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  1. 1. WWee,, tthhee PPEEOOPPLLEE ooffIIrreellaanndd,, hhaavvee tthhee ppoowweerr ttoo ttaakkee oouurr ccoouunnttrryy BBAACCKK!! NOW is the Time for the People of Ireland to take matters into THEIR OWN HANDS by withdrawing the funding ofthe corrupt International BANKSTERS by REFUSING to pay any more interest on loans, credit cards and mortgages. Our Government have, against the will of the People, BORROWED money to give away to the BANKSTERS in the form of massive bail- outs, using the People - thats YOU and ME, folks - as COLLATERAL. Yep! The working men and women of Ireland are offered as COLLATERAL for huge IMF and ECB loans on the basis that, as tax payers, they will foot the bill. Our ever-increasing taxes and levies are effectively promised to the IMF and ECB as repayment for ever- increasing Government borrowing - this borrowing is being used to bail out the high street banks, who in turn have the AUDACITYto 'lend' that money back to us - AT INTEREST! This is how it REALLY works folks,,,,,. WWEE AARREE BBEEIINNGG FFLLEEEECCEEDD!! Therefore they have left us with no choice but to retrieve this stolen money ourselves, from the beneficiaries - the BANKS! Read Pages 10 & 11 to learn just how the LEGAL and BANKING system works and how you can be free ofdebt .......FOREVER! By Gabriel Donohoe The Irish Government has finally passed the harshest budget in the history of the State with further austerity promised for the next three years and perhaps for decades. Taoiseach Brian Cowen and Finance Minister Brian Lenihan have steered Ireland from the booming prosperity of a Celtic Tiger to a ruined shell of a country where unemployment, poverty, emigration, and despair are proceeding to destroy a once proud, industrious people. Cowen and Lenihan also bear the ignominy of having brought in the International Monetary Fund who, along with EU banksters, are now dictating Irish fiscal policy. The IMF has long had a vulturish reputation for plundering weaker countries by stripping the flesh of its victims down to the bare bones. This repulsive scavenger is well known for promoting austerity and misery, grabbing national assets for its bankster and corporate friends, and leaving the skeleton of a country’s economy in its wake. The first piece of offal to be plucked from the Irish carcass by this opportunistic carrion eater was the nation’s €20 billion pension fund, the life savings ofworking people. As a result ofIreland’s dramatic reversal offortune the names of Brian Cowen and Brian Lenihan are now being reviled as the villains who inflicted horrendous financial disaster upon the Irish people and forced the enslavement of future generations to a criminal cadre ofInternational Banksters. The words ‘treason’, ‘traitors’, and ‘treachery’ are being increasingly used not only by ordinary citizens but also by certain politicians, economists, business leaders, and celebrities. ‘Economic treason’ was a term used by the leader of the Labour Party to describe Cowen and Lenihan’s blanket guarantee to the banks. And, incredibly, even the country’s ostensibly non- partisan police association, the GRA, accused the government of ‘treachery’ and denounced it as a ‘government ofnational sabotage’. Today, Cowen and Lenihan are being compared to other traitors in history like Vidkun Quisling, a Norwegian politician who assisted the Nazis to conquer his native country; General Benedict Arnold, an American soldier who changed sides during the Revolution and betrayed his country to the British; and even Judas Iscariot, who betrayed his Master for 30 pieces ofsilver. What did Cowen and Lenihan do to earn such public loathing? 3rd Edition - February 2011 Price: Donation toward printing costswww.sovereignindependent.com editor@sovereignindependent.com TThhee GGrreeaatteesstt AAcctt ooff TTrreeaacchheerryy iinn IIrriisshh HHiissttoorryy RReeaadd tthhee FFuullll EEXXCCLLUUSSIIVVEE RReeppoorrtt oonn PPaaggeess 22 aanndd 33...... AA DDuummmmiieess GGuuiiddee ttoo EEUUGGEENNIICCSSPPaaggee 2222 IIRRIISSHH BBIILLDDEERRBBEERRGGEERRSS PPaaggee 1122 TThhee TTrruutthh AAbboouutt GGMMOOPage 15-17 PROFIT FROM HHEERROOIINNPPaaggee 1188 ****** PPLLEEAASSEE RREECCYYCCLLEE TTHHIISS PPAAPPEERR BBYYPPAASSSSIINNGG IITT OONN TTOO SSOOMMEEOONNEE EELLSSEE TTOO RREEAADD ******
  2. 2. On September 29th, 2008, a momentous event occurred. That evening, four of the most senior executives of Ireland’s two largest high street banks, Dermot Gleeson and Eugene Sheehy of Allied Irish Bank (AIB) and Brian Goggin and Richard Burrows of Bank of Ireland (BOI), called to Government Buildings for a hastily convened meeting with the Taoiseach, Brian Cowen, and the Minister for Finance, Brian Lenihan. Also present was the Irish Attorney- General, Paul Gallagher. The banksters were frantic. As the property bubble was beginning to burst, their main rival, Anglo Irish Bank, was in serious trouble and the huge loss of liquidity could bring down the country’s entire financial system. Like Anglo Irish, AIB and BOI also had massive exposure to the developers and all were in danger of imminent collapse. The banksters implored the Government to do something, immediately, before the money markets opened the following morning. Having received such stark news from the banksters, Cowen and Lenihan knew they had to move quickly and decisively. They would have to act, and be seen to act, without bias and without favouring any special interest groups. Their first duty was to ensure the welfare of the nation as a whole and to safeguard the financial interests ofall the Irish people. But in this they failed utterly. One special interest group, the banksters, prevailed spectacularly over the interests of the Irish people. How did the banksters manage to wield such inordinate influence over crucial governmental policy? A key disturbing fact about this meeting was never commented upon in the mainstream media. On the government side of the table sat Paul Gallagher, the Attorney-General, legal adviser to the Irish Government. On the banksters’ side of the table sat Dermot Gleeson, the AIB chairman and himself a former Irish Attorney-General. But, apart from both men holding the senior law office of the land, a more sinister connection between them remained undisclosed. They were both Bilderbergers. The Bilderbergers For those who haven’t heard of the Bilderbergers, they are a brotherhood of unelected international banksters, corporatists, politicians, and others who meet secretly every year to formulate and manipulate world policy in finance, economics, trade, and any other area that they can control for their own selfish, globalist interests. It may well be that the presence of the two Bilderbergers, Gleeson and Gallagher, was just a coincidence but, considering such incredibly high stakes, it can be argued that Gallagher’s attendance as Attorney-General at such a crucial meeting generated a monumental conflict of interest. His Bilderberger connection clearly compromised him as legal adviser to the Irish Government, especially when his Bilderberger pal, Gleeson, was about to be on the receiving end ofa whopping government bailout. After a surprisingly short discussion with some members of the cabinet, the Attorney-General, and top civil servants, Cowen and Lenihan arrived at an ominous decision. They decided that the Government would guarantee all the liabilities of six Irish banks – not just customer and interbank deposits but also the full exposure of all bondholders! This amounted to some 450 billion euro, an astronomical figure which, if ever called upon, would destroy the country. With the stroke of a pen Cowen and Lenihan shifted hundreds of billions of private debt incurred by greedy, fraudulent banksters and dumped it onto the backs of the Irish people. This was an incredible act of treachery against the Irish nation. What could possess these two politicians to put their people into impossible debt and penury – perhaps for generations – just to save a few mega-rich banksters from taking a loss on their reckless gambling? Was it utter ineptitude or was it something more sinister than that? As Marcellus said to Horatio in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, ‘Something is rotten in the State of Denmark.’ He said ‘Denmark’, but he might well have been describing present-day Ireland. This bank guarantee deal stinks to high heaven! Inflicting a risk exposure of €450 billion on the Irish nation was tantamount to state suicide. The willing and needless placement of an entire people into such peril could only be the result of criminal incompetence or criminal collusion. There could be no other explanation, except, of course, criminal insanity. Take your pick. Are Cowen and Lenihan criminally inept, corrupt, insane or all ofthe above? To put the enormity of the hazard to the nation into perspective let’s compare it to U.S Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson’s 2008 bank bailout of $700 billion which was then strenuously opposed by the great majority of the American people. The Irish bailout was the equivalent of more than $585 billion dollars, not a far cry from the $700 billion that so appalled and angered most Americans. Consider that the U.S. has a population of 300 million while Ireland only has a population of less than 4.5 million, much the same as the state ofLouisiana. At 3.30am the four bankers left. According to Shane Ross, author of ‘Bankers’, they had ‘put the gun to the Government’s head and the ministers had delivered.’ Ireland was aghast. Cowen and Lenihan said the bailout was necessary to preserve Ireland’s creditworthiness with ‘the markets’. This was hogwash and was said so by many people at the time, including leading economists. (The fallacy of the ministers’ thinking is borne out by the approach of the plucky Icelandic people who refused to take on private bankster debt and whose economy is now in a much healthier position than that of Ireland.) But Lenihan persisted with the bailout declaring that it would be ‘the cheapest bailout in history’. Those words, like the ghost in Hamlet, would soon come back to haunt him. Cowen and Lenihan then proceeded to pour taxpayers’ money into the banks, capitalizing the high street lenders to the tune of some €13.5 billion. This figure did not even include the requirements of Anglo Irish Bank, the biggest culprit of fraudulent lending, who Lenihan said could be saved with a €4 billion bailout. As time progressed the Minister of Finance continually revised his figures upwards, going to €12 billion, €18 billion, €24 billion, and now the figure is hovering around €35 billion. The Irish people will never see a single cent ofthe tens of billions poured into that black hole that is Anglo Irish Bank. This cannot be described as anything other than an act ofoutrageous criminality. NAMA Another fiasco in the making, the brainchild of Lenihan and Cowen, is NAMA (National Asset Management Agency), set up to restore the banks’ balance sheets by buying their toxic loans to the tune of some €54 billion of taxpayer’s money. This is another huge and needless risk that is likely to go disastrously wrong and which hangs eternally over Irish taxpayers like the Sword of Damocles. The slightest miscalculation and the sword falls – with devastating effect. This writer, and many others, pointed out at the time that there was a much better short-term solution to the Irish banking problem. The Government could have let the banks fail – that’s what happens in capitalism when businesses are reckless or make mistakes – and set up a state bank. A state bank could have created all the credit the country needed with a much, much smaller outlay. Through fractional reserve lending, a bank can create some twelve and a half times the amount of credit that it holds in assets. For example, if a state bank is capitalised with €10 billion it can lend out €125 billion. With only €20 billion in capital a state bank could create and lend out €250 billion. This would have boosted Irish businesses and given the economy a huge injection and would have obviated the need to go back to the exploitative money markets. (It is important to point out that this would be a short-term solution only. The real cause of global financial chaos and prohibitive national debt is the permitting of private banking