Sunday, June 30, 2019

Explosions Heard in Damscus and Homs- Israeli Aircraft Reported In Lebanese Airspace


Syrian air defenses have responded to apparent missiles attacks in the vicinity of Damascus and Homs, Sana reports, with its military source claiming that a number of ‘hostile targets’ have been intercepted.
The missiles were launched from the Lebanese airspace, where Israeli aircraft were spotted making low-altitude flights around the time of the incident, according to TV-channel Al-Mayadeen and Al-Masdar News and other regional sources.


 Syrian Air Defence Respond to Rocket Attacks Near Damascus, Homs - State Media
Syrian state news agency said that Syrian air defences have shot down several missiles over Damascus amid multiple reports of loud explosions in the area.
Israeli Media is reporting the strikes and Syria's response.

Arutz Sheva
"Syrian state television reported on Sunday night that the country's air defense systems intercepted several missiles south of Damascus.
A Syrian military source said the anti-aircraft systems were activated in response to Israeli air strikes originating from Lebanese airspace.
According to the Syrian official news agency SANA, the missiles targeted the outskirts of the Syrian capital and the city of Homs.
Earlier, SANA reported that explosions were heard in the skies of the Syrian capital"

Jerusalem Post
"Loud explosions were heard in the Syrian capital of Damascus on Sunday night.
According to local reports Syrian air defenses engaged “enemy missiles” targeting the al-Mezzeh airbase.

The airbase is home to the headquarters of the notorious air force intelligence service and its prison. It has been hit by several alleged Israeli airstrikes in the past.
Other reports of explosions in Homs and the Jamraya scientific research institute, west of Damascus."

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Environmentalism as Totalitarianism


Environmentalism as Totalitarianism

  That’s a provocative title, isn’t it? Since I consider myself an environmentalist it seemed an extreme position to take. But, the article, linked below, is not talking about my kind of environmentalism. The environmentalism that includes human kind.
  This article is talking about the extreme elitist type of environmentalism. One that does not include humans as part of the environment. Though we actually are part and parcel of the environment and the planet as a whole. If one truly understood what it is we are made of.

Before we get to the article, we’re going to first understand the definition of totalitarianism. Once we do it will be clear to us that yes, indeed, the elitist environmentalism pushed by the satanic carbon cult is TOTALITARIAN in it’s scope and breadth ( Link  As nouns the difference between scope and breadth is that scope is the breadth, depth or reach of a subject; a domain while breadth is the extent or measure of how broad or wide something is. )
Totalitarian/ism defined:
 -Totalitarianism is characterized by strong central rule that attempts to control and direct all aspects of individual life through coercion and repression.
- Under totalitarian rule, traditional social institutions and organizations are discouraged and suppressed.  
- Old religious and social ties (families) are supplanted by artificial ties to the state and its ideology 
- Thus, the social fabric is weakened and people become more amenable to absorption into a single, unified movement.  
- Large-scale organized violence becomes permissible and sometimes necessary under totalitarian rule, justified by the overriding commitment to the state ideology and pursuit of the state’s goal (ANTIFA, anybody?)
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Contributed by Drieu Godefridi © 2019
The authors’ book of the same title
"I see three motives that make it necessary to classify environmentalism among totalitarian ideologies in the strict sense.

The first is that environmentalism does not make any secret of its will to control the entirety of human action. Indeed, the environmentalism claims to control each of the human activities emitting CO2. However, there is no human gesture, as tiny as it is – the simple act of breathing – which is not emitting CO2. Therefore, environmentalism claims to control the entirety of human action.

The academic literature leaves no more doubt on this subject than the innumerable media variations. So man must give up the plane because it emits CO2. The car is one of the misdeeds of the past, because the automobile emits CO2, directly in the case of “ICE -Internal Combustion Engine” vehicles, indirectly when it comes to electric vehicles. Man must give up tourism, pleasure travel, traveling without rhyme or motive – or even with just cause. We must of course give up meat consumption because cattle farming emits CO2. “Veganism”, formerly the privilege of a tiny minority, is now a “scientific” obligation. Even the fact of having children should be hindered: because a child is the worst source of CO2 that can be conceived.
Not only do environmentalists claim total control of human action, but they are proud of this claim."
Reread the definition of totalitarianism

"Two, a totalitarian ideology is defined by the objectification of an enemy; an element within the social body that must be confined, or even eradicated, to allow the advent of the final stage of human society when the class barriers that had stratified nations for thousands of years would dissolve, or the racially pure socialist society
The objectification of the enemy. Which in the case of the extremist, elitist environmentalist is  nearly all of mankind. All "unworthy" non elite human beings. And that is very clear in all the information/ literature" Which is why I call it a death cult. Which is why the brainwashed freaks in the extinction rebellion have “die ins” Seriously, it’s that in your face.

Third: The enemy is all of us.
 All contemporary ecological theory is defined by its rejection, its detestation, its execration of the human CO2, thus in the last analysis of man. The enemy of environmentalism is in all of us; it resides in this substance which transcends any consideration of class, race or culture: our very humanity. The enemy of the environmentalist is the man and the imagined “Garden of Eden-Earth” of the environmentalist would have been peeled of the human crust.

It would obviously be foolish to blame the environmentalists for the slightest crime; they have reached power nowhere. Green parties are around 10 per cent in the countries where they do best, and in the European Parliament.

But their project and objectives are undoubtedly clear: it is about reducing humanity to a tiny fraction of what it is. Such was the recommendation of Hans Jonas, probably the most influential ecologist theorist of the twentieth century, such is today the recommendation of most intellectuals and environmental activists, consistent with their theoretical axioms. Get rid of nine-tenths of humanity ... How? This is an aspect of the program on which the ideologues remain the most discreet. Not all. Paul Ehrlich, probably the most read American ecologist since the sixties, author of “The Population Bomb ”  – the environmentalists did not talk about CO2 then, only overpopulation – advocated the sterilisation of the people who reproduce “like rabbits” (sic), a racist and contemptuous expression that targeted Indians and Pakistanis. If massive vasectomy is not enough, Dr. Ehrlich continued, then sterilizing substances must be poured into the drinking water

Environmentalism is a totalitarian ideology in the strict sense, more radical in its homicidal claims than any of its predecessors.

