Fear stalks Caucasus amid hidden war

Fear stalks Caucasus amid hidden war

A campaign of killings and torture has mounted in the Russian republic of Ingushetia, rights groups say. Security forces are said to be involved, and signs reportedly point to Chechnya’s leader.

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Magomed Mutsolgov, head of an Ingush human rights group, sits in his Karabulak office with photos of missing men, including a brother. (Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times / August 15, 2009)

By Megan K. Stack

Reporting from Ordzhonikidzevskaya, Russia – This is a place where gangs with masked faces come out of the darkness to take the young men away.

Sometimes the bodies turn up with broken limbs, bruises, torn-away fingernails and burns. Sometimes the captives are placed under arrest officially and end up in jail. Lately, many simply disappear.

Russia’s hidden war against anti-government rebels across the Caucasus Mountains has reached a terrible intensity here in the small, mostly Muslim Russian republic of Ingushetia.

Day after day, insurgents attack police and government officials with ambushes and bombings. And day after day,

security forces unleash what human rights activists describe as a campaign of killings, abductions and torture in their efforts to force calm upon the land.

Now Ingushetia is struggling under the weight of a new terror, one that seeps over the mountains from Chechnya, a neighboring mostly Muslim Russian republic.

Having brutally squashed dissent in his own restive republic, Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov, a young Kremlin-backed former rebel known for his ruthless style of rule, is sending his notorious squads of fighters to hunt down rebels in Ingushetia.

With Kadyrov’s authority creeping over the boundary, Ingushetia has become a land without accountability. Killings may be attributed to the Russian government, local authorities, separatist rebels or Chechens. Lives disappear in the tangle of overlain bureaucracy and shrugged shoulders.

“Everybody is scared now, because the Chechens can do whatever they want,” said Varvara Pakhomenko, a Caucasus expert with Demos, a Russian human rights group. “Even in 2007, when the mass disappearances started, people weren’t afraid; they’d look you in the eyes. But now, when they realize Kadyrov is legally, officially there, they have become really, really scared.”

Faustian deal

Less than a decade back, trapped in a cycle of war and retribution in the breakaway territory of Chechnya, Russia’s then-President Vladimir Putin is believed to have struck a Faustian deal with the Kadyrovs, a clan of onetime rebels willing to switch sides: They could create a fiefdom as long as the republic stayed quiet.

Since following his assassinated father into the Chechen presidency in 2007, Kadyrov, 32, has lavished Moscow’s cash on rebuilding his republic’s bomb-flattened capital, Grozny. He has also constructed an elaborate cult of personality and, according to human rights activists, has terrorized the population with abductions, torture, extrajudicial killings and secret prisons.

On June 22, the Ingush president was seriously wounded in a suicide bombing. Within a few hours, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev publicly ordered Kadyrov to “intensify” his “pursuit of militants.”

Two days later, Kadyrov appeared in the Ingush capital and announced that “when we hunt for criminals, there can be no borders.” Joint Ingush-Chechen security operations had been approved by Moscow and would intensify, he said.

The message was plain: With the Kremlin’s blessing, Kadyrov’s controversial methods of pacifying Chechnya were being exported to the surrounding region. To many observers, Ingushetia now stands as a test of the Kremlin’s willingness to let Kadyrov’s power grow to keep pace with his ambitions.

“They’ve created a Frankenstein they can no longer control,” Pakhomenko said. “Because if you sack Ramzan Kadyrov now, Chechnya will plunge into complete disorder. The Kremlin has become hostage to a situation they created themselves.”

In interviews before she was abducted and killed, human rights investigator Natalia Estemirova compared the atmosphere in Kadyrov’s Chechnya to the Soviet Union under Stalin. Last month, she was snatched off the street outside her home in the Chechen capital.

Her body was dumped in Ingushetia.

A son is seized

It was 5:30 on a July morning when the men pounded on the door of the cramped Albakov apartment in this dusty scrap of a village a few miles from the Chechen line.

“Passport check!” the nine intruders shouted to the groggy family. “Show us your documents.” Two of them wore civilian clothes; the rest wore camouflage and toted submachine guns. They said they were police officers from the Ingush city of Nazran, the family later said.

But they refused to show any identification and, among themselves, they spoke Chechen. Only one of the men appeared to be Ingush, and another Russian. The rest, the family was certain, were Chechens.

They seized 26-year-old Batyr Albakov, led him outside in his bedroom slippers and black jeans and shoved him into one of the silver Ladas parked on the road.

“They held him by the arms and led him out,” said his mother, 52-year-old widow Petimat Albakova. “I shouted, ‘I will follow you! I will see where you take him!’ I was holding the door of the car, but they sped off. I was screaming, ‘Let me come with you!’ “

Her son was gone.

The anguished woman set out to hunt for her son. She gave the authorities the Chechen license numbers she’d memorized, and begged to help investigators make composite sketches; she remembered some of the men’s faces. Come back after lunch, they told her. Come back later. They never made any sketches.

