This Week in the World Affairs Brief:

IT’S OBAMA’S WAR NOW

The new Iraq war is now officially Obama’s war after he outlined his war strategy for attacking ISIS in both Iraq and Syria, despite trying to downplay it with a false promise of “no boots on the ground.” Suddenly he is eager to get Congress to sign on to share in the blame for what will ultimately fail just like all other US interventions. Meanwhile the neocons at Fox News are saying “I told you so” reminding Obama that George W. Bush warned in 2007 what would happen if Obama withdrew troops from Iraq too soon. But neither side is being honest about the past or the future. The invasion of Iraq was not about fighting terror, but creating it in response to occupation, and the latest ISIS terror threat is not a spontaneous uprising on behalf of Sunnis in Iraq, but a manufactured threat by Western intelligence agencies in order to justify the war on terror and allow a backhanded invasion of Syria. Both of these are interim globalist agendas in conflict creation leading to more war and government control over people’s lives. You can request a one-time free sample of the briefs by sending an email to editor@worldaffairsbrief.com.

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New Zealand denies it was planning mass domestic spying

posted by askousen - Tuesday, September 16 2014
New Zealand was preparing to conduct national covert surveillance last year, a US investigative journalist has said. The claims by former Guardian newspaper reporter Glenn Greenwald were denied by New Zealand Prime Minister John Key. The report was based on information disclosed by former US National Security Authority (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden, who said the government had planned to exploit new spying laws. — BBC

Ukraine Offers 'Special Status' for East to End War

posted by askousen - Tuesday, September 16 2014
The Ukrainian government has offered a package of concessions to eastern rebels aimed at ending the ongoing civil war in the nation, declaring a three year "special status" for the eastern oblasts of Donetsk and Luhansk. — Antiwar.com

British PM heads to Scotland hoping to boost 'No' vote

posted by askousen - Tuesday, September 16 2014
British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday makes his last visit to Scotland ahead of this week's independence referendum, hoping to boost the "No" vote, with polls predicting a very tight race. The "Yes" and "No" camps are racing to win over undecided voters ahead of the historic poll on Scottish independence on Thursday, with top bands playing a gig urging a vote for leaving Britain. — Yahoo News

New data center protects against solar storms and nuclear EMPs

posted by askousen - Tuesday, September 16 2014
In Boyers, Pa., a recently opened 2,000-sq.-ft. data center has been purpose-built to protect against an electromagnetic pulse (EMP), either generated by a solar storm or a nuclear event. balticservers data center Data Center News The company that built the facility isn't disclosing exactly how the data center was constructed or what materials were used. But broadly, it did say that the structure has an inner skin and an outer skin that use a combination of thicknesses and metals to provide EMP protection. — Computer World

Exclusive: Two Apple medical trials shed light on how HealthKit will work

posted by askousen - Tuesday, September 16 2014
...Stanford University Hospital doctors said they are working with Apple to let physicians track blood sugar levels for children with diabetes. Duke University is developing a pilot to track blood pressure, weight and other measurements for patients with cancer or heart disease. — Yahoo News

Illegal Aliens in the US Get Passport & Social Security Numbers in One Day - Legals must Wait

posted by askousen - Monday, September 15 2014
...If mom was an illegal alien freshly arrived from Mexico, she would be getting her passport and visa on the same day, and from the Social Security office. That is exactly what happened to a busload of Mexicans who arrived from Laredo in Memphis, Tennessee. According to the video posted by therightscoop.com (see below), an American citizen confronted some of the members of the group who spoke no English, had been in the U.S. one day, but already had Social Security numbers and new Mexican passports issued not by the Mexican Consulate, but by the Social Security office in Memphis. — Freedom Outpost

Fluoride FOIA Revealing

posted by askousen - Monday, September 15 2014
Documents that have been obtained through Freedom of Information Requests reveal the behind-the-scenes workings of government agencies in dealing with citizen concerns regarding water fluoridation. These documents raise questions about the objectivity of individuals within these agencies and indicate a need to get to the true motivations behind the lack of objectivity in these organizations. — Nidel Law

