Global Security News from Michael_Novakhov (27 sites): 1. US Security from Michael_Novakhov (87 sites): GlobalSecurity.org: Trump Announces Beginning of ‘Long Overdue Pullout’ of US Troops from Syria

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US President Donald Trump tweeted that Washington is beginning its pullout of US troops from Syria.

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Global Security News from Michael_Novakhov (27 sites): 1. US Security from Michael_Novakhov (87 sites): GlobalSecurity.org: Opposition and Democracy Activists Criticize Election Coverage in Bangladesh

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In the wake of Bangladesh’s recent general election, opposition coalition and pro-democracy activists expressed disappointment with alleged episodes of vote manipulation going largely unreported in the local media. But several journalists argue that fear of government reprisals led many media outlets to avoid publishing stories about the alleged wrongdoing.

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Global Security News from Michael_Novakhov (27 sites): 1. US Security from Michael_Novakhov (87 sites): GlobalSecurity.org: Chad, CAR Threaten to Abandon Cameroon Port, Blame Corruption

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Landlocked Chad and the Central African Republic have dispatched senior customs officials to Cameroon to look into allegations of corruption in the Atlantic Coast port of Douala.

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1. US Security from Michael_Novakhov (87 sites): Stars and Stripes: Trump says US will hurt Turkey economically if it hits Kurds

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President Donald Trump warned Sunday that if Turkey attacks U.S.-backed Kurdish forces in Syria, the United States will “devastate Turkey economically.”

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1. World from Michael_Novakhov (22 sites): World – TIME: A Coal Mine Collapsed in China’s Shaanxi Province, Killing 21 People

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Twenty-one miners were killed when the roof of a coal mine collapsed in China’s northwestern Shaanxi province over the weekend, according to state media reports.

The Jan. 12 accident is the latest to hit China’s deadly coal industry.

At the time the roof gave way, 87 people were underground in the Kijiagou mine in Shenmu city. Sixty-six miners were initially rescued, but 21 remained trapped underground, according to the Global Times, a newspaper run by the ruling Communist Party. All of the missing miners were later found dead.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the accident, which was the deadliest reported so far this year, according to Reuters. Mining companies in other major Chinese coal-producing regions like Shandong and Henan were instructed to suspend operations for upcoming inspections, which will reportedly last until June. High-risk mines in nearby Shanxi province will also be inspected, Reuters reports.

Read more: The Ever-Growing Human Cost of China’s Coal

China’s coal and other mining industries are notorious for frequent accidents and lax enforcement of safety regulations. China reported 375 deaths from coal mine accidents in 2017, a decrease of nearly 29% from the previous year, according to state-run news agency Xinhua.

Another deadly blast in Shaanxi last month killed five miners, according to Xinhua. In 2009, over 430 miners were trapped after an explosion in a mine in Shanxi province. An eight-day rescue effort ultimately saved 115 coal miners, many of whom suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning. Another 74 miners died in the incident.

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1. US Security from Michael_Novakhov (87 sites): Washington Free Beacon: Trump Rips Warren Over ‘Beer Catastrophe’ Video, References Wounded Knee, Little Bighorn

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President Donald Trump continued to train fire on possible 2020 challenger Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) on Sunday, sending a pair of tweets mocking her “beer catastrophe” Instagram video.

Warren has formed a presidential exploratory committee and all but officially announced her bid for the Democratic nomination. She drew some scorn for pandering by posting a New Year’s Eve Instagram video of herself answering viewers’ questions while swigging a beer in her kitchen. She also awkwardly thanked her husband, Bruce, for “being here” when he showed up on the video.

Trump hit her for it nearly two weeks later, writing Sunday, “If Elizabeth Warren, often referred to by me as Pocahontas, did this commercial from Bighorn or Wounded Knee instead of her kitchen, with her husband dressed in full Indian garb, it would have been a smash!”

He added, “Best line in the Elizabeth Warren beer catastrophe is, to her husband, “Thank you for being here. I’m glad you’re here” It’s their house, he’s supposed to be there!”

“Wounded Knee” refers to the 1890 massacre of Lakota Indians by U.S. troops, while “Bighorn” refers to the 1876 Battle of Little Bighorn, often called “Custer’s Last Stand.”

Trump has gleefully tagged Warren as “Pocahontas” for years, mocking her claims of Native American ancestry that until last year were unproven. Warren released a DNA test in October showing she could have such an ancestor as far back as 10 generations, meaning she could be as little as 1/1,024th Native American.

The test largely backfired, with some progressives slamming Warren for delving into race science and letting Trump get to her with his taunts.

