25/05/2013

Syria: Google, Nato, Pentagon, Syrian Arab News Agency SANA

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1) Google invests in data centre near Mons, Belgium
http://www.deredactie.be/cm/vrtnieuws.english/news/1.1600...

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2) NATO's Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) Mons, Belgium
http://www.acus.org/content/natos-supreme-headquarters-al...

3) On 3.14.2012, America’s Defense Department’s best-known geek announced that she was leaving the Pentagon for a job at Google…

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Google Alert - latest news Syria SANA - 24 mei 2013
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Syria opposition open key talks on peace initiative
Yahoo!7 News
Holding its seventh general assembly meeting since its creation last November, the National Coalition is expected to choose a new president, discuss incorporating new members and decide the fate of an interim rebel government, opponents said ...
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Syrian News Agency Sana: http://sana.sy/eng/article/27.htm

12/05/2013

Terrorist acts: The bombing of Nasser University in Tripoli

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The bombing of Nasser University in Tripoli on June 12, 2011 was one of many examples of NATO's destruction of Libya's infrastructure.

http://axisoflogic.com/artman/publish/Article_63736.shtml

Terrorist acts by NATO

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As a reminder:

NATO bombings of Serbia: Schools (more than 190 facilities)

Over 190 schools, faculties and facilities for students and children were damaged or destroyed (over 20 faculties, 6 collages, 40 secondary and 80 elementary schools, 6 student dormitories), including: Elementary schools "16. oktobar" and "Vladimir Rolovic" in Belgrade; Day-care centre in settlement Petlovo Brdo in Belgrade; Two secondary schools in the territory of Nis; Elementary schools "Toza Markovic", "Djordje Natosevic", "Veljko Vlahovic", "Sangaj" and "Djuro Danicic" and a day-care centre "Duga" in Novi Sad and creches in Visarionova Street and in the neighbourhood of Sangaj; Traffic School Centre, Faculty of Philosophy; Four elementary schools and a Medical high school in the territory of Leskovac; Elementary school in Lucane, as well as a larger number of education facilities in the territory of Kosovo and Metohija; Faculties of Law and Economics and elementary school "Radoje Domanovic" in Nis; Elementary schools in Kraljevo and the villages of Cvetka, Aketa and Ladjevci; In Sombor: elementary schools "Ivo Lola Ribar", "A. Mrazovic", "N. Vukicevic" and "Nikola Tesla" in Kljajicevo; School centre in Kula; Elementary school and Engineering secondary school centre in Rakovica...

26/04/2013

NATO: “territorial defence of Europe” and “peace-making” ?

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The Common Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union

The Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) is the organised, agreed foreign policy of the European Union (EU) for mainly security and defence diplomacy and actions. CFSP deals only with a specific part of the EU’s external relations, which domains include mainly Trade and Commercial Policy and other areas such as funding to third countries, etc. Decisions require unanimity among member states in the Council of the European Union, but once agreed, certain aspects can be further decided by qualified majority voting. Foreign policy is chaired and represented by the EU’s High Representative.

The CFSP sees the NATO responsible for the territorial defence of Europe and “peace-making”. However, since 1999, the European Union is responsible for implementing missions, such as “peace-keeping” and policing of treaties, etc. A phrase that is often used to describe the relationship between the EU forces and NATO is “separable, but not separate”: The same forces and capabilities form the basis of both EU and NATO efforts, but portions can be allocated to the European Union if necessary. Concerning missions, the right of first refusal exists: the EU may only act if NATO first decides not to.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Foreign_and_Security_Policy

Photo: Chief of Staff of the so called ‘Free Syrian Army’ Gen. Salim Idris addresses the media after he discussed the situation in Syria with Guy Verhofstadt, right, at the European Parliament in Brussels, March 6, 2013. Verhofstadt pleads for supply of heavy weapons to Idris but a number of reports indicate that Verhofstadt lies and that  the weapons were already delivered…

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“Territorial defence of Europe” and “peace-making”...

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Brussels, April 26th, 2013

Verhofstadt about Syria: ‘The weak position of the European Union makes me sick. The European Commission knows what needs to be done, so they should go ahead and use every means possible, including less orthodox ways if needed. The time for peace talks is over, we need action now. If the UN doesn’t react, then NATO should.’

Guy Verhofstadt

Verhofstadt became president of the Flemish Liberal Student's Union (1972–1974) while studying law at the University of Ghent. He quickly became the secretary of Willy De Clercq, who was at that time the president of the Flemish liberal party (Party for 'Freedom and Progress', PVV). In 1982, at age 29, he became president of the party. In 1985 he was elected into the Chamber of Deputies, and became Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Budget under Prime Minister Wilfried Martens. Because of his economic views and his young age, he became known as "Baby Thatcher". Another nickname from that era is "da joenk", a Brabantian dialect expression meaning "that kid" (in a pejorative sense, referring to his rather iconoclastic and immature style).
After a failed attempt to form a government in November 1991, he resigned and disappeared from the political scene, only to return to the party's presidency in 1997 with a 'less radical image'.

Partly because of a food scandal that broke out just before the elections, his party became the largest party in the country, and he was appointed Prime Minister on July 12, 1999, the first liberal to hold that office since 1938.

Following the 2003 general elections, Verhofstadt formed his second cabinet.
In the regional elections of June 13, 2004, his party lost votes.
Since then, Verhofstadt has been faced with internal crisis after crisis.

In 2004, Verhofstadt was suggested as a candidate to replace Romano Prodi as the next President of the European Commission. He was the choice of the former French president, Jacques Chirac, and Germany's
ex-chancellor, Gerhard Schroder, but his candidacy was opposed and rejected by a coalition led by Tony Blair and Silvio Berlusconi.

After his premiership he took up the seat of Senator to which he had been elected in 2007.
In the 2009 European Parliament election, he was elected a member of the European Parliament for the term 2009–2014 and has been put forward as the possible candidate for replacing José Manuel Barroso as the president of the European Commission by a coalition of greens, socialists and liberals.
On July 1, 2009 he was elected President of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe group in the European Parliament.
Verhofstadt is also a member of the Club de Madrid, an organization of more than 80 former statesmen. The group works to promote ‘democratic governance and leadership worldwide’.
On April 2, 2012 Verhofstadt Verhofstadt replaced Etienne Davignon who was for many years chairman of the audit committee of Sofina and a member of the remuneration and nomination committee.

Etienne Davignon

Davignon joined the Belgian Foreign Ministry, in 1959, and within two years had become an attaché under Paul-Henri Spaak, then-Minister of Foreign Affairs. He remained in Belgian government until 1965. In 1970, he chaired the committee of experts which produced the Davignon report on foreign policy for Europe. On 27 October 1970, in Luxembourg, the Foreign Ministers of the Six adopted the Report, which 'seeks progress in the area of political unification through cooperation in foreign policy matters'.

Davignon later became the first head of the International Energy Agency, from 1974 to 1977, before becoming a member of the European Commission, of which he was vice-president from 1981 till 1985. From 1989 to 2001, he was chairman of the Belgian bank Société Générale de Belgique, which is now part of the French supplier Suez and was not an arm of the French bank Société Générale, but a Belgian institution. He is now Vice Chairman of Suez subsidiary, Suez-Tractebel.

As chairman of Société Générale de Belgique, he was a member of the European Round Table of Industrialists. He is the current co-chairman of the EU-Japan Business Dialogue Round Table, chairman of the Paul-Henri Spaak Foundation, president of the EGMONT - Royal Institute for International Relations, chairman of CSR Europe, chairman of the European Academy of Business in Society and was chairman of the annual Bilderberg conference from 1998 to 2001.

Davignon is the chairman of the board of directors of Brussels Airlines, which he co-founded after the bankruptcy of Sabena. He is also a member of the board of numerous Belgian companies, and is the chairman of the board of directors and of the General Assembly of the ICHEC Brussels Management School.

On 26 January 2004, Davignon was given the honorary title of Minister of State, giving him a seat on the Crown Council.

On April 2, 2012, when Guy Verhofstadt became a Board Member of the Brussels-based, Brussels-quoted Sofina holding, Etienne Davignon leaved the governing body of Sofina after 27 years. Sofina's Board of Directors decided him to grant the title of Honorary Director.

