Thursday, January 31, 2008

Paranoia Update

Watch This Then DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT



UPDATE - If the video is down, here is the text -

Exodus 20:15
Thou shalt not steal.

Steal - to take the property of another wrongfully and especially as a habitual or regular practice.
(Webster’s Dictionary)

The IRS steals from Americans to profit private bankers…
100% of the money collected by the IRS goes to pay interest to banks…
For money that they never loaned, a non-existent debt.

“It is well that the people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.”
- Henry Ford -

“We have, in this country, one of the most corrupt institutions the world has ever known. I refer to the Federal Reserve Board. This evil institution has impoverished the people of the United States…..
And has practically bankrupted our government. It has done this through the corrupt practices of the moneyed vultures who control it”.
- Congressman Louis T. McFadden -

“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. Already, they have raised up a monied aristocracy that has set the government at defiance. The issuing power (of money) should be taken away from the banks and restored to the people to whom it properly belongs.”
- Thomas Jefferson, U.S. President -


“History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling money and it’s issuance”.
- James Madison -

“Most Americans have no real understanding of the operation of the international money lenders. The accounts of the Federal Reserve System have never been audited. It operates outside the control of Congress and manipulates the credit of the United States.”
- Sen. Barry Goldwater (Rep. AZ.)

If, as it appears, the experiment that was called “America” is at an end…. Then, perhaps a fitting epitaph would be……

“here lies America…the greatest nation that might have been had it not been for the Edomite bankers who first stole their money, used their stolen money to buy their politicians and press, and lastly, deprived them of their constitutional freedom by the most evil device yet created - - - The Federal Reserve Banking System”
- G.D. McDaniel -

What we propose is….

A one day, national (International) strike, to make everyone aware of the numbers of people who are aware of this deceit
The Strike to Abolish the Federal Reserve
To be held on Tax Day (theft day USA)
April 15, 2008

WHEREAS:
The Federal Reserve is an illegal corporation that operates for profit and is NOT part of the federal government of the United States of America.

WHEREAS:
The Federal Reserve has stolen Trillions of Dollars fro the citizens of the United States, without even having the Constitutional authority to exist.

WHEREAS:
The New World Order could not continue its march to destroy America and its freedoms without the help of the Federal Reserve stockholders.

WHEREAS:
We can never have honest politicians as long as corrupt money from this corrupt organization keeps dishonest politicians in power.

….We the People, that favor abolishing the Federal Reserve and the income tax, will be on strike, or calling in sick in protest on April 15, 2008.

Let’s end the income tax and the Federal Reserve forever.
Let’s demand that the stockholders of the Federal Reserve return all that they have stolen by deceit.
They are common thieves and all that they own is owed to Americans as restitution.

April 15, 2008 - the beginning of the end of the enslavement of 300 million Americans, and the enslavement of the world.

*The Canadians, English, Germans and French are all planning to join this strike.
This information can’t stop filtering thru the internet… This is the biggest, most important thing out there right now.

Other suggestions have been made also….
*Don’t buy anything on the day of protest.
*Wear white wristbands or armbands to show your support.
*Remove most, or all of your money from the bank for a couple of days around the strike.

**SAVE**RE-CREATE**REPOST**FORWARD**
*************KEEP THIS GOING*************


The 10 Primary Stockholders in the Federal Reserve System are:
1) The Rothschilds - London
2) The Rothschilds - Berlin
3) The Lazard Brothers - Paris
4) Isreal Seiff - Italy
5) Kuhn-Loeb Company - Germany
6) The Warburgs - Amsterdam
7) The Warburgs - Hamburg
8) Lehman Brothers - New York
9) Goldman & Sachs - New York
10) The Rockefellers - New York

Fun with Lou

Friday, January 25, 2008

Playlist Updates from 24 January

Hails,

35 tracks added/changed on Thursday. We first came across the band Wormsblood on the recommendation of the folks behind Terrorwolfe Productions. The Grave Hill Demo has found a welcome place in regular rotation ever since. The current featured work In the Stars pulls together rehearsals and other tracks into a 13 song cdr. The journey is riveting, violent and gentle like the soft slice of jagged steel. We suspect that some people avoid the band because the music, the noise, steers clear of convention. Good music - and good black metal - should challenge your thinking. Available from Skulls of Heaven.

