In the Panama Capers we Trust By Clive Hambidge

13 April 2016 — Facilitate Global

The Panamanian Capers

Panama Papers: Mossack Fonseca says leak came from hack AJE News www.aljazeera.comApparently, if you’ve seen the news, the leaked Panama Papers[1], from the “tight lipped” (Economist) Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca & Co, are spilling the beans on the details of what the rich, powerful and greedy “beyond avarice” get up to with unseemly amounts of dosh, in 214,488 offshore tax havens. Mossack Fonseca & Co has been under investigation and intense scrutiny for some time. Ken Silverstein contributing editor for Vice who had cased the Mossack Fonseca & Co joint, two years before the Panama Papers disclosure, writing: “If shell companies are getaway cars for bank robbers, then Mossack Fonseca may be the world’s shadiest car dealership.” True but the Mossack Fonseca shenanigans are part of the problem but not the endemic problem. The endemic problem is American financial hegemony.  Mossack Fonseca’s  offices have just been raided almost certainly because Panamanian politicians and their dealers (they are all in need of a fix) will be implicated in all sorts of sordid stuff.  And one expected that.

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NSA: “Disreputable if Not Outright Illegal”: The National Security Agency versus Martin Luther King, Muhammad Ali, Art Buchwald, Frank Church, et al.

25 September 2013 — National Security Archive

Newly Declassified History Divulges Names of Prominent Americans Targeted by NSA during Vietnam Era

Declassification Decision by Interagency Panel Releases New Information on the Berlin Crisis, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the Panama Canal Negotiations

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Lonzy Barker Is Missing By Joe Bageant

20 May 2013 — Joe Bageant

See the introduction to this series of posts: Writing on Things Southern and Past

Lonzy Barker is missing. Has been for several months now. Nobody noticed it until that smelly old hermit didn’t show up here at Dalton Bayles’ post office store for his sardines and rock candy. “He could be layin’ over there in his pigpen dead or something,” says Dalton. Did I tell you, dear reader, that Lonzy Barker lives in a pigpen? Always has. Anyway, after three months of Lonzy’s government checks piling up in the pigeonhole, Dalton has decided Lonzy “just might be — I ain’t saying he is and I ain’t saying he ain’t — missing.”

America’s Hype over WMD: Five Invasion Plots, Three Continents, Identical Lies By Felicity Arbuthnot

21 December, 2012 — Global Research

“I do not understand this squeamishness about the use of gas. We have definitely adopted the position at the Peace Conference of arguing in favour of the retention of gas as a permanent method of warfare…. I am strongly in favour of using poisoned gas against uncivilised tribes.” (Winston S. Churchill, 1874-1965, from War Office minute, 12th May 1919.)

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Updates on Libyan war/Stop NATO news: August 16, 2011

16 August 2011 — Stop NATO

  • Mediterranean: U.S. Guided Missile Destroyer Arrives In Malta
  • Report: $3.7 Trillion For U.S. Wars, $12,000 Per Person
  • NATO Troops Arrest Five Afghan Civilians, Torch Two Vehicles
  • NATO Tankers Destroyed Near Pakistan-Afghanistan Border
  • Pakistan: 47 U.S. Drone Strikes This Year, 450 Deaths
  • Kosovo Serbs Protest New Threat To Security
  • 86,000 U.S., South Korean Troops Begin Joint Military Exercise
  • Canada Renames Navy, Air Force ‘Royal’
  • Czechs Offer Iraq Warplanes For Oil
  • U.S. Guided Missile Warship In 17-Nation Panama Canal Exercises

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President Manuel Torrijos’ Velvet Panamanian Coup

President Manuel Torrijos’ Velvet Panamanian Coup – Council on Hemispheric Affairs:

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  • Torrijos uses subterfuge to militarize the National Security Posture.
  • Corruption reigns at the highest level.
  • Noriega-era Constitution still in use and a burden to the nation.
  • Patriots rally on September 3 against Torrijos’ wanting indifference to democratic procedures.
  • State Department is conspicuously silent over Torrijos’ plots.

On September 3, a number of Panamanian civic groups and political movements have scheduled a nationwide protest against the recently enacted five-pronged National Security Reform package. President Martin Torrijos and his Cabinet approved what essentially was a presidential edict, during the National Assembly’s two-month recess. In effect, President Torrijos has staged a velvet coup, weakening the Constitutional rights of individual Panamanians. Torrijos granted himself ‘special legislative powers,’ allowing him to rule by decree in the areas of anti-crime and anti-terrorism. The President possesses plenary powers allowing him to force through a series of security measures that had the effect, according to his critics, of dangerously militarizing the country.

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‘News’ Central By William Bowles

11 March 2004 — William Bowles

Might is right as they say, except when it’s wrong that is, but of course who is to gainsay the powerful? With the media and the education system as the main vehicles for maintaining the status quo, piercing the veil of propaganda is more than just the production of counter-propaganda, it requires a mind-shift in those we aim to reach. Not so easy to do for not only does it require a deal of courage, it quite often requires some serious critical thinking, and critical thinking is not something that is generally encouraged by the ruling elite.

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