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It took me two and a half evenings to complete your un-put-downable book…it is a unique contribution to the appreciation of a life in Singapore. Thank you for having written it. C. V. Devan Nair, former President of Singapore.

Bought the book from Select this weekend and can’t put it down! It’s a great read! And so nostalgic for me—the good old days! Glen Goei, writer and director of the Miramax film That’s the Way I Like It and who played the title role opposite Anthony Hopkins in the London production of M. Butterfly. Mr. Goei’s latest film is The Blue Mansion – Click for the trailer!

It is a remarkable story and so full of intrigue that it reads at times like fiction.Jonathan Burnham, Editor in Chief & President, Talk Miramax Books.

“It’s quite a story The legendary Alice Mayhew, Vice-President & Editorial Director, Simon & Schuster.

This book out-Dallas, Dallas. No one has written so well of the other side of paradise,Francis T. Seow, former Solicitor General of Singapore

ThunderBall Films is successfully putting together the movie production of Escape from Paradise and has received a new LOI (Letter of Intent) from actress Bai Ling who starred with Richard Gere in the film Red Cross.

This includes a commitment from a CPA firm who does tax credit financing in Ireland, a possible location to film, as part of the package needed for investors – along with the CPA firm’s commitment to apply for and finance the tax credits if ThunderBall does shoot in Ireland and what portion of the budget they would provide.
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Escape from Paradise – the Promotional Trailer

Facial Profiling – How to Spot a Radical Muslim

Radical Islam is based on the Hadith

In Islam, an Hadith is represented as being a saying of Muhammad or a report about something he did. Over time, it became obvious that many so-called Hadiths were in fact spurious and fabricated sayings which teach Radical Islam.

Beliefs such as the 70 virgins waiting to please suicide bombers, are from the Hadith and are not to be found in the Quran.

Today’s Imams preach the Radical Islam of the Hadith, not the Quran.

“Shaving the beard is forbidden, according to what has been  narrated by Al-Bukhari, Muslim, Ahmad and others, on the authority of Ibn ‘Umar, who fabricated this quote from Mohammed: “Be different from the polytheists, and grow your beards and shorten your moustaches” (Al-Bukhari no. 5892 and Muslim no. 259. Muslim no. 260). Ibn Umar repeated this falsehood in his Hadith no. 488, which states, “Trim closely the moustache, and let the beard flow.” – Ibn Umar, Hadith no. 498.

Only Radical Islam follows the practice of trimming the moustache and not the beard. This makes it very easy for us to spot the followers of Radical Islam by facial profiling.

Easy-to-follow, real-life examples of Male Radical Islamists easily identifiable by their mustache and beard

Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez02

Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez. who killed four marines in Chattanooga, Tennessee on July 16, 2015

“He is being treated as a homegrown violent extremist,” said FBI Special Agent Ed Reinhold. Under pressure from the Obama administration, the FBI was not able to tell the truth and report that the killer was a terrorist. Note that this terrorist has a trimmed mustache with a longer beard.

Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez

Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez – Going, Going, Gone!

Here we see that progress of the terrorists progression from a clean-shaven face to a Radical Islamist terrorist beard.

Notable examples of Radical Islamists easily identifiable by their mustache and beard

ISIS Leader Al-Baghdadi

ISIS Leader Al-Baghdadi

Osama bin-Laden

Osama bin-Laden










Easy-to-follow, real-life examples of Female Radical Islamists easily identifiable by attire

Tashfeen Malik

Tashfeen Malik, wife of Syed Farook – ISIS Bakersfield Bomber

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton pretending for the crowd

If a Muslim woman covers her hair or hides her face in public in a non-Islamic country, she is a member of Radical Islam. Again, this “rule” comes from the Radical Islamic Hadith. When in Saudi Arabia, in private places, I saw many Muslim women dressed quite normally, with no hiding of their hair or face. At a party in Saudi Arabia, I have even met the Lady in Waiting to Saudi Queen Iffat dressed normally with no vale or scarf.

The author of this report, John Harding, former United Nations Expert, has lived and worked for 9 years in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait and for 9 years in Singapore. He is intimately familiar with the Middle East and Southeast Asia. He is in daily communication with his sources in both these areas.

Obama’s Denial of Terrorist Links in the Bakersfield Massacre



Obama’s stance on whether or not the Bakersfield Massacre was a terrorist act cannot be explained as “political correctness.” Now, Obama , his forcing the FBI to take the position that the two killers are not part of a larger organization, but just “lone wolves.” Why?

It may be part of Obama’s political agenda, akin to his rules of engagement which prevents the U.S. from doing much physical damage to ISIS.

Maybe not. Maybe, Obama knows something the American public doesn’t know and is not supposed to know.

The FBI is saying that Farook had no contacts with any terrorist cell in the U.S. They seem to ignore the fact that they, themselves, admitted that he had telephone conversations with people who were “of interest” to the FBI, but discounted their possible importance.

