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An important blurb on how it is the USAID umbrella serves the oil industry:

International Business Times: ‘Conspiracy theorists right’ that foreign intervention in civil wars driven by ‘thirst for oil’

“According to the study by the universities of Warwick, Portsmouth and Essex, a “thirst for oil” is the main motivation for foreign intervention over any historical, geographical or ethnic ties.

“The study suggests oil was the main reason for military intervention in the Libyan civil war – which the UK was involved in – as well as one of the main motivations for the current campaign against the Islamic State (Isis).

“The research examined every country which has had a civil war between 1945 and 1999. The study found out of the 69 civil wars which occurred after World War II, around 33% saw third party intervention either by another country or outside organisation. “Outsiders are much more motivated to join a fight if they have a vested financial interest” – Dr Petros Sekeris, University of Portsmouth

“Dr Petros Sekeris, from the University of Portsmouth, said: “We found clear evidence that countries with potential for oil production are more likely to be targeted by foreign intervention if civil wars erupt”

And at the Center for Strategic Affairs & International Study (CSIS) ‘The Launch of the Project on U.S. Leadership in Development

“Dr. Condoleezza Rice and General James L. Jones spoke about the impact of economic development on national security at the launch of the Project on U.S. Leadership in Development, a CSIS-Chevron partnership. Dr. John Hamre, CSIS president and CEO, moderated the discussion. CSIS trustee and former USAID administrator Henrietta Fore and Chevron vice president Stephen W. Green introduced the project…

Dr. Rice, former secretary of state under President George W. Bush, pointed to the Arab Spring as a sign that democracy is not only a Western phenomenon. When asked how best to justify development spending to Congress, Dr. Rice said that although we have a moral obligation to global development, there is also a practical argument that it improves U.S. security. “How many times do we have to learn that ungoverned territor[ies]…are a problem for us?” she asked. 

Development can help avoid the next Afghanistan or the next Somalia, she said, by building responsible sovereigns who can provide for their people. In doing so, the public and private sectors have complimentary, overlapping roles, Dr. Rice argued, with governments taking responsibility for creating the environment for trade, job creation, and foreign investment” [never mind Rice’s egregious lies when presenting a program that is a continuation of policies creating havoc around the world]

A former USAID administrator brought into a Chevron ‘leadership’ project (as well noting Condolezza Rice and James Jones are both are past Chevron board director personalities, not only one time Bush & Obama ‘National Security Advisors’) points directly at geo-political engineering of events on behalf of oil companies profits in relation to putting the cost off on the American taxpayer, per rogue CIA officer Phillip Agee’s revelations:

“One may wonder why the CIA would be needed in these programs. There were several reasons. One reason from the beginning was the CIA’s long experience and huge stable of agents and contacts in the civil societies of countries around the world. By joining with the CIA, NED and [US]AID would come on board an on-going complex of operations whose funding they could take over while leaving the secret day-to-day direction on the ground to CIA officers. In addition someone had to monitor and report the effectiveness of the local recipients’ activities. NED would not have people in the field to do this, nor would their core foundations in normal conditions. And since NED money was ostensibly private, only the CIA had the people and techniques to carry out discreet control in order to avoid compromising the civil society recipients, especially if they were in opposition to their governments. Finally, the CIA had ample funds of its own to pass quietly when conditions required”

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And here you have the Obama administration’s Assistant Secretary of State brags about spending 5 Billion taxpayer dollars through these ‘democracy fronts’ developing “civil society” when reporting to Chevron:

And Joe Biden’s kid positioned to help lick up the spoils:

“…Ukraine’s largest private gas producer .. He’s [Biden] taking charge of the company’s legal unit”

Not to mention involvement by…

“Devon Archer, who works with Hunter Biden at Rosemont Seneca partners, which is half owned by Rosemont Capital, a private equity firm founded by Archer and Christopher Heinz”

…Christopher Heinz? Oh, that’s John Kerry’s step-kid.

And ‘Chevron Ukraine‘ .. sort of puts it all into perspective, you think?

