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Are Turkey’s young IS recruits now a domestic threat?

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Turkish media extensively covered the story of 19-year-old Suleyman Bengi crossing the border to Syria and joining the Islamic State (IS). Suleyman, a freshman dentistry student at a prominent Ankara university and son of an academic, took along with him his 16-year-old twin brothers Dilar and Dilsat. Everyone is asking what could have motivated a young man from a well-to-do, educated family to embark on such an adventure.

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Suleyman’s family lives in Diyarbakir in southeast Turkey. His father is a faculty member of Dicle University’s mining engineering department. His mother is a civil servant. Their financial situation is comfortable.

Al-Monitor spoke with Suleyman’s friends at the student hostel in Ankara’s Cebeci district where he lived. We learned that when Suleyman arrived at the hostel a year ago, he was already devoutly religious and prayed regularly. Suleyman’s hostel mates described him as a loner who appeared to not want to be friends with anyone and never participated in common activities. They said they noticed a change in Suleyman after he began to visit a bookshop in the Cebeci district. He then started lifting weights in the hostel gym. One time, he told the others in the gym to play religious hymns, not music, and actually started a fight over it. His clothing style also changed. He tried to take some of his friends to the bookshop but couldn’t persuade them.

A hostel mate said, “This was his first year. If his parents had been with him, they could have noticed the change in him.”

When Al-Monitor asked why they didn’t report the changes they observed in Suleyman to the hostel management or his professors, they replied: “We actually noticed the change in Suleyman. But we didn’t know who to report to. There is no phone number, no expert or an office that could help us.”

Suleyman kept in close contact via social media with his twin brothers, Dilar and Dilsat, who attended different high schools in Diyarbakir. It is likely that Suleyman radicalized his brothers through their social media correspondence and persuaded them to go to Syria. Schoolmates of the twins said they were good students but that they kept to themselves.

Upon hearing that his three sons had gone to Syria to join IS, M. Sefik said, We taught them how to love people. How they came to this point is a mystery to us.”

Hundreds of mothers and fathers in Turkey are speaking those very words. According to official figures, about 2,500 individuals have traveled from Turkey to Iraq and Syria to join IS. About 800 even took their families with them. According to security experts Al-Monitor spoke to in Ankara, the reality on the ground is much more worrisome. One source, who did not want to be identified, said 5,000 Turks have crossed. Another source said, “The real problem is not the ones who go to Syria and Iraq to fight, but those who are radicalized and stay here. They [number] in the thousands.”

What is the dynamic that leads Turkish youth to follow Salafist currents? One explanation is political. A leading ideologue of the political Islamic movement in Turkey spoke with Al-Monitor on the issue, preferring to remain anonymous out of fear of possible pressure. He said that the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) polluted political Islam and turned it into a current that cannot be questioned. The new generation of Islamist youth turn to Salafist currents because it gives them the power of protest.

The source pointed out that his choosing to remain anonymous is indicative of how the government has disfigured the country’s Islamist movements. He said, “There is no reasonable criticism of Islam within the AKP government. Their relations with the masses are not democratic.” He then made an important point: “These youngsters are not going to IS as a reaction to secularists in Turkey. To the contrary, they see how political Islam in Turkey is decayed and not honest. IS promises these kids authentic, honest comradeship. Islamist youth in Turkey have a problem expressing themselves. They have to find a way to join society. It is this reaction that makes IS attractive to these youngsters.”

Professor Clark McCauley of Bryn Mawr College in the United States, who studies political radicalization, told Al-Monitor via email that he believes that “the first thing to notice is the blend of motives, in which emotion and personal circumstances are as important as political opinion about IS.”

McCauley highlighted that some personal factors can be categorized as mechanisms of radicalization, including those identified by himself and Sophia Moskalenko:

  • Political grievances: Individuals are outraged by Western indifference to the plight of Sunni Muslims suffering at the hands of Shiites in Iraq and Bashar al-Assad’s Alawite-minority government in Syria.
  • Personal grievances: Even educated, employed young Muslims react to white European or American discrimination against Muslims.
  • Affection: Some go to Syria because a friend or relative has gone.
  • New connections: Some have lost family, friends or their job and seek new connections in the brotherhood of men at war.
  • Escape: Some join IS to get away from debts, prison or family problems.
  • Status and risk-seeking: Some seek thrill, adventure and warrior status, going from zero to hero.

Professor Hilmi Demir of Hitit University’s Faculty of Theology told Al-Monitor during a meeting in Ankara that IS offers many things to youths who can’t find a place for themselves in society: a religious perspective, a sense of belonging, brotherhood, respect and reputation. The group makes them heroes by offering martyrdom. In addition to offering a pure society free of misbehavior, IS provides its fighters housing, a salary and even marriage assistance.

Demir said, “In Turkey, we don’t pay much attention to the radicalization process. Turkey focuses on identifying radicalized individuals or preventing the crossing of borders. We don’t wonder how they were radicalized but rather want to find who is using them. We ignore that there can be no radicalized action without religious and ideological radicalization.” Demir concluded by warning, “Today there is a very strong Salafist network that nourishes radicalism against traditional Sunni schools of thought. Any youngster caught in the indoctrination of that network ends up in IS. We must attach priority to develop mechanisms that will combat this religious-ideological doctrine. Unfortunately, I am not very optimistic about it.”

Turkish politicians have been noticeably quiet on the issue of Turks joining IS. As a result, the security apparatus is not concerned with IS recruitment centers and Turks who may be joining IS. Al-Monitor spoke to security officials in Ankara who say that Turkey doesn’t have a strategic vision for combating IS. Joining IS is not considered a crime, and the bookshops and associations that operate as IS recruitment fronts, although known by security forces, are not shut down.

