“These are American parachutes that the Americans sent to IS when they were here in Baiji”


Iraqi residents have once again accused the US government of supplying ISIS jihadists with food and weapons in a viral video posted online this week.

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The video, which features a group of men who appear to be soldiers, shows both supply crates and parachutes alleged to belong to the Unites States military.

“Look, film this too. These are American parachutes,” an Arabic-speaking man says in a translation acquired by Infowars. “We are inside the Baiji oil field. Is there anyone that doesn’t see them? You all see them!”

The unknown man goes on to claim that both food and weapons were supplied to ISIS fighters during their time in the area.

“These are American parachutes that the Americans sent to IS when they were here in Baiji,” he states. “With them they sent weapons and food. So that no one can say that we are lying, film this so you will see…”

According to Guardian contributor Hayder al-Khoei, who posted the footage to Twitter Thursday, “Vids like this & others of helos flying above Hashd/ISF positions towards ISIS-held areas” often reinforce the popular “narrative that US supports ISIS in Iraq.”

As noted by the Wall Street Journal last June, a growing number of Iraqi residents believe ISIS jihadists are receiving direct support from the American government in light of the terror group’s continued gains.

“We all know that America is providing ISIS with weapons and food, and that it is because of American backing that they have become so strong,” Abbas Hashem, a 50-year-old who fled Ramadi, told reporters.

Alia Nusseif, a prominent Iraqi lawmaker, also accused the US government of using ISIS as a proxy army to “divide and weaken” the country.

“We don’t have any trust in Americans anymore,” Nusseif said. “We now think ISIS is being used as a tool by America to divide and weaken Iraq.”

The belief among Iraqis became increasingly widespread last year after ISIS jihadists posted footage online with weapons they received from a US airdrop. According to the US government, the airdrop was intended to reach Kurdish fighters battling in the city of Kobani.

A seperate airdrop by the Iraqi air force that same year also saw large amounts of food and water fall into the hands of ISIS jihadists near the western province of Anbar.

While facts surrounding the latest video’s claims have yet to be substantiated, declassified 2012 Pentagon documents recently uncovered by a US-based political watchdog group show that the Pentagon purposely allied itself with Iraqi terrorist groups, including al-Qaeda, in an attempt to topple the Syrian government.

“According to the newly declassified US document the Pentagon foresaw the likely rise of the ‘Islamic State’ as a direct consequence of this strategy, and warned that it could destabilize Iraq,” reports award-winning journalist Nafeez Ahmed. “Despite anticipating that Western, Gulf state and Turkish support for the ‘Syrian opposition’ — which included al-Qaeda in Iraq — could lead to the emergence of an ‘Islamic State’ in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the document provides no indication of any decision to reverse the policy of support to the Syrian rebels. On the contrary, the emergence of an al-Qaeda affiliated ‘Salafist Principality’ as a result is described as a strategic opportunity to isolate Assad.”


Facebook has previously shown support for TPP


Facebook is reportedly censoring an article critical of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Within the first 30 minutes of its publication on, the article entitled TPP to Kill Thousands by Expanding Monopoly Power of Drug Companies would constantly hit around 50 shares on the embedded Facebook counter, but then the counter would drop dramatically, as shown in these videos (watch enlarged version here):

This occurred several times over the 30 minute period and an investigation by IT staff found nothing unusual that could be interfering with the counter.

Facebook was similarly censoring an anti-GMO article back in July.
“We’ve seen thousands of reports regarding the censorship of content by Facebook and others regarding the TPP, Monsanto and similar topics,” Anthony Gucciardi said regarding the censored article. “The bottom line here is that this article [was] being blocked across numerous platforms under the guise of a ‘security’ threat, when we know full well that these sites are perfectly safe.”

The social media giant was also suppressing an article exposing the “Pope Kid” incident in which amnesty activists staged a PR stunt involving Pope Francis to promote illegal immigration.

Not long after, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was caught discussing the censorship of anti-migrant posts with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

“After being asked about Facebook’s efforts to curtail speech, Zuckerberg stated, ‘We need to do some work,’ confirming he’d already started looking at ways to hinder comments in opposition to Merkel’s immigration stance,” Mikael Thalen reported.

The most recent article apparently censored by Facebook revealed how the TPP gives signatory countries the ability to grant pharmaceuticals three years of “market exclusivity” for new uses of old medicines, preventing cheaper, genetic drugs from competing.