Her son Batyr was an engineer at the airport in Magas, the Ingush capital. In February, he was promoted to head of his department; when he vanished, he was preparing to start postgraduate studies. He was well known and well liked. His brother works in the Emergency Ministry; one sister is a doctor, the other a lawyer.

Eleven days after Albakov vanished, a sister found a news report on the Internet: The rebel Batyr Albakov had been killed in a shootout with authorities, the report said. He was dressed in camouflage and carried a gun. Their mother raced to the police — was it true?

Yes, she was told. They brought his body to the morgue this morning; we were going to inform you tomorrow.

When the body was turned over, the family took photographs to document extensive marks of torture. Albakov’s arm was visibly broken. His right shoulder was charred and eroded, apparently burned. His torso and arms bore large streaks of eggplant-colored bruises.

Chechen officials and state news agencies said Albakov was killed during a shootout in a forest. They said he’d been on the federal wanted list for years. The family denies that he was a rebel.

Contacted last week, a spokeswoman for the Ingush Interior Ministry said Albakov was killed in an operation carried out by the FSB, the national intelligence agency that is the modern-day successor to the Soviet KGB.

But the spokesman for the FSB’s Ingushetia directorate denied agency involvement in the alleged shootout.

“The operation in the course of which he was killed was carried out by the Interior Ministry,” spokesman Damir Rossin said. “They may give you more information.”

Each bureaucracy points to another. Nobody knows anything. You look closely and the case falls apart. This is just one disappearance among hundreds.

‘Wall of silence’

They took her body to Ingushetia. To many of her colleagues, this is one of the most damning aspects of Natalia Estemirova’s slaying. When kidnappers cross from one republic to the next, it muddies jurisdiction and entangles a wider range of suspects. But it’s also a brazen hint of official collusion. The Chechen-Ingush border is a heavily militarized zone; the killers would have had to pass through checkpoints.

Pakhomenko, the human rights activist, recently traveled to the village where Estemirova’s body was discovered. She hoped to interview residents, but came away with nothing but claims of ignorance.

“It’s a tiny place; they couldn’t help but know. But we came into a wall of silence,” she said.

“The Chechens are using the same methods they used in their own republic,” said Magomed Mutsolgov, director of the MAShR human rights organization in Ingushetia. “Nobody can stop them, nobody can check them. They do what they want.”

The number of people abducted and killed in Ingushetia has climbed steadily in recent years, according to MAShR’s investigations: 96 in 2006, and 124 the following year. In 2008, the number nearly doubled to 212; this year, the figure has already reached 210. In the last seven years, 1,000 people have turned up dead, and nearly 200 have never been found.   Not a single kidnapper has been brought to court, the organization says.

“What’s happening already, we can call a civil war,” Mutsolgov said. “Because, you understand, the circle is closed. The authorities have abducted and killed civilians, let alone fighting the rebels. And somebody stands behind every kidnapped and killed person, and this somebody wants revenge. They begin to shoot and kill security officers. This is a vicious circle.”

At the head of Chechnya’s anti-terrorist operations in Ingushetia sits Adam Delimkhanov, a cousin of the Chechen president and a lawmaker in Russia’s State Duma, the lower house of the parliament. It was Delimkhanov who announced Albakov’s death and called the young man a rebel.

Delimkhanov is an international fugitive, wanted by Interpol and named as a suspect in the apparent contract killing in March of a former Chechen rebel named Sulim Yamadayev in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The Yamadayev clan has fought bitterly against Kadyrov; Sulim’s brother Ruslan was killed last fall in Moscow.

Delimkhanov, whom the Chechen president has described as his “right-hand man,” has denied having a hand in Sulim Yamadayev’s death.

None of the cases have been thoroughly investigated, and nobody has been convicted of any crimes, but there’s no denying that Kadyrov’s rivals consistently wind up dead. And the killings are not confined to Chechnya or even to Russia.

There were journalist Anna Politkovskaya and lawyer Stanislav Markelov, both of whom had publicized human rights abuses in Chechnya; the Yamadayev brothers; and Umar Israilov, a former Kadyrov bodyguard who fled to Austria and publicly accused Kadyrov of torturing prisoners, only to be shot down on a Vienna street.

In all of these unsolved slayings, threads stretch back to Chechnya. Kadyrov has staunchly denied involvement. Human rights workers counter that, whether or not Kadyrov was directly implicated, he is guilty of creating an atmosphere of lawlessness and impunity.

The scope of Kadyrov’s ambitions is ambiguous. He has hinted that he’d like to preside over a broader swath of the Caucasus, leading observers to conclude that he hopes to gradually extend his authority into Ingushetia and another neighboring republic, Dagestan.

Kadyrov has denied having designs on neighboring lands. Still, there is a fear the fighting in Ingushetia could provide Kadyrov with a justification for expanding his domain.

As violence and fear swell in the Caucasus, observers are beginning to question how much longer the Kremlin can afford to let Kadyrov’s power grow — and whether the destabilization in the southern mountains is leading to another clash with the central government.

