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Initial Taliban moves fail to convince Afghanistan’s neighbours

The Taliban’s record in recent weeks on making good on promises to respect human and women’s rights as well as uphold freedom of the press is mixed at best. Afghanistan’s neighbours and near-neighbours are not holding their breath even if some are willing to give the Central Asian country’s new rulers the benefit of the doubt.

A litmus test of Taliban willingness to compromise may come sooner than later.

It’s most likely only a matter of time before China knocks on newly appointed Afghan acting interior minister Sirajuddin Haqqani’s door demanding the extradition of Uighur fighters.

The Chinese demand would be challenging not only because of the Taliban’s consistent rejection, no matter the cost, of requests for the expulsion of militants who have helped them in their battles.

The Taliban already made that clear two decades ago when they accepted the risk of a US invasion of Afghanistan in the wake of 9/11 by refusing for the umpteenth time to hand over Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. There is little in Taliban 2.0 that suggests that this has changed.

If Haneef Atamar, the foreign minister in the US-backed Afghan government of former president Ashraf Ghani, is to be believed, Uighurs, including one-time fighters in Syria, contributed significantly to the Taliban’s most recent battlefield successes in northern Afghanistan.

A demand to extradite Uighurs to China would also be challenging because Mr Haqqani himself, the Afghan official in charge of internal security, is a wanted man with a $5 million US bounty on his head. Moreover, the United Nations has sanctioned Mr Haqqani’s prime minister, Mullah Hasan Akhund, and several other members of the caretaker government.

“It’s hard to see a wanted man turning over someone who is wanted for similar reasons,” said a Western diplomat.

Moreover, honouring extradition requests could threaten unity within the Taliban’s ranks. "Taliban actions against foreign jihadist groups to appease neighbouring countries would be especially controversial, because there is quite a widespread sense of solidarity and comradeship with those who fought alongside the Taliban for so long," said Afghanistan scholar Antonio Giustozzi.

Unanswered is the question of whether China would go along with what seems to be an unspoken international consensus that it may be best not to seek extraditions if the Taliban keep their word and prevent militants from striking at targets beyond Afghanistan.

Counterterrorism experts and diplomats argue that if forced, the Taliban would quietly let foreign militants leave their country rather than hand them over. That would make it difficult to monitor these individuals.

China has in recent years successfully demanded the extradition of its Turkish Muslim citizens from countries like Egypt, Malaysia, and Thailand and has pressured many more to do so even though they were not suspected of being foreign fighters and/or members of the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP). The United Nations Security Council has designated TIP’s predecessor, the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) as a terrorist organization.

There is little reason to assume that China would make Afghanistan, a refuge from Syria for Uighur fighters, the exception. 

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi made that clear when he hinted at possible extradition requests during talks in July in China with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, a co-founder of the Taliban and the new government’s first deputy prime minister. Mr Wang demanded that the Taliban break relations with all militant groups and take resolute action against the TIP.

Moreover, the Taliban may have destroyed any chance of Chinese reliance on them by demonstrating early on that they and the international community may be speaking different languages even if they use the same words.

The Taliban made clear that their definition of inclusivity, a term the group and the international community, including China, Russia and India, appeared to agree on, was very different. The Taliban formed an overwhelming ethnic, all-male government that was anything but inclusive by the universally agreed meaning of the word.

Similarly, Mr Haqqani and his colleagues, including Qari Fasihuddin Badakhshani, the Afghan military’s new Taliban chief of staff, a Tajik and one of only three non-Pashtuns in the new 33-member government structure, is believed to have close ties to Uighur, Pakistani and other militants

As a result, they are likely to be equally reticent about entertaining Chinese-backed Pakistan requests for the transfer of members of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), more commonly known as the Pakistani Taliban.

The TTP is a coalition of Pashtun Islamist groups with close ties to the Afghan Taliban that last year joined forces with several other militant Pakistani groups, including Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a violently anti-Shiite Sunni Muslim supremacist organization. 

Hazara Shiites, who account for 20 per cent of the Afghan population were not included in the newly appointed Afghan government even though the Taliban made a point of last month protecting Shiite religious celebrations. Nonetheless, the Taliban’s notion of inclusivity has already troubled relations with Iran and could persuade the Islamic republic to covertly support resistance to the group’s rule.

China fears that the fallout of the Taliban’s sweep across Afghanistan could affect China beyond Afghanistan’s borders, perhaps no more so than in Pakistan, a major focus of the People’s Republic’s single largest Belt-and Road (BRI)-related investment.

The killing in July of nine Chinese nationals in an attack on a bus transporting Chinese workers to the construction site of a dam in the northern mountains of Pakistan raised the spectre of Afghanistan-based religious militants jihadists targeting China. Until now, it was mainly Baloch nationalists who targeted the Chinese in Pakistan.

The attack occurred amid fears that the Taliban victory would bolster ultra-conservative religious sentiment in Pakistan, where many celebrated the group’s success in the hope that it would boost chances for austere religious rule in the world’s second-most populous Muslim-majority state.

“Our jihadis will be emboldened. They will say that ‘if America can be beaten, what is the Pakistan army to stand in our way?’” said a senior Pakistani official.

Indicating concern in Beijing, China has delayed the signing of a framework agreement on industrial cooperation that would have accelerated the implementation of projects that are part of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a crown jewel of the People’s Republic’s transportation, telecommunications and energy-driven BRI.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid recently kept the Taliban’s relationship with the TTP ambiguous.

"The issue of the TTP is one that Pakistan will have to deal with, not Afghanistan. It is up to Pakistan, and Pakistani Islamic scholars and religious figures, not the Taliban, to decide on the legitimacy or illegitimacy of their war and to formulate a strategy in response," Mr Mujahid said during an interview on a Pakistani television program. The spokesman stopped short of saying the Taliban would abide by a decision of the scholars.

