July 3rd, 2014
The man in this video, Abu Safiyya, spokesman for jihadist terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), was identified by Norwegian public TV NRK as 24-year old Bastián Alexis Vásquez.
Vásquez was born and raised in Norway of Chilean parents. After converting to Islam he took the name Muhammad Jundullah or Abu Saffiya, and joined radical islamist Norwegian group. “Profetens Ummah”.
ISIS English-language outfit, Al-Hayat media, released two videos Sunday, one of which features Abu Safiyya,
The high production values make Al-Hayat videos appear far more sophisticated than the average jihadist propaganda and serve to attract Western viewers, who may be inclined to join ISIS. Unlike other jihadist groups, they are seeking to build their numbers by persuading Western Muslims–not jihadists already active in the area. This explains the development of a theme song and editing of a mass execution to make it look like a scene out of a World War II movie. ISIS’s adeptness with media makes it one of the most dangerous of such threats against the Western world, and as it expands, expect the group to parade its international recruits more prominently in subsequent videos.
The second video is much violent, as you can see here.
ISIS declared a caliphate last Sunday. Among other propaganda released is this other video, not as polished, in Spanish (which I translated), staking a claim on Spain,
Abu/Bastián is the guy who taunted Obama to buy diapers.
July 3rd, 2014
Argentine Consensus Emerges: Pay Off Debt
Argentines, Business Groups and Ruling-Party Lawmakers Say the Government Should Settle Its Bondholder Debt
“The solution is to reach an agreement, and an agreement obviously means paying,” Daniel Scioli, governor of Buenos Aires province and a leading figure in Mrs. Kirchner’s Peronist movement, said in a recent televised interview.
I would not be at all surprised if she decides to default.
July 3rd, 2014
Fort Sill houses 1,200 unaccompanied children, but members of the U.S. Congress are not allowed in:
A congressman trying to visit a federal facility housing unaccompanied illegal immigrants from Central America was denied access to the building today.
According to a press release, Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., attempted to visit the Fort Sill Army post—run by the Department of Health and Human Services—in Lawton, Okla., Tuesday but was told that he would have to schedule an appointment to enter the building.
Bridenstine says an HHS official told him he could schedule a visit in three weeks.
Rep. Bridenstine, a member of the Armed Services Committe, explained why he wanted to visit the facility,
Many of the children are sick,
Three or four children were reportedly taken to Rady’s Children’s Hospital on Tuesday night, although details of the hospital visits or what diseases the children may have were not immediately available.
There are also high incidences of communicable diseases,
The Central American passengers were screened for unknown diseases and at least 40 were being quarantined at the Border Patrol Chula Vista Station with active scabies and head lice.
Murrieta Border Patrol agents are testing positive for Tuberculosis. Hand and Foot Disease, and Chagos, both previously eradicated from the area, are on the rise.
In related news, CDC CONFIRMS ACTIVATION OF “EMERGENCY OPERATION CENTER” IN RESPONSE TO IMMIGRANT INFLUX
After months, federal health agency responsible for “disease control and prevention” breaks silence.
“The CDC Emergency Operations Center is activated during events such as hurricanes or disease outbreaks,” a 2009 CDC video about the EOC states.
Oh, wait, they’re not illegal aliens, they’re #RefugeeRiders. And they’re here to stay: Little known law could allow many of the unaccompanied children to remain in the U.S. legally if they are “abandoned”
July 2nd, 2014
Flood the border. Crisis. Opportunity:
Obama wants to use the crisis for one of two things (or maybe both, come to think of it): (1) coercing Republicans into passing a “comprehensive” bill and giving him what he wants, on pain of being called obstructionist do-nothings (2) doing it himself and getting exactly what he wants.
So far, the plan has worked for him.
July 2nd, 2014
Back in the Middle Ages, theologians would count how many angels could dance on the head of a pin; now the Left is Bean-counting Catholic justices.
Read my latest at Da Tech Guy Blog.
While you’re at it, listen to last night’s podcast, Are Liberals Patriotic? I was Rick Moran’s guest.
July 1st, 2014
The usual diversion of tyrants? Or an offer someone refused?
(h/t Monica’s FB feed & commenter Tom),
Military officers said to have trespassed on the Essequibo
Guyanese president not to issue any statement until probe’s results.