The FBI also lifted the court order on Farook’s apartment and turned it back over to the owner, without dusting the place for any fingerprints —fingerprints that could easily lead to an extended group of jihadists.

The FBI director, James Comey, even went on television to say that Farook and his wife had no terrorist connections – no cell links. Interesting to note, that Obama’s Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, was sitting next to him and watching him closely, looking a bit like a stern schoolmarm.

It appears that by denying that the terrorists had any connections, Obama is trying to protect those connections.

The attacker, Syed Farook, made several trips to Saudi Arabia, ostensibly to meet and marry his wife, attacker Tashfeen Malik. The fact that Farook made three strips to Saudi Arabia, may not seem strange to some. However, if you have ever been through the Saudi visa process, you know that it is virtually impossible to obtain an entry visa to Saudi Arabia. To obtain such a visa, you have to be hired by a company in Saudi Arabia, or have a request put in by for you by someone of influence in the kingdom—and maybe that someone is Farook’s ISIS connection.

The last thing that Obama would want would be to have someone in Saudi Arabia turn out to be Farook’s ISIS contact.

Obama does not want to see that connection made.

Is Obama a Sunni Muslim?

ISIS Ramadi Victory Parade - Undefended and not Bombed by the US. Why?

ISIS Ramadi Victory Parade – Undefended and not Bombed by the US. Why?

Iraq’s suspicion that the Obama is on the side of ISIS runs deep. Iraqi fighters say they have all seen the videos purportedly showing U.S. helicopters airdropping weapons to the militants – naturally, these videos will never be reported by the U.S. media. (In addition, the U.S. media has concealed the report that in Obama’s childhood home, Indonesia, Jemaah Islamiyah, affiliated with ISIS, recently beheaded a Chinese man.)

“It is not in doubt,” said Mustafa Saadi, who says his friend saw U.S. helicopters delivering bottled water to Islamic State positions.

Col. Steve Warren, the U.S. military’s Baghdad-based spokesman admits, “There’s clearly no one in the West who buys it, but unfortunately, this is something that a segment of the Iraqi population believes.”

In one example of how little leverage the United States now has, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi reject the announcement Tuesday that an expeditionary force of U.S. troops will be dispatched to Iraq to conduct raids. He stated, “There is no need for foreign ground combat troops. Any such support and special operations anywhere in Iraq can only be deployed subject to the approval of the Iraqi Government and in coordination with the Iraqi forces and with full respect to Iraqi sovereignty.” U.S. warplanes fail to respond to requests for air support because of Obama’s rules of engagement that prevents strikes if there is a risk civilians may be hit, he said. The rules of engagement also insures that ISIS oil income, which is provided by selling to Islamist Turkey, is protected.

The U.S. and coalition partners have targeted ISIS with the paltry number of 8,289 airstrikes — 5,432 in Iraq and 2,857 in Syria, through November 19, the Pentagon says. “We’d be better off without them,” said 1st Lt. Murtada Fadl, who is serving with the Iraqi elite forces in Baiji. He said that the only air support had come from the Iraqi air force and that he wishes the government would ask the Russians to replace the Americans.

Mustafa Alani, director of the Dubai-based Gulf Research Center states, “Mosul was lost and the Americans did nothing. Syria was lost and the Americans did nothing. Paris is attacked and the Americans aren’t doing much. So people believe this is a deliberate policy. They can’t believe the American leadership fails to understand the developments in the region, and so the only other explanation is that this is part of a conspiracy.”

Of all the Islamic countries, Iraq was the most secular. Freedom of religion was guaranteed, women filled the university halls as students and professors without requirement to cover their heads. Even Jews’ safety was guaranteed in the Iraq that the USA destroyed.

And what about Obama’s coalition of 65 countries to fight ISIS? Do we see any Saudi airstrikes or boots on the ground against ISIS? It has been charged that Saudi Arabia is the de-fact founder of ISIS which would mean they have troops on the ground—fighting the U.S.

And what about Obama’s “good” rebels? The Turkmen rebels who killed the Russian pilot and marine, provide a route for ISIS oil into Turkey. Another “good” rebel group that Obama supports is Omar al-Farouq, whose leader, Abu Sakkar, made Youtube by eating the liver of a slain Syrian soldier. Last but not least are Obama’s prize half-billion dollar rebels. Their number dwindled to about five “good” rebels who either had their arms taken away by ISIS – or sold for a profit.

Under King Salman and his son 30 year old Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the defense minister, Saudi Arabia is trying to position itself as the leader of the Arab world. Saudi King Salman is in his 80s and Prince Mohammed is next in line to the throne.

Obama has worked to replace admittedly bad dictatorships in Iraq, Syria and Libya with ISIS. He will not use the expression “Radical Islam.” I proved through computer de-construction, in our blog, that Obama’s birth certificate was forged. This is not to say that Obama was born in Kenya, but to point out that the circumstances of his birth have been concealed – as has much other information regarding Obama’s early days.

