International Consortium of Investigative Journalists) and German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung working in collaboration with more than 100 media outlets, has been honored with a “Gold Barlett & Steele Award for Investigative Journalism.”

    The award, announced recently by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, recognized the significant impact of the Panama Papers Investigation, which has resulted in the resignation of top officials, police raids, investigations and more since the first stories were published in April this year.

    More than 370 journalists worked collaboratively on the investigation, which was based on a trove of 11.5 million leaked files that detailed the inner workings of one of the world’s top offshore company incorporators, Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca.

    “The Panama Papers represents historic and unparalleled global cooperation that remarkably was kept a secret until publication,” said the Barlett & Steele judges.

    The Silver Award went to The Wall Street Journal and Bronze to the Los Angeles Times.

    The accolade is one of a number of awards and recognitions for the Panama Papers investigation.

    ICIJ deputy director Marina Walker Guevara accepted a Perfil Freedom of Expression Award in Argentina on Tuesday evening on behalf of the global reporting team and journalists Bastian Obermayer and Frederik Obermaier, who received the leaked documents and shared them with ICIJ.

    The Perfil Award recognizes people and entities that through their roles in society defend freedom of expression, and previous winners include French magazine Charlie Hebdo and Glenn Greenwald, one of the journalists who led the investigation into the NSA files leaked by Edward Snowden.

    * * *

    Yes! Leaking of data from a law firm in Panama would be very interesting. 

    Many rich people and/or politicians hide money in shell companies that such firms mentioned in the report provide. But the “heavily promoted leak” of such data to several North Atlantic Treaty Organization biased news organization and a U.S. government financed “Non Government Organization” is just a lame attempt to smear some people the U.S. empire dislikes.  It also creates a huge blackmail opportunity by NOT publishing certain data in return for this or that desired favor.

    Not too recently, journalist Ken Silverstein reported for Vice, an internet based multi-media organization, about the Panama based Mossak Fonseca, a big shady shell company provider reportedly engaged in money laundering. Curiously, Pierre Omidyar’s Intercept, for which Silverstein was then working, refused to publish the piece.

    In his report, Silverstein cited a  well known fact that Rami Makhlouf, Syrian President Bashar Al Assad’s rich cousin, had some money hidden in Mossak Fonseca shell companies. He explains: “To conduct business, shell companies like Drex need a registered agent, sometimes an attorney; who files the required incorporation papers and whose office usually serves as the shell’s address. This process creates a layer between the shell and its owner, especially if the dummy company is filed in a secrecy haven where ownership information is guarded behind an impenetrable wall of laws and regulations.“

    In Makhlouf’s case, the organization that helped incorporate his shell company and shielded it from international scrutiny was a law firm called Mossack Fonseca, which had served as Drex’s registered agent from July 4, 2000, to late 2011.

    A year ago an unidentified source provided tons of data from Mossak Fonseca to a Munich based slightly rightist and pro-NATO German newspaper, the Sueddeutsche Zeitung. The paper collaborates with the Guardian, the BBC, Le Monde, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, and some other news organization which are all known supporters of the establishment.

    The Sueddeutsche claims that the “leaked” data is about some 214,000 shell companies and 14,000 Mossak Fonseca clients.

    There is surely a lot of hidden dirt in there!” an independent journalist-thinker exclaimed.

    But when asked for more details, the Sueddeutsche and its partners will not answer those questions.

    What is clear, however, is that the data that was compiled includes the lists of important politicians, international criminals, and well-known professional athletes.

    Essentially what the Sueddeutsche did is compile a list of known criminals, people and organizations the U.S. dislikes and cross checked them with the “leaked” database. Selected hits were then found and evaluated.

    The outcome of the “evaluation,” among others, are stories that smear Russian President Vladimir Putin, who, it must be noted,  is not even mentioned in the Mossak Fonseca data; and the unsubstantiated accusations against some key people in FIFA, an international soccer organization; all of whom are much disliked by the U.S.

    Despite the voluminous data, which surely includes American personalities, there is no story about any U.S. persona or NATO politician except that of Iceland Prime Minister David Gunnlaugsson who, together with his wife, owned one of the shell companies. However, there is nothing in that story that shows evidence that the ownership or the money held by PM Gunnlaugsson’s shell company were illegal.

