Ministério Público pediu levantamento da imunidade parlamentar de Sócrates e juiz concordou

Foi o Ministério Público quem formulou o pedido de levantamento da imunidade parlamentar do primeiro-ministro junto da Comissão de Ética da Assembleia da República, “por entender ser esse o mecanismo que permitirá, eventualmente, a sua constituição como arguido”, revela um comunicado do Conselho Superior da Magistratura (CSM) enviado no final da manhã de hoje aos órgãos de comunicação social.

Esta nota foi difundida na sequência de notícias divulgadas hoje relativamente a um pedido de levantamento da imunidade parlamentar do primeiro-ministro formulado pelo 4.º juízo do Tribunal de Instrução Criminal de Lisboa junto da Comissão de Ética da Assembleia da República.

O comunicado do CSM esclarece que o processo em causa se encontra em fase de inquérito e que o pedido do levantamento da imunidade parlamentar foi formulado pelo Ministério Público.

Mais salienta o comunicado que “o Tribunal de Instrução Criminal de Lisboa, nesta fase processual, não tem poderes para valorar a matéria em discussão, limitando-se a assegurar a legalidade processual”, especificando que “não aprecia os fundamentos da queixa, apenas que o processo respeita os termos da lei”.

Entendendo o Tribunal que, não está “em causa qualquer matéria relativa a prova ou meios de prova, não havia reserva de competência do Supremo Tribunal de Justiça para a prática do acto” decidindo, por isso, encaminhar o pedido do Ministério Público para a Comissão de Ética da Assembleia da República, considerando que apenas este organismo “poderá decidir se autoriza, ou não, a constituição como arguido de S. Ex.ª o Primeiro-Ministro”.

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Nobel americano considera Axel Weber um “falcão da política monetária”- Paul Krugman contra presidente do banco central alemão à frente do BCE

O economista norte-americano Paul Krugman considerou hoje o presidente do Bundesbank (banco central alemão), Axel Weber, como “um risco para a zona euro”, advertindo contra a sua eleição para presidir ao Banco Central Europeu (BCE).

Krugman afirmou também que o risco de “um efeito de dominó da Grécia, através da Espanha e de Portugal, até à Itália, é muito maior, se o Banco Central Europeu tiver um presidente tão conservador como Weber”.

“À frente do Banco Central Europeu não deve estar nenhum falcão da política monetária”, afirmou o Prémio Nobel da Economia 2008, na edição de hoje do jornal alemão de economia Handelsblatt.

Krugman defendeu ainda que os países da zona euro devem contrair mais dívida, “para evitar um regresso à recessão”, em vez de optarem pela actual política de contenção orçamental.

O economista fez também votos para que, após o fim do mandato de Jean-Claude Trichet na presidência do BCE, em Outubro de 2011, esta instituição passe a ser dirigida por um presidente “que dê mais importância aos riscos da deflação e ao risco de uma longa estagnação”.

Meta da inflação devia subir

Na opinião do economista norte-americano, Axel Weber (que tem sido referido pelos observadores políticos como principal candidato à sucessão de Trichet) “não é a pessoa adequada, porque se preocupa com uma inflação que nem sequer existe”.

Krugman advogou que as metas da inflação na zona euro sejam “claramente mais elevadas” do que os dois por cento recomendados no Pacto de Estabilidade e Crescimento (PEC), propondo que possam atingir três a quatro por cento.

Além disso, as economias europeias “devem acertar o passo”, propôs Krugman, considerando que a condição prévia essencial é passarem a ter uma política fiscal comum.

“O mundo não precisa de menos, mas sim de mais programa de apoio à conjuntura, e a política de estabilidade alemã actualmente é o caminho errado”, advertiu o economista norte-americano.

Deflação é um perigo muito maior do que a inflação”

“Só quando a armadilha da depressão estiver afastada é que os governos devem ocupar-se dos défices”, disse Krugman, sublinhando que “a deflação é um perigo muito maior do que a inflação”.

O professor da Universidade de Princeton não exclui também sanções contra a Alemanha, se o Governo de Angela Merkel “continuar a tentar tirar vantagem” do euro fraco para aumentar as exportações.

“Se o euro passar a ter paridade com o dólar, os europeus vão ficar admirados com as exigências que o Congresso dos EUA fará, e eu apoiarei”, vaticinou Krugman.

“Não permitiremos que alguns países exportem a sua política de austeridade e façam aumentar o desemprego nos Estados Unidos”, concluiu.

Ólhó Ladrão de gravadores!!!!!!!!!!!

Estala o verniz na Comissão PT/TVI: «A verdade não se mete no bolso»

João Semedo, do Bloco de Esquerda chamou o deputado do PS de «mentiroso»

A reunião para as votações do relatório final da Comissão PT/TVI começou esta sexta-feira com ânimos exaltados entre os deputados do PS e Bloco de Esquerda. João Semedo chamou «mentiroso» a Ricardo Rodrigues e invocou o caso do furto de gravadores à Sábado. «A verdade não se mete no bolso», atirou.

