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The Paris Attacks (Part 3)

MEN (AND EVEN WOMEN ) IN BLACK – and in flak jackets at a bloody scene that was not anticipated? And you  tell me this was a terrorist act? Unless, of course, if for “terrorists” you enjoin that I   read “Illuminati mercenaries”.


Patsies, dupes and useful idiots; professional executioners; privatised command structure; and controlled corporate media – the Paris mayhem had all the key aspects of  the  successful execution of a false flag terror operation

The Charlie Hebdo siege was not a prolonged, grandstanding affair. It lasted less than a minute, 40 seconds to be precise. This included the “street side” horror – the make-believe killing of the “Muslim” policeman. The whole incident took place practically in a flash. Yet in that twinkling of an eye, we had a man who was lounging in the comfort of his apartment couch record on video a “graphic” portion of the whole grisly affair. And not only that: there was another party, as yet unnamed, who filmed related developments on the street (see accompanying pictures) from some rooftop perch.


The party that was filming from the rooftops not only trained their cameras, or mobile phones so went the spin, on the street below but on the concrete rooftop itself as well. What did we see? We saw a  frenzy of activity on the rooftop, of a cast of about 8 to 10, similarly-clad people who were moving helter-skelter in an apparently choreographed manner that suggested advance drilling. Even more curious, at least two of these people were spotting body armour – bullet-proof vests. The video even shows one such man ducking and diving for feigned cover.

Meanwhile, amid all this agitated activity, one guy is busy texting on his mobile phone in a cool, calm, and collected manner to report to the command structure – the shadowy elements of the whole scheme who were the instigator and bankroller.


There were yet more bizarre happenings. Down on the street, three policemen heave in sight. None of them engages the two gunmen in a fire fight but all move right in their direction as if to somewhat reinforce them. The two gunmen do not fire at the police either but are busy chanting “Alahu Akbar!”, “Alahu Akbar”, in a outlandishly overdone, obviously impressionistic manner. Moments later, the gun men encounter a police car as they round a bend.

They are seen to be unleashing volleys of lead at the car, which frantically reverses in retreat and speeds away. What is stranger than fiction is that the windscreen  shows no cracks from this barrage of AK 47 fire and none of the policemen in the car sustains injuries.

Yet the shooters are expert marksmen who so efficiently  dispatched 12 people only a while ago! Firing at such close quarters, they inflict not a single casualty nor occasion the slightest dent to the car.  This is a classic Hollywood set superimposed on a real life precincts.


But there is more. The video was not shot in a rash, amateurish way and by terrified witnesses cowering on a roof above the scene: it had been skillfully touched up, with  intermittent splicing in of scenes which are unrelated and are not sequential. At one stage, two totally different scenes, the rooftop scenario and the street take, appear in the same frame! Even a wholly visually impaired Stevie  Wonder would tell without strain that what we saw on the videos were not live events but movie-style drills recorded in advance.

There is simply no way the videos would have been shot from several vantage points,  from perfect angles, and with the acoustics of the shootings so loud one gets the impression  the people who were filming stood right beside the attackers to crisply catch the sound bites.

That the 15 seconds-long video itself was even shown to us (through France24 TV: you can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUuYSft1fOw)  was simply in mockery of mankind – that  we guys are so dumb we cannot even see a clear-cut situation of the Illuminati playing Hollywood on us! For as long  as we remain in wilful Cimmerian darkness, the Reptilians will always have a field day on a planet we call our own.


FRENCH SECURITY SEEMINGLY INDIFERRENT
There are still other anomalies about the Paris attacks that bolster the case of a false flag operation. The Charlie Hebdo shootings happened on Richard Lenoir Boulevard.  This is not an obscure backstreet. It is a buzzing-busy street, with double lanes  in either direction, with 5 to 6-floor buildings bearing down on it. It is therefore odd that on that January 7 morning, it was practically devoid of traffic, as though it had been tactfully cordoned off by accomplice police. The traffic seemed to have vanished into thin air on a street where cars move bumper to bumper virtually  round the clock.


