In a recent chain of events, the Philippines has been rushing towards chaos. The failure by the Philippine special forces to capture Isnilon Hapilon, considered to be the top brass of the infamous Abu Sayyaf organization in the country, coincided with a quick operation by a series of Daesh-affiliated terrorist groups to take the city of Marawi. This is an escalation of internal and external pressure on the Duterte administration brought on by his foreign-policy shift. The events of May 23 in Marawi in the Philippines, the first city to fall into the hands of Daesh in Asia, shows disturbing parallels with the operational methods of Daesh in Syria, Iraq and Libya. The presence of 500 operatives, part of different dormant cells in Marawi, allowed a coordinated assault on the police station and the city prison, enlarging the number of recruits and acquiring multiple firearms in the process. In a series of events difficult to verify, Daesh took control of the city and established several checkpoints. Employing an operational mix of tactics inspired by the beginning of the attacks on Syria in 2011 and in 2014, Daesh quickly expanded into Syria from Iraq. The Philippines government and its armed forces have suffered numerous deaths and injuries, and although most of the city of Marawi has now been brought under control, problems remain, with continued employment of fixed and rotary-wing aircraft as well as numerous ground troops to confront the threat. The drama continued in the Asian country, with a bombing in Manila sending the country into panic and forcing authorities to leak little information in what was seemingly becoming a worsening climate.
Presidential historian and author Doug Wead claims that the deep state, which has successfully overthrown the governments of foreign countries, is going to continue to actively seek a coup d’etat of the dually elected president of the United States. If there was ever a time in history to be concerned about another rise in communism, now is that time. Wead says that the deep state is determined to overthrow Donald Trump. The presidential historian refused to mince words, saying: We have very skilled, talented professionals. They’ve overthrown governments in Vietnam and the Philippines, in Iraq and Iran, in Egypt, in the Ukraine. Duly elected democratic governments. They created what they called ‘popular uprisings.’ Of course, we should expect nothing less from shadow governments. The very same people who work in the State Department, some of them in intelligence, and some of them in the media, have successfully caused uprisings in several other countries. They’ve worked together to overthrow foreign governments, and Wead believes Trump is a thorn in their side preventing a global takeover.
This post was published at shtfplan on June 18th, 2017.
The following video was published by X22Report on Jun 14, 2017 The democratic party is now taking it to the next level they are now suing the President. Germany wants complete control of communications and wants to finger print children. India and Pakistan join the Shanghai Cooperation. US soldiers are not fighting in Philippines. Trump give the Pentagon more power to deploy troops. The forces in Syria bring in a missile launcher across the border in Syria. There was an event near DC and a senator was shot. This false flag is now being used for many different agendas.
It was late at night but the new Terminal 3 at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport outside Jakarta was still bustling with families and friends waiting for their loved ones returning from abroad. My friend Noor Huda Ismail was just arriving from Singapore, and I decided to pick him up and discuss ‘certain issues’ with him in the car, on the way to the capital. Lately he and I were busy, awfully busy, and a one-hour journey seemed to be the most appropriate setting for the exchange of at least some essential ideas and information. Huda could easily pass for the most knowledgeable Indonesian ‘expert on terrorism’; a Muslim man who grew up and was educated in the madrasahs that have produced some of the most notorious jihadi cadres in the country. Later he became the man who managed to ‘get away’ from the extremism, to study, and to finally become a respected filmmaker and a thinker. For years, both of us have been studying a complex web produced by Western imperialism – a web, which has literally destroyed entire countries, while locking other ones ‘behind bars’, in virtual neo-colonialist slavery. All this done in the name of ‘freedom’ and democracy, naturally, and often using various religions as tools, even as weapons. Inside the car we managed to quickly ‘compare notes’. Huda filled me in on his groundbreaking film ‘Jihad Selfie’, while I informed him about my political revolutionary novel ‘Aurora’, and my big work in progress, a book about Afghanistan. I also mentioned my future ‘Afghan’ film, a dark love story, a drama about betrayal, collaboration and the virtual collapse of one family; a film which I’m preparing to produce and direct sometime during the next year. ‘Afghanistan,’ he says, ‘that’s where the roots of so many things lie… You recall that in the 80’s, the U. S. was using some local, Indonesian, jihadi cadres, sending them to Afghanistan…’
As an ISIS-inspired insurgency rages in the country’s south, Philippines’ authorities are assuring the public that an attack on a luxury resort in Manila that left more than three dozen dead wasn’t an act of terrorism, but was, in fact, a robbery. A gunman armed with a “baby armalite” rifle burst into the Resorts World Manila casino on Friday and started firing off shots and setting gaming tables alight on Friday, authorities said, before making his way to the back of the casino where he stole several million dollars’ worth of gambling chips. Most of the dead suffocated on the thick smoke, according to Reuters. However, despite authorities assurances, the high death toll and brazen nature of the attack suggest that terrorism may have been the underlying motivation. US terrorism monitor the Site Intelligence Group said an Islamic State-linked Filipino operative claimed ‘lone wolf soldiers’ of ISIS were responsible for the attack, according to the Guardian. “All indications point to a criminal act by an apparently emotionally disturbed individual,” Ernesto Abella, a spokesman for Duterte, told a news conference. “Although the perpetrator gave warning shots, there apparently was no indication that he wanted to do harm or shoot anyone.” The gunman killed himself in his hotel room after being shot and wounded by resort security, police and Resorts World management said. A second “person of interest” who was in the casino at the time was cooperating with the investigation, Reuters reported.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 2, 2017.
