Saturday, December 10, 2016

Barack Obama authorizes delivery of weapons to jihadists in Syria by Barack Obama

Barack Obama authorizes delivery of weapons to jihadists in Syria

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Presidential Determination
No. 2017-05

SUBJECT: Presidential Determination and Waiver Pursuant to Section 2249a of Title 10, United States Code, and Sections 40 and 40A of the Arms Export Control Act to Support U.S. Special Operations to Combat Terrorism in Syria

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, including section 2249a of title 10, United States Code, sections 40 and 40A of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) (22 U.S.C. 2780 and 2781), and section 301 of title 3, United States Code, I hereby:
- determine that the transaction, encompassing the provision of defense articles and services to foreign forces, irregular forces, groups, or individuals engaged in supporting or facilitating ongoing U.S. military operations to counter terrorism in Syria, is essential to the national security interests of the United States;
- waive the prohibitions in sections 40 and 40A of the AECA related to such a transaction;
- delegate to the Secretary of State the responsibility under section 40(g)(2) of the AECA to consult with and submit reports to the Congress for proposed exports, 15 days prior to authorizing them to proceed, that are necessary for and within the scope of this waiver determination and the transaction referred to herein;
- waive the prohibitions in section 2249a of title 10, United States Code, to the extent necessary to allow the Department of Defense to carry out such support; and
- delegate to the Secretary of Defense the responsibility under section 2249a(b)(2) of title 10, United States Code, to notify the appropriate congressional committees at least 15 days before this waiver takes effect.
The Secretary of Defense is authorized and directed to publish this determination in the Federal Register.

Friday, December 9, 2016

THE SAKER -- Putin Sends Chechen Special Operation Forces to Syria

Putin Sends Chechen Special Operation Forces to Syria
 • DECEMBER 9, 2016
Five 19th Century Chechens.  Credit: Wikimedia Commons
Very interesting news today: according to the journal Izvestia, Russia will be sending operators from the so-called “Chechen” special forces battalions “West” and “East” to Syria to “guard the Russian installations” in Khmeimim and Tartus. According to Russian sources, these two battalions have been converted into a “military police” force which will be fully deployed by the end of December.
This news leaves many fascinating questions unanswered.
First, even though the Russian sources make it sound like we are talking about two full battalions, I suspect that this is not the case and that a few companies will be formed from elements drawn from these battalions. Why? Because these battalions are part the backbone of the Russian security system in the Caucasus and that to use such elite forces just to guard 2 military installations makes no sense.
Second, this does beg the question of what these “Chechens” (actually a misnomer – see below) will really be doing Syria. The only circumstance in which it would make sense to send them to protect the Russian bases in Kheimim and Tartus would be if a massive attack was expected against these installations and no other reinforcements were available, which is clearly not the case.

Situation en Syrie du 4 au 7 décembre 2016, selon la Russie

Situation en Syrie du 4 au 7 décembre 2016, selon la Russie

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Bulletin d’information du Centre russe pour la réconciliation des parties belligérantes sur le territoire de la République arabe syrienne (le 4 décembre 2016)

Réconciliation des parties en conflit
Au cours des dernières 24 heures, on a conclu des accords de réconciliation avec les représentants des 2 cités dans la province de Lattaquié.
Le nombre des villes où les accords de réconciliation ont été signés — 1022.
Négociations sur l’adhésion au cessez-le-feu ont été continuées avec les leaders des formations armées illicites dans la province de Damas et des détachement de l’opposition armée dans les provinces de Homs, Hama, Alep et Al-Quneitra.
Le nombre des groupes armés qui ont adhéré au cessez-le-feu est 88.
Observation du cessez-le-feu

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at the 23rd session of the OSCE Ministerial Council, Hamburg, December 8, 2016

8 December 201615:29
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at the 23rd session of the OSCE Ministerial Council, Hamburg, December 8, 2016
Mr Chairperson-in-Office,
Mr Secretary General,
Ms President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly,
Ladies and gentlemen,
The situation in and around Europe remains unstable. The foundations of military-political security continue to be eroded and acts of terror are on the upsurge. Diplomacy and mutually beneficial economic ties are being replaced with ultimatums, double standards and attempts to exert unilateral pressure and practice coercion. I don’t think this is the Europe we’d like to see.
We have been talking about this state of affairs for several years now. The euphoria that the West experienced after the end of the Cold War did not allow the sides to develop a common approach to equal and indivisible security in the Euro-Atlantic Region.