Afghan sources suggest that the Taliban advised the TTP to restrict their fight to Pakistani soil and have offered to negotiate with the Pakistan government an amnesty and the return of the Pakistani militants to the South Asian nation.   

Uncertainty about where the Taliban may be taking Afghanistan has also cast a shadow over Indian hopes that the Iranian port of Chabahar would facilitate trade with Afghanistan and Central Asia and counterbalance the Chinese-supported Pakistani port of Gwadar.

Eager to maintain leverage in its relations with Pakistan as well as China, Taliban official Sher Mohammed Abbas Stanekzai chose his words carefully by stressing that economics should be at the centre of Afghan-Indian relations. “We give due importance to our political, economic and trade ties with India and we want these ties to continue. We are looking forward to working with India in this regard,” Mr Stanekzai said.

Mr. Stanekzai’s business-focused approach coupled with the pressure on Taliban to police militants on Afghan soil, some of whom have attacked India in the past, dovetails with Islamic scholars in the Deobandi alma mater in the Uttar Pradesh town of Deoband stressing the divide between themselves and their Afghan and Pakistani brethren. 

The Indian Deobandi posture created an opportunity that the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has yet to grasp to involve them in India’s backchannel and direct contacts with the Taliban. India invested US$3 billion over the last 20 years in building Afghan roads, girls' schools and health clinics. Mr. Stanekzai’s remarks indicate that the Taliban would like India to continue its investments in the country.

The Taliban as well as a significant number of Pakistani ultra-conservatives root their worldview in Deobandism, a strand of Islam that emerged in India in the mid-19th century to oppose British colonial rule by propagating an austere interpretation of the faith. Deobandism became prevalent among Pashtuns even if Deobandis in Pakistan, Afghanistan and India went their separate ways after the 1947 partition of the subcontinent.

Arshad Madani, the principal of the Darul Uloom Deoband, the original Deobandi madrassa established in 1886, recently welcomed a decision by India’s Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) to set up a training centre in Deoband.

“There is nothing wrong with what we teach, and we welcome the ATS staff to be a part of our classes whenever they like,” Mr. Madani said. A spokesman for the madrassa added that “we are a religious school, but we are also Indians. To doubt our integrity every time the Taliban spread terror is shameful.”

Mr. Madani’s posture should serve as an incentive for the Modi government to work with Indian Deobandis in the hope that the Taliban may be more willing to listen to religious figures with whom they share a history.

Mr. Madani has never had contact with the Taliban nor has he ever visited Afghanistan. “I'm weak and old,” says the 80-year-old cleric. “But if given the chance, I would go to Afghanistan.”

This article was first published by the China India Brief of the Centre on Asia and Globalisation

A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud,Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Spreaker, Pocket Casts, Tumblr, Podbean,Audecibel, Patreon and Castbox.

Dr. James M. Dorsey is an award-winning journalist and scholar and a Senior Fellow at the National University of Singapore’s Middle East Institute.

 

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20 years on - the world has learned few lessons from 9/11

A day at the end of time

The 1990s, the years of awakening and freedom, were over on September 11, 2001.

What actually happened, or happened then, is only clarified in fragments today - the involvement of Saudi Arabia and the crude regime is not obvious.

The next religious war began.

Now, one might think that a small terrorist group has won the war against almost the entire world community, if one sees the pictures from Kabul these days.

With the loss of the democratic structures of the state of Afghanistan to the terrorist force of the Taliban, much of what happened in the world after September 11, 2001 has become meaningless.

The horrific scenes left a lasting mark on the later generation.

The war that triggered a cascade of revolutions a decade later. Saddam and his absurd vision of the world. A servant of terror, Gaddafi, beaten to death by his people. Other despots from Arabia disappeared into comfortable exile.

The images of the attack on the World Trade Center in New York are unforgotten.

These snapshots of the event burned themselves into the collective memory of humanity. People still believe that it was a complete conspiracy, as the tweet below shows. However, governments did everything to keep the conspiracy going.

    

 

 

No government covered itself in glory afterwards - harrowing sequences live across screens

It was the declared war of a small group of utterly deluded conspirators whose sole aim was apparently to divide society.

The previous Taliban government in Kabul had given shelter to those who were dividing society worldwide, leading to the events that weeks ago caused people to fly out of planes, wanting to escape in much the same way as those trapped on the upper floors of the WTC towers. Until they jumped for fear of suffocation or burning to death.  Trump's short-sightedness in political matters, the simple and stupid answer of a populist to complex questions, enabled another disaster.

The world has learned little from September 11, 2001. The victims are unforgotten. At least we can remember them

 

 

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Afghanistan: Why are the Taliban so successful military-wise?

Only a few months after the withdrawal of the international alliance and before the final withdrawal of the last US troops from Afghanistan, the Taliban are overrunning province after province and have now also conquered Kunduz.

How does that work?


We were on the ground as the international community for almost twenty years.

With up to 120,000 soldiers in the country.

Thousands of helpers who built roads, schools, bridges, hospitals, administrations and even mosques. Bringing a country out of the medieval times brought about by the Taliban. Gave people hope and work. Brought a little prosperity, women and girls were almost guaranteed safety and freedom.

Now that the Western aid workers and security forces have left, all this collapses almost overnight. Without resistance, one would think. It almost seems as if the Taliban are imitating Caesar in his actions: veni, vidi, vici!

Despite tens of thousands of trained Afghani soldiers and police, these enemies of humanity walk from town to town and take them over. Bringing back darkness, which is not to imply that ISAF has only spread light there. But that is another issue.