Davignon is a crucial member of the Strategic Advisory Panel of The European Business Awards. He is a member of the Cercle Gaulois and a member of the Advisory Board of the Itinera Institute think tank. He is also President of the Brussels-based think tank Friends of Europe.

Photo: Guy Verhofstadt, MEP and President of ALDE Group; Mr Jacques Delors, Founding President of ‘Notre Europe’ and Etienne Davignon.

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June 15 2012 – US holds high-level talks with Syrian rebels seeking weapons in Washington:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/9334707/US-holds-high-level-talks-with-Syrian-rebels-seeking-weapons-in-Washington.html

February 23, 2013 – In Syria, new influx of weapons to rebels tilts the battle against Assad:
http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-02-23/world/37257669_1_free-syrian-army-rebel-forces-assad

February 24, 2013 – Syria. Saudis supply heavy weapons to so-called ‘moderate rebels’:
http://www.kavkazcenter.com/eng/content/2013/02/24/17389.shtml

March 28, 2013 – Saudi heavy weapons supply to Syrian rebels breaks up Arab summit in uproar:
http://www.debka.com/article/22857/

 

18/04/2013

NATO is housed in luxurious buildings - People are suffering

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NATO Conducts Largest-Ever Naval War Games Off Coast Of Scotland

The News (Portsmouth)
April 18, 2013

Navy at heart of NATO exercise

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Involving more than 40 warships, 40 fixed-wing aircraft and 30 helicopters from the UK, Netherlands, Canada, France, Denmark, Belgium, Norway, Poland, Sweden and Germany, over 12,000 personnel will be taking part in Exercise Joint Warrior.

A training exercise for Response Force Task Group, which is designed to respond at a moment’s notice to rapidly unfolding world events, this takes place twice a year in a vast arena off the coast of Scotland.

http://rickrozoff.wordpress.com/2013/04/18/nato-conducts-largest-ever-naval-war-games-off-coast-of-scotland/

Photo: The luxurious NATO buildings while people from countries where there is a NATO military intervention, are living every day in misery

25/03/2013

Decline of the West

declinowst_1c.gifThe desperate search to find a reason for NATO’s continued existence goes on. Last year Yugoslavia was smashed to smithereens to demonstrate that only NATO had the wherewithal to inflict so much pointless damage. This year it is the turn of the Russian Bear. Apparently he is back in the woods. So let’s make sure NATO remembers to bring a gun. The media, eager as ever to make themselves useful to the US Government, daily churn out chilling tales of dastardly Russians and fiendish secret policemen. Editorial writers splutter angrily. The Republicans – stupid and opportunistic as ever – seize on an issue they believe they can belabor Al Gore with in the election.decline.of.the.West.jpg

The dishonesty of all of this is patently obvious. Any rational person can see that over the past ten years the Russians have gone out of their way to be as inoffensive as possible – to their own detriment as well as to that of their friends and allies. They gave up an empire, dissolved the Warsaw Pact, cut back on their armed forces and sent the Communists packing. They even embraced the fashionable "market democracy" ideology being peddled by the West. On issue after issue they signed on to NATO’s agenda – for no apparent reason other than weakness or eagerness to please. It is hard to see how much further they could have gone to abase themselves short of inviting NATO in to take over their country. Yet according to the lunatics who run the American imperial metropolis Russia remains as dangerous as ever.

http://www.antiwar.com/szamuely/sz032200.html

History: NATO's 'Civil War' Machine Rolls Into Syria

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29 May 2012

It was only a matter of time before NATO's hired killers were tasked with carrying out a massacre in Syria that NATO stooges at the UN could then attempt to blame on the Syrian government. This time however, the con job isn't going quite according to plan. 

On Monday 28th May 2012 ('Memorial Day' in the US, for those who enjoy irony) the world's public received a full frontal propaganda attack by the Western and other duplicitous media outlets parroting NATO and UN Security Council condemnations of a "massacre by Syrian troops" in the Syrian village of Houla on Friday 25th May. 

Although the Houla victims were Assad supporters, the media has been primed to unleash a torrent of abuse against the Syrian government in the hope that it will carry enough weight to justify precision-strike democratization in the very near future. 

UN Security Council 'ambassadors' from the UK, Germany, France and Azerbaijan (no less!) wasted no time in pointing the finger at the Syrian government and making false claims that there was "clear evidence of artillery fire and tank shelling by the Syrian regime". In fact, it has since been revealed that the vast majority of the victims were killed at close range, many of them with limbs hacked off by axes.

...It has already been well and officially documented that there are hundreds of US, Israeli and British-backed mercenaries operating in Syria and armed to the teeth with American weapons. Their job is to create chaos and fear through the indiscriminate murder of Syrian civilians and thereby provide Western war mongers with the justification to intervene militarily or, they hope, force the removal of President Assad. Even the nutty UN Secretary General Ba Ki Moon acknowledged 10 days ago that 'al-Qaeda' were behind the many car bombings that killed so many innocent Syrians...

Joe Quinn

Sott.net

http://www.sott.net/article/246047-NATOs-Civil-War-Machine-Rolls-Into-Syria

18/02/2013

NATO's war against Syria: missile batteries in Turkey

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All NATO Patriot batteries in Turkey operational

The final of six Patriot missile batteries deployed to Turkey was declared operational under NATO command and control on Friday, 15 February 2013.

The battery, provided by the United States, is located outside the city of Gaziantep.

Germany, the Netherlands and the United States provide two batteries each to augment Turkey’s air defences. The systems are deployed in Kahramanmaras, Adana, and Gaziantep. The first battery came online on 26 January.

In response to Turkey’s request, NATO Foreign Ministers decided on 4 December 2012 that NATO would “augment Turkey’s air defence capabilities…along the Alliance’s border.”

http://rickrozoff.wordpress.com/2013/02/16/turkey-all-six...

20/12/2012

NATO's war on Syria: U.S., Israel, Germany, Turkey

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his friend President Barack Obama.

On November 15, 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for urging his cabinet to accept a U.S. proposal to extend a freeze on West Bank settlement building for 90 days. Under the plan, Washington would block UN resolutions critical of Israel, and supply Israel with fighter jets worth $3 billion. The US government also promised Israel that after the 90-day moratorium, they would not seek an extension, and settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem (all of which is illegal under international law) could continue unabated. At the beginning of the month of February 2011, more than 100 nations voted for a U.N. resolution that would have condemned illegal Israeli settlements and halted any new construction. The United States vetoed it.
On February 19, 2011, Israel said it was 'deeply grateful to the United States' after it vetoed a United Nations resolution put forward by the Palestinian leadership condemning Israeli settlement activity. On  Oct 27, 2011, Israeli jetfighters engaged in aerial bombing of the Palestinian city of Khan Yunes in the Gaza Strip.Israel plans now to build unspecified thousands of new settler units in the strip of land known as E1 around Al Quds...

Israel's Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Lieberman who, for tactical political reasons, recently announced that he withdrawned temporarily, proposes since 2001, to establish four townships in the occupied West Bank, hermetically sealed, which would be grouped the Palestinians.
More recently he has improved his plan.
He sees it as a solution for the Palestinian citizens of Israel, who are more than one million, to move the vast majority of the group in tightly closed, self-administered areas.
Thus would arise a State ethnically homogeneous from the Mediterranean Sea until the Jordan, sheltering in its midst Palestinian “Bantustans”.
Lieberman, besides his ministerial duties, is the leader of Israel Beteinou (Israel Our Home), a political party openly racist and Arabophobia.

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Germany last year ordered a small fleet of Israeli Heron spy drones designed to provide real-time images above a battlefield. That has brought German jet pilots to coastal Ein Shemer air base for accelerated retraining on the unmanned propeller planes, already daubed with their flag and Iron Cross emblem. “It’s for the need of the ground troops, for our own protection, like convoy protection,” said a Luftwaffe (airforce) major, who formerly flew a Tornado fighter-bomber on Afghan reconnaissance missions and could not be named due to military secrecy.
Israel is a pioneer of combat drones, having deployed them in Lebanon in the Palestinian territories. Heron’s manufacturer, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), says it is also used by Canadian, French and Australian forces in Afghanistan. On December 12, 2012, Germany has expelled four employees of the Syrian embassy in Berlin in a diplomatic move to put pressure on the regime of President Bashar Assad. German MPs of the lower house of parliament voted 461-86 on Friday, December 14, 2012, to approve the deployment of two Patriot missile batteries and 400 troops in Turkey along the Syrian border, Reuters reported.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu recently expressed Turkey’s desire for a leading role in a Greater Middle East, while also claiming that Turkey’s borders are NATO’s borders.

