Thursday, March 31, 2005

The Catholic church, teenage boys and the CIA

In 1978, Karol Wojtlya, allegedly the CIA's candidate, was elected as John Paul II. http://www.puritans.net/bookreviewingodsname.htm

In 1981, Pope John Paul II was shot by a young Turk, Mehmet Ali Acga. Agca was reportedly a member of the 'fascist' GREY WOLVES, the military wing of Turkey's National Action Party (NAP). The Grey Wolves are alleged to have links to the CIA. http://www.chss.montclair.edu/english/furr/essays/popeshooting.html

In 1985: Sex abuse by priests becomes a national issue in the US for the first time, as Louisiana priest Gilbert Gauthe pleads guilty to 11 counts of molestation of boys.

Why might the CIA, and other powerful forces, have turned against the Pope?

1. Pope John Paul II tried to restrain the fascist leaders of Solidarnosc. The Church urged non-violence and cooperation with the Polish government.
2. The Pope held talks with the PLO.
3. The Pope eventually showed increased toleration for the activist clergy of Central America. The Pope agreed to visit Nicaragua which had a Sandinista government.
4. The Pope created the first Soviet Cardinal acceptable to the Kremlin and resident within the USSR.
5. The Pope granted an audience to Austrian President Kurt Waldheim, angering Jews who accused Waldheim of Nazi war crimes.
6. More recently, the Pope criticised the invasion of Iraq, thus demonstrating that he was not the tool of the CIA.

http://www.boston.com/globe/spotlight/abuse/stories/042802_focus.htm

Donald Cozzens, visiting associate professor of religious studies at John Carroll University, has written about gay priests:

"A. Richard Sipe, author of 'Sex, Priests and Power: Anatomy of a Crisis,' believes that post-pubescent boys are victimized by priests at a rate that is four times more than post-pubescent girls...

"Notre Dame's Richard McBrien and Andrew Greeley have pointed out the presence of significant numbers of homosexually oriented men in the priesthood...

"Studies suggest that perhaps 30 to 50 percent of priests (especially those under 50) are homosexual in orientation...

"Examples of the shadow side of gay clerical life abound: reports of priests at gay bars and gay parties; Internet chat rooms for gay clergy; and the sex ring scandal uncovered at Canadian orphanages run by religious orders..."

Sunday, March 27, 2005

Mark Twain and boys and girls

http://www.bookforum.com/archive/sum_03/posnock.html

In 1948, Leslie Fiedler wrote an essay in the Partisan Review: "Come back to the raft ag'in, Huck Honey!"

Fiedler described Mark Twain's Huck and Jim as enjoying a homosexual relationship.

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Http://andrejkoymasky.com/liv/fam/biot2/twai1.html

From the book "Inventing Mark Twain: The Lives of Samuel Langhorne Clemens", by Andrew J Hoffman, 1995.

"My research for a biography of Samuel Langhorne Clemens brought Byatt's novel Possession to mind, especially when I came across a series of odd notes, letters, newspaper squibs, and coincidences concerning Mark Twain's years as a reporter in Nevada and California. These bits and pieces were not virgin material, of which very little remains in Twain scholarship. But though I found almost everything in secondary sources, to me these disparate fragments told a new story. I saw them as evidence - circumstantial, but incontestable; inconclusive, but suggestive - that Clemens had a series of strong, loving, and romantic relationships with other men." p.23-24.

"Merely suggesting the possibility of Clemens's homosexual experience has provoked debate and, in some cases, personal attack. One cannot alter the visage of an icon without retribution. People both in and outside academia have sprung to the defense of Mark Twain's reputation, treating my hypothesis about his sexuality as though it were an attack on his character." p.25.

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Http://www.geocities.com/swaisman/samclemens.htm

"During the final years of his life, Clemens organized the Angelfish Club, an informal organization of schoolage girls, called Angelfish, whom he kept in correspondence with and invited to stay with him. Declaring himself the admiral of the club, Clemens set the rules for admittance: sincerity, good disposition, schoolgirl age, and intelligence. The billiard room of Stormfield was the offical headquarters, and various other parts of the house were given fish-related names. Sam also set the rule that any Angelfish who went three months without writing to him would be suspended."

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Http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0FQP/is_n4352_v126/ai_20012806

Inventing Mark Twain: The Lives of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, by Hoffman, AndrewJ.
Book review in the New Statesman, 1997, by Charles Glass

Glass writes: "After Twain, no writer could ignore the contradiction between the American ideal of liberty and its practice of subtler forms of slavery."

Hoffman claims that, as a young man in Nevada, Sam/Mark Twain was homosexual.

Friday, March 25, 2005

History of Sexpionage

http://english.pravda.ru/fun/2002/07/08/32009.html

The KGB made sure that Indonesian President Sukarno met some attractive girls while on a visit to Moscow. Sukarno came across some girls, disguised as air hostesses, during a plane journey. Sukarno invited the girls to his hotel room in Moscow so that he could have some fun.

The 'orgy' was filmed by the KGB. Sukarno was then invited to watch the film.

Sukarno mistakenly believed that the film was a gift from the Russian government, so he asked for more copies to take back to Indonesia to show in cinemas.

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http://www.geocities.com/northstarzone/HOOVER.html

In 1993, Anthony Summers, in his book Official and Confidential: The Secret Life of J. Edgar Hoover, claimed that Hoover did not pursue the Mafia because they had blackmail material on him.

Summers quotes Susan L. Rosenstiel as saying that in 1958, she was at a party at the Plaza Hotel where Hoover engaged in cross-dressing.

According to Rosentiel: "He [Hoover] was wearing a fluffy black dress, very fluffy, with flounces and lace stockings and high heels, and a black curly wig. He had makeup on and false eyelashes."
Rosentiel said she saw Hoover go into a bedroom and take off his skirt. There, "young blond boys" worked on him in bed.

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http://www.spitfirelist.com/f318.html

Jim Hougan in the book 'Secret Agenda', reports: "According to fugitive ex-CIA officer Frank Terpil, CIA-directed sexual blackmailing operations were intensive in Washington at about the time of the Watergate scandal.

"One of those operations, Terpil claims, was run by his former partner, Ed Wilson. Wilson’s base of operations for arranging trysts for the politically powerful was, Terpil says, Korean agent Ton Sun Park’s George Town Club.

"In a letter to the author, Terpil explained that ‘Historically, one of Wilson’s Agency jobs was to subvert members of both houses [of Congress] by any means necessary. . . .Certain people could be easily coerced by living out their sexual fantasies in the flesh. . . .A remembrance of these occasions [was] permanently recorded via selected cameras. . . .The technicians in charge of filming. . .[were] TSD [Technical Services Division of the CIA] The unwitting porno stars advanced in their political careers, some of [whom] may still be in office.’”

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http://www.trivia-library.com/a/german-spy-william-stieber.htm

Prince Otto von Bismarck had a spy called Stieber. In Berlin, Stieber operated a "Green House," where "people of consequence" indulged in vice of every kind. The files from the Green House were used to blackmail people into handing over top-secret information.

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http://www.conspiracyplanet.com/channel.cfm?channelid=120&contentid=1337&page=2

According to conspiracy planet: "The Dutroux arrest unraveled an international pedophile ring involving Belgium, the Netherlands, Portugal, the U.S., Great Britain, Japan and the United Nations and its agencies. The names found on the computer disks reached into the highest levels of politics and society in the various countries and institutions, including some of the very members of the Belgian government who had originally been implicated in the assassination of Andre Cools."

"A leading figure... in the... Dutroux pedophilia operation was Jean Michel Nihoul... He managed a string of Dutroux's properties which functioned as pedophilia clubs in various countries, including a sumptuous and secluded villa in the Caribbean at which leading U.S. political figures, governors and members of Congress could satisfy their pedophile perversions safe from media sleuths...

"He was also a leading power in Belgian right-wing political circles, a close friend of U.S. General John Singlaub and Rev. Moon of the World Anti-Communist League as well as to men in the upper echelons of the Sasakawa Foundation...

"The Dutroux-Nihoul case also sparked a revival of interest in a parallel case unearthed in the United States, as part of the late 1980s Congressional and special prosecutors probes of the Contra Supply operations. The American case involved CIA- Col. Oliver North initiated drugs-for money-for weapons operation, and also the Franklin Credit Bank of Omaha, Nebraska,run by Larry King, a powerful African-American Republican Party operator, whose savings and loan institution was used to launder funds for Oliver North's Contras. When former Nebraska state senator John De Camp undertook a probe of King's activities , he uncovered a nationwide pedophile ring, servicing some of the wealthiest and most powerful figures in the Omaha business and political elites in the Republican Party circles of George Herbert Walker Bush..."

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http://www.warcrimes.org.uk/captain/murder_inc/abuse.html

KINCORA

"Who Framed Colin Wallace", by famous UK journalist Paul Foot, tells the story of a former Ministry of Defence Information officer, Colin Wallace.

The book deals with the child abuse which took place at Kincora Boys Home, Belfast, allegedly with the involvement of people within the Ulster establishment as well as the security services.

Apparently "the authorities allowed the situation at Kincora to continue for at least six years after it had been brought to their attention, because of the blackmail and other dirty tricks opportunities it provided the intelligence services."

Kincora "was run by three pederastic homosexuals - Joseph Mains, Raymond Semple and William McGrath". Foot alleges that Wallace tried to alert the authorities regarding what was going on at Kincora years before it finally came to light. He alleges that McGrath was working for MI5 and that the Security Service ignored the plight of the boys at Kincora to protect their investment.

DUNBLANE MASSACRE

http://www.warcrimes.org.uk/captain/murder_inc/abuse.html

"The allegations come from a former housemaster who says pupils were regularly preyed on by a vice-ring of toffs. The pervs - some of them major establishment names - allegedly picked up their victims in flash limos and dropped them off the next day, obviously distressed."

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http://www.heretical.com/costello/12sexspy.html

John Costello, in the book 'Love, Sex and War', describes a number of cases of sexpionage.

