Wednesday, December 2, 2015
(Updated throughout the day)
DPR lieutenant: Mariupol, Zaporozhye, and Dnepropetrovsk are ready for us / by Yurii Kovalchuk, translated for Fort Russ by J. Arnoldski / Fort Russ / December 1, 2015 / “Militaman: we will hold our own elections in Mariupol” While Ukrainian nationalists in Kiev are grieving over the results of elections in Mariupol, militiamen in Donetsk are convinced that this is a strategically important city of the DPR which will soon come back under the control of the republic, reports a correspondent of “PolitNavigator.” “In essence, people were given no alternative, and they were forced either to ignore elections or vote for the lesser of two evils. Although I’m sure that if the residents of Mariupol had an opportunity to vote for the republic, many would speak in support of Novorossiya,” a lieutenant of the first army corps of the DPR with the call-sign “Danila” claims. “People are tired of war. Here in Donetsk many are already dreaming about reaching peace as soon as possible. But those who live in Mariupol, and we continue to communicate very closely with supporters of Novorossiya in this city, understand that there will be no peace in Ukraine. They understand that the militia will return to this city because it is part of Donbass and is a strategic and industrial point. And they understand that the residents of Novorossiya will already live a peaceful life and restore their land while Ukraine will gradually sink into more chaos and civil war,” the fighter says. Danila believes that Mariupol can be liberated during the next campaign: “No one can tell you the exact date, but you see how rapidly and dramatically everything happens in this war. Now we are engaged in strengthening the armed forces in anticipation of when will we have an opportunity to kick out the invaders from Donbass. But Kiev is clearly preparing for a another round of war. This is evidenced by the amount of equipment which they are now deploying to the demarcation line. Our intelligence reports that columns of Grad’s, tanks, and other equipment arrive in Mariupol every day. Clearly, this has a purpose. I dont’ believe that this war, at least in its hottest part, can last a long time. Kiev simply has no resources for this. Last year, before the winter, mass defections began in Ukraine. this year, the situation is even worse. At home they have hungry wives and children and have two lost campaigns with enormous casualties under their belt as well as a long winter ahead of them which they could spend in an open field. That what is possible to loot has already been looted. If Kiev does not throw them into battle, then soldiers will start to flee en masse to Russia or move to our side. Therefore, there is everything that we need for Kiev to violate the conditions of Minsk. Our army is fully ready, our fights are eagerly waiting to meet the “liberators” so as to firstly keep the pressure on them, and then we’ll drive them all the way to Zaporozhye and Dnepropetrovsk. And then we will hold our elections. People are already not letting gunpoint force them to give up their votes, and they don’t fear that tomorrow they will be accused of separatism,” Danila says.
Moscow agrees to OSCE observers’ mandate extension at Russian-Ukrainian border / TASS / December 2, 2015 / The Russian side has agreed to extending the mandate of the OSCE observers at the Donetsk and Gukovo checkpoints on the Russian-Ukrainian border until January 31, 2016. / MOSCOW / Moscow agrees to extending the mandate of observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) at the Donetsk and Gukovo checkpoints on the Russian-Ukrainian border until January 31, 2016, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday. The Russian Foreign Ministry’s comment comes as Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is going to take part in the OSCE Council of Foreign Ministers in Belgrade. “We support the OSCE’s efforts to contribute to settling the Ukraine crisis,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said. “The Contact Group on Ukraine acts as a unique platform of a direct dialog between Kiev, Donetsk and Luhansk with the meditation of the OSCE and Russia. It is necessary to ensure strict compliance with all the commitments under the Minsk Package of Measures,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. “The OSCE’s Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine is assigned to solve the following key tasks: the observance of the ceasefire regime, assistance to the exchange of prisoners-of-war and help in investigating the violations of humanitarian law and human rights, including discovered mass burial sites and the instances of the use of prohibited weapons,” the statement said. “The Special Monitoring Mission’s task to assist to national dialog in Ukraine should not be forgotten either,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said. “We stand for building up the mission’s possibilities and intend to support it with personnel (currently, 37 Russian observers are working in the Special Monitoring Mission), technical means and financially,” the statement said. “The Russian side has agreed to extending the mandate of the OSCE observers at the Donetsk and Gukovo checkpoints on the Russian-Ukrainian border until January 31, 2016,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said. “There is no need for expanding their mandate.”
