Trump Tells Erdogan ‘I Will Destroy Turkeys Economy’ In Leaked White House Letter

Interestingly enough, Russia Today is now touting a leaked White House letter from the office of the Presidency, in which Donald Trump literally tells President Erdogan of Turkey “Dont be a fool” in regards to his current Syria invasion, with treats of “destroying Turkeys economy” if Erdogan and Trump can not reach a deal in the near future. Dated October 9th 2019, the letter is incredibly interesting for many reasons, first off is the fact it is completely immature and almost childish language coming the from nations highest office. Second, Trump is outright threatening a NATO ally with economic sanctions and economic Warfare – much like we have done to Russia, Venezuela, Iran and many others over recent years. This is also incredibly dangerous for not just the future of international relations between the US and Turkey, but all NATO countries for that matter.

Honestly, I am not going to hype up the letter any more or any less for you, instead you can read it for yourself below…..

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LulzSecKurdistan Hacks/Defaces 4 Websites Across Turkey & Iran

Last night, March 29th 2019, a new group of hackers going by the name of “LulzSec Kurdistan” (@LulzSecKu) claimed responsibility for hack and defacement of 4 websites across Turkey and Iran. While the group is new to social media as of March 2019 and the hacks below represent their first couple postings to the service, according to the groups website, the hackers appears to have been very active over the course of the last two weeks – hacking/defacing 150 websites around the world dating back to March 14th 2019.

LulzSecKurdistan’s Portfolio: https://mirror-h.org/search/hacker/30891/pages/5

Browsing through their archives, it appears as though the group is primarily interested in targets in the United States, Israel, the Netherlands, South Africa, Turkey and Iran, targeting various local businesses, organizations and/or gaming websites hosted inside these countries. The group also appears to be political active as well, hacking some websites and replacing them with a message reading “Stop Killing Muslims.

Hacked Iran:

Target: hxxp://hamedhamidi.ir/lulzKurd.htm/
Defacement: http://hamedhamidi.ir/lulzKurd.htm
Mirror: https://mirror-h.org/zone/2082022/

Target: hxxp://tptm.ir/lulzsecku/
Defacement: http://tptm.ir/lulzsecku/
Mirror: https://mirror-h.org/zone/2082020/

Hacked Turkey:

Target: hxxp://borde.com.tr/lulzsecku/
Defacement: http://borde.com.tr/lulzsecku/
Mirror: https://mirror-h.org/zone/2082021/

Target: hxxps://myth.com.tr/
Mirror: https://mirror-h.org/zone/2082019/

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As Women Stage Public Protests Around Iran, Video Journalists Demonstrate The Increased Level of Hostility, Violence & Abuse Women’s Rights Activists Face Inside The Country

(AI) – A series of videos shared on social media in recent weeks have shed light on the daily harassment and violent attacks women in Iran face at the hands of morality police and pro-government vigilantes seeking to enforce the country’s forced hijab (veiling) laws, said Amnesty International. The videos show members of the public or plain-clothes morality police aggressively confronting or attacking women for defying Iran’s degrading forced hijab laws, in the name of defending “public decency” perpetrators of such attacks appear to be getting bolder in their assaults in response to efforts by women to film the violence they face and share the videos on social media.

The video footage that has emerged in recent weeks demonstrates the shocking levels of abuse women in Iran face on a daily basis from morality police or pro-government thugs simply for daring to defy the country’s abusive forced hijab laws,” said Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Research and Advocacy Director. “Iran’s forced hijab laws are not only deeply degrading and discriminatory, they are also being used to justify violent assaults on women and girls in the streets.

Women in Iran are routinely stopped in the street at random by morality police, who insult and threaten them, order them to pull their headscarves forward to hide strands of hair or give them tissues to wipe off their make-up. Women are often physically assaulted including by being slapped in the face, beaten with batons, handcuffed and bundled into police vans. In one of the videos posted online recently, a woman films a confrontation that she says began after a pro-state vigilante persistently ordered her to wear her hijab properly. In the video the man hurls abusive insults at her and, when she objects, he turns around and sprays her in the face with what appears to be pepper spray.

