Archive | November 22nd, 2015

Nazi Night raids continue in al-Khalil (Hebron)


Hebron, occupied Palestine – On Tuesday, 17th November, several groups of Nazi soldiers raided houses in the Wadi al-Hurriya neighborhood of al-Khalil (Hebron), an H1 district legally outside of Nazi control. From 7.30pm, Nazi forces were present in the area, divided into groups of 7-12 soldiers and entering every house and business on designated streets. At some of the residences they entered by force, violently smashing through doors. They checked every I.D card of the residents and also, according to soldiers who confronted the ISM volunteers, searched for weapons. Later in the night they informed the volunteers that they were looking for weapons and collecting data in order to prevent potential stabbings: “yes, some people are scared. But some people have reason to be scared.”

Each group of Nazi soldiers patrolled different streets and dark alleys, checking each house and entering with backpacks, mapping equipment, bullet-proof vests, and cocked machine guns. On entering houses, 2-3 soldiers remained outside to “secure” the entrance, periodically pointing guns at passers-by and preventing vehicle and pedestrian passage through the streets.

The raids lasted until at least 12.30am, after which one unit was witnessed occupying the second floor of a Palestinian house – the other half of which was inhabited by a Palestinian family – and could be heard setting up sleeping equipment. According to the Nazi soldiers questioned on site: “no, we are not inside a Palestinian house, they are not living in this house.” The residence is located within 500 meters of an army base and checkpoint bordering the H2 restricted area of al-Khalil.

It was reported later from residents who were in contact with ISM that furniture and property was damaged on the night. This is typical of night raids on Palestinian houses, and in other incidences money and other property has also been stolen. While these raids have been used extensively in the al-Khalil district in recent weeks as part of a tactic of intimidation, it is unclear as to whether the policy of raiding the H1 district and squatting family homes will continue.

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The Four Harveys

By Tim Kelly

Among the many anomalies and strange coincidences in American history is the frequency in which the name Harvey appears in connection to political assassinations.


Consider that the man chosen by Allen Dulles to head up the CIA’s assassin recruiter program was one William King Harvey. Dubbed ZR/RIFLE, the project was a component of Operation Mongoose, the Agency’s umbrella program to overthrow, and if necessary, assassinate Fidel Castro.

Among the more plausible theories regarding the JFK assassination is that Mongoose was simply reverse engineered to target President Kennedy after he and his brother Bobby had ruffled too many Establishment feathers.

We have, of course, the case of Lee Harvey Oswald, the alleged “lone nut” assassin of President Kennedy. The cumulative evidence strongly indicates that the 24 -year old Oswald was a low to mid level intelligence operative working for the US government, perhaps Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. The CIA had a 201 file on him and his actions in the year leading up to the assassination were strongly indicative of an intelligence operation. The “loner” Oswald had a pregnant wife and child at home and reportedly a girlfriend on the sly.

There is the case of Laurence Harvey, the actor who played the role of a mind-controlled assassin in the 1962 political thriller The Manchurian Candidate. The movie, directed by John Frankenheimer (Seven Days in May) and produced by Frank Sinatra, was the screen adaption of a 1959 novel by Richard Condon. The book and movie are particularly notable because they gave the public a glimpse into at least one aspect of the CIA’s MK-Ultra program (mind-controlled assassins) which had yet to be exposed.

It is also worth pointing out that Sinatra also starred in the movie. Sinatra’s career is perhaps the best illustration of how worlds of politics and entertainment intersect with the underworlds of intelligence and organized crime.

And finally we have the case of Raymond Lee Harvey*. The Ohio-born unemployed drifter was arrested by the Secret Service on May 5, 1979 for possessing a starter pistol with blank rounds at a Los Angeles shopping center where then President Jimmy Carter was scheduled to deliver a speech.

The “mentally disturbed” Harvey claimed to be part of a four-man assassination team targeting the president. According to Harvey, he had been recruited by three Latino men who gave him the pistol and instructed him to fire at the ground to create a diversion while they shot the president from a hotel room. Sound familiar?

Although the police originally dismissed Harvey’s story as “a tale spun by an intoxicated man” their cursory investigation found a room rented at the nearby Alan Hotel by one Osvaldo (Oswald?) Espinoza Ortiz containing a shotgun case and three unspent rounds of ammunition. The occupant had checked out the day of the alleged assassination attempt.

Harvey was jailed on $50,000 bond and “Oswaldo” Ortiz was taken into custody as a material witness. Both were eventually released and charges dismissed for lack of evidence.

So we have the following names: William K. Harvey, Lee Harvey Oswald, Laurence Harvey and Raymond Lee Harvey all associated with the subject of political assassination in the span of seventeen years.

Okay, fine. So maybe it’s all just a coincidence. They do happen. But Harvey, while not an uncommon name is not that common.

*See Wikipedia

Tim Kelly is the host of Our Interesting Times, a podcast carried on the UCY network.

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Colombia: 300 Campesino Leaders Killed in 2015



Campesino leaders say the government is criminalizing their movements and does not protect their rights. | Photo: @marchapatriota

At least 300 campesino leaders have been killed in Colombia in 2015, according to Andres Gil, human rights leader and spokesperson of the Marcha Patriotica.

Many of these deaths have come as campesino leaders are attempting to defend their land and their natural resources.​ Another 7,000 campesino leaders have been jailed.

Land distribution in Colombia is extremely unequal. Less than 1 percent of the population owns roughly half of the land, and 70 percent of the population owns only 5 percent of the land. Campesinos who fight for their land are often risking their lives.

At least three campesinos leaders where killed just in the last two weeks, including the young Afro-descendent leader Jhon Jairo Ramirez Olaya in the Valle region; the environmental and campesino leader Daniel Abril, in the Orinoquia region; and the representative of Afro-descendent victims from Cordoba, Luis Francisco Hernandez Gonzales.

Another young campesino leader allegedly killed by the armed forces last Friday, according to Marcha Patriota.

