Warning To Americans From the Russian Press (Pravda): Do not give up your guns!

The Russian Press Pravda Message to Americans: Do not give up your guns

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PRAVDA

By Stanislav Mishin

These days, there are very few things to admire about the socialist, bankrupt and culturally degenerating USA, but at least so far, one thing remains: the right to bare arms and use deadly force to defend one’s self and possessions.

This will probably come as a total shock to most of my Western readers, but at one point, Russia was one of the most heavily armed societies on earth. This was, of course, when we were free under the Tsar. Weapons, from swords and spears to pistols, rifles and shotguns were everywhere, common items. People carried them concealed, they carried them holstered. Fighting knives were a prominent part of many traditional attires and those little tubes criss crossing on the costumes of Cossacks and various Caucasian peoples? Well those are bullet holders for rifles.

Various armies, such as the Poles, during the Смута (Times of Troubles), or Napoleon, or the Germans even as the Tsarist state collapsed under the weight of WW1 and Wall Street monies, found that holding Russian lands was much much harder than taking them and taking was no easy walk in the park but a blood bath all its own. In holding, one faced an extremely well armed and aggressive population Hell bent on exterminating or driving out the aggression

This well armed population was what allowed the various White factions to rise up, no matter how disorganized politically and militarily they were in 1918 and wage a savage civil war against the Reds. It should be noted that many of these armies were armed peasants, villagers, farmers and merchants, protecting their own. If it had not been for Washington’s clandestine support of and for the Reds, history would have gone quite differently.

Moscow fell, for example, not from a lack of weapons to defend it, but from the lieing guile of the Reds. Ten thousand Reds took Moscow and were opposed only by some few hundreds of officer cadets and their instructors. Even then the battle was fierce and losses high. However, in the city alone, at that time, lived over 30,000 military officers (both active and retired), all with their own issued weapons and ammunition, plus tens of thousands of other citizens who were armed. The Soviets promised to leave them all alone if they did not intervene. They did not and for that were asked afterwards to come register themselves and their weapons: where they were promptly shot.

Of course being savages, murderers and liars does not mean being stupid and the Reds learned from their Civil War experience. One of the first things they did was to disarm the population. From that point, mass repression, mass arrests, mass deportations, mass murder, mass starvation were all a safe game for the powers that were. The worst they had to fear was a pitchfork in the guts or a knife in the back or the occasional hunting rifle. Not much for soldiers.

To this day, with the Soviet Union now dead 21 years, with a whole generation born and raised to adulthood without the SU, we are still denied our basic and traditional rights to self defense. Why? We are told that everyone would just start shooting each other and crime would be everywhere….but criminals are still armed and still murdering and to often, especially in the far regions, those criminals wear the uniforms of the police. The fact that everyone would start shooting is also laughable when statistics are examined.

While President Putin pushes through reforms, the local authorities, especially in our vast hinterland, do not feel they need to act like they work for the people. They do as they please, a tyrannical class who knows they have absolutely nothing to fear from a relatively unarmed population. This in turn breeds not respect but absolute contempt and often enough, criminal abuse.

For those of us fighting for our traditional rights, the US 2nd Amendment is a rare light in an ever darkening room. Governments will use the excuse of trying to protect the people from maniacs and crime, but are in reality, it is the bureaucrats protecting their power and position. In all cases where guns are banned, gun crime continues and often increases. As for maniacs, be it nuts with cars (NYC, Chapel Hill NC), swords (Japan), knives (China) or home made bombs (everywhere), insane people strike. They throw acid (Pakistan, UK), they throw fire bombs (France), they attack. What is worse, is, that the best way to stop a maniac is not psychology or jail or “talking to them”, it is a bullet in the head, that is why they are a maniac, because they are incapable of living in reality or stopping themselves.

The excuse that people will start shooting each other is also plain and silly. So it is our politicians saying that our society is full of incapable adolescents who can never be trusted? Then, please explain how we can trust them or the police, who themselves grew up and came from the same culture?

No it is about power and a total power over the people. There is a lot of desire to bad mouth the Tsar, particularly by the Communists, who claim he was a tyrant, and yet under him we were armed and under the progressives disarmed. Do not be fooled by a belief that progressives, leftists hate guns. Oh, no, they do not. What they hate is guns in the hands of those who are not marching in lock step of their ideology. They hate guns in the hands of those who think for themselves and do not obey without question. They hate guns in those whom they have slated for a barrel to the back of the ear.

So, do not fall for the false promises and do not extinguish the light that is left to allow humanity a measure of self respect.

Govt. Testing Spy Drones Over the Homeland, Getting Americans Accustomed To New Layer of Surveillance

 

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The Dragonflyer by Dragonfly Innovations, Inc., a rotary-wing drone representative of those being tested by the Department of Homeland Security in Oklahoma. – DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
This Lockheed Martin Stalker is representative of drones being tested for civilian uses near Fort Sill. Lockheed Martin Photo

This Lockheed Martin Stalker is representative of drones being tested for civilian uses near Fort Sill. Lockheed Martin Photo
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A Lockheed Martin Stalker XE drone flies over the countryside. For at least the next year, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will be testing the possible use of drones in the civilian world from a facility near Fort Sill. – LOCKHEED MARTIN

Wary eyes shift to the skies as unmanned aircraft are tested in state

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Unmanned aircraft are being tested in Oklahoma for possible civilian uses, such as by police departments. But testing of the state-of-the-art crafts also has raised privacy concerns.

BY Phillip O’Connor

FORT SILL — The small, winged drone quietly soared overhead as SWAT team members closed in on a building at Fort Sill.

When a suspect sprinted from the structure, the drone banked through a cloudless afternoon sky in an effort to track the person.

A few miles away, two Lockheed Martin technicians sat in a converted bedroom of a ranch-style house using a laptop computer to control the drone’s movements.

Turki Boasts That Only Way To Stop Mideast Bloodshed Is Surrender To Wahhabi Wisdom

[Turki and the rest of the pseudo-royals are pathological liars and bloodthirsty morons, who are behind 99% of the Sunni terrorism that plagues the Middle East and the rest of the world.  There is only one way to stop this Sunni terrorist bloodshed, that is the total destruction of the Abdulaziz Al Saud regime.  To end the war, we must destroy the Saudi Empire.  Iran is NOT the problem; it is the scapegoat.]

Arab states must coordinate efforts to realise common ambition

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The GCC has to unite into a confederation that can meet the challenges of Iran’s regional ambitions and bring major military deployments to bear on regional conflicts

By Turki 
Bin Faisal 
Al Saud Special to Gulf News

Image Credit: Luis Vasquez/Gulf News

Analysts the world over are assessing the situation in the Middle East in 2012 by listing the region’s “winners” and “losers.” Hamas won. Egypt’s President Mohammad Mursi won, then lost. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won. Syria lost. Iraq lost. Iran had a draw (tougher sanctions, but closer to nuclear-weapons capability), as did Saudi Arabia (growing clout, but unable to stop the killings in Syria or Gaza) and Israel (avoided massive bloodshed, but became even more isolated).

All of these lists, however, are merely the pastimes of policy wonks. In the bloody, hostile miasma of the Middle East, being a “winner”, in any sense of the term, is fallacious. The region continues to breed only losers. The victims of the conflicts in Syria, Iran and Palestine; the friends and families of the victims; those who hope for peace: All lost. This is a grim reminder that when it comes to killing one another, repeatedly missing opportunities for peace and botching all efforts at progress, no one can beat the Middle East. In 2012, the region proved once again that it is truly the best at perpetrating the worst.

When will these vital, eclectic and prosperous (or potentially prosperous) countries stop their ravenous infighting and start nurturing, protecting and sustaining their people? While there have been many prescriptions, I will provide my own 2012 Middle East roundup, with a look towards what must happen in 2013, if we want it to bring fewer losses.

The Israeli killing machine must be stopped by a determined US using its leverage to bring about implementation of the land-for-peace principles of the UN Security Council resolutions 242 and 338, the Madrid Conference, the Oslo Agreement and the Abdullah Peace Initiative. This is the only way out of the current unworkable predicament

Borrowing a term from nuclear strategy, the situation between Israel and the Palestinians can be described only as “mutually assured destruction,” also known, fittingly, as MAD. It benefits no one, so why let it continue? Only the US has the ability to push the Israelis out of their MAD-ness, so I look forward to the Obama administration recognising and acting on that moral obligation in the coming year.

The Bashar Al Assad killing machine must also be stopped. In this case, it is through the West agreeing with Saudi Arabia to arm the Free Syrian Army (FSA) with the defensive weapons that it needs to ground Al Assad’s aircraft and immobilise his tanks and artillery. Unlike some conflicts in the region, this is a case with a clear and simple solution. Those being attacked merely need weapons to defend themselves; if they get them, the entire dynamic of the conflict will shift, in turn ending the bloodshed.

By now, all of the actors in Syria are known. There are no hidden jihadis, terrorists or gangsters. They are all well documented. So the moderates are the ones who should get the anti-aircraft and anti-tank weapons. Having them, their prestige among other fighters will soar and so will support for their moderate stance.

Iranian intervention in Iraq must stop. It is tearing Iraq apart and endangering the countries around it. Western and Iranian support for Nouri Al Maliki’s government, which is controlled by Iran’s Basij militia, must be withdrawn, enabling the Iraqi people to determine freely their own destiny. Did the Americans defeat Saddam Hussain and did more than 100,000 Iraqis die in the process, so that their country could become a puppet of the hostile Iranian regime? Iran’s meddling in Bahrain, Kuwait, Yemen and other Gulf states must end as well.

In addition to these major tasks, Palestine’s main political rivals, Hamas and Fatah, must reconcile and turn their united efforts towards improving the lives of the Palestinian people. Egypt must get over its post-revolutionary squabbling and reassume its leading role among Arab states. And all Arab states must coordinate their efforts to realise common ambitions, rather than continue to pursue only narrow national interests.

Central to all of these tasks is a Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) that is united into a confederation that can meet the challenges of Iran’s regional ambitions and bring major military deployments to bear on regional conflicts. If anything has become clear in the last year, it is that states like Israel, Iran and Syria will act with impunity if no one is ready, willing and able to stand up to them. It is time for the GCC, anchored on Saudi Arabia’s power, to take up that role.

The Middle East has been losing for too long, because its national leaders have been seeking to win in their own way, for their own purposes and at everyone’s cost but their own. Such unilateralism is impossible in today’s globalised world. We must join together or else we will rip each other to shreds. The choice is simple: Do we want to be winners or losers?

— Project Syndicate, 2012

Turki Bin Faisal Al Saud, Chairman of the King Faisal Centre for Research and Islamic Studies, was the director general of Al Mukhabarat Al A’amah, Saudi Arabia’s intelligence agency from 1977 to 2001, and has served as Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the UK and the US.

The Nightmare of Middle East Proxy Wars

Nightmares ahead 

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FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2012 file photo, smoke rises during an explosion from an Israeli strike in Gaza City.  (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa, File)
FILE – In this Nov. 17, 2012 file photo, smoke rises during an explosion from an Israeli strike in Gaza City. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa, File)
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While the effects of climate change took decades to become apparent, the Middle East has witnessed its own vast changes over just two years – the optimistically named Arab Spring became quickly blighted by dangerous blizzards and storms.

From the edge of the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf, the region has, for the entirety of 2012, been making global headlines. Sadly, however, the only business which has flourished in much of the Middle East has been that of gravediggers.

It is hard to imagine a period of history during which another region of the world seemed to experience the same levels of abject destruction on so many levels that the Middle East is experiencing today.

Pick one country in the region and it is hard not to find examples of this destruction, if not in terms of bloodshed then in terms of corruption, creeping poverty or the abuse of human rights.

And as the situation stands it does not seem as if 2013 will represent significant opportunities to resolve this tragic state of affairs.

For obvious reasons the country that has received the most focus throughout the year has been Syria, the international envoy to which promised Sunday a new peace plan which all world powers, including key Assad-ally Russia might potentially support.

Like an audience member at a circus watching a magician pull a rabbit out of a hat, we can’t help but feel a little confused – where has this rabbit, this magical peace plan, been hiding until now?

Throughout 2012 there have arguably been as many empty words, meaningless statements and peace plans as there have deaths of civilians. In many cases, these failed attempts at brokering peace have even led to more deaths and greater destruction.

Looking outside of Syria, the rest of the region also seems to be in freefall. In Yemen, Libya and Algeria there is the increasing militarization of extremist groups, all vying for power. Egypt and Iraq appear ever more blemished by sectarian fighting. Jordan and Lebanon are struggling with huge influxes of Syrian refugees. Lebanon is facing a dire security situation, and a weak economy. Fighting between Sudan and South Sudan continues, and Bahrain is increasingly unstable.

The rest of the Gulf may at first appear immune to the tide of uprisings, but unless serious attempts are made to allow more sections of society to participate in governance, the leaders of those countries too cannot expect to remain isolated forever.

It may be a depressing image of the region, but as the year ends, it is the reality of the day and one that must be confronted head on if change is going to be made. As it increasingly becomes defined, despite its vast oil wealth, as the sick uncle of the world, there are basically two options facing the people of the Middle East – to treat this sick entity, and fast, or to let it die.

There is a fine line between these two options, but it must be remembered that should the latter be taken, there are numerous vultures waiting in the shadows to feast on the remains of the Middle East.

If 2012 was the year that the dreams of the Arab Spring died, then let 2013 be the year in which they are rekindled, and when the people of the region realize the aspirations of independence and freedom, not just from their own oppressive governments and rulers, but from the countries, actors and systems around the world who are investing on the downfall of the Middle East and using the region, rich in so many ways, as a proxy battlefield for their own desires.

Paybacks Are A Bitch, Hakeemullah–9 Executed TTP Terrorists Found In A Ditch

[SEE:  Fourteen killed in Khyber blitz]

Nine ‘Pakistani Taliban fighters’ found dead in North Waziristan: officials

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A spokesman for the banned Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) said all nine dead were Taliban fighters.—File Photo

MIRANSHAH: Bullet-ridden bodies of nine ‘Pakistani Taliban fighters’ were found on Monday dumped in the northwestern tribal North Waziristan region near the Afghan border, officials said.

The bodies were found on the side of the road in Peer Kaley village in North Waziristan, a stronghold of militant groups, 10 kilometres east of the district’s main town of Miranshah.

“Unidentified people threw away these nine bodies. No one knows who killed them,” a security official based in Miranshah told AFP.

Local residents confirmed that the bodies had been discovered and a second security official in Miranshah said the identity of the dead was yet not known.

But Ehsanullah Ehsan, a spokesman for the banned Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), told AFP that all nine were Taliban fighters and accused government security forces of killing them.

“We are proud of their martyrdom, soon we will take revenge for this killing,” he told AFP from an undisclosed location.

Officials on Sunday said they had found the bodies of 21 Levies soldiers who had been kidnapped by militants near the northwestern city of Peshawar.

Pakistan’s seven northwestern tribal districts are rife with homegrown insurgents and are said to be strongholds of Taliban and al Qaeda operatives.

Security officials said fighter jets on Monday bombed the Tirah valley in Khyber, another tribal district, killing at least eight militants.

Islamabad says more than 35,000 people have been killed as a result of terrorism in the country since the 9/11 attacks on the United States.

The Renewal of the “Silk Road” Is the Path To World Peace, But the Road Starts In Chahbahar, Iran

[If Russia and India band together with Iran, they will create circumstances exactly the opposite of Western sanction regimes.  Will Obama learn the error of his ways in this matter, or will he greet the news as an adversary would?  It is time for learning, but it is also an age of mass insanity.  Which spirit will prevail?]

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Russian nod for India’s bid to link south with central Asia

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Russian nod for India’s bid to link south with central Asia

Singh and Putin agreed to unfreeze the north-south corridor through Iran within the next year. India has taken the lead role in pushing for the completion of this project.

NEW DELHI: India’s pet project to link south with central Asia got support from Russian president Vladimir Putin. During their talks in New Delhi last week, Singh and Putin agreed to unfreeze the north-south corridor through Iranwithin the next year. India has taken the lead role in pushing for the completion of this project.

Indian officials said they would push for the completion of the corridor and were willing to step in, if Iran found it difficult to accomplish the task. The corridor is, by and large complete, they said, except for a section inside Iran between Qazvin-Rasht-Astara. The corridor is useless unless the Iranian section is completed. Although the agreement was inked by India, Iran, Russia and Oman in 2001, Tehran has dragged its feet on the project.

Now, the urgency for completion of the project is due to the imminent drawdown of NATO forces from Afghanistan in 2014. New Delhi figures that this project will be a game-changer for its trade and openIndian economy to the rising economies in central Asia, by connecting India with Afghanistan and beyond, bypassing Pakistan.

India’s aims in the region is coalescing with Russia, which is paying greater attention to it’s “near abroad”. Russia is concerned about the rise of Islamic extremism in its southern periphery and one of the ways of countering this is to open these landlocked nations to trade and connectivity with India.

Another reason for both Russia and India to concentrate on central Asia is the growing influence and presence of China in this region, which has raised concerns in Moscow and New Delhi. China is far ahead of both Russia and India in establishing connectivity with the central Asian countries — China’s aims being to stabilize its own western periphery, with the restive province of Xinjiang as the focus. Beijing has already built an intricate set of oil and gas pipelines to Kazakhstan, and a Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-Kazakhstan-China gas pipeline. In 2011, the trade turnover between China and the five central Asian countries reached $16.98 billion. Beijing is currently working on a rail link to Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. China’s progress, frankly, puts India’s sluggish initiatives in the shade.

India has recently received help from other quarters. Turkey has stepped in, offering itself as a more viable transit route for the corridor, given its already-developed connections with central Asian nations and Russia. On the other hand, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan have both asked Indian leaders to consider connecting them to the corridor.

The Northern Distribution Network (NDN), which is being used by the US to transport supplies and weapons to its forces in Afghanistan by steering clear of Pakistan, is on offer for trade and connectivity in the post-2014 environment, said sources. Tajikistan has offered to connect itself to the Zaranj-Delaram road and Afghanistan’s garland highway, which will give it access to Iran’s Chahbahar port.

All of this is certain to raise Iran’s geo-political profile that India and Russia support. Iran, however, has been tardy in putting its own infrastructure in order. However, Iranian diplomats have recently gone on record to say that they have completed “70% of works on construction of Qazvin-Rasht-Astara railroad within the framework of North-South Transport Corridor project.”

Iran, India and Afghanistan have recently started to coordinate work on the Chahbahar port project. Again, here, the delay is on the Iranian side. India has offered to undertake the development of the port in Iran — over $5 billion of India’s oil payments to Iran are sitting in Indian banks in Indian currency, and the idea is that this could be used in the port’s development.

The Chahbahar port would be a lifeline for landlocked Afghanistan, by reducing its dependence on Pakistan. It would also act as a bridge to connect central Asia with India. Ultimately, it promises to open up vast markets in Eurasian countries to Indian goods and services, cutting travel and freight time and cost.

Uzbek and Kazakh leaders have pressed India to complete the project because it would open up the Indian energy market to these countries. Kazakhstan has offered the Satpayev block to India and is slated to become a key uranium supplier to India’s civilian nuclear sector. But lack of connectivity is a serious deterrent at present, said officials. In fact, its cheaper to bring goods to India through China from these countries!

But the focus is to complete the missing section in Iran. Of the 375-km-long Qazvin-Astara-Rasht route, around 300 km is located in Iran. While, 8.5km of railways will be built in Azerbaijan.

Blast in Passenger Buses Kills 20 Pilgrims in Mastung

 

Remnants of a three bus convoy.  [There is no safety in numbers, this only provides bigger targets.]

Blast in Passenger Buses Kills 20 Pilgrims in Mastung

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MASTUNG: At least 20 people were killed on Sunday morning in a suicide bomb blast that targeted three passenger buses in Mastung District, authorities confirmed.

According to initial reports, a suicide bomber struck into a passenger bus which was carrying Shia pilgrims from Iran and going to Quetta. The incident took place in Drainghar township of Mastung District.

The blast damaged two buses which were carrying Shia pilgrims and were on their way to Quetta. More than twenty passengers were injured in the attack. The injured people were immediately shifted to hospitals in Mastung and Quetta while ambulances reached the spot to assist the remaining injured people.

Authorities said they were investigating the attack and it seemed to be a sectarian assault. In the past, a Sunni militant group called the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi had been claiming responsibility for such attacks on Shia Muslims.

One of the passenger buses was completely damaged while the other remained partially damaged.

President Asif Ali Zardari has strongly condemned the attack.

Note: We are constantly updating this report. More details to follow

 

Published in The Baloch Hal

Peace Talks With Shaitan? Pakistani Taliban Continue Their Murder Rampage–21 Soldiers, 20 Shiites Killed Overnight

Pakistan militants kill 41 in mass execution, attack on Shi’ites

A badly injured Pakistani paramilitary soldier, who survived a shooting by Taliban militants, receives treatment at a hospital in Peshawar December 30, 2012. REUTERS-Fayaz Aziz
A badly injured Pakistani paramilitary soldier, who survived a shooting by Taliban militants, receives treatment at a hospital in Peshawar December 30, 2012. REUTERS-Fayaz Aziz
The lone survivor of the attack

By Jibran Ahmad

PESHWAR, Pakistan

(Reuters) – Pakistani militants, who have escalated attacks in recent weeks, killed at least 41 people in two separate incidents, officials said on Sunday, challenging assertions that military offensives have broken the back of hardline Islamist groups.

The United States has long pressured nuclear-armed ally Pakistan to crack down harder on both homegrown militants groups such as the Taliban and others which are based on its soil and attack Western forces in Afghanistan.

In the north, 21 men working for a government-backed paramilitary force were executed overnight after they were kidnapped last week, a provincial official said.

Twenty Shi’ite pilgrims died and 24 were wounded, meanwhile, when a car bomb targeted their bus convoy as it headed toward the Iranian border in the southwest, a doctor said.

New York-based Human Rights Watch has noted more than 320 Shias killed this year in Pakistan and said attacks were on the rise. It said the government’s failure to catch or prosecute attackers suggested it was “indifferent” to the killings.

Pakistan, seen as critical to U.S. efforts to stabilize the region before NATO forces withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of 2014, denies allegations that it supports militant groups like the Afghan Taliban and Haqqani network.

Afghan officials say Pakistan seems more genuine than ever about promoting peace in Afghanistan.

At home, it faces a variety of highly lethal militant groups that carry out suicide bombings, attack police and military facilities and launch sectarian attacks like the one on the bus in the southwest.

Witnesses said a blast targeted their three buses as they were overtaking a car about 60 km (35 miles) west of Quetta, capital of sparsely populated Baluchistan province.

“The bus next to us caught on fire immediately,” said pilgrim Hussein Ali, 60. “We tried to save our companions, but were driven back by the intensity of the heat.”

Twenty people had been killed and 24 wounded, said an official at Mastung district hospital.

CONCERN OVER EXTREMIST SUNNI GROUPS

International attention has focused on al Qaeda and the Pakistani Taliban.

But Pakistani intelligence officials say extremist Sunni groups, lead by Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) are emerging as a major destabilizing force in a campaign designed to topple the government.

Their strategy now, the officials say, is to carry out attacks on Shi’ites to create the kind of sectarian tensions that pushed countries like Iraq to the brink of civil war.

As elections scheduled for next year approach, Pakistanis will be asking what sort of progress their leaders have made in the fight against militancy and a host of other issues, such as poverty, official corruption and chronic power cuts.

Pakistan’s Taliban have carried out a series of recent bold attacks, as military officials point to what they say is a power struggle in the group’s leadership revolving around whether it should ease attacks on the Pakistani state and join groups fighting U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan.

The Taliban denies a rift exists among its leaders.

In the attack in the northwest, officials said they had found the bodies of 21 men kidnapped from their checkpoints outside the provincial capital of Peshawar on Thursday. The men were executed one by one.

“They were tied up and blindfolded,” Naveed Anwar, a senior administration official, said by telephone.

“They were lined up and shot in the head,” said Habibullah Arif, another local official, also by telephone.

One man was shot and seriously wounded but survived, the officials said. He was in critical condition and being treated at a local hospital. Another had escaped before the shootings.

Taliban spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan claimed responsibility for the attacks.

“We killed all the kidnapped men after a council of senior clerics gave a verdict for their execution. We didn’t make any demand for their release because we don’t spare any prisoners who are caught during fighting,” he said.

The powerful military has clawed back territory from the Taliban, but the kidnap and executions underline the insurgents’ ability to mount high-profile, deadly attacks in major cities.

This month, suicide bombers attacked Peshawar’s airport on December 15 and a bomb killed a senior Pashtun nationalist politician and eight other people at a rally on December 22.

(Additional reporting by Saud Mehsud in DERA ISMAIL KHAN and Gul Yousufzai in QUETTA; Writing by Katharine Houreld; Editing by Michael Georgy and Ron Popeski)

Mehsud Taliban Scum Continue Murdering Pakistan–21 Soldier Corpses Recovered

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Taliban kill 21 security personnel kidnapped by them in NW Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD, Dec. 30 (Xinhua) — Pakistan Taliban have killed 21 security personnel kidnapped by them during an attack on a checkpoint in NW Pakistan several days ago, reported local media Geo on Sunday.

The dead bodies of the killed have been found in the Hassan Khel area near Peshawar, said the report, adding that all of them were shot dead.

Pakistan Taliban have claimed responsibility for the killing of the 21 kidnapped security personnel, it said.

On late Wednesday night, an estimated 30 heavily armed Taliban militants launched an attack on two checkpoints south of Peshawar, killing two security personnel, wounding another and kidnapping 23 others.

Two of the kidnapped security personnel later escaped from Taliban custody, said local media.