Everytime the LP WorldWithoutEnd from Katharis echoes through the bunker walls, we sit up and take notice. A crashing, primal aural exercise from the first dip of the needle groove to the last (yes, the picture is from the CD version but we prefer the vinyl). The unrelenting nature of the music is what you notice. Katharsis have refined and cleaned their sound (a bit) since the days of Trident Trinity; comparisons to Deathspell Omega and Antaeus (to a lesser degree) are common. The difference is that Katharsis lock into a singularly brutal, dark vein and mine it. BTW, it sounds even better with your speakers set to KILL.

Simplicity. Clarity. Warmonger hold the war ideal up front and honest. A bit of death and black for your Aryan metal pleasure.

Thanks for the support.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Path To War With Iran

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB120103739264407641.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

Stopping Iran
Why the case for military action still stands.
By NORMAN PODHORETZ
January 23, 2008

Up until a fairly short time ago, scarcely anyone dissented from the assessment offered with "high confidence" by the National Intelligence Estimate of 2005 that Iran was "determined to develop nuclear weapons." Correlatively, no one believed the protestations of the mullahs ruling Iran that their nuclear program was designed strictly for peaceful uses.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

We'll Get Right On That Dept.

We note that blogger now supports Hebrew. We'll get right on that...

Racists Win Again

http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSN2231707320080122

Kansas City parks board commissioner Frances Semler, a member of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps (MCDC) which runs patrols on the U.S. border with Mexico as part of its effort to prompt more enforcement of U.S. immigration laws, resigned late on Monday, the city said.

Her resignation marks the latest skirmish in an increasingly emotional debate across America over illegal immigration.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Recent Updates - 1/17, 1/20

Hail,

34 tracks added/changed on 1/17 and 41 on 1/20. Stellar Winter has re-issued several of the Branikald releases. While we are featuring Stormheit, all the releases earn our highest recommendation. The music of Branikald is the disharmony of the storm; blind, furious power creating and destroying.

Over the years, Ildjarn also created sonic landscapes of cruel beauty, raw destruction. Strength and Anger, one of Ildjarn's best works in our opinion, attempts to hold the emotional peak of anger and move beyond. Yes, there is a fine line between music and noise and sometimes, as with Branikald, the line blurs and work suffers. Yet, the occasional lapse only adds to the overall bleak, ferocious presentation.

Dark Fury is a consistently good band from Poland. A Fortress of Eagles carries on the tradition of straightforward black metal. The back of the CD cover shows the bottom of a boot coming down, an excellent visual reference for the music: a boot to the face of our enemies. Proud and powerful; ashes to ashes, dust to dust.

Other notes -

Long time listeners know that we have been fans of Bone Awl since we happened across the very first demo tape. The band recently released All Has Red, a collection of rehearsals from 2007 (plus one previously unreleased song, Curse, Forget Me). The raw power of the music can be deceiving, causing some, we guess, to dismiss the band too lightly. Listen and you'll find a method to the madness.

Several Nokturnal Mortum tracks were updated; in fact, we sorta lost count and added one or two more than we anticipated, but what the hell.

Enjoy.

Thanks for the support.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Interesting deleted Ron Paul segment from last debate

Benjamin Freedman: Anti-Zionist Who Spoke Up

In 1933, when Germany refused to surrender to the world conference of Jews in Amsterdam, the conference broke up, and Mr. Samuel Untermyer, who was the head of the American delegation and the president of the whole conference, came to the United States and went from the steamer to the studios of the Columbia Broadcasting System and made a radio broadcast throughout the United States in which he in effect said, "The Jews of the world now declare a Holy War against Germany. We are now engaged in a sacred conflict against the Germans. And we are going to starve them into surrender. We are going to use a world-wide boycott against them. That will destroy them because they are dependent upon their export business."

http://www.rense.com/general75/neneb.htm

Paul Craig Roberts on HR 1955

Paul Craig Roberts on HR 1955

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19002.htm



Extinguishing Liberty’s Light and Independent Views

Thinking for yourself is now a crime

By Paul Craig Roberts

01/04/08 "ICH " -- -- What was the greatest failure of 2007? President Bush’s “surge” in Iraq? The decline in the value of the US dollar? Subprime mortgages? No. The greatest failure of 2007 was the newly sworn in Democratic Congress.

