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US Ramps Up Military Strikes in Iraq as Militant Control Over Key Dam Remains Unclear


US continues incremental increases in military action in Iraq with notifications to Congress but no vote

A U.S. Marine stands in front of Osprey aircraft on Aug. 12, 2014. (Photo: U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Joshua M. Rudy)

Iraqi and Kurdish officials claim Monday to have retaken control of a strategic dam held by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters following a weekend in which the United States ramped up its military involvement in the country with additional air strikes.

Agence France-Presse reports:

Iraqi security spokesman Lt. Gen. Qassem Atta confirmed Monday that Mosul dam was entirely liberated in a joint operation by Iraqi “anti-terrorism forces and peshmerga forces with aerial support.”

The New York Times adds that

Hoshyar Zebari, a Kurdish leader and the foreign minister in Iraqi’s departing government, also said by telephone Monday that the dam was in the hands of Iraqi and Kurdish forces.

Yet there are many reports contesting that control of the Mosul dam, at least in its entirety, has been wrested from ISIS.

In addition to ISIS denying the claim, an anonymous U.S. defense official told the Associated Press that the fight to retake the dam was “not over.”

Further, an employee of the dam told Reuters, “Islamic State fighters are still in full control over the dam’s facilities and most of them are taking shelter near the sensitive places of the dam to avoid air strikes.”

The Times‘ reporting on Monday adds that no video or photographic evidence has yet been released to corroborate the claim.

Explaining the importance of the dam, Reuters reports:

A 2007 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report obtained by the Washington Post said the dam, which blocks the Tigris and holds 12 billion cubic meters of water, could flood two cities killing tens of thousands of people if were destroyed or collapsed.

A wall of water could surge as far as Baghdad, 400 km away.

President Barack Obama on Sunday sent notification to Congress stating his authorization of “air strikes to support operations by Iraqi forces to recapture the Mosul Dam.”

“The failure of the Mosul Dam could threaten the lives of large numbers of civilians, endanger U.S. personnel and facilities, including the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, and prevent the Iraqi government from providing critical services to the Iraqi populace,” the notification states.

As he previously wrote in notifications to Congress regarding military involvement in Iraq, “I am providing this report as part of my efforts to keep the Congress fully informed, consistent with the War Powers Resolution (Public Law 93-148). I appreciate the support of the Congress in this action.”

The Defense Department issued statements outlying the attacks near the dam, stating that nine strikes on Saturday and over 14 on Sunday by fighter aircraft and drones had taken place.

“Centcom conducted these strikes under authority to support humanitarian efforts in Iraq, as well as to protect critical infrastructure, U.S. personnel and facilities, and support Iraqi security forces and Kurdish defense forces who are working together to combat ISIL,” a statement from DoD issued Sunday reads, in part.

On Aug. 8, Democracy Now! noted, Obama became “the fourth U.S. president in a row to order military action in Iraq.” U.S. operations there would be a “long term project,” Obamasaid.

Since June the administration has been sending installments of U.S. troops, “advisers” or “assessors” to Iraq, and the first set was sent over 60 days ago. The War Powers Resolution requires the president to seek Congressional approval for military action beyond 60 days.

Some Democrats are pushing for a vote to authorize strikes on Iraq, The Hill reportedSunday.

Over 100 members of Congress issued a letter (pdf) dated July 2 to Obama, writing, in part, “As you consider options for U.S. intervention, we write to urge respect for the constitutional requirements for using force abroad. The Constitution vests in Congress the power and responsibility to authorize offensive military action abroad. The use of military force in Iraq is something the Congress should fully debate and authorize.”

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Zio-Nazi Sabra & Shatila Massacre


On September 16, 1982, Christian Lebanese militiamen allied to Israel entered the Palestinian refugee camp of Shatila and the adjacent neighborhood of Sabra in Beirut under the watch of the Israeli army and began a slaughter that caused outrage around the world. Over the next day and a half, up to 3500 Palestinian and Lebanese civilians, mostly women, children, and the elderly, were murdered in one of the worst atrocities in modern Middle Eastern history. The New York Times recently published an op-ed containing new details of discussions held between Israeli and American officials before and during the massacre. They reveal how Israeli officials, led by then-Defense Minister Ariel Sharon, misled and bullied American diplomats, rebuffing their concerns about the safety of the inhabitants of Sabra and Shatila.

Lead Up

  • On June 6, 1982, Israel launched a massive invasion of Lebanon. It had been long planned by Israeli Defense Minister Ariel Sharon, who wanted to destroy or severely diminish the Palestine Liberation Organization, which was based in Lebanon at the time. Sharon also planned to install a puppet government headed by Israel’s right-wing Lebanese Christian Maronite allies, the Phalangist Party.
  • Israeli forces advanced all the way to the capital of Beirut, besieging and bombarding the western part of city, where the PLO was headquartered and the Palestinian refugee camp of Shatila and the adjacent neighborhood of Sabra are located.
  • Israel’s bloody weeklong assault on West Beirut in August prompted harsh international criticism, including from the administration of US President Ronald Reagan, who many accused of giving a “green light” to Israel to launch the invasion. Under a US-brokered ceasefire agreement, PLO leaders and more than 14,000 fighters were to be evacuated from the country, with the US providing written assurances for the safety of hundreds of thousands of Palestinian civilians left behind. US Marines were deployed as part of a multinational force to oversee and provide security for the evacuation.
  • On August 30, PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat left Beirut along with the remainder of the Palestinian fighters based in the city.
  • On September 10, the Marines left Beirut. Four days later, on September 14, the leader of Israel’s Phalangist allies, Bashir Gemayel, was assassinated. Gemayel had just been elected president of Lebanon by the Lebanese parliament, under the supervision of the occupying Israeli army. His death was a severe blow to Israel’s designs for the country. The following day, Israeli forces violated the ceasefire agreement, moving into and occupying West Beirut.

