Thursday, March 5, 2015
Another hit at Hillary Clinton but chances are nothing will stop her from winning the presidency.
I think it was two years ago while on a vacation I was dining with some Americans-in-the-know and the talk at the table boiled down to "Hillary will be the next prez and in either 2020 or 2024 Obama will regain the White House." The more I see how corrupt the USA has become, the more I can see into its future and see those predictions made facts because the super-rich who are masters of the puppet politicians care two hoots about democracy or about the citizenry's voting rights.
Hillary Clinton to State Dept.: Release my emails
Hillary Rodham Clinton is urging the State Department to release the emails she wrote from a private email account when she was secretary of state.
In a tweet late Wednesday, the likely Democratic presidential candidate wrote, "I want the public to see my email. I asked State to release them. They said they will review them for release as soon as possible."
State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said in response to Clinton's tweet that the department will review for release the emails Clinton provided.
Harf said the department will conduct the review as quickly as possible, but said that could take some time, given the sheer volume of emails.
Meanwhile, Republicans are signaling that questions about her email practices as secretary of state will follow her into her widely anticipated presidential campaign.
GOP leaders, who control the investigative powers of Congress, say the revelations reaffirm a long-held GOP portrayal of Bill and Hillary Clinton as secretive and playing by their own rules.
Democrats dismiss the accusations as trivial and question whether the emails will resonate with voters in an election 20 months away.....
No matter how and why the scum known as Jihadi John has become the scum he is, scum he will remain in the eyes of every decent human being on this planet. Only idiots of the first order will find excuses to excuse his horrible crimes. Even if the UK govt had a hand in some real or perceived mistreatment of this creature, that's no excuse to go off the handle and kill innocent people in some of the most horrific ways possible. You think governments don't have a hand in the mistreatment of non-Muslims? Do you see them going berserk like Muslims do?
but will the executives responsible for, first the decision to invest and now the decision to take the huge loss, be deprived of their usual big bucks bonuses? Never!
And, yet you wonder why ordinary folks despise the banksters?
Citigroup Loses $800 Million as It Exits Turkey’s Akbank
Citigroup Inc. is ending its investment in Akbank TAS, Turkey’s second-largest bank by market value, at a loss of $800 million on the value of its 2007 purchase.
The U.S.-based lender sold all of its remaining 9.9 percent holding in the Istanbul-based bank for $1.15 billion dollars, it said in a statement on Thursday. The bank negotiated an early exit from a three-year lockup agreement it signed with Akbank’s main owner, Sabanci Holding, when it sold an almost equivalent stake for the same amount in 2012.
The two disposals generated about $2.3 billion, compared with the $3.1 billion Citigroup spent buying the 20 percent stake in 2007. Chief Executive Officer Michael Corbat is divesting minority stakes to focus on the New York-based lender’s core business. The early sale may signal that local stocks, already the world’s second-worst performers in the last month, have further to slide, according to analysts.
“The fact that Citi wanted to sell earlier than planned could be a bad indication for the markets,” said Cagdas Dogan, at BGC Partners Inc. “It sort of implies that they expect them to keep on falling.” ..........
Police State USA where the police know they have power to do whatever they like to descendants of slaves, brown immigrants and the homeless and unbalanced. The inevitable revolution will be mainly due to the criminal behaviour of the police force who treat citizens like enemies on the battlefield.
Where are the stats showing how many innocent people have died at the hands of those who are supposed to "serve and protect" the very citizenry they kill? I am willing to bet that on a yearly basis, more innocent people are killed by the police in America than by terrorism or terrorists.
And, America dares to call itself the "land of the free and the brave" .... pitiful, really pitiful!!!
Read the report from the DOJ to see just how depraved the people serving in the police department have let themselves become.
Ferguson police report: 5 examples of abuse of power
Black residents targeted for harassment by police, U.S. Justice Department report says
The U.S. Justice Department issued a scathing report about the Ferguson, Mo., police force on Wednesday, accusing it of engaging in practices that are discriminatory and unconstitutional.
The department actually issued two reports, one that said it won't prosecute a former Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old. However, another report looked into the police department itself.
It found that the shooting occurred in an environment of systematic mistreatment of blacks, in which officials swapped racist emails and jokes without punishment and black residents were disproportionately stopped and searched, fined for petty offences and subjected to excessive police force.
Here are some examples highlighted in the report:
1. Officer swears at bus patron
A black man said he was sitting at a bus stop when a patrol car abruptly pulled up in front of him and the officer inside rolled down his window and addressed him as follows: Lieutenant: Get over here. Bus patron: Me? Lieutenant: Get the f*** over here. Yeah, you. Bus patron: Why? What did I do? Lieutenant: Give me your ID. Bus patron: Why? Lieutenant: Stop being a smart ass and give me your ID. The lieutenant ran the man’s name for warrants. Finding none, he returned the ID and said, "Get the hell out of my face." ......
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Yes ... we can't expect anything less from evil which passes itself off as a saviour of "God's chosen people" while aiding and abetting with jihadis who burn people to death and chop off heads on camera. What a despicable man!! And, to think that this individual is held in high esteem by political parties in the Anglo nations is totally vomit-inducing.
Netanyahu’s False Narrative
March 4, 2015
As members of the U.S. Congress bobbed up and down with applause, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu spun a tale of brave little Israel fretting about its survival, but he left out the fact that Israel has a large arsenal of nuclear weapons and has often been the one to invade its neighbors, as Marjorie Cohn recalls.
By Marjorie Cohn
On March 3, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued an impassioned plea to Congress to protect Israel by opposing diplomacy with Iran. Referring to “the remarkable alliance between Israel and the United States” which includes “generous military assistance and missile defense,” Netanyahu failed to mention that Israel has an arsenal of 100 or 200 nuclear weapons.
The day before he delivered that controversial address, Netanyahu expressed similar sentiments to AIPAC, Israel’s powerful U.S. lobby. He reiterated the claim that Israel acted in the 1967 Six-Day War “to defend itself.” The narrative that Israel attacked Egypt, Syria, and Jordan in self-defense, seizing the Palestinian territories in the West Bank, Gaza, Jerusalem, the Golan Heights, and the Sinai Peninsula in 1967, has remained largely unquestioned in the public discourse.
Israel relies on that narrative to continue occupying those Palestinian lands. And the powerful film “Censored Voices,” which premiered at Sundance in February, does not challenge that narrative.
But declassified high-level documents from Britain, France, Russia and the United States reveal that Egypt, Syria and Jordan were not going to attack Israel and Israel knew it. In fact, they did not attack Israel. Instead, Israel mounted the first attack in order to decimate the Egyptian army and take the West Bank...........
Monday, March 2, 2015
Sunday, March 1, 2015
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 ....
Main U.S.-Backed Syrian Rebel Group Disbanding, Joining Islamists
One of the last moderate Syrian rebel groups trusted by Washington is waving the white flag—and picking up the Islamists’ black one.
The Syrian rebel group Harakat al-Hazm, one of the White House’s most trusted militias fighting President Bashar al Assad, appeared to be collapsing Sunday, with activists posting a statement online from frontline commanders saying they are disbanding their units and folding them into brigades aligned with a larger Islamist insurgent alliance distrusted by Washington.
The statement bore Hazm’s stamp and logo, and according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a pro-opposition monitoring group, the brigade’s fighting units are disbanding. Emails and phone calls to Hazm’s political leaders were not returned......
Ukraine's economy in the toilet thanks to the organizers of the coup.
3 killed in suicide attack on NATO vehicles in Kabul
Three people were killed and another wounded after a suicide car bombing targeted NATO-led forces' vehicles in Afghan capital of Kabul on Thursday, sources said.
The casualties included one Turkish service member of the NATO- led Resolute Support (RS) forces, an Afghan civilian and the attacker, the Afghan government confirmed, adding one Turkish soldier sustained injuries in the attack.
