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January 08, 2016

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The greatest challenge for Putin

Posted by: nmb | Jan 8 2016 18:49 utc | 1

FARS news is reporting today that the US has deployed ground forces to control the Tishrin dam northeast of Aleppo province. FARS characterized this as the first deployment of American ground forces since the beginning of the Syrian conflict.

b, any idea what the Pentagon's rationale for this would be ?

Posted by: LZA | Jan 8 2016 19:11 utc | 2

Newly arrived refugees involved in Cologne assaults: German police

Posted by: Nick | Jan 8 2016 20:18 utc | 3


Federal Police: 22 asylum seekers among suspects of Cologne

(BERLIN) - The Federal Police has identified 32 suspects after the attacks in New Year's Eve at Cologne Central Station by Name from Friday night, including 22 asylum seekers. As a spokesman for the Interior Ministry in Berlin said, it concerns with the identified offenses mainly to injuries and thefts. Sexual offenses were not previously associated with the asylum seekers, it said. Suspects have not yet been well established in these cases.

Among the 32 suspects are known by name, according to federal police nine Algerian, Moroccan eight, five Iranian, four Syrian, an Iraqi, a Serbian, an American and three German nationals. The ministry spokesman stressed that it was merely the cases that fell within the purview of the Federal Police - so on the station premises and up to a distance of 30 meters on the forecourt.

Allegations that federal police had been understaffed in Cologne, the speaker rejected again. New Year's Eve are 67 officers of the Federal Police at Cologne Central Station was in operation - significantly more than on normal nights and even more than New Year's Eve a year earlier.

Cologne police chief sent into provisional retirement after NYE assaults

Posted by: Oui | Jan 8 2016 20:46 utc | 4

@2 Hopefully not to blow it up as feared by PavewayIV..

Posted by: Lozion | Jan 8 2016 21:12 utc | 5

remember the alam...

er, remember Libya?

you will soon

Posted by: john | Jan 8 2016 21:34 utc | 6


Newly arrived refugees involved in Cologne assaults: German police

It would be nice to check the source of your info.

On same subject,

Dusseldorf Residents Form Anti-immigrant Militia

After attacks on women committed in Cologne on New Year's eve the inhabitants of Düsseldorf decided to organize patrols to protect the cities from migrants, reported on Friday Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

For this purpose the activists created a group on Facebook, which, according to the publication, already has more than 3.3 thousand members. The description of the group noted that members must patrol the streets of Düsseldorf on weekends and during major events, to "show their presence" and make "the city safer for our women."

Meanwhile, local police is skeptical with regard to the activists. "The monopoly on power belongs to the state (...) Criminal prosecution is not a function of citizens", — said a spokesman for the Dusseldorf police.

"T-online" notes that at the moment the group on Facebook is made up of a large number of radicalized citizens, but this is not the first attempt by the right to pit the society against migrants.

After the riots in Cologne police received 170 complaints, 117 of them referred to cases of sexual violence. As reported by the representative of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Germany Tobias Plate, the identity of 32 rioters was established: 29 of them are migrants with a residence permit in Germany, 18 people have a refugee status.

Similar incidents have occurred on New Years in the German cities of Hamburg and Stuttgart. Violence and harassment by migrants was also experienced by women from the Swiss Zurich and Austrian Salzburg.

Either La Merkel et al made a strategic mistake with unintended consequences, or part of their unspoken plan was the rebirth of Nazism. Now the neo brown shirts are ready to defend the fatherland from filthy Muslims hell-bent on raping their women, and the German right/neo-nazis will justify their anti-immigration drive on the actions of a not-so few. If there was no plan to pit Germans against immigrants before La stupid Merkel allowed for Erdogan's blackmail to proceed, the results are the same as those of a well planned, socially engineered, purposely created and manipulated conflict.

Posted by: Lone Wolf | Jan 8 2016 21:36 utc | 7

@LW - see my response #4

Note found with sexist remarks translated from Arabic to German on persons near Central Station in Cologne

Posted by: Oui | Jan 8 2016 21:46 utc | 8


Note found with sexist remarks translated from Arabic to German on persons near Central Station in Cologne

I saw your response, we are on the same page with our concerns. The note is an image file and I couldn't get it translated. If you read German, mind to translate it for me, maybe others who are following the thread? Just the yeast of it is enough. Thanks.

Posted by: Lone Wolf | Jan 8 2016 22:34 utc | 9

The USA used to complain about Japan Inc. Of course now it's USA as Neolibraconia Inc. and it's business is war along all lines : military, economic, environmental, social ... Jack Rasmus has an excellent survey at Neoliberalism Raises Its Ugly Head in South America: Washington Targets Venezuela, Brazil and Argentina.

The war on the homefront seems won as far as Neolibraconia is concerned, at least the lock-up, see A Minimal Demand: Roll Back Incarceration to 1970 Levels, and here are pictures: animated and still.

That report from FARS seems worrisome indeed.

Our man b called Merkel's move for what it was before it was : After Creating Migration Flood Merkel Throws Up Emergency Dikes.

I'm still unconvinced that 1,000 rapists ran rampant in Cologne on New Years Eve. Where's Penelope and her fraud analysis when it seems most needed?

2016 will be the year when all this comes to a head. Perhaps Russia and the BRICS should preemptively repudiate their dollar denominated debts? It all seems to be going south at this particular point in time anyway.

Posted by: jfl | Jan 8 2016 23:08 utc | 10

Trying to follow nmb's link @1 without actually being shortened and sold myself led me to Pepe Escobar of 29 Dec

The lame duck Obama administration – whatever rhetorical and/or legalistic contortions – still sticks to the Cold War 2.0 script on Russia, duly prescribed by Obama mentor Dr. Zbigniew “Grand Chessboard” Brzezinski.

That follows a “tradition” Bill Blum, for instance, has extensively documented, as since the end of WWII Washington attempted to overthrow more than 50 governments – the absolute majority full democracies; dropped bombs on the civilian population of over 30 nations; attempted to assassinate over 50 foreign leaders; attempted to suppress nationalist movements in 20 nations; interfered on countless democratic elections; taught torture through manuals and “advisers”; and the list goes on.

The key front though is the Russian economy; sooner or later there’s got to be a purge of the Russian Central Bank and the Finance Ministry, but Putin will only act when he has surefire internal support, and that’s far from given.

The fight to the death in Moscow’s inner circles is really between the Eurasianists and the so-called Atlantic integrationists, a.k.a. the Western fifth column. The crux of the battle is arguably the Russian Central Bank and the Finance Ministry – where some key liberalcon monetarist players are remote-controlled by the usual suspects, the Masters of the Universe.

The same mechanism applies, geopolitically, to any side, in any latitude, which has linked its own fiat money to Western central banks. The Masters of the Universe always seek to exercise hegemony by manipulating usury and fiat money control.

So why President Putin does not fire the head of the Russian Central Bank, Elvira Nabiulina, and a great deal of his financial team - as they keep buying U.S. bonds and propping up the U.S. dollar instead of the ruble? What’s really being aggressed here if not Russian interests?

I agree with Pepe's last point (first point in the article's order). Push has come to shove along the financial axis.

Posted by: jfl | Jan 8 2016 23:45 utc | 11

CBS wants us to believe Assad has been deliberately starving the people of Malaya, which may or may not be true, but I think others here will immediately recall the sanctions on Iraq between 1991-2003 and Madeline Albright's assertion that the enormous human cost was "worth it."

Posted by: Jon Lester | Jan 8 2016 23:47 utc | 12

A very interesting video from TeleSur by Tariq Ali talks to Paul Murphy, a socialist member of the Irish Parliament, about Irish politics and the parties lining up in advance of elections in the next few months.

Posted by: Jack Smith | Jan 8 2016 23:58 utc | 13

@Nick | Jan 8, 2016 3:18:37 PM | 3

Did they find condoms and Viagra in their pockets?

Posted by: Neretva'43 | Jan 9 2016 0:24 utc | 14

On the Cologne attacks. A woman witness, Syrian by her accent, said on the BBC that she recognised Maghrebi accents in the attackers, with one from Aleppo, amongst others.

Disgusting as the event may be, I doubt that it is to be attributed to asylum-seekers. It's all been a field-day for the racists.

Posted by: Laguerre | Jan 9 2016 0:26 utc | 15

If there was no plan to pit Germans against immigrants....

No, there were no plan as such, no need to, it is deeply embedded into fiber of German soul just like in the US racial issue, or France. Google Thilo Sarrazin for example, or ex Nazi-Pope and his speech. Isn't Frau Merkel had announced that glorious liberal invention of multiculturalism is dead.

....before La stupid Merkel allowed for Erdogan's blackmail to proceed, the results are the same as those of a well planned, socially engineered, purposely created and manipulated conflict.

The Ottomans to blackmail the Teutons? The results are barbed wire fences and concrete walls from Turkey-Syria border to Austria or Germany. Americanization/Israelization of borders and travels of Europe is in full swing. That was perhaps real goal.

Posted by: Neretva'43 | Jan 9 2016 1:02 utc | 16

"A woman witness, Syrian by her accent, said on the BBC that she recognised Maghrebi accents in the attackers, with one from Aleppo."

An idiotic construct and sentence to say the least.

Really? Did they find a passport or ID?

Posted by: Neretva'43 | Jan 9 2016 1:11 utc | 17

Turkey closes its sea and air borders to Syrians, as they now need a visa. As it is dangerous and impossible to go by land to Turkey, the Syrians willing to leave Syria are left with only the unfriendly Jordan and Lebanon with no easy path to Europe unless they try to go by boat to Cyprus.
Turkey got 3 billions euros from the EU to do that.

Posted by: virgile | Jan 9 2016 1:23 utc | 18

Where the national government will regain control first: Mosul or Malheur Wildlife Refuge?

And where are our numerous American counter-insurgency experts? Total absense of useful or even useless advise -- and scant action by the government. Should there be a travel advisory for south-east Oregon and north-east Nevada? Should the government offer weapons and training to the local friendly tribes, Northern Paiute and local non-militant ranchers? Should we identify a moderate faction among the occupiers of the Wildlife Refuge? Or should we bomb until the sand glows (but what about the birds? and making a marsh glow may be hard; a note to Senator Cruz -- there are actually quite a few wetlands in Middle East). If we borrow ideas from Senator Rubio, we should do "whatever it takes", increasing support of Israel and sanctions on the usual suspects. But either I am reading wrong media, or the vast nation suddenly experiences a dearth of smart alecs.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Jan 9 2016 1:25 utc | 19

There were apparently only a couple of actual rapes

Guardian: About 100 complaints have now been made to police, two-thirds of which are linked to sexual assault, including two rapes. According to police and witnesses, the perpetrators were of north African and Arab appearance, although neither the identity nor origin of any of them has so far been established.

