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FTR #886 What the Hell Does Dave Emory Mean by “The Earth Island Boogie?,” Part 3: Geopolitical Quicksand

Ana­lyz­ing the pos­si­bil­i­ty that Amer­i­can use of Mus­lim Broth­er­hood Islamists as proxy war­riors and armed her­alds of cor­po­ratist free-mar­ket eco­nom­ic val­ues might back­fire on the Unit­ed States, we look at the devel­op­ment of ISIS, the curi­ous Turk­ish about-face on the Fetul­lah Gulen orga­ni­za­tion and fall­out from the so-called “Arab Spring.” Begin­ning with dis­cus­sion of a “dooms­day” con­tin­gency plan con­coct­ed by al-Qae­da and Sad­dam Hus­sein to back each oth­er up mil­i­tar­i­ly in the event either or both were over­thrown by the U.S., we exam­ine the promi­nent role of for­mer mem­bers of Sad­dam’s offi­cer corps in admin­is­ter­ing ISIS. ISIS and al-Qae­da are hold­ing forth in Libya, which is serv­ing as a base for spread­ing their oper­a­tions into Africa. Like the bloody Syr­i­an civ­il war, the over­throw of Khadafy (which set the stage for the Islamist pres­ence in Libya) is an out­growth of the so-called “Arab Spring”–one of the “con­ga-line ops” we high­light­ed in FTR #885. Much of the pro­gram high­lights the oper­a­tions of the Fetul­lah Gulen orga­ni­za­tion in Turkey. Alleged to be a CIA front orga­ni­za­tion and Islam­ic extrem­ist in nature, the Gulen orga­ni­za­tion was for­mer­ly an ally of Tayyip Erdo­gan. Now, it is among his most bit­ter oppo­nents. Pro­gram High­lights Include: review of Hitler’s view that Islamists were a cru­cial Third Reich ally; review of a crit­i­cal meet­ing in Switzer­land at which promi­nent Euro-fas­cists and al-Taqwa direc­tor Ahmed Huber met; spec­u­la­tion that the Swiss “Euro-fas­cist” sum­mit may have helped gen­er­ate the intel­li­gence dis­in­for­ma­tion that helped lure the Bush admin­is­tra­tion into the ill-advised Iraq war; “ex” CIA offi­cer Gra­ham Fuller’s ridicule of the alle­ga­tion that the Gulen orga­ni­za­tion is a CIA front orga­ni­za­tion; the close con­nec­tions between Erdo­gan’s AKP Par­ty, Ger­many and the EU.

FTR #646 Georgia on Everybody’s Mind

” . . . McCain advis­er (and for­mer Geor­gian lob­by­ist) Randy Sche­une­man­n’s efforts on behalf of the Project for a New Amer­i­can Cen­tu­ry and the Iraq war . . . ”

Bush Fails to Win Saudi Help on Gas Prices

by Ter­ence Hunt APRIYADH, Sau­di Ara­bia — Pres­i­dent Bush failed to win the help he sought from Sau­di Ara­bia to relieve sky­rock­et­ing Amer­i­can gas prices Fri­day, a set­back for the for­mer Texas oil­man who took office pre­dict­ing he would jaw­bone oil-pro­­duc­ing nations to help the U.S. Bush got a red-car­pet wel­come to this desert king­dom, […]

FTR #632 Update on September 11 and Related Matters

Cyn­di Shee­han aids Mus­lim Broth­er­hood; Grover Norquist’s con­ver­sion to Islam; dis­in­te­gra­tion of the Unit­ed States helped by chil­dren of SS offi­cers.

Insight: Western banks face SWF backlash

by Gillian Tet­t­FI­NAN­CIAL TIMES Pub­lished: Feb­ru­ary 7 2008 19:21 | Last updat­ed: Feb­ru­ary 7 2008 19:21 Ear­li­er this week, I chat­ted with a jet-lagged senior US financier. Like many of his ilk, he is flit­ting around the Mid­dle East and Asia try­ing to extract finance from sov­er­eign wealth funds and oth­er invest­ment groups. His lat­est […]

Abu Dhabi Buys Stake In Sunnyvale-Based AMD

SUNNYVALE (AP) With oil prices surg­ing and U.S. stock prices slump­ing, chip mak­er Advanced Micro Devices Inc.‘s sale of an 8.1 per­cent stake to the Abu Dhabi gov­ern­men­t’s invest­ment arm rep­re­sents the lat­est plunge by a wealthy Mid­dle East­ern nation into a trou­bled U.S. cor­po­ra­tion. It also rais­es fresh ques­tions about the appro­pri­ate­ness of Mid­dle […]

Oil Price Rise Causes Global Shift in Wealth

Iran, Rus­sia and Venezuela Feel the Ben­e­fits By Steven Muf­sonWASHINGTON POST High oil prices are fuel­ing one of the biggest trans­fers of wealth in his­to­ry. Oil con­sumers are pay­ing $4 bil­lion to $5 bil­lion more for crude oil every day than they did just five years ago, pump­ing more than $2 tril­lion into the cof­fers […]

FTR #567 The Socialism of Fools

Malfea­sance by the petro­le­um indus­try and its asso­ci­at­ed polit­i­cal ele­ments have suc­cess­ful­ly focused debate and crit­i­cism of unfold­ing dynam­ics on the Mid­dle East on “Israel,” rather than their own actions and poli­cies.

FTR #564 Interview with John Loftus

Much of the reportage on the 2006 Israel/Hezbollah war was based on faked footage, gen­er­at­ed by Hezbol­lah allies and, some­times, phys­i­cal­ly con­coct­ed by Hezbol­lah and the Under­ground Reich.

FTR #561 Economics 9/11, Part II

War­fare in the Mid­dle East gen­er­al­ly pre­cip­i­tates a rise in oil prices. The resul­tant trans­fer of wealth from every ener­gy-using indi­vid­ual and insti­tu­tion to the petro­le­um indus­try and asso­ci­at­ed nation­als, such as the Saud­is, con­sti­tutes a stag­ger­ing trans­fer of wealth. The I.G. Far­ben-devel­oped Fischer/Tropsch process is stag­ing a come­back.