Columbia Law prof is caught in the propaganda trap he describes

Columbia Law prof is caught in the propaganda trap he describes

April 13, 2020 – I saw this post on a tweet, Thomas Merton on how good propaganda makes people think they made up their own minds. A Columbia Law prof, claiming the Russian government is targeting American voters with fake news and disinformation, turns out to be a victim of the propaganda he describes.

World-wide journalists condemn court action against Julian Assange

World-wide journalists condemn court action against Julian Assange

Feb 20, 2020 – 1200 journalists from 98 countries have released a joint statement today in defence of Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange, in the lead up to proceedings in a UK court to extradite him to the United States to face the espionage charges. The court case begins on 24 February.

Unpacking Astonishing Financial Fraud with Lucy Komisar

Unpacking Astonishing Financial Fraud with Lucy Komisar

By Catherine Austin Fitts, The Solari Report, Feb 6, 2020 – Lucy Komisar is an investigative reporter”she publishes The Komisar Scoop. Lucy is my go to person for questions about complex financial frauds, particularly when they involve tax evasion and the offshore haven system.

Joe Biden proves NYTimes writes disinformation, but CFR panel doesn‘t want to hear it

Joe Biden proves NYTimes writes disinformation, but CFR panel doesn‘t want to hear it

Oct 12, 2019 – For mainstream media, “disinformation” is something the Russians do, and maybe the Chinese. When I confronted three mainstream journalists – two who made seamless moves into the U.S. government –with fake news by the New York Times, they presented pitiful excuses. It was on the Trump phone call to the Ukraine president, now considered to be the key reason for a Trump impeachment, so truth matters.

Tax Day brings out anti-Trump rallies

Tax Day brings out anti-Trump rallies

April 18, 2018 – I thought this photo of yesterday’s Tax Day 2018 anti-Trump tax law protest in Foley Square, Manhattan, carried a plaintive truth. Elliot Crown had a Trump mask and a scale to weigh Trump’s $1.5 trillion tax scam against what the country needs. But by chance in the background was a woman collecting plastic bottles, which of course how she was hoping the deposit returns she would get for them would help her survive.

Plotting a coup in Venezuela at Council on Foreign Relations

Plotting a coup in Venezuela at Council on Foreign Relations

April 8, 2018 –
At the April 4th Council on Foreign Relations meeting in New York, a panel of ex-State Department and other operatives discussed how to overthrow the government of Venezuela. They were almost gleeful in taking about the terrible conditions, lack of food, of medicine, and the success of US sanctions that had contributed to Venezuelans’ misery.

Trump, tax evasion and what Americans really need to do: #abolishtaxhavens

Trump, tax evasion and what Americans really need to do: #abolishtaxhavens

April 16, 2017 – The “Trump pay your taxes/tell us what you paid” protests around the country on Tax Day April 15th matter only if they are the beginning of a movement by the Berniecrats (since the Clintonites have finessed the issue) to deal with the institutionalized tax cheating effected by open scams such as the carried interest fraud which says that people who run hedge funds should pay a lower rate on their personal profits than anybody else. Why do they get that? Because they have paid off members of Congress to allow it. The Dems and Trump have said they are against it, but if you believe that, I have a bridge in Brooklyn I can sell you.

How German pastors collected church bells for Hitler

How German pastors collected church bells for Hitler

March 24, 2017 – I just saw an important film, “The Pastor‘s Children,” in which I learned to some astonishment that during World War II, Protestant pastors in Germany collected iron church bells for Hitler so he could make bombs from them. After the war, 50,000 bells were left over, because there were so many, that the military production couldn‘t use them all. It illustrates dramatically how supportive the Protestant (as well as the Catholic) churches were of the Nazis.

Robert Silvers, NY Review of Books editor, just died; he printed fake news

Robert Silvers, NY Review of Books editor, just died; he printed fake news

March 20, 2017 – Robert Silvers, editor of the New York Review of Books, just died. You will read the expected hagiographies.

You won’t read how he censored comments on his neocon vision of Russia. He had run an article by Anne Applebaum replete with falsehoods about Russia. (She is a big fan of the corrupt Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky.) After I talked about it with him, and he said to send my comments, I did. He refused to print them in the magazine but agreed to post them on line! Instead, he ran a comment saying people could find my views on my website — without even a link! So what does that mean? Either my comments were valid or not. Pretty tacky of him, I thought. Even sneaky. Lacking integrity.