Obama’s behavior is consistent with his being a Sunni Muslim.

The author of this report, John Harding, has lived and worked for 9 years in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait and for 9 years in Singapore. He is intimately familiar with the Middle East and Southeast Asia. He is in daily communication over the dark web with his sources in both these areas.

The Anti-Empire Report #140

A guest post By William Blum – Published November 3rd, 2015

Are you confused by the Middle East? Here are some things you should know. (But you’ll probably still be confused.)

  • The US, France, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar, and the Gulf monarchies have all in the recent past supported al Qaeda and/or the Islamic State (ISIS) with arms, money, and/or manpower.
  • The first example of this was in 1979 when the United States began covert operations in Afghanistan, six months before the Russians arrived, promoting Islamic fundamentalism across the southern tier of the Soviet Union against “godless communism”. All the al-Qaeda/Taliban shit then followed.
  • In addition to Afghanistan, the United States has provided support to Islamic militants in Bosnia, Kosovo, Libya, the Caucasus, and Syria.
  • The United States overthrew the secular governments of Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya and is trying to do the same with Syria, thus giving great impetus to the rise of ISIS. Said Barack Obama in March of this year: “ISIS is a direct outgrowth of al-Qaeda in Iraq that grew out of our invasion. Which is an example of unintended consequences. Which is why we should generally aim before we shoot.”
  • More than a million refugees from these wars of Washington are currently over-running Europe and North Africa. God Bless American exceptionalism.
  • The Iraqi, Syrian and Turkish Kurds have all fought against ISIS, but Turkey – close US ally and member of NATO – has fought against each of them.
  • Russia, Iran, Iraq, and Lebanese factions have each supported the Syrian government in various ways in Damascus’s struggle against ISIS and other terrorist groups, including the (much celebrated but seldom seen) “moderate” ones. For this all four countries have been sharply criticized by Washington.
  • The United States has bombed ISIS in Syria, but has used the same occasions to damage Syria’s infrastructure and oil-producing capacity.
  • Russia has bombed ISIS in Syria, but has used the same occasions to attack Syria’s other enemies.
  • The mainstream media almost never mentions the proposed Qatar natural-gas pipelines – whose path to Europe Syria has stood in the way of for years – as a reason for much of the hostility toward Syria. The pipelines could dethrone Russia as Europe’s dominant source of energy.
  • In Libya, during the beginning of the 2011 civil war, anti-Gaddafi rebels, many of whom were al-Qaeda affiliated militias, were protected by NATO in “no-fly zones”.
  • US policy in Syria in the years leading up to the 2011 uprising against Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, which began the whole current mess, was designed to promote sectarianism, which in turn led to civil war with the goal of regime change.
  • US Secretary of State John Kerry declared on October 22 that in resolving Syria’s civil war the country “should not be broken up, that it must remain secular, and that Syrians should choose their future leader.” (All of which actually describes Syria under Assad.) Then Kerry said: “One thing stands in the way of being able to rapidly move to implement that, and it’s a person called Assad, Bashar Assad.”

Why does the government of the United States hate Syrian president Bashar al-Assad with such passion?

Is it because, as we’re told, he’s a brutal dictator? But how can that be the reason for the hatred? It would be difficult indeed to name a brutal dictatorship of the second half of the 20th Century or of the 21st century that was not supported by the United States; not only supported, but often put into power and kept in power against the wishes of the population; at present the list would include Saudi Arabia, Honduras, Indonesia, Egypt, Colombia, Qatar, and Israel.

The United States, I suggest, is hostile to the Syrian government for the same reason it has been hostile to Cuba for more than half a century; and hostile to Venezuela for the past 15 years; and earlier to Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia; and to Dominican Republic, Uruguay, and Chile; and so on continuing through the world atlas and history books.

What these governments have had in common can be summarized in a single word – independence … independence from American foreign policy; the refusal to be a client state of Washington; the refusal to be continuously hostile to Washington’s Officially Designated Enemies; insufficient respect and zeal for the capitalist way of life.

Democratic Socialism

The candidacy of Bernie Sanders, a “democratic socialist”, for the US presidency has produced an unprecedented barrage of discussion in the American media about just what is this thing called “socialism”. Most of the discussion centers around the question of government ownership and control of the economy versus private ownership and control. This is, of course, a very old question; the meat and potatoes of the Cold War ideological competition.

What’s markedly different now is that a few centuries of uninhibited free enterprise have finally laid painfully bare the basic anti-social nature of capitalism, forcing many of even the most committed true believers to concede the inherent harm the system brings to the lives of all but the richest.

But regardless of what the intellects of these true believers tell them, they still find it very difficult emotionally to completely cut the umbilical cord to the system they were carefully raised to place the greatest of faith in. Thus, they may finally concede that we have to eliminate, or at least strictly minimize, the role of the profit motive in health care and education and maybe one or two other indispensable social needs, but they insist that the government should should keep its bureaucratic hands off everything else; they favor as much decentralization as possible.

