en They Sow The Cyclone - We Reap The Blowback <p><a href=""><em>Submitted by Dan Sanchez via,</em></a></p> <div> <div> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div> <p>&ldquo;For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind&rdquo;?&mdash;?Hosea 8:7</p> </blockquote> <p>It may be surprising to hear, but it is a plain historical fact that modern international jihad originated as an instrument of US foreign policy. The &ldquo;great menace of our era&rdquo; was built up by the CIA to wage a proxy war against the Soviets.</p> <p>A 1973 coup in Afghanistan installed a new secular government that, while not fully communist, was Soviet-leaning. That was a capital offense from the perspective of America&rsquo;s Cold War national security state, at the time headed by Henry Kissinger.</p> <p>Conveniently for Kissinger, the dirt poor country was sandwiched between two US client states: Pakistan to the east and Iran (then still ruled by the CIA-installed Shah) to the west. Immediately after the coup, the CIA and the clandestine security agencies of Pakistan (ISI) and Iran (SAVAK) began regime change operations in Afghanistan, orchestrating and sponsoring <a href=",_henry_of_arabia/" rel="nofollow"> Islamic fundamentalist insurrections and coup attempts</a>.</p> <p>Due to these efforts, as well as the government&rsquo;s own oppressiveness, a widespread rebellion broke out in Afghanistan in 1978. In July 1979, US President Jimmy Carter, on the advice of National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, officially authorized aid to the puritanical Mujahideen rebels, to be delivered through the CIA&rsquo;s &ldquo;Operation Cyclone.&rdquo; This was on top of the unofficial aid that the CIA had already been funneling to Afghan Islamist insurgents for years through Pakistan and Iran.</p> <p>In a <a href="" rel="nofollow">1998 interview</a>, Brzezinski openly admitted that he and Carter thus &ldquo;knowingly increased the probability&rdquo; that the Soviets would militarily intervene. And indeed Russia did invade in December 1979, beginning the decade-long Soviet-Afghan War. In the same 1998 interview, Brzezinski boasted:</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>&ldquo;The day that the Soviets officially crossed the border, I wrote to President Carter: We now have the opportunity of giving to the USSR its Vietnam war.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="383" src="" width="500"></iframe></p> <p>Shortly thereafter, the highest cleric of Saudi Arabia (another US client) endorsed a fatwa proclaiming jihad against the atheist Soviets in Afghanistan as an obligation for all Muslims throughout the world. It should be noted that the Saudis have a narrow definition of a true &ldquo;Muslim,&rdquo; as they follow <a href="" rel="nofollow">Wahhabism</a>, one of the most extreme and intolerant strands of Islam, highly similar to ISIS&rsquo;s own. Throughout the 1980s, Saudi Arabia also provided the Afghan Jihad with hundreds of millions of petrodollars in aid and tens of thousands of madrassa-indoctrinated volunteer fighters.</p> <p>The CIA also heavily participated in recruitment for the increasingly international jihad. And this is where Osama bin Laden enters the picture. As political scientist and terrorism expert Eqbal Ahmad said in a <a href="" rel="nofollow">1998 speech</a>:</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>&ldquo;Money started pouring in. <strong> CIA agents starting going all over the Muslim world recruiting people to fight in the great jihad. Bin Laden was one of the early prize recruits</strong>. He was not only an Arab. He was also a Saudi. He was not only a Saudi. He was also a multimillionaire, willing to put his own money into the matter. <strong>Bin Laden went around recruiting people for the jihad against communism.</strong></p> </blockquote> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>I first met him in 1986. <strong>He was recommended to me by an American official of whom I do not know whether he was or was not an agent.</strong> I was talking to him and said, &lsquo;Who are the Arabs here who would be very interesting?&rsquo; By here I meant in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He said, &lsquo;You must meet Osama.&rsquo; I went to see Osama. <strong>There he was, rich, bringing in recruits from Algeria, from Sudan, from Egypt</strong>, just like Sheikh Abdul Rahman.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> <p>The US publicly lionized the anti-Soviet jihadis. In 1983, President Ronald Reagan, who continued Carter&rsquo;s Afghan policy, met with Mujahideen leaders in the Oval Office for a photo op, and released a statement which said:</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>&ldquo;To watch the courageous Afghan freedom fighters battle modern arsenals with simple hand-held weapons is an inspiration to those who love freedom.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> </div> <div> <div> <div><img height="372" src="*XOeUzMBAOgeaLDtwpnjWfg.jpeg" width="560" /></div> </div> </div> <div> <div> <p><img class="alignleft" src="*2X49qKhFxMt6wbW1gFT4wA.jpeg" style="width: 560px; height: 384px;" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The glorification even extended to popular culture. In the climactic battle scene of 1988&rsquo;s <em>Rambo III</em>, the heroic John Rambo is about to be overrun by Soviet forces when he is saved by a Mujahideen cavalry charge. The movie closed with onscreen text that read, &ldquo;THIS FILM IS DEDICATED TO THE BRAVE MUJAHIDEEN FIGHTERS OF AFGHANISTAN.&rdquo; After the US went to war with the Mujahideen&rsquo;s successors in 2001, the dedication was changed to, &ldquo;THE GALLANT PEOPLE OF AFGHANISTAN.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <div><img src="*ILeWyZGHlzqEbWQ3Shjw9A.png" style="height: 296px; width: 560px;" /></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> </div> <p>The film even has Rambo&rsquo;s mentor echoing Brzezinski when he screams at his Russian captor, &ldquo;We already had our Vietnam! Now you&rsquo;re gonna have yours!&rdquo;</p> <p>After a decade of bloody war, the Soviets withdrew from Afghanistan in February 1989. Later that year, the Berlin Wall fell and Romania left the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact. The year after, Poland and East Germany followed. And in 1991, the Warsaw Pact and then the Soviet Union itself both dissolved completely.</p> <p>Brzezinski arrogantly took credit for this, claiming that his strategy of giving the USSR &ldquo;its own Vietnam&rdquo; brought about the Soviet &ldquo;collapse.&rdquo;</p> <p>But it was not really a collapse. The Soviet Empire did not descend into failed-state chaos, the way Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen, and Somalia recently have thanks to the American War on Terror. That is what a true &ldquo;collapse&rdquo; looks like.</p> <p>In contrast, what happened throughout the Soviet Empire was not a violent collapse, but a relinquishing of power and a generally peaceful dissolution. Such an outcome rarely results from war. To the contrary, war is the health of the State, as&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow">Randolph Bourne taught</a>. War tends not to loosen, but to <a href="" rel="nofollow">tighten</a> a regime&rsquo;s grip on power. It is not war, but peace and detente that can lead to peaceful dissolution. It is when people no longer feel so besieged by enemies abroad that they feel secure enough to demand greater freedom (even to the extent of full secession) from their &ldquo;protectors&rdquo; and rulers.</p> <p>It was the Reagan-Thatcher-Gorbachev thaw of Reagan&rsquo;s second term that created the necessary climate for ending the proxy war in Afghanistan. And it was the subsequent combination of far-abroad detente and near-abroad peace that created the necessary climate for the Soviet dissolution.</p> <p>Brzezinski&rsquo;s jihad did not win the Cold War. It only sowed the seeds for the Terror War.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div> <div><img class="alignleft" src="*9SGJ5Es4qLQ1c_RTOPKwMw.jpeg" style="width: 560px; height: 696px;" /></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> </div> <p>In 1990, the US seized the emerging post-Berlin &ldquo;unipolar moment&rdquo; of peerless preeminence by launching its first globocop &ldquo;police action&rdquo;: the Persian Gulf War (Operation Desert Storm) against Saddam Hussein&rsquo;s regime in Iraq.</p> <p>Desert Storm was preceded by Operation Desert Shield, in which the US built up a military presence in Saudi Arabia (troops, arms, and bases) for use in staging attacks on Iraq in the upcoming war.</p> </div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <div> <div style="text-align: left;"><img class="aligncenter" src="*emMWJ2TtqAASJSLOmMOa5Q.jpeg" style="width: 559px; height: 306px;" /></div> </div> <p style="text-align: left;"><em>F-15Es parked during Operation Desert Shield. </em></p> </div> <div> <p>Contrary to US promises, the military occupation of Saudi Arabia persisted after the war, as the bases were used to enforce a blockade on Iraq throughout the 90s (which starved over a half a million children). This had a twofold impact on Islamic radicalization.</p> <p>As Lawrence Wright <a href="" rel="nofollow">wrote</a> in <em>The New Yorker</em> :</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>&ldquo;The presence of American troops in Saudi Arabia was a shattering event in the country&rsquo;s history, calling into question the ancient bargain between the royal family and the Wahhabi clerics, whose blessing allows the Saud family to rule. In 1992, a group of the country&rsquo;s most prominent religious leaders issued the Memorandum of Advice, which implicitly threatened a clerical coup. The royal family, shaken by the threat to its rule, <strong>accommodated most of the clerics&rsquo; demands, giving them more control over Saudi society.