When Warren visited Iowa last week, an audience member at one of her events asked her why she released the test. She replied she was “not a person of color” but wanted to “put it all out there” when Republicans made an issue of her ethnicity.

Trump tweeted a mock campaign slogan for Warren on Jan. 3: “1/2020th.”

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1. World from Michael_Novakhov (22 sites): World – TIME: President Trump Says the U.S. Will ‘Devastate’ Turkey’s Economy if the Kurds Are Attacked

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(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump warned Sunday that if Turkey attacks U.S.-backed Kurdish forces in Syria, the United States will “devastate Turkey economically.”

Trump’s decision to pull American troops out of Syria has left the United States’ Kurdish allies vulnerable to an attack from Turkey. Ankara views the Kurdish forces as terrorists aligned with insurgents inside Turkey.

In a tweet, Trump also warned the Kurdish forces not to “provoke Turkey.”

The U.S. withdrawal has begun with shipments of military equipment, U.S. defense officials said. But in coming weeks, the contingent of about 2,000 troops is expected to depart even as the White House says it will keep pressure on the IS network.

Once the troops are gone, the U.S. will have ended three years of organizing, arming, advising and providing air cover for Syrian, Kurdish and Arab fighters in an open-ended campaign devised by the Obama administration to deal the militants, also known as ISIS, a lasting defeat.

“Starting the long overdue pullout from Syria while hitting the little remaining ISIS territorial caliphate hard, and from many directions,” Trump tweeted. “Will attack again from existing nearby base if it reforms. Will devastate Turkey economically if they hit Kurds.”

Trump’s decision to leave Syria, which he initially said would be rapid but later slowed down, shocked U.S. allies and angered the Kurds in Syria. It also prompted the resignation of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and drew criticism in Congress. Sen. Jack Reed, a Rhode Island Democrat, called the decision a “betrayal of our Kurdish partners.”

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Trump Investigations Report: 1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Tulsi Gabbard already in trouble for her anti-gay remarks

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When Tulsi Gabbard announced her 2020 campaign for president on Friday, Palmer Report pointed out that she’s a “Democrat” in name only. She praises Putin while bashing Obama, she loves Assad, she’s actively buddied up to Trump, his base loves her, and Russia Today has heaped praise on her. In addition, she’s made absolutely horrible anti-gay remarks in the past. We wondered when this would catch up with her. It looks like it’s already happening.




Here’s what Tulsi Gabbard said in 2004. Yes, it was years ago, but she was already an elected office holder by that time: “To try to act as if there is a difference between ‘civil unions’ and same-sex marriage is dishonest, cowardly and extremely disrespectful to the people of Hawaii … As Democrats, we should be representing the views of the people, not a small number of homosexual extremists.”


Fortunately, it looks like the media isn’t willing to give Tulsi Gabbard a free pass for this. Huffington Post put out an article highlighting her bigoted remarks, and the article ended up being shared by prominent actor and activist D.L. Hughley. CNN is also making some rumblings about the matter. Andrew “KFILE” Kaczynski of CNN tweeted this: “I realized Tulsi Gabbard was anti-gay, but didn’t quite realize how anti-gay she was in the 2000s.” Interestingly, the only people defending Gabbard on this matter are the likes of pro-Trump political strategist Chris R. Barron.




The question now is whether cable news is willing to expose Gabbard on-air for who she is. It’s one thing to tweet about it. It’s another to put the scandal on the air, where it would probably bring a swift end to her presidential campaign. If Gabbard remains in the race as a “Democrat” who’s hated by most everyone on the left, the resulting controversy will be a ratings goldmine for CNN and MSNBC. Are they willing to do the right thing and report the ugly truth about her now, or are they going to drag this out for six months before finally flashing the “breaking news” across the screen that Gabbard has an entire warehouse full of skeletons?



This is not someone who was slow to acknowledge gay rights. This is someone who said vicious things about gay people, and actively campaigned against their civil rights, while trying (and failing) to convince the entire Democratic Party to support her bigotry on the issue. Tulsi Gabbard’s more recent voting record suggests that she’s done a 180 on this. But we’ve thrown people out of office, out of the movie industry, and out of public life in some instances, for having said things roughly this horrible in the past. Even if you want to forgive her because she’s sorry for it, you don’t turn around and make someone like her President of the United States. And that’s before getting to her love of Assad, Putin, Trump, and her overall right-wing views.

