Revelations – Lafarge-Holcim’s jihad, by Thierry Meyssan

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On 2 March 2017, the company Lafarge-Holcim admitted that its Syrian subsidiary, in violation of UNO resolutions, had «paid sums of money to third parties, including certain third parties who are under sanction, in order to facilitate arrangements with a number of armed groups with a view to maintaining the company’s activity and ensuring safe passage for its employees and supplies to and from the factory» [1].

The cement company has already been the object of two enquiries. The first was initiated by the associations Sherpa and ECCHR, on 15 November 2016, while the second was launched by the French Minister of the Economy. Both were reacting to the alleged revelations in Le Monde, according to which Lafarge paid money to Daesh, in violation of UNO resolutions.

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It’s important to note that the articles published on 2 March in Intelligence Online (a confidential site belonging to Le Monde) and in Le Monde itself on 22 June 2016, were written by a journalist who is not affiliated with these news outlets – Dorothée Myriam Kellou. This young woman studied at Georgtown University. Her statements were confirmed in a book by Jacob Waerness, Risikosjef i Syra, in which the ex-employee decribes the frightening security situation of Lafarge personnel in Syria. The author pursued his collaboration with the cement company after the publication of his book.

The pseudo-revelations of Le Monde were organised in coordination with Lafarge-Holcim in order to focus the attention of the public and the judges on a single point of detail – namely, should they have accepted being held to ransom by Daesh.

The truth is worse than that.

The preparation of the war against Syria

In June 2008, NATO organised the annual meeting of the Bilderberg Group [2] in Chantilly (United States) during which Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama presented themselves to the participants.

Among the 120 people present were Bassma Kodmani (future spokeswoman for the Syrian National Coalition) and Volker Perthes (future assistant of Jeffrey Feltman at the UNO, for Syria). During a debate on the permanence of US foreign policy, they spoke up to commend the importance of the Muslim Brotherhood and the role they could play in the «democratisation» of the Arab world.

Jean-Pierre Jouyet (future Secretary General for the Elysée), Manuel Valls (future Prime Minister of France) and Bertrand Collomb (head of Lafarge) were present alongside Henry R. Kravis (future financial coordinator of Daech).

Lafarge in Syria

Lafarge is the world’s leading cement company. NATO entrusted it with the construction of the jihadists’ bunkers in Syria and the reconstruction of the Sunni part of Iraq. In exchange, Lafarge allowed the Alliance to manage its installations in these two countries, notably the factory in Jalabiyeh (at the Turkish border, north of Aleppo). For two years, the multinational supplied the materials and equipment for the construction of the gigantic underground fortifications which enabled the jihadists to defy the Syrian Arab Army.

Lafarge is currently directed by US citizen Eric Olsen, who has integrated into his company the factories of the Sawiris brothers and Firas Tlass. The latter is the son of General Moustapha Tlass, President Hafez el-Assad’s ex-Minister for Defence. He is the brother of General Manas Tlass, whom France had once considered making the next Syrian President. He is also the brother of Nahed Tlass-Ojjeh, the widow of Saudi arms dealer Akram Ojjeh – she works with the journalist Franz-Olivier Giesbert.

The links between Lafarge and the French Special Forces are facilitated by the friendship between Bertrand Collomb (who became the honorary President of the multinational) and General Benoît Puga (Chief of Staff for Presidents Sarkozy and Hollande).

The lies of Le Monde

First of all, the online news outlet of the anti-Syrian mercenaires, Zaman Al-Wasl, published e-mails showing that Lafarge was paying money to Daesh. Then Le Monde published its articles and took the documents from Zaman Al-Wasl off its Internet site (although you can find them here on our Internet site).

According to Le Monde, the multinational was buying oil to keep its factory running. However, this is untrue – the factory in question runs almost exclusively on coal, which was still being delivered from Turkey. Without realising the enormity of its confession, the daily admitted that Lafarge produced 2,6 million metric tonnes of cement per year, destined for the «rebel zones».

Yet throughout this terrible war, civilians could not obtain permission to build in these zones.

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Daesh soldiers at the Lafarge-Holcim factory in Jalabiyeh (Syria)

The construction of the jihadists’ bunkers

2,6 million metric tonnes for two years adds up to at least six million metric tonnes produced for the «rebels». I’m putting the word «rebel» in quotes, because these combatants are not Syrians – they come from all over the Muslim world, including Europe.

This amount of concrete is comparable to that used by the German Reich, in 1916-17, to build the Siegfried Line. Since July 2012, NATO – including France – have organised a war of position in conformity with the strategy described by Abou Moussab «The Syrian» in his 2004 book, Management of Savagery.

