Forget China: Iran’s Hackers Are America’s Newest Cyber Threat – Defense PK

In March 2012, Ayatollah Ali Khameini, the Supreme Leader of Iran, publicly announced the creation a new Supreme Council of Cyberspace to oversee the defense ofthe Islamic republic’s computer networks and develop news ways of infiltrating or attacking the computer networks of its enemies. Less than two years later, security experts and U.S. intelligence officials are alarmed by how quickly Iran has managed to develop its cyber warfare capabilities — and by how much it’s willing to use them.

For several years, Iran was believed to possess the ambition to launch disruptive attacks on Western, Israeli or Arab computer networks, but not necessarily the technological capability of actually doing so. Those doubts have largely evaporated. In late 2012, U.S. intelligence officials believe hackers in Iran launched a series of debilitating assaults on the Web sites of major U.S. banks. The hackers used a well-honed technique called a denial of service attack, in which massive amounts of traffic are directed at a site’s servers until they crash. But the traffic flow in the bank attack was orders of magnitude greater than anything U.S. security officials had seen up to that point, indicating a remarkable degree of technical sophistication.

Last year, U.S. officials say that Iranian hackers infiltrated a large unclassified computer network used by the Navy and Marine Corps. Officials now say it took the Navy four months to fully clear its systems and recover from thebreach, which was first reported by theWall Street Journal.

“Iran should be considered a first-tier cyber power,” Gabi Siboni, a cyber security expert with Israel’s Institute for National Security Studies, said during a speech in Washington last December.

Western analysts see Iran’s embrace ofcyber attacks as a strategic attempt to counter the conventional military forces ofthe United States and Iran’s regional rivals, particularly Saudi Arabia. Some analysts have blamed Iran for an attack on the computers of Saudi Aramco, the national energy company that supplies about 10 percent oftheworld‘s oil. The attack erased data from 30,000 computers, but it didn’t affect oil and gas production and distribution facilities.

Analysts debate whether Iran should yet be included in the same league as the United States, Israel, or China, which each possess extensive capabilities to launch attacks on computer networks and the critical infrastructure connected to them, including electrical power facilities. But U.S. intelligence agencies now judge that Iran is well on the path to becoming a formidable cyber force. James Clapper, the U.S. director of national intelligence, recently warned that Iran’s “development ofcyber espionage or attack capabilities might be used in an attempt to either provoke or destabilize the United States or its partners.

The heart of Iran’s national cyber efforts is the cyberspace council set up in 2012. It’s chaired by the Iranian president, Hasan Rouhani and its members include senior government officials, including the head of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard, which controls military units believed to conduct offensive cyber operations and electronic warfare, such as jamming communications systems. Iran was motivated to ramp up its cyber security efforts, particularly the defense of its internal networks and vital infrastructure facilities, after a cyber attack on an Iraniannuclear facility by the United States and Israel that disabled 1,000 centrifuges used to enrich uranium, a key component of a nuclear weapon. Iran’s defensive capabilities today are devoted to preventing another such attack, as well as monitoring and suppressing domestic political opponents who threaten the regime, Siboni wrote in a recentanalysisof Iran’s capabilities.

The Revolutionary Guard now owns and controls the biggest communications company in Iran, Siboni said. Thegovernment restricts access to the public Internet and monitors computers in Internet cafes. A domestic police force, known as FETA is charged with monitoring online activity and speech, as well as combating fraud and theft.

But it’s the offensive side ofthe ledger that worries U.S. officials the most. In the past week, Iranian leaders have threatened to use cyber warfare against Tehran’s enemies. “One ofthe options on the table ofthe U.S. and its allies is a cyber war against Iran. But we are fully prepared to fightcyber warfare,” said Gen. Mohammad Aqakishi, the commander ofthe information technology and communication department ofthe armed forces’ general staff, according to Iran’s Tasnim news agency.

“[Aqakishi] said the U.S. has been making ‘empty threats’ against Iran for several years, noting that Washington itself is mindful ofthe Islamic Republic’s military might in the arena of information technology and communication,” Tasnim reported.

Last week, Khameini, Iran’s supreme leader, reportedly exhorted Iranian students, whom he called “cyber war agents,” to prepare to fight Iran’s enemies in cyberspace. “Get yourselves ready for such war wholeheartedly,” Khameini said.

“If any war is launched against Iran, we won’t give any ground to the enemy and they themselves know this very well,” Iran’s military chief of staff, Gen. Hassan Firouzabadi, said last week, declaring that Iran was prepared for a “decisive battle” with the United States and Israel.

Such provocations haven’t gone unnoticed. And U.S. military officials have acknowledged that if the United States uses cyber weapons against Iran, Americans should expect some retaliation. “That’s a valid assumption,” Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman ofthe Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in an interview in January 2013. “There are reports that destructive cyber tools have been used against Iran. I’m not-I’m neither confirming nor denying any-any part in that. What that should tell you is that that capability exists. And if it exists…whoever’s using those can’t assume that they’re the only smart people in theworld.”

A few days before Dempsey’s remarks, Gen. William Shelton, the commander of Air Force Space Command, warned that Iran was a growing offensive threat in cyberspace. “They’re going to be a force to be reckoned with, with the potential capabilities that they’ll develop over the years and the potential threat that they’ll represent to the United States,” Shelton said. In other words, Chinese hackers aren’t the only ones Washington needs to worry about.

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New-Zealand: Reporting of potential terrorist financing more than doubles

Reporting of potential terrorist financing has more than doubled in New Zealand since the March 15 mosque shootings.

Police said people are far more vigilant when it comes to potential terrorist acts after the Christchurch attacks, which killed 51 and injured scores more.

The organisation has also ramped up its counter-terrorism capabilities but is keeping the details of that improvement secret.

The Financial Intelligence Unit looks into suspicious financial activity when reports are sent through by banks, lawyers, accountants and other entities with access to transactions.

In the 15 months after the March 15 attack, 15,918 reports were sent to the unit about suspicious financial activity that could relate to crime.

Of those, 188 reports were specifically indicated as relating to terrorist financing.

By comparison, in the 15 months before the Christchurch attacks, 74 reports of possible terrorist financing were sent to police.

In response to an Official Information Act request seeking the figures, police director of National Intelligence Dan Wildy said it is unlikely that more people are trying to fund terrorist activities.

“There was a spike on terrorist financing reporting following the March 15, 2019, incident which has been attributed to a general heightened awareness among reporting entities, rather than an actual increase in terrorist-financing-related activity,” he said.

RNZ understands the vast majority of reports are harmless, but there are some reports that need further investigation.

Investigations can be launched if someone is suspected of funding terror organisations, but police said it is hard to prove intent and to work across borders.

Some individuals are simply monitored by police as a result of their transaction histories.

Reports shared worldwide

The Financial Intelligence Unit is also part of the Egmont Group, which is an international organisation which monitors terrorist funding and money laundering.

It has members in almost every country, and police are able to share information with other jurisdictions through an encrypted network.

Meanwhile, police say they have boosted their counter-terrorism capabilities since the Christchurch terror attack, with increased staffing and technology.

But they won’t reveal any further details, saying it could compromise their work. –


Dark web hackers selling 400,000 South Korean & USA credit card data -darkwebmag

“The Planet’s most valuable resource is No more oil, but data,” The Economist. The cyber-criminal community is well aware of the Fact, and that is why every now and then, we read about the trove of personal and financial data being sold on the dark web or arbitrary hacker forum.

From the latest, while taking a break from COVID-19 related scams, Cyber-criminals are caught selling 400,000 payment detail (debit and credit card) records. These documents were identified by Group IB — a cybersecurity business.

According to the company, the database Is being marketed on Joker’s Stash market, which happens to be among the largest marketplaces for Carding online.

Totaling 397,365; the documents are from different financial organizations and could be broken down geographically as the following:

  1. 198,233 records are from South Korea: Around 49.9 percent
  2. 199,132 records are out of the US: Around 49.3 percent 

All These are being sold for a price of $1,985,835, which translates to $5 per document. However, not all these would work as is the case with such stolen info and thus, the hackers themselves have promised only a 30-40% validity rate.

As seen in the above advertisement Found for the database, there’s absolutely not any mention of South Korea that is odd considering that such accounts form most the records.

The importance of the stems from the Fact that usually, we could discover US-based records underground, but the South Korean game is a new one using all the investigators commenting,

How it Is the largest sale of South Korean recordings on the dark web in 2020, which leads to the rising popularity of APAC-issued card dumps from the underground. 

As seen from a photo of the documents obtained below, they are sometimes categorized as containing track two information, which comprises the lender identification number, the account number, expiration date, and sometimes can also contain the card verification value (CVV).

Moreover, although where this information Originated from remains a mystery, it’s very likely that it might have been as a consequence of infected POS programs, from skimmed ATM machines or even infected payment merchant systems.

It’s worth noting that Joker’s Stash is the identical market where countless stolen Wawa credit card data, the largest database of Indian charge card documents, and most recently half a million payment card documents stolen from some of the biggest banks in India were marketed.

As for the latest record, an intelligence analyst in Group-IB has said how,

Although there is not enough information in this ditch to make online purchases, fraudsters who purchase this data can still money out records that are stolen. 

Furthermore, attention should also be paid to how attackers can make cloned cards using the information obtained to withdraw money or make fraudulent purchases.

Concluding, the episode has been reported to the proper authorities, and action is already being taken. A good step for users to employ is to enable two-factor authentication for all online transactions using their credit/debit cards.

But if you are from those Respective countries and believe you might have been compromised, calling your lender and obtaining their information at this time is highly suggested. You can also alter your own card pin or ask the lender to re-issue a new card. All these would keep your money safe.

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Blood of supposedly recovered coronavirus patients being sold on dark web

Scammers On the dark web are providing vials of blood they allege belong to recovered coronavirus patients as a vaccine for the deadly virus, a new report has found.

NSW Chief Health Officer Dr. Kerry Chant said she’s been “personally Horrified” by a number of the remedies advertised on Social Media and other casual online platforms.

“People should be very careful when posting or committing information without actually checking it first,” she said.

Dr. Chant urged Australians to follow public health advice and exercise Caution about any treatments not approved by a professional health body.

“They Are a good deal of therapies which have been put forward to take care of COVID-19. I Would urge people to visit the facts and thoroughly explore, talk to Your health practitioner before doing anything that contradicts with Conventional health advice.”

Researchers In the ANU’s Australian Institute of Criminology discovered While studying how cybercriminals are harnessing the health crisis by Selling antiviral medications, items of personal protective equipment (PPE), And, in some instances, what they claim is human blood.

Based On the study, PPE such as sprays, sanitizers, and HAZMAT suits Accounted for two-thirds of listings, with one user requesting more Than $1700 for 10,000 ‘lab analyzed face masks’.

After PPE, the report discovered antiviral and ‘repurposed medicines’ were the Next most common dark web offering, accounting for nearly half of all listings.

These contain antibacterial and malarial medications like the highly publicized, yet widely disproved Hydroxychloroquine medication.

Purported Vaccines and antidotes made around six percent of the listings with ‘human blood’ allegedly given from recovered coronavirus cases one of them.

Virologists Are seeking to antibodies in the bloodstream of coronavirus survivors for Molecular clues that can offer a design of future therapies. Still, There’s absolutely not any evidence that ingesting or injecting human blood can heal the virus.

Research head Professor Rod Broadhurst said the blood was being offered as a Kind of “passive vaccination,” where somebody who thinks they might be At the risk of disease receives antibodies for the virus by injecting the plasma.

“Fake Vaccines could help out with the spread of this virus because users may Behave as though they’re immune but become exposed to the coronavirus,” Prof. Broadhurst said.

“The premature release of vaccines undergoing animal or human trial would Also misguide users concerning immunity but may also affect the success of These clinical trials.

“We Really should close down underground sales of vaccines and experimental Drugs because there are a whole lot of nasty side effects.” – darkwebmagazine

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A pragmatic partnership: Why China and Iran try to collaborate

Iran’s rumoured talks with China on a partnership agreement could have significant economic benefits and provide it with valuable geopolitical bargaining chips.

China and Iran are in the spotlight for their reported talks on a long-term partnership agreement even before any details of it have formally emerged. The green light for these negotiations came shortly after the finalisation of the Iran nuclear deal in 2016, when Chinese President Xi Jinping made a historic visit to the country and met with Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. Back then, the two countries issued a broad statement of intent to pursue a more formalised partnership. According to Iranian officials, the partnership road map was approved by the Rouhani government a few weeks ago and further negotiations with China will follow. This reported 25-year deal – which has political, economic, and security dimensions – and the negotiations around it have important economic and geopolitical implications.

It could take months for the details of the agreement to become public. According to speculation in the media and an alleged leaked draft, the deal is designed to pave the way for considerable Chinese investment in Iran’s strategically important sectors, including transport, energy, telecommunications, tourism, and healthcare. The deal is rumoured to involve security cooperation and intelligence sharing. Any Chinese-Iranian military and security collaboration – while viewed as a provocative move by the West – is likely to be a slow-burner. When Iran, China, and Russia took the unprecedented step in 2019 of conducting joint naval drills, one Chinese security expert outlined in discussions with the European Council on Foreign Relations that this was much more about signalling to the United States rather than Beijing’s appetite to engage heavily in security operations with Iran.

Tehran and Beijing largely have a pragmatic, business-oriented, and non-ideological relationship with each other. Iran fully understands the implications of China’s swift rise as a global power. Indeed, in light of the extensive impact of US secondary sanctions on European trade with Iran, Iranian leaders now view China as the only major world power that can challenge US economic dominance – and, therefore, provide their country with economic and political protection against mounting US pressure. China, meanwhile, understands that Iran is a major regional power located at the crossroads of the Middle East and Central Asia – an area that is important to its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). While China ranks as one of its top trade partners, Iran still has a great deal of untapped potential for foreign investment – something that Beijing can capitalise on.

After Xi’s 2016 visit, talks over the partnership agreement were slow to begin. During an ECFR research trip to Beijing last year, Chinese experts discussed how China’s government and commercial actors were disappointed that, following the nuclear deal, Iran seemed fixated on attracting European and US companies at the expense of their Chinese counterparts. This precedent came back to bite Iran when, in 2018, the Trump administration brashly withdrew from the nuclear agreement and reimposed secondary sanctions on Iran.

It was also clear from discussions with Chinese experts and officials that, so far, China has been unwilling to allow Iran issues to jeopardise its delicate trade talks with the US. According to Iranian interlocutors, following the US withdrawal from the nuclear deal, China began to levy heavy commissions on Iranian actors in return for access to its financial networks. Some Chinese state banks reportedly stepped back from most of their business with Iran. In October, China pulled out of a major gas project in Iran. Moreover, after the US attempted to impose an oil embargo on Iran in May 2019, China’s purchases of the product from Iran also nosedived (although China remains the top destination for Iranian oil exports).

It now seems that, in the past year, Iran and China – both of which have been left in a precarious position by the Trump administration – have accelerated their talks. For Iran, formalising its bilateral relations with China in a more concrete fashion can bring tangible economic benefits as well as serving a geopolitical goal. In recent years, Iran has been keenly aware that it has not benefited from the kind of increase in Chinese investment and infrastructure projects seen in Israel and Gulf Cooperation Council countries. A long-term partnership agreement can lock in Chinese commitments in ways that help Tehran demand greater economic cooperation with Beijing and ensure that lofty statements about Iran’s importance to the BRI translate into projects in Iran that create jobs.

The Sino-Iranian deal also has a large political dimension. For Tehran, pursuing this partnership is as much about Beijing as it is about Washington. Iran is clear-eyed about the fact that great power competition between the US and China is likely to intensify in the coming years. Negotiations over the Sino-Iranian deal present Iran with an opportunity to gain Western states’ attention as they debate their economic ties with China. This can provide Iran with some useful bargaining chips in future negotiations with Europe and the US over sanction easing: Tehran can portray itself as a balancing force in Western capitals’ relationships with Beijing and Moscow.

Iran has looked to both China and Russia for protection against US pressure at the United Nations, and will push for a bold response from them if the Trump administration attempts a highly contentious move to snap-back UN sanctions on Iran in the coming months. China has become a more vocal defender of Iran at the International Atomic Energy Agency, even pushing back last month against a European-led resolution that rebuked Iran. And Iran has sought to exchange its observer status in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation for full membership – a move that requires China’s approval.

Iran’s enthusiasm for a partnership agreement with China also plays heavily into domestic politics. The supreme leader has long been a proponent of forming more strategic alliances with non-Western powers, which he has viewed as more trustworthy than the US or Europe – a sentiment that only became stronger after the US withdrawal from the nuclear deal. President Hassan Rouhani may have pushed for an opening with the West, but he has also supported greater integration with Asian economies such as those of China, Japan, and South Korea. His mentor, former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, was a major advocate of modelling Iran’s economy on that of Deng Xiaoping’s China. And Rouhani has his legacy to consider as he enters the final year of his administration. After the failed attempt to reopen Iran’s economy to the West following the nuclear deal, he is now looking to cement an equitable arrangement with the only major world power whose economic weight can match that of the US or Europe.

After years of attacking him for opening up to the West, Rouhani’s domestic opponents – who are eyeing a run for the presidency in 2021 – are now attacking him for conducting “secret” negotiations with China. Such a major deal will require approval from Iran’s new ultra-conservative parliament – some members of which have already voiced strong opposition to the move. There is also a polarised public debate over deepening relations with China. Ultimately, however, the final call on Iran’s participation in the deal will be made by the supreme leader.

Both Iran and China stand to gain from a formal and long-term framework that organises their bilateral relations. While an overarching agreement will almost certainly make their partnership stronger, it is highly unlikely to develop into a full strategic alliance. Clearly, such a move would face strong resistance from within Iran. China – which has yet to substantively comment on the deal – will also need to carefully balance deepened relations with Iran against the concerns of Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates – which have in recent years become important economic partners in the Middle East. And it is unclear how far China’s commercial and banking sectors will be willing to engage with Iran under the threat of US sanctions. Moreover, the extent to which Beijing and Tehran develop this partnership will be tied to the fate of their respective relations with Washington. Ellie Geranmayeh

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The No Name ATM/Debit & Credit Card

We are pleased to present our offshore card solution – a no-name offshore Visa Electron pre-paid debit card denominated in USD issued by a stable Caribbean based bank. This can be purchased as a separate product or can be a part of any corporation and/or foundation package you order from us.

These cards have the 3 digit CVC code on the back activated so that they can be used like a credit card for internet and mail/telephone order transactions. They are accepted at all merchants anywhere Visa is accepted worldwide so long as the merchant processes their cards electronically which is now almost universal. The card is accepted at all ATM’s with the Plus and/or Visa logo and has a USD 2,500 daily cash withdrawal maximum. There is a USD 1,000 maximum per single swiped ATM transaction, but just about all ATM’s allow multiple transactions in succession with the same card. The POS daily maximum is the same as well, however it is possible to do a single transaction up to the daily USD 2,500limit in this way.