Looks like the bribe went missing,
According to Stabroek News the civilians attacked, which are part of an illicit gold mining and smuggling network, failed to pay the soldiers a periodical fee in exchange for them turning a blind eye to illegal mining on Venezuelan territory.
Meanwhile someone had A rude awakening in Bonn .
July 1st, 2014
On the one hand, Obama Seeks More Than $2 Billion in Border Control Funds
White House Wants Authority to Return Children to Their Native Countries Faster
President Barack Obama is seeking more than $2 billion to respond to the surge in children and other migrants from Central America who are illegally crossing the U.S. border, and is asking for new authority to return them home more quickly, the White House said Sunday.
On the other hand, Rep. Luis [D-IL] Gutierrez said Tuesday that President Barack Obama has the power to “heal” undocumented immigrants, as Obama said Monday he would begin using his authority to bolster border security and consider taking other steps on his own to change the nation’s immigration policy.
Neoneocon translated all of the above into plain English: Obama announces he has to crown himself king because Congress won’t, and the $2billion comes from our hard-earned dollars:
the border element will mysteriously fall by the wayside, and the entire operation will end up only expediting the granting of asylum to most of the parents and children who have come here illegally, under the argument that they are fleeing in fear of their lives and also under our family reunification policy. He’ll try to keep the statistics on all of this hush-hush. But it will accomplish his goal, and he will extend programs like his executive action of June 2012 that started the whole Cloward-Piven illegal immigration ball rolling.
“On my own, without Congress.”
In fact, Democrats had full control of both houses of Congress during the first two years of his administration and Obama did – 0 – on immigration.
It’s not about immigration: it’s about consolidating power.
Let’s say there are 20 million illegals here.
$2 billion divided by 20 million = $100,000 apiece
I can self-”heal” a lot on that.
June 30th, 2014
Edward Jay Epstein writes on Revisiting Snowden’s Hong Kong Getaway
A year after the intelligence thief landed in Moscow, many questions remain about how he ended up in Putin’s hands.
While important details about Edward Snowden’s activities in Hong Kong remain shrouded in secrecy, the conventional portrait of his stay there and in Russia as one of improvisation and serendipity is at odds with the precision of his well-planned thefts.
Until March 15, 2013, Mr. Snowden worked at the NSA base in Honolulu for Dell, the outside contractor which supplied technicians to work on the NSA’s backup system. From this vantage point, he had access to the NSA Net, from which he pilfered most of the documents he later gave to journalists including the ones about NSA domestic operations that have preoccupied the world’s media.
But he quit Dell and moved to Booz Allen Hamilton, the outside contractor that ran the computer systems in the NSA’s Threat Operations Center. Here he could get access to the crown jewels, the lists of computers in four adversary nations—Russia, China, North Korea and Iran—that the agency had penetrated. He later told the South China Morning Post that his whole reason for making the job switch was to get “access to lists of machines all over the world the NSA hacked.”
He carried out that theft, which included stealing passwords that gave him access to secret files, with great precision. There is no reason to assume that his getaway was any less deliberately planned.
I’ve also read Edward Lucas’s The Snowden Operation: Inside the West’s Greatest Intelligence Disaster. Lucas makes a convincing case that Snowden had to have help inside Booz Allen and/or the NSA. Who are those people?
June 30th, 2014
For us not-fans, the World Cup drags on forever, but it’s only on its third week. The half-time verdict Expectations were low. They have been exceeded
“They installed a huge stage right in the middle of Copacabana beach to watch #CHI beat #BRA Is it possible..? Yes we can !!”
Ruling Risks New Argentine Default as Monday Deadline Approaches
Bank of New York Mellon Corp. must return a $539 million deposit from Argentina intended for restructured bondholders, a U.S. judge ruled, calling the transfer an “explosive action” that disrupted potential settlement talks with holders of defaulted debt.
U.S. District Judge Thomas Griesa in New York has ruled that Argentina can’t pay holders of its restructured debt without also paying more than $1.5 billion to a group of defaulted bondholders, raising the possibility of a new default as the South American nation approaches a June 30 payment deadline.
Robert Cohen, a lawyer for hedge funds holding the defaulted debt, told Griesa that Argentina “defiantly and contemptuously” violated his court orders.