«É só para dizer o seguinte, e dizer com todas as letras, o senhor deputado Ricardo Rodrigues é mentiroso. Eu desafio o senhor deputado a dizer onde é que está a minha declaração de que o primeiro-ministro mentiu ao Parlamento», disse.

Ricardo Rodrigues insistiu e disse que João Semedo tinha essa convicção na abertura dos trabalhos da Comissão. O deputado do Bloco de Esquerda atacou então o deputado do PS e invocou o caso dos gravadores da revista sábado onde o socialista foi filmado a furtar os gravadores numa entrevista.

«Aqui não se pode meter tudo no bolso, sabe, senhor deputado. A verdade não se pode meter no bolso», afirmou João Semedo.

A deputada do PS, Ana Catarina Mendes, saiu então em defesa de Ricardo Rodrigues. «Eu não admito a nenhum deputado, seja da minha bancada ou seja de outra, que faça um ataque de tão baixo nível como o deputado João Semedo acaba de fazer».

Ricardo Rodrigues, o primeiro a intervir na reunião, tinha feito um duro ataque ao relator da comissão, João Semedo, acusando-o de «desonestidade intelectual» e de produzir um relatório «calunioso» num exercício «pouco sério».

«A proposta é um exercício de manipulação grosseira dos factos apurados. O relator deixou-se dominar pelas ideias pré concebidas que sempre teve a propósito da tentativa de compra da TVI pela PT, facto que decorre de publicamente e antes do início dos trabalhos da comissão ter afirmado ser sua convicção que o primeiro-ministro havia mentido ao Parlamento», afirmou Ricardo Rodrigues.

Caso PT/TVI: PSD vota a favor do relatório da comissão de inquérito

O PSD vai votar favoravelmente o relatório da comissão de inquérito do caso PT/TVI, do deputado do Bloco João Semedo, que conclui que José Sócrates sabia do negócio no dia em que disse o contrário na Assembleia da República, a 24 de Junho de 2009.

Pedro Duarte ( na foto com Mota Amaral) esteve reunido com passos  Coelho
Pedro Duarte ( na foto com Mota Amaral) esteve reunido
com passos Coelho (Rui Gaudêncio)

la cosa nostra

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O PS apresentou hoje as suas propostas de alteração ao relatório sobre a o negócio PT/TVI e é radical: “apaga” as 20 conclusões do relator, o bloquista João Semedo, e substitui-as por cinco novas conclusões. Uma delas é que não se provou nem que o Governo nem o primeiro-ministro deram orientações à PT para a compra da Media Capital, que detém a TVI, nem José Sócrates mentiu ao Parlamento a 23 de Junho de 2009 ao dizer nada saber do negócio.

As conclusões foram reveladas pelo deputado socialista Ricardo Rodrigues, antes de as 36 páginas de alterações serem entregues à comissão de inquérito.

Em declarações aos jornalistas, Rodrigues insistiu na tese de que, durante os trabalhos da comissão, não se concluiu que o Governo tivesse tido qualquer intervenção no processo. “O Governo não interveio, nem directa nem indirectamente, na operação da PT conducente à compra da TVI”, lê-se no texto das propostas da bancada do PS.

Além do mais, o PS propõe a eliminação de todas as referências às escutas do caso Face Oculta – as que a Comarca de Aveiro enviou para a comissão e que apenas foram consultadas por Pacheco Pereira (PSD) e João Oliveira (PCP). E ainda que o ex-administrador da PT Rui Pedro Soares deixe de figurar no relatório como “figura central em todo este processo”.

PCP vota a favor do relatório mas também propõe alterações

Por sua vez, o PCP anunciou ir votar a favor do relatório de Semedo e apresentou também algumas propostas de alteração e todas no sentido de vincar as “motivações políticas” do negócio, que os socialistas insistem em dizer que foi “estritamente empresarial”. A palavra “mentira” não surge nas alterações avançadas pelo PCP, mas isso é “uma decorrência” do relatório, nas palavras do deputado João Oliveira. “Se sabia e disse que não sabia, quanto a nós ele faltou à verdade. Isso é uma decorrência natural”, explicou aos jornalistas, relativizando o facto de não ter sido utilizada a palavra “mentir” nem no relatório nem nas propostas de alteração avançadas pelos comunistas.

“A falta de memória e a imprecisão das respostas dadas pelo primeiro-ministro a algumas das questões que poderiam revelar aspectos mais comprometedores em relação ao envolvimento do Governo tentativa do negócio”, lê-se num das propostas de alteração dos comunistas.

Há ainda uma referência directa a Rui Pedro Soares, que o PCP relaciona com a “obtenção de apoios políticos ao PS em campanhas eleitorais”, enquanto “assumia um papel determinante” nas duas tentativas de compra da TVI, primeiro pela Tagusparque e depois pela PT.

Nem o CDS nem o PSD apresentaram propostas de mudança ao texto do relatório. Ambas as bancadas anunciaram declarações de voto para sexta-feira, dia em que está prevista a reunião para discutir e votar o relatório do deputado do BE.