-- there was significant harassment, including firecrackers, and thefts ... the actual number of "attackers" (which is what they were in their harassment, groping, and purse/backpack thefts) may be exaggerated (or not) but -- and it's significant -- they have reports from over 100 victims and 18 "asylum seekers" in custody. That there were 18 or 31 up-to-no-good bad-apples in one train station raises questions of coordination ...

The Interior Ministry identified the 31 suspects as nine Algerians, eight Moroccans, four Syrians, five Iranians, an Iraqi, a Serb, an American and two Germans. Most of the crimes they were accused of involved theft and violence, said a ministry spokesman, Tobias Plate, but at least three acts were considered sexual assaults.

There is apparently secondary controversy (according to the BBC World Service) in that the reporting of this crime spree was spotty ... some feel there was a cover-up while others say that -- because of prior false-reports of immigrant/refugee violence -- there was an "abundance of caution"

The reports underscored the rising political risks for Ms. Merkel, who nevertheless still had a 58 percent approval rating in the latest polls. After a decade in office, she has effectively staked her career on integrating the newcomers and repeatedly refused to cap the influx of immigrants.

NYT (source of quotes above)

Note: I'm not finding indication of how much time these attacks occurred over (an hour, 2 hours, 3 hours?) ... but it appears there was a failure to recognize and promptly respond effectively ... (if at all)... the warning that women should use caution in going about their business after dark is being greeted as an example of the refugees changing German society/values.

Posted by: Susan Sunflower | Jan 9 2016 1:29 utc | 20

"Turkey got 3 billions euros from the EU to do that."

For what? for this:

Not for humanitarian needs no. In the age of globalization we have Americanization/Israelization of the borders. Trump must be proud of Turkey and EU. Flow of capital aka liberalization and privatization yes, but flow of people is no, no.

No doubt that fake terrorist attack in Paris and "manhunt" Belgium and Germany, than "rape" again in Germany and so on events are directly related to "The Refuge Question".

Posted by: Neretva'43 | Jan 9 2016 1:43 utc | 21

@Susan Sunflower | Jan 8, 2016 8:29:41 PM | 20

"There were apparently only a couple of actual rapes"

He, he, he I am relieved, oh dear...did they take DNA, found sperm? Did attackers use drugs?

Posted by: Neretva'43 | Jan 9 2016 1:51 utc | 22

For those who love Abby Martin RT Breaking the Set. Just release today TeleSur

The Empire Files: The Most Dangerous Year for Muslims in America


Abby Martin interviews Dr. Deepa Kumar, professor of media studies at Rutgers University and author of *Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire*, about the roots of this alarming situation. From confronting right-wing arguments, to examining the reality behind Donald Trump's proposed ban on Muslims, to how Islamophobia is a reinforcement and basis for the structures of Empire, the first Empire Files episode of 2016 gives essential context to the wave of anti-Muslim hate in America and beyond.

Posted by: Jack Smith | Jan 9 2016 2:15 utc | 23

You see, Sand Niggers do not "hate your way of life". To the contrary they are admiring you and they are eager to join you and together enjoy "your values". And now you are erecting barbed fences and concrete walls, phew. What would Jesus do and say?

Posted by: Neretva'43 | Jan 9 2016 2:16 utc | 24

@ 20 "There were apparently only a couple of actual rapes."

Only? Were you expecting more by any chance from people who have been given free accomodation, food and money to spend?

We must expect that among the immigrants there are radicalized Muslim males for whom non-Muslim women are tantamount to cattle or worse. Their prophet advocated the taking of sex slaves even within marriage. Non-believers or infidels who are male can be beheaded and their wives taken as "war booty" as stated again by the prophet. Whether these people can ever be properly assimilated into Western culture is highly unlikely. So let's get real about this. There have been a spate of court cases in Britain where mainly Pakistani gangs have used under-age, mainly white girls for the sex trade, and where they were abused, raped repeatedly and beaten. Police estimate at least 1400 young girls in one city (Rotherham) were subjected to horrifying abuse. Local councils, social workers and police knew about it for years were too afraid of raising tensions to do anything about it. The same ocurred in Holland and Sweden is now the rape capital of Europe.

Posted by: Lochearn | Jan 9 2016 2:29 utc | 25

Piotr Berman at 19 --

"moderate faction among the occupiers"

Not ROTF, but LMAO. Thanks, very droll.

N'43 at 25 --

I'm surprised that a Slav, a group condemned by some famous racialists as "sub-human" and treated as such, would speak in such terms.

Posted by: rufus magister | Jan 9 2016 2:34 utc | 26

@19 Piotr Berman
I understand that Oregon Security Dept. has now authorised the training and equipping of several moderate Texan militia to deal with the Christian Extremist Insurgency. Nevada State security department expressed concern at the Oregonian strategy, after several Californian moderate forces went rogue after a deal between the states went awry, the West Coast Insurgency taking with them donated vehicles that have now been seen on social media patrolling the Malhuer Wildlife Refuge. Hawaiian Island Security have placed 3 of the Islands on Orange alert, due to the high concentration National Parks and a recent sharp rise in Christian Fundamentalist activity across the islands at around 6pm on Sundays.

Posted by: MadMax2 | Jan 9 2016 2:40 utc | 27

I have seen no characterization of the motley crew of attackers ... while 18 are classed as asylum seekers, another 13 are not (the numbers are still evolving) ...
My "guess" is that this was an instance of "wilding", likely related to New Years Eve celebrations, and coordinated on social media ... be there or be square ...
Similar "wilding" sexual harassment (and some rapes) occurred in the free-wheeling atmosphere of Tahrir Square in Cairo ... insufficiently modest women may be attacked in much of the world, Muslim or not.

There have been rising problems in some of the housing facilities but I haven't been keeping up much ... shots were fired at one last week... I don't know the basis of grievances or even how/if they might relate to bad New Years Eve behavior.

Some of those attacked said their attackers appeared to have no European language skills-- No German, No French, No English ... time will tell if there was networking and/or instigated by whom. Could there have been an agent provocateur, a pied piper ... time will tell.

The hottest issue currently, as far as I can tell, is the accusation that the German government attempted a COVERUP and tried to minimize whatever happened.

Posted by: Susan Sunflower | Jan 9 2016 2:42 utc | 28

Neretva'43 | Jan 8, 2016 9:16:21 PM | 25

What would Jesus do and say?

Jesus will tell you to get off your high horse and shut up.

For the mouth speaks what the heart is full off.

Luke 6:45

Posted by: Lone Wolf | Jan 9 2016 2:43 utc | 29

Apparently there is some evidence of similarly coordinated New Years "wilding" in Helsinki and Hamburg ...

Witness reports of leaders in the crowd giving instructions and coordinating attackers ...
(interestingly, none of the asylum seekers have been implicated in sex crimes)

Posted by: Susan Sunflower | Jan 9 2016 2:52 utc | 30

From the Borderlands of Banderastan. Politics in Kiev continues to fragment.

Former Pravyi Sektor honcho Dmytro Yarosh began forming his own party, with an eye towards running for the Ukrainian presidency. You may recall he resigned in the fall, citing policy differences with the rest of the leadership.

According to the account at Fort Russ, it will hold a founding conference in February. Using the regional leadership of his hometown and base of Dnepropetrovsk, Yarosh gathered about 40 assorted PravSek moderates there and solidified his plans. The intent is to put some distance between himself and Pravyi Sektor, as it is "entrenched in bad repute, being accused of excessive radicalism, links with criminal circles, participating in robberies, looting, and such."

According to Unian, Yarosh said he wants to create not a narrow movement but a "national, patriotic one in order to unite all patriots of Ukraine. Without [the] radicalism typical of peripheral social groups and without liberal empty rhetoric." But he adds that new party will "not abandon the revolutionary path but we categorically reject pseudo-revolutionary activity that threatens the existence of Ukraine as a state and stains the reputation of the patriots."

And what national-patriotic movement is complete without its own private army? Two battalions of volunteers and a medical unit are coming along with the new movement. Yarosh says that while it will oppose the present government, it is also against bloddy, "doomed-to-failure revolts against it as an option." The forces, he says, will continue to "fight at the front line against the foreign aggressor."

Would a "guaranteed to succeed revolt" be a possibility, perhaps?

Kolomoisky, an extent rival to Poroshenko and his circle of Kiev oligarchs, is also based in Dnepropetrovsk and the two figures were earlier linked when Kolomoisky was removed as governor of the region.

The Crimean Tartars who, along with Pravyi Sektor are blockading the peninsula, intend on being the vanguard of the liberation of the Crimea. The Tartar leader, Islyamov, believes that the return of the area to the Russian Federation will prove toxic and "break the country up into components...."

The Kyiv Post reports him as saying that "When the Crimea is returned to Ukraine, said Ilyamov, it will be Crimean Tatar 'like it was before' and not 'pseudo-Russian, pseudo-Ukrainian, pseudo-Tatar.'" Maybe we should make it Greek, like it was before?

Interestingly, Kyiv Post goes on to note criticism by human rights activists as criticizing the blockade, as well as polling and its earlier reportage showing that the blockade has worsened the region's opinion of Kiev.

Posted by: rufus magister | Jan 9 2016 2:59 utc | 31

The White Man in millennial quest and search for "security", that is separation from the Heathens, discover its ideal model - 3 meter wall and fences. In that research the White Man discover the two materials of utmost importance of its security: concrete and razor wire. High voltage razor wire was favorite of a Nazis. Real implementation of the total security has occurred at US-Mexican border. No wanting to be late, the trend is followed by Zionist Settler State and these days by Europe. The latest development coming from high tech sector cameras, control towers, drones, blimps. Inevitably we can find also humans with dogs.