As a result, society is unaware of and the media pay little attention to the hundreds of youths under the influence of Salafist currents who are trying to get to Syria and Iraq to join IS. Politicians don’t have a strategic vision to combat this vital threat. The security bureaucracy is confused and practically immobile. Today, the prevailing notion is “let there first be an incident, then we will take care of it.”

 

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HUNDREDS OF TURK-AIDED RAT TERRORISTS WIPED OUT BY SYRIAN ARMY IN IDLIB

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BATTLE OF DESTINY APPROACHING

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A Syrian Army officer scouts the horizon for crawling vermin with Turk DNA as the defenses of Idlib are reconfigured and reinforced.

IDLIB:  Aleppo is falling in its entirety to the Syrian Army as the city’s remnant terrorists fight for each bread crumb they can find.  The rats are desperate for some morale-raising victory to compensate for the catastrophe of losing Syria’s Second City to the legitimate government of Dr. Bashar Al-Assad.  Wouldn’t it be nice to move the citadel of terror to Idlib, raise the black flag of nihilism and inaugurate another sorry chapter in the history of fake Islam?  That’s the plan hatched by the idiot Zionist war criminals and genocidal freaks in Ankara.  But, if it all goes according to their guileless stratagems, their rat foot soldiers will find themselves all the more precipitously at the threshold of Hell itself.

Yesterday, the SAA literally smashed an attempt to break into the city at the East Entrance to the Industrial Zone close to the National Museum.  These Zionist  American-supported jackals found themselves under a maelstrom of heavy fire from missiles they have never seen before.  You see, for the last 5 days, the SAA has been heavily reinforcing its defensive and offensive capabilities in side the city and reconfiguring the defenses.  We have new, much more sophisticated domestically-produced short-range missiles with much more explosive power than before.  Notwithstanding the fact our technology was designed to kill Khazar Zionist trash in Occupied Palestine, it must now be used to annihilate their Islamist  progeny in Syria.

At the Eastern Entrance, the Nusra/Alqaeda group,  organized by Obama & Company and their British coprophagist factotums, tried the usual suicide truck ploy to break into an impregnable wall of revetments and fortifications.  This fool’s errand, no doubt engineered by Pakistani hoodlums anxious to escape the squalor of their own countries to replace it with the earthly and sleep-inducing eventuality of eternal life with a bunch of bedizened dames,  is so well-known to us that Syrian soldiers can almost detect the vibrations of trucks filled with military grade TNT and C-4 (Semtex) enhancers by the hairs in their ears.  We don’t even need dogs or information from MI any longer.  Our soldiers can merely look into their binoculars and prepare to render the offending truck a wad of twisted, white hot metal.  That’s what happened yesterday.

What’s so nice about these suicide trucks is that they are followed inevitably by large convoys of smiling, bearded baboons, usually from impoverished backgrounds who have little or nothing to live for but the cacophonic screams of “Allahu Akbar”, a mantra so overused it has now outstripped the English word “f…k” as the Poster Child for the Lexicon of Meaningless Utterances.   With so many happy apes brandishing their weapons and cold steel, you’d think our soldiers would cower in fear.  No. Not really.  What the commander in charge of the defense of Idlib did was order the SAA to open fire “with everything you’ve got”.  When the SAAF joined in too, the scene was reminiscent of a California forest fire at its most intense.  According to Wael and SANA, SAA spotters counted over 300+ carcasses suppurating in the sunshine.  It was beautiful.  Rat communications intercepted by MI indicated rodent commanders were announcing a massive debacle.

As I write this post, the SAAF is bombing the northeast and southwest rural areas around the city day and night in very precise, laser-guided strikes.  The SAA is paying particular attention to an expected assault by thousands of rodents to the south of the city. Every rat came from Turkey with the blessings of the arch-war criminal and child molester, Recep Tayyip Erdoghan. – May he eat his children in Hell.

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Kafr Roomaa:  The SAAF killed these members of Liwaa` Al-Eemaan, a franchise of Harakat Ahraar Al-Shaam Al-Islaamiyya,  Is acknowledged by heretic, terrorist websites:

‘Abdullah Shartah (leader)

Abu ‘Ammaar Al-Hamawi

Abu Hassan Islaam

‘Udayy Abu Hussayn (a/k/a Abu Khaalid Karam Al-Zaytoon)

Kinaan Ahmad Al-Sayyid-‘Ali

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YEMEN: “HAPPY ARABIA” ABOUT TO MAKE ZIO-WAHHABI’S VERY UNHAPPY

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No, this is not Nellie Fox, the legendary American baseball player.  He is a typical Yemeni who is about to be turned into a savage fighting machine thanks to the blundering of the Wahhabi apes.

There are 2 things which enliven a Yemeni male: the first is Qaat, the narcotic plant that provides much of Yemen’s happiness and, sadly, its relegation to the lowest domains of the Third World.  The second is invasion. The Yemenis don’t like to be invaded and predictably make the lives of invaders most unpleasant. Whether it’s the Romans, Egyptians, Abyssinians, Ottomans, English or whoever, the Yemenis rise up like a geothermal geyser, with its exasperating regularity,  to beat away the offending culture into submission and withdrawal.   Think of Afghanistan as a sister state with the element of opium as a substitute for Cathinone (Qaat) and the mountain folk as a reasonable facsimile for the Zaidis of Yemen.  The graveyards of conquerors.

