This Week in the World Affairs Brief:

ISIS AS THE NEW FLAGSHIP TERROR THREAT

Whenever a relatively new terror organization starts bragging about how it’s going to take over the entire Muslim world, and simultaneously threatens Jerusalem, Europe and the US, you can bet it’s either the work of an irrational braggart or a propaganda stunt by Western intelligence agencies to give new urgency to the flagging and phony war on terror that has for so long held the West in its Machiavellian grip. Their claims are so far-fetched that they could only be useful at spreading fear among the British and American people who are once again being called upon to support a new war on terror. There is another specific reason, however, for western funding ISIS as a new enemy—it gives the US its long-awaited excuse to get back into the Syrian conflict, and it won’t be to “help Assad” or get rid of ISIS. You can request a one-time free sample of the briefs by sending an email to editor@worldaffairsbrief.com.

Also:

  • Russian Invasion of Ukraine
  • CDC Falsifies Report Denying Autism Link to MMR
  • Ferguson Update and More Police Brutality
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The CDC's Cover-Up On Autism and the MMR Vaccine

posted by askousen - Friday, August 29 2014
For 13 years, the U.S. government's Centers for Disease Control covered up the fact of the increased risk for boys receiving the MMR vaccination on schedule. It turns out that the risk is far worse for blacks. One man inside the CDC blew the whistle. He is ashamed that he covered up. I wonder if this will lead to Congressional hearings. I wonder if any heads will roll for the sake of appearances. I do not wonder if the CDC's budget will be cut. Not a chance. This video is very good. It is well produced. It is horrifying. — Gary North/Lew Rockwell

CNN iReport on CDC whistleblower spreads like wildfire, then censored

posted by askousen - Friday, August 29 2014
On August 22, a user named Bobby Dee posted a CNN iReport about the CDC whistleblower who states he cooked data to hide a vaccine-autism connection. CNN iReports aren't official CNN stories. They're "user generated news...opinions belong to the submitter." Well, Bobby's submission, as Celia Farber reports at truthbarrier.com, rocketed to 45,232 views in a matter of hours. 178 comments, 17 thousand shares. — Activist Post

Ukraine seeks Nato membership in response to Russia joining war

posted by askousen - Friday, August 29 2014
Ukraine said on Friday that it would seek the protection of Nato membership after what Kiev and its Western allies say is the open participation of the Russian military in the war in Ukraine's eastern provinces. Formal Ukrainian membership in the Western military alliance - which would come with the full protection of a mutual defence pact with the US superpower - remains an unlikely prospect, at least in the near future. — Times of India

Britain's Cameron plans new laws to tackle terrorism threat

posted by askousen - Friday, August 29 2014
British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Friday he planned to introduce new legislation to make it harder for Britons to travel to Syria and Iraq to fight alongside Islamist extremists. Cameron, who said he would detail his plans in parliament on Monday to confiscate passports, was speaking as Britain raised its international terrorism threat level to "severe", its second highest level. — Reuters

Over 1,000 Russian Soldiers Join Fight, NATO Says

posted by askousen - Thursday, August 28 2014
NATO released photographs on Thursday that it said shows Russian artillery units operating in Ukraine, and asserted that more than 1,000 Russian soldiers had now joined the separatists fighting there against the Ukrainian armed forces. — NY Times

California Welfare Overpayments Enough To Fund 8,000 Cases Annually

posted by askousen - Thursday, August 28 2014
California Common Sense released a brief report called "California Welfare Overpayments: Fraud, Internal Errors, and Limited Investigation." The report finds $848 million in outstanding CalWORKs overpayments to beneficiaries, half of all identified overpayments recovered, and administrative error costs on the rise. — Fox and Hounds

