Microsoft founder Bill Gates is the richest man in the world – and has a unique understanding of how global issues such as poverty , climate change or famines must be fought in the future.
Im Interview mit der “Süddeutschen Zeitung” Gates criticized that especially with regard to climate change, “a kind of global government” lacks. In other words, Gates wants a world government.
“The UN system has failed”
“You can make fun of it, but in truth it was sad how the conference in Copenhagen is run, how individual who behave like the UN system failed,” the 59-year-old said in view of the often viewed as a failure UN Climate Change Conference 2009 in the Danish capital . So far there is no perfect frame, so Gates.
In view of the urgent problems in the world is a global government “badly needed,” said Gates. “Take the UN, it has been created especially for the security in the world. We are ready for war, because we have taken every precaution. We have NATO, we have divisions, jeeps, trained people. But what is with epidemics? How many doctors do we have as much planes, tents, what scientists? If there were such a thing as a world government, we would be better prepared. “
Gates founded in the 1990s with his wife Melinda, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support people in health care and the fight against poverty worldwide.
Gates is (allegedly) the richest man in the world
According to the New York business magazine “Forbes” Bill Gates leads with more than 80 billion dollars (70 billion euros) a list of the richest people . The world’s most popular computer program directs three decades billion into the pockets of the now 59-year-olds.
“The Giving Pledge”. Founded with friend and Mitmilliardär Warren Buffett Gates 2010 also “The Giving Pledge”.The club can only join who donates at least half of his fortune to charity. Richard Branson and Larry Ellison are, Diane von Furstenberg and Barron Hilton, the nearly century-old David Rockefeller and Mark Zuckerberg.
by Stephen Lendman
World headlines announced Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz’s death. At age 90. After being hospitalized on December 31. Suffering from pneumonia.
His half-brother Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud succeeds him. Aged 79. Reportedly suffering from dementia or Parkinson’s disease.
Initially Reuters headlined “New king, same oil policy.” Changed to “New Saudi king seen holding the line on OPEC policy to keep oil output high.”
The Wall Street Journal headlined “Death of King Unlikely to Alter Saudi Oil Policy.”
The Financial Times headlined “Saudi Arabia’s new King Salman bids to reassure markets.”
AP headlined “Saudi King Abdullah, a Gradual Modernizer, Dead at 90.”
BBC headlined “Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz dies.”
Saying prior to announcing his death, “Saudi television cut to Koranic verses, which often signifies the passing of a senior royal.”
He died on Thursday at 22:00 GMT (5:00 PM New York time).
The Washington Post called him “a wily king who embraced limited reform.” The New York Times said he became “a force of moderation.”
A litany of praise followed for one of the world’s most repressive rulers heading a ruthless regime.
James Petras commented earlier. Calling the Kingdom infested with “all the vices and none of the virtues of an oil rich state like Venezuela.”
“The country is governed by a family dictatorship which tolerates no opposition and severely punishes human rights advocates and political dissidents.”
It “finances the most fanatical, retrograde, misogynist version of Islam, “Wahhabi” a sect of Sunni Islam.”
Prince Bandar bin Sultan masterminds Saudi’s terror network, said Petras. Partnered with high-level “US political, military and intelligence officials.”
State terror enforces repressive policies. No opposition is tolerated. Elections when held are farcical.
Ruling family dictatorship thugs run things. Expect no meaningful change under Salman. Repressive business as usual continues.
Human Rights Watch called Abdullah’s so-called reforms “largely symbolic.” He “failed to secure the fundamental rights of Saudi citizens to free expression, association and assembly.”
Obama paid tribute to his “valued” ally. Saying “(t)he closeness and strength of the partnership between our two countries is part of King Abdullah’s legacy.”
One rogue leader praised another. Obama ludicrously claimed Abdullah “took bold steps” for regional peace.
Rogue leadership best describes him. A longstanding destabilizing influence.
Partnered with Obama’s war on Syria. Supporting extremist takfiris against Assad. Supplying them with chemical and other weapons.
Relatively few in number IS beheadings make headlines. Longstanding Saudi practice gets practically no attention.
A rare October 2014 Newsweek article headlined “When It Comes to Beheadings, ISIS Has Nothing Over Saudi Arabia.”
