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‘SAND PIRATES’: Are ISIS America’s 21st Century Terror Privateers?
November 1, 2014 By

What is ISIS? If you believe government and corporate media propaganda, then you probably still think that ISIS is a grassroots Islamic ideological movement – with no connection to foreign agencies like the CIA, Britain’s MI6, Turkish (NATO) intelligence, Saudi intelligence, Israeli intelligence, or Pakistan’s ISI.

You would be partly correct, in that there is a grassroots element to ISIS, one which coalesces around vulnerable poor, economically and politically disaffected, young Sunni Muslims – all needed to refill the lower foot soldiers ranks of their fighting force, and yes, some members of ISIS have an ideological belief system, even though it’s not a very pleasant one. Theirs is a highly distorted, violent version of Islam, and a 360º theater of terror. Their force is a formidable one and international in membership. This is Mujaheddin 2.0, a turbo-charged jihadist mercenary conclave of 21st century privateers, and almost certainly managed and run by allied ‘Coalition’ intelligence agencies.
According the latest UN report, foreign jihadists are heading into Iraq and Syria on “an unprecedented scale”, with bulk of the Syrian rebellion being 15,000 ‘Islamist’  foreign fighters. Hardly an Arab Spring. The middle and upper ranks of ISIS include thousands of seasoned mercenary Islamic fighters from countries far and wide including, but not limited to, escaped terrorist convicts, and former detainees released from Guantanamo Bay.
The other mythology that’s been erected around ISIS, is the idea that they are an “Islamic State” and economically self-sufficient, fledgling Caliphate – with global ambitions. How western leaders and their media minions can refer to a terrorist-organized crime confab as a “state” defies belief and, in a funny way, actually dignifies and lends an air of political legitimacy – which this ‘brand’ may not actually deserve, but count on the western media who have effectively created ISIS to also be the ones to give it legitimacy later in the story, when the west begins to ‘negotiate’ with ISIS.
No, they’re not a state, and cannot actual govern territory in any real sense. Any temporary mandate they would have over a town or village would be based on a type of theocratic-mafia state model employing heavy-handed extortion rackets, an array of syndicates, black markets, local intimidation and general warlordism. Still, you can’t stop America’s reactionary millionaire pundit class (FOX’s Sean Hannity, Megan Kelly et all, and Michael Savage, Glenn Beck) in the US from talking up ad nauseum the threat of an ISIS ‘Islamic Caliphate’ taking over the North America and western civilization and somehow implementing Sharia Law. That’s a free hint, and nice little take-away for producers at CNN, FOX News, BBC and the rest – all of whom are supplying ISIS will countless millions in free PR by keeping those camp terrorist propaganda YouTube videos on heavy rotation.
The substance and timing of that series of poorly produced ‘beheading videos’ (in which no one was actually beheaded on camera) is also suspect. Our mainstream media are only feeding the monster.
The reality of ISIS is something altogether different…
ISIS FOR HIRE: Mercenaries, and ISIS actors are always masked, coming from the most unusual places (South London?).
On closer inspection, these marauding paramilitary ISIS gangs are nothing new. They’re being paid for, and directed at the highest levels by powers outside of Iraq and Syria. So it’s no surprise that the US, UK, Saudi, Qatar and Turkey all share the exact same objective as ISIS – the destabilization of secular nation states in the Middle East and the removal of Bashar al Assad in Syria. With the same objectives and agenda, the Western Coalition and ISIS work together like a well-oiled machine. Think of them as McCain’s Private Army (see video, below).
For financial or political reasons, Empires have always used external militarized cells and mercenaries to commit unsavoury acts under a flag different from the monarchy, nation state, or private corporation who was directing them behind the scenes.

In 1979, US agencies, together with Pakistani intelligence, formed the Mujahideen in Afghanistan. Years later, this fighting force, led by CIA asset Osama bin Laden (code named ‘Tim Osman’), was rebranded into ‘al Qaeda’. Like ISIS, the Mujahideen were also privateers.
In the 1980’s, the Nicaraguan Death Squads and CIA-backed ‘Contra’ rebels, were under the financial and political control of Washington DC and death-squad specialist John Negroponte (photo, left). Through cocaine and narcotics trafficking, these paramilitary gangs were also able to fund their conquest to destabilize and terrorize Nicaraguans. So, it was no surprise when Negroponte showed up as US Ambassador in Baghdad, Iraq in 2004, that Islamic death squads began to appear in Iraq featuring some of the most brutal sectarian violence to date.
Negroponte’s understudy during this period was US operative Robert Stephen Ford. After completing his study in Iraq, Ford was then moved in 2010 to become US Ambassador to Syria. Soon after Ford’s arrival, western-backed Flash Mobs and targeted violence against Syrian police and military – erupted in parts of Syria.
It wasn’t long before the Assad government realized why Ford was installed when he was, and promptly forced him out of Damascus in 2011. Not surprisingly, critics believe that it was US operative Robert Ford who laid the groundwork for the emergence of ISIS in Syria.

History Repeats Itself
Ruthless and unconventional “asymmetric” enemies are nothing new to the United States. Historically, the Privateer, or Barbary “Corsair”, was a private person or ship authorized by a government to attack foreign vessels or governments, often covertly. During the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, Ottoman Corsairs operated along the North African coast, and attacked Colonial American ships for over a century.
OLD SKOOL ISIS: Barbary Pirates were the 17th century ISIS, terrorists who kidnapped and killed people, but controlled behind the scenes by Kings and states.

Later, many of these Barbary Pirates (Image above) fell under the control of  Morocco’s Sultan Mohammed III. Privateering was also a way of mobilizing a small army without sacrificing real troops or spending state funds to do it. Privateers would generate income and operating capital through black market smuggling, pillaging and plundering treasure booty along the way. They also captured and impressed people into slavery along the way – just like ISIS today.

ALL YOU NEED IS A FLAG: ISIS sans navy. Notice the similarity.

It could be said that the Sultan Mohammed’s ladder day role is being shared by the US-UK-Franco (NATO) Axis and their GCC Gulf allies – the royal families of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Bahrain et all – all sponsors of the terrorist confab currently laying siege to two of the Middle East’s only secular governments – Syria and Iraq. Each of these monarchies have their own designs on the important strategic and resource rich compartments in Syria and Iraq. It’s been said how the former Emir of Qatar was looking forward to seeing his son Tamim as head of a new Syrian Emirate. Gas-rich Qatar has been a primary backer of the Syrian rebels since the armed civil war began in 2011, hoping to topple the Bashar al-Assad regime.
In addition, Qatar is also supporting Afghanistan’s theocratic Taliban militants – by giving them increased political clout and a plush office in Doha next door to US Central Command (US CENTCOM) in the same capital city. Small world.
In the end, ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Sham), or ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant), is simply a brand. Anyone could be ISIS, and ISIS could anyone – all you need is a black flag.
In 2014, maybe all we need is a gentle word from the Sultan, or the King, to call off the ISIS pirates. If only it were that simple.

[Image] It’s the time-honored practice of non-state actors (with state sponsors) who are let loose to pillage and plunder. Today’s ISIS pirates are really just the 21st century’s version of the ‘privateers’

ISIS: America’s Terrorist Mercenaries
Tony Cartalucci New Eastern Outlook

Generally historical revision takes place long after events unfold and the victors attempt to bury humiliating or inconvenient truths.
Today, in the age of information, these would-be victors are finding it increasingly necessary to revise history in real-time through a strategy of increasingly repetitive, but decreasingly effective propaganda.
Phase I: Justifying Chaos
It was only in 2007 that US foreign policy openly sought to pursue war against Iran, Syria, and Lebanon’s Hezbollah, while undercutting pro-Iranian factions in Iraq which at the time the US was still occupying. Failing to accomplish this directly, the US planned a not-so-covert proxy war that would include funding, politically backing, and even arming groups ranging from the Muslim Brotherhood to militants aligned with Al Qaeda itself. This is perhaps best summarized by the prophetic 2007 report “
The Redirection: Is the Administration’s new policy benefiting our enemies in the war on terrorism?” written by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh and published in the New Yorker.

It stated (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.

Hersh would also go on to chronicle American political and financial support that was being provided to the Muslim Brotherhood, even then under then US President George Bush.
In all, the supposedly “spontaneous” uprisings referred to by the Western media as the “Arab Spring” in 2011 were being engineered years ahead of time – not in an attempt to promote peaceful pro-democratic aspirations, but to serve as cover for ultra-violent foreign-backed insurrections that would leave a trail of destruction stretching along Africa’s northern coast, all the way to the borders of Iran, Russia, and even China.