Pakistanis Must Choose To Resist Terrorism, Especially the Terrorism of the State

Pakistan’s vulnerability to terrorism

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The policy of ‘fielding’ these non-state actors against the foreign policy initiative at lessening tensions in the region is riddled with bad faith. PHOTO: FILE

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Amir Haider Hoti says Pakistan should undertake “do-or-die” action against terrorists who “want to destroy our state and society” from their sanctuaries inside the country. His words challenge the state of Pakistan:

“We are on the defensive in our streets and alleys, and they (terrorists) are at ease in their sanctuaries. We should evolve a national consensus on a comprehensive strategy for defeating terrorist outfits. We appeal to all political parties to take a clear stand on this issue (terrorism). If the experience of the recent past is anything to go by, terrorists will not forgive any political or religious party, even those who have literally acted as supporters of terrorists and apologists. It will be an exercise in futility to appease terrorists”.

Party chief Asfandyar Wali Khan has tried to rationalise the anti-drone policy his party was compelled to back, to be inside the national consensus against America, built inside parliament in Islamabad: he opposes the drones — because they violate the sovereignty of the state — at the same time as he opposes the continuation of Taliban sanctuaries in the ‘ungoverned spaces’ of the country. The fact is that the US is retreating on the drones and may ultimately face internal American objection to them, while the Taliban flourish not only in their sanctuaries in the Tribal Areas but also in big cities inside the ‘governed spaces’.

Pakistan does not have a credible policy on the Taliban. Its approach is riddled with contradictions. The Pakistan Army, which ‘guides’ the foreign policy enclave in Islamabad, says it is not ready to challenge the sanctuaries. The world — including the 42 states that sent their troops to Afghanistan under Chapter Seven of the UN resolution — wants to help Pakistan in its confrontation with terror. But the strategy evolving in Pakistan is more focused on the situation inside Afghanistan where India is seen as a security challenge amid still-unproved allegations that the Baloch insurgency is orchestrated by New Delhi. Meanwhile, terror has moulded the attitude of the political parties who should have persuaded the army against its dangerously isolationist mindset: they want to make concessions to an entity that is actually planning a ‘revolutionary’ takeover of a nuclear-armed state.

The ANP is targeted because it contests Pakhtun nationalism with the predominantly Pakhtun Taliban on the basis of Pakhtunwali. The Swat trauma proved to the Pakhtun nation that terror can tame the tribal spirit and that the pain of seeing their sons killed can persuade the people to obey all kinds of commands. The terrorists use a policy of positive discrimination to command the direction of politics in Pakistan: they will not target those who favour ‘talks’ rather than ‘action’ vis-à-vis Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan. Their latest message clearly exempts parties that are friendly to the Taliban on the basis of the logic that terror is emanating from a reaction to the American presence in the region and that being anti-American will appease the terrorists.

The Taliban are not alone in their sanctuaries. Their support among the erstwhile ‘non-state actors’ trained by the state of Pakistan, in al Qaeda camps in Afghanistan, as instruments of foreign policy, riding on asymmetrical warfare is deep seated and growing. The so-called Punjabi Taliban are terror’s foot soldiers, produced by our madrassa network in support of privatisation of war on the basis of their doctrine of jihad. The policy of ‘fielding’ these non-state actors against the foreign policy initiative at lessening tensions in the region is riddled with bad faith.

The ANP’s cry from the heart will resound in 2013 when things get worse for Pakistan. But Pakistan’s isolationism — concealed behind rabid anti-Americanism — will not allow other political parties to rally around the ANP and confront the most palpable threat to the existence of the country. The Pakistan Army can take on the Taliban but it will need international help. The capacity of the state to cope with terror is at its lowest ebb.

Washington In Bed With Countless Sunni Terrorist Outfits In Insane Crusade To Dominate the World

Delisting MKO reeks of Washington’s redefining terrorism 

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US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton walks past the members of the terrorist MKO group (file photo).

Just some good ole boys from our pals in the terrorist Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO), checking-out US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton ‘s ass, and she is loving the bad boy attention.

“Truly known to be one of the most misinterpreted and misused words, terrorism is defined and refined by the West according to the context where it proves deleterious or beneficial to those who define the term,” Ismail Salami wrote in an article published by Press TV.

The MKO was taken off the State Department’s blacklist on September 28.

The MKO fled to Iraq in 1986, where it enjoyed the support of Iraq’s executed dictator Saddam Hussein, and set up its camp near the Iranian border.

Out of the 17,000 Iranians killed in terrorist attacks since the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979, 12,000 of them have fallen victim to the acts of terror carried out by the MKO.

Salami added that the US State Department cited the group’s lack of involvement in terrorist acts for a decade while solid evidence suggests that they have been complicit in the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists in the last few years in Iran.

Referring to the establishment of al-Qaeda by the US and CIA in the seventies in an attempt to counter the influence of the former Soviet Union, Salami said the terrorist group is “sowing seeds of blind extremism and religious sectarianism in the world.”

“This CIA-created Frankenstein’s monster has not changed for the better but has grown up monstrously,” the Iranian academic said.

Salami stated that dichotomization of ‘terrorists’ into good and bad is far uglier than any form of apartheid, though “a comparatively similar story is being repeated in Syria.”

The analyst noted that while supporting most terrorist groups in Syria, Washington has branded the Qatar-funded Al-Nusra Front as a terrorist organization because the group to a large extent flies in the face of Washington’s policies in Syria.

“Terrorism is terrorism and it cannot be defined otherwise unless the interests of one party tilt the scale in disfavor of another and the dichotomization of the terrorists in Syria into good and bad by the West casts doubt on its claim on democracy,” Salami concluded.

Canada Covers-Up Its Own “USS Liberty” Murder of Canadian Peacekeeper By Zionist Scum

DND removes report on killing of Canadian soldier by Israeli forces

Ottawa Citizen
By David Pugliese, Ottawa Citizen

DND removes report on killing of Canadian soldier by Israeli forces

Maj. Paeta Hess-von Kruedener and three other United Nations observers were killed in 2006 when the Israeli military targeted their small outpost with repeated artillery barrages as well as an attack by a fighter aircraft. (Photo: Courtese CTV)

The Defence Department has quietly removed from the Internet a report into the killing of a Canadian military officer by Israeli forces, a move the soldier’s widow says is linked to the Conservative government’s reluctance to criticize Israel for any wrongdoing.

Maj. Paeta Hess-von Kruedener and three other United Nations observers were killed in 2006 when the Israeli military targeted their small outpost with repeated artillery barrages as well as an attack by a fighter aircraft.

IN early 2008, the Defence Department posted on its website a 67-page report from the Canadian Forces board of inquiry into the killing. The board found Hess-von Kruedener’s death was preventable and caused by the Israeli military.

But less than a year later, the report was quietly removed from the DND website and has since remained off-limits to the public through official channels.

Hess-von Kruedener’s widow, Cynthia, told the Citizen that the decision to remove the document from the public domain was made by DND and the government in an effort to protect Israel’s reputation.

“They don’t want people reading about it,” she said. “It’s embarrassing to the Israelis and, as we know, Prime Minister (Stephen) Harper has given his unconditional support to the Israelis.”

The circumstances surrounding Hess-von Kruedener’s death and the attempts by DND and the Canadian Forces to limit access to the board of inquiry report are outlined in an article in the new edition of Legion magazine, an Ottawa-based publication sent to members of the Royal Canadian Legion.

DND originally refused to provide the magazine with the previously public board of inquiry report, claiming the publication needed to use the access-to-information law to obtain a copy.

Legion magazine obtained a copy of the report by other means. It has now posted the report on its website.

In an email sent to the Citizen, DND confirmed it had removed the board of inquiry report from its website in early 2009 for security reasons “after it was discovered that some of its content is considered protected information.”

That explanation, however, doesn’t stand up to scrutiny as Legion magazine compared both the 2008 version and the 2012 copy issued under the access law, discovering that the latest version actually contains more information than the original.

The Legion article also raises questions about the disappearance from DND of a United Nations report into the killing. The document was used by the Canadian Forces for its board of inquiry and the UN report is cited in the Canadian report. But DND’s access to information branch claims it has done a thorough search of records and no such report could be found.

DND could not comment on claims by defence sources that hard copies of the board of inquiry report were also removed from military libraries.

The death of Hess-von Kruedener, a UN observer assigned to the Israeli-Lebanon border, has largely been forgotten.

The Israeli attack on the UN outpost began shortly after noon on July 25, 2006, prompting the UN deputy secretary general to almost immediately call the Israeli ambassador to the UN and complain.

Several hours later another artillery barrage hit the outpost. That was followed by another 16 artillery rounds hitting the base, destroying most of the buildings above ground and blowing the door off the underground bunker where Hess-von Kruedener and his fellow peacekeepers had taken refuge.

At one point, a general in charge of UN operations in Lebanon called the Israeli liaison officer and told him, “You’re killing my people.” Previously, the Israelis halted such attacks when protests were received.

Later that day, an Israeli fighter pilot directed a precision-guided bomb through the door of the UN bunker. The blast from the massive bomb killed the four men.

Gen. Rick Hillier, then the chief of the defence staff, later described the major’s death as a “tragic accident.”

Cynthia Hess-von Kruedener told the Citizen that the Canadian Forces didn’t inform her of her husband’s death. Instead, she learned he had been killed from a television news report.

The Legion article notes the Israelis had deliberately targeted the base. The base had been included in the Israeli military’s “targeting list” which they acknowledged was an error on their part.

Cynthia Hess-von Kruedener also takes issue with some of the remarks made by Harper about her husband. At the time of the killing, Harper questioned what Hess-von Kruedener was doing at the UN outpost.

She said the answer is simple: He was doing his job as ordered by the Canadian Forces and government of Canada. “Instead of asking why this happened, (Harper) turned it onto an innocent UN peacekeeper,” she said.

On Sept. 19, 2006, then-Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert wrote Harper, expressing his deep regret. Harper wrote back on Nov. 20, 2006, thanking Olmert for his “expression of condolences, for the Israeli government’s rapid investigation of the incident and for information provided to Canadian officials.”

However, the Legion magazine article noted that the Israelis refused to answer questions from Canada about the attack.

dpugliese@ottawacitizen.com

© Copyright (c) The Ottawa Citizen

Hard Truth About One of the Bush War Criminals

old bush let him die

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[SEE:  The Old Vampire Doesn’t Look So Good]

Defense Contractor NBC honors ailing war criminal George H.W. Bush with Freemasonic “33 photo” propaganda tribute

By Martin Hill
LibertyFight.com

A few points to start out: NBC is not an impartial media outlet. George H.W. Bush is not a respectable, admirable man or a national hero. And “33” is not an insignificant number- It is quite relevant and meaningful, in some circles at least.

NBC is owned by General Electric, a “defense contractor and the 2nd largest company in world according to Forbes“, which has received over $16 billion dollars in bailouts from American taxpayers. They build and sell engines for the F-16 fighter aircraft and Apache Block III helicopters. For them, war is literally a profit racket; so it makes sense that they would “honor” warmongers.

NBC news far from impartial- they shill for the military-industrial complex and in 2003, fired Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Peter Arnett after Arnett reported the truth from Iraq: “America is reappraising the battlefield, delaying the war against Iraq, maybe a week and rewriting the war plan. The first plan has failed because of Iraqi resistance. Now they are trying to write another plan- So our reports about civilian casualties here, about the resistance of the Iraqi forces, are going back to the United States. It helps those who oppose the war when you challenge the policy to develop their arguments.”

As Steve Watson of PrisonPlanet.com reported in 2010,

“MSNBC is the epitome of the controlled corporate mainstream media, being as it is 80% owned by General Electric, operated by military industrial complex giant General Dynamics, whose primary business comes from supplying arms and weapons systems to the US government and its international allies. It is not and never has been sympathetic to anti-establishment or anti-war activism – this is the same network that cancelled Jesse Ventura’s talk show simply because he opposed the Iraq war”.

On December 26, NBC reported “George H.W. Bush in ‘guarded condition’ in intensive care, battling elevated fever, spokesman says”.

NBC didn’t even break the story. Twenty days earlier on December 6, THE GLOBE tabloid magazine had already broke the story which hit supermarket checkout racks, with a front cover photo and headline which read“GEORGE BUSH, 88, PLEADS: LET ME DIE AT HOME!” The GLOBE article stated in part, “Hospitalized with a dangerous lung condition, former President George H.W. Bush knows his days are numbered and has asked to be allowed to die at home.”

Featured prominantly in the Johnny-come-lately NBC article was an elaborate slideshow, titled ‘The life and times of George H.W. Bush‘. Coincidentally, the slideshow presentation includes thirty-three photos, summarizing the 41st president’s life. The collection of historic and ‘cute’ photos attempts to present a dignified, affable codger who deserves to be honored. In reality, nothing could be further from the truth.

The number thirty-three holds quite a significance in Freemasonic circles. The numbers 11, 13 and 33 are the Illuminati / Freemason Signature. In their propaganda piece preceding the likely demise of the freemasonic former president, there are many flattering photos of Bush with family, with other politicians, playing horseshoes, etc. But NBC left out several photos of the REAL George H.W. Bush which should have been included.

There are no photos of George H.W. Bush in Dallas on the morning of John F. Kennedy’s assassination standing in front of the Texas Book Depository in Dealey Plaza, but the photos can be seen here. The photo of the FBI memo acknowledging that Bush was a CIA opeative at that time can be seen here: “FBI director J. Edgar Hoover wrote this memo 5 days after the assassination, naming George Bush as a CIA officer… “The substance of the forgoing information was orally furnished to Mr. George Bush of the Central Intelligence Agency and Captain William Edwards of the Defense Intelligence Agency on November 23, 1963, by Mr. V.T. Forsyth of this Bureau.”

There are no photos of George H.W. Bush at the MENA, Arkansas drug running operation with Bill Clinton. The allegation “that Mena is a myth, that the CIA never ran cocaine through the Mena airport, or laundered the proceeds through various Arkansas financial institutions including Morgan Guarantee, Madison S&L, Worthen Bank, and most importantly, the Arkansas Development Finance Authority” is thoroughly debunked here. There is no photo of George Bush with legendary CIA agent Felix Rodriguez a.k.a. “Mr. Gomez” who ran the Mexican portion of the Iran-Contra guns and drug running operation on MSNBC, but the photo can be seen here.  

[Also here for more information on Mena.]

There are no photos of George H.W. Bush with the underage male homosexual hookers that admittedly toured his White House in 1989, as acknowledged in national newspapers and on the national TV news at the time: See TV News: Call boys in Bush Sr’s Whitehouse and the actual newspaper articles from The Washington Times: HOMOSEXUAL PROSTITUTION INQUIRY ENSNARES VIPS WITH REAGAN, BUSH June 29, 1989. [More info on this matter here and here.]

There are no photos of George H.W. Bush reacting to the half a million innocent Iraqis who died a s a result of of his sanctions during the first Iraq war. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright told 60 Minutes on May 12, 1996 that the deaths were “worth it”:

Lesley Stahl: “We have heard that a half million children have died. I mean, that’s more children than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is the price worth it?”
Albright: I think this is a very hard choice, but the price -we think the price is worth it.”

Perhaps Bush shares the same views as his wife Barbara, who told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on March 18, 2003 “Why should we hear about body bags and deaths? Oh, I mean, it’s not relevant. So why should I waste my beautiful mind on something like that?” In December 2011, current Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who was formerly the CIA Director, similarly said that the systematic slaughter of 1.5 million Iraqis and the destruction of their nation was also “worth it”: “As difficult as [the Iraq invasion and occupation] was, and the cost in both American and Iraqi lives, “I think the price has been worth it, to establish a stable government in a very important region of the world”.

There are no photos of George H.W. Bush at his Masonic Yale Skulll and Bones ‘tomb’ which admitedly has skeletons of dead human babies hanging on the walls: “Dozens of skeletons and skulls, human and animal, dangle from the walls, on which German and Latin phrases have been chiseled (“Whether poor or rich, all are equal in death”) [Skull & Bones Society – A rare look inside Skull and Bones, the Yale secret society by Alexandra Robbins. See also Cremationofcare skull & bones archive and Bilderberg.org for more details on this matter.]

Bush’s father Prescott, the Nazi financier, and his son, George W. Bush, were also both members of Skull and Bones. In his autobiography, George W. Bush wrote “My senior year (at Yale University) I joined Skull and Bones, a secret society … so secret, I can’t say anything more.” [White House ‘Bonesman’ leads nation into the dark USATODAY 9/25/02.] In 2004 both George W. Bush and his cousin John Kerry laughed about the secrecy of their Skull and Bones memberships in separate TV interviews, which can be seen here.

NBC included no photos of George H.W. Bush taking part in occult ceremonies at Bohemian Grove performing mock human sacrifies to Molech and worshiping satan with other attendees Newt Gingrich, Henry Kissinger and Arnold Schwarzenegger. But photos of the Bushes, father and son together at Bohemian Grove, can be seen in the Annals of the Bohemian Club (vol 7), 1987-1996. Also inlcuded in the book are images from the occult Cremation of Care ceremony:

“This image from Page 131 shows the ancient Caananite occult ritual, the “Cremation of Care Here you see a smug George W. Bush with his father, Bush Senior (taken in 1995) giving what they call a “lakeside chat” at the Grove. This page also shows Newt Gingrich, another member. The talks are given no less than a dozen yards from the stone idol where “mock” human sacrifices take place. This is the same idol you see featured above in the Cremation of Care ceremony photo.”

For much more information and documentation on this matter, click here.

Speaking of skeletons of dead babies and human sacrifices, there are no photos of George H.W. Bush with his young daughter “Robin Bush” before she mysteriously died at a young age, allegedly from “lukemia”. It is on record that George W. Bush did not go to his sisters funeral. What kind of family doesn’t let a boy go to his little sister’s funeral? What did they do with her body? One can only speculate as to how she really died or where her body went. [SeeFREEMASONS: THEIR GOD IS THE DEVIL.]

There is no photo of George H.W. Bush with 62-year-old Bertha O. Champagne, the live-in housekeeper who was ‘crushed to death’ at the Alexandria, Virginia home of Marvin P. Bush. According to Marvin’s statement to police, Bertha went out to her car to retrieve some photos of her and George W. Bush to show to Marvin, on September 29th 2003 . How does one get crushed to death by her own Oldsmobile between the front of her car and a wall anyway? “Champagne was pinned between the car and a small building next to the driveway” the police report stated, with pools of blood and broken glass at the scene. No one was ever arrested or charged in the “accident.” (Oh Bertha, Poor Bertha, what did you see?)

There is no photo of George H.W. Bush having dinner with his good friends the Hinckley family the night before their son John Hinckley shot and tried to murder Ronald Reagan. Rense.com reports “NBC news anchor John Chancellor, eyebrows raised, informed the viewers of the nightly news that the man who tried to kill the president was acquainted with the son of the man who would have become president had the attack succeeded. As a matter of fact, Chancellor reported in a bewildered tone, Scott Hinckley and Neil Bush had been scheduled to have dinner together at the home of the (then) vice-president’s son (Neil) the very next night. The story of the Bush-Hinckley connection was reported on the AP and UPI newswires and in some newspapers, including the Houston Post, which apparently originated the story. It was also reported in Newsweek magazine.”

There is no photo of George H. W. Bush weeping and babbling about the JFK assasination in front of a large audiences at innapropriate times. Apparently a tormented guilty conscience shows through at times, even in the hardest cases. In December 2006, Bush senior sobbed and covered his face while speaking about his son Jeb at a large Florida gathering. The very next month, in January 2007, Daddy Bush Attacked JFK “Conspiracy Theorists”. Paul Joseph Watson of PrisonPlanet.com reported

“Former President triumphs Warren Commission at Ford’s funeral; Are the Bush’s breaking down?
During his speech at yesterday’s funeral service for Gerald Ford, former President George H.W. Bush bashed JFK “conspiracy theorists” and defended the Warren Commission report, another odd public outburst indicative of a crime family whose decades of misdeeds may finally be catching up with them. “After a deluded gunman assassinated President Kennedy, our nation turned to Gerald Ford and a select handful of others to make sense of that madness,” said Bush. “And the conspiracy theorists can say what they will, but the Warren Commission report will always have the final definitive say on this tragic matter. Why? Because Jerry Ford put his name on it and Jerry Ford’s word was always good.”

Despite the Bush family presenting the facade of being “respectable pro-life Christians” for the gullible Republican voting block, there are no photos of George H.W. Bush praising his friend eugencist Margaret Sanger or attacking the Roman Pontiff Pope Paul VI and demanding worldwide population control as he did publicly on the House floor while a Congressman in the 1960’s, which is outlined in the official Congressional record. Our 2008 entry George H.W. Bush: Evil Population Control Ghoul- “Rubbers Goes To Congress” outlines a brief summary, as well as a youtube video, covering little known details of George H. W. Bush’s vehement advocacy of global population control when he was a Congressman in the late 1960’s. Includes congressional testimony of Bush’s attacks on the Pope and his support of planned parenthood. Excerpts are from the excellent book “George Bush: The Unauthorized Biography” by Webster G. Tarpley & Anton Chaitkin Chapter X: Rubbers Goes to Congress [Available to read for free here. Excerpt at bottom of this page. See also Bush, Kissinger, Sanger and Ginsburg: All Eugenicists.]

NBC didn’t see fit to include photos of George H. W. Bush meeting with Osama bin Laden’s brother, Shafig bin Laden, in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Washington, on the morning of 9/11/01. In 2003, Paul Joseph Watson of PrisonPlanet.com reported “They were on Carlyle Group business just a few miles from where hijackers supposedly acting on behalf of Osama bin Laden would fly a plane into the Pentagon.”

Lastly, MSNBC presented no photo of George H. W. Bush being confronted by an educated and outraged patriotic American, who told him off in public in 2010. After being responsible for the murder and sterilization of countless millions of people worldwide, the degenerate coward occultist George H.W. Bush didn’t have the guts to say a single word in response to one man who had the courage to call him a “murderous, Zionist piece of $#@!!” to his face at a Houston Pizza Place. Instead, he used his government guards to try and bully the man, unsuccessfully. I am proud to say that this man, Greg, has been a friend of mine for many years and this dedicated truth-seeker’s act of speaking “truth to power” is not only admirable, but is a model for the rest of us:

[Watch video: How an old Bush can ruin a good lunch Jan 9, 2010.]
“January 6, 2010 – As if a restaurant’s shrine to a mass murderer and featured menu items in the name of the diabolical traitor to America weren’t enough, George Bush Sr. himself arrived when I was eating lunch with friends. Although I’m aware of many of his countless crimes against humanity, my mind went blank when it came to speaking out. It’s a wonderful thought for me to imagine these killers being scolded each and every time they appear in public.”

The Secret Service later called Greg’s friends and even came knocking on his door: Confronting a killer Part II: The Secret Service visit Jan 13, 2010

Q: What happens when you confront an ex-president and former head of the CIA?
A: The Secret Service visit you at home.
Thank you all for the overwhelming support! It means so very much to me.
It is an honor to know I was speaking for millions around the world when I shared my disgust with the so-called man.

On January 12, 2010 InfoWars reported: Man Who Confronted Bush Senior On Tape Visited by Secret Service:
“The video blogger who confronted international war criminal and top-drawer minion of the New World Order, George Bush Senior, was visited by the Secret Service after posting a video of the incident on YouTube. Earlier today he wrote an email to HoustonTruth.org:
Wanted to make you all aware that I was just visited by the Secret Service.
I stupidly opened the door, but then closed and locked it and told them I’d be right back with them. Then I put a tape in my camera and started to record. They told me they can’t talk on camera and left.
Thought you all should know in case I go missing, etc. No word as of this post if the Secret Service returned. The video in question follows. Please note the video contains strong language.” [See also O’Reilly demands ‘deranged’ Bush heckler be arrested

Hopefully, this collection will serve as a concise outline of the actual legacy of George H. W. Bush. And hopefully, for his own sake, this dreadful conspirator will repent for his own good before he meets his maker.

Martin Hill is a Catholic paleoconservative and civil rights advocate. His work has been featured on LewRockwell.com, WhatReallyHappened, Infowars, PrisonPlanet, Economic Policy Journal, FreedomsPhoenix, Veterans Today, The Wayne Madsen Report, Devvy.com, Rense, Antiwar.com, IamtheWitness.com, National Motorists Association, RomanCatholicReport.com, WorldNetDaily, ZionCrimeFactory.com, The Orange County Register, KNBC4 Los Angeles, Los Angeles Catholic Lay Mission Newspaper, KFI 640, The Press Enterprise, BlackBoxVoting, and many others. Archives can be found at LibertyFight.com

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Excerpts from: “George Bush: The Unauthorized Biography”

by Webster G. Tarpley & Anton Chaitkin
Chapter X: Rubbers Goes to Congress
[Available to read for free here: http://www.tarpley.net/bush10.htm]

“Bush belonged to a small group of congressmen who successfully conspired to force a profound shift in the official U.S. attitude and policy toward population expansion. Embracing the “limits to growth” ideology with a vengeance, Bush and his coterie, which included such ultraliberal Democrats as then- Senator Walter Mondale (Minn.) and Rep. James Scheuer (N.Y.), labored to enact legislation which institutionalized population control as U.S. domestic and foreign policy.

Bush began his Malthusian activism in the House in 1968, which was the year in which Pope Paul VI issued his enyclical “Humanae Vitae,” which contained a prophetic warning of the danger of coercion by governments for the purpose of population control. The Pope wrote: “Let it be considered also that a dangerous weapon would be placed in the hands of those public authorities who place no heed of moral exigencies…. Who will stop rulers from favoring, from even imposing upon their people, the method of contraception which they judged to be most efficacious?” For poorer countries with a high population rate, the encyclical identified the only rational and humane policy: “No solution to these difficulties is acceptable which does violence to man’s essential dignity….The only possible solution … is one which envisages the social and economic progress both of individuals and of the whole of human society….”