Prince Harry thanks Brazilians in first ever royal video message
Prince Harry thanks the people of Brazil for their hospitality in the first ever video message to be recorded by a member of the Royal family
The World Cup of Dirty Dreams: Inside Brazil’s Most Infamous Brothel
Full of beautiful women and XXX behavior, Rio de Janeiro’s Centaurus has enticed celebrities, soccer stars and anyone else willing to pay a fee and go inside. We go behind the doors of a scandalous sin palace
Central America Border Rush Fueled By Remittances
Chile Falls from Investment Grace, Out of World’s Top 10
South America Drags the Regional Chain in Foreign Direct Investment Ranking
Pablo Escobar’s hippos: A growing problem. Jaime Bayly interviewed his former girlfriend. They did not talk about hippos:
StarTek leaves: Another US company closes operations in Costa Rica; 550 workers to lose jobs
Amnesty International DOCUMENT – CUBA: FURTHER INFORMATION: PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE AWAIT SENTENCING
Vatican Defrocks Ambassador in Abuse Inquiry
The Vatican has defrocked its former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, an archbishop from Poland who was accused of sexually abusing boys while he served as the pope’s representative in the Caribbean nation.
The former archbishop, Jozef Wesolowski, 65, is the first papal nuncio known to have been removed from the priesthood because of accusations of child sexual abuse.
Blame Comprehensive Immigration Reform Advocates for the Border Meltdown
Falkland Islands UN resolution siding with Argentina ‘outdated’ and ‘not relevant’, says Britain
United Nations committee resolution calling on Britain and Argentina to negotiate a Falkland Islands solution – essentially favouring Argentina’s stance – dismissed by Foreign Office
Top Border Control Official: The US Is Now Part of the Smuggling Business
CARTEL MEMBERS AMBUSH FEDERAL POLICEMEN IN MEXICAN BORDER STATE
Mexico vigilante leader arrested
Jose Manuel Mireles, one of Mexico’s main vigilante leaders battling drug cartels, is arrested for carrying unauthorised weapons, officials say.
Panama pulls a Pontius Pilate move on Chong Chon Gang
Paraguay floods lead to evacuation of thousands
Peru’s Pay-to-Commit-Crime Politics: Presidential Corruption under Investigation
No More “Get Out of Jail Free” Cards, Says Peruvian Congress
Rare Incan ‘Calculators’ Found in Peru
A Band-Aid for Puerto Rico
Legislation was passed to provide a mechanism to restructure the debts of Puerto Rico’s so-called public corporations.
Take a bite out of crime? Mujica strongly supports Suárez and blasts FIFA: “they went too far”
Uruguay’s president Jose Mujica blasted FIFA’s Thursday decision to fine and suspend the country’s main scorer Luis Suarez from any football activity for four months arguing the association that rules world football measures things with different rods, and since Uruguay “is a small country, it’s cheap for them”.
Let’s wiki-audit PDVSA
Venezuela blackout interrupts live-television broadcast from President Maduro
A blackout cut electricity in various parts of Venezuela on Friday and twice interrupted the live television broadcast of a speech by President Nicolas Maduro, who said authorities were seeking more information about the outage.
Venezuela seeks support for a seat at the UN Security Council
Over 40 countries backed Venezuela’s nomination to the UN Security Council in 2013
The week’s posts and podcast:
Argentina: Boudou’s voodoo may land him in the hoosgow
Immigration headlines today
Venezuela: North Korea to open embassy in Caracas
En español: Terapia intensiva #213
Did you know the IRS employees are unionized?
Ecuador whines at the UN Human Rights Council
Bolivia reduces coca production
Brazil’s Odebrecht accused of slave labor
At Da Tech Guy Blog:
O’s foreign policy, Northern Triangle edition
US-Latin America stories of the week
June 28th, 2014
A judge has charged Argentina’s Vice President Amado Boudou with bribery and conducting business incompatible with public office. Money quote (all puns intended):
The charges relate to the acquisition of the company that prints the country’s currency, and of benefiting from government contracts.
Mr. Boudou is accused of using shell companies and secret middlemen to gain control of the company that was given contracts to print the Argentine peso and campaign material for the ticket he shared with President Cristina Fernandez.
Somewhere in the U.S., a politician is taking notes.