Archive | February 2nd, 2015

2 explosives go off along Erdoğan’s Çankaya route in Ankara

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2 explosives go off along Erdoğan’s Çankaya route in Ankara

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (Photo: DHA)

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Two homemade explosives went off in the courtyard of a building located in the Çankaya neighborhood of Ankara, one a half-hour before and one 15 minutes after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan passed by the building.

A large number of police officers, bomb disposal teams and members of counterterrorism and intelligence units were dispatched to the scene. After an examination, the teams discovered that the blasts came from homemade explosives placed inside three plastic bottles. One of them had not been set off by the time they were found. According to experts, the explosives were not of a type that could have had a strong impact.

A criminal investigation has been launched into the incident to discover for whom or what the explosives were meant for, whether they are linked to a terrorist organization and whether they were targeting President Erdoğan.

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A Tribute to the Late Great Activist and Commentator Anthony Lawson – R.I.P.

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Anthony Lawson1I was very saddened this past weekend to learn that the venerable activist / commentator Anthony Lawson had passed away after a struggle with cancer on January 8th, 2015, as reported in a new video posted on Jan. 31st by his son Ashton.  British born, Anthony was an audio/video “media expert” who had worked for many years in the advertising industry. Moreover, he was a critical thinker who did his own research, paid great attention to detail, was a great orator, and he made many, many powerful independent political videos. I cannot claim to have known Anthony well, but we did exchange a few e-mails in 2012-2013.

It was Anthony Lawson who initiated contact with me in 2012 to commend me on my film “Hitler’s War? – What the Historians Neglect to Mention”.  He said that it had really had an impact on him in his own understanding of the “Big Picture” of World War II and he thank ed me for it.  In later e-mail correspondence, he told me that he also enjoyed “Hitler’s Shadow – In the Service of the Fuehrer” and found it quite eye-opening, but he did reserve some criticism of my technical skills with the rendering of the film.  I was not offended, as he was a master in that craft, and myself, an amateur doing my best with what I had. Indeed, I was very delighted and humbled that he had at all taken notice of my own efforts, because I was well aware of him and his own great work, in particular the following video for which I, a self-respecting German, was most grateful.  The video was banned almost right away and it had to be re-uploaded numerous times to bypass the YouTube censors. It is still very relevant today, and undoubtedly, will be for a long time to come:

On June 6th, 2012 Anthony Lawson did an private interview with Deanna Spingola which I quite enjoyed and still fondly recall. Shortly into the interview,with respect to Israel’s constant fear mongering about Iran’s alleged nuclear bomb plans, and their demands to the world community for something to be done about it, Anthony said:

“This is ridiculous! Because we all know that Israel has up to 400 nuclear weapons. We’ve got the Germans [BRD govt] now admitting that they are putting submarines together for them, to be able to launch these weapons, and, nothing, no questions are ever asked of Israel, you know, ‘when will YOU use the bomb?’ that you you’ve got. It’s always ‘Iran, why won’t you stop building a bomb?’ Which they won’t, and it’s absurd!

The whole situation is so biased and ridiculous, that it needed something said about it, which I have now done. It probably won’t do much good, but you know, there comes a time when you have that feeling about something, and you have just got to do something about it.

Because I’ve got children and I’ve got grandchildren. And I don’t want to pass at the end of my life thinking ‘I could have done more’. Well, of course, I could do more, but I would hate to be at that point and have to think, ‘I didn’t do anything’ which is terrible!”

Listen here: https://cloudup.com/c8PxFrosbTu

Download: https://i.cloudup.com/uvL8Zr0Lia.mp3

God Bless you Sir. You had a moral compass, and you did what you could, while you could, with all that you had, and you said what you believed needed to be said fearlessly, and in no uncertain terms. With the above quoted statement, I knew that we were kindred spirits in this world. I pray that many more Anthony Lawsons will step up to follow your fine example. We need them now more than ever!

Anthony LawsonWhile you were not a “religious” man, I trust that you are now in a better place, and deservedly so, for your courage, integrity, and dedication to the truth. We are in your debt, and it is now up to us who remain, to take up that torch and to speak the truth as best we know it, following in your fine example.

Rest in Peace Anthony Lawson!

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Egypt court sentences 183 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to death

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Egypt court sentences 183 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to death
Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi hold a copy of the Koran and Mursi’s picture at Talaat Harb square, in Cairo on Jan. 25, 2015. (Photo: Reuters).

