Tag Archives: Belgium

10,000 troops from 13 countries arrive in the UK for major exercise

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/10000-troops-from-13-countries-arrive-in-the-uk-for-major-exercise
Published 14 March 2019

The UK will boost its defensive capabilities by hosting a major international military exercise for two weeks from 30 March 2019.
More than 10,000 military personnel, 35 warships, 5 submarines and 59 aircraft and helicopters from 13 countries will take part in Exercise Joint Warrior until 11 April.

The aim of Joint Warrior is to allow the UK’s Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force and their allies to conduct joint operations involving different forces and units and against a range of current and future threats

There following nations are taking part in Exercise Joint Warrior: Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, the UK and the US.

Operation Yellowhammer
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-47658403

“On operation yellowhammer, which is the emergency planning for a no-deal Brexit, it is beyond comprehension that any Prime Minister could knowingly allow the country to be eight days—about 200 hours—away from the possibility of crashing out of the European Union without a deal and to require that emergency planning work to be done”

The First Minister (Nicola Sturgeon) on Yellowhammer

The question I have is: Why commit 10,000 troops during a key period of political change?

We should be leaving the EU at 11pm on Friday 29th and yet we have 10,000 troops in an exercise (cover) from 30th March to 11th April (two weeks)! As UK column pointed out, best to have foreign troops if you need to forcefully crack down on UK populace.

Would you want foreign troops diverting military resources during your contingency planning? Incompetence, over-confidence or worst case planning for unrest?

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There is No Al Qaeda

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http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2005/jul/08/july7.development

Throughout the 80s he was armed by the CIA and funded by the Saudis to wage jihad against the Russian occupation of Afghanistan. Al-Qaida, literally “the database”, was originally the computer file of the thousands of mujahideen who were recruited and trained with help from the CIA to defeat the Russians. Inexplicably, and with disastrous consequences

Why is this relevant to Ebola? The uptick in Boko Haram activity in Northern Nigeria with the presence of AFRICOM in Liberia under cover of Ebola and the reported large intelligence presence in Nigeria prior to elections later this year.

BBC- Black Death in the Congo (King Leopold II of Belgium)

Published on Apr 30, 2012
King Leopold II took over leadership of Belgium from his father, King Leopold I, in 1865, and in 1885, hoping to gain power and wealth as well as assuming control of overseas territories like most other European nations of the time, Leopold created, through political lobbying and military force, the Belgian Free State. Its name a grim irony, the Belgian Free State gave Leopold and his cohorts power over the African territory of the Congo, which he soon exploited for its large supplies of ivory and rubber — the latter an especially lucrative resource after the invention of the pneumatic tire. Leopold and his soldiers used the Congolese natives as forced labor, with those who refused to work for the Belgians or who violated their newly established laws punished by dismemberment, torture, or death; between 1885 and 1920, nearly ten million people were either slaughtered or worked to death in the Congo under Leopold’s rule. Leopold’s reign of terror in the Congo became a scandal during the last years of his rule, and he destroyed most of the documents pertaining to the Belgian Free State prior to his death; Congo: White King, Red Rubber, Black Death is a film which attempts to examine the king’s crimes with the evidence that still remains. Using interviews with historians, rare documents, and historical reenactments of Leopold’s atrocities, Congo: White King, Red Rubber, Black Death is framed by footage of an imagined trial with the king facing a jury for his crimes against humanity — crimes he was never charged with in his lifetime.

Breaking the Set: Congo’s Resources Fueling Drone Wars..

Published on Dec 3, 2014
Abby Martin Breaks the Set on No-Indictment Chokehold, Cobalt Conflict Drones, Pregnancy Rights & Bhopal 30 Years Later.

“…the US has a policy that no matter what Africa leaders are doing to their population as long as they provide us federal access to Congo’s resources or Africa’s resources, we will support them”

Kambale Musavuli (Friends of the Congo). http://www.friendsofthecongo.org

George Arthur Forrest
George Forrest International Group
In December 2001 the United Nations asked a panel of experts to investigate the illegal exploitation of natural resources and other forms of wealth of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The panel’s report was issued in October 2002. In it they said George Forrest had long-standing ties to the establishment in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and described him as a member of the elite network of Congolese interests. In 2003, the United Nations published a new report on the illegal exploitation of natural resources. The panel’s 2003 report officially dismissed his previous critics regarding George Forrest.
http://www.forbescustom.com/EmergingMarketsPgs/CongoInterviewsP1.html