Wednesday, June 30, 2010

back in Spain



"The former president, amid laughter from the audience in Barcelona at a conference with former President Jimmy Carter and the Former High Representative of the European Union, Javier Solana.
Carter became president of the USA between 1977 and 1981 when he was defeated by Ronald Reagan and has worked as an international mediator in many conflicts, work that earned him the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002.
He currently heads his family foundation, called "Carter Center", which works on projects controls and supports humanitarian and electoral processes in countries in conflict or with little democratic tradition, especially in Africa and Asia.
Precisely because of his work in all these areas, the Generalitat of Catalonia will deliver him tomorrow Catalonia International Prize 2010.
In the ceremony held in the auditorium of La Pedrera and organized the Social Work of Caixa Catalunya and the foundation of the Information and Documentation Centre of Barcelona (CIDOB), both retired executives have discussed foreign policy, with special emphasis on safety and relations between the United States and emerging powers.
Both Solana and Carter have agreed on the importance of the Middle East to global stability, and in particular the peaceful settlement of the conflict between Israel and Palestine.
"If Israel withdrew from its occupation in Lebanon, Palestine and Syria, we would have peace. It's really that simple" said Carter.
Carter has also reviewed other aspects of world affairs, as the growing influence of China, and has opted for nuclear energy as a possible solution to the challenges of climate change and reduce dependence on oil.
The former president was optimistic about the role of U.S. President, Barack Obama, which has said it can lead the fight against climate change and a process to end the nuclear weapons.
However, Carter lamented that "the commitment to human rights" was greater when he took the presidency of the United States that now, and has advocated an increase in aid from rich countries to developing countries."Link

Wikipedia writes: "The Carter Center's funding by Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries has been criticized. Alan Dershowitz alleges that the Carter Center's consistent criticism of Israel, while calling the United Arab Emirates "almost completely free and open" has been influenced by the fact that some of the Center's funding comes from Middle Eastern sources.[40] One of the initial contributors to the Center was Bank of Commerce and Credit International founder Agha Hasan Abedi, who donated $500,000. Abedi and BCCI also donated $8 million to Carter's Global 2,000 project." Link

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Solana in USA

Former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek and former U.S. Representative Vin Weber, R-Minn., will lead a discussion on strengthening democracy and human rights globally at the National Press Club on Tuesday, June 29 at 2:30 pm. Maria Leissner, Sweden’s ambassador for democracy, and Ana Palacio, former foreign minister of Spain, will also participate in the discussion. Katty Kay, Washington correspondent for BBC World News America, will moderate.

The event is part of a transatlantic dialogue program involving a broad array of policymakers from the United States, Europe and Canada who are working to develop recommendations for bolstering cooperation on democracy support between the European Union, the United States and the broader transatlantic community. Participants in the dialogue will meet June 28 and 29 in Washington and again in early 2011 to develop the policy recommendations.

The dialogue is being organized by the National Democratic Institute (NDI) with primary support from the EU Delegation to the United States. Co-chairs are Albright, Buzek, Weber and Javier Solana, former EU high representative for the common foreign and security policy.

Through a series of conferences and working groups, the dialogue will engage senior U.S. and European policymakers who are knowledgeable on democracy support, including current and former members of Congress and the European Parliament, EU and U.S. administration officials, as well as experts from think tanks, academia, and the broader democracy support and transatlantic policy communities.

The dialogue receives additional support from the National Endowment for Democracy and the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Other organizations engaged in the dialogue include the Atlantic Council, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Centre for European Policy Studies, the European Network of Political Foundations, the European Partnership for Democracy and Fundación para las Relaciones Internacionales y el Diálogo Exterior (FRIDE)."

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"On Monday, Jerzy Buzek, opened the conference and took part in a panel discussion on prospects for further promotion of democracy by the EU following the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon, the importance of promoting democracy by strengthening development aid and compliance with the principles of sustainable development and the integration of democracy and human rights into the broader agenda of on foreign policy.

On Tuesday will take part together with Madeleine Albright and Vin Weber of high-level panel discussion at the headquarters of the National Press Club in Washington. He will also meet with managing director of the International Monetary Fund Mr. Dominique Strauss-Kahn, and Congressman Bart Gordon, Chairman of the Committee on Science and Technology." Link

"The U.S. House Energy Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and, the Internet is a subcommittee within the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Juristiction: Interstate and foreign telecommunications including, but not limited to all telecommunication and information transmission by broadcast, radio, wire, microwave, satellite, or other mode; and, Homeland security-related aspects of the foregoing, including cybersecurity." Link

"Cyber security was identified as a security issue in the report on the implementation of the European Security Strategy (ESS) submitted by SG/HR Javier Solana to the European Council in December 2008". Link

To this topic see also my last article.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

where is Dr. Strangelove?

