Boris Johnson arrests even princess for environmentalism


Princess Esmeralda, youngest daughter of Belgian King Leopold III, photo by news photo

Often, famous actors and royal family members are allowed to get away with things for which authorities punish common people harshly.

Not any more always so in Saudi Arabia. Where, on the one hand, Saudi authorities don’t punish Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman‘s sister for violence against a plumber, while French authorities also give that princess just a slap on the wrist. But where on the other hand king’s daughters are jailed and tortured for advocating women’s rights.

Not any more always so in the USA of climate denialist President Trump. 81-year-old actress Jane Fonda was arrested for opposing global warming.

Also, not any more always so in the Britain of Conservative Trump stooge Boris Johnson. Where they arrest a 63-year-old princess for opposing global warming.

Translated from Belgian daily De Standaard, 11 October 2019:

The Belgian princess Esmeralda (63), the half-sister of King Albert and King Baudouin, was arrested in London during a demonstration for the climate. The princess had joined the Extinction Rebellion protest movement.

Esmeralda has confirmed the news on her Twitter account.

Together with other demonstrators, she was arrested in a protest action at Trafalgar Square. She was released again on Friday morning. She announced this by releasing her release paper.

Esmeralda is the daughter of King Leopold III and his second wife Liliane Baels. She is therefore a half-sister of King Albert. The princess was already committed to the climate and had conversations with Anuna De Wever, Kyra Gantois and Greta Thunberg.

The Belgian branch of Extinction Rebellion now fervently hopes that the princess will also show up for their action. That might cause a striking family moment.

As other Belgian royals don’t all have a good record on the environment. Eg, hunting of elephants and deer by the king of Belgium.

After all, climate activists want to occupy the gardens in front of the Royal Palace of Brussels on Saturday. “We will call on the king to come out of his palace and declare a state of emergency for the climate“, said the activists.

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Epstein survivor accuses Prince Andrew of abuse


This 20 September 2019 United States TV video says about itself:

Jeffrey Epstein Accusers Detail Abuse In NBC News Exclusive | TODAY

In an NBC News exclusive, Savannah Guthrie sits down with six women who have leveled sexual assault allegations against disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, who died … in August. In her first TV interview, Virginia Roberts Giuffre details how Epstein directed her to have sex with other powerful men, including Britain’s Prince Andrew.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Epstein victim accuses Prince Andrew of abuse

A US American woman says she was abused as a teenager by the British prince Andrew. Virginia Giuffre says that as a sex slave to Jeffrey Epstein, she also had to have sex with Queen Elizabeth’s son. …

In an interview with NBC, Giuffre describes how an Epstein employee arranged the meeting. “Today you are going to meet a prince”, this Ghislaine Maxwell is said to have said to the 17-year-old girl. Maxwell is said to have played an important role in the Epstein crimes.

According to Giuffre, she visited a club in London where she danced with the prince and got alcohol in the VIP room. “When I left the club with Ghislaine and Jeffrey, Ghislaine said in the car: “He’s coming back to the house. And I want you to do for him (Prince Andrew) what you do for Epstein.” I couldn’t believe it.”

Giuffre’s comments were omitted in 2015 from a United States lawsuit against Epstein. …

Shortly after Epstein’s death, Andrew personally announced that he had made a mistake by continuing to visit Epstein after his conviction for abuse in 2008. He immediately emphasized that he had supposedly never witnessed suspicious behaviour.

‘Prince Andrew, stop lying on abuse’, survivor says


This 28 August 2019 video from British daily The Guardian says about itself:

Prince Andrew needs to ‘come clean about it’ says Epstein accuser

Lawyers representing several women who say they were sexually abused by Jeffrey Epstein have urged the UK’s Prince Andrew to come forward and answer questions, following claims of sexual misconduct against the British royal. Prince Andrew has strongly denied the allegations.

