Putin’s statism has created an atmosphere in which oligarchs and firms targeted by sanctions are able to lobby the Kremlin for a pay-out from the state budget.

Twice over the last three months, Rosneft has requested financial assistance from the Russian government to mediate the impact of sanctions. Together, these requests are worth in excess of Rs2.5tn ($86bn). – 10/30/2014.


Most of the victims found near Hit were members of the police or an anti-Islamic State Sunni force called Sahwa (Awakening).

“Early this morning we found those corpses and we have been told by some Islamic State militants that ‘those people are from Sahwa, who fought your brothers the Islamic State, and this is the punishment of anybody fighting Islamic State’,” an eyewitness said. – 10/30/2014.

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FTAC – Without Conscience


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The world that needs to do something is the world itself, and there’s plenty of it to overwhelm every corner of Islamic Jihad. However, two of the superpowers are invested in despotism themselves — China, quietly; Russia, now famously — and whether in Syria or Iraq, the middle that wished to become modern either has not had the wherewithal to power itself or, as where ISIS has penetrated, remains deeply committed to a deeply medieval script and teleology. Add some Really Big Money to the formula plus bribes and intimidation — don’t leave out the most parochial interests — and no one moves.

In the lawless, also, there is of course an ethical and moral lostness. The Qur’an read as explicit instruction and untempered by the presence of a greater human conscience affords zero navigational assistance. The black flag of piracy flies where there is no conscionable law.

The inspiration for the above comment:

They have been subjected to physical and sexual violence, including systematic rape and sex slavery. They’ve been exposed in markets in Mosul and in Raqqa, Syria, carrying price tags.

Never Again?

Wake up.

Related Reference

That the Islamic State has enslaved Yazidi women and children it captured is an established fact. For example, a United Nations report found that “300 [Yazidi] women had been forced into slavery.” Now, in its slick multi-language journal Dabiq, the terrorist group offers its theological justification for this practice. – 10/16/2014

But one ugly, deadly and recurrent reality check persists: genocide. Genocide has occurred so often and so uncontested in the last fifty years that an epithet more apt in describing recent events than the oft-chanted “Never Again” is in fact “Again and Again.” The gap between the promise and the practice of the last fifty years is dispiriting indeed. How can this be? – by Samantha Power, n.d.

“Early this morning we found those corpses and we have been told by some Islamic State militants that ‘those people are from Sahwa, who fought your brothers the Islamic State, and this is the punishment of anybody fighting Islamic State’,” an eyewitness said.

Tribal sheikhs from Albu Nimr say both sets of victims were among more than 300 men aged between 18 and 55 who were seized by Islamic State this week. – 10/30/2014.

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Arab propaganda communicates a steady stream of Jew-hate to a world immersed in media and internet. It speaks every day to international and national audiences. It poisons truth.

It uses a vicious propaganda to prepare the world to accept total war against Israel and its Jews. It packages news. It produces TV images. It shapes words and pictures to create a fictional narrative of Arab innocence being brutalized by the oppressive, criminal Jew—who must be stopped at any cost. – 10/28/2014.


ISIS has just be-headed a woman in Baquba because she dared to resist being raped. In the process of struggling to defend herself, she actually killed her would-be rapist, an ISIS warrior. The woman was at home recovering from a medical illness.

This is precisely the crime that led to Reyhaneh Jabbari’s execution in Iran at dawn this past Saturday—except that the Iranian regime first jailed and tortured her for five years. Her life might have been spared if her victim’s family had forgiven her, but that did not happen. Her would-be rapist was a former member of Iran’s Intelligence Ministry.

And thus we learn that under Sharia law the penalty for resisting rape is torture and death for women. – 10/28/2014.


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The number of political groups that are inclined to support Russia’s president Vladimir Putin is growing, both in the ruling parties of the European countries and in the opposition; from Hungary’s Victor Orban and his ruling Fidesz party to the far-right opposition parties that are performing spectacularly well in national elections, such as Marie Le Pen and her Front National of France. Sympathy and support also comes from Hungary’s Jobbik radical nationalists, the Flemish nationalist Vlaams Belang in Belgium, Greece’s far-right Golden Dawn, Austria’s Freedom Party, and Italy’s Lega Nord, just to name a few. – 10/28/2014.

I would expect Russo-Iranian methods in the development of power and wealth to expand until stopped cold.  The interior mythology in both units, to be clinical about it, have zero incentive to stall or stop aggression on the basis of the political accommodations and levers owned by others.  That implacable will may be buttressed by an equally sociopathic view of humanity.  For evidence of that in addition to Ukraine (and how Yanukovych milked it): Bashar al-Assad’s behavior in Syria.

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According to an investigative report published Friday in Yisrael Hayom , Qatar is financing the violence in the capital. Veteran Jerusalem affairs reporter Nadav Shragai wrote that the Islamic rioters who daily attack Jewish visitors and police forces on the Temple Mount are paid by Qatar through the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement.

The Qatari government and other Islamic funds are transferring vast sums of money to the Islamic Movement’s radical northern branch headed by Sheikh Ra’ed Salah. The Islamic Movement in turn is paying thousands of shekels every month to hundreds of women and men, mainly Muslim Israeli citizens, who call themselves the Murbitat. – 10/28/2014.

FTAC – On Old Political Language

Some language borrows heavily from the Soviet Era, of course, and the same signals that the Russo-Iranian compact revolves around absolute power and wealth, not the spoken word. Whether the nationalism associated with our New Imperial Russia or the Islamism promoted by the Khamenei regime, the two serve themselves and other billionaire partners in their enterprise. The degree to which the upper crusts of less enfranchised constituency sees this may contribute to the degree of resistance encountered by both, which grumbling has been met so far and handily by violent political repression.


It’s tricky getting a perception into words, getting the words compressed, and reducing observation to an arrangement of symbols so simple, straightforward, and, most import, true — highest probability of being so — that the message becomes first memorable and then permanently internalized.  The standard of the strength of that signal is its persistence as truth arrived at or tested in multiple ways: it won’t budge not because the receiver believes in some inherent fashion or rule-based preference, but because it really is something honest and armored by its own indestructible integrity.

What if . . . you suspect you might be on the wrong side of right?

Many in the world prefer the false comfort of a loyal lie to the certainty of an uncomfortable truth.  As much ruins them, for who would believe any who would sustain a known falsehood or create new lies by way advisement, dictate, or instruction?  If falsehoods need must be covered by either new lies or willful ignorance, in the end for that cultural cycle, there will nothing true.

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