torsdag 31. desember 2015

Welcome to the EU! Poles Remind Ukrainians About The Restitution Of Property

Fort Russ 
Translated by 
Ollie Richardson 
for Fort Russ
30th December, 2015
"Welcome to the European Union! Together with our possessions" - so began the leaflet that was distributed among Ukrainian migrants staying in Poland by participants of the organization "Restitution Borderlands". The organization seeks the return of Polish property to the heirs of those who lived in Western Ukraine prior to its annexation by the USSR.
"We just want to remind people that Kiev has agreed certain terms of Association with the EU. Of course, nobody has asked Ukrainians, but, once the government provides such an opportunity, the poles will seek lawsuits demanding compensation for property of their ancestors" - quoted Jaroslaw Augustyniak from the organization "Restitution Borderlands", according to the resource "Politnavigator".

"With great joy we, Polish citizens, the heirs of owners of homes, estates, real estate, factories, of any property that has remained in the Eastern territories of the Polish Republic, kindly invite Ukraine and Ukrainians into the common European family", the leaflet stated.
"We own about $5 billion of property not only within the old borders of the Second Polish Republic, but everywhere that was (and according to the law - and still is) Polish property before the revolution. Not all of us will take money, some will take away land and homes. We expect from you full commitment and cooperation if you want our help, if you want to join the European Union and NATO".
Also, the authors of the leaflets remind people that Poland itself has already passed through restitution, while entering the EU. Many poles were forced to return the property to the Germans and the Jews.

The distribution of these leaflets was held near the Warsaw center "Ukrainian world", the Embassy of Ukraine, as well as the Church of the Dormition, located in the Polish capital.
To recap, earlier, Arseny Yatsenyuk, speaking at a meeting with the delegation of Poland, called the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact criminal, the signing of which annexed Western Ukraine to the Ukrainian SSR from Poland.

Ukraine passes a Potemkin budget

"Ukrainian Premier Arseni Yatsenyuk rejoices over the passage of the budget as the Finance Minister from the US, Natalie Jaresko, looks on."

Fort Russ
Translated from German
 by Tom Winter, 
December 30, 2015
Original headline: Ukraine votes up a budget to avoid bankruptcy

The Kiev government has taped up a budget for 2016 and has gotten it passed by the Parliament. Realistically, it is no budget. But it opens the way for new loans from the IMF and the European taxpayers.

The Ukrainian parliament has created the conditions for more loans from the International Monetary Fund. On the night of Friday, the deputies approved the budget for 2016. The Fund had made this a condition for the next, third, credit tranche amounting to 1.7 billion dollars. 

Previously several legislative changes were adopted. The income tax was lowered to 22 percent. The taxes on tobacco, petrol, and alcohol were increased dramatically. Some taxes introduced a year ago, which were expected to increase the new state budget revenues, were abolished due to lack of success.

Deputies approved the law well after midnight, because otherwise the next credit tranche of the IMF would be at risk. Whether the now adopted laws will meet the requirements of the creditors, is still unclear. Possibly Parliament will have to meet again before the new year to adjust the laws.

Years of mismanagement, corruption and conflict with pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country have brought the Ukraine to the brink of national bankruptcy. The 
IMF requires Ukraine to adopt a budget in accordance with the guidelines of the Fund. First, it was unclear whether the government in Kiev met this requirement with the budget for 2016. At least as provided by the IMF plan, it looks to reduce the debt to 3.7 percent of economic output. Ukraine has already, this year alone, received nearly ten billion dollars from the IMF and other international donors for the improvement of their finances.

But even given the programs financed by the IMF and the European taxpayers little has actually improved: The corruption is still serious. At last, US Vice President Joe Biden came and demanded a reversal.

As a rule, loans and grants from abroad to already corrupt states mean that the local networks have to earn the funding and adapt their business model to reality so that they can direct the funds from abroad into their channels.

The IMF insists that the debt of Ukraine stay under 3.7 percent of annual GDP. With cosmetics, this is probably possible, realistically, this value can not be achieved in the face of economic disaster.

onsdag 30. desember 2015

DPR Intelligence Spots Poroschenko’s Junta Army, 182 Units Of Military Hardware And 420 Personnel To Front Lines !

.DPR Intelligence Spots Poroschenko’s  Junta Army, 182 Units Of Military Hardware And 420 Personnel To Front Lines !
Ukrainian Nazi Armed Forces have moved 182 units of military equipment and 420 personnel to the contact line in Donbass over the last week, the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) defense ministry spokesman Eduard Basurin said on Monday. 

“DPR intelligence continues registering movement of military equipment and personnel of Ukrainian Armed Forces along the entire contact line,” Donetsk News Agency quoted Basurin as saying. 

Basurin said that 86 self-propelled artillery systems, Grad multiple rocket launcher systems, artillery and armored vehicles were spotted on the Gorlovka direction. 

Kiev also moved 12 multiple rocket launcher systems, six D-30 howitzers, 22 tanks and armored personnel carriers, along with 100 personnel, on the Donetsk direction. DPR defense ministry also said that 56 units of Ukrainian Junta military equipment were spotted on the Mariupol direction, in particular, 15 self-propelled artillery systems, 13 multiple rocket launcher systems, 20 tanks and armored vehicles, three Rapira anti-tank guns, five vehicles with ammunition and 320 personnel, including 200 foreign mercenaries.

Why WWIII Is On The Horizon 

— Paul Craig Roberts

 Paul Craig Roberts

 December 28, 2015
Why WWIII Is On The Horizon
The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 gave birth to a dangerous American ideology called neoconservativism. The Soviet Union had served as a constraint on US unilateral action. With the removal of this constraint on Washington, neoconservatives declared their agenda of US world hegemony. America was now the “sole superpower,” the “unipower,” that could act without restraint anywhere in the world.

