The militant group of ISIS executed Iraqi journalist and reporter of Saladin TV Adel Saegh in Mosul city of Nineveh province, northwest Iraq, local sources reported on Tuesday.
Saegh was shot dead by an ISIS militant in Qassim Sawas square in Mosul city “on charges of serving anti-ISIS propaganda”, a security official said.
Iraqi security official Zanoun Sabaawi said that the ISIS terrorist group has threatened all journalists and media activists of execution if they report on local developments in the ISIS-held areas.
“Terrorists of Daesh (IS) want all their violations and atrocities against the Iraqi people to go unnoticed. That’s why they intend to prevent reporters from covering local news in places like Mosul,” Sabaawi said.
The Iraqi official said that the decision has been issued by the ISIS-linked Sharia Court in Nineveh province earlier this month, and that the group has subsequently arrested dozens of media activists and journalists “who do not serve the agenda of the alleged caliphate”.
Last week, ISIS militants executed the journalist Sabah Muhammad and photographer waleed Abdullah, who worked for al-Musiliyah channel in Mosul, on charges of violating the group’s regulations.
Alison Parker and Adam Ward, a reporter and cameraman for local CBS-affiliate WDBJ7 in Virginia, were killed on live TV on August 26, 2015.
“The murder of two journalists,Alison Parker and Adam Ward, on live television in Virginia is an unprecedented tragedy, even in a country where thousands of people are killed each year by firearms, said Christophe Deloire, Secretary General of Reporters Without Borders. “According to initial reports, it seems that these reporters were personally targeted in an act of revenge and not because of their jobs. The ensuing investigation will reveal if their work as journalists was indeed a factor in this criminal act.”
Six American journalists were killed while doing their job since 2010, all while in war-torn countries. This was the case notably for journalist Luke Sommers, murdered during a rescue mission in Yemen in December 2014, and freelance journalist James Foley, who was beheaded by Islamic State militants in August 2014. Others killed include Steven Sotloff andMarie Colvin, also in Syria, Chris Hondros in Libya, and Rupert Hamer in Afghanistan. These circumstances are without a doubt completely different than those of today’s attack.
“Even if this is not a case of journalists being targeted while reporting in war-torn countries or murdered because of their investigation on corruption or drug-trafficking, to kill two journalists on live television in cold blood demonstrates a certain willingness to dramatize the crime committed against them,” observes Delphine Halgand, US Director of Reporters Without Borders.
It is extremely rare that journalists are killed while doing their job on American soil. A photo journalist, Bill Biggart, was killed by falling debris while covering rescue operations from the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. On October 5 that same year Robert Stevens, journalist for the Boca Raton Sun in Florida, succumbed to a deadly inhalation of anthrax after receiving an envelope like many other members of the media.
The last journalist to have been killed on American soil for doing his job was Chauncey Bailey in 2007, a reporter for the Oakland Post who covered corruption. He was murdered by men hired by the leader of one of the groups he was investigating.
Elsewhere in the world, the most recent cases of journalists killed while on air are as recent as August 7 in northern Brazil. Glaydson Carvalho, a presenter for Radio Liberdade, spoke out against corruption among local politicians and was killed in cold blood by two armed men during his radio program. In addition, last October in Mexico, reporter Atilano Roman Tirado from the radio station Fiesta Mexicana was killed by two men while he was in the middle of his live weekly program. He often criticized local authorities in the state of Sinaloa where he worked.
Since the beginning of IS control over Raqqa, early in 2014, IS has worked to spread black flags over the province and impart its own identity over everything. IS also has tried to use people in any possible way such as taking taxes, seizing money and arrests under different pretexts, such as spying and joining free army or other factions.
June was a pivotal month in Raqqa province. Kurdish units were able to take over Tal Abiad city and the northern area of IS controlled areas, forcing IS to retreat about 50km away of Raqqa “one of the most important IS strongholds”, but the scene in the north did not changed, it even got worse. arrests are still going on and the looting and pillage of public funds continued on a larger scale, in addition to a systematic displacement operations proceeded by Kurdish factions.
Among the great similarities between IS and YPG, IS forced earlier the owners of motorbikes to change their motorbikes’ plates with different ones that have the number and the name of IS states, as well as to undergo driving lessons in order to get new driving license. YPG, just like IS, forced the people of northern region to change their cars’ plates to different ones with different numbers and the word “Kree Sbi” written on them which means “Tal Abiad” in kurdish. And forced who have a European car to register their cars and pay 76,000 SP at Abu Zawia police station, which gives the payers receipts form Rogge Urfa Customs “West of Kurdistan”.