Virginia Giuffre said she was a 15-year-old working at US President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club when she was recruited to perform sex acts on Epstein. Giuffre has separately claimed that she had sex with a list of other prominent men, including Prince Andrew. ‘He knows exactly what he’s done and I hope he comes clean about it,’ Giuffre said of Prince Andrew.

Read more here.

EPSTEIN ACCUSER: PRINCE KNOWS EXACTLY WHAT HE’S DONE Virginia Giuffre, one of several women who have accused the late financier Jeffrey Epstein of sex crimes, renewed allegations of wrongdoing against Britain’s Prince Andrew on Tuesday, saying he “knows exactly what he’s done.” [CNN]

At least one of the security cameras in the hallway outside the cell of Jeffrey Epstein at the Metropolitan Correction Center in New York City “had footage that is unusable” for investigative purposes, according to a report in the Washington Post: here.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is examining two prison video cameras that reportedly malfunctioned outside the cell of multimillionaire sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein during the time of his death, according to a report published by Reuters late Wednesday. The report said that the two cameras “were within view of the Manhattan jail cell where he was found dead August 10” and had been sent to the FBI’s forensic crime lab in Quantico, Virginia: here.

HOW A RING OF WOMEN ‘RECRUITED GIRLS FOR EPSTEIN’ After child sex predator Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide in early August, federal authorities have refocused their investigation on the more than half-dozen employees, girlfriends and associates whom prosecutors say he relied on to feed his insatiable appetite for girls. [New York Times]

Pedophilia billionaire Epstein’s death and corporate media


This 19 August 2019 CBS TV video from the USA says about itself:

Buckingham Palace responds after video shows Prince Andrew in Epstein mansion

Britain’s Prince Andrew is responding to sexual abuse allegations against Jeffrey Epstein for the first time since Epstein hanged himself in jail.

Dear CBS: did Epstein really hang himself, without any ‘help’? That is still unresolved.

The video of Prince Andrew in the Epstein mansion is said to be from 2010; so, after Epstein had been convicted for sexual trafficking, and had been freed after a suspiciously short prison sentence.

According to Belgian daily Het Laatste Nieuws today, Prince Andrew’s behaviour in this is suspect; as, they say, he has fled to Spain.

By Patrick Martin in the USA:

American media shuts down the Epstein story

19 August 2019

The corporate-controlled media in the United States has effectively shut down all reporting on the death of the politically connected multi-millionaire sex-trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, only one week after his body was discovered in a prison cell in the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan.

Epstein’s death was the most widely reported American event in the first few days of the week, with hours of coverage on cable television, the lead story on nightly network news programs, and pages upon pages of reporting in the New York Times, Washington Post and other leading daily newspapers.

There was ample reason for such attention, particularly by the standards of the sensation-obsessed American media. Epstein was, at least by reputation, both fabulously wealthy and dangerously predatory. He travelled in the highest circles of bourgeois society, hobnobbing with ex-presidents, future presidents, British royalty and numerous billionaires, some of whom he claimed to have enriched enormously.

And his crimes against teenage girls and young women had already resulted in a 2008 felony conviction that led to a slap on the wrist in jail time, in keeping with his status as a member of the class of super-rich “money managers”. Only hours before his death, moreover, 2,000 pages of new documents were released linking many prominent world figures, including Prince Andrew and several top Democrats, to Epstein’s sex-trafficking activities.

As to the death itself, that was sensational as well, with questions aplenty: How did it happen that after an alleged suicide attempt on July 23 Epstein was taken off suicide watch only six days later and returned to the cell where he died? Why was his cellmate removed, in violation of the normal protocol for a high-risk prisoner, only a few hours before his death? Why did the guards fail to do their rounds during the night of Epstein’s death, when they should have been checking on him every half an hour? Why was Epstein’s hyoid bone broken in several places, a medical finding more typical of homicide by strangulation than suicide by hanging, according to numerous experts?

