Archive for February 25th, 2015

25/02/2015

Why Do We Fear Challenging Authority?

By Robert J. Burrowes*

25 February 2015 — Have you ever noticed your own inclination, or that of other people, to believe what you/they are told by someone seen to be in authority? For example, did you know that there is overwhelming scientific evidence that the 911 destruction of the World Trade Center buildings 5, 6 and 7 was a false flag operation? 

**A diagram showing the areas where debris from American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 fell upon Lower Manhattan during the course of the September 11 terror attacks. | Author: calm (talk) | Wikimedia Commons

**A diagram showing the areas where debris from American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 fell upon Lower Manhattan during the course of the September 11 terror attacks. | Author: calm (talk) | Wikimedia Commons

That is, 911 was organised by the US and/or Israeli elite(s) and their agents in order to enable them to manipulate public opinion to support their subsequently initiated perpetual war in the Middle East and elsewhere.

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25/02/2015

A Pre-History of Boko Haram: The Long Shadow of Usman dan Fodio

Human Wrongs Watch

By René Wadlow*, TRANSCEND Media Service

There has been growing concern with the activities of Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria and its spillover into northern Cameroon, Niger, and in the Lake Chad area. There has been a recent conference of the African Union on the issue, and military units from Chad, Cameroon and Niger are linking up with the Nigerian army to counter the growing power of the organization and its possible links with the Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq-Syria. 

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The practice of forced marriage, the slavery of women and girls, and arbitrary killing – including beheading – has led many to flee the area. This has resulted in a large number of displaced people, often living in difficult situations.

Boko Haram is not the first militant, anti-establishment Islamic movement in northern Nigeria and northern Cameroon. In the early 1980s, an Islamic sect, the Yan Tatsine unleashed an armed insurrection against the Nigerian security forces, especially in the Kano area.

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25/02/2015

Science in a Suitcase: Testing for Illicit Drugs in Southeast Asia

Human Wrongs Watch

24 February 2015 – The production and movement of methamphetamines and heroin, coupled with the trafficking of precursor chemicals necessary to produce illicit drugs, present a major threat to the countries forming the Greater Mekong Sub-region.*

Source: UNODC

Source: UNODC

And while law enforcement officers dealing with these issues have traditionally lacked the correct resources to swiftly and systematically identify seized substances, this has started to change thanks to assistance provided under UNODC’s Global SMART Programme.

As part of SMART – or the Synthetic Monitoring: Analyses, Reporting and Trends – UNODC works with police and customs agencies in the region to equip and train them on the use of field drug-testing kits so as to quickly identify illicit substances.

The kits allow law enforcement personnel to conduct on-site testing for illicit drugs, including narcotics such as opium and heroin, as well as psychotropic substances like amphetamines. UNODC is also providing precursor testing kits that help detect the chemicals used in the manufacture of drugs.

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