Israel Bans Fluoride

posted by askousen - Monday, September 15 2014
...While the debate over water fluoridation has many layers, the most fundamental is that adding fluoride to water is a medical treatment, and a forced one at that because this substance is difficult to remove from your water. As Professor Arnon Afek, director-general at the Health Ministry, told the Jerusalem "Individuals have the right to decide if they want it [fluoride] or not - We cannot force people - The ministry supported it for over 40 years, but this is a new era. The world has changed, and we can educate parents." This new era has ushered in many similar decisions from countries and communities around the globe seeking to protect their citizens from this avoidable neurotoxic poison. — Dr. Mercola

'Moderate' Syria Rebels Sign Non-Aggression Pact With ISIS

posted by askousen - Saturday, September 13 2014
Today, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that ISIS and other significant rebel factions, including both Islamist and "moderate" groups, have signed a mutual non-aggression pact in a Damascus suburb. The pact was said to have been brokered by al-Qaeda's Jabhat al-Nusra, and agrees that all sides will respect a truce until the destruction of the "Nussayri" regime, a pejorative term for Alawites. — Antiwar.com

White House: 'We Are at War With ISIS'

posted by askousen - Saturday, September 13 2014
Yesterday, Secretary of State John Kerry loudly objected to the characterization of the new US war on ISIS as a "war," insisting it isn't technically a war. The argument appears to have been totally pointless, as the White House confirmed that, indeed, "we are at war with ISIS." — Antiwar.com

U.S.-led coalition seeks to exclude Iran from fight against Islamic State

posted by askousen - Saturday, September 13 2014
...The question of Iran's participation has become a distraction for the Obama administration as it seeks to build a diverse international support base for a military and diplomatic campaign against militants that have laid claim to territory in Iraq and Syria. Secretary of State John F. Kerry says Iran should not attend a conference about the militant threat that will be held Monday in Paris, although invitations are up to France. — Washington Post

Israel tells US it will act if IS reaches Jordan

posted by askousen - Saturday, September 13 2014
...According to the report, Israel believes US airstrikes in Iraq have already yielded results on the ground, helping Kurdish forces make inroads in recapturing territory overtaken by the extremist group. The TV report did not specify what actions Israel might take if Islamic State started impacting upon Jordan, but Israel is wary of its eastern neighbor being challenged by the brutal terror group, and would seek to guard against further inroads that would directly threaten Israel. — Times of Israel

Israeli intelligence veterans refuse to serve in Palestinian territories

posted by askousen - Saturday, September 13 2014
...The largest intelligence unit in the Israeli military, Unit 8200 intercepts electronic communications including email, phone calls and social media in addition to targeting military and diplomatic traffic. The signatories say, however, that a large part of their work was unrelated to Israel's security or defence, but appeared designed to perpetuate the occupation by "infiltrating" and "controlling" all aspects of Palestinian life. — The Guardian

Analysis: Both Parties in Congress Play It Safe

posted by askousen - Saturday, September 13 2014
Seven weeks before the elections, Republicans and Democrats are both playing it safe, willing to make short-term sacrifices of long-held positions in hopes of maximizing their chances for victory at the polls....On the other side of the political divide, Obama recently delayed an order to increase the number of immigrants allowed to stay in the country even though they are here illegally. The retreat came after Senate Democrats expressed concern that immediate action could inflame voters who oppose easing current rules, and ensure the defeat of their candidates in key Senate races. That means that House Republicans who recently voted to sue President Barack Obama for what they say is his failure to obey the Constitution seem likely to hand him new war powers to combat militants seeking an Islamic state. — AP

9/11 After 13 years Paul Craig Roberts

posted by askousen - Friday, September 12 2014
The tragedy of September 11, 2001, goes far beyond the deaths of those who died in the towers and the deaths of firefighters and first responders who succumbed to illnesses caused by inhalation of toxic dust. For thirteen years a new generation of Americans has been born into the 9/11 myth that has been used to create the American warfare/police state. The corrupt Bush and Obama regimes used 9/11 to kill, maim, dispossess and displace millions of Muslims in seven countries, none of whom had anything whatsoever to do with 9/11. ...A generation of Americans has been born into a police state in which privacy and constitutional protections no longer exist. — PaulCraigRoberts.org

