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Viva Russia! Viva Putin!


Viva Russia! Viva Putin!

Viva Russia! Viva Putin!

The aggressive expansions and imperial ambitions of Europeans in Europe; the USA; and wherever they are; are behind all troubles and insecurities in the World today and yesterday. Europe never had enough natural and human resources to meet their insatiable greed and unsustainable ways of materialistic life. They always look into other nations and continents to rob them of any human and natural resources.
They do these acts of exploitations under so many different deceptive slogans. They call them: globalization; humanitarian assistance; human rights; fighting terrorism; conflict mediation; modernization; development cooperation; peace keeping; liberalization; democratization; and many other deceits. Their tools include: the World Bank WB; the International Monetary Fund IMF; the European Union EU; the North Atlantic Organization NATO; the United Nations organizations; banking system; mining and oil corporations; pharmaceutical companies; the Internet; commodities markets; the media; churches; and diplomacy.
The current conflicts in North Africa; West Asia (so-called Middle East); East Europe; and central Asia are the latest products of European machinations. Fortunately, Russia and China are aware of these policies; but they only intervene where there are immediate threats to their national security and vital interests, like in Syria; Ukraine; Greece; Iran; and Egypt. Otherwise the World could much more violent and disastrous. Other nations must take more proactive approaches to deter Europeans from causing more harm than what they already doing.

The In-Security Council – Dump It or Grow It?


UN in-Security Council

UN in-Security Council

…the equal rights of men and women, and of nations large and small…::Preamble, Charter of the United Nations, 1945 ::

Written by: Chithra KarunaKaran

A core principle of the United Nations Charter is One Member One Vote. This is not an explicit statement within the Charter. Significantly, the Charter goes even further. The Charter states that the UN was established to secure “the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small.” It places the rights of men and women before the rights of states. That’s you and me and six billion-plus others. The rights of individuals are co-equal with and precede the rights of states. What a glorious (and yet to be realized) ideal. But it will not happen unless We the People do something about the UN Security Council. The question is — What? Dump it, scrap it, change it or grow it?

As events have shown, the Security Council has become dangerously obsolete, representing the whim, greed and political fundamentalism of one hyper-power.

On March 10, at a press conference at UN headquarters, a million-plus petitions signed by people from all over the world were presented to the Security Council. The petitions had been generated through a massive online campaign by anti-war groups, protesting the US govt.’s decision to go to war against the people of Iraq. What did the UN do? Not a peep about it from Kofi Annan, not even in his generally timid “off the cuff” statements featured daily on the UN website. No prior announcement about the event was made by the UN Secretariat, though they were aware that the petitions would be delivered in 12 boxes to Security Council members. It was as if the event never occurred. So, is the UN Charter just a piece of paper to be stored on a musty shelf, or is it supposed to safeguard the “rights of men and women and of nations, large and small” to discursive, negotiated settlement of disputes? Talk is cheap, cheaper than war.

Unequal Membership

All member states of the 191-member body are stated to be equal. Each member state supposedly has one vote and one vote only. The Security operates on the non-principle of One Member Two Votes. The stated principle of equality of membership is breached and flouted by the structure, processes and exclusive (not to mention, exclusionary) membership of the United Nations Security Council. The UN Security Council is the only UN body that has permanent members (Article 23). All other UN bodies have general or rotating memberships.

The Security Council is the only body that can “adopt its own rules of procedure,” (Article 30) unfettered by The UN General Assembly. Under the United Nations Charter, therefore, inequality of membership is guaranteed, implemented and enforced by the Security Council. In Orwellian terms, all member states are equal but some member states are more equal than others. But, hey, it’s not 1984 anymore, it’s 2003. Time for a change? Time for a change that will guarantee the equality of all member states. While the media and the policy wonks in the dominant states are concerned about the lack of unity at this time in the Security Council, others are questioning whether the Security Council should be taken apart and retired. Are We the People more secure because of the Security Council? Or have we become more insecure, because of the Security Council?

