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12 March 2015 @ 07:17 am
ISIS (2) The ISIS-US Empire – Their Unholy Alliance Fully Exposed  
The ISIS-US Empire – Their Unholy Alliance Fully Exposed
By Joachim Hagopian
Let’s be perfectly clear. The United States is not actually at war with ISIS. As Global Research director, economist and author Michel Chossudovsky plainly points out recently, Obama is simply waging “a fake war” against the Islamic State forces, putting on another propaganda show for mainstream media to keep his flock of American sheeple asleep in echo-chambered darkness. With a mere cursory review of recent historical events, one can readily realize that virtually everything Big Government tells us is happening in the world, you can bet is a boldface lie.
For over three and a half decades the US has been funding mostly Saudi stooges to do its dirty bidding in proxy wars around the world, beginning in Afghanistan in the 1980’s to fight the Soviets with the mujahedeen-turned al Qaeda that later would mutate into ISIS. Reagan and Bush senior gave Osama bin Laden his first terrorist gig. Our mercenary “Islamic extremists” for-hire were then on the CIA payroll employed in the Balkans during the 1990’s to kill fellow Moslem Serbs in Kosovo and Bosnia. For a long time now Washington’s been relying on the royal Saudi family as its chief headhunters supplying the United States with as needed terrorists on demand in order to wage its geopolitics chessboard game of global hegemony, otherwise known by the central banking cabal as global “Theft-R-Us.”
The Bush crime family were in bed with the bin Ladens long before 9/11 when that very morning George H W Bush on behalf of his Carlyle Group was wining and dining together with Osama’s brother at the posh DC Ritz Carlton while 19 box cutting Saudi stooges were acting as the neocon’s hired guns allegedly committing the greatest atrocity ever perpetrated on US soil in the history of this nation. And in the 9/11 immediate aftermath while only birds were flying the not-so-friendly skies above America, there was but one exception and that was the Air Force escort given the bin Ladens flying safely back home to their “Terrorists-R-Us” mecca called Saudi Arabia. On 9/11 the Zionist Israeli Mossad, Saudi intelligence and the Bush-Cheney neocons were busily pulling the trigger murdering near 3000 Americans in cold blood as the most deadly, most heinous crime in US history. If you’re awake enough to recognize this ugly truth as cold hard fact, then it’s certainly not a stretch to see the truth behind this latest US created hoax called ISIS.
Renowned investigative journalist and author Seymour Hersh astutely saw the writing on the wall way back in 2006 (emphasis added):

To undermine Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, the Bush Administration has decided, in effect, to reconfigure its priorities in the Middle East. In Lebanon, the Administration has cooperated with Saudi Arabia’s government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations that are intended to weaken Hezbollah, the Shiite organization that is backed by Iran. The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by-product of these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda.