Argentine Peso Slides as Officials Say Currency Is Under Attack

posted by askousen - Thursday, August 28 2014
Argentina's peso slumped to a record low in the parallel market, deepening its slide since last month’s default and prompting government officials to say holdout creditors are behind a speculative attack. The peso in the so-called blue-chip swap market, used by investors who buy peso securities and sell their dollar equivalents abroad to skirt currency controls, plunged 2.2 percent to 12.9541 per dollar at 4:04 p.m. Buenos Aires time and extending its decline since the default to 22 percent. The currency in the black market weakened 1.3 percent to a record low 14.38 per dollar. — Bloomberg

Ukraine says Russian armored vehicles pouring across border

posted by askousen - Thursday, August 28 2014
Russian armored vehicles thundered into southern Ukraine and unleashed an offensive against the strategic town of Novoazovsk as the 5-month-old separatist battle opened a new front, officials in Kiev said Wednesday. — LA Times

Justice Dept. Opens New Asylum Gate For Guatemalans

posted by askousen - Wednesday, August 27 2014
The Department of Justice's board of immigration appeals has decided to let Guatemalan women win asylum in the United States if they claim to be victims of domestic violence. The decision creates a huge new incentive for Guatemalan women to cross the U.S. border, because if their asylum claim is accepted, their children get U.S. citizenship, plus the use of federal health, education and retirement programs, regardless of their initial education and work skills. — Daily Caller

Obama Pursuing Climate Accord in Lieu of Treaty

posted by askousen - Wednesday, August 27 2014
The Obama administration is working to forge a sweeping international climate change agreement to compel nations to cut their planet-warming fossil fuel emissions, but without ratification from Congress. In preparation for this agreement, to be signed at a United Nations summit meeting in 2015 in Paris, the negotiators are meeting with diplomats from other countries to broker a deal to commit some of the world's largest economies to enact laws to reduce their carbon pollution. But under the Constitution, a president may enter into a legally binding treaty only if it is approved by a two-thirds majority of the Senate. — NY Times

FBI Said to Examine Whether Russia Tied to JPMorgan Hacking

posted by askousen - Wednesday, August 27 2014
Russian hackers attacked the U.S. financial system in mid-August, infiltrating and stealing data from JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) and at least one other bank, an incident the FBI is investigating as a possible retaliation for government-sponsored sanctions, according to two people familiar with the probe. The attack resulted in the loss of gigabytes of sensitive data and authorities are investigating whether recent infiltrations of major European banks using a similar vulnerability are also linked to the attack, one of the people said. — Bloomberg

DOT Proposes Mandating Cars Broadcast Location, Direction and Speed

posted by askousen - Wednesday, August 27 2014
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, part of the Department of Transportation, published last week an "advanced notice of proposed rulemaking" on "vehicle-to-vehicle communications." What NHTSA is proposing could begin a transformation in the American transportation system that makes our lives better and freer - or gives government more power over where we go and when. — CNS News

DOT Proposes Mandating Cars Broadcast Location, Direction and Speed

posted by askousen - Wednesday, August 27 2014
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, part of the Department of Transportation, published last week an "advanced notice of proposed rulemaking" on "vehicle-to-vehicle communications." What NHTSA is proposing could begin a transformation in the American transportation system that makes our lives better and freer - or gives government more power over where we go and when. — CNS News

UAE, Egypt air strikes on Libya take US by surprise

posted by askousen - Wednesday, August 27 2014
Twice in the last seven days, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have secretly launched airstrikes against Islamist-allied militias battling for control of Tripoli, Libya, four senior American officials said, in a major escalation of a regional power struggle set off by Arab Spring revolts. — Times of India

China shows off surveillance prowess of new satellite

posted by askousen - Tuesday, August 26 2014
Chinese authorities says the country's extensive terrestrial surveillance network helps to deter crime and maintain "social stability," though critics say it constitutes an invasion of privacy and is often deployed to monitor dissidents. — LA Times

