155 of Saddam’s and Obama’s MEK Terrorists Shipped To Albania


Bosnian El Mujahedeen Unit–The Republican Policy Committee, January 16, 1997 Report on Clinton and Bosnian Islamists

[Obama repeating Clinton’s mistakes in Albania, then Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia (SEE: The Mujahedin and Islamists in Bosnia ; Our terrorists ). ]

Large Group of MKO Terrorists Leave Iraq for Albania: Report

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TEHRAN (Tasnim) – 155 members of the terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) are believed to have flown from Iraq to Albania on a civil aircraft, according to reports suggesting that the transfer was in coordination with American military forces and Saudis.

The MKO members had been residing in Camp Liberty near the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, and are said to be among the highest-ranking members of the terrorist group, including some of the aides and closest assistants of the group’s ringleader, Massoud Rajavi.

The early Thursday’s flight was bound for Tirana, Albania, the reports noted, saying it was planned to fly to Europe via a special flight path.

Informed sources in Iraq said the terrorist were scheduled to get out of the camp at 5 a.m. local time, Thursday.

A charter flight was expected to land in Baghdad’s airport, apparently in coordination with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), to transfer the MKO terrorists, but the US military forces and Saudis are believed to be involved as well.

Just a couple of days ago, an MKO ringleader, Sorayya Shahri, along with several other members of the terrorist group fled from Camp Liberty, a former US military camp outside Baghdad.

The MKO – listed as a terrorist organization by much of the international community – fled Iran in 1986 for Iraq and was given a camp by former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

They fought on the side of Saddam during the Iraqi imposed war on Iran (1980-88). They were also involved in the bloody repression of Shiite Muslims in southern Iraq in 1991 and the massacre of Iraqi Kurds.

The notorious group is also responsible for killing thousands of Iranian civilians and officials after the victory of the Islamic revolution in 1979.

More than 17,000 Iranians, many of them civilians, have been killed at the hands of the MKO in different acts of terrorism including bombings in public places, and targeted killings.

Rule By the Elite, the “Natural Order,” Or A Pre-Revolutionary State?

[The following article would not normally merit posting on this site, considering its Pro-Democrat slant…Nonetheless, despite this shortcoming (which I attribute to the author being an Indian writer transplanted to the City of London, who is trying hard to turn his piece into another commentary on the American election), some very important and relevant issues are raised therein.  The “Pareto principle,” on control by the elite (20% control 80% of the wealth, 20% are troublemakers, who create 80% of the problems, etc.), vs-powder-keg politics, which teaches that an explosive rebellion by the oppressed 80% is inevitable.

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America’s New Normal is Threatening the ‘Naturalness’ of Elite Rule

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Bernie Sanders' popularity represents Americans' unhappiness with the elite who run the country and Hillary Clinton can feel it too. Credit: Reuters/Jim Young

Bernie Sanders’ popularity represents Americans’ unhappiness with the elite who run the country and Hillary Clinton can feel it too. Credit: Reuters/Jim Young

“Looks like the Pareto principle has been proven to be correct once again … Don’t mean to sound cynical but whether people are becoming poorer and desperate or expressing deep discontent, nothing is going to change. The [top] 20% are still going to dictate terms with their immense control over media and money.”

The quote above is one thoughtful reader’s response to the US presidential election campaign. Donald Trump appears to be losing ground – largely through his own off-the-cuff bigotry and xenophobia – and Bernie Sanders’ leftist challenge seems to have fizzled out as the Democratic Party unifies behind Hillary Clinton, all to defeat their common enemy: Trump.

The Pareto principle – named after the work of Italian political sociologist, Vilfredo Pareto, is part of a larger theory that may be summed up as the inevitability and ‘naturalness’ of elite power. The history of power in all societies everywhere is one of elites – some fox-like and cunning (elite democracy), others leonine and masculine (rule by force) – circulating in an endless series of births, deaths and re-births. And quite right too, as ‘elitists’ assert.

