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The Warm Relationship Between Turkey and ISIS (Confirmed Facts)

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A new drastic escalation in the Syria war has just started with the Turkish military’s downing of a Russian Su-24 fighter jet over Syria with the explanation that it had violated Turkish airspace. This took place just days after threatening Moscow with “serious consequences” if it continued bombing ISIS in Syria.

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From the first days of the Syrian crisis, Turkey was the main gate to send fighters and weapons to Syria. The Turkish government has been consistent in pursuing its own agenda, which started with supporting the Islamic armed groups against the Syrian government. That includes al-Qaeda’s affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra, which shares many of its aspirations for a fundamentalist caliphate with ISIS.

Previously, Turkey claimed to be the defender of the Syrian people and their dreams, but held a rather more worrisome agenda. Here are some facts to confirm — with no doubt — that ISIS is a PARTNER (not enemy) to Turkey, which means of course that fighting the terrorist group is not really on Turkey’s agenda.

1. Turkey’s Support to the Extreme Islamic Groups Started from the First Days of the Syrian Crisis

In July 2011, a group of people who escaped the Syrian army announced the birth of the so-called “Free Syrian Army” under the supervision of Turkish military intelligence. Turkey offered them shelter and considered imposing no-fly zones to assist the so-called “rebels” and serve as a base of their operations to topple President Bashar al-Assad – all done with the help of the United States.

Together with U.S., Saudi Arabia, and Qatar, Turkey has also provided the rebels with arms and other military equipment. (Source) (Source)

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The rebels admitted that Turkey is not only supplying then with weapons but is also training them in order to be sent back to Syria. Large consignments of AK-47s were also reportedly delivered by the Turkish military to the Syrian-Turkish border. (Source)

2. Turkey Not Only Didn’t Stop Weapons Transferring to Syria, But Even Offered More With Logistical Support Too

Some time ago, the Turkish opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet published videos and photos showing a secret services weapons shipment to the Syrian rebels. The report said that a convoy of trucks was stopped and searched by local authorities near the border with Syria in January 2014. (Source)

Moreover, Turkish military admitted that Turkey’s national intelligence service (MIT) shipped weapons to al-Qaeda in Syria, according to Al-Monitor report.

“When President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was prime minister, he had said, ‘You cannot stop the MIT truck. You cannot search it. You don’t have the authority. These trucks were taking humanitarian assistance to Turkmens.’ ”

(More facts can be found in the Al-Monitor report by Turkish reporter Fehim Taştekin.)

The Turkish newspaper Radikal reported on June 13, 2014, that Interior Minister Muammar Guler signed a directive:

“According to our regional gains, we will help al-Nusra militants against the branch of PKK terrorist organization, the PYD, within our borders…Hatay is a strategic location for the mujahideen crossing from within our borders to Syria. Logistical support for Islamist groups will be increased, and their training, hospital care, and safe passage will mostly take place in Hatay…MIT and the Religious Affairs Directorate will coordinate the placement of fighters in public accommodations.” (Source – in Turkish) (Source)

According to the same report by Huffington Post:

“Kemal Kiliçdaroglu, head of the Republican People’s Party (CHP), produced a statement from the Adana Office of the Prosecutor on October 14, 2014 maintaining that Turkey supplied weapons to terror groups. He also produced interview transcripts from truck drivers who delivered weapons to the groups. According to Kiliçdaroglu, the Turkish government claims the trucks were for humanitarian aid to the Turkmen, but the Turkmen said no humanitarian aid was delivered.”

