Saturday, June 27, 2015

The Confederate Flag insanity OR are Americans no better than the barbarians destroying the historical past of the once Christian, Buddhist or Communist countries?

History is History .... and only the extremely stupid or totally uneducated will want to erase even a sentence from what's written about the past, no matter whether the deeds of the past were good or evil.

IMO, even Nazi symbols should not be banned. They should rightly incite our criticism and revulsion but not our calls to ban them.  The "bad" deeds of the past which were not considered to be "bad" at those times, should serve as history lessons for the deeds of today and make us wonder if future societies of planet Earth might look on our present day "normalcy" as wholly unacceptable to them. For example, the  LGBTs are considered a normal factor of life in most societies of our present day world.  How would you like it if  you looked into the future and saw their rainbow flags and they themselves being ostracized?   Think people, THINK for goodness sake!!!!

Foolish Americans think that getting rid of the Confederate flag will diminish racism.  Nitwit Larry King has lived for far too long!  There are too many stupid Americans who think exactly like him.

Ukrainians go all crazy nuts trying to erase their communist past

ISIS are trying to erase all traces of Christianity in Syria and Iraq

The Taliban were all about destroying the Buddhist heritage of Afghanistan

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Come the next election, Germany's Left party leader poised to kick Merkel's butt ....

and I hope she does a good whacking job of it.  Merkel is begging for a hiding.

Yes! Judge Napolitano's "what if" on the Benghazi fiasco should be read as "what really happened"

The US Ambassador who paid with his life for the misdeeds done by him on behalf of his rogue country, was definitely running US-made arms to Libyan and Syrian rebels in order to start the upheavals which are  not only still ongoing in those two countries but have now spread their wings beyond those boundaries.
Bad decisions give rise to unknown consequences.  Unknown consequences are always bad ... have you ever known of a "good" one?

Andrew Napolitano writing at WashingtonTimes:
When the truth will out
There may be more to Benghazi than officialdom wants to uncover

What if President Obama secretly agreed with others in the government in 2011 to provide arms to rebels in Libya and Syria? What if the scheme called for American arms merchants to sell serious American military hardware to the government of Qatar, which would and did transfer it to rebel groups? What if the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of the Treasury approved those sales?

What if the approvals were kept secret because some of those rebel groups were characterized by the same Departments of State and Treasury as terrorist organizations? What if the ultimate recipients of those arms were the militants and monsters in al Qaeda and ISIS who have slain and tortured innocents?

What if this scheme is defined in federal law as providing material assistance to terrorist organizations? What if that’s a felony? What if that’s the same felony for which the U.S. Department of Justice has prosecuted dozens of persons merely for attempting? What if this scheme was not a mere attempt, but an actual arming of terrorists?

What if this scheme was approved not only by the president, but also by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton? What if the idea of doing this was hers? What if congressional leaders in both houses of Congress and from both parties signed off on this? What if the remaining members of Congress and the American people were kept in the dark about this scheme? What if those who agreed to permit this scheme knew that the arms were destined for terrorist organizations and they were flirting with a criminal conspiracy to violate federal law?

What if Mrs. Clinton was asked by senators while under oath about the delivery of arms made by American manufacturers to ports in the Middle East and she denied knowing anything about it? What if she knew she had personally approved the deliveries but falsely claimed she had no knowledge?

What if this arms-to-terrorists scheme began to unravel? What if the rebels were really bad guys? What if there are many rebel-terrorist groups with varying degrees of hatred for the United States? What if some of the groups that received American arms are so hateful.............

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

American prisons .... where inmates have to pay for everything they use ....

from clothes to toilet rolls.
The cartoon from Ted Rall, dated today tries to tell us how defeating is the justice system of modern day America. The article at Time from mid 2013 and the one from DailyMail from late 2011 will give you a better insight into the injustice of it all. A great many folks are making big bucks from the prison population and this has become a very profitable industry which,you can bet your bottom dollar, will only expand as does anything that's unhealthy and evil.

Nate Rawlings writing at Time :
Welcome to Prison. Will You Be Paying Cash or Credit?

Belt-tightening municipalities like Tennessee's Anderson County are asking prisoners to help pay their own way — but experts say it probably won't work out for convicts or taxpayers

Southern hospitality is famous, but the accommodations at Anderson County Jail will no longer be gratis. Inmates at this correctional institution northwest of Knoxville, Tenn., will soon have to pay fed-up taxpayers $9.15 for each pair of pants issued during their stay, $6.26 for each blanket and $1.15 for each towel. They’ll even have to shell out 29¢ for toilet paper.

A county of about 75,000 people, Anderson, like many municipalities across the country, has seen the cost of housing inmates rise in the past few years. And like many states, cities and counties facing tight budget constraints, Anderson has turned to the inmates themselves to defray some of those costs.

“Our taxpayers pay $62 a day to house one inmate,” says Jay Yeager, the Anderson County law director who proposed the program. “Our inmate care, medical care, housing care, all those budgetary codes have escalated over the past several years, and it’s an unreasonable burden on our taxpayers. What we’re trying to do is shift the burden off the taxpayers’ back, to the inmates.”

Anderson County is only the latest in a long line of cash-strapped municipalities to levy fees to help fund their criminal-justice systems. The practice is common in California, Texas, New York and Illinois. Since 1996, Florida has added 20 fees. And in 2010, the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law School surveyed the 15 states with the highest prison populations, which accounted for nearly 70% of all state prisoners in the country, and found myriad fees assessed both during and after prison stays: administrative fees, supervision and transportation fees, even a $60 fee in Pennsylvania just to enter the parole program...........

From DailyMailUK
Go to jail… and pay $140 a night: Inmates to be charged bed and board to help balance the books
    Means-tested initiative is the largest so far in America
    Officials become outraged after wealthy celebrities like Lindsay Lohan sent to jail at the taxpayers' expense
U.S. jails are to charge inmates up to $142 per night to stay there in an attempt to balance their budgets.

Those incarcerated in Riverside County, California, will have to pay for their bed and board under the means tested initiative, the largest so far in America.

Officials have become outraged after watching wealthy celebrities like Lindsay Lohan sent to jail at taxpayers’ expense..........

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

France, slowly but surely becoming more and more like Saudi Arabia

How long before this kind of virus is detected here in North America? In the UK, they already have their certain days and hours for "women only" at public recreation centres... and although not much in the news, I suspect the same could be already happening in some corners of other EU nations as well as in North America.
Don't forget to thank your favorite politician the next time he or she comes knocking at your door for your vote.  All are cut from the same cloth but we get fooled every single time.