The Massacre 

  • On Wednesday, September 15, the Israeli army surrounded the Palestinian refugee camp of Shatila and the adjacent neighborhood of Sabra in West Beirut. The next day, September 16, Israeli soldiers allowed about 150 Phalangist militiamen into Sabra and Shatila.
  • The Phalange, known for their brutality and a history of atrocities against Palestinian civilians, were bitter enemies of the PLO and its leftist and Muslim Lebanese allies during the preceding years of Lebanon’s civil war. The enraged Phalangist militiamen believed, erroneously, that Phalange leader Gemayel had been assassinated by Palestinians. He was actually killed by a Syrian agent.
  • Over the next day and a half, the Phalangists committed unspeakable atrocities, raping, mutilating, and murdering as many as 3500 Palestinian and Lebanese civilians, most of them women, children, and the elderly. Sharon would later claim that he could have had no way of knowing that the Phalange would harm civilians, however when US diplomats demanded to know why Israel had broken the ceasefire and entered West Beirut, Nazi army Chief of Staff Rafael Eitan justified the move saying it was “to prevent a Phalangist frenzy of revenge.” On September 15, the day before the massacre began, NaziPrime Minister Menachem Begin told US envoy Morris Draper that the Israelis had to occupy West Beirut, “Otherwise, there could be pogroms.”
  • Almost immediately after the killing started, Israeli soldiers surrounding Sabra and Shatila became aware that civilians were being murdered, but did nothing to stop it. Instead, Israeli forces fired flares into the night sky to illuminate the darkness for the Phalangists, allowed reinforcements to enter the area on the second day of the massacre, and provided bulldozers that were used to dispose of the bodies of many of the victims.
  • On the second day, Friday, September 17, an Israeli journalist in Lebanon called Defense Minister Sharon to inform him of reports that a massacre was taking place in Sabra and Shatila. The journalist, Ron Ben-Yishai, later recalled:

    ‘I found [Sharon] at home sleeping. He woke up and I told him “Listen, there are stories about killings and massacres in the camps. A lot of our officers know about it and tell me about it, and if they know it, the whole world will know about it. You can still stop it.” I didn’t know that the massacre actually started 24 hours earlier. I thought it started only then and I said to him “Look, we still have time to stop it. Do something about it.” He didn’t react.”‘

  • On Friday afternoon, almost 24 hours after the killing began, Eitan met with Phalangist representatives. According to notes taken by an Israeli intelligence officer present: “[Eitan] expressed his positive impression received from the statement by the Phalangist forces and their behavior in the field,” telling them to continue “mopping up the empty camps south of Fakahani until tomorrow at 5:00 a.m., at which time they must stop their action due to American pressure.”
  • On Saturday, American Envoy Morris Draper, sent a furious message to Sharon stating:

    ‘You must stop the massacres. They are obscene. I have an officer in the camp counting the bodies. You ought to be ashamed. The situation is rotten and terrible. They are killing children. You are in absolute control of the area, and therefore responsible for the area.’

  • The Phalangists finally left the area at around 8 o’clock Saturday morning, taking many of the surviving men with them for interrogation at a soccer stadium. The interrogations were carried out with Israeli intelligence agents, who handed many of the captives back to the Phalange. Some of the men returned to the Phalange were later found executed.
  • About an hour after the Phalangists departed Sabra and Shatila, the first journalists arrived on the scene and the first reports of what transpired began to reach the outside world.

Casualty Figures

  • Thirty years later, there is still no accurate total for the number of people killed in the massacre. Many of the victims were buried in mass graves by the Phalange and there has been no political will on the part of Lebanese authorities to investigate.
  • An official Israeli investigation, the Kahan Commission, concluded that between 700 and 800 people were killed, based on the assessment of Israeli military intelligence.
  • An investigation by Beirut-based British journalist Robert Fisk, who was one of the first people on the scene after the massacre ended, concluded that The Palestinian Red Crescent put the number of dead at more than 2000.
  • In his book, Sabra & Shatila: Inquiry into a Massacre, Israeli journalist Amnon Kapeliouk reached a maximum figure of 3000 to 3500.



  • Following international outrage, the Israeli government established a committee of inquiry, the Kahan Commission. It sinvestigation found that Defense Minister Sharon bore “personal responsibility” for the massacre, and recommended that he be removed from office. Although Prime Minister Begin removed him from his post as defense minister, Sharon remained in cabinet as a minister without portfolio. He would go on to hold numerous other cabinet positions in subsequent Israeli governments, including foreign minister during Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s first term in office. Nearly 20 years later, in March 2001, Sharon was elected prime minister of Israel.
  • In June 2001, lawyers for 23 survivors of the massacre initiated legal proceedings against Sharon in a Belgian court, under a law allowing people to be prosecuted for war crimes committed anywhere in the world.
  • In January 2002, Phalangist leader and chief liaison to Israel during the 1982 invasion, Elie Hobeika, was killed by a car bomb in Beirut. Hobeika led the Phalangist militiamen responsible for the massacre, and had announced that he was prepared to testify against Sharon, who was then prime minister of Israel, at a possible war crimes trial in Belgium. Hobeika’s killers were never found.
  • In June 2002, a panel of Belgian judges dismissed war crimes charges against Sharon because he wasn’t present in the country to stand trial.
  • In January 2006, Sharon suffered a massive stroke. He remains in a coma on life support.

The United States

  • For the United States, which had guaranteed the safety of civilians left behind after the PLO departed, the massacre was a deep embarrassment, causing immense damage to its reputation in the region. The fact that US Secretary of State Alexander Haig was believed by many to have given Israel a “green light” to invade Lebanon compounded the damage.
  • In the wake of the massacre, President Reagan sent the Marines back to Lebanon. Just over a year later, 241 American servicemen would be killed when two massive truck bombs destroyed their barracks in Beirut, leading Reagan to withdraw US forces for good.

The Palestinians

  • For Palestinians, the Sabra and Shatila massacre was and remains a traumatic event, commemorated annually. Many survivors continue to live in Sabra and Shatila, struggling to eke out a living and haunted by their memories of the slaughter. To this day, no one has faced justice for the crimes that took place.
  • For Palestinians, the Sabra and Shatila massacre serves as a powerful and tragic reminder of the vulnerable situation of millions of stateless Palestinians, and the dangers that they continue to face across the region, and around the world.

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Zio-Wahhabi ISIS Strikes Deal With C.I.A ”Moderate” Syrian Rebels

As the United States begins to deepen ties with moderate Syrian rebels to combat the extremist group ISIS, also known as the Islamic State, a key component of its coalition appears to have struck a non-aggression pact with the group.

According to Agence France-Presse, ISIS and a number of moderate and hard-line rebel groups have agreed not to fight each other so that they can focus on taking down the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Other sources say the signatories include a major U.S. ally linked to the Free Syrian Army. Moreover, the leader of the Free Syrian Army said Saturday that the group would not take part in U.S. plans for destroying the Islamic State until it got assurances on toppling Assad.

The deal between ISIS and the moderate Syrian groups casts doubt over President Barack Obama’s freshly announced strategy to arm and train the groups against ISIS.

The AFP report cited information from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a U.K.-based group monitoring the Syrian civil war, which said parties to the agreement “promise not to attack each other because they consider the principal enemy to be the Nussayri regime.” The term Nussayri refers to the Alawite ethnic group that Assad and many of his supporters belong to. AFP said the agreement was signed in a suburb of the Syrian capital, where ISIS has a strong presence.

