FASCISM RISING; Greece, Golden Dawn & Syriza Party Clash Over ‘Heil Hitler!’ Cries In Greek Parliament
(AE) – The Golden Dawn have always strongly denied being Neo Nazis, yet they promote Nazi literature, perform Right Arm Salutes, and scream “Sieg Heil!”… this time they’ve been busted for yelling “Heil Hitler!” in Greek Parliament.
I’m sure this has nothing to do with the Golden Dawn bringing top German Neo Nazi leaders into the Greek Parliament building, see my previous article here, they’re simply misunderstood nationalists!!
2013.5.17 Golden Dawn & Syriza Clash Over ‘Heil Hitler’ Cries In Greek Parliament (Euronews, youtube.com):
The neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party is at the centre of another political row in Greece after one of its MPs was expelled from parliament amid cries of “Heil Hitler”.
The sitting president had already warned Panayiotis Iliopoulos for repeatedly violating parliamentary rules by insulting fellow deputies.
After he had called them “goats”, “scoundrels” and “wretched people”, security guards were called to lead him away.
The phrase “Heil Hitler “ was clearly heard three times – although who shouted it is in dispute. Golden Dawn claims the cries came from left-wing deputies from the opposition Syriza party.
However, Stavros Kontonis, an MP from Syriza, is having none of it.
“For second time this week we hear Hitler being glorified inside parliament by Golden Dawn MPs. It’s strange the fact that in order to distance themselves from praising Hitler in a provocative way, they claimed it was me who uttered this phrase ironically. But this is refuted by their own evidence,” he told euronews.
Amid anger at the recession and resentment at immigration, Golden Dawn won 18 seats in last year’s Greek elections.
Several deputies have had their immunity from prosecution, lifted pending criminal charges.
Moscow (CNN) — Wigs, dark glasses, a compass and a large bundle of foreign cash — it’s the stuff of any Cold War-era spy novel.
That’s the “spy arsenal” Russia’s counterintelligence agency says it found with a U.S. diplomat when he was caught allegedly trying to recruit a Russian special services staff member.
The diplomat in question, Ryan Fogle, third secretary of the Political Department of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, was declared “persona non grata” Tuesday.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry has demanded his “early expulsion.”
Russia’s CIA spy bust ‘was linked to Boston Bombing’: U.S diplomat was trying to recruit Dagestan expert who travelled to terrorist’s home town when he was arrested
- U.S. diplomat named as Ryan Christopher Fogle was arrested on Monday
- Russia claim he was attempting to recruit a Russian secret services official
- Letter allegedly found on him offers agents $1million per year to defect
- U.S. ambassador summoned to Russian foreign ministry to explain today
Read more: HERE
Dharamshala: – - Ignoring both religious freedom and the outcry of the Tibetan people, the Chinese authorities have begun demolishing the ancient capital of Lhasa, including one of the most important Buddhist sites of the city, Tibet’s holiest Jokhang Temple.
Chinese authorities are planning to destroy the ancient Buddhist capital of Lhasa, and replace it with a tourist city similar to Lijiang. “Shangri-La” in Yunnan Province. Several large-scale construction projects are underway for a number of shopping malls around the Buddhist holy temple as well as underground parking at Barkhor Street.
“Traditional Tibetan buildings in this ancient city are once again facing the destruction crisis under Chinese modernization”, well-known Tibetan writer Woeser told the RFA Mandarin section. She is also appealing to the global institutions, including UNESCO and Tibetans around the world to ‘save Lhasa.’
WAR ON SYRIA; Cameron & Putin Unite As ‘G8, G20 & UN Partners’, Syria Solution Is ‘Transitional Government’, The Original Plan
“… Britain, Russia, America and other countries helping shape a transitional government that all Syrians can trust to protect them.” – David Cameron
(AE) – Warm up the bus… Assad is about to be thrown under it in favor of $$$ in the form of “trade, economic, and investment cooperation”.
It’s interesting how the countries who created the problem (Britain, the Gulf State Monarchies, Turkey, and the US), via a foreign invasion of terrorist mercenaries, are now providing the solution that was always their goal… for Assad to be removed from power.
So all signs point to Assad being stabbed in the back by Russia, as I stated in my previous article here.
