Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Turkey Brings NATO to the Precipice of War With Russia

(The Nation)  Following today’s news that Turkey has shot a Russian Sukhoi Su-24 attack aircraft out of the sky, NATO ministers, former and current US government officials, and the wondrously pliable American punditocracy immediately began circling the wagons, pointing the finger of blame for the incident at Russian President Vladimir Putin. Indeed, only hours after the event, CNN’s Carol Costello put on-air two young Russia “analysts” who charged that Russian state media was “spinning” the story to the Russian government’s advantage. Quelle surprise!

The dominant narrative seems to be this: The Russians, having allegedly violated Turkish airspace repeatedly, had been duly warned by Turkish authorities against doing so at least twice. Indeed, Turkey claims it warned the doomed Su-24 no fewer than 10 times prior to the shoot-down. Worse still, the area that was purportedly being targeted by the Russian airstrikes was not known to be an ISIS stronghold, but is known to be an area largely inhabited by Syrian Turkmen. And so, as another CNN guest noted, since Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan feels a special responsibility to protect ethnic Turks wherever they may be, it shouldn’t have come as a surprise that a Russian jet would find itself in Turkey’s cross hairs.

Please note the utter hypocrisy on display here. For at least the last two years, we have been warned ad nauseam that Putin’s strikingly similar position toward ethnic Russians who reside outside Russia’s borders poses a grave threat to Western security. Yet, as with so much else—restrictions on press freedoms or the jailing of opposition figures—it’s damnable when Putin does it, but unremarked upon if Erdogan does it; after all, Turkey is a NATO ally.

And what an ally indeed!

Let us recap. Turkey has played a leading role in fomenting the unrest in Syria since the very beginning of the uprising against the rule of Bashar al-Assad in 2011. Turkey has aided, abetted, and funded ISIS by keeping its southern border open with Syria, allowing radical jihadists from Europe to cross back and forth from ISIS-controlled territory, thereby enabling them to return to Europe to plot and execute such attacks as were recently carried out in the French capital.
Turkish commodity dealers have funded ISIS through their purchase of, by one estimate, $50 million a month in black-market oil. Indeed, reports have surfaced alleging that none other than Erdogan’s son Bilal has been a key financial benefactor of this unseemly business.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Explosive device goes off near Bosnian army chief's car

World | Sat Nov 21, 2015 5:07am EST

The gunman in Wednesday's attack was identified as Enes Omeragic and his neighbors said he had recently become an adherent of the ultra-conservative Salafi Muslim movement.

Although most Bosnian Muslims, known as Bosniaks, are moderate, some have embraced Salafism under the influence of foreign fighters who came to Bosnia during its 1992-95 war to help Muslims fight against Orthodox Serbs and Catholic Croats.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Foreign Ministry: Russia is interested more than others in resolving the crisis in Ukraine

"It is very common concept today that the Syrian events come to the forefront and everyone forgets Ukraine and it is Russia which is interested in it, first and foremost. I would like to tell you that every week we deliberately bring the Ukrainian topic on the agenda for discussion regardless of questions of journalists. The Contact Group, which includes a Russian representative, meets almost on a daily basis," the diplomat said in a TV interview on Saturday.
"We are more than others interested in not letting this issue stay on the conflict stage in resolving it and moving to its settlement for many reasons," she said.
"This is certainly the proximity of the two countries, closeness of the two nations. This is a huge number of refugees, displaced persons, people who came from the Ukraine to Russia," Zakharova said

Friday, November 20, 2015

The strategy of chaos

(Voltaire Network)  Flags fly at half-mast in NATO countries for "France’s 9/11," while President Obama announces to the media: "We will provide you accurate information about who is responsible."  They needn’t wait. It is already clear.

The umpteenth massacre of innocents was caused by the series of geopolitical cluster bombs, detonated according to a precise strategy.

It has been put into play since the U.S. won the confrontation with the Soviet Union and appointed itself "the only state with truly global strength, reach and influence in every dimension — political, economic and military" proposing to "deter those powers that might seek regional dominance - Western Europe, East Asia, the former Soviet Union and Southwest Asia - whose resources would be sufficient to generate global power."