During World War I, German spy Dr Annamarie Lesser used sex to ensnare high-ranking French officers.

Under Hitler, a Berlin brothel called Salon Kitty was set up to spy on foreign diplomats and other important people. Girls were trained in the arts of spying. There were hidden cameras and microphones.

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Britain's 'black propaganda' included the use of radio broadcasts which gave intimate details of the sexual eccentricities of Hitler Youth Leaders.

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In May 1940 a Russian-born woman called Anna Wolkov was arrested in London by Special Branch officers.

Anna Wolkov was a friend of Captain Archibald Maule Ramsay, the founder of the 'Right Club'. This club encouraged pro-German sympathies amongst its secret membership. It included leading aristocrats, bankers, and members of parliament. The club met above Wolkov's father's 'Russian Tea Room' restaurant.

Anna Wolkov met Tyler Kent, from the U.S. embassy. Kent showed her copies of Churchill's top secret cables to Roosevelt. MI5 found out. Tyler Kent was involved in a sexual relationship with a Russian spy and was assumed to be working for Moscow.

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The half-Jewish Princess Stephanie von Hoherloe had an affair with Hitler's former commanding officer in World War I, Captain Fritz Widemann. Sexy Stephanie became a member of Hitler's 'court circle'. She had a talent for getting funds and support for the Nazi cause from influential business and newspaper magnates, including the British press-baron, the late Lord Rothermere.

Princess Stephanie and her lover Captain Widemann mixed with influential people on both sides of the Atlantic. Hitler believed their public relations work helped smooth the path for Germany s takeover of Austria and Czechoslovakia.

Widemann became German Consul General in San Francisco where he worked with Nazi sympathizers to try to keep America neutral.

FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover believed that Stephanie and her diplomat lover were dangerous Nazi spies. He wanted Stephanie deported.

FBI agents eavesdropped on a meeting at the Mark Hopkins Hotel on 26 November 1940, when Stephanie and Widemann discussed possible peace initiatives with Sir William Wiseman, a banker who had been involved in British intelligence operations in America during World War I.

Wiseman was trying to organise American business pressure to force Britain to make peace with Germany.

FBI telephone taps showed that Stephanie was trying to get Wiseman's help to avoid her being deported.

Stephanie took as her new lover the head of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, Major Lemuel Scholfield. Schoefield announced on 20 May 1940 that proceedings had been dropped against Stephanie. 'While in custody the Princess Stephanie has co-operated with the Department of Justice and has furnished information of interest,' he told the press.

Hoover eventually discovered that Stephanie had not provided any information of interest. Then he discovered that Stephanie's address book contained the private office telephone number of the Attorney General.

A report to Hoover also showed there was evidence that Stephanie had been the mistress of 'a very influential friend in the State Department'.

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Elizabeth Amy Thorpe, born in Minneapolis in 1910, was seduced at fourteen. At the age of 21 and pregnant, she married 41 year old Arthur Pack, a second secretary at the British Embassy.

When Arthur Pack was posted to the British Embassy in Warsaw in 1937, Elizabeth made friends with the young men of the Polish Foreign Office. She then became a spy for the British.

She began a relationship with the confidential aide of Colonel Josef Beck, the Polish Foreign Minister. Through this affair she obtained picked vital clues that led to the unravelling of the German 'Enigma' codes.

Back in the USA, in 1940, Elizabeth got to know Italian Admiral Alberto Lais. From him Elizabeth obtained code books, which played a part in bringing about the defeat of the Italian battlefleet off Cape Matapan in 1941.

Next, Elizabeth had an affair with the Vichy French Embassy's press officer, Captain Charles Brousse. Elizabeth managed to get hold of Vichy French secret cables and codes. Elizabeth also seduced the French Naval Attaché.

John Costello, Love Sex and War: Changing Values, 1939-45. William Collins, London, 1985.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Child sex and the White House?

http://www.etherzone.com/2005/lang032305.shtml

WHERE ARE THE HEADLINES?

Ted Lang of etherzone.com says that: "The real story behind the Gannon/Guckert-Bush media scandal is, of course, Gannon’s connection with a homosexual pedophile ring that is making the rounds on the periphery of Internet websites."

Tom Flocco has a detailed article on the pedophile ring. http://tomflocco.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=107&mode=&order=0&thold=0

Tom Flocco was the journalist who exposed the links between 9-11 Commission head, Tom Kean, and Osama bin Laden’s brother-in-law.

According to Ted Lang, "astonishing events... are amazingly being suppressed. What more evidence is needed that the "free and independent" press of the freest and most militarily powerful nation in the world is not free and independent at all?"

Lang writes: "the first reports involving the homosexual pedophile ring operating out of the White House in our nation’s capitol was reported by the 'conservative' Washington Times! The original story was broken 16 years ago by Paul Rodriguez and George Archibald, the former now editor of the weekly conservative news magazine Insight....

"Our bought-and-paid-for media has been purchased by our corrupt bought-and-paid-for politicians, the latter seemingly owned, operated and controlled by Israel! ...

"Not only did the Bush patriarch, Prescott Bush, avoid jail time and financial ruin for his bankrolling Hitler and the Holocaust, but through the clandestine operations of the Bush-controlled CIA, moved most of those assets well after WWII to South America..."

Saturday, March 19, 2005

FLORIDA

In the USA a woman gets raped every 3 seconds.

The crime rate in San Jose is 5,364 per 100,00 of the population.

For New York the figure is 9,236.

Compare that with Miami's staggeringly high 18,394.

I got out of Miami fast and flew to Tampa, which is half way down the left hand side of Florida.

On the plane, someone called Catherine got talking to me about Florida's governor, Jeb Bush.

"Jeb denies having an affair with the head of Florida's department of management services, a lady who was once a Playboy bunny," said Catherine, who looked pretty enough to have been a bunny. "But not everyone trusts Jeb. Jeb reportedly worked for Miguel Recarey who is wanted by the FBI over allegations of massive fraud..."

Tampa has a fine baroque restaurant called Bern's Steak House, where Catherine and I enjoyed some Chateau Lafite and sixty ounce steaks. Well actually, to be honest, Catherine vanished at the airport and I dined in a Pizza Hut, and the pizza was not great.

However, I did get talking to the waitress about Tampa's most famous citizen, a man called Santo.

According to my informant, "Santo Trafficante ran casinos in Havana. Castro threw him out, which was why he was allegedly involved in CIA plots to kill Castro. Santo Trafficante allegedly ran all the gambling operations on the Gulf Coast and allegedly set up narcotic networks in Latin America and South East Asia. He never went to jail. When he passed away, his place was allegedly taken by a gentleman called LoScalzo"

So, what more do you need to know about Tampa. It's a big city full of concrete.

TAMPA! Remember the cargo ship that was stopped and searched in the English Channel because it was allegedly carrying terrorist materials to London. That ship started its journey in Tampa.

Tampa is home to the McDill Airforce Base where the US military's Central Command serves as the nerve centre for the wa r in Afghanistan.

Tampa is home to an Islamic studies think tank, whose head became boss of Islamic Jihad. (Some commentators believe that most Islamic militant organisations are controlled by certain intelligence agencies).

Remember the Anthrax that struck Florida. According to the Washington Post, DNA testing has shown that the origin of all the anthrax that hit America was America's own germ war lab at Fort Detrick.

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Worth a visit is the tiny town of Venice, with its wide streets and parks.

Venice is famous for three reasons.

First it is where the Ringling and Barnum and Bailey Circuses do their training.

Secondly, it has the building that was the national HQ of billionaire Jackson Stephens's Beverley Enterprises. According to www.madcowprod.com , "Jackson Stephens was a roommate of President Carter at the US Naval Academy. Stephen's name has come up in a number of spooky cases: in the BCCI criminal bank scandal, in the case of the death of Vince Foster, in the stolen Promis software scandal, in the 1996 finance scandal involving allegations of Red Chinese money, in the gun-running and cocaine smuggling at Mena Arkansas that was behind Iran Contra and Whitewater.

Stephens was the chief domestic campaign contributor to Bush senior and to Clinton.

And Venice Airport was named during the questioning of Oliver North during Iran Contra."

Thirdly, Venice was the teeny little place where Mohammed Atta and his fellow 'hijackers' chose to learn to fly. Some people think that Atta was working for a group within a certain intelligence agency.

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I had to visit the East Coast, and where better to go than Palm beach! This is quite a bit North of Miami.

In Palm Beach the place to stay is The Breakers, a vast five star palace with twin towers, Venetian arches, Persian carpets and vast chandeliers.

If you have money, and it's an election year (when you have a choice between one millionaire who supports the military industrial complex or another millionaire who supports the military industrial complex), you can attend Palm Beach political cocktail parties, listen to millionaire politicians pretending to be friends of Blacks and Hispanics, and pay several thousand dollars for the privilege.

Palm Beach has money. It's a place to stroll around, or better, drive around.

South Ocean Boulevard has a home with 117 rooms and a golf course. Number 702 is where John Lennon once lived. On N Ocean Boulevard is one of many palatial homes belonging to the Kennedys.

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A little history:

When the white men arrived in Florida, many Indians were hunted like dogs or killed off by measles.

The BLACKS, until the Civil Rights Act of 1964, were forced to sit in separate parts of buses, or forced to use separate washrooms. Hotels, schools and public buildings were all segregated. Blacks were not allowed to go swimming at Palm Beach.

Gambling began to play a big part in Florida's economy in the 1930's. Al Capone moved into a fortified estate in Palm Beach. Florida MAFIA boss Santos Trafficante, who featured in the film "Donnie Brasco", sought the protection of the Fifth Amendment clause when asked by the House Select Committee on Assassinations whether he had ever discussed plans to kill President Kennedy.

When Castro kicked out the Americans, the Pentagon Chiefs of Staff, in 1962, considered a plan called Operation NORTHWOODS.

The idea behind Northwoods was that US secret agents would carry out deadly terrorist attacks in the US which could be blamed on the Cubans, and thus justify a US invasion of Cuba.