Why no one should use brokerage accounts

posted by askousen - Friday, September 12 2014
...SIPC's website says, "SIPC protects customers if their brokerage firm fails." Nothing could be farther from the truth. Investors in brokerage accounts that fail due to fraud can be forced to pay back to a SIPC-appointed trustee huge sums, indeed far more than what they contributed to their accounts. Wall Street pays SIPC's bills. So when a SIPC-appointed trustee sues innocent victims?, every dollar the trustee takes ?in is a dollar less Wall Street has to pay out. Thus, Wall Street uses SIPC to further defraud people it's already defrauded. — PBS News Hour

The Huge Hidden Risks To Your Brokerage Account -- Reply To SIPC's CEO

posted by askousen - Friday, September 12 2014
Stephen P. Harbeck, President and CEO of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC) has written a strongly worded response to my Forbes column entitled "Close Your Brokerage Account." A longer version of this column entitled, Why No One Should Use Brokerage Accounts was published by PBS NEWSHOUR. I respond below to each of Mr. Harbeck's statements on a line-by-line basis. — Forbes

Yahoo resisted NSA Prism requests -- US government threatened $250,000 daily fines

posted by askousen - Friday, September 12 2014
...Just like Google and Microsoft, Yahoo is keen to let it be known that it tried to stick up for the privacy rights of its customers. A new cache of documents -- stretching to War And Peace baiting 1,500 pages -- from seven years ago shows just how much of a fight Yahoo tried to put on its users' behalves. Way back in 2007, the US government started to request information about users from a number of online companies. Yahoo was one of the companies who -- initially, at least -- refused to comply, and tried to fight the government in court. Some of the documents that have just been released give an insight into not only Yahoo's attempts to avoid handing over user data, and the company's fight to make the secret court papers publicly available. One particularly interesting little scrap of information included in the paper is the fact that the US government threatened to fine Yahoo $250,000 for failing to comply with requests for information. Not as a one-off fine, but as a recurring, daily fine. A fine of a quarter of a million dollars per day for failing to hand over information about customers. — Beta News

10 Signs That ISIS is a Scripted Psyop

posted by askousen - Friday, September 12 2014
...What are these things and what are some of the surreal oddities surrounding ISIS? Let's examine: 1. Professional Camera, Editing Software and Skills Incredibly, despite being savages that only want to kill for apparently no specific burning reason other than that fact that you are not ISIS, ISIS has at least some kind of production department that can skillfully provide what could be considered Hollywood-style editing (of supposed beheading videos) with multiple camera angles, consistent daylight on their subjects and proper daylight mode video exposure. They clearly have the skills for setting up multiple cameras and using those precise angles for their production department. In order to put out these supposed beheading videos, they also had to make sure that the sounds were just right and that there was no shaking of the camera. — Activist Post

More Americans Are "Rethinking" 9/11?

posted by askousen - Thursday, September 11 2014
Did you know that a 3rd building fell on 9-11? That bill board is today over Times Square. It was placed there through donations to a campaign called Rethink 9/11. In fact, that group has placed posters and signs across the world, from Australia, to Canada, from San Francisco to right here in New York City. — Ben Swann

Summary of September 2013 Poll Results

posted by askousen - Thursday, September 11 2014
...Regarding the events of 9/11 and the government's account of those events, which, if any, of the following positions is closest to yours? 40 % I am completely satisfied with the government's account 38% I have some doubts as to whether the government's account fully explains everything 10% I do not believe the government's account at all 12% I don't know/ Not sure — ReThink911.org

Michael Brown had his hands up, new witnesses say

posted by askousen - Thursday, September 11 2014
...CNN has obtained new cellphone video in which two white construction workers witnessed the shooting of the 18-year-old African American man and reproached police officer Darren Wilson for having shot someone who "was no ... threat at all." "The cop didn't say get on the ground. He just kept shooting," one of the contractors who appears on the video told CNN. The witness, who did not want to have his identity revealed, describes how the officer shot Brown in the head when he had his hands raised. — Fox News

