Sunday, May 31, 2015

Greek Tragedy, Bankster's Paradise: A Detailed Analysis of the Greek Economic Crisis (Part 4)

Greek Tragedy, Bankster's Paradise: A Detailed Analysis of the Greek Economic Crisis (Part 4)

by Sean Jobst

May 31, 2015

On the American side, there have certainly been fears about the Euro from the currency's inception. "On the other side of the Atlantic the Euro is increasingly perceived as a serious competition to the Dollar." (Die Welt, 13 July 2001, p. 8) "The systematic undermining of the European Union by America is unacceptable....This attack on Europe's foundations by the American politics of menace towards everyone, has already been imposed in a dangerous way." (Süddeutsche Zeitung, 4 October, 2002, p. 12)



This is not to say the Eurozone's woes are solely the result of foreign powers, as there were serious internal flaws which were continuously ignored and hidden until the Greek crisis forced them to the surface: "The Greek tragedy reveals a serious lack in the fundamental structure of the EU. Whitewashing these defects by continually creating new institutions jeopardizes the European peace process." (Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 25 June 2011, p. 1) "The Euro, which supposedly was going to unify Europe for ever has become the greatest threat of the continent's future." (Der Spiegel, no. 25, 2001, p. 41)

The calls by many international bankers for a new, vague "international financial authority" would merely be giving a new face to the same banking order of the banker dynasties. These calls betray the intersection of globalist think-tanks with private banking institutions. One advocate of reducing the Euro into "pulp" (einstampfen) is Hans Olaf Henkel, member of the elitist Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and former lobbyist for Bank of America (despite its name, a private institution).



Who are the banking elites?

We should call it as we see it, and go wherever the facts lead us. And the facts in this case, are that the bankers who have been the cause of the Greek plight - not to mention all the other manipulations of the global economy - are disproportionately Jewish. Even some of the names of the companies involved in these schemes - Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers, etc. - betray their unmistakably Jewish origin.

I am a Gentile, so my detractors may hurl the accusation of "anti-Semite" at me for merely stating the FACT that there's an abundance of Jewish names and personalities within the global banking elite. So to forestall such accusations, I cite a very informative article written by a Jewish-American writer named Larry Derfner, in which he observed the rising tide of populist governments in South America and what it means for Jews:



"World Jewry has changed, in Israel and everywhere else. Today its voice is the voice of wealth and power. The strongest Jewish reaction to what's happening in South America - to the extent that influential Jews know what's happening there - is alarm. Fear. Fear that this poor people's movement could spread to other parts of the world, and endanger the wealth and power of all the Jews whose attitude toward the poor is more or less the same as the Bush administration's....

"This week, with the city's subway workers going on strike, the dominant voice of New York Jewry seems to be that of Republican billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg. 'This selfish strike is illegal,' he warned. 'We live in a country of laws where there can be severe consequences for those who break them. Union members are no different.' And in South America, the only Jews who might gain the sympathy of world Jewry are the prosperous, those who would stand to lose some of their wealth, even if only by higher taxes, in the new economic order....

"Today Diaspora Jews and Israelis are of like minds, all going for the gelt, all looking out for No. 1, all agreed that the poor will always be with us, so let's maybe throw them a bone (and put up a plaque). Most important, we are all agreed that the world is divided into the haves and have-nots, and we - Jews of the Diaspora and Israel together - have become the natural allies of the haves, and the natural enemies of the mobilized have-nots.

"And it's not just the Palestinian issue or radical Islam that divides world Jewry from the Third World. It's also the assimilation of American Jewry into the conservative economic and political establishment of their country, and Israeli Jewry's identification and connection with it. You can add the Russian Jewish oligarchs to the mix. You can also throw in the leadership of Jewish organizations across the Diaspora, which are basically plutocracies - societies ruled by the rich. Together, we are the voice of world Jewry. And as the saying goes, where you stand depends on where you sit. We're grown alienated from desperate poor people and striking workers everywhere - in South America, in New York City, and, of course, in Israel." (Larry Derfner, "Rattling the Cage: Decline of Jewish social conscience," The Jerusalem Post, December 22, 2005)




Tel Aviv, Global Money-Laundering Center

As we have already seen, Germany was not primarily to blame for the Greek crisis, as even their economic system was dominated by non-German elements. One of the main financial groups there is Hypo Real Estate (HRE), headed by Bernd Knobloch, son of Charlotte Knobloch, chairwoman of the Central Council of Jews in Germany (Zentralrat der Juden in Deutschland) - notice the title "Jews in Germany" and not "German Jews", admitting they constitute a foreign element - who then served as Vice President of the European Jewish Congress and the World Jewish Congress.

While the German Federal Government was backing HRE to the tune of 120 billion Euros, Knobloch was transferring the main business office of HRE to Tel Aviv! He was able to do so with the banking welfare tribute given to him by the German government, while pocketing money and running off to Israel. On June 25, 2011, German journalist Lars Schall interviewed American financial observer Max Keiser on Global Plutonomy. As Keiser observed: "Tel Aviv has become the biggest money laundering center in the world now, after Switzerland got shut down by the FEDS. So, that all has moved to Tel Aviv. You see, the Shekel is doing quite well as a result of it."



Zionist links

Aside from its mostly Jewish leadership, Goldman Sachs developed close links with Israel - joining the Israeli venture capital fund Jerusalem Venture Capital in injecting $40 million into the Israeli Cyber Ark Software. With all of these links, it should be little wonder that "In Greece there are an increasingly large number, on both sides of the political divide, who lay the blame for the economic crisis at the feet of 'Israel' and the 'Jewish lobby,' or even 'World Jewry.' 'Hitler had stopped them. I admire his strength,' said a man of about 60 years of age, who would not give his name. Some still find Hitler good, while for 80 percent of Greeks, Mrs. Merkel has meanwhile become appalling, according to the polls." (Die Welt, 21 June 2011, p. 4)

One of the other figures involved in the Greek bailout that was dictated by the German government and forced upon German taxpayers, was then head of Deutsche Bank Joseph Ackermann, a member of the Steering Committee of Bilderberg and exercised control over the EU through the International Institute of Finance (IIF) lobbying group.

A press review of the German Embassy in Tel Aviv said about Ackermann on October 28, 2008: "This is how e.g., Deutsche Bank Chief Joseph Ackermann, one of the most outstanding Jews in the German financial sector, including the entire management of the bank announced they will relinquish their bonus for the year 2000."



Greece and the NWO?

In 2010, Greek Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou predicted a cashless economy, where Greece served as the staging ground: "Greece is an experimental laboratory. As the Americans say, the present crisis is too good to be allowed to go to waste, and the statutes of the European Central Bank are not adequate for the task before it." (Die Welt, 22 February 2010, p. 6)

The banking elites have made the nature of money artificial. Contrary to Aristotle and countless other philosophers and indeed faith traditions, they have perpetuated this fraud called usury upon humanity; it certainly has crippled Greece. At first, currency has been paper not backed by any real commodities but solely based on the manipulation by those who control the money supply. We have now reached the next stage of their plan, which is a new cashless electronic currency.

With the abolition of currency, the bankers not only seek to forestall the inflationary collapse, but also as Orwellian Big Brother achieve total control over the population. They will collect the EU's obligations to the banksters through emergency taxes. The speculative operations have been merely numerical deceptions created out of thin air to crush the whole world through the financial elite's gigantic political interest machine. Many thinkers from various nations have had the foresight to see what is actually going on, and some Greek sages have also warned their nation (and, by default, humanity) of the looming plans.



