China’s Re-Education Camps for Muslims Unveiled

China’s Re-Education Camps for Muslims Unveiled

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Chinese Psychiatric Facilities to “treat” Followers of Islam

The Chinese government is detaining Muslims in psychiatric facilities akin to concentration camps used to treat the Islamic pathos and administer treatments in the form reeducation in China. To trace this concept within a broader psychological framework, one may want to visit the childhoods of the Chinese. China’s social engineering was constructed from Soviet methods which are now acknowledged as a failed social experiment in the Russian Federation. At the time of its conception, Freudian Psychology was in vogue, so the teachings of communist principles began in early childhood. As the child grows, so does the state programming until the citizen becomes a fully productive member of the communist state.

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Young Pioneer Camp in the Soviet Union vs Young Pioneers in China

Influence of Soviet Russia and Freudian Psychology in China

As the science of Psychology progressed beyond Freud however, and Russians moved on, the Young Pioneers were eventually diminished as the Soviets entered Thaw period followed by Glasnost, Perestroika, and the eventual collapse of the communist state. Among adults who did not participate in the Young Pioneers for children or the Komsomol for teens, instead embracing a free childhood often recall feeling terribly sorry for the children who were submitted to these programs for conditioning starting around the age of 5. It provided the state with a means to recruit ideal subjects into the military and intelligence apparatus of the state.

During WWII though, the communist initiative was at full mast; Young Pioneers were commissioned into military service during the dire Hitler invasion and occupation of Leningrad. Many Young Pioneers were sacrificed in the conflict to preserve communist order from Hitler’s fascist conquest. To maintain order, the Soviets constructed a large detainment system known as the gulag labor camps.

In their earliest forms coming out of WWI, they were used to house displaced populations from the war and focused on education and skill-building to contribute to the Soviet state. Re-education involved the displacement of one’s worldview with the socially acceptable communist palette. Anna Akhmatova said it best in her poetry, “I have a lot of work to do today; I need to slaughter memory.” She was in the camps herself. Communism by any nationality cannot accept nonconformism as competing ideologies such as religions or even the advanced theory of complexity economics.

The Chinese detention camps to treat mental deficiencies in the form of the Islamic religion are remapping the gulag inside China. China is still considered a developing country, though it is rapidly developing its own colonies in the Middle East and Africa. It’s foreign policy, sometimes called, Chinese exceptionalism represents a non-interference stance on other countries’ internal affairs, however, the communist state has struggled in the maintenance of this routine in Muslim countries in both the Middle East and Africa.

For Chinese officials, the “Muslim” threat of terrorism is growing in their overseas projects in countries like Pakistan, Iran, and Nigeria, diplomacy with the Muslim world, and among Islamic demographics within China’s own borders. As with other ideological threats to the communist order, human rights abuses have become the ongoing solution to “contain” the “spread of infection.” Outwardly, it may also be a presentation to Muslim countries currently trading with China not to cause problems in the growing of Islamic dissent within China’s growing sphere of influence, the promotion of terror franchising, and Islamic banking manipulation of China’s capitalist earnings.  

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Terrorist Recruitment in Western Nations finds a foothold

Nations, like humans, learn from trial and error, and the US is no different. The question of western assimilation within the Muslim communities of the US and Europe has produced a different set of problems. Particularly after 9/11, the Islamophobia and the cultural environment of political correctness made the Muslim population living in the west and content within the media a taboo presence and dangerous topic in public. This caused communication and dialogue on the subject-matter to become unacceptable while the Muslim community continued to struggle in western civilization with either public pressure to assimilate and/or forms of prejudice and discrimination in local and national communities. Adversely this has given Islamic extremism and militant forms of Islam an advantage in the western world.

When a young person living in the United States or Europe turns to the internet for example with questions about Islamic terror in the news and natural questions about Islam, the media and internet censorship has made it nearly impossible for the young to find credible content on the topic of Islamic theology, history, and news. Instead, he or she finds an abundance of websites, social media conversation, and video games designed for Islamic extremist recruiting among youth.

For the majority of the Muslim youth growing up in Muslim majority social climates, there is an abundance of content from cartoons to children’s books and rites of passage for teens embedded in the community that help the individual recognize the difference generally speaking between varying forms of either Sunni or Shia sects. This is why in the Muslim world, militant extremism is a minority form of the religion and often shunned and suppressed by the surrounding community. However, in the west, Islamic extremist ideology has found no media and community competition that would otherwise reject it for what it is.

So, in countries like the UK, one British citizen is documented to have entered the world of Islamic extremism unknowingly around at the age of 11 through media, and by the time he was 18 living in Britain, he was running his own terror cell. ISIS has drafted an increase in female victims with terror recruiting media campaigns with content desirable to young women ideal for childbearing in order to recruit and manufacture ideal ISIS brides. Even with much of ISIS having been recently reduced in Syria and Iraq, the women victims have ensured its legacy through their children.

