Sunday, January 27, 2008

William Colby, heroin, Israel and child sex abuse

Colby, Scowcroft, Rockefeller

William Colby, heroin, Israel and child sex abuse

William Colby (1920 – 1996) was the boss of the CIA from 1973 until 1976.
He was no friend of Israel.
He knew a lot about CIA dirty tricks and he died in 'mysterious circumstances'.

In 1973, President Nixon, threatened by Watergate, sacked Richard Helms as boss of the CIA and brought in James Schlesinger. Nixon had come to distrust Helms and the CIA. (William Colby - The Education Forum )

Schlesinger felt that elements of the CIA were acting illegally, and he sacked a number of CIA officers.

Elements of the CIA made life difficult for Schlesinger; there were more leaks on Watergate. Nixon moved Schlesinger to the post of Secretary of Defence.

In 1973 William Colby became boss of the CIA. Nixon hoped he would help reveal some of the CIA dirty tricks.

In 1974, The New York Times published an article by Seymour Hersh listing illegal CIA operations. The so called CIA "family jewels" included CIA attempts to topple or assassinate foreign leaders and attempts to collect information on the political activities of US citizens.

In 1975, the year that Nixon was forced to resign, the Church Committee was set up to examine the illegal activities of the CIA.

Colby, to some extent, cooperated with the Congressional committees led by Frank Church. (William Colby - The Education Forum)

Colby handed over to the Church committee details of the CIA's attempts to sabotage the Chilean economy.

In 1976, President Gerald Ford replaced Colby with George H. W. Bush.

According to Wikipedia, "In later life, and in consonance with his long-held liberal views, Colby became a supporter of the nuclear freeze and of reductions in military spending." (William Colby - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

On 28th April 1996 William Colby went on a canoe trip at Rock Point in Maryland. His body was found several days later.

Colby may have known too much about 1. The CIA and heroin 2. Israeli attempts to infiltrate and contro the CIA 3. child sex abuse scandals and the CIA.

1. William Colby was an officer of the Nugan Hand Bank, 'which was a CIA bank in all but name'. Reportedly, the bank financed drug trafficking, money laundering and international arms dealings. (CIA and Drugs WBLUM)

2. Michael Collins Piper in his book "Final Judgement" wrote (William Colby - The Education Forum) :

The August 20, 1996 issue of The Sun, a supermarket tabloid, carried an exciting 'newsflash' which announced, "Dead CIA Chief Was Set To Finally Blow Lid on JFK Assassination".

The tabloid announced that former CIA director William Colby had been planning to blow the whistle on the truth about the assassination...

....The fact is, that while serving as CIA director, William Colby was considered hostile to Israel's interests, so much so that it was Colby who fired the Mossad's longtime agent-in-place at the CIA, James Jesus Angleton, who has been documented in 'Final Judgement' as the key CIA player in the JFK assassination conspiracy...

According to Wolf Blitzer, longtime Washington correspondent for the Jerusalem Post: 'CBS News back in 1975 reported that Angleton had lost his job in December 1974 because of policy disputes over Israel...

Wolf Blitzer has written about how many high ranking CIA officials didn't share Angleton's enthusiasm for Israel, citing Colby as a specific example...'

In the Spring of 1996, Colby contacted a veteran journalist whom he knew to be friendly with top Arab diplomatic, military and intelligence officials and requested that the journalist arrange for Colby to meet with a certain high-level Arab official....

According to a former federal security administrator who attended one of the meetings, Colby and his Arab associate 'had shared concerns. Both men knew that their respective Governments were being infiltrated and manipulated by Israeli agents. Following these meetings, Colby agreed to go to work as a confidential advisor to Arab interests'.

It is interesting to note further that Colby's death came at a critical time when the Israeli lobby in Washington was engaged in a major behind-the-scenes effort to substantially expand the power of the CIA and its then director, John Deutch, a Belgian born Jewish refugee and longtime Washington figure known for his close ties to Israeli intelligence...

Colby would have emerged as a very loud and public critic of such proposals.

3. John DeCamp, who had once worked for Colby, investigated the Franklin child sex abuse case.

Shortly before Colby died, Colby warned DeCamp to give up the case.

However, 'with the blessing of Colby', DeCamp wrote a book about the case: The Franklin Cover Up." (George Bush, The CIA, Mind Control & Child Abuse)

Reportedly: Many of the children described satanic rituals that they were forced to attend, some of which involved sacrificing infants and young children. Children attending these sacrifices were warned that if they ever told anyone they would be the next to be sacrificed. In addition, they told of being flown to locations around the country in King’s private plane to parties where they were expected to take part in any sexual acts demanded of them...

