Wednesday, 14 October 2015

“Moderate Terrorists”. Deconstructing the NATO Narrative on Syria. “Leftists” Keep the Myth Alive

Over the past five years, the increasingly ridiculous propaganda against President al-Assad and the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has ranged from the scripted (OTPOR fomented -“revolution“) “peaceful protesters under fire” rhetoric, to other deceitful lexicon like “civil war,” and “moderate rebels.”

As the intervention campaigns continue with new terrorist and “humanitarian” actors (literally) constantly emerging in the NATO-alliance’s theatre of death squads, it is worth reviewing some of the important points regarding the war on Syria.

Million Person Marches

On March 29, 2011 (less than two weeks into the fantasy “revolution”) over 6 million people across Syria took to the streets in support of President al-Assad. In June, a reported hundreds of thousands marched in Damascus in support of the president, with a 2.3 km long Syrian flag. In November, 2011 (9 months into the chaos), masses again held demonstrations supporting President al-Assad, notably in Homs (the so-called “capital of the ‘revolution’”), Dara’a (the so-called “birthplace of the ‘revolution’”), Deir ez-Zour, Raqqa, Latakia, and Damascus.

Mass demonstrations like this have occurred repeatedly since, including in March 2012, in May 2014 in the lead-up to Presidential elections, and in June 2015, to note just some of the larger rallies.

In May 2013, it was reported that even NATO recognized the Syrian president’s increased popularity. “The data, relayed to NATO over the last month, asserted that 70 percent of Syrians support” the Assad government. At present, the number is now at least 80 percent.

The most telling barometer of Assad’s support base was the Presidential elections in June 2014, which saw 74 percent (11.6 million) of 15.8 million registered Syrian voters vote, with President al-Assad winning 88 percent of the votes. The lengths Syrians outside of Syria went to in order to vote included flooding the Syrian embassy in Beirut for two full days (and walking several kilometres to get there) and flying from countries with closed Syrian embassies to Damascus airport simply to cast their votes. Within Syria,Syrians braved terrorist mortars and rockets designed to keep them from voting; 151 shells were fired on Damascus alone, killing 5 and maiming 33 Syrians.

For a more detailed look at his broad base of popular support, see Professor Tim Anderson’s “Why Syrians Support Bashar al Assad.”

The Reforms

Prior to the events of March 2011 Syrians did have legitimate desires for specific reforms, many of which were implemented from the beginning of the unrest. In fact, President al-Assad made reforms prior to and following March 17, 2011.

Stephen Gowans noted some of those early reforms, including:
  • Canceling the Emergency Law;
  • Amending the the constitution and putting it to a referendum [8.4 million Syrians voted; 7.5 million voted in favour of the constitution];
  • Scheduling, then holding, multi-party parliamentary and presidential elections
The constitution, according to Gowans, “mandated that the government maintain a role in guiding the economy on behalf of Syrian interests, and that the Syrian government would not make Syrians work for the interests of Western banks, oil companies, and other corporations.”

It also included:
  • “security against sickness, disability and old age; access to health care; free education at all levels”
  • a provision “requiring that at minimum half the members of the People’s Assembly are to be drawn from the ranks of peasants and workers.”
Political commentator Jay Tharappel further articulated:
The new constitution introduced a multi-party political system in the sense that the eligibility of political parties to participate isn’t based on the discretionary permission of the Baath party or on reservations, rather on a constitutional criteria….the new constitution forbids political parties that are based on religion, sect or ethnicity, or which are inherently discriminatory towards one’s gender or race. (2012: Art.8)
No surprise that NATO’s exile-Syrian pawns refused the reforms and a constitution which ensures a sovereign Syria secure from the claws of multi-national corporations and Western banks.

In his article, “Decriminalising Bashar – towards a more effective anti-war movement,” writer Carlos Martinez outlined Syria’s positives, including its anti-imperialist, socialist policies; its secularism and multiculturalism; and—poignantly—its continued support for Palestinians and anti-Zionist stance.