Now, however, Moscow may have little choice but to push forward.

Fighting back

Mutsolgov sat in his office, behind him the black and white photos of missing Ingush men and boys. His brother is among the faces — top row, he points, fourth from the left.

His brother was 28 when he was kidnapped in 2003. He was a physics and mathematics teacher; he spoke four languages. His body was never found.

Around the time of his brother’s abduction, Mutsolgov visited the office of the Memorial human rights organization, where he saw a list of more than 1,000 Chechens kidnapped during a two-year period. “I took an oath never to let that happen in Ingushetia,” he said.

And so he teamed up with Zurab Tsechoyev, a computer technician whose brother had also been abducted. Together they started MAShR and began to investigate and document kidnappings and attacks in Ingushetia.

Since then, Mutsolgov has been shot at twice. Asked whether he’s worried about his safety, Mutsolgov winces and pulls a pistol out of his robe.

As for Tsechoyev, he doesn’t bother with a handgun. It wouldn’t do any good, he says. When the masked security services came for him last year, they rode in armored personnel carriers, surrounded his house and led him out at gunpoint.

Someone had leaked a list of names of suspected death squad members to the website ingushetiya.ru. The men who came to Tsechoyev’s home believed he was to blame; he says they took him to the basement of the FSB headquarters, covered his head with a black plastic bag and tortured him for half a day, trying to force a confession.

In the end, they drove him to an open field and threw him out of the car, threatening to kill him if he didn’t leave Ingushetia within a month, he says. He had a broken leg from the beatings, and spent a month in a hospital recuperating from damage to his heart and kidneys.

“They said, if you don’t leave Ingushetia, we’ll kill first your family and then you,” Tsechoyev said. “But I don’t want to stop my work. I didn’t start my work just to stop like this.”

He will stay. He feels he has no choice.

“Kadyrov and his gang, and I have no other word for them, are up to their ears in blood, and the Russian leadership long ago gave them carte blanche to do whatever they want,” he said.

“I don’t think they’ll settle for just Ingushetia. If you give them a finger, they’ll bite off your entire arm.”

megan.stack@latimes.com

Times staff writer Sergei L. Loiko contributed to this report.

David Miliband: There are circumstances in which terrorism can be justifiable

David Miliband: There are circumstances in which terrorism can be justifiable

By Glen Owen

Foreign Secretary David Miliband was accused last night of condoning terrorism after declaring that there were circumstances in which it was ‘justifiable’.

His remarks – made in support of the ANC’s armed struggle against apartheid in South Africa – were swiftly condemned by the Conservatives, who accused him of giving succour to the Taliban in Afghanistan.

The military wing of the ANC carried out a number of terrorist attacks during its campaign, including the Church Street bombing in Pretoria in 1983 in which 19 people were killed and more than 200 wounded. Many of the victims were civilians.

david miliband‘Terrorism can be justifiable': David Milliband’s comments aired on Radio 4

Mr Miliband was speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Great Lives programme, in which he chose to pay tribute to the South African anti-apartheid activist Joe Slovo – a friend of Mr Miliband’s father, the academic Ralph Miliband.

Mr Slovo, who shared Miliband senior’s belief in Marxist ideology, was one of the leaders of Umkhonto we Sizwe (Spear of the Nation), the armed military wing of the ANC.

Asked by presenter Matthew Parris whether there were any circumstances in which terrorism was justified, Mr Miliband said: ‘Yes, there are circumstances in which it is justifiable, and yes, there are circumstances in which it is effective.’

He added: ‘The importance for me is that the South African example proved something remarkable: the apartheid regime looked like a regime that would last forever, and it was blown down.

It is hard to argue that, on its own, a political struggle would have delivered. The striking at the heart of a regime’s claim on a monopoly of power, which the ANC’s armed wing represented, was very significant.’
[The African National Congress (ANC) condemned necklacing but Winnie Mandela (then wife of Nelson Mandela) exhorted the comrades: “With our boxes of matches and our necklaces we shall liberate this country!”

Winnie Mandela was elected to the ANC National Executive Committee on December 21st, 2007.]

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_IH9A-1Sbod8/SDdFG-jVAUI/AAAAAAAACn0/3XHomkkxxXA/s400/03necklacing.JPG [photo added]

Last night, Shadow Foreign Secretary William Hague said the remarks were ill-judged. He said: ‘Ministers must be very careful before advancing any argument that seems to legitimise terrorism in some circumstances.

When so much of the efforts of our security services, and the sacrifices of our troops in Afghanistan, are devoted to defeating terrorists, this is hardly the time to argue that terrorism is sometimes acceptable.’

Mr Miliband, who appeared on the programme with Mr Slovo’s daughter Gillian, described fondly how, as an 18-year-old, he opened the door to Mr Slovo, who had turned up unannounced at the Miliband family home to discuss politics with his parents.