Russian Ministry of Defence Shows Oil Routes from the IG to Turkey / gazeta.ru / Edited autotranslation by Quemado Institute / December 12, 2015 / The Russian Defense Ministry has published photos which reportedly recorded the accumulation of oil tankers in the territory of both Syria and Turkey. The materials are published on the website of the Russian Ministry. As noted, in the operation of VKS in Syria, there were “identified three main routes of transportation of oil to Turkey from areas controlled by LIH armed gangs in Syria and Iraq.” The Defense Ministry said that they were aware that some of the fuel trucks were disguised. LIH is a terrorist organization banned in Russia. Editor’s note: more photos available at source.
Greece takes a side in the Russia-Turkey standoff / Translated for Fort Russ by Kristina Rus / Fort Russ / December 2, 2015 / Minister of Defense of Greece: Su-24 did not violate the Turkish border. The Minister of Defense of Greece, Panos Kammenos said on TV that the Russian bomber Su-24 did not violate Turkish airspace, reports RIA Novosti. According to the Minister, if the Russian aircraft crossed the Turkish border, Ankara “would ask to activate article 5 of the NATO Charter as a member state of the Alliance under attack.” “If Russia violated Turkish airspace, we would have taken the Turkish side. Greece is a member of NATO and the EU. We would not take the side of Russia in case of a violation,” said Kammenos. The Minister noted that Greece condemns the violation of its airspace by Turkish fighters.
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Nuclear Winter: Are the Global Financial Powers Pushing for War? / Quemado Insitute / December 1, 2015 / Elite Seeks War While EU Boosts Terrorism in Europe – Opinion / European leaders are luring terrorists into their midst apparently in a lead-up to the next major war—a war designed by the fiscal architects of the global financial elite. This might be a swift kick to spur the debt-stalled economy. Hot on the heels of the Paris attacks, in which Muslim extremists—at least one a Syrian “refugee”—killed 130 innocent people, EU bureaucrats continue to welcome unvetted Islamic migrants, some of them ISIS sympathizers and candidate terrorists themselves. As political analyst Andrew Korybko says in his recent article Paris Analysis: Shattered Assumptions and Foreboding Conclusions [Sputnik, November 19, 2015]: “Many voices from the Balkans and countless EU-based cautionaries warned that some of the ‘refugees’ weren’t who they claimed to be, pointing to their own anecdotal evidence as well as ISIL’s open declaration that they’ll infiltrate thousands of terrorists within the ‘refugee’ ranks. Regretfully, as vocal and credible as these warnings were, they were totally ignored by the extreme liberal-progressive ideologues that dominate the EU. They refused to listen to the ‘political blasphemy’ that alleged that some of the ‘refugees’ could be cold-blooded terrorists, but lo and behold, they were lethally mistaken and their religiously abided-by assumptions have been disproven to the highest degree possible. The synchronized nature of the Friday The 13th attacks and the targeting of two prior-scheduled and culturally symbolic events at the Stade de France and Bataclan strongly indicate that this wasn’t spur-of-the-moment terrorism. Ahmad Almohammad, the “refugee”-posing terrorist that is thought . . . MORE>> Click here.