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Global Security News from Michael_Novakhov (27 sites): 1. Podcasts from Michael_Novakhov (19 sites): Voice of America: International Edition 2330 EDT – January 13, 2019

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International Edition delivers insight into world news through eye-witnesses, correspondent reports and analysis from experts and news makers. We also keep you in touch with social media, science and entertainment trends.

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Global Security News from Michael_Novakhov (27 sites): 1. World from Michael_Novakhov (22 sites): FOX News: Trump mocks Elizabeth Warren over Instagram livestream with Wounded Knee reference

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President Trump mocked Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., over her New Year’s Eve Instagram livestream Sunday night, saying that the video would have been a “smash” if it had been done “from Bighorn or Wounded Knee instead of her kitchen.”

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President Trump mocked Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., over her New Year’s Eve Instagram livestream Sunday night, saying that the video would have been a “smash” if it had been done “from Bighorn or Wounded Knee instead of her kitchen.”

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President Trump mocked Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., over her New Year’s Eve Instagram livestream Sunday night, saying that the video would have been a “smash” if it had been done “from Bighorn or Wounded Knee instead of her kitchen.”

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Global Security News from Michael_Novakhov (27 sites): 1. World from Michael_Novakhov (22 sites): World – TIME: Chinese Police Opened an Investigation Into Reports of Expired Polio Vaccinations

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Chinese authorities say they have opened an investigation into reports that over 100 children received an expired polio vaccine, the latest scandal over defective medication to roil the country’s embattled pharmaceutical industry.

At least 145 children received the vaccines at a country health clinic in China’s eastern Jiangsu province on Jan. 7 despite an expiry date of Dec. 11, according to Chinese state media. The children who were administered the vaccines were between three months and four years old, the South China Morning Post reported.

Enraged parents demonstrated outside the Jinhu government offices on Jan. 11, blocking traffic and government buildings, according to The Global Times, a newspaper published by the Communist Party. Three people were arrested during the protest, according to police.

Parents said the administration of expired vaccines has been a longstanding problem in their county, even if it only boiled over into a flashpoint issue this month.

In a statement released on Jan. 11, the local government blamed the expired vaccines on “disorderly management and staff misconduct” and promised to launch a separate investigation. It said 17 people have already been disciplined over the incident.

The People’s Daily, another state media outlet, called for a wider probe into possible medical misconduct. “Vaccines are a matter of life and death. They cannot afford mistakes,” the newspaper said.

The polio inoculations scandal is the latest blow to China’s pharmaceuticals industry, which has been riddled by a series of safety scares and is frequently treated with suspicion by Chinese consumers. In 2008, six children died and 300,000 became ill after drinking tainted milk powder formula.

Last year, Chinese vaccine maker Changchun Changsheng Biotechnology was hit with $1.3 billion in penalties and the loss of its manufacturing license after an investigation found that the company falsified inspection and production reports for some 113,000 rabies vaccines.

A separate drug regulator found that Changsheng had also distributed as many as 500,000 “substandard” DPT (diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus) vaccines last year. More than 40 officials were were forced to resign or faced other disciplinary measures.

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Chinese authorities say they have opened an investigation into reports that over 100 children received an expired polio vaccine, the latest scandal over defective medication to roil the country’s embattled pharmaceutical industry.

At least 145 children received the vaccines at a country health clinic in China’s eastern Jiangsu province on Jan. 7 despite an expiry date of Dec. 11, according to Chinese state media. The children who were administered the vaccines were between three months and four years old, the South China Morning Post reported.

Enraged parents demonstrated outside the Jinhu government offices on Jan. 11, blocking traffic and government buildings, according to The Global Times, a newspaper published by the Communist Party. Three people were arrested during the protest, according to police.

Parents said the administration of expired vaccines has been a longstanding problem in their county, even if it only boiled over into a flashpoint issue this month.

In a statement released on Jan. 11, the local government blamed the expired vaccines on “disorderly management and staff misconduct” and promised to launch a separate investigation. It said 17 people have already been disciplined over the incident.

The People’s Daily, another state media outlet, called for a wider probe into possible medical misconduct. “Vaccines are a matter of life and death. They cannot afford mistakes,” the newspaper said.

The polio inoculations scandal is the latest blow to China’s pharmaceuticals industry, which has been riddled by a series of safety scares and is frequently treated with suspicion by Chinese consumers. In 2008, six children died and 300,000 became ill after drinking tainted milk powder formula.

Last year, Chinese vaccine maker Changchun Changsheng Biotechnology was hit with $1.3 billion in penalties and the loss of its manufacturing license after an investigation found that the company falsified inspection and production reports for some 113,000 rabies vaccines.

