Saudi military officer murders United States colleagues


This 6 December 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Federal agents are investigating the motive behind a shooting at a US naval base in Florida. A Saudi national who was being trained there opened fire in a classroom and killed three people. He was one of nearly 200 foreign nationals on a training course.

From the New York Times in the USA, 6 December 2019:

A member of the Saudi Air Force armed with a handgun fatally shot three people and injured eight others on Friday morning during a bloody rampage in a classroom building at the prestigious Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Fla., where he was training to become a pilot.

That Saudi military officer was training there to become a pilot in the bloody war of the Saudi regime on the people of Yemen. A war supported by President Trump of the USA, President Macron of France, Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain, etc.

The authorities, led by the F.B.I., were investigating to determine the gunman’s motive and whether the shooting was an act of terrorism.

If mass killers are white and non-Muslim, then often the NATO countries establishment claims that they are not terrorists, just ‘mentally ill‘ ‘lone wolves‘. While, if a killer is a Muslim, then one often hears instantly that he is a terrorist, part of a Muslim worldwide terrorist conspiracy, never mind that he may be obviously mentally ill, a drug addict, etc. In this case, though that Saudi military officer very probably was a Muslim, the authorities do not call him a terrorist instantly. Because of the warm friendship between Donald Trump and the Saudi bone saw killer crown prince?

By Bill Van Auken in the USA, 7 December 2019:

An attack carried out by a Saudi air force pilot early Friday morning at the US Navy’s sprawling Pensacola, Florida Naval Air Station left at least four dead, including the shooter, and another eight wounded. …

He was identified by NBC News as Second Lieutenant Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani. …

The mass shooting at the base in Pensacola was the second such incident at a US Navy facility in the space of barely 48 hours. On Wednesday, a 22-year-old sailor from Texas, identified as Gabriel Antonio Romero, opened fire at Pearl Harbor’s naval shipyard in Hawaii, killing two civilian workers and wounding a third, before shooting himself to death. …

US President Donald Trump struck a decidedly different tone, declining to answer if the attack was linked to terrorism. Instead, he cited a condolence call from Saudi Arabia’s King Salman. …

Given Trump’s demonization of Muslims, it is hard to imagine such a response if the shooter had come from any other country in the Middle East than Saudi Arabia, whose monarchical dictatorship serves a lynchpin for US imperialist policy in the region and, in particular, for its drive for regime change in Iran.

With its vast oil wealth, the Saudi monarchy has also acted in US interest in stabilizing the global oil market, while its military contracts have been the source of multi-billion-dollar profits for Raytheon, Lockheed Martin and other US arms manufacturers. The shooting in Pensacola also came just one day after Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil monopoly ARAMCO staged the biggest initial public offering ever, with some $25.6 billion going for shares in the company.

Trump’s reaction to the Pensacola shooting was in line with his response to the grisly October 2018 assassination of dissident journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. Then he cited $450 billion in arms contracts, Saudi collaboration against Iran and its having been “very responsive to my requests to keep oil prices at reasonable levels” as justification for turning a blind eye to the international crime. …

According to US Defense Department reports, some 1,753 Saudi military personnel were trained at US military facilities in 2018 at a cost of $120,903,786. For fiscal year 2019, it was projected that 3,150 Saudi military personnel would receive training in the US.

Friday’s shooting is not the first time that an act of terrorism by a Saudi national has been linked to the Pensacola Naval Air Base.

In the immediate aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York City and Washington, in which 15 of the 19 men involved in the hijacking of three passenger planes were Saudis, a report in Newsweek magazine stated that Saeed Alghamdi was one of three hijackers who had taken flight training at the Pensacola Navy Air Station. It was also reported that three of the hijackers had listed Pensacola Naval Air Station as their address on their Florida driver’s licenses.

The Pentagon responded by stating that, while the hijackers had “similar names to foreign alumni of US military courses”, discrepancies in birth dates and other biographical information indicated that they were not the same people. A public affairs officer at Pensacola said that the base had trained more than 1,600 people with the first name Saeed, spelled in various ways, and more than 200 with the surname Alghamdi.

The Saudi pilots being trained at Pensacola and other US bases have been deployed for the most part in the near-genocidal, four-year-old Saudi war against Yemen. The US-backed war has created the worst humanitarian crisis on the planet in what was already the poorest country in the Arab world. Air strikes and other combat operations carried out by Saudi-led coalition forces with US support have caused the deaths of some 80,000 people.

The New York Times report continues:

A United States military official identified the suspect, who was killed by a sheriff’s deputy during the attack, as Second Lt. Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani. He was one of hundreds of military trainees at the base, which is considered the home of naval aviation.

Six other Saudi nationals were detained for questioning near the scene of the shooting, including three who were seen filming the entire incident, according to a person briefed on the initial stages of the investigation.

The gunman was using a locally purchased Glock 45 9-millimeter handgun with an extended magazine and had four to six other magazines in his possession when he was taken down by a sheriff’s deputy, the person said.

The shooting, the second at a Navy base this week, sent service members scrambling to lock the doors of their barracks or flee the base altogether.

The attack by a foreign national inside an American military installation raised questions about the vetting process for international students who are cleared by the Department of Defense and is likely to complicate military cooperation between the United States and Saudi Arabia.

Conservatives admit British wars stimulate terrorism


This 10 October 2016 video says about itself:

How a British Public Relations Firm Helped Shape the War on Terror

Fake News and False Flags (2016): In May 2006 Martin Wells was employed by a top London PR firm,
Bell Pottinger. In the first interview of its kind, we hear how he was sent to Baghdad to work on the US military’s covert terrorism propaganda war.

Stationed in the US military’s Camp Victory in Baghdad, PR firm Bell Pottinger created and disseminated Arabic-style news to the local region in a £120 million/year deal with the US government. “We were to make it look like it was created by Arabic TV”, says Wells of the everyday Iraqi news covering local atrocities, along with TV commercials “saying Al-Qaeda was bad”. But Wells was also tasked with creating 10-minute video CDs made exclusively from Al-Qaeda footage, approved by US general Petraeus and the Pentagon. These fake propaganda CDs were encoded with tracking software, then spread by US marines while out on raids. Wells then monitored the CD location and spread of the viewership by Google Analytics, “looking for a trail to someone who could possibly be a threat”.

By Milan Rai in Britain:

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Boris Johnson believes Britain’s wars fuel terrorism

THAT’S right. The Prime Minister believes that the Iraq war increased the risk of terrorism in Britain.

He is one of several leading Conservatives who have expressed that view — based on the judgement of British intelligence, the police force and the Civil Service.

In July 2005, just days after the July 7 terror attacks that killed 52 people in London, Johnson, then just a backbench Conservative MP, wrote in the Spectator: “It is difficult to deny that they have a point, the Told-You-So brigade.”

Johnson referred to the Joint Intelligence Committee assessment, five weeks before the 2003 Iraq war, that the threat of al-Qaida terrorism “would be heightened by military action against Iraq.” (The JIC oversees all the intelligence agencies — MI6, MI5, GCHQ and Defence Intelligence — and is the top-level intelligence body advising the prime minister.)

Johnson accepted that the situation in Iraq since the US-led invasion was “very far from ideal” — “and if any anti-Western mullah wanted a text with which to berate Britain and America for their callousness, it is amply provided by Fallujah” — the Iraqi city that had shortly before been demolished by US-led forces — “or the mere fact that Tony Blair cannot even tell you how many Iraqis have been killed since their liberation — only that the number is somewhere between ten and twenty thousand.”

An extremely conservative estimate.

Johnson also accepted that, although terror attacks by “murderous Islamic fundamentalists” had started long before the 2003 Iraq war, “the war has unquestionably sharpened the resentments felt by such people in this country, and given them a new pretext.”

The Prime Minister wrote: “The Iraq war did not introduce the poison into our bloodstream but, yes, the war did help to potentiate that poison.”

According to the Oxford dictionary, “potentiate” is a technical term meaning: “Increase the power, effect, or likelihood of (something, especially a drug or physiological reaction).”

So, according to Johnson, Britain’s participation in the US-led invasion and occupation of Iraq increased the “likelihood” of al-Qaida terror attacks in Britain and/or the damaging “power” and “effect” of al-Qaida terror attacks in Britain.

The Prime Minister is not the only Conservative to have been realistic about the effect of Britain’s aggressive foreign policy.