We can imagine the number of military engineers from the NATO Engineering Corps – including the French – who were necessary to build these colossal structures.

Lafarge, the Clintons and the CIA

During the 1980’s, Lafarge was defended in its Alabama pollution trial by a famous lawyer, a certain Hillary Rodham-Clinton. She managed to reduce the fine imposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agencydown to only 1,8 million dollars.

During the mandate of George Bush Sr, Lafarge helped out the CIA by illegally transporting to Iraq the weapons which would be used later on during the rebellion, when Iraq was planned to invade Kuwaït, and the international Coalition was planned to come to liberate it.

During the same period, Hillary Rodham-Clinton became an administrator for the multinational, a post she left when her husband was elected to the White House. President Bill Clinton then reduced to 600,000 dollars the fine that his wife had been unable to avoid for Lafarge. Good relations continued between them, since the cement company donated 100,000 dollars to the Clinton Fondation in 2015, and its new CEO, Eric Olsen, never hesitates to have his photo taken with Hillary Clinton.

The Russian military intervention

Entrenched in their bunkers, the jihadists were not afraid of the Syrian Arab Army, and had no difficulty in holding their positions. For two years, the country was cut in two, since the government chose to save the population and thus to abandon the area.

When Russia stepped in, answering the request by the Syrian government, its mission was to destroy the jihadists’ bunkers with penetrating «bunker-buster» bombs. The operation was intended to last three months, from September 2015 until the Orthodox Christmas (6 January 2016). However, the extent of Lafarge-Holcim’s constructions proved to be so massive that the Russian Army needed six months to finish the job.

Conclusion

When the transnational company Lafarge-Holcim finished its mission in service of the Military Engineering Corps of NATO, it closed its factory and lent it to the Alliance. So the factory in Jalabiyeh was transformed into a headquarters for the Special Forces of the United States, France, Norway and the United Kingdom, who were occupying the North of Syria illegally.

Contrary to the smoke-screen raised by Le Monde, this is not at all the sad story of a construction company which was forced to negotiate with jihadists in order to save its personnel. Lafarge-Holcim’s responsibility is its central role in a vast military operation aimed at the destruction of Syria – a secret war which cost the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.

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Navalny found guilty of organizing opposition rallies ‘resulting in violation of public order’

Aleksey Navalny was detained shortly after arriving at an unsanctioned anti-corruption protest in downtown Moscow on Sunday. He was charged with violating a law on public gatherings and faced a fine, community service, or administrative detention.

Moscow police have officially confirmed that they detained some 500 demonstrators.

Some 8,000 people took part in the protest in Russia’s capital, law enforcement officials reported. As the rally continued, police used loudspeakers to call on the protesters to disperse.

Protesters turned up despite failing to obtain a permit from the mayor’s office to hold a rally at the site of their choosing. The authorities had suggested two alternative venues, which the organizers rejected. Moscow police said that taking part in the unsanctioned rally could pose a safety risk and advised people against it.

Similar rallies, some unsanctioned and others permitted by local authorities, were attended by thousands of people across Russia on Sunday.

READ MORE: Thousands take to streets in opposition rallies across Russia (VIDEOS, PHOTOS)

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2.2mn Yemeni children close to famine, 70% rise in those killed over past year – UNICEF

Two years into the Yemeni conflict, children continue to suffer the consequences and will soon succumb to starvation without prompt humanitarian assistance and viable efforts to bring peace to the war-ravaged country, UNICEF said in a report entitled ‘Falling through the Cracks.’ 

Nearly half a million children suffer from severe acute malnutrition, which is manifest in grotesquely slim bodies and stunted growth – a 200-percent increase since 2014, the report warned. The fighting and devastation has forced Yemenis into buying cheaper food or skipping meals, while around 80 percent of families are in debt or borrowing money just to feed their children.

READ MORE: UN: ‘People will starve to death’ as world faces largest humanitarian crisis since WWII

UNIECF, which is now spearheading relief efforts in Yemen, said nearly 2.2 million children are currently acutely malnourished and require urgent care. Children suffering from severe acute malnutrition are ten times more likely to die than their healthy peers because their weakened immune systems leave them vulnerable to diseases. Consequently, UNICEF has classified them as having a life-threatening condition.

Apart from deaths caused directly by fighting, UNICEF cited previous UN estimates warning that at least one Yemeni child dies of “preventable causes like malnutrition, diarrhea, and respiratory tract infections” every 10 minutes, as the country is gradually turning into one of the largest food and malnutrition emergencies in the world.

