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Monday, November 30, 2015

PressTV-Another journalist arrested in Turkey

PressTV-Another journalist arrested in Turkey


Turkish authorities have arrested another journalist amid growing concerns over the Ankara government’s attempts to stifle critical media and crackdown on dissidents.
Ertugrul Ozkok, a columnist and former editor-in-chief of the Turkish-language Hurriyet daily, was arrested on Sunday on charges of slander after publishing an opinion piece indirectly criticizing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan back in early September.
In the op-ed, titled “Listen, grand man,” written after the tragic death of Aylan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian child refugee whose body was previously washed up on a beach near the port city of Bodrum, Ozkok denounced the Middle Eastern actors for turning the region into “the most brutal land in the world.”
The article, which did not mention the name of the Turkish leader, further pointed to a “dictator” who thinks the country is the “property of his father.”
Ozkok could face up to five years and four months in prison if found “guilty.”

Job Cuts, here we go

1.
HSBC Said to Close Down Private Banking Operations in India

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-11-27/hsbc-said-to-close-down-private-banking-operations-in-india?
2.
Barclays is looking to sell it's entire Asia Private banking business and shut down across Asia. It is expected that DBS may buy them.

Barclays Said to Gauge Interest in Asia Wealth Business Salehttp://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-11-06/barclays-said-to-gauge-interest-for-asia-wealth-management-sale
3.
Earlier in Nov, Deutsche announced 1,000 job cuts just in London. Overall, Deutsche has announced 35,000 job cuts and closure in 10 countries worldwide.
Deutsche Bank Said Planning 1,000 London Job Cuts: Sunday Timeshttp://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-11-22/deutsche-bank-said-planning-1-000-london-job-cuts-sunday-times
4.
Last month, Credit Suisse announced 5,000 job cuts.
New Credit Suisse CEO announces 5,000 job cutshttp://www.thelocal.ch/20151021/credit-suisse-announces-5000-job-cuts
5.
3 days ago, HSBC announced 1,000 job cuts worldwide.
HSBC Said to Start 2,000 Job Cuts in Commercial Banking Unithttp://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-11-23/hsbc-said-to-plan-cutting-2-000-jobs-in-commercial-bank-division
6.
2 days ago, the CEO of the largest investment bank in Brazil which was founded only a few years ago and was one of the most flourishing bank in Brazil was arrested.
Head of Brazil’s Largest Investment Bank and a Senator Arrested in Petrobras Probe
7.
2 days ago, Lloyds Bank also announced 1,000 job cuts
Lloyds announces 1,000 job cut details
8.
Earlier in Nov 2015, Standard Chartered announced they need a massive capital raise and that they will fire 15,000 employees.
Standard Chartered Bank to Raise $5.1 Billion and Cut 15,000 Jobs
9.
Spanish bank BBVA will close 26 branches in Portugal and cut 187 jobs in Portugal.

  Spanish bank to close 26 branches, cut 187 jobs in Portugal

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-11/13/c_134811832.htm
10.
Two Israeli banks have decided to close Luxembourg and Swiss operations.
Israel Discount Bank sells Swiss operations
11.
Standard Chartered is closing Oman.
STANCHART OMAN MAY CLOSE RETAIL BANKING OPERATIONShttp://www.muscatdaily.com/Archive/Business/StanChart-Oman-may-close-retail-banking-operations-4eps
This does not include the information that I am privy to for job cuts in the UAE which amounted to almost 3,000 just this month! At least one major bank is shutting down operations in DIFC, while 2-3 banks have shuttered their SME divisions.....several Heads of SME, several Heads of Credit have been laid off including at least one CEO of a bank in UAE.
Meanwhile, for those who think that India will compete with Silicon Valley or that India offers a new IT opportunity, please read this carefully. India simply does not have the eco system or the demand for what it takes to be an IT hub. That has been my view and remains so. Billions of dollars are going to be lost in IT endeavours in India!
The pricking of India's ecommerce bubble

RT crew teargassed during clashes over murder of Kurdish lawyer in Turkey

 



An RT news crew has been caught in a tear gas attack by Turkish police in Diyarbakir. Police responded as Kurds were protesting the killing of a prominent lawyer, Tahir Elci, shot dead by unidentified gunmen while giving a public speech on Saturday.

