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#ISIS Recruitment Thrives in Brutal Prisons Run By #US -Backed #Egypt - #EI #Daech #Daesh #IS #Terrorism - The Intercept
Mohamed Soltan, an American recently released from two years in Egyptian custody, saw the effectiveness of Islamic State prison recruiting firsthand.
Le #terrorisme c'est aussi ça : "CNN Punished Its Own Journalist for Fulfilling a Core Duty of Journalism" #Syria #media
par Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept, Nov. 20 2015, 6:23 p.m.
The journalistic climate created by CNN neuters journalists, rendering them impotent and their function largely irrelevant, writes Glenn Greenwald.
This all happened after the Washington Post’s Erik Wemple complained that her original tweet showed “bias.” The claim that CNN journalists must be “objective” and are not permitted to express opinions is an absolute joke. CNN journalists constantly express opinions without being sanctioned.
Labott’s crime wasn’t that she expressed an opinion. It’s that she expressed the wrong opinion: After Paris, defending Muslims, even refugees, is strictly forbidden. I’ve spoken with friends who work at every cable network and they say the post-Paris climate is indescribably repressive in terms of what they can say and who they can put on air. When it comes to the Paris attacks, CNN has basically become state TV (to see just how subservient CNN is about everything relating to terrorism, watch this unbelievable “interview” of ex-CIA chief Jim Woolsey by CNN’s Brooke Baldwin; or consider that neither CNN nor MSNBC has put a single person on air to dispute the CIA’s blatant falsehoods about Paris despite how many journalists have documented those falsehoods).
Labott’s punishment comes just five days after two CNN anchors spent six straight minutes lecturing French Muslim civ..."
Outside Powers Must End Their #ProxyWars in #Syria - The Intercept
The bombing campaign in Syria will not defeat the Islamic State. Yet nothing would turn Iraqis and Syrians to the jihadis more quickly than a Western invasion.
#Venezuela president orders investigation after report on #US spying #Oil #Snowden #Leaks - Reuters
Source: Reuters - Thu, 19 Nov 2015 04:03 GMT
CARACAS, Nov 18 (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Wednesday he had ordered an investigation into allegations that the U.S. government had spied on state oil company workers for a decade.
The Intercept website, citing documents it said came from whistleblower Edward Snowden, published an article on Wednesday saying that the National Security Agency had spied on top officials at state oil company PDVSA. (https://goo.gl/SXsaV7)
"The oil industry is the backbone of the Venezuelan economy," Maduro said on state television.
"The U.S. empire for a long time ... has intended to sabotage the oil industry and defeat the (Venezuelan) government, in order to steal the oil."
Neither the U.S. embassy in Caracas nor the State Department in Washington immediately responded to requests for comment.
Maduro said he had ordered an investigation and the delivery of a letter of protest to the U.S. charge d'affaires.
"We cannot accept this," added Maduro. "It is offensive, a violation of international law."
The United States and Venezuela have had a troubled relationship since Maduro's predecessor Hugo Chavez came to power in 1999. They have not shared ambassadors since 2010.
Last week, a New York court indicted two nephews of Maduro's wife, Cilia Flores, who are suspected of importing cocaine.
Earlier this month, Venezuela said a U.S. Coast Guard plane violated its air space and that other such planes were circulating close to the South American country.
Government critics say the anti-U.S. rhetoric is intended to cloak domestic problems - inflation thought to be in triple digits, shortages of basic goods and soaring crime rates - ahead of Dec. 6 legislative elections.
The oil industry, which accounts for 96 percent of Venezuela's foreign income, has been hit by falling prices. This week the price of the country's oil basket fell to its lowest in 2015, at $34.55 per barrel. (Reporting by Eyanir Chinea and Girish Gupta; Writing by Girish Gupta; Editing by Edmund Klamann)
Why Is The #DailyBeast’s #Russia Critic Silent About So Many Hideous Abuses? #DoubleStandards #Media #Russophobia
The Intercept - Glenn Greewald
Western writers like Sam Charles Hamad demand that their citizens focus on the crimes of other governments rather than their own.
Day Before Deadly #Kunduz Bombing, #US Official Asked if Any Taliban Were “Holed Up” At #MSF Hospital - #USWarCrimes #US
A report released today by the medical aid group Doctors Without Borders says a U.S. gunship killed doctors and medical staff as they fled from a burning hospital.