As an ISIS-inspired insurgency rages in the country’s south, Philippines’ authorities are assuring the public that an attack on a luxury resort in Manila that left more than three dozen dead wasn’t an act of terrorism, but was, in fact, a robbery. A gunman armed with a “baby armalite” rifle burst into the Resorts World Manila casino on Friday and started firing off shots and setting gaming tables alight on Friday, authorities said, before making his way to the back of the casino where he stole several million dollars’ worth of gambling chips. Most of the dead suffocated on the thick smoke, according to Reuters. However, despite authorities assurances, the high death toll and brazen nature of the attack suggest that terrorism may have been the underlying motivation. US terrorism monitor the Site Intelligence Group said an Islamic State-linked Filipino operative claimed ‘lone wolf soldiers’ of ISIS were responsible for the attack, according to the Guardian. “All indications point to a criminal act by an apparently emotionally disturbed individual,” Ernesto Abella, a spokesman for Duterte, told a news conference. “Although the perpetrator gave warning shots, there apparently was no indication that he wanted to do harm or shoot anyone.”
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 2, 2017.
The following video was published by X22Report on Jun 1, 2017 Trump withdraws the US out of the Paris Climate Accord. The climate accord was not about climate it was about business and enslaving the people. Comey is going to testify and Gowdy is slated to take Chaffetz place. Two bombings have occurred, one in the Philippines and the other in Afghanistan. Putin reports that the THAAD system in South Korea is not about North Korea. US holds additional drills with Japanese ships near NK. The terrorists in SK are on the run. The Bilderberg meeting is scheduled to happen near the White House, the main agenda is Trump.
Thick smoke coming off from the top floor or Resorts World Manila. Gunshots were allegedly heard by people inside the casino area. pic.twitter.com/LeiTXdePCM — Dexter Cabalza (@dexcabalzaINQ) June 1, 2017
Update: According to Site Intel Group, an Islamic State operative has indicated IS is responsibile for the Resorts World Manila Attack. Gunfire and explosions have been reported at the luxury Resorts World Manila hotel in the Philippines. A masked gunman was on the second floor of one hotel, firing at guests, hotel employees fleeing the scene told CNN Philippines. According to initial press reports, at least 25 people have been injured following the attack which has been claimed by Islamic State operatives. Police, fire trucks and SWAT teams were seen in the area at about 1:30 a.m. local time Friday to deal with what may be a terrorist event, and takes place just days after president Duterte launched martial law in Mindanao in crackdown against local terrorist activity.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 1, 2017.