It’s no wonder the Romans called Yemen “Arabia Felix”, Happy Arabia, since the people have been chewing the amphetamine-like plant for millennia to keep their moods always at their most elevated even though the side-effects often involve chronic laziness, both physical and mental.  But, once the invasion starts, the Qaat becomes the Captagon of warfare enabling Houthis to leap tall buildings in a single bound and to run faster than a speeding bullet.  Never feeling pain or exhaustion, the mountain people of Yemen persist in fighting the invader until he screams: “Uncle!”.

The government of Jamaal ‘Abdul-Naasser, former president of Egypt and pan-Arab icon,  jabbed its thumb into Zio-Wahhabi eye back in 1962 after the collapse of the monumental unification of Syria and Egypt in the United Arab Republic, an event that reportedly broke Nasser’s heart.  But, it didn’t break his determination to punish Zio-Wahhabi for its support of the royalists in Yemen.

Egypt embarked on its own Vietnam when it sent 50,000+ troops to Yemen to fight on the side of the republican forces who were arrayed against the Wahhabi-backed royalists, most of whom, interestingly, were Zaydis  (Houthis).   Please note too that the Ottoman’s conquered Yemen in 1538 during the reign of Sultan Sulaymaan the Magnificent.  Once Sulaymaan died in 1567, it was the Houthis led by Imaam Mutahhar Ibn Sharafeddeen  who mounted a rebellion against the Ottomans.  One hundred years later in 1635, they were expelled in a humiliating fashion by the Houthis/Zaydis during the reign of Sultan Muraad IV.   It appears the present Sultan in Ankara is anxious to avenge that degrading withdrawal from Yemen.  Erdoghan has declared total support for the Wahhabi campaign in Yemen.

Egypt lost and left Yemen in 1967, just in time to get whacked in the June War of that same notorious year.   Such is the luck of Egypt.  But, Arabian luck may be even worse as you shall soon see.  

Zio-Wahhabi have never fought a war with a modern army.  That is because they have no army of their own.  Almost all their pilots, except for a handful of royal family members who thought it would be really cool to learn how to fly high-performance jets in order to leave the country more quickly once the rebellion against their pre-Iron Age rule began, are foreigners, mostly Pakistanis.  There are some Jordanians who retired from service in their own miserable Zionist kingdom and graciously accepted the $250,000.00 per year salary that flying for the Zio-Wahhabists brought into their otherwise barren accounts.

Zio-Wahhabi can’t tell you this, but, they can’t trust their own people.  They are genuinely terrified of engaging the services of fellow Wahhabi because most of their people despise Wahhabism and the profligate way the “royal” family has squandered the wealth of the nation.  There are millions of Saudis who are homeless.  You wouldn’t want to train them to fly an F-16…..would you?   A Saudi student once told me that if a Saudi Arabian citizen ever sat in an American fighter jet, his instincts would be to immediately strafe the royal palace.

And, in all their encounters with the Houthis of Yemen, they have lost each and every battle often withdrawing pell-mell into their own backyards as the Houthis advanced in hot pursuit. Zio-Wahhabi officers, the few who exist, know that they cannot count on the people to fight any patriotic war for a Zionist royal family so steeped in deception, brigandage and outright vampirism, that doing so would be, in the eyes of God,  a mockery of their own true religion.

Zio-Wahhabi has agreed to extend its war with ‘Shi’i’ Iran to the Yemen.  It was not enough for them to foment barbaric wars in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.  Now, feeling surrounded by Iran, it has decided to take up Obama’s doctrine as its own by acting as a proxy for the United States and I$rahell at the coccyx of ‘Aseer, at the southern opening of the Red Sea.

Zio-Wahhabi Army is a paper army. It’s equipment is poorly maintained.  Most deals for the purchase of weapons were red herrings to conceal huge transfers of moneys out of the kingdom into bank accounts in New York and Tel Aviv or the Isle of Man for the corrupt “royal” family.  This is embezzlement at its most gaudy.  When the Zio-Wahhabi decided they had to create another war for themselves, a war that would now force them to withdraw currency reserves due to a shortage in their coffers,  they suckered Egypt and Jordan into their “Coalition of Resolute Storm” by convincing them to send “boots”.

These are dirt-poor countries reeling from decades of incompetent management and endemic shrinkage – heck, Jordan never even had a chance having been created out of Syria’s haunches by the British in an effort to assuage the hurt feelings of the flea-bitten Hashemites of the Hijaaz.   Even after the publication of the canard about Zio-Wahhabi deploying 150,000 of its own troops to the 900-mile border with Yemen, their glans-like ambassador in Washington D.C. told everyone there will be no ground invasion – as though any such invasion could take place in the real world – or even worse – that Zio-Wahhabi really had more than 150 soldiers.

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Photo of Zio-Wahhabi ape reconnaissance aircraft crashing after being shot down by Yemeni air defenses a few miles west of Sana’aa`. Prepare for many more of these scenes.  The airplane might have been a pilotless drone.

You would think President Sisi would pause for a moment to scrutinize what he was doing and where he was going to send his troops.  The disastrous Egyptian intervention in Yemen is still within the parameters of his memory.  And, Zionist puppet King Abdullah II, whose own family lost Mecca and all Arabia to the self-same codpieces, jackdaws and child molesters who presently rule in Riyaadh, should sit down at his Play-Station to ruminate over the mess he already has on his border with Syria and Iraq.  If Zio-Wahhabi have depleted their cash supporting the cannibals in the Fertile Crescent, how much can they draw from their reserves to pay off the Egyptian and Jordanian Armies?  Is this the end of Zio-Wahhabi dynasty?  Tee hee hee.

