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Iraqis are speaking the truth: US is backing the Islamic State

Liz Sly

“Where do they get those wonderful toys?”
“The US State Department… duh”
On the front lines of the battle against the Islamic State, suspicion of the United States runs deep. Iraqi fighters say they have all seen the videos purportedly showing U.S. helicopters airdropping weapons to the militants, and many claim they have friends and relatives who have witnessed similar instances of collusion.Ordinary people also have seen the videos, heard the stories and reached the same conclusion — one that might seem absurd to Americans but is widely believed among Iraqis — that the United States is supporting the Islamic State for a variety of pernicious reasons that have to do with asserting U.S. control over Iraq, the wider Middle East and, perhaps, its oil.

“It is not in doubt,” said Mustafa Saadi, who says his friend saw U.S. helicopters delivering bottled water to Islamic State positions. He is a commander in one of the Shiite militias that last month helped push the militants out of the oil refinery near Baiji in northern Iraq alongside the Iraqi army.

The Islamic State is “almost finished,” he said. “They are weak. If only America would stop supporting them, we could defeat them in days.”

Comment: Indeed, there is a lot of evidence to suggest that the US is funding and arming the Islamic State as well as so-called ‘moderate’ terrorists. We’ve collected a lot of the evidence in our Sott Focus pieces listed below:

U.S. military officials say the charges are too far-fetched to merit a response. “It’s beyond ridiculous,” said Col. Steve Warren, the military’s Baghdad-based spokesman. “There’s clearly no one in the West who buys it, but unfortunately, this is something that a segment of the Iraqi population believes.” 

The perception among Iraqis that the United States is somehow in cahoots with the militants it claims to be fighting appears, however, to be widespread across the country’s Sunni-Shiite sectarian divide, and it speaks to more than just the troubling legacy of mistrust that has clouded the United States’ relationship with Iraq since the 2003 invasion and the subsequent withdrawal eight years later.

At a time when attacks by the Islamic State in Paris and elsewhere have intensified calls for tougher action on the ground, such is the level of suspicion with which the United States is viewed in Iraq that it is unclear whether the Obama administration would be able to significantly escalate its involvement even if it wanted to.

“What influence can we have if they think we are supporting the terrorists?” asked Kirk Sowell, an analyst based in neighboring Jordan who publishes the newsletter Inside Iraqi Politics.

In one example of how little leverage the United States now has, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi pushed back swiftly against an announcement Tuesday by Defense Secretary ­Ashton B. Carter that an expeditionary force of U.S. troops will be dispatched to Iraq to conduct raids, free hostages and capture Islamic State leaders.

Iraq’s semiautonomous region of Kurdistan, where support for the United States remains strong, has said it would welcome more troops. But Abadi indicated they would not be needed.

“There is no need for foreign ground combat troops,” he said in a statement. “Any such support and special operations anywhere in Iraq can only be deployed subject to the approval of the Iraqi Government and in coordination with the Iraqi forces and with full respect to Iraqi sovereignty.”

The allegations of U.S. collusion with the Islamic State are aired regularly in parliament by Shiite politicians and promoted in postings on social media. They are persistent enough to suggest a deliberate campaign on the part of Iran’s allies in Iraq to erode American influence, U.S. officials say.

In one typical recent video that appeared on the Facebook page of a Shiite militia, a lawmaker with the country’s biggest militia group, the Badr Organization, waves apparently new U.S military MREs (meals ready to eat) — one of them chicken and dumplings — allegedly found at a recently captured Islamic State base in Baiji, offering proof, he said, of U.S. support.

“The Iranians and the Iranian-backed Shiite militias are really pushing this line of propaganda, that the United States is supporting ISIL,” Warren said. “It’s part of the Iranian propaganda machine.” 

Comment: Alternatively, the US is funding both sides in the conflict in order to advance their goals of controlling the region. It’s also worth noting that western propaganda is completely left out of the discussion, as if such a thing never happens.

The perception plays into a widening rift within Iraq’s ruling Shiite elite over whether to pivot more toward Iran or the United States. Those pushing the allegations “want to create a narrative that Iran is our ally and the United States is our enemy, and this undermines Abadi, who is America’s ally,” Sowell said.

Iraqi government officials say they don’t believe the charges and point out that Abadi regularly pushes back against them. But Abadi’s own position has weakened in recent months. He is battling for his political survival against a variety of Shiite militia leaders whose power has been bolstered by the increasingly dominant role played on the battlefield by the militias, collectively known as Hashd al-Shaabi, or popular mobilization units.

Iraqi officials complain that their task is hampered by what is universally perceived as the lackluster U.S. response to the threat posed by the Islamic State.

“We don’t believe the Americans support Daesh,” said Naseer Nouri, spokesman for the Ministry of Defense, using the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State. “But it is true that most people are saying they do, and they are right to believe that the Americans should be doing much more than they are. It’s because America is so slow that most people believe they are supporting Daesh.”