Postcolonial Membership Structure

So the question du jour that subservient member-states (and that includes every member who is not permanently on the Security Council) should be asking is Should the United Nations Security Council be dismantled and repaired? Or scrapped and dumped? Subservient member states include large global players like India; small island states and previous colonial dependencies such as Mauritius; AIDS-ravaged new democracies like South Africa; poor landlocked states dependent on the goodwill of their neighbors like Nepal; or dominated regions with little hope of religious freedom, right of return of its tens of thousands of refugees and sovereignty, like Tibet.

India is the world’s largest democracy. It is a democracy that has struggled out of colonialism and painful subservience to colonial interests. Therefore it has a perspective that is diametrically opposite to that of the colonizing and neo-imperial powers. Perhaps India should not be seeking expansion of the Security Council, as it is doing now, so that it too can become a member. India’s membership, if it happens, will make Pakistan and other South Asian nations feel more insecure. That will not be a good thing. Building bonds between blood-related neighbors and historically enmeshed partners is more important than Security Council membership. Dismantling the Security Council is certain to strengthen the General Assembly. Maybe India, in the spirit of 21st century understanding of the paramount importance of human rights, post-capitalist democracy, freedom and equality of participation should not be seeking expansion of the Security Council but dissolution of the Security Council. Maybe it is almost time to dismantle the Security Council as a dangerously obsolete, ineffectual, humiliating emblem of nineteenth and twentieth century dominant power relations. Maybe India, Norway, Pakistan, Mauritius, Sweden, Iran, Brazil, Sri Lanka and historically diverse others can help move the UN into the 21st century with political equality of all member states, at every level of operation of the UN. Article 109 can be invoked to amend the UN Charter. However, all five permanent members of the Security Council would have to agree. Talk about double jeopardy “for the equal rights of men and women, and of nations large and small.”

Members of the Security Council, (the only ones that really matter are the five permanent members), the Big Five, exercise more political and economic power than any other body within the United Nations. This cannot be claimed to be a natural outcome of the historical development of the Security Council, but the explicit intent of the original superpowers. Inequality of membership was the demand of the original framers of the United Nations Charter, all of them colonial powers and one emerging power of that time, the US. However, the US was a worthy candidate for dominant and exclusionary membership. The US had already practiced slavery for 100-plus years and was therefore well equipped to develop its capability to become a neo-imperial power, exerting dominance over new member states which included those from which it had previously drawn free labor. It is comfortable with sharing power with the colonizing powers, all white and all European. China’s later inclusion in 1949, (with India deferring its claim of membership to China), merely underlines the importance of size and potential economic power as a basis for strengthening the inequality of membership. Again, the fragmenting of the USSR and the collapse of the Soviet Bloc in 1989, has not knocked Russia out of contention for continued membership. The politics of dominance is therefore key to membership in the Security Council. Not equality of membership but dominance in membership.

Acquiescence to the non-principle of inequality of membership was demonstrated by those colonized member states including India who were founding co-signers of the United Nations Charter. The postcolonial states, recently independent in the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s, accepted the non-principle of inequality of membership, carrying on the colonial tradition of political subservience to their previous masters, now sitting as permanent members of the United Nations Security Council.

To borrow from sociologists Max Weber and C. Wright Mills, the collusion of elites characterizes many bureaucratic institutions. In the case of the UN we have a collusion of male-dominant, wealthy national elites. A phallocracy, a bureaucracy and now increasingly a corporatocracy. And the UN Security Council represents the crème de la crème of the elites of each of the five permanent member states, joining in mutual recognition of their shared elite power, status and privilege.

The United Nations is of course a global, inter-govermental bureaucracy, with salient and classic features of hierarchical, top-down authority, bottom-up accountability, written rules, written communications and written records (most recently, Resolution 1441), continual expansion, division and departmentalization of tasks within agencies and committee structures. But the power equation is its most salient feature. The Security Council is in fact explicitly constituted to exercise unequal global power, status and privilege, through its Charter-guaranteed position at the apex of the UN bureaucracy. The Security Council is the elite of global elites. It is the problem not the solution. It compromises the UN General Assembly.

