Rockefeller family and the war in Syria

 The Rockefeller global oil and banking empire has been the subject of much critical commentary on the Internet. However, the Rockefeller Octopus’s tentacles into every facet of America’s banking, oil (through their control of Standard Oil), military, educational, and foreign policy apparatus was exposed in a monograph prepared by the Soviet Union in 1959. An English translation of the Soviet article prepared by the Central Intelligence Agency’s Foreign Documents Division and dated December 16, 1959, was uncovered from the CIA’s archives. The paper is titled: “About Those Who Are Against Peace.”

The arguments in the Soviet paper generally concur with President Dwight Eisenhower’s Farewell Address to the American people shortly before the inauguration of President Kennedy in January 1961. In his speech, Eisenhower warned the American people about the dangers posed to America’s democracy by the “military-industrial complex.”

There is nothing in the Soviet paper that rings false about the Rockefellers… The oligarchic family has exercised control over America’s foreign policy through their part-sponsorship of the Council on Foreign Relations, Trilateral Commission, and Bilderberg Group – all three shadowy organizations of the world’s elite class who determine monetary, foreign, and military policies behind closed doors. Rockefeller funding of Columbia University and the University of Chicago have helped inflict on the United States some of the most brazen neo-conservatives serving inside and outside of government.

The paper states “In 1957, the Rockefeller oligarchy of American oil industrialists controlled a capital of 61.4 billion dollars. The precise size of the Rockefeller fortune is a state secret in America: the American press noted at one time that special measures are taken so that data concerning the largest fortunes of the U.S. are not published.”

Fifty-three years later, the fortunes of America’s elite are still secret as can be seen with the secrecy surrounding Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s taxes and his offshore financial holdings in such locations as the Cayman Islands, Switzerland, Bermuda, and, according to some reports, the British Virgin Islands.

But the Rockefellers wrote the book on hiding their immense fortune in corporate contrivances and secret bank accounts, an easy task considering they own Chase Manhattan Bank, which is now known as J P Morgan Chase.

The Soviet article also exposed the Rockefellers’ much-ballyhooed “philanthropy” and “work ethic.” The article revealed: “The Rockefellers do not buy yachts worth many millions, like the Vanderbilt magnates; they do not install doorknobs and water fountains of pure gold in their palaces. But love for luxury is not alien to them. The play house where the children of the Rockefellers frolic cost a half million dollars. Bourgeois newspapers, willingly ‘forgetting’ about such ‘trifles,’ relate with tears of sympathy how the children of the billionaires earn pocket money by raising rabbits, cleaning boots, and even destroying flies at ten cents per hundred.”

Today, the successors of the same “bourgeois” media of 1959 prattle on about how Mitt and Ann Romney had it so “tough” after graduating from college. CNN’s Anderson Cooper, the son of billionaire heiress Gloria Vanderbilt, goes on about how tough it was for him to break into the news media, as if his mother had nothing to do with his rapid ascension in the corporate media.

The Soviet paper paints a picture of the Rockefellers that is similar to today’s Romney family: “The people want to know the truth. And the truth about the wealth of the Rockefellers consists of dark deeds, thousands of ruined families, hundreds of thousands of workers in many countries of the world tormented by work beyond their strength. The truth is the concealed history of many wars – it is oil stained with blood.” Of course, today the same can be said about the Rockefeller-linked Bush family, as well as Dick Cheney, George Soros, Rupert Murdoch, and the Rothschild family.

The article identifies the Rockefeller clan members in 1959: “John D. Rockefeller II does not direct his wide empire alone. He has five sons – John D. III, Laurance, David, Winthrop, and Nelson. They are all large capitalists. Each has his role, his department. Only Winthrop has not become famous for anything, unless one counts a scandalous divorce.” In fact, Winthrop became famous later when he was elected governor of Arkansas in 1966. His brother Nelson had served as Governor of New York since 1959.

David is the only survivor among John D. II’s sons and he has been a major player in secret organizations like the Bilderbergs and Trilateralists. David Rockefeller’s off demeanor is described in the Soviet article: “The bourgeois press advertises him as the owner of the best collection of insects in the world, and as possessing extremely gentlemanly manners. But when he enters the office of the bank [Chase Manhattan] and the steel doors close behind his back, the lover of butterflies turns into a greedy seeker after dollars. The hired biographers have every basis for calling him ‘the personification of the virtues of Wall Street.’”

