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WaPo Glosses Over Syrian Muslim Brotherhood Leader's Family Tie to Islamist Nazi Collaborator

This is a modified py-6 that occupies the entire horizontal space of its parent.

Caveat: Most of the biographical details of this story are correct, but the author attempts to use them to cast Nazi aspersions on Muslims in general, especially revolutionary movements opposed to American and Israeli intervention in the Middle East. I’ve redacted the skewed conservative commentary and kept a few historical facts here to salvage them from the author’s obvious attempt to program his readers with American Spectator-style prejudicial overstatement and flat-out misinformation. Fact-checking the story also led me to delete some details. And “a secret U.S. intelligence document ” is cited as a source for some of the information provided — I have been unable to confirm this, and can only wonder how Mr. Rubin gained access to a classified intelligence file. He needs to identify it with specific reference to title, file number and such so the “war criminal” allegations can be verified independently, if possible … or better yet, post the “secret” file verbatim and take the spare bunk in Bradley Manning’s prison cell  … – AC

Exclusive: An Islamist Nazi Collaborator is Transformed into a Moderate

By Barry Rubin

PJ Media, April 27, 2012

Nofal al-Dawalibi — the son of Maarouf al-Dawalibi, a former Syrian prime minister who collaborated with Hitler’s regime during WW II — smiles during a meeting in Paris, France, Thursday April, 26, 2012. Nofal al-Dawalibi wants to form a government in exile aimed at bolstering Syrian rebels and encouraging international military intervention. Photo: Jacques Brinon / AP

Suppose you read in the Washington Post about a democratic politician who was a refugee from persecution by a dictatorship. Would you be surprised to learn that he was in fact a vicious antisemite, a radical Islamist, and—by the way—a wanted war criminal for his collaboration with the Nazis?

In fact, all of the facts about this politician are easily available in the public record. The man in question is Maarouf al-Dawalibi, whose son, Nofal, has now declared himself leader of a Syrian “government in exile.” I don’t want to be unfair to the Washington Post, which in this case merely reports what someone told it and had no reason to research this specific point. …

According to the Post:

“[Nofal] al-Dawalibi said his father, Maarouf, was the `last freely elected prime minister’ in Syria, in 1961, but was later jailed and fled to Saudi Arabia two years later, where he became an adviser to the royal family.”

So who was Maarouf? According to official German  documents and U.S. Army war crimes’ investigators, he was a Nazi agent stationed in Paris, working for the grand mufti, Amin al-Husaini, and on Berlin’s payroll during World War Two. A secret U.S. intelligence document of June 17, 1945 puts Maarouf al-Dawalibi on the wanted list of war criminals. Somehow he eluded capture.

Back in Syria … he served as prime minister in 1949-1950, speaker of parliament in 1951, defense minister in 1954-1955, and again as prime minister for a few months in 1961-1962.

When the radical nationalist Ba’th Party … came to power in 1963, al-Dawalibi did indeed go into exile. But far from being an advocate for moderation or democracy, he again went to work for his wartime boss, Amin al-Husaini …

The World Muslim Congress, the movement’s main international group at the time, had been founded and led by al-Husaini since 1931. During the war, al-Husaini had used it as one of his main assets as a Nazi collaborator, explicitly offering the group’s services to Hitler. Al-Dawalibi became al-Husaini’s successor as its leader.

Al-Dawalibi also worked for the Saudis. In 1984, as Saudi Arabia’s delegate at a UN seminar on religious tolerance and freedom in Geneva, al-Dawalibi explained: “If a Jew does not drink every year blood of a non-Jew, then he will be damned for eternity.” He also claimed that “Hitler’s extermination” of the Jews was understandable because, “They call themselves the chosen people and allege they were chosen by God from among all the peoples….”


By Steve Benen

The Maddow Blog, May 8, 2012

In Washington, DC, events, rallies, and protests are exceedingly common, especially around Capitol Hill and the National Mall. What’s far less common are events in Statuary Hall.

And yet, as my friend Rob Boston reported, that’s one of the things making a prayer rally on Capitol Hill today interesting.

On May 8, a group called Come Pray With Me plans to hold a prayer service in Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol.

This is kind of a big deal. Statuary Hall isn’t some sort of public facility that anyone can use. Groups have to get permission from the congressional leadership to hold events there, and it’s not often granted.

So what is Come Pray With Me, and why does it merit this honor?