U.S. warplanes routinely fail to respond to requests for air support because of U.S. rules of engagement that preclude strikes if there is a risk civilians may be hit, he said. According to Warren, that standard frequently is not met. The United States has conducted more than 3,768 strikes in Iraq as of Nov.­ 19, according to the U.S. military, and the tempo of strikes has increased lately, U.S. officials say.

Comment: That’s an obvious lie considering how many funerals, weddings and hospitals the US has bombed in the War of Terror. The real reason the US air strikes have been ineffective is because they aren’t trying to eliminate Daesh, but rather, attack the Syrian government to unseat Bashar al-Assad.

But it also appears that the fighters are unaware when they do receive U.S. air support. The U.S. military reported near-daily strikes in support of the offensive to recapture Baiji last month and continues to respond regularly to requests for strikes in the vicinity, Warren said.

The fighters there insist there have been no strikes by the Americans at all. “We’d be better off without them,” said 1st Lt. Murtada Fadl, who is serving with the Iraqi elite forces in Baiji. He said that the only air support had come from the Iraqi air force and that he wishes the government would ask the Russians to replace the Americans.

Comment: Again, it’s entirely possible the military is lying about these ‘near-daily strikes.’ Given the chaos in the region, there’s no way to confirm the truth. It seems the Washington Post is very comfortable simply believing the government is being truthful about its activities.

In a part of the world where outcomes are often confused with intentions and regional complexities enable conspiracy theories to thrive, the notion that the United States is colluding with the Islamic State holds a certain logic, according to Mustafa Alani, director of the Dubai-based Gulf Research Center. Most Arabs are too in awe of American might to believe that the United States is deliberately adopting a minimalist approach, he said.

“The reason is that the Americans aren’t doing the job people expect them to do,” he said. “Mosul was lost and the Americans did nothing. Syria was lost and the Americans did nothing. Paris is attacked and the Americans aren’t doing much. So people believe this is a deliberate policy. They can’t believe the American leadership fails to understand the developments in the region, and so the only other explanation is that this is part of a conspiracy.” 

On the streets of Baghdad, most Iraqis see no other explanation.

“The image of the U.S. was damaged in the region, so they created Daesh in order to fight them and restore their image,” said Mohammed Abdul Khaleq, a journalist for a local TV station who was drinking coffee in a cafe favored by writers, most of whom said they agreed.

A rare dissenting voice was offered by Hassan Abdul-Wahab, 23, selling luggage in a nearby shop. “It is true that most people believe that,” he said. “But it’s not based on reason. It’s based on racism — because Iraqis don’t like Americans in the first place.” 

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CIA’s Afghan paramilitaries regularly killing civilians

Jason Ditz

Darwar Khan prays over the graves of relatives who were killed during a night raid conducted by the CIA’s Khost Protection Force in the village of Gurbuz District, Khost province, on Nov. 4.

The “Khost Protection Force” (KPF), the CIA-trained paramilitary faction in Afghanistan’s Khost Province, is coming under growing criticism from locals as well as the Afghan central government for being unaccountable, and causing a growing civilian death toll

Afghan officials say that the KPF conducted a series of home raids under the guise of counterterrorism operations against the homes of totally innocent civilians, and killed at least six of themTwo US “advisers,” apparently CIA, were present during the raids.

The CIA has come under fire for using the KPF as a virtual proxy force, ordering them around the province on arbitrary arrest missions, detaining people without charges (despite not being a police force in and of themselves), and torturing them.

This is basically par for the course for US-backed factions within Afghanistan, but the KPF is a much larger, more concentrated force, and has gotten away with operating this way for years because the Khost Province has such a heavy Taliban presence. Increasingly, however, even the Afghan government sees the group’s operations as fueling unrest among tribal leaders more than doing any real harm to the Taliban.

Khost province and Helmand province, Afghanistan.

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President Assad Accuses France, UK, US, Saudi Of Supporting ISIS


by Sean Adl-Tabatabai

President Assad interview reveals that he views France, UK, and US as supporters of ISIS

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has given a rare interview with Czech television where he accuses France, UK, US, and Saudi Arabia as supporting ISIS militants. 

When asked what it would take to end Syria’s four-year civil war, Assad answered:

When those countries that I mentioned — France, UK, US, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and some other — stop supporting those terrorists.”

If you want to fight and defeat them (terrorists), you have to cut and suffocate their supplies, their armaments, money … coming mainly through Turkey and with the support of the Saudis and the Qataris,” he went on.

I think it (the downing of the warplane) has shown the real intention of Erdogan who, let’s say, lost his nerve just because the Russian intervention has changed the balance on the ground.

If you look at the relation with the West, in 2005, I was the killer. In 2008, and after, I was a peace-maker. Then in 2011, I became the vulture. Now, there’s some positive change — of course shy kind of change, not the explicit one,” he said.

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Jeremy Corbyn urged to pull out of Stop the War Christmas fundraiser


Tristram Hunt says Labour leader should step back over ‘ugly comments’ about Hilary Benn and Paris attacks made by group he used to chair.

