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ریشهٔ، سعودی ـ سلفی، تروریسم!
ریشهٔ، سعودی ـ سلفی، تروریسم
گوینده : نیک پاکپور”NICK PAKPOOR”
گوینده چون گذ شته سعی می کند که تلاش تحلیلی وتشخیصی و تحقیقی خود را، براساس واقعیت های عینی و پر پایه پویش و پژوهش پروسه های تاریخی وتکوینی،تطوری استوار ساخته، تا از داوری عجولانه و غیر عادلانه، پرهیز نماید! تا بدین وسیله توانسته باشم مرزهای مخدوش شده، مغشوش شده، بین طلب کاران وتهبه کاران، تهدید گران، تخریب گران وتجاوزگران، قصابان وغارتگران سیاسی را با مشعل دارن معتقد مقاومت مداوم ومحکم، ملی گرایان ومختارگران مقتدر ومتمدن جهان را که حاضر نیستند، سروری مشتی جلاد جانی، جهادی را، با سر خم کنی پذیرا شوند، را بطور صحیح وصرافانه از همدیگر متمایز، سازم. امید است که منشاء تفکر زنده وزاینده در جهت بیداری، بصیرندگی وبسیجندگی همگانی باشد، یا شاید، کوششی باشد که سیاست را از سطح عامیانه وعوام پسندانه وناآگاهانه به سطح آگاهانه وهوشیارانه وآکادمیک شناسانه، ارتقاء داده باشم ! برای تحقیق وتشخیص تکوینی وتاریخی، ریشه و رویش و افزایش، تروریسم جانی ،جهانی، می بیست عقربه زره بین سنج زمان را به سال های قبل وبعد از جنگ جهانی اول ، عقب گرد داد، یعنی زمانی که امپراتوری تشنه تسلط وتصرف، تاراج وتجاوز بریتانیا با دستپاچکی و desperateکوشش می کند که بر تسلط عثمانی بر مناطق عرب نشین و بادیه نشین یا bedouin ، خاورمیانه به خاطر دست یازیدن به Titanic نفتی، پایان دهد. لذا در سال 1917 میلادی، امپراتوری بریتانیا موفق می شود که Ibn Saud را که بصورت کلان های conjugal به همراه انواع واقسام تشکل هی tribalism - traditional فامیلی، قبیله ای، بدوی،بیابانی زندگی می کردند را به client و colonial خود بدل کند. نیک پاکپور
یاداشت ها: Notes 1-How do you spell ”Terrorist” C I A By William Engdahl 2-Saudi Arabia and CIA Behind Terror Bombings in Southern Russia? By Bill Van Auken 3-Who is behind Syria’s “Opposition Rebels”? Mother Agnes Mariam versus the US Media By Rob Prince 4-Global Terrorism and Saudi Arabia: Bandar’s Terror Network By Prof. James Petras 5-World Renowned Peace Activist Collaborated with Stratfor and CIA By Steve Horn and Carl Gibson 6-Volgograd and the Conquest of Eurasia: Has the House of Saud seen its Stalingrad? By Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya 7-Saudi digging own grave with its Middle East policies PressTV 8-Bibi and Bandar Badger Obama by FRANKLIN LAMB 9-Rothschild’s Saudi Lapdog Armed Syrian and Libyan Rebels by Dean Henderson 10-On Western Terrorism from Hiroshima to Drone warfare By Noam Chomsky and Andre Vltchek
توافق یا تطابق ایران با امریکا؟
توافق یا تطابق ایران با امریکا؟
به باور گوینده الیت سیاسی و نظامی ایران که در سه دهه گذ شته با ایستادگی اوستادانه در دفاع از وارستگی ملی، شطرنج سیاسی را شرافتدمندانه و سرافرازانه،بازی کرده است اجازه چینین کاری را به یاغی های غربی و یانگی های امریکایی نخواهد داد تا بساط شبه شوم وابستگی را دوباره در کشور زرفام و زرخیز زروان و زرتشت بگستراند. فراست ، فرزانگی و فریختیگی ایرانیان از فراشگرد فردایی حکایت و روایت می کند که نمازگذارانش بامهراب خون شهیدان به سجده وسپاس چون سپا با همگرای وهم صداءی و همراهی در همبستگی وهمبودگی، سرافرازانه و هو شیارانه به رژه ایستاده اند
پاسخی تاریخی به اولاند
پاسخی تاریخی به اولاند
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UK Reaper drones
Not Coming Home? UK Reaper drones go to Middle East after Afghan mission - report
Published on Mar 11, 2014
Britain may never bring its Reaper drones back home after its military mission in Afghanistan ends. Instead, a UN rapporteur says the war machines will be used in other regions
Escobar: Kiev coup is tequila sunrise revolution with neo-Nazi flavor
Published on Mar 10, 2014
A referendum in Crimea will say in a week if the region wants more autonomy from Kiev, or if it sees itself a part of Russia. To discuss the upcoming vote, RT speaks to foreign affairs journalist, Pepe Escobar.
Neo-nazis in EU
Peter Hitchens on Ukraine: Don't lump those who want change in with neo-nazis
Published on Mar 5, 2014
On the most wanted list - international arrest warrant is now out for the head of a Ukrainian neo-nazi group. Russian prosecutors accuse him of publicly inciting terrorist and extremist actions. And concerns are growing over neo-nazi movements gaining power in the wake of the ousting of the old administration. To talk more on the tension within Ukraine and the diplomatic spat, RT's joined by London-based journalist Peter Hitchens.
Geneva 2l Failure.
CrossTalk: Geneva 2 Intentional Failure?
Published on Feb 19, 2014
How likely are Western powers to retract their 'Assad must go' statements? Could we again see the possibility of the US striking the Assad regime? And what needs to happen for a breakthrough in the Syria talks? CrossTalking with Daniel Serwer, Christoph Horstel and Richard Rubenstein.
Bizarre Bahrain: 7yrs in jail for 'offending' king makes regime 'ridiculous & smelly'
Published on Feb 4, 2014
If you don't think much of the King of Bahrain, maybe it's better to keep it to yourself - or else you could face 7 years in prison, thanks to some new laws to defend the monarchy. Previously, the punishment was a few days in jail, but now, any Twitter post, Facebook comment or casual disparaging word could land you a hefty term. For more RT talks to Rodney Shakespeare, Chair of the Committee Against Torture in Bahrain.
Beheading Syrian man
New video shows Takfiris beheading Syrian man'
A new disturbing video has emerged showing al-Qaeda-linked militants in the central province of Homs in Syria beheading a man believed to have been a Shia supporter of the government.
The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which posted the video, says the beheading was conducted by militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
The identity of the victim is still unclear.
A three-minute remainder of the video shows the crowd laughing and taking photographs of the scene. Several children are also among the crowd.
Since the beginning of the crisis in Syria in March 2011, many similar videos have emerged, depicting horrendous crimes, including decapitation and cannibalism, committed by the foreign-backed militants against the people in Syria.
A video footage posted online on January 26, showed several mutilated bodies in the western suburb of Aleppo that reportedly belong to the civilians who were executed by ISIL militants.
Another video posted online on May 12, 2013, showed Takfiri militant, Khalid al Hamad, known by his nom de guerre, Abu Sakkar, eating an organ of a dead Syrian soldier.
In an interview with the state-run BBC in July 2013, Abu Sakkar threatened to commit more gruesome murders if foreign-backed terrorists in Syria do not receive more military aid from abroad.
Reports show that the Western powers and their regional allies - especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey - are supporting the militants operating inside Syria.
Ron Paul: US has no right to lecture on Ukraine because of Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya
Published on Mar 6, 2014
Please note: Interview was recorded before Liz Wahl quitted RT America.
The US, Russia and the European Union are all posturing with rhetoric about the crisis in Ukraine. But in the US, critics say we should stay on the sidelines and let the interim Ukrainian government deal with their own issues. One of those critics is former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas). He tells RT that he thinks the US is hypocritical for lecturing Russia for a violation of sovereignty. Take a listen to what else the libertarian-leaning politician has to say about US involvement in Ukraine
Hungerstrike in US
New Revelations in 30,000 Strong Pelican Bay Hungerstrike
Former inmate Gregory Kane and Center for Constitutional Rights attorney Alexis Agathocleou discuss the progress since Pelican Bay hunger strike and the merits of solitary confinement as torture
Alexis Agathocleous is a Senior Staff Attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and works on CCR�s Government Misconduct and Racial Justice docket. He is lead counsel in Aref v. Holder, challenging policies and conditions at the federal Bureau of Prisons� Communications Management Units, and is counsel for plaintiffs in Ashker v. Brown, challenging long-term solitary confinement at California's Pelican Bay Special Housing Unit, and Blum v. Holder, a First Amendment challenge to the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act. Alexis was also lead counsel in Doe v. Jindal and Doe v. Caldwell, challenging a Louisiana law that requires individuals convicted of Crime Against Nature to register as sex offenders. Before joining CCR, Alexis was a Senior Staff Attorney at the Office of the Appellate Defender (OAD), and Director of OAD�s Reinvestigation Project. Alexis was a Karpatkin Fellow with the Racial Justice Program at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and graduated from Yale Law School, where he was a Coker Fellow and interned at the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund.
