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’.

April 4, 2014

Retarded UN Deputy Spokesperson: UN Has No Comment On Destruction of Kassab By US-Turkey-Saudi Backed Jihadist Terrorists


The UN does not like to acknowledge uncomfortable facts about the devastation in Kessab and is totally ignoring what is going on in northern Syria where Jihadist terrorist gangs and bloodthirsty foreign mercenaries are destroying churches, targeting minorities, forcing women to accept repressive dress codes, and generally causing misery, all under the military protection of Turkey and the political protection of Washington.

In the video below, the UN's deputy spokesperson dodges questions about the ongoing invasion and destruction of Kessab, Syria, a predominantly Armenian town. The population of Kessab is small, but it holds symbolic significance for Armenians. It is the site of the Adana massacre, which happened in April of 1909. About 20,000-30,000 Armenians were massacred by Ottoman-backed groups.

History is repeating itself. But this time the victims are fighting back. The terrorists and killers who have invaded Kessab from a multitude of foreign countries are being resisted with greater force.

The Armenians in northern Syria have four choices to defend themselves against the criminal mercenaries and Jihadist terrorists that are being backed by the US, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Israel, France, England, and Qatar: 1) fight alongside Assad's troops, 2) fight alongside Hezbollah, 3) fight alongside the YPG, the PKK-affiliated Kurdish group that also includes Syriac Christians and Arabs,  and 4) create your own self-defense militias and kick out the mercenaries and terrorists.

Crawling to the UN for assistance in this situation is a dead man's move. It is ineffective because it is too scared to point out the basic truth about the nature of the events in Syria. It is abandoning the victims of terrorism in Syria. The video below is a perfect example of the UN's political cowardice.

Source of Video: Inner City Press. Date Published: April 3, 2014. Description:
Inner City Press on April 2 and 3 asked the UN's deputy spokesperson about Kassab, finally eliciting confirmation that a letter from Armenia's foreign minister to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon had been received, and a statement that more than a thousand residents of Kassab fled and registered in Latakia.

In Syria, Did US Friends or Foes Take Over Armenian Town Kassab?

April 3, 2014

Churches And Cemeteries Have Been Desecrated In Kassab, Syria By US-Turkey-Saudi Arabia Backed Jihadist Terrorists

Photo: An Armenian-American gang member from the L.A. area is fighting in Syria to defend his people against the Jihadist terrorists and foreign mercenaries who are being armed by the CIA, funded by Saudi Arabia, and sheltered by Turkey. Source: Wino Ayee Peeyakan/Facebook. The photo is taken form the LA Weekly article called, "The Mysterious Case of L.A. Gangsters in Syria."

An excerpt from, "Armenian-Americans blame Turkey for Kassab invasion" by Pinar Tremblay, Al-Monitor, April 3, 2014:
The concerns of Armenian-Americans are strongly shared by a small but resilient minority of reporters and citizens, particularly those living in the border towns of TurkeyAlthough rarely reported in the mainstream media, Turkish people have protested the government’s actions in Syria multiple times. Public-opinion surveys have consistently shown that support by the Turkish public for any military involvement in Syria is low. Even among Justice and Development Party loyalists, only 32% are supportive of such action. It would be fair to assess many Turks as not knowing what really is happening in Kassab as the Twitter and YouTube bans continue.

The same cannot be said for many Armenian-Americans, as many of them have relatives in Kassab and the region. Indeed, the crisis hits close to home for thousands of Angelinos. One of my best students, George Doctorian, happens to be one of them. He told Al-Monitor, “My great-uncle was asleep when he was suddenly awoken at 5 a.m. by the sound of gunshots. His son rushed into the room and told him that their town was under attack. Their neighbor had a car and they quickly jumped in and drove to Latakia. They left everything behind — passports, money, pictures, etc. My great-uncle left without a shirt. Everything they own has been left behind. They have been trying to get new passports and documentation, but it is almost impossible due to the ongoing conflict. My great-uncle believes that if they had waited a little longer to get their paperwork, they surely would not have made it out in time.”

He added, “Our family back in Kassab fears the worst. Churches have been destroyed and there are reports that even the cemeteries have been desecrated. Many reports show that the Turkish government has funded these rebel groups, primarily Jabat al-Nusra, and this is evidenced by the fact that these rebels were able to enter Kassab through the Turkish border."

I hope for Doctorian's commentary to be taken seriously by all parties. He said, “The events that are occurring in Kassab are horrific and should not occur in the 21st century, when the international community stresses the importance of religious freedom and basic human rights. I would, however, caution Armenians to stop using the word 'genocide' when describing the events that are taking place in Kassab. The word 'genocide' entails many requirements [in regard to what] was perpetrated by the Young Turks in the first world war. Using the word 'genocide' [for] the events in Kassab is wrong and does a disservice to our ancestors who went through the genocide."

It is understandable that the younger generations of Armenians fear further persecution of their relatives in Syria. It is also understandable that Armenian youths from different parts of the world yearn to go to Syria to fight in defense of their relatives. With this background analysis, news about Los Angeles gang members going to Syria to take up arms in pro-Assad militias is not surprising.

April 2, 2014

Videos: Oleg Peresypkin: "The Caucasus should watch Turkey and Syria" + Turkey PM claims victory, warns rivals 'will pay price'

Video Title: Oleg Peresypkin: "The Caucasus should watch Turkey and Syria." Source: YouTube Channel Marina Petrova. Date Published: April 1, 2014.

"If Bashar Assad begins to win, all the Wahhabi and Salafi elements, we call them fundamentalists, could run away to neighbouring countries. They could appear in the Caucasus, and I think this would create great tension." - Oleg Peresypkin, professor of the Center for Oriental Studies.

Video Title: Turkey PM claims victory, warns rivals 'will pay price.' Source: AFP. Date Published: March 31, 2014.

"As I've said for months, we will hunt them down in their caves. They will pay for this. They will pay a price. How dare you threaten our national security?" - Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.