Dr. Nafeez Ahmed has recently summed up many (but certainly not all) of the Turks’ connection to ISIS in his recent article labeled: “NATO Is Harbouring The Islamic State.” He writes:

“Authenticated official documents of the Turkish military were leaked online, showing that Turkey’s intelligence services had been caught in Adana by military officers transporting missiles, mortars and anti-aircraft ammunition via truck ‘to the al-Qaeda terror organization’ in Syria.” According to other reports, ‘Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu ordered a media blackout after the military’s Gendarmerie General Command discovered around 50 rockets, 35 crates of ammunition, including mortar rounds, and Douchka anti-aircraft ammunition hidden inside Syria-bound trucks operated by Turkey’s intelligence agency.’ ” (Source)

3. Turkey and So-called “Rebels” (Before Being ISIS) Were Behind Sarin Attacks in Syria

The American investigative journalist Seymour Hersh stated in the London Review of Books that ISIS conducted Sarin attacks in Syria, and that Turkey was informed. More and more reports came after Hersh’s declaration that confirm this. (Source) (Source) (Source) This attack was supposed to be used as a false flag operation in order to start a war with Syria.

4. Turkey Even Trained ISIS Fighters in Special Bases

Aaron Klein of WND reported: “…After training in Turkey, thousands of ISIS fighters went to Iraq by way of Syria to join the effort to establish an Islamic caliphate subject to strict Islamic law, or Shariah.” (Source) (Source) (Source) On the other side, a Turkish politician released information about active duty Turkish soldiers training ISIS members.

5. Suspicious Role During ISIS Attack on Kobani

As ISIS captured more than a third of the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani in October 2014, the Turkish tanks and infantry were watching, doing nothing to stop ISIS, according to many reports. (Source) (Source)

The co-leader of Turkey’ pro-Kurdish party reportedly said that the “massacre” in the Syrian town of Kobani was the result of the Turkish government’s years of support for ISIS militants. (Source) (Source) (Source)

Anwar Moslem, Mayor of Kobani, said on September 19, 2014: “Based on the intelligence we got two days before the breakout of the current war, trains full of forces and ammunition, which were passing by north of Kobane, had an-hour-and-ten-to-twenty-minute-long stops in these villages: Salib Qaran, Gire Sor, Moshrefat Ezzo. There are evidences, witnesses, and videos about this. Why is ISIS strong only in Kobane’s east? Why is it not strong either in its south or west? Since these trains stopped in villages located in the east of Kobane, we guess they (Turkey) had brought ammunition and additional force for the ISIS.” (Source) (Source)

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6. Gen. Wesley Clark Admits Who Created and Supported ISIS

In his interview with CNN, Gen. Wesley Clark, the former NATO supreme allied commander, replied to a question about the takedown of a Russian fighter jet by pointing out that Turkey is supporting ISIS. He added: ““Someone’s buying that oil that ISIS is selling, it’s going through somewhere, it looks to me like it’s probably going through Turkey.” (Source)

Actually, this is not the first time for Gen. Clark to reveal such facts. He informed us before about what he called “our closest allies in the Middle East” (referring to Turkey and other Gulf countries) and how they had helped create ISIS — the organization that US is spending billions of dollars to fight!

7. US Vice-President Joe Biden Blamed Turkey for Allowing the Rise of ISIS

As we have discussed in a previous article about how the US sent ISIS to Syria, US Vice-President Joe Biden has blamed Turkey and Qatar for allowing the rise of ISIS, saying they supported extremists with money and weapons in their continual efforts to overthrow the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

Biden said: “The Turks… the Saudis, the Emirates, etc. What were they doing? They were so determined to take down Assad and essentially have a proxy Sunni-Shia war, what did they do? They poured hundreds of millions of dollars and tens, thousands of tonnes of weapons into anyone who would fight against Assad – except that the people who were being supplied were al-Nusra, and al-Qaeda, and the extremist elements of jihadis coming from other parts of the world. “

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8. ISIS Fighters are Getting Medical Care in Turkish Hospitals

Backing to Kobani: Esra Yakar was a Kurdish doctor who went to Kobani as a volunteer doctor to help treat Kurds wounded in the fighting with IS militants. In December 2014, she suffered heavy wounds to her head and right eye during an attack by ISIS. “After Yakar was finally taken to a hospital in Ankara, the prosecutors in Diyarbakir launched an investigation against her. And while still under medical treatment, she was arrested and jailed in the Sincan prison in Ankara for being a ‘terrorist.’ ” (Source) Meanwhile, authorities in Turkey have confirmed reports on social media which suggest that an injured Islamic State commander who was born in Turkey is being treated in a Denizli hospital, saying the militant has every right to receive medical care as he is a Turkish citizen. (Source)

On August 12, 2014, another ISIS commander told the Washington Post:

We used to have some fighters — even high-level members of the Islamic State — getting treated in Turkish hospitals.