Gregory Koger is a revolutionary communist activist with the Stop Mass Incarceration Network. He spent 11 years in prison, including over 6 years straight in solitary confinement, where he transformed himself from a gang member to a revolutionary. Since his release has dedicated his life to ending the injustices of capitalism. He has spoken from cell blocks to universities about need to build a mass movement to end mass incarceration as part of the struggle for a liberated world for all humanity.
NATO's war games
Drilling Deeper: West slams Russian exercises, glossing over NATO's war games
Published on Feb 28, 2014
NATO has expressed concern over snap military drills being staged by Russia. There has been widespread speculation in Western media that Moscow could intervene in Ukraine - despite Russia insisting the exercises were pre-planned and nothing to do with the situation across the border.
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Rothschilds’ Glencore South Sudan Oil Grab
Rothschilds’ Glencore South Sudan Oil Grabby Dean Henderson "Veterans Today"
The BBC reported yesterday that over 1,000 people protested in the South Sudanese
capital Juba after a UN convoy marked as carrying food was caught
ferrying weapons to rebels loyal to former government deputy Riek
Machar. The rebels, who began attacking the government in December, are
known as The White Army. More precisely they are the Rothschilds’
On July 9, 2011 South Sudan became the world’s 193rd nation.
Less than a week later violence has erupted in South Kordofan - an area
on the new border between Sudan and South Sudan which is controlled by
Sudan and rich in oil.
Not content with the seizure of South Sudan’s oilfields via independence, the Rothschild-led Eight Families banking cartel now
seeks to push the new border further north, creating more bloodshed
while grabbing yet more crude oil from the Sudanese people.
For decades Western intelligence agencies backed the Sudanese People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) in an attempt to lop off the southern half of Sudan for the Four Horsemen of
Oil. The region contains 75% of Sudan’s oil reserves. What became
Africa’s longest running civil war finally came to an end when Sudanese
President Omar Hassan al-Bashir was pressured into ceding the southern
part of his country to the IMF/World Bank vampires after the conflict
they created left more than 2 million people dead. 
Within days of declaring itself a sovereign nation, South Sudan’s
state oil company, Nilepet formed a joint venture with Glencore
International Plc to market its oil. Glencore is controlled by the
Rothschilds. The PetroNile joint venture will be 51 percent controlled
by Nilepet and 49 percent by Glencore. 
Within days of declaring independence South Sudan’s new President Salva Kiir Mayardit
signed a law formally establishing the Central Bank of South Sudan.
Sudan is one of five countries – along with Cuba, North Korea, Syria and
Iran – whose central bank is not under the control of the
Rothschild-led Eight Families central banking cartel. It is therefore no
coincidence that the currency of this newest Rothschild oil fiefdom is
called the South Sudan Pound. 
Already in 1993 Sudanese President al-Bashir had accused Saudi Arabia
of providing arms to Johnny Garung’s Sudanese People’s Liberation Army
(SPLA). The Israeli Mossad also supplied the SPLA for years through
Kenya with CIA approval. In 1996 the Clinton Administration announced
that military aid to Ethiopia, Eritrea and Uganda was to be used to arm
the SPLA for an offensive on Khartoum. 
When that bloody endeavor failed, the Eight Families henchmen began arming rebels in Chad. Chad has long been an important country in both Exxon Mobil
and Chevron Texaco’s North Africa oil production schemes. Chadian
President Idriss Déby , who came to power in 1991, was cozy with Big Oil. He also ranked 16th on Parade Magazine’s 2009 World’s Worst Dictator list. 
The Chad-based rebels had two purposes. The CIA’s House of Saud
paymaster provided support for the National Front for Salvation (NFS),
which attempted to overthrow Libyan President Mohamar Qaddafi. In 1990,
following a successful Libyan-backed counter-coup against the
Chad government which was sponsoring the NFS, the US evacuated 350 NFS
leaders with Saudi financing. The US restored $5 million in aid to the
dictatorial Kenyan government of Daniel Arap Moi so that Kenya would
house the NFS leaders, whom other African governments refused to take.
Arap Moi later figured in CIA covert operations in Somalia, where the Saudis had also financed counterinsurgency. 
Western intelligence agencies then used the government of Chad to finance the Justice & Equality Movement (JEM).
From bases in Chad, these terrorists launched forays into the Darfur
region of Sudan, creating a massive refugee crisis, while opening a
second northern front in Big Oil’s SPLA-led southern flank war against
Western media predictably blamed the conflict in Darfur completely on
the Sudanese government and the liberal idiocracy was led along by
their naive noses, ala Yugoslavia. In March 2009 the Eight
Families’ favorite kangaroo court – the International Criminal Court
(ICC) – charged Sudanese President al-Bashir with war crimes. There was
no mention of JEM in the ICC charges.
By the end of August 2006, Chad’s President Déby had taken a left turn, calling for Chad to get a 60% stake
of its domestic oil output after decades of receiving “crumbs” from the
foreign companies which ran the industry. He singled out Chevron and
Petronas for refusing to pay taxes totalling $486.2 million. 
In 2008 Sudanese President al-Bashir attended Déby’s re-election
inauguration, signaling a warming of relations that would eventually end
the Darfur conflict. With al-Bashir still sitting atop huge oil
reserves, the Eight Families now cooked up a plan for South Sudan to
cecede from Sudan. Reeling from the constant attacks on his people which
had left two million dead, al-Bashir was forced into agreeing with the
With violence flaring in Sudanese-controlled and oil-rich
South Kordofan and President Salva Kiir behaving less like a puppet of
late, it appears that the SPLA and their Glencore/Rothschild sponsors are not content to have stolen most of Sudan’s oilfields. Like all good bloodsucking vampires, they want them all.
Dean Henderson is the author of four books: Big
Oil & Their Bankers in the Persian Gulf: Four Horsemen, Eight
Families & Their Global Intelligence, Narcotics & Terror Network, The Grateful Unrich: Revolution in 50 Countries, Stickin’ it to the Matrix, Das Kartell der Federal Reserve and The Federal Reserve Cartel.
Subscribe free to Dean’s weekly column, Left Hook.
 “South Sudan: The World’s Newest Fragile Oil-Rich Petrostate.” www.oilprice.com. John Daly. 7-11-11 “South Sudan’s Oil Company Forms Joint Venture With Glencore to Sell Oil.” www.bloomberg.com. Matt Richmond. 7-12-11. “South Sudan Establishes Central Bank As It Receives Its New Currency”. www.wireupdate.com. BNO News. 7-15-11 “US to Aid Regimes to Oust Government”. David B. Ottaway. Washington Post. 11-10-96 “The World’s Ten Worst Dictators”. Parade Magazine. 3-23-09 “Mercenary Mischief in Zaire”. Jane Hunter. Covert Action Information Bulletin. Spring 1991. “Sudanese Warplanes Hit Darfur Rebels Inside Chad.” Sudan Tribune. 6-3-09 “Petronas Disputes Chad’s Tax Claims.” Aljazeera. 8-30-06
he Axis of Hope: Beijing to Beirut, Via Moscow, Tehran and Damascus
The Axis of Hope: Beijing to Beirut, Via Moscow, Tehran and Damascusby André Chamy "Voltaire Network"The U.S. strategy, devised by Zbigniew Brzezinski, using support for Islamist obscurantism to fight both progressive Muslim policies and against Russia, sparked an alliance to resist it. Now, China, Russia, Iran, Syria and Hezbollah are forced to stick together to survive. Ultimately observed André Charny, the trap has sprung on those who set it.Islam against Islam ...
Iran, Syria and Lebanon thanks to Hezbollah and its
allies, considered by Westerners for years to be a source of evil
because of their support for what they call "terrorism" have not
finished being talked about. After individual treatment for each of them
according to political divisions in the region, an axis has set itself
up that starts at the gates of Russia and China to end at those of Tel
This axis is rooted in Western politicies reserved for this region.
The United States, followed by major Western countries, have declared
how its economic interests must be preserved at all costs. This biased
policy has generated tensions over the years, the source of armed
conflicts and street fights that incessantly feed the televised news.
This policy, enshrined for some time, was implemented with the
support of local stakeholders. However, an acceleration took place after
the fall of the Berlin Wall, lived as an historical event, which it
obviously was, but that marked the advent of an aggressive and
contemptuous strategy toward the Middle East.
The USSR having disappeared, the countries of the region could not
hope for anything other than to rely on Western control, notably that of
the United States. Instead of taking advantage of this privileged
position as arbitrator, the latter and some other Western countries
would favor the crash and the domination of the "extended Middle East"
through direct interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan, but also in
Lebanon, in Yemen and the Maghreb with the declared intention of
intervening in Syria and in Iran.