Mayor and Greenwich Villagers organize against Trump

Mayor and Greenwich Villagers organize against Trump

Nov 20, 2016 – My neighborhood: Sunday night, and the meeting room of a community center on West 13th Street in the Village was jammed with hundreds of people, standing room only, all quite passionately opposed to what President-elect Donald Trump threatens to do to the country – especially hurting various identity groups and entrenching extremists in a space for the newly powerful to which (nobody mentioned it) the Clintons and Obama had opened the door, put in plush rugs, etc.

Tony Blair, Bush’s partner in Iraq disaster, reinvents himself as a humanitarian

Tony Blair, Bush’s partner in Iraq disaster, reinvents himself as a humanitarian

Sept 29, 2016 – Tony Blair was in town for the opening of the United Nations, which draws heads of state, foreign ministers, and people who think they ought to travel in those circles. Former British Prime Minister Blair was one of the latter. One of the architects of the Iraq War, he came to attempt to reinvent himself as a humanitarian. He has set up the Tony Blair Faith Foundation to work with education programs to deal with extremism across the world. To help stop it. (Do you know the meaning of chutzpah?) He has also reinvented himself as a very rich guy, selling his services to various Gulf sheiks and the president-for-life of Kazakhstan.

Blair had the help of the Council on Foreign Relations, which helped his PR offensive by pairing him in a meeting with UNESCO head Irina Bokova to discuss “the role of education and civil society in preventing global extremism and raising awareness among governments.” It was a surreal event, not likely to change any

Ban offshore banks with account secrecy from US correspondent accounts: Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz

Ban offshore banks with account secrecy from US correspondent accounts: Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz

June 3, 2016 – Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel prize-winning former chief economist of the World Bank, says that the way to solve corruption and money-laundering facilitated by offshore banks that run secret accounts is to “shut them down.” And the way to do that is to ban non-transparent banks from US correspondent accounts. He spoke at a Council on Foreign Relations meeting today.
At the breakfast on “Is U.S. Finance Hurting Growth?”, he addressed an aspect of banking that was not on the agenda, asking, “Why do we have offshore banking?

Exclusive: Yanis Varoufakis reveals how European powers’ Troika abolished Greek anti-tax evasion unit

Exclusive: Yanis Varoufakis reveals how European powers’ Troika abolished Greek anti-tax evasion unit

April 26, 2016 – A drumbeat of the Troika that ended Greek sovereignty last year was that the government wasn‘t collecting taxes. The Troika was the European Commission (EC), the International Monetary Fund, and the European Central Bank. That charge came from a collection of states that includes some of the world’s worst tax evasion enablers, including the Luxembourg of EC President Jean-Claude Junker, whose country is a world class tax haven. Former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis revealed for the first time how days after he resigned, the Troika effectively abolished a unit he had set up to combat tax evasion.

Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker finesses truth about TPP

Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker finesses truth about TPP

April 7, 2016 – Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker appeared at the Council on Foreign Relations a few days ago and treated the members to misinformation about the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership, which is being promoted by President Obama and corporate America as a free trade benefit. Opposition to TPP has swelled as the public found out the details of the treaty which was negotiated in secret, with input only from corporate representatives, and not even made available to members of Congress. Much of it was revealed by Wikileaks. Pritzker said in her remarks at the April 4th event that critics were “not telling an accurate story or telling part of the story and blaming trade for something that‘s larger.” So, in a question, I pointed out that “I heard a lot of facts that I thought were misstated from your presentation.”

Fed Co-chair Fischer deflects call for numbers on wages

Fed Co-chair Fischer deflects call for numbers on wages

Feb 2, 2016 – At the Council on Foreign Relations yesterday, I pointed out to Stanley Fischer, Vice Chairman, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, that the current low unemployment rate he cited in his talk doesn‘t mean what it did when workers had good manufacturing jobs – when now the employed are often working for the minimum wage and need government aid. Shouldn’t the Fed put out those numbers? He avoided answering the question.

At a Berlin refugee center

At a Berlin refugee center

Sept 21, 2015 – Before the refugee crisis exploded in September, there were already people seeking help in Germany. On August 19th, I visited a reception center in Berlin, taken there by Karsten Voigt, who as a Social Democratic member of parliament had for decades led SPD foreign policy there.

Longtime friends since I first reported about Germany in 1979, I had had lunch with him. And after that he said, “I want to take you someplace.”

So we walked along Turmstrasse in Moabit, the neighborhood where he lives. We arrived at “Lageso,” acronym for Landesamt für Gesundheit und Soziales. Office for Social and Health Services. It was originally a place where people got health services.