The attack occurred in the morning, after the bomber rammed his car bomb into a two-vehicle convoy of RS forces near the Iranian embassy in Wazir Akbar Khan, a diplomatic district in central Kabul.
Unofficial sources said the likely target of the attack was the vehicle of NATO Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan Ismail Aramaz, a Turkish diplomat, who escaped the blast.....
And, in the NATO-created "democratic" Utopia of Afghanistan, kids frolic around in opium fields as little slaves to the drug trade. Bet they pray to their allah for the well-being of America... who wouldn't given such a rich satisfying and enriched life?
Children work in an opium field in Badakhshan, which is Afghanistan’s largest producer of opium, Northern … http://t.co/XUOtGddi4T
— ⠀ (@AmnaAlnu) March 1, 2015
Lugansk official: Aidar military detained as they take weapons from Donbass to Kiev
KIEV, March 1. /TASS/. Some military of Ukraine’s Aidar territorial battalion, which participates actively in the punitive mission in Donbass, are involeved in criminal activities, including extortion and arms trafficking, head of the Lugansk regional administration Gennady Moskal said on Sunday.
"A part of that battalion has deserted from Aidar, begun illegal activities of looting, robbery, racketeering, theft of vehicles and other crimes in the towns and villages controlled by the Ukrainian military," the official’s website reads.
He also said about an attempt of taking from the zone of the force mission in Donbass to Kiev of an arsenal, which, he said, was supposed to be used in Kiev "to destabilise the situation" there.
"Several days earlier, the Lugansk regional police stopped a criminal group, led by Aidar military called Filat. The criminals were fighting for an hour against the police and used automated guns."
As the police detained the military and searched the places where they lived, they confiscated over 6,000 bullets, five boxes with grenades, 15 mines, two boxes with with TNT blocks, twelve grenade launchers and several Kalashnikovs............
U.S.-led coalition launches air strikes on Islamic State targets in Iraq, Syria
A U.S.-led coalition launched seven air strikes in Iraq and two in Syria since early Saturday against Islamic State militants, the Combined Joint Task Force said on Sunday.
The military statement said two air strikes involving U.S. drones in Syria near Al Hasakah struck an Islamic State tactical unit and destroyed two vehicles. In Iraq, the U.S.-led coalition used warplanes and drones to strike near Al Asad, Al Qaim, Kirkuk and Mosul, destroying Islamic State tactical units, boats, a storage facility, buildings and other targets, according to the statement......
@R2Pindex ---> Nigeria: Army Recaptures More Communities From Boko Haram: [Premium Times]The Nigerian... http://t.co/vokLK47eIW #Algeria
— R2PindexAfrica (@R2Pindex) February 28, 2015
U.N. Warns Arms Bound for Libya Pose Terror Risk
Report says foreign governments’ transfers to warring factions could wind up with Islamist radicals
Foreign governments that send fresh military supplies to Libya’s warring factions risk increasing arms flows to regional terror groups, a United Nations report warned.
“Current transfers to Libya are probably contributing to further onward proliferation of materiel,” the report released this weekend said. Such proliferation presents “a significant security challenge for other countries in the region, particularly from a terrorism perspective,” it added.
Libya Dawn, a coalition of Islamist militias that has taken over Tripoli and much of the rest of western Libya, has been fighting troops commanded by secular general Khalifa Haftar. Those troops have the support of an internationally recognized government based in the east.
Both sides are jockeying for the country’s vast oil reserves—Africa’s largest—while trying to present themselves to the West and regional governments as opponents of Libya’s Islamic State franchise...........
The 3-year uprising that the Anglo nations' media is doing its best to keep under wraps and away from the eyes of the general public in the West because the royal family of UK along with the USA are in bed with the Bahraini dictators.
The Italian Navy is resuming exercises in the Mediterranean Sea, including near the coast of Libya, amid concerns about rapidly deteriorating security in the North African nation.
The exercise will begin on Monday. It includes anti-submarine, anti-aircraft and anti-ship training operations.
The exercise was suspended for a year because of the heavy deployment of Italian Coast Guard, Navy and other Italian vessels during intensive rescue and surveillance operations to combat migrant smuggling from Libyan shores. That mission was stopped when a European Union maritime operation recently started anti-smuggling patrols.....
Video Purportedly Shows Moment of Boris Nemtsov Killing http://t.co/Zg8ZTtNCtt #news
— Daily USA (@dailyEEUU) March 2, 2015
UAE denies reports of arms supply to Ukraine. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has denied reports suggesting the Gulf state will supply arms to Ukrainian forces as part of a defence deal.
Though the two sides have signed a contract, it does not cover weapons supply, a UAE official said.
"An agreement on cooperation in defence technologies the UAE and Ukraine signed recently does not stipulate any contracts for deliveries of weaponry to the Ukrainian side," Faraj Faris al-Mazrouei, a senior aide to UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al Nahyan, told local news outlet Emarat al-Yawm.
With the West reluctant to supply weapons to Ukraine, officials had earlier said they would purchase arms from elsewhere to bolster the country's defensive capabilities.....
East Ukraine's town of Debaltseve
Syria: Nineteen Assyrians released but hundreds remain captive
Nineteen Assyrians that were captured from the Syrian village of Tel Goran, have been released by Islamic State, also known as ISIS, and have arrived safely at St. Mary's Church in Hasaka, Syria.
According to the Assyrian International News Agency, negotiations for their release had been ongoing for three days and were mediated by local Arab tribal leaders.
Of the 19 that were released, 17 were women and 2 were men, said a spokesperson for AINA. “But not all who were captured from Tel Goran were released. One of the hostages, an elderly woman, said that ISIS did not release her son and two other men who were guarding the village.
“ISIS also refused to release a six-year-old girl. According to reports from the released hostages, Islamic State (ISIS) said it plans to use the girl as a bargaining chip. The girl's mother was released but would not leave her daughter behind and stayed with her.”
The spokesman told the ASSIST News Service, “The hostages looked tired and disheveled but were otherwise unharmed.”
According to AINA, the number of Assyrians captured by Islamic State is between 262 and 373. With the release of this group of 19, the number still being held by this terror group remains in the hundreds. ...........
Iraq's rich history is being erased by madmen in the pay of Saudi Arabia and other interested parties.
Rebels Accuse Saudis of Fueling Unrest to Divide Yemen
The leader of the Houthi rebel group here, in an unusually combative speech Thursday that reflected frustration by the rebel movement at its deepening isolation, accused Saudi Arabia, Yemen’s powerful neighbor, of financing armed opponents and trying to divide the country.
The Houthis control the capital, Sana, in northern Yemen, and much of the nation’s military. Yet their authority faces a sharp challenge from Yemen’s former president, Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who fled to the southern city of Aden on Saturday and, with the backing of Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf monarchies, declared that he was still the country’s legitimate leader..........
1,103 killed and another 2,280 wounded in acts of terrorism and violence in February in Iraq, UN says - @nmladenov
— Breaking News (@BreakingNews) March 1, 2015
Safa Al Ahmad is a Saudi journalist and documentary maker who has spent the last three years covertly filming an unreported mass uprising in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province.
Her 30-minute documentary, Saudi’s Secret Uprising, was broadcast by the BBC in May 2014, and has drawn widespread attention to the violent and bloody protests.
Al Ahmad took enormous risks in her regular filming trips to the Eastern Province. First, as a woman travelling alone, she drew the attention of Saudi officials, who operate in a country in which women have limited control over their day-to-day lives. Second, she carried a camera full of footage of dissenting activists. Saudi Arabia is ranked by Freedom House as one of the most restrictive Arab countries in terms of free expression – Al Ahmad would almost certainly have faced severe punishment if caught filming..........
