Wednesday 20th of February 2019

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by Gus Leonisky on Wed, 2019-02-20 05:31

after yesterday's silence in the media about Paladin (see comment above), a snippet of (lame-ish) news:

 

Asylum seekers on Manus Island say the security contractor Paladin is “doing nothing” on the ground, questioning how the firm is spending money from its $423m deal with the Australian government.

The Australian government is continuing to face scrutiny for its decision to hand the contracts to run the Manus Island asylum and refugee centres to the contractor Paladin, through a non-competitive tender process.

Paladin had little experience in providing garrison and security services in immigration detention, but the home affairs department has said it was left with little choice but to hand it the contract because others were reluctant to be associated with the “noise” of its offshore detention regime.

Asylum seekers on Manus Island said they had long questioned what the Australian government was paying for, not just through its deal with Paladin, but with all its contractors.

 

Read more:

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/feb/19/asylum-seekers-say-paladin-doing-nothing-for-its-423m-manus-island-deal

 

 

Read from top. The media silence about the possible crookery of Paladin is deafening...

by Gus Leonisky on Wed, 2019-02-20 05:27

Actor Alec Baldwin has raised concerns about Donald Trump calling "rigged" media "the enemy of the people" in a tirade against Saturday Night Live, saying it could put him and his family in danger.

Key points:

  • Mr Trump suggested the NBC should face retribution for airing "Republican hit jobs"
  • Baldwin questioned whether the President's comments could be construed as a threat
  • The actor said the national emergency declaration was "fake" while impersonating the President

 

Mr Trump lashed out after Baldwin, who regularly impersonates the President on the NBC comedy show, appeared in a sketch lampooning him for declaring a national emergency at the US-Mexico border.

"You can all see why I gotta fake this national emergency," Baldwin said in the skit.

"I have to because I want to, it's really simple."

Mr Trump took to Twitter after the episode aired in the US, saying there was "nothing funny" about Saturday Night Live.

"Question is, how do the networks get away with these total Republican hit jobs without retribution?" he said.

"Very unfair and should be looked into. This is the real collusion!"

He followed this up with a tweet calling "corrupt" media the "enemy of the people".

 

Read more:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-19/alec-baldwin-hits-back-after-donald-trump-snl-twitter-tirade/10826560

 

 

 

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It appears Baldwin drinks too much booze and Donald does not drink enough of it...

by Gus Leonisky on Wed, 2019-02-20 05:04

Labor has demanded an explanation from a federal minister who called for a boycott of Coles and Aldi while owning shares in rival supermarket Woolworths.

Key points:

  • David Littleproud has defended his stake in Woolworths and told Coles to "expect more heat"
  • Coles and Aldi refuse to axe $1 milk despite Woolworths lifting its price
  • Agriculture Minister slammed both supermarkets for failing to lift prices

 

Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said Australians should stop shopping at Aldi or Coles if they wanted a sustainable dairy industry.

Mr Littleproud slammed the major supermarkets for continuing to offer milk for $1 per litre, after rival Woolworths announced it would increase its price on budget milk by 10 cents.

But Mr Littleproud's own parliamentary records show he has shares in Woolworths.

His chief of staff, Alison Penfold, also previously worked as a government relations manager for Woolworths.

Shadow minister Joel Fitzgibbon wants Mr Littleproud to provide an explanation in Parliament about his shares.

"Woolworths will be a beneficiary if his call for a boycott is successful," Mr Fitzgibbon said.

Mr Littleproud took to Twitter to defend his comments.

 

Read more:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-19/david-littleproud-calls-for-coles-aldi-supermarket-boycott/10825304

 

Meanwhile:

A Queensland dairy farmer has been forced to walk off his farm the same day Woolworths announced an end to the sale of $1-a-litre milk in its stores nationwide.

Robbie Radel, a fourth-generation dairy farmer from the North Burnett, three-and-a-half hours north of Brisbane, said he expanded his business in 2005 to include the Biggenden farm, but the bank forced him to sell the property.

"The banks forced us to sell," Mr Radel said.

"I basically said: 'We don't want to do [that], what are you going to do?'

"They said: 'If you don't do it of your own accord we will do it.'"