This was a direct challenge to the cultural paradigm transformation which Bush and other exponents of the oligarchical world outlook were promoting. Not for the first time nor for the last time, Bush issued a direct attack on the Holy See. Just days after Humanae Vitae was issued, Bush declared: “I have decided to give my vigorous support for population control in both the United States and the world.” He also lashed out at the Pope. “For those of us who who feel so strongly on this issue, the recent enyclical was most discouraging.”

During his four years in Congress, Bush not only introduced key pieces of legislation to enforce population control both at home and abroad. He also continuously introduced into the congressional debate reams of propaganda about the threat of population growth and the inferiority of blacks, and he set up a special Republican task force which functioned as a forum for the most rabid Malthusian ideologues.

“Bush was really out front on the population issue,” a population- control activist recently said of this period of 1967-71. “He was saying things that even we were reluctant to talk about publicly.”

Bush’s open public advocacy of government measures tending towards zero population growth was a radical departure from the policies built into the federal bureaucracy up until that time. The climate of opinion just a few years earlier, in December 1959, is illustrated by the comments of President Eisenhower, who had said, “birth control is not our business. I cannot imagine anything more emphatically a subject that is not a proper political or governmental activity … or responsibility.”

As a congressman, Bush played an absolutely pivotal role in this shift. Shortly after arriving in Washington, he teamed up with fellow Republican Herman Schneebeli to offer a series of amendments to the Social Security Act to place priority emphasis on what was euphemistically called “family planning services.” The avowed goal was to reduce the number of children born to women on welfare.

THE NAZI ROOTS OF U.S. GUN-CONTROL LAWS

THE NAZI ROOTS OF U.S. GUN-CONTROL LAWS

 

Exclusive: Ellis Washington has historical chart linking firearm restrictions to genocide

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Ellis Washington is a former editor of the Michigan Law Review and law clerk at The Rutherford Institute. He is an instructor at Spring Arbor University, the American College of Education, and the National Paralegal College. Washington is a co-host on “Joshua’s Trial, a radio show of Christian conservative thought. A graduate of John Marshall Law School, his latest book is “The Nuremberg Trials: Last Tragedy of the Holocaust” (2008) and law review article, “Natural Law Considerations of Juvenile Law” (2010). Visit his website, Ellis Washington Report.

 

Here’s the Formula: Hatred + Government + Disarmed Civilians = Genocide.

What makes the argument so powerful? Two factors. First, it makes common sense: Unarmed, defenseless people have no hope against armed aggressors. Second, it states the historical truth: Evil governments did wipe out 170,000,000 innocent non-military lives in the 20th century alone.

~ Jews for the Preservation of Firearm Ownership website

The pretext: Massacre of the innocents – Newtown, Conn.

I am a professor at a wonderful online school called National Paralegal College (NPC). Shannon Southard, a student there recently raised some very prescient questions on the issue of gun control:

Seems that almost every shooting that has made national headlines recently has involved a shooter suffering from one form or mental issues or another. We had two tragic shootings this week – one in a crowded mall another in an elementary school. Not to mention the awful shooting earlier this year at the movie theater. … Who should be blamed for these individuals being able to commit such heinous acts – lawmakers for allowing access to weapons, mental health professionals for possibly not treating appropriately, society for turning their backs on them?

This prompted fellow NPC student, Kathryn Dunigan to remark, “Almost all the mass shooters over the past 20 years, including the ones at Columbine and the Aurora Theater were on mind altering psychiatric drugs. Is gun control really the national conversation we need, or is [it] medication control?”

This comment prompted my response to Kathryn:

Don’t take the easy (unconstitutional) way out. … I want you to reconsider your remarks in light of constitutional history. If you follow Obama’s and the Democratic Party path to disarm law-abiding citizens, then the criminals (who won’t obey any gun laws) will be emboldened to use gun violence without limits. Why? Because they will know that law-abiding citizens will be disarmed and easy prey for criminals to abuse We the People. When in doubt, always follow the Constitution.

I would invite you to read Dr. John Lott’s excellent book dispelling liberal assumptions on the correlation between the access of guns and the proliferation of gun violence. You can read a short analysis of Dr. Lott’s book, “More Guns, Less Crime.”

Note the level of vitriol in the academic community against his theories. Why? Because progressives understand that to effect and increase federal government hegemony and state-control throughout society, the Second Amendment must be repealed. Look at the history of all fascist societies from Robespierre and the Jacobins, the French Enlightenment, Germany’s Otto von Bismarck, to Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Mao, Pol Pot, Franco, etc. The first thing these tyrants want to do as soon as they secured power was to disarm the public and make the STATE (e.g., the army, police, secret police, Gestapo, etc.) the only entity legally allowed to possess guns. Why? So the state can steal your unalienable (God-given) liberties and make you slaves of the Leviathan State. … In my opinion, President Obama has almost taken America to that abyss.

The Policy

The great Spanish philosopher George Santayana warned us decades ago: Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership (JPFO) is an organization dedicated to the preservation of gun rights in the United States and “to encourage Americans to understand and defend all of the Bill of Rights for everyone.” The group was founded by former firearms dealer Aaron S. Zelman in 1986. JPFO interprets the Second Amendment as recognizing a pre-existing natural right of individuals to keep and bear arms.

According to the comprehensive research by JPFO, all of America’s present gun-control laws have Nazi origins, evidenced by the group’s shocking accusation that the Gun Control Act of 1968 was plagiarized almost word for word from Nazi legislation. The German Weapons Law, which existed before the Nazis came to power in 1933, was amended on March 18, 1938, by the Nazi government. The JPFO’s claim is based in part by the fact that the 1968 law introduces the “sporting purpose” test to distinguish different types of weapons, similar to the “sporting purpose” test that existed in the German law in question. Sen. Thomas Joseph Dodd (father to Sen. Chris Dodd) was a prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials and had reviewed copies of the Nazi firearms law as the 1968 legislation was being drafted.

Examine carefully the JPFO chart below detailing the history of global gun control laws in just a few selected countries over the past 100 years; it is a Who’s Who of hatred of liberty, government fascism, disarmed civilians and genocide.

The Postlude

America, you have a constitutional natural right to be armed in order to protect yourself, because under U.S law the police have no duty to protect the average person. The Bill of Rights (the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution) are all unalienable rights, which meant that they are God-given, self-evident truths, natural rights that originated from God, the Bible and Natural Law and therefore can never be lawfully taken away by man or the State.

America, if you don’t learn your history, you will be damned to repeat it.

North Waziristan placed under indefinite curfew

North Waziristan placed under indefinite curfew

the news pak

MIRANSHAH: In an expected development, the government Wednesday announced indefinite curfew in North Waziristan Agency from today, senior officials said.

 

They said the announcement about the curfew in North Waziristan was made in a meeting held on Wednesday night. Though the officials didn’t give details, the government usually enforces curfew in the tribal region on every Sunday.

 

The decision panicked the tribal people who have started asking as to why the government made the announcement as curfew was clamped in the entire North Waziristan tribal region last Sunday. “The tribespeople are worried and many of them are asking the reason for the curfew,” a government official said, adding that he too didn’t know the reason behind the decision.

 

Meanwhile, armed members of the Utmanzai Peace Committee foiled a car-lifting attempt and arrested two alleged car-lifters in Miranshah bazaar and handed them over to the political administration.

 

Member of the peace committee said they had been tipped off so they deployed their men at all the entry and exit points to the bazaar.

 

“We intercepted a car being driven by two car-lifters. We seized them and returned the car to its owner,” said a member of the peace body, wishing not to be named.

Delhi gang-rape victim dies in hospital in Singapore

Delhi gang-rape victim dies in hospital in Singapore

BBC

The Mount Elizabeth hospital in Singapore, where the victim was being treated
The victim died in the early hours of Saturday morning, a hospital official said

A female student gang-raped on a bus in India’s capital Delhi has died at a Singapore hospital, doctors say.

“The patient passed away peacefully at 4:45am on 29 Dec 2012,” a statement from the hospital said. The patient’s family had been by her side, it added.

The 23-year-old had arrived in Singapore on Thursday after undergoing three operations in a Delhi hospital.

The attack earlier this month triggered violent public protests in India that left one police officer dead.

Six men have been arrested and two police officers have been suspended following the 16 December attack.

“The patient had remained in an extremely critical condition since admission to Mount Elizabeth Hospital,” a statement from hospital chief executive Kelvin Loh said.

“She had suffered from severe organ failure following serious injuries to her body and brain. She was courageous in fighting for her life for so long against the odds but the trauma to her body was too severe for her to overcome,” the statement went on.

“We are humbled by the privilege of being tasked to care for her in her final struggle,” Mr Loh said.

A team of eight specialists had tried to keep the patient stable, but her condition continued to deteriorate over the two days she was at Mount Elizabeth Hospital, he added.

Officials from the High Commission of India had also been present when the patient passed away. The Indian home minister said the government had decided to send the victim overseas on the recommendation of her doctors.

Demonstrators shout slogans as they are surrounded by the police during a protest rally in New Delhi
The woman’s case has sparked public debate as well as several days of protests across India

Arrangements are being made to take her body back to India, Indian high commissioner to Singapore TCA Raghavan told reporters, according to the Associated Press.

Rising anger

The victim and her friend had been to see a film when they boarded the bus in the Munirka area of Delhi, intending to travel to Dwarka in the south-west of the city.

Police said she was raped for nearly an hour, and both she and her companion were beaten with iron bars and thrown out of the moving bus and into the street.

On arrival at the hospital in Singapore, doctors said that as well as a “prior cardiac arrest, she also had infection of her lungs and abdomen, as well as significant brain injury”.

The government has tried to halt rising public anger by announcing a series of measures intended to make Delhi safer for women.

These include more police night patrols, checks on bus drivers and their assistants, and the banning of buses with tinted windows or curtains.

The government has also said that it will post the photos, names and addresses of convicted rapists on official websites to shame them.

It has set up two committees – one looking into speeding up trials of cases involving sexual assaults on women, and the other to examine the lapses that might have led to the incident in Delhi.

But the protesters say the government’s pledge to seek life sentences for the attackers is not enough – many are calling for the death penalty.

Since the Delhi incident, several cases have been highlighted of authorities failing to respond to reported rapes.

On Wednesday, a woman committed suicide in the state of Punjab, after having tried to report to police an rape which allegedly took place last month, local media reports said.

At least one police officer involved in the case has been sacked, according to local officials.

Abbas Allegedly Threatens To Hand Over the West Bank To Israel

Abbas threatens to hand over the West Bank to Israel

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Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas attends a Fatah “Revolutionary Council” meeting in the Palestinian West Bank city of Ramallah on Wednesday.

Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, said he will hand over responsibilty for the West Bank to Israel if peace talks are not renewed after Israel’s elections, Haaretz newspaper reported on Thursday.

In an interview with the Israeli newspaper, Abbas said he would relinquish control and disband the Palestinian authority if there was no progress after January 22.

“I’ll tell him [Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu]… Sit in the chair here instead of me, take the keys, and you will be responsible for the Palestinian Authority.”

“Once the new government in Israel is in place, Netanyahu will have to decide – yes or no,” Abbas said.

The Palestinian negotiating team has refused to return to the peace talks until Israel agrees on a settlement freeze. However, Israel has insisted on no preconditions to the talks.

Negotiations have been put on hold since September 2010.

The Next American Civil War

The Next American Civil War

from the trenches

Canada Free Press –

by JD Longstreet

“Tyrants preserve themselves by sowing fear and mistrust among the citizens by means of spies, by distracting them with foreign wars, by eliminating men of spirit who might lead a revolution, by humbling the people, and making them incapable of decisive action…” … Aristotle

You’d think ole “Ari” might have been peering through some sort of cosmic window into modern day America some 2300 years ago with comments such as those above.

See, America is building a head of steam preparing to go to war with itself a second time at this very moment.  This is not unusual—not in America.  We have already had two revolutions.  You may recall the American Revolution against Great Britain and the second—the War for Southern Independence, often erroneously referred to as the American Civil War, or the War Between the States.There’s another way to look at it, as well.  One can grudgingly admit that the Greeks, of 2300 years ago, were smarter than modern Americans.  In my estimation—you’d be right.  So, I tend to go with the latter explanation.

Tensions are running high all across the country as citizens are rushing to arm themselves with the closest thing resembling combat weaponry they can possibly find. Ammunition of all calibers is disappearing from the shelves of gun shops and back orders at the manufacturing plants are piled high.

Look.  Nobody really knows how many guns are in the hands of private citizens in America.  Many have multiple weapons.  A few are even registered, but, my guess is—the vast majority are not registered anywhere for exactly the reason Americans feel they are being driven, herded, as it were,  to armed resistance.  Of the weapons known to be in the hands of private civilian Americans there are enough, according to some reports, to arm every man woman andchild in America today—well over three hundred million. Americans are preparing to dig-in.  In other words they are preparing for a fight.  They are preparing for the day when the words run out, as they surely will.  They will then have no other alternative than to turn—as their forefathers have done since the country was founded—to the gun.

That’s a lot of guns, but not nearly as many as there will be in 2013.  Manufacturers are finding it impossible to keep up with demand for their guns.

The old expression:  “Fools rush in”  is as apropos a word, or phrase, as I can conjure to describe the actions of the so-called “gun grabbers” in America in recent days.  Their propagandists and boosters in the press and the Mainstream Media added to the mental light weights already liberally salted throughout the US Congress and White House who are mindlessly fanning the flames of a conflagration that threatens to consume the country in another American war over the rights guaranteed by the US Constitution—including the Bill of Rights.  These are rights sacred to Americans.  These are the rights for which they have been willing to valiantly lay down their lives to protect since the birth of the nation. They are no less ready to put their lives on the line once again.  I do not think our current “masters” fully understand that.

Look.  Those who would disarm America seem oblivious to the buzz saw into which they are mindlessly running.  Their naivete is monumental, off the scale. When describing weapons they want banned, their description of such weapons makes it clear they haven’t the foggiest notion what they are talking about.  It is also clear they are operating from pure emotion with no reason mixed in.  They often describe weapons they want banned.  They don’t seem to know that those weapons have already been banned since the 1930s in America. They use the term “assault weapon” when there is actually no such weapon, only a political term to describe a weapon that is, well,  scary looking.

In their ignorance, they cannot grasp that even if a gun ban were successful, a black market in guns and ammunition will spring up, almost overnight, and will make Prohibition resemble a Sunday school picnic.  Gun owners and those familiar with guns know, already, that guns are fairly simple to make, many with off the shelf, readily available, parts.

The very first firefight between government agents and American private citizens will be the ignition point of an all consuming maelstrom that will inundate the nation and render null and void any chance that America might reconstitute itself into its former imageafterwards.

To the folks on the left, the gun grabbers, if there is any doubt in your minds that Americans will defend their constitutional rights to the death, simply drive across theLincoln Bridge and take a long look at row after row of white grave markers at ArlingtonNational Cemetery.  As you gaze upon that place of honor, remember, we are the sons, grandsons, and great-grand sons of the men lying there.  We are no less inspired than they to defend the constitution against all enemies—domestic and foreign.

For those of you who purportedly serve the public in your position within the Congress, understand that we are taking careful note of your maneuvering to deny us our constitutional rights and we will be working tirelessly to see that your political career is ended when next you stand for election.  That is a promise.

The idiots in the Mainstream Media still do not understand that freedom of the press , freedom of speech, is only viable so long as the right to keep and bear arms is guaranteed by the Second Amendment.  The job of the press is inextricably linked to the armed citizen. If the armed American goes, so does the independent, non-state-controlled press.  Freedom of the press, freedom of speech, will disappear.

It is such a simple thing—when thought through.  But that’s the problem.  They aren’t thinking.  They are reacting out of raw emotion—certainly NOT reason.  It is their handlers, however, who ARE reasoning. They reason, and rightfully so, that they cannot accomplish their agenda as long as the American citizen is armed.  And so the useful idiots of the Mainstream Media are trotted out to happily make fools of themselves in service to the political left, which will grind them into so much dust once their goals are realized.

It is such idiocy as this that brings men to grapple at each other’s throat.

And here we are again, preparing to do battle with each other, brother against brother, over an issue that was settled two and a half centuries ago.

At first glance it appears to be lunacy of the highest order—and yet—here we are on the cusp of violence to defend something the political left, an authoritarian cabal itself,  cannot abide, AT ALL:  personal freedom, individual freedom.

Remember that Aristotle said: “Tyrants preserve themselves by …  by eliminating men of spirit who might lead a revolution, by humbling the people, and making them incapable of decisive action… .”  Could this be why over a dozen of the US’s highest military officers have been hounded from service in recent months? Is it why this financial crises has dragged on and on … to keep us humble and incapable of decisive action?

And now they intend to disarm us.

Look.  There is so much pent-up anger in America today that if this argument over gun control ever gets beyond the talking stage it is reasonable to believe there will be violence on a scale not seen since the 1860’s in this country.

I would ask the political left if they understand that this is only a temporary argument over gun control?  Do they understand it will quickly become an argument over whether or not the country continues to exist as a single fifty state entity or breaks up into separate countries?  I don’t think they do.  Indeed, I don’t think most Americans understand that once this fight begins, in earnest, there will be no turning back and when it is ended—there will be no going back, either.

I don’t want a war in my homeland, either.  But, dear reader, THIS is exactly how they begin.

Longstreet is a conservative Southern American (A native sandlapper and an adopted Tar Heel) with a deep passion for the history, heritage, and culture of the southern states of America. At the same time he is a deeply loyal American believing strongly in “America First”.

He is a thirty-year veteran of the broadcasting business, as an “in the field” and “on-air” news reporter (contributing to radio, TV, and newspapers) and a conservative broadcast commentator.

Longstreet is a veteran of the US Army and US Army Reserve. He is a member of the American Legion and the Sons of Confederate Veterans.  A lifelong Christian, Longstreet subscribes to “old Lutheranism” to express and exercise his faith.

http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/51977

The Ban On Most Semi-Automatic Weapons May Be Upon Us

[The time has come when your remaining Constitutional rights will be revoked, one-by-one, allegedly for the Common Good.  Obama is there to ram the American police state down our throats.  I don’t swallow, do you?]

ALERT: Legislation Details:

Senate to Ban Hundreds of Semiautomatic Rifles, Handguns, Shotguns, Magazines

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By Mac Slavo & Ed Thomas
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For anyone who may have thought Senator Feinstein and her colleagues in Congress were bluffing about coming firearms legislation that would restrict the sale, transfer and possession of certain firearms, think again.

A summary of the proposed legislation has been made available, and it’s a whopper.

Among outright banning 120 ‘assault’ related firearms (such as AR-15′s and AK-47′s), the bill will also target any weapon that utilizes a “detachable magazine,” as well as any magazine with a capacity of over ten rounds, which would include semi-automatic handguns and shotguns.

Moreover, if you already own a firearm or modification that ends up on the ban list, you will be required under Federal law to register that gun, complete with a background check, fingerprinting and local law enforcement verification.

Those who have recently purchased firearms that would fall under the ban may soon find Federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) at their door looking to confiscate ‘illegal’ weapons or engage in home searches for illegal accessories like ‘high capacity’ magazines (over 10 rounds), flash suppressors, pistol grips, and bullet buttons (a feature designed to circumvent ‘fixed’ magazine laws in states like California).

The following is a summary of the proposed Assault Weapons Legislation:

Bans the sale, transfer, importation, or manufacturing of:

  • 120 specifically-named firearms
  • Certain other semiautomatic rifles, handguns, shotguns that can accept a detachable magazine and have one military characteristic
  • Semiautomatic rifles and handguns with a fixed magazine that can accept more than 10 rounds

Strengthens the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban and various state bans by:

  • Moving from a 2-characteristic test to a 1-characteristic test
  • Eliminating the easy-to-remove bayonet mounts and flash suppressors from the characteristics test
  • Banning firearms with “thumbhole stocks” and “bullet buttons” to address attempts to “work around” prior bans
  • Bans large-capacity ammunition feeding devices capable of accepting more than 10 rounds.

Protects legitimate hunters and the rights of existing gun owners by:

  • Grandfathering weapons legally possessed on the date of enactment
  • Exempting over 900 specifically-named weapons used for hunting or sporting purposes and
  • Exempting antique, manually-operated, and permanently disabled weapons

Requires that grandfathered weapons be registered under the National Firearms Act, to include:

  • Background check of owner and any transferee;
  • Type and serial number of the firearm;
  • Positive identification, including photograph and fingerprint;
  • Certification from local law enforcement of identity and that possession would not violate State or local law; and
  • Dedicated funding for ATF to implement registration

(Also available in PDF)

What Is an Assault Rifle? (You’ve probably been lied to):

Ammunition, namely the purchase of bulk ammunition, has not been mentioned in the legislation summary. However, previous reports indicate that the purchase of large amounts of ammunition through the internet and directly from dealers may also be in Congress’ sights.

Are Americans prepared to give up their guns?

In Los Angeles, where millions of residents depend on government support to feed their families and receive healthcare, hundreds of cars lined up for hours for a local buy-back program that promised to exchange guns for $100 grocery gift cards.

Thousands of handguns, rifles, and antique firearms were turned in – for food.

The lock-down is coming and it’s going to start when Congress reconvenes on January 3, 2013.

Many Americans, who have no concept of why the Second Amendment exists in the first place, will accept it without protest.

Ed Thomas of www.TheDailySheeple.com contributed to this report.

Contributed by Mac Slavo and Ed Thomas of SHTFplan.com

Fight the militants, or die

[The writer below makes a brave statement, for someone speaking-out from Pakistani soil.  It is tragic that it has fallen to the ordinary Pakistani people to defend their homes and their country from the scourge of TTP terrorism, since the State refuses to defend the people from their Frankenstein creation.  It doesn’t seem to matter much what the TTP does, or even who it murders, not even Frontier Troops.  The State refuses to retake Pakistan’s Tribal Region from them, so it is logical to state that the day is soon coming when entire Pakistani neighborhoods will rise-up with their own defensive weapons and take care of the Taliban menace on their own.  It will be no problem identifying most of these thugs, since they are probably well-known to the locals.] 

Fight the militants, or die

The writer is Senior Editor at RFE/RL’s Radio Mashaal. The views expressed here are his own.

The killing of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Senior Minister Bashir Bilour is another wake-up call for the people and an eye-opener for political leaders and policymakers to look into the eyes of the scourge confronting Pakistan.From Benazir Bhutto to Bashir Bilour, each terror attack drew widespread condemnations besides generating heated debates on media, but the net result always proved a naught because soon enough, public outrage dissipated and policymakers, both civvies and khakis, returned to their old jobs. The assassination of Bashir Bilour is fresh and, of course, will take a few more days to vanish from public memory.

Prior to this tragic event, the last one that brought about universal outrage was the attack on Malala Yousufzai on October 10, which was claimed by the Taliban. With the exception of a few Taliban apologists, almost all political parties expressed shock over the dastardly act and it also drew a few words of condemnation from Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani. The attempt to kill the 15-year-old schoolgirl, the level of public anger and the reaction from the country’s powerful army were all taken as pointers to across-the-board action against the militants. However, expectations soon died down amidst excuses from political and military leadership alike and Malala’s name became restricted to being discussed in seminars and conferences.

She is a closed chapter because since the attack on her, the emboldened Taliban staged even more audacious acts of terror, including a complex one on the Peshawar airport and then topped that off with the killing of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s senior minister.

The persistent inaction on the part of the elected government, political leadership and security agencies, for whatever reason, is highly demoralising and demotivating for society because it tells ordinary people that the political and military leadership is succumbing to the pressure being put by the militants.

It is people like Bashir Bilour, Benazir Bhutto, Malala Yousufzai, Salmaan Taseer and Shahbaz Bhatti who challenge the extremist ideology and all — except Malala — were knocked out one by one, while all the pillars of the state silently stood by and did nothing.

Imagine how a 15-year-old schoolgirl could have harmed armed-to-the-teeth militants. She was attacked because she was emerging as a symbol of courage for the rest of society and was openly challenging the Taliban mindset based on utter disregard for human rights and discriminatory treatment of women. The same was the case with Bashir Bilour who had made it a habit to reach the spot of each terrorist attack and openly challenge and condemn the perpetrators by calling them ‘cowards’, which he did to boost public morale.

If Bashir Bilour wished, he could have buried his head in the sand like his fellow politicians and saved his skin — and most probably his life as well. However, he chose to face the threat head on for the sake of the coming generations and finally sacrificed his life.

After surviving two botched attempts on his life, Bashir Bilour’s well-wishers used to advise him to be careful. And he would reply: “Da Gor Shpa Pa Kor Na Shee Ratle (The night destined to be in the grave can’t be the one spent at home)”. His views about the Taliban violence were very clear. “This is our war. We need to own it.” And whenever asked about talks with the militants, he never said ‘no’ — but argued that talks would be held only when the other side agrees to accept the Constitution.

For all those who claim to be defenders of the country’s sovereignty and the Constitution but hesitate to issue even a few words of condemnation against those brutally killing innocent citizens, Bilour’s sacrifice must become a wake-up call. As rightly mentioned by ANP President Asfandyar Wali Khan during his December 25 press briefing, this is the war for Pakistan’s very existence and this is no time for politicking. The options are clear for the security establishment and political leadership: face the threat head on or continue to close eyes and wait till no one is left to speak at all.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 29th, 2012.