Let see:

Austria to build border fence, angering Germany and threatening Schengen zone

Hungary says a border fence with Romania and Serbia

Macedonia builds fence on Greek border to control refugees

Bulgaria is going to build a wall to stop refuge

Worried Slovenia might build fence to cope with migrant crisis

Croatia mulls building wall to stop refugees

Turkey to build 500-mile wall on Syria border

Greece follows U.S. example by building giant border wall to keep out illegal immigrants

Spain builds steel wall to keep out immigrants

Morocco building wall to halt tide of illegal immigration into Europe

Azerbaijan building walls along Armenian border

Tunisia to build 'anti-terror' wall on Libya border

Posted by: Neretva'43 | Jan 9 2016 3:03 utc | 32

um.. o////o

Posted by: neretva'43 | Jan 9 2016 3:07 utc | 33

@Lone Wolf | Jan 8, 2016 9:43:56 PM | 30

um.. o////o, White Man in angry. Not

Posted by: Neretva'43 | Jan 9 2016 3:10 utc | 34

From the bloody pages of IS crimes, one more.

ISIS Militant Executes His Own Mother

The killing was reportedly carried out in the Syrian town of Raqqa

An Islamic State militant carried out a public "execution" of his mother because she asked him to leave the group, activists say.

Ali Saqr, 21, killed his mother, Lena al-Qasem, 45, outside the post office in Raqqa, Syria, eyewitnesses said.

Raqqa has served as IS' de facto capital since the group captured the city in August 2013.

IS does not tolerate any dissent and imposes brutal punishments, often carried out in public.

The UK-based monitoring group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) and the activist group "Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently" reported the incident.

Lena al-Qasem had reportedly told her son that the US-led military alliance fighting IS would "wipe out" the group, and tried to convince him to leave the city with her.

Her son is then said to have informed the group of her
comment, and they ordered her killing.

Ali Saqr is reported to have shot her outside the post office where she worked, in front of hundreds of people.

IS, a jihadist group which follows its own extreme version of Sunni Islam, took over large parts of Iraq and Syria in 2014.

Since then the group has killed more than 2,000 people for reasons including homosexuality, and for the alleged practice of magic and apostasy, according to the SOHR.

Posted by: Lone Wolf | Jan 9 2016 3:16 utc | 35

@Lone Wolf | Jan 8, 2016 10:16:29 PM | 36

That's terrible, isn't it? To kill own mother?! I'm speechless.

The SOHR is precious source of information, even BBC take "news" from them.

You are OK now?

Posted by: Neretva'43 | Jan 9 2016 3:29 utc | 36

Hey Lone Wolf

This is it, thank you. I have my Eureka moment.

This is exactly why the White Man need border walls and razor fences.

But they might be some "sleeper cells" and "organically grown" tevovists.

Search for an Absolute Security is continuing.

Prevention is key. We need Another Brick in the Wall.

Posted by: Neretva'43 | Jan 9 2016 3:41 utc | 37

Preemptive Strike, Preemptive Wall, potayto, potahto... #FeelTheFear

Posted by: MadMax2 | Jan 9 2016 3:52 utc | 38

“Europe runs the risk of turning black from illegal immigration, it could turn into Africa. […] We need support from the European Union to stop this army trying to get across from Libya, which is their entry point. […] At the moment there is a dangerous level of immigration from Africa into Europe and we don’t know what will happen. […] What will be the reaction of the white Christian Europeans to this mass of hungry, uneducated Africans? […] We don’t know if Europe will remain an advanced and cohesive continent or if it will be destroyed by this barbarian invasion. We have to imagine that this could happen but before it does we need to work together.”


It was known that he supported and protected "uneducated Africans". He was desperate and trying to save own life from "white Christian Europeans". In vain. Now when stop and think about everything one should ask are WCE sane? What's wrong with them?

Reading Edward Said will help. Are WCE constructed as “rational, peaceful, liberal, logical” (E.S.) as they claim to be? Given their arrogance and hubris they will not relent and admit failure. They will turn printing preses on and provide unlimited amount of money needed to build the walls.

Posted by: Neretva'43 | Jan 9 2016 4:03 utc | 39

Yes, Thank you MadMax2

You've forgotten Smart Sanction. It should come first, to starve them to death or sick of disease (no medicine whatsoever) and than to Shocked and Awed that bastard.

Posted by: Neretva'43 | Jan 9 2016 4:12 utc | 40

@33 Neretva
Don't forget to add Australia to you list of infamy...the wild colonial boys are writing the modern textbook on how to use a liquid fence. The offshore island 'processing centres' are akin to concentration camps...the horror of indefinitely living with your rapist indefinitely while you are denied an abortion caused by said rape...people sewing their mouths shut in protest... Only half a year a ago the latest in a series of dirty tricks by the Aussie Guvna... Oh yes...a redneck paradise... Good onya mates...

Australia has hit 'new low' amid claims of payment to people smugglers

Indonesia lashes out at Canberra, where prime minister Tony Abbott has not denied claims that the navy paid traffickers $5,000 to turn back

Tony Abbott refuses to rule out paying people smugglers

Posted by: MadMax2 | Jan 9 2016 4:34 utc | 41

LZA@2 - I think FARS just got the details messed up.

All these recent "U.S. troops at Tishrin Dam" are all sourced from the same nebulous, unnamed Syrian Local Coordination Council (LCC) spokespeople - basically opposition-friendly local media activists. They were also the source for the reports of 50 or so U.S. troops in Kobane at the end of November. They LCC sources have all the credibility of "...some local who doesn't work for the government told us some stuff before that apparently wasn't an outright lie... So there is probably some truth in the statement that someone saw a few U.S. troops in Tishrin, but those soldiers were probably not "holding the dam" or whatever.

The 50 SOCOM guys Obama said were going to be in Syria would, IMHO, most likely be from one of two general groups: 5th Special Forces Group from the now-defunct train-and-equip program doing training and equipping for the SDF; or Joint Tactical Air Controller (or Combat Controller) teams to coordinate airstrikes and airdrops.

Curious timing as the current CENTCOM commander Gen. Austin is probably going to be replaced very shortly by Gen. Votel, the current SOCOM commander. I would have to think that Votel would be disinclined to continue anything like the over-politicized, under-thought, failed T&E program no matter how much money they wanted to throw at it. I honestly wonder if Austin was even a fan of it before it costed him is career. Not that I feel sorry for him - he still owes me $500 million because he followed an unconstitutional order.

The Army SF trainers/advisors and AF JTACs are best employed in situations like the current SDF offensives (or QSD or whatever they're called this week). It makes sense that they would be at the Tishrin Dam because ISIS is sort of unhappy about losing that supply route and has launched a number of assaults trying to cut off the forces west of the dam and ultimately retake it (or blow it). The SDF, by itself, is hardly capable of fending off ISIS. All their advances have been under intense U.S. air support, and they are dependent on it to hold Tishrin or anything else west of the Euphrates.

The recent ISIS assaults west of Tishrin were timed with cloudy, rainy weather earlier this week. They will stop this weekend as the weather clears, and resume when the next few days of cloudy weather move in. The weather doesn't affect an air-dropped GPS-guided bomb's accuracy, but it makes intel-gathering and identifying targets - either with drones or JTACs - difficult. ISIS knows that and uses it to their advantage whenever possible.

If the SDF has over-extended themselves on the west side of the Euphrates towards Manjib, they could very well be cut off by ISIS if the weather doesn't cooperate. Obama and now Gen. Votel will have a difficult time explaining an ISIS videos of some poor SF or JTACs beheading to the U.S. public if this doesn't work out. For what it's worth, the Pentagon says nothing about the 50 SF guys at all, and insisted (yesterday) that the SDF was no further than the hills adjacent to the Euphrates on the west side of Tishrin to prevent mortar attacks.

Since everyone is lying about everything in Syria all the time now, I'm not even sure if there's still a war going on there.

Posted by: PavewayIV | Jan 9 2016 5:29 utc | 42

Well, last year Putin spent Christmas Eve (Old Calendar) at the village church in which he was baptized as a baby, and this year at the village church where his parents were baptized. The choir and young readers sounded lovely.

Posted by: juliania | Jan 9 2016 5:43 utc | 43

When I first drilled down into the news reports on events outside Cologne Hauptbahnhof it quickly became apparent that most of the assaults were of the type that women have been forced to endure on crowded public transport since well before 'foreigners' arrived in Europe.
Serial butt-pinching which is painful and humiliating has been an assault perpetrated on women in Europe ever since the railways were built. The same goes for the breast squeezing and groping which was also much in evidence on New Years eve.

The story reeks of beat up aimed at refugees and couched in the same racist terms as media has run stories on migrants since the mid 19th century rise of mass media.
I'm sure if someone bothered to put in the hard yards of research they would find similar articles on german migrants to amerika when they began arriving in NY en masse.

It is vital to separate the people who are being fucked over by the Syrian conflict from the sociopathic assholes stirring up trouble.
I know I've posted this before but many people seem to be unaware or uncaring of the fact that a great many of the people fleeing Syria are the descendants of Palestinians driven outta their country by Zionist terrorists from 1948 onwards.
These 3rd generation victims of greed and avarice have never had a country to call home, since the closure of the UNESCO programs which educated them in Syrian refugee camps combined with their treatment by assorted Syrian armed gangs, the bulk of stateless Palestinians have left Syria.
They know that amerikan pressure on the UN now means that their children will never receive a worthwhile education so their only hope is to get out especially given the PLO is likely to treat the 'right of return' as a bargaining chip the next time they are given the opportunity to kiss Zionist butt.

I dunno how things are across the planet where MoA readers live, but I've yet to witness a public New Year's celebration in any large metropolis, that a woman could safely attend solo.

A great deal of alcohol is consumed at these things and that of itself indicates that few of the attendees are likely to be the type of Mid-Eastern male most despised in Europe.

Instead of scapegoating refugees Germans would be wise to consider the host culture of Western Europe where sexual harassment is considered 'sport' and rape far too commonplace regardless of the perpetrators' origin.

Posted by: Debs is dead | Jan 9 2016 6:14 utc | 44

Wow, the bastion of bleeding-heart libertarian-ism, Indonesia, lashes out at Canberra.

This conflating of national identity and national interest with White Man and Nazis, sounds a lot like support for the New World Order.

If you are an Australian, Mad Max II, then it sounds like you don't get out very often. The demographics of larger cities (Sydney) can no longer be characterized as "White". But don't worry, with the help of the Left, bad (Catholic) Tony Abbott has already been supplanted by Goldman Sachs man-about-town.