It should not be forgotten that the Afghans fighting alongside us have lost about 69,000 men during ISAF. Only in dead!


Spread over 20 years, Afghans talk about ... PEACE with such losses! And they used it. They built families.


Half of today's 30 million Afghans are under 18 years old, which shows how well the medical care created, the absence of famine and other achievements have worked in the last 20 years.

It also shows what potential there is for the Taliban to use: tens of thousands of young people ready for indoctrination who were increasingly left without prospects. For the withdrawal of the international community quickly caused the system dependent on it to collapse.

In the countryside and in the mountains, Afghans learn to read and perhaps also to write in the Koran school. Here, the Taliban and their agitators were never absent.

How can one be so stupid, the thinking person now asks. - The answer is simple: we were even more stupid!

We have never understood what the Afghan understands by war. An enemy is only defeated and really finished when there is nothing left to resist. AND, when the opinion of the victors can be read as fact in the history book of the losers.

Control question: What would have happened if, after the Third Reich, the occupying forces had continued to allow Nazi order castles in the countryside? Had strict Nazis been teachers in the schools, and the textbooks still preached the delights of the Aryan master race?

Gladly, combined with a little weapons training for children... for 20 years. What a liberal, right-thinking society we would have had in 1965, whose young people largely believe they have been exploited by the occupiers and have the divine right (providence!) to take their share.

So, we have never destroyed the Taliban, never really stopped their ideology spreading - and we have virtually bred them in the prisons. Because Taliban were imprisoned on the advice of the Western world. Not executed, as the Afghans demanded. Because they knew how to wage war there.

 

A short digression: whoever defeated the Afghans and how?

Alexander, who is revered in Afghanistan as the Iskandae, was such a man. It took him three years to conquer northern Afghanistan alone. He killed anyone who did not submit on sight. It is estimated between 300-500,000 people.
He built cities (Herat, Bagram and Kandahar) and made his Afghan confederates provincial princes and part of his army, which he led to further victories. For this, they still revere him today! For his foresight, for his vision and for his merciless consistency.

Then there were the Mongols. They proceeded in much the same way as Alexander, only they limited themselves to slaughtering the population without giving them anything in return. They plundered them. For this, the Afghans hate the Mongols until now. Mongol rule over Afghanistan is generally regarded and communicated as the worst period in Afghanistan's history.

The Russians came close to wiping out the Afghans. To spare troops and their soldiers, then also with poison gas and toy mines against the following generation.
The USA, inspired by Senator Charles Wilson, pumped money and weapons into the Afghan resistance. Supplied the fighters with STINGER missiles against aircraft and MILAN-defence missiles against armoured opponents.  They did so until the Russians gave up.


But alone and on their own, the Afghans would have been beaten again. They suffered almost 1.2 million casualties, their birth rate fell below the death rate. Life expectancy was only less than 40 years!

But no one else managed to defeat the Afghans. Not at any time. Afghanistan was considered the grave of nations in the 18th century. Every attempt at conquest ended in military disaster.

 

But how do the Afghans wage war among themselves?

They kill all male opponents. No matter how old. Anyone found with a weapon in his hand is killed. Full stop. Prisoners are only taken for information. Then they are executed or exchanged for their comrades.


If these prisoners have committed war crimes, the method of execution can be varied. Deterrence is a legally credible concept in Afghanistan. Punishments are not Western pedagogically based, but serve both as the sole punishment for the perpetrator and as a lesson for others. As a visible lesson.
Hanging rapists upside down, for example, is normal. On all sides.

If the opponent should refuse to fight, then one threatens his family. Ruin them. In extremis, in the case of the really evil henchmen (from our point of view), the family is then executed. And the Taliban also belong to this honourable group of "modern people".

Every ISAF soldier knew that. And, of course, every Afghan who served with the security forces. While we "cared for" the Taliban and their friends and supporters according to Western standards, the families of our Afghan comrades were harassed and killed. Hence, the high rate of desertions. At the peak, this was up to 60% of the forces we trained. Depending on the region.

In the south and east, the strongholds of the Taliban, it was almost impossible to find any recruits at all. And those who did enlist were... not up to the standards of a soldier in terms of physical ability and ... intellect.


The latter is a problem. Many Afghans are mentally basic. Especially from poorer families, this often stems from a long-standing lack of protein and fat during childhood. Malnutrition has consequences. These consequences then also lead to the fact that they have hardly any opportunities as adults. On the labour market or with women.

Here, too, we come back full circle to the Taliban, who saw in such people useful and exploitable brothers who were recruited as martyrs for the cause. For example, as cannon fodder in assault attacks and as suicide bombers. In these cases, they were often triggered by remote control.

These groups of people are also the source of atrocities that have given the Taliban a not inconsiderable reputation as a terrorist organization. The deliberate and intentional marauding in occupied areas among their "enemies" is strategically deliberate and brought about. To intimidate the population and suppress any resistance to the Taliban.

In this way, they manage to occupy large areas with a few henchmen and keep them pacified to concentrate their core forces for selective and localized attack operations.
And they do this against government troops, who have to be present in the countryside to protect the civilian population.
This is not possible, however, and every police station and army post is inadequately defended. While the Taliban fought in a concentrated but localized manner, the police and army had to be everywhere.

Therefore, the government, unfortunately too late, withdrew its troops from the area to the important provincial capitals. Kunduz was one of them. Others of the 45 provincial capitals are completely meaningless. As insignificant as 80-85% of the Afghan territory as a whole.


Strategically decisive are only the ten most important and largest cities of Afghanistan and the border crossings to the neighbouring states, which are characterized by passable roads. That's not even a dozen crossings. Despite the size of the country.

