Riled by a meeting between a US official and the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), which controls the Syrian town of Kobane, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has told Washington to choose between Turkey and, as he put it, the “terrorists.”
A delegation featuring Brett McGurk, the United States’ envoy to the coalition it leads against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), met the YPG over the last weekend in January. The YPG took full control of Kobane late last June, in what was a powerful symbol of Kurdish resistance. Continue reading »
And that is what they will get and what has been predicted a long time ago.
Why Americans Are Backing Trump and Sanders Over the Mainstream Candidates Backed By the Political Machines
We’ve previously noted that polls show that Americans are in a “pre-revolutionary” mood, that less than 1 in 5 Americans think that the government has the “consent of the governed”, that government corruption tops the list of Americans’ fears, and that 3 times as many Americans supported King George during the Revolutionary War than support our OWN Congress today.
You might assume that such statements are over-the-top … or that the results come from partisan pollsters.
United Kingdom — Let’s face it, we have all had those heart-stopping moments after hitting send when we realise we have made a mistake. *Personal disclosure, I once inquired about a new job and accidentally sent the email to my (then) current boss. Regardless of what our own internet or social media blunders have entailed, they pale into insignificance compared with a mighty indiscretion made recently by a U.K. Tory Councillor.
Conservative member of Portsmouth council, Scott Harris, wrote an email trying to persuade colleagues to join him in a smear campaign against local domestic violence services and women’s rights campaigners. Unfortunately for him, the private correspondence was mistakenly sent out — in a chain to the targets of his venom. Continue reading »
08/02/2016 – Southern Spain – ISIS Militants Arrested
Seven people have been arrested in Spain suspected of supplying arms and bomb making equipment to Islamic State and the al-Qaeda affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra organisations in Iraq and Syria. Four are Spanish nationals of Syrian, Jordanian and Moroccan origin; two others are Spanish residents from Syria and Morocco. Along with the men, police seized cash, electronics equipment and bomb-making materials disguised as humanitarian aid, the Daily Mail has reported.
The arrests bring the total number of alleged jihadists arrested in Spain since the beginning of 2015 to 82.
08/02/2016 – BUDAPEST, Hungary – Hungary applauds border controls
Hungary, the south-eastern European nation which reduced daily illegal migrant border crossings from 10,000 a day to just a couple of dozen by building a patrolled razorwire fence has congratulated Austria on making the first steps of securing their own border, reports Frankfurter Allgemeine.
Austria had been last year the strongest critic of Hungary’s border plan, with some government figures even comparing the Hungarian government to Nazis for taking efforts to protect their borders. Hungarian leader Viktor Orban was last week presented with a gift painting by the people of Bulgaria to congratulate him on his efforts to protect Europe from Muslim mass migration.
08/02/2016 – LINZ, Austria – Governor sends undercover police to deal with migrants
The governor of Upper Austria is deploying the state undercover police force to deal with what he described as a “small group of Moroccans” who he says are “fueling the rejection of all refugees” with their criminality.
The move is in response to the city train station having become a “danger zone” with fights every day and passengers going to and from trains routinely “molested”, reports Kronen Zeitung.
MOSCOW, Russia – ISIS Militants Arrested
Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) announced Monday that it had arrested seven members of an Islamic State terror cell who were allegedly planning major jihadist attacks on Moscow and St. Petersburg. Read more at Breitbart London.
08/02/2016 – BERLIN, Germany – Controversial asylum package may be impotent
The German government’s much-debated Asylum Package II, a raft of measures to give Berlin more control over the migrant crisis may fail to deliver because it has been poorly worded. One of the main measures set out is a temporary halt on the right to family reunion, in which asylum-seeker unaccompanied children can apply to have the German government fly their families over because of the human right to family life.
The enormous number of unaccompanied youths — which includes anyone under age of 18 — has led to an even greater number as relatives to the youths are shipped to Germany, prompting the change to get migrant numbers down for 2016. Yet the fact the majority of unaccompanied minors don’t register as asylum seekers and instead are given tolerated foreigner status means only 105 minors properly registered in 2015 would actually be affected by the change, reports Die Welt.
08/02/2016 – BAVARIA, Germany – Police investigating ‘refugee themed’ carnival float
Pictures of a a wood and cardboard mock-up of a Second World War vintage Tiger tank adorned with signs reading ‘Asylum defence’ and ‘Asylum Package III’ taken by police have been passed onto the office of the prosecutor after the float was featured in carnival parades this weekend.
Officers at the scene didn’t prevent the parade from going ahead because although they suspected the satirical float was possibly guilty of acting seditiously, they decided to respect the right of artistic freedom. One of the signs on the tank was a reference to the controversial ‘Asylum Package II’, a new package of government measures designed to give Germany greater control over their borders, but significantly delayed from its planned January implementation date.