According to Verdad Abierta — an investigative project on the armed conflict of Colombia’s Semana magazine — Abril accused various state officials of corruption, and was fighting against multiple oil corporations with extensive land interests.

Feliciano Valencia, another indigenous leader from the region of Cauca who was controversially sentenced to 18 years in jail, was also victim of a homicide attempt on Tuesday, as four men opened fire on his home, according to local social organizations.

Still in Cauca, in the end October, the armed forces were recently involved in the murder of indigenous leader Alfredo Bolaño, the 58th victim from security forces in the region, one of the most affected by violence because of its highly fertile lands.

On Friday, the Colombian army killed one campesino and wounded five others after it raided a rural area in what military officials said was an effort to “manually eradicate” illegal coca crops.

According to the local community, the armed forces opened fire on a peaceful march last Thursday in Argelia, Cauca.

The country’s ombudsman Fabian Laverde told teleSUR that this issue was rooted in several causes.

“First, the national government refuses to recognize the existence of paramilitarism. Second, the complaints from the social movements made about situations of threats or concrete actions against residents of these territories have been completely ignored,” he said.

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ISIL Created by US Interventionism, Saudi Money & Wahhabi Ideology

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Commenting on the origins of the Islamist terrorism plaguing the Middle East, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad noted that terror groups including Al-Qaeda and ISIL have been able to find fertile soil in Iraq as a result of US interventionism, with Saudi oil money and their poisonous Wahhabi ideology nurturing the groups and helping them grow.

Interviewed by Italy’s RAI UNO television, Assad was asked to respond to accusations made by some Western analysts that his government was at least partly responsible for ISIL’s creation.

“Actually,” the president retorted, “according to what some American officials, including Hillary Clinton, have said, Al-Qaeda was created by the Americans with the help of Saudi Wahhabi money and ideology. Of course, many other [US] officials said the same… ISIL and al-Nusra are offshoots of Al-Qaeda. Regarding ISIL, it started in Iraq; it was established in Iraq in 2006… and the leader of ISIL today – Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi – he was in American prisons, and he was put in New York in their prisons, and then he was released. So it wasn’t in Syria; it didn’t start in Syria. It started in Iraq, and it started before that in Afghanistan… And Tony Blair recently said that yes, the Iraq War helped to create ISIL. Their confession is the most important evidence regarding your question.”

Moreover, according to Assad, ISIL has no natural incubator in Syria, given the country’s long-standing ideology of secular nationalism, religious tolerance and ethnic and religious co-existence prior to the war.

“If you want to talk about the strength of Daesh,” the president noted, “the first thing you have to ask is how much of an incubator, a real, natural incubator, you have in a certain society. Up to this moment, I can tell you that Daesh does not have a natural incubator, a social incubator, within Syria.”

At the same time, Assad warned, if ISIL’s poisonous ideology grows roots and becomes chronic, “this kind of ideology can change the society.” In the president’s words, the terrorists, who have been “supported…in different ways since the beginning of the crisis” by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, “and of course the Western policy that supported [them] in different ways since the beginning of the crisis,” will lose their strength once they lose the support of their benefactors.

“They can be strong as long as they have strong support from different states, whether in the Middle East or the West,” Assad suggested.

Asked to comment on the deadly attacks which took place in Paris earlier this month, the president once again sent his condolences, condemning the “horrible crime” and noting that Syrians like few others can understand the terror of seeing “innocents being killed without any reason and for nothing…. We’ve been suffering from that for the past five years.”

Assad emphasized that “we feel for the French as we feel for the Lebanese a few days before that, and for the Russians regarding the airplane that’s been shot down over Sinai, and for the Yemenis.” At the same time, the president voiced his hope that the Western world would find compassion for the victims of terror from all these attacks, and not “only for the French.”

Political Settlement Requires an Accurate Definition of the Opposition

Commenting on the potential for a political settlement to the Syrian crisis, the president emphasized that there could be no discussions on any timetable for settlement so long as the terrorist threat was not dealt with. Otherwise, Assad noted that a year and a half to two years would be enough to create mechanisms for a new political system, including a new constitution, and guidelines on referendums, parliamentary and presidential elections.

Regarding disagreements with Western powers over who can be defined as the legitimate opposition, Assad explained that people who hold machineguns in their hand cannot be considered legitimate opposition. “That’s the case in every other country. Whoever holds a machinegun and terrorizes people and destroys private or public property or kills innocents –he is not the opposition. Opposition is a political term. Opposition can be defined not through your own opinion; it can be defined only through elections –through the ballot box.”

According to the president, only the Syrian people, via elections, can determine who they consider the real opposition. “If you want to talk about my own opinion, you can be opposition when you have Syrian grassroots, when you belong only to your country. You cannot be opposition while you are formed as a person or as an entity in the foreign ministry of another country or in an intelligence office of another country. You cannot be a puppet; you cannot be a surrogate mercenary; you can only be a real Syrian.”

Refugee Crisis Hitting Syria Just as Hard as Its Hitting Europe

Asked to comment on the hundreds of thousands of Syrians who have fled Syria for Europe in recent months, Assad emphasized that “everyone who leaves this country is a loss to Syria… We feel the suffering, because every refugee in Syria has a long story of suffering within Syria, and that’s what we should deal with by asking the question: ‘Why did they leave?’”

According to the president, Syrians leave “for many reasons. The first one [is] the direct threat by terrorists. The second is the influence of terrorists in destroying infrastructure and affecting the livelihood of those people. But the third one, which is as important as the influence of terrorists, is the Western embargo on Syria.” Assad emphasized that many people would go back to Syria in a heartbeat, “but how can he go back… while the basics of his life, his livelihood, has been affected dramatically?… The Western embargo and terrorism have put these people between the devil and the deep blue sea.”

Asked by his interviewer whether he considered the Syrian war to be a religious war, the president made clear that this was actually a war with “people who have deviated from real religion; mainly, of course, from Islam, toward extremism, which we don’t consider as part of our religion. It’s a war between the real Muslims and the extremists. Of course, [the radicals] give it different titles –a war against Christians, a war against other sects…but the real issue is the war between them and the rest of the Muslims, the majority of whom are moderates.”