This is the product of male and female youth not having access to media based content that would have enabled them to recognize the ideology earlier in the process of their recruiting and decide on a different course of action; this realization marks a sentiment expressed by some who have deserted Islamic terror groups. In the early days of their recruiting there wasn’t enough content for the individual to be able to debate the content for his/her self, and instead found a welcoming yet threatening community that would endeavor to enslave him/her to its will.

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The #FreeIran2018 Movement is Against International Corruption

The #FreeIran2018 Movement is Against International Corruption

The Nuclear Deal is 50 Shades of F*CKED

There is a lot of confusion and spin being deployed in the mainstream media this week about the integrity of the nuclear agreement and why people are protesting in Iran. There is a public declassified version of the nuclear agreement, a still classified version, and a translated Persian draft of the agreement that is not a direct translation. Perhaps the classified version should be released to reduce confusion.

As it stands now, the economic realities of the agreement have made themselves very plain to the people of Iran today who support the new sanctions in an attempt to weaken the Islamic regime. To see why the people of Iran did not see a direct improvement in their economic situation after the nuclear agreement was signed in 2015 and why the #FreeIran2018 protest movement in Iran has begun, one needs to understand the financial structure at work inside the country.

The extra-constitutional entities in Iran have the clout of both companies and agencies… These extra constitutional organizations have developed a vast network of business throughout the country. Doing business in capital incentive activities such as imports/exports, building infrastructure, and developing ports and airports would, inevitably, require banking services by traditional banks. These organizations, in the absence of a traditional banking system, or in order to expand their economic activities to yet another sector, engaged in the banking business, or quasi banking activities. …As a result of their association with organizations such as the IRGC, and through a systematic financial modus operandi, these corporate entities have organized a virtual and high volume banking operation within Iran.  

The nuclear agreement did not really reform the financial system inside Iran. In effect, the nuclear agreement places foreign investment in the Iranian regime itself. The two become commingled by international agreements. As long as private wealth is concentrated in the affiliates of Iran’s Supreme Leader and the IRGC, the people of Iran effectively do not have the privilege of a true private sector. This is why even after the signing of the nuclear agreement, the Iranian people were cut out of the economic growth in Iran, and their economic situation continued to deteriorate even in the absence of sanctions.

The Boeing Aircraft deal, which should of benefited the people, instead was twisted to benefit the government. Upon Mahan Air’s receipt of the jets they were then deployed for defense purposes in Syria instead of becoming commercial passenger jets.Much of the post sanctions investment in Iran has been used in Syria, Lebanon, and Yemen conflicts. This is one of the reasons protesters in Iran have been shouting against the Iranian government’s participation in these conflicts while suffering continued economic declines at home. Protesters have also criticized foreign agreements such as the Crimean deal with Russia that allocated Iranian territory to the Russian Federation.

 

Iranians chant for Reza Pahlavi

In order to overcome the immense power of the IRGC, its extra constitutional and criminal networks inside the country and in the region, the protesters beginning in December of 2017 have called on the support of the United Nations, the US, and other governments that will promote their liberation. Iran’s underground culture including armed Kurdish resistance is not assuaged up on the Coup of 1953 of Prime Minister Mossadegh, and in fact have called for the return of a constitutional monarchy and the Pahlavi dynasty. Reza Pahlavi has consented to assist with the transition out of the Islamic Republic to a secular democracy. The Iranian youth of today want reconciliation with the west.

For Iranian protesters many of whom were born after the 1979 Revolution, the Pahlavi reign is synonymous with economic advancement, openness, and globalization. In the 1960s, the Tehran Stock Exchange began trading signifying Iran’s economic leadership in the regions of Asia and the Middle East in the post WWII global economy. Some Iranian bazaaris were transforming themselves from local and regional traders during this time into industrial tycoons.

The Islamic republic has brought economic isolation and ideological alignments with other countries that have not brought economic benefit to the Iranian people. Instead, the Iranian regime has opened Iran up to further colonization by Russia and China, sentiments expressed in the themes and motifs of the popular protests. Iranian protesters realize the economic potential of the country and resent the regime’s poor negotiations and follow-through on economic empowerment in the lives of the middle and lower classes. The middle classes have almost entirely disappeared as the classes have been split between the economic billionaire oligarchs of the regime and the extreme poverty and unemployment among even educated Iranians.

 

A Thousand and One Terrorists Active in Iran Amongst the 80m Innocents

One of the biggest obstacles to Iran’s ability to reconcile with the west is the regime’s ongoing engagement with terror networks. After Iran’s participation in 9/11, which is well documented in the 9/11 commission, the IRGC have served as agents to al Qaeda and other terrorist groups. Currently the IRGC are protecting in Iran approximately 100 senior and mid-level al Qaeda commanders and up to 500 al Qaeda are said to have fled to Iran after Operation Enduring Freedom including Said bin Laden, Osama bin Laden’s son and successor and al Qaeda’s senior strategist and third in command, Saif al-Adel. “[Saif al-Adel] has written numerous strategy documents from Iran, including a seven phase plan to conquer the world by 2020.” In cooperation with the IRGC, Iran is training the next al Qaeda leaders. Recently, Bahrain’s interior minister accused Iran of harboring 160 Bahrainis convicted of terrorism and stripped of their citizenship. Iran’s reach has established terror connection from Somalia to Nigeria in coordinated efforts in Africa and in Central and South America and through drug trafficking inside the US.

 

The Cyrus Cylinder and the Ancient Codes of Conduct

The FreeIran2018 Movement has initiated a cultural attempt to rescue the international integrity of Iran’s good name in the global sphere rejecting the ideological pathos of the ruling regime. The Iranian diaspora dispersed globally and Iranians inside the country have worked tirelessly to revive their pre Islamic historical origins in associated cultural and educational efforts internationally.

This has followed deliberate actions on the part of Iran’s regimes to neglect or destroy archeological ruins of ancient Iran’s pre Islamic history as a global superpower in the ancient world from which Persian nationalism aspires. Demonstrations have been held outside Iran during the last 40 years honoring the Cyrus Cylinder as one of the earliest documentation of human rights in world history, something deeply ingrained in the Persian national psyche and pride.

These demonstrations have occurred in the face of the Iranian regime’s unashamed display of human rights violations including the execution of minors, marriage sacrifices of children, and the use of children in warfare. During the Iran-Iraq War, child martyrs were marched over landmines to clear the ground of explosives in order for the army to advance on Iraqi soldiers. The boys were given plastic keys to enter paradise, or heaven.

 

International Human Rights Efforts Thwarted by Powerful Lobbies

Human rights organizations over the last 40 years have been established by Iranians all over the world in their fight to reclaim the most basic codes of honor long established by the Iranian civilization. Organizations like the Abdorrahman Boroumand Center‏ and the Human Rights Documentation Center in the US have been engaged with Washington D.C. since the early 1980s and also with established organizations such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. These efforts have attempted to increase pressure on the Iranian government through increased sanctions, diplomatic dialogue, and even some economic incentives such as the removal of sanctions on medical products.

However, efforts by non-profit human rights organizations have been long been drowned out by lobbies of big business in oil and other industries. These international lobbying efforts in the US and Europe have driven legal wedges between human rights and terror victims and the criminal profits of Iran’s regime. Iran’s lobbying efforts in the US and Europe have also given way to mainstream media influence to protect international financial engagements. Human rights concerns have also been expressed in a multitude of artistic media including film and photography, fiction prose and poetry, and performing arts, but these create truth seekers have not been met with reciprocating action by superpowers in their negotiations with Iran’s regime.

This has caused many of Iran’s protesters today to feel isolated and cut off without hope from the international community and the processes of international law. This is the viewpoint of protesters in Iran who have accused the west of working with the iranian regime instead of acknowledging their rights to equality, free speech, due process in courts, and political representation by elected officials.

The opposition movement in Iran demands foreign support to counter the military advantage of the IRGC Army, Navy, Airforce, and Cyber forces. The Kurds represent a number of opposition groups in Iran, Iraq, Syria, and other countries and are currently seeking foreign backing to combat the suppression of the IRGC in Iran and other strongholds of the Iran regime in the region.

 

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Iran’s Supreme Leader to Give Up Hope

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Iran’s Supreme Leader to Give Up Hope

“There is no problem with negotiations and keeping contact with the Europeans, but you should give up hope on them over economic issues or the nuclear deal,” Iran’s Supreme Leader, Khamenei was quoted as saying according to a Fox news report. Israel confirms its threat against Iranian tactical targets in Syria according to AFP, Prime Minister Netanyahu stated, “The IDF (Israel Defence Forces) will continue to take strong and determined action against Iran’s attempts to station forces and advanced weapons systems in Syria.” Further tension on Iran includes Russia’s naval forces now moving against Iran’s claims on Syria, Haaretz earlier reported with internal conditions in Iran still critical for the regime.

This means Iran’s Islamic Republic is facing a major turning point in its near future. Iran’s internal opposition including Kurdish resistance forces have never had a clearer path to regime change or separatists’ independence. The Kurdistan Freedom Party (PAK) are seen by the Iranian government as a threat inside Iran as well as outside. Having fought ISIS in Iraq and Syria between 2014-2018, the PAK are a considerable multinational threat to Iran’s IRGC and may use foreign assistance and aggression to push back Iran’s position in the region to a point of no return for the Islamic Republic.

