This Week in the World Affairs Brief:

ISIS: ANATOMY OF AN INTERNATIONAL TERROR PLOT

Virtually every aspect of ISIS and the events surrounding it looks and sounds like a creation or manipulation by American and British intelligence services. First there was the all too sudden rise of a totally new terror organization, financed by Western surrogates, with an armed force and weapons depots that could never have gone unnoticed by US satellites—yet the US did nothing to stop it before it attacked Iraq. And then there were the perfectly timed beheading videos meant to shock the public into supporting Obama’s war. These also justified an even larger international coalition that was entirely unnecessary given US military resources, but nicely advancing the globalist cause. Even more crucial is the fact that US military strategy is fatally flawed on purpose. It is impossible to defeat a real terrorist army with air power alone, so it’s obvious that this second and larger war on terror is being done for a much broader purpose—to take down the Assad regime, and replace it with the same kind of jihadists that have ruined Egypt and Libya after their supposed Arab Spring uprisings. You can request a one-time free sample of the briefs by sending an email to editor@worldaffairsbrief.com.

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  • War Drives Even More Muslim Immigration
  • Eric Holder Leaves to Escape Justice
  • Obama Attacks Russia at UN
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US threat to British online privacy

posted by askousen - Monday, September 29 2014
Private information stored online by British computer users could be scrutinised by American law enforcement agencies under a wide-ranging new right-to-snoop being pursued by the US government. Federal authorities in the US are using the courts to try to force American-owned technology companies to disclose emails and other data held in the "Cloud" - the vast network of servers where data is stored for customers. The claim would require companies such as Microsoft, Apple and Google to open up all their electronic records to agencies - such as the CIA, the NSA and the FBI - even if it is stored in Europe rather than on US soil. — Telegraph

Hong Kong Democracy Protesters Look for Outside Support

posted by askousen - Monday, September 29 2014
... Pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong have been greeted mostly with silence by foreign governments, frustrating protest organizers. Many countries in the region are not democracies, while others may be hesitant to release statements that would almost certainly draw the ire of Hong Kong's powerful overseer, the Chinese government. "Once again, democratic govs are not speaking up for democracy" as it relayed the U.S. consulate's statement, which it described as "mealy-mouthed," The Twitter feed of Occupy Central lamented. — Voice of America

Protesters prepare for new night of clashes

posted by askousen - Monday, September 29 2014
...In the worst unrest since the former British colony was handed back to China in 1997, demonstrators fought hours of running battles with police Sunday night, choking on clouds of tear gas as officers attempted to suppress the crowds, AFP reports. Riot police retreated Monday, handing demonstrators both a major morale boost and control of three major thoroughfares on the key financial hub's main island and across the harbor. But protesters defied government calls to go home and instead readied themselves to counter any new attempt by police to retake the streets. ...Demonstrators are calling on the city's leader Leung Chun-ying to resign and for Beijing to drop its demand that candidates standing in the next leadership election be vetted by a loyalist committee. — Hong Kong's The Standard

Afghan president to sign deal Tuesday allowing US troops to stay after 2014, officials say

posted by askousen - Monday, September 29 2014
Newly inaugurated Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai is expected to sign a vital security deal Tuesday to allow American soldiers to remain in the country past the end of the year, officials say. A senior Defense Department official confirmed to Fox News that the new president will sign the Bilateral Security Agreement allowing for 9,800 U.S. troops to remain in Afghanistan after 2014. The president also is expected to sign a NATO Status of Forces Agreement, which will allow a small NATO force to stay on as well. — Fox News

US 'underestimated' Islamic State militants in Syria - Obama

posted by askousen - Monday, September 29 2014
Publicly announcing that US intelligence agencies "underestimated" the presence and activity of Islamic State militants in Syria, US President Barack Obama in an interview with CBS called the country a "ground zero" for international jihadists. — RT

Obama says misread Islamic State; Qaeda warns of attacks on West

posted by askousen - Monday, September 29 2014
...unfire rang out from across the border and a plume of smoke rose over Kobani as periodic shelling by Islamic State fighters took place. Kurds watching the fighting from the Turkish side of the border said the Syrian Kurdish group, the YPG, was putting up a strong defence. "Many Islamic State fighters have been killed. They're not taking the bodies with them," said Ayhan, a Turkish Kurd who had spoken by phone with one of his friends fighting with the YPG. He said Kurdish forces had picked up eight Islamic State bodies. At Mursitpinar, the nearby border crossing, scores of young men were returning to Syria saying they would join the fight. More refugees were fleeing in the opposite direction. — Reuters