Better late than never, but too late for some

Mr Radel's last day on the 97-hectare farm coincided with the supermarket giant's announcement that it would stop selling $1 milk nationwide.

Dairy farmers and industry bodies have been lobbying supermarkets to end cut-price milk since 2011.

The supermarket has committed to selling own-brand milk for a $1.10 per litre.

He said the advent of $1 milk forced farm gate prices down even further.

 

Read more:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-19/milk-price-rise-coincides-with-closure-of-last-dairy-farm/10826562

 

Now the question is, does Mr Littleproud owns bank shares as well?

That would be the sour cream on top, would it not?

 

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by Gus Leonisky on Tue, 2019-02-19 20:38


The CIA is using Turkey to pressure China

by Thierry Meyssan

While Turkey has fostered economic links with China in order to solve its economic crisis, it has also publicly denounced the repression of the Uyghurs, basing its accusations on false information. Beijing sent a very cold reply. Everything is happening, now that Daesh has disappeared from Iraq and Syria, as if Ankara was once again running secret operations on behalf of the CIA, this time in Xinjiang.

For the last few weeks, the Turkish Press has been talking about the fate of the Uyghurs, the Turkish-speaking Muslim population of China. The political parties of the opposition, including the Kemalists, have been outdoing one another to condemn the Han repression of this minority and its religion.


This effervescence follows: 

- The report by the Jamestown Foundation on the « 73 Chinese detention centres » [1] ; 

- The Radio Free Asia campaign, which broadcast a number of interviews with ex-prisoners of the Chinese camps, and went so far as to pretend that China had outlawed the Coran (sic) [2] ; 

- The campaign launched on 13 November 2018 by the United States and their allies of the Human Rights Council in Geneva against the repression of Islam in China [3] ; 

- And the hearing, organised in Washington on 28 November 2018 by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ), before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, (CECC), on « the repression of religions by the Chinese Communist Party » [4]. Thus we learned that between one and three million Uyghurs are being submitted to electrical torture in the re-education camps. These accusations have been reprised by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.

It was in this context that the spokesman for the Turkish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hami Aksoy, published a communiqué on 9 February 2019 officially condemning the « Chinesation » … of « the ethnic, religious and cultural identities of the Turkish Uyghurs » and the death in prison of the famous poet Abdurehim Heyit, who was serving an « eight-year » sentence of confinement for « one of his songs » [5].


 

The following evening, China published a 26-second video by the spurious dead man. In it, he declared : « My name is Abdurehim Heyit. Today is the 10th of February 2019. I am the subject of investigations into the suspicion of violation of national laws. I am now in good health and have never been abused 

On the following day,11 February, the spokesman for the Chinese Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hua Chunying, launched into a severe criticism of Turkey’s « errors » and « irresponsibility » [6].


While the imprisonment of at least 10,000 Uyghurs implicated in terrorist activities is attested, the number of between one and three million definitely is not.


 

Already by 1 June 2017 and on 13 December 2018, the Chinese had published two documents – one of them concerning Human Rights in Xinjiang, [7] and the other on The Protection of Culture and Development in Xinjiang [8].

However, the Communist Party doesn’t really know how to manage political Islam. It analyses the question from the viewpoint of a particular past, that of the Cultural Revolution and the outlawing not only of Islam, but all religions. After having established freedom in this matter, it is now witnessing the rebirth of the divisions of the Civil War, and the multiplication of jihadist attacks [9]. On 1 February 2018, it launched a new religious policy aimed at assimilating Islam by suppressing certain identity practises [10]. The members of the Party are obliged to provide the example by refusing to eat halal. Nonetheless, 24,400 mosques are open in Xinjiang for the 13 million Muslims.


For twenty-five years, Uyghur organisations have been clamouring for the creation of an independent state, first of all secular and now « Islamic » (in the political sense, not religious according to the Muslim Brotherhood’s definition of the term), in Eastern Turkestan (according to medieval title of Xinjiang). They were immediately awarded CIA support against the Beijing authorities.


- In 1997, the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) was created, and left the region to undergo training in Afghanistan with the Taliban and certain elements of Al-Qaïda. It quit political Islam and is directly funded by the CIA. 