    So where is the beef?

    As former UK ambassador Craig Murray writes, the beef (if there is any at all) lies in what was hidden by the organizations that managed the “leak.” The filtering of this information conforms to agenda of western government governments. 

    For instance, there is no mention at all of the use of Mossack Fonseca by western corporations and billionaires. The London based Guardian newspaper is quick to reassure that”much of the leaked material will remain private.”

    What do you expect?

    The leak is being managed by the “International Consortium of Investigative Journalists” (ICIJ), which is funded and organized entirely by the USA’s Center for Public Integrity (CPI). The CPI funders, on the other hand, include the Ford Foundation, Carnegie Endowment Rockefeller Family Fund. W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Open Society Foundation (Soros).

    The ICIJ, it must be mentioned, is part of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project which is financed by the U.S. government through USAID. 

    Clearly, the leaked data is selected by U.S. friendly organization out of a database, likely obtained by U.S. secret services, which can be assumed to include much dirt about “western” persons and organizations.

    To only publish selected data from a voluminous leak  has two purposes: 1) to smear various “enemies of the empire” even if only by association like the presidents Putin and Assad; and 2) to let other important people, those mentioned in the database but not yet published about, know that the U.S. or its “media partner” can, at any time, expose their dirty laundry to the public. They will have to do as demanded or else…

    The Panama Papers is a perfect blackmailing instrument.

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    Plaridel honored by Filipino journalists

    August 30th, 2016
    Members of the Bulacan Press Corps and Friends Photo © Arturo Sampana

    Members of the Bulacan Press Corps and Friends Photo © Arturo Sampana

    BULAKENOS led by members of the Bulacan Press Club on Tuesday trooped to the shrine of Marcelo H. Del Pilar in Bulakan, Bulacan in honor of the Filipino journalists “patron saint’s ” 166th birthday.

    Led by the press corp president, Carmela Reyes-Estrope, Bulakan Tourism officer Joey Meneses Digong and Crisanto “King” Cortez, author of a book entitled PLARIDEL, DUNGAN NG KATIPUNAN, Bulakenos participated in a parade and wreath-laying ceremony at Plaridel’s National Dambana (Shrine).

    Marcelo H. Del Pilar Photo © https://en.wikipedia.org

    Marcelo H. Del Pilar Photo © https://en.wikipedia.org

    According to an on-line resource page WikiPedia, “Marcelo Hilario del Pilar y Gatmaitán (born Marcelo Hilario y Gatmaytán;[1] August 30, 1850 – July 4, 1896), better known by his pen name Plaridel, was a Filipino writer, lawyer, journalist, and freemason.

    Del Pilar, along with José Rizal and Graciano López Jaena, became known as the leaders of the Reform Movement in Spain.

    Del Pilar was born and brought up in Bulacán, Bulacan. At an early age, he became a critic of the monastic rule in the country (the Spanish friars). He was suspended at the Universidad de Santo Tomás and jailed in 1869 after he and the parish priest quarreled over exorbitant baptismal fees.

    In the 1880s, he expanded his anti-friar movement from Malolos to Manila. He went to Spain in 1888 after an order of banishment was issued against him. 12 months after his arrival in Barcelona, he succeeded López Jaena as editor of the La Solidaridad (Solidarity).

    Losing hope in reforms, he planned to lead a revolution against Spain. He was on his way home in 1896 when he contracted tuberculosis in Barcelona. He later died in a public hospital and was buried in a pauper’s grave.

     

     

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    United Nations, A Brief History

    July 29th, 2016
    United Nationas Headquarters in New York City © http://www.illustrationsource.com

    United Nationas Headquarters in New York City © http://www.illustrationsource.com

    The “idea” of creating the United Nations was born a few years before the First World War.

    Initially, the idea was called “League of Nations” and was first mentioned in a work of fiction, a book entitled: “Phillip Dru: Administrator: A Story of Tomorrow, 1920-1935.” The author of the fictional book is Woodrow Wilson’s right hand man, Colonel Edward Mandell House who later admitted the book is based on fact but presented as fiction.