Sunni Uprising Underway In Parts of Iraq

Iraqi Sunnis demonstrate in several cities

Iraqi Sunnis demonstrate in several cities  Hadi Mizban

Protesters chant slogans against Iraq’s Shiite-led government as they wave national flags during a demonstration in Ramadi, 70 miles (115 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. Thousands of Iraqi demonstrators massed in a Sunni-dominated province west of Baghdad Wednesday, determined to keep up the pressure on a Shiite-led government that many accuse of trying to marginalize them. (AP Photo/ Hadi Mizban)

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Thousands of Iraqi Sunnis massed along a major western highway and in other parts of the country Friday for what appear to be the largest protests yet in a week of demonstrations, intensifying pressure on the Shiite-led government.

The rallies underscore the strength of a tenacious movement that appears to be gathering support. The largest demonstrations took place on a highway leading to Jordan and Syria in the Sunni-dominated desert province of Anbar west of Baghdad.

Protesters in the Anbar city of Fallujah held aloft placards declaring the day a “Friday of honor.” Some carried old Iraqi flags used during the era of former dictator Saddam Hussein, whose Sunni-dominated government was ousted in the U.S.-led invasion nearly a decade ago.

Others raised the current flag, which was approved in 2008. A few raised the banner of the predominantly Sunni rebels across the border who are fighting to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad.

In the northern city of Mosul, around 3,000 demonstrators took to the streets to denounce what they called the sidelining of Sunnis in Iraq and to demand the release of Sunni prisoners. As in protests earlier in the week, demonstrators there chanted the Arab Spring slogan: “The people want the downfall of the regime.”

Thousands likewise took to the streets in the northern Sunni towns of Tikrit and Samarra, where they were joined by lawmakers and provincial officials, said Salahuddin provincial spokesman Mohammed al-Asi.

At a conference in Baghdad, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki warned against a return to sectarian conflict and cautioned that the country is close to returning to the “dark days when people were killed because of their names or identities.”

He also used the occasion to take a jab at the protesters in Anbar.

“Nations that look for peace, love and reconstruction must choose civilized ways to express themselves. It is not acceptable to express opinions by blocking the roads, encouraging sectarianism, threating to launch wars and dividing Iraq,” he said. “Instead we need to talk, to listen to each other and to agree … to end our differences.”

The demonstrations follow the arrest last week of 10 bodyguards assigned to Finance Minister Rafia al-Issawi, who comes from Anbar and is one of the central government’s most senior Sunni officials.

While the detentions triggered the latest bout of unrest, the demonstrations also tap into deeper Sunni fears that they are being marginalized by the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Although the government includes some Sunni Arabs and Kurdish officials as part of a power-sharing agreement, it draws the bulk of its support from Iraq’s majority Shiites.

Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi, another top-ranking Sunni politician, is now living in exile in Turkey after being handed multiple death sentences earlier this year for allegedly running death squads _ a charge he dismisses as politically motivated.

Sunni-dominated Anbar province has been the scene of several large demonstrations and road blockages since last Saturday. The vast territory was once the heart of the deadly Sunni insurgency that emerged after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.

Al-Qaida is believed to be rebuilding in pockets of Anbar, and militants linked to it are thought to be helping Sunni rebels in Syria.

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Associated Press writers Sinan Salaheddin and Adam Schreck in Baghdad contributed reporting.

Saudi regime forces shoot dead a protester in Qatif

Saudi regime forces shoot dead a protester in Qatif

Saudi protesters chant slogans during a protest in the eastern city of Qatif. (File photo)

 Saudi protesters chant slogans during a protest in the eastern city of Qatif. (File photo)

 

At least one protester has been shot dead by the Al Saud regime forces during a demonstration to demand the release of political prisoners in the country’s oil-rich Eastern Province.

Local activists said on Friday that the Saudi regime forces opened fire on demonstrators in the Qatif district, east of the capital, Riyadh, killing 18-year-old Ali al-Marar.

According to local reports, several others were also injured and arrested during the demonstration that, once again, called on the regime to stop cracking down on protesters.

Activists further said that security forces in two vehicles had shot “indiscriminately” at the demonstrators in the central part of Qatif. The forces had also reportedly opened fire at the people on rooftops.

Saudi Arabia’s oil-rich Eastern Province has been rocked by anti-regime protests since February 2011.

Saudi protesters have held demonstrations on an almost regular basis mainly in the Qatif region and the town of Awamiyah in Eastern Province. Their primary demands are the release of all political prisoners, social justice and an end to systematic discrimination.

However, the demonstrations have turned into protests against the repressive Al Saud regime, especially since November 2011, when Saudi security forces killed five protesters and injured many others in the province.

According to Human Rights Watch, the Saudi regime “routinely represses expression critical of the government.”

MKA/HMV/SS

Pakistan Air Force Crumbling Away

Pakistan Air Force Crumbling Away

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December 27, 2012: The Pakistan Air Force is losing nearly two percent of its 900 aircraft each year to accidents. This is more than ten times the rate of Western air forces. These losses are caused by aircraft that are too old and a budget that is too small to properly train pilots and maintain the aircraft. Most of Pakistan’s 520 fighters are over 20 years old. This includes 157 French made Mirage IIIs and 5s, 178 of 186 MiG-21s (the Chinese F-7 version), and 31 of 77 U.S. made F-16s. There have been some new aircraft put into service. Since 2000, Pakistan has received 46 F-16s and 100 Chinese made JF-17s (similar to the F-16). These planes are pretty safe. Older aircraft tend to crash more often.

Pakistan does not have enough money to buy enough new aircraft to replace all those becoming inoperable because of age. You can refurbish old aircraft and keep them flying for half a century or more. But Pakistan hasn’t got the money for that either. There’s also not enough cash for the spare parts and fuel needed for the training flights needed to keep the 3,000 Pakistani Air Force pilots capable of handling high-performance aircraft safely. In short, the Pakistani Air Force is facing a disaster. Each year more and more of their aircraft become inoperable and their pilots, unable to fly enough to maintain their skill, become less capable.

Neighboring India has more money for new aircraft and training. And, like Pakistan, it is using its Mig-21s much less. The most accident-prone aircraft in both countries is the MiG-21. India built 657 of these under license. This seemed like a good idea at the time. The MiG-21 was an impressive looking and relatively inexpensive jet fighter half a century ago. Only much later, when it became clear that the MiG-21 was not very effective in combat, was it realized that all those spiffy looking MiGs were more liability than asset.

The MiG-21 was difficult to fly and maintain. In the end the MiG-21 was too expensive to maintain and too dangerous to fly. India made a mighty effort to make their MiGs safer to fly but the accident rate was still obviously higher than that of Western aircraft (especially the few that the Indian Air Force operated). The MiGs were called “flying coffins” and gave the air force a lot of bad publicity. India was not the only one, besides the Russians, who had problems with Russian made warplanes. During the Cold War the U.S. had several dozen Russian aircraft they used for training their fighter pilots. Despite energetic efforts to keep these aircraft flying, their accident rate was 100 per 100,000 flying hours. That’s very high by U.S. standards. The new F-22 has an accident rate of about 6 per 100,000 hours, mainly because it’s new. F-15s and F-16s have an accident rate of 3-4 per 100,000 flight hours. India, using mostly Russian aircraft, has an accident rate of 6-7 per 100,000 hours flown (compared to 4-5 for all NATO air forces). Pakistan’s accident rate is at least three times that of India.

All combat aircraft have, for decades, been getting more reliable, even as they became more complex. For example, in the early 1950s, the U.S. F-89 fighter had 383 accidents per 100,000 flying hours. A decade later the rate was in the 20s for a new generation of aircraft. At the time the F-4, which served into the 1990s, had a rate of less than 5 per 100,000 hours. Combat aircraft have gotten more reliable and easier to maintain, despite growing complexity, for the same reason automobiles have. Better engineering and more sensors built into equipment makes it easier for the user and maintenance personnel to detect potential problems. Aircraft used the computerized maintenance systems, currently common on new aircraft, long before automobiles got them. Unless you have a much older car that still runs, or a real good memory, you don’t notice the enormous increase in automobile reliability. But older pilots remember because such changes were a matter of life and death if you make your living flying an aircraft. And commanders know that safer aircraft means more aircraft to use in combat and more aircraft that can survive combat damage and keep fighting.

India is solving the MiG problem by retiring all the older (bought before the 1990s) MiGs. Only the 67 MiG-29s are being kept in service. These aircraft were among a new generation of Russian combat aircraft, appearing at the end of the Cold War, that were built to Western standards. This made a big difference in the accident rate but not nearly enough. The MiG-29 crashed a lot and was much more expensive to maintain, especially compared to contemporary Russian fighters like the Su-27. For decades Sukhoi was the second largest Russian military aircraft supplier, and after the Cold War ended Sukhoi aircraft became the most common. The MiG aircraft appear to be at the end of the line.

PA College Offers Course To Freshmen On Planning Terror Attacks–(truck bombs the weapon of choice)

[Asinine Jewish liberal arts professor thinks that it is somehow, a good thing, to teach freshmen studying graphic design and Spanish about how to plan a successful terror attack upon Lehigh College.  Why should anyone, except perhaps for a suicide bomber academy, teach students the aberrant psychology of terrorist thinking?  What is next, teaching psychopathy to “jocks,” or the science of slow-death (as seen on the repulsive “Dexter” series) to business majors?  As word of this lunacy in the guise of “education” spreads, look for a wave of outraged parents to scream for this moron’s head.]

Lehigh students get inside terrorist mind by plotting fictional attack on campus

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By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer

Lehigh University professor Chaim Kaufmann wants his students to think like terrorists.

Even more, he wants them to plan like terrorists, try to understand their motives, and reason through their challenges.

It’s part of an unusual and engaging assignment in which freshmen in his class on political violence and terrorism are asked to weigh risk and feasibility by spending one class period mapping out a fictional attack – on their own university.

“We use Lehigh as the target because that’s what students know,” said Kaufmann, 52, an associate professor in international relations at Lehigh, in Bethlehem, Pa.

To learn best about why terrorism occurs, Kaufmann said, “you’ve got to do the thing that is uncomfortable for most of us to do most of the time . . . put aside our interests and socializations as Americans . . . and get inside the heads of the attackers and try to figure out what they are thinking.”

“It’s not as simple as ‘they hate us because we let women drive.’ ”

Over the 75-minute class period, students debated the location, time, weapon of choice, getaway plan, difficulty of getting a terrorist team into the country, and behavioral patterns of the target, among other challenges posed by their professor and each other.

Their plan ended up being anything but intricate and sophisticated. They first settled on hitting the student-center dining room at lunchtime with a truck bomb. One student pointed out that another delivery truck could be blocking the narrow entrance. They then decided to use a suicide explosive vest.

“So we do get them thinking hard about how difficult it is to guarantee that something will actually come off,” said Kaufmann, who has taught at Lehigh for 20 years. “So what I hope they’ll get out of that particular exercise is an appreciation of why it is so little has happened. It’s not as easy as all the apocalyptic scenarios talk about.”

Kaufmann, whose research focuses on international security, ethnic conflict, nuclear weapons proliferation, and U.S. foreign policy, began teaching the course after 9/11 when interest peaked. He has offered it several times over the last decade. The course in the past has drawn more than 100 students, but this semester, for the first time, it is being taught as a freshman seminar, meaning its size is kept small. It draws students from a variety of majors, this semester political science, Spanish, graphic design, business, premed, and international relations.

The course covers topics from the reasons behind terrorism to its history over the last two centuries. It also explores issues such as the use of torture. Students are required to do a semester-long research project on a case study of political violence.

“It just completely blew my mind,” said William Hoelke, 18, of Sebastian, Fla. “It totally opened me up to a whole other side of the world and what really makes terrorists tick, the methods they use, and how they are truly passionate about the means they are trying to achieve.”

McKenzie Otus, 18, of San Francisco, said it was difficult to put herself in the place of a terrorist.

“We learned about women as suicide terrorists,” she said. “He asked all the girls, what would you do? Would you kill other people for your movement? It’s a tough question, because we’re, like, 18-year-old kids. It’s very thought-provoking and interesting.”

For the discussion on planning an attack, Kaufmann tells students to assume they have no network in the country, which was the case for the 9/11 attackers. They first plot as if it’s a suicide mission and then not, adding the dimension of having to cover tracks and escape.

The class discusses the goal of the attack and types of weapons.

“They often quickly come to the solution that the ideal weapon in terms of how much mess you can make in relation to difficulty of doing it is a truck bomb,” he said.

Kaufmann acknowledged that the exercise “may sound weird” but is nonetheless effective.

“You can show them practically everything that ever happened, but black-and-white doesn’t impress people. But then you make them try to solve it themselves. Now they get it.”

He emphasized that he isn’t passing on sensitive information to students.

“It’s the students’ common knowledge about Lehigh, and none of the modes of attack are things that haven’t gotten ferocious amounts of attention” in the news, he said.

He avoids questions such as what it takes to evade licensing requirements for blasting caps, he said. “I tell them, ‘We’re just going to skip that,’ ” he said.

Kaufmann also provides students with a tip sheet he developed on surviving terrorist attacks, from the use of a biological weapon to a kidnapping.

Wahhabi Thought Police Invade Diplomatic Residence To Arrest 41 People for “Plotting To Celebrate Christmas”

[In some ways the Saudis are more extremist than the Taliban.  After all, all the weird ideas of  “Shariah.” that are enforced by the fanatic Sunni terrorists all over the Middle East, waere forged in Saudi minds.  If there are people who merit killing, simply because of their different beliefs, it is not for men to decide who they are, or the time of their demise.  For the Saudis to be above the diplomatic accords which are intended to keep diplomats safe in foreign service, is a crime in of itself.  Whether they allow the expression of Christian (or other non-Muslim) faith in Saudi or not is not the primary issue–the big issue is the violation of national sovereignty by a bunch or fanatical religious police.  The Saudis will not long survive their own arrogance.]

Saudi Arabia Arrests 41 People for “Plotting to Celebrate Christmas”

Merry Mohammedmas from the homeland of Mecca and Medina, the Guardians of the Holy Places in the blood pact between Saud and Wahhab, oil and terror, not to mention America’s bestsest allies in the War on Terror.

Saudi religious police stormed a house in the Saudi Arabian province of al-Jouf, detaining more than 41 guests for “plotting to celebrate Christmas,” a statement from the police branch released Wednesday night said.

The host of the alleged Christmas gathering is reported to be an Asian diplomat whose guests included 41 Christians, as well as two Saudi Arabian and Egyptian Muslims. The host and the two Muslims were said to be “severely intoxicated.”

The kingdom, which only recognizes Islamic faith and practice, has in the past banned public Christmas celebrations, but is ambiguous about festivities staged in private quarters.

Saudi Arabia’s religious police were feeling so many of their oats that they stormed a private diplomatic residence and arrested the guests attending a private Christmas party. And why should they worry? Saudi Arabia faced no consequences for its part in 9/11 or any of the terror since then. Arresting a few guests at a diplomat’s party for celebrating Christmas is small potatoes.

The Saudi Lobby, backed by countless domestic Muslim groups in every country, is above the law.

Pakistan Rejects Ridiculous Pakistani Terrorist Offer To Play Nice

[To Hell with Hakeemullah Mehsud and all of the filth who hang-out with him, doing his dirty work.  Pakistan has one option when dealing with the TTP and that is all-out war until they are all wiped-out or locked-up (SEE:  The TTP Terrorists Now Want To Pretend That They Are Statesmen).]

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Islamabad: Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik Thursday termed as “unacceptable” a conditional truce offer by the Taliban and said militant groups cannot dictate the state, media reports said.The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan has hinted at a cease-fire with the Pakistani government on condition that the country should end its participation in the Afghan war, reshape the foreign policy and the country’s constitution in accordance with the Islamic Sharia law, reported Xinhua citing Geo TV.

Taliban leader Ismatullah Muavia made the truce offer in a letter to Geo News.

Malik said the Taliban’s offer of conditional respite was “unacceptable”.

“Taliban leader Ismatullah Muavia through his offer of conditional truce has tried to dictate the government, which is totally unacceptable,” the channel quoted him as saying.

The minister said Muavia was a member of banned extremist group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, which was behind many attacks on security forces and Shia Muslims.

Malik said the Taliban was facing a rift and that was why the offer for a truce came from a leader and not directly from its chief Hakimullah Mehsud.

He asked the Afghan government to hand over Pakistani Taliban leader Maulvi Fazalullah, who he said was hiding in the border regions of Afghanistan.

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Terrorist Hordes Overrun Three Peshawar Check-Posts–22 Soldiers Kidnapped

 

Two killed, 22 levies personnel missing in checkposts attack

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PESHAWAR: Two levies personnel were killed and more than 22 others are missing since the early hours of Thursday after militants launched a massive assault on three checkposts on the outskirts of Peshawar, official sources told Dawn.Com.

The militants destroyed two checkposts and also took away weapons, a double cabin pick-up, besides setting a vehicle ablaze.

More than 100 levies personnel had been deployed at the three checkposts and about 22 have not reported back and its feared they had been kidnapped along with their weapons.

Sources said that heavily armed militants attacked the Zaray, Zarka Kohi Hassankhel and Ghaki Sar checkposts between 01:50 am to 02:45 am on Thursday, ransacking two posts and blowing up one completely.

Militants attacked the Zaray levy checkpost at about 01:50 am. The exchange of fire continued for many hours which resulted in the deaths of two levies personnel, while one other was injured in the attack, officials said.

The officials also said that about 60 soldiers were deployed at the checkpost.

The second attack was launched on the Zarka Kohi Hassankhel checkpost at about 2:15 am. The militants destroyed the building after overpowering the security personnel following a gun-battle that lasted for an hour.

Besides bombing the building, the militants set ablaze a vehicle and took away another double cabin pickup along with ammunition at the checkpost.

The third attack according to the official sources was launched at about 2:45 am at Ghaki Sar checkpost in Musa Darra area of Peshawar.

At least 15 to 20 levies personnel were deployed at the checkpost, who retaliated after being attacked. No casualties were reported as the militants fled the scene.

Looking At the Saudi Police State With Rose-Colored Glasses–What About A Saudi Spring?

Saudi Arabian Stocks Are The Value Story for Next Year, VTB Says

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By Zahra Hankir

Shares in Saudi Arabia will offer the “value story” across emerging markets next year as stableoil prices and government spending are set to lure investors to the Arab world’s largest stock market, according to VTB Group.

“We expect the first half to be bullish for Middle East and North Africa equities and see Saudi Arabia as the value story for 2013 across the emerging market space,” analysts Digvijay Singh and Alexey Zabotkin at VTB Capital Plc, the London-based investment-banking arm of VTB, wrote in a research note today, with an overweight recommendation on the kingdom. Oil prices, infrastructure spending and dividend yields are among catalysts that will help boost share prices, they said.

Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest oil exporter, is embarking on about $500 billion in government spending and projects including the world’s tallest tower in Jeddah. The Saudi benchmarkTadawul All Share Index (SASEIDX) gained 7 percent this year, lagging the 15 percent gain for the MSCI Emerging Markets Index. (MXEF) The Saudi index offers a dividend yield of 3.6 percent compared with 2.7 percent for MSCI EM Index.

The Tadawul All Share Petrochemical Industries Index is the second-worst performing sector among 15 sub-indexes on the index, with a decline of 5.2 percent, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. That’s left the companies valued at 14.4 times earnings, compared with 8.2 times earnings for MSCI EM energy stocks.

Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC), the world’s largest petrochemicals maker, has declined 5.7 percent this year after posting profit decreases in the past three quarters. Oil prices averaged 18 percent higher this year compared with 2010 and little changed from last year, data compiled by Bloomberg show.

Advanced Petrochemicals Co. (APPC), a manufacturer of polypropylene products, National Industrialization Co. (NIC), a holding company for industrial and manufacturing firms, and Islamic lender Alinma Bank (ALINMA) are among VTB Capital’s top five stock picks in the Middle East and North Africa. Telecom Egypt (ETEL) and Commercial Bank of Qatar, which have both lagged their benchmark stock indexes, also find a place on the list.

Saudi Arabia’s stock market is closed today for the weekend.

To contact the reporter on this story: Zahra Hankir in Dubai at zhankir@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Alaa Shahine at asalha@bloomberg.net

ATF: Most guns at Mexican crime scenes traced to US

ATF: Most guns at Mexican crime scenes traced to US

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Reporter: Diana
Washington Valdez

More than 68 percent of the weapons recovered at Mexican crime scenes over a five-year period were traced to U.S. manufacturers or U.S. dealers who import firearms, according to statistics of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Between 2007 and 2011, Mexican law enforcement submitted 99,691requests to the ATF for tracing, and 68,161 of those firearms were determined to come from U.S. makers or were legally imported into the United States by federally licensed firearms dealers.

The ATF said it was unable to determine the source of the rest of the firearms because of missing information about the guns themselves, where they came from and how they got into Mexico.

Mexican drug cartels have waged brutal

battles over turf in several areas of Mexico, including in Juárez, where firearms were used in most of estimated 11,000 homicides that police reported between 2007 and the end of November. 

This is a breakdown of total firearms recovered in Mexico and traced by ATF, and the number of weapons of unknown origin:

  • 2011: 20,335, U.S.; 14,504, unknown.
  • 2010: 8,338, U.S.; 6,404, unknown.
  • 2009: 21,555, U.S.; 14,376, unknown.
  • 2008: 32,111, U.S.; 21,035, unknown.
  • 2007: 17,352, U.S.; 11,842, unknown.

The “ATF Mexico” report does not include information on which, or if any, of the reported firearm recoveries were traced to the agency’s Operation Fast and Furious, in which federal agentsallowed guns purchased by straw buyers in the U.S. to be smuggled into Mexico in an attempt to identify and arrest high-level arms traffickers.

More than 1,000 of the 2,000 weapons connected to the Phoenix-based operation are unaccounted for, according to U.S. lawmakers, who investigated the botched ATF operation that began in late 2009.

The ATF shut down Fast and Furious after Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was fatally shot Dec. 14, 2010, in Arizona near the Mexican border. A rifle connected to the ATF operation was found in the vicinity of Terry’s body.

Some of the weapons attributed to Operation Fast and Furious were smuggled across the border through El Paso, and they were found by Mexican law enforcement officers at crime scenes in Juárez and other places in the state of Chihuahua.

Recently, new allegations threaten the ATF with another scandal, prompting a U.S. senator to request an investigation.

U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, who had initiated an investigation into Fast and Furious, said in a Dec. 19 letter to Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz that a former ATF official assigned to Phoenix might have purchased a gun that Mexican officials allegedly found at the scene of a November shootout between drug cartel operatives and Mexican soldiers in Sinaloa, Mexico.

Grassley’s letter said the area of the shootout reported by Mexican officials appears to coincide with a firefight that killed several people in the same area.

“The gunfight claimed five lives, including a member of the Mexican military and a Sinaloa beauty queen, Maria Susana Flores Gamez,” Grassley’s letter said. His letter also said that the weapon allegedly obtained by the ATF official was purchased Jan. 7, 2010, but Grassley had no information on how it ended up in Mexico.

“This information’s implications and its ability to undermine public confidence in the integrity of ATF operations cannot be overstated,” Grassley’s letter said. “Your (Horowitz’s) office needs to work swiftly. There must be a thorough, independent, and public explanation of these circumstances as quickly as possible.”

No one was available for comment late Wednesday at the ATF offices in Phoenix and Washington, D.C.

The ATF also reported statistics for firearm recoveries and tracings in the United States, including Texas.

Between Jan. 1, 2011, and Dec. 31, 2011, the ATF traced 15,058 firearm recoveries to Texas. The ATF said most of the tracings are for weapons found by U.S. law enforcement officers at crime scenes in Texas and in other states, but traced back to Texas sources.

The top three recovery cities in Texas were Houston, with 3,034 firearm recoveries; Dallas, with 2,463; and Corpus Christi, with 502. ATF figures for El Paso recoveries were not available.

“We use the ATF’s tracing resources to investigate gun ownership, periodically, on a case-by-case basis,” said Mike Baranyay, a detective with the El Paso Police Department. “Our investigators can also check whether a weapon is stolen through the NCIC (National Crime Information Center) system.”

The ATF’s National Tracing Center conducted 319,000 firearms tracings in 2011.

Tracing figures for 2012 will not be available until mid-2013 or later.

Diana Washington Valdez may be reached at dvaldez@elpasotimes.com; 546-6140.

“Legitimate” Western Media Whitewashes War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity In Drone Murders

Don’t Believe Initial Accounts of Drone Strikes Killing ‘Al Qaeda Militants’

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"The bodies were charred like coal." 

Foreign Policy has aperfectly awful accountof a U.S. drone strike in Yemen this September that killed a dozen civilians. Begins like this:

SANAA, Yemen — The villagers who rushed to the road, cutting through rocky fields in central Yemen, found the dead strewn around a burning sport utility vehicle. The bodies were dusted with white powder — flour and sugar, the witnesses said — that the victims were bringing home from market when the aircraft attacked. A torched woman clutched her daughter in a lifeless embrace. Four severed heads littered the pavement.

“The bodies were charred like coal. I could not recognize the faces,” said Ahmed al-Sabooli, 22, a farmer whose parents and 10-year-old sister were among the dead. “Then I recognized my mother because she was still holding my sister in her lap. That is when I cried.”

What enables such state-sanctioned murder? One crucial ingredient is highlighted in the next paragraph:

Quoting unnamed Yemeni officials, local and international mediainitially described the victims of the Sept. 2 airstrike in al-Bayda governorate as al Qaeda militants.

Follow that link to the Sept. 2 Reuters article, and you’ll see this loaded lead paragraph:

Five suspected militants linked to al Qaeda were killed by a U.S. drone attack on Sunday in central Yemen, in what appears to be stepped up strikes by unmanned aircraft on Islamists.

Note that “suspected” only modifies “militants”; Reuters treated as fact that the charred bodies were “linked to al Qaeda,” and part of a broader campaign against “Islamists” who don’t qualify as being “suspected.”

