World View: Russia Prepares for Chechen Jihadists' Return from Syria

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  • Russia prepares for Chechen jihadists' return from Syria
  • Christian revenge attacks on Muslims increase in Central African Republic
  • Greece begins to confiscate bank accounts of tax evaders

Russia prepares for Chechen jihadists' return from Syria

Jihadists from Russia's Caucasus fighting in Syria (Ria Novosti)
Jihadists from Russia's Caucasus fighting in Syria (Ria Novosti)

Thousands of ethnic Chechens have come from Chechnya, Russia's southern province, or from Europe, and have gone to Syria to fight against the army of Syria's genocidal monster president Bashar al-assad. Russian officials are finally beginning to worry that these Chechens, battle-hardened from the war in Syria, will return to Russia and join Sunni militants who are fighting violent separatist movements in the Caucasus. According to Chechnya's governor Ramzan Kadyrov:

"Thousands of militants are in Syria who pose a grave danger to our country, according to the Russian security services. ...

[The] danger from the Syrian militants has never been a secret. Even a blind person cannot fail to notice it. Ordinary people discuss it. High-ranking officials openly talk about it. We know how many human casualties stem from the inability [of the government] to strike terrorists and Wahhabis preventively. That is why the law enforcement agencies and the leadership of the republic are undertaking a range of preventive measures."

Russia has brought this violent blowback on itself, by providing enormous amounts of the heavy weapons to the Shia/Alawite al-Assad to use to exterminate Sunni women and children in Syria. This has caused Sunni jihadists to declare that it's their sacred duty to help the oppressed people in Syria, making Syria the center of jihadist activity in the Mideast, and inflaming sectarian tensions throughout the region. Jamestown and Reuters and Ria Novosti

Christian revenge attacks on Muslims increase in Central African Republic

The purpose of France's military intervention in the Central African Republic was to halt a humanitarian crisis caused by Muslim Séléka rebel on Christians. Christians have been formed their own anti-Balaka rebel groups, targeting Muslims with revenge attacks. France now has 1600 troops in CAR, mostly in the capital city Bangui, trying to bring the violence under control, mostly by disarming the Séléka fighters. But in doing so, they've been unable to prevent widespread looting and anti-Balaka attacks targeting the Muslim community. The Muslims are accusing the French troops, who are themselves mostly Christian of targeting the Muslims and ignoring attacks by Christians on Muslims.

"Accomplices!" "Traitors!" "Come and see the bodies!"

"The French are organising the genocide. They are with the Christians."

The French military intervention, aided by American transport vehicles, seems to be having little effect on the violence in Bangui, and even less effect in other cities where there are no French troops.

Violence is increasing, and this conflict is showing signs of spiralling into a full-scale generational crisis war. However, I'm unable to do a generational analysis, because I'm unable to find any details of previous conflicts and relations between Christians and Muslims in CAR. If any reader, possibly someone with access to French colonial histories, could point me in the direction of such information, I would appreciate it. AFP and BBC

Greece begins to confiscate bank accounts of tax evaders

Greece has issued its first order to confiscate the bank deposits of a company that has allegedly evaded taxes, and owes an estimated 100,000 euros in taxes. The company, which was not named, is active in the sectors of wholesale commerce and computer trading. Unfortunately, it turns out that there is no money in firm's bank accounts, which I suppose is what was to be expected.

Greece will now issue dozens more orders for confiscation of bank accounts. For those that have insufficient bank accounts, bank accounts will remain frozen for ten years, and any money obtained from selling assets will be confiscated immediately. Out of 62 billion euros that are owed, Greek authorities expect to collect no more than 18 billion, the rest being uncollectable. Kathimerini

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