An Egyptian court sentenced 183 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood to death on Monday on charges of killing police officers, as authorities continued their crackdown on the MB members.

The men were convicted of playing a role in the killings of 16 policemen in the town of Kardasa in August, 2013 during the upheaval that followed the army’s ouster of President Mohammed Morsi. Thirty four were sentenced in absentia.

Egypt has mounted one of the biggest crackdowns in its modern history on the Brotherhood since the oust of Morsi, the country’s first democratically-elected president.

Thousands of Brotherhood supporters have been arrested and put on mass trials in a campaign which human rights groups say shows the government is systematically repressing opponents.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who as army chief toppled Morsi, describes the Brotherhood as a major security threat.

The movement says it is committed to peaceful activism.

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Sultanahmet suicide bomber spends 11 days in İstanbul before attack

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Sultanahmet suicide bomber spends 11 days in İstanbul before attack

Ramazanova enjoying İstanbul in this undated photo published by a Russian news site.

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Diana Ramazanova, the woman who carried out a suicide bomb attack that killed a police officer on Jan. 6 at a police station in İstanbul’s historical Sultanahmet neighborhood, had crossed into Turkey from Syria illegally and stayed in İstanbul for 11 days before carrying out the attack, the Hürriyet daily reported on Friday.

According to the report, it is not yet clear whether Ramazanova brought the two explosives she used in the attack from Syria or if she acquired them from members of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

The Hürriyet report included details about Ramazanova’s life leading up to the attack. She reportedly became acquainted with a Norwegian citizen of Chechen origin by the name of Abu Aluevitsj Edelbijev through social media. The two became friends and later decided to get married and move to Syria to join ISIL.

Ramazanova is seen in an undated photo.

Ramazanova and Edelbijev crossed the Turkish border into Syria after a three-month honeymoon in İstanbul. After Edelbijev was killed in a fight in December 2014, Ramazanova decided to come back to Turkey and illegally crossed the border into the southeastern province of Gaziantep on Dec. 26, 2014. She then traveled to İstanbul via a rented car. It is not clear how or where Ramazanova acquired to explosives she used in the attack.

Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy Atilla Kart has said that the number of those who have joined ISIL from Turkey has increased. According to Kart, the number of ISIL sympathizers in Turkey was 3,000, according to figures in August 2014, but has grown to 10,000 recently. “They are mainly concentrated in Gaziantep, Hatay and Kilis,” Kart was quoted as saying by the Taraf daily.

Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Hatay deputy Şefik Çirkin has warned that the number of ISIL militants in Turkey has been increasing. “The AK Party’s [Justice and Development Party] grassroots are sympathizers of ISIL,” Çirkin said, adding: “However, we cannot blame them. The main suspect is the government.”

Referring to unidentified sources, Çirkin said 12,000 Turkish citizens have joined ISIL so far. He also drew attention to the fact that so far Turkish authorities have not led any operations against members or sympathizers of ISIL in the country and that the militant group has not been the subject of discussion in any sessions of the National Security Council (MGK).

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Indignity and death in Saudi Arabia

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Many years ago, an uncle of mine, since deceased, was employed in the Baldia of Riyadh — capital of the land of the very pure, Saudi Arabia. During his annual trips back home, he had many stories to narrate of his experiences in that land. One of those stories remains etched in my mind even after a decade.

My uncle told me that while he was serving there, he befriended a Saudi colleague of his. This man had invited my uncle to his house a number of times, but my uncle had never gotten the chance to visit him.

One day, the Saudi friend did not report for duty. My uncle asked around for the reason and was told that his colleague’s mother had died the night before, which is why he had asked for a day’s leave.

Now, in our culture, the passing away of one’s mother is considered a tragedy which warrants condolence, preferably in person. So my uncle decided to go to his Saudi friend’s house and offer his condolence.

When he got there, there was nothing around the house to indicate that one of its occupants had passed away. When he rang the bell, a boy came out, asked for his name and then summoned his father (my uncle’s friend), who, on seeing his friend from the office, burst out welcoming him with shouts of “Ahlan va sahlan, marhba!”, and led him into the drawing room.

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In the drawing room, much to my uncle’s surprise, the television was on and an Indian movie DVD was playing. There was no sign of the mourning atmosphere my uncle was expecting; he thought perhaps someone had played a joke on him.