Charles Lister, a fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Doha Center, cited a report from the anti-regime Orient Net website to suggest on Twitter that the signatories of the ceasefire include a U.S.-backed coalition called the Syrian Revolutionary Front.According to the U.K.-based outlet Middle East Eye, that same Orient Net report says the ceasefire between groups described in the U.S. as “moderate rebels” and the Islamic State was mediated by the al-Nusra Front, al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria.

As recently as March, the Syrian Revolutionary Front and its leader were described in Foreign Policy as “the West’s best fighting chance against Syria’s Islamist armies.” As of that report, the group controlled 25,000 fighters and its leader had close ties with the Western-friendly Syrian National Coalition.

Its leader initially won Western favor by successfully fighting ISIS in northern Syria.

“He proved his mettle in a sense and that’s what endeared him to the Americans,” said Joshua Landis, a prominent Syria expert at the University of Oklahoma. “The Americans are looking for people who can actually fight. That’s been their problem: they’ve gone with people who are moderate but they don’t know to fight. This guy appears to be both moderate and he knows how to fight.”

The Orient Net report on the ceasefire identified the Syrian Revolutionary Front as part of the Free Syrian Army, the loose array of non-jihadist rebel brigades that the U.S. has directly supported since last year. Obama asked Congress to approve $500 million to train and equip “vetted” Syrian rebels this summer. He repeated his request in his address Wednesday about ISIS.

Despite its reputation as a palatable ally, the U.S.-backed Syrian Revolutionary Front has previously said that its chief goal is not to stop the rise of extremists, but to topple Assad. In April, its leader told The Independent, “It’s clear that I’m not fighting against al-Qa’ida. This is a problem outside of Syria’s border, so it’s not our problem. I don’t have a problem with anyone who fights against the regime inside Syria.”

The prospect of a group once supported by the U.S. now sitting down with ISIS raises fundamental questions about U.S. strategy in Syria. Why support Syrians who have a very different, clearly stated goal and who will act as they see fit to achieve it? What assurance does the administration have that fighters it trains and arms in Syria won’t ally with ISIS if it seems like the most effective anti-Assad force?

The White House argues that its ability to spotlight and support reliable rebel groups has been heightened by improved and expanded intelligence. In an interview with The Huffington Post before news of the pact broke, deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes expressed confidence in U.S. allies in the region.

“We have been working with the Syrian opposition now for a couple of years, providing them assistance, non-lethal at first but then we [now] provide them with some military assistance, so we know them better today than we did a year, two years ago,” Rhodes said. “There are people who have been vetted who we have relationships with, who we deliver assistance to, so we’re not starting from scratch.”

Many of those groups, the administration acknowledges, have not passed a vetting process, which explains the delay in expanding assistance. But the news that the Syrian Revolutionary Front, a major player in the moderate coalition, has now chosen to stop fighting ISIS may inspire other groups, either already vetted or still waiting for aid, to determine that a deal with the extremist group is worthwhile. Given reports that Assad avoided fighting ISIS in order to crush the moderate rebels — his calculus being that the West would eventually combat the extremists, as it is now doing — potential U.S. partners may decide that instead of being prey to both extremists and the government, they should settle one battle.

“These guys are all starved for arms,” Landis said. “They don’t want to go get themselves killed by fighting ISIS until they figure out where Obama is.”

That turns a conflict that the White House hopes is three-sided — with radical Sunnis, moderate Sunnis and Assad all battling each other — into a sectarian, two-sided war of Sunnis against Assad. Reports already suggest that Syrians who entered the civil war opposing Assad are now turning to ISIS as their best bet for a different kind of government.

Rhodes warned that a wrong move by the U.S. may lead to that precise perception and reality.

“If we were to try to run a play with Assad, we would ensure that they” — all Sunni rebel groups — “were turned against us, and in fact we would be taking sides in a sectarian war against one side. We need a Sunni partner in these countries,” he said. “That’s why we need this inclusive government [in Iraq] and that’s why we need a Sunni opposition partner in Syria.”

This news suggests that partners will be hard to find. Lister said the pact is a product of failed U.S.-led Western policy in Syria.

“This underlines serious frustration w. lack of US-backing to [Free Syrian Army] opposition in fight vs Assad,” he tweeted.

If true, Landis said, the news of a ceasefire proves Washington does not know who it can support or trust within the fractured country.

“We don’t know who the moderates are,” Landis said. Describing a recent interview in which a Free Syrian Army commander told an Arab outlet that the U.S. wanted to make Syrian rebels “slaves,” he added, “These guys are supposed to be our buddies?”

UPDATE: September 14 — The Hill reported Sunday that, according to a Syrian National Coalition official, no U.S.-vetted Syrian opposition groups have entered a ceasefire agreement with the Islamic State. However, the official said he could not speak on behalf opposition groups that have not been vetted by U.S. officials.

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Rafael Correa Warns About Destabilization Plans in Ecuador


Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa defends his government’s policies. 
Rafael Correa questioned the reasons given by opposition leaders to carry out protests against his administration.

Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa said Tuesday that destabilization processes “similar to those in Venezuela” are being carried out in his country, referring to an opposition protest that will be held tomorrow in the capital city of Quito.

“They want to see if it works here,” the president said during the inauguration of a bridge linking the coastal town of Duran with Santay Island, about 420 miles south of Quito, referring to the destabilization plans.

Correa said the organizers of the protest are “alleged” union leaders, opposition indigenous leaders and students, suggesting that they are not what they pretend to be and instead are members of an interest group seeking to affect his government and the people of Ecuador.

The president questioned the reasons given by them to carry out the protest, such as being against presidential reelection and his administration’s labor policy.

Correa stressed how contradictory the union leaders position is, by saying that they are then against his government for having eliminated outsourcing and having raised wages at the national level, making the minimum wage the highest in the Andean region.

He also said that during his administration, companies are required to declare their profits and distribute 15 percent of them among their workers.


Correa also said that institutions were forced to affiliate their employees to the Ecuadoran Institute of Social Security, as well as guaranteeing them retirement benefits.


The president called on Ecuadorans who support him to take to the streets to show that “we are more, we are many more.”


“We will not give in to absurdities and injustices… we will also protest against this illegitimate past that wants to return and the double standards of some union leaders,” he said.


Last year, a Chilean journalist told Andes, an Ecuadoran news agency, that the CIA was planning to murder Correa and destabilize the country in retaliation to the president’s decision to remove a U.S. military base from the country and because he gave WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange asylum.

