Daily Archives: June 4, 2008

Portuguese Newspaper Admits Bilderberg Group Has Kingmaker Power

El Dorado Hills Telegraph | May 3, 2008

World Leaders Meet In Secret – What Are They Planning?

Sol reports on 2008 meeting, cowardly complicit American corporate media silent about this week’s confab of nearly 200 global powerbrokers

By Paul Joseph Watson

A Portuguese newspaper has reported on something the American corporate media remains cowardly complicit about and dare not even mention – this week’s confab of nearly 200 of the world’s most influential powerbrokers in Chantilly Virginia for the 2008 Bilderberg Group meeting.

The Sol newspaper carries a story today concerning two of the Portuguese attendees of this year’s conference, the mayors of Lisbon and Porto – Antonio Costa and Rui Rio (pictured top).

Tellingly, the report highlights the fact that Bilderberg has kingmaker power in vetting future Prime Ministers and Presidents, noting how Pedro Santana Lopes and Jose Socrates attended the 2004 meeting in Stresa, Italy before both going on to become Prime Minster of Portugal.

In addition, the report underscores how both Costa and Rio have ambitions to lead their respective parties and potentially run for Prime Minister in the future.

The clear implication is that Costa and Rio are being groomed by Bilderberg for future “selection” as Portuguese Prime Minister in the same way that Bill Clinton and Tony Blair were vetted by the secretive organization in the early 1990’s.

The fact that there has been just one mainstream news report about Bilderberg and not one single mention of this year’s meeting in the U.S. corporate media less than 48 hours before nearly 200 top globalists will meet to set the agenda for the planet is another damning indictment of the back-slapping cronyism that dominates the national media.

Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that the editors of such newspapers as the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times are regular Bilderberg attendees and value Bilderberg’s strict secrecy rule over and above any responsibility to their readers or the American people.

Bilderberg is routinely attended by the world’s top CEO’s, Prime Minsters, Presidents, NATO officials, UN officials, Federal Reserve members, European Central Bank heads, banking heads, oil heads, University Professors, as well as people like Henry Kissinger, David Rockefeller and Bill Gates.

If 200 football or basketball stars met in secret do you think the media would be interested in finding out what they were talking about?

Yet these people shape the destiny of our world and there’s barely a hint of a mention in the U.S. media.

The full translation of the Portuguese article appears below. Thanks to Rui Garrido for sending it in.

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Meeting in Washington: Bilderberg invites Antonio Costa and Rui Rio

By Helena Pereira

Mayors of Lisbon and Porto represent Portugal in the think-tank’s annual meeting which starts this Thursday

The mayors of Lisbon and Porto, Antonio Costa (PS), and Rui Rio (PSD), are the Portuguese invitees at Bilderberg, which will have its annual meeting by the end of this week in Washington.

Bilderberg is an exclusive think-tank which, every year, seeks to invite influential personalities of the political and business world. In 2004, for example, the Portuguese invitees were Pedro Santana Lopes and Jose Socrates, who were to later become prime-ministers.

Besides being mayors to the two biggest cities in the country, both Antonio Costa and Rui Rio are seen as strong candidates to their respective parties’ leaderships, in the near future.

This year’s Bilderberg meeting will take place between next Thursday and Sunday in a hotel located in the vicinities of Washington.

Francisco Pinto Balsemão, the chairman of Impresa, is the only Portuguese citizen in Bilderberg’s board of directors.

Reporters pressured by executives to stoke “patriotic fever” in war news coverage

The press corps was under enormous pressure from corporate executives to make sure the war was presented “in a way that was consistent with the patriotic fever in the nation and the president’s high approval ratings.”

CNN reporter talks of pressure to be patriotic

AP | May 29, 2008


NEW YORK – CNN correspondent Jessica Yellin said Thursday she was referring to her time spent at MSNBC when she said she felt pressure not to report stories critical of the Bush administration during the time leading up to the Iraq war.

Yellin’s initial comments, made during a discussion with Anderson Cooper on CNN Wednesday, shifted attention to the news media’s performance following release of a critical assessment of the Bush administration by former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan. He wrote that Bush’s strategy for selling the war was less than candid and honest.

During her CNN appearance, Yellin said the press corps was under enormous pressure from corporate executives to make sure the war was presented “in a way that was consistent with the patriotic fever in the nation and the president’s high approval ratings.”

The higher Bush’s approval ratings, the more pressure she felt from news executives to put on positive stories about the president, she said. Pushed by Cooper to explain, Yellin said her bosses would turn down critical stories about the administration and try to put on positive pieces.

Yellin, a Harvard graduate, worked at ABC News as a White House correspondent from 2003 to 2007. She joined CNN in 2007 and is now a congressional correspondent; she was in Puerto Rico Thursday reporting on the upcoming Democratic primary.

Interest in her comments immediately exploded on the Internet, prompting her to issue a statement through CNN on Thursday. She was not made available by CNN to answer questions.

“Suddenly I’m being reported on,” she wrote on a CNN Web log. “It’s not the most comfortable position for a reporter.”

She said she didn’t mean to leave the impression that corporate leadership edited her work; she was referring to senior producers who “wanted their coverage to reflect the mood of the country.” She didn’t identify any of the producers or give a specific example about how things were changed because of this.

MSNBC spokesman Jeremy Gaines said Yellin was a “freelance overnight news reader at MSNBC for one year who was not renewed.” But he didn’t dispute Yellin’s claim that she did some Washington and Pentagon reports while there.

“She had little to no contact with editorial decision makers, and certainly was not a part of the editorial process on a daily basis,” Gaines said. “Given how her story has changed so dramatically since her appearance on CNN — her current employer — less than 24 hours ago, we find it hard to believe that anyone would take this disgruntled former employee’s comments seriously.”

The charges against MSNBC aren’t new, however. A prime-time show with Phil Donahue received consistent pressure to present panels tilted in favor of the war, said Jeff Cohen, that program’s former senior producer. Donahue’s show was on for less than a year before being cancelled less than a month before the war began.

He once witnessed a producer scolded for organizing a discussion with pro- and anti-war sentiments presented equally, said Cohen, a liberal activist who wrote a book about his experiences with TV networks.

“It’s a great day for the American public that finally, after five years of such well-documented criticisms of the media’s failure … to see them finally having to come clean and do a self-examination,” Cohen said.

“The irony is that it’s one of the Bush prevaricators that is forcing it,” he said.

Five years later, Donahue’s former time slot is filled by Keith Olbermann, who has drawn attention for his sharp commentaries against the Bush administration.

From the other side of the podium, McClellan offered criticism of the media’s performance. He said reporters were “complicit enablers” by covering the preparations for war instead of more aggressively questioning the need for it.

Marines try to convert Iraqi Muslims to Christianity at Fallujah checkpoint

Now residents of the city are abuzz that some Americans whom they consider occupiers are also acting as Christian missionaries.

McClatchy Newspapers | May 28, 2008

Marines pass out Gospel verse to Iraqi Muslims

By Jamal Naji and Leila Fadel

FALLUJAH, Iraq — At the western entrance to the Iraqi city of Fallujah Tuesday, Muamar Anad handed his residence badge to the U.S. Marines guarding the city. They checked to be sure that he was a city resident, and when they were done, Anad said, a Marine slipped a coin out of his pocket and put it in his hand.

Out of fear, he accepted it, Anad said. When he was inside the city, the college student said, he looked at one side of the coin. “Where will you spend eternity?” it asked.

He flipped it over, and on the other side it read, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16.”

“They are trying to convert us to Christianity,” said Anad, a Sunni Muslim like most residents of this city in Anbar province. At home, he told his story, and his relatives echoed their disapproval: They’d been given the coins, too, he said.

Fallujah , the scene of a bloody U.S. offensive against Sunni insurgents in 2004, has calmed and grown less hostile to American troops since residents turned against al Qaida in Iraq , which had tried to force its brand of Islamist extremism on the population.

Now residents of the city are abuzz that some Americans whom they consider occupiers are also acting as Christian missionaries. Residents said some Marines at the western entrance to their city have been passing out the coins for two days in what they call a “humiliating” attempt to convert them to Christianity.

In the markets, people crowded around men with the coins, passing them to each other and asking in surprise, “Have you seen this?”

The head of the Sunni endowment in Fallujah , the organization that oversees Sunni places of worship and other religious establishments, demanded that the Marines stop.

“We say to the occupiers to stop this,” said Sheikh Mohammed Amin Abdel Hadi . “This can cause strife between the Iraqis and especially between Muslim and Christians . . . . Please stop these things and leave our homes because we are Muslims and we live in our homes in peace with other religions.”

” Iraq is investigating a report that U.S. military personnel in Fallujah handed-out material that is religious and evangelical in nature,” said Rear Adm. Patrick Driscoll , a U.S. military spokesman, in a statement e-mailed to McClatchy . “Local commanders are investigating since the military prohibits proselytizing any religion, faith or practices.”