The US Empire along with its international partner-in-crime Israel has allowed and encouraged Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates to be the primary financiers of al Qaeda turned ISIS. Even Vice President Joe Biden last year said the same. If Empire wanted to truly destroy the entire Islamic extremist movement in the Middle East it could have applied its global superpower pressure on its allied Gulf State nations to stop funding the ISIS jihadists. But that has never happened for the simple reason that Israel, those same Arab allies and the United States want a convenient “bad guy” enemy in the Middle East and North Africa, hiding the fact that al Qaeda-ISIS for decades has been its mercenary ally on the ground in more recent years in the Golan Heights, Libya, Iraq and Syria.
As recently as a month ago it was reported that an Islamic State operative claimed that funding for ISIS had been funneled through the US. Of course another “staunch” US-NATO ally Turkey has historically allowed its territory to be a safe staging ground as well as a training area for ISIS. It additionally allows jihadist leaders to move freely in and out of Syria through Turkey. Along with Israel and all of US Empire’s Moslem nation states as our strategic friends in the Middle East, together they have been arming, financing and training al Qaeda/ISIS to do its double bidding, fighting enemies like Gaddafi in Libya and Assad in Syria while also posing as global terrorist boogie men threatening the security of the entire world. Again, Washington cannot continue to double speak its lies from both sides of its mouth and then expect to continue having it both ways and expect the world to still be buying it.
A breaking story that’s creating an even larger crack in the wall of the US false narrative is the revelation that Iraqi counterterrorism forces just arrested four US-Israeli military advisors assisting (i.e., aiding and abetting) the ISIS enemy, three of whom hold duel citizenships from both Israel and America. This latest piece of evidence arrives on the heels of a Sputnik article from a couple weeks ago quoting American historian Webster Tarpley saying that “the United States created the Islamic State and uses jihadists as its secret army to destabilize the Middle East.” The historian also supported claims that the ISIS has in large part been financed by the Saudi royal family. Interviewed on Press TV the critic of US foreign policy asked why NATO ally Turkey bordering both Iraq and Syria where the Islamic State jihadists continue to terrorize, why can’t Turkey simply use its larger, vastly superior army to go in and defeat the much smaller ISIS, especially if the US and NATO were serious about destroying their alleged enemy. Again, if ISIS is the enemy, why did the US recently launch an air strike on Assad’s forces that were in process of defeating ISIS? The reason is all too obvious, the bombing was meant to afflict damage to stop Assad’s forces from beating back ISIS that the US is clearly protecting.
Finally, Tarpley reaffirmed what many others have been saying that chicken hawk Senator John McCain is actual buddies with ISIS kingpin Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Of course photos abound of his frequent “secret” meetings with ISIS leadership illegally conducted inside Syria. This confirmed fact provides yet one more obvious link between the high powered criminal operative posing as US senator and the so called enemy of the “free world” ISIS.
Recall that iconic photo from June last year of American supplied trucks traveling unimpeded in the ISIS convoy kicking up dust in the Iraqi desert fresh from the Syrian battlefields heading south towards Baghdad. It was no accident that they were equipped with an enormous fleet of brand new Toyota trucks and armed with rockets, artillery and Stinger missiles all furnished by US Empire. Nor was it an accident that the Iraqi Army simply did an about face and ran, with orders undoubtedly coming from somewhere high above in the American Empire. The Islamic State forces were allowed to seize possession of 2500 armored troop carriers, over 1000 Humvees and several dozen US battlefield tanks all paid for by US tax dollars. This entire spectacle was permitted as ISIS without any resistance then took control of Mosul the second largest city in Iraq including a half billion dollars robbing a bank. Throughout this process, it was definitely no accident that the United States allowed the Islamic State forces to invade Iraq as with advanced US airpower it could have within a couple hours easily carpet bombed and totally eliminated ISIS since the Islamic State possessed no anti-aircraft weapons. And even now with the hi-tech wizardry of satellites, lasers, nanotechnology and advanced cyber-warfare, the US and allied intelligence has the means of accurately locating and with far superior firepower totally eradicating ISIS if the will to do so actually existed. But the fact is there is no desire to kill the phantom enemy when in fact it’s the friend of the traitors in charge of the US government who drive the Empire’s global war policy.
Much more http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-isis-us-empire-their-unholy-alliance-fully-exposed/5436019
clothcapclothcap on March 12th, 2015 07:27 am (UTC)
Bookmarks to check lifted from Corbet's item, see next comment box.

The ISIS/Caucus/Chechnya link is the most interesting angle for me because of the tie-ins with what we assume are current US geopol ambitions:

