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Afghanistan produced 6,400 tons of opium in 2014, about 90 percent of the world’s supply.

After 13 years of war, we haven’t defeated the Taliban, but we have managed to create a nation ruled by drug lords


Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan is named for the wide river that runs through its provincial capital, Lashkar Gah, a low-slung city of shrubby roundabouts and glass-fronted market blocks. When I visited in April, there was an expectant atmosphere, like that of a whaling town waiting for the big ships to come in. In the bazaars, the shops were filled with dry goods, farming machinery and motorcycles. The teahouses, where a man could spend the night on the carpet for the price of his dinner, were packed with migrant laborers, or nishtgar, drawn from across the southern provinces, some coming from as far afield as Iran and Pakistan. The schools were empty; in war-torn districts, police and Taliban alike had put aside their arms. It was harvest time.

Across the province, hundreds of thousands of people were taking part in the largest opium harvest in Afghanistan’s history. With a record 224,000 hectares under cultivation this year, the country produced an estimated 6,400 tons of opium, or around 90 percent of the world’s supply. The drug is entwined with the highest levels of the Afghan government and the economy in a way that makes the cocaine business in Escobar-era Colombia look like a sideshow. The share of cocaine trafficking and production in Colombia’s GDP peaked at six percent in the late 1980s; in Afghanistan today, according to U.N. estimates, the opium industry accounts for 15 percent of the economy, a figure that is set to rise as the West withdraws. “Whatever the term narco state means, if there is a country to which it applies, it is Afghanistan,” says Vanda Felbab-Brown, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution who studies illicit economies in conflict zones. “It is unprecedented in history.”

Even more shocking is the fact that the Afghan narcotics trade has gotten undeniably worse since the U.S.-led invasion: The country produces twice as much opium as it did in 2000. How did all those poppy fields flower under the nose of one of the biggest international military and development missions of our time? The answer lies partly in the deeply cynical bargains struck by former Afghan President Hamid Karzai in his bid to consolidate power, and partly in the way the U.S. military ignored the corruption of its allies in taking on the Taliban. It’s the story of how, in pursuit of the War on Terror, we lost the War on Drugs in Afghanistan by allying with many of the same people who turned the country into the world’s biggest source of heroin.

Nowhere is this more apparent than here in Helmand, where nearly a thousand U.S. and coalition soldiers lost their lives during the war, the highest toll of any province. Helmand alone accounts for almost half of Afghanistan’s opium production, and police and government officials are alleged to be deeply involved in the drug trade. But the Afghan government’s line is that poppy cultivation only takes place in areas controlled by the Taliban. “There’s no opium in the nearby districts,” Maj. Gen. Abdul Qayum Baqizoi, who was the provincial police chief at the time, tells me. “The opium is in the faraway areas, and they’re not safe for you to visit.”

However, on my second day in town, I meet a 28-year-old soft-spoken teacher named Hekmat. He says that he can take me to relatively secure areas in Marjah, just outside Lashkar Gah, where poppy is being grown. His family is involved in the business, he says. And anyhow, he’s free – the students have gone to work on the harvest.

The next day, Hekmat and I cross the broad torrent of the Helmand River and head west, along a smooth stretch of paved road that was once a dirt track studded with roadside bombs. It’s hard to imagine now, but Marjah was once the site of one of the fiercest battles of the war, when, in 2010, the Marines air-assaulted into the Taliban-controlled area, braving gun battles and tangles of IED traps amid the mud-walled compounds and orchards. Today, the area is peaceful, the kind of green, flat farmland where you can watch a tree scroll slowly across the horizon as you drive, or a faraway thunderhead mount. The weather is hot, and the air has the nectary scent of early summer. Marjah is crisscrossed by irrigation canals; their banks, bushy with vegetation, sprout pump hoses that shoot down like drinking straws. Half-naked kids plunge from the mud embankment into the cool brown water.

U.S. War In Afghanistan Drags On, As Withdrawal Date Nears

KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN – APRIL 5: A soldier in the Afghan National Army’s 6th Kandak (battalion), 3rd company walks through a poppy field during a joint patrol with the U.S. Army’s 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment near Command Outpost Pa’in Kalay on April 5, 2013 in Kandahar Province, Maiwand District, Afghanistan. The United States military and its allies are in the midst of training and transitioning power to the Afghan National Security Forces in order to withdraw from the country by 2014. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

“This area was all controlled by the Taliban until the Marines came,” says Hekmat. He smiles fondly. “It was great when the Marines were here.” The Americans spent freely, showering the locals with cash-for-work projects and construction contracts, and outfitting a local, anti-Taliban militia that employs child soldiers and imposes a levy on opium fields. We pass a wide scar of cleared ground that had once held a Marine outpost. “But now they’re all gone.”

Originally an empty stretch of desert west of the Helmand River, Marjah was developed into farmland by a massive irrigation project that began in 1946 and drew support from USAID, as part of the Cold War competition for influence against the Soviets. Nomadic tribes from around the country were resettled here, and its fields became fertile with wheat, melons, pomegranates – and, with the arrival of the wars four decades ago, opium poppies.

Pulling off onto a dirt road, we thread our way between the high mud walls that enclose each family compound here and come to a stop. Hekmat’s paternal uncle, Mirza Khan, wearing a robe and a neatly trimmed beard, greets us warmly. Behind him is a field of dull-green poppies, the end result of the tiny black seeds he and his family sowed back in November. “I’ve been planting this since the time of the Communist revolution,” he says.

Mirza Khan’s son is standing amid the chest-high stalks, in his hand a lancing tool, a curved piece of wood with four shallow blades on its tip. Lancing is laborious and delicate work; he moves one by one to each bulb, cradling it with his left hand and drawing the blades across it in a diagonal stroke with his right. “You can’t press too deeply, or otherwise the bulb dries up after just one lancing,” he explains, his hands flicking deftly among the poppy heads. “We’re able to come back and lance each of them four or five times.”

The bulbs are lanced in the afternoon, and the milky sap seeps out through the night, thickening and oxidizing into a dark-brown hue. In the mornings, the nishtgar go from bulb to bulb scraping off the sticky resin with a flat blade, which they wipe into a tin can hanging around their necks. Fifteen workers can harvest a productive hectare within a week. When you consider that Helmand alone has at least 100,000 hectares under cultivation, you get a sense of the vast amount of manpower that must be mobilized.

Over the next two days, Hekmat drives me around, visiting the poppy fields. On one three-acre plot, we find half a dozen men at work, overseen by a bent, white-bearded old farmer named Hajji Abdullah Jan. I ask him why he’s not worried about getting caught in a secure, government-controlled area like Marjah. “The government has been distracted by the elections,” he says, referring to this past spring’s presidential contest. “And anyhow, they’re corrupt.” He and the other farmers I speak to say that they were paying around $40 per acre in bribes to the local police. “Next year, I’ll plant twice as much,” he says, regarding the field with satisfaction.

“Narco corruption went to the top of the Afghan government,” wrote a U.S. official. “President Karzai was playing us like a fiddle.”

Marjah had been largely poppy-free since the arrival of the Marines, due to eradication campaigns and the flood of cash the Americans pumped into the economy. Now that foreign aid has dried up and the government’s interest in punishing farmers has waned, people like Mirza Khan and Abdullah Jan followed simple economic logic: Wheat prices were too low to be profitable, so this year, all over Marjah, poppy was being planted.

Back at Hekmat’s house, I ask his uncle Mirza Khan if he’ll show me the results of his harvest thus far. He returns with a polyurethane bag the size of a soccer ball and hefts it onto the carpet. He unwinds a thick rubber strap, and a sour, vegetable odor fills the room. Inside is a mass of raw opium, with a rich brown color and a moist texture, like pulped figs. It’s about 10 pounds, a half-acre’s yield. “If I’m lucky, I might get 60,000 kaldar for this,” he says. That’s about $600.

“Do you know how much this is worth on the streets of London?” I ask him. He shrugs, and I make a quick calculation. Ten pounds of opium can be refined into a pound of pure heroin. Cut it to 30 percent purity and sell it by the gram – that’s 1,500 grams at a hundred bucks a pop. “This is worth over $150,000.”

That’s a 25,000 percent markup. We stare at each other for a moment, and Mirza Khan gives a chuckle. He shakes his head in amazement. A future hundred grand sitting in the living room of a guy who doesn’t have plumbing, electricity or furniture. Someone between him and that junkie is clearly making a killing.

Daily Life In Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan

From the farmers’ fields at harvest time, Afghanistan’s opium was beginning a journey that would span vast global webs of traffickers, corrupt officials and powerful militant groups. Back in the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah, I arrange an interview with a drug smuggler, who insists on meeting in a neutral location; the city is calm, but threats lie close beneath the surface, both from internecine drug-mafia disputes and the Taliban.

At a little teahouse on a quiet street, I’m ushered into a small back room whose walls and carpets vie in griminess, and I am introduced to a stocky middle-aged man with a skullcap and beard. I’ll call him Sami. He tells me that he’s from the district of Garmsir, near the Pakistani border. When war with the Soviets broke out, he fled the country, along with millions of other Afghan refugees. He grew up in a camp near the border town of Chagai, in Pakistan. After finishing 11th grade, he got work as a driver and began to ply the route from Garmsir to -Chagai, smuggling opium through the desert wastes. “There are more than a hundred ways through the desert,” he tells me. “The police checkpoints are in one, and the rest of the desert is free for smugglers.”

Afghanistan is landlocked, and its borders leak opium like sieves into five neighboring countries. In recent years, the northern route to Russia and Europe via Tajikistan has gained importance, but the southern route through Balochistan still accounts for the largest portion of opium that leaves the country. From there, it is smuggled into Iran, and then onward to the Balkans, the Persian Gulf and Africa. Most of it is destined for Western Europe.

The Balochistan border area between Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran is one of the most remote and lawless places on Earth. Two hundred thousand square miles of desert and dune seas are broken only by spindly granitic eruptions; the ethnic Baloch and Pashtun tribes that control the area are heavily armed and have been involved in various kinds of smuggling for centuries. Some are nominally cooperative with the state, while others are engaged with a bewildering mix of insurgent groups: secular Baloch rebels who seek independence from Pakistan, Sunni anti-Iranian groups and a wide array of Islamist militants, including the Taliban. It’s a natural haven for illicit activities.

At the center of this world is Baramcha, a smuggling hub on the Afghan side of the border in the Chagai Hills, 150 miles to the south and free of government control since 2001. It functions as a kind of switching station for much of the opium trade. The harvest by farmers like Mirza Khan is consolidated by local traders into larger shipments – ranging from a few hundred pounds to several tons – and sent to Baramcha, where it is purchased by Pakistani and Iranian smugglers who carry it abroad. The big deals are conducted between trusted parties, with money sent via the informal money-trading system known as hawala, which is also a linchpin in global money-laundering circuits. One side pays the hawaladar, who gives you a phone number and a code that, used at a corresponding hawaladar a country or continent away, lets the recipient claim the money. The accounts are settled later.

Baramcha is jointly controlled by the Taliban and a handful of powerful smuggling families, pre-eminent among them that of Hajji Juma Khan, a drug baron who was arrested by the DEA in Jakarta in 2008. Today, his relative Hajji Sharafuddin presides over the smugglers of the town, while the Taliban enforces security. “The Taliban has a court there to resolve people’s problems,” says Sami. “The security situation is good for the people living there.”

Baramcha was once just a collection of mud-walled compounds, but these days you can find late-model Land Cruisers driving past concrete mansions – this despite sporadic raids and airstrikes by U.S. and Afghan forces. The area is so remote that raiding teams would have to refuel their American helicopters in the desert using fuel bladders parachuted out the back of a cargo plane. “There’s an area of town that we used to call Hajji JMK Village,” says a member of Afghanistan’s elite commando units who has hit the area a number of times with Marines and British special forces. “It’s like a Sherpur in the desert,” he says, referring to a neighborhood in Kabul notorious for its gaudy “poppy palaces” built by the country’s warlords. “They had everything out there: generators, appliances, fancy cars. We used to take ice cream out of their freezers.”