Let’s tell the truth. Obama doesn’t like Mileikowski (a/k/a Netanyahu).  And Obama doesn’t like Naziyahu’s allies in Arabia, either.  It may be that someone has told this diffident leader of the Free World that Zio-Wahhabi is a military abyss with no credible warring capability.  With the Wahhabi having botched every effort to coordinate a policy on Syria – openly tsk-tsking Obama’s every move; Kerry’s insinuation that Washington would have to talk to Dr. Assad; or the potential resolution of the Iranian nuclear program; maybe, Obama is figuring Saudia needs this kind of bog-wash to finally get it out of his graying hair.

Zio-Wahhabi are, of course, a standing embarrassment to everyone who thinks of himself as a 21st Century Man or Woman.   The bizarre infatuation with “active” retrogressive devolution of society; the psychopathic antipathy to women – a hostility so mired in simian ideation it creates its own precedents when there are none – women can’t drive cars; women can’t travel without a male relative; beheading sorcerers; beheading blasphemers; beheading marijuana smugglers; beheading homosexuals; prohibiting alcohol; prohibiting cinemas.  I mean, it’s almost a world designed by Ted Cruz for his imaginary Texas.  No. I think Obama wants to break the link to Arabia and is deliberately snookering the deliriously desperate nabobs of nihilism into a self-immolating act that will free the United States from the stifling stigma of mere association with Zio-Wahhabism.

Out of this roiling cauldron of misbegotten recipes concocted certainly by a British felon emanates the aroma of imminent disaster.  The Egyptians are sending 2 battleships to the Red Sea to protect the waters at the Baab Al-Mandib Straits.  Ooooh.  And, they have suggested the amphibious landing of their troops to further that aim.  I wonder how the first officer who lands is going to feel when he sees ten thousand angry Houthis charge his salient resembling the angry mobs of Boxers made famous in the movie “The Sand Pebbles”?  As they swarm over his position, their saliva infused with the restorative powers of Qaat, will he curse President Sisi?  Will he curse the Wahhabi?  Wouldn’t it be nice if the Russians delivered Yakhont ground-to-sea missiles along with a complement of Syrian technicians?  Wouldn’t that be a hoot?

And what about Zionist puppet Jordanian army being sent to help with the coalition?  The coalition!  The Jordanian Zionist puppet regime insists it’s not going to encroach on Yemeni soil.  So, what are the Jordanians doing so far from their mythical kingdom of Lilliput?  Are the  Zio-Wahhabi so afraid of the Houthis they need all this support?  You betcha.  Zio-Wahhabi are rightfully terrified that the Houthis will reclaim the entire area of ‘Aseer and Tihaama.

And why shouldn’t they?  Most Saudis will greet them more hospitably than they would the leprous Wahhabis of the Najd.  The Houthis will be viewed as liberators in the form of populists.  Iran will further expand its influence as Zio-Wahhabi “royals”  soil their dishdaashas at the very thought the apostates of Persia have completed the encirclement of the heresy the Zio-Wahhabi clan has imposed on its own people and the Arab World.  Theocracy v. Theocracy.  And may the best man win.

In the meantime, the U.S. is surreptitiously retooling its foreign policy to both inaugurate a détente with Iran and to usher in a civilized but cautious relationship with Syria.  In order to get their “quantum of wantum” in Iraq (i.e. some bases) Americans need the quietude of Iran and Syria.  They also need to keep Zio-Wahhabi dog far hence which is why Obama is so determined to trip up the Wahhabi in the quagmire of Yemen.  Some might argue that my hypothesis makes no sense.  Why would Iran look aside at new U.S. bases in Iraq which would threaten the country’s internal system?  Good question.

What I am saying is that the United States prefers a powerful Iran which is capable of maintaining order in the Gulf as opposed to a “rogue” state, like Zio-Wahhabi regime, fueling nihilistic militants who are determined to wreak havoc in the Western World and in the Gulf.  Efforts to curb Zio-Wahhabi penchant for bankrolling terrorist groups like Zio-Wahhabi ”ISIS” have met with failure.  When the U.S. presses down on a nerve, Zio-Wahhabi recoil accusing the U.S. of backpedaling.  It’s been very frustrating for Obama to have to deal with a Zionist State incapable of bringing the tragedy of Palestine to a close.  It has been even more frustrating trying to get the Wahhabi to shut the faucet that nourishes barbarians like ISIS.

Zio-Wahhabi are embarking on an aerial war similar to the one waged by Bill Clinton against Serbia.  Zio-Wahhabi thinks it can break the will of the Houthis by destroying infrastructure.  That might work if the Houthis just sit back and do nothing but mope.  History says they don’t just recline on their rugs and chew Qaat.  It is our prediction here at SyrPer that the Houthis will take the battle aggressively to the Saudis in the north.  They will attack the very poorly trained and woefully demoralized Zio-Wahhabi army – or whatever they claim is “massing” on the Yemeni border.  Expect widespread desertions and (as new systems arrive),  Zio-Wahhabi bombers crashing into the mountains of the Yemen.  Zio-Wahhabi have bitten off more than they can chew.  It is one thing to funnel money to terrorists in Syria.  It is something wholly different when you are the terrorist yourself.

