Seven member of the Syrian White Helmets rescue group were shot dead by unknown gunmen on Saturday, sparking a manhunt and deep suspicions in the rebel-controlled province of Idlib.
The men were killed in their operations centre in the village of Sarmin at dawn on Saturday. Two of their vehicles as well as several of their distinctive white helmets were stolen, the group said.
Many White Helmet volunteers have been killed in airstrikes during the six year Syrian war but opposition activists said it was the first time that members had been shot dead like this.
Photographs from the scene showed the volunteers’ bodies lying across the floor of the centre and blood splashed over the logo of the White Helmets group. All had been shot execution-style at close range.
“The heart is saddened, there are tears in our eyes for you departure,” said Raed al-Saleh, the founder of the White Helmets. “May God strengthen us and make us patient for facing this tragedy.”
One of the men killed was Mohammed Abu Kifah, who appeared in a widely-shared video last year where he wept with emotion after rescuing a baby girl from the rubble of a bombed-out building.
The White Helmets have been lauded by Western countries for saving civilian lives in opposition areas in Syria and in 2016 they narrowly missed out on winning the Nobel Peace prize.
But the group also operates in areas controlled by jihadists and supporters of the Assad regime regularly accuse them of allying with terrorists.
Idlib province is now mainly controlled by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), an Islamist rebel group that is dominated by jihadists linked to al-Qaeda.
Activists in Idlib said they were baffled by the killings but did not think that HTS was responsible. The group has not targeted White Helmets in the past.
One theory was that agents of the Assad regime had killed the men to create suspicion and distrust between rival rebel groups.
HTS recently fought an open battle against Ahrar al-Sham, another prominent rebel group, and there is lingering distrust in Idlib as a result.
“The ones who did this are clever. They want to make conflicts worse between the rebel groups and show that there is no security and no safety in the opposition areas,” said Abdulkafe al-Hamdo, an English teacher in Idlib.
Another theory is that the killings were the work of a criminal gang, who wanted to steal equipment from the White Helmets centre. Two vans were taken from the centre as well as several motorcycles and some walkie-talkie equipment.
One of the vans was later found burned out on the edge of a field several miles from the centre.
The White Helmets centre is close to several other houses in the village of Sarmin but neighbours said they had not heard any gunfire during the night. That raises the possibility the White Helmets were killed with silenced weapons.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) has released videos in the past showing its fighters using guns equipped with silencers. The Assad regime also has access to silencers through its allies in Russia and Syria.
Mr al-Hamdo said members of the group had last been seen on Whatsapp at around 1am, suggesting they were killed sometime after that.
Gareth Bayley, Britain’s special representative for Syria, condemned the killings.
HTS has a network of checkpoints around Idlib province and activists said they hoped that the group’s fighters would be able to catch the killers.
Idlib is one of the last major opposition strongholds in Syria and faces intense bombardment by the Assad regime and its Russian allies.
Many of the fighters and civilians the opposition areas of Aleppo fled to Idlib after the city fell in late 2016.
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Manila (AFP) – Islamist militants in the Philippines have beheaded seven local loggers they kidnapped last week in their stronghold in the strife-torn south, police said Monday.
The bodies of the loggers were found on Sunday in a mountainous village on the island of Basilan, local police chief John Cundo told AFP, blaming the killings on a faction of the Abu Sayyaf kidnap-for-ransom group based there.
The group of senior Abu Sayyaf leader Furuji Indama abducted and killed the loggers apparently over a local business row rather than for its typical ransom activities, Cundo said.
“This was an act of revenge by Indama who may have blamed the destruction of his rubber plantation on these loggers. The kidnappers did not demand ransom but immediately beheaded the loggers,” Cundo said.
The Abu Sayyaf is a loose network of militants formed in the 1990s with seed money from Osama bin Laden’s Al-Qaeda network.
One faction based on Basilan has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group, with members among militants who have been occupying parts of Marawi, the largely Catholic nation’s most important Islamic city, since May.
The militants have withstood a US-backed military offensive in Marawi that has claimed 650 lives and displaced nearly 400,000 people.
President Rodrigo Duterte has imposed martial law across the southern third of the Philippines, including Basilan, to quell the militant threat.
The Abu Sayyaf, blamed for the worst terror attacks in the nation’s history, is known to behead its hostages unless ransom payments are made.
The militants beheaded two Canadian hostages last year and a German captive in February after ransom demands were not met.
Abu Sayyaf militants are holding more than 20 hostages, including several foreigners, in Basilan and another of their bases on the southern island of Sulu, according to the military.
The closing argument was a curious one: Vote yes, Republican leaders told the holdouts in their conference. We promise it will never become law.
After seven years of railing against the evils of the Affordable Care Act, the party had winnowed its hopes of dismantling it down to a menu of options to appease recalcitrant lawmakers — with no more pretenses of lofty policy making, only a realpolitik plea to keep the legislation churning through the Capitol by voting to advance something, anything.
They ended up with nothing.
By the early morning hours of Friday, the animating force of contemporary Republican politics lay in ashes, incinerated by three Republican senators — John McCain of Arizona, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. But the spark can be traced back to the hot summer of 2009, and to Winterset, Iowa.
It was there, and at town hall forums that tested fire marshals’ collective patience across the country, that the Republican rage ignited in earnest. Senator Charles E. Grassley, the state’s senior senator, was scorched after protracted negotiations with Democrats on what would become the Affordable Care Act. He peeled away, other Republicans followed, and Democrats were left to pass the health law on their own.
The anger persisted. Cohesive policy never came.
“You had 300 to 700 people and one time 900 people” at the town halls of 2009, Mr. Grassley recalled in an interview on the history of the Affordable Care Act. “We had to hold the town meetings outdoors, and the audience, I never had that sort of anger.”
In Winterset, Mr. Grassley fanned the flames about so-called death panels, saying, “You have every right to fear.”
We live in a world filled with trash, with nations generating 1.3 billion tonnes of waste annually. That number is expected to rise to 4 billion by 2100, making for an inarguably unsustainable sum of waste. And the more urbanized and industrialized a country becomes, the more trash it produces. Yet, because we’re not living under piles of trash, because we don’t see it, we don’t understand the magnitude of the problem, even when presented with such troubling statistics.
Our waste is so efficiently removed from our sight that we become more inclined to dispose increasing amounts it. But what if it wasn’t so easy for us to toss things in our trash cans, and then dump that waste into the street bins once they got too full, and then have those bins picked up once, if not more times, a week? We would soon learn how much trash we truly accumulate in such little time, and with nowhere to toss it so quickly and efficiently, we’d be provoked to find ways to scale it back.
But without the immediacy of such concerns, we turn a bind eye.
Michelle Pellizzon, a health and wellness writer, nutritionist, and health coach, didn’t want to live in ignorance, so she chose an exercise to open her eyes.
Pellizzon wanted to try out a zero waste lifestyle, in which no waste is produced that can’t be recycled, reused, or composted. She began the exercise in January, first collecting her waste in a canvas bag throughout the day to better understand how much waste she was generating.
Pellizzon used to not recycle at all, so the lifestyle change was drastic. Now in her seventh month, she has maintained her low-trash lifestyle, with the exception of travelling and moving apartments. She now uses cloth bags, mason jars, a worm compost bin, cloth hankies and rags, homemade cleaning supplies, and more.
“It saved me a lot of money. I definitely wasn’t expecting that,” Pellizzon said. By being more aware of waste, Pellizzon became a conscious consumer, carefully considering each purchase. She explains that such mindfulness prevents impulse shopping, and that, by opting for whole or bulk foods, rather than pre-packaged items, you save money because you’re not paying for the product’s packaging.
Pellizzon’s lifestyle shift also opened up more time in her life. “I thought I’d waste a lot of time trying to come up with solutions for [being] zero waste,” she said. Going zero waste proved quite the opposite for her, however, with her now planning her grocery shopping ahead, and cooking in bulk to cut back on trips to the grocery store and time spent in the kitchen.
“I wouldn’t recommend anyone try to go completely zero waste in a week,” said Pellizzon. “It’s overwhelming [at first], because you realize just how much trash you produce on a regular basis.”
But by going slowly and steadily, you will likely notice that the zero waste lifestyle isn’t as challenging as you might have thought. “When you really dig into it, you can recycle a lot, you can reuse a lot, and you can repurpose a lot of things.”
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Christopher Jon Bjerknes
Seven years ago, I predicted many of the crises which have since occurred. I believe it is worth reviewing what I wrote then, in light of the major events taking place today. Bear in mind that when I wrote this, the whole of the alternative media was telling us that Erdogan would save us. This is a blog post I wrote long ago:
Christopher Jon Bjerknes
Back in January of 2009, I advanced the theory that the strife between Shimon Peres and Recep Tayyip Erdogan was a scripted affair meant to win the Arab street for the Turks at the expense of the Syrians and Iranians, and for the benefit of the Jews. See my blog articles:
Erdogan knows well that the “Young Turks” were old Jews, crypto-Jews and Freemasons, and it has always bothered me that he does not come out and say so. Why is Erdogan so aggressive in denying the primarily Jewish crime of the Armenian Genocide, if he is not covertly in bed with the Israelis? It is true that the Doenmeh sought to assassinate him, but this may have been a faction which itself has had problems with the Israelis.