Rising Star of ISIS has Chechen Background

Sundry information on this character

Secret Battles between US Forces and Chechen terrorists

ISIS an ‘Incredible’ Fighting Force, US Special Ops Sources Say

Edited at 2015-03-13 12:34 am (UTC)
clothcapclothcap on March 13th, 2015 12:22 am (UTC)
Who Is ISIS? An open source investigation
09/07/2014 By James Corbett
The hysteria over the supposed threat posed by the Islamic State (IS) is now undeniable. Every day new stories emerge focusing on the group’s brutality, its resources, its capabilities and its intention to strike out at the West. The US Defense Secretary, Secretary of State, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and ranking Senators have all delivered somber assessments of the group’s evil aims in recent weeks, and have they been joined in that effort by a host of counterparts in foreign nations. The mainstream media, for their part, report these pronouncements without question, and with only a bare minimum of context to help their audience understand the group.
An open source investigation is desperately needed to sort through the hype to determine the facts behind this shadowy terror group. In this article we will examine the background, current status and future aims of the group, as well as the numerous facts that have been carefully omitted from the officially-sanctioned narrative of the group. In the comments section below, Corbett Report members are encouraged to contribute links, analysis and questions to further expand our understanding of the current situation and whether we are in fact heading toward a new false flag provocation like the September 11 attacks.
Background – History of ISIS
The Islamic State is a caliphate established by a jihadist Islamic group in June 2014. Their expressed goal is to establish Salafist government over the Levant region of Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, Cyprus and Southern Turkey. The group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has been declared caliph and “leader for Muslims everywhere.”
The Islamic State has gone through numerous name changes since its founding in Iraq in 1999. originally known as Jamāʻat al-Tawḥīd wa-al-Jihād (JTJ), (“The Organization of Monotheism and Jihad”), it changed to Tanẓīm Qāʻidat al-Jihād fī Bilād al-Rāfidayn (“The Organization of Jihad’s Base in the Country of the Two Rivers”) in 2004 after the group swore allegiance to Osama Bin Laden. During this period it was popularly known as Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI). In 2006 it became the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI), but changed again in 2013 after expanding into Syria. At that point it became Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) or Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). Its latest moniker, the “Islamic State,” came about after the proclamation of a new caliphate on June 29, 2014.
Continues https://www.corbettreport.com/who-is-isis-an-open-source-investigation/
clothcapclothcap on March 13th, 2015 12:32 am (UTC)
Pretending the global "badly done to" don't consume the "doers" when healthy food runs out, and the 1% representatives are allowed to have a global government under the influence (a puppet) what then? Everyone lives happily ever?

I wanna tell you a story.

Perhaps Max was the greatest satirist.
clothcapclothcap on March 13th, 2015 12:38 am (UTC)
ISIS defector describes how 'Jihadi John' ran executions
Pamela Engel
The man said that "John," recently identified as Emwazi, was the group's chief killer of foreign hostages.
Saleh said his job was to help convince the hostages they were safe.
Emwazi "would say to me, 'Say to them, no problem, only video, we don't kill you, we want from your government [to] stop attacking Syria. We don't have any problem with you; you are only our visitors,'" Saleh told Sky, adding that he knew the whole time the hostages would eventually be killed.
The hostages were also reportedly encouraged to become Muslim and given Arabic names to help them feel more relaxed among the militants.
Full http://uk.businessinsider.com/isis-defector-dsscribes-how-jihadi-john-ran-executions-2015-3?r=US
Via Yahoo
clothcapclothcap on March 13th, 2015 12:40 am (UTC)
The Truth Behind the Gates of Auschwitz
By David Cole from Anonymous Uploads on Vimeo.
The full-length documentary on the Truth Behind the Gates of Auschwitz by David Cole.
[Meant to put this under John Pilger'sessay.]
clothcapclothcap on March 13th, 2015 12:54 am (UTC)
English Pravda.Ru
Mexico as another country for US military intervention for oil?: In recent years, the Mexican economy and indu... http://bit.ly/1GnrJhw

Chris Sedlmair
Samuel Lover: The trumpet and the sword http://ln.is/wordpress.com/VEk6S
[click anywhere in a clear area to go to the page. Rt click, select frame, only this frame to view the original page]

Confession or bluff? #Putin had plans for #Crimea before the referendum.

Raja Chemayel retweeted
David Icke
Israel’s Lieberman calls for beheading of Arab Israelis: http://bit.ly/1GizeWR

Umami retweeted
Bloomberg Business
Feds to charge Senator Menendez with corruption, @CNN reports http://bloom.bg/1KyDfNe

Ashley VivaSAA Syria
Remember when the head of a UN school gave their GPS coordinates to the IDF 17 times, yet the IDF destroyed the school anyway?

Révolutions Info
Ukraine Crisis: US Sending 3000 Troops To Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania For ... - International Business... http://bit.ly/1A9XXIq

Brandon Martinez Responds to Anti-Muslim Zealot http://nonalignedmedia.com/2015/03/brandon-martinez-responds-anti-muslim-zealot/

Comrade Misanthrope
Florida Bills Would Legalize Recreational Marijuana, Effectively Nullify Federal Prohibition http://bit.ly/194ni0Q
Chane Steiner
You know what "bipartisan" means?

