– A Pseudo-Ottoman Blog: Occasional Musings –

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) news spokesperson Amaani Lyle, who describes herself a “strategic communicator”, relayed on 27 August that “Pentagon officials announced the start of two training exercises this month. starts [28 August 2014] and concludes Sept. 12. Exercise Northern Coasts 2014 starts Aug. 29 and ends Sept. 12. Embarking on its 28th year, Combined Endeavor is a command, control, communications, and computer systems exercise involving 1,200 personnel from approximately 30 NATO and Partnership for Peace nations. It will operate at a main base with virtual forward bases for multi-national collaboration. In the Baltic Sea, the annual maritime exercise Northern Coasts 2014 includes underwater mine, countermeasure and counter-improvised explosive device training. Forces from at least five countries will participate”.[1]

And now that the Ukraine Crisis is spiralling out of control, NATO heads need to come together asap . . . well, maybe not that urgently but still . . . on the two days preceding the coming weekend (4-5 September 2014). David Deans, correspondent for Wales Online, notes that “[a]round 1,000 protesters marched through the streets of Newport [on Friday, 29 August] ahead of next week’s Nato summit. The city will play host to 150 heads of state and ministers on Thursday and Friday at the Celtic Manor Resort, but hundreds of people from as far as the United States say they aren’t welcome. Security for the summit will be provided by 9,500 police officers drawn from 43 UK police forces with 12 miles of security fencing already in place at keys sites in Cardiff and Newport. The event will be ‘uncharted territory’ for police – while Wales’ First Minister Carwyn Jones has said it will be ‘momentous’ in his country’s history. However, its presence in the principality – and the UK –has been met with strong opposition from a number of anti-war groups as well as left-wing organisations. Marchers with a myriad of concerns running from Palestine and Ukraine to nuclear weapons streamed through Newport city centre streets in a peaceful and trouble-free demonstration. Distance appeared to be no object with some of the protesters travelling thousands of miles to attend this and other events against the September 4-5 summit”.[2]

Following the end of the summit, none other than Chuck-himself, that is, the U.S. “Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will visit Turkey as the U.S. government tries to build [another] ‘coalition of the willing’ take on Islamic militants in Syria, the Pentagon announced [on 29 August]“.[3] The DoD propaganda publication Stars and Stripes is forthright about the Obama Administration’s ambitions to find other countries’ cannon fodder to sacrifice in its pursuit of the terror group formerly known as ISIS (or ISIL, as the Americans seem unwilling to insult the ancient Egyptian goddess), now calling itself the Islamic State: ‘[t]he U.S. military has been bombing Islamic State targets in Iraq since Aug. 8, and consideration is being given to expanding the air campaign into neighboring Syria’. Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby told the press that “Turkey is a key NATO ally. And given its border with Syria and Iraq, they share our deep concerns with . . . the regional threat posed by ISIL . . . We want a coalition of the willing. We want to seek partners in this effort”, adding that “Secretary Hagel has longstanding relationships with Turkey’s leaders, including the newly-inaugurated President [Recep Tayyip] Erdogan, and he views this visit as an important opportunity to advance our critical relationship”.[4] All in a day’s work, in other words, schmooze the Turks and bomb those out of line.

Putting the icing on the cake, the Prez himself then said: “Our message to the entire region is this should be a wake-up call to Sunni, to Shia, to everybody that a group like [the Islamic State] is beyond the pale; that they have no vision or ideology beyond violence and chaos and the slaughter of innocent people. And as a consequence, we’ve got to all join together — even if we have differences on a range of political issues — to make sure that they’re rooted out”.[5]

But, McClatchy‘s Hannah Allam and Roy Gutman critically remark that the “United States faces no small task in drumming up allies to fight the Islamic State as part of a new coalition that foreign policy analysts already are criticizing as a hollow effort unless the Obama administration proves a commitment to wading into a conflict it’s largely avoided for three years. Offering few specifics, U.S. officials this week announced that they were assembling an international coalition that could offer military, intelligence and humanitarian support in a joint campaign to dislodge the Islamic State, also known by the other aliases ISIS and ISIL, from the Iraqi and Syrian territories that make up its vast, self-proclaimed caliphate”.[6]



[1] Amaani Lyle, “DoD Announces Upcoming NATO, Maritime Exercises” U.S. Department of Defense (27 August 2014). http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=123025.

[2] David Deans,”Nato Summit 2014: Hundreds take to the streets of Newport in protest” Wales Online (30 August 2014). http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/nato-summit-2014-hundreds-take-7693809.

[3] Jon Harper, “Hagel going to Turkey as US tries to build ‘coalition of the willing’ against the Islamic State” Stars and Stripes (29 August 2014). http://www.stripes.com/news/hagel-going-to-turkey-as-us-tries-to-build-coalition-of-the-willing-against-the-islamic-state-1.300658.