The two passes are also important. The Salang Pass, which connects northern and southern Afghanistan, and the Khyber Pass, which connects Afghanistan with Pakistan/India. These are the most important transport points in the country.
The most important road is the so-called Afghan Ring Road, a road built around the centre of Afghanistan, which connects the important peripheral provinces to their neighbours in a ring.

The West developed and maintained this road, but never really controlled all parts of it. Especially at night, much of this ring road has always been Taliban territory.

The bottom line is that the West tried to fight a medieval and ancient warfare with modern weapons with a moral-ethical pedagogy, Christian way of thinking. Nice approach, but clearly unfavourable against such Islamist ways of thinking. In fact, it makes no sense at all.

Instead of verifying captured Taliban (supporters) with diagnostic tests and lie detectors and handing them over to Afghan courts for sentencing, which then tried these criminals according to Afghan law, we influenced the judiciary and stacked these people in prisons where they could further consolidate their ideology and radicalize themselves. Where they were then almost seen as martyrs by families and friends. Yes, unfortunately.

That is why "liberating" the prison has always been an important goal of the Taliban. The fighters won in this way are then taken to clean up the region, where they then settle their scores. In their own way, without prison sentences for opponents. Gladly also without justice.

Strangely enough, Western moralizers are never there when justice is celebrated there. There are pictures and videos on the net, but not in the West. In Islamic countries, however, such scenes are disseminated by the millions, accompanied by nice music and battle chants.
On FB, google and Twitter, of course, these are forbidden images. They could be disturbing. Touching Western souls. Offend gentle minds.
That's why so many soft-boiled and sheltered Westerners don't believe the kind of war that is really being celebrated here. Otherwise, you would find it on the net.

Nor did they understand the nature of the war, into which millions of Western soldiers were temporarily parked for over twenty years. Morally and legally, completely inadequately prepared and empowered for what would have been necessary to at least keep the Taliban in check.


Beating them was something the West was never capable of doing because it was never willing to embrace the Russian lessons of the conflict! Or to take a look at history. - Sic!

So, now, even air strikes by the US will be of no use. A land war is always decided on the ground. Without being able to control the bombed country on the ground, and without a clear strategy on how to destroy (not pat) the enemy, the effect is rather symbolic.


Even with area bombing with cluster bombs and napalm from swarms of B52s, as Vietnam has already shown.

The demand of a German conservative, whose name shall not be mentioned here, to go back to Afghanistan with troops is to be regarded as criminal. Without a clear strategy and empowerment to fight against this kind of war criminals, no soldier should ever be sent there again.

What is accepted there is merciless, if necessary also cruel, but consistent harshness with clear announcements. That is how the Taliban win against the population.

But this is also how you win against the Taliban.

You only have to make the population more afraid of following the Taliban than they manage to spread fear.
This is the only approach that can lead to success in Afghanistan. It can be called medieval to antique. It does not correspond to our ideas of warfare and is therefore not present in the minds of strategists. And, if they do, they bit their tongues than admit it.

You have to get the Afghans to act against the Taliban despite their fear. Make them realize that they lose EVERYTHING if they support or even tolerate the Taliban.
They have to understand that fleeing makes no sense. They won't be taken in anywhere and if they reach the promised lands they will only be trained to fight and then sent back.
Resistance groups in Afghanistan must be supported. Even with weapons that are banned elsewhere. Perhaps even outlawed.
Attacks by the Taliban abroad, against whomsoever, must be punished immediately and increased by a factor of 10. According to clearly communicated guidelines and processes.


One burnt church or desecrated temple results in the immediate destruction of ten mosques. Targets are clearly addressed 24 hours in advance by leaflet (on site).

Propaganda broadcasts on radio and TV are punished first with the destruction of the transmitters and then, if necessary, with the destruction of Afghanistan's entire electrical infrastructure.

The murder of women and girls is punished with the bombing of recognized Taliban positions (with napalm, for example) around the crime. Every time. Uncomment. The weapon used, and the target, must be symbolic of the crime being punished.


The British Air Force General Arthur Harris once said, when asked about the sensibility of area bombing of German cities, that one should try it first.
German war production reached its peak at the end of 1944. From that point of view, the idea of bombing weapons production failed. Only the nation was also running out of personnel,  the workers. The petrol, important small parts (ball bearings) and saltpetre. In the end, out of food.

Afghanistan produces absolutely nothing relevant except drugs. Lapis mining could also be mentioned. But this can also be quickly limited. The two or three mines are quickly taken out of the equation.
Ergo, the destruction of the infrastructure is a blow to the Afghans that will be felt in the long term. For it is all they have.
And drug cultivation to finance the Taliban state is effortless to stop: chemically with defoliants.

 

All these possible examples clearly show how easily Taliban can and must be fought if they are to be defeated. This is also possible under international law, since international law explicitly allows for retaliation against crimes. Against individuals, against groups/factions, or even against the state itself.

The Taliban will take power again in Afghanistan. The important provincial capitals will gradually fall. Some provinces and areas will remain contested. As they were before 2001 and before the coalition invasion.

Women and girls will again be reduced to property. According to the Koran. Or whatever the Taliban want to read out of it. Despite all their protestations.
They have learned to live with Western influences and to use them. They even have their terminology: Taqīya. They tell the West what it wants to hear and carry on as before.


So, whoever wants to wage war in Afghanistan should consider all this. What he has to achieve should also be clear. And, how much all this contradicts our ideas of warfare if one wants to win or at least not lose so miserably again.
The devout Afghan also dies consciously and willingly for a possible life in paradise. The Western soldier rather does not. Another disadvantage, but one that is fateful.