These are all points that contradict the lies spewed over the past nearly five years, and shatter the feeble justification for continuing to wage war on Syria.
Much of grassroots “Leftists”’ anti-Syria propaganda is as poisonous as corporate media. Routinely, at ostensibly anti-war/anti-Imperialist gatherings, the anti-Syria narrative is predominant.

For example, at the March 2015 World Social Forum in Tunis, some Syria-specific panels spun the fairy tale of “revolutionaries” in Syria, one panel alleging: “The protests in Syria were peaceful for almost six or seven months; 6-7000 unarmed people were killed; only then did ‘rebels’ eventually take up arms.”

Yet, it is known that from the beginning, in Dara’a and throughout Syria, armed protesters were firing upon, and butchering, security forces and civilians. Tim Anderson’s “Syria: how the violence began, in Daraa” pointed out that police were killed by snipers in the March 17/18 protests; the Syrian army was only brought to Dara’a following the murder of the policemen. Additionally, a storage of protesters’ weapons was found in Dara’a’s al-Omari mosque.

Prem Shankar Jha’s, “Who Fired The First Shot?” described the slaughter of 20 Syrian soldiers outside Dara’a a month later, “by cutting their throats, and cutting off the head of one of the soldiers.” A very “moderate”-rebel practice.

In “Syria: The Hidden Massacre” Sharmine Narwani investigated the early massacres of Syrian soldiers, noting that many of the murders occurred even after the Syrian government had abolished the state security courts, lifted the state of emergency, granted general amnesties, and recognized the right to peaceful protest.

The April 10, 2011 murder of Banyas farmer Nidal Janoud was one of the first horrific murders of Syrian civilians by so-called “unarmed protesters.” Face gashed open, mutilated and bleeding, Janoud was paraded by an armed mob, who then hacked him to death.

Father Frans Van der Ludt—the Dutch priest living in Syria for nearly 5 decades prior to his April 7, 2014 assassination by militants occupying the old city of Homs—wrote (repeatedly) of the “armed demonstrators” he saw in early protests, “who began to shoot at the police first.”

May 2011 video footage of later-resigned Al Jazeera journalist Ali Hashem shows fighters entering Syria from Lebanon, carrying guns and RPGs (Hashem stated he’d likewise seen fighters entering in April). Al Jazeera refused to air the May footage, telling Hashem to ‘forget there are armed men.’ [See: Sharmine Narwani’s “Surprise Video Changes Syria “Timeline””] Unarmed protesters?

The Sectarian Card: Slogans and Massacres

What sectarianism we see in Syria today was delivered primarily by the Wahabi and Muslim Brotherhood (MB) regimes of Saudi Arabia and Qatar and by Turkey, with NATO’s blessing and backing. The cross-sect make-up of both the Syrian State and the Syrian army alone speaks of Syria’s intentional secularism, as well as the prevalent refusal of average Syrians to self-identify along sectarian lines.

On the other hand, from the beginning, the West’s “nonviolent protesters” were chanting sectarian slogans, notably, “Christians to Beirut, Alawis to the grave.” Other popular chants included: calling for the extermination of all Alawis; pledging allegiance to Saudi-based extremist Syrian Sheikh Adnan Arour and to extremist MB supporting Egyptian Sheikh, Yusuf al-Qardawi.

Qatar-based Qaradawi advocates killing Syrian civilians: “It is OK to kill one third of the Syrian population if it leads to the toppling of the heretical regime.” The inflammatory Arour said about Syria’s Alawis: “By Allah we shall mince them in meat grinders and feed their flesh to the dogs.”