To this end the U.S. has refocused its strategy since 1991 and, in agreement with the European powers, that of NATO. Since then they have disintegrated or demolished by war (open and covert), one after another, the states considered an obstacle to the plan of global domination; these include Iraq, Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Ukraine and others - while still others (including Iran) are being targeted.

Bosnian imam jailed for recruiting Islamic State fighters

SARAJEVO (Reuters) - A Bosnian Muslim cleric was sentenced to seven years in jail on Thursday for recruiting fighters to join Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, under a new law aimed at stopping people becoming militants in the Middle East.
Husein Bosnic, known as an unofficial leader of the ultra-conservative Salafi movement in Bosnia, was arrested last year and was among 17 others on trial in Bosnia for suspected links with militant groups in Syria and Iraq.

Although most Bosnian Muslims, known as Bosniaks, are moderate, some have embraced Salafism under the influence of foreign fighters who came to Bosnia during its 1992-95 war to help Muslims fight against Orthodox Serbs and Catholic Croats.

Authorities said that 94 Bosnians have gone to fight in Syria. Their records show that 56 have returned, while 26 died there.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

More than 1,100 tons of food delivered to troubled Donetsk, Luhansk

World November 12, 18:21 UTC+3

MOSCOW, November 12. /TASS/. A new humanitarian aid convoy from Russia on Thursday delivered more than 1,100 tons humanitarian aid to the eastern Ukrainian cities of Donetsk and Luhansk, the press service of the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situation has told TASS.

The empty trucks have returned back to Russia. The ministry marked professionalism of the specialists involved in the dispatch of humanitarian cargoes, of the drivers and mechanics who travel with the convoy to fix vehicles on the way if necessary.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

If true, this undermines the entire Russian sports program,

LONDON — The Russian security forces were behind a massive drug-cheating program that “sabotaged” the London Olympics in 2012, according to a stunning report by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
It has long been suspected that Russian athletes used performance-enhancing drugs. But the allegations published Monday claim that Russia’s FSB—the successor to the KGB—teamed up with state apparatchiks to intimidate and bribe officials into covering up a plot to help Russian athletes win Olympic medals.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Former Georgian official appointed head of national police in Ukraine

TBILISI, DFWatch–One more former Georgian official was appointed to a high position in Ukraine on Wednesday.

Khatia Dekanoidze, who served as minister of education in Georgia in the final months of Mikheil Saakashvili’s presidency in 2012, is now chief of the Ukraine’s national police force.
Another former Georgian official, Eka Zghuladze, is a deputy interior minister in Ukraine. She held the same post in Georgia.

Saakashvili became governor of Odessa in May.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Ukraine Is in Danger of Becoming a Failed State

(Bloomberg)  The most effective thing Russian President Vladimir Putin did to destabilize Ukraine was the one thing the West was demanding: He leaned on pro-Russian separatists in the country's east to cease fire. Left without the much-used cover of a war, the internal divisions and dysfunctional core of the Ukrainian political elite didn't take long to reveal itself. Rather than the democratic hope it might have become after last year's "Revolution of Dignity," Ukraine now looks like just another incompetent and corrupt post-Soviet regime. It's no wonder cracks are appearing in Kiev's all-important relationship with the West.
Americans are highly visible in the Ukrainian political process. The U.S. embassy in Kiev is a center of power, and Ukrainian politicians openly talk of appointments and dismissals being vetted by U.S. Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt and even U.S. Vice President Joe Biden. "Pyatt and the U.S. administration have more influence than ever in the history of independent Ukraine," Leschenko wrote.
All told, Ukraine's war on its past has been even less successful than its military efforts against Russia and its proxies. Too much time has passed since the "Revolution of Dignity" to justify the absence of tangible progress. U.S. and European efforts at external management have largely failed, too: The grip of oligarchs and a corrupt bureaucracy on what's left of the Ukrainian economy has proven too strong, the schemes too entrenched. 

Friday, November 6, 2015

Charlie Hebdo cartoon of downed jetliner infuriates Russia

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