The Washington Post neoconservative journalist Charles Krauthammer summed up the “new reality” as follows:

“We have overwheming global power. We are history’s designated custodians of the international system. When the Soviet Union fell, something new was born, something utterly new–a unipolar world dominated by a single superpower unchecked by any rival and with decisive reach in every corner of the globe. This is a stagering new development in history, not seen since the fall of Rome. Even Rome was no model for what America is today.”

The staggering unipolar power that history has given to Washington has to be protected at all costs. In 1992 top Pentagon official Undersecretary Paul Wolfowitz penned the Wolfowitz Doctrine, which became the basis for Washington’s foreign policy.

The Wolfowitz Doctrine states that the “first objective” of American foreign and military policy is “to prevent the re-emergence of a new rival, either on the territory of the former Soviet Union or elsewhere, that poses a threat [to US unilateral action] on the order of that posed formerly by the Soviet Union. This is a dominant consideration underlying the new regional defense strategy and requires that we endeavor to prevent any hostile power from dominating a region whose resources would, under consolidated control, be sufficient to generate global power.” (A “hostile power” is a country sufficiently strong to have a foreign policy independent from Washington’s.)

The unilateral assertion of American power begin in ernest during the Clinton regime with the interventions in Yugoslavia, Serbia, Kosovo, and the no-fly zone imposed on Iraq. In 1997 the neoconservatives penned their “Project for a New American Century.” In 1998, three years prior to 9/11, the neoconservatives sent a letter to President Clinton calling for regime change in Iraq and “the removal of Saddam Hussein from power.” Neoconservatives set out their program for removing seven governments in five years. 

The events of September 11, 2001, are regarded by informed people as “the new Pearl harbor” that the neoconservatives said was necessary in order to begin their wars of conquest in the Middle East. Paul O’Neil, President George W. Bush’s first Treasury Secretary, has stated pubicly that the agenda of President Bush’s first meeting with his cabinet was the invasion of Iraq. This invasion was planned prior to 9/11. Since 9/11 Washington has destroyed in whole or part eight countries and now confronts Russia both in Syria and Ukraine.

Russia cannot allow a jihadist Caliphate to be established in an area comprising Syria/Iraq, because it would be a base for exporting destabilization into Muslim parts of the Russian Federation. Henry Kissinger himself has stated this fact, and it is clear enough to any person with a brain. However, the power-crazed fanatical neoconservatives, who have controlled the Clinton, Bush, and Obama regimes, are so absorbed in their own hubris and arrogance that they are prepared to push Russia to the point of having their Turkish puppet shoot down a Russian airplane and to overthrow the democratically-elected government in Ukraine that was on good terms with Russia, substituting in its place an American puppet government.

With this background, we can understand that the dangerous situation facing the world is the product of the neoconservative’s arrogant policy of US world hegemony. The failures of judgment and the dangers in the Syrian and Ukrainian conflicts are themselves the consequences of the neoconservative ideology. 

To perpetuate American hegemony, the neoconservatives threw away the guarantees that Washington gave Gorbachev that NATO would not move one inch to the East. The neoconservatives pulled the US out of the ABM Treaty, which specified that neither the US nor Russia would develop and deploy anti-ballistic missiles. The neoconservatives re-wrote US war doctrine and elevated nuclear weapons from their role as a retaliatory force to a pre-emptive first strike force. The neoconservatives began putting ABM bases on Russia’s borders, claiming that the bases were for the purpose of protecting Europe from non-existent Iranian nuclear ICBMs.

Russia and Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, have been demonized by neoconservatives and their puppets in the US government and media. For example, Hillary Clinton, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for president, declared Putin to be “the new Hitler.” A former CIA official called for Putin’s assassination. Presidential candidates in both parties are competing in terms of who can be the most aggressive toward Russia and the most insulting toward Russia’s president. 

The effect has been to destroy the trust between nuclear powers. The Russian government has learned that Washington does not respect Washington’s own laws, much less international law, and that Washington cannot be trusted to keep any agreement. This lack of trust, together with the aggression toward Russia spewing from Washington and the presstitute media and echoing in the idiotic European capitals, has established the ground for nuclear war. As NATO (essentially the US) has no prospect of defeating Russia in conventional war, much less defeating an alliance of Russia and China, war will be nuclear.

To avoid war, Putin is non-provocative and low-key in his responses to Western provocations. Putin’s responsible behavior, however, is misinterpreted by neoconervatives as a sign of weakness and fear. The neoconservatives tell President Obama to keep the pressure on Russia, and Russia will give in. 

However, Putin has made it clear that Russia will not give in. Putin has sent this message on many occasions. For example, on September 28, 2015, at the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, Putin said that Russia can no longer tolerate the state of affairs in the world. Two days later Putin took command of the war against ISIS in Syria.

The European governments, especially Germany and the UK, are complicit in the move toward nuclear war. These two American vassal states enable Washington’s reckless aggression toward Russia by repeating Washington’s propaganda and supporting Washington’s sanctions and interventions against other countries. As long as Europe remains nothing but an extension of Washington, the prospect of Armegeddon will continue to rise.