Ken Clarke launched his campaign to be leader of the Conservative party in September 2005 with a speech about the connection between British foreign policy and domestic terrorism.

Clarke admitted that “the decision by the UK government to become the leading ally of president Bush in the Iraq debacle has made Britain one of the foremost targets for Islamic extremists.”

Also in 2005, we had some foreign-policy realism from former Conservative foreign secretary Douglas Hurd; from former Tory health secretary Stephen Dorrell, and from former Tory chancellor Norman Lamont.

Hurd said: “The likelihood of young Muslims, whether in Britain or elsewhere, being attracted to terrorism was increased by our action in Iraq.

“We attacked a Muslim country on grounds which turned out to be empty. We broke international law. We faced no serious threat from Saddam Hussein and received no authority from the security council. We brought about the deaths of thousands of innocent Iraqis.”

Dorrell accepted that the Iraq war had made Britain more vulnerable to terrorist attack: “Of course that is true. Who do they think they are kidding?”

Lamont also endorsed Ken Clarke’s argument and argued: “Iraq has been this country’s biggest foreign policy disaster since Suez, has made Britain and the world a more dangerous place, and yet has hardly been criticised at all by the Conservative Party.”

These men were not thrown out of the party for their outrageous remarks.

Douglas Hurd, a Conservative peer in 2005, is still a Conservative.

Norman Lamont, also a Conservative peer in 2005, is still a Conservative peer.

Stephen Dorrell remained a Tory MP until 2015.

Ken Clarke, a Tory MP since 1970, was thrown out of the party, but not for saying that the Iraq war had “made Britain one of the foremost targets for Islamic extremists.”

He was thrown out in September for voting against a no-deal Brexit.

Johnson has not suffered any political damage for saying in 2005 that the Iraq war “potentiated” the risk of terrorism in Britain.

One reason for this Conservative outbreak of realism was the solid consensus of opinion in security and intelligence circles that “the issue of British foreign policy and the perception of its negative effect on Muslims globally plays a significant role in creating feelings of anger and impotence amongst especially the younger generation of British Muslims” and “seems to be a key driver behind recruitment by extremist organisations.”

That was how Michael Jay, the top civil servant at the foreign office, summed things up in a letter to another top civil servant in May 2004.

In 2004, Jay and others compiled a secret report on “Young Muslims and Extremism”, a joint Foreign Office-Home Office report which was later leaked to the Sunday Times.

This identified British foreign policy — “a perceived ‘double standard’ in the foreign policy of Western governments, in particular Britain and the US” — as a key motive for involvement in terrorism.

After the July 7 attacks, British counter-terror police carried out a similar investigation, which had a headline over one section: “Foreign policy and Iraq; Iraq HAS had a huge impact.”

All of this is important information in its own right. It’s especially important if there is any criticism of Jeremy Corbyn for his speech after the London Bridge attack.

He rightly said: “The threat of terrorism cannot and should not be reduced to questions of foreign policy alone. But too often the actions of successive governments have fuelled, not reduced that threat.”

Milan Rai is the editor of Peace News and the author of 7/7: The London Bombings, Islam and the Iraq War.

Father Of London Attack Victim Calls Out Boris Johnson For Exploiting Son’s Death. Jack Merritt would have been “livid” to see the prime minister using his death in Friday’s London Bridge terror attack to justify stricter prison sentences, his father has said: here.

‘Prince Andrew should testify on Epstein abuse’


This 3 December 2019 musical video from Britain is a parody of the song Purple Rain by Prince.

It is about British Prince Andrew, making, in a BBC interview, the medically dodgy claim of being unable to sweat because of the Falklands war; after the survivor of United States paedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, Ms Virginia Giuffre, had claimed that Prince Andrew, while sweating profusely, had sexually abused her when she was one of Epstein’s underage sex slaves.

The music video says about itself:

Prince Andrew – Perspirable Rain

The Artist Formerly Known as Prince Andrew returns with sweat-soaked new single “Perspirable Rain”.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Five women who say they have been abused by Jeffrey Epstein want Prince Andrew to come to the United States to testify about his friendship with the US American. The women ‘s lawyer, David Boies, is going to sue him for that, he told BBC Panorama.