 

Iran Demands US Pay Damages in ICJ

While holding an estimated 5,000+  protesters in prison, Iran during proceedings at the Hague is asking for a temporary ban on sanctions with financial compensation for economic damages from the US to be paid according to Iran’s state-run media; the court may issue a ruling later this week. The report listed:

– The United States must stop the measures taken from May 8 without any delay

– The United States should immediately stop the threat of imposing new sanctions on Iran

– The United States must ensure that it does not take any steps to circumvent the court’s ruling in this case

– The United States should compensate for damage to Iranian companies on the basis of the Court’s judgment.

Iran in Strait of Hormuz

Russian Military Says No Match

The media circus continues. Fars is also reporting on the Strait of Hormuz: Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri claimed, “vessels are having a smooth trafficking in the Strait of Hormuz because the warships of the trans-regional states are obeying the orders issued by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy in accordance to international laws.” Russian media RT says, “Iranian Navy no match for US battle group” according to a Russian military official.

On Twitter, Iranian cleric attacks women as “animals… to be used by men… and nothing more.” Iran’s intimidation tactics to not appear to be working on the FreeIran2018 Movement. According to Al Jazeera, tens have just been arrested in Iran for being “spies.”

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China Investment in the Congo isn’t helping the Region

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Congo is Rich in Minerals but has a Poor Population

Kinshasa, Congo– the third largest city in Africa, a fireman sits in full dress in a station that has no walls, no roof, and no amenities. They have all burned. Yet, the river Congo is the world’s second-largest river. A young Congolese boy practices martial arts on the muddy streets. Between 230,000 and 1 million Chinese have immigrated to Africa where they have opened banks, import businesses, electronics shops, pharmacies and restaurants. A woman working in a local post office explains to each Congolese worker who comes to collect in his/her pay that there are no wages. However, a “benign climate and rich soil make it fertile, beneath the soil abundant deposits of copper, gold, diamonds, cobalt, uranium, coltan and oil are just some of the minerals that should make it one of the world’s richest countries,” according to BBC. The fireman, the boy, and the woman are three figures in the documentary film, Elephant’s Dream that tours the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where nearly 80 million people reside with only 1% of the population having access to electricity in rural areas and 19% in urban areas.

 

Chinese Investment isn’t helping the People of the Congo

China replaced the United States as Africa’s largest trading partner in 2009, and estimated in 2012 it conducted $200 billion in trade with Africa having in the last 35 years moved approximately 600m Africans out of poverty. This success is attributed to a non-interference policy to develop Africa’s infrastructure in exchange for mineral extraction through mining. Yet Chinese exceptionalism as a resource based policy is not new to the colonies. The independent Democratic Republic of Congo has yet to realize its leverage in dealing with superpowers and determining the terms of its trade with international partners at varying stages of development. Neither the billions of dollars in US AID nor the billions of development investment from the Chinese have dramatically transformed the war torn underdeveloped fabric of the Congo for the average Congolese. However, as the African continent is overwhelmed with mass migration, and the Congo is in a relatively secure location with ample resources, it represents one of the better choices for rapid growth enhancements to the country where some migrants and Congolese may directly benefit both in the short and long-term future.

 

Generally, their investment is accompanied by a massive influx of Chinese citizens. In the process of building infrastructure, no efforts have been deployed to capacitate the DRC’s public agencies such as the Roads Office, the Office of Urban Roads and Canalization, and the Office for Country Roads. The use of imported Chinese labor, unstructured skills transfer, and lack of investment in the DRC institutions are among some of the factors that create scepticism about China’s development approach.50 The benefits of these mega infrastructure projects are diminished by the fact that most of the people who do the actual work are Chinese who in most cases repatriate their earnings back to China and eventually return home with their skills and expertise. As such, Chinese construction undermines sustainability and transformation of the Congolese society and undermines the win-win partnership.

 

Work Camps instead of Refugee Camps

If the Congolese government were interested in taking advantage of these opportunities, it with bilateral agreements with developed countries to clean, purify, and develop water resources for drinking, agriculture, and energy. Instead of refugee camps, it may request worker camps to draft in Congolese and immigrant skilled workers or unskilled labor that can be trained to development sites where worker camps can be phased into permanent housing in close proximities to long-term employment opportunities. Since the Chinese mining efforts were implemented in the Congo without respect to water pollution, and Chinese companies have not yet been sanctioned according to an American study, water projects and updated mining methods are one of the immediate areas for international and domestic cooperation and opportunity. Medical resources needed to ensure and maintain healthy labor forces is another area of immediate opportunity that can be implemented towards a sustainable medical industry in the Congo. From growth in these areas, the Congolese government may invest in furthering national education standards in the country and other independent infrastructure.

