Posts by Jaime Ortega-Simo:
By The Daily Journalist
The alerting services of NATO detected and monitored an “unusual” and unexpected activity of the Russian Air Force in the last two days. In a statement issued this afternoon, the Atlantic Alliance alerted that have been detected up to four different groups of fighter jets and Russian nuclear bombers “making significant military maneuvers in the European airspace over the Baltic Sea, North Sea and Atlantic Ocean addition to the Black Sea. ”
This recent Russian airspace movement forced fighters to mobilize up to six different European countries, as these jets moved. The first, about three in the afternoon when the NATO radar found and followed four Tu-95 bombers and four Il-78 in formation, who arrived from mainland Russia and flying over international airspace in the Norwegian Sea.
The formation broke, and various devices were intercepted and followed by Air Force planes from Norway, Portugal and the UK.
Keeping a very mild language, NATO from its headquarters in Belgium, has warned that Russian planes prevented radio contact with air traffic control authorities of the continent and were not using transponders which “poses a potential risk to civil aviation because drivers can not detect this type of appliance and ensure non-interference, “said the statement.
Simultaneously, this afternoon, four planes were tracked by Turkish aircraft’s over the Black Sea. Like seven, Tuesday, on the Baltic also intercepted and identified by German aircraft’s. So far this year, 100 NATO Russian intrusions were officially detected, all recorded in 2013.
The gas summit goes on
The timing for this new challenge Moscow is far from casual. Neither the affected territories. The airspace violations have taken place to begin with, in the vicinity of Norway, the country’s new Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg. And just as he gave his first official speech … and focused on relations with Russia. A few days after a Russian spy plane was detected over NATO territory since the fall of the Berlin Wall.
As if that were not enough, while the alerts distributed throughout Europe, with negotiators from Russia, Ukraine and the European Commission met in Brussels to try to reach a final agreement on gas supplies in the region. Stalled negotiations with Moscow,and these are now pressed for the winter. That, in a very timely manner, and despite what was expected, ended Wednesday without understanding.
Moreover, these days Europe is just another complicated board game, which is played to decide the future of the two warships that France has built but whose delivery to the Russian Navy has been blocked after sanctions by the intrusion of Vladimir Putin in Ukraine.
Dmitry Rogozin, a senior member of the Russian Defense Ministry said this morning that it had received the invitation to deliver the first Vladivostok, one of the two amphibious assault ships purchased by 1.200 million in November. And it showed a picture of a letter received from Paris. However, the government said yesterday through defense minister, Jean-Yves le Drian, that Hollande “has not made a final decision and is not expected to be made at short notice either.”
Interview conducted by Jaime Ortega.
Melissa Brower, is a public affairs specialist for the CDC.
1. Everyone talks about Ebola, (perhaps media hype) but isn’t KPC, MSRA, CRE or C. DIFF presently a more dangerous threat to the US than the African disease considering they’re 20.000 cases per year? – In your opinion, has the media done a fair job reporting on these new super bacteria diseases considering the amount of deaths caused by Super-Bacteria as oppose to media coverage on Ebola?
It is true that drug-resistant infections do infect and kill many more people in the United States than Ebola. However, the media attention on Ebola right now is not surprising given that the recent U.S. cases represent the very first time that this frightening disease has been seen in the United States.
2. Why is super-bacteria so deadly? And can antibiotics cure a patient been infected?
People infected with drug-resistant organisms are more likely to have longer and more expensive hospital stays, and may be more likely to die as a result of the infection. When the drug of choice for treating their infection doesn’t work, they require treatment with second- or third-choice drugs that may be less effective, more toxic, and more expensive.
3. Should people be more concerned about Ebola, or more aware about the spread of super bacteria? Which of the two is easier to get infected with?
Ebola virus is spread through direct contact with the blood or body fluids (including but not limited to feces, saliva, sweat, urine, vomit, and semen) of a person who is sick with Ebola. Healthcare providers caring for Ebola patients and the family and friends in close contact with Ebola patients are at the highest risk of getting sick because they may come in contact with the blood or body fluids of sick patients. People also can become sick with Ebola after coming in contact with infected wildlife. For example, in Africa, Ebola may spread as a result of handling bushmeat (wild animals hunted for food) and contact with infected bats.
Drug-resistant infections can spread in multiple ways, depending on the specific infection. Please see the CDC website for more information about specific infections, including MRSA, C. difficile, and CRE.
4. Have antibiotics used by humans cause to some degree super bacteria to become more resistant? (Perhaps also farm animal antibiotics used in animal farms)
Studies indicate that 30-50% of antibiotics prescribed in hospitals are unnecessary or inappropriate. There is no doubt that overprescribing and misprescribing is contributing to the growing challenges posed by Clostridium difficile and antibiotic-resistant bacteria. See the antibiotic resistance FAQ linked here for more info.
5. Are viruses like Ebola easier to stop than Super Bacteria? Have we contained Super Bacteria or found the right strategy?
Antimicrobial stewardship interventions have been proven to improve individual patient outcomes, reduce the overall burden of antibiotic resistance, and save healthcare dollars. If everyone — healthcare providers, hospital administrators, policy makers, and patients — works together to employ effective antibiotic stewardship programs, we can improve patient care, more effectively combat antibiotic resistance and ultimately save lives.
See this link for information on Ebola prevention.
6. Has the government contribute to help control Super bug disease? Could they do anything more effectively to prevent more deaths?
Check out this link for information on the National Strategy to Combat Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria.
7. KPC, is the worst out of all Superbacteria strains, or is there a more deadly strain?
There are other infections, such as MRSA and C. difficile infection, that are more widespread and therefore kill more people in the United States. However, CRE is very concerning because it is on the rise among patients in medical facilities and these bacteria have become resistant to all or nearly all the antibiotics we have today. Almost half of hospital patients who get bloodstream infections from CRE bacteria die from the infection. For more information, see our recent report, Antibiotic resistance threats in the United States, 2013, which gives a snapshot of the burden and threats posed by the antibiotic-resistant germs that have the most impact on human health.
8. Have antibiotics stop to function at the virus and bacteria level? What is next?
If you are asking what steps are being taken to combat antibiotic resistance, please see the National Strategy to Combat Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria. Also see CDC’s drug resistance website for additional information.
9. Ebola cases are nothing new to the US. Why is Ebola so popular now as oppose to the isolated cases in the past?
On September 30, CDC confirmed the first case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the United States. This person had traveled from Liberia to Dallas, Texas. The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history, affecting multiple countries in West Africa.
By Alton Parrish.
The lifelike robot, which has smooth silicone-based skin, was jointly created by aLab Inc., Osaka University, Shibaura Institute of Technology and Shonan Institute of Technology.
The Aiko Chihira android is equipped with 43 servomotors that move her arms and hands. While it is common to see androids and robots that can interact and converse, one that has also mastered sign language is unusual.
Toshiba anticipates having enhanced Aiko Chihira’s technology so much by 2020 that it will be able to serve as an actual guide for foreign visitors to the Tokyo Olympic Games.
More from Japan Times
By Jaime Ortega.
3,318 miles away from New York City, a terrifying scenario silently awaits its awakening. More devastating than a nuclear bomb, an Island in the west coast of Spain, worries geologist trying to predict when a chunk of the Island might collapse into the ocean bed causing a massive tidal wave that scientist call a Mega Tsunami.
Las Palmas located in the Canary Islands last volcanic eruption occurred on 1949. The volcanic lava combined with the heat pressure destabilized the tectonic plates of the Island, causing noticeable breaches on the rifts clearly visibly by tourist who visit Las Palmas.
The trillions of tons of rubble have slowly precipitated into the coast for thousands of years, eruption after eruption, causing the Island to slide down into the Ocean for another imminent collapse.
What worries people about this Island, is the possibility it could be targeted for a massive terrorist operation. The Islamic State and Al-Qaeda have tried and keep attempting to buyout ex-KGB, Ex-National Protection of State Secret members (China) and Ex- Intra-Services Intelligence (Pakistan) scientist.
Many of these former scientist are verily passing by with government help, and would be tempted to become rich just by sharing classified information to these terrorist networks.
Ignoring international sanctions, Iran is currently enriching Uranium, violating UN Security regulations. Would Iran achieve its goal to produce nuclear fusion, the possibility to reinforce Hezbollah militants with nuclear power remains an issue that needs to be addressed more seriously.
U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerri has become the main advocate in gathering intelligence reports to prevent a nuclear terrorist attack on US soil.
If a terrorist organization where to detonate a nuclear bomb in Las Palmas, the destruction would be unimaginable. It could trigger the unstable part of the Island to fallout into the ocean floor, causing a 500ft wave that would head directly into the East Coast of The United States. The massive wave would spread into the sea, traveling at 700 Mph, arriving in less than seven hours into North America.
Once the wave reached the coast, it would push up 20 miles inland, with a wave length of 50ft wiping out everything on its destructive path.
New York City, Atlantic City, Miami, Ocean City Maryland, Virginia Beach, Boston.. Etc. Would be submerged under water. The total amount of deaths would square to be equivalent to dropping 20 nuclear bombs into major cities across the East Coast. The disaster would be staggering, and it would be the end of the U.S. economy as we know it.