Operation Northwoods was to include various bomb explosions in buildings in Miami and elsewhere, the bringing down of an aircraft, and the sinking of a ship. (See www.whatreallyhappened.com )

On 11 September 2001, the ATTACKS ON AMERICA took place.

Three days after the WTC disaster, Newsweek and the Washington Post reported claims that 5 of the 'hijackers' received training at secure US military bases during the 1990's. The reports also claimed that 3 of the 'terrorists' had listed their addresses as the Naval Air Station at Pensacola, Florida.

A Defense Department spokesman admitted that the names of the 'hijackers' were the same as the names of people who had trained at secure US bases. SPOOKY!!!

Friday, March 18, 2005

Should I sell my daughter?

My eldest daughter seems to realise she is attractive. I wish she wouldn't wear such skimpy clothes. A rich Arab has made me an offer.

I'm enjoying some spicy fish and a glass of wine beside the pool.

The Jolly Rojer cruise was a trifle phoney as the ship was a replica of an old ship. But watching people walk the plank was a photo opportunity. My eldest daughter liked some of the boys.

CAYMEN ISLANDS: 3 green, low lying Caribbean islands, with pine, palm trees, mangroves, turtles, coral reefs.

GOVERNMENT: British Crown Colony; a tax haven; a trans-shipment point for drugs.

The Cayman Islands is the fifth biggest financial centre in the world, having hundreds of banks, insurance companies and mutual funds. There is reputedly $800 billion in banks in Grand Cayman, an area with bank secrecy.

A bar in george Town: My number one daughter is bored. My sons are somewhere down the road. A tall grizzled gentleman from Texas tells me about possible links between Caymen banks and Enron, Bush and bin Laden.

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), has allegedly been told that Enron set up nearly 700 accounts in Caymen. The Cayman Islands are a favourite place for companies and individuals wanting to escape taxation.

Deutsche Bank (allegedly one of the banks used by bin Laden and inside traders at the CIA) supposedly has an interest in Safron Partners, which is part of a corporate network on the Cayman Islands that is allegedly run by Bin Laden's half brother, Hassan.

Bin Laden and the CIA and a Mr Hekmatyar are reputed to have been involved in the Afghan heroin business.

Bin-Laden allegedly established branches of his business in the Cayman Islands; and he allegedly employed law firms and consultants connected to Langley, Virginia and the CIA.

He was presumably conning poorly educated Moslems that he was a radical fundamentalist leader. Ho ho.

Were the British interested? The French Internet publication, Indigo, reported that bin-Laden was a guest of British Intelligence in London in 1996.

President Bush? One of his backers was James Bath, who was "the bin Laden family's representative in Texas."

Bath supposedly managed millions of dollars for Khalid bin Mahfouz, one of the central figures in Bank BCCI, which was labeled as the bank for the Medellin drug cartel, Noriega, Saddam, Abu Nidal, and heroin godfather Khun Sa.

Mahfouz was apparently an investor in the Carlyle Group of which Bush senior was a director.

In 1999 it was reported that bin Mahfouz was financing Osama bin Laden. Mahfouz has a palatial estate in Houston Texas.

James Bath was seemingly president of Skyway Aircraft leasing , a Texas company, owned by bin Mahfouz, and registered in the Cayman Islands.

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Street people in the UK

http://society.guardian.co.uk/homelessness/story/0,8150,1438160,00.html

The Guardian, 16 March 2005, has an article about homelessness in Britain.

In 1998, Alexander Masters met Stuart begging in a shop doorway in Cambridge; Masters has written a book about Stuart.

Stuart is a sociopathic, rough-sleeping beggar who suffers from muscular dystrophy.

Stuart would say that 'the system' raped him as a child in special schools, injected him full of mind-terminating drugs in detention centres, then beat him senseless in quasi-military boot camps and solitary confinement cells whenever he showed violence back.

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Street Child - What's a Sweet Boy Like You Doing in a Sleazy Place Like This?

http://www.expat.or.id/aida/streetchild.html

At expat.or.id, Aida Greenbury has written about a street child she encountered in a bar in Jakarta.

Ocil is a shoeshine boy.

He left school and his hometown when he was eight. He started his career as a train sweeper.

"I used to ask the passengers if they wanted me to clean the floor between their seats. You know, in economy class trains, people sleep on the floor so they can stretch out. They usually gave me about a hundred Rupiah (about one US cent) in return. It wasn’t a lot – but enough to survive on. I used to sleep in the toilet cabin and the train’s waiters gave me some water and leftover food. I basically lived on a train that went between Surabaya and Jakarta back and forth."

Ocil sends some of the money he earns to his mother who lives in the countryside.

Ocil lives in a cardboard box. His clothes get stolen very often.

He lives in an area linked to prostitution and drugs, but he has a ‘protector’.

"Reno, my protector, he’s the head of all the gangsters in Blok M Plaza. He’s in charge of that area – the Plaza itself is as large as 50 hectares of paddy field."

Ocil works as a shoeshine boy from two in the afternoon until sometimes three o’clock in the morning.

"Some foreigners don’t even have the heart to give more than 500 Rupiah after I worked so hard for half an hour to clean their muddy shoes. But my worst experience was when I mistakenly used black polish on a customer’s brown shoes. I apologised of course, but he still threw his shoes at me and call me stupid I don’t know how many thousand times".

street children

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is ... to be indifferent to them.

- George Bernard Shaw

http://www.relieffundforromania.co.uk/street_children.html

http://www.toyboxcharity.org.uk/

http://www.visayans.org/sponsor_a_child_next2.cfm

http://pangaea.org/street_children/kids.htm

Monday, March 14, 2005

Child sex and top Americans?

http://tomflocco.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=107&mode=&order=0&thold=0

Tom Flocco has written about child sex and top Americans.

According to Tom Flocco, Photographer Russell Nelson was arrested two days after Hunter Thompson reportedly committed suicide. Thomson was rumoured to be investigating child-sex links to top people.

Nelson was allegedly employed by a former Republican Party activist to take pictures of U.S. House-Senate members and other top government officials engaging in sex with children during the Reagan-Bush 41 administrations.

Pedophile victim Paul Bonacci, reportedly kidnapped and forced into sex slavery between the ages of 6 and 17, told U.S. District Court Judge Warren Urbom in sworn testimony on February 5, 1999: "Where were the parties?...down in Washington, DC...and that was for sex...There was sex between adult men and other adult men but most of it had to do with young boys and young girls with the older folks...specifically for sex with minors...Also in Washington, DC, there were parties after a party...there were a lot of parties where there would be senators and congressmen who had nothing to do with the sexual stuff. But there were some senators and congressmen who stayed for the [pedophile sex] parties afterwards...on a lot of the trips he took us on he had us, I mean, I met some people that I don't feel comfortable telling their name because I don't want to --- ...Q: Are you scared?...Yes..."

In his testimony to Judge Urbom, Bonacci reportedly named Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) as having participated in the parties.

Urbom did not ask Bonacci to identify photos of specific senators and congressmen, or reveal their names in court.

Urbom awarded Paul Bonacci $1 million for child abuse on February 19, 1999 regarding his lawsuit involving Republican party operative Larry King.

Bonacci said about Larry King: "I threatened to go to the police in California, thought maybe they would listen whereas in Omaha they were in his pocketbook...he had me hung out of an airplane with a rope by my ankles...If they wanted to get something passed through the legislature, he would put some people that were against it in a compromising position. By using us boys and girls...Judge Urbom: Was this by your being the sexual partner of that person?...Yes...Judge Urbom: ...Any estimates of how often you participated as the sexual partner of one of these persons that he wanted to get some kind of control over?...There were times when it would be four or five in a night...on probably a couple thousand times...sometimes dozens of times with the same person..."

Paul Bonacci claimed the sex ring was based at Offutt U.S. Air Force Base near Omaha. Bonacci said he was abused at the air force base from the age of three onwards. The abuse began in 1970. At Offutt, Paul said he was "trained" by tortures, heavy drugging and sexual degradation.

Offutt AFB was George W. Bush post 9 11 headquarters for a short period.

Larry King was reportedly released from prison on April 11, 2001 after serving about five years.

GOP operative Larry King allegedly hired photographers to capture legislators and high officials in compromising sexual positions with children.

Rusty Nelson reportedly confirmed Bonacci’s testimony to Judge Urbom: "Q: Children on the airplane?...yes. Q: How young?...There was one situation went back to Washington, DC...he had probably 10, 12 years old...Q: Boys, girls?...Both...Q: Who attended the parties?...Prominent business people, very prominent high-ranking officials, politicians. The younger people. What would transpire was they would have a party and then a party after the party...after the party was more of a sex-type deal...That’s what Larry [King] would -- -- Q: These old politicians were having sex with each other?...Or people Larry would bring...some younger people...Did you take pictures of the parties?...I took pictures at some of the parties, yes..."

The Secret Service allegedly allowed Paul Bonacci into the White House on July 3, 1988.

A June 29, 1989 Washington Times front page story was headed: "Homosexual prostitution inquiry ensnares VIPs with Reagan, Bush."

Reporters Paul Rodriguez and George Archibald said "Call-boys took midnight tour of White House."

According to a Nebraska state police report, pedophile victims Nelly and Kimberly Webb detailed a massive child sex, homosexual and pornography operation run out of Nebraska by Larry King, but with close ties directly to the White House.

A Nebraska Dept. of Social Services report, by Mrs Julie Walters: "Nelly indicates she attended a party in Chicago with King and the male youths. She indicated George Bush was present...she sat at a table at the party wearing nothing but a negligee. She stated George Bush saw her on the table. She stated she saw George Bush pay King money and Bush left the party with a nineteen year old black boy named Brent."

Friday, March 11, 2005

Haiti - Franz Pierre

"What caused the riots and the curfew?" I asked the honey-lipped little girl seated on a bar stool in Santo Domingo's dilapidated Colon Bar. It was April 1980.

"Corruption," she said, "A fourteen year old newspaper boy and a journalist were shot. Near your hotel."

