Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Civilian Residents Are Massively Escape From Donetsk, Jan 20 2015

Massive Russian Military Hardware Convoy Moves Towards Ukrainian Border,...

Special Report: For Islamic State, wheat season sows seeds of discontent -Reuters

ARBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - As the season for wheat planting in Iraq wound down early last month, farmers in areas under the control of Sunni militant group Islamic State grew worried.
More than two dozen farmers told Reuters they had not planted the normal amount of seed, because they could not access their land, did not have the proper fertilizers or adequate fuel, or because they had no guarantees that Islamic State would buy their crop as Baghdad normally does....

 Iraqi farmers have long complained of Baghdad's neglect and mismanagement of agriculture. International sanctions and the U.S. invasion further hurt the sector. But many farmers say this planting season marks an all-time low.
Across the border in Syria, where Islamic State has controlled the city of Raqqa since May 2013, wheat production last year was down almost 70 percent from the level before the civil war, according to the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)....http://news.yahoo.com/special-report-islamic-state-wheat-season-sows-seeds-101623044.html

-bth:  Many variables at play here but it seems likely that the cost of food will go up with its scarcity and the lack of hard cash for purchases in the ISIL controlled territories.

Monday, January 19, 2015

One of those days 2 - Candide Thovex

GCHQ captured emails of journalists from top international media - The Guardian

GCHQ’s bulk surveillance of electronic communications has scooped up emails to and from journalists working for some of the US and UK’s largest media organisations, analysis of documents released by whistleblower Edward Snowden reveals.

Emails from the BBC, Reuters, the Guardian, the New York Times, Le Monde, the Sun, NBC and the Washington Post were saved by GCHQ and shared on the agency’s intranet as part of a test exercise by the signals intelligence agency.....http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/jan/19/gchq-intercepted-emails-journalists-ny-times-bbc-guardian-le-monde-reuters-nbc-washington-post