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Is Old Testament God Satan Part 1

Obama’s War on Truth. USAF Drone Operators “Who Blew the Whistle” | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

Obama’s War on Truth. USAF Drone Operators “Who Blew the Whistle” | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

The four USAF military drone operators who recently blew the whistle and exposed the callousness and complete lack of concern for civilian casualties of the US drone assassination programme, (and received very little mainstream media exposure), yesterday found their bank accounts and credit cards all blocked by the US government. The effects of that on daily life are devastating. My source is their lawyer, Jesselyn Radack, through the Sam Adams Associates (of which we are both members).
No criminal charges have been brought against any of the men, despite numerous written threats of prosecution. Their finances appear to have been frozen by executive action under anti-terrorist legislation. This is yet a further glaring example of the use of “anti-terror” powers against people who are not remotely terrorist.
More whistleblowers have been jailed under Obama than under all previous US Presidents combined. Even so, the US authorities seem wary of the publicity that might surround prosecution of these servicemen, who only spoke of the effect upon their own health of having repeatedly to carry out heartless and often untargeted killings.
So their lives are being destroyed in other ways. You will forgive me for recalling that I know how they feel because I have been through just the same thing myself.
When I blew the whistle on UK complicity in torture and extraordinary rendition, I received numerous written threats from the FCO under the Official Secrets Act, and for a while I lived in daily expectation of arrest. Still more hurtful were the constant denials from Jack Straw and his repeated assertion that the UK was never complicit in torture, that there was no such thing as extraordinary rendition, together with the frequent imputations to journalists and politicians that I was in poor mental health and an alcoholic. I never had my bank account suspended, but there were interventions with prospective employers that prevented my getting another job.
Still, I had it easy. Chelsea Manning will celebrate her birthday in jail on 17 December.

Donald Sutherland: Hunger Games ist ein Gleichnis für Hintergrundmächte in den USA

 

Donald Sutherland : »Wenn die Frage lautet, für was es [Hunger Games] ein Gleichnis ist, werde ich es Ihnen erklären. Es geht um die Hintergrundmächte in den Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika. Es sind Profiteure. Kriege werden um Profit geführt. Es geht nicht darum, die Welt der Demokratie wegen zu retten. Nein, Bullshit, es geht um den Profit der oberen 10 Prozent. Und die jungen Menschen, die diesen Film sehen müssen begreifen, dass blindes Vertrauen in ihre Führer in Zukunft – wie Bruce Springsteen gesagt hat – dich fertig machen wird.«

