Saturday, August 31, 2013
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U.S.: Al Qaeda-linked Group Behind Benghazi Attack Trains Jihadists for Syrian Rebel Groups
Article above mentions relatively liberal folks in eastern province. Wrong. They are Jihadists, see below:
'Braindead' West wants Jihadists to rule Libya - ex-CIA officer
WELCOME TO 'THE JUNGLE': The Largest Homeless Camp In Mainland USA Is Right In The Heart Of Silicon Valley
EVERY Market Is Rigged
'Bombing Syria will make civil war worse': Army chiefs praise Parliament for voting against military strikes
- General Lord Dannatt described vote as 'victory for common sense'
- He said the 'drumbeat for war' had dwindled among British public
- Rear Admiral Chris Parry said serving colleagues were glad at decision
- U.N weapons inspectors left Syria earlier than expected today
- This has fuelled speculation U.S. could attack Syria as early as tomorrow
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'Here we go': Drunk passenger causes cross-country flight to make emergency landing after groping two passengers
- Gregory Meyer grabbed the waist of one female passenger and the head of another passenger
- Meyer had taken Ambien, brought his own bottle of vodka onto the plane
- Meyer is originally from New York
Friday, August 30, 2013
"It must not be felt that these heads of the world's chief central banks were themselves substantive powers in world finance. They were not. Rather, they were the technicians and agents of the dominant investment bankers of their own countries, who had raised them up and were perfectly capable of throwing them down. The substantive financial powers of the world were in the hands of these investment bankers (also called 'international' or 'merchant' bankers) who remained largely behind the scenes in their own unincorporated private banks. These formed a system of international cooperation and national dominance which was more private, more powerful, and more secret than that of their agents in the central banks. this dominance of investment bankers was based on their control over the flows of credit and investment funds in their own countries and throughout the world. They could dominate the financial and industrial systems of their own countries by their influence over the flow of current funds though bank loans, the discount rate, and the re-discounting of commercial debts; they could dominate governments by their own control over current government loans and the play of the international exchanges. Almost all of this power was exercised by the personal influence and prestige of men who had demonstrated their ability in the past to bring off successful financial coupes, to keep their word, to remain cool in a crisis, and to share their winning opportunities with their associates."
I could hardly believe what I was reading. I sat in the bookstore and read until closing time. I then bought the book and went home where I read almost all night. For the next twenty-five years I traveled throughout the United States, Europe and the Middle East following one lead after another to determine if the incredible words of the professor were really true. While serving as the Editor of a scholarly journal on international affairs, Director of the Center for Global Studies and foreign policy advisor for a key U. S. Senator in Washington, D. C., I conducted over 1000 interviews with influential world leaders, government officials, military generals, intelligence officers, scholars and businessmen, including corporate CEOs and prominent international bankers and investment bankers. I went through over 25,000 books and over 50,000 documents. I learned for myself that the professor was telling the truth.
There really is a "world system of financial control in private hands" that is "able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world." I call this system the World Trade Federation. It is an ultra-secret group of the most powerful men on the earth. They now control every major international institution, every major multinational and transnational corporation both public and private, every major domestic and international banking institution, every central bank, every nation-state on earth, the natural resources on every continent and the people around the world through complicated inter-locking networks that resemble giant spider webs. This group is comprised of the leading family dynasties of the Canada, United States, Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, Russia and China. This self-perpetuating group has developed an elaborate system of control that enables them to manipulate government leaders, consumers and people throughout the world. They are in the last stages of developing a World Empire that will rival the ancient Roman Empire. However, this new Empire will rule the entire world, not just a goodly portion of it as Rome did long ago, from its ultra-secret world headquarters in Germany. This group is responsible for the death and suffering of over 180 million men, women and children. They were responsible for World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and Vietnam, etc. They have created periods of inflation and deflation in order to confiscate and consolidate the wealth of the world. They were responsible for the enslavement of over two billion people in all communist nations—Russia, China, Eastern Europe, etc., inasmuch as they were directly responsible for the creation of communism in these nations. They built up and sustain these evil totalitarian systems for private gain. They brought Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin and Roosevelt to power and guided their governments from behind the scenes to achieve a state of plunder unparalleled in world history. They make Attila the Hun look like a kindergarten child compared to their accomplishments. Six million Jews were tortured and killed in order to confiscate billions of dollars in assets, gold, silver, currency, diamonds and art work from the Tribe of Judah–a special group of people. The people in Eastern Europe suffered a similar fate as the armies of Hitler overran these countries, murdered, enslaved, robbed and plundered the unique people who resided there. For the last two and one half centuries wealth and power have been concentrating in the hands of fewer and fewer men and women. This wealth is now being used to construct and maintain the World Empire that is in the last stages of development. The World Empire is partly visible and partly invisible today.
The chief architects of this new World Empire are planning another war—World War III—to eliminate any vestiges of political, economic or religious freedom from the face of the earth. They will then completely control the earth and its natural resources. The people will be completely enslaved just as the people were in the ancient Roman Empire. While the above may sound like fiction, I can assure you that it is true. I wish it was fiction, but it is not, it is reality.
Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World in Our Time New York: The Macmillan Company. 1966
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U.S. Government Assessment of the Syrian Government’sUse of Chemical Weapons on August 21, 2013
The United States Government assesses with high confidence that the Syrian government carried out a chemical weapons attack in the Damascus suburbs on August 21, 2013. We further assessthat the regime used a nerve agent in the attack. These all-source assessments are based onhuman, signals, and geospatial intelligence as well as a significant body of open sourcereporting.
Our classified assessments have been shared with the U.S. Congress and keyinternational partners. To protect sources and methods, we cannot publicly release all availableintelligence – but what follows is an unclassified summary of the U.S. Intelligence Community’sanalysis of what took place.
Syrian Government Use of Chemical Weapons on August 21"
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- Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain which grows flowers, not thunder.– Jalaluddin Rumi
Rebels and local residents in Ghouta accuse Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan of providing chemical weapons to an al-Qaida linked rebel group.
Then there’s Vikram Pandit, former CEO of Citigroup. Pandit made the top-twenty-five list in 2008, earning $38 million. That same year, his firm laid off 75,000 employees, and took government bailouts ultimately exceeding $472 billion. Pandit accepted only $1 for his services while his firm was in the red, but by 2011 he was back on the list of top earners."
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Signs of a Shift Among Egyptian Protesters to Antigovernment, From Pro-Morsi
Some demonstrators in Cairo have begun carrying posters that bear a four-fingered salute logo that memorializes protesters killed by security forces.
By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK and KAREEM FAHIM
Published: August 30, 2013
CAIRO — The continuing protests against the military takeover here showed signs on Friday of shifting into a movement against the authoritarian tactics of the new government rather than one demanding the return of the ousted president, Mohamed Morsi.
Although the evidence is tentative and anecdotal, any expansion of the protests' base would be a significant setback for the new government. It has so far enjoyed considerable support for its crackdown on Mr. Morsi's Islamist supporters in the Muslim Brotherhood, whom it describes as violence-prone extremists.
As tens of thousands gathered in the streets of Cairo for the ninth Friday of protests against the takeover, few carried the posters of Mr. Morsi's face that were once the banner of the Brotherhood's "anti-coup" coalition. Instead, almost everyone held a sign with a logo memorializing the mass killing by security forces of hundreds of Morsi supporters on Aug. 14: a four-fingered salute, because the Arabic word for fourth is the name of the square where the protesters were staging their sit-in, Rabaa.
In a sharp change from the past, some of the marchers said openly that they did not expect Mr. Morsi to return to office, or they grudgingly acknowledged his government's failures. At least a few said they did not want him back for longer than it took to hand over power to a new government or oversee new elections.
"For me the first goal is to remove Sisi," said Ibrahim Salah, a 27-year-old tour leader, referring to Gen. Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi, who pushed out Mr. Morsi and installed the new government. "And then to remove the Mubarak regime, which never really left," he added.
In at least one march by thousands of demonstrators in the neighborhood of Mohandiseen, many carried signs opposing both the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist movement behind Mr. Morsi, and the new government installed by General Sisi. Pro-Morsi demonstrators had rallied around his "legitimacy" as Egypt's first democratically elected president, while General Sisi's supporters claimed for him a "mandate" to crush the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group.
At the Mohandiseen march, many signs said, "No legitimacy and no mandate; the revolution is back!" A Brotherhood spokesman disavowed the march and directed journalists to other protests called by the Brotherhood.
"The demonstrations are starting to get more representative of the people and not just the Islamists, because people are beginning to see that this was a bloody coup," said Abdullah Salah, 20, who was at the march with four friends. He said he had voted against the Islamists in the first round of the presidential election in May 2012 and started joining protests with them only after the mass shootings. "Somebody has to be accountable," he added.
Even some young Islamists sought to distance their protests from Mr. Morsi's restoration. "I'm not ready to take a bullet for Morsi," said a 37-year-old Muslim Brotherhood member who gave only his first name, Hani. "It's a matter of democracy — not a person."
It was unclear whether the shift represented a change in strategy by the Brotherhood intended to broaden its appeal, a bottom-up response to the crackdown or a combination of both.
So far, the protests remain associated primarily with the Brotherhood; no other major political party or activist group has joined them, noted H. A. Hellyer, a fellow at the Brookings Institution who studies Egyptian politics.
"I don't think they have turned any tide," he said. "They might at some point, but that depends on how unpopular the military gets," he added, noting that polls show a sizable majority of Egyptians still admire their military.
But Friday's marches were larger than those held a week earlier despite a tight lockdown by security forces and a threat from the police to use deadly ammunition. Security forces have killed more than a thousand Morsi supporters at protests in just the past 16 days, and the police have arrested thousands of Brotherhood members, including most of group's leaders.