This isn’t just linguistic nitpicking of journalismese; this is how you midwife propaganda–straight from anonymous government sources who have a huge incentive to legitimize targeted death-dealing against undesirables, and unadorned with the kind of protective skepticism that such ultimate power (let alone fog of war) so richly deserves.

The TTP Terrorists Now Want To Pretend That They Are Statesmen

TTP ready to hold talks, says spokesman

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Photo shows spokesman for banned militant outfit, Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Ehsanullah Ehsan.—File Photo

PESHAWAR: Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan told Dawn.com’s correspondent on Wednesday that the proscribed outfit was ready for ‘meaningful’ dialogue with the Government of Pakistan.

Ehsan said the TTP had always been ready for negotiations, adding that, the Pakistani government was following foreign dictates and talks would only be possible if the government would have the authority to hold them freely.

Responding to a query on a statement by chief of the Awami National Party (ANP), Asfanyar Wali Khan, that talks with the Pakistani Taliban were possible if they renounced violence, the TTP spokesman said “terms and conditions” were unacceptable for any peace talks to be initiated.

In a letter addressed to the Government of Pakistan, the Pakistani Taliban offering to hold talks said that the ANP could be granted amnesty if the party apologised for its ‘wrong’ policies  and altered these, adding that, the same would apply to the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM).

The letter further said that the TTP had no fight with the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) whereas the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI) and Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) should live up to their statements.

The TTP also claimed that the organisation was not involved in attacks on JUI and JI.

The fight with the militant organisation was initiated by the government and the armed forces of Pakistan, the letter said, adding that, the war could end provided that the government formulated its policies and its constitution in accordance with the Islamic Shariah.

Earlier on Sunday, the ANP chief had said that the use of military means was no more an effective way of resolving political issues.

He had also stated that his party had always supported dialogue with ‘saner elements’ among the Taliban for the sake of regional stability.

Khan had said the ANP believed that talks were the only way to end terrorism and resolve militancy-related issues because sections of elements among the extremists were challenging Pakistan’s sovereignty and writ of the state.

Ukrainian “Neo-Nazis” Call Mila Kunis A “Jewess” and Now Commies Are Coming Out of the Woodwork

Photo: Official website of association "Borotba"
Photo: Official website of association “Borotba”

Ukrainian Marxists staged under the slogan “I’m a Jew!”

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December 27 Ukrainian Marxist movement “Borotba” will hold a picket in front of the Ministry of Justice in Kiev, said “New Region”.

The action will be carried out under the slogan “I am a Jew”. Thus representatives “Borotba” intend to protest against the recent comments of the Ministry, concerning the lawfulness of the use of the word “Jew” in the Ukraine.

Debates on the subject, we recall, sparked after a newly elected MP from the nationalist party “Svoboda” Igor Miroshnichenko called the “Jewess” Mila Kunis Hollywood actress, who was born in the Ukraine. “It is not a Ukrainian, a Jewess by birth. Proud of that, and the star of David in her arms. Only here about a country that was born – a sound, or a positive. Therefore regard it as their own – is not possible. Likes Let Me Gameriku and Israel and it should not be to mold to Ukraine, “- he wrote in a social network.

Kazakh-China Border Being Systematically Destabilized

[Kazakhstan has had a crazy amount of violent activity taking place on the Chinese border at Xinjiang, as well as the border with Kyrgyzstan, here in the East.  (All the pins on the Google map are incidents.)   In Western Kazakh, there was the recent Predator intrusion along the oil lines leading to China.  The crash in Shymkent killed 20 border guard, coming right after the recent murder rampage, which killed 14 border guard.  Before that, two posts on the Chinese border were abandoned by all of the guards.  In addition, there was the murder rampage in Ile Alatauy National Park.  In my opinion, there are Western Special Forces teams stirring-up trouble in this region.  Look for news of their attacks to be reported as the work of “Islamist militants.”]

Kazakhstan has published a list of those killed in the crash of the An-72

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A shot from the crash site channel "CTC"

A shot from the crash site channel “CTC

The National Security Committee of Kazakhstan officially confirmed that all 27 people on board crashed plane border guard were killed. As the Tengrinews, CBN has published a list of the dead.

According to some data, the aircraft were seven crew members, 19 military frontier (including the Acting Chief of the PS Turganbek Stambekova).

Also in the list of the dead was listed Saul Stambekova. According to the Central Asian News, talking about the first ladies frontier.

Among the victims of the crash were acting head of regional management “Ontustik”, head of the border troops of the office, the commander of a separate engineering battalion.

The victim Turganbek Stambekov acting chief PS from June 2012. He headed the border police after her former manager Nurzhan Myrzaliev resigned.Myrzalieva resignation, recall, followed by PE post “Arkankergen” which was committed mass murder of border guards.

The AN-72 National Security Committee of Kazakhstan border guards crashed the evening of 25 December. It was reported that he followed from Astana, Shymkent and crashed while approaching the destination. Witnesses said that the plane fell from a height of about 800 meters, while doing a turn.

In connection with recent criminal case under article “violation of flight rules and training for them.”

Cause of the accident is still unknown. It was reported that in the December 25 incident was very bad weather. At the same time there is no information as to whether the weather might have something to do PE. In a press release about the crash CBN An-72 states that the crew “consisted of experienced military pilots and specialists.”

 

Stamford Police Volunteered for Jewish Sensitizing/Desensitizing Training, Brainwashing Sessions

[Nearly 1,000 cops and Feds have been through these brainwashing sessions, the purpose of which, is to teach them about “extremist beliefs.”  Those extremist beliefs are listed, ranging from alternative theories about the Mumbai attacks, to anti-government beliefs and considering Hezbollah to be a resistance force, not a “terrorist” force.  It is alright to support Sunni “Islamists,” who work in the service of the world Empire, but not those who follow Shia beliefs  

These lawmen are being brainwashed to fight against anyone who focuses upon Jewish terrorism or any of their other hijinks, which are clearly detrimental to the people of the United States and their Constitution.  Do any of these volunteers to the Zionist cause even understand the contradiction between the oaths that they all have taken, “to defend the Constitution of the United States,” and this training to suppress the rights of their fellow Americans?  

The Jewish elite, along with the rest of the self-proclaimed American aristocracy are fully engaged in a sickening plot to destroy this country and to bring the remnant under the control of the Zionist world government, residing in Washington, D.C..  I am very proud to be an “extremist” in the sacred cause of American Liberty and I will be very glad to explain that vigorously to whatever Jewish-trained enforcement officer who wishes to disarm me.] 

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Assistant police chief in Stamford receives counter-terrorism training

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Staff Report

STAMFORD — Jim Matheny, assistant chief of the Stamford Police Department, joined 39 other top law enforcement leaders from around the country at the 22nd session of the Anti-Defamation League’s Advanced Training School (ATS) course on Extremist and Terrorist Threats.

Participants in the class, which was held earlier this month in Washington, D.C., included executives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Secret Service, Coast Guard Investigative Service, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, Central Intelligence Agency Threat Management Unit, and dozens of the nation’s largest state and local law enforcement agencies.

The curriculum included presentations on white supremacy, anti-government extremism, homegrown Islamic extremism, the Mumbai attacks, Hezbollah and more.

“Thank you for this fantastic opportunity,” Matheny told the ADL upon his completion of the course. “This was the most distinguished and accomplished group of law enforcement professionals I have ever trained with.”

The Anti-Defamation League created the Advanced Training School in 2003 to provide top law enforcement leaders from across the country with practical resources and information to help them fight domestic and international terrorist threats.

ATS has now trained 815 law enforcement executives from across the country, representing more than 230 different agencies, and it is now recognized as one of the top counterterrorism schools in the nation, according to an ADL news release.

Candidates must apply to participate in the training, with several hundred applicants competing for the 40 places in each session of the course.

“ADL is proud to be the largest nongovernmental law enforcement education organization in the United States,” said Gary Jones, ADL’s Connecticut regional director. “It is important to remember that candidates must apply and be selected to participate in the Advanced Training School, and we are pleased that we were able to have Connecticut representation there in Stamford’s Jim Matheny.

“We have a strong relationship with law enforcement agencies at all levels throughout state,” Jones said. “One of the many reasons for that relationship is the quality of training we provide. We look forward to continue to work with them to make Connecticut a safer and better place for all who call it home.”

Is Old Bush Really Dying?

[The old prick is best known as the Father of the New World Order.  A curse which should be carved in his tombstone.]

George H.W. Bush spokesman says ex-president’s fever rising

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FILE – In a Tuesday, June 12, 2012 file photo, former President George H.W. Bush, and his wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, arrive for the premiere of HBO’s new documentary on his life near the family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine. Bush spokesman Jim McGrath said Wednesday, Dec. 26. 2012 that doctors at the Houston hospital where Bush has been treated for a month remain “cautiously optimistic” that he will recover. Still, no discharge date has been set, and McGrath says that doctors are being cautious because at Bush’s age “sometimes issues crop up that are beyond anybody’s ability to discern or foretell.”(AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

By RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI

The Associated Press

First Published 33 minutes ago • Updated 28 minutes ago

HOUSTON • A “stubborn” fever that kept former President George H.W. Bush in a hospital over Christmas has gotten worse, and doctors have put him on a liquids-only diet, his spokesman said Wednesday.

Jim McGrath, Bush’s spokesman in Houston, had said earlier in the day that the fever had gone away, but he later corrected himself.

“It’s an elevated fever, so it’s actually gone up in the last day or two,” McGrath told The Associated Press. “It’s a stubborn fever that won’t go away.”

Doctors have run tests and are treating the fever with Tylenol, but they still haven’t nailed down a cause, McGrath said. Doctors also have put Bush on a liquid diet, though McGrath could not say why.

The bronchitis-like cough that initially brought Bush to the hospital on Nov. 23 has improved, McGrath said. The 88-year-old is now coughing about once a day, he said.

Bush was visited on Christmas by his wife, Barbara, his son, Neil, and Neil’s wife, Maria, and a grandson, McGrath said. Bush’s daughter, Dorothy, will arrive Wednesday in Houston from Bethesda, Md. The 41st president has also been visited twice by his sons, George W. Bush, the 43rd president, and Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida.

Bush and his wife live in Houston during the winter and spend their summers at a home in Kennebunkport, Maine.

The former president was a naval aviator in World War II — at one point the youngest in the Navy — and was shot down over the Pacific. He achieved notoriety in retirement for skydiving on at least three of his birthdays since leaving the White House in 1992.

The enemy of my enemy – my friend

The enemy of my enemy – my friend

Supporting opposition forces in Syria, the U.S. assisted the rebels ‘Al-Qaeda’

The late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in the most difficult time for him more than once said that war against him including the “Al Qaeda”. Recently, the European and American media often statements of politicians of all sizes that now this terrorist organization operates openly in Syria.

Kazakhstan Syria terrorists

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Role playing

In fact, the fact is not in question since February of this year, when the successor to Osama bin Laden called on the members of his organization to fight in Syria. Of course, against the current regime. However, until recently, of the participation of terrorist groups in the conflict the Western media were applied to the level of rumor. And recently it has officially recognized the U.S. State Department coordinator for counter-terrorism Daniel Benjamin.

“In Libya, the revolution created a background and a great opportunity for the activities of extremist groups – he wrote in a report published in the media. – We have seen in this September 11, when the ambassador was killed Stevens. Weakening the institutions of the rule of law, creating the conditions for the growth of terrorism . situation in Libya is that terrorists could use all the difficulties of the transition period for its activities. extremist groups after the overthrow of the government of Muammar Gaddafi in Libya with virtual impunity, the situation in the country has deteriorated. Iraq cell members “Al-Qaeda”, fighting for the opposition , trying to settle in Syria in the long term. ”

It should be noted that Washington avoided direct statements on terrorist activities in Syria and Libya up to the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi and murder after Christopher Stevens 11 September this year. However, earlier the involvement of insurgents “al-Qaeda” to the terrorist attacks in Damascus spoken former U.S. Foreign Intelligence James Clapper. And now, when the terrorist attacks in Syria permanent, talk about it, and Mrs. Clinton.

According to the dean of the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University (USA), Dr. Vali Nasr, “Al-Qaeda” was involved in the conflict to begin with.Some members of the organization have come from Iraq, Syria creating their cells immediately began to act. Moreover, they are constantly expanding their networks. And now it hits “Al-Qaeda” are involved in many combat operations, and a big part of the opposition to the Assad regime units. True, the doctor says nothing about who coordinates their activities. But notes that they are a very important force in the insurgency, being able to get in touch and build relationships with their groups to infiltrate into their structure, and then drag and drop under its umbrella. According to the doctor, “Al-Qaeda” in Syria has found a comfortable place to train and recruit people into its ranks, as well as all the necessary conditions for the planning and conduct of operations.

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Meanwhile, many Western media have long and loudly trumpeted: radical Islamist militants and jihadi Salafists, whose influence in the Arab world in recent years has been steadily increasing, joined the rebels. That their commanders opened training camp for the soldiers out of Iraq, the Gulf States and all countries in the Middle East and Africa, where armed conflicts are raging. At present, according to reports, are fighting against Bashar al-Assad at least 10 thousand insurgents “al-Qaeda.” According to them, the most active on the Syrian front, showing the militants its Iraqi branch – the organization “Al-Dzhabat Nusra” (“Victory Front”), which was officially recognized by the U.S. as terrorist. At the same time, it is considered part of the National Coalition of Syrian revolutionary forces, and also recognizes the West.

It turns out that in order to achieve its main goal in Syria American administration does not hesitate to collaborate with their “sworn friends.” And it does not fit in the minds of ordinary Americans who are convinced that Islamic terrorist organizations are the first enemy of their country. The official website of the White House can find a lot of statements of U.S. citizens, accusing its president of sponsoring terrorists. In fact, if the “al-Dzhabat Nusra” refers itself to the Syrian opposition, it can open to receive money from the U.S. government. Thus supporting the opposition forces in Syria, USA assisting insurgents “al-Qaeda” in the name “Al-Dzhabat Nusra”, contrary to U.S. law, which prohibits any cooperation with the terrorists.

But here, as they say, a double-edged sword. According to the experts, not the fact that, after a possible overthrow of Bashar Assad, “Al-Qaeda” will allow the West to freely establish a liberal democracy in Syria. It is unlikely that the militants of the same “al-Dzhabat Nusra” believe the Americans and Europeans allies. Moreover, many political analysts believe that after the desired victory for militants in Syria could be the United States itself. In one of the television has been said that terrorists have repeatedly expressed their desire to take back to back for the Americans and set a flag “Al-Qaeda,” the White House. Very often such statements were heard after the acclaimed film “Innocence of Muslims.” And they got it, not only Americans, but the Europeans with the Israelis.

They fought for it and ran

Experts agree that the initiatives of the West have long turn against him. It supports terrorists, despite the common goal in Syria, make it clear that to achieve it they are not going to work for their sponsors, as their global interests is fundamentally contrary to the interests of Washington and Brussels. Thus, it appears that the West is once again stepping on the same rake. For example not far to seek. Suffice it to recall, which created the same bin Laden and the “Taliban”, and what it ultimately resulted. According to experts, “Al-Qaeda” has long gone out of U.S. control and further action is nothing good or States or the European Union do not promise.

Constantine SyroezhkinPhoto: Timur Batyrshin

Interestingly, the experts of our Institute of Asian Studies has flatly refused to comment on the policy of double standards in the U.S.. But we got a comment the chief scientific officer of the Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies under the President of RK Doctor of Political Sciences Konstantin Syroezhkin.

– America has positioned himself as the enemy of all the terrorists. “Al-Qaeda” war in Syria on the side of the opposition, which the West strongly supports. Does this mean that the United States recognized by the most direct link with the terrorist organization?

– The behavior of the West for a long time can not be any logic. We have already proved that Libya also acted “Al Qaeda.” And now it is not clear who is fighting the West. If he is fighting terrorism, now does everything exactly the opposite. And it can not be explained. In fact, after all these revolutions came to power just the same terrorists.Who headed the Libyan government after the death of Gaddafi? The terrorist, who was on the list of the main enemies of the United States. And suddenly he was their best friend. At the time, bin Laden was a terrorist number one. Who produced it?

– Judging by the way the “Al Qaeda” operations in Syria, she came back to stay.In case of defeat Assad can it take over?

– Of course. And the Americans will have a new problem. They wanted, and then get it.And the world will be another terrorist state. Wanted to create controlled chaos, as it turned out of control.

– Suppose, “Al-Qaeda” wins Assad came to power. Syria then declare a terrorist state like Afghanistan, and NATO invaded it under the guise of fighting terrorism. Is it possible that such a scenario is played deliberately illogical that the West seems to have it and need it?

– It is hard to imagine. Yet the fact that let them there. If this is allowed, then the most likely repeat the Libyan scenario.

A decade on from the failure of the Iraq War

A decade on from the failure of the Iraq War

are we any wiser about when, and when not, to intervene?

Appalling atrocities followed Western intervention, and public appetite for war is minimal. Yet doing nothing in the face of bloodshed also remains unsatisfactory

The year 2013 will mark the 10th anniversary of one of the greatest failures of modern foreign policy: the Iraq war. One or two diehards still cling to the idea that the intervention was not as disastrous as portrayed, claiming that the removal of Saddam Hussein justified the mayhem and loss of life, but most sensible people take a different view.

So did George W Bush and Tony Blair get it so badly wrong in the principle or execution? It is important to revisit this question, not for a historical reckoning (the much delayed Chilcot report is supposed to do that), but as a reference point for future decisions on whether to intervene in extreme situations of human rights abuses.

Atrocity

The West appears to be closer now than at any stage to military action in Syria. After 21 months of fighting, opposition forces are encroaching on Damascus, taking a number of strategic towns along the way (although each claim of new territory should be assessed with caution). The more desperate President Bashar al-Assad becomes, the greater the attacks on civilians. The UN puts the death toll at more than 40,000, with atrocities committed by both sides. The weekend air strike on a bakery queue in Halfaya was but the latest horrific attack.

Amid the familiar sounds of “something must be done”, should the US and EU, pressed by Turkey and other regional players, seek more actively to hasten Assad’s demise? The opposition is already being heavily armed. The obstacles against going further, against using international military might, are immense. The Russians continue to provide considerable military and political support to the Syrian government, raising the dangerous prospect of a broader conflict if any Russian operative was killed inside the country.

No appetite

At the UN, the Russians and Chinese will continue to block any initiative that damages their strategic ally or paves the way for a reassertion of what they see as Western expansionism. Both Moscow and Beijing felt they were duped by the Americans, British and French into limited intervention against Colonel Gaddafi in Libya. The mission creep that led to and followed his removal was not, they insist, part of the script.

Domestically, there is little appetite – after all the years of Iraq and Afghanistan – for renewed conflict. According to a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll, the US public is reluctant to use force for political ends, but if Assad used chemical weapons against his own people, that view would change. Military cuts in the UK render future intervention (beyond selective air power and other logistic support) highly unlikely. The US retains overwhelming military might, but President Obama knows that, for the moment at least, the risks of action outweigh the frustration of inaction.

Each of these problems has a historical resonance in Iraq. Everyone remembers how Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction were invoked as a spurious casus belli. Alongside the false prospectus for war in Iraq came the lack of preparation for the aftermath. The same applies to Syria. Beyond getting rid of a dictator (albeit a secular one), what would a post-Assad outcome look like? Would it involve greater internal stability and external security? Almost certainly not. The prospect of revenge attacks on Christians and Alawites (which are already taking place) is great. Avoiding a further conflagration will be extremely difficult.

The opposition is little more than a ragbag, for all the attempts to harness it, including the recent conference in Doha. On this score, the lessons not just of Iraq, but of Egypt, are in danger of not being learnt.

The West may not have actively worked towards the departure of President Hosni Mubarak, its old friend. But it did embrace some of the easy certitudes of the so-called “Arab spring”, failing to see that one of the early consequences of the rise to power of the Muslim Brotherhood might be a new constitution that takes the country back into an era of religion-based social conservatism. Nobody knows what combination of forces would come to power in Syria – or whether they would continue to battle it out for control of the country.

The cost of inaction

Yet walking on the other side, doing nothing, hiding behind the problems is also unsatisfactory. For every Iraq there is also a Rwanda and Bosnia. The lessons of the 1990s are just as pertinent as those of the 2000s.

So what are the options? If the Americans and Europeans were to recognise the opposition alliance as the legitimate Syrian government, they could legally provide it with military assistance, without the need for a UN resolution. Turkey and Qatar would provide the forward post for any no-fly zone or other specific military action. For the moment the best outcome is increased political engagement with the opposition forces, in the hope of shaping life after Assad.

Iraq has left policy-makers chastened and cautious. Both action and inaction pose terrible dangers. The one positive legacy of the shattering experience of a decade ago is that the bombast of old is nowhere to be seen.

John Kampfner is author of ‘Blair’s Wars’ and ‘Freedom For Sale’

Karzai Refused To Negotiate with Fake Taliban Abroad–Hekmatyar Standing-In for Taliban?

[SEE:  Somebody We Called “Taliban” Met Somebody Else Somewhere Outside Paris, or So They Say]

Karzai refused all negotiations with the Taliban abroad

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President Hamid Karzai has refused any meetings and talks with the “Taliban”, organized by the West outside the Islamic Republic (IRA), reports ITAR-TASSreferring to the Pakistani newspaper “Express Tribune”.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan once again stressed that any meetings and other kinds of contacts with respect to the inter-settlement should take place with the full approval of the Government of Afghanistan and the territory of Afghanistan,” – said in a statement, the Afghan Foreign Ministry.

Recall, on December 23 in the Paris suburb of Chantilly met emissaries of the Taliban, the Islamic Party of Afghanistan, the Afghan government and party associations IRA. The Taliban offered to create a temporary transitional government and changes to the constitution to ensure it was built on Islamic principles, the rights and freedoms of all ethnic groups in the country, as well as political parties. Afghan authorities have rejected all the proposals of the opposition.

The meeting also reached preliminary agreement to continue negotiations in February 2013 in the capital of Turkmenistan,with the mediation of the President of that country , Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and the UN mission in Afghanistan. To do this, representatives of the UN mission in Afghanistan and Pakistan in Islamabad have already held a series of meetings with Geyrat Bahir – living in the Pakistani capital personal assistant leader of the Islamic Party of Afghanistan Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.

In their turn, the movement “Taliban” has already stated that they will not participate in any meetings with the countries of the West, if they will be held in Afghanistan. The Taliban have long refused to enter into dialogue with the administration of Hamid Karzai, accusing him of betraying the national interests of Afghanistan and describing his regime as a “puppet of the West.”

International news agency “Fergana”

Latest Insider Warnings on Planned Collapse of America–Slow Motion Demolition Underway

[The following report might be highly relevant to our immediate future, but it comes with the warning implied in the following quote taken from the site’s front page:WE STAND WITH ISRAEL.” –[This is a shortfall common to all “conservative” websites.–ed.]

The latest from “DHS Insider” (Part I)

By Douglas J. Hagmann

Introduction

23 December 2012: After a lengthy, self-imposed informational black-out, my high-level DHS contact known as “Rosebud” emerged with new, non-public information about plans being discussed and prepared for implementation by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the near future. It is important to note that this black-out was directly related to the aggressive federal initiative of identifying and prosecuting “leakers,” at least those leaks and leakers not sanctioned by the executive office – the latter of which there are many.

 

Due to those circumstances, my source exercised an abundance of caution to avoid compromising a valuable line of communication until he had information he felt was  significant enough to risk external contact. The following information is the result of an in-person contact between this author and “Rosebud” within the last 48 hours. With his permission, the interview was digitally recorded and the relevant portions of the contact are provided in a conversational format for easier reading. The original recording was copied onto multiple discs and are maintained in secure locations for historical and insurance purposes.

Meeting

The following began after an exchange of pleasantries and other unrelated discussion:

DH: Do I have your permission to record this conversation?

RB: You do.

DH: I’ve received a lot of e-mail from people wondering where you went and why you’ve been so quiet.

RB: As I told you earlier, things are very dicey. Weird things began to happen before the election and have continued since. Odd things, a clampdown of sorts. I started looking and I found [REDACTED AT THE REQUEST OF THIS SOURCE], and that shook me up. I’m not the only one, though, that found a [REDACTED], so this means there’s surveillance of people within DHS by DHS. So, that explains this cloak and dagger stuff for this meeting.

DH: I understand. What about the others?

RB: They are handling it the same way.

DH: I’ve received many e-mails asking if you are the same person giving information to Ulsterman. Are you?

RB: No, but I think I know at least one of his insiders.

DH: Care to elaborate?

RB: Sorry, no.

DH: Do you trust him or her. I mean, the Ulsterman source?

RB: Yes.

DH: Okay, so last August, you said things were “going hot.” I printed what you said, and things did not seem to happen as you said.

RB: You’d better recheck your notes and compare [them] with some of the events leading up to the election. I think you’ll find that a full blown campaign of deception took place to make certain Obama got back into office. The polls, the media, and a few incidents that happened in the two months before the election. I guess if people are looking for some big event they can point to and say “aha” for verification, well then I overestimated people’s ability to tell when they are being lied to.

DH: What specific incidents are you referring to?

RB:  Look at the threats to Obama. Start there. The accusations of racism. Then look at the polls, and especially the judicial decisions about voter ID laws. Bought and paid for, or where there was any potential for problems, the judges got the message, loud and clear. Then look at the voter fraud. And not a peep from the Republicans. Nothing. His second term was a done deal in September. This was planned. Frankly, the Obama team knew they had it sewn up long before election day. Benghazi could have derailed them, but the fix was in there, so I never saw anything on my end to suggest a ready-made solution had to be implemented.