I decided to escape to Haiti. A taxi drove me to the airport along roads piled high with rubbish.

On the flight over the mountainous island of Hispaniola a picturesque young Argentinian woman got chatting to me. She was dressed like a latter-day Eva Peron.

"Haiti is very safe for the tourist," she said. "The police are very severe. I am in favour of law and order."

Port au Prince, at first glance, was a tropical paradise: neon-pink bougainvillea, burning-white sands, sharp green-brown mountains, dancing palms, and multi-coloured wooden gingerbread houses.

In the palatial little Hotel Prince I sat beside the swimming pool and talked to John, a UN nutritionist, from West End Lane in London's West Hampstead.

"Haiti is some sort of paradise," said John. "But there is hunger and malnutrition. There's not enough water. Some people have to walk many miles to get water."

"Corruption?"

"It's no worse than in Europe," said John.

"Law and order?"

"London is rougher than Port au Prince."

"Unemployment?"

"80% of the population are unemployed."

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HAITI

This is the land of louche travellers.

I came across a man who looked like an EC commissioner in a very dubious place of entertainment.

This is a land of voodoo drums, denuded mountains, tropical diseases and AIDS

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I strolled to the area of docks and markets.

Black,sweating, muscular bodies were carrying enormous loads from ship to shore. Water was being transported on the heads of small ragged girls to home-made slum houses. Plump women dressed in jazzy browns and reds were selling scrawny chickens. The streets smelt of Africa at its most raw, squalid and impoverished.

Near the park in front of the sparkling white palace of President-for-Life, Jean Claud Duvalier, I became aware that I was being followed. The Tonton Macoute?

My pursuer was 14-year-old Franz Pierre. His lips were covered in sores; he had a bubbly nose; his sandals were falling apart; he looked shriveled and worn out by life's cares; and he smelt of pavements.

Franz took me on a tour by tap-tap, a mini-bus like the Manilla ones.

We saw primitive settlements where people kept a few cattle or pigs or chickens. We saw semi-naked women bathing or washing clothes in filthy pools and streams.

"Tomorrow, I give you another tour," said Franz in Haitian French.

"OK. I'll have finished breakfast by 11am."

Next morning I woke early and happened to look out the bedroom window. Franz was waiting beneath a palm tree. It was 6am.

After breakfast I decided we would have a taxi ride.

"Taxi?" asked a bearded man standing next to hotel reception, "Two dollars!"

"Oui," I replied, and with Franz trotting behind me, we set off in search of the man's taxi. We walked and walked.

"Where is the taxi?" I asked twice. It appeared that the man did not have a taxi, but, for a small commission he would try to find one.

"Non!" I stated clearly. "We will walk."

Franz came in useful and found us a tap-tap, a highly decorated partly open van. I sat between a woman with chickens and a child with a bucket of water. The fare was counted in cents.

We travelled several miles to a section of beach with palm trees. Anchored out in the bay was a giant American warship.

"Babylon is coming!" said Franz.

Beaches are not my scene. So a "taxi" took us into the hills to Petionville. The driver insisted that I duck my head when we passed the police station as his taxi was not licensed to travel so far. The steering wheel was somewhat suspect and I was relieved when we reached the rum distillery outside Petionville.

We sampled rum flavoured with various tropical flavours from banana to spice. The taxi driver had more than his share of rum.

In Petionville the taxi driver turned difficult. The bargain with the driver had been that he would take us to and from Petionville for ten dollars. He now wanted extra, to cover the cost of waiting while we had a quick look around the town. I handed the driver five dollars to cover the cost of our outward journey and set off up the street. The driver followed. I fled into a church and sat down in the middle of the beautifully dressed congregation which was waiting for the start of the Sunday service. The taxi driver joined us and began an argument with poor Franz.

Some members of the congregation told the driver to keep quiet. I offered the driver an extra dollar. The argument continued. Eventually an offer of two extra dollars got rid of the gentleman.

Petionville had many beautiful gardens and a restful park where Franz and I had a picnic lunch. Franz asked me if there was sea all over the world. He showed me that he could write his name, but only just. He could not read, but he was desperately keen that I should write to him from England. He couldn't read the words on simple food labels or the words on currency notes, something which embarrased him greatly.

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Next day Franz had bought himself new plimsoles. They were too big for him but at least he was better off than most of the ragged waifs and strays around the city.

Franz gave his old battered plimsoles, which were split on both sides, to a tiny barefoot beggar boy with a badly swollen eye. The plimsoles were many sizes too big for the tiny beggar, but, the boy was overjoyed to have them and thanked us many times. His name was Minoir. Minoir shuffled away, going round to the back of a restaurant to search for food.

A fat lady came running out of the restaurant and started chasing Minoir while brandishing a piece of rope. Minoir ran down the street screaming. His plimsoles came off. The fat lady picked up the plimsoles and threw them in a rubbish bin.

Sitting in the park in front of the president's palace eating lunch, Franz and I were stared at by a boy with legs as thin as pokers. I offered him a roll. He thanked us so very politely and ran off to eat it hurriedly behind a tree.

(Ex-president Jean-Claude Baby Doc Duvalier now lives in very greatluxury in France; his regime is accused of thousands of political killings)

An older youth approached and offered his services as a guide.

"Non-merci," I explained.

"I shoot you," he said, and then walked away smiling and swearing.

Franz and I explored the home made houses on the hill behind the hotel. Small girls seemed to spend their entire day carrying water, none of it pure, to their houses.

At night the voodoo drums could be heard beating out in the shanty town settlement.

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One evening Franz decided to take me to see some nightlife, and we travelled by taxi to an area of rougher than rough shanties. We ended up in a dimly-lit night-time bar in the middle of nowhere.

Franz Pierre wanted extra money. I refused.

Suddenly abandoned by my guide I found myself surrounded by people who would not have been out of place in a Rio jail, people who spoke a language that was difficult to comprehend.

In a cellar I discovered there was another tourist there, a large man with a smart suit and a young black friend; his presence made me feel less scared. But it was time to leave before I was turned into a zombie or attacked by werewolves or loupgarous.

Haiti is a Graham Greene sort of place...a bit spooky.

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Using the services of a Haitian bishop I arranged for Franz to receive a regular supply of money for schooling.

Unfortunately it didn't work out. After about a year the bishop's office reported that Franz and his older friends were spending the money on 'luxuries' rather than on food and education.

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Thursday, March 10, 2005

GOP pedophilia?

http://www.onlinejournal.com/Special_Reports/030305Madsen/030305madsen.html

"GOP pedophilia and S&M trysts: A long history going back to Bush 41 and Reagan."

Wayne Madsen, of Online Journal, 3 March 2005, refers to "purported sadomasochistic hedonists in the White House administrations of both George W. and George H. W. Bush."

Madsen writes: "As with their fascist fellow travelers in Hitler's Germany, Franco's Spain, and 'The Colonels'' Greece, many of the fascists associated with the Bush family have a predilection for sex with children and young recruits within the U.S. military."

Madsen reminds us of "the Franklin Credit Union-Lawrence King-Craig Spence child prostitution scandal in 1989 that involved midnight tours of the White House for underage male sex slaves from Nebraska and reached high into the upper echelons of the elder Bush administration."

According to Madsen, it has now been revealed that "'Jeff Gannon' was intricately tied to GOP operatives ranging from George W. Bush political "Svengali" Karl Rove, to White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan, and Texas GOP provocateur Bobby Eberle."

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Corruption in America; top people and child sex.

http://rigorousintuition.blogspot.com/2005/02/stirring-white-house-honey-pot.html

Belgium ; Dutroux may have been working for the security services.

http://aangirfan.blogspot.com/2005/01/case-for-maigret-myrianne-disappears.html


minutes of a meeting of the TKE fraternity chapter at West Chester University's alumni association. "Gannon" had been participating in chapter affairs under the identity of "J. D. Guckert," an alumnus of the chapter. The Aug. 24 2003 minutes report of a July 17 advisory board meeting that "JD Guckert was busy entertaining the Prime Minister of Great Britain."

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http://www.americanfreepress.net/RFA_Articles/

In 1982, 12-year-old Johnny Gosch, from West Des Moines, Iowa, disappeared.

His mother, Noreen Gosch, claimed that Johnny was in the hands of a pedophile and child prostitution ring that has been collaborating with high-level “mind control” operations of the CIA.

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"Gannon/Guckert Is Johnny Gosch."

http://www.rense.com/general63/100.htm

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http://www.johnnygosch.com/johnny_story.html

In 1989, Paul Bonacci told his attorney, John DeCamp, that he had taken part in the kidnapping of Johnny Gosch.

According to reports by Paul Bonacci, Michael LaVey, and Johnny Gosch himself, Johnny was kidnapped by a global pedophile/pornography ring.

"Evidence links this same porno/pedophile ring to the 80's 'congressional call boy scandal', money laundering, drug running, illegal arms deals and more."

Allegedly Johnny was subjected to severe trauma and torture of a satanic and sexual nature, in order to intentionally destroy the conscious personality.... brainwashing.

In 1999, in Federal Court testimony in Omaha Nebraska, Noreen Gosch testified that Johnny Gosch came to see her in 1997, providing information about his experience.

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Gunderson report:

http://www.johnnygosch.com/gunderson_report.html


"Bonacci told Noreen Gosch that 14 days after Johnny was kidnapped, known Satanist Colonel Michael Aquino came to the house outside of Sioux City Iowa, where Johnny had been kept since the kidnapping. Michael Aquino, then a Colonel in the Army, paid several thousand dollars to the kidnappers, took Johnny and left for Colorado with him.

"In March of 1998, when Johnny Gosch came to his mother’s home in the middle of the night, he told his mother about his abduction and named Colonel Michael Aquino as a central perpetrator. Aquino was then an officer in the military reputedly in charge of "Operation Mind War" for the U.S. government. "Operation Mind War" was a sub-project of "Project MK-Ultra" which grew out of "Operation Paperclip". "Operation Paperclip" was a covert operation in which large numbers of Nazi scientists were brought to the United States from the Nazi death camps of World War II to learn from their techniques of torture, drugs, hypnosis, mind control, and genetic experimentation for covert operations."

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Jean Michel Nihoul "managed a string of Dutroux's properties which functioned as pedophilia clubs in various countries, including a sumptuous and secluded villa in the Caribbean at which leading U.S. political figures, governors and members of Congress could satisfy their pedophile perversions safe from media sleuths.... He was also a close friend of U.S. General John Singlaub and Rev. Moon of the World Anti-Communist League..."

http://www.conspiracyplanet.com/channel.cfm?channelid=120&contentid=1337&page=2

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Banks

I asked my bank to send $180, by telegraphic transfer, to a charity in the Philippines.

It took 16 days for the money to arrive.

The bank charged $92 dollars for the transaction.

Airlines - Holiday Which

Customer satisfaction

Source: Holiday Which?

Airlines: would you recommend them to a friend?

Singapore Airlines 82%

Palmair 78%

Jet2.com 71%

Virgin Atlantic 60%

easyJet 51%

flybe 48%

bmibaby 42%

Ryanair 40%

BMI 34%

British Airways 31%

Lufthansa 28%

Monarch Airlines 21%

Britannia Airways 20%

Air France 18%

Olympic Airlines 16%

Thomas Cook Airlines 15%

First Choice Airways 12%

MyTravel Airways 12%

· Selected carriers only Source: Holiday Which?

Friday, March 04, 2005

Sexpionage in the UK

Some of the following may be disinformation.

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http://66.102.9.104/search?q=cache:hr0jRE7eyewJ:www.spyschool.com/spybios/profumoj.htm+mi5+stephen-ward&hl=en

"It is known that MI5 ran a brothel in Church Street in Kensington throughout much of the 1950's and early 1960's for the use of visiting dignitaries, diplomats and intelligence officers. While for those too important to visit such an establishment certain discreet gentlemen were called upon to provide young female or male company directly to the VIP hotel bedroom."

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"In the parlance of the Israeli intelligence services, female sexpionage agents are called 'Swallows' and males who are trained to compromise women or other men are called 'Ravens.'"

http://www.aztlan.net/israeli_sexpionage.htm

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Source: http://www.aboutsudan.com/dossiers/british_monarchy/prince_philip_reich.htm

Allegedly Stephen Ward was a member of 'The Thursday Club', later renamed the 'Monday Club' . Dr. Stephen Ward was reportedly the pimp for a ring of call-girls that operated out of Ward's cottage on the Clivedon estate of Lord Astor. Ward befriended Christeen Keeler.In 1963, Secretary of War John Profumo was compromised by his affair with Keeler. It seems that she had also been sleeping with a top Soviet KGB agent in London, Capt. Yevgeny Ivanov.In his 1992 book 'The Naked Spy', Ivanov claimed he had turned over photographs and other evidence of extramarital gymnastics by top people to his KGB bosses. ``I had compromising material of each of them [the royals].''

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Mandy Rice-Davies became a showgirl at Murray's Cabaret Club. There she was befriended by Stephen Ward and became involved in 'The Profumo Affair'. Later she opened two night clubs in Israel called Mandy.

http://www.npg.org.uk/live/search/person.asp?LinkID=mp62873

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http://www.lobster-magazine.co.uk/Profumo.html

In Toronto, Michael Eddowes "knocked on the door of an apartment owned by one of Clay Shaw's boyfriends: it was opened by a fellow named Robin Drury. Drury, a homosexual, had been the 'agent'of Christine Keeler during the time of the British sex scandal known as the Profumo Affair."

Clay Shaw's name has been linked to the Kennedy assassination.

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Source: http://www.groovyweb.uklinux.net/index.php?page_name=the+royal+prince+charles+story+that+legally+injucted+but+shown+on+italian+tv

"Steven Ward was running a spy-ring investigating the whereabouts of 'the Hess files', thought to be kept in the home of one of the nobility (or even in the palace archives). Ward and prostitute Ronna Ricardo came upon a paedophile ring run by Anthony Blunt, and included ... a lot of top people incl polititians... Profumo survived because he had evidence and powerful friends, Ward was killed ... Peter Rachman was Mossad..."

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http://www.aztlan.net/israeli_sexpionage.htm

"The Israeli who was former Chief of Homeland Security for New Jersey, Golan Cipel, can be properly called a 'Raven', and the Jewesses Chandra Levy and Monica Lewinsky, which I will discuss later, can be called 'Swallows'. "

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Some famous people who reportedly had Jewish mistresses:
The Emperor Nero, Joseph Stalin, Mussolini, John Major, David Blunkett

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http://66.102.9.104/search?q=cache:hr0jRE7eyewJ:www.spyschool.com/spybios/profumoj.htm+mi5+stephen-ward&hl=en

Dr Stephen Ward, osteopath, had links to the rich and famous: Winston Churchill, Douglas Fairbanks Jr, Prince Phillip, Viscount Astor...His artistic ability was such that he had been allowed to draw numerous celebrities including Stanley Spencer, A.P.Herbert, Lord Shawcross, and Prof Bernard Lovell.

Many members of the British Royal Family would also sit for Ward including the Duchess of Kent, Wards close friends Lord Snowdon and Prince Phillip, and Princess Margaret.

In the early 1960's Ward rented Spring Cottage on Lord Astors estate and among Ward's guests were celebrities, politicians and statesmen. Ward attended private parties run by the likes of David, Marquis of Milford Haven and the cousin of Prince Phillip. These 'often developed into full-blown orgies lasting over an extended weekend, with participants as varied as the photographer Baron and American superstar, Bing Crosby.'

Christine Keeler worked at Murray's cabaret club. There she befriended "Mandy" Rice-Davies. Both women 'become celebrated players in Ward's celebrity sexual circus centred on his Wimpole Mews flat, equipped with two-way mirrors, Lord Astor's country mansion of Cliveden or weekends at Spring Cottage, parties and other rather more dubious social events.'

J. Edgar Hoover was fully aware that the Ward circle included many extremely well known Americans and girls such as Suzy Chang and Mariella Novotny who had been bedded by President John F. Kennedy.

Ward was prosecuted on "trumped up charges of living on 'immoral earnings'."

On the last day of his trial, Ward died.

Rice-Davies escaped prosecution.

Several of the other girls died unexpectedly young over the next few years

It is known that MI5 ran a brothel in Church Street in Kensington throughout much of the 1950's and early 1960's for the use of visiting dignitaries, diplomats and intelligence officers. While for those too important to visit such an establishment certain discreet gentlemen were called upon to provide young female or male company directly to the VIP hotel bedroom.

Dr Stephen Ward had an MI5 controller, Keith Wagstaffe (cover-name 'Woods').

Sir Colin Coote, Editor of the Daily Telegraph and a former officer in the Secret Intelligence Service, was responsible for introducing Ward to Ivanov at the behest of his old service.

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Babylon

"The Oloffson Hotel has always reminded me of one of the bizarre houses drawn by Addams in the New Yorker and I believe that he spent two honeymoons there." Thus wrote Graham Greene about Haiti's most famous hotel.

The Grand Hotel Oloffson, the model for Hotel Trianon in Graham Greene's novel 'The Comedians', is to be found at Rue Cadet Jeremie in Port au Prince in Haiti.

Why did I stay at the Oloffson? I Wanted to avoid the cheapest hotels, because they so often lack water, electricity, security and service. The Oloffson never lacks electricity and has lots of Perrier for washing with.

I might have stayed at the lovely Hotel Prince, which has great views of the sea from a quiet hillside. In fact I have stayed at the Prince, Rue 3, Pacot. It's definitely a comfortable and beautiful place and has airconditioned rooms, pool etc. But, there is a 15 minutes walk to get a taxi.

The 20 bedroom Oloffson, standing part way up a small hill, is a mansion with long ornate balconies, little red roofed towers, lacy white fretwork, rata n furniture, ceiling fans, light coloured walls and voodoo and naif art.

My white-walled room had antique furniture, a modern bathroom, airconditioning and a verandah looking on to the garden. The room had faded charm.

In the restaurant, which is on a very long verandah, I dined on fresh fish cooked in a spicy Creole style. Most of Haiti's supermarket food and hotel food is imported from America and can be expensive. Ideally one eats local ingredients and I think my fish was local.

My guest was Jean, a middle aged Haitian in smart suit and dark glasses; we had met in the hotel lobby, the ideal place to meet interesting people.

"Tell me about the history of Haiti," I said to Jean.

"The Spanish removed the Indians," said Jean. "The French removed the Spanish. A slave revolt removed the French. Then there was a series of Black dictatorships. And in the 20th Century came the Americans."

"As colonialists."

"La meme chose. But in 1957 Dr Francis Papa Doc Duvalier won an election and turned himself into a very wealthy dictator."

"Kept in power by the Tonton Macoutes with their dark glasses."

"Yes. These were Papa Doc's private army of thugs. Opponents were imprisoned or murdered. Voodoo was used to frighten people."

"Baby Doc?"

"His son ruled until being thrown out in 1986."

"Why did the Americans, who control most of this area, not get rid of the Duvaliers in the early days?"

"Come to the bar and I will tell you more."

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We strolled past peacock chairs, wicker sofas, tin lamps and intricate scroll work, to reach the bar. The mahogany bar has one wall carved out of the rock of the hill. There are voodoo flags on the walls and paintings of Haitaian art. Jean and I sat on ratan chairs and sipped voodoo cocktails.

"The Americans," said Jean, "supported dictatorships and mafias all around the world, so long as they were good for the narco-military-industrial complex. People like Batista were good for business. They did not want another communist Cuba in their back yard."

"Have the Americans got economic interests here?"

"Who ran the brothels in Cuba? Who brought AIDS to Haitian children. Babylon! Uncle Sam. The Great Satan. Where do the Americans get their baseballs from?"

"Wal-Mart?"

"Most baseballs are made in Haiti by American companies. The factory girls get about $1.40 a day. They get injured arms and eyes."