In interviews, residents of Fallujah repeated two words— “humiliation” and “weakness”.

“Because we are weak this is happening,” said a shop owner who gave his name as Abu Abdullah . “Passing Christianity this way is disrespectful.”

“The occupier is repeatedly trespassing on God and his religion,” said Omar Delli , 23. “Now the occupier is planting seeds of strife between the Muslims and Christians. We demand the government in Fallujah have a new demonstration to let the occupier know that these things are humiliating Islam and the Quran.”

The controversy over the coins that Iraqis said some Marines are passing out comes on the heels of a tempest triggered by a U.S. sniper who used the Quran, Islam’s holy book, for target practice. The sniper was pulled out of Iraq after tribal leaders on May 9 found a Quran with 14 bullet holes and graffiti on the pages.

In Islam, the holy book is never to touch the floor, let alone be defaced. Iraqi leaders condemned the actions, U.S. generals apologized and President Bush offered a personal apology to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki .

In Fallujah , Mohammed Jaber saw one of the coins and said he thought of the bullets lodged in the Quran, the torture of Iraqi men at the Abu Ghraib prison in 2004 and the rape of a 14-year-old girl and her murder and that of her family in Mahmoudiya.

“Now we have this missionary way by these coins,” he said. “We feel the Muslims are weak and we hope that we will reach a point when we are strong to let them know what is wrong and what is right. “

Mass immigration to blame for British crime spikes and knife culture

Cambridgeshire Police Chief Constable Julie Spence complains the force can’t cope

Daily Mail | Jun 4, 2008

By  James Slack

A chief constable gave a stark public warning yesterday of ‘immense’ pressure placed on resources by the unprecedented influx of immigrants.

Julie Spence, who heads Cambridgeshire Police, took the highly unusual step of singling out Poles, Lithuanians and Iraqi Kurds who are carrying knives on the streets.

The comments of such a senior officer in an Parliamentary evidence session will spark widespread alarm at a time when the UK is struggling to control knife crime.

Mrs Spence said: ‘We have had the Iraqi Kurds who carry knives and the Poles and the Lithuanians who carry knives. If it is normal to carry them where you come from, you need to educate them pretty quickly. We have done a lot of work to tell them not to, and we have seen it go down.’

The chief constable  –  who first sparked a nationwide debate on migrant crime last year  –  also said there were problems related to violent debt recovery among Eastern Europeans.

‘There is an assaults pattern going on in relation to debt recovery. There is an issue of confidence in the police.’

Mrs Spence also described as ‘very worrying’ growing labour and sexual exploitation within former Communist communities whose nations have joined the EU since 2004. In the same evidence session, Local Government Association chairman Sir Simon Milton reported a series of ‘spikes’ in crime as a result of mass immigration.

He told the Home Affairs Select Committee there had been an issue with largely Romanian pick-pocketing gangs in the Westminster area.

‘Nationally there has been no crime wave but there are instances where there have been spikes in certain types of criminal activity. Much of it is low-level  –  driving offences, and so on.’

Mrs Spence has given previous warnings of the link between migrants and certain types of crime. Last September she highlighted a surge in drinkdriving, for example, by migrants with ‘different’ cultures and standards.

But it is highly unusual for a police chief to single out certain nationalities as posing a specific crime problem.

Simply carrying a knife in public is a criminal offence, punishable by up to four years in jail.

Mrs Spence, however, is establishing a reputation as an officer prepared to confront uncomfortable truths.

Addressing the Police Federation Conference last month, she warned that the economic downturn could spark tensions among ethnic groups.

Violence has already erupted between immigrant populations in the past. And she warned that the looming financial crisis could trigger unrest as competition for jobs increases. She also claimed that the Government had greatly underestimated the soaring numbers of Eastern Europeans entering the UK.

Mrs Spence said as many as 1.4million had arrived since the borders were opened to them four years ago  –  half a million more than the official figure.

She called for a European-wide police database so officers can easily check whether immigrants they arrest have any previous convictions in their home country. Mrs Spence cited one example of a violent Polish man arrested by her officers who came up as clear on the police national computer. They contacted the Polish authorities and had to wait 24 hours to find out he was a convicted murderer.

Shadow Home Secretary David Davis said last night: ‘Under Labour, fatal stabbings are up by almost a third and the Government’s lax approach means people carry knives in the street with impunity. We need more effective action to tackle knife possession  –  regardless of who is carrying them.

‘This means taking a zero-tolerance approach  –  including action to confiscate such weapons and punish those carrying them. Only this will send a clear message that we are serious about tackling a problem, which one senior judge has labelled an epidemic.’

A Home Office spokesman said: ‘The vast majority of foreign nationals entering or living in the UK play by our rules. However, we will not accommodate those that abuse our hospitality by becoming involved in crime.

‘In 2007 we removed over one person every eight minutes, including the highest-ever number of foreign lawbreakers, up by a huge 80 per cent to 4,200.

‘The new UK Border Agency has put in place a national network of crime partnerships so that we stand shoulder to shoulder with police forces and systematically target foreign lawbreakers for expulsion from Britain.’

Obama takes nomination; Clinton seeks VP spot


Associated Press | Jun 3,  2008


ST. PAUL, Minn. – Cheered by a roaring crowd, Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois laid claim to the Democratic presidential nomination Tuesday night, taking a historic step toward his once-improbable goal of becoming the nation’s first black president. Hillary Rodham Clinton maneuvered for the vice presidential spot on his fall ticket without conceding her own defea

“America, this is our moment,” the 46-year-old senator and one-time community organizer said in his first appearance as the Democratic nominee-in-waiting. “This is our time. Our time to turn the page on the policies of the past.”

Clinton praised Obama warmly in an appearance before supporters in New York, although she neither acknowledged his victory in their grueling marathon nor offered a concession of any sort.

Instead, she said she was committed to a unified party, and said she would spend the next few days determining “how to move forward with the best interests of our country and our party guiding my way.”

Obama’s victory set up a five-month campaign with Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, a race between a first-term Senate opponent of the Iraq War and a 71-year-old Vietnam prisoner of war and staunch supporter of the current U.S. military mission.

And both men seemed eager to begin.

McCain spoke first, in New Orleans, and he accused his younger rival of voting “to deny funds to the soldiers who have done a brilliant and brave job” in Iraq.” Americans, he added, should be concerned about the judgment of a presidential candidate who has not traveled to Iraq yet “says he’s ready to talk, in person and without conditions, with tyrants from Havana to Pyongyang.”

McCain agreed with Obama that the presidential race would focus on change. “But the choice is between the right change and the wrong change, between going forward and going backward,” he said.

Obama responded quickly, pausing in his own speech long enough to praise Clinton for “her strength, her courage and her commitment to the causes that brought us here tonight.”

As for his general election rival, he said, “It’s not change when John McCain decided to stand with George Bush 95 percent of the time, as he did in the Senate last year. It’s not change when he offers four more years of Bush economic policies that have failed to create well-paying jobs. … And it’s not change when he promises to continue a policy in Iraq that asks everything of our brave young men and women in uniform and nothing of Iraqi politicians.”

In a symbolic move, Obama spoke in the same hall where McCain will accept the Republican nomination at his party’s convention in September. Campaign officials, citing the local fire marshal, put the crowd at 17,000 inside the eXcel Energy Center, plus another 15,000 outside.

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Murdoch becomes an Obama convert

scopical.com.au |  May 30, 2008

Global media tycoon Rupert Murdoch appears to have switched his support from conservative right politics into the left, progressive ideology of leading Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama.

Mr Murdoch, a former Australian and whose Fox News Channel has continuously backed the current Bush Administration, says Obama is a breath of fresh air to Washington politics.

“You have possibly the making of a phenomenon in this country,” Mr Murdoch said of Obama.

Rupert Murdoch, who heads News Corporation (publishers of The Australian, Daily Telegraph and Herald Sun newspapers in Australia) has formally backed Republicans for the Presidential post.

However the media mogul says he believes Washington politics is in need of a change, comparing Barack Obama to a rock star.

“Politicians and Washington are at an all time low, they are despised by 80% of the public… and you’ve got a candidate who is… trying to put himself above it all.”

“He’s become a rock star. It’s fantastic.”

Obama is known to attract crowds ranging into the thousands, with a well armed and mobile base of younger supporters.

Mr Murdoch said of likely Republican nominee John McCain: “he has a lot of problems”.

“He’s a patriot, he’s a friend of mine, a very decent guy. I think he has – and I say this sympathetically – I think he has a lot of problems,” Mr Murdoch said.

Rupert Murdoch is now reportedly anxious to meet with Obama prior to the election campaign – if he should win the nomination.

The News Corporation chief has previously held fundraising events for second-placing Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.