(Their first release, more to follow)
First after the NATO video, the Peace Report:
#NoWar2016 was held in Washington, D.C., on September 23rd to 26th. #NoWar2016 was a series of panels and workshops, plus an awards ceremony and a protest action. The videos are below. The conference was sold out and universally praised in high terms. Various action plans came out of the workshops and other discussions at the conference. [yuuuuge snip]
“This action was one of over 650 nonviolent actions planned around the country this week. See the Campaign Nonviolence Week of Actions. And see World Beyond War’s events page.
Events were held at the same time in Berlin, Germany, where U.S. whistleblowers delivered to the German government a petition from RootsAction.org, World Beyond War, and others urging the closure of Ramstein Airbase (also delivered to the Pentagon on the 26th). Events were also held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (more locations are at the website.)
The list of speakers and links to TRNN’s recorded videos are listed. I didn’t watch, but was somewhat heartened to see:
Gareth Porter’s put up his remarks up at Counterpunch: ‘How We Could End the Permanent War State’. I tried to find transcripts of other recordings, but failed.
Ah! Just in at CP: ‘You Can’t Have War Without Racism’, by Robert Fantina keep your eyes out at CP for others.
Dennis Kucinich (about 20 mins) You’ll remember that one of his key campaign promises had been to create a cabinet level ‘Department of Peace’.
Also featured was Maurice Carney of ‘Friends of Congo’ (also about 20 mins). He references: Included in the Racism of War: a 26-min film: Crisis in the Congo: video. It’s longish, good, but from 2011.
But Carney recounts a bit of the history of mineral rich Congo being given to King Leopold II at the Berlin Conference (Congo Conference) in 1884/85 as US and European powers divvied up the continent. Crisis in Congo also narrates the abominable history. He traces US involvement in Congo through Belgium’s re-colonization: the uranium for the Manhattan Project > Congo’s independence and electing Patrice Lumumba and forward. He was overthrown by the CIA and later assassinated other western counterparts after a brief time in office. Friends of Congo’s page/s on Lumumba is here; hard reading. Carney further narrates the US Imperium’s fondness for African and global dictators and tyrants over leaders who like non-ethnic and secular actual democracy.
“On September 19, 2016, widespread protests took place across the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The Congolese population sent a clear message to President Joseph Kabila that he had only 90 days left to vacate the presidency because his last of two presidential terms expires on December 19, 2016.
The Congolese security forces violently and brutally repressed the demonstrators. According to Human Rights Watch 44 people died during the demonstrations. Dozens were injured and hundreds arrested and jailed according to civil society and the Congolese opposition.
This video is an ode to the resiliency and bravery of the Congolese freedom fighters who died the week of September 19 as they organized to put into practice Article 64 of the Congolese constitution.
May they rest in peace and power.”
Song by Congolese artist Mohombi.
Title: Mwana Congo (Child of Congo).
We hurt to see the horrors of the revolution…
We hurt to see our people die for what they believe in…
We hurt to see our mothers and fathers’ tears as they bury our comrades who gave their lives for a better Congo…
We shall always remember their ultimate sacrifice to see a new Congo, a new Africa, a new world!
Rest in power our brave warriors of the #Telema revolution!
Eloko nini esilaka te!
The burned buildings were in Kinshasa’s opposition parties offices; burned humans were found, and also live, but tortured and dismembered people, according to:
‘Remarks by Kate Gilmore, Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, at the 33rd session of the Human Rights Council on the Democratic Republic of Congo’ Geneva, 27 September 2016 (A chilling narrative of recent events by police and military in Kinshasa and across Congo)
Ann Garrison writes knowledgably on the Empire v. Sub-Saharan Africa, often at BAR. Her 2015 ‘Congo’s problems are Museveni, Kagame, and Kabila, not the FDLR’ spells out some the rest he spoke about.
“KPFA/Ann Garrison: Maurice, it’s obvious to anyone who’s been following this that the US, through its Special Envoy Russ Feingold, is twisting the arms of at least four African presidents to go to war inside DR Congo’s borders. If the tables were turned, a Special Envoy from the DRC would be in North America urging a regional war inside US borders. Why do you think the US is pushing this so hard now?”