Zbigniew Brzezinski, former national security advisor to President Jimmy Carter, died Friday at a hospital in Virginia at the age of 89. Though the New York Times acknowledged that the former government advisor was a ‘hawkish strategic theorist,’ misrepresenting his legacy as one of otherwise infinite positivity may not be as easy as the establishment might like to think. As the United Kingdom plays around with levels of the so-called ‘terror threat’ following a devastating attack by an ISIS-inspired individual – and as the Philippines goes into an almost complete state of martial law following ISIS-inspired destruction – Brzezinski’s timely death serves as a reminder to seek a deeper understanding of where modern terrorism originated in the first place. As the New York Times explains, Brzezinski’s ‘rigid hatred of the Soviet Union’ guided much of America’s foreign policy ‘for better or worse.’ From the Times: ‘He supported billions in military aid for Islamic militants fighting invading Soviet troops in Afghanistan. He tacitly encouraged China to continue backing the murderous regime of Pol Pot in Cambodia, lest the Soviet-backed Vietnamese take over that country.’ [emphasis added]
May 2016: As Filipinos choose their next President on Monday, prospect of election of anti-establishment candidate threatens the geopolitical viability of the US’s Pivot to Asia. The Philippines votes for its next President on Monday. Whilst the rest of the world pays little attention, strategists in Washington are worried. The electoral frontrunner is Rodrigo Duterte, an eccentric, no-nonsense former mayor from the southern island of Mindanao who commands a Trump-like popularity and an equally loyal following. He has shaken Philippine politics to its core over the past couple of months, defying establishment pundits who – just as they did with Trump – wrongly predicted that his campaign would fizzle out over the course of each passing week. Having totally underestimated just how dissatisfied most Filipinos are with the status quo, Duterte’s rivals missed the chance to outshine him by his anti-system rhetoric. With the race in its final days that is now too late. Instead – also paralleling what happened with Trump – there are desperate calls for coalitions and deals to stop him. Should these fail and should Duterte win on Monday, he promises a geopolitical revolution unlike anything the Philippines has ever seen in its history.
‘There’s not even a whimper’ when powerful nations bomb civilians or ‘invent’ WMDs to invade other countries, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte told RT, arguing that the West pretends to care about human rights only when it suits its agenda. The Philippines leader sat down to speak with RT’s Maria Finoshina ahead of his five-day visit to Moscow that is kicking off on Monday.
Maria Finoshina: Mr. President, it has been almost a year since your inauguration. Have you faced anything that you were not expecting when you took office? Rodrigo Duterte: I did expect almost everything that came my way. I’ve been a politician for almost 40 years – excluding the term now. So I would say that on the national front I was kept informed all the time by the news and, of course, by sources in government. But I never realized the magnitude of the contamination of the Filipinos in so far as drugs are concerned. When I became president and everything was available to me for information, I was almost appalled. I didn’t know that we have reached millions of contaminated. So, when I was mayor, I said, do not destroy my city. And do not destroy the young people of Davao City, because they are our assets. We are not rich. Most of us are poor. And we depend on our sons and daughters to feed us when we get old. We do not have any housing here for – few and between. And we need our children to buy the medicines, pay the hospitals, pay for our burial. Do not corrupt them with drugs. Do not destroy their minds.
Andrew Korybko The Duran As Filipinos choose their next President on Monday, prospect of election of anti-establishment candidate threatens the geopolitical viability of the US’s Pivot to Asia. The Philippines votes for its next President on Monday. Whilst the rest of the world pays little attention, strategists in Washington are worried. The electoral frontrunner is Rodrigo Duterte, an eccentric, no-nonsense former mayor from the southern island of Mindanao who commands a Trump-like popularity and an equally loyal following. He has shaken Philippine politics to its core over the past couple of months, defying establishment pundits who – just as they did with Trump – wrongly predicted that his campaign would fizzle out over the course of each passing week. Having totally underestimated just how dissatisfied most Filipinos are with the status quo, Duterte’s rivals missed the chance to outshine him by his anti-system rhetoric. With the race in its final days that is now too late. Instead – also paralleling what happened with Trump – there are desperate calls for coalitions and deals to stop him. Should these fail and should Duterte win on Monday, he promises a geopolitical revolution unlike anything the Philippines has ever seen in its history.
Phillipenean president Rodrigo Duterte is a violent tyrannical fascist. He’s slaughtered thousands of his own people in an attempt to crackdown on drugs and is now condoning rape by his own soldiers. Three days after declaring martial law in the rebellious southern Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered his troops to crush the militants and gave a speech to inspire them. ‘You can arrest any person, search any house,’ Duterte told the soldiers Friday. ‘I alone would be responsible’ for anything they did under martial law, he said. ‘I will go to jail for you. If you happen to have raped three women, I will own up to it.’
In the first unofficial challenge to Beijing over China’s domination of disputed waters in the South China Sea since President Trump took office, a US navy warship sailed within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built up by China in the South China Sea according to the WSJ. The navy vessel, the USS Dewey, traveled close to the Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands, among a string of islets, reefs and shoals over which China has territorial disputes with its neighbors. The “freedom of navigation” operation which in the past has infuriated Beijing, comes as Trump is seeking Beijing’s cooperation to rein in ally North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs. Territorial waters are generally defined by U. N. convention as extending at most 12 nautical miles from a state’s coastline. China’s claims to the South China Sea, which sees about $5 trillion in ship-borne trade pass every year, are challenged by Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Vietnam, as well as Taiwan.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on May 25, 2017.
