by Elizabeth Vos, Disobedient Media:
The latest Oxfam sex abuse scandal does not exist in a vacuum. It is not the first time that aid groups have been accused of sexual misconduct towards the very people the entities purport to protect, and without significant change, it will not be the last time that such allegations emerge. The current debacle began with the revelation of sexual abuses by Oxfam’s Country Director in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake devastated the island nation. The allegations eventually led to the expulsion and banning of Oxfam Great Britain from the country.
Reuters reports that Oxfam’s former country director in Haiti, Roland Van Hauwermeiren, admitted to using prostitutes at his residence during a relief mission before resigning in 2011. CNN wrote that Oxfam had published an internal report acknowledging that three staff members also “physically threatened and intimidated” a witness during an internal investigation into the issue. The New York Times discussed Haiti’s decision to ban Oxfam Great Britain from operating in the country.
Additionally, a UNICEF consultant and child rights activist recently pled guilty to raping a child under 16, raising further questions about the essential nature of charity work. Any discussion of Oxfam or Newell’s misconduct must recognize the history in which such scandals are situated.
Such abuses have proven all-too-pervasive over the preceding decades, with Disobedient Media’s William Craddick, breaking coverage of the Clintons’ efforts on behalf of Laura Silsby. Craddick reported on Silsby’s illegal attempt to traffic Haitian children in the aftermath of the same 2010 earthquake that has become the setting of the Oxfam debacle, as well as the Clintons’ apparent efforts to intercede on Silsby’s behalf.
Many other independent voices have reported allegations of severe impropriety in the Clinton’s conduct in Haiti, especially in reference to the infamous Clinton Foundation.
In April last year, Disobedient Media also wrote regarding historical abuses tied to the United Nations, noting that the U.N. has faced accusations of sex crimes for decades, ranging from rape and abuse of women and minors in war zones to participation in human trafficking, prostitution and even production of child pornography involving senior U.N. officials and members of foreign governments.
Additionally, Disobedient Media described allegations of child and organ trafficking that emerged in the aftermath of disasters in locations including Haiti, Chad and the Balkans. This author’s report on the matter ultimately queried: “…If this is what was caught, what abuses are occurring that we do not catch?” In light of the latest series of abuse allegations, the unfortunate answer appears to be, “far too much.”
The question as to whether minors were also sexually abused by Oxfam staff remains open-ended. Oxfam’s 2011 report indicated that: “None of the initial allegations concerning fraud, nepotism, or use of underage prostitutes was substantiated during the investigation, although it cannot be ruled out that any of the prostitutes were under-aged.” In all, seven Oxfam employees have been terminated in relation to the incident. ABC News reported allegations that some of the prostitutes involved with Oxfam staff were minors.
This is not the first time that a member of Oxfam would be swept up in a highly publicized sex abuse scandal. British press reports indicate that Caroline Thomas, who became Chair of Oxfam in 2016, previously served as an executive at BBC during the emergence of the Jimmy Saville sexual abuse fiasco that deeply tarnished the reputation of the BBC.
Some press reports imply that abuses perpetrated by Oxfam staff were much worse than what was officially documented in the now-public 2011 report, citing age of those involved as a particular concern. That abuses against minors cannot be confirmed or denied in the case is disconcerting, considering well-documented sexual abuses of children in Haiti by UN peacekeepers and others.
Since the scandal’s emergence, Oxfam has faced the cessation of financial support from thousands of individual donors and even public funds. The Associated Press reports that: “British government… suspended new funding to Oxfam’s British affiliate. Oxfam Great Britain received 31.7 million pounds ($43.8 million) from the government in the 12 months through March 31, 2017, or about 8 percent of its revenue.”
Amira Malik Miller, a Swiss humanitarian aid worker, came forward in the wake of the Oxfam furor, discussing abuses tied to Roland Van Hauwermeiren with Hardtalk. Miller described witnessing abuses in Liberia in 2004 while working for a British charity, Merlin, where Roland Van Hauwermeiren served as the Country Director. Despite Miller having lodged an official complaint with the charity, Van Hauwermeiren was able to gain employment with other aid groups before finally being exposed in relation to abuses in Haiti while working for Oxfam.