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. حمله وحشیانه با گاز فلفل برای حجاب. باز بگویید مگر همه مشکلات حل شده مانده حجاب ما با این جماعت خشونت طلب ۴۰ سال داریم زندگی می کنیم سکوت بس است. ارسال کننده فیلم نوشته: سلام مسيح جان . اين اقا امروز تو تاكسي وقتي روسري افتاد بمن تذكر داد و من محل نذاشتم بعدش اومد بمن اعتراض كرد باز من محل نذاشتم ولي كوتاه نيومد و باز گير داد و وقتي من شروع كردم ب فيلم گرفتن اسپري فلفل رو دراورد و منو زد! و عينكم رو شكوند! منم جيغ كشيدم و همه جمع شدن!! اين فيلم رو گرفتم ك باقي زناي سرزمين من بفهمن نباد سكوت كنن، دوره اين ادما تموم شده! اينا حق تحكم ب ما ندارن. #دوربین_ما_اسلحه_ما قرار ما همه با هم در حمایت از زنان #پیاده_روی_بدون_حجاب خانم ها حرکت آقایون حمایت. . اجازه دهید کم کم کمپین را به شکلی هدفمند تر دنبال کنیم. وقتی از هدفمندی می گوییم به معنی آن است که برای رسیدن به هدف، باید قدمهایمان را هماهنگ کنیم. باید تفاوت بسیاری از تعاریف را بدانیم. و با آکاهی و انتخاب پیش برویم. گام اول: تمرین کنیم که تحت هر شرایطی فحاشی یا تندی نکنیم. هدف ما علاوه بر نشان دادن شجاعت و اعلام خواسته هایمان، قانع و همراه کردن متعرضین و تماشاچیان است. فحاشی طرف مقابل را در روش خود جدی تر میکند. ما میخواهیم به آنها ثابت کنیم که می شود در کنار هم در مسالمت زیست. این زیست مسالمت امیز را در صدای مان و کلماتمان نشان دهیم. هر همراه کمپین را دعوت میکنیم تا تمرین کند از این پس، بدون ترس، با شجاعت، اما حتی الامکان با لحنی مودبانه و ومتین سخن بگوید و از به کار بردن هر لفظ ناشایست امتناع کند. به امید همدلی بیشتر، حمایت بیشتراز مردم و دفاع بیشتر از زنان قهرمان میهنمان، #چهارشنبه_های_سفید دیگری در راه است. #رهبر_منم_رهبر_تویی #زمانی_برای_کندن_درها #دوربین_ما_اسلحه_ما نکته جالب که در این فیلم به کارنامه جمهوری اسلامی هم اشاره می شود. @pouriazeraati

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In another video, a man is shown yelling, insulting and ordering a woman to put on her headscarf. The woman is heard screaming about his threat to fire a stun gun at her and the man responds: “I did not fire at you. I only showed it to you.

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. . ‫زورگویی و حمله بسیجی به زنانی که حجاب از سر بر می دارند. به این انگشت ارتجاع و زورگو نگاه کنید، ۴۰سال با ما همین کردند. با دیدن #دوربین_ما_اسلحه_ما خیلی سریع تسلیم شد لحنش عوض شد. از مردم، رسانه‌ها دعوت میکنم در مورد حمله وحشیانه‌ی این افراد سکوت نکنند. ‬ خوب گوش کنید می‌گه من شوکر نزدم بهت، فقط نشون دادم… این یعنی به محض دیدن ⁧‫#دوربین_ما_اسلحه_ما‬⁩ دست‌ها را به نشان تسلیم بالا برد و لحنش را عوض کرد… این یعنی از قدرت ما می‌ترسند ولی با این همه نمی‌توانند خشونت شان را کنترل کنند ویدیو از دوستان #گزارشگر #منوتو

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In a third video posted online, a plain-clothes man standing next to a morality police van is seen aiming a gun at unarmed men and women who have intervened to stop the violent arrest of a woman who is not wearing a headscarf. The person who filmed the video explains in a comment that they and other members of the public had to rescue the woman from the morality police, who had confiscated her car keys and were attempting to push her into their van.

