– A Pseudo-Ottoman Blog: Occasional Musings –

‘What’s it like to live under the rule of the extremist group known as the Islamic State, or ISIS? WSJ looks at the situation in Raqqa, Syria, through the eyes of two activists — and through the lens of ISIS propaganda videos (15 September 2014)’.

‘Press TV’s American journalist of Lebanese descent, Serena Shim has been killed in a car accident in Turkey. She was reporting from the Turkish-Syrian border near Kobani and was returning after doing a report on Kobani when her car collided with a truck. The identity and the whereabouts of the truck driver remains a mystery. We have more in this report (19 Oct 2014)’.

The chairman of the American Nationalist Association Rodney Martin does not mince his words: “Mrs. Shim most likely died as a result of her tireless pursuit of truth which is suppressed by media in the West. Mrs. Shim appears to be the victim of a CIA black op, most likely with the cooperation of Turkey who just recently accused her of being a ‘spy’ after she exposed Turkey’s assistance of ISIL”.[1]

The Press TV reporter appears to have fallen victim to a car crash, but Martin explains that “[f]arcical car accidents have been a CIA and their MOSSAD trainees’ specialty since the early 1950s. Likewise, the CIA has targeted those who have exposed their boondoggles and ISIL is a major CIA boondoggle”.[2] Links between Turkey and the Islamist opposition in Syria seem to have been proven to exist,[3] and while usually the name Al-Qaeda is usually floated in this connection, the implication now is that Turkey has been somehow cooperating with the Islamic State (or ISIL, as Press TV and President Obama like to call the terrorist group); and that now, Turkey in some ways allowed the CIA to execute the U.S. citizen Shim, who was arguably working for the enemy in Washington’s eyes. The ANA chairman elucidates that the “United States does not have a credible track record of investigating deaths/murders of its citizens. It does, however, have a selective policy. Additionally, the United States has not been unbiased with its treatment of media that does not [toe] its policy line. US police harassed US-based Press TV crews this summer in Ferguson, Missouri. The United States demanded Saudi Arabia give US investigators full access when US citizens died in the Khobar Towers incident and demanded the same access for American investigators from Yemen regarding the USS Cole incident”. And so, Martin adds that “Turkey must grant investigators from Iran full access to all forensic evidence and the crime scene so as to assure there is no stifling of honest journalism and a full accounting is provided to Mrs. Shim’s family. Neither Turkey nor the US has the credibility to provide such an investigation”.[4]

Turkey does have well-established ties to the jihadi outfit Ahrar al-Sham, the “principal constituent force” of the Syrian Islamic Front (or SIF), set up in December 2012 as a “Salafi umbrella formation, which is arguably the best fighting force within the opposition” to the Assad regime in Damascus.[5] Links to the Islamic State do not appear to be that obvious . . . even though, over the past month, Turkish action or rather inaction has allowed the IS to gain some temporary ground against the PYD, the Syrian Kurdish organization with clear links to the Turkey-based PKK.[6]

[1] “Press TV reporter appears to be victim of CIA black op: Rodney Martin” Press TV (20 Oct 2014). http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/10/20/382911/press-tv-reporter-victim-of-cia-black-op/.

[2] “Press TV reporter appears to be victim of CIA black op: Rodney Martin”.

[3] Cfr. C. Erimtan, “Keep on truckin': Turkey and Al Qaeda in Syria” Op-Edge (31 January 2014). http://rt.com/op-edge/turkey-al-qaeda-syria-486/.

[4] “Press TV reporter appears to be victim of CIA black op: Rodney Martin”.

[5] C. Erimtan, “Turkey between rock and a hard place in US fight against ISIS” Op-Edge (18 September 2014). http://rt.com/op-edge/188796-turkey-isis-usa-conflict-syria/.

[6] Cfr. “Rojava: Syria’s Kurds” A Pseudo-Ottoman Blog (21 September 2014). http://sitanbul.wordpress.com/2014/09/21/rojava-syrias-kurds/.

‘People in Istanbul hold yet another rally against Ankara’s stance on the Kurdish fight against ISIL militants in Syria’s Kobani. Among the protesters, was the father of a Turkish man killed in clashes in the border city earlier this month. This is the latest in a series of demonstrations in Turkey against Ankara’s support for the ISIL terrorists. The protesters are also angry at the government for preventing the country’s Kurds from crossing the border into Kobani to join the fighting there. Some of the rallies in the past days turned violent, with clashes between the protesters and security forces. Outrage is growing against Turkey, as it continues to block the delivery of military, medical and humanitarian aid to Kurds fighting the ISIL terrorists in Kobani (19 Oct 2014)’.

‘The United States went to war in Iraq expecting to destroy an active weapons of mass destruction program. Instead, it found only remnants of chemical arms built in close collaboration with the West. Produced by: Mac William Bishop and C.J. Chivers (15 Oct 2014)’.

On Wednesday, 10 September 2014, President Obama pronounced his policy goals regarding the terrorist organisation formerly known as ISIS or ISIL, yet now calling itself simply the Islamic State or IS. Talking to the to the nation from the State Floor of the White House, Mr. Obama said the United States was recruiting a global coalition of the arguably unwilling to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the IS.

Afterwards, the New York Times‘ Mark Landler remarked that the “president drew a distinction between the military action he was ordering and the two wars begun by his predecessor, George W. Bush. He likened this campaign to the selective airstrikes that the United States has carried out for years against suspected terrorists in Yemen and Somalia, few of which have been made public. After enduring harsh criticism for saying two weeks ago [in mid-August 2014] that he did not have a strategy for dealing with ISIS in Syria, Mr. Obama outlined a plan that will bolster American training and arming of moderate Syrian rebels to fight the militants. Saudi Arabia has agreed to provide a base for the training of those forces. Mr. Obama called on Congress to authorize the plan to train and equip the rebels — something the Central Intelligence Agency has been doing covertly and on a much smaller scale — but he asserted his authority as commander in chief to expand the overall campaign, which will bring the number of American troops in Iraq to 1,600″.[1]

[1] Mark Landler, “Obama, in Speech on ISIS, Promises Sustained Effort to Rout Militants” The New York Times (10 September 2014). http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/11/world/middleeast/obama-speech-isis.html?_r=0.

Talk by Naomi Klein author of This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate given September 28, 2014 at Town Hall Seattle (Washington, U.S.A.).

Klein appears to have taken the following Milton Friedman quote as her starting point to argue that capitalism is really the root of all evil in the world today: “Only a crisis–actual or perceived-produces real change. When that crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on the ideas that are lying around”.[1]

[1] Naomi Klein, “DISASTER CAPITALISM The new economy of catastrophe” Harper’s Magazine (October 2007). http://www.angelfire.com/il/photojerk/klein.pdf.

‘The Turkish government is preventing some journalists from reporting the developments in the border region. The Turkish intelligence agency has now accused our correspondent Serena Shim of spying. Serena has been reporting from the Turkish border near Kobani. She said the accusations might be due to her coverage of Turkey’s stance on ISIL atrocities in Kobani and the recent protests in Turkey (19 Oct 2014)’.

Shim herself says: “I think it’s definitely because of the reporting about Syria, the so-called Free Syrian Army going in [Syria] and catching these Takfiri militants and getting their passport stamps and getting first-hand information that they were actually inside while Turkey was still hiding this”, adding that the Turkish AKP-led government alleges that “I am spying and that I am working with the Turkish opposition but it’s only logical that I would speak with the Turkish opposition just the same way I would speak with other parties . . . because that’s my job”.[1] Her employer, Press TV, in turn, simply posts on its website that “Turkey has been accused of backing ISIL militants in Syria”.[2]

[1] “Press TV correspondent accused of spying over unbiased reporting” Press TV (18 Oct 2014). http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/10/17/382602/press-tv-reporter-accused-of-spying/.

[2] “Press TV correspondent accused of spying over unbiased reporting”.

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