Nelson Rockefeller, who, in 1975, would have become President of the United States had two attempted assassins’ bullets hit their target – President Gerald Ford – is recognized in the Soviet article for his scheming in Latin America, scheming that was supplemented by Richard Nixon and Ford Secretary of State and Rockefeller consigliore Henry Kissinger. The article states: “The Rockefellers have long nourished an irresistible attraction for the countries in Latin America: the provocatory smell of oil reaches them from the South American continent. Therefore, Nelson Rockefeller, who had long been trying to turn South America into his family estate, was at one time placed at the head of the so-called “Bureau of Inter-American Affairs.”

The article quotes the left-wing newspaper the Daily Compass, which once published the muckraking columns of investigative journalist I. F. Stone, in describing the Rockefellers’ stranglehold over the U.S. State Department: “The policy of the State Department is born in the offices of Standard Oil. From there it is transmitted to the Department of Defense, where the heads of the Army and Navy approve it. When this policy gets to the State Department, it becomes the policy of the government and is supposed to be confirmed by Congress quickly and without any changes whatever. When an order for laws designed to protect the interests of the oil kings comes from the Rockefeller dynasty itself, the entire Congress – from the small to the great – comes to ‘attention’ and does what the bosses order it to do.”

Considering the recent U.S. and NATO intervention in Libya and Syria, countries where oil is key, little has changed in how U.S. foreign and war policy is manufactured.

The Rockefellers ties to the CIA and Israel’s Mossad are also laid out in the Soviet monograph. The article reveals that the Rockefellers supplied a U.S. intelligence “cut out” – the School of Eastern Studies in Jerusalem – with money from the Arabian-American oil company (ARAMCO). The school, which operated with the full knowledge of the Mossad, trained American officers to conduct espionage throughout the Middle East.

There was a time when the U.S. government and the corporate (bourgeois) press dismissed such articles as the Soviet monograph on the Rockefellers as pure propaganda. In retrospect, the Soviet authors of the article understood in 1959 what many Americans have come late to fathoming: that the United States is being destroyed by a mega-wealthy elite intent on preying on the United States like a swarm of locusts.

Wayne Madsen

Delicate colonial web in Africa

Attacking Libya was not going to be a one-off event. It trigerred a set of actions in other countries in the region as well. Mali’s current crisis is a direct result of NATO intervention in Libya which helped to remove Ghaddafi’s regime. Ghaddafi was a father figure to the Malian fighters known as the Tuareg rebels. They relied on Ghaddafi’s government for arms, training, employment and protection. Their loyalty to fight for him made him the boss of Africa. Ghaddafi had dreams to be the King of Africa like the most famous Malian billionaire (richest man of all time) King Mansa Musa I, whose fortune was recently estimated to be over USD 400 billion (adjusted for inflation and gold price).

Since the killing of Ghadafi Tuareg rebels had to find another country to turn to. They chose their own country Mali. Pretty soon thanks to their cache of weapons and military training from Ghaddafi they quickly over-ran towns and villages in northern Mali. An independent state of Azawad was also declared which covered about 60% of Mali (equal to the size of France). The fighters are said to be connected to Islamist wings Anas-Al-Din and the Islamic MAghreb (thought to be with al-Qaeda and the Brotherhood).

The Mali intervention they say is probably only weeks away if not days. Intervention by an external power usually an ex-colonial state has yet to prove its worth. Iraq has been demilitarized and split into 2 (if not 3) statelets incapable of any defence against outside military invasion. Afghanistan is the very definition of failure. So is Somalia, Sudan-South Sudan, Libya. The colonial divisions and the artificial boundaries imposed on a people of ancient civilization just wont work. NATO has not understood the futility of weapons against culture.

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A NATO ignited spark is causing a real big fire, this time in Africa. Mali’s Tuareg rebels clashed in June with their former Islamist allies, after the two groups fell out over forming a breakaway state in the northern Mali. The clash near the remote regional capital Kidal was the first armed confrontation between the rebel National Liberation Movement of Azawad (MNLA) and the Islamist Ansar Al-Din. The two groups are made up of Tuareg tribesmen from rival clans. The fighting has raised fears of widening chaos in the vast northern part of the country, a desert region the size of France (60% o the Mali’s territory). On June 6 African leaders urged UN backing for military intervention in Mali to return the region to central control. After having fought the Malian army together the two groups are now fighting on a tribal basis. The Ansar Al-Din is regrouping around Kidal, where they want to set up their headquarters. Meanwhile the residents of Timbuktu launched an attack to kick out the Islamists currently controlling the ancient city in the north of Mali. The Patriots’ Resistance Movement for the Liberation of Timbuktu opposes the secession of northern Mali. So the combat actions are spreading involving more actors. The UN, the African Union and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) officials meeting in Abidjan also called on June 6 for an immediate dissolution of the former junta which came to power following the March 22 coup. The putschists have formally ceded authority to interim authorities but practically remain their hold on power. 

Mali is rich in phosphates, tin, gold, marble, granite, manganese, uranium. It’s the third gold rich country in Africa. Potable water and oil reserves have been recently discovered in the northern part of the country. Uranium and potential oil and gas deposits in the North-East are under the Tuaregs control. The gold and bauxites rich north-eastern areas are controlled by the Mali’s government. 

In April the north of the country was lost to the rebels with the help of arms and men spilling out of Libya’s conflict. It was backed by Islamists with ties to Al-Qaeda, triggering fears of the emergence of a new rogue state. The Mali’s desert Tuaregs proclaimed independence on April 6 for what they call the state of Azawad after capturing key towns in an advance that caught the newly installed junta off guard. The advance capitalized on confusion in Bamako after the March 22 coup by mid-ranking officers whose main goal had ironically been to boost efforts to put down the rebellion. 

The revolt: causes and assessments

The Tuaregs are nomads, the population is about 5,5 million, they are the people that have always been oppressed in other countries, they never recognized the state borders and never stopped to fight for statehood, the territory they call Azawad. The insurgencies have been numerous, for instance in 1994-1995 and 2007 – 2009 they tried to establish an independent state in the territories of Niger and Mali. 

Muammar Gaddafi gave refuge to dozens of hundreds Tuaregs, many of them served in the Libyan armed forces, about two thousand in the PanAfrican legion. He mediated all the conflicts the Tuaregs were involved in. He was the one to save them in the times of terrible drought in 1973 and it was him who came out with the Greater Sahara project presupposing a wide autonomy for the nomads. Taking the Tuaregs side made the Colonel’s clout grew in all the counties where they constituted part of population, like Mali, Niger and Burkina-Faso. Gaddafi had a dream to become the king of Africa, he never spared efforts to render any kind of support to Mali. The Tuaregs were a kind of leverage tool, any time the Mali rulers tried to do something against his wishes he loosened a grip of the nomads to remind them who was the boss in the house.

With Gaddafi gone, the Tuaregs were left to fend for themselves. Having received military experience in Libya. armed with up-to-date weapons they were a force to count with. Since autumn 2011 they became persona non grata in Libya and had to leave the former haven. Some of them were born in Libya. Their attempts to come to any kind of arrangement with the new Libyan authorities were futile. 

In January 2012 angry and hungry Tuaregs, the former Libyan servicemen, united in the separatist MLNA. They moved to Mali and were victorious. By the middle of January they had captured Menaka, Tesalit. Aguelhok. They happened to be stronger than the regular armed forces of Mali, equipped with obsolete 1960-70 China produced weapons and poorly trained. One of the factors making them stronger was the possession of French arms parachuted by NATO aircraft to be used against the Gaddafi’s forces. 

On March 22 a coup d’etat took place in Mali. A group of junior and mid-rank officers led by army captain Amadou Haya Sanogo overthrew President Amadu Tumani Touré. The world turned against the putshists except the USA, that made known its intention to go on with humanitarian aid ($140 million). Within Mali the coup was largely welcomed by the people, despite coming just a month prior to new elections. The great majority wanted the changes necessary to address relentless poverty, growing unemployment, declining provision for education and health care, corrupt use of public funds and the deepening collapse of government authority. Above all they supported the coup as a means of moving quickly to reaffirm Mali’s territorial integrity. The hopes were doomed to be a disappointment. 