And yes, Kerry, Clinton, Sam Power, and Yale do love them some Paul Kagame. (There were anti-Kagame demos at Yale, how nice.)
Oh dear; it seems I traveled from Peace to War with no apparent segue. May I offer: “It ain’t my fault there are so many moar wars and drumbeats for war than there are attempts at peace”? Thank you in advance./s
In light of all this, plus Eritrea and CAR continuing to be in the media’s and NATO’s crosshairs, I was somewhat heartened to see this portion of the conference, even though Gar so often fails to deliver, imo; dunno Evans myownself:
Capitalism and transition to Peace Economy:
MC: David Hartsough
1. Gar Alperovitz: video.
2. Jodie Evans: video.
‘America’s Deceptive Model for Aggression’, September 26, 2016, Consortium News
“Since NATO’s 1999 war on Serbia, U.S. officials have followed a script demonizing targeted foreign leaders, calling ultimatums “diplomacy,” lying about “war as a last resort” and selling aggression as humanitarianism, says Nicolas J S Davies.
Across the political spectrum, U.S. leaders insist that they will only go to war “as a last resort.” They want us to believe that they will try every peaceful means to resolve differences with other countries before resorting to war. But if those “peaceful means” mean only ultimatums that are unacceptable to the target country, then U.S. leaders are simply going through a diplomatic charade before going to war.”
When Clinton told a televised “national security” forum that she “view(s) force as a last resort, not a first choice,” she was echoing what she and Sen. Bernie Sanders both said in Democratic Party debates. But in Clinton’s case, using the phrase “last resort” in this way is a clever way to reassure her listeners without actually modifying her hawkish and coercive approach to international relations. “
Drumbeats for War by the WSJ and LA Times:
‘After Kashmir attack, US media threaten to support India in war with Pakistan’, by Kumaran Ira, 29 September 2016, wsws.org
“With India pledging to “punish” Pakistan for the attack Islamist militants mounted on an Indian army base at Uri in the disputed Kashmir region, a concerted campaign has begun in the US media indicating support for aggressive Indian action against Pakistan. Given that India and Pakistan are nuclear-armed states that have fought four bloody wars against each other, this campaign is extraordinarily reckless.” and more such bellicose statements.
In his Sept. 15 2016 ‘What is BRICS member India really up to?’, Pepe Escobar explains what’s involved w/ Modi’s geostrategic gymnastics, including his charm offensive at the WH and Congress, and the August signing of the US/India LEMOA (Logistics Exchange Memorandum Agreement). Escobar thinks it’s clear that India means to be the top South Asian Power, and can’t piss off the US, but still has major infrastructure and arms plays going with Russia and China, naturally.
Out of Africa: ‘The UN’s Next Genocide in Somalia’ by Thomas C. Mountain, an independent journalist in Eritrea, living and reporting from there since 2006. via BAR
(I confess I’d remembered Bill Clinton’s administration more central to the story, and that detractors believed it was a rare mineral in Somalia the US was after, not ‘a humanitarian mission’.)
Moar War on US citizens:
Today at RT: ‘Military-style’ armed police arrest 20+ Dakota Access protesters’
(yeah, I know: Latinos for Bernie; good luck: the Bern’s doing a campaign tour w/ the Queen.)
I remember reporting on this dear child’s murder by police back when it happened, but now RT is up with: ‘Bodycam shows police firing 18 bullets at SUV, killing 6yo autistic boy’ (GRAPHIC VIDEO)
Watch if you’re able; I haven’t been able to yet. Oddly, I’d either forgotten or hadn’t known that the boy was autistic, not that it really matters; he’s become the dreaded Hashtag #Jeremy Mardis (Rest in peace and power, dear one.)
Adding insult to death and destruction:
“Jeremy Mardis was in the passenger seat of a car driven by his father which became involved in a police chase in the town of Marksville on November 3, 2015.
Mardis was killed and his father Chris Few seriously wounded when police pursuing the vehicle fired at least 18 shots at the SUV, WAFB reports. Initial reports from local investigators suggested the boy’s father was the subject of an outstanding police warrant, however authorities have been unable to find any such warrants.
Deputies Derrick Stafford, 32, and Norris Greenhouse Jr, 23, face charges of second-degree murder over the killing of the young boy and attempted second-degree murder for wounding Few, who was unarmed.”