Are We Secure With The Security Council?

What has the Security Council accomplished? Has the Security Council accomplished security for the world at large? The Security Council has a sorry record of lack of accomplishment. It established the State of Israel in 1948, in violation of its own Preamble and unleashed seventy-five years of disenfranchisement of the indigenous Palestinian people. It presided over and literally authorized Palestinian disenfranchisement. The US continues to arm Israel and the Security Council can’t do a thing about it. The Security Council proved unable to overturn apartheid in South Africa. It failed to prevent the expulsion of Indians from Uganda by Idi Amin. It was unwilling to prevent Britain from going to war to claim the Falklands Islands. The UN Security Council was unable (unwilling?) to anticipate, prevent or intercede in the bloody ethnic strife between Hutu and Tutsi in Rwanda, and in the continuing genocide in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia was emptied of its indigenous population, the Ilios, who were shunted off to neighboring Mauritius, so that the island could serve as a military base for joint use by the Britain and the US. Diego Garcia is currently serving the strategic interests of the US and the UK as a naval base for operations against states in the Middle East, Afghanistan and South Asia. And now the UN has failed to avert war by a hyper-dominant member state against the people of Iraq. In each of these instances, the individual and combined interests of the five member states outweighed the interests of the 191-strong UN community of member states. The universal and greater common good is not, and cannot be expected to be the prime consideration of a small elite of states holding dominant power in the Security Council. That power has become even more concentrated with the US becoming the dominant member of the UN Security Council, supported by the post-imperial politics of the erstwhile dominant world power, the UK. This blatant concentration of power to the exclusion of all others, makes the active pursuit of a universal and greater common good by the UN, and particularly the Security Council virtually impossible.

Apparently WE the People must change the UN and particularly its Security Council.

When will the Security Council act to guarantee the guarantee the “equal rights of men and men and of nations, large and small.?” Never? The UN appears too cumbersome, too compromised and too preoccupied with its own survival as a burgeoning bureaucracy to undertake its own reform on behalf of We the People. It will again be up to those million-plus petitioners, who swamped the UN with signatures asking the Security Council to act on behalf of a negotiated peace. Their request was futile this time. Better luck next time.

The writer is a professor and journalist. She contributed above article to Media Monitors Network (MMN) from New York, USA.

Source: by courtesy & © 2003 Chithra KarunaKaran

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Pears of Wisdom

“The West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence. Westerners often forget this fact, non-Westerners never do.”

– Samuel P. Huntington

Open Letter to The African Union Member States


African Union in Addis Ababa

African Union in Addis Ababa

To The Secretary General;

As an African I beg you to form a high level committee and a senior department within the AU to study; inform member states; document; and respond to the obvious collective policies and practices of European mega-criminals, in all continents, who became the world super-rich and big corporations.
These acts are ferociously destroying any efforts to maintain peace; liberation; development; and health in Africa and the world. I am sure these are your top priorities and obligations.

I would like to bring to your attention some articles I posted on my WordPress blog supporting my arguments:
1- The Super-rich Are Robbing & Killing Whole Nations
2- Confessions of An Economic Hit Man – New Revelations
3- Illuminati Showdown in Middle East
4- Muslim Brotherhood- Illuminati Tools;
5- Treaty of Darin (1915): New Saudi Land Came in to Existence;
6- America Supports “Democracy” by Hook and Crook;
7- Truth, Propaganda & Media Manipulation;
8- The House of Rothschild;
9- The West With Islamists Fake Spring Targets Nationalism; Russia and Iran;
10- Nigeria’s Boko Haram Could Be a Western-backed Insurgency;
11- Anglo-Saxon Economy Is Most Dangerous Threat for World Peace;
12- ARAMCO & The House Of Saud;
13- Why Africa Must Trash Western Liberal Democracy & Their Way of Life Too?;
14- The RAND Corporation: America’s University of Imperialism;
15- The Gulf Cooperation Council: Rockefeller/Rothschild Puppet Monarchy;
16- The Energy Vampires;
17- America’s Guide for “Unconventional” Warfare (Insurgencies);
18- The Speech That Killed John F. Kennedy;
19- Global Banking Monopoly;
20- War is Business and Business is Good: the USA Rule;
21- Swindles of Modern Liberal Democracy;
22- America Bully the World by Regimes Change;
23- Young Turks to Permanently Control Middle East;
24- Liberal Nationalism against Left and Right Politics in Africa;
25- The Three Pillars of National Liberalism;
26- Secret Societies & the New World Order;
27- The European Union Is an Evil Plan;
28- Big Oil & Their Bankers In The Persian Gulf;
29- Terrorism and the Illuminati: A Three Thousand Year History;
30- The Four Horsemen of Banking;
31- Rothschild’s Saudi Lapdog Arms Libyan Rebels;
32- Exposing Capitalism; Communism; & International Secret Societies;
And many more articles.

