Feb 22, 2015
The Destabilization Doctrine: ISIS, Proxies and Patsies
By Brandon Martinez
“Islam and the West at War,” reads a recent New York Times headline.
It would certainly seem that way if one were to take at face value the putrid assertions of Western governments that are not particularly known for their honesty or integrity. But astute observers of history and geopolitics can spot a deception when they see one, and the latest theatrical performances being marketed to the masses as real, organic occurrences remind one of a Monty Python sketch.
In the past week we have witnessed a number of expedient events that were designed to legitimize the West’s imperialist foreign policies in the minds of the masses. On Feb. 15 the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) released another highly choreographed and visually striking video depicting the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians. Shortly following the video’s release, the Egyptian dictator Abdel Fattah el-Sissi launched air strikes against ISIS targets in Libya where the execution video was allegedly filmed, although experts are now saying that the production was faked.
ISIS’s continued provocations in the form of carefully crafted, emotionally impactful execution videos (real or faked), such as the recent immolation of a caged Jordanian pilot, cannot possibly be the work of rational actors seeking a military victory in any capacity. The videos only ever work to ISIS’s disadvantage, solidifying the resolve of their current ‘coalition’ opponents as well as creating new enemies upon every release.
Sixty-two countries and groups are presently fighting in the dubious ‘coalition’ against ISIS, most of which have modern militaries with advanced air and ground forces. Why in the world does ISIS continue to entice more countries to join the already over-crowded alliance against them? Why a group that purports to want to establish a ‘state’ which will ostensibly govern millions of people is deliberately seeking more and more enemies and a constant state of war with them beggars belief.
Does ISIS think it can do battle with the whole planet and achieve victory, culminating in world domination? How do people who harbor such ridiculous delusions have the wherewithal and resources at their disposal to organize and recruit thousands of fighters from around the world to an utterly ludicrous cause doomed to sheer failure? How can this be anything but a contrived prank of an operation?
The only logical conclusion that many analysts have come to is that ISIS does not represent a grassroots, organic movement, but rather operates entirely as a cat’s paw of Western foreign policy in the Middle East and North Africa, which is concurrently under the domination of Israel. ISIS’s actions expressly benefit Muslims least of all and Israel/the West most of all, the extent of which increases with every new atrocity and outrage ISIS inflicts upon innocents in Iraq and Syria that gets endless play in Western media. In fact, the Western media’s obsession with ISIS is in and of itself an effective form of PR for the group. Western media outlets are consciously performing an unqualified service for ISIS’s recruiting efforts by affording the terrorist group ‘premium level branding’ that will attract criminally-inclined degenerates, Wahhabist religious zealots and disaffected, suicidal lowlifes from around the world to join a cause predestined to abject failure.
This senile ‘ISIS vs. The World’ spectacle is little more than a melodramatic screenplay engineered in a boardroom by professional propagandists and marketing aficionados. It resembles a classic ‘problem, reaction, solution’ dialectic of deceit. Who in their right mind believes the rancid mythology surrounding this orchestrated ‘good vs. evil’ Hollywood blockbuster?
ANNAPOLIS (WUSA9) – Lawmakers are considering a measure to legalize marijuana in the Free State. The Marijuana Control and Revenue Act of 2015 will be discussed at a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee. The measure is sponsored by Baltimore Del. Curt Anderson (D) who is hoping the third time is a charm. Delegate Anderson tried twice before and both measures failed.
This year’s proposal, like the others, would allow adults (21 years or older) to legally possess one ounce of marijuana even grow up to 6 plants at home. The bill would tax and regulate marijuana just like alcohol. It would require the State Comptroller to establish rules and regulations for the operation of cultivation facilities, product manufacturers and retailers. The proposed legislation would also create an oversight commission to monitor marijuana businesses.
[hat tip: MME]
The US is a few “accidental” airstrikes away from total war with Syria.