Saudi Arabia Attempting to Behead a Man for Writing Love Poems

Saudi Arabia Attempting to Behead a Man for Writing Love Poems

Carey Wedler
November 27, 2015
(ANTIMEDIAAbha, Saudi Arabia — In 2015, the Saudi Arabian kingdom made a chilling name for itself over its chronic habit of executing subjects who express their views. Raif Badawi was sentenced to 1,000 lashes for operating a blog authorities accused of insulting Islam. Ali al-Nimr, a young man barely out of his teens, was sentenced to crucifixion and beheading for attending an anti-government protest during the Arab Spring. Now, the kingdom has sentenced another man to death by beheading, namely for love poems authorities claim denounce the Islamic faith.
Ashraf Fayadh, 35, was born in Saudi Arabia but is a Palestinian refugee. He was arrested by the Committee on the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice — Saudi religious police — after a man reported him following a personal dispute. According to Human Rights Watch, court documents say the man claimed Fayadh had “made obscene comments about God, the Prophet Muhammad, and the Saudi state. The man also alleged that Fayadh passed around a book he wrote that allegedly promoted atheism and unbelief.
Fayadh was arrested in the southwestern city of Abha in August 2013, and while he was in custody, authorities found pictures on his phone of women he met at an art show. Though he was released after only a day, he was rearrested on January 1, 2014. Prosecutors promptly charged him with “blaspheming ‘the divine self’ and the Prophet Muhammad; spreading atheism and promoting it among the youth in public places; mocking the verses of God and the prophets; refuting the Quran; denying the day of resurrection; objecting to fate and divine decree; and having an illicit relationship with women and storing their pictures in his phone.”
Fayadh denied the allegations during the trial, which unfolded over several sessions from February to May of last year. Three witnesses testified that the charges were unwarranted and added they had never heard Fayadh say anything blasphemous.
Fayadh, who endured the trial without a lawyer, also testified that his 2008 book of love poems, Instructions Within, was not written with the intention of insulting Islam. Nevertheless, he apologized for anything in his book the authorities deemed inappropriate. “I am repentant to God most high and I am innocent of what appeared in my book mentioned in this case,” he told the court. As he told the Guardian, the book is “just about me being [a] Palestinian refugee … about cultural and philosophical issues. But the religious extremists explained it as destructive ideas against God.
In May, Fayadh was sentenced to four years in prison and 800 lashes, but the court stopped short of sentencing him to death due to the “hostility” between Fayadh and his accuser. The prosecutor was unsatisfied and filed an appeal. The appeal was sent back to the General Court of Abha, a lower court, and on November 17, a new panel of judges found Fayadh guilty of apostasy — the abandonment of his religion.
The court ruled that “Repentance is a work of the heart relevant to matter of the judiciary of the hereafter; it is not the focus of the earthly judiciary,” as it sentenced him to beheading.
I was really shocked but it was expected, though I didn’t do anything that deserves death,” Fayadh told the Guardian. Some of his supporters believe his punishment is retaliation from religious hardliners because he posted footage to the internet of religious police publicly inflicting lashes on a suspect, though this was not included in the official charges.
The ruling must be approved by the appeals court and Saudi Arabia’s supreme court, but it is difficult to predict the final outcome. The kingdom has a reputation of refusing to offer mercy — unless there is international outrage. It caved on its planned execution of an older British man who sold wine in the country, where it is prohibited. Saudi Arabia also backed off its decision to crucify al-Nimr.
Even so, those punished by the Saudi state are not always so lucky. Though the kingdom temporarily suspended lashes for Badawi after global outcry, it intends to move forward with his debilitating flogging [Update: As of 11/28, reports suggest Badawi will be pardoned after international outcry]. Human Rights Watch noted that earlier this year, a man was executed for posting a video to Youtube in which he burned pages of the Quran. Though he was reportedly mentally ill, he, like Fayadh, was also convicted of apostasy.
Many individuals and organizations have spoken out against Fayadh’s conviction. Writers, artists, musicians, the Index on Censorship, literary association PEN International, and the International Association of Art Critics signed a joint statement condemning the conviction.
Amnesty International issued an urgent call for his release, deeming him a “prisoner of conscience” and decrying his lack of legal counsel throughout the trial.
The brief report also highlights the kingdom’s broader problems with execution:
Saudi Arabia is one of the most prolific executioners in the world, putting more than 2,200 people to death between 1985 and 2015. Between 1 January and 9 November 2015, it executed at least 151 people, almost half of them for offences that did not meet the threshold of ‘most serious crimes’ for which the death penalty can be imposed under international law.
Human Rights Watch also strongly condemned Fayadh’s conviction. “Regardless of what Fayadh said or didn’t say, Saudi Arabia should stop arresting people for their personal beliefs,” argued Sarah Leah Whitson, the organization’s Middle East director. “The fact that Ashraf Fayadh is facing the prospect of being beheaded only adds to the outrageousness of this court ruling.”
As these groups work to prevent his beheading, Fayadh has expressed gratitude and apparent level-headedness. “I am grateful for everyone working on my behalf. To be honest, I was surprised because I felt alone here. I am in good health. I’m struggling to follow all the developments,” he said.
People should know I am not against anyone here, I am an artist and I am just looking for my freedom.”

Labeling row fallout: Israel suspends contacts with EU in Palestinian peace process — RT News

Labeling row fallout: Israel suspends contacts with EU in Palestinian peace process — RT News

‘ISIS managed to sell oil to Turkey on black market at less than 50% of global prices’ – Iraqi MP

 

A member of the Iraqi Parliament, Dr Mowaffak al Rubaie, tells RT how ISIS manages to earn millions of dollars selling oil on the black market in Turkey and reveals that wounded terrorists are being treated in Turkish hospitals.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

No Sex Required: Body Cells Transfer Genetic Info Directly Into Sperm

No Sex Required: Body Cells Transfer Genetic Info Directly Into Sperm

CIA On ISIS Oil

THE KEYMAKER - EPISODE 3 - THE INNOVATIST - NOVEMBER 21 2015

 



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Huge oil discovery in Golan Heights - Israeli media — RT Business

Huge oil discovery in Golan Heights - Israeli media — RT Business

Tahir Elci: Kurdish lawyer shot dead in Turkey

 



Channel 4's Foreign Affairs Correspondent, Jonathan Rugman, sat down with Kurdish lawyer Tahir Elci on October 24th. Elci died after being shot during a press conference today.