Each card can be loaded with a maximum of USD 25,000 per month and this amount can be loaded in its entirety upon activation if desired. Maximum load on the card at any one time is USD10,000. One card only is allowed per cardholder.

Card fees are as follows: ATM cash withdrawal fee: US$ 3.80, POS transaction fee US$ 1.50, monthly fee US$ 3.80, load fee US$ 3.80 (+ 1% by wire transfer, + 3% by cheque, + 7.5% by Western Union)/

The card cost is US$ 495 PLUS your first load of US$500, total US$995, which is included in your package. One card only per person. Shipping can be by international postal mail which is free but can take quite a few weeks so we strongly recommend paying extra for courier delivery which is US$ 30. You will also need to send US$ 100 per card as an initial card load as the bank will not activate a card account without a minimum deposit just like a regular bank account cannot be opened without an initial deposit.

A minimum US$ 20 balance must be maintained and if the card balance falls below US$ 10 at any time the account is automatically closed and cannot be re-opened without going through the account opening procedure all over again, paying the replacement card fee and obtaining a new card. Due to constantly changing currency exchange rates we advise that the initial minimum load amount be kept on the card as a buffer in case you miscalculate the currency conversion rate from your local currency to US$ and/or forget to take into account ATM and POS transaction fees.

1. Once we receive your order and paid funds, your application will be emailed to you for you to complete and print out.

2. You then send this signed application original and identity document copies – [Please find below a guide] and courier to source direct.

3. The following documents are acceptable forms of KYC: A. Proof of identification: (Please provide us with the following photo identification documents)

A passport is as of now a compulsory piece of ID verification document.In the event that a card applicant can not provide his passport, we will require:

  • A. Two separate and distinct ID verification documents (e.g. drivers license AND id card) or One ID verification document certified by local authorities
  • Other ID allowed:
    • National ID
    • Armed forces ID card
    • Photo credit/debit card issued by a bank
    • Disabled drivers pass or Disability ID
  • B. Proof of address: (Please provide us with an original or a copy of one of the following documents)
    • Current Utility bills (mobile/cell phone bills, internet access bills, cable and Satellite TV bills are not acceptable) (original or copy)
    • Current Bank/Building society/Credit Card statements (original or copy)
    • Current Mortgage statement (original or copy)
    • Current Home or motor insurance certificate or motor vehicle registration documents (copy)
    • Inland Revenue/IRS tax notifications (copy)
    • Current, signed passport (copy of the page showing the Residential address)
    • Current photocard driving license (copy)
    • Current National ID (copy)
    • Current Armed forces ID card (copy)
    • Current Disabled drivers pass or Disability ID (copy)

NOTE: The utility bill must be on an Applicant’s Name and make reference to the RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS, except for family members that live with their parents in which a handwritten note referencing the relationship will suffice.

4. From the time we receive your documents to the time you receive your cards, please allow 3 to 4 weeks for the bank to process and ship your card directly to you.

5. As soon as your card has been received, you will need to send us a confirmation of delivery with your card number so that we can load your card. This means that by that time we should have handy at least the minimum initial loading in order to complete the activation process.

Loading funds and courier fee could be wire to the following coordinates, remembering to include at least 10 US$ to cover incoming bank wire charges.

Loading Options – You can remit loads for your card via a bank wire OR Western Union.

To order please proceed to our on-line order form just Euro 995 including your first Euro 500 load and card delivery!

Thank you for your interest in our products and services.

Bob Williams

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Shocking Confessions of a Chinese Fentanyl Trafficker

An investigative team from VICE News made a podcast titled Painkiller: America’s Fentanyl Crisis to report on the illegal fentanyl drug business. The team managed to trace the supply chain links that indicated sources in Mexico and China.

The reporters reached out to a host of China-based online vendors who offered fentanyl and other synthetic opioids to interested buyers. In an exclusive interview1, the team caught up with a fentanyl trafficker in China called Mr. Yue (not his real name) who elucidated the nature of his business and confessed the concerns he had about the dangerous nature of drugs he sold.

Dozens of Drug Listings

The VICE team came face-to-face with realities about Yue’s drug business, which included the operation of an online platform with a dozen drug listings. The website advertised various chemicals for sale and, in highlight, the platform promoted methoxyacetyl fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid.

On being questioned about the fentanyl listing, Yue clarified that his website was outdated as he had move on to other ventures. The man is currently training people on fentanyl manufacture through a step-by-step guide he developed – he also teaches people about how they can operate a clandestine fentanyl lab.

As far as his knowledge is concerned, Yue said that there’s a long list of methodologies used by drug manufacturers to synthesize fentanyl. He noted that while some people depend on chemicals banned in both the U.S. and China, a number of basic substances can be used to synthesize the dangerous drug.

Shifting to Coronavirus-Related Supplies

Yue said that he ventured into the drug trade by accident, as he was keen to transform his financial situation at the time. He had succeeded to establish networks online and worked hard to build a foundation for his business, but the government crackdown on fentanyl has scared him off the trade.

According to his confession, the drug trafficker halted his fentanyl production and sales operation in May. The trafficker changed his scope to target the sale of coronavirus-related supplies like COVID-19 testing kits and respirator masks, which have become scarce and in high demand2 across the U.S.

The decision was arrived in response to the Chinese law enforcement move to regulate synthetic opioids as controlled substances. The fentanyl business has become risky owing to the current law enforcement and regulatory circumstances, although Yue confirmed the continued existence of synthetic opioid listings on his website.

Reportedly, synthetic opioids had long been unregulated by the government – which allowed people to manufacture and distribute. In fact, the synthetic opioid industry in China had flourished as some pharmaceutical export firms benefited from government support3 while the U.S. had banned the drug altogether. The Chinese resolution to begin regulating synthetic opioids was therefore considered due to external pressure from the U.S.

In Yue’s view, it appears that the new regulations have caused the desired effect since Chinese sources have been responsible for the fentanyl crisis in the U.S. Statistical data by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection reflect a 45 percent reduction in fentanyl seizures from 2018 figures.





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Two Chinese Charged for Aiding North Korean Crypto Theft

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in conjunction with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), recently identified two Chinese individuals involved in the theft of about $250 million worth of digital money from an unknown exchange.

The two individuals were identified as Tian Yinging, and Li Jiadong helped Korean hackers launder funds stolen from crypto exchanges. In a twist, however, the two found themselves in a privileged position given that the US is unable to extradite them from their home country to face the law.

Legal Speed Bump

This legal speed bump has happened despite American agencies providing comprehensive records proving expressly and showing evidence that the two schemers were behind the digital raid. Aside from facilitating the money laundering scheme, the two are also accused of running an exchange platform without any licenses.

How it Happened

The grand scheme involving the Chinese believed to have happened between December 2017 and April 2019. A well designed and highly effective malware rapidly compromising and gaining control of an anonymous exchange platform is confirmed to be the ingenious waft of the wand that triggered the whole process.

After neutralizing the platform’s security protocol, the malware then proceeded to siphon out all the private keys belonging to the users of the exchange. The actors behind the malware then moved to withdraw all the assets through Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, and Dogecoin.

The entry point of the malware was later identified to be through an email sent to one of the exchange’s employees. A sum of $250 million worth of cryptocurrency was nabbed with the specific units being $94 million in Bitcoin (10,777 BTC), $131 million in Ethereum (218,780 ETH) and the deficit belonging to other digital tokens.

Using specialized mixing and tumbling techniques, the attackers managed to obscure their operation from any external suspicion. They made many consecutive complex transactions through various accounts, thereby blurring the address path of the digital assets.

Celas, the Unregulated Exchange

The hacker group is then traced to have invested half of the stolen digital assets in their exchange platform, which they called Celas.

When cybersecurity experts later investigated the exchange platform, it was discovered to have malicious intent in that it collected private data such as passwords and private keys. It was mainly a smoking mirror for phishing malware.

Celas was not shy in marketing. Reports gather that it sent many potential customers emails in the pretense of being a security download in a bid to lure users.

The attackers operating it even went so far as to register many fake accounts in its database and other social media platforms to make it seem more credible and believable.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in conjunction with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), recently identified two Chinese individuals involved in the theft of about $250 million worth of digital money from an unknown exchange.

The two individuals were identified as Tian Yinging, and Li Jiadong helped Korean hackers launder funds stolen from crypto exchanges. In a twist, however, the two found themselves in a privileged position given that the US is unable to extradite them from their home country to face the law.

Legal Speed Bump

This legal speed bump has happened despite American agencies providing comprehensive records proving expressly and showing evidence that the two schemers were behind the digital raid. Aside from facilitating the money laundering scheme, the two are also accused of running an exchange platform without any licenses.

How it Happened

The grand scheme involving the Chinese believed to have happened between December 2017 and April 2019. A well designed and highly effective malware rapidly compromising and gaining control of an anonymous exchange platform is confirmed to be the ingenious waft of the wand that triggered the whole process.

After neutralizing the platform’s security protocol, the malware then proceeded to siphon out all the private keys belonging to the users of the exchange. The actors behind the malware then moved to withdraw all the assets through Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, and Dogecoin.

The entry point of the malware was later identified to be through an email sent to one of the exchange’s employees. A sum of $250 million worth of cryptocurrency was nabbed with the specific units being $94 million in Bitcoin (10,777 BTC), $131 million in Ethereum (218,780 ETH) and the deficit belonging to other digital tokens.

Using specialized mixing and tumbling techniques, the attackers managed to obscure their operation from any external suspicion. They made many consecutive complex transactions through various accounts, thereby blurring the address path of the digital assets.

Celas, the Unregulated Exchange

The hacker group is then traced to have invested half of the stolen digital assets in their exchange platform, which they called Celas.

When cybersecurity experts later investigated the exchange platform, it was discovered to have malicious intent in that it collected private data such as passwords and private keys. It was mainly a smoking mirror for phishing malware.

Celas was not shy in marketing. Reports gather that it sent many potential customers emails in the pretense of being a security download in a bid to lure users.

The attackers operating it even went so far as to register many fake accounts in its database and other social media platforms to make it seem more credible and believable.

The cybersecurity team managed to beat the hackers and gain access to the website, which was heavily concealed in layers of VPN. This case is just but an additional file on the heap given that the global economy is at risk due to the frequency of such cyber attacks.

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U.S. Firearm Sales Break All Records Last Month

General Concern over the Proliferation of COVID-19, as well as recent protests, during which there were calls to disband the police, led to increased arms sales. Moreover, most often it was purchased by people, who have never owned guns or rifles before.

This is written by Peter Suchu in an article, published by the American edition of National Interest.

Hard times can cause sales to rise.. At least, this applies to firearms. Unlike many other consumer products, for which demand may fall in bad economic conditions or in times of uncertainty, arms sales remain resistant to downturns.

Mark Oliva from the National Shooting Sports Fund (NSFF) considers, that riots, robberies and calls for the dissolution of the police are motivating factors for the growth in the sale of firearms in the United States. According to the fund, arms sales in June 2020 years exceeded the same figure for June last year by 137,7 percent.

It should also be noted, that the sale of rifles and pistols tends to increase during the presidential election. This is largely fueled by concerns among gun owners, that a new president could limit the Second Amendment to the US Constitution, guaranteeing Americans the right to store and carry weapons.

The recent increase in sales has not only boosted gunsmiths revenue, but also raised the value of shares of such companies, как Smith & Wesson Brands Inc. и Sturm Ruger & Company.

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Leaked Images From Paypal Seminar Reveals Explicit Racial Bias Against White Customers

Like most Silicon Valley tech firms, PayPal like to keep their terms of service as opaque as possible. Even more shrouded in secrecy is how decisions to discriminate against customers are made, and who makes them. Leaks provided to National Justice from a private Paypal seminar give us some clues. In the above slide, [paypal5.jpg] Paypal lists targets for censorship. Some noteworthy categories are “White Advocacy,” something vaguely described as “Hate Event Involvement” (suggesting they target individuals, not actions on their platform), “Prejudiced News/Commentary,” Holocaust “denial,” and even views critical of mass immigration. The majority of Americans are guilty of at least one of these thought-crimes, which makes one wonder who can even use this service. Some categories discriminate against customers based on race (“white advocacy”), while gray areas abound regarding what exactly constitutes prejudiced news, hate or religious intolerance.

So then what entity decides who gets access to online money transfers and who doesn’t?

According to another slide, this work is deferred to the Jewish organization the Anti-Defamation League, a group funded by the Democracy Alliance called Color of Change, the FBI’s Civil Rights Division, Scotland Yard and others. Government and non-governmental organizations are both presented as “external partners” helping make decisions on what political views and personalities are allowed. The ADL and the FBI have been very aggressively deplatforming dissidents. According to another training slide,1800 accounts belonging to individuals, non-profits and businesses in the last year have been eliminated for political reasons using guidelines provided by their “partners.” 65% were for what they categorize as white nationalist activity, while the next most censored group is people and organizations who advocate for immigration restrictions. [Trump supporting bullshit removed]. There is even a category for “prejudiced academic work.” The company goes on to give specific examples to train censors in spotting ideas and individuals that must be silenced. Most of the individuals and groups mentioned are not particularly radical, much less violent or dangerous. 

The Proud Boys, Stefan Molyneux, Gemma O’Doherty, and Katie Hopkins all have fairly mainstream conservative political views, showing just how little freedom of expression is allowed in America today. The only left-wing extremist on this list is Matthew Rupert, who also happens to be the only one who engaged in illegal activity. Rupert is an anarchist criminal who went to a Black Lives Matter protest and handed out explosives for people to use in terrorist acts. The way everyone except for Rupert is characterized on this chart shows the power of extremely prejudiced sources, like the Anti-Defamation League. The ADL is an espionage and influence organization that operates on behalf of the state of Israel. The president and CEO of Paypal, Dan Schulman, is himself Jewish and eager to work with the ADL. China and the Chinese Communist Party — who conservatives sometimes like to blame for the censorship — is not mentioned anywhere on these slides. Trump’s executive order on tech censorship has had no effect whatsoever even as a deterrent [no shit – he’s a kike]. Silicon Valley and various Jewish groups have responded to it by doubling down and intensifying their attempts to control what we can see, say, read and do.

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2 years of compiled research available as PDF download or video format proves Pizzagate is 100% real.


0:00 – John Podesta’s Creepy Emails 09:53 – John and Tony Podesta  21:12 – Comet Ping Pong/Pizza 39:39– James Alefantis – Jimmy Commet Instagram Profile  01:26:24 – Wherkinonmahnightcheese Instagram Profile – CHILD SIZED COFFINS 01:28:29 – Pegasus Museum – Location of The Kill Room 01:42:12 – Underground Tunnels 01:49:43 – Pegasus Museum – Amos Connection – Child Sacrifice Worship



0:00 – James Alefantis Threatens To Kill Researcher (Ryan O’neill) For Kill Room Video 10:14 – The Dark Truth – Child Torture  16:00 – Paedophile Symbols Known To The FBI 42:41 – Beyond Borders – Clinton Foundation  48:42 – Laura Silsby – Convicted Child Trafficker Saved By The Clinton Mafia  57:16 – Anthony Weiner, Hume Abedin, Hilary Clinton Connection 01:03:50 – Seth Rich  01:15:52 – Huma Abedins Connection To The Muslim Brotherhood – How The West Created Extremist Ideologies To Promote Violence Worldwide



0:00 – How The UK and Western Nations Fund Terrorism  48:50 – Conclusion on Huma Abedin’s Connections With The Muslim Brotherhood 01:02:54 – Jeffery Epstein, The Clintons and Orgy Island 01:18:27 – FBI Anonymous  01:27:37 – The Washington DC Spider Web



0:00 – James Alefantis’s Powerful Connections in Washington DC 02:50 – James Alefantis, Coded Language, Symbolism and Occult Hidden Messages 27:53 – James Alefantis and Marina Abrovamich Connection 01:00:23 – Thought Provoking Truth – The Elite Power Structure on Planet Earth 01:11:40 – THE POWER OF THE PEOPLE IS STRONGER THAN THE PEOPLE IN POWER  01:26:13 – Obvious Media Cover Up of Pizzagate  01:36:35 – “Fake News” term Was Created By The Media Because Of The Pizzagate Scandal



0:00 – Hacker “Big Fish” Finds Child Porn Hidden on Comet Pizza Servers  3:00 – Commet Pizza False Flag Shooting 8:25 – Crisis Actors  25:01 – Hacker “Big Fish” Reports Findings To FBI + Hidden Blockchain Network Found On Comet Pizza Severs For Elite Individuals  37:11 – Palintir – Quin Michaels Research 45:58 Pizzagate Death Threats To Credible Researchers Trying To Expose This Scandal  47:55 – Silencing Ben Swann  49:05 – How The CIA Procure Children For The Elite  55:31 – Potential Video of John Pedestal Abusing a Child  01:05:08 – DEMAND A NON-BIAS LAW ENFORCEMENT INVESTIGATION INTO PIZZAGATE IMMEDIATELY WHICH IS OPEN TO PUBLIC SCRUTINY AND INVOLVEMENT  02:12:00 – What Needs To Happen Next


0:00 – Pizzagate Special Mentions  06:51 – Robertos Pizza and Its Connections  29:18 – Marina Abromovich – Random Acts Connection


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South Africa: Built by Whites, Wrecked by Blacks – Will We Let It Happen in America?

Kyle Hunt

South Africa was a country created by White people. These pioneers came from far away and struggled for hundreds of years so that they could create a place where they and their descendants could live as free people, making an honest living on the land. The story of South Africa is actually rather similar to that of America in many ways.

The White people of South Africa made the counThe White people of South Africa made the country a great success, spilling their blood and tears along the way, and their prosperity caused black Africans from surrounding areas to migrate to the country, so as to share in its wealth. Apparently they did not care about White people’s “racism” enough to stay away, just like the invaders of White homelands today come from faraway lands to take from the civilizations Whites have built over the ages.try a great success, spilling their blood and tears along the way, and their prosperity caused black Africans from surrounding areas to migrate to the country, so as to share in its wealth. Apparently they did not care about White people’s “racism” enough to stay away, just like the invaders of White homelands today come from faraway lands to take from the civilizations Whites have built over the ages.

In the latter half of the 20th century, as the great White empires of the world “returned” their colonies (after world jewry won World War II), South Africa stood strong against the growing tide of anti-White sentiment being pushed from governments and the mass media. White South Africans realized the realities of racial differences and were not willing to change their minds simply because the rest of the world had gone insane with judeo-bolshevik talking points about “equality.” They were isolated from the rest of the world for their “racism,” for wanting to live separately from the low-IQ blacks who they employed and governed.

The rest of the world ganged up on South Africa. Ronald Reagan even demanded that communist terrorist Nelson Mandela be released from prison, even though he was guilty of killing many innocent people.

outh Africa was a country created by White people. These pioneers came from far away and struggled for hundreds of years so that they could create a place where they and their descendants could live as free people, making an honest living on the land. The story of South Africa is actually rather similar to that of America in many ways.

