Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Latest Report: Ambassador flees as Iraqis storm US embassy- 750 Troops Deploy Immediately With More To Come

What's going on? The US appears to be escalating something in Iraq??


The US ambassador to Iraq and other staff were evacuated from their embassy in Baghdad for their safety yesterday, Iraqi officials said, as thousands of protesters and militia fighters thronged the gates in fury at US air strikes in Iraq. 

This report is dated January 1/2020 @ 2:30 am (time of my post is 9:40 am EST Dec. 31/2019) so the diplomatic staff were evacuated December 31/19?At what time?  Contrary to earlier reports there had been no evacuation? Did the evacuate  take place because they were sending in additional troops? Is the US going to back a coup of some sorts? I mean an infantry batallion with more to come?

The Hill
"Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Tuesday that 750 U.S. soldiers will deploy "immediately" to the Middle East after violent protests at the U.S. Embassy in Iraq.
In a series of tweets, Esper said that more U.S. forces stand ready to deploy to the region.
"At the direction of the Commander in Chief @POTUS, I have authorized the deployment of an infantry battalion from the Immediate Response Force (IRF) of the @82ndABNDiv to the @CENTCOM area of operations in response to recent events in Iraq," Esper said.
"Approximately 750 #Soldiers will deploy to the region immediately & additional forces from the IRF are prepared to deploy over the next several days," he added. "This deployment is an appropriate and precautionary action taken in response to increased threat levels against U.S. personnel and facilities, such as we witnessed in Baghdad today."



Pt. 2: Meddling Outsiders and Antagonistic/Conflicting Neighbours Around the Mediterranean Sea

 Before continuing on, if you haven't read
You probably should

 One more factor in all this was Assad's "Four Seas" Strategy.. this too was a plan that would have set Syria up as an energy hub integrated with Turkey, Iran and Azerbaijan. This plan could not be allowed to come to fruition by the anglo zionist overlords, because, it would have resulted in a reduced Israeli role/ reduced Israeli power in the region. The US and Israel would never let this stand.
     "Since 2009, Bashar al-Assad has been promoting a "Four Seas Strategy" to turn Damascus into a trade hub among the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Persian Gulf/Arabian Sea and the Caspian Sea.

Aligning Syria with countries that lie on these shores—Turkey, Iran, and Azerbaijan (The Weekly Middle East Reporter, August 1, 2009)—Assad peddled this idea in May 2009 with Turkey, stating that “Once the economic space between Syria, Turkey, Iraq and Iran become integrated, we would link the Mediterranean, Caspian, Black Sea, and the [Persian] Gulf … we aren’t just important in the Middle East…Once we link these four seas, we become the compulsory intersection of the whole world in investment, transport and more.”      

Now let’s get up to speed on the Nov. 27/19 agreement between Libya and Turkey

Notice that the Turkish/Libyan agreement comes years after Greece, Cyprus, Israel and Egypt made their pactsWhich by their design, intentionally, excluded Turkey (Lebanon and Syria/ Damascus) despite the FACT that Turkey was the most expedient path to transport energy resources to Europe?  (covered in Part 1)  Turkey's participation,would have enriched Turkish coffers, of course. Making the attempt to circumvent Turkey as a trading partner  an aspect of financial warfare. As well as geostrategic warfare (denial of resources)   

Turkey's Parliament Will Vote in Early January on Sending Troops to Libya 

"Turkey could deploy troops to Libya to support the government in Tripoli as early as next month, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday, putting the north African country's conflict at the centre of wider regional frictions.

Libya's internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) has been fending off a months-long offensive by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar's forces in eastern Libya."

For those who are unaware or have forgotten Haftar is and has long been the CIA’s man...
Excerpts from the two posts (relinked above) :
“Great Britain funded an Al Qaeda cell in Libya, in an attempt to assassinate Gadaffi.(the British government denies this) The main opposition group in Libya now is the National Front for the Salvation of Libya. This opposition group is being funded by Saudi Arabia, the CIA, and French Intelligence. This group unified itself with other opposition groups, to become the National Conference for the Libyan Opposition. It was this organization that called for the "Day of Rage" that plunged Libya into chaos on February 17 of this year (2011).

Khalifa Haftar’s army now controls much of the eastern half of the country.  

General Khalifa Haftar left his home in northern Virginia—where he had spent most of the previous two decades, at least some of that time working with the Central Intelligence Agency and returned to Tripoli to fight his latest war for control of Libya.   
Haftar’s force, which he calls the Libyan National Army, has taken much of the eastern half of the country, in an offensive known as Operation Dignity.

The US has been funding for decades are now taking their chance to gain control over the nation. A group recently arrested in Libya consisted of dozens of foreign nationals that were involved in numerous acts of looting and sabotage. The Libyan government could not rule out links to Israel.

Much as General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has boasted of doing in Egypt, General Haftar proposes to destroy the Islamist forces and bring peace and stability—enforced by his own army”   
That’s a giant laugh out loud. The Islamist/CIA agent allied with Al Qaeda is going to destroy Islamist forces, like el- Sisi the great Islamist fighter ...Absurd. 

 Haftar was left to rot in Chad by Gadaffi decades ago, most probably due to the fact that Gadaffi found out Haftar was a turn coat. Haftar was eventually retrieved in Chad and whisked away to Virginia. The CIA got their man.

Haftar’s mercenary forces call themselves or are known as  the Libyan National Army. So they rebranded from the National Front for the Salvation of Libya (which destroyed Libya with NATO’s help and murdered Gadafi) to the Libyan National Army. The use of the word national in both cases brings to mind ‘nation’, like the nation of Libya, so it’s misleading. And intentionally so.

And one last twist to the tale of Haftar.. Haftar was reported DEAD in 2018. He is in his 70's so death or incapacitation from stroke is a real possibility.
"Unconfirmed reports that General Khalifa Haftar, a key figure in Libya’s political landscape, has died in Paris hospital are fueling speculation about the country's future. Haftar had suffered a stroke earlier this week

The situation will become even more unstable should Mr Haftar die or become too incapacitated to lead the LNA. The LNA is a patchwork of tribal militias that have pledged loyalty to Mr Haftar allied with some former Libyan army units, rather than a singular force. As such, Mr Haftar is the unifying factor at present—and he has no obvious successor. In this context, rifts would probably emerge within the LNA and a power struggle for its leadership and key resources, such as oil infrastructure, could lead to internal fighting"
  Makes one wonder if Haftar is kept 'alive' in order to maintain cohesion among the CIA backed LNA?  Has there been recent imagery of him? We sure read much about his "army" but what about the man? Anyone? 

But let's get back to Turkey and Libya, the Mediterranean neighbourhood and a trade agreement presented as if the world had fallen apart. And maybe for the Usrael empire  the situation had become more complicated- hence the common presentation via the imperial media. Yet, there are competing interests and that's the point of this entire series.
  Contrary to claims by the obfuscating media it seems that Turkey did demarcate a maritime border.... which will undoubtedly be disputed but nonetheless they’ve staked out their space

World Oil.com
Turkey and Libya officially approved a contentious maritime deal that may fuel an energy showdown in the gas-rich waters of the eastern Mediterranean, where both countries are at odds with Greece.