Several of the children in Kings prostitution ring recount stories of seeing George Bush at some of King’s Parties. While an outsider would not suspect anything amiss, the children in the ring would know what was taking place. At least one of King’s young prostitutes reported that at one party, she saw George Bush pay King and then depart with a young black man... At least two of (King's) victims have been wrongly imprisoned for refusing to recant their testimony. (George Bush, The CIA, Mind Control & Child Abuse)

According to this article at diary 2

Pedophile victim Paul Bonacci, reportedly kidnapped and forced into sex slavery between the ages of 6 and 17, told U.S. District Court Judge Warren Urbom in sworn testimony on February 5, 1999:

"Where were the parties?...down in Washington, DC...and that was for sex...There was sex between adult men and other adult men but most of it had to do with young boys and young girls with the older folks...specifically for sex with minors...Also in Washington, DC, there were parties after a party...there were a lot of parties where there would be senators and congressmen who had nothing to do with the sexual stuff. But there were some senators and congressmen who stayed for the [pedophile sex] parties afterwards...on a lot of the trips he took us on he had us, I mean, I met some people that I don't feel comfortable telling their name because I don't want to ---

...Q: Are you scared?...Yes..."

In his testimony to Judge Urbom, Bonacci reportedly named Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) as having participated in the parties.

Urbom did not ask Bonacci to identify photos of specific senators and congressmen, or reveal their names in court.

Urbom awarded Paul Bonacci $1 million for child abuse on February 19, 1999 regarding his lawsuit involving Republican party operative Larry King.

Bonacci said about Larry King: "I threatened to go to the police in California, thought maybe they would listen whereas in Omaha they were in his pocketbook...he had me hung out of an airplane with a rope by my ankles...If they wanted to get something passed through the legislature, he would put some people that were against it in a compromising position. By using us boys and girls...Judge Urbom: Was this by your being the sexual partner of that person?...Yes...Judge Urbom: ...Any estimates of how often you participated as the sexual partner of one of these persons that he wanted to get some kind of control over?...There were times when it would be four or five in a night...on probably a couple thousand times...sometimes dozens of times with the same person..."

Paul Bonacci claimed the sex ring was based at Offutt U.S. Air Force Base near Omaha. Bonacci said he was abused at the air force base from the age of three onwards. The abuse began in 1970. At Offutt, Paul said he was "trained" by tortures, heavy drugging and sexual degradation.

Offutt AFB was George W. Bush post 9 11 headquarters for a short period.

Larry King was reportedly released from prison on April 11, 2001 after serving about five years.
GOP operative Larry King allegedly hired photographers to capture legislators and high officials in compromising sexual positions with children.

Rusty Nelson reportedly confirmed Bonacci’s testimony to Judge Urbom: "Q: Children on the airplane?...yes. Q: How young?...There was one situation went back to Washington, DC...he had probably 10, 12 years old...Q: Boys, girls?...Both...Q: Who attended the parties?...Prominent business people, very prominent high-ranking officials, politicians. The younger people. What would transpire was they would have a party and then a party after the party...after the party was more of a sex-type deal...That’s what Larry [King] would -- -- Q: These old politicians were having sex with each other?...Or people Larry would bring...some younger people...Did you take pictures of the parties?...I took pictures at some of the parties, yes..."

The Secret Service allegedly allowed Paul Bonacci into the White House on July 3, 1988.

A June 29, 1989 Washington Times front page story was headed: "Homosexual prostitution inquiry ensnares VIPs with Reagan, Bush."

Reporters Paul Rodriguez and George Archibald said "Call-boys took midnight tour of White House."

According to a Nebraska state police report, pedophile victims Nelly and Kimberly Webb detailed a massive child sex, homosexual and pornography operation run out of Nebraska by Larry King, but with close ties directly to the White House.

A Nebraska Dept. of Social Services report, by Mrs Julie Walters: "Nelly indicates she attended a party in Chicago with King and the male youths. She indicated George Bush was present...she sat at a table at the party wearing nothing but a negligee. She stated George Bush saw her on the table. She stated she saw George Bush pay King money and Bush left the party with a nineteen year old black boy named Brent."


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Friday, January 18, 2008

Brad Renfro and gay child stars



Former child star Brad Renfro died at the age of 25.

Brad Renfro, 25 July 1982 - 15 January 2008, starred in The Client 1994, Tom and Huck 1995, and The Cure 1995.

Brad renfro was aged 11 when he appeared in The Client, a film based on the bestselling John Grisham novel, and one of the top-grossing films of 1994.

Child stars have a difficult life.

An article entitled ‘Hollywood Corruption, Child Abuse, & Gay Genocide’ 10 June 2005, refers to the large number of a suicides involving child stars and former child stars. (http://www.universalway.org/Trevor/paulpetersen.html)

The article suggests that some of the dead stars were gay or bisexual and that sexuality may have played a part in some of the deaths.

The writer praises Rupert Everett, Chad Allen, and Ellen DeGeneres for allowing the public to know that they are homosexual.

Danny Pintauro, who played Judith Light's son Jonathan Bower on Who's the Boss (1984-92), outed himself in the National Enquirer.
http://members.tripod.com/~former_child_star/news_1997.html

Reportedly, the large number of child stars that are gay or bisexual have to go to great lengths to pretend otherwise.

A "Beard" is the female companion that a gay male star uses to disguise his sexuality.

Allegedly, examples of beards have been:

1. Leo DiCaprio's Giselle Bundchen

2. Ben Affleck's J.Lo.

Hollywood agents and publicists often hand stories to reporters about invented relationships between gay celebrities and females.

Gay or bisexual stars have been known to pick up prostitutes so as to spread the rumour that they are 'normal'.