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Venezuela Targeted by White House for Not Cooperating with DEA, Despite Steady National Progress


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Santa Elena, September 16th, 2014, ( On Monday, the White House released this year’s list of problem countries in the area of drug trafficking and production, based on information tracked by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). In the memo, US president Barack Obama accused the governments of Venezuela, Bolivia, and Myanmar of having “failed demonstrably” to cooperate with international anti-drug efforts.

The full list of countries considered problematic by the DEA include Afghanistan, Bahamas, Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Laos, Mexico, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Panama, and Peru. However, Venezuela, Bolivia and Myanmar were singled out by Obama as unable to “adhere to their obligations under international counternarcotics agreements.”

In 2005, late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez formally halted agreements with the DEA on the grounds that the US intelligence agency was “using the War on Drugs as a mask for spying on our government.”

Chavez also accused the agency of aiding select drug cartels and imposing military bases under the pretense of cooperation.

At the time, a US State Department official responded by claiming “the accusations that somehow the DEA is involved in espionage are baseless. There’s no substance or justification for them.”

However, journalists for the online publication The Intercept, which serves as a platform for documents released by Edward Snowden, revealed leaked memos indicating  “a vibrant two-way information sharing relationship” between the DEA and the US National Security Agency (NSA), possibly implying the DEA aids the NSA with non-drug-related intelligence efforts.

In 2008, Bolivian president Evo Morales expelled the DEA from his country for the same reason, insisting “there were DEA agents who worked to conduct political espionage.”

Increased Drug Seizures

Both South American leaders indicated their break from the US agency did not mean they would decrease their efforts against narco traffic, nor would they cease to cooperate with other foreign drug enforcement bureaus.

Last year, the head of the Strategic Operational Command of Venezuela’s armed forces, Major General Vladimir Padrino, noted significant increases in drug seizures since the DEA was booted.

According to Padrino, the total amount of drug seizures from 2006-2013 more than doubled the amount hauled in during the last six years of Venezuela’s partnership with the DEA.

The seizures peaked in the last year of the DEA arrangement in 2004, at just over 43 metric tons, official sources say. In the first year the DEA was absent from Venezuela, drug seizures totaled over 77 tons. Additionally, over 160 drug laboratories have been uncovered and shut down in the past 6 years, according to Venezuela’s National Anti-drug Office (ONA).

Last month, the ONA reported 52 tons of narcotics confiscated so far in 2014. However, since that time, the nation’s newly enforced anti-contraband contingent has made steady progress on the Colombian border, with 408 kilos of cocaine and 8 kilos of heroine seized from individual traffickers just this weekend.

Since August 11th the 2,200 km border between Venezuela and Colombia is closed from 10 PM to 5 AM, except for medical emergencies. This decision was agreed upon bilaterally in an August 1 meeting in Cartagena, Colombia, between the two nations’ presidents, in order to combat the illicit trade of food products and gasoline affecting both economies. However, the advanced security has dovetailed neatly into ongoing anti-narco efforts.

Powerful mafias control border smuggling, making the nighttime patrols a dangerous pursuit for the Venezuelan Armed Forces (FANB). On Friday evening, a member of the FANB was fatally shot in what is presumed to be an organized attack, by unidentified assailants from a canoe on the Arauca river, which straddles Apure state and the Colombian Arauca region.

Despite the White House’s comments, former Venezuelan vice president turned journalist Jose Vicente Rangel last week claimed to have evidence that the DEA has continued clandestine efforts in Venezuela which, he says, have increased over the past three years.

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Uncovering Truth about the Missing Persons


By Sajjad Shaukat

One the one hand, anti-Pakistan foreign elements have accelerated their conspiracy against

Pakistan to complete their hidden agenda by supporting subversive attacks inside the country

through their affiliated militant groups. On the other hand, they follow the blame game of

Indo-Israeli lobbies which are well-penetrated in the US-led European NGOs, human rights

organizations and media, and leave no stone unturned in distorting the image of Pakistan by

manipulating any issue. Unfortunately, without taking cognizance of reality, some internal

entities of Pakistan also speak in the tone of external elements.

In this regard, the case of missing persons is being exploited by domestic and foreign media,

deriving vigor from International Commission of Jurists, Amnesty International, Human Rights

Watch and by observance of International Day of Victims of Enforced Disappearances.

The anti-Pakistan forces are also trying to strengthen the case against Pakistan through a

premeditated narrative that the government of Pakistan has not made any worthwhile efforts

to end illegal abductions, providing justice and compensation to the concerned families. They

also propagate that government is either complicit or powerless to stop the intelligence and

law-enforcing agencies from abductions. Some propagandists persistently make noise that

intervention of the Supreme Court of Pakistan about the missing persons has been disregarded

at the cost of contempt of court. Such propaganda contents on their face value may appear

convincing, but the truth lies much below the surface of misinformation.

Although every Pakistani including personnel of the intelligence and law-enforcing agencies feel

sympathy with the concerned families and the disappeared persons, yet we need to uncover truth

about the missing persons. Unfortunately, the so-called victims are involved in terrorism due to

perplexed and mystified chaos created by the US intervention in Afghanistan.

While, majority of the missing persons have been killed in bomb blasts, target killings, ethnic

and sectarian violence in various places of Pakistan, arranged by American CIA, Indian RAW

and Israeli Mossad and their supported militants outfits, particularly Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan

(TTP). In case of Balochistan, everyone knows that Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) and

another group, Jundollah (God’s soldiers) which have been fighting for secession of the province

gets logistic support from CIA and RAW. Their militants kidnapped and killed many innocent

people and the security personnel in the province, while claiming responsibility in this respect.

And since 2001, a majority of Pakistanis also left for Afghanistan for Jihad purposes, without

informing their families, while many people joined the Jihad groups.

It is a challenge for the whole nation that various terrorist organizations like TTP, BLA,

Jundollah, Lashkar-i-Janghvi, Lashkar-e-Islam, Sipah-i-Sahaba and some similar organizations

have felt pride in murdering the innocent people and killing the personnel of the security forces

including those of the intelligence and law-enforcing agencies.

No doubt, Pakistan’s law-enforcing agencies and intelligence organizations which are well-
prepared in coping with terrorism are engaged in identifying and locating the terrorist networks

and their support-bases including informers and accomplices, but were discouraged as their

actions were being challenged through courts of law regarding the validity and legality of their

decisions. The insurgents’ lawyers availed the opportunity by indicating procedural penal flaws.

Thus many terrorists were freed by the courts due to lack of solid evidence in legal terms, though

reality of their subversive activities existed.

Fight against terrorism envisages collection and cross checking of information, having

intelligence value. The efficiency of the intelligence and law-enforcing agencies gets adversely

affected as courts’ press on the case of disappeared persons involved in terrorism. Owing to this

practice, efficiency of law-enforcing agencies drops to zero level, giving a greater setback to war

against terrorism and making the concerned official insecure in face of judicial grilling.