As it turns out, the prayer rally is a project of Dan Cummins, who leads Bridlewood Church in Bullard, Texas. Its official congressional sponsor is Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), and given the limited access generally made to Statuary Hall, the event has effectively been endorsed by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), whose office had to give its permission.

Cummins is an odd character in his own right — he’s a birther who believes this is a “Christian nation” and that church-state separation is a communist idea — but the guest list for today’s Come Pray With Me is equally disconcerting. Rob’s report added, “They include Jim Garlow, a California pastor active in Republican politics who has openly endorsed candidates from the pulpit; Bishop Harry Jackson, a Maryland preacher known for anti-gay activism; Alveda King of the extreme anti-abortion outfit Priests for Life and David Barton, the Religious Right’s favorite pseudo-historian.”

I’m curious about why, exactly, the House Republican leadership is willing to lend these folks Statuary Hall, which is rarely lent to anyone. Would the Speaker’s office be equally gracious towards other faith groups or for an atheists’ event?

Just to be clear, the point isn’t that these religious right figures shouldn’t be allowed to host prayer rallies; they obviously should. What’s more, whether I find their agenda and/or message offensive is irrelevant. Rather, I’m interested in knowing why this exclusive area of the U.S. Capitol is being made available to fringe, far-right activists, when Statutory Hall usually isn’t available to much of anyone for special events.

DWU prof publishes essay on eugenics

News release, Dakota Wesleyan University

May 11, 2012

Jesse Weins

Years before the atrocities of the Nazi regime, the United States introduced sterilization laws for the “mental defectives” within state institutions all across the nation. The move arose from a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 1924 in the case Buck v. Bell.

Jesse Weins, assistant professor of criminal justice at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, published an essay called “Buck v. Bell” in the Twenties in America encyclopedia released in April.

The Twenties in America encyclopedia is a three-volume series which serves as a student resource covering a variety of subjects including movements, trends in popular culture, literature, science, technology, economics and politics in both the United States and Canada.

Weins discusses the Buck v. Bell case in depth with the history of not only the case but of the events surrounding it and how they impacted the country.

“Following the late 19th century and early 20th century, intellectual trends of Social Darwinism and Progressivism, the Virginia Legislature in 1924 enacted a statute that authorized the sterilization of persons in the state’s custody with undesirable traits when such persons could thereafter be released back into the community,” Weins said.

The Supreme Court reviewed the case and declared the statute constitutional in an 8-1 decision.

Renowned Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. wrote the majority opinion in the case and even mentioned that “three generations of imbeciles are enough,” which was a reference to the plaintiff Carrie Buck, her mother and her daughter.

“It was not until the atrocities of Nazi Germany came to light that Western society’s views on eugenics changed,” Weins said. “Through the late 1940s and ’50s, the United States refashioned itself as a defender of individual rights, and intellectual and popular support for eugenics vanished.”

By Tony Thompson

The Guardian, May 12, 2012

Financier Roberto Calvi was found hanging beneath Blackfriars Bridge in London in 1982. Photograph: -/AFP/Getty Images

One month before the 30th anniversary of one of London’s most enduring murder mysteries, the mafia godfather at the heart of the case has spoken for the first time about why he believes the real killers of Italian financier Roberto Calvi will never be brought to justice.

Calvi, dubbed “God’s banker” because of his work with the Vatican, was found hanging from scaffolding beneath Blackfriars bridge in London on 18 June 1982. Bricks had been stuffed in his pockets and he had more than £10,000 in cash on him. In the months before his death he had been accused of stealing millions being laundered on behalf of the mafia.

His death was originally ruled a suicide but later judged to be murder. In July 1991, Francesco “Frankie the Strangler” Di Carlo, a mafia godfather who had lived in England since the late 1970s, was named as Calvi’s killer by a supergrass. Di Carlo has since become a supergrass himself.

Speaking from the small town in central Italy where he now lives, Di Carlo related how he first came to hear that he had been accused of Calvi’s murder.

“I was in university – that’s what I called the prisons in England. We were all in the association room watching television when the news came on that the killer of Calvi was Francesco Di Carlo. All the prisoners and guards looked over and stared. I just shrugged my shoulders and said that they must be talking about someone else with the same name as me.”

Di Carlo seemed a likely suspect. He had arrived in the UK in the 1970s, relocating shortly after being linked to the murders of two Sicilian police officers.