“Chevron is pleased with the award of a tender which provides the right to conclude a Production Sharing Agreement for the Oleska area with the State of Ukraine. The Oleska area covers approximately 1.6 million acres. We now look forward to working together with the Ukrainian Government, local authorities, and our partner in relation to this opportunity”

If Chevron is forced out of Ukraine, Putin will be blamed, but for what? Acting on his known determination NATO will not march its borders to the edge of the Russian heartland? Too bad that sucks for Chevron, Rice, Jones, Biden and Kerry, but I suspect they’d just stepped into a mire of a 3rd world country whose resources they will not easily rip off…

…not that the Pentagon could grasp that:

And it is the American taxpayer picks up the $5 billion investment in Ukrainian ‘democracy’ and much, much more, before this episode of the ‘New Great Game‘ is played out:

“President Obama denied … that it’s a piece on “some Cold War chessboard.” But the best hope for Ukraine is that it will get special treatment precisely because it is a valued pawn in a new version of the Great Game, the 19th century struggle for influence between Russia and Britain”

Consider that bit of old news and the fact Obama is an invertebrate liar…

Ukraine for Dummies

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The beauty of open source intelligence analysis in the present day is two-fold; the age of internet has brought what used to be a laborious process of time consuming weeks, even months or years of research, to the analysts fingertips, and the sheer amount of information available from multiple sources, insures information never intended to be assembled into a picture nevertheless is assessable. In a flip sense, the ‘metadata’ so valued by the NSA in its spying on the  citizen, is also available to the citizen or freelance investigator in relation to the behavior of institutions. One only need develop a compendium of metadata subject threads, to follow theme and bring focus to a target. That institutions must provide some cover for certain behaviors only enhances the process, in that any competent analyst is simply aware one must  take a modicum of care not to become a ‘believer’ in any official line, to avoid being misled.

Dominionism’s Fingers in Kiev

There is a very interesting blurb at the official White House website:

“our office launched the first-ever Interagency Working Group on Religion and Global Affairs (RGA), co-chaired by the [White House] Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and the White House National Security Staff.  This groundbreaking working developed a comprehensive map of how our government currently engages religious actors in foreign affairs through USAID Missions, Embassies, and Departments across government from the Department of Defense to the Department of Health and Human Services”

This is a pretty blanket admission religion plays a role throughout the USA government, despite the American foundational law erecting ‘a wall of separation between church and state.’ It is no news to me the White House (and American government generally) trashes this principle of law, and that is not the particular focus of today’s ‘revelation.’ Let’s narrow the preceding quote:

co-chaired by the [White House] Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and the White House National Security Staff

Ok, so now we’ve reduced this to a White House endeavor or effort on behalf of ‘religion’ and ‘national security.’ Never mind just how creepy that sounds, when contrasted to history from ancient to modern time, the role of empires, and the countless dead in too many wars to count. Rather lets look at another aspect of the quote in relation to modern USA foreign policy:

a comprehensive map of how our government currently engages religious actors in foreign affairs through USAID Missions, Embassies, and Departments across government

Particularly noting ‘engages religious actors’ & ‘USAID’ & ‘Embassies’, and noting the ’embassies’ recalls the fact of Department of State is a CIA Siamese twin, and USAID is a CIA cover program, one need not wonder for long how it came to be Voice of America (CIA radio) notes Ukrainian of the Greek Catholic Church was in attendance at the most recent so-called ‘National Prayer Breakfast.’

As previously noted in my article ‘Victoria Nuland’s Wedding with Christian al-Qaida‘, the Voice of America (CIA) states the so-called ‘National Prayer Breakfast’ attended by the Arch Bishop Major of Kiev is sponsored by ‘The Family’ or that is the ‘Christian Dominion’ element which has penetrated every aspect of American government. The three pillars of the Christian Dominion movement in the USA are:

  • Dominionists celebrate Christian nationalism, in that they believe the United States once was, and should again be, a Christian nation. In this way, they deny the Enlightenment roots of American democracy.
  • Dominionists promote religious supremacy, insofar as they generally do not respect the equality of other religions, or even other versions of Christianity.
  • Dominionists endorse theocratic visions, believing that the Ten Commandments, or “biblical law,” should be the foundation of American law, and that the U.S. Constitution should be seen as a vehicle for implementing Biblical principles.

An example of the literally tens of thousands of dominionists in USA government include, but are not limited to, these notable ‘Family’ members:

“Men under the Family’s religio-political counsel include … Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Jim DeMint and Lindsey Graham, both R-S.C.; James Inhofe, R-Okla., John Thune, R-S.D., and recent senators and high officials such as John Ashcroft, Ed Meese, Pete Domenici and Don Nickles. Over in the House there’s Joe Pitts, R-Penn., Frank Wolf, R-Va., Zach Wamp, R-Tenn., Robert Aderholt, R-Ala., Ander Crenshaw, R-Fla., Todd Tiahrt, R-Kan., Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., Jo Ann Emerson, R-Mo., and John R. Carter, R-Texas. Historically, the Family has been strongly Republican, but it includes Democrats, too. There’s Mike McIntyre of North Carolina, for instance, a vocal defender of putting the Ten Commandments in public places, and Sen. Mark Pryor, the pro-war Arkansas Democrat responsible for scuttling Obama’s labor agenda. Sen. Pryor explained to me the meaning of bipartisanship he’d learned through the Family: “Jesus didn’t come to take sides. He came to take over.” And by Jesus, the Family means the Family”

And the ‘family’ interest in spreading what amounts to Biblical-corporate-capitalism is quite international as the preceding research by Harper’s investigative reporter, Jeff Sharlet, goes on to note:

“One needn’t be a Marxist to find fault with the Family’s mash-up of New Testament and unfettered capitalism — Adam Smith himself would have recognized that theology as a disingenuous form of self-interest by proxy. Such interests have led the Family into some strange alliances over the years. Seduced by the Indonesian dictator Suharto’s militant anti-communism, they described the murder of hundreds of thousands that brought him to power as a “spiritual revolution,” and sent delegations of congressmen and oil executives to pray to Jesus with the Muslim leader. In Africa, they anointed the Somali killer Siad Barre as God’s man and sent Sen. Grassley and a defense contractor as emissaries. Barre described himself as a “Koranic Marxist,” but he agreed to pray to Grassley’s American Christ in return for American military aid, which he then used to wreak a biblical terror on his nation. It has not yet recovered. More recently, the Family has paid for congressional Christian junkets to bastions of democracy such as Serbia, Sudan, Belarus, Albania, Macedonia and Musharraf’s Pakistan”

And now to Ukraine and Ukrainian

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 Answers to Rome

The Pope at Rome considers all Christians, regardless of denomination, to be in communion with the Catholic church, no matter how ‘imperfect.’ The Orthodox church does not, however, recognize the Pope’s authority. Roman Catholicism is dominionist by deed and history to present time, example of present day dominionism in Spain, similar to ‘The Family’ is given:

“As an organization of Catholics – half-monks, half-soldiers – they seek to sanctify themselves through political struggle and their goal is to gain power. It’s a hierarchical structure governed by the motto “He who obeys does not go astray.” They overlap with the Church, invoking the bishops and the pope with an ethical, Christian discourse and with right-wing political and media organizations”

And:

“the Anvil is made up of airtight cells, to make effective the following rule: “Know no more than what is strictly necessary.” He claims to have no clue how many members there are, but says there are national and international leaders. “Our enemies were masonry, the gay movement, feminism, de facto unions, abortion, Marxism, and of course, Zionism””

What does the Roman church authority have to say about this?

“Cardinal Antonio Cañizares, the former archbishop of Toledo and current prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, based in the Vatican [stated] “They’re not called the Anvil any more; now they go by the Association for the Common Good and I think they are offering great services to society””

The major differences between the Catholic and Orthodox are more than cosmetic, the church at Rome is a strict hierarchy with a dominionist theology founded in neo-Platonic thought. The Orthodox church theology is, by contrast, rooted in mystic asceticism. Catholicism is aggressive in comparison to the Orthodox, and particularly aggressive towards the Russian Orthodox Church:

“After the breakdown of the Soviet Union” [a spokesman for the Russian Patriarch said] “a great number of people in the Roman Catholic Church decided that was the moment when it was possible to conquer these big territories and huge populations of the countries of the former Soviet Union”

Ukrainian of the Greek Catholic Church, it must be noted, is a stealth Roman Catholic, having trained at Rome in the Roman doctrine of Thomas Aquinas’ neo-Platonic theology, anathema to the Orthodox Rite he purportedly represents as an Eastern Rite or so-called ‘Greek Catholic’ (with allegiance to the Pope.) The Greek Catholic minority (6%) he represents in mostly Western Ukraine, makes his elevation into American foreign policy circles (under the guise of a ‘religious’ event) all out of proportion to the Ukrainian mainstream Orthodox, but this begins to make sense when one looks at the larger picture coming into focus with the USA dominionist agenda in concert with recent USA policy promoted in Ukraine. In fact the USA putsch installed ‘interim’ prime minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, is a right wing Greek Catholic, in league with the neo-nazi Svoboda party which holds five ministries in his new regime.