However, this was confirmed by Dengir Mir Mehmet Fırat, a founder of the AKP, who reportedly said that Turkey supported terrorist groups and still supports them and treats them in hospitals.

“In order to weaken the developments in Rojova (Syrian Kurdistan), the government gave concessions and arms to extreme religious groups…the government was helping the wounded. The Minister of Health said something such as, it’s a human obligation to care for the ISIS wounded.” (Source – in Turkish)

According to the same source:

“Ahmet El H, one of the top commanders at ISIS and Al Baghdadi’s right hand man, was treated at a hospital in Sanliurfa, Turkey, along with other ISIS militants. The Turkish state paid for their treatment.”

Hurriyet Daily News also published a photograph of ISIS commander Abu Muhammad in a hospital bed receiving treatment for battle wounds in Hatay State Hospital in April 2014. (Source)

This photograph shows ISIL commander Abu Muhammad, April 16, 2014, allegedly receiving free treatment in Hatay State Hospital after being injured during fighting in Idlib, Syria.

This photograph shows ISIL commander Abu Muhammad, April 16, 2014, allegedly receiving free treatment in Hatay State Hospital after being injured during fighting in Idlib, Syria.

9. Fake Turkish Passports for ISIS Fighters

The Turkish daily Today’s Zaman reported that “more than 100,000 fake Turkish passports” had been given to ISIS.

Today’s Zaman added:

“Erdogan’s government has been accused of supporting the terrorist organization by turning a blind eye to its militants crossing the border and even buying its oil… Based on a 2014 report, Sezgin Tanrıkulu, deputy chairman of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) said that ISIL terrorists fighting in Syria have also been claimed to have been treated in hospitals in Turkey.” (Source)

10. ISIS Terrorists Showed in Public Places Inside Turkey

The following video shows alleged ISIS members using public transportation in Istanbul, Turkey, without concern for local authorities. The men were calm and relaxed in public.

On 24 July 2015, the MailOnline published a report about an ISIS fighter who was spending his holiday on the beach at a resort in Turkey. (I suggest you read the full report on MailOnline.)

11. ISIS T-Shirts and Clothes Went on Sale in Turkish Shops

Fox News reported that a newly-opened Islamic shop in Istanbul’s working-class suburb of Bagcilar has started selling garments displaying the logo of ISIS.

“At least one clothing shop was found in Bagcilar, a working class district near the outskirts of Istanbul, selling T-shirts, hats, cargo pants and bandanas with Islamic State imagery.” (Source) (Source) (Source)

Moreover, locals claimed that everything from the clothes ISIS militants wear to their guns comes from Turkey. (Source – In Turkish)

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12. Turkey Supports ISIS Financially Through Purchase of Oil

According to Ali Ediboglu, a lawmaker for the border province of Hatay from the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), ISIS has been selling smuggled Syrian oil in Turkey worth $800 million.

ISIS trucks are routinely allowed to cross back and forth between the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa and Turkey. A former ISIS communications technician also told Newsweek that part of his job was to, “Connect ISIS field captains and commanders from Syria with people in Turkey on innumerable occasions.” (Source)

Quoting from Huffington Post:

“On September 13, 2014, The New York Times reported on the Obama administration’s efforts to pressure Turkey to crack down on ISIS extensive sales network for oil. James Phillips, a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation, argues that Turkey has not fully cracked down on ISIS’s sales network because it benefits from a lower price for oil, and that there might even be Turks and government officials who benefit from the trade.” (Source)

“Fehim Taştekin wrote in Radikal on September 13, 2014 about illegal pipelines transporting oil from Syria to nearby border towns in Turkey. The oil is sold for as little as 1.25 liras per liter. Taştekin indicated that many of these illegal pipelines were dismantled after operating for 3 years, once his article was published.” (Source)