 

In short: if you can't or don't want to swim, are afraid of water and perhaps also like to walk around in lead slippers, you should avoid going into water that is too deep. Neither driven nor voluntarily.

The example is basic and obvious.  Why do some here believe that one can swim in the Olympics so equipped and empowered?
Just because you wear fancy swimming trunks and have perfectly fitting swimming goggles?

59 dead German soldiers. A few dozen, some of them severely wounded and war-disabled. Hundreds of severe PTSD victims. Thousands of lighter cases. Tens of thousands of families and relationships who have not survived it all. In Germany alone. A link to the community is here. (German)

Because nothing was understood and nothing was understood.

 


"Afghan solutions for Afghan problems", is a slogan that should finally be understood and applied.


Soldiers are not the vehicles for experiments.

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OneCoin - a financial zombie returns

Nasty rumours and a video far from the world

 

Nasty rumours have gone about Dr Ruja Ignatova and her more than mysterious disappearance in Athens, in October 2017.

Behind OneCoin was a pyramid scam that left an estimated €4.5 billion worth of damage in the world. Other estimates put the figure at US$15 billion. The purely real reason for Ignatova's disappearance will have been that the go-getting Bulgarian knew that the US Federal Bureau of Investigation was after her. Accomplices of hers will also have suspected and known this fact and therefore acted. It is more likely that the wanted woman is dead, and that the perpetrator had a video produced that cannot be surpassed in ridiculousness.  


 
But, as with Wirecard-Marsalek, dubious connections to intelligence services are now surfacing. 

Not even a close resemblance to the Corpse, screenshot Facebook

Nobody knows what happened then, after the flight with Ryanair to Athens. Ignatova disappeared off the face of the earth afterwards. This gave rise to stories that are devoid of any reality, such as Ignatova having absconded to Russia. Or that Ignatova had come back to the EU as a refugee. It couldn't get any more absurd. Or that she was living in a palace in the desert. Well...! Passport copies from Dubai have even turned up, leaving doubts about their origin. Among them was an alleged document from the German embassy in Dubai. 


 
But now a more than unbelievable video is really fuelling the rumour mill. Allegedly, as if from a cult, the alleged Ignatova is sitting and lecturing about the relaunch of the failed currency OneCoin. She talks about betrayal and is looking to the future, about OneCoin, like a fetish. Admittedly, the person Ignatova doubles bears a certain resemblance to the Bulgarian woman missed by many investors.


 
The garishly made-up boat lips and the black hair, as well as the nonsense the mime explains, fit in with the hopelessness of the OneCoin company. Moreover, at the end of the first edition of the video, which was created with a lot of technology, Russians are yapping. One does wonder. Marsalek is also suspected to be in Russia. It's a scoundrel who suspects connections. 

A monstrous scandal is taking off

Meanwhile, there are even rumours that there was a connection between the fugitive Marsalek and the beautifully made-up Bulgarian woman. This monstrous network is said to have developed from Dubai.

Certainly, OneCoin was a maturation of the underworld, with the claim to create its currency, which would then function as money laundering. Thus, funds from sex hotlines and gambling were allegedly laundered in the currency initiative of the missing Bulgarian woman, entrusted to Marsalek by the Russian, Italian and Bulgarian Mafia.  

So far, there has only been the arrest of her brother Konstantin, called "Konsti Keks" (biscuit) in the USA and the almost legendary celebrity hype surrounding the missing protagonist Ignatova. However, the de facto manager "Konsti Keks" since the disappearance of his sister became soft in the interrogations that took place in New York. The brother had arrived in reality shortly before his arrest in the US, 2019, following his Facebook account: 

Konstantin Ignatov likes TIMES OF GRACE: "The Hymn Of A Broken Man" Album Teaser - Part 8 | Roadrunner Records at en.roadrunnerrecords.com.


Companies built up around the queen of blockchain currency, enabling the surrounding group to receive billions in a financial circus show from investors, to launder billions more. 

 

As everyone now knows or suspects, Ignatova had nothing to do with the concept of OneCoin. The day also had only 24 hours for her. She may have been chubby, but she wasn't particularly smart. While warped to the point of caricature, Ignatova now proclaims in the video that she had new ideas and not everyone passed the test she took with her then faithful.

Was money laundered through Luxembourg?

This includes Frank Schneider, the former head of operations at Luxembourg's Secret Service SREL, who is in extradition custody in France to be brought to the US. He is accused by prosecutors in the US of billions in fraud involving blockchain currencies. What the former vice-president of Luxembourg's Secret Service, who was previously accused of wiretapping then Minister of State Jean-Claude Juncker in 2007, had to do with Ignatova, for whatever reason, is explained by an insider as having switched sides to the bad guys. Schneider understood it was a pyramid scheme for money laundering on a very grand scale.

 

The tap operation is said to be the next unsolved action, the so-called "Bommeleeër" affair. It is about an illegal eavesdropping on the electronics engineer Loris Mariotto and an allegedly encrypted CD about a conversation between the then Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker and the Grand Duke about the stay-backs, attributed to the Gladio network.


 
Connections of the perpetrators, who have not yet been unmasked, lead to the phantoms of the Brabant gang, a group that left more than two dozen dead in robberies in Belgium in the 1980s and financed itself from questionable sources. 

The video is a joke and this joke will leave more victims out of pocket for an investment mirage. 


 

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Relief efforts in Germany

 


More and more aid is arriving in the flooded areas. Also organized by individuals, groups or clubs and associations. Spontaneously, and borne by compassion and pure willingness to help the victims in the destroyed villages. Somehow.

co via rs/kasaan media, 2021


Farmers from Westphalia and Palatine rush to the aid of the farmers whose fields and farmland are now devastated. Contractors send excavators and caterpillars. And petrol stations are donating diesel, which is also partly financed by donations collected wherever such aid convoys emerge.