Phase II: The War
After denying any role in the “Arab Spring” unrest, the US would soon not only openly support the protesters in the streets, but also support armed militants that followed in the wake of protests. This support included that of a military dimension – with militants in Libya being provided aircover and special forces initially, to eventually the air-dropping of weapons, equipment, and other supplies.
US Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) would even travel to the terrorist capital of Libya – Benghazi – and offer US support in person. He would stand literally upon the footsteps of Benghazi’s courthouse where Al Qaeda rallies would be held shortly after, promising weapons to men who would later slaughter a US ambassador in that very city.
After the destruction of Libya’s government amid NATO’s intervention, Benghazi would serve as a terrorist epicenter where weapons, cash, and fighters were being staged before being sent to NATO-member Turkey and then to fight in northern Syria. Among these terrorists were seasoned militants of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), an official Al Qaeda franchise in North Africa. One of their leaders, Abdel Hakim Belhadj would eventually find himself in power in Tripoli after the collapse of the Libyan government, and even have his photograph taken with Senator McCain (see below).

McCain’s Army: US Arms Sales Rep. John McCain in Benghazi, Libya, with former Gitmo detainee and al Qaeda General and US double agent, Abdel Hakim Belhaj.

Predictably, as NATO shifted resources and attention from the overthrow of Libya to the overthrow of Syria, the conflict aimed at Damascus escalated. It did not however succeed. Instead, the West found itself in a protracted proxy war in which its role in arming, aiding, and abetting hardcore sectarian extremists became increasingly obvious.

Phase III: The “Rise” of ISIS
Clearly, the rise of the so-called “Islamic State” or ISIS, did not happen overnight, nor by accident. It was not only the logical result of the United States continuing its strategy of proxy warfare it had carried out against Libya, now unfolding in Syria, it was also the premeditated, documented result of what veteran journalist Seymour Hersh had warned about in 2007.
It is a threat that not only Syria understands all too well, but a threat its allies including Iraq, Iran, and Russia fully understand and are mobilizing against.
The US has found itself revising history, attempting to explain the existence of ISIS lurking in the footprints of its massive support of so-called “moderates” in Syria’s ongoing conflict. The US has attempted to claim ISIS has built itself on “donations,” selling oil to the black market, and by taking hostages for ransom. If only building a multinational terrorist mercenary force was that easy, we could imagine Syria, Iraq, and Iran would likewise have vast mercenary armies to outmatch ISIS in an afternoon.
The reality is, to explain how the US and its regional partners have provided “moderates” with billions in aid only to have ISIS rise up and displace these “moderates,” we must realize that there were never any “moderates” to begin with, and that the US intentionally armed and funded terrorists, just as Hersh warned in 2007, to create a terrorist mercenary army that “espouses a militant vision of Islam” and is “sympathetic to Al Qaeda.”
ISIS didn’t displace the “moderates,” the truth of what America has done in the Middle East has displaced the lies the West has been telling the public starting in 2011 at the height of the so-called “Arab Spring.”
It is essential that people around the world continue to spread this this truth faster than the West can spread its chaos.

Tony Cartalucci, Bangkok-based geopolitical researcher and writer, especially for the online magazine New Eastern Outlook.

clothcapclothcap on November 28th, 2015 03:21 pm (UTC)
Please let me bomb Assad...
ISIS has not attacked Britain. The Syrian government has not attacked Britain. Cameron is calling for aggression against a sovereign nation.

Cameron, cheered on by the zionist Bilderberg controlled media is inciting Parliament to be complicit in an international crime, to bomb targets in a sovereign state that has a popular government without the permission of that government.

The justice system in which zionist freemasonry is endemic is silent both wrt the criminal politicians inciting the crime and wrt the media complicity.
That says everything there is to say about the wholly corrupted "establishment".

It has SFA to do with ISIS. If it did Cameron would be calling for UN sanctions at the very least against the US, Arabia, Israel, Qatar, Turkey and the UK for supporting the terrorists.