So whatever the political label or rhetoric, elites always rule. The Pareto principle contends that about 20% of any population basically produces 80% of the desired results – whether we refer to police officers fighting crime or teachers educating students, or the ownership of wealth and the earning of income. Adding to this tradition, other major elite theorists, such as Robert Michels, have argued for an iron law of oligarchy: whichever political party – revolutionary or reactionary, fascist, communist or democratic, conservative or liberal – gains power, it is bound to be ruled by an elite minority that is better organised, more gifted, and effective, justly easing out the masses from real power.

Elitism certainly confirms the cynical belief that nothing ever truly can or ever will change. But its take on reality suggests that the future looks just like the past, effectively defying radical historical shifts in power be it between classes or races or nations.

Elitists like Pareto seemed to revere hereditary aristocracies where the ‘talents’ reigned supreme and democracy posed a threat, and Marxism threatened complete annihilation. Pareto’s birth in 1848 – a year of democratic revolutions in Europe as well as the publication of the Communist manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels – and his death in 1923 in an era of rising fascism, tells its own story of the fear of change and the desire to return Italy to the past glories of the Roman empire.

The end point of Pareto’s predictions is also open to question and worth exploring in the US context. The change that Sanders and Trump represent is explicable only in the context of recent political history – increasing dissatisfaction with elites on the right and left exemplified by insurgencies from the Tea Party and the Occupy Wall Street movement, respectively. The Occupy movement spread across the nation, involved millions of people and expressed deep public discontent and anger – much of it shared among tea partiers on the right – especially in the areas of military spending, corporate welfare and opposition to special interests, especially the big banks that were bailed out by taxpayers after the 2008 financial meltdown.

Those movements were the tinder-wood for the Trump and Sanders insurgencies against their respective party elites in the 2016 primaries. According to American sociologist Alvin Gouldner, that means where there is an iron law of oligarchy, there is an equal and opposite law of struggle for democracy, an axiom especially true in the modern era. It is just a matter of time before the democratic eruption comes.

It might be worth considering another Italian thinker – Antonio Gramsci – who wrote about intellectual hegemony, political power, and political transformation: hegemony is almost always contested more or less openly and maintaining hegemony is no easy process. Gramsci offers hope through struggle and exposes the superficiality and inherent instability of elite domination, its openness to challenges from below.

Gramsci died in one of Benito Mussolini’s prisons but practised what he preached – “pessimism of the intellect, optimism of the will” – and his work inspired millions to keep pushing for change, because change itself is inevitable, given time and the balance of power between the status quo and change makers, those who make real history.

Apply that principle to history and we see that things do change even if the change is partial, incomplete and unsatisfactory to many – the end of apartheid in South Africa, political independence for the colonial world, relative peace in Northern Ireland, major advances in racial power relations in the US, the transformation in women’s rights across (most of) the world. And if we apply Gramsci to American politics today, perhaps we might see a more complex picture – movements for change albeit tempered by a reassertion by status quo forces, the tentative, uncertain steps towards the domestication of a radical agenda with the original impulse hardly extinguished.

Hence, we see that Clinton and her running mate Tim Kaine have been forced to reject the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement due to the power of the Sanders movement and because of its appeal to rust-belt white workers, a portion of which are die-hard Trump supporters.

Clinton may not be a fully convinced opponent of Wall Street and big money politics – after all, she and former President Bill Clinton make millions annually in speaking fees paid by the likes of UBS and Goldman Sachs – but she does feel the direction of the political wind changing. We may see some movement on instituting a financial transaction tax on speculative behaviour, the strengthening of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – that senator Elizabeth Warren fought to establish – and action against corporate concentration.

Warren’s reputation has been enhanced by her stream of effective attacks on Trump and her campaign to rein in the power of the big banks seems to have been renewed by the Sanders movement. Sanders is acting as a major sponsor of the Warren-John McCain bill to restore key provisions of the Glass-Steagall Act – passed in the wake of the Wall Street crash of 1929 but repealed 70 years later during Bill’s presidency. The Act prevented banks from speculating with ordinary peoples’ hard-earned savings. Clinton is committed to pushing a modernised version of Glass-Steagall.

