Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Breaking: Obama- No Rush to Judgement on Chemical Weapons/Syria


The headline changed to some spin about Gitmo..Original url above

Obama: No Rush to Judgement...

 Obama said he needs more time to decide whether the Syrian government has used chemical weapons in such a way that would violate a “red line” he has set as a trigger for escalating U.S. intervention in the violent conflict in that country.

“What we now have is evidence that chemical weapons have been used inside of Syria,” he said. “But we don’t know how they were used, when they were used, who used them; we don’t have chain of custody that establishes what exactly happened.”

Obama warned that taking additional action without hard evidence could compromise the United States’s position internationally.

“If we end up rushing to judgment without hard, effective evidence, then we can find ourselves where we can’t mobilize the international community to support what we do,” Obama said. But he added that, should it be confirmed that the regime of Bashar al-Assad has used chemical weapons, his administration would take new action.

“If I can establish ... the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime, that is a game changer because that portends potentially more devastating attacks on civilians and it raises the strong possibility that those chemical weapons would fall in the wrong hands,” Obama said. “We would have to rethink the range of options available to us. There are options on the shelf right now that we have not deployed.”

Stop Imperialism – Episode 64

Lots of good info, if you have the time to listen entirely. If not it is possible to pick that which interests you for listening.

1.  United States

Boston bombing suspect cites U.S. wars as motivation, officials say
Martial law in Boston: American democracy in shambles
Canadian government unveils “terror plot” as it adopts draconian new law
New report on torture, extraordinary rendition
The money helping CISPA through Congress
CISPA’s immunity provision would allow corporate hacking
Segment Start: 00 h 11 min 08 sec
Segment End: 00 h 48 min 22 sec

2. Syria

Syria govt. forces clear more areas around Homs
Qatar faces backlash among rebel groups in Syria
Syria censures EU plan to buy oil from militants
Kerry tells NATO to prepare for Syrian chemical weapons
Crossing Obama’s “red line” on Syria will require concrete proof
Israel accuses Syria of using chemical weapons against rebels
Testimony reveals Hagel-Kerry rift on Syria
Russia warns EU not to lift Syria arms ban, UK keeps pushing
Pacific Fleet naval force to enter Mediterranean Sea in mid-May
Segment Start: 00h 49 min 14 sec
Segment End: 01h 16 min 58 sec

3. Venezuela

The United States shows its contempt for Venezuelan democracy
Claims of fraud in Venezuela: The fake evidence of Henrique Capriles
Venezuela’s Maduro announces “new cycle of the revolution”
Segment Start: 01 h 18 min 12 sec
Segment End: 01 h 40 min 30 sec

4. Libya

Car bomb targets French embassy in Libya, wounding 3 and reflecting deepening lawlessness
Libya deposits $2 bln in Egypt cbank from investments
The IMF releases its latest economic forecasts – Libya good in short term, but needs reform in long term
Libya probe into pipelines blast points to sabotage
Libya to build 11 stadiums for 2017 Africa Cup of Nations
Segment Start: 01 h 43 min 17 sec
Segment End: 01 h 58 min 00 sec

5. Nigeria

It’s Nigeria, Chad, Niger operation – army
Nigeria Christians threaten religious war
Nigeria signs deals to sell power assets in big drive to privatise
Segment Start: 01 h 59 min 44 sec
Segment End: 02 h 13 min 25 sec

6. U.S. Labor

At least 100 dead in latest Bangladesh garment disaster
FedEx signs new $10.5 billion contract with USPS
Proposed bill would end 40-hour work week
Fruits and vegetables, but no health guarantees
NPR attacks disability, bolsters ‘new consensus’ against welfare
Mortgage relief checks go out, only to bounce
Segment Start: 02 h 14 min 49 sec
Segment End: 02 h 39 min 33 sec

7. Under the Radar

Under Radar
Former AFRICOM chief at Senate hearing: Using word ‘drone’ fuels Al Qaeda propaganda
OVL, OIL may buy India energy ticket to Myanmar
Malaria remains endemic in Democratic Republic of Congo
Ecuador leader on drug war: We provide the dead, the U.S. the noses
Family farmer and allies converge on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange to mark La Via Campesina’s International Day of Peasant Struggle
UnFreedom Day in Cape Town
Segment Start: 02 h 41 min 55 sec
Segment End: 02 h 57 min 26 sec

Arab Leagues makes 'concessions' on Palestinian land to Israel's benefit

Looks to me as if the traitorous nations doing the deals are largely the US/Israel subordinates in the GCC.
Israel is the big winner and the Palestinians are getting railroaded.. :To rush or push (something) through quickly in order to prevent careful consideration and possible criticism or obstruction

Arab states appeared to soften their 2002 peace plan on Monday when a top Qatari official said Israel and the Palestinians could trade land rather than conform exactly to their 1967 borders.

                                             John Kerry: Making deals to appease Israel

A senior Qatari official has said Israel and the Palestinians could trade land rather than conform exactly to their 1967 borders in what appears to be a softening of Arab states' stance on the 2002 peace plan.
Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani, Qatar's prime minister and foreign minister, made the comment on Monday after he and a group of Arab officials met US Secretary of State John Kerry to discuss how to promote Israeli-Palestinian peace.

Speaking on behalf of an Arab League delegation, Sheikh Hamad appeared to make a concession to Israel by explicitly raising the possibility of land swaps.However, it has long been assumed that these would be part of any peace agreement.

"This news is very positive," Tzipi Livni, the Israeli justice minister, told Army Radio on Tuesday.

"In the tumultuous world around ... it could allow the Palestinians to enter the room and make the needed compromises and it sends a message to the Israeli public that this is not just about us and the Palestinians."

