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UN Goodwill Ambassador Receives Islamic State
Styled Death Threat
sources confirm to DIIA that Erin J Morgart, Ms United Nations and UN
Goodwill Ambassador to Indonesia received a chilling email a few days ago ‘threatening her with beheading if
certain demands were not met within 3 days”.NCIS (Navy Criminal Investigation
Service) and the FBI were notified accordingly.
Ifthe frightening email was genuinely
from Islamic State or IS supporters based in the United States, it would
fit in with the way that these barbaric terrorists intimidate, try to
strike fear into anyone who does not agree with their warped ideology and
generally make venomous attacks against the U.S, British and allies – when
they are not busy crucifying, murdering or rapeing
their way through peaceful global communities.
is slowly coming to the realization that young
Muslims can be easily radicalized by clever but evil individuals who
pervert Islam for their own vicious ends: targeting not only Christians and
minority groups but other Muslims who will not bend to the words “You will comply”. The so called
Islamic State use Facebook and other social media
sites to boast of their atrocities and the internet to con further young
people to support their cause.
J Morgart is of course a public figure and
features heavily on the web: Hollywood actress, model, Showrunner/Executive Producer/Creator
at Arianjebae Media Production Group, author,
journalist with qualifications from Harvard Medical School, recognition by
Mensa and of course is known internationally as one of the world’s expert
Celebrity Fitness Trainers. She is the Public Relations
Executive Director to the International Emergency Response Citizens Corps
(IERCC), has received honors and awards from the US House of
Representatives, Congress and overseas dignitaries to name just a few of
her achievements. She is passionate about helping those less fortunate – regardless
of race, color, creed or gender. Erin has always supported the humanitarian
efforts of US servicemen & women who assist local communities around
the world and of course, the fact that she has trained US Navy special forces in fitness techniques could be considered
a reason why she might be classified as a target.
It’s also true to say that although deranged & radicalized
individuals have cut down a soldier on a London street, run over and killed
others in Canada and added to the death toll of innocent military personnel
by shooting the serviceman on duty at Ottawa’s War Memorial before
attacking the nation’s parliament – the death threat received by Erin might
not have anything to do with the Islamic State at all. For as the US, UK
and European intelligence community detect, respond and close down hundreds
of plots by Islamic extremists hell bent on causing mayhem on our home
streets – unfortunately other ‘trolls’ (evil geeks as I would term them)
target VIP’s, showbiz personalities and vulnerable women (as just a few
examples) with threats of murder, rape or a litany of lies about their
professional or private lives. There are too many sad people on the
internet that simply want to hurt others because they think it’s clever,
fun or gives them some form of power that hides
their own pitiful inadequacies. It’s the uncertain world we live in.
But make no mistake,
those carrying out atrocities, making threats and intimidating peaceful
folk will eventually be defeated. Evil might win a battle but not the war.
What’s more, Erin J Morgart is far from
vulnerable. I once asked her how she became so
successful as a Navy Fitness Trainer for the United
States Department of Defense between January 2003 – (11 years)…..
the living crap out of people LOL”, Erin replied with a beaming
smile as she rushed off to a meetingas an Advisory Board Member at the US National Foster Youth Career
Defending Women’s Rights & Human Rights – Seeking
Yes – but Kurdish Women combating the so called Islamic
State (I.S) are also
‘Fighting for their Right to
Kurdish woman fighting Islamic State militants carried out a suicide
attack the other day to slow their advance on a besieged Syrian town.
Kanj Khamis, known by the nom de guerre Arin Mirkan, blew
up at an IS position east of Kobane, killing ten jihadists.
Nobody ever suggested that Coalition airstrikes on I.S
would be the solution to defeating the evil plague of jihadists that are
sweeping across Iraq & Syria. Most defense analysts agree that ‘boots on
the ground’ has to be part of the overall strategy to succeed in wiping I.S
off the face of the earth – rather than just degrading their capabilities
in certain areas. The burning question of course is “Whose boots?”