The Intelligence Community, and the Spanish Intelligence Service (CESID) should pay special attention, guarding with maximum security the perimeters surrounding Las Palmas Island. If accessible, terrorist would more likely use a dirty bomb, since they cannot manufacture, or transport a nuclear weapon without grabbing the attention of sea security patrols.
For terrorist to be successful, they would either have to assemble the bomb inside the Island, or simply look for the Achilles-heel of the Island, station the boat near the target, and detonate the bomb.
The treat is out there. And I am sure terrorist would be looking forward for such great opportunity. Shoot one bird, and kill twenty— Be aware!
By The Daily Journalist.
After an entire electoral career in the shadow of the female duo-Marina Dilma Aecio Neves, the PSDB, leapt more than expected getting a surprising 33.66% of votes in the first round of presidential elections in Brazil. They are ten points higher than polls on the eve of the elections. The short final distance achieved by the president, who scored 41.50% (about 40 million votes, seven more than Aécio) promises an exciting second round, as Rousseff will face not only Neves, but thousands of vows of retribution against their management.
Among them, perhaps the great majority of electors of Marina Silva (21.29%), after frustration will have to take a stand perhaps neutralized in the event next day 26 in 2010, when concurred by the Green Party abstained from supporting the president and former party colleague or José Serra. Silva’s dream of being president faded with the click of voters in the electronic ballot box, as well as breaking the hegemonic bipartisan alternation all well since 1995.
More than 142 million citizens had on their hand the destiny of Brazil, which also elected the vice president, 513 congressmen, 26 state governors and their corresponding regional deputies. The renewing energy that is breathed in marches June 2013 are not revived in the doors of polling stations. Brazil shouted as ever, but voted as always.
A few meters away from the polls irregularities ever and more. Hundreds of prisoners, including 22 candidates for the propaganda Election Day showed support for other candidates — a practice prohibited by the Superior Electoral Tribunal. Among pamphlets papered halls across the country, was the image of a constituent slipping and falling when stepped faint. The novelty of the season were the selfies campaign, which is scattered across social networks despite its illegality.
The amazing fresh air that came to Rio de Janeiro when the warmth of spring was expected did not cool the politics of the region, which will go to the second round with Peazo governor (PMDB) as a candidate. A little over a year, then-president of the same party, Sergio Cabral, lived besieged by protesters. Again, nothing to do with what is reflected in the polls.
In Sao Paulo Governor Geraldo Alckmin, representing the PSDB, renewed his mandate in the first round with about 60% of the votes. Sao Paulo is the most populous state and where Dilma suffered defeat against Neves. Instead, Rousseff initialed PT domain in the less developed Northeast, where social support has been critical poverty. And, more surprisingly, beat Neves in Minas Gerais state Tucano ruled with high approval for eight years. In addition, the new governor, Fernando Pimentel, the PT and also breaks the peseedebista hegemony in the second most populated region of Brazil.
In early September, had Dilma Silva and 37%, 33%. But Rousseff and her team launched the multi-million dollar communications equipment should destroy Marina. And it worked. Silva was weak, too sensitive, and bottomed in the polls on the eve of the election, with 21% of likely voters resurrecting Aécio Neves, the PSDB, hitherto out of all the pools. In the end, Brazil returned to bipartisanship in the polls, to the devil they know, and put aside dreams of renewal and new policy.
By Jaime Ortega.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro requested this Wednesday in New York for the United States Government to “rectify the erratic policies of bullying” his country, and asserted he would denounce us foreign policy to the General Assembly of the UN to “bring the whole truth “about Venezuela.
“Our revolution has not fallen or will fall,” Maduro said in a meeting with the communities of the Bronx taken place at Hostos Community College.
The president of the South American country has said that although he doubted about his participation in the General Assembly, he decided to do so after reading this Sunday two critical stories about his policy in two of the most important newspapers in the United States, ‘The Washington Post’ and The New York Times.
“What a coincidence,” he exclaimed, and argued. “They wanted to keep my trip to the organization of the United Nations Then on Sunday, I was still thinking if I would come or not come (…) At the moment when I read the two editorials, thanks to ‘Washington Post’ and ‘New York times’ decided.’ Cause now I’ll have to carry the whole truth of our country “, he underlined.
Maduro has ensured that these texts showed how elites from the United States “look over the shoulder”.
“We are not better or intend to be, but we can not accept that we despise,” he continued.
“We know that the attack on Venezuela is to try to prevent such a deeply popular democratic revolution, with a deep American identity with the flag of Bolívar and the spirit of Hugo Chavez the giant who continues riding in the XXI century to consolidate Venezuela, “he said.
He added wryly, as if they were “securities of a Hollywood movie,” Venezuela is “a revolution beset by fatal obsession of those who want to own the world.”
Accusations of political prisoners
Maduro has responded to accusations of political prisoners, saying that “where there is enough political prisoners in the United States, starting with (the Puerto Rican Nationalist) Oscar Lopez Rivera, the oldest political prisoner in humanity, the Mandela of Latin America and the Caribbean. ”
“President Barack Obama, has two years as president. Lance In the two years remaining messages for the time and they do transcend any positive memories from the people. Freedom Give Oscar and the three Cubans who are struggling against terrorism, “the Venezuelan leader asked.
“Please be good and have kindness. Ask God to place a halo of light in your mind and in your heart to be inspired,” he urged the American president.
Criticism USA environmental policy
Maduro, who took part today in the Climate Summit at the UN, has been highly critical of the environmental policies of the great powers.
“Now they want to call green economy at the same monster that has destroyed rivers, seas, has been polluted and plundered the wealth and has exploited our people for over a hundred years of capitalism in the world,” he detailed.
“All I have are green dollars that want to get bankers negotiating the destruction of the planet. But to change the climate must change the system,” he assured.
And to prove that another business way possible, Maduro gave as an example Citgo, the oil company whose main shareholder is Texas Petroleos de Venezuela Oil company.
“Our plans to strengthen Citgo is increasingly making the necessary investment to strengthen that Venezuela alliances in the United States,” said, and asserted that this company come “to more than 150,000 families in 25 states of the Union “which, according to the leader,” is not garlic shell. ”
Mature, thereby wished to express that he has nothing against the United States. “The only people there are anti’s own elites of the United States, which has sent to war to die for their young throughout the twentieth century,” he argued.
By Jaime Ortega.
United States and the group “allied nations against terrorism” began on Monday offensive air strikes against jihadist group Islamic State (IS). Te agreement was announced in Syria two weeks ago by President Barack Obama, as the Defense Department reported to the North American country.
“Forces of the United States and allied nations have begun attacks on IS in Syria using a combination of fighters, bombers and Tomahawk missiles,” announced on Twitter Pentagon spokesman, Admiral John Kirby. Specifically, the international coalition aircraft have launched attacks targeting fifty groups in the Syrian provinces of Raqqa and Deir al Zur, which caused an unknown number of casualties, according to initial findings of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights based on testimony from civil and medical services in the area.
In Raqqa, the international aviation launched twenty bombings targeting bases and checkpoints of extremist organization in the city of the same name, their main stronghold on Syrian soil, and on its northern and western suburbs, as well as in the towns of Tel Abiad , Ain Tabaqa and Aisa. One goal of the attacks was the ancient seat of the provincial government of Raqqa, the IS had become one of its most important barracks.
In these bombings, there were several victims, including extremists, although the IS evacuated their bases last week against the imminent American attack.
Meanwhile, in Deir al Zur, international aircraft carried out attacks on twenty jihadi bases in the town of Al Bukamal border with Iraq, and around, and threw another eight in the eastern suburbs of the city of Deir al-Zur.
The attacks have also attained positions of Al-Nusra Facing-the Syrian branch of Al Qaeda in the province of Aleppo, north of the country, according to data from the Observatory, which encrypts seven fighters and eight civilians dead at this point .
Notice to Damascus
The United States Central Command made the decision to start the bombing of the IS in Syria on Monday after receiving authorization from Obama, Kirby said in a brief statement in which he did not elaborate more on the attacks “since the operation is in march “. The Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem, later confirmed that Washington had previously advised the government in Damascus to the start of the bombing, as recorded by Al-Jazeera. “The American side informed the Syrian permanent envoy to the UN that would hit the IS in Raqqa,” says the official Syrian news agency Sana.
Official sources told CNN that all nations who collaborate with the United States in these attacks are Arabs, including Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Bahrain, Qatar and UAE.
The American president had resisted until this September an attack in Syria, as a year ago he refused to intervene against the Syrian regime for its use of chemical weapons. Progress in the last months of IS, a group strengthened in the Syrian civil war and the brutality of their beheadings of Western televised have forced Obama to launch a new military operation in the Middle East after a decade of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan inherited by George W. Bush.
Obama insists that this operation will be different from these contests because in no case will involve the deployment of American ground troops in the field, but faced skepticism from those who believe, even within the Pentagon, it is impossible to beat the IS without ground fighting.