The NATO alliance’s terrorists have committed numerous massacres of Syrian civilians and soldiers, many of which were intended to sow sectarianism, including:
  • The June 2011 Jisr al Shugour, Idlib, massacre of up to 120 people (soldiers and civilians) by between 500-600 so-called FSA terrorists; blamed on the SAA as having killed “military deserters”. [see Prem Shankar Jha’s article “Syria – Who fired the first shot?”]
  • The Houla massacre of over 100 civilians on May 25, 2012, which only 2 days later the UN claimed—without an investigation— had been committed by the Syrian Army. [See Tim Anderson’s detailed rebuttal, “The Houla Massacre Revisited: “Official Truth” in the Dirty War on Syria” In the same article, Anderson also looked at the August 2012 Daraya massacre of 245 people and the December 2012 Aqrab massacre of up to 150 villagers.
  • The August 2013 massacre of at least 220 civilians (including a fetus, many children, women, elderly) and kidnapping of at least 100 (mostly women and children) in villages in the Latakia countryside.
  • The December 2013 massacre of at least 80 residents (many “slaughtered like sheep”, decapitated, burned in bakery ovens) in Adra industrial village.
  • The continued terrorist-mortaring of civilian areas and schools; the repeated terrorist-car-bombing of civilian areas and schools. [see: “The Terrorism We Support in Syria: A First-hand Account of the Use of Mortars against Civilians”]
Yet, in spite of outside forces attempts to sow sectarianism in Syria, the vast majority of Syrian people refuse it. Re-visiting Syria in July 2015, Professor Tim Anderson recounted that Latakia alone “has grown from 1.3 million to around 3 million people – they come from all parts, not just Aleppo, also Hama, Deir eZorr, and other areas.” He also visited Sweida, a mainly Druze region, which has accommodated “135,000 families, mainly from Daraa – others from other parts”. Mainly Sunni families.

All the allegedly moderate rebel groups in Syria are working with the extremists. This has been admitted:

The Covert Origins of ISIS

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, October 14th, 2015.]

Russian Arms Manufacturer Almaz-Antey Delivers MH17 Report [ft. Analysis and Observations]

Russian arms manufacturer Almaz-Antey is presenting the results of its probe into the alleged missile launch that may have downed the MH17 Malaysian Airlines plane over eastern Ukraine, July 17, 2014.

These tests clearly refuted the 'Russian supplied BUK missile' hypothesis for the shoot-down, showing that if that type of missile (BUK-M1) hit at the angles observed in the wreckage of MH17, the damage should have been greater (1:03) and many distinctive 'butterfly' holes would have been present. Such holes were not observed. The presenters believed that only an older type of BUK missile, not used by Russia, may have been used.

It is more likely, considering the lack of penetrative power of fragments in the MH17 debris, that another type of smaller missile was the candidate for the incident - perhaps an air-to-air weapon since military jets were seen by witnesses at the time of the attack:

The Dutch Safety Board presentation regarding this same incident (30 min video below) was extremely light on forensics (although they concur with the Russians on the location of the missile). They did feature butterfly fragments allegedly taken out of some victims, but the question is, where are the butterfly patterns on the skin of the aircraft? The distinctive patterning seen in the Russian test was nowhere to be found.

Also, this Dutch presentation says there were no other aircraft on radar at the time of the incident, to rule out an air-to-air missile, whereas the Russians showed there were fighter sized targets on their scopes -backing up the witness reports that appeared in the BBC Russia news story (see the above video). And the Russians requested the US release their satellite images of the crime scene and Washington refused. The US satellite was right overhead at the time.

We must remember that the Ukrainians, suspects in this crime, were party to the investigation. And regardless of whether or not you think Governments could lie about such things, we do have the problem of the forensic evidence. It doesn't matter what you assume - we have a fundamental issue with the raw data when it comes to the western account of what happened.

Related Info:

'MH17 crash' test simulation video: Il-86 plane cockpit hit with BUK missile [where you can see the extent of the damage that would have occurred if MH17 was hit by a BUK at close range]

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, October 14th, 2015.]

7 Myths and Atrocities of Christopher Columbus That Will Make You Cringe

In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue, so goes the elementary school rhyme. But Columbus also committed numerous crimes against humanity that we never learned about in school. This coming Monday, whenever you see a status update or tweet mentioning Columbus Day, share this article in response. On the anniversary of Columbus’ landing, it’s important for everyone to remember that Christophe...r Columbus was one of the most evil men to ever walk the earth, and that the myths propagated about him were completely wrong.


On Columbus’ second voyage, he was accompanied by 1,200 men, who viewed the native population as theirs to exploit. One particularly sickening account of the raping and pillaging that Columbus’ men carried out was from Michele de Cuneo, a wealthy aristocrat who called Columbus a close friend:

“While I was in the boat I captured a very beautiful Carib woman, whom the said Lord Admiral gave to me, and with whom, having taken her into my cabin, she being naked according to their custom, I conceived desire to take pleasure. I wanted to put my desire into execution but she did not want it and treated me with her finger nails in such a manner that I wished I had never begun,” de Cuneo wrote. “But seeing that, (to tell you the end of it all), I took a rope and thrashed her well, for which she raised such unheard of screams that you would not have believed your ears. Finally we came to an agreement in such manner that I can tell you that she seemed to have been brought up in a school of harlots.”

One of the few men accompanying Columbus who eventually grew disgusted with his actions was Bartolome de Las Casas. De Las Casas bore witness to the atrocities the Spanish colonists committed on the native populations, and was so moved by his experiences that he renounced his past life and became a friar, committed to social justice for indigenous populations. In one of de Las Casas’ letters, he describes the monstrous brutality of the colonists toward the natives, including nursing mothers and their babies.

“They attacked the towns and spared neither the children nor the aged nor pregnant women nor women in childbed, not only stabbing them and dismembering them but cutting them to pieces as if dealing with sheep in the slaughter house,” de Las Casas wrote. “They laid bets as to who, with one stroke of the sword, could split a man in two or could cut off his head or spill out his entrails with a single stroke of the pike. They took infants from their mothers’ breasts, snatching them by the legs and pitching them headfirst against the crags or snatched them by the arms and threw them into the rivers, roaring with laughter and saying as the babies fell into the water, ‘Boil there, you offspring of the devil!'”

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, October 14th, 2015.]

So Where Does Aust. PM Turnbull Keep his Money

First, there are the listed companies and funds*. Among them is the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust [NYSEARCA:SPY]. Over the last two years, SPY is up by nearly 40%. This ETF is relatively popular because it offers exposure to big-name stocks, whilst being balanced and accessible. The Trust’s top ten holdings are Apple Inc., Microsoft Corporation, Exxon Mobil, Johnson & Johnson, GE, Wells Fargo, Berkshire Hathaway (Class B), JPMorgan,, and Pfizer Inc. Apple is the most substantial holding, at 3.8%. To put that in context, Microsoft comes next at 2.03%. So it’s very tech heavy. But perhaps not as tech heavy as Vanguard Information Technology ETF [NYSEARCA:VGT], which Turnbull bought in July last year. VGT’s top five holdings are Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and IBM.

Then there’s the iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond ETF [NYSEARCA:HYG]. This Fund pays dividends of around US$0.40 every month or so. It has bonds from a variety of big corporations. Interestingly, most are from the US communications services market.

There’s also the Deutsche X-trackers MSCI Japan Hedged Eq [NYSEARCA:DBJP]. This fund tracks the MSCI Japan US Dollar Hedged Index. It provides exposure to Japanese equities, plus a hedge for the yen/US dollar exchange rate. Its top holdings include Toyota, Mitsubishi and Honda.
The takeaway from this? Malcolm Turnbull likes ETFs. Which, like he said, can be kind of boring. But Turnbull has also bought in to a number of actively managed funds. For example, there’s the 3G Natural Resources Offshore Fund. This Fund is run by multi-billion dollar global firm 3G Capital. 3G is based in Brazil. The Fund’s nominated jurisdiction is the Cayman Islands, because…reasons. There’s no public information on what it holds.

There were a number of others on the list, which Turnbull got rid of after he was elected in 2013. Those included iShares JPMorgan USD Emer Mkt Bnd Fd ETF [NYSEARCA:EMB] and iShares MSCI Brazil Index (ETF) [NYSEARCA:EWZ]. In other words, a significant amount of exposure to emerging markets. In July this year, he added Morgan Stanley Emerging Markets Domestic Debt Fund, Inc. [NYSE: EDD]. But EDD isn’t looking for growth. It looks for government debt securities (bonds) in emerging countries. So really, it’s just another fixed income pick.