2013.5.10 Cameron & Putin Unite Over Syria (telegraphtv, youtube.com):
David Cameron says he and Russian President Vladimir Putin share “fundamental aims” in seeking an end to the bloodshed in Syria, following talks in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.
2013.5.10 Cameron & Putin Talks Transcripts (bsr-russia.com):
Vladimir Putin held talks with Prime Minister of the United Kingdom David Cameron. These transcripts were provided by the Russian Presidential Press Office. Mr Putin and Mr Cameron discussed various aspects of bilateral relations and the international agenda, including the situation in Syria. The talks continued over a working breakfast, following which the two leaders made press statements.
Later, the President of Russia and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom toured various Olympic facilities.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin:
Mr Prime Minister, colleagues,
It is a great pleasure to welcome you to Russia. Thank you for accepting our invitation to come to Sochi. I am sure that we will have the opportunity today to discuss our bilateral relations and look at the major issues on the international agenda too. If you have time, I would also like to show you how we are getting ready for the 2014 Olympic Games.
I remember how you so kindly accompanied me during the judo events at the London Olympics, and I would like to return that hospitality today and show you around the sites we have built for the 2014 Olympics.
I am very happy to see you. Welcome!
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom David Cameron:
Well, thank you very much, Mr President. It’s a great pleasure to be back in Russia and a pleasure to be working with you on improving British-Russian relations, which both you and I, have put a long time into making stronger.
I well remember your visit to the Olympic games and the visit to the judo. And I wanted to come and see the preparations for the games here in Sochi, which I am sure will be a great success. And I am proud that some British companies are helping to provide the facilities.
As you say, today is an opportunity to talk about our bilateral relations, our trading relations, how we improve those. But it’s also an opportunity to talk about some wider issues including the crisis in Syria. And I look forward to discussing all of these things with you today.
I come here with a view, that I know that you share, that stronger British-Russian relations can make our peoples both safer, and also our economies more prosperous.
And I look forward to welcome you back in the United Kingdom for the G8 Summit in Northern Ireland very, very shortly.
Thank you for your welcome today.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin:
Ladies and gentlemen, we have just had very substantial talks with Prime Minister of the United Kingdom David Cameron. In both narrow and extended format meetings we discussed the opportunities for developing our bilateral relations. We also gave particular attention to current international issues and agreed to coordinate our work within the G20 and the G8, in which Russia and Britain currently hold the presidencies. What’s more, Russia will take over the presidency of the G8 from Britain in 2014.
Our trade, economic and investment cooperation is growing. Our bilateral trade increased by 10 percent in 2012, and it was up by almost 30 percent in the first two months of 2013. British investment in the Russian economy is also on the rise and now comes to almost $27 billion.
The energy sector is one of the most promising fields of cooperation. We agreed to establish a special group to work on promising projects and facilities. As you know, one of Britain’s biggest companies, British Petroleum, has acquired an almost 20-percent stake in Rosneft, one of Russia’s biggest oil and gas companies.
In 2014, we plan to hold reciprocal culture years. The events will include art exhibitions in Moscow and London, a Russian language and education week in the UK, a university rectors’ conference, and a theatre festival.
I also want to note our Olympics cooperation. Britain’s experience has been of great use to us in this area. More than 60 British companies are taking part in the preparations for the Sochi Olympics and are working with great success. We want to thank our British partners for that.
Of course, we also had a thorough discussion of international issues, especially the situation in Syria. We both want to see a swift end to the violence and the start of a peace process, and we both want to preserve Syria’s territorial integrity and sovereignty. At the UK Prime Minister’s initiative, we discussed the possible scenarios that could bring about positive development of this process, and examined the possible joint steps we could take.
In conclusion, I want to thank once more our British colleagues and Mr Cameron for this substantial and very frank discussion.
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom David Cameron:
Thank you very much, Mr President, and thank you for the warm welcome that you’ve given to me and my team here today. I’m very pleased to be here with you in Sochi, and we have had, as you said, very substantive, very purposeful, very useful talks today. We last met at the London Olympics, and it’s fitting that we’re here in the next host city. And I’m looking forward to seeing the Olympic sites with you this afternoon.
Britain and Russia share many interests: security at home and abroad, leadership in the G8, the G20 and the United Nations, and also, building our businesses and our investment
banks(audio says ‘links’ – Joel) so that we both thrive in the global race. Of course, it’s no secret that there are issues where we differ. We don’t duck these; we’ve had very frank discussions, as we have today. But a more effective relationship will help make people in both our countries safer and better off. And that is what we’ve been focusing on today.
