Thursday, October 31, 2013

Israel says NO, while Syria beats deadlines. Latakia attack?

Israel says NO to ratifying Chemical Weapons Convention 

Israel's security cabinet is sticking to its decision not to ratify the Chemical Weapons Convention – even though top defense figures have come out in favor of the treaty, a senior official said

Although Israel signed the Chemical Weapons Convention in 1993, by not ratifying the accord it declines to subject itself to the treaty.
Israel is not in compliance. Israel is able to be non compliant with the Chemical Weapons Treaty because they choose to not ratify the agreement. As they have just chosen, yet again.
 Netanyahu raised the issue at a security cabinet session dealing with the situation in Syria, after the ministers heard surveys about the process of destroying Syria’s arsenal of chemical weapons.

The session did not last long and no vote was held. Both Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said they believed that Israel should not change its policy regarding the convention, nor bring it to the cabinet or Knesset for ratification, the official said.

After a short consultation the ministers decided to maintain Israel’s existing policy on the matter, he said.
Meanwhile Syria has destroyed its chemical weapons production and mixing facilities, EARLY

Ahead of schedule.

The Nov. 1 deadline has been met, early,  and Syria has destroyed its chemical weapons production and mixing facilities.                     
Syria has destroyed or rendered inoperable all of its declared chemical weapons production and mixing facilities, meeting a major deadline in an ambitious disarmament program, the international chemical weapons watchdog said Thursday.
 
As for the other two sites the teams were unable to reach?

The other two were too dangerous to inspect, but the chemical equipment had already been moved to other sites that experts had visited, it said.

Therefore, everything has been inspected and production and mixing facilities destroyed.
While Israel hides, or attempts to hide, it's chemical weapon inventory from the rest of the World.

I see a comment in the previous post mentions the alleged attack in Latakia. Information seems very limited on this happening. Early this morning I caught the first news stories surrounding this claim.
It appeared that all news originated with Israel and the opposition.

 An aside: I couldn't access SANA at the time to see what, if anything, was being reported. I haven't had much luck getting on SANA as of late. Has anyone else had that problem?
Here is what I found this morning-

Report: Israel strikes Syrian military base near Latakia

Syrian and Lebanese media report a loud explosion at a Syrian military base near Latakia on Wednesday night • Lebanese media say IAF aircraft flew over Lebanon on way to Syria • Eyewitnesses in Latakia hear planes, see large fire at base.

The only media that reported on an explosion was social media. That was all I saw mention of.
Social media lit up reports via the opposition

This was interesting?

Israeli media (Ynet) reporting that Lebanese media is reporting using sources from Jerusalem. Sort of circular, no? But this report implicates Turkey, while most others implicate Israel?
The Lebanese channel MTV reported from sources in Jerusalem that Turkey is behind the attack of the Syrian aerial defense system in the Latakia area.

 According to the report, the attack was in retaliation to the shooting down of a Turkish airplane a few months ago near the same area. (Roi Kais)

Based on a complete lack of credible reports, it would seem that this most likely did not happen, but the reports are being used to dishearten the Syrian public.
If anyone know of any more credible reporting let me know?
Thanks!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Geneva II: Peace talk delay as big powers split

I think just about anyone could see this delay coming. Painfully obvious since the US/Israel/GCC have an agenda of regime change for Syria, Iran and then at some point in time, Russia.
Exclusive: Syria peace talks face delay as big powers split


AMMAN (Reuters) - International powers are unlikely to meet their goal of convening peace talks on Syria in Geneva next month as differences emerge between Washington and Moscow over opposition representation, Arab and Western officials said.

Failure of the main Syrian National Coalition to take a clear stance over the talks, which aim to find a political solution to Syria's 2-1/2 year civil war, are also expected to contribute to a delay of up to one month, the officials told Reuters. "A clearer picture will emerge when the United States and Russia meet next week, but all indications show that the November 23 goal will be difficult to meet," said one of the officials involved in preparing for the talks. U.S., Russian and U.N envoys are due to meet in Geneva next Tuesday as part of the preparation for the long-delayed peace conference, which was first proposed back in May.
A main point of contention, the official said, is the role of the Western-backed opposition coalition - an issue which has flared up since a meeting in London last week of Western and Gulf Arab countries opposed to Assad.
They announced that the Geneva negotiations should be between a "single delegation of the Syrian regime and a single delegation of the opposition, of which the Syrian National Coalition should be the heart and lead, as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people."

The Syrian National Coalition as the "legitimate representative of the Syrian people" ?????
They aren't.


Russia sees the coalition as just one part of the opposition and has suggested that several delegations, including Damascus-based figures tolerated by the government, could represent President Bashar al-Assad's foes.
That position was echoed by Hassan Abdul Azim, head of the opposition National Coordination Body, who said after meeting international peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi in Damascus that delegates should attend not under the banner of the coalition but as part of a united "Syrian National Opposition".
A communique at the end of the London meeting also said Geneva would aim to establish a transitional government by which time "Assad and his close associates with blood on their hands will have no role in Syria".
"The Russians are furious at the strong stance taken in London and that the communiqué went a long way towards satisfying the demands of the coalition," a Western official said.


MINISTER SACKED


Preparations for the Geneva talks were thrown into further confusion on Tuesday by the dismissal of Syria's Deputy Prime Minister, Qadri Jamil, after he met senior U.S. diplomat Robert Ford in Geneva on Saturday.
Jamil, a member of what Assad describes as the "patriotic opposition", was sacked for leaving the country without permission and holding unauthorized meetings, state media said.
"He saw Ford after meeting Russian officials in Moscow. The meeting was long but useless," a Middle East official said, asking not to be named.
"Jamil put forward what Ford apparently regarded as unworkable proposals regarding the Geneva talks. He also unsuccessfully tried to win U.S. backing to include him on the opposition side in the Geneva talks," he said.
Another diplomatic source said Russia had backed the idea, but that the coalition would not have agreed to sit on the same side of the table as Jamil in any negotiations.
"It will take time between Russia and the United States to resolve their differences. We are looking now at Geneva between November 23 and Christmas," he said.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov acknowledged the Geneva meeting faced objections from both sides in Syria.
But he added during a visit to Greece: "There are contacts between Russia and the U.S. and we should not allow these efforts to fizzle out."

OPPOSITION UNDECIDED

Differences between Moscow and Washington are not the only obstacles to the peace talks going ahead.
Ahmad Jarba, president of the opposition coalition, (????) has publicly resisted calls to commit to attending the Geneva conference, saying the coalition will not take part if there is any chance Assad might cling to power.
"He was speaking to his constituency and his public stance differs from what he told us privately," one delegate at last week's London meeting said, trying to play down the significance of Jarba's stance.
"We assured Jarba that an understanding had been reached with the Russians for Geneva to produce a transitional governing body with full powers over the army and security apparatus and that Assad would not be allowed to retain power under any special clauses. But his fate will not be specifically discussed at Geneva," the delegate said.
Even if Jarba were to attend, he has no authority over the rebel brigades battling to overthrow Assad. Many have rejected any negotiations not centered around Assad's removal and said they would charge anyone who attended them with treason.
Opposition sources said Jarba, who is backed by Saudi Arabia, travelled there in recent days to meet King Abdullah. Jarba will preside over a coalition meeting in Istanbul on November 9 to discuss taking a position on Geneva.