America’s “closest Arab ally,” said Newsweek. Kingdom “decapitations are routine.” For “crimes including political dissent.”
“(A)nd the international press hardly seems to notice.” Dozens of people have “their heads lopped off” annually.
On average, one every four days. Along with other horrendous forms of punishment. Including whippings involving hundreds of lashes. Sometimes 1,000.
Administered about 50 at a time. Too many at once assures extremely painful death.
Newsweek said beheadings occur in public. “People…gather to watch…” British author John R. Bradley calls them the “only form of public entertainment” besides football.
One Saudi executioner, Mohammed Saad al-Beshi, said he beheaded up to seven prisoners a day. Calling it “God’s work.”
Newsweek’s article is the exception proving the rule. Virtually none of this makes Western headlines. Especially in America.
Horrific Saudi crimes aren’t reported. Obama turned truth on its head calling US/Saudi ties a “force for stability and security in the Middle East and beyond.”
The State Department publishes annual human rights reports on over 190 countries. Its latest in April 2014.
Discussing Kingdom “human rights problems. (I)including torture and other abuses…”
“(O)vercrowding in prisons and detention centers…”
“(H)olding political prisoners and detainees…”
“(D)enial of due process; arbitrary arrest and detention…”
“(A)rbitrary interference with privacy, home, and correspondence.”
“Violence against women, trafficking in persons, and discrimination based on gender, religion, sect, race, and ethnicity (remain) common.”
“Lack of governmental transparency and access made it difficult to assess the magnitude of many reported human rights problems.”
Known abuses include “arbitrary and unlawful deprivation of life.” State-sponsored kidnappings and disappearances.
“Torture and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment.”
Horrific prison and detention center treatment. Arbitrary arrests and detentions. “Denial of fair public trial(s).”
No due process or judicial fairness whatever. Thousands of political prisoners with no rights whatever.
“Arbitrary interference with privacy, family, home or correspondence.” No human or civil rights whatever allowed.
Saudi “civil law does not protect human rights, including freedom of speech and the press.”
Internet freedom is verboten. None whatever exists. Nor academic freedom. Nor free cultural expressions.
Nor free peaceful assembly and association. Nor freedom of religion. Nor freedom of internal movement, foreign travel and repatriation.
Asylum granted only “if public interest so dictates.” Refugees and asylum seekers prohibited from legally seeking work.
Or have access to education, healthcare, public housing, legal services or other social ones.
Significant numbers of Saudi residents are legally stateless. Mostly native born ones.
Saudi citizens have no right to change their government. Saud family members maintain total control.
Political parties and similar groups are forbidden. So is the right to organize politically. Collective bargaining rights are banned.
Discrimination against women excludes them from most aspects of public life. Government is rife with corruption.
Transparency is nonexistent. Internal and international human rights groups are banned.
Consensual same-sex conduct is punishable by death or flogging. Civil and human rights abuses are rampant.
Absolute monarchal rule is despotic, lawless and brutal. Police state ruthlessness writ large.
An October 2014 Amnesty International (AI) report is titled “Saudi Arabia’s ACPRA: How the Kingdom Silences its Human Rights Activists.”
It explains how Saudi officials harass, detain and abuse human rights workers. Going to “extreme lengths to hound critics into silent submission,” said AI.
ACPRA is the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association. Founded in October 2009. Dissolved in March 2013.
On March 9, 2013, a so-called Saudi court sentenced two of its leaders to 15 years in prison. For “offenses that included sedition and giving inaccurate information to foreign media.”
According to AI’s Middle East and North Africa program deputy director Said Boumedouha:
“The Saudi Arabian authorities have consolidated their iron grip on power through a systematic and ruthless campaign of persecution against peaceful activists in a bid to suppress any criticism of the state in the aftermath of the 2011 Arab uprisings.”
AI’s report focuses on 11 ACPRA activists. Saudi authorities targeted its founding members.
Three currently serve 15-year prison terms. Two are incarcerated without charge. Three others awaited trial when AI’s report was published.
Another three were tried. As of last fall they were free. All 11 were harassed. Most were detained short-term or imprisoned for months or years.
