April 23, 2014

Time Magazine's Media War On The Middle East's Christians

 Crime Magazine: Go Fuck Yourself.

Ulson Gunnar wrote on Facebook on April 17:
TIME Magazine decides to defile the struggle of Christians under siege by Western backed, funded & armed sectarian extremists across the Middle East in their latest article, "Christians and Tyrants: Why the Middle East's Persecuted Minority is Making Unholy Choices."

Back in reality, Christians back the military in Egypt and the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria because they have protected them and other minorities for DECADES from the confused ideology of US-Saudi-Israeli backed extremists like the Muslim Brotherhood, Al Qaeda, and the likes... 
An excerpt from, "Christians and Tyrants: Why the Middle East persecuted minority is making unholy choices" by Aryn Baker, Crime Magazine, April 10:
In February, the 20 or so Christian families still living in the northern Syrian town of Raqqa were given the same choice. The cost of protection is now the equivalent of $650 in Syrian pounds, a large amount for people struggling to make ends meet in a war zone. The other two options remain unchanged. This time the offer came from the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), an extremist antigovernment group that seized Raqqa in May 2013 from more moderate rebel brigades and declared the town the capital of its own Islamic state.

April 22, 2014

[Videos] Inside Story - Gabriel Garcia Marquez: A literary giant + García Márquez: A Witch Writing - First 11 minutes

An excerpt from, "Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel-winning author, hailed" AP, April 22:
Long into the night, the line of mourners stretched for nearly a mile, waiting their turn to file into Mexico City's majestic Palace of Fine Arts and bid farewell to Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Colombian Nobel laureate considered one of the greatest Spanish-language authors of all time.

Garcia Marquez, who died Thursday at age 87, was eulogized in a brief ceremony Monday evening in the dramatic art deco lobby by the presidents of both Mexico and Colombia, two countries linked by the writer through his birth, life, heritage and career. Though he was born in Colombia, Garcia Marquez lived in Mexico for decades and wrote some of his best-known works here, including One Hundred Years of Solitude.

"We come as admirers and friends of Gabo from all corners of the planet," Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said, using the nickname by which the writer was known throughout Latin America. "He will live on in his books and writings. But more than anything he will live forever in the hopes of humanity."

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said the death was "a great loss not only for literature but for humanity. Various generations … found answers to the questions of life in his stories and tales."
An excerpt from, "Barack Obama & Bill Clinton Pay Tribute To Literary Hero Gabriel Garcia" WENN, April 17:
Obama writes, “With the passing of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the world has lost one of its greatest visionary writers – and one of my favorites from the time I was young… I offer my thoughts to his family and friends, whom I hope take solace in the fact that Gabo’s work will live on for generations to come.”

And Clinton, who previously called the author his “literary hero” adds, “From the time I read One Hundred Years of Solitude more than 40 years ago, I was always amazed by his unique gifts of imagination, clarity of thought, and emotional honesty… I was honored to be his friend and to know his great heart and brilliant mind for more than 20 years.”

Meanwhile Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos offers, “A thousand years of loneliness and sadness for the death of the greatest Colombian of all time!”
Inside Story - Gabriel Garcia Marquez: A literary giant. Source: Al Jazeera. Date Published: April 18.

García Márquez: A Witch Writing - First 11 minutes. Source: Evandro Motta. Date Published: November 2, 2011.

Updates On Syria [4.22.14]: US And KSA Arm Jihadist Terrorists With Advanced Anti-Tank Weapons, Crazy Neocons Continue On The Warpath Against Moscow, DC Desperateados Rehash The Same Failed Chemical Weapons Storyline

Photo: Lords of war President Obama and Saudi King Abdullah laughing it up as they begin supplying international Jihadist terrorists in Syria with new advanced anti-tank weapons and air defense systems. The blood of Syrians is on their hands. Assad's hands are merely splattered, he can still shake hands with his people at Easter ceremonies, but Barack Abdullah Obama's hands are drenched to the bone.
Source of photo

1. US And KSA Arm Jihadist Terrorists With Advanced Anti-Tank Weapons. An excerpt from, "US reportedly starts supplying Syrian rebels with anti-tank weapons" RT, April 7, 2014:
Then over the weekend, a blog that specializes in covering the Syrian conflict published screenshots from just-uploaded YouTube videos alleged to show rebels using the US-made tube-launched, optically-tracked, wire-guided anti-tank missiles.

Until more photos or videos of the missile and possible other locations pop up, it's hard to tell who might have been the supplier. But most likely, the TOWs were indeed foreign-supplied to the rebels,” one blogger wrote. “Since the TOW missiles are made in the US such a transfer likely needs permission from the Obama administration.”
2.  Crazy Neocons Continue On The Warpath Against Moscow. An excerpt from, "Russia-US crisis may soon spread to Near East" by Vitaly Naumkin, Al-Monitor, April 21, 2014:
This information came as no surprise to Moscow, which as Russian sources say, was already aware of deliveries of antitank weaponry. According to them, an expansion of deliveries was discussed during President Barack Obama's visit to Riyadh on March 28. At the same time, a senior administration official at the press briefing on the president’s bilateral meeting with King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz said that “our approach on that issue hasn’t changed” and confirmed “concerns about certain types of weapons systems that could be part of a proliferation that would not serve our interest.”