Warnings of Elder Paisios

Elder Paisios was one of the leading Greek Orthodox monks on Mount Athos. In 1992, he gave a series of lengthy warnings to visitors, about what he saw as the coming rise of the Antichrist system and its role within the EU. He referred to the Mark of the Beast as the supercomputer, a new global electronic currency, and the disproportionate role of Jewish bankers behind this system:

"The mark will be an image which will first be placed on all products, and then people will be compelled to wear it on their hand or forehead. Little by little, after the introduction of ID cards with the three sixes, after the creation of a personal dossier, they'll use cunning to introduce the mark. In Brussels a whole palace with three sixes has been built to house a central computer. This computer can keep track of billions of people. The Jews today are planning to control the world economy. They will have the ability to do this with the Brussels super-computer. They will be able to monitor each one of us, monitoring all our information and all our finances. The world economy will eventually be in the Jews' hands."

Elder Paisios

After his death in 1994, Elder Paisios' warning that Greece would experience "great disruption and confusion," followed by hunger and political turmoil, took on new significance during the economic crisis. This translated into more pilgrimages to his grave, books about his life and predictions, his image adorning devotional banners and cards, and newspapers carrying his words.

"Figures like Paisios represent the shaman, the magician of the tribe. They are the incarnation of a transcendental, invisible power," observes Alexandra Koronaiou, sociologist at Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences in Athens. (Gordon Fairclough, "Greeks Seek Strength in the Powers of a Revered Monk to Predict Events," The Wall Street Journal, December 3, 2012)



Greek resilience uncovers new politics of collective and individual responsibility

Steeped in a rich tradition of anarchism, Greek culture is well-suited for the interesting combination of a non-statist individual responsibility with a collective mutualism. Austerity meant the services were no longer being provided to people, so the gap was filled by individuals stepping up to provide these services on their own in a concerted effort for their fellow Greeks.

"The only real way out of this crisis is people doing it for themselves," says Theano Fotiou, member of Syriza's central committee. "If people don't participate, we will be lost as a country. This is practice, not theory, a new social ideology, a new paradigm - the opposite of the old passive, dependent, consumerist, individualist model. And the solidarity projects we have now are its incubators."



Among the measures has been medical doctors providing healthcare pro bono, food solidarity centers, social kitchens, cooperatives, "without middlemen" distribution networks for fresh produce, and legal aid hubs. Lawyers have also been giving their legal services to families being foreclosed. So if there is any good that has come from what has befallen Greece, it is this - a redefinition of what politics actually is, beyond the rhetoric that doesn't match the reality.

Adversity has a way of making people turn inwardly, finding out things about themselves that they don't know. This is more than true of Hellenic resilience. "This whole thing," notes lawyer and Syriza member Katerina Knitou, "has made a lot of people very aware, not just of what they face, but also of what they can - and must - do....It's up to us, all of us, to change things. And honestly? This feels like a good start."

Greek Tragedy, Bankster's Paradise: A Detailed Analysis of the Greek Economic Crisis (Part 3)

Greek Tragedy, Bankster's Paradise: A Detailed Analysis of the Greek Economic Crisis (Part 3)

by Sean Jobst

May 31, 2015

In the previous two articles, I examined the historical development of the banking crisis in Greece, as well as the economic factors behind it. We cannot look at the economic situation without looking at the current political structure of both Greece and the Eurozone. The anger of the Greek people against the bankers coalesced into their election of the Syriza government on January 26, 2015.


Greece is an example of a nation where the pressures of globalism rendered obsolete the old conventional labels of "left" and "right." Syriza could not obtain an absolute majority, so it formed a coalition government with ANEL. On the surface, the two parties appear rigidly entrenched in the old political spectrum: the "far-left" Syriza is secularist; the "far-right" ANEL is nationalistic, anti-immigration and pro-Church. However, they are united around the mandate upon which this government was elected by the Greek people. The real division is Populism vs. Globalism.

Both parties are Eurosceptic and both were founded after splits from the two traditional parties, in protest over their accepting the banking policies. Syriza was founded in 2004 as an umbrella coalition of various "far-left" groups opposed to the establishment PASOK's banking policies. The current Greek Minister of Defense, Panos Kammenos, founded ANEL in 2012 after he was ousted from the ruling New Democracy Party for refusing to vote for the memorandum signed with Greece's foreign lenders. They have openly declared most of the IMF "bailout" went to profits for Greece's creditors and did not benefit Greece at all.



Syriza, a true alternative or lesser evil?

Syriza generally advocates a Marxist-leaning ideology, envisioning an interventionist role of the State in the economy. Leaning toward a left-libertarian position, I am firmly skeptical of government's role in the economy - central State planning leads to crises and this is certainly true in the case of Greece, where the private agreement between the government with bankers was imposed on the entire nation and the economy carved up for the benefit of banking interests. The case of Greece actually underscores the true nature of the neo-liberal capitalist economic system.

The capitalist State is a service industry of the banks, with the politicians serving as the legislative face of the financial powers who underwrite the loans, whose costs are then passed on to the people who had absolutely nothing to do with the secret backdoor arrangements in the first place. This fiction that capitalism is anything but State interventionism in the economy, must be broken in people's minds if we are to attain a clear picture free from the very same ideology that destroys "free market" in the false name of "the market"!



The proposals of Syriza are certainly statist, but being at the national level and not the Global Statist level of the banksters, to me its clearly a lesser evil that is a direct response of a more sinister form of statism. "I guess for the right-wing 'free market' establishment, statism is more statist when it helps poor people instead of the rich," as Kevin Carson, from the left-libertarian Center for a Stateless Society, writes. "When one alternative is clearly a lesser evil, it's better to take it. In the end, it probably doesn't do much good or harm either way to vote."

There is no more blatant statism than the service industry run for the banksters. While profiting immensely from the deal, the bankers' statist stewards saddled Greek taxpayers with interest-bearing debt, giving it the fiction of being "public" so that the Greek people were given the responsibility of "paying off" a debt which is actually designed to exist in perpetuity. The purpose of the "bailout" was never to benefit the nation in any way, but merely to prop up the value of the bad assets. The austerity cuts and "privatization" are designed to prevent deflation from marking down these bad assets to real market value, so the owners of the assets may then loan some of it back to the public at an interest which they can never fully pay off.



Knowing banking realities means transcending politics

We have reached a stage where the activities of the global economic system are "hidden" in plain sight - shrouded in secrecy and carried out in cloak and dagger fashion between the bankers and their political servants no doubt, but still blatant enough for anyone to discern the reality. Although some hold onto the fiction of national sovereignty, the fact is that governments worldwide have become nothing but tools of the global central banking system. Their activities are at the behest of global financial institutions accountable only to themselves, and seemingly above the law!

Transcending the political limitations which continue to trap the masses into these plots, means to clearly state the fundamental flaw of both the so-called left or right parties when it comes to the central banking system. One of those who understands is a French thinker whose activities have spanned both, Alain Soral, who has spoken on the topic of virtual money and the takeover of the government by the banksters:

"No political party, extreme left or extreme right, dares to bring up this fundamental issue which is the sovereign power of the state which is to issue currency, and to borrow from itself at zero interest and make productive investments, which is the condition of the welfare state, and of an equitable social policy. Nobody questions this thing, which would be the very foundation of a turn to the real political left."



Soral then provided an analysis of France that can also be applied to Greece and other countries, certainly in the geopolitical core if not in the peripheral: "Why the end of the welfare state in France? Why the disparities and the hyper-debt in France? Only because France, as other European countries, used to borrow, for its own investments, from itself at zero interest, and it was compensated by creation of added value and economic dynamism.