In general, the flood of donations in kind is enormous. Simultaneously, it has also become a problem because in many places it is no longer manageable. It cannot even reach the victims because too many roads are still impassable. They are underwater or the embankments are so soft that it is better not to drive on them.


In the villages themselves, the people who have not been washed away themselves are taking care of all those who have to shovel the mud and rubble out of their houses and cellars. They are supported by official aid workers, but also by people who have travelled to the area simply to help.


Everywhere people are walking through the streets like in Stolberg, serving tea and coffee. Passing around cakes and luggage. The helpers are offered a wide range of local specialities because the help is not limited to local donors. 

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Pizza bakers bake for free and distribute their pizzas to helpers. Supported by donations from shops (ingredients) or money. In some cases, ovens are operated with emergency generators, next to which canisters of diesel are piled up as donations.
It shows that Germany functions very well at the micro level. It is willing to lend a hand. To make sacrifices to help others. Especially where the word "neighbourly help" still exists.


On the ground, however, this help has to be coordinated. And this is where the problem is seen. Sometimes people get in each other's way with their "projects". That is normal. Because where there is zeal, there are also mistakes. People try to sort it out.


What is really disturbing, however, is the disaster tourism of those who want to take pictures and make films on Sunday and in the sunshine, and who really get in everyone's way. Blocking roads for relief workers, parking in open spaces and perhaps even damaging them by trampling over soggy dikes.


Or, with their live transmissions via mobile phone video, they close down the already desolate network. For the rescuers, too.
And in all of this they are partly endangering themselves because they are prepared to take unacceptable risks to get great pictures. Then tie up the emergency services again.
Our police are on the spot and the officials are acting. All the press offices we have contacted say this in unison and ask us to spread the word. Excursionists stay at home! And for those who want to help, even with shovels and tools, please don't try it on the off chance. 


The relief workers on the ground need the few free roads to supply the population and restore the infrastructure. Along the Ahr, the gas pipeline has been destroyed for kilometres. The entire valley is without gas, which causes problems for cooking and heating. Just one example of where things are pressing right now.


And we also ask you not to forget that it is not over yet. Yesterday it rained heavily in the Czech Republic. As heavy as it partly did in the Ahr valley. The water is now also flowing away. It's coming to us via the Elbe and the Oder. If it rains a little more, Eastern Germany could be underwater again in the next two days.
Bavaria is currently experiencing the flood from the Alps, which is rolling towards the Danube.  That will then flow to our neighbours.

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What is also disturbing is this unspeakable VIP tourism of the so-called political elites and their entourage. They like to be let through. So that they can inform themselves. That's nice. But they are allowed to leave out the press for the sole purpose of self-insertion in the election campaign.

Avoid contemplation talks with victims.

Then there will be no more giggling when others (want to) show concern...


It is not over yet.

Continue to stand together and organize your help. Coordinate with the local coordinators (THW, Johanniter, DRK).
There are known THW units in eastern Westphalia that were already waiting for the order to move out with large equipment before the rain. As experts, they knew and still know what 200 litres of rain per desk area really mean in two to three days. But they were never called upon.


All those responsible are therefore advised to use these resources. Also, ahead of what may now be rolling towards us from the Czech Republic in the form of water.
 

We have already survived other things. And we will get through this, too. Together!

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Bundeswehr on rescue mission


Bundeswehr on rescue mission


After the most devastating floods in the Ahr valley, south of a line Aachen - Bonn, the Bundeswehr is trying to repair the worst damage with heavy equipment and recovery tanks.

The extent of the destruction is incomprehensible and reminds the older generation of war. The suffering of those affected is immeasurable. An intensive search is still underway for missing persons, those buried in the rubble and those holding out. 


Everything the state has to offer is being deployed.

Some areas can only be reached by helicopter.

Even the generals are on site to get an overview. No one has to travel to the crisis areas to get a picture of the biblical catastrophe. It would only hinder the rescue forces. Those who have no damages, please think of the physical well-being of the soldiers, police officers and THW staff. They have to perform tremendously.

Thanks, are due to all rescuers. 

 

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German soldiers help in absolute chaos - they deserve respect and many thanks

A military disaster was declared yesterday.

That rarely happens in younger German history. 

Thousands of soldiers are on their way to the crisis areas. Young people who are doing excellent work on the ground in the face of disaster. They deserve respect and thanks.

Perhaps a warm coffee or soup, some bread or sweets along the way. 


They save the lives of those who have nothing left. The same goes for the other rescue workers on the ground. 

 

Here are a few impressions from the crisis area: 

 

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South Africans, please calm down! - A journey through South Africa over 40 years (Part1)

 

Out of years

 

From many years in South Africa, these images began in the early 1980s. It is a pictorial arc of everyday South African scenes. These photos are seen from the perspective of the time. It is interesting to see how the country changed over the decades. 

It was the dirtiest period of politics by a mendacious gang of  supremacists in South Africa.

Mandela was in prison just for fighting for freedom and for the idea-one man-one vote.

It dawned on even the white South Africans that it had been wrong to imprison the real masters of the country.

It was the time of Desmond Tutu.

Shameful abuses escalated into unrestrained brutality were the order of the day. A brutal, despicable war was waged against anyone who rebelled and yet, the "old crocodile" Botha warned of the circumstances of today.

Unfortunately, as one realizes these days, Botha was right, the ANC cannot handle some of its power. As it did then. Just think of Stompie or the pageantry in which Winnie Mandela and her followers lived and preached water in Soweto. Zuma and his corruption warped to excess is only a logical consequence of what started back then. 