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On October, 26th 2011, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and German Chancellor Angela Merkel addressed the media during a news conference after a meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany. Rasmussen said the alliance wanted to confirm a decision to end its operations in Libya by Oct. 31.  Rasmussen: 'The U.N.’s resolution adopted earlier in the day reflects that we have fully accomplished our mandate to protect the civilian population of Libya'.

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Plans for Redrawing the Middle East: The Project for a “New Middle East”:
http://www.globalresearch.ca/plans-for-redrawing-the-middle-east-the-project-for-a-new-middle-east/3882

'The war against Iraq and America's drive for world domination':
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2002/10/iraq-o04.html

'The American Drive for World Domination':
http://www.serendipity.li/wtc14.htm

'World Domination By the US: An Economic Disaster in the Making':
http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig/felkins9.html

'Syria, Turkey, Israel and the Greater Middle East Energy War':
http://www.globalresearch.ca/syria-turkey-israel-and-the-greater-middle-east-energy-war/5307902

'The Greater Middle East Project - The Globalist Agenda For Africa And The Middle East': http://syria360.wordpress.com/globalist-agenda/

'The New U.S. Proposal for a Greater Middle East Initiative: An Evaluation':
http://www.brookings.edu/research/papers/2004/05/10middleeast-wittes

Syria News: NATO-backed bomb attacks

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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (2-L) shares a laugh with British Foreign Secretary William Hague (3-L) prior to a group picture at a NATO Foreign ministers conference in Brussels, Belgium.

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Bodies of victims of a terrorist attack in Damascus placed in black bags. The attack also wounded more than 60 people.

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Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for Syrian terrorists seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government. Obama’s order, known as an intelligence “finding,” broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the terrorists oust Assad.  C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. Weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The United States is setting up joint military, intelligence and medical working teams with Israel, Turkey and Jordan.

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'The war against Iraq and America's drive for world domination':
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2002/10/iraq-o04.html

'The American Drive for World Domination':
http://www.serendipity.li/wtc14.htm

'World Domination By the US: An Economic Disaster in the Making':
http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig/felkins9.html

'Iraq War Dead':
http://change-links.org/2011/08/iraq-war-dead/

17/12/2012

German pilots in Israel - German troops and missiles in Turkey

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German MPs of the lower house of parliament voted 461-86 on Friday, December 14, 2012, to approve the deployment of two Patriot missile batteries and 400 troops in Turkey along the Syrian border, Reuters reported.

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'Ein Shemer Air Base - History's Twist: German Pilots Seek Jewish Help'

As World War Two raged in the years before Israel’s founding, colonial British planes were scrambled here to fend off German forces. Now the German Luftwaffe is back, preparing for a far more remote fight with the modern equipment and expertise of the Jewish state established after the Nazi Holocaust.

Worried by insurgent ambushes on its soldiers in Afghanistan and return fire that sometimes kills civilians or local allies, Germany last year ordered a small fleet of Israeli Heron spy drones designed to provide real-time images above a battlefield.

That has brought German jet pilots to coastal Ein Shemer air base for accelerated retraining on the unmanned propeller planes, already daubed with their flag and Iron Cross emblem.

“It’s for the need of the ground troops, for our own protection, like convoy protection,” said a Luftwaffe (airforce) major, who formerly flew a Tornado fighter-bomber on Afghan reconnaissance missions and could not be named due to military secrecy.

“In Afghanistan it’s really hard to compare the good guys from the bad guys. So you have to surveil them a long time.”

Israel is a pioneer of combat drones, having deployed them in Lebanon in the Palestinian territories. Heron’s manufacturer, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), says it is also used by Canadian, French and Australian forces in Afghanistan.

Yet the fact Israeli know-how may now be saving German military lives offers up a unique historical irony lost on none.

The Defence Ministry in Berlin declined to allow the Luftwaffe trainees to be interviewed about such symbolism, but one of them described how they took time off to visit the central Holocaust memorial at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. Dressed in civilian clothes while in Israel, trainees on an earlier course stood at attention for annual commemorations in April of the six million Jews killed in the Nazi genocide.

JEWISH PRIDE

“As a Jew, I felt very proud at this specific moment,” said Tomer Koriat, deputy director of the IAI training programme, who praised the Germans’ mastery of the Heron within intensive courses lasting just three-and-a-half weeks.

“All of us have learned that today we are talking about another Germany than what we used to know ... A very, very good friend, if not the best friend of Israel today in the world.”

Germany has become a key ally of Israel despite Berlin’s criticism of its Palestinian policies.

While the United States regularly conducts drone air strikes in Afghanistan and on suspected insurgent bases in neighbouring Pakistan, its allies are generally limited to using the planes for unarmed surveillance.

This is especially true for Germany. Although it has the third-biggest NATO Afghan contingent—some 4,300 personnel—it often appears uncomfortable with being involved in hostilities while World War Two is still a living memory.

“We’re kept to ‘recce’ (reconnaissance) missions only. We’re the good guys,” joked another Luftwaffe major at Ein Shemer.

He recalled how, flying a Heron on a hunt for IAI staff posing as Taliban guerrillas in the surrounding cotton fields, the high-resolution camera spotted two boys in a fistfight. “I couldn’t do anything to stop it, so I just pulled away.”

Each Heron costs about $10 million, depending on the sophistication of its equipment and the ground control booth. In a boon for spartan Afghan crews, the drone is designed to land and take off automatically.

Israelis are barred by Afghanistan, so IAI ceded maintenance services to German partner firm Rheinmetall Defence.

The former Tornado pilot spoke wistfully of his time in the clouds but said being grounded to fly Herons is just as vital.

“All of the time you have to be really certain what you do, because it has a real effect,” he said. “It’s not like a computer game - ‘Game Over’.”

http://www.vosizneias.com/60926/2010/07/27/60926/

11/12/2012

German Patriot air defense missiles on Turkish border with Syria

The defence ministers of NATO member states decided on February 2, 2012 in Brussels that the command centre of the missile defence system would be located at the Headquarters Allied Air Command Ramstein, Germany. The German defence minister, Thomas de Maizière, also announced that the German Patriot systems would become part of the NATO missile 'defence' system...

Germany's cabinet authorized on December 6, 2012, the stationing of German Patriot air defense missiles on the Turkish border with Syria as part of a NATO mission to help 'protect' Turkey from possible cross-border attacks. The mission will involve up to 400 troops from the German military, the Bundeswehr, and also includes personnel for AWACS surveillance aircraft and commando units.

Germany on Monday expelled four employees of the Syrian embassy in Berlin, the foreign minister said, as part of moves to further isolate the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Photo/video: Germans In NATO Parade 1959

http://www.britishpathe.com/video/germans-in-nato-parade

Nato-Germany expels four Syrian embassy staff

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December 11, 2012

Germany on Monday expelled four employees of the Syrian embassy in Berlin, the foreign minister said, as part of moves to further isolate the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

This decision is not coming as a surprise.
It is the result of Germany's growing role within NATO and the 'Greater Middle East'.

After September 11, 2001 German military missions and deployments were expanded exponentially and in addition to Germany deploying AWACS to the US in Operation Eagle Assist it also “took part in [Operation Active Endeavor] which has German units monitor the Mediterranean waters…. In Afghanistan and East Africa, German troops battle…with sea units, ground troops and special forces.

“The Bundeswehr, once restricted by the German constitution to exclusively domestic protection, can now send armed troops to foreign countries.

Having exploited as well as in an integral way engineered the breakup of Yugoslavia, with Kosovo as the altar and Serbia as the paschal lamb whose slaying wiped clean decades of German guilt, Berlin was now free to play the role assigned to it by NATO: That of an international military power operating on four continents, a far wider range of deployment and engagement than had been achieved by either Bismarck or Hitler.

The defence ministers of NATO member states decided on 2 February 2012 in Brussels that the command centre of the missile defence system would be located at the Headquarters Allied Air Command Ramstein, Germany. The German defence minister, Thomas de Maizière, also announced that the German Patriot systems would become part of the NATO missile 'defence' system.