The most commonly proposed alternative to both government or private control is worker-owned cooperatives or publicly owned enterprises managed by workers and consumer representatives. Sanders has expressed his support for worker-owned cooperatives.

There is much to be said about such systems, but the problem I find is that they will still operate within a capitalist society, which means competition, survival of the fittest; which means that if you can’t sell more than your competitors, if you can’t make a sufficient net profit on your sales, you will likely be forced to go out of business; and to prevent such a fate, at some point you may very well be forced to do illegal or immoral things against the public; which means back to the present.

You cannot follow the mass media without being confronted every day with story after story of one corporation or another trying to swindle the public in one way or another; the latest egregious case being that of the much revered Volkswagen, recently revealed to have manipulated the measurement of the car’s pollution emission. The fact that half of the company’s Supervisory Board – responsible for monitoring the Management and approving important corporate decisions – consists of employee representatives elected by the employees did not prevent this egregious fraud; the company is still obliged to strive to maximize profit and the firm’s stock-market value. It’s the nature of the corporate beast within a capitalist jungle.

Only removal of the profit motive will correct such behavior, and also keep us from drowning in a sea of advertising and my phone ringing several times each day to sell me something I don’t need and which may not even exist.

The market. How can we determine the proper value, the proper price, of goods and services without “the magic of the marketplace”? Let’s look at something most people have to pay for – rent. Who or what designed this system where in 2015 11.8 million households in the US are paying more than 50 percent of their income to keep a roof over their head, while rent is considered “affordable” if it totals some 30 percent or less of one’s income. What is the sense of this? It causes more hardship than any other expense people are confronted with; all kinds of important needs go unmet because of the obligation to pay a huge amount for rent each month; it is the main cause of homelessness. Who benefits from it other than the landlords? What is magical about that?

Above and beyond any other consideration, there is climate change; i.e., survival of the planet, the quality of our lives. What keeps corporations from modifying their behavior so as to be kinder to our environment? It is of course the good old “bottom line” again. What can we do to convince the corporations to consistently behave like good citizens? Nothing that hasn’t already been tried and failed. Except one thing. Unmentionable in a capitalist society. Nationalization. There, I said it. Now I’ll be getting letters damning me as an “Old Stalinist”.

But nationalization is not a panacea either, at least for the environment. There’s the greatest single source of environmental damage in the world – The United States military. And it’s already been nationalized. But doing away with private corporations will reduce the drive toward imperialism sufficiently that before long the need for a military will fade away and we can live like Costa Rica. If you think that would put the United States in danger of attack, please tell me who would attack, and why.

Most Americans, like other developed peoples, worship the capitalism they were raised with. But do they? See the chapter in my book Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower: “The United States invades, bombs, and kills for it but do Americans really believe in free enterprise?” Written in 2000/2005, the examples given in the chapter may need some updating, but the ideas expressed are as valid as ever.

Nationalization, hand-in-hand with a planned society, would of course not preclude elections. On the contrary, we’d have elections not ruled by money. What a breath of fresh air. Professor Cornel West has suggested that it’s become difficult to even imagine what a free and democratic society, without great concentrations of corporate power, would look like, or how it would operate.

Who are you going to believe? Me or Dick Cheney?

I’ve spent about 30 years compiling the details of the criminal record of US foreign policy into concise lists, and I’m always looking for suitable occasions to present the information to new readers. The new book by Dick Cheney and his adoring daughter is just such an occasion.

“We are, as a matter of empirical fact and undeniable history, the greatest force for good the world has ever known. … security and freedom for millions of people around the globe have depended on America’s military, economic, political, and diplomatic might.” – Dick Cheney and Liz Cheney, “Why the world needs a powerful America”

Well … nothing short of a brain and soul transplant would change the welt anschauung of Dr. Strangelove and his carefully-conditioned offspring, but for all of you out there who still live in a world of facts, logic, human rights, and human empathy, here’s the ammunition to use if you should happen to find yourself ensnared in the embrace of the likes of the Cheney reptiles (including mother Lynne who once set up a website solely to attack me and seven others for holding a teach-in on September 18, 2001 in which we spoke of US foreign policy as the main provocation of what had happened exactly a week earlier.)

These are the lists:

Since the end of World War 2, the United States has:

  • Attempted to overthrow more than 50 foreign governments, most of which were democratically-elected.
  • Dropped bombs on the people of more than 30 countries.
  • Attempted to assassinate more than 50 foreign leaders.
  • Attempted to suppress a populist or nationalist movement in 20 countries.
  • Grossly interfered in democratic elections in at least 30 countries.
  • Plus … although not easily quantified … more involved in the practice of torture than any other country in the world … for over a century … not just performing the actual torture, but teaching it, providing the manuals, and furnishing the equipment.

Open Letter to the War Politicians of the World

Jürgen Todenhöfer is a German journalist and former media manager; from 1972 to 1990 he was a member of parliament for the Christian Democrats (CDU). He was one of Germany’s most ardent supporters of the US-sponsored Mujahideen and their guerrilla war against the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan. Several times he traveled to combat zones with Afghan Mujahideen groups. After 2001 Todenhöfer became an outspoken critic of the US interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq. He has published several books about visits he made to war zones. In recent years he twice interviewed Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad and in 2015 he was the first German journalist to visit the ‘Islamic State’.

Dear Presidents and Heads of Governments!

Through decades of a policy of war and exploitation you have pushed millions people in the Middle East and Africa into misery. Because of your policies refugees have to flee all over the world. One out every three refugees in Germany comes from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. From Africa comes one out of five refugees.

Your wars are also the cause of global terrorism. Instead of some 100 international terrorists like 15 years ago, we now are faced with more than 100,000 terrorists. Your cynical ruthlessness now strikes back at us like a boomerang.

As usual, you do not even consider to really change your policy. You care only about the symptoms. The security situation gets more dangerous and chaotic by the day. More and more wars, waves of terror and refugee crises will determine the future of our planet.

Even in Europe, the war will one day knock again at Europe’s door. Any businessman that would act like you would be fired or be in prison by now. You are total failures.

The peoples of the Middle East and Africa, whose countries you have destroyed and plundered and the people of Europe, who now accommodate the countless desperate refugees, have to pay a high price for your policies. But you wash your hands of responsibility. You should stand trial in front of the International Criminal Court. And each of your political followers should actually take care of at least 100 refugee families.

Basically, the people of the world should rise up and resist you as the warmongers and exploiters you are. As once Gandhi did it – in nonviolence, in ‘civil disobedience’. We should create new movements and parties. Movements for justice and humanity. Make wars in other countries just as punishable as murder and manslaughter in one’s own country. And you who are responsible for war and exploitation, you should go to hell forever. It is enough! Get lost! The world would be much nicer without you.

– Jürgen Todenhöfer



  1. The Independent (London), March 18, 2015
  2. The Wikileaks Files: The World According to US Empire (2015), Introduction by Julian Assange, chapter 10
  3. Newsweek, September 21, 2015
  4. William Blum, Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower (2005), Chapter 18
  5. See Jürgen Todenhöfer’s Facebook and website. Some minor corrections to spelling and grammar have been made.
  6. Department of State, Foreign Relations of the United States, 1958-1960, Volume VI, Cuba (1991), p.885

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There are no “moderate rebels” in Syria

Jamil Saleh, "moderate rebel"

Jamil Saleh, “moderate rebel”

There are no “moderate rebels” in Syria and there never were.

The entire concept of “moderate rebels” has been put forth by mainstream media propagandists such as Susan Rice, Samantha Power, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, the New York Times, John McCain, Anne Barnard, Helene Cooper, Michael R. Gordon, and the mass media in general.

At best, the above propagandists put the number of the “moderate rebels” at 3,000 to 5,000—including the five or six rebels officially backed by the U.S. to the tune of half a billion dollars.

One of the groups of “moderate rebels” hit by the Russians is led by Jamil Saleh who said his group had been hit by the Russians in Hama Province, wounding eight of his men. This was “confirmed” by American officials.

Jamil Saleh said, “We are on the front lines with Bashar Al-Assad’s army, “We are moderate Syrian rebels and have no affiliation with ISIS. ISIS is at least 100 kilometers away from where we are.” True, perhaps, but Jamil Saleh’s “moderate rebels” are in the immediate area as the al Qaeda group al-Nusra?

So how can anyone say who is being bombed by Russia—al Nusra or Jamil Saleh’s small group or both?

Strangely, the worst characterization of the “moderate rebels,” comes from President Obama. In an interview with Thomas Friedman over a year ago, Obama stated, “It’s always been a fantasy, this idea that we could provide some light arms, or even more sophisticated arms, to what was essentially an opposition made up of former doctors, farmers, pharmacists, and so forth, and that that they were going to be able to battle not only a well-armed state, but also a well-armed state backed by Russia, backed by Iran, a battle-hardened Hezbollah. That was never in the cards.”
Why Obama is keeping silent now is anybody’s guess.

Actually, Obama contradicted himself as his administration the Utopian view of the “moderate rebels” is favored by his staff—Susan Rice, Samantha Power and Vice President Joe Biden.

The confusion in Washington is due to a lack of knowledge, not only of the Middle East, but also of history.

Concepts such as “balance of power” and “sphere of influence” are unknown or ignored by Washington. Toppling Saddam and Gadhafi removed their part in resisting revolution or invasion.

Toppling Saddam and Gadhafi brought about the birth of ISIS. Not only ISIS but now both Russia and Iran have rushed in to fill the power vacuum in Iraq and Syria. Obama’s unintended consequence of unseating Syria’s Assad would be but a third step to the disasters following the removal of Saddam and Gadhafi.