The London Telegraph declared in its article, “Moderate Syrian rebels ‘to be given power to call in US air strikes’,” that:
The US is planning to train some 5000 Syrian fighters a year under the plan as part of an effort to strengthen the fractured rebel movement against the government of President Bashar al-Assad and extremist groups.
The Wall Street Journal reported that the initial training would focus on helping rebels hold ground and resist fighters allied with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil).
The Telegraph would also report:
Four to six-man units will be equipped with rugged Toyota Hilux vehicles, GPS and radios so they can identify targets for airstrikes.
Even in the Telegraph’s article, it is clear that this plan will inevitably be aimed at the Syrian government and its troops, the only secular force in the region fighting Al Qaeda and its spin-off, ISIS.
As several hundred social conservative protesters loudly rallied against Ontario’s new sex education curriculum outside the legislature, the debate inside was even more heated.
Progressive Conservative MPP Monte McNaughton (Lambton-Kent-Essex), a leadership hopeful, attacked Premier Kathleen Wynne on Tuesday for not doing enough to consult parents before implementing the new syllabus that takes effect in September.
McNaughton told the house that the premier should not be imposing views upon mothers and fathers concerned about the revised program designed to protect children by better informing them about sex.
Wynne, Ontario’s first openly lesbian premier, suggested the Tory MPP was being homophobic.
She rhetorically shot back at McNaughton that perhaps he thought she wasn’t qualified to weigh in on the subject because she’s a woman, a mother, a grandmother, a former school trustee, a past education minister or that she has a masters of education.
As Wynne thundered at the Tory member, Liberal MPPs heckled that that wasn’t “the real reason” he was complaining.
Ontario’s sex curriculum tells Grade 8s to make a “personal plan” about “sexual activity”. They’re 13 for God’s sake. http://t.co/9YCzl2RgOb
— Ezra Levant (@ezralevant) February 24, 2015
Published on February 19, 2015 at 15:35 GMT
UPDATE (19th February, 2015 17:00 GMT): Updated with comment from Dell CIO Paul Walsh.
The announcement was revealed today at eTail West, an annual e-commerce conference, during a keynote address by CIO Paul Walsh.
In remarks, Walsh suggested that the decision was prompted by customer demand and the positive feedback the company had so far received for its US offering.
“We’re hearing from our customers around the world that they want the option to use bitcoin when buying Dell products, so we are excited to deliver bitcoin as a payment method on Dell.com to our customers in Canada and the UK.”
Dell has been accepting bitcoin for purchases via its US store since July 2014. The company will continue to receive local currency from Coinbase in exchange for bitcoin orders, in this case GBP and the Canadian dollar.
Earning $56.9bn in revenue in 2013, Dell remained the largest merchant in the bitcoin space until December when it was replaced by tech giant Microsoft.
The news also follows the decision by e-commerce leader Overstock to expand its bitcoin payment option to global consumers, though it has since reported struggles encouraging international customers to use bitcoin.
Syria is winning the war and has absolutely no reason to show mercy for opponents that have no intention to show any for it and its people.
February 18, 2015 (Tony Cartalucci – LD) – Curious is the United Nation and NATO’s sudden interest in peace. Both organizations are suing for truces on two separate battlefields, one in Ukraine in Eastern Europe, and another in Syria’s northern city of Aleppo amid a regional conflagration in the Middle East. It is curious because talks of “truces” were completely absent just as recently as 2011, when both organizations, the UN and NATO, backed hordes of terrorists sweeping across Libya, committing abhorrent atrocities including the systematic, genocidal extermination of Libya’s black communities.
There was also the encirclement, intentional starvation, and denial of humanitarian aid, along with the bombardment of Libyan cities like Sirte, which also saw no protests or calls for “ceasefires” by the UN or NATO. In fact, as terrorists enforced blockades on the ground to starve residents to death, NATO bombed the encircled cities relentlessly from the air for weeks. The eventual fall of Sirte, for example, would leave behind an utterly devastate city and a decimated, scattered population. Other cities, like Tawarga, had their entire populations, down to the last resident, either killed or forced to flee.
by Brandon Turbeville
Feb 10, 2015
With the recent victory of Syriza in Greece, opponents of austerity the world over have been rejoicing. The news from a country crushed by austerity policies, the European Central Bank, the IMF, and corrupt oligarchs is now heralding a shift in direction toward a “third way” that does not simply involve trading one austerity oligarch and his party for another.