Please reign bureaucracy and act decisively and swiftly because each day of destruction requires years of reconstruction.

The Super-rich Are Robbing & Killing Whole Nations


The Super-rich Are Robbing & Killing Whole Nations

The Super-rich Are Robbing & Killing Whole Nations

Increasingly in modern history, the tactics of the European mega-criminals, in all continents, who became the world super-rich are systematic and highly organized. It is still being carried out now in Africa; Arabia; Latin America; and the entire “New” World.

First, they send “explorers”, “missionaries”, “volunteers”, “researchers”, “aid workers”, “consultants”, or “businessmen” to gather vital information. Then they create companies for oil, minerals, pharmaceuticals, and even banana, or cocoa, and the like.
They identify and target regions with natural wealth to hit it hard. If a wealthy region is within the homeland of tribe “A”, they screen and pickup a ruthless criminal from a neighboring tribe “Z”.

The European criminals provide money; weapons; training; logistics; intelligence; and advisory services to the Z local criminal to promote him to turn into a warlord with considerable criminal gang size and tactics.
In addition to such investment European criminals offer monarchs; head of states; members of government and media a lot of lucrative “incentives” to legitimize the assaults and atrocities of their agents on the wealthy region.

Suddenly, the imposed war shall be regarded as inevitable campaign for unification; state-building; civil war; protect civilians; bring democracy and civilization; protect the faith and minorities; fighting Communism; or any other rubbish pretext. The merciless assaults should end up by installing the local criminal agents and their tribe on top of an artificial but “legitimized” state.

Tribe A, the owner of natural wealth, shall get next to nothing; while tribe Z shall get modest rewards from the official loots. But the shares of local criminals are kept in separate accounts in European banks owned by the same European criminals who own the companies. And to add more theft on top of the original robbery the “Government of State Z” is ordered to buy huge amounts of unneeded weapons; services; projects; and merchandise from their European masters.

Now “state Z” is under constant embezzlement by making them feel deeply insecure and threatened from the legitimate owner of wealth, tribe A, and also from foreign states so they are trapped and have  no escape from cooperating with their European masters.

European super-rich mega-criminals are not threatened by terrorists; suicide boomers; or any Jihadists because they are the godfathers and sponsors of all insurgencies and terrorism.