Full production for German army missile

The PARS 3 LR fire-and-forget missile by Europe's MBDA is heading into full production for the German military.

Full-rate production for the weapon, the main armament of the German Army's Tiger helicopter, is the result of successful completion last month of system validation tests.

MBDA said that in the tests, a tank passing between buildings was struck by the missile, which was fired by a helicopter about 1.8 miles away.

"The successful conclusion of the firing campaign sends a strong signal to our national customers and potential export customers", said Thomas Homberg, managing director of MBDA Germany. "This guided missile system will make an important contribution to the Bundeswehr, enabling it to fulfill the demanding missions it is expected to perform even better in the future."

The missile's production will be carried out by PARSYS, a joint venture between MBDA Germany and Diehl BGT Defense under a contract from the German Federal Office of Defense Technology and Procurement.

A total of 680 missiles are to be produced for the German Army.

Germany's cabinet authorized on December 6, 2012, the stationing of German Patriot air defense missiles on the Turkish border with Syria as part of a NATO mission to help protect Turkey from possible cross-border attacks. The mission will involve up to 400 troops from the German military, the Bundeswehr, and also includes personnel for AWACS surveillance aircraft and commando units...

http://www.globalresearch.ca/new-nato-germany-returns-to-world-military-stage/14332

http://www.osw.waw.pl/en/publikacje/ceweekly/2012-02-08/germany-nato-s-missile-defence-system

Photo: PARS 3 LR fire-and-forget missile

07/12/2012

'No-fly zones' of Nato: A 1 April joke ?

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1 Apr. 2011

 

'No-fly zones explained' by Nato...

Group Captain Geoff Booth, who took part in enforcing the no-fly zone (NFZ) over Bosnia and Herzegovina in the 1990s, outlines what is needed of an aircrew during this kind of operation.

There are never going to be two similar operations,” explains Booth, “so you need to analyse the situation to develop a plan; the key thing is that you are basically policing someone else's airspace without their permission.

The questions are: what is the threat? how big is the area? why are you doing this – i.e. what do you stop?

This will almost certainly be a 24/7 operation, so it will require lots of resources. The question you then need to ask yourself is: what resources do you need versus what resources have you got?

There’s a requirement for surveillance; intelligence; tactical aircraft for air-to-air and possibly air-to-ground missions; bases which may include aircraft carriers; command and control; air-to-air refuelling (this is a "force multiplier" as it allows tactical aircraft to stay on task for much longer); commander's guidance and clear rules of engagement.”

What’s a typical routine?

This will be driven by when the contingent or squadron is on the Air Tasking Order (this is the operational flying programme). It also depends on capability, i.e. whether this is an operation for day only, day/night, clear weather, all weather. In other words, and for many missions, aircrew can be tasked at any time of the day or night

The mission preparation starts about four hours before take-off with a selection of briefings that include:

  • situation update;
  • current intelligence;
  • weather mission details (for example, where are supporting aircraft?);
  • Rules of Engagement;
  • SPINS (special instructions contained within the Air Tasking Order);
  • and emergency procedures, including in the event of ejecting over hostile territory

Aircrew then prepare their personal kit, which will include a combat survival vest, water and something to eat. They go to the aircraft about an hour prior to take-off and check all systems and weapons. A spare aircraft or two is always needed to ensure not missing operational tasks.

It is critical to take note of the support ground crew working on the aircraft before the aircrew arrive – these people are a key part of the team to get the operation started.

Post take-off, the aircrew’s routine tasks are normally:

  • Carry out further full check of all systems to ensure all is OK to enter the operational area;
  • Entering the area, check in with the controlling authority - probably AWACS - who will give a short tactical update;
  • Once "feet dry" i.e. over hostile territory, stand ready to react to whatever presents itself. If an aircraft enters the NFZ, determine whether it is authorised or not, whether it is "hostile" or has just entered the NFZ by mistake;
  • Use all sensors and build awareness for yourself, as well as all other players - particularly the AWACS;
  • React quickly, pass information if commander's decision or clearance needed, deal with whatever comes up on the watch;
  • Stay on task until relieved, use air-to-air refuelling if necessary. Typical time on task during Operation DENY FLIGHT in Bosnia and Herzegovina was 3 hours making it a 4-5 hour mission from start to finish;
  • Recover back to base safely, don't relax once "feet wet" – back home – to avoid the risk of making (dangerous) errors;
  • Hand the aircraft back to the engineers, report any problems or faults.

And then – and only then – can you start to wind down.
http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/news_71959.htm

06/12/2012

NATO: chemical weapons against civilians

NATO countries constantly used chemical weapons against civilians

Chemical weapons in the Rif War

During the Third Rif War in Spanish Morocco between 1921 and 1927, the Spanish Army of Africa dropped chemical warfare agents in an attempt to put down the Riffian Berber rebellion led by guerrilla leader Abd el-Krim.

These attacks in 1924 marked the first time mustard gas was dropped by airplanes, a year before the Geneva Protocol for "the Prohibition of the Use in War of Asphyxiating, Poisonous or other Gases, and of Bacteriological Methods of Warfare" was signed. The gas used in these attacks was produced by the "Fabrica Nacional de Productos Quimicos" at La Marañosa near Madrid; a plant founded with significant assistance from Hugo Stoltzenberg, a chemist associated with the German government's clandestine chemical warfare activities in the early 1920s who was later given Spanish citizenship.

The Spanish bombings were covered up but some observers of military aviation, like Pedro Tonda Bueno in his autobiography La vida y yo (Life and I), published in 1974, talked about dropping toxic gases from airplanes and the consequent poisoning of the Rif fields. Likewise, Spanish Army air arm pilot Ignacio Hidalgo de Cisneros, in his autobiographical work Cambio de rumbo (Course change), reveals how he witnessed several chemical attacks. Years later, in 1990, two German journalists and investigators, Rudibert Kunz and Rolf-Dieter Müller, in their work Giftgas Gegen Abd El Krim: Deutschland, Spanien und der Gaskrieg in Spanisch-Marokko, 1922-1927 (Poison Gas against Abd El Krim: Germany, Spain and the Gas War in Spanish Morocco, 1922-1927), proved with scientific tests that chemical attacks had indeed occurred. The British historian Sebastian Balfour, of the London School of Economics, in his book Deadly Embrace, confirmed massive use of chemical arms after having studied numerous Spanish, French and British archives. According to his research, the strategy of the Spanish military was to choose highly populated zones as targets. Additional evidence is found in a telegram from a British official, H. Pughe Lloyd, sent to the British Minister of War.

According to Sebastian Balfour, the motivation for the chemical attacks was based primarily on revenge for the defeat of the Spanish Army of Africa and their Moroccan recruits the Regulares at the Battle of Annual on July 22, 1921.

The Spanish defeat, the disaster of Annual, with 13,000 Spanish and colonial soldiers dead according to the official count, led to a major political crisis and a redefinition of Spanish colonial policy toward the Rif region. The political crisis led Indalecio Prieto to say in the Congress of Deputies: "We are at the most acute period of Spanish decadence. The campaign in Africa is a total failure, absolute, without extenuation, of the Spanish Army."

The Minister of War ordered the creation of an investigative commission, directed by the respected general Juan Picasso González, which eventually developed the Expediente Picasso report. Despite identifying numerous military mistakes, it did not, owing to obstructions raised by various ministers and judges, go so far as to lay political responsibility for the defeat. Popular opinion widely blamed King Alfonso XIII who, according to several sources, encouraged General Manuel Fernández Silvestre's irresponsible penetration of positions far from Melilla without having adequate defenses in his rear.

Even before the use of chemical weapons, the Spanish Army commonly resorted to brutal methods of repression, which in some cases included decapitation, after its initial defeats in the Second Rif War of 1909.

Spain was one of the first powers to use chemical weapons against civilian populaces in their use against the Rif rebellion. Between 1921 and 1927, the Spanish army indiscriminately used phosgene, diphosgene, chloropicrin and mustard gas (known as Iperita). Common targets were civilian populations, markets, and rivers. In a telegram sent by the High Commissioner of Spanish Morocco Dámaso Berenguer on August 12, 1921 to the Spanish minister of War, Berenguer stated: 'I have been obstinately resistant to the use of suffocating gases against these indigenous peoples but after what they have done, and of their treasonous and deceptive conduct, I have to use them with true joy.'