Arbitrary actions committed by the Kurdish units towards the civilian continue. Locals say that they are the Yellow IS, referring to the yellow flag which represents YPG.
Arrests, looting of private property, displacement and even more in Raqqa. People of Raqqa suffered from all kind of radical ruling regimes, all of which promised to transfer the region to utopia, while everyone knows that they are two sides of the same coin.
As originally posted on:Reason.com August 20, 2015
Imagine that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was a corporation, with its shares owned by the nation's major pharmaceutical companies. How would you feel about the regulation of medications? Whose interests would this corporation be serving? Or suppose that major oil companies appointed a small committee to periodically announce the price of a barrel of crude in the United States. How would that impact you at the gasoline pump?
Such hypotheticals would strike the majority of Americans as completely absurd, but it's exactly how our banking system operates.
The Federal Reserve is literally owned by the nation's commercial banks, with a rotation of the regional Reserve Bank presidents constituting 5 of the 12 voting members of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), the body that sets targets for certain interest rates. The other 7 members of the FOMC are the D.C.-based Board of Governors—which includes the Fed chairperson, currently Janet Yellen—and are nominated by the President. The Fed serves its owners and patrons—the big banks and the federal government, while the rest of Americans get left behind.
The Federal Reserve has the ability to create legal tender through mere bookkeeping operations. By the simple act of buying, for example, $10 million worth of bonds, the Federal Reserve literally creates $10 million worth of money and adds it into the system. The seller's account goes up by $10 million once the Fed's monies are received. Nobody's account gets debited for $10 million. This is a tremendous amount of power for an institution to possess, and yet the Fed shrouds itself in secrecy and is accountable to no one.
In December 2008, Congress summoned then-Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke to provide information concerning the enormous "emergency liquidity" programs that had begun during the financial crisis earlier that fall—all the new acronyms Wall Street analysts would come to know, such as TAF (Term Auction Facility), PDCF (Primary Dealer Credit Facility), and TSLF (Term Securities Lending Facility). Bernanke did not need Congress' permission to conduct those programs, but even worse, he refused to disclose the recipients of the $1.2 trillion in short-term loans that we now know were being administered behind closed doors. This staggering secret loan payouts doesn't even include hundreds of billions in "swaps" to foreign central banks. Bernanke's rationale was that if the Fed announced the names of the big banks being rescued, then depositors and investors would flee, thus defeating the whole purpose of the rescue operations.
Americans then and now were lectured that the trillions in loans and asset purchases were all for their own good and eventual benefit, to resuscitate the credit markets and bolster home values. Yet the truth remains—it is Wall Street that benefits from the Fed at the expense of Main Street. To make things worse, in October 2008—one month after Lehman Brothers collapsed and precipitated the worst of the financial crisis—the Fed began exercising a new policy of paying interest on reserves. The Fed began to subsidize and directly pay the nation's bankers not to make loans to their customers and keep their reserves parked on deposit with the Fed.
Today, Fed officials can give all sorts of technical explanations for that policy—a move that remains in effect today. Yet your average depositor received no such direct subsidy and likely still receives almost no interest on short term deposits.
It's unfortunately in keeping with Fed policies that disproportionately favor wealth—like low interest rates, a policy benefiting those that have the most assets and first access to borrowing, not for people who have little or no capital.
No matter how much the Fed protests to the contrary, it shows little regard for the average Joe or Jane. Consider the types of assets it bought as the Fed's balance sheet exploded from $905 billion in the beginning of September 2008 to $2.2 trillion by the end of the year. (The Fed currently holds some $4.5 trillion in total assets, after the various rounds of "quantitative easing.")
Rather than bailing out struggling homeowners who were underwater, with higher mortgage debt than their homes were worth, the Fed instead loaded up on U.S. Treasuries (its own IOUs) and mortgage-backed securities—the very same "toxic assets" that reflected the horrible judgment of many investment bankers and the ratings agencies that signed off on the shenanigans. It is no coincidence that the federal government was able to run trillion-dollar-plus deficits for four consecutive years with no concern from the financial markets; everyone knows the Fed stands in the wings, willing to "print" new legal tender and sop up Uncle Sam's IOUs (which eventually come due, as we are now seeing in Greece).
When it comes to money, politicians are often seen as the least trustworthy. But in the debate over income and wealth inequality, few people point the finger at the biggest benefactor of the wheeler dealer crony capitalists: the Federal Reserve. The nation's central bank, which regulates all other banks and has the power to create money simply by buying assets, should be under the utmost scrutiny. Yet, perversely, members of Congress have to fight an uphill battle just to audit the Fed. We do not want to politicize monetary policy (as our detractors allege), but rather simply shine a very bright light on this unaccountable and unchecked (and thus entirely un-American) power. By doing this, we may finally be able to rein it in.