At this point in time, nuclear war can only be avoided in two ways. One way is for Russia and China to surrender and accept Washington’s hegemony. The other way is for an independent leader in Germany, the UK, or France to rise to office and withdraw from NATO. That would begin a stampede to leave NATO, which is Washington’s prime tool for causing conflict with Russia and, thereby, is the most dangerous force on earth to every European country and to the entire world. If NATO continues to exist, NATO together with the neoconservative ideology of American hegemony will make nuclear war inevitable.
There Were 88 Media Companies...
Now There Are 6

These are the 6 media companies that exist today. There used to be 88. These 6 all get their news from Reuters and the Associated Press. Reuters owns the AP and Rothschilds own Reuters. That means a gadzillionaire controls everything that you will read or see on TV. You can be programmed by this guy. Everything you believe, do, feel, want to buy, and want to TOLERATE is programmed into you. You are a mushroom. You live in the dark and are fed nothing but #@*&(.
The following information is in circulation on the net. The originating source is not known, nor have all the statements below been fully verified. It is naive not to think that the office guest chairs at the corporate offices of media moguls are NOT filled with politicians, or those who sway politicians, but this overview is shocking to even a cynic. However, the general overview provided appears to be accurate. (from
GENERAL ELECTRIC ­ (donated 1.1 million to GW Bush for his 2000
election campaign)

Television Holdings
* NBC: includes 13 stations, 28% of US households.
* NBC Network News: The Today Show, Nightly News with Tom Brokaw,
Meet the Press, Dateline NBC, NBC News at Sunrise.
* CNBC business television; MSNBC 24-hour cable and Internet news
service (co-owned by NBC and Microsoft); Court TV (co-owned with Time
Warner), Bravo (50%), A&E (25%), History Channel (25%).

The "MS" in MSNBC means microsoft. The same Microsoft that donated
2.4 million to get GW bush elected. Gates is currently richest man in the world. I saw him on Charlie Rose and he seems to be a very good guy, but hey, I'm just a chick. What do I know?

Other Holdings
* GE Consumer Electronics.
* GE Power Systems: produces turbines for nuclear reactors and power
* GE Plastics: produces military hardware and nuclear power equipment.
* GE Transportation Systems: runs diesel and electric trains.

Westinghouse Electric Company, part of the Nuclear Utilities Business Group of British Nuclear Fuels (BNFL) Whos #1 on the Board of Directors? None other than: Frank Carlucci (of the Carlyle Group)
Television Holdings
* CBS: includes 14 stations and over 200 affiliates in the US.
* CBS Network News: 60 minutes, 48 hours, CBS Evening News with Dan
Rather, CBS Morning News, Up to the Minute.
* Country Music Television, The Nashville Network, 2 regional sports
* Group W Satellite Communications.

Other Holdings
* Westinghouse Electric Company: provides services to the nuclear
power industry.
* Westinghouse Government Environmental Services Company: disposes
of nuclear and hazardous wastes. Also operates 4 government-owned nuclear
power plants in the US.
* Energy Systems: provides nuclear power plant design and

Television Holdings
* Paramount Television, Spelling Television, MTV, VH-1, Showtime,
The Movie Channel, UPN (joint owner), Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, Sundance
Channel (joint owner), Flix.
* 20 major market US stations.

Media Holdings
* Paramount Pictures, Paramount Home Video, Blockbuster Video,
Famous Players Theatres, Paramount Parks.
* Simon & Schuster Publishing.

DISNEY / ABC / CAP (donated 640 thousand to GW's 2000 campaign)
Television Holdings
* ABC: includes 10 stations, 24% of US households.
* ABC Network News: Prime Time Live, Nightline, 20/20, Good Morning
* ESPN, Lifetime Television (50%), as well as minority holdings in
A&E, History Channel and E!
* Disney Channel/Disney Television, Touchtone Television.

Media Holdings
* Miramax, Touchtone Pictures.
* Magazines: Jane, Los Angeles Magazine, W, Discover.
* 3 music labels, 11 major local newspapers.
* Hyperion book publishers.
* Infoseek Internet search engine (43%).

Other Holdings
* Sid R. Bass (major shares) crude oil and gas.
* All Disney Theme Parks, Walt Disney Cruise Lines.

TIME-WARNER TBS ­ AOL (donated 1.6 million to GW's 2000 campaign)
America Online (AOL) acquired Time Warner­the largest merger in
corporate history.

Television Holdings
* CNN, HBO, Cinemax, TBS Superstation, Turner Network Television,
Turner Classic Movies, Warner Brothers Television, Cartoon Network, Sega
Channel, TNT, Comedy Central (50%), E! (49%), Court TV (50%).
* Largest owner of cable systems in the US with an estimated 13
million subscribers.

Media Holdings
* HBO Independent Productions, Warner Home Video, New Line Cinema,
Castle Rock, Looney Tunes, Hanna-Barbera.
* Music: Atlantic, Elektra, Rhino, Sire, Warner Bros. Records, EMI,
WEA, Sub Pop (distribution) = the world's largest music company.
* 33 magazines including Time, Sports Illustrated, People, In Style,
Fortune, Book of the Month Club, Entertainment Weekly, Life, DC Comics
(50%), and MAD Magazine.

Other Holdings
* Sports: The Atlanta Braves, The Atlanta Hawks, World Championship

Television Holdings
* Fox Television: includes 22 stations, 50% of US households.
* Fox International: extensive worldwide cable and satellite
networks include British Sky Broadcasting (40%); VOX, Germany (49.9%); Canal
Fox, Latin America; FOXTEL, Australia (50%); STAR TV, Asia; IskyB, India;
Bahasa Programming Ltd., Indonesia (50%); and News Broadcasting, Japan
* The Golf Channel (33%).

Media Holdings
* Twentieth Century Fox, Fox Searchlight.
* 132 newspapers (113 in Australia alone) including the New York
Post, the London Times and The Australian.
* 25 magazines including TV Guide and The Weekly Standard.
* HarperCollins books.