For US companies working in the areas of mining and water resources such as the construction of dams could mirror similar projects in the US where dam repair and updated water and energy systems many of which were constructed during the 1930s WPA programs and badly in need of improvements can be negotiated into agreements. This would provide additional investment incentives and immediate returns for private US companies working in these industries and US government resources such the utilization of the Army Corps of Engineers and Civil Military Operations to invest in countries like the Democratic Republic of Congo where the long-term stability and economic advantages for the US present prohibitive investment risks in both sectors private and public. Additional visible operating presence of superpowers may have an impact on security vulnerabilities for the region while additional stages areas for managing terror and crime threats on the continent.

 

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Refugee Camps lead to Slum Cities

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Refugee Camps lead to Slum Cities

The mass migration movements from Syria, and other countries across Africa, are in excess of 60 million displaced people. Recently plans for refugee camps have surfaced that on paper would support the refugees but in practice would be unable to contain the sheer mass of people without turning into slums with high crime rates. To put it in perspective one refugee camp to house 60 million displaced people equals a city 6.5 times the size of Mexico City. The logistics of clean water, food, power, and basic healthcare cannot be provided in one of these refugee camps, not only that, but these camps would only exacerbate existing problems in unemployment, education, and healthcare.

The refugee camp systems have already proven risky and ineffective in countries like Syria where youth have been drafted into violent gangs or terrorist organizations, women have experienced violent crimes some preferring the relative stability of living as ISIS brides, and disease and poverty become long-term systemic handicaps. These environments have created social welfare nightmares in epidemic proportions that continue to drain international resources in defense and Aid programming. It’s time to rethink the problem and arrive with fresh solutions.

 

Smart Cities are Smart Solutions to Resettlement

It must be approached in terms of urban and rural development in relatively stable locations politically and militarily. Sustainable urban planning around midsize cities and development between midsize cities so as to avoid draining the resources of one and connect resources across several cities will absorb the problem of resettling such large amounts of people. This will also create areas of regional security, environmental challenges, the control of employment, containment of disease, and educational needs to support continued sustainable economic growth.

 

Foreign Investment is hurting Developing / Underdeveloped Countries

Currently, much of the developing world is engaged with China, Russia, and EU in terms of developing natural resources and establishing infrastructure and stability, and these engagements are known to be very one-sided to the advantage of the China, Russia, or EU based investors while countries like Pakistan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo are likely to be acquired by these investors bit by bit in the form of loans, the building of roads, railways, nuclear energy facilities, mining, communications, etc.

This approach further creates investment opportunities for the US that could also provide competitive engagements setting new standards on the African and Middle Eastern continents where current economic deals with Russia and China have prospered to the detriment of economic and political independence for native countries. It is also possible to manage these types of investments so that they are reciprocal engagements aimed at rebuilding critical infrastructure and increasing foreign direct investment in developed countries.

If one compares the type of investment needed to service the needs of displaced populations with the needs of many U.S. inner cities and outdated infrastructure including roads, bridges, dams, water and energy systems as well as social services like education, employment, and health care, these are nearly identical including population growth and thus require the same multilayered types of development investment and sustainability, which means that these engagements can be set-up to cross-pollinate one another internationally. The building of a new energy facility in a country like Nigeria can be mirrored in a U.S. city like Detroit. This method also avoids costly social welfare and aid program hikes that do not provide a return on investment, it actually cuts those costs long term.

 

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We Cannot Feed Our Families with Silence

We Cannot Feed Our Families with Silence

“We cannot hold back because we cannot feed our families with silence,” says a Kermanshah protestor in the winter of 2017-18, according to Iran Human Rights Documentation Center an estimated 5,000 protestors have been arrested as a result of the Iranian protests. Six months have passed since this report was issued in February 2018. Prices for food staples continue to rise as the Iranian rial is now 42,105.00 to 1 US dollar.

Mothers & Fathers are torn from their children in Iran Regime’s Latest Arrests

Protesters have tried to storm Iran’s prisons and social media campaigns have gone viral internationally urging authorities to #FreeAllProtesters. CNN reported that Abbas Edalat, an award-winning professor of computer science and mathematics, “is one of three British-Iranian citizens currently detained in Iran. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a project manager at the Thomson Reuters Foundation, was arrested in 2016 and remains in jail, while Kamal Foroughi has been held in Tehran since 2011.” Protesters are petitioning the United Nations for the release of prisoners by gathering online signatures. Currently, 14,723 have signed on this site.

