Waiting for the Global Messiah in the Age of Trump

By: Cliff Kincaid | America’s Survival

Constance Cumbey has written two books on the New Age Movement, whose purpose is to overthrow Christian civilization, creating a post-Christian and socialist world. In this video, she emphasizes the role played by European socialist Javier Solana. Recall that Marilyn Ferguson’s “Aquarian Conspiracy” described a powerful network of anti-Christian organizations and personalities working to bring about radical cultural and social change in the United States and the world through the “expansion of consciousness.”


Billings, Montana Elects Democratic Socialist City Council Member

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

This is massively disturbing for me. I lived in Billings, Montana at one time. They are great people and down to earth. My, how things have changed out west and not for the better. The town that I loved just officially elected a socialist. They put a Democratic Socialist of America member named Denise Joy on the City Council. WTH were they thinking? What’s more, if you look at the article at the Billings Gazette, there are just as many who love this Marxist as those that hate what she stands for. It’s demoralizing.

The media is romanticizing this woman. They are gushing over her win and they are going out of their way to humanize her and try and endear her to Americans in Montana. Denise Joy will now take a seat on the Billings City Council representing Ward 3. And you can bet that the DSA has others in the works there. They never stop and they are constantly working on getting socialists into office around the country.

Originally, she trailed her opponent by 11 points in the primary, but with the help of Democratic Socialists of America, she would up winning by 17 points. Why? Because people no longer remember what a ‘socialist’ is or that they are basically a communist in the making. Joy is the only DSA member so far to be elected in Montana to a public office. We can only hope this is a one-off anomaly and that she’s gone sooner than later. She did not hide the fact that she was a DSA member, but she didn’t campaign on it either. There is a small group of DSA members in Billings and their hard work paid off unfortunately.

This is a ward that strongly supported Donald Trump. Which makes this even more confusing. “The label of ‘socialist’ may make people nervous,” Joy said. “But what it means is paying it forward and investing in our community. And that doesn’t scare them.” No, it is a soft lie that confuses voters. And when Americans no longer know what is in the Constitution, what the history of their country and the Founding Fathers is, or the real definition of ‘socialism’, this is what happens. They begin to give away their freedom to those that want the teachings of Marx implemented.

Democratic Socialists of America claims to have approximately 30,000 members nationwide. Personally, I think that number is nowhere near the number of members they have. DSA has chapters all across the US now. The organization saw a major growth spurt when Bernie Sanders ran for the presidency. He has tripled their numbers according to reports.

Joy’s win was part of a wave of victories for DSA in the 2017 elections. They focused primarily on local government positions. 35 DSA members currently hold elected office. But here’s the catch… a number of them don’t admit to supporting or being part of the organization for political reasons. They are stealth socialists, Marxists and communists.

The Billings DSA’s efforts often overlap with local Democrats. DSA is going after those who support Obamacare and free tuition. Those are socialist building blocks here in the US. They push progressive politics and many times they sound great, but they are anything but that. The Democratic Party is now the Socialist Party in reality. DSA will also be supporting two Democrat statehouse candidates next year. One of them, Amelia Marquez, is a vice chair for the Yellowstone County Democrats and will run in House District 52. That overlap is going to be common with just about 20 local members, said Josh Schleining, organizer and chairman of the Billings DSA.

The group is working to get recognition by the national branch as a local chapter. The Billings DSA’s efforts frequently overlap with those of local Democrats. “We’re trying to function on our own on one hand, but also if there’s any organization, political parties, anyone we agree with on their stance, we try to help them,” he said.

Joy’s socialist policies are enticing to many young people who want something for nothing. They are as old as communism is. Joy talked a lot on the campaign trail about the strategy of Billings’ urban sprawl and how it might divert resources away from her mid-town ward. She said she wanted to see investments in curbs, gutters and street lights in neighborhoods that could use them. Socialists always seem to help, but in the end, you are taxed to death and oppressively controlled by politicians and the government. The true equality for socialists is one of impoverishment and desperation. People all become equally miserable. “You’re not just trying to make a nicer street,” she said, “you’re investing in your own savings, in your own home.” But what she forgets to tell the good voters, is their investments will go through bureaucrats who will keep most of it for themselves. It ALWAYS works like that. And their taxes will go through the roof, while things only get worse in their ‘home’.

Now, this is where Joy gets disingenuous in the extreme. She’s very crafty here. She said she wanted to make sure law enforcement had the resources needed to keep up with Billings’ growth. She said officers are often the only point of contact between the city and residents who could benefit most from public services. First off, socialists hate the police… unless they are part of a governmental system to control the populace. Here you see Joy trying to win the police over to her way of doing things. The persuasion of socialist politics is the siren call of tyranny. “Police are out there, and these issues of addiction and mental health just collide with what the police need to do to keep the community safe,” she said. And this is where the rubber meets the road… that sentence you just read… what she is talking about there is ‘gun control’. I’m not kidding. These are the political issues socialists dangle in front of people as justification for stripping Americans of their Second Amendment rights. It’s the socialist thing to do.

The media and the DSA are claiming to want to make the establishment work for the people. That’s a lie. They want them to ‘control’ the people. Don’t fall for false promises and seductive freebies. Schleining said that they’re passionate about big topics like wealth inequality and drug policy reform. But politics in Billings can feel more accessible for a small political group and those issues often don’t require sea changes in policy. How it will work, is that they will change policies a little at a time. Legalize pot, enforce stricter gun control, raise taxes… it’s straight out of their playbook. “Things like minimum-wage increases can happen on a city level,” he said. “Community-led policing. There’s lots of ideas that can be implemented at a local level and we’ve seen it. You bet they have… in Russia, China, Cuba, Venezuela…

Supporters (wearing orange) and detractors (wearing white) of the NDO wait before the Billings City Council meeting to vote on the proposed Non-Discrimination Ordinance in 2014.

Another issue is a non-discrimination ordinance, which has hovered around local politics since the Billings City Council defeated the measure in 2014. Joy supports it. That’s meant to mainstream homosexuality and gender choice. It plays into open-bathrooms and the normalization of perversion too. You see, socialism and communism can’t get a hold of a people unless they break apart the family unit, get rid of morality and faith and get the guns.

Joy will begin her evenings with the Billings City Council in January. By day, Joy is a special-needs assistant at Ben Steele Middle School. She grew up in Hardin. She works with the Amend Park Community Garden, which she says is a socialist idea. She doesn’t consider herself radical. Communists and socialists never do. “It’s all about affordability. It’s all about living wages, and that’s what people care about. And that’s a part of socialism. That’s a part of the idea that collectively, we need to address these problems,” she said. No, what we need to do is purge ourselves of socialists like Joy.


Weekly Featured Profile – Malcolm Suber


Malcolm Suber

In the late 1970s, Malcolm Suber was a leader of the pro-China Communist Party USA (Marxist-Leninist), but was expelled circa early 1980 with Albert Thrasher of Birmingham as part of a ’left’ liquidationist faction. That in turn “engineered a split in the Party, moving to build a Maoist, ultra-left nationalist party, based mainly in the South, abandoning the majority of the industrial proletariat.”

Suber later became close to the pro-North Korea/Russia/Iran Workers World Party.

On Oct. 22 2005, in New York, the Workers World newspaper staff hosted a forum called “Katrina: A Challenge for the Movement: Forging a united front between the Black liberation, workers’ and anti-imperialist struggles.”

The panel featured prominent African-American representatives based in New York, Raleigh and New Orleans. These leaders talked about the issues of the day from anti-racist, pro-labor, pro-community and anti-war perspectives.

Panelists included:

Malcolm Suber, a founder and leader of the People’s Hurricane Relief Fund in New Orleans, announced his candidacy for an at-large seat on the New Orleans City Council on Sept. 6, 2007.

Suber has been in the forefront of exposing the racist criminal neglect by local, state and federal governmental officials shown toward the majority Black population during and after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Suber is a Katrina survivor.

Suber’s campaign supporters included former Georgia U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney and Hip Hop artist and actor Mos Def.

Suber failed to win the seat.

In 2017, Malcolm Suber and Angela Kinlaw joined forces to create the People’s Assembly New Orleans.

According to Suber, “The People’s Assembly in New Orleans is our attempt to build a grassroots, working-class organization of, by and for the working people of this city. It is important that we wake what I call the sleeping giant, the black community, to recognize that with our numbers if we were properly organized and understood our power we could control this city.

Malcolm Suber and Workers World Party member Gavrielle Gemma lead Take ‘em Down NOLA, which has led the push to dismantle historic Confederate monuments in New Orleans.

We are fighting now for a resolution to remove all the white supremacy monuments and street names and public buildings named for the slavemasters. This is a struggle that will continue until we finish the main course.

A written statement included a list of Take ‘em Down NOLA’s targets for removal or renaming. The list includes at least a dozen monuments, 24 streets, seven school campuses and two hospitals.

These range from highly visible tributes to well-known slaveholders like the monument of Andrew Jackson and locally famed leaders of the Confederacy, such as former Louisiana Governor and Confederate General Francis T. Nicholls, for whom Governor Nicholls Street is named, to lesser-known monuments such as that dedicated to Confederate Brig. Gen. Albert Pike at Tulane Avenue and Jefferson Davis Parkway and lesser-known figures like the Rev. Benjamin Morgan Palmer…

In October 2017, Gavrielle Gemma and Malcolm Suber celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution at an event in New Orleans.

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Are we celebrating Thanksgiving or Black Friday?

By: T F Stern | Self-Educated American

What are we celebrating this Thursday?  Are we taking a day off to be with family and friends to express gratitude to our Father in Heaven for the many blessings and tender mercies provided us; our ‘cornucopia’ of clothing to wear, a roof over our heads, food enough to survive and even share or have we altered our focus toward something else?

