Monthly Archives: March 2013
USSR2 File: 2,000 protesters march through Minsk, denounce Lukashenko while dictator visits SE Asia, 10 detained; ex-soldier from Belarusian MI unit obtains asylum in Lithuania, alleges “severe beating” from superiors for refusing to shoot unarmed protesters; ex-deputy interior minister sentenced for “abuse of office,” Poludzen barred from EU
March 26, 2013Posted by on
Eurocrisis File: Cyprus secures last-minute €10 billion loan from EU on condition of shifting deposits from Popular Bank of Cyprus to main state-owned bank, raiding large uninsured deposits; Medvedev slams deal as “theft,” Putin to restructure 2011 loan to Nicosia; 1,000 Greek neo-Nazis protest Cyprus bailout package outside German embassy
March 25, 2013Posted by on
Red Terror File: Boris Berezovsky found dead in home near London, NBC experts comb residence, find nothing; Russian oligarch part of Yeltsin’s inner circle, fell out with Putin, financed publication of Litvinenko’s Blowing Up Russia; co-author Felshtinsky asserts Boris “victim of Russian hit”; demise occurs amidst allegations of Russian mafia money in Cyprus financial meltdown
March 24, 2013Posted by on
WW4 File: North Korea threatens US bases in Japan, Guam after B-52 Stratofortress exercise over South, Pyongyang’s medium-range missiles capable of hitting such targets; Russian strategic bombers fly near South Korea in mid-March, latest probe of US and allied air defense zones in W. Pacific; Pentagon reaffirms “nuclear umbrella” for South Korea, Japan
March 23, 2013Posted by on
Eurocrisis File: Financial panic grips Cyprus, protesters, police clash outside parliament building, long queues form at ATMs; European Central Bank threatens to pull Emergency Liquidity Assistance unless Nicosia submits to bailout terms, Cypriot finance minister refuses to leave Moscow without loan; PM Medvedev: Russia cannot access government accounts in Cypriot banks
March 22, 2013Posted by on
A large number of our open public structures work through Cyprus. They now have money blocked for reasons that are unclear, because the source of that money is obvious. This money is declared everywhere. These include government structures. That’s why we have to take quite a firm position on the events around Cyprus and regulating the debt of Cyprus.
— Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev; statement published on Russian government website, March 21, 2013
WW4 File: Computer networks at South Korean banks, TV broadcasters crash, North Korean hackers suspected; government agencies, power plants, transportation systems unaffected; follows Pyongyang’s declaration invalidating 1953 armistice, United Nations’ sanctions against Feb. 12 nuke test; North Korea linked to 2009 cyberattack against US dotgov
March 20, 2013Posted by on
Eurocrisis File: Proposed tax on Cypriot bank deposits ahead of EU bailout alarms Kremlin, Putin denounces plan as “unfair, dangerous,” Finance Minister Siluanov angry with EU colleagues, metals magnate Prokhorov: “Europe has opened Pandora’s box”; Moody’s: Russian businesses, individuals dominate Cyprus’ financial sector, hold US$31 billion in accounts
March 19, 2013Posted by on
While the Kremlin may be expressing alarm at the European Union’s bailout plan for Cyprus, which necessitates raiding bank deposits on the island, previous moves in the Russian banking sector suggest the Moscow Leninists knew this was coming. This would not have happened under the watch of Demetris Christofias, who was Cyprus’ Moscow-educated communist president until the end of last month. His party, AKEL, still dominates that country’s House of Representatives.
USSR2/Eurocrisis Files: Putin’s neo-Soviet regime, citing “national security,” bans foreign banks from opening branches in Russia, follows Feb. law prohibiting Russian Cabinet ministers, top officials holding foreign accounts and stocks, real estate exempt (which is good for Alexander Bastrykin, chief of Kremlin’s criminal investigation committee)
March 15, 2013Posted by on
Communist Bloc Military Updates: Russian DM Shoigu: Navy to engage in massive rearmament, expects 78 new warships by 2020; plans permanent task force in Mediterranean Sea to “defend Russia’s interests,” deployment to consist of 10 warships from three fleets, use ports in Cyprus, Montenegro, Greece and Syria as resupply points
March 14, 2013Posted by on
End Times File: Jesuit order assumes total control over Church of Rome, coup began with “papal infallibility” declaration in 1870: Argentine cardinal elected to papacy after speedy conclave, adopts name Francis I; Bergoglio first non-European in 1,200 years, first Jesuit to hold office; scandal-plagued Vatican buys Europe’s largest “gay” sauna
March 13, 2013Posted by on
After centuries of conniving, the Society of Jesus has become the most powerful priestly order in the Church of Rome. In the nineteenth century, the Jesuits used the First Vatican Council to insert their most important doctrine, papal infallibility, into the Code of Canon Law. Under the entry for “Ultramontanism,” the Encyclopedia Britannica (1911) notes:
The hierophants of this Ultramontane system are to be found in the Society of Jesus. In fact, the terms jesuitical and ultramontane may, in numerous cases, be regarded as equivalent. . . . The growth of the Jesuitical influence at Rome – more especially after the return of Pius IX. from exile – implied a more definite protection of Ultramontanism by the papacy. The proclamation of the dogma of the immaculate conception [of Mary] in 1854 was more than the decision of an old and vexed theological problem; it was an act of conformity to a pietistic type especially represented by the Jesuits. The Syllabus of 1864, however, carried with it a recognition of the Ultramontane condemnation of all modern culture. Finally, in the [First] Vatican Council, the Jesuits saw another of their favourite theories – that of papal infallibility – elevated to the status of a dogma of the Church.
Nearly a century later, the Jesuits reached out “in love” to the “separated brethren” (once burned at the stake as “heretics”) with the Second Vatican Council. Yesterday, the Jesuits manipulated the College of Cardinals into electing one of their own from Argentina, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, to become the new bishop of Rome, or official head of the Catholic Church. This Jesuit triumph, though, represents only the tip of the iceberg in the Vatican’s confusing political drama.
In an unprecedented development, Benjamin XVI, who resigned on February 28, is to be called “Pope Emeritus” and continue living in the Vatican. The Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Adolfo Nicolas, is also resident in Rome. For centuries, the Jesuit general has been known derisively as the “Black Pope,” due to his influence and the color of his garb. Thus, like the medieval Western Schism, three men are effectively “pope” of the Roman Church.
All of this presents an intriguing scenario wherein the Jesuit general and his subordinates are required to render absolute obedience to the bishop of Rome (“White Pope”), while the bishop of Rome, a Jesuit, must render absolute obdience to the Jesuit general. For Bible prophecy enthusiasts, one is inclined to ask whether the “beast from the sea” and the “beast from the earth,” two ominous and closely allied personages mentioned in chapter 13 of the Revelation of Jesus Christ, might not arise from among this power trio.
Incidentally, the new Pope Francis I has been denounced for betraying, while a provincial in the Society of Jesus, two fellow priests to Argentina’s military junta during the “Dirty War” that saw thousands of leftists “disappeared” (kidnapped and murdered). This skeleton in the closet, however, is nothing compared to the latest Vatican scandal, breaking only one day before Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected pope, in which the Holy See purchased a €23 million share of a Rome apartment block that houses Europe’s biggest gay sauna, Europa Multiclub.
It just so happens that 76-year-old Cardinal Ivan Dias, head of the Congregation for Evangelisation of Peoples, enjoys a 12-room apartment on the first floor of the imposing 2 Via Carducci, just yards from the entrance to the “steamy flesh pot.” There are 18 other Vatican apartments in the block, many of which house priests.
Buncha (Paranoid) Commies Corner: Russian Communist Party boss mourns Chavez’s demise, alleges US agents “infected” leader of Latin America’s Red Axis with cancer; Venezuela’s interim president Maduro speculates comrade’s death part of “imperialist” plot; religious broadcaster Pat Robertson advocated Chavez’s assassination in 2005
March 9, 2013Posted by on
Communist Bloc Military Updates: Russia, Red China to conduct “Peace Mission 2013” live-fire naval maneuvers near Japan in June; Moscow-Beijing Axis began joint drills in 2005; KGB defector Golitsyn predicted healing of Sino-Soviet split, formation of anti-NATO “one clenched fist” alliance in New Lies for Old (1984)
March 8, 2013Posted by on
While the Russian Navy and People’s Liberation Army Navy, both rapidly modernizing, are no match for the US Navy, the world’s largest, military cooperation between Russia and Red China is proceeding apace on other fronts. In any case, the shopping mall regime is so disinterested in the activities of its enemies, this story has barely trickled into the English-language section of Cyberworld.
Eurocrisis File: Portugal’s Left Bloc praises March 2 mass demos, commends “Citizen Tide” in Spain; waving banner of 1974 Carnation Revolution, Portuguese communists demand “overthrow” of pro-austerity government, expulsion of EC-ECB-IMF “Troika,” end to “dictatorship of debt”; revolution in Lisbon template for “radical change” throughout EU
March 8, 2013Posted by on
In the latest issue of Links: International Journal of Socialist Renewal, Portugal’s Left Bloc spokesman Jorge Costa comments on the sovereign debt crisis in the Eurozone:
Portugal’s left must seize the moment offered by an escalating social struggle and unite around a radical platform of change.
The massive demonstrations on March 2 across Portugal have changed the immediate future of social struggle in our country.
Those who want to avenge the Carnation Revolution of April 25, 1974, now know, after the millions who marched on September 15 and March 2, that large-scale popular mobilisation is not an isolated phenomenon or an occasional cry of the soul. It is the expression of concrete social struggle, a permanent fact of the national situation, of a majority that is speaking out against the cuts that are crushing our society.
The immediate demand of this social mobilisation is the overthrow of the government.
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First, the Left Bloc and the Portuguese Communist Party should demand new elections and together seek a leftist government to break with the Troika.
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The extent of popular mobilisation in Portugal is an example for the rest of Europe. By its scale and the clarity of his cry, inspired by the 1974 revolution. Moreover, violent and unstable [pro-austerity] governments are devastating the entire European periphery.
Comrade Costa’s exhortation to the Portuguese Communist Party and other leftists to instigate revolution in Lisbon and throughout the debt-stricken southern “periphery” of the European Union was foreseen by some observers who admitted, after the (managed) demise of the Soviet Union, that communism could experience a resurgence in the midst of economic crisis. For example, The Encyclopedia of Revolutions and Revolutionaries, assembled by a world-wide team of academics, warns, under the entry for “Communism”:
The collapse of the Soviet Union was followed by that of communism in its east European satellites, all of which reformed themselves between 1989-1991. The results of decades of Communist domination now stood there for all to see: mostly these took the form of poverty, technological backwardness and, in places, extreme damage to the environment and even a declining life expectancy of the population. Except for a few diehards, the spectacle took away communism’s last adherents in the developed countries as well as in most developing ones. As of this writing, in 1994, only one country, namely Cuba, remains strictly Communist. All the rest have either committed themselves to a market economy based on private property and capitalism or, in a few cases such as China (and, most recently, Vietnam), to rapid capitalist development under the continued tutelage of a Communist party. Communism, without a doubt the greatest revolutionary movement of all time, has failed for the time being, nor does a credible successor appear on the horizon. Yet many of the circumstances that originally led to communism, such as extreme and widespread poverty, exploitation and class warfare still persist. Should market economies fail to solve or at least to alleviate these problems, as seems likely to happen in many countries, then in one form or another it [communism] may yet return (Martin van Creveld, chief editor. New York: Facts on File, 1996).
Bolivarian Revolution File: Venezuela’s communist dictator dead after two-year bout with cancer, returned to homeland after months of treatment in Cuba; VP Maduro Chavez’s chosen successor, but faces elections in 30 days; Republican chairman of US House Intelligence Committee: “Chavez was a destabilizing force in Latin America”
March 6, 2013Posted by on
WW4 File: Retired Soviet/Russian General Ivashov, Moscow think tank VP: “Holding USA at nuclear gunpoint will deter large-scale aggression”; Red Chinese general, head of PRC’s National Defense University to lead delegation to Hawaii, DC in military exchange; in 2005 Zhu threatened to nuke USA in any conflict over Republic of China, never reprimanded by Communist Party, Central Military Commission
March 5, 2013Posted by on
Eurocrisis File: Retired officers of Spanish armed forces gather in Madrid, denounce Catalan separatism, Socialist politician demands investigation of general who allegedly advocated coup d’etat; 500,000 protesters march against austerity in Lisbon, call for resignation of PM Passos Coelho’s government; 100,000s more demonstrate across Portugal, revive revolutionary song from 1974
March 2, 2013Posted by on
Imagine what would happen if the Popular Party were to lose its absolute majority in the next general elections, and the Catalan nationalists were to demand, in exchange for their support, a change of the Constitution to undo the doctrine of the “indissoluble unity” of Spain.
So what do the Armed Forces do? The rules are one thing, practice is another. If the defense mechanism of the constitutional order doesn’t work, by act or omission, then….The country is more important than democracy. Patriotism is a feeling, and the Constitution is nothing but a law.
— General (ret.) Juan Antonio Chicharro, commander of Spanish Navy Marine Corps until 2010, presently in reserves; speaking at Gran Peña club, Madrid, on February 6, 2013
Carnation Revolution overthrows fascist regime in Portugal in 1974
November 25, 1975 coup fails to install communist dicatorship in Lisbon
USA File: President Obama backed Bush’s bank bailout, but signs order implementing $85 billion in immediate government spending cuts, blames Congressional Republicans for wanting tax breaks for wealthy; Pentagon: Navy to ground four air wings, Air Force to decrease flying hours, Army to reduce training, DoD’s 800,000 civilian workers to take unpaid leave
March 2, 2013Posted by on
End Times File: Benedict XVI accepts resignation of UK’s top cardinal over “inappropriate acts” with fellow priests, retires as “Pontiff Emeritus” with nearly full papal trappings; theologians fear election of weak “antipope” who will defer to ex-Cardinal Ratzinger; Catholic Church’s accommodation with communism formalized during Second Vatican Council
March 2, 2013Posted by on
Eurocrisis File: Italy’s “ex”-red president rules out early return to polls as “ex”-red Democratic Party chief snubs alliance with center-right, surprise winner Grillo; FSB defector Litvinenko fingered Bersani’s past boss, ex-PM Prodi, as “KGB’s man in Italy”; scandal-plagued billionaire Berlusconi Putin’s buddy, likely candidate for FSB sex entrapment; PM Monti co-founder with past PCI boss of Spinelli Group
March 2, 2013Posted by on