On August 20, 1921, Spain asked Germany to deliver mustard gas via Hugo Stoltzenberg, although Germany was prohibited from manufacturing such weapons by the Treaty of Versailles of 1919. The first delivery occurred in 1923. The use of chemical weapons against the Rif was first described in an article of a (now defunct) Francophone daily newspaper published in Tangier called La Dépêche marocaine dated on November 27, 1921. Historian Juan Pando has been the only Spanish historian to have confirmed the usage of mustard gas starting in 1923. Spanish newspaper La Correspondencia de España published an article called Cartas de un soldado (Letters of a soldier) on August 16, 1923 which backed the usage of mustard gas.

According to military aviation general Hidalgo de Cisneros in his autobiographical book Cambio de rumbo, he was the first warfighter to drop a 100-kilogram mustard gas bomb from his Farman F60 Goliath aircraft in the summer of 1924. About 127 fighters and bombers flew in the campaign, dropping around 1,680 bombs each day. Thirteen of these planes were stationed in the military air base of Seville. The mustard gas bombs were brought from the stockpiles of Germany and delivered to Melilla before being carried on Farman F60 Goliath airplanes.

NATO warns of 'imminent reaction' to Syria's chemical weapons

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“I too am an Agent Orange Second Generation Victim. For years I have felt very isolated and unsure of what to do. I am a wife and mother of 3 healthy children. I am 37 yrs old and was born with Severe Hip Dysplasia. From the time I was 13 months old, I had reconstruction surgery every few years until I was 17 years old and at that time had my 1st Total Hip Replacement. I am now getting ready for my 5th Total Hip Replacement and 4th Pelvic Reconstruction since 17. I am also battling several rare forms of skin cancer that are life threatening. These cancers are seen in older generations that have had "extreme carcinogenic and pesticide exposure". I have had no direct exposure to these. I have gone through 2 rounds of chemotherapy in the last 4 years only to have the cancer come back stronger. I am in surgery for tumor removal at least once a month. The hundreds of scars on my body are horrific. My Doctors cannot put me through anymore chemotherapy as I have been told my body will not make it. There is a drug that is currently in trials that at the very least would buy me some time. The drug companies manufacturing this have denied me access to the trial as I am "too sick" and would "mess up their numbers". I have gone several rounds with the V.A. only to be denied time and again because I don't have Spina Bifida and because my Father served in Vietnam and not my Mother. My Father served in Vietnam during the heaviest spray periods. I have had numerous tests done and every Medical Professional has said without a doubt ALL of my medical issues today and at birth are a DIRECT result of my Father's exposure to Agent Orange. He also has numerous medical conditions ALL of which have been linked to the Agent Orange exposure.”

03/12/2012

U.S. backed war with Syria: Turkey to get Patriot batteries

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Itar-Tass

December 3, 2012

Patriot deployment in Turkey arouse RF concern, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said

ISTANBUL: The deployment of NATO’s Patriot systems arouses Russia’s concern and does not facilitate stabilisation of the “shaky situation” in the region, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday.

Peskov accompanies Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has begun the visit to Istanbul.

This issue will be in the focus of the talks between Putin and the Turkish leadership.

The deployment of NATO’s Patriot systems arouses Russia’s concern, the Kremlin official said, adding that Russia “will inform its Turkish partners about its concerns”.

Peskov said the talks would be held in two aspects: bilateral relations, which “are notable by their diversity and full of excellent projects and international issues”. Russia and Turkey “have serious disagreements on international issues. And we don’t hide this fact”, the presidential spokesman stressed.

In his words, “several steps do not facilitate the normalisation of the situation in the region.”

Peskov said the Syrian problem would be on the agenda. “Russia’s position is consistent and absolutely transparent: one warring party cannot be upheld. This cannot facilitate the settlement of the conflict,” Peskov said, adding, “Active support for one warring party only incites the conflict.”

The spokesman did not rule out that Putin and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyit Erdogan would discuss the detention of Russia’s jet by Turkey.

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Voice of Russia

December 3, 2012

Turkey to get Patriot batteries

After exploring the terrain, NATO and Turkish officers have chosen sites for deploying three Patriot anti-aircraft missile batteries in southeastern Turkey.

They wil unveil their conclusions at a session of NATO Foreign to be held on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Turkey asked NATO to deploy as many as 6 Patriot batteries.

Putin to discuss NATO Patriot air defense system in Turkey - Peskov

The deployment of NATO Patriot complexes in Turkey "is a concern to Russia and does not contribute to the stabilization of the already fragile situation" in the region, the President's Press Secretary, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters in Istanbul on Monday.

He noted that this issue will be addressed in today's talks. Peskov will accompany President Vladimir Putin during his visit to Istanbul. Shortly after his arrival in Turkey, Putin began closed-door talks with Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Erdogan.

Voice of Russia, RIA

http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_12_03/Turkey-to-get-Patriot-batteries/

Photo: Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan, most believed puppet of Hillary Clinton

16/11/2012

NATO: Turkey, Ukraine, Georgia,

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14 September 2012

Turkey's Erdogan in Ukraine

Recep Erdogan is officially visiting Ukraine. In Kiev he and the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovich headed the second session of the Strategic Council of Ukraine and Turkey. On September 14 Erdogan will conduct talks in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and participate in the 9th annual session of the Yalta European Strategy where he will speak as a special guest.

Considering an important role of Ukraine in stability in the Black Sea region, Turkey pays great attention to its relations with this country and wants to develop the cooperation in all spheres. In recent times relations between Ukraine and Turkey have gained a character of strategic partnership. The best confirmation for it is a stable growth of trade turnover and mutual investments, mutual support of international initiatives by Ankara and Kiev. However, experts note that political relations falls behind economic cooperation. From this point of view the current visit by Premier of Turkey has a progressive significance.

The countries chosen by Erdogan for visits are notable. At first Azerbaijan, then Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is clear that the current Turkish policy is focused on three bordering territories: the Black Sea and the Caucasian region and Balkans. That is why Ukraine is considered by Turkey as a friendly and strategically important country. There are many advantages in cooperation between Turkey and Ukraine. The main thing is to structure the relations in separate strategic directions with maximum usage of the transit potential.

Another important factor defining the essence of Turkish-Ukrainian relations is the problem of Crimean Tatars. It is a delicate issue of permanent agenda of the countries. Turkey implements all agreements of Crimean Tatars under control of the central authorities of Ukraine. Turkey considers the problem an internal affair of Ukraine, and Ankara has no right to break sovereignty of Ukraine.

http://vestnikkavkaza.net/articles/politics/31392.html

Photo: 14 September 2012 - Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan visiting Ukraine. In Kiev he and the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovich headed the second session of the Strategic Council of Ukraine and Turkey.

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November 14, 2012

Georgian Prime Minister met with NATO Sec.General

Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili has invited the North Atlantic Council to Georgia. He said about it in Brussels at a joint press conference held after a meeting with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

The Prime Minister stressed that NATO isn't only a military but also a political structure and promised that the new government will do everything to strengthen the democratic institutions.

"We will do everything in order to develop truly democratic institutions. The problems that arose a few days ago, in my opinion, were connected with the fact that the former power was satisfied by facade statements power instead of building truly democratic institutions, and there wasn't enough transparency in society, including in military compounds. The new government will do everything to ensure that all our actions are clear to the international community and NATO. We will do everything to achieve the objectives and Georgia to be a member of the alliance in the near future," Ivanishvili said.

Georgia is a close and committed partner for NATO. It doubled its contribution to NATO's mission in Afghanistan and joined the planning process for the NATO-led mission to train, advise and assist the Afghan forces after 2014.

Source: Trend News Agency

Photo: 14 November 2012 - Georgian Prime Minister met with Secretary General of NATO, Anders Fogh Rasmussen

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15/11/2012

NATO: 'democracy' and 'transparency"

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November 14, 2012

Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili has invited the North Atlantic Council to Georgia. He said about it in Brussels at a joint press conference held after a meeting with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

The Prime Minister stressed that NATO isn't only a military but also a political structure and promised that the new government will do everything to strengthen the democratic institutions.