For example, the drug Zidovudine was first discovered as an effective cancer treatment in 1964 and years later, in 1987, it was also found to be effective against HIV, and under the TPP it would be illegal for generic drug makers to compete with the decades-old Zidovudine in the HIV market for at least three years.

“Zidovudine cost about $7,000 per person per year at the monopoly price (new HIV indication) when it was introduced while the price of the generic version (cancer indication) had fallen to $70 per person per year by June 2013,” government watchdog group Public Citizen reported. “This is an example of the kind of price differences which could occur in TPP countries if they choose this implementation option of providing three-year monopolies for new indications.”

Facebook has previously shown support for the TPP.

UN approves EU plan to use military force against migrant traffickers

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After months of tortuous negotiations, 14 members of the United Nations Security Council voted to approve a new anti-trafficking resolution that will allow the EU to capture the vessels of people-smugglers in the Mediterranean. Only Venezuela abstained.

“Action against smugglers on the high sea won’t solve this crisis alone, but it will send a message that people cannot profit from this evil trade with impunity. It will save lives,” said British Ambassador to the UN’s Matthew Rycroft.

More than 2,600 people have died crossing the Mediterranean from North Africa so far this year, with over 550,000 reaching European shores alive, according to the International Organization for Migration.

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The resolution will be valid for one year and allow EU navies to search and seize vessels, while picking up any migrants, who “should be treated with humanity and dignity,” before being transported to Europe, where they can apply for asylum. The use of force was authorized under Chapter 7 of the UN charter.

Russia had been reluctant to accede to this part of the text, mentioning that a relatively innocuous 2011 resolution on Libya had resulted in Western powers launching a full-scale military campaign.

“Any expansive interpretation of the resolution is unacceptable,” insisted Russia’s Deputy UN Ambassador, Evgeny Zagainov.

“Any action will be proportional in keeping with the limits authorized by this resolution and used solely against the smugglers and empty boats,” promised Rycroft.

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A proposed draft of the document was being discussed as far back as last spring, with European countries demanding the right to operate within Libya’s territorial waters and promptly destroy any smuggling vessels.

However Libya, embroiled in the throes of a civil war, was reluctant to grant permission. There were also objections from other African states, including Chad, Angola and Nigeria, which have now acquiesced and voted for the resolution.

The final document has been watered down, granting no access to Libyan territorial waters or rights to destroy vessels without “due consideration of the interests of any third parties who have acted in good faith.”

Experts have widely stated fears that the resolution will prove ineffective in its current form, predicting that traffickers, who are paid upwards of $1,000 for each passenger, will simply dump migrants on the edge of Libya’s territorial waters before returning to safety, as they already do, while European vessels will be left to ferry the refugees to Europe.

For others, the resolution is simply wrong-headed.

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Venezuela, echoing most human rights groups, has accused the authors of the resolution of tackling the problem in an “erroneous fashion” by focusing on military, rather than humanitarian, solutions to the crisis. It has called for Europe to deal with the hardship and instability that is driving the flows of asylum seekers from Africa, and to provide a better reception for them in the EU.

“It’s not by raising walls or taking military action that this serious problem can be resolved,” said Ambassador Rafael Ramirez.

‘Which side are you fighting for?’ Russia blasts US for refusing to share intel on ISIS

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Washington’s failure to share data with Russian intelligence about terrorist positions in Syria makes one question the goals that Americans have in their anti-ISIS campaign in Syria and Iraq, a senior Russian diplomat has said.

The refusal to share intelligence on terrorists “just confirms once more what we knew from the very start, that the US goals in Syria have little to do with creating the conditions for a political process and national reconciliation,” Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said Thursday.

“I would risk saying that by doing this the US and the countries that joined the US-led coalition are putting themselves in a politically dubious position. The question is: which side are you fighting for in this war?”

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Earlier, the Russian military said they would welcome American intelligence on the forces of terrorist group Islamic State (formerly ISIS/ISIL) to help with Russia’s bombing operation in Syria. But the US State Department said it would not be possible because Russia and the US do not share the same goals in Syria.


“I don’t know how you can share intelligence when you don’t share a basic, common objective inside Syria. We’re not at that – we’re nowhere near that point. There’s no shared, common objective here about going after ISIL,” said John Kirby, a State Department spokesman.

The US has accused Russia of failing to target ISIS and instead bombing moderate rebel forces, which Washington wants to replace the government of President Bashar Assad. Russia denies the allegations.

