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The Paris Attacks (Part 2)

HOLLYWOOD COMES TO PARIS: A still from a video that purported to show the shooting of a policeman by the Kouachi brothers is fraught with holes and bears every hallmark of a movie set scene!


Estranged Illuminati family member blows whistle on false flag and names perpetrators of gory act. Does her tip bear up?

On January 14 2015, Al Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula (AQAP), regarded by the US as the deadliest branch of the global Jihadist network, announced it was behind the Charlie Hedbo killings of January 7 in a 11-minute video posted on its Twitter account. The hit, so the leader of the  Yemeni branch of AQAP gushed, had been in the making since 2011 at the orders of Al-Qaeda's overall leader Ayman al-Zawahri, Osama bin Laden's successor, and was arranged by the now deceased radical Yemeni-American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki (he was blown in a US drone strike in Yemen in September 2011). The killings were “in revenge for the prophet”, that is, Muhammad.


The AQAP assertion was a classic case of reaping where one did not sow. It was purely opportunistic, much like Osama bin Laden’s claim that it was Al Qaeda that had masterminded the spectacularly horrendous 9-11. The first to throw the lie back at AQAP was the CIA and its ilk. Two US counter-terrorism officials made it known to ABC News that there was no persuasive evidence that AQAP either coordinated the attack or anticipated it as signals intercept records of recent times  had not come across any communication between any of the Kouachi brothers and known AQAP figures. Certainly, if AQAP was the architect of the Paris atrocity, why did they  take a full week to own up to it when typically Al Qaeda takes less than 48 hours to bask in the “glory”  of a particularly galvanising strike?    


A case can be made that during the standoff with a police cordon, both Cherif Kouachi and Ahmed Coulibaly voluntarily admitted to having operated under the auspices of Jihadist groups in telephonic interviews with BFM TV, France’s most watched news network. But such a confession must be taken with a pinch of salt. Firstly, even CNN, which is affiliated to BFM TV, did categorically state that it could not vouch for the authenticity of the interviews. Secondly, the two terrorists could have been coached in advance as to exactly what to say in the event they were cornered. Thus  AQAP’s belated announcement could have been prompted by the need to capitalise on the reported assertions of the terrorists and not on their factuality. In any case, Coulibaly and the Kouachi brothers belonged to two rival groups, ISIS and AQAP respectively. Why then did ISIS did not endorse Coulibaly’s  involvement in the Paris shootings if he was indeed their man?


When all is said done, what emerges is that the shootings were not the work of Al Qaeda nor of ISIS but of a Third Force. Just what was this Third Force?


A ROTHSCHILD TIP
On January 11 2015, Lasha Darkmoon, a renowned English-American essayist and critic of the Illuminati agenda, received an email from Ellie Katsnelson, who also goes by the name Madame Rothschild. Katsnelson is a German aristocrat of Rothschild parentage who fell out with her family when she discovered that the death of her mother in the Swiss Alps in 1989 was not an accident  but a cleverly orchestrated sacrificial murder. Part of her email read as follows:


“I will say most emphatically, based on my private sources, for as you know, I am a resident of France and have many friends in high places in Paris and elsewhere: not only do I believe that the Paris circus was not done by the Muslims, I actually know for a certainty that it was not. Muslims had nothing – I repeat, nothing – whatever to do with the carnage that took place in Paris last week.


“A few young ladies whom I know and who are active in the Palestinian movement – with  your own countryman, George Galloway, I believe – explained everything to me two days ago. This whole event was organised in Brussels. Even Ahmed Merabet, the first French policeman purportedly shot dead, is actually not a Muslim at all: his real name is Avigdor, and his brother’s name is Maloch, recently changed to Melek – all of them crypto-Jews in the service of  Israeli intelligence, i.e., Mossad agents. Avigdor is in Buenos Aires right now, and will remain there for six years, a standard operating procedure with those deep in Israeli  psyops. After this, he will resurface with a new identity,  by which time of course the populace will have forgotten all about the Paris attacks.”


The cat is out of the bag folks. The Charlie Hebdo killings were a Mossad operation reportedly. The policeman who we saw being shot at point-blank range in the on-scene video recordings was simply acting movie-style. He was part of the whole charade, as were the shooters themselves. Katsnelson  says such players are paid 666,000 euros or dollars depending on the country in which the event is staged.


“The amount may seem random and insignificant to you, but once you know how important numerology and signs are to the Kabalistic Jews, things begin to make sense,” Katsnelson continues. “Moreover, the number 6  features again, you will notice, as that is the number of years during which the commandos carrying out the operation  are not allowed to resurface. They have to lie low for six years, living lives of impeccable respectability under their newly invented personas. When they finally emerge into the full light of day, it is never in the country where they performed their original theatrics.


“Thus Avigdor, the ‘hero’ of the Paris op,  and all the rest of his accomplices in crime, will start a new life elsewhere: with a new identity, new papers, a new passport – even a nice new house provided. Everything else will be given to these operatives to enable them to make a fresh start in life, including a wife or partner who is also an undercover agent. Nothing, absolutely nothing, is left to chance.”
Does Madame Rothshilds’ revelations stand up to scrutiny?


SUPREMELY EFFICIENT KILLERS
If there is one element about the Charlie Hebdo carnage that continue to stagger the mind, it was the professionalism with which it was carried out.  There is no way in hell those Kalashnikova-wielding hoodlums could have been your typical, clumsy Jihadists trained at Torabora or some such godforsaken redoubt.

They appeared to be executing a well-coordinated plan in that late-morning raid, methodically seeking out and executing those targeted for death and even made a clean getaway. These guys were sharpshooters, trained to the hilt as both marksmen and snipers. They were groomed and drilled in a formal, First World military institutional setting. They exhibited the military proficiency of Team 6, the Navy Seals who killed Osama bin Laden on May 2 2011.


A Fox News military analyst, retired Lt. Colonel Ralph Peters, said, “It was evident immediately that this was a carefully planned, sophisticated operation by well-trained, well-armed veterans of Jihad. This was not a pick-up team. These butchers were methodical and efficient. They weren’t just terrorists: They were terrorist commandos.” Peters added: “They didn’t just go nuts and shoot wildly, as amateur Jihadists do.

They set out to kill specific people and never lost focus. They even stayed cool during the getaway phase.” Aki Peritz, a former CIA analyst, was quoted as saying that, “The attacks were very professional, well thought-out and well executed”. Stratfort, a well-known security analyst group, also said something to the effect that the attackers appeared to be well-trained from the way they handled the weapons, moved and shot.  


It is also obvious that the killers were assisted by somebody who had inside information about the goings-on at Charlie Hebdo. They struck at the right time, a Wednesday, a day when all the freelance cartoonist were always around for a routine, weekly editorial meeting. That the attackers did not conduct this aspect of the espionage themselves is evidenced by the fact that they did not know the exact address of Charlie  Hebdo: they had to ask for directions to the correct location from two maintenance workers they encountered at a wrong office before they hastened upstairs to  do the deed. The killers were part of a syndicate that was far from ragtag ala ISIS or AQAP but belonged to an elite military-espionage apparatus that had agents in the ranks of the French Police itself.


FECKLESS AND DISSOLUTE BROTHERS
Yet the daring and sophistication of the Charlie Hebdo killers simply does not square with the bland profile, reportedly, of the Kouachi brothers. The real Kouachi brothers come across as cowardly and simple-minded. We know a bit about them because they have had brushes with the law in the recent past, particularly Cherif, the younger of the two.


In January 2005, Cherif was arrested for being part of the Buttes Chaumont network  (named for the park in northern Paris where they used to meet), a 7-man jihadist recruitment ring that smuggled  fighters to swell the ranks of  Iraq insurgents when US and British forces were having a field day bombing the country into virtual oblivion. Cherif, then aged 25, was captured on video whimpering pleas of innocence before reporters right in the court precincts.