Jeremy Corbyn at an anti-Islamophobia protest last week at Finsbury Park Mosque co-hosted by the Stop the War coalition
Jeremy Corbyn at an anti-Islamophobia protest last week at Finsbury Park Mosque co-hosted by the Stop the War coalition. Photograph: ZUMA Wire/REX Shutterstock

Tristram Hunt, the former shadow education secretary, has called on Jeremy Corbyn to pull out of a Christmas fundraising event organised by the “disreputable” Stop the War coalition.

Hunt called on the Labour leader not to attend the event in light of its decision to picket the party’s headquarters last week and the “ugly comments” it has made about the shadow foreign secretary, Hilary Benn.

Hunt told the Andrew Marr Show on BBC1 on Sunday: “I don’t think that he should go there. Stop the War coalition picketed the Labour party headquarters when we were trying to run a phone-bank for the Oldham byelection, so they were preventing the election of a Labour member of parliament.

“We have also seen some pretty ugly comments from them about Hilary Benn and the fact that Hilary Benn should be sacked. And also their comments about Islamic State and about how the French almost had it coming to them. They are a really disreputable organisation. I would hope Jeremy would step back and not go to their fundraiser.”

Corbyn faced questions at a recent meeting of the parliamentary Labour party over his plans to attend the Christmas fundraiser for the group he chaired until he was elected Labour leader.

Steve Doughty, a shadow foreign office minister, questioned whether it was appropriate for Corbyn to attend a fundraising event for an organisation that responded to the Paris attacks by saying that France was reaping the whirlwind of a decade of wars.

Corbyn said that a blogpost under the headline had been withdrawn by the group. But there was anger last week when the Stop the War coalition organised a demonstration ahead of the Oldham West and Royton byelection and forced the party to postpone a phone-bank campaign.


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Nazi Gestapo failed to try perpetrators of Jewish Nazi settler violence


Jewish Nazi settler violence

A top UN official has voiced concerns over Nazi regime failure to bring to justice the culprits of an arson attack in late July that claimed the lives of three members of a Palestinian family.

“Four months have passed since the arson attack against the Dawabsheh family,” Nickolay Mladenov, the UN special coordinator for the so-called Middle East peace process, said in a statement released on Wednesday while expressing worries about “the slow progress” in the case.

The lack of charges was troubling, Mladenov further noted, urging the Nazi regime  “to move swiftly in bringing the perpetrators of this terrible crime to justice.”

On July 31, a large fire broke out after extremist Nazi Jewish settlers threw firebombs and Molotov cocktails into two Palestinian houses in the West Bank town of Duma.

Ali Dawabsheh, an 18-month-old Palestinian baby boy, burned to death as a result of the assault. Ali’s parents, Riham and Sa’ad, later succumbed to their severe burn injuries sustained in the incident.

The arson attack sparked angry reactions from Palestinians, including political as well as resistance groups, and led to widespread condemnation across the globe. However, no individual has been charged for the killings so far.

Over the past few days, Zionist media suggested a breakthrough in the case, but a gag order seems to have prevented details from being published.

Jewish Nazi settlers have in recent years carried out various attacks including arson and graffiti on Palestinian property in the occupied West Bank and al-Quds (Jerusalem) under the “price tag” slogan. The raids have often turned deadly.

Nazi regime failure to make arrests in connection with the Dawabsheh case is reportedly among the causes for two months of violence in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

Tensions have dramatically escalated since the Nazi regime’s imposition of restrictions in August on the entry of Palestinian worshipers to the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East al-Quds.

Palestinians say Tel Aviv seeks to change the status quo of al-Aqsa. They are also angry with Nazi Jewish  extremists who, escorted by army forces, have stepped up their raids on the sensitive site, which is Islam’s third holiest site after Masjid al-Haram in Mecca and Masjid al-Nabawi in Medina.

More than 109 Palestinians have been killed in the recent wave of clashes between Palestinians and the Nazi army since the start of October 2015.

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Nazi regime The Willing Executioner

Hadeel Awwad
By Barbara Erickson 

Rasha Oweissi, 23, was a good 30 feet back from a West Bank checkpoint when she was shot and killed, clutching a knife and a bag with a suicide note. Hadeel Awwad, 16, waved a pair of scissors at a Jerusalem security guard and was brought down in a hail of bullets. Ashrakat Qattanani, 16, was killed as she lunged at a woman near a military post.

Their names appear in a New York Times story today, which informs us that some 20 percent of alleged attackers in the past two months have been women, a new and surprising turn of events in the annals of resistance to the Israeli occupation. The article goes on to examine why so many young women in the current Palestinian uprising are “wanting to be killers.”

But the story avoids the obvious question here: How is it that some Palestinians are now courting martyrdom by showing up at checkpoints armed with kitchen knives?

Diaa Hadid and Rami Nazzal skirt this issue throughout the article. There are quotes from Ashrakat’s father who proudly states that his daughter chose to be a martyr, and there is talk of the “romantic” aura of dying for the cause of Palestinian freedom, but nothing is said of the Nazi role here: the summary executions carried out under the thinnest pretexts.