Joe Slovo, Lithuanian born barrister and wife Ruth SlovoANC ally: Joe Slovo, pictured with his wife, Ruth, was a friend of David Miliband’s father

Mr Slovo, who died in 1995, aged 69, once wrote about his experience of bomb-making, describing how he and his fellow militants would experiment with different explosive materials and timer technology.

Umkhonto we Sizwe was formed in alliance with the South African Communist Party (SACP), which Mr Slovo led for six years from 1984. The SACP backed the Soviet invasions of Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Afghanistan, and was regarded as the most Stalinist branch of the communist party outside the Soviet Union.

The Church Street attack involved a car bomb set off outside the Nedbank Square building at 4.30pm on a Friday. The target was the South African Air Force headquarters, but as the bomb was set to go off at the height of rush hour, those killed and wounded included civilians.

Other ANC-linked atrocities included the 1986 car-bombing of Magoo’s Bar in Durban, in which three people were killed.

At one point in the programme, Gillian Slovo suggested that if her father was to be termed a ‘terrorist’, then so should ‘the Bush administration for going into Iraq’ because it was using ‘terror to pursue political ends’. Mr Miliband did not contest her assertion – despite the Blair Government’s role in the invasion.

Power plant accident in Russia kills 8, scores missing

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Power plant accident in Russia kills 8, scores missing

MOSCOW: Water pipes ruptured at Russia’s largest hydroelectric plant early Monday causing flooding that killed at least eight people and left scores missing, officials said.

The accident caused major power disruption in Siberia.

Officials said eight plant workers were killed and 14 injured when a sudden change in water pressure caused the rupture at the Sayano-Shushenskaya plant in the Khakassia region.

In a statement, the Kremlin said the accident was due to an unspecified “hydraulic impact” at the plant which forced the shutdown of all 10 of the station’s power units.

President Dmitry Medvedev ordered Emergency Situations Minister Sergei Shoigu and Energy Minister Sergei Shmatko to fly to the scene and take personal control of the crisis, the Kremlin said.

Andrei Klyuvev, an emergency situations ministry official at the site of the accident, 4,000 kilometers (2,500 miles) east of Moscow, said there were still dozens of people unaccounted for.

“The fate of 68 people is unknown,” Klyuyev told the Echo of Moscow radio station.

Klyuyev said rescue divers had pulled out one person from a room underneath the plant’s turbine hall where there was apparently a cave-in and flooding, but said many more could still be trapped.

“At the moment we cannot determine whether these people were down there or managed to get out somewhere but we know that there were that many people on this shift,” Klyuyev said.

The accident at the plant disrupted power supply to key smelters in the region including those of UC Rusal, Russia’s largest aluminium producer, an other enterprises.

A Moscow-based spokeswoman for Rusal, which is controlled by billionaire businessman Oleg Deripaska, said however the work of the smelters had not been disrupted due to redistribution of power from alternative sources.

The company said in a statement released later, however, that Deripaska had discussed with Shmatko the possibility of reducing output from UC Rusal smelters to free up energy resources to ensure “stable functioning of the region”.

Russia’s financial regulators ordered the suspension of trading on both Moscow stock exchanges in shares of state-run RusHydro, the corporation that owns the affected hydroelectric station.

Konstantin Reily, a utilities analyst at Finam, estimated that it might take up to three billion dollars to replace the three damaged power units.

“This is an extraordinary event. This is the first accident of such scale at the Sayano-Shushenskaya hydroelectric plant,” he added.

Another emergency situations ministry spokesman, Dmitry Kudryavtsev, told AFP that the body of the dam at the heart of the power plant had not been damaged.

However, some people living close to the hydroelectric station panicked despite official claims that adjacent villages and towns faced no danger of flooding, he said.

The mayor of the nearby town of Abakan, speaking to Echo of Moscow radio, said lines had begun forming outside bakeries and gas stations.

Speaking to reporters in Moscow, Shoigu said there was no threat of the dam breaking but added it would take “years” to repair the damaged power units.

The natural resources ministry said it was concerned by the environmental impact of the accident, saying an oil slick of more than five kilometres (three miles) was spreading along the Yenisei River.

“According to preliminary data, transformer fluid has leaked from one of the hydroelectric station’s damaged units,” the ministry said in a statement.

- AFP/so

MI-5 and the British far right.

MI-5 and the British far right.

Mostaque Ali

Someone asked me naively/defensively/almost accusative to prove the links between MI-5 and far-right groups and agitators. In normal social interactions and conversations “proving” all your assertions is not necessary….its is merely a perspective, an opinion on an issue……whether believed or otherwise. Conversation would be very stale if we had to reference all our points of view.

It is taken as given for those who belong to activist progressive class, and who are sufficiently informed that there are clear linkages between MI-5 and the far right in the UK.

Identifying this linkage is very important in understanding the dynamics of British politics…….and the underlying motivations around such extremist events.