Ellen DeGeneres came out as a lesbian and joined the Human Rights Campaign (HRC ). Reportedly, the rate of gay teen suicide declined, at least temporarily, as a result.

John W. Cones, in WHAT'S REALLY GOING ON IN HOLLYWOOD, told us that:

1. In 1964 former child star Alan Ladd, star of Shane, died of an overdoes of sedatives and alcohol. Months earlier he nearly killed himself with an 'accidental' self-inflicted gunshot wound.

2. In 1968 child actor Scotty Beckett's death was listed as a probable suicide from sleeping pills .

3. In 1965, the body of former child star Bobby Driscoll was found in the rubble of an abandoned tenement. He had been a drug addict. He was buried in a pauper's grave.

4. In 1969, former child star Judy Garland took her own life in a locked London bathroom.

5. In 1982, child actor Trent Lehman committed suicide.

6. In 1993, former child actor River Phoenix died in mysterious circumstances.

Former child actor Roddy McDowall (1928-1998) was gay, but he managed to survive. http://www.glbtq.com/arts/mcdowall_r.html

In Memoriam - Christopher Pettiet

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Monday, January 14, 2008

Cary Grant - bisexual



In 1980, Chevy Chase, in a TV interview, joked about Cary Grant being gay ('Oh, what a gal!')

Cary Grant, whose original name was Archibald Leach, was born in 1904, near Bristol in England.

Cary Grant's mother, Elsie, was Jewish. (The religion of Cary Grant, actor)

In the early 1920s, Cary Grant was in the Bob Pender stage troupe and they took him to the USA.

In the USA, Cary Grant acted at one time as a male escort, for socialites. (Gay For Today: Cary Grant)

In 1931 Cary Grant arrived in Hollywood.

In 1932 Cary Grant met Randolph Scott, and the two shared a rented beach house in Santa Monica for twelve years. Rumours had it that Grant and Scott were gay lovers.

Cary Grant also lived for a time with gay Australian artist Jack Kelly, a set designer professionally known as Orry-Kelly.

Authors Marc Elliot, Charles Higham and Roy Moseley believe that Grant was bisexual.

Higham and Moseley claim that Grant and Scott were seen kissing in a public car park in the 1960s. (Gay For Today: Cary Grant )

In the book Hollywood Gays, Boze Hadleigh quotes homosexual director George Cukor, as saying about the alleged gay relationship between Randolph Scott and cary Grant: 'Randolph will admit it – to a friend.'

Screenwriter Arthur Laurents said Grant was 'at best bisexual'. (Gay For Today: Cary Grant)

William J. Mann wrote Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood, 1910-1969. Mann relates how photographer Jerome Zerbe spent 'three gay months' in the movie colony taking many photographs of Grant and Scott, 'attesting to their involvement in the gay scene'. ( Gay For Today: Cary Grant )

In Darwin Porter's book, Brando Unzipped (2006) it is reported that Grant had a gay affair with the bisexual Marlon Brando. (Gay For Today: Cary Grant)

Cary Grant's gay friends included Cukor, William Haines, and Australian artist and costume designer Orry-Kelly.

Grant's first wife was actress Virginia Cherrill. They married in 1934, and divorced in 1935.

Cary Grant was the first person in a film to use the word 'gay' as meaning homosexual.

This was when Grant starred in In Bringing Up Baby (1938).

In one scene, Grant appears in a frilly pink dressing gown and says "I just went gay all of a sudden."

Grant wore women's clothes in the film I Was a Male War Bride (1949). (Cary Grant)



Suharto


Some people claim that Suharto benefited Indonesia.

However, Indonesia under Suharto made much less progress than its neighbours Singapore and Malaysia.

Indonesia under Suharto spent a very small proportion of its wealth on schools or hospitals or housing for the poor.

Housing for the poor

Visitors to Jakarta during the Suharto years may have seen glitzy skyscrapers being built, but they may not have seen the malnourished children hidden away in the slums or in certain rural areas, and they may not have noticed the killing going on in West Papua or Aceh or East Timor.
Often the Suharto government statistics about progress were as accurate as those from Stalinist Russia.

Malnutrition and TB

The Suharto legacy is a country where many roads are full of potholes, many rural schools look as if they are falling down, many sick children die because their parents cannot afford medicine, many hillsides have been stripped of their trees, and the American trained generals are still pulling the strings.

No money for typhoid medicine

It has often been alleged that Suharto's father was a wealthy Chinese-Indonesian merchant and that Suharto was an illegitimate child.

"The absence of official documentation and certain aspects of Suharto's early life that are inconsistent with that of a Javanese peasant (Suharto received, for example, an education fairly early on), has led to several rumors of Suharto being the illegitimate child of a well-off benefactor, which included a being the child of a Yogyakarta aristocrat or well-off Chinese Indonesian merchant. Western biographer R.E. Elson believes that such rumors cannot be entirely ruled out." - Suharto - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Suharto learnt much about militarism from the Japanese army.

During World War II, Suharto worked for the Japanese controlled police force and then for the Japanese-controlled militia, the Peta.

In 1945, with the collapse of Japan, Sukarno and Mohammad Hatta declared the independence of Indonesia. This independence was not accepted by the Dutch or the British and led to conflict.
In 1946, Suharto became head of an Indonesian regiment stationed in Yogyakarta.