</strong> One of their directives called for the creation of a <strong>Ministry of Islamic Affairs, which would be given offices in Saudi embassies and consulates.</strong> As the journalist Philip Shenon <a href=";lpg=PP1&amp;dq=philip%20shenon%20the%20commission&amp;pg=PT155#v=onepage&amp;q&amp;f=false" rel="nofollow"> writes</a>, citing John Lehman, the former Secretary of the Navy and a 9/11 commissioner, <strong> &ldquo;it was well-known in intelligence circles that the Islamic affairs office functioned as the Saudis&rsquo; &lsquo;fifth column&rsquo; in support of Muslim extremists.&rdquo; </strong></p> </blockquote> <p>The occupation of the Arabian Peninsula also began Bin Laden&rsquo;s vendetta against his former patrons. As Eqbal Ahmad told it:</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>&ldquo;He turns at a particular moment. <strong> In 1990, the U.S. goes into Saudi Arabia with forces. Saudi Arabia is the holy place of Muslims, Mecca, and Medina. There had never been foreign troops there. </strong> In 1990, during the Gulf War, they went in, in the name of helping Saudi Arabia defeat Saddam Hussein. Osama Bin Laden remained quiet.</p> </blockquote> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>&ldquo;Saddam was defeated, but the American troops stayed on in the land of the Ka&rsquo;aba [the most sacred site of Islam, in Mecca], foreign troops. He wrote letter after letter saying, &lsquo;Why are you here? Get out! You came to help but you have stayed on.&rsquo; <strong>Finally he started a jihad against the other occupiers. His mission is to get American troops out of Saudi Arabia.</strong> His earlier mission was to get Russian troops out of Afghanistan.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> </div> <div> <div> <div><img src="*Y4GbxUHA8sE0DVorBDiY2Q.jpeg" style="width: 561px; height: 211px;" /></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> <div> <p>Even after this turn, the western lionization of the the Soviet-Afghan War&rsquo;s Mujahideen veterans, and of Bin Laden in particular, continued into the 90s. As late as December 1993, <em>The Independent</em> (a major British newspaper) even published a puff piece on Bin Laden, plastered with a huge photo of the smiling sheik, titled &ldquo; <a href="" rel="nofollow"> Anti-Soviet warrior puts his army on the road to peace</a>.&rdquo; The article lauded Bin Laden as a humanitarian, gushing over how the &ldquo;Saudi businessman who recruited mujahedin now uses them for large-scale building projects in Sudan.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div> <div><img src="*2LMLEE7tDmeJPKPpBLKYfw.jpeg" style="height: 418px; width: 560px;" /></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> </div> <p>As it turned out, his largest-scale project was to build up the international militia that the CIA helped him recruit into Al Qaeda, which he would then lead in a terror jihad against the West throughout the 90s. With that wave of attacks in mind, Brzezinski&rsquo;s 1998 interviewers asked if he had any regrets over blowback from Operation Cyclone. The statesman was totally dismissive.</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>Q: And neither do you regret having supported the Islamic fundamentalism, having <strong>given arms and advice to future terrorists?</strong></p> </blockquote> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>Brzezinski: What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? <strong>Some stirred-up Moslems</strong> or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the cold war?</p> </blockquote> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>Q: Some stirred-up Moslems? But it has been said and repeated: Islamic fundamentalism represents a world menace today.</p> </blockquote> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>Brzezinski: Nonsense!</p> </blockquote> <p>Later in 1998, mere months after Brzezinski&rsquo;s interview, Eqbal Ahmad delivered the exact opposite assessment of Bin Laden and Al Qaeda, warning his American audience:</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>&ldquo;They&rsquo;re going to go for you. They&rsquo;re going to do a lot more. These are the chickens of the Afghanistan war coming home to roost.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> <div> <div><img src="*BHuOEik2nn4gi2SzddLTbg.jpeg" style="width: 560px; height: 373px;" /></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> </div> <p>Three years later, Brzezinski was proven spectacularly wrong, and Ahmad tragically right, when the terror jihad of Bin Laden&rsquo;s Mujahideen-descended band of &ldquo;stirred-up Moslems&rdquo; culminated in the attacks of September 11, 2001.</p> <p>During the planning of those attacks, Bin Laden and his inner circle were hosted by the Taliban, yet another band of Mujahideen-descended &ldquo;stirred-up Moslems,&rdquo; then ruling Afghanistan.</p> <p>As Ahmad foretold, the chickens of the CIA&rsquo;s Afghan Jihad (and of the Gulf War) had indeed come home to roost.</p> <p>True to their names, Operations Cyclone and Desert Storm sowed the wind. Years later, it was 3,000 American civilians who reaped the whirlwind.</p> <p>Incredibly, that whirlwind harvest was then reseeded, ensuring that still more civilians would later reap an even bigger whirlwind. Apparently cultivating chaos is the only trade that empires know. The regime and its kept news media sowed the whirlwind by exploiting America&rsquo;s post-9/11 fear and anger to garner acquiescence for even larger and more frequent foreign misadventures: for a globe-spanning Long War that continues to this day.</p> <p>First came the Afghanistan War against the Taliban and in pursuit of Al Qaeda. Almost inexplicably, Bin Laden escaped into hiding in US-alliedPakistan after being pinned down in the caves of Tora Bora. It is somewhat less inexplicable in light of the fact that the <a href="" rel="nofollow">neocon-led</a> Bush administration was trying to fear-monger the public into countenancing another war in Iraq, and that this involved pushing bogus intelligence connecting Saddam Hussein with Al Qaeda. At least until the regime got its post-9/11 bonus war, it was convenient to still have Dread Pirate Osama at large to keep America&rsquo;s war fever up. Better dread than dead.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div> <div><img src="*qJNCJQ2o7ardLK-eBcUncQ.png" style="width: 560px; height: 617px;" /></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> </div> <p>Similarly, in 2002, the Bush administration <a href="" rel="nofollow"> denied </a> the military&rsquo;s request for permission to kill another figurehead terrorist: Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who had in the 80s been yet another recruit for the CIA&rsquo;s Afghan Jihad. That too was likely about the administration getting its war in Iraq. At the UN, Secretary of State Colin Powell falsely identified Zarqawi as a link between Saddam and Al Qaeda (he was allied with neither, and an enemy of the former), in order to paint the planned invasion of Iraq as a necessary front in the War on Terror.</p> <p>As it turned out it was the Iraq War itself that unleashed Zarqawi in 2003, freeing him to emerge from autonomous Kurdistan, where he had been hiding from Saddam&rsquo;s security forces under the protective aegis of an American no-fly zone. His formerly obscure terrorist gang rapidly ascended amid the chaos of the Iraq War, becoming Al Qaeda in Iraq or AQI (after Zarqawi swore allegiance to Bin Laden), and then the Islamic State in Iraq or ISI (after Zarqawi was finally killed).</p> <p>After suffering severe setbacks in Iraq, in 2011 the Zarqawiites began infiltrating neighboring Syria to take part in the insurgency against Bashar al-Assad&rsquo;s regime. Thereafter renaming itself ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria), the group, along with its offshoot the Al Nusra Front and other Mujahideen militias, came to dominate that insurgency.</p> <p>The growth of ISIS and Nusra in Syria was fed by the United States (the State Department, the Pentagon, and the CIA) and its Western and regional allies (the UK, France, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, the Gulf States, etc.). By at least 2012, these powers had launched a veritable Operation Cyclone 2.0: recruiting, training, financing, and arming Mujahideen fighters for the purpose of overthrowing the secular ruler Assad (who, like the post-1973 secular Afghan regime, is an ally of Russia).</p> <p>Just as in Afghanistan decades ago, young men, radicalized by the call to jihad and militarized by the promise of weapons and money, have poured in from countries throughout the Muslim world, and from Europe too. This has not only led to the death of hundreds of thousands of Syrians and the displacement of millions, but has turbo-boosted ISIS and Nusra in <a href="" rel="nofollow">myriad ways</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div> <div><img class="alignnone" src="*vC973rDGaa00WQ3hrnTyMg.jpeg" style="width: 560px; height: 337px;" /></div> </div> <p><em>US Senator John McCain with mujahideen from the Northern Storm Brigade. </em><br /> </p><p class="graf--p graf-after--p">The Syrian Jihad, like the Afghan Jihad, was preceded by less direct and lower grade subversion using militant Islamists. In the Afghan prelude, America&rsquo;s dirty work was done by Pakistan and Iran. In the Syrian prelude, it was done by the Saudis and lesser Gulf Sheikdoms, who with US approval, began sponsoring anti-Assad Salafist militias in neighboring Lebanon as early as 2006.</p> <p class="graf--p graf-after--p">There were voices even among the Saudis who, like Eqbal Ahmad, darkly forebode blowback from dealing with such devils. One former Saudi diplomat <a class="markup--anchor markup--p-anchor" href="" rel="nofollow">warned</a>:</p> <blockquote class="graf--blockquote graf--startsWithDoubleQuote graf-after--p"><p>&ldquo;Salafis are sick and hateful, and I&rsquo;m very much against the idea of flirting with them. They hate the Shiites, but they hate Americans more. If you try to outsmart them, they will outsmart us. It will be ugly.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> <p class="graf--p graf-after--blockquote">Yet they were drowned out by voices who, like Brzezinski, shrugged off such concerns over &ldquo;stirred-up Salafis.&rdquo; A US government consultant <a class="markup--anchor markup--p-anchor" href="" rel="nofollow">related</a> to the great journalist Seymour Hersh that:</p> <blockquote class="graf--blockquote graf--startsWithDoubleQuote graf-after--p"><p>&ldquo;<strong class="markup--strong markup--blockquote-strong">This time</strong>&hellip; Bandar and other Saudis have assured the White House that &lsquo;they will keep a very close eye on the religious fundamentalists. Their message to us was &lsquo;We&rsquo;ve created this movement, and <strong class="markup--strong markup--blockquote-strong">we can control it</strong>.&rsquo; It&rsquo;s not that we don&rsquo;t want the <strong class="markup--strong markup--blockquote-strong">Salafis to throw bombs</strong>; it&rsquo;s <em class="markup--em markup--blockquote-em">who</em> they throw them at&hellip;&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> <p class="graf--p graf--startsWithDoubleQuote graf-after--blockquote">In other words: &ldquo;Thanks for paying for our jihad in the 80s. And sorry about your towers. But this time around it&rsquo;ll be totally different, trust us. Sincerely, the Wahhabis.&rdquo;</p> <p class="graf--p graf--startsWithDoubleQuote graf-after--blockquote"><img class="progressiveMedia-image js-progressiveMedia-image" src="*gZn_8Owu2_I_cK6or9R6Fg.jpeg" style="width: 559px; height: 358px;" /></p> <p class="graf--p graf--startsWithDoubleQuote graf-after--blockquote">&nbsp;</p> <p class="graf--p graf-after--figure">Yet, regarding Syria, the American deep state has been just as much sinister as it has been gullible and hubristic, if not more.&nbsp;As a recently disclosed <a href="" rel="nofollow"> Pentagon intelligence report </a> reveals, US planners <a href="" rel="nofollow"> knew full well </a> that they were once again &ldquo;sowing the cyclone,&rdquo; and that others would soon &ldquo;reap the blowback.&rdquo; The report from 2012 predicted that supporting the Syrian insurgency would create &ldquo;the ideal atmosphere&rdquo; for ISIS &ldquo;to return to its old pockets&rdquo; in Sunni Iraq and also create &ldquo;the possibility of establishing a declared or undeclared Salafist Principality&rdquo; in the region.</p> <p>And that is <em>precisely</em> what happened. In 2014, strengthened by the US-backed Syrian Jihad, ISIS burst back into &ldquo;its old pockets&rdquo; in Iraq, conquered the northwest of the country down to the gates of Baghdad, and declared a Caliphate (a Salafist Principality).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div> <div><img src="*dN0XF5wiskJ8t3dRHdV6Pw.jpeg" style="width: 561px; height: 315px;" /></div> </div> <p>The wind sown by Operation Cyclone took two decades to fully germinate into the blowback that blew the Twin Towers down. Yet it only took two years for us to reap the whirlwind from the Syrian Jihad. Scott Horton proposes the term &ldquo;backdraft&rdquo; for blowback that is so prompt and predictable: like the firestorm that immediately erupts in your face upon opening the door of a burning hot room.</p> <p>The US and its allies have opened the door to Hell in Syria. And the ensuing ISIS backdraft has lately spread far beyond Syria and Iraq, consuming 44 lives in the bombing of a Beirut marketplace, 224 lives with the bombing of a Russian airliner, and 130 lives with the recent attacks in Paris.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div> <div><img src="*XI3uec0O_-GkhQQUs3KFag.jpeg" style="width: 559px; height: 344px;" /></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> </div> <p class="graf--p graf-after--p">It took longer than it did in 1979, but America&rsquo;s current proxy jihad has drawn in Russia once again. The chief difference is that this time, the US and its allies are not limiting themselves to covert ops, but are involving their air forces as well. This is ostensibly to &ldquo;destroy&rdquo; ISIS. However, the US-led coalition also wants the Assad regime gone, while the Russian-led coalition is trying to save it and to fight the US-supported non-ISIS Mujahideen as well (including Syrian Al Qaeda). So the countless warplanes buzzing over and bombing Syria are flying at cross purposes. This has turned the Levant into a nuclear powder keg.</p> <p class="graf--p graf-after--p"><strong>And now, unthinkably, a US ally may have just lit a match. </strong>Just this week, Turkey <a class="markup--anchor markup--p-anchor" href="" rel="nofollow">shot down</a> a Russian warplane. Two pilots were reportedly <a class="markup--anchor markup--p-anchor" href="" rel="nofollow">executed</a>&nbsp;by anti-Assad insurgents in mid-air. A <a class="markup--anchor markup--p-anchor" href="" rel="nofollow">video</a> has emerged on the internet of insurgents standing over one of the dead Russians saying &ldquo;Allahu Akbar&rdquo; and apparently calling themselves &ldquo;Mujahideen.&rdquo;</p> <p class="graf--p graf-after--p"><strong>Remember, Turkey is a NATO member, who can drag the entire West into a thermonuclear war if it picks a big enough fight.&nbsp;The backdraft we reap from this latest American jihad may consume us all.</strong></p> <p class="graf--p graf-after--p">Even if we survive this near-term global existential crisis, our warlords have more in store for us. <em><strong>The Paris attacks especially have yielded yet another crop of fear and loathing in the West, which the tillers of terror are keen to plow right back into still more proxy warfare and mayhem.</strong></em></p> <p class="graf--p graf-after--p graf--last">But they cannot do so if we, their tax cattle, refuse to pull the plow or let them drive us like beasts of burden that are so easily spooked and prodded. <u><strong>We the people must convey that if they do not stop cultivating the storms of chaos, then we will cast off their yoke once and for all.</strong></u></p> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="489" height="334" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> Afghanistan ETC France Germany Henry Kissinger Iran Iraq John McCain Lehman national security Newspaper Poland Romania Saudi Arabia Somalia Turkey White House Fri, 27 Nov 2015 03:10:00 +0000 Tyler Durden 517115 at Government Historians Admit Statue Of Liberty Was Originally A Muslim Woman <p>This is likely to be a little tough to swallow for some Americans but The Statue of Liberty - symbolically welcoming the world&#39;s tired, poor, and huddled masses - was <strong>originally conceived as a Muslim peasant woman</strong>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href=""><img height="395" src="" width="179" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href=""><em>As The Hill reports, </em></a><strong>The Statue of Liberty was originally designed to be a Muslim woman, the Smithsonian Institution&#39;s magazine says.</strong><br />&nbsp;<br /><strong><a href="">An article on the government-administered museum&rsquo;s blog, Smart News, </a></strong>claims one of the designers of Lady Liberty drew inspiration from monuments in Egypt and originally intended to construct a veiled female peasant on the Suez Canal.</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>The Statue of Liberty was <strong>originally conceived as a Muslim peasant woman and was to have stood at the approach to the Suez Canal</strong>, a lantern in her upraised hand serving as both lighthouse and a symbol of progress.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>But the sculptor, Frederic Auguste Bartholdi of France, proved unable to sell the idea to the khedive of Egypt, </strong>Ishma&rsquo;il Pasha. Bartholdi remained determined to erect a colossus on the scale of the one in ancient Rhodes. He sailed to America with drawings of the Muslim woman transformed to the personification of Liberty.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>At first, Bartholdi considered the tip of Manhattan and Central Park as possible sites. He was on a ferry to Staten Island when he decided that Bedloe&rsquo;s Island would be just the spot.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>And there she now stands, the Muslim woman turned to Lady Liberty,</strong> the light in her upraised hand symbolizing so much more than simple progress, the inscription at the base words from the poet Emma Lazarus that are familiar to us all:</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p>&ldquo;Give me your tired, your poor,<br />Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,<br />The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.<br />Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,<br />I lift my lamp beside the golden door!&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> <p>As <a href="">The Daily Beast concludes</a>,</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p><em><strong>To truly be Lady Liberty, the figure built with kids&rsquo; coins and originally conceived as a Muslim must remain a Muslim as well as a Christian and a Jew and a Hindu and a Buddhist and every other faith, even no faith at all.</strong></em></p> </blockquote> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="169" height="118" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> France Fri, 27 Nov 2015 02:35:00 +0000 Tyler Durden 517113 at Caught On Tape: China Builds A Bridge In Just 43 Hours <p>When you have a billion people willing to work instead of expecting free "stuff", anything's possible... Earlier this year, a Chinese construction company had erected a <a href="">57-story skyscraper in just 19 days</a>. <strong><em>This time the Chinese have built an overpass in mere 43 hours!</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em><br /></em></strong></p> <p><iframe src="" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Workers took apart the old structure of Beijing's Sanyuan Bridge in a few hours. </strong>Then they brought an entire piece of concrete to bridge the gap and paved it over, reports</p> <p><strong>To build the bridge, over 1300 tonnes of new surfacing material was used which save months of commotion and traffic woes. </strong>For the first time in Chinese workers tried out a new 'integrated replacement method.'</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="322" height="253" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> China Fri, 27 Nov 2015 02:00:00 +0000 Tyler Durden 517112 at Russia Releases Video Of S-400 SAM Deployment In Syria, As Putin Issues Warning To Obama <p>As reported two days ago, one of the first decisions a very angry Russia took in the aftermath of the shooting down of its Su-24 by a Turkish F-16 was to dispatch a Moskva guided-missile cruiser off the coast of Syria to provide air cover for its jets operating near Latakia, as well as send an unknown number of <a href="">ultramodern S-400 </a>(or SA-21 Growler in NATO designation) SAM batteries to Latakia to make sure that the tragic incident from Tuesday never repeats itself by sending Turkey a very clear message that the next time a Turkish warplane engages a Russian jet, Russia will immediate retaliate using ground forces. </p> <p>Earlier today, Russia made a very explicit demonstration of the deployment of at least two S-400 batteries at Syria's <a href="">Khmeimim airbase</a>, with the Russian Ministry of Defense promptly publicizing the arrival with the following clip.</p> <p><iframe src="" width="500" height="375" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>With a range of 250 miles, the S-400 could easily strike Turkish targets, and as the map below shows, Russia could even take down targets over northern Israel. As cited by the Independent, Nick de Larrinaga, Europe editor of the defense magazine IHS Jane’s Defense Weekly, said it would be “a significant increase” in the reach of Russian air-defense capacities. “The message that the Russians are trying to send is that they’re capable of defending themselves in Syria, should the situation escalate."</p> <p><a href=""><img src="" width="500" height="661" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Needless to say, the US was not enthused and earlier today the US embassy in Moscow said that the "Russian deployment of the S-400 air-defense system to Syria won't aid the fight against the Islamic State, with the US diplomat adding that the US is hopeful Russia won’t use the system to target planes flown by international coalition since Islamic State doesn’t have air force." Clearly a warning to Putin not to dare use the rockets against Turkish (or other coalition) jets.</p> <p>So what is Putin's intention by escalating the military deployment of Russian weapons in Syria? Conveniently he explained his thinking just a few hours ago during his press conference with Francois Hollande. In answering a question by a reporter from French Le Monde, Putin said the following:</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p>"The S-400 is an air defense system. The reason we didn't have the system in Syria is because we thought our planes were flying at high enough altitudes where a terrorist could not reach them; they don't have weapons capable of downing our planes at the altitude of over 3 or 4 thousand meters. And We could never think that we could be <em>stabbed in the back </em>by a country we regarded as our ally. Our planes operated at altitudes of 5-6,000 meters and were completely unprotected against potential attacks from fighter jets - we could never imagine that that could be possible otherwise we would deploy such systems in the area protecting our bombers&nbsp; against possible attacks."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>...</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"We never did it because we regarded Turkey as our friend, we never expected an attack from that side. <strong>This is why we regard this attack as that of a traitor. But now we that this is possible, and we have to protect our planes</strong>. This is why we deployed a modern system, the S-400, it has a pretty long range and it's one of the most effective systems of this kind in the world. <strong>We will not stop there: if we have to we will also deploy our fighter jets in the area."</strong></p> </blockquote> <p>Bottom line: another direct engagement by a Turkish fighter will be its last, and in fact now that Russia is prepared we would not be at all surprised to see Russia cross into Turkish airspace on purpose just to provoke Erdogan to repeat the events from last week, only this time with the Russian ready and prepared to retaliate to any engagement. In fact, the odds of Russia doing just that in the next few days are especially high.</p> <p>But while the reason behind the S-400 deployment was largely known to most, where Putin's press conference took an unexpected detour was what he said just around 20:30 in, when in not so many words, Putin effectively accused the US of leaking the coordinates of the Russian plane to Turkey, which was merely a hitman acting with the blessing of the Pentagon.</p> <p>This is what Putin said:</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p>"We told our US partners in advance where, when at what altitudes our pilots were going to operate. <strong>The US-led coalition, which includes Turkey, was aware of the time and place where our planes would operate. And this is exactly where and when we were attacked</strong>. Why did we share this information with the Americans? Either they don't control their allies, or they just pass this information left and right without realizing what the consequences of such actions might be. We will have to have a serious talk with our US partners. </p> </blockquote> <p>In other words, just like in the tragic bombing of the Kunduz hospital by US forces (which has now been attributed to human error), so this time the target was a Russian plane <em><strong>which the US knew about well in advance,</strong></em> was targeted however not by the US itself, but by a NATO and US-alliance member, Turkey. </p> <p>And while the deployment of the Russian SAM missiles was already known, the real message from today's presser, the one that will be the topic of a private and "serious talk with Russia's US partners", is that Putin indirectly blames Obama for what happened on Tuesday realizing that Erdogan was merely the "executor", one who is simply motivated to protect his (<a href="">and his son's</a>) Islamic State oil routes.</p> <p><em>Full press conference below; the discussion of Russia's S-400 deployment begins 17:30 in:</em></p> <p> <iframe src="" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="1055" height="694" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> Israel Turkey Fri, 27 Nov 2015 01:25:09 +0000 Tyler Durden 517118 at Martin Shkreli Sets Out To Crush KaloBios Shorts: Will Stop Lending Out Shares <p>The brutal tragedy of at least one KaloBios short seller was <a href="">first documented a week ago </a>when we noted the margin call massacre that befell "novice" trader Joe Campbell, who went to bed with a $35K short on Wednesday and woke up with a $106 margin call the next morning after it was revealed that a "consortium" led by Martin Shkreli had taken an unknown stake in heretofore insolvent KBIO. </p> <p>However, the story did not end there because the very next day we got new information that Shkreli had not bought just any amount of KBIO shares but a whopping 70%, which got us thinking: is the "<a href="">most hated man in America</a>" contemplating to unleash a Volkswagen scenario, in which he has acquired enough shares to leave more shorts outstanding than there is actual float, and then one day to simply pull all the borrow by no longer lending out shares to potential shorters.</p> <p>This is what we <a href="">said last Friday</a>:</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p>In other words, Shkreli's consortium had acquired 70% of the company, and should they decide to pull the borrow, on the odd chance that the short interest had soared to above 30%, <strong>KBIO - which until a few days ago - suddenly has the potential to become the next Volkswagen</strong>: a company which has more shares short than there is float available to cover them.</p> </blockquote> <p>We added:</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p>What happens if Shkreli's plan is indeed to rerun the "Volkswagen" scenario and unleash an epic short squeeze that sends the price of the company into the stratosphere, unlinked from any fundamentals, but merely soaring ever higher as desperate shorts pay any price just to get out. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>We hope to find out as suddenly this until recently bankrupt company whose price has exploded in the past two days, has become not only a poster child for everything broken and manipulated with the market (think 2014's CYNK one year forward) but has the market following with morbid fascination to find out how the tragicomedy of "Shkreli vs the Shorters" concludes.</p> </blockquote> <p>And then two days ago, when it was still unclear just what Shkreli's intentions are, but when the stock had already soared well into the $40-range, <a href="">we again warned that </a>"<strong>if [Shkreli and friends] pull the borrow and demand delivery, there will simply not be enough shares outstanding to satisfy all shorts, leading to, drumroll, the next Volkswagen</strong>."</p> <p>Oddly enough, there was a radio silence from Shkreli who supposedly had mentioned he had no intention of demanding share delivery, which made us wonder if he was merely waiting for the right moment to strike. </p> <p>Then something caught our attention: last night Bloomberg reported that according to Markit, the short interest in KBIO had soared to 49% of the free float from just 5.6% on Nov. 16. </p> <p>Surely, if there was any trigger to push Shkreli to demand delivery, this would be it. </p> <p>And, not unexpectedly, this is precisely what he did earlier today.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">I spoke with my counsel &amp; advisers and decided to stop lending my <a href=";src=ctag">$KBIO</a> shares out until I better understand the advantages of doing so. 1/2</p> <p>— Martin Shkreli (@MartinShkreli) <a href="">November 26, 2015</a></p></blockquote> <script src="//"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">I apologize for any inconvenience this may create in lending markets and I will probably resume lending at some point. Happy Thanksgiving!</p> <p>— Martin Shkreli (@MartinShkreli) <a href="">November 26, 2015</a></p></blockquote> <script src="//"></script><p> And now the squeeze <em>really</em> begins, as all those 49% who are short KBIO, according to Markit, rush for the nearest exit, while those who are currently long the stock refuse to sell at any price knowing they have all the leverage.</p> <p>Whether this will translate into a Volkswagen circa 2008-type scenario, which incidentally looked as follows...</p> <p><a href=""><img src="" width="600" height="322" /></a></p> <p>... and where a company which is for all intents and purposes bankrupt suddenly trades with a market cap in the hundreds of millions or even billions as desperate shorts pay any price just to get out.... tune in tomorrow to find out during tomorrow's abbreviated session, because the KaloBios comedy is nowhere near concluded.</p> <p>As for Shkreli... well he is already the "most hated man in America" - might as well double down.</p> Markit Short Interest Volkswagen Fri, 27 Nov 2015 01:02:39 +0000 Tyler Durden 517119 at Meet The Man Who Funds ISIS: Bilal Erdogan, The Son Of Turkey's President <p>Russia's Sergey Lavrov is not one foreign minister known to mince his words. Just earlier today, 24 hours after a Russian plane was brought down by the country whose president <a href="">three years ago said</a> "a short-term border violation can never be a pretext for an attack", had this to say: "We have serious doubts this was an unintended incident and believe this is a planned provocation" by Turkey.</p> <p>But even that was tame compared to what Lavrov said to his Turkish counterparty Mevlut Cavusoglu earlier today during a phone call between the two (Lavrov who was supposed to travel to Turkey has since canceled such plans).</p> <p>As <a href="">Sputnik transcribes</a>, according to a press release from Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lavrov pointed out that, "by shooting down a Russian plane on a counter-terrorist mission of the Russian Aerospace Force in Syria, and one that did not violate Turkey’s airspace, <strong>the Turkish government has in effect sided with ISIS.</strong>"</p> <p>It was in this context when Lavrov added that "<strong>Turkey’s actions appear premeditated, planned, and undertaken with a specific objective.</strong>"</p> <p>More importantly, Lavrov pointed to Turkey’s role in the propping up the terror network through the oil trade. Per the Russian statement:</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p>"The Russian Minister reminded his counterpart about Turkey’s involvement in the ISIS’ illegal trade in oil, which is transported via the area where the Russian plane was shot down, <strong>and about the terrorist infrastructure, arms and munitions depots and control centers that are also located there</strong>."</p> </blockquote> <p>Others reaffirmed Lavrov's stance, such as retired French General Dominique Trinquand, who said that "Turkey is either not fighting ISIL at all or very little, and does not interfere with different types of smuggling that takes place on its border, be it oil, phosphate, cotton or people," he said.</p> <p>The reason we find this line of questioning fascinating is that just last week in the aftermath of the French terror attack but long before the Turkish downing of the Russian jet, we wrote about "<a href="">The Most Important Question About ISIS That Nobody Is Asking</a>" in which we asked who is the one <strong>"breaching every known law of funding terrorism when buying ISIS crude, almost certainly with the tacit approval by various "western alliance" governments, and why is it that these governments have allowed said middleman to continue funding ISIS for as long as it has?</strong>"</p> <p>Precisely one week later, in even more tragic circumstances, suddenly everyone is asking this question.</p> <p>And while we patiently dig to find who the <em>on and offshore </em>"commodity trading" middleman are, who cart away ISIS oil to European and other international markets in exchange for hundreds of millions of dollars, one name keeps popping up as the primary culprit of regional demand for the Islamic State's "terrorist oil" - that of Turkish president Recep Erdogan's son: <strong>Bilal Erdogan</strong>.</p> <p>His very brief bio:</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"> <div></div> </div> <div class="quote_end"> <div></div> </div> <p>Necmettin Bilal Erdogan, commonly known as Bilal Erdogan (born 23 April 1980) is the third child of Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, the current President of Turkey.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>After graduating from Kartal Imam Hatip High School in 1999<strong>, Bilal Erdogan moved to the US for undergraduate education. He also earned a Masters Degree in John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 2004</strong>. After graduation, <strong>he served in the World Bank as intern for a while</strong>. He returned Turkey in 2006 and started to his business life. Bilal Erdogan is one of the three equal shareholders of "<em>BMZ Group Denizcilik </em>", a marine transportation corporation.</p> </blockquote> <p>Here is a recent picture of Bilal, shown in a <a href="">photo from a Turkish 2014 article, </a>which "asked why his ships are now in Syria":</p> <p><a href=""><img src="" width="600" height="342" /></a></p> <p>In the next few days, we will present a full breakdown of Bilal's various business ventures, starting with his BMZ Group which is the name implicated most often in the smuggling of illegal Iraqi and Islamic State through to the western supply chain, but for now here is a brief, if very disturbing snapshot, of both father and son Erdogan by F. William Engdahl, one which should make everyone ask whether the son of Turkey's president (and thus, the father) is the silent mastermind who has been responsible for converting millions of barrels of Syrian Oil into hundreds of millions of dollars of Islamic State revenue.</p> <p><em>By F. William Engdahl, posted originally in <a href="">New Eastern Outlook:</a></em></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Erdogan's Dirth Dangerous ISIS Games</strong></span></p> <p><span lang="en-US">More and more details are coming to light revealing that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, variously known as ISIS, IS or Daesh, is being fed and kept alive by Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish President and by his Turkish intelligence service, including MIT, the Turkish CIA. Turkey, as a result of Erdogan’s pursuit of what some call a Neo-Ottoman Empire fantasies that stretch all the way to China, Syria and Iraq, threatens not only to destroy Turkey but much of the Middle East if he continues on his present path. </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span lang="en-US">In October 2014 US Vice President Joe Biden told a Harvard gathering that Erdogan’s regime was backing ISIS with “hundreds of millions of dollars and thousands of tons of <a href="" target="_blank">weapons</a>…” </span><span lang="en-US">Biden later apologized clearly for tactical reasons to get Erdo?an’s permission to use Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base for airstrikes against ISIS in Syria, but the dimensions of Erdogan’s backing for ISIS since revealed is far, far more than Biden hinted.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span lang="en-US">ISIS militants were trained by US, Israeli and now it emerges, by Turkish special forces at secret bases in Konya Province inside the Turkish border to Syria, over the past three <a href="" target="_blank">years</a>. </span><span lang="en-US">Erdo?an’s involvement in ISIS goes much deeper. At a time when Washington, Saudi Arabia and even Qatar appear to have cut off their support for ISIS, they remaining amazingly durable. The reason appears to be the scale of the backing from Erdo?an and his fellow neo-Ottoman Sunni Islam Prime Minister, </span><span lang="en-US">Ahmet Davuto?lu.</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong><span lang="en-US">Nice Family Business</span></strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span lang="en-US">The prime source of money feeding ISIS these days is sale of Iraqi oil from the Mosul region oilfields where they maintain a stronghold. The son of Erdogan it seems is the man who makes the export sales of ISIS-controlled oil possible. </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong><span lang="en-US">Bilal Erdo?an owns several maritime companies. He has allegedly signed contracts with European operating companies to carry Iraqi stolen oil to different Asian countries. The Turkish government buys Iraqi plundered oil which is being produced from the Iraqi seized oil wells. Bilal Erdogan’s maritime companies own special wharfs in Beirut and Ceyhan ports that are transporting ISIS’ smuggled crude oil in Japan-bound oil <a href=",-reveals-a-disgruntled-nurse" target="_blank">tankers</a>.</span></strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span lang="en-US">Gürsel Tekin vice-president of the Turkish Republican Peoples’ Party, CHP, declared in a recent Turkish media interview, “President Erdogan claims that according to international transportation conventions there is no legal infraction concerning Bilal’s illicit activities and his son is doing an ordinary business with the registered Japanese companies, but in fact Bilal Erdo?an is up to his neck in complicity with terrorism, but as long as his father holds office he will be immune from any judicial prosecution.” <strong>Tekin adds that Bilal’s maritime company doing the oil trades for ISIS, BMZ Ltd, is “a family business and president Erdogan’s close relatives hold shares in BMZ and they misused public funds and took illicit loans from Turkish <a href=",-reveals-a-disgruntled-nurse" target="_blank">banks</a>.”</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span lang="en-US">In addition to son Bilal’s illegal and lucrative oil trading for ISIS, Sümeyye Erdogan, the daughter of the Turkish President apparently runs a secret hospital camp inside Turkey just over the Syrian border where Turkish army trucks daily being in scores of wounded ISIS Jihadists to be patched up and sent back to wage the bloody Jihad in Syria, according to the testimony of a nurse who was recruited to work there until it was discovered she was a member of the Alawite branch of Islam, the same as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad who Erdogan seems hell-bent on <a href=",-reveals-a-disgruntled-nurse" target="_blank">toppling</a>.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span lang="en-US">Turkish citizen Ramazan Bagol, captured this month by Kurdish People’s Defence Units,YPG, as he attempted to join ISIS from Konya province, told his captors that said he was sent to ISIS by the ‘Ismailia Sect,’ a strict Turkish Islam sect reported to be tied to Recep Erdogan. Baol said the sect recruits members and provides logistic support to the radical Islamist organization. He added that the Sect gives jihad training in neighborhoods of Konya and sends those trained here to join ISIS gangs in <a href="" target="_blank">Syria</a>.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span lang="en-US">According to French geopolitical analyst, Thierry Meyssan, Recep Erdogan “organised the pillage of Syria, dismantled all the factories in Aleppo, the economic capital, and stole the machine-tools. Similarly, he organised the theft of archeological treasures and set up an international market in Antioch…with the help of General Benoît Puga, Chief of Staff for the Elysée, he organised a false-flag operation intended to provoke the launching of a war by the Atlantic Alliance – the chemical bombing of la Ghoutta in Damascus, in <a href="" target="_blank">August 2013</a>. “</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span lang="en-US"><strong>Meyssan claims that the Syria strategy of Erdo?an was initially secretly developed in coordination with former French Foreign Minister Alain Juppé and Erdogan’s then Foreign Minister Ahmet Davuto?lu, in 2011</strong>, after Juppe won a hesitant Erdogan to the idea of supporting the attack on traditional Turkish ally Syria in return for a promise of French support for Turkish membership in the EU. France later backed out, leaving Erdogan to continue the Syrian bloodbath largely on his own using <a href="" target="_blank">ISIS</a>.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span lang="en-US">Gen. John R. Allen, an opponent of Obama’s Iran peace strategy, now US diplomatic envoy coordinating the coalition against the Islamic State, exceeded his authorized role after meeting with Erdogan and “promised to create a "no-fly zone" ninety miles wide, over Syrian territory, along the whole border with Turkey, supposedly intended to help Syrian refugees fleeing from their government, but in reality to apply the "Juppé-Wright plan". The Turkish Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, revealed US support for the project on the TV channel </span><span lang="en-US">A Haber</span><span lang="en-US"> by launching a bombing raid against the PKK.” Meyssan <a href=";_r=0" target="_blank">adds</a>.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span lang="en-US">There are never winners in war and Erdogan’s war against Syria’s Assad demonstrates that in bold. Turkey and the world deserve better. Ahmet Davutoglu’s famous “Zero Problems With Neighbors” foreign policy has been turned into massive problems with all neighbors due to the foolish ambitions of Erdogan and his gang.<span id="ctrlcopy">&nbsp;</span></span></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="600" height="342" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> China Crude Crude Oil France Iran Iraq Joe Biden Middle East Reality Saudi Arabia Testimony Turkey World Bank Fri, 27 Nov 2015 00:55:20 +0000 Tyler Durden 517088 at A Heatmap Of Global CapEx 'Shrinkage' <p>Hot on the heels of the<a href=""> biggest collapse in Australian Capex ever</a>, and just <a href="">as we predicted back in 2012</a>, we thought it about time to once again re-visit - Godot-like - <em><strong>the never-ending wait for &#39;recovery&#39; (or ongoing crash) in Capital Expenditure around the world</strong></em>.</p> <p>Back in <a href="">2012 we accurately predicted </a>that in the Brave New Normal World, <strong><em>where zero cost debt-issuance is used to immediately fund stock buybacks instead of being reinvested in growth and expansion</em></strong>, in the process boosting management pay through equity-performance linked option payout structures, that with every passing year CapEx spending would decline first in relative then in absolute terms, even as free cash flow use of funds is spent on other &quot;here-and-now&quot; shareholder-friendly activities such as buybacks and dividends would grow exponentially.</p> <p><strong>And yet companies which have no choice but to continue their existence</strong>, even if they are forced to pay out all incremental cash to their loud-mouthed shareholders simply because there really is no global economic growth which can soak up the incremental growth spending, they still spend money on (mostly) maintenance and (to a tiny extent) growth capital spending.</p> <p><a href=""><img height="276" src="" width="600" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>So for those curious where this spending ends up</strong> (because everyone knows where dividends and buybacks go), here is a global heatmap of all capex spending broken down by region and segment:</p> <p><a href=""><img height="698" src="" width="600" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As Goldman so succinctly explains, this is not about to turn around anytime soon...</p> <blockquote><div class="quote_start"><div></div></div><div class="quote_end"><div></div></div><p><strong>Our long-held bearish view on capex hinges on several overlapping factors</strong>:</p> <ul> <li>the aftermath of China&rsquo;s huge investment phase and the resultant overcapacity;</li> <li>global growth becoming less capital-intensive;</li> <li>the ubiquity of technology (substituting hardware capex for software opex, digitisation of widgets, optimising utilising and rousing dormant capacity); and</li> <li>persistent uncertainty (around regulation, obsolescence risk and new competitors, both cross-border and cross-sector).</li> </ul> </blockquote> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="1240" height="1443" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> China New Normal OpEx recovery Fri, 27 Nov 2015 00:15:00 +0000 Tyler Durden 517111 at Busted: Hillary Caught Coordinating With CNN To Smear Rand Paul <p><a href=""><em>Submitted by SM Gibson via,</em></a></p> <p><strong>State Department <a href="" target="_blank">emails</a>&nbsp;published by&nbsp;<a href=";utm_expid=66866090-67.e9PWeE2DSnKObFD7vNEoqg.2&amp;" target="_blank">Gawker</a>&nbsp;on Tuesday show that a CNN journalist&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">colluded</a> with a&nbsp;top Hillary Clinton State Department aide in an attempt to&nbsp;smear&nbsp;Kentucky Senator Rand Paul during the&nbsp;former secretary of state&rsquo;s 2013 testimony on the&nbsp;Benghazi attacks.