"Today it is obligated by traitorous laws, that is the treason of our elite, to borrow on private markets from private banks which collect interest. And this difference which in itself is fundamental, makes it so we shift from a policy of sharing, a social policy, to a policy of impoverishment and inequality. And you'll never see the extreme left bring this up."

Soral concluded forcefully and succinctly: "It's the key to understanding exploitation and the creation of misery, and of course this gigantic worldwide scam, where people create virtual money, that we have to borrow from them. What's real is the interest you will pay back with the sweat of your brow, and just like exploitation in the ancien regime, where people said 'God gave me this land; you may work it for me if you give me this much, so I can keep doing nothing.'

"So we went from fiduciary exploitation, land-based, theologically justified, to something that's called from the power of nobility to the power of banking. It's exactly the same violence, the same scam. It's the supreme political issue, and indeed it is never brought up by anyone - not the center, not the extreme left....This seizing of power by the banks in the western world, by people who create something that didn't exist, paper money, but who have the right, a political privilege granted by themselves, to extort money from the entire world through interest."



Is Germany Really To Blame?

There is a tendency among many Greeks to blame Germany for the economic crisis which has befallen the Greek nation within the Eurozone. Such would be a crucial error which actually ignores the root of the problem and the real identity of the guilty parties who continue to profit from a crisis which was their making. The banksters have been working overtime behind the scenes, wrecking both the German and Greek economies, while encouraging the Greeks to blame the German "Nazis" for the political crisis.

Of course, the German leadership have been willing participants looting schemes. You do not understand anything about the role of Germany, if you do not know that the current Federal Government is an occupied government, installed by the Allied victors after World War II and enslaved to pressures from world Jewish groups and organizations, which milk Germany out of countless billions in "reparations" and forces the leaders to continuously apologize for being German.

Totentanz Angela Merkel

Meanwhile, Chancellor Angela Merkel and other Bundesrepublik leaders are too busy with their constant tirades against German history and sickening groveling which forces Germany to remain the milked cash-cow and convenient scapegoats for the plundering policies of their banker masters. Merkel's clueless rhetoric certainly does Germany's reputation no favor. "German politicians last year [2010] advocated that Greece should sell its islands, even the Acropolis. That increased the anger of the Greek people." (The Telegraph, 26 June 2011)

Their plan is working like a charm, due to Merkel's rhetorical self-sacrifice of German reputation: "The Athenian newspaper ELEFTHEROSTYPOS presented a photomontage of the victory goddess on the Brandenburg Gate holding aloft a swastika. The accompanying text reads, 'Financial Nazism is threatening Europe. We have had enough of Germany's slandering Greece.'" (Die Welt, 24 February 2010, p. 5)



But Merkel's policies are carried out for the bankers' benefit, not for the German nation. "Chancellor Merkel comes to the rescue of the banks. 'The Federal Government declares itself ready, if necessary, to enforce such a capitalization for the banks.'" (Die Welt, 5 October 2011) She sold out Deutschland to the big banks: "In case of a complete collapse of the Euro zone, it is Germany who is responsible for the various guarantees and aids." (Der Spiegel, no. 25, 2011, p. 43)

Even with the current efforts to address Greece's crisis, Merkel is faithfully serving the interests of the bankers, preparing a document for a meeting of eurozone finance officials on February 4, 2015, which "noted that the new administration must not roll back any cutbacks or reforms made by previous governments. Greek government sources immediately rejected such a prospect." ("ECB fires warning shot by refusing to accept Greek gov't bonds as collateral," ekathimerini.com, February 4, 2015)



Germany's Role in the Eurozone

Germany clearly does not profit or benefit from the Eurozone, but shoulders the burdens which are already heavy through enforced so-called "reparations" to Israel and world Jewish organizations. Despite the current crisis which has harmed Germany's reputation among many Greeks, Germany actually has many things in common with Greece. Both their governments have produced debts, which profited private banking interests while the burden of paying off the debt was forced upon the people who were never party to the secret arrangement.

The Euro was established by the Maastricht Treaty, signed by Chancellor Helmut Kohl in even more far-reaching terms of humiliation for Deutschland: "The Maastricht-Treaty threatens Germany to be deeper encumbered by reparation payments than the Versailles-Treaty that had been imposed on us after World War I. But Versailles was a dictate whilst Maastricht was voluntarily taken on by the [Kohl] government." (WirtschaftsWoche, no. 42, 9 October 1992, p. 3)



Goldman Sachs also looted the German economy, Lloyd Blankfein persuading the German state banks to back billions in so-called "investments" by third parties such as John Paulson's Paulson & Company Hedge Fund; all the while, Goldman Sachs was wagering on the collapse of these same investments! Similarly, under its Jewish head Richard Fuld, Lehman Brothers defrauded thousands of elderly and retired Germans. Rather than standing up for the people and demanding accountability and justice, the treasonous Federal government and court rejected all the claims of these defrauded Germans for compensation!

As for Germany's role within the Eurozone, it could very well be that the German government is a willing participant in the implosion of the Eurozone. Germany is forced to loan money to insolvent nations, and as Varoufakis has noted the issue of insolvency has been ignored since to address it would mean the bankers could no longer profit through the loans. Both Germany and Greece lose out, shoring up the loan process as part of the Eurozone self-maintenance apparatus. The masses - both Germans and Greeks - are enslaved through these debts which they will never be able to pay off.

Defending German history to the Greeks

To address Germany's worsening reputation among the Greeks, I believe it is necessary to be honest and unapologetic about German history. Jewish bankers have been instigating the Syriza government to demand war-time "reparations" from Germany, part of their own financial war against Germany. If there were patriotic Germans governing the nation, they would point out that yes, Germans occupied Greece during World War II - but Britain was not entirely innocent of its own designs upon Greece and certainly the Soviet Union revealed its own intrigues in Greece as soon as the war ended.



One of those who currently stands up for German historical honor and defends its reputation is the French revisionist historian and political prisoner Robert Faurisson. Citing official documents from the Nuremberg Trials (vol. X, p. 119, vol. XI, pp. 428-432), he quotes what former Reich Foreign Secretary Baron von Steengracht said before the court on March 27, 1946:

"The basic attitude towards France and all occupied territories was that under all circumstances their currency was to be preserved as far as possible, or rather should be preserved by all means. That is why we often sent gold to Greece in order to attempt to maintain the value of the currency there to some extent.

"By sending gold to Greece we lowered the rate of exchange of foreign currencies. Thus the Greek merchants who had hoarded food to a large extent, became frightened and threw the food on the market, and in this way it was made available to the Greek population again." (IMT, Vol. X, p. 119)




Testifying on 15 April 1946, Hermann Neubacher, the leading Reich foreign ministry official for the Balkans (including Greece), said: "Regarding the economic events in Greece, I can give you information based on my own observations only, starting with October 1942. At that time, when I first came to Athens, the Greek currency had already been considerably devaluated, and the circulation of banknotes had increased by something like 3,000 percent.