“According to Diken and OdaTV, David Cohen, a Justice Department official, says that there are Turkish individuals acting as middlemen to help sell ISIS’s oil through Turkey.” (Source) (Source)

“On October 14, 2014, a German Parliamentarian from the Green Party accused Turkey of allowing the transportation of arms to ISIS over its territory, as well as the sale of oil.” (Source)

Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev reportedly said on 25 Nov, 2015:

“Some Turkish officials have ‘direct financial interest’ in the oil trade with the terrorist group Islamic State.” (Source)

More related reports: (Source 1) (Source 2)

13. Is Erdogan’s Son the Real ISIS Oil Minister?

Bilal Erdogan is the third child of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the current President of Turkey. Lately, many reports have discussed his involvement in buying oil from ISIS:

“Bilal Erdogan owns several maritime companies. He has allegedly signed contracts with European operating companies to carry Iraqi stolen oil to different Asian countries. The Turkish government buys Iraqi plundered oil which is being produced from the Iraqi seized oil wells. Bilal Erdogan’s maritime companies own special wharfs in Beirut and Ceyhan ports that are transporting ISIS’ smuggled crude oil in Japan-bound oil tankers.” (Source)

Moscow, from its side, also accused Turkey of helping ISIS in the illegal oil trade and said that this act helps finance the terrorist group.

RT Reported:

“Turkish social media has posted photos of Turkish President Recep Erdogan’s son Necmettin Bilal having dinner in an Istanbul restaurant with an alleged ISIS leader, who it is claimed participated in massacres in Syria’s Homs and Rojava, the Kurdish name for Syrian Kurdistan or Western Kurdistan.” (Source) (Source) (Source)

Brandon Turbeville wrote:

“Clearly, the Turkish agenda is not focused on combating ISIS. If it was, the Turks would have long ago sealed their borders with Syria as well as ceased their training and facilitation of terrorist groups flowing into Syria from Turkish territory.” (Source)

John Wight, well-known journalist and regular commentator on RT, sees that Turkey is a good example of the West’s duplicity towards ISIS. He wrote:

“A murky relationship has long existed between Ankara, ISIS, al Nusra, and other jihadi groups operating in Syria. Indeed, on the most basic level, without their ability to pass back and forth across the Turkish border at will, those groups could not have operated as easily and effectively as they had until Russia intervened.” (Source)

Arming groups/fighters in order to fight the legal governments in other countries is, essentially, a flagrant disregard of the Charter of the United Nations, international law, and terrorism-related Security Council resolutions.

Do you think the world is serious about fighting ISIS? Share your thoughts in the Comments section below.

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Corey Feldman To Release Documentary On The ‘Biggest Problem In Hollywood’ – Pedophilia

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    Child actor Corey Feldman recently released a trailer for his upcoming documentary "(My) Truth: The Rape of Two Corey's" that is set to expose his experience with pedophilia as a child actor in Hollywood.

  • Reflect On:

    For years this problem has continued, and does today. How does it continue to happen with so much awareness? How much power do these people have? Who are they connected to?

The topic of pedophilia and the trafficking of children has gained a lot of attention within the past year alone, more than we’ve ever seen from the mainstream. This is due in large part to revelations like the entire Jeffrey Epstein/Prince Andrew Saga, which brought even more attention to this issue. Another example is the rampant child porn haring that’s been happening within the Pentagon.

And so there is a growing awareness to the fact that this type of activity is going on in places of high power amongst many people who seem to be above the law. Fortunately we have seen some prosecutions, like the recent conviction of the Vatican’s Cardinal George Pell for sexually abusing children. The list is long. In fact, more details have emerged suggesting that one of Epstein’s main jobs was to entrap high profile people into committing these very types of crimes. You can read more about that specifically here.

Hollywood

When it comes to Hollywood specifically, Harvey Weinstein and recent Kevin Spacey allegations have been responsible for bringing even more awareness to the problem of sexual abuse, and it’s not surprising that Weinstein roamed within the same circles as Epstein, as you can see here.