 I can't disagree with that conclusion.

Friday, June 28, 2019

U.S. tells Europe: It’s us or Iran

MANAMA, Bahrain — The U.S. special representative for Iran said Friday that Europe has a choice: Do business with the United States, or do business with Iran.

The comments by Brian Hook came as European countries made a last-ditch effort to prevent Iran from breaching the terms of a 2015 nuclear deal, a move that could add to soaring tensions in the Persian Gulf.
Bahrain Recalls Envoy to Iraq Over Protest at Embassy 
I won't assume that was a spontaneous protest. Maybe? Maybe not?
 "The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain condemns the attack on the Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the Republic of Iraq by the demonstrators (which) led to sabotage in the embassy building," said a statement on the ministry's website.
The government of Bahrain said it had "decided to recall its ambassador ... for consultations" and held Baghdad responsible for its embassy security, according to a statement from its official news agency.
Iraqi security forces broke up the rally and protesters could only enter the embassy courtyard."
 WaPo con't:
Brian Hook
"Europe has been scrambling to come up with a mechanism that will persuade Iran to stay within the limits of the deal, as Tehran complains that U.S. sanctions mean that it no longer sees the economic benefit of the accord.

Hook said sanctions on Iran would continue until it decides to be a “normal” state, Reuters news agency reported.
What/which party is defining "normal"?  

Iran has indicated that if it does not receive some form of sanctions relief, it plans to exceed a limit of 300 kilograms (660 pounds) of low-enriched uranium that the country is allowed to possess under the nuclear agreement. 

The potential for a breach adds urgency to a meeting Friday of officials from Iran, Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China and the European Union, a meeting that takes place every quarter to discuss the implementation of the deal.
Iran said it would breach some key nuclear deal limits. Here's what you need to know.

Iran said it would breach the limits on its enriched uranium stockpile on June 27. What does that mean for the 2015 nuclear deal? (Joyce Lee/The Washington Post)

Three of the parties — Britain, France and Germany — have been attempting to set up a barter system that would allow some trade to continue with Iran and keep it from breaching the deal. But the Trump administration has been critical of the program, which it sees as an attempt to evade its sanctions, while Iran has been skeptical that the system can get off the ground.

If the European barter system, known as Instex, fails to “meet Iran’s demands within the framework for the nuclear deal,” then Iran will “take the next steps more decisively,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi told state television on Friday.

President Trump last year pulled out of the Iranian nuclear deal, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which curbed Iran’s nuclear activities in return for the lifting of sanctions. He had repeatedly denounced the deal reached during the Obama administration between Iran and six world powers, including the United States, calling it “rotten,” and he reimposed U.S. sanctions that had been lifted as part of the pact.

A new round of U.S. sanctions, targeting Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and other senior Iranian officials, was announced by Washington on Monday after attacks on tankers in the Gulf of Oman and the shooting down of a U.S. surveillance drone over the Strait of Hormuz. The United States has blamed tanker attacks on Iran, which has denied involvement.

Trump has said the downing of the U.S. Navy drone, which Iran said it hit with a surface-to-air missile, almost caused him to order a military strike against Iran. Trump said he called it off at the last minute because it would have inflicted disproportionate Iranian casualties.

U.S. officials have indicated that they would like to see Iran abide by the terms of the nuclear deal, even though the United States withdrew from it. “Our sanctions do not give Iran the right to accelerate its nuclear program,” Hook said before a meeting in Paris on Thursday. “It can never get near a nuclear bomb.”

An Iranian breach of the stockpile limit would not put it significantly closer to building a nuclear weapon, but it would strike another blow to the tattered deal. The stockpile of uranium enriched to 3.67 percent is suitable for use as fuel in nuclear power plants but far short of the weapons-grade level of more than 90 percent needed for fissile material in a nuclear bomb.

On Thursday, Iranian media reported that Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif sent a letter to European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini urging European signatories to stick by their commitments under the deal, with Iran’s next steps depending on that."

Related from last year: US To Turn Heat Up on EU as Trump Admin. Hits Iran Central Banker with "Terror" Sanctions

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Jasun Horsley & James Corbett: The Robo-Nanny State

Well, I've got to admit this interview was a real treat for me!
Jasun Horsley's site has been linked in the sidebar for some time now. 
If you missed it? Here it is again: Auticulture
This interview gives me the opportunity to mention Jasun's latest book. Which, I just so happened to have finished reading a couple of months back. 
Was it thought provoking, interesting and imminently readable? Yes, it was.
Is it recommended? Indeed it is, highly recommended.    Particularly if you've read David McGowan's work on serial killers- Programmed to Kill. (which appears to be unavailable here in Canada?)  And/or the Laurel Canyon book And/or either of Jay Dyer's books: Esoteric Hollywood I and II ( I'm just finishing up the second volume as this post is being published  LOVE IT)

 Amazon: How Socialism, Occultism, & the Sexual Revolution Engineered a Culture of Abuse
In today’s “post-truth” world, we are becoming inundated with fantasy fictions, “alternate news,” and grossly oversimplified (and wildly exaggerated) conspiracy theories that identify cryptocratic power structures ruling our fates. But suppose the truth is both stranger than any fiction and more nuanced and disturbing than any theory? Suppose it is not conspiracy but complicity that creates our world?
Beginning as an investigation into the author’s childhood inside a closet aristocracy of “progressive” British entrepreneurs, Vice of Kings uncovers a history both disturbingly personal and shockingly universal. By juxtaposing disc jockey Jimmy Savile’s secret cultural, criminal, and political affiliations in the second half of the 20th century with the life and teachings of Aleister Crowley in the first, it uncovers an alarming body of evidence that organized child abuse is not only the dark side of occultism, but the shadowy secret at the heart of culture, both ancient and modern.

 You can buy the book at Jasun's place as well as or .com

 The interview, which runs just over an hour, was terrific.
 And, as already stated, Jasun's book- The Vice of King's is highly recommended.
Image from Jasun's site.

 The Liminalist # 203: The Robo-Nanny State (with James Corbett)

 Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:14:25 — 61.6MB)
Conversation with James Corbett that makes the most of James’ vast and erudite knowledge on deep global politics, collective brainwashing, long-term social engineering, the technocracy movement, and what he calls “turnkey totalitarianism.” Looks at the deeper psychological and emotional mechanisms being exploited, coopted and undermined by decades of conscious sociopolitical manipulations.
Part One: Manipulating the Mass Mind (0 – 24 mins)
The long-term effects of propaganda, the need for public consent, Edward Bernays, selling smoking to women, an invisible government, hijacking the ability to discern, pre-conscious insanity, 1984 & doublethink, Al Qaeda as US’s latest ally, the inception of cognitive dissonance in childhood, exploiting mass anger & fear, Osama Bin Laden & the scapegoat mechanism, US financing of the Soviet Union, a coming clash with China.
Part Two Enforced Freedom (24 mins – 50 mins)
Charles Galton Darwin & The Next Million Years, Bertrand Russell, Aldous Huxley, electronic implant control, the technocracy movement, the internet of things, a scientific outlook, individual freedom as the means to totalitarianism, the transformation of American Society, registered in Japan, conflating freedom with convenience, the hell-road of progressive values, the pendulum effect, conditioned choices, manufactured feminism, parental division 
Part Three: False Solutions to Real Problems (50 mins – end)
Transgender transformation, the eradication of the family, false solutions to real problems, a collective double-bind, a sense of helplessness, the medical-industrial complex, a future orientation, disowning the past, lost gold standard irrational hope, technology & passivity, spectator politics, the pull of a lever, Obama & Trump, lining up for our enslavement, turnkey totalitarianism, the robo-nanny, the UFO as transcendental technology, believing the unbelievable, self-propagating propaganda.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

NATO calls on Russia to destroy new missile, warns of response

 Russian Defense Ministry officials show off Russia's 9M729 cruise missile at the military Patriot Park outside Moscow on January 23. Moscow insisted the range of a missile system that has prompted Washington to say it will withdraw from a key Cold War-era arms treaty is allowed under the agreement.

YeniSafak and  Newsweek: Russia Gives First Look at Weapon That Is Causing U.S. to Leave Nuclear Missile Treaty

 I'm  uncertain if this missile breaks the earlier agreement? Maybe? Or not? Could just as well be an excuse the US is using so they can break the agreement.
"The State Department first accused Moscow of violating the INF in 2014 and revealed in late 2017 that the 9M729, known as the SSC-8 to the U.S.-led NATO Western military alliance, was the weapon it was concerned about. Russia has claimed it was the U.S. that was breaking its treaty commitments by deploying defensive missile systems across Eastern Europe that the Kremlin contends could be used offensively as well"

"NATO urged Russia on Tuesday to destroy a new missile before an August deadline and save a treaty that keeps land-based nuclear warheads out of Europe or face a more determined alliance response in the region.

NATO defence ministers will discuss on Wednesday their next steps if Moscow keeps the missile system that the United States says would allow short-notice nuclear attacks on Europe and break the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF).

"We call on Russia to take the responsible path, but we have seen no indication that Russia intends to do so," Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told a news conference. "We will need to respond," Stoltenberg said.

He declined to go into more details. But diplomats said defence ministers will consider more flights over Europe by U.S. warplanes capable of carrying nuclear warheads, more military training and the repositioning U.S. sea-based missiles.

The United States and its NATO allies want Russia to destroy its 9M729/SSC-8 nuclear-capable cruise missile system, which Moscow has so far refused to do. It denies any violations of the INF treaty, accusing Washington of seeking an arms race.

Without a deal, the United States has said it will withdraw from the INF treaty on Aug. 2, removing constraints on its own ability to develop nuclear-capable, medium-range missiles.
he dispute has deepened a fissure in East-West ties that severely deteriorated after Russia's seizure of Crimea and its involvement in Syria.


Russia warned on Monday of a stand-off comparable to the 1962 Cuban missile crisis if the United States were to deploy land-based missile systems near Russia's borders, but Stoltenberg said there were no such plans.

U.S. Ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison told reporters that at present, Washington was only considering conventional, not nuclear weapons, in any possible response.

"All options are on the table but we are looking at conventional systems, that's important for our European allies to know," she said.

European allies are also worried about the deployment of U.S. nuclear missiles in Europe, as happened in the 1980s, and being caught up in nuclear competition between Moscow and Washington.

The INF treaty, negotiated by then-President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and ratified by the U.S. Senate, eliminated the medium-range missile arsenals of the world's two biggest nuclear powers and reduced their ability to launch a nuclear strike at short notice.

The treaty bans land-based missiles with a range between 500 km and 5,500km (300-3400 miles)"
Past 24 hours:


Trudeau Declares "Climate Emergency" Then Approves a Major Pipeline Nick Cunningham

"Canada declared a national climate emergency on Monday. The next day, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave the greenlight to a massive oil sands pipeline.
The House of Commons, with strong support declared climate change a “real and urgent crisis.” A week before, Justin Trudeau proposed a ban on single-use plastics, which, if implemented, would be the latest in a growing number of bans on plastic that could put multibillion-dollar bets on plastics and petrochemicals by the oil industry at risk.
But Trudeau has never really stood in the way of Canada’s oil industry, despite years of platitudes about addressing climate change. That was clear on June 18, when he gave the approval to the Trans Mountain Expansion (not for the first time), a $4.5 billion twin pipeline that would run along an existing line from Alberta to the Pacific Coast in British Columbia.
The Trans Mountain Expansion is one of a few high-profile pipeline projects that have run into serious trouble. Trudeau first gave the greenlight in 2016, but the project ran aground amid legal challenges from First Nations and environmental groups. Last year, Kinder Morgan, the original owner of the project, headed for the exit, threatening the cancel the project altogether.
Desperate to keep it alive – and the clearest example imaginable of how much the Canadian government depends on the oil industry – Trudeau moved to nationalize the project in mid-2018, buying it off of Kinder Morgan’s hands. A year later, here we are, with Ottawa once again trying to push it forward.

Oil forecasts aside, the Trans Mountain Expansion will still run into stiff resistance from First Nations and environmental groups. “The Trudeau government does not have the right to put a pipeline through unceded Secwepemc land,” spokeswoman Kanahus Manuel said, according to Reuters. More lawsuits and protests are inevitable".  ..... more to read at

Greencrow is giving us the BC perspective. Pipeline Woes - First Nations chiefs say Feds wouldn't even sit at table for "consultations"


 Some First Nations are ready and willing to sit at the table as mentioned in my earlier post.

Certainly, the seeds of division are being sown. Here, there and everywhere.


Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Gas Heats the Eastern Mediterranean

We've talked this topic previously. On many an occasion. Over a time span of about 7-8 years.
One of the more recent posts is this one from earlier this year
And a couple from 2017

 Onto the this latest information

MEI- Gas Heats the Mediterranean

Competition for security and energy is at the center of recent developments in the Eastern Mediterranean. Countries from Egypt to Turkey are moving to secure, exploit, and market their (not always fair) share of the game-changing offshore natural gas reserves. Russia, China, and Iran are securing port facilities, and in the case of Russia, drilling rights, in Lebanon and Syria.

The promise of such a windfall challenges the ability and interest of Mediterranean countries from Cyprus and Israel to Lebanon, and even Palestine, to establish control over reserves without sparking conflict.
These contests are unfolding against a regional backdrop once defined by the identity politics of the 20th century — notably between Cyprus and Turkey and Israel and Egypt. But energy discoveries recast, and, as in the case of Egypt-Israel relations, transcend them in an entirely new context defined by the prospect of earning billions from collaborating to exploit undersea energy reserves.
This new paradigm is already redefining the framework of interstate relations. 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. Whereas in the early years of this century Israel imported energy from Egypt, their joint agenda now focus upon exporting Israel’s surplus for use and export by Egypt through a pipeline that not too long ago carried supplies in the other direction.
Egypt and Israel's buddying up explains why dictator el Sisi get's a free pass in the media. 
And is promoted by disinfo agents on line  ( Eventually, I'll name a few of those disinformants) as the better option between the democratically elected and most probably recently murdered Morsi.
The resolution earlier this month of Israeli claims relating to the closure of this supply route through the Sinai in the aftermath of the fall of President Hosni Mubarak in 2011 is a reflection of Jerusalem and Cairo’s shared interest in looking forward rather than backward to cooperate in monetizing their energy resources.
The fall of Hosni Mubarak?
In Egypt’s case this also entails establishing the country as an energy hub for transporting and exporting gas across an area including Africa and Europe. For Israel, the exploitation of its considerable gas reserves transforms its national market while creating a joint basis with Egypt and Cyprus for the export and security of offshore energy infrastructure.

In January, representatives of seven Mediterranean countries — including Egypt, Italy, Cyprus, Jordan, Greece, Palestine (whose considerable reserves off Gaza are hostage to the stalemated conflict), and Israel — sought to give institutional form to their shared energy and security interests. They agreed to establish the East Med Gas Forum, a Cairo-based body that aims to create a regional gas market to benefit member states.
Members agreed to “create a regional gas market that serves the interests of its members by ensuring supply and demand, optimizing resource development, rationalizing the cost of infrastructure, offering competitive prices, and improving trade relations.”
Turkey and Lebanon are notably absent from this new club.
The exploitation of energy reserves discovered in Cypriot and Turkish-claimed waters has complicated rather than facilitated the resolution of the long-lived, stalemated conflict over Cyprus and added yet another wrinkle to the fraught relationship between Turkey and its nominal allies in NATO and the EU.
Cyprus, with strong support from the EU and Washington, is unilaterally proceeding to consolidate its hold over disputed energy reserves. It recently sealed a deal with an international consortium of energy companies on the distribution of revenues from natural gas exploitation from the Aphrodite gas field in the Eastern Mediterranean. Nicosia renegotiated a contract with a consortium made up of Dutch-British Shell, Texas-based Noble Energy, and Israel’s Delek that paves the way for the exploitation of an offshore field that is estimated to hold 4.1 trillion cubic feet of gas — reserves far greater than needed for the island’s local market.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan insists that, “Our Turkish kinsmen in northern Cyprus also have rights according to international law in the same way that (Greek Cyprus) has rights on all resources in the region, be it oil or something else.”
“We will not allow these rights to be usurped by those who have no business (there).”

Turkey’s drill ships and exploration vessels, protected by Turkish frigates, are also resuming exploratory activities in the region.
Both Washington and Brussels have supported Nicosia in its determination to proceed without reference to the long-running dispute with Ankara and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. EU foreign ministers recently expressed “grave concern over the ongoing illegal drilling” for gas by Turkey in waters where EU member Cyprus claims exclusive economic rights.
They called on the bloc's executive arm to submit possible sanctions, including cuts to financial aid that Turkey currently receives. The ministers “stress the immediate and serious consequences Turkey's illegal actions are having on the entire fabric of Turkish-EU relations.”
Recall in yesterday's post my statement about targeting Turkey... barely mentioned by the msm or the so called "alternative" media
 Don't forget the targeting of Turkey in all this.
MEI: "While the conflict with Turkey deepens, there is modestly good news in the shared interest of Israel and Lebanon to establish a consensual basis for defining their maritime border."
The conflict with Israel continues to define the ongoing stalemate over an agreed division of energy reserves. But both sides stand to gain if ownership of offshore space is agreed.

Patient, persistent U.S. diplomacy, led by veteran diplomat David Satterfield, has resulted in an agreement to begin a U.S.-mediated diplomatic effort to resolve the issue. Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz has noted that it is likely that as soon as the talks begin, energy groups operating in both Israeli and Lebanese waters will be able to carry out the first seismological survey of the disputed area.
If we agree on entering talks with Israel, then in addition to negotiations over the maritime borders, we will also discuss ways to divide offshore oil and gas fields,” noted Lebanese Energy Minister Nada Boustani recently.
And if Lebanon doesn't agree?
"Negotiated agreements are critical to maintain the security of vulnerable energy installations. Tensions off the Turkish and Cypriot coasts are of growing regional and international concern. Assuring the safety of its installations in the event of war with Hezbollah is high on Israel’s list. During the tension in early May between Israel and Gaza, Energy Minister Steinitz suspended the transfer of natural gas from the Tamar field to the Ashdod gas rig. The declaration of an economic state of emergency facilitated the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and highly polluting diesel instead of regular natural gas, to provide energy to the national electric grid and the industry sector.
Without agreed upon security arrangements, vulnerable energy installations risk becoming yet another casualty of festering regional conflicts"
 From more then 2 years ago..