 From France24
Outrage over Muslim gender ban in French grocery store

A Muslim-owned grocery store in the southeastern French city of Bordeaux has prompted outrage after putting up a sign imposing male and female-only days for customers.

The shop displayed a sign in the window asking “sisters” to come on Saturdays and Sundays, and “brothers” to visit on weekdays.

The shop owner, Muslim convert Jean-Baptiste Michalon, insisted he had acted in good faith and was not telling customers when they could or couldn’t visit his shop.

“We did this in response to requests from ‘sisters’ who preferred to come when my wife is working,” he told AFP. “We do also sell clothes here.”

“It was a sign meant entirely for clients who understand that mixing of sexes is not permitted in our [Muslim] religion,” Michalon, a recent convert to Islam, said. “It was not meant to be compulsory. I had no idea that it was against the law.”

Under the French penal code, discrimination on the grounds of gender is punishable by fines of up to 45,000 euros and a maximum of three years in jail.

Bordeaux mayor Alain JuppĂ©, who was prime minister under former conservative president Jacques Chirac, said the sign was “in complete contradiction to republican rules on equality and gender mixing” and called for an inquiry.

Tareq Oubrou, the imam of the city’s main mosque, was shocked by the shop sign.

“Even during the era of the prophet there were no such rules,” he told France 3 TV. “It’s a bit strange to try to apply [gender separation] in a culture where equality has been firmly established. Maybe the shop owner’s choice was personal, rather than theological.”..........

Friday, June 19, 2015

In the Now on recent news

RT's Anissa Naouai on different topics (worth a watch): 
"White Terror" in Charleston;
Saudis government officials visiting Putin (I threw up to see Putin just like any other lying leader bending over for Saudi money);
US soldier dies in US jail under terrible mishandling;
Tony Blair is just not satisfied with the $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$s he has been making already from the Ukraine's mafia, he's been invited to rake up even more;
Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump  and fake or real Twitter followers;
Talks to Sharmine Narwani, mid-East analyst on Syria, "moderate rebels" etc.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

England and Islam ....... Hundred years ago

Below, just one of the 30+ essays from Evelyn Baring, 1st Earl of Cromer, published in The Spectator, England of  a century ago.  This particular essay is at # XXV from his many other works published by the same newspaper and can be found at the Gutenberg Project archives.  Please note that the "Moslems of India" that he refers to and whom England favored over Hindus, are the same Moslems on whose behalf India was partitioned and Pakistan was carved out for the favored. 
England, the old Empire .... if you read through some of the essays you will get a feel for how the present day Empire of USA is going through the same thought processes that brought down the previous one. 

ENGLAND AND ISLAM  "The Spectator," August 23, 1913

Amidst the many important remarks made by Sir Edward Grey in his recent Parliamentary statement on the affairs of the Balkan Peninsula, none deserve greater attention than those which dealt with the duties and
responsibilities of England towards Mohammedans in general. It was, indeed, high time that some clear and authoritative declaration of principle on this important subject should be made by a Minister of the
Crown. We are constantly being reminded that King George V. is the greatest Mohammedan ruler in the world, that some seventy millions of
his subjects in India are Moslems, and that the inhabitants of Egypt are also, for the most part, followers of the Prophet of Arabia. It is not infrequently maintained that it is a duty incumbent on Great Britain to defend the interests and to secure the welfare of Moslems all over the world because a very large number of their co-religionists are British
subjects and reside in British territory. It is not at all surprising that this claim should be advanced, but it is manifestly one which
cannot be admitted without very great and important qualifications.  Moreover, it is one which, from a European point of view, represents a somewhat belated order of ideas. It is true that community of religion constitutes the main bond of union between Russia and the population of the Balkan Peninsula, but apart from the fact that no such community of religious thought exists between Christian England and Moslem or Hindu
India, it is to be noted that, generally speaking, the tie of a common creed, which played so important a part in European politics and diplomacy during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, has now been greatly weakened, even if it has not disappeared altogether. It has been supplanted almost everywhere by the bond of nationality. No practical politician would now argue that, if the Protestants of Holland or Sweden
had any special causes for complaint, a direct responsibility rested on their co-religionists in Germany or England to see that those grievances were redressed. No Roman Catholic nation would now advance a claim to
interfere in the affairs of Ireland on the ground that the majority of the population of that country are Roman Catholics.

This transformation of political thought and action has not yet taken place in the East. It may be, as some competent observers are disposed to think, that the principle of nationality is gaining ground in Eastern
countries, but it has certainly not as yet taken firm root. The bond which holds Moslem societies together is still religious rather than patriotic. Its binding strength has been greatly enhanced by two circumstances. One is that Mecca is to the Moslem far more than
Jerusalem is to the Christian or to the Jew. From Delhi to Zanzibar, from Constantinople to Java, every devout Moslem turns when he prays to what Mr. Stanley Lane-Poole aptly calls the "cradle of his creed." The other circumstance is that, although, as Mr. Hughes has said, "we have not seen a single work of authority, nor met with a single man of learning who has ever attempted to prove that the Sultans of Turkey are rightful Caliphs," at the same time the spiritual authority usurped by Selim I. is generally recognised throughout Islam, with the result not only that unity of thought has been engendered amongst Moslems, but also that religion has to a great extent been incorporated into politics, and identified with the maintenance of a special form of government in a portion of the Moslem world.

The growth of the principle of nationality in those eastern countries which are under western dominion might not inconceivably raise political issues of considerable magnitude, but in the discussions which have from time to time taken place on this subject the inconveniences and even danger caused by the universality of a non-national bond based on community of religion have perhaps been somewhat unduly neglected. These inconveniences have, however, always existed. That the policy which led
to the Crimean War and generally the prolonged tension which existed between England and Russia were due to the British connection with India is universally recognised. It would be difficult to differentiate the  causes of that tension, and to say how far it was, on the one hand, due to purely strategical considerations, or, on the other hand, to a desire to meet the wishes and satisfy the aspirations of the many millions of Moslems who are British subjects. Since, however, the general diplomatic
relations between England and Russia have, fortunately for both countries, been placed on a footing of more assured confidence and
friendship than any which have existed for a long time past, strategical considerations have greatly diminished in importance. The natural result has been that the alternative plea for regarding Near Eastern affairs from the point of view of Indian interests has acquired greater prominence. Those who have been closely in touch with the affairs of the Near East, and have watched the gradual decay of Turkey, have for some while past foreseen that the time was inevitably approaching when British statesmen and the British nation would be forced by the
necessities of the situation to give a definite answer to the question how far their diplomatic action in Europe would have to be governed by the alleged obligation to conciliate Moslem opinion in India. That
question received, to a certain limited extent, a practical answer when Bulgaria declared war on Turkey and when not a voice was raised in this country to urge that the policy which dictated the Crimean War should be rehabilitated.