Smallville actress Allison Mack’s role as a lead member of the NXIVM sex cult also brought attention to the issue. She worked for owner Keith Raniere helping to recruit people into what appeared on the surface to be executive success programs designed to empower people, but within the inner circle was something much different. Raniere was arrested, along with Mack, in March 2018 in Mexico on charges of sex trafficking. This group also has strange connections to the powerful elite, as Billionaire heiress Clare Bronfman was involved, and was indicted on racketeering charges. Rolling Stone reported:

“There are strange political connections as well. Mark Vicente, a documentary filmmaker and former high-ranking member of the group, testified at the trial of NXIVM head Keith Raniere that Clare Bronfman, the billionaire Seagram’s heiress and alleged benefactor of the organization, approached him and a few other members of the group to help her make a contribution to a Clinton campaign.” (source)

So, as you can see, all this is connected in some very strange ways.

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Corey Feldman

A few years ago, one of the biggest child actors of all time, Corey Feldman, gave an interview stating that pedophilia is actually the biggest problem in Hollywood. He’s obviously not the only one from Hollywood who has raised these types of concerns, and he comes from a place of direct experience being one of the biggest child actors of all time.

For a number of years now, he’s been on a mission to expose what’s happening in Hollywood, and what has happened in Hollywood and he’s gone about it very carefully. Now, it’s all culminates in a documentary that’s set to be released on March 9th. During the process, Feldman has been quite outspoken about how hard the process has been, which includes numerous death threats against him and his family and constant requests for him to stop what he’s doing. Obviously there are some very powerful people out there who are afraid of being exposed.

“I can tell you that the number one problem in Hollywood was, and is, and always will be pedophilia. That’s the biggest problem, for children in this industry. . . . It’s all done under the radar . . . it’s the big secret. I was surrounded by them when I was 14 years old . . . they were everywhere, like vultures.” (source)

– Corey Feldman

Since Feldman’s allegations, more victims seem to have come forward. A couple of years ago, the LAPD announced were investigating  28 big name Hollywood moguls for multiple sex crimes. You can read more about that here.

 “Never before has the department received so many sexual assault allegations involving high-profile figures at one time, including many complex cases that are years old with multiple alleged victims.”–LA Times

The trailer for his documentary is below. The title of the documentary is “(My) Truth: The Rape of Two Corey’s,” in memory of his best friend, fellow child star Corey Haim, who has since passed. You can watch a recent interview with Corey and his wife regarding the film, here. And you can follow Corey on twitter for updates, here.

The Issue Goes Much Deeper Based on Our Research

The term “ritual” hasn’t been mentioned in the mainstream. On November 12, 2012 the former Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard, set into motion a Royal Commission to inquire into institutional responses to child abuse. Five years later, in December 2017, the Royal Commission presented its final report to the government, an absolutely damning indictment against institutions that dealt with children, including the Catholic Church. As a result, the current Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, delivered a public apology on October 22, 2018.  You can read more about that story here.

“The crimes of ritual sexual abuse happened in schools, churches, youth groups, scout troops, orphanages, foster homes, sporting clubs, group homes, charities, and in family homes as well.” Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison

A paper published in European Psychiatry titled The cremation of care ritual: Burning of effigies or human sacrifice murder? The importance of differentiating complex trauma from schizophrenia in extreme abuse settings” by Dr. Rainer Kurz, explains, a chartered occupational psychologist (Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) at The University of Manchester. Master of Science (MSc) Industrial Psychology at The University of Hull)

In the wake of institutional abuse enquiries and the ‘unbelievable’ child abuse perpetrated by celebrities like Jimmy Saville and Ian Watkins, a ‘new reality’ is setting in that child abuse is pervasive and knows no limits. Reports of elaborate rituals with ‘mock’ human sacrifices at the highly secretive annual ‘Bohemian Grove’ summer festival point towards a pervasive interest in the occult in high society. Mental health professionals have a ‘duty of care’ towards their service users. Unless clear and irrefutable counter-evidence is available it is inappropriate to claim that disclosures of extreme abuse and/or human sacrifice rituals are ‘delusions’ and indicative of Schizophrenia.

