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Iraqi dealers confirm ISIS hoarding gold, precious metals to issue currency – report

Originally posted on tomfernandez28's Blog:

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Islamic State militants are reportedly acquiring gold, silver and other precious metals in a bid to further solidify their control over large swathes of Syrian and Iraqi territory by issuing their own currency, Iraqi metal dealers confirmed to McClatchy.

Earlier this month, the militants’ Beit al Mal, an ancient Islamic term which translates as “Treasury Department,” issued a statement announcing the plan. The coins, which they plan to fashion from gold, silver and copper, will be modeled on the 8th century currency of the Umayyad Caliphate.

At the time, experts expressed doubts the militant group had the technological capability and overall knowhow to produce their own modern currency for the territory under their control; roughly one third of Iraq and Syria.

A recent report in McClatchy, however, which draws on interviews with precious metal dealers in northern and western Iraq, would indicate the group is in fact moving ahead to…

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IPAN open letter to the PM and Defence Minister regarding treatment of Swan Island Peace Convergence activists

IPAN open letter to the PM and Defence Minister regarding treatment of Swan Island Peace Convergence activists

IPAN logo

Wednesday 29th October 2014

Open letter to the Prime Minister Mr Tony Abbott and the Defence Minister Mr David Johnston

The Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN) bring together over 50 community based peace and justice organisations across Australia.

We wish to express our grave concern regarding the alleged actions of SAS personnel, towards a small group of peaceful protesters at Swan Island military base on the 2nd October.

It is our understanding the Swan Island Peace Convergence group has protested Australian involvement in foreign wars over the past 5 years with protesters treated lawfully and peacefully by the ADF and the Victorian Police Force.

We in the IPAN are concerned that the tactics used this time, which include hooding, stripping of clothing, physical and verbal violence from ADF personnel reflect the Australian government’s current policies which restrict civil liberties on the basis of the threat of terrorism to Australian citizens.

The actions of the ADF personnel are reminiscent of the treatment of prisoners in the Abu Ghraib prison in 2004 by US troops, and indeed correlate with a number of inquiries into treatment of civilians by ADF personnel during Australian military engagement in Afghanistan.

We ask, are our young men and women in the ADF being trained to commit war crimes?

When viewed in the context of the government’s decision to send Australian forces into Iraq for the 3rd time we express our concern that the people of our country are being constrained in their democratic rights to protest this engagement as it potentially grows into a major war.

The members of IPAN request that findings of the investigation by the Department of Defence into the actions of members of the ADF at Swan Island be made public.

Signed:

Annette Brownlie on behalf of the  Independent and Peaceful Australia Network

Medical Assn. for the Prevention of War

Lorel Thomas-Victorian Peace and Social Justice Network of Quakers.

Nick Deane- Marrickville Peace Group

Mr Norm Bullen- Just Peace Qld

Dr Chris Haw-Physicians against War

Georgia Murphy-SafeGround.

Peter Arndt Executive Officer-Catholic Justice & Peace Commission of Brisbane

Professor Alison Broinowski

Joan Jenkins-Bunbury Peace Group.

Australian Anti-Bases Coalition- Denis Doherty

Peter Murphy – Sydney Peace & Justice Coalition

Graeme Dunstan-Peacebus

Jim Green- Friends of the Earth

Beverley Polzin- Quaker

Stephen Darley-Campaign Against Foreign Military Bases (SA)

Peter D Jones, Tasmania Quaker Peace & Justice Committee (Hobart)

Philippine Australia Solidarity Assn

Philippine Caucus for Peace

Kathy Damm- Qld Quakers

Frances Kendall-Just Peace

Ruth Russell WILPF

Willy Bach- Standfast

Dale Hess

Rosemary Morrow Blue Mountains Permaculture Institute

Bevan Ramsden- Newcastle Peace Group

Romina Beitseen

John Hughes- Early Works

Rev Simon Moyle

Rev Alan Matheson AM

Joan Kitchen

Michael Henry- Just Peace

Shirley Winton- Spirit of Eureka Vic

Prof Richard Tanter

Daniel Brown Rite of Strings

Annie Didcott WILPF ACT

Bob Briton-General Secretary Communist Party of Australia

David Bradbury- Frontline Films

Roger Keyes- Adelaide Quaker meeting

Ann Rees- Adelaide Quaker meeting

Dr Janet Bodycomb MAPW Vic

Ross Battison Vic

Michael Hamel-Green- MAPW

Julie Marlow- Australian Anti-bases Coalition

Paul Malone

Margaret OÇallaghan

Hannah Middleton- Independent Activist

Anne Lane -Catholics in Coalition for Justice and Peace

The Hon Sandra Kanck

Boyette Jurcales- Ban the Bases

Father Claude Mostowik- Pax Christi

Maureen McKeown

Kay Mc Padden

Irene Gale AM

Margaret Jacobs- Member of Women in Black

Pip Hinman

May Kotsakis – Philippines Australia Solidarity Association.

Berlin Guerrero – Philippine Caucus for Peace

George Kotsakis – Migrante Australia

Independent and Peaceful Australia Network

PO Box 573 Coorparoo Brisbane 4151 Ph: 0431597256

Greens political body snatch of Gough Whitlam

While trying to make the case that Gough Whitlam’s  policy success are thanks to the Greens, (which did not exist at the time and Whitlam was never a member of) The greens have produce this rather shameful poster.

The Greens attempt to claim credit for Whitlam's policies.