South Africans, please calm down!

 

Northern Cape School Choir 1983, kasaan media, 2020

Flamingos in Flamingo Park near Welkom in Oranje Vrystaat, kasaan media, 2020

Back then, some people travelled by Piper or Cessna, the roads were bad and the distances far too long, kasaan media, 2020

 

 

In the kraal, here Kwazulu Land, kasaan media, 2020

 

 

Cape Town seemed sleepy at the time, it was cut off from the world by international sanctions, kasaan media, 2020

The cheetah was dead, Kruger National Park, kasaan media, 2020

 

And he quickly became the prey himself, kasaan media, 2020

 

Cape Dutch style villas along the Garden Route, kasaan media, 2020

Beach in the northern foothills of the Cape, kasaan media, 2020

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Can the mystery of the Isdal woman be solved in history of the former Hotel Regina in Geneva ?

Many more clues to the most mysterious murder case in post-war history

 

There are new findings about the Isdal woman, who was found dead around Bergen / Norway in November 1970.  But also only fragments in a large mosaic that the beautiful unknown woman left behind. 

 

Already in 2019, Le Républicain Lorrain in Forbach / France wrote about the mysterious acquaintance of a man from the Grand Est in the weeks of summer 1970.

 

The two spoke almost exclusively about painting and art. She had a "Balkan accent" but spoke German, French and Dutch, as Le Républicain Lorrain reported. The unidentified person, who served as an informant for the regional newspaper in Lorrain, said: "She (the alleged Isdal woman) said she had several documents and passports that allowed her to cross the Berlin Wall and travel to the GDR without any problems."

 

Overall, the statement in the French source is astonishing. It is perfectly aligned with the events that then took place. Allegedly, she had quite a few passports and wigs in the luggage collected from friends in the Wiesberg district of Forbach, where she also spent the nights. Also, clothes, which certainly did not come from a poor woman from the Balkans.

 

But where were the objects, documents, when the CID in Bergen found the suitcases in a locker at the local railway station after the death of the Isdal woman in early December 1970?

 

Riddle after riddle.

 

Why should this woman, who was sitting high on a horse in a lumberjack shirt and corduroy trousers, now suddenly be lying dead in Isdal/Norway? And this after she had met two unknown men, probably Yugoslavs, two days before her demise.

 

 

Just another clue in the puzzle: Did the Isdal woman's death journey already began in Geneva?

 

The trail of the Isdal woman leads not only to Lorraine, not far from the German border, but also to Geneva.

 

To the then luxury Hotel Regina at the Quai du Mont Blanc, owned by Émile Kähr and subsequently by his sons.  There, where Tito's and Ulbricht's foreign currency procurers hung out. Here, in the midst of Geneva's art scene, within a stone's throw of Geneva's galleries, the connoisseurs of old masters met, and not only them. 

In the diaries of the Isdal woman, a remark was found that she stood at the Hotel Regina in Geneva. After decryption of the code she used in her papers, it was revealed she stood at the Hotel Regina on the Quai du Mont Blanc in Geneva from the March 16th to March 19th, 1970.

But the Hotel Regina in Geneva, in the years a well-known spot for East-West contacts, also had an eventful history, as one can read in the Journal de Genève. Mysterious events took place: for example, documented in the issue of September 22, 1959. The French-language article can be found here.

 

We have because this act is so exceptional in the borough, translated the article.

 

"Towards the end of last night, two unknown persons presented themselves to the porter of the Hotel Regina, 7 quai du Mont-Blanc. Mr. Alois Arnold, 78 years old, 20 avenue Jacques-Martin in Chêne-Bougenes, who was just finishing his deputy duties, the incumbent being on leave at the time.  By one of the strangers, who had taken out a percussion instrument from a red leather bag, (the man) was hit on the head. Mr Arnold collapsed while the second assailant held him down and grabbed him by the throat. Meanwhile, the first robber had gone behind the counter, blown up the cash drawer (!) and taken more than nine thousand francs (worth about 4456 euros at the time).

When there was a noise, the two attackers made their way towards the salons and jumped through a ground floor window onto the Square du Mont Blanc. Mr Arnold soon regained his senses. The septuagenarian, who was very alert despite his age, managed to call the police by phone. The police rushed to the scene and began a search, which, however, proved fruitless. In fact, the clues about the unknown persons are rather vague: height 160 cm, rather thin, age between twenty and thirty, complexion and hair dark, language with a southern accent, light-coloured clothes, unkempt appearance.

Mr Arnold, who had lost a considerable amount of blood, was taken to the polyclinic and then to the Cantonal Hospital, where doctors found a deep wound on his head - but he had not suffered a fractured skull - and traces of strangulation on his neck. He will have to stay in the cantonal hospital for a week.

Only a while ago, the night porter of the Hotel de la Paix narrowly escaped some people who, after breaking open a window, tried to attack him."

It is surprising that this attack happened around eight o'clock. The perpetrators were also looking for something else. Unfortunately, the whole eventful history of the Hotel Regina cannot be told in one article, but it was wild. Another article shows the usual "business" in those days. 

"Yesterday, late in the morning, the Pioneers of the Permanent Standby went to the Hotel Regina, Quai du Mont-Blanc 7, where a fire had broken out between the floor and the ceiling. The fire brigade had to carry out demolition work to reach the scene of the accident.

This was due to an accidental cause. It actually appears that a cigarette, which was undoubtedly extinguished, fell into a small hole in the toilet, releasing smoke that necessitated the fire brigade's intervention."

 

Just a side note in this matter is that the Bristol Hotel at Krambugata 3, in Trondheim, where the Isdal woman was staying, burned to the ground in 1976. Until now, it is not clear how the fire started.