Charges besides the one listed above included one or more of the following:
“(B)reaking allegiance to and disobeying the ruler.”
“(I)nciting public opinion against the authorities.”
Equating peaceful demonstrators and dissenters with “terrorism.” According to AI’s report:
“ACPRA members spoke out repeatedly against the detention practices of the Saudi Arabian authorities and were especially critical of the Ministry of Interior and its feared security and intelligence branch, the General Directorate of Investigations (GDI) or al Mabahith, whose officers wield extensive powers and are able to arrest, detain, torture and abuse those they suspect with impunity.”
“(V)irtually all the country’s leading human rights activists are the imprisoned victims of an unrelenting official crackdown on criticism, dissent and other exercise of the right to freedom of expression.”
“Saudi Arabia has long evaded effective international scrutiny for its dire human rights record.”
It’s a longstanding US ally. One rogue state supports another. Dirty business as usual continues. Expect no meaningful change ahead.
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BERLIN (AP) — The leader of a German organization against the perceived “Islamization” of Europe stepped down Wednesday after a picture surfaced showing him with a Hitler mustache and hair combed over like the Fuehrer.
Lutz Bachmann, co-founder of the Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West, or PEGIDA, announced his departure in a statement on Facebook after top-selling tabloid Bild published the photo.
Bachmann didn’t comment directly on the picture, but apologized for online comments that have surfaced where he called refugees “cattle” and “filthy.”
He called them “ill-considered comments that I wouldn’t make in this way today” and apologized for harming the movement, which has taken pains to distance itself from neo-Nazi groups.
The group has staged weekly demonstrations in the eastern city of Dresden that reached their peak last week, drawing 25,000 people. This week’s planned rally was canceled after police said authorities had monitored a Tweet calling for one of the organizers to be killed.
© AP Photo/Jens Meyer FILE – In this Dec. 15, 2014 file photo the chairman of Pegida, Lutz Bachmann, delivers a speech during a rally of the ‘Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West’ (PEGIDA) in Dresden,…
PEGIDA’s spokeswoman, Kathrin Oertel said the Hitler picture had been satire, but Bachmann’s comments about refugees and German politicians hadn’t “contributed to the trustworthiness” of the group.
Bild quoted Bachmann as saying he had posted the Hitler picture on his Facebook page, apparently some time ago, as a joke.
“One has to be able sometimes to make fun of oneself,” he said.
If it was a joke, nobody was laughing.
“Anyone in politics who poses as Hitler is either a total idiot or a Nazi,” Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel told Bild, taking the opportunity to reiterate the government’s call for people to stay away from PEGIDA’s weekly demonstrations in Dresden.
PEGIDA organizer Rene Jahn earlier Wednesday said the “incident must have consequences.”
“That’s unacceptable. I won’t have anything to do with such a thing,” Jahn said.
But they wouldn’t do that to Us… right?
‘CIA killed prisoners, made it look like suicide’ – Guantanamo guard | 15 Jan 2015 |A former Guantanamo Bay prison guard and Marine explained in details what makes him believe three problematic detainees were killed at CIA black site in Guantanamo and their death was covered up as a triple suicide. Army Staff Sergeant Joseph Hickman was on duty at the notorious prison camp when the three men died, and insists the official version of events is “impossible,” he told Vice News. The three men were Salah Ahmed Al-Salami, 37, from Yemen, Mani Shaman Al-Utaybi, 30, from Saudi Arabia, and Yasser Talal Al-Zahrani, 22, also from Saudi Arabia. None of them had been charged with any crime.
Shooters were radicalized in Europe, sent to Syria, returned, have been previously arrested by Western security agencies for terrorism and long on the watch-list of French and other Western intelligence agencies. Yet “somehow” they still managed to execute a highly organized attack in the heart of Europe.
January 8, 2015 (Tony Cartalucci – NEO) – In an all too familiar pattern and as predicted, the shooters involved in the attack in Paris Wednesday, January 7, 2015, were French citizens, radicalized in Europe and exported to Syria to fight in NATO’s proxy war against the government in Damascus, then brought back where they have now carried out a domestic attack. Additionally, as have been many other domestic attacks, the suspects were long under the watch of Western intelligence services, with at least one suspect having already been arrested on terrorism charges.