There are 2 other MMR vaccine whistleblowers

posted by askousen - Friday, September 26 2014
...Krahling and Wlochowski assert several levels of Merck fraud: To achieve a slam-dunk success, Merck tested the effectiveness of the MMR vaccine against the version of the virus in the vaccine, rather than against the natural mumps virus a person would catch in the real world. Merck irrelevantly and deceptively added animal antibodies to the test results, thus giving the false appearance of strong human immune response to the vaccine. On top of that, Merck faked the quantitative results of the tests to which the animal antibodies had been added. — Jon Rappaport

Is the Khorasan Group Real? Experts Cast Doubts

posted by askousen - Friday, September 26 2014
The US says it has hit a little-known group called "Khorasan" in Syria, but experts and activists argue it actually struck Al-Qaeda's affiliate Al-Nusra Front, which fights alongside Syrian rebels. In announcing its raids in the northern province of Aleppo on Tuesday, Washington described the group it targeted as Khorasan, a cell of Al-Qaeda veterans planning attacks against the West. — NewsMax

The War on ISIS Has No Legal Basis

posted by askousen - Friday, September 26 2014
...The Obama administration apparently believes it has the legal justification to attack ISIS under the resolution that authorized the war on terror in 2001. But that law quite specifically covers "those nations, organizations, or persons" that "planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons." "On its face this is an implausible argument because the 2001 AUMF requires a nexus to al Qaeda or associated forces of al Qaeda fighting the United States," Robert Chesney, a professor at the University of Texas School of Law, told The Daily Beast. "Since ISIS broke up with al Qaeda it's hard to make that argument." — American Conservative

What are US biowar researchers doing in the Ebola zone?

posted by askousen - Thursday, September 25 2014
This is a call for an immediate, thorough, and independent investigation of Tulane University researchers (see here and here) and their Fort Detrick associates in the US biowarfare research community, who have been operating in West Africa during the past several years. What exactly have they been doing? Exactly what diagnostic tests have they been performing on citizens of Sierra Leone? Why do we have reports that the government of Sierra Leone has recently told Tulane researchers to stop this testing? — Jon Rappaport

Nurses sue over flu shot mandate

posted by askousen - Thursday, September 25 2014
...Brigham and Women's, with a worker vaccination rate of 77 percent, has had little success increasing the number of employees who will accept the vaccine, despite offering free shots around the clock, said hospital spokeswoman Erin McDonough. The Brigham instituted the mandate in hope of matching the success of other teaching hospitals in Boston, most of which vaccinate more than 90 percent of employees, she said. The Massachusetts Nurses Association, the union representing 3,200 nurses at the Brigham, said in its lawsuit that the hospital's mandate, which could lead to the firing of employees who refuse vaccination, violates a state regulation that explicitly bars hospitals from requiring employees to the receive vaccine if they don't want it, regardless of the reason. — Boston Globe

Liberia's Largest Newspaper Accuses US of Manufacturing Ebola Virus

posted by askousen - Thursday, September 25 2014
The Liberian Daily Observer, which is the largest newspaper in Liberia, just published an article on their front page with the headline, "Ebola, AIDS Manufactured By Western Pharmaceuticals, US DoD?" The article accuses the US of manufacturing the Ebola outbreak in a scheme to use Africa as a testing ground for bioweapons. From the article: SITES AROUND AFRICA, AND IN WEST AFRICA, HAVE OVER THE YEARS BEEN SET UP FOR TESTING EMERGING DISEASES, ESPECIALLY EBOLA — The Gateway Pundit

Contempt of Congress case against Holder will proceed

posted by askousen - Thursday, September 25 2014
The contempt of Congress case against Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. - the first sitting Cabinet member ever to face such a congressional rebuke - will continue even after his resignation takes effect, but it's unlikely he will ever face personal punishment, legal analysts said Thursday. Mr. Holder, is expected to announce his resignation later Thursday, and Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, said the timing is not accidental: A federal judge earlier this week ruled that the Justice Department will have to begin submitting documents next month related to the botched Fast and Furious gun operation in a case brought by Judicial Watch. — Washington Times

VIDEO RELEASED: SC trooper charged with felony in shooting at traffic stop over seat belt violation

posted by askousen - Thursday, September 25 2014
An S.C. trooper who stopped a man for a seat belt violation outside Columbia and then shot him - apparently without provocation – was arrested Wednesday and charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature. — The State