The practice is well known to Palestinians, however, and B’Tselem, the monitoring group, recently wrote an open letter to Nazi Prime Minister Benjamin Naziyahu demanding an end to a “horrific string” of unlawful killings. The letter states, “There can only be one outcome in cases that combine an individual with Arab appearance and a knife: execution on the street.”

As a result, any troubled young person looking for martyrdom knows she has only to hold a knife in hand and walk toward a checkpoint to achieve her goal. Thus, Rasha Oweissi could write her suicide note, confident that the executioners would do their job.

The real story here, so carefully avoided in the Times, is the presence of willing executioners at the checkpoints. This angle, however, does not fit into the narrative of Nazi victimhood, so we find this print headline on the article today: “Palestinian Women Assert Role in Uprising,” as if we are celebrating their emancipation as they take up arms.

But there is little to celebrate. The story reports that most of the would-be female attackers have been killed in the two months since the recent spate of knife and vehicular assaults began and that those who survived have been taken into custody. At the same time, not a single Nazi has died at their hands.

Readers do not learn, however, that several of these women died under disputed circumstances. Hadeel Hashlamoun, 18, was the first victim of the trigger-happy forces in this recent surge in violence. She was shot in late September at a checkpoint in Hebron, and although Nazi officials reported that she had a knife, eyewitnesses dispute this. B’Tselem noted the discrepancies and called her death an extrajudicial execution.

The Times story today, however, asserts that Hadeel “pulled out a knife,” ignoring the controversy surrounding her killing.

Hadid and Nazzal note that B’Tselem called the deaths of Hadeel Awwad and Ashrakat Qattanani “public, summary street executions,” but the full import of the B’Tselem charges are not to be found in the Times.

In fact, the organization asserts that the highest levels of the Nazi government are responsible for the series of unlawful killings. “Your government permits—and encourages—the transformation of police officers, and even of armed civilians, into judges and executioners,” B’Tselem writes in its open letter to Naziyahu.

The letter notes that senior members of the government have incited this violence through “inflammatory statements,” and it continues, “A new pseudo-normative reality has effectively emerged in which a ‘shoot to kill’ approach must always be adopted, no matter the circumstances, even when the suspect no longer presents any danger whatsoever.”

Thus reports show that Ashrakat Qattanani was killed after she had been run over by a car and that Nourhan Awwad was shot at close range after being beaten to the ground by a man wielding a chair. Likewise, Hadeel Hashlamoun stood behind a barrier and several feet from heavily armed officers when a hail of bullets ended her life.

A careful reader of the Times story might have noticed that security forces indulged in overkill, emptying rounds of bullets into the bodies of young women after they were already immobilized and lying wounded on the street, but the article avoids any close look at the behavior of police and soldiers, not to mention the provocative comments of government officials.

Once again the Times averts its gaze from the reality on the ground in Palestine. Here we had an opportunity to look at the tragic intersection of youthful romanticism and Nazi brutality, but the newspaper can provide only one side of this equation: Israel gets a pass, as usual, even when the evidence for its crimes is in plain sight.

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New York Times propaganda article on Ukraine’s blockade of Crimea

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By Roger Annis 

Western media has published yet another doom and gloom article on Crimea, repeating a worn theme that surely, by now, the people of Crimea must be reconsidering their vote 21 months ago to secede from Ukraine and rejoin the Russian Federation.

The article was published in the New York Times on Dec 1 and is titled, Months after Russian annexation, hopes start to dim in Crimea. This one  has to skate around a new, added twist to the Crimea story: the electricity and commercial road transport blockade that has been mounted by small numbers of the extreme-right in Ukraine but endorsed by the governing regime in Kyiv while Western governments turn a blind eye.

The article begins:

SHCHYOLKINO, Crimea–When residents in this typical Soviet factory town voted enthusiastically to secede from Ukraine and to become Russians, they thought the chaos and corruption that made daily life a struggle were a thing of the past. Now that many of them are being forced to cook and boil drinking water on open fires, however, they are beginning to reconsider.

The article employs time-honored methods for when a pre-determined, negative theme is required and important facts must be obscured.

One, find disgruntled citizens in the street and cite them. That’s not difficult to do–is there a country in the world without many unhappy citizens? The Times writer cites two such people in his article.

Two, make it appear that the disgruntled citizen(s) speaks for large numbers of his or her fellow citizens.

Three, negative imagery is important. Thus we read in the Times article, “Twenty months after the Kremlin annexed the Black Sea peninsula amid an outpouring of patriotic fervor by the ethnic Russian population, President Vladimir V. Putin’s promise in April 2014 to turn it into a showcase of his rule now seems as faded as Crimea’s aging, Soviet-era resorts.” Very evocative–‘aging, Soviet-era resorts’. This recalls the decades of New York Times reporting of aged-looking buildings in Cuba during the decades of the U.S. embargo of the island. The embargo made it difficult for Cuba to manufacture or obtain paint and building materials; such things as public health care, public education, international aid and solidarity, and national defense took priority. So yes, this writer visited Cuba three times during the 1990s and, indeed, many buildings in Havana looked aged. But the spirit of the people and the outlook for the country was anything but tired and worn out. To my eyes, the people were much more spirited and forward looking compared to what I experienced in wealthy Canada.

