Wednesday, August 31, 2016

"It's like modern-day slavery"


Republican nominee Donald Trump has placed immigration at the core of his presidential campaign. He has claimed that undocumented immigrants are "taking our jobs" and "taking our money," pledged to deport them en masse, and vowed to build a wall on the Mexican border. At one point he demanded a ban on Muslims entering the country. Speaking to supporters in Iowa on Saturday, Trump said he would crack down on visitors to the United States who overstay their visas and declared that when any American citizen "loses their job to an illegal immigrant, the rights of that American citizen have been violated." And he is scheduled to give a major address on immigration in Arizona on Wednesday night.

But the mogul's New York modeling agency, Trump Model Management, has profited from using foreign models who came to the United States on tourist visas that did not permit them to work here, according to three former Trump models, all non-citizens, who shared their stories with Mother Jones. Financial and immigration records included in a recent lawsuit filed by a fourth former Trump model show that she, too, worked for Trump's agency in the United States without a proper visa.  (more...)


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The Bosnian Muslim Nazi SS Division: Heinrich Himmler and the Formation of the Handzar SS Division


SS Reichsfuehrer Heinrich Himmler was instrumental in the formation of the Bosnian Muslim Nazi SS Division “Handzar” or “Handschar” during World War II. In 1944, a second Bosnian Muslim SS Division was formed, “Kama”. Himmler, “the architect of genocide”, and “the architect of the Holocaust”, was determined to create an all-Muslim Nazi SS division. Although nominally a “Croatian” or “Croat” formation, Himmler always wanted and envisioned a Muslim division made up of Bosnian Muslims, or “Bosniaks”. The division was even referred to as an “Ustasha” division. But, in fact, Himmler always intended the Handzar Division to be a Bosnian Muslim SS Division under German and Bosnian Muslim military and political control.

In a letter to SS Gruppenfuehrer Artur Phleps, Himmler wrote:
“I am sticking to my intention of forming SS Bosniak Division of Moslems, who for the most part are not fighting on our side today, but are standing aside or even fighting against us. As Bosniaks, they would surely be loyal soldiers on our side.
I have notified the Foreign Office personally. 
Heil Hitler! 
[signed] H. Himmler”
Himmler told Phleps that he had “received report on your talk with Emmissary [Siegfried] Kasche and Foreign Minister [Mladen] Lorkovic. General [Edmund] Glaise-Hostenau was with me yesterday. The suggestions that Emissary Kasche made there do not correspond with my intentions.” What were Himmler’s intentions? Himmler was determined to form an all-Muslim Bosnian Muslim SS division. Lorkovic had proposed that Croatian “Ustasha” troops be used for the SS division. Himmler was clear and adamant in his objectives. He did not want Croatian Roman Catholic or “Ustasha” troops for his new SS division.  (more...)


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Well. Well. Given that America warmly welcomed Nazi war criminals after WWII, wouldn't Muslim mercenaries also find a home in the land of the free?

Child-porn suspect worked at school and as kids' magician


Police have laid child pornography charges against an educational assistant at a Winnipeg elementary school who also encountered children in his spare time as a magician known as Dan The Magic Man.

Daniel Kamenicky, 39, has been charged with voyeurism, making pornography and distributing pornography.

He was employed at Windsor School, a kindergarten to Grade 8 school in the Louis Riel School Division. Division superintendent Duane Brothers said Kamenicky worked for the school division for at least four years -- as long as Brothers has been superintendent -- and was suspended immediately after staff was notified by police about the charges.

"Our schools (are) opening next week and he will not be in our schools," Brothers said.

He said the school division requires every employee to complete standard criminal record and child abuse checks, and Kamenicky was "absolutely" subjected to those checks as well.

"We are very distressed about hearing this information," he said.

"Winnipeg’s Police Service has been very quick at giving me a heads up on this, and we are going to co-operate completely with the Winnipeg Police Service as they continue their investigation."

Kamenicky also taught magic to children between the ages of eight and 11 in one of the University of Manitoba's Mini U programs in July, the university's director of public affairs said Monday.  (more...)


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Katherine Kitts sentenced to 14 months in jail for sexually exploiting student


A former educational assistant who was working at Sir Robert Borden High School in Ottawa has been sentenced to 14 months in jail for sexually exploiting a student over a two-year period.

Katherine Kitts, 46, was arrested in October 2014 after a mother found sexually explicit texts on her son's phone and contacted police with concerns about Kitts's relationship with him.

The offences happened between April 2012 and April 2014 while Kitts was working at Sir Robert Borden High School. She had sex with the student repeatedly throughout those years, including in Kitts's van, parked off school property.

Kitts was initially charged with sexual assault, sexual exploitation and telecommunication with a person under 18, but after pleading guilty to sexual exploitation in March, the other two charges were stayed.

At a sentencing hearing last week, Crown Robert Thomson called for a 12 to 14-month sentence.

Kitts's lawyer Susan Chapman had argued for a 90-day intermittent sentence, followed by probation, saying what happened was out of character for the mother of two teenage boys.

Justice CĂ©lynne Dorval disagreed with that argument in her decision, instead characterizing it as planned and frequent.

Dorval pointed to significant breach of trust, the age difference between Kitts and the victim, and the length and scope of sexual contact as aggravating factors in her decision.  (more...)


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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Confessions Of A Panama Papers Hit Man


As an Economic Hit Man (EHM) in the 1970s I spent a great deal of time in Panama. I hate to admit it, but I helped forge the system that has now been exposed in the Panama Papers. It is a system of legalized crimes. How else can we describe it?

This EHM system has created a global economy where 62 individuals have as much wealth as half the world’s population, big corporations enjoy the airports and highways, fire and police departments, school systems, and other infrastructure of countries like the United States without paying for them and where governments are controlled by a handful of extremely wealthy individuals. The hard-earned tax dollars of the average US citizen finances the infrastructure and social services that benefit the very rich and their corporations while they shelter their incomes in tax havens.

Although the tax sheltering schemes disclosed in the Panama Papers were developed in the 1970s – during my time as an EHM in that country – the foundations of the system go back more than a century.  (more...)


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Canada's complicity:


Canadian Forces probes spate of deaths at Royal Military College


MONTREAL—The Royal Military College of Canada is investigating the sudden deaths over the last four months of four students who attended the prestigious school last year.

Two officer cadets, aged 20 and 22, died within days of each other on the school’s Kingston, Ont., campus. The deaths occurred in April and May.

Then in June, RMC graduate, Sub-Lt. Eric Leclerc, 39, took his own life at CFB Borden, near Barrie, Ont., where he was on a training course five months after finishing his RMC studies.

The most recent death occurred this month in Saint John, N.B., and involved a 19-year-old officer cadet who was being medically released from the military.

Officials did not comment on the possible causes of death for any of the men.  (more...)


A dark legacy: