• The Pope

    “Yet it must also be recognized that nuclear energy, biotechnology, information technology; knowledge of our DNA, and many other abilities, which we have acquired, have…given those with the knowledge, and especially the economic resources to use them, an impressive dominance over the whole of humanity and the entire world….In whose hands does all this power lie, or will it eventually end up? It is risky for a small part of humanity to have it.” (p.77)
    ~ Pope Francis

    By Catherine Austin Fitts

    A Papal Encyclical is a letter concerning Catholic doctrine which is circulated by the Pope. This week, Pope Francis published a new Encyclical: Laudato Si’ of the Holy Father Francis – Care for Our Common Home.

    The 180+ page document sounds the alarm regarding the global degradation of living things: people, animals and our environment.

    If this document had been authored by a professor of theology, there would be much room for common ground. However, it has been written by the leader of an institution which has been the single most powerful in the Western world for the last 500 years – a period during which the central banking-warfare model has been busy harvesting our common home.


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    “Nowadays, people will go anywhere to avoid paying tax. A quick visit to Lichtenstein, Monaco, maybe Jersey; empty the vaults of private wealth, and you could write off the world’s debt. In a day, in an hour, in a minute. Three-quarters of the world’s cash is hidden away in places exactly like this.”  ~CIA agent in Turks & Caicos, Part II of The Worricker Trilogy

    by Catherine Austin Fitts

    There is a war going on – between the forces of control and conquest and the forces of collaboration and creation.  History teaches us that the civilizations which win at either one of these generally get their infrastructure right. In fact, it may be said that infrastructure can mean the difference between the life and death, the prosperity and poverty of a civilization.

    The United States has spent a great deal of money on infrastructure in recent decades and much of this spending relates to control and conquest. US telecommunications infrastructure is less reliable (and more expensive) than that of other developed countries – but it permits the NSA and a variety of private parties to collect and access intelligence. US software is often buggy, but “trapdoors” provide access to the intelligence agencies.  In many areas, US roads and bridges are badly in need of repair, but we have poured significant sums into secret underground bases.

    The United States has also developed a reputation for destroying infrastructure – whether destroying that of Iraq or other countries we invade – or decimating global communities with predatory lending and financial speculation which cause severe dislocations in local capital allocations.

    Frustrated with the US as well as the IMF, the World Bank and traditional global financial institutions controlled by the US and G-7, the developing world is taking matters into its own hands by launching, planning and financing mechanisms for significant infrastructure investment.

    The BRICS nations are acutely aware that prosperity and environmental responsibility depend on significant and cost-effective investment in infrastructure. Opportunities to improve global connections – via air, rail, roads, pipeline, phone, or space – and to integrate new materials and technologies beckon.

    China’s successful launch of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank has brought these questions front and center. In this week’s  Second Quarter Wrap Up, I will look at what’s happening and the implications for the US leadership.

    The United States has produced a generation of leaders who have risen to power by cashing in on globalization – on natural resources in the developing markets and cheap debt. If you look at what must be done to succeed on the road ahead, we can ill afford them now. As The Economist stated recently, “America’s aristocracy is calcifying.”

    The BBC’s outstanding, three-part series from David Hare, The Worricker Trilogy, offers entertaining insight into our situation. In this series, The Gladstone Group, a syndicate of New Jersey businessmen and investors, are grossly over-billing for construction of  secret torture and rendition sites for the CIA. A portion provides kickbacks to a global foundation to be launched by the British prime minister after he retires (shades of Tony Blair?) This foundation’s stated goals are “humanitarian works.”

    The Worricker Trilogy raises a critical question. We have piled up trillions of dollars in offshore havens and the bond markets. Now we must reinvest this money in the real economy. However, the real economy cannot produce significant returns without significant infrastructure. The long term bull market and quantitative easing are over. We can ill afford to organize trillions of strategic infrastructure investment around political kickback schemes.

