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Release of offshore records draws worldwide response

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 22, 2014 by Spartan of Truth

From ICIJ

ICIJ’s “Offshore Leaks” probe has ignited reactions around the globe – sparking official investigations, sweeping policy changes and high-profile resignations.

Since the series of stories – based on a leak of 2.5 million secret offshore records – began rolling out in April 2013, responses have come rapidly, from India, Mongolia, France and dozens of other nations. The European Union’s top tax official has called Offshore Leaks “the most significant trigger” behind Europe’s newfound resolve to crack down on offshore hideaways and global tax dodging.

“We’re in a completely different context today” because of the Offshore Leaks revelations, Belgium’s secretary of state said. “It’s a new world.”

The European Parliament. Photo: Shutterstock Among the latest impacts and responses:

  • The European Parliament voted today to create public registries in EU member countries listing the real, flesh-and-blood owners of companies and trusts. The measure will crack down on individuals and companies that hide assets in secretive offshore entities, which have often been linked to tax evasion, money laundering and corruption. The use of offshore havens by prominent European politicians and business leaders was revealed last year by ICIJ’s Offshore Leaks investigation. “Crucial facilitators of illicit money flows are secretive corporate structures operating in and through secrecy jurisdiction, often also referred to as tax havens,” state the proposed new rules.The measure would amend the EU’s current anti-money laundering rules, and was approved today by two key parliamentary committees, the committees on Economic and Monetary Affairs and Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. The changes will be voted on by the full European Parliament in March. If the rules are approved – the committee vote was 45 to 1 in their favor – it will then fall to European member states to implement them. So far, only the UK has formally pledged to create a public ownership registry of companies.

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Karen Hudes: Either We Take Back Our Gold, Our Legality, or We’ll Have WWIII

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 12, 2014 by Spartan of Truth

From Greg Hunter

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5h1i-7qt88

Published on Feb 11, 2014

http://usawatchdog.com/united-states-… – private – Can we pull the world out of this economic calamity? Former World Bank Attorney Karen Hudes says, “It may be that we don’t, in which case, we end up in what happened just before we went into the dark ages, when gold went into hiding . . . . We can bring this gold that belongs to humanity out of its cloak of secrecy and out of hiding or we can go back into the dark ages. And we can have pestilence and starvation. . . . Civilization breaks down. We cannot pay for our international trade. Either we take back our gold, our legality, and we tell this group that thinks it’s above the law that it is not above the law, or we can kiss ourselves goodbye. Humanity will not continue, we will have World War III. Join Greg Hunter as he goes One-on-One with former World Bank Attorney Karen Hudes.

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Merkabas Caught Cutting a Crop Circle at Windmill Hill, Wiltshire, UK

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 7, 2013 by Spartan of Truth

Via American Kabuki

This crop is very interesting!  Grain tied up into sheaves by Merkabas! Sheaves of grain is a symbol of a harvest.  This crop circle sits about 1/2 mile from where I used to live in England from 1988-1989.  I know this location well.

 

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Thanks Bill. This is some of the best footage I’ve ever seen, incredible evidence! It would have taken humans weeks to do something like this in my opinion. I think the craft joined and tied off the stems in such a way to make the evidence more credible.

They’re trying to get our attention, much like they said they would. I believe they stated that we would see more of their craft and an increase in the frequency of their visits.

Awesome!

Spartan of Truth

5 Big Signs The Global Engine of Deceit, Lies and Control Are Coming To End

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 9, 2013 by Spartan of Truth

From Prevent Disease

If you don’t see it coming, you may have been hiding in a very dark place for the last decade. The lies, deceit, fear-mongering and illusions portrayed by elite controlling entities of the world are slowly crumbling right in front of their eyes as the world is awakening. Here are 5 signs that the era of deception and duplicity is coming to an end.

1. Pharmaceutical Industrial Complex Has Been Exposed
Perhaps one of the biggest controlling entities of the world is the pharmaceutical industrial complex who has deceived billions for almost two centuries. Their corruption, fabrications and outright deceit has enveloped almost every nation on Earth. In the last decade alone, millions have outcasted drugs and vaccines from their circle of trust. More people are coming to discover that this powerful group of criminals will stop at nothing to sell their snake oil to the public. Over the last several years, Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline, and Novartis — and all other pharmaceutical giants, which once seemed unassailable are slowly drowning. Drug discovery jobs have disappeared by the thousands in the United States and by the hundreds in Europe as the industry has cut costs in order to adjust to what is widely perceived as the end of the blockbuster-drug era.

People are getting it. From the H1N1 scandal to HPV….from Lipitor to Vioxx, the public is catching on that most modern day diseases are man-made to sell us more poison in a vicious cycle which perpetuates until our death. Research is now showing that natural health products are as effective as man-made drugs and for the first time in history, the natural health industry is aiming to amend legislation to allow physicians to include natural health products in their practice–a change that could revolutionize the allopathic treatment model.