Tzipi is very happy. Why? Arab league "consent" makes this appear, for perception management purposes, as if this deal is more then just catering or cratering to Israeli demands. Well, managed perceptions aside..this deal is exactly about giving Israel what it wants. Arab league consents makes the land theft more palatable to the masses. Easier to sell. Nothing more.

Arabs loosen stance on Israel's 1967 border

Arab countries endorsed a Mideast peace plan Monday that would allow for small shifts in Israel's 1967 border, moving them closer to President Barack Obama's two-state vision.

While little has changed in Israel's public posture, the remarks by Al Thani suggest that Kerry has had some success, at least, in coordinating a more unified regional strategy between the U.S. and its Arab partners.
Little has changed in Israel's public posture.... why would it?

Monday, April 29, 2013

Why Russia Does Not Believe Syria Used Chemical Weapons

 After you have read..Israel: Extreme claims for geopolitical gains read below

Notice that Russia, Syria & Iran, in unison, have been reminding us all of the lies employed by the US and others that led up to the illegitimate, immoral attack on Iraq.

A general view shows Khan al-Assal area near the northern city of Aleppo, near the site where forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad say was attacked with chemical weapons, March 23, 2013.

When talk arose within the United States and Israel of the possibility of Damascus using chemical weapons against insurgents, Moscow became alarmed. Since US President Barack Obama had earlier clearly stated that such action would be considered a casus belli, an immediate suspicion arose that a campaign to create a basis for a massive intervention in Syria was in the making. 

The problem with current international relations is the lack of means to verify information that would be regarded as trustworthy by all parties involved. In that controlled system, which existed during the Cold War years, there was certainly also room for provocations. However, the two superpowers, at the highest level of the world hierarchy, in the first place, took an interest in seeing that nothing would occur outside what they willed; secondly, they were well-aware that the price of incompetent intrigue could be unacceptable, nuclear conflict. In the conditions of intense nuclear deterrence, it was necessary to always be able to immediately assess where there was a real threat, and where there was a technology of a controllable escalation in any conflict.

Nowadays, there is neither such a feeling, nor operating mechanisms. Military-political and ideological deadlocks do not work anymore; the threats of local clashes turning into a global war hardly exist anymore. Nuclear weaponry still serves as a deterring instrument; however, specific countries use it as a warranty against non-interference into their affairs rather than a way to prevent conflicts in general. Paradoxically, universal informational transparency and the seeming abundance of data regarding all events have not enhanced mutual understanding of the processes but, on the contrary, have turned them into objects of manipulations.

In Russia, for instance, a specific, popular area of research is informational wars. It is believed that a massive concentration of public opinion in favor of the use of force has become an integral element of any campaign today. As a rule, there is always a certain jumping-off point when it all starts. A massacre in the city of Rachak in January 1999, of which the Serbian police were accused, the allegedly existing evidence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, information on the massive use of air force against Libyan civilians … All this appeared in the media, forming an image that took on a life of its own, and which, eventually, led to a “moral obligation” to intervene. Subsequently, it would often turn out that the initial cause had been unfounded. The story of the Iraqi weapons goes without saying; however, the incidents which became the grounds for the wars in Yugoslavia and Libya were not independently supported later on either.

All the more so, because the Institute of Independent Observers, based upon a UN mandate recognized by everyone, is becoming eroded, its credibility is compromised due to those metamorphoses and cataclysms which the UN has had to deal with after the Cold War. Either it was circumvented without asking for any sanctions, or its mandate was interpreted arbitrarily. And it is difficult to say in which role the UN inspectors in Iraq or of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe observers in Yugoslavia was more important — in their attempts to prevent a war or, on the contrary, to bring it about.

In this context, the news about the alleged chemical weapons in Syria, relying on intelligence from Israel and the United States, is naturally perceived as a step to an inevitable escalation. No doubt, an independent and credible committee under the aegis of the UN is required to carry out an inspection of any reliability of this information. Even if its membership can be agreed upon, which is no simple matter, past experience has demonstrated that, as a rule, observers getting involved in the game does not so much clarify the truth as increase the general level of manipulation and informational wars. However, if a respective government, for instance, refuses to collaborate with international inspection agencies, fearing their partiality or relying on their own assumptions regarding sovereignty, this is virtually automatically assumed to point to the fact that there is something to hide.

Recent history knows the case of the deliberate, but suicidal bluff, which Saddam Hussein attempted to play. Knowing perfectly well that he had nothing, his behavior was ambiguous: he inflated the stakes and played with inspectors, Americans and Iran. The result is well-known, so there is a hope that the remaining regional leaders have learned this lesson.

If the plot involving the use of chemical weapons continues — and that is of primary interest to the Syrian opposition and its regional patrons — then the seeming drift of Russia and Western countries toward each other, looming in the background of the Syrian impasse, may turn into a new dramatic divergence. Moscow does not believe that Assad may use chemical weapons: he is not a madman to ask for such trouble. Therefore, the emergence of such information is seen as an attempt to “turn the chessboard around” — to switch the discussion from the political and diplomatic field back to the military and coercive plane.

Moreover, nowhere — not Europe, Turkey or the United States — does there seem to be any real readiness to intervene into the Syrian conflict. Doubts regarding the feasibility of support to the opposition, which is being increasingly dominated by radical Islamic forces, are becoming more evident. The Boston events have, yet again, reminded us that the psychological conflict with the West, founded on a religious component is still there, and that it manifests itself in the most unexpected ways. Thus, the emerging excuse to toughen positions does not make it possible to untangle the deadlock, but only creates additional political complications.

