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VATICAN BLOCKS AUDIT OF NAZI-LOOTED ASSETS

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EU Says it Lacks Authority to Intervene

VATICAN CITY: The Vatican Authority for Financial Information, tasked with monitoring the scandal-plagued Vatican Bank, continues to deny requests to audit accounts alleged to contain Holocaust-era assets looted in the Balkans. About 30 current and former Vatican Bank accounts have been identified as suspect, some of them controlled by the Franciscan Order and various Croatian dioceses.

On December 4, 2013, the Vatican Financial Authority reached a bilateral agreement with the German Federal Criminal Police Office, pledging cooperation on anti-money laundering following a previous agreement with the Dutch Financial Intelligence Unit. Ironically, Germany and Holland have taken significant measures to recover assets looted during the Second World War, which continue to surface, including the recent discovery of over a billion dollars worth of Nazi-looted art in Munich.

Dr. Jonathan Levy, the attorney for several thousand Holocaust victims, their heirs and organizations, has criticized the Vatican Financial Authority and its Director Rene Bruelhart.

“Mr. Bruelhart and his immediate superior Cardinal Nicora are the ultimate insiders,” Levy says. “They claim to be auditing accounts at the Vatican Bank, but do not have the decency to respond to our repeated requests. From my point of view, they are continuing the ongoing Vatican cover-up.”

Dr. Levy also noted that his firm’s investigations and ensuing litigation, beginning in 1998, has uncovered a Vatican Bank connection to looted assets from other countries, including Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, and Romania.

“After World War Two,” he says, “there was a pressing need to move assets from Soviet-occupied lands as the Iron Curtain descended on eastern Europe.” Converting these assets into Church property, deposited at the Vatican Bank, was “an effective method. However, these assets often were commingled with property looted by the Nazi and Axis regimes of Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and Croatia.”

The funds at stake came from the Ustasha Treasury, consisting of gold and valuables looted from Yugoslavia during the Second World War, deposited at the Vatican Bank in 1946, but never accounted for. This week Levy lodged a complaint with both the Dutch Financial Intelligence Unit and German Bundeskriminalamt, following an unsuccessful three-year effort to move the European Commission to investigate the Vatican Bank. The EU concluded that anti-money laundering treaties with the Vatican do not apply to the Vatican Bank, but only the Vatican Financial Authority can call for an audit.

The EU reply:

The 2009 Prequel:

Nazi-loot suit against Vatican dismissed

By Patricia Zapot
Catholic News Service, Dec. 31, 2009

WASHINGTON — A California appeals court dismissed a lawsuit against the Vatican bank seeking restitution for Holocaust survivors who said the bank stored and laundered millions of dollars worth of assets looted by a Nazi-backed regime in Croatia.The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Dec. 29 upheld a federal District Court ruling that said that as an agency of a sovereign state, the Vatican bank is immune from such lawsuits. The 1976 Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act protects other countries from being sued in U.S. courts, the court noted.

The lawsuit sought an accounting from the Vatican of assets the plaintiffs allege were stored and laundered by the church under the Nazi-backed Ustasha government in Croatia. It also asked for restitution and damages.The class-action suit was originally filed in 1999, on behalf of potentially hundreds of thousands of concentration camp survivors of Serbian, Jewish, Roma and Ukrainian background and their heirs. It currently has about 28 named plaintiffs, according to their attorney.

Still remaining is a similar lawsuit against the Franciscan order, which also was dismissed by the Northern California District Court and is on appeal to the 9th Circuit.Jonathan Levy, a Washington-based attorney who represents the plaintiffs, told Catholic News Service Dec. 30 that it hadn’t yet been decided whether to appeal the 9th Circuit ruling involving the Vatican bank to the Supreme Court.Levy said there is a stronger connection between the Croatian assets and U.S.-based Franciscan entities than there was to the Vatican, creating what he believes is a better case for pursuing the religious order for redress.The case started after the U.S. State Department in 1998 issued a report linking the Vatican to the disappearance in 1945 of the treasury of the “Nazi Puppet State of Croatia,” according to background material on the plaintiffs’ Web site, www.vaticanbankclaims.com.The site says that during the war some Franciscans were “militant Catholics” who “led pogroms against Orthodox Christian Serbs, Roma and Jews” and that Franciscans in Rome helped smuggle the Ustasha treasury out of the country. The Ustasha ran a brutal Nazi-backed government in Croatia between 1941 and 1945.

In a November order finding the lawsuit against the Franciscans fell outside the jurisdiction of the federal court, District Judge Maxine Chesney left open the door to refiling the case in a state court.