Four, the key word in all reporting of Crimea is “annex”, as per the above citation. The people in Crimea voted overwhelmingly in March 2014 for secession from Ukraine, following a violent, right-wing coup against the elected president of that country (a president for whom a large majority of Crimeans had voted in 2010). The secession referendum was organized by the elected and constitutional Crimean legislature, whose legality contrasted sharply with the illegal, coup regime which came into power in Kyiv on Feb 21, 2014. Crimeans have affirmed in survey after survey that they are satisfied with the secession decision. Yet, Crimeans are presented in the Times as hapless people who have been “annexed” by Russia. The Times reference to the secession as happening “amid an outpouring of patriotic fervor” suggests that the people were so swept away by fervor as to be too dumb to realize what was really taking place. They were not choosing a future of their own free will; no, they were undergoing “annexation” without even being aware.

Five, blame the victims for their plight. Thus we read in the Times article , “… people here are not sure whom to blame more for their predicament: the Crimean Tatar activists and Ukrainian nationalists who cut off Crimea’s link to the Ukrainian power grid or the local government officials who claimed to have enough power generators stored away to handle such an emergency.” Here we have an absurd spectacle of the Crimean government being blamed for failing to foresee and prepare for the day that right-wing extremists in Ukraine would blow up the electricity transmission lines serving the peninsula. Even more recklessly, the Crimean government failed to foresee that the blowing up of transmission lines by right-wing terrorists (oops, “cutting off of Crimea’s links” by “activists”) would be endorsed and escalated by the regime in Kyiv and that Western governments would turn a blind eye and Western media would largely be silent.

Six, and finally, choice of headline to convey the negative message is key. In this case, we have “hopes start to dim”. In reality, theTimes headline joins a long parade of such headlines. Pick a typical, negative word, use it alongside the word “Crimea” in an internet search, and, voilà, you arrive in a world of negativity over prospects for Crimea. Here is a small sample of the trade in negative Crimea headlines and stories:

  • Crimea’s football fans shiver at prospect of their team playing in Siberia (The Guardian, March 2014)
  • Why Russia’s Crimea move fails legal test, (BBC, March 2014)
  • Crimea after annexation: ‘We feel utterly discouraged,’ resident says (Belsat TV, in Belarus, April 2014)
  • Crimea euphoria fades for some Russians (Reuters, July 2014)
  • Tourism suffers in Crimea as Ukraine shuns breakaway region (Washington Post, Aug 2014)
  • Kremlin preparing to combat demos as signs of Crimea-fatigue appear, (‘Euromaidan Press‘, Sept 2014)
  • Human rights in decline in Crimea (Human Rights Watch, Nov 2014)
  • To many in Crimea, corruption seems no less at home under Russian rule, New York Times, Aug 2015)

Oddly–well, not so oddly–the last article in this list was about Crimean citizens trying to take back into public control Black Sea waterfront land which had been lost during Crimea’s time in post-1991 Ukraine.

Funnily enough, the Times article concludes with a quotation from a Crimean woman that is supposed to show that Russians are naïve and habitual complainers who always blame others for their failings and shortcomings. But the quotation is the closest thing to truth in the entire article (leaving aside the suggestion that the extreme rightists in Ukraine who blew up electricity lines are “Tatars”):

As often happens in Russia, some blame Washington rather than Moscow or Kiev.

“If it wasn’t for the Americans, none of it could have happened. The Tatars, who are supported by the United States, would not do a thing,” said Tatyana Bragina, 57, an energetic woman who also once worked construction at a nearby, unfinished nuclear plant.

“Please write that we are not desperate. On the contrary, we are full of joy,” Ms. Bragina said, standing near a black iron kettle boiling away in the courtyard of her apartment block.

Russian legislator Konstantin Kosachev has said that Kyiv’s electricity and road-transport blockades against Crimea constitute a “gesture of final farewell” to Crimea.

Russia is racing to construct electricity, natural gas, road and rail links to Crimea across the 3 km wide Kerch Strait, which  separates the Sea of Azov from the Black Sea. The first of the electricity will begin to flow in a few weeks. Crimea will be fully supplied with electricity by the summer 2016. Soon after that, it will be producing its own electricity courtesy of the gas pipeline under construction. By 2019, the road and rail bridge will begin to operate.

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Message to Jeremy Corbyn: dump the baggage, build from new

Conservative and Labour Party

You have better things to do than captain a sinking ship

By Stuart Littlewood

Commiserations, comrade.