Press TV
Iran’s envoy to the IAEA says Tehran and the agency will hold their next round of talks in April http://ptv.io/1pOG
clothcapclothcap on March 13th, 2015 01:32 am (UTC)
Israel Supports Syria Terrorists out of Golan Heights:
85 Wounded Al-Qaeda Militants Transported to Israeli and Jordanian Hospitals
By Leith Fadel
Global Research, March 13, 2015
The Arab Source 11 March 2015
On Tuesday, as many as 85 wounded militants from the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” (Victory Front) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) were transported to Israeli and Jordanian hospitals after a powerful joint attack by the Syrian Arab Army’s 9th Armored Division and the Syrian Arab Air Force (SAAF).
Among the Jabhat Al-Nusra and FSA fighters transported to Israeli and Jordanian hospitals were their field commanders, “Abu Usama Al-Jolani” and “Abu Hamza Al-Naymi.”
According to a military source, the SAA’s military intelligence received this information from local activists on the ground; specifically, from Syrians living in the Israeli-Occupied Golan Heights town of Majdal Shamis.
Activists in the town of Majdal Shamis have been targeted by Israeli police as of lately, due to their collaboration and support for the Syrian Arab Army; this has resulted in the arrest of a number of activists, including Hisham Fares Sha’alan on charges of conspiring against the state of Israel.
clothcapclothcap on March 13th, 2015 10:45 am (UTC)
Soros, Rockefeller's lieutenant, is the connecting factor between Clinton, Power, Rice, Nuland and Obama.
Rockefeller, as member of the Pilgrims Soc. once said that if the public won't accept a world gov't peacefully then it will be imposed by force. That is where much of the wars of aggression and arranged coups originate. imo
clothcapclothcap on March 13th, 2015 10:57 am (UTC)
MH 17 Shootdown Log: Radar Spoofing
March 11, 2015 By Chip Tatum
When is an SU 25 something else entirely
“The government and media have always known radar imagines are faked”
[Editor’s note: I asked Chip to do this piece based on his background with the technologies and how vital it is for the public to know that all information about plane locations, altitudes, speed or even plane type have been faked though EW (Electronic Warfare) modules for years.
Thus, the radar tracking from 9/11…faked…the SU25s tracking MH17….faked as well, wrong altitude, wrong planes, maybe not even Ukrainian or Russian at all. An Israeli F15 taking off from Azerbaijan was “there.”
We can prove it could have. What Chip proves is that efforts to sell government conspiracy theories based on faked radar is going to have to come to an end. We are busting them now…
In 2010, Israeli fighters bombed a suspected nuclear materials site in Syria. Here’s the million dollar question: How did they do it without tipping off Syria’s Russian-bought air defense radar? Israel hacked the network.
So lets consider what means could have been used and even more, how technology has advanced in the last four years.
more http://www.veteranstoday.com/2015/03/11/mh-17-shootdown-log-radar-spoofing/
Reading the comments the analogue systems have been much digitalised and so easier to hack and spoof more convincingly.
clothcapclothcap on March 13th, 2015 07:38 pm (UTC)
Re: MH 17 Shootdown Log: Radar Spoofing
More on this topic

MH17 Coverup Debate, Mossad Asset Caught
March 12, 2015 Gordon Duff
Claims SU-25 shot down MH17 unsupportable
clothcapclothcap on March 13th, 2015 11:06 am (UTC)
“Any ground Offensive against Syria will be Catastrophic.”
March 12, 2015 Gordon Duff
Warning issued after Kerry's "war plans" visit to Saudi capitol
Editor’s Note: Syria is making progress against the Islamic State, more appropriately, the “Israeli backed” Islamic state, on all fronts, as is Iraq. Standing with Israel, though less and less each day, is Turkey and Saudi Arabia.
Slowly they are becoming aware that they will be targeted next.