The White people of South Africa made the country a great success, spilling their blood and tears along the way, and their prosperity caused black Africans from surrounding areas to migrate to the country, so as to share in its wealth. Apparently they did not care about White people’s “racism” enough to stay away, just like the invaders of White homelands today come from faraway lands to take from the civilizations Whites have built over the ages.

In the latter half of the 20th century, as the great White empires of the world “returned” their colonies (after world jewry won World War II), South Africa stood strong against the growing tide of anti-White sentiment being pushed from governments and the mass media. White South Africans realized the realities of racial differences and were not willing to change their minds simply because the rest of the world had gone insane with judeo-bolshevik talking points about “equality.” They were isolated from the rest of the world for their “racism,” for wanting to live separately from the low-IQ blacks who they employed and governed.

The rest of the world ganged up on South Africa. Ronald Reagan even demanded that communist terrorist Nelson Mandela be released from prison, even though he was guilty of killing many innocent people.

Through trickery and deceit, and incredible financial pressure, the White people of South Africa were removed from power in their country. Nelson Mandela was released, became the new ruler, and has since become a saint.

Rather quickly South Africa descended from the heights of the first world into a third world hellhole. The country that had pioneered so much, including the first heart transplant in 1967, suddenly couldn’t even keep the power running for its citizens, with rolling blackouts now commonplace. Crime, especially cold-blooded murder and rape, are rampant. White people are disproportionately targeted, as blacks are whipped up into a frenzy of hate from their leaders, who want to point to the White man for all of their failures.

Neighboring Rhodesia had previously become Zimbabwe, then Whites were murdered and expelled, then the blacks starved and became very poor, then they begged the White people to return.

No one who is “politically correct” is willing to admit why Black-run countries always result in terrible failure.

IQ map

Dr. James Watson, discoverer of the DNA double helix, has been publicly vilified and stripped of his honors for pointing out the obvious. He once told a reporter he had a “gloomy” outlook for the future of Africa because:

all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours — whereas all the testing says not really”.

Anyone who states these facts in today’s world is condemned as a “racist,” which is far worse in the (((public mind))) than a rapist.

Dr. Watson also commented on the state of black Americans.

Environmental differences … including the sort that affect Black Americans, are known to have large effects on IQ. Moreover, we currently have no way to quantify these effects. So we should draw no conclusion about the probability of any Black genetic IQ advantage or disadvantage.”

Blacks in today’s America have been given many of the same advantages as White Americans, and in many cases they are given even more advantages, thanks to the anti-White policy of affirmative action. And yet their IQs are still much lower than the White people with whom they live. Any IQ advantage black Americans have over Africans appears to be due to the White admixture most of them have, but they are still dysfunctional.

Black criminality and shortcomings are blamed on systemic racism that forces them into a low socio-economic status. Anti-Whites also claim that White people’s prejudices about blacks cause them to behave poorly, which essentially amounts to, “we act like niggers because you all think of us as niggers.” All one has to do is look at impoverished White areas, like West Virginia, where crime is much, much lower than even middle class black areas.

None of this is allowed to be discussed, though, because it would make it harder for our jewish overlords to implement their plans for a bolshevik-style revolution that results in White people becoming the ultimate underclass, confined to “squatter camps” just like in South Africa. Think about the situation now, with many White people already living in trailer parks, being told that they are given unearned “privileges” in this society just for being White. Anything a White person does or says is now a form of “White supremacy,” which is equated with domestic terrorism by the highest levels of government.

This kind of garbage is hammered into young minds at colleges, which are communist indoctrination centers.

The only kind of interracial violence that is even discussed on the mainstream media is when a White person hurts someone of another race, even if it is just emotionally, like “Karen” in Central Park calling the police on a “bird-watching” black man. The reality is that White people are victimized dis-proportionally by black people and it is only going to get worse in the wake of the anti-White assault coming at us from all angles.

The only kind of interracial violence that is even discussed on the mainstream media is when a White person hurts someone of another race, even if it is just emotionally, like “Karen” in Central Park calling the police on a “bird-watching” black man. The reality is that White people are victimized dis-proportionally by black people and it is only going to get worse in the wake of the anti-White assault coming at us from all angles.

Whites are the biggest victims of inter-racial crime! We are the real ones facing literal and systemic racism!

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Crippling new sanctions punish Syrian civilians for US defeat in proxy war

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Internet Rumor Ties Antisemitic Fliers to Black Lives Matter

Internet Rumor Ties Antisemitic Fliers to Black Lives MatterIn the midst of ongoing, nationwide protests in response to the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, an internet rumor has circulated accusing Black Lives Matter of distributing antisemitic fliers.

The flier reads, “Ending white privilege…intersects [sic] ending Jewish privilege,” and claims that Jewish Americans receive special privileges at leading universities. “Challenging White Privilege and Jewish Privilege is not anti-semitic [sic]. It is not defamatory. It does not insult anyone. It is Social Justice,” the flier says. It also includes the hashtags #BlackLivesMatter, #WeAreAllMuslim, and #WhitePrivilege.

The claim that Jews are able to manipulate institutions, including universities, to benefit themselves at the expense of non-Jews, is a classic antisemitic trope.

As of this writing, there is no indication that any Black Lives Matter activists have shared, printed or distributed these fliers during the current protests. Nevertheless, the fliers may have the effect of driving a wedge between Jews and Black Americans.

Speculation about this antisemitic flier comes at a time when other fliers promoting conspiracy theories are also circulating online, including some alleging that George Soros is involved in fomenting street violence.

Images of this flier have circulated online since at least as early as March 2017, when a news report reported that unknown perpetrators had distributed a physical flier at the University of Illinois at Chicago. At the time, a representative of Black Lives Matter condemned the flier, as well as several additional fliers bearing antisemitic messages and the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag.

Since 2017, ADL has received reports of this and similar fliers at the University of Colorado at Denver, Kansas State University, Princeton University and California State University at Northridge, as well as in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The flier in Cape Canaveral was distributed by the New Jersey European Heritage Association, a white supremacist group. The perpetrators in the rest of the fliering incidents are unknown.

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U.S. Government Places a $5 Million Bounty on North Korean Hackers

The U.S. government is offering $5 million for leads about North Korea’s hackers and their ongoing cybercriminal operations.

The latest news comes hot in the heels of a joint advisory produced by the U.S. Departments of State, the U.S. Treasury, Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) which sought to provide guidance on the North Korean cyber threat.

Apart from spelling out the intended reward targeting North Korean hackers, the advisory also went further to prescribe mitigation mechanisms that the global community, cyber defenders, and the general public can use in cybersecurity. 

Specifically, the measures are aimed at helping various stakeholders to build defenses against state sponsored hacking groups supported by North Korea (referred to as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea aka DPRK).

The Joint Report on the North Korean Threat

The U.S. government has acknowledged the fact that North Korean cybercriminals continue to pose significant threat to the financial health and stability of global economies.

The joint report bears a bundle of information regarding North Korea’s cyber operations that have existed in the recent past by plugging into data provided by the UN Security Council Report.

The document contains detailed information about the North Korean tactic of employing hacking groups in raising money for the country’s regime in an effort to bypass the effects of the longstanding international sanctions imposed on Pyongyang.

Importantly, the report has issued warnings to financial institutions and organizations across various economic spectra to reinforce their defenses against the North Korean cyber attackers. 

In addition, the report has documented relevant information concerning the U.S. government resources that have been placed on standby (targeting DPRK activities) so that organizations can study and build on their protections to stay shielded against North Korean malware and cyber tactics.

Also in the report, the U.S. government has cautioned companies against sympathizing with North Korean hacking machinery, including the organizations whose activities have directly or indirectly assisted North Korean hacking groups to launder dirty money. 

The document has outlined a number of punitive actions that would be levelled against companies found to act as accomplices to North Korean cybercriminal acts – including the imposition of sanctions and the seizure of assets.

DPRK Activity

A host of past cyber-enabled criminal activity and espionage campaigns suffered by digital asset exchanges and financial entities have been blamed on North Korean hacking groups which constitute hackers, cryptology experts and software developers.

The U.S. government has identified the range of malicious activities from North Korea, otherwise referred to under the moniker HIDDEN COBRA which, like mentioned before, have been used to raise funds illegally for the current North Korean regime. Specifically, the following tactics have been used:

  • Cyber-enabled financial heists and money laundering activities.
  • Crypto-jacking operations.
  • Extortion campaigns.

According to the DPRK Cyber Threat Advisory, North Korean cybercriminals have been executing extortion campaigns targeting third-country entities by attacking networks and threatening to shut down the entities’ networks until a ransom is paid.

In some cases, the cyber actors have demanded payment from victims while disguised under long-term remunerated consulting agreements that would mean that the malicious actors will forgo any plans to launch cyber-attacks in the future.

Further, it has gone on record that DPRK cybercriminals have also been used by third part actors to hack websites and extort organizations. The fact that North Korean hackers have been used in hackers-for-hire contracts is mindboggling, and exposes the fact that the Pyongyang regime has heavily invested in its cyber capability with an intention to heavily monetize it.

To conclude, while the international community hopes that the North Korean cyber threat will be dealt with as it comes, the latest joint guidance by the U.S. government may be the new sheriff in town after all.


UN Security Council Report


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Russian Cybercrime Operation Leads to 25 Arrests and the Closure of BuyBest Marketplace

Russian law enforcement have apprehended 25 people as part of an investigation to wipe out a network of illegal online platforms that supported the illicit buying and selling of payment cards and stolen personal information.

The Federal Security Service (FSB) arrested the more than two dozen persons, among them Russian nationals and foreigners, who have allegedly been masterminding a digital identity theft racket via dark web.

It is reported that the cybercriminals operated a dark web marketplace called BuyBest/GoldenShop, and several other mirror websites that facilitated the illicit trade.

According to a Russian court file document, a threat intelligence firm had issued an alert on the cybercriminal ring that implicated the accused hacker Alexey Stroganovto (alias Flint24) be among the arrested individuals.

Apart from running dark web sites, it is alleged that Flint24 and his counterparts operated online shops that existed in the surface web, including wuzzup[.]com and dumpsmania24[.com].

In highlight of how big a role the 25 people played in sustaining a cybercriminal underworld, investigators discovered that the arrests had become a hot topic across Russian-language cybercriminal platforms.

Among the defendants arrested by Russian authorities included Ukranian and Lithuanian nationals spread around 11 Russian regions. In material terms, the arrests led to searches that yielded about $1 million in cash, 3 million rubles, gold bars, devices such as computers and servers, guns, fake IDs including Russian and government identification documents.

The Dark Web Marketplace

According to the FSB, the arrested persons ran about 90 mirror sites associated with BuyBest – pages that served to keep the platforms operational in the event that the main website was taken down by authorities of hackers. Specifically, a host of sites with names such as “BuyBestCC” and “BuyBestBiz” became conduits for the movement of stolen personal data. Detectives also found out that the criminals promoted their services on another platform called CarderBazar.

Reflecting on the FSB’s takedown of the BuyBest platform along with its mirror sites, Gemini Advisory (a New York-based fraud intelligence company) confirmed that BuyBest/GoldenShop had gone offline. At this point, cached pages can still be accessed online – which promote databases of payment cards, including debit PIN numbers that most cybercriminals struggle to acquire.

In terms of market activity, Gemini Advisory wrote that the BuyBest/GoldenShop platform was created in 2013 and had so far been a highly profitable venture for its operators. The firm estimates that 7 years since its creation, the entire enterprise garnered $70 million – about $18 million being remitted to the platform’s owners, and about $52 million earned by the market’s suppliers of stolen data.

Overtime, BuyBest/GoldenShop became a leader is the trade of phished data, including Social Security Numbers (SSNs), dates of birth (DOBs) and people’s IP addresses. By the time the Russian authorities descended on the platform, BuyBest had managed to sell millions of stolen card information – with some of the stolen records being tied to breaches like the 2018 data security case that hit Caribou Coffee.

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When “History Matters No More”: Virginia taking Robert E. Lee’s Monument Down

Rainbow over the General Robert E. Lee statue

In the last several years, monuments to Confederates has disappeared across the nation. Should this be condoned?

Should Americans demand that any or all of the following be removed? If not, why?

1. The Connecticut Twenty-Ninth Colored Regiment, C. V. Infantry; New Haven, Connecticut.
2. The African-American Civil War Memorial – The Spirit Of Freedom; Washington, District of Columbia
3. Memorial to Robert Gould Shaw and the Massachusetts 54th Regiment; Washington, District of Columbia
4. 2nd Regiment Infantry, U.S. Colored Troops; Fort Myers, Florida
5. Memorial to the Forgotten Soldiers; Key West, Florida
6. Colored Soldiers Monument (AKA Kentucky African American Civil War Veterans Monument); Frankfort, Kentucky
7. In Memory of More Than 400 Prominent United States Colored Troops from Kent County; Chestertown, Maryland
8. Memorial to Robert Gould Shaw and the Massachusetts 54th Regiment; Boston, Massachusetts
9. African American Monument; Vicksburg, Mississippi
10. 1st Kansas Colored Infantry Civil War Monument – “Battle of Island Mound”; Butler, Missouri
11. 56th United States Colored Troops Monument; St. Louis, Missouri
12. Soldiers’ Memorial at Lincoln University, Missouri; Jefferson City, Missouri
13. In Memory of the Colored Union Soldiers; Hertford, North Carolina
14. Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, Cleveland, Ohio
15. United States Colored Troops National Monument; Nashville, Tennessee
16. West Point Monument (AKA Norfolk African-American Civil War Memorial); Norfolk, Virginia
17. Civil War Monument; Portsmouth,Virginia

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Community activist Jedidiah Brown yells as Chicago police officers clash with hundreds of protesters Monday outside a store that had been looted near East 71st Street and South Chappel Avenue in South Shore.
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General Mattis (ret) issues rebuke of Trump

Here is the text:

I have watched this week’s unfolding events, angry and appalled. The words “Equal Justice Under Law” are carved in the pediment of the United States Supreme Court. This is precisely what protesters are rightly demanding. It is a wholesome and unifying demand—one that all of us should be able to get behind. We must not be distracted by a small number of lawbreakers. The protests are defined by tens of thousands of people of conscience who are insisting that we live up to our values—our values as people and our values as a nation.

When I joined the military, some 50 years ago, I swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution. Never did I dream that troops taking that same oath would be ordered under any circumstance to violate the Constitutional rights of their fellow citizens—much less to provide a bizarre photo op for the elected commander-in-chief, with military leadership standing alongside.

We must reject any thinking of our cities as a “battlespace” that our uniformed military is called upon to “dominate.” At home, we should use our military only when requested to do so, on very rare occasions, by state governors. Militarizing our response, as we witnessed in Washington, D.C., sets up a conflict—a false conflict—between the military and civilian society. It erodes the moral ground that ensures a trusted bond between men and women in uniform and the society they are sworn to protect, and of which they themselves are a part. Keeping public order rests with civilian state and local leaders who best understand their communities and are answerable to them.

James Madison wrote in Federalist 14 that “America united with a handful of troops, or without a single soldier, exhibits a more forbidding posture to foreign ambition than America disunited, with a hundred thousand veterans ready for combat.” We do not need to militarize our response to protests. We need to unite around a common purpose. And it starts by guaranteeing that all of us are equal before the law.

Instructions given by the military departments to our troops before the Normandy invasion reminded soldiers that “The Nazi slogan for destroying us…was ‘Divide and Conquer.’ Our American answer is ‘In Union there is Strength.’” We must summon that unity to surmount this crisis—confident that we are better than our politics.

Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people—does not even pretend to try. Instead he tries to divide us. We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort. We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership. We can unite without him, drawing on the strengths inherent in our civil society. This will not be easy, as the past few days have shown, but we owe it to our fellow citizens; to past generations that bled to defend our promise; and to our children.

We can come through this trying time stronger, and with a renewed sense of purpose and respect for one another. The pandemic has shown us that it is not only our troops who are willing to offer the ultimate sacrifice for the safety of the community. Americans in hospitals, grocery stores, post offices, and elsewhere have put their lives on the line in order to serve their fellow citizens and their country. We know that we are better than the abuse of executive authority that we witnessed in Lafayette Square. We must reject and hold accountable those in office who would make a mockery of our Constitution. At the same time, we must remember Lincoln’s “better angels,” and listen to them, as we work to unite.

Only by adopting a new path—which means, in truth, returning to the original path of our founding ideals—will we again be a country admired and respected at home and abroad.

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President Erdogan

▪️ “We are repeating our call to prevent the attempted coup by the Putschist Hafter to sell oil, which is the right of the Libyan people, through illegal ways.”

▪️ “We will act with Serrac on all international platforms to solve the problem in Libya on the basis of legitimacy and equity.”

▪️ “(With Libyan Prime Minister Serrac) We reached a consensus on expanding our cooperation areas in Libyan territory.”

Libyan Prime Minister Serrac:
▪️ “We want to see Turkish companies in Libya during the reconstruction of Libya”

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When Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus becomes a Sharia Responsibility Affirmed by Islamic Values………

Following the outbreak of the Coronavirus and considering it a pandemic, the Tunisian government accelerated measures to prevent the spread of the virus, it suspended schools, closed mosques and banned congregational prayers, but left cafes, nightclubs, and restaurants open daily to 4:00 p.m. And it did not take any measures regarding the crowded transportation to reduce crowding as one of the most important ways to limit the spread of the virus, endangering people’s fate.

