Tuesday, March 19, 2019

US Sanctions Venzuelan Gold Mines: Bolton- Regime Change Gaining Momentum

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The U.S. on Tuesday blacklisted Venezuela's state-owned gold mining company CVG Compania General de Mineria de Venezuela CA, or Minerven, in its latest effort to clamp down on the country's gold trade.
Minerven President Adrian Antonio Perdomo Mata was also designated in a pair of actions the Treasury Department said are aimed at curtailing Venezuela's "illicit gold operations that have continued to prop up the illegitimate regime of former President Nicolas Maduro".
"We will aggressively pursue those involved with Maduro’s reckless illicit gold trade which is contributing to this financial, humanitarian and environmental crisis," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.
That's a shot at Turkey as well 

Yosemite Bolton: Guns a blazin

"The Treasury Department said the mining and sale of gold has been one of the Venezuelan government's "most lucrative financial schemes in recent years".
Mining in Venezuela of Venezuelan resources is not a 'scheme'. It's an industry. A jobs provided. A way to feed people. It is not a 'scheme'- That's loaded language boys and girls

Minerven is the only state processor of gold in Venezuela, it said.
Any property owned by Minerven or its president is subject to U.S. jurisdiction and U.S. citizens are generally prohibited from doing business with them as a result of Tuesday's blacklistings. 
Turkey, Russia, Iran, Cuba, China and Bolivia have maintained their support for Maduro.
Yikes, it's always looking for a fight, preferably a gun fight, Yosemite Bolton!

Venezuelan Regime Change Gaining Momentum (The agenda is plainly stated) 
 
White House national security adviser John Bolton said President Trump has been very clear about his message in Venezuela.
“All options are on the table,” Bolton told FOX Business’ Stuart Varney on Tuesday.
“Our objective here is the peaceful transition of power from Maduro to Juan Guaido, the interim president. And I think the momentum is in that direction.”
And, yup, he's still looking for war! 

Bolton Blasts Turkey's Bad Relationship With Our Close Pal Israel

The subject of Venezeula's gold trade, with Turkey and otherwise, to the ire of the US has been mentioned a number of times here...

 

 

Monday, March 18, 2019

Bolton Blasts Turkey's Bad Relationship With Our Close Pal Israel

 And since John Bolton is an avowed neo con Israel firster- it really, really hurts his heart... 
Oh wait a minute. He's heartless. Cruel. And always looking for a war for Israel. 
My bad ;)

Presstv:

US National Security Adviser John Bolton has not ruled out that Turkey is a “foe” of the United States, blasting Ankara for maintaining a “very bad” relationship with Washington’s close ally Israel.  


When asked by AM 970 radio host John Catsimatidis on Sunday whether Turkey was a “friend or foe” to the US, Bolton refused to give a straight answer and instead cited several major stumbling blocks in ties.

"Well you know they're still a NATO ally; we're trying to work with them, but they've got a very bad relationship with our close friends in Israel. That's something we need to look out on," Bolton said.
Not besties

A war of words began between Turkey and Israel recently, when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyau said the occupied territories only belong to the Jewish people and not all citizens.
Elsewhere in his Sunday comments Bolton said that disagreements "with respect to the conflict in Syria" were another issue affecting bilateral ties between the US and Turkey.

He said US President Donald Trump “would like to have a good relationship with Turkey; he’d like to see US trade with Turkey increase, but we need them to help us out in some of these other problems in Syria and elsewhere in the region.”
 As has been written here at PFYT's, for a long, long. long time now- Turkey and the US, Israel had a falling out over Israel 2.0 aka Kurdistan.  It's been an ongoing issue since the Obama administration.

Which is why the fact the Christchurch shooter targeted Turkey in his manifesto jumped right out at me. It was so very 5/6 eyes. 
 You really should read

Damascus vows to bring Kurdish-held areas back under control

Reuters

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian government said on Monday areas held by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) would be brought back under its control through military force or the kind of “reconciliation agreements”.
“The only card remaining in the hands of the Americans and their allies is the SDF, and it will be dealt with through the two methods used by the Syrian state: national reconciliation or the liberation of the areas that they control through force,” Syrian Defence Minister General Ali Abdullah Ayoub said.
“The Americans must leave and will leave,” he said.
Large areas of Syria have been brought back under government control through “reconciliation agreements” that have typically been concluded after the military defeat of rebel forces.

