Mini-Me: German Mustard Gas Used by Iraq Against Iran Under US Supervision — Is Russian Money Buying the Truth?

Who?  Mini-Me?

Who? Mini-Me?

Journalist Reveals Iraqis Used German Mustard Gas on Iranians Under US Watch in 1988

MOSCOW, October 22 (RIA Novosti) – A prominent German journalist, Udo Ulfkotte, has revealed that Iraqis, guided by the United States, used German mustard gas against Iranian soldiers in 1988.

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The mustard gas was brought to Iraq from Germany labeled as “pesticides,” Ulfkotte explained in the e-mail. “The US gave the satellite photos of the Iranian positions and supervised the action and the Iraqis did it – and I photographed it and was not allowed to publish it,” the journalist said.

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Oct 25

Jean Lievens: The sharing economy – make it sustainable

Jean Lievens

Jean Lievens

The sharing economy: make it sustainable

Damien Demailly; Anne-Sophie Novel

Studies N°03/2014. Iddri, 2014. 32 p.

Is the sharing economy a tool for ecological transition? The main objective of this report is to analyse the environmental potential of the sharing economy, considered in its full diversity, and the conditions for the realization of this potential.

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Oct 25

Musa Tuzuner: Insights of Intelligence Insiders on (Non-) Sharing Intelligence Behaviors

Musa Tuzuner

Musa Tuzuner

Insights of Intelligence Insiders on (Non-) Sharing Intelligence

Musa Tuzuner, Ph.D
Center for Foreign Policy and Peace Research, Ankara, Turkey

This study surveys the Turkish intelligence community’s (non-) sharing intelligence behavior. The factors affecting failures to share intelligence and now to increase intelligence sharing practices are examined based on the views of Turkish intelligence insiders. These insiders’ views reveal that the complexity of bureaucratic structures, lack of trust, compartmentalization, power, egoism, fear, information groupings, lack of reciprocity and lack of feedback are the causes for non-sharing of intelligence. Policy solutions for shifting from non-sharing toward sharing behaviors is discussed in a new framework including respective government willingness, enhancing capacity of intelligence collection, building intelligence aquariums, creating rules for establishing new intelligence sharing, opening up communications channels, training, and support for sharing culture. This framework argues that policy change should start first at the agency level, then at the community level and finally at the international level.

PDF (16 Pages): Turkish Intelligence Non-Sharing Behavior

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Oct 24

Review: The Secessionist States of America – The Blueprint for Creating a Traditional Values Country … Now

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Douglas MacKinnon

5.0 out of 5 stars Patriotic Cry from the Heart — Should NOT Be Ignored!, October 24, 2014

It breaks my heart to see reasonable credible cries from the heart on secession put forward, and to then see critics commenting on this material without thinking — in some cases obviously without reading the book at all, just reacting in a Pavlovian (unthinking instinct) manner to the title. This is a five-star book. Yes, it has many weak-points but at root this is a patriotic book that is highlighting the criminal insanity of the totally corrupt federal government (all three branches), and the wanton destruction of the USA — of the middle class, of the blue collar master class, of the rising youth and declining old guys like myself, and of the veterans where suicide now kills more serving military in the field than combat action, and 22 veterans a day commit suicide at home in the USA.

I used to be a Reagan Republican. I broke with the Grand Old Party (GOP) when I realized it had sold out all of us, without exception, in favor of the Koch Brothers and their likes — and when I realized that because of this treason against the Republic, our media, our schools, our labor unions, are local city councils, our legislatures, were all dumbed down and drugged up. So I do NOT agree with the author on many of his own blind beliefs, but I respect the argument he is making and I would say that the question of secession — which I offset with my own emphasis on the need for Electoral Reform restoring the integrity of the US Government to include respect for the US Constitution, are the essential conversation we all need to have in the next two years.

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Oct 24

SchwartzReport: Climate Change + Concentrated Wealth = Violence. Revolution USA is Coming. Any Questions?

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

There are going to be many unanticipated consequences arising from climate change, here is one that is just beginning to surface. Our failure to take what is happening to our planet seriously is going to come at great cost to human civilization. And this may be part of the reason the police have been militarized. Strategic Planners reach into the future as far as they can. And with 55 studies known, and an unknown number in the secret literature, the climate change violence linkage is becoming accepted wisdom. Militarizing the police is the obvious move, particularly in a country filled with guns, militias, and roaring boys.

Climate Change And Rising Violence Are Linked, According To 55 Scientific Studies

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Oct 24

Isaac Asimov: How Do People Get New Ideas?

Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov

Salon Summary:

Never-before-published Isaac Asimov essay reveals the secret to true creativity

EXTRACT:

To cultivate group creativity he believes the perfect human petri-dish is one of ease and relaxation:

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Oct 22

David Brin: An Unstable World? NOT WORRIED — Starting with Russia…

David Brin

David Brin

An Unstable World? Part One: Russia

Some folks have lately asked why I seem so calm, when every week brings news of yet another brewing disaster, with the world apparently spinning into chaos. So much for Francis Fukayama’s famous line – around 1990 – that the rapid and unstoppable spread of liberal democracy would soon bring an “end of history.”

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Oct 21