After treating my uncle to a fabulous array of snacks, in the truest Arab custom, the friend asked him the reason for his impromptu visit. My uncle was at a loss of what to say. But he finally blurted out what was told the Saudi’s mother had died the night before and that he had come here to extend his sympathies.

The Saudi’s reply shocked him further:

“Yes. She died last night and I immediately phoned the Baldia people, but those fools were late in coming for the body this morning, which is why I was forced to take it off from work today. They must have buried her by now!”

I was reminded of this story because of a tragedy that befell my family quite recently.

My wife’s brother had been working for a foreign company in Al Khobar (Saudi Arabia) for several years. On Eidul Azha day this year, while he was offering maghrib prayers at his residence, he suffered a massive cardiac stroke, and collapsed on the prayer mat. His wife immediately called his colleague living in the same apartment block.

Together, after they tried and failed to revive him, his colleague summoned a Saudi doctor living nearby who was on their company’s pay roll and had not disappeared like other Saudis during the 10 days’ Eid holidays that are handed out to all during Eidul Azha.

The doctor came, examined the patient (who was still breathing), mumbled something in Arabic and went away. My brother-in-law’s colleague had, in the meanwhile, called the emergency number and asked them to send an ambulance. When they heard a siren, they thought the ambulance had arrived, but it turned out to be a police patrol car.

The doctor they called had tipped off the police, which had now parked a patrol car right in front of the apartment complex.

The first thing that the police did was to order the colleague out of my brother-in-law’s apartment, as he was a ‘namehram‘ and could not be allowed to stay in the same apartment with my brother-in-law’s wife.

An hour passed and the ambulance did not arrive. The colleague decided to take my brother-in-law, who was still breathing shallow breaths, to the hospital in his own car. But the police would not allow him to do it and told him he’d have to wait for the ambulance.

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One after the other, every call to the hospital only elicited the response that they had summoned the driver and the attending paramedic — both of whom seemed to be relaxing at their respective homes — and that the ambulance would arrive as soon as the two reported back for duty.

Back in Karachi, we were on tenterhooks. All our family members had gathered at the house of my mother-in-law, and all one heard was the sound of prayers and supplications; interrupted by wails of the mother, sisters, nieces, who all prayed for his recovery. Almost every single minute, we would ask if any progress was made.

After waiting for some more time, the colleague drove to the hospital, and demanded to know why the ambulance had not been sent. The dispatcher shrugged, saying the driver and the paramedic had not reported. My brother-in-law’s colleague stuffed a bunch of Riyals into his fist and with that, the dispatcher finally sprang into action.

He picked up the phone, chided the driver and paramedic, and ordered them to come in at the earliest. A few minutes later, both turned up looking cross. Their palms were also greased, and finally the ambulance was dispatched.

By that time, almost three hours had elapsed since my brother-in-law suffered the stroke. When he was being shifted into the ambulance, he was hardly breathing. Even though the paramedic gave him emergency treatment on the way to the hospital, my brother-in-law was pronounced dead on arrival.

We got the news in Karachi. The wailing became unbearable.

If only they had provided him medical aid immediately after the stroke, my brother-in-law could still have been alive today, to play with his only daughter, whom he loved and who adored her father so much that she would cry every time he would go to office. The little one does not understand what happened to her Papa and cries for him the whole day and night. Her old grandmother also cries for her son who was essentially “murdered” by the callous attitude of Saudi authorities.

But our ordeal did not end that day.

When a cousin of my brother-in-law who lived in Jeddah, arrived the next day to claim his body, the authorities told him the body could not be released until the death certificate was signed, and the death certificate could not be signed because the person authorised to sign it was away on vacation. Nobody else was authorised to sign it, and therefore the body would only be released after the certificate guy was done vacationing.

For 10 days, we awaited for the arrival of the body in Karachi. The wails of the mother of the deceased, his wife and child tore your heart, but we just sat there helplessly, unable to do any thing about it.

The body finally arrived in Karachi on October 16, and that’s when we could finally lay him to rest.

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A Saudi beheading, an IS beheading

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The beheading took place in Makkah. A Burmese woman named Laila Bin Abdul Muttalib Basim, who lived in Saudi Arabia, was first dragged on a public street. Then, she was grabbed by four policemen, while a man took a sword and cut off her head.

It took three blows to do this, until the head was finally severed. Until then, the woman could be heard screaming and begging for her life, a plea that is of course completely ignored. “I did not kill! I did not kill!” she screams.

Then, she is silent and dead.

