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Stormtrooper

Turkey no longer U.S. ally in Middle East, claims Wall Street Journal

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Comment: Since this comes from U.S. propaganda rag The Wall Street Journal, it's likely that this is a (not-so) subtle message from the Americans to Turkey. This is just one of the ways that the U.S. puts pressure on its allies to get in line with American wishes.


An article from Todays Zaman (link) reports: "US daily The Wall Street Journal has claimed in its editorial on Saturday that it is the "unavoidable conclusion" that the US needs to find a better regional ally to fight the self-proclaimed Islamic State (ISIL) than Turkey, suggesting that the air base Turkey is currently hosting should be moved somewhere else.

Recalling Turkey's reluctance in joining the anti-ISIL coalition, the editorial said not only will Ankara take no military action, it will also forbid the US from using the US air base in İncirlik - located fewer than 100 miles from the Syrian border - to conduct air strikes against the terrorists.

"That will complicate the Pentagon's logistical and reconnaissance challenges, especially for a campaign that's supposed to take years," it added.

Bad Guys

Anti-ISIL coalition mere joke, says Iran president

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© UnknownIranian President Hassan Rouhani (R) talks with Slovak Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Miroslav Lajcak in Tehran on September 15, 2014.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has cast doubt on the sincerity of the so-called coalition to fight terrorism, saying it is a "joke" that the countries which have supported and financed militant groups now seek to fight terrorism.

"It is a joke that the countries which trained, equipped and financed terrorist groups now suddenly seek to fight these terrorist groups," Rouhani said in a meeting with Slovak Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Miroslav Lajcak in Tehran on Monday.

Rouhani expressed concern about growing terrorism in the Middle East, including Syria and Iraq, and called on all countries to adopt a unified approach to uproot terrorism.

The Slovak official, for his part, called for consultations between Bratislava and Tehran on serious security issues in the world to find a way out of the problems.

Comment: Rouhani said it well. This is pretty much how it works:

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Bomb

Cover-up by obstruction: OSCE monitors shelled at MH17 site

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Monitors from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) came under artillery fire at the MH17 crash site in eastern Ukraine on September 14, their report released on Monday said.

It said "the patrol vehicles were damaged by artillery or mortar fire ... the team left the area in the remaining useable vehicle and returned to Donetsk city".

"The SMM also carried out an on-site assessment in the area of the MH17 crash site, upon request of the Dutch, Australian and Malaysian authorities. The patrol vehicles were damaged by artillery or mortar fire at 18:37. The team left the area in the remaining useable vehicle and returned to Donetsk city at 00:32 hrs today," the report said.

In an earlier report, the OSCE said its monitors and representatives of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) had come under a mortar attack in Donetsk, with shells exploding some 100-200 metres away.

Comment: It seems that there are factions within Kiev at cross purposes. The bureaucratic aspects of the truce agreement seem to be progressing, but military assault on the eastern republics continues. Here is a recent video of one of the latest attacks on civilians in the region:




Briefcase

Ukraine parliament approves law granting special status to 'rebel' regions, amnesty to fighters -- with conditions

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The Ukrainian parliament has approved laws on special status for the Donetsk and Lugansk Regions, as well as amnesty for those participating in the hostilities.

The special status law has received 277 'yes' votes from a total of 450 MPs, while the amnesty law was approved by 287 parliamentary members. The session of the Verkhovna Rada is underway during which MPs are to ratify an agreement with the EU.

The law on the special status of Lugansk and Donetsk Regions guarantees the right to use and study Russian or any other language in Ukraine.

It also states that local elections are to take place in the regions on December 7.


Comment: Interestingly, Poroshenko has relieved the official governor of eastern Lugansk, Irina Verigina, of duties.


The head of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic, Igor Plotnitsky, earlier welcomed the law on special status for Ukraine's eastern regions proposed by President Poroshenko.


Comment: Contrary to some analyses of the wording of the truce agreement, it looks like Kiev might be taking a fairly reasonable approach, tacitly acknowledging the legitimacy of the militias by offering them amnesty (in other words, not treating them as criminals who would be prosecuted) and abiding by the prisoner exchange. And if elections are held, the NAF will undoubtedly win in the regions, mooting the point about vacating all occupied government buildings. Handing in all weapons, however, seems unlikely to be accepted and unreasonable to a people whose very lives are being threatened, barring some kind of guarantee that Kiev will not simply try to surround the regions and finish what they started.


Pirates

The Anti-Terrorist meeting in Jeddah

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On 11 September 2014, on a 'historic' thirteenth anniversary of the terror attack proclaimed by suicide bombers aimed at the buildings of the World Trade Centre, an urgent meeting was called in Jeddah calling for the ministers of foreign affairs of six countries - members of the Gulf Co-Operation Council, as well as Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and the USA. The issues of counter-action to the Middle East terror organisations were discussed there; and first of all, the activities of the ISIS terror organisation.

The USA, as the true champion of this event, although it was officially summoned by Riyadh, hastened to announce its success and creation of the international coalition to fight the 'absolute evil', as ISIS is now called. Indeed, the participants of the meeting, apart from the foreign minister of Turkey - M. Chavushoglu - unanimously signed the document stating the goals of the coalition, as dictated by the USA (in fact they were false, as we will show later), fighting with ISIS and also with the methods proposed by Washington; bombarding the militants' positions from the air, both on the territory of Iraq and Syria, providing military assistance to Kurds and Iraqi government, as well as offering humanitarian aid to those who found themselves on the territories occupied by the militants. In general, several measures were taken which would reduce the influx of militants into the zones seized by them.