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CHANGE VERSUS CONTINUITY IN THE PHILIPPINES

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by Dr Richard Falk

 

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After more than 30 years I recently spent a week in the Philippines, giving a few arranged talks at universities, meeting with NGOs, and old friends who shared their understanding of this fascinating fast growing country of approximately 105 million people living on an archipelago that consists of more than 7,107 islands. Additionally, of course, Manila is a mega-city that exhibits traffic at its worst, colorful jeepneys by the hundreds that are a distinctive national mode of urban transportation, a kind of customized bus service in smaller vehicles colorfully adorned, and now almost as many malls as churches epitomizing the economic and social intrusion of neoliberalism in the guise of globalization. Probably because of the large number of affluent expats living in the Makati neighborhood of Manila, the malls in the vicinity of my hotel offered visitors a wide range of world cuisines in numerous restaurants, cafes, bistros, and of course, a large Starbucks, staying open and crowded late into the night. As well, there were housed in these malls the same upper end array of global stores (e.g. Gucci, Coach, Cartier, Burberry, Zara, and so on)

My visit coincided with two preoccupations in the country: the celebration of the 29th anniversary of the overthrow of the Marcos dictatorship by the People Power Revolution in 1986 and the current obsessive national debate about how to understand and react to the bungled counterterrorist operation in the Mindinao community of Mamapasano located in Manguindanao province that took place in late January of this year. Each of these occurrences offered a politically attuned visitor a finely honed optic by which to grasp the central tensions currently gripping the country.

There is little doubt that the people power movement of the mid-1980s remains a source of national pride for many Filipinos, although its overall results are not nearly as emancipatory as were the original hopes and aspirations. Procedural democracy seems to have become firmly established, and the fact that the president of the country is the son of Benigno and Corey Aquino. Benigno Aquino who had been assassinated as he stepped on the tarmac in 1983 is an important symbolic expression of a reformed political order. Marcos denied the crime, and there have been two inconclusive trials of military officers alleged to be responsible for planning and carrying out the assassination, but the event has not been authoritatively explained to date. Yet despite the momentous changes brought about by this populist rising, the political economy of the country remains as enmeshed as earlier in a web of entanglements with predatory globalization, making income and wealth disparities ever larger while massive degrading poverty persists. The oligarchic structures of land tenure have been tweaked by mild reformism without being loosening their chokehold on the nation’s vital arteries.

The Philippines have long been beset by insurgent challenges, which also seem likely to continue indefinitely. After decades of struggle the New Peoples Army founded in 1969 and operating on Maoist principles of ‘peoples war’ remains in control of a large number of remote communities in several of the important islands, clashes with government forces are reported in the media from time to time, and negotiations with the government with the goal of ending the conflict have been undertaken from time to time. This persevering movement appears to remain under the ideological leadership of Jose Maria Sison, who has been living as an exile in Utrecht for decades.

Given far more recent attention for both internal and international reasons are the several violent movements seeking autonomy and other goals in the largely Muslim island of Mindinao. There had been lengthy negotiations with the Moro Liberation Movement that agreed finally on a resolution of this conflict through the autonomy arrangement embedded in the Bangsamoro Basic Law that seemed on the verge of enactment until the Mamapasano incident of January 25thput off adoption at least until June, and possibly forever. Opponents are now raising Islamophobic fears that Mindinao would become a platform for political extremism if the agreement reached with such difficulty goes into effect.

What for me was particularly strange was this deeply ingrained national experience of successfully challenging intolerable aspects of the established order without being able to follow through in some way that achieves the goals being sought. In one way it is a rather impressive sign of reconciliation to realize that the son of Fernand Marcos Jr. is an influential senator, and is even contemplating a run for the presidency in 2016 despite never repudiating the policies and practices of his father, which are movingly on display in a small museum dedicated to the crimes committed by the Marcos regime during the period of martial law (1972-1981). Additionally, Emee, the oldest Marcos daughter is the governor of the Llocos Norte province, their home province, and even Imelda Marcos has been forgiven her excesses, shoes and otherwise, and serves as a popular member of the House of Representatives since being elected in 2010 by a plurality of over 80%. This is a remarkable type of rehabilitation of a family dictatorship believed responsible for siphoning off public monies in the billions and suppressing its opponents by reliance on torture, brutality, and assassination. The Marcos clan has never recanted or expressed remorse, but explains that whatever wrongs occurred during that time as either ‘mistakes’ of subordinates or the unproven allegations of opposition forces.

When I asked how was it possible that the Marcos past has been so cleanly erased from the contemporary blackboard of Filipino awareness, I received various answers: “They have lots of money” “They never lost popularity in their home province where lots of development took place while Marcos governed ” “The past no longer matters; it is the present that counts” “the oligarchy still rules the country and includes all leading families regardless of their political affiliations.”

There are attractive aspects of this experience of ‘reconciliation without truth,’ that is, without some formal process of reckoning and accountability, at least the palliative of a truth and reconciliation commission. Such a spirit of resigned moderation is in some respects the opposite of the sort of polarization that afflicts so many countries at present. It is not only that the Marcos’s have been allowed to participate prominently in the political system without being compromised by their past, but also those on the far left who in the Marcos period were ‘underground’ and enemies of the state are now to be found in the Congress or even in the cabinet of the president. Perhaps, the Philippines is quietly experimenting in the practice of ‘pluralist democracy,’ while ignoring the more radical features of ‘substantive and resotrative democracy.’

A similar pattern of ‘conscious forgetfulness’ is evident in relation to the colonial past for both its Spanish and American versions. There is no bitterness despite the cruelties and harshness of the Spanish colonial legacy. Catholicism is as firmly rooted in the country as it was when it was a willing partner of the Spanish rulers in the oppressive past, and continues to flourish in a manner that has not occurred in any other post-colonial Asian country. When Pope Francis visited the country in January it was the largest celebratory event in the country’s history. This status of Catholicism is also remarkable considering the Church’s persistent opposition to birth control for poor families that are continuing to have large families that they unable to support; over 30% of Filipino children are reported to be stunted due to the effect of malnutrition and hunger.