The Nov. 27 preliminary agreement demarcates an 18.6-nautical mile (35-kilometer) line that will form the maritime boundary separating what will be the two countries’ respective exclusive economic zones. Libya’s presidential council and Turkey’s parliament approved the memorandum of understanding, Anadolu Agency said Friday. It is now expected to be filed with the United Nations.

“This agreement also amounts to a political message that Turkey can’t be sidelined in the eastern Mediterranean and nothing can be really achieved in the region without Turkey’s participation,” Cagatay Erciyes, a senior foreign ministry official in charge of maritime and aviation boundary affairs, said on Thursday.

Greece, Cyprus and Egypt see the deal as a brazen Turkish bid for dominance in the contested waters. Libya is also in conflict with Greece over off-shore exploration licenses Athens issued for waters south of Crete, which is located between Turkey and Libya.
Libya is in conflict with Greece, same as Turkey is and lo and behold they sign an agreement together- should this be shocking? No.
Turkey’s main opposition party CHP backed the agreement.
Turkey & Libya’s joint trade agreement might give Israel a cause for concern? Maybe?

Turkey/Israeli relations following Libya deal
In fact, the world and especially the riparian states are closely following these “events,” which could also be named “belated decisions from Turkey.”

One of these states is Israel, which has been for a long time looking for ways to transport to Europe the natural gas that will be gathered from the hydrocarbon fields in the Eastern Mediterranean.

One of the most remarkable of developments was the formation of the East Mediterranean Gas Forum (EMGF) in Cairo in January 2019. Turkey, Syria and Lebanon not being included drew attention while countries like Egypt, Israel, Greece, Palestine and the Greek Cypriot administration were included in the forum. While the Minister of Petroleum of Egypt, Tarek al-Mala, said the forum is open to other riparian states in his opening speech, Israeli news sources stated that the forum is an anti-Turkey initiative and its goal is to inhibit the Republic of Turkey’s impact in the region.

Turkey’s insistent calls for negotiations not getting appropriate responses from other countries in the region caused the game to get more serious.

Turkey decided to be present in the Eastern Mediterranean and defend its rights stemming from international law at any cost. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, “You can’t be at the table unless you are on the field.”

As a result, the Turkey-Libya Maritime Boundary Delimitation Agreement was signed Nov. 27 after long-standing meetings with Libya’s UN-recognized Government of National Accord. With this agreement, the maritime boundaries between Turkey and Libya were set and a possible Greece-Greek Cypriot administration and Greece-Egypt deal was rendered meaningless.
Moves and countermoves- not just one party or player involved.
It will be necessary for these countries to either remove their reservoirs and include all riparian states in the forum or to create a new forum where countries who do not want to collaborate with Turkey will be excluded.

Since the developments are very fresh, it is too soon to predict how these countries will react.

However, the Turkish-Israeli relations in the following period and the potential opportunities that might arise after will be a good starting point for future projections. In contrast, it’s absolutely certain that the new diplomatic process will be a more rational one for all shareholders.   

Personally, I doubt Israel will negotiate with Turkey.That’s my opinion. 
In fact as you will read, Israel is carrying on it’s plans..

Meanwhile Cyrus reached out to some of it’s Mediterranean neighbours  and others

Cyrpus FM
 Cyprus Mail: "Christodoulides held telephone conversations with: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov; Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry; United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan; Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi; and Josep Borrell, the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

The maritime deal ends Turkey’s isolation in the East Mediterranean as it ramps up offshore energy exploration that has alarmed Greece and some other neighbours. The military deal would preserve its lone ally in the region, Tripoli."

“ends Turkey’s isolation in the Eastern Mediterranean” What parties were seeking to isolate Turkey and why?

“The military deal would preserve its lone ally in the region, Tripoli.” Isn’t the  government in Tripoli  the officially recognized/ UN sanctioned government of Libya? It is and yet... it’s get the pariah treatment. That’s odd isn’t it?

Cyrprus Mail: "Meanwhile on January 2 Cyprus, Greece, and Israel are to sign an agreement for the construction of the EastMed pipeline, seen as a response to the Turkey-Libya maritime deal.
The $7-9 billion pipeline would have to cross the planned Turkey-Libya economic zone."  
Meanwhile.... Damascus Signs Contract to Develop Offshore Oil Wells With Russian Firms

This recent development is interesting since Damascus/Syria (Turkey and Lebanon)  had been entirely shut out of the eastern med by Israel, Greece, Cyprus and Egypt and the US/UK- despite having a stake in the resources of the Mediterranean- Look again at the map. Syria's coastline runs between Turkey and Lebanon's coast.

"Syrian Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Ali Ghanem said that the country has signed contracts with two Russian companies to jointly develop two blocks of Syria’s offshore oilfields. The contracts still have to be ratified before the drilling can commence in the future.

The two countries also negotiated to jointly create an oil and geological centre as part of an energy roadmap for Syria, the minister added. The Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas will be the key partner in the project on Moscow's side."

This is getting very long, so, I’ll sum it up by stating or actually restating... the situation in and around the Mediterranean is complex and competitive. This is not a simple case of “bad Turkey” or “bad Libya” as is very commonly presented in the 5 eyes main stream and alternative media. That angle is a carefully crafted, pro empire bias that only serves to manipulate your understanding of what is happening in the region. Much in the way of resource profit and control is at stake. Countries can survive or be further weakened depending on the outcome of this situation.  And you and I can be duped dupes or we can take the time to understand the nexus of interests as they converge and diverge in this area.

Monday, December 30, 2019

Pt. 1: Meddling Outsiders and Antagonistic/Conflicting Neighbours Around the Mediterranean Sea

We’ve long talked here about the remake the region (MENA) the one that’s been occurring since 2003 and the invasion of Iraq, but, one can go even further back to the invasion of Afghanistan. Generally when this topic is written about here the ‘03 date is used as the start date of the ‘birth pangs of the new middle east”

The Mediterranean Sea, as mentioned, is currently the sea at the center of much conflict and competition. No different from it's past.

“Currently the Mediterranean is bordered by 19 separate countries, including two sovereign islands (Cyprus and Malta) as well as Gaza and British territories (in Cyprus and Gibraltar). In another sign of a crossroads: although the Mediterranean comes under the U.S. European Command, it is bordered by countries in CENTCOM (U.S. Central Command) and U.S. Africa Command”
Part of the remake the region agenda includes the creation of a Usrael proxy terror  state, Rojova, which necessitates the theft of and further ethnic cleansing of still more Syrian territory in order to connect Rojova to this, vital for it's survival, waterway.  The sea in the centre of the world. The sea that connects three continents.   
There have been previous reports here discussing massive resources the conflicting neighbours and outsiders are attempting to take control of. The resources in the Mediterranean are a large, no they are a huge factor in the Israeli/Palestine ‘conflict’ We'll look at that fact , albeit briefly. As we also consider reports in the 5 eyes alt and msm painting Turkey as the ‘bad guy’ or sole problem in the region. Is that realistic? No way in hell.