Levy told CNS that there are connections linking the missing assets to the Croatian Franciscan Custody based in Chicago, making it possible the plaintiffs will pursue their claims in a state court.

The U.S.-based lawsuit was filed after Swiss banks agreed in 1998 to pay $1.25 billion in restitution to people who said the banks stole, concealed or sent to the Nazis hundreds of millions of dollars worth of property owned by Jews.

http://ncronline.org/news/vatican/nazi-loot-suit-against-vatican-dismissed

Related: Nazi Gold Funded Vatican Ratlines

 

November 29, 2013

It is highly unusual for Republicans to call for another elected Republican to resign from office even when there is evidence of wrong-doing. But in the case of U.S. Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fort Myers, his path to the office may explain at least partly why state Republican Party leaders are showing little loyalty.

Radel of course, is the congressman who admitted earlier this month to buy cocaine [sic] from an undercover officer in Washington D.C.

A few days after he pleaded guilty in a D.C. court, Republican Party of Florida chairman Lenny Curry called for Radel to quit Congress.

“The people of Florida’s 19th Congressional District need a Congressman who is 100 percent focused on the needs of Southwest Florida,” Curry said. “Therefore, Congressman Radel should step down and focus his attention on rehabilitation and his family.”

Radel has refused to step aside.

Radel, a former conservative talk radio host in southwest Florida, won his Republican Primary in August 2012 with just 30 percent of the vote. In a 6-way GOP primary slugfest, that was enough to edge out Chauncy Porter Goss, the son of the former U.S. Rep. Porter Goss. The younger Goss won just under 22 percent of the vote.

Florida has no run-off election any more for congressional contest when no candidate reaches 50 percent as it used to in the early 1990s. So instead of Goss and Radel battling it out, Radel advanced to the general election.

It’s a contrast to the early 1990s when Sarasota and Manatee had a similar split in the race for Congress. Back then, Republican Brad Baker won the primary with just 28 percent of the vote. But because he didn’t reach 50 percent of the vote, Baker had to battle Bradenton Republican Dan Miller in a runoff. Miller won and wound up serving 10 years in Congress.

Here are the full results from Radel’s primary win in the 19th Congressional District last year.

19th Congressional District
Primary
Aug, 14, 2012

Trey Radel – 30.0 percent
Chauncy Porter Goss – 21.5 percent
Paige Kreegel – 17.7 percent
Gary Aubuchon – 15.5 percent
Byron Donalds – 14.0 percent
Joe Davidow – 1.4 percent

” … Pound’s paymasters in Rome … saw him as one of them, an intellectual worker for the revolutionary Nazi-Fascist New World Order. His politics were those of the Mussolini dictatorship. … Feldman fails to stick for long enough on major potential themes – corporatism, the geographical lineaments of a Fascist empire, “race”, the role of the party, the place of the monarchy and Vatican – to allow proper analysis of what was the more complex and contradictory reality of Fascist Italy. … “

Richard Bosworth on an exploration of Pound’s activism before and during the Second World War

Ezra Pound’s Fascist Propaganda, 1935-45

By Matthew Feldman
Palgrave Macmillan, 184pp, £45.00
ISBN 9781137345509
Published 4 September 2013

“It is high time to start taking Ezra Pound’s fascism seriously,” asserts Matthew Feldman in a book based on a wide range of archival and published English-language, but no Italian, sources. In pursuit of this argument, he has a double target. First are those determined to place Pound high in the canon of Modernism while dismissing his politics as eccentricity. For them, Pound’s hatreds may have been shrill and even detestable: “That is what the Jew is THERE to produce, war and more war between goyim/UNTIL…all the goyim simultaneously wake up to the cause of the trouble and determine to wipe out the root cause of war, namely YIDDERY” (26 January 1945). But, they have maintained, such views should not distract from our reading of his poetry, a contention that Feldman, at least in regard to the poet’s pronounced, prolonged and fundamentalist anti-Semitism, strenuously and effectively refutes.

However, diatribes against the Jews do not constitute the last word of Pound’s political effusions. Feldman almost takes the anti-Semitism as read as he focuses on the poet as a long-term resident in Fascist Italy, an admiring fan of Benito Mussolini and, during the Second World War, a regular broadcaster on the dictatorship’s Radio Rome. Pound, Feldman states in his preface, was “a committed and significant English-language strategist and producer of fascist propaganda between, and during, the ‘total wars’ in Europe”. He was, therefore, a deep believer in the “political religion” of fascism (the small “f” signifies an ideology that spread beyond Il Duce’s regime), a stance that was reinforced by the fact that Mussolini was pioneering a genuine path to Modernism.