[4] Jon Harper, “Hagel going to Turkey as US tries to build ‘coalition of the willing’ against the Islamic State”.

[5] Jon Harper, “Hagel going to Turkey as US tries to build ‘coalition of the willing’ against the Islamic State”.

[6] Hannah Allam and Roy Gutman, “US history in Mideast hampers hopes for anti-Islamic State coalition” McClatchy (28 August 2014). http://www.stripes.com/news/middle-east/us-history-in-mideast-hampers-hopes-for-anti-islamic-state-coalition-1.300525.

The brand that is Amanpour talks to the newly appointed leader of the Free Syrian Army who discusses the struggle with ISIS . . . Brigadier General Abdel Ilah al-Bashir craftily employs the interview to spread FSA propaganda . . . and more nonsensical rubbish about Bashar al-Assad and his alleged ties to the Caliph Ibrahim of the Islamic State . . . Already in early July 2014, General al-Bashir came out begging and pleading that “We call on urgent support for the FSA with weapons and ammunition, and to avoid a humanitarian disaster that threatens our people”, adding that “[t]ime is not on our side. Time is a slashing sword” (as reported by the AP).[1]


[1] ” Syria rebel chief warns of ‘disaster’ without aid” AP (04 July 2014). http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/07/05/syria-rebel-chief-warns-of-disaster-without-aid/12243061/.

‘Here are three things you need to know about the deadly Ebola outbreak’s progression this week (29 August 2014)’.

‘Hala Gorani speaks to Peter Piot, the co-discoverer of the Ebola virus, about the ongoing epidemic and when it might end (28 August 2014)’

‘President Barack Obama is blaming Russia for the escalating violence in eastern Ukraine, but says the U.S. won’t take military action there. Obama also says confronting the Islamic State militants requires a regional strategy with Middle East states (28 August 2014)’.

The news agency Reuters‘ Pavel Polityuk and Alessandra Prentice [the business tycoon whom the inimitable Pepe Escobar calls Chocolateshenko] report that “Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday [, 28 August 2014] that Russian forces and entered his country and the military conflict was worsening after Russian-backed separatists swept into a key town in the east and threatened other areas. He said he was cancelling a trip to Turkey “as Russian troops have actually been brought into Ukraine.” Earlier, a combined force of Russian forces and separatists [allegedly] moved into Novoazovsk, which has been under pressure from them for two days. They now had the potential to threaten Mariupol, a port city further along the Sea of Azov coast”.[1]

The Russian side, as represented by RT, sees things somewhat different: “Russia does not consider itself party to the conflict in Ukraine, seeing it as a conflict between the Eastern Ukrainians and the Kiev” government.[2]

Talking to RT, the Russian legal expert and blogger Alexander Mercouris reiterates that “fundamental difference [between Kiev and Moscow] is that the Russians do not consider themselves to be a party to the conflict in Ukraine. They see the conflict there as a conflict between the people in the Eastern Ukraine and the authorities who came to power in Kiev in February. So their analysis of the situation is totally different from the one of Poroshenko and of the people in Kiev who want to internationalize the question and turn it into a conflict between Ukraine and Russia. That is why you see a totally different approach from the two presidents”.[3] Turning to the real crux of the matter, Mercouris goes on to say that the “great problem with the gas issue is that Ukraine is in very heavy arrears on its gas. And I think what the Russians will be looking for is some commitment from Ukraine; I mean hard cash to actually pay off these arrears before they are prepared to compromise further on the gas price issue. The problem is at the moment that Ukraine has very little, if any, money left at all. Partly because it has been using the money it has been getting from the organizations like the IMF to fight the war in the east instead of stabilizing its economy. [4]

Germany, as the most important ultimate beneficiary of the gas piped through the Ukraine, plays an important in the ongoing efforts to defuse the crisis. And, Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke on the German TV station ARD, to stress that a “solution must be found to the Ukraine crisis that does not hurt Russia”, adding that “[t]here must be dialogue. There can only be a political solution. There won’t be a military solution to this conflict”.[v] Rather than waxing poetically about the Russian Bear and the American Eagle, Merkel did not mince any words: “We [Germany] want to have good trade relations with Russia as well. We want reasonable relations with Russia. We are depending on one another and there are so many other conflicts in the world where we should work together, so I hope we can make progress”.[6]

In his unique voice and style, Escobar deconstructs and translates her words as follows: the “short translation for all this is there won’t be a Nulandistan (after neo-con Victoria ‘F**k the EU’ Nuland), remote-controlled by Washington, and fully financed by the EU. In the real world, what[ever] Germany says, the EU follows [suit]. Geopolitically, this also means a huge stback for Washington’s obsessive containment and encirclement of Russia, proceeding in parallel to the ‘pivot to Asia’ (containment and encirclement of China)”.[vii] But time does not stand still, and as indicated higher, now Chocolateshenko is actually claiming that Putin has really sent ground troops into Ukrainian territory.