2. The Media Is No Longer Capable of Instilling Trust
Recent polls now show that an overwhelming 80% of the population no longer trusts mainstream newscasts. From the lies and promotion of wars to our health, the mainstream media is incapable of generating any unbiased newsworthy content without corporate or government propaganda. Conan O’Brien easily revealed how mainstream media’s scripted taking points are just a farce. This happens almost everyday on any issue you can imagine, across all networks at any time. The media, as they say “is a joke” branded to program the minds of millions though manipulation and deception. But their dominion and monopoly has been thwarted by the alternative media who are now fully engaged in exposing every lie one at a time….and we are achieving great success.

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G20 and Syria: Putin’s show

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 6, 2013 by Spartan of Truth

From The Guardian

The choice for the Russian leader is whether to continue playing the spoiler, or to help generate action to calm the situation

Napoleon’s foreign minister, Talleyrand, observed that Russia is always simultaneously too strong and too weak. As the world’s major leaders gather in St Petersburg today for the G20 summit, they may find themselves thinking much the same. Over Syria – but also more generally – Vladimir Putin‘s Russia has proved strong enough to frustrate the US at key moments. But it is too weak to promote anything remotely constructive or widely endorsed as an alternative. Russia is an effective adversary. But it is not a world leader.

Mr Putin’s anti-American resentment and anti-western posturing go down well in his own country. But there is no way in which he speaks for neutral or non-aligned opinion on these matters. A newly published global Pew Research Center poll shows that a median of 36% of the population of the 38 surveyed countries express a favourable view of Russia, compared with 63% expressing a favourable view of the US. Negative views of Russia are not confined to western Europe and North America. It is worth noting that in an arc of Middle East nations from Turkey, through Lebanon, Israel, Egypt, Jordan to Tunisia – and including the Palestinian territories – unfavourable views of Russia predominate and are growing.

None of this matters much to Mr Putin, who is extremely content for domestic political reasons to be attacked by western opinion over such things as Russian human rights abuses, the official hostility to homosexuality or his cold war-style treatment of NGOs as foreign agents. Mr Putin is a child of the cold war, and his foreign policy is essentially instrumental. His enemies’ enemies are his friends. A western failure is a Russian advance, and vice-versa. He will doubtless be enjoying David Cameron’s humiliation by the House of Commons, François Hollande’s uneasy grip on French opinion and – perhaps most of all – Barack Obama’s twists and turns over Syria. The “reset” of the US-Russia relationship seems a distant illusion, especially after the Snowden affair.

Nevertheless, the choice for Mr Putin this week is whether he is content to continue to play the spoiler, or whether, with a bit of the same creativity he brings to negativity, the G20 can generate some effective action to calm and address the deepening crisis in and over Syria. On the face of things, there are few grounds for optimism. Absurdly, Syria is not even formally on the agenda in St Petersburg. Lakhdar Brahimi, the UN and Arab League envoy for Syria, is apparently not even due to attend the meeting. Add to that Russia’s generally obstructionist approach to international moves over Syria, and the prospects for progress at or in the margins of the G20 seem poor.

Angela Merkel – who has an election in two weeks – has been pressing Russia, seemingly with French support, to ease the international stalemate and thus delay the prospect of a US attack on Syria. Yesterday’s publication of a German intelligence report pinning the 21 August chemical weapons attack on President Assad’s regime is also a well-timed move that increases the pressure on Russia to act. And if Mr Putin was bothering with the House of Commons yesterday he will have heard MPs pressing for a fresh effort to get the Syrian parties round the table in Geneva.

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Banksters Going to Jail….

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 27, 2013 by Spartan of Truth

Via American Kabuki

Published on Aug 22, 2013

Sign petition on Avaaz – UK: Banksters behind bars – http://www.avaaz.org/en/bankers_behin… – private

The rest of the story:
1. Take Action And Put Bankers Behind Bars. LIBOR and more “In Your Face” Bankers Crimes – http://youtu.be/KkWrssQoNKA –
2. BANKERS BEHIND BARS – YOUR ACTION REQUIRED – SIGN THE PETITION AND MAKE VIDEO VIRAL – LIBOR AND MORE – http://youtu.be/VcOUe0e8WKo –
3. 600+ AND COUNTING WORLDWIDE BANKERS RESIGNATIONS – The Rats Are Jumping Ship – http://youtu.be/wjaJRYQ5Bec –
4. Current video
5. Dead End For Bankers Crime Syndicate. Bankers Deaths, Suicides, Homicides and Capital Punishment – http://youtu.be/-CS5VKKdaO0 –
6. Bankers Crimes: Money Laundering Inside Trading Cooking Books Bribing Wash Trading Frontrunning – http://youtu.be/7i-WHSeVQeU – 

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The Telegraph ~ BBC News uses ‘Iraq photo to illustrate Syrian massacre’

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 27, 2013 by Spartan of Truth

From The Telegraph

The BBC is facing criticism after it accidentally used a picture taken in Iraq in 2003 to illustrate the senseless massacre of children in Syria.