Typically, when a red-flag event like this occurs, maybe a dozen police vehicles will be scrambled, with high-pitched sirens wailing away non-stop. In the Charlie Hebdo incident, the first to be deployed were bicycle-mounted cops. When the SWAT vehicles at long last turned up,  they  were no more than two! It is also intriguing that all the men who responded spotted French Foreign Legion haircuts, which is far from a hallmark of ambulance drivers and emergency medical technicians.


There is also this other aspect the international media has almost totally neglected to highlight, or  simply purposefully shielded – that the attacks did not exactly catch the French authorities off-guard. At about 11:00 a.m the previous day, the Algerian government had tipped them off on an imminent “major terrorist operation on French territory”.

That the Algerian government did have  some smattering about the planned massacre  need not raise eyebrows: the Kouachi brothers were French nationals of Algerian origins and the Buttes-Chaumont jihadist recruitment cell, to which the brothers belonged, in the main comprised of Franco-Algerians.   Having been so timeously warned, why didn’t the French government issue a nationwide alert 24 hours before the Charlie Hebdo carnage took place?

 
WHY WAS SURVEILLANCE CALLED OFF?

The Kouachi brothers were not  come-from-nowhere mischief-makers. They were very well-known to the British, French, and US security services. In point of fact, they had  been under surveillance for a very long time. They had been on a British watch list for the last four years with a view to prevent them from entering the UK or transiting through a UK airport.

In the US, they had been logged on a database of known or suspected international terrorists, called TIDE (Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment  system), and also appeared on the famous No-Fly List. Cherif Kouachi for one was expressly forbidden from venturing outside France’s borders after it emerged that he had travelled to Yemen in 2011 reportedly to hone his skills in the handling of weapons.


For men with extensive links to jihadist groups as the Kouachi brothers were, the all-seeing eye of the law should have focused on them like a search light. Yet in December 2013, DGSI, the French equivalent of FBI, mysteriously suspended wiretaps and any other such surveillance of the two brothers. Reason? “Because there were other priorities”, said a government official. The double-speak in such a statement as far as I am concerned is that the brothers were left to their own devices so they could zero in on a new Illuminati-sanctioned priority – to wreak havoc at Charlie Hebdo, an event in which, it turns out, their only role was that of sacrificial lambs.    


As for Amedy Coulibaly, the swashbuckling hostage-taker at a kosher grocery where  four people perished at his hands (or rather at the hands of the police as some reports say), his case probably raises even more questions than that of the Kouachi brothers.

In July 2009, Coulibaly loomed large at a  PR event that was hosted by the then President Nicholas Sarkozy. Coulibaly, a French of Senegalese descent, was one of 9 young French men who were being feted by the president for a most mundane reason of having been “signed up by a local factory”.


It is curious that  at the time, Coulibaly was already an ex-jailbird. He had  served time in a French prison – from 2005-2006 – where he had shared a cell with  Cherif Kouachi. The event clearly was stage-managed to canonise him in a somewhat oblique fashion. It was part of constructing a  cover for the sanguinary activities that were already in the works and which  were a collaboration between the Illuminati and the jihadists.

The synchronised Charlie Hebdo and Kosher supermarket  attacks were a culmination of it all. Both the Kouachi brothers and Coulibaly served the same Luciferian masters who unbeknownst to them regarded them as little more than pawns in the cosmic chess game.   


Coulibaly’s kosher grocery siege was not haphazard: it was directed, to give the ostensible impression that in the greater scheme of things,  it were the Jews who the “terrorists” had targeted. Very clever operators the Illuminati are.


THE LAUGHABLE ID FIND
The French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve suggested that the Kouachi brothers would not have been so expeditiously nabbed had they not committed  one fatal mistake. This was that one of the two, Said, forgot his identity card in their Citroen C-3  getaway car. The moment this came to light, I couldn’t help snicker in amusement. The Illuminati’s now we-don’t-care attitude is such that it matters little if their broad-daylight lie is not sophisticated enough. The blithering idiot that was  Cazeneuve even had the audacity to call this “their only mistake”!