cartels to create a nation’s money, money that is based on debt and bears interest and which makes an immense fortune for the international banksters – to the impoverishment ofthe people.) But Cowen and Lenihan seemed not to be focussed on what was good and efficacious for the people of Ireland but on how to save a few criminal banksters from incurring gigantic losses. Before the bank guarantees, Ireland had a manageable sovereign debt. But after taking on the private debts of reckless, fraudulent banksters Cowen and Lenihan drove Ireland into insolvency. Interest on Irish government bonds rose dramatically and threatened to destabilise the Euro. Uncertainty about Ireland’s ability to handle its deficit caused unrest in Portuguese and Spanish bond markets. There were concerns too about Belgium and Italy. The EU, fearful that panic and contagion would spread and collapse the Euro, bullied the Irish Government Actions that should be taken as a matter of urgency: • Defaulting on private bankster debt which is not a just or proper debt of the Irish people. • Leave the Euro and return to the Irish Punt. (And consider leaving the EU altogether and take back control of our seas which have been plundered of hundreds of billions of euro of fish stock by other EU nations.) • End Fractional Reserve Banking and take the power of money creation back from private, criminal banking cartels. The Government would then issue debt-free, interest-free money for the benefit of all the people. • Spend this debt-free money on hospitals, education, sustainable energy, ports & harbours, transportation, roads, and infrastructure such as the 100+ year old water and sewage systems that are about to collapse. • Take full control of all oil, gas, and mineral deposits on land and within our territorial waters. • Pay a monthly dividend, or basic income, to every adult and child, such as that described in Social Credit or as explained in ‘The Cook Plan’ by Richard C. Cook. • Promote organic farming so that we are more self-sufficient and need to import less and less foreign foodstuffs. • Encourage the use of natural medicines and natural health therapies so that the people have real freedom of choice. • Reduce the number of seats in parliament, abolish the senate and useless quangos, and use the internet more to interface with our politicians and government. • Make the Mainstream Media truly independent so that they will return to being the proper watchdogs of the people. • Promote the arts and artists so that we may discover our true spiritual nature and live in peace and harmony and abundance on this wondrous planet of ours. If a new Irish government implements the actions listed above, the country will quickly achieve unrivalled prosperity and contentment and could well become a guiding light for momentous reform in other nations of the world. 2 The Sovereign Independent www.sovereignindependent.com February 2011 Continued page 3... The GreatestAct ofTreachery in Irish History ....Continued from Page 1 Bilderberger Dermot Gleeson
  3. 3. into taking a joint EU/IMF bailout. The high placed members of the self-serving Brussels elite were willing to impose hardship and needless austerity upon the people of Ireland in order to save their precious Euro and to preserve their positions ofopulence and power. The Irish economy per se did not need a bailout, but Irish banks did. The IMF does not lend to banks but only to sovereign countries. (That way, they can force a country to bleed its taxpayers to get their money back.) Cowen and Lenihan then proceeded to sell the idea of an EU/IMF loan to the country as a ‘rescue package’ for the Irish nation. This was a complete lie. It was a rescue package mainly for German, British, and French banks who had recklessly and greedily loaned billions to Irish banks during the Celtic Tiger boom. David McWilliams, Irish economist, broadcaster, and writer, says of the IMF, "It is not here to bail us out; it is here to bail [the banks] out. The bailout is a bailout for the banks ofGermany and France and the Irish taxpayer foots the bill. It is that simple. And where will the EU and IMF money come from? It will be borrowed from the very investment banks that will be bailed out. So they will get interest payments from us, in order that we pay for their mistakes." This view is echoed by Dr. Constantin Gurdgiev, adjunct lecturer in Finance at Trinity College, Dublin, who likens the ECB/IMF bailout to ‘corporate welfare’ (as opposed to social welfare)."‘It’s worse than corporate welfare, it’s corporate welfare with a massive moral hazard loaded on top. This is an undemocratic, corporatist transfer of wealth from ordinary citizens to a tiny group of people: bank bondholders…" Just Who ARE the Bondholders? Just who are these precious bondholders that Cowen and Lenihan would bind and bankrupt the country in order to make up their ‘gambling’ losses? Senator and presidential hopeful David Norris tried to read out their names under parliamentary privilege in the Irish Senate but was quickly silenced. It seems that Cowen and Lenihan and the Irish Government do not want the people to know that they have been put into debt slavery for the benefit of some of the wealthiest, most fraudulent banksters in the world. The names of these bondholders are now a matter of public record, thanks to investigative journalists like Guido Fawkes (www.order- order.com). Some of the more familiar names among the four score or so major bondholders are Goldman Sachs, one of the most despised banks on Wall Street whose name is synonymous with greed, sleaze, and fraud. Max Keiser, broadcaster and former broker & options trader, says, ‘Goldman Sachs are scum. I mean that’s the bottom line. They have basically co-opted the U.S. Government, they have co-opted the Treasury Department, the Federal Reserve functionality. They’ve co-opted the Obama administration. And Barack Obama dances to Goldman Sach’s tune. They are really crooked and abominable in what they’ve done.’ Keiser continues, with remarkable candour, "Just remember, Hank Paulson held Congress hostage, took them in the back room and said give us $700 billion or we’re gonna crash the market. He’s an arsonist; he’s an outlaw. And yet he’s given praise. Ifyou go down the list, they’re all Goldman Sachs scum, whether it’s Hank Paulson, whether it’s Geithner…you know Geithner has very strong ties to Goldman Sachs…and of course all these banking bonuses are paid out to all their cronies who are Goldman Sachs scum." Another Anglo Irish Bank bondholder is the Rothschilds Bank, Zurich; the Rothschild family are reputed to have owned half the wealth of Europe a century and a half ago – how much do they own now? And most of the remaining bondholders are worth an accumulation of some twenty trillion euro. An Irish default would involve such an insignificant fraction of their wealth that it would hardly cause them to raise their eyebrows. Yet Cowen and Lenihan forced crippling debt upon the Irish people for many years to come in order to repay the banksters every single cent oftheir reckless investments. One great irony amid all this debt and despair is the great wealth recently discovered in the gas fields off the west coast of Ireland. The Corrib gas field alone is reckoned to be worth well over €420 billion, enough to pay off all of Ireland’s debts and make the country vastly rich. According to the Petroleum Affairs Division there is even more gas and oil off the west coast, perhaps as much as 13 trillion euro or beyond, enough to make millionaires of every man, woman, and child in Ireland. What did the Irish Government do with this €420 billion windfall from the Corrib field? They gave it away to Royal Dutch Shell for nothing. Yes, nothing! In an incredible move, the government cut the State’s share from 50% to zero on all its offshore oil and gas and abolished all royalties. Why would they do such a crazy thing? For an answer to that you’ll have to ask the then minister, Ray Burke, who was later convicted and jailed for political corruption on other matters. Royal Dutch Shell, with its monthly revenues fluctuating between $25 billion and $45 billion, certainly doesn’t need the money as much as the Irish people do. Royal Dutch Shell is a key Bilderberg asset; its principal shareholder is Queen Beatrix of Holland, a long-time member of Bilderberg which was founded by her father, ◙ Neil Foster So, we have a challenge to Brian Cowen’s ‘leadership’. Is that what we call the betrayal of the country these days? Does anyone really think that another puppet put in power by those in the shadows will make the slightest difference to the state of the country? Is a different puppet politician going to roll back the massive fraudulent banker ‘bailouts’ and give the people a refund? Will a different puppet politician take back the massive oil and gas reserves of the West coast that were corruptly given away for FREE to the queen of Holland (Small ‘q’ deliberate!) that could make this country the richest in Europe wiping out all debts of the country and giving every citizen in Ireland a quality of life unsurpassed in the Western world? Does anyone think another puppet political party will do these things? The simple answer is ‘NO’! None of these parasitical traitors serve the people of Ireland. They only serve themselves through corruption and fraud for the ultimate benefit of their elite banking masters. Make no mistake, these politicians, apart form being low level psychopaths, are criminals. They also believe themselves to be part ofthe big picture in their delusions of grandeur when in reality they are the ‘bottom feeders’ and ‘useful idiots’ in a pyramidal system which will ultimately destroy them and their families as much as they have destroyed the lives of generations of ordinary citizens ofthe country. Perhaps the people of Ireland may wake up to the tyranny being perpetrated upon them before poverty and utter despair take hold? Perhaps the people of Ireland in cooperation with the police services, including the army, will finally see that there is a prison being built around them which will resemble nothing less than a reservation run by the lackeys of the British empire who still pull the strings of power today in Ireland. Any Irish politician, newspaper editor, businessman, so called ‘expert’ eCONomists and other traitorous ‘patheticos’ who go along with this sick and utterly corrupt system should be routed from office and positions of influence and charged with treason with the appropriate maximum sentence. Perhaps we could start with Cowen when he bows out, no doubt into a cushy job given to him by his banker slavemasters? ...Continued Bilderberger Queen Beatrice ofthe Netherlands Prince Bernhard, a former officer of Hitler’s SS. Giving these plutocrats billions, and perhaps trillions, in oil and gas for absolutely nothing is criminally obscene and utterly enraging. These energy resources rightfully belong to the Irish people and it’s not for individual politicians, whether corrupt or incompetent, to give them away for nothing. Looking forward, there will soon be a new government in Ireland. It is now time for the Irish people to take a firm stand. In the coming election campaign they must warn incoming government hopefuls that there HAS to be radical change. The criminal pledges of an outgoing government of traitors MUST be dismantled and consigned to the trash can, along with their authors. The people will not stand for more ofthe same old deceitful gombeen politics; they are in no mood for mealy-mouthedness or ineffectual tinkering with a failed system. They demand nothing less than clear, decisive, and even ruthless change. They demand leaders of integrity, innovation, and courage. And they demand a decent living for themselves, their children, and future generations yet unborn. There can be no going back! Pecunia, si uti scis, ancilla est; si nescis, domina. (If you know how to use money, money is your slave; if you don’t, money is your master.) Do you know this man? Well he owns your gas and oil! 'Sir' Evelyn de Rothschild Senator David Norris Silenced for reading out names of bond-holders The Sovereign Independent www.sovereignindependent.com February 2011 3 Email us at: editor@sovereignindependent.com Bookmark www.sovereignindependent.com SSAAMMEE CCIIRRCCUUSS DDIIFFFFEERREENNTT CCLLOOWWNNSS!!