Killed by Police on Facebook reports that they have corporate news accounts of 856 people have been killed by police so far in 2016.
Please feel to add you own entries, for instance: who’s increasing their military footprint (Japan, the EU?) , etc.
i’d forgotten: ‘sign the declaration of peace’.
Because, BS (Bush Shadows) Billary und Barry-0 – Global Research makes sense of It ALL, Volks : http://www.globalresearch.ca/political-succession-and-the-bush-clinton-nexus-permanent-criminal-state-a-clinton-white-house-guarantees-war-with-russia/5547656
thanks again, amigo; i’ll try to read it later. scanning and seeing this:
“Cathy O’Brien (author of Trance Formation of America) claims to have witnessed and overheard meetings as far back as the early 1980s in which George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton planned to pass the White House between the two of them, and between their respective political clans, thereby maintaining the New World Order for the long term.”
we always thought it would be jeb, no? quite a crime syndicate the families are.
Special Envoy Russ Feingold??? why is that not surprising? i have vague recollections that counterpunch would occasionally post pieces under his name. i guess being wartime consigliere like Tom what’s his name (Robert Duvall) in the Godfather flicks is too juicy to pass up.
folks gettin’ tired of the US doing all the Africa rapin’ etc.?
it is just so much wish fulfillment built on baseless airy fantasy that King Leopold’s ghost hasn’t spawned & inhabited many others. so desperate are we to believe the pious bullshit coming out of powerful people’s sewer outlets.
peace is treason. peace is terrorism.
can i make my final comment of the night to both you and nonquixote (only answering him in part w/ a good job! atta boy! for now? this diary knocked me out, as in addition to all of it, i cut instead of copied, and lost half of it that i really wanted IN, so i’d had to reconstruct all da way.
now mr. wd was as taken aback by you at the ‘progressive hero’ with such clay feet, if not africa re-colonizer, for the Empire, but: that was in 2015 as i’d mentioned.
the current great lakes region just *happens to be*..tom periello,the chief of avaaz, war pimps for especially the great lakes region of africa. fukkit, the Empire’s deep state NGO’s are so depressing.
i’ma gonna say ‘sweet dreams if you can’ for now; think ‘Nato blues’ and the final image of the soldier morphing into the kid catching a baseball. sort of a swords to ploughshares theme…
ah, jason; i see only answered you by half or less as well. tomorrow, then.
not enuff of them are, plus: poll by sputnik news? lol. wonder what the question was? but this is fabulous:
“The joint EU army envisioned by Juncker, however, would serve the same purpose as the NATO force currently being beefed up in Europe – that is, to send a message to Russia. “A common army among the Europeans would convey to Russia that we are serious about defending the values of the European Union,” Juncker said. ”
tom hayden, maybe?
Engaged me on two accounts here wd as I asked former Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Region of the Congo if it is possible to understand what he did or didn’t do there in 18 months, and I’m also the parent of a high functioning autistic spectrum young adult.
We were interrupted by campaign staff watching the clock before I got any answer on the Congo.
Communication with an autistic spectrum individual takes a near full time commitment to understanding and learning a one-of-a-kind language by which that person interprets and expresses their world.
Law enforcement needs to be entirely disarmed.
i’m amazed you knew of russ’s past envoyship, nonq. too bad he was whisked away before answering, eh? ‘course, even the answer wouldn’t have been an actual true answer, i’d reckon.
your young adult is seriously fortunate to have you as a father, willing to be patient enough to stay tuned to her personal communications frequency. one of our grandsons is also on the autism spectrum, and getting the attention and therapies he requires. it all seems to be helping, and his parents seem to be adapting to his own frequency, from what i can tell. bless his heart, he’s so easy to love, as are his siblings.
some police benevolent dude called again last night; this one didn’t threaten me as some have in the past, but the same voice had called two nights earlier, and i’d told him we don’t have police, but sheriffs here. last night i yelled the same again into his ear, hung up, and told mr. wd it had been all i could do to not yell: “off the pig!” well, yanno, discretion being the better….tra la la… but disarmed: oh, my yes.
isn’t this sublime? can’t imagine photos were ever allowed, but then teddy roosevelt’s folks got some photos of hopi snake dance back in the day…somehow. guess ya don’t mess wid the prez. the caption is ‘indian sun dance, rosebud, s.d.