(Image courtesy of Wikipedia/ By Peter Paul Rubens – 6QEwQbRo8rzs5A at Google Cultural Institute maximum zoom level, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=21897457)

You got it; Black Friday and huge sales events that are begging people to forget being thankful for what they have and move onward to what they might obtain if they time it just right; taking folks away from the dinner table to their computers or out to the shopping malls.

Watching television commercials, supposedly geared to Thanksgiving Day, timed messages that instead have little if anything to do with our intent to honor God for having shed His many blessings down upon us throughout the year.  No, the trend is to eat a quick meal, making sure to be done by two o’clock in the afternoon so you can race down to the local department store where millions of others will be taking advantage of spectacular pricing on items you can’t live without.  You don’t even have to leave the house as most Internet sales promise to price match and includes free shipping.

How much money was spent on Black Friday in 2016?

“Shoppers spent $1.9 billion online on Thanksgiving Day and another $3.3 billion on Friday, according to Adobe.”

An article by Kimberly Amadeo explains part of the challenge to retail businesses.  It boils down to survival in today’s market place.

“Black Friday is November 24, 2017, the day after Thanksgiving. It’s traditionally the busiest shopping day of the year because it kicks off the holiday season. This season is crucial for the economy because around 30 percent of annual retail sales occur between Black Friday andChristmas. For some retailers, such as jewelers, it’s even higher — nearly 40 percent.”

It’s been this way for many years; but can you imagine the pressure put on retailers as they recognize that this one month, calculated from the day before Thanksgiving, determines whether or not they will be in business the next year?

Far too many have become members of the ‘Church of Black Friday’, having bowed down to their god of prosperity and once in a life time deals, their golden calf if you will.

Wouldn’t it be better to give thanks to God and take the day off with family as a way to open the door for other blessings; blessings which often include prosperity and timely help from above as each day’s challenges are somehow met successfully?

“… Choose you this day whom ye will serve…but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.


It’s Worse Than You Think: The Federal Government Has No Clue What It Is Spending

By: Denise Simon | Political Vanguard

Do you think our federal government knows how much and where it is is spending money?

Well, think again.

Back in 2014, the Government Accountability Office presented this is prepared testimony:

The federal government has no idea how many tax dollars it’s wasting on redundant federal programs every year—but it’s likely in the neighborhood of $45 billion.”

That’s according to the Government Accountability Office, which identified more than two dozen new areas of inefficiency and overlap in its annual report to Congress. This is on top of the more than 160 redundant areas that the GAO has identified in its three previous reports.

“It’s impossible to account for how much money is wasted through duplication, in part because the government doesn’t keep track of which programs each agency is responsible for,” Comptroller Gene Dodaro said prepared congressional testimony.

Examples you ask?

Right now, there are 10 different agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services that are providing similar services relating to AIDS outreach in minority communities. There are also 11 different agencies performing autism research without properly coordinating their efforts.

In another example included in the 200-page report, the auditors found that Colorado’s Schriever Air Force Base has eight different satellite control centers controlling 10 different satellite programs.

Meanwhile, the report also identified a $4.2 billion loan program within the Department of Energy for Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing that hasn’t been utilized since 2011.

There is even a video to report waste, fraud and abuse, but no one seems to know how to solve those issues. Checking the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee website, there are no reports or menu of items they are investigating. Where is the confidence in that?

The GAO issued a report dated November 2017, that included this little passage:

“Reported improper payment estimates totaled over $1.2 trillion government-wide from fiscal years 2003 through 2016. Agencies are statutorily required to perform improper payment risk assessments to identify programs and activities that may be susceptible to significant improper payments and are required to report an improper payment estimate for ones that are susceptible to significant improper payments.”

Due to the Harvey Weinstein predatory sexual behavior scandal, many other names have recently hit the headlines with similar cases including members of both houses of Congress. As such, we learned there is essentially a pay-off slush fund where the victim was provided taxpayer funds to shut up, sign a non-disclosure and to for the most part go away. Note the payouts:

Still not convinced spending is literally out of control?

GAO’s 2016 report found that the Social Security Administration (SSA) has not fully addressed the growing amount of Disability Insurance overpayments.  In FY 2014, SSA identified $1.3 billion in such payments, in part because Congress still allows individuals to collect both full Social Security Disability Insurance benefits and Unemployment Insurance at the same time.  The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that eliminating this double-dipping would save $1.9 billion over the next 10 years.    The Treasury department’s Earned Income Tax Credit program had $15.6 billion in improper payments and the Social Security Administration’s errant payments totaled $7.1 billion.

The 2016 report also highlights a mounting problem of obsolete information technology (IT) systems in the federal government.  For example, the Department of Homeland Security was supposed to integrate and modernize its 422 different human resources systems and applications in 2003.  GAO found that “limited progress” has been made, and none of its many recommendations in this area have been addressed.