Posted by: DM | Jan 9 2016 6:16 utc | 45

jfl @ 10, "I'm still unconvinced that 1,000 rapists ran rampant in Cologne on New Years Eve. Where's Penelope and her fraud analysis when it seems most needed?"

I've given up on you guys, jfl. You're convinced there are no conspiracies except about Russia and Syria. You're all convinced the media tells you the truth otherwise.

I'm not following the rape story; all I know is that I saw the following in October and dismissed it as anti-Muslim garbage. It makes me uncomfortable in the same way that racism makes me uncomfortable. Nasty, dirty writing.!
“As Muslim men immigrated to Sweden, they brought with them an Islamic culture sanctioning rape. It is a culture bad enough inherently in the treatment of its own women. Under sharia, Muslim women serve little more purpose beyond catering to their husbands’ sexual demands. A non-submissive wife runs the risk of being raped by her husband.”

“But under sharia, this rape culture also impacts upon Swedish women as they are “infidels” and, as such, are — according to Allah’s teachings — sanctioned targets for rape by Muslim men. Such an Islamic belief system has born witness to a drastic increase in rapes in Sweden — more than a thousand fold — since first opening its doors to Muslim immigration.

I personally don't believe it, but I haven't looked into it either.

Posted by: Penelope | Jan 9 2016 6:20 utc | 46
Scroll down to comment riff by Radical Marijuana, then follow this crazy deep thinker.
Subscribe. As soon as you read this guy, you'll realize he's better than sellout Tiabbi.

The rest is war pron dancers and oil mist in the wind, a Javanese shadow morality play.
Why waste your time? Nobody from CIA:State or Mossad:ISIS will ever visit your kitchen.

Posted by: Chipnik | Jan 9 2016 6:26 utc | 47

Links to official claims of no U.S. troops at Tishrin:

SDF from K24 on Friday:

No US troops in Syrian Kurdistan

The DoD has not yet been asked about U.S. troops at Tishrin (Tishreen) by reporters in the daily press briefings, but the FARS news is relatively new so I would expect a question/denial in the next few days. That's assuming any actual journalists stumble in there by mistake. The most recent mention of Tishreen was in the DoD's Wednesday briefing:

Department of Defense Press Briefing by Col. Warren via teleconference from Baghdad, Iraq
Press Operations

Colonel Steve Warren, Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman, January 6, 2016

Q: According to some reporters, the Kurdish and the Syrian Democratic Forces crossed the -- Euphrates River -- which has been objected by Turkey. Does that indicate a military campaign to take control of -- (inaudible) -- border area?

COL. WARREN: The SDF crossed the Euphrates River -- (inaudible). So, yeah, the Syrian Democratic Forces have, you know, seized the -- (inaudible) -- dam. And they have established a perimeter on the west side of that dam deep enough, far enough west to prevent enemy mortar fire, and that's it. This is something that has been worked out.

So, that -- that's the status on that. So the SDF does have the Tishreen dam, which as you know is a, you know, a dam -- that dams the Euphrates. And they seized the entire dam from east to west, and enough of territory on the west side to prevent enemy mortar fire from coming in. And that's it.

The Pentagon does not seem to agree with the recent situation maps that show the SDF forces far beyond any kind of west bank perimeter, so it's anyone's guess what's really happening there. In the DoD's Wednesday briefing, the SDF on the west side of the Euphrates were described as one of the allied Arab militias (= no Kurds west of Euphrates, I guess...).

There was also this blurb in Daesh Daily on Thursday(DaeshDaily About):

Five maintenance crews are beginning work on the Tishrin Dam, which is in desperate need of work after being held by Daesh. There are conflicting reports as to the role of American troops in securing the dam while work is done. The Local Coordination Committees have said that US Special Forces are deployed on the dam–leading several news outlets to report that the US had made its “first ground deployment” in the Syrian conflict—while the SDF denied that US forces were present on the dam. [BasNews] [ARA] [Welati] [Hawar] [Arabi21] [IslamMemo]

Posted by: PavewayIV | Jan 9 2016 6:59 utc | 48

nmb, jfl, anyone following Pepe's article re necessity for Putin to escape the IMF/Fed system.

I can't imagine why Pepe wd think Putin wants to escape. Nabuillina is a protege of his, was his econ adviser, was helping to interview possible cadidates for Central Bank head when Putin hired her instead; she's not really qualified. He could have had several different economists who want more independent policies. Others speculated at the time that because she is known to be close to Putin, she wd have more authority. She and her policies have been highly criticized-- but not by Putin. Her policies are EXACTLY the Washington Consensus. One economist actually said that she had been given a Fed memo as to how to handle the devaluation crisis and had followed it to the letter.

She received an Annual Central Banker of the Year Award (or something like that) at an IMF/WTO dinner.

I've no idea where Pepe's coming from; he was among the worst cheerleaders for the BRICS banking institutions and the AIIB, all dollar-denominated. Using IMF/WTO personnel too.

When Malaysia & a group tried to get clear of the IMF/Fed system Russia didn't join them. When Latin America tried, ditto.

In Putin's defense, he CANNOT fire Nabuillina. (Maybe Pepe's just ignorant.) That nice constitution that the US wrote for Russia in the 90s writes the laws governing the Russian Central Bank (RCB) right into it. I don't know how many other countries are similarly shackled. Central banks are INDEPENDENT from govts (& therefore ruled by the international bankers.) N cannot be dismissed, nor can she be ordered to change her policies. The purpose of the whole Washington Consensus, monetarist IMF/Fed system is to prevent any other economies from emerging.

They made exceptions to the rules for China; obviously they WANTED China to develop; that's why they helped her by exporting jobs, investment and technology while allowing her monetary freedom to issue her own currency apart from any reference to export income or the dollar.

Starikov lays it all out for you here, spoon-feeds you the parts of the constitution pertaining to RCB, ways in which monetary laws prevent Russia's development, etc. Same stuff I've been saying forever: Countries labelled developing can issue their own currency only in an amount equal to their export income. So they have to give insane priority to exporting instead of serving the domestic needs. Also they have to borrow dollars, euros or pounds to meet their investment needs. That's why nations everywhere are in debt-slavery. Dollar as reserve currency is only a small part of it. Nothing will suffice except for nations to take back monetary and trade sovereignty. Putin has not even hinted at either. But we know he's a patriot, so maybe he's under compulsion.'s_freedom.pdf

Posted by: Penelope | Jan 9 2016 7:01 utc | 49

@49 Chipnik

So does it count that the CIA called me in 2004, ordered one of my products and told me not to bad mouth our then president on international phone calls?

Ok, a couple of links

Libya not a ground where to "flex muscles": Italian FM warns

Turkey to invite Egypt to Islamic summit in Istanbul

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jan 9 2016 7:14 utc | 50


Everytime I post here on MoA, my Android tablet software announces my (covered over) webcam 'can't read your eyes', and 'please run the system hardware check'.
I offer that syncopancy without comment. We all know we're monitored like koen, it's just a bit disconcerting it always flags after visit to MoA's soft hangout.

No matter, we'll shortly be dying by the billions:

Posted by: Chipnik | Jan 9 2016 7:33 utc | 51

So what do you make of it? A few Socom troops to hold the dam but official denial to not antagonise Turkey's no Kurds west of the Euphrates redline?

Posted by: Lozion | Jan 9 2016 8:27 utc | 52

I just finished listening to the audio book of David Talbot's The Devil's Chessboard. Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government. It was very good I think.

I'll spare you a full review, but the Dulles era has some very important and interesting similarities with our own (in fact, the ties are most certainly those first formed during the Dulles brothers tenure at State and CIA). Talbot doesn't delve deeply into these more recent aspects, but he does acknowledge them. And the similarities are quite clear. We find Dulles attempting to convince his superiors of the need and advantages of dealing with "moderate Nazis" like Reinhard Gehlen, so today there are personalities in our government following a policy of working with "moderate Islamists" and "moderate ultra-nationalists" to achieve our goals.

Initially I had heard that it was a Allen Dulles biography, and though there is a lot of detail about his personal life, his marriage, and even his kids, I would say it strays from what one might consider a "standard" biography and is more about Dulles and his times. For instance, there are a couple of chapters devoted just to the Kennedy Assassination, another on Oswald, and one on the "Generals' putsch" in France in '61. Perhaps someone looking for more focus on Dulles the man might be disappointed by this, but for someone like myself interested in the history and insights of era Dulles lived in. The era covered is approximately the 1930s through the 1969.

Talbot uses Dulles life as the base to build up the important (and to my mind misunderstood and misconstrued) stories in recent US history. That story is, of course, the following: despite the impression most Americans have of our country fighting the ultimate "good war" against universally despised enemies - that fact is that the ruling elite of the US was deeply split. A large portion of the US elite was sympathetic to the Nazis. Indeed, the pro-Nazi segment of the US elite had built up ties with Germany during the inter-war period. The bonds were economic, political and even ideological - indeed, these links were so important that likely Germany would not have been able to rearm itself without the help of these "patriotic" Americans (Talbot makes clear that in some cases this kinship was evident even during the war itself!).

And no one represents the fascist sympathizing segment of the US elite like Allen Dulles. And Talbot tracks this key figure's fascist ties as he rises in the US power structure from his early years as an OSS man wheeling and dealing with Nazi generals in Bern, Switzerland and on through Dulles' creation and/or support of fascist governments in Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa during the Cold War. Talbot covers the events surrounding Dulles life excellently. Especially moving was his chapter on Guatemala - the tragedy of the Arbenz family as a mirror of the tragedy of Guatemala is covered through the eyes of the grandson of Arbez. Talbot covers the horror stories of the results of America working closely with dictators like Trujillo, the Shah, Mobutu Sese Seko, and Batista (he misses Indonesia though, an operation that caused the death of 1,000,000 Indonesians). But of course, as an American, the most important question to Talbot is that of Dulles role in the Kennedy assassination. Talbot covers this topic well and makes a very good case for Dulles involvement - including revealing (from his day calendar) the fact that "fired" and "retired" from the CIA Allen Dulles, spent the weekend - from the time Kennedy was shot and killed Friday through the hours that Oswald was gunned down - at a CIA command facility in Virginia.