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Refugee crisis in Germany: Nazis on the rise, “never again” is happening again


Right-wing movement PEGIDA draws 25,000 people to the streets in Dresden

The reports coming from Germany these days can be confusing: we hear stories about the staggering numbers of refugees pouring into the country, about refugees disappearing without a trace, about Germany being the only country actually living up to its responsibility to provide shelter for these people who fled the chaos that the West created with its perpetual war in the Middle East, wild theories that claim the “so-called refugee crisis” is entirely manufactured in order to “invade” Europe in general and Germany in particular, while providing a cheap labor force for the corporate elites, and even warnings of an impending civil war in Germany.

However, the most important thing people need to understand about the current situation in Germany is the widespread and increasing hatred towards refugees and Muslims that is infecting people’s minds in the very country that gave rise to the Nazis and one of the darkest episodes in human history. Incidentally, in light of the Paris attacks that have propelled the “Muslim terrorist” narrative back into the headlines, we should all remember that one of the seminal events that led to the rise of the Nazis and their final solution for the Jews was the burning of the Reichstag by the Nazis that was then blamed on ‘Communists’. As they say, history repeats – same song, different verse.

So what’s the atmosphere on the ground in Germany? First, there are indeed large numbers of refugees in the country, which naturally poses a lot of logistical problems: where can they live, which government agencies are responsible, what about medical treatment, language barriers, registration, heating, food, etc.? What about all the legal procedures that are supposed to take place with asylum seekers (including deportation, which always has been subject of debate in Germany), when the numbers are so high and under conditions of general chaos?

These are obviously great challenges, and those tasked with facing those challenges report a lot of mismanagement of the situation. Tellingly, a lot of the work is actually done not by the government, but by the many volunteers who distribute clothes, provide language classes, help with bureaucracy and so on. Needless to say, with such a large group of people, along with the majority of peaceful and traumatized refugees, there will also be thugs, criminals and pathological types of all sorts. Naturally then, there are reports of crimes and violence committed by some of the refugees (notice however that many of the more horrific tales are based entirely on rumors fueled by racism, most of which turned out to be hoaxes). On the other hand, there are very frightening incidents of right-wing violence against the refugees, from beatings to setting fire to refugee camps.

Article about Hitler above the headline “Refugee crisis made matter for the boss” – Freudian slip?

And this is where the public debate and political climate in Germany gets really disturbing.

There is much talk among the average German citizen about “those Muslims” and how evil they are, how they “throw their trash on our streets”, how they “rape blonde German women”, how they are violent and criminal, how they should “drown in the Mediterranean”, how they are parasites that plunder our social system, how they drive good German citizens into poverty and misery. Does that ring a bell?

While many of those who say such things are not (yet?) organized and still careful as to what they say in public, there is also a growing movement that openly takes to the streets in their thousands: PEGIDA (“Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West”), which was founded by a convicted criminal with connections to Germany’s biggest media empire.

Recently, this organisation managed to infiltrate and take over a relatively new EU-skeptic party, the AfD (“Alternative for Germany”), which, according to recent polls, would get 7% of the votes if an election were to be held now. They also managed to absorb or overshadow the much saner “new peace movement” that brought together many people of different backgrounds to protest against imperialism, Germany’s policy in Ukraine and NATO’s endless wars.

Despite their rampant racism and right-wing slogans, PEGIDA and AfD vehemently deny any accusation of being “Nazis” and instead call themselves “citizens” who are seeking “freedom” and who fight against the corrupt government and media that supposedly try to destroy Germany by welcoming all those refugees. While it is true that the “Nazi accusation” has been used extensively in the past to silence any critical voices, this shouldn’t prevent us from calling a spade a spade. You see, it’s not just the Western elites who use nice-sounding words like “freedom and democracy” to justify their inhumane actions. It’s the so-called opposition, too. Clearly, the minds of these people are twisted and they show a stunning lack of compassion. We should ask ourselves how this could happen, especially since we Germans watched a very similar scenario play out about 80 years ago.

Fear mongering everywhere

Mainstream: “the Afghans are coming”, “the storm”, “overrun”, “we need to build a fortress Europe”

Just as it was in the 1930s, there is a lot of dissatisfaction among the German population, and for obvious reasons: unemployment, the decline of the welfare state, low incomes, a grim future for the middle class, a growing underclass, rampant corruption and a loss of trust in the political process, to name a few. The obvious target of this growing sense of dissatisfaction should be the government, or more precisely: the ruling elites. And to some extent, this is what is happening – you will find excellent articles posted on blogs and alternative news sites and a lot of critical and intelligent discussion.

Sadly however, more and more people are beginning to blame the elite, not for their obvious corruption and mismanagement, but for “doing nothing against those refugees”, effectively channeling their anger towards a scapegoat that is a victim of the very same insane and cruel Western government policies. This, of course, is exactly how “they” like the population: divided and looking elsewhere. How can people be so easily fooled? To answer that question, we should take a look at the messages from both the mainstream and the right-wing “alternative” media.

The mainstream media’s opinion about the refugee crisis reflects what Angela Merkel and the government are saying: that it is a good thing and the duty of all Germans to welcome the refugees and that “we will work it out”. But we notice that the media also issues warnings about alleged ISIS terrorists among the refugees, which of course creates great confusion among the people – “so I should welcome these refugees into my neighborhood, and at the same time I should fear them because crazy head-choppers are among them?

There is also a lot of subtle and not-so-subtle fear mongering about the “dramatic consequences” of the crisis, with the tabloids using words like “refugee storm” and “overrun”. The German media has been covering the refugee crisis pretty much 24/7 – a veritable bombardment of scare-mongering and manipulation which contributes to a sense of fear and helplessness among the population, which is exactly where the governmentwant usAs a result of this “shock strategy” or “paranoia switch”, as psychologist Martha Stout calls it, people become so afraid and confused that they are susceptible to accepting the most horrendous ideas and actions, most notably the blind hatred towards Muslims and refugees spread by the tabloids in concert with the right-wing “alternative media”.

