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China to Set Up 1st Overseas Naval Base in Djibouti NEXT TO US Airbase


Beijing plans to set up a naval facility in Djibouti, East Africa, to boost counter-piracy and peacekeeping efforts, officials say. The future Chinese installation will be near a US airbase reportedly used for the Pentagon’s drone operations.

Beijing is currently in talks with Djibouti’s government to build a naval facility to support the Chinese Navy’s counter-piracy and peacekeeping missions in the region, China’s top officials told media. They carefully avoided calling the installation a “military base” similar to those maintained by the US worldwide.

China Planning Navy Base In Djibouti?

— Secure Freedom (@securefreedom) 11:49 AM - 13 May 2015

Spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry Hong Lei says the “support facilities” will provide “logistical support” to fuel, rest and re-supply Chinese Navy ships, addressing possible speculations the port will boost Beijing’s military expansion in the strategically vital Horn of Africa.

"The construction of the relevant facilities will help China's navy and army further participate in UN peacekeeping operations, carry out escort missions in the waters near Somalia and the Gulf of Aden, and provide humanitarian assistance," he told a daily news briefing on Wednesday, Reuters reports.

Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Colonel Wu Qian also spoke at a monthly news conference, mainly repeating the Foreign Ministry’s comments, but he added an important detail: “China wanted to play a greater role in ensuring regional peace and stability.”

READ MORE: China warns US against ‘minor’ incidents that could ‘spark war’

The announcement comes as Beijing prepares to play a greater role in the world by modernizing its military and navy, and making significant contributions to UN peacekeeping all over the globe. Currently, China is a major provider of peacekeeping troops to Africa, where it has huge economic interests, having invested some $40 billion in the continent over the last 15 years.

Beijing also faces public pressure to protect its citizens overseas, especially after four Chinese were killed by terrorist groups in Syria and Mali last week. It may also need to evacuate its nationals as it did in Libya in 2011 and Yemen in March.

At the same time, Beijing is pushing to build-up a so-called “blue-water navy” able to operate in oceanic waters with a global reach. Over the past few years, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has commissioned its first aircraft carrier, “Liaoning,” originally laid down in 1988 for the Soviet Navy. Similar naval programs to build state-of-the-art warships and nuclear submarines are also underway.

A former colony of France, Djibouti already hosts the United States’ only African permanent military base at Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport. Called Camp Lemonnier, it accommodates the Pentagon’s African Command (AFRICOM) and is used for CIA drone operations. It has killed some 3,000 people, mainly civilians, according to the Economist.

READ MORE: 'China no longer a Western colony & won't be bullied'

Djibouti is a gateway to the Red Sea and the Suez Canal, and has been used by international navies – including China’s – as a base for anti-piracy from neighboring Somalia.
Fri, November 27, 2015 - 3:45 PM — permalink - 0 comments - add a comment

‘Commercial Scale’ Oil Smuggling into Turkey Becomes Priority Target of Anti-ISIS Strikes


Islamic State’s daring and impudent oil smuggling into Turkey should become a high-priority target in order to cripple the terrorist group, President Putin said, backed by French President Francois Hollande. Both agree that the source of terrorist financing must be hit first and foremost.

Commercial-scale oil smuggling from Islamic State controlled territory into Turkey must be stopped, Putin said after meeting Hollande in Moscow.

“Vehicles, carrying oil, lined up in a chain going beyond the horizon,” said Putin, reminding the press that the scale of the issue was discussed at the G20 summit in Antalya earlier this month, where the Russian leader demonstrated reconnaissance footage taken by Russian pilots.

READ MORE: Ankara defends ISIS, Turkish officials have financial interest in oil trade with group - PM Medvedev

The views resemble a “living oil pipe” stretched from ISIS and rebel controlled areas of Syria into Turkey, the Russian President stressed. “Day and night they are going to Turkey. Trucks always go there loaded, and back from there – empty.”

“We are talking about a commercial-scale supply of oil from the occupied Syrian territories seized by terrorists. It is from these areas [that oil comes from], and not with any others. And we can see it from the air, where these vehicles are going,” Putin said.

“We assume that the top political leadership of Turkey might not know anything about this [illegal oil trade]. Hard to believe, but it is theoretically possible,” Putin said, adding that this however does not excuse Ankara from not stopping the illegal smuggling of oil.

Russian airstrikes destroy 472 terrorist targets in Syria in 48 hours, 1,000 oil tankers in 5 days

Putin pointed out the lack of smoke from any fires or the existence of any commercial enterprises created to deal with the destruction of oil, which would be possible to find if the Turkish leadership is aware and is seizing and destroying smuggled products, as it claims.

“But if the top political leadership [in Turkey] doesn’t know anything about this, let them find out. I can admit that there may be some elements of corruption, secret dealing, they should sort it out,” said Putin.

Putin stated that sales of oil from ISIS are in direct violation of international law, and that the proceeds from ‘black gold’ cost innocent people their lives.

“In this respect there is a special UN Security Council resolution banning the direct purchase of oil from terrorists, because these barrels, that they supply, it is not just oil, there is the blood of our citizens, because from the money [received], terrorists buy weapons, ammunition, and then conduct bloody actions,” Putin said.

BREAKING: Downing of Russian jet over Syria stab in the back by terrorist accomplices- Putin

— RT (@RT_com) 8:01 AM - 24 Nov 2015

However, the Turkish leadership is not rushing to investigate whether any of the ISIS oil smuggling routes end up in Turkey, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan himself refuting any suspicions that Syrian oil might be getting into his country illegally as absolute “slander.”

“Those who claim we buy oil from Daesh [ISIS] are obliged to prove it,” Erdogan said earlier on Thursday in an attempt to shift the blame for ISIS oil profits onto Damascus. “If not, you are a slanderer. Shame on you!”

“ISIL sells the oil they drill to Assad. To Assad. Talk this over with Assad you support,” Erdogan said, as cited by AFP.

READ MORE: Turkish newspaper editor in court for 'espionage' after revealing weapon convoy to Syrian militants

Putin reminded that ISIS claimed responsibility for a number of deadly terrorist acts throughout the world, including the Russian plane bombing in Sinai and the series of Paris attacks in mid-November.

After French President Francois Hollande’s meeting with Putin on Wednesday, he said that the focus of the fight against terror should be the destruction of the Islamic State oil trade.

“It is necessary to hit ISIS training centers, to hit those centers where this terrorist army is being trained,” Hollande said.

“But the main thing is to hit the sources of financing, which give [the terror group] life in the first place – first of all oil,” The French leader emphasized.

The most effective way, the French leader said is to target “trucks that transport oil,” transferring it to buyers on the black market, “thus giving ISIS uncontrolled amount of money.”

READ MORE: ‘Fighting common evil’: Putin, Hollande agree to share intelligence on terrorist targets in Syria

The Russian Foreign ministry meanwhile wants Ankara to properly address reports of its alleged involvement with ISIS oil smuggling.

“We have a very large number of questions ... [for] the Turkish side in relation to information found in the media and social networks about the relationship with the terrorists on the oil business, all kinds of assistance to groups that carry out the relevant activities,” said Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova.

Meanwhile the Russian air force continues to engage terrorist targets in Syria and increasingly focusing on illegal terrorist oil smuggling. Between November 23 and26 the Russian air force carried out 134 sorties on 449 targets.

READ MORE: Terrorists ‘stick to Turkish border’, Russia to continue targeting them – Kremlin

“Russian aviation continues to strike refining facilities in the territories controlled by ISIS terrorist organization,” defense ministry spokesman General-Major Igor Konashenkov told a media briefing on Wednesday. In the past few daysm Russian aircraft has destroyed oil trucks, refineries, and oil storage facilities in the provinces of Deir ez-Zor and Raqqa.
Fri, November 27, 2015 - 3:38 PM — permalink - 0 comments - add a comment

Turkey Arrests Journalists Who Exposed Erdogan's Weapons Smuggling to Extremist Syrian Rebels


One of Turkish president Recep Erdogan's key contentions in the ongoing diplomatic spat with Russia is that everything that Russia has accused Turkey of doing, from funding the Islamic State's oil purchases, to providing weapons for Syrian "rebels" intent on eradicating the Assad regime, is unfounded slander without a shred of evidence.

Here is the problem: evidence does exist, as we showed two days ago, when we presented the role Erdogan's son Bilal has played in ISIS oil transit, and not only that but also proof that Turkey has been smuggling weapons to Syria as the editor and a reporter from Turkey's Cumhuriyet newspaper showed some time ago.

And in order to eradicate the evidence against him, yesterday Erdogan did what every dictator does when feeling threatened: he had the editor and his reported detained, jailed and accused of espionage precisely over the controversial story about an alleged arms shipment from Turkish intelligence to Syrian rebels.