On the Winter Olympics, on my last visit to Russia, I brought a plane of British business leaders keen to seize the opportunities posed by these games, and they have, as you said, done just that, with over fifty companies involved, from Populous to help design the main stadium, to Aggreko, who will be providing some of the power. We’ve also discussed how we both want the Sochi Games to be safe and secure Games. So today, I’ve agreed with President Putin that there should be limited cooperation between our security services for the Sochi Olympics.
We’ve discussed the G8 and G20, and I was pleased to get President Putin’s support for using the Lough Erne Summit to grasp the key challenges of making the world economy work for everyone, supporting global trade, tackling aggressive tax avoidance and tax evasion, and encouraging greater transparency. We’ve also agreed to use the G8 and G20 to build momentum for a WTO deal to cut bureaucracy at borders. This could add up to 70 billion dollars a year to global GDP.
Finally, we discussed the appalling and deteriorating situation in Syria. 80,000 lives lost, millions more fleeing their homes. The history of Syria is being written in the blood of her people. It’s no secret that we have had differing views on how best to handle the situation. But we share fundamental aims: to end the conflict, to stop Syria fragmenting, to let the Syrian people choose who governs them and to prevent the growth of violent extremism. So I strongly support the conference that Mr Lavrov and Mr Kerry agreed this week to deliver a political solution – a solution which has a transitional government based on the consent of the Syrian people as a whole. The President and I have agreed that as permanent members of the UN, we must help to drive this process, working with partners in the region and beyond, not just bringing the regime and opposition together at one negotiating table, but Britain, Russia, America and other countries helping shape a transitional government that all Syrians can trust to protect them.
We urgently have to do more for the sake of people in Syria to break the vicious cycle that threatens to destroy Syria and that threatens to export violence and extremism around the world. As the President said, these have been good talks, purposeful talks. I believe we’ve made some real progress. And thank you again for the welcome you’ve given me today.
WAR ON MUSLIMS; Chuck Hagel, ‘OLD ORDER’ In Middle East Disappearing’, US Helping Shape ‘NEW ORDER’ With ‘Coalitions Of Common Interests’
‘The OLD ORDER in the Middle East is disappearing, and what will replace it remains unknown… the US will remain engaged in helping shape the NEW ORDER, but we must engage wisely…” – Chuck Hagel
(AE) – US Secretary Of Defense Chuck Hagel gave a speech at the Washington Institute For Near East Policy (WINEP); an incredibly anti Muslim, pro War On Iran, pro War On Syria; think tank founded by the anti Muslim warmongers at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). So it’s crystal clear exactly who Hagel was addressing.
Hagel’s idea of the US helping shape the “NEW ORDER” in the Middle East qualifies as a “NEW WORLD ORDER” quote considering that the reshaping of the Middle East and the destruction of Islam are requirements for the “NEW WORLD ORDER” to come fully into view (borrowing from Bush Sr.’s September 11, 1991 speech).
Obama’s appointment of “NEW WORLD ORDER” advocates (ie, cult members) to the two highest positions in his administration, Secretary Of Defense and Secretary Of State, shows what drives his foreign policy decisions. John Kerry’s “NEW WORLD ORDER” dreams can be viewed in my previous article here.
We must now wonder… does Hagel’s “coalitions of common interests” include Russia??? I believe it does, as stated in my previous article here.
*Note RT’s screen title in the following video… “Syria; The New Order”.
2013.5.10 Chemical Conundrum; US Suggests Syrian Rebels Used Sarin (RT, youtube.com):
The US Defense Secretary says the old order in the Middle East is disappearing, although it’s still not clear what will replace it. Chuck Hagel stressed the conflict in Syria is becoming increasingly more sectarian and extremist, with the country’s collapse now more real than ever. But, while some US lawmakers make fresh calls for military intervention, Washington’s taken a backseat.
2013.5.10 Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel; ‘Political, Not Military’ Solutions Needed In Middle East (AFP, rawstory.com):
The problems that plague the Middle East, including Iran’s nuclear ambitions and Syria’s civil war, require “political, not military” solutions, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.
Saying the “old order” was vanishing in the region, Hagel stressed in a speech that the United States would work to promote democratic reform while bearing in mind the “limitations” of American power.