Hizb ut Tahrir Wilayah of Tunisia addressed its people with the following advice:

  1. The most important way to confront the virus is to prevent infection by following some steps of personal hygiene; by sterilizing places of frequent touch, by not touching the mouth, nose and eye without washing hands before contact, to refrain from greetings by handshakes and kisses, and staying away from gatherings and patients or those who have symptoms of the disease, a cough or high temperature, the Messenger of Allah instructed of this by saying ﷺ: «لاَ تُورِدُوا المُمْرِضَ عَلَى المُصِحِّ» “Do not put a patient with a healthy person as a precaution.” [Bukhari] And in Musnad Ahmad: «فِرَّ مِنَ الْمَجْذُومِ فِرَارَكَ مِنَ الْأَسَدِ» “…and one should run away from the leper as one runs away from a lion.”
  2. Not leaving the home, and whoever leaves for the necessity of work, one must follow the necessary instructions to take all measures to prevent the transmission of the disease to himself and his family, and to sterilize and wash his hands before entering to the family (home) and mixing with them, as this is a great responsibility in front of the people of his household, according to the Messenger’s Hadith ﷺ: «لَا ضَرَرَ وَلَا ضِرَارَ» “Do not causeharm or return harm”.
  3. It is obligatory to adhere to the quarantine of the person who suffers from the disease, as it is a Shariah responsibility, as the Messenger ﷺ said: «إِذَا سَمِعْتُمْ بِالطَّاعُونِ بِأَرْضٍ فَلاَ تَدْخُلُوهَا، وَإِذَا وَقَعَ بِأَرْضٍ وَأَنْتُمْ بِهَا فَلاَ تَخْرُجُوا مِنْهَا» “If you hear of an outbreak of plague in a land, do not enter it; but if the plague breaks out in a place while you are in it, do not leave that place.”[Bukhari]

Our mother, Aisha, may Allah be pleased with her, asked the Messenger of Allah ﷺ about the plague, so the Prophet of Allah ﷺ told her: «أَنَّهُ كَانَ عَذَابًا يَبْعَثُهُ اللَّهُ عَلَى مَنْ يَشَاءُ، فَجَعَلَهُ اللَّهُ رَحْمَةً لِلْمُؤْمِنِينَ، فَلَيْسَ مِنْ عَبْدٍ يَقَعُ الطَّاعُونُ، فَيَمْكُثُ فِي بَلَدِهِ صَابِرًا، يَعْلَمُ أَنَّهُ لَنْ يُصِيبَهُ إِلَّا مَا كَتَبَ اللَّهُ لَهُ، إِلَّا كَانَ لَهُ مِثْلُ أَجْرِ الشَّهِيدِ» “Plague was a punishment which Allah used to send on whom He wished, but Allah made it a blessing for the believers. None (among the believers) remains patient in a land in which plague has broken out and considers that nothing will befall him except what Allah has ordained for him, but that Allah will grant him a reward similar to that of a martyr.” [Bukhari]

  1. It is necessary for everyone to show the high values that Islam recommends, such as relief for those in crisis, assistance to the weak, and cooperation with all living forces in the country to confront this epidemic, as it is everyone’s responsibility, each in their roles. Al-Mustafa ﷺ said: «كُلُّكُمْ رَاعٍ وَكُلُّكُمْ مَسْؤول عَنْ رَعِيَّتِهِ، الإِمَامُ رَاعٍ وَمَسْؤولٌ عَنْ رَعِيَّتِهِ، وَالرَّجُلُ رَاعٍ فِي أَهْلِهِ وَهُوَ مَسْؤولٌ عَنْ رَعِيَّتِهِ، وَالْمَرْأَةُ رَاعِيَةٌ فِي بَيْتِ زَوْجِهَا وَمَسْؤولَةٌ عَنْ رَعِيَّتِهَا، وَالْخَادِمُ رَاعٍ فِي مَالِ سَيِّدِهِ ومَسْؤولٌ عَنْ رَعِيَّتِهِ، – قَالَ: وَحَسِبْتُ أَنْ قَدْ قَالَ: وَالرَّجُلُ رَاعٍ فِي مَالِ أَبِيهِ وَمَسْؤولٌ عَنْ رَعِيَّتِهِ – وَكُلُّكُمْ رَاعٍ وَمَسْؤولٌ عَنْ رَعِيَّتِهِ» “All of you are guardians and are responsible for your wards. The ruler is a guardian and responsible for his subjects; the man is a guardian and responsible for his family; the woman is a guardian and is responsible for her husband’s house and her wards; A man’s slave is the shepherd of his master’s property and he is responsible for it. I thought he said: and the man is a guardian of his father’s wealth and is responsible for his wards And so all of you are guardians and are responsible for your wards.”
  2. The Islamic Ummah, facing this epidemic, is facing it by relying on Allah and adopting the means of prevention and cure, armed with the connection with Allah, relying on Him, asking for His forgiveness, and evoking the contractual concepts that the believer is obliged to submit to Allah’s decree.

Humankind today is in dire need of real care by a State that prioritizes care and human values over material values and profit. Humanity is in dire need of the Khilafah (caliphate) State that brings light and mercy to the worlds and deals with diseases as a human issue and not a matter of material loss or gain or competition for interests, so it provides all the capabilities to cure the people and prevent the spread of diseases.

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AI Future Teller: Texting By Thinking


• The Arctic is becoming free of sea ice


• The Euclid Space Telescope reveals new insights into dark matter and dark energy


• Gene therapy for deafness
• Breast tomosynthesis is in widespread use
• Five-year survival rates for Hodgkin’s lymphoma are approaching 100%


• Microsoft ends support for Windows 7
• America’s power shift is destabilising the Asia-Pacific region
• Generation X is reshaping global politics
• Internet use reaches 5 billion worldwide
• Texting by thinking
• Complex organ replacements grown from stem cells
• The first stem cell therapy for congestive heart failure
• A cure for malaria
• Progress with longevity extension
• Genetically engineered “super” bananas
• Tokyo hosts the Olympic Games
• Hong Kong’s Mass Transit Railway (MTR) has been significantly expanded
• Completion of the Fehmarn Belt Fixed Link
• The UK has expanded its offshore grid connections
• Smart meters in every UK home
• Mercury pollution has been greatly reduced
• Glacier National Park and other regions are becoming ice-free
• Britain’s new aircraft carriers reach full operational capability
• 30,000 drones are patrolling the skies of America
• Mars 2020 rover mission
• The first test flights of NASA’s Quiet Supersonic Technology
• England’s Coastal Path is open to walkers
• Expo 2020 is held in Dubai
• The PlayStation 5 is launched
• The final collapse of the Larsen B ice shelf


• Exascale computers are deployed
• The ExoMars rover touches down on Mars
• The James Webb Space Telescope is launched
• Crossrail opens in London
• Water crisis in southwest USA
• The world’s largest insect swarm re-emerges
• Five-year survival rates for breast cancer are approaching 100%
• Male birth control pills are entering the market
• The world’s first artificial kidney
• Launch of the Terrafugia TF-X flying car
• The first Arabian mission to Mars
• The maiden flight of Ariane 6
• India’s first manned space flight
• A rapidly changing workforce
• Wireless electricity is reaching critical mass
• Completion of the Shenzhen-Zhongshan Bridge


• India becomes the most populous country on Earth
• The ITER experimental fusion reactor is switched on
• Germany phases out nuclear energy
• Beijing hosts the Winter Olympics
• Completion of the Northeast Corridor high-speed train upgrade
• Qatar hosts the FIFA World Cup
• China’s first space station is complete
• New Horizons completes its study of the Kuiper Belt
• The AIDA mission arrives at Didymos
• The Dark Ages Radio Explorer (DARE) is launched
• Water is becoming a weapon of war
• Global reserves of antimony are running out
• Nanotech clothes are growing rapidly in use
• Driverless hover-taxis are operational in Dubai
• VIPER mission to the lunar south pole


• A tipping point for block chain


• Xi Jinping extends his presidency
• The Aerion AS2 supersonic jet enters service
• The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope begins full operations
• First crewed flight of NASA’s Orion spacecraft
• Mars sample return mission
• Asteroid sample return mission
• Launch of the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST)
• The Hinkley Point C nuclear power station is operational
• The Type 26 Global Combat Ship enters service
• Turkey celebrates its 100th anniversary as an independent republic
• Completion of the London “super sewer”
• Brain implants to restore lost memories
• Luna 27 lands on the far side of the Moon
• Driverless high-speed trains begin operating in France
• Completion of the Stad Ship Tunnel
• Launch of the SPHEREx mission


• The next generation of London Tube trains


• Vladimir Putin steps down as President of Russia
• Open-source, 3D printed clothes at near-zero cost
• The Thirty Metre Telescope is fully operational
• Completion of the Square Kilometre Array
• Total solar eclipse across North America
• Euro 2024 is hosted by Germany
• Paris hosts the Summer Olympic Games
• Lunar Mission One drills into the Moon’s south pole
• Bio-electronics for treating arthritis are in common use
• Carsharing has exploded in popularity
• Wind turbine drone inspection is a multi-billion dollar industry
• Starlink reaches full capacity
• The first probe to fly into the Sun’s outer atmosphere


• Unemployment is soaring


• All television is becoming Internet-based
• Small modular nuclear reactors gain widespread adoption
• Manned missions to the Moon
• The Advanced Technology Large-Aperture Space Telescope (ATLAST) conducts its life-searching mission
• Mouse revival from cryopreservation


• Many cities are banning fossil fuel-powered vehicles
• The threat of bioterrorism is increasing
• Hypersonic missiles are in military use
• Some of Britain’s most well-known animal species are going extinct


• The Martian Moons Exploration probe collects and returns samples


• Contact with the Voyager probes is lost


• A billion human genomes have been sequenced
• Human brain simulations are becoming possible
• 3D-printed human organs
• China is becoming highly urbanised
• Vertical farms are common in cities
• Solid waste is reaching crisis levels
• Kivalina has been inundated
• Completion of the East Anglia Zone
• The UK phases out coal power
• The European Extremely Large Telescope is operational
• The Giant Magellan Telescope is fully operational
• The first test flight of the Skylon spaceplane
• The first manned flights from Russia’s new spaceport
• High speed rail networks are being expanded in many countries
• A comprehensive overhaul of the U.S. airspace system is complete
• Railguns are in use by the U.S. navy
• The global crowdfunding market reaches $100bn
• BepiColombo arrives in orbit around Mercury
• The final Avatar movie is released


• India’s reusable launch vehicle is operational


• The PLATO observatory is operational


• A synthetic human genome is completed
• Aquaculture provides the majority of the world’s seafood
• The High Luminosity Large Hadron Collider (HL-LHC) is operational
• The International Linear Collider is completed
• 3-D printed electronic membranes to prevent heart attacks
• Youthful regeneration of aging heart muscle via GDF-11
• New treatments for Alzheimer’s disease
• Rising sea levels are wreaking havoc on the Maldives
• Global reserves of indium are running out
• Italy hosts the Winter Olympics
• Construction of the Sagrada Família is complete
• Robotic hands matching human capabilities
• The FIFA World Cup is hosted jointly in Canada, Mexico and the United States
• Mars Science Laboratory is shutting down
• 50TB hard drives


• The BRICs overtake the G7 nations
• Light-duty hydrogen fuel cell vehicles reach 1 million in annual sales
• Tokyo and Nagoya are connected by high-speed maglev
• Carbon sequestration is underway in many nations
• The Venera-D mission arrives at Venus
• The asteroid 1999 AN10 makes a close approach
• The Europa Clipper arrives in orbit
• The autopsy report for Elvis Presley is made public
• Opening of the New Central Polish Airport


• Completion of the Deep Space Gateway
• Launch of the European ATHENA X-ray observatory
• China builds the world’s largest particle accelerator
• Printed electronics are ubiquitous
• The UK population reaches 70m
• British newspapers are going out of circulation
• Launch of the ARIEL spacecraft
• Launch of the Comet Interceptor
• Delhi becomes the most populous city in the world
• Los Angeles hosts the Summer Olympic Games
• Total solar eclipse in Australia and New Zealand
• Resurrection of several extinct species has been achieved
• The International Space Station is decommissioned


• Human-like AI is becoming a reality
• Increased automation of banking
• Close approach of the near-Earth asteroid Apophis
• Mass application of gene drives on mosquitoes
• Global reserves of silver are running out
• Finland bans coal for energy use
• Madagascar’s radiated tortoise is extinct in the wild
• Phase 1 of the California High-Speed Rail line is complete
• Expansion of London’s Heathrow Airport
• Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is disappearing
• The wreck of the Titanic has decomposed

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America’s strategic infrastructure compromised: Did Clinton pay-to-play arrangement hand over port container operations inside national security nexus to wealthy foreign associates? Alan Jones and Mary Fanning | May 24, 2015

(1776 Channel) Beginning next month, ocean shipping container operations at Florida’s deep-water Port Canaveral, teeming with U.S. Navy nuclear submarines, NATO-ally nuclear submarines, and record numbers of cruise ships, and situated close to Kennedy Space Center, will be controlled by Gulftainer, a foreign company from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with close ties to former President Bill Clinton.

Port Canaveral is home to critical national security operations and infrastructure. A plethora of space and defense installations and programs, many of them highly classified, are situated either inside the port or within the immediate vicinity:

• NASA Kennedy Space Center and Visitor Complex
• Patrick Air Force Base
• Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
• U.S. Navy Trident submarine base (Trident Turning Basin)
• Top secret Air Force space plane
• National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) spy satellites
• Department of Defense/Boeing GPS satellites
• SpaceX resupply missions to the International Space Station
• SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket
• NASA Orion deep space capsule project and test launches
• United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy Rocket
• United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket
• Nuclear submarines resupply operations
• Lockheed Martin Fleet Ballistic Missile Eastern Ranger Operations
• Air Force Technical Applications Center (AFTAC) – Seismic, hydroacoustic and satellite monitoring of nuclear treaty signatory nations
• Air Force Space Command/45th Space Wing
• Air Force 920th Rescue Wing (Combat Search and Rescue)
• Craig Technologies Aerospace and Defense Manufacturing Center
• Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS)
• U.S. Coast Guard Station Port Canaveral
• Department of Homeland Security – Customs and Border Protection
• Numerous defense contractors (too many too list)

The Gultainer deal, which has alarmed the military, was approved by Treasury Secretary Jacob ‘Jack’ Lew, a former senior adviser to President Clinton.

An unnamed source tells 1776 Channel that “the defense establishment is unhappy” about the deal between Gulftainer and Port Canaveral.

Gulftainer’s exclusive arrangement with Port Canaveral was negotiated in secret under the code name ‘Project Pelican.’

The 35-year lease grants Gulftainer exclusive rights to operate an intermodal container terminal inside Port Canaveral, near sensitive Department of Defense and NASA installations.

Recently-installed Port Canaveral CEO John Walsh concealed the Pelican Project and the identity of Gulftainer from the public until June 24, 2014, by which time Gulftainer officials from the UAE had already arrived in Florida for a signing ceremony.

The abruptly-announced deal between Gulftainer and the port immediately became a lightning rod for criticism due to multiple security concerns.

To deflect those objections, Port Canaveral CEO Walsh employed the Obama administration’s standard talking point: “We can’t be racist.”

Joe Kasper, Chief of Staff to Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), when asked today by 1776 Channel to comment on the “We can’t be racist” argument made by CEO Wash last summer, objected strongly:

“That claim is b***s**t — only an irrelevant and ignorant person would say that.” – Joe Kasper – Chief of Staff to Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA)

Rep. Hunter sits on the House Armed Services Committee and is also chairman of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee.

Last summer Port Canaveral CEO John Walsh and other port authority officials appeared to dodge questions about the deal from the conservative Washington Times.

The connections between the wealthy UAE family that owns Gulftainer and former President Bill Clinton and his associate Jack Lew appear to have remained undetected last summer, despite the availability of information from open-source documents and websites.

Treasury Secretary Lew eventually rubber-stamped the controversial Gulftainer deal with no national security oversight or review.

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) of the House Armed Services Committee opposed the Gulftainer lease on national security grounds. Rep. Hunter expressed his concerns about Gulftainer in a letter to Secretary Lew, to no avail.

Hunter’s Chief of Staff Joe Kasper also commented today to 1776 Channel about the absence of a Gulftainer – Port Canaveral deal national security review:

“There were no assurances whatsoever that this … arrangement was thoroughly reviewed and considered for national security risks. The request was made but I don’t think the administration gave it any real attention” – Joe Kasper, Chief of Staff to Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA)

PORT CANAVERAL, FL April 22, 1994 A port quarter view of the British nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine HMS Vanguard (SSBN-50) arriving in port. NASA's giant Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at the Kennedy Space Center and various space launch pads can be seen in the distance. UAE's Gulftainer is building an intermodal container terminal on the same side of the port as the U.S. Navy submarine base. (Image credit: US Navy/OS2 John Bourvia/Wikimedia Commons)
PORT CANAVERAL, FL April 22, 1994 A port quarter view of the British nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine HMS Vanguard (SSBN-50) arriving in port. NASA’s giant Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at the Kennedy Space Center and various space launch pads can be seen in the distance. UAE’s Gulftainer is building an intermodal container terminal on the same side of the port as the U.S. Navy submarine base. (Image credit: U.S. Navy/OS2 John Bourvia/Wikimedia Commons)
Map of Port Canaveral, Florida showing Gulftainer's area of operations, US Navy Trident submarine base and Canaveral Air Force Station.
Map of Port Canaveral, Florida showing Gulftainer’s area of operations, US Navy Trident submarine base and Canaveral Air Force Station.
Map of North Merritt Island, Florida showing the proximity of Port Canaveral, Florida to US Navy Trident submarine base, USAF Canaveral Air Force Station and NASA Kennedy Space Center (Image credit: NASA)
Map of North Merritt Island, Florida showing the proximity of Port Canaveral, Florida to US Navy Trident submarine base, USAF Canaveral Air Force Station and NASA Kennedy Space Center (Image credit: NASA)

Gulfainer USA (GT USA) is a unit of UAE’s privately-held intermodal container terminal operator Gulftainer, which in turn is a unit of Crescent Enterprises, part of the Crescent Group conglomerate.

The UAE’s Jafar family, which owns and controls both the Crescent Group and Gulftainer, has both direct and indirect connections to former President Clinton, a 1776 Channel investigation has discovered.

Two brothers, Majid Jafar and Badr Jafar, stand at the helm of the Jafar family business empire.

Majid Jafar, 38, is CEO of UAE-based Crescent Petroleum, the petroleum unit of the Crescent Group.

Badr Jafar, 35, is Managing Director of the Crescent Group, President of Crescent Petroleum and CEO of Crescent Enterprises, the parent of Gulftainer.

Majid co-Chairs, alongside former President Clinton, Business Backs Education, a United Nations UNESCO-run global educational campaign. The campaign is funded by the Varkey GEMS foundation, a contributor to the Clinton Global Initiative.

“The Varkey GEMS Foundation has helped to facilitate more than 2,300 commitments through the Clinton Global Initiative to date. Upon funding and implementation, these commitments will have a total value of over $70 billion.” – Varkey Foundation Website

Majid Jafar met with former President Bill Clinton and other global leaders, including the Director-General of UNESCO , at the Global Education and Skills Forum, held in Dubai from March 15-17, 2014.

A group photograph taken during the forum provides key evidence that Crescent executive Majid Jafar not only served as co-Chair of the Business Backs Education campaign alongside former President Bill Clinton, but also physically stood next to former President Clinton at a time when Gulftainer was secretly seeking to establish operations at Port Canaveral. That deal would soon require approval from Clinton’s long-time friend, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew.

President Bill Clinton launching Business Backs Education at the Global Education & Skills Forum 2014.(From left to right) Sunny Varkey, Chairman, Varkey GEMS Foundation; Hani Ashkar, Middle East Senior Partner, PwC; Majid Jafar, CEO Crescent Petroleum; President Clinton; Jim Hagemann-Snabe, CEO SAP; Iyad Malas, CEO of Majid Al Futtaim Group; Shaker Ismail, Senior Vice President, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (Image source: Global Education and Skills Forum)
President Bill Clinton launching Business Backs Education at the Global Education & Skills Forum 2014.
(From left to right) Sunny Varkey, Chairman, Varkey GEMS Foundation; Hani Ashkar, Middle East Senior Partner, PwC; Majid Jafar, CEO Crescent Petroleum; President Clinton; Jim Hagemann-Snabe, CEO SAP; Iyad Malas, CEO of Majid Al Futtaim Group; Shaker Ismail, Senior Vice President, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (Image source: Global Education and Skills Forum)

“It has been my honor to know Jack, his wife and his family for a long time now” Bill Clinton told an audience at the Clinton Global Initiative’s CGI America 2013 conference in Chicago. Clinton interviewed Secretary Lew on stage during that event.