The federal government spends more than $1 billion on mobile devices per year; however, “GAO found that among 15 selected agencies, only 5 had complete service and device inventories.”  Therefore, most agencies are unable to know when taxpayer-funded devices are no longer needed or are being abused.

The 2016 report also cites many other outlandish examples of government duplication run amok, one of the most obvious being the existence of two programs in two different agencies that are tasked with inspecting the same type of catfish.  There are 45 programs in nine different agencies for employment for people with disabilities.  The federal government operates more than 90 different programs to foster the construction of green buildings in the private sector.   In FY 2014, unobligated balances, or the amount of money not spent by an agency or department, stood at $870 billion.

So, it seems we have enough reasons to declare we don’t trust you, the government anymore right? Yes, but is anyone listening? Not so much.

So, trotting over to the U.S. Treasury website you can find the Final Monthly Treasury Statement. The report includes the final budget results and details a deficit of $666 billion for Fiscal Year 2017. Fascinating number eh?

The issue is only 36 pages and it is suggested you begin at Table 3 and mobilize a team of friends where collectively you can perhaps define the line items, the duplicate programs or worse why they exist at all.

There is an app for that at least at the state level for only a handful of states. Yeah for California, right?

The Pew Charitable Trust in part published the following:

“In Long Beach, California, six city employees were fired after people complained items had gone missing from inside impounded cars. In Philadelphia auditors found safety issues in a dozen rental properties as well as over $350,000 in unpaid taxes. And in Richmond, Virginia, a city employee is on the hook for nearly $10,000 in bogus expenses.”

All of these cases were brought to auditors’ attention by tipsters using hotlines or fraud apps, which allow smartphone users to anonymously report government waste, fraud and abuse.

Cities and states have long had hotlines for reporting misuse of government resources. But mobile apps bring a new level of sophistication. They allow people to submit photos and videos in support of their claims; and in some cases auditors can use the app to respond and ask for follow-up information, all while maintaining a tipster’s anonymity.

Sixty-four percent of American adults now carry a smartphone, according to a report from the Pew Research Center. (The Pew Charitable Trusts funds both the Pew Research Center and Stateline.) Because reporting waste, fraud and abuse through an app is so easy, people are more inclined to do so, auditors say.

“Smartphones are becoming a ubiquitous tool, and I think we need to meet people where they are,” said Dave Yost, the state auditor who in 2014 introduced a fraud app in Ohio.

The cost of developing the apps varies. Ohio was able to develop its app in-house, while Richmond spent about $10,000 for outside help. Pittsburgh’s app was unveiled this month. It cost $20,000 to develop and will cost $3,000 for upkeep, but it also allows users to access a range of databases on city contracts and campaign contributions.

Uncertain Impact

In many places, it’s hard to discern how much of a difference the apps are making compared to traditional hotlines because auditors don’t keep track of where tips originate. Many of the apps allow users to call a fraud hotline from the app.

So far, relatively few citizens have downloaded the apps. In Long Beach there have only been 160 downloads. In Ohio there have been 673. In Philadelphia, which in 2011 developed one of the first fraud apps, there have been 2,015 downloads.

Whether tips are received through a hotline or an app, governments have received valuable information.

This is an important exercise for every American paying taxes and the challenge is to question your senator or representative. If that fails, try contacting the House Oversight Committee and ask some hard questions, in fact make some demands.

Those dollars reported by Treasury, those dollars in payouts and those dollars in waste, fraud and abuse are yours….you need to take ownership all while we are watching congress playing in the tax reform sandbox.


What the Uranium One Documents Reveal

By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

Uranium One is engaged through its subsidiaries and joint ventures in uranium production, and in the exploration and development of uranium properties, in Kazakhstan, the United States, Tanzania and elsewhere. Uranium One is focused on low cost and low technical risk operations, with existing, near and medium-term production visibility in some of the world’s largest uranium resource jurisdictions.

Uranium One is a joint venture partner with JSC NAC Kazatomprom, the Kazakhstan state-owned atomic energy company, in six major producing uranium mines in Kazakhstan – Akdala, South Inkai, Karatau, Akbastau, Zarechnoye and Kharasan. The company also operates the Willow Creek uranium mine in Wyoming, and is the operator of, and owns a 13.9 percent interest in, the Mkuju River uranium development project in Tanzania.

Uranium One’s revenues are largely derived from the sale of uranium concentrates. The company sells its uranium to major nuclear utilities in Russia, Europe, North America, South America, Middle East and Asia.


This was an internal coup advanced by the Obama administration. What is worse, where are those Hillary, State Department of CFIUS or White House related emails?


William Campbell, the FBI informant, documented for his FBI handlers the first illegal activity by Russians nuclear industry officials in fall 2009, nearly a entire year before the Russian state-owned Rosatom nuclear firm won Obama administration approval for the Uranium One deal, the memos show.

Evidence gathered by an FBI undercover informant conflicts with several media reports as well as statements by Justice officials concerning the connections between a Russian nuclear bribery case and the Obama administration’s approval of the sale of Uranium One to Russia’s state-owned Rosatom nuclear company. More here.


