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Nothing is what it seems. Possible USA State Dept., US Treasury Dept and the notorious CIA are
also involved in the conspiracy.

With the United States, anything goes when US interests are threatened.


IMF chief Strauss-Kahn caught in "Honey Trap"

by Mike Whitney

Global Research,
May 16, 2011

I have no way of knowing whether the 32-year-old maid who claims she was attacked and forced to perform oral sex
on IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, is telling the truth or not. I'll leave that to the braying hounds in the media who
have already assumed the role of judge, jury and Lord High Executioner. But I will say, the whole matter smells rather
fishy, just like the Eliot Spitzer story smelled fishy. Spitzer, you may recall, was Wall Street's biggest adversary and a
likely candidate to head the SEC, a position at which he would have excelled. In fact, there's no doubt in my mind that
if Spitzer had been appointed to lead the SEC, most of the top investment bankers on Wall Street would presently be
making license plates and rope-soled shoes at the federal penitentiary. So, there was plenty of reason to shadow
Spitzer's every move and see what bit of dirt could be dug up on him. As it turns out, the ex-Governor of New York made
it easy for his enemies by engaging a high-priced hooker named Ashley Dupre for sex at the Mayflower Hotel. When the
news broke, the media descended on Spitzer like a swarm of locusts poring over every salacious detail with the ebullient
fervor of a randy 6th-grader. Meanwhile, the crooks on Wall Street were able to breathe a sigh of relief and get back to
doing what they do best; fleecing investors and cheating people out of the life savings.

Strauss-Kahn had enemies in high places, too, which is why this whole matter stinks to high-Heaven. First of all, Strauss-Kahn
was the likely candidate of the French Socialist Party who would have faced Sarkozy in the upcoming presidential elections.
The IMF chief clearly had a leg-up on Sarkozy who has been battered by a number of personal scandals and plunging approval ratings.

But if Strauss-Kahn was set up, then it was probably by members of the western bank coalition, that shadowy group of self-serving
swine whose policies have kept the greater body of humanity in varying state of poverty and desperation for the last two centuries.
Strauss-Kahn had recently broke-free from the "party line" and was changing the direction of the IMF. His road to Damascus
conversion was championed by progressive economist Joesph Stiglitz in a recent article titled "The IMF's Switch in Time". Here's
an excerpt:

"The annual spring meeting of the International Monetary Fund was notable in marking the Fund’s effort to distance itself from its
own long-standing tenets on capital controls and labor-market flexibility. It appears that a new IMF has gradually, and cautiously,
emerged under the leadership of Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

Slightly more than 13 years earlier, at the IMF’s Hong Kong meeting in 1997, the Fund had attempted to amend its charter in order
to gain more leeway to push countries towards capital-market liberalization. The timing could not have been worse: the East Asia
crisis was just brewing – a crisis that was largely the result of capital-market liberalization in a region that, given its high savings
rate, had no need for it.

That push had been advocated by Western financial markets – and the Western finance ministries that serve them so loyally.
Financial deregulation in the United States was a prime cause of the global crisis that erupted in 2008, and financial and
capital-market liberalization elsewhere helped spread that “made in the USA” trauma around the world....The crisis showed
that free and unfettered markets are neither efficient nor stable." ("The IMF's Switch in Time", Joseph Stiglitz, Project Syndicate)

So, Strauss-Kahn was trying to move the bank in a more positive direction, a direction that didn't require that countries leave
their economies open to the ravages of foreign capital that moves in swiftly--pushing up prices and creating bubbles--and
departs just as fast, leaving behind the scourge of high unemployment, plunging demand, hobbled industries, and deep recession.

Strauss-Kahn had set out on a "kinder and gentler" path, one that would not force foreign leaders to privatize their state-owned
industries or crush their labor unions. Naturally, his actions were not warmly received by the bankers and corporatists who
look to the IMF to provide legitimacy to their ongoing plunder of the rest of the world. These are the people who think that the
current policies are "just fine" because they produce the results they're looking for, which is bigger profits for themselves
and deeper poverty for everyone else.