The answer, however, is not yet complete. England is now apparently expected by many Moslems to separate herself from the Concert of Europe,and not impossibly to imperil the peace of the world, in order that the Turks should continue in occupation of Adrianople. The secretary of the Punjab Moslem League has informed us through the medium of the press
that unless this is done the efforts of the extreme Indian Nationalists to secure the sympathies of Mohammedans in India "will meet with growing success."

It was in reality to this challenge that Sir Edward Grey replied. His answer was decisive, and left no manner of doubt as to the policy which the British Government intends to pursue. It will almost certainly meet with well-nigh universal approval in this country. After explaining that the racial sentiments and religious feelings of Moslem subjects of the
Crown would be respected and have full scope, that British policy would never be one of intolerance or wanton and unprovoked aggression against a Mohammedan Power, and that the British Government would never join in
any outrage on Mohammedan feelings and sentiments in any part of the world, Sir Edward Grey added, "We cannot undertake the duty of
protecting Mohammedan Powers outside the British dominions from the consequences of their own action.... To suppose that we can undertake the protection of and are bound to regulate our European policy so as to
side with a Mussulman Power when that Mussulman Power rejects the advice given to it, that is not a claim we can admit."

These are wise words, and it is greatly to be hoped that not only the Moslems of Turkey, but also those inhabiting other countries, will read,mark, learn, and inwardly digest them. Notably, the Moslems of India should recognise that, with the collapse of Turkish power in Europe, a new order of things has arisen, that the change which the attitude of England towards Turkey has undergone is the necessary consequence of that collapse, and that it does not in the smallest degree connote unfriendliness to Islam. In fact, they must now endeavour to separate Islamism from politics. With the single exception of the occupation of Cyprus, which, as Lord Goschen very truly said at the time, "prevented
British Ambassadors from showing 'clean hands' to the Sultan in proof of the unselfishness of British action," the policy of England in the Near  East has been actuated, ever since the close of the Napoleonic wars, by a sincere and wholly disinterested desire to save Turkish statesmen from the consequences of their own folly. In this cause no effort has been
spared, even to the shedding of the best blood of England. All has been in vain. History does not relate a more striking instance of the truth of the old Latin saying that self-deception is the first step on the
road to ruin. Advice tendered in the best interests of the Ottoman Empire has been persistently rejected. The Turks, who have always been strangers in Europe, have shown conspicuous inability to comply with the
elementary requirements of European civilisation, and have at last failed to maintain that military efficiency which has, from the days when they crossed the Bosphorus, been the sole mainstay of their power and position. It is, as Sir Edward Grey pointed out, unreasonable to expect that we should now save them from the consequences of their own
action. Whether Moslems all over the world will or should still continue to regard the Sultan of Turkey as their spiritual head is a matter on which it would be presumptuous for a Christian to offer any opinion, but however this may be, Indian Moslems would do well to recognise the fact that circumstances, and not the hostility of Great Britain or of any
other foreign Power, have materially altered the position of the Sultan in so far as the world of politics and diplomacy is concerned. Whether the statesman in whose hands the destinies of Turkey now lie at once abandon Adrianople, or whether they continue to remain there for a time with the certainty that they will be sowing the seeds of further bloodshed in the near future, one thing is certain. It is that the days of Turkey as an European Power are numbered. Asia must henceforth be her
sphere of action.

That these truths should be unpalatable to Indian Moslems is but natural; neither is it possible to withhold some sympathy from them in the distress which they must now feel at the partial wreck of the most important Moslem State which the world has yet seen. But facts, however distasteful, have to be faced, and it would be truly deplorable if the non-recognition of those facts should lead our Moslem fellow-subjects in India to resent the action of the British Government and to adopt a line of conduct from which they have nothing to gain and everything to lose. But whatever that line of conduct may be, the duty of the British Government and nation is clear. Their European policy, whilst allowing all due weight to Indian interests and sentiment, must in the main be guided by general considerations based on the necessities of civilised  progress throughout the world, and on the interests and welfare of the British Empire as a whole. The idea that that policy should be diverted
from its course in order to subserve the cause of a single Moslem Power which has rejected British advice is, as Sir Edward Grey very rightly remarked, wholly inadmissible.

The plight of human beings in the Middle East is because of Western powers ....

and  it's not because of 9/11 no matter how much the Republicans or anybody else tries to sell you that.   Iraq had no connection to 9/11.  The war on Iraq and the brutal invasion of that country has led to all this suffering.  The Western powers-that-be and their allies in the Mid-East have created this... with deliberation and utmost malice.  If there is a God, there has to be proper  justice meted out to the wrongdoers, right?  Don't hold your breath.
More pics at link below.

From AFP blog:
We have been on the Turkey-Syria border  for nearly a week now, within sight of the Syrian town of Tal Abyad where Kurdish forces are battling Islamic State jihadists for control. Thousands have fled the fighting, hoping to join the 1.8 milllion Syrian refugees already in Turkey, 13,500 of them from Tal Abyad, but in recent days Ankara had been holding the border shut fearing a new mass influx of people.

Things started to take a dramatic turn on Saturday, June 13. We were driving near the border searching for refugees, when we heard that a lot of people had appeared near the crossing in Akcakale. We headed there to see a huge crowd massing in a field in the scorching heat – with Turkish forces using water jets and firing shots in the air to keep them from the fence.

That evening we saw a group of IS fighters – seven or eight of them – turn up, telling the Syrians to head back to Tal Abyad. But once the fighters had left, thousands of people came flocking right back. I don’t know why the fighters came. A kind of a message or show perhaps? They could see us taking pictures – and they made jokes and big gestures.

The next day we were expecting people to come through the Akcakale border gate. But then we heard ISIS was not letting people across. It seemed we had been waiting for nothing. Then suddenly I saw a couple of people appear on a nearby hill.