“Alternative” media: “final destination: civil war”, “longing for violence – terror within the refugee camps”, “dossier: caliphate Europe”

On the other hand, those who manage to oppose this kind of rampant hatred and racism will be drawn even more into the “safe harbor” of the so-called “quality” mainstream media, and essentially react by shutting out reality – just as Sebastian Haffner described in his brilliant book Defying Hitler, in which he recounts the rise of Nazism from the perspective of an ordinary German.

According to Haffner, people governed by fear but not ready to join the frenzy will “withdraw into their private lives” and pretend that everything is fine as long as they can manage, while ignoring the signs that become more obvious every day. And this is exactly what is needed for the rise of a totalitarian state: people of conscience paralyzed at home, a mob on the streets shouting angry slogans, and everyone in panic. At that point, it doesn’t really matter who steps in as “the savior”, whether he crushes the mob (and the genuine opposition with it) or leads the mob to victory, because the result will be the same – a totalitarian police state, backed by the same elites that created this whole situation in the first place by their plundering of the economy, corruption and endless wars for profit.

Right-wing propaganda, disguised as “criticizing the system”

But we can’t blame the mainstream media alone for this grim development. In fact, it seems that elements of the “alternative media” that are now supporting right-wing groups such as PEGIDA are doing most of the fear mongering that poisons the minds of the gullible. Like elsewhere, many people in Germany who realize that our government and media are corrupt to the core and who are afraid and confused, start looking for answers elsewhere. They start reading certain “alternative” publications and websites, which seemingly give voice to their doubts, fears and confusion, while at the same time pushing a paranoid, heartless and inhumane agenda, which is readily accepted by the intimidated mind.

The problem is that these “alternative” news sites – having attracted an audience through their exposure of the corrupt system have begun to shift to the far right of the political spectrum, and are threatening to infect everyone questioning the “official truth” with fear-driven, xenophobic and ultimately heartless and cruel ideologies. No matter what elaborate theories these people come up with to defend their fear-based views, what their message boils down to is: get those damn Muslim refugees who destroy our beloved, culturally advanced country out of here, close the borders and use the army and police to keep ’em out!

Just consider this recent cover from Compact Magazin:

“Final destination: civil war – jihadists among the refugees”

It reads “final destination: civil war – jihadists among the refugees”. And of course you can see evil Jihadi threatening our picturesque German cities (notice the church?). The funny thing is that medieval houses like the ones depicted here are mostly empty and mere tourist attractions these days, courtesy of a changing lifestyle propelled by consumerism, big corporations and sub-urbanization. So the poor Jihadi here probably couldn’t do much damage there since the “picturesque German life” people are supposed to associate with this image is largely a fantasy anyway.

Now you would expect this blatant fear mongering nonsense from some nutty extremist right-wing group, but the editors at Compact are actually not that stupid: they have published a lot of good material on many political topics in the past and are highly critical of the German government and the mainstream media, including their stance towards Russia and Germany’s status as a US-colony. So besides those fear-mongering covers, they use sophisticated half-truths cloaked in intellectual and legal discourse to spread their message of fear and heartlessness.

For example, during a conference that Compact organized with a list of speakers that reads like a who’s-who of the German and even international “alternative scene” (including Thierry Meyssan, Ron Paul and Andreas von Bülow), one of the speakers, professor for constitutional law Karl Albrecht Schachtschneider, apparently said the following, according to kopp onlineanother alternative news site turned refugee-basher:

Professor for constitutional law Karl Albrecht Schachtschneider shed some light on the legal aspects of our missing sovereignty. He began his speech with a hammer stroke: “The opposition between politics and the people has become insurmountable!”For him, Merkel’s unauthorized policies in the asylum crisis are breaking current law.

As a result, he argued that the freedom of the citizens has been infringed. He criticizes that the government favors moralism over the law. Its fight against the right has become a fight against the law. “Germany is not an immigration country!”, the professor shouts, under thundering applause.

Maybe it’s just us, but pictures of famous German politicians from the 1930s come to mind when we imagine this scene. And notice the twisted thinking when it comes to “moralism” – apparently, this professor considers a functioning moral sense as something strange and favors strict law-and-order, no matter the situation. Notice also how he lulls his audience into his way of thinking: he begins with a true-enough statement, that there is a huge gap between the politicians and the population that is “insurmountable”, thus preparing the ground for black-and-white and “either you’re with us or against us” thinking. A “hammer stroke” indeed – on people’s brains! Then he comes up with his blatant paramoralisms and right-wing slogans, and people – based on their deepest fears – start forming the thought in their minds that when they don’t want to be on the side of the establishment and their media (which is understandable), then this is the alternative, this is the solution. They are safe. The refugees are the problem.

Later in the article about this conference, things get even more absurd:

After the final panel about the topic of “perspectives for a German freedom movement”, Compact philosopher Peter Feist summarized a few central thoughts of the day:

1. The termination of the duty to obey – as has been carried out by many soldiers and officers in the GDR in order to make possible the peaceful revolution – is the key to topple the system!

2. “There is no contradiction between legality and humaneness” – What is legally right, cannot be inhumane! […]

These statements are, in fact, an invitation for people to fully submit to their deepest fears and forget all healthy moral standards and empathy: you don’t need to obey the government which tells you to care for those refugees. But hey, the Law is the Law, the Law says we don’t need to care for those refugees, and Law trumps morality – therefore, if you feel threatened by these refugees, feel free to give ’em hell!

Of all people, we Germans should be familiar with this twisting of ethics that makes people excuse the most brutal behavior by referring to whatever is convenient. Wasn’t it the standard excuse of the Nazi enablers that they “just acted according to law” and “just followed orders”? And now we are supposed to accept some legalistic nonsense to justify the rejection of suffering human beings that the West exploited and bombed for decades to finance our oh-so-great German way of life!? Please! The sad thing is that you will find countless mind-twisting tirades of a similar kind on these sites, mixed with the right amount of truth of course, and they are all designed by pathological types to lull people into blaming the weakest – the Muslim refugees – and creating fantasies about a non-existing German utopia. It’s sickening.