Large demonstrations also took place in several other cities, but reliable reports of their size were hard to obtain.
The protests were mostly peaceful with a few flashes of violence. State news media reported that seven protesters had been killed around the country in clashes with the security forces or pro-government vigilantes.
Members of the Muslim Brotherhood who demonstrated Friday vowed that they would organize more protests even though the crackdown has all but cut off communication with their leaders. "Before it was a pyramid," said Mustafa Shafiq, 23. "Now it's a network. This is better."
Mayy El Sheikh contributed reporting.
- Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain which grows flowers, not thunder.– Jalaluddin Rumi
Two Nimitz-class aircraft carriers: $4.5 billion each. They each carry about 48 F-18s among the roughly 80+ aircraft aboard; the F-18s go for about $55 million apiece.
Two guided-missile cruisers: About $1 billion each. Carry 50 or so Tomahawk cruise missiles at about $1.5 million per.
Five guided-missile destroyers: About $1.8 billion each. Carry 50 or so Tomahawk cruise missiles at about $1.5 million per.
One amphibious assault ship: About $1 billion."
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Operation Tomahawk With Cheese may still happen; even with the calendar pressing; even bypassing the UN; even with a mini-coalition of the willing; even making a total mockery of international law. The White House has made it clear that ''diplomatic paralysis'' cannot infringe on its ''credibility''. "
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politics: uttar pradesh
Eye on 2014, the SP government is playing up a Dalit-Muslim divide
This ruthless manoeuvring of identity-based alignments has been on in the state for some time, catalysed by the BJP choosing a polarising Narendra Modi as its campaign leader and putting his deputy Amit Shah in charge of Uttar Pradesh. But Rampur came into the picture a few weeks ago, with the arrest of Kanwal Bharti, a Dalit writer. Bharti posted a comment on Facebook criticising the government for a reservation policy (scrapped since) and the suspension of IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal, who had taken on the sand-mining mafia, for felling a newly-built wall at what was to become a mosque on unauthorised land. The post named chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and SP strongman Azam Khan, the Rampur MLA who occupies eight ministerial posts and is locally called the "deputy CM". The writer found himself charged with provoking riots and insulting religious beliefs. A court has since granted him bail.
Indeed, there are blatant examples of Dalits being targeted. The previous BSP government had settled 27 Dalit families, including some Dalit Muslims or Kanjars, under the Indira Awas Yojna in Rampur Sadar. The houses have been demolished, and the evictees say they received neither notice nor explanation. Clutching his allotment slip, his house a pile of debris, Pappu Kumar, says, "This government is victimising Dalits because it thinks we are all BSP voters."
Also, many say that, across the state, the administration is being pressured to act in a way that increases tension by giving a communal and casteist tinge to crimes or law-and-order issues like clashes, abductions, murders. Nazar Abbas, an advocate, alleges that in Rampur, Azam Khan is doing more than his bit towards that end. "A Dalit youth has been charged with raping a Muslim woman although the medical report does not bear out rape," he says. "Azam Khan visited the victim and ensured that the Dalit faces the rape charge."
Leaders of other parties condemn these machinations. "The state machinery is strong enough to control the rising tension, but it seems it's being left lax to foster a religious divide. This is pure votebank politics," says Mohammed Salim, a CPI(M) leader. And Nawab Kazim Ali Khan, the Congress MLA from the Suar Tanda assembly seat of Rampur, says, "I don't know what will happen if such tension and polarisation continues." He predicts a poor show for the Samajwadi Party in 2014, and a loss for its Rampur MP, actress S. Jayaprada.
Increasingly, Muslims from the town are not only unhappy with Azam Khan, they also see through the Samajwadi Party's strategy. "The attempt is to divide Dalit votes, rely on the OBC (Yadav) base, get upper-caste votes by fielding their candidates and bag some votes by polarising Muslims too ," says Mohammed Ziya Ali, a teacher. People hold up a contrast to the 'demolition' that saw Durga Shakti's suspension: two madrassas—one outside Raza College and another established in 1984 inside the complex housing the 200-year-old Madrassa Kona—were demolished during Ramzan. Azhar Khan, who managed the second, was arrested and obtained bail only the day before Id. "If the felling of a mosque wall during Ramzan is reason enough for the suspension of an IAS officer, why is no action taken against those who ordered the total demolitions here?" locals ask.
But Azam Khan is unmoved and blames the media. "From Durga Shakti to the Kanwal Bharti issue, the media says whatever it wants to. It's always a media trial of politicians nowadays. If I'm not a good person, why am I winning with a record margin?" Locals have also expressed resentment at the demolition of gateways built by Rampur's erstwhile rulers, but Azam Khan thinks they are just the symbols of the rule of "brutal nawabs over us poor people" and should have been broken down much earlier. When the leadership is without a sense of history and has its eye on the political chance, it is no wonder that the cultured, unforced syncretism of the past is being reduced to rubble.
By Panini Anand in Rampur