________________________________________________ Rand Paul is a U.S. senator from Kentucky.
Spitznagel is CIO of Universa Investments and author of The Dao of Capital: Austrian Investing in a Distorted World.
FORT MEADE, Md. – The National Security Agency announced it has purchased Verizon Wireless, a major telecommunications provider and subsidiary of Verizon Communications, for $9 billion. The acquisition effectively brings with it some 135.5 million customers, making it one of the largest state-owned enterprises in the United States.
In a statement released by the NSA Friday afternoon, Director Michael S. Rogers said Verizon Wireless customers will notice “little to no change” in service during the transition period. However, Director Rogers added, current and future customers can look forward to “exciting and affordable wireless plans” as well as increased 4G coverage. “By utilizing an array of satellites already in use by the NSA, Verizon Wireless will expand its reach and coverage to include areas outside the continental United States,” Rogers said.
Beginning September 1st, Verizon Wireless will offer smart phone plans starting at as little as $25 a month. In addition, all wireless plans will include up to 1 terabyte of cloud storage and unlimited long distance calls on nights and weekends. “For just $2 more a month, customers can enjoy unlimited international calls to Africa and the Middle East,” said Jacob Hersch, the newly appointed Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Verizon Wireless. Hersch, who has prior experience in telecommunications, previously directed the NSA’s now-defunct domestic surveillance program.
Director Rogers said the NSA is in the process of transferring its newly acquired Verizon Wireless servers, which include customer information and records, to its Utah Data Center. Located just outside Bluffdale at Camp Williams, the center primarily serves as a data storage facility for the U.S. Intelligence Community.
Verizon Wireless is ranked first in overall performance among the top four major wireless providers in the United States, which include AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. The NSA plans to maintain its position by expanding cellular and data coverage beyond the United States. “You don’t need to be American to enjoy 4G speeds or higher,” said Director Rogers. “You just need to be a Verizon Wireless customer.”
China conducted a flight test of its new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) this month.
This week, Bill Gertz reported that earlier this month, China conducted the fourth flight test of its DF-41 road-mobile ICBM.
“The DF-41, with a range of between 6,835 miles and 7,456 miles, is viewed by the Pentagon as Beijing’s most potent nuclear missile and one of several new long-range missiles in development or being deployed,” Gertz reports.
He goes on to note that this is the fourth time in the past three years that China has tested the DF-41, indicating that the missile is nearing deployment. Notably, according to Gertz, in the latest test China shot two independently targetable warheads from the DF-41, further confirming that the DF-41 will hold multiple independently targetable reentry vehicles (MIRV).
As I’ve noted before, China’s acquisition of a MIRVed capability is one of the most dangerous nuclear weapons developments that no one is talking about.
MIRVed missiles carry payloads of several nuclear warheads each capable of being directed at a different set of targets. They are considered extremely destabilizing to the strategic balance primarily because they place a premium on striking first and create a “use em or lose em” nuclear mentality.
Along with being less vulnerable to anti-ballistic missile systems, this is true for two primary reasons. First, and most obviously, a single MIRVed missile can be used to eliminate numerous enemy nuclear sites simultaneously. Thus, theoretically at least, only a small portion of an adversary’s missile force would be necessary to completely eliminate one’s strategic deterrent. Secondly, MIRVed missiles enable countries to use cross-targeting techniques of employing two or more missiles against a single target, which increases the kill probability.
In other words, MIRVs are extremely destabilizing because they make adversary’s nuclear arsenals vulnerable to being wiped out in a surprise first strike. In the case of China, Beijing’s acquisition of a MIRVed capability is likely to force India to greatly increase the size of its nuclear arsenal, as well as force it to disperse its nuclear weapons across a greater sway of land to prevent China from being able to conduct a successful decapitation strike. Such a development in Delhi would upset the Indo-Pakistani nuclear balance, likely prompting Islamabad to take corresponding actions of its own.
China’s acquisition of a MIRVed capability is also likely to upset the strategic balance with Russia. As Moscow’s conventional military capabilities have eroded since the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia has leaned more heavily on nuclear weapons for its national defense. It therefore seeks to maintain a clear nuclear advantage over potential adversaries like China. Beijing’s acquisition of MIRVed missiles threatens to erode this advantage.