On Friday, 29 August, the New York Times‘ Andrew Rothaug declared that in “a rare direct address to the pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, President Vladimir V. Putin hailed on Friday [, 29 August] the success of a recent rebel offensive and asked that a humanitarian corridor be opened to allow encircled Ukrainian Army units to retreat. In an address to the “Novorossiya,” or New Russia, militia that was posted on the Kremlin website at 1:10 a.m., Mr. Putin said the rebels had ‘achieved a major success in intercepting Kiev’s military operation’, an offensive that Western governments have accused the Russian military of leading”.[viii] NATO is eager to join the propaganda war, releasing “Images Showing Russian Forces in Ukraine . . . A day after fighting erupted in the coastal town of Novoazovsk, NATO released satellite images it said show Russian artillery units operating in Eastern Ukraine”.[9]

Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the secretary general of NATO, even came out the other day, shouting “We urge Russia to cease its illegal military actions, stop its support to armed separatists, and take immediate and verifiable steps”.[10]

NATO Secretary General – Statement after the extraordinary meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission, 29 August 2014 



[1] Pavel Polityuk and Alessandra Prentice, “Ukraine leader says Russian forces are in the country as key town falls” Reuters (28 August 2014). http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/08/28/uk-ukraine-crisis-town-idUKKBN0GS0KL20140828.

[2] “‘Poroshenko wants to internationalize the situation and turn it into a conflict between Ukraine and Russia’” RT (27 August 2014). http://rt.com/op-edge/183112-russia-ukraine-crisis-negotiations-gas/.

[3] “‘Poroshenko wants to internationalize the situation and turn it into a conflict between Ukraine and Russia’”.

[4] “‘Poroshenko wants to internationalize the situation and turn it into a conflict between Ukraine and Russia’”.

[5] Pepe Escobar, “From Minsk to Wales, Germany is the key” RT Op-Edge (28 August 2014). http://rt.com/op-edge/183328-minsk-wales-germany-key/.

[6] Pepe Escobar, “From Minsk to Wales, Germany is the key”.

[7] Pepe Escobar, “From Minsk to Wales, Germany is the key”.

[8] Andrew Rothaug, “Putin Commends Separatist Militias in Ukraine” New York Times (29 August 2014). http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/30/world/europe/ukraine-conflict.html?_r=0.

[9] Andrew Rothaug, “Putin Commends Separatist Militias in Ukraine”.

[10] Andrew Rothaug, “Putin Commends Separatist Militias in Ukraine”.

‘Press TV has conducted an interview with Edward Corrigan, a human rights attorney, from Ontario, about the irony of American airstrikes on ISIL militants in Iraq, an entity created and supported by the US itself (23 August 2014)’.

The following is an approximate transcript of the interview

‘Press TV: The situation dealing with the ISIL terrorists continues to spiral out of control now we’ve seen that more and more Westerners are actually also involved in this. We see now in the United States, the UK and other Western governments condemning the terrorists for their actions. The question is, do you think they would have even gotten this far if it hadn’t been for the situation in Syria and basically the propping up of these kinds of groups by Western governments?

Edward Corrigan: I agree with that. I think the whole ISIS, ISIL were generated by the West. The Americans, the British, the Israelis have all been supporting them with arms and money; they’ve also gotten money from some Western client states like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar. The original foundation is simply from British intelligence. According to documents supposedly released by Edward Snowden, Abu al-Baghdadi who is supposed to be the head of ISIL, he was trained by the MOSSAD for a year and may in fact be a MOSSAD agent. He is trying to organize Islamic fundamentalist and radicals to destroy the secular national Arab state of Syria and they’ve expanded into Iraq. But you’ve got the American government, British government and the Israelis supporting the Islamic fundamentalists in Syria, ISIL, giving them weapons and arms and at the same time they’re attacking them because they’re posing a threat to the American client state in Iraq. So you’re arming them in Syria and then you’re attacking the same people in Iraq. I think that’s my definition of insanity. You can’t have it both ways. The other thing is, according to documents released by Edward Snowden that this is sort of a honey-trap where they want to gather all of the Islamic radicals and militants in one place; they control them, use them for their own purposes, but also maybe in the end destroy them. And especially when you’re getting Islamic militants coming from the United States, Britain and other countries… the person who executed the gentleman journalist in Iraq, he had a British accent. So you are concentrating them there, using them to destroy Syria obviously, but now they are posing a threat to Iraq and they’re talking about attacking Saudi Arabia and other feudal countries in the Persian Gulf region. It’s a very dangerous game; it’s a crazy game… ISIL supposedly executed 2,000 Yazidis; they’re fighting the Iraqi government; they’re fighting the Kurds – the whole thing is chaos and destruction and out of that supposedly some people think they can get some sort of political and economic benefit. But it really is a crazy policy that doesn’t make any sense unless your idea is to destroy the whole region.

Press TV: What about what you just said, “unless your goal is to destroy the whole region”… When Western countries support this type of terrorist or extremist behavior, going into it do they not realize that it could also go back to haunt them? Obviously this type of insanity you can’t control and just limit to a particular country or region, but it will expand as we have seen so many individuals from all over the world joining in to fight for ISIL. So why can’t they as far as these political experts and strategists that look all at these situations prior to going into it, why could they not have foreseen this happening?

EC: It’s happened repeatedly. I think part of it is the arrogance of the CIA and British and Israeli planners because they think they can control the situation. But what you’re talking about is the term ‘blowback’, when you support Islamic radical to let’s say the Russian in Afghanistan and then when they turn on you and perhaps were involved in the 9/11 attack or other terrorist attacks against the United States… you train the you arm them you show them how to do things and then you’re happy they’re attacking the superpower of Russia in Afghanistan, but when they turn their attention to the other superpower then you get upset. But it’s something that they really set the dynamics for and trained people, armed them and given them the weapons. So you’ve given the weapons to ISIL in Syria and the same weapons end up in Iraq fighting allies of the American government. I think it’s arrogance and hubris that they think they can do it, but now they realize there is a real threat of blowback and terrorist attack especially if they’re British or American citizens who are trained at basically the defense of the Americans or the British and the Israelis and then they’re also going to resort to terrorism in their home countries’.

On his personal website, Corrigan calls himself a ‘Barrister & Solicitor’, adding that he is the “only specialist certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada in citizenship and immigration and also immigration and refugee protection in London and Central South-Western Ontario”.[1]

The Canadian Centre of Research on Globalization released a somewhat dubious and not necessarily completely trustworthy statement, attributed to the Gulf Daily News (with circular hyperlink provided): the “former employee at US National Security Agency (NSA), Edward Snowden, has revealed that the British and American intelligence and the Mossad worked together to create the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Snowden said intelligence services of three countries created a terrorist organisation that is able to attract all extremists of the world to one place, using a strategy called “the hornet’s nest”. NSA documents refer to recent implementation of the hornet’s nest to protect the Zionist entity by creating religious and Islamic slogans. According to documents released by Snowden, “The only solution for the protection of the Jewish state “is to create an enemy near its borders”. Leaks revealed that ISIS leader and cleric Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi took intensive military training for a whole year in the hands of Mossad, besides courses in theology and the art of speech”.[2]



[1] Citizenship and Immigration Law Office. http://www.edcorrigan.ca/.

[2] “ISIS Leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi Trained by Israeli Mossad, NSA Documents Reveal” Global Research (16 July 2014). http://www.globalresearch.ca/isis-leader-abu-bakr-al-baghdadi-trained-by-israeli-mossad-nsa-documents-reveal/5391593.

(26 August 2014)

‘There’s something wrong with free market Capitalism. We all know it, but it’s difficult to articulate. This video takes a quick look at the concept of wage slavery, in an attempt to inspire you to look more into the subject. We’ve put a few key facts in the video, but it’s obviously an incredibly complicated issue so some elements have been omitted to ensure the video is easy to digest, while still being factual (26 August 2014)’.

The Law of Increasing Misery

Wage slavery is an attractive concept . . . and along came CLAWS: Creating Livable Alternatives to Wage Slavery, a “a pro-leisure and anti-wage-slavery group of people dedicated to exploring the question: why work? [the group's] site provides information, support, and resources for those looking for alternatives to traditional employment. We actively promote alternatives to the wage slavery mindset and what we call ‘The Cult of the Job’ which automatically equates having a job with making a living. If you start asking yourself ‘why work?’ you may see a connection between wage slavery, misunderstandings of leisure, lifestyles based on consumption, corporate welfare, education that often amounts to little more than conditioning, and the global social, environmental, and economic crises we are now facing. We hope that the materials we feature here will encourage critical thinking about such things. [The group's] site is primarily about ideas and encouragement, so our focus is more philosophical than practical. However, ideas and action go hand-in-hand” . . . So, CLAWS it is then.[i] And CLAWS is an internet site that is ‘a joint effort of Sarah Nelson, creator of The Leisure Party, and D.J. Swanson, founder of CLAWS’.[2]



[1] “CLAWS: Creating Livable Alternatives to Wage Slavery” whywork? http://www.whywork.org/.

[2] “Title of Page Here” whywork http://www.whywork.org/about/welcome.html.


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