DH: What’s going on now?

RB: People better pay close attention over the next few months. First, there won’t be any meaningful deal about the fiscal crisis. This is planned, I mean, the lack of deal is planned. In fact, it’ necessary to pave the way for what is in the short term agenda.

DH: Wait, you’re DHS – not some Wall Street insider.

RB: So you think they are separate agendas? That’s funny. The coming collapse of the U.S. dollar is a done deal. It’s been in the works for years – decades, and this is one of the most important cataclysmic events that DHS is preparing for. I almost think that DHS was created for that purpose alone, to fight Americans, not protect them, right here in America. But that’s not the only reason. There’s the gun issue too.

DH: So, what are you seeing at DHS?

RB: We don’t have a lot of time, tonight – our meeting –  as well as a country. I mean I have heard – with my own ears – plans being made that originate from the White House that involve the hierarchy of DHS. You gotta know how DHS works at the highest of levels. It’s Jarrett and Napolitano, with Jarrett organizing all of the plans and approaches. She’s the one in charge, at least from my point of view, from what I am seeing. Obama knows that’s going on and has say, but it seems that Jarrett has the final say, not the other way around. It’s [screwed] up. This really went into high gear since the election.

But it’s a train wreck at mid management, but is more effective at the lower levels. A lot of police departments are being gifted with federal funds with strings attached. That money is flowing out to municipal police departments faster than it can be counted. They are using this money to buy tanks, well, not real tanks, but you know what I mean. DHS is turning the police into soldiers.

By the way, there has been a lot of communication recently between Napolitano and Pistole [TSA head]. They are planning to use TSA agents in tandem with local police for certain operations that are being planned right now. This is so [deleted] important that you cannot even begin to imagine. If you get nothing else out of this, please, please make sure you tell people to watch the TSA and their increasing involvement against the American public. They are the stooges who will be the ones to carry out certain plans when the dollar collapses and the gun confiscation begins.

DH: Whoa, wait a minute. You just said a mouthful. What’s the agenda here?

RB: Your intelligence insider – he knows that we are facing a planned economic collapse. You wrote about this in your articles about Benghazi, or at least that’s what I got out of the later articles. So why the surprise?

DH: There’s a lot here. Let’s take it step by step if you don’t mind.

RB: Okay, but I’m not going to give it to you in baby steps. Big boy steps. This is what I am hearing. Life for the average American is going to change significantly, and not the change people expect. First, DHS is preparing to work with police departments and the TSA to respond to civil uprisings that will happen when there is a financial panic. And there will be one, maybe as early as this spring, when the dollar won’t get you a gumball. I’m not sure what the catalyst will be, but I’ve heard rumblings about a derivatives crisis as well as an oil embargo. I don’t know, that’s not my department. But something is going to happen to collapse the dollar, which has been in the works since the 1990′s. Now if it does not happen as soon as this, it’s because there are people, real patriots, who are working to prevent this, so it’s a fluid dynamic. But that doesn’t change the preparations.

And the preparations are these: DHS is prepositioning assets in strategic areas near urban centers all across the country. Storage depots. Armories. And even detainment facilities, known as FEMA camps. FEMA does not even know that the facilities are earmarked for detainment by executive orders, at least not in the traditional sense they were intended. By the way, people drive by some of these armories everyday without even giving them a second look. Commercial and business real estate across the country are being bought up or leased for storage purposes. Very low profile.

Anyway, I am hearing that the plan from on high is to let the chaos play out for a while, making ordinary citizens beg for troops to be deployed to restore order. but it’s all organized to make them appear as good guys. That’s when the real head knocking will take place. We’re talking travel restrictions, which should no be a problem because gas will be rationed or unavailable. The TSA will be in charge of travel, or at least be a big part of it. They will be commissioned, upgraded from their current status.

They, I mean Jarrett and Obama as well as a few others in government, are working to create a perfect storm too. This is being timed to coincide with new gun laws.

DH: New federal gun laws?

RB: Yes. Count on the criminalization to possess just about every gun you can think of. Not only restrictions, but actual criminalization of possessing a banned firearm. I heard this directly from the highest of my sources. Plans were made in the 90′s but were withheld. Now, it’s a new day, a new time, and they are riding the wave of emotion from Sandy Hook., which, by the way and as tragic as it was, well, it stinks to high heaven. I mean there are many things wrong there, and first reports are fast disappearing. The narrative is being changed. Look, there is something wrong with Sandy Hook, but if you write it, you’ll be called a kook or worse.

DH: Sure

RB: But Sandy Hook, there’s something very wrong there. But I am hearing that won’t be the final straw. There will be another if they think it’s necessary.

DH: Another shooting?

RB: Yes.

DH: That would mean they are at least complicit.

RB: Well, that’s one way of looking at it.

DH: Are they? Were they?

RB: Do your own research. Nothing I say, short of bringing you photographs and documents will convince anyone, and even then, it’s like [DELETED] in the wind.

DH: So…

RB: So what I’m telling you is that DHS, the TSA and certain, but not all, law enforcement agencies are going to be elbow deep in riot control in response to an economic incident. At the same time or close to it, gun confiscation will start. It will start on a voluntary basis using federal registration forms, then an amnesty, then the kicking-in of doors start.

Before or at the same time, you know all the talk of lists, you know, the red and blue lists that everyone made fun of? Well they exist, although I don’t know about their colors. But there are lists of political dissidents maintained by DHS. Names are coordinated with the executive branch, but you know what? They did not start with Obama. They’ve been around in one form or another for years. The difference though is that today, they are much more organized. And I’ll tell you that the vocal opponents of the politics of the global elite, the bankers, and the opponents of anything standing in their way, well, they are on the top of the list of people to be handled.

DH: Handled?

RB: As the situations worsen, some might be given a chance to stop their vocal opposition. Some will, others won’t. I suppose they are on different lists. Others won’t have that chance. By that time, though, it will be chaos and people will be in full defensive mode. They will be hungry, real hunger like we’ve never experienced before. They will use our hunger as leverage. They will use medical care as leverage.

DH: Will this happen all at once?

RB: They hope to make it happen at the same time. Big cities first, with sections being set apart from the rest of the country. Then the rural areas. There are two different plans for geographical considerations. But it will all come together.

End of Part I

 

24 December 2012: The following is the second part of my in-person interview with a DHS insider. For Part I, please click HERE.

DH: Wait, this sounds way, way over the top. Are you telling me… [Interrupts]

RB: [Over talk/Unintelligible] …know who was selected or elected twice now. You know who his associates are. And you are saying this is way over the top? Don’t forget what Ayers said – you talked to Larry Grathwohl. This guy is a revolutionary. He does not want to transform our country in the traditional sense. He will destroy it. And he’s not working alone. He’s not working for himself, either. He has his handlers. So don’t think this is going to be a walk in the park, with some type of attempt to rescue the country. Cloward-Piven. Alinsky. Marx. All rolled into one. And he won’t need the rest of his four years to do it.

It Is Impossible To Transplant Democracy To the Middle East

Middle East Democracy

Here’s the first paragraph of my last year’s column “Democracy Is Impossible”:

“After Moammar Gadhafi’s downfall as Libya’s tyrannical ruler, politicians and ‘experts’ in the U.S. and elsewhere, including French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe, are saying that his death marked the end of 42 years of tyranny and the beginning of democracy in Libya. Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., said Gadhafi’s death represented an opportunity for Libya to make a peaceful and responsible transition to democracy. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said, ‘Now it is time for Libya’s Transitional National Council to show the world that it will respect the rights of all Libyans (and) guide the nation to democracy.’ German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that ‘Libya must now quickly make further determined steps in the direction of democracy.'”

It’s good to have hope, but if we’re going to be realistic, there’s little chance for Middle East emergence of what we in the West call democracy.

Almost a year ago, both Egyptians and Westerners welcomed and celebrated the downfall of three decades of Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak’s tyrannical rule. It was called an “Arab Spring.” A year later, Egyptians are once again taking to the streets, this time protesting the tyrannical acts of President Mohamed Morsi, who represents the vision and ideological orientation of the Muslim Brotherhood. The Muslim Brotherhood’s goal has always been to impose Shariah law. Egyptian tyranny hasn’t been eliminated; its form has changed.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s dictatorship is now being challenged by a hodgepodge of armed resistance groups nominally united as the Free Syrian Army. Speaking for our nation, last year President Obama said, “The United States has been inspired by the Syrian peoples’ pursuit of a peaceful transition to democracy. They have braved ferocious brutality at the hands of their government.” Is al-Assad’s downfall in any way more likely to produce democracy than Gadhafi’s downfall or Mubarak’s downfall? Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is optimistic in saying the rebel protest shows “the strong desire of the Syrian people … for a Syria that is democratic, just and inclusive.”

The human experience should have taught us that just getting rid of a particular dictatorship is only half the struggle. We must always ask what’s going to replace it. The 1917 Russian revolution got rid of the Czars only to be replaced by the far greater brutality of the Bolsheviks under Joseph Stalin and his successors. In China, Chiang Kai-shek’s dictatorial rule was replaced by Mao Tse-tung’s unprecedented barbarity, which became responsible for the deaths of 76 million Chinese. Cuba’s Fulgencio Batista’s dictatorship was replaced with that of Fidel Castro. The injustices of Western colonialism in Africa were replaced with homegrown brutal dictators who murdered their citizens.

In most countries in the Middle East, the collection of human rights that Westerners know as personal liberty is nonexistent. According to Freedom House’s 2011 “Freedom in the World” survey, as well as Amnesty International’s annual report for 2011, most North African and Middle Eastern countries are ranked either “repressive” or “not free.” Moreover, I believe there’s little prospect for liberty and whatever the West tries to promote in terms of liberty is doomed to failure and disappointment. The fact of the matter is that nations in the Middle East do not share the cultural and philosophical foundations of the West that created its respect for the rule of law and private property rights.

What should the West do about the gross violations of human rights so prevalent in North Africa, the Middle East and elsewhere? My short answer is: mind our own business and only intervene when there are direct threats to our national defense or economic interests. Otherwise, what they want to do to one another is none of our business.

Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University. To find out more about Walter E. Williams and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at http://www.creators.com.

Good and bad terrorists in Syria–Ours vs Theirs

Good and bad terrorists in Syria

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By Ismail Salami

A comparatively similar story is being repeated in Syria. Washington has branded the Qatar-funded Al-Nusra Front as a terrorist organization. But why? They are fighting against the government of Bash al-Assad together with other militants in Syria who are chiefly composed of foreign mercenaries. The former are considered terrorists simply because they to a large extent fly in the face of Washington’s policies in Syria. So, it is Washington or the US-led West which decides who is a terrorist and who is not.”

Terrorism is terrorism and it cannot be defined otherwise unless the interests of one party tilt the scale in disfavor of another and the dichotomization of the terrorists in Syria into good and bad by the West casts doubt on its claim on democracy.

In a somber political tone, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov lashed out as “absolutely unacceptable” the West’s support for the terrorists in Syria in his exclusive interview with Russia Today.

Lavrov said the West has divided the terrorists into “bad” and “acceptable,” throwing its support behind the latter.

“It’s absolutely unacceptable, and if we follow this logic it might lead us to a very dangerous situation not only in the Middle East but in other parts of the world, if our partners in the West would begin to qualify terrorists as bad terrorists and acceptable terrorists,” the Russian foreign minister said.

The dichotomization of such a grave issue by the West is almost nothing new. The delisting of MKO, a long-considered terrorists group, by Washington is in line with this process of redefining well-established concepts and terms by the West.

Paradoxically, the MKO has been supported by Washington even when it was on the terrorist list. They even received their training at the hands of the Bush administration.

In a rare article, Seymour Hersh revealed that US Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) trained members of the Iranian Mujahideen-e-Khalq (MKO) at a secretive site in Nevada from 2005 to at least 2007. According to Hersh, MKO members “were trained in intercepting communications, cryptography, weaponry and small unit tactics at the Nevada site up until President Obama took office.”

In a separate interview, a retired four-star general said that he had been privately briefed in 2005 about the training of MKO members in Nevada by an American involved in the program. He said that they got “the standard training in commo, crypto [cryptography], small-unit tactics, and weaponry-that went on for six months. They were kept in little pods.” He also was told, he said, that the men doing the training were from JSOC, which, by 2005, had become a major instrument in the Bush Administration’s global war on terror.

To the dismay and disappointment of many, US State Department decided in September to remove the MKO from the terror lists.

US State Department said its decision to delist the group was made because the group has not committed any terrorist acts for a decade and brashly whitewashed the fact that the group has been to all intents and purposes instrumental in carrying out nuclear assassinations in the last few years in Iran. Although the group has never officially assumed responsibility for the assassinations (which is quite natural), there is solid evidence suggesting that it has been complicit in these terrorist acts.

The terrorist group made unrelenting efforts for years to be removed from the terror list and enlisted a number of Republican and Democratic officials to lobby on its behalf. Instead of paying lobbying fees to them, “it offered honoraria ranging from $10,000-$50,000 per speech to excoriate the US government for its allegedly shabby treatment of the MEK.

Among those who joined the group’s gravy train are former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell, Rudy Giuliani, Alan Dershowitz, and former FBI director Louis Freeh. Many of them profess to have little interest in the money they have collected” (Richard Silverstein, The Guardian September 22, 2012).

MKO has long been engaging in a series of sabotage and terrorist activities against the Islamic Republic in league with Israeli intelligence agencies.

In January 2012, Benny Gantz, the Israeli Defense Forces chief of staff, told a parliamentary committee: “For Iran, 2012 is a critical year in combining the continuation of its nuclearisation, internal changes in the Iranian leadership, continuing and growing pressure from the international community and things which take place in an unnatural manner.”

Just 24 hours after Israeli military chief warned of unnatural events for Iran, Iranian nuclear scientist Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan was assassinated in broad daylight. It soon transpired to be a joint Mossad-MKO operation.

The MKO has reportedly assassinated over 12,000 Iranian citizens, seven American citizens, and tens of thousands of Iraqi nationals.

Anyhow, to dichotomize ‘terrorists’ into good and bad is an ugly apartheid.

A comparatively similar story is being repeated in Syria. Washington has branded the Qatar-funded Al-Nusra Front as a terrorist organization. But why? They are fighting against the government of Bashar al-Assad together with other militants in Syria who are chiefly composed of foreign mercenaries. The former are considered terrorists simply because they to a large extent fly in the face of Washington’s policies in Syria. So, it is Washington or the US-led West which decides who is a terrorist and who is not.

A most misinterpreted word, terrorism is defined and refined by the West according to the context where it proves deleterious or beneficial to those who define the term.

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Dr. Ismail Salami is an internationally published author of several books and hundreds of articles. In his articles, Salami examines the historical developments that impact national relations today, and the way western people view Iran. He holds a PhD in Shakespeare Studies and is the author of Iran, Cradle of Civilization. His writings have been translated into dozens of languages. More Press TV articles by Ismail Salami

Anti-Monarchy Protester Torches Himself In Riyadh

Anti-regime protesters stage demo in Saudi capital, Riyadh

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Saudi protesters hold an anti-regime demonstration in the country’s oil-rich Eastern Province. (File photo)

Saudi protesters hold an anti-regime demonstration in the country’s oil-rich Eastern Province. (File photo)
People have held a new anti-regime protest rally in Saudi Arabia in defiance of a regime ban on all demonstrations in the absolute monarchy.

Protesters took to the streets of the Saudi capital of Riyadh late on Monday to renew their call for the release of political prisoners in the kingdom.

Saudi media said a man set himself on fire to express discontent over social and economic injustices in the country after he was fired without a formal or legal warrant.

According to Human Rights Watch, the Saudi regime “routinely represses expression critical of the government.”

Saudi Arabia has been rocked by anti-regime protests since February 2011 with demonstrators holding numerous protests in different parts of the country, mainly in the oil-rich Eastern Province.

The demos come in the face of warnings against such public gatherings and widespread arrest of political activists as part of Riyadh’s clampdown on anti-regime protests.

Saudi protesters initially demanded the release of all political prisoners, social justice, and an end to systematic discrimination in the Arab Kingdom.

However, the demonstrations soon turned into protests against the repressive Al Saud regime, especially since November 2011, when security forces killed five protesters and injured many others in the Eastern province.

Assange on “coming dystopia”, and ways to fight it

Assange on “coming dystopia”, and ways to fight it

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Julian Assange (Beta/AP, file)
Julian Assange (Beta/AP, file)

 

Q: (At the beginning of the “Cypherpunks” you are warning that) why is the internet a threat to the human civilisation?

Assange: As human societies have moved into the internet, the internet has also moved into our human societies. Our interpersonal, business and state communications are meshed with the internet now in the same way like our bodies are meshed with our veins and arteries. A sickness that befalls internet befalls our societies individually and all societies together.

That sickness that approaches is on a one hand mass surveillance of all telecommunication traffic flowing through the internet, all our financial transactions, intellectual ideas, interpersonal relationships, and on the other hand new regimes to control these flows of information, to control the very blood of international human civilisation.

Q: (If intelligence services are trying to “slow down the processes in order to better control it”) what can be done to make the internet a tool of emancipation again?

Assange: First of all we must be aware of the coming dystopia. As a result of that awareness we must change peoples’ behaviour so that collectively we can come up with ideas how to fight it. That is a matter of political awareness and self-knowledge. Practically there are just two measures for dealing with this problem that we have discovered to date.

The first is adopting our communications to the risk that actually exists – that is being more circumspect with our online communication and relationships we express with each other; being aware that all this information is being collected by large states such as the United States and given out to not only its governmental agencies, but also corporate cronies who are connected in a patronage manner or a technical manner to those large spying agencies and also to other states who have allied relationship to them.

The other is by adopting the technology of cryptography, which provides protection when done correctly against even the strongest state. It is unusual feature of the world that even the full political and technological mind of the superpower cannot solve a math problem that has been created by cryptography, when it has been done right.

Q: What are the dangers for privacy and citizens’ rights?

Assange: This development in general is leading to a new transnational dystopia the likes of which we have never previously seen. It affects not just one country in one region, but rather every country in every region. It affects all countries at once because every country is moving on to the internet. It is the greatest theft in human history. For example in the case of the National Security Agency, the largest state based spying agency, based in the United States, it has admitted to Congress to intercepting more than 1.6 billion interceptions per day. That is an undreamt of a transfer of knowledge and power from the majority of the population into the hands of small powerful, secretive group and its serenistic connections.

Q: You say that our private lives have been militarised and that when we are for example SMSing it is like having a tank in between us, how can we remove the tank? legal solutions seemed to be inefficient.

Assange: The militarisation of our human relationships is a result of militarisation of cyber space. The mass surveillance of nearly all internet communications that flow across international borders, and some countries, that flow around country domestically as well. That places the military and national security agencies, between husbands and wives, between fathers and daughters, between sons and mothers, between friends, between our business relationships, between our political relationships.

This is like having a soldier sleeping under the bad, listening into every endearment sent over internet chat or email or sms or telephone call. This is not nearly a matter of pacification, rights are always fought for and won, it is a matter of steering down this military occupation of cyber space with organised political movement and of correctly arming that movement. And the only arms that have any value at the internet are cryptographic arms.

Q: Besides surveillance another big threat to our freedom is protecting our privacy, what can we do if “Google or Facebook know more about us than ourselves”?

Assange: That’s the real question, what can you do if Google and Facebook know more about you than even your mother does? Google for example knows what you’ve searched for one year, two months, three days ago, but you yourself don’t even know this. So therefore there is very little you can do, that powerful states or their corporate allies won’t know about you in advance, and therefore this is not just matter for you. It is a matter for all those people that you have communicated with and for all those people you would engage with in by actions with.

So actually if they know there is not so much that you can do, and if there is not so much you can do your freedom is curtailed and that of all the people around you and that of all our societies. The only way to be free is to prevent these organisations from knowing either who you are or what it is you are communicating. And to do this it is necessary to use cryptography to take the power back to us as individuals and to deny these organisations and there companions the power that knowledge brings.

Q: You are reminding of Orwell’s dictum “He who controls the present controls the past and he who controls the past controls the future” when saying our past is not only being amended, but being erased? What this means for our future?

Assange: The redaction of history in the Great Soviet Encyclopaedia is famous. For example in 1954 when Beria the former Head of the NKVD, the predecessor to the KGB, fell out of favour his entry in the encyclopaedia was redacted and an addendum was pasted out to all the registered owners and libraries that held that encyclopaedia with an expanded section with a Bering Strait to be pasted in over the top. Such modifications were obvious. In cyber space when articles are deleted from newspaper or other online archive they disappear without trace. They not only cease to exist, they cease to have ever existed at all. They are removed because people are trying to control the future by modifying the present, to remove the past.

There are answers to this. First of all we must be aware that this practice occurs from time to time, even in the newspapers of the West, such as the Guardian and the New York Times. Secondly, cryptography has an answer. It is possible to create an algorithm which squashes down any newspaper article into a completely unique number and if newspaper article is changed the number itself will change and no other newspaper article may have the same number. This cryptographic property is just in its infancy of being deployed to make sure that digital archives do not change under our feet, that history does not change under our feet. If done properly we can build a rigorous scaffold of history that cannot be changed by politically powerful players into the future.

Q: Having in mind your current situation would you do the same again?

Assange: Yes, I am very proud of what we have achieved. Of course, any person that is not a fool learns to improve the tactics over time. We all have a limited number of days to live and it is important that we live them fully and in accordance with our principles. To live in any other way is to throw our days away.

Q: The issues of freedom of information, data protection, opening secret records, privacy are at the beginning, what would be your message to Albion Books and all your readers in Serbia?

Assange: The last two years has seen extraordinary political radicalisation of societies that has been connected to the internet because the internet itself is going through a remarkable educational transformation of the people who use it. In some societies this has already produced revolutions and tremendous reforms. It is an era of unprecedented, above all, political education. At the same time the reaction is to introduce mass surveillance of internet communications. These are the two forces that will shape our future. They will shape our place in it, they will shape every aspect of it. Together we will fight for our liberty and our place in this new world. We are not certain to win, but there is no other way for us to be.

Russian and Iranian Navies Surround Arabian Peninsula In Combined War Games

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The presence of naval ships from all of Russia’s four fleets in the Mediterranean and the Gulf of Aden is part of planned combined naval drills in this strategically important region for Russia, a high-ranking official of the Russian General Staff said on Tuesday.

Groups of ships from Russia’s Northern, Pacific, Baltic and Black Sea fleets will conduct anti-aircraft, anti-surface ship and anti-submarine warfare exercises with planned calling at foreign ports, including Tartus in Syria, he said.

On Monday, Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov dismissed allegations by some media that Russian ships were carrying special task units and air defense missile operators to Syria.

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Iran begins naval war games: reports

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File photo of Iranian Navy boats in the Strait of Hormuz (AFP – Ebrahim Noroozi)

TEHRAN: Iran on Tuesday launched naval manoeuvres in the Gulf, and announced plans for another exercise in the strategic Strait of Hormuz later this week, media reports said.

Revolutionary Guards naval units began a four-day exercise inside Iranian waters at South Pars, a joint gas field between Iran and Qatar, a Guards spokesman was quoted as saying by the Fars news agency.

The drill, dubbed “Fajr 91,” is aimed at honing “capabilities in executing defensive and security scenarios,” Admiral Alireza Nasseri said without elaborating.

The Guards are tasked with defending Iran’s territorial waters in the Gulf.

The regular navy, meanwhile, on December 28 begins an exercise dubbed “Velayat 91,” covering an area that includes the Strait of Hormuz, the Sea of Oman and parts of the Indian Ocean, navy chief Admiral Habibollah Sayari said in remarks reported by the ISNA news agency.

Warships, submarines and missile defence systems will be used and tested during the exercise, Sayari said.

“We will definitely respect the maritime border of our neighbours, and conduct the manoeuvres based on international law,” Sayari said.

“Iran aims to demonstrate its defensive naval capabilities by conducting this exercise, and send a message of peace and friendship to regional countries.”

Iran frequently conducts missile tests and manoeuvres to underline its military muscle and has repeatedly threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz to oil tanker traffic should it be attacked.

The strait is a narrow channel at the entrance of the Gulf through which a third of the world’s traded oil passes.

The United States has warned Iran that any attempt to close the strait would be viewed as a “red line” — grounds for US military action.

Iran’s navy, with 17,000 servicemen, is tasked with defending Iranian interests in the Indian Ocean and beyond. Its offshore forces are limited to half a dozen small frigates and destroyers, and three Russian Kilo class submarines.

Iran regularly denounces the regional presence of foreign forces, including the US, particularly those stationed in the Gulf. It says the security of the region must be ensured “by regional countries.”

Arab monarchies on the opposite side of the Gulf from Iran are worried by what they see as territorial ambitions by the Islamic republic, which frequently stresses Persia’s historic dominance over the waterway.

-AFP/ac

Pentagon Worms Its Way Into All Countries of Africa

US dispatches forces to train African armies

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Panic as soldiers storm Abuja streets

  • Written by  Seyi Gesinde, Taiwo Adisa and Olawale Rasheed with Agency Report

THE United States has said beginning from 2013, its army brigade will dispatch small army teams to 35 African nations, as part of its plan to check the rising terror threats from al-Qaeda-linked groups in Africa, particularly with the rise of the extremist Islamist sect, Boko Haram, in Nigeria.

According to a report the CBS News credited to Pentagon, the headquarters of the United States Department of Defence, “the army teams will be limited to training and equipping efforts, and will not be permitted to conduct military operations without specific, additional approvals from the secretary of defence.”

The training exercise is also said to be part of Pentagon’s intensifying effort “to train countries to battle extremists and give the US a ready and trained force to dispatch to Africa if crises requiring the US military emerge.”