During Campbell’s time working as a confidential informant, he was required by the Russians to launder large sums of money to financial institutions in Cyprus, Latvia and Seychelles. With Campbell’s help the FBI uncovered an extensive money Russian nuclear money laundering apparatus and Campbell was working solo. He was required to launder money, from his own salary, on particular days and times when Russian money handlers would be working at the banks. If he missed a scheduled pay time for any reason his Russian counterparts would threaten him, he told his attorney. He was also required on many occasions to deliver cash directly to those who were being paid off, most of which he recorded on hidden cameras for the FBI.

It didn’t end there. In order to keep his cover he spent many nights with his Russian counterparts drinking, collecting information and more importantly gaining their trust. He was in his early 60s and his once unblemished driving record ended with a DUI in 2008 and two other reckless driving charges in 2010 and 2012, said Toensing, who noted they were all misdemeanors.


The cast of characters deep within the Russian nuclear agency also included another American businessman named Rod Fisk, whose company Transportation Logistics International, also known as TLI,  was the primary transport company for Russian enriched uranium sold to the United States.

Fisk passed away in 2011, and his Vice President Daren Condrey replaced him. In 2015, Daren Condrey, of Maryland, pleaded guilty to conspiring to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and conspiring to commit wire fraud, according to the DOJ.

Adding to the colorful array of Russian criminals the FBI was watching, was a Russian national named Vadim Mikerin. He was then a top official of the Russian nuclear arms subsidiary Tenex. Mikerin, who had close ties to elite members of the Kremlin, and who bragged in emails and documents about his families connections to current Russian President Vladimir Putin, would later become president of Tenam, the American subsidiary that began operations in 2010, according to the contract. Boris Rubizhevsky, another Russian national from New Jersey,  who was  president of the security firm NEXGEN Security, also pleaded guilty in 2015, to conspiracy to commit money laundering.  He served as a consultant to TENAM and to Mikerin. He was sentenced to prison last week along with three years of supervised release and a $26,500 fine, according to a recent Reuters report.

Mikerin was eventually arrested for a racketeering scheme that dated back to 2004, and included fraud, extortion and money laundering. But he only plead guilty to money-laundering. He was sentenced to 48 months in prison in December 2015. More here.

Here are five revelations from those documents reviewed by The Hill:

Russia saw its purchase of Uranium One as part of a strategy to dominate global uranium markets, including making the United States more dependent on Moscow’s nuclear fuel.

Documents the informant gave the FBI clearly show that the purchase of Uranium One was seen by Russia and its American consultants as one tool in a strategy to “control” the uranium market worldwide. In the United States, that strategy focused on securing billions of new uranium contracts to create a new reliance on Russian nuclear fuel just as the Cold War-era Megatons to Megawatts program was ending.

Uranium One did export some of its U.S. uranium ore.

News organizations, including The Washington Post, continue to report none of Uranium One’s product left the U.S. after Russia took control. In fact, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) approved an export license for a third party trucking firm to export Uranium One ore to Canada for enrichment, and that some of that uranium ended up in Europe, NRC memos show. Uranium One itself admits that as much as 25 percent of the uranium it exported to Canada ended up with European or Asian clients through what is know in the industry as “book transfers.”

The FBI informant Douglas Campbell does have information to share with Congress about Rosatom’s Uranium One purchase.

Justice officials have suggested in recent stories that Campbell has little on Uranium One because his work forced on nuclear bribery involving a different Rosatom subsidiary. While it’s true Campbell’s undercover work focused on criminality inside the Rosatom subsidiary Tenex, he did gather extensive documents about Rosatom’s efforts to win approval to buy Uranium One.

The FBI did have evidence that Rosatom officials were engaged in criminality well before the Obama administration approved Rosatom’s purchase of Uranium One.

Evidence that a foreign company is involved in criminality can disqualify it from Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) approval to buy a sensitive U.S. asset. And Campbell helped the FBI recorded the first criminal activity by Rosatom officials inside its Tenex arm in November 2009, nearly an entire year before CFIUS approved Rosatom’s purchase of Uranium One.

Justice officials trusted the informant Campbell enough to keep him working undercover for six years and to pay him more than $51,000 once the convictions were secured.

A check obtained by The Hill shows the FBI paid Campbell an informant fee of more than $51,000 in January 2016, shortly after the last convictions in the Russian nuclear bribery case were made.


Counterfeit Operations, Iran and North Korea

By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

It is a global business and a nasty one.

U.S. officials have long accused Iran of supplying arms to rebel Houthi forces battling for control of Yemen. But Monday’s sanctions help highlight the scope of what Western officials commonly describe as the IRGC’s far-reaching and malign activities.

“Iran itself, together with its proxy, Lebanese Hezbollah, is knee-deep and has been knee-deep in the counterfeit business for quite some time,” said Matthew Levitt with the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. “Exposing this is kind of a two-for one, both exposing the organization’s terrorist activity and also exposing the nature of the criminal activity that it engages in.” More here.