 

Hotell Bristol brenner (1976)

 

Hotell Bristol brenner (1976)

 

 

In the 1950s and 1960s, for example, the annual writers' event was held in this fashionable setting in Geneva. The Isdal woman, obsessed with art, blended in perfectly with the surroundings. But, the star of the Hotel Regina was sinking, numerous tenants and changes of ownership led to the dissolution of the house in 1974.

 

What is today the Hotel de la Paix on the elegant shores of Lake Geneva, was in 1970 the Hotel Regina. No less distinguished.

The beautiful unknown must have resided there. At least she had a sewing kit from this house in the evidence of suitcases found in a locker at Bergen station days after her demise.

At the time, this sewing kit was laid out in the rooms of the posh hostel on Lake Geneva, along with a bar of soap and a Bible. Unfortunately, there are no more sign-in sheets from those days.

 

The question remained, why did they, who had otherwise removed everything from the suitcases that indicated the identity of the dead, leave just the sewing kit in the suitcase? It was like the Norwegian Military Intelligence Service's obfuscation against the Bergen police. Cases from the bottom drawer were dragged in.

 

The traces seem to have been deliberately removed to obfuscate the real reason, the art smuggling.

 

But what is stopping Norway's military intelligence service, 50 (!) after the woman was found, from handing over the documents that were seized in the suitcases at the time?

 

This secret must be far more important than obsolete AGM-119 Penguin anti-ship missiles, which were used as a grateful excuse at the time and led to strangely scattered rumours.

 

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Executions in Arizona in the future with Nazi gas?

The Republicans and the horror of the death penalty.

In Arizona, probably out of a mixture of brutality and terrible stupidity, they do not shy away from Zyklon B to execute delinquents. 

 

Zyklon B was used in the industrial extermination of the Jewish people in concentration camps.

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The gas chamber is to be used when the substances for lethal injection are not available. 

The death penalty is dying a slow death in the U.S. after Trump's orgy of executions in the final weeks of his regime. 

Arizona now feels called, as needed drugs and substances for lethal injections are running out because of the embargo of the European producers, to carry out the punishment requirement with the precursor of lethal injection, the gas chamber.

To this end, Arizona's gas chamber has been brought back into service after years and even refurbished. That is, the rubbers that had become brittle around the windows and doors over the decades were replaced and reinserted. Inside the chamber, a candle was then used to test whether it would go out when a fan was turned on. It seemed like the tests of dilettantes who order experimental series, as agencies described.

The mechanics of the gas chamber were changed to Zyklon B, which killed millions of people in WW2.

The deputies could not express their need to carry out the death penalty in a more inhumane way.

Arizona buys for a lot of money the chemicals, which are necessary for the execution with Zyklon B.

Developed by the Degesch Company in 1922, under the direction of chemist Fritz Haber, the biocide brings cellular respiration to a halt and causes slow internal asphyxiation.

One thing is clear: Arizona's executioners join the criminal machinations of the SS guards at Auschwitz-Birkenau, such as SS Obersturmbannführer Mulka, who was handed out after the war in the so-called "Auschwitz trial".

For some time now, there has been a rumour going around the Arizona Department of Corrections that they were stocking up on illegal substances for expensive money all over the world, in part to execute innocent delinquents.

It is a populist and nauseating goal to now use Zyklon B for execution!

Significantly, the inventor of the lethal injection and the lethal injection execution machine, Fred Leuchter, was convicted for denying the Holocaust and denying the mass industrial killing by Zyklon B.

His statements resulted in the so-called Leuchter Report, which provoked a storm of protest worldwide when it was published in the 1990s. In the Nuremberg Trials, Zyklon B was repeatedly referred to as the devil's weapon and has since been considered equally outlawed.

As was also the case in the "IG Farben trial". This was truth for the defendants after World War II. It should also apply to Arizona's politicians and executioners today.

The free world and Europe should consider whether those who barbarically tread on the memory of the victims of Nazi murder should not themselves be sanctioned or punished.

The Republicans in Arizona do not speak a different language, a troop of avenging angels and anti-democrats incited by Donald Trump, whose contempt for humanity cannot be surpassed by anything. Significantly, the Nazis and the Arizona Republicans share almost the same mindset, which they now want to try on people.

One can only hope that the Republicans in Arizona will also suffer significant legal damage for their contempt for humanity towards millions of victims of the Nazi murder machinery.

It is not clear who is to be the first delinquent tied to the metal chair in the centre of the gas chamber; it is likely to be Frank Atwood and Clarence Dixon.

Frank Atwood, Department of Corrections in Arizona

In a short telephone interview with the Department of Corrections in Arizona, a lot of bad music was played after the main press officer didn't feel like answering the questions, but that's how you keep the probing ethical questions at bay. Literally, this time. An e-mail came back. Even for a spokesman serving in conservative Arizona, this is an embarrassment beyond compare. In Arizona, they already have experience with gas, as they proudly point out on the page that is all about the death penalty. 

Robert Dunham, director of the renowned Death Penalty Information Center in Washington, said in a short telephone statement, as he had done earlier in the Guardian: "You want to avoid believing that in 2021 people will be killed in a U.S. state with a drug that was used in our Holocaust. Have they learned nothing from the Holocaust?"

It is not about what atrocities the perpetrators committed, but about never putting oneself on the same level and cruelly torturing people to death. But apparently this is desired in Arizona. A spectacle to the liking of Donald Trump and his sleazy minions.  Although Trump attacked  Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich as a self-promoter on TV after losing the election, as Newsweek reported. After all, Brnovich's office is giving convicts a choice of injection or gas, the administration pointed out. 

What a choice!

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