    George Sylvester Viereck, Pres. Wilson’s biographer, said “the Wilson Administration transferred the Colonel’s ideas from the pages of fiction to the pages of history” He said Mandell’s novel, which was published anonymously two years before the First World War, he proposed the creation of “a League of Nations.”

    After the Great War and despite enormous influence and money backing, the idea for a League of Nations came to naught because the United States did not support it. Nevertheless, at this time the plans for a United Nations is already on the drawing board. All that was needed to coerce the “sheep” into the fold was another BIG war. This was not a problem since the seeds for  a new war were already planted at Versailles, where Germany surrendered and accepted responsibility for the First World War.

    Following Germany’s surrender, two committees were established to administer details of post-war policies.

    Woodrow Wilson appointed Bernard Baruch to represent the US on the economic committee while Thomas W. Lamont of J.P. Morgan spoke for US (US banks, that is) interests on the financial Baruch’s group.

    The committees decided that Germany should pay $12 billion in reparations and, together with other limitations on the German economy, the new German republic (The Weimar Republic) was surely doomed to fail.

    With the downfall of the Weimar Republic, the social conditions would pave the way for the rise to power of Adolf Hitler.

    Once the bankers were assured that Hitler was their man, rivers of money flowed out of the Federal Reserve to build Germany’s infrastructure and Adolf’s war machine. This all occurred during “the Great Depression” while the people of the United States were losing their farms, homes and jobs because there “wasn’t enough money.”

    Similar actions were occurring in the Pacific to bring Japan towards war and eventually the Second World War became history with millions of people losing their lives as a consequence. In the midst of the carnage, the banks made huge profits along with the industrialists. For a limited few, WWII is successful business venture.

    These same profiteers now resurrected the League of Nations but in a new banner, The United Nations.

    For those who think the UN is a well-intentioned organization created to serve man, think again.

    The UN is created to enslave man to serve its masters — the bankers and industrialists, the same good folks who brought Americans and the world the great depression, a couple of world wars, several “no win” police actions, drugs and a fairy tale educational system. What more could a nation of non-thinking sheep ask for?

    Much of the material quoted on this page is taken directly from UN sources or other web sites.

    Conclusions drawn from these materials are of the author’s. Others may draw differing conclusions based on the same material. Here, people are urged to look at the information available and form  their own conclusions.


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    Plaridel, a journalist-lawyer, is our true National Hero

    July 1st, 2016
    Marcelo Hilario Del Pilar Photo © http://www.cervantesvirtual.com

    Marcelo Hilario Del Pilar Photo © http://www.cervantesvirtual.com

    “Plaridel: Ang kaluluwa ng paghihiwalay ng Pilipinas sa bansang Espanya ay mas matalino at superior kay Rizal” –Governor General Ramon Blanco

    MARCELO HILARIO DEL PILAR, known also by his nom de guerre “Plaridel”, was the greatest journalist who ever took flesh this side of the Orient.

    Filipinos commemorate Plaridel’s 120th death anniversary on July 4, He died in 1896 (the same year his fellow writer-propagandists, Graciano Lopez-Jaena and Jose Rizal — who were also connected with La Solidaridad — died!).

    Plaridel is considered as the Philippine “revolutionary propagandist and satirist” but only few know that he could have been the Philippine’s greatest national hero.

    Had not US colonial Gov. William Howard Taft, then the most influential and the most powerful American in the country intervened and turned down the decision of a local commission tasked to choose who among the Filipino heroes should become the national hero, Plaridel could have been our “National Hero.”.

    Taft, to the surprise of the commission members, would pick Jose Rizal to become our National Hero!

    The commission had as its members the prominent Filipinos then – Dr. Trinidad H Pardo de Tavera, Benito Legarda and Jose Luzurriaga – and they, along with other Americans, were handpicked by Taft himself.

    This bitter part of Plaridel’s legacy was featured in Kahapon, Ngayon at Bukas, a periodical written in Tagalog with limited circulation. It was virtually ignored by many, including Filipino writers and intellectuals.

