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10/19 EBOLA WAR, p. 1

“if told there was an outside threat, real or promulgated, that threatened our very existence... individual rights will be willingly relinquished for the guarantee of well being granted them by their world government."
Henry Kissinger, May 21, 1992.

GEOSTRATEGIC CONTEXT
Securing 'post-WW2 world order' / US global domination, requires preventing socialist revolutions (aka "counterterrorism"} and crushing or coopting China-Russia-led capitalist rivals
“Next Front? Evolving US-African Strategic Relations in the ‘War on Terrorism’ and Beyond”
2007 J. Peter Pham, Comparative Strategy 26, no. 1

AFRICA: New Obama Doctrine
6/19/12
Under President Obama, operations on the continent have accelerated far beyond the more limited interventions of the Bush years. Last year's war in Libya; a regional drone campaign with missions run out of airports and bases in Djibouti, Ethiopia, and the Indian Ocean archipelago nation of Seychelles; a flotilla of 30 ships in that ocean supporting regional operations; a multi-pronged military and CIA campaign against militants in Somalia, including intelligence operations, training for Somali agents, secret prisons, helicopter attacks, and U.S. commando raids; a massive influx of cash for counterterrorism operations across East Africa; a possible old-fashioned air war, carried out on the sly in the region using manned aircraft; tens of millions of dollars in arms for allied mercenaries and African troops; and a special ops expeditionary force (bolstered by State Department experts)... operating in Uganda, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the Central African Republic (where U.S. Special Forces have a new base) only begins to scratch the surface of fast-expanding U.S. plans and activities in the region.

9/22 9/22 US Bombs Syria from air & Sea

digest note: US 'comprehensive, integrated plan: 'ISIS' to 'unite' players in its defeated divide-conquer wars into a 'coalition' against US enemies in a deadly attempt to salvage its global rule.
Counter-revolution ("counter-terrorism") must always be US priority. But US finance capital's last survival chance is also threatened by China & Russia's restored-capitalism and its growing anti US hegemony blocs.
(more in recent digest issues)

digest: Target Syria, one of its undefeatable enemies
U.S. bombs Syria from air and sea
BREAKING NEWS 9/22/14 6:49 pm U.S. military launches strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria http://www.washingtonpost.com/?wpisrc=al_national

Kerry Scours Mideast for Aid in ISIS Fight
9/13 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/14/world/middleeast/kerry-visits-egypt-se...
... Kerry has visited Iraq, Jordan and Turkey attended an emergency meeting of regional governments in Saudi Arabia...which Saudi Arabia agreed to allow training of Syrian rebel forces opposed to ISIS at bases in its territory, but no country in the region publicly stated military support...

Arab Nations Offer to Fight ISIS From Air...Kerry declined to say which states...
9/15 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/15/world/middleeast/arab-nations-offer-to...

Obama to Rally Coalition Against Islamic State at UN
9/21/14 VOA http://www.voanews.com/content/obama-to-rally-coalition-against-islamic-...
...No nation has pledged to join the United States in an air campaign over Syria...

IS Urges Attacks on Citizens of Coalition Members
9/22/14 VOA http://www.voanews.com/content/islamic-state-urges-attacks-on-citizens-o...

9/3/ Putin Peace Plan" Saga, USNATO Goes for ISIS Grand Finale

BREAKING NEWS
Ukrainian President’s Office Announces Cease-Fire With Russia
9/3/14 4:46 AM EDT http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/04/world/europe/ukraine-russia.html

BREAKING NEWS
Ukraine Retracts Claim of Cease-Fire With Russia
September 3, 2014 7:01 AM EDT http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/04/world/europe/ukraine-russia.html
The office of President Petro O. Poroshenko of Ukraine said Wednesday that he and President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia had a similar understanding about what was needed to achieve a cease-fire in southeastern Ukraine, but retracted a statement it made earlier in the day that said the two had agreed to a “lasting cease-fire.”The initial statement, posted on the presidential website, went too far in describing the results of a telephone call between the two leaders as having reached a cease-fire, said a spokesman, noting a revised version would be posted shortly.
The presidents exchanged opinions about a cease-fire, but there was no formal agreement, said the spokesman, who did not give his name, in line with protocol

note:
If it actually existed, the US will sabotage its Ukrainian proxy's preliminary agreement to proceed with Putin's proposals for a peace plan. Or transform it into either another Putin dirty trick if not a 'west/obama' victory. A timely new 'ISIS beheading' before USNATO summit is expected to galvanize unity around US attempt to advance ITS all-in-one "ISIS crisis" GLOBAL solutions: "incentivize" other, NOT U.S., boots-on-the-ground', pre-established military "rapid response forces' around Russia to stop it, and warn China, against any further 'disruption' of the US dominated post WW2 hegemonic 'liberal world order.'
See previous digest issues for in-depth coverage.