- In September 2004,a « government in exile for Eastern Turkestan » was founded in Washington by Anwar Yusuf Turani. It is a reconstruction of the alliance between the Kuomintang and Taïwan, in the prolongation of the Chinese Civil War (1927-1950). 

- In November of the same year, in Munich, a world Congress of the Uyghurs was created, of which Rebiya Kadeer became President. It favours ethnic separatism. 

The latter two entities are financed by the National Endowment for Democracy, an agency of the « Five Eyes » group [11].


Serious rioting broke out in Xinjiang, first of all in February 1997, then in July 2009. The demonstrators claimed that they belonged to the Uyghur separatist movement, Kuomintang Communism, and political Islam.


Beijing calmed the situation down by offering the Uyghurs certain privileges, for example, dispensing them from obeying the one-child policy (today abandoned) [12].


The US campaign against the repression of the Uyghurs seems to be compromised by the investment of Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater, in the Xinjiang authorities [13]. Prince is not only the principal businessmen specialised in the creation of private armies, he is also the brother of Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s Secretary for Education. His security agents are apparently mercenaries working on behalf of Bingtuan, a Han militia in Xinjiang.


It so happens that during the 1990’s, when the present Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was the head of the Millî Görüs and Mayor of Istanbul, he supplied a rear base for various Islamist terrorist movements, whether they were Tatars, Chechens or Uyghurs [14].


The question must therefore be asked - is the Turkish declaration against the Han repression of the Uyghurs a simple interior stance in order to avoid being over-run by the opposition parties, or is it a new state policy which conforms to the former responsibilities of President Erdoğan in the CIA terrorist strategy ?


The East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) was very active during the war against Syria, with the support of the National Intelligence Organization (NİT). For many months, 18,000 Uyghurs (including at least 5,000 jihadist combatants) lived secretly in al-Zambari, a Syrian town on the Turkish frontier in the governorate of Idleb. They maintained their position with the help of the German and French special forces [15].


While President Donald Trump is preparing for a commercial struggle with Beijing, everything seems to be developing as if a reconciliation has occurred between the CIA and Turkey, aimed at planning further secret operations against China.


Thierry Meyssan

Translation 

 

Pete Kimberley

 

Read more:

https://www.voltairenet.org/article205244.html

 

 

 

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by Gus Leonisky on Tue, 2019-02-19 20:21

Among the few star supporters, the citizen movement can count on that of Brigitte Bardot. The former actress went to a meeting of yellow vests, expressing her emotion of being with citizens mobilized for three months.


On February 17 in the middle of the afternoon, the famous actress Brigitte Bardot went to a meeting of Yellow Vests organized in Saint-Aygulf, near Fréjus, in the Var, the day after the anniversary of the three months of mobilization.


Read also: The movement of yellow vests passes the milestone of three months with the act 14


A surprise visit during which the former actress was keen to assert her support for the citizen movement. Showing her emotion of being with citizens mobilized for three months, she said in particular: "You are great [...] Do not let anything go. I support you, thoroughly, thoroughly. "

...


"I support them because they have balls," she said, according to L'Obs [L'Observateur].

 

Read more:

https://francais.rt.com/france/59234-je-soutiens-parce-quils-ont-des-couilles-brigitte-bardot-visite-gilets-jaunes-var-video

 

Translation by Jules Letambour.

 

 

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by Gus Leonisky on Tue, 2019-02-19 20:11

afraid...

Yánis Varoufákis, la fin de l'Europe et de l'Euro ? [EN DIRECT]

 

In English:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=220&v=hbnzQtLS4T8

 

Yanis explains clearly how the banking capitalist system has highjacked "democracy". Not only we live in a "technocracy" we live in an "oligarchic technocracy" where the super-rich and the governments who work for them use technology to keep us out of the loop, even when we vote...

 

AND THE CONTROLLERS OF THE MONEY WILL FIGHT TOOTH AND NAIL TO KEEP VAROUFAKIS OUT OF THEIR POLITICAL GAMES... 

by Gus Leonisky on Tue, 2019-02-19 14:46

Yánis Varoufákis, la fin de l'Europe et de l'Euro ? [EN DIRECT]

 

In English:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=220&v=hbnzQtLS4T8

by Gus Leonisky on Tue, 2019-02-19 14:32

The state government has budgeted $60 million from the sale of development rights for a commercial and residential tower near the Powerhouse Museum it wants to build in Parramatta.