More significantly than this, I am troubled by the fact that Erdogan has not counter-attacked the Israelis for creating, financing, organizing, training and otherwise backing the PKK. The Turks should long ago have attacked Israel for attacking Turkey in this way and should have brought complaints to the UN, but they have not, which indicates that the Turks want Israel and the PKK to continue to do what they are doing, killing innocent Turkish civilians and destabilizing Turkey, Iran, Syria and Iraq. One might argue that the PKK bogey makes the Turkish government’s grip on the Turkish People tighter and serves to discredit the Kurdish nationalists, but I do not believe that is the motivation.
The following article by an Armenian points out the transparent absurdity of Israel’s number one ally in the Middle East becoming the champion of the Palestinians, enumerating some of the facts I discussed in relation to this same point back in January of 2009:
The truth is that the poor Palestinians have no support in the governments of the Turks, the Arabs or the Persians, but rather the Israelis play games with these governments to control their opposition and control the populations of these nations. With that in mind, we must also understand the fact that the Jews are out to destroy America and Europe, and they require forces with which to do it.
The Jews lobbied and worked with the Turks, Azeris and Georgians to build oil pipelines and railways through these nations, bypassing Armenia and challenging Russia’s ability to control the European energy markets. The Jews then set up Russia to come into conflict with Georgia thereby threatening Turkish interests. The Jews then set up Russia to reestablish itself in the Black Sea and dominate the Ukraine, again threatening Turkish interests–note the many wars the Jews have created between Turks and Russians in the past and the price the Armenians, as well as the Turks and Russians, have paid for these wars.
It appears to me that the Jews are setting up America and Europe to face a massive energy crisis which will shatter the economies of these nations. If Russia and Turkey cooperate, then the Arabs and Iranians will fall completely under their influence, as opposed to American influence. Such combined Muslim power, covertly under Jewish control, can wipe away the West and lead the West to counter-attack with nuclear weapons against this “Gog and Magog”. If the Turks and Russians fight, drawing in the Persians and Arabs, it will have exactly the same effect on the West. Always remember that the Jews want to annihilate America and Europe, as well as every other people.
The Jews are also building up the political influence, and military power, of Latin America to use as a weapon with which to destroy the United States. It is no accident that Ahmadinejad is friendly with Venezuela and Turkey is strengthening ties with Brazil. The Jews are building alliances to pit against us so that they can bring down the World. Look to the Jewish playbook, the Old Testament, and it is quite clear that the Jews must destroy us and want a war which brings the World against Israel so that this, their war will ruin planet Earth.
While I believe that Ahmadinejad and Erdogan are serving Jewish interests and care not one whit for Arabs generally, much less the Palestinians specifically, which Jewish interests include destroying the USA, I also believe that the Turkish People and the Iranian People are sincere in their opposition to Israel and Jewish supremacism.
The Jews had ample time to prepare for their attack on the Turks of the Freedom Flotilla and would not have done what they did if they did not know beforehand what the Turkish Government would do. They may also have had operatives, agents provocateur on board the Turkish vessel to provide them with a meager pretext for murder.
The recent oil spill lessens Americans’ appetite for domestically produced oil and Europe is at the mercy of Russia and the Middle East for its energy needs. America and Europe are the primary targets of the Jews, who seek desperately to destroy us. The Jews have arranged a situation which promises to cut off the flow of natural gas and oil to Europe and America by one means or another. They want a Middle Eastern and Russian war not only to destroy Muslims and Russians, but also to destroy us; and the Jews are leaving us without a single ally in the region they cannot quickly pit against us by pitting them against Israel and then us against them. That appears to be the chief strategy, to isolate Europe and America from energy and to instigate unnecessary wars which will consume us, and the plan is working well. The Jews are alienating Turkey from NATO by absurdly making NATO the defender of Israel and enemy of Turkey. In the process, they are alienating Europe and America from the Middle East and creating enemies against us in Latin America.
When we fight for the Jews, we are fighting against ourselves, and the Jews have designed things to function in this manner. They hate us more than they hate the Muslims. Muslims are closer to being monotheists than Christians, and it was the Europeans who destroyed the Temple and burned the records of Levitical births.
Israel’s strongest ally in the Middle East is taking over the opposition to Israel for a reason, and it appears on the surface that the reason is that the Jews want it that way. Let Erdogan prove otherwise and state that the “Young Turks” were Jews and Freemasons, not Imperial Turks. Let Erdogan prove otherwise and complain to the UN of the Israeli support of the PKK. Let Erdogan prove otherwise by choking off Israel in every way possible. That is what the Turkish People would want, that is what the Palestinian People would want, and the rest of the Arabs as well as the Persians. Let Erdogan use some of his diplomatic finesse to alert the American People to the dangers of the Jewish subversion of our nation.