If the topic does not disappear by itself soon (which is not impossible), Moscow will probably demand the most thorough and impartial investigation, refusing otherwise to trust the credibility of the information provided. The biggest problem will occur if, all of a sudden, the data concerning the use of chemical weapons will be confirmed. Then, everyone will find him/herself having to make inconvertible decisions. For now, this entire story rather resembles an informational attack.

Fyodor Lukyanov is the editor of the journal Russia in Global Affairs, published in partnership with the American magazine Foreign Affairs in the Russian and English languages.

Stark enough for ya?

Israel: Extreme claims for geopolitical gains

Allegations of Syrian chemical weapons.... 

Following up on the rather sudden and surprising chemical weapons in Syria meme bomb being dropped and the subsequent fall out. I see mention of Israel as the ‘joker’ in all of this... Took some time to read up on the Joker. Jokers are wild. The Joker can be extremely beneficial or extremely detrimental, depending on the game being played. That said, Jokers are definitely extreme.
 And that extremism defines that state of Israel, perfectly.
“a tendency or disposition to go to extremes or an instance of going to extremes”
                                                       So, the Joker it is!
What compelled Israel to play the Joker, regarding unsubstantiated, implausible chemical weapons??

One thing that is clear from this article: Israel is attempting to manipulate the US.
To force the hand of ??  To get the US to pass judgement??

As President Obama wrestles with how to respond to new assessments that Syria appears to have used chemical weapons, leaders in Israel say they will be watching for clues about how he might handle the Iranian nuclear issue in the future.

To the Israelis, how Mr. Obama navigates the next few weeks will be viewed as a gauge for what he might do later regarding the potentially bigger confrontation in the region.

 Amos Harel, the defense correspondent for the Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz, said in a column Friday that this week’s wrestling over chemical weapons might have been as much about Iran as it was Syria. He noted that a speech Tuesday by Brig. Gen. Itai Brun, Israel’s top military intelligence analyst, asserting that sarin had been used was followed by one in which Amos Yadlin, the former chief of military intelligence in Israel, declared that Iran was at or about to cross the red line set by Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

“It’s possible that mention of chemical weapons was also intended as a wake-up call to the U.S.,” Mr. Harel wrote. “Israel may have expected that the Americans would stick to their guns in the Syrian case, as well, as a way of sending a regional signal that would also be understood in Tehran.

Still, Mr. Hanegbi said, Israel was not trying to force Mr. Obama’s hand. “I think that we have no interest in the world getting sucked into the fighting in Syria.”

Mr Hanegbi is lying. Israel has great interest in the world getting sucked into fighting in Syria
Or Israel would not have thrown the extremely bogus chemical weapons meme out in the manner in which they did. Once we separating fact from fallacy there should be no sense of surprise when reading this news..

PM convenes security cabinet amid Syria concerns, After requesting ministers not to discuss Syria without permission.

Why would the PM order Ministers to be silent on Syria unless approval is given in advance?

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu convened his security cabinet Sunday for an in-depth discussion of the situation in Syria.

The security cabinet is made up of Netanyahu, Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch, Finance Minister Yair Lapid Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, Economy and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett and Communications and Home Front Defense Minister Gilad Erdan.

Nevertheless, Environmental Protection Minister Amir Peretz told reporters before Sunday's cabinet meeting that it was incumbent upon the US and the international community to take action to halt the carnage in Syria.
 Israeli chemical weapon use in occupied Palestine (Gaza)

Still applying the pressure... and why not Israel will be the single biggest beneficiary, in the ME,  of a destroyed Syria. As has been obvious, since March 2011.
A point I have hammered repeatedly, here on the blog

The Fueling of Unrest in Syria, Israel’s Territorial Ambitions
Why We Must Change The Narrative On Syria

Not feeling compelled to alter the narrative that I have been presenting here all along.
Israel wants Syria destroyed. Israel is participating in the destruction of Syria. Israel benefits from the destruction of Syria. All claims to the otherwise are lies.
Still. an interesting read.

Speaking of the absurd Israeli ‘chemicals weapons’ claim......
"Evidence" of Syria chemical weapons use not up to U.N. standard

Assertions of chemical weapon use in Syria by Western and Israeli officials citing photos, sporadic shelling and traces of toxins do not meet the standard of proof needed.
Ralf Trapp, an independent consultant on chemical and biological weapons control, said, "There is a limit to what you can extract from photograph evidence alone. (Which makes Israel’s shaving creams pictures totally useless, unsurprisingly) What you really need is to get information from on the ground, to gather physical evidence and to talk to witnesses as well as medical staff who treated victims."

Testing for sarin, he said, requires access to the environment where the nerve agent was used or the clothing of someone who was exposed.

Also important..

Sarin is a fast-acting nerve agent that was originally developed in 1938 in Germany as a pesticide. It is a clear, colorless, tasteless and odorless liquid that can evaporate quickly into a gas and spread into the environment, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Because it evaporates so quickly, sarin presents an immediate but short-lived threat.

Even if samples were made available to the OPCW by those making the assertions, the organisation could not use them.

"The OPCW would never get involved in testing samples that our own inspectors don't gather in the field because we need to maintain chain of custody of samples from the field to the lab to ensure their integrity," said Luhan.

Therefore Israeli, British and French claims cannot be substantiated and should be considered, false.
Once you have read above, hit the link!

Why Russia Does Not Believe Syria Used Chemical Weapons

Quite frankly, nor do I!!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Israel: Flippin & Floppin' on Syria alleged chemical weapon use?

I notice there are more then a couple articles questioning why Israel dropped the chemical weapon meme bomb? What is up with this second guessing?  Admitting to being a bit stumped and having to think this over... So, anyone with some relevant thoughts, leave them..

Brig. Gen. Itai Brun, head of the IDF Military Intelligence research and analysis division.


Why did the IDF’s top analyst drop his Syria WMD bombshell?

Was Itai Brun’s public declaration that Assad’s forces have used nerve gas an effort to push US intervention? Or was it an extraordinary gaffe?

The IDF’s top intelligence analyst spoke about the international community and the way its leaders are “sucked” into the Middle East maelstrom against their will. He spoke about the changing nature of the global jihad now that some of its more powerful elements have taken root along Israel’s borders. He mentioned the rise of Islamist ideology — its surprising practicality — and the widening role of Qatar in the Sunni camp.

 And then, after speaking too about Iran and the challenges of intelligence work in the age of the Arab Spring, he dropped his bombshell: “To the best of our professional understanding, the regime has used lethal chemical weapons,” he said of President Bashar Assad’s Syria, noting that the IDF believed the toxic element was Sarin, a nerve agent far more deadly than cyanide, and that it had been used on more than one occasion, including in a specific attack on March 19.

The US, both before and after Brun’s statement, has gone out of its way to avoid making that kind of declaration. “We are looking for conclusive evidence, if it exists, if there was use of chemical weapons,” Jay Carney, the White House press secretary, said later Tuesday.
  In Brussels, Secretary of State John Kerry rushed to declare that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was “not in a position to confirm” Brun’s assessment. 

 In Cairo on Wednesday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said he was caught by surprise by the expert IDF analyst’s definitive statement. ”They did not give me that assessment,” he said. “I guess it was not complete.

 Why, then, did Brun make the IDF’s determination public? US and Israeli intelligence officials meet all the time. If he had information to convey – if he was just being helpful – then he could have passed the evidence he possessed in an appropriately clandestine manner. Why contradict the official US position, and why do so while the secretary of defense is in the country? Hagel, after all, a) holds firm anti-interventionist positions; b) has just delivered Israel a whopping arms deal, and c) had confirmed just the day before that chemical weapons in Syria would be “a game changer.”
;Brun, in his presentation on Tuesday, quoted Harvard professor Joseph Nye and said that in the intelligence world he is faced with two sorts of obstacles – secrets and mysteries. The former can be stolen; the latter are unknown even to those who hold the secrets. So how to classify Brun’s own revelation at the conference? Was he secretly trying to goad the US into action or was he, unbeknownst even to himself, altering the course of events in trying to present a compelling lecture?
The US, as Hagel intimated, has every right to rely solely on its own intelligence, certainly after the WMD debacle in Iraq. Israeli security officials, though, seem certain that Brun’s information is rock solid.

Recounts  the shaving cream incident....

Brun, the top intelligence analyst in the IDF, does not step into daylight and speak off the cuff. Nor does he speak without the authorization of, at very least, the head of military intelligence. Publicly, authoritatively, declaring that the line has been crossed could reasonably be interpreted as a push in the direction of US action on Syrian soil.
 Eiland dismissed that theory. “I don’t think Israel has any such interest,” he said.

Eiland is of course, full of sH*t- Eiland knows Israel has a huge interest in taking down Syria
 Eiland characterized Israel as “very thrifty” in determining its interests. An interest, he added, is something for which you are willing to sacrifice. Israel would not likely be willing to harm its ties with the US in order to save Syrian rebels from Assad’s brutality.  (Framing the narrative, Israel has many interests with Syria, water, Golan, mineral rights etc.,) Certainly not with the United States recuperating from two wars in the Middle East as a third, in Iran, a far graver threat, flickered on the horizon. What’s more, sounding the whistle and serving as the trigger for NATO or US action in Syria would put Israel in a vulnerable position, Eiland said.

Will Israel offer to take down Syria, as long as the US takes on Iran? Thinking out loud.

Shoham agreed. Dragging the US into Syria would do little for US-Israel relations and even less in terms of building a credible US military option in Iran.
Instead, difficult as it is to believe, therefore, Brun may just have stumbled into his incendiary statement. Security experts, Eiland said, sometimes face a dilemma when asked to speak in public. “You don’t want to sound banal or boring, and you don’t want to give up secrets.”
Any professional intelligence officer, Eiland said, would first and foremost worry about the dangers of making a statement that might burn a source or an agent. “You don’t want to say something that could be traced back to a certain individual,” he said. “That would be a key consideration for him.”
As for Brun, a top notch officer by all accounts, putting his foot in his mouth and creating the sort of maelstrom that forces Kerry and Netanyahu to tie themselves up in knots so as to appear to agree, well, that, Eiland indicated, was entirely possible.
 What the hell is Israel cooking up? And Israel is definitely up to something!

Syrian officials deny use of chemical weapons, say regime has no need for them

 I can't disagree with the fact they (Syria) doesn' t need to use them. Syrian Army for all intents and purposes is cleaning house without the toxic cleaning agents....

 The official said the Syrian army had no need for using chemical weapons “because it is capable of reaching any area in Syria it wants”

Sharif Shehadeh, a Syrian lawmaker, said the Syrian army “can win the war with traditional weapons” and has no need for chemical weapons.

Syria’s official policy is not to confirm nor deny it has chemical weapons.

Shehadeh called the U.S. claims “lies” and likened them to false accusations that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction — a claim U.S. policymakers had used to justify the invasion of that country in 2003.
“What is being designed for Syria now is similar to what happened in Iraq when Colin Powell lied in the Security Council and said Iraq possesses weapons of mass destruction prior to the U.S. invasion and occupation of that country,” he said.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

U.S. believes Syrian government used some chemical weapons: Hagel

A gal can't even have lunch in peace

This is ominous................

"U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday said the U.S. intelligence community believes the Syrian government has used sarin gas on a small scale against rebels trying to overthrow the government of Bashar al-Assad.
“This morning the White House delivered a letter to several members of Congress on the topic of chemical weapons use in Syria. The letter ... states that the U.S. intelligence community assesses with some degree of varying confidence that the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons on a small scale in Syria,” Hagel told reporters traveling with him. He said it was sarin gas"

Now what?

Is this because the Syrian Army has been having success ridding itself of NATO's merc army?


Hagel we cannot tell the origin, but, we believe (in Santa, pixie dust and tooth fairies) that this originated with the Assad.....
Pathetic, I say it again.

Part 3- Boston Bombing : NATO, Oil and the battle for Chechnya

Continuing on from Part 1: Boston Bombing: NATO- Taking the fight to Russia via Georgia/Chechnya ??

Where I first introduce the premise of taking the battle to Russia  to further the agenda of destabilization.
For multiple reasons. Bolstering that narrative with: Pt 2- Boston Bombing: NATO, Oil and the Battle for Chechnya
Hoping to make it very clear,  here in this installment, the third, that the Boston bombing frame up has a clear beneficiary in the NATO global war, pipelines, control of resources and geopolitical destabilization.
We are going to start, again, with the words of Ariel Cohen, an individual who very clearly has a long time interest in this area: By Ariel Cohen, Ph.D. and Dr. Ariel Cohen January 25, 1996- 
The New Great Game :Oil Politics in the Caucasus and Central Asia
The 'game' reference used in this title is so inhumane. People are dying. It is not a game. Nor is it a 'great game' This word use speaks to the mindset of the elite crowd. Sick.

Just excerpting because the article is large:
The vast expanses of the former Soviet Union harbor oil and gas riches which will be crucial in fueling the global economy in the next century. The huge oil reserves, estimated at over 25 billion barrels, under the Caspian Sea and in the Central Asian republics of Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan are similar to those in Kuwait and larger than those in Alaska's Northern Slope and the North Sea combined.

Control over these energy resources and export routes out of the Eurasian hinterland is quickly becoming one of the central issues in post-Cold War politics. Like the "Great Game" of the early 20th century, in which the geopolitical interests of the British Empire and Russia clashed over the Caucasus region and Central Asia, today's struggle between Russia and the West may turn on who controls the oil reserves in Eurasia.

 The U.S. needs to ensure free and fair access for all interested parties to the oil fields of the Caucasus and Central Asia. (why does the US need to ensure anything in this region?)

In order to ensure free and fair access to the oil reserves in Central Asia, the U.S. should:
(Again, why should the US do this?)
*Strive to preserve the independence and economic viability of the Newly Independent States in Central Asia.

    *Ensure that Russia is not a dominant, (subordinate?) but rather an equal partner in developing the oil resources of the Caucasus and Central Asia. (Keep in mind this was written in 1996)

    *Strengthen secular Muslim societies, notably Turkey and Azerbaijan, against Islamic militant groups. Both Russian geostrategic ambitions and Iranian-style religious militancy pose long-term threats to the Muslim societies of the region.(Interesting because Turkey is not secular, though it is presented as such, despite being dominated by Muslim Brotherhood. Contrast that with the destruction of secular and tolerant Libya and Syria)

     *Support the Western oil route through Turkey to reduce oil transportation hazards in the Bosphorus Straits.

 The War in Chechnya
One of the main goals of the Russian attack on Chechnya in December of 1994 was to ensure control of the oil pipeline which runs from Baku, via Grozny, the Chechen capital, to the Russian city of Tikhoretsk..

 The Drama in Georgia
Another conflict affecting potential oil routes is occuring in the Caucasus republic of Georgia. Russia wants to prevent oil from Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan from going the "Western" route through Georgia to Turkey.

 The Fighting in Abkhazia

Another dangerous conflict is smoldering in Abkhazia, a breakaway region in Georgia.

 The Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict
Yet another bloody war affecting potential oil pipeline routes is occurring in Nagorno-Karabakh, a small, largely Armenian enclave inside Azerbaijan
Bare bones background from the above link

 “Towards a Balkanized Russia”
On October 7 /99 the Chechen president Maskhadov sent a letter to the new Nato secretary-general George Robertson. The president of the rebellious Russian republic called upon him "to intervene in accordance with the new world order established by Nato"
Article is from 1999; keeping this in mind author gives us a background:
* In 1918 the 'White' general Denikin occupied Chechnya. He formed part of an international coalition trying to undo the 1917 Bolshevik revolution. 
*In 1942 the German Nazis occupied part of Chechnya
*In 1989 the American press demanded the Soviet Union be dissolved and opened up to the free market and western multinationals. The first republics to secede were Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. The 'Popular Fronts' that organised the secession received help from a general of Chechen origin, Diokhar Dudaev. In August 1991 Dudaev supported Yeltsin's coup d'état and the end of the Soviet Union. In December 1991 he proclaimed the independence of Chechnya and designated himself as its president. Chechnya no longer recognised the authority of Moscow and appropriated the petroleum transported through its territory.
*In August 1999 the war lords Shamil Basayev and Imin Khattab invaded the neighbouring Russian republic of Daghestan. They murdered police officers, hoisted the green flag of the 'Islamic republic' and advanced on the capital Makhachkala.
 FLASHBACK!:  Who are these warlords? Are they Chechens that were resident in the Chech/Dagestan area at that time? Or, did they hail from elsewhere? Read this articlefrom the BBC/1999.
 It gives us some understanding of just how long it is Chechnya has been infiltrated with the NATO Islamic Jihad mercs who do not necessarily come from the geographic but they are sent to destabilize and terrorize.
Khatab is a professional Islamic revolutionary. : He, Khatab, comes from the Bedouin region of north-west Saudi Arabia. The region he comes from borders Jordan and it's possible that Khatab spent some time in Jordan, alongside Jordanian Chechens, creating some confusion about his origins.

According to one Russian newspaper journalist who met him, Zamid Ayubov of Trud, Khattab comes from a wealthy family and spent some time at an American university

Ringing any bells?

“It is possible that Khatab's arrival was arranged through the Saudi-Arabian based Islamic Relief Organisation, a militant religious organisation, funded by mosques and rich individuals which channelled funds into Chechnya.”

It is clear that the Chechen war lords, that have been busily terrorizing ordinary Chechens and many others including Russians are part and parcel of the NATO terror pipeline/Gladio/ Strategy of tension type stuff.

Digression over, historical background continues

                                                           A Holy War for Oil

The two thousand soldiers mustered by Shamil Basayev to invade Daghestan were remarkably professionally trained, supplied, and armed. They had at their disposal Stinger-2 rockets, reserved by Nato for its most loyal member states. With these rockets they destroyed three helicopters in front of the TV cameras. During the invasion in Chechnya they used them to bring down a Sukhoi-25 warplane as well as a Sukhoi-25 bomber, one of the best in the world. It recalls the period when the CIA overtly supplied Stingers to the Afghan resistance opposing the Soviet troops.

                                            The US and the Strategy of Terror

In the magazine Military Review (6) the American major Raymond C. Finch describes the use of terrorists in the military strategy of the United States.

"The future war", Finch writes, "is most likely not the son of Desert Storm [the war against Iraq], rather it will be the stepchild of Somalia and Chechnya. In Somalia, despite overwhelming superiority in firepower and technology, a group of lightly-armed 'rebels' effectively forced the US military out of the country. For the time being at least, the Chechens, under the courageous leadership of Shamil Basayev, have won their independence and freedom.

"In August 1991 Basayev was in Moscow, and, armed with a couple of hand grenades, went to help defend Yeltsin in the Russian Parliament. In 1992 he hijacked a passenger plane in the nearby city of Mineralnye Vody demanding the Russians lift the state of emergency or the plane would be blown up.

"Conventional military prowess is no match against rebel forces, led by skilled and committed leaders. The notion that the battlefield is isolated and that fighting is restricted to those who wear uniforms is absurd. As we move into the 21st century, the structure of the game appears to be changing.

The conclusion of the American Major Finch reaches is that "the methods Basayev has employed are cruel and vicious, and have often been in violation of recognised laws of warfare. At the same time, however, his actions, when cast in the light of Chechen independence, are courageous and praiseworthy." (6) Thus it is brazenly admitted that support to terrorists like Bin Laden or Shamil Basayev poses no problem, in so far as they take action against the adversaries of America.
This is the same attitude with respect to terror that the US assumed in Kosovo.

Pause: You should read the article, entirely. The briefest excerpt makes clear the war on terror is a war of terror. And just how cruel and vicious Major Finch's Islamic fighters are is clear when we think of Syria present day-  PANKISI GORGE, Georgia

Abu Hamza, 29 years old ,has been crossing back and forth across the border between the two countries (Russia and Georgia) for most of his 29 years,  followed his brother-in-law to Syria, to fight for the NATO Islamist mercenary army.

"I went there because I saw videos on the Internet of innocent women and children being killed by the regime. I wanted to fight the [Syrian] government and help the opposition; I wanted to kill Bashar," he said. “

 Chechen fighter- Syria

Before Syria, Libya and  then we remember the Beslan school massacre.
How did CBS get this video?

Notice the reporting mentions the presence of Saudis, as claimed by Russia. The CBS talking head dismisses this claim. History tells us it is entirely realistic that Saudis were present and involved along with their Chechen NATO army brothers in terrorizing ordinary Russians going about their lives.

With all that history taking place in the sphere of Russia’s influence, for almost 20 years now, is it credible for Foreign Policy magazine to run a piece, called  The Invisible War  immediately following the Boston bomb incident

Opening the article:
"Russians weren't paying much attention to their own war on terror. But that was before the attacks in Boston."
Closing the article:

 Few seemed to accept the more obvious conclusion: That the traumas caused by the lingering war in the North Caucasus have now reached all the way to the United States.

How about this one?

It took a bombing in Boston to wake Russians up to the crisis in their own back yard, writes Anna Nemtsova. 
Really? The Russians weren’t paying much attention to their own war on terror?
Who are they trying to kid? And why? Does anyone think the Russian people forgot the Beslan school massacre? The wars? The bombings?

Remember the conclusion of the American Major Finch "the methods Basayev has employed are cruel and vicious but are also “courageous and praiseworthy” if employed for the right reasons.
The imperialist/NATO/destabilizing control reasons would, I am sure, be considered the "right reasons" to "employ such cruel and vicious" methods.

And finally: 45 minutes to get informed

There will be a part 4, that is going to bring us up to the here and now

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Syria is hoping to clinch more financial aid from from allies...

Found this interesting. Reuters picks it up today, but, it appears to be older news from Syria

Syria hopes to clinch more financial aid from its allies Russia and Iran soon, but still has enough foreign reserves to pursue its war on rebels trying to oust President Bashar al-Assad, the central bank governor said.

Speaking at the bank's headquarters, hit by a car bomb on April 8, Adeeb Mayaleh said: "We are expecting much more support from friendly countries... Yes, financial support from Iran and Russia and it could also be from other friendly countries.

"Discussions are going on. We are in the process of putting the final touches on the subject of financial aid in a clear way," he told Reuters in an interview, without specifying how much money Iran and Russia would provide.