Posted by: guest77 | Jan 9 2016 8:28 utc | 53

Posted by: Penelope | Jan 9, 2016 1:20:07 AM | 48

In Cologne it was sexual harassment by groups of young men from North African descent. They most likely were loosely organized through social media and groped women and added verbal abuse. Totally unacceptable and Cologne's problem lies with the police force which did not react to the 911 calls and made a public statement on New Years Day that all went well. The police chief was rightly fired from his position. See my link to the Kölner Zeitung #4.

Of the first 31 offenders identified, just four were from Syrian descent. The Islamophobes instantly linked this news item to the hundreds of thousands fleeing Syria, which is obviously utter bs.

In previous years groups of youth, identified with Moroccan or Turkish parents, caused great trouble in swimming pools (sexual offences) as they do in the streets/suburbs with petty but quite irritating crimes of theft and harrassment.

In The Netherlands they also cause the rise in Likud statistics of anti-semitic incidents, next to the football hooligans when Amsterdam Ajax visits their town and chant anti-Jewish slogans. The Ajax fans carry the flag of Israel in their stadium.

Posted by: Oui | Jan 9 2016 8:39 utc | 54

I'm afraid the Czech president who blew it might be right: only the MB could coordinate something on that scale

Posted by: Mina | Jan 9 2016 8:50 utc | 55

oops, screwed that up.

Allen Dulles papers released by CIA to Princeton are now online
Posted on January 23, 2008 by Dan Linke

The Central Intelligence Agency has released to Princeton University some 7,800 documents covering the career of Allen W. Dulles, the agency’s longest-serving director, which now can be viewed online at

Dulles (1893-1969), a Princeton alumnus who headed the CIA from 1953 to 1961, was renowned for his role in shaping U.S. intelligence operations during the Cold War. Last March, the CIA released to Princeton a collection of letters, memoranda, reports and other papers — some still redacted — that the agency had removed from Dulles’ papers after his death and before their transfer to the University in 1974.

Posted by: guest77 | Jan 9 2016 9:08 utc | 57

Nice defence but show me any serious policy change Turnbull has made to distance himself from the Abbott regime. Its obvious he used Abbott to implement many unpopular changes, then, as per usual in Aussie politics...the back stab. Well played Goldman Sachs indeed. I cited the first article on the search...should have cited a Greens article, they're pretty vocal on the issue. Still, the redneck majority rule. Australia is awesome mate.

Hillary Emails Reveal True Motive for Libya Invasion – Two words, Gold Silver

TDC Note – You see, Hillary, it still matters, it will always matter and treason is a high crime with dire consequences.

by Brad Hoff, Foreign Policy Journal

Newly disclosed emails show that Libya’s plan to create a gold-backed currency to compete with the euro and dollar was a motive for NATO’s intervention.

Posted by: MadMax2 | Jan 9 2016 9:26 utc | 58

Link for above post 60 re: Shillary the Warhawk and friends destruction of a stable north African country, lifting the lid on sub saharan migration. Gaddafi was Europes friend you evil f*****g ****.

Posted by: MadMax2 | Jan 9 2016 9:31 utc | 59

re 17 Neretva

Really? Did they find a passport or ID?
You must have been drunk when you wrote that. Are you not interested in a piece of information you wouldn't have seen elsewhere? At least it was a genuine witness statement.

As DiD said, there's a large undercurrent of bigotry and racism going on here. They've arrested a load of Maghrebis and asylum seekers, but curiously enough no-one has been charged. Sounds like classic police behaviour: round up the immigrants. I doubt whether German police are much different from police anywhere else in the world.

Posted by: Laguerre | Jan 9 2016 10:27 utc | 60

Penelope @ 48

You might like to know that the way rape statistics are gathered and reported in Sweden is very different from how it's done in Australia and most other Western countries. In Australia, if a woman is raped by a man every day for a full calendar year, all those 365 or 366 incidents of rape are counted as one case. Should the woman and police press charges against the rapist, that case leads to one trial.

In Sweden, those incidents are counted as separate offences and should the woman try to press charges, she would have to press separate charges for each incident, each incident would lead to one trial and the court system there would have to deal with 365 or 366 rape trials whereas in Australia and most of the rest of the Western world, there'd only be one trial.

Likewise, in Australia if the woman was gang-raped by 30 men, that incident counts as one, whereas the Swedish woman gang-raped by 30 men would have to report 30 incidents to police.

Not only does the peculiar Swedish system of collecting rape statistics lead to Sweden being the Rape "Capital" of the World, it also discourages Swedish women from going ahead with pressing charges against serial rapists or people involved in gang-rape.

From Amnesty International, "Rape and Human Rights in the Nordic Countries" (2008), quoted on Wikipedia

"The Swedish mode of recording is sometimes referred to as 'extensive counting', since the crime statistics cover reported acts of rape. If a woman reports that she was subjected to several rapes by a group of men, or to repeated rapes on different occasions by one and the same man, each rape will be registered as a separate offence in the Swedish crime statistics. Furthermore, if a woman is subjected to repeated rapes during the same day by the same perpetrator, this may be registered as one or several crimes, depending on whether it is possible to distinguish each separate act."

Posted by: Jen | Jan 9 2016 10:30 utc | 61

Can't disagree with this message from the Iranian Foreign Minister..
“Saudi Arabia can either continue supporting extremist terrorists and promoting sectarian hatred, or it can opt for good neighborliness and play a constructive role in promoting regional stability, however; Iran hopes that Saudi Arabia will be persuaded to heed the call of reason,”

Zarif said that there are indications that some in Saudi Arabia are on a mission to drag the entire region to conflict; fearing that removal of the smokescreen of the manufactured Iranian nuclear threat would expose the real global threat posed by extremists and their sponsors, according to IRNA.

The Iranian foreign minister recalled that those involved in extremist carnage and most members of Al-Qaeda, the Taliban, ISIL and Al-Nusra Front being either Saudi nationals, or otherwise brainwashed by petro-financed demagogues, who have promoted an anti-Islamic message of hatred, exclusion and sectarianism across the globe for decades.

Posted by: harry law | Jan 9 2016 11:22 utc | 62

What happened in Cologne was similar to what happened in Egypt in 2011. The phenomenon is so frequent that the Muslims have a word for it: el-Taharush el-Gensi, sexual harassment in groups.

Posted by: Nick | Jan 9 2016 11:25 utc | 63

Obama seeks Silicon Valley aid to spy on social media

During the tech summit, the White House delegation circulated proposals calling for tech firms to develop tools to “measure radicalization” levels among different populations ... the White House announced new programs against “violent extremism” in the United States, including the establishment of a new Countering Violent Extremism task force ... [which] ... will seek to “integrate and harmonize” the operations of “dozens of federal and local agencies,” ... [which] ... will “coordinate all of the government’s domestic counter-radicalization efforts,” ... The State Department will also create a new Global Engagement Center to coordinate US government social media work internationally, a White House statement said.

New spy programs launched by the administration will seek to collect and analyze data from social media networks and develop covert operations that allow the government to use the networks for its own counter-radicalization schemes, the US officials said.

Media reports this week highlighted one recent contribution, ludicrously titled “ISIS in America: From Retweets to Raqqa,” published in December 2015 by George Washington University’s “Program on Extremism.”

The events of the past decade-and-a-half have made clear that the entire corporate and political establishment favors an agenda of police-state spying on the American population.

He'll get it, too. Google, Facebook, the whole parasitic silicon valley culture is on board since the passage of the omnibus budget act in the last dark days of December 2015, bearing DIVISION N—CYBERSECURITY ACT OF 2015 within. The NSA has been privatized. All American insitutions are now dedicated to our destruction.

I have an email account at How much longer can it be before a similar effort is mounted outside the USA to take over the search function and social media on the internet? If it's 'free' - you're the product.

This should write the end to American technical dominance of the internet. I hope it will. American based TNCs, operating under American 'law', now working hand-in-glove with the American government simply cannot be trusted.

And they wrote the law that granted them immunity for betraying their 'cutomers and supported it. They're on board for our betrayal and destruction. Always have been.

Posted by: jfl | Jan 9 2016 12:25 utc | 64

Those with better memory will remember when NATO intervene in Kosovo. When Kosovars start to pouring in EU its "rapid reaction cultural mechanism" set in motion. Suddenly Kosovo Albanians were involved in prostitution, there were "drug dealers", weapon merchant, they "raped our woman", "sudden" hike of crime rate were attributed to them. What not, everything imaginable that was Kosovo Albanians, nation of less than 2 million. Talented folks.

Take for example this BS from fascist's paper the Guardian. One can find all elements of a propaganda. It was written, by purpose, to confuse its readers, crammed with fictitious events and none evidence. And there is "obtained by the German newspaper Bild". None other than Bild. Fascist Bild. If one wish to read text like those they are posted all the time at or Daniel Pipes the the like. But there is time when folks like them became mainstream.

Main purpose of this and similar texts is to Appeal to Emotion. In order the lie to be believable, which is not that hard when it comes to the WCE, there must be the Native Informant there to tell story from first hand. The WCE is not racist, no way, there is even Tunisian-German who saw whole situation who were there,

“Clients I’ve spoken to who were there at the station to peacefully see in the new year say that there were also Albanian, Kurds, Montenegrins, Syrians and Iraqis involved in the tumult,” said Mehdi Labidi, a Tunisian-German."
"Their" evilness and disrespect for local regulation is the norm as Frau Merkel said “to send a clear signal to people who do not want to stick to our legal framework”. That's right.

"Evidence has emerged that similar attacks had taken place in seven other German cities. After Cologne, Hamburg appears to have been the worst affected."

"Finnish police reported an unusually high level of sexual harassment in Helsinki on New Year’s Eve and said they had been tipped off about plans by groups of asylum seekers to sexually harass women."

"Swedish police said at least 15 young women had reported being groped by groups of men on New Year’s Eve in the city of Kalmar."

There are very well organized and coordinated. They communicate by using cell phone, just like in Paris.

Posted by: Neretva'43 | Jan 9 2016 12:38 utc | 65

@55 guest

For those who prefer to read rather than listen the book is available from General Library : gen dot lib dot rus dot ec.

Just cut and paste the title - The Devil's Chessboard. Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government - from your post.