"We will do everything in order to develop truly democratic institutions. The problems that arose a few days ago, in my opinion, were connected with the fact that the former power was satisfied by facade statements power instead of building truly democratic institutions, and there wasn't enough transparency in society, including in military compounds. The new government will do everything to ensure that all our actions are clear to the international community and NATO. We will do everything to achieve the objectives and Georgia to be a member of the alliance in the near future," Ivanishvili said.

Georgia is a close and committed partner for NATO. It doubled its contribution to NATO's mission in Afghanistan and joined the planning process for the NATO-led mission to train, advise and assist the Afghan forces after 2014.

Source: Trend News Agency

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NATO’s Secret Kurdish War: Turkey Prepares Iraq-Style Attacks Inside Syria

August 3, 2012

The secular, left-wing Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) has been struggling for Kurdish autonomy in Turkey since 1978 and is labelled a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the European Union.

The Turkish government has been waging a counterinsurgency war against the PKK for 28 years in Turkey, and over the past decade in northern Iraq, with the active support of the Pentagon and NATO. In fact, the campaign against Kurdish opposition groups is another, unacknowledged, American and NATO war, one to be added to a growing list that includes Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Somalia, Libya and now Syria.

In recent years, for example, NATO and the Pentagon’s European Command and Central Command have become increasingly involved in supporting Turkish military attacks against the PKK and other Kurdish groups in Turkey and Iraq. (Turkey is in European Command’s area of responsibility; Iraq is in Central Command’s.)

In September of 2005 the joint top commander of U.S. European Command and NATO at the time, Marine General James Jones (later the Barack Obama administration’s first national security advisor), met with members of the Turkish general staff and signed a memorandum of understanding for a NATO "counterterrorism" center in Turkey.

His comments at the time included these:

“We discussed specific Turkish concerns, obviously, with regard to the PKK.

“Turkey is ideally suited to host the Center of Excellence-Defense Against Terrorism. Turkey has the second largest armed forces in NATO, is strategically located, and has over 30 years [of] experience combating terrorism.”

The NATO Centre of Excellence Defence Against Terrorism had been inaugurated in Turkey on June 28, 2005.

In July of 2006 the Turkish head of state, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, called on NATO to openly join the anti-PKK counterinsurgency war, stating: “NATO, which joined in the war against terrorism in Afghanistan, should also do the same here. “It would be good to make tripartite efforts (Turkey, NATO and the US) and to get some results.”

http://www.4thmedia.org/2012/08/03/natos-secret-kurdish-war-turkey-prepares-iraq-style-attacks-inside-syria/

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Sep 5, 2012 - NATO holds secret meeting approving Syrian operation

http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_09_05/NATO-holds-secret-meeting-approving-Syrian-operation-interview/

14/11/2012

US head of NATO forces in Afghanistan: sex scandal

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Abuse of power for warfare leads to sexual abuse

NATO Afghan, Next SHAPE, Commander Implicated In Petraeus Scandal

November 13, 2012

Top US commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Allen, implicated in Petraeus scandal

The US head of NATO forces in Afghanistan is under investigation in connection with the sex scandal that saw CIA director David Petraeus resign.

Gen. Allen exchanged “inappropriate” emails with a woman linked to Petraeus.

The FBI has found 20,000 to 30,000 pages of potentially inappropriate emails and documents between General John Allen and Jill Kelley, says the Pentagon. Investigators are now searching through the documents for any compromising information.

Mrs. Kelley was implicated in the Petraeus affair after telling the FBI she received threatening emails from the former CIA chief’s mistress, Paula Broadwell. Jill Kelley is a long-term friend of the Petraeus family and works as a “social liaison” at an air force base in Tampa, Florida.

US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta ordered an investigation be opened into the matter on Sunday. He also called for Allen’s nomination to be made Commander of US European Command and Supreme Allied Commander Europe to be frozen for the time being. He was due to face a Senate hearing to assess his nomination on Thursday.

General Allen has denied any wrongdoing and will remain at his post until further notice.

Panetta praised Allen’s work in Afghanistan and said that “he is entitled to due process in the matter.”

“While the matter is under investigation and before the facts are determined, General Allen will remain commander of ISAF,” said Panetta in a statement.

CIA director David Petraeus admitted he had been embroiled in an extramarital affair with the author of his biography, Paula Broadwell, and resigned on Friday.

The 40-year-old biographer met Petraeus six years ago at Harvard’s Kennedy School. While the general was serving in Afghanistan, Broadwell visited him six times over the course of one year. He allegedly gave her preferential treatment over other journalists, which caused Petraeus’ colleagues to question the access she was being given.

The FBI initially suspected a security breach when threatening emails mentioning Petraeus’ name sent by Broadwell to Jill Kelley were picked up in a probe.

The US Code of Military Justice states that “adultery is clearly unacceptable conduct, and it reflects adversely on the service record of the military member,” bringing discredit to the American armed forces.

The punishment for such an offense depends on the rank of the individual involved. If Petraeus is found to have committed adultery while he was still in the military he could face a dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of pay and up to a year in prison.

http://rickrozoff.wordpress.com/2012/11/13/nato-afghan-next-shape-commander-implicated-in-petraeus-scandal/

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'Former CIA Director David Petraeus and US State Department Hillary Clinton will not testify at Congressional hearings on Benghazi. Clinton has too busy of a schedule and the Petraeus extramarital affair investigation is taking priority'.

http://www.liveandlocalenc.com/clinton-petraeus-testify-benghazi-investigation/

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11/11/2012

Nato: talking about 'humanitarian' interventions and doing business

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The retired general of the United States Army Wesley Clark always had good contacts with the Kosovo “government” and its “prime minister” – the former militant Hashim Thaci. There is even a street in Pristina named after Wesley Clark.

"It is clear that during their 'cooperation' that started in 1998, they concluded business agreements. Now it is absolutely clear that the bombings of Kosovo pursued both political and economic objectives: they were aimed not only at separating Kosovo from Serbia, but also at depriving Kosovo of its extensive natural resources..."

"Kosovo created a precedent. It was the first link in the strategy of the 'humanitarian' interventions of the NATO countries led by the USA...To be more exact, the possibility of interference in other regions of the world under this or that pretext became possible."

Coal mining is very good but oil still has a good price. So everything continued, following the former format: Iraq, Somalia, and Libya.

Photo: luxurious building of NATO in Brussels

NATO: Wesley Clark, Supreme Allied Commander Europe (1)

Wesley Clark, Supreme Allied Commander Europe of NATO from 1997 to 2000

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Wesley Kanne Clark, Sr. (born December 23, 1944) is a retired general of the United States Army. Graduating as valedictorian of the class of 1966 at West Point, he was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to the University of Oxford where he obtained a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, and later graduated from the Command and General Staff College with a master's degree in military science. He spent 34 years in the Army and the Department of Defense, receiving many military decorations, several honorary knighthoods, and a Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Clark commanded Operation Allied Force in the Kosovo War during his term as the Supreme Allied Commander Europe of NATO from 1997 to 2000.

Clark joined the 2004 race for the Democratic Party presidential nomination as a candidate on September 17, 2003, but withdrew from the primary race on February 11, 2004, after winning the Oklahoma state primary, endorsing and campaigning for the eventual Democratic nominee, John Kerry. Clark currently leads a political action committee—"WesPAC"—which was formed after the 2004 primaries, and used it to support numerous Democratic Party candidates in the 2006 midterm elections. Clark was considered a potential candidate for the Democratic nomination in 2008, but, on September 15, 2007, endorsed Senator Hillary Clinton. After Clinton dropped out of the Presidential race, Clark endorsed the then-presumptive Democratic nominee, Barack Obama. Clark currently serves as the co-chairman of Growth Energy, an ethanol lobbying group and on the board of directors of BNK Petroleum. Since July 2012, he also acts as an honorary special advisor to Romanian prime minister Victor Ponta in economic and security matters.

Early life and education

Clark's paternal great-grandfather was a Belarusian Jew who immigrated to the United States in response to the Pale of Settlement andanti-Semitic violence from Russian pogroms. Clark's grandfather, Jacob Kanne, graduated from the Chicago-Kent College of Law and served in the U.S. Naval Reserve as an ensign during World War I, although he was never assigned to a combat mission. Kanne, living in Chicago, became involved with ward politics in the 1920s as a prosecutor and served in local offices. He went on to serve as a delegate to the 1932 Democratic National Convention that nominated Franklin D. Roosevelt as the party's presidential candidate (though his name does not appear on the published roll of convention delegates). His mother was Methodist, and was of Englishancestry.

