Good news…Philippine authorities have arrested a founding member of the Al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group…

This is good news….for an interesting look into the murky past Google “Edwin Angeles Abu Sayyaf Oklahoma City Bombing Terry Nichols”….9/11 was planned by Ramzi Yousef (Abdul Basit), his uncle Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, their childhood friend Abdul Hakim Murad, (and possibly also the Uzbeki Mujahid Whali Khan Amin Shah) in the Philippines in 1994. They were all working with Abu Sayyaf. Osama Bin Laden wasn’t approached about the plot until 1996, after Murad (the original lead hijacker) and Yousef (Basit) were already in US custody and the preliminary details of the plot were already known to the CIA and to … Continue reading Good news…Philippine authorities have arrested a founding member of the Al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group…

Commentary on GlobalPost’s Swallowing the big lie on Syria Commentary: Reporting massacres that didn’t happen, and other media sins.

COMMENTARY ON: Swallowing the big lie on Syria Commentary: Reporting massacres that didn’t happen, and other media sins. Tom Fenton July 27, 2012 06:00 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/syria/120726/swallowing-the-big-lie-syria COMMENTARY by Abel Ashes It is true that Assad’s brutal and stifling dictatorship has had the positive effect of holding extremists back from seizing power. It is true that the US, Israel, and Turkey have ulterior motives with regard to Syria. It is true that much of the Sunni opposition wants to impose a Shariah law potential worse than Assad’s one man kleptocracy. It is also true that Islamists extremists including al-Qaeda have joined the … Continue reading Commentary on GlobalPost’s Swallowing the big lie on Syria Commentary: Reporting massacres that didn’t happen, and other media sins.

Renewable energy: key to future long-term economic stability

Renewable energy: key to future long-term economic stability by Abel Ashes This is an old and rather brief article that I wrote out of frustration with the overly simplistic news coverage of the factors leading to the current U.S. recession. I forgot to mention the combined effects of rampant Ug99 stem rust, market speculation, and high oil prices on driving up wheat prices globally up to 200% virtually overnight in some places, which caused other staples such as rice and potatoes to be consumed in greater quantities, thus driving up food prices in general. Also briefly mentioned, but not properly … Continue reading Renewable energy: key to future long-term economic stability