Jarba: A member of the opposition who we are supposed to believe represents Syrians, backed by the Saudis. Does that strike anyone as odd?


"The meeting will likely stretch for up to a week as usual. What is required is for the coalition to forget rhetoric and come up with a strategy, road map and a detailed policy," one envoy said.
U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Washington was still planning for a November conference but "no date or details is set or final until the United Nations announces it."
There was no immediate comment from the United Nations, but a senior Western diplomat said he was still keen that the "target date" for late November should be met.
Several officials, including Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby, have said they expect the Geneva 2 conference to convene on November 23, though the United States, Russia and the United Nations have all said no date has been officially set.
The November 23rd date was the one I had made mention of in this post: Geneva II- Peace Talks set for Nov 23 & 24/13

Looked like it was an official date-" Asked to confirm the dates, he told Reuters: "Yes, this is what (U.N. Secretary General) Ban Ki-moon is saying, not me."
I remarked at that time on the absence of western media coverage


"A date has not been officially set because no one wants it to be officially postponed," a Western diplomat said. "But it has been clear all along the aim was Nov 23. It looks now that it will be de facto postponed."
 
If the Arab League chief expected the conference to convene on November 23rd and this was the date given by Ban Ki Moon it would seem that indeed a date was set. Not to mention the fact that US, Russian and UN officials are meeting in Geneva in advance of the meeting November 23rd
That we are supposed to believe was never official set and hasn't officially been postponed is a lot of hooey.
The US/Israel/SA/NATO crowd never had any intention of settling this matter without more bloodshed.
The aforementioned crowd doesn't want peace only regime change

Related:  Creating the Conditions and Narrative for a FAILED Geneva II

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Georgia (Europe) : A Strategic Nation Dumps it's Pro-West Leadership

Switching gears.
I would think we are going to be reading and/or hearing much more about Georgia in the near future.
NATO is not going to stay hands off on this prime bit of global property.   
Key to destabilizing Russia. Leading towards a western goal of balkanization. Georgia is after all pipeline central. Pipelines for oil. Pipeline for western backed Islamic fighters.
There are a number of posts on this subject at the blog, you can access them by clicking on the label below
Perhaps Kaspi will stop by and let us all know the latest from Georgia?
Kaspi, if your around and wouldn't mind, that would be terrific! 

From left, then-Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer, Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and BP CEO John Browne after laying the last piece of a pipeline symbolically at the Ceyhan crude oil terminal near Turkey's southern coastal city of Adana

US-Georgia Military Cooperation Needed As Georgia's Energy Security Needs Rise With Oil And Gas Pipelines
   “Georgia has contributed to the energy security of Eurasia and has accumulated vast experience in implementation of important transnational energy projects,” said Valeri Chechelashvilli, deputy foreign minister of Georgia.

The 609-mile BTE pipeline transports natural gas produced in the Sha Deniz field, located in the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea, to Georgia and on to Turkey.

Perhaps the most important pipeline that passes through Georgia is the BTC, which transports about 1 million barrels of crude oil from oil fields in the Caspian Sea to the Turkish coast of the Mediterranean, where it then is shipped via tankers to European markets.
       
“The Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline is a major success for the U.S. goal of enhancing and diversifying global energy supplies,” the U.S. State Department said in May 2005.
Georgia voters poised to elect new president, reject Saakashvili ally

An interesting tidbit is contained within this article. It will be highlighted.
 He was the star of Georgia’s Rose Revolution. (The ‘rose’ revolution, just one of the many western backed ‘colour’ revolutions)  As president, he cracked down hard on corruption, sought to refashion his country along Western lines and made government services efficient and effective. (That’s just nonsensical stuff)
He also led Georgia into its disastrous war with Russia in 2008, allowed abuses in the criminal justice system to fester and earned a reputation for capricious arrogance.
                                       
(That’s more accurate. Saakashvili did indeed start a war with Russia in 08. And boy oh boy did he allow abuses in the justic system)
Now President Mikheil Saakashvili is stepping down after nearly a decade in office — and on Sunday, Georgia’s voters made it abundantly clear that they are not interested in prolonging his political legacy.

Exit polls Sunday evening showed two-thirds of the vote going to the handpicked ally of Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, who came to power last year in opposition to Saakashvili. The president’s favored candidate, Davit Bakradze of the United National Movement, came in second in a field of 23, but got only about 20 percent of the vote, two independent exit polls said.

Dozens of former officials from Saakashvili’s government have been investigated or charged with crimes since Ivanishvili became prime minister. Georgia has been cautioned by Western nations not to pursue victor’s justice against former incumbents, (Why?) but Ivanishvili contends that the previous government was rife with lawlessness and that criminals should be held accountable.On television Tuesday, he said that Saakashvili will not be subject to a “political” pursuit, but that he might well face legal questioning once he leaves office — particularly over the death of a former prime minister.
Kutasai Georgia- Three days before Georgia’s presidential election, Ivane Merabishvili, the former prime minister and still a leader of the country’s main opposition party, sat in a courtroom here, in the glass box reserved for defendants held without bail.
 As voters go to the polls on Sunday to replace President Mikheil Saakashvili in what by all predictions will be a rare, peaceful transition, Mr. Merabishvili is not alone. More than 10 other former ministers or other high-level officials who served with him in Mr. Saakashvili’s government are on trial or facing prosecutions that could bring long sentences.

There is also intense speculation that Mr. Saakashvili will be arrested when he leaves the presidency later this month — to the point that he has been in talks about taking a position as a visiting professor at Columbia University, with supporters advising him that time outside the country might reduce his chances of incarceration.
Mr. Saakashvili going back to the country from whence he was created
To members of Mr. Saakashvili’s party, United National Movement, the criminal cases represent ruthless political retribution. It is particularly undeserved, they say, because Mr. Saakashvili accepted his party’s defeat last year by Georgian Dream, the party led by the billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili, who is now prime minister.
                       
Bush and Saakashvili- those were the days!

To the Georgian public this is not a case of retribution:

“What can I say?” he asked with a philosophical air. “On the one side, many say there are too many defendants from the prior government, and the process could be assessed as politically motivated. However, if you go to the Georgian public and ask their opinion, the prosecutor’s office is not as strong as it should be.”
                       
This should get interesting.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Two CW sites not yet inspected: Deadline fail? Turkey bombs Syrian territory

Here is the latest on Syria-
Two Syria chemical weapons sites not yet inspected

In a statement, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said verification activities had been completed at 21 out of 23 sites.

"Efforts to ensure the conditions necessary for safe access to those sites will continue," it added.

On Sunday, Syria submitted to the OPCW a plan to destroy its chemical arsenal.
The Hague-based organisation said that it did so three days ahead of the 27 October deadline set by UN Security Council resolution 2118.
    Correspondents say the fact that inspectors have not been able to reach two of the 23 sites means that one of the first in a series of tight deadlines for the destruction or removal of Syria's chemical weapons stockpile by mid-2014 has been missed.
  The OPCW has not said who was responsible for the security concerns, only that negotiations to ensure the conditions necessary for safe access to the two remaining sites will continue.
 
Smart money is on the NATO/Israeli backed mercs creating impossible conditions for the inspectors
After all that is what they are being paid to do. Obstruct, destroy, destabilize and generally make it impossible for Syria to comply with these inspections and deadlines.