Reportedly, at this time, Suharto was involved in helping various mafias that traded in opium (heroin). - (Suharto - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

In 1947 Suharto married Siti Hartinah, a Christian from a well connected family.

Siti Hartinah converted to Islam. She became known as 'Madame Ten Percent', a play on her name, Ibu Tien. When contracts were being given out she reportedly insisted on getting at least ten percent of the proceeds. Later, she was called 'Madame Fifty Percent'. (Ibu Tien Buried Today)
Child labour

In 1949, most of Indonesia was given independence by the Dutch.

Between 1954 and 1959, Brigadier General Suharto was the commander responsible for Central Java and Yogyakarta provinces.

At this time he became friends with Chinese-Indonesian businessmen Liem Sioe Liong and Bob Hasan and was involved with them in various 'business enterprises'.

Suharto reportedly became involved in a 1959 smuggling scandal and he was transferred to the army Staff College in Bandung. Later, Suharto became commander of the key Kostrad regiment(Strategic Reserve). (Suharto - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Around 1956, the CIA and Britain's MI6 appear to have decided to topple Indonesia's President Sukarno, partly because he was 'non-aligned' rather than pro-American.

Indonesia did have a communist party, but in the world's biggest Moslem country, it was never likely to do particularly well in elections. The two biggest parties in Indonesia were Sukarno's Partai Nasional Indonesia and the Islamist party Masyumi.

Reportedly, the CIA had right-wing friends within the Indonesian military. (Indonesia 1957-1958 KH)

Suharto was in the right-wing camp.

The CIA and Britain's MI6 began to arm various rebel groups in Indonesia.

In 1958, rebellions began to break out in various parts of Indonesia.

William Blum, in his book Killing Hope (Indonesia 1957-1958 KH), wrote:

"CIA pilots took to the air to carry out bombing and strafing missions in support of the rebels...

"Sukarno later claimed that on a Sunday morning in April, a plane bombed a ship in the harbor of the island of Ambon-all those aboard losing their lives-as well as hitting a church, which demolished the building and killed everyone inside

"He stated that 700 casualties had resulted from this single run.

"On 15 May, a CIA plane bombed the Ambon marketplace, killing a large number of civilians on their way to church on Ascension Thursday...

"Three days later, during another bombing run over Ambon, a CIA pilot, Allen Lawrence Pope, was shot down and captured...

"He was to spend four years as a prisoner in Indonesia before Sukarno acceded to a request from Robert Kennedy for his release.

"Pope was captured carrying a set of incriminating documents, including those which established him as a pilot for the US Air Force and the CIA airline CAT."

The CIA and its friends did their best to undermine the Indonesian economy.

In 1965, some kind of coup took place in Indonesia. By 1966, Suharto had emerged as the country's leader. He became president in 1968.

In the months that followed the coup, army death squads, often recruited from Muslim and Catholic youth groups, murdered up to one million people.

Bali and other parts of Indonesia were awash with blood.

The CIA is reported to have given the Indonesian military lists of people who were to be dealt with.

"Former deputy CIA station chief Joseph Lazarsky and former diplomat Edward Masters, who was Martens' boss, said CIA agents contributed in drawing up the death lists" - [States News Service, 5/19/1990; Sydney Morning Herald, 7/10/1999; US Department of State, 2001 ]

According to Time Magazine, 17 December 1966 :

"The killings have been on such a scale that the disposal of the corpses has created a serious sanitation problem in East Java and Northern Sumatra where the humid air bears the reek of decaying flesh. Travellers from those areas tell of small rivers and streams that have been literally clogged with bodies."

Suharto now brought in his New Order government.

The military were to be the people who pulled the strings.

Every institution of any importance was to be dominated by the military. Everyone from cabinet minister to governors to village officials was likely to have a military connection. The military was to be involved in running various profitable businesses.

The USA stopped undermining the economy. Suharto allowed the USA and other western nations to invest and take control of many of the mining and other businesses in Indonesia.

Rural Poverty
The people who became rich were:

1. The indonesian generals

2. Members of Suharto's Golkar Party.

3. Suharto's Chinese-Indonesian business friends.

4. The Suharto family

5. Investers in companies like Freeport, linked to Henry Kissinger, which has a gold mine in Indonesia.

The military and Golkar acted as intermediaries between businesses and the Indonesian government. "This led to bribery, racketeering, and embezzlement. Funds from these practices often flowed to foundations (yayasan) controlled by the Suharto family." [21]

Melody Kemp ( The good, the bad and the hopeful - reflecting on Indonesia ) wrote:

"Soeharto, in effect, turned Indonesia into one huge franchising operation from which he and his family profited; and continue to do so."

Poverty
In 1975 Suharto invaded East Timor, having got the approval of President Ford and Henry Kissinger. (East Timor Revisited: Ford, Kissinger and the Indonesian Invasion ...)

At least one third of the population of East Timor died as a result of the invasion. (East Timor Revisited: Ford, Kissinger and the Indonesian Invasion ... )

In 1998 Suharto was toppled, apparently by the CIA.

At some point in the 1990s Suharto was seen by some Americans as having become too powerful and too independent minded.