Washington is pleased not only with the creation of the above-mentioned coalition with the active support on part of Riyadh, but also with the received freedom of actions. The USA were able not only to escape the immediate participation in destroying of ISIS by their own ground forces (i.e. formally to observe Obama's declarations that he will not involve America into the Middle East conflicts), but also to receive the silent support of the regional states regarding the fact that the actions undertaken by this created coalition will take place virtually beyond the framework of the United Nations Charter, bypassing its requirements to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the independent states, and first of all Syria. The repetition of 2003 scenario is evident.

John Kerry rebuffed the criticism on part of Russia, regarding such intents by issuing a statement that Moscow itself allegedly violates the international law in Ukraine and that is why its criticism of the American activities is 'ridiculous', and it cannot demand respect for the United Nations regulations in the Middle East from the USA. They have a poor excuse - they are going to violate the rules because others do it. In other words, the USA, whilst nodding at others (without any evidence), will further destroy the system of international law, as they were doing successfully during the last decades, especially after the collapse of the bipolar system of international relations.


Comment: Russia didn't invade Ukraine. Lada Ray dissects the US propaganda tactic in her article on Putin.
Since US cannot be seen as a positive force any more, the only thing that is left for its propaganda is to discredit the opponent. To do that, the US needs to twist the reality in such a way that the opponent is painted with the tainted brush.

In other words, US is not interested any more in proving that it's a force for good in the world. Alas, it's too late for that as everyone's aware of the truth. USA isn't trying to show it's not the driving force behind NWO. It is abundantly clear that America has lost the fight for the hearts and minds.

Therefore, USA's new strategy is to paint everyone else with a tainted brush, so everyone seems tainted as much as the USA, and this especially concerns Russia and Putin.

Quenelle

Best of the Web: Charley Reese: 545 vs. 300,000,000 People

Charlie Reese
Charley Reese (January 29, 1937 - May 21, 2013)
Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.

Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?

Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?

You and I don't propose a federal budget. The President does.

You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.

You and I don't write the tax code, Congress does.

You and I don't set fiscal policy, Congress does.

You and I don't control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one President, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.

I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a President to do one cotton-picking thing. I don't care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator's responsibility to determine how he votes.

Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits. The President can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.

The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House? He/she is the leader of the majority party. He/she and fellow House members, not the President, can approve any budget they want. If the President vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.

Just 545 Americans have fouled up this great nation.

It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted - by present facts - of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can't think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

Magnify

Geopolitical ramifications of the sanctions: Bear & dragon unite

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Russia and China are moving closer together as Moscow becomes more and more disenchanted with the West. Can these two countries successfully challenge western hegemony? Can the bear and dragon reshape the world? CrossTalking with Martin Hennecke and Pepe Escobar.


Dollar

General De Gaulle: U.S. domination stems from dollar as world currency

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In a press conference in 1965, France President Charles de Gaulle warned about the central problem still facing the world 50 years later: the U.S. dollar being accepted as the world currency in international trade.

This was evidently and continues to be a great advantage for the U.S. Anyone can imagine he would be the richest man in town, if he would print money at home and the whole town would accept it as their money.

As Mayer Amschel Bauer Rothschild said:
"Give me control of a nation's money and I care not who makes its laws."
The U.S. got the power to issue the currency that has been accepted as real money all over the world since the Bretton Woods treaty in 1945.

When it was signed the U.S. dollar was backed by gold - any country or individual could convert it into gold.

This was of course just a TRICK... if all those holding dollars would demand it to be converted into gold, the U.S. Federal Reserve couldn't do it, nor could the U.S. government.


Newspaper

Iran diplomat: Coalition against ISIS is only meant to deceive world's public opinion

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© UnknownThis file photo shows terrorists from the Takfiri ISIL group as they cut across the Syrian-Iraqi border.
Iran's ambassador to Azerbaijan has questioned Washington's sincerity about launching a military coalition against the Takfiri ISIL terrorist group, saying such a coalition is only meant to deceive world's public opinion.

In an interview with Trend news agency on Tuesday, Mohsen Pak-Ayeen said this so-called coalition is supposed to be fighting a phenomenon, which has been created as well as financially and militarily supported by the United States.

He added that the world public opinion will not forget the number of occasions when the US Congress endorsed financial support for ISIL militants and other Takfiri groups.

President Barack Obama, under pressure from some lawmakers to provide more help to foreign-backed militants operating inside Syria, asked the US Congress in late June to approve $500 million to train and equip the militants.

Stock Up

Crimea river! EU will not recognize Crimean elections

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The European Union does not recognize elections in the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said on Monday.

"In view of reports about local elections having taken place in Crimea and Sevastopol, we recall that the European Union recognizes neither the legal framework nor the legitimacy of these elections," Ashton said in a statement.

"The European Union continues to condemn the illegal annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol by the Russian Federation and will not recognize it," she added.

The elections to the State Council, the peninsula's new legislature, were held on September 14. These were the first elections in Crimea since it became part of Russia in March .

More than 96% of the Crimean residents voted for the reunification with Russia during a referendum held on March 16.

Comment: The current ruling party of Russia, United Russia, came away with 70 out of 75 seats in the Crimean election. Naturally, the EU does not and will not respect the will of Crimea's people. That doesn't change the fact that Crimeans are happy to be part of Russia once more: Invasion and occupation? Crimea for Dummies