For many in Greece, the signal is clear – help seems to be on the way.
For those watching the developments from afar, the hope is that the spark in Greece will light the brushfire across Europe and the rest of the world that says “No!” to austerity and banker domination of national economies.
Yet, while the signs coming out of Greece may seem positive at first, there is an ominous cloud approaching – the cloud of George Soros and his color revolution apparatus.
If Syriza is truly as anti-austerity, anti-banker, and anti-troika as its rhetoric and even its first actions seem to indicate, then the Greek oligarchs, international bankers, corporate boards, and secret societies will undoubtedly respond as soon as they are able to mount a calculated strategy.
George Soros and his color revolution networks may just be the response these oligarchs are ready to mount.
Indeed, Soros has been founding and opening his infamous “Solidarity Centres” in Greece since January, 2014 using philanthropy and economic relief as justification for the opening of the centers. Because of Soros’ track record, one would be justified in wondering whether or not Soros’ Solidarity Centres’ grand openings were for the purposes of misdirecting the growing Greek discontent with austerity policies or if it was more in anticipation of a Syriza victory in the coming elections.
Regardless, the places are already being set. Alexis Tsipras had better start watching his back.
Indeed, the knives are already being sharpened by the color revolution apparatus and history has clearly shown that those who control it are willing to stab their target in the front as well as the back.
George Soros has extended his financial support for Greece by establishing the first in a series of “solidarity centres” for those worst-hit by the country’s economic crisis.
The opening of the centre in the northern city of Thessaloniki comes as ever more Greeks are forced to turn to charities for help.
“Greece, to a great degree, has become a failed state,” said Aliki Mouriki, a sociologist at the National Centre for Social Research. “It is unable to provide basic facilities for its citizens because of budget cuts.
“In the absence of public welfare, and with around one and a half million officially unemployed, growing numbers are looking for substitutes elsewhere.”
The centre – a hub for NGOs offering health care and legal counsel – has been deluged with requests only days after opening its doors.
Soros committed $1m for heating oil last year after local mayors, unable to heat schools, appealed for help. Among them was Tassos Karabatos, mayor of Naoussa, also in northern Greece, who turned to the US investor after taking the unprecedented step of shutting down all 54 schools in his municipality when he saw that oil tanks were running dry.
While Soros’ donations may seem at first to be an act of incredible generosity, it would take gross naivete and ignorance of the billionaire’s history across the world to believe that he has anything remotely resembling good intentions for Greece.
Notice that, while Soros has bought some watery-eyed loyalty with his donations, it is also true that his “Solidarity Centres” are also “a hub for NGOs,” a necessary part of any color revolution. In fact, the currency speculator Soros has funded a number of color revolutions through his “democracy” and “civil society” NGOs in Europe and even the United States.
Of course, some Greeks were not as foolish as to look toward the Soros machine for help. A number of school parents’ associations refused to endorse any of the Soros funds. The presence of mind of the Greek people earned them condemnation from many of their local leaders, however.
Indeed, Soros is most well-known for playing a major role in the funding and facilitating of the “Bulldozer Revolution” in Serbia that overthrew Slobodan Milosevic in 2000, Georgia’s “Rose Revolution” of 2003, the 2006 push to move Turkey toward a more Islamist governing structure, and even the Occupy movement in the United States among a great many others.
Chapel Hill shooting and western media bigotry
By Mohamad Elmasry
The religious identity of violent perpetrators is only highlighted when they’re Muslim.
Three Muslim Americans were murdered on Tuesday in a University of North Carolina dorm room. The crime came on the heels of recent anti-Muslim attacks in Europe, carried out in apparent response to the January murders (committed by Muslims) of Charlie Hebdo journalists in Paris.