Other Holdings
* Sports: LA Dodgers, LA Kings, LA Lakers, National Rugby League.
* Ansett Australia airlines, Ansett New Zealand airlines.
* Rupert Murdoch: Board of Directors, Philip Morris (USA).
*(Phillip Morris donated 2.9 million to George W Bush in 2000)*


Gaddafi’s Last Speech!!! A Must Read

Gaddafi’s Last Speech!!! A Must Read

In the name of Allah, the …beneficent, the merciful…
For 40 years, or was it longer, I can’t remember, I did all I could to give people houses, hospitals, schools, and when they were hungry, I gave them food. I even made Benghazi into farmland from the desert, I stood up to attacks from that cowboy Ronald Reagan, when he killed my adopted orphaned daughter, he was trying to kill me, instead he killed that poor innocent child. Then I helped my brothers and sisters from Africa with money for the African Union.

I did all I could to help people Understand the concept of real democracy, where people’s committees ran our country. But that was never enough, as some told me, even people who had 10 room homes, new suits and furniture, were never satisfied, as selfish as they were they wanted more. They told Americans and other visitors, that they

needed “democracy” and “freedom” never realizing it was a cut throat system, where the biggest dog eats the rest, but they were enchanted with those words, never realizing that in America, there was no free medicine, no free hospitals, no free housing, no free education and no free food, except when people had to beg or go to long lines to get soup.

No, no matter what I did, it was never enough for some, but for others, they knew I was the son of Gamal Abdel Nasser, the only true Arab and Muslim leader we’ve had since Salah-al-Deen, when he claimed the Suez Canal for his people, as I claimed Libya, for my people, it was his footsteps I tried to follow, to keep my people free from colonial domination – from thieves who would steal from us.

Now, I am under attack by the biggest force in military history, my little African son, Obama wants to kill me, to take away the freedom of our country, to take away our free housing, our free medicine, our free education, our free food, and replace it with American style thievery, called “capitalism” ,but all of us in the Third World know what that means, it means corporations run the countries, run the world, and the people suffer.

So, there is no alternative for me, I must make my stand, and if Allah wishes, I shall die by following His path, the path that has made our country rich with farmland, with food and health, and even allowed us to help our African and Arab brothers and sisters.
I do not wish to die, but if it comes to that, to save this land, my people, all the thousands who are all my children, then so be it.

Let this testament be my voice to the world, that I stood up to crusader attacks of NATO, stood up to cruelty, stoop up to betrayal, stood up to the West and its colonialist ambitions, and that I stood with my African brothers, my true Arab and Muslim brothers, as a beacon of light.

When others were building castles, I lived in a modest house, and in a tent. I never forgot my youth in Sirte, I did not spend our national treasury foolishly, and like Salah-al-Deen, our great Muslim leader, who rescued Jerusalem for Islam, I took little for myself…

In the West, some have called me “mad”, “crazy”, but they know the truth yet continue to lie, they know that our land is independent and free, not in the colonial grip, that my vision, my path, is, and has been clear and for my people and that I will fight to my last breath to keep us free, may Allah almighty help us to remain faithful and free.

-Mu’ummar Qaddafi.

May Allah 4give and grant you with Jannatul firdaus. Ameeen


Russia Leaving No Chance for Washington, Ankara to 'Split Syria Up'

 Russian Air Force's long-range aircraft hit ISIS targets in Syria
© Photo: Russian Ministry Defence

While Turkey has dreams to re-establish itself as the Ottoman Empire by grabbing Syrian territories, US warhawks are planning to balkanize Syria into different "buffer zones;" however, Moscow has upset both Washington and Ankara's applecart, Salman Rafi Sheikh remarks.

Neither Washington, nor Ankara is interested in Moscow's successful completion of its military operation in Syria aimed at preserving the country's integrity and sovereignty.
 The downing of the Russian Su-24 by the Turkish Air Force and Washington's tacit approval of Ankara's actions following the treacherous attack was certainly a reflection of their anxiety over the Russo-Syrian advance, according to Salman Rafi Sheikh, a research-analyst of International Relations and for Pakistan's foreign and domestic affairs.

"A strong state of Syria, purged of every type of terrorist organization, would be a threat to Turkey's un-real dream of re-enacting itself as Ottoman Empire in miniature. While this may be Turkey's vital interest vis-à-vis Syria, 'the West' has larger strategic objectives to achieve out of this conflict," Sheikh writes in his article for New Eastern Outlook.

However, the "backstabbing" provocation did not work; it did not halt Russia's air campaign, but rather prompted its intensification. The US strategy to force a Russian military 'exodus' from Syria has failed and Washington is obviously not happy with it.
 "In fact, the US' priority is the prospect of an Anglo-American caucus emerging within the US-led coalition as its 'steel frame' so that things remain under control. Russia's induction, on the other hand, might altogether change the alchemy of the coalition, make it unwieldy and shut the door on any future prospect for NATO assuming the role of a peacemaker or peacekeeper in the Middle East," Sheikh elaborates.

According to the analyst, the White House would prefer it if Russia was excluded from the future political settlement in Syria thus untying Washington's hands. However, it seems that the opposite might happen in near future.

"With Russia all set to intensify its campaign with or without any coalition, the US and its allies seem to have unwittingly fallen a poor prey to what can better be called their folly of judgment," Sheikh concludes.

German Opposition May File Lawsuit Over Sending AWACS to Turkey

Boeing E-3D Sentry AWACS
© Flickr/ David Merrett

The German Bundestag was informed about the planned NATO's military operation in Turkey by a letter from the German Foreign Ministry and the German Defense Ministry.