News About Bilderberg and NWO- 5: EU Is Collapsing Like Tower Of Babel

[Note: while the IMF and banks have calculated with a certain number of protests and riots in Greece and other EU countries, events in Iceland show that people can defeat the debt slavery trap if they continue protests over a long period of time. It took the Icelanders about a year.]

EU Is Collapsing Like Tower of Babel

But World Bank and IMF vultures are lying in wait to feed on the remains of Greece

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet.com
Friday, May 7, 2010

Monument Securities Chief Economist Stephen Lewis says the chaos in Greece could lead to collapse of the European Union, bringing down with it the dangerous assumption that structures of global governance provide stability in times of financial peril, but the World Bank and IMF vultures will be waiting as ever to feed on the remains of a dying country.

Striking Greek workers and civil servants have violently protested their government’s acceptance of the terms of an EU-IMF bailout, which sacrifices their future prosperity in a trade off for an attempt at stabilizing the Euro zone as a whole, a damning indictment of how global governance, which was introduced under the justification of maintaining financial stability, has had the exact opposite effect, with the virulence of the contagion from Greece threatening to spread to Portugal, Spain and Italy.

“There can be little wonder that the bailout finds little favor with Greek popular opinion,” Lewis said. “It must be obvious to Greek citizens that its terms pay scant regard to their future prosperity, which is being sacrificed in an increasingly forlorn hope of preserving a stable currency for the use of citizens in other member-states.”

Europe’s debt crisis has seen the Euro single currency plunge against the U.S. dollar, while riots were also a contributing factor to yesterday’s alarming U.S. stock market plunge, which at one stage saw the Dow Jones shed almost 1000 points.

BNP Paribas are now predicting that the Euro will hit parity against the U.S. dollar within 12 months, a level not seen for eight years.

“While we have had one of the most bearish forecasts in the market, these previous projections now appear too moderate given the current developments,” states the BNP report.

Economist Lewis firmly lays the blame for the chaos on internationalists who conned European nations into surrendering their sovereignty to the European project under the delusion that the architecture they were trading for their national self-determination would protect their country from precisely the kind of strife now unfolding.

“The guilty men are the eurocrats who stubbornly refuse to recognise that their fanciful construction is collapsing like a Tower of Babel,” Lewis told CNBC.

Lewis also forecasts that the riots and the violence show no signs of abating, so long as the globalists insist on forcing Greece into bondage by implementing the draconian terms of the EU-IMF loan which has now been passed by Parliament.

“Since most Greeks appear to think their government’s debts were incurred in the first place as a result of the nefarious activities of a ruling elite, the chances of their settling down to fulfil the terms of the bailout seem remote at best,” he said.

As was first documented by investigative reporter Greg Palast, what is happening in Greece is a familiar blueprint for how the IMF and World Bank habitually pillage and take over national countries and their economies.

Palast uncovered World Bank documents explaining how the IMF and World Bank deliberately fan the flames of violence and social unrest by raising prices on food, oil and the cost of living, causing riots which then lead to a virtual collapse of society which they then swoop in to exploit.

“The IMF riot is painfully predictable,” Palast quotes former World Bank chief Joe Stiglitz. When a nation is, “down and out, [the IMF] takes advantage and squeezes the last pound of blood out of them. They turn up the heat until, finally, the whole cauldron blows up,” as when the IMF eliminated food and fuel subsidies for the poor in Indonesia in 1998.

Palast uncovered how the riots were “written into the plan” by the IMF and World Bank and that “social unrest” was required to cause a financial panic, allowing for global corporations to then be able to buy up infrastructure on the cheap.

“The IMF riots (and by riots I mean peaceful demonstrations dispersed by bullets, tanks and teargas) cause new panicked flights of capital and government bankruptcies,” writes Palast. “This economic arson has it’s bright side – for foreign corporations, who can then pick off remaining assets, such as the odd mining concession or port, at fire sale prices.”

News About Bilderberg -4

Bloggers will defeat the New World Order, says CIA Officer

Check out the video on Infowars in which a former CIA officer explains how bloggers uncovering and spreading information about the various scams of the Globalist’s New World Order are playing a key role in defeating these plans.

It costs $1.2 billion a week to produce Obama’s intelligence briefing. Do you feel any safer?

The Gates of Hell Just Opened In Guatemala

“This can’t be real” was my first thought. Then I checked the source: The Guatemalan government. This sinkhole appeared last sunday in a street intersection of Ciudad de Guatemala. Just looking at the photo gives me vertigo.

Click on the images to see the high resolution version.

A sinkhole is a natural depression caused by the removal of underground soil by water. Usually, it happens when the substrate is formed by limestone, carbonate rock, salt beds or any other rock that is easily eroded by water streams. The process could be slow, but sometimes the land just cracks open without notice. In this case, it happened suddenly, swallowing an entire house. The cause: Massive underground water torrents created by tropical storm Agatha.