SAUDI ARABIA - The hidden if small uprising in eastern Saudi Arabia - Shot by a female film maker http://t.co/15t3eEKTTs
— Julian Gearing (@JulianGearing) February 19, 2015
Iran Builds Ties With Yemen’s Houthis as GCC Moves Embassies
Yemen’s Shiite Muslim Houthi group is boosting ties with Iran shortly after Sunni Gulf Arab monarchies moved their embassies to a southern port city to back the government of President Abdurabuh Mansour Hadi.
An Iranian flight carrying medical supplies arrived in Sana’a, the capital controlled by the Houthi movement, on Sunday, a day after the two countries signed an aviation agreement, al-Masirah television reported. Saleh al-Sammad, an official with the group, is leading a delegation to Tehran to discuss political and economic cooperation, the Saba news agency reported on Sunday.
Yemen is emerging as the latest ground for a proxy confrontation between Saudi Arabia, the world’s top oil exporter that backs Hadi, and Shiite Iran, where officials have expressed support for the Houthi group. The two countries are on opposite ends of the civil war in Syria, with Saudi Arabia backing the mainly Sunni rebels against President Bashar al-Assad, who has Iranian support.........
David Cameron: UK special forces will hunt down Jihadi John and 'put him out of action' http://t.co/06tOiDJLHa
— ukip, people's army (@3572rob) February 27, 2015
Canada trying to get away from blame? We assisted in getting rid of Gadhafi, didn't we? Our all-knowing Foreign Affairs Minister and his boss the Prime Minister ... both warmongers, were rooting for war and getting rid of Gadhafi was of paramount importance to these US lackeys and now it looks like these two actually ignored the advice of our military bigwigs and insisted on going headlong into Libya.
Canadian military intelligence officers predicted in 2011 that Libya could descend into a lengthy civil war if foreign countries provided assistance to rebels opposing the country’s dictator Moammar Gadhafi, according to documents obtained by the Citizen.
The warning, made just days before several countries, including Canada, began their March 2011 bombing campaign against Gadhafi’s regime, has unfolded as predicted.
Libya has descended into chaos as rival tribes and militias continue to battle each other for control of the country.
Last week, Libyan Foreign Minister Mohamed Dayri warned that warring factions were pushing his country into a full-scale civil war. Italy has also raised concerns that Islamic extremists who now occupy parts of the country pose a threat to the region and Europe.
The Canadian government and military played key roles in overthrowing Gadhafi and highlighted those efforts as a significant victory both for Libya and Canadians.
At the time, then-foreign affairs minister John Baird reinforced Canada’s support for the rebel groups fighting Gadhafi, pointing out they had a well-developed plan that would transform the country into a democracy. “The one thing we can say categorically is that they couldn’t be any worse than Col. Gadhafi,” said Baird......
The US and US banksters failed to start a revolution in Argentina ... this time round. Let's give them some more time to regroup and rearm.
Cleared of cover-up charges, Argentina's president comes out swinging http://t.co/YL6dYOWePR pic.twitter.com/Ox88POBJBw
— Business Insider (@businessinsider) March 2, 2015
Libya's PM says Turkey supplying weapons to rival Tripoli group
Libya's internationally recognised Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni said his government would stop dealing with Turkey as it was sending weapons to a rival group in Tripoli so "the Libyan people kill each other", ramping up his rhetoric against Ankara.
Two administrations, one in the capital and Thinni's in the east, have been vying for power since an armed group called Libya Dawn seized Tripoli in July and reinstated lawmakers from a previous assembly, four years after Muammar Gaddafi's ousting........
Venezuela to shrink US Embassy staff, require Americans to apply for tourist visas http://t.co/MaYGgdBZcF pic.twitter.com/jPgKSYBPwT
— Fox News (@FoxNews) March 1, 2015
In such a short period of time, the Conservative party of Canada has changed this lovely once-was-neutral country to a lackey of the warmongering police state USA.
All relevant links at link below.
Zi-Ann Lum writing at HuffingtonPost:
Edward Snowden Warns Canadians To Be 'Extraordinarily Cautious' Over Anti-Terror Bill
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden addressed students at a Toronto private school via video link on Monday to warn about the perils of being complacent as the government makes sweeping changes to Canada’s anti-terrorism laws.
“I would say we should always be extraordinarily cautious when we see governments trying to set up a new secret police within their own countries,” Snowden said in a livestream feed from Russia. He made reference to Bill C-51, legislation tabled by the Conservative government days earlier.
More than 900 students attended the talk titled, “Privacy vs. Security: A Discussion of Personal Privacy in the Digital Age” hosted at Upper Canada College. Nearly 1,400 watched the live broadcast online.
Snowden urged the audience to be adept at lining up facts versus rhetoric with emergency legislations born from times of “fear and panic.” He added though Canada is not unique in its anti-terrorism laws and surveillance programs, it’s important to be critical toward political arguments championing their necessity.
“Once we let these power get rolling it’s very difficult to stop that pull through,” Snowden said. “So I would say that we need to use extraordinary scrutiny in every society, in every country, in every state to make sure that the laws we live under are the ones we truly want and truly need.”
Journalist Glenn Greenwald was also on hand for the keynote via conference call.
Using ‘fearmongering’ as vehicle for legislation
Despite the sharp uptick in terrorism rhetoric after two Canadian soldiers were killed within days of each other last year by “radicalized” attackers, the former Guardian journalist says a Canadian’s real-world chance of being killed in a terrorist attack is “infinitesimal.”
“If you are a Canadian citizen, you have a greater chance of dying by being struck by lightning; or by going to a restaurant and eating a meal that will give you an intestinal disease; or by slipping in your bathtub, hitting your head on the ceramic tile than you do dying in a terrorist attack,” said Greenwald.....
Friday, February 27, 2015
Quebec has always been at the forefront in fighting against shariah. Frankly speaking, I don't have much against Muslim women wearing headscarves because we still get to see their faces ... but in the case as reported below, I fully agree with the judge. The courtroom is a secular place and the symbol of a woman wearing a headscarf inside it would take the courtroom to the same level as a religious institution like a church or a mosque. Bottom line: Religion has no place in the courtroom.
Monday, February 23, 2015
Ever wondered about hired killers and what turns them into killing machines? Why do we need to build drones and robots when we have these so called "human beings" who are easily and readily available via American, Canadian and British companies to go forth wherever and whenever to kill people all over the world? What are the chances that many of the warmongers jumping around to start wars here, there, everywhere .... have a big piece of the pie in companies that have thousands of mercenaries on their payroll? Wars are their bread and butter. Coupled that with the armament making industry and you know the Earth is doomed to have everlasting wars.
Moreover, the investors in these death and misery dealing companies don't have to spend a single penny on training the robotic killers. Most of them are ex-soldiers and hence make the "best" mercenaries.
Anyone wanna bet that a few years from now all those ISIS jihadis you see chopping off heads and burning people alive will become prized mercenaries earning big bucks in the very same USA, British and Canadian "Private Military Companies" which are now probably involved in the fight against the jihadis? You think that's simply not possible? Wait and see!!
Sophie Shevardnadze's interview with an ex-mercenary turned prof and author is one of her most interesting and informative ones I have seen so far. Vid and full transcript at link below.
I thwarted an assassination attempt on President - ex-mercenary.
Mercenaries have always been there, where’s the bloodshed going on. The times when whole armies of mercenary troops, or even personal regiments were bought and sold seemed to be long gone. But now, they are called Private Military Companies, and their popularity among the governments rises, with the US leading the trend of shopping at the market of force. Are we witnessing the end of the age of national armies? And why mercenaries are in such high demand these days? We put these questions to Professor Sean McFate, who once was a private military contractor himself.
Sophie Shevardnadze: Professor Sean McFate, former private military contractor, now author, thank you for joining us in our show. Now, with the rise of mercenaries, private armies, contractors - are we heading towards a global market of conflict, or does it exist already?