NATO plans caused criticism of the German opposition which have been displeased with the absence of an official voting on the issue.
 Representatives of the opposition are currently considering the possibility of filing a lawsuit in the Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhehe regarding the fact that the German government decided to deploy the country's troops to Turkey as a part of NATO's air mission without parliament's approval, the Local reported.

On December 18, NATO decided to provide Ankara with an air defense package that will include AWACS surveillance planes and military personnel from NATO countries, including Germany.

The German Ministry of Defense stated that the mission is of an intelligence, not a combat nature. However, according to German MPs, the government should have consulted the parliament before making such a decision.
 Earlier, Germany’s parliament approved a proposal to conduct a military campaign in Syria against Daesh, a group outlawed in a number of countries worldwide, including Russia and the United States.

The mission is expected to involve up to 1,200 German troops and estimated to cost about $141.7 million, with its end set for December 31, 2016.

Nancy Perreault: by International Law, American boots on the ground in Ukraine, which is not a member of NATO nor the EU is completely illegal

Nancy Perreault: by International Law, American boots on the ground in Ukraine, which is not a member of NATO nor the EU is completely illegal
Nancy Perreault, American journalist and public activist, living in France, wrote on her page in Facebook:

For information, Nuland was not received by either Lavrov or Putin at Sochi. She waited during both of Kerry’s meetings where she was not included. Nor was she received by either when she arrived in Moscow, uninvited, a few days later. Nevertheless, she CONTINUES speaking about Crimea belonging to Ukraine as does Poroshenko, which is totally out of order, regarding the Minsk 2 cease-fire agreements, which both she and Kerry pretend now tardily, to be supporting.

Not a day goes by without shelling of residential areas and infrastructure of the Donbass by forces officially Ukrainian or other. Atrocities released recently on cell phone videos are beyond description and ressemble those practiced by terrorist groups in the Middle East – you know which ones I am referring to. Such conditions, which don’t forget for a minute, include American Boots On The Ground in Ukraine since April, training National Guard forces during a cease-fire agreement signed in February and now supposedly supported by Washington, which did not negotiate or sign it – are out of place at “international partner” talks ! By International Law, American Boots on the Ground in Ukraine, which is not a member of NATO nor the EU is COMPLETLY ILLEGAL and until they are removed, Russia should not accept to receive US representatives on her own soil. That is to say, if Russia is serious!

Poroshenko Tried To Embroil Russia and Israel

Fort Russ
Translated by 
Ollie Richardson 
for Fort Russ
29th December, 2015
Petro Poroshenko arrived in Israel, where he met with the Prime Minister, the President, the Patriarch of Jerusalem and addressed the Knesset. He told Israeli politicians that Russia's actions in Syria could pose a threat to their countries and told about the relationship of Ukrainians and Jews. But despite all his efforts, Israel is not going to give up their friendship with Russia.

Petro Poroshenko continues to seek allies abroad. To this end, the President has conducted a two-day visit to Israel, where he talked about the unstable Middle East, the Russian threat and the role of Jews in establishing the state of Ukraine.

Asking in a brotherly way

Petro Poroshenko arrived in Israel the day before, on December 23rd. The program of the visit of the Ukrainian President was very extensive: in the meeting with the President and Prime Minister of the country, the Jerusalem Patriarch Theophilos III, who was with a Ukrainian volunteer who is undergoing treatment in this country. Poroshenko delivered a speech in the Israeli Parliament, the Knesset. In his speech, the Ukrainian President did not pay attention to Russia.

Moscow's policy in the Middle East, according to Poroshenko, is likely to harm Israel directly, reports the Israeli newspaper The Jerusalem Post. "Russia supplies Syria systems that can change the balance of power in the region," he said. In addition, the weapons supplied by Russia to Syria, "may fall into the hands of those who wish to harm Israel", Poroshenko informed the Knesset.

These "threats" should be studied by the Israeli side, said Poroshenko. "We must act in cooperation, Israeli policy must clearly stand on the side of Ukraine," said Ukrainian President. Because the country, in his opinion, is so similar. Ukraine is "an outpost of democracy in Eastern Europe, and Israel is the Outpost of democracy in the Middle East", said Poroshenko.

The Ukrainian President also decided to celebrate the special role of Israel in the creation of Ukraine as such: "the Jews as a nation were direct participants in the creation of this state." With the opportunity to speak in the Knesset he called a sign of respect and honor not only to himself but also to the "brotherly Ukrainian people of Israel".

Poroshenko also apologized to the audience for the crimes of the Nazis in the Second world war. "We must remember the negative events of history, the party helped the Nazis... When the Ukraine was formed, we already asked for forgiveness, and I apologize for it now, in the Knesset, in front of the children and grandchildren of Holocaust victims, to all citizens of Israel," he said.

Also, Poroshenko had a meeting with the President of Israel, Reuven Rivlin, with whom he discussed bilateral cooperation, reports RIA "Novosti". "The presidents of the two States reaffirmed their common interest in developing bilateral cooperation in economic trade, science, tourist and humanitarian spheres. The Ukrainian President also expressed hope that the number of Israeli investments in the Ukrainian economy will increase significantly, and assured the President of Israel of Ukraine's commitment to help Israeli companies who want to enter the market of our country", – he said in a statement on the presidential website. Poroshenko invited Rivlin for a visit in 2016.

The Ukrainian President met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and even signed several documents of cooperation, including in the sphere of high technologies. Poroshenko noted the need for increased flights between the countries and invited the Prime Minister, previously as President, to visit Ukraine next fall and participate in the events dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Babyn Yar tragedy.