Sinkholes’ size ranges from low terrain depressions to hundred of meters. Unlike the similar sinkhole that killed two teens in 2007, there seems to be no victims. At least one local newspaper is reporting one person dead, but the authorities have not confirmed it. Some neighbors claim that a whole three-story building and a house fell into the hole

Judging by the picture above, it seems like at least the last part is true. [Flickr via Boing Boing]

Photo by Paulo Raquec

GIZMODO

NEWS ABOUT BILDERBERG – 3

Bilderberg Merkel urges parliament to give more taxpayer money to Deutsche Bank under pretext of “Greek bailout”**Germany staggers under bank bailout and souvereign debt**Faces financial meltdown with Greece** Banks poised to buy up bankrupted countries

Merkel urges support for Greece

From the BBC

Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged the German parliament to back the EU’s emergency loan package for Greece.

“Quite simply Europe’s future is at stake,” Ms Merkel said. “Europe is at a fork in the road.”

Parliamentary approval is needed for the EU and IMF to start disbursing the 110bn-euro ($143bn; £95bn) bail-out.

The rescue is conditional on Greece cutting public sector wages and pensions and boosting tax receipts. It risks defaulting on its huge debts.

The German parliament will vote on the bail-out package on Friday. It has already been approved by the German government.

Some opposition deputies shouted out protests as Ms Merkel defended her position.

Opposition Social Democrat (SPD) leader Frank-Walter Steinmeier accused her of poor crisis management and refused to commit the SPD to the Greek bail-out.

Greece is gripped by a general strike as protests against the tough austerity measures continue.

Eurozone cautious

Under the bail-out agreed on Sunday, Greece’s 15 partners in the eurozone will lend it 80bn euro spread over three years and the International Monetary Fund will lend 30bn euro.

Germany’s contribution has been set at 22.4bn euro, including 8.4bn euro this year.

Eurozone leaders will hold a special summit on Greece this Friday, where they are expected to give formal approval to the bail-out deal.

But Slovakia’s Prime Minister Robert Fico warned that “we can’t give Greece any loan before we see them doing their homework”.

Slovakia’s parliament is not likely to vote on the Slovak contribution – about 800m euro – until next month.

The European Commission insists that the bail-out cannot be blocked now. A Commission spokesman on economic affairs, Amadeu Altafaj, said “there is already a political decision by the Eurogroup to activate the mechanism” – a reference to the eurozone finance ministers’ agreement.

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble had some tough words for Greece on Tuesday, saying “every three months, Greece’s government must give a comprehensive report to the European Commission and the IMF about how it is implementing its plan”.

“If there are any violations, payments will be stopped. Then Athens will once again be threatened with bankruptcy,” he warned.

In her speech to the Bundestag (lower house) Ms Merkel also called for an overhaul of the EU’s Growth and Stability Pact, which sets rules for member states’ budget deficits and debt. Greece’s budget crisis had highlighted the need for reform of the pact, she said.

She said countries “notorious” for breaching deficit targets should lose voting rights. The EU should also consider cutting their structural funds or agricultural subsidies in such cases, she said.

News About Bilderberg -2

Evidence Bill Gates’s vaccine campaign has sparked polio outbreak from WSJ

By ROBERT A. GUTH

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Bill Gates walked into the World Health Organization’s headquarters in Geneva—for a meeting in an underground chamber where global pandemics are managed—and was greeted by bad news. Polio was spreading across Africa, even after he gave $700 million to try to wipe out the disease.

That outbreak raged last summer, and this week a new outbreak hit Tajikistan, which hadn’t seen polio for 19 years. The spread threatens one of the most ambitious health campaigns in the world, the effort to destroy the crippling disease once and for all. It also marks a setback for the Microsoft Corp. co-founder’s new career as full-time philanthropist.

Next week, the organizations behind the polio fight, including WHO, Unicef, Rotary International and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, plan to announce a major revamp of their strategy to address shortcomings exposed by the outbreaks.

Nigeria is ground zero for the reemergence of polio. Now the country is making surprising headway against the crippling disease, in part thanks to an unlikely meeting of two leaders: Microsoft mogul Bill Gates, and the Sultan of Sokoto, the spiritual leader of Nigeria’s 70 million Muslims. WSJ’s Rob Guth reports.

Polio is a centerpiece of Mr. Gates’s charitable giving. Last year the billionaire traveled to Africa, one of the main battlegrounds against the disease, to confer with doctors, aid workers and a sultan to propel the polio-eradication effort.

“There’s no way to sugarcoat the last 12 months,” Bruce Aylward, a WHO official, told Mr. Gates in the meeting in the underground pandemic center last June. He described how the virus was rippling through countries believed to have stopped the disease.

Mr. Gates asked: “So, what do we do next?”

That question goes to the heart of one of the most controversial debates in global health: Is humanity better served by waging wars on individual diseases, like polio? Or is it better to pursue a broader set of health goals simultaneously—improving hygiene, expanding immunizations, providing clean drinking water—that don’t eliminate any one disease, but might improve the overall health of people in developing countries?

The new plan integrates both approaches. It’s an acknowledgment, bred by last summer’s outbreak, that disease-specific wars can succeed only if they also strengthen the overall health system in poor countries.