The United States has known, since the seventies, following the oil
shock, that they must control the sources of raw materials, especially
oil, as well as routes for accessing these resources, because they had
the bitter experience of discovering this vital necessity both for their
economy and for the comfort of their citizens.
The opinions of experts differ on the assessment of gas reserves and
hydrocarbons, but an idea remains constant, that of the finite nature of
these treasures that lie in greedy Bedouin hands who have no need of
their gold as long as their leisure and fun are funded.
At a time when Samuel Huntington’s "clash of civilizations" has
replaced the Cold War, Islam has become for the United States the new
useful enemy, an "ally" of sorts, against Europe. Pragmatic and
opportunistic, they have seen in the Islamic movement a "groundswell"
and chose to play the Muslim card to better control the arteries of
black gold. They had sensed the usefulness of this dangerous ally long
before the implosion of communism.
Starting also in the 1970s, the United States supported Islamist
extremists, from the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood to the Islamist Bosnians
and Albanians, from the Taliban to the Egyptian Jamaa Islamyah. There
was even talk of their relationship with the FIS (Islamic Salvation
Front) which became the violent "GIA" in Algeria. They pampered the
Wahhabis at the head of the pro-US Saudi monarchy which finances almost
all Islamist networks in the world. They played the sorcerer’s
apprentice and fundamentalist movements they believed they could handle
sometimes turned against the "Great Satan " to achieve their own goals.
In contrast, the U.S. has abandoned or wanted to neutralize Muslim
countries likely to gain political power and relative autonomy.
Consider President Jimmy Carter’s abandoning the Shah, while Iran was
becoming master of its oil. To this is added the will to crush any hint
of intellectual independence for even secular Arab countries such as
Syria, Egypt and Iraq.
Playing with Islamism came to the detriment of secular movements
representing an alternative to radical political Islam, the latter
representing a safe haven after each failure in this area. However, this
"Islamism" is obviously not to be confused with the "Islamic" Republic
of Iran which has an unusual genesis. Moreover, several authors of
distinction studying Islamist movements sometimes make the mistake of
confusing the Islamic Republic of Iran with the Islamists, though they
have nothing in common, except the fact they reference Islam and Sharia.
The fundamental difference is the very definition of political Islam
advocated by one and the other.
Everything separates them fundamentally and if indeed the Americans
didn’t do much to save the Shah, this attitude was justified by them for
strategic reasons, because Iran for them could in no way be permitted
to become a major regional power. Which explains that some time after
the fall of the Shah, the U.S. initiated the war waged by Saddam Hussein
against his neighbor, which led to the ruin of the only two countries
that could have a decisive influence in the Gulf region.
However, the developments in Iran after its war with Iraq allowed the
former to become a real regional power, feared by certain Gulf
monarchies, who preferred to entrust their security to the West, most
particularly to the USA. In exchange, they entrusted their "resources"
to Western economies and funded activities and movements designated by
Washington’s secret services.
These same monarchies were to turn a blind eye to current events in
some regions including Palestine, even though they claimed to support
the aspirations of the Palestinian people. They became the first Arab
countries to have direct or secret contacts with the State of Israel,
which later led to the rapprochement of Palestinian resistance movements
with the Iranians.
The latter appear today as the only ones willing to defend the holy
places of Islam with the men of Al-Quds, a branch of the Revolutionary
Guards, and through their support for Hamas. The US magic has turned
against the magician.
The Arab-Muslim world must remain for North America a world rich in
oil, exploitable at will, but poor in gray matter and kept in a state of
total technological dependence, a market of a billion consumers
incapable of political, military and economic independence. The Qur’anic
yoke is, according to this view, conducive to intellectual poverty.
the night of March 1 to 2, 2014 , while Russia was preparing to
intervene in Crimea, an Islamist group attacked passengers at a station
in Yunnan (a region where Muslims are very rare), killing at least 29
people and seriously injuring 130. The United States thus sent a message
to the Chinese government not to intervene in the conflict. To
everyone’s surprise, the Chinese ambassador to the Security Council the
next day limited himself to a few general phrases in the debate on the
situation in Ukraine.
The Rules of the Game
A Tehran-Beirut axis through Baghdad and Damascus materialized
progressively at the expense of Washington’s strategy in the region. It
was essential over the years that this axis adopt allies and partners in
particular because of sanctions against Iran and Syria.
Moreover, historically, the Damascus-Moscow line has never been
suspended despite the disappearance of the Soviet Union, despite the
tumultuous period crossed by the Russian Federation. But the arrival of
President Vladimir Putin, aspiring to restore Russia ’s role on the
international scene and preserve its strategic interests, was not to the
liking of the United States.
For its part, Iran would develop its relations with Russia, become
its objective ally in negotiations with the West about its nuclear
program. China has also strengthened its ties with Tehran, especially
following the embargo on the Iranian economy.
These two great powers became by force of circumstances the strategic
rear bases of the "Axis of Hope". It is obvious that everyone is
benefiting, but the Russians and the Chinese are not unhappy to have
partners who queen the pawns of their historical opponents, while
enjoying the Iranian oil and gas and strategic positions offered by
Syria’s situation over U.S. forward positions.
In his book, The Grand Chessboard, America and the Rest of the World,
published in 1997, Zbigniew Brzezinski, former national security
adviser to President Carter and very influential in Clinton’s United
States, revealed with cynical frankness the reasons at the root of the
Islamic strategy of his country. According to him, the main challenge
for the United States is Eurasia, a vast expanse ranging from Western
Europe to China via Central Asia : "From the American point of view,
Russia seems destined to become the problem ... "
The United States is therefore becoming more and more interested in
the development of resources in the region and seeks to prevent Russia
from having supremacy. "The U.S. policy also aims both the weakening of
Russia and the absence of military autonomy of Europe. Hence the NATO
expansion to Central and Eastern Europe, in order to sustain the U.S.
presence, while the formula for a European defense capable of countering
American hegemony on the old continent would involve "an anti-hegemonic
In fact, through its choices, the US seems to have been mistaken on
all fronts that were used as bases to conquer sources of oil and gas,
attracting to itself stinging political failures. As for the Western
countries, they virtually abandoned all strategy and have entrusted
their foreign policy to the United States. Even if they try to save face
by some posturing, they know that they are not the ones who run the
show. The recent example of François Hollande and Laurent Fabius playing
let’s-go-to-war is an illustration : they had to fold quickly,
understanding that negotiations between Messieurs Lavrov and Kerry took
precedence over their preemptive announcements.
8 , 2007 in Ternopol (Western Ukraine), Nazis and Islamist factions
create a so-called anti-imperialist front to fight against Russia.
Organizations from Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine and Russia participate,
including Islamist separatists from Crimea, Adygea, Dagestan,
Ingushetia, Kabardino-Balkaria, Karachay-Cherkessia, Ossetia and
Chechnya. Because of international sanctions, Dokka Umarov can’t be
there but has his contribution read. The Front is chaired by Dmytro
Yarosh, who became Deputy Secretary of the National Security Council of
Ukraine in the coup in Kiev, February 2014.
The Response of the Tiger
Noting the failure of their maneuvers, the Americans wanted to raise
tension against Russian authorities determined to oppose them, while
China remained in ambush to assess the situation, moreover little
inclined to trust Washington ...
Recall that China is as much interested as Russia in the Middle East :
the first sign of interest dates back to 1958 during the Lebanon crisis
which led to the U.S. landing on Lebanese shores, to which Beijing
strongly objected, long before the USSR.
These US maneuvers are particularly well-established, since the
process is relatively simple. First it participates in the creation of
NGOs supposed to advocate for human rights. It encourages some
"whistleblowers", and it provides a forum for obscure opponents without
great scope to create at a given time a set of conditions for the
destabilization of a country.
This is a job that is prepared for years. It has been tried during
the Cold War, the most glaring example is that of Chile, and continued
to the present day with the famous "color revolutions" and more recently
the "Arab Spring." The same actions are being prepared in other
countries that we see in the headlines, especially in Azerbaijan.
It is in this context that "events" broke out in June 2009 in Iran,
under the pretext of challenging conditions for the election of
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The Islamic Republic had to face it for
nearly nine months. Hezbollah was also confronted, after the Israeli
attack which lasted 33 days, by a new government plot to deprive it of a
tool directly related to its security, namely its communication
network. Its response was quick and effective on 7 May 2008 which the
plotters considered as an affront though it was tit for tat !
There remained in the "Axis of Hope" only Syria, which had been
notified by the Americans that if it did not stop its relationship with
Iran and Hezbollah, it would suffer the fate of other Arab countries
affected by a "spring" supposed to bring the swallows of democracy but
which brought only the crows of terror and instability.
