Is US Department Of Defence Regime Change Agency Planning Color Revolution In Nicaragua

Protestors in Nicaragua – but do they know what they are protesting about (Picture: Al Jazeera )

 

As civil unrest takes hold in the Central American republic, we are seeing reports that Nicaraguan student protest leaders have met with Washington DC, neocons, a publication funded by the US government’s regime change arm, the ludicrously misnamed National Endowment for Democracy (NED), boasts of spending millions of dollars “laying the groundwork for insurrection” against Daniel Ortega

Corporate mainstream media outlets are portraying the violent protest movement sweeping Nicaragua as a progressive grassroots upswell but the country’s student leaders have suggested otherwise.

In June this year, young Nicaraguan political activists went on a junket funded by US taxpayers to Washington DC, hosted by right-wing advocacy group Freedom House. The Nicaraguans were there to lobby Donald Trump and other right-wing US government officials for help in their fight against Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega.

During the trip, the young activists posed for photo-ops with leading Republican Party neocons and warmongers including Senators Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. The Nicaraguan party also had meetings with top officials from the State Department and the US government soft power organization USAID. There, they were reportedly assured they would have Washington’s full-throated support in the event of a rebellion against Ortega.

A month before those meetings , a publication funded by the US government’s regime change arm, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), revealed that organizations backed by the NED have spent years and millions of dollars “laying the groundwork for insurrection” in Nicaragua.

This article, openly boasting of US meddling was repoted by the Latin America news website Global Americans, and was reputedly authored by US academic Benjamin Waddell, the academic director of the School for International Training in Nicaragua. Following publication of this piece, Global Americans replaced the term “insurrection” with the less incendiary word “change.” The original headline can however still be seen in the article’s URL.

Waddell’s article offers a remarkably honest assessment of the impact of the National Endowment for Democracy’s long term activities in Nicaraguan domestic politics. The author’s conclusions tended to confirm assertions made by Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and members of his government, who have claimed the protests are a carefully staged plot backed and organised by Washington.

“International press has depicted the rapid escalation of civil unrest in Nicaragua as a spontaneous explosion of collective discontent, triggered by the government’s changes to its insolvent social security system and rooted in more than a decade of authoritarian rule by the Ortega-Murillo family,” Waddell wrote. “And while the underlying causes of the turmoil are rooted in government mismanagement and corruption, it’s becoming more and more clear that the U.S. support has helped play a role in nurturing the current uprisings.”

In another striking passage, Waddell concluded, “the NED’s current involvement in nurturing civil society groups in Nicaragua sheds light on the power of transnational funding to influence political outcomes in the 21st century.”

The USA has a long history of meddling in the domestic politics of small, thirds world nations, often unsuccessfully and frequently with catastrophic results. The NED has been one of the leading agent of US soft power since its founding in 1983, at the height of the Cold War, its function being to fund and organise opposition to governments that refuse to serve US geopolitical ambitions.  The first NED success took place in Nicaragua, where it incubated anti-Sandinista media outfits like the La Prensa newspaper and right wing political groups.

In 1990, the Ortega’s party, the Sandinistas, were defeated at the polls by the right-wing candidate Violeta Chamorro, whose family happened to own La Prensa. Chamorro’s victory represented the culmination of nearly $16 million dollars in NED grants to anti-Sandinista political parties and media outlets.

More recently we have seen US led regime change efforts either fail ignominiously, as in Afghanistan and Syria, succeed catastrophically as in Libya, under Colonel Gadaffi Africa’s more prosperous and socially advanced nation, now after Libya was bombed by he US, France and UK (the FUKUS axis,) it is a failed state enmired in a tripartate civil war, or simply achieve the opposite of what was intended as in Ukraine where a deeply corrupt but democratically elected government was overthrown in a CIA engineered coup, only to be replaced by an equally corrupt neo – Nazi government.

Kermit Roosevelt, a member of the famous American political family but who made his contributions to the nation in the shadowy world of spy craft, even bragged about it publicly in his book Countercoup, revealing there was a manual in circulation at the CIA dealing with how you overthrow governments.

Mr. Roosevelt’s best-known exploit was as director of the 1953 coup that overthrew the leader of Iran, Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh, a nationalist who concerned Washington because he was supported by the Iranian Communists at the height of the cold war.