Under Watch of Astana Partners, Russia Escalates Strikes on Idlib

This is something I've alluded to for a while... NOT AN ALL OUT BATTLE- Rather measured actions. Carefully taken. Calculated.

Friday, March 8, 2019: Russia, Turkey to start joint patrols in Syria’s Idlib 
Friday, March 15, 2019: US To Provide An Additional Funding For White Helmets

Before we get to the main information:

 hattip to an anonymous commenter who pointed out that the provision of ADDITIONAL funds for the White Helmets coincides with a possible HTS chemical weapons attack. While simultaneously the US is redirecting military equipment to the SDF that was supposed to be for the Iraqi military.

Penny, thought you would like to know that the renewed funding for the White Helmets is occuring as the Russian government is claiming that HTS is preparing to use their chemical weapons stock to stage a provocation in Idlib.

Link: https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201903151073262079-idlib-hayat-tahrir-al-sham-terrorists-chemical-attack/

This is happenig as the US military has also been redirecting military equipment meant for the Iraqi military to its Kurdish-led prixy in Syria, the SDF. The supplies include not only weapons but military vehicles like humvees.

Link: https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2019/03/us-shifts-weapons-iraq-syria-pentagon.html
 Under Watch of Guarantor States, Russia Escalates Hostilities in Idlib

In the past two weeks, Russia has intensified attacks on Idlib governorate, which synced to launching the first Turkish Army patrol in the buffer zone, agreed upon in last September, amidst international and UN concerns over a further deterioration of the and the potential collapse of the deal conducted by Russia and Turkey about the “de-escalation” in Northern Syria

On September 17, 2018, Turkey and Russia reached a deal, providing for the establishment of a demilitarized zone, including heavy arsenal, between the Syrian regime’s control areas and those held by the opposition, located 15km deep in Idlib and 20km in al-Ghab Plain, western Hama.
 Recall my writing here it was entirely possible Russia and Turkey would cooperate in this endeavour? 

Russian Escalation and Turkish Silence

"In a development, the first of its kind in two months, the raids reached as far as the center of the governorate, targeting the vicinity of the Idlib Central Prison on March 14.

The Russian Ministry of Defense has admitted conducting an aerial raid against a Hayat Tahrir al-Sham/HTS post in the city of Idlib, saying that it was coordinated with Turkey. However, the latter did not comment, while Hulusi Akar, the Turkish minister of defense, announced working with Russia to establish a joint coordination center in Idlib, as reported by the Turkish Ministry of Defense’s website.

The Turkish minister considers that the new agreement is to make action in Idlib clearer, pointing out to the two sides’ agreement to start a joint operation center in Idlib.

The Russian Ministry of Defense attributed the raids on Idlib to information it managed to obtain from different channels, which it did not name, that militants of “al-Nusra Front” have earlier on brought a massive number of fighter drones to the targeted post, which they plan to deploy in attacks on the Russian Khmeimim Air Base, as reported by the Ministry.

In the morning, following the raid, Maria Zakharova, the spokesperson of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, again said that Moscow had information, indicating that HTS militants are planning for a chemical attack in Idlib, as quoted by Sputnik, a Russian news agency.

“What triggers grave concern is the new reports, which say that HTS’ militants, helped by the White Helmets, are staging for new false-flag attacks, deploying poisonous substances, to later own blame the usage of chemical weapons on the governmental forces,” Zakharova added.

Last Friday, Turkey started running the first of its patrols in Idlib’s demilitarized zone, according to the “Sochi” deal with Russia, as stated by Akar said: “Today, Russia will begin patrols in the border area outside of Idlib while Turkish Armed Forces patrols will start in the demilitarized zone,” adding that “maintaining the cease-fire in Idlib is a significant step for securing stability in Syria.”