Despite the bloody counterinsurgency war fought by the United States in the aftermath of the Spanish-American War of 1898, which crushed the Philippines expectations of national independence that had been promised by Americans as part of their own anti-colonial identity. Most absurdly, the American president at the time William McKinley, actually justified administering the Philippines as part of its responsibility to Christianize this most Christian of countries. The decision to break the American promise of independence made to anti-Spanish nationalist leaders in the Philippines were articlulated in the brazen spirit of Manifest Destiny, putting a moral ad religious face on America’s first flirtation with undisguised colonialism. McKinley’s words are memorably revealing: “..there was nothing left for us to do but to take them all, and to educate the Filipinos, and uplift and civilize and Christianize them, and by God’s grace do the very best we could by them..”

My initial contact with the Philippines was as a supporter of the ‘Anti-Bases Coalition,’ which in the 1980s was seeking the removal of the two huge American military bases at Subic Bay and Clark Air Force Base. This has been a struggle with strong nationalist overtones, and engaging leading political figures in the country. The bases were eventually closed, but consistent with the tendency to exhibit the truth of the French adage ‘plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose ‘ [the more things change, the more they remain the same] the strategic relationship with the United States was sustained, even deepened, and certainly continued. There were American special forces units operating rather freely in the country as part of the global war on terror, and there were intimidations that the role of the United States in the Mamapasano incident was responsible for the bloodshed that generated a political crisis in the country.

Of course, there are explanations for this seeming contradiction between getting rid of American military bases and maintaining military cooperation. The government in Manila was benefitted by the assistance of the United States in dealing effectively with its domestic insurgent challenges from the left. Beyond this, the Philippines turned out to be one of the anti-Islamic battlefields in the post-9/11 ‘war on terror,’ and the United States exerted pressures on the government in Manila to give its consent to counter-terrorist operations within its borders. In the background, but not very far removed from political consciousness, were the flaring island disputes with China and the overall security concerns associated with the regional rise of China. In this geopolitical setting, the United States was seen as a necessary friend to offset the more immediate and direct existential threats posed by China. In important respects, these patterns can be understood as the post-Cold War securitization of Asian relations in the shadow of the transformative impacts of the 9/11 attacks.

The Mamapasano incident is emblematic of these realities. Under apparent pressure from the United States to capture or kill a much wanted terrorist known as Marwan, the Philippino elite special forces units were persuaded to carry out the operation. In the process 42 of these highly trained troops were killed, along with Marwan, and there were many repercussions. The United States role was at first disguised, but investigations revealed involvement, including a drone watching and maybe guiding the operation, along with the allegation that the Filipino soldiers were ‘sacrificed’ to spare American lives in a situation where heavy armed resistance should have been anticipated. Some blamed the president, and there were demonstrations during my days in the country demanding his resignation, despite his popularity remaining quite high. It is not clear what will be the outcome, whether there will be a downgrading of cooperation with the United States and some accountability imposed on those who are alleged to have bungled the operation. Yet if the past is any guide, the crisis will pass, and continuity of U.S./Filipino relations will prevail in the security domain.

The Mamapasano incident is a clear instance of the new global security paradigm: the centrality of non-state actors, the role of covert operations by foreign special forces, the transnational dimensions of political conflict, the erosion of territorial sovereignty, the primacy of information and surveillance, and the hierarchical relationship between the United States and most governments in the global south. To make this last point evident, it is inconceivable that Filipino special forces would participate in an operation to capture persons residing in the United States suspected of affiliation with insurgent movements in the Philippines.

There is a complex redesign of world order underway, with one set of developments reshaping the political economy of globalization by way of the BRICs [but see acute skeptical analysis in William I Robinson, “The transnational state and the BRICS: a global capitalist perspective,” Third World Quarterly, 36(NO.1): 1-21 (2015)] and the Chinese initiative with respect to investment banking, [Asian Infrastructure Initiative Bank]; another set of developments concerned with securitization, ranging from the global surveillance apparatus disclosed by Edward Snowden to the incredible American global presence featuring over 700 foreign military bases and special forces units active in over 150 countries; and still another, is preoccupied with the rise of religion and civilizational identity as a political force, and what this means for stability and governance.

We still lack a language to assess this emergent world order, and possess no regulatory or normative framework within which to distinguish what is legitimate, prudent, and permissible from what is illegitimate, imprudent, and impermissible. Neither international law nor the UN have been able to adapt to the contemporary global agenda, and show few signs of an ability to do so. While this fluidity and normative uncertainty persists global warming worsens, the risks of nuclear war increase, and leading states shape their policies without accountability. It is not a time for complacency. Such a state of affairs is dangerous, and likely unsustainable. And yet what can be done remains elusive.

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Al-Jabouri Tribes Ordeals, a Symbol for Unity in Iraq

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Damaged house in the town of Dhuluiyah, north of Baghdad, following clashes between security forces, backed by Sunni gunmen, and ISIS group terrorists
Damaged house in the town of Dhuluiyah, north of Baghdad, following clashes between security forces, backed by Sunni gunmen, and Zio-Wahhabi ”ISIS” group terrorists Sunni tribes played a key role in driving out al-Qaida in Iraq – a precursor to Zio-Wahhabi ”ISIS” group – and are widely seen as the only force capable of securing the country’s northwest Sunni heartland.

But the few Sunni tribes that have stood up to the ”ISIS” group have paid a heavy price.When ”ISIS” Rat’s reached Duluiyah in June, some 45 miles (75 kilometres) north of Baghdad, they gave the Sunni al-Jabouri tribe an ultimatum: join us or die.

Many of Iraq’s Sunnis have chosen the former, however reluctantly, but the al-Jabouri elected to fight, AP reports.

They had learned their lesson years earlier, when al-Qaida in Iraq recruited some of the tribesmen to fight the government to turn on the tribe after suffering losses on the battlefield, killing more than 300 al-Jabouri tribesmen.

