Meet The Man Who Funds ISIS: Bilal Erdogan, The Son Of Turkey's President

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

His very brief bio:

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


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

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

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

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

Erdogan's Dirth Dangerous ISIS Games

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

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

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

Nice Family Business

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There are never winners in war and Erdogan’s war against Syria’s Assad demonstrates that in bold. Turkey and the world deserve better. Ahmet Davutoglu’s famous “Zero Problems With Neighbors” foreign policy has been turned into massive problems with all neighbors due to the foolish ambitions of Erdogan and his gang. 

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Thu, 11/26/2015 - 00:01 | 6841225 Cacete de Ouro
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Son of a Gun!

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 00:15 | 6841253 nope-1004
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The US can't control illegal sales of oil?


Kind of obvious here folks.

Hussein was killed for doing it, Khadaffi killed for trying to do it, Mubarek murdered for trying to do it.

But ISIS runs free?  lmfao.  Black market?  lol...... The comedy script doesn't get any more poorly written than this.

Hope .gov saves me from the big bad ISIS.  Wouldn't want my head chopped off for no apparent reason.


Thu, 11/26/2015 - 00:17 | 6841279 greenskeeper carl
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And people STILL don't understand this whole ISIS thing is entirely scripted. As if the us govt doesn't know exactly who is doing what with this illicit oil trade. Of course, maybe they don't. Maybe they are too busy spying on innocent us citizens to be bothered with actually doing their fucking jobs....

I'm sure we will get a press conference from Obama soon, where he will tell us that he just learned this by reading the newspaper and is just as shocked as we are. What a fucking clownshow we live in.

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 00:23 | 6841292 90's Child
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"Aid" convoy bombed near Turkey's boarder.

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 00:35 | 6841324 coinhead
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Bilal is Turkish for "Bill"...  Bill Erdogan.

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 00:42 | 6841345 palmereldritch
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No. It's Turkish for "ISIS Gone Wild"

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 01:15 | 6841420 TahoeBilly2012
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Putin is going to eviscerate anything that moves inside Syria which is not a Syrian state asset. 

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 01:50 | 6841457 strannick
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Ahh. It all makes sense now.

The Russian Su24 Bomber wasnt violating  Turkish airspace much as it was violating Baby Bilal  Erodagans dirty oil concession and destroying his supply tankers.

Daddy Erodagan risks WW3 so his precious can exploit a NATO oil embargo and sell oil for ISIS . Fork out on your own and get a real job and make poppa proud, Go be a Chambermaid  in Munich, or show  some real grit and open a kebab stand in Berlin, and so spare the planet a nuclear winter.

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 02:01 | 6841493 philipat
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What's with the ?litches in spellin?  Erdo?an. Has the keyboard lost its "G"?

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 02:38 | 6841539 fel.temp.reparatio
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Erdogan is spelled with a soft 'g' in Turkish - known as 'g-breve' in English. These special characters aren't accommodated for on ZH.

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 02:55 | 6841558 Oldrepublic
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Which reminds me of the big problems I had using the
internet at local internet cafes in Turkey

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 03:38 | 6841609 pretty bird
Thu, 11/26/2015 - 04:38 | 6841665 zhandax
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Let's just settle on Erodagfuckup and simplify the semantics

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 05:05 | 6841689 COSMOS
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So all along while that poor American girl was being raped by a Muzzie, Baghdadi, akin to the rapes in Sweden of white women by muzzies, the USA crypto muslim was encouraging the whole thing along with Turkey which forced a mass Muslim invasion onto Europe with the treasonous involvement of the French govt.  Perhaps the French citizens should guillotine some of their own mofos.  These are some of the biggest war crimes ever committed, and all the truds are in the west.  We should be holding some Nuremberg style trials and hang these psychopaths.

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 05:18 | 6841712 Ghordius
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cosmos, is that the same French government that is currently in Moscow talking with Russia about how to bomb ISIS in Syria? You know, the ISIS that is producing propaganda videos accusing France and Russia to be an "Alliance Of Devils"? This while Germany is discussing about how to support this Franco-Russian cooperation?

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 05:28 | 6841723 giovanni_f
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"while Germany is discussing"

"Gernany" doesn't "discuss" anything, with Merkel a full-fledged CIA asset. Germany exists as economic exploitation area for Anglosaxon Fiat-money. Forget Germany. I know for I have lived in this country probably for longer time than anyone on ZH.

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 05:30 | 6841729 Manthong
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Turkey has no clue how foul it will be when push comes to shove….

And.. NATO will not be a back-up when it gets down and dirty,

So when did treaties or western promises ever mean anything ?

..they will learn a lesson the hard way

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 05:33 | 6841732 COSMOS
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Nobody in Europe is going to go endof the world crazy for Turkey's sake

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 05:39 | 6841737 Manthong
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(..  the mess hall in Incerlick is nice.. today.

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 09:39 | 6842045 remain calm
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So how hard is it Mr Obama to kill this dude, after all you said, "we are going to hunt down isil where every they are and destroy them and their infrastructure" Well if you kill the money guy the operation falls apart. But you don't want that, do you? You want little crisis's all over the world so you can divert attention from the economy and use the terrorism as a scapegoat. You and your policies are evil.Isil if it really wanted to be powerful needs to kill its true leader and that is you.

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 12:58 | 6842833 SMG
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Great article ZH.  These cockroaches don't like the light.

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 13:33 | 6842982 Herd Redirectio...
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Response to giovanni above: "Anglosaxon Fiat-money."

Anglosaxon? Fiat?  LOL.  Who runs the Fed?  Who runs banking in Frankfurt for the last 250 years?  Who controls the City of London?  Anglo-saxons?  I am busting a gut here.

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 14:25 | 6843189 Save_America1st
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Well, don't worry, folks.  Here's 2+hours of new Thanksgiving Golden Jackass to go with your turkey.

Turd Ferguson and Jim Willie Podcast from TFMetalsReport:

Enjoy!  And happy Thanksgiving. 

***be thankful for your stacks of phyzz.  ;-)

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 17:04 | 6843599 Tarshatha
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The Hague,


Thu, 11/26/2015 - 17:32 | 6843672 Luc X. Ifer
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You meant - to hang, now?

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 17:34 | 6843681 Luc X. Ifer
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Also, now we have the explanation for the sudden price drop of crude by Saudi terrorist royal hause.

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 18:56 | 6843788 Manthong
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What part of street n’gr do people not understand these sand monkeys are?

Go to Chicago.. meet the people.. and Rahm the Zionist is their leader.. or Father f’knuts Flakey.. or better yet the man who married the Wookie to the Golfer-in-Chief and “baptized” the lanky stringy offspring…. De’ Rebrend Jerimiah mutha f’n Right.. oops Wright… who happens to live in a >$500K mansion. ..and it is so nice to see all of the constant video of those muslims in church.

I feel sorry for the peeps in the suburbs north of the airport in Oahu where a perfectly nice Naval Air Station used to be but will likely turn into a .gov armored compound and secluded golf resort.

oh, BTW.. this might be a fly in the Choomster's annointed plan...


Thu, 11/26/2015 - 19:28 | 6843883 Manthong
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"Who runs the Fed?"

..the same people that run the City.. Germans.

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 19:30 | 6843886 Anonymous User
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Turkey just put herself on a straight path towards a world of hurt:

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 20:25 | 6844008 azusgm
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You are a sick, sick puppy!

Tylers, please ban this beast!


Thu, 11/26/2015 - 20:46 | 6844044 Manthong
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hey.. i iike porn like a lot of guys...

but there is a time and a place...

this is not the place or time.

dump this account and link.


Fri, 11/27/2015 - 02:20 | 6844778 Stainless Steel Rat
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Y o u a r e r e a l l y a w e s o m e f o r s t a n d i n g u p f o r f r e e d o m o f a n n o y i n g t h e f u c k o u t o f t h e a v e r a g e r e a d e r !

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 17:50 | 6843709 Surviver22
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All the weapons in the world won't matter once ISIS army kick into gear!

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 15:11 | 6843290 aVileRat
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Some guy won a few Journalism awards for blowing the lid off the Food for Oil program in Iraq. I'd rank the Bilal story as up there, and in a real world, this would be ZH's third big "scoop" since 2009.

4 big questions, just like when St. Marc Rich was crude laundering.


1. What blends are they cutting ISIL crude with. Who is selling them the "wrappers" which Bilal is mixing ISIL products with to skirt sanctions

2. Which Insurance and Trading counterparties are lending little "B" LOC his shipments and funding his working capital in the ports. Its sure as fuck not EXIM Bank

3. Which refineries in Japan and trading houses in ASEAN/Europe are taking Crude. Every cargo needs to be reported, so who at the State/Govt side is willfully ignoring the extra "stops" these cargoes are making on their contract deliveries to Asia

4. If the USA and Turkey are willfully allowing Crude sales to happen, there must be a contract agreement inplace between Turkey and NATO to limit logistics damage. If this is the case, who is the Black Project sponsor. If this was a sanctioned program, was the POTUS aware the USA was supporting Crude smuggling? This would not be the first time USA has placed an embargo/sanction only for State actors to be running a smuggling chain (Panama, Suez, Afganistan... etc). I find it hard to believe Turkey's Presidency was 'going it alone' given that NATO procedures require at least "two to sign" on every Head of State project, to which given little "B"'s involvement, this would have had to be an Aware project at DoD. 

AVR's bozo question:

5. Will ISIL oil be requried to sign the Carbon pledge at Paris? If so, will Japan/Korea continue to buy Illegal ISIL crude over "ethical" oil from UKm Canada and Saudi Arabia ?

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 12:58 | 6842834 SMG
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Great article ZH.  These cockroaches don't like the light.

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 13:48 | 6843043 TuPhat
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Marketwatch has an article that says Obama accuses Syria of buying the ISIS oil.  He has increased economic sanctions against Syria because of it.  Our Gov. is a joke but no one is laughing.

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 07:06 | 6841790 Eirik Magnus Larssen
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Typical far-right fear-mongering on your part.

The irony here is that Turkey is facing the consequences of electing a nationalist and a religious conservative as their head of state. Not altogether different from what you represent.

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 07:20 | 6841796 Manthong
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I understand your position,,

..but I don't think it is anything so paradoxical.

oh.. and if you want far right.. come to never let-a-crisis-go-to-waste Rahm-town.


Thu, 11/26/2015 - 07:21 | 6841798 847328_3527
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The yutes are most idealist and will carry their views to the vicious extreme whether they are Maos, Stalins, Pol Pots, or whatever brand of idealism, leaving millions dead due to their inflexible, unyielding, closed-minded beliefs.

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 07:27 | 6841807 Manthong
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Sad to say..

there is truth in your view..

Maybe us old F's will have some influence.

Piss and viniger.. the courage of yutes.

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 08:22 | 6841874 Anonymous User
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Turkey just put herself on a straight path towards a world of hurt:

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 09:47 | 6842072 GMadScientist
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Thu, 11/26/2015 - 12:58 | 6842830 God
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GOD has spoken!

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 13:44 | 6843022 Stainless Steel Rat
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I post in the first thread for the diversity of focus it offers... that, and because I am an attention whore.

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Thu, 11/26/2015 - 19:35 | 6843895 Manthong
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Sac.. asked pretty please, but now demanding...

dump this sac of shit.

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 07:24 | 6841802 44magnum
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PM is the same rag that pushed the governments fairy tale of how the buildings came down on 911. so don't put to much into what they write.

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 21:21 | 6844097 robobbob
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you say that like you're going to get some kind of vote or something or that the politicians are going to give a rats  @@@ what the people want.

one day a mushroom cloud will appear over some major city. the media will scream "they did it" and everyone will blindly go charging off to war.

ten years later, some fringy alt media types will uncover "they" didnt actually do it, but by then nobody will care.

Fri, 11/27/2015 - 01:04 | 6844652 jeff montanye
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does anyone else here get a hunter biden vibe off this guy billy erdogan?

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 05:34 | 6841733 Ghordius
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so what if we see German Tornados supporting French Rafales and Russian SU-24s in Syria against ISIS? Is then your theory debunked?

" economic exploitation area for Anglosaxon Fiat-money..." Only Germany? and what about the EUR? is that a supporting or contrasting tool in this exploitation?

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