“Restless” Responses

"Against the background of the Russian Shelling, on Saturday, António Guterres, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, considered that the ceasefire in Idlib is a necessary step, saying: “Counter-terrorism operations cannot override responsibilities to protect civilians.”

In a statement published on the UN’s website, he added: “Innocent civilians, the majority of them women and children, have paid the highest price in this conflict because of the blatant disregard for International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law.”

Last Friday, the U.S.  demanded that Russia stop the shelling immediately and held it accountable for the attacks on Idlib"
The US, always protecting terrorists, since their concern is not with civilians.
“The United States views with grave concern escalating violence in recent days in Idlib and neighboring areas prompted by Russian and Assad regime airstrikes and artillery,” State Department spokesman Robert Palladino said.

“Despite Russia’s claims to be targeting terrorists, these operations have caused dozens of civilian casualties and have targeted first responders as they attempt to save lives on the ground,” he added.

“These abhorrent attacks on civilian infrastructure and on settlements for internally displaced people must end now.”

The shelling of the city of Idlib, the governorate’s center, with several aerial raids, last Wednesday, resulted in the death of 15 civilians and the injury of 49 others in four raids that targeted the residential neighborhoods at the city center, as documented by the Syrian Civil Defense.

In a census published by the Response Coordinators Team, published on Saturday, March 16, no less than 89 areas have been targeted by the Syrian regime’s attacks during its military campaign that covered areas in north-western Syria and the demilitarized zone.

The published statistics reported that the regime’s forces have targeted 39 points in Idlib governorate, 34 others in Hama governorate, 16 points in Aleppo governorate between the 8th and 15th of March.

The team added that the number of people displaced from the demilitarized zone and other areas due to the shelling has risen to 17 thousand and 467 families, 110 thousand and 393 persons, while the displacement waves are expected to continue"
Lo and behold after the Russian Escalation Turkey and Russia are set to resume joint patrol


The official spokesman of the National Liberation Front, Captain Naji Mustafa, said the Turkish army will resume patrolling areas in the demilitarised zone in and around the northwestern Syrian city of Idlib.

Mustafa told Arabi21 that the bad weather conditions delayed the patrols, which were scheduled to begin on Saturday, however Turkey is likely to resume the patrols soon.

Earlier this month, Turkey and Russia announced that the armies of both countries will patrol the demilitarised zone from Idlib to Aleppo under an agreement signed in September last year.

However, the two armies later stopped the patrols, for unspecified reasons.
 Considering the possibility that the Turkish and Russian patrols were ended in order for the Russian bombing runs to take place then it seems likely the bombing runs have ended, for the time being, and the patrols are set to begin anew.

All that has been ongoing the past two weeks certainly appears coordinated.

Earlier this month it was reported:
And, "coincidentally",  the Christchurch 'shooter' specifically targeted Turkey, Turks and Erdogan in his manifesto- Just like a good 5/6 eyes operative would be expected to do!



Saturday, March 16, 2019

Christchurch Shooter Manifesto Targets Turks/Assassinate Erdogan?

I really wanted to stay away from this one... but found the targeting of Turkey and Turkish people too compelling an aspect to pass over

*The “Islamaphobia” hand is being overplayed. This is media driven identity politics for the masses. Serves the elites, always.
*The usual call for gun control? Yup, those gun laws have to be changed!  
And now is the time for those changes! (legally acquired guns)
Again beneficial for state control of the masses by targeting lawful gun ownership 
Harkens back to the Danforth Shooting (Canada already having very stringent gun laws)

Let's ignore the noise for the masses and focus on a specific chapter in the shooter's manifesto?

"To Turks"  Yes, oddly enough the Christchurch shooter’s manifesto specifically singled out Turkey? And Turks? How serendipitous, for the regional remake agenda is that?
Seriously, that's one 'happy' coincidence? Or not. Targeting Turkey is all the rage right now.
The US and Israel have both been at odds with Turkey.
And as 'coincidence' would have it, the Christchurch shooter also demonstrates a clear disdain for Turkey? Curious, no?