</strong></p> <p>Elise Labott, a foreign affairs reporter for CNN, is now serving a two-week suspension from the Atlanta-based global news network for posting a critical tweet of Senator Paul during the hearing. She apparently did so at the directive of&nbsp;Clinton aide Philippe Reines. The social media post chided Senator Paul for asking Clinton difficult questions throughout the&nbsp;Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing. Labott also coordinated with Reines to tweet a favorable&nbsp;quote from Clinton&rsquo;s testimony.</p> <p>In what appeared to be a follow-up question to a prior conversation, the CNN reporter asked Reines&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">via email</a>,&nbsp;<em>&ldquo;are you sure rand paul wasn&rsquo;t at any hearings?&rdquo;</em></p> <p>Just minutes after hitting send, Labott fired back with another message informing the aide of what she had just posted to her official Twitter account:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">Sen Paul most critical on committee of Clinton, but a little late to the <a href="">#Benghazi</a> game.Not sure he was at many of the 30 previous briefings</p> <p>&mdash; Elise Labott (@eliselabottcnn) <a href="">January 23, 2013</a></p></blockquote> <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script><p><em>&ldquo;She was great. well done. I hope you are going to have a big drink tonight,&rdquo;</em>&nbsp;the CNN employee wrote to Reines hours later in reference to Hillary&rsquo;s performance earlier that day.</p> <p>Reines responded by&nbsp;typing to&nbsp;Labott that he had <em>&ldquo;suggested a good Tweet.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>Labott messaged back&nbsp;that she had not received his&nbsp;suggestion for&nbsp;an additional&nbsp;tweet. Reines replied&nbsp;back with the word&nbsp;<em>&ldquo;Pin,&rdquo;</em> a reference to a private messaging system.</p> <p>Labott responded,&nbsp;<em>&ldquo;will get back to you.&rdquo;</em> Less than 15&nbsp;minutes later, she sent an email that read, <em>&ldquo;done.&rdquo;&nbsp;</em>She had just posted a Tweet that quoted Clinton:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">A reporter who Tweets on request! <a href=""></a></p> <p>&mdash; Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) <a href="">November 25, 2015</a></p></blockquote> <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script><p><em><span id="cke_bm_61S" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span>&ldquo;The liberal media has taken their Clinton sycophancy to a new low. CNN needs to address this bias and lack of journalistic integrity,&rdquo;</em><span id="cke_bm_61E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;Paul&rsquo;s chief campaign strategist Doug Stafford, <a href="" target="_blank">said</a> in a statement. <em>&ldquo;This email revelation should give Republicans pause as to their coverage and possibility of fair treatment towards Sen. Paul during the next debate. <strong>All eyes will be on CNN&rsquo;s response to their employee colluding with Hillary Clinton in order to attack a prominent U.S. senator on their dime.</strong>&rdquo;</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="428" height="425" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> Testimony Twitter Twitter Thu, 26 Nov 2015 23:55:00 +0000 Tyler Durden 517095 at Obama Put Taiwan on ISIS Radar <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="separator" style="text-align: center; clear: both;"><a href="" style="margin-right: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img src="" width="640" height="361" border="0" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.8px;">By&nbsp;</span><a href="" style="line-height: 20.8px;">EconMatters</a></p> <p>One big news widely reported in Taiwan right now is that the national flag of the Republic of China (R.O.C. Taiwan) appears on ISIS web site video. Above is a screenshot of the video with Taiwan's flag prominently displayed along side that of the U.S. and U.K. The flags are supposedly in alphabetical order by country name. The video was posted on ISIS web site on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015.</p> <p>According to a partial video on a Taiwan TV news show, ISIS also sends this errie message: </p> <blockquote class="tr_bq"><p><em><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>Our number only increases with faith. And we are counting your banners, which our prophet says when it reaches 80, then the Blaze of War will find you.</strong></span></em></p> </blockquote> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>You might wonder how ISIS came as far as seeing Taiwan as an equal threat as the U.S.? Taiwan's news media linked ISIS's sudden recognition of Taiwan to <a href="">a statement made by U.S. President Obama</a> at an Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Malaysia last week. Obama said that Taiwan was one of the Asia-Pacific countries in a coalition against ISIS.</p> <p>It is true that Taiwan's military and Special Forces have heavy American military DNA. Due to the constant threat from China across a narrow strait, Taiwan has relatively heavy military defense (for a small island). A lot of Taiwan's defense miliary technology is supplied by the U.S. companies. Taiwan regularly sends military personnel to train in the U.S. while Taiwan's media reports U.S. Navy SEAL also sends trainers every so often to train one of the island's elite special forces units.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <p><strong>Read: </strong><a href=""><strong>Taiwan, The Democratic China</strong></a></p> <p><strong><br /></strong></p> </div> <p><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.3em;">In response to Obama's latest 'recognition', Taiwan governmnet simply said its current focus is on providing humanitarian assistance (i.e., We are NOT involved with Obama's 'Coalition'). Indeed, Taiwan's involvement with the chaos in the Middle East has been humanitarian aid to the region such as donating 300 prefabricated houses and nearly US$10 million in medical supplies to the refugees.</span></p> <p>This stance is understandable as Taiwan had an ISIS panic attack when in February 2015, ISIS official Twitter channel twitted a picture of what looks like Taipei 101 Building (never confirmed) under atack. This out-of-nowhere recognition by ISIS has prompted the Taiwan government to step up security measures, while President Ma Ying-jeou<span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 22.4px; font-family: sans-serif; float: none; display: inline; font-stretch: normal; color: #252525;">&nbsp;</span>urged the public not to panic (Good luck with that).</p> <p class="separator" style="text-align: center; clear: both;"><a href="" style="margin-right: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img src="" width="640" height="544" border="0" /></a></p> <p><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.3em;">Ever since the Chinese Nationalists Party (KMT) retreated to Taiwan in 1949, it goes without saying that China has always viewed Taiwan as a renegade province that may be reclaimed by force if necessary. In the 60+ years since then, the </span><a href="" style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.3em;">tiny island country has transformed itself quite successfully</a><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.3em;"> thanks to a series of financial and economic reforms by the Nationalist Party (KMT), while millions were killed by Mao's Cultural Revolution and the Great Leap Forward. (On a side note, I'm not sure how the UK shadow chancellor thought it was funny to</span><a href="" style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.3em;"> quote Mao in the Spending Review meeting</a><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.3em;">.)</span></p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <p><strong>Read: </strong><a href=""><strong>China, Taiwan, Japan and The U.S. In the West Pacific</strong></a></p> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>On the diplomatic front, Taiwan has sufferred many losses and betrayals. Despite the fact that the Republic of China (Taiwan) was one of the the five founding and PERMANENT members of the United Nation (U.N.), Taiwan was ousted by the U.N. on Oct. 25, 1971 when U.N voted to recongnize Mainland China and to expel the R.O.C Taiwan. Today, people in Taiwan still remember it as the day when the world sold R.O.C. out. &nbsp;Since then, U.N. only recognizes the Communist China as the only lawful representative of China and has rejected calls to make Taiwan a member. And Taiwan has almost always been excluded in any international economic pac (such as the <a href="">TPP</a> or <a href="">AIIB)</a> due to China's influence.</p> <p>Taiwan instead strives to maintain extensive unofficial ties with countries that do not recognise it, focusing on trade, investment, culture and cooperation in non-political areas. Today, Taiwan has more than 100 representative offices in over 70 countries, including four offices in Australia (hense this detailed <a href="">Taiwan brief</a> on Australian Government site).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <p><strong>Read: </strong><a href=""><strong>China, Vietnam, Russia and U.S. in The South China Sea</strong></a></p> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The sad fact remains that currently only 22 states (most of them you have never heard of) in the entire world recognize Taiwan as the Republic of China (ROC). I guess the number should be 23 now, adding ISIS?</p> <p>Citizens in Taiwan actually do not appreciate Obama's sudden 'warm and fuzzy' officially putting the island on ISIS radar. After all, the U.S. does not even recognize Taiwan nor has helped Taiwan in anything of real economic or polical benefits. And now Taiwan is suddenly 'an ally' of the U.S. in a 'coalition' against ISIS? But of course.