Here's Stiglitz again, this time imparting the "kiss of death" to his friend Strauss-Kahn:

"Strauss-Kahn is proving himself a sagacious leader of the IMF.... As Strauss-Kahn concluded in his speech to the Brookings
Institution shortly before the Fund’s recent meeting: “Ultimately, employment and equity are building blocks of economic
stability and prosperity, of political stability and peace. This goes to the heart of the IMF’s mandate. It must be placed at the
heart of the policy agenda.”

Right. So, now the IMF is going to be an agent for the redistribution of wealth.... (for) "strengthening collective bargaining,
restructuring mortgages, restructuring tax and spending policies to stimulate the economy now through long-term
investments, and implementing social policies that ensure opportunity for all"? (according to Stiglitz)

Good luck with that.

Can you imagine how much this kind of talk pisses off the Big Money guys? How long do you think they'd put up with this
claptrap before they decided that Strauss-Kahn needed to take a permanent vacation?

Not long, I'd wager.

Check this out from World Campaign and judge for yourself whether Strauss-Kahn had become a "liability" that had to be
eliminated so the business of extracting wealth from the poorest people on earth could continue apace:

"For decades, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has been associated among anti-poverty, hunger and development
activists as the poster child of everything wrong with the rich world's fiscal management of the rest of the world, particularly
of poor nations, with its seemingly one-dimensional focus on belt-tightening fiscal policies as the price of its loans, and a
trickle-down economic philosophy that has helped traditional wealthy elites maintain the status quo while the majority
stayed poor and powerless. With a world increasingly in revolution because of such realities, and after the global financial
crisis in the wake of regulatory and other policies that had worked after the Great Depression being largely abandoned,
IMF managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn has made nothing less than stunning observations about how the IMF
and the world need to change policies.

In an article today in the Washington Post, Howard Schneider writes that after the 2008 crash led toward regulation again of
financial companies and government involvement in the economy, for Strauss-Khan "the job is only half done, as he has
been leading the fund through a fundamental rethinking of its economic theory. In recent remarks, he has provided a
broad summary of the conclusions: State regulation of markets needs to be more extensive; global policies need to create
a more even distribution of income; central banks need to do more to prevent lending and asset prices from expanding
too fast. 'The pendulum will swing from the market to the state,' Strauss-Kahn said in an address at George Washington
University last week. 'Globalization has delivered a lot . . . but it also has a dark side, a large and growing chasm between
the rich and the poor. Clearly we need a new form of globalization' to prevent the 'invisible hand' of loosely regulated markets
from becoming 'an invisible fist.'" ( )

Repeat: "...a fundamental rethinking of economic theory".... (a greater) "distribution of income"...(more) "regulation of financial
companies", "central banks need to do more to prevent lending and asset prices from expanding too fast".

Are you kidding me? Read that passage again and I think you'll agree with me that Strauss-Kahn had signed his own death warrant.

There's not going to be any revolution at the IMF. That's baloney. The institution was created with the clear intention of ripping
people off and it's done an impressive job in that regard. There's not going to be any change of policy either. Why would
there be? Have the bankers and corporate bilge-rats suddenly grown a conscience and decided to lend a helping hand
to long-suffering humanity? Get real.

Strauss-Kahn broke ranks and ventured into no man's land. That's why he was set up and then crushed like a bug.

(Note: Strauss-Kahn has been replaced by the IMF's number 2 guy, John Lipsky, former Vice Chairman of the
JPMorgan Investment Bank. How's that for "change you can believe in"?)

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IMF chief 'feared political opponent would pay a woman

IMF chief 'feared political opponent would pay a woman more than $1m to allege rape'

By Peter Allen
16th May 2011

Dominique Strauss-Kahn feared that one of his political opponents would pay a woman more than $1million to say he raped her, it emerged today.