Ambassador Abou Said “Any ground Offensive against Syria will be Catastrophic.”
Secretary General of the European Department for Security and Information Ambassador Dr Haissam bou Said warned against any ground offensive on Syria, saying “if it takes place, it would be catastrophic on the whole region and the world.”
There will be no tolerance at all if such a thing happens, and it will be regarded as a flagrant aggression,” Bou Said said, adding “all means will be on the table for halting it.
Bou Said said “Turkey and Saudi Arabia will not perpetrate now any aggression, because the world order, including the US, will be against it due to the developments pertinent to the Iranian nuclear talks.”
He concluded “what is said in the media by Saudi Arabia and Turkey is uncalculated juvenile adventure and cannot possible be implemented on the ground.”
Ambassador Bou Said ended a two-day official visit to Syria where he discussed with Syrian top officials issues of mutual concern and avenues for cooperation.
Diagram and Arabic http://www.veteranstoday.com/2015/03/12/any-ground-offensive-against-syria-will-be-catastrophic/
Commented - Julie Carter -
John McCain interviewed on Fox News, is urging ground troops. Also, Twitter reports of 22-50 Iraqi's killed/wounded in coalition airstrike - after successful advance on ISIS?

Edited at 2015-03-13 11:08 am (UTC)
clothcapclothcap on March 13th, 2015 11:12 am (UTC)
Could SU-25 fighter jet down a Boeing? Former pilots speak out on MH17 claims
March 11, 2015
As the investigation into the MH17 tragedy continues in eastern Ukraine, the SU-25's chief designer has told German media that the fighter jet could not possibly have taken down the passenger plane. RT spoke to former pilots about the jet's capabilities.
Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, crashed down over rebel-held eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014. Everyone on board – 283 passengers and 15 crew members – perished in the tragedy.
A report on the official investigation published in September 2014 said the crash was a result of structural damage caused by a large number of high-energy objects that struck the Boeing from the outside. However, it did not conclude what the objects were, where they came from, or who was responsible.
Kiev and some Western states have placed blame on eastern Ukraine militias and Russia. The Russian Defense Ministry shared radar data pointing to other possibilities in July – including an attack by a Ukrainian Sukhoi-25 fighter jet, which was said to have been tracking the passenger plane.
While an official international investigation into the crash has been dragging on for nine months, the debate into the cause of the tragedy has been once again reignited by recent comments from the chief designer of the SU-25.
Continues http://rt.com/news/239881-mh17-ukraine-fighter-jet/

Edited at 2015-03-13 11:13 am (UTC)
clothcapclothcap on March 13th, 2015 11:25 am (UTC)
State Department's Nuland Threw a Fit over Merkel-Hollande in Minsk
Wants to "fight against the Europeans", is railing against EU's "defeatism"
Feb 19 (Deep Resource)
There are increasingly signs that Merkel and Hollande operated behind the backs of the Americans, when they traveled to Minsk last week, in an attempt to reach an agreement between the warring factions.
During a closed-door meeting at the Munich Security Summit, Nuland fumed that the Europeans needed to be fought:
Der Spiegel described a closed-door meeting, apparently reported on anonymously both to it and to the Bild newspaper, held by Assistant Secretary of State Nuland at the Munich Security Conference one week ago, with “perhaps two dozen U.S. diplomats and Senators.”
There Nuland gave instructions to “fight against the Europeans” on the issue of arming Ukraine to fight Russia.
She was described as “bitterly” referring to the German Chancellor’s and French President Hollande’s meeting with Russian President Putin as “Merkel’s Moscow junk,” and “Moscow bullshit,” and she welcomed a Senator’s calling German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen the “Defeatism Minister.”
More http://russia-insider.com/en/politics_ukraine/2015/02/19/3627
clothcapclothcap on March 13th, 2015 01:41 pm (UTC)
RT Newsline
09:27 Putin to meet Kyrgyz leader in St. Petersburg on Monday – Kremlin
President Vladimir Putin will hold talks with his Kyrgyz counterpart, Almazbek Atambayev, in St. Petersburg on Monday, the Kremlin press service said Friday. The two presidents will discuss bilateral cooperation, “mainly in the trade, investment, energy, cultural and humanitarian sectors,” Tass reported. The talks will also focus on Kyrgyzstan’s accession to the Eurasian Economic Union.