It is in this context that the famous "color revolutions" impact
Russia through the Ukrainian example. These revolutions have deprived
Russia of most of its strategic field. Europe (UEE) was used, which was
to host the Ukrainians with a promise of better economic conditions and
aid. But in reality, these events have allowed the United States to
establish military bases at Moscow’s doorstep. At the time, Russia,
weakened by a power that had neither ambition nor scale was not able to
Russia today cannot accept that this example recur throughout
Ukraine. This explains its immediate reaction. Its reaction is despite
appearances in accordance with the examples in the Middle East, since
the idea is to say that democracy is not exercised in the street, but is
won at the polls. If the opposition wanted to take power, it should
have to go through elections.
Beyond this, Russia, barely out of aggression from the Chechen
militias that brought death and terror in its territory with the
financial support of some Gulf monarchies, of course defends its
interests. This explains the veiled threat made by the Saudis saying :
"We could help you avoid the threat of terrorism in Sochi, if you yield
on the Syrian issue." They were obviously turned down.
In any event , this demonstrates both the role of the Gulf monarchies
and the use of Islamist movements to covertly promote U.S. policies
which, through the destabilization of some states, believe they create
conditions which would be more favorable to them in the region.
The Beijing Beirut axis, via Moscow, Tehran and Damascus, will only
grow stronger. This is virtually a survival issue for each. According to
an Eastern proverb: "Do not back a cat into a corner, at the risk of
seeing it transform into a tiger." But what can happen if we try to back
a tiger into a corner? It is certain that nobody wants to know the
Crimea Declares Independence
Crimea Declares Independence Ahead of Popular Vote on Secessionby RIA NovostiMOSCOW, March 11 (RIA Novosti) – The parliament of Crimea, a majority ethnic Russian region within Ukraine, declared independence Tuesday ahead of a popular vote on secession and annexation by Russia.The declaration appeared to be the latest attempt to shore up the legal basis of the upcoming referendum, which is scheduled for Sunday but has been declared unconstitutional by the country’s central leadership in Kiev.A representative of the regional parliament’s press office said that 78 of 100 deputies voted to declare independence.The text of the declaration, published on the parliament’s website, claims that the action is in accordance with international law, specifically citing a 2010 ruling by the International Court of Justice that affirmed Kosovo had the right to declare independence from Serbia.That ruling drew strong reactions from world leaders, with Russian officials insisting that independence for Kosovo threatened to undermine international law.The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Tuesday that the Crimean parliament's declaration of independence was “completely legal” and that Russia will fully respect the results of the referendum.Ukraine’s parliament ordered Crimea on Tuesday to halt the popular vote on secession by Wednesday or the regional parliament would be declared dissolved.The country's legislature also appealed to the citizens of Crimea not to take part in the vote and said that calls for Russian annexation violated the constitution, which gives only the central government the right to conduct foreign affairs.A decree calling for the vote to be stopped last week by Ukraine’s acting president, Oleksandr Turchynov, was ignored by Crimean officials on the technicality that it was not filed in the proper manner.Officials in Crimea, which hosts a major Russian naval base, have refused to recognize as legitimate the country’s new leadership that ousted President Viktor Yanukovych on February 22 following months of street demonstrations protesting his step back from closer ties with Europe.Troops lacking official insignia but carrying weapons and wearing uniforms used by the Russian military and understood to be under Russian command have taken control of military bases and key infrastructure on the peninsula in recent weeks.
NEO – Erdogan’s Pivotal Role in the Syrian Crisis
NEO – Erdogan’s Pivotal Role in the Syrian Crisisby Gwenyth Todd, former White House NSC … for New Eastern Outlook, Moscow[ Editor's note: Gwenyth is bringing her past talent and experience back onto the world stage so we and all share her viewpoints and analysis.
Such insights can only be provided from someone who has been
inside the belly of the beast, both at the Pentagon and the White house
National Security Council.
When I use the Beast term I am not joining the 'hate America
at every opportunity crowd'. I am referring to the Project for a New
American Century group and the NeoCon traitors who hijacked a non
offensive American people and took us in the direction of ruling the
world at the point of a gun, just like gangsters like to do when they
can get away with it.
Our our top military and
security brass have a lot to answer for their meekly going along with
the slow motion train wreck, and even more-so when it produced one
disaster after another, they watched the country getting looted, and
sought anonymity in their 'doo-doo happens' defense.
I don't write much about 911 here, because it is so well
covered by our other writers. All of you military people out there that
know that some Jihadis living in caves in Afghanistan did not do 911,
and you all now who you are...you have not done enough to fight the
Our core group at VT has pledged ourselves to supporting the
most loyal among us who have crossed swords with the worst America has
to offer. Gwen Todd is right up there near the top of the list for
having broken up a false flag attack by the Bush-Cheney gangsters to
trigger a retaliatory attack on Iran.
And by her wits and some
good luck she survived an assassination attempt for her efforts to
defend her country, a much bigger effort than many of those dripping
with medals and awards have done.
I can't think of a sadder situation, like a 50 year old
boxing champion that does not realize that his career is over, than to
see an America pouring honors upon those who have dishonored it, while
trying to bury alive those who have really served their country beyond
the call of duty. We see that as a disgrace. And for all of you funded
institutions out there who just sit your butts and just watch...well...I
won't even say it.
Gwenyth – also in the field
The Navy alone, for their part in trying to kill her, does not even have an open investigation as to who ran the operation.
It is not as big a disgrace of their treatment of the USS
Liberty, and the shame they brought upon themselves by covering up a war
crime against American servicemen, where even withholding information
about such is a five year felony.
Those of you out there in positions of authority who know
this, you counterfeit Americans, you know exactly who I am talking
You are slowly killing this great nation by going along and
doing nothing to root out the real major national security risks that
all Americans face, and that this top level treason on steroids right
back here at home.
Who we support here, and who we don’t and why, is clear for
all to see. And those who need to cross back over the river to help us
out, I suggest you blow your rafts up and get then into the water. We
are running out of time and need the help now…. Jim W. Dean ]
- First published March 9, 2014 -
Turkey – Crossroad for the East and West for a long long time
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent visit to
Iran has highlighted once again the delicate balancing act Erdogan is
playing in seeking to overthrow the Ba’athist regime in Syria without
dragging Turkey into a disastrous regional war.
Given that Iran is Turkey’s second-largest supplier of gas,
Mr. Erdogan cannot afford a conflict with Iran over Syria, despite Mr.
Erdogan’s inflammatory rhetoric for Western benefit.
So one might ask, what does Mr. Erdogan hope to gain from the fall of
the Assad regime that justifies the risk he is taking in backing
various Syrian rebel groups and lobbying the West to provide military
and other assistance to these same groups?
Syria has always been something of an enigma to
Western observers and Syrian authorities have worked to keep it that
way. It has maintained closer ties to Iran, Russia and former Soviet
Socialist republics than to the West, and has steadfastly maintained its
bellicose stance towards Israel, even as Egypt and Jordan have engaged
in peaceful dialogue.
Since 1973, Syria has avoided direct military action against Israel,
choosing instead to play a careful behind-the-curtain role, using
Lebanon as a proxy state to launch terror operations against Israel
while attempting to avoid a full-fledged war.
The outside world, especially neighboring Israel,
remains somewhat mysterious to the average Syrian without the means to
travel to countries with open media access. At the UN crossing on the
Golan Heights from Israel into Syria, UN peacekeepers even search the
belongings of UN personnel to ensure that nothing with Hebrew writing
crosses the checkpoint.
Turkey – in the middle of it all
In keeping with Zionist tradition, the Western media
has paid most of its attention to Syria in the context of Israel,
largely ignoring Syria’s northern border with Turkey.
For years, the Turkish government built strong ties with Israel and
the West was happy to let both countries contain Syria, at least in
terms of policy planning in the region.
As long as there were no catastrophic events or advertised harboring
of international terrorists, Syria has been largely left to its own
devices. The human rights of the Syrian people were not at the top of
any NATO-member’s agenda, least of all the Turkish government’s.
In fact, for decades the Turkish government was
willing to use force to keep Syria in check, and other long-time Turkish
enemies, like Greece, cultivated ties with Syria in large part to
needle Turkey into committing human rights abuses against Kurds that
tarnished Turkey’s image internationally.
Turkey has long had problems with its neighbor
Syria, with whom it has been at loggerheads over many issues, including
but not limited to a longstanding territorial dispute over Turkey’s
annexation of Hatay province in 1939, and Syria’s policy of harboring of
Kurdish PKK terrorists, including the now imprisoned PKK leader
Abdullah Öcalan .
Before Mr. Erdogan came to power, Turkey dealt with the
Syria problem by relying on a combination of cooperation with Israel to
squeeze Syria on two fronts, while also building huge dams along the
Tigris and Euphrates rivers that allow Turkey to control Syrian access
to fresh water.
In a dry region like the Middle East, control of water
sources translates into absolute power, as we have seen in Israel where
the government refuses to relinquish control of the West Bank because of
the aquifer beneath. Water means survival and is arguably more
precious than oil.
There is as much controversy inside Turkey as surrounding it
The election of the Islamist government of Mr.