"Greece also suffered an economic set-back due to the fact that, in addition to a progressing inflation, an attempt had been made to introduce in Greece a planned economy with ceiling prices along German lines. The result was, of course, that the merchants selling Greek goods suffered losses when they were paid later. On the other hand, when I arrived there the importers of German goods made tremendous profits, because they paid Reichsmark at the rate of 60 on the clearing and resold the goods at a rate of about 30,000. This chaos, due to the inflation in connection with the attempt of introducing a planned economy on the German pattern, could be remedied only by transforming the black market in Greece into a completely free market. The two experts of the Axis Powers introduced this measure with considerable success at the end of October 1942. Within a few weeks all shops and markets were full of goods and foodstuffs; the prices of food dropped to one-fifth and prices of manufactured products to one-tenth. This success could be maintained for 4 months in spite of increasing inflation.... (ibid., Vol. XI, p. 430)

"Reich Minister Funk, with whom I discussed the difficulties of my task, and I both fully agreed that a maximum of goods should be transported to Greece, and certainly not only food. I  secured not only 60,000 tons of food at that time but also German export goods, since it was hopeless to try to stop an inflation or the effects of an inflation on the prices, if there were no supplies. Reich Minister Funk supported exports to Greece with the view to a restoration of normal market conditions with every means at his disposal.

"In 1943, when shipping in Greek waters had completely stopped for us, because all ships had been torpedoed and the railroads had become the object of incessant acts of sabotage and dynamiting, I, with the help of the Swedish Minister, Alar, who directed the International Relief for Greece, applied for British navicerts [a form of passport permitting a neutral ship to pass through a blockade in wartime] for food transports to Greece. The British granted this application, and when our own means of transport had ceased to exist, the Swedish boat Halaren went from Trieste or Venice to the Piraeus once a month, loaded with German food supplies for Greece." (ibid., p. 431)

Svengalian George Soros intrigues in Greece

Despite being one of the world's leading bankers, barely any place on earth not touched by his political intrigues, the Hungarian-Jewish financier George Soros has poured money into Syriza, as a way of promoting secularism and weakening the Church's influence in Greece; Tsipras is openly an atheist and was the first Greek Prime Minister sworn in a civil and not religious ceremony. The traditionalist Greek Orthodox Church remains a bulwark against usury and the rule of the bankers, both theologically and socially. It is also known for their staunch position against Zionism, hence on several counts Soros and his ilk have a vested personal interest limiting the power of the Greek Church.



I corresponded via email with Professor Dimitri Kitsikis, a Greek professor of International Relations and Geopolitics at the University of Ottawa in Canada. He is the leading advocate and theorist of Hellenoturkism (Ἑλληνοτουρκισμός), which upholds the deep historical, political and cultural ties between Greece and Turkey, a perspective I generally endorse as a traveler to both countries and student of history. Kitsikis is careful to stress how Hellenoturkism transcends politics, not tied to a specific political party.

Looking from a geopolitical standpoint, Kitsikis identified Tsipras and Syriza as representing a pro-American line. This can certainly be seen in the way Tsipras was visiting the U.S. and meeting with politicians at least as early in 2013. His coalition partners, Kammenos and ANEL, on the other hand have more of a pro-Russian stance and Kammenos ran afoul of world Jewish leaders when he said the Greek Orthodox Church pays more taxes than other religious groups, when Jewish leaders were seeking special privileges under Simitis. At the time being, there seems to be an understanding for Syriza to handle the economy while ANEL has defense and foreign policy.




According to the British newspaper The Guardian, Soros offered donations to Greek institutions to buy heating oil and other services, but parents' associations across Greece refused his donations because they were suspicious of the motives behind his "philanthrophy." As noted by the German business weekly WirtschaftsWoche in a 2013 editorial, Soros arranged Tsipras' visit to the U.S., personally introducing him to many influential figures within the political establishment.

The editorial went on to suggest Soros was using Syriza to put pressure on Germany, playing upon anti-German rhetoric about World War II. The editorial then concluded: "Why is Soros funding such anti-capitalist instigators like Tsipras with his tirades against Germany? No one talks aloud about this out of fear before the powerful billionaire. But one manager confidentially supposed that 'Soros wants to revenge against Germany.'"

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Greek Tragedy, Bankster's Paradise: A Detailed Analysis of the Greek Economic Crisis (Part 2)

Greek Tragedy, Bankster's Paradise: A Detailed Analysis of the Greek Economic Crisis (Part 2)

by Sean Jobst

May 26, 2015

Through Credit Default Swaps (CDS), Goldman Sachs helped the Greek government - I believe it essential here to highlight the corrupt government, not the Greek nation or people who were never party to the agreement - keep billions of dollars worth of debt off their balance sheet. This "helped create a debt bubble that would later explode and bring about the current economic crisis that's drowning the entire continent," writes economic observer Mark Weisbrot. "Goldman Sachs, however, using its insider knowledge of its Greek client, protected itself from this debt bubble by betting against Greek bonds, expecting that they would eventually fail."

In February 2010, six banks and investment firms - including Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank - granted the Greek government a loan in the amount of €8 billion. Corrupt Greek politicians were treasonous when they sold CDSs from the Greek Postal Bank, to the current speculators. These CDSs were then flipped a few months later for $27 billion, most of which was quickly pocketed by these currency vultures and a handful of corrupt politicians. The Greek people were never party to this secret contract, yet they were the ones who were being held responsible for the inevitable crisis. The loans to Greece were bailouts of creditors and not to the people!




The credit debts were insured through the scheme of credit deficit swaps. The banksters lend out cost-free government guarantees they create out of thin air, insuring them for billions and trillions, for which they receive billions more in "premiums". The banksters pocketed the insurance for these amounts created from thin air - amplified a hundredfold. They then get credit for state guarantees backed by taxpayer money.

"Wall Street institutions made a profit of 500 percent within three months through CDS papers in the beginning of the Greek crisis." (Spiegel.de, 5 May 2010) In October 2011, the bankers demanded two trillion Euros. They successfully hoodwinked Greece into giving up its own currency - the drachma - which had existed for 2,700 years, which was like destroying their identity.

Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein boasted before the U.S. Congress that his company sold non-existing wealth to governments and public institutions alike, completely out of thin air. He boasted how Goldman Sachs kept 90% of all monies from bailouts and investments. Blankfein knew the risks for the Greek nation, but him and his ilk did not care, because they wanted to turn a huge profit. The Greek people suffered, while Blankfein and his cabal of robber-baron bankers are living it up!




In the case of Greece, over 90% of the sales revenue of these "investments" went to the firm's salary and bonuses, with most of the remaining 10% going for "administrative costs." Obviously, the bankers profited immensely from the bailout which did not benefit Greece - and certainly not the Greek people themselves, who suffered from this swindle.

Dictatorship by Credit Agencies

The rating agencies helped perpetuate the fraud, pretending that their price was valued correctly, masking the reality that these ratings were all artificially-designed to give profits to these private rating agencies. In 2006, the agencies rated Greece as "extremely good." In 2010, the Greek economy fell by 4.5% and then another 4% in 2011. As soon as a country falls below a certain "rating limit" artificially set by these agencies, the CDSs increase - and both are set up in such a way that the "debt" is never ending, with interest upon interest perpetually!




The so-called "ratings" of these private investment firms has led to a "dictatorship by rating grade allocation. The rating agencies have unprecedented power. Half of Europe trembles at their verdict. The politicians have made them powerful." (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 18 June 2011) This was evident on June 17, 2011, when German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy met in Berlin to announce the terms for a new Greek "bailout", but dutifully invited the rating agency Finch, which proved its political clout by negotiating with the politicians the terms which they would accept for not giving a negative rating for Greece - blackmail, pure and simple!