Kanne came from the Kohen family line, and Clark's son has characterized Clark's parents' marriage, between his Methodist mother, Veneta (née Updegraff), and his Jewish father, Benjamin Jacob Kanne, as "about as multicultural as you could've gotten in 1944."

Clark was born Wesley Kanne in Chicago on December 23, 1944. His father Benjamin died on December 6, 1948, following which his mother then moved the family to Little Rock, Arkansas. This move was made for a variety of reasons, including escaping the greater cost of living in a large city such as Chicago, the support Veneta's family in Arkansas could provide, and her feeling of being an outsider to the remaining Kanne family as she did not share their religion. Once in Little Rock, Veneta married Viktor Clark, whom she met while working as a secretary for a local bank. Viktor raised Wesley as his son, and officially adopted him on Wesley's 16th birthday. Wesley's name was changed to Wesley Kanne Clark. Viktor Clark's name actually replaced that of Wesley's biological father on hisbirth certificate, something Wesley would later say that he wished they had not done. Veneta raised Wesley without telling him of his Jewish ancestry to protect him from the anti-Semitic activities of the Ku Klux Klan occurring in the South at the time. Although his mother was Methodist, Clark chose a Baptist church after moving to Little Rock and continued attending it throughout his childhood.

He graduated from Hall High School with a National Merit Scholarship, and helped take their swim team to the state championship, filling in for a sick teammate by swimming two legs of a relay. Clark has often repeated the anecdote that he decided he wanted to go to West Point after meeting a cadet with glasses who told Clark (who wore glasses as well) that one did not need perfect vision to attend West Point as Clark had thought. Clark applied, and was accepted on April 24, 1962.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wesley_Clark

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05/11/2012

NATO’s “Liberation” of Libya: grenade attacks and car explosions

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Intelligence HQ in Libyan capital under grenade attack, militias clash outside

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Libya’s intelligence headquarters has been struck by a rocket propelled grenade as two rival militia groups clashed in Tripoli, says Al Arabiya TV.
At least five people have been injured, while the building has been partially destroyed, RT’s Paula Slier reports.

According to Al Jazeera the two militia groups clashed as one gang was trying to rescue one of its members, who had been captured by the other gang.

The Central Tripoli Hospital also came under fire as militiamen attacked one another.

Earlier on Sunday a car bomb targeted a police station in the city of Benghazi injuring three police officers.

The attacks come just days after some 100 civilians and self-proclaimed rebels broke into the Libyan National General Congress, forcing the parliament to postpone a vote on a new cabinet.

More than a year after Muammar Gaddafi`s regime was dismantled, the country is still torn by clashes between armed militias, with the current government failing to restrain them.

Another problem is Libyan fragmentation, with numerous tribes confronting one another. On Saturday several thousand Libyans rallied for autonomy of the east, which has vast oil resources.

Photo: On Nov 5, 2012, Libya's two largest cities were rocked by violence with clashes between militias wounding five in the capital and a car blast hurting three policemen in Benghazi.

http://rickrozoff.wordpress.com/2012/11/04/natos-bloody-l...

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Hillary Clinton: 'Libya may become democracy or face civil war'

1 March 2011

Libya could become a peaceful democracy or face years of civil war, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has told Congressional lawmakers.

Mrs Clinton appeared on Capitol Hill to urge Congress not to cut funds needed to deal with crises abroad.

Meanwhile, US Defence Secretary Robert Gates said the US was weighing "a lot of options and contingencies".

The comments came a day after the US began repositioning warships and military aircraft in the Libya region.
'Decision space'

In Washington on Tuesday, senior officials in President Barack Obama's administration maintained pressure on Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi to step down from power.

At the Pentagon, Mr Gates said the US military aimed to give Mr Obama "the broadest possible decision space", while emphasising that no decision on a course of action had been made.

He said 400 US Marines had been deployed to assist in humanitarian and evacuation efforts.

Meanwhile, Mrs Clinton reiterated demands that Col Muammar Gaddafi "must go now, without further violence or delay".

"The entire [Middle East] region is changing, and a strong and strategic American response will be essential," Mrs Clinton said to the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee in prepared testimony.

"In the years ahead, Libya could become a peaceful democracy, or it could face protracted civil war. The stakes are high.

"And this is an unfolding example of how we use the combined assets of diplomacy, development and defence to protect our interests and advance our values."

She added that the US was working to translate the "world's outrage into action and results".

The US ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, told reporters in Washington that the US would continue to place pressure on Col Gaddafi until he resigns, while working to stabilise oil prices and avert a possible humanitarian crisis.

"We are going to keep the pressure on Gaddafi until he steps down and allows the people of Libya to express themselves freely and determine their own future," Ms Rice told US media.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-12611925