A separate drug regulator found that Changsheng had also distributed as many as 500,000 “substandard” DPT (diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus) vaccines last year. More than 40 officials were were forced to resign or faced other disciplinary measures.

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1. US Security from Michael_Novakhov (87 sites): Eurasia Review: We Must Not Abandon The Kurds – OpEd

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One major factor behind President Trump’s decision to withdraw US special forces from Syria is the dominant position achieved by Russia, in alliance with Iran, in restoring the fortunes of Syria’s President Bashar al Assad. Another seems to have been a telephone discussion with Turkey’s President Erdogan just before Christmas 2018. The implications of this are worrying.

The military defeat of Islamic State (IS) over the eight long years of Syria’s civil conflict has been due in no small measure to the part played by the doughty Kurdish Peshmerga fighters. But for Erdogan the Kurds and their aspirations – whether for civil rights, for autonomy or, worst of all, for independence – are a constant thorn in the flesh. Kurd-occupied territory encompasses substantial areas of Turkey, but also of Syria, Iraq and Iran. It spans their borders. So Erdogan faces not only a domestic political threat from Turkish Kurds, but what he perceives as their military support abroad, and specifically in north-eastern Syria.

Long before the civil war, the 2 million Kurds in Syria, accounting for 15 percent of the population, had aspired to some degree of autonomy.  Their opportunity came with the internal uprising in 2011 against Assad’s regime.  As the civil war inside Syria resulted in Islamic State winning vast swaths of territory, the Syrian Kurds began battling IS up in the north-east. Backed by air support and special forces from the US and its allies, the Kurdish Peshmergas began to prevail, winning back large areas of Kurd-inhabited territory.

Today the Kurd-occupied region – about 25 per cent of the old Syria – is formally known as the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria (DFNS), ruled under a new federal and democratic constitution. It is not a sovereign state nor, if statements from its leaders are to be believed, does it aspire to be one. It is a semi-autonomous region, and there have been formal moves by its leaders to reach an accommodation with the Syrian president.

In September 2017 Walid Muallem, Syria’s foreign minister, said that his country was open to the idea of greater powers for the country’s Kurds. They ”want a form of autonomy within the framework of the borders of the state,” he said. “This is negotiable and can be the subject of dialogue.”  He indicated – presumably with the acquiescence of Russia – that discussions could begin once the civil conflict had ended.

A Kurdish legislator, Omar Usi, who sits in Syria’s national parliament in Damascus, recently said the government wanted the Kurds to “facilitate the entry of the Syrian army and the return of state institutions into Kurdish-majority areas east of the Euphrates.” In return, it was offering “constitutional recognition for the Kurdish community and its cultural rights.”

All this might eventually result in a Syrian version of the semi-autonomous Kurdistan that is recognized by the Iraqi government. But any such formal recognition of the DFNS would be anathema to Erdogan. Whatever degree of autonomy Syria’s Kurds might gain could only reinforce the separatist demands of the Kurds in Turkey. 

This explains Erdogan’s incursion in January 2018 into the region around Afrin in north-west Syria. His success in defeating the Kurdish forces there indicates that, allowed a free hand, Erdogan would probably take action aimed at gaining dominance right along the Turkey-Syrian border, decimating the DFNS Kurdish-ruled region.

Subsequent to his off-the-cuff announcement about US troop disengagement from Syria, Trump seems to have allowed wiser counsels to prevail. The US simply could not allow a free-for-all to develop inside Syria, give Turkey carte blanche in its vendetta against the Kurds, and throw its long-time and successful ally and partner to the wolves. So whatever the substance of his telephone discussion with Erdogan, Trump now indicates that there is to be no hasty US withdrawal from Syria. It will be done, but in a measured and timely fashion.

It is well established that in foreign relations there is little or no room for sentiment. Realpolitik is the order of the day. But the civilized world does owe a debt of gratitude to the Kurdish people in general, and to their stalwart Pershmerga fighters in particular, for their successful efforts to combat the evil and inhumane IS movement. Theirs has been a long struggle for recognition and self-determination. It is time the world honoured its debt and at least allowed the Kurds in Syria to negotiate an acceptable future for themselves as part of the post-war settlement.

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1. US Security from Michael_Novakhov (87 sites): Eurasia Review: Dances Of Disinformation: The Partisan Politics Of The Integrity Initiative – OpEd

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Is there such a plane of blissful, balanced information, deliberated and debated upon? No. Governments mangle; corporations distort. Interest groups tinker. Wars must be sold; deception must be perpetrated. Inconsistencies must be removed. There will be success, measured in small doses; failure, dispatched in grand servings. The nature of news, hollow as it is, is to fill the next segment for the next release, a promiscuous delivery, an amoral ejaculate. The notion a complicated world can somehow be compressed into a press release, a brief, an observation, is sinister and defeating.