Dr. Stranglove"s war room

The former High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) Javier Solana, the Spaniard, created the SitCen (Situation Centre) as an office to provide sensitive information and intelligence analysis to the European Council. (read more about it here: SECRET TRUTH, http://www.statewatch.org/news/2009/aug/SitCen2009.pdf ). Now just some days after the meeting of the secrect services of Europe with Javier Solana (Link) this:

"EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - You see it in the movies: fighting has broken out somewhere in the former Soviet Union, the US president walks into his situation room, monitors are showing satellite images, security advisors are shouting at each other, the president is given a briefing note and sends an agent to gather intelligence. Now, the EU's foreign relations chief, Catherine Ashton, is to get a situation room of her own.

Ms Ashton will not have an army or a "European Intelligence Service" to send into action. The centre-left British politician, a former activist in the anti-nuclear CND group, is said to distrust military types and her first priority is the kitchen-sink construction of the European External Action Service (EEAS).

But she has already told EU leaders that she wants a "single crisis response centre" under her direct command and internal discussion on the Ashton situation room is at an advanced stage.

One scenario under consideration is a crisis department run by a director general and situated close to Ms Ashton's office in the EEAS headquarters, most likely in the so-called "Triangle" building facing the EU Council in the heart of the EU quarter in Brussels. It would have a staff of some 160 people and a modest budget of €10 to €20 million a year.

The situation room itself would have a conference table and banks of monitors showing breaking news and commercial satellite pictures of hotspots.In the back-rooms, the crisis department would have a team of IT experts, scientists and tacticians sifting open source data in search of conflict threats.

Ms Ashton's private intelligence would come from officials manning 24/7 hotlines to the EU's 136 foreign delegations and 14 civilian and military missions. Another unit would send people to crisis zones at short notice to hunt for information. A cell of secret-service agents seconded from key EU states would pass Ms Ashton's queries to spy agencies such as the UK's MI6 or France's DGSE and file replies.

The European Commission's existing Crisis Room and the EU Council's Joint Situation Centre (SitCen) are to form the backbone of the crisis department. SitCen already sends people into the field. When war broke out in Georgia in 2008 it dispatched two analysts to "re-inforce the EUSR [the EU special envoy to the South Caucasus] with reporting," a contact familiar with SitCen operations told this website.

In an insight into the opaque bureau's work, the source added: "These are fairly normal people who have perhaps in their lives had some experience of being out in the field in a place less comfortable than Washington. They are not spooks by any means. We avoid anybody who even looks like one. They are people who can write reports. Who do not mind not staying in five star hotels. Who know how to take precautions when they go out at night."

The new set-up is to see Ms Ashton pick up the phone or walk down the hall and "task" people herself to go overseas or to query EU countries' secret services. Current bureaucracy means that 27 EU ambassadors in the Political and Security Committee first hold a debate before tasking SitCen.

The idea is to give the EU foreign relations chief a powerful asset when she asks EU foreign ministers to deploy an EU battle-group or if she decides to send an EEAS diplomat, or even a prominent MEP, on a peace mission.

"Today, if you go through the normal channels to make a threat assessment in Kosovo, for example, by the time the [SitCen] officer gets to Pristina, it's all over," one PSC ambassador told this website.

"Imagine how effective the high representative could be if the new SitCen was to function like her shadow cabinet," a contact in the EU institutions said. "Member states are afraid to give away power. But this could be the new mega-commodity in Brussels."

Wider or deeper?

One question is whether the crisis response centre will handle man-made conflicts only, or natural disasters and pandemics also.

The wider portfolio could spark turf wars between Ms Ashton and aid and development commissioners Kristalina Georgieva and Andris Piebalgs. It could also dilute EEAS resources, perpetuating the phenomenon of forgotten conflicts and threats, such as plans by UK private security firm Saracen International to build a pirate-fighting base in Somalia.

But the big question is: who will be Ms Ashton's right-hand man?

Former UK soldier and diplomat William Shapcott, who built SitCen, walked away in June to a new post in the EU Council administration, creating a risk that his successor might take a minimalist approach to the job.

One candidate for the job is French diplomat Patrice Bergamini, who worked close to Ms Ashton's predecessor, Javier Solana, and helped draft the EU's first security strategy in 2003.