USA Today would report in an article titled, “Manhunt continues for two French terror suspects,” that:
The suspects are two brothers — Said, 34, and Cherif Kouachi, 32, both French nationals — and Hamyd Mourad, 18, whose nationality wasn’t known, a Paris police official told the Associated Press. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly.
USA Today would also report (emphasis added):
The brothers were born in Paris of Algerian descent. Cherif was sentenced to three years in prison on terrorism charges in May 2008. Both brothers returned from Syria this summer.
The implications of yet another case of Western-radicalized terrorists, first exported to fight NATO’s proxy war in Syria, then imported and well-known to Western intelligence agencies, being able to carry out a highly organized, well-executed attack, is that the attack itself was sanctioned and engineered by Western intelligence agencies themselves,. This mirrors almost verbatim the type of operations NATO intelligence carried out during the Cold War with similar networks of radicalized militants used both as foreign mercenaries and domestic provocateurs. Toward the end of the Cold War, one of these militant groups was literally Al Qaeda – a proxy mercenary front armed, funded, and employed by the West to this very day.
Additionally, in all likelihood, the brothers who took part in the attack in Paris may have been fighting in Syria with weapons provided to them by the French government itself. France 24 would report last year in an article titled, “France delivered arms to Syrian rebels, Hollande confirms,” that:
President Francois Hollande said on Thursday that France had delivered weapons to rebels battling the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad “a few months ago.”
Deflecting blame for the current attack on “radical Islam” is but a canard obscuring the truth that these terrorists were created intentionally by the West, to fight the West’s enemies abroad, and to intimidate and terrorize their populations at home.
We Must Sidestep the Canards
As with any false flag attack engineered by a government for the purpose of manipulating public perception and pushing through otherwise unjustifiable policy both foreign and domestic, a series of canards are erected to distract the public from the true nature of the attack.
In the recent attack in Paris, France, the canards of “free speech,” “condemning radical Islam,” “tolerance,” and “extremism” have all taken center stage, displacing the fact that the terrorists who carried out the attack were long on the leash not of “Islamic extremists” but Western intelligence agencies, fighting in a Western proxy war, as a member of a well-funded, armed, and trained mercenary force that has, on record since as early as 2007, been an essential component of Western foreign policy.
Indeed, Al Qaeda and its various rebrandings are not the creation of “Islamic extremism,” but rather Western foreign policy using “extremism” as part of indoctrinating the rank and file, but directed by and solely for the purpose of serving an entirely Western agenda.
As exposed by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh in his 2007 article, “The Redirection: Is the Administration’s new policy benefiting our enemies in the war on terrorism?” it was stated explicitly that (emphasis added):
To undermine Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, the Bush Administration has decided, in effect, to reconfigure its priorities in the Middle East. In Lebanon, the Administration has coöperated with Saudi Arabia’s government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations that are intended to weaken Hezbollah, the Shiite organization that is backed by Iran. The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by-product of these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda.
In reality, without Western backing, “laundered” through the Persian Gulf autocracies and manifesting themselves in a global network of mosques jointly run by Persian Gulf and Western intelligence agencies, there would be no “Islamic extremism” to speak of. To focus on “extremism” as a cause, rather than as a means used by the true perpetrators of this global-spanning campaign of Western-sanctioned terrorism, is not only to perpetuate such canards, but to invite the perpetuation of this very terrorism we are shocked and horrified by.
West Apparently Maintaining Domestic Radicalization/Recruitment Centers
The recent Sydney cafe hostage crisis featuring an Iranian dissident granted Australian asylum and featured in anti-Iranian propaganda, exposed a vast network of radicalization and recruitment run in the Australian city of Sydney, used to organize support and fighters to be sent to the West’s proxy war in Syria. The network included many notorious individuals, well known to Australian law enforcement and intelligence agencies, and many of whom had traveled to Syria, taken part in fighting alongside known terrorist organizations, and were allowed to return and continue their political activities in Australia.
The Daily Mail’s article, “Why did police ask former terror suspect for an ISIS flag?” would state:
Counter terrorism police have contacted Sydney man and one time terror accused Zaky Mallah and asked him for an ISIS flag.