He bought businesses and a palatial home but soon came under the watchful eye of British customs, who believed he had moved in order to oversee the Cosa Nostra’s operations in the UK. Between 1980 and 1985 customs officers allegedly linked him to at least a dozen multimillion pound drug hauls, only a handful of which were intercepted.

In 1985 Palermo’s flying squad attempted to extradite Di Carlo to Italy in connection with an earlier case. Within weeks of the request, the deputy head of the squad and a commissioner in charge of tracking down fugitives had both been shot dead.

Di Carlo was eventually linked to an attempt to smuggle £60m worth of heroin to Canada through London and was found guilty at a five-month trial at the Old Bailey, although he claims to have been the victim of a conspiracy.

The police officers escorting him to court each morning told how, as they were led from the cells, Di Carlo’s co-defendants would bow and kiss his hand as they passed him, standard protocol for greeting a senior godfather figure.

Although Di Carlo denies killing Calvi, he admits that he and his mafia colleagues wanted him dead and that his boss had attempted to contact him to carry out the hit.

“I was in Rome and received a phone call from a friend in Sicily telling me that a certain high-ranking mafia member had just been killed. I will never forget the date because of this: it was 16 June 1982 – two days before Calvi was murdered. The friend told me that Pippo Calò [known as the “mafia’s cashier”] was trying to get hold of me because he needed me to do something for him. In the hierarchy of Cosa Nostra, he was a general, I was a colonel, so he was a little higher up, my superior.

“While I finally spoke to Pippo, he told me not to worry, that the problem had been taken care of. That’s a code we use in the Cosa Nostra. We never talk about killing someone. We say they have been taken care of.

“Calvi was naming names. No one had any trust in him any more. He owed a lot of money. His friends had all distanced themselves. Everyone wanted to get rid of him. He had been arrested and he had started to talk. Then he had tried to kill himself by cutting his wrists. He was released, but knew he could be rearrested at any time. He was weak, he was a broken man.

“I was not the one who hanged Calvi. One day I may write the full story, but the real killers will never be brought to justice because they are being protected by the Italian state, by members of the P2 masonic lodge. They have massive power. They are made up of a mixture of politicians, bank presidents, the military, top security and so on. This is a case that they continue to open and close again and again but it will never be resolved. The higher you go, the less evidence you will find.”

Di Carlo became disillusioned with the direction the organisation was taking, deciding to become a supergrass.

“My grandfather was the first to be in the Cosa Nostra and the rest of my family followed. Back then the system was different. We were a guarantee for people who had no justice, we were there for the defence of the weak.

“We were not against the state, we were a state within the state. We had solicitors, doctors, ministers. We would get the politicians elected and we would command them. And we made a comfortable living. There were rules. You could not kill women or children or innocents. You could not kill journalists because they were just doing their job.

“If you wanted to kill someone, there had to be a reason. They had to be harming the organisation. You could kill a policeman because he was lying about you, but not for doing his job. You kill one, another comes along, so what have you achieved? Nothing.

“But then things started to change. Drug trafficking came in and made people very rich. People had too much money and power. The scruples were lost. Magistrates were being bombed along with women and children. It wasn’t Cosa Nostra any more, it was Cosa Monster. I didn’t want to be a part of that so I decided to turn. My life now is very different, very quiet, but I am happy.”

11 June 1982 Roberto Calvi goes missing from his apartment in Rome.

18 June 1982 Calvi is found hanging from scaffolding under London’s Blackfriars bridge, weighed down with bricks and £10,000 cash in currencies on him.

July 1982 An inquest finds that Calvi had killed himself.

July 1983 A second inquest returns an open verdict on his death.

December 1998 Calvi’s body is exhumed as his family press for answers, insisting he was murdered.

October 2002 An independent forensic report confirms Calvi was murdered.

5 October 2005 Five defendants are put on trial in Rome for the banker’s murder.

6 June 2007 All five defendants are acquitted of the charge.

18 November 2011 Italy’s court of last resort upholds the acquittals.

Analyst: Numbers show that US is drilling its way to zero net oil imports

Horizontal drilling, multi-stage fracturing drive surge in onshore volumes, key to reversing decades-long production decline

By Katherine Scott, editorial coordinator

Drilling Contractor, May/June, 2012

An increasing US crude production coupled with declining oil demand is resulting in a sharp reduction in the nation’s oil imports, according to Raymond James and Associates. They believe that US oil and gas companies have already worked toward reversing a nearly four-decade-long decline in oil supply. Source: EIA, RJ estimates

Horizontal drilling and multi-stage fracturing are working hard for the industry, and the results are paying off. According to research by Raymond James and Associates, by opening the door to vast resources of unconventional liquids, the industry has radically reshaped the trajectory of US oil production. This is reversing a nearly four-decade-long decline in oil production.