Mis-captioned photo on BBC website

The photograph was actually taken by Marco di Lauro in Iraq in 2003

Photographer Marco di Lauro said he nearly “fell off his chair” when he saw the image being used, and said he was “astonished” at the failure of the corporation to check their sources.

The picture, which was actually taken on March 27, 2003, shows a young Iraqi child jumping over dozens of white body bags containing skeletons found in a desert south of Baghdad.

It was posted on the BBC news website today under the heading “Syria massacre in Houla condemned as outrage grows”.

The caption states the photograph was provided by an activist and cannot be independently verified, but says it is “believed to show the bodies of children in Houla awaiting burial”.

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Zero Hedge ~ Two Former JPMorgan “London Whale” Traders Are About To Be Arrested

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 10, 2013 by Spartan of Truth

From Zero Hedge.com

“Mr. Martin-Artajo thought that the market was irrational.”   

     Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, US Senate, Report on JPM Whale Trades: A Case History of Derivatives Risks and Abuses, p. 104

Just like Breaking Bad, the most exciting trading drama of 2012 is coming to an end.

But while the man at the center of the biggest prop trading fiasco to ever take place at JPMorgan, the “London Whale” himself Bruno Iksil, is set to walk, if not on water this time, as is JPMorgan (although with the SEC demanding the firm admit guilt – a first in its break from the “neither admit nor deny” settlement tradition – something Saint Jamie will hardly agree with), two of Bruno’s London-based peers are likely going to jail.

As the WSJ reports, two former CIO traders are set to be arrested and charged criminally. Which makes all the scapegoating sense in the world: just like Goldman’s CDO crimes were dumped squarely on Fab Tourre’s shoulders (yes, he was implicated, and yes, he was merely a 28-year old pawn at the time) so JPMorgan’s prop trading transgressions, in which the firm used excess deposits to corner the HY and IG bond markets in the world’s greatest prop trading gambit gone horribly wrong, are about to be the fault of two mid-level traders, Bruno’s supervisor, Spaniard Javier Martin-Artajo who was the head of credit and equity trading at the CIO London office as well as a middle-office P&L marker, Julien Grout.

As the WSJ reports, “the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan has been conducting a criminal investigation of the trades. Both men are believed to be in the U.K., so U.S. and U.K. officials likely would coordinate with each other on any arrest triggered by the criminal charges. That could spark a lengthy extradition process before the formal charges are unsealed in the U.S.” And since unlike Russia, the UK is far more malleable to US extradition requests, perhaps it is time to keep an eye on all airplanes departing Heathrow in direction Sheremetyevo?

For those who forget the hierarchy of JPM’s “London Whale” office, we have a handy primer: the March 2013 report released by the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, titled “JPMorgan Chase Whale Trades: A Case History of Derivatives Risks And Abuses“, in which Carl Levin’s Kangaroo Court found ““Too Big To Regulate” JP Morgan “Lied” And “Deceived” Regulators, Investors And Public.” Here’s what we know:

The International Chief Investment Officer was Achilles Macris, who joined the CIO in 2006, rose quickly to management, and served as Ms. Drew’s top deputy in the CIO’s London office. He oversaw management of the Synthetic Credit Portfolio. Prior to working at the CIO, Mr. Macris worked for Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, a British investment bank, as a proprietary trader. Mr. Macris is a Greek national and U.S. citizen.

Javier Martin-Artajo joined the CIO in 2007, as the head of Credit and Equity Trading. He worked in the CIO’s London office, reported to Mr. Macris, and directly oversaw the
Synthetic Credit Portfolio. He had earlier worked for Mr. Macris at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein.78 Mr. Martin-Artajo is a Spanish national living in London.

Bruno Iksil was a trader in the CIO’s London office and reported to Mr. Martin-Artajo. Mr. Iksil joined the CIO in 2005, and served as the head trader managing the Synthetic Credit Portfolio from January 2007 until April 2012. Prior to joining JPMorgan, Mr. Iksil worked as a proprietary trader at Banque Populaire and later as head of Credit Derivatives at Natixis, a French investment bank. Mr. Iksil is a French national who lived outside of Paris and commuted to his job in London.83 In April 2012, the media reported that Mr. Iksil, trading on behalf of JPMorgan Chase, had been dubbed the “London Whale” by industry insiders because of the CIO’s large trades in the credit markets. He oversaw several other CIO traders including Julien Grout.