In May 2010, Greece was "saved" with €110 billion, including no less than 85 billion for CDS "bets." In June 2011, the agencies rated Greece in the "red" to the tune of €330 billion, which increased to "around 350 billion Euros" only two weeks later. (Die Welt, 17 June 2011, p. 4) To drive up the settlement price - and thus their profits - Greece was downgraded by the rating agencies.

While issuing credit to EU countries at up to 30% interest, the European Central Bank made the money available to the private bankers at only 1% interest! The ECB then repurchased their own money at exorbitant interest rates. "The ECB has capital of only 82 billion Euros, yet it has 1,900 billion Euros in paper on its books. These are mainly Greek junk bonds." (Die Welt, 25 June 2011, p. 17)



The Austerity Swindle

The Greek economy was further ruined by newly-invented "austerity" measures, which forced the nation to hand over its national assets to the private international bankers/"investors", in a process code-named "privatization." At the moment these "austerity" measures are accepted, yet another lowering of the nation's "creditworthiness" is announced. The agencies then increase their loans without any limit being imposed.

Spain was another test example: "The financial world demanded that Spain initiate a policy of austerity and cost-cutting; but as soon as Spain began to seriously comply with their demand, they lowered Spain's credit rating. The Finch agency changed its evaluation of Spain's creditworthiness, saying that the austerity program would choke off its growth." (Stern.de, 29 May 2010)



One of those instrumental in wrecking the economies of the southern European countries was the New York-based banker Bill Lipschutz was the foreign exchange market trader who directed the Portfolio Department at Hathersage Capital Management, which specialized in G-10 currencies, including the Euro:

"Every morning Lipschutz gets up at two or three o'clock to see what the markets in Europe are doing....Nobody knows whether the Greeks will be able to solve their problems. Nobody knows whether the other countries will come to their assistance. Nobody knows whether the crisis can be contained in Greece or will spread like wildfire among 'the PIIGS' (Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain) and the European currency will finally disintegrate. These represent shining opportunities for currency speculators, they can place bets on the fall of the Euro." (Der Spiegel, No. 8, 2010, p. 64)



A measure of austerity is achieving an keeping a primary surplus, which is what a government earns in taxes every year, minus what it spends on everything else except interest payments on its own debt. This becomes part of the Gross Domestic Product. Under its four-year-old bailout program, Greece dragged itself from a 10% deficit to a 3% surplus, at great cost in employment rates. The terms of the recent bailout demand Greece reach a surplus of 4.5% and hold it for the length of the program, but few countries have even been able to maintain a 3% surplus, much less 4.5%. (Brendan Greeley, "Why Greece Won't Ever Be Able to Pay Off Its Debts With Austerity," Bloomberg Business Week, February 19, 2015)



The insolvency of the banks

The anti-austerity protests happened because the people got tired with being held responsible for the secret deals between private bankers and investors with corrupt governments and politicians. As the Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis - one of the few Marxists I respect and admire completely - has said repeatedly, the Greek economic crisis is essentially an insolvency problem, not a liquidity issue that requires bailing out failed banks or giving out more loans.



Varoufakis connected this to the issue of the banks, observing how they want to sell off their own bank debt by selling off Greece's assets. Thus we see the root of the problem is to focus on insolvency, but the international bankers and their media and political whores insist on obfuscating the real root of the crisis, advocating phony "solutions" which can only lead to more profits for the bankers and more heartache for the Greek people. On the February 2nd episode of Russia Today's "Keiser Report", banking analyst Frances Coppola was quoted as saying:

"Everyone knows Greece is insolvent, of course, but no-one has ever stated it officially. The Troika's [EU, ECB, IMF] position is that Greece's problem is a temporary liquidity shortfall: lending it more money so it can meet current debt service obligations is justified because structural reforms will lead to renewed growth and increased income, enabling it to meet its obligations (including those for the new loans) in the future. But Varoufakis disagrees with this interpretation. His view is that while things remain as they are, Greece will never recover. The bailout program locks it into a debt deflationary spiral which simultaneously reduces its income and increases its debt burden. Continuing to accept more loans in order to meet debt service obligations only makes matters worse."

 
 
Syriza and the Road Ahead
 
In an interview with British Channel 4 News, Varoufakis said he has three main objectives: First, deal with the humanitarian crisis in Greece. Second, reform the country in such a way that it addresses the root cause - what he called the "triangle of sin." He defined this triangle as the procurement aspects of the State, the bankrupt bankers, and the mass media. He described the "unholy alliance" between bankrupt bankers, developers and media owners who become the voice of those who want to sponge off the people's productive efforts. Finally, to renegotiate the loan agreements which he correctly said have been destructive to Europe as a whole, not only to Greece.
 
The Syriza government has announced if there is no deal, they might return to the Drachma. "They want us to impose capital controls and cause a credit crunch, until the government becomes so unpopular that it falls," one Greek official stated. "They want to make an example of us, and demonstrate that no government in the eurozone has a right to have a mind of its own. They don't believe that we will walk away, or that the Greek people will back us, and they are wrong on both counts." There is already discontent within Greece that the government will cave into EU pressure to extend its bailout and the austerity that comes with it, fears that have led to many protests.
 
 
 


What and Who is Daesh ("ISIS")? - Part 2

What and Who is Daesh ("ISIS")? (Part 2)

by Sean Jobst

May 26, 2015

As I discussed in the first part, not only is Daesh ("ISIS") a heretical group that twists Islam while it violates everything held sacred, but from a study of the Islamic eschatological sources it becomes clear they are the modern manifestation of a systematic heresy that reared its ugly head in several episodes in Islamic history. Although the Islamophobic loudmouths and their financial backers subscribe to the same narrative as Daesh sympathizers, both are wrong to view Daesh as anything other than a heretical group that twists and distorts Islam.

"The group itself has assumed the mantle of Islam's earliest years, purporting to recreate the conquests and rule of the Prophet Muhammad and his successors," as the journalists Lee Keath and Hamza Hendawi observe in an article. "But in reality its ideology is a virulent vision all its own, one that its adherents have created by plucking selections from centuries of traditions.

"The vast majority of Muslim clerics say the group cherry picks what it wants from Islam's holy book, the Quran, and from accounts of Muhammad's actions and sayings, known as the Hadith. It then misinterprets many of these, while ignoring everything in the texts that contradicts those hand-picked selections, these experts say." (Lee Keath and Hamza Hendawi, "How Islamic is Islamic State group? Not very, experts say," Associated Press, March 2, 2015)

ISIS and their ilk will twist the Islamic texts in a decontextualized way, a mirror to the exact same way Islamophobes use in their hatred of Islam. As noted by Ahmed al-Dawoody, assistant professor at the Institute for Islamic World Studies at Zayed University in Dubai, taking religious scriptures out of context "has existed throughout the ages. We should not grant any legitimacy to those who violate Islam, then hijack it and speak on its behalf. This is not Islamic terror, this is terror committed by Muslims."

From their actions, it should be clear to anyone with even a cursory knowledge of Islam that Daesh ignores Qur'anic verses and a long body of Islamic scholarship that stresses mercy, preservation of life and protection of innocents, and setting out strict guidelines of conflict. Similar to the Islamophobes, extremists such as Daesh will seize upon verses which speak of war - but ignore the
context, which is established within the verses immediately before and after. Even the Saudi Salafist Hamad Nassar observed how Daesh "appears to have adopted violent ideas first, then searched books of religious interpretation to find a cover for their actions."