Although the Pentagon chief made clear that Washington had not ruled out potential military action against Iran or Syria, his remarks highlighted President Barack Obama’s cautious stance on resorting to armed force in the volatile region.
He said that regional challenges including “the nuclear challenge posed by Iran, dangerous instability in Syria, or the continuing threat of al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups” must be addressed through “coalitions of common interests,” including Israel and other allies in the region.
“A common thread woven into the Middle East fabric is that the most enduring and effective solutions to the challenges facing the region are political, not military,” Hagel told an audience at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
“America’s role in the Middle East is to continue to help influence and shape the course of events — using diplomatic, economic, humanitarian, intelligence, and security tools in coordination with our allies,” he said.
Arab uprisings had shaken the established political landscape in the Middle East, he said.
“The old order in the Middle East is disappearing, and what will replace it remains unknown.
“There will continue to be instability in the region [Because you're causing it. - Joel] as this process plays out and we all must adjust accordingly.”
Prospects for stability in the longer run would hinge on the outcome of political transitions in Egypt, Libya and Syria, said Hagel, who traveled to the region last month.
“The best hope for long-term stability relies on countries like Egypt, Libya, and Syria making transitions to democratic rule,” he said.
The United States would “remain engaged in helping shape the new order, but we must engage wisely,” he said.
“This will require a clear understanding of our national interests, our limitations, and an appreciation for the complexities of this unpredictable, contradictory, yet hopeful region of the world,” he said.
The war in Syria was turning “sectarian” and the possibility the state would break apart was “increasing,” he said.
The war was putting Syria’s “stockpiles of chemical weapons and advanced conventional weapons at risk, and the escalation of violence threatens to spill across its borders,” he said.
But Hagel struck a restrained tone on Syria and did not reiterate Obama’s declared “red line” warning Damascus not to use its chemical weapons.
The Obama administration has faced renewed calls for intervention after US intelligence agencies said the Syrian regime probably used chemical weapons on a small-scale. But the White House says the spy services are still investigating the allegations.
After the speech, when asked about Syria, Hagel said the administration would not take any action until it had all the facts and alluded to the intelligence disaster in the run-up to the 2003 Iraq war.
“It’s fair to say that we’re all probably a little wiser today than we were before and when we take action, there is always the reality — that you accept — that there may be consequences and unintended consequences may come from that,” he said.
“There are also consequences and unintended consequences that come from inaction,” he added.
In answering the question on Syria, Hagel joked about his outspoken style before he took over at the Pentagon in February.
He said now he had to watch his words more carefully as he was no longer a senator and he couldn’t “speak as irresponsibly as I would like.”
WAR ON SYRIA; Russia’s Deputy PM & Top PR Man Resigns, One Day After Kerry & Putin Meeting, Coincidence?
(AE) – A very important member of Russia’s cabinet, Deputy Prime Minister and top PR man Vladislav Surkov, unexpectedly resigned just one day after John Kerry’s meeting with Putin.
The story may be exactly as it’s being portrayed below, internal politics, but it makes one wonder if perhaps Surkov was unwilling to participate or create the PR (ie, propaganda) that will be necessary if Russia agrees to No Fly Zones over parts of Syria.
I admit this may be a stretch, but it is interesting timing…
2013.5.8 ‘Grey Cardinal’ Surkov Leaves Halls Of Power In Wake Of Putin Criticism (RT, youtube.com):
President Vladimir Putin has signed the voluntary resignation of deputy PM Vladislav Surkov, best known as the architect of Russia’s current political system – the ‘sovereign democracy.’
2013.5.8 Jumped Or Pushed?, Russia’s Deputy PM Surkov ‘Resigns’ (Euronews, youtube.com):
Russian deputy prime minister Vladislav Surkov has stepped down – a move many are reading as Surkov being forced out.
A statement released by the Kremlin says Surkov, 48, had his resignation accepted by President Vladimir Putin.
The move comes just one day after a meeting during which Putin scolded the government for not carrying out his orders.
Surkov joined the government in 1999 and previously served as first deputy Kremlin chief of staff, before being demoted in December 2011.
Surkov is seen as having been the administration’s ideologue. He created the concept of “sovereign democracy” – which effectively sidelined all opposition that was not controlled by the Kremlin.