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هشدار: تهدید مردم عادی با اسلحه از فاصله بسیار نزدیک توسط مامور گشت ارشاد. . 🔸فیلم کامل را در کانال تلگرامم ببینید. آدرس تلگرام در قسمت بایوی اینستاگرام است . فیلمی واضح و تکان دهنده به کمپین #دوربین_ما_اسلحه_ما ارسال شده از حادثه اتوبان ستاری. در این حادثه مامور گشت ارشاد در مواجهه با حمایت مردم از یک زنی که حجاب بر سر ندارد، از فاصله بسیار نزدیک اسلحه گرم را به سمت صورت آنها نشانه میرود. این چه قانونیست که به مامور گشت ارشاد مجوز میدهد با اسلحه گرم مردم عادی را تهدید کند؟ اینجا زنی را متوقف کردند که چرا در خودروی خود حجاب بر سر نداشته، ماشین او را توقیف و ماموران تلاش می کنند تا به زور این زن را سوار ون گشت ارشاد کنند. مردمی که ناظر بودند و به دستگیری به خاطر حجاب اعتراض داشتند تلاش می کنند مانع بازداشت این زن شوند و سرانجام او را آزاد می کنند و سوییچ ماشین او را هم از ماموران گشت ارشاد پس می گیرند. این مردم به اصل قانون حجاب اجباری و سرکوب شهروندان توسط گشت ارشاد اعتراض دارند. مامور گشت ارشاد در پاسخ اعتراض مردم چندین بار توی صورت چند تن اسلحه میکشد. مردمی که با فقر و گرانی دست و پنجه نرم می کنند بر اساس قانون واپسگرای حجاب اجباری باید برای آزاد ساختن خودروی خود پول و جریمه بدهند از زندگی روزمره شان عقب می مانند و همچنین در روند زندگی روزمره شان دچار مشکلات زیادی می شوند. مردم،‌زن و مرد،‌از حضور انگلی #گشت_ارشاد اسلامی که چهل سال است همچون زالو به جان شهروندان افتاده اند و از خون آنها تغدیه می کنند به جان آمده اند. مردم از اینکه هر روز جلوی چشم شان به خواهر و همسر و همکار و دوست و دخترشان اهانت می شود خسته شده اند. مردم از اینکه سال هاست مجبورند در مقابل به اسارت گرفتن زنان جامعه توسط ماموران گشت اسلامی سکوت کنند عذاب می کشند. ماموران حقوق بگیر از مالیات این مردم تا کی می خواهد زنان جامعه را به اسارت ببرند و انتظار داشته باشند که صدای کسی درنیاید؟ ماموران چرا اینگونه مردم را آزار می دهند و بعد در مقابل اعتراض شان به رویشان اسلحه می کشند؟ ‫زنان از تحقیر، سرکوب، زور و اجبار و گروگان گرفتن خودشان توسط یک دیکتاتوری مذهبی خسته‌اند و مردان به حمایت آمده‌اند. ما، تیم ⁧‫#چهارشنبه_های_سفید‬⁩ از تمام فعالان مدنی و رسانه ای و حقوق بشری دعوت می کنیم که این خشونت آشکار را محکوم کنند.‬

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Iranian women’s rights defenders have courageously filmed these incidents as part of the My Camera My Weapon campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the constant harassment and assault that women and girls face in Iran’s streets as a result of forced hijab laws.

The videos were posted online by prominent Iranian journalist and women’s rights activist Masih Alinejad, based in the USA, who has run a series of high-profile online campaigns against forced hijab. As well as My Camera My Weapon, these include: My Stealthy Freedom, a Facebook page where women in Iran are encouraged to post photos of themselves without headscarves, and White Wednesdays, a campaign which calls on women to protest forced hijab laws by wearing white headscarves every Wednesday.

The increased spotlight on the assaults on women defying laws on forced hijab has been met with a chilling smear campaign by state media against women’s rights defenders calling for the abolition of these abusive laws. There are serious concerns that Iran’s authorities are fueling these assaults in order to silence women at a crucial moment – just as they are gaining the courage to speak out publicly against forced hijab and amplifying their voices through social media.

These brutal assaults targeting women and girls are a violation of their right to be protected from cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment under international law,” said Philip Luther. “Millions of Iranian women are being denied the right to be treated with dignity and to go about their daily lives without fearing violence or harassment.

Iran’s forced hijab laws are a blatant breach of the rights to freedom of expression and religion, and the right to privacy. Women and girls in Iran are not allowed to set foot outside their homes unless they cover their hair with a headscarf and cover up their arms and legs with loose clothing. Under Iranian law, women and girls as young as nine years old who are seen in public without a headscarf can be punished with a prison sentence of between 10 days and two months, or a cash fine. In practice, Iran’s authorities have imposed forced hijab on girls as young as seven years old.

Over the past year, Iran’s authorities have stepped up their crackdown on women’s rights defenders peacefully protesting against forced hijab laws. The most shocking example is the case of prominent human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, who was sentenced in the past week to 33 years in prison and 148 lashes, in part, for her opposition to forced hijab laws.

