Sun, 11 Sep 2016 21:07 UTC
"The threat [of attacks on France] is at its highest we have seen it in recent days; it is there even as we speak now," Manuel Valls said in an interview with Europe 1 radio and Itele television on Sunday.
"There will be new attacks, there will be innocent victims. It is my job to tell this truth to the French people... We are a target - everyone understands this," he added, stating that at least two attacks were foiled during the past week, while "every day, the intelligence services, police and gendarmerie thwart attacks and dismantle [terror] channels."
Comment: France is not the only country worried: Germany's interior minister declares its number of potential terrorists at an all-time high
Well, what that document actually showed, and proved (and cited FBI investigators who could then have testified in public, if requested), was the opposite of unimportant: that the Saudi Ambassador to the United States, Prince Bandar bin Sultan al-Saud (who was known in Washington as "Bandar Bush," because of his closeness to the Bush family), had secretly been paying the Saudi handlers of at least two of the 15 Saudis among the 19 9/11 hijackers, and that Bandar's wife and other relatives were also paying those hijackers-to-be, and their families — thus enabling the future hijackers to obtain the necessary pilot-training etc., for the 9/11 attacks.
How much news-coverage of this was there in the U.S.'democracy' that is supposed to be informing the public about such things, instead of continuing the cover-ups of them?
Why do U.S. 'news' media hide it — after having demanded for more than ten years that the 'missing 28 pages' become published?
Comment: Fifteen years after the September 11 attacks, it looks like the war on terror is still in its opening act.
- What neocon architect of the 9/11 Commission Report Philip Zelikow did to maintain the big lie
- JFK and 9/11, the tide is turning, the seriously flawed "official story" is now "the conspiracy theory"
Sun, 11 Sep 2016 19:59 UTC
The ceasefire is supposed to go into effect tomorrow at sundown. So far at least, most sides are expressing their intention to honor the ceasefire, which is to be expected. FSA says they're ready for ceasefire - IF the Syrian government complies:
"The upholding of the ceasefire by the armed opposition depends on being upheld by the regime and by Russia, the previous agreement was not upheld by the regime, which attacked moderate opposition under the pretext of fighting the Islamic State," Abu Zeid told RIA Novosti. "For us, the protection of the civilian population is important, and we want to establish a real truce in order to protect civilians, but our experience of interacting with the regime totally precludes us from such optimism," the representative said.The Syrian government approved the agreement, according their state news agency. Somewhat improbably, the FSA also say they support the fight against al-Qaeda/al-Nusra/al-Sham: "Regarding the clauses of the agreement on carrying out strikes against Jabhat Fatah al Sham, of course we do not want al-Qaeda to have a presence in Syria," FSA legal adviser Abu Zeid told RIA Novosti. Which is patently untrue, but they say what they're expected to say.
On the other side, Hezbollah fighters support the deal: "The allies of Syria promise to fully abide by whatever the Syrian high command and the government decides with regard to the ceasefire. We fully support the ceasefire," an unnamed Hezbollah field commander for Syria operations said as quoted by Lebanon-based Al Mayadeen broadcaster.
After presidential elections were rigged in April, Austrian authorities may also cancel re-run scheduled for October
Sun, 11 Sep 2016 19:05 UTC
First, in the April 24 presidential election, the frontrunning candidate of Austria's anti-immigrant Freedom Party, Norbert Hofer, who many said was virtually guaranteed to become the central European country's first "right-wing" president, mysteriously lost when some 31,000 mailed-in ballots tipped the vote against him in the last second, handing the election to his far more moderate, and pro-European challenged, Van der Bellen. Hofer's defeat sparked widespread relief across the ranks of Europe's unlected establishment bureaucrats, as his victory would mark yet another significant moment in the advance of nationalism across EU member states. As Newsweek put it, "in the wake of Brexit, it would be seen as another defeat for the European political establishment."