Saturday, November 28, 2015
Alexander Zakharchenko on Place and Role of Media in the DPR / Zakharchenko official website (in Russian) / Edited autotranslation by Quemado Institute / At a press conference held on November 27, Head of the People’s Republic of Donetsk Alexander Zakharchenko answered journalists’ questions on the role of media in the lives of the young state. Question: What is your attitude toward the media? Zakharchenko: Any journalist is obliged, in connection with the specifics of their profession, to communicate to people is not so much an opinion as objective information. Question: How important is the work of news agencies and the media in general? Zakharchenko: … I believe that you carry the power that shapes public opinion and even public life. Therefore, you have a special mandate. You have a very important profession. Question: On the territory of the Republic, several news agencies, TV channels and other media have formed. How they can work freely? Is there any censorship? Zakharchenko: About censorship, we know there is almost none. Nobody is forbidden to express their opinion. It is the right of every citizen and person. But if the opinion which you express is radically different from the views of the majority, it probably means that you are not right, and that you have disagreement with the company [tr?]. And about the ban on expressing views, please say what you want. You probably want to ask how important it is to develop freedom of speech? Freedom of speech is one of the pillars of statehood. But you must understand that freedom is not permissiveness. The freedom of one person should not work to the detriment of the freedom of another person or the public. Quemado Institute comments: We are glad to see Zakharchenko directly address the issue of freedom of the press. Over the past year it has become clear to us that there is strict media censorship in the DPR. We have not heard this from specific sources, but have come to this conclusion based on the restrained content of news reports emanating from the DPR, and the dearth of broad commercial news agencies that deal openly with world events and politics. We have challenged the DPR on this in several commentaries. It is of course necessary in this critical time of vulnerability, when the DPR is fighting a massive information war against the whole Western world and even Russian news sources such as TASS, that anti-Donbass propaganda not be published in the DPR, and we support their expulsion of pro-Ukrainian journalists. The downside is, censorship of even the most moderate kind creates writer’s block among journalists, thwarting their creativity and stifling the content of their articles. This constraint is evident all through the Donetsk-based news. And it limits the expression of the favorable along with the unfavorable. Thus, supportive Western journalists such as ourselves have difficulty knowing what is really going on in the DPR. We rely on Twitter for direct information. Furthermore, it is especially tragic that pro-Novorossiya journalists such as Valentina Kornienko have been abducted by DPR authorities and held in secret detention. Journalists advocating an independent Novorossiya should be allowed the freedom to express this, and pressure from Moscow to suppress such opinions, in the name of Minsk and appeasement of the West, should be ignored. Note also that Zakharchenko is essentially advocating what is called a “tyranny of the majority”, ie. those who disagree with the majority should be censored. Yet, contrary to his statement, permissiveness is exactly what freedom is, as long as it falls within the bounds of law. The laws must be delicately balanced to allow maximum freedom while sustaining order and security. Some liberalization of the DPR’s free speech laws might enhance their image worldwide.
Head of the DPR on Refugees from Ukrainian Side / Zakharchenko official website (in Russian) / Edited autotranslation by Quemado Institute / November 28, 2015 / At a press conference on November 27, Alexander Zakharchenko answered reporters’ questions about a possible increase in the flow of refugees, since Ukraine is in deep economic crisis. Question: The situation in Ukraine is deplorable. They come broke, there are problems with gas, with coal, and the winter will be cold. If the refugees come here from Ukrainian side, will you accept them? Zakharchenko: We never said that we are at war with the people of Ukraine. We said that we are at war with the Nazis, and Bandera. We do not view the people of Ukraine as our opponent. We have always treated them with respect. And in all the statements that we have made, we called on these people only come to their senses and throw off the yoke of this power that came to them illegally. Therefore, we will extend a helping hand, and will render any assistance to any person, this we will. But I just want to remind you with a saying: Into a strange monastery with its regulations do not go. We do not welcome [“perceive” – tr?] people here who are carriers of the ideology of “Ukrainians”, we do not welcome people who adhere to the ideology of Bandera. And we do not welcome the people who run away from there to stay here, and then go back and say that we are bad. We are always glad to see in our area our friends, the people who need help, especially children, the elderly and women.
Zakharchenko Does Not Rule Out Provocations by Kiev for Purpose of Accusing DPR during Elections in Mariupol / DAN / Edited autotranslation by Quemado Institute / November 27, 2015 / The Kiev authorities may resort to provocations during tomorrow’s elections in Mariupol in order to blame the DPR for their failure. This was stated by Head of the People’s Republic of Donetsk Alexander Zakharchenko. “We have not provoked anything in Mariupol, but it is expected that the Ukrainians are preparing provocations in order to then accuse us of disrupting the elections to take place there. But to accuse us of provocation in a territory over which we have no control is, at the least, stupid,” said the Head of the DPR. According to him, the elections have been re-assigned, and can not take place because of the low turnout. “If voters do not participate in the vote tomorrow, it is the will of the people who live there,” said Zakharchenko. Recall that the local elections scheduled for October 25 by Kiev, due to lack of ballots, did not take place in Mariupol, which is the largest city in the Ukrainian Security Forces occupied territory of Donbass, and Krasnoarmeisk. The new date for a vote in both towns is 29 November.