The American people’s attempt in November 2006 to rein in a rogue government, which has committed the US to costly military adventures while running roughshod over the US Constitution, failed. Replacing Republicans with Democrats in the House and Senate has made no difference.

The assault on the US Constitution by the Democratic Party is as determined as the assault by the Republicans. On October 23, 2007, the House passed a bill sponsored by California Democratic congresswoman Jane Harman, chairwoman of a Homeland Security subcommittee, that overturns the constitutionally guaranteed rights to free expression, association, and assembly.

The bill passed the House on a vote of 404-6. In the Senate the bill is sponsored by Maine Republican Susan Collins and apparently faces no meaningful opposition.

Harman’s bill is called the “Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act.” [ http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h110-1955 ] When HR 1955 becomes law, it will create a commission tasked with identifying extremist people, groups, and ideas. The commission will hold hearings around the country, taking testimony and compiling a list of dangerous people and beliefs. The bill will, in short, create massive terrorism in the United States. But the perpetrators of terrorism will not be Muslim terrorists; they will be government agents and fellow citizens.

We are beginning to see who will be the inmates of the detention centers being built in the US by Halliburton under government contract.

Who will be on the “extremist beliefs” list? The answer is: civil libertarians, critics of Israel, 9/11 skeptics, critics of the administration’s wars and foreign policies, critics of the administration’s use of kidnapping, rendition, torture and violation of the Geneva Conventions, and critics of the administration’s spying on Americans. Anyone in the way of a powerful interest group--such as environmentalists opposing politically connected developers--is also a candidate for the list.

The “Extremist Beliefs Commission” is the mechanism for identifying Americans who pose “a threat to domestic security” and a threat of “homegrown terrorism” that “cannot be easily prevented through traditional federal intelligence or law enforcement efforts.”

This bill is a boon for nasty people. That SOB who stole your girlfriend, that hussy who stole your boyfriend, the gun owner next door--just report them to Homeland Security as holders of extreme beliefs. Homeland Security needs suspects, so they are not going to check. Under the new regime, accusation is evidence. Moreover, “our” elected representatives will never admit that they voted for a bill and created an “Extremist Belief Commission” for which there is neither need nor constitutional basis.

That boss who harasses you for coming late to work--he’s a good candidate to be reported; so is that minority employee that you can’t fire for any normal reason. So is the husband of that good-looking woman you have been unable to seduce. Every kind of quarrel and jealousy can now be settled with a phone call to Homeland Security.

Soon Halliburton will be building more detention centers.

Americans are so far removed from the roots of their liberty that they just don’t get it. Most Americans don’t know what habeas corpus is or why it is important to them. But they know what they want, and Jane Harman has given them a new way to settle scores and to advance their own interests.

Even educated liberals believe that the US Constitution is a “living document” that can be changed to mean whatever it needs to mean in order to accommodate some new important cause, such as abortion and legal privileges for minorities and the handicapped. Today it is the “war on terror” that the Constitution must accommodate. Tomorrow it can be the war on whomever or whatever.

Think about it. More than six years ago the World Trade Center and Pentagon were attacked. The US government blamed it on al Qaeda. Scant evidence has been presented. The 9/11 Commission Report has been subjected to devastating criticism by a large number of qualified people--including the commission’s chairman and co-chairman. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/02/opinion/02kean.html?_r=1&th&emc=th&oref=slogin
Since 9/11 there have been no terrorist attacks in the US. The FBI has tried to orchestrate a few, but the “terrorist plots” never got beyond talk organized and led by FBI agents. There are no visible extremist groups other than the neoconservatives that control the government in Washington. But somehow the House of Representatives overwhelmingly sees a need to create a commission to take testimony and search out extremist views (outside of Washington, of course).

This search for extremist views comes after President Bush and the Justice (sic) Department declare that the President can ignore habeas corpus, ignore the Geneva Conventions, seize people without evidence, hold them indefinitely without presenting charges, torture them until they confess to some made up crime, and take over the government by declaring an emergency. Of course, none of these “patriotic” views are extremist.