    Only a few took notice of the said article on Del Pilar’s misfortune even in his death, so to say. Two of them were the late multi-awarded writer-poet Federico Licsi Espino Jr., who wrote a book on Del Pilar; and also the late writer-businessman Efren N. Gaddi, who published Marikit and People’s Variety magazines.

    In an issue of Marikit, a journalist, Juan Santos, wrote about Plaridel’s chance to become the foremost national hero after he was chosen to be as such by a prestigious group of Filipinos and Americans, who thoroughly scrutinized the lives of many of the country’s  illustrious men and women worthy of being called heroes/heroines by their kababayans.

    The defunct Republika News-Mag, published by Columnist and book writer Carmen Navarro Pedrosa and edited by Bayani N. Santos Jr., also published a similar item about Plaridel. Many others articles had been written about the greatness of Del Pilar. But still a lot are surprised to know that a significant part of the story of this hero’s life was intentionally omitted by some historians and writers to accommodate a colonialist’s whim. And this is that hidden history…

    After the Filipino-Spanish war, the Americans, who came to the Philippines in 1898, had thought it wise to colonize this country of Indios. Still “tired” of their triumphant revolt against the Spanish forces in the country, the Filipinos could not help but go to war once more, this time against new colonizers.

    Beset by betrayals and the demonic “magic” of American culture, the Filipinos found themselves subdued by these “white enemies” and “corrupted and turned traitors favoring these western Imperialists.”

    On September 01, 1901, [William Howard] Taft formed this Commission to make a thorough study of the lives of Filipino leaders and heroes who became candidates to the selection of the Philippine national hero.

    Based on the studies made by the Commission, its members unanimously picked Del Pilar as being the most qualified to become the national hero, because of his superior mind (even “more superior than Jose Rizal’s” according to one-time Governor General of the Philippines, Ramon Blanco) and of his supreme sacrifices, even foregoing some creature’s comforts in favor of difficulties and pressures to fight for his country’s freedom.

    But Taft reversed the Commission’s decision and himself picked Rizal as the Filipinos’ national hero, because, as far as he is concerned, Plaridel was “very revolutionary.”

    Surprised, the Commission was helpless against Taft’s insistence that Rizal, not Del Pilar – who deserved the veneration of both Americans and Filipinos as the country’s national hero.

    Recently, a discussion of the launching of a new and controversial book about Plaridel – written by a young Filipino historian, Crisanto “King” Cortez — was held at the Bulacan State University (BSU) in Malolos City.

    The title of the book written in Tagalog is: “DUNGAN NG KATIPUNAN: ANG TULAY SA GITNA NG REPORMA AT REBOLUSYON”. [In English — “Plaridel: Mastermind of the Katipunan”.]

    In the said BSU discussion, which, among others, was participated by historians Isagani Giron and Alex Balagtas and writers Jun “Amang” Reyes and Joey Munsayac; Cortez documented his thesis showing that it was Plaridel, not Andres Bonifacio, “who is the Real Mastermind“ of the Katipunan.

    The participants in the conference (that also included the author) were convinced by Cortez, in the light of his authentic documents, that Plaridel, indeed, was the “Mastermind” of the Katipunan!

    Joseph Burkholder Smith, an American CIA agent who was mentioned in the book “Alpha Dogs” that says he was assigned in the Philippines to handle the presidential candidacy in 1961 of Diosdado Macapagal, also wrote the book, Portrait of a Cold Warrior,in which (on page 283) he exposed Taft’s “dirty tactics” and why he did not respect the Commission’s decision to make Plaridel the “National Hero” of the Philippines.

    Furthermore, information gathered by this writer shows that Taft did not act on his own in overruling the Commission decision. Higher American authorities opposed the commission’s choice of Plaridel after learnig that he was a 33rd degree mason and was the real man behind the founding of the Katipunan, “secret revolutionary society” which moved the spirit of the heroic generation of the 1896 Philippine revolution.

    Our American masters then – who in modern times still meddle with Filipino the affairs by way of VFA/Balikatan, EDCA and TPP, among others — does not want us to venerate a national hero who was actually an “extremely revolutionary leader.”

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