Coupled with declining US oil demand due in part to better vehicle efficiency, the shift is moving the country toward energy independence. Owed to fact that US oil and gas companies have already overcome government road blocks and geological challenges to increase oil supply, and a change in transportation habits has decreased oil demand, Raymond James expects that US net oil imports could reach essentially zero by 2020.

On 22 March at Ohio State University, US President Barack Obama made the claim that the US cannot become energy independent solely by doing more drilling, saying that “we can’t simply drill our way out of the problem.”

Marshall Adkins, managing director, head of energy research for Raymond James, strongly disagrees. “The facts say something very different. The facts say that we are drilling our way out of this. (We’re moving toward being) totally oil independent.”

The recent boost in US oil production, which reached 8.1 million bbl/day last year, and cuts in oil demand are causing imports to fall, which Mr Adkins said is a major part of attaining oil independence for the US.

“It appears that demand will continue to drift lower, but the real driver is more supply, so you combine roughly two barrels of supply growth for every one barrel of decline in demand, and you’re getting pretty meaningful reduction in the amount of oil we need to import,” he explained.

Increasing Oil Supply

Research by Raymond James suggests that the US produced more incremental oil supply than any other country from 2009 to 2011. The growth doesn’t stop there; it is projected that, compared with 2011, there will be a 6% increase in oil production this year and an average 11% growth per year between 2013 and 2015, most of it driven by the ongoing surge in onshore volumes. The use of horizontal drilling and multi-stage fracturing in areas like the Bakken, Eagle Ford and Permian Basin is allowing the industry to get more oil out of the ground.

Declining Oil Demand

Likewise, Raymond James projected that there will be a base decline in oil demand of 1.5% each year through 2020. US oil demand peaked in 2005 at 20.8 million bbl/day, having grown in every year but one since 1992. However, since then, demand has fallen in every year but one, and Raymond James estimates that there will be a decline of 2.5% for 2012 relative to a year ago.

Mr Adkins said that the decline in US oil demand has largely come from higher energy prices, which in turn are pushing better vehicle efficiency, more natural gas vehicles and reduced travel patterns.

Decreasing Oil Imports

Falling oil demand is a smaller but relevant part of the overall story. US oil demand has fallen in every year but one – even in the good economic years of 2006-2007, according to Raymond James and Associates. Source: EIA, IEA, RJ estimates

In light of this increased supply and decreased demand scenario, Raymond James concluded that the US is poised to sharply decrease its dependence on other countries for imported oil. Their research shows net US oil imports already falling from 13.5 million bbl/day (65% of demand) in 2005 to approximately 9.8 million bbl/day (52% of demand) in 2011, and that may fall to an estimated 4.5 million bbl/day (26% of demand) by 2015.

Additionally, lower oil import costs could stimulate resurgence in US manufacturing, bringing with it more jobs.

“This is also a huge boom to US labor, across the board. It’s not just in the energy business, but you know cheap energy creates more manufacturing jobs,” Mr Adkins said, “The single biggest, most visible and immediate benefits to this … is more jobs.”

Us Trade Deficit

Another important aspect to consider is the US trade deficit, where oil imports play a large role. According to the research, oil imports have generated more than half of the total deficit every year since 2007.

“(Decreasing oil imports is) hugely positive for the trade deficit. In the last several years, over half of our trade deficit has been energy related, and if you eliminate that, then your trade deficit gets cut in half,” Mr Adkins said.

Despite adding to the total deficit, the net oil import requirement has dropped every year since 2005, with further declines projected. With an approximately 2.2 million bbl/day reduction in imports since 2008, the US has reduced that part of the deficit by approximately $80 billion annually.

Mr Adkins believes that the resulting savings in the trade deficit are highly meaningful, especially when the benefits of cheaper energy for US manufacturing are taken into account. Further, their research states that the trends of lower oil import costs, cheaper US natural gas prices and decreasing non-oil related trade deficit point to a reduction in the total US trade deficit of 82% by 2020.

Despite these findings, however, Mr Adkins believes there are still additional steps that need to be taken. “(If we increase access to drilling), it will speed up the process of becoming energy independent.”