Sean McFate: It’s been existing now for about 10 years, perhaps longer, but we’re definitely on the trajectory of having a more open and free market for force around the world after Iraq and Afghanistan.
SS: How so?
SMF: Well, the private military industry has always existed, but for the last couple of decades it’s mostly been underground with lone, sort of, mercenaries in Africa, in the wars of decolonization, but in 99s we started seeing a rise of it, with companies like “Executive Outcomes” in South Africa which was a truly mercenary corporation, and that the U.S. government hired a couple of companies in the Balkans, likeMPRI, in 1999s. But it wasn’t until Iraq and Afghanistan that the U.S. government really started to invest heavily in the private military industry, and now that the U.S. is winding down in Afghanistan, the question is - where will this multi-billion dollar industry go? They’re not going to sort of fold-up shop and go bankrupt as some policy makers in Washington hope; they’re going to look for future clients, and those clients could be anybody.
SS: We’ll take about it in detail, a little bit later on, but I want to talk about you - let’s take a look back. How did you become a private contractor? Was it for the money or for a thrill and hunger for war?
SMF: I started off as a U.S. army paratrooper, I was an officer and a paratrooper in 82nd AirborneDivision, and like many in the private military industry I got my start in the U.S. military, many serve other national armies or Marines, and then after that, I switched over, if you will, to the industry side. I worked for a company called DynCorp - it’s one of the largest private security companies in the world, and most of my work actually was in Africa. I was actually not in the Middle East. I did it out of curiosity - I mean, the money is a little better, but it’s not as good as some media reports have made it out to be over the years. The true interesting thing about the industry is that you get to be innovative, in ways that you cannot in the bureaucracies of large militaries. It also was curious to me how this industry operates. It’s a lot more pervasive around the world than most people think, they think it’s just Iraq, they think it’s just Afghanistan, it’s everywhere, this industry.
SS: But what was your most dangerous assignment? ..............
Sunday, February 22, 2015
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....
There are two rival governments in the fractured Libya. One of them sides with the jihadis.
Car, motorcycle bombs injure 13 in Narathiwat
Car and motorcycle bombings in Narathiwat province on Friday injured 13 and damaged 20 buildings in Muang district.
A third bomb attempt failed when someone threw a dud grenade at a restaurant on the road leading to Yi-ngo district. It did not explode and ordnance-disposal officers collected and destroyed it.
The first explosion came from a pickup truck stuffed with explosives parked outside a restaurant on the main road near the Isuzu showroom intersection at 1.06pm, said Pol Lt Gen Anurut Kritsanakaraket, commander of the Southern Border Provinces Police Operation Centre.
They said the bomb was detonated by radio while the employees of the car company were out to launch. About 20 food shops and a karaoke bar were damaged by the powerful blast. Torn corrugated roofing, electrical wires, shattered glass and the charred shell of the car littered the street as police secured the area, according to an AFP witness.
#Turkey's army operation inside #Syria to evacuate troops, & a historic corpse, amid IS threat: http://t.co/rm28JCzeaf @JoeWSJ @aylushka_a
— Emre Peker (@wsjemre) February 22, 2015
The US Homeland Security Department has said that it is not aware of any specific plot against US shopping malls, backing away from comments by the department's chief that he takes seriously a threat by Somali-based armed group al-Shabab against shopping sites in Western countries.
Some US and Canadian officials earlier on Sunday had cast doubt on the credibility of the threat made in a video attributed to al-Shabab, which appeared to call for attacks on Western shopping areas, specifically mentioning Mall of America in Minnesota, the West Edmonton Mall in Canada, London's Oxford Street and sites in Paris.
But Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said that "anytime a terrorist organisation calls for an attack on a specific place, we've got to take that seriously", and told shoppers to be careful without providing any more detail...............
Life is wonderful in the USA/NATO created Utopia of Libya. The Ukraine is anxiously awaiting to experience similar wonderful life akin to Libya.
Islamic State Bombers Kill Dozens in Libyan Suicide Attacks
Islamic State militants unleashed suicide bombings Friday in eastern Libya, killing at least 40 people in what the group said was retaliation for Egyptian airstrikes against the extremists' aggressive new branch in North Africa.
The bombings in the town of Qubba, which is controlled by Libya's internationally recognized government, solidified concerns the extremist group has spread beyond the battlefields of Iraq and Syria and established a foothold less than 500 miles from the southern tip of Italy.
The militants have taken over at least two Libyan coastal cities on the Mediterranean — Sirte and Darna, which is about 30 kilometers (19 miles) from Qubba. They released a video Sunday that showed the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians who were abducted in Sirte, and Egypt responded Monday with airstrikes on Darna.
The Islamic State group has established its presence in Libya by exploiting the country's breakdown since dictator Moammar Gadhafi was ousted and killed in 2011. Hundreds of militias have taken power since then, and some of them have militant ideologies. A militia coalition known as Libya Dawn has taken over Tripoli, where Islamists set up their own parliament and government. Islamic extremist militias controlled the second-largest city of Benghazi until late last year, when army troops began battling them for control.
The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for Friday's suicide bombings in Qubba, but said there were only two attacks, while the government said there were three.
Army spokesman Mohammed Hegazi said one attacker rammed an explosives-packed ambulance into a gas station where motorists were lined up.
"Imagine a car packed with a large amount of explosives striking a gas station; the explosion was huge and many of the injured are in very bad shape while the victims' bodies were torn into pieces," Hegazi said.
Two other bombers detonated vehicles next to the house of the parliament speaker and the nearby security headquarters, he said..........
Map shows extent of conquest... http://t.co/kDia1xTRI2
— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) February 23, 2015
Ukraine shuts down border posts with Russia
Ukraine has closed 23 checkpoints on the border with Russia as the Kremlin build up forces close to the strategic port city of Mariupol, situated between Russia and Crimea in Donetsk Oblast.
On Feb. 20, Ukraine's government issued a decree ordering the closure of one international, four interstate and 18 local border crossing points in Luhansk, Donetsk, Kharkiv, Sumy and Chernihiv oblasts.
A total of 39 checkpoints will still operate on the border with Russia, the State Border Service said. Three are located in Chernihiv Oblast, 14 in Sumy Oblast, 15 in Kharkiv Oblast, six in Luhansk Oblast and one in Kyiv Oblast.
Ukraine's Cabinet of Ministers in Ukraine had already suspended crossings at 14 border posts (6 in Donetsk Oblast and 8 in Luhansk Oblast), due to a direct threat to the lives of those attempting to cross.
At that stage the border posts closed were Marynivka, Novoazovsk, Uspenka, Ilovaisk, Kvashyno, Donetsk, Dovzhansky, Chervona Mohyla, Izvaryne, Krasna Talivka, Yuhanivka, Herasymivka, Petrivka and Luhansk.........
And, in the middle of death and destruction due to wars that our lovely Earth has to endure because of slimy politicians and money-loving warmongers, below is a vid whose producers decided to give us news on the Ukraine mixed with a spinkling of comedy...Russian style. **sigh**
Amid International Outcry, Venezuelan Officials Allege Blackwater, U.S. and Canadian Links to Thwarted Coup
New revelations in Venezuela have linked U.S. private security firm Blackwater, now known as Academi, to the aircraft that was to be used as part of Thursday's thwarted "Blue Coup" attempt.
The four-stage plan included economic war, an international media offensive against the Venezuelan government, political destabilization fomenting ungovernability, and finally the use of a Super Tucano aircraft to strike "tactical targets" in the capital, such as the Presidential Palace, teleSur, and military intelligence
The coup was planned for the one-year anniversary of violent opposition protests known as the Guarimba and was to come one day after a public statement by leading opposition leaders calling for a "transition". .......
Venezuelan Opposition Mayor, Alias “The Vampire,” Arrested for Role in Blue Coup Plot
Venezuelan opposition Mayor and longtime rightwing politician, Antonio Ledezma, has been arrested by the country’s intelligence services, SEBIN, for his alleged role in plotting to stage a coup against the democratically elected government of Nicolas Maduro.
The planned coup was uncovered last week by security forces, just hours before several US backed Air Force officials had planned to partake in a bombing spree of strategic targets in the capital. They had hoped this would lead to the assassination of the country’s president and bring about regime change in the South American country. ......
At least 20 people, including MPs, killed in an attack on a hotel in Mogadishu | #Somalia hit by double explosions http://t.co/xTN0wSrsYx
— Bristol Somali Media (@smgbristol) February 20, 2015
CIA scales back presence and operations in Yemen, home of potent al-Qaeda affiliate.
The closure of the U.S. Embassy in Yemen has forced the CIA to significantly scale back its counterterrorism presence in the country, according to current and former U.S. officials, who said the evacuation represents a major setback in operations against al-Qaeda’s most dangerous affiliate.
The spy agency has pulled dozens of operatives, analysts and other staffers from Yemen as part of a broader extraction of roughly 200 Americans who had been based at the embassy in Sanaa, officials said. Among those removed were senior officers who worked closely with Yemen’s intelligence and security services to target al-Qaeda operatives and disrupt terrorism plots often aimed at the United States.
The departures were triggered by mounting concerns over security in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, where Houthi rebels have effectively toppled the government. Britain and France said Wednesday that they also would close their embassies, as news footage showed Houthi fighters driving off in vehicles that U.S. diplomats had abandoned at an airport during their exodus.
The collapse of Yemen’s government had already disrupted some U.S. counterterrorism operations in Yemen. The closure of the U.S. mission compounds the challenges and “is extremely damaging” to the CIA’s mission in Yemen, said a former senior U.S. official involved in the effort. ........
The largest ever prodemocracy protest in #Bahrain 's history 4 years ago ,the reply " no space for democracy here http://t.co/xpH7nUN1Sl"
— #Gaza #FreePalestine (@leilanazzar) February 22, 2015
The latest Islamic State video posted online appears to show captured Kurdish soldiers paraded in cages through crowded Iraqi streets to wild applause.
The video is less than 10 minutes long but shows what appear to be 21 Kurdish peshmerga fighters being paraded through Kirkuk in individual cages. Some are briefly interviewed in the video.
CNN, translating the inteviews, says most of those interviewed say they are from Kirkuk, a city in northern Iraq with strong Kurdish ties.
"The prisoners, under duress, call on their fellow peshmerga soldiers to give up their fight against ISIS," CNN reports.
"We say to the peshmerga: Leave your jobs, or your fate will be like these, either the cage, or under the ground," a man says in Kurdish, according to CNN's translation.
The fate of the men is not shown on the video...............
Savages!!!! RT BREAKING: New #ISIS video shows 21 peshmerga hostages carried around in cages, in #Kirkuk some Kurds. pic.twitter.com/3GTTslRjqw”
— David Morrison (@TravelandCredit) February 22, 2015
Hezbollah and Syrian Army Reinforcements Arrive in Northern Aleppo; Huge Gains in Al-Malaah
In a surprise counter-attack, the National Defense Forces (NDF) were given a boost from Hezbollah (Party of God) and Syrian Arab Army (SAA) reinforcements that succored the entrenched fighters at Al-Malaah to regain more than half of Mazra’a Al-Malaah after fierce clashes with the Syrian branch of Al-Qaeda “Jabhat Al-Nusra” on Sunday.
North of Al-Malaah, Jabhat Al-Nusra attempted to infiltrate the NDF’s frontline defenses for the 2nd straight day at Bashkoy; however, they were unable to advance past the outskirts of the town, as they faced heavy resistance from both the NDF and the Syrian Arab Air Force (SAAF).
As a contingent from Jabhat Al-Nusra tried to infiltrate into Bashkoy, their comrades to the north continued their attack on the NDF defenses in Duweir Al-Zeitoun; it was repelled following a long day of fighting between the two parties and the SAAF’s persistent bombing of Jabhat Al-Nusra positions.
The SAA recaptured the Sadkoub Fuel Company in the Al-Khalidiyyeh neighborhood of Aleppo City, killing 16 militants from the Islamic Front (Jabhat Al-Islamiyya) and destroying one of their vehicles mounted with a doshka.......
ISIS extremists 'offer British teenagers cash to become jihadi brides in Syria and Iraq' by grooming them online just like sexual predators
ISIS supporters offer cash incentives to encourage schoolgirls to join them
Use money wires to transfer cash for girls' payment and travel expenses
Employs UK fixer to train girls in how to behave to not arouse suspicion
Uses grooming techniques employed by paedophiles to lure young girls
Police believe under-16s have already been lured to marry fighters in Syria..........
Isis targets in Iraq and Syria hit by six US-led air strikes since Friday http://t.co/blZd2ZELxN Kobani in Syria and Mosul in Iraq among…
— Newsdesk World (@NewsdeskWORLD) February 21, 2015
Syria: Turkish incursion is 'flagrant aggression'
Syrian government says Turkey informed Syria about operation in northern Syria but did not await its agreement.
The Syrian government has said that Turkey informed Syria ahead of a major overnight military incursion but did not await Syrian agreement to the action.
Turkish soldiers guarding the tomb of Suleyman Shah in Syria were successfully evacuated to Turkey in the military operation early on Saturday, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said.
Davutoglu said the remains of Suleyman Shah, grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire, would be moved to a different area of Syria which has been brought under Turkish military control.
Syrian State TV described the incursion as "flagrant agression".
"Turkey goes beyond supporting ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist gangs to launch a blatant aggression on Syrian territory," state-run SANA news said, referring to the alternate name of ISIL.
The Turkish military said in a statement that there had been no clashes during the operation, the first such ground incursion by Turkish troops into Syria, but that one soldier had been killed in an accident.
"Unfortunately we had one casualty and this was not as a result of a clash but due to an accident that happened at the beginning of the operation," Davutoglu said at a news conference in Ankara on Sunday.
The soldiers brought the remains of Suleyman Shah and some relics back to Turkey......
#IS maps detail strategy to takeover #Libya by taking advantage of porous southern border&camps #Niger #Chad #Algeria pic.twitter.com/0nreuvhCmy
— Libya Al Hurra (@LibyaAlHurraTV) February 20, 2015
Government: Radical militants kill 4 Tunisian National Guard
Radical militants killed four members of the National Guard in the mountainous Kasserine region near the Algerian border, Tunisia's Interior Ministry said Wednesday.
Ministry spokesman Mohammed Ali Aroui said 20 militants from the Oqba Ibn Nafaa radical group ambushed a night patrol around 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the Kasserine city around midnight......
Tunisia and Algeria send military reinforcements to borders with Libya........
Civilian deaths in Afghanistan war reach new high in 2014: U.N.
At least 3,188 Afghan civilians have been killed in the intensifying war with the Taliban in 2014, making it the deadliest year on record for non-combatants, the United Nations said on Friday.
The numbers are a sharp reminder that the Afghan war is far from over, even as a U.S.-led international force formally ends its combat mission at the end of the month, shifting to a supporting role for Afghan forces after 13 years.................
Below, just a few headlines at Refugee Resettlement Watch blog.
Somali Islamic terrorists threaten attack on Mall of America; we are bringing in over 800 Somali refugees a month right now!
Let Muslim nations take the Muslim refugees!
Mark Levin: A government that can’t run a website is going to keep us safe by vetting Syrian refugees?