Roland Van Hauwermeiren’s ability to easily gain employment with successive aid groups after Miller’s 2004 complaint suggest a troubling degree of leniency towards sexual abuse in aid work.
Although the current outrage and funding cuts may lead to increased accountability for Oxfam, it does nothing to address the larger problems posed by an amorphous industry of aid groups. If an ample supply of tax-payer funding continues, absent any drastic transparency or accountability measures, the same abuses will inevitably continue ad infinitum.
The heart of the problem is that non-governmental organizations are by definition unaccountable to the public that funds them and impervious to those they ‘serve,’ as humanitarian groups operate amongst devastated populations with near impunity. For Peacekeepers and those affiliated with the United Nations, diplomatic immunity prevents the tiniest a shred of accountability, even in cases of the most heinous sex crimes.
That Oxfam and similar organizations receive sizable government funding while unaccountable to the public represents an existential problem for all NGO’s, charities, and “humanitarian” efforts. As the situation stands, a total lack of transparency creates an environment ripe for abuses of the worst kind.
Oxfam was not the only humanitarian organization to be implicated in recent weeks. The Guardian wrote that Mercy Corp and other charities were also linked to Haitian case, writing that a spokeswoman for Mercy Corps had confirmed the involvement of an individual who worked for Mercy Corp between July 2015 to November 2016.’
The European press reports noted that this was not the first time Mercy Corp had been associated with sex abuse accusations, writing: “A similar but separate issue surfaced last year after Mercy Corps, another EU-funded NGO, publicly announced that it was investigating allegations of sexual misconduct by two of its staff on the Greek island of Lesbos.”
Disobedient Media previously reported on the involvement of Mercy Corp and other groups in Haiti, in an article covering special interest-tied micro-finance and reinsurance groups that used the devastating cholera outbreak caused by UN peacekeepers to profit. The piece noted that groups who appear for all intents and purposes to be aimed at “aiding” Haitians reaped a sizable profit from the instigation of “microloans” and “reinsurance programs,” descending on the Haitian populous before basic sanitation had been instigated.
This author’s previous report explained that microfinancers and re-insurers involved in Haiti in the wake of the 2010 earthquake and the secondary cholera epidemic included Swiss Re, Fonkoze, and Mercy Corp, all of whom partnered with the Clinton Global Initiative to create the Microinsurance Catastrophe Risk Organization (MiCRO). Mercy Corp is Chaired by Linda A. Mason, who also co-founded Bright Horizons, a large child care organization that has previously operated in Haiti with Mercy Corp.
Despite describing itself as a tax-exempt 501(c) charity, Mercy Corp runs a microfinance portfolio including 1,351,511 disbursed loans worth over $1.40 billion, with total assets worth $435.3 million. It seems remarkable that a tax-exempt charity would also found a number of banks, including Bank Andara, Asian Credit Fund, the Agency for Finance in Kosovo, IMON International, Kompanion Financial Group LLC, Partner Microcredit Organization, XacBank and Mercy Corp Northwest.
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by Mike Adams, Natural News:
A major media bombshell is now confirming the shocking truth that Natural News reported first: Deputies were ordered to stand down and avoid entering the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, even as the shooting was taking place.
This irrefutable fact has been maliciously labeled a “conspiracy theory” by the fake news media (CNN, etc.), but now it is confirmed by multiple sources (as is usually the case after the fake news media gets it wrong).
Laura Ingraham is now reporting from Fox News (see video below):
Our sources near the Broward County Sheriff’s Department are telling us that the deputies who arrived at the scene of the shooting were told not to enter the school unless their body cameras were turned on. And then we found that the deputies did not have body cameras, so they did not enter the building or engage the shooter. So curiously, police also lost radio communications during the Parkland shooting. And our source claims that radio communication also went dead during the Ft. Lauderdale airport shooting of 2017…
BREAKING: Broward County Sheriff Deputies were reportedly told NOT to enter the school during the shooting unless they had body cameras on, which they did not have.