  4. 4. CCaann FFiinnee GGaaeell oorr SSiinnnn FFeeiinn ssaavvee uuss?? WWeellll...... nnoo.. ◙ Alan K - www.WeAreChange.ie Some people seem to think that different political parties or allegiances can help solve this problem, for example that Sinn Fein are really against Fianna Fail, when they are really just hijacking the mood in the country. Politicians will not solve anything, they are not trained in it. They don’t actually know how to look at the problems ofthe country and figure out how to solve them. They are trained in basic book-cooking and NLP, (Neuro Linguistic Programming) on how to present bad news well and smile for the cameras for the propaganda pieces we see on RTE and the nation press such as The Irish Independent & The Irish Times. The politicians are merely figureheads for the large financiers and banking interests that long ago bought this country. Complaining about a politician’s “decisions”, telling them to change or voting for a different one can be closely compared to the pop music industry. Imagine for a second that you don’t like Britney Spears latest album: you think the video is woeful, you think the lyrics are unfit for children, you don’t like the album cover and the actual copy you bought skips on track 13. Ofall ofthese things, there is very little you can do. MAYBE ifyou went to the shop and made a fuss they’d exchange the copy for you but that’s it. They won’t give you a refund, they’ll just give you another copy ofthe same woeful album. Standing outside the HMV you bought it from picketing against Britney isn’t going to do anything. Neither is going to HMV head office. You might get a €10 gift voucher at most. Breaking into Britney’s house and threatening that you’ll burn it down unless she does something is not going to change anything. She doesn’t have any power, she is just a figurehead for Britney Spears Inc. Certain people write her lyrics, other guys do her videos, someone else composes her “music”, another team markets the album to children, another team outsources printing ofthe CDs, etc. Almost none ofthese people are DIRECTLY controlled by the industry, they are not afraid ofthe Man Behind the Curtain, they don’t know the whole agenda, but they are cogs in it. Cogs that know their place. Cogs that know not to rock the boat or they lose their job. They are part ofone big machine. In the current political & economic global system even ifyou got a chance to take down or, as some have threatened to do at recent marches, kill all the people that you think are the problem, they would be soon replaced by someone else. Nobody would even have to choose to replace them, it would just happen organically, like leaving a parking space free in the City Centre. We can’t expect to change anything by taking down the government, or even the bankers that control it. It is the 5000 year old, hierarchical, pyramid shaped tyrannical system that is wrong. The system needs to change. No one has the right to tell you what to do or demand money from you, least ofall some corrupt government! What is the best way to make this change? Think about the music industry again and the answer becomes obvious. Stop supporting the system. Stop legitimising the system by voting for criminals. Stop paying taxes NOW where it is within your power to do so. They are only going to be used to fund the next generation of Irish Bank bondholders, such as the famous Rothschild dynasty. All income tax is used for is to pay offthe so-called “National/Sovereign Debt”. A Sovereign cannot be indebted to a fictional entity like a corporation/government. We need selfgovernance and community level co-ordination on employing private companies to do the work the state overcharged us on, different areas with different currencies for that area, or a LETS (short explanation needed) system, and a currency for international trading, backed by our oil reserves, rather than DEBT, and a voluntary law system based on common law; “Do no harm, cause no loss; your rights end where others begin”. The only politician I’d ever listen to (and still be wary of) is one who plans on reducing corporation status to less than that ofa human being and dissolving outdated ideas like land ownership and corporations owning anything. No more income tax. We don’t need it! VAT pays for services that we use. No more complying with the Gardai on non-criminal acts. They are acting as revenue collectors for a fascist government and it’s time they realised that and return to their oath to the people. email us at: editor@sovereignindependent.com WHAT IS DIRECT DEMOCRACY? Direct democracy is a system of government that gives citizens the ability to have a say in government decisions, and allows them to propose or veto legislation and other initiatives. It also gives citizens the power to recall or sack elected representatives or ministers who are not working for the interest of the people. A number of countries around the world successfully use direct democracy provisions, including Switzerland. There is a growing trend worldwide and burgeoning fervour towards the concept of direct democracy, such as in the UK and US. AHISTORY OF DIRECTDEMOCRACY IN IRELAND The founding fathers ofthe Constitution ofthe Irish Free State (1922) gave the powers of initiative and referendum to the Irish people, in articles 47 & 48. However, these rights were never implemented as the first party to get into power removed these rights from the people of Ireland and gave those powers to themselves. Now only a challenge to the Constitution, or the politicians can initiate a referendum. DDI aims to reintroduce these rights to end hypocrisy ofwhat we call democracy in the Republic ofIreland. DEMOCRACY 2.0: AEUROPEAN REALITY CHECK We always upgrade to the new and improved version of everything. Shouldn't the European Union be an upgrade to democracy as well? Find out why strengthening the power of the Irish referendum through Direct Democracy is the next step. IRELAND IS APLEBISCITE This is about whom controls the Irish referendum agenda: the government or the people. When the government or the majority party in parliament controls the referenda agenda, they just schedule other referendums until the people vote the way they want, and 'then and only then' it is a binding outcome. This is called a Plebiscite. The people complain that 'this is not democratic', but it is, because through the constitution 'we the sovereign people ofIreland' give the government the power to do so. No signatures need to be gathered, no major debate, the parliament just votes to schedule another referendum. DIRECT DEMOCRACY When the people control the referendum agenda, then the outcome of the vote is binding, 'NO means NO and YES means YES'. When the people control the agenda, the people gather enough signatures to have a referendum on 'whatever issue, whenever they want', and the outcome is binding. In this definition of democracy, only the constitution or the people can cause a referendum to happen, not the government. Let's be clear, the government has NO POWER to schedule a referendum, only the people or the constitution does. This is called 'Direct Democracy'. DEMOCRACY 2.0! Irish referenda are triggered by the constitution and controlled by the parliament. To change this, we need to change the Irish constitution. If the EU can change our constitution from the top down, then 'we the sovereign people of Ireland' can certainly change it from the bottom up. This single act would strengthen the democratic power of the people and truly upgrade Irish democracy. CAN WE DO THIS? The concept of direct democracy is not new in Ireland and the people previously did have Direct Democratic powers in the Constitution ofthe Irish Free State (1922) given to them by their founding fathers under articles 47 & 48. In the same document, Article 50 gave the Oireachtas the power to amend the constitution if the newly amended constitution is put up for a referendum vote within 2 years. In 1928 the Irish Democracy was severely weakened when the presiding Oireachtas amended the constitution by removing Articles 47 & 48. This one act ended the people's right to initiate referendum as a way to have a final say in the political decision making process. An organization called Direct Democracy Ireland aims to reintroduce these rights to end this hypocrisy of what we call democracy. DDi will be supporting all candidates in the next general elections who recognise the need for direct democracy and will fully commit to having it entered into legislation. This is the perfect time to do it. We can focus the resulting 'anger and outrage' to push the idea of a constitutional change through. If successful the people's voice will be returned, and Ireland will once again become a sovereign nation. What are the bigger picture implications of this strategy for Europe? The short answer is that if Ireland makes this change, then Ireland can truly lead the way to a more democratic Europe. HERE'S WHY The beauty ofdirect democracy is that the people can let their leaders legislate with the comfort of knowing that they can step in at any time, create a referendum, and change or 'throw out' new or old laws when they begin to affect their lives in negative ways. Politicians will not push for unpopular laws when they know the people can step in and throw them out. This means that the Irish people can allow the EU to continue unifying and step in with referendum veto powers on future EU laws or competencies that do not serve them. You will not need to understand all the intricacies of each treaty, hardly anyone does, however you will know that you have the ability to change what it is to live with their results. Switzerland has had 'direct democracy', for more than 150 years. Switzerland is a federation of26 autonomous cantons or provinces (the EU has 27 countries) and is considered the most advanced democracy on the planet. They have 'direct democracy' on every level of government; local, regional and national. To the Swiss it's all about preserving and expanding the citizen's sovereign power ofreferendum. 'Power to the People'. Visit WWW.DIRECTDEMOCRACYIRELAND.ORG for more info ◙◙ JJaaaann VVaann DDee VVeenn WWWWWW..DDIIRREECCTTDDEEMMOOCCRRAACCYYIIRREELLAANNDD..OORRGG 4 The Sovereign Independent www.sovereignindependent.com February 2011
  5. 5. As Ireland’s government steers the country into an economic black hole there are many of us left scratching our heads as to why they are not using the massive wealth of this nation to fund the recovery and our future, and to tell the bankers where to go with their imaginary gambling debts. As I’ve watched this country self-destruct over the last two years since the derivatives bubble was burst, I ask myself why is it happening? Why in a country rich with investment, talent, and resources and with a reasonably healthy economy with good exports, is the whole thing spiraling into a never ending cycle ofun-payable debt? Believe me it is un-payable, just like all the third world debt issued by the IMF and World Bank before this. We all know by now that the bankrupt international banks, who issue credit out of thin air, crippled the industries that support our jobs and thus our economy and sent the whole world crashing into what many believe from understanding history, is a deliberate recession from which, as history shows, the main banks will once again come out the other side more wealthy and larger than before. One need only look at the 1907 and 1929 crashes to see this consolidation process in action in the years that followed. None of us Joe Public were in particularly problematic debt. Just the normal loans for a home and a car, nothing special. Nothing we couldn’t manage on our salaries. Yet still here we are now indebted, by the actions ofa government with no mandate, to the tune of around €18,000 for every man, woman and child in the country. The interest alone will cost around €3,000 per year in extra taxes for every working person in the country before any of the principle loan is paid off. So how are we expected to pay back this loan for a debt that we never incurred in the first place? A debt that only exists in the ups and downs of market values and shares in a fictional world of computerised credit, and not a single solid asset in sight. Yes, you guessed it. We are to pay the fictional debt with our real assets. Those being our labour, our children’s labour and our grandchildren’s labour, as well as the selling off of our public services to private corporations owned by the