He said Tehran had already given Syria a $1 billion credit line, more than half of which had been used, and that Russia was now printing Syrian banknotes, formerly supplied by Germany and Austria until the European Union imposed sanctions on Syria.

Syria had reserves of $17 billion when the uprising against Assad began just over two years ago. It now had "much more" left than the "incorrect" $4 billion figure which some bankers have quoted, Mayaleh said. He would not give a specific figure.

"If we compare the prices of commodities in Syria to those in neighboring countries, you find they are cheaper in Syria despite the fact that other countries do not have war being waged on them by countries from around the world," he said.

"This means that reserves are still enough for Syria to stand fast against this conspiracy."


Mayaleh criticized the EU for deciding last week to modify sanctions on Syria to allow oil purchases from rebel forces in control of some eastern oil-producing areas.

"I don't understand how the European Union can give these terrorist armed groups the right to export oil from Syria to Europe," he said. "Under what law?...This is money laundering, this is stolen money and these are stolen goods."

"They (Europeans) are nurturing these militant extremists," he said. "When they finish their role in Syria ... they will go to Europe...The Europeans are trying to bring up a monster who will turn against Europe and its citizens.

"(The opposition) spread rumors that salaries would not be paid for employees and that the state has gone bankrupt," he said. "Two years have passed in this crisis ... and the salaries have always been paid...a month in advance."

Boston blasts won't revive US-Russia reset: How will it affect Syria?

M K Bhadrakumar from Asia Times
Any event that impacts on the United States' "homeland security" would have worldwide repercussions. The repercussions of the Boston Marathon bombings are most expected on the United States' ties with Russia.

The US-Russia security cooperation has taken a beating in the recent year or two even as the "reset" in the relations ended and a period of cold-war style distrust and acrimony developed between Moscow and Washington. However, it is too big a surmise to make at this point that a resetting of the moribund US-Russia "reset" is under way as a result of the Obama-Putin phone conversation.

The point is, many issues of core interest to both sides in the overall testy relationship are intractable in a short term. Big powers do not overnight reset their compass. In fact, on Friday, the US State Department issued yet another annual human rights report, which alleged that fraudulent methods were applied by the Russian government in the last presidential election, which Putin won.
No answers yet:
The Kremlin gave a rather taciturn account of Obama's phone conversation with Putin, merely saying the two sides "emphasized their interest in increasing coordination between Russian and American intelligence services in the fight against international terrorism''.

Conceivably, Moscow would be quietly pleased that the US is getting a taste of its double standards on terrorism. The Chechen terrorists used to be known as "rebels" in the US lexicon.

But, having said that, Moscow would also be wary that taking advantage of Tsarnaev's Chechen ethnicity and Kyrgyz background, the US might insist on being a stakeholder in the counterterrorist strategies pursued by Russia in the North Caucasus and the Central Asian region. (Kazakhstan has an estimated 50,000-strong Chechen population.)

Significantly, on Saturday, Russia state television carried an interview with the Tsarnaevs' mother alleging that her sons were "set up" and that the two boys have been under "constant FBI [Federal Bureau of Investigation] surveillance''." She said:

    They [FBI] used to come [to our] home, they used to talk to me - they were telling me that he [the older, 26-year-old Tamerlan] was really an extremist leader and that they were afraid of him. They told me whatever information he is getting, he gets from these extremist sites? they were controlling him, they were controlling his every step? and now they say that this is a terrorist act!

The Wall Street Journal meanwhile disclosed that the FBI had interrogated Tamerlan, who got killed last week, in 2011 at the specific request of the Russian government, "but didn't find evidence of suspicious activity and closed the case''.

Indeed, these are early days and the Tsarnaev file may take new twists and turns. Surprisingly, Tamerlan made a six-month visit to Russia last year and is reported to have visited Dagestan - that is, even after he figured in the FBI's watch list

India also had a strikingly similar frustrating experience when the Pakistani-American terrorist David Headley, who was involved in the planning of the fidayeen attacks on Mumbai in November 2008

Intriguingly, Putin's offer to Obama in his message within hours of the Boston bombing that "the Russian Federation will be ready, if necessary, to assist in the US authorities' investigation" - to quote the Kremlin readout - was made before it was even known that there could be a Chechen link to the terrorist act.

A cat-and-mouse game seems afoot. At a minimum, it seems possible that Russians could have anticipated that something like the Boston bombing was waiting to happen.

I think M K Bhadrakumar is stretching it a bit (underlined words) He seems to be implying Russia had some kind of knowledge there was going to be a Chechen connection. Or perhaps, I am misreading that?  It is possible that Russia smelled something foul afoot. What with the ongoing situation in Syria? The plan to attack Iran? Russia could/should have sensibly figured that at some point in time the US was/is going to put the thumb screws to Russia. To apply pressure to Russia. Surely Russian leaders are very well aware, surely more aware then I, of the great game afoot. The only way I see the Russian offer, prior to the Chechen link being proclaimed, is as a standard diplomatic sort of gesture.

Great game continues

Indeed, if the climate of Russian-American relations improves as a result of the newfound camaraderie over the struggle against counterterrorism and Islamist extremism, the fallout can only be positive for regional and international security.

For one thing, Russia's hard line opposing the ascendancy of the Salafist and al-Qaeda groups in Syria and its support of the staunchly secular Bashar al-Assad regime stands vindicated. 
Yet, the outcome of the "Friends of Syria" [FOS] core group meeting in Istanbul on Saturday shows, on the contrary, that the calibrated drift in the US approach toward deeper engagement of the Syrian opposition fighters will continue.

How far should the US be prepared to put its weight in on the Syrian issue has been a difficult decision for Obama to make. The Istanbul meet took an important decision "to channel all military assistance [to Syrian rebels] through the SMC [Supreme Military Council]."

US Secretary of State John Kerry announced that Washington will double its assistance to the Syrian opposition to US $250 million and will expedite delivery of new US military assistance to the Syrian opposition fighters. "I'm going to make sure this is a matter of weeks. It has to happen quickly; it has to have an impact," he said.

In fact, Kerry disclosed that FOS core group also discussed "how we might try to reach out to Russia" to persuade it to end its military assistance to Bashar al-Assad and its refusal to agree to a United Nations Security Council resolution.
There was not a trace of remorse in the US stance on regime change in Syria - that it might lead to the ascendancy of militant Islamists and al-Qaeda - in the aftermath of the Boston bombing.

I wouldn’t have expected there to be? Would any one have?
Again, US-Russia cooperation in counterterrorism struggle ought to be a game changer for Afghanistan. Nonetheless, there is no likelihood of a change of heart on the part of the US or the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in their point blank refusal to have any collaborative partnership with the Shanghai Cooperation Organization or the Collective Security Treaty Organization in the stabilization of Afghanistan.

Suffice to say, the Great Game goes on - Tsarnaev or no Tsarnaev - because the Boston bombing may ultimately have little to do with US-Russia relations. The Chinese commentators are perhaps close to the point when they say the Boston bombing has more to do with the US's deepening domestic problems and its "sluggishness" in addressing them and the "gains and losses in the international sense" become irrelevant.

The real challenge facing Obama is not that the US-Russia reset has become moribund as a result of which the US's homeland security has suffered, but that such incidents like the Boston bombing, as Global Times newspaper commented, "will serve as catalysts pushing partisanship to extremes" in America, which is already facing "serious polarization of politics and society''.
Divide to conquer.

An update on Syria: 60 tons of aid from Russia and 500 EU citizens fighting alongside opposition

Two planes carrying a total of 60 tons of humanitarian aid to Syria from Russia will arrive in Syria on Wednesday, Syrian Information Minister Umran Ahid al-Zabi told a press conference in Moscow. The Syrian minister also said he appreciates the efforts made by the Russian administration to help resolve the conflict in Syria and assist the people of Syria.

“We appreciate this assistance and Russia’s position at the level of the people, the government, respected by President Vladimir Putin, Mr. Lavrov, Mr. Bogdanov, and our Russian brothers,” the Syrian minister said.

‘Hundreds of Europeans’ fighting along Syrian rebels

Some 500 Europeans are believed to be fighting alongside armed opposition forces against the troops of Syrian President Assad, EU counter-terrorism coordinator has told BBC.

Gilles de Kerchove said in the interview not all of them were radical when they left for Syria “but most likely many of them will be radicalized there, will be trained,” he added.

Gilles is full of horse hooey. If there are 500 Europeans fighting in Syria, they were trained and shipped to Turkey by the EU/NATO.
NATO’s Irish fighters played a big role in the Libya destabilization. Linking back to Turkey and the Mavi Marmara, too.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Public Banking Institute: Interview Marc Armstong

Guns and Butter 

"Public Banking 2013" with Marc Armstrong, Executive Director of the Public Banking Institute. Key benefits of public banking; state and county banks; common misconceptions; commercial, wholesale and investment banking; the Trans Pacific Partnership; Fast Track; Cyprus banking crisis; Dodd Frank; 2005 Bankruptcy Law; derivatives a threat to depositors; FDIC/BOE document; Public Banking Institute; Public Banking 2013 Funding the New Economy Conference www.publicbanking.org.

 Approximately 50 minutes...

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Related to the Canadian Budget and the potential for  global Cyprus style haircuts! 
In case you haven't been paying attention?

 Pt.1: Giving Canadians and everyone, everywhere a Cypriot Style Haircut- "to the wood"

  Pt.2: Giving Canadians and everyone,everywhere, a Cypriot Style Haircut- “to the wood”

Monday, April 22, 2013

Canadian Police "thwart" major terror attack: How convenient is this?

Bogus Bogus

Not Canadians. Both from Tunisia.
Tunisia. The same nation from where many, many NATO backed mercs flooded into Syria on behalf of the NATO destabilizers. Tunisia- from whence the bogus NATO backed 'Arab spring' originated.

The RCMP said at an afternoon news conference that Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, of Montreal, and Raed Jaser, 35, of Toronto, had received support and "guidance" from al-Qaeda "elements" in Iran, but there is no indication they were "state sponsored."
Neither is a Canadian citizen. The RCMP would not identify their nationalities or say how long they had been in the country.
Media reported the men are Tunisian.
Linkedin for one man

  • phD student at INRS
  • INSAT de Tunis
  • INSAT de Tunis 

Chiheb Esseghaier's Languages

  • Arabic

  • Frensh

  • English

What country is getting the frame up?

"Police said the suspects "were receiving support from al Qaeda elements in Iran."

 Al Qaeda in Iran? Really? Canadians, canadians, don't be this gullible. Al Qaeda in Iran is nonsensical. First I have heard of Al Qaeda in Iran. After more then 5 years of blogging on all things geopolitical.

This nonsense certainly serves Israeli interests.

 OH and one last thing? All this takes place on the very day when the Canadian government tables more useless anti-terror legislation? 
Coincidence? NO
Hard Sell? YES!

Because the Boston attacks demonstrate the need for more police state legislation???
So, claims the government.(Vic Teows)  The government will of course benefit the most from this new fascist legislation by enabling themselves to criminalize more innocent people.

 The Conservatives announced on Friday that it will be pushing for the passage of stronger anti-terrorism measures starting on Monday in the House of Commons.
 And of course, Government hurries debate on anti-terrorism bill

  Problem, Reaction, Solution

It is that obvious