The dreamers in Washington, including McCain and Petraeus will have to face that they have given away America’s influence (and allies) in the Middle East to Russia.

Note: The author, John Harding has lived and worked in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait for over nine years.

October 9, 2015 Update:

It would appear that the Obama officials in Washington have read my post, as they have now decided to abandon the “moderate rebels.”

WASHINGTON, OCT. 9, 2015 — After failing totally to identify groups in Syria that it can confidently support, the Obama administration has abandoned its effort to build a rebel force inside Syria to combat the ISIS. It acknowledged the failure of its $500 million campaign to train thousands of fighters.

Unfortunately, the C.I.A. has for some time been covertly training and arming “moderate rebels” presumably fighting Mr. Assad.

“We need to be flexible. We need to be adaptive,” said Brett McGurk, a top adviser to Mr. Obama on the fight against ISIS. This is even though McGurk, a legal advisor, has little or no knowledge of the Middle East.

Pentagon officials announced what they called a face-saving “operational pause” in the training program on Oct. 9th.

October 12, 2015 Update:

Going back on its word of no longer supporting “moderate rebels,” U.S. forces airdropped small arms ammunition and other supplies to Syrian Arab rebels.

Only last week, Washington shelved a program to train and equip “moderate rebels” opposed to Assad who would join the fight against ISIS.

The U.S. military confirmed dropping supplies to opposition fighters vetted by the United States but would say no more about the groups that received the supplies or the type of equipment in the airdrop as it is known that the U.S. is arming Sunnis, any Sunnis, to topple Shia Bashir al Assad.

Russian’s intervention in the four-year-old Syrian war has wrong-footed U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration, which has been trying to defeat ISIS while still defeating their enemy – Assad in a strangely triangulated war where friends and enemies unite to fight enemies and friends. Yes, it doesn’t make any sense at all.

Russian President Vladimir Putin was rebuffed in his bid to gain support for his country’s bombing campaign, with Saudi sources saying they had warned the Kremlin leader of dangerous consequences and Europe issuing its strongest criticism yet.

Putin met Saudi Defense Minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Russia on Sunday.

A Saudi source said the defense minister, a son of the Saudi king, had told Putin that Russia’s intervention would escalate the war and inspire militants from around the world to go there to fight. Russia and many others suspect that Saudi Arabia has been and is the main backer of ISIS from day one. Both Saudi Arabia and ISIS are united in that both profess the Wahabi brand of Islam.

Moscow says it targets only banned terrorist groups in Syria, primarily ISIS. In its briefings, it describes all of the targets it strikes as belonging to ISIS.

October 25 2915 Update:

The United States and Saudi Arabia agreed to increase support to Syria’s moderate opposition while seeking a political resolution of the four-year conflict, the U.S. State Department said after Secretary of State John Kerry met King Salman on Saturday.

“They pledged to continue and intensify support to the moderate Syrian opposition while the political track is being pursued,” the State Department statement said after Kerry’s meetings in Saudi Arabia. It did not spell out what kind of support would be offered—or named the rebel groups current receiving support from the CIA. The U.S. and Saudi Arabia have named the “good” rebels as being the Free Syrian Army headed in part by terrorist, Jamil Saleh.

Saudi Arabia, the founder of ISIS and whose citizens attacked the U.S. on 9/11, so far has offered no support to back the mistaken U.S.-backed “moderate rebels” in Syria and Iraq.

Russia would be ready to help Western-backed Free Syrian Army rebels, if it knew where they were. Just who is the “Free Syrian Army” and where are they?

Former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, has come out and apologized for his part in the Iraq War. He has admitted in a TV interview the conflict caused the rise of ISIS. We have Blair and Bush to thank for the rise of ISIS in Iraq and Syria, and Hillary Clinton for the rise of ISIS in Libya. Apparently, Blair received $19 billion for his cooperation, but we do not know how much the Clinton’s received for the destruction of Libya. We do know that several oil companies, hoped, in vain, that they would be the beneficiaries of the removal of Ghaddafi. With Hillary Clinton’s email server under her control and not that of the State Department, she attempted to cover up all her deals in turn for favors from the State Department.





Do credit reports contain intentionally fake information and FICO scores?

FICO CEO, William Lansing, 2014 earnings $6,204,352

FICO CEO, William Lansing, 2014 earnings $6,204,352

We think the answer is yes, credit reports do contain intentionally fake information to benefit collection companies, banks, and other creditors. This, we believe, is thanks to FICO aka Fair Isac.

With thousands, maybe millions of Americans hurt or destroyed financially by errors and fake planted information in their credit reports, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has urged federal regulators to crack down on so-called “zombie debts,” debts that are no longer owed by consumers, but which linger on their credit reports. These zombie debts can then be sold by crooked banks to debt collectors—who then harass consumers and attempt to illegally collect settled debt. It happens all the time.