So it seems to me this was a playbook coup d’état is something reheared by the CIA many times over decades. The is no denying Washington’s role in the Ukraine regime change of course, Vitoria Nuland, at the time Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs, working with the US Ambassador, in a famous open mic moment complained that the US had spent a billion dollars organising the coup with the aim of getting Ukraine into the European Union and thus controlling Black Sea shipping routes to Russia’s only warm water ports, only to find the right wing extremists they had supported were not acceptable to the EU. Many copies of the recording made of that slip up still exist, here’s a link to a BBC transcript.

Ukraine was a particularly embarrassing fail for the US DoD Regime change Agency,

What is surprising is that the warmongers of Washington have learned nothing from all this and, as we can see from the reports coming out of Nicaragua, are getting ready to make the same foreign policy mistakes all over again.

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Sweden election: Sweden Democrats gains BLOCK left or centre-right coalition

SWEDEN’S election results are crawling in and there looks to be no clear winner so far as has happened in other EU nations including Germany, Italy and Spain recently.

Anti-immigration party Sweden Democrats are in third place, amid allegations from voters that there were no Sweden Democrat voting papers available when they went to vote. (In Swedens regional list system each party has its own ballot paper and voters put candidates in order of preference.) They could still take a key role in shaping the next government as one of the most complicated ballots in the bitterly divided country’s history has resulted in deadlock.

Two parties are key to this year’s election in Sweden: The leftist Social Democrats and Eurosceptic, anti – immigration Sweden Democrats. The ruling Social Democrats are currently ahead as the election results come in, despite support for the party slumping in recent months.

Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has not confirmed whether there will be a coalition, although it seems inevitable as his party is well short of a majority, and even with the support of all left and centre left parties could not govern without support from some right wing parties. He has said he will remain in office in the coming weeks oending negotiations to form a new government.

Meanwhile, the Sweden Democrats have seen a surge in backing and could end up as kingmakers after tonight’s election.

 

 

 

Sweden Vote: International Election Observer ‘Shocked’, ‘Never Seen Such an Undemocratic System’

Translated from Danish news site Berlinske

The first time a Swedish election has been monitored by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), observers have expressed “shock” at the nation’s “undemocratic” system.

Danish delegate Michael Aastrup Jensen, who has previously monitored elections in Russia and Eastern Europe, told Berlinske: “In all the many election observations I’ve been on, I have not seen anything that comes close to how undemocratic the Swedish voting system is.”

The foreign policy spokesman for Denmark’s liberal governing party Venstre, Jensen said the major issue with the Swedish election system is the lack of privacy for citizens casting their ballot.

Separate parties have separate ballot papers in Sweden, the choosing of which takes place in public, as voters must select their preferred ballot papers before placing them into a ballot box.

“It is just so far beneath anything remotely resembling European election standards, or anything we would allow even in Eastern Europe,” he said.

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Jensen told the Danish newspaper how, outside of official monitoring duties, he visited a number of polling places in Malmö to see, ‘with his own eyes’, voting take place, and found “party soldiers” standing in front of the stations, where they were trying to hand voters ballot papers for their respective parties.

As chairman of Denmark’s delegation to the Council of Europe, the organisation responsible for the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), Jensen hopes to bring attention to problems with the Swedish election system.

“I will highlight the issue with the Council of Europe so that we can hopefully send the strongest possible signals to Sweden that they should introduce the sort of rules seen in Denmark and in virtually every other country in the world,” he said.

Speaking on the outcome of the Swedish election, which saw the worst result in 100 years for the ruling Social Democrats, the Danish foreign minister also hit out at the refusal of mainstream parties to cooperate in any way with the populist Sweden Democrats, which this year secured its largest ever share of the vote.

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Poll shows majority of voters feel unrepresented, is a UKIP resurgence on the cards?

A HUGE swathe of the UK electorate feel completely disenfranchised and disengaged from the ruling class. This isn’t just the working class, but the middle class as well – and that should send alarm bells to the ‘establishment’.No mainstream political party represents their views – this is on both left and right of centre. I have several working class friends who have always traditionally voted Labour yet they feel as disenfranchised as I do (on the right).

The YouGov poll suggests almost forty per cent of Britons feel that the justice system is not harsh enough and that none of the major parties share their view. Similarly, 16 per cent feel that immigration restrictions should be tighter and ten per cent want the government to intervene more to encourage housebuilding, while feeling that no major party is representing them.

