Police hold talks with gunman after 5 hostages flee Sydney cafe

Armed police are seen outside a cafe in the central business district of Sydney on December 15, 2014. Hostages were being held inside a cafe in central Sydney on December 15 with an Islamic flag displayed against a window, according to witnesses and reports. (Photo credit: AFP/Peter Parks)

Armed police are seen outside a cafe in the central business district of Sydney on December 15, 2014. Hostages were being held inside a cafe in central Sydney on December 15 with an Islamic flag displayed against a window, according to witnesses and reports. (Photo credit: AFP/Peter Parks)

Assailant has hostages call media to make demands after storming coffee shop in city center; number of people being held put at less than 30; defense chief Ya’alon offers help to Australian authorities

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Mom charged with trying to kill baby left in drain

FILE – This Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014 file photo released by New South Wales Police shows a newborn baby who was found Sunday abandoned in a drain in the Sydney suburb of Quakers Hill, Australia. Police said Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, that Saifale Nai, 30, has been charged with trying to kill her newborn son by abandoning him in a roadside drain for five days before passers-by heard his cries. The baby had no signs of physical injury but was malnourished and dehydrated when he was found, police said in a statement. (AP Photo/NSW Police, File)

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No one intervened to help us, Sydney victim says

Screenshot from a video report broadcast by Sky News showing the aftermath of an anti-Semitic attack in Sydney, Australia, on October 25, 2013, in which five people were injured.

Screenshot from a video report broadcast by Sky News showing the aftermath of an anti-Semitic attack in Sydney, Australia, on October 25, 2013, in which five people were injured.

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Fears remain over Australia’s ‘mega fire’

A supplied image of a bushfire burning on Stapylton Street in Springwood. Credit: NSW Rural Fire Service, Lachlan Wernicke

Fears remain the three fires burning in the Blue Mountains could form what has been called a ‘mega fire’ – a worst case scenario that could prove unstoppable.

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Hundreds left homeless as Australia battles bushfires: video

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A state of emergency is declared as bushfires ravage parts of New South Wales, with hundreds of Australians left homeless by the blaze. Video footage shows firefighters trying to contain the blaze.

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Six people hurt in Sydney ferry crash

October 7, 2013

(SOURCE) A man is in hospital and four women and a child were treated by paramedics after a ferry with 230 people on board hit a wharf at Circular Quay in Sydney.

The Marlene Mathews, which was operating the Parramatta River service west through Sydney Harbour, struck a support structure at Wharf Five around 12.30pm (AEDT) on Monday.

Operator Harbour City Ferries said an investigation had been launched into the cause of the crash.

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Two dead after petrol tanker explodes at Mona Vale after multi-vehicle crash

A tanker burns after exploding, killing two people, on a road at Mona Vale in Sydney.

A tanker burns after exploding, killing two people, on a road at Mona Vale in Sydney.Two people were killed and five others injured after a fuel tanker crashed into several cars at Mona Vale in Sydney’s north on Tuesday afternoon. (ABC)

SOURCE  –  Emergency crews remained at the scene late into the night cleaning up petrol from the road and surrounding bushland.

Witnesses say there were multiple explosions after the tanker, carrying 18,000 litres of fuel, rolled on its side, burst into flames and collided with several cars on Mona Vale Road at about 3:40pm (AEST).

Police say the fuel tanker caught alight as a result of the multi-vehicle collision, and the fire spread to several cars.

Five people were injured in the crash and subsequent explosions and fire, including the truck’s driver.

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This Is What It Feels Like To Have Your Life Savings Confiscated By The Global Elite

Flag of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus

Michael Snyder
Economic Collapse

March 30, 2013

What would you do if you woke up one day and discovered that the banksters had “legally” stolen about 80 percent of your life savings?  Most people seem to assume that most of the depositors that are getting ripped off in Cyprus are “Russian oligarchs” or “wealthy European tycoons”, but the truth is that they are only just part of the story.  As you will see below, there are small businesses and aging retirees that have been absolutely devastated by the wealth confiscation that has taken place in Cyprus.  Many businesses can no longer meet their payrolls or pay their bills because their funds have been frozen, and many retirees have seen retirement plans that they have been working toward for decades absolutely destroyed in a matter of days.  Sometimes it can be hard to identify with events that are happening on the other side of the globe, but I want you to try to put yourself into their shoes for a few minutes.  How would you feel if something like this happened to you?