keith jones at wsws is reporting that india launched a number of ‘surgical strikes’ across the border between indian and pakistani controlled sections of kashmir aimed at islamst ‘launching pads’; they reported ‘many causalities’. pakistan denies it, but says two soldiers were killed, nine wounded in ordinary cross-border shootings. jones seems to be right: pakistan doesn’t want to escalate as they had said they would if something like this happened again (fifth time in as many years, iirc. but tensions are high, you might say. two nuclear-armed nations, one hindu, one muslim in the main. poking about further i found:
‘Surgical strikes by India: Military retaliation against Pakistan was held back till Sushma Swaraj’s UN speech’ Indian government waited for External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to deliver her speech at the United Nations General Assembly before giving Army free hand to carry out surgical strike on Pakistan. sept. 29
‘To avenge surgical strike, Pakistani terrorists planning “blockbuster strike” on India’; Intelligence agencies in India are working overtime in a bid to spoil any terrorist attack that the Pakistani establishment might have in mind as a response to the surgical strike launched by the Indian Army. sept. 30 way to ramp it up…
CNN has the best map of the de facto border, or ‘line of control’:
and remember, ‘The Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, has also raised the possibility of Delhi altering or walking away from a major river-sharing agreement that permits Pakistan to draw water from three rivers that flow downstream from India, providing water to 65% of the country’s landmass.’ abject fukkery.
on edit: ah, it seems that swaraj had thrown down the gauntlet at the UN: ‘Sushma Swaraj at UN: ‘Kashmir is ours’; here are her top quotes
“Kashmir is an integral part of India and Pakistan must stop dreaming of taking it away from us,” said Sushma Swaraj.
it sure is. jones at wsws cries fie on bothe nation’s leaders, and calls pakistan a satrap for the US/cia, but ugh, this, and i have ero i dea where he got it:
“Obama’s National Security Adviser Susan Rice called her Indian counterpart, Ajit Doval, Wednesday evening just hours before the Indian “surgical strike,” purportedly to give condolences for the Uri attack and express support for India’s fight against terrorism. Press reports suggest Rice’s call was precipitated by concerns over growing complaints in India that Washington has been insufficiently supportive, including for failing to label Pakistan as responsible for the Uri attack.”
kinda reminds me of april glaspie or whomever asking her boss (baker?) about iraq invading Kuwait, and getting a “we have no problem w/ that; nuttin’ to do w/ us”. (allegedly)
43 “When the unclean spirit has gone out of a man, he passes through waterless places seeking rest, but he finds none. 44 Then he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes he finds it empty, swept, and put in order. 45 Then he goes and brings with him seven other spirits more evil than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first. So shall it be also with this evil generation.” Matthew 12. in memoriam King Leopold.
brrrrr on the matthew (in memoriam Leopold II). so nick turse is at the intercept too? i have one of his maps of africa with africom bases pegged; waaaay to many sticky pins, even a couple years ago. he’s good, is turse. lotta that foia’ed secret doc was about the price being double, although once i found it, i just kinda scanned it, as it was longlonglong.
‘war is a racket.’
Good wrap-up. I found Pepe’s article on Modi especially interesting and speaking to the increased likelihood of a coming SCO-NATO bipolar world (unless the Brazil-India-South Africa succeed in remaining a non-aligned movement).
Gareth Porter is on the right track; some sort of peace movement must be persistent enough to gain traction and not collapse when they are not co-opted (my interpretation of Porter’s comments about the Iraq peace movement).
I see that there are some quids for Russ Feingold getting the party establishment support of his campaign against Johnson. Interesting to see what they are. The first step to gaining power always is initiation by dirty (and bloody) hands. Then when someone actually has the chance to change the system those dirty and bloody hands can be used to calumnify them. Neat way of preserving the system, isn’t it.
Nigeria and Democratic Republic of the Congo are two potential powers on the African continent; er, all they need is a stable economy and domestic ownership of their resources. (Not the only ones to be sure.) But the current powers are not interested in competition from resource-rich countries actually making something of their resources. The US and China are no different from the imperial race of the late 19th century with the UK, France, Belgium, and Germany. That did not end well.