Blaming the victim and killing empathy

A very good example of what this sort of twisted thinking can lead to is this article by a German, which pretty much sums up the attitude of those influenced by the “alternative media” right-wing demagogues. Here is an excerpt that exemplifies the fear-driven black-and-white thinking described earlier:

… I am of course talking about the so-called “refugee crisis,” but because even this name is working against us, I will call it what it really is—a war against Europe by means of invasion. It is now vitally important to call things by their right name, because this distinguishes friend from foe.

The national railroad company is ordered to offer special trains free of charge for the “refugees,” bringing them into every corner of Germany the fastest way possible while delaying regular trains.

Vacant houses and apartments are confiscated by force and given over to the “refugees” free of charge. Every “refugee” given rental housing is paid for by the communities, as much as 500 Euros per person per month. This is a big opportunity for some scumbags to make money really fast, by making, ill and elderly Germans homeless.

I find myself in a nightmare unable to wake up. Most people feel helpless and unwilling to accept the sad truth: we have been betrayed by everyone (except perhaps the police and the military) we entrusted with our safety and our hopes for the future. Even though the end of the global economy in its current form seemed a given to me, this kind of treason and ill intent to bring it all down took me by surprise. Among the twenty or so people I talked to about this in confidence, absolutely everyone is convinced that this is heading toward civil war—and fast! The only question remaining is whether the Germans start it, or the “refugees,” or some other party. We are one major terror attack away from sheer chaos.

So the author of this article finds himself in a nightmare, which is understandable given the state of the world. He is afraid and seeks answers, which he finds in the “alternative” right-wing media. They basically give him a free pass to hate those refugees and blame them for his misery and indirectly call for the police and the military to solve the problem, no less! He even puts “refugees” in quotes, which indicates that he doesn’t viewany them as deserving compassion and support, especially in the context of his tirade against those supposed criminals and parasites who make “ill and elderly Germans homeless”. And they’re robbing us of 500 Euros – per month!!

As much as we sympathize with this person’s nightmarish feeling, how can you not see the parallels to the Nazi propaganda in the ’30s? What’s next – blocking Jewish stores refugee camps to prevent the ‘Muslim’s from getting in? Organizing militias to show those Jews refugees their place? Oh wait, that is already happening. The poisonous, delusional “theories” spread by the right-wing media are killing compassion and empathy wherever they mate with fear. It’s disturbing in the extreme.

The author is right though with his observation that we are one major terror attack away from sheer chaos – this is because people like him are so confused, so invested in right-wing propaganda, that God knows who they will follow into the abyss once the fabric of German society is torn apart. But as explained earlier, the right-wingers are not the only ones intimidated by fear mongering. On the other side of the spectrum, you have those still believing in the mainstream media, and as we know, these are subject to fear mongering as well. So you have two opposed groups acting based on fear, plus hundreds of thousands of refugees: an explosive combination indeed. Imagine a terror attack carried out by (or blamed on) a refugee and Lord knows what will unfold. What people like the author fail to understand is that even if there is such a thing as a “refugee conspiracy” (and yes, there are some serious questions as to how this crisis unfolded), it isn’t designed to “destroy Germany”, but to frighten and divide us, to poison our minds, hearts and souls so that we loose our compassion and critical thinking and willfully follow the next “savior”.

Psychopaths are the problem, not refugees

Instead of spreading this nonsense both in the mainstream media and in the alternative media, why don’t people blame the banks for robbing us of countless billions of Euros that could have been used to solve the refugee crisis AND restore the welfare state? Why can’t they see that NATO and the West (including Germany) produced misery galore on the whole planet – both via bombing and shameless economic exploitation – so that it’s only natural that this would come back to bite us at one point, “refugee conspiracy” or not?

Don’t they see, feel, that we have an obligation to the refugees, those suffering human beings, not out of “pity”, but because we caused their misery!? Why can’t they see that their beloved German way of life is built on the ruins of other countries? Hell, why don’t they realize that many Germans had become refugees themselves after WWII? Where is the empathy, where is the compassion for those human beings, Arab Muslims or not!?

And so we arrive at the real problem: heartless, greedy psychopaths in positions of power – including positions of power in the so-called alternative movements and their media. You see, those psychopaths in power – devoid of any empathy or moral feelings – don’t need a “grand conspiracy” of flooding Germany with refugees to destroy our country; they manage the destruction just fine without such a thing, thank you. As Dr. Andrew Lobaczewski writes in Political Ponerology:

If such and many managerial positions are assumed by individuals [psychopaths] deprived of sufficient abilities to feel and understand most other people, and who also betray deficiencies in technical imagination and practical skills—(faculties indispensable for governing economic and political matters) this must result in an exceptionally serious crisis in all areas, both within the country in question and with regard to international relations. Within, the situation shall become unbearable even for those citizens who were able to feather their nest into a relatively comfortable modus vivendi. Outside, other societies start to feel the pathological quality of the phenomenon quite distinctly. Such a state of affairs cannot last long.

Isn’t this exactly what we are witnessing – a totally incompetent government, unable to handle problems because of lack of empathy and a selfish, greedy attitude paired with corrupt networks that are about money and power instead of getting something useful done? Isn’t it true that even in rich Germany, the middle class has been dwindling and struggling for decades now, the underclass is hopeless, and we are witnessing corruptiongaloreClearly, this is not the refugees’ fault!

So the current state of affairs is a win-win situation for the psychopaths with their drive for control and intimidation: either the government uses the right-wing movements with their heartless propaganda as an excuse to abolish freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, etc., de facto creating an open fascist police state, or those fear-mongering, empathy-killing right wingers manage to get to power and implement their agenda of transforming Germany into a militaristic state that clamps down on “those refugees” (and probably anyone who stands in their way). Both scenarios are not attractive, to say the least. In order to stop this development, we must finally realize that this is not a conflict between left and right, between the government and the opposition, between the mainstream media and the alternative media, between the Green Party and PEGIDA, between Muslims and Christians or between the elite and the wannabe elite. It’s an ongoing struggle between normal people with a conscience and psychopathic individuals with zero empathy and a reckless drive for power.