Washington’s Approval of Arms Shipments ot Ukraine not News for DPR – Zakharchenko / DAN / Edited autotranslation by Quemado Institute / November 28, 2015 / Washington’s decision to officially give weapons to the Ukrainian regime did not surprise the administration of the DPR, Head of the People’s Republic of Donetsk Alexander Zakharchenko said today. “Last year (Defense Minister Vladimir) Kononov showed reporters the weapons we captured at the Donetsk airport. Among the spoils of war were American machine guns and rifles. In other words, the US had already supplied weapons to Ukraine. Just now, America has officially announced it. We are not surprised by such statements,” said the head of the DPR. Recall that on November 26, US President Barack Obama signed the Congress approved US defense budget for 2016, which provides military assistance to Ukraine in the amount of $300 million.
In Donetsk, More than 300 Thousand Inhabitants who Left the City Because of Ukrainian Attacks have Returned / DAN / Edited autotranslation by Quemado Institute / November 28, 2015 / More than 300 thousand residents of the capital have returned to Donetsk since the end of summer 2014. This was announced today to DAN by the mayor Igor Martynov. “The peak of the conflict was about August 3, 2014, while in Donetsk there were about 500-520 thousand people. Now the population of Donetsk is 850 thousand, that is, more than 300 thousand have returned,” said the mayor. He added that the mass return of people who fled the DPR capital indicates significantly revived traffic. “You can see for yourself that there are traffic jams,” the source said. Prior to the military conflict in the Donets Basin, according to 2013 [census], the population of Donetsk exceeded 950,000 people. “Of course, there are a hundred thousand who have left and cannot afford to live anywhere else, and not in their home country,” said the mayor of the capital. The exodus of Donetsk in August 2014 occurred in connection with the massive bombardment of the city, which was [carried out by] Ukrainian security officials involved in the punitive operations of Kiev. In the area on the outskirts, there was shelling residential neighborhoods, which are still being shelled from the Ukrainian positions, as well as in the center.
Putin signs a decree on special economic measures against Turkey / Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ / Fort Russ / November 28, 2015 / The President of Russia Vladimir Putin has signed a decree on measures to ensure the national security of the Russian Federation and on application of special economic measures in relation to Turkey, said the press service of the Kremlin. The President of Russia Vladimir Putin has signed a Decree “On measures for safeguarding national security of the Russian Federation and protecting Russian citizens from criminal and other unlawful acts and on application of special economic measures against the Turkish Republic,” stated the message.
Russian MoD presents the facts regarding Turkey’s act of aggression / Fort Russ / November 28, 2015 / In the course of appearance of different versions concerning circumstances of the attack on the Russian Su-24M aircraft carried out by the Turkish F-16 fighter in the sky over Syria on November 24, the Russian Defence Ministry presents facts of this situation unprecedented in its disloyalty. The accident happened on November 24. Combat loss of the Su-24M, tail number 83, was caused by fire engagement. At 9.15 (MSK) it was assigned to carry out strike near Kepir-Motlu-Zahiya located in the north of Syria. This task was assigned to two Su-24M aircraft crews, including one of pilot Lieutenant Colonel Oleg Peshkov and Captain Konstantin Murakhtin (aircraft number 83, with combat payload four OFAB-250-270 air bombs). The crews were assigned to conduct combat air patrol near Maarrat al-Numan at flight levels of 5800 m and 5650 m correspondently. The aircraft took off from the Hmeymim airbase at 9:42. At 9:52, the Su-24M entered detection zone of the Turkish Air Force radar means and was under their coverage in the course of 34 minutes. After 20 minutes passed since the crew had entered its area of responsibility, the Command centre of the Hmeymim airbase ordered it to eliminate militants in the area. The crews bombed two assigned targets and turned to the left to make another approach for destruction of two remaining targets. As it was carrying out an airstrike at the target located 5.5 km to the south of the Turkish border, at 10:24 the crew led by Lieutenant Colonel Peshkov O.A. launched bombs at the target and was then downed by an “air-to-air” . . . MORE>> Click here.