The Legitimacy of a Known New Kingdom


The Legitimacy of a Known New Kingdom

The Legitimacy of a Known New Kingdom

Let me present to you here some established facts about a well-known new kingdom. And then ask you to vote if such kingdom can be qualified to be called a state and more importantly if it is a legitimate state or not?
1- It is less than 80 years old, and it had no borders before that;
2- The founder of this kingdom received monthly salary and weapons from a foreign state to help him to grab territories;
3- That sponsoring foreign state declared in a “treaty” signed between a single person and a government of an empire that any land grabbed by that person shall be its own protectorates;
4- That kingdom bears the name of a person and not a name of a people or a land;
5- The new kingdom is rejecting core U.N. human rights treaties and agreements such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, and the Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families.
6- The nationality certificate of that new kingdom is named “Fellowship”;
7- It is refusing to  improve its criminal justice system, abolish the system of male guardianship over women, and throw out discriminatory aspects of its sponsorship system for foreign workers, which leave workers vulnerable to abuses including forced labor and unpaid labor;
8- It spends extremely huge portion of its revenues from sales of oil as monthly payments and grants for all members of the royal family;
9- There is no financial accountability form the people of that kingdom over its government and its royal family;
And 10- It stands out for its extraordinarily high levels of repression and its failure to carry out its promises to the Human Rights Council.
The question: Is such kingdom can be qualified to be called a state; and more importantly if it is a legitimate state or not?

Falling Trust in The European Union (EU)


EU-lack-of-trust

EU-lack-of-trust

Trust in the European Union has fallen since autumn 2011 Trust in the European Union has fallen since autumn 2011

Trust in the European Union has fallen since autumn 2011 and now stands at its lowest ever  level  (31%,  -3  percentage  points).  At  the  same  time,  levels  of  trust  in  national governments  and  parliaments  have  recovered  slightly  (28%,  +4  and  28%,  +1 respectively). As a result, the gap between trust in national political institutions and the European Union is now very narrow.

the  sharp  decline

the sharp decline

After  the  sharp  decline  recorded  in  autumn  2011  in  the  proportion  of  Europeans  for whom the EU conjures up a positive image (-9 percentage points since spring 2011), the proportion  is  unchanged  this  time  at  31%.  However,  the  proportion  with  a  negative image  of  the  EU  has  risen  slightly  overall  (28%,  +2),  matched  by  a  corresponding decrease in those for whom the EU conjures up a neutral image (39%, -2).

half of Europeans support a European economic and monetary union with a single currency

half of Europeans support a European economic and monetary union with a single currency

More than half of Europeans support a European economic and monetary union with a single currency, the euro (52%, -1 percentage point since autumn 2011). A few months after  the  10th  anniversary  of  the  introduction  of  euro  notes  and  coins,  a  majority  of Europeans supports the single currency, and the level of support remains stable.

The results set out below are those for the European Union as a whole. In the euro area, 63% of respondents support the single currency.

The source: STANDARD EUROBAROMETER 77, FIRST RESULTS – SPRING 2012; PUBLIC OPINION IN THE EUROPEAN UNION; Fieldwork: May 2012; Publication: July 2012

What a Waste of Life for Refugees!