At his most active, that is, during Italy’s war, Pound may have been a radical (although one who possessed some personal obsessions; few Italian Fascists shared his limitless enthusiasm for the works of Confucius or Vivaldi). Even before 1940, Pound may have “gravitated towards the biological anti-Semitism and militaristic expansionism of Nazi Germany”. Yet, Feldman urges, Pound’s paymasters in Rome and, after September 1943, in the Salò Republic, saw him as one of them, an intellectual worker for the revolutionary Nazi-Fascist New World Order. His politics were those of the Mussolini dictatorship.

So much is thesis. In its assertion, however, Feldman stutters as often as he convinces. He spends almost half of his short book on background, urging that Pound had been won over by the Duce by 1923 and was exhilarated by the regime’s Decennale 10th-anniversary celebrations in 1932-33. It was at this point that he actually met the dictator, to be deeply moved when Mussolini told him he found his gift of the draft of XXX Cantos “divertente”, a word that a more critical observer than Feldman might imagine was part of the automatic vocabulary of vague praise deployed by a ruler who spent most mornings in interviews and who, in reality, must often have been scarcely able to distinguish one guest from another.

Over the next years, Pound was a loud advocate of Italy’s imperial cause in its brutal invasion of Ethiopia in 1935. While acting as a sort of foreign correspondent for Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists, he urged them towards more radical policies and more aggressive anti-Semitism. But the heart of Feldman’s case lies in the Second World War and in Pound’s numerous broadcasts, whether in his own name or under an array of pseudonyms, including Piero Mazda, Marco Veneziano and Mr Dooley. Here Feldman has unearthed useful information. What is less sure is whether readers will be persuaded by the claim that Pound, other than with his crude and violent but scarcely original assaults on “World Jewry”, had forged himself into a coherent intellectual warrior of Fascism (or fascism). Feldman fails to stick for long enough on major potential themes – corporatism, the geographical lineaments of a Fascist empire, “race”, the role of the party, the place of the monarchy and Vatican – to allow proper analysis of what was the more complex and contradictory reality of Fascist Italy than is adequately defined by chat about “political religion” or “Modernism”. The book ends abruptly, avoiding exploration of Pound’s postwar “insanity” (by American military definition) and later cosy sanctuary at what he helped make an increasingly Vivaldi-ised Venice.

Richard Bosworth is senior research fellow, Jesus College, Oxford, and author ofWhispering City: Rome and its Histories (2011).

http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/books/ezra-pounds-fascist-propaganda-1935-45-by-matthew-feldman/2009709.article

” … Ignoring history is one thing; re-writing history is another … “

CIA and Mandela: Can the truth be told now?; Mandela and misremembering history

December 10, 2013 — Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting — Back in 1990, FAIR (Extra!, 3/90) noted that the media coverage of Nelson Mandela’s release from prison failed to mention there was strong evidence that the CIA had tipped off South African authorities to Mandela’s location in 1962, resulting in his arrest.

So with coverage of Mandela’s death dominating the media now, can the story of the CIA’s role in Mandela’s capture be told?

Mostly not.

The link between the CIA and Mandela’s capture–reported by CBS Evening News (8/5/86) and in a New York Times column by Andrew Cockburn (10/13/86)–was almost entirely unmentioned in media discussions of his death.

There were a few exceptions. MSNBC host Chris Hayes mentioned it on December 5 (“We know there’s reporting that indicates the CIA actually helped the South African police nab Mandela the first time he was captured”). On Melissa Harris-Perry’s MSNBC show (12/7/13), Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman brought it up:

The US devoted more resources to finding Mandela to hand over to the apartheid forces than the apartheid forces themselves. It was the CIA that actually located Mandela, and he was driving dressed up as a chauffeur when he was stopped, and he was arrested and ultimately serves 27 years in prison.

And on CNN’s Outfront (12/6/13), Cornel West told guest host Jake Tapper, “Keep in mind, though, Brother Jake, the CIA colluded with the apartheid regime to find Nelson Mandela when he was disguised as a chauffeur in 1961.”

So the lesson might be that the kinds of guests rarely included in corporate media are the ones more likely to bring up this history.