The charges on which Nasrin Sotoudeh was convicted include “inciting corruption and prostitution” and “openly committing a sinful act… by appearing in public without a hijab.” Some of the activities that the authorities have cited as “evidence” against her include: opposing forced hijab; removing her headscarf during prison visits; defending women who peacefully protested against forced hijab; giving media interviews about the violent arrest and detention of women protesting against forced hijab; and placing flowers at the scene where a woman protester was violently arrested.

Petition The Release of Nasrin Sotoudeh: https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/take-action/iran-free-nasrin-satoudeh-now/


This report was originally published by Amnesty International on March 12th 2019. It was republished, with permission, under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 International License, in accordance with the Terms & Conditions of Amnesty International | Formatting Edits and Tweets added and embedded by Rogue Media Labs

Year In Review: State of Human Rights In North Africa & Middle East 2018 – 2019

(AI) – On February 26th 2019, Amnesty International released their newest investigative report entitled “Human Right In The Middle East & North Africa.” The 77 page document highlights the state of human rights, current affairs and political issues, events and debates throughout the geographic areas of the Middle East and North Africa. More specifically, Amnesty’s report highlights the state of affairs in 17 countries during the calendar year of 2018, including Yemen, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Iran, Bahrain, Jordan, Lebanon Syria, Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Israel and Palestine.

More Information – Review of Report: https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/research/2019/02/human-rights-in-the-middle-east-and-north-africa-2018/
Download Full 77 Page Report Here: https://www.amnesty.org/download/Documents/MDE0194332019ENGLISH.PDF

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This report was originally published by Amnesty International on February 25th 2019. It was republished, with permission, under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 International License, in accordance with the Terms & Conditions of Amnesty International | Formatting Edits and PDF added and embedded by Rogue Media Labs

US Intelligence Community Publishes “Worldwide Threat Assessment” Report 2019

Yesterday, January 29th 2019, the US Intelligence Community released a 42 page report entitled the 2019 “Worldwide Threat Assessment,” explaining how cyber-threats continue to be the country’s single largest threat headed into the future- especially in regards to the 2020 Presidential elections. More specifically, the assessment decries that Russia, China, North Korea and Iran remain the US’s single largest cyber adversaries; the four countries most likely to engage in acts of cyber-espionage. Among other topics covered in the report include the ongoing tensions over Iran’s nuclear program, as well as discussions over the alleged demise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria – a topic which has been hotly debated here in the US over the last couple of days, specifically because of the release of this very report.

Read Entire Report from US Intelligence:

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Dropping The Metaphorical M.O.A.B. – Blowing Up the US’s Long Term Vision/Strategy for Afghanistan

Before I get into the reason why I am writing this article here today, you have to understand the current situation and state of affairs leading up to this moment in time. In 2001 the United States of America invaded Afghanistan in retaliation for the terror attacks of September 11th, as well as to combat Osama Bin Lad and remove the Taliban’s influence from political power in the country. Those were the so called “Primary Objectives” of the War effort in the first place – at least publicly.

I say this because upon landing in the country for the first time in November 2001, the first thing that then Brigadier General and now US Secretary of Defense James Mattis said upon stepping off his helicopter and onto Afghan soil was “the United States now officially owns a piece of Afghanistan” – something that Mattis was later forced to apologize for in front of Congress years after the fact. I bring this up because, in terms of the “Bigger Picture,” you need to start thinking in terms of geography and how this relates to military strategy. For example, do you notice how Iran is sandwiched on either side by Iraq and Afghanistan? Do you think it was any coincidence that within a two year time period the US invaded and establish permanent military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan?

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While Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein may have been convenient excuses to originally invade these countries, the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq were also extremely “tactical” in terms of long term War strategy. For many decades running now, Iran has been one of the United States and Israel’s single larges threats. 17 years after the invasions of 2001, the US has now cemented permanent military presences lining/flanking Iran’s Eastern and Western borders – we have them surrounded. Especially considering that the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are still ongoing with no foreseeable end in sight, this is why I have always maintained that Osama Bin Laden, Saddam Hussein and the Taliban were never truly the US’s primary objectives in the first place, they were merely excuses/opportunities.

If you want any more proof of this, look no further than the current state of affairs inside Afghanistan. Despite the US military spending 10x more than any other country on Earth annually, the Taliban has only increased territory, funding and revenue since 2001. By now, it is well known fact that Afghanistan produces over 93% of the worlds opium poppy harvest. However, did you know that according to the Afghan Ministry of Counter Nacrotics, in 2017 the Taliban now controls 271% more farmland than they did in 2002? How about the fact that, according to the Russian Federal Drug Control Center, as of 2016 the Taliban had started making over $1 billion dollars annually from the sale of heroine to ISIS alone? How about the fact that, according to the United Nations Security Council, as of 2017 the Taliban was making upwards of $50 billion from the sale of heroine across Europe? Did I mention that according to the US Center for Disease Control heroine related deaths in the United States have spiked over 600% since 2001?

Honestly, if the Taliban truly were the US’s primary objective for this War, do you really think any of this would be happening?

With that established, lets start breaking down the history of US military involvement inside Afghanistan – shall we? While it can never be entirely proved or refuted, what we do know is that the United States Government, mainly the Central Intelligence Agency, did support/fund Osama Bin Laden back in the day – throughout the late 1970’s and into the 80’s. This was also done to counter-act Soviet involvement/influence in the country throughout the course of the Cold War. While Bin Laden may not have ever ‘been on the CIA payroll,‘ the US did fund him for quite a long time, nearly identical in nature to what the CIA did under President Barack Obama with the Syrian rebels throughout the course of his Presidency.

If you need any more proof of this, look no further than Donald Trumps decision to drop the “Mother of All Bombs” inside Afghanistan on April 13th 2017. Ask yourself, why do you think he decided to drop the bomb at that strategic location, essentially in the middle of nowhere? Any guess?……

Moving onto to 2018, Donald Trump is on public record as stating that he has no intentions of ending the War in Afghanistan any time soon. In fact, Trump has only committed thousands of more troops into the country since first taking office in 2016, with threats to add up to 4,000 more in the future. Perhaps more importantly, Trump has also stated that US soldiers need to experience a “victory” in Afghanistan before we retreat or withdraw, as to “justify” or “honor” all of the lives lost in the conflict over the years – admitting defeat in this War is not an option for this President. Somewhat similarly, did you know that the same month President Obama “won” the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 he committed +30,000 troops into Afghanistan? #FunFactofTheDay #Irony

With that established, lets take a look at the current state of affairs inside Afghanistan and the effects decades of War has had on the civilians living in the country. Despite 15 years of War at that point, 2016 saw the highest amount of civilian causalities inside Afghanistan than in any year prior. While the figures did decline, 2017 still saw the second highest rate of civilian causalities of any year since 2001. Quite literally, the longer the US has stayed involved in this conflict, the worse things have gotten and the more people continue to die. Isn’t that the exact opposite of what a successful War strategy should look like? Welcome to the “Quagmire.

Ending with the reason why I decided to write this article here today, perhaps most troubling of all, on December 5th 2018, following the success of the Afghanistan Peace Conference in Moscow last month, news officially broke that the Government of Afghanistan had officially sent an offer to Taliban leaders, inviting them to the negotiating table to begin editing/drafting a new Constitution governing the country headed into the future. In statements to RIA Novisti, according to Ehsan Taheri, spokesman for Afghanistan’s High Peace Council,the talks in Moscow marked the first time the Taliban has publicly appeared in the international arena since they were removed from power in Afghanistan following the US-led invasion in 2001. The meeting, brokered by Russian diplomats, helped pave the way for a future dialogue between Kabul and the Taliban,” Taheri said. Adding that there will be “no preconditions” for Taliban’s input in the negotiations when the time comes.

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Considering that the Taliban was in control of 70-75% of Afghanistan at the time of the US invasion of 2001, and that Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qeada then joined forces with the Taliban to fight the US influence shortly thereafter, and the three sides have been at War with one another ever since, for obvious reasons, it is extremely troubling to now see the Afghanistan Government, which the United States helped put in place, reaching out the Taliban to begin negotiating an alliance/partnership headed into the future. Tens of thousands of deaths later, with millions more displaced displaced by the violence and trillions of dollars spent, 17 years into the conflict now, we are essentially right back where we started on day 1. So, what the hell is the US even still doing Afghanistan and what exactly is their path to so-called victory there?

Unfortunately, the US never set out to “win” this War in the first place, which is why we continue to fight a “War of Attrition” on through today. The US invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan were nothing more than strategic/tactical planning as part of a much broader, long-term War strategy/initiative for the Middle East – gaining control of critical assets and infrastructure, including oil fields, lithium mines and natural gas reserve’s, whilst simultaneously setting up permanent military bases flanking Iran’s Eastern and Western borders. In doing so, also cutting of Russian influence inside the region. Tragically, the humanitarian disaster and conditions as they have existed inside Afghanistan and Iraq since the end of 2001 are merely just “Collateral Damage” in the implementation of this strategy.

That’s only a small part of whats ‘in my head‘ as I sit here today…..