Captive State

20 May 19
Dina And a Movie

And Now Our Watch Has Ended Image: HBO It finally arrived. The final episode of “Game Of Thrones” came through like a mighty wind and in my opinion, it did not disappoint (except for that part where Bran becomes king because wtf). We knew that after the death and destruction Dany wreaked on the city […]

20 May 19
ConspiracyAnalyst.org

The Rutherford Institute by John W. Whitehead   “When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an audience and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself […]

20 May 19
metaphysics of ambiguity

Jesus Is White:[1] Whitely Orders of Race and Civilization Via Aestheticized Cohesion OR: Aspecious Aesthetics: Kant’s Program of Categorical White Supremacy   Introduction: The Implicit Violence of Enlightenment Thought In his treatise, Critique of the Power of Judgement, Immanuel Kant presents his “conditions for the possibility of” aesthetic experience and judgement, or those a priori […]

20 May 19
National Post

CONCORD, N.H. — A bear whose life was spared two years ago by New Hampshire’s governor has returned to her home turf near Dartmouth College after travelling thousands of miles since her relocation last June. The state’s Fish and Game Department had decided to euthanize the female black bear and three of her young offspring […]

20 May 19
A Mob of Deer

Meant to work on this and get it out on Friday or Saturday, but got distracted by video games, haha.

20 May 19
Radio Free

CounterPunch is a lifeboat of sanity in today’s turbulent political seas. Please make a tax-deductible donation and help us continue to fight. What is behind the bigotry masquerading as sanctimonious religiosity fervently opposed to abortion in the United States? One motivation for US conservatives’ opposition to abortion – “a woman’s right to choose” – as […]

20 May 19
News Archives Uk

Stopped by two black cars on a dusty Syrian road, in March 2013, Federico Motka and his friend David Haines was instantly infected by IS terrorists. The terrified aid workers, who had been in Syria for just three days, were forced to face each other when their captors spoke in London. Production / Nutopia Ltd. […]

20 May 19
Paul Haeder, Author

If artists are the antennae of the race, and writers and thinkers are also artists, then a vibration some are receiving and beginning to transmit to the culture more broadly now is new in the history of our species: the world is dying. — Christy Rodgers, “Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Grief, Acceptance: The Five Stages of Ecocide” […]

20 May 19
Sky Dancing

Good Afternoon!! Dakinikat has lost her electricity again, so I’m filling in. Sorry to be so late. This Bunday post is dedicated to Dephyne and Luna. Despite Trump’s efforts to stonewall Congress on everything, especially his financial dealings, the media is still finding stuff out. David Enrich at The New York Times: Deutsche Bank Staff […]

20 May 19
The Busybody

It’s been a fun ride, Game of Thrones. I’ll miss you. Of the 73 episodes, here are 20 favorites I single out for special praise. 1. The Rains of Castamere. Season 3, Episode 9. The defining episode of Game of Thrones is the rare masterpiece that acquires instant legendary status — the equivalent of Breaking […]

20 May 19
Tribune Online

The gale of abduction in Osun State took a new twist on Sunday when unknown gunmen kidnapped two officers of the Federal Roads Safety Corps (FRSC). Tribune Online authoritatively gathered that the officers simply identified as Abioye and Bayegunni were allegedly abducted between Iwaraja, in Oriade local government area of Osun and Ipetu-Ijesa. The kidnapped […]

20 May 19
Constant Curiosity

How do you tell people what you’ve learned from living in the biggest city in the United States?

20 May 19
Daughnworks247's Blog

February 21, 2019 Transcript is at the top of the article, more reaction and commentary at the bottom. I’ve numbered the paragraphs in the transcript for ease of reference in your comments, and so you don’t get lost. The website Factbase was our source, is linked below, and has a corresponding video clip for EACH […]