“Cemeteries are filling up with small unmarked graves, the deaths of children unreported to authorities, their suffering invisible to the world,” the UN agency warned.

The Yemen war, which broke out in 2015 after Saudi Arabia led an intervention to restore ousted Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi to power, has so far claimed the lives of 1,546 children, according to the UNICEF report. The appalling figure adds to the 2,450 children maimed and 235 abducted during the hostilities, while 1,572 children have been recruited as child soldiers to join the fighting.

The hardships that come with war have compelled millions of families across the country to resort to “negative coping mechanisms.” Parents have married off about 44.5 percent of girls under age 15 to be relieved of the cost of caring for them, or to secure better protection from a husband’s family. Underage marriages are widespread in the Al Hudaydah, Hajjah, and Ibb governorates, where there are large numbers of displaced people.

Since the beginning of the Saudi-led intervention, rights groups such as Human Rights Watch have documented dozens of instances of “apparently unlawful coalition airstrikes, some of which may amount to war crimes,” which have killed nearly 900 civilians. HRW has also recorded seven indiscriminate attacks by Houthi forces, but the warring parties carry on fighting despite the rising civilian death toll. 

“The war in Yemen continues to claim children’s lives and their future,” said Meritxell Relano, UNICEF’s representative in Yemen. “Relentless fighting and destruction has scarred children for life. Families have been left destitute and are struggling to cope,” he said.

UNICEF is not the only aid agency sounding the alarm about the humanitarian disaster unfolding in Yemen. Earlier on Monday, Richard Stanforth, an Oxfam adviser, told RT that Yemen is just “a few months” away from mass starvation, while appealing to the ‘international community’ to “wake up to the crisis.”

READ MORE: Severely malnourished Yemeni children in urgent need of help filmed by RT Arabic (DISTURBING IMAGES) 

In many cases, it is members of the Saudi-led coalition that prevent aid agencies like Oxfam from delivering aid to those in need, Stanforth said. “Some of the international backers of the Saudi-led coalition have been blockading the country, they’ve been stopping food and other supplies from getting into Yemen’s ports,” he added.

“Everybody involved [in the Yemen conflict] is at fault, all parties. Yemenis themselves are at fault, as they are thinking more about the fighting and their military gains, and their attacks on ports and other places are stopping aid. And then all the international backers, they are at fault as well. They are not allowing aid through like it should come, and they are also bombing the country; they are starving Yemen,” Stanforth said, describing the situation in Yemen as “heartbreaking.”

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Ex-Archbishop of Canterbury ‘praying’ for killer commando’s freedom

Blackman, who was convicted of murder in 2013, will be re-sentenced for the lesser crime on Tuesday after a sustained campaign and two appeals.

The former sergeant was filmed on a helmet camera shooting his unarmed captive in the chest in Helmand Province in 2011 before telling his men he had just broken the Geneva Convention.

Now George Carey, the former top cleric in the Church of England, has said he is praying for the veteran of multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan to be released.

Carey served as a Royal Air Force (RAF) national serviceman in Iraq in the 1950s.

He said it is important not to judge people unless you have experienced what they have.

I understand this man was a magnificent soldier with a long and distinguished record of service to the queen,” he told the Telegraph.

I have served myself in the armed forces and know that in the heat and dust of battle, split second decisions must be made and expediency can sometimes overcome strict morality even for the best of men. And unless you have walked a mile in their shoes it is hard to understand the pressures.

The long prison sentence he has already served seems long enough both for him and his dignified wife, and I pray for his release.

Blackman was originally given 10 years, later reduced to eight due to combat stress.

His latest appeal saw his murder sentence quashed in favor of one for manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

The court heard how Blackman had suffered from an adjustment disorder which impaired his moral functioning, while one former commander alleged he had been effectively abandoned in a remote base by inept officers to go feral alongside his hard-pressed marines.

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Top European banks profited €25bn from tax havens

The report follows increased international scrutiny of corporate tax avoidance.

The lenders paid no tax on profits of €383 million posted in seven tax havens last year while booking earnings of €4.9 billion in Luxembourg – more than they did in the UK, Sweden, and Germany combined.

In 2015 European banks posted at least €628 million in profits in tax havens where they employ nobody, Oxfam reported. Luxembourg and Ireland are the most favored tax havens, accounting for 29 percent of the profits banks posted offshore in 2015.

“The French bank BNP Paribas made €134 million tax-free profit in the Cayman Islands despite having no staff based there,” explained the report.

The report also showed some banks were reporting profits in tax havens while reporting losses elsewhere. Germany’s Deutsche Bank registered small profits or losses in many major markets in 2015 while booking almost €2 billion in profits in tax havens.

Bank employees in tax havens appear to be four times more productive than the average bank employee, Oxfam said. They generate an average profit of €171,000 per year compared to just €45,000 a year for an average employee, the organization calculated.

The study was based on data released under new European Union regulations requiring banks to report earnings on a country-by-country basis.

“The EU’s transparency rules are starting to open up the often murky world of corporate taxation to public scrutiny,” said Oxfam’s Senior Tax Justice Advocacy Officer Manon Aubry.

“These rules must now be extended to ensure all large corporations provide financial reports for every country where they operate. This will make it easier for all countries – including the poorest – to establish if companies are paying their fair share of tax or not,” she added.

According to Oxfam, tax dodging deprives countries throughout Europe and the developing world of the money they “need to pay for doctors, teachers and care workers.”

Source Article from https://www.rt.com/business/382414-european-banks-tax-heaven/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

PM May to meet Scotland’s Sturgeon amid independence referendum tensions

May is expected to meet the first minister just a day before the Scottish Parliament is due to vote on whether or not to seek another independence vote.

Sturgeon claims that the referendum, planned to take place as soon as autumn next year or spring 2019, would allow the Scottish people to have a say on their destiny – namely whether they accept a ‘hard Brexit’ or would rather become an independent country.

The PM – who is set to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty on Wednesday, kick-starting the formal process of exiting the EU – has previously made clear however that she will block Sturgeon’s call for another vote, saying “now is not the time.”

“Just at this point, all our energies should be focused on our negotiations with the European Union about our future relationship,” May said during an interview with ITV earlier in March.

“To be talking about an independence referendum will make it more difficult for us to be able to get the right deal for Scotland, and the right deal for the UK.”

Ahead of the meeting on Monday, May is expected to stress to staff at the Department for International Development in East Kilbride that the UK now more than ever needs “strength and stability” in light of Britain exiting the EU.

She is also set to highlight how the union’s “force” serves as an inspiration worldwide.

“UK aid is a badge of hope for so many around the world,” she will say, according to Reuters.

“It appears on the side of buildings, school books, medical supplies and food parcels in some of the toughest environments and most hard-to-reach countries on the planet.

“And it says this: that when this great union of nations – England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – sets its mind on something and works together with determination, we are an unstoppable force.”

Although Downing Street has said discussions will not center on a second independence referendum but rather on the two-year negotiations that will lead to the UK divorcing the EU, Scottish government sources have said the prime minister cannot concern herself with Brexit alone.

The meeting comes as the Labour Party prepares to set out its own requests for Brexit.

Shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer will on Monday share the party’s ‘six tests’ for the PM and the EU, which include guaranteeing the UK maintains the “exact same benefits” it currently enjoys inside the single market and customs union, something originally pledged by Brexit secretary David Davis.

On ITV’s ‘Peston on Sunday’ show, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the party would block a Brexit deal if it took a toll on the country’s economy, despite overwhelmingly voting to trigger Article 50.

“We are very clear that there has to be unfettered access to the European market otherwise the threat to jobs in this country is absolutely huge,” Corbyn said.

A spokesman for Scotland’s Brexit minister Michael Russell said the Scottish government hopes to get some clarification on what the country’s role will be in Brexit negotiations.

Russell also said there had been no assessment of the financial impact Brexit would have on Scotland.

“There are clearly a lot of areas where we hope the prime minister intends to provide answers,” Russell told the BBC.

He also reiterated Sturgeon’s claim that a referendum is necessary for Scotland to decide on its own future.

“We believe it should be for the people of Scotland to decide their own future, which is why we will return to parliament on Tuesday to seek a mandate to begin discussions on a referendum that will put Scotland’s future in the people’s hands.”

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Strange trumpet-like sound recorded in Nottingham, UK

    

A couple’s quiet night in was ruined when they were spooked by loud, unexplained noises that lasted 40 minutes.

Calvin Kirlew, 24, and his partner, listened in ‘shock’ as trumpet-like sounds blared across the night sky in Nottingham, East Midlands.

A video of the sounds has left viewers baffled after Calvin uploaded it to his Facebook page on Tuesday evening.

In the short clip Mr Kirlew said: ‘We’ve been hearing these noises outside for about five, ten minutes.’

Then the freaked-out marketing worker was interrupted by a loud sound, similar to a a trumpet, which can be heard at several different pitches.

He said: ‘What the f*** is it?’

