Headlines of interest, mid January 2016…

Wayne Madsen ReportJanuary 11-12, 2016 — The coming war over Hagia Sophia

The Islamist-oriented Justice and Development Party (AKP) of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan is agitating for the former Holy See of the Christian Church in the East, Hagia Sophia (the Church of Holy Wisdom), completed by Emperor Justinian in 537, to be converted into a mosque called “Ayasofya.” Chief among those calling for the Ayasofya mosque to be restored in Bülent Arinç, the co-founder of the AKP and a close ally of Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet. In 2014, the AKP submitted legislation in parliament to convert Hagia Sophia into a mosque…

AKP supporters and Salafists receiving funding from the Saudis have picketed Hagia Sophia with signs reading “Ayasofya must be reopened as a mosque” while waving green and black flags bearing the same inscription as that found on the flags of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Yalçın Topçu, the Culture and Tourism Minister in the government of Prime Minister Ahmet Davotoglu, recently stated that he hoped Hagia Sophia would be re-opened as a mosque. Topçu is the former chairman of the Islamist-Turkish nationalist Great Union Party (BBP), a right-wing party associated with the terrorist Grey Wolves movement…

January 12-13, 2016 — Bomb blast near Hagia Sophia in Istanbul targets Western tourists

…The Erdogan government slapped a news blackout on reports about the blast near Hagia Sophia. The nationalities of the dead were difficult to determine because of Erdogan’s ban on news coverage but some reports indicated that the ten dead tourists were all German nationals…

The bombing occurred less than 24 hours after WMR reported that there is a coming war between Turkey and Eastern Christian Orthodoxy over Erdogan’s plans to convert Hagia Sophia into a mosque. The founder of the Turkish Republic, Kemal Ataturk, ordered the mosque closed in 1931 and reopened as a state museum in 1935. Erdogan has made the tourist district around Hagia Sophia a magnet for jihadists from around the world, perhaps including the Syrian suicide bomber, who have answered the call by Ankara to support the conversion of the cathedral museum into a functioning mosque. The terrorist attack on tourists near the cathedral will surely result in tourists avoiding the site, a perfect opportunity for Erdogan to close it and cover up or remove Christian icongraphy in order to carry out its conversion into a mosque.

ReutersIstanbul bomber entered Turkey as refugee from Syria, PM says

GuardianMurder in Istanbul: Kremlin’s hand suspected in shooting of Chechen

RTDeadly blast devastates Turkish police HQ in Kurdish region, string of attacks reported

Antiwar229 Killed, 131 Wounded in Iraq Attacks

21st Century WireMadaya: West Engineer Another ‘Humanitarian’ Media Hoax in Syria

Al MonitorHagel says Obama ‘paralyzed’ Syria policy around Assad ouster

Middle East EyeObama, Jordan’s king hold brief meeting amid talk of snub

RTBurkina Faso hostage crisis: 20 dead at hotel & cafe; counter-assault begins; Al Qaeda claims attack

ReutersIslamic State claims Jakarta attack, targets Indonesia for first time

Behind Islamic State attack on Indonesia, homegrown jihadi intellectual

Barack Obama?

Wayne Madsen: Not only was the Starbucks, which this editor used as a WiFi base during out 2011 investigation of Dunham/Obama/Soetoro, a target for these ISIL terrorists but so was the hotel, the SariPan Pacific.

LaRouchePACIndonesia To Propose Six Infrastructure Projects To the Newborn AIIB, Says Finance Minister

DawnUS sees Taliban as reconciliation partners: Pentagon

ThereAreNoSunglasses (mirroring Tolo News) – ISI LOSES CONTROL—Taliban Lay Seige To Pakistani Consulate In Jalalabad, Afghanistan

Bild – Putin – The Interview – mirrored at Kremlin.ru

Voltairenet (Thierry Meyssan) – Towards the collapse of Saudi Arabia

ThereAreNoSunglassesSaudi Royals Trying To Bribe the World Into Turning Against Iran

Or blackmail…

Zero HedgeStocks Slump After Saudis Threaten Nukes Against “Nefarious” Iran

Middle East EyeDozens dead, wounded in Saudi strike on Sanaa police building

Al MonitorAssassinations, chaos cripple Yemen’s Aden

Intelligence OnlineErik Prince eyes Arabian sands deal

Washington PostPlane leaves Iran with Post reporter, other Americans in swap

The HillUS: Prisoner of war protections didn’t apply to sailors caught by Iran

Fars News AgencyIran’s Top Commander Hopes US Congress Takes Lesson from Vessel Seizure

WMRJanuary 14-15, 2016 — Navy riverine craft may have been involved in Tonkin Gulf-like conspiracy

According to reliable sources, the two U.S. Navy CB90 riverine command boats (RCBs) that were en route from Kuwait to Bahrain when they ended up “dead in the water” and drifted into Iranian waters near the heavily-fortified Iranian base on Farsi Island, may have been involved in a Gulf of Tonkin-like attempt to draw the United States into a shooting war with Iran…

Suspicions are being cast upon Israel or Saudi Arabia, with both close intelligence and military allies perhaps acting together, in launching an electro-magnetic pulse (EMP) attack on the craft, thus disabling the global positioning systems, communications, and auxiliary generator that supplied power to both. Although most U.S.-manufactured naval vessels are hardened against EMP bursts, one electronic warfare specialist suspects the fact that the two U.S. craft are of Swedish manufacture means that unhardened commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) components may have been used in the navigation, communications, and propulsion systems.