Just over four hours into the Martin Place siege, officers the NSW Police Joint Counter Terrorism Team and asked him if he could give them an ISIS flag.
Zaky Mallah, 30, from Westmead in western Sydney offered the Counter Terrorist police the flag that hangs on the wall of his apartment, the moderate Islamic Front flag, but ‘they weren’t interested’.
The article would also state:
Two years ago Mr Mallah travelled to Syria and lived with the FSA rebels engaged in the bloody civil war against Muslim hardliner President Bashar el Assad ‘before it got crazy over there’. After returning home, he encouraged young people to go to Syria and engage in jihad to experience the freedom fight taken up against El Assad…
As in Australia, France apparently also has a stable of former terrorists who had traveled to Syria and returned, all while on their watch lists – and in Australia at least – some of these terrorists are literally on security agency speed dials and are clearly a part of a network the intelligence community both monitors and in fact, maintains.
Such networks have turned out thousands of recruits to fight in NATO’s war in Syria. The BBC would report in an article titled, “Islamic State crisis: ‘3,000 European jihadists join fight’,” that:
The number of Europeans joining Islamist fighters in Syria and Iraq has risen to more than 3,000, the EU’s anti-terrorism chief has told the BBC.
Gilles de Kerchove also warned that Western air strikes would increase the risk of retaliatory attacks in Europe.
How exactly is the public expected to believe that such a vast number of terrorists can migrate overseas to fight alongside terrorist forces the West is currently, allegedly, fighting, without the West being able to stem such a tide? Clearly, just as arming Al Qaeda in Syria was done intentionally, so to have the floodgates been open, allowing European terrorists to both join NATO’s proxy war in Syria, and to return home and join NATO’s growing war against its own people.
Operation Gladio on Steroids
Such networks don’t just mirror NATO’s “stay behind networks” formed during the Cold War, supposedly created to activate in the wake of a full-scale Soviet invasion of Western Europe, but instead used as a covert front of political and terroristic provocation – such networks today are a continuation of NATO’s secret armies.
NATO’s provocateurs used during the Cold War were a mixture of nationalists, anti-communists, former Nazi SS officers, and extremists of every stripe. Their particular beliefs were, however, ultimately irrelevant since they were used for a singular agenda defined not by these beliefs, but by NATO’s own agenda.
Many of the militants and extremists NATO used were liquidated upon the completion of the many false flag attacks NATO organized at the cost of hundreds of innocent European lives. Likewise, today, many of the gunmen or bombers involved in the long string of suspicious domestic attacks carried out by NATO’s modern “stay behind network” are either killed on sight, or imprisoned and forgotten.
While NATO’s Cold War operations appeared confined to conducting terrorism upon its own people, today’s networks are used to carry out both proxy wars overseas as well as to carry out terrorist attacks at home. The expansive nature of this network and the threat it poses to global peace and stability should be at the center of the Paris attack debate – not the alleged beliefs, religion, or supposed agenda of the attackers who, just like their Cold War counterparts, were nothing more than patsies and pawns amid a much larger and insidious game.
Tony Cartalucci, Bangkok-based geopolitical researcher and writer, especially for the online magazine“New Eastern Outlook”.
Cites Inability to Pay After Withholding Palestinian Tax Money
by Jason Ditz, January 05, 2015
Just days after the Israeli government announced it is seizing some $100 million in tax money from the Palestinian Authority to “punish” them for trying to join the International Criminal Courts (ICC), the Israeli state-run electric company has announced it will cut off electricity supplies to the Palestinians for non-payment.
The IEC claims the Palestinian Authority owes NIS645 million, or about $160 million, for past shipments, and that the company can’t keep sending the Palestinians electricity that they can’t pay for.
The IEC warned Israeli military and spy agencies of the planned cuts, saying it fears cutting off the electricity to PA territory would lead to “various responses by the Palestinian population.”
That’s putting it mildly, because even though the $100 million Israel stole from the Palestinians over the weekend isn’t going to the IEC, which is itself owned by the Israeli government, one can’t help but notice that is a big part of why they’re not going to be able to pay their debts.
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