Treasury Secretary Lew granted approval to the Port Canaveral Gulftainer deal, without a national security review, on September 26, 2014, almost exactly six months after Bill Clinton and Crescent Petroleum CEO Majid Jafar stood on stage together at the Global Education & Skills Forum 2014 in Dubai.

American Shipper announced that “in an e-mail to American Shipper, Canaveral Port Director John Walsh said he has been notified by the Treasury Department that the concession agreement with Gulftainer is considered a simple lease, not an asset sale, and does not warrant further review on national security grounds.”

The question is, did Bill Clinton engage the Jafars/Crescent in quid pro quo skid-greasing to ram the Gulftainer deal through the U.S. Treasury Department in exchange for the Clinton’s favorite commodity: cash?

“Bill and Hillary Clinton have carefully cloaked the foreign money they’ve accepted in the garb of charitable fundraising. But alongside the hundreds of millions donated to the Clinton Foundation were tens of millions in personal income from foreign sources, devoid of disguise, a naked example of using political power for personal enrichment. Nowhere has this transaction been as apparent as in the Clintons’ relationship with the United Arab Emirates (UAE). In return for millions in speaking and consulting fees, which went right into their personal bank accounts, the former president and former secretary of State — and possible future president — showered favors on the rulers that run this repressive and anti-Semitic government.” – Quote from opinion piece by Dick Morris, former adviser to President Bill Clinton, published on March 17, 2015 at

It is an established fact that Bill and Hillary Clinton have demonstrated little to no interest in protecting U.S. national security. The reality is quite the opposite, in fact.

Case in point: Bill Clinton’s “transfer of sensitive missile technology to China.”

Helping Arab companies trying to get an initial toehold on a U.S. port is not a new phenomenon for Bill Clinton either. “Bill Clinton helped Dubai on ports deal” headlined the Financial Times in 2006.

Badr Jafar reportedly dated supermodel Naomi Campbell from 2005 until 2006 according to the New York Daily News.

Campbell was romantically linked to Bill Clinton in 2002 by the London Evening Standard, citing a report from the New York Post, although Campbell’s representatives denied the allegations.

Campbell reportedly flew aboard now-convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s aircraft with President Clinton in 2002, according to flight logs.

Supermodel Naomi Campbell flew aboard now-convicted billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein's jet with former President Bill Clinton in 2002, according to flight logs. Campbell would go on to become the girlfriend of Crescent Enterprises CEO Badr Jafar from 2005 until 2006, according to the NY Daily News
Supermodel Naomi Campbell flew aboard now-convicted billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s jet with former President Bill Clinton in 2002, according to flight logs. Campbell would go on to become the girlfriend of Crescent Enterprises CEO Badr Jafar from 2005 until 2006, according to the NY Daily News

Handing over a critically sensitive, strategically important port that plays an integral role in America’s national security infrastructure, that is laden with military and government installations, to a foreign entity, is an invitation to terrorism.

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Operation Conversion Mafia: Kerala’s conversion factories unmasked

The PFI, already under NIA investigation, is accused of brainwashing Hindu women and marrying them off to Muslim men.

Sushant Pathak Jamshed Adil Khan

In public, it proclaims to be a champion of diversity and equality. Kerala’s Popular Front of India (PFI) has consistently denied accusations of religious conversions, hawala funding, murderous assaults and terror links.

The PFI, already under NIA investigation, is accused of brainwashing Hindu women and marrying them off to Muslim men.

“All these allegations are baseless,” claimed Zainaba A.S., the head of the group’s woman wing, on Monday, responding to accusations that she “mentored” non-Muslim women into conversions. 

She is suspected of playing a key role in what has come to be known as Kerala’s own love-jihad case — the marriage between Hadiya, previously known by her Hindu name as Akhila Asokan, with Shafin Jahan.

In May, the state high court annulled their matrimony after the woman’s father challenged it as an act of forcible conversion for terror recruitment.

The couple’s appeal is now being heard by the supreme court.

“I contacted Hadiya only after she came to (the PFI’s sister organisation) Sathya Sarani for admission. Actually, she embraced Islam two years before. In 2013, she embraced Islam,” insisted Zainaba on Monday. “It’s no love-jihad (but) an arranged marriage.”

But before Zainaba issued this denial relating to one high-profile case, she had already shared the PFI’s dark secrets with India Today’s undercover reporters. 

Herself a member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, she was caught on tape how the Popular Front of India and its sister organization Sathya Sarani in Kerala’s Manjeri carried out massive conversions.

“(In) That institute of ours… around 5,000 people have converted to Islam over the past 10 years now,”  Zainaba revealed. They, she admitted, included both Hindus and Christians.

Conversions, an emotive issue in Kerala, are banned in Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha if carried out through force or allurement. Recently, Jharkhand’s assembly also passed an anti-conversion bill recently.

At their home in Malappuram, Zainaba and her husband, Ali, spoke candidly about their involvement in proselytising several non-Muslim women into Islam.

They didn’t speak specifically about the Hadiya case though.

“We had a schoolteacher with us. She was an M.Sc. in mathematics and B.Ed,” said Ali. “Now she’s converted to Islam. She converted four years ago,” added Zainaba.

“Did you proselytize her?” the reporter probed.

“Yes,” confirmed the PFI’s woman leader. “Four years ago.”

The converted woman was previously called Shubha, Zainaba disclosed. “She’s now Fatima.” “How many non-Muslims have you proselytized?” the reporter asked.

“There are many,” replied Zainaba.

She also explained the entire modus for proselytising, emphasising conversion centres have to disguised as charitable or educational establishments in order to prevent any backlash.

“We don’t have to officially declare it to be a conversion centre. It’s an educational institute,” Zainaba admitted. “A lot of preparation goes into it. We need resources. We have to create a trust first.”

She disclosed such secret centres have to have at least 15 members to qualify for registration as a trust.

“Later, we need to figure out a place for the campus. That campus should house all facilities, such as a mosque for namaz, accommodation, a well-furnished institute like this (Sathya Sarani),” Zainaba explained. “Then we have to get it registered by the government under the Societies Registration Act.”

Further, Zainaba revealed how the PFI outsourced name-change certificates after converting inmates.

“There are two ways. Getting a certificate from some institutes that such and such person has embraced Islam. Then there’s another system of having it notarized on a declared affidavit,” she said.

In its dossier, accessed by India Today, the NIA has also accused the PFI of terror links and hawala financing, charges the group has denied vehemently.

But a founding member of the PFI, whom India Today reporters met in New Delhi under cover, admitted that the organization aimed at creating an Islamic state.

Ahmed Shareef, the PFI’s founder member and the managing editor of its mouthpiece Gulf Thejas, also confessed to illegal funding.

“All over the world. That is the motive,” Shareef acknowledged when asked whether the PFI and Sathya Sarani worked on a hidden motive to establish Islamic state in India as suspected. “All over the world. That is the motive.”

“Islamic state is the final goal?” the reported probed.

“Final goal,” Shareef replied. “All over the world. Why only India? After making India an Islamic state and then they will go to other states.”

He also revealed how he raised funds for the PFI in the Middle East five years ago and sent them back home through hawala.

“At that time, (Rs) 10 lakh or something,” Shareef said.

“Ten lakh? And how you sent it?” asked the reporter.

“Hawala,” answered Shareef. He admitted both the PFI and Sathya Sarani received funding through mainstream as well as illegal hawala channels.


Ravishankar Prasad says PFI should be banned and these leaders should be prosecuted.

“Your investigation shows that there is a PFI, the Popular Front of India, which is having an organised racket employing people who are owning it up on your channel that they are creating a radical group by some kind of psychological brainwashing,” said law minister and BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad.

“These NGOs that profess that they stand for peace, profanity stand exposed today at your channel. That’s a great job you have done. My greetings and congratulations to you,” said Prasad.

“I have to point out that unfortunately none of the reporting that has come out in the papers, one finds that they haven’t caught the the gist of the argument which thankfully your channel seems to have through this entire exercise in a very very good manner caught,” said BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli.

“These are glaring and extremely worrisome trends showing there is a well oiled machinery and psychological kidnappings as Mr Manindar Singh told the Court and as the investigation is revealing. This is not an ordinary case,” said Kohli.

“Upper caste Hindus are harassing lower Caste Hindus, that’s why they are converting to Islam for equality, justice and peace nowadays. ISI members were found in Madhya Pradesh. BJP should be banned for that and the parent organization RSS should be banned. Also follow the Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel’s footsteps who banned RSS once,” said the media coordinator Islamic Research Foundation Ilyas Sharafuddin.

“If someone violates the law of the land he should be punished, Islam does not oppose that,” said AIIA president Maulana Sajid Rashidi.

Meanwhile, NIA is monitoring India Today expose Operation Conversion Factory. The agency wants India Today to provide complete recording of investigation.

Sources say NIA will probe findings of India Today Investigation.


Kerala’s Demographic Shift: Three Axes Of Change And Salafism- swarajyamag

On 14 June 2016, Krishnendhu R Nath, an Indian, now residing in Malaysia, was travelling in Kerala’s Malappuram district when she suddenly fell sick. Nath asked for lime soda. Her husband’s friend tried to buy it from a shop on the highway. The friend was told that it was a period when Ramzan fasting was on (the eighth day of the month) and no shop there could sell soda or any eatable for that matter.

Piqued, Nath herself went and asked a shopkeeper what his problem was in selling a lime soda or lemon juice during the fasting season. She wondered what travellers would do when they are not fasting. The shopkeeper politely replied that he was eager to supply, but his shop will be destroyed after that. Nath, who recorded her nightmare in a Facebook post, said that she got similar responses from other shops too, forcing her to wonder if she was in Saudi Arabia.

The stark reality in Malappuram — where Muslims make up 70 per cent of the population — is that it is not possible now for non-Muslims — Hindus or Christians — to open shops or restaurants during Ramzan and sell eatables. Former BBC journalist and director of South Asia Studies Project at Middle East Media Research Institute in Washington, Tufail Ahmed, recording his impressions in New Age Islam, says that local Hindus have been unable to protest and have willingly accepted their position as second-class citizens or ‘dhimmis’.

Things are changing in Muslim-dominated areas in Kerala. The month of Ramzan is now called Ramadan, as in Saudi Arabia, thanks to Gulf money and its influence. The traditional veshti and lungi are being replaced by Arabian gowns, and Muslim women in Kerala are now covering themselves fully with black burqa — with the Popular Front of India (PFI) gaining a strong foothold in Muslim-dominated areas.

The situation, experts fear, is bound to aggravate, given the changing demographics of Kerala. Statistics point to the emerging ominous trend. In 1901, Hindus, numbering 43.78 lakh, made up 68.5 per cent of Kerala’s population with Muslims and Christians making up 17.5 per cent and 14 per cent respectively. By the 1960s, the Hindu population dropped to 60.9 per cent, while that of Muslims increased marginally to 17.9 per cent. Christian population expanded to 21.2 per cent.

Since then, there has been a dramatic change in the composition of Kerala’s population. In the next decade, Muslim population grew at over 35 per cent, with that of Christians and Hindus registering a growth of about 25 per cent. The growth of Hindu population has been on a downhill since then, growing by a meagre 2.29 per cent between 2001 and 2011. The phenomenal growth of Muslim population has continued, though it slowed to 12.84 per cent in the said period.

Today, Hindus make up around 55 per cent of the population (55.05 per cent in 2011 Census), Muslims 27 per cent (26.56 per cent in the Census) and Christians 18 per cent. But there is another development that has taken place in 2016 – the number of Muslim births exceeding that of Hindu births.

According to the Kerala Department of Economics and Statistics, the percentage of Muslim births topped that of Hindus at 42.55 per cent in 2016. This means, of every 100 children born in Kerala, over 42 were Muslim, while the number for Hindu children was slightly lower at 41.88. In terms of real numbers, over 2.11 lakh Muslim children were born in 2016 compared with 2.07 lakh Hindu children.

A former bureaucrat, who spoke on condition of anonymity, says Muslims will make up 40 per cent of Kerala’s population by 2030 going by the current trend in births. “There are attempts to ensure that Muslims make up over 50 per cent of the population as soon as possible. That’s why you hear stories of love jihad,” the bureaucrat said. The rising Muslim population is only one aspect of a three-dimensional problem. This issue has hogged the headlines because it is so much visible that people have seldom taken note of the other two.

The second dimension of Kerala’s changing demography is the ageing population of the state. Nearly 15 per cent of the population is above 60 years of age. A study has found that since 1981 Kerala has been adding 10 lakh elderly people to its population every year. Kerala has seen a lakh people above the age of 80 being added in every Census since 1980 until 2001. In 2011, this increased to 2 lakh — compared with 2001.

A paper prepared by S Irudaya Rajan of Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram, and three others, says that age specific growth in Kerala has declined with the exception of 60 years and above. The most concerning aspect is that there is a negative growth in the young population of 0-14 years. And added to this, fertility and mortality rates have declined. The fact that there are 1,084 females for every 1,000 males is another problem that Kerala has to grapple with. This dimension then leaves Kerala to face the danger of having more elderly people in due course of time.

The third dimension of Kerala’s changing demography is increasing migration to Kerala. It all started at the beginning of the century when it had to bring people from the east and north-east to tap rubber in plantations. Local youth were reluctant to take up rubber-tapping due to a variety of problems, including finding brides. Later on, the state has had to depend on migrant workers to do carpentry, plumbing, construction and electrical works.

According to Gulati Institute of Finance and Taxation, in 2017 at least 35 to 40 lakh migrant workers could have been working in Kerala, though economic stagnation during 2017-18 fiscal could have resulted in some of them leaving. The state is also seeing over 20 lakh people migrating abroad every year and over 60 lakh people to other states.

Irudaya Rajan says in his paper that Kerala is bound to witness a negative growth in its native population. This means, migration is set to alter the composition of the population. The state needs these migrants in agriculture, services and construction sectors. As migrant workers are set to play a key role in Kerala’s economic growth, the change in the state’s demography could be sooner than expected. Along with Kerala, other southern states like Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh are also likely to see a transformation in their demography.

Politically, the Muslim community seems to receive patronage under the regimes of both the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) and the Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led Left Democratic Front (LDF).

With the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) calling the shots in the UDF government, its members got the key ministries, such as industries, information technology, electricity, education, panchayats and urban development. There is one advantage for the person who gets panchayat and urban/rural development as his/her portfolio. Most funds from Centre come to these ministries and the person in charge can utilise these to promote his/her party or personal agenda through schools and other institutions, including local bodies.

IUML walking away with panchayat and urban development portfolios helped it to look after its constituency of voters, mainly the Muslim community. So, most funds headed to panchayats controlled by IUML, with Muslim-run or dominated schools also getting a helping hand. In the current LDF cabinet, panchayats, rural and urban development are in the hands of A C Moideen, thus ensuring the Muslims continue to get priority in fund allocations.

Muslim domination in places like Malappuram, Kasaragod, Kannur and Kozhikode has left Christians worried too, as these districts are seeing young Muslims attracted to the extremist Salafist ideology. Two years ago, a procession taken out by Hindus to celebrate Krishna Jayanthi faced stiff resistance from these elements.

A Christian family in north Kerala says that non-Muslims in the region are more concerned over growing Salafism, with youth aggressively backing organisations like Islamic State (IS). In July 2016, 21 people left Kerala to join IS in Syria. All the 21 were well educated — some of them even doctors — and came from influential backgrounds. It later emerged that these 21 were promised ‘good postings’ in the areas controlled by IS.

At least four of the 21 are dead, while what happened to the other 17 is not known. Unfortunately, the courts aren’t viewing the issue with the required seriousness. At least two people who were deported to India from the war-torn areas controlled by IS have been acquitted by the Kerala High Court, which said that supporting such terrorist ideology is not waging a war against the state.

Love jihad and entry of women of all ages into the Sabarimala Ayyappa temple are other issues that are seeing the changing demography and simultaneous appeasement by state government come into play with full force. In the Hadiya case, the Supreme Court failed to take note of a very important aspect. Hadiya was born Akhila Ashokan but converted to Islam. When she was under the care of a woman Zainaba, who has links with PFI, she was married off to a Muslim, Shafin Jehan. When Hadiya’s father petitioned the Kerala High Court, the marriage was annulled. But the Supreme Court overturned the ruling and allowed Hadiya to go with Jehan. How can a caretaker or guardian marry off a girl without informing the parents when it is not a case of love?

Amid the current controversy of women’s entry into Sabarimala temple, Rehana Fathima trekked up the hill in an attempt to break the age-old tradition, backed by the Pinarayi Vijayan government’s police. Unfortunately for her, the devotees held firm and the temple tantri, too, threatened to close the shrine, forcing her to back pedal.

So, Kerala is growing older, is witnessing more migrants coming in, and is growing more Muslim each decade. All of this, meanwhile, comes against the backdrop of appeasement politics of both the LDF and the UDF. And regarding appeasement, history is unambiguous — it only makes the aggressor more aggressive. If such is the state of affairs when Muslims make up less than 27 per cent of the population, what does Kerala have in store when that number goes above 30?

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Iran – Resistance’s Leadership messages in Tehran: Khamenei, Rouhani must face justice for crime against humanity

On Monday, December 31, 2019, Resistance units posted banners carrying pictures and messages of Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, and Mr. Massoud Rajavi, the Leader of the Iranian Resistance, in different parts of Tehran, including Qoddousi, Qasr, Khajeh Nassir Tousi and Sabalan streets, as well as in Qods City. 

The banners read, “Overthrow of the anti-human enemy is certain,” “Khamenei and Rouhani must face justice for crime against humanity,” “Destruction of theocracy’s rule of oppression and injustice is close” and “Resistance units open the path and serve as guides for the rebellious, defiant generation.”

In another development, this morning, defiant youth torched the paramilitary Bassij bases in Tehran, Karaj and Iranshahr, as well as a regime seminary in Tehran. In Mahshahr, Khamenei’s picture was set ablaze.

Yesterday, defiant youth also targeted the IRGC’s Khatam ol-Anbiya Construction Headquarters in Tehran. Today, the mullahs’ regime confirmed the attack, while trying to down play the assault to minimize its impact on the morale of its forces and agents. Quoting an “informed source,” the state-run Asr-e Khabar wrote, “Early morning yesterday, an unidentified man riding on a motorcycle threw a hand-grenade at the building… Given the available videos, his identity is under investigation.”

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Lost Jewish property in Arab countries estimated at $150 billion

Lost Jewish property in Arab countries could amount to $150 billion, according to a government assessment obtained exclusively by Israel Hayom.