In legal perspective, law-enforcing and intelligence agencies are faced with the dilemma of

protecting the witnesses. The terrorists are not only well-equipped, fully trained and skilled

to use lethal weapons, and pose serious threat to these security agencies, judges, prosecution

lawyers and other state functionaries, but also to the witnesses required to provide evidence in

When terrorists under custody are released by the court because of judicial discourse, they

join their main terrorist networks, thereby strengthening terrorist groups. While, the cause

of terrorists get glorified at the cost of courts and the security agencies which are being

discouraged. And, consequently, this ‘new style war’ turns in favor of terrorists instead of law-
enforcing and intelligence agencies which may suffer more in the hands of terrorists.

However, Pakistan is victim of terrorism and is committed to fight this menace with full vigor

and sincerity. Therefore, government of Pakistan, the intelligence and law-enforcing agencies

are on the same page in war against terrorism. In this context, Operation Zarb-e-Azb is a case

in point. It is noteworthy that for the last few months, Pakistan’s Armed Forces are successfully

obtaining their objectives in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) through this military operation

against the terrorists who had challenged the writ of the state, and had frightened the entire

nation by their terror-acts. They have broken the networks and backbone of these ruthless

militants. Besides, the Armed Forces are also engaged in coping with subversive activities in

Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and other parts of the country including tribal areas and

cross-border infiltration from Afghanistan’s side.

Nevertheless, international Human, Rights Commissions and outfits collect data without

considering domestic ground realities which present the candid truth. In order to address the

truth of missing persons, the legal system of Pakistan must be reformed to provide protection

to witnesses, prosecutors and judges. Otherwise, making noise at local and international media

will further distort the image of Pakistan. And the issue will keep haunting the government,

intelligence and law-enforcing agencies, and the impartial Human Rights Organizations, while

the anti-Pakistan propaganda will keep the entire Pakistani nation divided so as to achieve the

sinister designs of foreign entities at the cost of the country.

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Russian oligarch Yevtushenkov placed under house arrest


By Courtney Weaver in Moscow

Vladimir Yevtushenkov, one of Russia’s richest men, has been placed under house arrest on charges of money laundering in a case linked to his company’s acquisition of Bashneft, the Russian oil producer.

Mr Yevtushenkov is the chairman and largest holder of AFK Sistema, one of Russia’s largest private corporations. As well as Bashneft, Sistema’s subsidiaries include MTS, one of the largest mobile operators in Russia, and Russian children’s store Detsky Mir. It also has interests in healthcare, tourism and IT.

Forbes ranks Mr Yevtushenkov as the 15th richest man in Russia with a net worth of $6.8bn. Lord Mandelson, the prominent former British government minister and EU commissioner, sits on Sistema’s board.

Russia’s investigative committee, its equivalent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, said on Tuesday that it was probing the alleged theft of shares in energy assets in Bashkortostan, a region in central Russia where Bashneft operates. It said investigators had “reasonable grounds” to suspect that Mr Yevtushenkov was involved in legalising property acquired by criminal means.

Sistema said in a statement that it considered the allegations against him “wholly unfounded” and said it would use all possible legal means to make its case.

The announcement that Mr Yevtushenkov had been placed under house arrest came in the wake of media reports that Rosneft, the state-controlled Russian oil group, was interested in buying Bashneft. Rosneft declined to comment on the reports.

Bashneft is one of the few Russian oil companies that is not under state control.

The news about Mr Yevtushenkov will inevitably evoke memories of the campaign against Mikhail Khodorkovsky, former head of Yukos oil company, who spent 10 years in prison after being convicted of fraud and tax evasion. His prosecution was widely seen as politically motivated.

Rosneft is headed by Igor Sechin, a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The company acquired many of Yukos’ assets after Mr Khodorkovsky was imprisoned.

Sistema’s troubles began earlier this year when Russian investigators opened a case linked to deals with Bashneft shares in the last decade. The case came as Bashneft planned an initial public offering of its shares in London. Sistema’s shares in Bashneft were frozen in July.

Mr Yevtushenkov’s arrest will deal another blow to Russia’s investment climate, which has rapidly deteriorated this year in the wake of the Kremlin’s annexation of Crimea and its involvement in the armed insurgency in eastern Ukraine.

Mr Yevtushenkov worked for the Moscow city government from 1987 until 1993, when he and a group of partners set up Sistema. The company started life selling Russian oil abroad and importing computers, and grew quickly during the chaotic 1990s.

Mr Yevtushenkov was an ally of Yuri Luzhkov, the powerful Moscow mayor who ruled Russia’s capital from 1992 to 2010, and was also seen as close to Dmitry Medvedev, Russia’s more reform-minded president who is now prime minister.

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Making a fortune in US from imprisoning immigrants


My Guardian feature (plus a collection of my photographs):

Stewart immigration detention centre is situated on the outskirts of Lumpkin, Georgia, a ghost town seven days a week. Visitors and detainees arriving at the centre – capacity: 2,000, all male – are greeted by a huge painted sign on a water tank: “CCA: America’s Leader in Partnership Corrections.”

I toured the centre, with the exception of the isolation ward, when I visited Georgia in August. Five men followed me everywhere: one from the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the centre operator, and the rest from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). It felt like overkill. They looked nervous the entire time, worried about my questions, worried something unexpected could happen and worried that I’d see something that would embarrass them. Down a long hallway, lit brightly with neon lights and smelling of paint and detergent, lines of inmates walked past me – some smiling, some waving and some looking forlorn.

Despite the White House this year describing the surge of immigrants as an “urgent situation, and privatised detention centres opening across America, Barack Obama continues to postpone his long-awaited immigration reforms, leaving many feeling betrayed. Since October last year, ICE has removed more than 100,000 people from the US. They are mostly Guatemalans, Hondurans and El Salvadorans who were in the US unlawfully – the three countries comprise roughly 29% of ICE removals federally. Just this year 70,000 children will arrive alone on America’s border, fleeing poverty and the US-led drug war in Central America.

The average inmate stay at Stewart is only 38 days, far less than most prisons. It’s virtually impossible for the detainees to establish any sense of permanence. It’s positive that long-term detention is largely avoided, unlike in detention centres in Britain, Greece and Australia, but inmates are often moved from one facility to another while others with deep roots in America are deported back to their country of origin without transparency. They are numbers to be processed.

Many inmates live in large, barred pods, with a maximum occupancy of 62. Others live in smaller rooms or the segregation unit. I spotted a few female CCA staff inside the pods with the male inmates. A sign next to one of the rooms read, “Upon Entering Detainee Pod All CCA Female Staff Will Announce Female in POD.”