Treasury Designates Large-Scale IRGC-QF Counterfeiting Ring


Iranian Network Prints Counterfeit Yemeni Bank Notes for IRGC-Qods Force

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated a network of individuals and entities involved in a large-scale scheme to help Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF) counterfeit currency to support its destabilizing activities.  This network employed deceptive measures to circumvent European export control restrictions and procured advanced equipment and materials to print counterfeit Yemeni bank notes potentially worth hundreds of millions of dollars for the IRGC-QF.  The IRGC-QF was designated pursuant to the global terrorism Executive Order (E.O.) 13224.

“This scheme exposes the deep levels of deception the IRGC-Qods Force is willing to employ against companies in Europe, governments in the Gulf, and the rest of the world to support its destabilizing activities.  Counterfeiting strikes at the heart of the international financial system, and the fact that elements of the government of Iran are involved in this behavior is completely unacceptable,” said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.  “This counterfeiting scheme exposes the serious risks faced by anyone doing business with Iran, as the IRGC continues to obscure its involvement in Iran’s economy and hide behind the façade of legitimate businesses to perpetrate its nefarious objectives.”

Reza Heidari and Pardazesh Tasvir Rayan Co.

Reza Heidari (Heidari) is being designated today for having acted for or on behalf of the IRGC-QF and having assisted in, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or financial or other services to or in support of, the IRGC-QF.

Pardavesh Tasvir Rayan Co. (Rayan Printing) is being designated today for being controlled by Heidari; for having acted for or on behalf of the IRGC-QF; having assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or financial or other services to or in support of, the IRGC-QF; and being owned by Tejarat Almas Mobin Holding, another Iranian company also being designated today.

Heidari played a key role in procuring secure printing equipment and materials for the IRGC-QF in support of the group’s currency counterfeiting scheme.  Heidari served as the managing director of Iran-based Rayan Printing, a company involved in printing counterfeit Yemeni rial bank notes potentially worth hundreds of millions of dollars for the IRGC-QF, as of late 2016.  Heidari used front companies to obfuscate the actual end user and facilitate deceptive transactions when dealing with European suppliers of secure printing equipment and materials.

ForEnt Technik and Printing Trade Center

ForEnt Technik GmbH is being designated today for being owned or controlled by Heidari, while Printing Trade Center GmbH (PTC) is being designated for having acted for or on behalf of, and assisted in, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or financial or other services to or in support of, Heidari.

Heidari used German-based ForEnt Technik GmbH and PTC as front companies to deceive European suppliers, circumvent export restrictions, and acquire advanced printing machinery, security printing machinery, and raw materials in support of the IRGC-QF’s counterfeit currency capabilities.  These raw materials included watermarked paper and specialty inks from European suppliers.  Heidari is the Managing Director and sole shareholder of ForEnt Technik Gmbh.

Mahmoud Seif and Tejarat Almas Mobin

Mahmoud Seif is being designated today for having assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or other services to or in support of, the IRGC-QF.  Tejarat Almas Mobin Holding is being designated today for being controlled by Seif.

Seif is the managing director of Tejarat Almas Mobin, the parent company of Rayan Printing.  Heidari and Seif coordinated on the procurement of raw supplies and equipment that enabled the IRGC-QF counterfeiting capabilities.  Seif was involved with the logistics of importing materials for the counterfeiting project into Iran.  Additionally, Seif has previously been involved in the procurement of weapons for the IRGC-QF.

For identifying information on the individuals and entities listed today, click here: https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/OFAC-Enforcement/Pages/20171120.aspx

*** So, did Iran teach North Korea to counterfeit or was it the other way around? North Korea has been counterfeiting and participating in illicit activities going back decades. North Korea is not especially fretful over the newly applied sanctions or being listed again as a terror state by President Trump. While it should be done, the regime has proven methods to finesse the system.

Ri Jong Ho had simply had enough. He’d seen too many executions.

Ri, a high-profile North Korean defector, spent years working for what is essentially a slush fund for one of the most notorious regimes on the planet, Kim Jong Un and his compatriots.

Life was good. Ri helped bring in somewhere between $50 million and $100 million for North Korean elites, and was handsomely rewarded with luxuries most North Koreans couldn’t dream of in years past: a car, a color TV and some extra cash on the side, once rarities in the communist state but more commonplace now in the capital, Pyongyang.

But he watched the regime kill his peers and their families, even children.

“It was not just high level officers, officials, but their families, their children (and) their followers,” Ri told CNN in his first interview to a major US broadcast network. “It was not just once or twice a year — it was ongoing throughout the year, thousands of people being executed or purged.”

Ri said the final straw came in late 2013, when Kim Jong Un executed his own uncle, Jang Song Thaek, with an anti-aircraft gun.

“It was a cruel and crude method of execution,” he said. “After all these years living in the socialist system, I never witnessed anything like that.”

Ri was living in China at the time, and in 2014 was able to safely defect with his family.