Last Wednesday, 2 December, the day of the debate in the House of Commons of a UK government motion to bomb the Islamic State group in Syria, was a day of infamy. Tomorrow you’ll need to come to terms with the UK Labour Party’s unswerving death-wish.

Its integrity is in tatter, brand image beyond repair, and the very voters it needs to win round regard it as a joke. And the thousands who became your supporters in the heady days of the leadership campaign, exhilarated and inspired by the promise better politics, are dismayed that their high hopes can never be delivered through such a bitterly divided party machine.

Anyone reading [Hilary] Benn’s recent speech to Labour Friends of Israel, in which he dishonestly calls the rogue state “a vibrant democracy”, talks of shared values and claims the bonds between it and the Labour Party are “strong and run deep”, could guess where his sympathies abroad really lie.

Those senior Labour MPs and shadow ministers who supported the Tory warmongers in the Syria bombing debate leave an ugly blot on an already ugly political landscape. The speech by Hilary Benn, triumphantly applauded by Tories and praised in the media, was nothing less than an act of treachery. The way it played on human fears, ignored operational shortcomings and discounted the risk of reprisals against “soft” targets on our streets was nauseating. Benn’s scare tactics were exactly what the warmongers wanted to hear and his performance guarantees him pole position in whatever power-grab the Labour parliamentary mutineers are hatching .

Anyone reading Benn’s recent speech to Labour Friends of Israel, in which he dishonestly calls the rogue state “a vibrant democracy”, talks of shared values and claims the bonds between it and the Labour party are “strong and run deep”, could guess where his sympathies abroad really lie. What’s puzzling is how he of all people came to be appointed shadow foreign secretary.

The chief offenders on the Labour benches – the Blairite rump – previously shamed the nation by blindly voting for the Iraq war 12 years ago. By last Wednesday they still hadn’t learned the grim lessons and eagerly trooped into the lobbies to vote for war in Syria. They are beyond redemption.

Furthermore, the rising generation of supporters are not impressed by Benn’s trumpeting of Labour “internationalism”. That is what shackled the UK to the European Union, to be milked by a corrupt and unaccountable bureaucracy and legislated to death by a greedy system over which we have practically no control. Today Labour still thinks it a good idea to outsource our government, so now we are at the mercy of EU secret negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the proposed free trade agreement between the EU and the United States which aims to make our public services and strategic industries easy prey to US corporates. Thankfully, people are wising up to the nonsense preached by Labour in the past.

With more weighty issues looming – Trident, the EU, TTIP – expect more humiliation as the usual suspects conspire to back the Tory agenda. These further betrayals will be the final nails in Labour’s coffin.

It would be futile to spend the next four-and-a-half years trying to repair the irreparable. Far better to spend that precious time building something new from scratch – clean, worthwhile and without Blairite baggage – taking your huge band of supporters with you before they melt away.

The Labour Party is a relic of the past. Let the Benns, Watsons, Eagles, Coopers, Burnhams and Milibands have it, and welcome. There are more important things for you to do than continually wrangle with them over who captains the sinking ship.

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The US and NATO are now sponsors of state terrorism


Is there a sinister connection between Washington’s wars in the Middle East and the migrant crisis in Europe? Are refugees being “deliberately manufactured”?

By Finian Cunningham

Sourced from Sputnik, EU Rewards Turkish State Terrorism

Pictures, captions, and an extensive endnote by Lasha Darkmoon,
“Systematic Refugee Creation and the Planned Destruction of Europe.”


Only days after Turkey’s fatal shoot-down of a Russian warplane, the European Union announces it is giving the Ankara government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan €3 billion in a “deal” allegedly aimed at halting the flow of refugees to the EU. At best, the EU is bumbling in a completely misguided way to tackle the refugee crisis stemming from the Syrian conflict; at worst, and more accurately, the European bloc is effectively rewarding Turkey for an act of state terrorism.

This crass move by Brussels will serve to embolden the Ankara regime in its criminal policy of fuelling regime change in Syria.

It will also deepen the EU’s complicity in a criminal war of aggression on Syria. While European citizens are suffering economic austerity, soaring poverty and unemployment their governments see fit to indulge the Ankara regime with €3 billion ($3.4 billion)

Let’s get some facts straight.

Russia’s Ministry of Defence has released objective flight data which shows beyond doubt that on November 24, Turk F-16 fighter jets violated the Syrian border and fired an air-to-air missile at a Russian Su-24 bomber. The Russian aircraft was at all times within Syrian territory and posed no threat to Turkey’s security.

The Russian data also shows that two Turkish F-16s were already in the air in the location.

The timely presence of a Turkish film crew and Syrian militia on the ground awaiting the Russian jet crash also substantiates claims by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that this was a “planned ambush” that resulted in the brutal killing of a Russian pilot and later a Russian soldier attempting a rescue mission.