The event had taken place just a few weeks before the slated presidential election. Former foreign minister Tiébilé Dramé was to succeed President Touré. The Party for National Rebirth (French Le Parti pour la renaissance nationale – PARENA) led by Dramé discussed peaceful power transition with Touré. No changes in internal affairs were expected but the foreign policy was to be changed dramatically. Dramé was considered to be a pro-French politician, his foreign policy would have taken a turn to the West. Aside from economy, the cooperation with the West was supposed to include fight against terrorism based on special services cooperation, something that hadn’t been practiced before. Touré shied away from military cooperation with France, he refused to allow the Mali’s airspace to French air forces that planned to attack the Al Qaeda’s positions in Mauritania and Algiers. Shocking as it may seem, Mali’s coup leader, Captain Amadou Haya Sanogo had been given US military and intelligence training by the US Africa Command, through the US State Department-sponsored International Military Education and Training program. He still wears a US Marine Corps label pin in memory of his training in Virginia in 2003. The Captain likes to brag about his contacts with the US military and special services. His action exacerbated each and everything. A pro-Western politician was to come to power anyway as a result of democratic voting. The Sanogo led coup was untimely in the year of the US elections. The junta commands a 7 thousand strong force of poorly trained soldiers and inexperienced commissioned officers. The first thing they did after capturing the presidential palace was looting. They literally went on a rampage in the streets of the capital. The action totally undermined the efforts to conduct operations against the Tuaregs. Unable to rule, the junta formally ceded the power to a national unity government led by Interim Mali President Dioncounda Traore. The interim government’s Prime Minister Cheick Modibo Diarra has studied and worked in the USA. 

Libya and China were the main allies of the toppled president Amani Toumani Touré. The Gaddafi’s fall happened to be a major impetus to the rise of the China’s clout. The Chinese have been involved in a range of major economic projects for a number of years. They build bridges and highways, the Chinese companies develop oil deposits, they conduct exploration activities in the Nara district. The Chinese are ready for long-term investments in the continent that gives them the edge over Western competitors looking for fast profits. No matter the Chinese influence rising, the Western presence in Mali is still strong; the British, French, Australian and South African companies are actively involved in oil, bauxite and uranium production. 

The Mali’s Tuareg rebels National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad is usually seen as secular and separatist. But there are others: the Ansar al-Din and the Al-Qaeda Organization in the Islamic Maghreb are Islamist groups. The mission is one – to counter the Mali government, but they have different goals: it’s not so much independence the Islamists are after but rather the control of the whole country converting it into a Sharia law governed territory, like it happened in Timbuktu, where an emirate was proclaimed some time ago after the Islamists got hold of the city. To the contrary the National Front says Azawad is enough, it even promises not to violate the borders of neighboring states. Looks like the rebel groups’ unity is over as the June 2012 events show. 

Al Qaeda going strong in North Africa

The NATO supplied weapons parachuted in Libya are used by Al Qaeda cells in Algiers, Mauritania, Niger and Mali now. The poorly trained and equipped armed forces of the Sahel countries make them an easy prey to fundamentalists. It’s not an occasion a new regional Al Qaeda’s branch – the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) branch has been established recently made up of the Islamists coming from Mauritania mainly. Thus the overthrow of Gaddafi’s government provoked the Al Qaeda’s activities in the North of Mali. The Ansar militants set the goal of establishing Sharia laws in the newly born state. They never stop to commit acts of extraordinary cruelty like mass killings. For instance that’s what they did on January 24, 2012 in Aguelhok killing hundreds of Mali regular troops and civilians. The Ansar militants captured Tambuktu on April 2. The first thing they did was the declaration of new Islamist emirate. 

Prospects for Azawad

The viability of the new entity is doubtful. No way it can survive alone without economic and political support from outside. An autonomy status is a possibility. The African Union is the main opponent, it’s the organization that sees fighting separatism as the main mission. But a military operation in Azawad would be a too large scale action, above the AU capabilities, especially taking into consideration the fact that it has other military commitments in the region. Before the combat actions started the Tuareg delegations had visited the EU. They came out in support of democracy and assured Al Qaeda was an enemy. They promised to fight drug trafficking. The French economic interests were to be respected. European and US companies were promised lucrative offers concerning oil development. The National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad has leaders quite acceptable for talks. The Tuaregs appear to be have no plans to expand further. The ECOWAS is undecided. The Mali territorial integrity is important to preserve. Azawad may easily become a constant headache for a number of countries, while strengthening the Al Qaeda’s presence may seriously destabilize the continent. In April an ECOWAS summit decided to conduct two simultaneous peacekeeping operations: in Mali and Guiney-Bissau (one more victim of a military coup). The strength of peacekeepers in Mali is to be about three thousand. The mission is to support the government in its efforts to restore territorial integrity, but taking part in combat actions is ruled out. The Somali experience shows the African Union and the ECOWAS are hardly the entities to pin great hopes on. Azawad stands a good chance to defend its independence. It could be a broad autonomy officially, but an independent state in practice. Or the MLNA will finally get what is wants – international community making a difficult choice to recognize Azawad as an independent state in exchange for MLNA joining the fight against Al Qaeda. The recognition of the territory will create a precedent to spark a chain reaction. It’ll be a destabilizing factor taking into account Azawad claims part of adjacent states lands. 