And just like that, Kim lost one of his top money makers.

Office 39

Ri said he worked for decades in what’s known as “Office 39.”

The office is in charge of bringing in hard currency for the regime. Ri calls it a “slush fund for the leader and the leadership.”
Ri told CNN “Office 39” is not engaged in illicit activities, but the US Treasury Department says otherwise.

The US government accused the office of engaging in “illicit economic activities” to support the North Korean government. It has branches throughout the nation that raise and manage funds and is responsible for earning foreign currency for North Korea’s Korean Workers’ Party senior leadership through illicit activities such as narcotics trafficking.

North Korea has been accused of crimes like hacking banks, counterfeiting currency, dealing drugs and even trafficking endangered species.

Workers who help bring in cash for the regime are granted access to the outside world — especially China — in order to establish networks that are crucial to making money, analysts say. They often have diplomatic privileges that allow them to evade their host country’s domestic laws, experts say.

Ri said he was not involved in illegal activities and that they were not under the purview of Office 39, but did not deny they occurred. He said much of North Korea’s hard cash is earned through exporting labor — the country sends workers across the globe and collects much of their pay, according to the UN — and exporting natural resources like coal, which China used to buy but has since stopped.

Illicit activities make a lot of money, though. The Congressional Research Service estimated in 2008 that North Korea could earn anywhere from $500 million to $1 billion from these types of illicit activities.

That money helps fund the lavish lifestyles of the North Korean elites while sanctions limit the country’s ability to make money. That keeps North Korea’s leadership happy and helps Kim prevent coup attempts, analysts say.

“They (North Korean leaders) are focused on maintaining their ruling power, and they are working on making this dynasty-like system lasting for a long time,” Ri said. “So instead of focusing on their economic development or better life, they are more focused on maintaining their system.

Some of Office 39’s profits also go to the country’s nuclear and missile programs, which crossed an important threshold this month with the testing of two intercontinental ballistic missiles, weapons that experts say likely put the United States homeland in North Korea’s range.

CNN reached out to the North Korean mission at the United Nations for a response to the interview with Ri. An official at the mission said Ri was lying to “make money and save his own life.”

‘Hundreds of fishing boats’

Analysts say Office 39 is likely now in the cross hairs of US President Donald Trump’s administration.

The Trump team has made it clear that one of the ways it plans to deal with North Korea is to squeeze its revenue streams across the globe in order to pressure them into negotiations over their weapons programs.

Who speaks for the United States on North Korea? Contradictions emerge

Ri is not sure if the tactic will work, as he says it’s easy to side-step sanctions and believes the international community has made strategic mistakes that could come back to bite them.

North Korean companies can just change their names once sanctioned, he says. North Korean leaders don’t keep much money abroad, so the sanctions against them are pointless, according to Ri. Smugglers are difficult to catch.

“Smuggling is conducted by any and every means you could imagine. Mostly larger items are done using ships, for example by filing a cargo list … where what’s written on the (list) is different from what is really being shipped,” he said. “On the open sea, the Yellow Sea, there are hundreds of fishing boats — both from China and North Korea — and all the smuggling is done by these so-called fishing boats.

Going after China

Ri believes that secondary sanctions — targeting those who do business with North Korea, like the United States did to China’s Bank of Dandong in June — is the way to go, especially in China.

Beijing accounts for about 85% of North Korean imports in 2015, according to UN data, though Ri revealed that Pyongyang does import some oil from Russia.

North Korean economist Ri Gi Song told CNN in February that China accounts for 70% of trade and that trade with Russia is increasing. More here from CNN.


Down with Vichy Republican Collaborators! – Part IV of IV

By: Thomas Wigand | New Zeal

Down with Vichy Republican Collaborators – Part I

HONNEUR et PATRIE (Honor and Country)

Down with Vichy Republican Collaborators!

Vive la Republican Résistance!

The French Resistance, facing the overwhelming military might of the Wehrmacht, but confident in the righteousness of its cause, did not take the “pragmatic” approach of appeasement, much less collaboration, but instead continued the fight. This set them apart from their fellow French who collaborated with the Nazis – the Vichy. The “pragmatic” arguments made by the Vichy are today echoed by “big tent” “Republicans” – “Well, everything’s going the Nazis’ way, so we need to be practical. And we Vichy are the lesser of two evils.”

When ultimate victory is uncertain, even unlikely, isn’t it still preferable to go down fighting in the cause of righteousness than to submit to subservience and to Collectivism? Progressivism begins as soft tyranny – are we not better off to fight now rather than listen to the “pragmatic” moderates who want to bow and make peace with subservience? Can we, facing a “Wermacht” of politicians, academics, airhead media talking heads and “community organizers” do no less than be the political equivalent of the French Resistance? Are not the courage and fealty to righteousness that they displayed characteristics also shared by true Americans? If the French Resistance would take on the Wehrmacht and the Gestapo, are we to shrink from taking on the Democrat Party and an Ostapo of the likes of Barack Hussein Obama, Bill Ayers, ACORN, media and entertainment airheads, ivory tower academics, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer?