08/02/2016 – MEININGEN, Germany – Police investigating migrant themed carnival float
Details of a mocked up wooden train carnival float which is thought to be making reference to the efficiency with which European railways have brought hundreds of thousands of migrants into the heart of the continent has been passed to the prosecutor for investigation.
The locomotive, which was aptly named the ‘Balkan Express’ and had written across the buffer bar “The Plague is Coming” was accompanied by dozens of carnival committee members dressed as grasshoppers. The prosecutor will decide whether the display was a hate speech, or if it comes under the category of carnival satire.
07/02/2016 – DONAUESCHINGEN, Germany – Police called to migrant centre brawl
Several patrol cars and attendant officers were called to a migrant centre after an Iraqi elder brother objected to his 15 year old sister being in “contact” with a 22 year old Syrian male at the same facility. Using typically euphemistic language the police report on the situation stated the officers arrived to find between 50 and 60 migrants engaged in “tumultuous debate” over the matter.
Through “courageous action” the officers calmed the “threatening” situation and took five into police custody.
“Russian and Syrian forces intensified their campaign on rebel-held areas around Aleppo that are still home to around 350,000 people and aid workers have said the city – Syria’s largest before the war – could soon fall.”
Can you spot what’s wrong with that quote, from a Reuters piece out today? Here’s the problem: “could soon fall” implies that Aleppo is on the verge of succumbing to enemy forces. It’s not. It’s already in enemy hands and has been for quite some time. What Reuters should have said is this: “…could soon be liberated.” Continue reading »
Last Thursday when we recounted the story of how Venezuela is now literally flying in paper money (using three dozen cargo Boeing 747s), we wrote that “Venezuela’s hyperinflation, already tentatively estimated at 720%, will likely add on a few (hundred) zeroes by this time next year. It is also quite likely that Venezuela the country, as we know it now, will no longer exist because once any nation is swept up in hyperinflationary rapids two things occur like clockwork: social uprisings and political coups.
But before it gets there, Venezuela’s president Maduro will be busy liquidating the nation’s roughly $12 billion in gold reserves, which his late predecessor fought hard in 2011 to repatriate back to Caracas. Sadly that gold was never meant to stay in Venezuela after all.“
And sure enough, just a day later, Reuters writes that Venezuela’s central bank has begun negotiations with the suddenly troubled Deutsche Bank to carry out gold swaps “to improve the liquidity of its foreign reserves as it faces heavy debt payments this year”, payments which it won’t be able to fund unless it manages to “liquify” its gold. Continue reading »
Iran enjoys trolling the United States. In fact, it’s something of hobby for the Ayatollah, who has maintained the country’s semi-official “death to America” slogan even as President Rouhani plays good cop with Obama and Kerry.
The ink was barely dry on the nuclear accord when Tehran test-fired a next-gen surface-to-surface ballistic missile with the range to hit archrival Israel, a move that most certainly violated the spirit of the deal if not the letter. Two months later, the IRGC conducted live rocket drills in close proximity to an American aircraft carrier and then, on the eve of President Obama’s final state-of-the-union address, Iran essentially kidnapped 10 American sailors in what amounted to a truly epic publicity stunt. Continue reading »
Now that Rand Paul is out of the race for the White House, Politico’s Eliza Collins reports that his father Ron Paul, who ran in 2008 and 2012, isn’t impressed by Ted Cruz’s attempts to pick up the “free market” libertarian banner.
“You take a guy like Cruz, people are liking the Cruz — they think he’s for the free market, and [in reality] he’s owned by Goldman Sachs. I mean, he and Hillary have more in common than we would have with either Cruz or Trump or any of them so I just don’t think there is much picking,” Paul said of the Texas senator on Fox Business’ “Varney & Company” on Friday.
In its endorsement of Hillary, the New York Times editorial board did such a sloppy job I can’t help but think it may have done permanent damage to its brand. Upon reading it, my initial conclusion was that the editorial board was either suffering from Stockholm syndrome or merely concerned about losing advertising revenues should they endorse Sanders. Then I thought some more and I realized my initial conclusions were wrong. Something else is going on here, something far more subtle, subconscious and illuminating. The New York Times is defending the establishment candidate simply because the New York Times is the establishment. Continue reading »
A Russian deputy has warned Saudi Arabia that any military ground operation in Syria without the Damascus government’s consent amounts to a declaration of war.