Accusations immediately emerged that the vote had been rigged, with the traditional response that these are merely the deranged ramblings of sore loser "nationalists." Only... that was not the case, and in July Austria's Constitutional Court ruled that the presidential runoff election must be held again, after it found "widespread" voting fraud, handing yet another victory to "conspiracy theorists" everywhere.
Sat, 10 Sep 2016 15:01 UTC
Berlin wants to deport roughly 40,000 Afghan asylum seekers, including refugees willing to return to their homeland voluntarily, as well as migrants whose asylum applications have been rejected three times in a row, according to Bild magazine.
The plan is part of a bilateral agreement between the German and Afghan governments, the magazine's report said, adding that most migrants will be taken to Afghanistan on charter flights. If implemented, practically half of all Afghan migrants that have recently arrived in Germany could be deported on various grounds. Germany's Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) has registered 79,449 Afghan nationals that have applied for asylum, according to the agency's July report.
There was no mention in the report of any time frame for expelling such a sizeable number of migrants, however. The Bild report adds that the German government would surely take measures to exempt women and minors whose lives may be at risk if they returned to Afghanistan.
According to the latest BAMF figures, German authorities granted asylum to 57,058 refugees in August alone, compared to just 16,769 in the same month last year.
Unexpectedly, the move has been welcomed by former Afghan President Hamid Karzai, though similar mass deportations from other European countries have courted controversy and been criticized as inhumane.
"Yes, the voluntary deportations are a good solution," he told Bild in an interview on Friday. "[The deportations] bring well-educated people back who we need so much. Every single talented Afghan is vital for our country's future."
Comment: Karzai has a point in that a refugee with talent and skill will not be valued the same elsewhere as within his or her own country in need. An even better solution would be to end wars and thus not create refugees.
Wed, 07 Sep 2016 00:00 UTC
Comment: It is a misnomer to say Moscow is backing Trump. Russia is not, cannot be, involved in the US election nor back a US politician for President. This is different from preference or working ability.
If Hillary Clinton is elected president, the world will remember Aug. 25 as the day she began the Second Cold War. In a speech last month nominally about Donald Trump, Clinton called Russian President Vladimir Putin the godfather of right-wing, extreme nationalism. To Kremlin-watchers, those were not random epithets. Two years earlier, in the most famous address of his career, Putin accused the West of backing an armed seizure of power in Ukraine by "extremists, nationalists, and right-wingers." Clinton had not merely insulted Russia's president: She had done so in his own words. Worse, they were words originally directed at neo-Nazis. In Moscow, this was seen as a reprise of Clinton's comments comparing Putin to Hitler. It injected an element of personal animus into an already strained relationship — but, more importantly, it set up Putin as the representative of an ideology that is fundamentally opposed to the United States.
Comment: If Putin holds the "Hitler" personae, then presumably the American public will miss or overlook the stronger homegrown likeness. Unfortunately for Clinton, the label doesn't stick.
Comment: A candidate in the US presidential bid has to become distinguished from 'the other.' If one can't do that on merit (of which Clinton is completely lacking), there is always the ability to lie, cheat and fake it, no matter the cost to the process, the people, the world's eye, or personal integrity (of which Clinton has none). Is she dangerous? Oh yes. Imagine: 'Psychopathy for President.'
Thu, 08 Sep 2016 16:50 UTC
Meet "Brig. Gen." Joel Harding. His exploits from the Cold War and since are classified, but anyone can visit his bare-knuckled WordPress-based blog to read about the deeds of this maestro of all "dark arts."
He sees himself as one of the 10 men standing between the "free world" and a totalitarian world mind-controlled by the FSB-GRU-SVR and Vladimir Putin, and his mission is the same as it was in his glory days. The other nine have since passed on, and there is a growing suspicion that "Putin did it." Only Brig Gen. Harding stands tall, the only consummate professional cum patriot saving the United States from a possible Kremlin takeover via Donald Trump, whom he sees as a Manchurian Candidate for Putin.