Police also reportedly lost radio transmissions during the shooting. pic.twitter.com/NUYQZkONSW
— Ryan Saavedra 🇺🇸 (@RealSaavedra) 27 February 2018
In other words, not only were the deputies ordered to stand down, but the communications outage seems to be a pattern among false flag shooting operations (carried out to push a gun control agenda).
Fox News is also reporting that deputies “would not let medical personnel into the school,” reports The Daily Wire, confirming yet again that both armed officers and EMTs were prohibited from entering the school while students were bleeding out. This was obviously done on purpose in order to maximize the body count for political gain. (And CNN was immediately ready with a staged “town hall” event to cast blame on the NRA and the GOP, as planned.)
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by David Williams, via The Sleuth Journal:
During the last Super Bowl, Amazon had an ad spot for Alexa, its intelligent voice-based personal assistant. During the spot, Alexa’s name – usually the device’s trigger to go from Sleep mode to Wake mode and await a user’s commands – was uttered some 10 times. Surprisingly, these didn’t trigger the Alexa devices that were sitting in viewers’ homes. That might not seem like much, but it’s a huge win in terms of the device’s usability in that particular situation.
Amazon later revealed that Alexa’s ability to simply ignore the sound cues from the commercial during the broadcast was made possible by something called acoustic fingerprint technology. This is what allowed all of the Alexa devices in the wild, and listening in during the live broadcast, to easily distinguish between the words that typically trigger them to wake up and the commands that were given by actual users.
Of course, as a new report now posits, Amazon had a lot of data and resources at their disposal. They were able to plan ahead of time to make sure that they wouldn’t be waking up the Alexa devices already being used by their customers while their new Superbowl ad played. But what if that technology — acoustic fingerprinting — could be taken to the next level and worked on a bunch of other sound signatures?
That’s exactly what one startup company called Audio Analytic is evidently doing: they are currently modeling sounds beyond voice and music. So far, it is said that they have encoded the sounds of a baby’s cry, a glass window being broken, a dog’s bark, and a smoke alarm going off. At the moment, they’ve also developed a method to spot any small anomalies in ambient noise, and they are licensing their software products to various consumer electronics companies.
According to Chris Mitchell, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company with a dual degree in music technology and electrical engineering from Anglia Ruskin University, their work is the result of much more complicated work than what Amazon had to do for their Super Bowl commercial. “With speech, and in particular wake words, the sound you make is constrained by the words and the broader rules of the language,” he explained, “there are a limited number of phonemes that humans can produce, and our collective knowledge here is considerable.”
In other words, audio fingerprint technology might be good enough for certain specific wake words, but for other sounds and noises, a much more robust system is required. For their work, Mitchell’s company relies on a deep learning system in order to analyze sounds and code them into ideophones — the representation of sound in speech. As a result, they could potentially give voice-based personal assistants that extraordinary ability to listen in for a variety of background noises and act accordingly, depending on the situation.
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by Dave Kranzler, Investment Research Dynamics:
Fed Head, Jerome Powell, is not an economist. He’s a politician who made a lot of money at the Carlyle Group. He has an undergraduate degree in politics and went to law school. After working for awhile as a lawyer at a big Wall St. firm, Powell migrated to investment banking at Dillon Read. Powell must have built a relationship with Nicholas Brady at Dillon Read, because he jumped from Dillon Read to positions in Brady’s Treasury Department under George H. Bush. From there he took an ill-fated position at Bankers Trust and was somehow connected to the big derivatives scandal that eventually forced BT into the arms of Deutsche Bank. Information about Powell’s role at BT have been cleansed from the internet but he resigned from BT after Proctor & Gamble filed a lawsuit that exposed a large derivatives scandal.
The point of this is that it would be a mistake to analyze anything Powell says in his role as Fed Head as anything other than the regurgitation of previous oral flatulence emitted by Bernanke and Yellen. First and foremost, Powell’s agenda will be to protect the value of private equity investments at firms like the Carlyle Group. In this regard, Powell’s wealth preservation interests should have precluded him from assuming the role of Fed Head. Then again, he’s not an economist. The last Fed Head who was not a trained economist was G. William Miller, appointed by Jimmy Carter in 1978. How well did that work out?
While many “analysts” have looked to statements made by Powell in 2012 that expressed a somewhat “hawkish” stance on monetary policy, it’s more important to watch what the Fed does, not says. Since the balance sheet reduction process was supposed to begin starting in October, the Fed’s balance sheet has been reduced from $4.469 trillion as October 16, 2017 to $4.458 trillion as of February 21. “Qualitative tightening” of just $11 billion. This is well behind the alleged $10 billion per month pace that was established and highly promoted by the Fed, analysts and the financial media.
Powell stated to today that the Fed will continue with “gradual rate hikes.” What does this mean? Over the last two years and two months, the Fed has implemented five quarter-point rate “nudges.” Less than one-half of one percent per year. Since 1954, the Fed Funds rate has averaged around 6%. This would be a “normalized” Fed Funds rate. Based on the current rate of Fed Funds rate “hikes,” it would take six years from December 2015, when the “rate nudges” commenced, to achieve interest rate “normalization.”
But here’s why it will like take a lot longer and may never happen:
The chart above shows the dollar amount of consumer debt that is in delinquency. It was $33.3 billion as of the end of Q3 2017. It is at the same level as it was in Q2 2008. The data is lagged. I have no doubt that is likely now closer to $36 trillion, which is where it was in Q3 2008. If anything, we will eventually see “faster-than-gradual” drops in the Fed Funds rate.
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by Kathryn Blackhurst, Lifezette:
High-ranking State Department executives — those both current and former — will be “hauled into Congress” next week to “answer publicly” questions about the “salacious and unverified” anti-Trump Steele dossier, according to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) in an appearance on “The Laura Ingraham Show.”
“A week ago we sent a letter with a questionnaire to high-ranking former Obama and current Trump officials, asking them 10 questions about when they knew about the dossier, when they knew the dossier was used, when they knew the dossier was used to get a warrant to spy on an American — all questions that the public has a right to know and that the Congress definitely has a right to know,” said Nunes, who is chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
“They have ’til Friday to respond to this questionnaire. And what’s alarming is, Laura, that the mainstream media — the Democratic-controlled mainstream media — is not reporting on this questionnaire,” Nunes continued. “So I guess they’ll be surprised when, you know, a week from today when we have to issue a slew of subpoenas if these people don’t answer.”
Former FBI Director James Comey told Congress last year that the dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele contained “salacious and unverified” allegations about President Donald Trump’s personal activities and business connections in Russia.
Nunes told Ingraham that “what happens here in the Beltway” is that current and former State Department officials mostly read The Washington Post and The New York Times and watch CNN and MSNBC. They ignore conservative outlets and those outlets outside the mainstream.
“And they think, well, just because Devin Nunes is being attacked and Devin Nunes is being called a Trump stooge and I’m being just constantly — it’s a character assassination — that somehow they’re not going to be subpoenaed and that they think the press is going to cover for them,” Nunes said.
“Well, I’ve got news for them — they are going to get subpoenaed, and they are going to answer publicly to all 10 questions in that questionnaire,” Nunes continued. “And the mainstream media can continue to ignore it all they want, but at some point the cameras will be on and all of these people will be hauled into Congress to answer the questions.”
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by Stefan Stanford, All News Pipeline:
Over the past several decades, the American taxpayer has been providing billions of dollars funding globalists projects around the world such as building and refurbishing mosques, providing for the defense of nations and helping resettle immigrants who might not have America’s best interests in mind into America. Yet as we read in this recent story from WND, the world has given America it’s cowardly middle finger in repayment for our kindness and generosity over the past 40+ years.