What a Waste of Life for Refugees

What a Waste of Life for Refugees

I was born in Cairo, Egypt, in 1956 from Sudanese parents. I grow up in Cairo and Khartoum. I obtained my B.Sc. degree from University of Khartoum. I worked as a civil structural engineer in Sudan for four years; and seven years in Saudi Arabia with a government department. I didn’t like it there but I needed the money.
For six years after I returned to Sudan from Saudi Arabia, I failed to establish my own private housing company. I fled the Sudan twice for Eritrea; Zimbabwe; Botswana; and Zambia due to business, ethnic, religious, and political reasons. I failed during my exile to get any recognition as a refugee or even any temporary documents. My two exiles lasted for a total of eight years; I spent six years of them in prisons and one detention center without charges in Eritrea and Botswana.
The answers I got for my applications for protection as a refugee in these four African countries ranged from: “Wait we are considering your case”; “His story is not credible”; “He is considered a security risk”; “He is a person of no-concern to the state”; and “He had not established a valid claim”. The UNHCR was of no good at all.
To prove to the Eritrean authorities the false malicious claims of their Sudanese opposition, at that time, that I am not a spy; and that I deeply fear and reject being deported by force back to Sudan, I amputated my left little finger using a razor.
My asylum application had been rejected several times in Botswana, and I suffered from obvious negligence from the UNHCR. Later, with the help of a tipoff from a senior UNHCR officer I discovered that one Sudanese senior head in the UNHCR and another one a diplomat were following my troubles in Botswana. They did that without letting me know that. Their purpose was to foil my attempts to get protection and to force me to return to Sudan, to be under close monitoring and tough restrictions. Both officials are my close kinsmen, from tribes close to the government.
The Eritrean authority forced me to leave their country after two and half years of terrible imprisonment conditions just because I protested twice peacefully against being of no-status during the three and half years stay in Eritrea.
The Office of the President in Botswana tried to deport me by force to Zimbabwe at first then when the Zimbabwean authorities refused they locked me for three years and three months (from 3 August 2001 until 1 November 2004) in police stations and common prisons without charges and then held me in a detention center for illegal immigrants without a reason preventing my transfer to a refugee camp.
After two years from the beginning of my detention, I made a passive sit-down protest. The response was attacks from prison officers causing me injuries and humiliations. My restrained demands to report the matters to the police were provocatively ignored repeatedly. I ended up smashing a 50×50 cm. windowpane with my bare hand. Only after that they took me to hospital to treat my body and hand. But they refused to let me file a case against the assaulting officers.
Shortly after that, I was released from detention to be transferred to Dukwi Refugee Camp without any papers. Dukwi Refugee Camp is a miserable waste piece of land in a dissolute corner of Botswana; it is located in the far north of the country near the border with Zambia while the UNHCR offices are in the capital Gaborone in the most southern part just on the border with South Africa!!!!! I assume the authorities in Botswana wanted me to flee their country on my own. Officers from UNHCR make very rare brief visits to that terrible camp. Read this article: “Dukwi refugee camp: a living hell for asylum seekers?” written on 28 Feb 2011 (long after my sufferings) by two local journalists Kopano Olesitse and Kunyalala Manyepedza and published by a local newspaper The Monitor/Mmegi online.
Few months later I met a local girl, we lived together for a while then we married. As a result of breaking that tiny windowpane more than a year ago, the State in Botswana charged me with the offense of “malicious damage to government properties” and after a mock trial without any legal defense or UNHCR representation the court sentenced me to six-month imprisonment without the option of fine. I didn’t appeal and the UNHCR didn’t even contact me. I served most of the sentence in the high security section in the Francistown Main Prison locked in filthy, very congested and violent conditions with serious convicts and criminals.
With such type of sentence as a convict I was subsequently declared a prohibited immigrant, a demotion from the status of illegal immigrant which I had for three years. This meant that holding me in the detention center is legal and indefinite. As a result I was forced to withdraw my application for refugee status and request my return to the Sudan, before my wife gave birth to my child.
I applied for refugee status in Zambia but it was rejected swiftly. Now I live in a voluntary self-imposed exile in the vicinity of my home in Khartoum, Sudan, with complete passive disengagement in any local and national matters and retirement from my profession. The internet became my only companion and friend.
The UNHCR is truly good for nothing indeed. They are a useless punch of highly paid corrupt lazy bureaucrats. This is also true to other United Nations organizations and international humanitarian NGOs and all other similar nonsense. They are the worst forms of wasting resources and feeding cronies and luxurious employment for the West and their associates.
I am a Sudanese civil engineer; from Nubian-Fadicca local nation/ tribe, resident in Khartoum, Sudan. You may describe me as a political activist; Liberal non-ethnic Nationalist; Africanist; Swadeshi believer; secular humanist; Anti-globalism; Anti-liberal democracy. My academic and professional records were good; and I had plenty of initiatives and skills.
I am very much interested in developing a better alternative to modern Western liberal democracy. I call my proposal “Three Dimensional Democracy”. You may read a brief on this issue on this blog and also at: ModernGhana.com columnists, or at: GhanaWeb.com bloggers section.
Professionally, I gave up civil engineering since 1995; my business interests included: optimum-cost housing; development of appropriate technologies; computer; and small finance.
I invite you to read and comment to my articles published at this page and also on my English WordPress blog Tarig Anter. And on Ghana Web blog; And also at Modern Ghana Columnist; and my blog on OleAfrica.com; and my articles on SpyGhana.com; you can also visit my Arabic WordPress blog.

Who Gassed the Syrian People?