Syria air strikes: Government ministers set to call Labour MPs for support
Government ministers are expected to phone members of the opposition this weekend in a bid to get them to support possible air strikes over Syria.
The foreign and defence secretaries will be among those making the calls.
Labour's Jeremy Corbyn has written to MPs saying he opposes action, but some in his shadow cabinet support strikes.
A Commons vote authorising action against Islamic State (IS) militants could take place next week if the prime minister gains enough support to win.
Mr Corbyn faced warnings of resignations after he wrote to Labour MPs rejecting David Cameron's case for military action.
Sending out a survey to party members, he asked for their views and urged them to respond by the start of next week.
It comes as protests, organised by the Stop the War coalition, against potential air strikes are being held in London.
More from the Israel first zionist Bilderberg mouthpiece -
Stop paying the BBC to support illegal aggression on behalf of corporations, the Israel regime and the zionist OWG proponents.

Definition of a politician. Criminal sell-out and drug abusing pervert and genocidalist and or yes man.
A country gets the leadership it deserves.
(Seems like the same definition can be applied to religious administrators.)
clothcapclothcap on November 28th, 2015 04:00 pm (UTC)
Jeremy Corbyn faces threat of shadow cabinet resignations

27 November 2015
Jeremy Corbyn is on a collision course with his shadow cabinet over his opposition to UK air strikes in Syria.
Half of them support military action - and some have warned of resignations if he forces them to back his position.
The row erupted after the Labour leader wrote to his MPs saying he was not convinced by David Cameron's case for bombing IS targets in Syria.
Some shadow ministers felt he was trying to put pressure on them before they had agreed a common position.
Shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn, who backs air strikes, has said he will not resign over the issue.
'Unacceptable behaviour'
He said Labour MPs might "end up" being given a free vote to avoid further rows.
That would mean the Labour leader voting against many of his senior colleagues but the party's backbenchers - many of whom remain unconvinced by the case for air strikes - could back him.
Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell tweeted: "On Syria, can everyone calm down. We're all simply working through the issues and coming to final decision. Don't mistake democracy for division."
More http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-34940728
clothcapclothcap on November 28th, 2015 05:21 pm (UTC)
Fool us once shame on you. Fool us over and over and over...
Iraq, Afghanistan, Yugoslavia, Libya, Ukraine...
Wars of aggression for corporations, the Israeli regime, OWG etc.
clothcapclothcap on November 28th, 2015 05:24 pm (UTC)
Turkey: We Had Absolutely No Idea It Was A Russian Jet! (Seriously.)

November 26, 2015 By Stuart Hooper 21st Century Wire
Consider Turkey whipped.
According to Turkey’s letter to the United Nations Security Council regarding the shooting down of a Russian jet that it alleges breached its airspace, the Turks have astonishingly claimed that they have absolutely no idea it was a Russian jet.
It reads:
“This morning (24 November) 2 Su-24 planes, the nationality of which are unknown, have approached Turkish national airspace in Yayladaga/Hatay region.”
Turkey’s President Erdogan tried to defend the incident as “fully in line with Turkey’s rules of engagement,”
“We did not want this situation to happen, but everybody has to respect Turkey’s right to defend its borders.”
What was more than likely a planned provocation by Turkey has apparently backfired in Erdogan’s face. The surviving Russian pilot has said that the jet was not warned even once by the Turks, and that the jet suffered a ‘sneak’ attack.
This direct denial of knowledge that the plane was Russian is obviously ridiculous, but it also reveals something far deeper.
It suggests that Turkey was acting alone in this provocative act, hoping for a ‘hot’ Russian response that never came in order to drag NATO into the fray in an attempt to repel Russia from an area that the Turks consider their own sphere of influence.
NATO commanders, well aware of the strong Russian position in Syria, more than likely began quite literally pulling their hair out after hearing about this reckless Turkish act. We might see the letter’s content as the outward expression of a behind-the-scenes international whipping that Turkey received from leading NATO states.
More, vid http://21stcenturywire.com/2015/11/26/turkey-we-had-absolutely-no-idea-it-was-a-russian-jet-seriously/
As though if it was Syrian it would then be ok?
clothcapclothcap on November 28th, 2015 05:54 pm (UTC)
RT Nov 28, 2015
IN THE NOW Nov 23, 2015
The world reacts to recent gruesome terror attacks. France and Russia strike back. Weapons stocks skyrocket, Islamophobia rises, and DAESH is on everyone’s tongue. Joining Anissa this week are a French MP and member of Defense Commission, Nicolas Dhuicq, along with an Arab doctor who treats Jews, Dr. Ahmed Eid (Head of Surgery) and a Jewish doctor who treats Arabs, Dr. Yohanan Shiffman (Head of Critical Treatment).
Vid https://www.rt.com/shows/in-the-now-summary/323071-terror-france-weapons-islamophobia/

3 dead as unknown gunmen attack UN Mali base
Three people - two UN peacekeepers and one civilian - have been killed in an attack on a UN base in northern Mali, according to UN sources. There are conflicting reports, but it is believed to have been a mortar attack.