Kurdish fighters certainly have the courage & ability
to take on the murdering terrorists who crucify, behead and rape their way
through cities, towns & villages – even if promises from the West to
supply these allies with appropriate weapons and armor to carry out the
task has been painfully (and still is) slow to materialize. Many of these
fighters are women!
It’s good to see US airstrikes on Kobane
intensify and that Kurdish fighters from theKurdish Popular Protection Units (YPG) battling Islamic State (IS) say
they have recaptured a strategically important hilltop west of Kobane on
Syria's border with Turkey.
Turkey could and should save Kobane. They have the second largest army in NATO. Turkey
has only been passively monitoring the death-soaked danger unfolding on its
border. The United Nations has warned of genocide on the scale of Srebenica, asking only for volunteers and their equipment
to enter the city, but Turkey has refused. Kurdish leaders have called for a
corridor to allow weapons and aid transport, but Turkey keeps saying no.
Indeed, the only access Kobane has to the outside
world is Turkey, but Turkish leaders in Ankara simply look on. Why?
newspaper in the UK recently commented that Ankara does not want Kurdish autonomy:
the primary reason for their inaction. Added to that, Turkish politicians are
still worried about Bashar al-Assad and his regime
in Syria more than they are about IS. Turkey has ulterior motives – and they
have led not just to a willful ignorance of massacre, but to a willing
breakdown in the political peace process.
President RecepTayyipErdogan was
supposed to be the architect of that process, which promised a solution to a
decades-old standoff on Kurdish rights with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party
(PKK). But just a few days ago, Erdogan said the
PKK and ISIS were “the same”, and the PKK responded with harsh statements of
its own, going so far as to threaten to “mobilize the guerrillas”. This isn’t
helpful, obviously, but is that Turkey’s true intention with the Kurds? To
prevent Kurdish independence at all costs, just because it is led by the
Democratic Union Party (PYD), which is so closely aligned with the PKK and
has had so much success actually governing across the border in Syria?
Ankara has asked for the creation of
a Turkish controlled buffer zone, which would include Kobane
and essentially end the autonomous canton system that the Kurds have been
governing themselves. The international community is not interested.
Ankara has also suggested creating a
no-fly zone to weaken Assad, even though – by forcing the PYD and the Kurdish
People’s Protection Unit (YPG) to join the Syrian National Coalition (SNC)
and the Free Syrian Army (FSA), two groups with very little power left on the
ground that have never accepted the Kurds as an equal partner – it
would essentially weaken the Kurds in Syria, making them depend on Turkey’s
way of war. The coalition fighting ISIS does not seem too interested in that
in Turkey have taken to the streets in mass protest, condemning Erdogan’s gross passivity but acting with increasing
caution, as the jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan
says it’s time for talks. Regardless, Turkey has even used military force
against home-based Kurds in recent days. Among the Kurds in both Syria and
Turkey, there is a serious concern that the peace process would collapse if Kobane falls, and that Turkish-Kurdish relations will be
irreparably damaged for years to come.
course, whilst Turkish demands to the US led coalition are fired off faster
than any ordnance that should be sent towards IS positions, Kurdish men &
women are fighting a battle of life or death. Turkey’s total attitude towards
the Kurdish people & the City of Kobane is
worrying. Turkey is after all a NATO member and one would have presumed that
following the reassurance from NATO’s Secretary General that Turkey would be
immediately supported in the event of an IS attack on their sovereign
territory – you would have thought that Erdogan
would have supported his fellow NATO members & allies.
time after time, although the Turkish Government have voted for ‘use of
force’ against IS, there is indecision & delay in respect to NATO members
being able to use Turkish bases for attacks on IS. The massive Turkish army sit on a hill above Kobane
watching events unfold like curious spectators at a major road accident. The
Turks, I believe, hoping that IS will solve their Kurdish problems for them.
But that’s not good enough. Turkey is
NATO: members should back each other up without question. If Turkey is not
willing to do this, perhaps they should leave NATO and the privilege of being
part of a global force for peace be handed to the Kurds who are already
proving that they are not frightened of assisting the US, UK, Australia, Arab
States and others defeat these barbaric IS terrorists. In fact a Kurdish NATO
membership might not be a bad idea regardless of the actions (or should I say
inactions) of Turkey in future years. The IS problem is not going to go away
Millions of mines
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was a time in the United Kingdom when the Prime Minister of the day
(regardless of political party) would occasionally have to make the sole decision
on the deployment of armed forces: in response to an act of war, genocide,
terrorism or for that matter – act immediately on anything that might be
seen as a direct threat to the country.
had a name for standing up against overseas tyranny – fascism, evil, abuse
of human rights: protecting the innocent regardless of location,
nationality, gender, religion or creed. The ‘Brits’ were not slow to
respond to injustice; support allies and take appropriate measures.
made a clear decision – parliament would then (within hours) be informed of
actions taken. After all, Prime Ministers are elected by the people and the
public presume he or she will always have the nation’s best interests &
values at heart. Sometimes those choices are very difficult: often
unavoidable and usually time is of the essence.
Today, that’s all changed!
MI6 man appointed head of UK secret service
A career MI6 officer has been appointed
as the new head of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service.
Alex Younger will succeed Sir John
Sawers in the post. Mr Younger has for the last two years been overseeing
MI6's intelligence operations worldwide.
He will take on the role
fictionalized in Ian Fleming's James Bond books and film series through the
character M, most recently played by Judi Dench in Skyfall.
Mr Younger said: "I am
delighted and honored to become chief of SIS and lead one of the best
intelligence agencies in the world."
Mr Younger's appointment comes
after a turbulent period for Britain's intelligence services following
disclosures made by former American National Security Agency (NSA)
contractor Edward Snowden.
Mr Snowden's revelations triggered
an unprecedented hearing of the Intelligence and Security Committee, at
which the heads of MI6, the Security Service MI5 and listening post GCHQ
appeared together in public for the first time.
Snowden supporters believe the
release of top-secret documents exposed an abuse of powers among the
security and intelligence services in the UK and US, while his detractors
claim his actions aided terrorists.
Mr Younger, who is married with
children, has had overseas postings in Europe and the Middle East and was
the senior SIS officer in Afghanistan.
The former army officer has filled
a range of operational roles in London, including leading the Service's
counter terrorism work in the run up to the Olympic Games.
Sir John said: "I'm delighted
that my colleague and friend is taking over from me.
"He has played a vital part
alongside me in modernizing SIS and ensuring it is in the best possible
Ebola – coming to an airport near you?
A few weeks ago, Defense Intelligence published an
initial report on the Ebola outbreak. There were a few worrying cases then
and reaction from some governments, health organizations and NGO’s had been
rather slow. The warnings had been given but few were paying too much
attention. You can read that report by ‘clicking’ the illustration above.
around 5 cases per hour are being diagnosed, thousands have contracted the
disease – around half of those have already died.
are not enough hospitals, medical centers, isolation units, doctors, nurses
or support staff to cope with this devastating virus.
the international community has finally got their act together and military
personnel from various countries have been deployed to build new reception
centers in the worst affected areas. Volunteer medical staff now being
hastily trained. Considerable funds have been promised to combat this ever
growing global threat. There’s not much time left if they are going to get
Ebola under control.
even in the United States, an airline passenger from Liberia goes to
hospital feeling unwell, tells staff he has just come from an Ebola area
and is sent home with antibiotics!