"Israel remains neutral"

"I don't think Poroshenko came to obtain Israeli citizenship, the President of the Institute of Middle East studies Evgeny Satanovsky ironically said in an interview with the newspaper Look. "Poroshenko's visits always have the same goal: to get someone to tear off the money, PR, he was swell, what a wonderful democratic Ukraine and how bad Russia is etc... Perhaps he was hoping that Israel will suddenly break off the relationship that she has with Russia, and establish one with Ukraine," – he suggested. The task for Poroshenko is to ruin relationships around the world with Russia, believes Satanovsky.

The Israeli policy cannot be on any side, the source said. "They are not going to sort out the dispute of the Russian and Ukrainian project because Israel stood up to the years when the Jews of the Soviet Union and Europe were in danger, due to the efforts of all those Bandera people who worked on the strategy, now shared by Poroshenko. Why would the Jewish state begin to take his side?" – said the expert.

He recalled that in Ukraine today there lives some hundreds of thousands of Jews. "In that sense, they are hostages of the inadequate local authorities. Therefore, Israel will not quarrel with Ukraine while Ukraine does not touch the Jews, but to stand on the side of Poroshenko is unlikely," – said the source. He added that in Israel there are many who sympathize with Ukraine and worry about her, and there are those who sympathize with Russia and also worry about her. There are some who understand what the situation is in reality, and others do not. Official policy of Israel "has been and will remain neutral". "Israel has its own policy that is guided and carried out. You never know what kind of people will come to Israel", – concluded the expert.

"Absurd attempts to embroil the two countries"

The former head of the Israeli secret services "Nativ", the political scientist Yakov Kedmi stated in an interview with the newspaper Look, the reaction of the Israeli society and leadership to Poroshenko's statement made in the Knesset, was that it was condescending.

"First, none of the major Israeli media, if you look at the Hebrew, even mentions about the visit of Poroshenko in Israel. Major TV channels did not cover this tour at all. To Israel as a state, Israeli people and government, this visit is absolutely not necessary. Israel just did not want to quarrel with the United States. On the eve of the visit of Poroshenko, Netanyahu spoke with Putin, trying to distance himself to this ridiculous and unsuccessful attempt by Poroshenko to embroil the two countries. The head of Ukraine was trying to incite an all out attack on Russia," said Kedmi.

It was noted that Israel is quietly and in a friendly manner communicate with Russia on the most important issues. "In Israel know perfectly well that the systems s-400 in Syria to protect Russian troops. Not Syria, not Hezbollah, and Russia. Israeli aircraft do not pose a threat to Russia, just like Russian, Israel. Therefore Israel sees no threat in the Russian systems s-400. Under the statements Poroshenko there is no soil, no one listened," added the expert.

"Russia did not react to the killing of a militant of "Hezbollah" by the Israeli forces a few days ago, reminded Kedmi. And in Israel it is appreciated. It's quite the right reaction. We did not threaten Russian troops, moreover – I think that this attack was carried out after Israel had informed Russia. In short, Russia's actions in Syria and the Middle East in general does not pose a threat to Israel. Whatever may be said by Poroshenko, in Israel everyone understands," said Kedmi.

Foreign planes dropping military aid for Islamic State in Kirkuk

 Tue, 29 Dec 2015
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Iraqi security sources disclosed on Tuesday that the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group has received military aid and other supplies dropped by unknown planes near the city of Kirkuk, Northern Iraq.

"After the US army's special heliborne operations in Southwestern Kirkuk, unknown planes dropped military supplies and other aids for the ISIL in the Southern part of Kirkuk," an Iraqi security official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told FNA on Tuesday.

The official did not disclose more details about the identity of the planes, but said that it might have been US or Turkish.

In early November, the Iraqi defense ministry announced in a statement that two Canadian and Swedish planes which were carrying arms to the Kurdistan region illegally were discharged and returned to their bases in Kuwait and Turkey.

According to the statement, "upon the order of the commander-in-chief of the Iraqi armed forces and after several days of confiscation, the two planes were allowed to leave Baghdad international airport with all their cargos to their bases in Kuwait and Turkey".

In a relevant development earlier, the Iraqi government had announced that it had seized two planes of the US-led anti-ISIL coalition member states that were carrying weapons to the Kurdistan Region without prior coordination or information of Baghdad.

"The inspection committee in Baghdad International Airport has found a huge number of rifles equipped with silencers, as well as light and mid-sized weapons," Head of the Iraqi Parliament's Security and Defense Commission Hakem al-Zameli said.

He noted that two Swedish and Canadian airplanes were going to fly to Iraq's Kurdistan region, but they were seized after arms cargos were discovered.

Zameli called on the Iraqi foreign ministry to question the international coalition in this regard and warn the coalition members to avoid such moves in the future.

"The US ambassador to Baghdad has tried to send the weapons to the Iraqi Kurdistan region, and the government should investigate this and arrest the perpetrators," he added.

The US and some other coalition members have been supplying arms to different actors in Iraq.

During the last year, Iraqi officials have on different occasions blasted the US and its allies for supplying the ISIL in Syria with arms and ammunition under the pretext of fighting the Takfiri terrorist group.

In late October, Iraqi volunteer forces discovered and seized US-made military hardware and ammunition in captured terrorists' positions.

In early October, the Iraqi forces discovered US-made military hardware and ammunition, including missiles, in terrorists' command center in Salahuddin province, informed sources said.

The Iraqi army and volunteer forces discovered US-made military hardware and ammunition, including anti-armor missiles, in terrorists' positions and trenches captured during the operations in the Fallujah region in Al-Anbar province.