Posted by: jfl | Jan 9 2016 12:55 utc | 66

The propaganda is full speed, and they have enough zombies to act when and where they need it. Yesterday French MSM were all on the guy who killed his mother for IS, and the French women who joined IS and taught their kids to play football with human heads (I doubt it works).

Posted by: Mina | Jan 9 2016 12:58 utc | 67

and here is someone with whose name is Gaby Hinsliff with its piece and point of view

she is "liberal" got that, her text is "balanced" and "courageous" not afraid to "ask question". Therefore she is real Liberal.

What a garbage the Guardian is and its presstitute.

any "condom and viagra pill" found?

Posted by: Neretva'43 | Jan 9 2016 12:59 utc | 68

post 67, typical and orthodox example of a Native Informant.

Clients I’ve spoken to who were there at the station to peacefully see in the new year say that there were also Albanian, Kurds, Montenegrins, Syrians and Iraqis involved in the tumult,” said Mehdi Labidi, a Tunisian-German."

Secondly written in third person.

Interesting piece about speaking in third person.

The third person is the most common point of view used in fiction writing and is the traditional form for academic writing. Authors of novels and composers of papers use “he,” “she,” or “it” when referring to a person, place, thing, or idea.

bed fiction Guardian.

Posted by: Neretva'43 | Jan 9 2016 13:32 utc | 69


The significance of the role of a "Native Informant" as an artifice to mold public opinion cannot be emphasized enough. One who played an major influential role in the service of his benefactors was the late Fu'ad Ajamy, whose conversion to the Neocon religion occurred on the Road to the American Enterprise Institute.

Prior to his "epiphany", Ajamy shared somewhat similar views on the injustices of Zionist occupation with Columbia professor Edward Said, but the nexus between them quickly soured with the former's induction into the lucrative life of an Uncle Tom (or Uncle Tannous in his case) where he perfected the practice of ingratiating himself to some of the notorious architects of a the Project for a New American Century, a/k/a The New Middle East. Richard Perle, Paul Wolfowitz, Kagan and lesser like-minded cronies in the Neocon ranks who opened MSM doors and speaking engagements for Ajamy to educate Americans still reeling from 9/11/on the wisdom and future rewards of American intervention in general, but especially Iraq during the period of the frenetic build-up to "Shock and Awe".

Fu"ad Ajamy established himself as an iconic Native Informant. The Nation piece by Adam Shatz originally appeard in 2003 and I may have previously posted here in the past. Anyone who has not read it might find this an interesting case study bristling with insight and analysis of this academic's apostasy and transition to scholar-pundit in the service of the Neocons' agenda; :

Posted by: metni | Jan 9 2016 14:14 utc | 70

Penelope @48: I've given up on you guys...

I saw the video that you linked to about Sandy Hook. It raised some interesting and important points that deserve answers, like:

>> the closure of public records in the entire state (!!);

>> the traffic jam in front of the school;

>> the slow removal of victims;

>> the strange story of the janitor;

>> the Banker that lived next door to the shooter who created a fund for victims on the SAME DAY as the killings;

>> the $50m plan to tear-down and rebuilt the school (even Columbine HS didn't do that - how old was the school? why so much Fed$$ for a local school??)

But there were also some flaws : it's natural for people whose loved one's were killed to lobby against guns and the possible drug industry connection was interesting but not strong enough. I also thought that the summary at the end should've been at the beginning because not everyone will watch the whole video.

I am still skeptical of FF but I have an open mind because there are too many hidden agendas. For example, many believe that the 'fast and furious' scandal was ultimately meant to build a case for gun control.

As a result of a dispute over the release of Justice Department documents related to the scandal, Attorney General Eric Holder became the first sitting member of the Cabinet of the United States to be held in contempt of Congress on June 28, 2012. Earlier that month, President Barack Obama had invoked executive privilege for the first time in his presidency over the same documents.

PS At least one other person also wrote to thank you for linking to that video.

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Jan 9 2016 14:49 utc | 71

People are angered at Germans because they want their nation to remain German?
Every nation in Europe,outside of France and Britain,should be up in arms over their nations sovereignty destroyed at the mercy of the Zionists who set this whole destabilization in motion with their wars.France and Britain were willing participants,they have themselves to blame.
Same here in America,where neolibcon capitalism has destroyed our own,as we kow tow to dual citizen traitors.
I sympathize with these refugees,of course they are pawns in the game also,the game of retribution to the goyim,but I don't agree we have to go belly up for the traitors.

Posted by: dahoit | Jan 9 2016 14:51 utc | 72

Lets not forget that the Syrian refugee migration is a manufactured crisis - as b pointed out early on when he noted that it fuels calls that "something must be done!" about Assad/Syria.

EU President Donald Tusk has talked publicly of this:

"For the first time in my political career I have heard politicians openly declaring that the refugees heading to Europe are their method of getting (us) [the EU] to act a certain way,"

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Jan 9 2016 15:01 utc | 73

Just one problematic thing about gender issue in the West. If the Martians were reading those articles they would get impression the womens in the West are sacred being, fully respected. There is no such thing in capitalism, particularly no in rapacious version of it and German version of it ordo-liberalism.

Now the purpose is this hysteria is of course demonization of the others, refuges, whose identity is different from time to time as it is depends on GWOT and Regime Change schedule. In lawless world, what's today the West, the facts doesn't matter. The media is real master and the ruler of the game, appeal to emotion is tested and working modus operandi for nation-state in the course of showdown with real, or in this case, imagine enemy. What's somewhat new is interconnectedness of the media throughout the West. Zoological hate toward the others is shared value from Lisbon to Moscow, from Rome to Helsinki and none of them even attempt to prevent calamitous course of event that are taking place not that far, and all of them are tucked into false pretense of "collective security" which are crumbling, as well their economies, in front of their eyes.

Posted by: Neretva'43 | Jan 9 2016 15:17 utc | 74

@ dahoit | Jan 9, 2016 9:51:32 AM | 74

here is an important article for you. While the whole article is astonishing I'll post just one small passage. If someone can not figure out who the real (not perceived) enemy than s/he is lost cause.

"For the Wealthiest, a Private Tax System That Saves Them Billions"

“We do have two different tax systems, one for normal wage-earners and another for those who can afford sophisticated tax advice,” said Victor Fleischer, a law professor at the University of San Diego who studies the intersection of tax policy and inequality. “At the very top of the income distribution, the effective rate of tax goes down, contrary to the principles of a progressive income tax system.”

Posted by: Neretva'43 | Jan 9 2016 15:33 utc | 75

@76 "Zoological hate toward the others is shared value from Lisbon to Moscow, from Rome to Helsinki...."

Why stop there? There's plenty of hate in the Americas the Middle East and Asia.

Posted by: dh | Jan 9 2016 15:36 utc | 76

Saudi psy-ops

Posted by: ruralito | Jan 9 2016 15:39 utc | 77

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Posted by: ioana | Jan 9 2016 15:49 utc | 78

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Posted by: ioana screaming | Jan 9 2016 15:52 utc | 79

@jfl thanks for that link.

Posted by: Guest77 | Jan 9 2016 15:53 utc | 80

When I filled tax return last year they had found mistake $120, no I am not complaining. But a creeps for that article are handling billions as I hundreds.

Health care in the US as the highest form of social control.

The fee for not having health insurance in 2016

Percentage of income
2.5% of household income
Maximum: Total yearly premium for the national average price of a Bronze plan sold through the Marketplace

Per person
$695 per adult
$347.50 per child under 18
Maximum: $2,085

Leaving this abominable country is ongoing dream. At this point I just can not understand who wants to come here?

Posted by: Neretva'43 | Jan 9 2016 15:54 utc | 81

jfl at 10. I'm still unconvinced that 1,000 rapists ran rampant in Cologne on New Years Eve. Where's Penelope and her fraud analysis when it seems most needed?

The no. 1,000 is a rough estimate put forward by who knows whom, is a typical no. that bursts forth when the perception is ‘more than a hundred, an awful lot.’

Also, 1K what exactly? Arab-looking men present? Rowdy people? Young men around who seemed drunk / menacing / shouting freely / fireworking unsafely? Men who molested? Obviously not, in view of the no. of complaints, about 90 I read. As for rape, there is (afaik) only one complaint for rape, and it is not known who the perp is. (One rape in one night in Germany is…incredibly low!)

What has been under-played here is the ‘theft’ or ‘racketeering’ component - cell phones, wallets stolen (I read) to concentrate on the ‘sex’ aspect.

No doubt some nasty, alarming, incidents occurred, perpetrated by ppl some, or even all of whom, were asylum seekers / immigrants / Arab origin / not blond / various very young men with backpacks with too much drink on board / suspicious looking bozos / etc. : a blanket, indeterminate category, meaningless.

In France, on New Years Eve, 800+ cars were torched and burnt to a crisp. The real no. is actually higher…OK, the insult, damage to persons is indirect. But the police and fire brigades have a desperate time…no deaths, to their credit… The F Gvmt. proudly announced the no. was down, by 14%, as compared to last year!

Anti-muslim sites trumpet the title Muslims set over 800 cars ablaze. (see goog.) while nobody is blaming anti-capitalists, rage against car-owners, rabid greens, poverty, etc.

One description from TIME (brings up some points, controversy…)

Posted by: Noirette | Jan 9 2016 16:27 utc | 82

"The Comoros and Djibouti have cut ties with Iran."

That's going to hurt. LOL

Posted by: Neretva'43 | Jan 9 2016 17:58 utc | 83

Maybe this was already mentioned here
Aramco as an IPO...

Posted by: GoraDiva | Jan 9 2016 18:41 utc | 84

Lozion@54 Re: "...So what do you make of it? A few Socom troops to hold the dam but official denial to not antagonise Turkey's no Kurds west of the Euphrates redline?..."

Turkey never said Americans can't cross the Euphrates - that 'red line' was directed at the Kurds. That said, no Americans - either active-duty military or homicidal mercs acting as agents for the U.S. - should be in Syria at all. Obama publicly declaring that he was going to violate the constitution by sending some troops there does not absolve the military from their responsibility to refuse to follow an unconstitutional order or commit war crimes. Some people never learn from Nuremberg.

Erdogan is simply playing dumb for now regarding Tishreen.