While the American taxpayer has gotten more in debt to the tune of 20 trillion dollars with that number growing every day, even far-left Vox reports a group of global elites recently met in Dubai to discuss the future of the world, and: “Their plans didn’t include America“.
While not outright confirmation of Deagel’s forecast of only 54 million living here in 2025, as the New American recently reported, that “creepy world government summit” not only targeted America but freedom as well with top globalists, communists, and Islamists from all over the planet gathered for the appropriately called: World Government Summit.
And while over the past several decades, tens of millions of Americans were called ‘conspiracy theorists’ and labeled as ‘crazy’ by society as a whole and specifically the mainstream media for simply suggesting that such a thing as a ‘world government’ or a ‘New World Order’ existed, part of the agenda for this meeting was to push for what they themselves called a “new world order.”
From the New American story:
More than a few speakers made clear that liberty, self-government, and the “America First” agenda were in the crosshairs.
On the other hand, Big Government, trans-humanism, and globalism were presented as the solution to basically everything, from alleged man-made “global warming” and health problems to unemployment and even hate. Aside from global governance and statism, one of the key themes of the conference was the merger of man and machine to become “cyborgs.” Artificial Intelligence and “Happiness,” directed by authorities, were also major topics.
But while critics ridiculed and slammed the scheming, and most American media outlets completely ignored it, the globalist confab has been helping to advance a planetary agenda that is completely at odds with American traditions of liberty and self-government. And the speakers, organizers, and attendees barely bothered to conceal that fact — probably in part because they knew Americans were unlikely to hear about the antics from the purveyors of “fake news” posing as “mainstream” media.
With the AI admission just as Steve Quayle and Tom Horn have long warned of, if we need any more evidence of what ‘direction’ this ‘world government’ is taking us, we get it in the following photograph of the summit.
With Americans now having absolute proof that the ‘new world order/global government’ conspiracy theory is indeed fact with proof that globalists, communists and islamists were the main attendees at this ‘summit’, it’s time to take a look back at warnings given by many of Islamists wanting global govt and sharia law for America and Barack Obama himself a ‘trojan horse’ for Islam.
And with the left and globalists here in America launching their latest attack upon the US Constitution and specifically the 2nd Amendment in the wake of what looks more and more to be a ‘manufactured event’, if author and former US Navy Intelligence officer Bill Cooper was correct and the Florida shooting just the latest in a series of manufactured events going back decades, it’s easy to see where this is all going should the good people of the world allow the globalists satanic agenda to be completed.
While many leftists blindly support Islam despite the fact that many Islamists would rather chop off their heads than assimilate within our country, we shouldn’t be the least bit surprised that the majority in attendance at this world government summit were Islamic as it’s long been warned that they have been pushing for global domination.
According to Civilus Defendus, the 4 stages of global Islamic conquest are:
STAGE 1: INFILTRATION Muslims begin moving to non-Muslim countries in increasing numbers and the beginning of cultural conflicts are visible, though often subtle.
STAGE 2: CONSOLIDATION OF POWER Muslim immigrants and host country converts continue demands for accommodation in employment, education, social services, financing and courts.
STAGE 3: OPEN WAR w/ LEADERSHIP & CULTURE Open violence to impose Sharia law and associated cultural restrictions; rejection of host government, subjugation of other religions and customs.
STAGE 4: Totalitarian ISLAMIC “THEOCRACY”
Islam becomes the only religious-political-judicial-cultural ideology.
Sharia becomes the “law of the land.
All non-Islamic human rights cancelled.
Enslavement and genocide of non-Muslim population.
Freedom of speech and the press eradicated.
All religions other than Islam are forbidden and destroyed.
Destruction of all evidence of non-Muslim culture, populations and symbols in country (Buddhas, houses of worship, art, etc).
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