Solving this crisis will not be easy. Re-instituting a democratically elected government in Mali will take years. The influx of extremist groups poses significant challenges not only to the region, but also for the United States and the international community. Mali is a country sharing borders with Algeria, Niger, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Guinea, Senegal and Mauritania. NATO went beyond the UN resolution 1973 in Libya against Russia’s and China’ warnings not to do so. The NATO’s intervention spurred a domino-like effect across Africa’s Sahel region. Now we all face the implications. One nation gets set on fire after another. Various North African regions are glued together by a delicate balance – due to the messy colonial legacy inherited. Instability in one African country can lead to major instabilities throughout the region. A dangerous chain reaction has been started. Now Mauritania, Niger and Algeria are targets for intervention. Should AL Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb be successful in carving out holdings in northern Mali, it will only be a matter of time before they begin crossing into Algeria. The situation had been serious enough even before the Mali events. It’s not in vain Algeria, Mali, Niger and Mauritania formed the Joint High Command Operational Centre (CEMOC) in 2010, to address the perceived threats from organized crime and Islamic armed groups. The events in Mali spilled over to Guinea-Bissau, which immediately saw a coup d’état of its own in mid-April. While ECOWAS and other parties attempt at keeping conflict to a minimum in an increasingly agitated western African region, the next country at risk could be Morocco with regards to its Western Sahara issue. The Western Sahara has long been a contentious issue in the region, with Morocco and Spain being key players in this crisis. With Algeria hosting various Western Saharan refugee camps, the contested territory must be carefully watched over the coming months. There are probably other consequences in store but they are all the responsibility of those who stand for unilateral actions (or going beyond the international law), the lessons like Iraq and Libya, to name very few, never learned. 

Isn’t it something to think about before a foreign intervention is launched in Syria, an option on the table according to the US UN Ambassador Susan Rice Mali, or Iran, an action strongly supported by some USA and West European warmongers?

Gaddafi learned nothing from the Lion of Libya

Gone was the mad dog of the desert hunting the rebels “zenga zenga” (room to room, house to house). In his last days he made pretty sure that the world understood from where really he got his power to rule.

Gaddafi could rule Libya for 42 years because the european countries, namely Spain, supported his regime behind the scenes. They benefitted from him in ways more than one. He knew he could use Libyan oil like a drug dealer uses cocaine. Next to oil was his oil cash, which was his financial weapon. He used his deposits in Spanish and French banks to help them recover from economic crisis. In the end though, he lost hope in both oil and cash as the winds of change blew too hard against him.

Gaddafi could be safely recorded as the exact opposite of the true Libyan hero, the real lion of the desert, Omar Mukhtar Ash-shaheed. He was the man who organized Libyan revolutionaries into a guerilla force which fought against the colonial and fascist Italy. Mukhtar was betrayed by the so-called “scholars” from the religious establishment ( i dare not call them muslims) who handed him over to the Italians. Omar Mukhtar was hanged for fighting for the freedom of his country.

History, and more importantly Libyans, will look back at Omar Mukhtar as the lion who revived dignified existence.

Gaddafi clung to a fading reality – Libya on the Line – Al Jazeera English.

Kofi Annan For Syria – will it work

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The UN and the Arab League appointed Kofi Annan as especial envoy to Syria. He is tasked with mediating a solution to the civil war.

Assad is not backing down from armed conflict to end the uprising against his regime. How will negotiations work with him if he is not willing to use peaceful means to settle the issue. Moreover, revolutionaries are convinced that Assad will unleash hell on them once he regains his full power over the country.

Some desperate ex army officers who joined the uprising are advocating for a military intervention. While others are dead against such a move. Syria is much more complex than Libya. NATO intervention in Syria will be resisted by Russia and China as well.

The UN mission to Syria is starting with a dead theory of peace. The role of Muslim Brotherhood has been largely ignored by the international community until they spring into majority position through elections. The Arab Spring of 2011 shows that the majority people in Tunisia, Libya and Egypt want Muslim Brotherhood to form government. It is no different in Syria either.

It would be more effective to start dialogue with Muslim Brotherhood representatives in Cairo and London to begin a systematic political solution to the crisis. Assad can only be forced by Syrian armed forces. But before they do that they would naturally want international assurance for a new political structure under MB.