The necessity of higher wages – backed by a new federal minimum wage of $15 per hour – was forced on Clinton by Sanders’ representatives on the Democratic platform committee at the national convention.

Clinton was also forced to flip-flop on the abolition of college tuition fees – she is now committed to making state universities and colleges free for students from families earning less than $125,000 annually – over 80% of all students.

From significant plans for an infrastructure bank to lead the renewal of the US’ roads, railways, ports and bridges, to higher taxes on the 0.1% of top income earners, to a public option for healthcare cost reduction, to greater intra-party democracy, including reforming the super-delegates system, Sanders’ legacy may yet live on should Clinton win the White House.

As professor Bastiaan van Apeldoorn of the Free University of Amsterdam argues, “The old order may no longer be sustainable; but we may be witnessing an interregnum, with the old order dying and a new one struggling to be born. The choice may increasingly [have to] be one between a real radical (left) reformism or fascism or Trumpism” or whatever form white ethno-nationalist bigotry may take.

“These are critical, transformative, times,” Apeldoorn comments. “With the (still likely) election of Clinton the neoliberal, Open Door, elite will get another lease of life but I cannot imagine it will be a sustained return to normalcy. Both the Trump and Sanders campaigns have made that clear.”

It may not be quite the political revolution Sanders demanded, but it is a major step away from the Trump counter-revolution, and an important nod towards the demands of the Sanders movement and parts of Trump’s working class political base and possibly a slightly fairer society. Things could be a lot worse.

But the cost to the American people will have to be paid in energetic vigilance – to ensure a level of political mobilisation to guard against a smooth return to ‘normalcy’ and the Pareto principle.

Inderjeet Parmar is the head of the International Politics department at the School of Social Sciences, City University, London.  

Pentagon Records Account for Less Than Half of U.S. Arms Transfers to Iraq, Afghanistan

Pentagon Records Account for Less Than Half of U.S. Arms Transfers to Iraq, Afghanistan

Iraqi security forces fire at ISIS militants positions from villages south of Mosul /

Iraqi security forces fire at ISIS militants positions from villages south of Mosul / AP

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The Pentagon has records for fewer than half of the firearms the United States dispensed to partner forces in Afghanistan and Iraq since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the New York Times reported Wednesday.

A compilation of Pentagon contract records related to the proliferation of rifles, pistols, machine guns, and associated attachments and ammunition found that the Pentagon provided more than 1.45 million firearms to security forces in Afghanistan and Iraq over a 14-year span. Those transfers were part of Defense Department small arms contracts totaling $4 billion. The Pentagon issued over $40 billion in total contracts, according to the report.

The transfers included more than 978,000 rifles, 266,000 pistols, and nearly 112,000 machine guns, according to the data obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests. The report was compiled by Iain Overton, a former BBC reporter who is now the executive director of Action on Armed Violence, a London-based charity group that advocates against weapons proliferation.

Pentagon data shows that the U.S. transferred over 700,000 small arms to Iraq and Afghanistan—an amount accounting for only 48 percent of the total arms supplied by the U.S. government.

The Pentagon said the gap between the counts is in part because the U.S. military was attempting to build up two governments that were both at war in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

“Speed was essential in getting those nations’ security forces armed, equipped, and trained to meet these extreme challenges,” Mark Wright, a Pentagon spokesman, wrote in an email to the Times. “As a result, lapses in accountability of some of the weapons transferred occurred.”

Wright said the Pentagon’s practices have since improved, and that to confirm “that equipment is only used for authorized purposes,” its representatives “inventory each weapon as it arrives in country and record the distribution of the weapon to the foreign partner nation.”

Still, Wright said that once a U.S. weapon is distributed to another force, “It is their responsibility to account for that weapon.”

The New York Times noted, “Anyone who has served in a military unit knows that documenting who received what weapon is both a fundamental task and a habit that fits easily into a routine. It takes no more time than issuing a uniform to a soldier or feeding him a meal. But often the Pentagon did not require these steps.”