MI-5 and the far-right:

From: http://educationforum.ipbhost.com/index.php?showtopic=5060

“As a result of information acquired by the BBC under the Freedom of Information Act MI5 were using undercover agents to spy on the Anti-Apartheid Movement in the 1980s. This information only adds to the evidence that the MI5 has always been under the control of the far right.

This has been true since 1907 when Major Vernon Kell become Director of the Home Section of the Secret Service Bureau with responsibility for investigating espionage, sabotage and subversion within and outside Britain. Later the organisation became known as Military Intelligence (MI5). Kell and his men exclusively targeted left-wing activists.

By 1918 MI5 had files on 137,500 individuals. This included trade unionists, members of the Independent Labour Party and those who had campaigned for peace negotiations during the First World War.

In October 1924 the MI5 intercepted a letter written by Grigory Zinoviev, chairman of the Comintern in the Soviet Union. This investigation eventually became known as the Zinoviev Letter Scandal. Zinoviev’s letter urged British communists to promote revolution through acts of sedition. After consulting Basil Thomson at Special Branch, Kell showed the letter to Ramsay MacDonald, the Labour Prime Minister. Kell told MacDonald that MI5 and the Special Branch were convinced the letter was genuine.

It was agreed that the letter should be kept secret but someone leaked news of the letter to The Times and the Daily Mail. The letter was published in these newspapers four days before the 1924 General Election and contributed to the defeat of Ramsay MacDonald and the Labour Party. After the election it was claimed that two of MI5’s agents, Sidney Reilly and Arthur Maundy Gregory, had forged the letter and had been involved in leaking it to the press.

This did not stop the Labour Party being elected to power five years later. This time MI5 used a different strategy for dealing with the growth in socialism. It is the same strategy they have used ever since. You “turn” the leaders of the labour movement. Ramsay MacDonald was only the first leader turned in this way. Others, like Tony Blair, were recruited early in their political career.

In 1925 Vernon Kell appointed Maxwell Knight as Director of Intelligence of the British Fascists (BF). Knight played a significant role in helping to defeat the General Strike in 1926 and by the early 1930s was placed in charge of B5b, a unit that conducted the monitoring of political subversion.

The vast majority of Knight’s agents were part-time. Knight recruited a large number of his agents from right-wing political organizations such as the Nordic League, British Union of Fascists and the Right Club. This included William Allen and William Joyce who was later to become known as Lord Haw Haw in Nazi Germany.

The KGB used this against MI5 by getting their agents such as Kim Philby and Guy Burgess to join right-wing organizations that were working with Maxwell Knight. They were recruited as neo-fascists when in reality they were devout communists.”

http://members.lycos.co.uk/mere_pseud_mag_ed/History/Hope1.htm

You don’t have to trudge the history books of Brum Central Library (A most excellent library for research and study), to get an understanding of the subject.

You grow up in the UK, and you come across skin heads and their type. If you are reasonably perceptive you grasp who they are and what they are in the scheme of things, as a reasonably informed Asian growing up in Britain. Your awareness of the subject heightens when you inadvertently cross paths with British security. Of course it doesn’t automatically make you an expert on the subject, BUT YOU KNOW,…..then you talk with other people, lecturers, social activists, and fellow students…..you witness their activity at university…beating up Asian students etc(1994/5 UCE)…and you gain more first hand knowledge of the area.

Then you visit the CRE as it was known then in 1998 in Alpha Tower, and go out to dinner with them, and they fill you in on more inside information of what was going on, and paper cuttings of interesting events and so forth. No startling facts, all taken as matter of fact because you are desensitized to such things, and in the scheme of things you have bigger issues to worry about.

Never an area that I really focused on, but any certified activist leftie (of which I am not)should know of the linkages between MI-5 and the British Far right Movement, and if you do not know, then you know nothing about the leftie movement and its multiple challenges in the 21st century. Western politics has fundamentally shifted to the right, and lefties are struggle to “accommodate” this fundamental shift……..and that this fundamental shift is headed by the dynamics and perceived interests of Israeli politics, and the necessary awkwardness the significant number of Jewish lefties feel in realigning themselves with the perspectives of Israel….Does one follow the tribe? Or ones ideology? Difficult stuff for many I imagine.

MI-5_____BNP,NF,Combat 18,EDL

German intelligence__________Neo-fascists, NDP.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Democratic_Party_of_Germany

SISMI__________Forza Nouva http://kirkunity.blogspot.com/2009/08/convicted-italian-fascist-roberto-fiore.html

MIT_____________Grey Wolves http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grey_Wolves

ISI_____________Do you really need references here!!!

RAW_____________Siv Sena/RSS.

VEVAK___________Basij (they carry chains and knives, and attack decent Iranian citizens who dare to protest about any government policies…..like the above they attack ordinary citizens who criticize the government,….except they have beards, some of them…..impressionable village boy youths with not much education, but a lot of ideology, and pent up anger….works closely with the Revolutionary Guard)

By posting these I do not say that this is the norm we live in and we must accept this linkage, as the norm. No why should we…..we must expect better…..but for those who are naive this is the reality of our present situation, and it allows us to look at the situation from a more realistic perspective….the mask at the ball is taken off.