banks to be run for profit by them. These will include our roads for tolling, our health services, our utilities like the ESB and Bord Gais, and our water suppliers, even our ports and airports. It doesn’t stop there though because as well as these institutions and all their associated assets, which will undoubtedly be asset stripped, the bankers are looking to take our €20+ billion of national pension fund which has been accumulated to pay the pensions ofthe people of Ireland in just such a difficult period. Finally, and the nub of this article, the international bankers will be given by our government the country’s tangible wealth in the form ofland, minerals, our forestry, and most importantly our fuel resources in gas and oil. Unbeknown to most people in Ireland, this country is one of the wealthiest countries in the world for natural mineral wealth. An inspection ofthe applications for mining licenses will reveal among other precious minerals like zinc and lead, a wealth ofsilver and gold buried under the ground. In fact the volumes of minerals found in Ireland per square mile make it the richest country in the world for mineral deposits. This is very valuable and why this has not been exploited is unexplained. Yet there is another kind ofgold that Ireland possesses in spades that is being exploited now. The black gold ! Off the west coast of Ireland there is an enormous volume of oil and gas. The government (Dept. of Communications, Energy Natural Resources) themselves valued west coast deposits in 2008 at €540 billion although the price ofoil and gas then was a fraction ofwhat it is now. This is a resource that could give everyone in Ireland free energy in the same way that Norway funnel their oil wealth to their people, and still make huge profits selling energy to the UK and Europe. The Corrib oil field currently being exploited by Shell, that we hear about for all the wrong reasons, is the only oil and gas field the public are aware of, but there are huge basins ofoil and gas known to exist off Limerick and Kerry. One in particular called Dunquin gas field which is a proven field and is described by the operator (Exxon/Mobil) as “one of the biggest fields in the world” containing an estimated 25 trillion cubic feet ofgas and over 4 billion barrels ofoil. This alone could keep Ireland running for over 60 years. The reserves off the west and north west coasts in total have been estimated at around 130 billion barrels of oil and 50 trillion cubic feet of gas. A virtual underwater Saudi Arabia. Yet it doesn’t end there. The Lough Allen Basin is a huge inland gas field in the northwest which has been known for some 40 years now and contains 9.4 trillion cubic feet of gas. Enough to power Ireland for the next 25 years but it has has yet to be tapped. There are known fields off the south coast that have yet to be announced. Furthermore, new oil and gas basins have been announced this year off the coast of Dublin by Tony O’Reilly’s company Providence Resources and it’s UK partners. O’Reilly is also partnering Exxon in Dunquin. The east coast fields have been estimated in the hundreds of billions in value to Ireland and yet along with the riches of the west and south, the inland gas and the wealth of minerals that we are literally tripping over here, we are still bankrupt ! Does this make any sense to you? Unfortunately over the last 35 years successive governments have eliminated all ofIreland’s rights to capitalise on it’s own resources. They have legislated away their percentage share of the gas and oil down from 50% to 0%. Yes zero. So the oil and gas is wholly owned by the oil companies royalty free. Successive ministers like Ray Burke and Bertie Ahern have been instrumental in this process which even saw the reduction in tax on oil profits to only 25% where other countries charge almost 70%. This also is only payable after all exploration and development costs are deducted as well as future decommissioning costs which effectively negates the corporation tax too. Ireland should be the richest country in Europe with the majority ofEurope’s oil and gas and fishing waters, as well as the richest mineral deposits. Yet our government has given the fisheries away to the EU, many of the mining operations are owned by foreign companies and now all the energy reserves have been given away to large multinational companies who are under no obligation to even sell the gas or oil to Ireland and we will be forced to buy our own gas and oil back at market prices from the oil giants. This situation cannot possibly be accidental. The legislating away of our resources was a deliberate act and in this writers opinion it would seem to be a criminal act of some description. This kind of intergenerational legislative deceit could only be done with cooperation and foreknowledge and looks on the surface to be the biggest fraud ever perpetrated in the history of the state. It even far exceeds the apparent fraud of the bank bailout wherein we the people are paying off UK and German banks, who held high risk bonds in bad banks, by using loans from the very same UK and German banks to pay their bonds, and we are charged interest for the privilege of bailing out their gambling debts to boot. Does this seem right to anyone except our politicians? Nobody of sound mind could fail to see the deliberate fraud of this and the role being played by our government in assisting this. When the government accept this IMF bailout they will be relinquishing control of the nation and handing over the financial management of the country to the IMF, which in effect is only a front for the UK and German banks that funded the bailout. It is therefore they who will decide that Irelands assets are sold off and to who. Watch this space and we will find with very little investigation that subsidiary companies of the banks may well benefit greatly from this fire sale. Already Bertie Ahern in his cushy new job as head of the International Forestry Fund, a corporation set up by a Swiss financial services provider Helvetia Wealth AG, is bidding to buy and privatise Coalite, which controls all Irelands forestry. This would mean 7% of Ireland’s land mass would be in the hands of one of these international banks. It was a recommendation of the An Bord Snip Nua report in 2009 and the appointment ofAhern in 2010 tells me that this was probably already a done deal before the bailout ever reared it’s head. The level ofcollusion to pull offthis takeover of assets has to go to the highest levels of government in order to orchestrate this over such a long period of time, because not only was the oil and gas legislation nullified but so was the banking control legislation in the same period. Indeed ifwe look to those people who have been in positions ofpower and also regularly attended secret meetings like the annual Bilderberg meeting or the Tri-lateral Commission meeting along with all of these bankers, oil companies, other multinationals and politicians in Europe and worldwide, then we may be seeing the root of the conflict of interests of our own politicians and should ask who are they really working for? If these meetings aren’t shady enough it is made more suspicious by the fact that the Tri-lateral Commission meeting this year was held over three days in Dublin this Spring, without ever getting a mention on the national news despite 300 of the world’s richest and most powerful people being in Dublin and being dined by the President. If we want to know why we are being asset stripped, then this is a good place to start to find your culprits. ,, Please cut out and post to: Dear John, Ireally hope you take the time to read this letter because, after all, you are a public representative - elected by the people ofIreland. Ijust need to know what your stance is on this urgent health issue, which Iknow you are familiar with. WWW.FLUORIDEREPORTS.COM On RTE's Prime Time program a few years back, you categorically stated that fluoride was not safe for babies and that baby’s milk formula should not be made with fluoridated water. You also claimed that fluoridation ofthe water was also linked to bone cancer. Which brings me to my next point, becuse you are the man spearheading the roll-out ofwater meters to all homes on the island ofIreland. Ifyou, yourself, do not recommend fluoridation ofthe public water supply as being safe for human consumption, why is it then john, that since you have been elected to government, you have not led a campaign to remove this toxin from the public water supply? And why is it John, that you now want to TAXus on this toxic water supply through the introduction ofyour water meters? So, John, have you completely flip-flopped on this issue and decided to put the public’s health aside and humiliate them even further by taxing them for this toxin when you, by your own admission, believe fluoridation ofthe water supply is unsafe for human consumption. Please Respond To This John. The Public Have A Right To Know. All the Best John, ------------------------ Minister Gormley, Department ofthe Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Custom House, Dublin 1. An Open Letter To John Gormley Minister For The Environment (Hates Fluoride - Loves Water Meters) The Crash, The BailoutAnd The Theft Of Ireland’s Energy Resources ◙ Colin Ryan The Sovereign Independent www.sovereignindependent.com February 2011 5
  6. 6. ◙ Ash - WeAreChange.ie To most people the modern world is a wonderful thing to behold. For many, we are at the peak of our society. We have fast cars, wireless internet, mobile phones and above all we, in the Western World, are very comfortable and a lot of us are well off being so comfortable. Many people cast a blind eye to the wrongs in the world however, if we look beneath the surface of the supposed “peak of society”, it is very obvious to see that all is not well. Take health for example. Everyone knows the old saying “Your health is your wealth”. Ifwe take this into consideration, the wealth ofa society depends upon the health ofthe individuals within that society –Are we as wealthy as we think? Let’s take a look ofthe overall health ofthe people in the Western World and many ofthe diseases that affect us: • Heart disease is the number one killer of people in Ireland, England, America, Canada and Wales. In 2007 nearly 131,00 adults in the Republic ofIreland and over 75,000 adults in Northern Ireland had a coronary heart condition. (CHD, angina and heart attack) according to www.publichealth.ie. • Cancer is almost considered to be a common disease in these modern times. In 2007, cancer caused about 13% ofall human deaths which is about 7.6 million people. In Ireland in 2006, 7,868 people died ofcancer according to The National Cancer Registry Ireland. One in three people will also get cancer in their lifetime according to Cancer Research UK and The Cancer Prevention Society. • Strokes are the leading cause ofadult disability in the United States and Europe. Strokes are also the number two cause of death worldwide. • In 2006, there were 26.6 million sufferers of Alzheimer’s disease worldwide, the first case ofwhich was not identified until 1901. • In 2000, at least 171 million people worldwide were suffering from diabetes. • Arthritis and other rheumatic conditions have been diagnosed in 21% ofAmerica adults. Nearly two-thirds ofarthritis patients are under 65. More than 60% ofarthritis patients are women. By 2030, the number of people with arthritis is expected to rise to 67 million, reflecting a 40% increase by today‘s standards. This is before we even get onto auto immune disorders like chronic fatigue syndrome, Epstein- Barr virus, lupus, fibromyalgia, andAIDS; not to mention obesity, back problems, lung disease, depression, anxiety and even suicide. Looking at the rise in these diseases, one must to question where this has rise has come from. In my opinion, I think it may be because we have moved away from being ‘natural man’ to ‘modern man‘. ‘Natural man’ lived close to nature, eating with the seasons, what was growing naturally around him. As a result we ate a more balanced diet. ‘Modern man’ lives in a high stress environment, pollution is everywhere. Food is eaten on the go and with as much convenience as possible. Statistics from the Institute ofOptimum Health give a better idea as to how our diet has changed significantly over time: • The Caveman ate a diet that consisted of about 45% carbohydrates, 34% protein and 21% fat. • The Peasant Farmer would have eaten a diet consisting ofabout 