I thought they were just local villagers, but the people didn’t stop coming. Thousands suddenly appeared from behind the hill and swarmed down towards the border fence...............

Monday, June 15, 2015

World War 3 ... news and updates June 15

Some of the countries in it, either in major or minor roles:
USA, UK, Canada,  Australia, New Zealand, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Jordan, UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Iraq, Israel, Syria, Turkey, Kurdistan, Yemen, Nigeria, France with (Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad ) Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Albania, Estonia, Hungary, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria, Japan, Republic of Korea, Ireland, Spain, Slovakia, Norway, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Novorussia, Ukraine, Russia, Chechnya, Somalia, Iran, India, South Korea, North Korea,  Central African Republic, Kenya, Tunisia, The Philippines, Egypt,  Albania, Serbia, China, Sudan, South Sudan, Bukina Faso, Palestine, Georgia, Chad, Spain, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Indonesia, Nepal, Congo, Uganda, Romania, Mexico, Gambia, Haiti, Cameroon, Chad, Algeria, Venezuela, Thailand, Argentina, Vietnam, Myanmar, Georgia, Burundi, Senegal, Macedonia

The architects of  never-ending wars are going back to the NATO-created Utopia of Libya.  For starters, the NATO leader flies into the "new and improved" Utopia "targeting al Qaeda."
From Reuters
U.S. conducts 'counter terrorism strike'  against al Qaeda-linked target in Libya
The U.S. military conducted a "counter terrorism strike" on Saturday night against an al Qaeda-associated militant in Libya, the Pentagon said on Sunday.
"We are assessing the results of the operation and will provide additional information as and when appropriate," Defense Department spokesman Colonel Steve Warren said in a statement...

The report below suggests that the US airstrikes missed the one-eyed terrorist.
From Stripes
The U.S military says it launched weekend airstrikes targeting and likely killing an al-Qaida-linked militant leader in eastern Libya charged with leading the attack on a gas plant in Algeria in 2013 that killed at least 35 hostages, including three Americans.
An Islamist with ties to Libyan militants, however, said the airstrikes missed Mokhtar Belmokhtar, instead killing four members of a Libyan extremist group the U.S. has linked to the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans......

Link below has a nice database showing statistics and maps of residence from where most of the 700+ British Muslims that have left UK for the jihadi army .  The origins of most of those Muslims are Pakistan and Mid-East. Of course, the BBC does not divulge that ... that's my opinion.
From BBC
At least 700 people from the UK have travelled to support or fight for jihadist organisations in Syria and Iraq, British police say. About half have since returned to Britain. Most of those who went to the conflict zone are thought to have joined the militant group that calls itself Islamic State.
This BBC News database details the stories of those who have died, been convicted of offences relating to the conflict or are still in the region. The information on these pages has been compiled from open sources and BBC research. Some details have been withheld for legal reasons or are unavailable.....

From NewsWeek
Chad Says Boko Haram Responsible for Bombs that Killed 27
At least 27 people, including four suspected Boko Haram Islamist fighters, were killed and 100 others were injured on Monday in two attacks in Chad's capital, N'Djamena, which the government blamed on the Nigerian militant group.
The attacks, which included at least one suicide bomb, are the first of their kind in Chad, an oil-producing nation and a major Western ally which has spearheaded offensives on al Qaeda-linked groups in Maliand on Boko Haram in neighboring Nigeria.
"Boko Haram is making a mistake by targeting Chad," Communications Minister Hassan Sylla Bakari said on state television. "These lawless terrorists will be chased out and neutralized wherever they are.".......

From News24
Nigeria's president Muhammadu Buhari is planning to visit Cameroon to cement a regional fighting force against Boko Haram, he told AFP on Monday.
Buhari met his counterparts from Niger, Chad and Benin at a summit in Abuja last week but Cameroon's leader Paul Biya was noticeably absent and represented by his defence minister.
The two countries have long had strained ties, in part over a bitter territorial dispute but also after Boko Haram mounted cross-border raids into northeast Nigeria from Cameroon's far north.
Buhari visited Niger and Chad in his first week in office and said he would have gone to Cameroon's capital Yaounde for talks with Biya had he not been invited to attend the G7 summit in Germany.....

In a Southern Libya Oasis,   a Proxy War Engulfs Two Tribes
Tuareg fighters with heavy weapons patrol the jagged precipice of windswept Tendi Mountain, with its panoramic view over the remote Saharan oasis of Ubari. This mountaintop is the strategic focal point of an ongoing bitter tribal fight between the Tuareg and the Tebu for who controls the town.
A deadly battlefield for nine months, Ubari's downtown is held hostage by Tebu snipers who have blocked the one rutted road leading into town. Homes and businesses are destroyed; families scattered; the airport, once popular with tourists, is deserted; and Libya's sprawling oil fields in the desert beyond remain offline.......

The instigation from the powers-that-be to make the brainwashed puppets amongst us to rise up in revolution against governments or entities that the powers-that-be have taken a dislike to, continues to continue.  This time it's in full swing with the minority Albanians in Macedonia
From BBC
About 2,000 people have marched in Macedonia's capital, Skopje, demanding equal rights for the Albanian minority.
They also called for the resignation of Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski and his party's junior coalition partner, the ethnic Albanian DUI.
The country's leaders agreed last week to hold early elections by next April, in an attempt to end months of turmoil.........

The Number of Migrants   Trying to Reach Europe via Greece Has Surged by 500 Percent
The number of migrants and refugees crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey to Greece has increased by 500 percent since last year, according to European border control agency Frontex. In comparison, the number of migrants attempting the perilous journey across of the Mediterranean to Italy has gone up just 5 percent, Frontex executive director Fabrice Leggeri said Wednesday.
"When you close off a migration route, another one opens up elsewhere," Thibaut Jaulin, a research fellow at the Center for International Studies and Research (CERI) at Sciences Po in Paris, told VICE News.
European authorities have beefed up surveillance along the Libya-Italy migrant route in an effort to prevent the recurring tragedies in the Mediterranean. In April, naval border monitoring operation Triton saw its budget tripled from 3 million euros ($3.4 million) to 9 million euros ($10.2 million) a month..........