The previous “suicide” attempt, if that was what it was, deserves greater scrutiny as well. Epstein was sharing a cell with a former New York policeman, Nicholas Tartaglione, who was facing four counts of murder as well as narcotics charges. The pairing would seem quite unusual, even provocative, given the disparity between the two in physical size and the likelihood that a former cop might be inclined to mete out punishment to a presumed pedophile and child rapist.

As it was, on July 23 Tartaglione summoned prison guards to find Epstein semi-conscious with “marks” on his neck. Epstein was resuscitated and placed on suicide watch. He later claimed to be afraid of Tartaglione and accused him of assault, which the ex-cop denied. After six days, Epstein was taken off suicide watch and put back in a regular cell, but with a different cellmate.

After Epstein’s death, social media was filled with speculation about the unusual circumstances in which he died and the possible motives of highly placed and political powerful individuals for doing away with him. The corporate media went into overdrive, led by the New York Times, to denounce such questions as “conspiracy theories”, without foundation in evidence—although the lack of evidence was due to the silence of the police and prison authorities as they sought to come up with a plausible explanation.

On Thursday came the revelation that Epstein’s hyoid bone had been broken in several places, which experts suggested was more typical in homicides than suicides. The Times again sought to tamp down speculation. Finally, on Friday, the chief medical examiner, who had delayed for several days drawing a conclusion, issued a formal finding that Epstein died a suicide. The corporate media immediately rubber-stamped this finding and sought to shut down any public questioning of it.

This was done so thoroughly that on Sunday, August 18, there was not a single reference to Epstein’s death on any of the five television interview programs. Over five hours of broadcast time, accounting, according to the transcripts, for 45,000 spoken words, the name Epstein was never mentioned.

This media silence is itself perhaps the most suspicious development in the entire Epstein case. Why was there no reference to the story which riveted public attention for several days last week? It had occasioned tweets by President Trump accusing various Democrats of collusion in his death, and statements by Democrats, such as New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, a candidate for president, that the timing of Epstein’s death was “too convenient”.

If this had become a non-story only eight days after Epstein’s lifeless body was found, the question must be asked: what is the American media seeking to hide?

Again, the New York Times has taken the lead in the cover-up. It published a lengthy front-page story in its Sunday edition under the headline, “Epstein Feared Misery of Jail in His Final Days”, which has only one purpose: further shoring up the suicide verdict by painting a picture of Epstein as so desperate to avoid spending time in his cell that he brought his lawyers in for hours of consultation where he could sit in a conference room.

The circumstances detailed by no less than seven reporters can be read quite differently from the conclusion drawn in the article. Perhaps Epstein was desperate to avoid his cell because he feared what was going to happen to him there. After all, he had barely escaped with his life on July 23.

Moreover, the Times reports: “Outside the meeting room, Mr. Epstein mounted a strategy to avoid being preyed upon by other inmates: He deposited money in their commissary accounts, according to a consultant who is often in the jail and speaks regularly with inmates there.” This again suggests fear on Epstein’s part of what others might do to him in prison.

Epstein’s own lawyers have indicated they do not accept the finding of suicide. “The defense team fully intends to conduct its own independent and complete investigation into the circumstances and cause of Mr. Epstein’s death,” they said in a statement. “We are not satisfied with the conclusions of the medical examiner.”

There are also reports that some jail staff members are not cooperating with the ongoing investigation into Epstein’s death.

Bill Clinton, right, shaking hands with Donald Trump at Trump Tower in 1999

This photo shows Bill Clinton, right, shaking hands with Donald Trump at Trump Tower in 1999.

Saudi princess accused of beating French workman


This 10 July 2019 video says about itself:

Saudi crown prince’s sister on trial in France over ‘beating’ of workman

Saudi Princess Hassa bint Salman is on trial in absentia in France over the alleged beating of a workman who was carrying out repairs in her luxury Paris apartment.

See also here. And here. And here.