How a reservoir of poliovirus in Nigeria last year spread to other countries

If successful, the recalibrated campaign could shape global health strategy for decades and boost fights against other diseases. A failure could rank the effort as one of the most expensive miscalculations in mankind’s long war with disease. Already, polio has evaded a two-decade-long, $8.2 billion effort to kill it off.

Big donors have long preferred fighting individual diseases, known as a “vertical” strategy. The goal is to repeat 1979′s victory over smallpox, the only disease ever to be eradicated. By contrast, the broader, “horizontal” strategy has less well-defined goals and might not move the needle of global health statistics for years.

The polio fight is a lesson for Mr. Gates’s foundation, which is funding other vaccines that could face similar setbacks. In the polio fight, his foundation backed a program that was following an outdated playbook. Polio’s resurgence last year forced a major rewrite.

The shift on polio was informed by Mr. Gates’s trip last year to Nigeria, a nation with a history of exporting the virus to other countries. Mr. Gates was accompanied by a Wall Street Journal reporter.

Mr. Gates has forged himself as a global-health diplomat following his 2008 retirement from Microsoft. He is using his star power and $34 billion philanthropy to try to push businesses, health groups and governments to improve health in developing countries.

In the Nigerian city of Sokoto, the dusty center of a once vast Islamic empire, Mr. Gates drove to a palace, walked past a row of trumpeters and found himself looking up at a man on a throne wearing a flowing robe and turban—the Sultan of Sokoto, spiritual leader of Nigeria’s 70 million Muslims.

Just as Mr. Gates introduced himself to the sultan, the lights flickered out.

“I want to welcome you to the real world—to the real third world,” the sultan said to Mr. Gates from his gilded chair in the darkened room.

Men like the sultan are important allies. In 2003, Islamic leaders in northern Nigeria spread rumors that polio vaccines sterilized Muslim girls. Leaders halted vaccinations, allowing the virus to spread. The WHO said the virus eventually infected 20 countries.

By the start of last year, Nigeria was home to half of the world’s 1,600 polio cases. The sultan could help get the campaign back on track.

Speaking to Mr. Gates and a room of religious leaders, the sultan declared his support for the polio fight. “We want to show you our commitment,” he said. “The time you have taken to come here will not be in vain.”

But he, too, questioned the wisdom of targeting one disease. “Other health issues should be looked into,” the sultan said, “instead of just facing one direction with polio eradication.” He ticked off tuberculosis, HIV and AIDS, malaria, cholera and a parasitic infection known as “snail fever.”

After the global victory over smallpox 30 years ago, a rush of energy went into similar “vertical” attacks on single diseases. The polio program followed that approach and made great gains. Led by WHO and donors such as Rotary, the campaigns by the year 2000 slashed the world’s polio cases to under 1,000 from 350,000 in 1988. Polio fighters planned to eradicate the disease by 2000.

That date came and went. But polio persisted, eating up billions of dollars.

Critics argued for a shift away from killing polio to free up money for controlling multiple diseases. In some countries, polio campaigns became an example of a functioning vaccination system even as other diseases were missed. Mr. Gates saw that himself in Nigeria.

Arriving at a Sokoto health clinic in a Toyota minivan stocked with Diet Coke, Mr. Gates stepped inside and was soon leaning on a wooden desk, flipping through children’s vaccine records. “Do you know if this child had the first dose of DPT?” he asked, pointing to a record of a diphtheria vaccination of a boy who appeared to have missed a treatment. A health worker beside him didn’t have an answer.

The clinic also had no hepatitis B and yellow fever vaccines, the workers said, because the government’s system for supplying medicine wasn’t working.

By contrast, in front of the clinic, a polio campaign was in full swing. Health workers tended coolers filled with vials of vaccine for children gathered there.

At a meeting the next day in the capital, Abuja, Nigeria’s head of primary health care, Dr. Muhammad Ali Pate, reopened the vertical-vs.-horizontal debate. Even if Nigeria lowers polio cases, he said, the gains “can’t hold” without a broader health-care system, he said.

Mr. Gates listened, seated behind a name tag that read “Our Guest.” Dr. Pate showed a slide of a cartoon steam-engine train with cars labeled “Education” and “Disease Control.” Polio should be just one car in that train, he said.

Mr. Gates didn’t disagree—certainly Nigeria needs a functioning health system, he said in interviews. But it was a matter of priorities, he said. With the world so close to killing polio, countries like Nigeria should make eradication a top priority, he said. Victory would free up millions of dollars to pay for broader health improvements.

“So the benefit of finishing is huge,” he said.

On the plane, Mr. Gates strategized about what else would help win the fight, balking at one religious leader’s suggestion: forced vaccinations. “Strap ‘em, down, I say! Let’s make it illegal” to not take the vaccine, Mr. Gates joked. Then he got serious again, citing failed attempts in the U.S. to enforce compulsory vaccinations.

In many respects, Mr. Gates remains a tech geek at heart. Aboard his plane, he expounded on an array of scientific topics: From developments in genotyping, to research showing that Bangladesh’s high disease-immunity rates are due to “oral-fecal” transmission (when people build immunity by ingesting contaminated food or water).