Neither India nor Pakistan (Israel and North Korea are the others) have place their nukes under the IAEA. Any actual war in Kashmir risks serious escalation. Hopefully, wiser heads in their capitals prevail. Modi seems to seek a lasting settlement of this even if it amounts to India drawing the line. Wonder how self-interested both militaries are in keeping the conflict going on a simmer.
yes, pepe sees the many geostrategic puzzle pieces from an elevation above the ground much as you do, although his colorful language is an added attraction. ;-)
holy crow; i hadn’t even known feingold was running for his old senate seat! no wonder nonquixote was in his vicinity. looks like he’s gonna win it, to. but whoa, what interesting observations in that paragraph.
yeah, porter’s right, but basing it all on bernie missed the mark to me for a number of reasons, but one is that bern has a bent for US exceptionalism & militarization, even O’s kill lists and r2p’s (genocides, yanno). but still, ten years is his timeline; likely semi-realistic, but one wonders if wwIII isn’t calling in so many disputes.
“the US and UN urge restraint to islamabad and new delhi’; but what’s really under that? yeah, i’m nervous, the way the US/Nato are courting modi. cooler heads may prevail, but so far it looks like pakistan’s, no? swaraj’s comment clearly means india has zero intention of allowing a plebiscite; tragic. otoh, does islamabad try to stop ter’rists? i have no idea. yes on wondering about the militaries; one indian paper hinted at a pakistani military coup. and india’s upping its nuclear capabilities by submarine, second strike capability. good lawdie. but “simmering”; hmmmm.
yes on nigeria and congo and others: all they need it… but no, africa’s even havin’ trouble keeping GMOs out of so many nations. lotta power in bio-wrecking for profit, eh?
on edit: the other thing that neutralized any serious anti-war movement i that for the past eight years of the war on terra. it was all prosecuted by a Dem who couldn’t be called out on it, of course. and yes, i read this rubbish at Librul sites. even anti-war cartoonist sites didn’t make the transition, as w/ ‘the wizard of whimsy’. his site seems to have disappeared….
on edit: (blush) good oct. oneth. now i know you’re all pullin’ for me to learn to read, and that’s a good thing. when i went back to look at porter’s remarks from the conference, i saw that i’d gotten it wrong about the bern, and what he had said was:
It is pretty obvious that the permanent war state has achieved what Gramsci called “ideological hegemony” to such a degree that the first expression of radical politics in generations – the Sanders campaign – did not make it an issue.” i’d take issue with ‘radical’, but it’s of small consequence now, i suppose.
i’d also looked back at the alan gilman wsws chronicle of recent kneeling for the anthem, remembering that at one school, both black and white students did so together; far out. but it turns out it wasn’t highschoolers:
“Before the University of North Carolina game against the University of Pittsburgh, at Chapel Hill, about 100 black and white students wearing black shirts remained seated with fists raised during the anthem and were joined as at least two UNC band members took a knee, one while raising a fist.” wooot!
The National Security Archive just released this recently declassified set of documents from George H. W. Bush’s 1991 unilateral reduction of nuclear arms.
Gorbachev rapidly replied and reduced Soviet nuclear arms.
‘US backs India’s military strikes on Pakistan’, by Keith Jones wsws.org, oct. 1
When questioned Thursday about Washington’s attitude toward the Indian strikes, Obama administration officials repeatedly evaded giving a straight answer. Instead, they issued general, pro-forma calls for both sides to show restraint and engage in dialogue, while insisting that Pakistan had to do more to prevent cross-border “terrorism.”
So anxious was US State Department spokesman John Kirby to shift attention from the Indian military strikes that at one point during his press briefing he apparently became flustered. He misinterpreted a question about whether the Indian strikes constituted the type of “escalation” that “Secretary Kerry had cautioned against,” and took it to be a reference to the September 18 terrorist attack on the Uri military base in India-held Kashmir.
