Telegraph 19 Jun 2013
Tony Blair demands Western intervention to overthrow Assad By Damien McElroy and agencies The consequences of refusing to intervene are likely to be more costly for the West than participating in the drive to oust the regime.
Speaking in Israel, the former prime minister acknowledged the “predominant emotion” in the West was to stay out of Syria, where rebels are battling to oust Bashar Assad and his regime, and avoid becoming embroiled in the politics of the region. “Undoubtedly the predominant emotion in the West today is to stay out of Syria; indeed to stay out of the region’s politics,” he said. “But as every day that passes shows, the cost of staying out may be paid in a higher price later.”
The comments came a day after G8 leaders papered over differences between the West and Russia to agree that a political solution to the conflict must be an international priority.
The Syrian National Coalition, the main opposition front body, said it was committed to participation in negotiations that sought to establish a transistional government.
“The Syrian National Coalition is committed to any political solution that puts an end to the […]
Bilderberg Meeting Attendees: Sitges, Spain 3-6 June 2010 Via Bilderbergmeetings.org
Four generations of my family have shaped and enhanced this house, each adding a personal element, whether Ferdinand's colourful exotic birds, Miss Alice's rigorous housekeeping rules or our contemporary carpet bedding. The generous act of my cousin Jimmy in offering Waddesdon Manor to the National Trust ensured the preservation of the house and its contents in perpetuity. – Lord Rothschild, www.waddesdon.org.uk
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BEL Davignon, Etienne Honorary Chairman, Bilderberg Meetings; Vice Chairman, Suez-Tractebel DEU Ackermann, Josef Chairman of the Management Board and the Group Executive Committee, Deutsche Bank AG GBR Agius, Marcus Chairman, Barclays Bank PLC ESP Alierta, César Chairman and CEO, Telefónica INT Almunia, Joaquín Commissioner, European Commission USA Altman, Roger C. Chairman, Evercore Partners Inc. USA Arrison, Sonia Author and policy analyst SWE Bäckström, Urban Director General, Confederation of Swedish Enterprise PRT Balsemão, Francisco Pinto Chairman and CEO, IMPRESA, S.G.P.S.; Former Prime Minister ITA Bernabè, Franco CEO, Telecom Italia S.p.A. SWE Bildt, Carl Minister of Foreign Affairs FIN Blåfield, Antti Senior Editorial Writer, Helsingin Sanomat ESP Botín, Ana […]
Globe and Mail
Tuesday, Jun. 01, 2010
Greg McArthur and Daniel Leblanc Ottawa
Freemasons Brian Mulroney PC and Richard Wolson QC, Lead Oliphant ‘Inquiry’ Counsel
Former prime minister Brian Mulroney accepted cash-stuffed envelopes from Karlheinz Schreiber “as part of a scheme” to conceal the payments, a commission of inquiry has found. But after spending at least $14-million, listening to 39 days of testimony and reviewing 150,000 pages of evidence, the Oliphant inquiry couldn’t say what he did to earn it.
In a sometimes scathing examination of Mr. Mulroney’s acceptance of at least $225,000 in cash from the German-born, and now incarcerated, lobbyist, Mr. Justice Jeffrey Oliphant, the inquiry’s chair, repeatedly called Mr. Mulroney’s actions “inappropriate.” He described his own “skepticism” of the former prime minister’s explanation about the work he performed for the money, and called Mr. Mulroney’s explanation for his failure to disclose the payments during a court proceeding “patently absurd.”
Almost as soon as Judge Oliphant and his legal staff concluded their remarks to the media Monday, calls began for the government to recoup the $2.1-million that the Justice Department agreed to pay Mr. Mulroney’s lawyers and public-relations team […]
BBC News 25 February 2010
Top Turkish officers charged over ‘coup plot’
Turkey Military Parade Ground
Twenty military officers have been formally charged in Turkey with attempting to overthrow the government.
They include four admirals, a general and two colonels, some of them retired.
The men were among more than 40 officers arrested on Monday over an alleged 2003 plot to stir up chaos in Turkey and justify a military coup.
The head of the armed forces, General Ilker Basbug, will meet the country’s prime minister and president later to discuss the alleged plot and arrests.
The meeting was called after the country’s top generals and admirals met at short notice on Tuesday to evaluate what the military called a “serious situation”.
The scale of Monday’s operation against the military was unprecedented and increased the tension between the government and the armed forces.
Dozens of current or former members of the military have been arrested in the past few years over similar plot allegations, and some have been charged.
Turkish military faces crossroads This is now turning into a critical test of the government’s authority over […]
German fraud trial may throw light on slush fund affair
Arms dealer and lobbyist Karlheinz Schreiber, 75, denies bribery and tax evasion
Monday 18 January 2010 Kate Connolly in Berlin
'A Pillar of Mutual Support…'
An elderly arms dealer and lobbyist accused of playing a major role in a slush fund affair that plunged Germany’s Christian Democrats into chaos in the 1990s and set the chancellor, Angela Merkel, on the road to power, went on trial today for alleged fraud.
Karlheinz Schreiber, 75, who has joint Canadian and German citizenship, pleaded not guilty to charges of bribery, tax evasion and being an accessory to fraud, in a trial that is being watched closely by political and business communities, not least because of revelations he might make over who knew what about the funding scandal.
His friends and contacts with whom he famously shared a table at Munich’s Oktoberfest, included intelligence agents, state secretaries and arms manufacturers.
Prosecutor Marcus Paintinger told the court in Augsburg, southern Germany, that Schreiber had withheld €13.3m in taxes from the €32m commission he received from sales of Airbus aeroplanes to Thailand, helicopters to the Canadian coastguard, and a […]