08:35 Ukraine’s self-proclaimed republics urge Germany, France to slap sanctions on Kiev
The heads of self-proclaimed republics in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk and Lugansk Regions (DPR and LPR) on Friday urged Germany and France to exert pressure on authorities in Kiev to implement the Minsk peace agreements. Aleksandr Zakharchenko and Igor Plotnitsky said Berlin and Paris should impose economic and personal sanctions on a number of Ukraine’s leaders, including Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk, “for crimes against humanity,” TASS reported. As a result of Ukraine’s aggression, economies of DPR, LPR are “on the edge of collapse,” according to a joint statement of the republics’ heads.
clothcapclothcap on March 13th, 2015 01:42 pm (UTC)
Probe launched into Fox News analyst’s ‘kill Russians’ comment
March 12, 2015
Russia’s top federal law enforcement agency has opened a criminal probe into the statement by a retired US Army general, who suggested that the Ukrainian crisis could be settled by “killing Russians.”
The criminal case was started against Robert H. Scales on charges of public calls for starting an aggressive war made in the media, the chief spokesman for the Investigative Committee, Vladimir Markin, told reporters Thursday. Under the Russian Criminal Code this crime can carry up to five years in prison.
According to the Investigative Committee, Scales’s statement also violated article 20 of the United Nations’ International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which bans any propaganda of war and instigation of discrimination, hatred or violence.
The statement was made on the US TV network Fox News on Wednesday. The channel aired a segment featuring Scales, a former United States Army major general who now works as a military analyst. Scales said that one solution to the Ukrainian crisis would be to kill the alleged Russian soldiers roaming around eastern Ukraine.
The analyst said that the only way the United States could have any effect in this region was to start killing Russians in large quantities to provoke protests in Russia itself after a great number of KIAs start to arrive from Ukraine. He added that in his view the Ukrainian military themselves simply did not possess the ability to counterattack.
More http://rt.com/politics/240149-russia-general-us-probe/
aussieone commented
[...] The CIA killed Nemtsov he was a FSB agent
Learning all the US plots to destabilize Russia and then reporting them back to the FSB
When the CIA found out they waited till two days before the rally and killed him outside
the Kremlin
France has under 400 nukes The UK has under 200 and the US has 100 shared across Germany Italy and the Netherlands.
clothcapclothcap on March 13th, 2015 01:49 pm (UTC)
Extremists in ISIS 'Mossad spy' video are French citizens – reports
Published time: March 11, 2015
The child executioner and adult militant featured in the chilling ISIS video purportedly showing the killing of a teenager they accuse of being an Israeli spy have been identified as French citizens, an official with ties to security agencies told AP.
The official, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the ongoing inquiry, also said investigators suspect that the man in the video may be related to one of the extremists responsible for the 2012 attack on a Jewish school in Toulouse.
The older man, who is heard speaking French with a prominent southern French accent, resembles the stepbrother of Mohammed Merah, who killed seven people during his attack and subsequent siege of the Ozar Hatorah school, AP reported.
A French police source identified the man as Sabri Essid, a half-brother of Merah, Reuters also reported Wednesday.
In the video, released Tuesday as part of Islamic State’s ongoing grisly propaganda campaign, the latest victim identified himself as Mohammed Said Ismail Musallam, and claimed he had been recruited by Mossad, the Israeli intelligence agency, before being shot point blank by a boy executioner.
The boy, described by the older man in the video as a “cub of the caliphate,” then shouts “Allahu Akbar!” and fires four more shots at the already dead victim.
Read moreISIS releases video of child executing ‘Israeli spy’
In the video, the older extremist also encouraged attacks on Jews “in your own stronghold in France,” before the taped execution.
More http://rt.com/news/239857-isis-extremists-french-citizens/
clothcapclothcap on March 13th, 2015 01:54 pm (UTC)
‘We do not torture’: UK talks the talk on human rights, but Amnesty increasingly skeptical
March 12, 2015
“We do not participate in, solicit, encourage or condone the use of torture or cruel inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment for any purpose,” the UK government’s Annual Human Rights Report says. But Amnesty International claims otherwise.
The report released by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) on Thursday documents the government’s ongoing commitment to “combat terrorism in an effective and sustainable way” and to “promote human rights and the rule of law in other countries.”
Its counter-terror mission statement adds that in order to fulfill its aims, the UK must “live up to our values and obligations at all times, and demand that our partners do the same.”