During the raids, he tells me, Baramcha’s inhabitants would flee across the border to Pakistan, where Pakistani forces would line up and stand guard until the Americans left. “The drug smugglers and the ISI are tight together,” he says, referring to Pakistan’s intelligence service. Sami makes similar claims about Baramcha’s leadership. “They have houses on the Pakistani side,” he says. (The ISI denies any connection to smugglers or the Taliban.)

The U.N. has estimated that the Taliban makes hundreds of millions of dollars from taxing opium and other illicit activities. But that’s only a fraction of the $3 billion that Afghanistan earns from the drug trade. To find the biggest beneficiaries of opium, you need to go from the poppy palaces in Baramcha to the ones in Kabul.

The United States’ alliances with opium traffickers in Afghanistan go back to the 1980s, when the CIA waged a dirty war to undermine the Soviet occupation of the country. Though opium had been grown for centuries in Afghanistan’s highlands, large-scale cultivation was introduced in Helmand by Mullah Nasim Akhund-zada, a mujahedeen commander who was receiving support from the ISI and the CIA. USAID’s irrigated farmlands were perfect for cash-crop production, and as Akhundzada wrested control of territory from the Communist government, he introduced production quotas and offered cash advances to farmers who planted opium.

When Afghanistan descended into a civil war in the Nineties, the Akhundzadas rose as the province’s dominant warlords, only to be forced out in 1995 by the rise of the Taliban. Though the fundamentalist movement strictly prohibited drug consumption, the support of wealthy opium traders was crucial to its early success.

The rarely photographed Taliban supreme leader Mullah Mohammed Omar is reportedly seen in this undated photo. Despite their fall from power, a half-dozen key Taliban leaders pose a threat to U.S. interests in Afghanistan and elsewhere and remain high on America’s target list. (AP Photo/file)

The rarely photographed Taliban supreme leader Mullah Mohammed Omar is reportedly seen in this undated photo. Despite their fall from power, a half-dozen key Taliban leaders pose a threat to U.S. interests in Afghanistan and elsewhere and remain high on America’s target list. (AP Photo/file)

In the summer of 2000, the country’s fundamentalist leaders announced a total ban on opium cultivation, “a decision by the Taliban that we welcome,” as former Secretary of State Colin Powell said. It remains a mystery why the Taliban’s reclusive leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, made the call. But the Taliban enforced his decision with their customary harshness. In Helmand, those caught planting poppy were beaten and then paraded through the village with their faces blackened with motor oil. The following spring, the only significant opium harvest was in the corner of the northeast that was still controlled by the Taliban’s rivals, the Northern Alliance. Opium production fell from an estimated 3,276 tons in 2000 to 185 tons in 2001.

Then history intervened. After the attacks of September 11th, 2001, the Bush administration, seeking a “light footprint,” partnered with anti-Taliban warlords, including the Northern Alliance, to take control of the country. In its quest for vengeance, the U.S. allowed figures accused of being involved in grave civil-war-era human rights abuses to come to power; these included people like Mohammad Qasim Fahim and Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayyaf, whose rival mujahedeen factions shelled Kabul to rubble and who would later become the country’s vice president and a leading member of Parliament, respectively.

These were the first in a series of decisions that helped revive the Afghan opium economy in a drastically expanded form. Within six months of the U.S. invasion, the warlords we backed were running the opium trade, and the spring of 2002 saw a bumper harvest of 3,400 tons. Meanwhile, the international community and the Afghan government paid lip service to counternarcotics, with the latter adopting an official strategy that fantasized about opium production being reduced by 75 percent in five years and eliminated entirely within 10.

Hamid Karzai, who had been plucked from obscurity to serve as president, was busy cementing, with U.S. acquiescence, a political order deeply linked to the opium trade. In the north, he wooed the Northern Alliance commanders as partners; in his southern homeland, he appointed Sher Mohammad Akhundzada as governor of Helmand, the nephew of the now-deceased Mullah Nasim, the same guy who had first introduced large-scale poppy cultivation in Afghanistan. “Narco corruption went to the top of the Afghan government,” wrote Thomas Schweich, who served as a senior U.S. counternarcotics official in Afghanistan from 2006 to 2008. “Sure, Karzai had Taliban enemies who profited from drugs, but he had even more supporters who did.” (Spokesmen for both Karzai and current President Ashraf Ghani declined to comment for this story.)

These were boom times for Helmand’s drug smugglers. In Lashkar Gah, I meet a man I’ll call Saleem, a former smuggler who started his first heroin lab in 2002, as a way of moving up the value chain and expanding his margins. With his pendulous gut and cherubic, rosy-cheeked face, Saleem looks like Santa’s drug-dealing little brother. “Opium takes up a lot of space, and there’s less profit,” he says, explaining his decision to go into the manufacturing business. He and others in the opium trade seemed to inhabit a separate world from the war, one where money was all that counted. “I have worked in the government-controlled areas, as well as the Taliban-controlled areas,” he says, laughing. “In some places, we could see the Taliban’s checkpoints from the factory. When we were in the government’s areas, we paid money to the local officials.”

Saleem sold his heroin to Iranian traffickers in Nimroz, a large, mostly desert province to the west of Helmand whose economy rests almost entirely on opium. Like other smugglers and Afghan law-enforcement sources that I spoke to, he describes a system where the police and local government officials were an integral part of the chain, to the point where the police would often transport drugs on his behalf, especially over the final, most dangerous stretches, where the Iranian border forces were waging a bitter war against smugglers. “We would talk to someone in the government, and that person would take the drugs to the border, where the Iranian smugglers had their own person waiting,” Saleem says.

Hamida Karzai, Ahmad Wali Karzai

Afghan President Hamid Karzai, second from right, is met by his half brother Ahmad Wali Karzai, left, in Argandab district of Kandahar province, south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010. Karzai flew to southern Afghanistan to meet with more than 200 tribal elders and seek their support for his government’s effort to extend its influence beyond Kabul. (AP Photo/Allauddin Khan) For the first five years, there was little risk involved. Business was good. But internation

For the first five years, there was little risk involved. Business was good. But international embarrassment was growing over Afghanistan’s booming opium production. Law enforcement agencies like the DEA were starting to build up their activities in Kabul. The British, who were set to take over Helmand as part of NATO’s- expanding mission, insisted in 2005 that Karzai’s pick for governor, Sher Mohammad Akhundzada, be removed, after a British-led team raided his compound and discovered nine tons of opium and heroin. (Akhundzada claimed he had seized it from smugglers and was going to destroy it.) A confrontation was brewing between the drug-enforcement community on one side, and Karzai and the Afghan government on the other. But a third force would soon enter the debate: the Pentagon’s generals, who weren’t going to let concerns over drug trafficking derail their troop surge.

A telling characteristic of the Afghan narco state – and of narco states in general – is how often the fox is selected to guard the henhouse. One drug courier from Helmand was caught with a letter of safe passage signed by the head of Afghanistan’s counternarcotics police, Lt. Gen. Mohammad Daud Daud. A convicted heroin trafficker, Izzatullah Wasifi, was appointed by Karzai as the head of an anti-corruption agency. “Karzai was playing us like a fiddle,” wrote Schweich, the U.S. counternarcotics official.

In the opium-rich south, in addition to Akhundzada in Helmand, Karzai relied on his own half-brother, Ahmed Wali Karzai, to run the crucial province of Kandahar. Wali, who was dogged for years by allegations that he played a central role in the south’s drug trade – and who was assassinated in 2011 – insisted on his innocence and, in public at least, U.S. officials claimed there was no hard evidence. But on trips to Helmand and Kandahar, I am told by U.S. and Afghan sources, along with individuals involved in the drug trade, that Wali presided over a system where corrupt officials were appointed to key positions in return for protection payments. “It’s the way organized crime works,” says a former Justice Department official with extensive experience in Afghanistan. “I don’t want to know as long as I’m getting my cut.”

“The main police checkpoints in the south on Highway 1 were controlled by Ahmed Wali,” an Afghan police official tells me, referring to the road that connects the country’s provinces. “Say 20 partners get together to buy a ton of opium in Jalalabad. Between them, they all have connections to the chiefs of police and governors in each of these districts. They send an agent to the checkpoint who pays off the commander and lets him know which truck to allow to pass.”

But even as the scale of the Afghan narco state was becoming apparent, President Obama’s surge in 2010 brought a new set of rules. The arrival of tens of thousands of troops and billions in spending might have been a golden opportunity to address the opium problem. Instead, the opposite occurred. The irony of the surge was that the military repeated the same collaborations with the warlords as it had done under the Bush-era light footprint. Whereas the excuse before was that there were too few troops, now it was that there were too many.

Obama had given the military just four years to get 100,000 troops in and out of the country, defeat the Taliban and build a lasting Afghan army and police force. On the ground, American commanders’ short-term imperatives of combat operations and logistics trumped other advisers’ long-term concerns over corruption, narcotics and human rights abuses, every time. Notorious figures like the president’s brother Ahmed Wali were thought to be too crucial to the war effort to be held accountable or replaced.

“Drug control wasn’t a priority,” says Jean-Luc Lemahieu, who was head of the U.N.’s Office on Drugs and Crime in Afghanistan from 2009 to 2013. “Limiting casualties was, and if that meant engaging in unholy alliances with actors of diverse plumage, such was the case.”

According to U.S. officials, a sort of informal bargain was struck at the interagency level: The DEA, the FBI and the Justice and Treasury departments would not pursue top Afghan allies who were involved in the drug trade. Instead, the focus would be on Taliban-linked traffickers. Investigations and prosecutions were to be put on the back burner for now. “They’re DEA agents – they want to go out and capture people,” says the former Justice official. “The people who got that message took it smartly. There’s time – you can wait. The evidence doesn’t go away.”

“Drugs weren’t a priority,” says the head of the U.N.’s Office of Drugs and Crime. “Limiting casualties was, and that meant unholy alliances.”

In the meantime, the DEA and the FBI would try to work through the Afghan system by establishing several specialized units within the Ministry of Interior’s counternarcotics police. The Afghan personnel were handpicked by their American mentors. They answered directly to Daud’s replacement, Gen. Baz Mohammad Ahmadi, a canny political operator who some nicknamed the “Teflon Chameleon” for his ability to sense just how far up the chain of command his teams could target. “I call it the Icarus phenomenon: They know how high they can fly before the sun melts their wings,” says the former Justice official.

Initially, that meant busting midlevel officials who had pissed off their political patron. But last year, Ahmadi and his U.S. advisers trumpeted the arrest of Hajji Lal Jan, whom officials describe as one of the south’s biggest drug traffickers. Originally from Helmand, Lal Jan allegedly made payments to Afghan officials and Taliban commanders alike as he transported vast shipments of opium out of the country. “He was a well-respected businessman, very close to prominent families in Afghanistan, but at the same time, in bed with the Taliban and providing them large amounts of money,” says a senior Western counternarcotics official. “There are a lot more Hajji Lal Jans here.”

Lal Jan was notorious enough to be formally sanctioned as a “foreign narcotics kingpin” by Obama in June 2011, but he had been living openly in Kandahar city, allegedly under the protection of Karzai’s brother. “Wali’s death freed space to take him down,” the official says. According to U.S. and Afghan officials, as well as court documents obtained by Rolling Stone, in the fall of 2012 several drug traffickers fingered Lal Jan as their boss. On December 26th, 2012, Lal Jan’s home was raided by an Afghan police commando unit. Lal Jan escaped, however, and was on the run when he allegedly made a call to the governor of Kandahar, Tooryalai Wesa. “Wesa said he would call Karzai and find out what was happening, and that he should wait,” says an Afghan official involved in the investigation. “The surveillance team was monitoring Lal Jan’s phone and was able to pinpoint his location and arrest him.”