Greece/Cyprus Provocation as Pretext to Renounce Turkey ?

"Yes, I’m absolutely entertaining the idea of Greece as provocateur to justify some type of NATO action against Turkey- Greece was heavily involved in the US backed coup- that failed. I’ve no doubt that, indeed, the “Keystone” Coup (think Gulen’s home state) was a US plan to overthrow the government of Turkey.
Come to think of it Egypt was involved with the attempted coup in Turkey- Not surprising, really.

Monday, June 24, 2019

US/UK/Saudi Arabia/ Turkey & Georgia to Russia- Interlacing Threads...

....weave an intricate tapestry.
 Mike Pompeo Goes to Saudi Arabia and UAE to talk Iran and undoubtedly Turkey

above is the original image included in the Guardian article this morning
Don't forget the targeting of Turkey in all this. ( the next news item will broach that subject) Saudi Arabia and the UAE have been targeting Turkey, as has Egyptian dictator el- Sisi. All three nations Saudi Arabia, UAE and Egypt have embedded themselves with the Usrael Kurdish allies in the annexed Syrian territory.
"Mike Pompeo has met Saudi Arabia’s king and crown prince for talks as the US secretary of state seeks to promote an anti-Iran alliance at a time of mounting tensions in the region.

“You are a dear friend,”
King Salman told Pompeo, who is due to fly to the United Arab Emirates later on Monday for further discussions.

Before his departure from the US, Pompeo said Saudi Arabia and the UAE were “great allies in the challenge that Iran presents”. He added: “We’ll be talking with them about how to make sure that we are all strategically aligned and how we can build out a global coalition.”

Nothing about Khashoggi mentioned
As Donald Trump increases sanctions against Iran:
"Donald Trump has ordered new sanctions against Iran’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, and other officials including eight Revolutionary Guard commanders in the latest step of an escalating pressure campaign.
Iran’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif, will also face fresh sanctions in a few days, US officials said. He negotiated the 2015 nuclear deal with the US and other major powers, and has spearheaded Iranian diplomacy since.
Signing an executive order in the Oval Office, Trump called the increased sanctions “hard-hitting”, saying they would deny the supreme leader, his office and and those closely affiliated with him access to key financial resources.
“These measures represent a strong and proportionate response to Iran’s increasingly provocative actions,” Trump said.

“We do not seek conflict with Iran or any other country,” the US president added. “I can only tell you we cannot ever let Iran have a nuclear weapon.”
Standing alongside Trump, the treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, said the measures would freeze billions of dollars in Iranian assets.
But analysts said their impact on an already heavily-sanctioned country would be limited"
 Was all the talk about cutting arms sales to Saudi Arabia, last week, just a pressure tactic?
Or simply perception management for the masses? UK and US were both on this meme last 

 What arms manufacturer really wants any reduction in sales? Arms are big business. War is big business. And big business runs the governments. Had to have been spin for the gullible masses.
What is al Sabhan doing in Manbij?

Saudi minister Thamer al-Sabhan has visited parts of eastern Syria under the control of the Syrian Democratic Forces to form an Arab force with members of the Arab tribes at its core 

Two helicopters landed in the Saudi-American base, northwest of the city of Manbij, a few days ago, with Saudi minister Thamer al-Sabhan on board one of them to continue his tour of parts of eastern Syria under the control of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), according to Al-Modon’s correspondent Adnan al-Hussein. 

Afterward, Sabhan headed in a convoy of three American military vehicles to Manbij, vowing to offer major support to the region in exchange for some conditions. The secrecy which accompanied the visit—the first of its kind—indicates that Saudi Arabia is trying to avoid an escalation with Turkey, at least superficially.

Reality is Saudi Arabia and co are looking for an escalation with Turkey

Immediately after his arrival, Sabhan held a broad meeting with the SDF’s “civil council,” responding for running affairs in Manbij. The meeting addressed the continuation of support for the council’s projects, and offering additional support to the city and services there. The council  has been working to pave roads, build additional bridges and raising the level of services.
Sabhan met with Manbij tribes as part of his intensive project to form an Arab force with members of the Arab tribes at its core, which would be linked to Saudi Arabia and under the authority of the SDF and the protection of the United States.
The aim of Sabhan’s visit is the beginning of the second stage of the war against the Islamic State and to develop the areas under the control of the International Coalition. It has taken on a tribal character in order to heal the rifts between the tribes and the SDF. The visit is also an attempt to win over the tribes and keep them away from Turkey, through Saudi support to build up military councils under Arab command, in a superficial division of powers within the SDF.
Superficiality is the media presentation- reality is the intent to destabilize Turkey further.

 Finally Turkey and the Istanbul election rerun:

Erdogan congratulates the winner of the Istanbul mayoral election

"Erdogan congratulated Imamoglu, who beat the AKP candidate by more than 700,000 votes."
 I saw the figures for the election and it wasn’t a landslide, but, it was a solid win.

 Clearly Erdogan is not the ‘dictator’ the spin doctors would have us believe. He handled the loss well. Accepted it. Congratulated the winner. And moved on with the business of running the country. The electoral process looks to be on solid ground. Despite, again, what the spin doctors would have us believe. 
 That all said... the win in Istanbul could lead to a separatist movement being kicked off, down the road,  in “european turkey” With lots of outside help, of course. Not written in stone but it’s definitely possible, more so now that this win has been confirmed.

From Turkey to Georgia and Russia:

Parliamentary elections in Georgia in 2020 to be held based on proportional system

Saakashvili Responds to Decision on Proportional Elections

"Western sponsors are ready to turn a blind eye to the violent riots by nationalists and their Russophobia, just to sever all ties of the Georgian people with our country and rewrite our common history," Lavrov said.

"We have taken an unbiased look at the role of the US and its allies on the international arena," he noted.

From earlier today:

James Corbett- The 5G Dragnet

James Corbett- The 5G Dragnet


1) a net to drawn along the bottom of a river, pond, etc., or along the ground, to catch fish, small game, etc. (everything that can be caught in the net, will be caught in the net)

2) a system or network for finding or catching someone (not necessarily a criminal) 

Good word choice James!

Transcript and references at Corbett Report

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Exploiting Identity Politics To Build a Pipeline: Indigenous Owner of Trans Mountain Pipeline Closer to Reality

Machiavellian move by the Trudeau Government. Most probably alongside one of the big oil companies that will "buy" this back.
-Pit the varying tribes against one another.
-Taking the heat off the government and the perception of their 'environmental' promises. (Which were as empty and hollow as Trudeau's personality)
-And if you're a dreaded "white" person who persists in opposing this project, well, you know you're just a "racist white privileged" such & such, simply trying to keep the native populace down.

Divide to conquer.
Same ploy as mentioned in yesterday's post: The Heat is on in Georgia (Not the US State) Staging another Coup?
"Imagine First Nations across Western Canada being able to buy the lion’s share of the Trans Mountain pipeline from the federal government.

Now, imagine it builds greater acceptance for the project.

Finally, imagine the ownership generates $250 million a year for First Nations and Metis communities, with some of that money used to create a sovereign wealth fund capable of buying additional infrastructure assets.
During a presentation at the Calgary Petroleum Club on Thursday, leaders of Project Reconciliation laid out an ambitious plan to acquire Trans Mountain.
The discussion came less than 48 hours after the Trudeau government re-approved the pipeline’s expansion, while confirming Ottawa would consider selling up to 100 per cent of the development to Indigenous-led groups.

“It’s time. If not now, when?” Project Reconciliation chairman Delbert Wapass, former chief of the Thunderchild First Nation in Saskatchewan, said at the Petroleum Joint Venture Association event.
At least three separate groups have formed that want to buy a piece of Trans Mountain.

It’s not hard to see the powerful economic potential this step could unlock, creating jobs, lifting communities out of poverty and building stronger, more enduring support for the venture.
“This project could be a real kick-off point for our industry,” said Tamarack Valley Energy CEO Brian Schmidt, who spoke at the event.

The idea of First Nations acquiring part of the Edmonton-to-Burnaby oil pipeline has gained momentum since the Trudeau government acquired the pipeline for $4.5 billion from Kinder Morgan last year.
Finance Minister Bill Morneau insists the enterprise will be sold back to the private sector once the expansion project — costing more than $7.4 billion — is substantially built.
Construction could restart as early as September.
The federal government will launch discussions this summer with Indigenous groups that want to talk about “economic participation” in the project.

Government officials will hold meetings in Edmonton, Kamloops, Vancouver and Victoria, in July and August with interested parties.

“We will want Indigenous communities to be part of the discussion,” Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi said in an interview.
“We are not going to pick one or two, or pick one over the other. We are going to do that in a co-developmental way … to ensure that they develop the path for equity.”
Groups like Project Reconciliation, Alberta-led Iron Coalition and the Western Indigenous Pipeline Group in British Columbia all want to be at the table.

Chief Michael LeBourdais of the Whispering Pines/Clinton Indian Band, who is also chair of the B.C. group, is pleased the expansion is moving ahead.

He noted Whispering Pines, located north of Kamloops and along the pipeline route, expressed interest in acquiring an ownership position several years ago in discussions with the Harper government and Kinder Morgan.

“Equity would gives us continued environmental oversight on the whole project … give our group of people here — and other First Nations along the right of way that have title and rights — the comfort that the pipeline will be operated in a safe manner,” LeBourdais said in an interview.
Some First Nations in B.C. adamantly oppose the project.
Each has the right to engage in discussions about ownership, but that won’t alter the resolve of the environmental opposition to Trans Mountain, said Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs.
“There are just as many and more First Nation communities that are vehemently opposed to the project because of the threat it represents to the environment,” said Phillip, a critic of Trans Mountain.
In Alberta, the recently formed Iron Coalition is on a membership drive, inviting First Nations and Metis communities across the province to join up.

As part of its plan, Iron Coalition wants to redistribute all profits to member communities.

If the ownership model works, it could be used in other developments across the country, said Chief Tony Alexis of the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation and co-chair of the group.

“Being at the table is really important. Indigenous people for a long time have always been outside,” he said Wednesday.

“But we are in a position right now where we can get ourselves to the table, position ourselves so that we are fulfilling and looking at the future of our communities.”

At its presentation in Calgary, Project Reconciliation leaders provided details of their plan, noting any First Nations from B.C., Alberta or Saskatchewan could own a stake, although those along the route would have a bigger slice.

Managing director Steve Mason expects the project to generate about $250 million a year in funds available for redistribution, with 20 per cent dispersed immediately to the owners.

The remainder would go into a sovereign wealth fund that would be invested in other energy infrastructure, such as power plants or electrical transmission lines.

Mason said the group would be willing to pay $2.3 billion for a 51 per cent stake in Trans Mountain — based on the price Ottawa paid last year — and its “ask” of government would be a temporary federal loan guarantee, although banks would finance it.

In British Columbia, LeBourdais said he could see the B.C. group working with Iron Coalition in Alberta, as the Trans Mountain pipeline runs between the two provinces.

“We live here. This is our valley, this is our river, these are our salmon. So the risks are different for us. The risks are greater,” he added.

It’s expected the pipeline will take at least 30 months to build, which means the ownership conversation with Ottawa could take a couple of years to conclude.

The process is only beginning.

With the expansion project getting the green light, however, the idea of Indigenous ownership of Trans Mountain has taken another step forward, from imagination to becoming reality"

Saturday, June 22, 2019

The Heat is on in Georgia (Not the US State) Staging another Coup?

 "The heat is on" is not a reference to temperature or the cult of global warming.
Slang:  a time of great activity and/or pressure has begun
Stormy. Acrimonious.
 And surely there were outside hands setting this fire alight. There are some points of interest in the articles below. Things that are suggestive to me of outsider involvement. Is someone provoking Russia at this time? I'd say yes. Georgia has got the right location and has long been tied to the US and Israel.