U.S. seeks coalition against Islamic State, but military partners no sure bet
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/28/us-iraq-security

8/24 Finding Foley in 2013; Iraq Sectarian Tensions Heighten ;ISIS and Social Media:"Prototype 21 C. Strategic Communications"

US strategy in the Muslim World after 9/11
Dec. 2004 Rand Corporation Study on behalf of US Air Force www.rand.org/ pubs/ research_briefs/ RB151/ index1.html
...identify key Sunni, Shiite, Arab, non-Arab sectarian, ethnic, regional, and national cleavages and fault lines... to promote US policy objectives in the Muslim world...

Baghdad and Kirkuk bombs kill at least 42 Saturday...as Iraq investigates Friday attack on Sunni mosque killing over 64...heightening sectarian tensions amid fragile political transition... http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/23/explosions-kirkuk_n_5702786.htm...

Sunnis pull out of Iraq talks after mosque attack
8/22/14 AP http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2014-08-22/iraqi-cleric-urges-leaders-not...
It was not immediately clear if the attack was carried out by Shiite militiamen or the Islamic State...

Islamic State Sends Video message to Americans Via Social Media 'We will drown all of you in blood"
http://www.reuters.com/video/2014/08/18/islamic-state-message-to-america...

"...ISIS is a prototype of 21st century media strategies and communications..."
8/21/14 Bruce Hoffman, director Georgetown University National Security program

Finding James Foley
May 3, 2013 http://www.cjr.org/behind_the_news/
COLUMBIA JOURNALISM REVIEW http://www.cjr.org/behind_the_news/james_foley_globalpost_syria_k.php
GlobalPost tracked down its missing reporter in Syria—now to bring him home
Surrounded by Foley’s family during a speech in Boston marking World Press Freedom Day, GlobalPost CEO and President Philip Balboni said

8/20 After Site Intelligence Group's ISIS Video US Expands War

U.S. SURROGATE "ISIS" - HEAVY PRESSURE TO SUPPORT EXPANSION OF WORLD WAR U.S. IS LOSING
Foley originally an "Assad prisone"
Finding James Foley
May 3, 2013, 06:00PM http://www.cjr.org/behind_the_news/
COLUMBIA JOURNALISM REVIEW http://www.cjr.org/behind_the_news/james_foley_globalpost_syria_k.php
GlobalPost tracked down its missing reporter in Syria—now to bring him home
Surrounded by Foley’s family during a speech in Boston marking World Press Freedom Day, GlobalPost CEO and President Philip Balboni said
We have obtained multiple independent reports from very credible confidential sources with both indirect and direct access confirming our assessment that Jim is now being held by the Syrian government in a detention facility under the control of the Syrian Air Force Intelligence service in the Damascus area..it is likely Jim is being held with one or more Western journalists, including most likely at least one other American.

Islamic State claims it executed American photojournalist James Foley
...Obama was briefed on the video aboard Air Force One returning to his Martha’s Vineyard vacation and the WH said he will be updated on further developments
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/islamic-state-clai...

Obama to speak on execution of American journalist
The president is expected to deliver a statement about journalist James Foley who disappeared in Syria in 2012 that Islamic State said Tuesday they had executed.
8/20/14 12:40:54 PMhttp://www.washingtonpost.com/posttv/c/live/Obama_addresses_execution_of_American_journalist/53f4c578e4b08716f1c14b6e
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/islamic-state-clai...
“A Message to America”, title of the online video posted Tuesday produced by the Islamic State’s media arm, according to the Site Intelligence Group...

8/18 National Guard & Counter-Insurgency

8/18/Digest intro:
US finance capitalist global domination is in deep trouble. There is nothing it won't do to reverse course. The 'sudden' June ISIS CRISIS", was the long-planned starting gun in a desperate attempt to salvage all the defeats suffered since its world war, (GWOT) was greenlighted by 911.
This now-or-never attempt is essential to do the 2 things necessary to stay world-dominant: (1) crush any potential or active counter-revolutionary movements ...from Black Africa to Black america, from Palestine to Iraq and everywhere between (2) Reverse its standard divide-to-conquer tactics in order to 'unite' with its client states and proxies against major anti-US hegemony capitalist rivals, led by Russia and China.
The context is world domination by any means necessary. The 'national security' '3 Ds' Democracy, Defense & Development' are based and dependent upon total information control and surveillance - backed up by the ruling state's monopoly on violence. (see previous issues for specifics)

US must crush Black resistance to prevent its greatest 'homeland fear: Black-led working and oppressed people revolution to overthrow the capitalist state
Obama Calls for 'Limited' Use of National Guard in Ferguson
“There is a big difference between our military and our local law enforcement and we don’t want those lines to be blurred," Obama said.
8/18/14 http://www.defenseone.com/threats/2014/08/so-much-demilitarizing-ferguso...
Government Executive Media Group, 600 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20037
Deployment of National Guard combat troops to Ferguson marks at least the seventh time since 1957 the Guard has been called to race-related rioting on American streets....

January 2003 Pentagon White Paper recommended creation of a "Rapid Reaction Media Team" for Iraq... "a critical interim rapid response component of the US strategic information campaign for Iraq to liberate Iraq."