Lal Jan was flown back to Kabul, where a behind-the-scenes struggle occurred over his fate. “It took quite a conversation with Karzai to persuade him to allow the prosecution to go forward,” says the senior Western counternarcotics official. “Kandahar Gov. Wesa and a slew of elders pled Lal Jan’s case.” (Wesa says that Lal Jan’s case was handled entirely by the courts and declines to comment further.)

Lal Jan was taken to the Criminal Justice Task Force, a U.S.-and-coalition-funded unit that consists of a special prosecutorial team, judges, a court and a prison. Located in a fortified stretch of terrain near Kabul’s airport, it is supposed to be insulated from political pressure and security threats, but Lal Jan’s influence was felt nonetheless. According to officials familiar with the incident, a group of men was able to get inside, confront a prosecutor and offer to balance him on a scale with his own weight in stacks of $100 bills. He had them thrown off the compound. The prosecutors, who often face retaliation from the powerful men they arrest, were shaken. “I don’t know if I’ll make it home alive to my family each day,” one of them tells me.

After a trial, Lal Jan was convicted of narcotics trafficking and sentenced to 20 years in prison. His arrest was held up as an example of the U.S.’s successful counternarcotics program, and evidence that the Afghan government was willing to take steps to curb narco trafficking. “That case was briefed at the White House when Karzai went to visit in January 2013, as one of the major accomplishments of the counter-narcotics effort,” says the former Justice Department official. He laughs at how premature their optimism was. “We expect that if it’s going to be corrupt, it’s going to be corrupt right now. But they’re patient.”

Instead, what happened next, according to Afghan and U.S. officials, shows how deeply drug money has penetrated the highest levels of the executive and judicial branches of the Afghan government. On appeal at the Supreme Court, Lal Jan’s sentence was reduced to 15 years. After an order from the Presidential Palace, Lal Jan was transferred to Kandahar, where, on June 4th, a local court ordered him set free, using a provision in Afghanistan’s old criminal code, which provides release for “good behavior” for sentences less than 15 years. Lal Jan immediately fled to Pakistan. “The president issued an order to re-arrest him,” says the ex-Justice official. He shakes his head. “That was pretty cynical.”

If you understand the Afghan government as a narco state, then the fact that opium production has actually increased –while the U.S. spent billions on counternarcotics efforts and troop numbers surged – starts to make sense. A completely failed state – Afghanistan in 2001 – can’t really thrive in the drug trade. Traffickers have no reason to pay off a toothless government or a nonexistent police force. In such a libertarian paradise, freelance actors – like Saleem, the heroin cook – flourish.

But as the government builds capacity, officials can start to demand a cut. It’s not that there’s a grand conspiracy at the center of government, but rather that, in the absence of accountability and the rule of law, officials start to orient themselves around a powerful political economy. Big drug barons with links to the government take over the trade. People who don’t pay, or who fall out with government officials, might find themselves killed or arrested.

In this light, U.S. counternarcotics programs, which have cost nearly $8 billion to date, and the Afghan state-building project in general, are perversely part of the explanation for the growing government involvement in the drug trade. Even the newly rebuilt Afghan Air Force has been investigated by the U.S. military for alleged trafficking. In many places, the surge had the effect of wresting opium revenue from the Taliban and handing it to government officials. For example, in Helmand’s Garmsir District, which sits on key trafficking routes between the rest of the province and Baramcha, a big Marine offensive in 2011 finally pushed out the Taliban and handed the district back to the Afghan government. The result? The police began taking a cut from those drug routes. “There are families, as in Mafia-style, that have the trade carved up between them, and when some outsider tries to get in on it, they serve him up as a success for drug interdiction,” one Western official who worked in Garmsir told me.


AFGHANISTAN. Kabul. May 2006. Stock piled drugs – opium, heroin and hashish – seized by Afghan counter narcotics police are held in the Police headquarters waiting to be destroyed.

Of course, ordinary Afghans also suffer from the country being the world’s biggest opium producer. Heroin addiction rates – which had historically been low – have more than doubled in recent years. In Lashkar Gah, you can buy a hit of heroin for the equivalent of a dollar. The U.N. estimates that around 1 million Afghans are addicted to drugs, which, at 8 percent of the population, is twice the global average.

The U.S. government, for its part, acknowledged that there are no quick solutions at hand. “The U.S. interagency is developing an updated counternarcotics strategy for Afghanistan,” says Jen Psaki, the State Department’s spokeswoman. “These are long-term efforts that build the foundation for eventual reductions in opium harvests.”

Brookings Institution’s Velbab-Brown, who has studied Afghanistan’s opium economy, cautions that it will take decades to reduce cultivation, short of using draconian eradication campaigns that would further immiserate the rural poor. “That’s both physically impossible and morally reprehensible,” she says. “The human security of large segments of the Afghan population is dependent on poppy.”

Moreover, illicit economies have a way of enduring. In Myanmar, while opium cultivation was successfully reduced in the Golden Triangle (thanks in part to rising competition from Afghanistan), the area has since become a hub of methamphetamine production. Indeed, both meth production and consumption, which have established footholds in Iran and Pakistan, are beginning to show up in Afghanistan. “Crystal meth is the last thing this country needs,” says one Western counternarcotics official.

“The illicit economy poses a greater danger for Afghanistan than the Taliban,” says the U.N.’s Jean-Luc Lemahieu. Ultimately, though, opium is the world’s problem. Afghan farmers earn less than one percent of the value of the global opium economy. Opiate use is rising worldwide, and the U.S. in particular has experienced a sharp jump in consumption. An estimated half a million Americans are addicted to heroin, and though most of it comes from Mexico, there are fears that Afghan opium could feed the growing demand. “We aren’t seeing much in America yet,” says the former Justice Department official. “But it won’t be long before the Mexicans get hooked in with them. These people are entrepreneurs.”

Like the coal and cotton towns of the American frontier, Helmand’s capital, Lashkar Gah, was built on poppy. Today, the opium barons who’ve made their fortunes over the past decade are trying to consolidate their positions in society, investing in more legitimate ventures while handing off their trafficking activities to younger relatives. Behind every institutional pillar, there is a whiff of drug money. Two recent construction projects – a university and a cottonseed-oil plant – allegedly have connections to drug kingpins.

Indeed, during my time there, I get the impression that Helmand is not so much a province with an opium problem as it is an opium problem with a province. “This year, they wanted 10,000 hectares eradicated in Helmand,” says Lt. Col. Mohammad Abdali, head of the province’s counternarcotics police. “Do you know how many we eradicated? Six-hundred ninety-seven. It’s a joke.”

On my last day in Helmand, I decide to pay a visit to the dasht, the vast desert areas that border the province’s fertile zones and extend out into Pakistan and Iran. If you fly over these areas, you’ll see enormous swaths of land that, once barren, are patched with green fields of poppy. They are now largely controlled and taxed by the Taliban, who, with the Marines gone, are getting increasingly bold in their confrontations with the Afghan army.

Accompanied by the police, we drive out from the town of Gereshk, until we stop amid the poppy fields and compounds that have sprung up in the past few years. We can see the faint smudge of mountains to the north, the start of a band of rugged terrain that goes up into remote districts that the Taliban have governed for the past decade. If the Afghan government starts to lose its grip, Helmand will be one of the first places to fall. “This is the Taliban’s area, they can plant as much as they want,” says a young, sandy-haired lieutenant named Lalai, waving into the distance.

An aged farmer comes out of the nearest compound, walking hand in hand with a small boy, as if the presence of a child might placate the armed strangers who have come to his field. He has a lean face and his skin has been darkened by the sun, in contrast with his snow-white beard. It takes me a minute to notice that his right eye socket is empty.

Why has he come to farm in the desert? They were landless and destitute before, he says. He borrowed a couple thousand dollars from a local notable, the gas-station owner down the road, in order to afford fuel and fertilizer. But he says he’ll be lucky to break even and repay the loan. There is an unspoken plea in his voice, but we haven’t come to destroy his crop. “I probably won’t plant poppy next year,” the old man says, glancing anxiously from face to face. “I have definitely learned my lesson.”

Between the impoverished farmer on one end and the desperate junkie on the other lies a tangled chain of criminals, politicians and drug warriors – the product of a world where drugs are illegal and addicts are plentiful. And with all the corruption and greed that have created the Afghan narco state, it’s hard to imagine the country any other way.


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Joshua Krause, December 15th, 2014

More than two decades after the Berlin Wall fell, it appears that the United States and Russia are engaging in the same sort of proxy wars that were so common during the Cold War. Everywhere that Western and Russian spheres of influence meet there is the potential for conflict, and the two aging superpowers have shown their willingness fight through their neighbors. However, this game of chess has taken on a whole new dimension that is radically different than what we saw during the Cold War.

The whole point of a proxy war is to resist your enemy without actually engaging with him. Once the nuclear arms race began, it became clear that the massive ground battles of World War Two were a thing of the past. If a war starts between Russia and the US, it’s only a matter of time before the conflict escalates into nuclear annihilation. Like the computer says in Wargames, “A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.” That makes America’s current actions in Ukraine all the more puzzling.

The Ukraine Freedom Support Act (UFSA) of 2014 authorizes lethal and non-lethal aid. Besides what’s already being supplied.

Including communications equipment. Body armor. Night vision goggles. Humvees. Radar. Counter-mortar detection units. Binoculars. Small boats. Various other gear.

Sniper and assault rifles. Hand grenade launchers. Mortars and shells. Stingers. Anti-tank missiles. What’s known may be the tip of the iceberg.

UFSA legislation “authoriz(ing) (Obama) to provide defense articles, defense services, and training to the Government of Ukraine for the purpose of countering offensive weapons and reestablishing the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine…”

Gone are the days of quietly supplying the Mujahideen with stinger missiles in Afghanistan. I’m sure Russia knew we were helping their enemies in the 80′s, but our government didn’t really make this fact public, and that’s a crucial strategy with proxy wars.

Remember, the goal is to not fight your enemy directly. But on the global stage, making a public statement to harm your enemy, forces your enemy to take action in a public way. They can’t be seen as weak, so they must swiftly return fire for all the world to see. As you can imagine this has the potential escalate quickly, especially between two nuclear armed superpowers. What starts as a proxy war can quickly turn into a real war with millions of casualties. In the words of Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov “Russia will not be able to leave this without a response.”

But the United States hasn’t just made a public attempt to supply Russia’s enemies. They’ve also directly threatened them in subtle ways.

The Pentagon has threatened Russia with redeploying nuclear cruise missiles to Europe, accusing Moscow of violating two arms control treaties.

“We don’t have ground-launched cruise missiles in Europe now obviously because they’re prohibited by the treaty,” said Brian McKeon, principal deputy undersecretary for policy at the Department of Defense.

“But that would obviously be one option to explore,” he added.

It appears that the United States is playing hardball with Russia, when they’re really in no position to do so. Russia’s nuclear arsenal has recently surpassed America’s, and their ability to deploy these weapons has America’s top brass rather worried. Russia is currently deploying bombers, submarines, and ICBM’s that could be just as advanced and stealthy as our own, if not more so.

It should come as no surprise that Russia’s military may be able to surpass our own in the near future, because they’ve kept their priorities straight. While the United States has spent the past 15 years training and equipping its military to suppress low budget insurgencies all over the world, Russia has never stopped preparing its military to fight our own on a conventional battlefield. While we were busy fighting the War on Terror, they caught up to us.