So, who is using who here? Is the Roman Catholic church using the dominionists in the USA or are the USA dominionists using the Roman Catholic church? The plain answer is both. It  is a joint effort in Ukraine.

This analysis points to church-state intrigue of a sort you’d expect in medieval Europe. It would appear some habits never die…

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Note one: The Vatican has a long history of supporting right-wing fascism to present time, recent past examples include strong support for Franco’s Spain as well as fascist Italy and to a certain extent Hitler’s Germany, in South America the military junta in Argentina, and Chile’s murderous dictator Pinochet, example given. In the cases of Franco and the Argentine junta, the church was involved in ‘pro-life’ programs such as the placement of very young children of executed dissidents with ‘proper’ Catholic families, unknown to the executed dissidents relatives. This included keeping dissident pregnant women, who were tortured (and sometimes impregnated via associated rapes) alive long enough to deliver their babies prior to the women being ‘disappeared.’

Note two: USAID, Voice of America, The National Endowment for Democracy, Freedom House and too many more NGOs to name here, are no longer funded direct from the CIA budget but have been over the past few decades, shifted to direct congressional funding, a cover or ‘denial’ mechanism. These NGOs continue to serve as CIA fronts, per the revelations of rogue CIA officer Phillip Agee. These are without doubt the channels utilized when Victoria Nuland reports to Chevron & Exxon-Mobil, five billion dollars had been spent in Ukraine enroute to the present geo-political circumstance in that nation. For Chevron’s ‘hands on’ strategy & relationship to these type of NGOs and related events, read HERE

Note three: The Vatican’s intelligence relationship with the CIA, for purpose of coordinating policy, goes back decades. A very useful investigative report on this history is a 1983 (still highly relevant today) Mother Jones investigative report which may be read HERE

Note four: The present director  of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Melissa Rogers,  has belonged to the State Department’s ‘Religion and Foreign Policy’ Working Group since 2011, and has been a ‘senior fellow’ or policy wonk at Brooking Institution. The Brookings Institution is a think tank whose millions in funding is provided by who’s who of multinational corporations and associates who benefit [profit] from conflict opening opportunities [markets] around the world, including but not limited to:

  • Department for International Development, United Kingdom
  • The John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Carnegie Corporation of New York
  • John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
  • Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation
  • Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
  • Embassy of Qatar
  • The Rockefeller Foundation
  • Cheryl and Haim Saban
  • Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • AT&T
  • Richard C. Blum and Senator Dianne Feinstein
  • Exxon Mobil Corporation
  • State Farm Insurance Companies
  • Tel Aviv University
  • Tokyo Club Foundation for Global Studies
  • Visa USA, Inc.
  • Allstate Foundation
  • Chevron Corporation
  • Government of Denmark
  • Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies
  • J.P. Morgan Chase Foundation
  • Shell Oil Company
  • Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
  • World Economic Forum
  • Alcoa Foundation
  • Altria Group, Inc.
  • American Express Foundation
  • Bank of America Foundation
  • The Boeing Company
  • BP America Inc.
  • Cato Institute
  • Coca-Cola Company
  • Eli Lilly and Company Foundation
  • Ford Motor Company Fund
  • GE Foundation
  • General Dynamics Corporation
  • W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Lockheed Martin
  • MassMutual
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • Pfizer, Inc.
  • Raytheon
  • BellSouth Corporation
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation
  • Caterpillar Foundation
  • CIGNA Foundation
  • Citigroup Foundation
  • ConocoPhillips
  • The Dow Chemical Company
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Goldman, Sachs & Co.
  • Honda North America, Inc.
  • Marathon Oil Company Foundation
  • Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc.
  • Mitsubishi International Corporation

Ukraine for Dummies

Deep State IV (related)

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Ronald Thomas West is a former U.S. Intelligence Professional

On 17 July 2013, while monitoring the BBC’s RSS feed, BBC Africa posted up a story that was almost immediately taken down by BBC. Curious, I tracked the missing story to its source and discovered why. The story was on an exposé by the Oakland Institute, revealing (among other things) the United States Department of State egregiously lies in reports to many organizations (not only to the UN) on rights abuses associated with land investment in Africa.