Media shock over Obama plan to bring in a couple of thousand Syrian refugees growing
The thing to remember when reading the numbers given for refugees coming into North America, is the fact that, just like how the government massages the unemployment numbers by never taking into account those who have fallen off the unemployment benefits rollercoaster and gone to seed, so also the government does not bother to inform us that the refugee numbers show only the main applicant(s) and in most cases it would be the adult male in the family that would count in the "numbers game" and very, very rarely "one" wife from his horde. The minors are not included in the "numbers game" and whether you want to believe it or not, I have heard of those extra wives jotted down as "daughters" because it's easy in those countries, especially in war-time, to get falsified papers manipulating the true ages of those our wonderful North American governments are importing so very delightfully.
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Venezuela coup attempt fails .... USA, UK and Canada suspected of aiding plotters to overthrow yet another elected government
Go here to hear how it was organized and how it was stopped. You can bet your bottom dollar that another attempt will be in the works soon. Once again some of us will be saddened to know that Canada under warmonger Harper is one of the suspect nations involved in the coup game in Venezuela.
Movements, Governments Express Solidarity with Venezuela
International solidarity with Venezuela continues as the South American country challenges ongoing destabilization.
On the one year anniversary of opposition violence that sought to destabilize Venezuela's democratically elected government, movements and governments from around the world continue to reiterate their support for the Bolivarian Revolution.
After the latest coup attempt was uncovered and thwarted, organizations turned to social media to express their solidarity......
Venezuela officials say ex-general, 13 others in coup plot
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan officials on Friday cheered the thwarting of what they said was a planned coup that involved a plot to blow up the presidential palace.
President Nicolas Maduro announced Thursday night that a retired air force general had been arrested and 13 other people were implicated in a plot to overthrow the South American country's 15 year-old socialist revolution.
"We have foiled a coup attempt against democracy and the stability of our homeland," Maduro said, speaking on the anniversary of the start of street protests that wracked the nation last year.
Venezuela's government has frequently alleged coup plots, often without providing much evidence or follow up.
Congress president Diosdado Cabello said in a television broadcast that 11 soldiers were among those implicated, including a retired general, and that several had been arrested. He also named two opposition politicians and a businessman as plotters and charged that the U.S had tried to buy the loyalty of air force officers.
Cabello showed photos of weapons and other items that he said had been seized from those implicated. In addition to the palace, the plotters planned to bomb the Defense Ministry and the headquarters of the government-sponsored news channel Telesur, officials charged.....
Monday, February 16, 2015
Sunday, February 15, 2015
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.....
So good to see one of the most courageous truth tellers, Lizzie Phelan (remember the Libyan reports from this woman? Everything she reported on at that time was ridiculed as coming from a hysterical woman. Bet she feels very much vindicated now, but are those who ridiculed her feeling ashamed? Of course not! Such people rarely have any supply of that commodity to start with anyway) now working for RT.
The Islamic State group released a video on Sunday purportedly showing the beheading of Egyptian Coptic Christians the jihadists say they captured in Libya.
The footage released online shows handcuffed hostages wearing orange jumpsuits being beheaded by their black-suited captors on a seashore in the Libyan capital of Tripoli.
In the latest issue of the IS online magazine Dabiq, the group said 21 Egyptian hostages were being held, and pictures showed a similar background.
The video, titled "A message signed with blood to the nation of the cross", has a scrolling caption in the first few seconds saying it is directed at "People of the cross, followers of the hostile Egyptian Church"....
.......A spokesman for the Egyptian foreign ministry confirmed to AFP in Cairo that 20 Egyptians had been kidnapped in two separate incidents in neighbouring Libya.....
Video claims Coptic Christians beheaded by Islamists in Libya http://t.co/4ptSHffgAa
— TIME.com (@TIME) February 15, 2015
Two suicide car bombs wound six in Egypt's Sinai
Two suicide car bombs wounded six people on Saturday when officers fired on the vehicles as they approached a police station in the restive Sinai Peninsula, officials said.
The brazen daytime attack occurred in the town of Sheikh Zuweid in North Sinai where security forces are battling an Islamist insurgency.
The bombings came after a deadly militant assault last month killed 30 soldiers in North Sinai.....
3 bombs explode in Alexandria as Sinai militants admit beheading 10 'spies' #Egypt http://t.co/h7lXaCbkQy pic.twitter.com/5EjwlgLnds
— Middle East Eye (@MiddleEastEye) February 11, 2015
Heartwarming news! Yes, ISIS please go invade your natural home .... Saudi Arabia. Go home ISIS, go home! Your destiny lies there, close to the mad making meteor which will have no effect on you as every last one of you is a rabid dog and not human.
Recent posts on Twitter indicate that Islamic State (IS) supporters may be readying to carry out a rather curious demonstration in Saudi Arabia. The plan involves the purchase of helium balloons -- presumably painted black -- decorated with the IS logo to be released at 3 PM after Friday prayers in Mecca. Supporters are then to film a ten-second video of their balloon release, and share it on social media with the hashtag #RainInvasion.
Whilst the demonstration itself seems fairly innocuous, the significance lies in the fact that there seems to be increasing support for the IS in Saudi Arabia. A week ago, a video released by one of IS’ official media wings -- Al-Batar Media -- purportedly showed a drive-by shooting of a Danish citizen, Thomas Hopner, in Riyadh. The video, titled “The First Rain,” was allegedly carried out by the group’s newly launched “Saudi branch.”
The group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has in numerous video and audio recordings, called for attacks against the Saudi regime. In a video released last month, Baghdadi declared a target list for attacks in Saudi Arabia, without mentioning the country by name because it is a name derived from the ruling tribe, the al-Saud, whose authority IS does not accept. Baghdadi referred to Saudi Arabia as the “head of the snake and stronghold of disease.” The topmost position on the target list was accorded to Shias in Saudi Arabia. The leader urged supporters to “draw their swords” to fight and to kill Shiites, using the pejorative, sectarian term “rafidhah” for the sect......
Houthis Take Control of Yemen Without Seizing Power.
The Houthis’ first step toward governing Yemen seems like a necessary option imposed on Ansarullah due to the failure of Yemeni parties, following days of intensive talks, to reach a solution to the political crisis and fill the power vacuum created by the resignation of the president and his government under external pressure.
After months of gaining ground throughout Yemen’s provinces, Ansarullah (the Houthis) has translated its progress into clear political gains. The Houthis have now taken control of the government, yet without assuming power themselves, and will oversee a two-year transitional phase through a “constitutional declaration.” The declaration was made in a large ceremony at the Yemeni presidential palace.
Many will no doubt describe what happened as a coup. However, events from the past few weeks show that the group’s activities are geared towards consolidating its new position in Yemen on the basis of partnership. The vacuum left by the resignation of the president and government put pressure on the Houthis, drawing it into the chaos, at a time when internal forces are preparing to engage in an armed conflict with the group.....
#Iraq: Its like a scene from Planet of the Apes. #ISIS primates baying for blood as they parade #Peshmerga in cages. pic.twitter.com/wyUoM2c60W
— Syricide (@Syricide) February 13, 2015
Isis could reach the Mediterranean if order is not restored in Libya, the country’s former prime minister has reportedly suggested.
Ali Zeidan warned Libya’s fractured government and its access to weapons and ammunition seized during the fall of Colonel Gaddafi has made it more susceptible to the activities of jihadists, according to The Times.......
Delegates from Libya's rival parliaments gathered for the first time Wednesday for talks aimed at ending months of instability in the violence-plagued country, the UN mission said.
"Participants arrive in #Ghadames for round of political dialogue aimed at ending #Libya's crisis," the United Nations Support Mission in Libya said on Twitter.....
#AlArabiya_Eng ISIS video purports to show killing of 21 Egyptians in Libya: The Egyptians, dressed in orange ... http://t.co/CuwBzCuEPE
— All The News Is Now (@AllTheNewsIsNow) February 15, 2015
Nigeria's Boko Haram militants attack Chad for first time.
Nigerian Boko Haram militants have carried out an attack on Chad overnight, the first such assault on Chadian soil, officials say.
Fighters crossed Lake Chad in four motorboats and attacked a village, an army spokesman told the BBC.