 Think Pankisi Gorge. Think of the ISIS leader who came from Georgia, trained by the US in the Georgian Military and showed up in Syria as one of the fiercest ISIS leaders... making his way to Syria via Iraq. Meet the Rebel Commander in Syria That Assad, Russia and the U.S. All Fear
 "an ethnic Chechen whose warring skills, learned in the U.S.-funded Georgian army"
 Yup, an ethnic Chechen, trained by the US in the Georgian army, who suddenly shows up as ISIS in Syria, by way of Iraq... what are the odds?
 It’s been a good while since Georgia has been written about here at the blog.  The Georgian move on the breakaway province of Abkhazia garnered much coverage at the time, but, it had been pretty quiet since. The downfall of Saakashvilli was covered as well, however, he's back!
 Suddenly a big outburst of protest that feels as if some interested parties had their instigators in place. Georgia is right on the border with Russia, for those who are unaware. Two provinces Abkhazia and South Ossetia broke away from Georgia. Russia recognized their independence. The 5 eyes led by the US did not.

 We’ll open the post with this news from DW: Georgia's Anti-Russian Protests Benefit Mikheil Saakashvili
Russia sent a delegation of lawmakers to Tbilisi to participate in the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy, a meeting of mainly Orthodox Christian countries. The IAO has existed since the early 1990s. The current chairman is Sergei Gavrilov, a representative in Russia's Duma and a member of the Communist Party.

An 'anti-Russia provocation'?

Before the delegation's arrival, Georgian opposition forces protested the fact that Gavrilov has made several visits to South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Russia recognizes both as independent states and has even integrated their troops into the national army.
The meeting of the Orthodox politicians was held in the assembly hall of Georgia's Parliament. When Gavrilov seated himself in the chair belonging to Irakli Kobakhidze, the leader of the Parliament, it sparked immediate protest from opposition politicians, who quickly mobilized supporters on the streets.
Gavrilov and his colleagues were forced to flee the country. Speaking in Moscow on Friday, they referred to the incident as an "anti-Russia provocation."
Georgia's opposition leaders intend to keep up the protests and have called for the resignations of the interior minister and the head of the intelligence services, in addition to Kobakhidze, who stepped down on Friday. The parliamentarian who organized the event also resigned.
Note the use of props? (Surgical masks)
Saakashvili fuels protests

Stefan Meister, who leads the Heinrich Böll Foundation, a think tank with ties to Germany's Greens, in South Caucasus, told DW that there are foreign and domestic reasons for the protests. Meister said the demonstrations showed just how much Russia has polarized society: "This was about using the Orthodox Church to exert influence over Georgia." The church has traditionally refrained from engaging in politics.

This organization has existed for 30 years. All churches engage in politics so it’s highly doubtful the church has refrained form engaging in politics as Meister states. What I find quite interesting is the protests broke out at the same time as the first LGBT Pride parade was set to take place.
VOA  Let’s face this reality, each and everyone of us.  Identity politics is a weapon. 
And the LGBT ‘movement’, with a whole lot of help from NGO's is the latest divisive hammer being wielded to crush us all down.
Divide to conquer.
to make a group of people disagree and fight with one another so that they will not join together against one
Divide to conquer. It’s the oldest game in town. Still played because it works. It's effective. People fall for it every single time.
DW: Meister said the incident had even more to do with the conflict between the ruling Georgian Dream party and opposition forces aligned with former President Saakashvili. The Movement of New Forces, Saakashvili's party, recently lost in both the presidential and parliamentary elections.

Saakashvili, who was convicted of abuse of office, has had his citizenship revoked. The 51-year-old now lives in exile in Ukraine and has encouraged the protests via social media. He called the events in Georgia a "revolt" when speaking with DW in Kyiv, and predicted the downfall of the government.

Saakashvilli has always and I mean always been a USrael tool. I should mention about this time that Israel played an oversized role in the 2008 conflict.

Meister said the domestic political conflict would only worsen in the run-up to Georgia's 2020 parliamentary elections. 
Globe and Mail
Though ostensibly about how Georgia handles relations with Russia, with whom it fought and lost a brief war in 2008, opposition parties have sought to seize the moment to press much wider and unrelated demands and called on people to take to the streets again on Friday evening.
Thousands gathered outside parliament where opposition leaders gave the floor to young activists and students.
“We are here to show our anger and our readiness to change this country,” one of the activists said.
Police were present, though not in large numbers, and the protest, unlike Thursday’s demonstration, was peaceful.
Medvedev said Zurabishvili either didn’t know what she was talking about or was wilfully distorting the situation, while the Kremlin blamed radical Georgian politicians for what it called “an anti-Russian provocation.”
Russian influence in Georgia remains a politically sensitive subject, with the opposition accusing the ruling Georgian Dream party – which backed Zurabishvili for the presidency late last year – of being too meek when it comes to confronting Moscow.
The small south Caucasus nation, a U.S. ally, fought and lost a short war against Moscow in 2008. The two countries have not had diplomatic ties since, and Russia went on to recognize the independence of two breakaway Georgian regions, South Ossetia and Abkhazia, where Russian troops are now garrisoned (interesting word choice "garrisoned"
 Correction- the Russian troops were stationed in the break away states prior to the 2008 outbreak of fighting.
Gavrilov told a Moscow news conference on Friday he believed the protests had been preplanned.
“Our common view is that there’s an obvious attempt in Georgia right now to stage a coup d’etat and that extremist forces are trying to seize power,” he said.
I can't disagree with Gavrilov- It surely appears that the protests had been pre-planned the claimed provocation( sitting down in a chair during a meeting of a decades old group)  seems to be insignificant. And it's most likely that coup d'etat is desired.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Israeli tech company says it can unlock all iPhones ever made & some Androids

Times of Israel
"Cellebrite, believed to be the company hired by the FBI to hack into San Bernardino killer’s phone in 2016, has faced criticism for hiding phones’ vulnerabilities from Apple

An Israeli company that specializes in helping law enforcement agencies unlock cellphones announced it has found a way to break into any iPhone ever made, as well as many Android phones.

The Petah Tikva-based Cellebrite was reportedly the company the FBI used in 2016 to hack into the iPhone of the San Bernardino shooter after Apple refused the US government’s request to build a backdoor into its famously secure operating system.