Another pod had its lights dimmed because the inmates started working in the kitchen at 5am and were resting. CCA pays US$4 per day for inmates to perform kitchen duties, and less for other jobs (barbers receive $2, for example). ICE was proud to tell me that the law only mandates the state paying $1 per day, so CCA is doing a fine job.

Men in a different, brightly lit pod were laying on their bunk beds under blankets and sheets. A microwave, cable TV, sink, Playstation and Wii were inside. One man was wearing headphones to listen to the TV in front of him. Basins and toilets were behind a curtain. Metal tables and seats were fixed to the floor. “I’m not saying it’s like the Hilton here”, an ICE manager said. Signs in English and Spanish read, “Keep Detention Safe: ICE has zero tolerance for sexual abuse and assault”.

A notice listed a phone number for inmates to call if they needed assistance. Telephones are available for inmates to call lawyers, embassies and friends, but the cost is exorbitant because of price gouging from companies making a fortune selling phone cards to inmates. It’s a hugely profitable business, just one of many markets to be exploited inside America’s incarceration system.

The library was stocked with countless Bibles and romance novels. Detainees played soccer and basketball, both inside and outside under the bright, blue sky. They have two hours daily to enjoy the outdoors. In the medical centre I saw an inmate in an orange jumpsuit and orange Crocs shoes hooked up to a drip. The medical offer refused to tell me about his condition. I wondered if it’s sickness or something worse; a few months before my arrival detainees went on hunger strike after complaints about rotten food. As soon as I see him we’re moved on.

I then passed a guard staring into a darkened cell. He was looking through a small window at an inmate sitting, looking straight ahead, with eyes wide open. He wasn’t handcuffed, but sat perfectly still in a flame retardant suicide smock, like a straitjacket. What exactly could he use to light himself when locked in a cell on his own, with the guard watching him like a hawk? The medical officer said that suicide watch wasn’t always necessary, but with the high rate of removals from Stewart a detainee’s state of mind was often fragile.

Another door led to the centre’s own court, where claims by immigrants who wish to remain in the country were assessed. The courts are under the executive, not the judicial branch of government, and serious questions exist over their lack of accountability. Many decisions aren’t even written down, hearings are secretive and access to lawyers is difficult. Almost every immigrant brought before the court is issued a deportation order.

Unlike America’s prison population, where drug and alcohol use and abuse are common, ICE told me that these problems don’t exist at Stewart. Throughout the visit I never saw any abuse, violence or racism. It was the ideal tour. My hosts were friendly and attentive, and dismissed the numerous inmate claims. One detainee I spoke to told me of racist taunting and abuse by guards, and boredom. He had heard about maggots in the food from a fellow detainee but hadn’t seen it himself. His own story was troubling, a migrant from Guyana in the 1970s facing deportation to a nation he hadn’t seen in 40 years.

Although both CCA and ICE claim the facility isn’t run like a private prison, in reality it operates like one. But according to Silky Shah, co-director of Detention Watch Network, CCA and other operating companies have only so much power. “They don’t have complete control,” she says. “Decisions are being made by politicians.” She is campaigning against a Congress-mandated quota that dictates 34,000 immigrants must be imprisoned in ICE centres nightly; CCA is effective at lobbying to ensure ongoing contracts.

report released recently by some of America’s leading advocacy organisations found that ICE arrests in Georgia increased by “at least 953%” between the 2007 and 2013 financial years. Georgia’s rate of imprisoning immigrants was directly related to the colour of their skin: over that same period of time, only 1.6% of those detained by ICE were of “fair or light complexion”.

Huge numbers of families have also been separated, including individuals who had been living in Georgia since at least 2003. On the day I arrived at Stewart, 1,766 detainees were behind bars, the vast majority from El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico and Guatemala, with 60 other countries represented.

Shah’s organisation believes that “private interests should not be involved” in the detention business. But privatised incarceration is only one profitable area of commerce. She worries that companies selling ankle monitoring and surveillance will benefit if Obama even moderately reduces the number of people in detention.

“We believe in abolishing all detention centres in US”, Shah says. “At the moment, the burden is on the detainee to prove why they should stay but the burden should be on the government to justify expulsion. They should assess if the immigrant has community support.”

Out in Lumpkin, the streets were deserted. The shops on Main Street were mostly empty, paint fraying on the window panes. A taxidermy outlet was one of the few open businesses. The town, in one of America’s poorest counties, is all but unknown to most Americans. Its population barely breaks 1,000.

I met a man in his 20s, either high or drunk, who was hanging out at a petrol station with his friends. He had a tattoo on his bare chest: “Me Against The World.” He told me he’s been living in Miami. “It’s so much better there,” he said. He was only there for a short visit.

The town’s dwindling youth population are leaving for greener pastures in bigger cities nearby. CCA started building Stewart in 2004, and sold the idea to ICE and the local community years later as both an economic benefit for local residents and a deterrent in a state traditionally hostile to immigrants.

Although the company’s 2014 financial results were strong, the benefits never arrived in Lumpkin. Many staff members don’t live in the town, but commute from more viable cities. Lumpkin reminds me of crumbling towns next to other detention facilities I’ve seen in Australia, Britain and Greece. The same failed promises from the same centre companies and state authorities were made in those nations too. The economic promise of a local detention centre is usually a lie.

Even in the detention centre itself CCA’s own employees struggle financially. I met one guard who was selling potato crisps, bottled water and chocolates to raise money from staff to support struggling CCA employees around the country. Although it’s admirable that people want to help, it’s revealing that the company doesn’t raise wages, but instead facilitates the sale of junk food.

In tough circumstances this kind of charity is often all people have. In Lumpkin, a small, Christian-run volunteer group, El Refugio, supports the visitors and families of detainees coming to the town. They operate a house over weekends very close to Stewart detention centre and offer free meals, accommodation, clothes and shoes – and comfort.

When I pay a visit one Saturday, a few days before my official tour inside Stewart, people from Atlanta and Columbus are providing a compassionate ear to an inmate. The conversation goes on for around an hour, with some hearing horrific stories. One man, Greg, tells me that “many Americans think anyone who enters America ‘illegally’ should be deported but we want to show a different side of people.” One of the group’s founders, Katie Beno Valencia, says El Refugio remains committed to shutting down any facility that makes money from misery.

This kind of humanity is sorely missing from America’s immigration debate, defined by toxic rhetoric from many Republicans and timidity from Democrats. Adelina Nicholls, executive director of Georgia Latino Alliance For Human Rights, doesn’t believe America wants to solve its immigration issues. “US people often care more about hunger in Ethiopia then poor Guatemalans here”, she told me at her office on the outskirts of Atlanta.