Unfortunately, those psychopaths – often intelligent, charming individuals – easily rise to high positions in the media and the government as well as in opposition movements, the alternative media and even charities and start spreading their twisted thinking, which then infects normal human beings. This leads to the process described earlier in this article: an infection of people with absurd theories that capitalize on their deepest fears and thus degrade them morally.

What we need to do is forget all these ideologies and dividing lines for a moment and begin to use our own minds, our own eyes, and our own hearts to assess the situation we find ourselves in both politically and on a personal level. We shouldn’t refrain from using our empathy to strive towards acting morally – towards all our fellow human beings, regardless of culture, religion or political background – just because some wacko demagogues told us that the refugees are “invading us” or that there are ISIS head-choppers among them. We shouldn’t fight against each other, nor should we fight against the psychopaths directly. Instead, we should fight for a different world by turning away from the psychopaths and refusing to believe their twisted lies, no matter if they are in the mainstream media, in the government or in the so-called opposition movements. Unless we want to repeat the German experience under Hitler, we should remember Sebastian Haffner’s words and not give in to our deepest fears:

Strangely enough, it was just this automatic continuation of ordinary life that hindered any lively, forceful reaction against the horror. I have described how the treachery and cowardice of the leaders of the opposition prevented their organisation from being used against the Nazis or offering any resistance. That still leaves the question why no individuals ever spontaneously opposed some particular injustice or iniquity they experienced, even if they did not act against the whole. (I am not blind to the fact that this charge applies to me as much as to anyone else.)

It was hindered by the mechanical continuation of normal daily life. How different history would be if men were still independent, standing on their own two feet, as in ancient Athens. Today they are yoked to the details of their work and daily timetable, dependent on a thousand little details, cogs in a mechanism they do not control, running steadily on rails and helpless if they become derailed. Only the daily routine provides security and continuity. Just beyond lies a dark jungle. Every European of the twentieth century feels this in his bones and fears it. It is the cause of his reluctance to do anything that could ‘detail’ his life – something audacious or out of the ordinary. It is this lack of self-reliance that opens the possibility of immense catastrophes of civilization like the rule of the Nazis in Germany.

– Sebastian Haffner, Defying Hitler

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Fear is toxic to a democracy

Anthony D. Romero

Fear is toxic to a democracy. Fear divides. Fear overreacts. Fear discriminates.

It’s a lesson we’ve learned throughout our history, from the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798 to the imprisonment of Japanese Americans during World War II to the post-9/11 Patriot Act. And now in the aftermath of the Paris terrorist attacks, we’re relearning that lesson again as some of our leaders put forth proposals that would undermine our commitment to a free, pluralistic, compassionate, and open society.

Currently 31 governors are on record opposing resettling any Syrian refugees in their states. These efforts to subvert federal policy would be unconstitutional. Only the federal government has the authority to determine who is allowed to enter the country — the states do not. And once immigrants are admitted, the states cannot restrict them from settling wherever they choose.

The governors say they worry that terrorists may hide among those who are fleeing the Islamic State and the Assad regime. This is a good argument for a rigorous and multi-layered screening process — but we already have one. The current U.S. refugee screening system includes background checks by multiple agencies, biometric tests, medical screenings, and in-person interviews with Department of Homeland Security officials.

But that didn’t stop the House of Representatives on Thursday from passing a bill that would bring resettlement of Syrian and Iraqi refugees to a grinding halt by adding additional layers of bureaucracy to an already rigorous process. By singling out Syrian and Iraqi refugees, the bill also shamefully discriminates against them based on their national origin, nationality, and religion. If the Senate follows suit and passes the bill, President Obama should veto this callous piece of legislation that will only further fan the flames of Islamophobia inside and outside the country.

Let’s remember, too, that most of the Paris attackers were European citizens, and they would not have had to claim to be refugees in order to enter the United States. It makes no sense to close American borders to Syrian and Iraqi refugees — to deny sanctuary to some of the world’s most vulnerable — because a tiny number of Europeans committed a terrorist attack.

Our country has a long history of sheltering the persecuted. Many of the colonies that eventually became the United States were founded by people who were fleeing religious persecution in Europe. In the late 1970s, we gave refuge to Vietnamese people who fled war in Southeast Asia. In 1980s, we gave refuge to thousands of Cubans who arrived in the United States as part of the Mariel boatlift. In the late 1990s, we gave refuge to those fleeing the Kosovo war. These refugees, and their children, have become Americans. On the whole, this is a history we should be proud of.

Moreover, refugees enrich our society. Our country is stronger because of the energy and talent that millions of refugees have contributed to itThe suggestion that we should deny sanctuary to those who are fleeing persecution loses sight of this.

Current proposals to close our doors to refugees are connected to a deeper undercurrent of prejudice. Some political leaders have called for blanket surveillance of American Muslims, with presidential candidate Donald Trump even going as far as to suggest that American Muslims should be required to carry special cards identifying themselves as Muslims. Trump has also called for renewing government surveillance of mosques inside the United States and has suggested that mosques might be shut down altogether. All of this would be unconstitutional as well as stigmatizing, divisive, and unfair.

And though there’s never a time for such irresponsible and inaccurate rhetoric, it is particularly dangerous now. On Monday, the FBI released its 2014 report on hate crimes, which found that the number of incidents fell in every victim group except one: Muslims. Calls for discriminatory surveillance and religious profiling will only increase the vulnerability of our American Muslim neighbors and friends. We should not help ISIS drive a wedge between Muslims in the West and the democratic societies they call home. Many first-generation American Muslims, it should be noted, came to America precisely because of the freedoms that some politicians now want to curtail. And Muslims have been part of this nation’s fabric since its founding.

Comment: Overwhelmingly, those who have committed terrorist attacks in the United States and Europe aren’t Muslims. The real terrorists are the psychopaths in board roomsgovernment offices and police stations.