The extraordinary revelation emerged in Paris as the International Monetary Fund head remained in a New York police cell accused of launching a sex attack on a hotel maid.

A writer in the French capital has also come forward to say that the 62-year-old attempted to rape her a decade ago.

But as Strauss-Kahn faced a 15-year prison sentence - which would signify the end of his ambition to become French president next year - conspiracy theories abounded.

Liberation, the left-wing daily newspaper, published details on off-the-record comments made by Strauss-Kahn as recently as April 28th.

Discussing his plans to challenge Nicolas Sarkozy as Socialist candidate for the presidency in 2012, he said he imagined ‘a woman who had been raped in a car park and who was offered between ?500,000 and ?1,000,000 to make up such a story.’

Because he was the clear favourite to beat Mr Sarkozy, Strauss-Kahn feared he would be subjected to a smear campaign by the President and his Interior Minister, Glaude Gueant.

Such theories were bolstered by the fact that the first person to break the news of Strauss-Kahn’s arrest was an activist in Mr Sarkozy’s UMP party – who apparently knew about the scandal before it happened.  

Jonathan Pinet, a politics student, tweeted the news just before the New York Police Department made it public, although he said that he simply had a ‘friend’ working at the Sofitel where the attack was said to have happened.  

The first person to re-tweet Mr Pinet was Arnaud Dassier, a spin doctor who had previously publicised details of multi-millionaire Strauss-Kahn’s luxurious lifestyle in a bid to dent his left wing credentials.

Strauss-Kahn could just as easily been set up by rivals inside the IMF, as well as by rivals within the French political establishment.

Michelle Sabban, a senior councillor for the greater Paris region and a Strauss-Kahn loyalist said: ‘I am convinced it is an international conspiracy.’

She added: ‘It's the IMF they wanted to decapitate, not so much the Socialist primary candidate.

‘It's not like him. Everyone knows that his weakness is seduction, women. That's how they got him.’

Even some of Strauss-Kahn’s rivals said they could not believe the news. ‘It is totally hallucinatory,’ said centrist Dominique Paille.

‘If it is true, this would be a historic moment, but in the negative sense, for French political life. I hope that everyone respects the presumption of innocence. I cannot manage to believe this affair.’

And Henri de Raincourt, minister for overseas co-operation in President Nicolas Sarkozy's government, added: ‘We cannot rule out the thought of a trap.’

Referring to recent allegations that Strauss-Kahn was chauffered around Paris in a Porsche and wore 20,000 plus suits, Mr De Raincourt added: ‘I note that this has happened just after the affair of the car and the suit in a short space of time.

‘I am not ruling anything out. If this turns out to have been a trap, let me tell you that it would not be to the credit of those who set it.’

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Editorial: Victim blaming a vicious cycle

By The Spectator Staff

On Saturday, International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was arrested and escorted off a Paris-bound flight by NYPD at New York's JFK airport. Strauss-Kahn was arrested after allegedly raping a 32-year-old maid at a luxury Manhattan hotel.

The international media storm that ensued was chock-full of victim blaming and mud slinging that usually follows high profile rape investigations. When Kobe Bryant was accused of rape, the victim was promiscuous and therefore deserving, and when three members of the Duke lacrosse team were accused raping a female exotic dancer her life of work automatically damaged her credibility long before she was found to have filed false charges.

Ben Stein, conservative economist and TV personality, felt it appropriate to weigh in on the subject saying, "He's a short, fat, old man. How did he intimidate her in that situation? And if he was so intimidating, why did she immediately feel un-intimidated enough to alert the authorities as to her story?"

Stein takes it a step further by not only blaming the victim for being intimidated to the point of getting raped but also for alerting the authorities afterwards. Essentially saying that, in the world of sexual assault, you can't win for losing.