The Iranians claim they would return the boats to the United States but will probably inspect them before transferring them back to the U.S. Navy. Ironically, it may be the Iranians who discover the boats’ electronics were damaged by an EMP weapon before the U.S. Navy does. The RCBs, which can carry up to 21 amphibious special forces troops, are often used for covert espionage and sabotage missions…

The incident occurred at a sensitive time for both Iran and the United States. President Obama was about to give his last State of the Union address while Iran was in the process of disabling the nuclear core of its reactor in Arak, pursuant to the P5+1 nuclear agreement. The Israel Lobby seized on the capture of the U.S. boats to push for increased sanctions against Iran over its alleged missile proliferation…

TelegraphIran sanctions: Middle East stock crash wipes £27bn off markets as Tehran enters oil war

Zero HedgeDallas Fed Quietly Suspends Energy Mark-To-Market On Default Contagion Fears

The Fed Responds To Zero Hedge: Here Are Some Follow Up Questions

 China’s Largest Bank Is Mystery Buyer Of Massive 1,500 Ton Gold Vault In London

China Law BlogGetting Money Out of China: What The Heck is Happening?

LaRouchePACFinancial Establishment on the Crash: ‘Get Ready for the Worst’

FortuneAnalyst: Here Comes the Biggest Stock Market Crash in a Generation

The TimesMarkets suffer their worst start to the year since Great Depression

APNorth Korea says nuclear test shows it could ‘wipe out’ US

CryptomeNorth Korea Nuclear Test Site

Asia One (AFP) – Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen warns China after landslide victory

Alert 5 (translation of United Daily News) – Taiwan’s incoming government wanted the AV-8B in order to develop indigenous STOVL fighter

EJInight (Hong Kong) – Manila quietly building US naval base near disputed waters

TeleSURNew Argentine Government Detains Social Movement Leader

GuardianEl Chapo’s lair: the secluded house at the heart of Mexico’s drug war

WaPoHow Mexico secretly launched a crackdown after Penn met ‘El Chapo’

Daily MailSo, is Sean Penn really a CIA agent? Body language expert reveals the truth behind El Chapo interview after studying actor during tell-all Charlie Rose chat

ABC7 (Chicago) – Tourist from Chicago murdered in Belize; Anne Swaney worked website at ABC7 Chicago

Marshall ReportFLORIDA Man Challenging Cruz and Rubio Eligibility Speaks Out

GuardianHarvard scholar: Ted Cruz’s citizenship, eligibility for president ‘unsettled’

Levant ReportNew Hillary Emails Reveal Propaganda, Executions, Coveting Libyan Oil and Gold

VarietyCIA Spokesman Slams ‘13 Hours’ as ‘Distortion’ of Benghazi Events

AnonymousMonsanto Supplied Chemical Weapons to Israel; Guilty of War Crimes

EcoWatchTaiwan Bans GMOs in Schools, Mandates Strict Label Laws

Organic Farmers Win GMO Fight in Jackson County, Oregon

Farm WarsOregon Standoff – Agenda 21 and the BLM Uranium and Gold Deal

Common Sense ShowAmmon Bundy Breaks His Silence with Dave Hodges, Hear His Side of the Story

RT‘Send Mr. Bundy the bill’: Judge wants Oregon militia to pay $70k a day for security costs

PR NewswireKlayman First To File Lawsuit Against Obama’s Gun Control Executive Orders

PoliticoJudge rejects Obama’s executive privilege claim over Fast and Furious records

FOX NewsGrowing number of police chiefs, sheriffs join call to arms

WaPoYou may be powerless to stop a drone from hovering over your own yard

ProPublica100,000 NYC School Children Face Airport-Style Security Screening Every Day

Free Thought ProjectSunny Nevada Just Killed the Solar Industry with 40% Tax Hike, Derailing the Off-Grid Movement

And now, on a happier note, regardless of what is happening on Wall Street, this is very good news for Main St…

APWal-Mart to shutter 269 stores, 154 of them in the US

Web of DebtThe Citadel Is Breached: Congress Taps the Fed for Infrastructure Funding

Ars TechnicaUS Intelligence director’s personal e-mail, phone hacked

InfowarsInfamous Teen Hacker Hijacks Ex-Geospatial Intelligence Officer’s Online Accounts

CNBCThe CIA-backed start-up that’s taking over Palo Alto

Liberty BlitzkriegFederally Funded Think Tank Explains How U.S. Government Could Attack Decentralized Digital Currencies

The Next PlatformEmergent Chip Vastly Accelerates Deep Neural Networks

Daily MailIs TINDER changing the way we think? Experts warn ‘binary thinking’ teaches people to over simplify and become disconnected

The New InquiryTinderization of Feeling

Cryptome (John Stanton) – The Emerging Dystopian Republic: Systems Engineering the Human from Birth through Death

33rd Square3D Printing Organs: Indian Startup 3D Bioprints Human Liver

MIT Technology ReviewHuman-Animal Chimeras Are Gestating on U.S. Research Farms

N.Y.TimesAs U.S. Modernizes Nuclear Weapons, ‘Smaller’ Leaves Some Uneasy

ENENews“Carcasses littering beaches for miles” on Pacific coast of Alaska — “Complete reproductive failure” — “Horrifying… Horrid… Mind-boggling… Off the charts” — Unprecedented die-off “has potential to be biggest mortality event in state history” — “The most extreme I’ve ever seen”

Experts: Multiple types of radioactive material constantly being emitted from LA gas blowout — “I’d be running like hell” — “We are getting higher and higher levels…it’s accumulating” — “Poisons spreading through entire San Fernando Valley” home to 2 million people — “Thousands getting sick… it really is a major, major disaster”

Activist PostLeading Climate Scientists Say Paris Conference Failed, Call for Geoengineering

Revamping the Russian woodpecker…

SputnikFly Meet Web: Russia Building a Powerful New Early Warning Radar Network

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