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Ryabkov said that without US intelligence Russia would remain quite effective in the Syrian operation, considering that it has plenty of other sources.

“There are our own means of reconnaissance. We get intelligence from a number of other countries and coordinate its flow through the Baghdad information-sharing center,” the Russian diplomat said, referring to a facility in the Iraqi capital that is used by Syria, Iraq, Iran and Russia to coordinate their efforts in fighting ISIS.

The US-led coalition has been bombing ISIS targets for over a year and provided supplies and assistance to forces such as Iraqi and Kurdish militias, which are fighting the terrorists on the ground. But it has refused to deal with either Damascus or its key regional ally Tehran, saying that the downfall of the government of President Assad is part of the solution to the crisis. Despite the coalition’s efforts, ISIS has enlarged the territory under its control over the last year.

Senior Syrian and Iranian officials questioned America’s determination to defeat ISIS, saying that the coalition airstrikes are more of a show and are not intended to actually harm the terrorists. Instead Washington is trying to get ISIS topple the Assad government, hoping to deal with them later.

Russia voiced similar concerns on Wednesday, after reporting that its week-long effort had done serious harm to the jihadists in Syria.

“The US Air Force and other parties has been conduction airstrikes for a year. We have reasons to believe that they don’t often hit terrorist targets, or rather do so very rarely,” said Igor Konashenkov, the spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry.

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Meanwhile Russia’s effort seems to have paid off, as on Tuesday the Syrian Army announced a major offensive against various terrorist groups. Commenting on what role Russia’s support played in turning the tables on the jihadists, Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad said that Russia “has produced significant results in several days that greatly surpass those achieved by the [US-led anti-ISIS] coalition in over a year.”


Europe Braces For Second, THREE MILLION-Strong Migrant Wave After Russia’s Syria Bombing

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Chancellor Angela Merkel set the wheels in motion when she declared that she would welcome a million Muslim migrants after ISIS warned they would be sending over an army of fighters in a migration to Europe. Al hijrah — immigration jihad.

Obama said they will be welcome here as well.

How long before this comes to our shores?

Throughout history the loss of a civilization could take well over a century or more. But this — Europe will disappear in the blink of an eye. Just. like. that.

“Europe Braces For Second, THREE MILLION-Strong Migrant Wave After Russia’s Syria Bombing,” By Donna Rachel Edmunds, Breitbart, October 8, 2015 (thanks to Claude):

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Migrants and refugees rest on beds at an improvised temporary shelter in a sports hall in Hanau, Germany, this week. EU border guard agency Frontex has warned a market in fake Syrian passports has sprung up, particularly in Turkey, to help migrants and refugees enter the EU Refugees line up at a temporary shelter for asylum seekers in Giessen, western Germany. The United Nations is planning for the displacement of 500,000 people from the Iraqi city of Mosul if Iraqi forces launch an attempt to recapture it from Islamic State

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Europe is bracing itself for a second migrant wave from Syria as up to three million people begin to flee the country in the wake of the Russian military intervention. Russian warships fired 26 cruise missiles from the Caspian Sea yesterday. The missiles flew 900 miles over Iran and Iraq before hitting targets in the area around Aleppo in northern Syria.

Since entering the fray last week, Russia has hit 112 different targets. Yesterday’s assault saw 11 locations added to that list, according to Sergei Shoigu, Russia’s defence minister. The strikes have been carefully co-ordinated with a ground offensive by Assad loyalists, backed by Russia, Iran and Hezbollah.

Earlier this week it was reported that Russia’s President Putin is preparing a 150,000-strong ground force to enter Syria and take the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa, the Islamic State’s de facto capital city, located just over 100 miles east of Aleppo.

Unsurprisingly, the massive escalation in fighting in the region is expected to precipitate a new wave of refugees. Turkish officials have estimated that as many as 3 million may leave northern Syria, many of whom will want to make their way into Europe as hundreds of thousands have already done.

If they do, the number of Syrian refugees displaced into other countries would nearly double. Over the last four and a half years of civil war, approximately 5 million have left the country. The majority, nearly 2 million, are now in Turkey. A further 1.1 million are in Lebanon, while 440,000 have made their way to Europe.

Addressing European Union leaders, Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council urged greater solidarity between member states in the face of the crisis, as he warned that no help would come from countries beyond Europe.

“Europe is subject to an increasingly more scathing criticism, and our internal disagreements and mutual recriminations only help our opponents,” he said.

“In the United Nations, one could have an impression that Europe is the worst place in the world for refugees.

“Hundreds of thousands of refugees go to Europe because they know that our community is still the most open and tolerant of all. It is still us who respect international standards and conventions, and, it is Europe where people, all people, are safer than anywhere else.

“Let us not let Europe become a scapegoat due our quarrelling and blaming each other with no restraint. Otherwise, before long, theocracies will start to lecture us what religious tolerance means, dictators will tell us what democracy means, and those who are responsible for this massive exodus, will tell us how to treat refugees.”

Alluding to the Gulf States which have so far taken in no refugees, despite vociferous criticism of Europe for not doing more, Tusk said: “In fact, they are already doing this. There are countries, which virtually do not admit any refugees, but are most vocal when it comes to urging Europe to show more openness. That is why we have to take care of our good name, together.”

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Tusk warned that a failure to stand together would result in member states being manipulated to turn against each other, ripping Europe apart from the inside. “For us, refugees are specific people, individuals, who expect our help,” he said. “There are forces around us however, for whom the wave of refugees is just dirty business or a political bargaining chip. We are slowly becoming witnesses to the birth of a new form of political pressure, and some even call it a kind of a new hybrid war, in which migratory waves have become a tool, a weapon against neighbours. This requires particular sensitivity and responsibility on our side.”

Although he rebuked the eastern and southern states such as Greece and Hungary for passing along the migrant problem by barring immigrants entry to their countries, he also had stern words for western states, notably Germany and France who want to throw the doors of Europe wide open.

Chaotic scenes broke out in Tovarnik, Croatia, as thousands of migrants arrived and sparked a stampede as they tried to board buses

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“Today, the ethics of responsibility requires us to refrain from extremes. And by extremes I mean both anti-immigration rhetoric on one hand, and on the other, inviting everyone willing to come, despite being unable to take them under our roof.

“We finally have to understand it – today millions of potential refugees and migrants are dreaming about Europe – not only from Syria, but also from Africa, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and other places. For all refugees, easy access to Europe and lack of external borders have become, besides the “Wilkommen politik,” a magnet attracting them to us.

“Declaring solidarity is always greeted with applause, while calling for responsibility and common sense – hardly ever. Practising solidarity is a lot harder than preaching it.

“Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande … have both demonstrated beautiful moral gestures, which we all highly appreciate. [But] they must pass an even harder exam: an exam in responsibility for the protection of the European political community and its external borders.

“Otherwise, they, and all of us will become responsible for the re-emergence of walls and barriers on our internal borders, here in Europe.”

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Germany’s Refugee Joy Sours

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Obama praises influx; will he bring it to America?


Just a few weeks after throwing open the doors of her country to hundreds of thousands of Middle Eastern refugees, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is facing a huge backlash.

Serving up the slogan, “We can do it,” the chancellor won praise as “Mama Merkel” for stepping forward and making Germany the only European nation willing to take significant steps toward providing relief for the millions of people driven from their homes by civil war in Syria, and by the brutality of ISIS terrorists.

The German public initially approved, and there is even talk of a Nobel Peace Prize.

But as German President Joachim Gauck met Wednesday with President Barack Obama, who himself is under pressure to admit more refugees, the German public has soured on Merkel’s initiative. Local officials are overwhelmed, and her own governing coalition is splintered.

Obama has already increased the number of refugees the U.S. will take by some 45,000 over the next three years. It’s unclear whether it stops there.

In his meeting with the German president Wednesday, Obama praised Germany’s willingness to take in refugees and called it a model, according to a report by German broadcaster Deutsche Welle.

Related: Will Refugees Bring Terror?

But Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, said the German experience both demonstrates the limits of the West’s ability to solve the refugee problem and offers a cautionary tale for U.S. policymakers who would follow suit.

“I think what we’ve seen is we’re never going to be able to deal with a crisis like that,” he said. “The numbers are just too overwhelming.”

About 200,000 refugees responded to Merkel’s call in September alone. By some counts, 5,000 foreigners every single day — and up to 10,000 on peak periods — arrive in Germany. Merkel initially estimated that Germany would receive 800,000 refugees. Some estimates now range as high as 1.5 million.

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Cities and towns throughout Germany have complained they lack the resources to house and feed the newcomers. The German government is seizing unoccupied residential space, and even commercial space, to house the many refugees.

It used to take a few hours to photograph and fingerprint each migrant, issue temporary documentation, and find homes, according to The Atlantic. But the wait period has ballooned to two days or more. Some refugees have been sleeping on the streets in Berlin.

German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel of the center-left Social Democratic Party, recently told the German magazine Der Spiegel that he was “very worried” about the situation.

Related: What Candidates Say About Refugees

“Anyone who speaks with Germany’s mayors and district councils has observed this: In Germany we are rapidly approaching the limits of our abilities,” he told the magazine. “In other words, in addition to confidence, we also need realism.”

Ralf Jäger, the interior minister for the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, told Der Spiegel that people helping the refugees were “at wits’ end.”

Merkel’s policy has strained relations with the Christian Social Union (CSU), the governing partner with her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party. Horst Seehofer, leader of the CSU, said over the weekend in an interview with public broadcaster Bayerische Rundfunk that the prime minister should reverse her policy.

“We cannot continue,” he said, warning of a “collapse” by winter if the flow continues unabated.

It is not just coalition partners. Thirty-four politicians from Merkel’s own CDU last week signed a sharply worded letter to her.

“The ‘open borders policy’ we are now implementing is not in line with either European or German law, nor does it reflect the CDU’s program,” the letter states.

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Perhaps they are reading the polls. A survey last week by Infratest Dimap for German public broadcaster ARD indicated 51 percent of Germans are “scared” about the number of refugees entering the country, up from 38 percent last month.

A poll by German-based Forsa Institute suggested the entire conservative bloc that controls the German government has taken a hit since the most recent federal election. The right-wing Alternative for Germany, meanwhile, stood at 7 percent in the poll — a record high this year.

Merkel’s personal popularity dipped to 47 percent, her lowest showing in the polls this year.

Although far less than the scale as experienced by Germany, critics warn that the United States could face similar problems.

“These are the incubators of terrorism,” said Mehlman. “Obviously, not everyone is a potential terrorist. But we do have to be aware of it.”

In Germany, meanwhile, even some refugees appear to be having second thoughts.

“I wish I’d stayed in Syria and not come here,” one 26-year-old told Reuters through an interpreter. “I dreamed Germany would be better, but it’s so bad. We’ve been sleeping in the cold. Now my baby is sick.”

TPP leaked: Wikileaks releases intellectual property chapter of controversial internet and medicine-regulating trade agreement

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Wikileaks has released the Intellectual Property Rights chapter of the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, which they claim contains rules and regulations that would have “wide-ranging effects on internet services, medicines, publishers, civil liberties and biological patents.”

The idea behind the TPP is free trade – amongst the member states, it aims to lower trade barriers, create a common standard for intellectual property, enforce labour and environmental law standards and promote economic growth.

The agreement has come under severe criticism and scrutiny, however, for the policy of total secrecy during the years-long negotiations.

Others have criticised the more stringent intellectual property laws it would introduce, which could extend copyright terms and mean harsher penalties for file-sharers.

Wikileaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange is currently holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he has lived since June 2012 in an effort to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faces sexual offences charges

A number of trade unions and economists, such as Joseph Stiglitz, have said the agreement “serves the interest of the wealthiest”, and caters to the needs of corporations rather than the citizens of member nations.

Concerns have also been raised over the effect it could have on the cost of medicines – by extending the intellectual property rights of certain branded drugs, delays in the development of cheaper, ‘generic’ versions of these drugs could ensue, potentially leading to poorer people having to wait much longer than the wealthy to get access to the newest medicines.

The chapter on these intellectual property issues is what has been leaked by Wikileaks, and is one of the more controversial chapters in the whole agreement.

Peter Maybarduk, the program director at Public Citizen’s Global Access to Medicines, said that if the TPP is ratified, “people in the Pacific-Rim countries would have to live by the rules of this leaked text.”

“The new monopoly rights for big pharmaceutical firms would compromise access to medicines in TPP countries. The TPP would cost lives.”

The document, dated 5 October, was apparently produced on the day it was announced that the 12 member states to the treaty had reached an agreement after five and a half years of negotiations.

The nations of Vietnam, Peru, Mexico, Malaysia, Japan, Canada, Australia, USA, Singapore, New Zealand, Chile and Brunei are all prospective member states to the free-trade agreement, between them representing over 40 per cent of the world economy.

Despite the leak, the final text of the TPP is reportedly being held until after the Canadian general election, on 19 October.

While, as Wikileaks says, there still needs to a be a final “legal scrub” of the document before it is finished, negotiations on the document between signatories have now ended.