An earlier report, available here, had made it very clear that the Syrian government had been cooperating and complying fully!

“Interaction with UN remains excellent and cooperation from Syrian authorities complete"


The claims of missed deadline likely ties back into this news-

US Obduracy in Syrian Crisis
However, Washington is seeking to include the threat of use of force in the text of the new UN resolution with the purpose of projecting once more the model of the world order advocated by the US: pressing ahead along its own course of solving crises relying exclusively on unilateral actions.

There is very limited reporting on Turkish air force bombing Syrian towns  
What to make of this news?  

 The Turkish Air Force bombed Syrian border territories in response to rocket attacks against Turkish border areas, the Turkish newspaper Sabah reported today citing military sources.

According to the newspaper, five F16 fighters were involved in the operation.
Also:
A Turkish agency has said that five fighter jets targeted Syria's Ras al-Ain district on Monday.

According to Turkey's IHA agency, 5 Turkish jets took off from the Diyarbakir province after a stray missile kiiled a man in the border town of Ceylanpnar. The jets struck the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain.



Sunday, October 27, 2013

Lou Reed has left the planet

Sweet Jane:




Sweet Jane was covered by the Cowboy Junkies also.
to bad the credits roll over the video.........

US Obduracy in Syrian Crisis

Is the US going to make another push for unilateral action against Syria? Despite the fact that Syria has cooperated fully of it's own accord with the CW inspection?

US Obduracy in Syrian Crisis
 Excerpt:

Various Western politicians are refusing to comprehend the new situation that has emerged in the Syrian crisis following the Geneva agreement between Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry. The results of the Russian-American consultations have given a real chance for the complete destruction of the chemical weapons arsenal in Syria thereby forestalling any new attempt of their use. This goal is far more significant than the search for the initiators of the chemical attack in the Damascus suburbs. The plans for the destruction of chemical weapons cannot possibly be instantly realised in practical terms without the support and cooperation of the Syrian authorities. The logic of this realisation makes Bashar al-Assad an important participant in the international efforts on this score. Against this backdrop the White House’s endeavours to initiate a law-suit against Bashar al-Assad, accusing him of offences against humanity, would prove to be totally counter-productive by all reckoning. If this initiative on the part of Washington is translated into reality it could substantively complicate matters and in that situation Damascus’ cooperation in the destruction of chemical weapons may not be forthcoming.
At the bottom I have relinked my previous post regarding Syria. While Syria is cooperating fully the US seems hell bent on pushing their regime change agenda.
 The White House, meanwhile, intends to incorporate a reference to Chapter 7 of the UN Charter in the text of the latest UN resolution regardless of the extent of the Syrian authorities’ cooperation in identifying and destroying chemical weapons. The relevant chapter allows the use of military force in similar situations.  This is the second factor obstructing the achievement of progress in defusing and resolving the Syrian crisis.
At this stage tough measures springing from a strong-arm approach are not at all necessary since Syria has voluntarily adhered to the Convention for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. Simul-taneoulsy the Syrian authorities have taken concrete steps to disclose information regarding the arsenal of chemical weapons in the hands of the country’s armed forces.
The US, on its part, is intentionally taking a pessimistic view on the premise of the unworkability of the Russian-American framework agreement due to the complexity of the search and destruction of chemical weapons in conditions of war wherein the problems of the UN experts’ security, unreliability of the verification mechanism and lack of financial resources assume serious proportions. These difficulties are doubtless real and need to be tackled directly without any element of equivocation. But these are essentially of technical nature. What is indisputable is that it is impossible to overcome the problems by resorting to military strikes. However, Washington is seeking to includs the threat of use of force in the text of the new UN resolution with the purpose of projecting once more the model of the world order advocated by the US: pressing ahead along its own course of solving crises relying exclusively on unilateral actions.
 Background: Syria Cooperates while the West Twists the Knife

Friday, October 25, 2013

Sisi’s Neo-Fascism

Back to Egypt:

To understand where we're going let's step back to a previous post on Egypt

Egypt: Creating a false paradigm to justify death and destruction

And open with an excerpt from that piece:

"I wasn’t a recent coup supporter. Certainly not because I am a fan of the Muslim Brotherhood. Nor am I a supporter of religious extremism in any way shape or form. That includes the Islamic, Judaic and Christian forms of extremism.  In fact, I don’t support organized religion. Period. It’s all mind control in my book.
I simply could not support the coup because it looked to me to be a step in a very bad direction. Not a correction. Certainly not anything that could be touted as restoring democracy. And definitely not something done for the benefit of the populace of Egypt. Just a step towards destruction & death.
Some people understood where I was coming from. Others, not so much. "
 A step in a very bad direction, indeed. Some cheered the coup. "Restoration of democracy", "will of the Egyptian people" and other blather.  That coup had zero to do with either of those platitudes.

Sisi's leadership was going to be a problem. A problem that many did not want to acknowledge. Isn't it odd to notice the self labelled western progressive/leftists silence regarding all the killing going on in Egypt? When the abuse was done under Morsi, that was bad. The same or worse abuse done under Sisi, isn't even worth a  mention. I wonder why that is?

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Sisi’s Neo-Fascism

The author correctly points out that a cult of personality is being built up around Sisi. In advance of his selection/election, no doubt. My own opinion regarding the Arab Springs, needs no rehashing. I have written plenty on that topic. Most recently here : Rebranding the Arab Spring to Reorder the ME and Africa
The romanticized version of those events are not ascribed to here.
All that out of the way, let us now read the featured article-

  As the Syrian playwright Saadallah Wannous wrote, “What we see now is not the end of history.” The processes playing out in the Arab world today will take decades to reach their conclusions, so extreme pessimism is as unwise as wild optimism. Nevertheless, at this stage it seems that the most comprehensively defeated of the Arab revolutions is not Syria nor Libya but Egypt, where genuine popular frustration with Muslim Brotherhood incompetence was so cleverly exploited by the military and its business class and Saudi backers (very many supposed ‘secular’, ‘liberal’ and ‘leftist’ Egyptians fell headlong into the trap). The coup solidified a junta in power which has destroyed democracy and the chances of democracy for the foreseeable future, slaughtered and imprisoned supporters of the country’s first elected president, appointed Mubarak-era army officials to governorships of the provinces, revalorised the security services, intensified the siege of Gaza, unleashed a savagely xenophobic campaign scapegoating Palestinians and Syrian refugees, and promoted a cult of personality around the figure of General Sisi. The panegyric below comes from the pen of someone called Lubna Abdel Aziz, and was published in the state-owned Al-Ahram Weekly. It could have come from a German newspaper of the late 1930s.

    He stands straight and tall, impeccably attired and starched from head to toe. His freshly washed countenance and youthful zeal shield a Herculean strength and nerves of steel. He wears the feathers of a dove but has the piercing eyes of a hawk. During our thousand days of darkness, dozens of potential leaders pranced and boasted, to no avail. The leader of the people should combine a love of country, a deep faith in God and the desire to serve the nation’s will.

    Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi’s name lit up the darkness. He was called upon at a supreme moment in history; a kind of mysterious rendez-vous with destiny. He was a hero like no other! He aroused attention without exhausting it. Nothing that touched the common run of mortals made any impression on him. All in all, he is but a common man, with an almost aristocratic aura of a nobleman. Composed and cool, Al-Sisi is everyman’s man, with a sort of serene majesty on his brow. He is the chosen leader of the people because he is willing to be their servant.