For starters, terrorists do  not carry IDs that bear their real names. They always use assumed names using sophisticatedly forged IDs.  Trust me, if, for instance, you hear that 911 “mastermind” Mohammad Atta’s ID  was scavenged from the carbonated debris of the Twin Towers, whose steel core even had to turn from solid to liquid  at that  hyper-temperature of the cascading inferno – and was even found in pristine condition to boot, then that terrorist act was perpetrated not by Muhammad Atta but by the likes of the CIA and Mossad.


Moreover, the Kouachi brothers were not cut from the mould of suicide bombers. We know they were cowards, or at the very least cowardly. They were certainly people of low mental ability who had bungled previous terrorist activities leading to their arrest. They were not even religious fanatics: a bloke who knew them well said he didn’t  see them at the mosque in two years.

The two Kalashinikova-wielding cold blooded killers did not set much store by baring their handsome or ugly faces. When they burst into the Charlie Hebdo offices, they were clad in masks. The guys who killed in those offices  and who we saw strutting their stuff in the middle of the mysteriously deserted street did not want their identities known. So why leave your ID at the crime scene, and in so clumsy a fashion at that (as if your IQ is in single figures),  when you  wanted anonymity from the very outset?


To the discerning, a category to which I happily append my signature, that ID was not an identity card left by Said Kouachi: it was a planted identikit. The Kouachi brothers were framed. The Charlie Hebdo shooters were not remotely related to the Kouachi brothers: they were patsies or scapegoats – the Lee Harvey Oswalds and Muhammad Attas of the whole charade. This is so thunderingly obvious.

Western Police and Intelligence officers are past masters at planting such “ham sandwich” evidence as it is called to support false narratives and incriminate innocents. As someone so roundly put it, “What are the odds that skilled terrorists who have just carried out an ultra-professional special-forces style attack will accidentally leave their ID card in the abandoned getaway car? Answer: Effectively zero … The discovery of Kouachi’s ID does not implicate him; it exonerates him. It shows that he is an innocent patsy who is being framed by the real perpetrators of the attack.”


MURDER DRESSED AS SUICIDE
On the evening following the day of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, a police commissioner going by the name Helric Fredou, who had been assigned charge of investigations into the attacks, reportedly committed suicide in the solitude of his office using a police revolver. He is said to have blown his brains to bits.


Although his office was part of an office block, no one heard his gun go off, a rather odd thing given that the gun was not fitted with a silencer. He was an experienced law enforcement agent, having been an anti-terrorist Special Branch officer since 2011 and deputy director of the regional police service since 2012.


Earlier in the day, Fredou had called one of his family members expressing concern at certain fishy  developments in his investigations. Curiously, the Western media did not report his death despite the fact it had been announced on TV 3, the third biggest news network in France, till three days later.


Now, if you think Fredou did terminate his own life on account of a history of “depression” of some sort, a suggestion even his own doctor rubbished,  then I’m afraid you don’t live on this planet but in fairy tale land in another realm of existence. Fredou’s mother has been denied access to his autopsy report when the law entitles her to it. She has been told in no uncertain terms that she will never ever set her eyes on the covertly classified report.  She  won’t because if she did, her suspicions would become fact – that her son was murdered in cold blood just like the Charlie Hebdo victims whose savage mortality he was investigating.


AND TO THINK YAYI BONI DID CRY?
Sometime in December 2014, the French parliament overwhelmingly passed a motion urging government to recognise the existence of a Palestinian state. Palestine has been under occupation since 1967 and its government relegated to  an “authority” as opposed to a sovereign state. On December 30 2014, France went ahead to vote for a UN Palestinian resolution calling for a “full IDF (Israel Defence Force) withdrawal to the pre-1967 lines by the end of 2017”.  


The previous month, Israel Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu had warned that “Recognition of a Palestinian state by France would be a grave mistake”. The accent, apparently, was on the term “grave”. Was the Charlie Hebdo attack the immediate comeuppance of the French government’s positive stance towards the Palestinian bid for statehood? It could explain why French President Francois Hollande initially didn’t want Netanyahu to take part in the solidarity march of January 11 2015.