This time around, the al-Jabouris allied with Iraqi troops and Shiite militiamen against the ”ISIS” group and drove out the extremists in December.

When the al-Jabouri revolted, the ”ISIS” group laid siege to Duluiyah for six months and blew up the only nearby bridge across the Tigris. Many homes were destroyed, and those left standing are still pocked and blackened from the fighting.

Some 200 al-Jabouris are now taking part in a major offensive in the nearby city of Tikrit, and the government has held them up as an example for other Sunni tribes, hoping to create a non-sectarian national guard.

When ”ISIS” militants swept across Iraq last summer, many Sunnis initially greeted them as liberators and cheered the retreat of the despised security forces.

The government hopes to somehow revive the Sahwa, or Awakening Councils – Sunni tribes and militias who switched sides starting in 2006 and allied with the iraq government to drive out al-Qaida.

Sunnis also fear the brutal consequences of confronting the ”ISIS” group. In November, the extremists killed more than 200 men, women and children from the Sunni Al Bu Nimr tribe in the western Anbar province, apparently viewing it as a threat.

The mass killing, and grisly online pictures of bodies displayed in the streets, led the remnants of the tribe to go into hiding, fearing the government could not protect them.

The al-Jabouri say if the government helps them rebuild their community then the tribesmen can help sew the country back together

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Iraq: Army Advancing Zio-Wahhabi ”ISIS” Fled to Underground Tunnels

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Advancing Iraqi Army Forced ISIS Fled to Underground Tunnels
Advancing Iraqi Army Forced ISIS Fled to Underground Tunnels Zio-Wahhabi ”ISIS” terrorist under siege in the Iraqi city of Tikrit have fled to underground tunnels in an attempt to hold out against thousands of Iraqi army and Shia militia fighters.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence, A’laa al-Idani, told IBTimes UK that air strikes by the US and its coalition allies would help to destroy the network of tunnels and allow the army and militias to fully take the city after over a week of vicious fighting.

Zio-Wahhabi ”ISIS” group seized the Sunni city last summer during its lightning advance across northern and western Iraq.

The battle for Tikrit is seen as a key step toward eventually driving Zio-Wahhabi ”ISIS” group from Iraq’s second largest city Mosul, which is further north. The US first launched airstrikes to reinforce Iraq’s embattled military in August.

A spokesman for Iraq’s Popular Mobilisation Units, the vast majority of which consists of Shiite militias, told AP on Thursday that a number of Shiite militias, including Asaib Ahl al-Haq, Ketaeb Hizbollah and Muqtada al-Sadr’s Peace Brigades are boycotting the Tikrit operation because of the involvement of US forces.

But Iraqi PM has another view point.“The Popular Mobilisation Units are part of the security forces. They are linked to the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces. As I am responsible for the army and the police forces as commander in chief, I’m also responsible for the Popular Mobilisation Units,” Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al Abadi said in

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Zio-Wahhabi Military Action Turn Yemen to “Iraq-Libya-Syria Scenario”

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Shiite Huthi militiamen sit on a pick-up truck mounted with a heavy machine-gun on March 26, 2015 in Sanaa, as tribal gunmen gather to protest against the Saudi-led intervention in the country and to show support the Huthi movement which controls the Yemeni capital.
Huthi militiamen sit on a pick-up truck mounted with a heavy machine-gun on March 26, 2015 in Sanaa, as tribal gunmen gather to protest against the Zio-Wahhabi intervention in the country and to show support the Huthi movement which controls the Yemeni capital.
Jamal Benomar, the UN envoy to Yemen, has described Zio-Wahhabi military action as an “Iraq-Libya-Syria scenario”.

But in Riyadh the chief goal of the I$raHell Zio_Wahhabi-led aggression in neighboring Yemen is to “secure the embattled seat of government in the southern city of Aden”, spokesman for the coalition Brigadier General Ahmed Asseri told a press conference in the capital,Reuters reports.

“I want to confirm that the operation itself has as its main objective to protect the government in Aden,” Asseri said.

Meanwhile Al-Alam correspondent in Yemen reporting that in I$raHel Zio-Wahhabi-led air strike 20 people killd in Sadda governorate.

Aden is the last base of Zio-Wahhabi puppet Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, whose forces are effectively surrounded there after a week of fighting with Houthi militiamen, prompting two days of Zio-Wahhabi airstrikes.

Meanwhile The Economist (British weekly Magazine) writer believe that Zio-Wahhabi- led military campaign to reinstall Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi as president by Riyadh may push Yemen into what Jamal Benomar, the UN envoy to Yemen, has described as an “Iraq-Libya-Syria scenario”.

Before Sadda attacks, at least 40 civilians have been killed since Wednesday when Zio-Wahhabi- led air strike begins, six of them were under the age of ten.

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Zio-WahhabiBombs Yemen to Gain Lost Dominance on the Country: Nasrallah

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The secretary general of Lebanon
The secretary general of Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement, Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah
The secretary general of Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement, Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah, has slammed Saudi Arabia’s invasion of Yemen and said real reason for the airstrikes is that Saudi Arabia has lost its domination on the impoverished country.

Nasrallah denounced the Saudi attacks on Yemen, which began on Thursday, saying that the “The Saudi war is aimed at regaining domination over Yemen” he noted.

During a televised speech delivered on Friday night, The secretary general of Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement said, Saudis try to justify their attacks by saying that the situation in Yemen threatens the security in the region, Nasrallah stated, adding that such justifications are false and baseless, PRESS TV reports.