Suharto was giving too many business contracts to his family and Chinese-Indonesian cronies, rather than to American companies like Ford.

Some people in the Pentagon considered the possibility of having a general such as Prabowo or Wiranto or Yuhhoyono take over.

In order to topple Suharto there would need to be riots.

In Indonesia, in the years 1997- 1998, there were riots in various parts of Indonesia. Some riots looked spontaneous and some looked as if they had been planned. (http://www.insideindonesia.org/edit50/riots.htm)

Intelligence agencies

In Indonesia, trouble is often organised by the spies. Back in the 1950s the British and American intelligence agencies had organised rebellions in various parts of Indonesia, in order to undermine President Sukarno.(http://www.westpapuanews.com/articles/publish/article_31.shtml)

The generals

In 1998 one of the key generals was Prabowo, son of Dr. Sumitro Djojohadikusumo, a former Finance Minister, said to have once worked with the British and the Americans against Sukarno.

Prabowo had learnt about terrorism at Fort Bragg and Fort Benning in the US. General Prabowo and terror (http://yayasanhak.minihub.org/mot/Prabowo.htm)

In May 1998, Prabowo was commander of Kostrad, the strategic reserve, the regiment Suharto commanded when he took power in 1965.

Prabowo's friend Muchdi ran Kopassus (special forces) and his friend Sjafrie ran the Jakarta Area Command.

General Wiranto, the overall head of the military, was seen as a rival to Prabowo.

The American Defence Secretary,
William Cohen, was in Jakarta in January 1998 and he visited both Prabowo and Wiranto.

The CIA chief had also been a recent visitor to Jakarta. The CIA and the Pentagon were close to both Prabowo and Wiranto. (http://solidarity.igc.org/atc/emily75.html)

Students

At the start of May 1998, students were holding peaceful demonstrations on university campuses across the country. They were protesting against massive price rises for fuel and energy, and they were demanding that President Suharto should step down.

On May 12th, students at Jakarta's Trisakti University, many of them the children of the elite, planned to march to parliament to present the government with their demands for reform. The police prevented the students from marching.

Some time after 5pm, uniformed men on motorcycles appeared on the flyover which overlooks Trisakti. Shots rang out. Four students were killed.

Riots of May 13-14

On the 13th of May there were reports of rioting in the area around Trisakti. President Suharto was attending a conference in Egypt and the military top brass went off to Malang in East Java to attend a ceremony.

On the 14th of May, serious rioting took place in the Jakarta area. There were no signs of any uniformed soldiers on the streets.

Deaths

Over 1,000 people died during these Jakarta riots, most having been burnt in malls and supermarkets but some having been shot or beaten.

Alleged involvement of the military in planning the riots

Father Sandyawan Sumardi, a 40-year-old Jesuit priest and son of a police chief, led an independent investigation into the events of May 1998.

As a member of the Team of Volunteers for Humanitarian Causes he interviewed people who had witnessed the alleged involvement of the military in organising the riots and rapes.
(http://www.indonesia-house.org/archive/mei98/The%20Riot%20Pattern%20in%20Jakarta%20and%20Surroundings%20-%20Beberapa%20Pola%20dalam%20Kerusuhan%20Massa.htm) (http://www.asiaweek.com/asiaweek/98/0626/nat_6_indoriots.html)

A security officer alleged that Kopassus (special forces) officers had ordered the burning down of a bank;

a taxi driver reported hearing a man in a military helicopter encouraging people on the ground to carry out looting;

shop-owners at a Plaza claimed that, before the riots, military officers tried to extract protection money;

a teenager claimed he and thousands of others had been trained as protesters;

a street child alleged that Kopassus officers ordered him and and his friends to become rioters;

there was a report of soldiers being dressed up as students and then taking part in rioting;

eyewitnesses spoke of muscular men with short haircuts arriving in military-style trucks and directing attacks on Chinese homes and businesses.

There were reports of children being encouraged to enter malls and then of the malls being set on fire;

there were allegations that muscular men with short haircuts had gang-raped little Chinese girls and then murdered some of them.

Suharto told he had lost the support of the military

Some of Suharto's former allies deserted him. Wiranto allowed students to occupy Parliament. Reportedly Wiranto reported to Suharto on May 20th that Suharto no longer had the support of the army. Suharto was forced to resign on May 21 and was replaced by Habibie, his Vice President.

The continuing importance of the military

Wiranto remained as chief of the armed forces. Wiranto's troops began removing the students from the parliament building.

One result of the May riots was that the military appeared to remain the power behind the throne. In 2004, General Yudhoyono became president.


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Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Charles Dickens 1812-1870





Charles Dickens is regarded as one of the greatest novelists in the English language.

He is famous partly for having created some of the most famous boy characters in literature.

Apparently, Oliver Twist was the first boy to be the main character in a novel.

Many boys inhabit Dickens novels; from Pip to Nicholas Nickleby.

Of all the books written by Charles Dickens, David Copperfield was Dickens' personal favorite.

