Tag: Nafeez Ahmed

Whistleblower exposes how NATO’s leading ally is arming and funding ISIS

Whistleblower exposes how NATO’s leading ally is arming and funding ISIS

+ Turkey’s intelligence chief, Hakan Fidan, named as member of terror group linked to al-Qaeda and ISIS + Turkish intelligence directly supplied military aid to ISIS for years + Turkish government siphoned military supplies to ISIS through humanitarian relief agency + ISIS fighters, including al-Baghadi’s deputy, received free medical treatment in Turkey and “protection” from Turkish police + Head of ISIS in Turkey received […]

Documents reveal David Cameron’s own office has ties to far right extremists banned by Theresa May

Documents reveal David Cameron’s own office has ties to far right extremists banned by Theresa May

Documents obtained under Freedom of Information (FOI) confirm that the Office of the Prime Minister had direct communications with a notorious anti-Muslim campaigner, linked to far-right extremists in the US and Europe. Some of the members of this far-right network have been banned by the Home Office due to their inflammatory views about Muslims. The revelations will raise questions about […]

‘War on terror’ in Yemen has literally quadrupled al-Qaeda terror

‘War on terror’ in Yemen has literally quadrupled al-Qaeda terror

The State Department’s new Country Reports on Terrorism 2015 reveals that al-Qaeda has quadrupled its presence in Yemen due to Saudi Arabia’s brutal military intervention. Other sources, including a senior Dutch foreign ministry official, say that al-Qaeda is being directly supported by the Western-backed Saudis. The latest Country Reports, released on 2nd June, estimates the number of al-Qaeda in the […]

The Astonishingly Crap Science of ‘Counter-Extremism’

The Astonishingly Crap Science of ‘Counter-Extremism’

A new United Nations report published this February has criticised prevalent approaches to countering ‘radicalisation’ as ineffective, conceptually flawed, and more likely to reinforce extremist narratives than prevent them. The report to the UN Human Rights Council is authored by Ben Emmerson QC, the UN Special Rapporteur on Counter Terrorism and Human Rights. Emmerson is a leading British lawyer, deputy […]

Edward Snowden: ‘we must seize the means of communication’ to protect basic freedoms

Edward Snowden: ‘we must seize the means of communication’ to protect basic freedoms

A gathering of journalists, hackers and whistleblowers in Berlin this weekend heard former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor, Edward Snowden, issue a call for citizens to find ways to take direct control over the information technologies we use everyday. The Logan Symposium, organized by the Center for Investigative Journalism (CIJ) based in Goldsmiths University, London, also heard from Wikileaks publisher […]

Saudi war for Yemen oil pipeline is empowering al-Qaeda, Islamic State

Saudi war for Yemen oil pipeline is empowering al-Qaeda, Islamic State

Secret cable and Dutch government official confirm that Saudi Arabia’s war on Yemen is partly motivated by an ambitious US-backed pipeline fantasy. Nearly 3,000 civilians have been slaughtered and a million displaced in Saudi Arabia’s noble aerial bombardment of Yemen, which is backed by the United States and Britain. Over 14 million Yemenis face food insecurity – a jump of […]

The Quilliam Foundation is financed by Tea-Party conservatives investigated by Sam Harris

The Quilliam Foundation is financed by Tea-Party conservatives investigated by Sam Harris

And Ghaffar Hussain, a London Borough PREVENT manager, is listed as a co-leader for their million dollar project. The Quilliam Foundation, a counter-extremism think-tank in London that has influenced British government national security strategies, has received over a million dollars in funding from an American conservative philanthropic organisation, with close ties to the Tea Party and extreme right-wing Christian networks. […]

How the mainstream media became a neo-Stalinist propaganda regime for wealthy neocons

How the mainstream media became a neo-Stalinist propaganda regime for wealthy neocons

This in-depth special report is part of the Media Reform Coalition’s ‘media democracy’ series of think pieces. John Pilger once wrote that journalism is the first casualty of war. In the aftermath of the Paris attacks, as governments push forward with new legislation on mass surveillance and anti-terror powers, as the drumbeat for more war in Syria intensifies, the need […]

An oil pump of Cuba's state-run CUPET is pictured near the coast in Mayabeque province, Cuba, October 15, 2015. Low commodity prices, a drought at home and Venezuela's economic crisis have created a cash shortage for Cuba's Communist government, restricting its ability to trade just as it could be taking advantage of an economic opening with the United States. Picture taken October 15, 2015.  REUTERS/Enrique de la Osa - RTS4RFJ

Western firms primed to cash in on Syria’s oil and gas ‘frontier’

US, British, French, Israeli and other energy interests could be prime beneficiaries of military operations in Iraq and Syria designed to rollback the power of the ‘Islamic State’ (ISIS) and, potentially, the Bashar al-Assad regime. A study for a global oil services company backed by the French government and linked to Britain’s Tory-led administration, published during the height of the […]

NATO is harbouring the Islamic State

NATO is harbouring the Islamic State

Why France’s brave new war on ISIS is a sick joke, and an insult to the victims of the Paris attacks. “We stand alongside Turkey in its efforts in protecting its national security and fighting against terrorism. France and Turkey are on the same side within the framework of the international coalition against the terrorist group ISIS.” Statement by French […]