The Islamist militants were pushed back by Chadian troops after killing several people, residents said.
Chad recently joined Nigeria, Niger, and Cameroon in a military coalition against Boko Haram....
Bahrain Is Still My Country
I have been imprisoned, tortured, and now made stateless for protesting against the cruel monarchy. I won’t stop. But when will the United States and Britain realize they are backing a thuggish autocracy?
On Jan. 31, I was speaking from my home in London with a Bahraini friend in Lebanon about the ongoing crackdown in Bahrain. Suddenly, I received a pop-up message from WhatsApp: “72 Bahraini citizens have had their citizenship revoked.”
“I think my citizenship has been revoked,” I said, opening the link. He was laughing at me as I scrolled down the list, searching for my name. ........
Bahrain to send troops to support fellow kingdom Jordan
The tiny Gulf island nation of Bahrain says it will send troops to support regional ally Jordan.
The Bahrain Defense Force's General Command said in a statement carried by the state news agency Sunday that the move underscores "the solid brotherly ties of kinship and solidarity" between the kingdoms.
It gave no details on the timing or size of the deployment. Bahraini military officials could not immediately be reached for comment......
Warlord Netanyahu, primo hypocrite and racist, invites "white" Jewish diaspora from France and Denmark to migrate to Israel but have we heard him extending that invite to "brown" Jewish families in war-torn Yemen or "black" Jewish families suffering persecution in Ethiopia?
Danish chief rabbi responds to Netanyahu: Terror is not a reason to move to Israel http://t.co/Xx5MJUhVbp #Copenhagen pic.twitter.com/EcTDSml82q
— Haaretz.com (@haaretzcom) February 15, 2015
The youngest to die was a 4-day-old girl, the oldest a 92-year-old man.
They were among at least 844 Palestinians killed as a result of airstrikes on homes during Israel's summer war with the Islamic militant group, Hamas.
Under the rules of war, homes are considered protected civilian sites unless used for military purposes. Israel says it attacked only legitimate targets, alleging militants used the houses to hide weapons, fighters and command centers. Palestinians say Israel's warplanes often struck without regard for civilians.....
More Muslims needed in British Army, urges military chief
More British Muslims should be recruited into the UK’s armed forces, one of Britain’s highest-ranking soldiers has said. Muslim Public Affairs Committee UK blamed the poor uptake on the community’s ‘demonization’ and Britain’s ‘unethical’ foreign policy.
General Sir Nicholas Carter, Chief of the General Staff, admitted that the number of ethnic minorities in the army was “nowhere near where it needs to be,” particularly in relation to religious minority groups such as Muslims.
Figures released by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) showed only 0.54 percent of regular soldiers identified as ‘Muslim’ – with many coming from commonwealth countries, rather the UK.
According to the figures, there are just 480 Muslims serving in the British Army, one of the lowest representations of a minority group across the forces.
Ethnic minorities are generally unrepresented, with non-white ethnic groups making up less than 10 percent of the British military – around 9,100 of the 88,500 troops in the regular forces.
“We have to do more. My highest priority is ensuring we continue to have the best possible talent throughout our army,” General Carter said. ........
A brief brush with police triggered the unravelling of an alleged terror plot to derail a passenger train in the name of radical Islam, the trial for the two men suspected of masterminding the scheme heard Tuesday.
Raed Jaser and Chiheb Esseghaier still seemed determined to carry out an attack that would take people's lives, court heard, but after the incident they had different ideas on how to do it......
Few convictions under U.K. terror law that served as model for Canada
British law against encouraging terrorist acts has led to six convictions since 2006, but it has forced extremists to tone down their discourse....
.....Laws against glorifying terrorism were also adopted in Australia last November, before Harper’s Conservatives introduced its legislation last week.....
#Peshmerga captured ISIS commander near #mosul https://t.co/8bSMzxJQKe #ypg #ypj #kobane #sinjar #kirkuk #Turkey #dubai #Iraq #erbil #kurd
— Kurd Press (@KurdishPress) February 15, 2015
35 IS jihadists killed in clashes with Syria Kurds: monitor.
At least 35 Islamic State jihadists were killed on Sunday in clashes with Syrian Kurdish fighters around the flashpoint town of Kobane, a monitor said.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the deaths came in three separate clashes around the town in Aleppo province of northern Syria.
At least 22 of the jihadists were killed in fighting on the border between Aleppo and Raqa province, where IS has its de-facto capital......
Israel's misdeeds are glossed over by the powers-that-be and always will be.
More vids and further info at the link below.
Israel Murdered U.S. Sailors and Tried to Sink Their Ship … A Failed False Flag Attack Against the United States
An Attempt to Drag America Into Israel’s War
On June 8, 1967, Israel attacked the American naval vessel USS Liberty in international waters, and tried to sink it.
After checking the Liberty out for 8 hours – and making 9 overflights with Israeli jets, within 200 feet … close enough for the pilots and the sunbathing Liberty sailors on deck to waive at each other.
Yet the Israelis attacked it with Mirage fighter jets, torpedoes and napalm. The USS Liberty suffered 70% casualties, with 34 killed and 174 wounded.
The Israeli attack spanned two hours … as long as the attack on Pearl Harbor. The air attack alone lasted approximately 25 minutes: consisting of more than 30 sorties by approximately 12 separate planes using napalm, cannon, and rockets which left 821 holes in the ship. The Israelis fired 30mm cannons and rockets into the boat.
Following the attack by fighter jets, three Israeli motor torpedo boats torpedoed the ship, causing a 40 x 40 foot wide hole in her hull, and machine-gunning firefighters and stretcher-bearers attempting to save their ship and crew. More than 3,000 machine-gun bullet holes were later counted on the Liberty’s hull.
After the attack was thought to have ended, three life rafts were lowered into the water to rescue the most seriously wounded. The Israeli torpedo boats returned and machine-gunned these life rafts at close range. This was followed by the approach of two large Israeli Army assault helicopters filled with armed commandos carrying what appeared to be explosive satchels (they departed after hovering over the ship for several minutes, making no attempt to communicate).
The Israelis clearly knew it was an American ship, tried to sink it, and tried to frame the Egyptians for the attack, as shown by the following evidence:
(1) The Liberty was flying a huge, brand new American flag. The flag was 5-by-8 feet. The weather conditions were ideal to ensure the flag’s easy observance and identification, because it was clear and sunny, with a wind-speed which made for a constant rippling motion in the flag. After the flag was shot up by the jets, the Liberty’s crew replaced it with a giant 7-by-13 foot American flag, which flew during the entire duration of the attack.
(2) The Liberty had a unique profile and didn’t look like any other boat, since it had more and bigger antennas – including large, high-tech dishes and giant towers – than any other boat in the world (it was an NSA spy ship).
(3) The Liberty was marked with uniquely American numbering and colors in front.
(4) The Israeli pilots shot out the Liberty’s communications equipment first, and specifically jammed the ship’s emergency radio signal … unique to American naval vessels in the 6th Fleet. The ships from other fleets and other nations used different frequencies, which the Israelis did not jam.
(5) The Israelis used unmarked fighter jets and unmarked torpedo boats during the attack.
(6) Recently-declassified radio transcripts between the Israeli attack forces and ground control show that – at least 3 times – an Israeli fighter jet pilot identified the craft as American, and asked whether ground control was sure he should attack. Ground control repeatedly said, yes, attack the vessel.
(7) The Israeli torpedo boats methodically destroyed all of the Liberty’s liferafts one by one (which is a war crime).
(8) The only reason the Israelis did not successfully sink the Liberty and kill all of its crewmen was that one sailor duck-taped together antennae – and took many bullet wounds in the process – which enabled an emergency SOS to get out from the Liberty to American 6th Fleet.
(9) The Israelis later claimed that they mistook the Liberty for an Egyptian vessel. But the Egyptian ship – the El Quseir – was an unarmed 1920s-era horse carrier out of service in Alexandria, four times smaller than the Liberty, which bore virtually no resemblance to the Liberty.
(10) President Lyndon Johnson believed the attack was intentional and he leaked his opinion to Newsweek.
Other high-level Americans agreed:
“I was never satisfied with the Israeli explanation…. Through diplomatic channels we refused to accept their explanations. I didn’t believe them then, and I don’t believe them to this day. The attack was outrageous.”
–U.S. Secretary of State Dean Rusk
“The evidence was clear. Both Adm. Kidd and I believed with certainty that this attack …
Friday, February 13, 2015
In a just and fair world, many of the UK warmongers who allowed the USA's rabid wardogs to waltz them into the illegal war on Iraq would have had to face justice at The Hague. Handing in their resignations is an easy way out for these criminals.
If Stephen Harper had been the Prime Minister at that time, instead of Jean Chrétien, he and his gang would have now been in the same shoes as these UK MPs.... because just as we know for a fact that the Sun rises in the East and sets in the West, Harper would have committed Canada in the Iraqi fiasco which has given the world what we see today in that region.
As for the turmoil going on right now, I have a strong feeling that the events unfolding in the Ukraine plus the fact that Harper arrogantly stood behind despicable warlord Netanyahu in the butchering of Palestinians in Gaza, is going to spell a harrowing defeat for Canada's Conservative party come the next election.
Furthermore, regardless of the excuses given for his resignation, John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs, is lying through his teeth, through every one of them. At first I thought that maybe he had found his ideal mate and was getting married to a husband but then I thought ... nah ... it's because he has an inkling of the consequences down the road .... consequences for the butchery of Gazan children and the coup in the Ukraine, both in which he played a major role alongwith his beady eyed boss.
Today's world believes in diplomacy and not butchery. Politicians are supposed to be diplomats not warmongers and supporters of butchers.
Why I’m standing down from Parliament: Jack Straw, MP for Blackburn
I still get shouted at on the tube and called a war criminal - but I have to take the responsibility of Iraq
The Telegraph is speaking to MPs who are standing down at the general election in May. Jack Straw, 68, was Labour MP for Blackburn 1979 – 2015.
ow did you end up in Parliament?
“Coming from a strong Labour family, [I got] the politics bug when I was 13 at the 1955 election, reading one of the leaflets I was having to deliver in the rain and thinking I’d rather be doing what the chap on the leaflet was doing, which was to become the Labour MP for what is now Epping Forest.
“It’s a bit like youngsters wanting to play soccer for England. Given my background, a council maisonette in Essex … the prospect I could go on from there to [Parliament] was really rather distant. But I really wanted to be a Member of Parliament. I had this romantic idea.” .....
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
This is the reason why most reasonable people prefer prevention rather than the "cure" that hate-filled people resort to.
Can you hear the silence of the media?????!!!!
If only the immigration departments in the Western countries had laid down the rules well before Muslims migrated here with their traditional custom of women wearing black masks and headgear while men wearing white nightgowns ... which immediately identifies them as Muslims, sad and tragic incidents like the one below could have been avoided. These two vibrant young girls would have known that their head coverings are not welcomed in the Western society and they would have either opted to stay away from the Western educational system or they would have come anyway but refrained from continuing to wear their traditional outfits while in public.
I blame the Western politicians and especially the Immigration Departments for not spelling out precisely and clearly what was expected from all immigrants, whether they be Muslims or not.
Remember their names: Deah Barakat: 23 years Yusor Mohammad: 21 years Razan Momammad: 19 years #ChappelHillShooting pic.twitter.com/5OMsqkSmed
— Montaser منتصر مرعي (@MontaserMarai) February 11, 2015
Deah and Yusor just got married in December. May Allah be pleased with their souls. #ChappelHillShooting pic.twitter.com/yO1QrljG8P
— abd'aziz bakare LP (@Backarray) February 11, 2015
Doug Stanglin writing at USAToday:
Chapel Hill 'rocked' by killings of 3 Muslim students.
The mayor of Chapel Hill, N.C., said Wednesday that the college town has been "rocked" by the shooting deaths of three Muslim students that the father of two of the victims calls a "hate crime."
The fatal shootings have sparked condemnation from a national Muslim civil liberties group and triggered a Twitter uproar over allegations of anti-Muslim bias.
The victims, all shot in the head, were identified as Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, and his wife, Yusor Mohammad, 21, of Chapel Hill, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, of Raleigh, police said. The two female victims were sisters.
Barakat, a Syrian-American and a second-year dental student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Yusor Mohammad were married in late December.
Chapel Hill police release a 911 call from a witness who heard gunshots and screaming following the deaths of three Muslim students. Craig Stephen Hicks turned himself in to officials and has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder. .....
Monday, February 9, 2015
They want those ratings, remember? It's a competition between the various ghouls at the MSM. So, of course they are rooting for more and more bloodshed. Human blood running in long neverending rivulets and body parts looking like charred blocks of wood, make for exciting news coverage. Why stop to think that the instigators themselves or their loved ones might suffer the same fate as the present victims at the other side of the world? The wars and suffering is meant for others over there, far, far away. It can never reach us, right?
Sunday, February 8, 2015
People like me who complain about certain stuff which we see as wrong and dangerous, do so only because we believe that prevention is better than the cure and not because we hate people for their religion or traditions.
The dhimmi judge in the case as detailed below has perhaps the same kind of mentality judges had in the UK, Australia, France, Germany, Sweden, The Netherlands and many other EU countries just a few short years ago. Look at what's happening in those countries now. Will the looming "cure" that's likely going to happen in those countries, will it be better than the preventive measures if they had been in place?
I hope the government will appeal the foolish ruling by a dhimmi nitwit judge and let's hope the case will reopen before a person with at least a modicum of intellect which was clearly lacking in this judge.
Another preventive measure would be to add one more sentence in the application form for prospective new immigrants. Something like making it mandatory that new immigrants will be arrested if they cover or mask their faces when in public places and that it is absolutely necessary for new immigrants to shown their faces to one and all at the swearing-in ceremonies. Failure to comply with this rule will result in deportation .... that should be made very, very clear.
From ChristianScienceMonitor via YahooNews:
A controversial Canadian ban on wearing face veils during citizenship swearing-in ceremonies tested the limits of restricting freedom of religion to promote “Canadian values.” On Friday, a judge ruled the government went too far.
The ban, introduced in 2011, was “unlawful” because it interfered with a citizenship judge’s legal obligation to ensure the “greatest possible freedom” is provided to people who are taking the oath of citizenship, a court determined.
The government said face veils, like the niqab - which covers the entire face except the eyes and is worn by some Muslim women - prohibited judges from verifying that citizenship candidates were actually reciting the oath. Its statements suggested this policy was also an attempt to force new citizens to assimilate to Canadian norms and adopt Canadian values, as the government defined them.
The ban was challenged by Zunera Ishaq, who comes from Pakistan and wears a niqab. She declined to go through with the citizenship oath in January 2014, saying she would be forced to violate her religious beliefs by removing it.
“[The] policy required her to unveil in public when there was truly no need, simply because the niqab did not please the [former Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney],” said Ms. Ishaq’s lawyer Naseem Mithoowani. “My client feels very strongly that this set a dangerous precedent and the Canadian government has no role in dictating to women what is, or is not, a morally acceptable dress code.”
The government rejected the possibility of holding separate ceremonies for niqab-donning women where they could unveil in front of a female judge only, saying this would promote inequality.
“Taking the oath of citizenship means embracing Canadian values and traditions while pledging allegiance to Canada,” the Citizenship and Immigration Ministry said in a statement. “While the government of Canada values the diversity that people of all origins bring to the country, it is reasonable to expect citizenship candidates attending a public civil ceremony to show their faces while reciting the oath.”.........