Feds Creating Database to Track 'Hate Speech' on Twitter

posted by askousen - Tuesday, August 26 2014
The federal government is spending nearly $1 million to create an online database that will track "misinformation" and hate speech on Twitter. The National Science Foundation is financing the creation of a web service that will monitor "suspicious memes" and what it considers "false and misleading ideas," with a major focus on political activity online. — Washington Free Beacon

Liberian medic treated with experimental Ebola drug dies

posted by askousen - Tuesday, August 26 2014
A Liberian doctor treated with experimental American anti-Ebola serum ZMapp has died, a minister in the west African nation said on Monday. Abraham Borbor had been improving but died on Sunday night, Liberian Information Minister Lewis Brown told AFP — AP

Islamic State might have taken advanced MANPADS from Syrian airfield

posted by askousen - Tuesday, August 26 2014
Islamic State militants stormed a Syrian airbase over the weekend, routing the remaining elements of the country's army from northern Raqqah province and reportedly seizing a cache of shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles. The seizure of Tabqa air base, while not the first installation of its type to fall to militants, highlights the Islamic State's gains in the region and the group's continued pilfering of advanced military equipment, particularly the surface-to-air missile systems known as MANPADS, short for Man Portable Air Defense Systems. — Washington Post

The Surveillance Engine: How the NSA Built Its Own Secret Google

posted by askousen - Tuesday, August 26 2014
The National Security Agency is secretly providing data to nearly two dozen U.S. government agencies with a "Google-like" search engine built to share more than 850 billion records about phone calls, emails, cellphone locations, and internet chats, according to classified documents obtained by The Intercept. The documents provide the first definitive evidence that the NSA has for years made massive amounts of surveillance data directly accessible to domestic law enforcement agencies. Planning documents for ICREACH, as the search engine is called, cite the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration as key participants. — The Intercept

A Former Marine Explains All the Weapons of War Being Used by Police in Ferguson

posted by askousen - Monday, August 25 2014
There is a growing chorus of military veterans who have chimed in on the absurdity of photographs like this one. Let me join the parade. What we're seeing here is a gaggle of cops wearing more elite killing gear than your average squad leader leading a foot patrol through the most hostile sands or hills of Afghanistan. They are equipped with Kevlar helmets, assault-friendly gas masks, combat gloves and knee pads (all four of them), woodland Marine Pattern utility trousers, tactical body armor vests, about 120 to 180 rounds for each shooter, semiautomatic pistols attached to their thighs, disposable handcuff restraints hanging from their vests, close-quarter-battle receivers for their M4 carbine rifles and Advanced Combat Optical Gunsights. In other words, they're itching for a fight. A big one. — The Nation

Iran says it shot down an Israeli spy drone as it approached an Iranian nuclear site

posted by askousen - Monday, August 25 2014
Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps said Sunday that its forces shot down an Israeli drone as it approached an Iranian nuclear site. Israeli officials could not be reached for comment. The incident comes as Iran negotiates with world powers over its nuclear program. Israel has not ruled out military action against Iran's nuclear facilities if its capability to build an atomic weapon progresses. — Washington Post

British And American Spies Leak Security Flaws in Tor

posted by askousen - Monday, August 25 2014
Cyber spies from the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and the U.K. Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) have leaked security flaws in Tor....In an interview with BBC, Tor project director Andrew Lewman admitted that agents from the alleged international security agencies tipped off these security flaws. These reports were left unconfirmed because they came from anonymous sources. "There are plenty of people in [the NSA or British intelligence agency GCHQ] who can anonymously leak data to us to say - maybe you should look here, maybe you should look at this to fix this," Lewman told the BBC. "And they have." — HNGN

Forces pulling Obama toward armed conflict in Syria grow stronger

posted by askousen - Sunday, August 24 2014
...Pressure is coming from his own military leaders to go after the Islamic State inside Syria. But he must weigh that against his aversion to the risks that could come with plunging the United States into a country torn apart by an intractable internal conflict. White House officials have suggested that airstrikes in Syria are an option, though the officials say specific military proposals has not yet been presented to the president. — National Post

