The Caliph even has his own Chinatown

Hardly surprising. There’s a booming Chinatown in Raqqa, Syria – the capital of the Caliphate.

The absolute majority of these Chinese passport-holder jihadis are of course Uyghurs. They left China either to Cambodia or Indonesia and were regimented by – who else – Turkish intel, as in NATO, which facilitated their transit to Syria.

Over a thousand are being trained in the Waziristans, in Pakistan’s tribal areas. They are also Syria-bound – and afterwards they will be back to China.

When these jihadis return to East Turkestan – which China calls Xinjiang, its Far West – THIS is what happens: al-Qaeda-style bombings – such as the Urumqi market in May (31 dead) and a police station in Yarkand in July (96 dead).

The SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization) is very much alert to all this.

No wonder, because the Caliphate’s long-term enemies are Russia and ultimately China. Sooooo convenient for the Empire of Chaos.

The frontline in Kirkuk: Kurdish peshmergas in the forefront, The Caliph's goons in the background. Brought from the Ether by: Pepe Escobar
The frontline in Kirkuk: Kurdish peshmergas in the forefront, The Caliph’s goons in the background.
Brought from the Ether by: Pepe Escobar

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China Launches Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), by Wayan

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The Chinese government just launched a new bank, whose goal is to balance the financial power of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). This financial structure has been called the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) after decisions taken during the last July BRICS summit held in Brazil.

Even if important for the economic world, it has seldom been reported by the western media, even by the specialists. So we felt this press review about the Chinese initiative could be of interest.

From the Chinese government side that decision could be seen as a quick and useful way to get rid of the American dollar savings that are burning its fingers hands.

The first public reference to the idea goes back to Xi Jinping’s last visit to Indonesia to attend the October 2013 APEC summit in Bali:

Besides celebrating a flourishing bilateral trade relationship, and becoming the first foreign leader to make a speech in Indonesia’s parliament, he surprised his hosts (and even some of his own officials) with the announcement of a new proposal. This is for an “Asian infrastructure bank”.

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The Caliph fit to join OPEC, by Pepe Escobar

Islamic State leader Caliph Ibrahim – aka Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi – never ceases to amaze us – and most of all his powerful petrodollar-stuffed backers. The Caliph is for all practical purposes now an oil major worth of membership of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). His takfiri/mercenary goons – in theory – have for some time been extracting, refining, shipping and/or smuggling and clinching juicy deals involving vast quantities of oil, reaping profits of roughly US$2 million a day.

The Caliph’s oil prices are to die (be beheaded?) for; after all, he’s implementing the same low-price strategy concocted by the people he wants to dethrone in Mecca, the House of Saud. The caliphate’s GDP across “Syraq” has only one way to go: up.

And oh, the irony Top customers for The Caliph’s cheap oil happen to be “Sultan” Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Earthly paradise, aka Turkey – a North Atlantic Treaty Organization ally – and that King “Playstation” Abdullah II ibn al-Hussein’s domain impersonating a country, aka Jordan.

Meanwhile, the awesome, immensely sophisticated military apparatus/intel agency acronym fest deployed by “free” US/NATO somehow is simply unable to register/intercept this racket.

Not surprising, when they somehow had not previously registered/intercepted The Caliph’s goons taking over large swaths of “Syraq” this summer with their cross-desert version of rolling thunder – that gleaming white Toyota promo ad.

As for the Empire of Chaos “solution” to intercept The Caliph’s oil profits, the only decision so far has been to bomb oil pipelines that belong to the Syrian Arab Republic, that is, ultimately, the Syrian people.

Never underestimate the capacity of US President Barack Obama’s “Don’t Do Stupid Stuff” foreign policy doctrine to soar towards unreachable stupidity heights.

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