The chronology of a strategy
Since the announcement of the offensive on September 10, Obama and the Congress of the United States Administration have been taking steps to implement the strategy drawn by the president.
On the 15th, the United States launched the first attack on the IS near Baghdad as part of the expansion of its offensive in Iraq by sending 475 more soldiers, a figure that completes a total of over 1,600 since the start of the air strikes in that country on August 8.
Until then the American offensive against IS in Iraq was limited to jihadists positions in the north to protect your personal or humanitarian reasons. Three days later, Congress authorized the arming of Syrian rebels fighting the Islamic State, a “key element” for Obama’s strategy to stop the jihad group.
The Islamic State, strengthened civil by the war in Syria and has not only gained power and ground in recent months, but also visibility. Their progress in Iraq and the brutal televised beheadings have shocked the Western world and presented this group as an even more formidable threat than Al Qaeda.
United States continues to build a coalition as broad as possible countries to defeat the jihadists because one of the red lines of Obama is that America, unlike what happened in the years of George W. Bush does not act alone.
The other red line is that there is no ground combat troops in Iraq or in Syria, so the President insists that this operation is not a new Iraq or Afghanistan, wars he inherited from Bush.
By Jaime Ortega.
The campaign against Scottish independence has strengthened the British union leaders. Prime Minister David Cameron, with his deputy, Nick Clegg, and the leader of the Labour party -main of the opposition, Ed Miliband, have agreed in writing to give more powers to Scotland and its Parliament if they beat the ‘No ‘in the referendum on independence to be held on Thursday 18 September.
The three politicians have signed a historic document for the Scots in which they agree to work together to transfer more powers to the Scottish authorities if the population rejects independence at the polls. The paper, published by Daily Record, the three leaders also ensures that the Scottish Parliament will only say in basic public services such as the Scottish health system (NHS, for its acronym in English).
According to the same publication, the agreement was hosted by former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown in order to convince undecided voters that, if he wins No, Scotland will have much more power to decide on their future.
The signing of this document is part of the intense strategy deployed British leaders in recent days to prevent the majority of the Scottish population who go to the polls on Thursday to give their support to independence. On Monday, David Cameron himself warned in Aberdeen, northeast Scotland, a victory of ‘yes’ would mean “the end of UK as we know it”.
“This week the UK could change forever. Could mean the end of the UK as we know it. On Thursday, Scotland vote and the future of our country is at stake,” said the Conservative leader.
“We must be very clear: no return There will be for good opportunities, This decision is forever Friday, people could get up living in a different country, occupy a different place in the world and another future before it…” said the head of the British government, which was accused by the Scottish prime minister, Alex Salmond, to create alarmism.
Cameron has stepped up warnings in the last days before the advance of the ‘yes’ in the polls. Among other things, the prime minister has warned that the Scots could not cross “so easily” the border with the United Kingdom, which became an international passage, and says that the split “also means automatic support from British embassies receive when travel on the world would end. ”
“It would also mean that about half of the Scottish mortgages, suddenly, from one day to another would depend on banks of a foreign country. Would also mean that if the banks that have problems remaining in Scotland, Scottish taxpayers will have to address these costs alone, “he told Cameron.
In recent days, the uncertainty about the currency would operate in an eventual independent Scotland and has joined the concern about how the Scottish banking sector be configured outside of the UK; after organizations like the Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group announced, they would move its headquarters to London if the cleavage occurs.
“This job is not to scare, is to warn of a decision that can affect the rest of your lives, your children and your grandchildren. Do not want to sell them a dream that could end up disappearing,” said the British prime minister.
By The Daily Journalist.
British Prime Minister David Cameron has opened the doors to possible air strikes against the foundations of the Islamic State (IS) in Syria. In several television interviews, at the opening of the NATO summit in Wales, Cameron has suggested that, unlike Iraq, the international community would not need “an express invitation of Assad” to conduct raids in Syria.
“The brutality of Assad to IS contributed to the rise,” said Cameron. “While in Iraq, a government that has defended the Shiites, not Sunnis and Kurds, also left a space that came to fill out this poisonous organization.”
Cameron dismissed in any case the possibility of a “pragmatic pact” to fight with IS Asad in Syria. “Assad has been involved in the creation of the Islamic State, and may not be the answer,” Cameron said. “We can not get carried away by the motto of ‘enemy of my enemy is my friend’, which in the past has contributed to all kinds of nightmares and difficulties.”
“President Assad has committed war crimes against his own people and therefore the government is illegitimate,” added the Prime Minister. “We would not do anything without a moral or legal justification.”
The possible extension of the air strikes against the bases of IS in Syria and British involvement with the Royal Air Force (RAF) were some of the hot spots in the bilateral meeting with David Cameron President Obama passing through Wales. The two leaders will use the NATO summit to “recruit” other members of the Alliance in a new coalition of “willing” to deal with the IS, which also open to the Arab countries in the area.
Obama and Cameron today signed a joint article in ‘The Times’ which call for a strengthening of NATO to the threats of the century, the Islamic to the situation in Ukraine and Eastern Europe radicalism.
“As Russia tries to force a sovereign state to abandon its right to democracy at gunpoint, we support the right of Ukrainians to determine their future and continue our efforts to strengthen the defense capability of Ukraine” write Obama and Cameron, supporters of “persistent military presence” in Eastern Europe.
The two leaders support the creation of a new rapid deployment force, consisting of 4,000 troops and special forces that can “deploy anywhere in the world in a very short space of time.” The American president and the ‘premier’ British warn the other 26 allies that the collective effort will only be possible with increased defense spending, with the goal of reaching 2% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in all member countries.
By Jaime Ortega.
According to a news story published on Dalsan Radio, Boko Haram the Nigerian Islamic organization has maintained close negotiations with Al-Shabab (Somalia) and also Islamic State Iraq and Levant (ISIL) to unite forces.
The Australian mediator by the name of Davis who oversaw the operation, said” We have evidences that Islamist groups in Somalia, South Sudan and Egypt are having discussions with ISIL so they can unite with it”
South Sudan is a training field for many Jihadist groups including Hezbollah, Hamas and Al-Qaeda; Boko Haram controls North Eastern Nigeria, and through the city of Boro that borders Chad, has easy access to communicate with South Sudan and Sudan.
According to The Daily Journalist intelligence, Boko Haram has tried to recruit new combatants from Sudan’s People Liberations Army (SPLA), and is also interested in joining a wider Islamic cause with ISIL.
Meanwhile in Egypt, the Ministry of Religious Endowments, despite the disavowal of Youssef Qaradawi the spiritual leader of The Islamic Brotherhood in relation with ISIL: The documented published, that ISIL and the Islamic Brotherhood had maintained ongoing connections the past 4 months.
Its is not clear what the conversations entitled, but as the statement declares, both groups share similar ideologies that would propose a problematic outlook for the Middle East and Africa in regards with terrorism expanding into a wider caliphate.
The Islamic Brotherhood has not recognized Adbel Fattah El-Sisi as a their new Egyptian leader, and would interested in ISIL’s expansionary vision reflecting strict Sharia Law all over the Middle East.
An article brought Shukri Mohamed in Mogadishu also warns that Somali youth are leaving their homes in “Europe and the United States” to join the Islamic State. There is a growing rumor from some experts that some of the terrorist ‘modulus operanti’ leaving the US belong to the State of Minnesota, which holds the largest Somali community in the US.
After the death of Abdi Godane, (Al-Shabaab leader) from a US drone strike, it is likely that Al-Shabaab would be interested in sending fighters to Syria and Iraq and reinforce ISIL to fight against the west as they promised avenging their leader who died Friday.
ISIL is currently opening their campaign in South Asia. A splinter group of Pakistan’s Taliban Insurgents, Jamat-ul Ahrar, has already declared its support for the well-founded and ruthless ISIL fighters.
The leader of the group Ehsanullah Ehsan, said to Reuters by phone. “We respect them, if they ask us for help, will look into it and decide“.
The important clue is that Ehsan confirms that ISIL might be “asking for help” for the organization to increase in strength; specially, under pressure from NATO forces, and recent US drone strikes targeting ISIL’s border camps.
Down in South East Asia, other terrorist organizations have already pledged support to the new caliphate
Clips have been uploaded in recent weeks on the video sharing site YouTube showing both southern Philippines-based Bangsamoro Freedom Fighters and the Abu Sayyaf rebels pledging support to ISIL.
“We have an alliance with ISIL and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,” BIFF spokesman Abu Misry Mama told AFP by telephone Friday, referring to the brutal radical group’s leader.
ABC reported that 100 Filipinos, mostly from Abu Sayyaf are no training in ISIL camps in Syria and Iraq.
The Soufan Group has also released a document that shows fighters from Indonesia also joining forces with ISIL, whom support the new caliphate.
Despite all the possibilities for ISIL to uninify with other terrorist networks, the questions regarding Al-Qaeda’s participation remains unclear. Since Al-Qaeda disowned ISIL late on Feb 2014, for their gruesome tactics.