US urges Turkey to close off its Syrian border to ISIS - media
Washington is urging Ankara to seal off a 100-kilometer stretch of borderline with Syria currently used by Islamic State for transportation of fighters and supplies into the Syrian war zone. The Turkish Army would need an estimated 30,000 personnel to do this.

Prominent Kurdish lawyer shot dead in southeast Turkey
The president of the bar association in southeastern Diyarbakir province has been shot dead by unidentified gunmen while giving a public speech.

Edited at 2015-11-28 07:02 pm (UTC)
clothcapclothcap on November 28th, 2015 06:23 pm (UTC)
John Pilger on Paris, ISIS and Media Propaganda (280)
Going Underground 25 Nov, 2015
Afshin Rattansi goes underground with John Pilger. Award winning journalist and author, John Pilger talks to us about how Washington, London and Paris gave birth to ISIS-Daesh. Plus we examine the media's role in spreading disinformation ahead of a vote in Parliament for UK bombing of Syria. Afshin looks at the Autumn Statement and why in a time of high alert we are cutting the police force and buying drones. Also we look at which companies are benefitting from the budget. Plus Afshin is joined once again by former MP and broadcaster, Lembit Opik, to look at the weeks news from a cyber sinking feeling over Trident to budget boosts for the BBC.

HiDef https://www.rt.com/shows/going-underground/323420-paris-isis-daesh-uk/

‘Remove PKK from terror list,’ petition tells UK govt
A petition is calling on the British government to remove the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) from its list of terrorist organizations, citing the group’s democratic foundations and ongoing war against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).
As of Friday afternoon, nearly two thousand people had signed the petition on the Parliament website calling on the UK to support the PKK rather than proscribe it.
The petition follows the imprisonment of a British teenage girl last week found guilty of trying to join the PKK.
Contentious. Check comments.
clothcapclothcap on November 28th, 2015 07:36 pm (UTC)
Is Cameron's ass on the line over Syria, was the pork story an incentive?
If Jeremy manages to avoid NATO getting its way with British forces what new horror story about Cameron may come out I wonder?

Any DU weapons used in Syria to-date?
clothcapclothcap on November 28th, 2015 08:01 pm (UTC)
Why Turkey Stabbed Russia in the Back