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02/11/2012

Latest News Syria: Nato's game is over

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From history

The New Order (German: Neuordnung) or the New Order of Europe (German: Neuordnung Europas) was the political order which Nazi Germany wanted to impose on Europe, and eventually the rest of the world. The establishment of the New Order was already begun long before the start of World War II, but was publicly proclaimed by Adolf Hitler in 1941: 'The year 1941 will be, I am convinced, the historical year of a great European New Order'.
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Nazi Germany’s desire for aggressive territorial expansionism was one of the key triggers that led to the outbreak of World War II.
Historians are still divided as to its ultimate goals, some believing that it was to be limited to Nazi German domination of Europe, while others maintain that it was a springboard for eventual world conquest and the establishment of a world government under German control
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“The Führer gave expression to his unshakable conviction that the Reich will be the master of all Europe. We shall yet have to engage in many fights, but these will undoubtedly lead to most wonderful victories. From there on the way to world domination is practically certain. Whoever dominates Europe will thereby assume the leadership of the world.”
Joseph Goebbels, 8 May 1943
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The term Neuordnung originally had a different and more limited meaning than in its present usage. It is typically translated as New Order, but a more correct translation would actually be more akin to re-structurization. When it was used in Germany during the Third Reich-era it referred specifically to the Nazis' desire to essentially redraw the contemporary state borders within Europe, thereby changing the then-existing geopolitical structures.
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Hitler’s ideas about eastward expansion that he promulgated in Mein Kampf were greatly influenced during his 1924 imprisonment by his contact with his geopolitical mentor Karl Haushofer.[11] One of Haushofer’s primary geopolitical concepts was the necessity for Germany to get control of the Eurasian Heartland in order for Germany to attain eventual world domination.
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In a subsequently published speech given at Erlangen University in November 1930 Hitler explained to his audience that no other people had more of a right to fight for and attain "control" of the globe (Weltherrschaft, i.e. "world leadership", "world rule") than the Germans. He realized that this extremely ambitious goal could never be achieved without an enormous amount of fighting.[13] Hitler had alluded to future German world dominance even earlier in during his political career. In a letter written by Rudolf Hess to Walter Hewel in 1927, Hess paraphrases Hitler's vision: "World peace is certainly an ideal worth striving for; in Hitler's opinion it will be realizable only when one power, the racially best one, has attained complete and uncontested supremacy. That [power] can then provide a sort of world police, seeing to it at the same time that the most valuable race is guaranteed the necessary living space.
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Hitler hoped to turn Germany into a total blockade-proof autarky by exploiting the vast resources lying in Soviet territories: the Ukraine was to provide grain, vegetable oil, feeding-stuffs, iron ore, nickel, manganese, coal, molybdenum; the Crimea natural rubber, citrus fruit and cotton; the Black Sea fish and the Caucasus crude oil.
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The long-term objective as detailed by Hitler in Mein Kampf was the incorporation of large territories in Eastern Europe for German settlement, eventually expanding the territory of the Third Reich all the way to the Ural Mountains. Acquisition of settlement colonies in Eastern Europe would therefore solve the question of lebensraum.
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Hitler's geopolitical thoughts about Africa always occupied a secondary position to his expansionist aims in Europe itself: "A colonial policy only makes sense if you first control the continent". His public announcements prior to outbreak of the war that Germany's former colonies be returned to it served primarily as bargaining chips to further territorial goals in Europe itself.
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In 1940, the general staff of the German Navy produced a much more detailed plan accompanied by a map showing a proposed German colonial empire  in sub-Saharan Africa, extending from the Atlantic Ocean to the Indian Ocean. The establishment of a vast colonial empire was to serve primarily economic purposes. The area included all pre-WWI German colonial territories in Africa, as well as additional parts of the French, Belgian and British colonial holdings in Africa.
A second part of the plan entailed the construction of a huge string of fortified naval and air bases for future operations against the Western hemisphere spanning much of the Atlantic coastline of Europe and Africa from Trondheim in Norway all the way up to the Belgian Congo, as well as many off-lying islands such as Cape Verde and the Azores. A less extensive but similar initiative was intended for the east coast of Africa.
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In 1942, a secret diplomatic conference was held between Nazi Germany and the Japanese Empire in which they agreed to divide Asia along a line that followed the Yenisei River to the border of China, and then along the border of China and the Soviet Union, the northern and western borders of Afghanistan, and the border between Iran and India (what is now Pakistan was then part of India).
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After the projected fall of the USSR, Hitler planned to intensify the war in the Mediterranean. The OKW produced studies concerning an attack against the Suez Canal through Turkey, an offensive towards Baghdad-Basra from the Caucasus (most of which was already under German occupation as a result of Fall Blau) in support of revolting Arab nationalists, and operations in Afghanistan and Iran directed against British India.
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Turkey was favoured as a potential ally by Hitler because of its important strategic location on the boundaries of Europe, Asia, and Africa, as well as its extensive history as a state hostile against the Russian Empire as well as the later Soviet Union.
To assure that Germany wanted to work with them on a long-range basis, the Turks were guaranteed an equal status in the German-dominated order, and were promised a number of territories which they might desire for reasons of security. These encompassed Edirne (Adrianople) and a rectification of Turkish frontiers at the expense of Greece, the creation of buffer states in the Caucasus under Turkish influence, a rectification of the Turkish-Syrian frontier (the Baghdad Railway and the State of Aleppo) and the Turkish-Iraq frontier (the Mosul region), as well as a settlement of "the Aegean question" to provide Turkey with suitable protection against encroachments from Italy. The Black Sea (which Hitler derided as "a mere frog-pond")was also to be conceded to Turkey as part of its sphere of influence, for this would negate the need of stationing a German navy in the region to replace the Soviet Black Sea Fleet.
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Allied-occupied Iran was also to be drawn into the Axis camp, possibly by the means of an uprising. The possibility of Iran as an anti-Soviet bastion was already considered in the 1930s, and coincided with Hitler's declaration of Iran as an "Aryan state" (the name Iran literally means "homeland of the Aryans" in Persian). The changing of Persia's name to Iran in 1935 was done by the Shah at the suggestion of the German ambassador to Iran as an act of "Aryan solidarity". On the eve of WWII Germany was already Iran's single-biggest trading partner, followed by the USSR, Britain, and the US.
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During pre-war diplomatic maneuvers, the NSDAP Foreign Affairs Office took special interest in Afghanistan, believing that the Kaiserreich had failed to exploit the country diplomatically during the First World War despite the Niedermayer-Hentig Expedition. The objective was to ensure that the country would remain neutral during a possible German-British conflict, and even use it militarily against British India or Soviet Russia. Despite the NSDAP Foreign Office's good relations with the Afghan government, the Foreign Ministry under Ribbentrop favored overthrowing the current government and restoration of the rule of Amānullāh Khān, who had been living in exile since 1929.
After the German-French armistice of 1940, the Kabul government tried to question Berlin on German plans concerning the future of Afghanistan. Of special interest were the post-war borders of the country - the Afghan government hoped to see the "liberation" of 15 million ethnic Afghans living in British India, and the securing of the northern Afghan border so that an expansion towards the Indian Ocean became possible.
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The Third Saudi State under Ibn Saud was seen as a natural ally, and was to be given territorial concessions in south-west Arabia and Transjordan. Also, a post-war satellite Greater Arab Union was discussed.
On February 17, 1945 Hitler explained to his entourage his regrets that Germany's prior alliance with its southern neighbour had prevented her from pursuing a 'more revolutionary' policy towards the Arab world, which would have also allowed its exit from the British and French spheres of influence in the area.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Order_%28Nazism%29

Photo - Left to right: Lt. General I. Jurgen Bornemann (Military Representative to NATO, Germany) with General W. Schneiderhan (Chief of Defence, Germany)

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel: 'Security must be assured in future too'

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On October, 26th 2011, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and German Chancellor Angela Merkel addressed the media during a news conference after a meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany. Rasmussen said the alliance wanted to confirm a decision to end its operations in Libya by Oct. 31.  Rasmussen: 'The U.N.’s resolution adopted earlier in the day reflects that we have fully accomplished our mandate to protect the civilian population of Libya. Even though I do not foresee a major NATO role in Libya in the post-conflict period, if requested the alliance could assist the new Libyan government in the transformation to democracy, particularly in the areas of defense and security sector reforms'.

An interesting link about NATO: http://rickrozoff.wordpress.com/

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31/10/2012

Turkish missiles are designed by Israel

Popey.missile.Israel.jpgPopeye missiles

The Popeye is an air to ground missile developed by Israel.

It is is designed for precision attack against large targets from stand off ranges. The standard Popeye and smaller Popeye-Lite are powered by a single stage solid rocket, a jet engine propels the Popeye Turbo variants.

An inertial guidance system pilots the missile towards the target; for terminal homing the pilot can control the missile directly via an INS and data link, aiming via either a television or imaging infrared seeker depending on the missile model. It is not necessary for the launching aircraft to direct the missile - control can be passed to another platform whilst the firing aircraft escapes the area.

The alleged Israeli submarine launched cruise missile variant is reported to be jet powered and nuclear armed with a greatly increased range.

Israel has exported Popeye and its variants to various friendly countries.

The United States Air Force first bought a batch of 154 missiles in 1989 followed by a second batch of 54 missiles in 1996.

In May 1997, Israel and Turkey signed an agreement valued in excess of US $500 million for the establishment of a joint-venture between Israel's Rafael and Turkey's Turkish Aerospace Industries for the co-production of Popeye I and Popeye II missiles in Turkey.
The Turkish Air Force's F-4 2020 Terminator aircraft and the TuAF F-16 CCIP are armed with a Turkish License production version of the Popeye.

On October 4, 2012, Adm. George Stavridis, the commander of US European Command (USEUCOM) and NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), met with Chief of General Staff Gen. Necdet Ozel in Ankara. The meeting took place at General Staff headquarters but was only announced to the public in a statement released by the General Staff some days later. The talks were closed to the press and the statement did not elaborate on what Stavridis and Ozel discussed.

30/10/2012

Nato: a threat to democracy and peace

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Azerbaijan: Entire Armed Forces Brought Under NATO Standards...

October 30, 2012

The entire staff structure of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces has been brought into conformity with NATO standards, head of the Defense Ministry press service Eldar Sabiroglu told media today.

“Azerbaijani officers in NATO headquarters serve as NATO officers and the number of these officers is growing,” he said.

In 2006, Government of Azerbaijan increased financing of the NATO PFP Programme from 300 000 USD to 850 000 USD. In 2007 this figure was increased to 1.8 million USD. In 2008 it was approximately 2 million USD.

http://rickrozoff.wordpress.com/2012/10/30/azerbaijan-ent...

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Nato

As part of military preparations for war with the Soviet Union, Nato organised a covert network throughout Western Europe, ostensibly to prepare for armed resistance in the event of a Russian 'invasion'. This "Gladio" network involved sections of the far right in some countries and in the 1960s and 1970s was to become involved in terrorist attacks intended to destabilise politics and society and prevent the left from coming to power. Italy was the country where the Gladio network came closest to the surface.

The threat posed by democracy was dealt with most dramatically in Greece in April 1967. The army seized power to prevent politics moving to the left, installing a military junta in power that ruled by force and the free use of torture. The Greek colonels had the support of Nato until they were overthrown in 1974. 

Through Nato, the US is able to exercise influence over the domestic affairs of other countries and to exercise its imperial power.

http://www.socialistreview.org.uk/article.php?articlenumb...