days later, Ebola is confirmed and authorities scramble to trace over 100 people
he might have had contact with. Where next? Who is next? Maybe it’s time to
simply ban normal civilian flights from countries with Ebola to ensure
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The Promise – One Country: Two Systems
of young students and local residents have taken to the streets of Hong
Kong in protest. Why? Because when the UK handed their old colony back to
China, Hong Kong was promised that democracy would continue and that the
people would be able to hold free elections (without conditions) to decide
the future leaders of their beautiful home.
has changed the rules. Now they want to vet candidates who wish to stand
for office: ban those who they do not like. That’s not democracy.
the people are calling for the current Chief Executive to resign. Maybe
they will not get that but make no mistake – the world is watching.
the ‘Occupy’ students protest, some now suggest that ‘anti-democracy’
groups that are starting to turn a peaceful demonstration into a violent
one – have been brought in to cause chaos and give authorities the excuse
to deploy troops.
your view, China should keep to the original, very clearly laid out, 1997
agreement. If they have forgotten what they signed – I’m sure Chris Patton,
the last UK Governor of Hong Kong, can supply them with a replacement copy!
Thursday, Oct 3, 2013 08:09 AM PST
The Pentagon is turning Italy into a military
Italy is becoming a launch
pad for America's wars, thanks to your tax dollars
The Pentagon has spent the
last two decades plowing hundreds of millions of tax dollars into military
bases in Italy, turning the country into an increasingly important center
for U.S. military power. Especially since the start of the Global War on
Terror in 2001, the military has been shifting its European center of
gravity south from Germany, where the overwhelming majority of U.S. forces
in the region have been stationed since the end of World War II. In the
process, the Pentagon has turned the Italian peninsula into a launching pad
for future wars in Africa, the Middle East, and beyond.
At bases in Naples, Aviano,
Sicily, Pisa, and Vicenza, among others, the military has spent more than
$2 billion on construction alone since the end of the Cold War — and that
figure doesn’t include billions more on classified construction projects
and everyday operating and personnel costs. While the number of troops in
Germany has fallen from 250,000 when
the Soviet Union collapsed to about 50,000 today,
the roughly 13,000 U.S. troops (plus 16,000 family members) stationed in
Italy match the numbers at the height of the Cold War. That, in turn,
means that the percentage of U.S. forces in Europe based in Italy has tripled since
1991 from around 5% to
more than 15%.
Philippine Government has moved against Imelda Marcos and her plundered
Imelda Marcos,(born July 2, 1929) is the widow of
former Philippine PresidentFerdinand
Marcos. In most of the world, she is remembered for her
collection of more than a thousand pairs of shoes. I remember her more for
the migraine I suffered each time she started to sing: an annoying habit
that she attempted on far too many occasions. I met her once, in 1979, at
Clark Air Base at a time when the ‘Yanks’ were on their way home. “I love
American military uniforms” she commented. I was wearing a British one.
Seated during the Clark
Air Force Base turnover ceremonies are from left to right, the then
Foreign Minister of the Philippines, Carlos P. Romulo; Ambassador Richard
W. Murphy; Philippine President and Mrs. Ferdinand Marcos; and Chairman
of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General David C. Jones.
Imelda began her career as a local
singer and would-be model in Manila before meeting her husband Ferdinand,
who would later be elected President. After the declaration of martial law in 1972, Imelda began holding positions
in the national government that allowed her to travel the world and
accumulate artwork and real estate. The couple consolidated their power
allowing them to transport funds from the Philippine treasury into offshore
accounts, such as banks in Switzerland.
President Marcos was accused of the
assassination of Benigno
Aquino, Jr.. This would lead to the People Power Revolution which forced the Marcoses
out of office and into exile in Hawaii. After the death of Ferdinand,
Imelda and her family were allowed to go home by Corazon Aquino.
Her return to the Philippines allowed her to a certain extent to restore
her own mini political dynasty. She was elected to the House of
Representatives in 1995 for Leyte and again
in 2010 for Ilocos
Norte. Not quite sure how she managed that.
I’ve always thought of poor old
President Marcos as a good soldier who fell into a honey trap of corruption
instigated by a greedy wife. You don’t accumulate that many shoes unless
you are greedy! Surprisingly, despite facing numerous cases involving
alleged corruption, she was not imprisoned and continued to wield some
influence. She has therefore been considered ‘squeaky clean?’. Her ability
to survive upheavals in her life has led her to be called the "Steel
Well, a few days ago, the butterfly
had her wings clipped. The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI)
dispatched several teams on to recover valuable old master paintings under
the possession of former First Lady Imelda Marcos and her family.
In the San Juan house alone,
authorities were able to recover eight large paintings. The search at
Marcos’ office at the House of Representatives yielded further
NBI Anti-Organized and
Transnational Crime Division (AOTCD) chief and head agent Rommel Vallejo
said an inventory is still ongoing,
“Of the four known addresses
that we visited, it was only in the Marcos house in San Juan where we were
able to recover eight paintings. But as of now, they are still doing the
inventory,” he said.
The Sandiganbayan released
on Monday a writ of attachment ordering the seizure of the masterpieces,
ranging from Picasso’s Femme Couchee VI to Gaugin’s Still Life.
"…You are hereby
ordered to seize, secure and attach the paintings described…and such other
paintings listed in (the) judicial affidavit of dated 18 August 2014 of
Comm. Ma. Ngina Teresa Chan-Gonzaga," the court said in a writ of
The eight works are:
Madonna and Child by
Femme Couchee VI (Reclining
Woman VI) by Pablo Picasso
Portrait of the Marqueza de
Sta. Cruz by Francisco de Goya
Still Life with Idol by Paul
LaBaignade Au Grand Temps by
Vase of Chrysanthemums by
Jardin de Kew pres de la
Serre 1892 by Camille Pisarro
L'Aube by Joan Miro
It was the NBI-Reaction
Arrest and Interdiction Division (RAID) that helped the Sandiganbayan
sheriff raid the San Juan residence, where Marcos lawyers were already
The government officials
were told that a motion will be filed. They were eventually allowed to
seize the paintings.
“The information I got is
that the paintings that were recovered from the house were big paintings,”
Two teams from the AOCTD,
meanwhile, separately went to the 34 Penthouse Plaza Condominium, Ayala
Avenue, Makati City and at the Penthouse, One McKinley Place, 3rdAvenue
corner 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City.
Another team went to Batac,
Ilocos Norte, but there is no update yet on the operation.
Lots of wealth in Imelda’s apartment but where did the
money come from?
Whichever way you look at
it, First Lady’s wages or on the salary of a Representative of the House –
it’s hard to see how this woman could have afforded to purchase these
priceless works of art. Even old Marcos with his family wealth and his
Presidential cheque each month would have been hard pushed to cover the
bills. The only conclusion you can come to is that State
authorities are correct in claiming that a selection of paintings were
illicitly obtained using public funds during the Marcos era, which lasted
from 1965 to his overthrow in 1986. Ferdinand Marcos died in exile three
DIIA understands Imelda will be appealing the seizure.
The family and associates are
estimated to have amassed more than $10bn (£6.1bn) in property, jewellery,
cash and other assets during their time in power. Mrs Marcos, who was
elected to the Philippine congress in 2010, has consistently denied
billion could have solved many of the problems the Philippines face.
US$10 billion’s one hell of lot of
much needed housing that could have been built for people who are in
desperate need. Thankfully, the current Philippine President Benigno
"Noynoy" Aquino III has come down heavily on corruption in his
country and has been very successful in doing so. Since “Noynoy” came to
power, the country’s showing genuine improvement in respect to investment,
business success and the raising of living standards of old & young –
the average Filipino in the street. One hopes that his example, strategy to
improve the lives of all Filipinos becomes the guideline for future
politicians in the country. Pity the constitution was changed so that he
can only run the country for a few years. This time, the country seems to
have found the right guy for the job.