Little is known about Laila other than her crime: the murder and sexual abuse of a seven-year old girl who was her husband’s daughter from another marriage.

As is the case with the opaque Saudi brand of justice, little is known regarding whether the accused was permitted any means to a defense or whether she was convicted simply on the basis of the allegations against her.

The only part of justice that is visible to all in Saudi Arabia is, after all, the punishment; gruesome, grotesque in a way only a kingdom grown fat with liquid gold can afford to be.

Normally, a beheading such as this one, despite its barbarity, would be shrugged and ignored. Saudi Arabia is after all littered with the blood of executed immigrants, men and women who came for jobs, to escape the hardscrabble and thankless penury of their own lives. Their heads and bodies are likely gathered up and, before the sun has set, committed via the labour of others just like them to nameless unmarked graves, becoming one with the sand of the Holy Kingdom. So it would have been with Laila.

It was not so because of a curious accident of geopolitics, one which betrays the facile vacuity of moral rights and wrongs in the scale of world opinion.

Since the summer of last year, when the black swathed fighters of IS marched into Syrian and Iraqi cities, beheadings have become interesting and condemnable.

The cynics among us would pronounce this the consequence of the IS-inaugurated theater of brutality, in whose grisly episodes one, then two and then even more Westerners have been slain before video cameras.

Of course, non-westerners have also met the merciless blades of IS executioners, but brown is imagined as accustomed to brutal, somehow complicit. There is no fairness in the order and scale of world mourning.

Saudi Arabia has been at the forefront of the march against the IS, aggressively drawing in the United States, whose own geo-politics are now tied to a global war on terror that must go on into perpetuity. This collaboration is not a departure from routine; the Saudis and the American are long-time chums, such that even 9/11 and its Saudi origins could not sunder.

Indeed, all would be well in the cosy camaraderie were it not for the sudden realisation in the follow-up to a routine beheading that Saudi Arabia, the jolly ally, is meting out the same sort of brutal punishments meted out by the blood-thirsty baddies of IS.

The Americans do not like their allies and their enemies to look the same. It is embarrassing.

Of course, none of this would be at all problematic if no one had found out.

The problem the Saudis immediately encountered in the conclave that undoubtedly took place somewhere deep in the kingdom was that a video had been made; the similarities in the brutalities of the alleged good guys (Saudis) and the known bad guys (IS) that they want the world to fight was exposed.

The Saudi policeman who took the video was immediately arrested, charges of “cyber crimes” slapped on him for his transgression to send a message to future unauthorised videographers of beheadings. Saudi Arabia cannot bear to look like IS, even if it acts just like it.

The damage, however, may already have been done.

Those in countries like Pakistan, whose cultures and ideas of faith have been transformed by Saudi Arabia’s protracted and dogged export of its brutal and ascetic brand of justice, can testify to the extremist underpinnings of the Saudi state.

Saudi-funded madrassahs exist on every street corner of Pakistan and churn out a steady stream of extremism untempered by rationality or compassion. Similarly, Pakistanis recount scores of accounts of poor migrant workers whose heads have met Saudi swords without any opportunity to offer defenses.

The battle between IS and Saudi Arabia never was and never will be an ideological battle, with the former standing for tolerance or moderation.

The Saudi trick of dressing up strategic interests in the shiny new clothes of anti-extremism may fool the Americans, whose Secretary of State recently called the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia a “moderate Muslim nation.”

It does not fool Pakistanis.

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Call them ‘Dictators’, not ‘Kings’

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(Late) King Abdullah speaks with Prince Salman, then Riyadh governor, before the king's departure to United States. —AP/file
(Late) King Abdullah speaks with Prince Salman, then Riyadh governor, before the king’s departure to United States. —AP/file

It is clear that any attempt to draw the West’s attention to Saudi Arabia’s history of glaring human rights violations, would require an urgent amendment to the terminology we regularly use to describe the Saudi regime.

The most genial words have been pouring in from across the world for King Abdullah, the “reformer”.

President Obama cancelled his trip to the Taj Mahal to fly to Saudi Arabia.

In his statement on the death of King Abdullah, Obama spoke about the king’s initiatives “that will outlive him as an enduring contribution to the search for peace in the region”.

The National Defense University in the US announced an essay competition to pay tribute to the deceased Saudi monarch.

The Japanese government praised him as a “peacekeeper”.