 From NYTimes
Explosion Destroys Ancient Cultural Heritage Site  in Yemen Capital
A protected 2,500-year-old cultural heritage site in Yemen’s capital, Sana, was obliterated in an explosion early Friday, and witnesses and news reports said the cause was a missile or bomb from a Saudi warplane. The Saudi military denied responsibility.
The top antiquities-safeguarding official at the United Nations angrily condemned the destruction of ancient multistory homes, towers and gardens, which also killed an unspecified number of residents in Al Qasimi, a neighborhood in Sana’s Old City area.
“I am profoundly distressed by the loss of human lives as well as the damage inflicted on one of the world’s oldest jewels of Islamic urban landscape,” said the official, Irina Bokova, the director general of Unesco, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization..........

Our Saudi ally, just like our other blood thirsty ally Israel, takes deliberate and malicious aim at civilian residences to kill kids and their moms.
From Reuters
Nine people were killed     when Saudi-led coalition warplanes bombed a district in the Yemeni capital Sanaa inhabited by relatives of ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh, residents and medics said.
The air raid, which also wounded at least 60 people, came ahead of planned U.N.-sponsored talks in Geneva aimed at ending Yemen's civil war that has drawn in regional powers, including the world's top oil exporter Saudi Arabia.
Residents said the warplanes had targeted vacant houses in Bait Me'yad, a district near the heart of Sanaa that is home to a number of relatives of Saleh, whose loyalists are allied with Houthi forces, the dominant armed faction in the conflict.
Mohammed Yahya, an eyewitness, said two missiles struck two Saleh relatives' houses while the third crashed in the middle of the neighborhood, causing several casualties. Another witness said three explosions shook the neighborhood.
"We felt as if the house was going to collapse over our heads," said the man, identified as Ali Ahmed. "We ran, with the children, and hid under the stairwell. It was terrifying."
Medical sources said nine people who had suffered severe injuries died on arrival at hospital while 60 others were under care at three hospitals in the capital.
The Houthi-controlled Saba news agency said most of the victims were women and children......

From CTV
Britain to send more troops   to Iraq
Prime Minister David Cameron says Britain will send 125 more troops to Iraq to train local forces fighting the Islamic State group.
The deployment brings to 275 the number of U.K. personnel helping the Baghdad government and Kurdish authorities battle the militants.
Cameron made the announcement Sunday at a meeting of G-7 leaders in Germany, saying IS terrorism poses one of the world's biggest challenges.....

From Independent
Obama sending 450 more troops to Iraq in face of Isis offensive
The US will send as many as 450 additional troops to Iraq in the face of an aggressive Isis offensive that has seen the Islamic militants take control of large swaths of territory in that country.
The additional troops are not being sent to join ground forces in Iraq, but instead will be used to help train more Iraqi soldiers to fight Isis, the Associated Press reported. The White House said it would open another US training site in Iraq, bringing the total number of facilities to five.........

From Guardian
Israel exonerates itself   over Gaza beach killings of four children last year
Israeli investigation says missile attack that killed boys aged between nine and 11 was ‘tragic accident’ in findings contradictory to journalists’ reports from scene
The Israeli military has cleared itself of culpability in one of the most controversial incidents in last summer’s Gaza war: a missile attack that killed four children on Gaza beach and injured a number of others.
Israel’s advocate general’s office said the attack, which led to the death of four boys aged between nine and 11 was a “tragic accident”.
An account of the investigation, posted late on Thursday by military spokesman Lt Col Peter Lerner, said the strike had targeted a “compound” which had been known as belonging to Hamas’s Naval Police and Naval Force (including naval commandos)”.
But journalists who attended the scene in the immediate aftermath of the attack – including a reporter from the Guardian – saw a small and dilapidated fisherman’s hut containing a few tools where the children had been playing hide-and-seek...........

More on Israel's chutzpah from Craig Murray:
The Killing of Children. 
The Guardian has for once done a very good job of outlining the stark gap between the truth, and Israel’s “report” into the killing of four young children playing by the beach. It may be argued that this terrible tragedy is itself pretty irrelevant given that the Israelis killed 700 other children in Gaza that year. But the maintenance of this ludicrous, macabre and yes, evil, propaganda is fundamental to the self-image of many Israelis. They still contrive to see themselves as the good guys, under constant threat – despite the fact that Israel kills well more than a hundred for every Israeli killed.
This denial of the truth and claim of victimhood extends to the accusation of anti-Semitism trumpeted at every critic, including this one, despite the fact that I have the highest respect for the immense cultural and scientific achievements of the Jewish people. Israel is a different question entirely.
It is this absolute divorce of propaganda from reality that makes Tony Blair an ideal figurehead. Blair has now become head of a Council of Europe (loosely) linked body which claims to exist to promote tolerance, but in fact exists entirely to promote extreme Islamophobia and to shut down criticism of Israel. And it is a further sign of the estrangement from reality of the influential Israelis behind Blair’s appointment that they believe Tony Blair will influence public opinion positively in their favour. A remarkable example of confirmation bias.........

From ForeignAffairs
Expanding the Caliphate.  
ISIS' South Asia Strategy
For over a year, the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) has been attempting to expand into South Asia. ISIS has developed a loose organizational structure in Afghanistan and Pakistan, provided money to local groups, and adopted a confrontational approach to the Afghan Taliban and al Qaeda—all on al Qaeda’s home turf, no less. Its goal is straightforward: to co-opt disaffected local militants in an effort to build influence and power in the region.
ISIS in South Asia, which it calls the Islamic State of Khorasan, is larger than most recognize, boasting between several hundred and several thousand fighters. And its push into the subcontinent has led to numerous skirmishes with the Afghan Taliban, the largest and best-organized militant group in Afghanistan. In early June, for example, ISIS and Taliban fighters engaged in pitched battles in Shinwar, Achin, and other districts in Nangarhar province....

Now every time we read about "Taliban" attacks, we will have to wonder if it was really the Taliban or ISIS as the headchoppers are already in residence near the border regions.
From HuffingtonPost
Taliban Attack Afghanistan Checkpoints, Kill At Least 20 Police
Taliban fighters overran multiple checkpoints in a nighttime raid in Afghanistan's volatile southern Helmand province, killing at least 20 police officers as the battle raged into Saturday, authorities said.
The assault came as Afghanistan's military acknowledged the Taliban controls at least four districts across the country.
The attacks in Helmand hit police checkpoints in the Musa Qala district, said Mohammad Ismail Hotak, the head of the province's joint coordination of police and military operations.........