In Nigeria, Mr. Gates scored a diplomatic triumph. He won commitments from the sultan, and from Nigeria’s governors, to take a more active role in polio vaccinations. “We really stand at the threshold of global health success on polio,” he told the assembled governors at the close of the trip.

However, just three days later, a new front opened 2,000 miles away in Uganda. There, a woman walked into a hospital to say her son couldn’t move his left leg. It was Uganda’s first polio case in 12 years.

Cases also popped up in Mali, Togo and Ghana and Cote d’Ivore, which hadn’t reported polio for four years. A girl in Kenya became that country’s first polio case since 2006.

Polio, which spreads through water contaminated by human feces, paralyzes just one person for every 200 infected. Discovering just a few cases could mean that thousands have been infected. That demands massive vaccination campaigns.

On Feb. 28, 2009, Mr. Aylward, the WHO official, was grocery shopping in Geneva with his wife and son when he got an urgent email about the Uganda case. For 30 minutes, Mr. Aylward stood next to a spinach display, working his phone and setting in motion a plan that 10 days later vaccinated 48,000 children in Uganda.

Costly emergency responses like this became increasingly common last year. The Gates Foundation had set $47 million aside for emergencies, Mr. Aylward said. By early June, the money was running down.

That month, Mr. Gates flew to Geneva for the meeting in the WHO’s underground room.

Mr. Aylward came with good news to offset the bad news about polio’s resurgence, he recalled later. After describing the outbreaks, he shifted to Nigeria’s progress against polio and described positive results from a trial of a new vaccine.

But those positives didn’t offset the risks of polio’s revival, say several attendees of a follow-up meeting. “It was becoming evident that the virus almost knew no bounds,” said Dr. Steve Cochi, senior adviser at Centers for Disease Control. “It kind of confirmed some of our worst fears.”

A month later in Seattle, Gates Foundation officials paused at a PowerPoint presentation showing the foundation’s polio grants were approaching $1 billion. It was a staggering amount for a program that appeared to be stalling. “We can’t go to Tachi and Bill and ask for more money,” without reviewing the program, one person said, referring to Mr. Gates and Tachi Yamada, a top foundation official, according to an attendee.

In August, experts commissioned by the WHO landed in Angola, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India and Nigeria to evaluate the polio program. In Africa, a team found that once polio had been ended in some countries, weak health-care systems let it return. In northern India, bad sanitation, malnutrition and other intestinal issues are believed to hurt the oral polio vaccine’s effectiveness.

These findings echoed the message to Mr. Gates in Nigeria, and marked a turning point among the Gates Foundation and other backers of the polio fight in the debate over whether the strictly “vertical” polio strategy could succeed.

In October, the Gates Foundation summoned backers of the program, including Unicef, CDC and Rotary, to its Seattle headquarters for a major rethink. Two weeks later it called in independent experts for help. The outcome of those meetings will be reflected in the revamped plan coming next week. Polio backers say they are buoyed by reports of just 71 polio cases worldwide this year, vs. 328 in the year-earlier period.

If approved in May by member nations of the WHO, the new strategy will set ambitious goals for getting close to eradicating polio by the end of 2012. The plan bolsters the core “vertical” approach of polio program but also adds a “horizontal” strategy, including training for health workers on topics such as hygiene and sanitation.

Nigeria will be a key testing ground. The country has made strong progress against the disease since Mr. Gates’s visit. But stopping polio there, and in at least one of the three other countries where it’s deeply rooted, will be the main challenge in the next three years, Mr. Aylward says. Failure to achieve that goal will raise questions over whether the program continues, he says.

A big hurdle is money. The polio program is $1.4 billion short of the $2.6 billion it needs over next three years. The Gates Foundation will continue its polio grants, but says it can’t make up the shortfall.

But funding is just one worry for Mr. Gates in his new career. He built his foundation on the promise of life-saving vaccines, reflecting his penchant toward finding technological solutions to problems. As polio shows, technology can be hampered by political, religious and societal obstacles in the countries where he’s spending his money. He’s still learning how to navigate through those forces.

In Nigeria last year, Mr. Gates sat on the lawn behind his hotel reflecting on that. Science can simplify the job, he said, but “the human piece is the ultimate test.”

Write to Robert A. Guth at

rob.guth@wsj.com

News about Bilderberg-1

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet.com

European Central Bank chief Jean-Claude Trichet’s announcement that the Bank for International Settlements is to become the primary engine for global governance is a shocking admission given the fact that this ultra-secretive menagerie of international bankers was once controlled by top Nazis who, in collusion with global central banks, funneled money through the institution which directly financed Hitler’s war machine.

During a speech to the elitist CFR organization earlier this week, ECB head Trichet said that the Global Economy Meeting (GEM), which regularly meets at the BIS headquarters in Basel, “Has become the prime group for global governance among central banks”.

The GEM is basically a policy steering committee under the umbrella of the Bank for International Settlements. In its current form, the BIS, which itself is not accountable to any national government, is comprised of banking chiefs from global central banks, most of which are private and also have no responsibility to their nation states or their citizens.