The property valuation pertains to assets left behind by Jews who were expelled or fled Arab nations and Iran in the late 1940s and 1950s. The review was two years in the making and its authors stressed that it is a conservative assessment that does not account for current inflation rates.

The project has been in the works since 2002 but it wasn’t until 2017, when Social Equality Minister Gila Gamliel assumed the mantle, that serious progress was made in this investigation.

Gamliel teamed with the National Security Council, which cast a wide international net with the aim of estimating the scope of lost Jewish property in Arab nations.

The exact methods used to compile the report remain classified, but a rough breakdown of the figures shows lost Jewish property in Iran is worth some $31.3 billion. Assets in Libya, for example, were pegged at $6.7 billion, followed by Yemen proper ($2.6 billion), its temporary capital of Aden ($700 million), and Syria ($1.4 billion).

Gamliel is expected to present the findings to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the coming weeks.

“We may be able to begin righting a historical wrong, as part of which hundreds of thousands of Jewish refugees who have lost their property could regain it, alongside their forgotten place in the historical narrative of the young state that emerged as they became refugees.”

A lost chapter in history

The parameters examined in the report include rural and urban property, businesses’ value, loss of income and potential income, and loss of communal property, to name a few.

The report’s authors worked off the assumption that in order for any political process to be credible and long-lasting, “It is necessary to ensure that all refugees in the Middle East receive equal treatment under international law.”

In 2010, the government passed a law by which any future peace deal with Arab countries will entail compensation for lost Jewish property, but until now the state did not actually know the extent of the property left behind or its exact location.

For the most part, when addressing the issue of “refugees” in the Middle East, the international community, as well as different sectors automatically attribute the term to Palestinian refugees, even though the same period of time (1948-1967) saw over 850,000 Jews leave various Arab countries and Iran. Some 600,000 arrived in Israel and the rest relocated mainly to the US or Europe.

Jewish communities’ roots in the Arab world date back over 2,500 years, but unfortunately, the geopolitical upheavals of the Middle East – especially in the 20th century – have relegated these vibrant communities to a little more than a footnote in history.

In the current political climate in the region, the issue of Palestinian refugee often makes headlines while most remain oblivious to the existence of the issue of hundreds of thousands of Jewish refugees who were forced to leave their countries of origin and who, by emigrating to Israel, have significantly shaped its social fabric.

Commenting on previous Israeli governments’ neglect of this issue given its ramifications on any future negotiations, Gamliel said that she was “stunned to discover so little has been done over the years.”

The current review “is very important for the past and the present but even more so for the future, as diplomatic efforts the likes of [US] President Trump’s ‘deal of the century’ are about to unfold and entail significant implications,” she said.

Since 2014, Israel officially marks the Day of Departure and Expulsion of Jews from the Arab Countries and Iran on Nov. 30.

The symbolic date was chosen since it follows Nov. 29 on which the United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine was adopted and after which many Jews living in Arab countries were pressured or forced to leave their countries.

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Index of /file/United Northern and Southern Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

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Drones give militants new precision weapon in Gaza conflict -Israeli Analysis JP

A drone is seen over the border between Israel and Gaza in June

The drone attack against an IDF Humvee by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad over the weekend was a dangerous escalation by the Gazan terrorist group. But it wasn’t the first time.

In late May, PIJ used a drone to drop a mortar shell on a tank stationed at the border. The attack, during a violent flare-up between Israel and terrorist organizations in Gaza, was filmed by the group and later released on social media.In the video, small explosions can be seen on and next to the tank, with Arabic captions reading “your defenses are nothing to us.”
A few days before, a drone armed with explosives launched from the northern part of the Gaza Strip landed in the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council.

While no one was injured in any of the attacks, the incident over the weekend was a warning to the IDF: terrorist groups in the blockaded coastal enclave are continuing to innovate and find new weapons to attack Israel’s military.

Beginning in late March 2018, during the “March of Return” protests, Hamas began using kites, balloons and condoms to burn Israeli land. It was a cheap but effective tool that Israel had trouble containing.

Close to a year and a half later, incendiary balloons are still being flown across the border, frustrating the military and first responders who rush to the scene to put out the flames.

Now drones are the new “it.”

This weekend’s attack is a wake-up call that Israel must take seriously because drones, like rockets, pose threats not only to troops but to the thousands of residents who live in communities near the border.

This time, an IDF Humvee was lightly damaged by an improvised explosive device dropped by the drone. And Israel hit back hard, first shelling the cell that launched the drone, and then striking Hamas targets across the northern and central Gaza Strip for close to an hour.

In comparison, five rockets were launched toward southern Israel communities the night before, leading Israel to strike several Hamas targets.

The military understands the threat, and it understands that a rocket attack on southern communities is an indiscriminate attack on civilians, while the drone attacked a military target. While there were no injuries or casualties in either event, both need to be met with an iron fist.

Hamas and other terrorist groups in the Strip have been working for years to improve their drone capabilities, both by smuggling in civilian drones and by manufacturing them locally. Israel, for its part, has worked to thwart Hamas from increasing their drone arsenal, stopping them at border crossings and, according to foreign reports, eliminating Hamas operatives involved in their drone program.

In February 2017, a Hamas drone that was making its way toward Israel from the Gaza Strip fell into the sea after being shot down by an Israeli F-16. The previous year, Hamas’s chief drone expert and engineer, Mohamed Zouari, was gunned down in his car near his home in the Tunisian city of Sfax in an operation blamed on the Mossad.

In 2012, during Operation Pillar of Defense, the IDF said it struck Hamas facilities in Gaza that were being used to develop drones capable of carrying explosives. Then-GOC southern commander Maj.-Gen. Tal Russo said at the time that the IDF destroyed “advanced weaponry like the development of a UAV that isn’t used for photography, but for attacks deep inside Israel.”

The IDF has been dealing with this phenomenon for years, and with the increase of small easily operable drones that can be bought cheaply online from anywhere in the world, the threat is only increasing.

And while they are cheap, they are difficult to spot and intercept even for skilled sharpshooters, making them the perfect weapon for terrorists.

Dozens of civilian companies have been working to provide solutions to intercept drones, and the air force is said to be testing several different technologies to intercept or hack drones with the aim of integrating them in the coming months.

In the meantime, the men and women on the ground who are the first at the scene, even before the military, are getting frustrated.

Eyal Hajabi, chief security officer at the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council, told The Jerusalem Post that the threat posed by drones is something that has increased over the past few months and is likely not limited to military targets.

“They stopped launching balloons and started with drones,” said Hajabi. “Since 2018, we have not had any quiet. [There are] rockets, tunnels, anti-tank, kites and now drones. For the rockets, we have the Iron Dome. [For] tunnels, we have an underground barrier. For anti-tank missiles, we have more barriers, but for the threat of kites – which is so primitive – we don’t have a solution, and now we have the drone threat, which is new and dangerous.”

And for Hajabi, this is not a threat that only targets the military. “The moment they succeed against the military, they will try to target communities,” he said. “Wherever they find a target, they will want to strike. We can’t say that these drones are targeting only military jeeps or positions, but if groups in Gaza can fire hundreds of rockets toward civilian communities, who is to say that they won’t send drones to communities?”

Just like the incendiary kites and balloons that wreaked havoc on Israel’s South, the threat of drones needs to be dealt with before one of them hits its mark, killing Israeli troops or civilians and dragging Israel into another war with the Gaza Strip. 

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After an interview with President Vladimir Putin in the Financial Times a month ago, the theme of the future “liberal world order” in its idealized version is constantly present in London’s political discourse. Increasingly, the emphasis is on the topic of moral and political leadership in the modern world.

For decades since the war, America has been the undisputed leader of the Western world, including instilling the liberal values ​​of occupied Germany. Europe followed in everything. This state of things seems to be coming to an end. Following the victory of Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election, Angela Merkel was predicted to become the new leader of the Western world. The words of the Chancellor of Germany that Europeans should take their fate into their own hands and rely primarily on themselves caused a wide resonance. But many admit that the world order, defended by the West, needs to be modernized according to the well-known maxim – if you want everything to remain as it is, change!

The decline in the confidence of the population of Western countries in the policies of their governments and the elites in general, growing material inequality and the destruction of the pillars of Western democracy, the middle class, all this as a result of global integration processes based on the liberal economy, aggravates the contradictions in society and threatens democratic foundations. At the same time, direct democracy, which the elites tend to associate with authoritarianism, insures representative when it does not work. This was clearly shown by the British referendum on Brexit.

Since then, “everything has mixed up” in the western house, which has entered a transitional state after the comfort of the announced “end of history”. That is why Trump is in a sense a revolutionary figure, not only for America. He is able to thoroughly shake up the whole American system, and with it the state of affairs in the world, in the isolationist-protectionist vein. The renewed world order and a new format of relations between Russia and the West will only begin to take shape according to the results of this “Trump revolution” (here he is promised re-election in 2020). By and large, it remains to be shown, as experts point out, whether capitalism of the 19th century is compatible with widespread democracy of the 20th century.

It is simpler for the Anglo-Americans – they take the initiative in their own hands and go further along the path of economic liberalization. Things are more complicated in Europe, where it is necessary to uphold the foundations of the liberal “end of history” understood by Europeans much more broadly – not only as a neoliberal economy, but also as a welfare state in which they have lost interest in Washington. Both that and another are incompatible – actually, from here and the crisis of the western society, which marks the resumption of the course of history.

By London standards, Russia remains among the main challenges promoted by the West values. It is believed here that Moscow is seeking recognition of its real role in world affairs and is opposed to the basic foundations of a “liberal order” led by the West, which has developed de facto, but has never become the subject of a truly collective settlement after the end of the Cold War. The West admits the possibility of humanitarian intervention, regime change, destabilization of rogue countries, primarily through sanctions pressure, which has become the main means of conducting hybrid wars.

Here they cannot openly admit that the Russian Federation adheres to the norms of the postwar international law and order with the central role of the UN. The main thing for Russia is that these standards be applied universally, and not selectively. However, the outcome of the “all against all” competition announced by Trump, and this must be directly recognized, will not be determined by the effectiveness of the corresponding efforts of Moscow, but by the course and results of the transformation processes that unfolded in the West a quarter of a century later than in the Soviet Union.

The notorious “Russian interference” in the internal affairs of leading Western countries was so actively discussed only because protest moods, dissatisfaction with the prevailing governance model – essentially uncontested, have already gained significant proportions. If the West can solve its systemic problems, and citizens believe in the viability of national governments and in the effectiveness of its proposed policies, this topic will go away by itself. In order for Russia to accept the western version of the world order, Some British experts believe that it is first necessary to restore confidence in their own countries towards the liberal democratic values ​​that they are promoting, modernize the party and political system, and also propose effective solutions to pressing global problems, such as climate change, which have come to the fore for many.

If successful, talking with Russia, according to the UK, will become easier. The Russian leadership, even if not immediately, “recognizes the realities” and gradually reformulates national interests in the spirit of a new Western consensus, the parameters of which are not yet visible. I add that any such consensus can only be effective provided that it is truly collectively agreed upon, that is, with the direct participation of Russia, and therefore will already be pan-European, will become the basis for the political unity of our continent.

In the meantime, Moscow has no motive to agree with the rules-based world order, which it considers to be exclusive by definition, unviable and proposed by countries whose models of internal structure still have to prove their worth under changing conditions. “Challenging liberal values,” experts say, Russia is fighting to ensure that Western countries do not impose on others principles of world order that lead to chaos, as evidenced by the examples of Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, migration and financial crises, and finally , Washington’s downfall of key arms control arrangements.

Moscow is not going to gain some ideological and political revenge over the West. Revenge takes the story for its proclaimed “end.” The West must prove its ability to adapt to new conditions that, in principle, arose in 1989, but declared themselves crisis only 20 years later. As at the beginning of the 20th century, globalization, with its enumeration and uneven distribution of benefits and costs, would still be in conflict with the tasks of the internal development of states. To overcome these contradictions, this time the war is not needed, it is necessary to restore social cohesion, which is easier to do at the national level, that is, within each individual country. And here, indeed, the advantage among the Anglo-Americans is the meaning of Brexit and Trump. Europe will also need to maintain the integration project, which is an order of magnitude more complicated, which explains the acuteness of the struggle around Britain’s exit from the European Union.

In the next 10 years, the economic and technological power of states, combined with social policy, will form a new geopolitical redivision, where the technological factor will play a key role. The “rule-based world”, as it was seen in the West at the end of the 20th century, will come into ever greater contradiction with the cultural and civilizational diversity of the real world, where only international law can be a universal regulatory principle, as always in history.

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This manifesto will cover the political and economic reasons behind the attack, my gear, my expectations of what response this will generate and my personal motivations and thoughts – Shooter

……………………..I am against race mixing because it destroys genetic diversity and creates identity problemsAlso because it’s completely unnecessary and selfish. 2nd and 3rdgeneration Hispanics form interracial unions at much higher rates than average. Yet another reason to send them back. Cultural and racial diversity is largely temporary. Cultural diversity diminishes as stronger and/or more appealing cultures overtake weaker and/or undesirable ones. Racial diversity will disappear as either race mixing or genocide will take place. But the idea of deporting or murdering  all non-white Americans is horrific. Many have been here at least as long as the whites, and have done as much to build our country. The best solution to this for now would be to divide America into a confederacy of territories with at least 1 territory for each race. This physical separation would nearly eliminate race mixing and improve social unity by granting each race self-determination within their respective territory(s). 

………………...My ideology has not changed for several years. My opinions on automation, immigration, and the rest predate Trump and his campaign for president. I putting this here because some people will blame the President or certain presidential candidates for the attack. This is not the case. I know that the media will probably call me a white supremacist anyway and blame Trump’s rhetoric. The media is infamous for fake news. Their reaction to this attack will likely just confirm that. 

Many people think that the fight for America is already lost. They couldn’t be more wrong. This is just the beginning of the fight for America and Europe…I am honored to head the fight to reclaim my country
from destruction.

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Upgrade of Russian Air Force Nuclear Weapons Storage Facility Near Tver

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Like Father, Like Daughter? Ilhan Omar’s Father was Top Propaganda Official in Genocidal Barre Regime

Far Left Communist Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar’s father and other Somalian war crimes perpetrators are currently living illegally in the United States. 

No wonder she supports communists, terrorists and illegal aliens! 

The Gateway Pundit has obtained information that is damning for Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. 

Omar’s father, Nur Omar Mohamed (aka Nur Said Elmi Mohamed), is connected to the former dictator in Somalia, Said Barre. Nur and other former Barre accomplices are living in the US illegally. 

Ilhan Omar’s Father was Top Propaganda Official in Genocidal Barre Regime — Then He Changed His Name and Entered US Illegally

We now have evidence that seems to indicate that Ilhan Omar’s father (Nur Said Elmi Mohamed) worked for the cruel regime of Barre and came to the U.S. with his daughter claiming to be victims of the cruel regime. 

Maxamuud-Aar uses one twitter account specifically to defend victims of violence in Somalia and has shown that Omar’s father is a war criminal. Aar also has another account in Twitter as @MoHussein, in which he also points out whom Omar’sfather truly is. 

What’s more, there have been people of the Somali community in MINNEAPOLIS, MN, whom have spoken out on how Ilhan Omar and those within the community who back her have used intimidation and threats to silence other members of the Somali community. 

Members of the Somali Community are afraid to speak publicly about their disapproval of a candidate’s involvement in apparent fraudulent marriages.

What’s more it seems that some secrets of Ilhan Omar and her family have been exposed in City Pages when during an interview that Ilhan Omar made with city pages’ Cory Zurowski, she said the name of her father is “Nur Said Elmi Mohamed”, but a day later Zurowski changed some information from the interview by changing the name of Omar’s father to “Nur Omar Muhamed” and also changing how many brothers Ilhan Omar has from 5 which Zurowski wrote in the original article and changed it to three brothers.

Did City Pages Expose Evidence of Ilhan Omar’s Marriage Controversy?

The original article also points out that Omar’s father was a friend of, and served with none other than former Colonel Yusuf Abdi Ali whom served as Colonel of the Somalian Army’s 5th Mechanized Brigade in 1987 under Barre’s dictatorship. 

Both Omar’s father and Yusuf Abdi Ali fled from Somalia after the dictatorship of Barre was deposed. 

To me both Ali and Omar’s father look identical which is quite strange. 

What’s more I found the following website which shows information about Yusuf Abdi Ali and also has a picture of him. 

Colonel Yusuf Abdi Ali, also called Tukeh, is a Somali native and a resident of the United States. 

In 1984, Abdi Ali and his soldiers allegedly terrorized the dominant Isaaq population by arbitrarily detaining individuals and subjecting them to torture and cruel and inhuman treatment, including starvation and beatings, and summary executions. They allegedly also burned homes, looted the wealth of dwellers and ransacked livestock. Abdi Ali is alleged to have personally participated in many instances of torture and summary executions. 
Abdi Ali fled to Canada and applied for asylum. However, in October 1992, he was deported when evidence of his alleged brutality emerged. In 1993, he went to the US, where he filed for permanent residency. Despite facing deportation in 1994, in 1996 he was permitted to return to the US where he has lived openly ever since. 
On 26 June 2017, the Supreme Court denied a request for judicial review of the lower court’s decision, thus affirming its outcome. This opened the path to proceed to hold Abdi Ali responsible for torture and extrajudicial killings against Warfaa under the Torture Victim Protection Act. 

The case is currently ongoing. 

Yusuf Abdi Ali 09.04.2018

edit on 19-7-2019 by ElectricUniverse because: correct comment.

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Turkish Embassy spying in Sri Lanka exposed with leak of critics’ names

Abdullah Bozkurt

The profiling of critics by Turkish embassies, part of large-scale spying on diaspora groups that has irked many host governments, has taken a new twist in Sri Lanka,South Asian country that was recently hit by a string of terrorist attacks.

The Turkish Embassy in Colombo leaked the names of critics of Turkey’s Islamist ruler, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, accusing them of terrorism, when no evidence to support any of these ludicrous charges leveled by the government in Turkey exists. The critics are believed to be affiliated with the Gülen movement, a vocal critic of the Erdoğan regime over pervasive corruption in the government and Erdoğan’s arming and funding of radical jihadist groups in Syria and Libya.

The names of 50 Turks, mostly teachers and businesspeople who had been living in Sri Lanka for years, were released with their passport numbers, apparently as a result of work clandestinely carried out by the Turkish ambassador and his staff at the embassy. The goal was to push Sri Lankan authorities to crack down on Erdoğan government critics in the South Asian country. The first attempt by the embassy to smear this civic group was made in 2015, a move that was was initially balked at by the Sri Lankan government. It was not surprising given the fact that most governments have refused to work with Turkey in going after Erdoğan’s critics, who have not broken the laws of their host countries and certainly have not been involved in any crimes.

Yet, the Turkish Embassy in Colombo, under relentless pressure from a headquarters that was demanding results, continued to raise the matter with Sri Lankan authorities in 2017 and 2018. Many Turkish diplomats are obviously afraid that they could end up in jail just like some 600 diplomats who were dismissed and labeled overnight as terrorists in Turkey without any effective judicial or administrative investigation.