And now the United States thinks it can bully Russia and arm their neighbors. It’s like they think it’s still 1991, when Russia was in free fall mode. Russia isn’t some second rate backwater we can push around. They’re an advanced nuclear armed superpower that delivers nearly half of Europe’s fuel supply, while all we can deliver is a broken military and an economy that is rapidly circling the drain.

They have all the cards, and yet our government continues to poke the Russian Bear with a stick. It should be perfectly clear by now that our government is hell bent on starting World War Three. There will be no more pussyfooting around like the Cold War. Except this time, I don’t think anyone believes that the US will come out on top. Not only are we desperately trying to start a war, we’re practically begging to lose.

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December 13, 2014 by Aaron Dykes and Melissa Melton Posted in Olds    

Some people are still under the impression that the Rockefeller Foundation is all about philanthropy: helping people and saving lives. Those people are Bill Gates and Bill Gates and Warren Buffet.

In reality, the Rockefellers have been one of the largest financial backers and drivers of the eugenics and the depopulation agenda for over a century now.

Check out these 1915 newspaper clippings we came across in research.

The first is from The Salem Daily Capital Journal printed Thursday, November 4th, 1915.


The article, “Rockefeller, Jr., On Eugenic Problems,” is about a play produced by the Rockefellers called “The Unborn.” Jr. says:

“For the first time in dramatic history the perplexing problem of the limitation of undesirable offspring which has been engaging the attention of thoughtful eugenists and sociologists the world over is dealt with on the stage in a play that we are to produce. The right of the child to be well-born and the right of the wife to decide about it are problems the solution of which society can no longer ignore.”

This is what propaganda looked like before we had television — the Rockefellers funding a stage play pushing a eugenics depopulation agenda all the way back in 1915!

But wait… At first glance, it sounds like modern-day birth control and a woman’s right to choose, doesn’t it? (Two things which the Rockefellers have also been massive financial backers and drivers of for decades now.) Well, it’s not.

The key words here are “undesirable,” which in this old context it means something a lot different, and “well-born” — the right of the child to be “well-born.”

Just a few months earlier, the Rockefellers also appear in multiple articles about a new eugenics enterprise printed in papers across the country like this one in The Washington Herald on September 3rd, 1915.

Headline: “15,000,000 Americans Defective, They Say
Subhead: Gigantic Eugenic Enterprise Organized for Sterilization of Unfit of Nation

This one discusses the joint eugenics venture between Mrs. E.H. Harriman (mother of future statesman and Skull & Bones secret society member Averill Harriman); John D. Rockefeller; Andrew Carnegie; and scientist Alexander Graham Bell, the guy who invented the telephone and who was apparently a huge eugenicist.

(On a side note, information regarding whether or not Bell developed the telephone while working on a way to be able to contact Satan directly was not included in this particular article.)

Apparently John D. and Co. were giving “liberal financial assistance” (read: millions) to fund a “gigantic eugenic enterprise…to ascertain what is the matter with the human race” that had been going on for four years prior and which ended in the announcement in this article of a campaign being launched “for the sterilization of 15,000,000 Americans.”

Studies in eugenics had been “quietly conducted” for nearly half a decade not just at Cold Springs Harbor, but “by field workers all over the world.”

The article ends with,

“The organization, after his four years’ work in this country and Europe reached the conclusion that sterilization of defectives was the greatest work for them. Statistics gathered reveal the amazing fact that 10 per cent of the present population of the United States are defectives, who must be blotted out as reproducers of human life.”

“Undesirables” or “defectives” could mean anything from people who had committed crimes to people who drank alcohol often, or people who were considered feeble-minded, physically handicapped or sick people and even the impoverished or people simply considered to be of poor breeding.

Children born to parents such as these were not considered to be “well-born.”

Under the guise of “fixing” the human race, these elite got together and funded a massive campaign to permanently sterilize 10 percent of America.

The same elite robber barons who had consolidated and monopolized the oil, rail, steel and banking industries took it upon themselves to also push for laws to restrict which people might be allowed to have babies, all while lauding themselves and their blue blood friends as the types that should reproduce as much as possible.

During the era leading up to World War II, eugenics laws were passed in 27 states which allowed for the forcible sterilization of tens of thousands of Americans.

Now you know what kind of powerful elite (then-)millionaires were behind those laws.

As we’ve previously reported, “Following World War II, Eugenics was re-branded to cast of its associations with the Nazis, and emerged, as it were, in the form of such social policy topics as ‘population control,’ ‘family planning,’ abortion/Planned Parenthood, health care, various types of genetics, even laced in between such agendas as global warming/climate change – which leads to arguments about reducing the burden of over-population upon the earth.”

Later projects funded by the Rockefeller Foundation included everything from Margaret Sanger and Planned Parenthood, to an anti-fertility vaccine among others. These people spent millions back then and continued to do so throughout the decades.

Do you really believe the motives behind the money have changed?

The ultimate goal — total control over society and depopulation — has never changed, regardless of what they call it now or how they try to paint it in a positive light today.

Even at a time when eugenics was en vogue, not everyone was on board with targeting the poorest and most vulnerable in society in a world run by Rockefeller wealth. In the October 8th, 1915 edition of The Day Book, R.F. Paine made just such a case:


The millions of Mrs. Harriman, relict of the great railroad “promoter,” assisted by other millions of Rockefeller and Carnegie, are to be devoted to sterilization of several hundred thousands of American “defectives” annually, as a matter of eugenics.

It is true that we don’t yet know all that the millions of our plutocracy can do to the common folks. We see that our moneyed plutocrats can own the governments of whole states, override constitutions, maintain private armies to shoot down men, women and children and railroad innocent men to life imprisonment for murder, or lesser crimes. And if we submit to such things, we ought not to be surprised if they undertake to sterilize all those who are obnoxious to them.

Of course, the proposition demands much on who are the declared “defective.”

The old Spartans, with war always in view, used to destroy, at birth, boys born with decided physical weakness. Some of our present day eugenists go farther and damn children before their birth because of parents criminally inclined. Then we have eugenic “defectives” in the insane and incurably diseased…

But isn’t there another sort of “defective,” who is quite as dangerous as any but whom discussion generally overlooks, especially discussion by senile, long-hailed pathologists, and long-eared college professors involved in the Harriman-Rockefeller scheme to sterilize?

A boy is born to millions. He either doesn’t work, isn’t useful, doesn’t contribute to human happiness, is altogether a parasite, or else he works to add to his millions, with the brutal, insane greed for more and more that caused the accumulation of the inherited millions. Why isn’t isn’t such the most dangerous “defective” of all? Why isn’t the prevention of more such progeny the first duty of eugenics? Such “defectives” directly attack the rights, liberties, happiness, lives of millions.

Talk about inheriting criminal tendencies! If there a ranker case of such than the inheritance of Standard Oil criminality as evidenced in the slaughter of mothers and their babies at Ludlow?

Sterilization of hundreds of thousands of the masses, by the Harrimans and Rockefellers? Let’s first try out the “defectives” of the sons of Harriman and Rockefeller!

(Emphasis added by original author.)

Further Reading at TSM

How the Rockefeller Foundation Quietly Funded the Anti-Fertility Vaccine

Eugenics and Population Control: How the 85 Richest See the 3.5 Billion Poorest

Rockefeller’s Double Game in GMO Foods & Depopulation

Eugenics & Rockefeller Resources

War Against the Weak: Eugenics and America’s Campaign to Create a Master Race, Expanded Edition

The Molecular Vision of Life: Caltech, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Rise of the New Biology

Rockefeller Medicine Men: Medicine and Capitalism in America

Eugenics and Other Evils: An Argument Against the Scientifically Organized State

Essays in Eugenics by Sir Francis Galton


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Israel Takeover of Syria DeesInternational Conference to Combat Terrorism and Religious Extremism – 12/1/2014

Gordon Duff Tells Syria US Israel Are REAL ISIS

Gordon Duff Tells Syria US Israel Are REAL ISIS

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youtube-icon-square-66(COMPLETE VIDEO) Two days of meetings were brought to a screeching halt when Gordon Duff spoke at the  “International Conference to Combat Terrorism and Religious Extremism” held in Damascus, Syria on 12/1/2014.

Seated on his right, and speaking next, was Colonel James Hanke, US Army Special Forces (ret). On his left, the Syrian Minister of Justice Najm al Ahmad and Mike Harris. Handling the camera on this short video is Veterans Today editor, Jim W. Dean.

Gordon informed them that Israel runs the United States from the shadows and named Senator John McCain as”  The Father of ISIS” – the terrorist group assembled by the US/Israeli criminal cabal.  

ISIS = Israeli Secret Intelligence ServiceCOMPLETE STORY

John mccain father of ISIS

This may well have been the first time in history an American intelligence team of “non-activists” gave a military briefing to an audience of this type, including key military leaders of diverse tribal forces throughout Lebanon, Syria and Iraq, a Russian delegation and others from around the world.

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International Conference to Combat Terrorism and Religious Extremism

December 1, 2014

Gordon Duff Damascus Syria Terrorism Conference


TRANSCRIPT – Gordon Duff:

Too many people have died for people to continue speaking in terms that are unclear, and just not speaking the truth.

It’s time we simply said what we know – whether it’s classified information or not.  All of you have seen the results of what we’re saying.  What we’re saying will fit what has happened here and what facts you have been able to bring out.

Our hypothesis is based on solid information, solid research on the ground, using human signals intelligence from our extensive capabilities.  We don’t guess. We know what we’re talking about here.

Their motivation is largely economic. They’re a criminal organization but they are part of a worldwide criminal organization and they are here in your territory taking your things, your factories, your lives, your people for the enrichment of a very specific group of people who need to be held to account.

It’s almost as if this is a police problem.  This is crime. This terrorism that you are suffering is a worldwide crime on a scale we have never seen before. There has never been anything like this.

I accept your statements and I recognize the truth and honesty of what you are saying but I do believe there are areas of misunderstanding how the United States works, politically.  This is a tremendous problem in the middle-east and one of the things that has driven us here.

It’s very difficult to understand what has happened as far as Israeli control of American politics – and as succinctly as possible I will explain this to you:

In 2005, the Supreme Court of the United states rendered a decision on a case called  “Citizens United”.  The decision of the supreme Court legalized unlimited corporate bribery.  This decision turned control of the Congress of the United States over to human traffickers, narcotics traffickers and in particular – the most powerful man in the United States today is a gambling boss named Sheldon Adelson. An Israeli citizen who fled the United States living in Macau – spent over one billion dollars in the last election and bought control of both houses of Congress.

Now, Senator John McCain, the Father of al-Nusra – the father of ISIS will be running US legislative and military foreign policy.

American Generals, like General McInerney and General Paul Vallely, a specialist in psychological warfare, helped organize Di-eesh – have traveled in and out of your country, Syria over and over as has Senator John McCain – meeting with Al Queda – an organization created by the American, Saudi and Israeli defense forces and intelligence services.

A little more than one week ago, the United States Defense Secretary, Chuck Hagel resigned.  Chuck Hagel was the individual who stopped the United States from bombing Syria over the False Flag gas attacks near Allepo.

It was our organization here that supplied the intelligence that stopped those attacks.

It’s our goal – while we are here – to establish a method of communication that will allow Syria and other nations in the area, to understand Israel’s control of the United States, the control of the US by organized crime and how the US government is subservient to a world-wide criminal organization.


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وقتل الكثير من الناس للناس لمواصلة الحديث في المصطلحات التي هي غير واضحة، وليس فقط قول الحقيقة.

لقد حان الوقت ونحن ببساطة قال ما نعلم - سواء كان ذلك معلومات سرية أم لا. شهدت لكم جميعا نتائج ما نقوله. ما نقوله سوف تناسب ما حدث هنا وما الحقائق التي تمكنت من اخراج.

