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Post time 2014-11-6 00:23:32 |Display all floors
The Hubbub Over Syria Is All About Pipelines

05 November 2014.

In a roundabout way, the US media is making the argument that because the Assad regime was accused of using chemical weapons on the Syrian people, the US military should intervene by arming and training the Free Syrian Army in the hopes of overthrowing President Assad.

If you asked most Americans whether or not the US military should intervene in Syria to make sure the profit margins of oil/gas companies remain strong, it’s likely most rational folks would say no.

Digging just beneath the surface, it’s easy to see that US interest in Syria isn't to provide Democracy to Syria, but to ensure the Kirk-Banias oil pipeline will be restored to profitable status.

Even President Obama’s press secretary said that foreign policy isn’t driven by what the people want, but by what is best for “American interests.”

The Kirkuk-Banias pipeline runs from Kirkuk in Northern Iraq, to the Syrian town of Banias, on the Mediterranean Sea between Turkey and Lebanon.

Syria has at least 2.5 billion barrels of oil in its fields, making it the next largest Middle Eastern oil producer after Iraq.

After ten unproductive years, the oil companies dependent on the Kirkuk-Banias pipeline’s output are eager to get the pipeline operational again.

The tension over the Syrian oil/gas pipeline situation is certainly being felt by wealthy investors in the markets, who are thus dictating US foreign policy.


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Post time 2014-11-10 23:35:45 |Display all floors
The Secret Origins of ISIS

10 November 2014.

The Islamic militant group ISIS, the so called Islamic State, is the stuff of nightmares.

They are ruthless, fanatical, killers, on a mission, and that mission is to wipe out anyone and everyone, from any religion or belief system.

The mass executions, beheadings, and even crucifixions that they are committing, as they work towards their goal, are flaunted like badges of pride, video taped and uploaded for the whole world to see.

This is the new face of evil.

Would it interest you to know who helped these psychopaths rise to power?

Would it interest you to know who armed them, funded them and trained them?

Would it interest you to know why?

This story makes more sense if we start in the middle, so we’ll begin with the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

The Libyan revolution was portrayed as an extension of the Arab Spring, and NATO involvement was framed in humanitarian terms.

The fact that the CIA was actively working to help the Libyan rebels topple Gaddafi was no secret, nor were the airstrikes that Obama ordered against the Libyan government.

However, little was said about the identity or the ideological leanings of these Libyan rebels.

Not surprising, considering the fact that the leader of the Libyan rebels later admitted that his fighters included jihadists who fought against allied troops in Iraq.

These jihadist militants from Iraq were part of what national security analysts now refer to as ISIS.

With the assistance of U.S. and NATO intelligence, and air support, the Libyan rebels captured Gaddafi and summarily executed him in the street, all the while enthusiastically chanting “Allah Akbar”.

For many of those who had bought the official line about how these rebels were freedom fighters aiming to establish a liberal democracy in Libya, this was the beginning of the end of their illusions.

The situation has now reached the stage where the Israeli Parliament Building is at risk from attack by ISIS kamikaze pilots. If this terrible event were to happen, it would be worse than 9/11.


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Post time 2014-11-16 02:28:13 |Display all floors
More Anti-Assad Propaganda Exposed  

15 November 2014.

The video claiming to show a Syrian boy rescuing a girl amid heavy gunfire, lauded as heroic chronicle of resistance, now revealed as 100% fraud - filmed in Malta. Just one of many lies perpetuated by Western media.

One must wonder just what else has been peddled before the public by the Western media as authentic, or "believed to be" authentic, when in reality being a complete 100% fraudulent production.


Fox, the London Telegraph, and the Daily Mail, all published articles promoting a video claiming to show a Syrian boy rescuing a young girl amid heavy gunfire during Syria's ongoing conflict.

The Daily Mail article claimed under its titled, "Heroic young boy runs through sniper fire in Syria, pretends to get shot, then rescues terrrified girl as bullets hit the floor around them," that:

Yabroud was the last rebel stronghold held by the FSA on the Lebanese border before it fell to Assad's forces in March 2014.

The video, which was uploaded yesterday, has already had nearly 500,000 views.

It was later re-published on YouTube by Sham News Network, which is run by activists based in Damascus.