Talking of the solidarity picket march, it was graced by the “The Six”, an ominous Illuminati number. These were the leaders of African francophone countries of  Mali, Niger, Togo, Benin, Gabon, and Senegal. Benin president Yayi Boni was even seen weeping copiously as he marched along with more than 40 other leaders when he never shed a single tear when only next door in Nigeria in the same month Boko Haram pulled off its deadliest single day of terrorism, with 2,000 people killed like flies. The Nigeria President himself, “Bad Luck” Jonathan, sent fawning condolences when hitherto he had not said a single word on the barbarities Abubakar Shekau and his band of  genocidal thugs were wreaking on the country.


How did the attacks in France so thoroughly bury the atrocities in Nigeria?
My mind boggles.
Please help me out.

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Botswana’s development agenda in jeopardy

21st September 2020
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Stanbic Bank Botswana Quarterly Economic Review indicates that Botswana will fail to meet some of its Vision 2036 targets, particularly unemployment reduction and reaching high-income status.

The report says this is mainly due to the slow economic growth that the country is currently experiencing. This Quarterly Economic Review focuses on the 2020 Budget Speech.

The first paper reviews the entire budget with its key observations being that this budget is prepared as prescribed by the Public Finance Management Act; the priorities it seeks to address are drawn from Vision 2036 and the eleventh

The 2020 budget Speech, which was the maiden speech by the Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Dr. Thapelo Matsheka, and the first after the 2019 general elections, was delivered to Parliament on the 4th of February 2020.

It has been well received by the labour unions, business community, and the public at large as well as international organisations such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

It mainly derived its support from key facets including, emphasis on changing the business-as-usual approach to development; outlining the transformation agenda; fiscal reform that minimizes the negative impact on economic development and human welfare, competiveness and the decision to implement the 2019 negotiated and agreed public sector.

The budget’s progress review shows that economic growth was consistent with the NDP 11 projections, with growth of around 4 percent. At this growth rate, the country would neither ascend to a high-income status nor reduce unemployment towards the Vision 2036 target of a single digit.

Simple calculations of this review confirm that the economy will need to grow the Vision 2036’s target of 6 percent over the next 16 years for per capita income to increase from around USD 8,000.00 to above USD 12,000.00 in current prices.

Further, the population is anticipated to grow by only 2 percent per annum.

For this reason, the focal areas for the forthcoming FY’s budget include measures to increase economic growth towards an average of 6 percent per annum.

Economic diversification is reportedly progressing fairly well. The report says, the share of the non-mining private sector in value added has risen to 66 percent in 2018 from to 63 percent in 2015.

The sectoral pattern of growth showed that the performance of services sector (particularly transport & communications, trade, hotels & restaurants, and finance & business services) has been the silver lining and that of mining sector was subdued whilst the utility sector disappointed.

The drive towards the service sector of the economy, especially to low-productivity activities (tourism, public administration, wholesaling and retailing) does not bode well for the country’s development aspirations.

In the previous versions of this Quarterly Review, it was noted that there is need for the rethinking of economic diversification. Since the country’s domestic market is small, it is inevitable that economic diversification not only focus on broadening the product mix, but also the composition of exports and markets.

This understanding of economic diversification has not been embraced by this year’s budget. Consequently, Botswana’s exports are still overwhelmingly diamonds, which means that the rest of economic sectors are still highly dependent on foreign-exchange earnings from diamonds. Thus, “the transformation programme requires a review of the country’s entire ecosystem”.

The budget review of the economic context also depicts that an economy with positive medium-term prospects, with growth expected to recover to 4.4 percent in 2020 from the expected growth of 36 percent in 2019 largely due to faster growth of services sectors and, thereafter, to slow-down to 4 percent in 2021.

These projected growth rates are comparable to those of the IMF staff’s baseline scenario of 4.2 percent in 2020 and 4 percent in 2021. Thus, the business-as-usual scenario produces growth rates that are still too low to achieve Botswana’s development objectives and create enough jobs to absorb the new entrants into the labour market.

Trade tensions between the two major markets for diamond exports, viz., the United States of America and China, is one of the factors that are cited as contributing to, indeed, undermining not only the domestic growth, but also the fiscal position.