“Syria has to give official consent, to invite, otherwise it will be a war. The same applies to international law,” Pavel Krasheninnikov, the head of the State Duma committee, told Interfax on Friday. Continue reading »
This article was written for the Unz Review: http://www.unz.com/tsaker/week-seventeen-of-the-russian-intervention-in-syria-does-erdogan-want-war-with-russia/
The situation with Turkey is rapidly getting out of control: not only have the Turks conducted artillery strikes across the Syrian border, Turkey has refused to comply with its obligations under the Open Skies Treaty and refused to let a Russian surveillance aircraft overfly Turkey. The Russian military has now declared that it had detected signs of Turkish preparations for an invasion. The Turkish refusal to abide by the Open Skies Treaty is an extremely worrisome development, especially when combined with the Russian warnings about the preparation for an invasion of Syria, and the Russians are not mincing their words: Continue reading »
What is happening on the Turkish-Syrian border gives grounds to think that Turkey is preparing a military invasion in Syria, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said.
“We have good reasons to believe that Turkey is actively preparing for a military invasion of a sovereign state – the Syrian Arab Republic. We’re detecting more and more signs of Turkish armed forces being engaged in covert preparations for direct military actions in Syria,” Konashenkov told media. Continue reading »
The Republican debates have wrapped up in New Hampshire, with some formidable bickering, topped by poll leader Donald Trump’s comment that he would “bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding.”
Trump is also the person who recently in November said he does not care if torture doesn’t work, because “they deserve it anyway.”
On Saturday, he continued in the same vein. “I’ll tell you what, in the Middle East, we have people chopping the heads off Christians. We have people chopping the heads off many other people. We have things that we have never seen before, as a group… I would bring back waterboarding and I’d bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding.”
His opponent, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, went as far as saying he does not believe the notorious practice of simulated drowning to be torture. “It is enhanced interrogation… It does not meet the generally recognized definition of torture.” He later added, however: “I would not bring it back in any sort of widespread use.” Continue reading »
Presidents, Prime Ministers, Congressmen, Generals, Spooks, Soldiers and Police ADMIT to False Flag Terror
In the following instances, officials in the government which carried out the attack (or seriously proposed an attack) admit to it, either orally, in writing, or through photographs or videos:
(1) Japanese troops set off a small explosion on a train track in 1931, and falsely blamed it on China in order to justify an invasion of Manchuria. This is known as the “Mukden Incident” or the “Manchurian Incident”. The Tokyo International Military Tribunal found: “Several of the participators in the plan, including Hashimoto [a high-ranking Japanese army officer], have on various occasions admitted their part in the plot and have stated that the object of the ‘Incident’ was to afford an excuse for the occupation of Manchuria by the Kwantung Army ….” And see this. Continue reading »
… because he did not have sex for 4 months.
… enjoys himself afterwards at the diving board as if nothing happened.
Original article in German:
Because he did not have sex for 4 months
Epoch Times, Saturday, February 6, 2016 15:15
A 20-year-old Iraqi refugee assaulted in a Vienna indoor pool on a ten year old boy. After the fact, he amused himself, as if nothing had happened, the springboard. After the weeping boy had informed the lifeguard, the police was informed that arrested the perpetrators still in the bathroom.
The act took place on 2 December 2015 a Vienna indoor swimming pool in the district Meidling. The police were “out victim protection reasons” not yet gone public, explained the spokesman of the State Police, Thomas Keiblinger that delay. Continue reading »
Stealing Elections Is Easier Than You Can Imagine
Princeton University scientists showed how easy it is to steal elections by tampering with voting machines:
Here’s a summary: Continue reading »
Many have foreseen (20 or even 60+ years ago) a conflict between Greece and Turkey to be a precursor for WW3, with Russia totally destroying Turkey after Greece and Turkey are engaged in acts of war.
I haven’t commented on the Middle East in a while, but a lot has been going on. In particular, Turkey continues to concern me the most, as president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan appears increasingly unstable, paranoid and tyrannical. The latest example came last month, when his government went ahead and arrested academics merely for signing a petition. Here’s what we learned from the post, U.S. Ally Turkey Arrests Academics for the Crime of Signing a Peace Petition:
Hundreds of Turkish academics are waiting to find out whether they will be prosecuted or sacked for spreading “terrorist propaganda”, after they signed a petition calling for violence to end in Turkey’s southeast, where government forces have been fighting Kurdish separatists.
Turkey’s government has previously clamped down on scientists and students who question its policies, imprisoned scientists charged with terrorism offenses, and restricted the freedom of funding agencies and scientific academies. But the number of arrests and investigations makes the current episode one of the larger Turkish attacks on freedom of expression in recent years, prompting outrage among human-rights advocates. Continue reading »
Thirteen years ago my life changed forever.
Colin Powell, then US Secretary of State and the most credible person in George W. Bush’s cabinet, made the case for war in Iraq on February 5, 2003.
As a young military intelligence officer at the time, watching from a makeshift army base in Kuwait not far from the Iraq border.
Back then I was a true believer, trusting that the government was a force for good “making the world safe for democracy. . .”
But that night it all changed. Continue reading »