Since I'm not a coincidence theorist and the scorn for Turkey, included in the Christchurch shooters manifesto, reads a whole lot to me like the rather commonplace anti Turkey diatribes that one can read almost anywhere on line. Including in the so called 'alternative media' and from innumerable troll brigades whose intent is to manage perception.

Was there a message to Turkey in the shooting and manifesto?

I’d say it’s very possible.

Before the attack the music played:
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"The wolves are coming, beware, Ustashi and Turks," the lyrics to the song run

Long forgotten battles against the Ottomans have significance:

There are also the names of legendary Serbian knight Milos Obilic and Serbian Prince Lazar Hrebeljanovic, who both fought against the Ottoman Turks at the Battle of Kosovo in 1389. The names of several other Balkan figures who fought against the Turks over the centuries are also scrawled on Tarrant's weapons.
Daily Sabah

The manifesto has a part titled "to turks," [sic] in which the writer threatens to kill all Turks living on the European side of Turkey and elsewhere in Europe. The text defines the area where Turks would be allowed to live peacefully as the "east side of the Bosporus."

"We are coming for Constantinople and we will destroy every mosque and minaret in the city. The Hagia Sophia will be free of minarets and Constantinople will be rightfully christian [sic] owned once more," the text continues.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is also attacked in the manifesto which argues that he should be killed while on a visit to the Turkish community in Europe, which the assailant called "his ethnic soldiers currently occupying Europe" in the hate-filled text.
Erdogan: “he must bleed his last”
In a chapter of Tarrant’s hate-filled manifesto he called for the assassination of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, declaring “he must bleed his last.” 
We know the US and friends tried that already!
The text also says that Erdogan's death will serve to drive a wedge "between the Turk invaders currently occupying our lands and the ethnic European people simultaneously weakening Turkeys [sic] hold on the region, removing a prime enemy of Russia and destabilizing and fracturing NATO."
Is he wanting to save/strengthen NATO and the expense of the region and it's inhabitants?
 That too is a very American idea
In a part titled "Europe for Europeans," the manifesto vows to remove all "invaders" from Europe, regardless of whether they are "Roma, African, Indian, Turkish, Semitic or other."

The manifesto argues that NATO should be turned into a European army and Turkey, the second largest military in the alliance and one of the earliest members since 1949, should be pushed "once more back to the true position of a foreign, enemy force."
 Yup, this guy has it in for Turkey!
 He comes off as pro EU as long as it's  subordinated to NATO?

There is more to the Christchurch incident then the frontline or common presentation.

UPDATE March 19/19: partial comment below (link with comment)
Hi Penny,

I also found the terrorist's reference to Hagia Sophia interesting. 2 days prior the terror attack EU parliament made a special remark opposing to Hagia Sophia's possible conversion to a historical-religious monument/mosque during Turkey's membership talks.......
I think Hagia Sophia is a symbol of power politics in the region, and we will be hearing about it more, clash of civilizations again and again.
 Additional reading:

Link
 Erdogan referencing the shooter evoking the Hagia Sophia:
"You're not going to fill nearby Sultan Ahmet mosque and then say let's fill the Hagia Sophia now," he said.
"We know how to take the step and we know the political language of it."
 also  https://www.britannica.com/topic/Hagia-Sophia

One last thing? New Zealand itself has deep connections to Israel as part of it's 5 eyes intelligence apparatus.

5 eyes should really be 6 eyes and include Israel, but, Israel's connection to that alliance is never mentioned-

The 5 Eyes (6 eyes?) Meet in New Zealand- Presently

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Friday, March 15, 2019

Israel Discovers "The Golan File"

 Israel claims.....
And I do not believe the claim
This entire narrative serves Israeli expansionist interests
 
 
IDF says network operates without Assad knowledge, intended to carry out attacks on Israeli soil, with operatives currently gathering intelligence on Israeli troops, stockpiling weapons and building military infrastructure
If the Assad government is completely unaware this network is operating in Golan what might that suggest to us?