Regime Uses Prisoners are Bargaining Chips

Taking prisoners and holding them hostage to barter deals with foreign powers is a pattern of behavior in the Islamic Regime especially in the targeting of American, British, or other European Iranians traveling between Iran and the west. Such prisoners are used as bargaining tools in efforts to free their own assets detained abroad. Prisoner exchange was part of the nuclear negotiations with the Obama administration during which numerous “spies” were taken prisoner. During the Iran-Iraq War, prisoners and hostages were also traded although usually for aircraft parts and arms not food, water, and electricity. The 1981 Algiers Accord provided Iran diplomatic immunity which meant that acts of terror committed by Iran were protected. Today’s prisoners may likely contribute to  tomorrow’s IRGC funds.

 

International intimidation through the taking of and mistreatment of prisoners has proven to be an effective psychological form of attack on the Iranian population as well as western governments. It affirms the hardline establishment’s image of beligerrence which is favored at the expense of the Islamic Republic’s credibility as a western trading partner. The inside stories of Iran’s prisons further serve to embolden the Iranian government’s international image with other autocratic regimes such as Turkey, China, Pakistan, and Syria through which it benefits from in both trade and defense agreements.

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Iran’s Regime Moves Closer to the Edge

Iran’s Regime Moves Closer to the Edge

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Islamic Regime Panics amid Tanking Economy

Iran’s government attempts to intimidate the UN during its lawsuit at the International Court of Justice to lift U.S. sanctions while claiming the Strait of Hormuz with IRGC Naval forces confronting the US Navy in the Gulf. Iran used the Treaty of Amity which was designed to establish international trade between Iran and the US in 1955 in a claim against the US in the international court regarding the 1987 incident during the Iran-Iraq War that damaged an oil platform, but the court ruled that the 1981 Algiers Accord undid the spirit of the earlier friendship agreement. The Tasmin state-run media in Iran is quoting General Alireza Tangsiri, “Iran has full control of the Gulf, and the US Navy does not belong there.”

A further sign of intimidation from Iran’s government comes in the form of a new agreement Iran signed with the Assad regime in Syria to “deepen military cooperation with Syria, reaffirming its intention to remain in the country despite moves by the U.S. and its allies to contain Tehran’s military reach,” according to the WSJ. However, the internal strife inside the Islamic Republic shows symptoms of further fragmentation from the ongoing protests as the Supreme Leader pressures President Rouhani to remove important ministers that failed to respond to the U.S. sanctions. The Economy Minister and Central Bank Governor in Iran have recently been removed from power. This domino effect may see these positions filled with hardline support for further isolation. Recent crackdowns on Hezbollah financial operations in the US may also restrict Iran’s ability to hold ground in Lebanon, Yemen through which it may use intimidation tactics to control shipping on the Red Sea, and other countries like Somalia and Nigeria.

The lawsuit at the International Court of Justice filed by Iran directly draws the United Nations into the conflict, but it may ultimately use its R2P (Responsibility to Protect) and POC (Protection of Citizens) to mediate regime change in Iran as the regime continues to present itself as the aggressor in the conflict using the IRGC to disrupt international shipping in the Gulf and the ongoing suppression of protests inside the country. The UN could assemble a peacekeeping force to protect shipping lines in the Gulf and Red Seas. Talks have not yet taken place between Rouhani and Trump.

 

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Archival Institute Interviews Judith Yaphe

Introduction

Judith Yaphe is an adjunct professor in the Elliott School and Senior Research Fellow and Middle East Project Director in the Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS) at the National Defense University in Washington, DC. Before joining INSS in 1995, Dr. Yaphe served for 20 years as a senior analyst on Middle Eastern and Persian Gulf issues in the Office of Near Eastern and South Asian Analysis, Directorate of Intelligence, CIA. She specializes in Iraq, Iran, Arabian/Persian Gulf security issues, and Political Islam/Islamic extremism.

Yaphe received the B.A. with Honors in History from Moravian College and the Ph.D. in Middle Eastern History from the University of Illinois. Selected publications include Strategic Implications of a Nuclear-Armed Iran with Dr. Kori Schake, (2001), The Middle East in 2015: The Impact of Regional Trends on U.S. Strategic Planning (2002), The United States and the Persian Gulf, ed. by Richard D. Sokolsky (2003).

Interview with Judith Yaphe | Washington D.C. August 8, 2014

I did a Ph.D. in Middle Eastern History, Modern Middle Eastern History at the University of Illinois and I thought I would teach my whole life.  By the time I had finished there were no jobs. I taught a little bit but then I was recruited by the CIA to work as an analyst, political analyst on the Middle East and rather than have no job at all, it didn’t seem like a bad idea and I started there in 1975 and I was there for more than 20 years.

I always worked on the Gulf area.  I am an Iraq specialist. I did my Ph.D. thesis on the Great Arab Revolt in Iraq; it’s now called the Great Iraqi Revolt but that’s what a revolution does to history.  And, I did focus on Iraq, Iran. Any time there was a war everybody worked on that, and the Gulf area, which at that time was very, very quiet. And I did three years in counterterrorism when the Center was first started up by Bill Casey in the 1980s, and I did it for, I think, a special reason.

My boss, when I was in the Middle East, Office of Near Eastern South Asia analyst, analysis was Bob Ames, Robert Ames.  There has just been a biography published of him. He was one of the stars of Middle Eastern politics and history and in government, especially in intelligence services.  And I had done some work for him and he was off on his way to Beirut on a mission for Secretary of State Shultz at the time, having to do with the PLO and peace prospects, so very early stages, and he was killed in the Beirut bombing in April of 1983.

And I think I was one of several people I knew who were so effected by that event that we found ourselves, a year or two later, in the Counterterrorism Center, which was just getting started, and I think it was the beginning of – well, what became, obviously, a full-blown industry, although not really until 9/11.

But that was the beginning and the decision had been made at the time not to sit back and wait for things to happen, but to try to be more proactive.  But I was an analyst on my area of specialization and at a time when Iran was a high focus. This is the early to mid-1980s, the Iran-Iraq War is on, of course, but Iran is also involved in a number of bad activities, lots of terrorism going on, and by terrorism, international acts of terror against civilians.  There was a pretty good definition at the time, it was not about military operations but it had a _________ they were especially targeting westerners, the United States for different reasons. These were supporters, if not surrogates, of Iran.

And it was a high-agenda item for the U.S. government.  When the hostages were taken in Lebanon, that was an extremely high visibility issue, maybe visibility isn’t the right word ’cause nobody knew who – you know, we were not known as to who was working on this.  But the point I wanted to make is it had the attention of the president, President Reagan, and nobody, I think, really understood how deeply he was affected by that.

United States Attorney General is Coming for Hezbollah

United States Attorney General is Coming for Hezbollah

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Hezbollah Busts in the US

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions is assembling a legal team to hunt down Hezbollah financing and narco-terrorism trafficking in the United States including Project Cassandra. According to the POLITICO report, agents working for the DEA operated “out of a top-secret DEA facility in Chantilly, Virginia, used wiretaps, undercover operations, and informants to map Hezbollah’s illicit networks, with the help of 30 U.S. and foreign security agencies.” The DEA Project Cassandra traced “…large sums of money were being laundered from the Americas, through Africa, and to Lebanon into Hezbollah’s coffers.”

Sessions and the DEA are concerned about previous Obama administration roadblocks into these investigations that date back to the nuclear negotiations with Iran. This concern partly stems from the Uranium One scandal that has been circulating about how Lockheed Martin was able to secure 17 no-bid contracts to sell Uranium to Russia through an Obama-Clinton collusion.

 

Russia Purchases Uranium from U.S., Nigeria, and Namibia

However, Russia around the same time was also securing large Uranium purchases in Nigeria and Namibia, and other countries. Following a Russian diplomatic tour of Africa in 2009, agreements for prospecting, mining, oil, construction, purchasing gas, oil, uranium, and bauxite assets were made with Angola, Nigeria, Sudan, South Africa, Namibia, and other countries.

It also agreed to construct power facilities—hydroelectric power plants on the River Congo, in Angola, Zambia, Namibia, and Equatorial Guinea, and nuclear power plants in South Africa and Nigeria. This includes the creation of a floating nuclear power plant, and South African participation in the international project to build a nuclear enrichment center in Russia, and the construction of railways in Nigeria, Guinea, and Angola with Russian trade houses for the promotion and maintenance of Russian engineering products.

Nigeria and Namibia have been increasing significant exports to Iran. Uranium ore accounts for 75% of Niger exports to the world, and Niger has significant exports to Iran including vaseline, paper, biscuit, tomato paste, syrup, chocolate, polyethylene, auto parts, floorings and construction material. According to Mahmoud Haji, secretary of the Trade Promotion Organization of Iran, Nigeria registered a 55% increase from the previous year on exports from Nigeria to Iran. 

Iran’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Morteza Rahimi Zarchi, has stated that “Iran plans to expand cooperation with Nigeria. Recently, there were numerous meetings headed by the Iranian vice president to expand cooperation with Africa, particularly Nigeria, the biggest economy in the continent. A number of decisions had been taken and this will soon translate from words to action.”

 

Hezbollah in Nigeria

Iran began operating Hezbollah cells in Nigeria following the 1979 Islamic Revolution through a young Nigerian named Ibrahim Zakzaky, who began training as a Shia cleric in Iran after being expelled from university for participating in the student protests there.

