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Saturday, September 3, 2016

PROPHETIC WORDS







There is is no more delicate matter to take in hand, nor more dangerous to conduct, nor more doubtful in its success, than to be a leader in the introduction of changes.

For he who innovates will have for enemies all those who are well off under the old order of things, and only lukewarm supporters in those who might be better off under the new.


-- Niccolo Machiavelli

    The Prince, 1532



Thursday, July 14, 2016

ISLAMIC FANATICS IN & AROUND MONACO (AND VERY NEAR NICE, FRANCE)







In early December 2006, the Monaco Intelligence Service delivered a report to Prince Albert of Monaco on the identities of fanatical Moslems in and around the Principality of Monaco.

Most of these Islamic extremists were in France, within striking distance of Monaco.

We were concerned that many such fanatical Moslems had taken jobs centering on Monaco's Port Hercules.

Our report was compiled partly from Monaco police files and partly from intelligence provided to us by the foreign intelligence services with which we liaised.

Monaco Police Captain Yves Subraud, who investigated Islamic extremism in and around Monaco, estimated that 30 percent of the Moslems in Cap d'Ail and Beausoleil, on opposite ends of Monaco, were fanatics.

The French converts, he added, were more fanatical than ethnic Arabs.

"I don't know where my reports go," Subraud told me.  "No action is ever taken."


Thursday, July 7, 2016

PHILIP GREEN: EXCERPTED FROM "THE SPYMASTER OF MONTE CARLO"


    Albertitis
    Philip Green:  Brown face, brown nose



October 2003

On October 1st, the Prince phoned to confirm a meeting two weeks later and invited me to join him at the World Music Awards in Monte Carlo.

This allowed me to observe the social dynamics of a modern royal court.  

I once told the Prince that he resides in the eye of a hurricane, with social climbers, hangers-on and brown-noses forever swirling around, trying to jostle one another out of position in an on-going contest of Who can be nearest the Prince.  

All the usual suspects had tables in sectioned zones adjacent to the Prince’s own in the center, including British billionaire Philip Green, Irish packaging tycoon Michael Smurfit, and Omar Masoud, the Libyan vice-president of Tamoil.  

Not content with his placement, Green actually left his table and postured himself in the Prince’s section, standing, gazing around, to ensure his proximity to the Prince was recognized by others—a condition known among insiders as Albertitis.


The next day at noon the Prince and I met in Hotel Columbus for fifty minutes during which I updated him on various matters.  

Samy Maroun, the Prince told me, was still trying to put him together with Patric Maugein, saying things like, “He is close to Chirac” and “he has ideas for better business in Monaco.”   

The Prince rebuffed him.  The system, I felt confident, was working.  

“By the way?” I asked.  “What was Philip Green doing in your section at the music awards?”


“Yeah, I know,” replied the Prince, a look of utter disgust on his face.



The Spymaster of Monte Carlo

is available as a free download...




Thursday, June 16, 2016

ROYAL FLUKES






Reading Edward VIII:  The Uncrowned King by Piers Brendon, I am amazed by the similarity between the Duke of Windsor and Prince Albert II of Monaco.

This paragraph says it all:

"Edward lacked moral and mental faculties to set against his 'exceptionally strong primitive passions.'  Moreover he had no aesthetic or spiritual capacities.  Like the child in the fairy story, he was 'given everything in the world, but they forgot the soul.'" 


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

SIR SHIFTY IN THE HOT SEAT





'You talkin' to me?' 


Internet goes into overdrive with hilarious memes after Sir Philip Green tells MP to stop staring at him


  • Sir Philip Green accused MP Richard Fuller of 'staring' in bizarre outburst
  • The billionaire claimed the Tory representative's look was 'disturbing' 
  • Odd exchange sparked a string of hilarious memes across social media 
  • Businessman today faces angry MPs in inquiry over the collapse of BHS 


We at the Monaco Intelligence Service knew that Sir Shifty never should have received a knighthood.

At the time (June 2006), this pension thief was under investigation by UK authorities for insider trading.

We know this because the Brits asked MIS to assist with their investigation. (The insider trading of the UK stock market was believed to have its roots in Monaco.)

Either it was a case of the left hand not knowing what the right was doing, or Tony Blair was running a corrupt Honors system.


So much of what we knew ten years ago is finally coming to light, which seems to be the ratio (ten years) between what intelligence services know and when journalists start reporting it.



Sunday, June 12, 2016

PHILIP GREEN: "SIR SHIFTY"







We at the Monaco Intelligence Service knew that Sir Shifty never should have received a knighthood.

At the time (June 2006), this pension thief was under investigation by UK authorities for insider trading.

We know this because the Brits asked MIS to assist with their investigation.  (The insider trading of the UK stock market was believed to have its roots in Monaco.)

Either it was a case of the left hand not knowing what the right was doing, or Tony Blair was running a corrupt Honors system.


So much of what we knew ten years ago is finally coming to light, which seems to be the ratio (ten years) between what intelligence services know and when journalists start reporting it.