Several YouTube comments claim the video is fake, but experts told The Telegraph they have no reason to doubt its authenticity.

The Telegraph, referenced by the Daily Mail, in an article titled, "Watch: Syrian 'hero boy' appears to brave sniper fire to rescue terrified girl in dramatic video," would claim:

The Telegraph cannot independently verify the footage, but it is thought the incident took place in Yabroud - a town near the Lebanese border, which was the last stronghold of the moderate Free Syrian Army. Experts tell the paper they have no reason to doubt its authenticity.

It would not be the first time gunmen had targeted children in the nearly four years of bloody civil war.

More than 11,000 children have died in war-torn Syria since 2011, including hundreds targeted by snipers, a report by the London-based Oxford Research group revealed earlier this month.

The group found that sniper fire killed 389 Syrian children under the age of 17 between March 2011 and August 2013.

The UN has previously accused the Syrian regime of "crimes against humanity" – including the use of snipers against small children.


Nowhere does the Telegraph claim "experts" of any kind believed the video was authentic.

Instead, what the Telegraph did was engage in the same intentionally misleading, manipulative propaganda much of the Western media has resorted to in its coverage of the Syrian conflict, and many others, for years - cite a baseless, unverified claim - then roll it in together with other baseless claims so that they appear to support one another as factual.

While the Daily Mail claims "experts" claimed "they have no reason to doubt its authenticity," those who have witnessed the West's intentional, systematic deceit throughout the duration of the Syrian conflict could cite many reasons.

With it now confirmed that the above mentioned video is a hoax, yet another reason still can be cited.


The UK Mirror in its article, "Footage of Syrian 'hero boy' dodging sniper's bullets to save girl revealed as FAKE," would finally admit:

Lars Klevberg, 34, from Oslo, devised the hoax after watching news coverage of the troubles in Syria.

He told BBC Trending: "If I could make a film and pretend it was real, people would share it and react with hope.

"We shot it in Malta in May this year on a set that was used for other famous movies like Troy and Gladiator.

"The little boy and girl are professional actors from Malta. The voices in the background are Syrian refugees living in Malta."


Klevberg admits that "Syrian refugees living in Malta" participated in his propaganda stunt.

This is far from the first time the West and its proxies have been caught blatantly producing false reports, footage, and claims regarding the Syrian conflict.

In fact, the Western media's coverage of the Syrian conflict is nothing more than a series of deceptions crutching their way along on their audience's perceived ignorance, from one exposed sham to another.


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Post time 2014-11-28 00:17:07 |Display all floors
Majority of Russians believe their troops are not fighting in Ukraine

27 November 2014.

A majority of Russians believe their country's troops are not fighting in eastern Ukraine but nearly half would be glad if it turned out they were, an opinion poll showed on Thursday.

The poll by the independent Levada research group suggested 25 percent of respondents did not believe the Kremlin's denials that Russia has sent soldiers to back separatists fighting Ukrainian government forces in the eastern regions.

The survey of 1,600 people, carried out from Nov. 14-17, showed 53 percent did believe the Kremlin although 45 percent would react positively if they found out their soldiers are fighting there. The poll said 34 percent would disapprove.

NATO's top military commander said on Wednesday Russian soldiers provided the "backbone" to the rebels.

Russia also initially denied having troops in the Crimea peninsula, which it annexed in March, until President Vladimir Putin acknowledged weeks later that they had been there.

Groups bringing together soldiers' mothers in Russia have quoted cases of servicemen being wounded or killed in east Ukraine. Kiev and the West say an injection of Russian forces turned the tables on advancing Ukrainian army there in August.

In an interview with the right-wing newspaper Zavtra, Igor Strelkov, formerly the top rebel military commander, said Russian soldiers "on leave" had carried out that offensive.

"Separate divisions of the (separatist) militia were subordinated to them," he said, adding that soldiers "on leave" led an advance on the strategic southeastern city of Mariupol.

The West accuses Moscow of providing money, arms and serving troops to support the pro-Russian rebels to try to split the eastern regions from Kiev and tie them closer to Russia.

Russia backs the separatists but denies being part of the armed conflict and state media have backed that line. Moscow has said any Russians fighting in east Ukraine are volunteers.