</p> <p>ISIS already angered China after executing a Chinese captive last week. Then, there's rising tension between China and U.S. over <a href="">disputes in the South China Sea</a> and <a href="">The East Pacific</a>. So when Obama opens his mouth 'recognizing' Taiwan, ISIS jumps on it just to provoke China even more.</p> <p>This is a chess match between ISIS, China and the U.S. using Taiwan as a game piece. If ISIS strikes Taiwan (think the casuaties at Paris in the much larger and stronger France), <strong>on whose hands will the blood be?</strong></p> Australia China France Japan Middle East President Obama Shadow Chancellor Twitter Twitter Thu, 26 Nov 2015 23:50:04 +0000 EconMatters 517117 at A Look At The Coming Collapse Of The European Union <p><a href=""><em>Submitted by Jeff Thomas via,</em></a></p> <p>When I was a boy, a carnival would come through town annually, with a Ferris wheel, a merry-go-round and, of course, a midway: <strong><em>rows of makeshift stalls where fairgoers might win a prize by throwing a ball at weighted milk bottles, shooting a rifle at metal ducks, or pitching pennies at small glass bowls.</em></strong></p> <p>If you were to succeed in any of the above, the standard prize was a small stuffed bear <strong><em>(Although many large bears were displayed, generally, the few actual penny-pitch winners only succeeded in winning one of the smaller bears)</em></strong>. Still, to a child&rsquo;s mind, even this was cause for celebration, as you went home a <em>winner</em>.</p> <p>I was one of the lucky ones. I actually did take home a prize on one occasion. I had been going to the fair faithfully every year and would save up my pennies for weeks in advance, so I&rsquo;d have plenty to invest in bear futures on the midway.</p> <p>It was only a day or two after I brought home my prize that I realised that I had spent several dollars in pennies winning a stuffed bear that probably (back then, in the 1950&rsquo;s) only cost fifty cents to produce and, after I possessed it, actually had zero value to me&hellip;I had no use for a cheap stuffed bear.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>So, here&rsquo;s the penny-pitch progression:</strong></span></p> <ol> <li>Promise of significant benefits for what seems a minimal initial investment.</li> </ol> <ol> <li>Excitement builds with continued investment.</li> </ol> <ol> <li>Elation when a prize is actually won.</li> </ol> <ol> <li>Realisation that the prize is of less actual value than anticipated.</li> </ol> <ol> <li>Realisation that the aggregate cost of the prize was so high that the money would have been better spent on something else.</li> </ol> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>In 1993, Europeans were invited to the new EU Carnival.</strong></span> In addition to the rides, there would be a midway: a variety of benefits such as open borders, a common currency and the opportunity to work in other countries more easily than before. Most European countries joined, even though, in most cases, only a minority of registered voters actually declared their desire for membership. The midway organisers (the political leaders) were all in favour and virtually everyone joined.</p> <p><em><strong>Like any midway game, all those who signed on were required to pony up, but the amount of money being invested seemed relatively small at the time. But like any midway game, it&rsquo;s not the first pitch of the penny that gets you&hellip;it&rsquo;s the subsequent, seemingly unending ones. It adds up.</strong></em></p> <p>Still, there have been those who have actually benefitted: those who actually moved to another EU country and got a good job; those who conduct multi-national business, etc., but, in the main, the conveniences have not been that great and the negatives, more and more, are eclipsing the benefits.</p> <p><strong>The non-elected oligarchy of the EU passes new laws at will.</strong> Moreover, at this point, so much money has been thrown at non-productive members that entire countries are, in effect, welfare states, living off the teat of the more productive countries. And feeding them has required unending and massive borrowing, which those who are pitching the pennies will, presumably, eventually have to pay. And each time it seems as though the situation couldn&rsquo;t get any worse, <em><strong>Brussels creates a new diktat, such as the demand that all EU countries take in millions of refugees,</strong></em> whom they claim to be Syrians fleeing the civil war, but who are more likely to be from Afghanistan or North Africa and are people who demand benefits, but clearly have no desire to assimilate.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>The people of Europe have been the patsies in this grand scheme and are, at this point, experiencing decided buyer&rsquo;s remorse.</strong></span></p> <p>So, here&rsquo;s the EU progression:</p> <ol> <li>Promise of significant benefits for what seems a minimal initial investment.</li> </ol> <ol> <li>Excitement builds with continued investment.</li> </ol> <ol> <li>Elation when a benefit is actually received.</li> </ol> <ol> <li>Realisation that the benefit is less actual value than anticipated.</li> </ol> <ol> <li>Realisation that the aggregate cost of the benefit was so high that the money would have been better spent on something else.</li> </ol> <p>Returning to the penny-pitch, I recall that, by my early teens, I had realised that this was far from being a worthwhile investment. Once I realised that the prizes were of so little actual value to me and that I would have been better off spending my pennies in some other way, I ceased to enjoy the excitement of the midway and learned to invest money in a better way. I later prospered.</p> <p><strong>However, many, <em>many</em> people never lose the thrill of the promise of easily-won prizes. </strong>As they mature, the prizes that they seek may be more sophisticated than a stuffed bear, but the lure of easy benefits remains difficult to refuse and, in the case of governments, voters return to the polls periodically, each time believing the empty promises of politicians, saying to themselves, &ldquo;This time it will be different.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>For so many people, the promise of a quick, easy solution to complex problems is impossible to resist and, more to the point, the more exaggerated the claim, the more likely that voters seem to buy into it. <u><em>As Adolf Hitler said, &ldquo;Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually, they will believe it.&rdquo;</em></u></strong></p> <p>And so we witness in virtually every &ldquo;democracy&rdquo; that conservatives such as David Cameron and Donald Trump offer outrageously simplified and impossible promises and otherwise-intelligent voters march off to the voting booth to vote for them. Similarly, Hillary Clinton and Justin Trudeau leave liberal voters starry-eyed with equally outrageously simplified and impossible promises. The only difference between liberal and conservative is that the rhetoric takes a slightly different slant. The method of deception is the same, and the effect on voters is the same.</p> <p>And, of course, the outcome is the same. Trouble is, if we&rsquo;re wise enough to figure out that the penny-pitch is a mistaken pursuit, we can simply walk away and never come back. However, if an entire country gets suckered into a construct as implausible as the EU, it&rsquo;s not so easy to walk away. Brussels has no intention of folding its tent. Nor are the political leaders of Europe going to back off on the EU idea.</p> <p>So, will the EU simply carry on? It&rsquo;s doubtful. At some point, the debt will cripple even the net-payer countries to the degree that the people will rebel. In addition, the social dictates, such as the acceptance of refugees, have been so dramatically damaging on the street level that the people of many countries are reaching the boiling point. Eventually this will travel upward, as we see in Poland where, in an election year, the government itself is saying no to Brussels, no matter how Brussels threatens to penalise them for not doing as they are told.</p> <p><u><strong>The EU was never intended to serve the people of Europe, it was meant to empower the rulers of the countries of Europe and to subjugate the European people. Its days are numbered, but the cost of its demise will be borne by the people of Europe. Certainly, increasing numbers of them might wish that it could be as easy as throwing the stuffed bear in the dustbin, but it will not be so simple or so painless.</strong></u></p> <p><em>Editor&rsquo;s Note: Unfortunately there&rsquo;s little any individual can practically do to change the trajectory of this trend in motion. The best you can and should do is to stay informed so that you can protect yourself in the best way possible, and even profit from the situation.</em></p> <p><em><strong>We think everyone should own some physical gold. Gold is the ultimate form of wealth insurance. It&rsquo;s preserved wealth through every kind of crisis imaginable. It will preserve wealth during the next crisis, too.</strong></em></p> <p><em><a href="">But if you want to truly &ldquo;crisis-proof&rdquo; your wealth, we recently released a video just for you...</a></em></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_teaser" width="263" height="179" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> Afghanistan Donald Trump ETC European Union Poland Thu, 26 Nov 2015 23:30:00 +0000 Tyler Durden 517105 at