Perhaps the most baffling commendation came from the IMF’s Christine Lagarde, who called King Abdullah “a strong advocate for women”.

The four adult daughters reportedly house-arrested by King Abdullah, just to keep them from returning to his ex-wife were apparently not available to rebut Lagarde’s tribute.

Nor were the millions of other Saudi women who, regrettably, could not leave their homes without their husbands’ permission.

David Cameron applauded the Saudi monarch for his “commitment to peace and for strengthening understanding between faiths”. This, in spite of a leaked diplomatic cable in which Abdullah personally prodded the US to invade Iran; and in spite of his support for extremist outfits engaged in what can only be described as a ‘Shia genocide’.

While praise has been pouring in from nearly every corner of the world, there’s a reason for us foregrounding the West’s adoration of Abdullah in particular.

There is a stark contrast between these countries’ official advocacy for democracy and freedom, and the kind of non-democratic rulers they choose to lionise.

Many Western nations, particularly the United Kingdom, have visible sympathy for monarchism. Never mind the fact that the unelected monarch is basically a ‘dictator’, the British have nevertheless taken great comfort in their country’s “symbolic dictatorship”.

This ‘soft corner’ for monarchism is periodically displayed with utmost zeal, as the common Englishmen proceed to curtsy before the men and women of supposedly superior bloodlines.

Monarchism – which is basically the arbitrary division of humans into peasants and high-borns, based simply on the accident of birth – is systematically glorified in art, music, children’s literature, and even mainstream politics in a surprising number of countries.

It’s easy to imagine why the word ‘King’ may appear less threatening to the denizens of such nations.

“Dictators” are men like Saddam Hussein and President Bashar Al-Assad. Kings and Queens are decorated, well-starched, and assuredly benign figures that inspire us with their radiant smiles and gentle waves.

Problematically, the Elizabethan/Disney description of a monarch gets projected onto the assuredly non-benign figures of the Middle East, and beyond.

These diplomatic geniuses have always used the simple power of linguistics to route and reroute global outrage, however they find profitable – subjectively sifting out the ‘rebels’ from the ‘terrorists’, and a ‘coup’ from a ‘takeover’.

We say the word “killed” when we want to provoke outcry, and the word “died” where an outcry is politically inconvenient.

Yes, “died”, like from high cholesterol or old age.

Now, with the ideological boundaries between the brutal Saudi administration and ISIS growing blurrier by the day, we find ourselves engaged in Olympics-grade verbal gymnastics, trying to wedge them apart.

Let’s not do that.

An unelected ruler of a country that publicly decapitates and lashes its citizens – often hastily and for archaic, moralistic reasons – and exports fanatical ideas to many politically volatile corners of the world, may be safely described with a word less lenient than “King”.

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Bad Saudi vibes

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THIS last week witnessed the gathering of the great and the good in Riyadh to pay their respects to the recently departed King Abdullah, and to suck up to King Salman, the newly crowned monarch.

Next month, many of these same worthies will meet in Washington to discuss measures to counter terrorism.

How many lives have to be lost before Western leaders finally connect the dots between the Wahabi/Salafi ideology being pumped out by the desert kingdom and the killing fields of Iraq, Syria, Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan?

It was no coincidence that many of the 9/11 suicide bombers and planners, as well as Osama bin Laden, happened to be Saudi citizens. Over the years, a large body of evidence has been built up by diplomats, journalists and intelligence agencies pointing to the nexus between jihadi terror and extremist elements in Saudi Arabia. And yet King Abdullah’s death is being considered a huge loss.

In his tribute, President Obama went so far as saying of Abdullah’s deeds: “They will outlive him as an enduring contribution to the search for peace in the region.” Really? Since when has the architect of a project that has destabilised much of the Muslim world deserved such accolades?

Saudi support has blocked change in the Middle East.

In 1924-25, Ibn Saud, the founder of the current Saudi dynasty, defeated the Hashemites and seized control of Saudi Arabia with the help of the British. According to contemporary accounts, over the next seven years or so, tens of thousands were killed, many more had a limb amputated and up to a million fled Saudi Arabia.

So when we deplore the actions of the Islamic State, we need to remember who provided them with a model for conquest. And when we are repulsed by their public beheading of prisoners, we need to keep in mind the fact that on Fridays, those given the death penalty by Saudi Arabia’s opaque and draconian legal system are decapitated in public squares.

