The Tea Party folks may seem new to some. Other than the name, the organization is just a reworking of the fascisti of Mussolini, advocating the values of The Corporate State under the guise of populism. A Texas Tea Party leader has spilled the beans, explicitly articulating the classical fascism of the Tea Party.
Italy’s recent elections saw the Five Stars Movement of comedian Beppe Grillo winning a share of the vote that will enable it to play a key role in forming the next coalition government. There are indications of the party’s sympathy for fascism and neo-fascism. Not surprisingly, Grillo appears to be anti-Semitic as well.
There are numerous indications that “fascist-friendly” institutional continuity will be maintained at the Vatican. The Pope will have the title of “Emeritus Pope.” This will allow him to wield influence behind the scenes. That should be easy to accomplish. The Pope will continue to reside Vatican City, retaining diplomatic immunity from future prosecution or litigation. Ratzinger/Benedict’s successor may well be someone cut from the same fabric as he. The timing of the conclave that will select the next pontiff may be moved up.
We’ve posted several times in connection with the resignation of Benedict XVI. Media speculation has centered on a report submitted to Ratzinger/Benedict detailing blackmail of a powerful “Velvet Mafia” of gay prelates inside the Vatican. That scandal appears to be overlapping some of the inquiries into the Vatican finances. Apparently blackmailed by outsiders over their extensive and relatively visible liaisons, the “Velvet Mafia” appears to have had dealings with the Vatican bank–long a focus of intrigue and covert fascist machinations.
Pope Benedict’s resignation has garnered much speculation as to the reason why. Less speculation has been given to some of the appointments that the Pope has made just before leaving the Vatican. The Vatican official representing the Holy See to Moneyval (overseeing money laundering and terrorism investigations for the Council of Europe) has been transferred to Colombia. Might this have anything to do with the reputed relationship between late Vatican financial adviser Roberto Calvi and Pablo Escobar of the Medellin Cartel?
The history of the Vatican Bank, the IOR, is inextricably linked with scandal and the history of the Holy See’s involvement with fascism. The outgoing Pope has named a German member of the Knights of Malta to head that institution. (The Knights of Malta or SMOM is, basically, the military wing of the Vatican.) Ratzinger/Benedict’s selection is Ernst von Freyberg, a member of the board of Blohm & Voss, the German shipmaker and manufacturer of warships for Hitler and the Federal Republic of Germany.
A caretaker Pope, Benedict XVI presided over numerous inquiries into Vatican malfeasance. His resignation raises the question as to what will follow. Steeped in the Vatican’s long-standing relationship with fascism, the outgoing Pope presided over a whitewash of Pius XII’s involvement with the Third Reich and a blunting of inquiries into the molestation scandals unfolding around the world.
In exchange for making Roman Catholicism the official state religion of fascist Italy through the Lateran Treaty of 1929, Mussolini’s regime gave the Vatican control over assets that were parlayed into a major financial empire. A recent story in the “Guardian” (UK) highlights the extent to which the Vatican has cobbled together a major international real estate empire, built on the foundation solidified by the Lateran Treaty of 1929. We should never lose sight of the ongoing relationship between “Vatican Incorporated” and the Underground Reich.
We recall the tsunami of praise, Hosannas and Hallelujahs gushing forth from the world’s media and political punditry. Hailing the “Arab Spring” as the dawning of a new enlightenment in that part of the world, they missed the boat–fundamentally. We, on the other hand, were warning that this phenomenon was a Nazi operation, having been initiated by powerful corporate forces in the second administration of George W. Bush, it had its trigger with the WikiLeaks milieu–itself a far-right, Nazi-linked entity, as we demonstrated in FTR’s 732 and #745. (In addition to the documentation in the original WikiLeaks/Arab Spring series, see the article excerpted below.) Before delving into details, an excellent overview of recent events in Egypt was provided in an English-language blog by a citizen of that tortured country. The contradictions and deadly undercurrents of unfolding events were eloquently summed up by Mahmoud Salem in “Imagine.”
It is now relatively well known that the late Pablo Escobar and the associated Medellin Cartel were heavily involved with the Iran-Contra cocaine traffic of the 1980’s. Press accounts have now surfaced in Italy and the UK about Escobar having banked some of his proceeds with Roberto Calvi’s Banco Ambrosiano. Found murdered in London in late 1982, Calvi was the adviser to the IOR, having succeeded the late Michele Sindona in that regard. (Like Calvi, Sindona was a member of the Licio Gelli’s P-2 Lodge.) Disclosure of the Calvi/Escobar link suggests another link between the Iran-Contra affair and the Stibam arms for drugs ring that heavily overlapped the milieu of the P-2, Vatican Bank and the Banco Ambrosiano.