Big Money Intends To Shut Down Our Website — Paul Craig Roberts

Big Money Intends To Shut Down Our Website — Paul Craig Roberts
Big Money Intends To Shut Down Our Website
Paul Craig Roberts
Big Money and the US government controlled by Big Money intend to close down Internet truthtellers. As Trump intends to reduce the tensions between nuclear powers, the 200 List prepared by the shadowy Internet site, PropOrNot, is in Trump’s way. Either Trump will be apprised and convinced of the “Russian threat,” or the dissident websites will be promoted to “Muslim apologists” and fall under the ire of Trump’s Iranophobic generals.
Our site,, is one of the sites targeted to be closed down. As I recently reported, the US House of Representatives already has passed a bill that creates an interagency executive branch committee that can be used to close down truthtellers on the basis that disagreement with the official propaganda reported as news by the presstitutes constitutes spreading fake news or is proof of conspiring with Russia or Iran (and soon, China) against the United States.
Apparently, Trump wants peace with Russia but war with Iran, a contradiction as Russia will not permit the US to have war with Iran. So if Trump and his generals persist, there will be no lessening of tensions between the US and Russia, and by extension with China.
If this is the outcome, Trump will blow up the planet as surely as Hillary would have done.
If Trump does not reduce tensions with Russia and China, there was no point in electing him.
The United States government is such a criminal institution that it is scared to death of truth. People who lie for the US government and their oligarch controllers prosper. Those who tell the truth are unjustly and harshly persecuted: Manning, Snowden, Assange, Kiriakou, Binney, et. al. And now there is a list of 200 websites to be persecuted.
The dictum of the George W. Bush regime—“you are with us or against us”—has moved to the next stage. My readers are aware that a brand new website, PropagandaOrNot (PropOrNot), compiled a list of the websites that provide real news and independent analysis and branded them “Russian agents.” In other words, if you tell the truth, you are serving Russia, not the US. To serve the US you must tell lies.
For telling the truth, PropOrNot has put me in their swill bucket:
PropOrNot says that our website has “been identified by the PropOrNot propaganda identification service as repeating, echoing, or referring their audience to Russian propaganda. They are highlighted in YYYs. See for more information.”
The Washington Post presstitute, Craig Timberg, wrote an irresponsible and libelous article publicizing the absurd charges of the shadowy and unknown PropOrNot website. Timberg, being a presstitute and not being a real journalist, failed to identify the people and the money behind the libelous charges made by PropOrNot. He reported the charges as if they were true.
Pam and Russ Martens, proprietors of the delightful website,, have researched PropOrNot to identify the corrupt forces that intend to make it a crime to speak truthfully in America.
It wasn’t easy to find out as those responsible for the website are hidden behind multiple covers like offshore tax avoidance corporations. But this is what they found out:
PropOrNot has an agent address in Sante Fe, New Mexico. An agent address serves “as a virtual address for the creation of limited liability corporations that want to keep their actual principals secret. The address has dozens of businesses associated with it. There should also be a corresponding business listed in the online archives of the business registry at the Secretary of State of New Mexico. However, no business with the words Propaganda or PropOrNot or YYY exist in the New Mexico business registry, suggesting PropOrNot is using a double cloaking device to shield its identity by registering under a completely different name.”
Obviously, those behind PropOrNot are either so ashamed of their perfidy or they are such public names that they want to stay hidden so that the American public cannot know who is determined to replace truth with lie.
And public names it is. The Martens find PropOrNot background ties to the billionaire Koch brothers, to the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, to the Sarah Scaife Foundation (the Mellon fortune), ExxonMobil, US Senators Chris Murphy and Rob Portman, who tie into Citigroup and Goldman Sachs, “two Wall Street behemoths that would very much like to pivot the national debate to anything other than Wall Street power and corruption.”
Read the Martens’ report: This is an important report. It shows how money operates against the vast bulk of the American people.
You can see the kind of power that intends to close down truth in America and throughout the entirely of the Western world. How am I going to stand up to this kind of power? I cannot even afford a lawyer to file a defamation suit against the Washington Post, as Naked Capitalism has done. Somehow CounterPunch got off the list. Probably CP has pro bono attorneys. If any of my readers are fighting attorneys, I will split with you any damages you can obtain in a lawsuit against Bezos’ trophy newspaper.
If we get enough money for IPE, I won’t have to make these requests for reader support.
So here is the deal, go after Bezos’ billions. Sue on behalf of this website for libel, and it is a 50-50 split.
I don’t expect any takers, because it is expensive for an attorney to take on the system. If he or she wins the case, he or she is in the money. If he or she loses the case, they are finished. The ruling oligarchy does not forgive; It destroys.
Perhaps the way to minimize the risk is a class action suit in behalf of the 200 on the list. I tried to contact Naked Capitalism about this, but like so much on the Internet, Naked Capitalism is set up only to be contacted by advertisers, etc. A former Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury cannot contact Naked Capitalism. The marvel of the digital era is that communication is impossible.
This website is supported financially by a small percentage of the readership. If each of the 400,000 who read this website contributed $1 dollar per month, I could hire lawyers and engineers to protect this webiste from libel and from hacking. If the 400,000 readers of this website contributed only $1 per year, it would be enough for me not to have to put up with the scumbag Washington Post, a suspected CIA asset throughout its entire existence.
If the millions of readers worldwide who rely on this website conributed $1 per year, I would be able to take on Bezos and his fake news newspaper and drive the lying presstitutes into the ground.
Alas, I am ready to fight, but where is my army?

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments. His internet columns have attracted a worldwide following. Roberts' latest books are The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the WestHow America Was Lost, and The Neoconservative Threat to World Order.

Russia: Putin eulogises Russian nurses killed on duty in Syria

Publicado a 08/12/2016

Russian President Vladimir Putin eulogized the two Russian nurses Nadezhda Durachenko and Galina Mikhailova, who were killed on duty in Syria, during a speech at an awards ceremony for those working in the field of human rights and charity in Moscow, Thursday.

SOT, Vladimir Putin, President of Russia (Russian): "Neither medicines nor medical equipment should come under any kind of restriction, because as a result people are deprived of basic medical assistance, especially in armed conflicts - when civilians and very often children suffer - to my huge regret. I am convinced that it is important to make an appropriate decision at the international level to avoid such a situation."

SOT, Vladimir Putin, President of Russia (Russian): "I thank Elizaveta Petrovna [Glinka, social and political activist] for mentioning our servicewomen who gave their lives in Syria trying to help people. Yes, they are servicewomen, but they carried out a humanitarian mission; they helped people who suffer, who have not seen medical care for many years. But nevertheless, the hospital was attacked deliberately. By the way, the voice of human rights defenders almost did not make a sound in that regard. And it is very good that the representative of such important field spoke about it in public here in Moscow, in the Kremlin." 

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