So why the riots now………….the culmination of a natural process? What natural process? The economic meltdown maybe, and people feeling the effects of the recession, or just angry young men venting their feelings against the obvious targets?

As alluded such anti-social events rarely happen by themselves, spontaneously, but must be observed in the context of other forces within the state structure, and motivations of the power elite. This can be observed in the context of the 1970’s, and the activities of the far right then.
(i) Is all this to get the Tories reelected….1974-79 redux, or April 2001 Oldham just before the elections. The Tories are 18 points ahead, so do they really need further “assistance” in such an area, in this manner. Maybe somebody wants to make sure they win the next elections……based on a Sarkozy election strategy. It worked for him.
(ii) Possibly now that the economy is going pear shaped, the net result of that will be a lot of angry people asking questions as to who, how, why what, when…….etc, and the BANKERS in “The City” don’t want to be the obvious answer to all those questions, as to why Britain is in such a mess. The Circus of Brum provides an useful distraction to their failure and greed. The ordinary people of Britain will be less focused in asking why they are having to bail out the bankers.
(iii) The Blood sacrifice of Iraqis and the Afghan Heroin is profitable for “The City” ……….the Opium and Heroin trades association with “The City” goes back 250 years to the East India company, where Opium was harvested in India and exported to China if you remember your history. The British forces are in Afghanistan purely and simply to ensure that the Heroin is properly shipped to the British shores……………………….to import massive amounts of narcotics in a country you require the COOPERATION of port authorities, HM Customs & Excise, the police naturally and the intelligence services, part of whose job is to combat organized crime and narcotics……….once you grasp that the world does not always operate along the standards set by Pollyanna, then you can begin to get a better picture who are the true criminals in British and international society, and what motivates and who motivates actual state policy in such theaters such as Afghanistan, and how they add to their mass criminal deeds, in order to bolster earlier ones.

Article by former ambassador Craig Murray:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-469983/Britain-protecting-biggest-heroin-crop-time.html

http://www.larouchepub.com/other/2001/2848dope_money.html

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=5514

http://spoonfeedin.blogspot.com/2008/06/opium-financed-british-rule-in-india.html

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=3294

The war is unpopular. Normal people are peace loving……………..people thrive and naturally develop where there is peace, and society follows the rule of law. That is how civilisation progresses. But for a few criminal elements the inverse of this is true……the rule of law should be ignored, there must be war to act as cover for their illegal operations; People must apprehend fear and cower under their designated security; people must fight 50 year wars for their country, “We fight the “bad” guys over there so that we don’t have to fight them over here”……..but wait some of the “bad guys” are already here, and so we fight them in our shores………and presumably that is the underlying narrative of the recent riots, the “enemy within” must be fought.

Ordinary people and some soldiers are already questioning the real validity of the war, especially in Afghanistan running for 8 years now, propping up a corrupt and ineffective narco-state. So the unpopular war must be bolstered in its support….it requires more canon fodder of poor unquestioning white unemployed working class lads, correctly wound up, to join the ranks of the British army to fight for the Heroin business. Can there be a more noble cause?

MI-5 and the British far right.

Someone asked me naively/defensively/almost accusative to prove the links between MI-5 and far-right groups and agitators. In normal social interactions and conversations “proving” all your assertions is not necessary….its is merely a perspective, an opinion on an issue……whether believed or otherwise. Conversation would be very stale if we had to reference all our points of view.

It is taken as given for those who belong to activist progressive class, and who are sufficiently informed that there are clear linkages between MI-5 and the far right in the UK.

Identifying this linkage is very important in understanding the dynamics of British politics…….and the underlying motivations around such extremist events.

MI-5 and the far-right:

From: http://educationforum.ipbhost.com/index.php?showtopic=5060

“As a result of information acquired by the BBC under the Freedom of Information Act MI5 were using undercover agents to spy on the Anti-Apartheid Movement in the 1980s. This information only adds to the evidence that the MI5 has always been under the control of the far right.

This has been true since 1907 when Major Vernon Kell become Director of the Home Section of the Secret Service Bureau with responsibility for investigating espionage, sabotage and subversion within and outside Britain. Later the organisation became known as Military Intelligence (MI5). Kell and his men exclusively targeted left-wing activists.

By 1918 MI5 had files on 137,500 individuals. This included trade unionists, members of the Independent Labour Party and those who had campaigned for peace negotiations during the First World War.

In October 1924 the MI5 intercepted a letter written by Grigory Zinoviev, chairman of the Comintern in the Soviet Union. This investigation eventually became known as the Zinoviev Letter Scandal. Zinoviev’s letter urged British communists to promote revolution through acts of sedition. After consulting Basil Thomson at Special Branch, Kell showed the letter to Ramsay MacDonald, the Labour Prime Minister. Kell told MacDonald that MI5 and the Special Branch were convinced the letter was genuine.