Pressed as to whether the Indian strikes constituted an “escalation,” Kirby again ducked the question, while suggesting, as New Delhi does, that “terrorism” is the central cause of India-Pakistan tensions. “Our message to both sides has been the same,” declared Kirby, “in terms of encouraging them to increase communication to deal with [the terrorist] threat and to avoid steps that escalate the tensions. And I’m…not going to get into characterizing each and every step along the way there.”
wondering where he’d read or saw this stuff, i found the state dept. press briefing w/ john “the evader” kirby. ack; the video is 55 mins. long.
this is the way to revive africa’s bottom line: bloomberg philanthropy, and profitable public/private partnerships w/ white saviors
#USAfricaBizForum on twitter
‘I remember a time when a cabbage could sell itself by being a cabbage. Nowadays it’s no good being a cabbage – unless you have an agent and pay him a commission. Nothing is free anymore to sell itself or give itself away. These days, Countess, every cabbage has its pimp.’
― Jean Giraudoux, The Madwoman of Chaillot
USAID Verified account @USAID · Sep 21 #PowerAfrica Announces More Than $1 Billion in New Commitments at U.S.-Africa Business Forum #USAfricaBizForum
@MastercardNews · Sep 22 @POTUS recognizes impact of remittances. Proud to work w regional banks & govs to simplify #USAfricaBizForum
Who sends remittances? Mmmmmmm. Immigrants, among others, back to their families.
Seems the big banks want their cut of remittances as well as every other movement of cash in the world.
capital rules. and genocide expert paul kagame will serve capital’s needs.
night all; i’ll stick up ‘oct. war and open thread’ post tomorrow. gonna go watch pbs mysteries; pretend violence and mayhem scenarios so often get… yanno, solved?
i use up my limited “free”* access to the NYT so you don’t have to!!!!
(clips. *my consciousness is not “free,” so only so many ads & CIA/SoS/DOD talking points, aka “news,” i can take.)
Conflicts gain sustained American attention only when they provide a compelling story line that appeals to both the public and political actors, and for reasons beyond the human toll. That often requires some combination of immediate relevance to American interests, resonance with American political debates or cultural issues, and, perhaps most of all, an emotionally engaging frame of clearly identifiable good guys and bad guys. [aka, hollywood framing that’s less complicated than an average episode of Sesame Street.]
…the [Syrian] war offers a compelling tale of innocent victims and dastardly villains.
Yemen’s death toll is lower than Syria’s, and although Al Qaeda does operate there, Yemen’s conflict has not had the kind of impact on American and European interests that Syria’s has. There is no obvious good-versus-evil story to tell there: The country is being torn apart by a variety of warring factions on the ground and pummeled from the air by Saudi Arabia, an American ally. There is no camera-ready villain for Americans to root against [except, you know, AQ & S.A.]
On the other side of the conflict are Saudi airstrikes that are killing civilians and targeting hospitals and aid workers, at times with United States support.
The slogan “Out of Iraq, Into Darfur” presented intervention in Darfur as an alternative to President George W. Bush’s pre-emptive war in Iraq, and was a frequent feature on signs at anti-Iraq-war protests. “Saving” Darfur came to symbolize an alternative vision of American power [alternative in that, yes, it is in a different geography than afghanistan, iraq, libya, etc., etc.]
blah blah Most conflicts are Yemens, not Syrias or Darfurs.
i wonder what Yemenis on the ground think of this article, esp. as S.A. is fulfilling the Bern’s brilliant vision of S.A. taking a more commanding role in…what? killing lots of people, i guess.
someone tell the NYT that all lives matter equally! so we should just bomb everywhere!!!!!! Clooney makes that argument in 3, 2, 1…
holy western propaganda! great outtakes, and thank you, but oddly, when i’d tried to ‘enter’ the times for the october war and propaganda report, they wouldn’t let me in! now w/ your link, they did. ya got some mojo wid them ya ain’t sharin’, bro?
yer a genius. hey, george clooney, and ‘the bern’s’ the saudis should get their hands dirty’. what.a.tool. but then, as the bern got bigger, even dave swanson reconsidered those early objections, wth?
ha. b put up the Times crapola, and he’d felt it necessary to point this out, wonder of wonders:
“Those are good observations. But they themselves are part of the process they describe. They artificially create “good” and “bad” and are driven by “interests”.” someone sorta mentioned that edward bernays is laughing in his grave (paraphrased).
and the guardian says that the US has sanctioned two top cronies of kabila’s in dcr, so Enough! and clooney won a little. but holy sufferin’ sailfish, did you know all this? clooney sporting a banderist yulia tymoshenko tee, included? is he a cousin of pierre’s?