The appointment could give France a monopoly on the EEAS security side, however. French diplomat Christine Roger is to be the new PSC president. French official Claude-France Arnould is the new head of the EU Council's civilian-military crisis planning office. A French secret service agent runs SitCen's intelligence-sharing cell. And French diplomat Pierre Vimont is tipped to become EEAS secretary general, in charge of the body's internal security structures.

"It would be good to have a German appointment to make sure that Germany is engaged at the highest levels. Somebody with a diplomatic and a security or intelligence background," the source in the EU institutions said.

"Nationality can be overplayed. Intel is sensitive, so in that sense you do not want to play up the [director's] national connections," the contact familiar with SitCen's work said." Link

Last week the Council of EU Ministers has approved the new European Digital Agenda, an action plan that envisages the creation of a Digital Single Market and increased confidence of European consumers in cyberspace.

  • The Spanish Presidency of the EU has worked for energy to be incorporated as one of the objectives of the Strategy EU2020 within the Flagship "A Europe that use resources efficiently."
  • During the Conference of the European Strategic Energy Technology (SET Plan) held in Madrid was officially launched the first four industrial initiatives for clean energy technologies: wind, solar, smart grids and carbon capture and storage.
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Tomorrow, 2010, June 28:

- "9:00 pm: Javier Solana and Teófilo Serrano, president of Renfe, will inaugurate the seminar "Spanish Security Strategy (ESS): economics, energy, industrial and cyber-security" in the Railroad Museum Paseo de las Delicias, 61 .Link, The seminar was organized at the request of the Government Presidency and Javier Solana, Commissioner for the Prime Minister to guide the development of the Spanish Security Strategy (ESS) bv the Elcano Royal with a group of about 60 experts representatives of public and private sector, in order to explore issues related to four areas of growing importance and complexity: economic security, energy security, the security industry and cybersecurity." Link

"ANTONIO Papell On 21 June, was achieved an agreement in principle between Parliament, Commission and the High Representative for Foreign Policy on the internal differences that were resolved on the operation and budgetary control of the European External Action Service ( SEAE), the "pharaonic" European diplomatic corps, created by the Treaty of Lisbon, is preparing to show the inanity of Europe policy around the world, under the leadership of Catherine Ashton, whose competence has been widely questioned in a variety of community fronts...
The political vacuum that develops in this initiative is not hidden at all by its main sponsors: Verhofstadt, former Prime Minister of Belgium and now an important member of Parliament, has declared shamelessly that "we need the structure first, then comes politics." He added later that, in his view, once the service begins to operate, the EU countries observe its advantages. In short, the lavish deployment is done without a real reason for doing so. Not supply but demand is a mystery.

For now-recognized, "this new" service will "only be useful for 'small' countries of the EU that have very few diplomatic missions in the world (Latvia is cited as an example), medium and large countries instead will not notice any benefit (rather the opposite: the duplicity is tangled).
The plan to handle the European institutions is that the offices of diplomatic rank of SEAE covered about two thirds (farmer: 66,6%) of officials from the EU (Commission officials and diplomats who have worked on the structure created by Javier Solana) and one-third Member States diplomats "on loan" to be eligible to join the Community staff. To do this, the EU prepared for the coming months a call for posts (about 100 this year and as many in 2011) and the transfer of more than 800 officials from various departments of the Commission and Council to the service.

This would add initially about 1000-1100 diplomatic officials, even if you add the lower-ranking employees or local contracts, the EEAS would have between 5,000 and 6,000 members.
All this cost-invention as the initial forecast of the Commission says is about 50,000 million euros until 2013. At this time calling for austerity and all invest this huge amount of resources in a pipe dream may be the last straw for the already very fallen prestige of the European institutions."Link

Friday, June 25, 2010

Solana and de Hoop Scheffer co-presidents of security think tank

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On Wednesday 23 June, the SDA announced Javier Solana, former EU High Representative for CSFP, and Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, former NATO Secretary General, as their new co-presidents. This private lunch served as a brainstorm on future SDA activities and priorities.

"Javier Solana, former EU High Representative for CSFP, and Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, former NATO Secretary General, will define the scope of the Brussels-based Security & Defence Agenda’s 2011 debate..

At the SDA’s Annual Advisory Board and Members’ lunch today, former NATO Secretary General, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, inaugurated the presidency of the Brussels-based think-tank with an outline of the key areas the SDA should be focusing on.