The board of directors who control the BIS include Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke and Bank of England head Mervyn King, as well as Trichet himself.

So how did the Bank for International Settlements get started? The BIS was founded in 1930 by Governor of The Bank of England, Montague Norman and his German colleague Hjalmar Schacht, who later became Adolf Hitler’s finance minister.

The bank was initially founded in order to facilitate money transfers related to German reparations arising out of the Treaty of Versailles, but by the start of the second world war, the BIS was largely controlled by top Nazi officials, people like Walter Funk, who was appointed Nazi propaganda minister in 1933 before going on to become Hitler’s Minister for Economic Affairs. Another BIS director during this period was Emil Puhl, who as director and vice-president of Germany’s Reichsbank was responsible for moving Nazi gold. Both Funk and Puhl were convicted at the Nuremberg trials as war criminals.

Other BIS directors included Herman Schmitz, the director of IG Farben, whose subsidiary company manufactured Zyklon B, the pesticide used in Nazi concentration camp gas chambers to kill Jews and political dissidents during the Holocaust. IG Farben worked closely with John D. Rockefeller’s United States-based Standard Oil Co during the second world war.

Baron von Schroeder, the owner of the J.H.Stein Bank, the bank that held the deposits of the Gestapo, was also a BIS director during the war period.

As Charles Higham’s widely acclaimed book Trading With The Enemy, How the Allied multinationals supplied Nazi Germany throughout World War Two points out, several parties at the Bretton Woods Conference in July 1944 wanted to see the Bank for International Settlements liquidated, because its role in aiding Nazi Germany loot occupied European countries during the war. Norway called for the bank to be shut down, a view supported by Harry Dexter White, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury and Henry Morgenthau, but the BIS survived despite its highly contentious Nazi influence.

Higham writes that the BIS became, “A money funnel for American and British funds to flow into Hitler’s coffers and to help Hitler build up his machine,” founded by Nazi finance minister Hjalmar Schacht on the basis that the “Institution that would retain channels of communication and collusion between the world’s financial leaders even in the event of an international conflict. It was written into the Bank’s charter, concurred in by the respective governments, that the BIS should be immune from seizure, closure or censure, whether or not its owners were at war.”

“The BIS was completely under Hitler’s control by the outbreak of World War II,” writes Higham. “Among the directors under Thomas H. McKittrick were Hermann Shmitz, head of the colossal Nazi industrial trust I.G. Farben, Baron Kurt von Schroder, head of the J.H. Stein Bank of Cologne and a leading officer and financier of the Gestapo; Dr. Walther Funk of the Reichsbank, and, of course, Emil Puhl. These last two figures were Hitler’s personal appointees to the board.”

Higham details how the gold looted from countries invaded by the Nazis was packed into vaults controlled by the Bank for International Settlements, and how Nazis who controlled the bank then forbade any discussion of the theft.

“The BIS was an instrument of Hitler, but its continuing existence was approved by Great Britain even after that country went to war with Germany, and the British director Sir Otto Niemeyer, and chairman Montagu Norman, remained in office throughout the war,” writes Higham, explaining how Washington State Congressman John M. Coffee objected to American money being invested with the bank in 1944.

“The Nazi government has 85 million Swiss gold francs on deposit in the BIS. The majority of the board is made up of Nazi officials. Yet American money is being deposited in the Bank,” complained Coffee.

In 1948, the BIS was finally compelled to hand over a mere £4 million in looted Nazi gold to the allies, and thanks to people like Harry Truman and the Rockefeller family, the bank was not dissolved. One of its most influential directors, Nazi banker Emil Puhl was later invited to the United States as a guest of honor in 1950.

Despite its inglorious past, the Bank For International Settlements continues today as a major management arm of the global elite. The bank wields power through its control of vast amounts of global currencies. The BIS controls no less than 7% of the world’s available foreign exchange funds, as well as owning 712 tons of gold bullion, presumably a sizeable portion of which is the bullion which was stolen from occupied countries by the Nazis who controlled the bank during the war.

“By controlling foreign exchange currency, plus gold, the BIS can go a long way toward determining the economic conditions in any given country,” writes Doug Casey. “Remember that the next time Ben Bernanke or European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet announces an interest rate hike. You can bet it didn’t happen without the concurrence of the BIS Board.”

The BIS is basically a huge slush fund for global government through which secret transfers of wealth from citizens are surreptitiously handed to the IMF.

“For example, U.S. taxpayer monies can be passed through BIS to the IMF and from there anywhere. In essence, the BIS launders the money, since there is no specific accounting of where particular deposits came from and where they went,” writes Casey.

The fact that top Nazis were intimately involved in the activity of a global central bank that is now being touted as the primary powerhouse of the economic arm of world government is frightening. Every time we delve into the origins of the march towards world government, we find that top Nazis were instrumental in setting up and managing the same institutions that today seek to manage the imposition of global government.