ويستند لدينا فرضية على معلومات مؤكدة، والبحث الصلبة على الأرض، وذلك باستخدام إشارات الإنسان المخابرات من قدراتنا واسعة النطاق. نحن لا تخمين. نحن نعرف ما نتحدث عنه هنا.

دوافعهم غير الاقتصادي إلى حد كبير. انهم منظمة إجرامية ولكنها تشكل جزءا من منظمة إجرامية عالمية وهم هنا في أراضيكم أخذ الأشياء الخاصة بك، المصانع الخاصة بك، حياتكم، والناس بك لإثراء مجموعة محددة جدا من الناس الذين يحتاجون إلى أن يخضعوا لل حساب.

انها تقريبا كما لو كان هذا هو مشكلة الشرطة. هذا هو الجريمة. هذا الإرهاب الذي كنت تعاني جريمة في جميع أنحاء العالم على نطاق وقمنا لم يسبق له مثيل من قبل. لم يكن هناك أي شيء من هذا القبيل.

أنا أقبل تصريحاتكم وإنني أدرك الحقيقة والصدق من ما تقول ولكنني أعتقد أن هناك مجالات سوء فهم كيف تعمل الولايات المتحدة وسياسيا. وهذه مشكلة هائلة في منطقة الشرق الأوسط واحدة من الأشياء التي دفعت بنا إلى هنا.

من الصعب جدا أن نفهم ما حدث بقدر السيطرة الإسرائيلية على السياسة الأمريكية - وكما بإيجاز ممكن سأشرح لكم هذا:

في عام 2005، أصدرت المحكمة العليا في الولايات المتحدة قرارا بشأن حالة تسمى “المواطنون المتحدة“. قرار المحكمة العليا تقنين الرشوة الشركات غير محدودة. تحول هذا القرار السيطرة على الكونغرس في الولايات المتحدة لأكثر من مهربي البشر وتجار المخدرات وعلى وجه الخصوص – أقوى رجل في الولايات المتحدة اليوم هو القمار شيلدون اديلسون مدرب اسمه. مواطن إسرائيلي الذين فروا من الولايات المتحدة يعيشون في ماكاو - أنفق أكثر من مليار دولار في الانتخابات الأخيرة واشترى السيطرة على مجلسي الكونغرس.

الآن، السيناتور جون ماكين، والأب من آل كتابه النصرة - والد ISIS سيتم تشغيل سياسة الولايات المتحدة الخارجية التشريعية والعسكرية.

ساعدت الجنرالات الاميركيين، مثل جنرال مكينيرني والجنرال بول فالي، وهو متخصص في الحرب النفسية، وتنظيم دي eesh - سافروا داخل وخارج بلدك، سوريا مرارا وتكرارا كما فعل السناتور جون ماكين - لقاء مع مع تنظيم القاعدة - وهي منظمة خلق من قبل قوات الدفاع الأمريكية، السعودية والإسرائيلية وأجهزة المخابرات.

قبل قليل أكثر من أسبوع واحد، استقال وزير الدفاع الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية، تشاك هاجل. وكان تشاك هاغل الفرد الذي توقف الولايات المتحدة عن قصف سوريا خلال هجمات بالغاز العلم المزيف قرب حلب.

وكانت منظمتنا هنا التي زودت المخابرات التي توقفت تلك الهجمات.

انها هدفنا - بينما نحن هنا - لإنشاء طريقة للاتصال من شأنها أن تسمح سوريا ودول أخرى في المنطقة، لفهم سيطرة إسرائيل على الولايات المتحدة، والسيطرة على الولايات المتحدة من قبل الجريمة المنظمة، وكيف أن الحكومة الأمريكية خانعة إلى منظمة إجرامية في جميع أنحاء العالم.


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Preface by: Roger Landry (TLB)

For far too long a majority of society has bought the line that vaccines are the savior of modern society, having protected untold millions from disease and death. The evidence to the contrary is both abundant and credible. Consequently those who profit from them, and administer them, while knowing the facts, are among the most morally deprived on this planet.

But what if you live in a poor developing country, a country where health-care is scarce, rare and even unavailable to a majority of the isolated local populations? What if free health related services where offered by a (supposed) benevolent organization? Services that brought with them the promise of less suffering and disease. Parents across this globe are all the same, wanting good health and a comfortable and prosperous life for their children So they, by virtue of this benevolence, acquiesce to this offering, both for themselves and their children.

But what if hidden in that very benevolence is a mechanism of evil? A mechanism designed to rob you of your right to procreate, a mechanism designed to tear down the very strength of your society, culture and even your race. Do you think this overstated or exaggerated … ??? If so you only need to continue reading for a slap to reality!

Once again TLB Staff Writer Christina England gives you the Newest and Latest information and answers, the facts and the history on a level you will never get from a corrupt state or UN organization. It is due to outstanding and caring authors and researchers like Christina that we are afforded both sides of these heart wrenching stories. Please read more …


Tetanus Vaccines Containing Birth Control Hormones Came Straight Through the WHO, Not the Usual Channels

By TLB Staff Writer and Talk Show Host: Christina England

Recently, there has been a flurry of reports in the media claiming that women of childbearing age in Kenya have been vaccinated with tetanus vaccinations containing the anti-fertility hormone hCG, rendering them infertile.

The reports came in after doctors from the Kenyan Catholic Doctors Association found an antigen causing miscarriage in the tetanus vaccinations that were administered to 2.3 million girls and women by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. [1]

In October 2014, Dr. Wahome Ngare, a member of the Catholic Doctors Association, told Points of View at KTN Weekend Prime that the women of Kenya had been vaccinated with a new tetanus vaccine that had not come through the usual channels and stated that the Catholic Church administers 65 percent of all vaccines.

One Brave Doctor Speaks Out

Dr. Ngare told KTN:

“There is a new batch of vaccine that have come from WHO through the Ministry; it is not coming through the normal channels, so it is not the ordinary vaccine that we have been using. That is the big proof that there, the third one is that we have actually tested this vaccine and found it to contain hCG. The batch that was used in March.”

On hearing this statement, KTN interviewer Ms. Yvonne Okwara asked:

“Right, urm – that was the batch that was used in March; however they have just concluded the third phrase today. Does the vaccine used today contain this hormone that you are saying causes sterility?”

Dr. Ngare answered her with a question of his own:

“Whose moral position is it to do that?”

And added:

“It is the Ministry of Health’s responsibility to protect the health of Kenyans.”

Yvonne Okwara appeared undeterred by his comment and simply repeated her question, to which Dr. Ngare answered:

“No tests have been done on this batch because it is very hard to access them, but we are trying to get access to these vaccines, and if we do run the tests, then …”

Sadly, Okwara prevented Dr. Ngare from continuing because she interrupted him by directing her next question to Dr. Collins Tabu from the Ministry of Health.

Dr. Tabu opened his statement by saying how shocked he was that there were allegations being made from what he called very responsible people and leaders of society. He stated that they had been vaccinating in Kenya for the past thirty years and that they had used the same vaccine for the past thirty years.

This leaves us to question who exactly is telling the truth.

Doctor Continues His Efforts to Protect Kenyan Girls and Women

Dr. Ngare remains adamant that the vaccine given in March is a different tetanus vaccination than the one that had been given to women previously, and in a signed statement written on November 4, he wrote:

“Our concern and the subject of this discussion is the WHO/UNICEF sponsored tetanus immunization campaign launched last year in October ostensibly to eradicate neonatal tetanus. It is targeted at girls and women between the ages of 14 – 49 (child bearing age) and in 60 specific districts spread all around the country. The tetanus vaccine being used in this campaign has been imported into the country specifically for this purpose and bears a different batch number from the regular TT. So far, 3 doses have been given – the first in October 2013, the second in March 2014 and the third in October 2014. It is highly possible that there are two more doses to go.”

He continued by adding that:

“Unlike other mass vaccination exercise, this particular WHO/UNICEF organized and sponsored tetanus vaccination campaign was launched at the New Stanley Hotel in Nairobi which is extremely unusual for a public campaign.”

He also said:

“Normally in Kenya, TT vaccination is given as follows:
(i) Immunize all children (both boys and girls) against tetanus with the first 3 primary vaccinations in early childhood.
(ii) Pregnant women get two doses of tetanus vaccine at least one month apart.
(iii) A booster can be given every three to five years.
(iv) After any injury with resultant broken skin.

Giving three or five doses of tetanus vaccination at six months intervals is not usual and will definitely not eradicate neonatal tetanus!”

Dr. Ngare concluded his fierce rebuttal by stating:

“Doctors Association have performed their moral and civic duty of speaking the truth and alerting the government and the people of Kenya. It is now up to each individual Kenyan to make an informed choice.

As for Dr. Osur’s chama members, kindly Google “Fertility regulating vaccines” and “Are New Vaccines Laced with Birth-Control Drugs?” for further insight.

Yours faithfully,

For: Kenya Catholic Doctors Association.

Dr. Wahome Ngare

What happened next will come as no surprise.

WHO Covers Up the Truth

Obviously worried that news of the contaminated vaccines had been leaked, the World Health Organization stepped in, attempting to calm things down.

During a press conference that took place on November 13, 2014, Professor Marleen Temmerman, Director of Reproductive Health and Research for the World Health Organization (WHO), was filmed trying to reassure the public. Capital News FM Kenya reported the story.

I found it almost laughable that during her impressive speech taking all of two minutes, Professor Temmerman managed to state on camera that tetanus vaccines were absolutely safe, four times, which, you must agree, was somewhat excessive.

Temmerman began by stating:

“On the tetanus vaccine, erm, we can only confirm that the tetanus vaccine is absolutely safe; it is not the WHO who’s importing the vaccine, it is the vaccine that is made, is manufactured by companies, em, what UN is doing is amongst other quality control but we can assure you that the vaccine is absolutely safe and is free of hCG.”

After even more, what can only be described as waffle, trying to reiterate that fact the vaccines are safe, Temmerman ended her short speech by recommending the vaccine to PREGNANT WOMEN, which, according to her, would protect newborn babies from the disease. She concluded her announcement by stating:

“The tetanus jab has to be continued because every day that you stop the vaccination program that you stop the chapter of the pregnant mothers who will not have received the vaccination and whose children whose babies are at a higher chance of dying because of missing the vaccine, because of tetanus. So please continue to check through what ever investigation is needed, we are very confident that the tetanus vaccine is absolutely safe.”

Although Professor Temmerman’s announcement may have been able to convince the majority of the public that all is well, she appears to have forgotten a paper titled Fertility Regulating Vaccines that was written in 1992.

WHO Papers From 1992 Tell A Different Story

In 1992, a meeting took place between the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the World Bank, in Geneva, Switzerland, to discuss the then-current status for the development of “fertility regulating vaccinations.” [2]

At first glance, it appeared as if the WHO were discussing various methods of family planning with women’s health advocates and scientists from developing countries. On further reading, something far more worrying emerged.

During the introduction, the WHO discussed “fertility regulation” and how their specialist program would carry out activities to strengthen the research capabilities of developing countries, enabling them to meet their own research needs and participate in the global effort in human reproduction research.

The Meeting Takes a Sinister Turn

There were twenty participants at the meeting: ten scientists and clinicians from Australia, Europe, India and the USA involved in funding fertility regulatory vaccines (FRVs) research; and ten women’s health advocates from Africa, North and South America, Asia and Europe, with backgrounds in immunology, service delivery and social and clinical research, as well as a wide experience of working with women.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss a new approach to “fertility regulation.”

On page 12 of the report, the groups can be found discussing the development of vaccinations against hCG, a hormone produced by the cells surrounding the early embryo and later, by the placenta, during pregnancy.