Brown, a ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, said, “Discharged debt should not be continue to haunt those looking for jobs, apartments, and home loans. That’s why I’m working to ensure that debts discharged in bankruptcy show a zero balance on the consumer’s credit report quickly and accurately.”

Brown has a big fight ahead of him because the credit reporting companies are conspiring with the banks on this along with their “founder,” a company called “FICO.”

What is FICO?

FICO, a company legally known as Fair Isaac, claims to be no more than a software outfit based in San Jose, California, which was founded, by Bill Fair and Earl Isaac in 1956.

Its “FICO Score,” is the prevailing, merciless and dishonest measure of consumer credit risk. This is because FICO manipulates credit reports to boost the revenue of predatory banks and dishonest collection agencies.

FICO, the company, has prospered from this dishonesty.The company is traded on the New York Stock Exchange and has an astounding $192 billion in assets, with over 2,600 employees. FICO is the engine by which predatory lenders and collection agencies thrive.

One in five Americans’ credit reports has an error on their credit report.

FICO assists banks and collection agencies largely by zombie debts. These are expired debts that still remain on credit reports.

If, for instance, you had a money judgement against you which you never paid, but which has expired—that debt will appear on your credit report for another two years. It also keeps bankruptcy debts alive long after they have expired, which helps the banks and collection agencies to make illegal collections.

The credit agencies and FICO do their best to hide credit reports from view so their errors will go unnoticed.

“Every consumer should have an accurate credit score, and no consumer should be haunted by debts they don’t owe,” said Brown.

In July of this year, the nation’s largest bank agreed to settle claims regarding allegations that it sold credit card debt that was inaccurate to debt collectors—who then illegally attempted (often with success) to collect on the debt.

These illegal actions have hurt better than half a million consumers, since the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) opened its doors only four years ago.

Brown has introduced legislation that would require banks and debt buyers to notify credit reporting agencies when a consumer’s debt has been extinguished through bankruptcy or expired on its own.

The lobbyists from FICO, the banks and the collection agencies are out to shoot that legislation down.

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Where was U.S. air power when ISIS destroyed Palmyra? Where was Obama?

Palmyra Destroyed

Palmyra Destroyed

ISIS has destroyed the temple at Palmyra, a significant piece of religious and cultural history, not just for Syria but for the entire world.

Where was U.S. air power? The U.S. knew when this was going to happen and could have sent in waves of flights to kill those ISIS members setting up the explosives to destroy one of the world’s great antiquities.

Where was Obama? The U.S. president‘s inactivity regarding ISIS and his refusal to use the term “Islamic extremism” raises questions about his already suspect religious beliefs. His father was a Muslim, and Obama did attend Muslim schools in Indonesia.

Then there is the question of Obama’s mysterious birth certificate. What Obama released as his birth certificate was not when is termed a “flat file.” Normal photographs result in a flat file.

However, photographs can be photo-shopped. Anyone with a program like Adobe Photoshop can overlay an original photograph with layers of false information. With the right program, those false layers can be peeled off. I did that myself and revealed the false layers on Obama’s officially released passport. You can see my proof of Obama’s inept forgery at

Obama’s people could have “flattened” their built up false image with Adobe Photoshop, mashing the whole thing down into one layer. This would have prevented me from revealing any built-up layers – but Obama’s people, like Obama, are incompetent.

Our military could have killed dozens of ISIS members working on the destruction of Palmyra. Maybe we could not have saved the temple, but we could have dealt a blow to ISIS.

Instead, the ISIS destroyers of the temple are alive and the temple is dead.

China’s devaluation killing U.S. manufacturers and U.S. stock market

When China devalued its currency it made all Chinese goods imported into the U.S. less expensive. It made Chinese goods even more competitive in the U.S. reducing sales for U.S domestic manufacturers.

China’s devaluation has caused the U.S. stock market to crash.

In addition, when China devalued its currency, it made all U.S. goods more expensive in China. The devaluation closed may markets to U.S. exporters.
China’s devaluation has caused emerging-market currencies to reach record lows—making their products cheaper and more competitive in the U.S.

Analysts are pointing out that China is the culprit:

“It’s all coming from China,” says Masamichi Adachi, an economist with JP Morgan Chase in Tokyo. “Brazil, South Africa, many countries are commodity exporters, and the final destination is all going to China.”

“The devaluation is a red flag about China’s current economic situation,” says Kurt Braybrook, who runs a Shanghai company that does quality control work. A falling yuan raises the risk that other countries will devalue their currencies to catch up.

Hurt again by the weakest Chinese factory data since the global financial crisis. The Bloomberg Commodity Index slid to its lowest level since 2002, forcing oil to its longest run of weekly declines in almost 30 years. Copper, nickel, zinc, aluminum, tin and lead also fell.

Trump was right.