‘We need to tackle the growing disconnect between the political elite and the people’ said Mr de Hoop Scheffer. He went on to outline some of the political areas where the SDA’s activities would be making a contribution in the next year:
• Connecting NATO with the public
• Relations with Russia
• The financing of NATO
EU and NATO relations with the Middle East " (from Link above)
In the room I see 33 persons. Looks like Solana wasn't there personally, but sent Cristina Gallach, Link. (He was in Mallorca.Link., Link, interview: Link)

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Has the great miracle worker really left the stage?

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"Former Secretary General of NATO and former High Representative for the EU's foreign policy, Javier Solana, warned of "serious problem" that has been built in Afghanistan with the replacement of General Stanley A. McChrystal as head of American forces and NATO. Solana was speaking at the close of the seminar on the future of the European intelligencia, attended by representatives of several European intelligence services, which has taken place in the Center for Advanced Defense Studies (CESEDEN).(I reported here). Solana, currently responsible for the preparation of the Spanish Security Strategy stated that "challenges remain beyond" and then listed a number, which comes in Afghanistan with the change of chief of the multinational forces and NATO. Solana said that it created a "serious problem" for "reasons that should not have happened." This issue, he said, will produce a "strange and weird feeling" among the allies to occur especially in a complex "time like the present, when it was expected to gain control in the region of Kandahar, a stronghold of insurgents. He added that "this rhythm is" slower than previously thought "in Afghanistan even though" we are not wasting time. " Added to this is that now "we do not know how it will be out of Afghanistan."...As for the European Union, the former senior foreign policy representative of the EU expressed his misgiving to the creation of a common European intelligence service. But he did express his interest in the future External Action Service, for which his successor Catherine Ashton, would have the "support" of the intelligence services. Solana made the nuance in this proposal to state whether the intelligence would be linked to the external service "loosely" or not. Although he remarked that everything is going to depend on much of "generous" willing to be there by the most concerned countries, in this respect. He added that it is an "extremely important step" and that "nothing is impossible" but that it requires "effort" to make it become reality, such as the implementation of the foreign service which is expected to be build up "a as soon as possible. " In this regard, Solana said "Intelligence is not a good sign today and you have to do a" double effort "to" regain the credibility that was lost "and instead take a" leap forward" because civil action will now be "dominant" over military action and requires the intelligence services to do so. Finally, the former head of the EU foreign policy mentioned that the economic crisis is "very important", but there are still problems and life after it. In this regard he stated that the upcoming G20 summit to be held in Toronto (Canada) must be a "closing" of positions as quickly and clearly as possible between the main actors, who he identified as U.S. and EU. Link In the opening session, director of CNI, Felix Sanz Roldan, announced that they develop a code of ethics to define "clearly" the parameters of action of their agents. Link (He also said)...that their agents are working under "strict adherence to the law" and that tehy have "an early draft of code of ethics", while stressed the "democratic duty of transparency" of the information service and the "right to evaluate" the work of agents. At the opening of a seminar organized by the NCC in CESEDEN, the general said his agents have "nerves of steel" to live "if necessary, close to the head of a criminal organization" and "gather good data which aims to bring to justice after that particular case and conducting these missions...PERMANENTLY IN ACTION Noting that members of the CNI are "constantly in action," said "the National Intelligence Center is not going to "Great Gregorio" (meaning will "not be magic", see end of this article) adding that "everything is real." "Therefore, the reality of the issues that you run every day, have a specific weight," he added. The Secretary of State considered that there is "incompatibility" between efficiency in the "exercise" of tasks and also in "trying to see the future."... Link (He also) "said that one of the first decisions in the reorganization that is taking place is to create a special study group on the future of the Centre, for what has been up a "Center of Lessons Learned" and that the "work of the new intelligence professionals is not just physical presence, and that today one "might get more information sitting on a computer, "exploring messages from" bad guys. "Link

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In between Portugese José Cutileiro critizises the EU for the nomination of Catherine Ashton and Rompuy, but praises Javier Solana: "Despite all this, the High Representative was (is) good mistake. Thanks to the genius of Solana states seemed to do things together - even if the mountains gave birth to rats - and how European countries have still not been attacked by others, that is, nobody wanted to see the game, optimism lasted. In 2011, already apportioned seats in service for external action, again despite the optimism of the crisis, globalization and the great miracle worker left the stage." (original: taumaturgo, i.e. thaumaturge, Wikipedia:Thaumaturgy (from the Greek words θαῦμα thaûma, meaning "miracle" or "marvel" and ἔργον érgon, meaning "work") is the capability of a saint or magician to work miracles. It is sometimes translated into English as wonderworking.A practitioner of thaumaturgy is a thaumaturge or miracle worker.) Link

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1999: Jose Cutileiro (Secretary General of the WEU) with NATO Secretary General Javier Solana, source: Nato.