Turkey has legitimate interests in the Mediterranean, since they border that sea... with an expansive coastline. To say they have no interests only serves the US/Israel and EU/NATO nations that have been and continue to do their most dastardly deeds in order to reshape the region into something more suitable to their interests and their interests alone.This reshape excludes Turkey in it’s present day form, Syria (until they can get Rojova to the Med) Lebanon, Russia which needs the Mediterranean as a warm water port and Iran. Those that are massaging perception in an empire friendly way have to be serving that remake agenda. There is simply no other reason for the nonsense I see being passed off as “analysis” about the happenings around the Mediterranean.

See: MoA targeting Turkey for the Empire (and not for the first time either!) 

Gas Heats the Eastern Mediterranean
Competition for security and energy is at the center of recent developments in the Eastern Mediterranean.

 Egypt and Israel, once the standard-bearers of the Israel-Arab conflict, have established a broad and cooperative energy and security relationship centering around the mutually beneficial exploitation and transport of commercially significant quantities of offshore natural gas.
Hmm, did that news get much coverage? Just wondering? At the time that report was published here my observation went like this..
Egypt and Israel's buddying up explains why dictator el Sisi get's a free pass in the media. And is promoted (as anti Islamist) by disinfo agents on line
“Turkey and Lebanon are notably absent from this new club. “
 Oh, gee that’s so “odd” Turkey and Lebanon absent from this new club despite having coastline in the Mediterranean.

See map here- The Mediterranean: "The Sea in the Middle of the Earth" Still Geostrategically Vital  Turkey and Lebanon as well as Syria all have coastlines on the Mediterranean.

 March 2017: Greece/Cyprus Provocation as Pretext to Renounce Turkey ?
Moreover, Italy, Greece, Greek Cypriot and Israel had already agreed on the construction of a gas pipeline from newly discovered fields. The project — dubbed “East-Med” — will cost some $6 billion. An over 2,000-kilometer-long (1,243-mile-long) pipeline will channel offshore reserves in the Levantine basin to Greece and Italy.

The East-Med project could be interpreted as an effort to form a regional alliance between Greek Cypriot and Greece to confront Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean.

Confronting Turkey? But Turkey is a NATO ally? Whaaat????

It’s been stated very clearly here and for some time now that NATO no longer sees Turkey as an ally- Since the 5/6 eyes  have other plans.. Remaking the region plans with the intent to weaken Turkey, substantially. Making Turkey an easily controllable piece in the great game. At this time Turkey’s leadership is not going along to get along. Turkey’s leadership has been acting in the interests of Turkey. Not in the interests of the US. Israel. NATO. And the displeasure has long been obvious.

Heralding the Rise of Russia- Arevordi has a great new piece. I’m working on reading it, but, do wish to include a bit of his opening paragraphs here. Arevordi's piece covers the Armenian genocide issue- but he understands that Usrael has a problem with Turkey at this time. And it's the leadership.
 And the very obvious Usrael problem with Turkey is why I’m highly suspicious of those writing obfuscating diatribes regarding Turkey and the situation in the Mediterranean sea and region. 
“ I want to again remind the reader that the Anglo-American-Jewish problem is exclusively with Turkey's belligerent Recep Tayyip Erdogan and NOT with the country of Turkey itself”
 Mediterranean Resources and the Israeli Palestine Conflict

2009 more then 10 years ago: aha ! Palestinian natural gas coveted by Israel  in the Israeli/Gaza conflict (Lebanon covered here as well)

Gaza is a small strip of land on the Mediterranean Sea. Its territorial waters extend to about 35km off the coast. In 1999, the oil firm BG International discovered a huge deposit of natural gas 32km from the Gaza coast. The Gaza Marine gas field contains 1.2 trillion cubic feet of gas valued at over $4 billion.   

 Hamas won the elections to the Palestinian Legislative Council in 2006. This sparked off a bitter power struggle between Hamas and the pro-west Fatah. Ultimately, the Palestinian Authority split in 2007, with Hamas taking control of Gaza and Fatah taking control of West Bank. One of the first things that Hamas did after getting elected was to declare that the natural gas deal would have to be renegotiated.

Then began the Israeli blockade of Gaza......
Pretty sure there are other reports here covering the Israeli Palestine aspect, but, you can easily find more should you be so inclined.

From 2011: An Israeli Natural Gas Pipeline to Greece

“ Israel is considering a plan to build an underwater natural gas pipeline to Europe as a way to transport gas being drilled from offshore wells in the eastern Mediterranean. The plan, as reported August 30 in Globes, involves a pipeline that will run from the Tamar and Dalit gas fields, located off Israel’s northern coastline, and along the seabed to Greece.

    Israel’s northern neighbor, Lebanon, is challenging Israel’s claim of ownership in these gas fields and has brought the issue to the attention of the UN General Assembly.”

2017: Israel Turkey Pipeline Hangs on Cyprus (this agreement failed)
“Although Turkey constitutes Israel’s most commercially viable natural gas market, a failure in Geneva would lead Israel and the Republic of Cyprus government in south Cyprus, which controls the Aphrodite offshore gas field, to look for alternative ways to export natural gas to Europe. Both countries desperately need to secure a stable export market in order to finance the development of their gas industries. In this circumstance, Russia would have a strong strategic interest to incentivize Israel and the government in south Cyprus to export gas via Egypt in order to gain greater influence over non-Russian supply sources and routes to the EU natural gas market”
Again from 2017:
In sum — and in comparison to 2017 — one will witness more eventful scenes in the eastern Mediterranean in 2018. The only actor that could mediate between Ankara and Nicosia is not Washington but Moscow, the new shining star of the Middle East.
 As has already been stated this is a complex and competitive situation. And the Mediterranean has certainly become more eventful.  With multiple players on different sides having diverging interests. BUT, the US and Israel are doing their best to unify or rally servile nations and mindless automatons against Turkey, Libya, Iran, Russia, China and Lebanon in order to reshape the region in a manner that suits their interests. 

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Pt. 2: Meddling Outsiders and Antagonistic/Conflicting Neighbours Around the Mediterranean Sea

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Canada to Join NATO's Cyber Defence Research Center

The headline says "defence", but, ATTACKING will be involved. Oh, yes, it will be! 
Be sure to check out OPENCANADA.ORG. It is the stand alone publication produced by the Centre for International Governance Innovation. An alleged human rights loving, NGO championed by the likes of Chyrstia Freeland- it's very globalist.
 OpenCanada is now a stand-alone publication, produced by the Centre for International Governance Innovation.

On November 28 in Tallinn, Estonia, Canadian Governor General Julie Payette visited the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE), which Canada is in the process of joining. Canada is among the last NATO countries to become a member of the 11-year-old defence hub, after years of delays both bureaucratic and logistical.
Better late than never; this is a welcome and beneficial move for Canada, and one that should be finalized in the coming months. But Canadian defence and foreign policy must further advance alongside our allies to keep pace with global cyber threats.
That cyberspace is vulnerable to malicious activity — including by states — is generally understood today. Estonia learned this earlier, and more painfully, than most nations. It has the unenviable distinction of suffering from the world’s first-ever politically motivated cyberattacks against an entire state. This occurred for three weeks in spring 2007 when, during a time of heightened political tension with Russia, coordinated cyberattacks targeted Estonian government, banking and media sites, as well as specific routers and servers. In their aftermath, the Tallinn-based CCDCOE was born, and it remains one of the most promising dividends from Estonia’s 2007 experience with cyber conflict.
The CCDCOE is a military think-tank that leads the world in crafting cyber defence solutions through multinational and interdisciplinary analyses of cyber conflict issues. It is not directly within NATO’s military command structure and neither launches, nor defends against, cyberattacks. The centre and its international team include parties from 25 states (22 NATO nations and three NATO-allied contributing participants). Eight more are lined up to join in addition to Canada, including NATO partner states Australia, Japan and South Korea. CCDCOE staff conduct research, training and exercises within four areas of cybersecurity: technology, strategy, operations and law. Further to regular research, training programs and exercises, the CCDCOE is the custodian of several world-class flagship projects. Perhaps most well-known is the Tallinn Manual process, a non-binding and academic study on how international law applies to cyber conflicts. Continuously developed by the CCDCOE with input from nearly 50 states, including Canada, it represents one of the most authoritative and comprehensive international instruments of its kind. Another flagship project, Locked Shields, is organized annually by the CCDCOE and constitutes the world’s largest and most complex cyber defence exercise. In 2014, Canada donated $1 million to help develop Locked Shields and, upon joining the CCDCOE, will be able to officially participate in it, too. -content">
“This is an opportunity to simultaneously train up staff while building lasting multinational bonds.”

Moreover, with CCDCOE membership Canada will be able to play a more active role in developing NATO cyber doctrine, rather than just receiving it. Membership gives Canada access to a unique multilateral forum wherein joint challenges can be worked out collaboratively. Researchers, lawyers and computer engineers from different countries team up to better understand and defend against various threats in cyberspace. This can include writing joint reports, analyzing new legal challenges, building training programs and assessing new technologies and potential vulnerabilities therein. Such a forum fosters trust and brings us closer to our allies.

Membership will also grant Canadians access to research, exercises and training programs. These can help build Canadian cyber capacity, for example, through programs designed to familiarize decision-makers within defence, strategy, law and policymaking with the challenges and nuances of digital technology and cyber conflict.
Formal membership comes with some short-term costs. In addition to funding, the government will have to send an expert or two at a time to the CCDCOE, during a period when the government’s cybersecurity talent is in great demand but scarce supply. But after a few years’ tenure at the CCDCOE, this talent will return to Canada with deepened knowledge and unique international experience: this is an opportunity to simultaneously train up staff while building lasting multinational bonds.

Canadian involvement in other NATO cybersecurity efforts has yet to be made clear. Informed by CCDCOE research, NATO is developing its cyber operational doctrine and has opened its Cyberspace Operations Centre in Belgium — though this centre is only slated to be fully operational by 2023. Nine NATO allies — including the United States, the United Kingdom and even Estonia, but not yet Canada — have officially offered NATO their cyber capabilities in the event a military cyber operation is needed in response to an attack.

Updated Canadian approaches to cyber activities suggest we could offer our capabilities too. In 2017, Canada’s military announced in its defence strategy that it would “assume a more assertive posture in the cyber domain by conducting active cyber operations against potential adversaries in the context of government-authorized military missions.” This June saw the passing of Bill C-59, which empowers Canada’s signals intelligence agency, the Communications Security Establishment, to also conduct “active cyber operations.” (“Active” is a common, but unnecessary, euphemism for the word “offensive.”)
Unnecessary euphemism?

New powers bring new questions. Robust rules and joint strategies are required to face challenges in an increasingly militarized cyberspace. Rather than showing up late to the party, as with the CCDCOE, Canada should be at the centre of joint efforts to uphold a free and open internet, and a stable and secure cyberspace in which international law is respected and human rights are protected. Canadian democracy and prosperity rely on such freedom and stability; unreliable US commitment to multilateralism makes Canadian leadership more meaningful now than ever.

Joining the CCDCOE will be one step in the right direction — but Canada must keep moving. Canada could outline its position on how international law applies vis-à-vis cyber conflict, as many of its allies — including Estonia yet again — have done. Both this and an international strategy for cyberspace, which Canada also lacks, would provide important signalling for allies and adversaries alike. Following its allies in this regard could also support the priorities of the new Trudeau cabinet, such as to “advance international efforts to ban the development and use of fully autonomous weapons systems,” as outlined in the recently-unveiled foreign minister’s mandate letter.

Cybersecurity challenges and threats will not abate anytime soon, and these challenges require multilateral and global solutions. Close collaboration with our friends is the surest way forward.


Friday, December 27, 2019

The Mediterranean: "The Sea in the Middle of the Earth" Still Geostrategically Vital

Two related posts regarding the situation in the Mediterranean are now published they cover or touch on Israel, Gaza, Turkey, Libya, Syria and more at this present time.

The piece below gives us some very good background on the importance of and desire to control the Mediterranean. Have to do with the FACT it is bordered by three continents.  
 Yes, three continents converge on the shores of the Sea in the Middle of the Earth. AND it is resource rich- ripe for exploration.
 Making it a strategically important waterway. If you want to have a basic grasp, historically speaking, which sheds light on the present day jockeying for position in and around the Mediterranean- read below:

Hoover Institute
The Mediterranean Sea is today, as it has always been, a crossroads. The name itself testifies to that, as it means “the sea in the middle of the earth,” a Latin term reflecting an earlier Greek belief. We know better, or do we? From Syria to Libya and on the high seas, and with outside players including China, Iran, Russia, and the United States, the Mediterranean has re-emerged of late as a cockpit of conflict.
In an era of renewed Great Power competition, with a contrast between prosperity to the north and instability and poverty to the south and east, with revisionist powers present and with a clash of ideologies (Western secularism versus radical Islam) in the mix, the Mediterranean’s recent prominence is not surprising. The region was rarely completely at peace in the last century. Indeed, the Mediterranean is only returning to a role it has often played before, and for good reason. The Mediterranean is both a fault line of cultures in conflict and a geostrategic chokepoint.
Three continents meet around the Mediterranean: Africa, Asia, and Europe. Nowhere else on earth are three continents in such close proximity. Furthermore, the Mediterranean offers access to the Atlantic Ocean in the West and the Black Sea in the East, each through narrow waterways.
In the West lies the Strait of Gibraltar between Europe and Africa, while in the East the Hellespont, the Sea of Marmara, and the Bosporus separate Europe and Asia by the thinnest of margins. Ever since the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869, the Mediterranean has also been connected to the Indian Ocean via the Red Sea. Even in ancient times, a series of small canals connected the Nile River—and, thereby, the Mediterranean—to the Red Sea, but they were in no way as efficient or as navigable as the Suez Canal.
In historical terms, the Mediterranean has often been the crucible of conflict between East and West. Think, for example, of the battles of Salamis between Greeks and Persians in 480 BC or Cannae between Rome and Carthage in 216 BC or Lepanto between the Ottoman Turks and a Christian alliance in 1571. Since the Middle Ages the Mediterranean has represented an often-shifting border between two great conquering religions, each with a claim to universality, Christianity and Islam.
The Mediterranean is an enclosed sea, about 2.5 million square kilometers in area. Warm and relatively tideless, it is generally navigable, although not without some challenging winds and currents. The ancients avoided sailing the Mediterranean in the winter. Yet they knew that it served as a highway, as a medium of exchange and a path of invasion. Plato’s Socrates put the Mediterranean’s centrality succinctly when he said: “We live around the sea like frogs around a pond” (Plato, Phaedo 109B).
The Romans called the Mediterranean mare nostrum, “our sea,” and with good reason. They were the first people in recorded history to unify the Mediterranean and to govern all the lands surrounding it. The Romans all but wiped out piracy. Under their rule, there was no major naval battle on the Mediterranean between the Battle of Actium in 31 BC and the Battle of Cape Bon in 468, with the exception of the Battle of the Hellespont in 324, for 350 to 500 years of peace.
Not only were the Romans the first people to unify the Mediterranean, they were the last. No other empire or hegemon has done the same since, although various powers, from the Arabs to NATO, have predominated in one period or another. That is surely a sign both of the competitors in the Mediterranean and of the challenge facing any one state to defeat all others in the region.
Historically, the Mediterranean has been a crossroads, and it remains so today. Currently the Mediterranean is bordered by 19 separate countries, including two sovereign islands (Cyprus and Malta) as well as Gaza and British territories (in Cyprus and Gibraltar). In another sign of a crossroads: although the Mediterranean comes under the U.S. European Command, it is bordered by countries in CENTCOM (U.S. Central Command) and U.S. Africa Command.
Trade has always been a part of Mediterranean life, from the so-called thalassocracy or “sea domination” of Bronze-Age Minoan Crete, to the reflections of ancient trading patterns in Homer’s Odyssey (the Mycenaean Greeks traded in Sicily and Southern Italy), to the grain fleet that sailed from Egypt to feed imperial Rome, to the Arab, Italian, and Jewish merchants of the Middle Ages, to today’s European Union, in which the states of the southern rim live in very uneasy economic coexistence with the rich northern states like France (itself partly Mediterranean) and Germany. The flip side of trading is piracy and raiding, a recurring phenomenon in the region from the Sea Peoples who threatened empires at the end of the Bronze Age, to the Barbary Pirates of the nineteenth century. For a time in the early twenty-first century, piracy was a problem off the Horn of Africa, threatening shipping that had come through the Suez Canal. An international task force has, in recent years, successfully suppressed the threat.
But there are other, less violent challenges to the economy. The economic success and political stability of the European Union, particularly in northern Europe, make it a migrant magnet. In 2015, a very busy year for migration, over one million arrived in Europe by sea. Others came via the land route. That year Germany alone accepted nearly a million migrants, mostly from Syria. The ensuing political controversy continues to shape German (and European) politics. But migration is nothing new in the Mediterranean. The Late Antique and medieval periods, for example, saw various Germanic, Slavic, and Turkic peoples—some refugees, some conquerors—move into Mediterranean realms.
Since 1945, decolonization—the retreat of empire—has been a major theme of Mediterranean history. Colonization and conquest, however, have been more common motifs in the region over the millennia, beginning with Iron-Age Greek and Phoenician colonies from the Black Sea to Spain’s Atlantic Coast. Then there were the great, conquering empires. Macedon (and its successor states), Carthage, and Rome all carved out territorial empires within the Mediterranean and, in the case of Macedon and Rome, for example, beyond it.
Some of the most impressive Mediterranean conquests, however, were made by outside invaders. In ancient times Assyria and Persia (both in the Achaemenid and Sasanian periods) expanded from southwestern Asia into the Levant and Egypt. In Late Antiquity Germanic peoples, most notably Goths and Vandals, crossed the Rhine and Danube, invaded the Roman Empire, and conquered such Mediterranean lands as Spain, Italy, and North Africa. In the Middle Ages the Arabs advanced from Arabia to conquer the Levant, North Africa, Spain, and Sicily, long governed parts of southern Italy and France, continually attacked Corsica and Sardinia, and even raided the Vatican. In modern times, Italy and France each acquired imperial positions in North Africa and in the Aegean and the Levant.
Hegemonic rather than territorial empires also have played a key role in Mediterranean history, as is only appropriate for a sea. Various states have sought bases to promote maritime trade and project naval power rather than lands to settle. In antiquity there was Athens; in the Middle Ages, Genoa and Venice; in more recent times, Britain’s Royal Navy and the United States and its NATO allies have each dominated the Mediterranean Sea, but not without challenges. In the World Wars, Germany and Italy competed with the Allies for control of the sea. Russia, which has long had Mediterranean ambitions, continues today to project power in the region, most notably in Syria, where it has both an air base and a naval facility. China has recently become a major investor in such places as Greece, Israel, Italy, and Turkey.
Iran represents a different kind of hegemonic power in today’s Mediterranean, working primarily through land forces and aviation rather than by sea. Iran has a strong presence in Syria and Lebanon, over a land bridge through Iraq. Its arc of influence extends eastward to Yemen, and further east into Central Asia. This marks the greatest extent of Iranian power since the Early Byzantine era.
And then there is Turkey. The Mediterranean is NATO’s southern flank and, in Turkey, it also includes NATO’s largest Old-World army. And Turkey is a restless ally under Recep Tayyip Erdogan, full of neo-Ottoman ambitions and eager to expand its influence. Turkey has proven a ripe target for the equally revisionist and immensely shrewd Vladimir Putin, who has successfully revived Russian power. Russia’s sale of its S-400 air defense missile system has put a dent in NATO’s armor, adding to U.S.-Turkish tensions involving the Kurds and Syria. The upshot advances Putin’s ambitions.
While northern and western Europe have been largely spared war since 1945 (with Ukraine a recent exception), the Mediterranean has suffered. Traveling around the basin clockwise, and staying relatively close to the sea, we have: the Yugoslav Wars, the Greek Civil War, the invasion of Cyprus, the Syrian Civil War, the Lebanese Civil War, the various Arab-Israeli wars, the Libyan Civil Wars, the Algerian War of Independence, and the Algerian Civil War.
In ancient times underground resources sometimes proved to be of strategic significance. Athens, for instance, financed the fleet that defeated the Persian Invasion of 480-479 B.C. with silver discovered in the mines south of the city. Carthage paid for Hannibal’s mercenaries with silver from the mines that it had conquered in Iberia.
More recently, large amounts of oil and gas have been discovered in the Eastern Mediterranean. Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, and Israel have established cooperation agreements, but other countries are trying to gain influence over these resources. China, Iran, Russia, and Turkey all want a share, and at least some have launched challenges for control.
The author appears unaware or is most probably being misleading by lumping in Turkey, Russia, China and Iran together presenting as "outsiders" who want a share of resources. Turkey is on the Mediterranean. (It's like reading MoA- misleading)

In one regard, the Mediterranean might become less important, and that has to do with its role as a transportation hub. Today the key to shipping between Europe and East Asia, the Suez Canal in the future might be overshadowed by alternatives. One possibility is a sea-land transport route linking western Europe and South Asia and involving India, Iran, and Russia. Another is an Arctic Ocean shipping route, which may become commercially feasible because of global warming and ice melt. That route is two weeks faster than the current itinerary between East Asia and Europe via the Suez Canal. So, if continued warning makes it feasible, it would mark a genuine change.
Yet that remains to be seen. For the foreseeable future, the Mediterranean will continue to be a restless route of commerce and conflict. Neither Athens nor Rome, Istanbul nor Jerusalem, Cairo nor Madrid might have the power they once did in ages past, but their destiny is not something that London or Berlin can safely ignore, not with Moscow, Teheran, Beijing, and Washington all taking part. The Mediterranean continues to be a central sea.
Barry Strauss teaches history and Classics at Cornell.

CRTC Fines Company Behind Orcus Malware

 I find this report, curious. It leaves me with more questions about what was going on? Who were the targets? Why three years passed from complaint to this minuscule CRTC fine? Despite the RCMP, FBI and Australian Law Enforcement being involved. 

"Canada's broadcasting agency has fined a company with 115,000 Canadian dollars (roughly 87,000 US dollars) for selling malware.
The fine was imposed by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) on Orcus Technologies, a company that sold a remote access trojan (RAT) named Orcus.
According to an investigation carried out by the CRTC, together with the help of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) cybercrime division, the company was founded in March 2016 by a Toronto-based man named John Paul Revesz (a.k.a. Ciriis McGraw, Armada, Angelis, among other aliases) and a German man named Vincent Leo Griebel (a.k.a. Sorzus).
Griebel developed the malware, and Revesz provided marketing, sales, and support for the software.
Online, the duo claimed to provide a Remote Administration Tool, similar to TeamViewer and other remote management apps.
"Evidence obtained in the course of the investigation allowed the Chief Compliance and Enforcement Officer (CCEO) to conclude that the Orcus RAT was not the typical administration tool Griebel and Revesz claimed, but was, in fact, a Remote Access Trojan (RAT), a known type of malware," the CRTC said last week.
The CRTC said the duo sold and aided malicious actors to install the Orcus RAT without consent on other people's computers.
Furthermore, the duo also ran a Dynamic Domain Name Server (DDNS) service that helped the malware to communicate with infected hosts without revealing the hacker's real IP address.

Criminal investigation also underway

The CRTC fine is just one part of the investigation currently underway in Canada, and most likely the least severe. The RCMP filed criminal charges against Revesz last month, in November.
The RCMP said they started an investigation and have been tracking Orcus Technologies since July 2016, when the Orcus RAT started popping up on the radar of cyber-security experts.
This reporter was the first to publish an article about the malware in July 2016, when the Orcus team began advertising the malware on a hacking forum, and Orcus began being distributed via malspam (malicious email spam) campaigns.
Following the article, Revesz defended the Orcus RAT on Twitter, claiming his tool was a mere remote management app, contrary to all the available evidence.
Revesz's absurd arguments, the use of a pseudonym (Armada), a penchant for advertising on hacking forums, and a lackadaisical approach to dealing with abuse reports didn't win him any fans or leniency in the cyber-security industry.
As a result of these Twitter feuds, several cyber-security experts and companies filed complaints with Canadian authorities. Revesz also didn't get to keep his anonymity. Ten days later, investigative reporter Brian Krebs tracked down Armada (Revesz) and revealed his real name and location to the broader world.
A report from cyber-security firm Palo Alto Networks followed a month later, with a conclusion firmly classifying Orcus as malware, rather than a legitimate app, putting an end to Revesz's arguments for a legitimate business. We cite:
"The individuals behind Orcus are selling the RAT by advertising it as a 'Remote Administration Tool' under a supposedly registered business and claiming that this tool is only designed for legitimate business use. However, looking at the feature capabilities, architecture of the tool, and the publishing and selling of the tool in hacker forums, it is clear that Orcus is a malicious tool, and that its target customer is cyber criminals."
The 2016 complaints against Orcus Technologies, and its tool, resulted in the RCMP opening an investigation. The CRTC, the FBI, and Australia's Federal Police joined in the following years."
3 years passes before the execute a search warrant? In Canada and Australia?
"In March 2019, the RCMP executed a warrant at Rivesz's residence, while Australian police executed separate warrants across Australia, supposedly targeting Orcus RAT buyers.
 In an NoV [Notice of Violation], the CRTC said that they've "obtained a list of Orcus RAT purchasers based in Canada and abroad," which they and other investigators plan to pursue further.
While Revesz and his German co-conspirator created the Orcus RAT, the malware's buyers are just as guilty as the two, they being the ones who actually infected victims.
Across the years, cyber-security firms have reported seeing Orcus deployed on the networks of large companies, to aid with data theft, or against regular users, as a form of spyware and stalkerware.
Being a RAT, Orcus provided full access and control over an infected host. Features included:
  • Gaining administrative privileges;
  • Recording keystrokes;
  • Extracting passwords from other apps;
  • Activating the webcam and microphone without notification;
  • Installing other apps;
  • Hiding the malware's presence on a system, and more."

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Pro War "Left" and Usrael's Kurds in Syria

And yes there is a pro war "left" out there.. they are the writers who gloss over the FACT that Syria's being chopped up and push the idea that north eastern Syria belongs to some group of alleged 'egalitarian' democratic persons... Who stand for nothing but peace, love and understanding making all this death and destruction 'a good thing'.  They are the sites/authors that advance the cause of "greater Kurdistan" or write about Rojova as if it exists, while never asking if it actually does? Or should? Or, what was the cost for it's creation? Who really desired this creation? Was it the myriad of always in conflict 'kurds' that wanted a state? Was it other parties that desired this state be created? Championing a 'cause' to give cover to an agenda.  That's the pro war left. 

Years back it was written here, since it's plainly observable,  that the narrative being used to create Greater Kurdistan is nearly the  EXACT narrative that was authored to create Israel.

Dissident Voice, Just the relevant parts:

Since there is NO betrayal of the Usrael Kurds in Syria. None. That rubbish is excluded.That's a completely bogus narrative. Anyone pushing this fabrication is merely pushing another flavour of  imperialist propaganda. Fact is the US is occupying, arming and aiding the Usrael Kurds as they rebuild the stolen territory with Syria's stolen resources. Despite the obvious problems with the "dissident voice" piece there is still some good information to be gleaned from it. That information is featured below.

"Why would the U.S. risk losing its geo-strategic alliance with Turkey? To put it simply, it’s ‘special relationship’ with Israel took greater precedent. Any way you slice it, Washington’s foray into the region has been as much about Zionism as imperialism and its backing of the Kurds is no exception. Despite the blowback, the invasion of Iraq and destruction of Libya took two enormous sources of support for the Palestinian resistance off the chessboard. It may have strengthened Iran in the process, but that is all the more reason for the U.S. to sell a regime change attempt in Tehran in the future.
One of the main reasons for the Kurds joining the SDF so willingly has the same explanation as to why Washington was prepared to put its relationship with Ankara in jeopardy by supporting them: Israel. The cozy relationship between the Zionist state and the various Kurdish groups centered at the intersection of Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria goes back as far as the 1960s, as Jerusalem has consistently used them to undermine its enemies.
It is not by chance that their respective interests overlap to a near tee, between the founding of a Kurdish protectorate and the Zionist plan for a ‘Greater Israel’ in the Middle East which includes a balkanization of Syria. Mossad has openly provided the Kurds with training and they have learned much in the ways of the ethnic cleansing of Arabs from the Jewish state in order to carve out a Syrian Kurdistan."
 Indeed. And that's been covered here repeatedly. The ethnic cleansing of Syrians carried out by Usrael's Kurds...

"The YPG’s makeover as the SDF was done at the behest of the U.S. but this did nothing to diminish the objections of Ankara (or many ‘leftists’ from supporting them), who insisted the YPG was already an extension and rebranding of the PKK, a group Washington itself designates as a terrorist 
The ties between the YPG and the PKK are undeniable, as both groups follow jailed leader Abdullah Öcalan’s teachings which merge Kurdish nationalism with the theories of ‘democratic confederalism’ from the influential Jewish-American anarchist philosopher, Murray Bookchin"
And yet so many deny the obvious, in plain sight, ties between the two groups. Effectively they are the same. This is or should be widely known by now. Yet, it isn't. Another important fact that's been obfuscated by the pro war left. 

"Not coincidentally, the Western anarchist icon (Bookchin) was also an avowed Zionist who often defended Israel’s war crimes and genocide of Palestinians while demonizing its Arab state opponents as the aggressors, including Syria. Scratch an anarchist and a neo-conservative will bleed, every time."
Bookchin has been mentioned here previously. Not a shocker that he was an Israel firster.

"Many on the pseudo-left who have pledged solidarity with the Kurds have attempted to base their reasoning on a historically inaccurate analogy comparing the Syrian conflict with the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s. You would think ISIS would be the obvious first choice for the fascists in the Syrian war, but journalist Robert Mackey of popular “progressive” news site The Intercept even tried to cast the Syrian government as Francisco Franco’s Nationalists in an article comparing the 1937 bombing of Guernica by the Condor Legion to the 2018 chemical attack in Douma which remains in dispute regarding its perpetrator"

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Merry Christmas Everybody!

Hope everyone enjoys some good time with family and friends. 
And yes, there will be new posts in short order!
We had dinner and company this past week end and will be eating another big meal tomorrow, but, I'm not cookin'!  Yahoo!

To all the readers, commenters and other  truth bloggers - I wish the best for you all. 
PS: Give life to those that have passed, by keeping their memories alive this Christmas. It does warm the heart quite a bit.  A little sad, a little happy, but good.

If you haven't read the posts below- hopefully you'll find some down time to do so.


US Drone Attack Against Syrian Oil Facilities in Homs- Reminiscent of Saudi Aramaco Strikes

First read about this strike on Sunday... but couldn’t find anything else to discern if it had actually occurred or if we’re being spoon fed some more war time propaganda. Then additional reports surfaced and yes it seems that an attack did take place. Undertaken via drones launched from Al Tanf, the US occupation/terror base in Syria. The drone attack preceded the Israeli strikes on Syria by one day. Coordination?

Early report :
"SMM: local time on the evening of the 20th, Syria's Homs province, three oil and gas facilities were attacked and caught fire at the same time, resulting in serious damage to production equipment.

The three facilities attacked were inside the Homs refinery, a gas plant south of Homs and the Alrayan gas station, the Syrian Ministry of Oil and Mineral Resources said in a statement. The Syrian Ministry of Oil and Mineral Resources has immediately sent a team to put out fire fighting and emergency repairs to the site"
The attack has been verified by Syria’s Foreign Minister:
"Drones from the US base in Al Tanf delivered a strike against the refinery in Homs area, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said on Monday at the meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
"The US, using its illegal military base in Al Tanf, sent drones to Homs and committed air strikes by them against the oil refining infrastructure. It took place four days ago," the Minister commented. "I would like to note that this occurred in winter, when we have a pressing need for oil and gas. Yesterday Israel made an attack against SAR [Syrian Arab Republic], firing a number of rockets against facilities in Damascus and the outskirts," Muallem said.                        
Syrian Foreign Minister
The Syrian oil ministry reported earlier that the attack against the refinery in Homs was made by terrorists. According to the ministry, several production units were put out of operation"

Homs refinery

 Sana: Homs Refinery still producing cooking gas despite terrorist attack

Despite being targeted by a terrorist attack on Saturday, Homs Refinery is still producing cooking gas cylinders.
Director General of Homs Refinery Company Haitham Msoker told SANA’s reporter that precautionary measures were taken as soon as the refinery was attacked and a number of units were shut down and were restarted later after controlling the fire that broke out as a result of the attack.

The drone strike in Homs brought back memories of the drone strikes at ARAMACO facilities in Saudi Arabia:
“ drones hit refineries at both Saudi sites”

“Hilal Khashan, who teaches political science at the American University of Beirut, told VOA that he suspects the drones may not have been launched from inside Yemen because the Houthis don’t have drones capable of flying as far as Saudi Arabia’s eastern province.”
The US certainly has drones capable of flying great distances... 

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Monday, December 23, 2019

MoA: Targeting Turkey for the Empire- Showing the barflies "the way" to........

 hell? .... destabilizing Turkey for the remake? Intentional or not the outcome is the same.

One of the usual suspects, long time suspect in my opinion, who has been steadily massaging perceptions with regard to Turkey was recently at at again. Turkey is and has been targeted in the remake the region agenda. That’s been long obvious to some of us. Obfuscated by too many others, including, yet again, Moon of Alabama. A brief aside- many years ago when this blog started others warned me about Moon of Alabama. I should have heeded those warnings at that time, but, get it now.

Factoid:  The "Alabama Song/Whiskey Bar" is sung by Jenny and the other prostitutes in the play.
The Alabama Song related to the character of Jenny and her fellow prostitutes and was always performed in English, even when the rest of the opera was arranged in its original German.

Well, show me the way
To the next pretty boy
Oh, don't ask why
Oh, don't ask why

Show me the way
To the next pretty boy
Oh, don't ask why
Oh, don't ask why 

What's Jenny, I mean b, singing about at the bar?

Let’s take a look at the loaded, misleading language and statements contained in MoA’s report starting with the headline, of course   The Turkish Intervention In Libya Might Lead To A War With Egypt” 

  Turkey's actions can't really be characterized as intervention in the way that word is commonly used. Like a US intervention/destabilization/covert ops  =  loaded with negative connotations.  Libya and Turkey made a trade deal, that's what they did. Characterizing there deal as an "intervention" suggests an intention, from behind the bar,  to frame the narrative in a specific manner.

As for interventions.. Egypt has been long intervening in Syria, for example, backing the SDF.  Egypt played a role in the attempt to overthrow Erdogan. That's the more common use of intervention. The fact is Egypt has been intervening in Turkish affairs, not trade deals, but covert ops.
As you read the quoted excerpts do Keep in mind that language creates the perception of reality.

b:  “The Turkish President Erdogan continues to create enemies for Turkey.”

Is that what he’s doing? I swear that sentence or one very much like it could have starred in Israeli media. Undoubtedly something very similar already has. Is Erdogan really creating enemies for Turkey as b claims? Perhaps he’s making new friends and allies? 

Yah, new friends and allies would be the right way to go when the old allies are nothing but duplicitous destabilizing /coup plotting betrayers  right?

Yet, b, opts to demonize or present negatively against Turkey. Why? Why does b gloss over the reality of erstwhile allies and choose instead to demonize Turkey's leadership?

b “ He has displeased NATO and the U.S. by installing Russian air defenses”

This is true, but, what are the reasons for this? Of course there are many!
Does b address them? No.
Is Turkey's sole reason for existing to explicitly please the US or NATO?  No.  
NATO and the US have both displeased and betrayed Turkey.  Is that considered in b's diatribe? No
Since NATO is a questionable bunch at the best of times and Turkey understands they can't be counted on... aren't new allegiances in order?

b: “Erdogan then claimed that Turkey has the sole right to economically explore the Mediterranean Sea north of the red and yellow line”

Did Erdogan make that claim? Let's check B’s reference.
The headline of the article b links to statesTurkey’s Erdoğan: Libya agreement to allow joint energy exploration in east Med” makes clear this is a Turkish/Libyan agreement- so no sole right (only/solo/lone) was claimed right to explore

Statement attributed to Erdogan:

“With this new agreement between Turkey and Libya, we can hold joint exploration operations in these exclusive economic zones that we determined. There is no problem,” Erdoğan said on Turkey’s state broadcaster TRT.

“Other international actors cannot carry out exploration operations in these areas Turkey drew (up) with this accord without getting permission. Greek Cyprus, Egypt, Greece and Israel cannot establish a gas transmission line without first getting permission from Turkey,” he said.
Libya and Turkey have this agreement, jointly, together nothing solo about it. So, why did b claim otherwise?

b “ The military part of Erdogan's deal is the real danger:”

Except there is no military deal right now. Again  from b's link

"As well as allowing Turkey to search for gas off Libya with the government’s permission, the agreements signed with Tripoli could see Turkey deploying troops in the country, Erdoğan said"
And b's other link
"The deal offers Turkish support for the establishment of a Quick Reaction Force for police and military in Libya, as well as enhanced cooperation in intelligence and in the defense industry. Following the military cooperation deal, Erdoğan said Ankara might consider sending troops to Libya if the Libyan government requested military assistance."
Another article on the deal that doesn't appear to exist presently, though it could happen/or not at some point in time.

Tripoli seeks Turkish military backing, prompting US, Egypt objection

Could see/might consider, is not a deal. It's a possibility of a deal. 
Yet b presents this as a done deal. Why? 

b:  “ Egypt will not tolerate a Muslim Brotherhood led Libya as its neighbor.”

Hilarious.  I mean laugh out loud hilarious! Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood go way back. (Link Muslim Brotherhood, Arabic al-Ikhwān al-Muslimūn, religiopolitical organization founded in 1928 at Ismailia, Egypt, by Ḥasan al-Bannāʾ) Muslim Brotherhood having it's inception in Egypt with a great deal of British assistance, of course.

 After el Sisi overthrew the elected leader of Egypt the media decided to pretend that el Sisi  was some sorta brave anti Islamist/anti brotherhood fighter. That’s laughable
It's simple perception management. As was written here way back in 2013

The coup was presented as the only option. A false paradigm for a contrived dilemma. There is always more then one way. Often there are hundreds of option. Limited only by a failure of imagination.
More of that False Paradigm:  People will pay if army fails challenge of political Islam
Either military theocratic tyranny or  run of the mill theocratic tyranny.
And dammit you will believe the media when they tell you that nothing lies between those two extremes.
b glosses over the myriad of issues in this region affecting Turkey since 2012. The fact that Greece, Cyprus. Egypt and Israel have been making deals excluding Turkey from natural resources accessible in the eastern Mediterranean. 

b:  There have already been intense spats between Cyprus, Israel and Turkey over Turkish drill ships which, accompanied by the Turkish Navy, intruded into Cyprus' exclusive economic zone.

A situation that's not as simplistic as b presents in his piece, but, does serve to frame Turkey as the hostile actor. Failing to mention the Greek role in the attempted overthrow of Erdogan. So many inconvenient facts that make b's narrative problematic The link to Forbes, providing by the singing prostitute of the whiskey bar is in the same vein as b's piece.  No different in presentation then the US/EU or Israel's narrative. However the situation in that region is complex and competitive to say the least. And blaming Turkey for it entirely is a very Usrael friendly narrative.

A couple of recent related posts

But until now, political instability has hindered its exploitation, with Israeli and Cypriot claims to overlapping gas fields contested by Lebanon and Turkey, respectively.
In 2012, Israel, Cyprus and Greece signed a deal to promote exports of their gas to the EU through an eastern Mediterranean corridor. 
   The eastern Mediterranean is expected to witness the first conflict of 2018, as developments at the end of 2017 are signaling worsening relationships between Turkey and the Greek Cypriot-Greece-Israel-Egypt bloc.
 The omission of  information enables a very one sided presentation, framing Turkey, and just Turkey in a negative light. Why? Are other parties without fault? 
Why is an alleged anti imperial /alt media site promoting the empire's agenda? Having done so many times over a number of years.  Another unsung bar song is that interference that has occurred between Egypt and Turkey is essentially yet another battle with the US. Since Egypt is the second largest beneficiary of US military largesse.

  We must also consider the interesting 'coincidence' that very much like b at Moon of Alabama, the EU and NATO and Israel are ‘negative’ on Turkey. Since Turkey has put a road block up on the regional remake plan.  Coincidental? I've not thought that for a long, long time.