The Associated Press in its report said: “The sharper focus on Africa by the US comes against a backdrop of widespread insurgent violence across North Africa and as the African Union and other nations discuss military intervention in northern Mali.”

The activities of Boko Haram sect in Nigeria and the Libya’s Islamic Maghreb’s attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which led to the killing of US ambassador and three other Americans were also said to be part of the reasons the US is sending its troops to African nations.

“The terror threat from al-Qaeda-linked groups in Africa has been growing steadily, particularly with the rise of the extremist Islamist sect, Boko Haram in Nigeria.

“Officials also believe that the September 11 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, which killed the ambassador and three other Americans, may have been carried out by those who had ties to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb,” a report said.

This particular exercise, according to AP, is “the first-of-its-kind brigade assignment involving teams from the 2nd Brigade and 1st Infantry Division of the US Army.

The 2nd Brigade, according to report will target countries such as Libya, Sudan, Algeria and Niger, where al-Qaeda-linked groups are said to be active.

It also will assist nations like Kenya and Uganda that have been battling al-Shabab militants on the front lines in Somalia.

The Associated Press quoted the US Commander in Africa, General Carter Ham, as saying: “The brigade has a small drone capability that could be useful in Africa. It would need special permission to tap it for that kind of mission.

“If they want them for (military) operations, the brigade is our first sourcing solution because they are prepared.

“But that has to go back to the secretary of defence to get an execute order,” the head of US Army Forces Command, General David Rodriguez, was also quoted to have said.

“Already the US military has plans for nearly 100 different exercises, training programmes and other activities across the widely diverse continent.

“But the new programme faces significant cultural and language challenges, as well as nagging questions about how many of the lower-level enlisted members of the brigade, based in Fort Riley, Kan., will participate, since the teams would largely be made up of more senior enlisted troops and officers,” Rodriguez said.

The mission for the 2nd Brigade known as the “Dagger Brigade” will begin first quarter of next year and will pave the way for Army brigades to be assigned next to US Pacific Command and then to US European Command over the next year, AP report said.

It said the brigade is receiving its regular combat training first, and then will move on to the more specific instruction needed for the deployments, such as language skills, cultural information and other data about the African nations.

Dagger Brigade Commander, Colonel Jeff Broadwater said the language and culture training will be different from what most soldiers have had in recent years, since they have focused on Pashtun and Farsi, languages used mostly in Afghanistan and Iran.

He said he expected the soldiers to learn French, Swahili, Arabic or other languages, as well as the local cultures.

“What’s really exciting is we get to focus on a different part of the world and maintain our core combat skills,” Broadwater said, adding that the soldiers know what to expect. “You see those threats (in Africa) in the news all the time.”

The brigade will be carved up into different teams designed to meet the specific needs of each African nation. As the year goes on, the teams will travel from Fort Riley to those nations, while trying to avoid any appearance of a large US military footprint.

“The challenge we have is to always understand the system in their country,” said Rodriguez, who has been nominated to be the next head of African Command.

“We’re not there to show them our system; we’re there to make their system work. Here is what their army looks like, and here is what we need to prepare them to do,” he said.

Rodriguez said the nearly 100 assignments so far requested by Ham would be carried out with “a very small footprint to get the high payoff.

“A full brigade numbers about 3,500, but the teams could range from just a few people to a company of about 200. In rare cases for certain exercises, it could be a battalion, which would number about 800,” AP said in its report.

It said to bridge the cultural gaps with the African militaries, the US Army is reaching out across the services, the embassies and a network of professional organisations to find troops and experts that are from some of the African countries.

The experts can be used during training, and the troops can both advise or travel with the teams as they begin the program.

“In a very short time frame we can only teach basic phrases. We focus on culture and the cultural impact how it impacts the African countries’ military and their operations,”AP quoted Colonel Matthew McKenna, Commander of the US 162nd Infantry Brigade, was quoted to have said.

McKenna said the US will begin training the Fort Riley soldiers in March for their African deployment.

Military admits plan by Boko Haram to attack Kano on Xmas day
The Military authorities in Kano has admitted plans by terrorists to disrupt the Christmas celebration, saying the move has, however, been aborted with the arrest of some key members of the dreaded sect in some hide-outs.

This is just as the army said the ongoing house-to-house search of suspected gunmen in parts of the city had yielded result, leading to the dislodgment of a group of terrorists who arrived Kano from Yobe State for their deadly mission.

Disclosing this to newsmen on Monday, the commander of the 3 Mechanised Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Kano, Brigadier-General Ilyasu Abbah, at the  Bukavu Barracks Headquarters of the Brigade, after a meeting of security chiefs in Kano, said about 12 foreign militants were recently rounded up by security operatives in the Yankaba area of the city, insisting that the raid on suspected hideouts of criminals and flash points would be a continuous exercise.

Brigadier-General Abbah recalled the recent attempts at two telecommunications firms, MTN and AIRTEL which claimed the lives of two suicide bombers, describing the mission as failed operations.

He noted that the latest attempts by terrorist networks suggested antics to instill fear into the people, especially in the light of the Yuletide season.

Panic as soldiers storm Abuja streets
MANY residents of Abuja were panic-stricken on Monday as heavily armed security men stormed the streets in an apparent effort to thwart the strike of the dreaded Boko Haram sect.

Sources said that the security operatives, who were drafted from the Directorate of Military Intelligence, are members of an elite anti- terrorism squad, which is said to be blossoming in the armed forces.

Some of the security men had their faces covered halfway, imitating the dressing pattern of terrorists.

It was gathered that the massive security lockdown was informed by what was described as “credible intelligence” on possible terror attacks.

For the first time since the Boko Haram conflicts erupted, the elite anti-terrorism squad was deployed to key entry points of the Federal capital on a stop and search mission.

Unlike previous checks, the surveillance was mounted very close to entrances to the city centers such as the City Gate,  Gudu area, AYA junction, Aso Radio entrance, National Assembly quarters,  in Apo,  National stadium areas, among others.

The operatives, heavily armed and in a never-seen-before uniforms conducted checks in areas normally considered to be very close to Wuse and Garki.

Nigerian Tribune checks, however, revealed that the security agencies mounted the operations because of a report of an alleged bomb-laden vehicle which headed to the city centres.

A source within the system told our correspondent that the report, acted upon by the services indicated that an alleged terror cell had infiltrated the capital and can only be tracked down by surveillance

“We have hints, hence the checking. I can say we foiled whatever plot the terrorists may have, at least for today,” the source said.

Besides the military operatives who stormed parts of Abuja, policemen were also deployed on operations around the Northern parts of the city including Mabushi, Jabi/Utako and Kaduna road.

Sources said that the operatives were acting upon directives from the top on the possible plans to attack strategic places in Abuja during the Yuletide.

Sowing the Seeds of Western Terror Threat, Reaping American Military Bases

[American terrorism, in the disguise of “Militant Islam,” has one goal–to advance American foreign policy.  The goal of US foreign policy is to militarize the entire world, on the theory that the American military machine can then dominate all the minor conflicts.  This is only theoretically possible if Western conflict managers can keep all the little wars at manageable levels.  This is where America’s international army of “Islamist” commandos, a.k.a., “al-Qaeda,” comes in handy, for the nefarious purpose of starting small terror wars.  Small terrorist incidents and rumors of incidents have proven sufficient to justify an American military presence in every country of Central Asia, even in Eastern Russia.  In truth, there is no terror threat in Central Asia, except for that artificial threat manufactured by the Pentagon and the CIA.  Rewarding this state terrorism with any sort of American presence, military or otherwise, is totally unjustified and will ultimately prove to do to CA what the Western powers have so far done to the Middle East and North Africa.]

Situation in Central Asia stimulates militarization: Yerlan Karin

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Political expert and Secretary of Nur Otan party Yerlan Karin believes that the situation in Central Asia stimulates militarization in the region and spurs military expenses.

“Escalation of terrorism threat in the world and in Central Asia indirectly promotes militarization. Foreign bases are functioning in the region already. Opening of more bases is possible at the territory of Uzbekistan, not to mention the recurring talks about transfer of a part of the military vehicles and armament to Uzbekistan after withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan in 2014,” Yerlan Karin said.

The political expert gave an example of Russia that allocated over $1 billion for maintenance of the armed forces of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. He also pointed out the sharp growth of military expenses around the world starting from mid 2000s. They have grown by almost a half.

“The global military costs made $1.7 trillion in 2011. Experts relate this growth to the escalating terrorism threat. At least, all governments justify allocation of big money with a need to counter terrorism. What we have is growth of extremist and terrorist activities and growth of military costs. We are all speaking about the economic crisis, insufficiency of resources, but overall the trend is very different,” Yerlan Karin said.

As an example he referred to the data and assessments of foreign institutes and experts that monitor terrorism problems.

“They make annual reports, make forecasts for the coming years. According to one of such institutes, British Maplecroft, in 2010 and 2011 the level of terrorism in Kazakhstan was quite low: 2 in the scale of 5. The level is also indicated in colors. Green stands for a low threat, orange is high threat and red is very high threat. There are intermediate colors, like yellow, as well,” the expert explained.

Political expert Yerlan Karin. Photo by Yaroslav Radlovskiy©

Political expert Yerlan Karin. Photo by Yaroslav Radlovskiy©

According to Karin, in the forecasts of the above British company for 2013 Kazakhstan is marked with orange color and is placed in the group of countries with high terrorism threat level.

“10 data of the U.S. Department of State shows that the total number of terrorist attacks in the world ranged from 200 to 600 attacks a year until the middle of the 2000s. Starting from 2005 their number increased dramatically. Over 10 thousand terrorist attacks happen every year. There was an especially high spike in 2007: 14 thousand terrorist attacks in the world. Last year there were 10 thousand terrorist attacks. Over 60 percent of registered attacks fall on Afghanistan and Pakistan,” Karin added.

Speaking of the planned withdrawal of coalition NATO group from Afghanistan in 2014 the political expert said that it was unclear how this would affect the situation in Central Asia.

“There are certain stereotypes: we are used to believing that the situation is unstable in Kyrgyzstan and in Tajikistan. Normally, we speak about these countries as of the weak parts of the region. In some way it is true, because Kyrgyzstan is ridden by a constant flow of revolutions and conflicts, while no new political system has been formed yet. We see similar things in Tajikistan. The incumbent leader is quite strong there, but there is resistance in some regions and a power struggle among the elite. Summer events in mountains of Badakhshan confirm this,” Yerlan Karin said.

According to him, the countries cannot be divided into stable and unstable and the regional situation has to be viewed as one integral whole.

“In a scenario that involves change of the ruling elites there is no way to predict the course of events in the other countries. The countries should not be divided into weak and stable ones in the region. Central Asian countries have a common problem: not all of these countries have built a stable regime over the 20 years of independence. Not all (regimes) have been tested yet. Kazakhstan is one of these countries to some extent,” Yerlan Karin said.

He said that Kazakhstan was introducing different mechanisms of automatic regulation, the country had formed the institutions and launched political self-regulation mechanisms.

“Speaking of the region in general we can say that the time has not yet shown which of the systems are stable and how stable they are. You know everything that has happened in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. But experts forecast that this decade will be quite a complicated one. It will reveal the extent of instability of the systems. It is hard to say right now,” Yerlan Karin said.

By Baubek Konyrov from Tengrinews.kz

Helen Thomas: The Jews Are NOT Semites.

THE MODERN STATE OF “ISRAEL” IS A FRAUD PERPETUATED UPON THE HUMAN RACE BY THE BRITISH CROWN.

Semite–A member of a group of Semitic-speaking peoples of the Near East and northern Africa, including the Arabs, Arameans, Babylonians, Carthaginians, Ethiopians, Hebrews, and Phoenicians.  

 

Arthur Koestler, author of The Thirteenth Tribe, easily the most expansive single work on the subject, states, “The story of the Khazar Empire, as it slowly emerges from the past, begins to look like the most cruel hoax which history has ever perpetrated.” 1

This is the story of a kingdom of belligerent, warlike Caucasian nomads, having no linked ancestry with anything Israelite this side of Noah, yet adopting Talmudic Judaism and becoming the dominant — and virtually only — current force in twenty-first century international Jewry.

Where Do Jews Come From?

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By EVAN R. GOLDSTEIN

This much is known: In the mid-eighth century, the ruling elite of the Khazars, a Turkic tribe in Eurasia, converted to Judaism. Their impetus was political, not spiritual. By embracing Judaism, the Khazars were able to maintain their independence from rival monotheistic states, the Muslim caliphate and the Christian Byzantine empire. Governed by a version of rabbinical law, the Khazar Jewish kingdom flourished along the Volga basin until the beginning of the second millennium, at which point it dissolved, leaving behind a mystery: Did the Khazar converts to Judaism remain Jews, and, if so, what became of them?

Enter Shlomo Sand. In a new book, “The Invention of the Jewish People,” the Tel Aviv University professor of history argues that large numbers of Khazar Jews migrated westward into Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania, where they played a decisive role in the establishment of Eastern European Jewry. The implications are far-reaching: If the bulk of Eastern European Jews are the descendents of Khazars—not the ancient Israelites—then most Jews have no ancestral links to Palestine. Put differently: If most Jews are not Semites, then what justification is there for a Jewish state in the Middle East? By attempting to demonstrate the Khazar origins of Eastern European Jewry, Mr. Sand—a self-described post-Zionist who believes that Israel needs to shed its Jewish identity to become a democracy—aims to undermine the idea of a Jewish state.

Published in Hebrew last year, “The Invention of the Jewish People” was a best seller in Israel.

Somebody We Called “Taliban” Met Somebody Else Somewhere Outside Paris, or So They Say

Taliban call for new Afghanistan constitution

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French police officers guard the entrance of the Hotel Chateau de la Tour where Afghan officials are meeting with Taliban rebels in Gouvieux Chantilly, 50 km (31 miles) north of Paris, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. – AP Photo

KABUL: Afghanistan’s Taliban has called for a new constitution as a pre-condition for it joining the nation’s fledgling peace process, according to a declaration issued by representatives at a landmark meeting in France.

Representatives from the country’s warring factions met Thursday for two days of talks that diplomats hope will bolster relations in the war-torn country.

It is the first time since a US-led bombing campaign drove the Taliban from power in 2001 that senior representatives have sat down with officials from the government and other opposition groups to discuss the country’s future, in a meeting brokered by a French think tank.

“Afghanistan’s present constitution has no value for us because it was made under the shadows of B52 bombers of the invaders,” said the declaration, which was handed to participants during the meeting and later released to the media.

“Islamic Emirate, for the welfare of their courageous nation, need a constitution that is based on the principles of the holy religion of Islam, national interest, historical achievements, and social justice,” it read.

The meeting in France was organised by the Foundation for Strategic Research (FRS), and was held behind closed doors at an undisclosed location near Paris.

The talks come against a background of accelerating efforts to draw the Taliban and other opponents of President Hamid Karzai into negotiations on how Afghanistan will be run after Western troops withdraw at the end of 2014.

Karzai’s government has drawn up a roadmap for peace which involves persuading the Taliban and other insurgent groups to agree to a ceasefire as a prelude to becoming peaceful players in the country’s nascent democracy.

As a first step in that direction, Karzai’s administration has been attempting to secure the release of top Taliban prisoners held by neighbouring Pakistan.

Despite the landmark meeting, the Taliban’s declaration continued to display a lack of trust in the government.

“The invaders and their friends don’t have a clear roadmap for peace,” it stated.

“Sometimes they say we want to talk to the Islamic Emirate, but sometimes they say we will talk with Pakistan. This kind of vague stance will never get to peace,” it said.

To date the Taliban has refused to negotiate with the government, which it regards as a puppet of the United States. Discussions with American officials were suspended in March.

In France the Taliban was represented by their senior figures Shahabuddin Dilawar and Naeem Wardak, a move seen as a sign that the Islamist group is contemplating going beyond exploratory discussions.

The Taliban, who ruled in Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001, were ousted from power by a US-led invasion and have since waged an 11-year insurgency to topple the US-supported government of Hamid Karzai.

Medical Examiner: “All Autopsied Killed By Long Guns,” Yet the Boy Accused Had Only Pistols In the School

If every dead child had been shot in the face 3-11 times with high-powered rifles and the boy left his rifle in the trunk, then he didn’t kill all of those people.  Perhaps the two men in camouflage,  seen (one captured) in the woods outside, were the real shooters.  This staged massacre will be covered-up like all the rest, if the American people willingly accept such gaping holes in the official version of this terrorist attack, allowing our Fascist government to blame this military operation on a kid, another lone-gunman “patsy.”  If we allow them to finish erecting the Fourth Reich around us, then we will all deserve the prison camps which will surely await us.

Monserrate Shirley, Mark Leonard, Robert Leonard Arrested for Murder and Arson In Indianapolis Home Explosion

From left: Monserrate Shirley, Mark Leonard and Robert Leonard. ( Photo by MATT KRYGER / The Indianapolis Star) source

Monserrate Shirley, Mark Leonard, Robert Leonard arrested in deadly Indianapolis home explosion

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Death penalty to be considered in case

 

INDIANAPOLIS – Three people have been arrested in the explosion on Indianapolis’ south side that killed two neighbors and damaged dozens of homes, RTV6 first reported Friday morning.

Monserrate Shirley and her boyfriend, Mark Leonard, who lived in the home, along with Leonard’s brother, Robert Leonard, were arrested Friday on 48 charges, including murder and arson. John and Jennifer Longworth died in the blast.

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Read: Probable Cause Affidavit

The couple, who lived in the home at 8349 Fieldfare Way along with Shirley’s 12-year-old daughter, was visiting a Lawrenceburg casino the night of Nov. 10 when the blast rocked their Richmond Hill subdivision, leveling five homes and damaging dozens more. Damage to homes was estimated at $4 million.

All three were charged with two counts of murder, one count of conspiracy to commit arson, 33 counts of arson, a Class B felony and 12 counts of arson, a Class A felony.

The three suspects will make their initial court appearance Dec. 24.

The death penalty will be under consideration in the case. A committee will review the case after at least 30 days.

“We will review the circumstances,” Curry said. “We will review their criminal histories of the individuals involved.  We will consider if there are any mental health issues. We will consider the range of appropriate considerations before we make a decision.”

In a news conference late Friday morning, Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said the source of the blast was a microwave oven and detailed what is included in the probable cause affidavit.

“The microwave oven … had exploded from inside out,” Curry said. “The microwave oven was the point of ignition.”

Additionally, a natural gas step-down valve into the home had been removed and a gas valve in the fireplace was missing, investigators said.

Without the valve, investigators said, it took six to nine hours for the house to fill with gas to reach the combustibility to cause an explosion.

“The flow of gas at that volume would have occurred beginning mid- to late afternoon to reach the volume of the explosion that happened at 11 p.m.,” Curry said.

Curry said Bob Leonard and Mark Leonard told investigators that they had last seen each other Tuesday before the explosion, but investigators have surveillance video showing they were together Thursday and Friday.

On Friday, prosecutors said, both talked with a Citizens Energy employee, asking that person about gas and the difference between propane and natural gas.

On the day of the explosion, “a resident of Richmond Hill saw a white van … pull into the driveway of the residence between 2 and 3 p.m.,” Curry said.

The men were in the home briefly and hurriedly left, investigators determined, and Bob Leonard’s son said several items were in the van that had been taken from the home, including photos and financial documents.

Prosecutors said there could be more arrests.

Mayor Greg Ballard issued a statement Friday after the prosecutor’s news conference thanking all the agencies who aided in the investigation.

“The announcement of the arrests made today will not erase the scars of that fateful night, but I hope it comforts this grieving community that justice ultimately will prevail,” Ballard said.

Prosecutors Detail Failed Explosion Attempt

The probable cause affidavit indicates that an explosion had been planned for the weekend before the Nov. 10 blast.

The couple’s cat had been boarded both weekends, and Shirley’s daughter had been placed with a babysitter overnight on both Friday nights. Shirley and Mark Leonard went to a casino both weekends, too, Curry said.

Investigators said personal insurance on the home before the blast had been increased to $300,000 and that a thermostat in the house had been changed from a digital unit to a slide switch after the failed attempt. The slide switch creates a spark when activated.

Couple’s Financial Troubles

Authorities believe that the the explosion was concocted in a financial scheme. The Call 6 Investigators uncovered details pointing to significant financial problems for the couple.

Shirley filed bankruptcy in 2007 with her then-husband, but that case was dismissed this June because they failed to make the required payments, documents show.

According to court documents, the home had two mortgages — one for more than $160,000 and a second for nearly $65,000.

The 9-year-old home with four bedrooms and two and a half baths was put up for a short sale in March 2011, documents show.

The home was initially listed for $188,900, but the price was dropped to $154,900 four months later and to $149,900 in January, before it was taken off the market.

Interview After Explosion

RTV6 interviewed Shirley and Mark Leonard five days after the explosion.

“We consider ourselves pretty lucky right now, to be honest with you,” he said. “It’s miserable, but we’re making do with what we’ve got.”

The couple, who spoke in the office of their attorney, said they had lost

everything and had endured days of questioning with investigators.

“It’s a big devastation, and we’re doing everything we can do help the police investigators, the fire department, the (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives),” Leonard said.

“People are talking to me and asking me questions. I mean, I tell everyone the truth,” Shirley said. “Everybody’s after me, asking me questions. I’ve answered everything.”

Mark Leonard’s Criminal Background

The Call 6 Investigators have been looking into Leonard’s background and found a long string of arrests and criminal convictions in several counties.

In Johnson County, court documents show he’s scheduled for trial Jan. 3 on a charge of driving with a suspended license, and again on Jan. 4 over accusations he failed to repay a $3,300 loan.

In Marion County, Leonard’s criminal convictions date back to the late 1980s and include stalking, intimidation, operating a vehicle while intoxicated, being a habitual substance offender and dealing marijuana.

Leonard pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana in Lawrence County in 1998.

The same year, in Hancock County, he took a deal on charges of disorderly conduct, resisting law enforcement and residential entry.

Watch RTV6 and refresh this page for updates.

Nazi Pope Soft-Sells Paedophilia, Denies That the Scum Who Prey Upon Our Children Are “Absolute Evil”

Pope’s child porn ‘normal’ claim sparks outrage among victims

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The pope at the age of 10 years of age joined the Hitler Youth in 1941 when it became compulsory for all German boys.

The pope at the age of 10 years of age joined the Hitler Youth in 1941 when it became compulsory for all German boys.Catholic Online

[FORCED to join the Hitler Youth, my ass!!]

Victims of clerical sex abuse have reacted furiously to Pope Benedict’s claim yesterday that paedophilia wasn’t considered an “absolute evil” as recently as the 1970s.

In his traditional Christmas address yesterday to cardinals and officials working in Rome, Pope Benedict XVI also claimed that child pornography was increasingly considered “normal” by society.

“In the 1970s, paedophilia was theorised as something fully in conformity with man and even with children,” the Pope said.

“It was maintained — even within the realm of Catholic theology — that there is no such thing as evil in itself or good in itself. There is only a ‘better than’ and a ‘worse than’. Nothing is good or bad in itself.”

The Pope said abuse revelations in 2010 reached “an unimaginable dimension” which brought “humiliation” on the Church.

Asking how abuse exploded within the Church, the Pontiff called on senior clerics “to repair as much as possible the injustices that occurred” and to help victims heal through a better presentation of the Christian message.

“We cannot remain silent about the context of these times in which these events have come to light,” he said, citing the growth of child pornography “that seems in some way to be considered more and more normal by society” he said.

But outraged Dublin victim Andrew Madden last night insisted that child abuse was not considered normal in the company he kept.

Mr Madden accused the Pope of not knowing that child pornography was the viewing of images of children being sexually abused, and should be named as such.

He said: “That is not normal. I don’t know what company the Pope has been keeping for the past 50 years.”

Pope Benedict also said sex tourism in the Third World was “threatening an entire generation”.

Angry abuse victims in America last night said that while some Church officials have blamed the liberalism of the 1960s for the Church’s sex abuse scandals and cover-up catastrophes, Pope Benedict had come up with a new theory of blaming the 1970s.

“Catholics should be embarrassed to hear their Pope talk again and again about abuse while doing little or nothing to stop it and to mischaracterise this heinous crisis,” said Barbara Blaine, the head of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests,

“It is fundamentally disturbing to watch a brilliant man so conveniently misdiagnose a horrific scandal,” she added.

“The Pope insists on talking about a vague ‘broader context’ he can’t control, while ignoring the clear ‘broader context’ he can influence — the long-standing and unhealthy culture of a rigid, secretive, all-male Church hierarchy fixated on self-preservation at all costs. This is the ‘context’ that matters.”

The latest controversy comes as the German magazine Der Spiegel continues to investigate the Pope’s role in allowing a known paedophile priest to work with children in the early 1980s.

American Govt. Reveals Its Fascist Sympathies In UN Veto of Anti-Nazi Resolution

Russia Slams US Opposition to UN ‘Anti-Nazi’ Resolution

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Russia Slams US Opposition to UN 'Anti-Nazi' Resolution

Russia Slams US Opposition to UN ‘Anti-Nazi’ Resolution

 

MOSCOW, December 21 (RIA Novosti) – The Russian Foreign Ministry on Friday criticized the United States’ reluctance to back the Russian-proposed UN resolution against the glorification of Nazism.

The UN General Assembly adopted the resolution on Thursday. A total of 130 countries approved the document, while the US, Canada, and Palau voted against it and another 54 countries, including the Baltic States, abstained.

“We are highly perplexed and regret the fact that the US, Canada and Palau voted against this document, while the delegations of EU member states abstained during the vote on the resolution, which was backed by the overwhelming majority of UN member states,” the ministry said.