Primates are Rendered Infertile

WHO stated that hCG is a hormone produced by the body to establish and maintain a pregnancy and further stated that when primates were vaccinated using anti-hCG vaccines, they were rendered infertile without any detectable alteration to their menstrual cycle!

What I found even more worrying was the lack of indication as to whether their infertility was permanent or temporary.

According to WHO, anti-hGC vaccinations were being developed independently by the National Institute of Immunology (NII) in New Delhi, the Population Council in New York and Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP).

The report stated that most of the work was still in the experimental stages; however, vaccines using other hormones had reached the clinical testing stages.

The Plot Deepens

On page 15, the report stated that it had been “noted that the research on all three anti hCG vaccines was still at an early stage and that a further 5-10 years of testing, evaluation and further development would probably be needed before any of these vaccines would be suitable for marketing.”

Nothing strange here; however, on page 17, alarm bells began to ring as the authors revealed that the main carriers being used in the prototype vaccines were the diphtheria toxoid DT and the tetanus toxoid TT.

The WHO is Caught Red-Handed Experimenting on Women in India

Two years later, in 1994, the World Health Organization was discovered to be vaccinating females aged between 15 and 45 in developing countries with a tetanus vaccine containing the hCG hormone.

The vaccines were given to thousands of women in Mexico, Nicaragua and the Philippines. This was discovered after an organization called Comité Pro Vida de Mexico became suspicious of the protocols surrounding the vaccines and obtained several vials for testing.

It was discovered that some of the vials contained human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). This is the exact same hormone that WHO, UNDP, UNFPA and the World Bank were discussing just two years earlier.

When combined with a tetanus toxoid carrier, the vaccines cause a woman’s body to produce antibodies against pregnancy, forcing her body to abort the fetus spontaneously. The ThinkTwice Global Vaccine Institute, reporting on the story, stated:

“In nature the hCG hormone alerts the woman’s body that she is pregnant and causes the release of other hormones to prepare the uterine lining for the implantation of the fertilized egg. The rapid rise in hCG levels after conception makes it an excellent marker for confirmation of pregnancy: when a woman takes a pregnancy test she is not tested for the pregnancy itself, but for the elevated presence of hCG.

However, when introduced into the body coupled with a tetanus toxoid carrier, antibodies will be formed not only against tetanus but also against hCG. In this case the body fails to recognize hCG as a friend and will produce anti-hCG antibodies. The antibodies will attack subsequent pregnancies by killing the hCG which naturally sustains a pregnancy; when a woman has sufficient anti-hCG antibodies in her system, she is rendered incapable of maintaining a pregnancy.” [3]

Curiously, no men, boys or babies were vaccinated during the program. The only people vaccinated with this particular vaccine were women aged between 15 and 45. Was it a coincidence that these vaccines were only given to women of childbearing age? After all, anyone can contract tetanus, can’t they?

This is Nothing New

According to J. A. Miller, WHO began what he calls their “Special Program” in human reproduction in 1972. In a paper titled Are New Vaccines Laced With Birth Control Drugs?, published in 1995 by HLI Reports, Miller stated the following information in a section titled The Known Facts:

“The WHO began its “Special Programme” in human reproduction in 1972, and by 1993 had spent more than $356 million on “reproductive health” research. It is this “Programme” which has pioneered the development of the abortificant vaccine. Over $90 million of this Programme’s funds were contributed by Sweden; Great Britain donated more than $52 million, while Norway, Denmark and Germany kicked in for $41 million, $27 million, and $12 million, respectively. The U.S., thanks to the cut-off of such funding during the Reagan-Bush administrations, has contributed “only” $5.7 million, including a new payment in 1993 by the Clinton administration of $2.5 million. Other major contributors to the WHO Programme include UNFPA, $61 million; the World Bank, $15.5 million; the Rockefeller Foundation, $2.5 million; the Ford Foundation, over $1 million; and the IDRC (International Research and Development Centre of Canada), $716.5 thousand.” [4]

Interestingly, just like today, when reports came in from the Comité Pro Vida de Mexico stating that the vaccines being used in the Philippines and Mexico were found to be contaminated with the hCG hormone, WHO and the Department of Health (DOH) denied this vehemently. Miller wrote:

“Confronted with the results of laboratory tests which detected its presence in three of the four vials of tetanus toxoid examined, the WHO and DOH scoffed at the evidence coming from “right-to-life and Catholic” sources. Four new vials of the tetanus vaccine were submitted by DOH to St. Luke’s (Lutheran) Medical Center in Manila — and all four vials tested positive for hCG!

From outright denial the stories now shifted to the allegedly “insignificant” quantity of the hCG present; the volume of hCG present is insufficient to produce anti-hCG antibodies.”

It will be interesting to see if history repeats itself, won’t it?

The best part of Miller’s extremely enlightening and thought-provoking paper is written in the next paragraph:

“But new tests designed to detect the presence of hCG antibodies in the blood sera of women vaccinated with the tetauns toxoid vaccine were undertaken by Philippine pro-life and Catholic groups. Of thirty women tested subsequent to receiving tetanus toxoid vaccine, twenty-six tested positive for high levels of anti-hCG! If there were no hCG in the vaccine, or if it were present in only “insignificant” quantities, why were the vaccinated women found to be harboring anti-hCG antibodies? The WHO and the DOH had no answers.”

No surprises there, then!


Looking back through the history of hCG-spiked tetanus vaccines, there is no doubt in my mind that vaccines containing the hCG hormone have been used on women of childbearing ages in Kenya in what can only be described as a deliberate attempt to reduce the population.

I feel that, instead of criticism that the masses are currently lobbying at Dr. Wahome Ngare, they should instead applaud his brave actions. After all, not many doctors would have been prepared to put their life on the line for young women in Kenya and around the world by sharing the truth about these dangerous vaccines.



Gaza Suicides

By TLB Staff Writer: Ariyana Love

There has been an alarming increase of suicide attempts in the Gaza Strip in response to Israel’s gruesome assault on the Palestinian population this summer. The terrifying trauma and devastating loss, left every man, woman and child with intense feelings of despair and hopelessness.

Many are seen walking the streets, in a stupor, avoiding each other’s gaze or mumbling to themselves. Complaints of poverty fill the air and the memories of Genocide are stuck in the brains of everyone.

Gaza’s medical and police reports reveal there are 30 to 40 suicide attempts each month. For a 1.8 million population, this is an alarming number, which is anticipated to increase.

Dr. Ayman Sahbani head of the reception department at Shifa Medical Complex said they see people eating large doses of medications, poisons such as rat poison and pesticides, cutting themselves, jumping from heights or shooting, burning or hanging. Many of them have been saved at the final moments, while others did not survive. If they survive, they are brought before a psychologist from Gaza’s Community Mental Health Program (G.C.M.H.P.).

Dr. Sahbani explained in a press statement something even more disturbing, “those who attempt suicide are younger groups, and all cases are either minors or under the age of 30.”

One young female had poured gasoline on herself and lit herself on fire. After suffering severe burns, she was transferred to the Al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah, and then transferred to the Dar Al Shifa in Gaza City, where she died.

There is a danger to ones health in failed suicide attempts. Acanutod Imad Fayoumy, Head of Internal Medicine in Gaza said, “all cases dealing with large doses of drugs and toxins, if they arrive late to the hospital, due to the influence of poisons on the heart, brain and kidney, may cause them significant health problems in the future.”

Dr. Fayoumy advised parents to follow up with their children and keep all medicines and poisons, out of the reach of their youth, especially medicines used by parents or the chronically ill.

Youth are most susceptible to the “sense of helplessness.” There’s a tremendous need for psychological support in Gaza, which youth is just not getting.

UNICEF reported in September, that 430,000 children are in need of immediate psychological support.

The cost of failing to treat children suffering from PTSD or CPTSD is far too high. We can rebuild a broken bone, but when it comes to rebuilding someone’s psychological integrity, this is something that the people in the West and the Israelis don’t understand. They’re creating psychological damage for these kids that will be with them for the rest of their lives and will be carried through the generations.

Psychologist, Dr. Lena Geha a trauma expert and member of the Palestinian Trauma Center recently announced in a press release, “There is nowhere near a sufficient amount of mental health hospitals in Gaza to meet the growing demand of those previously, let alone currently rapidly traumatized. That is even when they do in fact courageously overcome mental health stigma to seek psychological support.” She also stated, “Palestinian children are constantly traumatized, and Israel’s brutal policies toward Palestinians are the reason this is the case.”

Dr. Geha continues, “Palestinian children in Gaza are exposed to more violence in their lifetime than any other people, any other children, anywhere in the world.

A Palestinian child born in the year 2000, who has managed to survive, has lived through the Second Intifada, the war in 2006, and the bombardment of Gaza in 2008, 2012, and now, 2014.  That’s fourteen years of Israeli air strikes, fourteen years of family and friends being killed, one by one, or sometimes 25 at a time, and fourteen years of constant trauma inducing horrors, ranging from daily realities of the blockade and occupation, to seemingly bi-annual outbursts of carnage.”

A 2009 study from Dr. Abdul Aziz Thabet, and others from the Gaza Mental Health Community Program, found that 98.3 percent of children from Gaza show signs of PTSD. It’s logical to say that number is at 100% today. There isn’t a single Palestinian in Gaza that wasn’t traumatized by the gross Israeli war crimes of this summer.

Gaza’s Community Mental Health Program (G.C.M.H.P.) provides treatment for the cyclical traumas of Gaza’s society, which has been subjected to three wars in the past six years alone. It has also, from its founding, trained Gaza’s future mental-health practitioners. In this summer’s assault, the Director of G.C.M.H.P., Yasser Abu Jamei was deliberately targeted by the Israeli Government, loosing a devastating, 29 people of his immediate family in one air strike  to his 3-story home.

The main reasons Gaza youth express for giving up on life are family problems, unemployment, or academic issues. Unemployment is the highest it’s ever been in Gaza. Extreme poverty combined with the shame of relying on foreign food aid and no hope or means to plan for the future is too much for youngsters to bear.

Before this summer’s assault, 75% of Gaza was relying on humanitarian aid to survive. After the assault, UN reported that almost everyone in Gaza is now relying on foreign aid. Aid, which Israel and Egypt control at the Rafah Boarder.

Dr. Sami Owaida, a psychologist at G.C.M.H.P. stressed that PTSD and psychological stress due to the worsening economic situation and the lack of jobs, is turning some people to practicing violence with others as a catharsis of anger, or to attempting suicide as an escape from reality.

He held the Israeli occupation responsible for what is happening, saying that the occupation in various ways and means is trying to create a helpless generation that can not do anything but try to escape.

Another psychologist from G.C.M.H.P., Samir Zaqout said the majority of attempted suicides are females, stating that the females in Palestinian society are under greater pressure from parents and must endure societal constraints. Dr. Zaqout goes on to say, that this statistic is not strange given the tragic reality. And we are seeing a rise in prostitution, since life has lost it’s value and a large number of people have not enough money to eat. She also said, “There is alienation within the family unit, due to a great need for a shift in cultural awareness.”

Sheikh Abdul Bari, a lecturer at the Faculty of Islamic Call, said that suicide is not in any way acceptable, whether it is social, economic or other reasons, and that “Allah has forbidden killing oneself. ”

Dr Jennifer Leaning, Director, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University said, “in all studies of disaster and in war crisis, the fundamental feature that protects the children from serious psychological stress is “their certainty and their confidence that their parents or grandparents will be able to protect them and hold them. If they can get the sense that the parent is OK, then they will be able to be ok in the long-term. But in Gaza, there is a deliberate and total destruction of the structures for psychological stability of the parents, and grandparents are also suffering greatly. The ongoing Israeli violence and lingering occupation keeps uncertainty for any normal future for Gaza. With Gaza, there is an extraordinary series of acute stress on top of chronic stress.”

Journalist, Mohammed Matter recalls his experience of the Israeli assaults on Gaza

“I still remember how people used to say good bye instead of good night before they go to sleep, I remember my sister who used to smuggle into my room because she was too scared to stay in hers alone. I remember when I heard the news about the death of my cousin and then the death of my second cousin and then the death of my third cousin and then the death of my neighbor and then the death of my best friend and then the death of my first girl friend ever and then the death of another friend and then the death of another neighbor; it was a cycle that has never ended and with every loss I cried, my family cried, my friends cried and Gaza cried.”

And I cry too, for the inhumane suffering of Palestinians in West Bank and Gaza. Palestinians are not caged animals, but caged human beings.


30 attempt suicide every month in the Gaza Strip

Suicide attempts girls and youth in Gaza .. transient condition or pervasive phenomenon

30 attempt suicide every month in the Gaza Strip

About the author:

Arianna-LoveAriyana Love: I have a mission to bring a voice to, and put a face on, the reality of the suffering of the citizens of the Middle East. Not what you see on The Mainstream Media, or what is heralded by Western Governments, but reality as reported by journalists who live and see this deadly injustice daily. This will be accomplished via a new website under construction “The Middle East Rising”, as well as live broadcasting via The Liberty Beacon Radio network,  brought to you by The Liberty Beacon project… The truth must be told!


The Mind Unleashed on 1 December, 2014 at 19:09

Poetry, truth, and heart lay the foundation for this video in which a message so desperately needed to be heard and acknowledged by the masses is shared.

It is no longer acceptable to live an unfulfilling life, or participate in habits which cause degeneration in health, the environment, and/or relationships. For this reason, it’s becoming more common for individuals, groups, and communities to come together and act on their inspiration. Changes created to inspire others, and call for a new paradigm.

In this video, speaker, filmmaker, and inspirational activist for change, Jamie Dunmore, speaks his truth, called “My Call for Humanity.” Be inspired, acknowledge the light that seeks change and happiness in your own gut, and act on the desire to co-create a more nourished, understanding, and sustainable world.



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TLB recommends you read more great/pertinent articles from The Mind Unleashed.

Imperialism 5

By TLB Contributor: Dave Hodges

This article represents the beginning of the end of the United States. Many who will read this article will find themselves in agreement, at least initially, because the developments which serve to threaten the future existence of the United States because the events are well-documented. However, many will reach a saturation point and will close their computer screen and write an angry response and accuse the author of “fearmongering”.  I would rather be labeled a fearmonger than be correct about the developments contained in this article. Americans need to deal realistically with the real reasons why America is about to be run over, both economically and militarily by Putin and his new found friends across the globe. I cannot shake the feeling that this is America’s epitaph and no amount of my own personal cognitive dissonance will convince me otherwise.

The Russo-Chinese Energy Deals

The haughtiness of the West as they impose sanctions on Russia over Ukraine is almost laughable. The sanctions are a boomerang in disguise and will come back at us to destroy the American economy which will lead to World War III.

Russia and China cement the biggest international energy deal in history.

At the heart of the American economy and the Petrodollar is energy and Russia and China just cemented an agreement where they do not need the dollar. The Russia –China  $400 billion energy deal, signed in May this year will by 2018 have some 38 billion cubic meters of gas flow through the so-called ‘Holy Grail’ pipeline from the largest gas producer, Russia, to the largest energy user, China. This deal  is many things at once: It is, of course a symbolic step in the process of decoupling hydrocarbon trading from the dollar, as it foresees payments in local currencies, rubles and yuan. It sidesteps the  Petrodollar for hydrocarbon trading. Over one-third of the planet just moved away from the dollar when this recent deal was cemented.

As if the Russian-Chinese energy deal is not bad enough, the BRICS are driving a stake into the American economy as they have set up a  new development and investment bank for all of the BRICS countries. The banks  will be headquartered in Shanghai, China, with the first president of the bank will be from India. The BRICS nations, of course, are a group of emerging economies and draws its name from the five member countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. BRICS is also considering starting a joint infrastructure fund with an initial capital infusion of around $100 billion to begin investing in each other’s transportation, water and sewage systems.

Turkey’s Gas Deal with Russia Is a Strategic Game-Changer

The fragmenting of NATO

The fragmenting of NATO

Turkey’s gas deal, just inked with Russia, represents one more time that the grand chess master, Putin, has outmaneuvered the amateur checkers player, Obama.  With this gas deal, Turkey may not have formally left NATO, but make no mistake about it, Turkey has left NATO.

Turkey and Russia are long-time adversaries since the implementation of the Cold War and the advent of the 1947 Truman Doctrine. This gas deal is a staggering blow to the U.S. and NATO because Turkey has been not only a key NATO ally, but it has been the linchpin of all American efforts to bypass Russia with oil and gas pipelines. The situation caused by the Turkey-Russia gas deal is so dire, that in the event of World War III, the U.S. would be forced to destroy this pipeline. In other words, Turkey has just become a military ally with Russia.

Russia’s decision to cancel Russia’s South Stream gas and oil pipeline project was bad enough, but this coupled with Turkey’s signing a gas and oil deal with Russia delivered a staggering and perhaps knockout blow to the ability of the United States to hold together a rapidly fragmenting NATO. South Stream was envisioned as a way to supply Central and Western Europe with Russian gas without worrying about disruptions caused by the Ukrainian situation.

South Stream was supposed to run through the Black Sea, Bulgaria, Serbia and Hungary into Austria and points west and it attempted to counter South Stream by proposing another pipeline, called “Nabucco” which was to have linked Austria, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria with Turkey and Azerbaijan. This pipeline failed because the United States failed to secure funding for the pipeline and or a source of gas. Are you keeping a body count of the NATO allies which are going to have extreme difficulty heating their homes and businesses and are now subject to Putin’s blackmail? From a military perspective, these nations provide a buffer between Russian invasion of America’s primary NATO allies of Germany, France, Italy and the UK. Putin will now focus on seeking defectors from these four allies.

Germany, France and Italy’s Motivation to Leave NATO

The eventual defection of Germany, France and Italy is easy to foretell. This is a case of a picture, or in this case, an energy map, is worth a thousand words.

putin natural gas map

 To anyone possessing an IQ above room temperature, this map is the road map to the destruction of NATO. Key NATO allies are being held hostage by Putin through energy blackmail. If NATO was to survive, the time to have attacked Russia was last Spring, but that ship has sailed.  Can you imagine, you just opened your contacts list on your phone and all of friends and business associates are gone. This is what is happening to the United States.

Britain Is Waffling At the Threat of the Coming World War

America is on the verge of losing its closest and most important ally, Great Britain.

Ahead of the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons, members, mostly Britishhave expressed extreme trepidation of the possibility of coming nuclear war. The conference participants stated that “Urgent action is needed to minimize the risk of a nuclear war”.  Some of the signatories include:

Conservative Defense Secretary Lord King

A Labor Party counterpart Lord Browne

Former Foreign Secretaries Margaret Beckett and David Owen

Former NATO Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe, Lord Richards

Former Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell

John McColl, former Chief of the Defense Staff,

Even General James Cartwright, Former Vice-Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, signed the following letter.

The above and other prominent UK leaders stated the following:

“Tensions between nuclear-armed states and alliances in the Euro-Atlantic area and in both South and East Asia remain ripe with the potential for military miscalculation and escalation,” says the letter to Sebastian Kurz, Austria’s Minister for Foreign Affairs.

“In a vestige of the Cold War, too many nuclear weapons in the world remain ready to launch on short notice, greatly increasing the chances of an accident.

“This fact gives leaders faced with an imminent potential threat an insufficient amount of time to communicate with each other and act with prudence.”

“There should also be better crisis management in “conflict hotspots” and new security measures, warning that stockpiles were “insufficiently secure, making them possible targets for terrorism”.

The above is a chicken-little, Neville Chamberlain type of proclamation which is telling the United States that we will not be supported as world events move toward World War III. America will soon be alone.


The Eurasian Economic Union (EAU)

The developments in Russian gas deals has given rise to resurrection of a major portion of the old Soviet Union. Just like the mythical Phoenix, the old Soviet Union is attempting to rise out of the ashes. The EAU is a proposed economic union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia. On November 18, 2011, the leaders of  Belaurus, Kazakhstan and Russia signed an agreement, setting a target of establishing the Eurasian Union by 2015. Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have expressed interest in joining as well as has Belarus’ neighbor to the immediate south, Ukraine. Isn’t it interesting that Georgia’s Prime Minister, Bidzina Ivanishvili, stated in September of 2013 that they were also examining the advantages of acceding to the EAU. Also in September of 2013, Armenia has announced its intention to join the EAU. This union cannot be allowed to happen by the West because it will tip the balance of power in the world.

Putin’s Red Dawn “Checkmate America” Strategy

Putin and Ortega

Putin and Ortega

Not only has Putin undermined NATO and is strategically leaving America alone to fend for itself, he is quickly putting together a quick strike team from which to militarily invade the United States. As this crisis moves forward, it is amazing how accurate the Red Dawn movie of the 1980’s was almost 30 years ago. Amazingly, Obama has not done one thing to counter the following Latin American Russian military alliance being constructed to invade the United States.

1. According to a March 2014 report by the Strategic Culture Foundation, a progressive, pro-Russian think tank, Nicaragua’s quoted former Sandista leader, Daniel Ortega, who reinstalled himself in 2007 as the Nicaraguan leader stated that  “We are very grateful and very much appreciate the Russian people’s support of our country.” Ortega has accepted the arrival of two Russian strategic bombers and added that more will be on the way as Russia announced that Nicaragua has announced that it will accept routine Russian patrols in both its Caribbean and Pacific ports as well as participating in the joint training of military personnel. Russia and Nicaragua have moved in the direction of a strategic economic and military relationship.


2. putin and fernandezArgentinean President, Cristina Fernández is determined to develop close economic relations with Russia as the left-wing liberal Argentinean leader has invited Russia to invest in fuel projects in an obvious attack upon the Petrodollar. Fernandez also cut a deal with Putin which supports Russia’s grab of Crimea in exchange for Russia’s support of Argentina’s quest to annex the Falkland Islands.



Putin and Correa

3-5. Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa praised Russia as a “great nation”, while visiting Moscow in October of 2013. Putin was indeed praise-worthy because he promised to invest $1.5 billion into new domestic energy projects in Ecuador. Correa also stated that his country was planning on buying Russian military equipment. Russia has signed several billion dollars of contracts with Venezuela and supplies Bolivia, among other countries from the region with military weapons. The military package includes attack aircraft and helicopters.


6. bric summitBrazilian Defense Minister Celso Amorim, stated that “More than buying military equipment, what we are seeking with Russia is a strategic partnership based on the joint development of technology.” Amorim’s statement is consistent with the fact that Brazil, South America’s most populous nation, has announced that it is planning to purchase short-to-medium-range surface-to-air Pantsir S1 missile batteries and Igla-S shoulder-held missiles from Russia. Previously, Brazil has purchased 12 Mi-35 attack helicopters. Russia and Brazil have also signed an agreement for Brazil to acquire 36 attack aircraft. Amorim said Russia and Brazil would also look at working together on space technology and on defense against cyber attacks, an area that has become a Brazilian priority since disclosures that the NSA  has spied on Brazilians, their president and the country’s largest oil company. Russia is marrying their military with Brazil and Brazil could become Russia’s space partner in “killing” America satellites.

7. russia attacks america red dawn Newly elected El Salvadorian President, Sanchez Ceren, has signed an agreement with Putin entitled “Federal Law On Ratification of the Agreement on the Foundations of Relations” which pledges economic and military cooperation. Ceren, is a self-declared Marxist-Leninist and is considered to be very-anti American.

