German Ex-Rapper Fighting in Syria Calls for Jihad in Central African Republic

“A rapper-turned-jihadi fighting in Syria called on his brethren in Africa to enter the Central African Republic, ravaged by months of sectarian violence, and protect Muslims from deadly attacks.’

TIME

A new video by a foreign fighter thought to be in Syria is making the rounds on Twitter not because of what the man is asking of his followers, but because of where he wants them to go. Denis Cuspert, the German-Ghanaian ex-rapper known as ‘Deso Dogg’ who now goes by Abu Talha al-Almani, says the slaughter of Muslims in the Central African Republic by largely Christian militias should trigger a response from jihadis.

For much of the 18-minute video, Cuspert, known for inflammatory remarks in recent years, is sitting against a tree speaking in Arabic, English and German as grim scenes are superimposed on the screen. Cuspert claims he made the video after seeing footage from the Central African Republic, where months of attacks between Christians and Muslims have killed thousands, led to a Muslim exodus and spawned one of Africa’s worst humanitarian crises in decades. He directly calls…

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Putin Speaks – RT broadcasts of Putin on Crimea / Questions

Two videos of Putin on the evolving crisis in Crimea.

The first follows Putin on the onset of the intervention of the “little green men.” Translated from Russian to English.

RT. “FULL VIDEO: Putin speaks Ukraine, Yanukovich, Maidan, Crimea.” March 4, 2014. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiKF8JN1qmk

The final video is Putin’s speech on Russia’s annexation of Crimea, citing the Kosovo precedent from international law.

RT. “Putin: Crimea similar to Kosovo, West is rewriting its own rule book (FULL SPEECH).” March 18, 2014. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDLwu4E35us

What do you think?

Is Russia violating international law by protecting ethnic Russians in the Crimea by annexing the territory after a popular referendum and after a government installed in Kiev by a coup?

Or is Russia using realpolitik to denounce a Western leaning legitimate government moving closer to the EU and Western values and markets?

Has the International Community responded proportionately to Russian actions, or are they holding a double standard between the former Cold War imagined constructs of the “East” and “West?”

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