The Iraqi forces found a huge volume of advanced TOW-II missiles from the Takfiri terrorists in al-Karama city of Fallujah.

The missiles were brand new and the ISIL had transferred them to Fallujah to use them against the Iraqi army's armored units.

Also in October, the Iraqi forces discovered US-made military hardware and ammunition from terrorists in the town of Beiji.

"The military hardware and weapons had been airdropped by the US-led warplanes and choppers for the ISIL in the nearby areas of Beiji," military sources told FNA.

In February, an Iraqi provincial official lashed out at the western countries and their regional allies for supporting Takfiri terrorists in Iraq, revealing that the US airplanes still continue to airdrop weapons and foodstuff for the ISIL terrorists.

"The US planes have dropped weapons for the ISIL terrorists in the areas under ISIL control and even in those areas that have been recently liberated from the ISIL control to encourage the terrorists to return to those places," Coordinator of Iraqi popular forces Jafar al-Jaberi told FNA.

He noted that eyewitnesses in Al-Havijeh of Kirkuk province had witnessed the US airplanes dropping several suspicious parcels for ISIL terrorists in the province.

"Two coalition planes were also seen above the town of Al-Khas in Diyala and they carried the Takfiri terrorists to the region that has recently been liberated from the ISIL control," Al-Jaberi said.

Also in February, a senior lawmaker disclosed that Iraq's army has shot down two British planes as they were carrying weapons for the ISIL terrorists in Al-Anbar province.

"The Iraqi Parliament's National Security and Defense Committee has access to the photos of both planes that are British and have crashed while they were carrying weapons for the ISIL," al-Zameli said.

He said the Iraqi parliament has asked London for explanations in this regard.

The senior Iraqi legislator further unveiled that the government in Baghdad is receiving daily reports from people and security forces in al-Anbar province on numerous flights by the US-led coalition planes that airdrop weapons and supplies for ISIL in terrorist-held areas.

The Iraqi lawmaker further noted the cause of such western aids to the terrorist group, and explained that the US prefers a chaotic situation in Anbar Province which is near the cities of Karbala and Baghdad as it does not want the ISIL crisis to come to an end.

Also in February, a senior Iraqi provincial official lashed out at the western countries and their regional allies for supporting Takfiri terrorists in Iraq, revealing that US and Israeli-made weapons have been discovered from the areas purged of ISIL terrorists.

"We have discovered weapons made in the US, European countries and Israel from the areas liberated from ISIL's control in Al-Baqdadi region," the Al-Ahad news website quoted Head of Al-Anbar Provincial Council Khalaf Tarmouz as saying.

He noted that the weapons made by the European countries and Israel were discovered from the terrorists in the Eastern parts of the city of Ramadi.

Meantime, Head of Iraqi Parliament's National Security and Defense Committee Hakem al-Zameli also disclosed that the anti-ISIL coalition's planes have dropped weapons and foodstuff for the ISIL in Salahuddin, Al-Anbar and Diyala provinces.

In January, al-Zameli underlined that the coalition is the main cause of ISIL's survival in Iraq.

"There are proofs and evidence for the US-led coalition's military aid to ISIL terrorists through air(dropped cargoes)," he told FNA at the time.

He noted that the members of his committee have already proved that the US planes have dropped advanced weaponry, including anti-aircraft weapons, for the ISIL, and that it has set up an investigation committee to probe into the matter.

"The US drops weapons for the ISIL on the excuse of not knowing about the whereabouts of the ISIL positions and it is trying to distort the reality with its allegations.

He noted that the committee had collected the data and the evidence provided by eyewitnesses, including Iraqi army officers and the popular forces, and said, "These documents are given to the investigation committee ... and the necessary measures will be taken to protect the Iraqi airspace."

Also in January, another senior Iraqi legislator reiterated that the US-led coalition is the main cause of ISIL's survival in Iraq.

"The international coalition is only an excuse for protecting the ISIL and helping the terrorist group with equipment and weapons," Jome Divan, who is member of the al-Sadr bloc in the Iraqi parliament, said.

He said the coalition's support for the ISIL is now evident to everyone, and continued, "The coalition has not targeted ISIL's main positions in Iraq."

In Late December 2014, Iraqi Parliamentary Security and Defense Commission MP disclosed that a US plane supplied the ISIL terrorist organization with arms and ammunition in Salahuddin province.

MP Majid al-Gharawi stated that the available information pointed out that US planes are supplying ISIL organization, not only in Salahuddin province, but also other provinces, Iraq TradeLink reported.

He added that the US and the international coalition are "not serious in fighting against the ISIL organization, because they have the technological power to determine the presence of ISIL gunmen and destroy them in one month".

Gharawi added that "the US is trying to expand the time of the war against the ISIL to get guarantees from the Iraqi government to have its bases in Mosul and Anbar provinces."

Salahuddin security commission also disclosed that "unknown planes threw arms and ammunition to the ISIL gunmen Southeast of Tikrit city".

Turkish Labs Processing Afghan Opium Into Heroin to Deliver to Europe

 Heroin Drugs
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Turkish laboratories are processing Afghan opium into heroin for deliveries to Europe, the director of Russia’s Federal Narcotics Control Service said Tuesday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Earlier on Tuesday, Viktor Ivanov said that Russian and Afghan drug police confiscated more than 600 kilograms (over 1,300 pounds) of opium in the province of Baglan in December in a joint operation.

“The cargo traveled along the route of Badakhshan-Doshi-Bamiyan-Herat, then further through Iran and into Turkey, where the opium was processed in well-equipped laboratories … into high quality heroin, and then was to be sent to Europe and Russia,” Ivanov said during an anti-narcotics committee meeting.