Erdogan’s AKP party in 2002 was a game-changer regarding Syria in terms
of objectives and strategy and it seems people are only now waking up to
the new reality of Turkish governance and the problems it could cause
to Turkey’s allies and enemies alike.
Before getting involved, the questions we should be asking ourselves
are “Why did Erdogan help create and then nurse this Syrian civil war
into the deadly monster it has become? And what precisely does Mr.
Erdogan and his cronies hope to gain from the fall of the Assad regime? ”
If Mr. Erdogan’s concerns were truly for the well-being of Syria’s
population, Mr Erdogan would not promote largely unknown bands of
radical, violent, Sunni Islamist rebels to serve as a supposed strong,
democratic, ethical replacement for Assad.
To understand Mr. Erdogan’s motivation, one needs to understand the
challenge Mr. Erdogan faced, and still faces, in attempting to turn
Turkey into an Islamic state instead of the secular nation created by
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk from the ashes of the Ottoman Empire.
With Saudi Arabia responsible for the two holy
shrines of Mecca and Medina, and Iran as the primary leader of the Shi’a
community, how could Turkey, with its military charged with ensuring
the Turkish state identity remained secular, attain credibility as a
The simplest way in the region would be to
demonstrate success in promoting Palestinian rights and succeed where
the Arabs and Persians had repeatedly failed. After all, for all the
wars and rhetoric over the years, the plight of the Palestinians has
steadily worsened and the so-called Middle East Peace Process has turned
into a “Slow Annexation Of The West Bank Process by Israel”.
The more the Arabs and Persians scream and threaten to drive the
Zionists into the sea, the more hapless they appear and the more the
Palestinians lose out. Mr. Erdogan, however, seems to have recognized
this failure of the Arabs and Persians as an opportunity to secure
Western support in neutralizing the secular Turkish military threat at
home, while allowing Mr. Erdogan to move to the forefront in the Muslim
world as the Defender of the Palestinians.
EU and NATO – Are they really wolves in sheep’s clothing?
Mr. Erdogan’s first challenge in
becoming a regionally recognized champion of Islamic rights required
neutralizing the secular military and removing legal obstacles to
Islamicizing the Turkish government.
This, Mr. Erdogan achieved by using the prospect of
European Union membership to enlist the support of Turkey’s
sophisticated, secular middle class and its powerful business community.
Mr. Erdogan knew that even the most secular Turkish
billionaire would petition to reduce the military’s role as guarantor of
Turkey’s secularism if it meant Turkey could become a member of the
European Union. The European Union requires that its members allow free
practice of religion.
It seemed to many Western-oriented, secular
Turks that if the military insistence on cracking down on free speech
was preventing Turkish entry into the European Union, it made sense to
remove the military’s overbearing control. They did not envision the
power that removing the military would give to Mr. Erdogan.
It simply did not seem possible to most Turks that Mr.
Erdogan would have the means and support to unstitch the incredible
influence of Atatürk from the fabric of Turkish society and replace the
previous authoritarian secular regime with a new authoritarian Islamic
Nor did most believe
that Mr. Erdogan might not be truly committed to Turkey’s European
Union membership, but might merely be using the accession process to
gain Western support in neutralizing his secular domestic opposition.
a former Adviser to President Clinton, expert in international security
policy, she holds an M.A from Georgetown University, exclusively for
the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook.”
Editing: Jim W. Dean and Erica P. Wissinger
Clashes erupt between protesters, police in Turkey
Clashes erupt between protesters, police in TurkeyBy presstvClashes have broken out between the protesters and riot police in Turkey following the death of a teenager wounded during mass anti-government protests last year.On Tuesday, protesters threw stones at police vehicles in Istanbul after 15-year-old Berkin Elvan, who had slipped into a coma after being hit in the head by a police tear gas canister during last summer's demonstrations, died at the city’s Okmeydani Hospital.Demonstrations in relation to the boy's death also took place in the capital, Ankara, where police fired tear gas and used water cannon to disperse thousands of protesters.Students also staged a sit-down protest in the Aegean port city of Izmir.Berkin was on his way to buy bread when he was caught up in a street protest. His family blames Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for their son's death. "It's not God who took my son away but Prime Minister Erdogan," the boy’s mother Gulsum Elvan, speaking to reporters outside the hospital, said through tears.Berkin’s death raised the number of fatalities from last summer's anti-government protests in Turkey to at least eight, including a police officer.On May 31, 2013, Turkish police broke up a sit-in held at Istanbul's Taksim Square against a proposal to demolish Gezi Park.The violence turned into nationwide demonstrations against the ruling Justice and Development Party and Erdogan, with police using water cannons, tear gas and rubber bullets against the demonstrators.The protests saw an estimated 2.5 million people take to the streets across Turkey over three weeks to demand Erdogan's resignation. More than 8,000 people were injured in the demonstrations, according to medics.
CIA accused of spying on Congress over torture report
CIA accused of spying on Congress over torture reportBy RTThe Central Intelligence Agency secretly removed classified documents from a computer system used by Congress, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) said Tuesday morning, and may have violated the United States Constitution as a result.Feinstein — the chair of the United States Senate Intelligence Committee — critiqued the CIA’s supposed conduct on the floor of the US Capitol Building early Tuesday in Washington, DC, and said that the agency’s alleged actions may have violated the constitutional principle of congressional oversight, as well as both the Fourth Amendment and a presidential executive order that prohibits the CIA from engaging in domestic search and surveillance.The chairperson’s unexpected remarks early Tuesday came amid multiple requests for the Department of Justice to investigate allegations of misconduct between the chairperson’s panel and the secretive spy agency.According to the Associated Press, Sen. Feinstein said the CIA improperly searched a stand-alone computer network at the agency’s Langley, Virginia headquarters that was put in place so that Intelligence Committee staffers could view sensitive documents.As RT reported earlier, the CIA and Senate Intelligence Committee has been at odds in recent weeks after congressional staffers were accused of removing a draft document without authorization from the Northern Virginia facility while at work on an investigation pertaining to the agency’s use of so-called enhanced interrogation techniques during the George W. Bush administration. The Senate committee finished their 6,300-page, $40 million study on the CIA’s torture program in late 2012, but the agency has yet to approve of a completed draft.Previously, the CIA said someone affiliated with the Senate’s investigation took a document in violation of a user agreement between both parties. Members of Congress fired back, however, and accused the CIA of spying on Senate staffers in order to make such a determination.On Tuesday, Sen. Feinstein threw her weight behind those allegations and said she had "grave concerns that the CIA's search may well have violated the separation of powers principles embodied in the US Constitution.”There is “no legitimate reason to allege to the Justice Department that Senate staff may have committed a crime,” Feinstein said, adding that she viewed the CIA’s request for an investigation as a “potential effort to intimidate this staff.”“I am not taking it lightly,” Feinstein said.Following her remarks, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) told the Washington Post: "In 40 years here, it was one of the best speeches I'd ever heard and one of the most important.”"There is no one who has more courage and conviction than Dianne Feinstein,” added Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nevada).John Brennan, the current director of the CIA, spoke of the scandal during a previously-scheduled discussion at the Council on Foreign Relations later Tuesday morning.“[W]e are not in any way shape or form trying to thwart” the release of the torture report, Brennan said.With regards to allegations that the CIA “hacked” into the Senate-used computer, Brennan said: “Nothing can be further from the truth.”“We wouldn’t do that,” Brennan said. “That’s just beyond the scope of reason.”Shortly after, White House press secretary Jay Carney said during a news briefing that Pres. Barack Obama "has great confidence in John Brennan and confidence in our intelligence community and in our professionals at the CIA."
Today's News Headlines by RT(March 11,2014)
Today's News Headlines by RT(March 11,2014)Libyan PM loses vote in parliament – spokesman
Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan has lost a confidence vote in
parliament and will be replaced temporarily by the defense minister,
parliament’s spokesman, Omar Hmeidan, told Reuters. The MPs staged the
vote after rebels in the east of country said a tanker loaded with oil
from a port under their control escaped the navy and moved into
2 policemen wounded by bomb in Bahraini village – officials
A homemade bomb exploded in a Shiite Muslim village in Bahrain on
Tuesday, wounding two policemen, according to the Interior Ministry. It
provided no further details about the explosion in al-Eker, south of the
capital, Manama. It came nine days after another blast in the Gulf Arab
kingdom killed three security men, Reuters reported.
India to slash Iran oil imports – reports
India will cut its oil imports from Iran by nearly two-thirds from the
first quarter after the US asked it to hold the shipments at end-2013
levels, Reuters reported. The move is in keeping with the nuclear deal
easing sanctions on Tehran, Indian government sources said. India, with
the increases already made in the January-March loading plans from Iran,
has to cut its purchases of the crude to about 110,000 barrels per day
to drop its intake average to 195,000 bpd for the six months to July 20.