By Pepe Escobar
November 27, 2015 "Information Clearing House" - "teleSUR" - Russia’s and Turkey’s objectives in fighting the Islamic State group are diametrically opposed.
It's absolutely impossible to understand why the Turkish government would engage in the suicidal strategy of downing a Russian Su-24 over Syrian territory – technically a NATO declaration of war on Russia - without putting in context the Turkish power play in northern Syria.
President Vladmir Putin said the downing of the Russian fighter jet was a “stab in the back.” So let’s see how facts on the ground allowed it to happen.
Ankara uses, finances, and weaponizes a basket case of extremist outfits across northern Syria, and needs by all means to keep supply line corridors from southern Turkey open for them; after all they need to conquer Aleppo, which would open the way for Ankara’s Holy Grail: regime change in Damascus.
At the same time Ankara is terrified of the YPG – the Syrian Kurd People’s Protection Units – a sister organization of the leftist PKK. These must be contained at all costs.
So the Islamic State group – against which the United Nations has declared war - is a mere detail in the overall Ankara strategy, which is essentially to fight, contain or even bomb Kurds; support all manner of Takfiris and Salafi-jihadis, including the Islamic State group; and get regime change in Damascus.
Unsurprisingly, the YPG Syrian Kurds are vastly demonized in Turkey, accused of at least trying to ethnic cleanse Arab and Turkmen villages in northern Syria.
Yet, what the Syrian Kurds are attempting – and to Ankara’s alarm, somewhat supported by the U.S. - is to link what are for the moment three patches of Kurdish land in northern Syria.
A look at an imperfect Turkish map at least reveals how two of these patches of land (in yellow) are already linked, to the northeast. To accomplish that, the Syrian Kurds, helped by the PKK, defeated The Islamic State group in Kobani and environs. To get to the third patch of land, they need to get to Afryn. Yet on the way (in blue) there is a collection of Turkmen villages north of Aleppo.
The strategic importance of these Turkmen lands cannot be emphasized enough. It’s exactly in this area, reaching as much as 35 km inland, that Ankara wants to install its so-called “safe zone,” which will be in fact a no-fly zone, in Syrian territory, ostensibly to house Syrian refugees, and with everything paid by the EU, which has already unblocked 3 billion euros, starting Jan. 1, via the European Commission (EC).
The now insurmountable obstacle for Turkey to get its no-fly zone is, predictably, Russia.
Using the Turkmen
Who are the Turkmen? Here we need to plunge back into ancient Silk Road history. There are roughly 200,000 Turkmen living in northern Syria. They are descendants of Turkmen tribals who moved into Anatolia in the 11th century.
Turkmen villages also sprout north of Idlib province, west of Aleppo, as well as north of Latakia province, west of Idlib. And it’s here where we find a rarely discussed bunch: a gaggle of Turkmen militias.
The myth of innocent Turkmen civilians being slaughtered by the “Assad regime” is, well, a myth. In Washington these militias are considered “moderate rebels” – as much as they have merged with all sorts of jihadi or jihadi-gobbled outfits, from the ever pliable construct Free Syrian Army to Jabhat al-Nusra, a.k.a. al-Qaida in Syria (which Vienna finally branded a terrorist group).
The bottom line is that Turkey and Russia simply cannot be part of the same coalition fighting the Islamic State group because their objectives are diametrically opposed.
Predictably, Turkish media hails all these Turkmen as “freedom fighters,” a la Ronald Reagan in the 1980s jihad Afghan. Turkish media spins the whole of their territory is controlled by an “innocent” Turkmen opposition, and not the Islamic State group. Not the Islamic State group, yes, but mostly al-Nusra, which is virtually the same thing.
More http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article43556.htm
clothcapclothcap on November 28th, 2015 08:20 pm (UTC)
The more you learn the more you realise how deeply f---ed up the whole of human society has become.
clothcapclothcap on November 28th, 2015 08:37 pm (UTC)
Syria army says Turkey increases arms shipments to rebels

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army said on Saturday that Turkey had recently increased supplies of weapons, ammunition and equipment to what it described as terrorists in Syria, and accused its northern neighbour of firing shells at Syrian army positions.
"We have certain information that the Turkish government has recently increased its support to the terrorists and the level of their supplies of weapons, ammunition and equipment necessary to continue their criminal acts," an army statement said.
More https://uk.news.yahoo.com/syria-army-says-turkey-increases-arms-shipments-rebels-171133593.html
clothcapclothcap on November 28th, 2015 08:57 pm (UTC)
Putin Calls For Sanctions Against Turkey

Sky News – 30 minutes ago
Vladimir Putin has called for sanctions against Turkey after the downing of a Russian warplane.
The decree published on the Kremlin's website includes a ban on some unspecified goods.
It also calls for ending chartered flights from Russia to Turkey and for Russian tourism companies to stop selling vacation packages in Turkey.
"The circumstances are unprecedented," Dmitry Peskov, Mr Putin's spokesman, said hours before the decree was published.
"The gauntlet thrown down to Russia is unprecedented. So naturally the reaction is in line with this threat," he added.
A senior Turkish official told Reuters the sanctions would only worsen the standoff between Moscow and Ankara.
The sanctions come after Turkey warned Mr Putin not to "play with fire" as their war of words continues over the downing of the jet.
President Recep Erdogan says he does not want to harm relations with Russia and hopes to meet Mr Putin "face to face" in Paris next week.
More https://uk.news.yahoo.com/putin-calls-sanctions-against-turkey-181855478.html
clothcapclothcap on November 28th, 2015 09:17 pm (UTC)
Paris Attack: New Data on Police Foreknowledge of Terrorists Raises Questions