Just as with the institutions that comprised the embryonic stages of the European Union, Nazi fingerprints are all over the origins of the move towards a global authority ruling the planet with nation states and sovereignty playing second fiddle. This fact demolishes any notion that global government is benevolent, humanitarian or progressive. Centralization of power into the hands of the few is inherently undemocratic, elitist, and to the detriment of the people.

The Nazis who breathed life into the same framework of global authoritarianism being used to set up world government today may have been usurped by an elite altogether more patient in their bid to impose a dictatorship run by banking dynasties, but the ultimate agenda remains the same – world government by consent or conquest.

Banco do Vaticano suspeito de lavagem de dinheiro

O Banco do Vaticano está a ser investigado por alegado envolvimento em esquemas de lavagem de dinheiro, tal como outros dez bancos italianos.

A notícia avançada esta terça-feira pelo jornal La ‘Repubblica’ refere que as entidades investigadas são o Instituto das Obras Religiosas (IOR), nome pelo qual é vulgarmente conhecido o banco oficial do Vaticano, e dez bancos italianos, entre eles estão um grupo bancário com liderança no mercado italiano, Intesa Sanpaolo, e a Unicredit, um dos maiores conglomerados bancários da Europa.

Os investigadores suspeitam que as pessoas com residência fiscal em Itália, usam o IOR para esconder crimes como fraude e evasão fiscal. Foram descobertas transacções em dois anos, no valor de 180 milhões de euros, numa das contas a cargo da IOR.

O IOR, responsável pelas contas bancárias das ordens religiosas e associações católicas, já esteve o seu nome envolvido em escândalos anteriormente, por ligações à máfia e ao terrorismo político.

Fernando Sobral- O dilema da direita

Em 1981, Margaret Thatcher definiu para sempre a essência da sua política: “a economia é o método; o objecto é a mudança da alma”.

É a alma da política que hoje afasta Cavaco Silva de alguma direita que, despeitada por uma decisão presidencial, busca uma voz que ecoe o seu desencanto. Para toda a direita (e alguma esquerda, diga-se) é o liberalismo económico que liberta a alma. E chega. Não é obviamente isso que pensa Cavaco, porque há uma área que sempre dividiu em tudo a sociedade: a questão moral. E a economia global, se a mudou, foi para a tornar mais liberal. Foi por isso que Thatcher sempre evitou tocar na questão da moral sexual, porque ela, em vez de unir, dividia. Sobretudo a direita.

E são esses velhos fantasmas que regressam com a promulgação de Cavaco e com as consequências que, no futuro, poderão ter para um reordenamento da direita política. Mas a tentativa desesperada de procurar um outro candidato, que seja a voz do país profundo
e conservador, está condenada ao fracasso. Cavaco é o homem que melhor defende esse universo social e político e, ao mesmo tempo, abre as portas para a direita liberal, de que Passos Coelho é o rosto. Mesmo que Santana Lopes o negue, porque Cavaco continua a ser um problema mal resolvido para ele. A ferida reabriu-se. A única hipótese para surgir um candidato à direita, mais centrado nos valores e na moral, era se Cavaco Silva não se candidatasse. Aí, claro, a conversa seria diferente. Mas até lá o apelo de João César das Neves fica dentro de uma câmara de eco.

PCP vai agendar revogação dos chips das matrículas

A revogação dos dispositivos electrónicos de matrículas – conhecidos por chips – vai voltar a pairar na Assembleia da República. O PCP vai propor amanhã o agendamento de um projecto de lei que revoga os chips – que o Governo já anunciou ser o sistema de pagamento das SCUTS.

A revogação dos dispositivos electrónicos de matrículas – conhecidos por chips – vai voltar a pairar na Assembleia da República. O PCP vai propor amanhã o agendamento de um projecto de lei que revoga os chips – que o Governo já anunciou ser o sistema de pagamento das SCUT.

Se for agendado, este projecto de lei arrastará outros dois – do PSD e do BE – que também vão no sentido de revogar o decreto-lei que torna obrigatória a instalação dos chips em todos os veículos.

O anúncio foi feito pelo deputado António Filipe, no final do primeiro dias das jornadas parlamentares do PCP, a decorrer em Setúbal. Além de argumentar com uma “intromissão grave na liberdade fundamental dos cidadãos”, António Filipe acrescenta outra razão: o pagamento de portagens nas SCUT, previsto para 1 de Julho.

“É desproporcionado face a um direito que qualquer cidadão deve ter poder optar entre ter ou não um dispositivo electrónico no seu veículo”, afirmou o deputado António Filipe, defendendo que a Assembleia da República deve revogar o decreto-lei antes da data prevista para o pagamento das SCUT e de passar a ser obrigatória a instalação do dispositivo.

Tal como o PCP, o BE e o PSD apresentaram logo no início da legislatura projectos de lei para revogar os chips. A iniciativa da bancada laranja é da autoria do deputado Miguel Macedo, actual líder parlamentar. Durante a campanha para as legislativas, o PSD chegou a chamar aos chips um “big brother” rodoviário.

Já na anterior legislatura, a oposição pediu a apreciação parlamentar do diploma sobre os chips, numa coligação negativa que só a maioria absoluta da bancada socialista conseguiu evitar.