As a key representative of the large Latino community in Georgia, Nicholls sees the effect immigration detention has on individuals and families. “Stewart detention centre hurts us deeply and many detainees inside have been in the US for years,” she says. “They ask, ‘Why are gringos doing this to us?’ These workers have been employed for years in farms and restaurants and anger is growing. We are trying to mobilise resistance and civil disobedience.”

Her organisation receives at least 600 calls a month on its hotline, mostly Latinos asking for help. “It’s hard getting effective pro-bono lawyers here”, she tells me. “There are overly high bails for our clients … it’s a racist mindset [in Georgia]. It’s white supremacy with its concerns over brown people. It’s more profitable to behave this way.”

I saw just how profitable the industry can be when I visited the American Correctional Association conference in Salt Lake City in August. The five-day event brings America’s prison industry, wardens, county officials and lobbyists under one roof. As America shifts slowly but noticeably away from mass incarceration towards privatised probation, half-way houses and surveillance, new markets emerge. CCA’s CEO, Damon Hininger, has noted that his company is “well-positioned for growth opportunities”.

At Salt Lake City everything is on show: surveillance devices, Swat team uniforms, weapons, plastic e-cigarettes for inmates, drug-testing kits and prisoner-made furniture. Green prison designers and service contractors offer their services to public officials eager to spend tax dollars.

These are people who look at America’s prison and immigration system and see dollar signs. One night at an outdoor rooftop party I spoke to a man who works at GTL, a provider of communication and technology to prisons. The company’s website describes itself as a “corrections innovation leader”. He said he loves his job because he embraces new technology and revels in the chance to promote it.

“This industry hasn’t changed for over 100 years because of men who didn’t see any need to do so”, he said. “But new technology is forcing these shifts and my generation is at the forefront of it.”

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Seeds of Destruction: The Diabolical World of Genetic Manipulation


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Control the oil, and you control nations. Control the food, and you control the people.* -Henry Kissenger

Seeds of Destruction: The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation by F. William Engdahl is a skillfully researched book that focuses on how a small socio-political American elite seeks to establish control over the very basis of human survival: the provision of our daily bread.

This is no ordinary book about the perils of GMO. Engdahl takes the reader inside the corridors of power, into the backrooms of the science labs, behind closed doors in the corporate boardrooms. The author cogently reveals a diabolical world of profit-driven political intrigue, government corruption and coercion, where genetic manipulation and the patenting of life forms are used to gain worldwide control over food production. If the book often reads as a crime story, that should come as no surprise. For that is what it is.

Engdahl’s carefully argued critique goes far beyond the familiar controversies surrounding the practice of genetic modification as a scientific technique. The book is an eye-opener, a must-read for all those committed to the causes of social justice and world peace.

What follows is the Preface toSeeds of Destruction: The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation by F. William Engdahl (available through Global Research):


We have about 50% of the worlds wealth but only 6.3% of its population. This disparity is particularly great as between ourselves and the peoples of Asia. In this situation, we cannot fail to be the object of envy and resentment. Our real task in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity without positive detriment to our national security. To do so,we will have to dispense with all sentimentality and day-dreaming; and our attention will have to be concentrated everywhere on our immediate national objectives.We need not deceive ourselves that we can afford today the luxury of altruism and world-benefaction.
-George Kennan, US State Department senior planning official, 1948

This book is about a project undertaken by a small socio-political elite, centered, after the Second World War, not in London, but in Washington. It is the untold story of how this self-anointed elite set out, in Kennans words, to maintain this position of disparity. It is the story of how a tiny few dominated the resources and levers of power in the postwar world.

Its above all a history of the evolution of power in the control of a select few, in which even science was put in the service of that minority. As Kennan recommended in his 1948 internal memorandum, they pursued their policy relentlessly, and without the luxury of altruism and world-benefaction.

Yet, unlike their predecessors within leading circles of the British Empire, this emerging American elite, who proclaimed proudly at wars end the dawn of their American Century, were masterful in their use of the rhetoric of altruism and world-benefaction to advance their goals. Their American Century paraded as a softer empire, a kinder, gentler one in which, under the banner of colonial liberation, freedom, democracy and economic development, those elite circles built a network of power the likes of which the world had not seen since the time of Alexander the Great some three centuries before Christa global empire unified under the military control of a sole superpower, able to decide on a whim, the fate of entire nations.

This book is the sequel to a first volume, A Century ofWar: Anglo-American Oil Politics and the New World Order. It traces a second thin red line of power. This one is about the control over the very basis of human survival, our daily provision of bread. The man who served the interests of the postwar American-based elite during the 1970s, and came to symbolize its raw realpolitik, was Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Sometime in the mid-1970s, Kissinger, a life-long practitioner of Balance of Power geopolitics and a man with more than a fair share of conspiracies under his belt, allegedly declared his blueprint for world domination: Control the oil and you control nations. Control the food, and you control the people.

The strategic goal to control global food security had its roots decades earlier, well before the outbreak of war in the late 1930s. It was funded, often with little notice, by select private foundations, which had been created to preserve the wealth and power of a handful of American families.

Originally the families centered their wealth and power in New York and along the East Coast of the United States, from Boston to New York to Philadelphia and Washington D.C. For that reason, popular media accounts often referred to them, sometimes with derision but more often with praise, as the East Coast Establishment.

The center of gravity of American power shifted in the decades following the War. The East Coast Establishment was overshadowed by new centers of power which evolved from Seattle to Southern California on the Pacific Coast, as well as in Houston, Las Vegas, Atlanta and Miami, just as the tentacles of American power spread to Asia and Japan, and south, to the nations of Latin America.

In the several decades before and immediately following World War II, one family came to symbolize the hubris and arrogance of this emerging American Century more than any other. And the vast fortune of that family had been built on the blood of many wars, and on their control of a new black gold, oil.

What was unusual about this family was that early on in the building of their fortune, the patriarchs and advisors they cultivated to safeguard their wealth decided to expand their influence over many very different fields. They sought control not merely over oil, the emerging new energy source for world economic advance. They also expanded their influence over the education of youth, medicine and psychology, foreign policy of the United States, and, significant for our story, over the very science of life itself, biology, and its applications in the world of plants and agriculture.

For the most part, their work passed unnoticed by the larger population, especially in the United States. Few Americans were aware how their lives were being subtly, and sometimes not so subtly, influenced by one or another project financed by the immense wealth of this family.

In the course of researching for this book, a work nominally on the subject of genetically modified organisms or GMO, it soon became clear that the history of GMO was inseparable from the political history of this one very powerful family, the Rockefeller family, and the four brothersDavid,Nelson, Laurance and John D. IIIwho, in the three decades following American victory in World War II, the dawn of the much-heralded American Century, shaped the evolution of power George Kennan referred to in 1948.