The findings suggest that there are large sections of the electorate who feel that they lack a voice in the major political parties. Although the poll did not ask a question on the state of British democracy other evidence  shows many people feel current party politics and the two party system is broken. This means that when people cast votes under the current election system they are not voting to put the party they most support in power, but to keep out the party they most dislike or mistrust.

When a party can gather 4m voters (as UKIP did in 2015,) and yet win only one seat in the 650 seat parliament representation  you know something is really not right. This article is not about UKIP however, it is about democracy, like them or hate them UKIP suffered the same fate as the Liberal Democrats had for decades. Dissent is growing, anger is fomenting.

These are dangerous times where the establishment are not just riding roughshod over the electorate, they seem to take genuine pleasure in mocking it. Look at the way the political establishment and mainsteam media have sneered at people who voted for leave in the referendum.  They’re not ‘xenophobes’ or ‘racists’, ‘stupid’, ‘bigoted’ or ‘Little Englanders’. These voters are the people of the United Kingdom who are sick of the current ruling class and demand change. They want people in Parliament who actually represent the views of the working class and lower middle class, not the vested interests that fund the various parties.

Millions of these people are concerned about the justice system, we have a politicised police force and biased judges who make no secret of their ‘liberal’ sympathies.

Handing out tougher sentences would be easy and good public relations, but before the ‘justice’ system is made more harsh it needs to clean up its act.

Police must be discouraged from adopting political causes, or favouring the anointed minorities, the law is the law and as Marcus Tullius Cicero said 2000 years ago, it must apply to all equally. Allowing the politically correct thinking of the university brainwashed establishment to influence not only trials and sentencing but also the way investigations are carried out (or not carried out,) is a betrayal of our trust and can only lead to  a collapse of confidence in the law. And that would be a disaster for everybody.

Police, prosecutors and judges  must overcome their tendency to tunnel vision when investigating crime so that ‘obvious culprits’ who are actually innocent do not find themselves openly accused and named by police before a case against them has properly been made and alternatives ruled out.Innocence should continue to be presumed until guilt is proved but colour of a person’s skin or their chosen religion should not be allowed to influence the diligence of investigators or prosecutors.

Above all, the police must stop ‘accidentally’ losing or suppressing evidence which favours the accused as has happened in several recent ‘rape’ cases which turned out not to be rapes at all. The strongest argument against capital punishment is that police and prosecutors make mistakes and are not always free of prejudices which lead to innocent people being sentenced to death. Similar reasoning can be applied to crimes where ‘harsh’ i.e. very long sentences are imposed.

Before extending the range of offences given such sentences the public should become a lot more certain that the right person is being convicted. Being harsh for its own sake smacks of authoritarianism rather than a sense of justice.

Immigration is a separate issue and one that excites such extreme passions it clouds the issues surrounding the state of our democracy. For that reason it has been  discussed in detail elsewhere in this blog, you may pull up a list of posts by clicking on they appropriate keyword.

Islam Does Not Do Multiculturalism

Came across this intertesting article from American Thinker reposted on Minds.com. It is authored by Iranian – American pro – democracy activist Amil Imani and is a thorough analysis of the relationship between the Islamic world and the liberal democracies of the west. Imani is scathing about left wing ideologues and their dreams of a global biberal culture as he is about World View Thinkers who believe a global authoritarian government could persuade different cultures to co – exist side by side.

Absolutely no co-existence with Islam

Islam and the West cannot co-exist. I have warned of this many times, and I hope I have not been talking to a wall.

Fellow travelers, there is no “coexistence” in Islam, there is only subjugation or elimination of infidels. Islam believes in the rule of Islam, Caliphate to the Sunnis, and Imamate to the Shiites. Hence, to Muslims, all other forms of government represent the handiwork of Satan and infidels.

Therefore, one and all non-Islamic systems of government must be purified by Islamic fire. This is a fact.

Muslim jihadists live among us. It is only going to get worse. Jihadists consider themselves the army of Allah. They use violence as an instrument of policy. This continues to be central to Islam. Muslims war under the firmly-believed and widely-cherished set of ideas that are rabidly militaristic. No matter which side is killed, Islam is the victor, “You kill them, you go to paradise; you get killed, you go to paradise,” are two examples of exhortations to jihadism and war.

For the past twenty years or so, I have been warning to free men and women: Remain a spectator at your own peril. It is imperative that you take a stand, denounce the fraud of Islam, and do all you can to prevent Islamic fire from devouring our civilized democratic system. Tomorrow will be too late.