Our cause is righteous and, like the French Resistance, we have allies too: Western civilization; the divinely-inspired Declaration of Independence and Constitution of the United States; the sometimes hibernating but (as the post-911 reaction showed) still vibrant spirit of patriotism among a large swath of our fellow citizens … and plain old “common sense” that Progressivism has not yet totally snuffed out. We must be unapologetic Conservatives proudly enunciating our continued fidelity to our Judeo-Christian heritage and the timeless gifts bequeathed to us by the Founding Fathers.

There are some who believe that time, and demographics, and a losing (if not lost) cultural war mean that we must “moderate” the GOP in order to “appeal” to the middle. This is the voice of career politicians, reflexively loathe to take firm stands on anything, as their rubber-spine sense of survival means that they gravitate not toward leadership but its opposite – pandering to every possible voter by gyrating to offend none. This is the way of Vichy Republicans.

But by succumbing to the Democrat efforts to play on the “ethnicity” field they (and we) have allowed the Democrats to choose the field of battle. When accurately and articulately communicated, Conservatism transcends demographics and ethnicity (that is why Democrats avoid debating their ideas “on the merits”). Conservatism as a political philosophy is universal and superior, offering all, no matter their ethnicity or demographics, the promise of the dignity (but also responsibility) of individual liberty, and a better life for themselves and their children. For human beings, no matter their background, this trumps the Collectivist-Progressive-Democrat model of subservience, the indignity of dependency and perpetually declining standards of living. To beat the Democrats at their divide and conquer ethnicity game, we need merely have the courage of our convictions, and then to articulate them.

We should not dilute our core values, much less abandon them, by supporting “moderates” because we have “no other alternative” or that they are “the lesser of two evils.” The Progressive Pooh-Bahs of the GOP count on our continued participation in this scam. The Republican Party is the one political hope to oppose Progressivism, but can and will only do so once we purge the party of the Vichy within it. It is not disloyal to the GOP to refrain from supporting those who are disloyal to Conservative principles, for Conservative principles are Republican principles. The “moderates” are the ones who are the disloyal Republicans. Given the modern, radical Democrat Party, disloyalty to those who would appease or collaborate with it is actually an act of loyalty to the United States of America.

One suspects that the French Resistance took any number of Vichy around the back of buildings and gave them the same treatment they gave Nazi soldiers, notwithstanding the fact that the Vichy were fellow Frenchmen. We should perform the electoral equivalent to “Republican” collaborators with the radical Progressive-Democrat agenda. This is a war of ideologies, and the Establishment Republicans – the Vichy Republicans – are the equivalent of infiltrators; they’ve put on our uniform, but they’re actually fighting for the other side.

You can bet that these guys knew what to do with traitorous Vichy collaborators! Will we rise up to give the electoral equivalent to Vichy Republicans?

As of this writing (2015), the last genuinely Conservative Presidential nominee fielded by the GOP was Ronald Reagan in 1984. Thirty years subsequent experience of voting “moderate” “lesser of two evils” has produced, in the end, a massively larger federal government, socialized medicine (a/k/a Obamacare), Medicare Part D and regulatory intrusiveness befitting a totalitarian state.

Presently we have a Democrat Party that represents K Street, Wall Street and Welfare Street, and a Republican Party that represents K Street and Wall Street. We must restore the Republican Party to its rightful place: representing Main Street, i.e., the middle class, free-market (not crony) Capitalism and true to the oath of office: upholding and defending the Constitution of the United States of America – from enemies foreign and domestic.

For centuries our fellow citizens have put on the uniform, sworn to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America, and many have come home wounded, or as a corpse. Compared to that bravery and sacrifice, as we confront a danger internal by enemies domestic, shall we shrink from confronting the aggressors on the political battlefield? Shall we hold our tongues? If we do, then not only do we grievously dishonor those who went before us, but don’t we also deserve to lose our country – this incalculable gift that was bequeathed us by our divinely inspired Founding Fathers?

We are on the cusp of that loss, and so must seek quick victory, if possible, to restore America. But, if quick victory is not possible, then we must at least halt their march to total Collectivism, and then incrementally begin eroding what they’ve erected – just as the Progressives have been doing to our country for over 100 years now, but in reverse. That is, restoring The United States of America.

Down with the Vichy Republican collaborators! Vive la Republican Résistance!

(Coming soon, a proposal for how to un-elect Vichy Republicans: The Seventy Percent Solution.)


Obama’s Plan for a One-Party Socialist State

By: Cliff Kincaid | America’s Survival

Trevor Loudon analyzes the massive Republican defeat in Virginia on November 7, 2017, in the context of Barack Obama’s return to Marxist power politics and the “Brown is the New White” strategy of taking total control in the United States. The views of Trevor Loudon do not represent those of America’s Survival, Inc. and are presented for purposes of news and information.