As Gertz’s notes, the U.S. intelligence community believes that the DF-41 will ultimately be able to carry up to 10 nuclear warheads. Such a development would likely force China to increase the size of its nuclear arsenal. To date, China and India (as well as the world’s other nuclear powers) have maintained relatively small nuclear arsenals compared with Russia and the United States.
The introduction of MIRVed technologies into the Asian nuclear balance may render this no longer true. For this reason— along with its long-range and solid fuel—the DF-41 is the most dangerous nuclear weapon in China’s arsenal.
Zachary Keck is managing editor of The National Interest. You can find him on Twitter: @ZacharyKeck.
In light of the recent Supreme Court ruling, ‘Citizens United’, which declared that free speech was to be extended to Corporations, granting them the same rights as individuals, thus allowing them to contribute as much cash as they please to political campaigns, it is not surprising to those who follow the court that the justices would consider a class action suit filed by some of America’s largest corporations, extending and fully recognizing their status as citizens, allowing them to run for and hold office.
In the lawsuit, it is alleged that given their new and historically unprecedented status as individuals, it would be unconstitutional for them to be deprived of holding public office, including the Presidency.
The ACLU along with a coalition of left leaning organizations, has called this a travesty and ‘a road that will lead to America no longer being a democracy of the people, by the people, for the people.’. “It will instead complete the advance toward America becoming an oligarchy…a nation ruled by the wealthy and elite.”
Attorneys for the plaintiffs counter by saying that “This country was built, made great and exceptional, due to the tireless work of corporations who, for decades, have used American workers to further patriotic interests and helped to accumulate the wealth and build the fortunes that have provided the opportunity for workers to have jobs, to work as many hours as they choose, and to live free, in a country which provides food stamps, housing and medical care to those who work hard enough and are willing to dream the American dream.”
The corporate attorneys went on to add that Americans expect their political office holders, including Presidents, to have contributed to making this country great, whether that was through their experience as public servants or their business acumen. Why then, should corporations which are now legally ‘people’, be deprived of their individual Constitutional rights?”
Liberal organizations though, have jointly protested, declaring that ‘Citizens United’ was a mistake, lead by a thin ‘ultra conservative’ majority of Supreme Court justices working solely on behalf of big business rather than the American people. “We have seen our hard fought and hard won voting rights gutted and decimated this majority of Supreme Court judges who feel no obligation to a government ‘of the people, by the people, and for the people. Increasingly, our Senators, our Representative and state officials are dependent upon money…money supplied by the wealthy in return for favorable legislation, while turning a deaf ear on the common man.”
Lawyers for the corporations responded by saying, “I think America is ready for a leader who represent America. A corporation whose very name reflects our military might, someone named ‘General Electric, or General Foods”, or a corporation which represents family values and a familial sounding name like “Johnson and Johnson.”
Supreme Court pundits have yet to predict just where the justices will fall on this important case, and whether or not one conservative justice may join the liberals and deny the rights of Corporations when it comes to holding public office, although one astute court watcher suggests that there be tests cases where corporations sit on school boards or county commission and see how well they perform before holding national office.
Ahlul Bayt News Agency - Members of the Takfiri Daesh group have executed more than a dozen women in Iraq’s embattled northern city of Mosul as they continue perpetrating crimes on a large scale in the areas under their control.
The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) spokesman in Mosul, Saeed Mamouzini, told Arabic-language al-Sumaria satellite television network that Daesh extremists killed 15 women in Ghazlani military base, which lies near the city and is located some 400 kilometers (248 miles) north of the capital, Baghdad, on Saturday after the victims refused to marry the militants.
Mamouzini added that Daesh members have murdered more than 30 Iraqi women over the past two months after they turned down proposals to marry the terrorists.
Late last month, Daesh militants executed 19 women in Mosul on the same ground.
Hana Nawafili, a spokeswoman for the Iraqi Observatory for the Defense of Battered Women, told Arabic-language al-Maalomah news agency on July 18 that Daesh terrorists had gang-raped seven female residents of Fallujah, situated about 69 kilometers (43 miles) west of Baghdad, and then murdered them.
Iraqi Ministry of Human Rights reported on December 16, 2014, that Daesh terrorists had executed at least 150 women, including pregnant ones, in the country’s western province of al-Anbar, after they declined to marry the Takfiris.
The ministry further noted that the militants buried the women in mass graves in Fallujah.
Gruesome violence has plagued the northern and western parts of Iraq ever since Daesh Takfiris launched an offensive in June 2014, and took control of swathes of Iraqi territory.
The militants have been committing heinous crimes against all ethnic and religious groups in Iraq, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, Izadi Kurds and others.
Units of army soldiers and volunteer fighters are seeking to win back militant-held regions in joint operations.
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