And yet, we as a society still sit content to scratch our heads over sexual assault statistics like 60 percent of assaults go unreported and only 15 out of 16 rapes walk free, according to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network. Blaming the victim is the easy way out of a complex situation, and allows the public en masse to justify things that can't themselves explain. If she deserved it slightly then it makes the act less horrible, right? We have to stop asking "Why did or didn't she ?" and start asking how we can stop this. Rape is a universal truth that requires a universal address.

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Inept "Defense" Against Devout Muslim Alleged Victim

Demonizing the African alleged rape and sexual assault victim of IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, as his friends and aides are doing, could backfire and cause the Frenchman to serve even longer time should he be tried and convicted.

Strauss-Kahn's lawyer Benjamin Brafman contends that the forensic evidence won't show that there was "forcible" action.
Translation: Since there are no scratch marks on Strauss-Kahn's body, he could not have committed rape. So, if there was sex, it must have been consensual.

Of course the implication here is that a "mere" African woman, a "mere" hotel room cleaner, a "mere" Muslim, who had never met this White man, Strauss-Kahn, would be so enamored by his power, his European-ness, his wealth and elevated social status --certainly it could not have been his looks judging by photographs-- that she would throw herself at Strauss-Kahn in order to be sodomized.

She would also allow herself to be groped and, she would, consent to perform oral sex on this great wealthy French "Bwana" whom she had only just met a few minutes earlier.

It's akin to the Stockholm Syndrome; perhaps the Colonial Dependency Syndrome?

While racism is still strong in the United States as it is elsewhere, it would take extremely perverted minds to go along with the perverted defense being tested by Strauss-Kahn and Brafman. Strauss-Khan is better off employing an insanity defense.

Then there's today's front-page report in The New York Post, "Hotel Maid In HIV Shock" that the alleged victim "lives in a Bronx apartment rented exclusively for adults with HIV or AIDS." Although the newspaper then relates that it was "not able to ascertain whether the maid, 32, has HIV/AIDS because of confidentiality laws," The Post has already done the intended "damage."

If the newspaper had any respect for the alleged victim's "confidentiality" then why even print the story, especially when it could not confirm her status?

Meanwhile, in France, where people drink a lot of wine, Strauss-Kahn's followers see hidden forces behind the alleged sexual assault and rape. According to a report on the BBC, "An opinion poll for RMC radio, BDM television and the 20Minutes website found 57% of those who replied believed Mr Strauss-Kahn was the victim of a conspiracy."

A conspiracy that was able to plan for a total stranger, an African woman who had been working in the hotel for years, to walk in and willingly offer herself up to be ravished by the aged French Lothario, who, moreover, had no control over where his genitalia guided him.

Even the French "philosopher" Bernard-Henri Levy, a friend of Strauss-Kahn, and fresh from helping to launch a destructive war on Libya, believes the "conspiracy" approach, writing on his blog. "Nothing in the world can authorize the way this man has been thrown to the dogs..." as if he knows the details of what happened in the hotel room. What he's suggesting is that even if everything the alleged victim says is true, Strauss-Khan should not have suffered the indignity of being arrested for allegedly raping a "mere" African woman hotel room cleaner.

Henry Levy also writes, as quoted on the BBC's website: "I do not know... how a chambermaid could enter on her own the room of one of the most watched people on the planet, against the normal practice in most big New York hotels, which provide for 'cleaning brigades' of at least two people."

Strauss-Khan may be regarded as a "special" human being entitled to the "Strauss-Kahn exception" in the world inhabited by people like Henri Levy. Here in the United States, here in New York City, the minute Strauss-Khan was accused of the serious crime, he was, thankfully, not treated by police as some sort of royalty.

Strauss-Kahn was, appropriately, treated like the alleged perp that he had become.

Score one for the United States.

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And if he was so intimidating, why did she immediately feel un-intimidated enough to alert the authorities as to her story?"

Good point, maybe he wouldn't pay her enough.

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