    Let the deaf, dumb and blind media and governments of the West say what they will, Al-Sisi submitted to the will of 33 million Egyptians in the street and 50 million in their homes, crying for salvation. The people led — Al-Sisi followed.

    What the West cannot comprehend is the warm affinity between people and army in Egypt, which has endured for centuries. Gamal Abdel-Nasser is a recent example, even when he ruled with the firm grip of a military dictator.

    Whatever else is going on in the rest of this vast universe, this much is certain — Al-Sisi has captured the imagination of all Egyptians, if not all the world.

    He popped out of nowhere — almost — and his secret ingredient was hope. Napoleon Bonaparte once said “a leader deals with hope”, and the brand of hope that Al-Sisi deals, breathed new life into our withering, perishing dreams.

    Are heroes born, made or chosen? Perhaps, all of the above. William Shakespeare believed, “some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them.” Our hero may be the latter, for he sought nothing, yet emerged unexpectedly, admired and beloved, and in full army regalia, smoothly assumed the role he was born for.

    In the full vigour of his prime, he exudes a magic charm, afforded to a select few.  His physical appearance — and appearance counts — is flawless. He wears the emblems of his rank on his shoulders as he does the legends of his ancient land, with gushing pride. But it is the swelling reservoir of love for his Egypt and his God that sealed the deal. We responded to this love a million times over. Therefore, for those who raise an eyebrow at the portraits, flags, pins, pictures, chocolates, cups and other forms of Al-Sisi mania that fill the streets of Egypt, it is only a fraction of the love and appreciation we feel for this strong yet modest, soft-spoken, sincere and compassionate leader. It is Kismet.

    Shy and reserved, Al-Sisi is a man of few words and much action. We know little about the private life of Colonel General Abdel-Fattah Saad Hussein Al-Sisi, except that he is married with three sons and one daughter and he believes that is all we need to know.

    He was born on 19 November 1954, to the right kind of father, in the right kind of district — Al-Gammaliya — right in the heart of the bustling city of middle-class Cairo. This is what gives him that sharp perspective into the hearts of his people, their pains, their aims, their wishes, their dreams. His father Hassan, an amiable accomplished artisan owns a shop in Cairo’s legendary Bazaar, Khan Al-Khalili, where he displays his craftsmanship of intricate inlay of mother-of-pearl and rosewood. Cultured and well-read, he owns a huge library filled with history books, and socialised with famous writers, poets, musicians, and theologians. Al-Sisi is one of seven children, four boys — a judge, a doctor, a businessman and an army general. All three daughters are married.

    According to his brothers, Al-Sisi developed a love of books from their father. He was the one who saw the most and said the least. Even as a boy, they called him “the General”. There was little doubt he would join the army and make it his career, and what a distinguished career it has been. He studied in the UK in the General Command in 1977, and attended their Staff course in 1992. He spent a year in the US at the War College in Pennsylvania and became the youngest member of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.

    He took over as defence minister in 2012, but by 30 June 2013, there was no doubt in his mind that he would do what is right. He responded to the 33 million voices clamouring in the streets. Yes, the Eagle had landed.

    His bronzed, gold skin, as gold as the sun’s rays, hides a keen, analytical fire within. He challenges the world not with bellows and bravura but with a soft, sombre reproach, with an audible timbre of compassion.

    There is almost poetry in his leadership, but the ardour of the sun is in his veins. He will lead us to victory and never renounce the struggle, and we will be right there at his side.

    “To lead the people, walk behind them” – Lao-Tzu (sixth century Chinese philosopher)


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Syria Cooperates while the West Twists the Knife

Sigh.. what else can one expect from a criminal cabal?
This post finds me both angered and filled with sadness

Syria: joint OPCW-UN chemical weapons team reports visits to nearly all declared sites


23 October 2013 – The Joint Mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations dealing with Syria’s chemical weapons programme reports that it has now visited 18 of the sites disclosed by Damascus, a spokesperson for the chemical watchdog said today.   
“Interaction with UN remains excellent and cooperation from Syrian authorities complete,” said OPCW spokesperson Michael Luhan, telling reporters at a press conference in The Hague, that the weapons inspectors on the ground had visited 18 of the 23 sites declared by Syria and that the team is proceeding with “functional destruction” to ensure the sites are inoperable.

Specifically, he said the joint team is concentrating on destroying “what we call the critical equipment that is at the heart of the production facility, or that runs the mixing and filling units. That critical equipment will be destroyed, rendering the production facilities and equipment inoperable, unusable.”

He said that “low tech, quick and cheap” methods were being used, such as filling equipment with concrete or smashing it, sometimes using heavy vehicles.

With destruction activities now conducted at nearly all the relevant sites in Syria, he said: “It means that [Syria] will no longer have the capability to produce any more chemical weapons, and it will no longer have any working equipment to mix and to fill chemical weapons agent into munitions.”

With that being achieved, the OPCW expects to meet the 1 November deadline set by the agency, he said

The Regime Change Agenda- Never off the Table!- "MOVE TO OUST ASSAD"

LONDON - Western and Arab powers meeting Syrian opposition leaders in London have agreed that President Bashar al-Assad can play no role in any future government, British Foreign Secretary William Hague says.
The so-called Friends of Syria leaders were meeting with rebel chiefs including the head of the Syrian National Coalition to persuade them to attend a major peace conference in Geneva next month.
Mr Hague told a press conference after Tuesday's meeting that they had agreed a "number of important steps", while urging the coalition to commit itself to the Geneva conference.
"First we agreed that we would put our united and collective weight behind the UN-led Geneva 2 process which must lead to establishing by mutual consent a transitional governing body with executive powers,"
 Mr Hague said.  "By definition mutual consent means it can only be agreed with the consent of the Syrian National Coalition — so Assad would play no role in that future government of Syria."

Of course the NATO mercs/hired killers are pushing the envelope.
Syria Rebel Attacks Cuts Power Across Country

A fire close to the power station outside Damascus

An attack by Syrian rebels outside Damascus has caused a power cut across the country, the electricity minister has claimed.
The "large-scale operation" targeted a gas pipeline that feeds a power station in the south of the country leaving vast swathes of the country without electricity.
Power cuts were reported in the capital, as well as Aleppo in the north, and Homs in the centre of Syria.
A huge blaze could be seen near Damascus International Airport, which is located near to the affected power station.
It is the second attack on the power system in a month. In September a similar outage was caused after a high voltage power line was sabotaged.
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director, Rami Abdel Rahman, said: "It is likely this was a large-scale operation planned well in advance."
Syria's electricity minister Emad Khamis said: "A terrorist attack on a gas pipeline that feeds a power station in the south has led to a power outage in the provinces, and work to repair it is in progress."

All this as the ghoulish bunch meet in London.

So much for the spectacle of disagreement between Saudi Arabia and the US. Perception Management all the way..........US policy on Iran unites adversary Israel, Saudis
 The nuclear talks also have spooked Saudi Arabia, spurring Kerry to meet with top officials from both Mideast nations about an issue that has unified the two longtime adversaries.
Two longtime adversaries 'my foot'!

 And isn't Netanyahu the bossy one? As he tells Kerry this and that.