Comment: In part II it is revealed that 'Brig Gen. Harding', in addition to his full time trolling has a hankering for teen porn.
It so happens that our "former senior US military intelligence officer" or "Brigadier General" was sued recently for copyright infringement of Internet-distributed pornography (Case No. 1:16-cv-00384-AJT-TCB) in the US District Court for the eastern district of Virginia, Alexandria division. The plaintiff, Malibu Media LLC, is seeking damages from the defendant, a certain Joel Harding who uncannily shares the same address as our Brigadier General, for the unauthorized downloading, copying and distribution of the plaintiff's copyrighted pornographic movies. The Plaintiff charges that the "defendant is a habitual and persistent BitTorrent user and copyright infringer." This is of course natural for an online stalker who trolls through 3,000 blogs to uphold the US Constitution. Most of these blogs are presumably centered on content such as the one below in his one-stop centre for "information warfare" patsies and imposters.
Is this how former senior US military officers while away their time? As the court files in Virginia reveal, our dear "Brig Gen" Harding seems hopelessly addicted to teen pornography from "former Soviet-bloc countries, such as the "Czech Republic, Slovakia, Russia, Hungary, and Romania." Notice that the defendant, Joel Harding, scrupulously omitted to mention Ukraine in the defendant's affidavit. Yet, it is post-coup Ukraine that supplies an overwhelming majority of "Eastern European" teen porn models today, contributing to a surge in HIV infections. The rates are reportedly so cheap now that even Ukrainian MPs are known to watch pornographic movies during parliamentary sessions. Why bother with the affairs of state when Kiev's policies are decided by Victoria Nuland in Washington.
Anyway, Harding's teen porn activities were supposedly a cover for hush-hush counter-espionage and information warfare of the highest order. Harding took the plaintiff's allegations like a true soldier in order not to blow his clandestine-covert mission. Instead of claiming "Putin did it" or "Russia framed me", this time the defendant claimed that he merely "acted in good faith as an innocent infringer under Section 504 of the Copyright Act and without any intent to infringe Plaintiff's work."
Sat, 10 Sep 2016 16:42 UTC
In an exclusive interview, Faraj, a 30-year-old veteran fighter from north east Syria, says that "when we say that the Islamic State [Isis] is everlasting and expanding, it is not a mere poetic or propaganda phrase". He says the group intends to rebuild its strength in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Libya and Tunisia, adding that "Isis has sleeper agents all over the world and their numbers are increasing".
In his account of his life in Isis, Faraj makes plain that only a year after the caliphate was declared in the wake of the capture of Mosul in 2014, its leaders could foresee that it might be overrun militarily. He reveals hitherto unknown details of the apparent close cooperation between Isis and Turkey and the degree to which foreign fighters who flooded into Syria to fight for Isis alienated local people from the movement by ordering them about and interfering in their lives.
Fri, 09 Sep 2016 16:32 UTC
The emerging movement spawned enormous online activism never seen before, culminating in the largest petition in Europe's history with a staggering collective of over 3.2 million signatures delivered by passionate foot-soldiers right to the epicentre of where the political elite inhabit in the EU. The beating heart of TTIP activism was Berlin, Paris and London. This is not to forget the huge protest effort made by citizens across almost all of the EU's major cities.
Sat, 10 Sep 2016 16:22 UTC
Today, U.S. military engagement in the Middle East looks increasingly permanent. Despite the White House having formally ended the wars Iraqand Afghanistan, thousands of U.S. troops and contractors remain in both countries. The U.S. is dropping bombs on Iraq and Syria faster than it can make them, and according to the Pentagon, its bombing campaign in Libya has "no end point at this particular moment." The U.S. is also helping Saudi Arabia wage war in Yemen, in addition to conducting occasional airstrikes in Yemen and Somalia.
Fifteen years after the September 11 attacks, it looks like the war on terror is still in its opening act.