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Post time 2014-11-28 00:18:30 |Display all floors
Who backs rebellion in a foreign country?

Israel backs the anti-Assad rebellion in Syria.

USA backs the anti-Assad rebellion in Syria.

ISIS backs the anti-Assad rebellion in Syria.

Russia does not back the anti-Assad rebellion in Syria.

Russia backs the rebellion in UKRAINE.


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Post time 2014-12-2 23:38:24 |Display all floors
Putin drops South Stream gas pipeline to EU, courts Turkey

01 December 2014.

Russia on Monday scrapped the South Stream pipeline project to supply gas to southern Europe without crossing Ukraine, citing EU objections, and instead named Turkey as its preferred partner for an alternative pipeline, with a promise of hefty discounts.

The EU, at loggerheads with Moscow over Ukraine, and keen to reduce its energy dependence on Russia, had objected to the $40 billion South Stream pipeline, which was to enter the EU via Bulgaria, on competition grounds.

The proposed undersea pipeline to Turkey, with an annual capacity of 63 billion cubic metres (bcm), more than four times Turkey's annual purchases from Russia, would face no such problems. Russia offered to combine it with a gas hub at the EU's southeastern edge, the Turkish-Greek border, to supply southern Europe.

Alexei Miller, the chief executive of Russia's state-controlled gas exporter Gazprom (GAZP.MM), told reporters in Ankara, where he was on a one-day visit with President Vladimir Putin, that South Stream was "closed. This is it".

Putin accused the EU of denying Bulgaria, heavily dependent on Russian gas, its sovereign rights, and said that blocking the project "is against Europe's economic interests and is causing damage".

He announced that Russia would grant Turkey a 6 percent discount on its gas imports from Russia for next year, supplying it with 3 bcm more than this year.

Miller said Gazprom had signed a memorandum of understanding with Turkey's Botas on the pipeline under the Black Sea to Turkey.

But the plan remains at an early stage. Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said that "energy ministers and companies (on both sides) were ordered to look into these proposals in detail ... It is hard to assess the costs, financial mechanisms, terms of fulfilment for now."

He also said Turkey was seeking a 15 percent discount for Russian gas.


Nevertheless, EU-candidate Turkey's deepening energy ties with Russia are likely to raise eyebrows in Europe and the United States, coming as Western powers have imposed economic sanctions on Moscow over its actions in Ukraine, and as Europe tries to lower its energy dependence on Russia, which supplies about 30 percent of its gas needs, half of that via Ukraine.

"As our cooperation develops and deepens, I think we will be ready for further price reductions," Miller told reporters in Ankara. "As we develop our joint projects ... the level of gas price for Turkey could reach the one Germany has today."

The South Stream pipeline had exposed cracks in EU strategy as Hungary, Austria, Serbia and Bulgaria among others saw it as a solution to the risk of a repeat of supply disruptions via Ukraine, while Brussels and Washington saw the project as entrenching Moscow's energy stranglehold on Europe. Yet its appeal has waned as economic growth has stalled, and with Azeri Caspian gas due to land in Italy from 2020.

Carlos Pascual, who until earlier this year was the top energy diplomat at the U.S. State Department, said there was no way that the cancellation of the pipeline damages Europe.

"One could actually argue that in the end this will save European consumers money by eliminating an unnecessary high cost pipeline that would not have added any additional new supply," he said.

Pascual said Gazprom's action could show the effects of U.S. and EU sanctions imposed on Russia for its aggression toward Ukraine. "At a point in time when capital was unlimited, perhaps Russia would not have taken this action," he said.

A Gazprom analyst agreed the sanctions may have been a factor. "By invading Crimea, Putin has created a major barrier for the South Stream project," said Mikhail Korchemkin, with East European Gas Analysis. "Gazprom was unable to raise money for the project," after the sanctions went into place, he said.

Russia is already Turkey's main energy supplier, and Turkey Russia's second biggest trade partner after Germany. Those economic interests have outweighed deep differences over Ukraine and especially Syria's nearly four-year-old civil war.

While Russia backs Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has become his most vocal critic, lambasting the U.N. Security Council, and Russia in particular, for stalling on an international response to the war.

"President (Putin) has a different assessment to us," Erdogan told their joint news conference. "We agree a solution is needed, but we differ on the means."


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