"A partial deal that leaves Iran with these capabilities is a bad deal," Netanyahu told Kerry.

 Netanyahu also said the U.S. should retain its harsh economic sanctions against Iran until it dismantles its nuclear program.

One last item. A news item I am familiar with but have not mentioned until today The friends of Kerry, Netanyahu, Harper, Hague and all the  other NATO nations. The goons paid for with money from Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The 'freedom loving' rebels and more of  their handiwork:

 Media blackout: Syrian rebels gang raped, executed 15-year-old girl

 Last month, Syriareport.net reported that a group of so-called 'Syrian rebels' kidnapped a Christian teenager in Al-Qusayr and repeatedly raped her for the next several days.
Elements of Jabhat al-Nusra (Syrian Al Qaeda)al and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) reportedly took part in the atrocity.
FSA, you know the moderate rebels?!?! The same ones that took part in the slaughter outside of Latakia?
Yeah, that FSA. General Idriss and company?

Once abducted, the girl identified only as "Miriam," was forced into a temporary marriage with the commander of Jabhat al-Nusra and raped. He then renounced their marriage, only to pass her onto another militant for the same treatment.

One after another, a total of fifteen Islamist rebels "married" the young girl, raped her and renounced the marriage, a process which continued for more than two weeks.

After all had their way with her, the girl was executed.
I find myself completely disgusted now
Goodnight!

Related Syria news from this week:

Al-Qaeda-Linked Group Is Seen Complicating the Drive for Peace in Syria

‘Now it is impossible to defeat Syria’: General Amine Hotait
 
230 Militants in one fell swoop: SAA gets the prize. Saudi Arabia & more

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Al-Qaeda-Linked Group Is Seen Complicating the Drive for Peace in Syria

Oh it isn't just 'al  Qaeda' complicating the drive for peace. Pay attention to what John Kerry is saying.

By challenging moderate Syrian rebels,(? phony narrative, there are no moderates) the group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, has forced them to fight on two fronts and divert resources from their battle with the government of President Bashar al-Assad, the official said. 

And by presenting an extremist face to the world, the official said, the group is aiding Mr. Assad’s efforts to portray the conflict in Syria as a tug of war between the government and jihadists. 

“That has to give the regime comfort and confidence, and it will make the task of extracting concessions from the regime at the negotiating table more difficult,” said the official, who declined to be identified in keeping with the State Department’s protocol for briefing reporters on active diplomacy. 

Secretary of State John Kerry, who arrived in Paris on Monday for the first of three days of Middle East diplomacy talks in European capitals, was scheduled to meet with diplomats from 10 nations in London on Tuesday to discuss preparations for a Syria peace conference. 

A principal goal of the peace conference, which is expected to be held next month in Geneva, although no date has been set, is the establishment of a transitional government “by mutual consent” of Syrians that would not include Mr. Assad. 

A date has been set. And the mutual consent of Syrians is not the reality of this situation. It never has been.
This has always been about regime change.

But the senior State Department official said fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, known by its initials, ISIS, had hampered the flow of American and other foreign assistance to the moderate resistance inside Syria, diluting the effort to increase the leverage on the Syrian leader. “It has been very disruptive to our cross-border efforts — very disruptive,” the official said. ( bolstering the phony narrative of moderate vs other fighters)

As if to illustrate Mr. Assad’s determination to ignore the demands of the United States and other nations that he yield power, the Syrian president suggested in an interview with a Beirut television station that he could seek re-election next year. 

Why I thought this was about the consent of the Syrians? Therefore if Assad wants to run and the Syrians elect him..........
“Personally, I don’t see any obstacle to being nominated to run in the next presidential elections,” he said in the interview with the television station, Al Mayadeen.
Mr. Assad said that it was too soon to decide but that his choice would be based on “the will of the people.” Mr. Assad appeared to receive a lift on Monday when a prominent rebel leader in southern Syria who was among the first military officers to publicly defect from Mr. Assad’s forces was killed in battle with his former colleagues, antigovernment activists and state news media said.
The leader, Yasser al-Abboud, had risen to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Syrian Army before joining the uprising against Mr. Assad in 2011 and leading a major rebel formation in the southern province of Dara’a.
Antigovernment activists posted videos of the funeral procession in Mr. Abboud’s home village, where dozens of rebels fired their guns in the air as a final salute.
Even as the Obama administration has pointed to the growing role of extremists in Syria, its policy has continued to be a target for critics, who complain that the United States has offered the moderate Syrian opposition too little, too late.
American officials have announced no major new efforts to provide arms or other military support to the moderate opposition that it hoped would help counter the extremists.
Last month, officials notified Congress that the Obama administration would provide an additional $100 million in nonlethal assistance to the moderate opposition as part of a $250 million package that had been announced.
At a news conference in Paris, Mr. Kerry acknowledged that the military situation in Syria had shifted somewhat in Mr. Assad’s favor since Mr. Kerry and Sergey V. Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, announced plans in May for a Geneva peace conference. 
But Mr. Kerry insisted that the Syrian government’s military gains had not weakened the Obama administration’s diplomatic strategy to establish a transitional government in Syria that would not include Mr. Assad. 

“It doesn’t matter whether you’re up or whether you’re down on the battlefield, the object of Geneva 2 remains the same,” Mr. Kerry said of the conference. 

“If he thinks he’s going to solve problems by running for re-election I can say to him, I think, with certainty this war will not end as long as that’s the case or he is there,” Mr. Kerry said, referring to Mr. Assad.
Because the NATO/Israeli goal has always been regime change and placement of a puppet government, beneficial to Israel- And that can include so called terrorists. Since that type of 'government' allows Israel to up it's victim game
In addition to planning for the Geneva conference, officials at the Tuesday meeting in London hoped to consider ways to strengthen the moderate rebels, who were expected to be represented at the meeting by Ahmad Assi al-Jarba, the head of the political wing of the Syria opposition coalition. 

The other participants were to include senior diplomats from the “London 11” nations that have backed the moderate opposition: Britain, Egypt, France, Germany, Italy, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and United States.
The United States and five other world powers have been in talks with Iran on how to limit its nuclear program. 

But Mr. Kerry said there was little reason to think Iran could play a helpful role at a Syria peace conference because the Iranian government had not formally agreed that the goal should be a transitional government that excludes Mr. Assad. 

Russia has not agreed to that either.

Mr. Kerry noted that Iran had sent arms and personnel to Syria to assist Mr. Assad, as had Hezbollah, the Lebanese militant group Iran supports. 

“Hezbollah and Iran represent the two only outside organized forces in Syria fighting on behalf” of Mr. Assad, Mr. Kerry said. “So I think it’s time for the United Nations and for others to consider the appropriateness of their activity.”

Don't Miss:   ‘Now it is impossible to defeat Syria’: General Amine Hotait

‘Now it is impossible to defeat Syria’: General Amine Hotait

‘Now it is impossible to defeat Syria’: General Amine Hotait


Is the General's analysis solid? With so many variables to consider? Maybe, yes. Maybe, no.
Either way, the piece is a very good read.  Israel's involvement get a good going over. Which is so rare in the NATO media. Enjoy!

The situation in Syria showcases the US-Israel failure to pursue their plans on the ground, Lebanese military specialist, law professor, General Amine Hotait told RT. He believes this attempt blocks the use of force in the war-torn state – for good.