The two Cumhuriyet journalists were accused of “political or military spying” by reporting “classified information” and “deliberately aiding a terrorist organization."

In fact, Erdogan personally sued Dundar and is requesting that he be given a life sentence, an aggravated life sentence and an additional 42-year term in prison on charges related to a variety of crimes, ranging from espionage to attempting to topple the government and exposing secret information.

What the reporters were really doing is their job.

As the WSJ reports, "Turkish authorities on Thursday imprisoned Can Dundar, editor in chief of Cumhuriyet, and Erdem Gul, the newspaper’s capital correspondent in Ankara, on charges of spying and aiding a terrorist organization, the newspaper’s attorney said. If convicted, the two men would face life in prison over the charges."

Their real offense: presenting the facts about the shady dealings and backroom politics of Erdogan's now fully-despotic regime.

The arrests are part of a renewed crackdown on Turkish media since the political party founded by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan regained one-party rule earlier this month. They come on the heels of a warning from the European Union that Turkey’s clampdown on free media is jeopardizing its hopes of joining the organization.

Freedom of the press has been steadily eroding in Turkey under Mr. Erdogan. Police have closed opposition television stations, prosecutors have accused top journalists of writing tweets or columns insulting the president, and reporters have been beaten by mobs. The government is one of the world’s leading censors of Twitter, which is used widely in Turkey to criticize the government.

And this is the ideological banana republic ally of Barack Obama.

In the original Cumhuriyet report from May, the authors wrote a story, with photos and video evidence, suggesting Turkish intelligence was secretly ferrying weapons to extremist Syrian rebels. "The article sparked a major furor in Turkey, which has long been accused by its critics of secretly aiding in the growth of Islamic State militants based in neighboring Syria."

Mr. Erdogan personally sued Mr. Dundar, accused Cumhuriyet of spying and releasing false information, warning in a television interview that the journalist who wrote the piece would “pay a heavy price.”

More on the arrests:

The arrests came one week after the Turkish newspaper won this year’s Press Freedom Prize from Reporters Without Borders, the Paris-based press freedom group. On Thursday, Reporters Without Borders said the arrests sent “an extremely grave signal about media freedom in Turkey.”

“For the first time, we’ve reached the level (of pressure on media in Turkey) that such a prominent figure in Turkey’s mainstream media and television for over 30 years is targeted,” said Erol Önderoglu, the group’s Turkish representative.

The propaganda from Turkey's quasi-dicator gets better: "Earlier this week, the Turkish president again lashed out at the newspaper and suggested that it had sabotaged the country’s support for moderate Turkmen rebels in Syria."

It appears that if one exposes the truth in turkey on is a criminal spy and must be put away.

Naturally, just before his arrest on Thursday, Mr. Dundar rejected the allegation that he was a spy. After three hours of testimony, Mr. Dundar said the prosecutors were focused on the wrong people.

“Who should be judged is who committed the crime, not who wrote about it,” he wrote on Twitter. Mr. Dundar said he and his paper were “defending press freedom” in the face of “lies” by the government.

Tora Pekin, one of the newspaper’s lawyers, said the government waited until after the recent parliamentary election to act against a prominent government critic.

“After Erdogan’s comments, for six months we waited for the arrests,” he said. “We were 100% certain that Dundar and Gul would be arrested.”

Here are more details on the real crime in question: Turkey's ongoing arms supply to Syrian rebels, among which very likely members of the Islamic State, courtesy of Turkey's Today Szaman:

Dundar and Gul arrived at ?stanbul Courthouse on Thursday morning to testify as part of a terrorism investigation. The investigation was launched after Cumhuriyet published photos in May of weapons which it said were transferred to Syria in trucks operated by the National Intelligence Organization (MIT).

“We came here to defend journalism. We came here to defend the right of the public to obtain the news and their right to know if their government is feeding them lies. We came here to show and to prove that governments cannot engage in illegal activity and defend this,” Dundar told the press outside the courthouse.

The articles, published on the daily's front page, reported that the trucks in question were intercepted by gendarmes on two occasions in January 2014 after prosecutors received tip-offs that they were illegally carrying arms to Syria. There have been allegations that the arms were going to extremist groups fighting against the Syrian regime. Ankara, on the other hand, insisted that the trucks were carrying aid to Syrian Turkmens and branded their interception as an act of “treason” and “espionage.”

Dundar continued, “First the government responded saying: ‘No there is nothing of the sort. This is aid. Then it was revealed that these were guns. Then they said that these were going to the Turkmens. Then the present deputy prime minister, Tugrul Turke? said, ‘I swear to God they [the trucks] were not going to the Turkmens.' … Then later the Turkmens said they did not receive any arms.”

“The president is acting as if this is a personal lawsuit, saying I will be following this, and I will not let it go. He, personally, is the complainant. I do not know why the president alone is the complainant. This secret is a secret that belongs to the state, it is not a secret that belongs to him personally.”

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan personally sued Dundar and is requesting that he be given a life sentence, an aggravated life sentence and an additional 42-year term in prison on charges related to a variety of crimes, ranging from espionage to attempting to topple the government and exposing secret information.

For the coverage of the M?T trucks, President Erdogan has publicly targeted Dundar, saying: "The individual who has reported this as an exclusive story will pay a heavy price for this," in a television interview with state broadcaster TRT late in June.

“We are being charged with being spies, the president is saying that we are traitors to the state. We are not spies, we are not traitors, we are not heroes; we are journalists,” Dundar added outside the courthouse.

“There is a crime that has been committed by the state that they are trying to cover up,” he said, adding that the state is understandably in panic over the reporting done by the paper for it has the potential to reach an international audience and show the world the crimes committed by the Turkish state.

Following the Cumhuriyet report, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said it is “none of anybody's business” what the trucks contained. Speaking in a live broadcast on the Haberturk news station in May, Davutoglu said, “This is a blatant act of espionage.”

After the publication of video stills as well as video footage, Erdogan lashed out at Cumhuriyet and Dundar for publishing the evidence and publicly vowed that Dundar would “pay a heavy price” for his report.

According to the report, the trucks were carrying six steel containers which contained a total of 1,000 artillery shells, 50,000 machine gun rounds, 30,000 heavy machine gun rounds and 1,000 mortar shells. All of this is registered in the prosecutor's file on the M?T truck case, the report said.

The photos, published on the daily's front page in late May, show steel containers filled with mortar shells and ammunition underneath boxes of medicine. The daily also published a video showing the containers on trucks being opened and searched by gendarmes.

Earlier this month, Cumhuriyet was awarded the prestigious Reporters Without Borders (RSF) Prize for its contribution to defending press freedom.

There was an outpour of support for the veteran journalists from their colleagues and politicians. Republican People's Party (CHP) deputies Sezgin Tanr?kulu, Mahmut Tanal, Bar?? Yarkada?, Onursal Ad?guzel, Ali ?eker and Gursel Tekin were among the many CHP representatives that came to the courthouse to show their solidarity; People's Democratic Party (HDP) deputy Garo Paylan was also present. Journalist Hasan Cemal, writer Pelin Batu and Confederation of Revolutionary Workers' Unions (D?SK) Secretary-General Arzu Cerkezoglu also came to the courthouse to stand by Dundar and Erdem.

The Turkish Journalists' Association (TGC) and Journalists Union of Turkey (TGS) gave a written statement saying that the Cumhuriyet daily performed its duty of informing the public and that it is not the job of journalists to protect the government.

And that's why Erdogan can claim there is no "proof" of his cabinet's illegal dealings with ISIS and extremist jihadists: when proof emerges, anyone who revealed it risks spending the rest of their life (and another 42 year on top) in prison.
Fri, November 27, 2015 - 3:15 PM — permalink - 0 comments - add a comment

800 Shotguns Headed to Belgium from Turkey Seized in Italy


Following the ISIS assault on Paris that left 130 dead prompting Francois Hollande to declare that France is “at war,” authorities quickly established a link to the infamous Brussels suburb of Molenbeek.

The working class, immigrant neighborhood - which is separated from the historical district by a canal and is but a 20 minute subway ride from Brussels' European Quarter - has become synonymous with radicalization and terror. As we put it last week, “what Charlestown is to bank robbers, Molenbeek is to European jihadists.”

"The assassination of the Afghan anti-Taliban commander Ahmed Shah Massoud, immediately before the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001; the train bombings in Madrid in 2004; and the killing of four people at the Brussels Jewish Museum in 2014; the foiled shooting on a high-speed train, the anti-terrorist raid in the eastern Belgian town of Verviers, the attack on a Paris kosher supermarket and, finally, the Nov. 13 attacks on the French capital — all had some connection to Molenbeek,” The New York Times wrote earlier this month.

But it’s not just Molenbeek. In January, two operatives working under the direction of Paris mastermind Abdelhamid Abaaoud were killed when Belgian police raided a safehouse in Verviers.

In short, Belgium has apparently become a kind of hub for jihadists. Not wanting to let a good crisis go to waste, the entire country - and especially Brussels - has been on high alert for nearly a week now as authorities hunt for several suspects who are purportedly planning a “serious and imminent” terrorist attack.

In what may be the latest evidence that there are indeed multiple active terror cells operating in the country (or in what may merely be evidence that some anonymous Belgian collector just really loves Winchesters), Italian police seized some 800 shotguns bound for Belgium today at the Port of Trieste.

Here's the story from La Stampa (translated):

A load of about 800 shotguns, from Turkey to Germany, Holland and Belgium, has been discovered and seized by the Financial Police and the Customs at the Port of Trieste. The weapons of war were transported, without authorization, by a tractor-trailer driven by a Dutch citizen turkish. The cargo consisted of 781 shotguns model "Winchester SXP" from 12-51 cm, 66 shotguns "Winchester SXP" from 12-41 cm. 15 rifle and kicking.

Tir had landed in Trieste on 23 November. The weapons were contained in hundreds of cardboard boxes, each of which containing a shotgun, all directed in Belgium. Given the peculiarities of the load, its origin and destination, the Financial Police and customs officials have declined to elaborate documentation. Although there were no irregularities of customs, it had not been requested permission to the authorities of public security for the transportation.

And here's a look at the merchandise:

Here's a bit more from The Daily Star:

The finance police, who are often in charge of port security, said that while customs rules had not been violated, the Turkish truck driver did not have the licences needed to transport the 781 Winchester SXP shotguns.

Pump-action Winchester SXP rifles are made for hunting and are not considered assault weapons, but police said they had "substantially" increased their border inspections in the wake of the Nov. 13 Paris attacks and subsequent alert in Belgium.

"Given the delicate nature of the cargo, its origin and its destination, the documentation regarding the rifles was immediately examined," the statement said.

What should immediately jump out at you here is that these were being sent from Turkey to Belgium. While anyone who's followed Syria's protracted civil war knows that Ankara has long been suspected of aiding and abetting Islamic State (just ask the PKK, or Newsweek, or even ISIS themselves), Erdogan's role in financing the group was thrown into sharp relief this week after Vladimir Putin accused Turkey of facilitating the sale of illegal Islamic State crude (from which the group derives some half a billion dollars per year in revenue).

We've documented the Turkey-ISIS connection on dozens of occasions this year, but notably we revisited the link on Tuesday courtesy of Nafeez Ahmed in "NATO Is Harboring ISIS, And Here's The Evidence" and then on Wednesday evening, we took our first peak down what is likely to be a very deep rabbit hole in "Meet The Man Who Funds ISIS: Bilal Erdogan, The Son Of Turkey's President."

Given all of this, one is certainly left to wonder just where in Turkey these 800 pump action shotguns came from and, more importantly, who sent them to Belgium. While we're sure there were likely a string of intermediaries involved, we wouldn't be surprised to learn that ultimately, there's a connection to Ankara and from there, to ISIS.

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Bonus: for those of you wondering what kind of damage you can do with a Winchester SXP, here's an official video from the company's website called "Everybody's Shootin'" - just imagine the ducks are people.
Thu, November 26, 2015 - 7:46 PM — permalink - 0 comments - add a comment

MUST SEE!--"FIRECRACKER" TOSS by Gov't Operative During Paris Attack @ Cafe Nostra! BUSTED!


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Thu, November 26, 2015 - 7:44 PM — permalink - 0 comments - add a comment

Meet the Man Who Funds ISIS: BILAL ERDOGAN, the Son of Turkey's President


Russia's Sergey Lavrov is not one foreign minister known to mince his words. Just earlier today, 24 hours after a Russian plane was brought down by the country whose president three years ago said "a short-term border violation can never be a pretext for an attack", had this to say: "We have serious doubts this was an unintended incident and believe this is a planned provocation" by Turkey.

But even that was tame compared to what Lavrov said to his Turkish counterparty Mevlut Cavusoglu earlier today during a phone call between the two (Lavrov who was supposed to travel to Turkey has since canceled such plans).

As Sputnik transcribes, according to a press release from Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lavrov pointed out that, "by shooting down a Russian plane on a counter-terrorist mission of the Russian Aerospace Force in Syria, and one that did not violate Turkey’s airspace, the Turkish government has in effect sided with ISIS."

It was in this context when Lavrov added that "Turkey’s actions appear premeditated, planned, and undertaken with a specific objective."

More importantly, Lavrov pointed to Turkey’s role in the propping up the terror network through the oil trade. Per the Russian statement:

"The Russian Minister reminded his counterpart about Turkey’s involvement in the ISIS’ illegal trade in oil, which is transported via the area where the Russian plane was shot down, and about the terrorist infrastructure, arms and munitions depots and control centers that are also located there."

Others reaffirmed Lavrov's stance, such as retired French General Dominique Trinquand, who said that "Turkey is either not fighting ISIL at all or very little, and does not interfere with different types of smuggling that takes place on its border, be it oil, phosphate, cotton or people," he said.

The reason we find this line of questioning fascinating is that just last week in the aftermath of the French terror attack but long before the Turkish downing of the Russian jet, we wrote about "The Most Important Question About ISIS That Nobody Is Asking" in which we asked who is the one "breaching every known law of funding terrorism when buying ISIS crude, almost certainly with the tacit approval by various "western alliance" governments, and why is it that these governments have allowed said middleman to continue funding ISIS for as long as it has?"

Precisely one week later, in even more tragic circumstances, suddenly everyone is asking this question.

And while we patiently dig to find who the on and offshore "commodity trading" middleman are, who cart away ISIS oil to European and other international markets in exchange for hundreds of millions of dollars, one name keeps popping up as the primary culprit of regional demand for the Islamic State's "terrorist oil" - that of Turkish president Recep Erdogan's son: Bilal Erdogan.

His very brief bio:

Necmettin Bilal Erdogan, commonly known as Bilal Erdogan (born 23 April 1980) is the third child of Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, the current President of Turkey.

After graduating from Kartal Imam Hatip High School in 1999, Bilal Erdogan moved to the US for undergraduate education. He also earned a Masters Degree in John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 2004. After graduation, he served in the World Bank as intern for a while. He returned Turkey in 2006 and started to his business life. Bilal Erdogan is one of the three equal shareholders of "BMZ Group Denizcilik ", a marine transportation corporation.

Here is a recent picture of Bilal, shown in a photo from a Turkish 2014 article, which "asked why his ships are now in Syria":

bilal erdogan.jpg

In the next few days, we will present a full breakdown of Bilal's various business ventures, starting with his BMZ Group which is the name implicated most often in the smuggling of illegal Iraqi and Islamic State through to the western supply chain, but for now here is a brief, if very disturbing snapshot, of both father and son Erdogan by F. William Engdahl, one which should make everyone ask whether the son of Turkey's president (and thus, the father) is the silent mastermind who has been responsible for converting millions of barrels of Syrian Oil into hundreds of millions of dollars of Islamic State revenue.

By F. William Engdahl, posted originally in New Eastern Outlook:

Erdogan's Dirth Dangerous ISIS Games

More and more details are coming to light revealing that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, variously known as ISIS, IS or Daesh, is being fed and kept alive by Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish President and by his Turkish intelligence service, including MIT, the Turkish CIA. Turkey, as a result of Erdogan’s pursuit of what some call a Neo-Ottoman Empire fantasies that stretch all the way to China, Syria and Iraq, threatens not only to destroy Turkey but much of the Middle East if he continues on his present path.

In October 2014 US Vice President Joe Biden told a Harvard gathering that Erdogan’s regime was backing ISIS with “hundreds of millions of dollars and thousands of tons of weapons…” Biden later apologized clearly for tactical reasons to get Erdo?an’s permission to use Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base for airstrikes against ISIS in Syria, but the dimensions of Erdogan’s backing for ISIS since revealed is far, far more than Biden hinted.

ISIS militants were trained by US, Israeli and now it emerges, by Turkish special forces at secret bases in Konya Province inside the Turkish border to Syria, over the past three years. Erdo?an’s involvement in ISIS goes much deeper. At a time when Washington, Saudi Arabia and even Qatar appear to have cut off their support for ISIS, they remaining amazingly durable. The reason appears to be the scale of the backing from Erdo?an and his fellow neo-Ottoman Sunni Islam Prime Minister, Ahmet Davuto?lu.

Nice Family Business

The prime source of money feeding ISIS these days is sale of Iraqi oil from the Mosul region oilfields where they maintain a stronghold. The son of Erdogan it seems is the man who makes the export sales of ISIS-controlled oil possible.

Bilal Erdo?an owns several maritime companies. He has allegedly signed contracts with European operating companies to carry Iraqi stolen oil to different Asian countries. The Turkish government buys Iraqi plundered oil which is being produced from the Iraqi seized oil wells. Bilal Erdogan’s maritime companies own special wharfs in Beirut and Ceyhan ports that are transporting ISIS’ smuggled crude oil in Japan-bound oil tankers.

Gürsel Tekin vice-president of the Turkish Republican Peoples’ Party, CHP, declared in a recent Turkish media interview, “President Erdogan claims that according to international transportation conventions there is no legal infraction concerning Bilal’s illicit activities and his son is doing an ordinary business with the registered Japanese companies, but in fact Bilal Erdo?an is up to his neck in complicity with terrorism, but as long as his father holds office he will be immune from any judicial prosecution.” Tekin adds that Bilal’s maritime company doing the oil trades for ISIS, BMZ Ltd, is “a family business and president Erdogan’s close relatives hold shares in BMZ and they misused public funds and took illicit loans from Turkish banks.”

In addition to son Bilal’s illegal and lucrative oil trading for ISIS, Sümeyye Erdogan, the daughter of the Turkish President apparently runs a secret hospital camp inside Turkey just over the Syrian border where Turkish army trucks daily being in scores of wounded ISIS Jihadists to be patched up and sent back to wage the bloody Jihad in Syria, according to the testimony of a nurse who was recruited to work there until it was discovered she was a member of the Alawite branch of Islam, the same as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad who Erdogan seems hell-bent on toppling.

Turkish citizen Ramazan Bagol, captured this month by Kurdish People’s Defence Units,YPG, as he attempted to join ISIS from Konya province, told his captors that said he was sent to ISIS by the ‘Ismailia Sect,’ a strict Turkish Islam sect reported to be tied to Recep Erdogan. Baol said the sect recruits members and provides logistic support to the radical Islamist organization. He added that the Sect gives jihad training in neighborhoods of Konya and sends those trained here to join ISIS gangs in Syria.

According to French geopolitical analyst, Thierry Meyssan, Recep Erdogan “organised the pillage of Syria, dismantled all the factories in Aleppo, the economic capital, and stole the machine-tools. Similarly, he organised the theft of archeological treasures and set up an international market in Antioch…with the help of General Benoît Puga, Chief of Staff for the Elysée, he organised a false-flag operation intended to provoke the launching of a war by the Atlantic Alliance – the chemical bombing of la Ghoutta in Damascus, in August 2013. “

Meyssan claims that the Syria strategy of Erdo?an was initially secretly developed in coordination with former French Foreign Minister Alain Juppé and Erdogan’s then Foreign Minister Ahmet Davuto?lu, in 2011, after Juppe won a hesitant Erdogan to the idea of supporting the attack on traditional Turkish ally Syria in return for a promise of French support for Turkish membership in the EU. France later backed out, leaving Erdogan to continue the Syrian bloodbath largely on his own using ISIS.

Gen. John R. Allen, an opponent of Obama’s Iran peace strategy, now US diplomatic envoy coordinating the coalition against the Islamic State, exceeded his authorized role after meeting with Erdogan and “promised to create a "no-fly zone" ninety miles wide, over Syrian territory, along the whole border with Turkey, supposedly intended to help Syrian refugees fleeing from their government, but in reality to apply the "Juppé-Wright plan". The Turkish Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, revealed US support for the project on the TV channel A Haber by launching a bombing raid against the PKK.” Meyssan adds.

There are never winners in war and Erdogan’s war against Syria’s Assad demonstrates that in bold. Turkey and the world deserve better. Ahmet Davutoglu’s famous “Zero Problems With Neighbors” foreign policy has been turned into massive problems with all neighbors due to the foolish ambitions of Erdogan and his gang.
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Let’s Cut the Crap: Vladimir Putin is Helping Usher in the Globalist New World Order


On the morning the Turks downed the Russian airliner, I stumbled across this article from notorious disinformation mill Veterans Today…

It is such a good example of East/West dialectic propaganda and the “Putin as Savior” con that I decided it would be a good teaching tool for helping people to get real. And given all the confusing narratives that swirl around Putin and the current world situation, I think the best approach is to focus on two fundamental, telling things…

1) Putin’s cooperation in the globalists’ 9/11 operation, and

2) Putin’s promotion of the globalists’ UN as the solution to our current woes.

So let’s get started…


Even if one looks at Vladimir Putin from a naive, conventional perspective, he is a former KGB officer and is therefore fully familiar with the concept of false-flag terror. This being the case, it would not have escaped his attention that on the day of the 9/11 attacks, three New York high-rises fell after only two were hit by aircraft. So as an intelligence professional, he would have known that something was fishy on the very first day. And in the days following the attacks, Russian intelligence merged with holes in the US government’s official story would have made the inconsistencies quite glaring. This raises an obvious question…

Why did he spend the next 14 years playing along with the “9/11 Official Story”?

In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, Putin stuck to the globalist talking points…
…From the BBC. Raw (untranslated) video of Putin making his remark on Bin Laden can be found here…

And here are some key excerpts from the BBC article along with my comments…

>>> No proof needed

Mr Putin, who is in Brussels for meetings with European Union and Nato leaders, told reporters: “For us it is already clear. The only thing we do not know is the exact role he (Bin Laden) played (in the terror attacks on America). <<<

So Putin joined the globalist minion chorus in blaming the 9/11 attacks on Osama Bin Laden. This being so, could it be that Russian intelligence was unaware of Bin Laden’s close relationship with the CIA? Given that Bin Laden was a key figure in Russia’s war in Afghanistan, you can be sure they knew all about his CIA ties. And this means that Putin was attributing 9/11 to someone he knew was a CIA asset. For any reasonable person, this strongly suggests the possibility that the attacks were a false-flag operation conducted by the CIA, but Putin said nary a word about that, did he?

>>> The Russian president criticised Saudi Arabia for refusing to let the US launch attacks against Afghanistan from bases on its territory. <<<

So in addition to blaming the 9/11 attacks on Bin Laden, Putin was a cheerleader for the US attack on Afghanistan. One wonders if he was compensated for his support by being given the Russian distribution rights for Afghan opium.

>>> BBC Europe correspondent Justin Webb says President Putin is likely to try to persuade EU leaders that they, in turn, must be more willing to accept that Russia needs the freedom to take what actions it deems necessary in its ongoing battle against rebels in Chechnya. <<<

And this section brings us to Putin, Russian intelligence, and their own false-flag attacks against the Russian people. The Russian government are no strangers to the art of statecraft, and they too have used 9/11-style attacks to launch military action in places like Chechnya. See the Russian Apartment Bombings and the Breslan School Massacre for examples of their operations.

Getting back to Bin Laden and Afghanistan for a moment, have a look at this section of his Wikipedia bio…

“Bin Laden met and built relations with Hamid Gul, who was a three-star general in the Pakistani army and head of the ISI agency. Although the United States provided the money and weapons, the training of militant groups was entirely done by the Pakistani Armed Forces and the ISI.”

So Bin Laden was connected to Hamid Gul, and can you guess who sat on the Editorial Board of Directors of Veterans Today until he died this past August?…
…from Veterans Today

CIA to Bin Laden to Hamid Gul to Veterans Today — interesting connections, no? Truth be told, these high-level intelligence agents all work for the same people (the people who control all the money, the globalist central banksters) and they all know each other, which is why Putin’s support of the “blame Bin Laden” meme is all the more ridiculous. And if you are unfamiliar with what a rat’s nest of spooks and fraudsters Veterans Today is, have look at…

1) VT’s Chairman, Gordon Duff: Shady as Hell: The Veterans Today / RT / PressTV Disinformation Conglomerate (Part 1 – The Amazing Gordon Duff)
2) Gordon Duff’s company, Adamus Defense Group: The Veterans Today / RT / PressTV Disinformation Conglomerate (Part 3 – Gordon Duff’s “Adamus Group”)
3) VT’s Advisor, Leo Wanta: The Veterans Today / RT / PressTV Disinformation Conglomerate (Part 2 – Deconstructing the Bizarre Tale of Leo Wanta)

These guys are heavily involved in selling the East/West dialectic and the “savior” Putin to alternative news readers, which is why they put out garbage like the article featured at the top of this entry.

Now back to Putin…

Lest you think that Putin’s playing along with the Official Story was just CNN’s spin of his words, here are some things straight from the Kremlin website:

> Putin and Bush together pressed “all countries” to join the war on “terrorism” after 9/11…

> In the following month, November 2001, Putin visited the US and talked about Afghanistan during a speech at Rice University…
…From So even by the Kremlin’s own words, he was supporting the US invasion of Afghanistan and calling Bush’s stance “well grounded.” Yep, that’s a real truth-teller for ya.

> From there, Putin went on to visit Ground Zero in New York…
…From If you read the article, you’ll see that he played it totally straight: he laid a wreath and expressed sorrow and solidarity over the “terrorist attack.”