In any case, the LCC reports were describing the presence of 'Americans' at the dam - that would be along with the several hundreds (thousands?) of SDF troops involved in the operation. The Americans are not single-handedly holding the dam. The Americans could just as likely be Academi/Xe mercs - that's how our cowardly, treasonous military brass typically skirts the U.S. Constitution. One Arabic social media site says they are just American YPG volunteers. The engineering teams fixing the dam could also be the Americans that the LCCs are claiming to see. Who knows - there's a good chance that all of the above are involved to some degree.

By now, the U.S. is probably bringing in a lot of equipment/personnel to their new Sweidiyeh Oil Field guard post, otherwise known as the not-so-secret Rumaila/Rimelan/Rumelan air base found here. The airstrip should be long/wide enough and useable by any of our small transports like C-130s or C-17s. Point is that there are probably plenty of other 'Americans' of some type running around NE Syria today than the rumored 50 from Kobane.

If the 'Americans' are actually there and are really U.S. SF guys, then they are most likely embedded as SDF advisors or JTACs. The residential area of Tishreen is on the west side, and the SDF has supposedly set up a command center there. So for the hundreds of SDF troops present around Tishreen, there would be a handful of SF guys doing their specialized jobs, either in the command center or from well-disbursed observation points.

Despite the FARS/LCC characterizations, the Americans are unlikely to be standing on top of the dam pacing back and forth guarding it from ISIS - that would be the SDF soldiers' job. If ISIS attacked in force, then U.S. advisors will advise SDF commanders and the JTACs will steer a few bombs to head-chopper positions. Same thing would be true if 'only' Arab SDF units were on the west side of the Euphrates and/or moving up to Manbij - there would be a few SF guys moving with them to advise or direct air strikes. JTACs have to be close to the lines of contact, so they are with/near the front-line SDF troops well west of the Euphrates.

Posted by: PavewayIV | Jan 9 2016 18:46 utc | 85

Please correct me if I'm wrong, but was there or was there not an incident between the US and Cuba wherein Castro released large numbers of prisoners from his jails to go by whatever means to the shores of the US? (I ask because certainly we need to revisit our perceptions further back than yesterday, in light of the deceptions being practised currently by the MSM, or rather msm. I get particularly irate when PBS inserts a quote from Nixon into its 'shining moments' ads. He most certainly does not belong there.)

It seems to me that Erdogan is fulfilling the same role - in the fraught and desperate agonies of the legitimate asylum seekers, there do seem to be intermixed (I do not know) a large number of excitable young men, whose needs for emigration seem less apparent than are those of families seeking safety. And I wonder if these are more likely to have survived the ocean journeys - I haven't seen any statistics on this, but just remember the deaths of children from ocean crossings. Families would be very vulnerable, more so than athletic young men.

I don't think it is anti-immigrant to see this influx as a real problem, perhaps an orchestrated one. Much as the US seems to prefer making money by selling obsolete weapons rather than to lose money turning them into plowshares, it is hard to believe that these young men, some of them, are not loose cannons of a different sort. Nor do I think that's a racial bias; it is simply common sense. This country and its 'allies' have made any number of enemies in the Middle East - young people who witnessed their own families being torn apart.

Posted by: juliania | Jan 9 2016 19:18 utc | 86

PressTV is showing an exciting war documentary made by two Iraqi journalists who are - I don't know, "embedded" we might say in the West - with some anti-ISIS Iraqi fighters.

Posted by: guest77 | Jan 9 2016 19:36 utc | 87

They may be with the Iraqi army, I can't tell. They seem to have US style uniforms.

Posted by: guest77 | Jan 9 2016 19:38 utc | 88

Now Pegida is getting in on the act in Cologne. How this is turned from a worthy issue of stopping sexual assault and protecting women to a drooling "kick out the immigrants" bully-fest proves just how unsettled the body politic of the EU is - despite the noble airs of the bureaucrats running the place.

Posted by: guest77 | Jan 9 2016 20:10 utc | 89

@51 penelope.. thanks for your post which i relate to.. i think pepe and a lot of others recognize the set up and russias position in the financial system presently, while also wondering how the power structure can be altered? i am sure putin is aware of all this.. essentially russia is going into a larger war going into direct confrontation with this system of things.. hopefully i am wrong.. i am not sure the way out.. pepe is quite brilliant, but he is probably mystified by the manipulations of the financial system as it has been made intentionally opaque where only a person who spent a life time would be able to understand it.. Starikov does seem to understand it.. i wonder what his recipe for a 'russian escape' is?

@86 paveway.. thank you for your posts on this ongoing topic and for the additional links..

Posted by: james | Jan 9 2016 20:57 utc | 90

@91 & @86 paveway.. thank you for your posts on this ongoing topic and for the additional links..

I concur. Keep us updated with your insight if so inclined. Many txs.

Posted by: Lozion | Jan 9 2016 22:03 utc | 91

I think Susan Sunflower is a man

Posted by: Lochearn | Jan 9 2016 22:52 utc | 92

I want to add to the shout out to Paveway. Awesome contribution to our understanding. Every time.

Thank you.

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Jan 9 2016 23:11 utc | 93

From the Saker:

Sexual Terrorism In The Heart Of Europe

Some interesting points:

'Of course, behind the “human rights” veneer lies the cynical imperative for young, cheap, and uneducated imported labor to fuel Germany’s continued rise, but by and large, the majority of the “human rights” adherents in the country aren’t aware of this hidden objective and sincerely believe in their country’s unofficial (albeit institutionalized) ideology. On the other hand, an increasingly critical mass of citizens are awakening from their state-induced slumber and coming out in protest against the authorities, with some of the grassroots opposition regretfully taking on a fascist and racist tint.'

'By and large, it appears as though the “refugee” crisis is wildly succeeding in its ultimate US-scripted objective of destabilizing the EU from within. '

'The savagery that occurred in Cologne on New Year’s Eve can be described as nothing less than sexual terrorism.'

'The word “refugee” is obviously being used tongue-in-cheek by the author as no genuine refugee would ever dream of sexually assaulting anyone in the host nation that’s doing everything it can to help them start a new and safer life. Only individuals that had arrived in the country motived by greedy or ideological pursuits could ever fathom to commit such a crime, let alone to plot it with around 1000 conniving cohorts.'

'These Wahhabist nests would then be used to incubate additional radicals and serve as a staging ground for launching further terrorist attacks (be they of the violent or sexual manifestations) in order to expand the reach of their ‘urban caliphates’. Basically, they plan on transplanting their “Arab Spring” tactics from the Mideast to Europe, with all of the resultant bloodshed and destabilization associated with these “democratic demonstrations” and similarly carried out with a wink and a nod (if not outright on-the-ground organizational support) from the US.'

'None of the sexual atrocities that took place in Cologne would have been possible had it not been for the hyper liberal-progressive policies of an indoctrinated European elite. Much has already been written about the practical fallacies underlying this ‘utopian’-inspired ideology, but comparatively less has been said about the on-the-ground enablers that shied away from stopping the New Year’s Eve attacks. '

Posted by: Nick | Jan 9 2016 23:27 utc | 94

Sheikh Nimr: Martyr of World War III

Saudi Arabia is in dire trouble today as the outcry over recent executions mounts. The execution of Shia Sheikh Nimr Baqr al-Nimr in the most brutal day of executions in the country in three decades has now sparked violence across the region. If Saudi Arabia is destabilized, the Middle East could easily turn into a bloodbath of biblical proportions. This begs the big question, “What is really behind these apparently symbolic executions?” [...]

[...] In the Shadow of Machiavelli

The best clue as to “who stands behind” this new Saudi-Iran crisis comes to us from the Washington Post. For anyone still unaware, this Amazon owned media outlet is the perfect barometer of what is NOT true in the world of international affairs these days. Using “reverse news” psychology here, the article by Karen DeYoung tells us all we need to know about al-Nimr’s execution. If you will allow me this quote:

“Obama administration officials expressed deep concern Sunday that the abrupt escalation of tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran could have repercussions extending to the fight against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, the diplomatic efforts to end Syria’s civil war, and wider efforts to bring stability to the Middle East.”

Citing unnamed officials in Barack Obama’s administration has become the guiding principle of corporate media in America these last few years, and the Washington Post misdirects have never been more transparent than today. This piece is misleading, supportive of Saudi and US disruption in the region, and anti-Iranian to the extreme. The author continues using another source who is a “authorized to convey Saudi thinking on the condition of anonymity,” if you can imagine such a conveyance. According to the WP, Saudi Arabia is framed as the only nation “doing something”, and I quote:

“Tehran has thumbed its nose at the West again and again, continuing to sponsor terrorism and launch ballistic missiles and no one is doing anything about it.”

Then BAM! Steve Bezos’ newspaper barks the real intent of this propaganda bit bringing Russia into the fray with:

“ Iran, along with Russia, is the leading backer of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a member of a minority Shiite sect, and Riyadh views the civil war as part of Iran’s fight for sectarian dominance.”

As I type this from our offices in Germany, US F-15 and F-16 fighters fly overhead in a continuous stream from the US air base at Spangdahlem Air Base. I mention this only because 2 years ago we seldom if ever heard fighter aircraft overhead. These days even locals wonder if the flyovers have a purpose beyond intimidation, or at least some residents have expressed this to me personally. The current undeclared war of resolve, it bears witnessing and a focus on all these events in the Middle East. My point being, Riyadh’s actions of the last few days are part of an overall western strategy of unrest. If the Washington Post tells you Obama’s White House is worried over something, you can count on the Washington having been part of the cause of the event. In this case we see the “never say die” war against Assad and Russia in the works. It is a crazy bit of irony that WP’s editor Karen DeYoung was once quoted as saying; “We are inevitably the mouthpiece for whatever administration is in power.“

Meanwhile, at the newspaper (The Wall Street Journal) owned by billionaire Rupert Murdoch (who has energy investments in the region) we have another indicative report, or should I say “counter indicative?” Jay Solomon reports on the weeping sadness of Barack Obama that his non-existent peace plan for Syria may be derailed by Riyhad’s decision to sever ties with Iran. Within this report the “real” mission of the Saudis, and Washington’s current administration is revealed. I’ll rely on another quite to clue the reader. Referring to the John Kerry brokered “plan” the Wall Street Journal writer inadvertently betrays the Obama administration with:

“Under the deal, Iran in the coming months is set to receive as much as $100 billion in frozen oil revenues, which could be used to support its proxies in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Yemen.”