75% carbohydrates, 12% protein and 13% fat. • Modern Man eats about 28% carbohydrates, 12% protein, 40% fat and 20% sugar. • Our ideal diet should consist ofabout 60% carbohydrates, 15% protein and 25% fat. * Let’s take a closer look at what ‘modern man’ actually eats. In the last century – particularly the last three decades – we have started to eat more fats, ofthe wrong kind, much more sugar and refined carbohydrates. Ifwe look at modern lifestyle we see that the more and more it speeds up, the less time we have to prepare fresh food and we are becoming more reliant on processed foods. Most ofthe companies who produce these processed foods care little for our health and wellbeing. They work as a means to gain profit. This food is often highly refined as it lasts longer and is stuffed with chemicals so that it looks and tastes artificially appealing. In the process it is stripped ofall its essential nutrients. Therefore these foods simply fill you instead ofactually feeding you. Ifyou consider your body to be a machine, then you must consider your fuel. It is common knowledge that ifyou put bad fuel in your machine it won’t run at its optimum performance level. Why should your body be any different? Our bodies, as human beings, are made up of two-thirds water, one-quarter protein. The rest is fat with a few vitamins and minerals. There is not a single cell in your body that lives longer than seven years. You are not the same person you were a decade ago as your cells are constantly dying and repairing. Therefore every single molecule in your body comes from water and food you eat. In order to keep the body functioning we must continue to replace the basic composition. Our environment plays a big part in not only our physical wellbeing but also our physiological, mental and spiritual wellbeing. The environment many people find themselves in is drastically different to that ofour ancestors. Cities and towns are now common place. There is the hustle and bustle ofworking life. In order to sustain a life, many people find themselves working the majority oftheir lives with long hours, little time for friends, family, food preparation and relaxation the norm. In built up areas there is rarely peace and quiet. Many ofus shop in multinational supermarkets with little consideration as to where our food actually comes from or some ofthe ingredients that we find in them. Even for those ofus who are concerned, food labels do not tell you everything. FRUIT and VEG Let’s start with our fruit and vegetables. Five a day is what they say. However most ofus do not take into account how this food is grown. Unless you eat only organic, one in three foods you buy contains traces ofpesticides. According to Dr. Patrick Holford, from the Institute ofOptimum Health – the amount offruit and vegetables consumed by the average human being in a year has the equivalent ofup to 4.5 litres, or one gallon, ofpesticides sprayed on it. So going back to our diseases, many pesticides are known to be carcinogenic. They have also been linked to birth defects or decreased fertility and are also toxic to the brain and nervous system. Pesticide exposure is also associated with depression, memory decline, aggressive outbursts and Parkinson’s disease. Even when labels do tell you what’s in the food, it’s still impossible to know ifthey are potentially dangerous and the affects that they may have on your body, without doing a lot ofresearch. Many people naively buy products that contain chemicals trusting, that ifit is allowed be put in our food, it must be safe. This is not the case. Many ofthe chemical additives that are found in our foods can cause adverse reactions. For example, the orange food colouring Tartrazine (or E102) can trigger hyperactivity and asthma in sensitive individuals, while the flavour enhancer monosodium glutamate (MSG or E621) has been linked to brain over-excitement. A reaction to MSG may cause burning sensations in the back, neck, chest; paralysis; numbness in the same areas; tingling or warmth in the face, arms or back; nausea; facial tightness; rapid heartbeat; chest pains, asthma attacks; drowsiness or cravings for other foods. I recently found E129 in orange juice, which is a food colourant made mostly from petroleum! It is also not uncommon for food to be genetically engineered in this, our ‘peak of society’. These are foods that are typically grown from seeds that have been modified in a laboratory. This is to include a different genetic coding than that which would normally occur. This includes, but is not limited to, modifying fruit or vegetables so that they are resistant to certain pests and/or pesticides or so that they grow to a uniform size and/or colour. The initial predictions that GM crops would reduce the amount ofpesticide used, have been proven to be unfounded. A 2008 report by Friends ofThe Earth found that pesticide use on GM crops has actually drastically increased – by upto 15 times on some crops. Also the promise ofincreased yields has also not transpired. There are great concerns that GM food could pose a serious risk to our health, with possible side effects including antibiotic resistance, the creation ofnew toxins and unexpected allergic reactions. Most ofthe health concerns remain largely speculative though, as no adequate safety tests have been done and no one is monitoring the impact ofGM food on the countries eating the most ofthem. Far too little is known about DNA and genes to predict what the outcome ofgenetically modifying our food sources will be. Ok, so our food isn’t clean, but surely our water is right? Well most ofus in the Western World have running water coming into our homes. Compared to the Third World, we are privileged – many have to walk for miles, drinking filthy, mucky water. However, just because our water is transparent does not make it perfectly clean. Among the agents listed on page 192 ofthe report by the Department ofHealth and Children are Arsenic, Mercury, Chromium, Lead, Nickel, Silicon, Fluoride (Hydro Fluoro Silicic Acid – H2SiF6). Currently, 71% ofthe public water supplies in the Republic ofIreland contain these agents. In a letter from Dublin City Corporation they have openly stated that Sulphuric acid, aluminium sulphate, polyelectrolyte, hydroflousilicic acid and chlorine gas are added to our water. Tap WaterAdditives according to Dublin Corporation Let’s take a closer look at these ingredients the Government has deemed it necessary to add to our drinking water: • Sulphuric acid is added to drinking water for pH correction, according to Dublin Corporation. Sulphuric acid is a corrosive and its main uses include lead-acid batteries for cars and other vehicles, ore processing, fertilizer manufacturing, oil refining, wastewater processing, and chemical synthesis. • Aluminium sulphate and polyelectrolyte are added for removal ofparticulate matter. Aluminium sulphate in particular is commonly used in drinking water for purification. Aluminium, itselfthough is toxic! Toxicity can be traced to deposition in the bone and central nervous system. It competes with calcium for absorption. • Hydrofluosilicic acid is added to the water for fluoridation, under the 1960 Health (Fluoridation ofWater Supplies) Act. Hydrofluosilicic acid is classified as a hazardous waste, it is also unstable and corrosive. There has been a lot ofcontroversy surrounding the fluoridation ofwater. Many other countries in Europe have rejected fluoride in their water. Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales have no fluoride in their water, England is only 10% fluoridated. Fluoride was originally thought to be good for your teeth but as the pictures below illustrate, over fluorosis ofthe teeth can have a detrimental effect on them. As well as damaging teeth, fluoride increases the risk of hip fractures, lowers children’s IQ’s, increases the risk ofthyroid disorders, as well as being carcinogenic and has been proven to cause bone cancer in children as admitted by John Gormley on RTE’s Prime Time. I think it is also worth while noting at this point that the Nazis used fluoride in the water ofthe concentration camps in order to keep their prisoners docile and quiet, for which IG Farben was subject to the Nuremberg Trials as a result. • Arsenic, mercury, lead, nickel, chlorine and silicon are also harmful when ingested by the human body. Mercury poisoning can result in several diseases, including acrodynia (pink disease), Hunter-Russell syndrome, and Minamata disease. Symptoms typically include sensory impairment (vision, hearing, speech), disturbed sensation and a lack of coordination. Lead interferes with a variety of body processes and is toxic to many organs and tissues including the heart, bones, intestines, kidneys, reproductive and nervous systems. It interferes with the development of the nervous system and is therefore particularly toxic to children, causing potentially permanent learning and behavioural disorders. Symptoms include abdominal pain, headache, anemia, irritability, and in severe cases seizures, coma, and death. The food we eat and the water we drink are the basic building blocks ofthe body, and therefore our health. What we put in we get back out. As I mentioned earlier your food and water make up ever single molecule in your body as they are constantly renewing and repairing themselves. If you are replacing these with food and water that is not clean and does not contain the vital carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals that are essential for the body, over time the quality at which your body functions will lessen and it is inevitable that you will become sick. Just like your machine malfunction ifyou put bad fuel in – although it may be small doses, over time all these additives and chemicals build up in your body, weakening your natural immunity and defences. The full effects ofmany substances added to food and water on the human body is still not known. Ifwe just take the time to be more considerate ofwhat we put into our mouths we can save ourselves and our bodies a lot ofstress and disease in the long run. The illnesses that are rampant in our society today are a reflection ofus, in the world, what we are eating and the ways in which we are living our lives. The impact ofthe ways in which we live life effects not only us, but also our environment also. As discussed earlier most ofus live in cities; mass concrete blocks where the natural area has been paved in order to make way for “progress”. We have all seen the devastation of this with the oil spills, the industrial waste that is dumped every year, the destruction ofour natural resources. The effects are well documented on the environment. We rarely stop to consider how this also affects us. We breathe the air, drink the water and eat the food that comes from the soil. Ifthis is not clean then our food will not be clean and healthy and thus we will not be getting good clean healthy food in order to fight offillness and disease. It is a shame, that in this the 21st Century, the modern era, that traditional medicine is failing us and that we are now seeing the ideas that we were sold as “progress” is not all its cracked up to be. The pairing oftraditional medicine with its mechanical view ofthe body and the pharmaceutical industry is a fatal cocktail for the body! The healthcare industry has in recent years more aptly been coined “disease care”, as its main concern is with treating and controlling the disease rather than curing and encouraging the individual to return to optimum health. One of the main issues with traditional medicine is that it treats the symptoms, not the root cause ofthe problem. Treating these symptoms is a billion dollar business – in the US non-steroidal anti- inflammatory drugs are a $30 billion industry – $17 billion for the drugs and $13 billion for treating the side effects. Studies have also shown that by the age ofsixty, nine in every ten people have arthritis. Once the level ofpain is unbearable, sufferers are recommended steroidal or non-steroidal anti- inflammatory drugs. While both classes ofdrugs reduce the pain and swelling, they also speed up the progress ofthe disease. Many ofthe drugs prescribed by the pharmaceutical industry are synthetic versions ofmany naturally occurring chemicals and compounds. However these are not holistically balanced in the same way as in nature. Ifyou read the label ofmost Your Health is Your Wealth.... isn't it? 6 The Sovereign Independent www.sovereignindependent.com February 2011 Continued on page 7...
  7. 7. ◙ Dr Sherri Tenpenny It seems people often need to experience a bullet to the head before they will believe bullets can be deadly...and then they rue the day they ignored warnings about playing with loaded guns. Vaccination seems to hold a similar place. People ignore words of caution and roll up their sleeves to get a flu shot. It seems they think getting a vaccine is the same as taking a multivitamin and equally as benign. But when serious adverse events occur, such as Guillain-Barre paralysis, a seizure disorder or even a death, a jolt of reality lays bare just how damaging a ‘simple vaccine’ can be. The stranglehold offear, perpetrated by those in white coats and by the medical bureaucrats in Washington DC who take their marching orders from Big Pharma, is working hard to choke rationally thinking adults into submission. I get emails almost every day that say something like, "I bought your DVDs and your books...but I have a question: Should I get a flu shot?" WHAT?@!>! My mouth drops. I have to clear my head and find a way to say, "No, you should not get the flu shot", being cautious to keep my tone void ofsarcasm. That may seem harsh, but in very turbulent times soft language and hand holding until people ‘get it’ is becoming increasingly more difficult. Being in the business of waking people up to the hazzards of vaccines certainly has its ups and downs. A recent ‘up’ was the public policy debate held on November 10 at the University of Texas in Austin. Sponsored by the Libertarian Longhorns, the Texas College Republicans and a few other Texas health freedom groups, the discussion called, "Are Vaccine Mandates Good or Bad for Public Health?" was open to the general public. Interest in this timely topic was reflected by the standing-room only attendance ofthe meeting. Speaking in support of vaccination and school mandates was Tom Betz, MD, MPH, Director of Region 7 for the Texas Department of Health Services. Several of his health department colleagues joined him in the audience but chose not to join him on the stage. I had the pleasure of being teamed with Dawn Richardson, President and Co- founder of PROVE (Parents Requesting Open Vaccine Education) in Austin, Texas and the Directory of State Advocacy for the National Vaccine Information Center in Vienna, Virginia. Our presentation was mostly about opposition to vaccine mandates but we were able to address our opposition to vaccines in general. Based on the hundreds ofcomments we received, the debate (found all on YouTube) was well received and enlightening for all. All three participants were given the questions to review prior to the debate. There is so much to say about vaccines that preparation was important to cover key points, almost as sound bites. Only three short minutes were allowed for each answer. Our very professional moderator, Dr. Donna Campbell, allowed equal time for each side. During the personal introductions, Dr. Campbell informed the audience that the plan was to have two persons on each panel, but that Dr. Betz was the only person from the Health Department who would agree to participate. Prior to settling in on the stage, I had learned the reason why. Shaking Dr. Betz’ hand, I thanked him for joining the discussion. He returned the niceties with a slight shrug, confessing that, “No one else wanted to do it.” Surprised, I queried, “Why not? This is a great way to tell everyone your message about vaccines.” My unspoken question was, “Why didn?t the Health Department want to jump on the opportunity to bury anti-vaccination ‘pseudo-science’, as you call it, once and for all, in front of everyone?” He quietly replied, “We’ve done these types ofprograms before; they never go well.” It seems pro-vaccine arguments are being soundly defeated, time after time. And the real vaccine ‘pseudo-science’ is being exposed for the rhetoric it is: factoids crafted by public health officials from the WHO and the CDC and then regurgitated by under-informed medical professionals to a naive public. Funny how medical bureaucrats and doctors are considered the "experts" when it is strangely obvious they don't understand and probably don’t even read their own medical literature. The Austin debate was the next important step in exposing that the ‘science of vaccination’ isn’t so scientific after all. Vaccination has been accepted as safe, effective and protective. The shots can be described as a medical sacred cow, defined as ‘a medical procedure that is unreasonably immune to criticism.’ Doctors and patients who question vaccines are ridiculed and marginalized. It is heresy to suggest that the status quo is wrong. Vaccine adverse events are considered ‘rare’, so when reactions occur, steps are taken to negate the association to the vaccine. Patients are discredited, parents are dismissed. Doctors subject very ill persons to thousands of dollars of inconclusive medical tests, rather than to simply acknowledge and rightfully assign causality to the vaccine. When a person reacts to penicillin or Paxil or any other drug, isn’t it just blamed on the drug. Not so with vaccines. Going to Austin was an upbeat offset to other particularly disturbing news reported over the last few weeks about the H1N1, swine flu vaccine: - Several schools have vaccinated children without parental consent. - The growing list ofreported miscarriages. - A teen athlete who is now crippled. - Two students and a teacher in China who died hours after getting the shot. - Children having hallucinations and then committing suicide after taking Tamiflu. - The strange and virulent outbreak in the Ukraine where the WHO has been deafeningly silent about its findings but knows that, whatever is the cause, vaccination is the answer. We seem to regard germs the same way we think about terrorism: Random attacks that can be deadly. All parties who promote vaccination hawk this view, particularly those pushing both types of flu shots. Tens of millions have been spent in the US on national advertising campaigns and even Sesame Street merchandising to convince us that flu shots are necessary to keep us well and keep us alive. But perhaps we have it backwards. Bugs can cause random, mostly benign attacks, particularly among the healthy. But random, ‘deadly’ attacks, with health consequences that can show up years later. I’d worry more about the vaccines. After 200 years, with our many advances in science and medicine, you would think that someone could develop a method to protect babies and adults from infectious disease other than injecting them with animal cells, stray viruses, heavy metals and toxic chemicals. Why do we call this health and protection? Until my dying breath I will never understand why people resolutely defend and demand the right to inject themselves and their children with these risky potions. For those who meet resistance when trying to warn family and friends of vaccine risks, the only thing to do really, is to keep spreading the word. Don’t be discouraged. You never know who is listening and you never know when the seeds will sprout. Focus on those who are waking up and gratefully support them. The rest, well sadly, they may have to find out the hard way what it feels like to get hit by that stray bullet. pharmaceutical drugs, you will often find a list ofside effects (which should more appropriately be listed as effects) that are often worse than the initial illness you are taking the drug for! For example, on the inside ofanti-depressant packs it often contains a warning saying that the prescribed drug may cause suicidal tendencies! Instead ofbeing healthy human beings the pharmaceutical industry has turned the Western World into pill poppers. We'll just pop a pill to make something go away without taking the time to find out what is actually going on. According to surveys 46% ofAmericans take at least one prescribed medication daily – and don't think Ireland isn't too far behind. Many people would see nothing wrong with going to the doctor to get an antibiotic during the colder seasons. While this antibiotic will generally have you feeling better within a week or so, its long term effects on the body should be considered when taking your health into account. An antibiotic replaces one ofthe functions ofthe body and subsequently suppresses the immune system. Antibiotics act by inhibiting certain enzymatic processes ofbacteria, and by changing mineral balances. However, normal cells are also affected. This may be one reason why antibiotics weaken the immune response. Vitamin A and C and the use ofsimple herbs such as echinacea and astragalus, for example, are much safer and often equally effective. While many natural treatments take longer than their synthetic counterparts, they heal the body more completely rather than rushing the body to get back to work and keep up with our modern world. Ifour health is our wealth and it is a billion euro industry would it not be logical to assume therefore that in the Western World, this would be reflected in the health care ofour people? £333 million was spent between 2007 and 2008 by Cancer Research UK which has allowed them to become ranked one ofthe top three biomedical research organisations worldwide, yet one in three people get cancer in their lifetime. We have already seen that despite rising costs in health care, cutting edge technology and research, we also see money being spent to dump waste in our water, our air and our oceans and to grow genetically modified food in the environment we have created for them. At the same time, we see Europe pushing for a ban on natural herbs, vitamin and mineral supplements in order to fall into line with so-called trade standards under the name of Codex Ailmentarius. It seems our health wealth has been badly invested and like the ‘debt bubble’ it is going to have to burst sometime. For so long we have been taught that doctors are the experts and that they are the ones who know what’s wrong and that we should just listen to them. While doctors have studied for many years and gained much knowledge which should be respected and recognised, they don't know everything. Ever wonder why they call it practice? We can take back our own health and our own lives by learning how to take care ofourselves and our bodies. We can start by eating organic or locally grown food, growing our own food, eating more fresh vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds, avoid GM foods, additives and flavourings, avoid tap water, drinking fresh spring water where ever you can, read about proper nutrition and hydration, learning and listening to your own body, avoid pharmaceutical drugs taking natural cures where possible and by finding a local holistic or nutritional therapist in your area that can help you learn how to heal yourselfnaturally. Please note that this article is not a substitute for medical advice and anyone wishing to no longer take pharmaceutical medication should research thoroughly the implications and discuss it with your doctor. * The Institute ofOptimum Nutrition - http://www.ion.ac.uk/. The Optimum Nutrition Bible, by Patrick Holford, pg 45. Like A Bullet to the Head The following letter which was posted to Mary Harney under registered post is printed here as an open letter. Dear Minister for Health Mary Harney, I believe that Professor Bill Hall as Director of the National Virus Reference Laboratory is the most eminent authority in Ireland on pathogenic viruses. Over the last few years I have repeatedly requested you the Minister for Health Mary Harney to compel the relevant Irish scientific experts such as Professor Bill Hall to provide the scientific evidence for the existence ofthe H1N1 virus. Your private secretary Darragh Scully replied to me in 2009 that the Minister for Health relies on the expert opinion ofthe Expert Advisory Group at the Department of Health and also on the WHO. I believe that Professor Bill Hall is on this Expert Advisory Group along with Dr Darina O'Flanagan Director ofthe HPSC. This defence used by you as Minister for Health is the "appalling vista" defence, in that it would be such an appalling vista that the experts such as Professor Bill Hall and the WHO officials are wrong, that they must therefore be right. This reasoning is faulty. As Lord Nimmo Smith said in a famous judgment:- But however often a conclusion may be repeated, it is only as sound as the research on which it is based, and ofthis I have seen none. I want Professor Bill Hall to provide me with one scientific publication proving the existence ofthe H1N1 virus. This scientific paper must demonstrate how the H1N1 virus was isolated, biochemically characterised and photographed. Dr Stefan Lanka has produced three papers concerning a virus he isolated called the Ectocarpus siliculosus virus. This virus is not pathogenic and neither are the millions of viruses that exist in just one litre ofsea-water! The Ectocarpus siliculosus virus has a diameter ofapproximately 120nm. Dr Lanka assures me that the diameters ofall alleged pathogenic viruses vary from 60 nm to 180nm. The National Virus Reference Laboratory (NVRL) relies on indirect evidence which seems to prove the existence ofthe H1N1 virus. However the NVRL cannot directly prove the existence ofthe H1N1 virus by isolating the virus from the host cell. I have four questions for Professor Bill Hall that I want you to compel him to answer:- 1) Does Professor Bill Hall accept that the Ectocarpus siliculosus virus ofapproximately 120nm diameter has been isolated, biochemically characterised and photographed by Dr Stefan Lanka? 2) What is the approximate diameter ofthe H1N1 virus? 3) Why can Professor Bill Hall not cite a scientific publication proving the existence of the H1N1 virus? 4) Why can Professor Bill Hall and his NVRL colleagues not isolate the H1N1 virus in a similar manner like the Ectocarpus siliculosus virus and have this published in a scientific journal? I accept that the received wisdom is that H1N1 exists and is pathogenic. But when your relevant experts cannot isolate the H1N1 virus (even though this is technologically possible) you have to ask yourselfwhy not? Please compel Professor Bill Hall to give the diameter ofthe alleged H1N1 virus and bear in mind that the virus Dr Lanka isolated has a diameter ofapproximately 120nm. Why can the NVRL not isolate the similar sized H1N1 virus? I accept that as Minister ofHealth you are not an expert on viruses. All I am asking is that you compel the relevant Irish expert Professor Bill Hall to answer my four questions. Yours Sincerely James McCumiskey (address Withheld) 10/01/2011 The Sovereign Independent www.sovereignindependent.com February 2011 7 Your Health is Your Wealth ...Continued
  8. 8. New Kremlin Power Struggle between Putin and Medvedev◙ F. William Engdahl Evidence is emerging from behind Kremlin walls that there is an intense power battle underway between Russian President Medvedev and his predecessor, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. The outcome could have significant geopolitical consequences for Europe and for the world. Here are some elements we have pieced together in recent weeks. In recent weeks Russian foreign policy decisions made by the President have then been reversed by his Prime Minister. One was the agreement announced between French President Sarkozy and Medvedev that Russia would but French Mistral boats, boats which are not at all relevant to Russian Navy needs. Putin managed to overturn the deal by announcing that a system of competitive bids would be instigated for the purchase. Apparently he, as former head of Russian Foreign Intelligence, FSB, was given information of bribery payments by Sarkozy to Medvedev. The rival bidder would likely be won by OSK, a conglomerate chaired by Igor Sechin, Vladimir Putin’s deputy. The second major policy split was over delivery of S300 missiles to Iran. The UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1929, new sanctions against Iran over its alleged nuclear weapons program; which Medvedev claimed banned such sale: Medvedev in a departure from previous Russian support for Teheran against the US and Israel, had come out for a most strict embargo against Teheran. Putin by contrast claimed the UN Resolution did not apply to S300 deliveries as those had been agreed prior to the resolution. Then days later, contradicting Medvedev, Defense Minister Anatoli Serdioukov declared that regarding delivery of the S300 missiles, “that no decision had been made.” Yet another major split on vital Russian foreign policy recently took place over the stalled Russian-built nuclear power reactor at Bushehr in Iran. The USA, Canada and the EU had put enormous pressure on Moscow to block startup of the civilian reactor despite the fact it violated no international non-proliferation treaty. President Medvedev had aligned with the Atlanticist position to apply the embargo to all energy, while Putin openly supported Iran’s desire to achieve energy independence. Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov made a statement calling startup of the power plant as an act of confidence on the part of Iran vis-à-vis the international community, Putin’s position. The plant is being completed under strict IAEA supervision and Russian controls. On August 20-22, the first fuel was transferred into the reactor. Bushehr is unique in terms of strict adherence to the nuclear nonproliferation regime. During the entire period of operation of the plant, fuel for it will be delivered by Russia on the conditions of its subsequent return. Furthermore, the entire process of operation of the station, as well as supply and return of fuel will be under full IAEA supervision. This eliminates the possibility of any manipulation of spent nuclear fuel. The implications of the Medvedev attempt to stop the Bushehr project in favour of the US position in such circumstances were stark. The coming Presidential elections The power struggle between two men who had been allied for over three decades is of enormous significance in face of coming Russian Presidential elections. To weigh Russian politics through German or Western eyes is a mistake. The cultural tradition and history are far different. In Russia a strong man in the Kremlin is the tradition. The issue here is not so much democracy or lack of it, but rather what grand strategy the two rivals bring for Russia and to the rest of the world. In a recent speech before foreign academics and journalists in Sochi on the Black Sea Putin hinted he is planning to run in the coming elections for the Presidency, something until now he has avoided commenting on. When asked whether his potential re-election to the presidency would jeopardise Russia’s political system, Putin likened himself to FDR, the United State’s longest-serving president. “In his day, US President (Franklin) Roosevelt was re- elected four times in a row because this did not contradict the American Constitution. Neither I nor President (Dmitry) Medvedev will do anything that contradicts existing Russian legislation and the country’s basic law,” he said. Under the Russian Constitution, in this respect modelled on the US, a President may serve only two CONSECUTIVE terms. That leaves a loophole if a President steps down for one term and then is reelected after which Putin now would be eligible to do. Although the 57-year old Putin refused to confirm whether he would definitely run in 2012, he hinted strongly, “It interests me as much as ... I was going to say 'as much as anyone’, but really more than everyone else!” Putin occupied the presidency from 2000-2008 and then gave the job to Dmitry Medvedev, a hand-picked loyalist, due to the constitutional limit on serving a third consecutive term. Now Putin is eligible to return to the presidency in 2012 and to serve a further two consecutive terms if he chooses. The terms have since been extended from four to six years, meaning he could stay in power until 2024 at which point he would be 72. 8 The Sovereign Independent www.sovereignindependent.com February 2011 So those sickly shady folks in the Green Party intend to stay until the ‘Finance Bill’ is passed because it’s in the national interest do they? I wonder whose national interest it’s in because surely a bill which is set to plunge the Irish nation into abject poverty for generations ofIrish citizens isn’t in the Irish nation’s or the Irish people’s interest! No, these parasites just want to cling onto power for as long as it takes to get their bogus manmade ‘global warming’ bill passed following the coldest winter in a century. I use the words ‘global warming’ because this was the first term used to sell the biggest scientific fraud in the history ofmankind to a gullible and intellectually ignorant general public who feast on nothing more than sport and handbags sold to them by the mainstream whore media. ‘Global warming’ was the original lie sold to the world and it matters not a jot what they want to call it now; ‘a climate change bill’, ‘an atmosphere depletion bill’ or ‘a oh my God, isn’t it warm in the middle of August’ bill. This is the goal and the sole purpose ofthese ecofascists being in power today. They care nothing for the Irish people or the people ofthe world in general. They are ANTI-HUMAN! They want to wipe humanity offthe face ofthe earth to leave more rom for themselves. Unfortunately for them, they don’t even realise that their fanaticism and ludicrous devotion to the green gods in the banking world is another falacy being sold to them because the multi-billionaire masters ofthe universe don’t need them in the world either. They and their children and grandchildren are going to be sacrificed on the alter ofGaia worshiping eugenicist psychopathic banking brotherhood the same as everyone else whom the world’s elite decide are nothing more than ‘useless eaters’. Ifthere are any ofyou greenie supporters reading this and still believe that CO2, the life gas ofthe planet, is causing global warming, then you’ve been smoking a bit too much ofthat green, green grass or injecting some ofthat powdery stuff being imported by the military from Afghanistan. Ifso be careful ofthat wicked thing called flatulence… The party may have to tax you on that! Global Warming in the National Interest! Another Sickly Green Lie! ◙ Neil Foster Isaw a number of articles in the press this weekend which highlighted the true agenda of Cameron's LibCon coalition. Perhaps I was particularly alert following our exposure of top Tory Francis Maude MP working in direct partnership with top NuLabour socialist Julia Middleton. Just ask yourselfthe question......why would the Tories be working with a John Prescott nee Blairite political charity? Ifwe join up the dots ofthese media snippets we can see further into the mists of the Cameron - Clegg partnership and where they are heading. In the Daily Mail 24th October Maude is quoted as suggesting that: "Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg will remain Deputy Prime Minister even if the Conservatives win outright victory at the next Election." The Mail goes on to say that: "Mr Maude is one of Mr Cameron’s closest advisers. His comments will fuel suspicion among Right- wing Conservatives that the Prime Minister sees the Coalition as part of a long-term strategy, not a short-term fix after the Election result." Of course Mr Maude is working on a long term strategy. The aim ofthe coalition is to destroy the Lib Dems, thereby creating a two party political system. The next step will be to drive politics in the UK towards a single party elitist dictatorship by further integration of (ex) Labour politicians into the coalition. Within this overall programme, Common Purpose is the tool by which individuals in politics and the Civil Service / Public Sector will be mentally 'reframed' to change their values and behaviour to the common [political] purpose or common line. The Mail also went on to suggest that: "David Cameron and Nick Clegg plan to flood the Lords with another 44 new Coalition peers to stop Labour sabotaging their policies in the Upper House." Whilst we should be wary with the 'truth' in a paper like the Daily Mail, I am sure what they say is correct. Cameron and Clegg are creating a dictatorship and they need to control what remains of the Lords to ensure all policies can be forced through any opposition. As a spokesman says: "Lords votes can be sprung at a moment's notice so we need plenty of new peers on our side to make sure we can get our legislative programme through safely." Trampling over our rights and the British Constitution, Cameron and Clegg treat the House of Lords as if it was their private 'club'. These men are dangerous elitists, and they continue to commit Treason for their International Bankster masters in driving us into the EU Supranational dictatorship. As their plan advances however their true colours become ever more apparent. Aside from Maude, watch Vince Cable and next step policy towards the (one) World Government. You have been warned. ◙ Brian Gerrish - www.ukcolumn.org Keeping an Eye on the News: Lies, Damned Lies and Dictatorships.