Of his wife Lucy Turnbull, he said ‘Lucy and I work very much as a team.’ His wife owns a few more interesting ones, including Prima Biomed Limited [ASX:PRR], of which she is the chair. As chair of Prima, Mrs Turnbull has had an interesting time. She’s seen the value of her interest in PRR fluctuate significantly.

Then, there’s the real estate. The Turnbulls own a commercial property in Potts Point, Sydney, which they run as an investment. And an apartment, also in Potts Point. They own a multi-million dollar terrace in Paddington.

Then, there’s the investment apartment in New York.

The monetary positions of people in politics will shape their policy decisions.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, October 14th, 2015.]

Gerald Celente - Trends In The News - " Wrong Again Ben Bernanke, Wrong Again"

"The IMF lowers their global growth forecast… again, why former FED Chairman Ben Bernanke’s wrong again & Obama sees Russia failing in Syria. Who are the US funded Syrian rebels? Who are they and why can’t we ever see them"?

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, October 14th, 2015.]

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

CrossTalk on Syria: Russia's Turn

Getting down to business – Russia’s words match its actions. There is growing evidence terrorist groups in Syria have taken a real battering from Russia’s airpower. The West, particularly the U.S., remains at loss how to react. In the meantime, Russia creates political facts on the ground. CrossTalking with Jonathan Steele, Fred Fleitz, and Eric Draitser.

Excellent summation of the geopolitical situation from Eric Draitser.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, October 13th, 2015.]

Report from the Frontline Where Syrian Troops Fighting ISIS

RT's Murad Gazdiev has been to the area of Hama where heavy fighting is taking place between ISIS and Syrian troops. The large-scale offensive against the terrorists' strongholds started after air support from Russian bomber jets.

And Washington still refuses to share its information on ISIS positions with the Russians.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, October 13th, 2015.]

Listen to Putin's Eye-Opening Speech About US Foreign Policy and McCain He Made Four Years Ago

This video goes back to a Russian TV show in 2011, when Putin's foreign policy wasn't quite as clear to the Russian public as it is today. Nevertheless, he makes his stance known on US foreign policy, and notably, his feelings toward Mr McCain.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, October 13th, 2015.]

John Williams - The Fed has Lost Control

So, what is the next move by the Federal Reserve? Williams says, “I think the Fed has lost control of the financial system. I don’t know quite what they are going to do, but they are not able to do what they want to do. They want to raise interest rates. They had an opportunity back in June . . . they announced rather formally . . . that they were going to raise rates in September . . . and that didn’t happen. The markets began to move around, and they said the economy is too weak and were (the Fed) not going to do it.”

What the Fed did with all of its bond buying and money printing did not fix the system, and Williams says, “I think we are going towards a QE4. . . . All that is bad for inflation. There is a point here where the dollar is going to take a tumble.”

When there is a QE4 there should only be inflation in stock values and in speculative commodity prices. The fact that the real economy in much of the world (USA) has been destroyed means there is not be enough purchasing power (demand) for general products so will will see continued discounting. The cost of production will put a floor on the price drops. If the US dollar falls there will be inflation as the cost of imported products and materials rise.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, October 13th, 2015.]

Monday, 12 October 2015

Blast Shakes Ankara Just in Time to Justify NATO Incursion into Syria

While CNN attempts to portray Turkey as holding a generally hostile stance toward the so-called “Islamic State” (ISIS), it finally admits toward the end of its report that:
New reports have said that many Turks have joined ISIS’ ranks and that Turks, many of whom have been recruiting in Ankara, may make up a third of ISIS’ ranks. (Emphasis added)
Indeed, with nearly a third of ISIS composed of Turkish terrorists, with Turkey being a regional, even global state-sponsor of terrorism targeting as far afield as China and Thailand, and with Turkey allowing its borders to remain open and feed what is clearly ISIS’ primary supply corridor just north of the Syrian city of Aleppo, it is clear that if “ISIS” was behind the blasts – it was Ankara itself who organized and executed them, and who will attempt to leverage them for maximum benefit.

Terrorism as a Tool: To What End?

The bombing comes just as the US attempts to answer Russia’s recent and expanding anti-terror operation being carried out within Syria with the cooperation of the Syrian government itself, Iran, and Iraq.

The US counterstroke was revealed in the Washington Post’s article, “US abandons Pentagon’s failed rebel-building effort in Syria,” which reported that:
The Obama administration is overhauling its approach to fighting the Islamic State in Syria, abandoning a failed Pentagon effort to build a new ground force of moderate rebels and instead partnering with established rebel groups, officials said Friday.
The Washington Post reveals transparently that American support of “rebels” in Syria is aimed not at ISIS, but admittedly at the Syrian government. The Washington Post also suggests the the US is considering options to provide military protection for these terrorists from Russian military operations. It reported (emphasis added):
The change also reflects growing concern in the Obama administration that Russia’s intervention has complicated the Syrian battlefield and given new life to President Bashar Assad. Russian airstrikes have raised questions about whether and how the U.S. would protect rebel groups it is working with if they are hit by Russian bombs.

Meanwhile, the CIA has since 2013 trained some 10,000 rebels to fight Assad’s forces. Those groups have made significant progress against strongholds of the Alawites, Assad’s sect, but are now under Russian bombardment. The covert CIA program is the only way the U.S. is taking on Assad militarily.
Clearly instead of actually fighting ISIS which would most effectively be done by simply cutting their supply lines in Turkey running right out of NATO territory, the US plan involves directly confronting the Russian-backed offensive aimed north – which itself seeks to cut ISIS’ supply lines. In order to do so, the US will require a significant commitment from Turkey who itself has proposed and advocated the US policy of establishing “safe havens” also sometimes referred to as “buffer zones” or “free zones” within seized territory in northern Syria. However, Turkey has lacked the justification and internal political support to do so.

There are no 'stand alone' moderate rebel groups operating in Syria. The leading fighting forces are ISIS or Al Qaeda affiliated, while groups such as the FSA cooperate and share arms with these extremists.

No matter how you cut it, the US and their allies are sponsoring terrorists - including ISIS directly (see here, here and here).

Related Info:

Robert Fisk: SAA Strongest Institution, FSA Doesn't Exist, Rebels Targeting Christians

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, October 12th, 2015.]

Russia Intensifies Campaign Against ISIS, Killing 2 Chiefs, 300 Insurgents

Russian defense ministers have reported that at least two high ranking members of the Islamic State (formerly known as ISIS/ISIL) and around 300 insurgents were killed in Russia’s ongoing bombing of targets in Syria. Lizzie Phelan reports live from the ground.

A good summary of Syrian Government progress against the terrorists.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, October 12th, 2015.]

Ukraine Military Report 09.10.2015

There appears to be a gradual shift of priorities within the Ukrainian armed forces, now that Ukraine is in default and Poroshenko was told in no uncertain terms in Paris to stop goofing around and get on with implementing Minsk Agreements. That, however, does not mean Ukrainian soldiers are free from danger. Though the main danger appears to be their own equipment.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, October 12th, 2015.]

Keiser Report (E821): Slinky Economics

In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss debt gorillas ripping the face off any investor, consumer or politician who dares challenge them. They discuss Glencore, Deutsche Bank, 3-month Treasury yields and the Federal Reserve as failed zookeeper. In the second half, Max interviews Ian Fraser, author of “Shredded: Inside RBS, the Bank that Broke Britain,” about the bank’s role in the $1 billion looting of Moldova. They also discuss Thatcher, the Lloyd’s share selloff and the SNP.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, October 12th, 2015.]

Sunday, 11 October 2015

International Military Review & Analysis – Syria, Oct. 8, 2015

The terrorists are being bombarded and are retreating:

RAW: Full-scale military operation launched by Syria to retake city of Hamah from ISIS 

GRAPHIC: Deadly trail left by retreating Syrian jihadists in Bahsa village

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, October 11th, 2015.]

The Mystery of ISIS’ Toyota Army Solved

Just last year it was reported that the US State Department had been sending in fleets of specifically Toyota-brand trucks into Syria to whom they claimed was the “Free Syrian Army.”
US foundation-funded Public Radio International (PRI) reported in a 2014 article titled, “This one Toyota pickup truck is at the top of the shopping list for the Free Syrian Army — and the Taliban,” that:
Recently, when the US State Department resumed sending non-lethal aid to Syrian rebels, the delivery list included 43 Toyota trucks.
Hiluxes were on the Free Syrian Army’s wish list. Oubai Shahbander, a Washington-based advisor to the Syrian National Coalition, is a fan of the truck.
“Specific equipment like the Toyota Hiluxes are what we refer to as force enablers for the moderate opposition forces on the ground,” he adds. Shahbander says the US-supplied pickups will be delivering troops and supplies into battle. Some of the fleet will even become battlefield weapons..
The British government has also admittedly supplied a number of vehicles to terrorists fighting inside of Syria. The British Independent’s 2013 article titled, “Revealed: What the West has given Syria’s rebels,” reported that (emphasis added):
So far the UK has sent around £8m of “non-lethal” aid, according to official papers seen by The Independent, comprising five 4×4 vehicles with ballistic protection; 20 sets of body armour; four trucks (three 25 tonne, one 20 tonne); six 4×4 SUVs; five non-armoured pick-ups; one recovery vehicle; four fork-lifts; three advanced “resilience kits” for region hubs, designed to rescue people in emergencies; 130 solar powered batteries; around 400 radios; water purification and rubbish collection kits; laptops; VSATs (small satellite systems for data communications) and printers.
It’s fair to say that whatever pipeline the US State Department and the British government used to supply terrorists in Syria with these trucks was likely used to send additional vehicles before and after these reports were made public.

The mystery of how hundreds of identical, brand-new ISIS-owned Toyota trucks have made it into Syria is solved. Not only has the US and British government admitted in the past to supplying them, their military forces and intelligence agencies ply the borders of Turkey, Jordan, and even Iraq where these fleets of trucks must have surely passed on their way to Syria – even if other regional actors supplied them. While previous admissions to supplying the vehicles implicates the West directly, that nothing resembling interdiction operations have been set up along any of these borders implicates the West as complicit with other parties also supplying vehicles to terrorists inside of Syria.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, October 11th, 2015.]


The real scandal surrounding Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton’s private email system may be that she was running, in concert with a private consulting firm tied closely to George Soros, an outsourced and parallel State Department answerable only to her and not President Obama, the Congress, or the American people.

Hillary was using her position in the State Department to solicit money for the Clinton Foundation. Mike Rivero at speculated that the classified material that appeared in her emails was deliberately placed there so hackers could access the information which would then be paid for via donations to their 'charity' foundation.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, October 11th, 2015.]

Watchdog Says Report of 10,000 Toddlers on ADHD Drugs Tip of the Iceberg—274,000 0-1 Year Olds and 370,000 Toddlers Prescribed Psychiatric Drugs

While the recent New York Times article, “Thousands of Toddlers Are Medicated for A.D.H.D., Report Finds, Raising Worries,” seems shocking, the actual numbers of infants and toddlers being prescribed psychiatric drugs dwarfs the 10,000 2-3 year olds being prescribed ADHD drugs.[1] The mental health watchdog, Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) says according to data provided by IMS Health, the world’s leading health information and analytics company, hundreds of thousands of toddlers are being prescribed far more powerful psychiatric drugs than just ADHD drugs, and most alarming of all is the more than 274,000 0-1 year olds prescribed psychiatric drugs.[2]

According to IMS Health’s Vector One: National and Total Patient Tracker Database for 2013 these are the figures for 0-1 year olds being prescribed psychiatric drugs:
  • 249,669 0-1 year olds are on anti-anxiety drugs (such as Xanax, Klonopin, and Ativan).
  • 26,406 0-1 year olds are on antidepressants (such as Prozac, Zoloft, and Paxil).
  • There are 1,422 0-1 year olds taking ADHD drugs (such as Ritalin, Adderall, and Concerta).
  • 654 0-1 year olds are taking antipsychotics (such as Risperdal, Seroquel, and Zyprexa).
While the CDC was correct in issuing their report on the 10,000 2-3 year olds (toddlers) being prescribed ADHD drugs, the number of toddlers on anti-anxiety and antidepressants is staggering in comparison:
  • 318,997 2-3 year olds are on anti-anxiety drugs.
  • 46,102 2-3 year olds are on antidepressants.
  • 3,760 2-3 year olds are taking antipsychotics.
And as for other age groups, the numbers start in the millions with 0-5 year olds:
  • The total number of 0-5 year olds currently prescribed psychiatric drugs is 1,080,168.
  • The number of 6-12 year olds on psychiatric drugs is 4,130,340.
  • The number of 13-17 year olds taking psychiatric drugs is 3,617,593.[3]
The above are stunning data and, yet, the most egregious element of the ever-increasing number of America's children being prescribed psychiatric drugs, is that the diagnosis needed in order to have the drugs prescribed, is subjective—there is no medical test to support or validate even one psychiatric diagnosis. As Allen Frances, a psychiatrist and former DSM-IV Task Force Chairman, stated, "There are no objective tests in psychiatry—no X-ray, laboratory or exam finding that says definitively that someone does or does not have a mental disorder. There is no definition of mental disorder. It's bull…. I mean you just can't define it."[4]
According to the Final Statement from the National Institutes of Health Consensus Conference on ADHD, "we do not have an independent, valid test for ADHD, and there are no data to indicate ADHD is due to a brain malfunction."[5]
When it comes to the psychiatric drugs used to treat ADHD, these are referred to as "kiddie cocaine" for a reason. Ritalin (methylphenidate) Adderall (amphetamine) and Concerta, are all considered by the federal government as Schedule II drugs—the most addictive.[6] ADHD drugs also have serious side effects such as agitation, mania, aggressive or hostile behavior, seizures, hallucinations, and even sudden death, according to the National Institutes of Health.[7] And the Food and Drug Administration still mandates that all labels for ADHD stimulants state "Long-term effects of amphetamines in children have not been well established."[8]
As far as antipsychotics, antianxiety drugs and antidepressants, the FDA and international drug regulatory agencies cite side effects including, but not limited to, psychosis, mania, suicidal ideation, heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and even sudden death.[9]

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, October 11th, 2015.]

Saturday, 10 October 2015

CrossTalk: Targeting All Terrorists

An expanding strategy and upping the ante – Russia is increasing its campaign against terrorist groups in Syria, while protecting the legitimate government in Damascus. Official Washington continues to struggle to find a response, other than expressing its fury. Being angry at Russia is not a foreign policy. CrossTalking with Ray McGovern, Daniel Lazare, and Michael O'Hanlon.

It looks like some of the guests are happy to see Syria divided which would weaken the State and leave the extremists in power. The Brookings Institute guest may want to save the regime change extremists, so they can be armed and resume fighting at a later date.

The most reasonable route is to militarily defeat the extremists and cut off their outside support that comes from countries such as Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. Sanctions should be applied where necessary. Involvement of the Syrian Army, Iran, China and Russia should overwhelm the terrorists since many of them are unwelcome foreigners in Syria. The fighting in Syria is not the result of a popular uprising. If necessary, Demilitarised Zones would need to be constructed along the Syrian borders.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, October 10th, 2015.]

Clerk Promises 'Truth' About MH17 Ahead of Official Report [Eliot Higgins Propagada]

An official report into the cause of the crash of flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine hasn't been published yet. But the website Bellingcat run by Eliot Higgins, former office worker, is to publish its own findings today. Higgins believes his site is 'a resource for citizen investigative journalists'.

Higgins, as mentioned in this report, has been wrong about almost every major claim he has made in relation to Ukraine and Syria.

Related Info:

'No one was at MH17 crash site, everyone was telling ‘we know who it was’

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, October 10th, 2015.]

Russia Bombing CIA's Rebels in Syria: John McCain

CIA is financing the war in Syria... admitted on CNN by the horse himself.

Admission of the illegal proxy war.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, October 10th, 2015.]