The annual report follows damning comments in Amnesty International’s annual State of the World’s Human Rights report, published last month, which claimed the UK’s “nationalist, thinly veiled xenophobic attitudes” were responsible for anti-EU rhetoric that targets human rights.
More http://rt.com/uk/240109-uk-human-rights-report/
“We do not participate..." but "we" allow.
clothcapclothcap on March 13th, 2015 02:17 pm (UTC)
Making NATO defunct: Is EU Army intended to reduce US influence in Europe?
March 12, 2015 Darius Nazemroaya
An EU military force is being justified as protection from Russia, but it may also be a way of reducing US influence as the EU and Germany come to loggerheads with the US and NATO over Ukraine.
While speaking to the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced the time has come for the creation of a unified EU military force. Juncker used rhetoric about “defending the values of the European Union” and nuanced anti-Russian polemics to promote the creation of European army, which would convey a message to Moscow.
The polemics and arguments for an EU Army may be based around Russia, but the idea is really directed against the US. The underlying story here is the tensions that are developing between the US, on one side, and the EU and Germany, on the other side. This is why Germany reacted enthusiastically to the proposal, putting its support behind a joint EU armed force.
Previously, the EU military force was seriously mulled over was during the buildup to the illegal Anglo-American invasion of Iraq in 2003 when Germany, France, Belgium, and Luxembourg met to discuss it as an alternative to US-dominated NATO. The idea has been resurrected again under similar circumstances. In 2003, the friction was over the US-led invasion of Iraq. In 2015, it is because of the mounting friction between Germany and the US over the crisis in Ukraine.
Re-think in Berlin and Paris?
To understand the events behind the call for a common EU military, we have to look at the events stretching from November 2014 until March 2015. They started when Germany and France began showing signs that they were having second thoughts about the warpath that the US and NATO were taking them down in Ukraine and Eastern Europe.
Franco-German differences with the US began to emerge after Tony Blinken, US President Barak Obama’s former Deputy National Security Advisor and current Deputy Secretary of State and the number two diplomat at the US Department of State, announced that the Pentagon was going to send arms into Ukraine at a hearing of the US Congress about his nomination, that was held on November 19, 2014. As the Fiscal Times put it, “Washington treated Russia and the Europeans to a one-two punch when it revealed its thinking about arming Ukraine.”
More http://rt.com/op-edge/240065-nato-us-europe-military-force/
clothcapclothcap on March 13th, 2015 02:32 pm (UTC)
Russia is not a threat to Britain's security, Philip Hammond is wrong
[On the same hallucinogenics as Breedlove?]
March 12, 2015 Bryan MacDonald
The British Foreign Secretary proved this week that he's unfit for the rigors of the role. By no stretch of the imagination is Russia the greatest security threat to the UK.
Philip Hammond is in line for the wooden spoon award as the shortest serving British Foreign Secretary for a quarter of a century, according to both the bookmakers and opinion polls. If so, the dreaded ligneous utensil will come in splinters. The multi-millionaire Oxford old boy has been hopelessly out of his depth in the position.
Hammond first indicated that he may be somewhat removed from reality back in 2012. In a, frankly barmy, speech in Germany he defended the role of the banks in creating the 2008 Great Financial Crisis. In terms of tact, this was akin to turning up at a far-right rally in the west Ukrainian city of Lvov, and suggesting Stalin wasn’t such a bad chap after all.
The following year Hammond’s calamitous tongue was at it again - comparing legislation supporting same-sex marriage to the sanctioning of incest. Whatever your views on the matter, to place what amounts to a civil rights campaign in the realm of the oedipal complex was grossly offensive.
The Conservative MP for Runnymede and Weybridge has a habit of saying very silly things. This week he finally took the ‘McVities’ with a statement that not only made him look extremely stupid - it also debased his office. An utterance so imbecilic those illustrious predecessors from the Duke of Wellington to Harold Macmillan must have been spinning in their resting places.
Hammond versus reality
Hammond said: “It (Russia) has the potential to pose the single greatest threat to our security.” Some have suggested that the Foreign Secretary was waffling in an attempt to secure funding for the foreign intelligence services (Mi6) which he controls, but I doubt it. I think the ‘cold warrior’ really believes his nonsense. This suggests that either he’s lost touch with reality or is
More http://rt.com/op-edge/240089-uk-russia-security-threat-hammond/
"... taking advice from unqualified sources." Or taking instructions (bilderberger)
In other words he has much in common with most of the UK corporatocracy.