Seeming like a miracle the article of José Cutileriro comes at the same time, when in Madrid in Solana's attendence Roldan is refering to another miracle worker ("Gran Gregorio"). José Cutileiro knows Javier Solana from his NATO-times, as he was WEU Secretary General before Solana and brought Portugal into the WEU. (see picture above). He oversaw the Berlin Plus Agreement and one year later, then the 10 WEU nations were already under Solana, recommedation 666 was released, giving Solana solemn powers in a case of emergency (§12). Like Cutilero he has ties to Princton University and London School of Economics. More info on Cutileriro here:Link He is also connected to Felix Sanz Roldan ("not going to Gran Gregorio"). El Gran Gregorio is a Argentinian illusionist (on his website he is titled "el hombre de los poderes mentales" - "the man of mental powers") Link. The name came originally from Gran Gregorio or "Saint Gregory Thaumaturgus", who was said to me a mircacle worker. Link In the news report above we have the name McChrytsal (like in crystal ball), the words "trying to see the future","everything is real", "nothing is impossible"). Also the strong emphasis on "strict adherence to the law". Keep in mind here that the law mentioned here is not the bible, but International Law and the Lisbon Treaty. Interesting enough 2. chapter of 2. Thessalonians combines the words "spirit", "word", "letter" (also when refering here to a written letter), and Solana has just 3 weeks before mentioned those: ("the EU can not be quiet,''but has to''step forward' 'and ''make the effort to bring the spirit and letter of the Treaty of Lisbon to its ultimate conclusion" Link). 2.Thess. 2 verse 2: "that ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means"(KJV). After Wikipedia William Shakespeare wrote numerous plays dealing with theletter v. spirit debate, almost always coming down on the side of "spirit", often forcing villains (who always sided with the letter) to make concessions and remedy".Link This of course makes me heavily think about the continuation in 2. Thessalonians 2:

"7For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. 8And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. 9The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, 10and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie 12and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness." (NIV, emphasis mine).

So has the miracle worker really left the stage or will there be another miracle worker soon revealed?

stay tuned! farmer

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

children of the last days

"At least 12 pedestrians were killed in a train accident on the Spanish coast near Barcelona, rescue workers said early Thursday. The victims were killed by an express train near the coastal town of Castelldefels, officials said. They were trying to cross the tracks on their way to the beach to participate in a summer solstice celebration.

Eyewitnesses said the victims, who were mostly quite young, had just arrived on a local train at the Castelldefels station. They crossed the tracks instead of using a tunnel or a bridge available for pedestrians. They were hit by an express train on its way from Valencia to Barcelona." Link

The name of the Euromed train station Castelldefels - translates to "Felsenburg", which is also the name of the main character in the apocalyptic book "Lord of the World" by Catholic Robert Hugh Benson, describing a one-world-government under the rule of the Antichrist. Benson loved to ride trains with the engineer in the locomotive. (Already on page one a train is mentioned.Link) "Children of the last days" is another book of him.


The Euro is on the verge of a collapse that could drag Europe into conflict, billionaire financier George Soros warned yesterday.

“German policy is a danger for Europe. Unfortunately, a collapse of theeuro and the European project cannot be ruled out.

“That would be tragic because then Europe would be threatened by the sort of conflicts between states that have shaped European history.”

Mr Soros added his voice to suggestions that Germany might do better to abandon the troubled eurozone, which is struggling to survive the Greek debt crisis and speculation about the economic health of other members, including Spain.

The German government aims to save about 80 billion euros (£66.5billion) between next year and 2014 by slashing welfare spending, cutting the public sector workforce and reducing subsidies.

But Hungarian-born Mr Soros warned: “The Germans are dragging their neighbours into deflation, which threatens a long phase of stagnation.

“That leads to nationalism, social unrest and xenophobia. Democracy itself could be at risk.”

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see also my post on June 6, where I had written:

"crisis of leadership and with notfunctioning democratical structures the institutions will get restructured... They will be confronted with a long period of depression/stagnation or little ups and downs following each other, while the elite is changing their economical models...such social tensions will get more intense, energy and resource prizes will also rise, bank loans will get limited or very expensive and the allowed state deficits get more restricted. Investment in R+D instead of Consumer goods. This is a learning program during its course the man on the street "has to learn" how not to spend less as there is nothing left for him anyway. Additionally they will introduce a "moral culture", where the little citizen is kept submissive through the acceptance of moral and global rules under the elites close surveillance and can feel honoured and fine with nothing in his hand to feed his children." Link