  9. 9. ◙ Patrick Downey Patrick: Downey, a US citizen denied political asylum in Ireland, this week released the identity of a senior CIA operative involved in illegal eavesdropping activities on the Georgian opposition party in Tbilisi 2007 – 2008. In 2009, Downey, a US citizen, disabled veteran, former US Foreign Service employee, brought a civil rights lawsuit against the United States (“Patrick C. Downey Jr. -v- The United States”), arguing that his rights to due process and equal protection, as guaranteed in the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution were being denied to him and that he was thus being discriminated against on the basis of his nationality — having no similar form of redress as that given to foreign citizens. Several days after filing the case, Downey was ruled against for reasons which were completely bogus in nature, and his request for a jury trial was also denied. The case is currently being appealed. Moreover, Downey’s former employer in the Republic of Georgia, a Yeltsin-era Russian oligarch and multi-billionaire by the name of Boris Ivanishvili (who was named in the lawsuit), benefited personally from tens of millions of Euros in “war reconstruction loans”, courtesy of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD); a large portion of which happens to be owned by the US government. These loans occurred in the wake of the 2008 War in South Ossetia, which it has been suggested was started by then-US Vice President/Vietnam War draft- dodger Dick Cheney. Downey himself chose to be evacuated during the War in South Ossetia (for the cost of $35.00), which the US Department of State later billed him for. Later in 2009, Downey was threatened by a representative ofMr. Ivanishvili’s in Tbilisi and later fled from the US in order to claim political asylum in Ireland, given the threats made against him and the United State’s government’s refusal to respond to Mr. Downey’s repeated concerns regarding the threats, which he attributed to political reasons. While in seeking asylum in Ireland under “Direct Provision”, in addition to being assaulted, Downey’s human rights were repeatedly violated for a period of several months, which has caused Downey a considerable degree of pain and suffering. During this time, Mr. Downey became aware of illegal and clandestine activities which had occurred in Georgia, including illegal wiretapping and electronic surveillance of Georgian citizens opposed to the policies of Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, whom the US installed as president of Georgia in an illegal regime-change operation carried out by former US Ambassador to Georgia, Richard Miles (as well as others), which was in part funded by groups linked to billionaire financier George Soros’ “Soros Foundation”. It has in fact been suggested that other billionaires took part in this fiasco. Downey was denied political asylum in Ireland and issued a deportation notice. Downey (who is currently in hiding), fears for his life, yet he has chosen to fight all the injustice which he has been forced to endure, for private, as well as patriotic reasons. View Patricks video statement on www.WeAreChange.ie/whisteblower From NAFTAto CETA: Canada-EU Deep Economic Integration ◙ Dana Gabriel Canada and the European Union (EU) have already held five rounds of negotiations towards a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) which will go beyond NAFTA. With the sixth round of talks scheduled to take place in Brussels, Belgium from January 17-21, Canadian and EU officials remain optimistic that a deal could be finalized by the end of 2011. Thus far, negotiations have included key areas such as goods, rules of origin, services, investment, government procurement, as well as others. As talks enter their final crucial stages, there are growing concerns over the threat CETA poses to Canadian sovereignty. Coupled with the financial turmoil sweeping Europe, deep economic integration with the EU could prove disastrous. In a recent article Maude Barlow, national chair of the Council of Canadians, points out the dangers Canada faces with the current CETA trade model. She warns that, “CETA will open up the rules, standards and public spending priorities of provinces and municipalities to direct competition and challenge from European corporations.” Barlow goes on to say, “Europe is seeking a comprehensive and aggressive global approach to acquiring the raw materials needed by its corporations. At its heart, this deal is a bid for unprecedented and uncontrolled European access to Canadian resources.” She also added, “CETA will likely have a NAFTA-type investor- state enforcement mechanism, which means that European corporations will have the same right that U.S. companies now enjoy to sue the Canadian government if it introduces new rules to protect the environment.” If CETA includes something similar to NAFTA’s Chapter 11 which gives corporations the power to challenge laws and regulations that restrict their profits, U.S. and Mexican companies could benefit from any rulings that favour the EU. Ultimately, like NAFTA and other trade deals, CETA will further serve corporate interests. A report released in December of last year, entitled Public Water for Sale: How Canada will privatize our public water systems, “exposes how CETA would open up public municipal water systems across Canada to privatization.” The paper prepared by the the Council of Canadians and the Canadian Union of Public Employees cautions that, “public water in Canada will be lost unless the provinces and territories take immediate steps to remove water from the scope of the proposed Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement.” The Union of B.C. Municipalities supports a resolution by those cities and towns who wish to receive a clear, permanent exemption from CETA. Others have voiced opposition to any deal that could deny government the ability to favour local businesses and create jobs. There has been increased pressure on Ottawa to either fully or partly shield the municipal sector from government procurement of goods and services. Giving the EU full access to sub-national purchasing and contracting in Canada would open up areas such as school boards, universities, hospitals, as well as other provincial agencies. The October 2010 report, Out of Equilibrium: The Impact of EU-Canada Free Trade on the Real Economy written by economist Jim Stanford warns that Canada’s bilateral trade deficit with the EU could grow under CETA. Released by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, the paper, “models three scenarios to provide a range of estimates regarding the likely impacts ofEU-Canada free trade. In every case, Canada’s bilateral trade balance worsens significantly. The simulations suggest an incremental loss ofbetween 28,000 and 150,000 Canadian jobs.” Many of these could be good jobs in sectors such as machinery, chemicals, electronic, food-processing, apparel-making and the auto industry. The study on the economic impacts of CETA also, “estimates direct losses in Canadian GDP between 0.56% and almost 3%, experienced over several years of adjustment to the new trade pact. Indirect losses of spin-off production, employment, and investment could add significantly to those economic losses.” Stanford concluded, “Free trade with Europe will take a bad situation for Canada, marked by large deficits and lost jobs, and make it much worse.” It is becoming apparent that Canadian sacrifices in regards to a free trade agreement with the EU outweighs any potential benefits. While Canada does need to lessen its dependency on the U.S. economy, CETA is based on the failed NAFTA trade model and will only serve to accelerate the corporate takeover of the country. The sixth round of negotiations are expected to focus on sensitive areas such as tariffs on dairy imports, intellectual property rights investment and regulatory standardization, as well as public procurement. CETA is part of a larger agenda and could be used as a blueprint for a future US- EU trade agreement and a stepping-stone to a NAFTA-EU free trade zone. At the EU-U.S. Summit held in Lisbon several months back, leaders reaffirmed their close partnership, as well as their desire to bring greater prosperity and security to both sides of the Atlantic. They recognised the central role of the Transatlantic Economic Council (TEC) and entrusted, “the TEC to develop a transatlantic agenda to stimulate growth and create jobs in key emerging sectors and technologies.” The TEC was called upon to, “identify ways to improve transatlantic consultation before regulators and agencies develop regulation in economically promising new technologies and sectors, to share best practices, and to develop joint principles with the aim of promoting maximum compatibility of regulations and the freest possible transatlantic flow of ideas, products, and services.” The TEC was established in 2007 in an effort to work towards increasing investment, eliminating trade barriers and streamlining harmonization on regulations. It is the framework for advancing transatlantic economic integration between the U.S. and the EU. In December of last year, the TEC met in Washington where “European Commissioners and leading US government representatives took the first concrete steps to ensure the TEC process creates a forward-looking business environment that reduces regulatory barriers and encourages innovation, shared standards and high-tech business.” An agreement on a common approach to electronic health record systems and a declaration on energy efficiency was also signed. The TEC meeting identified other, “key areas for joint activities in the innovation sector and discussed ways to ensure secure trade and strengthen the customs cooperation between the two partners.” The TEC has been compared to the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP). Along with NAFTA, the SPP agenda which continues to move forward through other initiatives, is essentially laying the foundation for a North American Union. A Canada-EU trade deal would be an incremental step towards a Free Trade Area of the Atlantic and an eventual Transatlantic Union. Canada has fared better than other countries during the current financial crisis. With parts of Europe still marred in recession and debt trouble, a trade agreement with the EU, especially under the template in which it is being negotiated could prove costly. Failed monetary policies and government managed free trade agreements that favour corporate interests, deserve their share ofthe blame for the current global economic predicament. Yet, we are still being told that more globalization is the solution to our financial woes. In order to further restructure the world, the ruling elite seek to capitalize on the economic chaos which in many ways they engineered. Dana Gabriel is an activist and independent researcher. He writes about trade, globalization, sovereignty, security, as well as other issues. Contact: beyourownleader@hotmail.com. Visit his blog at beyourownleader.blogspot.com. Whistleblower reveals CIAties to illegal wiretapping in Georgia Gardaí No Longer Guardians OfThe Peace? When our police force was set up in 1923 the name "Garda Síochána" meant "Guardians ofthe Peace". But today, the Gardaí are getting further and further away from that role and are now becoming "Law Enforcement Officers". There is a huge difference in the two functions. A Peace Officer is just that; he keeps the peace in society and protects each and every individual's rights. On the other hand, a Law Enforcement Officer is a revenue collector whose job is to gather money for the now corporatized law courts and other 'legal fictions' ofgovernment. These two roles are not in accord. It is time to force our government to return The Gardaí to their true and original function. Gabriel Donohoe http://foolscrow.wordpress.com email us at: editor@sovereignindependent.com The Sovereign Independent www.sovereignindependent.com February 2011 9

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