20 May 19
The Irish Sun
STOPPED by two black cars on a dusty Syrian road, in March 2013, Federico Motka and his friend David Haines knew instantly they were being kidnapped by IS terrorists. The terrified aid workers, who had been in Syria for just three days, were forced face down on the road and then bundled into the boot of one of the cars  – but when their captors spoke they were surprised to hear a London accent. Mohammed Emwazi – AKA Jihadi John – pictured in Syria The pair had fallen victim to the now infamous ‘Beatles’ – the hostages’ name for the British terrorist cell led by brutal Brit Mohammed Emwazi, later dubbed Jihadi John. A new Channel 4 documentary, The Hunt For Jihadi John, follows the path of Emwazi from a sports-loving teenager, who loved Manchester United and S Club 7, to a violent extremist. In the programme, which airs tonight, Federico recalls the chilling moment he heard them snarl an insult at British dad David – who was later beheaded in a sick propaganda video. “The guys we nicknamed the Beatles had native British accents and they were the first people who conversed with us in the car,” says Federico, now 39. “When they’d taken our passports the first thing they said was ‘David, welcome to Syria, you mutt.’ Then they asked David if I spoke any English. David Haines was kidnapped with Federico in March 2013 ‘Beaten, tortured and made to stand up all night’ Federico was on his first trip to Syria and charity worker David, who had been in the war torn country before, took the young Italian under his wing. “When you first met David he was someone who inspired confidence,” he says. “He was a wonderful guy, We connected really quickly.” On the day of the kidnap, the pair were driving back from meetings with a community group to their safe house, near Atma. Federico was on the phone when they were overtaken by the two black cars. “They blocked us and these masked fighters jumped out and surrounded the car,” he says. “I dropped the phone with my boss still on the line and I managed to say we were being kidnapped. It all happened very quickly. I just have flash recollections.” The pair were driven at high speed to a remote house, where they were initially separated and thrown into pitch black cells with nothing but a toilet, with hands cuffed behind their backs. After a few weeks they were reunited and made to share the same cell. Their captors beat, tortured and starved the men and when they weren’t being attacked, they could hear the screams of other prisoners they had yet to meet. Federico said the terrorists took their inspiration from torture methods allegedly used at Guantanamo Bay. Federico Motka talking on the Channel 4 documentary The Hunt For Jihadi John The prisoners were dressed in orange jumpsuits, similar to those at Guantanamo Bay, and were put into stress positions, deprived of sleep and made to stand up all night. When they were finally brought together with their fellow captives – including James Foley and Nicolas Henin – they were made to fight each other for the entertainment of Emwazi and his friends. Fellow captive Nicolas Henin told the show they came up with the joke names for their kidnappers as a “coping mechanism “ and revealed Emwazi – AKA John – was the leader of the gang, barking orders at the others. ‘George’ was the most violent and ‘Ringo’ was the ‘preacher’, who explained what was happening to them. David Haines was executed by Emwazi in a barbaric video Emwazi grew up in Maida Vale before travelling to Syria to join IS ‘I spent more time sleeping next to David than any girl in my life’ David and Federico forged a strong bond during their time in captivity. Federico says: “These people weren’t just friends, they were brothers. I think I spent more time sleeping next to David than any girl in my life. “We were all close as a group but we all have one individual we would turn to and for me that was Dave. I hope I was of help to him but I was able to give what I could and everyone did the same.” But in May 2014, Federico was suddenly released while David stayed behind. Four months later, he was horrified to hear David had been executed by Emwazi in one of a series of sick propaganda videos posted online. “I always believed that because we were taken together we would be negotiated for together,” said Federico. But when he was asked to film a ‘proof of life’ clip to send home, he realised their fates were going to be different. “It was probably one of the most bittersweet emotions I’ve ever had. David Haines with wife Dragana and daughter Athea [bc_video video_id=”6038905862001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”The Hunt for Jihadi John hears how attempts to restrict Emwazi’s movements may have driven him to IS”] “For some reason the day that I was picked up the Beatles were super aggressive. They gave me a beating and took it out on everyone else as well. “Just before they put a blanket over my head they made me go back to the door and said, ‘Say goodbye to your friends.’” From S Club fan to brutal extremist Federico’s friendship with David is just one of the focuses in the new documentary, which tracks Jihadi John’s path from London choir boy to brutal killer. Emwazi arrived in England aged six as a refugee, after his family fled from Kuwait. He is described by teachers at his school in Maida Vale, North West London, as “not particularly noticeable” and “much more of a follower than a leader.” But during his three years at Westminster University, he became radicalised and soon came onto the radar of the UK anti-terror squad S015. Mohammed Emwazi was brought to UK by his parents when he was six As a teenager his teachers say he was a follower, not a leader During a trip to Tanzania, he and two friends were arrested by border police, acting on a tip off from the UK. When they returned to the UK, MI5 attempted to recruit him as a spy, a move which backfired. “They rammed home the idea that life could become uncomfortable for him unless he wanted to cooperate, then asked him to tell MI5 what his friends were up to,” says Robert Verkaik, author of Jihadi John: Making of a Terrorist. Emwazi sings in a choir at school “To Emwazi this was a red rag to a bull. It’s not something he’s prepared to do. It’s an ultimate betrayal of everything he had become.” Security services then began to track his movements and listen in to his phone calls, even visiting his fiancee’s home to tell her family of his suspected terrorist links. The engagement was immediately broken off. Deprived of a new life over toothache Increasingly worried about his extreme views and the attention of the security services, Emwazi’s family hatched a plan to send him to Kuwait to live with his grandmother. “He took a job with the computer company where the boss though he was an excellent worker. He got a girlfriend, someone who he wanted to marry, and he was enjoying his new life,” says Robert. However, chronic toothache meant he travelled back to the UK for dental help – and he was prevented from returning to girlfriend in Kuwait. The IS convert evaded capture using computer skills to hide his tracks In his absence, the Kuwaiti security team visited his second fiancée and, again, the family called off the wedding. The move further angered Emwazi, who began plotting to join the Caliphate in Syria. “His whole life is, as far as he is concerned, being funnelled in one direction,” says Robert. “He can’t go to Kuwait, he’s finding it impossible to live in London, his attentions are now focus shifts to the extreme lifestyle, the full jihad.” Robert Walton, Head of Counter Terrorism at SO15, admits that the way Emwazi was being treated could have prompted his decision to join IS in Syria, in 2012. Drones targeted Emwazi’s home in Raqqa The burned out car belonging to Emwazi, killed in a drone attack in 2015 “What we’d hope to stop had come to pass,” he says. “In a sense we just held back the inevitable. “Whether we contributed to his radicalisation and his clear anger and vitriol towards the British state by stopping his travel is an interesting question.” Emwazi went on to behead seven innocent captives in footage posted online – including David, fellow Brit Alan Henning and US journalist James Foley – as well 22 Syrian airmen. The programme reveals that Emwazi, who used superior computing skills to cover his tracks, was finally tracked down in Raqqa by a joint UK and US operation. Journalist James Foley was another victim of Jihadi John His weak spot, it turned out, was his desire for a family. After taking a wife and having children, he blew his cover. “We didn’t have to track his movements,” says former Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steve Warren. “We just have to watch his family home and wait for him to show up.” Emwazi, 27, was killed in a drone strike in November 2015 in Raqqa and his accomplices El Shafee Elsheikh and  Alexanda Kotey – thought to be ‘George’ and ‘Ringo’ – were captured in 2018 and handed over to the US authorities. The Hunt For Jihadi John airs tonight on Channel 4 at 9pm