The search for extremist views follows also the granting of contracts to Halliburton to build detention centers in the US. No member of Congress or the executive branch ever explained the need for the detention centers or who the detainees would be. Of course, there is nothing extremist about building detention centers in the US for undisclosed inmates.

Clearly the detention centers are not meant to just stand there empty. Thanks to 2007’s greatest failure--the Democratic Congress--there is to be an “Extremist Beliefs Commission” to secure inmates for Bush’s detention centers.

President Bush promises us that the wars he has launched will cause the “untamed fire of freedom” to “reach the darkest corners of our world.” Meanwhile in America the fire of freedom has not only been tamed but also is being extinguished.

The light of liberty has gone out in the United States.

Paul Craig Robertswrote the Kemp-Roth bill and was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan administration. He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal editorial page and Contributing Editor of National Review. He is author or coauthor of eight books, including The Supply-Side Revolution (Harvard University Press). He has held numerous academic appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair in Political Economy, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown University and Senior Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He has contributed to numerous scholarly journals and testified before Congress on 30 occasions. He has been awarded the U.S. Treasury's Meritorious Service Award and the French Legion of Honor. He was a reviewer for the Journal of Political Economy under editor Robert Mundell. He is the co-author of The Tyranny of Good Intentions. He is also coauthor with Karen Araujo of Chile: Dos Visiones – La Era Allende-Pinochet (Santiago: Universidad Andres Bello, 2000).

Friday, January 11, 2008

Playlist updates and news for 11 January 2008

Hail,

34 tracks added/changed yesterday including four from the other 2007 Nordreich release, Auf Heimischen Pfaden. Limited to 500 copies, it took us awhile to track down and it was worth the hassle. Mid-paced to fast, pagan metal with great feeling creating a distinctive sound. Like the first '07 Nordreich release Verschlungene Pfade, growling guitars wrap and wind around both major and minor chords. The joy and sorrow of life, of nature can only be found on the homeward path.

Kvist is one of those bands we stumbled onto back in '03 when Perverted Taste re-released the LP For Kunsten Maa Vi Evig Vike. Initially, the work struck us as better-than average, semi-melodic black metal. Over the years, we've raised our opinion. The songs hold up well, creating new passages of sound with repeated plays. Even having heard the LP numerous times, we still find ourselves catching bits of song and feeling as if it's the first time we've heard it. Worth your time and effort to track down; an LP that will stay prominent in your collection playlist for a long, long time.

Facta Loquuntur reminds of the need to speak the truth. Absurd at the top of their game. Too many people now fear the truth. Even among the black metal community. The truth is hard. We figure the work needs no real introduction so instead we remind you to use the new year to refocus your efforts. Like Robert Matthews said: "If you still have not committed yourself then you have not only betrayed your race, you have betrayed yourself." Everyday you are a soldier.

Lots of other things too including Chapel of Ghouls Prays for Nothingness. Chapel of Ghouls when on to spawn Zelda and Belketre. The demo sound quality is, well, demo-like, but the songs are great! Also listen for new-to-the-station bands Andaja, Cirith Gorgor and Mortem. Yes, we know Mortem is technically a death metal band but they play a style very much mixed with black/thrash elements.

More...


Thanks for your support.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Path To War With Iran

Video of the Iranian boats from the other day. I know this is serious, but I can't help but think of the Monty Python Killer Rabbit combatants shouting "run away, run away!"


How Far Have We Fallen...

http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_7899096

Two counselors from East High School approached the school board last month, saying the policy at their school is unfair and inconsiderate because it forces new moms to return to school the day after being discharged from the hospital or face being charged with unexcused absences.

"My initial reaction is if we are punishing girls like that, that is unacceptable," said Nicole Head, one of the counselors who brought the matter to the school board last month. "We've got to do something."


Again, we have the problems of one culture (African) being dumped onto another (American). Why are their failings our problem?

Monday, January 07, 2008

Channon and Christian - One Year, No Justice

http://www.volunteertv.com/home/headlines/13508477.html

One year. No justice.

Another Reason to Ban Market Speculators




Jan. 7 (Bloomberg) -- The fastest-growing bet in the oil market these days is that the price of crude will double to $200 a barrel by the end of the year.