This 2 December 2019 TV video says about itself:

Panorama: The Prince and the Epstein Scandal

BBC documentary on the British royal scandal.

The NOS article continues:

According to Boies, Andrew may have important information about the abuse by Epstein and about trafficking in women. The lawyer said that attempts to talk to the prince have failed so far.

Before it comes to a testimony, a judge must still give his approval when Andrew would be on US American soil, the BBC reports. If that would happen, then Andrew might still object.

Photo handed to FBI

Panorama also spoke to Virginia Giuffre, who says that at the age of 17 as a sex slave to Epstein, she was forced to have sex with his friends. She says that Prince Andrew also abused her. In a recent interview, the prince still denied that. He couldn’t remember ever meeting her.

Giuffre is certain about it: “He knows what happened. I know what happened. Only one of us is telling the truth and I know that’s me.”

She also commented on remarks that a picture of her and the prince of that time is supposedly fake. Andrew also made that suggestion. But Giuffre tells the BBC that it is real and that she gave the original photo to the FBI in 2011. “There is a date on the back of it from when it was printed.” According to her, the photo was printed on March 13, 2001.

This 2 December 2019 TV video says about itself:

Epstein victim claims she was trafficked for Prince Andrew

In an interview with BBC Panorama, Virginia Giuffre claims she was trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein to have sex with Prince Andrew.

Giuffre implored the people in the UK to stand up beside her. She insisted “This is not some sordid sex story. This is a story of being trafficked“.

From the BBC Panorama programme ‘The Prince and the Epstein Scandal’.

5 KEY MOMENTS FROM PRINCE ANDREW ACCUSER’S INTERVIEW Prince Andrew’s accuser Virginia Giuffre told the BBC she felt “ashamed” after allegedly having sex with the Duke of York when she was a teenager, and said “powerful people were my chains.” [HuffPost]

ANOTHER ROYAL JUST APOLOGIZED FOR TIES TO EPSTEIN “I would never have had anything to do with Epstein if I had been aware of the seriousness of his criminal acts,” Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway said in a statement given to the Norwegian business daily Dagens Næringsliv. “I should have examined Epstein’s past more closely, and I regret that I did not.” [HuffPost]

German neo-nazi military officer charged with terorism


This 10 October 2019 video is called Right-wing terrorism In Germany.

By Dietmar Gaisenkersting in Germany:

Right-wing German Army officer Franco A. to be charged for terrorism

2 December 2019

Following an announcement last week, German ex-Army officer Franco A. is to appear in court on the charge of preparing an act of sedition. The information was contained in a recently published ruling by the German Constitutional Court dating from August 22.

The Frankfurt/Main Court of Appeals previously rejected a charge on this issue. However, the details now made public strongly suggest that the 30-year-old ex-Army officer is a neo-Nazi terrorist.

A. was arrested at Vienna’s airport in February 2017 as he sought to recover a weapon he had previously hidden in a toilet. Subsequent investigations revealed that he planned attacks with two accomplices, Maximilian T., and Matthias F., on high-ranking politicians and other public personalities. All three accused were found to possess large quantities of arms and ammunition.

Franco A. also registered as a Syrian refugee in Bavaria, with the apparent intention of blaming future attacks on refugees so as to stoke right-wing and xenophobic sentiment in Germany.

Alongside politicians, the death list included the name of Anetta Kahane, the head of the Amadeu Antonio Foundation, a target of hatred for the far-right. Nonetheless, Franco A. was released from prison in November 2017 on grounds of insufficient suspicion that he had committed a crime.

Just over six months later, in June 2018, the Frankfurt Court of Appeals dismissed the charge against Franco A. of preparing an act of sedition. The court claimed that although the preparations for the crime were far advanced, Franco A. had not carried them out, even though he allegedly had several opportunities to do so.

On this basis, the court reached the conclusion that there was a lack of suspicion that he had committed a crime. Additional charges, including violations of the firearms law and fraud, were to be dealt with in a trial at the Darmstadt District Court.

In response to this decision, the federal state prosecutor’s office appealed to the Constitutional Court, which has now ruled in favour of the appeal. The Court of Appeals must now hear the state prosecutor’s terrorism case.