Will: General Dempsey foreshadowing 'third Iraq war'?

posted by askousen - Sunday, August 24 2014
...On Thursday, Dempsey used ominous terms to describe the threat posed by ISIS in Iraq, calling it "an organization that has an apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision." Asked if it could be defeated in Iraq without crossing the border into Syria, he said bluntly, "The answer is no. That will have to be addressed on both sides of what is essentially at this point a nonexistent border." — Fox News

Pentagon Says Ferguson Did Not Get All That Military Gear From Its Program

posted by askousen - Sunday, August 24 2014
...Kirby said it is important to know that the military is not the only source of tactical gear used by law enforcement in this country. He said that after seeing images of heavily armed police in Ferguson, he can understand how people would look at that and say "Well gee, look at all that military gear." But he quickly clarified that it did not come from the U.S. military, "it doesn't belong to us and we didn't provide it to them." As for equipment Ferguson has received from the program, Kirby said that included two "soft-skinned" Humvees, meaning without armor, a generator and a trailer. — St. Louis Public Radio

China calls US warplane accusations 'groundless'

posted by askousen - Sunday, August 24 2014
Beijing dismissed on Saturday (Aug 23) the Pentagon's accusations that a Chinese fighter jet flew too close to a US military aircraft off Hainan Island, blaming "massive and frequent" surveillance for dangerous mid-air confrontations in state media. US Rear Admiral John Kirby had said Friday the armed Chinese warplane came close to the American surveillance aircraft three times, flying underneath the American plane, at the P-8's nose and then in parallel with the wingtips, less than 30 feet (nine metres) apart. In approaching the P-8 Poseidon, the Chinese jet at one point performed a barrel roll, apparently to display its weapons, in what Kirby called a "very dangerous" intercept. — Channel News Asia

Bombings kill 42 in Iraq after Sunni mosque attack

posted by askousen - Sunday, August 24 2014
..In oil-rich Kirkuk, long disputed by Baghdad and the Kurdish regional government, three bombs went off in a crowded commercial district, killing 31 people and wounding dozens, Kirkuk deputy police chief Tarhan Abdel-Rahman said. — Houston Chronicle

Obama administration announces new birth control fixes for religious groups

posted by askousen - Sunday, August 24 2014
...Effective immediately, the U.S. will start allowing faith-affiliated charities, colleges and hospitals to notify the government - rather than their insurers - that they object to birth control on religious grounds. A previous accommodation offered by the Obama administration allowed those nonprofits to opt out of paying for birth control by submitting a document called Form 700 to their insurers, but Roman Catholic bishops and other religious plaintiffs argued just submitting that form was like signing a permission slip to engage in evil. In a related move, the administration announced plans to allow for-profit corporations like Hobby Lobby Inc. to start using Form 700. The Supreme Court ruled in June that the government can't force companies like Hobby Lobby Inc. to pay for birth control, sending the administration scrambling for a way to ensure their employees can still get birth control one way or another at no added cost. — PBS News

After Russia targets McDonald's, businesses wonder who's next

posted by askousen - Thursday, August 21 2014
Russia said on Thursday it was investigating dozens of McDonald's (MCD.N) restaurants, in what many businessmen said was retaliation for Western sanctions over Ukraine they fear could spread to other symbols of Western capitalism. — Reuters

Defense: 'Red herring' that Perry was trying to upend cancer research investigation

posted by askousen - Thursday, August 21 2014
...The notion that Perry was trying to halt the investigation by erasing $7.5 million in funding to the Public Integrity Unit, "is a red herring that the Democrats are trying to float upstream," said Perry attorney Ben Ginsberg. A top executive of CPRIT was indicted last December in connection with the investigation. He is accused of skipping a review process for an $11 million grant to a company whose backers included Perry supporters. Perry detractors have pointed to that connection as a possible self-dealing reason of why he vetoed funding for the office. — Dallas News