Options to buy oil for $200 on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose 10-fold in the past two months to 5,533 contracts, a record increase for any similar period. The contracts, the cheapest way to speculate in energy markets, appreciated 36 percent since early December as crude futures reached a record $100.09 on Jan. 3.

Path To War With Iran

http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/meast/01/07/iran.us.navy/

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,320587,00.html

http://realtime.com/realtime_news/rt_us_national_news/rt_politics/17921798_pentagon_says_ships_harassed_by_iran____.html?pageid=nandu.category-leaf&pageregion=A3

Updates for 06 January

Hails,

43 tracks added/changed yesterday including material from: Warmonger, Nargaroth, Fimbulwinter, Mutiilation, Temple of Baal, Solstafir (fixed), Pantheon, Vlad Tepes, The Stone, Isvind, Celestia, Moevot and Hate Forest.

Thanks for your support.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Song weirdness

Yes, we are aware that some tracks sound like they are playing at 1/2 speed through a sludge pile. While we find this interesting, it does appear to be a problem with the way we coded certain tracks.

The offending codex will be taken out and forced to listen to Dimmu Borgir CDs until it agrees to cooperate. Or maybe we'll just be more careful next time.

Friday, January 04, 2008

News from Dark Hidden Productions

DARK HIDDEN NEW RELEASE - "Southern Elite Circle Compilation" CD

FINALLY OUT !!!

DHP10 "Southern Elite Circle Compilation" CD

1. ULFHETHNAR - NS Vanguard in the Austral lands
2. NACHTGEBLÜT - Nietzschean Will
3. ARGENRAZA - La cima del trueno
4. PERMAFROST - Montes
5. ARGENTUM - La tierra blanca
6. CAMPO DE MAYO - Crímenes de lesa historicidad
7. FUROR - The scream of the eagle (old solo version)
8. ULFHETHNAR - A call for the rising mists
9. NACHTGEBLÜT - In dark old chambers
10. CAMPO DE MAYO - Back into the forests
11. ARGENRAZA - f4 x e5 ++ (Fin de la humanidad)
12. FUROR - Ancient pest
13. ARGENTUM - José Antonio
14. PERMAFROST - Moonlit landscapes


After some long delays, it is finally available this definitive compilation
of the oldest and most radical Black Metal hordes from Argentina,
including unreleased, old, rare and new material from this growing Circle.
From the frost and bitter guitars of Furor, Argenraza and Permafrost,
or the aggressivenes of Ulfhethnar and Campo de Mayo, to the somber
baroque melodies of Nachtgeblüt and the misty atmospheres of Argentum,
all featured in a very cohesive CD for those who hold the Aryan banner high.
Booklet with full info of the bands and a political overview of this movement.

Total time: 72 min. Edition limited to 1000 copies.
Price: $ 8 + postage. - Trades are welcomed.

Available through:

Dark Hidden Productions

Playlist News for 03 January 2008

Hails,

36 tracks added/changed yesterday including the addition of all four tracks off the new split CD featuring Graveland, North, Nokturnal Mortum and Temnozor. Both sound and packaging are excellent. A defiant statement of will to our enemies from the Eastern Hammer.

So many new items recently and it's only January! Looks like 2008 will be another great year. To take a short break from the new releases, two older works are featured: one well known and the other (surprisingly) less well known.

The Moonblood release The Winter Falls Over The Land is familiar and yet we never tire of the tracks. Atmosphere, complexity, variety; details that reward repeated listening.

Where Moonblood is familiar, we find that many people are unfamiliar with Dark Tribe. In Jeraspunta - Die Rückkehr der tollwütigen Bestie was released back in 2004. Paranoia, industrial alienation, shrieks of pain. And, its on vinyl.

Loads of other things, too:

You can pick up an excellent re-issue of Promethean Gift by Black Crucifixion. Another early '90s band that was actually as good as the hype. Though more dark these days, Promethean Gift spreads many influences around. Like the Moonblood material, the essence of the atmosphere is captured. Something you can't produce or engineer.