> And Putin also sat for an interview with National Public Radio…

I located the transcript of that interview on Here are two key excerpts…

>>> Question 17:

Mr. Siegel: President Bush now speaks of Osama bin Laden as “the evil one.” He uses the word “evil.” Is he also exaggerating now, and is it also a slogan for the day, or do you think that’s true?

President Putin: Actually, I think President Bush is being very mild in his choice of words. I have other definitions and epithets to offer, but I, of course, am being restrained by the fact that I am talking to the media and this is hardly appropriate.

The thing is that the people that you have just referred to, terrorists, especially terrorists who base themselves on man-hating fundamentalist ideas, these people, these terrorists, don’t really treat the rest of humanity as human beings. We are not even enemies, as far as they’re concerned. We’re just dust. We’re nothing and we’re a bunch of nobodies. And as people, these criminals deserve the most serious of attention and the most rigorous of treatment. <<<

So when questioned on Bin Laden, Putin expressed no reservations; he backed up President Bush’s narrative with gusto.

>>> From the Question 18 answer:

President Putin: …And I’m not afraid to say that openly, and I can tell you why, because exactly two years ago Russia was the first to come across the kind of terrorism that the Americans had to deal with on Sept. 11. And, of course, the scale was not as large but it was just as horrendous, where, in downtown Moscow and in other cities of the Russian Federation, residential buildings, apartment buildings, were exploded. And as a result of those acts of terror, hundreds of completely innocent people died. <<<

This passage reveals why Putin didn’t blow the whistle on Bush and 9/11. It’s because both he and Bush are globalist agents, and both he and Bush had conducted 9/11-style false-flags on their own people in order to advance the globalist agenda, both domestically (by tightening control over their people) and internationally (by drawing nations into multilateral efforts to fight “terrorism”).

Putin hasn’t told the truth about 9/11 because it simply isn’t time yet. The globalists had much to do after 9/11 to get us to where we are today, and now that they’re about ready to spring the Good Cop beats Bad Cop con, you’ll finally hear Putin speak the truth (some time between now and September of 2016).

In Addendum 1, we’ll look into Putin’s promotion of the United Nations as the solution for the world’s ills.

Love always…

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It's A Fake, Fake, Fake America

“The National Security Agency’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything: telephone conversations, telegrams, it doesn’t matter. There would be no place to hide. If a dictator ever took over, the N.S.A. he could enable it to impose total tyranny, and there would be no way to fight back.”—Sen. Frank Church


Submitted by The Burning Platform contributor Stucky

Remember the hilarious 1960s movie, “It’s a Mad Mad Mad World?” Well, we live in a fake fake fake America. Politicians, economists, all MSM talking heads, Big Business, virtually every commercial that has ever aired, preachers, and on and on and on, all have one thing in common. They’re all liars and fake as a three dollar bill.

"Fake", a simple definition: something that is not what it purports to be, a worthless imitation passed off as genuine; an impostor or charlatan. Example: “American society is extraordinarily fake; filled with lies, fraud, facades, mirages, deception, disinformation, misinformation, propaganda and brainwashing.”

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When was the last time a woman had to wonder if that twelve inch python was real, or a Silicone Imposter? Never! Concerning bodies, women are so darned deceptive! Look at the cosmetics aisle at your supermarket. There are ten thousand items all designed to make a woman look like she’s not … and adding insult to injury, it takes her an hour to look not real. I get out of bed and I’m ready in ten minutes …. on a slow morning. I believe in pre-marital steam baths. You men want a GOOD look at your woman before getting married in order to combat her false advertising. Fake boobies, fake eyelashes, fake eyebrows, fake nails … ya gotta know what you’re signing up for. But, oh yeah baby — she wants a real man!! One last thing, men don’t fake orgasms.


“News” is nothing more than corporate infotainment. CNN even last year stated they were primarily an “entertainment company”. All news is watered-down garbage, revealed in sixty second soundbites, usually read from the same exact script (regardless of channel) by bimbos and mimbos who really aren’t even qualified to serve french fries at McShits. You will NEVER find things of real significance, nor truly unbiased, nor in-depth coverage of anything important. News executives view you as an IDIOT. Really. Six corporations control the vast majority of “news” in America, and they will slice, dice, select, censor, manipulate, faker-ize, every last sound bite — and you WILL like it! Heck, most American morons will even believe they’re being told the truth.


Naturally, given Fake News, it logically follows that we are inundated with Fake Journalists. There are zero “investigative journalists” on television today. Please watch at least a couple minutes of the above video. There are only three qualifications required to be a teevee news “reporter”; 1) can you read from a teleprompter?, 2) can you make the appropriate faces – sad, happy, puzzled, etc. — as necessary just seconds apart?, and 3) can you ad-lib amazingly dumb-ass comments at the end of a story …”Yes, Wolfdick, that’s just terrible that 503 Christian babies were roasted alive in Saudi Arabia. So sad.”. Accompanied, of course, by a fake sad face.


Every commercial is born in a lie! Did you know that BP loves the Gulf Coast? That Exxon loves pristine Alaskan waters? That GE brings good things to life? That doctors prefer to smoke Camels? That most dentists brush with Crest? That the beautiful and glowing girl joyfully prancing through a field of flowers with her puppy beside her is so damn happy because she found a cream to cure her acne? (Even though the side effects are getting the shits, leprosy, growing an extra boob, or even death.) And if that’s not bad enough, these Soulless Creatures From Hell now have the same rights of a legal person, but with none of the responsibilities.

Advertising “works” because advertisers, as depicted in the picture above, think you’re retarded. And you just might be … if you watch commercials. George Carlin said it best; — “Quality. Value. Style, Service. Selection. Convenience. Economy. Savings. Performance. Experience. Hospitality. Low rates, friendly service, name brands, easy terms, affordable prices, and a money-back guarantee. Free installation, free admission, free appraisal, free alterations, free delivery, free estimates, free home trial, and free parking. No cash? No problem! No kidding! No fuss, no muss. No risk, no obligation, no red tape, no down payment, no entry fee, no hidden charges, no purchase necessary, no one will call on you, no payments or interest till September. ….. ‘Bend over just a little farther so we can stick this big advertising dick up your ass a little bit deeper, a little bit deeper, a little bit deeper, you miserable no-good dumbass fucking consumer!’”.


The word ‘amuse’ can be broken down into two parts; “a” meaning to negate, or not – and ‘muse’ meaning “to think”. Literally then, ‘amuse’ means ‘to not think’. And there is absolutely nothing in this world which encourages not-thinking than teevee and movies. Hollywood is a literal cesspool of fakery and superficiality. Nothing is real, all is an illusion. What you look like counts for far more than who you are. Being on the “A list” is more important than what you know. Gucci bags make a woman, not her integrity. Big fake tits and big puffy Botox lips count for far more than a big heart. Then these whores sell their souls peddling endless useless products like Reverse Mortgages and anti-aging creams … where making a buck at your expense is the new American Dream.

No longer do the time-honored institutions of home, church, school, and neighborhood provide the framework for society’s values and civility. The Boob Tube (a perfect description) is the New Reality, and whoever is running the joint (some say it’s the Jews) are more than happy to titillate, stimulate, pontificate, and fornicate your mind into submission.

And all of this is approved lock, stock, and barrel by your government. It only took the Germans until 1935 before they produced their massively successful propaganda piece “Triumph Of The Will”. The Americans caught on a few years later when Frank Capra produced “Why We Fight” in 1942. Joseph Goebbels and Edward Bernays turned bullshitting and lying into a real science. Our own Liar-In-Chief, as all governments do, have no better liar friend than television and film, especially when it comes to making war … praise the Lord, pass the ammo, and make a Patriotic War Commercial.


Recipe #1: Whole Wheat Flour, Water, Eggs, Tomatoes, Butter, Wine, Parmesan, Garlic, Onion, Rosemary, Basil, Pepper, Salt.

Recipe #2: Water, Tomato Paste, Flour, Calcium Phosphate, Niacin, Ferrous Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Salt, Enzyme Modified Cheddar Cheese, Sugar, Calcium Chloride, Flavorings, Disodium Phosphate, Vegetable Oil, Onion Extract, Thyme Oil, Laurel Leaf Oil, Cottonseed Oil, Vitamin D, Food Colorings, Potassium Chloride.

Which of the above recipes would you rather eat? Well, you’re not getting #1 because that’s my mom’s basic recipe ingredients for spaghetti and tomato sauce (yes, she makes her own pasta). You’re stuck with crapola recipe #2; Campbell’s Spaghetti-Oh. (I believe the “Oh” part in the name is Campbell’s abbreviation for “Oh My God, we can’t believe mothers will feed this shit to their children!”)