It isn’t difficult to stand for freedom, compassion, and tolerance in times of relative peace and security. These basic tenets of the American civic faith aren’t tested until times like these. But we don’t have to give in to hate and fear. We don’t have to compromise our beliefs in freedom and equality. Principle can defeat prejudice if we don’t lose sight of what matters most: protecting the very values and rights that make us Americans, especially in the most trying of times.

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Anonymous, leave ISIL Alone! NATO wants Cyberwar kept to Gov agencies

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Anonymous should leave its cyberwar effort against ISIL to the authorities, who are better able to deal with the terrorists’ internet activities, a NATO security official has said.

The war on Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) declared by Anonymous is “good to some degree,” NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, Dr Jamie Shea, told Euronews, RT reported.

Because of Anonymous’ efforts, “ISIL sees that it is not just against the governments and organs of the state, but is against all of the values our population represents,” Shea said.

The jihadists are using the world-wide web as a tool for communication, recruitment and fundraising, with ISIL managing some 46,000 Twitter accounts, Shea acknowledged.

“Sometimes those Twitter accounts could also be a useful source of intelligence information in terms of tracking as well,” he said.

In this regard, however, Anonymous declaring war on ISIL could be “counterproductive.”

“It is better, frankly, if Anonymous leaves this type of thing to the authorities of the state who know, frankly, better what the best strategy and the best methodologies are here,” the NATO official said.

Comment: NATO know the best strategies for its own political objectives, which seem to run against all of the values its population represents.

Discussing the tracking of suspected radical Islamists, Shea went on to use the example of France, where domestic intelligence services are now tracking up to 15,000-plus people suspected of radical activities, compared to just one or two thousand a few years ago.

“And it takes 36 intelligence officers (working) full time to track one single operative,” Shea stressed, adding that “radicalization is becoming much shorter” these days.

“The key thing, of course, is not just tracking people but trying to recognize that moment when you suddenly see a shift towards radicalization,” the official noted, saying that a clear signal of this is when individuals being tracked separately come together and “start training or plotting, or hire a safe house or import explosives or whatever.”

Tracking terrorist-related activities is not easy, said Shea, “because just as the intelligence services are highly intelligent people, unfortunately so are the terrorists.”

Shea mentioned a number of reasons why ISIL is not likely to develop weapons of mass destruction soon, which leaves them the much cheaper and less sophisticated option of staging attacks similar to the one in Paris.

Comment: An admission that contradicts the recent fear-mongering propaganda that French PM Manuel Valls declared to urge French parliament to extend its state of emergency for three months.

“Using very basic things like Kalashnikovs and explosives, and just with eight or nine operators, they (ISIL) were already able to cause mayhem – and get lots of publicity, which I think is what they are trying to do in terms of sowing divisions and tensions,” Shea said. He also mentioned that attacks in the “cyber domain” are certainly among the “cheaper and more immediate options.”

Shea also touched upon the government’s attempts to control the Internet and gain access to people’s personal data, and how this has led to fierce debates in many countries about “where the balance should be between that right of the individual to have his or her encrypted communications – and the right of the state, the intelligence services, to have access where it is absolutely necessary.”

Comment: Anonymous recently accused a San Francisco Web services company of protecting pro-ISIL websites from cyberattacks. Apart from data gathering, might there be other reasons why NATO would actively protect the ISIL internet propaganda machine?

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Behind closed doors: USA involved in Mali since 9/11


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A U.S. soldier next to U.S. Air Force C-17 transport plane in Bamako January 22, 2013.

US Africa Command has confirmed that two special operatives assisted Malian security forces during the hostage siege at the Raddison Blu hotel in Bamako on Friday. An al-Qaeda group has claimed responsibility for the attack, which killed least 20 people.

Terrorists stormed the luxury hotel in Mali’s capital on Friday, taking some of the staff and guests hostage. About a dozen Americans were at the hotel for a conference at the time, including several employees of the US Embassy in Bamako, State Department spokesman John Kirby confirmed.

Citing UN sources in Bamako, Reuters reported the death toll from the siege as 27. Colonel Salif Traore, Mali’s security minister, put the number of victims at 20. The State Department later said that one American was among the dead, but did not release the victim’s identity.

The Malian troops that stormed the hotel were advised by two special forces operators, who helped move the American hostages to safety once they were rescued, Colonel Mark Cheadle, spokesman for the US Africa Command (AFRICOM), told Breaking Defense. He maintained that the operatives were not directly involved in the hostage rescue operation, however.

Classified documents that have been shown to NBC News indicate that US special operatives in Mali have been assisting the government in Bamako with anti-terrorist operations since 2001. AFRICOM has been in charge of those efforts since the command was established in 2007.

AFRICOM has been involved in fighting a number of Islamist insurgencies in Libya, Chad, and Mali, since the 2011 intervention in Libya, when NATO backed rebels against the government of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.

The Malian troops that stormed the hotel were advised by two special forces operators, who helped move the American hostages to safety once they were rescued, Colonel Mark Cheadle, spokesman for the US Africa Command (AFRICOM), told Breaking Defense. He maintained that the operatives were not directly involved in the hostage rescue operation, however.

Classified documents that have been shown to NBC News indicate that US special operatives in Mali have been assisting the government in Bamako with anti-terrorist operations since 2001. AFRICOM has been in charge of those efforts since the command was established in 2007.

AFRICOM has been involved in fighting a number of Islamist insurgencies in Libya, Chad, and Mali, since the 2011 intervention in Libya, when NATO backed rebels against the government of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.

The Malian troops that stormed the hotel were advised by two special forces operators, who helped move the American hostages to safety once they were rescued, Colonel Mark Cheadle, spokesman for the US Africa Command (AFRICOM), told Breaking Defense. He maintained that the operatives were not directly involved in the hostage rescue operation, however.

Classified documents that have been shown to NBC News indicate that US special operatives in Mali have been assisting the government in Bamako with anti-terrorist operations since 2001. AFRICOM has been in charge of those efforts since the command was established in 2007.