These are his exact words: “The whole thing has been set up. We are just young kids from the suburbs, that is all. We get passionate, we talk like this, but there is nothing more, that's it. We did nothing wrong. There was no intention (from us), now they pretend things, but who cares. We will see and I hope that it will show evidence.” Cherif’s remonstration to the world at large was that he was set up, words that would never issue forth from the mouth of a revolutionary stalwart who was intent at even expending his life in the interests of the jihad.  


In 2010, Cherif was again nabbed for "suspected involvement in plotting the escape of one of the masterminds of bombings and terrorist attacks in 1995 that killed eight people and injured more than 200". In either case, Cherif was neither a ring leader nor a protagonistic participant. His role was that of a mere facilitator, not a precision killing machine. Above all, he was chicken-hearted and this from his own mouth. In the 2008 case, he told the judge that he was relieved at being arrested. “The closer the departure (to Iraq) got, the more I wanted to turn back,” he stated matter-of-factly.   


What both the 2008 and 2010 trials laid bare was the fact that Cherif was simply an also-ran in the greater scheme of whatever operations he was involved in and was more of a hedonist than a scrupulous devotee to the cause, let alone to Islam. He was far from religious, drank alcohol, smoked marijuana, was a fan of rap music, and spent more time chasing skirts than he did going to the mosque. Intellectually, he was the proverbial empty vessel: he only knew “the basics” on how to handle a Kalashnikova, inculcated to him not at a jihadist range but from a man he met at the mosque. It’s small wonder the only jobs he was good at were the menial type – delivering pizza and as a fishmonger in a supermarket latterly.     


Such a mediocre, lacklustre profile does not remotely dovetail with the text-book prowess of the two ace killers who wreaked clinical havoc at Charlie Hebdo. Those two hooded guys were as  different from the Kouachi brothers as black is different from white.


A  STUDIO-SETTING SHOOTING
Within hours of the Charlie Hebdo rampage, a video was posted on the Internet that showed one of the Kouachi brothers shoot dead at close range a hapless and pleading policeman with an AK 47 rifle. The policeman turned out to be 42-year-old Ahmed Merabet reportedly. The video was shot “on reflex” by Jordi Mir whilst he was alone in his apartment, so he said.  The police never subjected him to questioning of any kind when in an ideal world, he should have been made to say much more than he let on.


The video has now famously come to be known as a hoax video on social media. A whole avalanche of reasons support this view but I will only discuss those that cut to the core of the matter so as not to bore you with forensic-type details.


The Policeman was shot twice within a ten-second interval, first in his leg and second at point blank range in his head. Yet we see no blood spatter; no spent cartridge; and no marks on the concrete. This is a 7.62 x 39 mm round, a close-range trajectile from an AK 47 assault rifle, and there is no discernible body movement that inevitably must have arisen from the energy absorption from the bullet. Whether the bullet went through the victim’s body or not, there should have been a huge blast out of the pavement but the pavement was as squeaky-clean as ever. Just where did the kinetic energy of the bullet go?


John Urwin, a former US Special Forces operative, put it rather bluntly that the video, along with others which surfaced in due course, was a studio job. “It's definitely fake: the AK 47 would take half his head away,” he sneers. “There’s a few things I don’t understand. The person taking the film doesn’t appear to be shocked or surprised. There are no sudden movements in the film when the guns are going off. And especially when someone is supposedly getting their head blown off.”


Another former Western service man had this to say: “The wound location of the first shot is indicated by the victims right hand – it clutches his upper right thigh on the outside of his hip bone. This wound, if real, would have had him screaming in horrific pain and it would have bled IMMEDIATELY. His pants, where shot, within seconds, would have turned dark with red blood soaking the fabric. The shot to the head is obviously a blank. You can see the air pressure blast wave knock the dust up off the sidewalk. If this was a real bullet you would see the same thing happen to the skin, skull and brain matter.
This is a crisis actor who never got shot. There are no wounds, no blood, no tissue splatter, no recoil, no natural and immediate limpness which occurs when someone is shot in the brain with an AK47. If you haven’t been in combat and seen this firsthand to know that this is fake, I suggest you search for real terrorist killings in videos online that show what direct gun shots to the head and body really look like.”


It turns out we have precious more to say on the incident and we request that you make a date with us for the final instalment next week.

 

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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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