Read the Oakland Institute’s full investigative report at this link:

Understanding Land Investment Deals in Africa

“Southern Ethiopia’s Lower Omo Valley is one of the most culturally and biologically diverse areas in the world, yet the Ethiopian government is transforming more than 375,000 hectares (1450 sq. miles) of the region into industrial-scale plantations for sugar and other monocrops. A vast resettlement scheme for the local ethnic groups is accompanying these plans, as 260,000 local people from 17 ethnic groups who live in the Lower Omo and around Lake Turkana—whose waters will be taken for plantation irrigation—are being evicted from their farmland and restricted from using the natural resources they have been relying on for their livelihoods.

“The plantations are being installed and ethnic and pastoral communities are being forcibly resettled with the help of the Ethiopian military, which has become a central player in the implementation of the Ethiopian government’s development plans. Forced evictions, denial of access to subsistence land, beatings, killings, rapes, imprisonment, intimidation, political coercion, and the denial of government assistance are all being used as tools of forced resettlement. Meanwhile, international donors have been accused of supporting the programs connected with the resettlement sites.

“In response to these criticisms, a group from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) conducted a joint field investigation in the Lower Omo in January 2012. Although this group heard many credible accounts of abuses connected to the resettlement or “villagisation” program, the official stance of the United Kingdom government has since been to repeatedly insist that the “the Department for International Development was not able to substantiate the allegations of human rights violation it received during its visit to South Omo in January 2012.” Similarly, the US State Department’s Ethiopia 2012 Human Rights Report released in April 2013 indicates that donors’ visits “did not find evidence to support this claim [of human right violations] during visits.” DFID and USAID also reported this unsubstantiation of allegations of human rights abuses to the Development Assistance Group (DAG), which is made up of 26 of the major aid agencies that donate to Ethiopia including the UNDP, IMF, and the World Bank.

“This report provides unique insight into the investigation conducted by the donor agencies in January 2012. In stark contrast with the official discourse, testimony from the affected communities shows that egregious human rights violations have taken place. The author accompanied the assessment team as its translator and has audio recordings of the interviews conducted in several Lower Omo communities. Transcripts of these recordings, made public with this report, leave no room for doubt that the donor agencies were given highly credible first-hand accounts of serious human rights violations during their field investigation and they have chosen to steadfastly ignore these accounts.” -Oakland Institute report summary

The United States criminal policies in Africa could perhaps best be described using the metaphor ‘poisoned by Susan Rice syndrome

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Gorilla

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The authors of the study “Gorilla Conservation & Guerilla Warfare”, while reviewing millions upon millions of missing USAID funds, pose a question; what is the Pentagon doing auditing the books of the Dian Fossey Foundation?

“Investigations in Eastern Congo reported by these authors over the past six months indicate that USAID “conservation” funds—millions of taxpayer’s dollars—have been misappropriated, misdirected and disappeared. Evidence suggests that ongoing guerrilla warfare in Central Africa is receiving clandestine financial support in AID-for-ARMS type financial transfers. 

““Our efforts are focused on conserving and protecting the habitat of these magnificentanimals,” said Claudia A. McMurray, U.S. Assistant Secretary for State Oceans, Environment, and Science. “The survival of the mountain gorillas of Virunga is severely threatened by the tragic events in the region, and we will continue to devote whatever resources we can to protect the gorillas and other threatened species there.”

“However, as reported by these authors, millions of dollars in USAID funds given to Virunga Park through the Central African Regional Program for the Environment (CARPE) over the past ten years have virtually disappeared. Wildlife conservation in eastern Congo is a shambles, and “rebel”armies fighting in the region are receiving massive military support from unknown sources”

I will add, how is this related to militias & genocide in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo? And of course there is much more:

To read Gorilla Conservation & Guerilla Warfare click HERE

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Relevant to this, Alain Denault, a world leading authority on multinational corporations and globalization, points out how mining corporations as partners in military conflicts in Congo is a means to an end; rebels and governments in desperate circumstance for cash to fight their wars, sell mining concessions at rock bottom prices, boosting the value of the buyer’s stock:

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And at Of Blood and Gold:

“Barrick Gold and other mining companies are accused of making mining agreements in 2002 with two eastern DRC militias that had control of the mines. Both militias were also in the midst of murdering hundreds of civilians. In return for the gold mines, the militias were given housing and trucks, among other appeasements. Incredibly, as highlighted by independent journalist and Congo-expert Keith Harmon Snow, Barrick’s current and past advisors and directors include former US president George H.W. Bush, former Prime Minister of Canada Brian Mulroney, Vernon Jordan, a close friend to Bill Clinton, and one-time Tennessee senator Howard Baker. Snow says Barrick and one its partners, Anglo-Ashanti, even sent in lawyers to help represent leaders of the militias after some were apprehended by the DRC government”

As recently as the beginning of 2013, when ‘rebels’ had overthrown the government of the Central African Republic, one of the first things mentioned had been the previous governments mining concessions made to China would be ‘reviewed.’ I’ll make an educated guess Barrick Gold & friends don’t appreciate the competition, in which case there are always USAID taxpayer funds to subsidize any necessary militia keeping the corporate bottom line (stock value) healthy and the shareholder happy. With former CIA Director George H.W. Bush (Salvadore-Allende-overthrow-to-October-Surprise-to-Iran-Contra-to-Commander-in-Chief-to-American-Deep-State-Godfather) facilitating matters, that could explain some things. You think?

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Meanwhile, we have Understanding Land Investment Deals in Africa, revealing (among other things) the United States Department of State egregiously lies in reports to many organizations (not only to the UN) on rights abuses associated with multinational corporate land investments in Africa. Here is the investigative conclusion:

“Southern Ethiopia’s Lower Omo Valley is one of the most culturally and biologically diverse areas in the world, yet the Ethiopian government is transforming more than 375,000 hectares (1450 sq. miles) of the region into industrial-scale plantations for sugar and other monocrops. A vast resettlement scheme for the local ethnic groups is accompanying these plans, as 260,000 local people from 17 ethnic groups who live in the Lower Omo and around Lake Turkana—whose waters will be taken for plantation irrigation—are being evicted from their farmland and restricted from using the natural resources they have been relying on for their livelihoods.

“The plantations are being installed and ethnic and pastoral communities are being forcibly resettled with the help of the Ethiopian military, which has become a central player in the implementation of the Ethiopian government’s development plans. Forced evictions, denial of access to subsistence land, beatings, killings, rapes, imprisonment, intimidation, political coercion, and the denial of government assistance are all being used as tools of forced resettlement. Meanwhile, international donors have been accused of supporting the programs connected with the resettlement sites.

“In response to these criticisms, a group from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) conducted a joint field investigation in the Lower Omo in January 2012. Although this group heard many credible accounts of abuses connected to the resettlement or “villagisation” program, the official stance of the United Kingdom government has since been to repeatedly insist that the “the Department for International Development was not able to substantiate the allegations of human rights violation it received during its visit to South Omo in January 2012.” Similarly, the US State Department’s Ethiopia 2012 Human Rights Report released in April 2013 indicates that donors’ visits “did not find evidence to support this claim [of human right violations] during visits.” DFID and USAID also reported this unsubstantiation of allegations of human rights abuses to the Development Assistance Group (DAG), which is made up of 26 of the major aid agencies that donate to Ethiopia including the UNDP, IMF, and the World Bank.

“This report provides unique insight into the investigation conducted by the donor agencies in January 2012. In stark contrast with the official discourse, testimony from the affected communities shows that egregious human rights violations have taken place. The author accompanied the assessment team as its translator and has audio recordings of the interviews conducted in several Lower Omo communities. Transcripts of these recordings, made public with this report, leave no room for doubt that the donor agencies were given highly credible first-hand accounts of serious human rights violations during their field investigation and they have chosen to steadfastly ignore these accounts.” -Oakland Institute report summary

The United States criminal policies in Africa could perhaps best be described using the metaphor ‘poisoned by Susan Rice syndrome

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Related: COUNTERFEIT COIN (Economics & Counter-insurgency)

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A former Special Forces Sergeant of Operations and Intelligence, Ronald Thomas West is a retired paralegal/investigator (living in exile) whose work focus had been anti-corruption and human rights. Ronald is published in International Law as a layman (The Mueller-Wilson Report, co-authored with Dr Mark D Cole) and has been adjunct professor of American Constitutional Law at Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany (for English credit, summer semester 2008.) Ronald’s formal educational background is primarily social psychology. His therapeutic device is satire –

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