RT: What do you think about the situation in Syria? The region is in chaos, are the rebels winning?

Amine Hotait: No, the US-Israeli plan has failed – they haven’t been able to move forward for two years. And now Russia has persuaded the US not to bomb Syria. Russia is one of the three winners in Syria, its Russia’s strategic victory. The winners are – Resistance (Hezbollah – RT), Iran, and BRICS as NATO’s opponent. And of course, Resistance inside Syria. Now all of us, who were there when this historic decision not to bomb Syria was made, live in a new era. The UN Resolution 2118 is the first document of the new world. So far we only see fragments of this new world. Obama’s talk with Rouhani is also a result of the victory in Syria. For three days they were discussing paragraph 21 in the UN Resolution, where it says that if Syria doesn’t comply with the decision to destroy all chemical weapons, measures stipulated in paragraph 7 will be used against it. I laughed at the authors. Anyone can get up and say something in the UN. They can talk about it all they want, but there will never be a decision to use force against Syria. Now it is impossible to defeat Syria.

RT: Obama said that the US would bomb Syria, the media talk about the rebels uniting and winning…

AH: In the next months we will see the situation develop in three aspects: clashes between the rebels, the army fighting against the rebels, and international efforts. I don’t think the Geneva summit will take place, because the conditions are not right. You see, Resolution 2118 provides that talks must take place between those who control the situation. What do we have now? The people want a peaceful solution. Paragraph 7 (about using force) has been moved far away, so it can’t be used. Non-Syrians cannot decide on the future of Syria, so all foreigners, i.e. over 100 military groups, will have to leave Syria. The Syrian opposition is demoralized. As we see, the rebels are more concerned with the issue of women, gender roles, and money. They lost their position in Syrian society. So there can’t be any rebel a representative in Geneva, there is no one to transfer the power to.

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NATO’s child soldiers
RT: Do the rebels follow Hezbollah tactics?

AH: They have no tactics, they were successful only because there were a lot of them, and they attacked vulnerable places and used the army’s weaknesses.

If you remember, 700 soldiers defended the Minneg airport in Aleppo for almost a year, they repelled 10 attacks. When 20,000 rebels gathered around the airport, the soldiers withdrew, and the air force took over, the rebels lost 3,500 people, while the soldiers – only 12. There are cases of treason. The rebels get reports that there are no army soldiers in a certain place, and attack the town. This is what happened in Maaloula – there was no army there at all. The rebels were just killing civilians; there was no one there to resist them. Officers have relatives among the Takfiri. They might get money from the rebels, there might be threats to the family – these things happen from time to time. That’s all their success is based on.

If they had a military tactic in place, they would liberate Syria half a year ago. Their army totalled 150,000, and they could have prevailed over a 1.5 million army. 4,000 Hezbollah fighters defeated 40,000 Israeli soldiers. These methods were incorporated into the tactics of a ‘war of substitution’.

But the rebels don’t have a command, they don’t interact between the groups, don’t plan out their actions in advance.
Their losses make up 40,000 people. They are helped by 28,000 foreign hirelings from 38 countries of the world.

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General Amine Hotait (RT Photo / Nadezda Kevorkova)


RT: How do rebels get weapons?

AH: At first, weapons were smuggled through the Turkish border, but 60 percent of supplies still went through Lebanon, through Tripoli. Also, rebels got hold of guns when they captured army depots. When they got control of the checkpoints on the Turkish border, it because easier to get weapons from Turkey.

The north of Lebanon saw 18 violent clashes between Alawites and Sunnis. Using the shootout as a disguise, weapons-loaded boats were sent to rebels. They got mad when they lost Al-Qusayr. With it, they lost their logistics.
Since then, there was no more war in Tripoli.

Then Saudi Arabia pressured Jordan, and it allowed the weapons to flow through its territory. But Jordan cannot play the role of Lebanon. They don’t want to get involved, they don’t want to side with anyone. Up until now a significant part of arms supply went through Turkey, so when Turkey blocked it, the rebels went postal.

*If the USA issues a command to finish the guerrilla campaign, the war in Syria will be over within three months. The rebels don’t have the people’s support or the resources to last more than three months, which is why it’s not a civil war, but external aggression*

RT: How did the chemical weapons come up in all this? Does Hezbollah or Hamas have chemical weapons?

AH: Neither Hezbollah nor Hamas has ever possessed chemical weapons. It was used once against Hezbollah. Only two countries in the region used chemical weapons – Israel used white phosphorus against Lebanon in 2006, and Saddam Hussein used nerve agents twice, against Iran and the Kurds. In the south, where the gas attacks took place, it led to cancer incidence rate being four times higher than average.

The US was going to carry out the same plan as with Iraq in 2003, when it was accused of having chemical weapons and it had none. Pinning the blame for using chemical weapons on the Syrian government proved impossible.

All the information the Americans have about chemical weapons in Syria came from Israel. It would benefit Israel to have the US bomb 160 targets in Syrian territory – the targets that Israel itself would point to. The US could have started the bombing, but it knew our Resistance (Hezbollah – RT) was capable of reiterating and bombing Israel. It would have led to big losses, so it wasn’t a smart move. A ground operation was also an option, but that would have been simply insane.

So a wise decision to destroy all chemical weapons in Syria was made. Syria doesn’t need it – it can’t be used either against the rebels or against Israel.

It’s in Syria’s interests to agree to this plan, because this would prevent the US from attacking and secure Russia’s promise to assist with the modern air defense technology.
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US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) shakes hands with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during their press conference on the sidelines of the APEC Summit in Nusa Dua on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on October 7, 2013

RT: Could you comment on the use of chemical weapons near Damascus?

AH: The rebels made two mistakes. They did use chemical weapons, but not in the place the bodies were in. People wouldn’t be able to be there without protective clothing. It just looked as if the children had been drugged – there were no signs of vomit or chemical poisoning. Besides, the death toll estimates vary too much: the first estimate was 120 victims, then 360. The French claimed the death toll reached 500 people, and the Americans said it was 1,300.
Russia knows the US is telling lies and is trying to dispel them. When Mr Lavrov first accused Kerry of lying, he had nothing to counter it with. (On September 2, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said it was “strange” to hear the US Secretary of State John Kerry say that “the American side had produced irrefutable evidence for Russia of the Assad regime using chemical weapons” – RT)

RT: From the military point of view, who are the Syrian rebels? What tactics do they use?

AH: I’ve been studying this tactics since 2007. I call it a proxy war – Israel uses a third party to fight Syria in order to avoid getting involved directly. I anticipated this situation.

RT: Did you anticipate the events in Syria specifically?

AH: Not only in Syria, in other countries as well. It was clear that Israel had been looking for new types of warfare. The 2006 Lebanon war showed that Israel couldn’t secure a quick victory anymore, but a long campaign is also not an option – Israel can’t maintain several fronts. In the future, Israel will refrain from open warfare against the Arab world, barring punitive measures against the Palestinians, and opt for proxy wars instead.

RT: Could you describe the main parameters of this proxy war?

AH: A proxy war is closely connected to igniting a civil war between various social groups employing religious and ethnical slogans. Such a war engulfs everything and drags everyone in; it weakens the country, torn apart by artificial and irresolvable conflict. That’s the idea – to pit the Sunni and the Shia against each other across the entire region.

RT: Why did Syria become the focus of their efforts?