Iraqi Politician Claims Turkey Lets ISIL Sell Oil for Meager $20 a Barrel / Sputnik / November 28, 2015 / Turkey allows the Islamic State terrorist group to sell Iraqi and Syrian oil for just $20 a barrel, Iraq’s former National Security Adviser Mowaffak al-Rubaie wrote on Saturday. In a statement posted on his Facebook page al-Rubaie, who is also a leader of the Law-Governed State parliamentary coalition, outlined Ankara’s four-pronged support for the Islamic militants, with the illegal oil trade topping the list. “First and foremost, the Turks help the militants sell stolen Iraqi and Syrian oil for $20 a barrel, which is half the market price,” Mowaffak al-Rubaie wrote. Turkey in general, and Istanbul in particular, is also a place where ISIL commanders recruit local migrants and take them to Mosul in Iraq or Raqqa in Syria, he noted. “Each month hundreds of radicals cross the Turkish border, while the local law enforcers pretend they just don’t see,” Mowaffak al-Rubaie wrote, adding that many wounded ISIL fighters were apparently undergoing treatment in Turkish hospitals. During a joint news conference with French President Francois Hollande in Moscow earlier this week, President Vladimir Putin mentioned the massive supplies of Syrian oil being sent to Turkey by the Islamic State terrorist group.
Friday, November 27, 2015
Zakharchenko: We perceive Minsk differently, therefore war could be resumed / Translated for Fort Russ by J. Arnoldski / Fort Russ / Novermber 27, 2015 / “Zakharchenko: there is less hope for peaceful negotiations” Different perceptions of the Minsk process in Ukraine and the DPR could ultimately lead to another military confrontation, the head of the DPR, Alexander Zakharchenko, told journalists today, as reported by a special correspondent from Novorossia Information Agency. “We perceive the Minsk agreements differently than Ukraine. Ukraine sees them as returning us back, but that will never happen. The Minsk process is perceived by us as an equal partnership with the obligatory return of occupied territory as a basic condition for ending the war. So, there is all the less hope for a successful continuation of negotiations,” he said. According to Zakharchenko, the difficult economic situation will force Poroshenko to compensate for drops in the economy with military successes, therefore confidence in the peaceful outcome of negotiations is reduced and confidence in a continuation of hostilities is increasing. “Initially, when we signed the Minsk agreements, we were confident that Ukraine would not observe them…Therefore we are ready for any aggression and I want to assure the residents of the republic that if Ukraine decides to unleash hostilities, then the line of demarcation will be where we put it.“ Editor’s note: For commentary on Zakharchenko’s interpretation of Minsk, see Minsk 2.0 Chess Match: Has Zakharchenko Outplayed Kiev? (February 18, 2015).
Situation at Contact Line of DPR Worsens in Last Three Months – Zakharchenko / DAN / Edited autotranslation / November 27, 2015 / The situation at the contact line of the DRP has only worsened in three montsh. This was stated today to journalists by the Head of the DPR Alexander Zakharchenko. “The situation on the frontline for the past three months has deteriorated significantly. The Ukrainian side continues to pull in equipment and weapons: mortars, tanks, armored vehicles, and rocket systems,” he said. The leader stressed that, so unlike the DPR, the Ukrainian side continues to violate the Minsk Agreements. “Our equipment and armament are in places that are under the supervision of the OSCE,” added the head of the country. Recall, the armistice was signed by the parties of the conflict on September 1, 2015. The cease-fire came into force in Donbass along the line of contact. But despite this, the Ukrainian army has repeatedly shelled the territory of the People’s Republic, people were dying. The most serious violations, the recent attacks on the school grounds, were in the village on the northern outskirts Zaitsevo Gorlovka. Fortunately, nobody was hurt.
Coal Supplies to Ukraine may Resume after Crimea Power Restored – Zakharchenko / DAN / Edited autotranslation / November 27, 2015 / The Head of the DPR considers lifting the embargo on the supply of coal to Ukraine if Kiev restores the power supply, cut off by sabotage, to the Russian peninsula of Crimea. This was stated by the Head of the Republic Alexander Zakharchenko. “Ukraine has committed a humanitarian crime, leaving the Crimea without electricity in the winter,” said the Head of the DPR. “I think that the Ukrainian authorities must restore electricity Crimea. If that happens, then we may consider the possibility of resumption of the coal supply to Ukraine.” On the eve of 26 November, it was reported that Zakharchenko took personal control of protection of the DPR infrastructure. The reason was a diversion in the Kherson region, where Ukrainian extremists blew supports for the high-voltage line providing electricity to Crimea. Also this week, a ban was imposed on the supply of coal from the DPR to Ukraine. It is assumed that the embargo will be valid for at least two weeks.