Another notable downside risk to both global and domestic growth is outbreak of the coronavirus in China around January 2020. This has been declared as a global health emergency. In an attempt to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus pneumonia, the Chinese authorities have ordered city lockdowns and extended holidays, of course, at the expense of near- term economic growth, according to the new Stanbic Bank Botswana report.

According to Nomura Holdings Inc., fewer migrant workers returned for work than in previous years and business activities have been slow to pick up. The havoc wreaked by the virus on the world’s second largest economy is likely to spill over to the global economy. In fact, it has resulted in a glut in crude oil and, thereby placed oil markets into a contango, i.e., a market structure where near-term prices trade at a discount to future contracts.

It also presents significant risks one of Botswana’s main drivers of economic growth, diversification and foreign exchange earnings. According to the Financial Times (February 13, 2020), Chinese tourists spent $130 billion overseas in 2018. Regardless of whether the growth materializes, the projected domestic growth rate would not transform the economy to a high-income one.

Progress towards reduction of unemployment, to a target of single digit, and poverty and achieving inclusive growth has also been relatively slow, the Stanbic Bank Botswana Review says.

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OP leases Orapa House

21st September 2020
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Ministry of Presidential Affairs, Governance and Public Administration (MOPAGPA) has through the Office of the President (OP) proposed to avail Orapa House for use by private training institutions as well as research institutions involved in the area of technology development.

For a very long time the monumental building located in the heart of the city has been a white elephant, despite government purchasing it for nearly P80 million from De Beers in 2012.

However, government has now identified a productive use for the iconic building. “The overall vision is for the building to be transformed into a hub for digital technology research and development to be carried-out by institutions, such as; Limkokwing University, BIUST, BITRI and other relevant stakeholders.”

The decision was taken as government traverse a new path of transforming the economy from a mineral led economy to a knowledge based economy through the promotion of research and innovation. However, the facility will need major maintenance to be carried-out in order to meet the requirements of the proposed change in use.

“The work will include provision of laboratories, work stations, production areas and seminar rooms; audio visual centre, high speed internet connectivity, exhibition areas and offices,” reads the proposal note for the development.

These developments will be done through the refurbishment and maintenance of the main building, workshop, and ablution block, gate house, parking area, grounds, and access control and security service.

“There will be minimal modifications to the structure as it stands. The project is estimated to cost approximately P50, 000, 000,” says the report. In this regard, it is said, the initial scope of the OP facility will be modified to accommodate the envisaged digital technology research and development hub.

With funds needed to improve the building, OP has requested that; “the 2020/21 annual budget provision for Orapa House will need to be increased by P37,500,000 from P2,500,000 to P40,000,000 to kick start the maintenance works.” Funds will be sourced from the projects that have been delayed due to Covid-19 protocols during the 2020/21 financial year.

The building has been a thorny issue for government for years. Initially, OP was expected to move there but the move never materialised. At one point it was a question of whether the Office of the President and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development were planning to override a decision by Parliament which rejected the proposal to buy Orapa House under the belief that government may be buying its own property. The building was to be bought at a negotiated cost of P79 million.

Again in 2012, Government had wanted to buy Orapa House for a negotiated P79m but the Finance and Estimates Committee of Parliament had rejected the request because of the inconsistencies realised in the supporting documents of the proposed procurement. The valuation of the building was put at P74 million.

The Ministry of Lands and Housing had initially offered De Beers P73, 000,000 as the purchase price. However, De Beers countered with P85, 000,000. On negotiation and converging of the minds, the selling price was finally agreed at P79, 000,000.

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Sad state of Brigades: dumped and ignored!

21st September 2020
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Auditor General, Pulane Letebele, has expressed discontentment at the worrying and deteriorating state of brigades in the country.

In an audit inspection which was carried out at Tshwaragano Brigade in Gabane, a number of observations showed weaknesses and shortcomings in the conduct of the financial affairs of the institution.

According to Letebele’s report, former students of the brigade had been engaged to carry out maintenance works on the school premises, comprising of painting, tiling, plumbing and electrical works, which covered the period from July 2017 to June 2018.