In actual fact, the story of GMO is that of the evolution of power in the hands of an elite, determined at all costs to bring the entire world under their sway.

Three decades ago, that power was based around the Rockefeller family. Today, three of the four brothers are long-since deceased, several under peculiar circumstances.However, as was their will, their project of global dominationfull spectrum dominance as the Pentagon later called ithad spread, often through a rhetoric of democracy, and was aided from time to time by the raw military power of that empire when deemed necessary. Their project evolved to the point where one small power group, nominally headquartered in Washington in the early years of the new century, stood determined to control future and present life on this planet to a degree never before dreamed of.

The story of the genetic engineering and patenting of plants and other living organisms cannot be understood without looking at the history of the global spread of American power in the decades following World War II. George Kennan, Henry Luce, Averell Harriman and, above all, the four Rockefeller brothers, created the very concept of multinational agribusiness. They financed the Green Revolution in the agriculture sector of developing countries in order, among other things, to create new markets for petro-chemical fertilizers and petroleum products, as well as to expand dependency on energy products. Their actions are an inseparable part of the story of genetically modified crops today.

By the early years of the new century, it was clear that no more than four giant chemical multinational companies had emerged as global players in the game to control patents on the very basic food products that most people in the world depend on for their daily nutritioncorn, soybeans, rice, wheat, even vegetables and fruits and cottonas well as new strains of disease-resistant poultry, genetically-modified to allegedly resist the deadly H5N1 Bird Flu virus, or even gene altered pigs and cattle. Three of the four private companies had decades-long ties to Pentagon chemical warfare research. The fourth, nominally Swiss, was in reality Anglodominated. As with oil, so was GMO agribusiness very much an Anglo-American global project.

In May 2003, before the dust from the relentless US bombing and destruction of Baghdad had cleared, the President of the United States chose to make GMO a strategic issue, a priority in his postwar US foreign policy. The stubborn resistance of the worlds second largest agricultural producer, the European Union, stood as a formidable barrier to the global success of the GMO Project. As long as Germany, France, Austria, Greece and other countries of the European Union steadfastly refused to permit GMO planting for health and scientific reasons, the rest of the worlds nations would remain skeptical and hesitant. By early 2006, the World Trade Organization (WTO) had forced open the door of the European Union to the mass proliferation of GMO. It appeared that global success was near at hand for the GMO Project.

In the wake of the US and British military occupation of Iraq, Washington proceeded to bring the agriculture of Iraq under the domain of patented genetically-engineered seeds, initially supplied through the generosity of the US State Department and Department of Agriculture.

The first mass experiment with GMO crops, however, took place back in the early 1990s in a country whose elite had long since been corrupted by the Rockefeller family and associated New York banks: Argentina.

Seeds of Destruction

The following pages trace the spread and proliferation of GMO, often through political coercion, governmental pressure, fraud, lies, and even murder. If it reads often like a crime story, that should not be surprising. The crime being perpetrated in the name of agricultural efficiency, environmental friendliness and solving the world hunger problem, carries stakes which are vastly more important to this small elite. Their actions are not solely for money or for profit. After all, these powerful private families decide who controls the Federal Reserve, the Bank of England, the Bank of Japan and even the European Central Bank. Money is in their hands to destroy or create.

Their aim is rather, the ultimate control over future life on this planet, a supremacy earlier dictators and despots only ever dreamt of. Left unchecked, the present group behind the GMO Project is between one and two decades away from total dominance of the planets food capacities. This aspect of the GMO story needs telling. I therefore invite the reader to a careful reading and independent verification or reasoned refutation of what follows.

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Syrian “Moderate” Rebels and Islamic State Jihadists “Make Peace”. What Will Obama do Now?


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Well, Well, Well, what do we have here?

According to a new report by Agence-France Presse (AFP) Syrian rebels and jihadists from the Islamic State have agreed a non-aggression pact for the first time in a suburb of the capital Damascus, a monitoring group said on Friday.

What will the Obama administration do now? Originally President Obama said in a televised speech that he will support military assistance to the Syrian opposition. Here is what he said:

Across the border, in Syria, we have ramped up our military assistance to the Syrian opposition. Tonight, I again call on Congress to give us additional authorities and resources to train and equip these fighters. In the fight against ISIL, we cannot rely on an Assad regime that terrorizes its people; a regime that will never regain the legitimacy it has lost. Instead, we must strengthen the opposition as the best counterweight to extremists like ISIL, while pursuing the political solution necessary to solve Syrias crisis once and for all.

This is an interesting development since Washington wants to authorize airstrikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) or ISIS on Syrian territory. It is a move that the Assad

government and Russia say that would be an act of aggression and a breach of International law. Will the mainstream media report this peace agreement between these two organizations? Washington would welcome this development because both groups consider the Assad government a common enemy. Online news organization Middle East Eye reported that both moderate Syrian rebels and the Islamic States common enemy is the Assad government:

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that moderate and Islamist rebels had signed a ceasefire deal for the first time in a suburb of the capital Damascus. The two parties will respect a truce until a final solution is found, and they promise not to attack each other because they consider the principal enemy to be Assads government and his forces.

They forgot to mention that the U.S. and other Western allies consider the Assad government their enemy as well. Although this truce is a new development, it should not surprise anyone. The U.S. has been supporting the Syrian rebels right from the start to remove Assad. Many of them joined the Islamic State, Al-Qaeda, Al-Nusra and other terrorist groups in the region including those in Iraq. Washington would welcome a truce between both groups because they will target the Syrian government. Washington will most likely launch airstrikes against these same terrorists in Syria as a justification to enter Syrian territory.

The AFP detailed exactly what was agreed upon between both groups:

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the ceasefire deal was agreed between IS and moderate and Islamist rebels in Hajar al-Aswad, south of the capital.

Under the deal, the two parties will respect a truce until a final solution is found and they promise not to attack each other because they consider the principal enemy to be the Nussayri regime.

Nussayri is a pejorative term for the Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shiite Islam to which President Bashar al-Assad belongs.

The world needs to stop this war. If the U.S. does launch airstrikes into Syria to target these terrorist organizations, it will be considered an aggression against the Assad government. If innocent civilians or Syrian government forces are killed in the airstrikes, the Assad government would most likely respond with military action. Russia, China and most nations around the world would condemn U.S. actions on Syrias sovereign territory. The U.S. wants Assad out of power. ISIL was created by the U.S. and its allies in the region. Is this the start of World War III? I hope not. The Syrian government can defeat ISIL on their own if Washington would stop sending arms into the region. The question we must ask is who will receive U.S. arms shipments now. ISIL?

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