West Fed Up with Ukraine / by Dmitry Minin / Strategic Culture Foundation / November 27, 2015 / Two years have passed after mass protests erupted at Kiev’s Maidan Nezalezhnosti. The results are disappointing. The functioning of the self-proclaimed government is stymied. The economy is in doldrums. The government’s policy has resulted in mass impoverishment of people. Nothing good can be said about the leadership of the country where it seems that the only promising political figure is notorious Mikheil Saakashvili, the man with deeply tarnished reputation. The statement made by Ukraine’s Prime Minister Yatsenyuk about Russia not getting favourable treatment in debt restructuring process sounds rather rude. Financiers perceive it as a severe form of a mental illness. German Finanzmarktwelt writes that it is something unheard of, when a debtor tells a money lender when to refuse the claims, otherwise the debtor will launch a lawsuit. «How come it is possible?», the newspaper . . . MORE>> Click here.
France Condemned Turkey’s Downing of Russian Su-24 During NATO Council / Sputnik / November 27, 2015 / Paris spoke harshly about the downing of a Russian Su-24 warplane by Turkey during the discussions at a NATO Council meeting on November 24, a diplomatic source said Friday. / ATHENS (Sputnik) — Following the incident, NATO expressed solidarity with Turkey and offered support for Ankara saying that the Alliance’s assessments of the incident were consistent with information provided by the country, which claimed that the Russian warplane had briefly violated Turkish airspace. “Greece was the first to address the council, it set the tone for the discussion, because Turkish aircraft constantly violate the Greek airspace. Then the French representative made a harsh speech,” the source told RIA Novosti, adding that NATO’s support was not unanimous. According to the source, the representative of France said that the Turkish activities were undermining the operation against the Islamic State militant group. [More background at source.]
US General: Turkey Should Be Kicked Out of NATO / Sputnik / November 27, 2015 / Turkey pursues its own interests in the Syrian conflict and it is not cooperating with NATO or other forces in the region, a retired US Army Major General Paul Vallely said in an interview with RT. The downing of a Russian Su-24 bomber by the Turkish air force will hardly be the last act of provocation by Ankara, so NATO should kick Turkey out of the alliance, Vallely said. He believes that the attack on the Russian aircraft had nothing to do with protecting national borders. It was aimed at demonstrating to Russia that Turkey is the dominant power in the region and that it’s not going to give ground. The president of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been involved in the conflict in the area for quite some time, and this incident isn’t the first of its kind: a few years ago Turkey shot down a Syrian jet. According to Vallely, the Su-24 incident was a clear provocation. And since Turkey seeks to control the situation in the region and lays claim to being a regional leader, it is going to continue to commit provocative actions in the future. NATO should consider this incident a red flag, the retired Major General stressed. Turkey unilaterally made a decision to down a Russian plane and showed that it is not going to agree its actions with the alliance. This has been Ankara’s policy for a long time. “They want to recreate their own Ottoman Empire to a great degree, and of course Erdogan is moving more towards a controlled Islamic State [ISIL]. So they have the wrong agenda there in Turkey and that’s what they are following”, — Vallely noted. NATO member states should build up steam and push Turkey out of the alliance, because Ankara is not “cooperating against ISIS, not cooperating at all with some of the forces inside of Syria, they want to see Assad removed or replaced by another government,” Vallely said. Turkey only uses NATO when it needs something and tries to benefit from the membership as much as it can. The country gets operational guides, techniques, new weapons and equipment, new tactics and strategies. Yet Erdogan continues to pursue only his own interests, he argued. The incident is not a good omen for Europe, or for the Middle East, or for NATO, Vallely concluded. Editor’s note: Vallely has long been a dissenter regarding Obama’s Muslim Brotherhood support, as is reported in the following article: Ret. General Drops Bombshell: Obama Should Be Arrested For This ‘Treasonous Activity’ (June 23, 2015) Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Paul E. Vallely stated recently during a radio interview that President Obama should be “arrested for treasonous activities.” Vallely, while a guest on the Real Side radio program earlier this month, stated above anything else that Obama should be held accountable for his sympathies for the Muslim Brotherhood in particular and his actions regarding the Benghazi tragedy. The retired general said one group that should hold the president’s feet to the fire are high-ranking members of the military…. He noted that the group he helps lead, the Citizens Commission on Benghazi, counts at least fourteen different actions the president has taken that could be considered treasonous. The general listed bringing the Muslim Brotherhood into the White House, supporting the Muslim Brotherhood against President el-Sisi in Egypt, supporting the Muslim Brotherhood in Libya, and supporting the Muslim Brotherhood’s operations in Syria among the acts amounting to treason. . . MORE>> Click here.