GMOs, chemical concoctions, carcinogen inducing preservatives, synthetic everything, artificial everything, over-refined, over-processed, over-cooked, sugarized, and denuded of almost all natural vitamins, minerals, and enzymes …. that’s your typical American diet. It produces the Fattest Asses in the history of humanity. And, death. And Americans simply don’t care. Otherwise, companies like Campbell (mm-mm-shit!) and McDonalds (McShits) would go out of business.


The fact of the matter is that our entire medical system is based on masking symptoms, “managing” illness, treating us as pin-cushions with all their ineffective shots, and shoving one cure-all pill after pill after pill down our gullets. Preventing illness is for pussies. This does not constitute true healing. It is fakery, and our bodies are the victim. And don’t even get me started on the billions of psychotropic pills consumed by our depressed asses. When Big Pharma has no idea how or why their make-happy brain pills actually work — then, what you have dear reader, is massive fakery such as the world has never seen.

Sure, American Medicine does save lives. They gave my mom a new hip, which has made her life immeasurably better. They cured my dad of his colon issues, or he would be dead. Thank you! But, that does change the fact that so very very much of it is Puke Fakery … and, deadly. The statistics are staggeringly depressing; — 106,000 deaths annually from FDA-approved correctly prescribed medicines, 58,000 deaths from unnecessary procedures, 80,000 deaths from infections acquired in hospitals, 98,000 deaths from medical error and on and on. When did going to a hospital become a death sentence?


Why Does Bacon Taste So Good?

“In the end, science offers us the only way out of politics. And if we allow science to become politicized, then we are lost. We will enter the Internet version of the Dark Ages, an era of shifting fears and wild prejudices transmitted to people who don’t know any better. That’s not a good future for the human race.” ———- Michael Crichton

It pains me to put science in this list because science ought to be mankind’s refuge for logical reasoning, and even Truth. But, alas, science has been politicized to a point where it is no better than the religions it once replaced as the arbiters of “official” wisdom and knowledge.

For most of mankind’s recorded history religion dominated all thought. The rare “heretic” aside, pretty much everyone believed what their religious leaders told them to believe. Those who dared to challenge these religious leaders were soon dead …. or, regretted not being dead. In fact, it was the early scientists who were persecuted as heretics. Earth wasn’t flat. Earth wasn’t the center of the solar system. Earth was vastly ancient. Earth’s landmasses shifted. And these scientists paid a heavy price for telling the Truth. But, eventually mankind made the gradual progression from profound ignorance to a certain degree of enlightenment.

And then something weird happened. Perhaps it was around 1859 when Darwin published “On The Origin Of Species”. Science, instead of searching for truth, became Truth. Those formerly accused of heresy because Accusers themselves. In the 150 years since Darwin, science has become every bit as entrenched as religion once was, and every bit as belligerent and vindictive against any who dare to question their right to absolute correctness in all that they utter or pronounce.

And in the forty or so years since the advent of the Internet, while science has not been able to dislodge religion from the masses, it has done everything in its power to silence those voices in whatever manner possible … via ridicule, insults, dismissal, ignoring, and even producing massive instructional seminars to train “skeptics” to ruthlessly “defend the faith” against any and all who challenge them. This cannot go on indefinitely.

The End Of Science is upon us thanks to the advent of a “person” known as “The Corporation”. Science has been hijacked by corporate junk science, which pretends to be real science but is actually highly fraudulent. Specifically, I’m talking about the near endless amounts of “scientific studies” which are put out by major corporations with a definite agenda in mind – usually establishing a fake scientific basis of “safety” for their products, whether they be vaccines, psychotropic drugs, mobile phones, GMOs, tobacco, fluoride, soda, “sugar is sugar” regardless of its forms, buy a Prius and save the earth from Globull Warming (!!) etc. etc. …. all of it one huge steaming pile of shit. They have a huge arsenal of weaponry including, but not limited to; contaminating tests, alerting treatment plans, misusing statistics, abusing double blind studies, selecting patients or data favorable to their specific agenda, bribing peer-review groups, controlling the publication of results, controlling funding, hiding the funders, and of course, the old stand-by when all else fails, falsifying the data.

Some of the above may seem obvious. But, wait! There’s more! The most deviously insidious aspect of the decline of science has to do with your children. The brainwashing process that passes for education around the world is controlled by science! Hopefully, you have a plan in place to rescue your children from these un-truth tellers.


Of course, I’m not talking about your religion! Your religion is … The Truth!

Now that we have that established, let’s look at this fakeness logically. In terms of monotheistic religions it is abundantly logical (how can it not be?) that only one religion can be correct, and all the other religions are fake. Polytheism isn’t in a better position, as they all have One Big Kahuna. The Greeks have Zeus. The Norse have Odin. The Hindus have Brahma. (Or is it Shiva, or Vishnu?) The point is that they have one god of many which is better than all their other gods, and better than all the gods of other peoples. They can’t all be right. And then of course, you have your animistic religions where god is in everything; in the sky, in the buffalo, in a flower, or in your Fruit Loops cereal. Fruit Loops quickly turn into poop, so is your poop also god?

Pick whichever religion suits your belief system. I don’t care. Just realize that you become extremely annoying and arrogant when you claim your religion is the right one because your holy book says so. Don’t you realize that every other person in the world with a different belief says the same exact thing?? Aside from circular reasoning – (meaning, ‘my religion is true because my religious book says so’) – I have yet to meet a human being who can give a reasonable answer as to why their religion is true, and all others are false. Not one. Here’s one thing my sixty years of living has convinced me of; that there are billions of people following any of thousands of religions, and logically all but one (if even that) are full of craptastic fakery. I’m sure some of you will set me straight on what is The One True Religion. To which I say, “AAARRRGGHHHH!”.


Let’s take a quick look etymologically at the word ‘education’. It is derived from the Latin words “e” or “ex” meaning “out of”, and “ducare” meaning to lead or draw. So the true meaning of “education” is to draw out the talent inside each of us. The opposite of education is “indoctrination”, which is all about putting into someone’s mind dogma, belief systems or doctrines.

Our fake education of indoctrination is based on something set up the elite in the early 20th century known as the “Prussian Industrial School Model”. (see above pic)

Horace Mann, credited as the father of the American public school system, studied a wide variety of educational models before implementing the Prussian system designed by Fredrick the Great. King Frederick created a system that was engineered to teach obedience and solidify his control. Focusing on following directions, basic skills, and conformity, he sought to indoctrinate the nation from an early age. Isolating students in rows and teachers in individual classrooms fashioned a strict hierarchy—intentionally fostering fear and loneliness. Mann chose the Prussian model, with its depersonalized learning and strict hierarchy of power, because it was the cheapest and easiest way to teach literacy on a large scale. Its primary purpose was to construct an industrial schooling model designed to produce millions of workers for America?s factories. He wrote in 1917 – “Our schools are, in a sense, factories in which the raw products (children) are to be shaped and fashioned into products to meet the various demands of life.”

The belief was that most of America’s students were destined for a life of menial, industrial labor. So, they created a multi-track educational system meant to sort students from an early age. The best and brightest (the elite) were carefully groomed for leadership positions. The rest of the majority were relegated to a monotonous education system of rote learning and task completion. John D. Rockefeller is widely quoted as saying, “I don’t want a nation of thinkers, I want a nation of workers.”

Our educational system today is still locked into the Prussian-industrial framework of fear, isolation, and monotony. For both students and teachers, procedure is emphasized over innovation, uniformity over individual expression, and control over empowerment.

The bottom line is this; when the USA ranks 24th in the world in literacy, 35th in mathematics, and 27th in science then it is safe to say whatever the hell we’re teaching these grade school students is fake fake fake.


I’m probably preaching to the choir here. Not to mention that I am not all that astute when it comes to financial topics. Not to mention that most people have better things to do than musing whether or not money is fake. Not to mention that we need money, or at least what it represents. Without money, we cannot put food on the table, or pay the rent, or go to the doctor, or invest in our children’s future, and so on and so on.

None of that changes a few basic facts. Money is a “fiat” currency. The word fiat means “by government decree”. So, in the most simplistic terms, the dollar gets its value simply because the Government says so. We all know dollars have zero intrinsic value … it is simply cotton and ink. (Today most money isn’t even cotton or paper … it’s just electronic bits and bytes.) Just as every government and empire in human history has failed (as will the American empire), so also do all fiat currencies eventually fail.

Money must be created by someone, somewhere, because money does not exist in nature–except to the extent that a natural item like gold or salt might be assigned the properties of money. Even the Federal Reserve tells us that — “banks actually create money when they lend it“. In other words, the fractional reserve system essentially creates money out of thin air.

And when banks no longer issue credit and create money from nothing they will resort to looting. Looting is the only way left for the Western financial system to make money. In pursuit of short-term profits western corporations, encouraged and coerced by the financial sector, have moved offshore … certainly manufacturing, but even professional skills such as information technology and software engineering. All that remains for the West are highly leveraged derivative bets and looting. Ultimately, the money system is about the control of humanity.

