“Is It Really Human Beings Doing This?”

Police “behaved with the priests as they would with killers.” — Human rights lawyer, Minya, Egypt. “The common factor among all [church] closures, however, is that they were done to appease fundamentalists and extremists to the detriment of the Copts. It
— Read on www.gatestoneinstitute.org/13851/christians-persecution-january

Demagoguery against Christians at its worst.

Mueller & CNN Staged the Arrest of Stone for PR Stunt | Armstrong Economics

It very clear that Mueller is acting like any other prosecutor and is using the press for PR stunts. CNN’s reporter David Shortell claimed he had “reporter’s instinct” which led him to get footage of Roger Stone’s pre-dawn arrest, not a tip from the FBI or special counsel’s office. That is about as credible as all the nonsense that CNN is not biased and fake news. The manner in which this was all staged was outrageous. They stage a show of force and this has always been something very controversial. Rudy Giuliani’s was highly criticized for staging arrests like this in huge profile perp walks as they were called concerning the non-violent white color people who were unarmed. Giuliani would alter the press and arranged for people to be arrested in dramatic events, and then dropped charges for lack of evidence on high-profile cases rather than going to trial. He would send in agents guns drawn to arrest people in their workplaces with charges later dropped or lessened. This was all for a show as what was done to Stone. Guiliani deliberately sought to damage the reputations of people he targeted in these “perps”. Guiliani arrested a veteran stock trader Richard Wigton, of Kidder, Peabody & Co., during February 1987 claiming insider trading. He was handcuff and march him through the company’s trading floor, with Wigton in tears. Within just 3 months, Guiliani had to drop the charges against both Wigton for his entire theory of insider trading was wrong. Guiliani made a public statement: “We’re not going to go to trial. We’re just the tip of the iceberg.” No charges were ever made thereafter for there was no iceberg. A full investigation should now be launched against Mueller and CNN. In my own case, I was not at home show they tried the predawn stuff, but I was not there. I self-surrendered in court and they were trying to just throw me in prison for the weekend. My lawyers convinced the judge that we showed up because the US Attorney told us the time. When it became obvious it was a lie, the court agreed to an emergency hearing after lunch. When I returned, the full press core was there with artists. The prosecutor called everyone. I was granted bail and walked out be4cause of their staged games. They told the judge I would flee to my home in London which was full of art, cars, and all sorts of things. I raised my hand, not being the easily intimidated type, and asked could I please have the address of this home. They immediate said – oh, we had it on good information. They would say anything and lie about everything to win. There is ABSOLUTELY no way CNN had an “instinct” to be at the rich place at the right time pre-dawn. That is a bald-faced lie for this is standard operational procedure intended to demoralize the people and mentally break them. We have perjury going on here and the phone record should be subpoenaed right now! This proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Mueller investigation is all about a political PR campaign.
— Read on www.armstrongeconomics.com/world-news/corruption/mueller-cnn-staged-the-arrest-of-stone-for-pr-stunt/

Too much power corrupts. JohnBarleycorn

Goldman Sachs – Criminal Charges at Last? | Armstrong Economics

The U.S. Justice Department’s against individuals related to the pillaging of the Malaysia investment fund known as 1MDB offers several new insights into the global, multibillion-dollar scandal. But there is something the press is overlooking. The senior Goldman Sachs banker in Asia who pleaded guilty to U.S. bribery and money laundering charges and his deputy was arrested in Malaysia, was brought by federal prosecutors in Brooklyn, not the Manhattan Southern District of New York which the bankers own right down to the foundation stones. The Brooklyn prosecutors have laid out conspiracy allegations related to Goldman Sachs’s lucrative fundraising for Malaysian wealth fund 1MDB. This entire scandal came in right on target in May 2018. It resulted in the political overthrow of the president and the new finance minister discovered computers that even the highest-ranking bureaucrats could not access when they got into the government offices. Computers were set up to prevent access by anyone other than one or two people. Evidence of massive corruption was what turned the election on May 9th, 2018. I have been writing that ALL my sources from Asia to the Middle East pointed to outright corruption in Malaysia and the deep involvement of Goldman Sachs. I knew dealers who bid on the project and found it went to Goldman when it made no economic sense. The “feeling” in the trading rooms was plain and simple – something was serious WRONG!!!! Goldman Sachs’ role, I wrote back in 2015, had been highly criticized in the Malaysian media and political circles after it emerged that 1MDB sovereign wealth fund paid hundreds of millions of dollars to the bank for helping it raise $6.5 billion in three bond deals in 2012 and 2013. Goldman Sachs earned around $590 million in fees plus commissions and expenses from underwriting the bonds, according to Reuters. The reported fees are highly excessive, nearing 10% when such fees are typically only 1% in bond underwriting. Since May 2018, there was talk about filing suit against Goldman Sachs for its role in this scandal. I warned that filing a lawsuit against them in New York City where they own the courts had little chance of success and Goldman knew that. I had a discussion with a New York lawyer and asked bluntly why the bankers never get changed in Manhattan. The reply with a chuckle was also – “You don’t shit where you eat!” These criminal charges were not brought by Southern District of New York, but by the prosecutors across the river in Brooklyn. Donald Trump should launch an investigation against the courts in Manhattan just as Franklin D. Roosevelt did back in 1931 with the Seabury Investigations. The political corruption in New York City is pervasive. The press will not write about it and everything remains hidden. Just perhaps the competition of Brooklyn against Manhattan may open a crack through which some light may appear. I wrote back in 2015 about this scandal we all knew about behind the curtain. I even wrote that then financial mess even touched the UAE in the mix through IPIC which was established back in the 1980s to focus on energy investments. In 2016 I wrote that the Federal Reserve was preparing an enforcement action against Goldman Sachs related to confidential government information that was leaked from the Fed to one of its bankers. I also wrote that Swiss prosecutors said they were helping the U.S. on the investigation. The Swiss also opened their own criminal proceedings in August 2015, against two former officials of the fund on a string of corruption charges. Their investigation has since been extended to other officials as well. The question is WHY did the Manhattan prosecutors sit on their hands? Why did it take Brooklyn to bring charges?
— Read on www.armstrongeconomics.com/world-news/corruption/goldman-sachs-criminal-charges-at-last/


Spanish Prosecutor Demand 25 Years in Prison for Catalonia Politicians for Advocating Independence | Armstrong Economics

The Spanish prosecutor wants to send the politicians of the Catalan independence movement to prison for 25 years. The prosecutor has demanded that the former Deputy Regional President Oriol Junqueras should effectively die in prison. The absurdity of what is going on in Spain reflects that there is no democracy still standing. Dictatorships always call treason anything which seeks to overturn their power. The Catalonia movement was NON-VIOLENT, it was Madrid that has been the violent aggressor. The prosecutor charged them with rebellion. The Attorney General realizes this will reflect badly on Spain, so he is in favor of replacing the charge of rebellion with the less serious charges of sedition. The mere fact that they would seek criminal charges against political leaders in a non-violent movement that sought a democratic solution is a warning sign that to Spanish independence advocates for this removes any democratic resolution and signals that the only resolution will be another civil war in the future. The last Spanish Civil War was Jul 17, 1936 – Apr 1, 1939. The beginning of the current movement really started to rise in 1999. We will see this rise as a direct reaction to these criminal charges. The next civil war is Spain may become much more obvious by 2022.
— Read on www.armstrongeconomics.com/international-news/spain/spanish-prosecutor-demand-25-years-in-prison-for-catalonia-politicians-for-advocating-independence/