The Kurdish people, the people with the least religious beliefs fight best because they fight for themselves and their families' freedom not for some uncaring god.  If only they were given better weapons ....  but no, it won't happen.  The powers-that-be don't want the Kurds to store those weapons and use them later to carve out their own land from allies Iraq and Turkey.  Jihadis carving out land for the Saudis' wahhabism is fine with the USA and allies ... decent folks like the Kurds doing it .... nah, nah nada.
From BusinessInsider
The Kurds are pushing deeper into an ISIS stronghold on the Syria/Turkey border
 The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said it began an advance towards an Islamic State-held town at the Turkish border on Saturday, thrusting deeper into the jihadists' stronghold of Raqqa province in a campaign backed by U.S.-led air strikes.
Redur Xelil, the YPG spokesman, told Reuters the YPG and smaller Syrian Arab rebel groups fighting alongside it had begun the move towards Tel Abyad after encircling the Islamic State-held town of Suluk 20 km (12 miles) to the southeast.......

From UnderstandingWar
ISIS’s Wilayat Sinai Attacks  International Base
Recent attacks in Egypt on the one-year anniversary of the fall of Mosul indicate that ISIS’s affiliate in the Sinai may seek to target the Western military forces and the Egyptian state over the course of the next six weeks. ISW assessed that ISIS’s most dangerous course of action during the month of Ramadan would be to attack international forces in Iraq in order to deter U.S.-led coalition involvement in Iraq and Syria. Wilayat Sinai’s attack on the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) airbase at al-Jura on June 9 suggests that ISIS may pursue this operation in the Near Abroad as well, specifically in Egypt over the next 4-6 weeks. In addition the unattributed suicide attack in Luxor on June 10 raises the possibility that Wilayat Sinai may attempt to undermine Egypt’s tourism industry and military in order to pressure and distract the state. This threat is heightened during Ramadan, but also fits within ISIS’s larger strategy to foment disorder and expand operations into the Middle East and North Africa...............

From Reuters
After 11 weeks of air strikes  that have failed to change the balance of power in Yemen, Saudi Arabia is running out of options to restore President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's exiled government to Sanaa.
Despite the destruction of much of their heavy weaponry, the Houthi militia and army forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh control most of the country's populated west and still daily attack Saudi territory with mortar fire or missiles.
The possibility of a ground operation in support of the ragtag local groups still fighting the Houthis in Aden, Taiz, Marib and al-Dhala appears to have been discounted by the Saudis and their allies in an Arab coalition from early on.
Riyadh may soon have to face an unpalatable choice: accept the de facto control of its foes over Sanaa and cut a deal, or keep fighting with the risk of Yemen sinking into total chaos, becoming a permanent threat to Saudi security. .........

The last decade+ senseless wars have taken a toll on the now displaced and stateless children that will last, via them, to the next 3 or more generations. Imagine that much anger, hatred, mistrust, confusion and acrimony towards the West and their fellow coreligionists!  Can you walk in their shoes and imagine that for at least a minute or two?
From ForeignPolicy
The Worst of All Horrors.  
Psychologists in Iraq, a country long afflicted by violence, say they’ve never seen more terrible trauma than that caused by the Islamic State.
...........By now living in a state of prolonged displacement, the girl was cutting her arms and saying things like, “I am crazy,” “I am worthless,” and “I have lost my mind,” Hassan recounts.
Hassan, who looked very tired in a recent Skype interview, describes how, in his first six sessions with the girl, he tried relaxation therapy and family therapy. In the next session, he will try scream therapy, which is when a patient vents repressed anger or frustration through yelling. Whatever works at this point. The same goes for the three or four other patients Hassan treats each day.................

From DailySabah
As the number of Yemenis who are in need of assistance increases with more than 20 million people severely affected by the humanitarian crisis, the rights group called for a permanent cease-fire ahead of U.N.-sponsored talks.
According to United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), 80 percent of the Yemeni population, or around 20 million people, have been affected by the fighting and are in need of aid. As the crisis continues in the country, the number of Yemenis who need humanitarian assistance has been steadily increasing. "20.4 million people are now estimated to be in need of some form of humanitarian assistance, of whom 9.3 million are children," Jeremy Hopkins, Deputy Representative of UNICEF, said from the capital, Sana'a. "The de facto blockade on Yemen's ports, though there is some easing, means fuel is not coming into the country, and since pumps are mechanized, that means over 20 million people don't have access to safe water," he added.......

Heritage sites destroyed in Syria.  The wahhabis' intention of erasing all signs of Christianity in Syria is being accomplished aided by the so-called "Christian" nations of the West.

From Time
Pentagon: Price Tag   for War Against ISIS Is $2.7 Billion
The U.S. has spent more than $2.7 billion on the war against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria since bombings began last August, and the average daily cost is now more than $9 million, the Pentagon said Thursday......

Latest from OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine based on information received as of 19:30 (Kyiv time), 14 June 2015
The SMM monitored the implementation of the “Package of measures for the implementation of the Minsk agreements”. Its monitoring was restricted by third parties and security considerations*. The SMM observed numerous ceasefire violations at and around Donetsk airport. The SMM visited weapons holding areas and observed that some weapons previously documented were no longer present, both at government-controlled and “DPR”-controlled sites.
During the weekend, fighting intensified in Donetsk, with substantially more shelling observed. The level of violence in areas around “Donetsk People’s Republic” (“DPR”)-controlled Donetsk airport remains high.
Over a period of two days, the SMM at the Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination (JCCC) observation point at Donetsk central railway station (“DPR”-controlled, 8km north-west of Donetsk city centre) observed a total of at least 594 explosions caused by incoming and outgoing artillery and mortar fire, as well as small arms and light weapons (SALW), including heavy machine-gun fire. The SMM concluded that the explosions occurred at locations to the north, north-west, north-east, west, and south-west and at distances ranging between 2 and 10km from its position..........

Meanwhile, in Canada our soft justice system doesn't know whether it's coming or going.
From NanaimoDaily
RCMP arrest Winnipeg man  on suspicion of possible terrorist plans.
RCMP have arrested a Winnipeg man on the suspicion that he may carry out terrorist activities or help a terrorist group.
Aaron Daniel Driver, 23, was arrested after a raid Thursday in a suburban home. He appeared briefly in court Friday, where police filed an application for a peace bond that could impose limits on Driver's activities....