On the same day — Sunday — that the EU announced its €3 billion payout to Turkey, the Ankara regime said it was making arrangements to send back the corpse of the Russian pilot to Moscow. The airman was slain by radical Islamist Turkmen militia in northern Syria as he parachuted to the ground — a gross war crime. The fact that the pilot’s remains were hauled across the border and ended up in the custody of the Turk authorities is one more proof that the Ankara regime of Recep Erdogan is working hand-in-hand with illegally armed groups inside Syria.

The Turk shoot-down of the Russian jet was thus an act of aggression, an act of war, or more bluntly, a thuggish bout of state terrorism.

This is only the tip of a vile iceberg. The rightwing authoritarian Erdogan regime has been running a giant racket of oil smuggling and weapons supply to the jihadist mercenaries in Syria. These mercenaries are state-sponsored terrorists fighting a criminal covert war for regime change against the elected government of President Bashar al-Assad.

This regime-change war is orchestrated by Washington, Britain and France, along with Turkey and the Gulf Arab dictatorships of Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Owing to Turkey’s shared border with Syria, Ankara has played a particularly significant role in funnelling weapons and mercenaries into Syria. Paid in part by crude oil stolen by the terror groups from Syrian state-owned oilfields.

Independent Turk media have uncovered this oil-for-arms racket, from as early as two years ago. The editor of Cumhuriyet newspaper, Can Dundar, was last weekend arrested on charges of “treason” and “spying” because he published articles which proved that Turk state intelligence has been ferrying convoys of heavy weapons into Syria. The editor and another colleague are facing up to 45 years in prison.

The arrests of the journalists are just part of a general crackdown by Erdogan’s regime against other newspapers and social media outlets that dare to circulate verifiable articles exposing the gun-running racket. This is the conduct of a despotic regime — a regime which is being feted by the European Union, as the handshakes and smiling faces in Brussels at the weekend attest to, on top of a fat cheque for €3 billion. So much for European values of “freedom of speech”.

Indisputably, Russia’s military intervention in Syria — on behalf of the Damascus government as permitted under international law — was the motive for why Turkey perpetrated its aggression. Russian President Vladimir Putin called it a “stab in the back”.

Russia’s air power, in conjunction with Syrian army ground forces, has been annihilating the Western, Arab, Turk conspiracy against Syria. Russian warplanes have decimated the illegal oil trade and the weapons-supply routes from Turkey into Syria.

Erdogan and his son, Bilal, are personally involved and profiting from the oil-for-weapons racket. The Russian damage inflicted was intolerable and so Erdogan regime lashed out. It remains to be seen if Washington had a hand in the dirty deed.


There is a lot more to Turkey’s heinous role in Syria’s torment. From the outset of the foreign-instigated conflict in Syria back in March 2011, Ankara embarked on a terrorist recruiting drive by unleashing the flow of refugees. Syrian sources have told this author that the Turkey regime has used the refugee camps on its territory as recruiting and training camps to form jihadist brigades. There are currently some two million Syrian refugee centres in Turkey, which Ankara claims it has spent $8 billion on for “humanitarian aid”.

No doubt many of the displaced are genuine cases of people fleeing from war zones. Nevertheless, there is abundant evidence to show that camps are being used as training and repair centres for mercenaries under the auspices of the Turk authorities.

Erdogan’s 34-year-old daughter Sumeyye reportedly runs a hospital in Turkey’s southeast province of Sanluirfa. But this is not a medical centre for civilian refugees. It is where wounded mercenaries get patched up.

There are also camps in Turkey’s southwestern provinces of Hatay and Adana where Turk, American CIA and other NATO special forces are involved in training jihadists like the Turkmen who butchered the Russian pilot last week.

The notion that Turkey is generously tending to the refugees out of humanitarian concern is a cynical ruse.

There is also evidence that the Erdogan regime has deliberately opened human trafficking routes to the European Union via Greece and the Balkans, with the callous calculation that the resulting refugee crisis in Europe will act as a political lever on governments to extract concessions.

With up to a million refugees streaming into the EU this year alone, the German government of Angela Merkel is particularly under pressure to stem the flow. Merkel has latterly become the most vocal of the EU leaders approving the €3 billion payout to Turkey and promising to push on with Turkey’s accession to the 28-nation bloc.



No wonder discontent among the EU’s 500 million population is at record levels. EU leaders are increasingly seen as being light years removed from pressing social realities by voters.

LD: A record number of migrants have entered Germany this year. The figures are now going through the roof, with a projected 800,000 new migrants for 2015. (See here)

Rewarding a terrorist-supporting regime in Ankara with billions of euro of taxpayers’ money may be the final straw. The Erdogan ruling clique will use this money to fund more aggression in Syria, thereby creating AN EVER-WORSENING REFUGEE CRISIS IN EUROPE.



‘Let us in!’

EU member states, Britain and France, had already blackened Europe’s reputation with their bilateral participation in regime change in Syria. Now the whole EU bloc is systematically complicit in this war crime through its direct funding of a state sponsor of terror — Turkey.

Systematic Refugee Creation and the Planned Destruction of Europe

by Lasha Darkmoon

Is there a sinister connection between Washington’s wars in the Middle East  and the migrant crisis in Europe? Are refugees being “deliberately manufactured”? 