When it comes to these pedophile rings and what goes on within them,  the paper linked above cites multiple papers and explains multiple cases:

Epstein, Schwartz & Schwartz (2011) described cases of ‘Forced Impregnation’ by cult members which were followed by Human Sacrifice rituals. They also described UK based abuse groups forced ‘child-on child’ sex abuse salient to the case. Scott (2001) described the casual ease with which some abuse perpetrations torture and kill. 36 survivors completed her survey of whom 34 claimed abuse by members of their immediate family, and 21 by one or both parents. For 34 ritual abuse in childhood involved murder and for 16 involved forced childbirth/abortion. Bekker, Karriker, Overkamp and Rutz (2008) found in their extreme abuse survey that ‘forced impregnation’ by 40 % of 1041 of adult survivors and 33 % of  82 child survivors, and disclosed to 70 percent of 221 professionals bearing witness. Murder of a ‘breeder baby’ by the perpetrators was reported by 26%, 18% and 55% respectively. Witnessing murder by perpetrators was reported 56%, 43% and 77% respectively.

Research eventually led to the Franklin scandal that broke in 1989 when hundreds of children were apparently flown around the US to be abused by high ranking ‘Establishment’ members. Former state senator John W DeCamp, cited as one of the most effective legislators in Nebraska history, is today attorney for two of the abuse victims. A 15 year old girl disclosed that she had been abused since the age of 9 and was exposed since the age of 9 and was exposed to ‘ritual murder’ of a new born girl, a small boy (who was subsequently fried and eaten) and three others. (source)

Related CE Article: Jeffrey Epstein’s Case Raises Questions About Royal Family Pedophilia & Elite Ritualistic Abuse of Children

Our Interview With A Survivor

Anneke Lucas is an author, speaker, advocate for child sex trafficking victims, founder of the non-profit organization Liberation Prison Yoga, and creator of the Unconditional Model.

Her work is based off her 30-year journey to restore her mental and physical wellbeing after surviving some of the worst atrocities known to humankind before the age of 12. Sold as a young child into a murderous pedophile network by her family, she was rescued after nearly six years of abuse and torture.

We recently conducted an interview with her. Below is a clip from the four part series, as it was a very long and detailed interview. You can access the full interview HERE on CETV, a platform we created to help combat internet censorship and allow us to continue to do our work and get the word out about various issues and topics.

This interview goes deep and there’s a good conscious takeaway as to why exposing this type of thing is good, and helps moves humanity forward in several different ways.

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The Nurse Cat From Poland Who Looks After Sick & Injured Animals In A Shelter

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  • The Facts:

    Rademenes is a little black cat that has miraculously escaped death after a very close call caused by an upper-respiratory infection. A few years ago he made headlines when his story got out about how he comforts other sick animals.

  • Reflect On:

    We have so much to learn from animals, and we have no right to abuse them in any way.

This is just a simple heartwarming story to hopefully make your day! Rademenes is a little black cat that has miraculously escaped death after a very close call caused by an upper-respiratory infection. He was originally brought to an animal shelter in Bydgoszcz, a city in Poland, to be euthanized, but against all odds, this little black kitty survived. Now with a second chance at life, Rademenes has decided to give back, and spends his days taking care of other animals in the shelter that he was originally admitted to. Workers at this shelter jokingly call this friendly kitty one of their “full-time nurses,” as he provides love and comfort to sick and injured animals. Read on for more of this heartwarming story!

Rademenes is often seen cuddling up and caring for the sick animals that come into the shelter…

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He is known to spend extra time and give extra attention to those animals that are recovering from surgery.

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What a caring and loving guy! I notice whenever I’m sick or upset, my cats seem to know and give me extra attention.

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This furry, black creature will often lick and clean out the ears of the animal patients at the shelter. 

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So sweet…

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These animals are so lucky to have Rademenes by their side! Hopefully he can continue on providing comfort and love for years to come!

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Much Love

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Apple Fined £21,000,000 For Deliberately Slowing Down Older iPhone Models

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  • The Facts:

    Apple was caught deliberately slowing down and degrading the battery life of older iPhone models.

