Wednesday – Rise Up and Shine with Jack Blood. Get the latest news and analysis you won’t find anywhere else. Jack Plays clips from Ron Paul’s Speech VA yesterday, and David Icke on his meeting with Jesse Ventura.
Earlier this month, the Dominican government announced that the US military’s Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) would contribute $1.5 million to the construction of a naval base and dock on the eastern island of Saona. The funds will come from the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative, a multi-million dollar US State Department security aid fund established in 2009.
Vice Admiral Nicolas Cabrera Arias (pictured) told local press that the facility is intended to help target drug trafficking and smuggling on the eastern coast of the country. According to Cabrera, the base “will increase the operational capability of the Navy to address the all kinds of trafficking, from the illegal drug trade to smuggling, in order to protect this part of the country and promote tourism.”
Some in the country have objected to the plan, however, claiming it represents a violation of sovereignty and could potentially have a negative environmental impact.
Is El Chapo out of the game now?
Latin American Herald Tribune
BOGOTA – Colombian authorities captured 34 suspected drug traffickers wanted in the United States, in the biggest roundup of criminals for extradition in the history of the country’s war on drugs, police officials said Saturday.
The captures resulted from several months of investigations by the Dijin criminal investigation unit of the National Police in cooperation with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, or DEA.
The National Police director, Gen. Oscar Naranjo, told the press in Cali that those in custody belonged to an organization known as the Galeano Clan that had ties to Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel, headed by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.
María Teresa Peña Pérez
Translated by Mario Andrade
Legislator Alejandro Encinas urged the (Mexican) government not to carry out a media stunt if the whereabouts of Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman are known, as it would be an irresponsible and illegal act.
On Tuesday, Alejandro Encinas (congressman for the Democratic Revolutionary Party or PRD) expressed the need for the U.S. government to help in the capture of Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman in a more active manner rather than just issuing public statements.
He said that much of the money from drug trafficking, particularly of the Sinaloa cartel, led by Guzman Loera, is laundered in the U.S., and later pointed out that there’s information indicating that El Chapo is able to freely cross the border between two countries without any problems.
Likewise, he stressed that if the Mexican government has information on the whereabouts of this criminal, it would be irresponsible to wait for the election season in order to carry out a media stunt. It would also be an illegal act.
“I think if one can keep track of all their announcements that have been made about how they’re hitting the Chapo Guzman cartel, one can see a pattern that is leading to a media stunt. That would be a huge irresponsibility in which the federal government would engage in a crime by manipulating the judicial process,” he said.
Meanwhile, Carlos Alberto Perez Cuevas, coordinator of the National Action Party (PAN) in congress, said that there will be no direct interference by U.S. agents inside the country during the arrest of the infamous drug dealer, because the Constitution prevents the intervention of foreign forces inside Mexico.
“The Constitution is very clear: Avoid the interference of foreign nations. And today, the Constitution does not allow foreign forces to participate in the investigation of this case inside Mexican territory,” he stated.
Regarding the recent statement by Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security in the United States about the capture of Joaquin Guzman, the coordinator of the PRD, Armando Rios Piter, criticized the interior minister, Alejandro Poire, for not immediately addressing her comments during yesterday’s interview (when she implied that Guzman was going to face the same fate as Osama Bin Laden).
“It’s reason enough to not only call this to his attention, but to make the Secretary of Interior accountable, as well as all the authorities who have been engaged in this behavior, including the Foreign Relations Secretary,” he said.
Ron Paul campaign Speech in Springfield, Virginia (Thousands Cheer and sing Happy Birthday to Carol Paul)
RESTORE THE REPUBLIC!
On Wednesday, February 29th, Ron Paul will grill Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, who appears before the House Financial Services Committee. Paul chairs the Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy.
It’s scheduled to begin 10:00am and go until 12:00 noon. EST
It’s scheduled to run on CSPAN3. It’ll be online at
Here’s CSPAN’s schedule (scroll down for the listing on the right side):
Here’s the link to the official page for the Financial Services Committee:
Iran will take payment from its trading partners in gold instead of dollars, the Iranian state news agency IRNA quoted the central bank governor as saying on Tuesday.
Iranian financial institutions have been hit by sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union in an effort to force Tehran to halt its nuclear programme.
Significant difficulties in making dollar payments to Iranian banks have forced Iran’s trading partners to look for alternative ways to settle transactions, including direct barter deals.
“In its trade transactions with other countries, Iran does not limit itself to the U.S. dollar, and the country can pay using its own currency,” central bank governor Mahmoud Bahmani was quoted as saying. “If a country should so choose, it can pay in gold and we would accept that without any reservation.”
The sanctions include a phased ban on importing oil from Iran, which EU member states are to implement by July.
OTTAWA—Callers on behalf of the federal Conservative Party were instructed in the days before last year’s election to read scripts telling voters that Elections Canada had changed their voting locations, say telephone operators who worked for a Thunder Bay-based call centre.
These weren’t “robo-calls,” as automated pre-recorded voice messages as commonly known. They were live real-time calls made into ridings across Canada, the callers say.
A fourth remembered directing people to voting stations but did not remember passing on any message that a voting station had changed.
However, one employee was so concerned that something was amiss she says she reported it to her supervisor at the RMG site, to the RCMP office in Thunder Bay and to a toll-free Elections Canada number at the time.
Annette Desgagné, 46, said it became clear to her — after so many people complained that the “new” voting locations made no sense or were “way the hell across town” — that the live operators were, in fact, misdirecting voters.
“We’re sending people to the wrong place,” Desgagné recalled telling her supervisor.
Police in Europe and South America have arrested 25 alleged members of the “Anonymous” hacking group, Interpol said, amid a suspected attack on its own website by the group’s supporters.
The arrests include four people in Spain, ten in Argentina, six in Chile and five in Colombia as part of a worldwide sweep carried out as part of Interpol operation “Exposure.”
After Interpol announced the attacks, its website failed to load, a fact acknowledged by Anonymous on Twitter with the message interpol.int DOWN.
The Spanish police website also failed to load after it announced police had arrested four people in the country as part of the international action
LONDON — A woman believed to be the widow of one of the four suicide bombers that killed 52 London commuters in July, 2005, is being sought by Kenyan authorities in relation to a terrorist plot in that country, The Times newspaper reported on Wednesday.
Kenyan police were searching for a woman who evaded them when they tried to capture members of a group thought to be planning an attack on the city of Mombasa in December, 2011, the newspaper reported. (The Times operates behind a paywall.)
One of the identities the suspect was believed to be traveling under was Samantha Lewthwaite, the widow of Jermaine Lindsay, who blew up a subway train at King’s Cross station on July 7, 2005, Kenyan police told The Times.