The believers in an objective, balanced news platform are there. Grants are forked out for such romantic notions as news with integrity, directed to increase “trust in news”, which is tantamount to putting your trust in an institution which has been placed on the mortician’s table. The Trump era has seen a spike in such funding, but it belies a fundamental misconception about what news is.

Funny, then, that the environment should now be so neatly split: the Russians (always) seen to distort from a central programme, while no one else does. The Kremlin manipulates feeble minds; virtuous powers do not. The most powerful nation on the planet claims to be free of this, the same country that boasts cable news networks and demagoguery on the airwaves that have a distinct allergy against anything resembling balanced reporting, many backed by vast funding mechanisms for political projects overseas. Britain, faded yet still nostalgically imperial, remains pure with the BBC, known as the Beeb, a sort of immaculate conception of news that purportedly survives manipulation. Other deliverers of news through state channels also worship the idol of balance – Australia’s ABC, for one, asserts that role.

We are the left with a distinct, and ongoing polarisation, where Russia, a country relatively less influential than other powers in terms of heft and demography, has become a perceived monster wielding the influence of a behemoth on the course of history. Shades and shadows assume the proportions of flesh and meat. The fact that the largest country on the planet has interests, paranoias and insecurities other countries share is not deemed relevant but a danger. Russia must be deemed the exception, the grand perversion, a modern beast in need of containment.

Terry Thompson of the University of Maryland supplies readers with a delightfully binary reading, because the forested world of politics is, supposedly, easy to hive off and cultivate. The woods will be ignored, and small, selective gardens nurtured. The United States has been indifferent, even weak, before the Kremlin’s cheek and prodding ways, or so goes this line of thinking. The time for change is nigh, and the freemen and women of the US imperium must take note. A hoodwinked US will arise, and learn from those states who have suffered from Moscow’s designs! “After years of anaemic responses to Russian influence efforts, official US government policy now includes taking action to combat disinformation campaigns sponsored by Russia or other countries.”

In this intoxicated atmosphere comes the Scottish based Integrity Initiative, a “partnership of several independent institutions led by the Institute of Statecraft. This international public programme was set up in 2015 to counter disinformation and other forms of malign influence being conducted by states and sub-state actors seeking to interfere in democratic processes and to undermine public confidence in national political institutions.”

This low level clerk depiction is all good, a procedurally dull initiative designed to harden the mettle of debate against those who sneer and seek to discredit certain institutions. Democracy is often the victim of such paper clip fillers and grant seekers. Then comes the nub of the matter: the political thrust of this entire exercise. Where did the Integrity Initiative get its pennies? Moral citizens, perhaps? Bookworms with deep pockets?

That political thrust was revealed, we are told, by a hack. It came from the devil incarnate, those bear like fangs sharpened on the Russian steppes. “It is of course a matter of deep regret,” came a statement from the group in November, “that Integrity Initiative documents have been stolen and posted online, still more so that, in breach of any defensible practice, Russian state propaganda outlets have published or re-published a large number of names and contact details.” Transparency is a damn bugger, but forced transparency for outfits claiming that no one else practices it is an upending terror.

The revelations were striking on a few fronts. Britain’s Labor Party had been a target, with the group’s Twitter account used to heap upon its leader, Jeremy Corbyn. But more to the point, it blew the lid off the notion of pristine, exalted partiality. Funding, it transpired, had been obtained, and in abundance, from that most self-interested of bodies, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In effect, monies had been supplied to the Initiative via a government body to attack the opposition, not exactly a very democratic practice.

On December 3 lasts year, Sir Alan Duncan, in response to a question from Chris Williamson, the member for Derby North, claimed that the FCO had funded the Institute for Statecraft’s Integrity Initiative to the tune of £296,500 in the financial year 2017/8. That amount has ballooned for the current financial year to the tune of £1,196,000. “Such funding furthers our commitment to producing important work to counter disinformation and other malign influence.” Russian practitioners could hardly have said it better themselves.

The technique here remains dog-eared: discredit the hackers as criminal and sidestep the implications of the content revealed. “We note,” claimed the initiative, “both the attempts by Russian state propaganda outlets to amplify the volume of this leak; and the suggestion by a major Anonymous-linked Twitter account that the Kremlin subverted the banner of Anonymous to disguise their responsibility for it.”