In the New York Times‘ long obituary (12/6/13), Bill Keller presented it as a story that is yet to be confirmed: “There have been allegations, neither substantiated nor dispelled, that a CIA agent had tipped the police officers who arrested Mr. Mandela.” He reiterated that on NPR’s Morning Edition (12/6/13): “I have not seen utterly convincing confirmation or refutation of it.”

Keller–who was convinced about Iraq’s WMDs–has presumably read the accounts of CIA involvement in Mandela’s capture, including a Cox News Service report (6/10/90) of a retired CIA official admitting that a CIA operative told him of the operation (“We have turned Mandela over to the South African security branch”) the day it happened.

So with Mandela’s death making headlines everywhere, there is still very little coverage of this part of the Mandela story. One place you can find it, though–the New York Times letters to the editor section today (12/10/13), where this appears under the headline “CIA and Mandela’s Arrest”:

To the Editor:

Nelson Mandela’s membership in the South African Communist Party in the early 1960s was acknowledged by the Communist Party itself last week, confirming the findings of my own historical research, reported by Bill Keller (“Nelson Mandela, Communist,” column, Dec. 8).

Perhaps the United States government will now confirm the role of the Central Intelligence Agency in Mr. Mandela’s arrest in August 1962, which is also indicated by my research. It was the height of the Cold War, and it was all a long time ago, but the truth still counts.

STEPHEN ELLIS

Amsterdam, December 9, 2013

“The truth still counts” shouldn’t just guide government decisions about what it chooses to reveal about its own history. It’s something journalists should consider too. Much of the coverage of Mandela is focused on his remarkable ability to forgive his opponents. It would be especially useful for US media to spell out which US government actions might have to be forgiven.

Mandela and misremembering US history

By Peter Hart

December 13, 2013 — Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting — US media coverage of Nelson Mandela’s legacy celebrates the late icon’s forgiveness. They mean his ability to reconcile with some of the leaders of South Africa’s apartheid years, of course; but one area that gets relatively little attention is US support for the racist government Mandela fought against.

As we noted, the CIA’s role in helping to capture Mandela barely registered in the week’s media remembrances (FAIR Media Advisory, 12/10/13). Ignoring history is one thing; re-writing history is another. On NBC Nightly News (12/7/13), anchor Lester Holt discussed the student uprisings in Soweto that were violently suppressed:

The uprising would claim hundreds of lives before it was over. But it would also severely damage the apartheid government and rally world opinion against it.

It’s true that the shocking images from that day moved many people around the world. But what came next was bizarre; a clip from a speech by Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, months after those student protests:

Our own self- interest is in an Africa that lives in peace and racial harmony and our abiding commitment to peace and world order permit us no other course.

Viewers will be forgiven for thinking that the violence moved the US to act against apartheid, with Henry Kissinger leading the way.

That is, of course, not what happened. That Kissinger speech came right before his trip to Africa; according to diplomatic cables he was encouraged to meet with anti-apartheid activists; apparently he did not.

The Reagan administration then pursued a policy of “constructive engagement” with the racist government. Yes, apartheid was defeated. But the US government was on the wrong side of that fight for far too long, whatever corporate media may try to suggest.

It’s not that talk of political differences is completely missing from the US media. Why, just look at this Washington Post headline (12/10/13): “In Life, Nelson Mandela Often Irritated U.S.” Read the lead sentence carefully:

One of the ironies of the praise offered by world leaders for Nelson Mandela at a state memorial service Tuesday is that the former South African president frequently irritated the United States and others with his policy positions and his loyalty to longtime supporters such as Cuba and Libya.

So apparently it is ironic that “world leaders” praise Mandela because he “irritated the United States and others.” The piece is actually just about the United States being irritated, with one reference to Israel. As the report explains, countries like Cuba and Libya were staunch supporters of Mandela’s ANC and the fight against apartheid; he stood by those governments after he was released from prison. There’s nothing particularly ironic about that.

A more accurate portrayal came from Greg Myre at the NPR website (12/9/13), the point of which is conveyed pretty clear in the headline: “Now Praised By Presidents, Mandela Wasn’t Always Admired In The U.S.” He pointed out:

In 1981, when apartheid was still in full force, President Ronald Reagan told CBS that he supported the South African government because it was “a country that has stood by us in every war we’ve ever fought; a country that, strategically, is essential to the free world in its production of minerals.”

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“One of Our Greatest Coups”: The CIA & the Capture of Nelson Mandela, Democracy Now! on December 13, 2013, spoke to journalist Andrew Cockburn, who first reported on the CIA link to Mandela’s arrest in 1986 in the New York Times. For the full transcipt, click HERE.

http://links.org.au/node/3631