Moscow analysts believe that the following circumstances played a role in changing the course of the American administration.

First of these is the worsening in Russian-American relations due to the reunification of Russia and Crimea, alongside the strengthened role of neoconservative elements in the Washington bureaucracy, who are anxious to spite Russia wherever they can, and to hinder normalization of American-Iranian relations. These are the very same people who worked behind the scenes during the coup in Kiev. As Robert Merry recently wrote, referring to William Pfaff, Victoria Nuland “even identified the man who should replace Yanukovych after his ouster,” and “the United States spent some $5 billion in fostering ‘democratic institutions’ in Ukraine designed to nudge the country away from Russian sway.” He said that only “saner heads would have understood how dangerous this kind of activity can be.”
3. DC Desperateados Rehash The Same Failed Chemical Weapons Storyline. An excerpt from, "US: Some Indication Chlorine Gas Was Used in Syria" by Jason Ditz, Antiwar, April 21, 2014:
Both government and rebels reported the incident, and blamed one another. They have identified the chemical as chlorine gas, and each insisted the other deliberately released it, though civilians and not combatants appear to have been the ones hit with the gas.

The US, as it so often does, couched the whole thing as a possible Assad government use, and didn’t suggest the rebels were even under suspicion. Yet Syria did not report chlorine as part of its significant chemical weapons arsenal, and most nations abandoned the gas in military use in favor of more effective chemicals around World War One.

Attempts to attribute blame aside, chlorine gas is a common enough chemical for industrial uses, and it seems entirely possible that during the intense fighting in Kfar Zeita the gas was inadvertently released.
Video: Syria's Assad pays Easter visit to old Christian town. Source: AFP. Date Published: April 21, 2014. Description:
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad paid an Easter Sunday visit to a historic Christian town newly recaptured from jihadist-backed rebels, as opposition fighters counter-attacked his forces in a key battleground city.

April 10, 2014

Great Decisions: "Energy Independence" by Dr. Flynt Leverett

Video Title: Great Decisions: "Energy Independence" by Dr. Flynt Leverett. Source: USArmyWarCollege. Date Published: April 9, 2014. Description:
Energy independence, by taking the bargaining chip of oil dependence off the table, would be good for American foreign policy. But the very technological advances that make independence possible have created a dilemma for lawmakers. In a government with fixed resources, should the U.S. encourage more traditional fuel production or invest in the young technology of renewable resources?

April 9, 2014

Roger Housden - Faith Without a Religion + Trust the Change + Trust the Mystery

Roger Housden is the author of twenty books, including, "Keeping the Faith Without a Religion" published in March 2014, "Saved by Beauty: Adventures of an American Romantic in Iran" published in November 2012, and "For Lovers of God Everywhere: Poems of the Christian Mystics" published in January 2009. Visit his website to learn more about his work.

Video Title: Faith Without a Religion. Source: Roger Housden. Date Published: November 21, 2013.

 Video Title: Trust the Change. Source: Roger Housden. Date Published: January 24, 2014.

Video Title: Trust the Mystery. Source: Roger Housden. Date Published: January 27, 2014.

April 7, 2014

Three Videos About Saint Catherine of Siena

Saint Catherine of Siena, T.O.S.D. (25 March 1347 in Siena – 29 April 1380 in Rome), was a tertiary of the Dominican Order, and a Scholastic philosopher and theologian. She also worked to bring the papacy of Gregory XI back to Rome from its displacement in France, and to establish peace among the Italian city-states. Since 18 June 1866 she is one of the two patron saints of Italy, together with St. Francis of Assisi. On 3 October 1970 she was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church by Pope Paul VI, and on 1 October 1999 Pope John Paul II named her as a one of the six patron saints of Europe, together with Benedict of Nursia, Saints Cyril and Methodius, Bridget of Sweden and Edith Stein.
Video Title: Rome molds experts on the rebel saint, Saint Catherine of Siena. Source: romereports. Date Published: June 19, 2009. Description:
One could say that Saint Catherine of Siena was one of the great heroines of Christianity. She was a philosopher, a theologian, a clairvoyant and she devoted her life to the poor. Apart from all her virtues, she went down in history for her work as a diplomat and peace mediator.

Video Title: Why are the teachings of St. Catherine of Siena still relevant? Book explains. Source: romereports. Date Published: April 19, 2012.

Video Title: EWTN Live: Fr. Thomas McDermott - St. Catherine of Siena. Source: EWTN. Date Published: April 29, 2010.

April 6, 2014

Drugged Up Jihadist Terrorists In Syria Are Setting Up The "Large Scale Production" of CW Gases For Future Use

Syria is being overrun by tens of thousands of drugged up, sociopathic Jokers who believe blowing up entire communities is fun and laugh at their crimes and the carnage they leave behind. And they're being backed by Washington, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, France, England, Israel, Qatar, Pakistan, and a few other countries.