The Constitutional Court gave little credibility to Franco A.’s defence. A. claimed that his statements and actions had been misinterpreted and misunderstood by the authorities. He was, in fact, always concerned about “peace, but never violence”.

In a lengthy three-part article in April 2019, the Neue Zürcher Zeitung followed this line in an attempt to rehabilitate Franco A. “The Berlin office of the NZZ has possession of hundreds of pages of files, audio recordings, and mobile phone videos related to the Franco A. case,” wrote the author, Benedict Neff. Neff added that he had repeatedly met with Franco A., his partner, and family members.

Neff could hardly contain his enthusiasm. “One notices that this is a soldier’s home,” he enthused, “due to its cleanliness. The apartment is spotlessly clean.” Franco A. is “still very fit, but his hair is bound in a short ponytail with strands falling over his brow. Nobody would consider him to be an officer any more. Rather, he looks more like an artist or a philosophy student. His beard remains.”

Franco A.’s partner, who was also interviewed in detail by the NZZ, was introduced as Sophia T. … She is the sister of A.’s accomplice, Maximilian T., who served alongside A. as a soldier in Illkirch, France, was briefly arrested, and now works as a personal adviser to Alternative for Germany (AfD) parliamentary deputy Jan Nolte.

The father of Sophia and Maximilian, Thomas Tischer, is a well-known neo-Nazi, who was active in the right-wing extremist Reichsbürger movement and the fascist National Democratic Party (NPD). The author Tobias Ginsburg, who conducted undercover research on the Reichsbürger movement, cited him as saying, “The world can be saved only with radical measures—by biologically exterminating billions and obliterating the Middle East with nuclear weapons.”

While the NZZ portrayed Franco A. as “misunderstood”, the Constitutional Court’s published ruling underscores his right-wing extremist, neo-Nazi outlook.

The defendant has a particular aversion to Jewish people, noted the ruling. “Zionism is conducting a systematic race war by sending millions of migrants to Germany, which will lead to a mixing of the races and the extermination of the German race,” states the ruling in summing up A.’s views. “He compared immigration to genocide and the social welfare state to automatised genocide,” continued the ruling. “Zionism is the root of all evil and the United States serves as a power to impose devilish interests.”

The ruling cited statements and writings, including, “My beliefs are my Germanness, that Israel governs the United States, and that Hitler stands above everyone else.”

Franco A. owned books such as Hitler’s Mein Kampf and the 1940 work The Wehrmacht—the Liberation Struggle of the Great German People. CDs with Nazi songs were also found in his possession.

According to Franco A.’s outlook, a terrorist is “a freedom fighter for the establishment of a just world,” wrote the Constitutional Court. “In an audio recording from February 2016, A. described his political opponents as ‘swines’ who he and his fellow believers would kill if they got in their way.” Franco A. stated in the recording, “I know you want to murder me, so I’ll murder you first.” Anyone not prepared to do this “may as well give up the struggle from the start.”

To contribute to “the retention of the German nation”, Franco A. planned to “use the fictive identity of a Syrian refugee” to launch attacks on “refugee-friendly” people, including current foreign minister Heiko Maas, Green Party politician Claudia Roth, and Anetta Kahane.

The planned attack on the head of the Amadeu Antonio Foundation was far advanced. It was already known that Franco A. carried out surveillance on a parking garage belonging to the organisation in Berlin and noted down car registration plates.

The Constitutional Court has connected this information with other events. In April 2016, he purchased a mounting bar for his long-sight Heckler & Koch G3 gun. Four days after carrying out surveillance on the garage, he performed firing practice with the gun, “suggesting that he was seeking to achieve improved accuracy with the weapon.” It is likely that soon afterwards, probably on July 28, the defendant acquired the pistol in Paris that he later concealed at the Vienna airport.

The claim that Franco A. merely wanted to meet Kahane for a discussion was deemed by the court to lack credibility.

All of this information paints a clear picture of the activities of Franco A. and his accomplices. It is all the more remarkable that the Frankfurt/Main Court of Appeals came to the conclusion in 2018 that it could not sufficiently justify suspicion of the commission of a seditious crime.

This underscores what the>World Socialist Web Site wrote following the dropping of charges in June 2018: “All of the evidence in the case suggests that Franco A. and his accomplices are merely a small portion of a much broader neo-Nazi network within the Army and the German state.”