"Is it only baseballs?"

"The Americans control the bauxite, sugar and sisal. It's like Cuba before Castro."

"Is it always slave wages?"

"You know Walt Disney?"

"Fun people."

"They have contractors here who make Micky Mouse clothes. The factory girls get 8 pence an hour. You can't live on that. Then Wal-mart sells the Pocahontas pyjamas for $11-97."

"The Americans supported Baby Doc? But didn't he get thrown out?"

"And replaced by military dictatorship," said Jean, smiling.

"What about the radical priest Aristide? Didn't he win an election?"

"Very popular man among the poor! But 9 months after he came to power he was toppled."

"By whom?"

"The army chief, Cedras, took over. These generals had been trained in the USA and were in the pay of the CIA."

"Then later Aristide was allowed back into Haiti."

"Yes. But FRAPH, a group financed by the CIA, started a lot of violence to destabilise Aristide."

"FRAPH?"

"They were mainly made up of Tonton Macoutes. The Macoutes have always given Aristide a hard time. In 1988 Macoutes hacked to death scores of people in a church, while trying to kill Aristide."

"And the Macoutes have ensured that there is chaos in Haiti. What are the Americans up to?"

"The super rich, of whom there are many in Haiti, want a return to dictatorship. That might suit the fascists who run America. A socialist priest might try to make Walt Disney's people pay higher wages."

"Don't the Americans care about poverty?"

"Did the Americans care about the children they murdered in Indo China? America is run by billionaire fascists pretending to be Christians and democrats. The Haitian death squads in 1991, after Aristide had been kicked out, were led by Toto Constant. Now Constant, who lives in New York, claims he worked for the CIA."

"Do you hear music?"

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The pool and gardens are lit at night and there is an outside bar. That night there was also a voodoo band. We sipped our expensive imported American drinks; and I rubbed on the mosquito cream.

"Why is Haiti so poor," I asked.

"It's like parts of Africa," said mulatto Jean, "Too many trees cut down for fuel. You need heat to cook your rice. Too much soil erosion. Too many bully-boys. The people are just not as disciplined as the Swiss."

"So it's not all the fault of Uncle Sam?"

"No. The biggest problem is the Macoutes, who may have CIA support, but they are Haitians! Haiti has too many bully-boys."

"Can you see any solutions?"

"Certainly."

"So?" "Disarm the Macoutes. Put the corrupt members of the elite in jail and seize their assets. Restore law and order. Bring in investment from Europe. Bring in more tourists like in the Dominican Republic. Have a minimum wage which allows a man to eat more than once a day. Enforce strict birth control. Teach fathers and mothers to look after their children. And pray that the people will be more like the Swiss."

"Is it likely to happen?"

"Not with Bush's CIA around. Regardez cet homme a droit."

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You meet all types at the Oloffson.

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Aristide’s recent overthrow 'was the outcome of a bloody coup orchestrated by the Bush administration and aided by the Chirac government in Paris. It was executed by a band of killers drawn from the disbanded and discredited Haitian army and the CIA-backed death squads that terrorized the population under the former military dictatorship that ruled the country in the early 1990s.'

http://www.wsws.org/articles/2004/mar2004/hait-m01.shtml

The greatest book

The greatest book ever and it cost me 5 pence in a second hand bookshop.

It's a Penguin Classic, translated from the Greek by E V Rieu.

It's a book that has influenced the World's thinking more than any other.

It's a book that may explain, to the careful listener, the mysteries of the Universe.

Rieu considers that the story, written at least 40 years after the events describes, probably contains a few "INTERPOLATIONS and DISTORTIONS." We have to work out which bits sound true and which bits don't. Nobody is quite sure who the authors were.

The book, as you've no doubt worked out, is Penguin's The Four Gospels.

So, what about the content?

Rieu keeps his English simple.

WHAT'S LIFE ALL ABOUT?

Basically you need to know that YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW! THE MORE YOU GIVE, THE MORE YOU GET! Simple.

LIFE AFTER DEATH? REINCARNATION? Rieu's translation from John: "The father RAISES the dead and gives them life."

Note the PRESENT tense, rather than the future tense.

From Luke: "God is not a God of the dead, but of the living; for to Him all people live."

From John: "If the wheat grain does not fall into the soil and die, it stays as it was, a single grain; but if it dies it yields abundantly."

Does that mean reincarnation? A lot of the early Christians (like some Jews and Moslems) certainly believed we are born again, many times.

WHO GETS TO HEAVEN? Moslems? Atheists?

Rieu translates Luke: "(A man asked) 'What must I do to come into eternal life?' (Jesus replied:) 'Love...God..and love your neighbour... Who is my neighbour?...A Samaritan (coming across a man in the gutter) bandaged his wounds...took him to an inn...'"

Nothing there about having to be a Christian, or having to be baptised, or having to belong to some sect! You get to heaven by being the Good Samaritan and helping the person in distress?

THE BASIC TEACHNGS?

Rieu translates from Luke: "He that is least among you all, he is the greatest... Sell your possessions and give in charity... When you entertain, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind..."

From Matthew: "Whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant... you are all brothers...love your enemies..." And so on.

This sounds like difficult radical stuff. Where does the bishop in his palace fit in here? Or the family driving up to the church in their Mercedes? The handicapped may be greater than the rock stars and presidents?

WHO IS JESUS SUPPOSED TO BE?

Is he identical with God? Where do we folks come in?

Rieu's translation from John: "(Jesus said) I am in the Father, and you in me, and I in you...

"I am the Vine..and my father is the Vine-dresser... Just as the branch alone can bear no fruit but must stay in the vine, so you can bear no fruit unless you stay in me... I am the vine; you are the branches..."

So, Jesus is not identical to God and we are not identical to God, but we can all be linked up?

John has Jesus saying to his God: "I myself have given (my followers) the glory you gave me, to the end that they may be one, as you and I are one, I in them and you in me; that they may be brought to perfect unity..." Sounds almost Buddhist.

The concepts are perhaps difficult, but Rieu's translation makes it a little easier to grasp.

Some questions: WHO AM I? WHY DO KOMODO DRAGONS EXIST? DO WE HAVE FREE WILL?....

The existentialists believe that we have free will; we are free to adopt an attitude to life, a point of view; we are free to become something; we are free to evolve into something...

Were living things in the past free to develop into Komodo dragons or trees or humans? Are we free to become good fathers, good mothers, juvenile delinquents, famous explorers....?

Some people think it is vital that we choose the 'right' path, the right attitude to life. Christianity can be seen as a path.

Existentialist philosopher Soren Kierkegarde was one of those who decided to adopt the seemingly 'absurd' Christian point of view...

Rieu helps us to see Christianity more clearly.

In conclusion- Rieu's scholarly yet clearly written translation helps us understand the mysteries of the Gospels and perhaps the mysteries of the universe. I hope Penguin will bring out a new edition.

Postscript: Quantum Theology can be found at- http://www.acns.com/~mm9n/quan/qtheoA.htm

Moldova - poorest country in Europe

Want an adventure in a place few tourists visit? Want to see a circus? Want a cheap Hugo Boss shirt? Want to visit a country where people survive on 60 pence a day?

Moldova is where Alexander Pushkin was exiled.

Where's Moldova? Between Rumania and Ukraine; it used to be part of Russia.

Fly Austrian Airlines (Tyrolean), via Vienna, to Chisinau capital of Moldova.

CHISINAU, built on seven hills and with the River Byk flowing through it, is a place of:

1.Onion domed cathedrals full of wonderful mosaics. Visit St Tiron Cathedral (Cuflea Church) at Str Ciuflea 12.

2.Parks for picnics with lots of cheap wine. A must is Pushkin Park (Stefan cel Mare Gardens) for flowers and statues and fountains. For roller-blading, biking, boating and walking there is the park next to Lake Valea (Lake Komsomol) near Pushkin Park. There is an AMUSEMENT PARK (a bit run down) at Valea Morilor park in Botanica. Rather like something from an Edwardian story book. Magical. Aqua Park by Lake Ghidichi has a very well equipped playground for young children.

3.Tree-lined streets in a grid pattern. Old Chisinau has the Opera House, Pushkin Museum (at Strada Anton Pann 19), the Central Market and St George's Church. The museum is worth a visit if you've heard of Pushkin. The church is a lovely old Russian Orthodox church. The buildings in this area are fascinating, fading 19th century ones. Like Paris or Lisbon?

4.cafes and restaurants and bars (see below). a little bit of nightlife such as the 'underground club' on Banulescu-Badoni Street (see below).

5. Stalinist concrete box architecture (fascist?) in the new part of the city. Like parts of Sheffield?

6. Lakes. Lots of lakes. Take your cam era.

7. If you like Stalinist architecture, take a look at the EXHIBITION HALL of the NATIONAL ART MUSEUM. B-dul Stefan cel Mare 3 (closed Mondays). Lots of art, including art by local artists. Chisinau is full of wonderful museums, but the explanations are in Russian!

8. Friendly people (mainly). The officials at the airport don't smile. Ticket sellers seem to speak only Russian. But ordinary people will welcome you.

9. Excellent but cheap wine.

10. THE CIRCUS! at B-dul Renasterii 33, has performers from China, India, Russia and Moldova. The standard is high and you absolutely must visit this place for the thrills, colour and excitement. Cute young girls fly through the air...

11. THE SHIRT FACTORY (Steava S. A.) at Str Tighina 49. This is where some HUGO BOSS shirts are made. You can ask for a tour (ask for Maria) and buy a cheap shirt!

12. Beggars sifting through rubbish tips. Most people are poor, like in Calcutta. There are the exceptions: World Bank and other UN officials who have lots of money to spend on meetings in 5 star hotels to discuss why the country is getting poorer and poorer, hard working entrepreneurs, the mafia, people who've kept their money in dollars....

HOTELS in Chisinau:

Moldova once had power cuts lasting 3 days, so don't expect everything to be perfect. the two hotels above. Hot water may be not reliable.