8/16 part 2 : Behind Brown's Murder & Martial Law

“State and Local Fusion Centers: Key Challenges for the Next Decade”
http://www.dhs.gov/national-network-fusion-centers-fact-sheet
"Fusion centers serve as hubs of strategic analysis and information sharing where Federal, State, and local agencies are all represented in one location. State and local crime data is coordinated, gathered and reviewed to determine if there is any potential connection to terrorist activity. In addition, Federal terrorism-related information is shared with State and local law enforcement....Our nation faces an evolving threat environment, in which threats not only emanate from outside our borders, but also from within our communities. This new environment demonstrates the increasingly critical role fusion centers play... in preventing, protecting against, and responding to crime and terrorism...
"The Committee’s review concludes the Network is not functioning as cohesively as it should and fusion centers are facing numerous challenges preventing the Network from realizing its full potential to help secure the homeland." 
In 2007, the National Strategy for Information Sharing called for the establishment of "baseline operational standards" for fusion centers. In 2008, the federal government, in collaboration with federal, state, local, tribal and territorial (SLTT) partners. SLTT partners, published the Baseline Capabilities for State and Major Urban Area Fusion Centers  (PDF, 37 pages - 4.6 MB) to establish baseline operational standards and to outline the capabilities necessary for fully operational fusion centers.

KNOWN UNKNOWNS: UNCONVENTIONAL “STRATEGIC SHOCKS” IN DEFENSE STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT
November 2008, www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/pdffiles/pub890.pdf

8/16 Michael Brown's Murder, Martial Law in Missouri: war in the 'Homeland', part 1

“At a time when we must seek to rebuild trust between law enforcement and the local community, I am deeply concerned that the deployment of military equipment and vehicles sends a conflicting message” Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.

8/16 Michael Brown: Police say teen was robbery suspect

Governor Declares Emergency and Curfew in Ferguson
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/17/us/ferguson-missouri-protests.html
Gov. Jay Nixon of Missouri declared a state of emergency in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson Saturday afternoon and ordered a curfew after hundreds of demonstrators engaged in a standoff with the police was punctuated by threats and a new round of denunciations of law enforcement...

Black Africa and the U.S. Black Movement
Zbigniew Brezinski
MARCH 17, 1978 NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL INTERDEPARTMENTAL GROUP FOR AFRICA
This Document is Exhibit 10 of U.S. Supreme Court Case No.00-9587NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL MEMORANDUM-46

Objective of our policy toward Black Africa is to prevent social upheavals which could radically change the political situation throughout the area. The success or failure of our policy in the region depends on the solution international and internal issues whose importance of the United States is on the increase.

II. A. U.S. INTERESTS IN BLACK AFRICA
A multiplicity of interests influences the U.S. attitude toward black Africa. The most important of these interests can be summarized as follows:

1. POLITICAL

The Game Changer USNATO Can't Stop

The Future Visible in St Petersburg
The Roving Eye, Pepe Escobar, http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Central_Asia/CEN-01-290514.html

The unipolar model of the world order has failed – Vladimir Putin, St Petersburg, May 22, 2014

In more ways than one, last week heralded the birth of a Eurasian century. Of course the US$400 billion Russia-China gas deal was clinched at the last minute in Shanghai, on Wednesday (a complement to the June 2013, 25-year, $270 billion oil deal between Rosneft and China’s CNPC.)
Then, on Thursday, most of the main players were at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum — the Russian answer to Davos. And on Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin, fresh from his Shanghai triumph, addressed the participants and brought the house down.
It will take time to appraise last week’s whirlwind in all its complex implications. Here are some of the St Petersburg highlights, in some detail. Were there fewer Western CEOs in town because the Obama administration pressured them – as part of the “isolate Russia” policy". Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley may have snubbed it, but Europeans who matter came, saw, talked and pledged to keep doing business. Asians were ubiquitous....yet another chapter in China’s counterpunch to Obama’s Asian tour in April, widely described as the “China containment tour”.1

Correction re: 'Game Changers'; US false flag not flying well

Re:7/20 MH 17 & Gaza: 'Game Changers' for Whom? http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/506

correction comment:
BRICS, MH17 & Gaza: Game Changers for Whom? reflects the geopolitical situation and stakes. Also, the original commentary should have specifically mentioned the
inter-capitalist-rivalry game changer: BRICS in Brazil, where the most feared US rivals Russia & China, with a 'pro-american' bloc, birthed The New Development Bank as MH17 crashed and intensified genocide of Palestinians began:

Putin was attending the BRICS summit in Brazil, as was Chinese president Xi, with Caribbean and Latin American leaders

“The BRICS bank will be one of the major multilateral development finance institutions in this world,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday..

A Chinese oil rig exploring near disputed islands in the South China Sea is moving towards China's Hainan island after it had reported it had found signs of oil and gas.
7/16/14 http://af.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idAFKBN0FL04920140716

Powerful typhoon hits southern Chinese island Hainan
7/18 http://seattletimes.com/html/nationworld/2024098188_20140718_apxasiastor...

BRICS Create Development Bank to Rival IMF, World Bank
http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/559570/20140718/brics-development-bank-im...
July 15 the five-member nations BRICS group announced it will be ... Monetary Fund dominated the field will face competition from now on 

Emerging Nations Bloc to Open Development Bank
7/15/14 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/16/world/emerging-nations-bloc-to-open-de...

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