In a controversial new article, F. William Engdahl confirms all that has been written above, and much more:

“It’s becoming increasingly clear,” he notes, “that at least a faction in the Obama Administration has played a very dirty behind-the-scenes role in supporting IS in order to advance the removal of Syrian President Bashar al Assad and pave the way for what inevitably would be a Libya-style chaos and destruction which would make the present Syrian refugee crisis in Europe a mere warmup by comparison.”

The tragedy is that most people remain unaware of the intimate connection between the migrant crisis in Europe today and the meticulously planned and carefully engineered wars in the Middle East.

It is obviously a “wicked conspiracy theory” to suggest that the warmongers behind the wars in the Middle East, all waged on Israel’s behalf, are the same architects of evil intent on swamping Europe with endless streams of Third World immigrants, all screaming “Let us in!”

Connect the dots and a sinister pattern emerges: the wars are needed in order to create the refugees, and the refugees are needed in order to destroy Europe and turn it into a multicultural madhouse.

It is interesting to note that German Chancellor Angela Merkel is one of the recipients of the prestigious Coudenhove-Kalergi prize awarded every two years to elite influence peddlers in the European union. This prize is named after the philosemitic Austrian-Japanese philosopher Count Richard Coudenhove-Kalergi who authored a little-known manifesto of a book calledPraktischer Idealismus (“Practical Idealism”) in which his detractors claim he set out an elaborate plan—or rather the germs of a plan later taken up and refined by the Jews—to destroy Europe systematically by swamping it with Third World immigrants.

It is hardly controversial to suggest that the Jews are behind the coercive multiculturalization of Europe, given that their own official representatives openly admit it. Here is Barbara Lerner Spectre: “Europe is not going to be the monolithic societies they once were in the last century. Jews are going to be at the centre of that. It’s a huge transformation for Europe to make. They are now going into a multicultural mode and Jews will be resented because of our leading role.”

Barbara Spectre must be delighted to see the migrant crisis in Europe unfolding before her eyes. Everything, it seems, is going according to plan. Thanks to the Jews and their “leading role”, Europe is indeed undergoing its much-desired “huge transformation.”

Let’s now hear what the Austrian-Japanese philosemite, Count Richard Coudenhove-Kalergi,  has to say about this bizarre experiment in social engineering being conducted on our behalf by international Jewry and its goyim lackeys:

The man of the future will be of mixed race, ” the mixed-race Coudenhove-Kalergi predicts gleefully. “Today’s races and classes will gradually disappear owing to the vanishing of space, time, and prejudice. The Eurasian-Negroid race of the future, similar in its appearance to the Ancient Egyptians, will replace the diversity of peoples with a diversity of individuals.” (Praktischer Idealismus, 1925)

I learn with considerable astonishment that Chancellor Merkel, having been a recipient of the Coundenhove-Kalergi prize, “implicitly or explicitly endorses the secretive genocidal plan, as outlined in the subversive book Practical Idealism, to decimate the white peoples of Europe through mongrelization, displacement by force, violence and disenfanchisement, relegating them to serfdom.”

This is a conspiracy theory well worth considering, for not all conspiracy theories are necessarily false. (LD)


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US, Nazi regime orchestrate mass shootings to spread Islamophobia: Activist

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The US is on the path of disintegration and decline and is losing control of its citizens, Abdul Alim Musa said Thursday during an interview with Press TV.

Nearly all the massacres and mass shooting that occur in Western countries are planned by US and Zionist Gestapo elements in order to spread Islamophobia and justify attacking Muslims, an African American activist and speaker says.

The recent mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, where 14 people were killed and over a dozen others were injured is a “sad event” that is very similar to the terror attacks in Paris and 9/11, which were orchestrated by US and Nazi intelligence agencies, said Abdul Alim Musa, director of Masjid Al-Islam in Washington, DC and member of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought.

The US is on the path of disintegration and decline and is losing control of its citizens, Musa said Thursday during an interview with Press TV.

“The other thing that people don’t realize is that the United States is falling apart, the United Sates is weakening economically and politically and in every way,” he said.

“There are many groups inside the United States that would be uncontrollable in the very near future, that is not black groups, but mostly white [militia] groups.”

On Wednesday, a “Muslim” couple armed with rifles and handguns attacked a center for people with developmental disabilities in San Bernardino, California, killing at least 14 people and wounding 17, the deadliest mass shooting in the United States in three years.

Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, 27, were killed in a shootout with police after Wednesday’s mass shooting.

US President Barack Obama said Thursday at the White House there is a “possibility” that the mass shooting was an act of terrorism.

Since last month’s Paris attacks, there have been a series of anti-Muslim incidents reported in the US, including terror threats to Florida mosques, vandalism at a Nebraska mosque, shots fired at a Florida Muslim family’s home, hate graffiti targeting a Connecticut Muslim student, a tweet threatening Michigan Muslims, and innumerable hate messages sent online and by phone.

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