The inclusion of the planned $60 million sale proceeds is revealed in a costing prepared by the Parliamentary Budget Office for the Labor Opposition, which requested advice on how much it would cost to maintain heritage properties in the area.

The demolition of those properties – an 1886 Italianate villa known as Willow Grove, and a row of seven terraces known as St George’s Terrace – was assumed as part of business cases prepared for the government’s planned Parramatta Powerhouse.

But the government has since said it would try to keep those buildings.

“We've never said it will go as part of the Powerhouse Museum,” the Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, said on the weekend of Willow Grove. “We've always said of course our intention is to save it,” Ms Berejiklian said.

If the government does preserve Willow Grove and St George’s Terrace, it would be at a cost to the budget bottom line. According to the costing, the government would have to forego $60 million from not selling the site to a private developer, which it has already included in budget estimates.

Asked about the seeming discrepancy, a government spokesman repeated the intention to preserve Willow Grove.

“A design competition is now underway to shape the future of the new Powerhouse Museum in Parramatta, including the Willow Grove site and other heritage buildings,” the spokesman said.

“The government will have the final say on that design.

 

Read more crap from the Gladys government:

https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/government-says-it-will-keep-properties-but-budgets-for-their-sale-20190218-p50ym0.html

to be destroyed...

to be destroyed...

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by Gus Leonisky on Tue, 2019-02-19 14:09

Today from the ABC to the SMH, not a single article on the biggest scandal of them all — the Paladin "contract". It would not surprise an old kook like me that the "main stream media" or "mediocre shit media" or whatever are scared to death of revealing the full truth that's a billion times more horrendously worse than Sam Dastyari handling a Chinese donation... The Paladin affair should bring the Scummo government down all on its own — but it won't of course...

I can only live in hope that the ABC 4 Corners program is doing a behind the scene secret investigation of this affair in which dangerous goons seem to have a foothold — on the Liberal (CONservative) government and its backers... Meanwhile the Murdoch media is doing everything to inflate Scummo's punctured tyres while doing everything to unscrew the wheels of Shorten's advantage, including poopooing Kerryn Phelps... 

Is our media in the pocket of rich dudes protected by dangerous goons?... I can only assume so...

 

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By the way, Karen Dutton image at top could be bogus, but so far no threat of court case has come forward and the more time passes, the "more true", the image is...

by Gus Leonisky on Tue, 2019-02-19 13:07

Mathias Cormann is having a tough morning on the chair. Let me bring you a quick summary of the evidence he’s given to date. 

Cormann has told the hearing he booked three private trips to Singapore by calling the CEO of Helloworld, Andrew Burnes, direct. 

Asked whether it is unusual to book travel by calling the CEO of a travel company on his mobile rather than calling a 1800 number, Cormann said: “I have to say, I’ve got close, personal relationships ... I’ve got a close personal relationship with Mr Burnes and I don’t think it is unusual to ask somebody who owns a business to sell products and services back to you on commercial terms”. 

Cormann says he has no evidence the travel was provided to him at a discount. He says the travel was never intended to be free. His failure to pay the bill was an oversight. 

Just to give some quick background on Burnes – he’s a Liberal party treasurer, and the company has made donations to the Liberal party. Cormann describes him as a friend he sees socially.

The finance minister says he had no involvement in a decision to give Burnes’ company a government travel contract, although he has given evidence that the CEO complained to him about the way the finance department was running the tender process. Cormann says he did not pass those complaints on to officials, and he told Burnes to take up his concerns with the bureaucrats.

 

 

Read more:

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2019/feb/19/no-idea-mathias-cormann-faces-questions-over-family-travel-politics-live

Meanwhile...:

Meanwhile, I’m thinking about getting Centrelink to install one of their famous phone services to remind people like me that it’s their responsibility to check their financial transactions when things look unusual.

They do something like that for the poor, don’t they?

Why not for finance ministers?

 

Read more:

https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/mathias-cormann-solves-the-parable-of-loaves-fishes-and-a-credit-card-20190219-p50yqx.html

 

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