Yesterday, part of a confidential transcript of Donald Trump’s discussion with Rodrigo Duterte, president of the Philippines, was made public. In the transcript, which has been confirmed as an ‘accurate representation,’ the president commends the Philippines for their ability to handle the nation’s drug problem – but that isn’t a good thing. The comments were part of a Philippine transcript of the April 29 phone call that was circulated on Tuesday. The transcript was labeled as ‘confidential’ on the cover sheet by the American division of the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs. In Washington, a senior administration official confirmed that the transcript was an ‘accurate representation’ of the call between the two leaders but the official was not authorized to publicly discuss the call and only confirmed it on the condition of anonymity. According to the anonymous administration official, Donald Trump was quoted as saying: I just wanted to congratulate you because I am hearing of the unbelievable job on the drug problem. Many countries have the problem, we have a problem, but what a great job you are doing and I just wanted to call and tell you that. -President Donald Trump Allegedly, the president told Duterte that he’s done an ‘unbelievable job on the drug problem’ in the island nation. The Philippines has instituted a policy there, in which the government has sanctioned gunning down drug suspects in the streets. Since taking office not even a year ago, Duterte has instituted one of the bloodiest drug wars in history.
The following video was published by X22Report on May 23, 2017 Trump is looking to sell the oil reserves and drill in the US. Kim Dot Com comes forward and give evidence that Seth Rich was passing the DNC emails to Wikileaks. Donna Brazile tried to shut the investigation down. The US changes direction and will not offer grants for military weapons but countries will need to take out a loan. Duterte places parts of the Philippines under martial law. South Korea opens fire because they saw an unidentified object. The UN investigation team was hit with cyber attack. Iraq is now working with Russia, Iran and Syria to control the border. Saudi Arabia and the US says that Syria should have open elections and they should decide their own fate. IS claimed responsibility for the UK bombing.
Editor’s Note: Impeachment is a predominantly legislative process currently followed in several dozen countries, including Brazil, South Korea and the Philippines. ‘Impeach’ has roots in the Latin word for being caught. It allows members of the legislature to indict, or charge, an official with criminal activity. The official will be removed from office only if convicted. Jacob Neiheisel, an assistant professor at the University at Buffalo, SUNY answers five questions about how impeachment works in the United States. 1. What sort of crime can lead to impeachment? The US Constitution states that the president, as well as the ‘Vice President, and all civil Officers of the United States’ can be removed from office, after being both impeached and convicted, for ‘Treason, Bribery, or other High Crimes and Misdemeanors.’ Treason and bribery are straightforward, but what exactly constitutes a ‘High Crime’ or ‘Misdemeanor’ has always been open to interpretation. Although not the formal reason, scholars argue Andrew Johnson, the first American president to be impeached, was targeted because of his ‘soft’ approach to states of the former Confederacy during Reconstruction. The official reason was his violation of the Tenure of Office Act – which was later declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. Articles of impeachment were brought against Bill Clinton for perjury (lying under oath) and obstruction of justice, but there is little doubt that there were also partisan motivations behind the charges. Even Alexander Hamilton expected the process of impeachment to be overtly political. President Gerald Ford put the matter bluntly when he described an impeachable offense as ‘Whatever a majority of the House of Representatives considers it to be at a given moment in history.’
In the week of World Press Freedom Day the New York Times carried one of its holier-than-thou and unintentionally ironical editorials, this time titled Donald Trump Embraces Another Despot. Seeing the headline, the world could be forgiven for asking which one it might be, this time, and eventually the Editorial Board revealed the target of their displeasure to be President Duterte of the Philippines, an unpleasant morsel of filth who had just been invited to visit the United States by President Donald Trump, who is also an unpleasant morsel of filth. In the run-up to identifying Mr Duterte as the object of its disapproval, the Times observed that for the most part American presidents, Republican and Democratic, have believed that the United States should provide a moral compass to the world. A moral compass? That rang a bell, because one person who used this phrase recently was the US Ambassador to the United Nations, the egregious Nikki Haley, who declared at her confirmation hearing that she will speak up against anything that goes against American values, because we have always been the moral compass of the world. What nonsense. Many Americans have been horrified at the way in which their leaders have spun America’s moral compass over the years, and it is barely credible that anyone could utter such a phrase with sincerity.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on May 13, 2017.