AH: Syria is the retaliation for Hezbollah’s victory in 2006, an attempt to cover the bitter taste of defeat that they experienced for the first time. Having won, Hezbollah delayed their plans for three years – Israel planned for the civil war in Syria to start much earlier than that.

RT: As a result of the Syrian conflict, Lebanon has to deal with enormous pressure in the form of refugees. How many are there?

AH: There are over 1,300,000 refugees total – about 350,000-400,000 Syrians in the south; 150,000 in Beirut and Saida each; 25,000-30,000 in the Christian areas, and 350,000 in the Beqaa Valley.

RT: Are there some refugee settlements that have it better or worse than others?

AH: We can’t define with absolute certainty where it’s better for refugees. People offer them a place in their homes, but the Syrians don’t go where they’re not welcome. There are only two places that don’t welcome them – Walid Jumblatt’s Druze community and the Maronites in the north. There aren’t even five thousand refugees living in the Druze community. The Druze control the Ministry of Refugees, so they make a fortune off the funds sent in from all over the world to help refugees. Life is tough for refugees everywhere.

Monday, October 21, 2013

British Taxpayers are Gouged for Nuclear Power Plant- Clean and Green?

An expensive deal that ignores all alternatives....

Why worry about a bad deal when the abusive government can extract taxes from it populace
 EDF would have settled at a lower price, with lower guarantees  But, didn't have to.
The details of the deal to build Britain’s new nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point are becoming clearer: a basic cost of £16bn, a quiet increase of £2bn since the last parliamentary statement on the issue less than six months ago. It guarantees a unit price of £92.50 per megawatt hour for the electricity produced, stretching four decades into the future, and the UK government in effect underwrites the investment.
The argument for doing this deal is that there was no alternative. Shale gas has not yet been proved. The commitment to reduce carbon emissions is legally binding and can be changed only by new legislation, which would not get through the House of Commons. Offshore wind is even more expensive. Coal is dirty, and supplies of conventional gas would have to be imported and are vulnerable to price volatility. Energy prices will always rise so if we can lock in some supplies for the long-term, even if it means paying double the current wholesale price, it must be beneficial. Those are the arguments. The reality, however, is that there are alternatives. The fact that they were ignored is what makes this such a poor deal.
Shale gas hasn't been approved but there is a commitment to reduce carbon emissions?
Cognitive dissonance? Contradiction?
First, there are extensive supplies of gas available in what is becoming a buyers’ market. The link between gas and oil prices is being broken and the trade in liquefied natural gas is creating more gas competition, particularly in Europe. The UK could have signed some long-term supply deals on very advantageous terms. 
To reinforce security of supply, the government could have established some sensible arrangements for back-up storage.
The UK could have signed long term deals for liquified natural gas at very, very attractive prices. But,they didn't! Because this is graft. Cronyism.

Second, there could have been a focus on energy efficiency. Using less energy is by far the best way to reduce both emissions and the size of energy bills. If the UK matched Japan in terms of energy use per unit of gross domestic product, consumption would be some 20 per cent lower. Instead the Green Deal, which was intended to encourage energy conservation at the household level, has been an expensive fiasco.
The fact is that energy prices are not doomed to rise forever. In the US, because of the shale gas revolution, prices have fallen over the past decade and that is beginning to be transmitted to the international market. Britain is locking in high prices just when the underlying trends suggest a structural fall. That will further undermine the competitiveness of companies that use significant amounts of energy.

There is a case for some new nuclear as part of a balanced energy mix in the UK, but not at any price. That brings us to the most disappointing aspect of the Hinkley Point announcement – the failure to get a better deal for consumers.

The government began the negotiations with a red line determination not to pay more than £80/MWh. Some thought even that was expensive. The government has now comprehensively rolled over. One option ignored was to make the deal subject to tender, as is normal in public sector contracting. EDF – which will build on the site in Somerset – is not the only supplier of nuclear stations in the world and the French reactor is not the only design. A competitive process would have forced companies to focus on bringing down costs and written an appropriate package of incentives into the deal. No one should begrudge EDF a fair rate of return on a huge, long-term investment. But rates of return should not be guaranteed. They should depend on performance with an incentive to keep costs down.
Wow, the British government did good by the British people with this deal!

A misunderstanding of the deal’s importance to EDF and the French nuclear sector was behind this. After the failure to manage development of France’s latest nuclear station at Flamanville, which is billions of euros over budget and years behind schedule, the Paris-based group badly needed the endorsement of a new international contract. Hinkley Point opens the door for EDF to more developments around the world. It needed the deal even more than the UK did and would have settled at a lower price, with lower guarantees.

Deals that are built on a one-sided victory tend not to last. Good business is done on the foundation of mutual advantage. The deal is now done, but in an environment where consumers are paying more attention to what they are paying, and when serious alternatives are available, this story is far from finished.

Dick Cheney feared having his heart attacked by 'terrorists'


Poor Dick Cheney. Worried about having his heart hacked by "terrorists"

 Former Vice President Dick Cheney says he once feared that terrorists could use the electrical device that had been implanted near his heart to kill him and had his doctor disable its wireless function.

 Cheney says that he and his doctor, cardiologist Jonathan Reiner, turned off the device’s wireless function in case a terrorist tried to send his heart a fatal shock.

Years later, Cheney watched an episode of the Showtime series “Homeland” in which such a scenario was part of the plot.


“I found it credible,” Cheney tells “60 Minutes” in a segment to be aired Sunday. “I know from the experience we had, and the necessity for adjusting my own device, that it was an accurate portrayal of what was possible.”


Mr Dick (heartless,blood soaked hands) Cheney had his wireless function turned off years before the TV series Homeland portrayed  just such a scenario. Suggests to me that this technology is real and should be a legitimate concern for people who have these implants.




Grunky Funk- Deadeye Dick: Ode to Dick Cheney





Finally gives me the opportunity to use this older news story that I had bookmarked previously
Barnaby Jack dies a week before hacking convention
His genius was finding bugs in the tiny computers embedded in equipment, such as medical devices and cash machines. He often received standing ovations at conferences for his creativity and showmanship while his research forced equipment makers to fix bugs in their software.
Jack had planned to demonstrate his techniques to hack into pacemakers and implanted defibrillators at the Black Hat hackers convention in Las Vegas next Thursday. He told Reuters last week that he could kill a man from 30 feet away by attacking an implanted heart device.

Two years ago, Jack turned his attention to medical devices, while working on a team at McAfee that engineered methods for attacking insulin pumps. Their research prompted medical device maker Medtronic Inc to revamp the way it designs its products.
The U.S. government also noticed Jack's work.

"The work that Barnaby Jack and others have done to highlight some of these vulnerabilities has contributed importantly to progress in the field," said William Maisel, deputy director for science at the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Devices and Radiological Health.
Jack's passion for hacking sometimes got him into trouble.
In 2010, he connected his laptop to a gold bullion dispensing machine at a casino in Abu Dhabi, according to fellow hacker Tiffany Strauchs Rad. She said Jack had permission from a hotel manager to hack the machine but security intervened.
It turned out the hotel did not actually own the gold machine and the American Embassy had to be called in to help resolve the misunderstanding, Rad said.
"He would hack everything he touched," she said.

He would hack everything he touched.  And then, Barnaby Jack dies, mysteriously????