‘Black day for press’: Protesters gather outside Cumhuriyet office in Turkey

 



Anger over the arrest of two prominent journalists is gathering steam in Turkey. Police used pepper spray to push back protesters in Ankara rallying in their support... while in Istanbul, hundreds also gathered outside the newspaper's headquarters in a show of solidarity. RT's Ilya Petrenko was at the newspaper's headquarters on what's been dubbed the black day of the press in Turkey.

Astroturf and manipulation of media messages | Sharyl Attkisson | TEDxUniversityofNevada

 

In this eye-opening talk, veteran investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson shows how astroturf, or fake grassroots movements funded by political, corporate, or other special interests very effectively manipulate and distort media messages. 

Sharyl Attkisson is an investigative journalist based in Washington D.C. She is currently writing a book entitled Stonewalled (Harper Collins), which addresses the unseen influences of corporations and special interests on the information and images the public receives every day in the news and elsewhere. For twenty years (through March 2014), Attkisson was a correspondent for CBS News. In 2013, she received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism for her reporting on “The Business of Congress,” which included an undercover investigation into fundraising by Republican freshmen. She also received Emmy nominations in 2013 for Benghazi: Dying for Security and Green Energy Going Red. Additionally, Attkisson received a 2013 Daytime Emmy Award as part of the CBS Sunday Morning team’s entry for Outstanding Morning Program for her report: “Washington Lobbying: K-Street Behind Closed Doors.” In September 2012, Attkisson also received an Emmy for Oustanding Investigative Journalism for the “Gunwalker: Fast and Furious” story. She received the RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Investigative Reporting for the same story. Attkisson received an Investigative Emmy Award in 2009 for her exclusive investigations into TARP and the bank bailout. She received an Investigative Emmy Award in 2002 for her series of exclusive reports about mismanagement at the Red Cross.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

ISIS Oil Trade Full Frontal: "Raqqa's Rockefellers", Bilal Erdogan, KRG Crude, And The Israel Connection | Zero Hedge

ISIS Oil Trade Full Frontal: "Raqqa's Rockefellers", Bilal Erdogan, KRG Crude, And The Israel Connection | Zero Hedge

"Effectively, we have been financially discriminated against for a long time. By early 2014, when we did not receive the budget, we decided we need to start thinking about independent oil sales” --  Ashti Hawrami, Kurdistan’s minister for natural resources
In June of 2014, the SCF Altai (an oil tanker) arrived at Ashkelon port. Hours later, the first shipment of Kurdish pipeline oil was being unloaded in Israel. “Securing the first sale of oil from its independent pipeline is crucial for the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) as it seeks greater financial independence from war-torn Iraq,” Reuters noted at the time, adding that “the new export route to the Turkish port of Ceyhan, designed to bypass Baghdad's federal pipeline system, has created a bitter dispute over oil sale rights between the central government and the Kurds.”
A week earlier, the SCF Altai received the Kurdish oil in a ship-to-ship transfer from the The United Emblem off the coast of Malta. The United Emblem loaded the crude at Ceyhanwhere a pipeline connects the Turkish port to Kurdistan. 
The Kurds’ move to sell crude independent of Baghdad stems from a long-running budget dispute. Without delving too far into the details, Erbil is entitled to 17% of Iraqi oil revenue and in return, the KRG is supposed to transfer some 550,000 bpd to SOMO (Iraq’s state-run oil company). Almost immediately after the deal was struck late last year, Baghdad claimed the Kurds weren’t keeping up their end of the bargain and so, only a fraction of the allocated budget was sent to Erbil during the first five months of the year. 
This was simply a continuation of a protracted disagreement between Erbil and Baghdad over how much of the state’s crude revenue should flow to the KRG. For its part, Iraq has threatened to sue anyone that buys independently produced Kurdish oil. For instance, when The United Kalavrvta - which left Ceyhan last June - prepared to dock in Galveston, Texas a month later, a SOMO official told Reuters that Iraq’s foreign legal team was “watching closely the movement of the vessel and [was] ready to target any potential buyer regardless of their nationality.”
You get the idea. Erbil wants a bigger piece of the pie, Baghdad doesn’t want to give it to them, and so some time ago, the KRG decided to simply cut the Iraqi government out and export crude on its own. The dispute is ongoing. 

