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NATO’s Secret Army; Basel Professor Reveals NATO’s Inside Story

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Daniele Ganser. © Collage: The Voice of Russia
 

Written by Boris Tumanov and Alexander Artamonov, Voice of Russia

Some time ago, Daniele Ganser wrote a book called “NATO’s Secret Armies”. In it, Mr. Ganser insists that in the mid 20th century, NATO formed secret divisions in Western Europe – a fact which many people don’t know or deny.

Recently, a Russian translation of this book appeared.

In an interview with the Voice of Russia, Professor Ganser spoke about the details of his investigation.

When NATO was formed in the middle of the 20th century, its initial aim was to defend the US and countries of Western Europe from possible attacks of the Soviet Union and other countries with Communist regimes. In response, the Soviet Union and its allies formed a similar military block of their own, called the Warsaw Treaty. Until the collapse of nearly all the world’s Communist regimes, which took place in the late 1980s and the early 1990s, NATO and the Warsaw Treaty were irreconcilable rivals.

However, Mr. Ganser, and some other experts as well, claim that NATO undertook not only official, but also secret steps against the Communist block. One of these steps was the formation of a secret army in the early 1950s. This army was called “Gladio”, which means “sword” in Latin, and is emblem was a salamander.

Here is what Professor Ganser said in an interview with the Voice of Russia.

At first, many of my colleagues didn’t believe me that NATO has ever had a secret army. In fact, for some time, practically nobody in the whole world believed in that. However, in 1990, Italy’s Prime Minister Giulio Andreotticonfirmed that there had been NATO’s secret armies in all NATO’s member countries, and that in Italy, such an army was called “Gladio”. This revelation of Mr. Andreotti came as a shock for many people.

The aim of these secret armies was to resist possible attacks from Communist regimes. However, fortunately, these attacks never happened. There was only an ideological confrontation and a cooling of relations, known as The Cold War. Thus, some people think that these secret armies were left without work, but this is not true. NATO often used them to manipulate the behavior of European politicians, to make them adhere to more anti-Soviet policy.

Some of the countries where these armies secretly manipulated the government policy were France, Belgium, Switzerland, Sweden, Turkey, Italy, Greece, Austria, Spain, Portugal and Finland.

Sometimes, NATO’s secret armies didn’t even stop at committing terror acts,” Professor Ganser continues. “I believe that these armies were behind such terror acts as, say, the explosion it the waiting room of a railway station in Bologna on August 2, 1980, when 85 people were killed and 200 injured. Some time later the same year, another powerful explosion took place during a beer festival in Munich.”

I believe that NATO was involved in these two terror acts and in several similar ones,” Daniele Ganser insists. “NATO integrated its agents into terrorist organizations, and they just had to take part in terror acts, afraid of being disclosed if they refused.”

It seems to be impossible that terrorism in Europe was sometimes inspired by governments,” Professor Ganser says, “but, unfortunately, this is true. I will give another example. In 1985, France intended to hold nuclear tests at an atoll in the Pacific Ocean. Activists from Greenpeace decided to disturb these plans, and they sailed to the atoll in a boat owned by their organization. To get rid from the unwanted interrupters, French secret services committed a terror act against their boat. As a result, one of the activists, a journalist, was killed.

I won’t say that it is really US secret services, and not Bin Laden, who were behind the 9.11 terror act,” Daniele Ganser says. “This would have been a too daring supposition. I believe that the author of this terror act was really Bin Laden, but I also believe that the US secret services knew about his plans but did nothing to stop him. They decided that this terror act might be used as a good pretext for the US to interfere in many affairs in the Middle East, which would have given the US easier access to Middle Eastern oil and gas.

Daniel Ganser’s book “NATO’s Secret Armies” was used as the basis of a documentary filmed by Daniel Amaro. This film has already been shown on TV in Belgium, Switzerland and France. However, if Mr. Amaro’s film was inspired by Professor Ganser’s book, the book itself, in its turn, was inspired by a film – although it was not a documentary, but a feature film. Namely, it was the movie “The Bourne Identity”, directed by Douglas Liman. In this film, a secret organization is depicted, which is called “Treadstone” and which kills high-ranking politicians. Daniel Ganser believes that although the story told in this film is fiction, the mysterious “Treadstone” organization has a real prototype – the secret armies of NATO.

Professor Daniele Ganser from the Basel University, Switzerland specializes in international relations after WWII.

Boris Tumanov and Alexander Artamonov are the author and presenter at the Voice of Russia, Russia’s first internationally broadcasted Radio. On air since 1929.

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There is no question about the effectiveness of employee training and development. It’s incredibly important to help your staff advance their skills and knowledge to help grow a business, but the impact of employee learning has often been understated and even neglected. However, companies are now suggesting that employee training and development is one of the biggest megatrends that have completely transformed the future of work. It has overhauled how businesses should be developing and engaging with employees, and it’s leading to an incredibly diverse and talented workforce that is capable of wonderful new things.