To sum up here, the goal all along has been misdirect from Obama’s team. The Iran deal, the parlaying at various peace accords, all the State Department’s efforts have been designed to frame the United States as peace loving, with the teddy bear John Kerry as a sort of Mother Teresa of détente. Has anyone noticed yet how every deal the man makes goes south in the end? Now Iran coming out of decades of useless sanctions is on the rocks, as was planned so it appears. The WSJ piece further implicates (by inaccuracy) the White House’s Machiavellian strategies with.

“ As the conflict deepened over the weekend, with Saudi Arabia officially severing ties with Iran, U.S. officials expressed skepticism over how much influence Washington had in heading off a conflict based on centuries-old religious divisions.”

It is with this, and with the ad nauseam with which mainstream media parrots State Department rhetoric we find the true backers of terrorism and strife in the Middle East. The statement misleads readers into believing the situation in the Middle East is “out of the control” of Obama and Washington, when the reverse is absolutely true. The story goes on to plant the seed of military support for Saudi Arabia should the situation escalate, which it is certain to with the help of the lame duck Obama.

When all is said and done, Nimr Baqr al-Nimr was a man of peaceful advocacy for the people of his belief and his region of Saudi Arabia. There is literally no proof to the contrary, yet he was summarily executed by a regime notorious for beheading its citizens. The Unites States of America has not only backed this regime, but has aligned herself in an auspicious manner over the years essentially using the Saudis as a vassal for regional control. This section of a WikiLeaks cable damns the Saudis for helping create the mess in Syria and elsewhere:

“The USG engages regularly with the Saudi Government on terrorist financing. The establishment in 2008 of a Treasury attache office presence in Riyadh contributes to robust interaction and information sharing on the issue. Despite this presence, however, more needs to be done since Saudi Arabia remains a critical financial support base for al-Qa’ida, the Taliban, LeT, and other terrorist groups, including Hamas, which probably raise millions of dollars annually from Saudi sources, often during Hajj and Ramadan. In contrast to its increasingly aggressive efforts to disrupt al-Qa’ida’s access to funding from Saudi sources, Riyadh has taken only limited action to disrupt fundraising for the UN 1267-listed Taliban and LeT-groups that are also aligned with al-Qa’ida and focused on undermining stability in Afghanistan and Pakistan.”

Revelations Verse 19:11

The cable is from the US State Department to various offices of the Saudi government, that of the UAE, Kuwait, and Qatar. This cable, along with dozens of other revelations about the backers of terror in the world, leaves no room for ambiguity. But what’s far more disturbing is the way Washington, London and to a lesser extent Brussels are portraying current unrest as some type of religious war. The Christian-Jew-Muslim aspects of these crises are being used to hide the real cause of corporate governments supplanting rights and freedoms. This is a larger argument, but the correct one at this stage. What the world suffers from now is a hell bent effort by the godless of the world (elite bankers) to once again spark crusades for the purposes of strategy and profit. Most people reading this fully understand this, even though the exact culprits may be obscure.

The summary of this story is fairly easy to parlay. Saudi Arabia just made a play for the neocons in Washington, the bankers in London, and for the Tel Aviv instigators who have so far remained in the shadows in all this. They created a martyr who may well serve their utterly evil needs, to set the world on fire one more time. Let me leave you with the most damning quote I have yet found. It is from WikiLeaks, and implicates the Obama and previous US administrations:

“WikiLeaks cables (see below) show that the US has been tracking, and exploiting, the rise of ISIS since 2006, when the organisation first appeared in Iraq as a direct result of the Bush-Blair invasion. Like Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, ISIS are the mutations of a western state terror dispensed by a venal imperial elite undeterred by the consequences of actions taken at great remove in distance and culture. Their culpability is unmentionable in “our” societies.”

Make no mistake here, America and Britain created this mess in the world, with the help of profiting allies like Saudi Arabia. The WikiLeaks revelations tell of former French Foreign Minister Roland Dumas’ statements on this too. What he revealed is that Britain basically made plans for the Syria disaster years ago. What we are witnessing is a last ditch effort to counter Vladimir Putin’s play in the region, and to either win a new Syria partitioning, or else burn the deserts in total. This is a world war in the making, and the man on the pale horse seems evident now, the leader of the faithful and true. God help us all.

Posted by: Lone Wolf | Jan 10 2016 1:18 utc | 95


Thanks for the grand laugh.

Smuggle Mossad sharpshooters in from Canada and transport into Malheur WLR dressed as Sovereigntists and trained in establishing confidence, then next time the State AG and Federales show up to parlay, the Mossad APs can shoot the Sovereigntists in the back.

Be sure to notify ZDrudge, Zeitbart and ZFox that 'something is happening at Malheur' and get lots of UAV footage of the bodies.

Nothing gets people click-thruing like war pron.

Posted by: Chipnik | Jan 10 2016 1:38 utc | 96

The idea that the Russians cannot do what it takes to save themselves because the Americans wrote a law for them saying they cannot is ludicrous. Not part of the problem ... the problem. It does seem to be fact that there are many neolibracon Russians in high places, apparently.

Posted by: jfl | Jan 10 2016 1:51 utc | 97

Lone Wolf:

WikiLeaks cables (see below) show that the US has been tracking, and exploiting, the rise of ISIS since 2006...

In "The Redirection" (2007), Seymour Hirsh goes a step further, describing an alliance between US, Saudi Arabia, and Israel to use extremists as a weapon:
The policy shift has brought Saudi Arabia and Israel into a new strategic embrace, largely because both countries see Iran as an existential threat. They have been involved in direct talks, and the Saudis, who believe that greater stability in Israel and Palestine will give Iran less leverage in the region, have become more involved in Arab-Israeli negotiations.
Nasr compared the current situation to the period in which Al Qaeda first emerged. In the nineteen-eighties and the early nineties, the Saudi government offered to subsidize the covert American C.I.A. proxy war against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. Hundreds of young Saudis were sent into the border areas of Pakistan, where they set up religious schools, training bases, and recruiting facilities. Then, as now, many of the operatives who were paid with Saudi money were Salafis. Among them, of course, were Osama bin Laden and his associates, who founded Al Qaeda, in 1988.

This time, the U.S. government consultant told me, Bandar and other Saudis have assured the White House that “they will keep a very close eye on the religious fundamentalists. Their message to us was ‘We’ve created this movement, and we can control it.’ It’s not that we don’t want the Salafis to throw bombs; it’s who they throw them at—Hezbollah, Moqtada al-Sadr, Iran, and at the Syrians, if they continue to work with Hezbollah and Iran.”

See more in the article.

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Jan 10 2016 2:09 utc | 98


I don't agree with your SITREP and strategic analysis, but will defend to the death your wrong to say it.

Iran just shipped out the last of it's 20% - 90% U235, and is now in exactly the same situational analysis viz Tel Aviv as Saddam was after he destroyed his WMDs, as Gaddhafi after he destroyed his WMDs and as Assad after he destroyed his WMDs, ...and KSA has already jumped the shark to prove it.

What is causing Shi'ia riots is not so much the execution of a single Shi'ia cleric, but the KSA stampede deaths of an estimated 2,700 Shi'ia during the last Hajj, after KSAs funding I$I$ to destroy Iraq's return to full oil production (you never heard word one about I$I$ until after the Iraqi oil minister had foolishly boasted about returning to, and even exceeding, pre-war levels).

People living in MENA inherently understand it's all and exclusively just oil cartel wars, and understand intrinsically that economic sanctions by NATU and USIL are there for one purpose only: to preserve North Sea, West Texas, Bakken and Turkey-Israel oil profits. Now just as sanctions are (allegedly) being lifted, KSA has deliberately overproduced oil below Iran's profit price-point.

So the Persians clearly see KSA/IL as a betrayer and active agent of their destruction, as they should, and they understand that now that they are defanged, if you will, the Sword of Damocles hangs over them whether they'll ever get their frozen accounts thawed, or ever be able to obtain long-term supply contracts at these pump-to-dump KSA prices, and find any shipping guarantees and delivery insurance with US Navy all up in the region 'looking for pirates'.

It's all just oil cartel wars, absolutely nothing to see here folks, your gas prices ain't goin' down and your taxes ain't either, and the price of everything will continue inexorably to rise under the total U$ PetroDollar Hegemony and humanity's first-ever $TRILLION WehrMacht enforcers.

There's not point chewing our beards about some distant 'earth like' astrobiology (sic) discovery, just as there's absolutely no point turning on CNN/MSNBC for a daily dose of 5 Minutes of MENA H8.

Just war pron feeding ZioFB, ZDrudge, Zeitbart, ZFox/WSJ advertisers. Read your Sartre instead.

Posted by: Chipnik | Jan 10 2016 2:11 utc | 99

#87 juliania

Somebody provided a link to a pdf of a Kathy Greenhill's paper. Although I have the pdf, I only find the paper in html now ...

Engineered Migration as a Coercive Instrument: The 1994 Cuban Balseros Crisis

Abstract: This paper presents a case study of the August 1994 Cuban “balseros”—i.e. rafters—crisis, commonly known as Mariel II, during which over 35,000 Cubans fled the island and headed towards Florida. This paper argues that Castro launched the crisis in an attempt to manipulate the US’s fears of another Mariel boatlift, in order to compel a shift in United States (US) policy, both on immigration and on a wider variety of issues. As the end of the crisis brought with it a radical redefinition of US immigration policy toward Cuba, the paper further contends that from Castro’s perspective, this exercise in coercion proved a qualified success—his third such successful use of the Cuban people as an asymmetric political weapon against the US.

... one of the few arrows in Castro's quiver, he used it effectively. The article is about the 1994 Balseros Crisis, but Greenhill recounts : The Camarioca Crisis, 1965; The Mariel Boatlift, 1980; and The August 1994 Balseros Crisis. The Mariel Boatlift was 'the big one' : 125,000 Cubans. Dwarfed by Erdogan. A million in Germany alone.

I suppose you could say the migration was engineered in both the Cuban and Turkey cases, with the US and US/EU/Turkey creating the migrants and Castro and Erdogan, respectively, acting as gatekeepers. The difference is that the migrants are not Turks, in Erdogan's case, but his prey, the people of Syriaq. And the people of the EU, of course.

Posted by: jfl | Jan 10 2016 2:30 utc | 100

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