In July 2012, JPMorgan fired Messrs. Macris, Martin-Artajo, and Iksil, and suspended Mr. Grout... Mr. Grout subsequently resigned from the bank on December 20, 2012….

On July 13, 2012, the bank announced that “all CIO managers based in London with responsibility for [the] Synthetic Credit Portfolio have been separated from the Firm,” that JPMorgan Chase would withhold all severance payments and 2012 incentive compensation from them, and that it would “claw back compensation from each individual.” The bank told the Subcommittee that it had obtained the maximum recovery permitted under its employment policies from Ms. Drew and Messrs. Marcis, Martin-Artajo, Iksil, and Grout, through a combination of canceling outstanding incentive awards and obtaining repayment of awards previously paid. The bank indicated the recovered amounts were roughly equal to two years’ worth of the person’s total compensation.89 At the time of her departure, Ms. Drew forfeited approximately $21.5 million.

In other words, a Greek, a Spaniard (both formerly working for Dresdner) and a Greek walked into a JPM CIO office and a criminal profit bonanza ensued… however while the top two walked away with merely a bonus clawback, those in the middle and the bottom the Totem Pole are about to be arrested. Iksil avoids prosecution due to his “collaboration” with the authorities, and in the process throws his boss under the bus.

The fact that JPM was preparing to scapegoat its gross negligence to supervise what was an epically profitable group for long time and then epically lost an even greater amount of money in a very short time, was telegraphed well in advance. as WSJ reminds us, “The largest U.S. bank didn’t name any traders involved in the matter when releasing the results of its examination last year. But in a July 12, 2012, termination letter sent to Mr. Martin-Artajo, the bank said when the trades began to show significant losses: “you directed Bruno Iksil and/or Julien Grout to show modest daily losses in the marking of the book rather than marking the book in a manner consistent with the standard policies and procedures of JP Morgan Chase & Co,” according to a document cited by the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.” All the while Jamie Dimon was flashing his White House cuff links and professing his innocence of all the evil at JPM, while taking credit of all the good, and of course, profits.

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http://www.scribd.com/doc/130426301/REPORT-JPMorgan-Chase-Whale-Trades-3-15-13-2

Consulates and the Vatican in chaos as HSBC tells them to find another bank

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 4, 2013 by Spartan of Truth

From Mail Online

Diplomats in London have been thrown into chaos after Britain’s biggest bank, HSBC, sacked them as customers and gave them 60 days to move their accounts.

Their situation has been made far worse because other banks have been closing ranks and refusing to take their business.

More than 40 embassies, consulates and High Commissions have been affected. Even the Vatican has been given its marching orders.

Havoc: HSBC's decision to sack embassies as customers has caused chaos also because other banks refused to take their business

Havoc: HSBC’s decision to sack embassies as customers has caused chaos also because other banks refused to take their business

The Pope’s representative office in Britain, the Apostolic Nunciature, has banked with HSBC for many years but was told to find another bank.

One diplomatic source said he believed HSBC feared being exposed to embassies after it was fined $2billion (£1.32billion) by US authorities last year.

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Removing the Shackles ~ Looky Looky what HSBC owns!!!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 1, 2013 by Spartan of Truth

From Removing the Shackles

This lovely bit of information came to me by way of a little birdy flying on by.   This is a list of some of the companies that HSBC owns- not all, because even more are hidden behind other ghost corporations and shells, and there are those companies that are owned by these companies listed below, and the joint ventures between these companies with other shell corporations…..  I will say that I find it quite interesting that the USA list is divided into USA (Delaware) and USA (Not Delaware)….. don’t you find that interesting?

But you know what’s W A Y  more interesting?  If you scroll down to the very very bottom of the page, you’ll see that the last “Subsidiary Name” is listed under Viet Nam, shows 100% “percentage held” by HSBC….. and it’s S.W.I.F.T.  Now…. anyone who knows banking, anyone who knows finance at all, knows S.W.I.F.T.

SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication)provides a network that enables financial institutions worldwide to send and receive information about financial transactions in a secure, standardized and reliable environment. Swift also sells software and services to financial institutions, much of it for use on the SWIFTNet Network, and ISO 9362. Business Identifier Codes (BICs) are popularly known as “SWIFT codes”.

Basically- SWIFT codes move ALLLL the money allllll over the world.

…and HSBC owns it.   Nifty eh?

If you want to have some fun, pick a couple of these purported “companies” and so do a little searching.  I’ve only spent about 30 minutes and I’ve already spotted at least 5 different “shell” corporations. Have Fun!!! :>D

I had to adjust the cells of the spread sheet so that I could fit them all onto the page- sorry the info is a bit squished, lol.

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