New Svarrogh (folk/ambient, less black metal this time around), an early Luror demo (we like it because the high-pitched wailing found on later material is used sparingly), the first Aryan Triumph release and, just for good measure, some black/thrash metal from SkullKrusher. BTW, SkullKrusher currently holds our award for favorite song title: Beer and Barbarism. Nice.

Thanks for your support.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Washington, DC Spends Tax Money to Subsidize Drug Use

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/01/02/AR2008010201905_pf.html

Demonstrating outstandlingly bad (and typical) judgement, the city of Washington, DC will now use public money (that means your tax dollars) to fund drug use. Further, the program allows the city's black leaders to avoid the real problem: behavior. City leaders rely on the overwhelming black population to keep the money flowing for lucrative positions, contracts and patronage.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Arghoslent Looking For New Drummer

ARGHOSLENT is currently searching for a competent, drug-free, and dedicated drummer that is available for recording and playing shows locally/overseas.



Please write to arghoslent(at)hotmail.com if interested or know anyone interested. This includes other musical projects as well.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

NSM Move Release

NSM Announces Headquarters Relocation and New Interim Director of Security Services

When It's OK to Murder and Cleanse

From Bil'in to Madison Avenue: Demonstrations Outside the Leviev Jewelry Shop in New York over Danya Cebus' Construction in the Territories

12.25.2007 | The Marker: Ha'aretz Daily's business magazine (Hebrew) | ISM (English)
By: Nimrod Halperin

(Translation by Adalah-NY )

The exclusive jewelry shop that Lev Leviev opened in New York became a focus for protests against the extensive construction of settlements in the territories that is being implemented by the construction company Danya Cebus, owned by the diamond and real estate magnate. The New York Post reported that currently, in addition to the protests outside Leviev's jewelry shop on Madison Avenue in New York, calls are being made to famous people - celebrities, who are also supporters of human rights-to boycott the store, which opened last month.

An American Jewish human rights organization, Jewish Voice for Peace, posted an open letter on their website to the film actress Susan Sarandon, who attended the official opening of the store last month while a protest was taking place outside. In the letter, the Oscar winning actress was asked to "sever her connections" with the jewelry store. "As long time admirers of your work on social justice issues and as Jewish activists working to promote a peaceful resolution to the Israel-Palestine conflict, we in Jewish Voice for Peace write to call your attention to the crimes of Lev Leviev and to urge you to announce publicly that you are severing all connections with him and his company" said the letter.

A representative on behalf of Sarandon responded that Sarandon's attendance at one event in his shop does not constitute "ties." He added that "she is not connected to any jewelry company."

Sarandon is not the only celebrity who visited Leviev's shop and was criticized for doing so by human rights activists. More than a month ago the famous attorney Alan Dershowitz, a prominent pro-Israel supporter in the United States, visited the store at a time when a demonstration outside had been organized. When Dershowitz left the store, in his hand a gift bag, demonstrators asserted that he was a supporter of apartheid.

The company Danya Cebus, which is a subsidiary of Leviev's company Africa-Israel, is one of the partners spearheading the construction of Modi'in Illit and many other settlements. Modi'in Illit was built on the land of five Palestinian villages, among them the village of Bil'in.

A spokesman on behalf of Leviev stated in a response to the Post that: "the demonstrators are not accurate" in their claims against the Leviev diamond brand. In his words, "the Leviev diamond brand scrupulously follows the Kimberley Process, which follows the origins of diamonds in international markets with the goal of eliminating the trade of blood diamonds."

The British newspaper "The Sunday Times" uncovered in September that Leviev's diamond shop in London sold "blood" gems that originated in Burma [Myanmar], and thus contributed to the funding of the military junta government in that country.

The journalist for that newspaper, disguised as a customer, visited Leviev's flagship boutique on Old Bond Street in London the week before. She requested jewelry that included rubies of Burmese origin. She was shown a ring worth 500,000 UK pounds sterling [approximately one million US dollars] in which was set a five carat ruby and diamonds.

The military junta in Burma receives tens of millions of pounds each year from the sale of precious gems by way of jewelry stores in London, among them Leviev's boutique, as well as Cartier, Harrod's and Asprey.

Upwards of 90% of rubies in the world are of Burmese origin, however, often stones are polished in other nearby states such as Thailand, and because of this the origin of the stone is not recorded by customs authorities.