The announcement from Cellebrite came in the form of an update this week to its website promoting the iPhone-hacking technology, dubbed “UFED Premium,” as “the only on-premise solution for law enforcement agencies to unlock and extract crucial mobile phone evidence from all iOS and high-end Android devices.”

The product enables a full file system extraction, allowing, in effect, a copy of the phone’s data to be transferred to a client’s computer. It lets law enforcement agencies obtain “access to 3rd party app data, chat conversations, downloaded emails and email attachments, deleted content and more,” the company boasts. “Increase your chances of finding the incriminating evidence and bringing your case to a resolution,” it says in its sales pitch.

It also highlights its ability to recover “unallocated data,” or the sometimes still-recoverable remnants of deleted files."

Pretty sure there was an Israeli tech company interconnected with an activist in Montreal, Canada and the disappearance of Kashoggi ? I'll update on that thought later.

UPDATE June22/19

With a big thank you to Yaya! (linked  in the right sidebar)

Everything's About the Saudis These Days:

from her comment
Hi Penny: Re Israel/Omar Abdulaziz/Kashoggi spyware connection

From my post of 10/14/2018 - Everything's About the Saudis These Days:

Link to:
U of O Citizen Lab Report Under "1.Summary"
Israel and NSO Group (Israeli Tech/Spy company)

That section contains this link to the NSO Group:

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Syrian Sitrep: Idlib & Realpolitik. Russia/US Tug of War with Turkey in the Middle

So far the ceasefire announced  a week ago is holding.

Breaking: Russia (Initiated) & Turkey Broker Complete Ceasefire in Idlib

Russia and Turkey have brokered a complete ceasefire in Syria’s Idlib province between Syrian government forces and rebels, Russian news agencies cited the Russian military as saying on Wednesday.

Turkey and Russia are still talking  (from Monday)
Shoigu and  Akar

National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu held phone call Monday evening to discuss measures to be taken in Syria a week after a cease-fire in Idlib fell through over the Assad regime's attack on a Turkish observation point in the province.

 Idlib Offensive, on hold for now, is real world Realpolitik 
Link "The study of the forces that shape, maintain and alter the state is the basis of all political insight and leads to the understanding that the law of power governs the world of states......................"
The Syrian Army is tired and you have only few corps able to launch offensive, like the Tiger force from the 4th Corps,” says Fabrice Balanche, a professor Université Lyon 2 and fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. The Syrian regime’s ground troop reserves have dwindled steadily since the beginning of the war.”
The fact that Syrian Army is tired shouldn’t even need to be stated. It should be understood to be fact.  It’s been 8 years of continuous warfare. That has to take it's toll
The not so Subtle Diplomatic Game
Both Russia and Turkey appear to be using the Idlib campaign to achieve a set of political ends in and out of Syria.

Turkey, dead-set on maintaining a sphere of influence in northwestern Syria, is doing all it can to bring Assad and Putin back to the negotiating table for a ceasefire.

Turkey is walking a fine line between making the offensive more costly for the regime, and thus extending it, and seeking a halt and a return to the ceasefire,” Nick Grinstead tells Al Bawaba.

“It is doing so because it does not want millions of refugees, many of whom have been displaced multiple times, to rush towards its border as a regime offensive rolls on. So it is looking for ways to halt the offensive while not extending it indefinitely,” he adds.

Turkey initially took in over 3.5 million Syrian refugees, but it has since closed its border with Syria to prevent further intake. If the battle of Idlib were to escalate and the rebels rapidly lost ground to advancing regime forces, Turkey would be faced with up to 3 million Syrians currently trapped in Idlib, desperately trying to enter the country.
“This offensive on Idlib is still at the beginning and depends on the Russian Turkish deal about S 400, Fabrice Balanche tells Al Bawaba.
In 2017, Turkey a deal with Russia to acquire the Russian-made S-400 missile defense system. The deal has since been mired in intense controversy, because the S-400 cannot be integrated into the NATO-made missile defense infrastructure.
    More curiously, the precise level of Russia’s support for the regime campaign may rely on something entirely unrelated to the current fighting: a controversial arms purchase by Turkey.
 This was an idea that had actually occurred to me given the timing of the move by SAA aided by Russia, resulting in the Russian ceasefire call. The US pressure on Turkey to cancel the deal has been immense. Russia was obviously going to counter. This is realpolitik.  The push on Idlib and sudden ceasefire, not once but twice, sure looked a whole lot  like Russian pressure on Turkey. Turkey would inevitably respond for reasons already mentioned so many times here that I'm tired of repeating them!
 HTS would respond no matter what.  The rebels  that Turkey supports participated alongside, which is not the norm. HTS and the Turkish backed rebels most often fight. However in this case they had a mutual interest in blocking the advances. Realpolitik. 

  Briefly: I'm hoping my readership is realistic enough to understand this reality and not get caught up in propagandistic emotional manipulation and jingoism. (attitudes of belligerent nationalism which is just simplistic black vs white idealogy)

Idlib, Turkey. Russia  and the S-400.
The U.S. and other NATO allies are worried that Russia could glean sensitive information about their technology by installing the S-400 in Turkey.

More broadly, the purchase signals that Turkey is distancing itself from NATO and the U.S. and beginning to warm to Russia. In response, the U.S. threatened to withhold a massive shipment of F-35 Jets to Turkey and gave Erdogan a July 31st deadline to withdraw from the arms deal with Russia.

According to Balanche, the arms deal gives Russia leverage over Turkey in the Idlib campaign. “If Turkey decide to cancel the deal because of U.S. pressure, I think we will have a large and intense offensive in Idlib with the help of Shia militias. If not, the offensive will be limited.”
In other words, Russia may be keeping the offensive limited in scope to ensure Turkey follows through with the purchase of the weapon.
If Turkey backs away from the deal, Russia may ramp up the assault, compel thousands to the border with Turkey and put immense pressure on Erdogan, who currently has a fragile hold on power. (The AKP party has a pretty solid hold on power, but, it appears the west has destabilizers embedded in Istanbul. From my reading that latest election was tampered with by outside interests- Most likely emanating from the EU. This is a typical destabilization tactic)
The missile system can then be seen as a way Russia generates power over Turkey.

Two earlier posts: