Tagged: ukraine

Didn’t the billions of dollars given to George Soros used to sponsor protests defaming Christians & Christianity in Ukraine & Russia

American meddling or American taxpayer dollars used to fight Christianity!

Reptilian News - George Soros and Femen attack Christianity and Christians.

American Christians pay taxes and Jewish financier George Soros spends it on Femen attacks on Christian chruches and people.

Donald Trump should investigate Freedom House and other George Soros NGOs which received billions of dollars from USAID

US State department and intelligence agencies have funneled $2 billion to their Ukrainian friends with just two USAID contracts

Reptilian News cartoon - How USAID gave George Soros billions to topple Ukrainian government

US govt agency USAI gave more than $2 billion to Geoge Soros-run Freedom House to topple the Russia-friendly regime in Ukraine. After spending a lot more money, US finally toppled the Ukrainian president and established a loyal stooge in his place.

USAID Yellowbook FY 2001 archived at
https://web.archive.org/web/20060210121553/http://www.usaid.gov/business/yellowbook/yellowbook01.pdf

Russians catch Victoria Nuland with her skirt down in Ukraine; CIA front Google hides leaked phone call tape video; Vitaly Klitschko needs to find Nuland and pound her to pulp

It is almost impossible to find the leaked tape on Google. I went to the Russia Today (RT) website to find the link to leaked video of the US phone call tape to Ukraine wherein state department official Victoria Nuland is caught discussing Ukraine violence strategy with US ambassador to Ukraine.

A Moral Volcano post from 2005 showing how US state department routed US$ 2 billion via Freedom House, ostensibly to "promote freedom and democracy" in Ukraine.

A Moral Volcano post from 2005 showing how US state department routed US$ 2 billion via Freedom House, ostensibly to “promote freedom and democracy” in Ukraine.

Freedom House is an outfit managed by two mainstream political parties – Democratic and Republican. They get almost all their funding from US government.

In 2005, I wrote wrote quite a bit about the USAID yellowbook from which I found these details. After that, USAID has not published any more of their “yellow books”.

I also wrote to the Center for Public Integrity (CPI – http://www.publicintegrity.org) about the Ukraine aid via Freedom House. They replied that the huge amount routed via Freedom House was indeed surprising but they seemed tied up with their own busts on politicians and had no time to spare. Of course, Freedom House board officials did not reply.

Interestingly, CPI recently announced they have joined (or co-opted by?) Huffington Post, which was in turn sold to AOL, owned by Time Warner (which owns Time, CNN and other mainstream media properties).

UPDATE: The Occidental Observer has more links and info on Ms. Nuland.

a talented, energetic [Jewish] family that is part of the Permanent Government of the United States. It doesn’t really matter who wins the Presidential election: some Kagan-Nuland will be doing something somewhere in your name and on your dime.

http://www.theoccidentalobserver.net/2014/02/victoria-nulands-family-ties/

Darlings Of The West – III**

British Petroleum (BP) Chairman Lord Browne has complained that state-owned petroleum companies from Asia where skewing the oil market. He claimed that oil producing nations could be best served if only they made deals with private international companies like BP. He said the Asian firms benefited from government-to-government deals, which did not always make economic sense. Lord Browne would have been right if we did not have things like the BTC pipeline. This project is evidence to the fact that Big Oil can leverage funds that exist beyond their balance sheets. Why else would the U.S. government pour billions of dollars of American taxpayer’s money setting the stage for a largely British project in which American companies have only marginal investments?

Billed as “the project of the century”, the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline is now complete. BP says it cost $3.6 billion* to build – making it the costliest oil pipeline in the world. The pipeline starts in Azerbaijan, goes through Georgia and ends in Turkey, connecting the landlocked Caspian Sea with the Mediterranean. The ideal route to take Caspian oil out to its markets would have been through Iran or Russia but this is something the West has been keen to avoid.

The U.S. has established an airbase near Ceyhan at Incirlik. A massive military deployment around the pipeline has been planned. F William Engdahl, writing in Asia Times, says:

On April 12, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld went to Baku, his second vist in four months, to discuss demands to create a US military base in Azerbaijan. The Pentagon already de facto runs the Georgian military with its US Special Forces officers and Georgia has been asked to join the NATO. Now, Washington wants to have direct bases in Azerbaijan proximate to Russia as well as to Iran. The Pentagon has also allocated $100 million to build a Caspian Guard of special forces military, ostensibly to guard the new BTC pipeline, though the latter was deliberately built underground to make it less vulnerable, one reason for its high cost. Part of the Pentagon money would go to build a radar-equipped command center in Baku, capable of monitoring all sea traffic in the Caspian. The US wants airbases in Azerbaijan, which naturally would be seen Tehran and Moscow as a strategic provocation.

The 1,770 kilometer-long pipeline will take 6 months and 10 million barrels of oil to fill from end to end. Oil filled at Baku will take 10 days to reach Ceyhan. The pipeline is expected to carry 1 million barrels a day from the Caspian sea. But, where is this oil going to come from?

Production in the entire Caspian region currently stands at only 2 million barrels per day (bpd). The Caspian sea has proven reserves of 33 billion barrels of oil, making it the third largest in the world. (The Persian Gulf has over 700 billion barrels.) Turkey has no oil. Georgia has lots of mineral water. And, Azerbaijan? Well, it is suspected that Azeri authorities vastly overestimated their reserves and sold the idea to the Americans, who seemed to have swallowed it whole. Either that or the Americans have some secret information about the oil reserves that they are not telling anyone.

To make the pipeline more viable, Azerbaijan offered to let Russia send its oil through the pipeline. To add pressure, Turkey placed restrictions on Russian oil tankers that currently take oil across the Black Sea through the narrow Bosphorous straits. Russia has so far refused to join the project adding that its oil will bypass the Bosphorous with the new Burgas pipeline, which runs over Bulgaria to Greece. Thus, the only other country that can make the project viable is Kazakhastan. However, President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhastan is a cool player who does not place all his eggs in one basket. He likes to keep a safe distance from both Moscow and Washington. Today, companies from Russia, North America, and Europe are already working in Kazakhastan. There is a possibility that Kazakhastan’s oil and gas go East to China. If it did, then the BTC pipeline would be doomed. So, many observers wondering if the U.S. is giving shape to a “color revolution” for Kazakhastan.
USAI YellowBook records billions transferred to Ukraine via Soros-run Freedom House

A study of the color revolutions of Eastern Europe and Central Asia are a good way to measure how much money the U.S. has spent to help make Western oil companies like BP richer. During elections in Ukraine, the U.S. embassy was seen in great action. Special camps were conducted to train journalists in “democratic values.” The U.S. financed the exit polls, which predicted a huge win for the pro-Western candidate Yushchenko. When Yushchenko lost, the “pro-democracy activists” from the youth movement called Pora (It’s Time) (which again was financed by the U.S.) effected the “Orange Revolution.” Elections were conducted again and the pro-US candidate Yushchenko won. In Azerbaijan, a “good dictator” (pro-American) Haidar Aliyev was in power when the pipeline talks began. Engdahl continues:

Former US national security advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski was a consultant to BP during the Bill Clinton era, urging Washington to back the project. In fact, it was Brzezinski who went to Baku in 1995, uofficiall in behalf of Clinton, to meet with then Zeri president Haidar Aliyev, to negotiate new independent Baku pipeline routes including what became the BTC pipeline.

Brzezinski also sits on the board of an impressive, if little known, U.S.-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce (USACC). The chairman of USACC in Wahsington is Tim Cajka, president of ExxonMobil Exploration. Other USACC board members include Henry Kissinger and James Baker III, the man who in 2003 personally went to Tbilisi to tell Eduard Shevardnadze that Washington wanted him to step aside in favour of the US-trained Georgian Shaakashvili. Brent Scowcroft, former national security advisor to George H W Bush, also sits on the board. And, Cheney was a former board member before he became the U.S. Vice-President. A more high-powered Washington team of geopolitical fixers would be hard to imagine. This group of prominent individual certainly would not give a minute of their time unless an area of utmost geopolitical strategic importance to the US or to certain powerful interests there.

When Haider Aliyev died, his son Ilham Aliyev succeeded him in an election that was rigged but to the U.S. was fair. But, things are not going very well for him. The U.S. is now financing opposition groups fashioned on the Ukrainian Pora. Central Asian republics lying in the direction of a possible Kazakhastan-China route are now facing serious threats. A radical Islamic movement led by Hizbut-Tehrir (HT) and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) is operating from the Ferhana valley whose stated aim is to create a pan-Central Asian caliphate covering Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan. Hizbut Tehrir operates from Whitehall, London. Britain has refused to ban it although Germany has already done so. Interestingly, the group is now headed by an IT professional named Jalaluddin Patel.

* – The project was financed by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), which is owned by Western countries.

 

‡ – They literally coached him – no metaphor is used here.

† – The pipeline goes through the Borjomi region of Georgia. Borjomi is home to Georgia’s mineral water industry, which contributes 10% percent of Georgia’s exports. It is also the largest employer and contributor to the budget in this economically depressed region. While the BTC consortium has pledged to adopt extra safety measures in the Borjomi region, such as thicker pipes and additional block valves, members of the mineral water industry worry that the market for mineral water is dependent on image and reputation, and that the Borjomi brand could suffer irreparable harm, even if there is no spill or leakage. Georgia is known throughout the former Soviet Union (FSU) for its mineral water resources. The Borjomi brand of mineral water has been distributed throughout the FSU for more than a century and is widely recognized. There have been reports that the BTC did not really fulfill the promises in their haste to complete the project ahead of schedule. The Georgian government is powerless to do anything because as part of the agreement with the BTC consortium it has ceded sovereignity over the narrow stretch of land where pipeline has been laid. This has prompted many commentators to refer to the BTC pipeline as Pipelineistan.

UPDATE (04/01/06): Last year, China acquired PetroKazakhastan, a Canadian company with operations in Kazakhastan. China also built the 988-kilometer-long Atasu-Alashankou pipeline a record 10 months to carry the oil from the oil fields of PetroKazakhastan.

** – This post is yet to be completed.

Darlings Of The West – II

A million people could walk through the streets of New York or Washington D.C. protesting the war in Iraq. No, that would not matter. But, a few thousand youth making a public nuisance in the city centre of some foreign country opposed to the West would be labelled as a “revolution” by the U.S. government. Soon, Western media will camp on the site and start providing hour-by-hour live coverage. The noisy group would be called “pro-democracy protestors.” No questions would be asked as to who brought them there or who was bankrolling their activities.

Gene Sharp - CIA ConsultantGene Sharp is a political scientist who founded the Albert Einstein Institution, which promotes the use of nonviolent action against repressive governments. His best known book, The Politics of Nonviolent Action provides a pragmatic analysis of nonviolent action as a method for applying power in a conflict. His Civilian-Based Defense, was used by the Lithuanian, Latvian, and Estonian governments during their separation from the Soviet Union in 1991. His From Dictatorship to Democracy is a how-to manual for the non-violent revolutions. It is a kind of “regime change for dummies”. His works have been translated in many languages and has helped bring down many dictorial regimes.

Is Gene Sharp a modern-day Gandhi? No. Gene Sharp works for the CIA. His misleadingly named Albert Einstein Institute is funded by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and the Soros Foundation, both front organizations of the CIA. The CIA privatised or outsourced some of its activities into organizations like the Soros Foundation, the Freedom House, National Democratic Institute (NDI) and International Republican Institute (IRI) to keep them beyond accountability or scrutiny.

Col. Robert Helvey - CIA ConsultantThe Albert Einstein Institution’s president is Col. Robert Helvey, a former US Army officer with 30 years of experience in Southeast Asia. He has served as the case officer for youth groups active in the Balkans and Eastern Europe since at least 1999. Col. Helvey, in his own words, got involved in “strategic nonviolence” upon seeing the failure of military approaches to toppling dictators. According to B. Raman, Helvey “was an officer of the Defence Intelligence Agency of the Pentagon, who had served in Vietnam and, subsequently, as the US defence attaché in Burma (1983 to 85), during which he clandestinely organised the Myanmarese students to work behind Aung San Suu Kyi and in collaboration with Bo Mya’s Karen insurgent group… He also trained in Hong Kong the student leaders from Beijing in mass demonstration techniques which they were to subsequently use in the Tiananmen Square incident of June 1989” and “is now believed to be acting as an adviser to the Falun Gong,” the Internet-ready “religious sect” of China, in similar civil disobedience techniques.

Both Sharp and Helvey were employed by the U.S. government to effect regime changes in countries all over the globe. Sharp’s signature can be seen in the one-word/two-word names of the “pro-democracy” organisations and campaigns. In Yugoslavia, Otpor (Resistance) organisation launched the the “Gotov je” (He’s finished) campaign against Milosevic. Sharp’s mark can also be seen in the prominent use of certain colors that is used by the groups. In Ukraine, protests organised by the Pora (It’s Time) were awash with orange coloured banners and flags; hence the name Orange revolution. In Georgia, the Kmara (Enough) movement enacted the Rose revolution to bring US-coached Mikhail Shaakashvili to power. In Azerbaijan, a largely pro-American regime is in place. Just to keep the pressure up, NED, Freedom House and the many foundations of George Soros have been providing funds to Yokh! (No!), Yeni Fikir (New Thinking), Magam (It’s Time) and the Orange Movement of Azerbaijan.

Diana Johnstone in her book Fool’s Crusade (read review) explains the modus operandi of these organisations:

Fool’s Crusade

By Diana Johnstone

The U.S. NED provided millions of dollars and training in “methods of nonviolent action” to a network of young activists calling itself Otpor (resistance) with no political program other than the desire to “be normal” on Western terms. Otpor youth plastered walls with posters of clenched fists and tried to get arrested in order to denounce the “regime” as repressive.

In the first round held on 24 September 2000, Milosevic failed to gain re-election. Official results gave Kostunica over 48 per cent of the vote in a five-man race. This fell slightly short of the 50 per cent required to win, but indicated an almost certain landslide in the runoff against Milosevic, who trailed by some ten percentage points. (Yugoslav electoral law calls for a second round if no candidate wins an absolute majority in the first round.) Not satisfied with this prospect of a certain victory at the ballot box, DOS (democratic opposition of Serbia) claimed a first round victory and announced it would boycott the second round. This heightened tension and provided an opportunity for the Otpor agitators to take matters into their own hands. The DOS thereby moved the contest from the ballot box onto the streets. The result was the spectacle of the 5 October ‘democratic revolution’, when a large crowd stormed the Skupstina, the parliament building in the center of Belgrade. Presented to the world public in the as a spontaneous act of self-liberation, the event was staged for television cameras, which filmed and relayed the same scenes over and over again: youths breaking through windows, flags waving, flames rising, smoke enveloping the parliament building, described as “the symbol of the Milosevic regime”.

To say that Milosevic’s downfall was solely caused by Otpor would be a travesty of truth. It is true that the one-sided war the the United States* had left him considerably weakened. The reason for his defeat lay elsewhere. Americans had taken charge and were running a parallel election process.

U.S. Advice Guided Milosevic Opposition

Political Consultants Helped Yugoslav Opposition Topple Authoritarian Leader
By Michael Dobbs

In the 12 months following the strategy session, U.S.-funded consultants played a crucial role behind the scenes in virtually every facet of the anti-Milosevic drive, running tracking polls, training thousands of opposition activists and helping to organize a vitally important parallel vote count. U.S. taxpayers paid for 5,000 cans of spray paint used by student activists to scrawl anti-Milosevic graffiti on walls across Serbia, and 2.5 million stickers with the slogan “He’s Finished,” which became the revolution’s catchphrase.

While NDI worked closely with Serbian opposition parties, IRI focused its attention on Otpor, which served as the revolution’s ideological and organizational backbone.

In March, IRI paid for two dozen Otpor leaders to attend a seminar on nonviolent resistance at the Hilton Hotel in Budapest, a few hundreds yards along the Danube from the NDI-favored Marriott (hotel).

While Otpor members were putting their training to action, a bunch of foreigners were doing their internship. These foreigners would then go back to their countries (Georgia, Ukraine, and other former Warsaw Pact constitutents) and stage the “colour revolutions” or “velvet revolutions.”

The war in the Balkans turned out to be a grand 50th anniversary for NATO. Before the war, uncomfortable questions were asked about the huge expenditure on maintaining the NATO force and the enormous bureacracy that went with it. There was also talk among Francois Mitterand of France and Helmut Kohl of Germany about an European army. Absurd as it seems, it got Washington extremely alarmed nevertheless. The Americans tried whining but that provided the Frenchies and the Jerries more encouragement. As a compromise, the U.S. then offered both countries spheres of influence in the Balkans after the breakup of Yugoslavia. Apparently, France and Germany, and the rest of Old Europe, bought the line, sinker, and bait whole. Mitterand really tried to push his luck only to get a upsetting reality check when he was nearly ambushed on a visit to the Balkans. German Mark replaced the dinar inside Yugoslavia. Resource-rich republics like Slovenia became client states. Croatia, even though it had allowed itself to go under American tutelage, sent its soldiers to massacre Muslims to increase the body count.

† – Revolution, Geopolitics, and Pipelines by F William Engdahl

‡ – After the “pro-democracy demonstrators” proved their usefulness by bringing down Milosevic and placing a pro-U.S. stooge in power, the U.S. decided that Otpor had become obsolete. Before Otpor could become a problem for the new regime, the U.S. cut funding for the group. The Otpor website contains a blank webpage. It will last until the payment for the hosting and domain name runs out.

* – During the war, NATO claimed to have virtually destroyed all of Yugoslavia’s armor. When ceasefire was established and Yugoslav army trooped out of Kosovo, military observers counted over 1000 tanks and artillery pieces, almost exactly the same number that went in. Yugoslavians had smaratly used decoys made from simple materials like aluminium sheets and plastic covers. NATO had bravely showen night-vision videos captured by their aircraft to buttress the claims. These video clips were shown daily in Western media and rest of the world. In another incident, an infantry soldier used a hand-held anti-aircraft missile launcher to down a “stealth” aircraft.

Also read:


  • Meet Mister Massacre
    by Mark Ames & Matt Taibbi

Darlings Of The West – I

Under pressure from Zionists, Reza Pahlavi has been adopted by the U.S. government as the head of a future democratic regime that is expected to be put in place in Iran after overthrowing the current dispensation of the mullahs. However, by “democratic regime”, one must not think that Reza Pahlavi will have to contest elections. No, that would put an effective test of his popularity. The American government is afraid of real democracy. Their guy does not stand a chance. Pahlavi will return only as a monarch – the uncontested ruler in perpetuity. Big Oil hates uncertainity.

Washington is extremely upset. Iran has dared to conduct elections. Worse, they did that when the whole world was watching. How dare they? The American government has carefully projected an image of Iran being ruled by crazy mullahs, who have absolutely no respect for democracy. Presidential elections conducted last week has destroyed all that. In frustration, Bush had described the election as “an exercise in futility” because Iran’s real power rests with the nonelected Islamic clerics, who can override the president and parliament. Iranian dissidents* theorised that people in Iran were fed up with the regime and were going to boycott the elections. Western media, which has been very conservative in covering Iraq war protests in their own countries, showed none of those inhibitions when dealing with dubious demonstrations by Iranian groups.

Next, it was the turn of “Iran experts” in the Western media to predict a low voter turnout. Almost 63% of eligible voters cast their votes. In India and in the U.S., voter turnouts are always around 50%. The experts also opined that a low voter turnout would turn out to be a big embarrassment for the ruling theocracy. Reality however has turned out a big embarrassment for the doubting West. Iran’s spy chief Ali Yunesi said, “I say to Bush: ‘Thank you.’ He motivated people to vote in retaliation.”

Now, why would Bush say bad things about Iranian elections? The conservatives in Iran have been doing what they could to prevent U.S. from bankrolling politicians and then take over the country’s oil wealth. Experiences in Russia, Yugoslavia, Georgia, Afghanistan, Ukraine, etc., have shown that the U.S. is willing to pump millions of dollars in campaign funds and buy election outcomes wholesale. The candidates promoted by the Americans serve foreign interests than those of their electorate. Iran has a lot of oil and the United States is like a wolf that wants to gobble it all up. Iran’s conservatives have done the best they could do given the circumstances they were in.

CNN sought out Reza Pahlavi, the son of the late Shah of Iran, to denounce the Iranian regime and the elections. The choice is very odd and a very disgusting one too. Reza Pahlavi is the son of the late Shah of Iran.

The Shah was a widely despised monarch. Iran was a pioneer in democracy in the Middle East but its elected Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh was overthrown by the American CIA and the British MI6 in a coup. The coup restored the Shah to power. Mossadegh had nationalised the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company and had earned the ire of the West. Shah of Iran was more accommodative in letting the West plunder Iranian oil wealth and had became a symbol of foreign exploitation. The Shah’s secret service SAVAK was involved in the torture and execution of thousands of political prisoners, suppression of dissent, and alienation of the religious masses. The United States reinforced its position as the Shah’s protector and supporter, sowing the seeds of the anti-Americanism. The Islamic Revolution led by the Ayotollah Khomenei overthrew the Shah, who later died in exile in France.

Reza Pahlavi lives in the U.S. and even served in the U.S. military as a pilot. Today, he is the leading spokesman for sanctions against Iran. American legislators, whose campaign funds are supported by Israeli and Jewish organisations, are not averse to addressing Reza Pahlavi as “Your Majesty” – sad for a country whose founding fathers decided that the head of state should be addressed simply as “the President of the United States”, shorn of any royal pretensions. Pehlavi also says that Iran does not need nuclear power and that it is attempting uranium enrichment only to attack Israel with nuclear bombs. This is interesting for two reasons. One – no real Iranian cares for Isreal. Two – because nuclear research has universal support in Iran. Even Pahlavi’s own father had had been a great supporter of nuclear research. Thanks to this, Iran has been involved in nuclear development for several decades now. Besides that, Iran’s internal oil consumption is expected soar so much that in the near future oil Iran will become a net importer. If this is the case, would anyone who is really interested in Iran’s interest advocate sanctions? Only Reza Pahlavi would.

That is why the CNN, the BBC, Newsweek, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal think Reza Pahlavi has an important viewpoint on Iranian politics. Anyone who has any doubts of the Zionist stanglehold on Western media can do some introspection now.

 

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This is not the first time CNN gets it wrong. When elections in Iraq were around the corner, the CNN predicted big wins for the likes of Iyyad Allawi and Adnan Pachachi. Why would the CNN put its credibility on the line unless they were reading a script written by the American government? Why else would scum like Reza Pahlavi be speaking on behalf of the Iranian people?

News organisations like the CNN mislead their audience about Iran. Tehran is a very urbanised city. Everyone drives cars – man, woman, kid and dog. In fact, Tehran has one of the highest density of cars in the world. People living in urban areas, particularly the youth, are clamouring for greater freedom and relaxation of curbs that have been placed in the name of religion. The conservatives are always at war with these people. They try very hard to keep people away from what they see as the decadence of the West. When European football matches are shown on TV, the spectators will be seen wearing winter clothes even when the matches are held in summer. It is a subtle editing work by the censors. The conservatives have tried to ban TV satellite dishes but it did not work. Here is an incident reported by Indian journalist who went to the Tehran Indian embassy for the Independence celebrations. A large number of Iranian guests were present. Women were all covered from top to toe in burqas. Officials from the Iranian government who were at the party left en masse at a particular time, as if by clockwork. The moment they were gone, the women removed their burqas and veils, revealing smart t-shirts and jeans. They then took out their makeup kits and went to work. Soon, they were partying like normal. However, the fact that the mullahs have lost their shine doesn’t mean all of Iran is rooting for the return of the Pehlavis.

Iranians know that Reza Pahlavi is a stooge of the West, just like his father before him was. And, it has not escaped them that the only reason the former royals are shedding so many tears for Iran is the presence of the huge reserves of oil and gas in the country. For all their faults, the mullahs have made sure that whatever money was made from the country’s mineral wealth, despite all the sanctions and curbs placed by Washington, it was all spent on the Iranian people and did not end up in secret Swiss bank accounts. As a result, Iranians have abandoned the Pehlavis and that too LONG AGO. But, if CNN is still fascinated by the Pehlavis, it is because they are anxious to please lobbies in the US and Israeli governments. When it comes to derrière-kissing, CNN sure sets the standard for American journalists doing international reporting.

Suggested Reading: Demands from Reza Pahlavi by Kobra Khanom.

UPDATE (06/07/05): Here is an excerpt from an Asia Times article.

The American Hand In Iran

By Trish Schuh

Tasked by the Bush administration with sending that message from America to Tehran, and “winning hearts and minds” is author and “Swiftboat Veterans for Truth” member Jerome Corsi. On May 16, Corsi’s NGO, the Iran Freedom Foundation (IFF), inaugurated a 12-day “Iran Freedom Walk” from Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell to Washington, DC.

Dipping two fingers in red paint, Corsi waved a peace sign in solidarity “with the blood of oppressed Iranians” and called on “the spirit of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King”. He declared, “I love the Iranian people. America does not hate the Persian people. We love the Persian people. We want peace and we love the Persian people.” Corsi’s voice then dropped to a whisper; “We stand here today and we pray in the name of the gods. I embrace Jesus Christ as my savior – and we also pray in the name of Allah, Zoroaster and the B’hai.”

But Corsi has expressed very different opinions on Islam in the past. According to his own postings on FreeRepublic.com, on November 18, 2001 Corsi used a racial slur to define Arabs: “Ragheads are boy-bumpers [sodomizers] as clearly as they are women haters – it all goes together.”

Using the incendiary style he perfected for “Swiftboat veteran” television attack advertisements, Corsi declares, “Islam is a peaceful religion as long as the women are beaten, the boys buggered and the infidels killed.” Comparing Islam to a disease, he added, “How’s this for an analogy? The Koran is simply the ‘software’ for producing deviant cancer cell political behavior and violence in human beings’ and Islam is like a virus. It affects the mind. Maybe even better as an analogy: it is a cancer that destroys the body it infects. No doctor would hesitate to eliminate cancer cells from the body.” In April 2004 Corsi said, “Let’s see why it isn’t the case that Islam is a worthless, dangerous, Satanic religion. Where’s the proof to the contrary?”

Surrounding Corsi at his walk were three dozen Los Angeles Iranian dissidents and pro-monarchists interviewed by an Orthodox Jewish journalist and by the CIA-backed Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Farda.

* – Israel bankrolls many Iranian dissident groups. (Its pals in the West make sure that these groups get adequate attention in the media.) The broad indicator of this support is seen when the groups denounce anti-Israel comments as anti-semitism. It is simply impossible to find sympathisers of Israel among Arabs and other Muslims.

† – The Asia times article also notes that the IFF’s efforts are supplemented by an array of related sister organizations, such as Regime Change Iran, Alliance for Democracy in Iran, Iran of Tomorrow Movement, the Iranian Opposition Council, and The 70 Million People of Iran, which are organizing an election for a secular interim government in exile “ready to assume Iran’s governmental functions.”

Comments

  1. Narayanee (12/01/06): by coincidence, there is identity in our thinking…still We can not forget that Bush is doing a wonderful job in ensuring election process set in motion, which is unheard by Iraqis or Iranians..or afghans..bitter pill agreed..but disease is being fixed…I appreciate Bush otherwise…
  2. Moral Volcano (13/01/06): The recent elections in Iran were not the first nor the last. As mentioned in the article, Iran was a pioneer in democracy in the region and elections are not new to them. Even Iraqis are not new to democracy. They even had a communist party. Because of the oil in the country and the absence of a phony royal family (unlike other Gulf states), it has seen a large number of coups, assassinations, and dictatorships. Landlocked and resourceless Afghanistan is a victim of the Great Game (read North West Frontier by Arthur Swinson). British wanted to keep the country as a buffer against the Soviets. Pakis does not want Afghanistan go very far because Pathans living in NWFP have more in common with their kinsmen in Afghanistan than with other Pakistanis. The only chance for real progress for Afghans came when the communists came to power. Unfortunately, Americans decided to repay the USSR for their defeat in Vietnam and decided to make an example out of Afghanistan. They first lured the Russians into invading Afghanistan. Then, they plunged the country into civil war by supporting the Mujahideen. They also encouraged poppy cultivation to buy arms and ammunition for the Mujahideen. (The narcotics, of course, ended up in North America and Europe, and sure the authorities there knew all about it but were powerless to do anything.) When the Russians left, the only thing most Afghan men knew was either fighting or cultivating poppy. With Russians gone, America lost interest in Afghanistan and the country returned to anarchy. But the possibilities of American oil and gas pipelines (built by Unocal) bypassing Iran and Russia brought them back. No wonder that a former advisor to Unocal (Mohammed Karzai) is the President of the country today. Another former advisor to Unocal (Zalmay Khalilzad) was until recently the American ambassador to Afghanistan. (Interestingly, this guy is now in Iraq as the U.S. Ambassador.) American support for democracy is simply an alternative arrangement. They need a cover for unfettered exploitation. Why are they not supporting democracy in other countries in the Midddle East, say for example Saudi Arabia?

Lose The Dollar – II

Americans are fond of saying, ‘If life gives you a lemon, make lemonade.” With Bush in the White House, the United States has become the world’s leading producer of lemonade.

A country pays for its imports with hard currency. It obtains hard currency from exports, remittances by expatriates and foreign investments. Even European countries with hard currencies on their own operate in this manner. The only exception to this rule is the United States of America. The U.S does not have to export anything to pay for its imports. They simply have to print more dollars. Surprised?

If an Indian oil company needs to buy crude from the Gulf, it has to pay in U.S. dollars. For this, the oil company pays Indian rupees to a bank and gets US dollars in return. The bank has a supply of U.S. dollars from exporters, foreign investors, expatriates and foreign tourists. If the demand for U.S. dollar is high and not enough to meet supply, then the dollar value in relation to the Indian Rupee will rise. If there is a huge inflow of U.S. dollars and there is not enough demand from Indian importers, then the value of the Indian Rupee will increase against the U.S. dollar. To prevent the value of the Indian rupee from fluctuating wildly and thereby affecting the health of the Indian economy, the RBI accumulates foreign currencies in its forex reserve. When the value of the rupee falls against the dollar (and hurts importers), then the RBI will sell dollars from its reserves. If the value of the rupee rises against the dollar (and hurts exporters), then the RBI will “mop up” or buy dollars from the open market. The ability of the RBI to protect the currency against wild swings is directly linked to the size of our forex reserves.

But the hundreds of billions of dollars in the reserve is not in the form of currency bills. No, there is just not enough room for that. When someone sells dollars to a bank, all it gets is an assurance from a foreign bank that a given number of dollars has been transferred. When the RBI buys dollars from the market, it in effect buys this assurance. The RBI then sells this assurance and buys low-yield American Treasury bonds. These bonds are nothing
but I-Owe-You (IOU) notes. Thus, nothing of real value ever leaves the shores of the U.S.; only assurances. Unlike people in the rest of the world, Americans can go on accumulating huge debts while the world gobbles up ever-increasing amount of counterfeit portraits of dead American presidents.

The central banks of Japan, China, Taiwan, South Korea, India and several other nations have been subsidizing American profligacy by mopping up huge amounts of dollars from the market. The Federal Reserve (the American central bank) had steadily decreased interest rates to 1%. Low interest rates meant that there was no incentive for Americans to save money. Low interest rates also also meant that they could afford to borrow more and care less. Inevitably, the U.S. dollar sank against the Euro. It seemed initially that the Federal Reserve was trying to support American exporters and hurt Eurozone exporters. Unfortunately for the Federal Reserve, European Central Bank did not blink first. Rising oil prices and mounting deficits had their effect and forced the Federal Reserve to increase interest rates.
Although interest rates have moved up since then, the increases have been very marginal. Yet, it has already started hurting. A record number of American citizens and businesses have filed for bankruptcy. Horrified credit card companies have forced the Bush administration to take steps to make it harder for individuals to declare bankruptcy.

Outside the U.S., the world has started showing signs of shifting away from the dollar. Diversification of foreign exchange reserves is the new mantra. The strongest signal so far has come from the Russian central bank, which openly said it was reducing the shares of dollars in its reserves and increasing the share of Euros. Similar but less clear signals have come from Japan, Korea, and even China. There is now more than $1.5 trillion of American treasury bonds in the reserves of Asian central banks around the world. Should they move even a small portion of this hoard to the Euro, the U.S. dollar will start to depreciate even faster than it does now. It will also make the recovery of the American economy even harder. Even though the price of oil has increased with the fall of the dollar, many Gulf governments are finding the value of their dollar investments* slide. They might also try to shift trade in crude oil to the Euro. Trade in crude oil is invoiced in U.S. dollars and this is the main reason for its strength and prominence. So, when Iraq threatened to shift to Euro, U.S. President Bush launched a war and occupied that country. The same thing cannot be repeated with every other oil producer, as the American military is already stretched thin (The U.S. has troops stationed in over 120 countries.) and the U.S. government has run up a huge deficit, which is slated balloon uncontrollably in future.

In The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce, an alliance is defined as the
union of two thieves who have their hands so deeply inserted in each other’s pocket they cannot separately plunder a third
. The situation with the dollar is similar to that. The fortunes of Japan and China are so deeply wedded to the American economy that they are unlikely to dump the dollar in a flash. But, things are so bad that the dollar will crash even if there is no diversification i.e., it will crash if either central bank stops its purchase of American treasury bonds. Strangely, if the U.S. dollar does crash in the end, the American economy will not be the one that is most affected. Surprised?

When you owe a bank a thousand dollars, the bank owns you. When you owe the bank a billion dollars, you own the bank. If the US Federal Reserve goes bust, then central banks holding American treasury bonds¤ will have no option but to recyle American money into toilet paper, much like what Russia did with the Soviet Rouble. And, we in the Third World have the most to suffer because governments never go bankrupt; they force others into bankruptcy.

UPDATE (11/04/05): I found this article about Jim Rogers in Corporate Dossier of The Economic Times. Rogers is a (former?) associate of George Soros. George Soros is famous for his bet against the British Pound in the early 90s when the Britain had entered the European Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM). Had the arrangement been successful, Britain would have eventually adopted the Euro. When Britain was forced out of the ERM, Soros supposedly earned $2 billion. While many people remember Soros on this bet, a lesser known fact is that he lost $2 biilion when Russia defaulted on its debts in 1998. He later lost $700 million when he predicted that dotcom stocks would go bust and they failed to do so. He then made huge purchases in the same group of stocks and when the boom eventually did go bust, Soros had lost almost $3 billion. Now, that should have made me think twice before quoting Jim Rogers. Rogers is also an eccentric analyst and many of his world views are a bit bizarre. Anyway, I am going ahead with quoting him, as I had forgotten about the derivatives timebomb in my article. Derivates are complex financial products. They have become extremely controversial after the failures of Long Term Capital Management (LTCM) (run by Nobel Prize winning economists) and the 233-year-old (British) Barings Bank. The Clinton administration took the unusual step of intervening in the market to prevent the LTCM failure from having a cascading effect on the U.S economy.

The American economy may well go down just like the Roman or the British Empire did. America owes to the rest of the world $8 trillion (trillion with a “t” as in tandoori) and it’s a very serious debt.
(Semi-government mortgage) Companies like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have over one trillion dollars in debt, and they don’t even know how much debt they have. They have so many derivatives that they don’t know about that too. Companies like GE are carrying on a sham, it’s not a real company — there’s huge financial engineering and the largest bank, JP Morgan Chase, owns trillions and trillions of derivatives and we can have a gigantic debt collapse soon.
The worst-case scenario maybe that we fall into some kind of debt crisis both due to the gigantic foreign debt as well as huge internal debt. I’m not saying that it’s going to happen, but if something precipitates America can go bankrupt very quickly. The currency will lose a whole lot of value, there’ll be exchange control in America and that’ll be very bad for the world.

* – With rising interest rates, General Motors is close to going bust. It has $300 billion in debt. What’s bad for General Motors is bad for America?

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p class=”notes”>‡ – On 11/03/05, Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi addressing the parliamentary budget committee said “I think that diversification of the reserves is necessary. We should decide what investments are profitable and dependable at the same time.”

† – Ukraine has dropped its dollar peg and has linked its currency to a basket of currencies, which includes the Euro.

¤ – Recently, Indian goverment mooted the idea of using a portion of the forex reserves to fund infrastructure projects. This makes sense because the dollar has lost 30% of its value in the last few years. Alarmed at the prospect of having to pay on its debts, the U.S. government got the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to warn India against tapping the foreign exchange reserves. Rating agency Standard & Poors (S&P) threatened to downgrade India’s investment ratings. Both China and Thailand, which were also thinking along the same lines, have received similar warnings.

American Aid: Who Gets It And Why?

Israel is the largest recipient of U.S. aid ($3 billion every year), not sub-Saharan Africa. The budget cuts and the austerity measures that plague domestic spending do not bother aid to Israel. Americans are obviously second-class citizens.

USAID stands for U.S. Agency for International Development. Andrew S. Natsios, the USAID Administrator says, “I believe America’s foreign assistance both serves to accomplish our foreign policy objectives, and expresses the deep humanitarian instincts of the American people.” The USAID Yellowbook provides some insight into how American aid is spent. The Yellowbook “is a comprehensive listing of those contracts and assistance instruments awarded during a given year.” Currently, only the FY 2001 version of the Yellowbook is available. Perusal of the data in the Yellowbook reveals that the U.S.-based Freedom House was granted a $1.7 billion contract running between 1999 and 2001. Want to guess where the USAID spent the nearly $2 billion of American taxpayer’s money? Famine- and AIDS-affected Sub-Saharan Africa? No, it was in Ukraine.

Freedom House received a USAID contract to spend almost two billion dollars in Ukraine

  • Israel is the largest recipient of US aid ($3 billion every year), not sub-Saharan Africa. Israel gets so much aid because … Well, Hitler persecuted JEWS. A lot of JEWS died in the HOLOCAUST. JEWS have been persecuted for centuries. I know it sounds crazy but then truth is often stranger than fiction. Israel gets a lot of money and nobody can give a proper explanation why. Maybe it is because Jews complain a lot. An important objective of the American aid is to keep the world’s only Jewish state financially solvent. For more, read the article US Aid to Israel: Feeding the Cuckoo by Paul de Rooij.
  • Egypt is the second biggest recipient of U.S. aid. Egypt is the only country that can seriously threaten Israel’s security. It takes a lot of money to keep Islamic hotheads down. Keeping politicians and the media secular is not easy. Jewish businessmen like Rothschilds have earned an unsavory reputation in the country’s history. And, their wholesale takeover and genocide in Palestine makes Israel an obvious target. Only large quantities of American money can guarantee Israel’s safety.
  • The fact that the late King Hussein of Jordan was on CIA payroll has not been a big secret; not even during his lifetime. Like Egypt, Jordan poses a big threat to Israel. Apart from million dollars of cold hard cash, the CIA also provided female companions. Interestingly, the current ruler of Jordan, King Abdullah has an American wife (as does Ukrainian leader Yushchenko). When he assumed the throne, it was commented in the American media that the new King was educated in the West and was more likely to have “friendly relations” with the West. However, the possibility of democracy in Jordan is still zero. Most Jordanians are sympathetic to the cause of the Palestinians and passionately hate the Israelis. And, the West are more than happy with their “friendly” monarch.
  • Every year, when aid to Israel is being allocated, American legislators fall over each other to make their pledges. The budget cuts and the austerity measures that plague domestic spending do not bother aid to Israel. Americans are obviously second-class citizens. Israeli and Jewish organisations fund the campaigns of many of these legislators but that is only part of the story. Legislators who question American aid to Israel are portrayed as “problematic” at best or “anti-semitic” at worst. Others who ascribe motives or document the meeting of minds are considered “whacko” or “loony.” When this does not work, a wide array of influential Jews in American media, business, and politics gang up on these troublemakers. Jewish money starts pouring in and a sustained slander campaign worry the dissenters until they leave the scene in defeat (Haaretz: Lobbying For the Pro-Israel Candidates).
  • The United States has troops in more than 120 countries. The powers that be in these countries have to be kept in good humour.
  • PHOTO_Andrew_Natsios_Montgomery_BurnsUSAID does take part in AIDS relief but the amounts spent are nowhere near what the lucky citizens of Israel or Ukraine get. Under Andrew Nastios, the USAID has favoured prevention than cure. It has simply refused to spend money on antiretroviral treatment. Instead, it has programs that promotes “abstinence, faithfulness and the use of condoms.” Nastios opined that Africans “don’t know what Western time is” and thus cannot take antiretroviral drugs on time. According to Mr. Natsios, the problem is not with delivering antiretrovirals but that “there are no roads, or the roads are so poor.” Lack of roads have not stopped American prospectors from rummaging Third World countries for minerals but delivering drugs, yes, that’s a problem. He has also offered new medical evidence that antiretroviral drugs are “extremely toxic,” so that as many as “forty percent of people… who are HIV positive do not take the drugs… because they get so sick from the drugs that they cannot survive.”
  • It so happens that when the United States decides that a “peaceful” regime change is necessary in a foreign country, a lot of money flows into the coffers of opposition politicians, “free” media, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), terrorists, crime syndicates, drug traffickers, etc. Good examples of countries where the U.S. attempted regime change are Russia, Georgia, Belarus, Yugoslavia, and recently Ukraine. It is not known why Ukraine has risen so high in American foriegn policy priorities. The discovery of the huge oil reserves in the Caspian region could be one reason. Perhaps, Americans had a whiff of the oil much earlier than the Russians or the Russians deliberately suppressed the fact for a long time. Whatever the case may be, billions of American dollars are flowing into Ukraine. However, this largesse is unlikely accrue to ordinary Americans. American oil companies will of course be benefited, as oil prices are likely stay high forever.
  • A prominent feature of American-sponsored “revolutions” are election monitors, opinion poll personnel, journalists, politicians, and demonstrators, all of whom are “trained” by the U.S. embassy officials. It is not a wonder that they invariably support pro-Western candidates. The pro-Western candidates are also the obvious winners of their opinion poll and exit poll surveys. All of this undoubtedly unnerves the current rulers. The rulers then try underhand methods to win elections and use threats and assasinations to meet their ends. These activities are then greatly highlighted in the Western media. The amount of Western interference never gets a mention. When the incumbents do manage to keep their seats in an election, “independent” election monitors cry foul and “pro-democracy” crowd starts demonstrating.
  • The U.S. also gives aids to client states in Latin America to fight drug trafficking. These countries have traditionally used the aid money to fight leftist groups. There are insurgent groups supported by the U.S. or the goverment of the banana republic who also indulge in drug trafficking. But, the U.S. does nothing about them. In fact, money from this branch of drug trafficking goes on to support the clandestine operations of American intelligence agencies. Huge personal fortunes have been and are being made by American intel personnel and those working with them.
  • American prosties have been airlifted to several Latin American countries so that insurgents backed by the U.S. could have a good time in midst of their valiant struggle against Communism. I would have fought Communism if they had given me…
  • Sometimes, aid is given to a country if the money will go back to an American company. Arms manufacturers are one of the biggest recyclers of American foreign aid. Naturally, they are also the biggest sponsors of foriegn aid.
  • Foreign aid is sometimes used to create fake Utopias. One prominent fake Utopia is Chile. In 1963, Salvador Allende was heading towards victory in Chile’s presidential election. The then U.S. President John F. Kennedy encouraged US corporations to back his political stooge Eduardo Frei (late father of Chile’s current president, Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle). U.S. corporations were encouraged to pour $2 billion in Chile through questionable business deals, for which the U.S. government arranged guarantees and insurance. Frei received millions of dollars, equivalent to half his election expenses, and won as a result. In return, American business ended up controlling more than 85 percent of Chile’s hard currency-earning industries. In 1970, Allende won the elections and was planning to nationalise several foreign-owned industries. The U.S. then put such a squeeze on the Chile that economy went into disarray. Having set the stage for turmoil, the US then deposed Allende in a coup carried out by CIA-backed Gen. Augusto Pinochet. The Chilean military later claimed that Allende had committed suicide but many suspect that he was secretly killed. After the coup, the military junta went to work and killed thousands of Chileans including those living abroad in exile. Having destroyed all opposition, Chile was run by a group of American economists who privatised social services, eliminated laws protecting workers and the environment, and virtually handed over the economy to multinational companies. When old age caught up with Gen. Pinochet, he was made Senator For Life so that he could remain immune from any future prosecution. When he went to Britain for medical treatment, an attempt was made by a Spanish judge to extradite him for crimes against Spanish citizens in Chile. The U.S. at that time claimed it was not trying to protect Pinochet but it did complain that prosecuting him could “hurt” democracy in Chile. Claiming soveriegn immunity, ill health and senility, the Gen. Pinochet escaped back to Chile, where the Chilean military continued to protect him. Recently, it became public that he laundered millions of dollars through more than 70 bank accounts he operated in North America.
  • Recently, the U.S. along with Britain has launched something called Vision 2020. It is notionally a plan for creating well-managed economies. In reality, it is a scheme for multinational companies to take over the world. To roll out the scheme in other countries, they have fashioned Chile as a showpiece Utopia where the scheme has already borne fruit. Behind the scenes, the Chilean “reforms” are being secretly bankrolled by the U.S. and Britain. The Vision 2020 scheme drawn by consultants McKinsey for India states that education and healthcare must be made available to everyone. Later on, they suggest that hospitals and universities be privatised and funded by “user charges” It pretends to extol small businesses but wants to “eliminate” the laws which defend them. It also wants replace small investors, who “lack motivation,” with “large corporations.” It claims that the scheme will “generate employment” in the countryside but nonchalantly suggests that over 20 million people be thrown off the land.
  • American aid is still at work in Venezuela, where it is being used against the popular President Hugo Chavez. In Indonesia, it is working to get the Aceh province separated so that Western mining companies can have better access to its rich resources. Their success in East Timor is a big inspiration. Communist Cuba is a big draw. Anti-Castro activities are a multi-billion dollar business, which makes Castro’s position even more safer. If Castro goes, these people will be out for a new job. Oh, I could go on and on like this. So, I will stop.

A visitor came from the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), which is supposed to be a hotbed of American “Neocons” including Richard Perle, Lynne Cheney (wife of U.S. Vice President), George P. Shultz (of Bechtel), etc. For more information on AEI, visit http://www.sourcewatch.org/wiki.phtml?title=American_Enterprise_Institute.



 

Democracy In Ukraine – By The (American) People

“Back in the 1980s, our media portrayed Prague dissidents as selfless academics who were reduced to poverty for their principles, when they were in fact receiving $600-monthly stipends. Now they sit in the front row of the new Euro-Atlantic ruling class. The dowdy do-gooder who seemed so devoted to making sure that every penny of her “charity” money got to a needy recipient is now a facilitator for investors in our old stamping grounds. The end of history was the birth of consultancy.”

A big political crisis erupted in Ukraine after Presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko refused accept his defeat. A youth movement called Pora has threatened to paralyse the capital Kiev by ammassing supporters there. Their grouse is that exit polls predicted a victory of Yushchenko but the final outcome went in favour of Yanukovich. Yanukovich wants closer ties with Russia while Yushchenko wants closer ties with NATO countries. The current president Leonid Kuchma backs Yanukovich. Yanukovich’s main support base is in the industrialised east (areas adjoining Russia) while Yuschenko’s base is in the poorer western regions of the nation.

The disobedience campaign launched by Pora has all the tell-tale signs of Western involvement. Ukraine has spent only 13 years as an independent state. Its politics and elections have been largely tame affairs. The recent “popular” uprising, amazingly prompt and highly organized as it is, has taken everyone by surprise. According to the New York Times:

Within minutes they pitched tents, posted unarmed sentries and produced mounds of food and winter clothing. Within hours they set up field kitchens and medical aid stations, circulated broadsheets outlining details for civil disobedience and urging the police not to shoot, and passed out a seemingly endless supply of posters, banners, ribbons, flags, stickers and badges that turned the ever expanding crowd into a telegenic bright orange… The planning behind the youth occupation could not be missed… The American government also says that while it has provided $13.6 million in aid in recent years to encourage fair elections here, Pora has not been sponsored… “The money is not most important; there is enough money in Ukraine,” said Mikhail Pogrebinsky, a political scientist and adviser to President Kuchma. “It is the moral support, the media support, the technical support that is more important.”

Ian Traynor of The Guardian reveals a few names.

US Campaign Behind the Turmoil in Kiev by Ian Traynor

Funded and organised by the US government, deploying US consultancies, pollsters, diplomats, the two big American parties and US non-government organisations, the campaign was first used in Europe in Belgrade in 2000 to beat Slobodan Milosevic at the ballot box.

Richard Miles, the US ambassador in Belgrade, played a key role. And by last year, as US ambassador in Tbilisi, he repeated the trick in Georgia, coaching Mikhail Saakashvili in how to bring down Eduard Shevardnadze. Ten months after the success in Belgrade, the US ambassador in Minsk, Michael Kozak, a veteran of similar operations in central America, notably in Nicaragua, organised a near identical campaign to try to defeat the Belarus hardman, Alexander Lukashenko. That one failed. “There will be no Kostunica in Belarus,” the Belarus president declared, referring to the victory in Belgrade. But experience gained in Serbia, Georgia and Belarus has been invaluable in plotting to beat the regime of Leonid Kuchma in Kiev.

The operation – engineering democracy through the ballot box and civil disobedience – is now so slick that the methods have matured into a template for winning other people’s elections. In the centre of Belgrade, there is a dingy office staffed by computer-literate youngsters who call themselves the Centre for Non-violent Resistance. If you want to know how to beat a regime that controls the mass media, the judges, the courts, the security apparatus and the voting stations, the young Belgrade activists are for hire.

They emerged from the anti-Milosevic student movement, Otpor, meaning resistance. The catchy, single-word branding is important. In Georgia last year, the parallel student movement was Khmara. In Belarus, it was Zubr. In Ukraine, it is Pora, meaning high time. Otpor also had a potent, simple slogan that appeared everywhere in Serbia in 2000 – the two words “gotov je”, meaning “he’s finished”, a reference to Milosevic. A logo of a black-and-white clenched fist completed the masterful marketing. In Ukraine, the equivalent is a ticking clock, also signalling that the Kuchma regime’s days are numbered. Stickers, spray paint and websites are the young activists’ weapons. Irony and street comedy mocking the regime have been hugely successful in puncturing public fear and enraging the powerful. Last year, before becoming president in Georgia, the US-educated Mr Saakashvili travelled from Tbilisi to Belgrade to be coached in the techniques of mass defiance…

The Democratic party’s National Democratic Institute, the Republican party’s International Republican Institute, the US state department and USAID* are the main agencies involved in these grassroots campaigns as well as the Freedom House NGO and billionaire George Soros’s Open Society Institute. US pollsters and professional consultants are hired to organise focus groups and use psephological data to plot strategy.

The usually fractious oppositions have to be united behind a single candidate if there is to be any chance of unseating the regime. That leader is selected on pragmatic and objective grounds, even if he or she is anti-American. In Serbia, US pollsters Penn, Schoen and Berland Associates discovered that the assassinated pro-western opposition leader, Zoran Djindjic, was reviled at home and had no chance of beating Milosevic fairly in an election. He was persuaded to take a back seat to the anti-western Vojislav Kostunica, who is now Serbian prime minister. In Belarus, US officials ordered opposition parties to unite behind the dour, elderly trade unionist, Vladimir Goncharik, because he appealed to much of the Lukashenko constituency.

On 7 December 2004, U.S. Congressman Ron E. Paul made this statement before the House of Representatives International Relations Committee.

U.S. Hypocrisy in Ukraine by Ron E. Paul

How did this one-sided US funding in Ukraine come about? While I am afraid we may have seen only the tip of the iceberg, one part that we do know thus far is that the US government, through the US Agency for International Development (USAID), granted millions of dollars to the Poland-America-Ukraine Cooperation Initiative (PAUCI), which is administered by the US-based Freedom House.

PAUCI then sent US Government funds to numerous Ukrainian non-governmental organizations (NGOs). This would be bad enough and would in itself constitute meddling in the internal affairs of a sovereign nation. But, what is worse is that many of these grantee organizations in Ukraine are blatantly in favor of presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko.

Consider the Ukrainian NGO International Centre for Policy Studies. It is an organization funded by the US Government through PAUCI, but on its website you will find that the front page in the English section features a prominent orange ribbon, the symbol of Yushchenko’s party and movement. Reading further on, we discover that this NGO was founded by George Soros’s Open Society Institute. And further on we can see that Viktor Yushchenko himself sits on the advisory board!

And this NGO is not the only one the US government funds that is openly supportive of Viktor Yushchenko. The Western Ukraine Regional Training Center, as another example, features a prominent USAID logo on one side of its website’s front page and an orange ribbon of the candidate Yushchenko’s party and movement on the other. By their proximity, the message to Ukrainian readers is clear: the US government supports Yushchenko.

The Center for Political and Law Reforms, another Ukrainian NGO funded by the US government, features a link at the top of its website’s front page to Viktor Yushchenko’s personal website. Yushchenko’s picture is at the top of this US government funded website.

This May, the Virginia-based private management consultancy Development Associates, Inc., was awarded $100 million by the US government for strengthening national legislatures and other deliberative bodies worldwide. According to the organization’s website, several million dollars from this went to Ukraine in advance of the elections.

As I have said, this may only be the tip of the iceberg. There may be many more such organizations involved in this twisted tale.

There has been a blackout in the American media about his statement. Instead, the have been focussing mostly on an alleged poisoning of the pro-Western candidate. If there is any side that will benefit most from the poisoning, it is the United States. It is probable they poisoned their own candidate. The Cold War may be officially over. But as long as Russia remains a challenge to American power, the bleeding without fighting will continue.

Finally, read Mark Almond. He describes himself as an old cold war swagman who carried tens of thousands of dollars to Soviet-bloc dissidents alongside much better respected academics. He throws some light on those higher up the food chain of “People Power” who seem “reticent about making full disclosure.”

The Price of People Power by Mark Almond

Nowadays, we can google the names of foundations such as America’s National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and a myriad surrogates funding Ukraine’s Pora movement or “independent” media. But unless you know the NED’s James Woolsey was also head of the CIA 10 years ago, are you any wiser?

Throughout the 1980s, in the build-up to 1989’s velvet revolutions, a small army of volunteers – and, let’s be frank, spies – co-operated to promote what became People Power. A network of interlocking foundations and charities mushroomed to organise the logistics of transferring millions of dollars to dissidents. The money came overwhelmingly from Nato states and covert allies such as “neutral” Sweden.

It is true that not every penny received by dissidents came from taxpayers. The US billionaire, George Soros, set up the Open Society Foundation. How much it gave is difficult to verify, because Mr Soros promotes openness for others, not himself.

Engels remarked that he saw no contradiction between making a million on the stock market in the morning and spending it on the revolution in the afternoon. Our modern market revolutionaries are now inverting that process. People beholden to them come to office with the power to privatise.

The hangover from People Power is shock therapy. Each successive crowd is sold a multimedia vision of Euro-Atlantic prosperity by western-funded “independent” media to get them on the streets. No one dwells on the mass unemployment, rampant insider dealing, growth of organised crime, prostitution and soaring death rates in successful People Power states.

In 1989, our security services honed an ideal model as a mechanism for changing regimes, often using genuine volunteers. Dislike of the way communist states constrained ordinary people’s lives led me into undercover work, but witnessing mass pauperisation and cynical opportunism in the 1990s bred my disillusionment.

Of course, I should have recognised the symptoms of corruption earlier. Back in the 1980s, our media portrayed Prague dissidents as selfless academics who were reduced to poverty for their principles, when they were in fact receiving $600-monthly stipends. Now they sit in the front row of the new Euro-Atlantic ruling class. The dowdy do-gooder who seemed so devoted to making sure that every penny of her “charity” money got to a needy recipient is now a facilitator for investors in our old stamping grounds. The end of history was the birth of consultancy.

“People Power” was coined in 1986, when Washington decided Ferdinand Marcos had to go. But it was events in Iran in 1953 that set the template. Then, Anglo-American money stirred up anti-Mossadeq crowds to demand the restoration of the Shah. The New York Times‘s correspondent trumpeted the victory of the people over communism, even though he had given $50,000 and the CIA-drafted text of the anti-Mossadeq declaration to the coup leaders himself.

UPDATE (18/03/05): Also, read The Spectator article One for Oil and Oil for One.

UPDATE (28/03/05): Telegraph reports that a senior doctor at the Vienna clinic Rudolfinerhau where Viktor Yushchenko was treated for alleged dioxin poisoning was fired after he cast doubt on the diagnosis.

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p class=”notes”>* – USAID stands for United States Agency for International Development.