Perhaps I am being too cynical. World public opinion is weighing heavily against Israel at the moment, but that could change with a false flag attack or energy crisis. However, we must also take into consideration the fact that those Jews who follow Jewish prophecy want the whole World to attack Israel and believe that their messiah will not come until such time as the entire World turns against the Jews. It is certainly true that Erdogan has spoken harshly against Israel, more harshly than our media reports. And Erdogan has reached out to Brazil, Russia and Iran, but let us hope that this is not in preparation for the destruction of the USA.
All signs indicate that the Jews want us dead. The Jews will need forces to achieve their goal of our destruction, and who better to use against us than those who control the spigot on the West’s energy supplies, together with our own subverted governments? And who better to use against the Turks, Arabs, Iranians, Russians and Latin Americans, than us? And, now that the Jews are driving a wedge between Turkey and the West, who will the Europeans and Americans be told is their only ally in the Middle East, if not dirty little Israel?
Perhaps, after all their failed provocations, the Jews have concluded that the Arabs and the Persians lack the will to fight the Israelis, that the Americans do not have the stomach to attack another Muslim nation, and that the Turkish People might just have enough manhood left in them to be drawn into a fight. Why the Jews are so sick as to play this game is incomprehensible to me. The last man standing will be standing on the headstone of the human race.
I again assert that our best option is to appeal to the people of the World to defend themselves from the Jewish war on the human race, and to be highly skeptical of the actions of governments, especially those which have a long history of Jewish subversion, as do the Turks and Russians. I wish the Turkish People well. Their fate is my fate. It is the fate of the whole human race.
Ten years ago, I began exposing Ron Paul as a fraud. Bear in mind that when I wrote these articles exposing Paul and his anti-White and anti-American von Mises agenda, the whole of the alternative media was telling us that Ron Paul would save us:
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Humans should be proud of these inventions, for they enable us to live gently and efficiently on Earth.
Way back in 1999, American scientist and writer Donella Meadows wrote a wonderful article titled “The Seven-Plus Sustainable Wonders of the World.” In it, she described some of the most basic yet revolutionary technologies that allow humans to live gently on Earth. The original concept comes from a book by Alan Durning, director of Seattle’s Northwest Environment Watch.
Now, nearly two decades later, the list is being expanded further by the Story of Stuff project, which posted it on Facebook (where I first saw it), asking readers to weigh in on yet more sustainable wonders of the world.
So, what’s on the list?
The bicycle – because it’s the most efficient form of transportation ever invented and can be afforded by 80 percent of the world’s population, whereas only 10 percent can afford a car (as of 1999).
The clothesline – because it runs on solar energy and is even more affordable than a bicycle.
The ceiling fan – because it requires very little energy to cool a room significantly. “A fan makes a space feel 9 degrees F. cooler than it really is. A typical ceiling fan draws no more than 75 watts, about as much as a single incandescent light bulb, only one-tenth as much as an air conditioner.”
The condom – because it controls population growth and protects from disease.
The public library – because it provides information to the world (less significant now with the Internet), but also from a sustainability perspective, which I hadn’t thought of before: “A book that is loaned ten times cuts not only cost but paper use per read by a factor of ten.”
Pad thai – because it represents ‘peasant cooking’ at its most basic, a simple yet magical combination of noodles, vegetables, a little protein, and sauce. Every culture has its version (think rice and beans) that feeds the masses relatively easily, cheaply, and nutritiously.
The ladybug – because it’s a powerful natural pesticide that can do away with plant-destroying aphids far more effectively than a chemical pesticide. Obviously, it doesn’t fall into the ‘invention’ category.
Meadows added a few more sustainable wonders to the list, including the sari (a long, versatile piece of fabric), the basket (whose production had yet to mechanized, as of 1999, and is completely biodegradable), and the root cellar (where food can be stored for long periods of time without energy-consuming refrigeration). She writes:
“What do all these wonders have in common? Well, their kindness to the earth and to human health is what qualifies them for a sustainability list. They are accessible to anyone, inexpensive to obtain and maintain. Many of them serve not only practical but also esthetic needs; they satisfy the eye, the palate, or the soul. Most are old in concept, though they may have modern variations. Something like them has evolved in many different cultures. Most are objects you can buy, but usually from a local maker, not a multinational corporation.”
It’s a wonderful list that filled me with some emotion while I read. For the first time in a long while, I felt proud to be a human on Earth, proud of human ingenuity that came up with such simple yet life-changing inventions (minus those ladybugs!). I also felt hopeful, thinking that if such basic technology has the power to make such a difference in our lives, surely we will come up with (or revive) other ancient inventions that can steer us off the destructive course that we’re currently on.
So, back to the Story of Stuff’s question: What sustainable wonders would you add to this list?
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