David Copperfield was also Dicken's most autobiographical novel. [3]

Acording to Françoise Dupeyron-Lafay (The Forms and Functions of Language in David Copperfield):

Cannot homosexual overtones be heard in David’s admiration, and even 'love' for Steerforth, or in his comparing himself to a submissive female character, Scheherazade, reading to the sultan ? [17]

I thought of him very much after I went to bed, and raised myself, I recollect, to look at him where he lay in the moonlight, with his handsome face turned up, and his head reclining softly on his arm. He was a person of great power in my eyes; that was, of course, the reason of my mind running on him. (VI, 82)
[18]

... to disappoint or to displease Steerforth was of course out of the question. In the morning too, when I felt weary, and should have enjoyed another hour’s repose very much, it was a tiresome thing to be roused, like the Sultana Scheherazade, and forced into a long story before the getting-up bell rang; but Steerforth was resolute . . . I admired and loved him, and his approval was return enough. It was so precious to me, that I look back on these trifles, now, with an aching heart (VII, 86).

Strangely enough, too, the male character is feminised even before his birth, first by his aunt counting on the arrival of a baby-girl in Chapter I, then by Steerforth — first at Salem House (Chapters VI and VII), then in London, when he nicknames David “Daisy” (XIX, 243); because of the polysemy of the word, used twice (once with capital letters), Steerforth seems to have only the flower in mind (a symbol of freshness and innocence), but we also think of a girl’s name.


Dr Holly Furneaux (View as HTML ) has made a study of homoerotic desire in Dickens’ works.

Her article, ‘Charles Dickens’ Families of Choice: Elective Affinities, Sibling Substitution, and Homoerotic Desire’ appeared in the September 07 issue of Nineteenth Century Literature.
Dr Furneaux suggests that in Victorian times a male might transfer his love for another male onto a female sibling.

Dr Furneaux writes:

“In his repeated delineation of a male character’s compulsive shift of attention from a close male friend to his (most often) physically similar sister, Dickens leans on – and then proceeds to expose the homoerotic possibilities within – two central Victorian beliefs about siblinghood.


“Domestic ideologies of siblinghood allowed both fictional men and their historical counterparts to create a homoerotically motivated family of choice through betrothal to the suggestively similar sister of their closest male friend.

"Dickens pioneered an influential model for covert, but highly corporeal, homoerotic articulation which was thereafter eagerly employed by his contemporaries, including Mary Elizabeth Braddon, and later in more overt representations of homosexuality by writers such as E. M. Forster and Evelyn Waugh.”

In 1829, Dickens apparently fell in love with Maria Beadnell.

In 1836, Dickens married Catherine Hogarth.

John Carey in 'The Violent Effigy' has a chapter on Dickens and Sex. Carey believes that Dickens failed to fully and adequately depict even one normal sexual relationship in his books. Reportedly, Dickens was not particularly close to his clumsy wife, Catherine. (Alfred Hitchcock and Charles Dickens)

Dickens traveled to Italy in 1844-45 and then to Switzerland and Paris in 1846.

In 1857 Hans Christian Anderson came to stay with Dickens.

Also in 1857, Dickens met 18 year-old Ellen Ternan and became very fond of her.

In 1858 Charles and Catherine separated.

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Sunday, January 06, 2008

The bin Laden family

On the far right is Osama bin Laden at Oxford in England.

Reportedly this is Osama bin Laden with Zbigniew Brzezinski (* See note about the photo)


1. Osama bin Laden and the Jewish Mafia

The newspaper Scotland on Sunday reported 16/9/ 2001 that Osama bin Laden made his fortune in part by working with Jewish-Russian mafia operations in Qatar and Cyprus.


2. Osama bin Laden and the Caymen Islands

Michael Rupert (Osama Bin Laden - A CIA Creation and It's Blowback) has reported on possible links between Caymen banks and Osama bin Laden.

Deutsche Bank (allegedly one of the banks used by bin Laden and inside traders at the CIA) reportedly has an interest in Safron Partners, which is part of a corporate network on the Cayman Islands that is allegedly run by Bin Laden's half brother, Hassan.

Osama Bin Laden and the CIA and a Mr Hekmatyar are reputed to have been involved in the Afghan heroin business.

Bin-Laden allegedly established branches of his business in the Cayman Islands; and he allegedly employed law firms and consultants connected to Langley, Virginia and the CIA.


3. Osama and British Intelligence

The French Internet publication, Indigo, reported that Osama bin-Laden was a guest of British Intelligence in London in 1996. ( Bin Laden - A CIA Creation and It's Blowback )


4. Bush and the bin Ladens

One of George W Bush early backers was James Bath, who was "the bin Laden family's representative in Texas" (Bush Money)

Bath allegedly managed millions of dollars for Khalid bin Mahfouz, one of the central figures in Bank BCCI, which was labeled as the bank for the Medellin drug cartel, Noriega, Saddam, Abu Nidal, and heroin godfather Khun Sa.

Mahfouz was apparently an investor in the Carlyle Group of which Bush senior was a director.
In 1999 it was reported that bin Mahfouz was financing Osama bin Laden.

Mahfouz has a palatial estate in Houston Texas.

James Bath was seemingly president of Skyway Aircraft leasing , a Texas company, owned by bin Mahfouz, and registered in the Cayman Islands.


5. Wafah bin laden

Wafah bin Laden, the niece of Osama Bin Laden ( http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2089-1572299,00.html ) is known as a party girl. She once danced with President George W Bush’s daughter Jenna at a nightclub in the south of France.

6. Osama bin Laden's school friends...

From http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/binladen/who/family.html

"One of the connections which still explains many of the personal ties existing throughout the Middle East is the Victoria College in Alexandria, where the bin Laden boys attended classes along with schoolmates such as King Hussein of Jordan, Zaid Al Rifai, the Kashoggi brothers (whose father was one of the king's physicians), Kamal Adham (who ran the Saudi [security] services under King Faisal), present-day contractors Mohammed Al Attas, Fahd Shobokshi and Ghassan Sakr and actor Omar Sharif."

7. Salem bin Laden

Quoting a French intelligence report posted by PBS Frontline, The New Yorker reports, “During the nineteen-eighties, when the Reagan administration secretly arranged for an estimated $34 million to be funneled through Saudi Arabia to the Contras in Nicaragua, [Osama’s eldest brother] Salem bin Laden aided in this cause.” [PBS Frontline, 2001; New Yorker, 11/5/2001]

According to : http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/binladen/who/family.html

"Like his father in 1968, Salem died in a 1988 air crash...in Texas... According to one of the plane's American pilots, it had been used in October 1980 during secret Paris meetings between US and Iranian emissaries. Nothing was ever proven, but Salem bin Laden's accidental death revived some speculation that he might have been "eliminated" as an embarrassing witness."

From: http://www.newyorker.com/fact/content/?011112fa_FACT3

"Osama's oldest brother, Salem, by most accounts a debonair and Westernized figure, who had attended Millfield, the English boarding school, took over the family empire. Salem brought the family into the modern world; he was, one American friend says, 'as at home in London and Paris as he was in Jidda.' A former United States diplomat in Saudi Arabia says, 'I used to call him the playboy of the Western world.' An enthusiastic amateur rock guitarist, Salem loved to jam with bands and go disco dancing when he was in the United States on business trips, in the nineteen-seventies. He was married to an English art student, Caroline Carey, whose half brother Ambrose is the son of the Marquess of Queensberry...

"During the nineteen-eighties, when the Reagan Administration secretly arranged for an estimated thirty-four million dollars to be funnelled through Saudi Arabia to the Contras, in Nicaragua, Salem bin Laden aided in this cause, according to French intelligence."

8. The bin Laden political and business connections

Over the years, there have been warm, substantial ties between members of the bin Laden family and leaders of the foreign-policy establishment in America and Britain. Until late last month, the family had a stake amounting to two million dollars in the Washington-based Carlyle Group, a private equity firm with a large interest in defense contracting.

The Carlyle Group is known for its politically connected executives such as former President George H. W. Bush, former Secretary of State James Baker, and former British Prime Minister John Major.

In the nineteen-nineties, both Bush and Baker visited the bin Laden family when they were prospecting for business in Saudi Arabia. The chairman of the firm is former Defense Secretary Frank Carlucci, who has been a trusted friend of the current Defense Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, since their days on the Princeton wrestling team...

The family continues to have a stake, estimated by one source at about ten million dollars, in the Fremont Group, a private investment company, on whose board of directors sits another former Secretary of State, George Shultz.

Much of the family's private banking is handled by Citigroup, which is chaired by former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin. The family has equity investments with Merrill Lynch and Goldman, Sachs. Among the family's business partners is General Electric. A spokesman for Jack Welch, the chairman of G.E., says that the family threw a party for him in the nineteen-nineties in Saudi Arabia, and that Welch "considers them good business partners."

One American diplomat says, "You talk about your global investors, it's them. They own part of Microsoft, Boeing, and who knows what else." Others note that the family has been awarded contracts to help rebuild American military installations, including the Khobar Towers, which were damaged in a terrorist attack that killed nineteen servicemen in 1996.

9. Osama bin Laden in an American hospital just before 9 11

From: http://www.mindfully.org/Reform/Bin-Laden-Met-CIA.htm :

According to information's collected by Le Figaro, and Radio France International, Osama Bin Laden met with an American CIA agent in July 2001 while he was being treated for a kidney ailment at the American Hospital of Dubai.

"The billionaire Saudi Bin Laden visited the American Hospital of Dubaï from July 4 to July 14th, two months before the attacks of September 11, confirmed by sources close to European services of information.

"He was accompanied by his personal doctor and faithful lieutenant, Egyptian Ayman Al-Zawahari, a male nurse and four bodyguards. Bin Laden suffers from a renal infection which is propagated with the liver and requires specialized care. Doctor Terry Callaway at The American Hospital of Dubai is known for the specialized treatment of such ailments.

"During his hospitalization, Osama bin Laden was visited by several members of his family, and on July 12th the local representative of the CIA, that many people know in Dubaï, was seen going into his room.

"A few days later, shortly after Ben Laden left for Quetta with a new kidney dialysis machine, the CIA agent bragged to friends about visiting the billionaire saudi and was subsequently recalled to the USA on July 15th."

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From http://hawaii.indymedia.org/news/2005/08/5347.php :

European intelligence provided to WMR confirms that Osama bin Laden has been a major kingpin in drug shipments to Europe and North America since 1991...

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Paul Gauguin

Gauguin - Breton Boys Bathing

Gauguin - Boys Wrestling

Gauguin - Boy Bather

Gauguin - Bathers

Gauguin - Breton Boy

Gauguin - Breton Boy in a Landscape

Gauguin - Breton Boy by the Aven River

Gauguin - Boy by the Water

Gauguin - Bananas (Gauguin was keen on symbolism)

Gauguin - Man with Axe

Gauguin - Manana

Painting by Charles Filiger

Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) was a Post-Impressionist painter.

His most famous quote was: "I must confess that I am myself a woman." (Paul Gauguin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

In 1873, Gauguin married a Danish woman, Mette Sophie Gad.

In the late 1880s and early 1990s, Gauguin and his followers spent time in Brittany.

A close friend of Gauguin was Charles Filiger whose paintings of farm boys and Christ figures 'attests to his struggle with homosexuality and religion.' (glbtq >> arts >> Symbolists)

In Brittany, Gauguin also painted boys, often naked boys.

In Paris, in 1887, Paul Gauguin met Vincent van Gogh.

There has been speculation that Vincent felt sexually attracted towards Paul Gauguin.

Paul Gauguin is said to have flirted with Van Gogh, but to have preferred much younger men. (Paul Gauguin's erotic life - Page 3 - Salon.com)

By 1888, Gauguin and Vincent were living in Arles, in the South of France.

The same year, Vincent's friendship with Paul Gauguin came to a sudden end, and Vincent cut off part of his left ear.

In 1891, Gauguin sailed to the tropics (Tahiti and the Marquesas Islands) to escape "everything that is artificial and conventional."

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Vincent van Gogh 1853-1890

Camille Roulin by Van Gogh

Peach tree in bloom

Bridge at Asnieres

Paris rooftops

Gypsy caravan
Le Moulin de la Galette

Vegetable gardens

Carousel Bridge and the Louvre

As a youth, Vincent Van Gogh, the Dutch Post-Impressionist, was fervent about religion.

However, during the 1870s, he failed the various exams which would have allowed him to become a pastor or a missionary.

In 1980, Vincent began his career as a painter.

In 1882, Vincent began very briefly living with an alcoholic prostitute, Clasina Maria Hoornik, known as Sien. During the year 1882, Sien gave birth to a baby boy called Willem and Vincent spent three weeks in a hospital suffering from gonorrhoea.

Willem came to believe he was Van Gogh's son, but the timing of the birth makes this unlikely.[41]

In 1883, Vincent abandoned Sien.

In 1885, Vincent was getting young peasant girls to model for his paintings. He was accused of making one of them pregnant.[45]

In 1886, while living in Antwerp, Vincent began to drink absinthe heavily and may have been treated for syphilis. [51]

Starting in 1887, Vincent began writing letters to his young friend Emile Bernard. In these letters Vincent revealed that when he had the money, he tried to visit a brothel about every two weeks.

Also in 1886, Vincent moved to Paris, where he shared a house with his brother Theo.

In 1887, Vincent met and befriended Paul Gauguin, who had just arrived in Paris.

Some writers believe that in Paris Vincent discovered a world of gay sex.

There has been speculation that Vincent felt sexually attracted towards Paul Gauguin and that Vincent had a very close relationship with his brother Theo.

Paul Gauguin is said to have flirted with Van Gogh and Theo, but to have preferred much younger men. (Paul Gauguin's erotic life - Page 3 - Salon.com)

Albert J Lubin, in his book Stranger on the Earth: A Psychological Biography of Vincent Van Gogh, suggests that Vincent may have been sexually attracted to Gauguin.

Vincent's move from Holland to Gay Paris seems to have led to the production of some brighter, sunnier, more joyous paintings.

On the other hand, there is still the feeling in some of the French paintings that Vincent is repressed and has still not learnt to live at peace with himself.

By 1888, Vincent was living in Arles, in the South of France. He worked alongside Paul Gauguin.

The same year, Vincent's friendship with Paul Gauguin came to an end, and Vincent cut off part of his left ear.

It is possible that Vincent's apparently manic-depressive or bi-polar behaviour was related to repressed homosexuality.

One can speculate about how many alleged manic-depressives were homosexual. (Hans Christian Andersen, Charles Baudelaire, Ludwig van Beethoven, Lord Byron, Winston Churchill, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Ernest Hemingway, Florence Nightingale, Robert Louis Stevenson, Mark Twain, Virginia Woolf...)

YouTube - Vincent & Theo (gay kiss between Vincent and ...

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Friday, January 04, 2008

Alexander Ivanov

Italian Scene

The Appearance of Christ before the People

Boy

Seven Boys in Colourful Clothes
Apollo, Hyakinthos and Kyparissos singing and playing.

Alexander Andreyevich Ivanov 1806-1858 was a Russian painter who favoured Neoclassicism .

In 1831 he set up home in Rome and explored much of Italy.
In Italy he painted Apollo, Hyacinth and Cypariss Singing and Playing Music (1831-1834) which was approved by his sponsors in St. Petersburg.
Apollo loved both Hyacinth and Cypariss (Cypress). The young Hyacinthus is playing the flute; Cypress is drowsing.
Around 1833 Ivanov began to plan The Appearance of Christ to the People (1837-1857). He worked on it for twenty years.

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