TRANSPORT in Chisinau:

use the mini-buses. Pay the driver on entry. The bigger buses can be crowded and unreliable.

SHOPPING in Chisinau - There are 3 large department stores, including GEMENII at B- dul Stefancel Mare 136. A good place to buy souvenirs. Shops do have imported goods. You can buy junk food.

RESTAURANTS in Chisinau - SANATATE at Str Renasterii 24 has top class Moldovan food and a live band. OLD CITY at Str Armeneasca 24 is a place of high ceilings, velvet curtains, and wonderful Moldovan music played on violin and piano. Enjoy some Moldovan or Georgian food on the terrace. Avoid McDonalds. You didn't come here for that.

THE COUNTRYSIDE : This is what you came for; sunflowers, dragonflies, swallows, horses, carts, old houses painted white or blue, cow pastures, little green hills, vinyards and orchards, dirt lanes, peasants..... Some villages are almost empty of people. Where have they gone?

Try to visit CRICOVA, an underground wine town 9 miles from the capital. It stretches for miles. And yes, the town is underground.

Further on from Cricova is the amazing ORHEUL VECHI MONASTERY carved into the cliff by monks in the 13th century. Try to attend an Orthodox service in a church or monastery. Very moving. Lots of incense.

Get your visa from the Moldovan Embassy in Brussels or maybe get it at Chisinau airport on arrival (or other major crossings). see www.fco.gov.uk It's easier to get it before travel.

It's advisable to have a rabies inoculation before you go. And don't drink the tap water; and keep your valuables in the hotel safe. It may be handy to carry a few dollars, in clean condition, as well as the local currency. Remember that extreme poverty can lead to increased crime.

Avoid the area called Trandiniestria in North East Moldova as the security situation there is 'unpredictable'. Militias have taken the place over. Moldova is part Rumanian and part Russian and there is always the very slight risk of civil war.

Climate - very cold in winter. Similar to England in summer. The country is on a plateau which keeps it cool. But, you can get bitten by mosquitoes.

CURRENT AFFAIRS:

3/4 of Moldova's population live below the poverty line. That means they are sometimes hungry and cold. 80% of the people live on 60 pence a day! Moldova is the poorest country in Europe. In fact it is one of the poorest countries in the world, similar to Indonesia and Mali! Like in Indonesia there is a growing 'black economy'.

There is a continuing exodus from the country. People escape in order to survive. Some end up as fruit pickers in other parts of Europe. Some girls meet a less pleasant fate, imprisoned in the brothels of Bosnia or London.

Agriculture is the main product but agriculture tends to be backward. The former collective farms have been broken up into tiny farms. These farms find that tractors and electricity cost too much. There is little surplus to export. Animals tend to be thin and diseased. Moldova's agricultural sector has shrunk to just one third of the size it was when the country declared independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. 50% of the pop ulation work in agriculture.

Under communism, poverty was covered up.

But, since independence, life-expectancy has been cut by five years and illiteracy in the poorest areas has tripled. Tuberculosis and hepatitis has doubled. Many village schools have to close in the winter because of lack of heat and electricity. Many clinics lack essential medicines. Moldova has only 20% of the insulin it needs for diabetics. Teachers and doctors often go unpaid. Police often cannot reach the scene of a crime because they have no petrol for their cars. Bribery is rife.

The security situation in the North East and delayed reforms has frightened off investment.

In February 2001 the Communist Party swept back into power. The new government promises to have a technocratic and professional government which will support economic reforms, cooperation with the IMF, and the continuation of multi-party democracy. But it also promises greater state control and a return to order.

Some older Moldovans remember the time when Stalin removed the brightest and wealthiest landowners to Siberia.

So, want to visit a Third World country with a lot of charm? Go to Moldova. It's nearer than India.

Zimbabwe - simple huts, innocent children, economic meltdown

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Simple huts, like haystacks, little kids with innocent faces and swollen stomachs, a few chickens, some maize, lots of uncultivated land and distant mountains: Zimbabwe, somewhere between Mutare and Harare.

I tried speaking to the bare-foot little kids. They were super polite and super serious looking. Conversation was difficult. Had it been Brazil or Malaysia I could have talked about Princess Diana or Manchester United and they would have smiled. But these Zimbabwean kids, lucky souls, had no TV.

The way of life of these people has no doubt been carefully worked out over thousands of years. They know what to grow and how to grow it. They do not necessarily want the IMF or the World Bank or some multinational company telling them they should be growing tobacco on huge estates. They do not necessarily want the political boundaries and political systems that the Europeans wanted or want.

I felt there was a huge gap between my culture and their culture. And my culture, with its drugs and sleaze and office work from 9 till 5, is not necessarily superior.

Their culture appears simple on the surface, but is not.

Of course the White Man may have brought some good things to Zimbabwe: clinics, schools, fine roads... But some of the White Men treated the Black Zimbabweans with cruelty and contempt.

"They are like little children," said one former White resident (on holiday in Mutare). "The politicians only want to enrich themselves and their families. They'll never be any different." It turned out that I had misunderstood. He was talking about our Westminster politicians, back in London.

With a friend I went to see a witch doctor. They say that witch doctors have much greater success than western doctors, partly because a lot of illness is mental or spiritual. But when I looked at the strange furry/scaly/feathery things tied to the witch doctor I felt out of my depth and retreated.



Beyond Mutare the highland scenery was Scottish: burns, pine trees, steep slopes, and freezing cold nights. Was Africa once joined to Scotland? Does President Mugabe own a castle in Scotland?

Back in Harare I discovered that the capital is not a place to explore on foot. Violent crime has become a serious problem.

There is not the same 'depth of culture' as in Cairo or Marrakech or Cape Town.

The flame trees were gorgeous; and we had a scenic picnic, shared with monkeys, on a smooth round red granite hill.

On the sreets of Harare you will find hungry orphans (AIDS orphans) and even hungry, elderly Whites whose pensions have become worthless. (AIDS? "In many African countries men do not expect to be faithful and often take several wives...sex at truckstops costs less than breakfast.... In Southern Africa...half of all 15-year-olds can expect to die of AIDS... Four out of ten young men in Zimbabwe are HIV positive..." according to Christina Lamb, writing in the Sunday Telegraph.)



The wild life in Zimbabwe was interesting: strange to think that these wildebeest and lions are in a savage battle for survival... Victoria Falls was interesting, although I've seen too many waterfalls on tours. I tried to imagine I was a famous explorer.

SAFETY:

Early in 2001, a group of ex-combatants "descended on the resort town of Victoria Falls...and harassed tourists."

I was harassed once, by an angry young man. I was minding my own business outside a cheap roadside cafe painted white and blue. I don't know what he was shouting at me, but he looked more than angry.

There have been riots around Harare, partly as a result of steep price rises and job losses. Locals find it nearly impossible to get paraffin for heating and lighting. Unemployment stands at 50%. Real incomes have gone down 75% in 10 years. Inflation is 60%. At least 30 opposition supporters and 8 white farmers have been murdered

COMFORT:

Fuel and foreign currency shortages have hurt tourism. There is little foreign exchange left to pay for fuel imports. Zimbabwe allegedly spent $30 million per month on its 'war' in the Congo (DRC). On the other hand, Zimbabwe still has some first class infrastructure and most of the people are very loveable indeed.

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A drink in a Harare hotel with a middle-aged Black called Emmanuel:

"You know," said Emmanuel, "Our country is standing up to the West. Standing up to the New World Order."

"How is that?" I asked.

"You know, 7 million poor Zimbabweans struggle to survive in our rural areas. But 20,000 whites control most of the best land. The people of the New World Order want Africa's land and wealth."

"You mean," I said, "that the Americans want the 20,000 white farmers to keep their land?"

"No, the New World Order people want the White Zimbabwean farmers out."

"To help the rural Black poor?" I asked naively.

"No," said Emmanuel, "so the really big guys can eventually move in and take over African land. The multi-nationals. The really big guys in America."

"Some people have told me the real problem here is the involvement of Zimbabwe in Zaire, the Congo ."

"You know," said Emmanuel, "The Americans want the mineral wealth of Africa and Asia. That's why they topple leaders. If a Third World president won't deal with an American mining company, then he's going to be undermined and toppled."

"But isn't the West trying to help Zimbabwe. What about the IMF?"

"You know," said Emmanuel, "the IMF has made us poor. You take Kenya. The IMF has ruined some of Kenya's industry by insisting on free trade. Mozambique: the IMF ruined the cashew processing by insisting on free trade."

"You think the problem is the New World Order rather than problems within Zimbabwe?"

"Listen," said Emmanuel, "You get corruption everywhere. So why is the new World Order trying to topple our leaders? Not because of corruption here. But because these people want to control us."

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A final drink in a bar; and chat with Nicholas, a wide-bodied middle aged gentleman wearing shorts and a large hat.

"Nice airport," I said.

"Leo Mugabe's company helped build it," said Nicholas, puffing a cigar.

"Leo Mugabe?"

"Part of the President's family. Nephew. Part of the Gushongo clan."

"Did Leo put in the best bid?"

"What do you think? Leo Mugabe runs Joy TV and Zimbabwe's first privately owned mobile phone system. He's chairman of the Zimbabwe football Association. He got the tender for the Harare sewage works and lots of other government projects. Some people say he's a front for his uncle."

"Any other Mugabes?"

"Innocent Mugabe used to run the Central Intelligence Organisation. He died. Oh, there's lots of the family running things. Uncles and cousins. Some become ministers. Some go into business. Some run newspapers."

"What about the government ministers. I saw some headlines in New African."

"There was a scandal when ministers were accused of robbing funds meant to help civil servants. The biggest scandal was when top ministers were accused of looting the war victims compensation fund."

"Did the war victims get any money back?"

"Mugabe put up prices to help pay for that. But the price rises led to riots. ten people got shot dead."

"What about Mugabe's new house?"

"Which one? He has two houses in Borrowdale and properties all over the place. The big one with the Italian marble has been given to Libya's Ghadaffi. Ghadaffi has lots of farms here."