-That Israel is operating this network?
-That we can't verify anything about this network other then the Israeli claims since the Assad government is completely unaware of their existence? 
The Israeli military has uncovered a covert terror network set up by Lebanese terror group Hezbollah on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights, in order to carry out attacks against Israel, the IDF said Wednesday. The network was established without the knowledge of Syrian President Bashar Assad, the army said. 
The terror network, called “The Golan File”, is currently in the preparation stages, stockpiling weapons, recruiting members and building secret military infrastructure, according to the IDF. The infrastructure and technology the network presently has at their disposal is being used in order to gather intelligence in the Israel-Syria border area. The activity of the Hezbollah operatives goes largely unnoticed in Syria due to their ability to assimilate into the local population. 
fighters from "the golan file"

Hezbollah operatives constantly patrol the border with Israel in order to identify areas along the fence vulnerable to infiltration attempts and collect information on the activities and routines of the IDF troops stationed there. The operatives apparently also use positions of the Syrian army to gather intelligence information, with the help of Hezbollah fighters involved in the civil war.
 
"These operatives have been attempting to establish an additional terrorist front against Israel and destabilize the region over the last year," said Brig. Gen. Amit Fisher, the commander of one of IDF's northern divisions. He warned that Israel will "not allow any attempt by Hezbollah to entrench itself near the border and we will act with all our might."
The Israeli military says Hezbollah operative Ali Musa Daqduq is the network's commander. Daqduq was part of the Hezbollah force in Iraq, fighting the American troops alongside the Iraqi insurgents back in 2006. He was involved in an execution of five American soldiers there and spent five years in an Iraqi prison. After being released in 2012, he returned to Lebanon as part of a deal negotiated between Hezbollah and the Iraqi government at the time.
Daqduq's back story feels more like that of an irregular/mercenary/proxy fighter. 

From earlier today:

US To Provide An Additional Funding For White Helmets

US To Provide An Additional Funding For White Helmets

Busy past couple of days... so I'm just posting some updates on situation covered here over the years
State Department

At the direction of the President, subject to congressional approval, the United States intends to provide $5 million for the continuation of the vital, life-saving operations of the White Helmets in Syria and in support of the UN’s International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM) which is charged with assisting the investigation and prosecution of persons responsible for the most serious crimes under International Law committed in Syria since March 2011. Today, at the third Brussels Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region, Special Representative for Syria Engagement and Special Envoy to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Ambassador James Jeffrey publicly announced these contributions. In addition to those made last year, these contributions to the White Helmets and IIIM demonstrate the United States’ commitment and ongoing support for justice and accountability in Syria.
The United States Government strongly supports the work of the White Helmets. They have saved more than 114,000 lives since the conflict began, including victims of Assad’s vicious chemical weapons attacks. With over 2,800 volunteers, they continue to provide search and rescue, emergency response, and early recovery operations helping civilians in areas outside of the control of the regime.
These heroic first responders have the most dangerous job in the world. In addition to operating in an active war zone and in dire humanitarian circumstances, the Syrian regime and Russia deliberately target White Helmets’ centers and volunteers; since 2013 more than 250 White Helmets have been killed—many in so called “double-tap strikes”—and 60 White Helmets’ centers have been damaged or destroyed by Russian and regime airstrikes and the regime. Despite these dangers, the White Helmets provide these services based on strict humanitarian principles and have become a symbol in Syria and world-wide for these courageous values.

Canada looks to be getting in on the act of supporting these terrorists- Not a shocker

Canada is contributing $50-million in foreign-aid funding to international organizations in support of humanitarian efforts in the Middle East and in response to the Syrian crisis, which is approaching its eighth anniversary.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Pamela Goldsmith-Jones made the announcement on Thursday at a conference in Belgium called Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region, which is hosted by the European Union and the United Nations.
The money will be used to help people affected by the Syrian crisis with basic needs, food, protection and health services, water, sanitation and hygiene. The money will also be used to help women and girls through protection services and sexual and reproductive health services.

Always pushing that elite agenda of population control/birth control....
Of course a crisis is the ideal time to subject the targeted individuals to the elite agenda- For their own good, of course..........