From CBC
Human Rights Watch  raises concerns over B.C. terrorism trial.
Canadian police using U.S. post-9/11 tactics to target vulnerable individuals in sting operations, group claim
A terrorism trial underway in British Columbia runs disturbingly parallel with an emerging trend in U.S. anti-terror efforts targeting some of society's most vulnerable people, says an international human rights group.
Human Rights Watch members have been observing the case of John Nuttall and Amanda Korody, two Vancouver-area residents found guilty earlier this month of plotting to decimate the provincial legislature with pressure-cooker bombs.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

In "democratic" United Kingdom, the powers-that-be cyber attack your website if you dare to contradict them with the truth

Craig Murray is one of the very few "tell the truth and damn the consequences" kind of guy.  He is a human rights activist, author, former Ambassador to Uzbekistan and a former Rector of University of Dundee. He happened to write an article showing how false was the claim that Edward Snowden's disclosures have put US and UK spies/agents in danger.  No sooner did the article show up at his website, the powers-that-be went into action trying to disable his blog. 
Searching from Canada with just the name of  his website will get you a message saying "new site coming soon"  ...  just how ridiculous can the naked Emperor(s) get?  **sigh**

Five Reasons the MI6 Story is a Lie
The Sunday Times has a story claiming that Snowden’s revelations have caused danger to MI6 and disrupted their operations. Here are five reasons it is a lie.

1) The alleged Downing Street source is quoted directly in italics. Yet the schoolboy mistake is made of confusing officers and agents. MI6 is staffed by officers. Their informants are agents. In real life, James Bond would not be a secret agent. He would be an MI6 officer. Those whose knowledge comes from fiction frequently confuse the two. Nobody really working with the intelligence services would do so, as the Sunday Times source does. The story is a lie.

2) The argument that MI6 officers are at danger of being killed by the Russians or Chinese is a nonsense. No MI6 officer has been killed by the Russians or Chinese for 50 years. The worst that could happen is they would be sent home. Agents’ – generally local people, as opposed to MI6 officers – identities would not be revealed in the Snowden documents. Rule No.1 in both the CIA and MI6 is that agents’ identities are never, ever written down, neither their names nor a description that would allow them to be identified. I once got very, very severely carpeted for adding an agents’ name to my copy of an intelligence report in handwriting, suggesting he was a useless gossip and MI6 should not be wasting their money on bribing him. And that was in post communist Poland, not a high risk situation.

3) MI6 officers work under diplomatic cover 99% of the time. Their alias is as members of the British Embassy, or other diplomatic status mission. A portion are declared to the host country. The truth is that Embassies of different powers very quickly identify who are the spies in other missions. MI6 have huge dossiers on the members of the Russian security services – I have seen and handled them. The Russians have the same. In past mass expulsions, the British government has expelled 20 or 30 spies from......

Canada shows you can't get away kidnapping Canadians OR The Amanda Lindhout story continues

Amanda Lindhout is a good woman and on hearing that the leader of the gang that kidnapped and tortured her, was in Canadian custody and awaiting our "special" brand of soft justice, she thanked the RCMP over and over again.   Someone like moi would have screamed at the RCMP for taking this long and would have demanded that I get a big raw bloodied piece of the Somali so I could feed it to my dog.

One of my previous posts on Lindhout 
dated August 2013  is here and I am glad to see I haven't changed my views much besides no longer ranting at "lefties" whose opinions, at least a good chunk of them,  I now take pretty seriously.

From CTVNews:
Amanda Lindhout thanks Mounties for arrest of alleged kidnapper

Amanda Lindhout crumpled to the floor, crying, as RCMP investigators broke the news to her on Thursday about the arrest of her alleged Somalian kidnapper.

One officer who had stuck with the case over the past five years asked her "Are you sitting down?," Lindhout recalled Sunday on social media.

"There were several RCMP officials on the line as he delivered the news. I was stunned that they'd made the arrest. I was even more stunned that the accused kidnapper was in my home country."

 "I had forgotten to sit down, and my knees gave out. I lay on the floor crying, saying the words, "Thank you, thank you, thank you so much," again and again," said Lindhout in a statement that was posted on her Facebook page and was also released by her publicist.

The RCMP announced Friday that they had arrested Ali Omar Ader in Ottawa.

Authorities are saying little about how the Somalian national made his way to Canada, where he now faces a criminal charge of hostage-taking.

But seeing Ader in news coverage of the arrest sparked a range of emotions for Lindhout.

"I find it difficult to describe what it felt like to see his face again," she said...........

Friday, June 12, 2015

Good against Evil or The Peshmerga against Jihadis

Vice documentary on how the Peshmerga are heavily handicapped because the powers-that-be have not found it fit to arm them with the state of the art weaponry (the VICE journalist does not say it, I say it) that they so lovingly bestow on "moderate jihadis"  ... get used to it dear folks ... this is the state of our world at present and likely to stay that way unless a comet(s) take out the bad parts.  Good is bad and Bad is good. We better learn to live with it. 

Lesson for today: Let's learn a little bit about secretive North Korea ....

LINK corrected

while always keeping in mind that today's enemies can be tomorrow's friends and today's bosom pals can be tomorrow's sworn enemies .... depending on the whims and fancies of our insane politicians.

Below are bits and pieces from  a fascinating article on a "question session" from photographer David Guttenfelder.  This is a "must read" and I recommend you click on link and read the entire thing.

David Guttenfelder, a Photojournalist, Answers Readers’ Questions on North Korea

.....Q. Danielle Coleno: As a foreigner, I’ve always had the sense that the North Koreans must feel repressed, but perhaps that is only my subjective viewpoint from an outsider. How did visiting North Korea change your views about the people and the country?

A. The first time I went to North Korea, I wasn’t allowed to see much (or photograph much) in the year 2000. Consequently, I thought that there was little life there. Like it was all a facade. Over the years, while working as a photographer, I’ve expanded my view, and I’ve come to see that there are some universals in the world. While the geopolitics and saber-rattling goes on, there are real people, living lives, trying to get by within that system. If I can, I try to take people on that same journey with my photography....

Q. Scott Krenz: Did you get a sense, either directly or indirectly, about what the people of North Korea wanted to tell you about their country and what they wanted the rest of the world to know about them?