This rigged money system is worse than fake … it’s a scam. How this system has survived for as long as it has, and how it seems to not only defy death, but is seemingly thriving beyond all rational explanation …well, that’s above my paygrade. I suspect it has something to do with the fact that literally everyone in this game is playing along. Pretending that it’s all legit. Pretending that it can go on forever.

It’s almost like a Fairy Tale story where everyone lives happily “forever and ever”. But, as Abraham Lincoln said, you can’t fool all the people all the time forever. Here’s my only prediction in this post; someday, probably soon, this game will stop. Someone will have to tell the Emperor he’s not wearing any clothes, and the Four Horsemen will visit America.


Everybody (corporations, you, and government) loves the free market! It goes like this. When the government interferes to dictate what market participants can or cannot do, resources cannot flow to their most efficient use. If people cannot do the things that they find most profitable, they lose the incentive to invest and innovate. True competition will reign with corporations battling it out to provide their goods and services to rational, all knowing consumers. Corporations who provided a good or service which was not wanted (due to price, demand, quality, etc.) would simply fail and those who met consumer wants would win. Too bad that’s all a load of crap.

Corporations HATE free markets! A truly free market is a perfectly competitive market … which means that whatever you have to sell in that market, so does your competition … which means price war … which means your price gets driven down … which means little or no profit. OOPS!

Corporations, as a “natural” plan of action will flee perfectly competitive markets like the plague. Corporations crave monopoly, and will fight tooth and nail to get it. The corporation has no reason to apply any kind of ethics whatsoever. Adidas employs child and sweatshop labor in the Far East because it is cheaper than employing people on a living wage, with decent terms and condition. The supposed servant of the people, your government, should be the maker and enforcer of rules necessary to restrain these corporations from such egregious behaviors. Unfortunately, corporations use their vast wealth to buy maximum influence in government. The largest fifty corporations spend more in one year on lobbying government than they spend on taxes.

YOU don’t really believe in free markets either … at least when it comes to your career. Are you paid more than the minimum wage? If so, why? It’s probably because you have some skill that others don’t have, or is in limited supply. Therefore, you don’t have to bid against every unemployed person in your area to hold your job. In a free market with too many just like you, you are nothing but a commodity worthy of minimum wage, or less. Suddenly, you don’t like free markets! On the other hand, you as a buyer, are every seller’s nightmare. You don’t want there to be just one seller of Christmas trees this holiday season. You want dozens of them … buying a tree for five bucks is your goal. Now you love free markets, but the seller hates them. Here’s the bottom line; people believe in free markets when it’s in their interest, but not when it’s the other way around. Here’s why that matters. The political players in America today who claim to support free markets, don’t. They pick winners and losers. Everything pertaining to “the market” is highly politicized, and the highest bidder wins.

Government today is involved in “crony capitalism” – whereby government and business are in a predatory partnership that extracts wealth to its own benefit. If you take into account companies and other organizations that are directly or indirectly controlled by the government, it becomes crystal clear that almost all of our economy is in the ‘public’ sphere. The most glaring example of this predatory partnership between government and business is the financial collapse of 2008. Massive government subsidies to prop up failing banks and investment houses were required lest the entire economy be destroyed. A few become enormously wealthy, and the rest of us were flushed down the crapper. A more recent example is how the government willingly destroyed free markets around healthcare (thanks, Obamacare) and vaccines to the benefit its Big Pharma masters, while simultaneously refusing to protect the public against the dangers it was created to guard against.

Government fools the people into believing they are free market champions with their endless “free trade” agreements –NAFTA, CAFTA, TPP, TTIP and TISA – to name just a few of these vomit inducing laws, for Make Benefit Glorious Nation ‘Murika! These agreements are Orwellian doublespeak for restricted trade agreements — restricted to anyone except giant corporations and whores with a lot of money. Meanwhile, you can spread your ass-cheeks and enjoy your BOHICA (Bend Over Here It Comes Again) Agreement as your jobs continue to be outsourced, your wages decrease, more censorship, you go to jail for bizarre copyright infringement laws, and get hauled into private corporate courts which supplant national sovereignty. You people who believe free markets exist, do you also believe in Unicorn farts?


Nothing may be more utterly fake than the fake War On Terror. You can’t have a war on something which is a consequence of war. Wars are fought against countries, but you won’t find on a map a country called Terror. Not to mention that America’s other wars against concepts – the war on poverty, war on drugs, etc. – have been abysmal failures of epic proportions.

I wish they would just be honest and call it the War On American Freedoms. Terrorism is one of the most deceptive and effective tools of the elite warmongering class to trick people into allowing centralization of control, and allowing Government to pass laws, and encroaching upon rights and grabbing power when it otherwise would not have been able to do so. Look no further than the Patriot Act – a horrendous piece of legislation which gutted the Bill of Rights. It was passed by scared politicians who didn’t read it, and was approved by a scared population who preferred security over liberty … even though Benjamin Franklin said people who succumb to such foolishness deserves neither.

There is no better example that America isn’t serious about waging a War On Terror than the current conflict in the Middle East with ISIS. ISIS has no Navy, no Air Force, no country, no economy (except the oil they steal) to sustain a war, no ability to manufacture weapons, and their “Army” is a bunch of ragtag goat-fornicators dressed in nightgowns and driving Toyotas. America has a trillion dollar military defense budget and has the most formidable weaponry ever invented by mankind yet we can’t defeat them?? Wait! It’s even worse than that! The USA has been bombing ISIS for the past year, and … and … territory gained by ISIS has increased! If you can’t smell the rotting stench of bull-shittery, then you ought to get your nose checked. Meanwhile, Russia in their first week of bombing destroyed more ISIS equipment, facilities, and personnel than the United States did in the entire previous year. This does not mean that the U.S. military is weaker or less competent than Russia’s. What it does mean, unequivocally without question, is that the USA!USA!USA! simply is not serious about fighting this so-called War On Terror.

On the other hand, there is one positive note about this War on Terror. And that is that it positively causes absolute terror to sovereign nations across the globe. God help those pitiful nations who come into our cross-hairs under the guise of “national security” — which is nothing more justification by the elite to act under the cloak of secrecy, and engaging in unbridled aggression while invading other sovereign nations. But, national security has absolutely nothing to do with making you more secure.

As just one example, did you feel more secure when we literally destroyed the sovereign nation of Libya? I didn’t think so. What it does is make the elite more secure (by fattening their bank accounts with enormously lucrative military contracts) and you more insecure (because you give up rights and liberties, and because annihilating countries actually does create more terrorists.) Sleep well in your secure bed tonight. Just try to not have nightmares about all the freedoms you willingly surrendered.


The United States was meant to be a Republic, not a Democracy.

A democracy runs on majority opinion. In other words, a majority can vote to impose its rule on the minority. A republic contains protections of individual and minority rights, so that no matter who is in power, these basic rights can never be infringed.

Aside from the above technical definitions, in a broader sense people use “democracy” ” to mean a system where the common people have a fair say in public affairs. Representation! Voting! Even if it means voting for your particular choice for dictator. All this is pure unadulterated bovine excrement.

Do you vote for endless wars? Do you vote for ever increasing taxes so other people can have free shit? Do you vote to have your privacy violated at every turn in this surveillance state? Do you vote to have your local police militarized? Do you vote for the dumbing of your children, aka Common Core? Do you vote to have your speech restricted to “free speech zones”? Do you vote for 100,000 Syrian Muslims to invade immigrate to your neighborhood?

Do you get the general picture yet? Your voice means absolutely nothing. They don’t care about you and your trifling needs or wants. Complain too much and they’ll put you on a terrorist watch list. NO ONE IS LISTENING TO YOU. The US has been deliberately turned from a constitutional republic into a corporate democracy, and unless there’s a full blown revolution there isn’t a damned thing you can do about it. BOHICA.


Do you know how to make a cop or politician laugh their fat asses off? Tell them you believe you have certain unalienable, God-given, inherent human rights according to the Constitution. They love that joke. You may be born free, but you’ll die in the land of the fleeced and the home of the slave at the rate we’re going. Almost every liberty guaranteed in the first ten amendments (Bill Of Rights) is being eroded before your very eyes. Let’s just take a quick glance at three of those amendments.