Islamic scholars have done an excellent task at refuting Daesh from an Islamic position:
<http://www.lettertobaghdadi.com/>. Countless scholars and public figures from various schools have publicly condemned Daesh: <http://almadinainstitute.org/blog/condemning-isis/>. Trying to stem the tide of misguided youth joining Daesh, 130 UK scholars have publicly denounced the group: <http://www.suffahfoundation.com/index.php/23-featured-news/featured-news/408-130-uk-imams-declare-isis-actions-unislamic>.

"Psychopathic thugs masquerading in a religious construct"

Even some globalists have been forced to admit some about the true nature of Daesh. "They are terrorists, they're criminals," CIA director John Brennan said at an interview at the Council on Foreign Relations. "Most - many - of them are psychopathic thugs, murderers who use a religious concept and masquerade and mask themselves in that religious construct. Let's make it very clear that the people who carry out acts of terrorism - whether it be al-Qaeda or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant - are doing it because they believe it is consistent with what their view of Islam is. It is totally inconsistent with the overwhelming majority of Muslims throughout the world."

The reality of Daesh as "psychopathic thugs" can best be seen by their recruitment efforts. As noted by Christianne Boudreau, a Canadian mother whose son Damian Clairmont was brainwashed and recruited and ultimately fought with Daesh in Syria, where he was killed by the Free Syrian Army, the sales pitch did not involve citing tenets of Islam. Rather, she likened the sales pitch to a recruiting effort for a gang: as later admitted to her by her son, the sales pitch involved images sent online by the recruiter which depicted dead Syrian Muslims, and the recruiter told him he could "make something of himself" by preventing the slaughter of other Muslims.

ISIS and Wahhabism

While clearly ISIS is a group with shady links with intelligence agencies, as I will soon examine in another detailed article with sources, we still can't deny it recruits from an extremist sect of Islam. The ideas and individuals of that sect has enabled Daesh and its actions every step of the way, even if that group only acts on what remains for the rest of that sect mere ideas.

These ideas include a harsh interpretation of shari'a law, imposing harsh standards upon women, destroying historical relics and sites, and making wholesale takfir of Sufis and Shi'ites - a takfir which justifies killing them and destroying sites which are then used as "proof" of those groups' alleged "shirk." The harsh interpretations of shari'a are most often at variance with the interpretations given by other schools of thought, yet this sect extols its own interpretations as the only "valid" one.

This sect is the Wahhabi sect, which is why there is little surprise the "Islam" as interpreted and practiced by Daesh has so much in common with that of the Saudi state. Daesh's actions are actually a mirror image of the same atrocities committed by the first Saudi state - and the document which justified those atrocities (in the Wahhabis' minds) was the so-called "Kitab at-Tawhid" (Book of the Unity of God) written by Muhammad ibn Abdul-Wahhab (1703-1792). This book has been refuted by orthodox Islamic scholars, due to the numerous errors and deviations it contains.

That ISIS uses Kitab at-Tawhid to indoctrinate followers was confirmed in an Arabic document circulated by a Misrata-based "Da'esh dissident" named al-Mundhir al-Hussaini, which is an interview with a captive ISIS supporter in Sirte. The captive is named Mahmud and he confirms that Daesh subjects prospective recruits to a process of indoctrination to "prove" themselves "worthy" of membership. Mahmud explains how "above all else" the recruits are taught about "tawhid," and are taught specifically from the works of Muhammad ibn Abdul-Wahhab and explanations of it by Saudi Wahhabi scholars.

I do not intend this as an attack upon individuals who choose to believe this interpretation of Islam, but having been a Wahhabi (self-styled "Salafi") for several years after my own conversion to Islam, while most eschew and condemn the actions of ISIS its still a fact that ISIS is merely acting on the central sources of the Wahhabi sect. This is because there are sub-groups within Wahhabism; they may differ on the religious justification of certain actions, but the overall principles are the same - so this is why I say even the Wahhabi leaders who condemn ISIS, still enable that group by their ideas!

ISIS Violates the Covenant of Prophet Muhammad

In another essay, I cited the Covenant which the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) signed with a delegation of monks from St. Catherine's Monastery in Sinai who came to request his protection in the year 628. He responded with a covenant of protection, complete with his distinctive hand-print stamped onto it. The original was taken to Topkapı Palace in Istanbul by Ottoman Sultan Selim I in 1517, who gave the monks a copy and also sanctioned its terms. The original is still in the Sacred Trusts section of the Palace and the monks of St. Catherine’s still proudly display the copy. I personally saw this document when I visited Topkapı in June 2014. It is worth quoting in its entirety:

“This is a message from Muhammad ibn Abdullah, as a covenant to those who adopt Christianity, near and far, we are with them.

“Verily I, the servants, the helpers, and my followers defend them, because Christians are my citizens; and by Allah I hold out against anything that displeases them. No compulsion is to be on them. Neither are their judges to be removed from their jobs nor their monks from their monasteries.

“No one is to destroy a house of their religion, to damage it, or to carry anything from it to the Muslims’ houses. Should anyone take any of these, he would spoil Allah’s Covenant and disobey His Prophet. Verily, they are my allies and have my secure charter against all that they hate.

“No one is to force them to travel or to oblige them to fight. The Muslims are to fight for them. If a female Christian is married to a Muslim, it is not to take place without her approval. She is not to be prevented from visiting her church to pray.

“Their churches are to be respected. They are neither to be prevented from repairing them nor the sacredness of their covenants. No one of the nation (Muslims, umma) is to disobey the covenant to the Last Day.”

The Covenant's Importance Today

Although much neglected today, this document was influential in that it guided successive Ottoman sultans in their own agreements with Orthodox and Catholic Christian monasteries and churches. It can be seen in the context of the developing millet system of the Ottoman Empire, where minority religious communities were protected and allowed to rule according to their own laws.

One of the leading scholars devoted to highlighting the present importance of this document is the Canadian scholar Dr. John Andrew Morrow, a professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Toronto with a Metis (First Nations) background and spiritual training in Catholic social teachings (similar to my own Catholic background and lifelong interest in those same social teachings) who converted to Islam with the name Ilyas ‘Abd al-‘Alim Islam. He did much to publicize the document in his book The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World (Tacoma, Washington: Angelico Press, 2013).

Unfortunately, this Covenant and other documents like it “have largely been neglected by both traditional Muslim and modern western scholarship, and are practically unknown to the mass of believers,” according to Dr. Morrow. But studying these documents would bring “out their light in this period of darkness in which the People of the Scripture, Jews, Muslims, and Christians, have strayed from their sacred traditions of tolerance and co-existence.” The Covenant confirms the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa salam) had “confidence in his ability to count on the spiritual solidarity of the People of the Book,” and reiterated he “had much more in common with the followers of Christ than with the idol-worshippers who surrounded him.”

The Issue of Destroying Pre-Islamic Relics and Monuments

Aside from stoking the fires of enmity toward Islam and Muslims, the reprehensible acts of Daesh in destroying Christian or ancient pre-Islamic relics or sites is actually a violation of the Sunna of Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu 'alaihi wa salam) and the historical practice of the Muslims who have obviously preserved these very same relics and monuments up to the modern day. Daesh is as deviated in destroying these sites and relics, as they are with their destruction of Islamic sites which go against their own narrow Wahhabi interpretation.

"In effect, ISIS/Taliban/Wahhabis and similarly inspired vandals are claiming they are more enlightened than the Prophet Muhammad, his companions, his immediate successors and all previous Muslim rulers and scholars," writes Azeem Ibrahim, an International Security lecturer at the University of Chicago. "According to them, all previous Muslims including the Prophet himself were essentially wrong and their own interpretation of what counts as polytheism and what can inspire it is correct."

In reality, these acts are justified by the arguments of those who enable these extremist views with their ideas - even if they are not themselves acting upon their words. Such people may justify it by pointing out how the Prophet (sallallahu 'alaihi wa salam) destroyed the pagan idols that were in the Ka'aba. But those were actually worshipped by people directly, and the city of Makka had just become Muslim. But the relics which have been preserved throughout Muslim countries, and the protected sites of other religious faiths such as Christians, are to be protected.

"Indeed, in the past, many Islamic scholars actively encouraged the preservation of great monuments and relics of civilization, regardless of the fact that they were pre-Islamic," adds Ibrahim. "For example, in Egypt, the pyramids and the Sphinx were actively preserved as a reminder of a great civilization that once dominated the land. That such a civilization could be swept away and swallowed by the sand is also an enlightening Islamic moral: the monuments were a reminder that the Will of God transcends the shifts of history.

"And still it remains a matter of historical fact that in the Golden Age of the Caliphate, the period of history that the ISIS thugs purport to 're-enact', Islam was an open, accommodating culture, not just eager, but hungry to learn as much as there was to know about the world and its cultures, its religions, its monuments. The Caliphs, the true Caliphs, not the obscure 'scholar' at the top of ISIS, did not order monuments to be destroyed or books to be burnt. They ordered monuments to be preserved, or even brought to Islam, and books, from all over the world, from Hindu pagans, from Egyptian Copts, from Greek Atheists to be translated into Arabic. When they did this, Islam was the pinnacle of civilization. But what ISIS preaches is the exact opposite."

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Greek Tragedy, Bankster's Paradise: A Detailed Analysis of the Greek Economic Crisis (Part 1)

Greek Tragedy, Bankster's Paradise: A Detailed Analysis of the Greek Economic Crisis (Part 1)

by Sean Jobst

May 24, 2015

In our emerging global reality, governments are revealing themselves more and more to be the service industries of big banks. Greece was the testing ground for the new austerity cuts, and from looking at the background of the Greek tragedy we can see how it occurred through the collusion between local corrupt politicians and the global currency speculators/usurers, and extrapolating from this, we can then see the collusion between these same speculators and political elites within EU countries whose policies further exacerbated the Greek tragedy.

As with other articles and researches, this story too was prompted by the field journalist in me. Last summer, I had the pleasure of visiting Thessaloniki and traveling through the beautiful northern part of Greece. Very soon, early June in fact, I will be visiting the capital and heartland: Athens. This span of barely a year has nevertheless seen remarkable changes and transitions within Greece, as a new government was elected on January 26, 2015 that expressed the Greek people's anger and frustration with what international bankers had forced upon the country and wrecked its economy.




Banking Foreign to Greek Traditions

Our story starts with ancient Greece and the Greek language, which can give us better insights into the modern era. Aristotle considered the nature of money as "barren," meaning it cannot yield more of itself. Any assumption that it could is merely a fiction perpetuated by force of law, not existing naturally. He referred to usury as the cruelest fiction of all, a perspective one can better appreciate from the Greek word τόκος (tokos) which means "breed" or "offspring," but was also used by usurers to describe "interest":

"The most hated sort (of wealth getting) and with the greatest reason, is usury, which makes a gain out of money itself and not from the natural object of it. For money was intended to be used in exchange but not to increase at interest. And this term interest [τόκος], which means the birth of money from money is applied to the breeding of money because the offspring resembles the parent. Wherefore of all modes of getting wealth, this is the most unnatural." (Aristotle, Politics, Book 1, section 1258b)



After modern Greece became an independent nation in 1832, it adopted the ancient term Δραχμή (Drachma) for the new currency. Despite the richness of the Greek language, there was no term for the modern concept of a bank. Ian Dallas cites an anecdote that when banking was introduced in post-Ottoman Greece, to describe this new concept of banking, a comparison was made for how a husband would return home and place all his money on the table, and the wife would then divide and distribute the money. Hence, the word τράπεζα (trapeza) meaning "table," was applied to the bank. (Ian Dallas, The Time of the Bedouin, on the politics of power, Cape Town: Budgate Press, 2006, pp. 59-60)



Greece was barely an independent nation when outside powers, chiefly Britain and Russia, were meddling in its internal affairs. After Prime Minister Georgios Papandreou expressed his wish to keep Greece neutral during the Cold War and questioned remaining in NATO, the CIA supported a coup that overthrew him in April 1967. The reason given at the time, as with CIA support of other coups that toppled democratically-elected leaders, was the specter of Communism.

Yet, like Jacobo Arbenz in Guatemala or Mohammed Mossadegh in Iran, Papandreou was an anti-Communist but neutralist in the Cold War, who put the national interests of their nation over the dictates of corporate greed and profits. This sets the stage for the involvement in foreign players within Greece, financial interests that drive politics not just at the national level but also globally.



Simitis and Papademos sell out Greece

In 2002, the Greek government of Prime Minister Konstantinos Simitis and Lucas Papademos, Governor of the Bank of Greece, made a deal with the infamous New York-based investment firm Goldman Sachs. A crucial link is the personality of Papademos, who played a major role in the 2012 austerity measures as Prime Minister. More on him later, since he used the ten years between that time to deepen his Globalist links. Looking at the personality of Simitis sheds some light on how easy it was for him to sell-out his country to a cabal of private international bankers and "investment" firms.

A leader of the Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK), Simitis served as Prime Minister from 1996 to 2004. There were rumors that Simitis had a Jewish grandfather named Aaron Avouris, and that Simitis himself frequented the Athens synagogue. News leaked out that his daughter married a Jew in a synagogue wedding. These are rumors and I haven't found concrete evidence to back it up, but certainly if true they would make sense of his close connections with the mostly-Jewish bankers of Goldman Sachs and another incident under his government that was puzzling.




I am referring to when Simitis sought to take off the religion category from the Tavtotites (ID cards), removing the "Orthodox Christian" designation and thus allowing Jews to better "hide" within Greek society. I mention this because the issue of the ID cards was used to claim that Jews were being "discriminated" against within Greek society. But this is most hypocritical, when we look at how Israel not only itself abides strictly by categories in its ID cards over who is a Jew or not a Jew, but also that it went further than Greece ever did, by instituting DNA tests to prove the "Jewishness" of its residents:

"The Israeli Interior Ministry was subjecting some immigrants from the former USSR to DNA testing in order to check their Jewish ancestry. The well respected Israeli daily Ha'aretz said dozens of new immigrants had already been asked to take the test, and that those who had declined risked deportation." (Jewish Chronicle, London, July 10, 1998, p. 3)

Real nature of the 2002 deal

The deal involved a currency swap in which €10 billion in debt issued in dollars and yen to Greece, was then swapped for Euro-debt to be paid in euros, based around a fictional exchange rate. This rate was determined by the very low level of the euro at the time, which then stood at around 85 U.S. cents. This led the Greeks into believing they made a great deal. Meanwhile, other European nations were cheated because this extended additional credit was never reported to Brussels.




However, the reality was very different - leading to immense profits for Goldman Sachs' investors and plunging Greece into the disaster from which it has yet to fully recover. As managers of the loan, Goldman Sachs charged Greece $300 million, later selling the swap to a Greek bank in 2005. The artificially-high exchange rate did not accurately denote the market value of the euro.

The result was that Greece was advanced a €2.8 billion loan, yet on the books €10 billion remained the principal upon which the Greek government agreed to repay with interest. The dollar soon dropped to far lower than the euro, which left Greece in even worse shape while Goldman Sachs investors enjoyed a further $24 million return on the transaction. The deal lost Greece EU voting rights, while Goldman Sachs soon experienced massive taxpayer subsidies, political influence and inflated CEO bonuses in the U.S.



Enter the Globalist Papademos phase

Under Simitis, Lucas Papademos served as Governor of the Bank of Greece. Then, from 2002 to 2010 he served as Vice President of the European Central Bank. He first cut his teeth in the banking world as former senior economist of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. This is a very significant fact for both Americans and Greeks, and shows the globalist nature of the big banks, which are not tied to one single national entity and thus accountable to only themselves, even while looting the wealth of a nation and being protected by its government.

Papademos was the chief economic advisor to Prime Minister Georgios Papandreou between 2009 and 2011. Papademos is a member of the globalist Trilateral Commission, whose meetings are clouded in secrecy even while the leading political and economic figures of different countries are attendees. Papademos then served as Greek Prime Minister from 11 November 2011 to 16 May 2012, during which the initial financial crisis was further exacerbated.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Who is Daesh ("ISIS")? The facts about their identity may surprise you!

Who is Daesh ("ISIS")? The facts about their identity may surprise you!

by Sean Jobst

May 23, 2015

Who and what is the group called the Islamic State (known by the acronym ISIS) which is currently terrorizing and murdering its way across a large swath of Iraq and Syria? First, I prefer to call them by the name Daesh - داعش - which is the Arabic acronym of the group's name. This despicable group so despises the name of anything other than "Islamic State" that it will kill people under its rule who call it by this name! Therefore, I choose not to dignify this despicable gang of murderers, by calling it a name which it has usurped for itself.

Not only is داعش the preferred use in the Arab world, but even many Westerners have taken to calling this gang by this name. "This is a terrorist group and not a state. I do not recommend using the term Islamic State because it blurs the lines between Islam, Muslims, and Islamists. The Arabs call it 'Daesh' and I will be calling them the 'Daesh cutthroats'," said French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius.

One woman in Daesh-controlled Mosul has said, "They will cut your tongue out even if you call them ISIS - you have to say 'Islamic State.'" So, out of solidarity with the occupied people under its control and its victims from various religions, I use the term Daesh - let this be an open challenge for them to cut my tongue out, to sever my fingers on which I type these words, because I will continue to speak out against them here on the world wide web PROUDLY under my name!



 
Daesh in light of Islamic eschatology

Many Muslims are falling for the ISIS scam because generally Muslims do not study the signs of the End Times. For if they did, they would know that the Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu 'alaihi wa salam) warned about an army that would cause chaos and destruction - an army that would claim to follow the truth, whereas they actually are upon nothing but falsehood. This is because they have no concept of the love and mercy which is the sunna of Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu 'alaihi wa salam); the precepts and verses of the Qur'an do not enter beyond their throats - its all about the letter of the law for them, rather than the spirit.

This is why the misguided people fooled by ISIS are really like empty shells devoid of any deeper Islamic spirituality. And because of their appalling ignorance of this spirituality, all their rhetoric about Tawhid (Oneness of the One God) is negated by their very actions. They deceive themselves into thinking they can follow the Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu 'alaihi wa salam), without following his mercy and character. The image they have of the Prophet is as false as that of the Islamophobes. In fact, the two sides really show themselves to be a cruel caricature of useful idiots playing out their respective role in some elitist "Clash of Civilizations" scheme.




We can first expose the deception behind their so-called claims of caliphate. We should call a spade a spade, and state clearly that the ignorance and obsession about khilafa held by many Muslims, who are actually unaware of the Prophetic prophecies that the khilafa would end thirty years after his death, has ENABLED the Daesh scum. We can also see this in the statement by the fourth Caliph, Ali ibn Abi Talib (karam Allahu wajhah), who said:

"When you see the black flags, remain where you are and do not move your hands or your feet (i.e. stay put and don't get involved with them). Thereafter there shall appear a feeble insignificant folk. Their hearts will be like fragments of iron. They will have the state. They will fulfill neither covenant nor agreement. They will call to the truth, but they will not be people of the truth. Their names will be parental attributions, and their aliases will be derived from towns. Their hair will be free-flowing like that of women. This situation will remain until they differ among themselves. Thereafter, Allah will bring forth the truth through whomsoever He wills." (Related by Nu'aym ibn Hammad, Kitab al-Fitan [Book of Tribulations], Hadith No. 573)



How the characteristics match Daesh

If we break down each of the characteristics described in this narration, we see clearly it matches Daesh perfectly! First, the black flags of Daesh. Second, they are cold, heartless and indiscriminately kill. Third, they have proclaimed their own state (ignorant that the term "State" itself is an innovation that has no real place in Islam lingustically or in its actual historic context).

Fourth, they violated even their agreements with the Sha'etat tribe and other groups, turning on them and murdering them; anyone who knows about Islam knows the major importance of fulfilling your word and your contact with someone. Fifth, their names are indeed parental ascriptions and their aliases are geographical; for example, the Daesh leader is known as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, which is not his real name. 



The Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu 'alaihi wa salam) indicated in a prediction he made that an extremist group of mostly youth would arise who would "recite the Qur'an but it would not pass beyond their throats," and whenever an offshoot of them would be killed, another would pop up, a historical phenomenon which "will occur twenty times until Dajjal (Antichrist) appears in their last remnants." (Sunan Ibn Majah)

These two predictions are clear ISLAMIC indictments of Daesh! Therefore, any effort of either the brainwashed youth who join Daesh or the Islamophobes who try and claim Daesh is somehow truly an "Islamic" group that follows the true teachings of Islam, should be exposed as false! Now, let us continue to expose the appalling ignorance of religion and lack of common-sense by the adherents and sympathizers of Daesh....

Daesh's ignorance about the black flag symbol

A look at the Daesh flag by anyone trained in Arabic, will see the charlatans of Daesh are appalling ignorant of early Arabic, its order and shapes! Worse, it causes them to actually reverse the statement of the kalima - "Allah is the prophet of Muhammad"! This, coming from a group which claims to be following Tawhid, just shows the extent to which - as the Prophet (sallallahu 'alaihi wa salam) has said - "The Qur'an does not go beyond their throats."

The calligraphic stacking of the word - with the last on top - is a later device that became standard practice among the Ottoman caligraphers, but from the viewpoint of early Arabic, it is anachronistic. We can't underestimate the significance of this, because Daesh claims to be following the way of the earliest Muslims. The mistake is that the way the two terms are stacked, rather than linked, is indicative both of an ignorance that reaks of dualism and fails to appreciate the waseela of Prophet Muhammad (salallahu 'alaihi wa salam) - i.e., his status as a mercy.


Conclusion

I am a writer who investigates things, but I am not a scholar of religion. Given that fact, I will conclude with the same way that a group of Islamic scholars concluded their open letter to Daesh leader Baghdadi, after refuting and speaking out against Daesh using Islamic evidences and arguments:

"Islam is mercy and its attributes are merciful. The Prophet (peace be upon him), who was sent as a mercy for all the worlds, summarized a Muslim's dealings with others by saying: 'He who shows no mercy, will not be shown mercy;' and: 'Have mercy and you will be shown mercy.' But, as can be seen from everything mentioned, you have misinterpreted Islam into a religion of harshness, brutality, torture and murder. As elucidated, this is a great wrong and an offence to Islam, to Muslims and to the entire world. Reconsider all your actions; desist from them; repent from them; cease harming others and return to the religion of mercy."

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