The X-Files, or the return of the conspiracies

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I’m enjoying the new mini-series from Fox (three episodes aired so far, three more announced) and I’m glad that there will be a whole new session the next year. But when I look at “The X-Files” show I can’t help but wonder: how many conspiracies can be packed inside a script?

Don’t get me wrong, I respect the work of Chris Carter and all the other people involved in the show. I also admire the loyal fans that waited so long (the movie was seven years ago and the regular series ended in 2002) and pushed so hard to get Mulder and Scully back on the little screen. But the connection between the Fox network, the right-wing push on the media and the dark atmosphere of the X-Files is right here.

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We don’t need another Waco

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This is an American story. A real one, based on what’s going on in Oregon. You have already got the news, how a number of self-called militiamen take over the headquarters of Malheur Wildlife Refuge after a pacific protest against the decision to condemn Mr. Dwight Hammond Jr. and Mr. Steven Hammond for setting fire to a federal area.

After the rally a group led by Mr. Ammon Bundy took over the said facility, empty for the weekend, claiming that it will not be given back to the federal authorities and that if the police try to take it back by force they are ready and willing to use firearms. So far the unlawful occupation goes on and so are the claims of the militiamen to refuse to go way unless the Hammonds will be released from prison and the control of the Malheur National Forest given to locals.

No matter how much media attention the militiamen will get now and in the future, it’s high unlikely that federal authorities will satisfy such requests, so the question is: what does Bundy want for real?

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2015 – Running high and low

All right, it’s that time of year.  2015 is over and all the bloggers are comin’out, with the tops of the year and stuff. I’m doing almost the same, so no complaints here. This blog has been neglected for the most part of the year, for just one reason: I just didn’t like to write here anymore.

I’ve changed my mind, of course. Not for the blog itself, nor for any content I could make up or report and, no, it’s not even for those who follow here and in the social media. I just took the time I needed to reorganize and reload, just like any other grunt in the field of life.

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Left Behind – the last part of the Ghosts Of War series

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This is it. I’ve finally nailed the last obstacles and now, thanks to the Amazon’s busy dwarves, the last installment of my first e-book series is out.

“Left Behind” is, by far, the most ambitious and difficult piece I’ve written in english. It’s a story about war, revenge, action and mayhem – all tied in a single low-price package. C’mon, it’s priced a bit more than an US dollar, no good science fiction can be cheaper than that.

So far, the entire series performed well and I hope that this final story will wrap it up nicely for those who already get the first three ebooks.

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War against ISIS – the role of Saudi Arabia

At the last G20 Summit, Vladimir Putin declares a s follows: “I provided examples related to our data on the financing of Islamic State units by natural persons in various countries. The financing comes from 40 countries, as we established, including some G20 members.” At the same table there were seated the envoys from Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

Both countries have a difficult track record when it comes about terrorism, not to mention a number of high-profile representatives with direct ties with known terrorist and/or terrorist organizations. I was looking at a video about ISIS yesterday on YT and all of a sudden I remembered where I had seen similar black flags in the past. And the connection with the house of Saud became graphically clear.

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See this people? They were bedouin raiders, the flags are from the Ikhwan organization.  What’s that? A creation of early days Wahhabi Ulama, back in 1913 (see here on Wikipedia) in order to convert potentially dangerous bedouin tribes into allies and muslims.

The parallel is quite tempting. Ikhwan militia was a real force back then, helping a lot the cause of the House Of Saud in its struggle to get control in the country that we now call Saudi Arabia. At the same time they were somewhat indisciplinate and scores of them became difficult to control, forcing the Saud ruler to crush’em in 1929.

The Ikhwan members were quite rigid in the application of the Wahhabi policies, including forced conversion of Shia muslims and enforce more control in the pilgrimage to the holy sites of Mecca and Medina. Since they want to be feared from their enemies, they applied a lot of gory practises like execution of male prisoners by cutting their throats. They opposed modernity like the introduction of gas, cars and telegraph – everything non-arab and not Wahhabi-like wasn’t welcome.

Nowadays, seeing similar flags in the Middle East and in other countries and listening to similar messages from ISIS makes me wonder. The House of Saud is actively looking for getting more and more influence all over the Persian Gulf area and the whole of the North Africa. The same for Middle East and the other islamic countries. That happened in decades of financing Wahhabi imam and radical movements all over, without even a single word of disapproval from the USA.

Back in the days Ikhwan turned against its creators and it took a while to get it under control (metaphor for “destroyed”) with the help of foreigners (mostly military advisors and personnel from UK). What will happen this time? Are the House of Saud rulers ready to discontinue their support for their black-clad allies?

Paris attacks – how to react to a strike

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Yesterday’s post (here) last phrase was: “Are we defenseless?

My answer is no. But we have to consider a number of things before setting up a reaction and answer to a lot of questions that will concur to define what kind of answer we will give in the next days and in the years to come.

Now, please consider the image at the top of this post. As you may see, it shows the locations of the terrorist attacks in the years between 2000 and 2013, with a focus on the deadlier attacks (the biggest red dots) and the worst attacks of 2013. I think it’s appropriate to say that this is a global problem and that no place is really safe.

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