By Kumaran Ira Global Research, November 27, 2015
World Socialist Web Site
Since the November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris, new revelations have provided more evidence that Islamist elements who launched the attack were well known to the intelligence services before the attack that killed 130 people.
These details are of the greatest political significance. They contradict official claims that the attackers evaded the attention of French and European intelligence, and that the only way to prevent new attacks is to accept a permanent state of emergency and police-state measures. If the terrorists were able to plan and execute such a massive, coordinated attack, it was because intelligence agencies did not use the powers they already have to prevent attacks that were carried out by Islamist terrorist forces with which they have close political ties.
On November 25, the New York Times reported that Belgian authorities had a list of suspected Islamists that included the Belgian residents who were involved in the Paris attacks. It wrote, “a month before the Paris terrorist attacks, Mayor Françoise Schepmans of Molenbeek, a Brussels district long notorious as a haven for jihadists, received a list with the names and addresses of more than 80 people suspected as Islamic militants living in her area.”
Citing sources inside Belgium’s security services, the Times wrote, “the list included two brothers who would take part in the bloodshed in France on Nov. 13, as well as the man suspected of being the architect of the terrorist plot, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a Molenbeek resident who had left for Syria to fight for the Islamic State in early 2014.”
Schepmans said, “What was I supposed to do about them? It is not my job to track possible terrorists.” She noted that this is “the responsibility of the federal police.”
Abaaoud, who died in the massive police raid in Saint-Denis last week and was believed to have orchestrated the attacks, lived in Molenbeek. Known to police since 2002, he received multiple prison sentences between 2006 and 2012. He came to the attention of the intelligence services in February 2014, when he appeared in an Islamist video driving a truck dragging the corpses of nonbelievers. Six months later, international arrest warrants were issued for him.
The two brothers cited by the Times, Brahim and Salah Abdeslam, also lived in Molenbeek. Brahim blew himself up on the boulevard Voltaire and his brother, Salah Abdeslam, is currently on the run.
Police also had a file on Omar Ismaïl Mostefai, a suicide bomber at Bataclan theater, even before he travelled to Syria in 2013, while Sami Amimour, a gunman at the Bataclan, had been detained in 2012 due to suspected terrorist links.
Already before the Times report, numerous media outlets had revealed that most Islamists involved in the November 13 attack were known to security forces. Since the Paris attacks, a growing number of experts on French Islamism have expressed amazement that such figures were allowed to operate in France and prepare the attacks.
When Abaaoud was identified as a possible orchestrator of the attack, David Thomson, a journalist specializing in jihad in France and author of French Jihadists, wrote: “if this report is substantiated, what would be involved would be far more than astonishment at a meltdown of the security services.”
More http://www.globalresearch.ca/paris-attack-new-data-on-police-foreknowledge-of-terrorists-raises-questions/5491916
clothcapclothcap on November 28th, 2015 09:53 pm (UTC)
The Dirty War on Syria