When churches and hotels in the capital of Colombo were targeted in a series of coordinated suicide bombings on April 21, 2019, killing 259 people, the embassy staff saw an opportunity to make a fresh attempt against Erdoğan critics just like scavengers that feed on carcasses. Branding them as terrorists, Turkish Ambassador Tunca Özçuhadar tried to exploit sensitivities in Sri Lanka and spin his own story in a bid to portray innocent and law-abiding Turkish expatriates in Sri Lanka as terrorists. In a statement put out on May 3, 2019, the Turkish Embassy admitted that it had been sharing with Sri Lankan authorities information on teachers and businesspeople affiliated with the Gülen movement for the last four years.

The illegal profiling by the embassy was also revealed by former State Foreign Minister Wasantha Senanayake, who announced that the Turkish ambassador had handed over a list of 50 Turks to the ministry when he was in office. Later, the ambassador even bypassed the foreign ministry and directly raised the issue with the Defense Ministry in the hope that he could secure the deportation or extradition of critics. The embassy faxed lists of critics to the Defense Ministry on at least two occasions.

Turkey has branded one-third of all its diplomats including high-profile ambassadors who served as advisors to prime ministers and presidents as terrorists; purged over 4,000 judges and prosecutors; and expelled over 70 percent of its generals and admirals on dubious terrorism charges. Over half a million people including journalists, teachers, professors and human rights defenders have faced criminal charges since 2016. Some 15 percent of the police force, mostly veterans and senior chiefs,  have been arrested on terrorism charges.

A local Sri Lankan newspaper published the names of Erdoğan government critics with their passport numbers.

Turkey has held the world record in recent years in terms of jailing journalists under abusive anti-terror charges. According to the Stockholm Center for Freedom, nearly 200 journalists and media workers are behind bars in Turkey on charges of terrorism for writing critically about the government.

The scandalous leak of private information by the embassy and the branding of teachers as terrorists prompted some on the list to file complaints with Sri Lankan authorities. Nordic Monitor has learned that eight Turks in Sweden who served in Sri Lanka at Gülen-affiliated schools and institutions between 2002 and 2015 lodged formal grievances with the Sri Lankan Embassy in Stockholm, asking for an explanation for the published list. Some of the people named in the list have never even been in Sri Lanka, raising questions as to how the embassy gathered the data.

“It is unacceptable that I have been declared a terrorist in Sri Lanka, where I worked for two years! I’m willing to do whatever it takes to correct this mistake as soon as possible. If necessary, I will make a request to international institutions such as the UN to rectify this situation. It is a clear assault on my personal rights that I was declared a terrorist in Sri Lankan newspapers without any evidence. I hope this serious mistake is corrected soon. Otherwise, I will act to preserve my rights in Sri Lankan and international courts,” one Turkish national wrote to the Sri Lankan Embassy in Stockholm.

About a dozen Turkish nationals who fled the long arm of Erdoğan in Sri Lanka have taken refuge in Sweden as political asylum seekers. Embassy officials responded by saying that they had conveyed the grievances to headquarters in Sri Lanka and asked for an explanation about the leaked list of names.

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Armored Upgrades And Modifications: The Evolution Of Syrian Army Tanks

Here’s a video documenting the evolution of Syrian Army tanks during the several-year civil war, which include both improvised “DIY” type modifications as well as technological upgrades organically-developed and received from allies. 


Susceptibility to rocket propelled grenades and recoilless rifle rounds quickly forced Syrian troops to develop improvised countermeasures to increase survivability. They piled sandbags on top of the armor, and hung chains and welded steel cages around the hull of their tanks. The idea was to detonate shape-charged warheads prematurely to exhaust their spalling distance before actually reaching the vehicle’s hull.

Later, when the rebels began receiving anti tank guided missiles (ATGM) like the BGM-71 TOW through President Obama’s arm and equip program, the improvised armor systems were of little use. Soon, the Syrian military began developing active protection systems like the Sarab variants that use infrared lights to mitigate the threats of enemy missiles.


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ترمپ، مشتاق مذاکره با ایران Trump, eager to negotiate with Iran

Donald Trump’s declaration of readiness to negotiate without a precondition with Iran and his explicit statements about Washington’s reluctance to a regime change project in Tehran indicates that the United States intends to bring Iran to the negotiating table by imposing economic sanctions and political pressure. The goal of Washington is to bring Tehran to the negotiating table. He goes on to say that he does not want the United States to engage with Iran in the phase of military conflicts. Washington seems to have realized the limitations of its national and military power after the 2003 invasion of Iraq and the events that followed, and it does not seem necessary to launch a rally on regime change.

Another important fact is that there is no active anti-regime force inside Iran that Washington can unite with and begin a regime change operation. In Iran, there is no rebellion, no coup d’état or protest streams. The Green Movement, which considers itself inherited from the reform movement of 1376, does not believe in a subversion of government. Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, Green Movement Moveers, despite the delinquency and other problems, refused to question the legitimacy of Iran’s Supreme Leader Sayed Ali Husseini Khamenei. The result of the 2009 presidential election was controversial, and Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi did not accept it. In that election, Mr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was announced victorious. After Mr. Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi did not accept the result, popular waves came to the streets and protested the result of the election. Khamenei’s legitimacy was questioned along the lines of the demonstration, but the leaders of the Green Movement did not want to dispel the slogan of the military overthrow that Mr. Khamenei was at the head of.

The Green Movement, the reform movement, and even the supporters of Iran’s current president, Hassan Rouhani, do not want a gun battle for the fall of government in the theory. Reform Movement Leader Seyed Mohammad Khatami believes that democratic capacities are in the constitution and the current Iranian system, and should activate it and lead to more democracy. They are in favor of gradual democratization of Iran. Their aspirations are to increase the qualifications of elected institutions and reduce the qualifications of non-elected institutions. This nonviolent movement can not overthrow a coalition in a united war.

The reality of the riot, revolution and coup in Iran indicates that the legitimacy of the current leader of Iran has not been hurt very seriously. In 1996, a powerful revolutionary movement was formed in Iranian cities and it became clear that the last Shah of Iran lost its legitimacy. Seyyed Roohollah Mousavi Khomeini led the revolution. With the fall of the monarchy, its legitimacy was transferred to the deceased Khomeini. The monarchy is an institution whose legitimacy has a strong roots in the religious and cultural narratives of the region, the military’s overwhelming self-control of a major political legitimacy. This legacy was legacy and traditional. In the past, the power struggle was limited to the members of the royal family, and the executive and political powers were exercised between them. If they ruined the kingdom, he would turn his son to his successor. But in the 1979 revolution of Iran, masses of people came to the streets, and the scope of the power struggle was broad. But at the end of the work, the legitimacy of the monarchy was transferred to Khomeini, and he laid the foundation for an ideological religious rule. This religious government, but along with the religious legitimacy, considered the legitimacy of the election itself. Unlike the Saudi government and the Taliban, the religious government of Iran recognizes electoral legitimacy and selective institutions. The existence of electoral institutions has led political forces to come together in elections. Perhaps the existence of these elected institutions and the electoral institution has caused the political force to overthrow inside Iran. With the death of Khomeini, his legitimacy and authority were transferred to Khamenei, and he is currently in charge of the whole. Since all political, administrative and religious power is in his hands, the political science theorists regard the Iranian regime as an undemocratic one. The religious theory that sees the government as the right of one jurisprudent is also contradictory to the foundations of democracy. But opponents of the Iranian government’s exiles have not been able to build a social base for themselves within Iran. They have lost their ties to Iran. Perhaps this is why no foreign power, including America, desires to overthrow the Iranian government using military force and considers it useless.

But it is clear from the current US government’s behavior that the government wants to turn Iran from an hostile state to a US-friendly government. The US Secretary of State last year demanded 12 Washington calls from Tehran. Stopping Tehran’s nuclear and missile programs, capturing hostility with Israel, ending Iran’s support for Shiite militias in the Middle East and the withdrawal of Iranian troops from Syria are among the most important of these. The United States now says it intends to force Tehran to put pressure on Iran to negotiate and negotiate with Washington on these issues. If Iran accepts all the demands of the United States, Washington has promised to establish normal relations with that country and will cooperate. In other words, acceptance of the demands of the United States by Tehran makes Iran a friend of America.

But it seems that Iran’s leaders do not currently intend to negotiate with the United States. Iran is waiting to be thrown off in the US election in 2020. But if Turkmen wins in that election, it is not clear what the leaders of Iran will decide. The enthusiastic tramp is that air.


اعلام آماده‌گی دونالد ترمپ برای مذاکره‌ی بدون پیش‌شرط با ایران و سخنان صریح او در مورد عدم تمایل واشنگتن به پروژه‌ی تغییر رژیم در تهران، نشان‌دهنده‌ی آن است که امریکا قصد دارد با اعمال تحریم اقتصادی و فشارهای سیاسی، ایران را روی میز مذاکره بیاورد. هدف واشنگتن روی میز مذاکره آوردن تهران است. از سخنان ترمپ و دیگر مقام‌های امریکایی برمی‌آید که او نمی‌خواهد ایالات متحده با ایران وارد فاز درگیری‌های نظامی شود. به نظر می‌رسد که واشنگتن پس از لشکرکشی به عراق در سال ۲۰۰۳ و حوادثی که پس از آن واقع شد، محدودیت‌های قدرت‌ ملی و نظامی خودش را درک کرده است و لزومی نمی‌بیند که برای تغییر رژیم به ایران هم لشکرکشی کند.

واقعیت مهم دیگر این است که در داخل ایران هم نیروی فعال ضد رژیم وجود ندارد که واشنگتن بتواند با آن متحد شود و عملیات تغییر رژیم را آغاز کند. در ایران نه شورش‌گری است، ‌نه کودتا و نه موج‌های مردمی معترض در خیابان‌ها دیده می‌شود. جنبش سبز که خودش را وارث جنبش اصلاحات سال ۱۳۷۶ می‌داند،  به براندازی قهری حکومت باور ندارد. میرحسین موسوی و مهدی کروبی رهبران جنبش سبز به رغم تحمل حصر و مشکلات دیگر، حاضر نشدند مشروعیت سید علی‌حسینی خامنه‌ای رهبر ایران را زیر سوال ببرند. نتیجه‌ی انتخابات ریاست جمهوری سال ۱۳۸۸ جنجالی شد و آقایان میرحسین موسوی و مهدی کروبی آن را نپذیرفتند. در آن انتخابات آقای محمود احمدی‌نژاد پیروز اعلام شد. پس از این که آقای موسوی و مهدی کروبی نتیجه را نپذیرفتند، موج‌های مردمی به خیابان آمدند و به نتیجه‌ی آن انتخابات اعتراض کردند. در حواشی این تظاهرات هم مشروعیت آقای خامنه‌ای زیر سوال رفت،‌ اما رهبران جنبش سبز نخواستند که شعار سرنگونی نظامی را که آقای خامنه‌ای در رأس آن است سر دهند.

جنبش سبز، جنبش اصلاحات و حتا طرف‌داران آقای حسن روحانی رییس‌جمهور کنونی ایران،‌ در تیوری هم خواستار جنگ مسلحانه برای سقوط حکومت نیستند. کسانی مثل سید محمدخاتمی رهبر جنبش اصلاحات به این باور اند که ظرفیت‌های دموکراتیکی در قانون اساسی و نظام کنونی ایران است و باید آن را فعال کرد و به دموکراسی بیش‌تر رسید. آنان طرف‌دار دموکراتیزه شدن تدریجی ایران اند. آرمان آنان بیش‌تر شدن صلاحیت‌های نهادهای انتخابی و کاسته شدن صلاحیت‌های نهادهای غیر انتخابی است. این جنبش خشونت‌پرهیز به هیچ وجه نمی‌تواند در یک جنگ گرم متحد یک نیروی برانداز باشد.

واقعیت نبود شورش،‌ انقلاب و کودتا در ایران نشان‌دهنده‌ی آن است که مشروعیت رهبر کنونی ایران به صورت بسیار جدی و اساسی صدمه ندیده است. در سال ۱۳۷۵ جنبش انقلابی نیرومندی در شهرهای ایران شکل گرفت و با گسترش آن روشن شد که آخرین شاه ایران مشروعیتش را از دست داده  است. سید روح‌الله موسوی خمینی رهبری آن انقلاب را به دوش گرفت. با سقوط سلطنت مشروعیت آن نهاد به مرحوم خمینی انتقال یافت. سلطنت نهادی است که مشروعیتش ریشه‌ی نیرومندی در روایت‌های مذهبی و فرهنگی این منطقه داشت، نفس غلبه‌ی نظامی به یک سرلشکر مشروعیت سیاسی به بار می‌آورد. این مشروعیت میراثی و سنتی بود. در گذشته منازعه‌ی قدرت هم محدود به اعضای خاندان سلطنتی بود و اختیارات اجرایی و سیاسی بین آنان دست‌به‌دست می‌شد. اگر شاهی را خلع می‌کردند، ‌پسرش را به جانشینی او بر می‌گزیدند. ولی در انقلاب ۱۳۵۷ ایران توده‌های مردم به خیابان آمدند و گستره‌ی منازعه‌ی قدرت وسیع شد. اما در پایان کار مشروعیت نهاد سلطنت به شخص خمینی انتقال یافت و او یک حکومت  ایدیولوژیک دینی را اساس گذاشت. این حکومت دینی اما در کنار مشروعیت مذهبی، مشروعیت انتخاباتی نیز برای خودش در نظر گرفت. حکومت دینی ایران برخلاف حکومت عربستان و امارت طالبان، مشروعیت انتخاباتی را به رسمیت می‌شناسد و نهادهای انتخابی دارد. وجود نهادهای انتخاباتی سبب شده است که نیروهای سیاسی در انتخابات‌ها به مصاف هم‌دیگر بروند. شاید وجود همین نهادهای انتخابی و نهاد انتخابات سبب شده است که نیروی سیاسی برانداز در داخل ایران شکل نگیرد. با مرگ خمینی، مشروعیت  و اختیارات او به خامنه‌ای انتقال کرد و او در حال حاضر اختیار‌دار کل است. از آن‌جایی که تمام قدرت سیاسی، اجرایی و مذهبی به دست او است، نظریه‌پردازان علم سیاست،‌ نظام ایران را غیر دموکراتیک می‌دانند. نظریه‌ی مذهبی‌ای که حکومت را حق یک فقیه می‌داند نیز با مبانی دموکراسی در تضاد است. ولی مخالفان خارج‌نشین حکومت ایران، نتوانسته‌اند،‌ پایگاه اجتماعی برای خودشان در داخل ایران بسازند. آنان ربط‌شان را با داخل ایران از دست داده‌اند. شاید به همین دلیل است که هیچ قدرت خارجی از جمله امریکا، میل به براندازی حکومت ایران با استفاده از نیروی نظامی ندارد و آن را بی فایده می‌داند.

اما از رفتار حکومت کنونی ایالات متحده معلوم می‌شود که این حکومت می‌خواهد ایران را از یک دولت خصم به یک دولت دوست امریکا بدل کند. وزیر خارجه‌ی امریکا سال گذشته ۱۲ خواست واشنگتن از تهران را رسانه‌ای کرد. توقف برنامه‌های هسته‌ای و موشکی تهران، دست برداری از دشمنی با اسراییل، پایان حمایت ایران از نیروهای شبه‌نظامی شیعه در خاورمیانه و خروج نظامیان ایرانی از سوریه،‌ از مهم‌ترین این خواست‌ها است. امریکا حالا می‌گوید که قصد دارد با اعمال فشار اقتصادی بر ایران، ‌تهران را وادار سازد تا روی میز مذاکره بیاید و با واشنگتن روی این مسایل مذاکره کند و به توافق برسد. اگر ایران تمام خواست‌های امریکا را بپذیرد، واشنگتن وعده کرده است که با آن کشور روابط عادی ایجاد می‌کند و آن را همکاری خواهد کرد. به بیان دیگر پذیرفتن خواست‌های امریکا از سوی تهران،‌ ایران را به دولت دوست امریکا بدل می‌کند.

اما به نظر می‌رسد که رهبران ایران در حال حاضر قصد مذاکره با امریکا را ندارند. ایران منتظر است که در انتخابات سال ۲۰۲۰ امریکا ترمپ ببازد. ولی اگر ترمپ در آن انتخابات برنده شود، روشن نیست که رهبران ایران چه تصمیمی خواهند گرفت. ترمپ مشتاق است که ایرانی‌ها به او زنگ بزنند و روی میز مذاکره بیایند.

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Russia’s Military Scientists and Future Warfare

Eurasia Daily Monitor

  • Since the reform and modernization of Russia’s Armed Forces was initiated in late 2008, the General Staff leadership has been persistent in its appeals to the military scientific community to meet the challenges stemming from these complex processes. An essential ingredient in this public discussion is the focus on future warfare as part of the national defense strategy, to encourage greater attention to strategic foresight. The chief of the Russian General Staff, Army General Valery Gerasimov, has pressed this issue heavily in his public speeches and articles, since his appointment in November 2012. This past March, Gerasimov outlined a new doctrine of limited actions that conceptualizes Russia’s approaches to warfare beyond its borders—particularly, as witnessed in Syria. Gerasimov also once more raised the issue of future warfare (see EDM, March 6). These views offer insights into how Russian defense specialists see future warfare and, consequently, some of the factors driving Moscow’s strategic posture.

In November 2018, Colonel General (ret.) Leonty Shevtsov authored a review article in Voyenno Promyshlennyy Kuryer examining a monograph by General Aleksandr Vladimirov. The second edition of Vladimirov’s book, Osnovy Obshchey Teorii Voyny (The Basics of the General Theory of War), was examined in detail. In one section of the review, Vladimirov’s use of Soviet and Russian military theorists is outlined, many of whom are also frequently referred to in Gerasimov’s speeches (see EDM, March 12). In particular, Vladimirov based much of his thinking about modern warfare on Aleksandr Svechin, Andrei Snesarev and Yevgeny Messner. He refers to Snesarev: “The solution to the question of the future of war—positive or negative—remains a matter of faith, not a scientifically proven fact.” He also notes that Messner had forecast, “We must stop thinking that war is when people fight, and peace when they are not fighting. You can be in war without fighting” (Voyenno Promyshlennyy Kuryer, November 28, 2018).

While themes and concepts drawn from some of the leading Soviet and Russian military theorists are present in Gerasimov’s speeches, showing the roots of current military thought among the General Staff leadership, elements of the interface between military science and emerging perspectives on future warfare are clearly represented in a May 28 article on this theme in Voyenno Promyshlennyy Kuryer. Lieutenant General (ret.) Vladimir Ostankov considers the issue of Russian perspectives on future warfare and shows clearly how this is influencing Moscow’s defense posture in many areas. Ostankov is a former head of the highly influential Center for Military-Strategic Research Under the General Staff (Tsentr Voyenno-Strategicheskikh Issledovaniy Generalnogo Shtaba Vooruzhennykh Sil’ Rossiyskoy Federatsii—TsSVI GSh). It is known, for instance, that the TsVSI plays a role in the formulation of military doctrine and produces classified papers on strategy, force development and future warfare, among other issues (Voyenno Promyshlennyy Kuryer, May 28).

Ostankov declares at the start of his article the importance high technology and modern weapons systems and their impact on shaping the views and concepts of the Armed Forces, noting that the most important aspect of strategy is to predict the nature of future wars and outline the potential of the future enemy in order to form counter measures. Ostankov then describes the main features of modern warfare as follows:

  • The massive use of high-precision and hypersonic weapons and Electronic Warfare (EW) tools;
  • Multifaceted impact on the enemy throughout the depth of its territory and simultaneously in the global information and aerospace confrontation;
  • Strengthened centralization and automation of troops and weapons control;
  • Participation in the battles of irregular armed formations and private military companies (PMC);
  • The complex use of force and non-military measures implemented with the wide use of the protest potential of the population;
  • The use of externally funded political forces and social movements.

The author asserts that modern warfare increasingly centers on the application of political, economic, information, and other non-military means. He suggests this has been used during Russian military operations in Syria, mixing military and non-means in its application of power. On this basis, Ostankov claims the present Russian political leadership has augmented deterrence by adopting a deliberate policy of intimidating potential adversaries (Voyenno Promyshlennyy Kuryer, May 28).

However, Ostankov believes the dominant role in future warfare still lies in the application of kinetic force. He refers to the changing face of warfare and its implications for the future: “New technologies have significantly reduced the spatial, temporal and informational gap between troops and command and control. Frontal collisions of large groups of troops (forces) at the strategic and operational levels are gradually becoming a thing of the past. A remote contactless impact on the enemy becomes the main way to achieve the goals of the battle and operation. The destruction of its objects is carried out [across] the entire depth of the territory. The differences between the strategic, operational and tactical levels, [as well as] offensive and defensive actions are erased.” The author further argues that artificial intelligence will play a much greater role in the wars of the future, robotizing the battlefield but not entirely negating the needs for human involvement (Voyenno Promyshlennyy Kuryer, May 28).

Drawing on Russia’s experiments in Syria with network-centric warfare capability, Ostankov asserts this has significant implication for Moscow’s planning for future wars: “Anticipating a similar change in the nature of the struggle, the military strategy develops requirements for the development of interspecific reconnaissance-strike and reconnaissance-fire complexes, determining their place in the combat system and share participation in the destruction of the enemy. No wonder that a unit has been created within the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation to deal with this problem.” Analysis of the United States’ military capabilities has resulted in a “transition of Russia from the policy of deterring a potential adversary with nuclear weapons to a policy of intimidation by causing unacceptable damage with hypersonic weapons in response to any large-scale aggression” (Voyenno Promyshlennyy Kuryer, May 28).

It appears that a combination of views on the likely nature of future warfare, analysis of Russia’s threat environment and close attention to US military capability, has resulted in a shift in Moscow to adopting a policy of intimidating potential enemies, while strengthening its own capabilities to strike with unacceptable damage below the nuclear threshold. Ostankov’s article should not be underestimated given his background in the TsVSI and his access to and knowledge of current strategic thinking. He offers insight on Moscow adopting a deliberate policy of intimidating its potential enemies, which may be important in understanding Russia’s strategic actions in a wider context.

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Moderating Saudi Islam: Government Proposes Tightening Fundraising Rules

James Dorsey 31 Jan, 2018_A Saudi draft law could constitute a first indication that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s vow to return the kingdom to a moderate form of Islam will include reshaping of the kingdom’s global funding for Sunni Muslim ultra-conservative educational and cultural facilities as well as militants.

The law, if adopted, would at the very least tighten rules governing the raising of funds in the kingdom that often flowed to militants in campaigns of which it was not always clear whether the government had tacitly approved. Tighter rules will make it more difficult for the government to put a distance between itself and militant fundraising.

To be sure, analysts have long assumed that fundraising, particularly with the help of members of Saudi Arabia’s government-aligned, ultra-conservative religious establishment, could not occur without the knowledge of a regime that maintains tight political control.

It remains unclear how tighter fundraising rules will affect Saudi Arabia’s ideological war with Iran. The kingdom has for decades invested billions of dollars in globally propagating Sunni Muslim ultra-conservatism as an antidote to the Islamic republic’s revolutionary zeal.

The bulk of the funds flowed to non-violent groups, but in some cases also to ones that attacked Shiites and/or Iranian targets. That has largely not changed since the rise in 2015 of King Salman and his powerful son, Prince Mohammed.

Saudi Arabia, in the latest suggestion that tightened fundraising may target militancy rather than supremacist, sectarian and intolerant strands of ultra-conservatism, plans to open a Salafi missionary centre in the Yemeni province of Al Mahrah on the border with Oman and the kingdom.

The plan harks back to the creation of an anti-Shiite Salafi mission near the Houthi stronghold of Saada that sparked a military confrontation in 2011 with the Yemeni government, one of several wars in the region. The centre was closed in 2014 as part of an agreement to end the fighting.

Prince Mohammed’s use of ultra-conservative Sunni Islam in his controversial war with the Houthis was also evident in the appointment as governor of Saada of Hadi Tirshan al-Wa’ili, a member of a tribe hostile to the Shiite sect, and a follower of Saudi-backed Islamic scholar Uthman Mujalli. Mr. Mujalli reportedly serves as an advisor to Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, the exiled, kingdom-backed Yemeni president.

Writing in Al-Monitor, Brookings fellow and former CIA official Bruce Riedel argued that continued government support of ultra-conservatism served not only Saudi Arabia’s regional ambitions but also as a pacifier for a religious establishment that, despite public endorsement of Prince Mohammed’s social reforms, is deeply uncomfortable with changes like a loosening of restrictions on women and greater entertainment opportunities.

“After three years on the throne, King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud and his son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman are pursuing the most aggressively sectarian and anti-Iran policy in modern Saudi history. The Wahhabi clerical establishment is an enthusiastic partner, which is good internal politics for the royals…it’s a way to keep the mainstream Wahhabi establishment and the Al Sheikhs content that their core interests are safe,” Mr. Riedel said, referring to the descendants of 18th century preacher Mohammed ibn Abdul Wahhab, who constitute the ruling Al Sauds’ religious counterpart.

If adopted, fundraisers would have to be authorized before launching a campaign. Failure to obtain authorization would result in a jail sentence of up to two years and, in the case of foreigners, deportation. Fundraisers would only be allowed to accept donations from Saudi nationals and institutions.

The stipulation that the fundraisers themselves too would have to be Saudi nationals would effectively block foreign individuals and groups from Pakistan and elsewhere that have been supported for decades by Saudi Arabia from independently seeking financial support in the kingdom.

A litmus test of the impact of the law, once adopted, will be how Saudi Arabia deals with people like Pakistani cleric Maulana Ali Muhammad Abu Turab. Mr. Abu Turab was identified last May as a specially designated terrorist by the US Treasury at the very moment that he was in the kingdom to raise funds for his militant madrassas or religious seminaries that dot the border between the Pakistani province of Balochistan and Afghanistan.

A member of Pakistan’s Council of Islamic Ideology that oversees whether legislation is in line with Islamic law, Mr. Abu Turab is a leader of Ahl-i-Hadith, a Pakistani Wahhabi group supported by the kingdom for decades, and a board member of Pakistan’s Saudi-backed Paigham TV.

He also heads the Saudi-funded Movement for the Protection of the Two Holy Cities (Tehrike Tahafaz Haramain Sharifain) whose secretary general Maulana Fazlur Rehman Khalil has also been designated by the Treasury.

Similarly, Pakistani militants reported over the last 18 months that funds from Saudi Arabia were pouring into militant madrassas in Balochistan against the backdrop of indications that the kingdom may want to try to destabilize Iran by stirring unrest among the Islamic republic’s ethnic minorities, including the Baloch.

Saudi efforts to more tightly control fundraising may also serve Prince Mohammed’s unconventional effort to fill depleted government coffers at a time of economic recession. Prince Mohammed launched in November what amounted to a power and asset grab packaged as an anti-corruption campaign after the kingdom’s elite had failed to respond to a request to make patriotic contributions to help shore up government finances.

Saudi Finance Minister Mohammed Al-Jadaan said last week that authorities had received a total of roughly $100 billion in out-of-court settlements from around 350 people accused in the purge. As a result, tougher fundraising rules could potentially mean that donations would increasingly favour domestic rather than foreign causes.

However, with no indication that Saudi Arabia is willing to reduce tension with Iran, it is unlikely that the kingdom will halt funding of its ideological war with the Islamic republic. Nor is there an apparent Islamic packaged alternative to the propagation of ultra-conservatism as its primary soft power tool.

In short, tighter fundraising rules are certain to enhance control of the causes for which money is solicited and who will be allowed to raise funds. It may well also result in support for advocacy of interfaith dialogue and greater tolerance as recently propagated by the World Muslim League, a government-controlled non-governmental vehicle that for decades funded the global spread of ultra-conservatism. The rules, however, are unlikely to mean an end to funding of ultra-conservatism and sectarianism that serves Saudi Arabia’s existential battle with Iran.

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What to Do with Islamic State Returnees?

………………In a letter to his family in Germany, he wrote: “I miss you very much. Maybe you’ve heard I’ve been captured?” The letter was delivered via the Red Cross from a detention camp near the northern Syriantown of Qamishli. In another letter, he wrote: “Mama, please let me know how you’re all doing and whether you know how to get me out of here. What do the authorities say? I just want to come home. I want to get out of here.”

Bajram G., 25, is a German citizen and the son of immigrants from Kosovo. He was only 20-years-old and still in school when he disappeared from Germany and, according to investigators, joined Islamic State (IS). He is one of thousands of Islamists who left Europe to join the fight, a large number of whom are now sitting in prisons run by the U.S.-backed Kurdish militia YPG. These fighters of the “Caliphate” have now become prisoners of war.

The German government must now grapple with several difficult questions: How should it deal with these prisoners of war? Must someone like Bajram G. be repatriated? What would be done with him once he returned? So far, Berlin has yet to come up with any concrete answers.

Playing for Time

Authorities have been deliberating for some time about what to do with the overseas IS fighters. In the past few weeks, the defeat of the militant group has become tangible, with the last remaining fighters having barricaded themselves in an area smaller than a single square kilometer. Many foreign fighters have spent months, or even years, in prisons in northern Syria and Iraq — so far, without much prospect of ever returning home.

In recent months, the Syrian Kurds and their U.S. allies have pressured the Europeans to take back their citizens and put them on trial. But so far, the Europeans have been playing for time.

According to German diplomats, Berlin made the decision to not to get too involved with the imprisoned jihadists. “Our marching orders were, ‘We’re actually required to, but we’re not going to,'” says one official. Now, however, the clock on this evasive tactic has run out.

A recent tweet from U.S. President Donald Trump put the issue at the top of the agenda: “The United States is asking Britain, France, Germany and other European allies to take back over 800 ISIS fighters that we captured in Syria and put them on trial. The Caliphate is ready to fall. The alternative is not a good one in that we will be forced to release them……..”

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Iran Builds A New Tanker At Sadra

Iran’s Sadra Island shipyard is currently constructing another AFRAMAX tanker, satellite imagery acquired by Planet Labs confirms.

Workers at the shipyard began laying the keel in late April 2018 but very little progress was made until November — the targeted month for the return of U.S. oil sanctions. New international orders have not been revealed in public reporting which suggests that the tanker will be delivered to the domestic market (despite denials). Additional crude carriers have not been built at the shipyard since Iran negotiated the construction of three Venezuelan AFRAMAX vessels for PDVSA. The PDVSA tankers however were quietly cancelled and the first vessel, which Iran completed, was sold to a third party. Notably, infrastructure upgrades at the Sadra Island yard remain incomplete. The Goliath crane that was erected in 2012 to help speed-up the delivery of the Venezuelan order has never been utilized. The rail on which the crane may eventually operate still appears inoperable. Additional reclamation activity however has been ongoing throughout 2018, according to imagery.

Between November 2018 and January 2019, new sections of the vessel’s keel were laid in the drydock. These sections were originally part of Venezuela’s second ship and they’ve been sitting next to the dock since 2012. In 2016, President Rouhani’s government placed a 10-tanker order for the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Line with South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy, sparking tensions with Iran’s IRGC-associated Khatam Al-Anbia Construction HQ. General Ebadollah Abdollahi, former commander of the group, publicly described the order as “treason”. “The Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Line’s disrespect for the domestic potentials is a treason,” Abdollahi was quoted as saying. In response, Abdollahi echoed a proposal for a consortium between Sadra and ISOICO shipyards to construct the 10 vessels. However to date, ISOICO has never finished a tanker. The one tanker ISOICO attempted to construct in the late 2000s still remains at the Bostanu-based shipyard without its deck house. All things considered, domestic actors may have little confidence in the ability of Iran’s shipyard to deliver the order. But of course, Iran may not have much choice. Over half the vessels the regime operates are more than 15 years old, and oil tankers typically have a lifespan of 20-25 years.

Bottom Line: No Iranian shipyard has fulfilled an order to successfully construct a crude carrier for a domestic customer despite the extraction of rents to do so. However, with the implementation of new sanctions, Iran may be forced back into self-reliance as its crude fleet continues to age.

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The Spy Who Overthrew Macedonia’s Government

For two years, he had watched his country slip into what he thought was a dictatorship. Then the engineer, who had been working for the secret service for 25 years, threw himself into a quest that was much more likely to get him arrested than to overthrow the government.

Borjan Jovanovski

Eventually, it did both.

Lazarevski was one of the three Macedonian intelligence agents who helped topple the allegedly corrupt and authoritarian regime of the then-Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski by leaking hundreds of thousands of audio files. The recordings had been made by regime loyalists from his agency while illegally wiretapping thousands of Macedonians over three years.


Gjorgi Lazarevski, a former Macedonian intelligence officer who helped expose a massive wiretapping scheme that brought down the government.  (Credit: Nova TV)

Lazarevski had known about the massive interception of conversations — which took place without court orders — since 2008. But when he saw special forces raiding A1 TV, a station that had been critical of the government, he finally had enough.

“It was a shock for us,” Lazarevski remembered.

“I did not expect to experience such a thing in Macedonia,” he told OCCRP.

With Zvonko Kostovski, a colleague who worked on the unlawful surveillance but felt the same way about it, Lazaraveski developed a plan.

Kostovski would secretly make copies of the controversial files and Lazarevski would take them out of the building and decrypt them on a private computer.

Thousands of Macedonians, including ministers, government employees, journalists, and judges were wiretapped. The two agents often could not believe what they were hearing: Conversations that revealed high-level corruption; government influence of prosecutors, judges and media; extortion of businesses; discussions of politically-motivated arrests, election-rigging, and even attempts to cover up a murder.

At first, the two agents worked alone. But the scope of wrongdoing revealed in the files kept growing, and they soon discovered that even Gruevski’s Interior Minister, Gordana Jankulovska, had been wiretapped.

That’s when the two agents realized the magnitude of the information they were sitting on and started to consider bringing in someone else.

They approached Zoran Verusevski, the former chief of intelligence.

“Both Zvonko and I trusted Verushevski,” Lazarevski said. “He used to be our superior. He is a professor, and he’s the one who taught me that corruption is the biggest threat to the security of a state.“

Meanwhile, in 2013, police conducted an operation codenamed “Spy,” aimed at finding moles within the agency. Afraid of being exposed, Lazarevski quit his job.

“An atmosphere of fear had been created,” he said. “Everyone was scared.”

Kostovski was also afraid — but Verushevski convinced the two that they were “on the right side.” He soon shared the audio files with Zoran Zaev, head of the country’s opposition party, the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia.

In a September 2014 TV interview, Zaev announced that he would soon make big revelations he referred to as “bombs.”

Macedonia started to simmer.

But a few months later, after searching Verushevski’s computer and finding his correspondence with Lazarevski, the police arrested him on January 23, 2015.

This is what prompted Lazarevski to go to the Ministry of Interior and report the wiretapping.

“I testified in front of a colleague in the police station. There was a prosecutor in the next room,” Lazarevski said.

“I told the truth to two institutions, but instead of giving me the status of a whistleblower, I was charged with espionage,” he said, describing the drama he, his family, and the whole country were going through.

In response, three days later, Zaev played the first batch of the audio files to reporters, exposing pressure on the judiciary, election rigging, and corruption.

He continued to play the files in a series of weekly press conferences, shocking the public with revelations about the brutality of Gruevski’s regime.

Macedonians heard orders to beat opposition politicians, to set regime opponents’ properties ablaze, threats of murder, and corrupt deals.

Gruevski counterattacked, accusing the foreign intelligence services of manufacturing the recordings in order to “brutally destroy” his party and the country.

Macedonia boiled over.

Days-long street protests staged by Gruevski supporters on one side and Zaev supporters on the other brought the country to a halt, prompting the European Union to get involved. The EU negotiated early elections and the appointment of a special prosecutor mandated to look into the scandal.

Gruevski had wiretapped allies and opponents alike.

An investigation conducted by experts hired by the European Commission concluded that his government had misused the security service “to control top officials in the public administration, prosecutors, judges and political opponents.”

In December 2015, Zaev submitted 606,555 audio files of the illegally wiretapped conversations to the new Special Prosecutor’s Office.

In May 2017, he won the elections, but because of obstructions by Gruevski’s supporters, he was able to form his government only half a year later.

Kostovski, Lazarevski, and Verushevski watched most of this from their jail cells, where they spent 11 months before the Special Prosecutor’s Office dropped the charges against them.

At the same time, prosecutors opened a new investigation into the former minister of interior, the intelligence chief, and his closest associates.

“While I was in custody, my optimism was upheld by the everyday events that were leading towards the breakdown of the system I thought was impossible to crush,” Lazarevski said.

“People were thrilled with the developments and that gave me strength,” he added.

It was painful to hear a colleague in the intelligence service defending Gruevski’s regime and accusing Lazarevski and his co-conspirators of “undermining the reputation of the service.”

“I think that we saved the reputation of that institution,” he said. In fact, he added, it was the employees who watched what was happening in silence who undermined its reputation.

Now, though he still feels guilty for what the three families went through, Lazarevski looks back at the episode with no remorse.

“The pleasure of knowing that we managed to unmask an evil system is great,” he said. “What happened was exactly what I wanted. It ended like a fairy tale.”

“I did not live in vain.”


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Probable Solid Propellant Missile Plant Al Dawadmi, Saudi Arabia [24.220N, 44.706E]

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Image allegedly showing two Saudi launch pads, #1 pointing in direction of Israel, and #2 pointing in direction of Iran

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Egyptian President’s Regrettable “60 Minutes”

Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi was hoping to demonstrate that he was a reliable ally of United States and Israel in the Middle East and worthy of international recognition, but the 60 minutes interview took another turn says Professor Seif Da’na

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