3 Gaza militants killed in Israeli air strike - Islamic Jihad
An Israeli air strike on Tuesday killed three Palestinian militants in
the Gaza Strip, according to Islamic Jihad. The Israeli military had not
immediately commented on the reports. Islamic Jihad said the attack
targeted members of the group in Rafah, a town bordering Egypt, Reuters
EU to urge greater effort to cut gas imports at summit next week
EU leaders will call for greater efforts to cut reliance on imported
gas at a Brussels summit next week, according to a draft document. They
may underline their concern about strained relations with dominant
energy supplier Russia amid the Ukraine crisis, Reuters reported.
Ukraine is a transit route for shipping Russian gas. The EU relies on
Russia for about a third of its supplies.
Malaysia plane disappearance unlikely to be terrorist incident – Interpol
The head of international police agency Interpol said on Tuesday he did
not believe the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines plane was a
terrorist incident. “The more information we get, the more we are inclined to conclude it is not a terrorist incident,” Reuters
quoted Interpol Secretary General Ronald Noble as saying. He also
confirmed that two Iranian passport holders had swapped their passports
in Kuala Lumpur and used stolen Italian and Austrian passports to board
the now-missing airliner.
New Zealand to hold referendum on new flag after election – PM
New Zealand will hold a referendum on whether the country gets a new
flag during the next parliamentary term, Prime Minister John Key has
said. The design of the current flag symbolized a colonial and
post-colonial era, local media quoted Key as saying. The existing design
features the Union Jack and four stars representing the Southern Cross.
Key has previously stated his preference for a silver fern as the
national flag, but does not see the change as part of a trend towards
severing ties with the UK, as some republican groups do.
Naval exercise of US, Bulgaria, Romania in Black Sea delayed due to bad weather
Bad weather has delayed by one day a joint naval exercise by US,
Bulgarian and Romanian naval forces in the Black Sea, Reuters said,
citing a statement by the Bulgarian Defense Ministry. A US navy
destroyer was due to take part in maneuvers with Romanian and Bulgarian
warships near the Crimean Peninsula. To the north in Poland, US fighter
jets are also to take part in joint exercises.
Palestine’s Fatah council refuses to recognize Israel as ‘Jewish’ state
The Revolutionary Council of the Palestinian Authority President on
Monday unanimously endorsed Mahmoud Abbas’s rejection of demands to
recognize Israel as a Jewish state, AFP reported. “President Abbas
has reaffirmed his refusal to recognize the Jewishness of the State of
Israel and council members stood up to hail this decision,” a senior Fatah official said from the meeting in Ramallah. Abbas reportedly said in his speech that “he wasn’t going to back down on his people’s rights or betray their cause,” despite the “great pressure being exerted.” Israeli
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made recognizing Israel as a
Jewish state a central issue of peace negotiations. He called it the
root of the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis.
Foreign reporter killed in Kabul – official
A foreign journalist has been shot to death in Kabul, AP quoted an
Afghan official as saying. The journalist, who has not so far been
identified, was working for a Swedish news organization when he was shot
Tuesday in an affluent area of the capital, according to Sayed Gul Agha
Hashimi, the head of the Kabul Criminal Investigation Department. The
journalist reportedly died while being treated at the hospital.
Malaysia says stolen passport user on missing jet ‘not member of terrorist group’
A passenger using a stolen passport on Malaysia’s missing jetliner was
an Iranian asylum seeker, Malaysian police said. The man was not
believed to be a member of a terrorist group, police chief Tan Sri
Khalid Tan Sri said Tuesday. The man, 19, was believed to be planning to
reach Germany, AP reported. The second passenger using a stolen
passport has not been identified. Authorities have not found the missing
Malaysia Airlines jetliner, with 239 people on board, three days after
it disappeared from radar screens.
Israeli drone crashes inside Gaza Strip over technical malfunction
The Israeli military has said one of its unmanned surveillance aircraft
has crashed in the Gaza Strip. The Skylark drone experienced a
technical malfunction before it went down on Tuesday, AP reported. Hamas
militants say they have recovered the aircraft and handed it over to
Chinese raw materials found on US B-1 bomber, F-16 jets – Pentagon
After discovering China-made components in the F-35 fighter jet, a
Pentagon investigation has uncovered Chinese materials in other major US
weaponry, including Boeing Co's B-1B bomber and certain Lockheed Martin
Corp F-16 fighters, Reuters reported. The US Defense Department said
titanium mined in China may also have been used to build part of a new
Standard Missile-3 IIA being developed jointly by Raytheon Co and Japan.
The incidents raised fresh concerns about lax controls by US
contractors. Weapons makers are banned from using raw materials from
China and a number of other countries.
UK shoe bombing plot convict ‘met Osama Bin Laden 20 to 50 times'
A British terror convict has told a New York trial he met Osama Bin
Laden up to 50 times, AFP reported. Saajid Badat, who was sentenced in
2005 to 13 years in jail as a co-conspirator in the notorious shoe
bombing plot in December 2001, also said he was recruited by Al-Qaeda to
blow up a passenger jet. He was released early from prison in Britain,
where authorities have given him accommodation and financial help. He
gave evidence from an undisclosed location on Monday because he faces
arrest in the US.
Japan marks 3rd anniversary of worst peace-time disaster
Japan on Tuesday marks the third anniversary of the Fukushima
earthquake-tsunami disaster. Remembrance ceremonies will be held around
the disaster zone and in the capital Tokyo, to pay tributes to 18,000
victims who lost their lives in the country’s worst peace-time disaster.
It destroyed coastal communities, and sparked a nuclear emergency that
forced a re-think on atomic power.
Pyongyang has ‘sophisticated means’ to avoid UN sanctions – report
North Korea has developed sophisticated techniques to circumvent UN
sanctions, according to a UN report. The methods include the suspected
use of its embassies to facilitate an illegal trade in weapons, the
report, compiled by a panel of eight UN experts, said. It is part of an
annual accounting of North Korea's compliance with UN sanctions imposed
in response to the banned nuclear and missile programs. The document
said Pyongyang was also making use of more complicated financial
countermeasures that made the country’s purchase of prohibited goods
more difficult to track.
Libya halts tanker outside rebel port
Libya has stopped a North Korean-flagged tanker that had loaded oil
from a rebel-held port, officials said. The government also plans to
assemble forces to “liberate” all occupied ports, raising the stakes
over a blockage that has cut off vital oil revenue, Reuters reported.
Rebels have seized three ports and partly control a fourth in the North
African country. They have reportedly dispatched forces to central Libya
to deal with any government attack.
Chilean woman shot dead in Venezuela unrest
A Chilean woman was shot dead while clearing a barricade put up by
anti-government protesters, Reuters reported. Gisela Rubilar, 47, who
was studying in the western Venezuelan city of Merida, is the first
foreign fatality during a month of civil unrest in Venezuela,
authorities said. “She was ambushed by an extreme right-wing group,” Alexis
Ramirez, the governor of Merida state, said, blaming the killing of
Rubilar on unidentified demonstrators. The deaths of Rubilar and of a
protester shot in the border state of Tachira, brought to at least 22
the number of fatalities in five weeks of unrest.
Scant evidence of attack on Malaysian jet as China deploys 10 satellites for search
The so-far fruitless search for a missing Malaysian airliner that
entered its fourth day on Tuesday has drawn in navies, military
aircraft, coastguard and civilian vessels from 10 nations, Reuters said.
No trace has been found of the Boeing 777-200ER that vanished about an
hour into a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing early on Saturday.
Sources in Europe, the US and Asia voiced growing skepticism that the
flight lost with 239 people on board was the target of an attack.
Beijing has deployed 10 satellites to help in the massive search for the
missing airliner, an army daily said on Tuesday.
5.0 magnitude earthquake shakes Indonesia
A 5.0 magnitude earthquake struck eastern Indonesia early Tuesday
morning, 352 kilometers southwest of the city of Tual in Maluku
province, Ria Novosti reported. No tsunami warning was issued as the
quake struck at a depth of 114 kilometers under the Banda Sea. No
casualties or damages have been reported.