Nuclear submarines finally "head" to Russia

posted by askousen - Thursday, September 25 2014
[Editor's note: Announcement originally posted Nov of 2011 for Russian buildup we are seeing today] The Defense Ministry has just completed a massive deal for new-generation nuclear subs. Seven contracts worth over $10 billion have been signed by the Defense Ministry and United Shipbuilding Corporation. The deal is part of Russia's large armaments modernization program, which is unprecedented in terms of tasks and funding provided. Among the documents signed are the contracts to build Yasen and Borei class strategic nuclear submarines. — RT

US Airstrikes in Syria Don't Slow ISIS Offensive

posted by askousen - Thursday, September 25 2014
US and coalition airstrikes continue to pound ISIS in Syria, with the latest attacks focusing on ISIS fighters advancing into the Kurdish area around Ayn al-Arab in northern Syria. Despite that area being the new focus of the airstrikes, the attacks do not appear to be slowing ISIS even a little, as the group continues to press ahead into more Kurdish villages, and civilians continue to flee into neighboring Turkey. — Antiwar.com

Islamic State: David Cameron sets Britain on fast track to war by seeking approval for bombing campa

posted by askousen - Thursday, September 25 2014
David Cameron has set Britain on the path to war in Iraq again as he announced he was seeking parliamentary approval for a sustained bombing campaign against Islamic extremists who now control large swathes of the country. In a speech to the United Nations just hours before US warplanes launched a third night of air strikes in Syria, Mr Cameron said the international community must not be "so frozen with fear" by old mistakes that it withdrew into "isolation" and failed to confront the threat of Isis. — UK Independent

Federal Court Lifts Injunction In Scott Walker Case

posted by askousen - Thursday, September 25 2014
A federal appeals court on Wednesday removed one barrier to restarting an investigation into possible illegal coordination between Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's campaign and more than two dozen conservative groups, a legal setback for the Republican who is locked in a tough re-election campaign. The three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Court of Appeals overturned a lower court ruling that halted the probe, but the judges found state courts are the proper venue to resolve legal issues with the case. Despite the ruling, the investigation won't resume immediately because the state judge overseeing it also effectively stopped it in January by denying requested subpoenas, saying he didn't believe anything illegal had transpired. The Wisconsin Supreme Court is deciding whether to take the case and has not indicated when it will make a decision. — Huffington Post

Denver students accuse school board of censoring U.S. history

posted by askousen - Thursday, September 25 2014
...The proposal calls for a new panel to review the schools' curricula, but that's not the part that has students and parents outraged. It is the call for a review of the Advanced Placement curriculum for U.S. history classes to ensure that teaching materials present positive aspects of U.S. history and its heritage. According to the wording of the proposal, teaching materials should "promote citizenship, patriotism ... (and) respect for authority" and not "encourage or condone civil disorder, social strife or disregard of the law." — CNN

Islamist fighters advance in Syria despite U.S. strikes

posted by askousen - Wednesday, September 24 2014
U.S. planes pounded Islamic State positions in Syria for a second day on Wednesday, but the strikes did not halt the fighters' advance in a Kurdish area where fleeing refugees told of villages burnt and captives beheaded. U.S. President Barack Obama, speaking at the United Nations, asked the world to join together to fight the militants and vowed to keep up military pressure against them. — Reuters

A SUGGESTED SURVIVAL LIST

posted by askousen - Wednesday, September 24 2014
I fully realize that most of us Americans cannot fathom a world in which food cannot be obtained from the supermarket or fuel cannot be obtained from the corner gas station or that the power grid could be off line for more than a few hours. Hardly anyone in the national media will even entertain the idea that anything catastrophic could ever happen in this country that would disrupt our lives for more than a few days....Furthermore, almost all disasters include a complete loss of electricity. The water supply is also compromised. At that point, clean water will become absolutely priceless. Dehydration becomes a very real and present danger. I remember witnessing a man give an ice vendor $100 for an extra bag of ice after Hurricane Ivan. My wife and I went 14 days without electricity in the aftermath of that hurricane. Believe me, I got a taste of just how precious bottled water, ice, batteries, generators, fuel, etc., can become. — Chuck Baldwin/News With Views

Rigged Gold Price Distorts Perception of Economic Reality

posted by askousen - Wednesday, September 24 2014
...The Fed and its agents rig the gold price in the New York Comex futures (paper gold) market. The bullion banks have the ability to print an unlimited supply of gold contracts which are sold in large volumes at times when Comex activity is light. Generally, on the other side of the trade the buyers of contracts are large hedge funds and other speculators, who use the contracts to speculate on the direction of the gold price. The hedge funds and speculators have no interest in acquiring physical gold and settle their bets in cash, which makes it possible for the bullion banks to sell claims to gold that they cannot back with physical metal. Contracts sold without underlying gold to back them are called "uncovered contracts" or "naked shorts." It is illegal to engage in naked shorting in the stock and bond markets, but it is permitted in the gold futures market. — Paul Craig Roberts/The Daily Bell