Leaders from the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) and Russia declared their intention to establish a means of continuous dialogue “to discuss and synchronize positions on international issues.” CELAC includes thirty-three countries in the Americas, but the United States and Canada are excluded. This is the breeding ground of a “Red Dawn Scenario”.



Putin and Castro

8. Pravda quotes Putin as stating that Russia had obtained the consent of the Cuban leadership to place “the latest mobile strategic nuclear missiles on the Island…”  Recently, the Russians surprisingly docked a Russian spy ship in Havana. This is the Cuban Missile Crisis revisited!



The year 2015 looms large as this is the target date for Putin to complete the construction of the EAU and form an alliance with the other BRIC nations. This means that a war will likely take place prior to the end of 2015 or in early 2016. This war will undoubtedly be nuclear with the losing side resorting to the nuclear option.

To my fellow Americans, it is easy to fall in love with Putin and declare him a hero because he is opposing the IMF and the World Bank. However, if Putin has his way, he will become America’s worst nightmare. Putin is under the control of the banksters at the highest level. The Bankers from Basel want World War III. Putin and Obama are merely pawns in the same scheme. What most of us do not realize is that there is the central banking cartel and then there are the people who really run finance on this planet. The central banks, such as the Federal Reserve, are merely mid-level managers which were created to serve a purpose. The coming conflict is about the preservation of central banking as an international element of control. The real power on this planet are above central banking and are pushing the world towards an eventual war of unification.

A subsequent World War III will wipe out all competing economies and out of chaos will come order, the New World Order. We are about to witness an old-fashioned cockfight while the real power brokers are sitting back and waiting for nature to take its course.

Why hasn’t Obama moved to counter Putin’s moves with regard to the energy encirclement of the United States? If Obama were truly representing the people, he would have done so multiple times. Instead, he spends his time on the golf course while Russia encircles America both economically and militarily. If America was truly to be outmaneuvered by Putin from an energy standpoint and the ruination of the Petrodollar and the American economy were at hand, the time to have launched a war against Putin would have been before NATO began to fragment. I can draw no other conclusion than this President is part of the plot and he is fulfilling his Manchurian Candidate mission of undermining America’s chance to prevail in World War III. There is a good chance that America may be forced to capitulate without firing a shot and the “dreams of Obama’s REAL father will be realized”.


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Get US Out! of the United Nations

By:  John F. McManus

When members of the U.S. Senate voted to approve the United Nations Charter in July 1945, 89 said Yes and only 2 said No. The 96 senators who were asked to consider membership in the newly crafted world government organization (Alaska and Hawaii had not yet been admitted as states and had no congressional representatives), the world’s “most exclusive” body, debated the matter during parts of a mere six days.

In order to cast a positive vote for entry into the UN, a senator had to either approve or completely overlook several portions of the Charter that elevated the world body to a position superior to the U.S. Constitution. The Charter’s very brief Article 25 states in its entirety: “The Members of the United Nations agree to accept and carry out the decisions of the Security Council in accordance with the present Charter.” That portion of the Charter has been used repeatedly to override the U.S. Constitution! That any U.S. senator would assent to that is simply mind-boggling. Some surely excused their positive stance by pointing to our nation’s possession of veto power over any Security Council decision. But that veto power has rarely been used to assert U.S. independence from UN desires, and the refusal to use it was a foregone conclusion.

Then as today, some of the 89 who approved the Charter were committed internationalists who had no love for the limitations on government contained in the U.S. Constitution they had sworn to uphold. Others, operating as do members of Congress today, never bothered to read what they were asked to approve and relied on their political party’s leaders to give them their orders. But it is also true that many were swept into wanting to give the newly proposed UN a try, a chance to do something that might avoid another world war. After all, World War I that ended in 1918 was followed only 23 years later by U.S. entry into World War II. Throughout the nation, this attitude calling for something new to avoid war had been carefully spread. It persuaded many Americans, even some of the most patriotic, to support what truly should have been deemed unsupportable.

The UN Charter’s Article 1 mentions “peace” six times in a brief listing of its four “purposes.” So the world body and its supporters claim that the UN is a “peace organization.” But Article 2 grants the UN permission to start a war; Article 42 provides details about the kind of war it shall start; and Article 43 commands member nations to supply troops. As former State Department official J. Reuben Clark stated after reading the Charter and urging that it not be approved, “The Charter is a war document not a peace document [that] makes it practically certain that we shall have future wars.”

The two senators who voted against approving the Charter were Republicans Henrik Shipstead of Minnesota and William Langer of North Dakota. Shipstead told his colleagues that ratifying the Charter would create a situation where “the President can take us into war at any time” without approval by Congress. Langer insisted that “adoption of the Charter will mean perpetuating war.” Their warnings were disregarded.

The Charter won Senate approval on July 28, 1945. The UN’s first formal meeting occurred on October 24, 1945. On December 20, 1945, Congress approved the United Nations Participation Act that granted power to a president to send U.S. forces to wherever the UN wanted them. No more would there be a need for Congress to approve a declaration of war. In subsequent years, Congress approved entry of our nation into NATO and SEATO, both created as “Regional Arrangements” permitted under Articles 52-54 of the Charter, and both serving the UN more than any participating nation.

Beyond considerations about future wars, however, the people of all nations were assured in the Charter’s Article 2 that the UN would have no authority to “intervene in matters which are essentially within the domestic jurisdiction of any state.” The American people are now becoming aware of an array of UN interventions in our nation’s domestic affairs and they want to know more about the world body. If the UN is now asserting power over property rights, land use, and a great deal more through implementation of its Agenda 21, many Americans are asking where such assumptions of power have come from and where they will lead. Obviously, they need to know more about the world body whose power they have begun to fear. To help fellow Americans know some of the heretofore hidden facts about the United Nations, we have written the 45-page booklet entitled America and the United Nations.

Having just completed a speaking tour in the Northeast detailing many hard truths about the United Nations, it is perfectly obvious that there has never been a time when fellow Americans have been more ready to join in the call to “Get US out!” Since various portions of the UN’s Agenda 21 have already impacted them, they want a greater understanding about the UN, and are even willing to consider withdrawal from it.

Our new booklet America and the United Nations answers the questions many are asking. It tells how the United States entered and why the U.S. should leave — while time to do so still remains. It is the right tool at the right time to raise the awareness of many more fellow Americans about the reasons why so many have already backed the cry to “Get US out! of the United Nations.”

All readers of this article should obtain copies of this inexpensive booklet and begin sharing them with the rising number of concerned fellow citizens.

Although Ron Paul was no longer in the new Congress in January to reintroduce his well-known H.R. 1146 bill to withdraw United States membership in the United Nations, Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) has kept this tradition alive by introducing H.R. 75, the American Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2013, which duplicates all of the language and provisions of Paul’s H.R. 1146. There are three cosponsors of H.R. 75 so far this year.

All readers of this article should contact their representative and ask him or her to cosponsor H.R. 75, the American Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2013, and contact their senators and ask them to introduce a companion bill to H.R. 75 in the Senate. For more information go to our Get US out! of the United Nations” action page.

(This article was originally published as “Danger Overlooked When U.S. Entered the United Nations” in the June 2013 JBS Bullet



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Russian Armored Division – Military Exercises

By TLB Contributor: Dave Hodges

Does anyone really think that any nuclear-armed nation, whether it would be the United States, China and especially Russia will ever accept defeat to a rival nation, in conventional warfare, without subsequently inflicting the maximum penalty on its opponent? There is little question in most experts minds that the loser of a “conventional” World War III will not hesitate to unleash its nuclear weapons as a last ditch means to “even the score”

Obama’s Complacency Is Our Number One National Security Concern

Forbes writer, James Conca, has expressed the view in a dramatic report that when it comes to matching the growing Russian military threat, that America’s most pressing concern is complacency. Conca noted that the recent reports that Russia has gained the upper hand in nuclear weapons capability against the United States, has been met with indifference from this administration.

Making matters worse, Conca observed that this current administration fired the one General who was going to shape up America’s Intercontinental Ballistic Missile command. Now he’s gone and our ICBM’s sit in less than a state of readiness.

Conca notes that even the U.S. State Department has acknowledged that not only has the the U.S. nuclear arsenal fallen behind Russia but so has basic U.S. military technology. The U.S. State Department admits that America is now the underdog should hostilities involving nuclear weapons between the two nations actually break out. Obama is out to lunch and seems oblivious to the threat. The Forbes investigation goes on to say that Russia is absolutely ready and their new long-range cruise missiles that are ready for mobile deployment by land or sea..

Hagel Speaks Out and Gets Fired

russian air defenseDefense Secretary, Chuck Hagel, is now gone from his position. Why? This is probably due to the fact that Defense Secretary Hagel stated that “routine neglect of our nuclear weapons programs over the years has compromised our ability to respond to an actual threat.” This is a clear indictment of the six year presidency of Obama and the fact that he’s done nothing to keep up with Putin. Shortly after this statement, Hagel was fired as Defense Secretary. Is there any doubt what team Obama is playing for?

Russia Withdraws From Nuclear Attacks

Putin announced his warlike intentions, last month, in that he plans to severely scale down nuclear security cooperation with the United States. Translation, Russia does not need, nor want, the protection it formerly achieved through limitations on nuclear weapons.

This aggressive posture, according to The New York Times, is seen as Russia’s way of saying that it requires no outside assistance in securing the country’s nuclear assets and network.

Or as observers would say, it could be Moscow’s strong message to the West and the United States in particular that it cannot be pressured about Ukrainian borders, where Russian troops are amassing by the tens of thousands.

Mutually Assured Destruction Is a Thing of the Past

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Michael Snyder writing for The Right Side News exposed the fallacy that due to the outdated doctrine of  ”mutually assured destruction,” Russia is opposed even to a nuclear confrontation. In fact, Snyder demonstrated that the opposite is true. A nuclear confrontation is something that Putin may not desire, but he is not backing down. The following five developments have been identified which indicate that Russia is fully intending on winning World War III.

1. Radar-beating missile delivery system.

2. Russia has spent nearly $72 billion on arms in 2011 and is planning on spending well over a half a billion dollars to upgrade its weapons systems by 2016 including the development of the ability to cripple America with cyber attacks.

3. Russia’s nuclear forces are turning mobile and the new stealth technology extends fromundetectable bombers to silent running nuclear submarines.

4. According to PRAVDA, Russia has 5,000 nuclear weapons of different tactical classes including Iskander warheads and torpedo, aerial and artillery warheads, all right next to Europe. The United States has reduced its nuclear arsenal from 31,000 (1967) to a mere 1,600. Obama has openly spoken of reducing our arsenal to 300 nuclear missiles.

5.  According to The Financial Times, satellite killers were launched into orbit May of 2014. This move by the Russians, parallels what the  Chinese have already accomplished and tested. The intent is to blind American forces on the battlefield and at sea. 

6. Obama has continued to weaken U.S. nuclear forces through the removal Nineteen nuclear launch officers. This is not a scenario were the United States can simply say “next man up”. These are highly specialized positions requiring highly specialized training that can only be realized through extensive field experience.

Obama Continues To Poke a Stick In the Eye of the Bear

Obama continues to provoke Putin with needless sanctions which do nothing to address the crisis in Ukraine. Meanwhile, it has become clear that Putin is also planning a Red Dawn scenario for the United States. And of course, this would not be possible without the direct complicity of President Obama.

In conclusion, it is one thing to intellectually understand how Obama is destabilizing both the military and its leadership. However, it is emotionally earthshaking to be able to trace Obama’s deliberate treason  toward to our national defense. From a military perspective, we are in grave danger and this will be the topic of the next part of this series.


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