The resolution condemns the construction of memorials in honor of former Nazis and Waffen-SS soldiers and the holding of public pro-Nazi demonstrations. It also calls for action to be taken to prevent neo-Nazi ideas being circulated on the Internet.

“We hope that the adoption of the resolution will send a clear signal to those countries where there is a long overdue need to take most decisive measures to counter increased attempts at glorifying Nazism, including those who served with the Waffen-SS,” the statement said.

Syria: Apocalypse Cancelled

Syria: Apocalypse Cancelled

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Syria: Apocalypse CancelledThe situation around Syria has been eased the last days. The Americans are withdrawing the USS Eisenhower and USS Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Groups from the Eastern Mediterranean. President Obama expects this step would ‘ease the tension in the region’.

What kind of tension has happened to be a matter of sudden concern of the US Administration after 22 months of direct interference into Syrian affairs?

Let’s make a brief outlook on the preceding events.

NATO’s decision to deploy Patriot missile systems on Turkey-Syria border early December is being rushed. The justification of the deployment by alleged defense of Turkish territory against bomb shells and mines occasionally coming from Syria was ridiculous. The Patriot system is not capable for such protection. It is designed to withstand aviation and has a limited capability to bring down tactical missiles as well. So the Patriots in Turkey can fight Syrian MIG aircrafts only. But this scenario is impossible in case Turkey does not invade Syria.

At the same time US strike groups arrived to the Eastern Mediterranean indicating NATO preparation for a potential ground intervention.

Russian heavy cruiser 'Moskva'

Russian heavy cruiser ‘Moskva’

In response Russia has strengthened its fleet in the area. A Russian strike group headed by the heavy cruiser ‘Moskva’ will be joined by several warships (cruisers, landing ship tanks and destroyers) from the Russian Baltic and Northern Fleets scheduled to arrive to the Eastern Mediterranean next week. Officially the warships are coming for exercises and supplies at the Russian-operated Tartus base in Syria on the way to Somalia anti-piracy mission. Their involvement in the Syrian face-off is just a matter of political will of the Russian leadership.

Thus the concentration of confronting Navies off the Syrian coast by mid-December was almost menacing. The US decision to withdraw the warships has notably irritated Turkey left without the US support in case of military escalation, but minimized the possibility of such a scenario. This withdrawal is by far not the first retreat of the United States: the same happened when a Turkish jet was gunned down in June or when Israel was provoked against Syrians by chemical weapons bugaboo in July.

Besides the Russian vigorous position on the Syrian issue, another factor has caused this positive trend in Syrian arrangement: the US internal politics. A ‘stomach virus’ that recently bothered Mrs. Clinton might be considered as a diplomatic disease that allowed her avoid attending open House hearing on the attacks in Benghazi that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya in September. This assassination was a direct sequence of the failures of the US foreign policy in the Middle East for the last years, as it was recognized by Daniel Benjamin, the State Department’s coordinator for counterterrorism:

…The Libyan revolution freed up the hands of all kinds of extremists groups and gave rise to widespread terrorism. Another example of this is Syria where members of al-Qaida in Iraq have been trying to gain a permanent foothold on opposition’s side. The revolutions that swept the region last year had led to a dangerous upsurge of extremism and widespread instability.

A US confidential report elaborated by the independent commission with regard to Benghazi assault deserves special attention. Its conclusions have obviously influenced the US decision to suspend further aggravation of the situation in Syria. Although it can hardly make the United States abandon the plan of regional destabilization, it certainly dictates more caution to be taken in order not to discredit definitely the US foreign policy. Undesired revelations of the real motives behind the Arab Spring would maze both American civil society confident that Washington fights against terrorism worldwide and the US allies, who are barely informed that they are offered as pawns in a geopolitical game.

UN Security Council Unanimously Approves Another Armed Intervention Against Another American “Islamist” Terror

[Re:  UN Security Council approves Mali intervention force]

After witnessing the same deadly, hypocritical scenario unfold over and over, I am just now beginning to see the real genius that went into the Pentagon’s “Take-over-the-World Plan.”   This is how you manage to wage war upon the entire world, more or less simultaneously, with nothing more than an all-volunteer force and implied threats.  When Pentagon/CIA agents, or their corporate counterparts control all news, then it becomes possible to hide entire real wars, or to “simulate” non-existent conflict.  It is no wonder that the world has become accustomed to the idea of universal conflagration, when we think that we see new Pentagon fires rising all around us on a daily basis.  The Pentagon loves to play with fire, especially when it has so many playmates.  It is these playmates that the Pentagon relies upon whenever the time seems ripe to seek UN authorization for another “Just War” against another imaginary “Islamist threat.”  There is no limit to the depravity of American “Warfighters,” who will do anything, or kill anyone, to advance their glorious mission to establish a new Global Reich–Hoo-Rah!

This latest playing of the “Islamist” card in Mali occurred just when Russian moves in the Mediterranean had made it obvious that we were flirting with Armegeddon in Syria.   The Pentagon/CIA’s “Islamist” pals always manage to pop-up in some obscure corner of the world like Mali whenever one of the Pentagon’s major limited conflicts like Syria, or Afghanistan threaten to turn into real war.   (You remember when the Pentagon wasn’t afraid to fight real armies, don’t you?)  Whenever these Islamists manage to stir-up enough trouble that they successfully ignite some sort of real conflict, they give the State Dept. goons what they need to go to the UN for “humanitarian” relief.  If the rest of the American people only knew the cold truth, which most of us in the alternative media already understand, that ALL ISLAMIST TERROR is American created terrorism, then the hypocritical self-blindness would be stripped-away, and we would recognize our Fascist government for what it is, the new Nazi Reich reincarnated.

After all, the essence of all American government mind-manipulation science is a continuation of the illegal Nazi concentration camp studies, which have been merged with the infamous Strategic Bombing Survey made by the Brits and American sociologists at the end of WWII.  Where the Nazi scientists were perfecting a primitive mind-control science, the British and Americans were perfecting the art of mass-terror as the basis for mass mind-manipulation.  They perfected the art of strategic bombing as the basis of a new kind of political terrorism, giving them the capability to move huge “herds” of terrorized human beings as a primary instrument of Western foreign policy.  World planners now understand that it is far easier and cheaper to immobilize vital targets and strategic connections by overwhelming transportation grids using masses of refugees, instead of massive carpet-bombing and siege tactics.  Just look to the case of Pakistan in its simulated warfare in the tribal region, by flushing entire tribes upon the roadways before announced offensives, they have created the impression of real war, even though the actual campaigns are made impossible, or obscured by the masses of frightened refugees (internally displaced persons) clogging the limited roadways.

The merger of the two streams of the outlawed pseudo-sciences has empowered American political and social scientists with a working ability to effect limited mind-control through mass-suggestion over broad segments of the human race, even giving them the ability to pursue multiple separate streams of auto-suggestion in different war theaters, simultaneously.  The combined American-Nazi black arts are an unwelcome reality, but they are a new, artificial form of reality.

This brings us back to the point of this particular commentary, the Pentagon’s self-labelled “whack-a-mole strategy,” aptly describes the new “Warfighting” strategy, which underwent its trial run in Afghanistan and Iraq, before going live globally with the strategy, such as we are witnessing today.   The name of the new game is “incrementalism,” a game at which Obama has proven to be a master player.  Pump-up the fear level in one outbreak, while backing it off a bit in another conflict (such as Pakistan’s tribal region) which threatened to boil over.  The concept of “conflict management” requires that the manager never allow any conflict to escalate out of control, while the corresponding “strategy of tension” requires the apparent escalation of conflict, in order to achieve the proper level of terror.  This terror can theoretically be maintained indefinitely, unless credible resistance (like the Russian Navy) arises to challenge the Manager’s control, such as in the case in Syria.  When the war on Syria began to fall apart, due primarily to Russian resistance, the Western media employed its usual sleight of hand, diverting our attention with an  announcement to the court of world opinion that an army of  “Islamists” was poised to takeover northern Mali.  While harping on our “humanitarian” obligations to prevent another domino from falling to the “Islamist menace,” the controlled Western news leaders have stuck to their government-approved scripts and assiduously avoided any mention of the obvious fact that Western governments were empowering the same “Islamists/Al-Qaeda” everywhere else.

The Pentagon’s secret private armies were perfectly suited for producing justification for “whacking” the latest “moles” (even though the “moles” were all Pentagon/CIA-trained terrorists), but they had zero capabilities for actually destabilizing or overthrowing any government on their own.  The Pentagon was very successful at parlaying its Saudi/Qatari petrodollars into a “global war on on terrorism,” all they had to do to set their plan for total global domination into motion was to kill 3,000 Americans, or facilitate their murder, while their controlled news cameras maintained a steady broadcast of their manufactured horrors into every American home.  That is the ultimate bottom line in all of this, anyway, the Pentagon has slaughtered thousands of men, women and children in order to become the center of world Fascism, and there are no limits as to how far these evil killers will go, to finalize their long-term plans to subjugate every single human mind.

The scariest and possibly the most disheartening of all of this, is that every government on earth is playing along with these evil bastards, hoping for their own piece of the pie, even Russia.  The new Mali Security Council initiative was approved unanimously–no Russian or Chinese veto on this one.  I guess that if Putin is really the world’s best hope for resistance to Imperial aggression, that he doesn’t give a shit if we slaughter another few hundred thousand black Africans.

peter.chamberlin@hotmail.com

UN Security Council approves Mali intervention force

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People gather on December 18, 2012 during an opposition meeting in Nouakchoutt during which opposition leaders warned against the intervention of their country in the conflict in Mali. (AFP PHOTO/Ahmrd Ould Mohamed Ould Elhadji)

UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council on Thursday unanimously approved sending an African-led intervention force to help Mali’s army reconquer much of the country from Islamist militants. The 15-member council gave the force an initial one year mandate to use “all necessary measures” to help the Mali government take back the northern half of the country from “terrorist, extremist and armed groups.” West African nations say they have 3,300 troops ready to go to Mali to help rebuild the country’s army and support a military operation which planners say cannot be launched before September of next year. Tuareg rebels and other separatists and Al-Qaeda linked militant groups took advantage of a coup in Mali in March to seize control of a vast chunk of territory where the Islamists have since imposed a brutal form of Islamic law. France drew up the resolution after weeks of talks with the United States, which expressed doubts the troops from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) would be ready for a desert battle against the militants. In parallel to political efforts to draw the Tuareg rebels into a coalition against the extremist groups, European nations and the international force, to be known as the African-led International Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA), will first train Mali’s army. The resolution sets down benchmarks for political progress and military preparations that will have to be met before a final onslaught against Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and its allies is approved. The resolution emphasized that “military planning will need to be further refined before the commencement of the offensive operation.” It said that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, ECOWAS, the African Union and other states involved will have to secure “the council’s satisfaction with the planned military offensive operation.” – AFP/fa

BOTTOM LINE: 100 Million Tax Returns To Be Delayed, Unless the Obama/Boehner Cockfight Is Halted

Lack of AMT fix could delay 100 million tax returns

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By Jeanne Sahadi @CNNMoney

Without an AMT “patch” in place by Dec. 31, up to 100 million taxpayers may not be able file their 2012 taxes until late March. And their refunds will be delayed, the IRS says.

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As many as 100 million taxpayers may be unable to file their returns until late March and would face refund delays if Congress fails to reach a fiscal cliff deal by Dec. 31 that includes an Alternative Minimum Tax fix.

That’s the latest estimate from the IRS, which would have to do some serious system reprogramming in the absence of an AMT provision.

Here’s the problem: Income exemption levels under the “wealth tax” — as the AMT is known — were never adjusted for inflation since it was enacted decades ago. So Congress has regularly passed an AMT “patch” to correct for that by raising the exemption levels.

Except that lawmakers have so far failed to do so for 2012. And tax filing season begins in less than two weeks.

Without a patch, $45,000 for joint filers and $33,750 for single taxpayers is exempt from the AMT. But adjusted for inflation, those levels would jump to $78,750 and $50,600 in 2012, according to bills in the House and Senate.

CNN: Obama, Boehner remain at odds

No AMT fix would mean “lengthy delays of tax refunds and unexpectedly higher taxes for many taxpayers, who will be unaware that they are newly subject to AMT liability,” IRS Acting Director Steven Miller said in a letter to House and Senate tax writers on Wednesday.

Without a patch, he estimates that close to 30 million additional taxpayers would have to pay the AMT.

And, he added, “[I]f Congress were to act at some point next year to enact a new AMT patch, the time and substantial expense necessary for the IRS to reprogram its systems to reflect expiration of the patch would ultimately be wasted.”

The most aggravating thing about the situation: Both parties will agree to patch the AMT. The only question is when. At the moment, the patch is being held hostage to the fiscal cliffnegotiationsTo top of page

White House Hides Culpability for Mumbai Attacks Beneath Judicial Immunity for ISI

“These facts and statements, though not yet in admissible form, require additional  investigation and discovery as to whether the ISI is a legitimate political subdivision of the Government of Pakistan. If facts elicited during jurisdictional discovery further support plaintiffs’ belief that the ISI is not a true political subdivision of Pakistan but, rather, an autonomous organization, the ISI would not be entitled to invoke the immunity Congress has afforded sovereign governments under the FSIA nor could it or its leadership rely on the common-law immunity available to legitimate state actors for official government acts.”–Rosenberg et al vLashkarETaiba et al

“The defendants’ motion to dismiss on political question grounds should be denied or, at a minimum, deferred to allow the Executive Branch a chance to submit a statement of interest on the issue.”

[Evidently, whatever was in this “statement of interest,” it was the documentation which was ruled-upon this past week in NY Federal Court, Eastern District of New York.  The evidence given by the White House (which none of us will ever see), was sufficient to satisfy the court that the ISI is a legitimate extension of the Pakistani state and NOT a fully independent autonomous entity.  Between this case in New York and its counterpart in Chicago ( UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. ILYAS KASHMIRI, ET AL. ), the ISI has been given carte blanche to commit terrorism against the citizens of the United States, without paying any penalty in US courts.  The relevant claims against ISI by counsel for the defense are included beneath the DAWN article below]

Mumbai attacks case: India ‘disappointed’ at US immunity for ISI

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In this picture taken on November 27, 2008, flames rush out of the Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai, during an attack by militants. A US federal court is hearing a case filed by US survivors of the Mumbai attacks and family members of the victims against former Pakistani intelligence chiefs Shuja Pasha, Nadeem Taj and other ISI officials.—AFP Photo

NEW DELHI: India on Wednesday called a declaration that Pakistan’s intelligence service and former chiefs enjoy immunity in a case related to the 2008 Mumbai attacks a “serious disappointment”.

The Indian government has long alleged that the Inter-Services Intelligence agency was behind the Islamist attacks which left 166 people dead – an accusation denied by Islamabad.

The Indian statement was in response to an affidavit filed in a US court earlier in the week in which the US government said Pakistan’s ISI and its former chiefs, Ahmed Shuja Pasha and Nadeem Taj, “enjoy immunity” in the Mumbai attacks.

The US affidavit is “a matter of deep and abiding concern”, the Indian government statement said, noting Washington has publicly said it is committed to bringing “those responsible for the Mumbai terror attacks to justice”.

“The decision of the US authorities in this case is a cause of serious disappointment,” said the Indian statement.

The New York federal court is hearing a case filed by US survivors of the Mumbai attacks and family members of the victims against Pasha, Taj and other ISI officials.

Leaders of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant group, including its founder Mohammed Hafiz Saeed, are also named in the suit. India has accused Pakistan’s ISI of collaborating with the LeT to mount the attacks.

The US government insisted in its affidavit that Pakistan must take steps to dismantle the LeT and support India’s efforts to counter militant threats, according to the Press Trust of India (PTI).

But at the same time the affidavit said, “the ISI is entitled to immunity because it is part of a foreign state”, the PTI report stated.

India last month hanged Pakistani national Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving gunman of 10 attackers who raided targets including top hotels and a Mumbai railway station while holding elite Indian Special Forces at bay.

 

 

A. The Uncertain Status of Defendant Inter-Services Intelligence
The ISI exists without any legislative statute or executive order founding, creating or
authorizing its activities. Kreindler Decl., ¶¶ 5 – 8. Pakistan’s own current Attorney General,
Maulvi Anwar ul Haq, said to the Supreme Court of Pakistan less than nine months ago that no
rules or laws govern the ISI. See Kreindler Decl., ¶ 5.3 Similarly, Lieutenant Colonel Khalid
Iqbal Sahoo, Assistant Judge Advocate General of the Pakistan Army, filed a brief on behalf of
Pakistan’s Ministry of Defence with the Pakistan Supreme Court on July 11, 2006 in which he
stated that his ministry had no operational control over the ISI. Id., ¶ 7.4 On July 19, 2006, in
that same action, Tariq Wazeem Ghazi, a Defence Secretary with the Government of Pakistan,
submitted an affidavit to the Pakistan Supreme Court in which he also asserts that the
Government of Pakistan has no control over the ISI. Id., ¶ 8.5 Likewise, Sherry Rehman, a
Member of Pakistan’s National Assembly from 2002 to 2007 and Pakistan’s Minister of
Information from 2008 to 2009, wrote in June 2005 that the ISI “remain[s] above the law and
unaccountable.” Id., ¶ 10(g).
3 Plaintiffs are attempting to obtain the records from the proceedings at which Attorney General
Haq made these statements, which directly contradict the assertions in the declaration before this
Court. Kreindler Decl., ¶ 5.
4 Plaintiffs are attempting to obtain the brief Lt. Col. Sahoo submitted to the Pakistan Supreme
Court. Kreindler Decl., ¶ 7.
5 Plaintiffs are attempting to obtain the affidavit Secretary Ghazi submitted to the Pakistan
Supreme Court. Kreindler Decl., ¶ 8.

With increasing frequency, the ISI has, in fact, operated autonomously and even contrary
to the stated missions, laws and objectives of the Government of Pakistan. For example:
• According to Pakistan’s current Ambassador to the United States, between 1977 and
2002, the ISI attempted to manipulate Pakistan’s official government-held elections on at
least five occasions. See Kreindler Decl., ¶ 10(c).
• A United Nations commission concluded that the ISI hindered the investigation into the
assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and that it may have been
involved in other attempted assassinations of Ms. Bhutto. See id., ¶ 10(d) – (f).
• The ISI has long and deep ties with the terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba. See id., ¶ 11(a) –
(b). In the late 1980’s, the ISI created the LeT to fight proxy wars, including efforts
against the Soviet presence in Afghanistan and against India in the Kashmir region. See
id.
• The United designated the LeT a Foreign Terrorist Organization on December 26, 2001.
See id., ¶ 11(d). Shortly thereafter, on January 12, 2002, Pakistan’s then-leader, General
Pervez Musharraf, outlawed the LeT. See id., ¶ 11(e).
• For years after the LeT was outlawed, the ISI, acting in direct contradiction to the orders
of Pakistan’s government, continued to offer financial, logistic and personnel support to
the LeT. See id., ¶ 11(e) – (i).
• The LeT’s leader Hafiz Mohamed Saeed was imprisoned in light of General Musharraf’s
January 12, 2002 declaration. See id., ¶ 11(e). Despite this, the ISI facilitated Mr.
Saeed’s release from prison and thereafter made substantial financial payments to him.
See id.
• In 2008, the civilian Government of Pakistan attempted to put the ISI under the control of
Pakistan’s Ministry of the Interior, but the ISI refused to comply with those efforts. See
id., ¶ 10(b).
Western leaders, like their Pakistani government counterparts, have also called into
question the legitimate authority of the ISI, noting that it has and continues to act in ways that are
contrary to the stated goals and missions of the Government of Pakistan. For example, the
United States Ambassador to Pakistan from 2007 to 2010, Anne Patterson, noted in November
2008 the troubling “extent of [Lashkar-e-Taiba’s] current relationship with the ISI,” despite the
fact that the Pakistan government had outlawed the LeT. See Kreindler Decl., ¶ 11(l), Exhibit

Russia stares down the West on Syria

Russia stares down the West on Syria

The Hindu

VLADIMIR RADYUHIN

FOLLOW THE LEADER: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has cautioned against attempts to circumvent the authority of the United Nations in finding a solution to the Syrian crisis. The picture is of a European security conference in Moscow on March 23, 2012.
FOLLOW THE LEADER: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has cautioned against attempts to circumvent the authority of the United Nations in finding a solution to the Syrian crisis. The picture is of a European security conference in Moscow on March 23, 2012.   AFP

 

The West has accepted that Moscow has a key role to play in settling the Syrian crisis.

If one needed a textbook example of how propaganda can help turn defeat into victory then one should look at Western media coverage of recent diplomatic battles on Syria.

Everybody agrees that the so-called “presidential statement” on Syria the U.N. Security Council adopted on March 21 was a turning point in efforts to resolve the Syrian crisis. It marked the first time the Security Council (SC) had reached an agreement on Syria and endorsed a peace plan proposed by U.N. and Arab League envoy Kofi Annan. The surprise consensus in the Council, which was earlier riven by divisions, raised the question of who had made concessions — Western powers or Russia and China, who had vetoed two West-backed SC resolutions.

To believe Western news outlets it is Russia and China that blinked first.

Christian Science Monitor saw Russia’s support for the SC statement as a “distinct shift” in Moscow’s stance. Radio Free Europe said Moscow had “finally relented,” while the Economist categorically declared: “Russia shifted firmly to the side of Al Assad’s detractors.”

The text of the SC statement, however, shows that it is the West that embraced the Russian stand.

First, the statement did not mention the West’s earlier demand for Mr. Assad to step down. (The February SC draft did not openly call on Mr. Assad to leave but voiced support for the Arab League’s plan, which explicitly demanded his resignation as a precondition for political settlement in Syria.)

Second, the Western powers for the first time endorsed the Russian view that the opposition in Syria should talk to the government. The SC statement said that the Syrian crisis should be resolved through “a comprehensive political dialogue between the Syrian government and the whole spectrum of the Syrian opposition.”

In line with Russian proposals

Third, the SC statement addressed the demand to stop the fighting, not only to the government forces, as the West had insisted earlier, but also to the opposition, as Russia had demanded all along.

Finally, the SC statement did not contain any threats of sanctions or foreign military intervention in Syria that were implied in previous Western drafts.

Moscow had good reason to heartily welcome the SC statement.

Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev said the document was “in line with the proposals Russia has been advocating from the very beginning.”

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov explained what made consensus possible.

“I’m very glad that our [Security Council] colleagues have finally… abandoned ultimatums, threats and attempts to resolve [the Syrian crisis] by making demands to the government only.”

The Arab League has also backed away from “ultimatums”: its head Nabil al-Arabi said that the group is “unlikely” to call for Al Assad to step down at its current summit in Iraq.

Ground realities in Syria have vindicated Russia’s assumptions and proved the West wrong.

Three realities

First, the Syrian regime has turned out to be much stronger than many expected, thanks in part to Russia’s and Iran’s military aid. Large sections of the Syrian population see Al Assad as their best guarantee against inter-confessional violence that may erupt if the ruling regime falls.

Second, the Syrian opposition has failed to unite and speak in one voice. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton admitted that she does not see in Syria “the elements of an opposition that is actually viable.”

Third, al-Qaeda-inspired Islamist groups have established a foothold in Syria raising the spectre of another Iraq.

The strategy of having armed opposition topple the Syrian regime with outside help failed and the West was forced to listen to Russia’s arguments and accept that Russia has a key role to play in settling the Syrian crisis. The initiative has passed to Moscow.

“I share the view that this is a big victory for Russian diplomacy,” said Vitaly Naumkin, head of the Russian Institute of Oriental Studies. “Even the U.S. is edging closer to the Russian stand.”

Russia has said all along that it is not defending the Syrian leaders, but upholding the principle of international law and the interests of regional stability. As far back as last August, Mr. Medvedev had urged Al Assad to “carry out urgent reforms, come to terms with the opposition, restore peace and create a modern state,” if he had wanted to stay in power.

“If he cannot do this, a sad fate awaits him,” the Russian leader had warned.

Last week Mr. Lavrov stated that the Syrian leadership had not only “responded incorrectly to the very first manifestations of the peaceful protests,” but was still “making a lot of mistakes” that are aggravating the crisis.

Mr. Lavrov made it clear that Moscow is not against Al Assad’s eventual departure, but this has to be the decision of Syrians themselves.

“I’m convinced that if a comprehensive dialogue is launched involving all members of the opposition and the government, then it should be possible to solve all questions within this framework, including the question of who would lead Syria during the transition period, the way it was done in Yemen.”

In Russia’s view this scenario of power transition for Syria is not equivalent to foreign-engineered forceful “regime change” advocated by the West.

The unanimous support in the U.N. Security Council for Mr. Annan’s plan focused on facilitating an intra-Syrian dialogue means that Russia’s approach has won the day.

Mahmoud Abbas Makes Empty Offer To Capitalize Upon Syria’s Misery and To Provoke Zionist Outrage

[As long as that shitty little Zionist enclave exists, NO PALESTINIANS RETURN.]

Mahmoud Abbas offers to take Palestinian refugees fleeing Syria war

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Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas. — Photo by AFP

RAMALLAH: The Palestinian president said he was ready to take in Palestinian refugees fleeing Syria’s civil war.    

Mahmoud Abbas said he had asked UN chief Ban Ki-moon to help in bringing the refugees to the Palestinian territories.

This could include the West Bank, where Abbas governs, or the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

The request was reported Wednesday by the official Wafa news agency. It follows an attack by Syrian warplanes against a Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus.

The statement said there are 450,000 Palestinian refugees living in 10 camps in Syria.

Abbas said the biggest camp, Yarmouk, ”has been through a difficult situation due to the escalating conflict in Syria”.

Any movement of refugees into the West Bank would need the consent of Israel. Israel’s Foreign Ministry had no comment.