‘I was amazed I actually managed to get it recorded. It was going on for about five or 10 minutes before I started recording and then it carried on for about another 30 minutes,’ he told the Nottingham Post.

‘It was coming from the direction of the Victoria Centre but from the sky. I was at home with my partner and we could both hear it – it was really weird.’

Mr Kirlew added: ‘On the video I am quite shocked. It was strange. I messaged my friend who lives in Wollaton but he said he couldn’t hear it. I have no idea what it might be.’

Facebook user Shannon Parkinson said: ‘We heard this exact noise couple of years ago me and my other half. I’m glad someone nearby heard it too!

‘Thanks for the proof we are not mad, Calvin.’

Eerie sounds have been heard at different times and in locations across the world for almost a decade.

Similar outbursts have been captured in countries around the world including the US, Ukraine and Germany.

The first video posted on YouTube recording the unusual, unearthly sounds was in 2008 when a user recorded the strange sounds in the sky from Homel, in Belarus.

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On the verge of collapse: EU provides ‘no clear answers’ to mistakes it admits

    

Despite the signing of a declaration on post-Brexit priorities at a celebratory EU summit late last week, most experts warn that the supranational organization faces its gravest challenge yet and that its most highly-touted accomplishments of the last several decades are in jeopardy.

On Saturday, a new declaration honoring the 1957 Treaty of Rome, which led to the EU’s foundation, was signed by 27 EU member states during a celebratory summit in the Italian capital.

Despite optimistic remarks by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker about the future of the EU, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, for her part, admitted in an interview with the Italian news network Rai that the EU “did not do everything well” in its migration and economic policy and that some relevant issues have yet to be resolved.

She was echoed by European Council head Donald Tusk and European Parliament President Antonio Tajani, who called the EU an “ineffective and extremely bureaucratic” organization.

“We are not tired of Europe, but we want it to work better,” he said, referring to the EU.

In an interview with the Russian online newspaper Vzglyad, Russian political analyst Alexei Martynov said that the EU could be successful when being supervised by the US, but the mistakes made by former US President Barack Obama created a lot of problems that immediately affected the well-being of Europe.

As for the just-adopted Rome Declaration, “it contains no clear answers to the challenges or ways to resolve urgent problems,” according to Martynov.

“A number of global adventures by Barack Obama and his administration have finally led to the collapse of the US’ European project. This process has been active for the last five years,” he said, adding that Britain realized what had happened and decided to leave the EU.

He also pointed to the EU’s problems pertaining to national security and the Schengen area, which Martynov said is currently “under serious threat.”

“Most likely, Europeans will give it up under the pressure of migration problems and they will again build a lot of fences. The collapse of the Schengen Agreement will be the first step towards the collapse of the entire EU, because the EU philosophy is built around so-called openness. Any EU document or project always begins with the word ‘open’,” Martynov said.

It is safe to assume, therefore, that “there will be no EU in the same political form,” he concluded.

Italian political analyst Raffaele Marchetti, for his part, told Sputnik Italy that “the lack of full integration related, for example, to the issue of the migration crisis, has become one of the EU’s flops.”

According to him, “a unified system for managing migration flows and the distribution of migrants was not developed” within the EU.

Marchetti also called for the creation of the so-called “two-speed Europe”, which he said will help solve the problem of insufficient integration, “even if the division of countries into two speeds of development causes anger among those who will be ranked second speed countries.”

“The EU’s eastward expansion was a strategic choice for Germany, Britain and the United States, which wanted to expand the EU-NATO sphere of influence against Russia. In fact, it was this extension that caused the problems. Thus, the concept of a ‘two-speed Europe’ in some sense is designed to resolve the problems caused by the expansion,” he said.

The Treaty of Rome marked the start of the whole EU project as it is today. Signed on March 25, 1957 by Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and West Germany, it established the European Economic Community.

It also proposed the creation of a common market, a customs union and common policies, known as the common market.

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Police discover 7 kilos of cocaine hidden inside fake bananas

    

Spanish police have found 57 pieces of artificial fruit containing seven kilograms of cocaine mixed among real bananas, with another 10 kilos packed in cardboard boxes.

The video obtained by Ruptly video agency shows how officers smash the bananas open using screwdrivers and hammers.

One banana is cracked open to reveal the white powder filling it.

The fake bananas were found during an operation in the coastal cities of Malaga and Valencia on Sunday. The footage of the haul was shot in Valencia, the Ruptly news agency said.

Two people were detained on charges of drug trafficking, and a third person is now under investigation as a result of the operation, according to the police.

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