By Prof. Tim Anderson
Global Research, November 27, 2015
The following text is the introductory chapter of Professor Tim Anderson’s forthcoming book entitled The Dirty War on Syria
Although every war makes ample use of lies and deception, the dirty war on Syria has relied on a level of mass disinformation not seen in living memory. The British-Australian journalist Philip Knightley pointed out that war propaganda typically involves ‘a depressingly predictable pattern’ of demonising the enemy leader, then demonising the enemy people through atrocity stories, real or imagined (Knightley 2001). Accordingly, a mild-mannered eye doctor called Bashar al Assad became the new evil in the world and, according to consistent western media reports, the Syrian Army did nothing but kill civilians for more than four years. To this day, many imagine the Syrian conflict is a ‘civil war’, a ‘popular revolt’ or some sort of internal sectarian conflict. These myths are, in many respects, a substantial achievement for the big powers which have driven a series of ‘regime change’ operations in the Middle East region, all on false pretexts, over the past 15 years.
Dr. Tim Anderson
This book is a careful academic work, but also a strong defence of the right of the Syrian people to determine their own society and political system. That position is consistent with international law and human rights principles, but may irritate western sensibilities, accustomed as we are to an assumed prerogative to intervene. At times I have to be blunt, to cut through the double-speak. In Syria the big powers have sought to hide their hand, using proxy armies while demonising the Syrian Government and Army, accusing them of constant atrocities; then pretending to rescue the Syrian people from their own government. Far fewer western people opposed the war on Syria than opposed the invasion of Iraq, because they were deceived about its true nature.
In 2011 I had only a basic understanding of Syria and its history. However I was deeply suspicious when reading of the violence that erupted in the southern border town of Daraa. I knew that such violence (sniping at police and civilians, the use of semi-automatic weapons) does not spring spontaneously from street demonstrations. And I was deeply suspicious of the big powers. All my life I had been told lies about the pretexts for war. I decided to research the Syrian conflict, reading hundreds of books and articles, watching many videos and speaking to as many Syrians as I could. I wrote dozens of articles and visited Syria twice, during the conflict. This book is a result of that research.
Dirty wars are not new. Cuban national hero Jose Martí predicted to a friend that Washington would try to intervene in Cuba’s independence struggle against the Spanish. ‘They want to provoke a war’, he wrote in 1889 ‘to have a pretext to intervene and, with the authority of being mediator and guarantor, to seize the country … There is no more cowardly thing in the annals of free people; nor such cold blooded evil’ (Martí 1975: 53). Nine years later, during the third independence war, an explosion in Havana Harbour destroyed the USS Maine, killing 258 US sailors and serving as a pretext for a US invasion.
The subsequent ‘Spanish-American’ war snatched victory from the Cubans and allowed the US to take control of the remaining Spanish colonial territories. Cuba had territory annexed and a deeply compromised constitution was imposed. No evidence ever proved the Spanish were responsible for the bombing of the Maine and many Cubans believe the North Americans bombed their own ship. The monument in Havana, in memory of those sailors, still bears this inscription: ‘To the victims of the Maine who were sacrificed to imperialist voracity and the desire to gain control of the island of Cuba’ (Richter 1998).
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I may get this.
clothcapclothcap on November 28th, 2015 10:47 pm (UTC)
A European prime minister is talking seriously about the EU collapsing like the Roman Empire

Business Insider Mike Bird
In an interview with international news organisations this week, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte suggested that western European states might need to bring in a "mini-Schengen" to deal with the bloc's migrant crisis, referring to the Schenghen Agreement that began the abolition of internal border controls in much of the European Union.
A shrunken agreement to leave internal borders open might, for example, exclude countries in south-eastern Europe. A huge number of refugees have arrived in Europe on boats from Turkey, landing in Greece and attempting to travel north.
He turned that into a more startling analogy, according to a report from the Financial Times. Here's the kicker:
“As we all know from the Roman empire, big empires go down if the borders are not well-protected,” said Mr Rutte in an interview with a group of international newspapers. “So we really have an imperative that it is handled.”
clothcapclothcap on November 28th, 2015 11:34 pm (UTC)
Iranian media is revealing that scores of the country’s fighters are dying in Syria

By Hugh Naylor November 27
BEIRUT — An increasing number of Iranian soldiers and militiamen appear to be dying in Syria’s civil war, and observers credit media from an unexpected country for revealing the trend:
A flurry of reports in Iran’s official and semi­official news outlets about the deaths — including funerals and even a eulogy to a fallen general by Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei — have surprised analysts who monitor the country’s tightly controlled media. The reports, they say, indicate that at least 67 Iranians have been killed in Syria since the beginning of October.
Just a few months ago, Iranian media said little about the country’s military intervention in ­Syria to shore up the government. But as Iranian fighters participate in a new Russian-led offensive against Syrian rebels, Iran’s leaders might have a reason to offer more details of their country’s involvement, said Ali Alfoneh, an Iran expert at the ­Washington-based Foundation for Defense of Democracies.
“They are proud of this and they want to show it,” he said. Since Iranian forces became increasingly involved in the conflict in 2013, he noted, about 10 fighters were being killed every month, but the numbers surged after Russia, another ally of Syria’s government, began launching airstrikes at rebels in late September.
[Hundreds of Iranian troops mass near Aleppo, U.S. official and activists say]
Iran has been a key military and financial backer of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during nearly five years of conflict, viewing his government as critical
for projecting Iranian influence across the region.
Iran’s elite Quds Force of the Revolutionary Guard Corps helped Assad build powerful pro-government militias to support Syria’s exhausted and broken military. Iran, a Shiite nation, also has ordered thousands of Shiite militiamen from Lebanon, Iraq and other countries to fight in Syria against the Sunni-led rebellion.
But in Iran’s media, the role of Revolutionary Guard soldiers and Iranian militiamen in Syria has been generally played down. They are described as “advisers” or “volunteers” protecting Shiite shrines.
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