Western media outlets will likely frame the most recent perpetrator of what some speculate is an anti-Muslim crime in the same way they frame most anti-Muslim criminals – as crazed, misguided bigots who acted alone. If past coverage is any indication, there will likely be very little suggestion that the killer acted on the basis of an ideology or as part of any larger pattern or system.
But what if acts of anti-Muslim violence are consistent with at least some strands of current western ideology? What if Islamophobia has become so commonplace, so accepted, that it now represents a hegemonic system of thought, at least for relatively large pockets of people in some regions of the West?
Given what we know both about western media portrayals of Islam and Muslims on the one hand, and media effects and theory on the other hand, it would be foolish to dismiss western media representations as potential causal factors in anti-Muslim sentiment and crime. In fact, it is likely that anti-Muslim sentiment and crime are, at least in part, driven by one-sided, narrow, sensationalistic, and arguably bigoted western media portrayals of Islam and Muslims.
Many scholars – including Edward Said, Elizabeth Poole, Kai Hafez, Milly Williamson, Karim Karim, Teun Van Dijk, Kimberly Powell, and Dina Ibrahim, among others – have carried out academic studies examining western news coverage of Islam and Muslims.
Results suggest that Muslims are often portrayed in western news media as violent, backwards, fundamentalist and as threats to western civilisation. Western news coverage rarely highlights Islam except to show its possible relation to some atrocity, and Muslims are rarely mentioned in the context of news that is positive or benign.
Several studies have found that Muslims are portrayed as a homogenised body, lacking diversity and difference, with other analyses showing that news coverage of violent conflicts in the Muslim-majority world ignores context and circumstances, implying that Muslims are inherently violent and prone to conflict.
Other studies show inconsistent coverage of violent global and regional conflicts. When Christians, Jews and other non-Muslims are killed by Muslims, Islam is identified as playing a direct role. When Muslims are killed by Jews, Christians and other non-Muslims, however, the religious identity of the violent perpetrators is downplayed or ignored.
The ongoing conflict in Burma represents a good case-in-point. There has been little western news coverage on the recent persecution faced by Rohingya Muslims, who Human Rights Watch says have been subjected to mass killings; “crimes against humanity” and “ethnic cleansing”.
Apr 16, 2014
Andreas Antonopoulos shares what he believes will be the evolution of Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies and what it could mean for the future.
Presented at the 2014 Bitcoin Expo in Toronto.
Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : Police in the Danish capital Copenhagen shot and killed the alleged perpetrator of an attack on a free speech and blasphemy debate as well as an attack on the community center of the Copenhagen Synagogue. Two civilians were killed and five police officers were injured during the attacks, reports Copenhagen police.
Saturday, at approximately 15:30 CET a “lone gunman” armed with an automatic rifle attempted to gain access to the cultural center “Krudttønden” in Copenhagen’s Østerbro district. Participants in the public debate on free speech and blasphemy included the French Ambassador to Denmark, Lars Zimaray, and the Swedish “Mohamed cartoonist” Lars Vilks.
Vilks had been subject to several attempts on his life due to his cartoons of the Prophet Mohamed. Police and staff from Denmark’s domestic intelligence service, Politiets Efterretningstjeneste (PET) were present at the event.
It was reportedly due to the swift return of fire by police that the gunman was repelled in the foyer. Three police officers were reportedly injured during the exchange of gunfire. All three are in stable condition.
One 55 year-old civilian whose name has not yet been officially released or independently verified was shot dead during the shootout. Initial reports described the deceased as a 40-year-old.
The gunman fled the scene in a dark, according to some reports black, according to other reports dark blue Volkswagen Polo. Initial reports alleged two gunmen. Police later stated to the press that they were looking for one gunman. It remains currently uncertain whether the alleged perpetrator “commandeered” the escape vehicle as some initial reports suggested, and who the registered owner of the car is.
The car was discovered at about an hour after the shooting at the cultural center. Police reports that the alleged perpetrator then entered a taxi cab who reported to Copenhagen police that he had driven a person that matched the description of the man police was looking for to an address at Svanevej in Copenhagen.