As the attack continued, despite increasingly frantic communications by MSF to the U.S. military informing them that the hospital was under bombardment, desperate staff were forced to operate on their own grievously injured co-workers. During the attack “an MSF doctor suffered a traumatic amputation to the leg in one of the blasts,” the report notes, explaining that “he was later operated on by the MSF team on a make-shift operating table on an office desk, where he died.”(..)
Interview with #CharlieSavage (Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter with the New York Time) on #Obama’s #WarOnTerror Legacy
Savage has become one of the most knowledgeable reporters chronicling the civil liberties and other controversies under the Obama administration.
Strikes on Raqqa in #Syria Lead to More Questions Than Results -New York Times - 17th of November 2015
The strategy is renewing a debate about how effective such attacks can be in defeating the Islamic State, without measures like drying up its financial support or conducting a ground assault.
Several people in Lebanon, Syria and Turkey who have been able to make contact with relatives in Raqqa say the recent French airstrikes — a barrage of about 30 on Sunday night and seven more on Monday — did not kill any civilians. But neither did they inflict serious military damage, those people said, instead hitting empty areas or buildings, or parts of the territory of factory complexes or military bases used by the Islamic State.
Abdullah, a Syrian concierge in Beirut who reached his sister in Raqqa on Tuesday, said that in the case of the seven French airstrikes on Monday, “all these strikes are targeting abandoned empty locations.” The day before, he said, the 30 French airstrikes hit mainly the outskirts of the city. “Thank God, no civilians died,” he said.
(..)More French airstrikes, reaching 25 to 30, struck Raqqa late Tuesday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group in Britain that has a network of contacts in Syria. Many of the strikes hit deserted areas that had already been struck, but casualties were reported in addition to property damage, the group said.(...)
A Syrian government supporter from Raqqa who now lives in Beirut, Lebanon, and describes himself as a kind of freelance informant for government forces, said there had long been airstrikes in or around Raqqa nearly every day. Sometimes they are executed by Syrian warplanes, other times by the American-led coalition and more recently by Russia, the informant said, using only a nickname, Shadi, to protect family members still in Raqqa. But he added: “They don’t have too much impact on ISIS’s military situation.”
Earlier Russian airstrikes in Syria, including a few on Raqqa but also in other parts, had not proved much better than the government ones, because, he said, Russians lacked “people on the ground.”
Also complicating the international effort is the disagreement between Russia and the United States over whom and what to target. Russia insists that there is little distinction between the Islamic State and other insurgent groups, like the Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front and some American-backed factions. The United States insists that the focus should be on the Islamic State, and that some other insurgent groups are legitimate opposition forces.(..)
Exploiting Emotions About #ParisAttacks to Blame #Snowden, Distract from Actual Culprits Who Empowered #ISIS
Nov. 15 2015, 1:23 p.m.
by Glenn Greenwald
Whistleblowers are always accused of helping America’s enemies (top Nixon aides accused Daniel Ellsberg of being a Soviet spy and causing the deaths of Americans with his leak); it’s just the tactical playbook that’s automatically used. So it’s of course unsurprising that ever since Edward Snowden’s whistleblowing enabled newspapers around the world to report on secretly implemented programs of mass surveillance, he has been accused by “officials” and their various media allies of Helping The Terrorists™.
Still, I was a bit surprised just by how quickly and blatantly — how shamelessly — some of them jumped to exploit the emotions prompted by the carnage in France to blame Snowden: doing so literally as the bodies still lay on the streets of Paris. At first, the tawdry exploiters were the likes of crazed ex-intelligence officials (former CIA chief James Woolsey, who once said Snowden “should be hanged by his neck until he is dead” and now has deep ties to private NSA contractors, along with Iran–obsessed Robert Baer); former Bush/Cheney apparatchiks (ex-White House spokesperson and current Fox personality Dana Perino); right-wing polemicists fired from BuzzFeed for plagiarism; and obscure Fox News comedians (Perino’s co-host). So it was worth ignoring save for the occasional Twitter retort.
But now we’ve entered the inevitable “U.S. Officials Say” stage of the “reporting” on the Paris attack — i.e., journalists mindlessly and uncritically repeat whatever U.S. officials whisper in their ear about what happened. So now credible news sites are regurgitating the claim that the Paris Terrorists were enabled by Snowden leaks — based on no evidence or specific proof of any kind, needless to say, but just the unverified, obviously self-serving assertions of government officials. But much of the U.S. media loves to repeat rather than scrutinize what government officials tell them to say. So now this accusation has become widespread and is thus worth examining with just some of the actual evidence.
One key premise here seems to be that prior to the Snowden reporting, The Terrorists helpfully and stupidly used telephones and unencrypted emails to plot, so Western governments were able to track their plotting and disrupt at least large-scale attacks. That would come as a massive surprise to the victims of the attacks of 2002 in Bali, 2004 in Madrid, 2005 in London, 2008 in Mumbai, and April 2013 at the Boston Marathon. How did the multiple perpetrators of those well-(..)
Netanyahu consacré par un think tank US lors de sa visite à OBama ..
Au fait, n'oublions jamais que le financement des constructions des colonies en Palestine provient essentiellement des ... USA (pas de Russie .. je dis ça mais je dis rien ...)
In #Washington D.C., #israel ’s PM #Netanyahu enjoys attention he doesn’t get at home - WaPost
By Ruth Eglash November 10 at 7:03 PM
During his visit to Washington this week, Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to be more popular in the U.S. than he is back home – at least in some circles.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s opening remarks at the American Enterprise Institute’s annual dinner on Monday, where he accepted the think tank’s Irving Kristol Award, perhaps summed it up best:
“I am not used to receiving awards in Israel,” he confessed to the host.
The comment, which drew laughter from the few hundred guests who had come specially to hear him, is indicative of the fact that the controversial Israeli leader might indeed be more popular in the United States than he is back home – at least in some circles.
And the accolades Netanyahu received at the glittery event, at which the Israeli leader had the stage and the microphone for nearly an hour, were not just in the form of overflowing compliments and rapturous applause but also in the overall atmosphere.
With the men dressed in well-pressed tuxedos and the women in ornate ball gowns, these Netanyahu aficionados waited for hours in the pouring rain to pass tight security to enter the National Building Museum, where the event was held.
Even the hundred or so pro-Palestinian protesters who had gathered across the street to air their displeasure over Netanyahu’s presence in Washington and his meeting earlier in the day with President Obama did little to mar the jovial mood.
After formal introductions from AEI President Arthur C. Brooks, who referred to Israel as a true sister nation to America, and Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, son of conservative essayist and editor Irving Kristol, Netanyahu took the stage.
Danielle Pletka, the organization’s vice president for foreign and defense policy studies, handed Netanyahu some gentle questions, such as "Why do Israelis love America so much?" and "What is the secret to Israel’s economic success?"
Her responses to his answers could not have been more pleasant.
But it was the standing ovation at the end -- even though dinner had still not been served -- that hinted to the fact that this neoconservative crowd will continue to adore Netanyahu no matter what.
#MichelleObama visits #US air base in #Qatar #VisitingWarCriminals #Imperialism - middleeasteye.net
DOHA, Qatar - First Lady Michelle Obama visited the largest US air force base outside the United States on Tuesday on the first full day of a Middle East tour.
"This isn't an easy post; you guys are doing the tough work," she told the assembled servicemen and women at Al-Udeid base, the forward headquarters for the US Central Command outside the Qatari capital.
Obama is in Qatar as part of a seven-day regional tour during which she is expected to focus on the issue of "cultural beliefs" obstructing girls' education.
She is set to make a keynote speech at the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) in Doha on Wednesday, as part of her well-publicised efforts to promote girls' education globally.
Sheikha Moza and the US first lady discussed ways to help more children - particularly adolescent girls - in communities across the globe make that critical transition from primary to secondary education.
They also explored potential areas of collaboration between the Education Above All foundation, established by Sheikha Moza in 2012, and the first lady’s initiative Let Girls Learn.
In an email ahead of her trip, Obama wrote that 62 million girls across the globe are not going to school at all, urging support for the "Let Girls Learn" initiative that she launched with President Barack Obama earlier this year.
Obama was accompanied by late-night talk show host Conan O' Brien as part of the morale-boosting visit to troops.
O'Brien, whose "Conan" programme airs on TBS cable television, put on a show for the troops, part of which will be broadcast later this year.
Al-Udeid, home to around 10,000 military personnel, is used as a hub by the US military for its air strikes against the Islamic State jihadist group in Syria and Iraq.
Earlier Tuesday, Obama met Qatar's emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani.- See more at: http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/michelle-obama-visits-us-air-base-qatar-884398894#sthash.b5QiU4nE.dpuf