The Hezbollah chief stressed that the members of the Saudi-led coalition did not take any measures against revolutionaries in such countries as Tunisia and Egypt during the Islamic Awakening movement in the Middle East and Africa, but used the situation in Yemen as an excuse to wage a bloody war on the country.

World mum on Israel atrocities

Elsewhere in his remarks, Nasrallah condemned “certain Arab countries” for their inaction towards the Israeli aggression in Palestine.

“Israel has never been an enemy in the eyes of certain Arab countries,” the Hezbollah chief said, stressing, “Arab countries have left Palestinian people to suffer.”

Crisis in Syria and Iraq

Nasrallah noted that Riyadh and its allies created and supported the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and have done nothing to help Iraq counter the terrorists.

“Who is preventing a political solution in Syria? Who is fanning the flames in Syria? The kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its allies,” Nasrallah stated.

He also emphasized that efforts by Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar to turn Syria into a submissive country have proved in vain.

Iran’s support for Hezbollah

The Hezbollah chief hailed Iran’s support for the Lebanese resistance movement, saying, “Since 1982, we have had… friendship (and) very good ties.”

Nasrallah also denounced as a big lie the accusation promoted by some Arab media outlets that Iran is meddling in Yemen’s internal affairs.

“They (the Saudis) said we must retake it from the… Iranian domination. This is one of the biggest lies that have been spread,” the Hezbollah leader said.

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Ansarallah Moving Artillery Units to Border of Zio-Wahhabi regime

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An armoured vehicle mounted with anti-aircraft guns is stationed near the defence ministry in Sanaa on March 26, 2015, as tribal gunmen gather to protest against the Saudi-led intervention in the country and to show support the Shiite Huthi militia which controls the Yemeni capital.
An armoured vehicle mounted with anti-aircraft guns is stationed near the defence ministry in Sanaa on March 26, 2015, as tribal gunmen gather to protest against the Zio-Wahhabi-led intervention in the country and to show support the Huthi militia which controls the Yemeni capital.
Houthi fighters started moving artillery from the Yemeni capital of Sanaa to the Al-Baqaa region close to the territory of Saudi Arabia.

Zio-Wahhabi is leading the coalition of 10 countries in the region conducting airstrikes in yemen. The strikes started on Wednesday following the request of ousted Yemeni Zio-Wahhabi puppet Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, Sputnik reports.

Earlier on Saturday it was reported that the coalition carried out airstrikes targeting facilities in the Yemeni capital.

But against airstrikes ,Yemen’s Houthi made broad gains in the country’s south and east on Friday despite a second day of I$raHell Zio-Wahhabi-led air strikes in Yemen.

Houthi fighters and allied army units gained their first foothold on Yemen’s Arabian Sea coast by seizing the port of Shaqra 100km east of Aden, residents told Reuters.

The advances threaten Hadi’s last refuge in Yemen and potentially undermine the air campaign to support him.

The spokesman for the Zio-Wahhabi-led operation, Brigadier General Ahmed Asseri, told a news conference in Riyadh that defending the Aden government was the campaign’s “main objective”.

Mennwhile members of Ansarullah revolutionary movement continue marching against Al-Qaeda and Zio-Wahhabi-backed forces in the Southern parts of Yemen as heavy clashes are underway near Aden Airport, media reports said.

The Ansarullah fighters are close to the town of Beihan in the Eastern parts of Aden.Also fierce clashes erupted between Ansarullah fighters and forces loyal to fugitive Yemeni Zio-Wahhabi puppet Hadi near Aden airport and also near the building of the Local Council in Khour Maskar, FNA reported.

Hadi escaped Yemen as Saudi Arabia and its allies began launching airstrikes on the Muslim Arab state where the popular Ansarullah movement has ascended to power as a result of the Arab nation’s revolution.

At least 40 Yemeni civilians, including children, were killed and tens of other wounded in the Zio-Wahhabi air strike in Sanaa.

Also, 15 more people were killed and injured in a second round of massive attacks by the I$raHell Zio-Wahhabi fighter jets in the Northwestern Yemeni city of Sa’ada on Friday.

Yemen’s al-Massira TV reported that the Saudi air force targeted civilians who were shopping in a market.

On the other hand, a Defense Department official says U.S. forces rescued two Zio-Wahhabi  airmen after they ejected from an F-15 fighter jet over waters south of Yemen, where Saudi Arabia is leading airstrikes against Yemen.Also one Sudani fighter jet downed in Yemen and its pilot captured. One drone also was down in Yemen yesterday

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Germanwings co-pilot had serious depressive episode

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Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot of the doomed Germanwings airliner, competing in a Lufthansa marathon in 2013

BERLIN: The pilot who appears to have deliberately crashed a plane carrying 149 others into the French Alps received psychiatric treatment for a “serious depressive episode” six years ago, German tabloid Bild reported on Friday.

Prosecutors in France, after listening to the cockpit voice recorders, offered no motive for why Andreas Lubitz, 27, would take the controls of the Airbus A320, lock the captain out of the cockpit and deliberately set it veering down from cruising altitude at 3,000 feet per minute.

Citing internal documents and Lufthansa sources, Bild said Lubitz spent a total of one and a half years in psychiatric treatment and that the relevant documents would be passed to French investigators once they had been examined by German authorities.

Lufthansa Chief Executive Carsten Spohr told a news conference on Thursday that Lubitz had taken a break during his training six years ago, but did not explain why and said he had passed all tests to be fit to fly.

“Six years ago there was a lengthy interruption in his training. After he was cleared again, he resumed training. He passed all the subsequent tests and checks with flying colours. His flying abilities were flawless,” Spohr said.

A Lufthansa spokeswoman said on Friday the airline would not comment on the state of health of the pilot.

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