Reported US-Syrian Accord on Air Strikes

posted by askousen - Sunday, September 21 2014
A problem with President Obama's plan to expand the war against ISIS into Syria was always the risk that Syrian air defenses might fire on U.S. warplanes, but now a source says Syria's President Assad has quietly agreed to permit strikes in some parts of Syria, reports Robert Parry. — Consortium News

Inspector General Reveals Millions Wasted on Unused Afghan Communications Towers

posted by askousen - Sunday, September 21 2014
...The plan initially started in 2010 as an effort to enhance cell phone and TV broadcast reception in southern Afghanistan, and the initial limit set for the cost was $2 million. The plan was delayed when all the bids came in dramatically higher, and in August of 2011, the State Department cancelled the project. It was immediately uncancelled and they were eventually built in 2012 for $7.2 million. — Antiwar.com

Opinion: A New Era in Anti-Submarine Warfare

posted by askousen - Sunday, September 21 2014
...A future increase in submarine construction and operations by both countries are not the only development of concern in the undersea domain. Internationally, the development and use of unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) for military, education, and commercial use are expanding. In the military realm, developed countries are exploring UUV deployment from submarines that will create a new dynamic in the undersea domain. As autonomous technology becomes more mature, UUVs will also operate independently in areas of potential crisis or strategic importance. With a future increase in UUV operations, the ability to track UUVs in the undersea will be equally difficult and require improved sensor and processing capability. — USNI News

Eric Frein's Neighbors: 'We're Prisoners In Our Own Homes'

posted by askousen - Saturday, September 20 2014
Jill Nobles is a single mother living in the backwoods of Pennsylvania, seven miles from the home of alleged cop killer Eric Frein. Less than two weeks ago, she felt safe -- now she clutches her pepper spray when she leaves the house, unsure if cops will block off her route back when she returns at night. It has been almost eight days since Frein, 31, allegedly ambushed two Pennsylvania state troopers at the police barracks near his home, killing one of them. As local, state and federal authorities continue their manhunt for the suspect, the community's tension grows. Nobles, who is trying to obey officials' requests that local residents stay inside, told HuffPost Crime on Saturday morning that she's still terrified. — Huffington Post

U.S. and Canadian Fighter Jets Intercept 8 Russian Planes: Official

posted by askousen - Saturday, September 20 2014
American and Canadian fighter jets scrambled this week to investigate why Russian planes were flying in international airspace west of Alaska - on the same day Ukraine's president addressed lawmakers in Canada and Washington, D.C. While the encounter was professional and without confrontation, the number and type of Russian planes intercepted was unique, a senior defense official told NBC News on Friday. Two American fighter jets intercepted six Russian planes, including two fighter jets, over the Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) on Wednesday, while Canadian fighter jets intercepted two Russian Bear long-range bombers on Thursday over the ADIZ, the official said. — NBC News

San Diego judge denies request for license scans

posted by askousen - Friday, September 19 2014
A judge on Thursday tentatively denied a technology entrepreneur's request for license plate data collected on his own vehicle from police scanners, the latest legal setback for advocates seeking more disclosure on vast networks of law enforcement cameras used to track drivers' whereabouts. — AP

EPA's Wood-Burning Stove Ban Deals Blow to Rural Homes

posted by askousen - Friday, September 19 2014
...n October, attorneys general for some of the most liberal states - Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland, Rhode Island, Vermont, New York, and Oregon - filed suits against the EPA seeking restrictions on wood-burning heaters. The environmental group Earthjustice jumped on the bandwagon and filed its own suit against the federal agency. The suit sought to force the EPA "to update clean air standards that limit emissions from new outdoor wood boilers, furnaces, and other similar sources that discharge large volumes of smoke and soot," said Earthjustice, which filed the action along with other environmental and health groups, including the American Lung Association, Environmental Defense Fund, Clean Air Council, and Environment and Human Health, Inc. The new EPA mandate has all the markings of a "sue-and-settle" scheme between the government and environmentalists, critics charge. — NewsMax

US court renews NSA surveillance program

posted by askousen - Friday, September 19 2014
A US court on Friday reauthorized the National Security Agency's controversial phone collection allowing it to carry out the program for another three months. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), which oversees spy agencies, renewed the NSA's authority to continue to warrantlessly collect "metadata" in bulk about people’s phone calls, federal bodies have said. — Press TV