Americans now need a passport (and maybe money) to enter Mexico

While Mexico beefs up its border control, Obama and Biden on the White House putting green

While Mexico beefs up its border control, Obama and Biden on the White House putting green

Now, pedestrians going to Tijuana, Mexico from San Diego at the San Ysidro border crossing must choose between a line for Mexicans who get walk through unchecked and a line for Americans and other non-Mexicans. These “foreigners” entering Mexico must show a passport, fill out a form and pay 322 pesos, or roughly $20, for a six-month permit if the plan to stay more than a week. This new process at the San Ysidro border crossing will extend to all border crossings from the U.S. into Mexico.

This new border procedure marks a big change for trips into Mexico that weren’t designed to question everyone. Pedestrians and motorists have generally entered Mexico unencumbered along the 1,954-mile border with the United States.

Mexico is getting tough with Americans, while Mexican allows its illegals to pour into the U.S.

“This is about putting our house in order,” said Rodulfo Figueroa, Mexico’s top immigration official in Baja California state, which includes Tijuana.

“This is going to be a real bear,” said one American after getting his passport stamped. “I will give more thought to what days and times I come.”
For now, motorists will see no change and not be required to show passports.

For Mexico, it is a step toward closing an escape route for American criminals who disappear in Mexico. Mexican border inspectors will tap into international criminal databases.
More than 120 Americans were expelled from Mexico this year from Baja California as they had arrest warrants in the U.S. Some of these were on the FBI’s most-wanted list.

Figueroa said Mexico can initially process only about 1,000 foreigners daily, up from about 50 currently—the lines and delays are going to be long. About 25,000 pedestrians (and 50,000 motorists) cross daily at San Ysidro to work, shop and play but it is unclear how many are foreigners in Mexico. U.S. Customs and Border Protection says about one-third entering San Diego are U.S. citizens, one-third are U.S. legal residents and the rest are from other countries, largely Mexico. An unknown number have dual citizenship or residency in the U.S. and Mexico.

Mexico is following Donald Trump’s advice and beating America to the punch when it comes to securing their borders.

Mexico is out trumping Trump.

Jeb Bush’s Support for Puerto Rico statehood, Drug Use and Dealing Hurts Him in Iowa

Jeb Bush - Before and After

Jeb Bush – Before and After

Jeb Bush’s committed support to Puerto Rico on the issue of statehood and drug involvement is driving his poll numbers down.

The poll asked whether respondents would support Jeb Bush for the Republican nomination due to his support for Puerto Rican statehood.

Respondents had a generally negative reaction to that position: 46% were less likely to support him, while 27% were more likely. A plurality – 28% – was somewhat less likely and 23% said it made no difference, the most common two responses, showing that Bush’s position is certainly not popular, and probably toxic.

Much more off-putting is Bush’s call to extend the bankruptcy laws that apply to Puerto Rico, which would allow for the restructuring of debt owed to the United States. 64% of respondents were less likely to support him and a plurality – 34% – was much less likely. This position by Bush will jeopardize Americans taxpayers’ 401ks, mutual funds and IRAs, as these are the forms in which most of Puerto Rico’s $72 billion in debt to the U.S. is held,

As reported below, Jeb is already polling worse than expected for Iowa. Since this is an issue he can expect his rivals to attack him on, it is bad news that it doesn’t play well to voters.

It is bad news in a larger sense too: Bush has staked much of his success in the Republican primary on his ability to favor Hispanic voters by advocating a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

And then there is Jeb’s drug history

Don’t just take our word for it.

Bill Maher has slammed Jeb Bush harder than them all for his degree of hypocrisy which showed a complete lack of ethics.

“When Jeb Bush was at prep school, he was apparently not just a pothead but a dealer,” Bill Maher said. “But he dismisses that by saying ‘Back then I was a cynical little turd at a cynical school.’ OK. But then when you became a governor of a state you insisted on mandatory sentences for drug crimes and a policy of jail only, no treatment for drug users. Except when it was your daughter. When you made an exception. Wow that sounds like something a cynical turd would do.”

It is well known that Governor Jeb Bush’s daughter is an addict, but at the same time his daughter was getting treatment for her drug abuse, Jeb Bush was opposing a proposition that would allow the masses that same treatment—the ordinary people.

According to a recent Jeb Bush profile in the Boston Globe a friend of Jeb’s said: “The first time I really got stoned was in Jeb’s room,” Tibbetts said. “He had a portable stereo with removable speakers. He put on Steppenwolf for me.” As the rock group’s signature song, “Magic Carpet Ride,’’ blared from the speakers, Tibbetts said he smoked hash with Bush.

Tibbets said he once bought hashish from Bush but stressed, in a follow-up e-mail, “Please bear in mind that I was seeking the hash. It wasn’t as if he was a dealer, though he did suggest I take up cigarettes so that I could hold my hits better, after that first joint.” Yeah, Jeb knew a lot about dope.

Then there is the case of murdered CIA drug smuggler Barry Seal in 1986 to keep a lid on Iran-Contra and government’s and Bush family participation. You can read all about that here.