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Greek Government Survives No Confidence Vote in Parliament

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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras managed to overcome a no-confidence vote in parliament on Saturday, creating conditions for the signing of an accord with Macedonia to settle a long-term name dispute.

The vote was initiated by the opposition New Democracy party, which blamed him for making too many concessions over the agreement, but repelled by Tsipras supporters.

During the vote, thousands of Greeks gathered outside the parliament building, urging the Prime Minister to resign. Police used tear gas in the center of Athens against the group of protesters who tried to break into the parliament, the Athens news agency AMNA reported Saturday.

Several dozen people protesting against the agreement on the new constitutional name with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia tried to climb up the stairs to the parliament building in Syntagma Square, and the police used gas to stop them, the agency reported.

The no-confidence vote initiative failed to reach its goals as Tsipras government has 154 out of 300 in the parliament.

EU’s arrogant plan to break defiance in Italy is a dangerous game

After Eurosceptic parties Lega and Five Star Movement thwarted the atempt of pro – EU president Matarella to overturn the democratic vote and prevent the Eurosceptic coalition from forming a government, the EU, showing its usual comtempt for democracy and the welfare of the people has decided to punish the nation and its people, in similar ways to those used to punish Greece, Portugal and Ireland when the diktat of Brussels was defied. The result is Italy no longer has a lender of last resort ready to buy up its sovereign debt, and therefore has no last line of defence for its always dodgy commercial banking system.

As long as Italians remain defiant and refuse to accept a government of EU approved bureaucratic appointees, The European Central Bank will progressively removing its shield as quantitative easing is wound down and purchases of Italian bonds fall to zero. There will be no protection by the end of the year. The Draghi pledge to do “whatever it takes” to prop up Italy’s membership of the single currency system no longer holds.

No ECB rescue will be possible unless the Italian parliament formally authorises the government to invoke the EU /IMF bail-out mechanisms (OMT-ESM) and accepts austerity imposed by Brussels. This would amount to a “Troika” regime similar to the one that wreaked havoc on society in Greece in order to protect the interests of European .

The bail out funds would then have to be approved by a vote in the German Bundestag and the Dutch Tweede Kamer. The terms they would impose on Italy would effectively put that nation under German occupation. An Italian government would not be able to act without permission from Berlin. It is inconceivable that either Lega nationalists and Five Star Eurosceptics would accept such an arrangement. Some of them would see it as a tactical opportunity to free their country from the “German cage” of monetary union.

President Sergio Mattarella may be a man of Virtù but he is also an unelected placeman of the old “casta”. Should he try to deliver Italy to EU budget commissars through a technical government, in defiance of his own parliament, he risks a dangerous breakdown of civil order.

What the EU are overlooking is that Italy, with a population of almost sisty million and the eighth largest economy in the world, might not accept being bullied as Ireland, Portugal and Greece with their small populations and weak economies had to. They are making the same mistake with Britain, and despite the best efforts of Theresa (the appeaser) May to yield to all their demands are making a civilised process leading to Btitain’s exit from the Union impossible.

Europe has gone back to the ridiculous circumstances of the 2011 crisis when Brussels prioritised saving the failinjg single currency over the economic interests of membr states and a Eurozone member state could lose access to the capital markets and slide into bankruptcy, like any private company, or the City of Detroit, or Orange County (1994).

Italy however, despite its perpetual political and financial chaos chaos, is not a poor nation. The country does not have a debt problem as such. While public liabilities (sovereign debt etc.) are high at 132pc of GDP, private liabilities are low. The Bank of International Settlements estimates that total (core) debt is 263pc of GDP, compared to 290pc in the Netherlands, 303pc in France, 321pc in Portugal, and 338pc in Belgium.

Italians have greater financial wealth per capita than the Germans. They have €1 trillion in bank accounts and $3 trillion in liquid assets. The country has a current account surplus of 2.6pc of GDP. It has a primary budget surplus of 1.7pc of GDP, and a better fiscal record lately than France or Spain.

It is rich but it has become trapped in a “bad equilibrium” with an overvalued intra-EMU exchange rate, as a direct result of being forced to accept the Euro single currency twenty years ago, when although it did not meet the qualifying standards set by the EU itself, it was admitted thanks to creative accounting because the project was never about economic stability, but was seen a major step towards political union and a European Superstate.

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