A. North Koreans do want to show their best side, of course. They want to be seen as strong, self-reliant, and modern. I think they are also reacting to preconceptions outsiders have of them. As an outside photographer, I often explain that what I’m looking for are the most real, normal, even mundane aspects of life rather than the extremes. I also explain that my instinct is to be critical and have a point of view. This ongoing conversation has been the most interesting and gratifying part of my time there.....

.....Q. Mathias Dalgaard: How do the locals feel about getting photographed? Assuming most of them aren’t used to cameras.

A. Surprisingly, many North Koreans (and not only in the capital) have and use cameras, very often on their mobile phones......

.....Q. Pete Lee: In your view, what is a typical North Korean child’s aspiration? What would constitute a “North Korean Dream” for the majority of the people who live there?

A. Some are likely the same as American children’s aspirations — safety, love, etc. I think American children are mostly taught to strive to be independent, unique and ambitious. I think North Korean children are taught to be unselfish, work hard, and contribute strongly to the greater good within the context of the regime and community.....

.....Q. Katleen Van Hoorenbeeck: Is Facebook open to the North Korean people?

A. No, with very few exceptions, North Koreans do not have access to the global Internet or communications outside. They have developed their own domestic intranet that people use for communications within the country......

....Q. Juniour Ondieki Atemba: What’s the opinion of people there about the outside world?

A. Much of the North Korean people’s identity comes from the Korean War, the division of the Korean Peninsula, and the hostile relationship between it and some of its neighbors and the United States. For example, schoolchildren are taught that the United States started the Korean War, and that Americans and the Japanese are enemies. That said, people have always treated me with kindness and are curious about life outside their country.....

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Afghanistan's former prez Hamid Karzai talks to Oksana Boyko of RT

From the interview one can surmise that Karzai will hold Pakistan's powerful intelligence apparatus, which includes Pakistan's army, fully responsible, IF there is any trouble in Afghanistan which is ISIS-related.

BTW, our wonderful warmongering government of  PM Stephen Harper has signed a Defence cooperation strategy with Pakistan.  Sadly, a former peacekeeping country like Canada has fallen into a demonic hole under a PM who looks like an angel but is a devil in disguise. I would be able to understand if a mutually beneficial business deal had been signed that did not have to do with armaments (as I am sure this one with the "Defence" will entail) ... but no, nothing that spells PEACE can be accomplished under the warmongering Harper. Ugh!!!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Iran mocks ISIS and ISIS supporters and godfathers by holding a cartoon competition


 From LATimes
Whether the pen is mightier than the sword  may be open for debate, but one country is taking no chances and using both weapons in the fight against Islamic State militants.

Iran, which has provided military aid to the Iraqi and Syrian governments in their battles against the Islamist extremist faction, hosted a just-completed cartoon contest with a very pointed goal: using caricature to mock the militants.  

The event, dubbed the Daesh International Cartoon and Caricature Contest (after a pejorative Arabic acronym for Islamic State), was designed to expose the group's "true nature," according to Masoud Shojaei Tabatabaei, head of the House of Cartoon, an Iranian organization aligned with ruling hard-liners that organized the event.

"Daesh tries to associate itself with Islam, but in essence it has no idea about Islam," Tabatabaei said in an interview with Iran's Press TV last week.

Since first announced in February, organizers say, the contest has drawn more than 1,000 works by artists from more than 40 nations, the entries coming from as far as Brazil, Malaysia and Australia.

Judges pared the submissions to 270 for exhibition. Winners Aref Nazari and Ali Reza Pakdel each received a $1,500 cash prize.

The destruction of Islamic State, which has cut a bloody path of destruction across large portions of Iraq and Syria, is a rare foreign policy goal embraced by both Tehran and Washington, although the two adversaries vehemently deny any cooperation in their respective anti-militant campaigns.........

From IndependentUK
Iran launches anti-Isis cartoon competition   'to expose true nature of Islamic State'

Iran has launched an anti-Isis cartoon competition, inviting submissions from around the world which mock the militant group and the atrocities it has committed.

Organisers said selected works would be displayed at four cultural centres across Tehran, and that a winner would be announced on 31 May.

According to the state-run IRNA news agency, artists were briefed by Iran’s House of Cartoon to focus on “the crimes committed by the Islamic State (Isis)”.

Mohammad Habibi, the executive secretary of the contest, said 280 works had been selected from 800 submissions, including entries from over 40 countries such as Brazil, Australia and Indonesia.

Mr Habibi told the Tehran Times that some foreign cartoonists were attending the contest, but that they had been forced to travel under pseudonyms due to security concerns...........

Monday, June 8, 2015

Getting visas to the USA is as easy as pie

All one has to do is put up a nice little act showing one's hatred and dislike for USA's perceived enemies.  Keep in mind that the enemies' list keep changing every couple of months, so you need to be on your toes and read the front pages of The New York Times, Washington Post and other mouth-pieces of the USA administration and of course keep CNN on the telly at all times.  Also, always keep at hand several nicely printed slogans, all should show how much you love what the great America is doing to rid you of the tyrant/monster keeping you in slavery and utter misery.

Here's the present list of the people you need to pretend to hate, and hate with a passion, if you want ingress to the USA.  Good luck to you all .... I really mean it.

Syria = Assad
Iraq = Iran and everybody's who is not a Sunni in the Iraqi govt
Iran = everything to do with everybody and anything there
Afghanistan = the Taliban, Syria, Iran
Libya = Gadhafi (yes, still valid)
The Ukraine = Putin
Russia = Putin
North Korea = the US-educated whatever his name is
Yemen = Houthis, Iran

From SanFranciscoGate:
Hundreds of young Syrians find academic home at US colleges.

Brothers Molham and Mohammad Kayali spray-painted anti-government graffiti around Aleppo University in northern Syria in early 2012 and held up flags in protest against President Bashar al Assad's government. Worried that their lives were in danger, they gave up on school and fled to Turkey in September 2012.

They were reunited last year with their younger brother, Ebrahim, at Emporia State University, a small school in Kansas, joining among about 700 "academic refugees" now in the U.S. who either fled from the long-running violent conflict, attended universities that have closed or couldn't safely travel to schools in dangerous areas.

The Syrian conflict has displaced tens of thousands of students, and some schools in Syria were attacked, including in 2013 when at least 10 students were killed at an outdoor cafe at Damascus University.

It's a situation that has created an educational vacuum that universities around the world, including in the U.S., are seeking to fill in the hopes that the young Syrians will someday help rebuild their country...........