From U.S., the ABC's of Jihad. In the twilight of the Cold War, the United States spent millions of dollars to supply Afghan schoolchildren with textbooks filled with violent images and militant Islamic teachings, part of covert attempts to spur resistance to the Soviet occupation. The primers, which were filled with talk of jihad and featured drawings of guns, bullets, soldiers and mines, have served since then as the Afghan school system's core curriculum. Even the Taliban used the American-produced books, though the radical movement scratched out human faces in keeping with its strict fundamentalist code.
As Afghan schools reopen today, the United States is back in the business of providing schoolbooks. But now it is wrestling with the unintended consequences of its successful strategy of stirring Islamic fervor to fight communism. Last month, a U.S. foreign aid official said, workers launched a "scrubbing" operation in neighboring Pakistan to purge from the books all references to rifles and killing. An Ode To Zaynab: Learning History & Combating Terror. Why $yria Is Crucial for the Energy Future of the Mideast. Syria geopolitical map with proposed oil pipeline.Photo Credit: Adam Fahey Designs Syria is an energy war. With the heart of the matter featuring a vicious geopolitical competition between two proposed gas pipelines, it is the ultimate Pipelinestan war, the term I coined long ago for the 21st century imperial energy battlefields.
Shop ▾ It all started in 2009, when Qatar proposed to Damascus the construction of a pipeline from its own North Field – contiguous with the South Pars field, which belongs to Iran – traversing Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Syria all the way to Turkey, to supply the EU. Damascus, instead, chose in 2010 to privilege a competing project, the $10 billion Iran-Iraq-Syria, also know as «Islamic pipeline». The deal was formally announced in July 2011, when the Syrian tragedy was already in motion. Until then, Syria was dismissed, geo-strategically, as not having as much oil and gas compared to the GCC petrodollar club.
Turkey at crossroads. The Onion Predicted All Of This Back in 2003. Carey WedlerNovember 19, 2015 (ANTIMEDIA) “George W. Bush may think that a war against Iraq is the solution to our problems, but the reality is, it will only serve to create far more,” read a 2003 article on The Onion a week after then-President George Bush launched the Iraq War. While a wide variety of organizations and individuals also rebuked that invasion, the satirical newspaper offered one of the most accurate assessments to date. So accurate, in fact, it all but predicted the rise of the Islamic State. In the mock-debate piece, entitled, “This War Will Destabilize The Entire Mideast Region And Set Off A Global Shockwave Of Anti-Americanism vs.
As fictional debater Nathan Eckert warned: “This war will not put an end to anti-Americanism; it will fan the flames of hatred even higher. He continued: “If you thought Osama bin Laden was bad, just wait until the countless children who become orphaned by U.S. bombs in the coming weeks are all grown up. “Why do you keep saying these things? The Game Just Changed: Russia Allies With Kurds to Push Turkey out of Syria. Moscow isn't likely to bomb Turkish military facilities, but it has other ways of undermining Ankara's presence in Syria: Russia is now aiding Kurdish rebels — a group that has been labeled as “terrorists” by Turkey. The Syrian Kurdish forces (YPG) are considered extremely valuable in the fight against ISIS. They have previously received support from the United States, although western cooperation with the group has been limited in order to avoid ruffling Erdogan's feathers. But for Russia, upsetting Erdogan is not really an “issue”.
In layman's terms, this new alliance could be a fatal blow to Turkey's geopolitical aspirations in Syria (not to mention Russia's de facto no fly zone, thanks largely to a little friend called “the S-400”): Was it really worth shooting down that Russian plane? UPDATE! Here's some salt in the wound: Earlier today at the Paris climate summit, Putin announced that Russia has evidence that Turkey shot down the Su-24 in order to “ensure oil deliveries by ISIS.” Yemen’s Hidden War: How the Saudi-Led Coalition Is Killing Civilians. IN THE ISLAMIC CONCEPT of qadar, your divine destiny is inescapable. If you try to cheat death it will find you. For two women on a dusty road in mid-June on the southwest corner of the Arabian Peninsula, their repeated attempts to dodge fate ended in tragic failure. Leaving the war zone of Yemen’s southern port city of Aden on June 10, the women headed north in a Toyota Cressida driven by a male relative.
