Archive for the 'Geo-Politics' Category

USA: Scaring people all the way around

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Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart reminds us of the similarity between G.W.Bush’s big bailout speech and his Iraq invasion speech five years ago.

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Corruption: At least USD 13 Billion Iraq Aid wasted or stolen

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The Washington Post today (link below) has a very interesting report on fraud, corruption and waste surrounding the U.S. Iraq reconstruction program.

Salam Adhoob, the former chief investigator of the Iraq’s Commission on Public Integrity (the equivalent to the U.S. FBI) estimated in a hearing of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee yesterday, that out of the about USD 50 Billion U.S. taxpayer money that has so far been disbursed to the Iraq reconstruction program, at least USD 13 Billion have been wasted or stolen through various fraud schemes.

The former chief investigator and head of a 200 strong auditors team was one of three Iraqis testifying before the committee yesterday – all providing evidence of widespread corruption and waste up to the point, as one of them said, that Iraqi government officials are financing al-Qaeda terrorists through some of these schemes.

An additional USD 9 Billion were estimated…

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Quote of the day: Racketeering

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Due to recent events last week when the US government has put up all government property and the (work of the) next two generations of American citizens as collateral to bail out a few thousand “bad apples” within the financial world, we thought the quote from MajGen. Smedley Butler below might also be a good fit for that.

Those guys in the financial world who now try to make others believe that they did not know the dangers and that they did not know that they were trading worthless paper for money just like before the great depression, have always put their greed, their profiteering and racking in other peoples money above everything and anybody else.

We are not talking about the simple employees who are…

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Animation: Uncle Sam & 911

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Interesting animation of Uncle Sam talking to his 9-11 “watch dog” about getting common sense back into life and retiring the “dog” – if it wouldn’t be so fictitious after all…

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Movie: No End in Sight

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This is a must see movie for everybody interested in the events surrounding the Iraq crisis and US occupation.

“No End in Sight” by director Charles Ferguson is the winner of the special jury price last year at the Sundance Film Festival and chosen by Stephen Hunter, Washington Post as #1 film of the year 2007. It’s available in full length online via Google Video.

Anybody who believes that nothing of that was known before the “war” should read the…

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Internet warfare: All Georgia Government web sites down

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About a month ago the website of Georgia’s President was under a distributed denial of service attack and offline for some time. Based on forensic analysis it became clear that the root of these attacks were to be found in Russia.

Now with a state of war declared as it seems all official Government web sites of Georgia are not responding, not reachable or do not display any content…

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