Federalism holds the key to democracy in India
Federalism holds the key to democracy in IndiaWhat will save India from the toxic juggernaut of the BJP leader Narendra Modi is that it doesn't have a presidential systeBY Vijay Prashad "The Guardian"India's elections are a statistician's dream. Between 7 April and 12 May the Indian people will elect their 16th parliament (Lok Sabha). About 814 million of them are eligible to vote, 100 million more than for the previous parliamentary election in 2009. If about half of this population goes to the polls – the average turnout – then these 400 million voters will outnumber the total population of the US.In 1952, when India elected its first parliament, the election commissioner Sukumar Sen called it "the biggest experiment in democracy in human history". His judgment holds true today: the scale of the endeavour is remarkable and the enthusiasm of the population to elect their representatives is exemplary – particularly since the gains to the vast majority seem minimal. Indians continue to vote in high numbers because of pride in having secured the ballot through the freedom movement, the immense social pressure often exercised through caste and community channels, and the way in which resources are distributed by the electoral victor.The incumbent for this election is the Congress Party-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA), which has been wracked by scandal and malaise. The UPA resembles an old shaggy dog that drifts in from the rain with its election manifesto dragged behind it like a wet blanket. Little about the UPA's decade in office inspires confidence: the situation for the poor remains miserable, with a recent study showing that 680 million Indians experience deprivation; no number of malls and freeways will lift them out of poverty. Increasingly, the UPA appears as the alliance of the well-heeled elite – less Gandhiji and Nehruji, the wags say, and more 2G (the telecom scandal) and CWG (the Commonwealth Games scandal). Its standard bearer, Rahul Gandhi, is the scion of the Gandhi family but without the charisma and intelligence of his grandmother (Indira Gandhi) and grandfather (Jawaharlal Nehru). His is a pitiful task.India's main opposition over this decade has been the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), a right-leaning group with a muscular and controversial leader, Narendra Modi. On economic issues the BJP and the Congress are identical, although the former says it will provide governance without corruption. The achilles heel of the BJP is its toxic social agenda, which has been demonstrated in Modi's home state of Gujarat, in its anti-Christian pogrom in Dangs in the 1990s and its anti-Muslim pogrom in 2002. The National Human Rights Commission of India found that the Gujarat state apparatus was complicit in the 2002 violence. Modi cleverly ignores this while putting himself forward as the champion of development. With the Congress unable to extricate itself from the quicksand of corruption, Modi's feint impresses the middle class and the corporate elite.What will save India from the Modi juggernaut is that it doesn't have a presidential system. The people will elect 543 new members of parliament. The winning bloc will have to secure half the seats, not easy for the Congress (206 seats in the last parliament) or the BJP (117 seats). Since 1967, the Indian government has been formed out of alliances that include regional parties with deep roots in the Indian states. The old days of a single party ruling the roost are gone; regional parties are now able to dictate terms for the coalition. It is what moderates the extremism of the BJP – but only out of necessity. Modi's toxicity has turned off core allies, leaving the BJP with the confidence of a lion but the alliances of a skunk. To complicate matters, a new anti-corruption party – the Aam Aadmi Party – promises to directly challenge the Congress and the BJP in their north Indian heartlands. If they are able to do so, it will strengthen the hand of the Third Front.The Third Front, under various names, has made an appearance in each election since 1967. It brings together regional parties and the Left Front, which is often its backbone. They are united by their antipathy to both the Congress and the BJP, and their commitment to secularism and social justice. No easy common programme can be produced, largely because the parties in the Front differ hugely in their assessment of how the country should develop. Nevertheless, one of its contributions has been to move India in a federal direction to empower the states (Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state, has a population of 200 million, larger than most countries in the world).In a country of India's scale, federalism is a pathway to democracy. In a fractured parliament the Third Front could broker a government committed to social justice and secularism – as it did in 2004 when the Congress was pushed to create social welfare schemes such as the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act. When the Left broke with the Congress in 2009, the alliance that remained – the UPA – departed from any commitment to relief. Only when the Left is a vital part of the Third Front has this alliance been able to push for reforms to rebuild the hopes and lives of hundreds of millions of Indians who live below any given standard of a poverty line. Only when the Left and its allies are stronger yet will they be able to chart an alternative direction for India.
Chinese anger mounts over missing plane
Chinese anger mounts over missing planeBy Radio Free AsiaFamily members and friends of Chinese passengers on a missing Malaysia Airlines flight expressed mounting frustration as the international search for the Beijing-bound aircraft widened.Amid the public furor, China's state-run media lashed out at the Malaysian authorities and the national airline over their handling of the missing jetliner with 153 Chinese on board.Colleagues of some of the Chinese among 227 passengers aboard flight MH370 say they have been unable to get through on the airline's external contact number since the plane disappeared from radar somewhere between Malaysia and Vietnam after leaving the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur on Saturday."I have been trying to call Malaysia Airlines ... all weekend but it's hard to get through," Zheng Wenshan, whose Chinese colleagues at a painting and calligraphy exhibit in Kuala Lumpur are among those missing, was quoted as saying by Radio Free Asia. "Nobody picks up on the weekend.""I haven't been able to get through this whole time," Zheng said, still hoping for good news about the other members of his group, whom he last saw at Kuala Lumpur's International Airport before he boarded separate flight home to Shanghai after the event."I still want them to come home, and I hope every day that they will trace [the plane]," he said. "But the current situation means I am no longer confident."Malaysia Airlines said a response coordination center will be established once the aircraft is located. The airline was also expected to fly relatives of the passengers from Beijing to Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday.While the desperate search for the Boeing 777 jet expanded across a 50-nautical-mile (92-kilometer) radius area around where the plane was last contacted, no definitive traces of wreckage or passengers who were en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing have been sighted. Xinhua quoted a Vietnamese official that it was unlikely that the missing Malaysian jet would be found.Malaysian civil aviation chief Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said investigators were extending their search to a radius of 100 nautical miles, up from 50 nautical miles from the last known position of Flight 370, covering land on the Malaysian peninsula, the waters off its west coast and an area to the north of the Indonesian island of Sumatra.But the more than 30 search aircraft and 40 ships drafted into the search operation have still found no sign of the flight, baffling experts around the world.Pointing the fingerChinese authorities have pointed the finger at Kuala Lumpur over the lack of information."The Malaysian side cannot shirk its responsibilities," the tabloid Global Times newspaper, which has close ties to the ruling Chinese Communist Party, said in an editorial on Monday. "The initial response from Malaysia was not swift enough," it said.A team of Chinese officials from government ministries headed for Malaysia on Monday, to offer support to the search operation and to relatives of Chinese passengers.Earlier, tests on oil slicks and suspected aircraft debris in the South China Sea, near where the plane disappeared from the radar, showed they were unconnected to the flight."The search operation is still under way, and there has been no evidence to indicate the location of the missing flight MH370," a Malaysian Airlines spokesman told Radio Free Asia on Monday evening.He said not all the relatives of those on board had been located by the airline."There are still some [who haven't been contacted]," the spokesman said. "For the latest updates, people can check our official website."Mystery causeQuestions are being asked over possible security lapses and whether the flight was a target of a bomb, hijacking, or terrorist attack after at least two of the passengers were found to have traveled on stolen passports.Wong Dong, a Macau-based Chinese military analyst, said the fact that MH370 disappeared so rapidly suggested it could have blown up in mid-flight."The plane disappeared very suddenly from the radar, so much so that there was no time to send a distress call," Wong said. "The biggest likelihood is that it exploded and disintegrated in mid-air.""[I] believe that the likelihood of a terrorist attack is very large."US and European government sources close to the investigation told Reuters that neither Malaysia's Special Branch, the agency leading the investigation locally, nor their own spy agencies have ruled out the possibility that militants may have been involved in downing Flight 370.In detailed analysis of the the two passengers who boarded with stolen passports, the Financial Times found that the duo may have been aiming to illegally emigrate to Europe and may have been on the Malaysia Airlines flight by a quirk of ticketing. It is still unclear how the two passengers using their documents managed to board the flight.US officials have said that an FBI team sent to help investigate the passengers has found no evidence so far of a terrorist attack. Agence-France Presse reported that plane-maker Boeing has joined a US National Transportation Safety Board team already in Southeast Asia, acting as technical adviser.Nothing ruled outMalaysian aviation chief Azharuddin, asked whether it was possible the plane had been hijacked or disintegrated mid-air, said the authorities were ruling nothing out."We are looking at every aspect of what could have happened," he told reporters. "This unprecedented missing aircraft mystery - it is mystifying and we are increasing our efforts to do what we have to do."In Beijing, scores of tearful relatives lined up to apply for visas to travel to Malaysia to be closer to rescue operations, although others said they would not go while so much remained unknown."There is more we can do here in China," one woman told Agence France-Presse. "They haven't even found the plane yet."A team of Chinese officials from government ministries headed for Malaysia on Monday to offer support to the search operation and to relatives of Chinese passengers.Malaysian officials have said there was a possibility that Flight 370 may have inexplicably turned back towards Kuala Lumpur.The plane, captained by a veteran pilot, had relayed no indications of distress, and weather at the time was said to be good.With additional input by ATol correspondents.
NEO – Seth Ferris…Redlines and Headlines
NEO – Seth Ferris…Redlines and Headlinesby Seth Ferris, …with New Eastern Outlook, Moscow "Veterans Today"[ Editor's note: The Ukraine crisis has long entered the theater of the absurd. My definition for that is where people have no embarrassment over what they say or do anymore.Mind you, we have America's new "instant Allies"... broke, with a military that can't protect current authorities from being terrorized by Western political terrorists like the Right Sector, the number one suspects for killing the demonstrators and police.The whines from Kiev plotters, who rode a violent coup into power with full Western backing, now claim they are experts on violations of sovereignty. And in true Western leadership fashion, they don't really care too much what American or European people think about it, as they know they have their money and the military behind them.What an embarrassment this is to America. Shame on all of you involved as you have spit on your oaths of office. The Founding Fathers are turning over in their graves, and so is Frederick Douglas...Jim W. Dean ]
- First published March 2, 2014 -
Economic realities determine the playing field
I just realized that I am a conservative, a true
conservative — each time there is a revolution somewhere in the world, I
am critical of it and plainly against it.