Ayman Al-Zawahiri the spiritual leader of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and AQI (Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb) has stated “Boko Haram, and ISIL do not represent his organization.” Adding, ” he does not recognize Abubakar Shekau or Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi as rulers of a new Islamic caliphate.”
Yet according to US intelligence, Al-Qaeda still remains a higher threat on US soil than ISIL. There is still a chance both groups could link-in to fight a greater war against the US inside its territory, sharing strategical points, coordinating a join attack by entering the US-Border illegally with the help with Mexican Cartels.
According to The Daily Journalist, ISIL remains a bigger threat to Europe; since most of its combatants belong to high populated sectors set on different cities among Europe, with well established muslim structures; The countries on high alert should include England, Denmark, Belgium Holland, Germany and France.
By Jaime Ortega.
About 15,000 Russian soldiers were sent to Ukraine in the last two months and hundreds have died in combat, according to a few human rights groups. These calculations are based on information provided by the families whose relatives were sent to perform maneuvers and then stopped communicating with home.
During the past few weeks there has been discreet funerals of soldiers on Russian soil, whose deaths have not been explained by Moscow. But from various sectors of civil society inside Moscow, there has begun protest to extend at the lack of transparency about what happened to thousands of young people.
From the beginning of the crisis, Moscow has denied having deployed troops in Ukraine to help pro-Russian separatists in the fighting against Ukrainian forces. The surprising resurgence of the militia, until two weeks holed up in their strongholds of Donetsk and Lugansk ago, and satellite photos in which sees Russian armor advancing towards the Ukrainian border have cast many doubts about the sincerity of Moscow.
However, now the speaker is not a Western Chancery or the old enemy of NATO, but military families who live with anxiety for a drip of news about some soldiers who should have gone home weeks ago and have left without answering the phone. Valentina Melnikova, chairwoman of the Committee of Soldiers’ Mothers, the main organization representing the families of the military, it estimated between 7,000 and 8,000 Russian troops now in Ukraine.
His words paint a much higher figure than that targeted by NATO last week, when he ventured that he had “more than 1,000 Russian soldiers” in Ukraine. The Russian president said to he head of the European Commission, José Manuel Durão Barroso, that, “his army can conquer Kiev in two weeks if he tries.” This follows a telephone conversation between the Russian president and the outgoing European Commissioner. According to published by the Italian newspaper ‘La Repubblica’, Putin tried to see the European Union despite sanctions and will not lift off the throttle, and if the West continues with the approach remains to date is able to go further in his speech in Ukraine.
More than 2,600 dead
The conflict in eastern Ukraine has nearly 2,600 dead and 6,000 injured between mid-April, at which Kiev launched its operation against the militia, on 27 August, according to the latest report of the UN. Based on data provided by the Russian soldiers themselves or by their families, human rights advocates estimate that at least 200 Russian military men may have died in Ukraine. According to the head of Citizens and Army Sergei Krivenko, and leader of Soldiers’ Mothers in St. Petersburg, Ella Polyakova, advisory board member human rights of Russian President about 100 soldiers of the infantry brigade number 18, have died in Ukraine. Deputy Russian opposition Shlosberg Lev said Saturday that some 100 paratroopers from Pskov city had died on Ukrainian soil, according to AFP.
Yesterday was the first morning without shootings in the city of Donetsk, while Ukrainian troops have lost Lugansk airport. The army claimed that his men retreated to the threat of Russian tanks surrounding the airfield. In Mariupol Luens night were still digging trenches, while the Ukrainian authorities confirmed that the missile that brought down the boat on patrol in the Sea of Azov was launched from Bezhimenne, a pro-Russian territory. Still missing two Coast Guard sailors on the boat.
From Kiev, the Ukrainian president, Petro Poroshenko accused Russia of carrying out an intervention in the country. The group of mothers of Russian soldiers gives the reason: “Military commanders are conducting a special covert operation,” Melnikova said. Is difficult to verify the numbers, because Moscow has imposed a news blackout on any information regarding the deployment of soldiers.
By Jaime Ortega.
Families turned into pariahs
Kocho, a village of 1,700 residents, was conquered on August 3 by extremists in an offensive that has swept all the neighboring villages. About 150,000 people have fled since immemorial times inhabited by Yazidis, adherents of a pre-Islamic religion to the jihadists as “devil worshipers” zone.
Having become outcasts, families have survived for days in the mountains without water or food, or have persisted for thrown by American, British and Iraqi aircraft supplies. In the village of Khaled, however, there was no option to sneak the enemy. “No resistance opposed. When they got all the weapons we gave to them. They said they would do us no harm,” recalls Young.
But the promise evaporated on August 15. Within hours, the situation turned dramatically. “We were confined in high schools and separated us. Women and children were on the first floor. Men we moved to the second. We withdrew the money, mobile phones and documents,” Khaled tells . Soon after, began their macabre vans to roam the streets of Kocho. “They were loaded with up to 40 men.’s Shot in different but very close to town center locations,” says the survivor, who wounded walked for nine hours through the mountains of Sinjar to give the troops the PKK (Kurdistan Workers ) and ‘peshmerga’ (army of Iraqi Kurdistan).
The ultimatum of the captors
The fate of women and children abducted by the IS is also vague. “Sometimes we get a call from a kidnapped woman. Terrorists so far have not had much to do with them. But they are forcing girls from other villages to marry militants,” Khaled said. The brutality with which the acolytes of the caliphate have acted in other villas has frozen any hope. In the town of Siba, women made prisoners ate Sunday after severe ultimatums directed by their captors. “I have said that if not converted to Islam no one can help,” said Gazal Murad between rudimentary tents scattered throughout a barren hill in Zakho.
His daughter and two grandchildren are held for more than half a week at a school in Tal Afar, transformed in a prison for the IS. “The last time I talked to her on the phone she was frightened. Today (yesterday) is the last day which grant you to embrace Islam. Otherwise, they’ll kill her,” said the old woman.
A few meters away, in a shed built with iron and blankets also Jameel Maskin -oriundo of Siba- impassively tells his brother he was arrested by the bearded entrances to the village. “I knew he had died of a video posted by the IS” as he could have saved his life and that of her children only to seek refuge in the mountains and-after days of hunger and thirsty down in the corridor to Syria opened by Kurdish militias .
“It’s the 74th genocide suffered by the Yezidi people. being the worst,” laments Yamil, eager to emigrate somewhere else. Khaled Barrunta wont go home when recovered. “Among those recognized were shooting four Arabs from a nearby village., We can not go back. Just want to get out of Iraq.”
By Jaime Ortega.
Ancient history shows that the Middle East is a place harden by ideological sectarian fanatism; a no mans land, where violence has prevailed throughout millennia and continues to do so as of today.
Western democracy does not and will never sequel adaptively on countries dominated by a 7th century mentality mindset. Applying democracy to solve Iraq‘s dilemma, is just ‘fantasia’ on the part of the United Nations and other socio-capitalist countries, who willingly ignore history to blindly meddle for another adequate solution to solve the reemergence of jihad via-diplomacy.
Ideologies in general are intrinsic to problems
Systems mold to form a stable idea and transform it into a solution when conflict of interest collides. The path is ideology, and the seed is establishment. They both work alongside together. One cannot work without the other, and every ideal needs to be set in practice for it to work adequately.
But the idea of exporting ideological systems has failed many times across. The Sandinista Front of National Liberation (1961) was the brainchild behind British Empire and the emergence of American capitalism. The Reagan administration during the Iran-gate scandal found itself irrigated with accusations joined with the illegal funding of neo-fascist terrorist to expel the Sandinistas out of power.
As a result of this forced ideological ideal, Capitalism failed in Nicaragua, East Timor and specially under the influence of Boris Yeltsin after the fall of the Soviet Union. Yeltsin backed by the Bush Sr. administration sponsored capitalism in Russia which in return hurt the economy, increased crime and set unemployment at a national high of %45; specially on those who relied on government jobs to survive, and benefited from its social programs.
The point is that ideologies work on some nations, but don’t necessarily work on others. So to apply the right solution to the right problem, one has to go to history and see what works, what failed and how it failed to learn from the past!
Socio-Capitalist principals have shown only to work on countries founded by past Judeo-Christian belief systems. Nicaragua for example was influenced by Roman Catholicism, alike other Mediterranean countries, and share analogous ideological dogmas as opposed to Northern European countries where Protestantism allowed opposite ideologies to sprang forward and give rise to their current political models.
They are tons of examples of ideological integrations that failed the purpose of their cultural propaganda. You perhaps can think of a few, since they are many to explore and analyze.
But some ideological amalgamations benefit more an ancient established structure for swifter change, than any ’philosophical incredulity’ the Foreign Relations Committee proposes with baseline diplomatic rearrangements. Historical outcomes show the guidelines for true change, and help reform an older system. But the older the ideology prevails, the more experience it gains to interrupt any recent political procedure, having enough experience to use it for its own gain.
That’s why Islam solidly benefits from democracy to insert its ideological spin successfully, using it as a tool to propagate its religious agenda by blurring the idea of equality and freedom rights into a 7th century mindset.
After the resignation of Hosni Mubarak on 2011, The Islamic Brotherhood with the help of secular activist got the attention of the world during the widespread revolution known as the Arab Spring. Once Mubarak’s resignation became official, the country decided to give democracy a chance by promoting fair elections. But fear was amongst seculars who started to rethink, if the succession to Egypt’s power was a double edge sword and a dangerous glimpse into the future.
Yes, eliminate the dictator, but as a result give radical fundamentalist more power to achieve their religious cause. Probably, not the best option available for progressive seculars to be stuck under a Taliban like government. Indeed the Islamic Brotherhood hid itself under the umbrella name ‘Freedom and Justice Party’ which sounds like a ‘made in China’ adaptation of a western democratic political party.
Once the voters cast their ballots during the elections, the results couldn’t have been more controversial, as Mohammed Morsi, was elected new prime minister of Egypt. Within less than 48 hours Egypt’s senate rapidly morphed into a new ideological cancer, as the Islamic Brotherhood tried to revert basic constituencies in congress in order to start a new face-lift of Egypt’s present constitution. Going back to a Sharia-Law government, that Abdel Nasser successfully stopped in the early 70‘s via-dictatorship by executing Islamic Brotherhood fanatics and sending others to solitary confinement in prison.
So what happened to Morsi? The Egyptian Armed Forces arrested him, and Abdel Fattah el-Sisi became the new prime minister. Al-Sisi was not elected democratically — Mubarak Dictatorship (part 2).
What has the Middle East history shown in the past century? Dictatorships and tyranny have far better reaching implications and results on the Middle Eastern, than any new applied model which has only shown to work on Judeo-Christian based countries. Dictators with an “Iron fist” have shown how to control sectarian incumbents, and done a fair job at it.
To rule the middle east you need tyranny, despotic oppressors of violence, cold blood and an iron fist; something the west has failed to recognize since the foundation of the UN, partly because for decades trans-national corporations have lobbied to get access to new foreign territories. urging only to grow on a financial ecosystem artificially flavored to model and mimic a free market of trade without restrictions.
Saudi Arabia, successfully applied this corporate subsidiary model that sultan Ibn Saud welcomed during the first US-Saudi oil exchange negotiations in 1943; as a result Saudi Arabia in half a century experienced more growth per-capita than any other Islamic neighbor. And every Al-Saud family member is keen on never letting “democracy” alter, rip, and divide their kingdom which grew thanks to western expansionism in KSA.
Abdul Karim Qassem, Hafez Al-Assad, Ruhollah Khomeini, Hissene Habre, Zine El Abidinie Ben Ali, Gaafar Nimeiry, Gamal Abdel Nasser, Islam Karimov, Muhammad Omar and least but not last Muammar Gaddafi. All founders and harsh persecutors of Islamic sectarian movements, dealing mostly with Sunni radical affiliations among other less known Islamic factions. Again dictatorship is the thumb of rule, and it has proven to work effectively in the Middle East, and North Africa.
Foundation mandates the basis of the establishment of Islam
Contrary to popular belief, Islam did not began as a peaceful religion. Raids, forced conversions, and violence are the grounds of its true foundation. Not to mention that from the 9th to 19th Century Trans-Saharan slave trade, makes the North Atlantic Slave trade look like a little innocent girl. Its calculated that over 100.000.000 western and central African’s died on the routes that connect both continents, but estimates also depend on the region.
Islam has always been on its on plane, rejecting other modeled proceedings to feed its own political agenda without allowing other possibly ideological establishments the opportunity to grow. Historically Islamic fundamentalism was what gave rise to the first caliphates lead by Omar, that spread all the way to the Maghreb and South East Asia.
The Wahabi version of Al-Islam is one of the multiple sects, that never adapted to the 21 century; currently undermining politics and whatever deems necessary to never amend to other foreign diplomatic acts, and agreements giving their own justice priority on its followers behalf.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is the culmination of this ideology. And democracy will never triumph over a culturally wired self-fanatic religious agenda.
How to stop ISIL and fundamentalism?
During the early formation of the Abbasid Caliphate (1258) the Mongols seized Bagdad and besieged the city after 12 days of constant onslaughts. The Mongols nearly exterminated the Muslims after centuries of war between the two.
The war did not start out of Mongolian hands as mainstream history fails to point out. The man who almost destroyed Islam, Genghis Khan, attacked the Turko-Persian Muslim Khwarazmian empire of Samarkand to avenge the attacks being launched by the Arab and Persian Muslims in to Tartary (Central Asia).
Foul tactics used by Muslims and their legendary cruelty against the Uzbeks, Tajiks, Kazaks, led to the Mongol invasion of Iran and Iraq.
From the 7th to 13th centuries many Persian Zoroastrians, the Persian Nestorian Christians, the Turks, Chinese and the Mongols had nursed within themselves a grievance against the savagery ‘peaceful Muslims’ used to convert the non-Muslim population of Persia and Central Asia to Islam. Muslims would torture and capture Mongols which they dragged through the streets and killed for sport to entertain the city residents.
Sounds familiar doesn’t? 2004 Fallujah Insurgency were four US contractors where brutally killed and burned. Hanging their bodies on a bridge while displaying happiness to cameras across. (mental hospital stuff)
Baghdad was a rich and well endowed city, the Caliphate owed its riches to the constant looting of Persia, Central Asia, North Africa, Spain which the Muslim armies had been indulging from the beginning of Islam in 630 C.E., till they were checked by Charles Martel in France in 732 C.E. and till their brutal march across Central Asia towards China was reversed with equal brutality by the Mongols from 1200 C.E.
125.000 Mongol horsemen with Uigur in command as a response came as a whirlwind into Islamdom, and pierced through Islamic countries as a hot knife through butter, overwhelming Islam utterly. Slaughtering in gruesome fashion their Muslims enemies and pilling up bones to show other neighboring cities what would happen to them if they continued their religious Jihad.
Muslim cities became very afraid of the Mongols, and calmed the region for a few centuries before the ottoman empire re-surged only to subvert to Islam.
The only tactic that works against fanatics
The point is, that the United States needs to apply Mongol style tactics with ISIL, and not worry what its political allies and counterparts stand for. Democracy has null effects on terrorist organizations like ISIL, and on Islamic fundamentalism. If you’re not a Muslim, you’re an infidel and are consider an enemy in times of Jihad (It is written in the Quran).
- Discard democracy, for experienced and historical proven results. Forget David Patraeous “Surge” and “Rebuild and Construct” strategy by Hillary Clinton and the rest of democrats (wont work).
- No negations with insurgents.
- The US, should go an exterminate and destroy any town who is ruled by religious fanatics, wipe all out, leave no remnants.
- The more violence used, the less likely the problem will escalate. No soft measurements. Full force will talk for itself and nail the point.
- Display the gruesome tactics in television with the results, and show it to neighboring countries as a evident warning.
- Repeat as many times as necessary without meddling into negotiations (surrender the only fallible option)
- Kick out, and blow up mosques where radical insurgents gather, if problems continue to escalate. (Ideology is the key-holder of their belief system) destroy, destroy, destroy.
- Tooth for Jaw, eye for face!
- A virus cannot multiply work when its converted to ‘zero.’
- Victory is the only result and it will work (guaranteed)
By using Mongolian 12th century tactics the US, will succeed on the war against terrorism, defeating insurgents and jihadist psychologically rather than just physically. Any other option will fail to work, and eventually given more time will lead to a bomb in a major US city, with thousands of casualties from a Jihadist terrorist organization.
The sooner the better. Reality speaks for itself, so the key resides to not speak for it. Its better to prevent, than than to cure! Wake Up!
By Jaime Ortega.
The day after the American aviation bombarded key strongholds from ISIL, Kurdish fighters have recovered Sunday Mosul’s Dam, the largest dam in Iraq. The Islamic State had seized this strategic site 10 days ago.
A Kurdish official and two leaders of political parties have assuredthat ‘peshmerga’ (Kurdish fighters) had taken control of the dam that feeds water and electricity to most of the region and is essential to irrigate large areas in the Nineveh province (north).
Kurdish forces, with air support from USA, also on Sunday, recovered Batnaya Christian cities and Telesqof in Nineveh province, in its offensive against jihadists to take control of the dam.
The Air Force also bombed different groups, offices and positions of the radical group Islamic State (EI) Telquif area, said the president of the Security Commission Nineveh Provincial Council, Mohamed Ibrahim al Bayati.
For its part, the United States Central Command said in a statement that American military forces conducted 14 attacks Sunday against ISIL in this area with the aim of recovering the hydraulic system.
Since Saturday, military officials had reported that Kurds Kurdish fighters had managed to capture the east side of the dam. In the early hours of Friday to Saturday, American bombers launched the largest airstrike conducted on position to the Islamic State. During the day, they continued air attacks while ‘peshmerga’ (Kurdish fighters) advanced the field. It was the first attempt to recover this enclave since last August 7.
Mosul Dam holds the main strategic water reserves in Iraq, with a capacity of several million cubic meters and is located 23 kilometers southwest of the city of Dohuk in the Kurdistan region, one of the strategic facilities and most important in Iraq.
It also constitutes a major threat to Iraqi cities, in case of a collapse of the same result, as it is located in sandy soil, so you need a continuous injection of cement.
ISIL executes 700 tribe members in Syria
The jihadists of the Islamic State (ISIL) have executed more than 700 people, mostly civilians, in the past two weeks in the eastern Syrian province of Deir al Zur (northeast), said on the Saturday the Syrian Observatory for Rights human (OSDH).
Executions (100 fighters and 600 civilians) took place in the towns of Al Shuaitat, Garanish, Abu Al Hamam and Kishkia, taken by extremists on 11 August, where members of the clan of Al Shuaitat resided. The tribe has tried to rebel against his authority in the east.
Hundreds of members of this tribe are still missing, after being threatened by the IS, which are considered “infidels” who should be killed on mass and “truce, security, money, food, family, and wives” do not deserve, according to the OSDH.
By Jaime Ortega.
Many refugees have escaped certain death at the hands of the Islamic State (ISIS, its acronym in English) in the mountains of Sinjar. Upon arrival to the lands north of Iraq and into safe grounds, many’s lives are still in danger from lack of humanitarian aid. Thousands of people are without shelter, without water and without food in cities like Kocho or Zakho, where researchers at Amnesty International (AI) Donatella Rovera have found that “local charity” is the only assistance to those who’re displaced.
“This humanitarian crisis has now begun, with the migration of thousands of Yazidis in Sinjar Mountains fleeing ISIS, but in June, with the entry of ISIS in Mosul problems worsen. Humanitarian assistance should be organized,” complains the adviser of the Crisis international human rights organization.
The highly publicized laid launch from planes or helicopters has not reached the most needy, showing its ineffectiveness. Therefore, Amnesty International calls “a concerted response from the international community to assist hundreds of thousands of displaced people in Iraq.”
“People fleeing the mountains of Sinjar are outdoors, on roads, without assistance from local authorities or international organizations,” Rovera complaint in a telephone interview. Schools and sports are full of refugees from the previous wave, two months ago, when SI took the city of Mosul and caused the flight of over half a million people. So the newly displaced have no place to take shelter. “Many have taken refuge in construction sites that dot the area, which are very dangerous places for children,” he adds.
“It’s hard to understand that it is not organized help when Iraqi Kurdistan is home to NGOs for years,” he regretted. Many displaced people have told him they hear the planes at a distance, but have not received any help.
-No place to hide
The researcher moved for days in northern Iraq, and witnessed the exaction of ISIS in Mosul, shortly after taking Iraq’s second city. “ISIS is practicing ethnic cleansing. Unable to speak of genocide, massacres has not been great because people flee. Hence, in terms of international law, what is happening here is ethnic cleansing, because people can not even think returning to their homes while ISIS continue to monitor the area, “he notes.
“ISIS is targeting Shiites, Turkmen, Yazidis and now Christian communities. Gives them the option to convert to Islam or die. Even Sunnis who think like they are being pushed out,” he says.
Yazidis are mostly ethnic Kurds and practice an ancient religion that borrows synthetic rites of Zoroastrianism, Christianity and Islam.
Panic, ISIS main weapon
According to AI researcher, this pressure was more gradual in areas under control of ISIS in Syria. But in Iraq, everything is faster. “The Christians of Mosul, for example, tried to stay in June At first, ISIS not bother them, but after the pressure began and gave them an ultimatum or convert to Islam or pay a tax or went Otherwise. kill them. When they began to flee, stole everything, “he recalls.
The panic functions as an engine flight. Sometimes, ISIS not even have to make an appearance in town, the sound of which are directed towards the empty of people there. “It has already happened in several cities that once people hear the rumor that ISIS is near, they reacts with panic and flee in masses. People are traumatized,” stresses.
ISIS reputation precedes any other terrorist organization of its ear by executing and imprisoning hundreds. “The killings occur in cities where men take up arms to try to resist. There are many men, women and ISIS has made children disappear without trace,” he says.
By Jaime Ortega.
The president of France, François Hollande, said Saturday to his American counterpart, Barack Obama, that Paris will support Washington’s efforts in Iraq “ignoble actions against the terrorist group Islamic State (IS)”.
“The president has reaffirmed that France will take its place on a device that brings together the United States and to all countries that wish to join the action requested by the Security Council,” the UN said the head of the French state in a statement, in which he did not specify the nature of support to Washington.
After talking on the phone with Obama, Hollande said that Paris and Washington “share the same outrage and the same determination” and reiterated “its position and supported the actions decided by the United States.”
“They examined all the modalities of cooperation to help forces fighting the IS and emergency assistance to threatened populations,” according to the statement issued by the Elysee Palace, seat of the French presidency.
Earlier, Obama had said that the governments of France and Britain will join the humanitarian support of the people of Kurdistan.
In the telephone conversation, French President American president moved to Paris has initiated contacts with the European Union (EU) to “provide urgently needed assistance to the people” in northern Iraq.
Hollande and Obama also discussed the “open for longer term help Iraq to find the exercise of sovereignty over its entire territory options.”
France sent aid material
France begins sending “in the coming hours” first aid kits in northern Iraq, said on Saturday the French president, François Hollande, who called for a “national unity government” is formed there.
In a telephone conversation with President of the autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan, Massoud Barzani, Hollande told him “the will of France to stand with the victims of the ongoing charges of the Islamic State (IS) civilian populations.”
“France will proceed in the coming hours the first deliveries of first aid kits,” Hollande said Barzani, according to a statement released by the French presidency soon after Barack Obama, showed the support of Paris Washington’s actions in Iraq.
In his conversation with Barzani, Hollande said that he attempts to mobilize the international community and, in this regard, said he has asked the European Union (EU) to urgently take necessary measures “to respond to the immediate humanitarian needs.”
He reiterated that France “will take its place on a device that brings together the United States and to all countries that wish to join the action requested by the Security Council,” UN.
The French presidency said Hollande is “more convinced than ever that the solution to the crisis is also hitting Iraq policy” and therefore, it is necessary that “every effort is made to form a national unity government” in the country.
On 10 June, the EI controlled Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq, and since then fighting in the north of the country to expand its declared “caliphate”, seizing cities like Sinjar, where it triggered a humanitarian crisis denounced by the UN more than 120,000 displaced.
Fifth message from Pope Francisco
The conflict in Iraq has also spoken Francisco Saturday the pope, who called on the international community to “protect all victims of violence in Iraq” by a message posted on his official profile on the social network Twitter.
This is the fifth post on the situation in Iraq Pope published within 24 hours in your profile, followed by more than 16 million people and is available in nine languages, including Arabic.
This Friday, the Vatican issued the Pope’s decision to send in northern Iraq to the prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, Cardinal Fernando Filoni, aiming mainly to express the population to its proximity and Christians solidarity.
By Jaime Ortega.
The negotiations for a ceasefire in Gaza have given fresh impetus with the arrival of the Israeli delegation to the Egyptian capital on Tuesday. The mission consists of Isaac Molha, adviser to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Yoram Cohen, head of the Shin Bet security agency and Amos Gilad, head of the political bureau of the Ministry of Defence, has landed in Cairo on a private plane and according to information released by the state news agency Mena, the visit will be brief.
The Egyptian mediation is working around the clock after 72 hour humanitarian truce that took effect Tuesday at 5 in the morning GMT. A temporary cessation of hostilities, for the moment, being observed by both parties.
If it seems unlikely that the commitment to non-aggression remain until fulfilled the three days stipulated, as similar initiatives have been dashed before, much harder will achieve a long-term agreement between the government led by Benjamin Netanyahu and Hamas .
The Palestinian delegation, comprising members of the Islamist group, as well as leaders of Fatah and Islamic Jihad, the Egyptian authorities presented their demands in the previous session of talks held Monday. The jointly signed text must be taken now.
Egyptian diplomatic sources have told the television channel Al Mayadin that Tel Aviv would accept after preliminary considerations, four of the seven conditions of Hamas for a ceasefire.
Among the possible demands compliance to the offensive in Gaza, lifting the blockade imposed on the Strip in the past seven years, the guarantee of the rights of Gazans fishing 12 nautical miles offshore and include release prisoners. Israel on the other hand, in the words of the quoted source, refuse to reopen the Gaza airport, allow the construction of a port and ensure permanent land connection between the Gaza and West Bank.
United States, which has closely followed the negotiations conducted by the Egyptian government, has entered a new chapter in efforts to end a conflict that has claimed the lives of 1,867 Palestinians, most of them civilians, and 67 Israelis . “These are the results from the secretary Kerry, Secretary General of the UN Ban and all our partners in the international arena have been working in recent weeks” read a document issued by the Department of State.
Also through a statement, the EU has declared its satisfaction with the announcement of a humanitarian ceasefire 72 hours, urging “all parties to abide by their terms.” The twenty-eight have been shown to contribute to solicitous lasting pa, so immediately halt the loss of civilian lives.
By Jaime Ortega.
Russia today accused the European Union (EU) of double standards by lifting restrictions on the import of military equipment and technology to Ukraine, the scene of a conflict between government forces and pro-Russian rebels since April.
“During the recent meeting of the European Council of EU leaders agreed to lift restrictions to sneak exports to Ukraine with equipment that can be used for internal repression,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said today in a statement.
According to the note, Brussels “also authorized the export of military equipment and technology.”
Moscow remembers it was on February 20 when the European Council adopted the restrictions that were lifted this week, that is, “when in power President (Viktor) Yanukovych was” ousted on February 22.
“When in the Maidan (Independence Square Kiev) continued violent clashes between armed radical ultra-nationalist and virtually unarmed security forces,” he adds.
“in the EU are considered inaccurate supplying weapons and special equipment to ‘Yanukovych regime, ‘” he said.
“Now, without regard to the continuation of the military operation in the South East by the present authorities in Kiev, the EU considered necessary to resume large-scale granting of licenses for the export of military equipment and special teams,” says.
Discomfort in Brussels
The Russian Foreign Ministry believes that “it is clear why the EU is determined to silence the undisputed facts of the shooting of Russian territory from Ukraine: the perspective of being part involved in such actions probably creates some discomfort in Brussels”.
Therefore, Russia calls on the EU “to be guided by common logic and not by the situation or the ‘trappings’ of Washington”.
“The decision to limit supplies of weapons and gadgets to Ukraine was taken after the start of the so-called anti-terrorist operation in the Donbass and Lugansk region. But even now it is not too late to resume such a ban,” he said.
Otherwise, he warns, “without it, it will increase the responsibility of the European Union in the ongoing bloodshed in the south of Ukraine.”
This week the EU adopted officially, among other restrictive measures against Russia for its role in Ukraine, an embargo on the import and export of arms and related materials to and from Russia, and a ban on the export of dual-use goods (civil or defensive) military purposes.
By Jaime Ortega.
The United States has concluded that Russia violated the treaty of 1987, which banned the development and deployment of medium-range nuclear missiles based on land, which would be the most serious breach of an obligation of disarmament by that country after the cold war.
As revealed by the newspaper The New York Times, citing as sources to senior U.S. officials, President Barack Obama has sent a letter to his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, to warn and convey the protest.
The State Department is scheduled to release on Tuesday its annual report on compliance with international disarmament treaties which shall include the realization that Russia violated the so-called Treaty INF (Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty).
The revelation represents a tension in relations between the U.S. and Russia member, faced for months by the asylum granted by Moscow to ex-contrabandist of the National Security Agency (NSA), Edward J. Snowden, and Russian support Ukrainian separatists.
According to sources cited by the newspaper, the Obama administration concluded in late 2011 that Russia was not complying with the disarmament treaty, considered one of the historic agreements which ended the Cold War, as Moscow had already tested cruise missiles in 2008.
In May 2013, senior officials from the State Department reported to Russian suspicions, but only in recent months the Obama Administration was certain that the trials were a serious violation of the obligations under the treaty.
“The U.S. has determined that the Russian Federation violated its obligations under the INF Treaty to produce or perform tests cruise missile launched from earth (GLCM), with a capacity range of 500 to 5,500 kilometers, and possess and produce such missiles launchers, “says the report obtained by the Times.
In the letter to Putin, the U.S. President expressed his interest to hold a high-level dialogue with Russian officials aimed at preserving the treaty of 1987 and discuss measures that Moscow that should comply with the terms of the agreement. According to sources, the same message was conveyed by the Secretary of State, John Kerry, and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, in a telephone call.
The INF Treaty was signed in Washington in December 1987 by then U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, and is considered the cornerstone of disarmament agreements between the two superpowers.
Interviewed by Jaime Ortega.
James Tracy teaches courses at Florida Atlantic University examining the relationship between commercial and alternative news media and socio-political issues and events.
1. There is a certain danger in the way conspiracy theories have eroded social media, especially on such platforms as YouTube. Do people distrust mainstream television, radio, and print media?
First of all, we have to seriously think about what we mean by “conspiracy theories” before delving into such a discussion. What are the term’s origins? How and why is it used? Without nailing these things down at the outset any discussion of such communicative and sociopolitical dynamics tends toward the nonsensical and comes to eventually become absorbed in the discourse it is seeking the examine or critique.
A cursory look at reportage and commentary in major US news media from the late 1800s through the 1950s indicates that the term “conspiracy theory” is used sporadically in stories on criminal and court proceedings. In the late 1960s, however, there is a major spike in usage of the term, specifically in items discussing criticism of the Warren Commission Report—President Lyndon Johnson’s commission mandated to investigate the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. On January 4, 1967 the Central Intelligence Agency issued a memorandum that became known as Document 1035-960. The communique was directed at the Agency’s foreign bureaus recommending the deployment of the term by “media assets” to counter critics of the Warren Commission. The main strategy involved suggestion that such individuals and their inquiries were flawed by slipshod methods and ulterior motives. The then-foremost Warren Commission critic and JFK assassination researcher Mark Lane was even referenced in the document.
This document was indicative of an apparent strategy via press and public relations maneuvers to undermine New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison’s then-fledgling investigation of the assassination. 1035-960 explained quite rightly that the CIA had a substantial investment in the credibility of the Warren Report. Press reportage of Garrison’s ongoing probe revealed a heavy bias from the very outlets that had been long-compromised by Agency-friendly owners, editors, and reporters. These included NBC and CBS networks, in addition to Time and Newsweek magazines, where the disparaging coverage of Garrison and his inquiry reached truly farcical proportions.
Though he was repeatedly and vociferously decried as a “conspiracy theorist,” a corrupt and opportunistic politician, and even mentally deranged by such outlets, Garrison has been vindicated by the historical record. For example, we now know, through copious records released as a result of the John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Review Board, that the CIA was intimately involved in the assassination and cover-up, as were other US government agencies. Yet the same news media that denounced Garrison almost fifty years ago still tout the legitimacy of the Warren Commission Report.
Since the Garrison episode, but in an especially pronounced fashion over the past twenty years, the conspiracy theory label is routinely mobilized by major corporate media to denigrate honest and intelligent individuals who bring forth important questions on vital events and issues. Keep in mind that most major media still have often strong ties to the US intelligence and military communities. With this in mind, a rational citizenry has an obligation to scrutinize what is reported and analyzed in corporate media, and balance their observations and conclusions by considering reportage of foreign and independent alternative media. In this regard the Internet provides a wealth of opportunity. One needs only exercise the fundamental principles of logic to locate and assess quality information and research.
At the end of the day what we have in the “Conspiracy theory/ist” label is a psychological warfare weapon that has from the perspective of its creators been overwhelmingly effective. Here is a set of words that is used to threaten, discipline and punish the intellectual class—mainly journalists and academics—who might question or otherwise refuse to tow the party line. Using the term to designate pedestrian skeptics and researchers is redundant. After all, as Orwell said, “The proles don’t count.”
Thus, unless we forthrightly interrogate the phrase and its unfortunate history we will be prone to the same confusion and misdirection that its originators
2. We did a poll here at The Daily Journalist a few weeks back, and the results indicated that 60% of people believed there was US government involvement in the Boston Marathon bombings, in addition to the events of September 11. When people suspect their own government is involved on these attacks in US soil, what comes to mind?
It is cause for optimism because the US government was almost without question involved in the Boston Marathon bombing and the events of September 11, 2001. Major media were also complicit in wide-scale public acceptance of the official narrative put forth concerning each incident.
For example, with the Boston bombing the New York Times played a key role in persuading the nation’s professional class and intelligentsia that a terror drill using actors, complete with a multitude of gaffes and outright blunders, was genuine. In reality there were no severed limbs, no deaths, no injuries from shrapnel—only pyrotechnics and actors responding on cue. This is not only my view, but also that of multiple independent researchers and even former CIA officer Robert David Steele.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is well-known for entrapping and otherwise orchestrating such events to justify its own existence. With the Boston bombing there were numerous federal, state and local agencies involved in an exercise that had been taking place in the city annually over the past few years with a similar scenario. A plan for what would become the Boston Marathon bombing was authored by Director of Boston’s Emergency Medical Services Richard Serino in 2008. Serino was tapped by President Obama in 2009 to become Deputy Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and there are photos of him directing the aftermath of the April 15, 2013 “bombing.”
The public is being asked to believe that two Chechen immigrants expertly devised extremely sophisticated and deadly explosives with consumer fireworks, scrap metal and pressure cookers. No such refractory ordnance was found at the scene because no thorough forensic investigation ever took place. The entire affair was a photo shoot and an opportunity for federal authorities to gauge public response to a military-style lockdown in a major metropolitan region.
With such a transparently phony event being proffered as “real” one needs to ask what the other 40% in your poll are actually thinking. One can fool some of the people some of the time, and there’s still a significant portion of the population—including those who are highly educated, who can’t imagine it’s own government could be so corrupt. This is a testament to the continued effectiveness of our educational and media apparatuses, each of which emphasize an unhistorical worldview and unquestioning deference to authority figures.
3. Modern media seems to have commercialized and sold its soul to sponsors, and media giants that profit from investments. Is modern day news a fictional representation of reality? Are journalists allowed to do their job of investigating serious cases? Is there an agenda to not report on stories with higher impact?
If a news media outlet gets most of its revenue from advertising it is to a significant degree compromised. If its main revenue source is advertising and its owned by a transnational corporate conglomerate, “compromised” is not sufficiently powerful enough of a term to describe the given outlet’s probable journalistic vulnerabilities. It should be barred from tying the term “journalism” to any of its information-related activities.
When we use the term, “transnational corporate conglomerate,” which is often used to denote companies like News Corp and Viacom, we should include the US and British governments, each of which are in the practice of imperial expansion while either subsidizing or forthrightly funding news media. All such powerful entities understand the importance of concealing, disseminating, and using information to shape public opinion in ways that will be favorable to its corporate and policy interests. Walter Lippmann describes how this dynamic played out in World War One. Such powerful corporations and governments shouldn’t even be involved in journalism, unless of course they describe what they are doing in honest and appropriate terms, which is often, as your question suggests, entertainment and public relations masquerading as journalism.
The best journalism today is being produced by independent writers and news media. At present there is a renaissance taking place in this regard because of the internet. Corporate news media don’t want to invest the money in true journalism because for them it’s a net loss anyway they figure. If major outlets fund investigative journalistic ventures and there’s little impact on readership (and thus advertising/revenue) then there’s no return on investment. On the other hand, if such investigative work is genuine and worthwhile, it’s often delving into areas that reveal how political or economic power operate, which can bring complaints or retaliation from influential entities. Real investigative journalism from mainstream outlets has been subdued for decades because of this very dynamic.
4. It’s hard not to distrust the government in some cases. Take for example, the assassination of John F. Kennedy or CIA involvement in the Watergate scandal, to name a few. Has the government have to change its ways for people not to believe in conspiracies?
The US government doesn’t have to care a great deal about what the public thinks so long as it has major news media that’s committed to producing a steady stream of non-journalism and infotainment to distract the people from considering the things that really impact on their lives. Events such as 9/11 and the Boston Marathon bombing aren’t questioned by such media because those media are more or less part of the operations. As was the case almost 50 years ago with figures such as Mark Lane and Jim Garrison, those asking serious questions and conducting potentially meaningful research are dismissed within the parameters of permissible dissent as “conspiracy theorists,” at least long enough for a majority of the public to stop caring and forget.
What is somewhat new is how the government and psychiatry are now involved in psychologizing the practice or tendency of asking questions about or interrogating disputed events. In other words, certain interests want to deem “conspiracy theorizing” as mental illness, or otherwise associate it with aberrant and perhaps violent behavior. In other words, ponder ideas that certain forces deem beyond question and one runs the risk of being institutionalized, losing their job, and so on.
We saw this take place in the case of upstate New York school teacher Adam Heller, who, under the direction of the FBI, was involuntarily institutionalized and later fired from his tenured teaching position simply because of private exchanges where he discussed his views on the Sandy Hook massacre and probable government involvement in weather modification. We have to keep in mind that the punitive use of psychiatry to punish thought crimes was common practice in the darkest days of the Soviet Union. Now it’s emerging here. In this way, government is changing its ways in order to force its own versions of reality on the public.
5. Looking at this from a logical perspective, overall, is it harder to trust the government over the conspiracy theorist?
The US government is responsible for devising and publicizing some of the most outrageous conspiracy theories in modern history while it accuses independent journalists and authors of being conspiracy theorists. The major political assassinations of the 1960s (JFK, RFK, MLK) were all government operations, and “patsies” were produced with untenable scenarios accompanying the overall events. The Gulf of Tonkin incident, the Oklahoma City bombing, 9/11, and the Boston Marathon bombing were all “false flag” terror events that were intentionally misrepresented to the American public. One need look no further than the plans for Operation Northwoods, or the attack on the USS Liberty, to develop a distinct understanding of how certain forces within government regard the public and those who fight their wars.
6. Conspiracy theories through the use of social media could cause irreparable effects on the future of mainstream news media because they report on stories, where journalists might not have done a good job or gone deep enough reporting. When there is distrust, what follows next for the future and credibility of most media outlets, particularly if people believe media such as YouTube?
Again, we need to be precise. YouTube is a medium with a multitude of “channels,” information, interpretations, and perspectives. Some are potentially reliable and others may be dubious. This is, again, where education and, more specifically, the ability to employ logic and reasoning come to the fore. How can we distinguish between good information and analysis versus that which is unhelpful or even purposefully misleading.
Many researchers who use YouTube or blogs are sincere in what they are seeking to do, which is relate ideas and information to broader public.
They may not be professionally-trained journalists, yet they are also subject to often profuse commentary and criticism from peers in a given research community examining a particular issue or event. This process of scrutiny frequently yields fruitful exchanges where new information and insights are collectively revealed. The participants may not have gone to graduate school to study politics or the media, and yet many of these exchanges are much more intense than that which takes place between a journalist and her editor as they vet a potential story. There’s something going on there. Of course, this assumes that those involved are serious in their participation, which is usually the case. This depends on the quality and sincerity of participants. The comments sections of many mainstream online news outlets can be bereft of serious exchanges.
In my view, certain YouTube channels or blogs are successful and worth checking out as forms of citizen journalism because they have something of substance along the lines described above to offer.
Mainstream commercial journalism has been challenged by counter forces since at least the early 1990s. An initial challenge came from Hollywood in Oliver Stone’s JFK film. That project incensed many establishment journalists and their institutions because it contested their fundamental investment and propagation of the flawed “lone gunman/magic bullet” explanation of the event ensconced in the Warren Report.
If truth be told, Stone’s screenplay is among the most accurate renderings of the Garrison investigation and the events surrounding the murder itself. This is because it was based on key works by Colonel L. Fletcher Prouty, journalist Jim Marrs, and Garrison himself. JFK was in retrospect the initial last rights of mainstream journalism proper, which sold its soul to protect John Kennedy’s executioners. The advent of the internet and Gary Webb’s brilliant exposé of the role played by the CIA in the crack cocaine epidemic vis-à-vis Webb’s excoriation by his own journalistic peers confirmed corporate journalism’s absolute demise.
7. Do conspiracy theorists have a solid opinion of the problems they observe when interpreting raw data, or is such data made to create propaganda to feed their belief systems?
There is sometimes an undue amount of paranoia among some conspiracy researchers that can contribute to flawed observations and analysis. Again, this is where one must use careful discretion to interpret between worthwhile information and evaluation versus misguided and poorly-conceived study.
Because conspiracy research communities have no institutional bearings or specific research theories and traditions, as do academic schools of thought that take the shape of “disciplines” or “fields” with often considerable organizational and financial resources, there is a tendency toward infighting and fractiousness. This is much more so the case than in academe where such disagreements, in the rare event they are exhibited, are often subsumed in other actions that enforce ideological conformity. These include the refusal by scholarly organizations and their publications to entertain countervailing analyses and, ultimately, the denial of employment, promotion, tenure, and meaningful professional relationships. Compulsory toleration of peers is entirely absent given the voluntary nature of conspiracy research collectives. At the same time, a critical sense that comes with researching government conspiracies, combined with known attempts by government to “cognitively infiltrate” such research communities, can sometimes lead to unwarranted suspicion of colleagues or public figures and their motives.
8. Since the rise of conspiracies is higher than ever before, and un-education accompanies this, how do you think it will affect the government’s relationship with its citizens, particularly if government credibility vanished? Could there be a future uprising of people who will oppose the government?
As my above responses suggest, I am unconvinced that interest or acceptance of “conspiracy theories” has any correlation with a lack of intelligence or education. In fact, some recent research suggests that entertaining conspiratorial explanations of reality—meaning that one does not take what their political leaders offer as explanations of policies or events—is likely indicative of a higher intelligence and simply good citizenship.
I’m not sure if there is any more credibility left for the government to lose, at least among those inclined to rebel in the first place. I think it’s important for us to keep in mind that the government is regarded by some as paternal or maternal protectors. President Franklin Roosevelt was emblematic of the welfare state—a savior of the common man—even though he further established the banking sector’s control over the country and laid the groundwork for the present technocracy. Since the Roosevelt administration and the aggressive expansion of the government in the post-World War Two era we have largely had a government by cult of personality. For example, Barack Obama is the equivalent of a rock star, nevermind his family’s ties to the intelligence community and otherwise opaque background. Like other recent presidents, his personality and charisma supersede public realization of the actual policies and trade deals he is enacting on the behalf of his sponsors—mostly powerful, anti-democratic interests.
As this response is written, the United States is arguably being undermined by the Obama administration’s politicization and exploitation of the nation’s immigration policies. The notion that such maneuvers will ultimately change the overall constitution of the American polity is subsumed by Obama’s simple rejoinder, “Let’s give these people a break.” Enough of the population is trusting enough of Obama to dismiss his critics. Many of those who know better are too afraid of either being called “racists” or “conspiracy theorists.” And so it goes.