Syria Chemical Weapon Attack

Syria Chemical Weapon Attack

Forget all the rubbish that being showered on us by the Western government-controlled propaganda offices and so-called media. This is necessary particularly with the BBC; CNN; France24; and the like.

Any sensible and decent person must feel outrage and disgust from those cheap top politicians and head of states that are deliberately making unfounded and arbitrary judgments and lying to make a case for war against Syria.

Let us think reasonably. If it really happened, the world must certainly know Who Gassed the Syrian People? The suspects are seven:

1-    The Syrian Government;

2-    The Islamist rebels;

3-    The Syrian opposition;

4-    Some Western intelligence apparatus;

5-    The Israeli MOSSAD

6-    An Arab Gulf state sponsored group or rebel;

7-    A Turkish secret service or a secret society.

Despite the least possible perpetrator is the Syrian Government rubbish media and cheap top politicians are insisting that the Syrian Government is guilty. They are also lying when saying the planned bombing and arming rebels and mercenaries for years are not aiming at regime change.

Russia; China and the rest of the BRICS group must accelerate and widen their coalition to lead the free world from the evils and shit of the White race and their Arab extremists and Gulf puppets.

US Military Spending


detailed Military budget of the United States

detailed Military budget of the United States

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_budget_of_the_United_States

defense spending comparison

defense spending comparison

SOURCE: Data from Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, SIPRI Military Expenditure Database, 2013. Compiled by PGPF. Peter G. Peterson Foundation

What Democracy Is In The USA?
Since the politicians and NOT the people are in control in the USA would it be right to call that system “Democracy” in any form?
Such “Democracy” is harmful and fake! Freedoms and rights are well-guarded for trivial and for much less important issues. When it comes to money, expenditures and budgets forget about democracy in the USA.

San Diego Veterans for Peace “Exposing the true costs of war”
Posted Article: US Military Spending;

Here are the posted charts on US Military Spending:

Global distribution of military

Global distribution of military

Distribution of discretionary spending for FY 2013

Distribution of discretionary spending for FY 2013

Distribution of total spending for FY 2013

Distribution of total spending for FY 2013

Major defense contractors

Major defense contractors

Military expenditure as percentage of GDP

Military expenditure as percentage of GDP

Military expenditures as a percentage of GDP

Military expenditures as a percentage of GDP

Military expenditures as a percentage of the discretionary budget

Military expenditures as a percentage of the discretionary budget

Military outlays in inflation adjusted dollars

Military outlays in inflation adjusted dollars

USA Missing Money


Missing Money

Missing Money

Image compliments of Masters in Accounting Degrees

The editors at Masters in Accounting Degrees decided to research and thankfully share the topic of

Missing Money

With a national debt approaching $17 trillion, Uncle Sam is tightening his belt and looking under the cushions for extra change. But a closer look at his pocket book reveals just how little he knows about where your money is going. Below are a few examples that will make you think twice about Uncle Sam’s accounting skills.

There’s No Business Like D.O.D. Business (2000)

2000 (From a Government Accounting Office Report): Several major departments are not yet able to produce auditable financial statements on a consistent basis. The most significan … is the Department of Defense (DOD), which represents a large percentage of the government’s assets, liabilities, and net costs, followed by the Forest Service, the FAA, and the IRS. While DOD has made progress and is working hard to correct its financial management systems and internal control weaknesses, it is not yet able to comply with generally accepted accounting principles and pass the test of an independent financial audit. For fiscal year 1999 GAO auditors reported that 21 of 24 major agencies’ financial systems did not comply substantially with federal accounting standards or financial systems and other requirements.

Unsupported Adjustments

By law, each federal agency and department is required as a minimum to balance its books at the close of each fiscal year and to submit audited financial statements. However, both Congress and the White House have continued to appropriate and pay government officials, bureaucrats, and government contractors who plug in dollar amount under the category “unsupported adjustment.” An “unsupported adjustment” is a plug figure for cash and assets that are unaccounted for and/or disbursed with no supporting records or audit trail.

Black budget

A black budget is a budget that is secretly collected from the overall income of a nation; the budget is kept secret for national security reasons. Bottom line: we may never know exactly how much is spent or how much is missing from a black budget.

Dude, Where’s my $2.3 Trillion (1999)

$2.3 trillion of balances, transactions and adjustments are inadequately documented, according to a 1999 Defense audit. Military money managers made almost $7 trillion in adjustments to their financial ledgers in an attempt to make things add up. Alas, the Pentagon could not show receipts for $2.3 trillion of those changes.

“According to some estimates, we cannot track $2.3 trillion in transactions. We cannot share information from floor to floor in this building because it’s stored on dozens of technological systems that are inaccessible or incompatible.”

– Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld 9/10/2001

Tanks, Planes, and Javelin Missile Command Launch Units (2003)

Though Defense has long been notorious for waste, government reports suggest the Pentagon’s money management woes have reached astronomical proportions in 2003. A study by the Defense Department’s inspector general found that the Pentagon couldn’t properly account for more than a trillion dollars in monies spent. A 2003 GAO report found Defense inventory systems so lax that the U.S. Army lost track of 56 airplanes, 32 tanks, and 36 Javelin missile command launch-units.

Cash on a Plane (2004)

Back in 2003, Pentagon officials determined that one giant C-130 Hercules cargo plane could carry $2.4 billion in shrink-wrapped bricks of $100 bills. They sent an initial full planeload of cash, followed by 20 other flights to Iraq. By May 2004 they had sent $12-billion and eventually $20 billion. Despite years of audits and investigations, U.S. Defense officials still cannot say what happened to $6.6 billion of that cash. The missing $6.6 billion may be “the largest theft of funds in national history.”

Contractors Gone Wild (2002-2011)

As much as $60 billion in U.S. funds has been lost to waste and fraud in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past decade through lax oversight of contractors, poor planning and payoffs to warlords and insurgents, an independent panel investigating U.S. wartime spending (Commission on Wartime Contracting ) estimates. At least $31 billion has been lost and the total could be as high as $60 billion. The commission called the estimate “conservative.”

Crude Awakening (2004-2007)

The U.S. Defense Department is unable to properly account for over 95 percent of $9.1 billion in Iraqi oil money tapped by the U.S. for rebuilding the war ravaged nation, according to an audit released Tuesday. The audit found that shoddy record keeping by the Defense Department left the Pentagon unable to fully account for $8.7 billion it withdrew between 2004 and 2007 from a special fund set up by the U.N. Security Council. Of that amount, Pentagon “could not provide documentation to substantiate how it spent $2.6 billion.” The funds are separate from the $53 billion allocated by Congress for rebuilding Iraq.

The Money Tip (2003-2012)

An audit report released in March 2013, two weeks before the tenth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the soon-to-be-defunct Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR) found that incomplete data and inconsistent cost reporting have made it impossible to track a large portion of the $53 billion the U.S. spent to rebuild Iraq from 2003 through September 30, 2012 – “Nonetheless, based on the 390 audits and inspections and over 600 investigations conducted by SIGIR’s audit, inspection, and investigative staff since 2004, our judgement is that waste would range up to at least 15% of Iraq relief and reconstruction spending or at least $8 billion.”

The Hunt for Fed’s 9 Trillion

From 2008-2009, the Fed had placed $9 trillion onto their off-balance sheet. During a congressional hearing, the Federal Reserve Inspector General could not account for the money.

TOTAL
– D.O.D. – 3.4 trillion
– Fed – 9 trillion
– Total – 12.4 trillion

These are estimates based on what is known about the unknown; nevertheless, 12.4 trillion is 73% of America’s entire national debt. That’s a whole lot of missing money. Maybe that’s why the Founding fathers said this:

“No money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in consequence of appropriations made by law; and a regular statement and account of receipts and expenditures of all public money shall be published from time to time.”

– US Constitution, Article I, Section 9

Sources

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http://www.usdebtclock.org
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