In a Faustian pact, the Saudi monarchy is left unchallenged by the country’s ultra-conservative clergy, provided it does not try and bring the country out of the 7th century. Meanwhile, millions of dollars are sent from private and public sources to madressahs in mostly poor Muslim countries.

Saudi Arabia, among some other Arab states, also funds mosques in Western cities where many clerics, whose salaries are reportedly paid by Riyadh, preach hate against the West and non-Wahabi sects. While the official Wahabi clergy stick to a literalist, joyless interpretation of Islam, they overlook the injunctions against rule by despots. They have thus provided the Saudi royal family with a spurious legitimacy in exchange for the tight control they wield over internal social policy. The royal family and the clergy are in a symbiotic embrace that has made them a barrier to change.

With an army of some 7,000 princes to keep in style, the House of Saud has a strong incentive to maintain a lucrative status quo. This creates their leverage with Washington, London and Paris: with the world’s biggest oil reserves, Saudi Arabia has been ensuring a steady supply of oil to the global markets.

The other factor that keeps leaders like Obama and Cameron onside is the rich market for arms the kingdom has become over the years. These purchases, often accompanied with allegations of vast bribes, generate jobs as well as obscene profits.

Finally, the ‘stability’ repeatedly evoked in the recent eulogies to Abdullah refers to his role in leading the fight to roll back the Arab Spring. From Egypt to Bahrain, it has been Saudi money and political support that has blocked change. Simul­tan­eously, however, Saudi Arabia has also reportedly financed extremist rebel groups in Syria.

But there are signs that the Saudis are losing some of their leverage in Washington. When Obama decided against launching an attack on Syria, it was a big setback for Riyadh. For King Abdullah, it was a humiliating reminder that his country is no longer the highest American priority.

Another reality check came when Obama refused to be led into an Israeli-inspired attack on Iran to destroy its nuclear programme and ambitions. A senior Saudi had been quoted in a leaked US diplomatic cable urging the Americans to “cut off the serpent’s head”.

But Saudi support for General Sisi has been directly helpful to Israel as Egypt has acted vigorously against Hamas, shutting down virtually all the tunnels that had been a lifeline for the beleaguered Palestinians virtually imprisoned in the tiny enclave of Gaza.

Thus far, the Saudi government has bought off its people by giving them huge subsidies and many free services. But with falling oil prices, it may not be able to forever bribe the young to stay quiet. Its Shia population in eastern Saudi Arabia is growing increasingly restless under unending discrimination and repression. And no system, even one as backward as Saudi Arabia’s, stays static forever.

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King Salman’s shady past

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With the US and Pakistan both in Saudi Arabia’s figurative pocket, King Salman is set to likely rule much of the world. —AFP
With the US and Pakistan both in Saudi Arabia’s figurative pocket, King Salman is set to likely rule much of the world. —AFP

It has been a month dominated by Saudi Arabia.

Last week, I wrote about the beheading of a Burmese woman in the Holy City of Makkah. The Saudi King was not dead then, but he died a few days after the incident.

King Abdullah’s passing, was a world event, with all the eager leaders of the free world rushing to pay their respects to the 90-year-old dead monarch and to curry favour with his new 80-year-old successor.

The Americans sent President Obama, whose visit to India was cut short to enable his attendance. For peeved Pakistanis, sick of consuming the details of the love fest from across the border; reprieve comes from strange places.

Indeed, Pakistan’s present is inextricably tied to Saudi Arabia’s past.

The newest king in the world, King Salman of Saudi Arabia, was the man the House of Saud had put in charge of raising money for the Afghan war against the Soviet Union. According to Bruce Reidel, an analyst writing in The Daily Beast, then Prince Salman, was at one point instrumental in funneling almost 25 million dollars a month to the Afghan Mujahideen.

According to a former CIA officer quoted in the Foreign Policy magazine, who was stationed in Pakistan at that time, Prince Salman was responsible for a similar amount coming into that country for purposes of recruitment for jihad.

Prince Salman, labeled the “family sheriff” by Bruce Reidel, was responsible for keeping order in the House of Saud, owing to the close ties between him and the clerical establishment of the Kingdom.

More recently, as Rachel Bronson says in her book, Thicker Than Oil: America’s Uneasy Partnership With Saudi Arabia, Salman also helped recruit fighters for Abdul Rasul Sayyaf, an Afghan fighter who served as a mentor to both Osama bin Laden and 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

This then is the story of the new king.