The Greens attempt to claim credit for Whitlam’s policies.

 

This really speaks volumes about the Greens, totally opportunistic, with gutter level morality and absolutely no sense of tact.

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-10-22/simms-a-legacy-belongs-to-all-progressives/5833112

In this spirit of this shameful act on the memory of  a man dead but not even buried yet, we put the shoe on the other fott and give to the greens another great progressive, Joe Hockey.

Joe Hockey progressive champion of students.

Joe Hockey progressive champion of students.

 

Most interestingly during the media frenzy around the passing of Whitlam there has been little mention of the constitutional crisis at the time of his sacking, because that would bring up the fact Australia has a constitution, and people might actually start asking questions about the limits of governmental powers it imposes.  Fortunately the Greens will never attempt to claim credit for our work.

 

Occupy London rebooted

http://occupylondon.org.uk/

 

In response to the brutal crackdown in Hong Kong Occupiers converged on London to show support for democratic principles.

Dave Cameron bleated about respect for democracy while allowing brutal crackdowns in his own front yard.

 

Apparently now even sitting on a tarp is enough to make police aggressive.

Can you believe ’1984′ was actually written in this country?

Gold Standard discussed in Swiss Parlaiment

Swiss German with English subtitles.

“Save our Swiss gold”

This is what the initiative wants:

1. No further Gold sales by the SNB!
2. All our gold stored in Switzerland!
3. Physical Gold share minimum 20% of SNB Reserves!

 

Note its worth pointing out the Swiss never joined the European Union or adopted the Euro as its currency, despite being surrounded with European union countries. Ironically Switzerland hoards vast quantities of gold in bank vaults for the worlds elite but the common man on the surface still deals in worthless unbacked paper fiat called Swiss francs (CF). Bankers in Switzerland are called the Gnomes of Zurich for a reason.

Happy 3rd Anniversary to Occupy Melbourne

Tagged cardboard boxes form Treasury gardens.

Tagged cardboard boxes from Treasury gardens.

Its hard to believe its been 3 years. Somehow it seems longer, somehow it feels shorter.

What has changed in that time, the federal government changed from Labour to Liberal and nothing changed for the better, because while a government allows a reserve bank to exist the reserve bank is in control, not the government.

We learned about the illogical and poisonous aspects of the political left.

We learned about how the political right are complete sold out to large corporations.

We learned about how the laws that give fiat currency value are just as corrupt and hollow as the fake money it supports.

We learned its an information war, a battle for the hearts and minds of the people.

We changed the conversation, we got people talking about things they never talked about before, or were even afraid to talk about.

We put up with a lot of hardships, the harassment from Victoria Police, Melbourne City Council, and agent  provocateurs, it was tiring, cold , wet and messy and at times dangerous.

BUT, it was totally worth it.

 

We went through as lot to spread a message but it’s up to you to hear the message and act upon it accordingly.

 

Good Luck.

All roads privatised proposal

Of course this means that:

1) The roads will be sold off cheaply to the puppet masters corporations.

2) Roads will not be maintained.

3) No new roads will be built.

4) Your right to travel freely will be gone.

5) The road tolling system will be a means of universal surveillance

 

http://www.news.com.au/finance/money/every-road-in-australia-should-have-tolls-says-report/story-fnagkbpv-1227067053501

 

Of course roads can be built without a government, but why do that when you can get the public to pay for it, and then buy at cents in the dollar from the government you installed into office. Then of course ransom the general public for using  the roads they paid for, that y0u just stole off them.

Need  government to build roads? No. Need a government to then sell your roads to a private corporation? No. Makes you wander why tthe corporation didn't build the roads in the first place. Why not? Not economic, but stealing roads is economic.

Need government to build roads? No. Need a government to then sell your roads to a private corporation? No. Makes you wander why the corporation didn’t build the roads in the first place. Why not? Not economic, but stealing roads is economic.

 

 

 

XBOX and Cheezles

If corporations hadn't taken over politics there might be such a promotion. sadly there is not.

If corporations hadn’t taken over politics there might be such a promotion. sadly there is not.

Send all your empty Cheezles packets to Ewan Jones and you go in the draw for a job. Sounds great kids, so get off your XBOX and get posting those Cheezles!

Team Australia

The moment Tony Abbott coined this phrase it was yet another “suppository of wisdom” coming from Tony Abbott’s mouth.

It had ‘memebait’ written all over it. Fortunately SMH was on the job.

Team Australia Meme run by the SMH (Sydney Morning Herald) more or less what I would have done with the comment 'Team Australia'.

Team Australia Meme run by the SMH (Sydney Morning Herald) more or less what I would have done with the comment ‘Team Australia’.

 

For those too young to know what this all means allow me to explain. (Adult themes and language)

Relevance? Today is the first day Australian warplanes began flying armed over the regions disputed by Syria, Iraq and Kurdistan (and of course the boogeyman ‘de jour’; ISIS).

In case there is any blow back, remember no one outside of the Australian political system voted for military intervention, If you want to blame anyone blame a politician.

Occupy Central Hong Kong: leave a message on their wall

A massive projector has been set up at Occupy Central Hong Kong.

They have a system whereby you can submit messages to be projected on their actual wall (not a FB thing).

 

http://occupier.hk/standbyyou/

 

Looks a bit like this (actual size).

Projector at Occupy Central Hong Kong  http://occupier.hk/standbyyou/

Projector at Occupy Central Hong Kong http://occupier.hk/standbyyou/

 

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