We now know that Franco A. had contact with a large number of right-wing extremists, including figures with ties to the terrorist organisation National Socialist Underground. The extent of the right-wing extremist network in the state apparatus is also becoming ever clearer.

A prominent role in this is played by the state authorities in Hesse, not merely due to the Court of Appeals decision in the Franco A. case. When Halit Yozgat was murdered by the NSU in Kassel in 2006, Andreas Temme, an employee of the Hesse state intelligence agency, was at the crime scene. The state government led by Volker Bouffier (Christian Democrats, CDU) ensured that relevant files were suppressed for decades. Moreover, evidence shows that death threats sent to a lawyer representing NSU victims, which were signed “NSU 2.0,” were sent by people with connections to the Frankfurt police.

The AfD, which trivialises the Nazis’ crimes, glorifies the [Adolf Hitler] Wehrmacht and rails against refugees and protesting students, enjoys close ties to this right-wing network within the state. Fifteen percent of the AfD’s deputies in the federal parliament and 10 percent in state parliaments are former career soldiers, and 8 percent are former or fired police officers.

History is returning with full force. The political and corporate elites, as they did during the Weimar Republic, are once again turning to authoritarian and fascist forms of rule. The return of Germany to imperialist policies and militarism can be carried through only by suppressing all opposition and encouraging, building up and supporting the most right-wing forces.

While state agencies focus on covering up, financing and organising the right-wing extremist and terrorist activities of soldiers, police officers and intelligence service agents, protests against the AfD are criminalised and declared to be anti-constitutional. For example, the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (Socialist Equality Party) is described by the Secret Service in its Verfassungsschutz Report as left-wing extremist and anti-constitutional because it firmly opposes nationalism, militarism and the AfD, while advocating a socialist society.

A Jewish mother in Germany is taking her son out of a public high school because of frequent anti-Semitic comments in the classroom: here.

‘Turkish Erdogan regime supporting Boko Haram terror’


This 14 November 2019 video is called Egyptian TV News Report Alleges Turkey Supplying Weapons to Nigeria’s Boko Haram.

By Steve Sweeney:

Turkey accused of supplying arms to Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram

TURKEY has been branded a “terrorist state” and is under investigation by the Nigerian military over allegations it supplied “sophisticated weapons” to jihadist terror group Boko Haram, according to a senior army official.

In the latest revelation linking Turkey’s authoritarian President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to jihadists, it is claimed that Turkish Airlines was responsible for shipping arms to Nigeria.

In a 2014 audio recording circulating on YouTube, the assistant executive of the Turkish airline, Mehmet Karatas, allegedly told Mustafa Varank, a former adviser to Mr Erdogan, then-Turkish Prime Minister, that he felt guilty over the arms shipment to Nigeria.

“I do not know whether these [weapons] will kill Muslims or Christians. I feel sinful,” Mr Karatas was allegedly heard saying.

Mr Erdogan dismissed the claims at the time as “vile”.

But Nigerian Defence Headquarters spokesman, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu said on Wednesday: “The veracity of the claims in the video cannot be ascertained immediately.

“However, it is a serious national-security issue, and I believe it is receiving the required attention at the national strategic level.”

In May 2017 the Nigerian government claimed to have intercepted an illegal arms shipment from Turkey, seizing 440 illegal pump-action rifles at the port in Lagos.

This came five months after customs officials halted a truck with 661 of the same weapons.

It is alleged that an intercepted phone call confirmed the arms deals, with Egpyt’s Ten TV host Nasha’t al-Deyhi saying: “Today’s leak confirms without a doubt that Erdogan, his state, his government and his party are transferring weapons from Turkey to — this is a shock, to where you may ask — to Nigeria; and to whom? — to the Boko Haram organisation.”

Mr Erdogan has long been accused of supporting jihadist terror groups.

European intelligence reports claimed that “forces” in his ruling party commissioned the Isis suicide attacks on a 2015 Ankara peace rally in which at least 109 people were killed.

In August, it was revealed that the Turkish National Intelligence Organisation had been smuggling scores of former Isis fighters across the Syrian border to lead battalions in the occupation of Afrin, which Ankara’s military invaded in January 2018.

Turkey is also alleged to have been the main buyer of oil originating from Isis sources in Iraq [and Syria].