Part of the problem of employee training and development is that it’s difficult to measure its impact on the workplace. Employee performance often isn’t a quantitative measurement that is easy to read and link to their output. This is one of the reasons why the effectiveness of employee training and development has been questioned by management experts.

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It does not matter how old you are, where you live, or what your occupation is, your health should always be a top priority. However, most of us are a little bit guilty of letting our well-being slide from time to time. With that being said, read on to discover some of the simple ways you can give your health a boost today.

  1. Get rid of at least one item in your life that contains toxic chemicals – You may be shocked by just how many items in your life contain toxic chemicals. This includes everything from air fresheners to bed sheets. Get rid of one of these items and replace it with something natural instead. This is something you should make a habit to do every few months or so. You will be surprised by just how much of a difference this can make. 
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  3. Drink more water – You probably expected this to be on the list, but the importance of drinking more water should never be ignored. Your body needs water for almost every function. If you are dehydrated, this could be the cause of headaches, pains, aches, and a number of other symptoms.
  4. Have one veggie night per week – A lot of people eat far too much meat, red meat especially. So, why not have a veggie night once a week? Not only is this good for your health, but it will be good for your bank balance too. There are so many great recipes online that can give you ideas regarding tasty and creative dishes that do not incorporate any sort of meat or fish. Once you start off with one night per week, you may then decide that you want to up it to two nights, and so on. However, it always helps to start off small so that it is easier and more manageable, and you can then get used to it.
  5. Sign up for an online pharmacy – Nowadays, you can easily order your prescriptions and medications over the Internet via an online pharmacy. This can help you to boost your health because it ensures you never experience delays with your medication. If you are someone who often doesn’t take their recommended course of tablets because you cannot get to the doctors in time for a repeat prescription, then this is definitely a good suggestion for you. Your medication will be delivered to your door with a click of a button.
  6. Make a dedicated effort to lower your stress levels – There is no denying that we live in a very stress-filled world at the moment! The world we live in is one that has heaps of pressure, and it can be difficult to stay on top of everything and keep those stress levels low. However, it is vital that you find a way to do so. After all, if you don’t adrenal fatigue and health can start to take a tumble, which is the last thing you want. For those who are unaware, adrenal fatigue relates to a group of different symptoms that impact people who are under a lot of physical, emotional, or mental stress. From being a single parent to having a stressful job, there are a lot of different reasons why you may be struggling. Therefore, we recommend that you look for different ways to reduce those stress levels so that you can enjoy a more calming and peaceful life. Whether it is doing some breathing techniques or taking more regular breaks so you can have moments for yourself, there are a lot of different ways that you can make sure you are keeping your stress levels to a minimum. The importance of this should not be overlooked, as stress can impact our mental and physical health in so many different ways. 
  7. Do something nice for someone every day – You will be surprised by how good this makes you feel, and by how much this has a positive impact on your health. It’s all about mental well being. When you do something nice for another person, you are benefitting their health, as well as your own. First and foremost, there is no denying that it feels good to hear some nice words for someone or to get a helping hand when you need it. You feel recognised and appreciated, and this is something we all need. At the same time, doing something nice for someone else and seeing their reaction can make you feel amazing too. After all, doing something good for someone is a gift for yourself at the same time. You will find that the deed continues throughout the day, making you feel great and happy within yourself. 
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Easier To Secure Finance

All businesses will need finance. Unless you can fund your business yourself, you’ll need to secure financing from investors. Most lenders will be more willing to lend money to an established business that they can already see is doing well, rather than risk an unknown factor. 

Income From Day One

One of the downsides of starting a business is that most start-ups will go through an early stage where they don’t make much, if any, money. For some entrepreneurs, this stage can last for several years. 

During this stage, you will need to pay out for things like your premises, as well as equipment, installation of equipment, stock, materials, fixtures and fittings, legal and professional fees, a license, uniforms, and more. 

If you don’t have finance in place or another form of income, this stage can be very tough for a new business owner. If you buy a business, you can start earning from day one, and avoid this tricky period where you might be out of pocket.  

Established Brand

When you buy a business that already exists, you are also buying into a brand that is already known, recognizable, and has a track record. You get the business complete with all the trademarks, copyrights, and websites associated with it, as well as the business locations

This means that your business will already have customers, lenders, suppliers, and other contacts that are confident in the business already. 

Instant Customer Access

An existing business also has customers already, which can help you succeed straight away. You can use a range of strategies and marketing to build on the existing customer base, but won’t have to struggle to build a customer base from scratch. 

Established Network Of Contacts

When you start a business from scratch, a lot of your time and energy has to be put into building up a network of contacts. 

All businesses need to have supplier and marketing contacts, so buying an existing business that already has those contacts in place allows you to hit the ground running.

Like money lenders, suppliers and marketing companies are more likely to offer you more favourable terms if your business has been around for a while and they know it.  

Focus On Growing The Business

When an entrepreneur starts a new business, they will have to put a lot of their energy into getting their business off the ground. This takes a lot of time and can be very tiring. 

On the other hand, when you take over a business that is already established, you’ll be freer to focus on the areas of the business that most need your attention, aiding the growth of the business as a whole. 

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