The alleged gunman arrived at the address at about 16:15 CET and left the premises again at 16:37 reports Danish police, citing video cameras in the area as source. Police states that it has kept the apartment complex under surveillance since about 23:00 CET on Saturday.
At about 01:00 am CET on Sunday, a gunman attacked the community house of the Copenhagen Synagogue of the Danish Mosaic Faith Community in Krystalgade. A gunman opened fire at the guards at the community house. One of the private guards was fatally injured while two police officers sustained injuries but are in stable condition, report Danish police as well as Danish PM Helle Thorning Schmidt. The PM held a press conference together with Minister of Justice Mette Frederiksen at about 10:30 CET on Sunday.
Danish Police issued a statement, saying that police officers observed that the alleged gunman returned to the area at Svanevej at about 04:30 – 05:00 o’ clock on Sunday morning.
Police states that officers of the Police Action Force (Politiets Aktionsstyrke) called on the man who he responded by opening fire and shot several shots at the police officers. Police reports that the officers at the scene then returned fire and fatally shot the alleged perpetrator. None of the police officers were injured.
During a press briefing at 08:00 o’clock on Sunday morning, police spokespersons stated that their current working theory is that it is one and the same person who committed both the attack on the cultural center and on the Synagogue’s community house.
A person with experience within the domestic intelligence service PET as well as within Danmark’s national police stated that it is unlikely that police would state that they are working on the basis of a “lone gunman hypothesis” unless they were rather certain that the evidence that supports their hypothesis.
Police and PET are, however, investigating the alleged perpetrator’s computer, phone, question persons with ties to him. Besides that, police is conducting a large-scale forensic investigation including ballistic investigations, DNA analysis, searches of large areas with police dogs, and other investigations. An apartment in Mjølnerparken, an area known for a high percentage of immigrants was reportedly ransacked by 15 police officers on Sunday morning. The apartment is located some 500 meters from where the alleged gunman was shot dead by police. Video material police investigates reportedly suggests that the alleged perpetrator was at the apartment before he went on to carry out the second attack.
PET released a statement on its website, stating that everything suggests that the events were a terrorist attack and that PET confirms that the terror threat in Denmark was and remains serious. That is, the next highest level. PET otherwise states that it assists Copenhagen police and refers to Copenhagen police for additional information.
Neither Copenhagen police nor PET are currently responding to individual media and journalists and their questions. That means, “all” actually available information is the information that is being released during official police and government press briefings.
Among questions which would be relevant for independent media would, for example be:
- What is the name of the alleged perpetrator who was shot and killed Sunday morning?
- Who is the registered owner of the Volkswagen Polo – the escape vehicle?
- Who are the two civilian victims who were shot and killed at the cultural center and the Synagogue’s community house? (see updates below)
- Has PET or Police had any previous contact with the alleged perpetrator?
- Was it necessary to fatally shoot the alleged perpetrator and why was it impossible for a specially trained police force to arrest and detain him alive?
Danish Prime and Justice Ministers Press Conference. Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt and Minister of Justice Mette Frederiksen held a joint press conference at the Danish Parliament’s “Hall of Mirrors” at about 10:20 on Sunday. Thorning Schmidt conveyed her condolences to the families and loved ones of the two deceased and thanked police for a swift and professional response to the attacks. She particularly thanked those officers who were injured while carrying out their work. The PM also thanked PET, the Danish military as well as the health services for their efforts.
The PM stressed that the killing of two innocent civilians and the injuring of five police officers during the attack on a debate on free speech and the attack on the Synagogue’s community house were an attacks on all of Denmark and all that, what Denmark stands for. Especially with regards to Denmark’s Jewish community, Thorning Schmidt stressed that the people of Mosaic faith in Denmark don’t stand alone and that Denmark also stands behind them. Helle Thorning Schmidt thanked the Chancellor of Germany, the President of France and the PM of Spain for expressing their solidarity.