No more ‘Mr. Nice Guy’: Moscow’s firm and swift response forever changes the Grand Chessboard / by Stevan Gajic, Institute of European Studies, Belgrade, Serbia / Fort Russ / November 27, 2015 / Moscow’s firm and swift response forever changes the Grand Chessboard. The French appeared to vacillate, unable to get firm assurances from their Atlanticist partners in DC. Has this pushed Hollande towards Putin? Events unfolded very quickly after the Turkish F16 fighter jet downed a Russian SU24 bomber over the Syrian territory, close to Turkish border. The act was characterised by Russian president Vladimir Putin as “backstabbing” on the part of the Turks. Russian authorities and the public are especially enraged because of the death of one of the pilots, and even more so by the videos of one of the pilot’s body being treated with utter disrespect by the Turkmen terrorists in Northern Syria – one of the groups that is well known for being backed by Turkey. It seems that for Russia, the red line was crossed and it will not tolerate any harm to its forces without serious consequences and retaliation. To prove their money is where their mouth is, the Russian planes have fiercely bombed the region of Syria where the particular group of terrorists were located, and immediately deployed the notorious S400 anti-aircraft defence systems in their Khmeimim air base near the Syrian city of Latakia. This system immediately changed the balance of powers in the region as its range of fire well surpasses the territory of Syria. Needless to say that other consequences such as an economic embargo were put in place by the Russian authorities, ranging from poultry imports and gas deals, to tourism. So why did Recep Tayyip Erdoğan make this move? One reason might be the fear of the Russian-Iranian alliance that was made public in Teheran only a day before the Russian bomber was shot. Another might be that Russia destroyed about a 1000 “ISIS” oil trucks and a an oil refinery which was a great source of cheep oil for Turkey, and some sources say Erdoğan’s family as well. Or maybe Turkey wanted to retaliate for its F4 airplane that was shot over Syria by the Syrian Arab Army three years ago. Whatever the reason, it seems the Turks regret what they have done as their latest official statements became more apologetic, but not sufficiently, and Moscow will not settle for anything less than a clear apology. But what is more important is that Turkey officially announced its fighter aircraft will not patrol the Syrian border anymore, obviously fearing the S400 might shoot one of them. The Turks also did not calculate another variable before they decided to strike. After the Paris carnage, France seems to be back on track with its good relations with Russia. Only couple of months ago, they were in a diplomatic struggle over the Mistral boat deal and economic sanctions imposed on Russia. But after the Paris tragedy, Francois Hollande is trying to make up, and join the war against the Islamists and even forget about the anti-Assad rhetoric. Turkey received cold shoulder treatment from its allies too. NATO’s support for Turkey doesn’t go all the way, as the North Atlantic alliance has already showed reluctance to fight on the Turkish side in a possible Russia-Turkish war, and NATO withdrew some of their Patriot rockets from Turkey only two months ago. At the same time the UK has changed its position significantly and plans to fight the Islamists actively now. This might have something to do with David Cameron’s recent visit to China where he signed a number of large business deals with the emerging Asian empire. The real question is, did the US leave Turkey to fry, and maybe led it to confront Russia, only to witness the consequences and take no part in further events? Or maybe the US are simply not getting their hands dirty, and want to fight Russia in a chain of proxy wars to the last Turk, Ukrainian or German (as George Friedman suggested), as in the “good ol’ days” of the 1980’s Soviet Afghanistan war. What ever the reasons, Turkey is about to face grave consequences for its actions. Events flow in linear fashion, in one direction: Turkey cannot take back what it has done, and Russia’s responses, as well as those surely to come on top of these, have forever changed the geopolitical game. If that was NATO’s goal, then perhaps it succeeded – but as a result, Moscow has been given a free hand to act, and is now holding most of the cards.