    The leadership in China has primarily been trained as engineers. Engineers build bridges, high-speed trains, power and desalination plants and spaceships.

    The US leadership largely consists of wealthy lawyers. Lawyers make rules, pass laws and litigate. Some of them create loopholes for avoiding taxes and for funding global foundations and endowments.

    Which do you think we need?

    This week, I will also be discussing Q2 news stories and financial markets.

    Talk to you Thursday!


    But what do we mean by the American Revolution?  Do we mean the American war? The Revolution was effected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the minds  and hearts of the people….

    ~ John Adams

    Fourth of July



    “A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.”
    ~ William G.T. Shedd

    By Catherine Austin Fitts

    I have been getting an increasing number of questions about risks in the equity markets. I thought as part of the Solari Report Second Quarter Equity Overview that a brief overview of risk issues would be helpful for subscribers thinking through their personal governance and management of equity investments.

    I have addressed risks categorized in the following groups:

    1. Portfolio Risk
    2. Liquidity
    3. Diversification
    4. Investment Strategies
    5. Specific Risks
    6. Ethics
    7. Conclusion

    Continue reading this post here…

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    Going Up

    “The European Union’s principles are democracy, solidarity, mutual respect…These principles were not based in blackmails and ultimatums, especially in these crucial times. No one has the right to put in danger these principles.”
    ~ Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras

    By Catherine Austin Fitts

    Events in Greece underscore one of the challenges that the bond market faces – predatory lenders face a day of reckoning.  It’s a good time to talk about what the turn in the bond market means to equities.

    This week on the Solari Report, I will examine how equity markets performed in the second quarter of this year.  This report will feature detailed performance charts and sector comparisons.

    As equities markets build out globally, they are becoming more place-based and place-centric. With this in mind, I will also report on the Australian and New Zealand equities markets and what I learned on my recent visit “down under.”

    In response to your questions, I will address a “key” topic for investors: portfolio risk management, including custodial risks that impact securities and precious metals.

    In Let’s Go to the Movies, I will look at Red Dog, one of Australia’s most popular films. We’ve had a lot of bad news lately – time for some heart warming inspiration!

    I hope you’ll join me on the Solari Report this week. If you’re not a subscriber yet, you can learn more about the benefits of becoming one here…


    We Apologize

    By Catherine Austin Fitts

    We apologize!

    You may have noticed that we have been managing repeated Denial of Service and hack attacks. They have been quite fierce this year – coming from many different places both in the United States and around the world.

    I can only conclude that we are indeed bringing you “the truth and nothing but the truth.” The long-term solution is our new website which we intend to launch this summer. We believe it will be much harder to hack. The short-term solution is to continue to do the many things our systems team is doing to make the site as invulnerable as possible.

    I would like to compliment our systems and operations team – they are doing a great job up against a syndicate which has clearly invested significant resources to defend their market share.

    You deserve the very best service – we are working hard to make sure that your service is interrupted as little as possible.  We thank you for your understanding, your suggestions and your support!

    Here is an idea if you would like to help:

    We believe that the post which triggered the latest round of attacks was my comment on the Pope’s Encyclical. So, we would be delighted if you would click on the following link, copy the content and e-mail this article far and wide. Let’s make it difficult for resource-rich institutions to censor via cybercrimes.


    By Wikileaks

    Today, 1500 CEST Wednesday, 1 July 2015, WikiLeaks releases a modern journalistic holy grail: the secret Core Text for the largest ‘trade deal’ in history, the TiSA (Trade In Services Agreement), whose 52 nations together comprise two-thirds of global GDP. The negotiating parties are the United States, the 28 members of the European Union and 23 other countries, including Turkey, Mexico, Canada, Australia, Pakistan, Taiwan and Israel.

    Today’s publication happens the week before the next TiSA negotiating round that begins on Monday, 6 July. WikiLeaks is also today publishing the full agenda for next week’s negotiations, which shows that discussions will focus on Financial Services, Telecommunications and the Movement of Natural Persons.

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