Daesh is receiving between $200 million and $500 million annually from smuggling Afghan heroin into Europe, he said.

“According to our figures, the amount of revenue could be from $200 to $500 million annually,” Viktor Ivanov told journalists, adding that Turkey was used as a transit country for the deadly drug.
 Last week, Ivanov said that large shipments of Afghan heroin were being transited through Turkey into the Balkan states and on into the European Union. According to him, the drugs from Afghanistan generate profits estimated at $150 billion annually for the people involved in the operations with them.

tirsdag 29. desember 2015

Ukraine Is In A State Of Confusion: West Adopts Russia's Stance on Donbass

Fort Russ
Translated by 
Ollie Richardson 
for Fort Russ
29th December, 2015
The verdict in Kiev is disappointing for the Ukrainian authorities. In particular, the former head of foreign intelligence service of Ukraine, Mykola Malomuzh, said that the West does not want to support Kiev and has almost entirely adopted the Russian strategy of resolving the crisis in Donbass. The corresponding statement of Malomuzh was made on the air of Ukrainian TV. 

According to the former head of foreign intelligence service of Ukraine, this information is continually voiced in various European forums, but not at the official level.

I, visiting international forums in London, Monaco and other countries of the world over the past year and three months, have seen the trend of a reduced interest in Ukraine," said Malomuzh.

He also noted that the West is not going to help Kiev to regain control over the territory of Donbass, and instead offers to solve the problem using ways based on the maturity of the conflict, the conducting of elections and the liberation from militias.

I mean, the script is almost Russian... It (Russia - ed.) managed to achieve all this, despite painful pressure, and thus this format of anti-terrorist operations are akin to the format of the world," said the Ukrainian representative.

According to Malomuzh, at the moment there is a gradual retreat of the West from the previously given political position on Ukraine. At the informal level there is the question about the end of the problem, but we are not talking about establishing the boundaries of Kiev, but the question of granting special rights to the population of Donbass.

'Newly Awakened' Russian Navy Has Pentagon Shaking in Its Boots

(L-R) Russian navy corvette Steregushchy, destroyer Nastoichivy and frigate Admiral Gorshkov are anchored in a bay of the Russian fleet base in Baltiysk in Kaliningrad region, Russia, July 19, 2015
© REUTERS/ Maxim Shemetov

In the fight against Daesh in Syria, Russia has demonstrated its state-of-the-art naval prowess. According to a new Pentagon report, the proven effectiveness of the Kremlin’s fleet has Washington worried.

In October, the Russian military launched 18 Kalibr-M cruise missiles from warships stationed in the Caspian Sea. Travelling over 1,500 miles, these projectiles struck terrorist targets in Syria, destroying key components of Daesh, also known as ISIL/the Islamic State.

While this action was clearly aimed at sending a strong message to terrorist groups in Syria, the demonstration appears to have also had an impact on the Pentagon. In a new report from the US Navy’s intelligence branch, the US military expresses concerns of a "newly awakened" Russian navy.

"Russia has begun, and over the next decade will make large strides in fielding a 21st century navy capable of a dependable national defense [and] an impressive but limited presence in more distant global areas of interests…" reads the report, entitled "The Russian Navy: A Historic Transition."

The report is authored by George Fedoroff, the US Office of Naval Intelligence’s top expert on Russia, and based on the Kremlin’s growing fleet of ships and submarines, which currently includes 186 vessels. Fedoroff also took the Russian Navy’s state-of-the-art weaponry into consideration, as well as the resolve of Russian sailors.

According to Fedoroff, the United States has underestimated Russian military capabilities since the end of the Cold War. Now, for the first time in 24 years, the Pentagon is beginning to take notice.

"Since 2000, as Russia’s governmental order and economy have stabilized, there has been a focused and funded effort to revitalize the Russian military – including the navy," the report reads. "Suspended construction programs are now moving toward completion and new construction programs are beginning to provide the navy with 21st-century submarine and surface platforms."

Fedoroff also cited Russia’s Kalibr cruise missiles as a sign of Russia’s growing naval strength.
"Kalibr provides even modest platforms, such as corvettes, with significant offensive capability and, with the use of the land attack missile, all platforms have a significant ability to hold distant fixed targets at risk using conventional warheads," the report reads.

"The proliferation of this capability within the new Russian navy is profoundly changing its ability to deter, threaten or destroy adversary targets."

Earlier this month, Russia also launched cruise missiles against Syrian targets from submarines operating in the Mediterranean.

As Russia’s navy advances, challenging Washington’s hegemony, China’s sea fleet is also making rapid gains. According to Dean Cheng, senior research fellow for Chinese Political and Security Affairs at the Heritage Foundation, China has "already outmatched every regional navy."

With its naval dominance at risk, Washington is set to spend between $80-92 billion in taxpayer money to upgrade its own submarine fleet. Earlier this month, the US Navy also faced embarrassment when its newest ship, the USS Milwaukee, broke down after less than a month of action. The littoral combat ship was towed to a base in Virginia for repairs.

Another sizeable investment for the Pentagon, the $3 billion USS Zumwalt, is already facing criticism for being outdated – and unsafe. Conducting its maiden voyage earlier this month, the stealth destroyer has a futuristic appearance, but may lack seaworthiness.

"On the DDG-1000 [Zumwalt-class], with the waves coming at you from behind, when a ship pitches down, it can lose transverse stability as the stern comes out of the water – and basically roll over," said Ken Bower, a naval architect, according to Wired.

No wonder Washington is worried about Russian submarines.