Sunday, October 20, 2013

230 Militants in one fell swoop: SAA gets the prize. Saudi Arabia & more

This  colourful report made me think of Ziad at SyPer, so I just had to put it up!


230 Militants in one Shot
When the Obama regime sends millions of US dollars worth advanced drones to kill a US citizen across the planet without trial the mainstream media & western people praises him, when the SAA kills tens of foreign radical Al-Qaeda Wahhabi Cannibal Sex Jihadists inside Syria, this never get noticed.

That what happened when Obama killed Anwar Awlaki and his young child, and this what happened when the Syrian Arab Army killed at least 230 terrorists from Nusra Front, the Levant version of Alqaeda, in an ambush near Nabk city north of Damascus last week.
                                    

                           
After the preemptive military operation carried out by the SAA in Eastern Ghouta, Damascus countryside on 19 August 2013, just 2 days before the ‘chemical craze’, the operation which secured the failure of the ‘liberation of Damascus’ from its people and ended with killing more than 4,500 terrorists out of the total of 6,500 highly trained by CIA suicide freedom fighters, after this preemptive operation and after the realization of the Obama regime and their stooges that there won’t be any military strike against Syria to aid the leftover terrorists in the countryside, herds of the terrorists flocked to the Qalamon area in strongholds fortified by the rough mountainous area and linked with the Lebanese concentrations of Al-Qaeda, namely Arsal on the other side of the mountains.
Syrian Armed Forces which left a corridor as usual for terrorists to escape hoping some of them might change their mind and drop their quest for 72 virgins, kept a watchful eye on the terrorists fleeing, and followed their footsteps. The noose was tightened on the terrorists in Qalamon and squeezed on them in Yabroud, one of the cities known for its thriving smuggling business between Syria and Lebanon, and one of the first towns to aid the terrorists against the Syrian state. A very active SAA checkpoint is set on the Damascus-Homs international highway near the town of Nabk, and on a certain day with a firm plan, the checkpoint was moved, a large group of terrorists not less than 300 took the bait and tried to cross the road near Taybah restaurant.

Trying to stay low, the highly trained AlQaeda militants  ( I have an article regarding the training of the terror army- stay tuned) hid in a semi-natural trench awaiting the right time to cross into Nabk city on the other side of the road just to meet their end of their filthy life at the hands of the Syrian Arab Army men. Not less than 230 Wahhabi Jihadists were eliminated immediately, some put the figure at 250, and the rest were crippled, literally.
Western mainstream media might have included the killed terrorists in the toll of ‘civilians killed by the regime’ they keep a record of, I’m not sure whether they did count them, but our sources confirm the operation and crossed with sources from locals, the blow was so severe that the terrorists leftovers are trying to flee Yabroud to the outskirts of Dayr Attiyeh near the hills in groups of 2 or 3 maximum to evade their inevitable death.
SAA, the Syrian Arab Army definitely deserves a world’s prize more worthy than the Nobel Peace Prize for its hard work in cleaning our planet from its ever filthiest threat against humanity, civilization and future, and ending the presence of such filth in the tens of thousands not in individuals like the operations carried out by the world’s biggest armies.

The SAA does indeed deserve a prize for ridding the world of terrorists and making a big hole in the terrorist army. But instead, the supposed free world arms, trains and supports the terrorists.
Can it get anymore obvious that the war on terror, is really a WAR OF TERROR?

Speaking of training? The US and SA continue on training their terrorists


Free Syrian Army (FSA) units are receiving intensive training from US Marine Corps personnel in Saudi Arabia, a senior FSA source has told IHS Jane's .

The source said the United States and Saudi Arabia have agreed to train around 1,500 insurgents. The programme began a few months ago and most of the personnel will be trained by the end of 2013.

The courses last for 100 days and include fighting in built up areas (FIBUA).* that is in amongst the civilian population*  The most recent intake that arrived from Jordan on 13 October consists of around 40% from insurgent groups operating inside Syria, with the rest recruited from refugees in neighbouring countries.
                                               
 Peace talks in Geneva with Russia and Syria?
While the US and Saudi Arabia keep training their terrorists troops?

The Russian take on the Saudi rejection of a seat at UN Security Council

 "We are surprised by Saudi Arabia's unprecedented decision" to reject the seat, the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement.

 "In this way, Saudi Arabia has excluded itself from collective work within the Security Council to support international peace and security."

"The kingdom's arguments arouse bewilderment and the criticism of the UN Security Council in the context of the Syrian conflict is particularly strange."

I suspect Saudi Arabia rejected the seat to 'save face'? Or to save their own hides?

How could they condemn Syrian actions with the usual lies and spin without looking like complete liars and double talkers?  Their strident condemnations of the Syrian government might just cause the Saudi citizens to take up arms against their  own truly despicable, tyrannical and repressive government!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Carl Campeau- Canadian Legal Advisor to UN kidnapped 8 months ago; Freed

This is a follow up to a posting here, probably, 8 months ago. Let's see.........
Carl Campeau was kidnapped February 7/2013. But, that kidnapping was not reported on until February 25/2013
Carl Campeau was first reported as being an Austrian citizen, but, that was corrected or changed later.
The original post : UN Staff at Golan Missing- The story changes

Here is the latest via CBC:


He doesn't look emaciated or dehydrated after 8 mos of captivity


A Canadian UN worker abducted eight months ago in Syria appeared on Syrian state television a free man after reportedly managing to escape his captors, who had forgotten to lock him in.

The United Nations confirmed Thursday that Carl Campeau, a legal adviser for the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), is free.

 According to Syrian state TV, which spoke with Campeau in an interview aired Thursday, he was abducted by rebel forces on Feb. 27 from Khan Al-Sheih, just outside the Syrian capital, Damascus.
Sporting a beard and wearing glasses, a blue shirt and a dark sweater, Campeau appeared fatigued but otherwise apparently well in a video recording of the interview seen by CBC.


He was photographed with Faisal al Miqdad, Syria’s deputy foreign minister. The media report said Campeau was able to escape earlier this week on the first day of the Eid holiday.

"I was held prisoner for eight months, and I managed to escape," Campeau could be heard saying in English during the interview before the broadcast switches to the voice of an Arabic translator.
"They forgot to lock the door to my room," he adds in English, before the translator quotes him as saying that “the terrorist kidnappers came from several countries … They are groups that do not know mercy.” 

Reuters reported earlier that at the time of Campeau's disappearance, a rebel source in southern Syria said he had been taken by another rebel brigade and held for ransom.
 Question 1:  Held for ransom????..........  Did the Canadian government pay to have this man released ? Hence, the conveniently unlocked door?

BTW:  Kudos to the Assad government for getting this man to safety

UPDATE: via Italian media

 After eight months in captivity is back free today Carl Campeau, a Canadian national lawyer who was in Syria as adviser to the United Nations. Last February, had been kidnapped by Syrian rebels while he was on the Golan Heights as part of the mission UNDOF (United Nations Disengagement Observer Force)

Question 2: Isn't it interesting that the Canadian government was for all intents and purposes dead silent on the kidnapping of this man by the very 'rebels' they support,  back and claim are 'freedom fighters'?

Didn't they want Canadians to know the truth about the riff raff/hired killers/mercs supported by Canada and all the other NATO warmongering nations?

Only conclusion I can come to.
Perhaps that is why the DOD in Canada is snooping around?