American University Under Attack in Kabul

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The American University of Afghanistan in Darul Aman Road in Kabul city came under attack just after 7pm on Wednesday.

Dozens of students and staff are believed to be trapped inside the university building.

According to sources, there was an initial explosion followed by gunfire.

One student said he managed to escape along with other students but that many are still trapped inside the building.

A number of gunmen reportedly entered the building after blowing open an entry point into the heavily guarded compound.

Reports also indicate that there are casualties but no official confirmation has as yet been received.

This comes just two weeks after two of the university’s professors were kidnapped. One was an American and the other an Australian.

Clinton Contributors Linked To Turkish Coup Plot, Hard Evidence Piling-Up

[It is really difficult to get a handle on this breaking story, since everything is in Turkish, and Goog Trans does a terrible job translating Turkish to English.  Despite that impediment, I have waded into to the story, nonetheless.  It seems that the air force imam,” and a partner was accused of transporting “Orphans” to the US each year as cover for the plotters and their American handlers.  One of them was able to make a call in a restroom, before removing and hiding the memory card from that phone in a stack of towels.  The next guy in found the card.  It appears that they are obtaining hard evidence of US sponsorship of “Orphan’s putsch night.”]

Turkey hunts alleged coup plotter who was Clinton donor

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WASHINGTON — An Istanbul-based college professor, who has been accused by the Turkish government of coordinating last month’s failed coup attempt, is at the center of a group of suspicious 2014 contributions to a super PAC supporting Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, a USA TODAY analysis shows.

Adil Oksuz is the subject of a massive manhunt in Turkey. Two years ago, an apparently fictitious company that Oksuz created made a $5,000 donation to the Ready for Hillary PAC, a group preparing for Clinton’s presidential campaign.

The Clinton campaign did not provide a response to USA TODAY’s questions about the donations. The campaign did not control the operations of the super PAC.

A company called Harmony Enterprises gave $5,000 to the PAC on June 27, 2014, campaign finance records show. Oksuz registered Harmony in New Jersey in 2010, according to state corporate records. It is the only campaign donation the company had ever made. The company website suggests it is a paper manufacturing business, but the address listed on the corporate records is a used-car lot on a highway in Lodi, N.J. Harmony’s phone number is disconnected.

Foreign nationals are not allowed by law to make campaign donations, but foreign-owned companies are allowed to donate as long as they are using U.S.-generated profits and the decision to donate is made by U.S citizens who work for the company, according to election lawyer Charlie Spies. There is no public information showing whether the Harmony donation complied with campaign finance laws.

The donation was one of a half-dozen donations made to Ready PAC that same day totaling more than $62,000 from Turkish Americans in and around Lodi. Much of that money came from companies that no longer exist or may have never existed, or from donors who cannot be located, campaign and corporate records show. Other donors in the group were also donors to the Clinton presidential campaign as well as the Clinton Global Initiative.

Most of the donors have clear ties to the religious movement led by a cleric named Fethullah Gülen, who lives on a compound in the Pennsylvania countryside.

The Turkish government believes Gülen is running a worldwide network that is trying to overthrow the regime there. Turkish President Recep Erdogan has repeatedly called on the United States to extradite Gülen. In the wake of the July 15 coup attempt, the Turkish government declared that Oksuz was the “imam of the Air Force” and a leader of the plot in Turkey. He was briefly detained and then released after the coup but is now being hunted by the government.

Gülen denounced the coup attempt and told USA TODAY that he and his movement had nothing to do with it. “I condemn and reject in the strongest terms the attempted coup,” he said in an interview with USA TODAY and several other reporters in July.

The Gülen movement, also known as Hizmet, has been active in American politics. A network of Gülen-affiliated organizations provided members of Congress and staff hundreds of free trips to Turkey, many of which USA TODAY discovered were secretly funded by Turkish entities in violation of congressional travel rules.

Gülen-affiliated Turkish Americans have also provided hundreds of thousands of dollars in suspicious donations to political campaigns in the United States. The donations often arrive in groups of five to 10 high-dollar contributions from first-time political donors whose employment declarations provide no evidence they can afford the checks they are writing.

Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., returned $43,100 in Turkish-American donations last year after USA TODAY’s reporting indicated that some of the contributors were unaware even of basic facts about Ayotte — such as the fact that she is a woman.

The pattern re-emerges in the donations to Clinton’s PAC on June 27, 2014. Along with Oksuz’s Harmony Enterprises, a second business at the Lodi, N.J., address — Under 70 Auto Sales, also a used-car lot — donated $7,500 to Ready PAC that day. That company was owned by Abdulhadi Yildirim, whom Turkish news reports identify as Oksuz’s U.S.-based brother-in-law. Yildirim’s LinkedIn page lists him as “Executive Director at Harmony Enterprises.” The phone number at Under 70 Auto Sales is disconnected.

Bergen County land records indicate that a company called Sansun USA LLC, owned by Adbulhadi Yildirim, sold the car lot for $510,000 the day before the donations were made.

Two other used-car lots on that same stretch of U.S. Highway 46 made donations to Ready PAC on the same day, totaling $12,500. Both lots were registered to do business in New Jersey by Mustafa Urgulu; one appears to have closed, the other was sold. Neither company has ever made another political donation, but Urgulu is a regular Democratic contributor. He did not respond to messages left at the number he lists on his LinkedIn page.

That same day in 2014, two leaders of the Gülen-affiliated Turkish Cultural Center of New York made large donations to Ready PAC.

Recep Ozkan, who served as the center’s president a decade ago, donated $20,000 to Ready PAC. He served as a national finance co-chairman for the PAC. He has also given nearly $5,000 to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, and earlier this year he gave between $500,000 and $1 million to the Clinton Global Initiative. Ozkan is variously listed on campaign finance records as president of Baharu Inc. and chairman of Everglobe Partners LLC, but neither company has a functioning telephone number or email address. Ozkan could not be reached for this story.

Gokhan Ozkok — also listed as a past president of the TCC and a finance co-chairman of Ready PAC — gave $5,000 to the PAC that day and in March 2014, and he has given $8,000 to Clinton’s campaigns over the years. He is also a donor to the Clinton Global Initiative. His company, White Tulip Global, has a website, but the phone number rings to an answering machine and an email inquiry was returned as undeliverable. Its listed address is a “virtual office” in New York that serves as a mail drop. Ozkok could not be reached for this story.

Ozkan and Ozkok both corresponded with Clinton aide Huma Abedin via Clinton’s personal email server, according to new emails released by the State Department to the watchdog group Judicial Watch. After Clinton broke her elbow in a fall in 2009, Ozkok sent best wishes via Abedin and added, “I would also like to convey the prayers of Mr. Gülen.”

Contributing: Herb Jackson, The (Bergen County, N.J.) Record

Crying Suicide Bomber Doesn’t Want To Die

Tears of a suicide bomber – Twisted footage shows crying teen’s last moments

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A TWISTED video has emerged showing a crying teenage suicide bomber’s last moments before he blows himself up in an attack on a Syrian village.

boy cryingIG  Jafar is seen with tears down his face in the armoured vehicle

Jafar al-Tayyar, an Uzbek national, is seen emotionally hugging family and friends in a scene more akin to sending a child off to university for the first time.

A big difference is Jafar, who is not old enough yet to grow a beard, is wearing a bullet-proof vest and instead of getting into a Volkswagen Polo, he clambers into a giant explosive-packed armoured vehicle – with tears streaming down his face.

Before reluctantly heading off on his mission, another jihadi can be heard reassuring him, saying: “Jafar, my brother, don’t be afraid. When you are scared, remember Allah.”

Sobbing at the realisation of what he is about to do, Jafar said: “I’m just scared I won’t succeed.”

He then raises his right index finger in the air – a gesture used by jihadis which means “Allah is the highest”.

Moments later the film, which was meant to glorify him as a martyr, shows a massive mushroom cloud shooting into the air over the villages of Fua and Kafriyeh as other militants from the Uzbek-led Imam Bukhari Jamaat militant group – which fights alongside al Qaeda in Syria – attack the villages.

His suicide mission was a small part of a large attack last Friday when more than 200 rockets and seven other suicide bombers ‘martyred’ themselves against defences in Fua.

Following the assault led by Al Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate Nusra Front a ceasefire has now been declared.

boy cryingIG  Jafar is seen struggling to deal with the daunting task ahead

boy being huggedIG  Jafar is hugged by his family and other jihadis before setting off

The footage of Jafar comes as the Division 30 group of 70 rebels trained by the US military in Turkey recently returned to Syria to fight alongside anti-ISIS forces.

They said they are investigating reports of one of its members defecting and giving his weapons to Nusra.

In a post on Facebook this morning Division 30 said if allegations are true it will refer the defected officer to a military tribal on charges of treason.

So far they have not been able to contact him.

boy pinting upIG  Jafar points his finger up in support of Allah

smokeIG  The smoke after the suicide mission

US Withdrawal From Afghanistan Never A Real Option

The director of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought, Zafar Bangash, joined Radio Sputnik’s Brian Becker to discuss the current situation in troubled Afghanistan, as reports suggest that the Taliban have become more active across the nation, following the 2001 US invasion.

According to Bangash, the governing body of Afghanistan is on the verge of breakdown, as a 2014 coalition, formed after US-brokered elections is about to crumble due to a bitter struggle between President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah.

“It is an American arrangement, resulting in that they created a donkey with two heads,” Bangash said of the US-brokered political climate in Afghanistan, in an interview with Loud & Clear. “You can’t have a donkey that has a head on its actual place, and a head on its tail place, and expect this animal to make progress.”

The swift and apparently successful 2001 US military invasion into the country is now stuck in a quagmire, Bangash said, offering that Washington disregarded two key problems.The first, and seemingly the most obvious, is that Afghans will never tolerate foreign occupation. In 2001, “the Taliban had no sufficient equipment like an air force to counter American intervention,” and they fled to countryside, creating the illusion of a US victory.

“[Afghans] will never accept foreign domination or occupation. If there are foreign fighters in the country, they will fight foreigners.”

 

The second issue is that Afghan society is “deeply divided,” appearing to be “a patchwork of tribes,” consisting of Pashtuns, Uzbeks and Hazara, among others. The “fact that tribes have to be accommodated in any political arrangement” makes it extremely difficult to form consensus.

A fragile balance of power was nearly brought into being in the country just before the 1978 coup. “The people [behind the coup] wanted to reform the country,” Bangash offered, but the culture is deeply conservative, and “when you try to impose [reforms], even if they are well-meaning, they are not going to succeed.”

“The US got deeply involved there in 1979,” he said, suggesting that “The US wanted revenge on the USSR for America’s humiliation in Vietnam. And they thought, it’s a good opportunity to settle scores. But the price of course was paid by the Afghan people.”In 2001, Washington used a pretext of human rights abuse, particularly that against women, to invade, he suggested.

“Why are Americans there? Are they there because of women’s education or girls’ rights? It would make much more sense if Americans turned their attention to Saudi Arabia,” where women are much more oppressed than in Afghanistan, he opined.

After having poured over $2 trillion into an arduous Afghanistan campaign for the last 15 years, Washington has not seen an improvement in the quality of life in the country, primarily because that was not the true objective of the US invasion.

“The root of the problem is that Afghanistan is extremely rich in natural resources,” Bangash said, adding, “There are estimates that say that the country contains $4 trillion worth of natural resources. The country is also very rich in cadmium, a metal that is widely used in modern technology like cellphones. That is really driving American policy.”

The constant military invasions and world policing by the US are driven by a military industrial complex that cannot leave any profitable stone unturned, he said, adding that corporate greed, whether in the hands of a weapons supplier or a commodities broker, will prevent any resolution of the crises.

“I do not see any American leader willing to withdraw from Afghanistan,” despite the loss of US lives, he said.