AFRICOM has been involved in fighting a number of Islamist insurgencies in Libya, Chad, and Mali, since the 2011 intervention in Libya, when NATO backed rebels against the government of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.

In 2012, Tuareg tribesmen from the desert in the north of the country used weapons and experience acquired in the Libyan conflict to seize the key cities of Kidal, Timbuktu, and Gao, declaring an independent state of Azawad. They quickly reversed their decision, however, after a betrayal by their Islamist allies. When France sent troops to Mali in January 2013, the Tuaregs sided with the French and the Malian government against the Islamists. With the Islamists forced into hiding, France officially concluded “Operation Serval” in July 2014.

Some analysts saw the Pentagon’s hand behind the French intervention at the time. At the height of the Tuareg rebellion in March 2012, the military overthrew the government of President Amadou Toure. The leader of the coup, Amadou Haya Sanogo, had been trained in the US at Ft. Benning in Georgia and the US Marine Corps base in Quantico, Virginia, as a participant in the State Department-run International Military Education and Training program. He also studied English at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, AFRICOM public affairs representative Patrick Barnes confirmed to the Washington Post in 2012.

Sanogo’s junta ruled Mali for 20 days before ceding power to an interim civilian government. The junta boss was promoted to general in August 2013, only to be arrested on charges of war crimes in November of that year.

Friday’s hotel attack was claimed by al-Mourabitoun, an Al-Qaeda group involved in the 2012 conflict. AFRICOM officials say that Al-Qaeda is the overarching terrorist enemy in the region, even though the Boko Haram movement in nearby Nigeria has sworn allegiance to Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (also known as ISIS/ISIL). 

A similar attack shook Mali in August, when a suspected jihadist gunman killed 13 people at a hotel in the town of Sevare.

Rather than intervene directly, however, the US has chosen to deploy special operators as advisers to local governments and provide logistical support to allies such as France.

“There are a lot of capable partners down there,” AFRICOM chief Army General David Rodriguez said at a defense reporters’ event on Friday, shortly after the attack in Bamako.

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US, Canada & Ukraine vote AGAINST Russia’s anti-Nazism resolution at UN


UN General Assembly’s Third Committee passed a Russia-proposed resolution condemning attempts to glorify Nazism ideology and denial of German Nazi war crimes. The US, Canada and Ukraine were the only countries to vote against it.

The resolution was passed on Friday by the committee, which is tasked with tackling social and humanitarian issues and human rights abuses, by 115 votes against three, with 55 nations abstaining, Tass news agency reported.

The document voiced concern over the rise of racism-driven crimes around the world and the influence that parties with extremist agendas are gaining.

It called for a universal adoption of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. Many nations including the US, the UK, China and India, signed the convention but did not recognize a mechanism resolving individual complaints it establishes, which makes the convention unenforceable in their jurisdictions.

The resolution also decried attempts to whitewash Nazi collaborators by depicting them as fighters of nationalist resistance movements and honoring them as such.

It condemned any form of denial of Nazi war crimes, including the Jewish Holocaust.

Russia, which submitted the draft resolution, said it regretted that it could not be adopted unanimously.

Ukraine’s Azov Battalion has openly nazi leanings.

“The fact that the US, Canada and Ukraine voted against, while delegations from EU member states abstained in the vote on this draft resolution, which was supported by an overwhelming majority of the UN member states, is extremely regrettable,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

“Ukraine’s position is particularly dispiriting and alarming. One can hardly understand how a country, the people of which suffered their full share of the horrors of Nazism and contributed significantly to our common victory against it, can vote against a resolution condemning its glorification,” the ministry said.

Moscow proposes similar documents to the UN General Assembly annually, but the US and Canada have consistently voted against them. Ukraine is a new nation among the opponents, as in previous years it has abstained.

Kiev’s Nazi regime representative at the session, Andrey Tsymbalyuk, said that while Ukraine did condemn Nazism and Neo-Nazism, it could not endorse the Russian resolution, because it suffered not only from Nazism, but also from ‘Stalinism’ in the past.

“As long as Stalinism and neo-Stalinism are not condemned as strongly as Nazism, neo-Nazism and other forms of hatred, Ukraine would not be able to back this document,” the diplomat said.

The resolution is to be formally adopted by the UN General Assembly as a body in December.

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Joining the obvious chorus: US Congressmen tell Obama to forget Assad, fight ISIL


Republican and Democratic representatives in the US House of Representatives urged President Barack Obama to stop trying to overthrow Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad and focus all efforts on fighting the Islamic State (ISIL) terrorist group.

On Friday, Democrat Tulsi Gabbard and Republican Austin Scott introduced legislation to end an “illegal war” to overthrow Assad.

“Working to remove Assad at this stage is counter-productive to what I believe our primary mission should be,” Austin was quoted as saying by AP.

“The US is waging two wars in Syria. The first is the war against ISIS and other Islamic extremists, which Congress authorized after the terrorist attack on 9/11. The second war is the illegal war to overthrow the Syrian government of Assad,” Gabbard said.

Since 2013, the CIA has trained about 10,000 fighters within a covert program to train, arm and fund a moderate opposition to Assad. The secret program is the only step the US is taking against government forces in Syria.

She underscored that Congress has not authorized the CIA’s efforts to support Syrian opposition groups.

The effort to overthrow Assad is counterproductive because it is helping ISIL advance, Gabbard added. If ISIL seizes the Syrian Army’s weapons and infrastructure it would become even more dangerous.

“I don’t think Assad should be removed,” Gabbard told CNN. “If Assad is removed and overthrown, ISIL, al-Qaeda, al-Nusra, these Islamic extremist groups will walk straight in and take over all of Syria… they will be even stronger.”

In Syria, the US may repeat its mistakes of the past, like the toppling of Saddam Hussein in Iraq or Muammar Gaddafi in Libya.

“The results of those two failed efforts of regime change and the following nation-building have been absolute, not only have they been failures, but they’ve actually worked to strengthen our enemy,” she added.

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