On his return to Nigeria, he became the founder and leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN). Zakzaky began promoting Hezbollah and Islamic Republic propaganda in his Nigerian home exploiting the fifth largest Muslim population in the world at about 90 million Muslims. IMN constitutes the majority of the Shia Muslims estimated to be between 3 to 5 million.

 

Codenames, Aunt and Uncle for USA and Israel

In 2010,thirteen shipping containers with 240 tons of ammunition, rockets, mortar bombs, and grenades were seized uncovering a front company, Behineh Trading, for the IRGC, Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, with Nigerian officials reporting that this shipment was preceded by two prior shipments in which Nigerians sentenced a member of Iranian Quds Force, Azim Aghajani to five years in prison for the illegal imports.

Over the next three years, Abdullah Mustapha Berende who went to Iran on a scholarship to Imam Khomeini University where he received training for AK-47s, pistols, and the production of Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) was detained with two Nigerians for belonging to a terrorist cell in Nigeria. On his Berende was provided $24,000 and given the codename “Uncle” for Israel and “Aunt” for the USA by Iran on his deployment to Nigeria, according to Nigerian State Security which further provided that Berende was acting on instructions to gather intel on Americans and Israelis in Nigeria.

 

Sunni-Shia Turmoil in Nigeria

Also, three Lebanese nationals in Nigeria were arrested in the same year who had received training by Hezbollah after the discovery of an arms cache in Kano. The Nigerian government is now targeting Shia, IMN, in Northern Nigeria cracking down on “IMN property, religious schools and places of worship.” This has lead to the recent Sunni-Shia conflict opening up the potential for civil war in Nigeria. Boko Haram has an established oil militancy in Nigeria, and the Nigerian government has announced concern for clashes between IMN and Boko Haram.

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Terror Colonies of Africa Influenced by Middle Eastern Powers

Terror Colonies of Africa Influenced by Middle Eastern Powers

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AQIM, Al Shabab, Boko Haram, and Hezbollah to Tear them Down; GCC and Iran to Build them UP

This geographic configuration isn’t anything new. Middle East investment in Africa suggests a larger mission of break down local power and rebuild with their own influence. Territories that have been established over a period of years by AQIM, Al Shabab, and Boko Haram have firmly held strongholds consistent with GCC investments in the same areas of the continent. Resources are the key to the engagements according to a recent study.

“What the countries that make up the Gulf bloc have in oil and natural gas, they lack in water and arable land. Achieving food security is a top priority for each of the GCC states, which import between 80 and 90 percent of the food their rapidly growing populations consume.”

Africa GCC Investment map

Iran has followed this establishment of power by terrorist groups closely and is working to establish their own footholds on the African continent. Iran’s government met with South African President, Jacob Zuma after the lifting of sanctions on the Islamic Republic, but as new sanctions have been applied since, Iran-South Africa trade may be altered towards the go-betweens of Pakistan, Turkey, and UAE among others for Iran to maintain any interests in South Africa.

“South Africa is hoping to exploit a market hungry for investment as tens of billions of dollars worth of Iranian assets will now be unfrozen and global companies that have been barred from doing business there will benefit.” –JPost.

Iran has also recently engaged Zimbabwe on counter terrorism support aimed at improving its standing at the United Nations. However, this would further expand IRGC influence and Hezbollah in Africa. Hezbollah has already trained operatives acting in Nigeria. In 2013, four Hezbollah operatives were sanctioned by the US Treasury Department for drug smuggling in Sierra Leone, Senegal, the Ivory Coast and Gambia.

A Moroccan news agency reported, “In February 2018, U.S. sanctions targeted a number of Hezbollah affiliated businesses, including some in West Africa.  Furthermore, as far back as October 2017, the U.S. counterterror operations found Hezbollah weapons caches in Kuwait, which has a significant Shi’a population, and Nigeria, where Iran is actively supporting Shi’a militia, a fact well known to locals yet rarely discussed in the media.”

Iran has invested in naval superiority to exercise control in the Gulf, the Red Sea, and the long important African coasts where piracy and illegal trafficking activities are extremely high. “And as Iran is seeking to become a major exporter of small arms, African countries could also be a lucrative market. In addition, Tehran may hope that its expanding ties with African countries would serve its naval expansion plans in the future,” according to the Middle East Institute.

According to U.S. AFRICOM, Hezbollah has made effective alliances with Algeria and Polisario on an uninhibited trek through the continent. Sanctions have also been imposed on Ali and Husayn Tajideen whose business ties are linked to Kassim Tajideen (SDGT) and financial operations in West Africa, Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, and the Virgin Islands for raising millions of dollars to Hezbollah.

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