The pair were escaping the violence that had already turned entire streets in Aden to rubble, left hundreds dead and thousands of civilians under siege, struggling to find food, water and medical care. Driving ahead of them was a family of four in a Hilux pick-up truck, slowing at the numerous checkpoints along the road and weaving around potholes in the asphalt. Between 4:30 and 5 p.m., seemingly from nowhere, the first missile struck. Dressed in black abiyas — the uniform dress code of women in Yemen — they clambered out of their sand-bound car. Photo: Iona Craig Brig. A U.S. One chart that shows which Middle Eastern countries could run out of money in...
Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Libya are among the Middle Eastern countries that could run out of money in less than five years because of the fall in the oil price, according to the International Monetary Fund. The countries in the red bracket could run out of cash in five years or less Some Middle Eastern countries, such as Kuwait, Qatar and the UAE, have shifted away from their reliance on oil, after prices fell by more than half in a year.
But large budget deficits in Iraq, Iran, Oman, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Libya and Yemen means that if these countries do not seek to diversify their economies or borrow money, they will run out of cash in five years or less. Yemenis stand amid the ruins of buildings destroyed in an air-strike by the Saudi-led coalition on the capital Sanaa. Yemen is classified as a fragile economy by the IMF. (AFP) Of these Iran, which is less reliant on oil, is expected to fare better than countries that suffer from conflict, such as Libya and Yemen. Reuse content.
Netanyahu Will Do Anything to Prevent Peace with Iran. Viral Video Shows Exactly How Misinformed Americans are Due to War Propaganda. Aaron Nelson April 20, 2015 (ANTIMEDIA) What country in the Middle East do you think is the greatest threat to world security? A decorated Iraq war veteran by the name of Adam Kokesh invited random strangers off the street to play a game of Middle East trivia and was kind enough to film the entire thing. Even if your eyes have already been opened, you’ll think this video is fucking awesome. Trust me. In the video, Kokesh, who was endorsed by Ron Paul in New Mexico’s 3rd congressional district 2010 race, challenges random Americans with trivia about countries from the Middle East.
Several contestants display an embarrassing lack of geographical knowledge and fail to find legitimate answers that make any sense at all. At the end of the video Kokesh reveals that, unbelievably, there is one country that fits as an answer for every question. What is revealed at the end of Adam’s Middle East trivia game leaves it’s contestants speechless. Please, share this knowledge everywhere!
Tony Stiles (OFFICIAL) | Is the Crisis in Yemen Another Result of Blowback? By Michael Heise In recent months Yemen has become increasingly unstable. Back in September of last year, a rebel group known as the Houthishas capped a five day seizure of the capital city of Sanaa, which included overtaking of the prime minister's office, the state TV station, and the military headquarters resulting in the resignation of Prime Minister Mohammed Basindawa and his cabinet.
This marked the culmination of a conflict that really started to catch fire in 2004 when original Houthi Leader, Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi, launched a rebellion against the Yemeni government for “discrimination” and “government aggression”. The situation looks like it is going to escalate now that house arrested President has fled in a desperate attempt to maintain power. At first glance, this may seem like just another regional battle for control in the Middle East that never seems to end. Who Are The Houthis? The Houthis are a minority group of Shia Zaidi Muslims from Yemen's northwest region. The Fall of Iraq - What You Aren't Being Told. 8ft boogy-men. Boys flying kite in Yemen. Hands up don't shoot. Evacuate. Lavon affair. "Promises and Betrayals: Britain and the Struggle for the Holy Land" [Documen... Iran wants war. Terrorists. Clear as mud.
Indifference. Iraq. Syria. View from Israel: IDF Camera's Register Syrian Army Attack. Palestine/Israel.