In late 2015, Mr Erdogan and his family were accused by Russia of personally benefiting from the criminal oil trade.

Last month senior Isis commander Taha Abdurrahim Abdullah, a close confidant of deceased Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, claimed Mr Erdogan ordered the attack on the largely-Kurdish city of Kobane in 2014.

More recently Turkey allied with jihadists to invade northern Syria where it is accused of war crimes, including extrajudicial executions, rape and the use of chemical weapons.

Ukrainian nazi vandalism against Jewish author’s statue


A monument to Yiddish author Sholem Aleichem is seen vandalized with swastikas in Kiev, Ukraine

From CNN in the USA, 25 November 2019:

Ukrainian police are investigating a case of anti-Semitic vandalism after a monument to a prominent Jewish writer was vandalized with swastikas. …

Images on Ukrainian social media showed the monument, located across from the Brodsky Synagogue in central Kiev …

Ukraine has a large and thriving Jewish community, but community activists also report frequent cases of anti-Semitic vandalism. …

Born in 1859 in Russia, Sholem Aleichem was a Yiddish author and playwright known in the United States as the “Yiddish Mark Twain“, according to Encyclopaedia Britannica.

Americans would know his writing best from the musical “Fiddler on the Roof”. His works were adapted into the script surrounding the musical numbers.

Several of his other works were adapted and instrumental in the founding of the Yiddish Art Theatre in New York City.

Before his death in 1916, Aleichem published more than 40 novels, stories, and plays in Yiddish.

Last November, a man caused a commotion in a Baltimore theater last week by yelling “Heil Hitler! Heil Trump!” during a “Fiddler on the Roof” performance.

UKRAINIAN courts were today condemned for upholding a ban on the only newspaper opposing the country’s “oligarch-nazi regime.” Founded in 1897, Rabochaya Gazeta was banned earlier this year under Ukraine’s reactionary anti-communist laws after it published articles quoting Karl Marx: here.

German mayor driven away by anti-refugee racists


This 23 November 2919 video from Germany says about itself (translated):

Because of witchhunt: Mayoress gives up office | Sky Germany

Solidarity from state and federal politics: Martina Angermann had condemned the behaviour of a “paramilitary” gang who had tied an Iraqi to a tree.

Mayor Martina Angermann, MDR photo

Translated from Dutch NOS TV, 22 November 2019:

The mayor of the German town of Arnsdorf has resigned her post after continuing threats. Martina Angermann (61) has been sick at home with a burnout since February and has applied for early retirement.

Arnsdorf, a place with some 5000 inhabitants in the eastern state of Saxony, came in the news in 2016 when four men tied an Iraqi refugee with psychological problems to a tree. One of the perpetrators was a municipal councillor on behalf of the right-wing populist

Dear NOS and other journalists: stop abusing the word ‘populist’ as an euphemism for neo-fascist racists.

party Alternative für Deutschland (AfD). Mayor Angermann has strongly condemned the action several times, which led to a storm of criticism, hatred and (death) threats from the right wing.

Incidentally, the investigation into the abuse case was quickly cut off and the four men were not on trial.

Witchhunt

Last month the AfD group in the Arnsdorf local council called on mayor Angermann to resign because of her illness. The party threatened to put her position to a vote, but it did not come to that.

According to the German news site Focus, Angermann’s party, the Social Democratic SPD, speaks of a witchhhunt against the mayor. “For months she has been verbally attacked, threatened and intimidated,” says party secretary Homann. Minister of Justice Lambrecht says to broadcaster MDR: “If people withdraw from their social involvement because of threats, then our democracy will be jeopardized.”

Dear Ms Lambrecht and other SPD politicians: you are correct in this. However, the racism which now has driven Mayor Angermann into illness and retirement is partly the fault of your party. As your CDU-CSU-SPD coalition government, eg, stopped the investigation into the far-right paramilitary violence against that Iraqi refugee in Arnsdorf. And as that government massively deports refugees to war zones like Afghanistan and Iraq, falsely claimed to be ‘safe’.

The student’s association (Asta) at the University of Hamburg has been bombarded with hate mail and threats of violence after students protested against a founding member of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD), Bernd Lucke, who returned to his teaching post at the university: here.