"What about the diamonds in the Congo?"

"Rumour has it that certain top generals have been looting diamonds."

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Censorship

Mat, 16, watched a video then murdered Chris, 15.

Mat (Matthew O'Grady) had been watching the video nasties over and over again.

In court, Mat's defence argued the videos had desensitised him to such an extent that they had been partly to blame for his actions. (The Sun-Herald 9/12/00)

Professor Paul Wilson, leading Australian criminologist, said 10 years ago he believed video nasties were not harmful. Now he has changed his mind.

"There's increasingly evidence coming in that people who watch extremely violent videos, and who are already predisposed to violence or who have a serious personality defect, are more likely to act rather than just fantasise," he said.

"The reinforcement takes them from that level of fantasy into action. "

It's a growing problem. There are so many people in recent years with personality problems who watch violent videos...."

Jane Roberts, a leading Australian expert on early-childhood, says "research is increasingly coming to the conclusion that violent videos can precipitate some young people into actual violence."

A new report from Stanford University, in the January 2001 issue of Archives of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, shows that reducing children's exposure to violent videos and films does make them behave less violently!

The researchers at Stanford compared 105 children in one school, who cut down on their exposure to media violence for 6 months, with 120 children in another school who did not. The researchers found that at the end of 6 months the children in the first group had become less violent. For example, aggression in the playground involving teasing, threatening, and taunting was reduced by up to half in those who reduced their viewing.

Four national US health associations last year linked violence in the media to increasing violence among children.

The link between media violence and on-the-street aggression was first identified 30 years ago, and more and more research backs up this link.

Britain has stricter censorship laws than Holland. The murder rate in Amsterdam is three times higher than that of London.

Which countries have less strict laws than Britain? Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Portugal, France, and Germany are more lax. And their murder rates are higher.

Murders per 100,000 of the population : London 2.1 , Helsinki 12.5

Which countries are stricter than Britain?

Greece is relatively strict. Murder rate in Athens 1.4. Ireland is relatively strict. Murder rate 1.9. Malta used to be strict. Young children were safe to wander late at night. Murder was rare indeed. Then the laws were relaxed. You can now see nasty films on TV. The murder rate has shot up.

There may be no connection between relaxed censorship and increased murder rates. But in Singapore they are playing it safe and keeping the laws relatively strict. Singapore has one of the lowest murder rates in the world.

But wait a moment. Censorship may be both good and bad, depending..... Let's look at sex, violence and politics.

1. SEX- Wouldn't it be good if illegal porn sites could be kept off the internet. I mean sites that encourage cruelty to children or encourage rape and murder. Surely few would disagree with this form of censorship. Forgive my ignorance, but how come such sites get on the net if they are illegal? (I'm pretty stupid when it comes to things technical).

Then take schoolgirl's magazines. Some of them seem to encourage underage kids to do things they will later regret (like getting AIDS). Maybe they should employ older and wiser editors. So, some censorship gets my approval.

2. VIOLENCE- As already stated, there is research which shows that nasty violence in the media probably creates violent and criminal behaviour among children (and adults).

Crime figures in a district of South Africa shot up after the introduction of TV.

Similar findings have been found in many parts of the world.

Newspapers have reported frequent cases of murderers copying events they have viewed on video films.

In World War II, research showed that most US soldiers did not pull the trigger when supposed to be shooting at the enemy.

In the Vietnam War, the US soldiers were toughened up by being shown violent films. The films reduced sensitivity to other people's suffering. It worked. Research showed that the US troops in Vietnam were firing their guns, and carrying out massacres like at Mai Lai.

Massacres in US schools are relatively new, but on the increase. Could it be too many violent films and games? Columbine High School could happen at a school near you? So censorship of violence in 'entertainment' gets my approval.

3.POLITICS - One pillar of democracy is the media, including the internet.

We need to have uncensored sites that expose the wrongdoings of the Nixons of this world.

There are web-sites that claim that the CIA influences many of our newspapers. So we need to fight against political censorship.

Daniel Sheehan, speaking on Pacific Radio Network 11/11/92, said, "There has been a major campaign to place CIA agents in various news media posts...It was called "OPERATION MOCKING BIRD.".... "And they placed CIA operatives in places like TIME Magazine and LIFE magazine, the NEW YORK TIMES.... "It turns out that Ben Bradlee from the WASHINGTON POST was a regular CIA officer prior to coming to his post..."

So, am I against political censorship?

Yes, up to a point.

It's not all black and white. I don't want media sites that are racist and encourage genocide. I don't want pro-Nazi sites that encourage us to kill Jews. But I do want sites that expose corruption.

Who should decide what is to be allowed? Not MI6 or any political party. Better to leave things as free as possible and let parliament and the press and the courts ensure that only sites, such as the racist/Nazi ones, are closed down.

4.BLASPHEMY- polite criticism of aspects of certain religions may be legitimate (Leviticus and Deuteronomy, for example, seem to approve of keeping slaves, stoning certain people to death, killing the people whose land one has stolen....).

However, using a god's name as a form of swearing is uncouth. The fact that parts of a religion may seem mistaken does not necessarily mean that all of that religion is wrong. There are more things in heaven and earth....

5.HAPPINESS- We all tend to be happier when we are exposed to cheerful music, cheerful words, cheerful aromas, and cheerful sights.

So maybe we should have less murder, rape and madness on TV?

Hypnotists and faith healers tell us that making POSITIVE suggestions to people can make them healthier and more content. So lets have less negativity and nastiness in films and video.

Censorship? A lot depends on who gets appointed to top jobs in the media. Ideally we get editors and directors and producers who are on the side of the angels.

Hugging children

Cut out the paedophile hysteria, says Jeremy Irons

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-1502933,00.html

Actor Jeremy Irons says “hysteria” over paedophilia is damaging relations between adults and kids.

Irons, who has two sons, suggests that society should not prevents adults demonstrating affection to children.

“It’s very difficult because children under 16 are immensely attractive, any father will tell you,” Irons said. “We have to accept that, understand it for what it is and not become hysterical about it.”

Interviewed by Jeremy Vine for a programme on BBC1, Irons said: “I remember when my son was 12 he was like a god,” he said. “He just went through that sort of golden time for about 18 months. Parental love is sexual. Boys will flirt outrageously with their mothers.”

He describing what happened when he presented prizes at a fete. “I had done my little speech and a girl from the local school wanted to show me around the art exhibits.

“I was very happy to go. I had my arm on the shoulder of the girl as we walked around. But the teacher was there and looked at me and said: ‘Don’t do that.’ I said: ‘What?’ He whispered to me. I then said: ‘I’m sorry.’

“But I suddenly felt like a criminal. And I thought ‘What are we doing to this new generation? We can’t smack them or hug them. What strange people are we going to bring up’.”

The need to protect children, he said, should be balanced against demonstrative instincts. “We’re animals. We should hug our young. We should hold our young,” he said. “We shouldn’t suddenly, when our daughter becomes 12, stop her sitting on our lap, stop hugging her. What’s she going to think about affection, about human nature if that happens in her upbringing?”

Nicene Christians

Many early Christians were slow to understand the teachings of Jesus (Love your enemies; see your own faults; be a good Samaritan; you reap what you sow).

Was Jesus the same as God? How could he be the same as his Father? How could God be tempted by the devil? What was the Holy Spirit? Do we have more than one life?

The Emperor Constantine decided to hold a committee meeting, the Council of Nicaea, and get an imposed solution to problems of doctrine which would suit his political purposes.

The result was the Nicene Creed, the latter being a human attempt, by one particular faction, to describe the complexity of God or ultimate Reality.

More conspiracies of a political nature were to follow.

Shortly after the Council of Nicae in 325 A.D. Emperor Constantine, the first Roman Emperor to become a Christian, had over 3000 Christians executed because their interpretation of the Bible did not agree with his.

That is more than the number of Christians who died at the hands of the non-Christian Romans. 3000 Christians executed! Think about that.

In 777 , Charlemagne, a 'devout' Christian, after conquering Saxon rebels, gave them a choice of becoming Christians or being executed. When they refused to convert, he had 4500 of them beheaded in one morning.

So, are Christian leaders always correct?

The Crusades began in 1095 when Pope Urban II called for a holy war to invade Palestine.

Urban was the Bush/Blair/Sharon of his day. The end justified the means.

The Crusaders began by killing Jews in France and Germany. Leon Poliakov writes "Along the road to Palestine, through Germany, Bohemia, Hungary and the Balkans, the crusader mob burned Jews alive in their houses and temples, forced them to baptism at swordpoint, raped and committed other atrocities against young and old. In Prague alone they murdered several thousands Jews"

In 1122 Christian crusaders entered Jerusalem and slaughtered men, women and children,
"until their horses were knee deep in blood. We then went to the church to thank the Lord for his mercy."

According to Draper's History of the Intellectual Development of Europe "when the Khalif Omar took Jerusalem, A.D. 637, he rode into the city by the side of the Patriarch Sophronius, conversing with him on its antiquities. But in the capture [of Jerusalem] by the Crusaders, the brains of young children were dashed out against the walls; infants were pitched over battlements; men were roasted at fires; some were ripped up, to see if they had swallowed gold; the Jews were driven into synagogues and there burnt; a massacre of nearly 70,000 persons took place, and the Pope's legate were seen partaking in the triumph."

The Moslem Koran makes it clear that God is the God of Jesus, Abraham, and Moses. The Koran states that God is pleased with both Christians and Moslems. The Koran, Chapter 2, Verse 62: "Those who believe (in the Koran) and those who follow the Jewish (Scriptures) and the Christians and the Sabians and who believe in Allah and the last day and work righteousness shall have their reward with their Lord; on them shall be no fear nor shall they grieve."

So what about that Nicene Creed? Did Constantine get it right?

There has been this vast conspiracy by churches to cover up the fact that a lot of the time the leaders of Christianity got it wrong.

It wasn't Jesus who got it wrong; it was people like Constantine who got it wrong. Beware of the 'leaders' of Christianity!