Seth Ferris is an American conservative, maybe even
neoconservative. It is better to maintain even unimaginably corrupt
regimes than to rock the boat. Why?
Russia is now calling the bluff of the putsch in Kiev and their so
called Western supporters, whose redlines are fading quickly, in Syria
and Ukraine. The same is true of the US orchestrated Orange Revolution
which lost its hue – and now Russia may actually send troops into
Russia is now calling the American bluff – and keeps open the option
of actually sending substantial troops into Ukraine, albeit that may not
be necessary with breaking news, diplomatic efforts and economic
“Obama says there ‘will be consequences’ if people
‘step over the line’ in Kiev. Bashar al-Assad doubled over in laughter,”
said Denver radio talk-show host Michael Brown, a former Bush
administration official, who resigned after his controversial handling
of Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath in 2005.
First, let’s update “breaking news” as the
Russian Federation Council on Saturday unanimously approved President
Vladimir Putin’s request to use Russian military forces in Ukraine. The
drastic decision is aimed at settling the turmoil in the split country
as soon as possible. This effectively means crossing a red line, as
described in the rhetoric of the US president.
The Thin Red Line has become an English figure of
speech for any thinly spread military unit holding firm against attack.
The phrase has also taken on the metaphorical meaning of the barrier
which the relatively limited armed forces of a country present to
potential attackers. That goes back to Ukrainian history and the battle
over Crimea – so lots of history involved here too, Battle of Balaclava
on 25 October 1854, during the Crimean War, and a good back drop to this
By the way, Russia won the battle. And till 1954, Crimea was Russia
and under Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev in 1954, himself an ethnic
Ukrainian. Crimea was transferred to Ukraine, and since the breakup of
the Soviet Union, Khrushchev’s “gift” has been widely quoted in the
Western press and pundits as the motivation for Russia meddling into the
affairs of Ukraine.
However, that is a moot issue, as Russia does not need it back, as
long as its naval base for the Black Sea Fleet is secure under a
long-term agreement. Being Russian is a state of mind, not defined by a
border. The majority (60 percent) of those living in Crimea are
Russians. Anyway, the US has a naval base in Cuba under a 99 year lease
Crossing that line. It is the same Crimea where
Russia may first send troops, in response to provocations already
organized by Kiev in a desperate effort take over some government
buildings. It is hoped that “sooner than later” calmer heads that
moderate in the opposition will work with the legitimate government in
exile and a real solution will be found. All governments have their
problems, albeit corrupt. It is highly likely that the vast majority of
the Ukrainian population, starting in the East, will sort things out for
the rest of the country.
Meanwhile, Russia will demonstrate that it can call America’s hand
anytime it wants, and especially when the safety of Russian citizens and
ethnic and religious minorities are at risk, including Jews. Only now
it has no option but to draw a line within the recognized borders of
Ukraine, based on legally binding agreements now in existence.
Russian troops to the rescue
One must keep in mind that Russian has long-term
lease agreements with the legitimate government of Ukraine for its Black
Sea Fleet there, and has all legal right to beef up its security under
the terms of the lease.
Regardless how things turn out, Russia’s Parliament gave its
unanimous approval on Saturday for Vladimir Putin to have the option of
using Russian troops in the Ukraine, as it may be necessary to protect
Russian citizens and help stabilize the overall situation. The decision
will take immediate effect upon signing. The vote was motivated by
efforts by ultra-right rebel forces from Kiev making an attempt to
occupy security buildings in Crimea, which was unsuccessful.
However, the blatant act shows the desperation of the new regime to
use force to try to consolidate its gains, give itself some sense of
legitimacy, even if it means leading the divided country to civil war.
If more than a token Russian force should be
deployed outside of existing agreements to provide security to its naval
bases in Crimea, it will be more of a political maneuver, not out of an
immediate urgency, and more a maneuver to marginalize certain fringe
elements “ultra right neo Nazis and anti-Semitic elements.” They are
seeking to gain respect and position in the self-proclaimed new
government and to put into practice some of their rabid threats. Russia
may be left with no choice other than to step in based on humanitarian
grounds to protect security and life.
Already slogans of death to the Jews are spray-painted in various
parts of the country, and if this is not dangerous enough, “the man who
wants to be in power, Aleksandr Muzychko of the Right Sector group has
publicly stated he would fight Jews and Russians until he dies.” One
rabid minister has even suggested for Ukraine to revert to the status of
a nuclear power.
As to the “consequences” on the international
scale, to cross that thin red line – it’s not going to happen, not
because of the ability of the US or the revolution government to live up
to its threats but any “real risk” is more image based, as the US does
not want to be perceived as being spineless in spite of its recent track
record in other parts of the world: Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Middle
East (especially Syria).
Because of believing its own political rhetoric and smarting from not
being able to profit off its less than covert involvement in Syria. The
US may, sooner or later, have no choice but to try to stand up to
Russia, or otherwise the White House will be in Republican hands in the
next election, as if there is much doubt as to that eventuality already.
Another red line would need financial backing
Can the US can cross any “Red Line” and get away with it? If
the US cannot stand up to Russia in an apparent proxy war in Syria,
even with the help of Saudi Arabia, than what is it going to do in
Ukraine? It was not able to do it in Georgia in August 2008, its best
friend and American colony.
It did prove capable of delivering bottled water to a country that
exports water. It is clear that the US tried to use a false flag gas
attack in Syria with the help of Saudi intelligence, and got caught in
the act with emails bragging about the follow up to the gas attack in a
Washington Post article.
Now it wants to punish Russia by using Ukraine. It
has never recovered from the fallout of Russia crying foul and
counterspinning the CNN reports, with the help of the alternative press.
Not much can be expected … other than to point
the finger, and with more and more recriminations. The US cannot fix
Ukraine’s financial problems, with or without the help of the IMF.
The US Administration can’t even fix its own financial
problems and is still living on borrowed Chinese money. Is China going
to loan money to the US to pay for a proxy war over Ukraine or Syria?
There are other stakeholders that need not repeat the American
experience in helping counties. Germany and Western Europe understand
the importance of staying warm in the winter; Russian gas not only keeps
Western Europe warm, but fuels its economy.
It is clear that Merkel’s government is unwilling to foot the bill
for “yet another Greece” – and the economic collapse of Ukraine will
cost more than the Greek bailout. Just how much that will end up costing
old Europe is the big question. Germany remembers how expensive was the
reunification of West and East Germany, and it is not able or willing
bail out Ukraine.
Would Europe and Germany be able to withstand an
OPEC-style gas embargo in support of US foreign policy or to blindly
support the fading image of Obama? Then what about sanctions? We can see
how well they have worked in recent history!
Red Lines vs. “Seeing Red”
Obama’s Syria ‘red line’ over the use of gas, echoes
in his warning to Ukraine, and such “redlines and headlines” in Western
media tell us what we know only too well. “Hasn’t he learned his
redline lesson?” asks Robert Danin, a senior fellow at the Council on
Foreign Relations in Washington.
The president’s choice of words echoes the chemical weapons “red
line” he established for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and then
failed to enforce with military action last year, something critics say
undermined U.S. credibility.
That was to be predicted, as we know how that ended
and who was responsible for it in the first place. That too was “red,”
but more in line with a Red Herring than anything resembling a Red Line –
which in the case of US foreign policy, a lame threat.
Speaking of red, in Red Square, The Kremlin,
Russian lawmakers have unanimously “closed ranks” and called for Russia
to use its armed forces as needed to protect ethnic Russians and its
strategic interests – and help restore Constitution Authority in
Ukraine. This action is a result of Obama’s saber-rattling when he
threatened that Russia would have to pay for a planned military
intervention in Crimea.
In giving him some of his own medicine, Yury Vorobyov, the
deputy head of Russia’s upper house of parliament, said on Saturday that
Obama has “crossed the red line and insulted the Russian people” and
described the president’s remarks as “a direct threat.”
Quoting from the Voice of Russia Radio, Vorobyov urged the Federation
Council to authorize a request from President Vladimir Putin to permit
the use of Russian armed forces in Crimea. He insisted that Russia
recall its ambassador from Washington.
All of the US’s engagements/entitlements in the world are outside of
the “War Powers Act” – the enabling legislation that demands
Congressional Approval for foreign engagements, other than in an
emergency situation for 90 days. The wars/conflicts of convenience that
the US has been so preoccupied with in recent years have not been legal
under US law.
One thing is certain: The US Congress will refuse the current US president the legal right to cross any red line — thin, faded or otherwise.
Seth Ferris, investigative journalist and political scientist, expert on Middle Eastern affairs, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.
Editing: Jim W. Dean and Erica P. Wissinger