Recep Tayip Erdogan's son "BILAL ERDOGAN" with his ISIS brothers

„Und bist du nicht willig, so brauch’ ich Gewalt“ | 28. November 2015 | www.kla.tv

 

http://www.kla.tv/7221

Manchmal fühlt man sich wie „im falschen Film“. Aus dem Radio kennen wir bereits etliche Varianten des sogenannten „Telefon-Schrecks. Noch viel schockierter müssen wohl ein zehnjähriger Junge und seine Eltern gewesen sein: Trotz Grippe-Erkrankung wurde er durch Beamte des örtlichen Ordnungsamtes unangekündigt abgeführt...
von ms./ah.
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http://www.epochtimes.de/politik/deut...
http://www.bmfsfj.de/BMFSFJ/Service/p...

Italienische Polizei beschlagnahmt 800 Schrotflinten auf dem Weg von der Türkei nach Belgien

PressTV-Saudis planning mass execution: Rights group

PressTV-Saudis planning mass execution: Rights group

The Saudi Arabian government plans to execute at least 50 people mostly over terror related charges in one day, warns a human rights group.
"National media outlets close to the Saudi Arabian authorities" reported the convicted persons would soon be  put to death, said Amnesty International in a recent report.
Some of those to be put to death are supposedly al-Qaeda affiliates or charged with attempting to overthrow the government.     
“Beheading or otherwise executing dozens of people in a single day would mark a dizzying descent to yet another outrageous low for Saudi Arabia, whose authorities have continued to show stone-faced cynicism and even open defiance when authorities and ordinary people around the world question their sordid record on the use of the death penalty,” said Amnesty International’s Deputy Director of the Middle East and North Africa James Lynch.
Five Shia Muslim activists are among those to be beheaded, three of whom are children. The families of all have requested clemency from Saudi Arabia’s King Salman.
Among the juveniles is Ali Mohammed Baqir al-Nimr, the nephew of prominent Shia cleric Ayatollah Nimr Baqir al-Nimr, who was 17 when he was arrested in 2012. The UN and the European Parliament have previously asked Riyadh to halt Nimr’s execution as international law prohibits the execution of people under the 18 years of age.
According to Amnesty, 151 people have been executed by Saudi Arabia since the beginning of the year.    
“Saudi Arabia’s macabre spike in executions this year, coupled with the secretive and arbitrary nature of court decisions and executions in the kingdom, leave us no option but to take these latest warning signs very seriously,” said Lynch. 

1 Journalist Dead, 3 More Arrested After Exposing Turkey Arming Syrian Extremists

1 Journalist Dead, 3 More Arrested After Exposing Turkey Arming Syrian Extremists

Claire Bernish

November 28, 2015
(ANTIMEDIA) Istanbul, Turkey — Just over a week after Cumhuriyet Editor-in-Chief, Can Dündar, represented the Turkish daily news outlet in receiving a press freedom award, he and another top editor were arrested and jailed on charges of espionage. In question was a controversial article exposing arms shipments from Turkish intelligence to Syrian extremist rebels.
“We have been arrested,” tweeted Dündar on Thursday. “Don’t worry, these are medals of honor for us.”
He explained further: “We are accused of ‘spying.’ The president said ‘treason.’ We are not traitors, spy [sic], or heroes; we are journalists. What we have done here is an act of journalism,” said Dündar before testifying on Thursday. “Of course, this prosecution will help enlighten how these incidents took place, rather than how we covered this story.”
Now a third Turkish journalist has been arrested, according to local reports. Ertuğrul Özkök, a reporter for Turkish daily Hüriyet, has been arrested for a slanderous criticism of who is presumed to be Erdoğan — even though the president wasn’t explicitly named anywhere in Özkök’s article. As if more evidence of Turkey’s quashing free press and free speech were needed , Özkök potentially faces five years and four months in prison for expressing this opinion.
Dündar and Ankara correspondent, Erdem Gül, if found guilty on charges of spying, as well as aiding a terrorist organization, could spend the rest of their lives in a Turkish prison — for doing their job. There is a painfully ironic undercurrent in the charges considering the subject of the article is the Erdoğan administration’s complicity in arming Syrian extremists (read: terrorists).
Erdoğan himself sued Dündar and accused Cumhuriyet of releasing false information and spying when the story first exploded, stating at the time the journalist responsible would “pay a heavy price,” as the Wall Street Journal reported.
Despite Cunhuriyet’s recent honor from Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF, or Reporters Without Borders), under the paranoid, watchful eye of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, journalists — and dissenters — have faced sweeping general censorship. Dündar and Gül might be the most prominent recent examples of Erdoğan’s attempt to keep “state secrets” concealed from public scrutiny, but they’re not the first journalists to poke this particular sore spot.
In fact, the last time a reporter tried to expose Turkey’s complicity in arming Syrian extremists, she met an untimely and as-yet unexplained death under seriously suspicious circumstances that remain inscrutable to this day — even to her own family.
PressTV reporter Serena Shim, a U.S. citizen, had been investigating the flow of anti-Assad militants and weapons from Turkey’s border region into northwestern Syria amidst heavy fighting near the town of Kobanî. During this time, she attracted the attention of Turkish Intelligence (MiT — Millî İstihbarat Teşkilatı). Though locals knew her and the integrity of her reporting, MiT proceeded to question them and requested her whereabouts — under the unfounded guise Shim had been acting as a spy.
In reality, Shim had uncovered evidence of secret Western assistance to the Islamic State” — a particularly touchy subject for Erdoğan, as seen in the arrests of Dünbar and Gül. Her video evidence of this assistance — reportedly “proof of Islamic State terrorists using United Nations World Food Program vehicles for a convoy” into Syria, likely akin to Dünbar and Gül’s discovery — has never been recovered. Her passport and wedding ring, seized by Turkish authorities sometime after her death, have never been returned to her family.
Serena Shim and her cousin, cameraperson Judy Irish, unlike the arguably more fortunate Dünbar and Gül, were ostensibly “hit by a truck after turning into the opposite lane on a highway access road,” as reported in wtfrly.com. Shim was killed, though discrepancies are plentiful in official reports, including whether she died at the scene or an hour later from heart failure in the hospital. Shim and Irish were inexplicably taken to hospitals over 25 miles apart from each other by Turkish military officials, not police, who ‘investigated’ the wreck. After outrage from Shim’s family, Turkish authorities — who first claimed they were unable to locate the vehicle responsible for hitting Shim and Irish — eventually produced photos of the accident, which they then claimed had been caused by a cement truck driver.
Shim’s family has yet to receive answers from either Turkish or U.S. authorities about her dubious demise. On October 20, 2014, Marie Harf of the State Department took questions from the press on a number of subjects, including rumors surrounding Shim’s death. According to the transcript:
QUESTION: Does the U.S. have any comment on reports the death of U.S. citizen Serena Shim in Turkey may be more than just a car crash, following her reports that ISIS militants are being smuggled across the Syrian border?
HARF: Yes. We can confirm that she died in Turkey on October 19th and extend our deepest condolences to her family and friends. Officials from the U.S. Consulate General in Adana are in contact with her family and providing all possible consular assistance. For any details or information about the investigation, I think local authorities in Turkey are handling that.
QUESTION: But I mean, the question was whether you believe that her death had anything other than to do than [sic] a car crash.
HARF: I just don’t have anything further for you than that.
QUESTION: Can you take the question?
HARF: I can, but I don’t think I’m going to have anything further.
On November 20th, the media again attempted to press for answers about Shim’s death during a daily briefing given by Jeff Rathke. Per the transcript:
QUESTION: It’s about the journalist Serena Shim, who died in Turkey under very suspicious circumstances. Did her death raise suspicions here at the State Department?
RATHKE: Well, I think we’ve spoken to this in the briefing room several weeks ago, after it happened. I don’t have anything to add to what the spokesperson said at the time, though.
QUESTION: But then she died several days after she claimed she had been threatened by the Turkish intelligence. Have you inquired about this? Have you asked questions? Is there really nothing new about this?
RATHKE: Well, I just don’t have any update to share with you. Again, this was raised shortly after her death. The spokesperson addressed it. I don’t have an update to share with you at this time.
This icy response sharply contrasts that given by the State for other ‘American’ journalists killed or captured in the area for whom President Obama’s administration appeared to react with care and criticism, such as with James Foley (who was beheaded by ISIS).
U.S. State Dept. spokesperson Mark Toner released a statement on Thursday concerning the arrests of Dünbar and Gül:
“We are troubled by the pre-trial arrest yesterday of senior editors of the respected Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet.
“The investigation, criminal charges, and arrest raise serious concerns about the Turkish government’s commitment to the fundamental principle of media freedom. These events are only the latest in a series of judicial and law enforcement actions taken under questionable circumstances against Turkish media outlets critical of the government.
“We call on Turkish authorities to ensure that all individuals and organizations — including but not limited to the media — are free to voice a full range of opinions and criticism, in accordance with Turkey’s constitutional guarantees of media freedom and freedom of expression.”
Most troubling in the silencing of Shim, Dünbar, Gül, and now Özkök are the very real consequences the verity of their reports of the Erdoğan government’s complicity in arming and aiding the Islamic State could have in NATO operations in the region. Should their separate, same discoveries have merit — and considering Erdoğan’s swift and heavy-handed reaction, they likely do — Turkey’s agenda stands at cross purposes with the supposed coalition goal of stunting ISIS. Even Vice President Joe Biden implicated Turkish involvement in the ISIS arms trade, though he apologized and essentially recanted that claim shortly afterwards.
Shortly after Shim’s mysterious death, the Daily Mail revealed video of Turkish border police having friendly interactions with ISIS fighters — apparently further evidence supporting the journalists’ claims.

The U.S. and other allies of Turkey quickly reacted in solidarity with the recent downing of a Russian jet that apparently breached Turkish air space — but is it possible that alliance isn’t as committed to ending ISIS’ growth as it purports to be? Though mostly unstated by the media and State, it has been widely and criticallyrumored U.S. involvement in the Syrian imbroglio has far more to do with deposing President Bashar al-Assad than leveling the burgeoning Islamic State.
In one of Shim’s final reports from her investigation, she revealed local Turkish populations near the Syrian border simply want an end to fighting. She disclosed many refugee camps in that border region were, in actuality, training camps for militants.
In interviews with local residents, it became clear Erdoğan’s stance on Assad — whom they claim the president used to call “our brother” — sharply reversed after consulting with U.S. officials.
According to Shim, locals stated, “We want Turkey and Syria to be friends again. We want the Syrian militants outside of Turkey’s territory.” She also explained locals “blame their government for the entire chaos taking place across the border [in Syria], calling their Prime Minister a ‘puppet of Israel and the United States.’”


Shim’s family is still waiting for information from the U.S. about her death. Judy Irish survived the deadly ‘accident,’ but so far has not come forward with any public statements about the incident. Press freedom in Turkey, meanwhile, has become a bit of an oxymoron.
Perhaps Voltaire said it best:
“To determine the true rulers of any society, all you must do is ask yourself this question: Who is it that I am not permitted to criticize?”

Santos Bonacci: The Bible is the Holy Science

Saturday, November 28, 2015

KNOWING: reset

Terror in Mali: An Attack on China and Russia? One Third of the Victims were Russians and Chinese | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

Terror in Mali: An Attack on China and Russia? One Third of the Victims were Russians and Chinese | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

Coming on the heels of the terrorist attack in Paris, the mass shooting and siege at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, the capital of the African nation of Mali, is still further evidence of the escalation of terrorism throughout the world. While there has already been much written about the incident in both western and non-western media, one critical angle on this story has been entirely ignored: the motive.
For although it is true that most people think of terrorism as entirely ideologically driven, with motives being religious or cultural, it is equally true that much of what gets defined as “terrorism” is in fact politically motivated violence that is intended to send a message to the targeted group or nation. So it seems that the attack in Mali could very well have been just such an action as news of the victims has raised very serious questions about just what the motive for this heinous crime might have been.
International media have now confirmed that at least nine of the 27 killed in the attack were Chinese and Russian. While this alone would indeed be curious, it is the identities and positions of those killed that is particularly striking. The three Chinese victims were important figures in China’s China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC), while the Russians were employees of Russian airline Volga-Dnepr. That it was these individuals who were killed at the very outset of the attack suggests that they were the likely targets of what could perhaps rightly be called a terrorist assassination operation.
But why these men? And why now?
To answer these questions, one must have an understanding of the roles of both these companies in Mali and, at the larger level, the activities of China and Russia in Mali. Moreover, the targeted killing should be seen in light of the growing assertiveness of both countries against terrorism in Syria and internationally. Considering the strategic partnership between the two countries – a partnership that is expanding seemingly every day – it seems that the fight against terrorism has become yet another point of convergence between Moscow and Beijing. In addition, it must be recalled that both countries have had their share of terror attacks in recent years, with each having made counter-terrorism a central element in their national security strategies, as well as their foreign policy.
And so, given these basic facts, it becomes clear that the attack in Mali was no random act of terrorism, but a carefully planned and executed operation designed to send a clear message to Russia and China.