Although the agreed maintenance period had elapsed, the works had not been completed because of unavailability of funds and this situation had persisted up till the time of inspection in November 2019.

Auditor General says arrangements should have been made in time for funds to be available to complete these relatively minor works even before the works commenced.

Various contractors had been engaged for clearing the bush and for the supply of concrete stones, pit and river sand and hiring equipment for digging the trench towards the construction of an auto mechanics workshop, the report said.

It stated that the cost of services and supplies provided totalled P117 949.80. However, despite the services and the supplies having been paid for, the construction works had not commenced for a long period afterwards, resulting in the trench filling back in.

The audit inquiries had not elicited satisfactory responses as both the institution and the Ministry had not accepted the responsibility for the project, although orders for the provision for the supplies had been made. For their part, the Ministry had stated that they had sub warranted funds for the purchase of porta cabins.

Letebele indicated that it is therefore confusing that a project which is critical to the functioning of an institution such as this one would commence without a well-defined plan.

Furthermore, the accounting and maintenance of records for the supplies items were not of the standard prescribed by the Supplies Regulations and Procedures in that the supplies ledger cards, the main accounting records for Government assets, were not properly maintained for the recording of receipts and issues.

This had resulted in significant discrepancies between physical and ledger balances, while in other instances the supplies items had not been recorded at all.

The report says 24 of the 91 new computers found in the computer laboratory at Kumakwane ABC campus were not recorded anywhere, as were the other computers in the storeroom which could not be counted due to the disorderly storage conditions.

The institution had entered into a contract agreement with a security company for the provision of security services at Tshwaragano Brigade, ABC and Horticulture campuses at Kumakwane for a 2-year period which ended in June 2018, WeekendPost learnt.

After the contract expired in June 2018, an extension was granted till the 30th September 2018. Since then, there has been no security service coverage for the institution to-date. According to Auditor General, in the face of prevailing crimes, it is of paramount importance that government properties be protected by provision of security services at all times.

At Tlokweng Brigade, it was noted that the kitchen staff were working under difficult conditions as the kitchen facilities and equipment, such as the cold room, tilting pot, food warmers and solar power for hot water were dysfunctional. The kitchen roof was leaking and men’s restrooms was not working. All these need to be brought to a reasonable and functional state of repair.

The kitchen staff should use a purpose-designed Rations Ledger for the recording of receipts and issues of foodstuffs to reflect the usage of those items. As far back as 2014 the Department of Buildings and Engineering Services had found that the house occupied by the bursar was uninhabitable on account of structural defects, the report said.

A site visit during the audit had established that the house was indeed unfit for occupation as there were cracks on the walls, power switches were not working and the roof was leaking. On a sadder note, there were a number of finished items of clothing, such as dresses, shirts, and jackets from students’ practical exercises from the Fashion Design Textiles Workshop.

Auditor General shared her take on this, saying: “I have not been able to ascertain the policy on the disposal of products from these practicals. A trace of 103 green acid-proof overalls which had been purchased in August 2018 had indicated that there was no record of these items having been recorded or issued, nor were they available in stock. I was not able to obtain any explanation for this situation.”

Kgatleng brigade was also audited and inspected by Auditor General who observed that the brigade has 26 institutional houses at Bokaa, both old campus and new campus. Some of these houses are very old and dilapidated, with two declared uninhabitable. The condition of the houses is a clear indication of lack of care and maintenance of these properties.

At the time of the audit, there was no contractor engaged for the provision of security guard services at the new campus, after expiry of the previous one in July 2019.  It is hoped that steps would be taken to safeguard the security of the premises and government properties against any acts of hooliganism.

In August 2019, there was a break-in at the electrical and at the plumbing maintenance workshops and a number of high value items, such as drilling machines, bolt cutters, spanners and cables, were stolen. The break-in and theft were reported to the police.

“However, at the time of writing this report I was not aware of the outcome of the police investigation, nor of any loss report submitted in terms of the Supplies Regulations and Procedures,” Letebele said.

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