Even while America continues to fight its perpetual war on terror, a man with a history as the one above has been feted as a “reformer” well prepared for the task at hand. There are few details as to what the Americans imagine that task to be, but then superpowers can afford such deceptions and digressions.

On the side of penury, where Pakistan is located, it is useful to note that many of the seeds of extremism bearing such plentiful fruit in the country today, germinated and took root during the same era as the charitable King Salman was funneling money to defeat the Soviets.

At the helm of this endeavor, our own Prime Minister has long been a beneficiary of King Salman’s largesse and benevolence.

With superpowers like the United States and foot-soldier producers like Pakistan, both in Saudi Arabia’s figurative pocket, the new Saudi king is set not simply to rule his kingdom, but likely much of the world.

How can the major producer and funder of the extremist ideology that everyone from Pakistanis mourning Peshawar, to even Americans mourning 9/11, profess to detest with such passion, be anointed to such a position of power in the world?

Herein lies the circularity of the mess that is the war against terror; in it lies the answer of why no effort to “clean-up” extremism, to drone it and bomb it and defuse it will ever be successful in accomplishing the eradication that it aims for.

With one hand clasped closely with the United States and the other throwing pennies at Pakistan; Saudi Arabia represents this obscured circle of inanity, the chain of hypocrisy that soaks up the blood of terror’s innocent victims like it was never shed at all.

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Iconic “Holocaust” imagery and mass mind control

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In previous blog posts, I’ve emphasized the central role that the iconic imagery associated with the fake “Holocaust” narrative plays in instilling and perpetuating this entirely fabricated, manufactured aspect of our collective history, which has resulted in mass mind control and manipulation.Horrific images of piles of dead bodies and emaciated prisoners, along with emotionally exploitative “Holocaust survivor” testimony, have been shown to literally billions of people since 1945 to implant the false Jewish “Holocaust” story. Countless Hollywood films based on the official “Holocaust” narrative have been made since WWII, films which are elevated, promoted, and rewarded by the Jewish-owned and controlled movie industry centered in Hollywood.

This psychologically traumatizing and terrifying imagery is never properly put in context or explained, and some of it is deliberately distorted in order to promote the insidious and quite preposterous “Holocaust” narrative. However, due to the traumatic nature of the imagery, the vast majority of people are unable to entertain alternative perspectives or explanations about what really happened at the various concentration and labor camps administered by National Socialist Germany during WWII.

An article recently appearing in The Jewish Daily Forward expounded upon the central importance that various Allied film-makers, many of whom had direct connections to Hollywood, and later Hollywood films played in promoting and perpetuating the fake “Holocaust” narrative. The author, J.J. Goldberg, begins his report with a discussion of the Oscar-nominated 1965 television documentary “Let My People Go: The Story of Israel.”

[…] One-fourth or more of the hour-long film is raw footage of the Nazi horror: long shots of Jews being shoved into boxcars,lying dead in the streets of the Warsaw Ghettoherded toward gas chambers or simply staring at the cameras of Nazi tormentors or Russian, British and American liberatorsAnd endless mountains of bodies, stacked outside crematoria or dumped into mass graves like rag dolls, faces twisted in the rictus of death, often barely recognizable as human beings. I remembered watching the movie on television as a kid with my family when it came out, but I’d forgotten what it felt like.

It’s not as though the Holocaust hasn’t been on my mind all these years. Even if I wanted to ignore it, America doesn’t let you. Our screens are flooded year after year with movies and television programs about it, each attempting some new angle or untaught lesson. They’ve ranged from Oscar-winners like “Schindler’s List,” “Life Is Beautiful” and “The Pianist” to thrillers like “Escape from Sobibor” and blockbuster miniseries like 1978’s “Holocaust.” As for documentaries, for a while it was news when the Oscar went to a documentary that wasn’t about the Holocaust.

Strikingly few films, though, ever showed — even in reenactment — the grotesque reality of the Nazi killing machine itself. Mostly they’ve looked for individual human drama amid the inhumanity. The monstrous underlying truth usually has been merely hinted at. Only a tiny handful have included live footage of the death camps.

By coincidence, I saw a longer collection of live death camp scenes… when HBO premiered its new 78-minute documentary, “Night Will Fall.” It tells the story of the making and abrupt suspension, due to emergent Cold War politics, of a planned 1945 British government documentary titled “German Concentration Camps Factual Survey.” The HBO film, released this year in observance of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, dovetails well with the oft-taught lesson that’s become a key part of our collective narrative: that the memory of the Nazi genocide was suppressed for decades after the war, reawakened only in 1967 by the shattering events leading up to the Six-Day War, when Israel’s neighbors were threatening her with extermination. Ever since then, the Holocaust has risen to the forefront of our collective consciousness.

But that doesn’t explain the acclaimed national broadcast and Oscar nomination for “Let My People Go” in 1965. Nor a whole host of movies that came before it.

Memory is a tricky thing. When “Let My People Go” first aired, the Holocaust footage stunned critics. The New York Times, called it “remorseless” and noted that much of it “had not previously been seen” — what reviewers are now saying about “Night Will Fall.”

It wasn’t new even then. In late April 1945, while war was still raging in Europe, movie theaters across America were screening a six-minute Universal newsreel that graphically displayed the horrors greeting General Dwight Eisenhower, Allied supreme commander, when he visited liberated Buchenwald.

Later that same year, 1945, the U.S. War Department produced a documentary short, “Death Mills,” directed by famed Hollywood auteur Billy Wilder, with an unbroken 21 minutes of horror filmed in the camps by American soldiers just after liberation. The footage appeared again in 1961 in “Judgment at Nuremberg,” which won three Oscars. By the time “Let My People Go” aired in 1965, American audiences were reasonably familiar with the insides of death camps.

Not that Hollywood-style Holocaust drama was lacking in the early years. It emerged immediately after the war. “The Search,” about a Jewish child separated from his mother in the death camps, won two Oscars in 1948. In 1952 Kirk Douglas starred in “The Juggler,” which tells about a broken Holocaust survivor who’s restored to life in the new state of Israel. Another film about a traumatized survivor, “The Pawnbroker,” won Rod Steiger an Oscar nomination in 1964.

And “The Diary of Anne Frank,” which won three Oscars in 1959, has arguably done more — together with the Pulitzer Prize-winning play and the international best-selling book both were based on — than any other depiction to tell the world the truth of Nazi depravity. […]

When the Allied armies were “liberating” the various labor, industrial, and detention camps administered by the Germans during WWII, they did in fact discover horrific scenes of dead bodies and malnourished, emaciated, and sick inmates at some of the camps. But these individuals were not murdered, starved, and/or mistreated in a systematic German-led campaign to genocide the Jews and other “undesirable” groups in Europe. The horrific scenes the Allied propaganda units discovered and filmed were a direct result of their own governments’ barbaric and cowardly war policies, which included the deliberate bombing of critical German infrastructure, industrial facilities, and civilian centers.The people who died in the various concentration camps administered by the Germans died largely from disease (typhus in particular) and malnourishment towards the very end of the war because the Germans were having extreme difficulty properly supplying the camps and providing critical services and sanitary living quarters. None of this was deliberate German policy; it was all a result of the ruthless war policies prosecuted by the Allies against the Germans.

The organized Jewish community and their gullible, traitorous non-Jewish allies had been propagandizing the Western world with shocking and grisly stories of Jewish persecution (including the “6 million dead Jews” figure!) going back to 1915 during WWI, and even before.

Of course, we now know that this narrative – horrific, unfathomable persecution and murder of Jews carried out by “fascists”, “Nazis”, and other “racist, bigoted, irrational anti-Semites” – was entirely manufactured and sold to the public via the mass media. It was essentially a public relations campaign carried out, quite successfully unfortunately, by the organized Jewish community to gain sympathy and political support for their various agendas, both in the Middle East and in the West. The institutionalization of this fake narrative was officially adopted by the West following WWII as the Jewish “Holocaust” story.

The horrific imagery captured by the Allied propaganda units, led by the Jew Sidney Bernstein who collaborated with various Hollywood producers and directors, was presented at the Nuremberg show trials and in various newsreels and reports from the era. Children and mass audiences are still traumatized by the horrific imagery captured by the Allied propagandists. Of course, the imagery is never properly placed in its correct context, and is used instead to support the fake Jewish “Holocaust” narrative. The vast majority of people are not even able to critically think about this important aspect of WWII because of the trauma that has been instilled in their minds by the gruesome imagery associated with the “Holocaust”.

The Jewish “Holocaust” narrative and the manner in which it has been manufactured, sold, and implanted in the minds of mass audiences exploits basic human psychology and emotions. It is essentially a mass mind control program used to serve and advance international Jewry’s global agenda of world domination. It is time for the world to recognize this fact.

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