1– The 1st Amendment protects speech, religion, assembly and the press. I could easily write another 5,000 word post showing how we’re losing this right. However, let’s just focus on one area; the many things you do which indicate you are a terrorist according to the government. Being labeled a terrorist for exercising your First Amendment rights would certainly be a violation of the First Amendment. Right? Each and every one of the following items have appeared in a news article. You might be a terrorist if;

— you take steps to protect your privacy, look like a hippy, complain about the taste of your tap water, act like a kid, use social media, reporting or doing journalism (and here and here), have “strange odors” or “bright colored stains on clothes”, speak out against government policies, protesting anything (such as participating in the “Occupy” or “Tea Party” movements), question war, criticize the government’s targeting of innocent civilians with drones, ask questions about pollution, pay cash at an Internet café, ask questions about Wall Street shenanigans, holding gold, stocking up on more than 7 days of food, having bumper stickers saying things like “Know Your Rights Or Lose Them”, investigate factory farming, infringing a copyright, taking pictures or videos, talking to police officers, wear a hoodie, drive a van, writing on a piece of paper, being frustrated with “mainstream ideologies” being a libertarian, liking the Founding Fathers, being a Christian, being anti-tax, anti-regulation or for the gold standard, being “reverent of individual liberty”, being anti-nuclear, believing in “conspiracy theories”, believing that one’s personal and/or national “way of life” is under attack, being anti-abortion, being anti-global, being suspicious of centralized federal authority, survivalism, opposing genetically engineered food, opposing surveillance.

2– The 2nd Amendment states that “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” How is it possible that those simple FOURTEEN WORDS can be so misconstrued by the libtard gun haters? It couldn’t be any clearer if the Founding Fathers wrote – “Guns for people? Fuck Yeah!!”.

Just hours after the Umpqua Community College shootings last month Obama said this; — “We know that other countries, in response to one mass shooting, have been able to craft laws that almost eliminate mass shootings. Friends of ours, allies of ours — Great Britain, Australia, countries like ours. So we know there are ways to prevent it.” In other words while not coming out and saying “ban guns”, he wants to make it almost impossible for American citizens to exercise their 2nd Amendment right. There is no need to debate this issue. There are two kinds of people in America; those who support gun ownership, and those who want them taken away. May the latter group be stricken with pus and boils and itchy groins forever.

3.– The 4th Amendment prevents unlawful search and seizure: — “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated,”. This one is very simple. When the government SPIES ON EVERYTHING YOU DO … then the 4th Amendment has been effectively nullified.

“The National Security Agency’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything: telephone conversations, telegrams, it doesn’t matter. There would be no place to hide. If a dictator ever took over, the N.S.A. he could enable it to impose total tyranny, and there would be no way to fight back.”

——- Sen. Frank Church who chaired the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He said the above about the NSA …….. way back in 1975!

For further info on how The Bill Of Rights are being eradicated please read the very excellent article titled—“Americans Have Lost virtually all of Our Constitutional Rights”;


I want to close on a positive note. In a world of turmoil, despair, uncertainty, and fakeness it is more important than ever to make our families the center of our lives and the top of our priorities. Note that I did not include “friends”. Friends come and go … family, for better or worse, is forever.

We need to make our homes a place of refuge from the storm, which is increasing in intensity all about us. It is the one place in all the world, perhaps the only place, where fakery can be shelved, and total acceptance of who we are put in its place. Love is eternal so, your highest calling in your life ought to be your family.

To those who don’t have people in their life right now to love … get a dog.

In closing, let me say “thank you” for reading this long article. Lastly, let me ask you to reflect on this question; — “Are you being fake with your family, or real?”
Wed, November 25, 2015 - 1:44 AM — permalink - 0 comments - add a comment

US-backed Forces Have Right to Self-Defense, but Others Do Not - US State Department


Syrian Turkmen fighters are seen with an anti-aircraft artillery weapon near the northern Syrian village of Yamadi, near the Turkish-Syrian border, Syria, November 24, 2015. © Stringer

Turkey and the rebels it backs northern Syria had the right to defend themselves against Russian airstrikes, State Department spokesman told reporters. The rebels reportedly killed one Russian pilot who ejected from the jet hit by a Turkish missile.

During the regular press briefing, Mark Toner said the Syrian government did not have such a right, though.

When asked by RT's Gayane Chichakyan if the State Department considered the rebels who reportedly killed the Russian pilots "moderates," Toner replied:

"We’ve seen conflicting reports. One pilot may not have been killed. If these ‘Turkomen’ were actually being attacked by Russian strikes, they have every right to defend themselves.”

AP's diplomatic correspondent Matt Lee asked a follow up question.

"Doesn’t that apply to everyone, not just rebels backed by West? Including the Assad regime?"

What the Assad regime was doing "is not self-defense," Toner countered, arguing that the government in Damascus responded to "peaceful protests with four years of terror."

When other reporters questioned his description of the Syrian conflict as a "peaceful protest," Toner brushed them off by saying that "everyone in this room knows what happened."

Toner repeated several times that Washington stood by Turkey as a NATO ally, and its "right to protect its sovereign airspace”, while refusing to comment on the specifics of this morning's downing of a Russian jet because, by his admission, he had no details yet.

The State Department spokesman confirmed the US was supplying TOW missiles – seen in a video purportedly showing the rebels destroying a Russian search-and-rescue helicopter – to the "moderates" in northern Syria who were supposedly battling Islamic State forces.

© الفرقة الاولى الساحلية FSA video claims Russian-made helicopter hit with US-made TOW missile near Su-24 crash site
Another revelation at the briefing on Tuesday was that the "de-confliction" mechanism established between the US and Russia last month to avoid clashes in the skies over Syria did not apply to any other members of the US-led coalition.

Asked by Chichakyan if the State Department would condemn the rebels’ use of US-supplied missiles against a Russian rescue helicopter, Toner replied that Syria was a “very complex environment.”

Repeating that Russia was supporting Assad and directing airstrikes against the “moderate Syrian opposition,” he said that this only increased the urgency to speed up the political transition, so that everyone could focus on fighting Islamic State.
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Deadly Explosion Hits Military Bus Full Of Presidential Guard in Tunisian Capital


The explosion hit a major thoroughfare in the Tunisian capital.</span> FETHI BELAID/AFP/Getty Images The explosion hit a major thoroughfare in the Tunisian capital.

TUNIS, Nov 24 (Reuters) - At least 12 people were killed on Tuesday when an explosion tore through a bus full of Tunisian presidential guards in an attack that one source said was probably the work of a suicide bomber.

Ambulances rushed wounded from the scene and security forces closed off streets around Mohamed V Avenue, one of the main streets in the capital Tunis, where the charred wreckage of the bus lay, not far from the Interior Ministry.

It was the third major attack in Tunisia this year, after an Islamist militant killed 38 foreigners at a beach hotel in the resort of Sousse in June, and gunmen killed 21 tourists at the Bardo Museum in Tunis in March. Islamic State claimed both those attacks.

Security sources said the guards were boarding the bus to be taken to the presidential palace on the outskirts of the city when it blew up. One presidential source said it was likely that a bomber had detonated his explosive belt inside the bus.

"I was on Mohamed V, just getting ready to get into my car, when there was a huge explosion. I saw the bus blow up. There were bodies and blood everywhere," said bystander Bassem Trifi.

At least 12 guards were killed and 17 wounded, according to an Interior Ministry statement.

President Beji Caid Essebsi canceled a trip to Europe and said Tunis would be placed under curfew until Wednesday 5 a.m. (0400 GMT). He reinstated a month-long state of emergency, temporarily giving the government more executive flexibility, security forces more powers, and restricting some civil rights.

Mohamed V is a major boulevard usually packed with traffic and pedestrians, and the site of several hotels and banks.

Fighting Islamist militants has become a major challenge for Tunisia, a small North African country that was hailed as a blueprint for democratic change in the region after an uprising in 2011 ousted autocrat Zine Abidine Ben Ali.

Tunisia has held free elections and is operating under a new constitution and a broad political consensus, for which secular and Islamist parties have managed to overcome deep disagreements.

But several thousand Tunisians have also left to fight in Syria, Iraq and Libya with Islamic State and other militant groups, and some have threatened to carry out attacks at home.

The army has also been fighting against another Islamist militant group in the mountains near the Algerian border. Militants have attacked checkpoints and patrols in rural areas in the past.

In September, the government received intelligence reports pointing to possible car bombings in the capital and banned traffic in parts of the city.

This month, authorities arrested 17 Islamist militants and said they had prevented another major assault, planned for November, on hotels and security forces in Sousse.

Je condamne le lâche attentat de Tunis. Mes pensées vont aux victimes, à leurs proches et aux Tunisiens que j'assure de ma solidarité.

— François Hollande (@fhollande) 2:52 PM - 24 Nov 2015

I condemn the cowardly attack on Tunis. My thoughts go to the victims, to their families and to Tunisians, and I assure my solidarity with them.

(Reporting by Tarek Amara and Mohamed Argoubi; Writing by Patrick Markey; Editing by Kevin Liffey and John Stonestreet)
Tue, November 24, 2015 - 11:30 PM — permalink - 0 comments - add a comment
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