An excerpt from, "Captagon is jihadists’ main weapon" Voltaire Network, April 2, 2014:
While the Western and Gulf media lead people to believe that jihadists get their nourishment primarily from the verses of the Koran, the seizures made in Syria show that in reality, they feed on Captagon.

In two days, the Syrian Arab Army took hold of a car full of Captagon tablets and a tank truck containing a ton.

Captagon (Fenetylline hydrochloride) is an amphetamine that causes euphoria and numbs the pain. Mixed with other drugs like hashish, it constitutes the basic feed ration for the jihadists. Combatants neither feel their own suffering nor the suffering they inflict on others. Therefore, they can commit all sorts of atrocities, laughing.
Fenethylline is a popular drug, allegedly used by anti-government forces, in the Syrian Civil War. It is manufactured locally in a cheap and simple process. According to Khabib Ammar, a local media activist, anti-government groups would also export the drug in exchange for weapons.
An excerpt from, "Syria's civil war being fought with fighters high on drugs" by Colin Freeman, The Telegraph, January 12, 2014:
The conflict has turned it into a major consumer and exporter of the drugs, which are said to generate hundreds of millions of dollars in profits each year.
The main stimulant in question is Captagon, the former brand name of a drug first used as an antidepressant in the West in the 1960s, but now banned in most countries because of its addictive properties. 
According an investigation by the Reuters news agency, Syrian government forces and rebel groups both accuse each other of using Captagon to fight prolonged battles without sleep. The pills, which many ordinary Syrians are also increasingly turning to, sell for between £3 and £15.
Captagon is often made by amateur chemists in makeshift lab.

Production is both cheap and simple, requiring "only basic knowledge of chemistry and a few scales", according to Ramzi Haddad, a Lebanese psychiatrist.

"It gives you a kind of euphoria," he said. "You're talkative, you don't sleep, you don't eat, you're energetic." 

A drug control officer in the central city of Homs said he had observed the effects of Captagon on protesters and fighters held for questioning.

"We would beat them, and they wouldn't feel the pain," he said. "Many of them would laugh while we were dealing them heavy blows."
An excerpt from, "The Red Line and the Rat Line: Seymour M. Hersh on Obama, Erdoğan and the Syrian rebels" London Review of Books, April 6, 2014:
For months there had been acute concern among senior military leaders and the intelligence community about the role in the war of Syria’s neighbours, especially Turkey. Prime Minister Recep Erdoğan was known to be supporting the al-Nusra Front, a jihadist faction among the rebel opposition, as well as other Islamist rebel groups. ‘We knew there were some in the Turkish government,’ a former senior US intelligence official, who has access to current intelligence, told me, ‘who believed they could get Assad’s nuts in a vice by dabbling with a sarin attack inside Syria – and forcing Obama to make good on his red line threat.’

The joint chiefs also knew that the Obama administration’s public claims that only the Syrian army had access to sarin were wrong. The American and British intelligence communities had been aware since the spring of 2013 that some rebel units in Syria were developing chemical weapons. On 20 June analysts for the US Defense Intelligence Agency issued a highly classified five-page ‘talking points’ briefing for the DIA’s deputy director, David Shedd, which stated that al-Nusra maintained a sarin production cell: its programme, the paper said, was ‘the most advanced sarin plot since al-Qaida’s pre-9/11 effort’. (According to a Defense Department consultant, US intelligence has long known that al-Qaida experimented with chemical weapons, and has a video of one of its gas experiments with dogs.) The DIA paper went on: ‘Previous IC [intelligence community] focus had been almost entirely on Syrian CW [chemical weapons] stockpiles; now we see ANF attempting to make its own CW … Al-Nusrah Front’s relative freedom of operation within Syria leads us to assess the group’s CW aspirations will be difficult to disrupt in the future.’ The paper drew on classified intelligence from numerous agencies: ‘Turkey and Saudi-based chemical facilitators,’ it said, ‘were attempting to obtain sarin precursors in bulk, tens of kilograms, likely for the anticipated large scale production effort in Syria.’ (Asked about the DIA paper, a spokesperson for the director of national intelligence said: ‘No such paper was ever requested or produced by intelligence community analysts.’)

Last May, more than ten members of the al-Nusra Front were arrested in southern Turkey with what local police told the press were two kilograms of sarin. In a 130-page indictment the group was accused of attempting to purchase fuses, piping for the construction of mortars, and chemical precursors for sarin. Five of those arrested were freed after a brief detention. The others, including the ringleader, Haytham Qassab, for whom the prosecutor requested a prison sentence of 25 years, were released pending trial. In the meantime the Turkish press has been rife with speculation that the Erdoğan administration has been covering up the extent of its involvement with the rebels. In a news conference last summer, Aydin Sezgin, Turkey’s ambassador to Moscow, dismissed the arrests and claimed to reporters that the recovered ‘sarin’ was merely ‘anti-freeze’.