  • Reflect On:

    What causes us to create products that are useless after just a year or two? Are we greedy? Or is our economy forcing constant growth and the need to keep raising profits just to stay alive and keep shareholders happy?

An investigation launched in January 2018 determined that Apple had used a software update in order to deliberately slow down older iPhone models. Even though Apple admitted to this accusation, they claim it was done in an effort to try and help preserve the battery life of the phone.

The investigation was undertaken by a consumer watchdog from France, and now Apple will face the wrath of France’s Directorate General for Competition, Consumption and the Suppression of Fraud (DGCCRF), who recently announced this on their website.

The DGCCRF has indeed shown that iPhone owners had not been informed that the updates of the iOS operating system (10.2.1 and 11.2) they installed were likely to slow down the operation of their device.

These updates, released during 2017, included a dynamic power management device which, under certain conditions and especially when the batteries were old, could slow down the functioning of the iPhone 6, SE models and 7.

Unable to revert to the previous version of the operating system, many consumers would have been forced to change their batteries or even buy a new phone.

Apple has not yet commented on this conclusion. However according to the DGCCRF, they have accepted the fine.

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Apple’s Apology

In 2017, when the investigation began, Apple attempted to save face with their consumers by posting the following apology:

We have never — and would never — do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades.

We’ve been hearing feedback from our customers about the way we handle performance for iPhones with older batteries and how we have communicated that process. We know that some of you feel Apple has let you down. We apologize. There’s been a lot of misunderstanding about the issue so we would like to clarify and let you know about some changes we’re making.

Along with this apology, Apple announced that the company would reduce the cost of the replacement batteries for iPhone 6s and later editions that are out of warranty. They reduced the price from $79 to $29 and this was available anywhere Apple products were sold until December 2018.

Planned Obsolescence?

If you are unfamiliar with this term, it is used to describe a practice companies often use when designing their products, designing them with the intention of having them break down so that consumers will have to repeatedly purchase the product more often. From a business standpoint, it makes sense, if the consumer only had to buy each product once in their life, that wouldn’t be very good for business. But having it deliberately break down every couple of years ensures that the consumer will keep buying it over and over again.

The term ‘perceived obsolescence’ refers to products that are seemingly out of date, and thus the consumer makes the decision to replace the item, even if it’s still in perfect working condition. We all know Apple is famous for this. We see images of people waiting in line overnight, in the cold, just to get the latest model, even though their current model is just fine. Considering Apple comes out with a new model at least every year, all the company would have to do is market it correctly, adding just the right features to persuade the consumer that they must have it. In this day and age, that’s pretty easy to do as we often want the latest and greatest thing to satisfy our constant yearning for more.

Irresponsible or A Factor of Our Economy?

It is great to know that organizations such as the DGCCRF exist, so that these massive corporations can be held accountable for their actions. Not only are these types of business practices deceptive and unfair to the consumer, but from an environmental standpoint, they are destructive. When you consider the amount of resources, manpower, time, and money that are put into these products just to have them deliberately break down, there is very little upside to this tactic other than to keep making more money. This is a clear example of how our species is disconnected from themselves and the world.

We must then ask: what really creates these decisions? Is it greed? The need to stay alive? The need for companies to always post profits? Which then leads us to ask, if we built an economic system where everything gets more expensive every year, and where companies always are forced to do better, doesn’t this mean that we will always have to find ways to cut corners and get people to buy? The thinking of scarcity, which creates and economy based on scarcity is not going to be solved by policy, but a rejection and change in our economic system as a whole. This is course will only come from us changing our thinking first though.

The fact of the matter is that there is technology that exists now that can last much longer than what we currently have available to us. We choose as a whole to use lower quality products just so we can keep our scarcity-based and destructive economic system alive.

This is why we made our latest film called Regenerate: Beyond The CO2 Narrative. It’s a look at our environmental issues from a whole new perspective, one that truly aims to solve the issues we face instead of simply blaming CO2 and working to maintain a scarcity-based economy. You can check out the trailer here.

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