In December, the group, as did Duncan, reiterated the notion that it was a “non-partisan programme of The Institute for Statecraft, a non-partisan charity which promotes good governance.” On no occasion had the group “engaged in party political activity and would never take up a party-political stance.” Charming in such insistence, if somewhat disingenuous: any statement with a political target is, by definition, political activity. Not so for the Initiative, which claims that the FCO’s funding merely reflected “their appreciation of the importance of the threat, and a wish to support civil society programmes seeking to rebuild the ability of democratic societies to resist large scale, malicious disinformation and influence campaigns.”

The very idea of insisting on information that corrects disinformation must, by definition, be politically oriented. It has a target, and objective. The world is wrong, at least according to one version, so right it. We know it, and others do not. The implication is inescapable.

An example of a journalist outed by the hack is illustrative. He fell from Olympus. He thought he was all fair and high, a prince of objectivity. James Ball, somewhat slighted by the exposures stemming from the Integrity Initiative documents, described the Kremlin’s approach to managing the message in The Guardian as follows: “Russia’s information manipulation strategies are many and varied, and far more sophisticated than simply pushing out pro-Putin messages. It uses a mix of Russian-owned media outlets, most notably RT (formerly Russia Today) and Sputnik, sympathetic talking heads, social media ‘bot’ accounts and state-sponsored hackers to influence western politics and media coverage.”

To deny the existence of such media management strategies would simply be silly. But equally daft is the suggestion that journalism run through the corporate mill in the United States, or through media conglomerates in Europe, identifies some miraculous golden mean of objective fairness. Ditto numerous governments, who have a deep interest in selling a particular story within, and without their jurisdiction. Respective messages are doing a dance, and governments the world over are attempting to influence the course of discussion. They are the self-appointed bulwark against “post-truth”, a nonsense term that has assumed the very thing it seeks to combat.

Ball falls into the trap of heralding the virtues of free speech and media only to then find fault with them. Even he doesn’t entirely these tendencies. Russia, he argues, simulated a “virus that turns its host’s immune system against itself” using an “information strategy… turning free media and free speech against its own society.” And what of it? Surely, models of information parry and thrust can drive the bad out with the good, or is there, underlying these criticisms, the latent suggestion that free society harbours the imbecilic and destructive? As with any wading into these murky waters, the danger is that none of these catalytic engagements seeks free speech, merely a managed deployment of spears analogous to battle. The amoral terrain of the Cold War re-appears, and behind many interlocutors lies the funding of a state.

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Up to a million Muslims are being held in detention camps in the Chinese province of Xinjiang. The Guardian’s Lily Kuo visits the region where authorities are expanding the camps and increasing surveillance on ethnic minorities. Plus: in opinion, the writer Bella Mackie on how running helps her cope with anxiety

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No place seems immune these days from instability, violence and insecurity. The worst victims are Muslims – attacked both from within and without the community. The extremists on both sides are hijacking the narratives about Islam, thus, bringing in much suffering to the people and creating a world of disorder.

I see a close resemblance to the time of Yunus Emre. I, thus, feel very strongly that we need to take time out and reflect, and what a great way of doing such by reading the poems and adhering to the teachings of Yunus Emre!

Yunus Emre (ca. 1240 – ca. 1321 C.E.) is one of the greatest Turkish poets. His collection of poems, called the Divan, was compiled after his death, and sheds some light on his life.

The love people have for his liberating poetry is reflected in the fact that many villages claim to be his birthplace, and many others claim to hold his tomb. It is believed that he lived in the Karaman area of Anatolia.

Among the Sufi orders of Anatolia, the Mevlevis and Bektasis were known for their tolerance and inclusiveness. It is this sentiment that Yunus Emre expresses in the line “we love the created beings because of the Creator” (Yunus Emre in Golpinarli, p. 56; trans. Z. Baskal). These Sufis facilitated interaction between different religious, ethnic, and linguistic groups.

Popular legend assigns Yunus Emre to the Bektasi order of dervishes, which was established in the thirteenth century (a few years before his birth), under the leadership of Haci Bektaş Veli (1201-1271 C.E.).

According to a frequently repeated legend, one year when the harvest in his village was scant, Yunus Emre approached a local dervish lodge of Haci Bektas Veli to solicit food for his starving villagers. On his way to the lodge, Yunus decided he could not arrive there with empty hands, and he picked some wild pears on the Anatolian steppes as a gift for Haci Bektas. When Yunus Emre begged for wheat, Haci Bektaş offered him nefes (blessings) instead. Since Yunus’s mind was on his villagers who were starving, he refused the offer. Then Haci Bektas increased his offer, “We will give you ten nefes for each wild pear you brought us.” Since Yunus had never heard of a nefes before, nor could he even imagine its extraordinary bliss, he refused the offering. When he had refused the offering third time Haci Bektas gave him the wheat he had asked of. On the way home, realizing his mistake, Yunus turned around and headed back to the dervish lodge for the blessing. But he had missed his chance, said Haci Bektaş, who referred Yunus to Taptuk Emre (a disciple of Haci Bektas). Thus began 40 years of spiritual instruction with this teacher, during which Yunus Emre began to compose Sufi mystical poetry.

One day, Yunus asked Taptuk for permission to leave, “I understand it is not easy to be a dervish; so let me go into the world with my solitude, my otherness, I will become an intimate friend of those who sorrow.”

Yunus traveled on foot, miles and miles through the steppes of Anatolia. One day while he wandered the steppes of Anatolia, he encountered two traveling dervishes who invited him to accompany them. At the dusk of the first day, one of the dervishes prayed to Allah asking for food to eat: no sooner had he finished his prayer than a well-prepared dinner appeared. Yunus was amazed. On the second day at dinner time, the other dervish prayed and a meal just as good as the first one appeared. Yunus began to worry he might in his turn be asked to produce a meal, and indeed, on the following day the two dervishes asked Yunus for his prayer to beg Allah for food. Yunus prayed silently, “O my God, I do not know such prayers, but I ask in the same name that my friends used in their prayer to You, please, don’t embarrass me.”

As soon as Yunus had finished his prayer, twice the amount of food they had eaten on the previous days appeared. The two dervishes were very surprised and asked Yunus, “In whose name did you pray to Allah?”

Yunus replied, “First, tell me in whose name you prayed.” They answered they had prayed in the name of a dervish called Yunus from Taptuk Emre’s dargah.

After that, Yunus returned to Taptuk who gave him this explanation, “We would have delivered you to Haqq, to Allah, as a sealed chest, but you hurried away and opened your mouth. From this day on, you will be the intimate friend of the gharibs, the strangers, the hidden beings, and those who sorrow. This is your path, go, do your duty!” [Note: The Arabic word Haqq (short for Al-Haqq) means the Truth and is one of the 99 names of Allah.]

Yunus traveled every square inch of the steppes of Anatolia on foot by day and by night and taught among the rural poor. His poetry expresses a deep personal devotion to Islam, mysticism, humanity and love for Allah, His Last Prophet Muhammad (S) and mankind. His poetry shows that there are three degrees of Islam — belief (Iman), application or rules (Islam), and doing the good or beautiful (Ihsan). He uses the word Sufi or dervish for someone who has already achieved the first two degrees and is searching for the third, living the beautiful, in mind, body and soul.

Contrasting earthly time with cosmic time, his poetry summons readers to prepare for inevitable death. He reminds them that they must leave this world and that life is a brief sojourn; all beautiful things will pass. Couplets such as the following attest to the world’s sensual attractiveness: “This world is a bride dressed in green and red/One cannot get tired of looking at a new bride” (Yunus Emre Divani, p. 116; trans. Z. Baskal). Other couplets warn the reader not to be taken in by the world’s outward beauty:

“Worshipping the world is like savoring a poisonous meal/The one who cares about the end of life abandons the meal” (Yunus Emre Divani, p. 88; trans. Z. Baskal). The aim is to redirect the reader’s focus from worldly things to the transitory nature of life.

Devotion to Allah becomes an alternative to fears of mortality: “The world is the enemy of people; the goal is the Soul of the souls (i.e., Allah)/One should know that the world passes, abandon the world, my dear” (Yunus Emre Divani, p. 170; trans. Z. Baskal). In one of the most masterful and harmonious couplets of Turkish literature, Yunus holds out the eternal reward of salvation for the faithful: “Why are you afraid of death? / Don’t be afraid! You will live forever” (Yunus Emre Divani, p. 49; trans. Z. Baskal).

Yunus Emre was a contemporary of the celebrated Sufi poet Rumi who had settled in the same region. Yunus made a point of writing, singing and speaking in spoken Turkish language of the common people of the day rather than adopting the Persian or Arabic speech that was prevalent in his own country, particularly amongst the sophisticated people. He was very skillful in describing quite abstruse Sufi concepts in a clear way to ordinary folks.

Legend has it that one day a stern teacher named Molla Kasim found a collection of Yunus Emre’s poetry. When he sat down by the river and began to read the poems, he found them contrary to his dogmatic religious understanding. He threw 1,000 poems into the river and 1,000 poems into the air. When Molla Kasim came to the 2,001st poem, he noticed that the couplet said: “O Yunus! Do not tell your words in a crooked way/Or Molla Kasim will come and straighten you.” The prediction of these words made Molla Kasim realize the insightfulness of the poet whose words he had just discarded, and he decided to keep the poems he still had in hand to pass on to future generations. Some interpret the story to mean that although Yunus Emre had his critics from the religious establishment, the power of his poetry eventually won them over.

Yunus Emre’s inspiration for his stupendous love of mankind comes from his deep understanding of the Qur’an, which begins with the phrase: ‘Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem’ (meaning: In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful). He, thus, put the love of Allah over the fear of Allah who is the only Master of the universe to whom all praises duly belong.

In the true spirit of Islam, which makes no distinction between race, color, ethnicity, rich or poor, Yunus recognized the unity of mankind. That is, all of us are brothers and sisters, and the children of Adam and Eve (Hawa). The person of merit is one who has taqwa or the fear of Allah in his/her heart so that he/she obeys Allah and His Messenger Muhammad (S) to the best of his/her abilities by doing good and abstaining from harmful acts. It is in recognition of this fact that Yunus Emre urges man to love Allah wholeheartedly.

The qalb or heart is the battleground for fighting nafs (soul, ego). Strife comes when one becomes prisoner of one’s nafs (ego, self) and knows only how to love oneself. As a Sufi who had gone through the rigorous discipline of tazkiyah-e-nafs, i.e., purification of the self, Yunus knew that in this remedial medicine, ego has no place but only servitude that matters. By serving and giving to others rather than being served and receiving and thereby, finding a joy in happiness of others lie the only remedy against the temptations of the nafs.

Yunus understood that the path of love starts with first loving Allah, the Creator, to truly love mankind, who created them all. Any deviation from this well-trodden path is only an illusion and is bound to fail.

General interest in Yunus Emre’s poetry has grown over the years, especially since Fuad Koprulu’s landmark study Turk Edebiyatinda Ilk Mutasavviflar (1918; The First Mystics in Turkish Literature). His poems have also been translated into English, German, French and Urdu. His poetry has been honored by the UNESCO, which proclaimed 1991 the International Yunus Emre Year, recognizing his poetry as a quintessential representation of humanistic values.

Yunus Emre’s poems convey a profound spirituality. His subject is the Heart, the point of awareness where God is realized in us. He sang,

“I am not here as a claimant,
My concern is one of love,
A friend finds a shelter only in hearts,
I’ve come to build some heart.”

A reading of his Divan – the collected poems – shows that Yunus Emre has walked his talk. It is up to us to continue that vital task and make our world a better place for all to live in peace and harmony.

[Dr. Siddiqui’s latest book – Yunus Emre, the Sufi Poet of Turkey – is now available in the Amazon.com.]

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Why are enterprises losing so many global cyberbattles? Despite hard work, long hours, smart people and great individual hacking tactics, what online trends are overwhelming security teams? How can cyberpros who are constantly upgrading OWASP skills and working nights and weekends already, do more with less?   What other professionals’ disciplines can we learn from,..

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When Donald Trump met privately with Vladimir Putin last year, he didn’t even allow any of his own advisers in the room. Last night we learned, thanks to the Washington Post, that Trump went so far as to seize the translator’s notes, and to instruct him not to discuss the matter with anyone. Now Adam Schiff is taking things precisely where we’d been hoping.




The obvious solution all along has been for Congress to subpoena the translator, thus leaving the translator with a choice of either testifying or getting arrested for contempt of Congress. In such case the translator would likely show up to testify in a heartbeat.




Sure enough, Adam Schiff says that’s precisely what he plans to do: “Last year, we sought to obtain the interpreter’s notes or testimony, from the private meeting between Trump and Putin. The Republicans on our committee voted us down. Will they join us now? Shouldn’t we find out whether our president is really putting ‘America first?’”



Although Schiff is asking the Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee to join him in doing the right thing, he doesn’t need them. He and the Democrats on the committee have unilateral subpoena power, and now we know that they intend to use it to get to the bottom of Trump’s treason meeting with Putin.

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FBI from Michael_Novakhov (25 sites): “fbi scandal” – Google News: U-M fires gymnastics coach with ties to Larry Nassar scandal – Detroit Free Press

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U-M fires gymnastics coach with ties to Larry Nassar scandal  Detroit Free Press

After intense outcry from sexual assault survivors, U-M fires gymnastics coach who was told about Larry Nassar sexual abuse in 2015.

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