It was agreed that the letter should be kept secret but someone leaked news of the letter to The Times and the Daily Mail. The letter was published in these newspapers four days before the 1924 General Election and contributed to the defeat of Ramsay MacDonald and the Labour Party. After the election it was claimed that two of MI5’s agents, Sidney Reilly and Arthur Maundy Gregory, had forged the letter and had been involved in leaking it to the press.

This did not stop the Labour Party being elected to power five years later. This time MI5 used a different strategy for dealing with the growth in socialism. It is the same strategy they have used ever since. You “turn” the leaders of the labour movement. Ramsay MacDonald was only the first leader turned in this way. Others, like Tony Blair, were recruited early in their political career.

In 1925 Vernon Kell appointed Maxwell Knight as Director of Intelligence of the British Fascists (BF). Knight played a significant role in helping to defeat the General Strike in 1926 and by the early 1930s was placed in charge of B5b, a unit that conducted the monitoring of political subversion.

The vast majority of Knight’s agents were part-time. Knight recruited a large number of his agents from right-wing political organizations such as the Nordic League, British Union of Fascists and the Right Club. This included William Allen and William Joyce who was later to become known as Lord Haw Haw in Nazi Germany.

The KGB used this against MI5 by getting their agents such as Kim Philby and Guy Burgess to join right-wing organizations that were working with Maxwell Knight. They were recruited as neo-fascists when in reality they were devout communists.”

http://members.lycos.co.uk/mere_pseud_mag_ed/History/Hope1.htm

You don’t have to trudge the history books of Brum Central Library (A most excellent library for research and study), to get an understanding of the subject.

You grow up in the UK, and you come across skin heads and their type. If you are reasonably perceptive you grasp who they are and what they are in the scheme of things, as a reasonably informed Asian growing up in Britain. Your awareness of the subject heightens when you inadvertently cross paths with British security. Of course it doesn’t automatically make you an expert on the subject, BUT YOU KNOW,…..then you talk with other people, lecturers, social activists, and fellow students…..you witness their activity at university…beating up Asian students etc(1994/5 UCE)…and you gain more first hand knowledge of the area.

Then you visit the CRE as it was known then in 1998 in Alpha Tower, and go out to dinner with them, and they fill you in on more inside information of what was going on, and paper cuttings of interesting events and so forth. No startling facts, all taken as matter of fact because you are desensitized to such things, and in the scheme of things you have bigger issues to worry about.

Never an area that I really focused on, but any certified activist leftie (of which I am not)should know of the linkages between MI-5 and the British Far right Movement, and if you do not know, then you know nothing about the leftie movement and its multiple challenges in the 21st century. Western politics has fundamentally shifted to the right, and lefties are struggle to “accommodate” this fundamental shift……..and that this fundamental shift is headed by the dynamics and perceived interests of Israeli politics, and the necessary awkwardness the significant number of Jewish lefties feel in realigning themselves with the perspectives of Israel….Does one follow the tribe? Or ones ideology? Difficult stuff for many I imagine.

MI-5_____BNP,NF,Combat 18,EDL

German intelligence__________Neo-fascists, NDP.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Democratic_Party_of_Germany

SISMI__________Forza Nouva http://kirkunity.blogspot.com/2009/08/convicted-italian-fascist-roberto-fiore.html

MIT_____________Grey Wolves http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grey_Wolves

ISI_____________Do you really need references here!!!

RAW_____________Siv Sena/RSS.

VEVAK___________Basij (they carry chains and knives, and attack decent Iranian citizens who dare to protest about any government policies…..like the above they attack ordinary citizens who criticize the government,….except they have beards, some of them…..impressionable village boy youths with not much education, but a lot of ideology, and pent up anger….works closely with the Revolutionary Guard)

By posting these I do not say that this is the norm we live in and we must accept this linkage, as the norm. No why should we…..we must expect better…..but for those who are naive this is the reality of our present situation, and it allows us to look at the situation from a more realistic perspective….the mask at the ball is taken off.

So why the riots now………….the culmination of a natural process? What natural process? The economic meltdown maybe, and people feeling the effects of the recession, or just angry young men venting their feelings against the obvious targets?

As alluded such anti-social events rarely happen by themselves, spontaneously, but must be observed in the context of other forces within the state structure, and motivations of the power elite. This can be observed in the context of the 1970’s, and the activities of the far right then.
(i) Is all this to get the Tories reelected….1974-79 redux, or April 2001 Oldham just before the elections. The Tories are 18 points ahead, so do they really need further “assistance” in such an area, in this manner. Maybe somebody wants to make sure they win the next elections……based on a Sarkozy election strategy. It worked for him.
(ii) Possibly now that the economy is going pear shaped, the net result of that will be a lot of angry people asking questions as to who, how, why what, when…….etc, and the BANKERS in “The City” don’t want to be the obvious answer to all those questions, as to why Britain is in such a mess. The Circus of Brum provides an useful distraction to their failure and greed. The ordinary people of Britain will be less focused in asking why they are having to bail out the bankers.
(iii) The Blood sacrifice of Iraqis and the Afghan Heroin is profitable for “The City” ……….the Opium and Heroin trades association with “The City” goes back 250 years to the East India company, where Opium was harvested in India and exported to China if you remember your history. The British forces are in Afghanistan purely and simply to ensure that the Heroin is properly shipped to the British shores……………………….to import massive amounts of narcotics in a country you require the COOPERATION of port authorities, HM Customs & Excise, the police naturally and the intelligence services, part of whose job is to combat organized crime and narcotics……….once you grasp that the world does not always operate along the standards set by Pollyanna, then you can begin to get a better picture who are the true criminals in British and international society, and what motivates and who motivates actual state policy in such theaters such as Afghanistan, and how they add to their mass criminal deeds, in order to bolster earlier ones.

Article by former ambassador Craig Murray:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-469983/Britain-protecting-biggest-heroin-crop-time.html

http://www.larouchepub.com/other/2001/2848dope_money.html

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=5514

http://spoonfeedin.blogspot.com/2008/06/opium-financed-british-rule-in-india.html

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=3294

The war is unpopular. Normal people are peace loving……………..people thrive and naturally develop where there is peace, and society follows the rule of law. That is how civilisation progresses. But for a few criminal elements the inverse of this is true……the rule of law should be ignored, there must be war to act as cover for their illegal operations; People must apprehend fear and cower under their designated security; people must fight 50 year wars for their country, “We fight the “bad” guys over there so that we don’t have to fight them over here”……..but wait some of the “bad guys” are already here, and so we fight them in our shores………and presumably that is the underlying narrative of the recent riots, the “enemy within” must be fought.

Ordinary people and some soldiers are already questioning the real validity of the war, especially in Afghanistan running for 8 years now, propping up a corrupt and ineffective narco-state. So the unpopular war must be bolstered in its support….it requires more canon fodder of poor unquestioning white unemployed working class lads, correctly wound up, to join the ranks of the British army to fight for the Heroin business. Can there be a more noble cause?

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Ten-Year News Blackout In Japan Over A-Bomb Fallout Coverage

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Experimental Animals – ( Why Atomic Vets Nix Nukes )

A People’s Record of Hiroshima

Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Reenactment

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Baitullah’s men kill 17 rival militants in SWA

Monday, August 17, 2009

By Mushtaq Yusufzai & Irfan Burki

PESHAWAR/WANA: Unidentified armed men killed 18 Taliban militants on the Wana-Ladha Road in South Waziristan, sources said on Sunday.

The dead militants were affiliated with the Mullah Nazir group. Taliban sources in Wana told The News that the bullet-riddled bodies of 18 slain Taliban were shifted to Wana on Sunday evening.

They said the militants had gone to the Paktika province in Afghanistan to fight the US-led coalition forces and were returning home when they were attacked by the armed men. The sources said the militants had come back to Pakistan and were hoping to reach Shakai after passing through the territory of the Mehsud tribe.

The militants, under the command of Meeradin, were reportedly travelling in two pickup trucks, when they were ambushed by unidentified assailants at the Shawangi area in the Ladha subdivision on Saturday morning.

Ladha is inhabited by the Mehsud tribesmen and is under the control of the Baitullah Mehsud-led Taliban. A senior Taliban commander of the Mulla Nazir group, when reached by phone in Wana, said they would not say as to who killed their men and why.

“Either the government, the Uzbeks or the Mehsud Taliban could be involved in their killing. But right now, we cannot say anything concrete,” he said, while requesting anonymity. He said the militants were travelling via Makeen and Ladha in South Waziristan where the Mehsud Taliban and the Uzbek militants were active.

The Taliban commander said most of the bodies had been recovered except three, which, he said, were taken away by the assailants. He said the attack was so swift and well-organised that none of their men could manage to fire back in defence. He said the bodies remained there for two days and a night.

Another senior Taliban commander later phoned The News from Wana and denied reports about the killing of Mulla Nazir in the ambush. “There is no truth in these reports. I offered Maghrib prayers with him on Sunday and he was safe and sound. This man, Turkistan Bhittani, is spreading lies by claiming that Ameer Sahib (Mulla Nazir) has been killed by the Baitullah Mehsud group,” claimed the Taliban commander and a close aide to Mulla Nazir.

He termed it part of a malicious propaganda launched by pro-government commander Turkistan Bhittani to create differences between the militants belonging to the Ahmadzai Wazir and Mehsud tribes. He resisted blaming anyone for the killings at this stage.

Mazhar Tufail adds from Islamabad: Bodies of seven out of 18 men of the Mulla Nazir group have so far been recovered, while the fate of the remaining 10 is still unknown, a source in security forces told The News here on Sunday. “Some media reports are claiming that bodies of all the 18 militants have been recovered, but they are incorrect,” said the source, requesting anonymity.