For example, just consider the case of one 65-year-old retiree that has had his life savings totally wiped out by the “wealth tax” in Cyprus.  His very sad story was recently featured by the Sydney Morning Herald

”Very bad, very, very bad,” says 65-year-old John Demetriou, rubbing tears from his lined face with thick fingers. ”I lost all my money.”

John now lives in the picturesque fishing village of Liopetri on Cyprus’ south coast. But for 35 years he lived at Bondi Junction and worked days, nights and weekends in Sydney markets selling jewellery and imitation jewellery.

He had left Cyprus in the early 1970s at the height of its war with Turkey, taking his wife and young children to safety in Australia. He built a life from nothing and, gradually, a substantial nest egg. He retired to Cyprus in 2007 with about $1 million, his life savings.

He planned to spend it on his grandchildren – some of whom live in Cyprus – putting them through university and setting them up. There would be medical bills; he has a heart condition. The interest was paying for a comfortable retirement, and trips back to Australia. He also toyed with the idea of buying a boat.

He wanted to leave any big purchases a few years, to be sure this was where he would spend his retirement. There was no hurry. But now it is all gone.

”If I made the decision to stay, I was going to build a house,” John says. ”Unfortunately I didn’t make the decision yet.

”I went to sleep Friday as a rich man. I woke up a poor man.”

You can read the rest of the article right here.

How would you feel if you suddenly lost almost everything that you have been working for your entire life?

And many small and mid-size businesses have been ruined by the bank account confiscation that has taken place in Cyprus.

The following is a bank account statement that was originally posted on a Bitcoin forum that has gone absolutely viral all over the Internet.  One medium size IT business has lost a staggering amount of money because of the “bail-in” that is happening in Cyprus…

Cyprus Bank Account Confiscation

The following is what the poster of this screenshot had to say about what this is going to do to his business…

Over 700k of expropriated money will be used to repay country’s debt. Probably we will get back about 20% of this amount in 6-7 years.

I’m not Russian oligarch, but just European medium size IT business. Thousands of other companies around Cyprus have the same situation.

The business is definitely ruined, all Cypriot workers to be fired.
We are moving to small Caribbean country where authorities have more respect to people’s assets. Also we are thinking about using Bitcoin to pay wages and for payments between our partners.

Special thanks to:

– Jeroen Dijsselbloem
– Angela Merkel
– Manuel Barroso
– the rest of officials of “European Comission”

With each passing day, things just continue to get worse for those with deposits of over 100,000 euros in Cyprus.  A few hours ago, a Reuters story entitled “Big depositors in Cyprus to lose far more than feared” declared that the initial estimates of the losses by big depositors in Cyprus were much too low.

And of course the truth is that those that have had their deposits frozen will be very fortunate to ever see any of that money ever again.

But just a few weeks ago, the Central Bank of Cyprus was swearing that nothing like this could ever possibly happen.  Just check out the following memo from the Central Bank of Cyprus dated “11 February 2013″ that was recently posted on Zero Hedge

Central Bank of Cyprus Memo

Sadly, the truth is that the politicians will lie to you all the way up until the very day that they confiscate your money.

You can believe our “leaders” when they swear that nothing like this will ever happen in the United States, in Canada or in other European nations if you want.

But I don’t believe them.

In fact, as an outstanding article by Ellen Brown recently detailed, the concept of a “bail-in” for “systemically important financial institutions” has been in the works for a long time…

Confiscating the customer deposits in Cyprus banks, it seems, was not a one-off, desperate idea of a few Eurozone “troika” officials scrambling to salvage their balance sheets. A joint paper by the US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Bank of England dated December 10, 2012, shows that these plans have been long in the making; that they originated with the G20 Financial Stability Board in Basel, Switzerland (discussed earlier here); and that the result will be to deliver clear title to the banks of depositor funds.

If you do not believe that what just happened in Cyprus could happen in the United States, you need to read the rest of her article.  The following is an extended excerpt from that article

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Although few depositors realize it, legally the bank owns the depositor’s funds as soon as they are put in the bank. Our money becomes the bank’s, and we become unsecured creditors holding IOUs or promises to pay. (See here and here.) But until now the bank has been obligated to pay the money back on demand in the form of cash. Under the FDIC-BOE plan, our IOUs will be converted into “bank equity.”  The bank will get the money and we will get stock in the bank. With any luck we may be able to sell the stock to someone else, but when and at what price? Most people keep a deposit account so they can have ready cash to pay the bills.

The 15-page FDIC-BOE document is called “Resolving Globally Active, Systemically Important, Financial Institutions.”  It begins by explaining that the 2008 banking crisis has made it clear that some other way besides taxpayer bailouts is needed to maintain “financial stability.” Evidently anticipating that the next financial collapse will be on a grander scale than either the taxpayers or Congress is willing to underwrite, the authors state:

An efficient path for returning the sound operations of the G-SIFI to the private sector would be provided by exchanging or converting a sufficient amount of the unsecured debt from the original creditors of the failed company [meaning the depositors] into equity [or stock]. In the U.S., the new equity would become capital in one or more newly formed operating entities. In the U.K., the same approach could be used, or the equity could be used to recapitalize the failing financial company itself—thus, the highest layer of surviving bailed-in creditors would become the owners of the resolved firm. In either country, the new equity holders would take on the corresponding risk of being shareholders in a financial institution.

No exception is indicated for “insured deposits” in the U.S., meaning those under $250,000, the deposits we thought were protected by FDIC insurance. This can hardly be an oversight, since it is the FDIC that is issuing the directive. The FDIC is an insurance company funded by premiums paid by private banks.  The directive is called a “resolution process,” defined elsewhere as a plan that “would be triggered in the event of the failure of an insurer . . . .” The only  mention of “insured deposits” is in connection with existing UK legislation, which the FDIC-BOE directive goes on to say is inadequate, implying that it needs to be modified or overridden.

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You can find the rest of her excellent article right here.  I would encourage everyone to especially pay attention to what she has to say about derivatives.

Sadly, what is happening in Cyprus right now is just the continuation of a trend.  In recent years, governments all over the world have turned to the confiscation of private wealth in order to solve their financial problems.  The following examples are from a recent article posted on Deviant Investor

October 2008 – Argentina’s leftist government, facing a gigantic revenue shortfall, proposes to nationalize all private pensions so as to meet national debt payments and avoid its second default in the decade.

November 2010 – Headline – Hungary Gives Its Citizens an Ultimatum: Move Your Private Pension Fund Assets to the State or Permanently Lose Your Pension – This is an effective nationalization of all pensions.

November 2010 – Ireland elects to appropriate ten billion euros from its National Pension Reserve Fund to help fund an eighty-five billion euro rescue package for its besieged banks. Ireland also moves to consider a regulatory move that compels some private Irish pension funds to hold more Irish government debt, thereby providing the state with a captive investor base but hugely raising the risk for savers.

December 2010 – France agrees to transfer twenty billion euros worth of assets belonging to its Fonds de Reserve pour les Retraites (FRR), the funded portion of its retirement system, to help pay off recurring social benefits costs. No pensioners are consulted.

April 2012 – Argentina announces that its Economy Ministry has taken an emergency loan from the national pension fund in the amount of $4.3 billion. No pensioners were consulted.

June 2012 – Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner unilaterally appropriates $45 billion from US federal pension funds to help tide over US deficits for the remainder of fiscal year 2011.

January 2013 – Treasury Secretary Geithner again announces that the government has begun borrowing from the federal employees pension fund to keep operating without passing the approaching “fiscal cliff” debt limit. The move effectively creates $156 billion in borrowing authority from federal pension funds.

March 2013 – Open Bank Resolution finance minister, Bill English, is proposing a Cyprus style solution for potential New Zealand bank failures. The reserve bank is in the final stages of establishing a rescue scheme which will put all bank depositors on the hook for bailing out their banks. Depositors will overnight have their savings shaved by the amount needed to keep distressed banks afloat.

Can you see the pattern?

As I wrote about the other day, no bank account, no pension fund, no retirement account and no stock portfolio will be able to be considered 100% safe ever again.

And once the global derivatives casino melts down, there are going to be a lot of major banks that are going to need to be “bailed in”.

When that day arrives, they are going to try to come after your money.

So don’t leave your entire life savings sitting in a single bank – especially not one of the banks that has a tremendous amount of exposure toderivatives.

Hopefully we can get more people to wake up and realize what is happening.  We are moving into a time of great financial instability, and what worked in the past is not going to work in the future.

Be smart and get prepared while you still can.

Time is running out.

This article was posted: Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 5:00 am

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RADICAL ISLAM SPARKS CONTROVERSY DOWN UNDER

Australia grappling with Muslim extremism

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SYDNEY, Australia – A recent series of events has seen Australia, like America, become a victim of radical Islam, with related events leaving Australian lawmakers and citizens reeling.

Among these are a landmark legal decision against a prominent Muslim cleric over allegedly menacing messages, a visit by controversial Dutch politician and Muslim critic Geert Wilders, a plan to build a Muslim housing enclave in Sydney’s suburbs and the formation of new police task force aimed at dealing with Middle Eastern violence and gun crime.

This follows the infamous Muslim riots in Sydney in September last year, which were a part of worldwide protests purportedly in response to the anti-Islam film the Obama administration initially blamed for the Benghazi attack.

Amon Ross, a concerned resident of Sydney, said of the events and radical elements of the Islamic community within Australia:

“They’ve rioted in our streets and assaulted our police officers. They’ve raped our women and said they deserve it. They laugh at and in our courts. They’re shooting up the south-west of Sydney. They’re advocating for Shariah. Every time we fly on a plane, we’re reminded of what they have done to the world.

“They’ve told us that our culture and way of life is inferior to theirs. We’ve caught homegrown Muslims plotting to blow up our military bases and power plants. We now have a special police squad dealing with Middle Eastern Crime. Many make no effort to be Australian or surrender the culture of their old home. … And our politicians refuse to acknowledge there is a problem.”

Australia has joined a familiar pattern in Western nations, with Americans dealing with news that students in Texas were forced to wear burqas and that the Fort Hood shooter, Nidal Malik Hussan, has yet to face trial.

Sheik Man Haron Monis, a high-ranking Muslim cleric, is alleged to have sent offensive letters and a recorded message to the relatives of several Australian soldiers killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan, where Australia remains fighting alongside the U.S. His attempt to have the charges quashed on the grounds of political communication freedom was unsuccessful last week with the High Court of Australia ruling against him.

“I certainly welcome the result. They should not be allowed to bypass the justice system,” said Felix Sher, who allegedly received letters before the funeral of his son, Pvt.Gregory Sher, in 2009.

And a move to build a Muslim housing enclave in Sydney’s suburbs has drawn the ire of many who consider the plan “divisive.”

The company behind the plan advertise the loans as “100 per cent Halal” and a “chance to escape Riba (interest)” because interest is a sin under Islamic law.

Meanwhile, in South Western Sydney, police announced last month the creation of a special squad, “Operation Apollo,” targeting Middle Eastern gang violence and gun crime, and earning the criticism of key Muslim community leaders.

Enter Dutch politician and anti-Islam campaigner Geert Wilders.

Wilders, whose application for a visa had been previously thwarted, finally arrived in Australia last week on a speaking tour, causing violent demonstrations by far-left groups. His arrival also brought significant angst for government leaders.

“Dutch politician Geert Wilders’ public speaking tour has run into constant problems as venues continue to pull out or refuse to host his events,” Sen. Cory Bernardi wrote to subscribers of his weekly “Common Sense” newsletter. “In such a tolerant and open society like Australia, why is it so difficult to accommodate a speaking tour by a member of the Dutch parliament who has a different perspective?”

Bernardi contrasted the difficulty Wilders had in obtaining a visa with the federal government’s preparedness to issue them to Taji Mustafa, a senior figure in Hizb ut-Tahrir, and Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, who has described Jews as “rats of the world.”

On the future of Muslim immigration to Australia, Amon Ross said: “I honestly don’t know what is going to happen. Something needs to be done. We want Australia to stay Australia. These people came because there was something attractive about our values. They can’t just turn around now and demand we change to be like them. We need to crack down on radical Islam here and everywhere.”

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