DHS: No Intel on ISIS Attacks Inside US

posted by askousen - Thursday, September 11 2014
The Department of Homeland Security has confirmed that US intelligence currently has no indications of any current planning by ISIS to actually attack the US homeland, and told Congress as much.That didn't sit well with Congress, which insisted that ISIS is "the biggest threat to the homeland" irrespective of the lack of any evidence to that effect, and dismissed the DHS assessment that they are at most a "remote threat." — Antiwar.com

Obama Downplays Congressional Role in War, But Seeks 'Backing'

posted by askousen - Thursday, September 11 2014
...Still, he pushed Congress to give some sort of rubber stamp to the operation, and more importantly to give him broad new resources to spend on the conflict, including bankrolling a new campaign to arm Syrian rebels, in spite of many of the arms ending up in ISIS hands. The insistence that the US Congress has no role in the war authorization itself doesn't seem to be getting much real resistance from the Congress themselves, as indeed there's been very little public debate on the war, and not much public pushback on the conflict. — Antiwar.com

'Vetted Moderate' Free Syrian Army Commander Admits Alliance with ISIS, Confirms PJ Media Reporting

posted by askousen - Thursday, September 11 2014
As President Obama laid out his "strategy" last night for dealing with ISIS in Iraq and Syria, and as bipartisan leadership in Congress push to approve as much as $4 billion to arm the Syrian "rebels," it should be noted that the keystone to his anti-Assad policy - the "vetted moderate" Free Syrian Army (FSA) - is now admitting that they, too, are working with the Islamic State. This confirms our reporting about the FSA's alliances with Syrian terrorist groups here at PJ Media last week. — PJ Tatler

Obama to send 475 additional troops to Iraq

posted by askousen - Thursday, September 11 2014
President Barack Obama is sending 475 more U.S. troops into Iraq to supplement an existing American military presence that is helping Iraqi security forces battle Islamic State militants and secure diplomatic facilities. Obama was announcing the additional forces Wednesday as part of an expanded offensive against the Islamic State group in Iraq and in Syria. The new troops would join more than 1,000 U.S. military personnel in Iraq and would be embedded with Iraqi security forces and help identify targets for U.S. military airstrikes against the extremist group. — AP

Five things that could go horribly wrong with Obama's action in Iraq

posted by askousen - Thursday, September 11 2014
...Since the president decided not to talk about possible downsides, here are a few - not at all a definitive list - of the things that could go badly awry as U.S. military forces return to Iraq. 1: The Iraqi government doesn't get its act together 2: The ground war is a dud 3: We really do become the Shiite Air Force 4: We drive away our timid, reluctant allies 5) The status-of-forces-agreement problem blows up — Washington Examiner

Federal officials propose Texas immigration lockup

posted by askousen - Thursday, September 11 2014
...She said Thursday that ICE isn't yet revealing details, including its cost or how many people the facility would house. Federal authorities last month converted a 532-bed facility for men southeast of San Antonio to accept families. Another detention center for parents and children in Pennsylvania, and a temporary New Mexico facility, together can hold about 800. — AP

Obama says U.S. to outline new Russia sanctions on Friday

posted by askousen - Thursday, September 11 2014
President Barack Obama said on Thursday the United States will join the European Union in imposing tougher sanctions on Russia's financial, energy and defense sectors after Moscow sent troops into eastern Ukraine last month, and will provide details on the new steps on Friday. "These measures will increase Russia's political isolation as well as the economic costs to Russia, especially in areas of importance to President (Vladimir) Putin and those close to him," Obama said in a statement. — Reuters

Rebel Rivals of ISIS Fear U.S. Airstrikes Could Help Assad

posted by askousen - Thursday, September 11 2014
...Now, framing the attack on ISIS as driven by American national security concerns, Mr. Obama faces mistrust from both sides. Many insurgents consider his action too little too late, and say his declaration that America stands with "people who fight for their own freedom" rings hollow. And the Syrian government and its supporters express suspicion that the strikes could be a cover to attack the government. — NYT