An ally of former president Dmitry Medvedev, Surkov’s departure may reveal a rift between Medvedev and Putin.
Putin has denied Surkov’s departure is linked to a probe by Russian investigators into the Skolkovo hi-tech fund, whose executives are accused of stealing close to 570,000 euros. Skolkovo was created by Medvedev and Surkov sits on the supervisory board.
WAR ON AFGHANISTAN; Karzai Reveals US Will Retain 9 Bases After 2014 Withdrawal, US Troops WILL NOT Fight Taliban But Guarantee Security
(AE) – Afghanistan is currently suffering from daily attacks and car bombings… so we’re supposed to believe that the US troops are going to withdraw into their nine military bases, not engage the Taliban, and somehow “teach” the Afghan Army (ie, imperial army forced to fight their own people) to bring “security” to a country that all of NATO’s joint forces cannot even control now after 12 years of war???
This is pure comedy, but with a massive and humorless price tag.
Or will the true function of the remaining NATO and US troops be to protect the ongoing mining operations (performed by China under US military protection) and to act as the “Opium Protection Police” for Britain’s most profitable export product???
Of course the puppet Karzai will agree to anything since the continuous monthly $300K cash drops of US dollars to his office are much more enticing than getting shot in the face…
How anyone can read the following article and consider this to be a “US withdrawal plan” is beyond me…
2013.5.9 Afghanistan; Hamid Karzai Reveals US Will Retain Nine Bases After Withdrawal (guardian.co.uk):
President strikes conciliatory tone about larger-than-expected continuing deployment, despite frequent criticism of US forces
The United States wants to keep troops at nine bases across Afghanistan, the country’s president, Hamid Karzai, said on Thursday – a larger number than expected given Washington’s scaled-back ambitions for shaping the country’s future.
Karzai, who has often been a fierce critic of the foreign forces that have dominated his country for years, was surprisingly conciliatory about the prospect of a long-term US presence. Keeping American soldiers on the ground was in Afghan interests, he said, as long as the soldiers came with support for the Afghan government and economy.
“We can agree to give them the bases – them staying on after 2014 is for the good of Afghanistan,” Karzai said in a speech at Kabul University. “The condition is that they bring peace and security and take action quickly … on the basic strengthening of Afghanistan, helping the economy of Afghanistan.”
The uneasy allies are currently thrashing out a bilateral security agreement (BSA) to define the terms for their future co-operation, and Karzai’s comments were the first real insight into the slow and difficult negotiations.
“We are trying to ensure the interests of both countries are satisfied in this agreement,” Karzai told students and dignitaries gathered to celebrate the university’s 80th anniversary. “We want roads, electricity, hydropower dams, and strengthening of the Afghan government.”
He may nonetheless have annoyed American officials by revealing details about strategic planning on future commitments to Afghanistan that had been kept under tight wraps.
President Barack Obama has made clear that the US will not fight the Taliban after the Nato-led mission to Afghanistan ends next year; any troops that stay on will concentrate instead on training Afghan soldiers and tackling al-Qaida and similar groups in the lawless border areas near Pakistan.
Facing budget pressures at home, and a declining appetite for risking lives and US money in Afghanistan, Obama has explored a range of possibilities for supporting Afghanistan in future – including a “zero option” that would see the US foot the bill for much of the Afghan military but without any presence on the ground at all.
But the relative weakness of the Afghan army – which is struggling to master key capabilities from bomb detection and heavy weaponry to air power and medical evacuation – means that there is an expectation of some kind of long-term presence to help government forces hold off the battle-hardened Taliban.
The US embassy declined to confirm that Karzai had described its intention to remain in nine bases accurately, but said that it was not trying to secure title to land, or unlimited rights to keep forces on Afghan soil.
“President Obama has made it clear that we don’t seek permanent military bases in Afghanistan,” said US embassy spokesman David Snepp. “We anticipate that the BSA will address access to and use of Afghan facilities by US forces in the future.”
The places in which the US wants to keep troops include the capital, Kabul, the sprawling Bagram airbase, which has been the heart of operations in the east, the restive southern provinces of Kandahar and Helmand, and Shindand in the west, where Nato is training the Afghan airforce, Karzai said.
The other bases are in the northern hub of Mazar-i-Sharif, the western city of Herat, near the Iranian border, and eastern Gardez and Jalalabad, which is a key gateway to Pakistan and a base for drones.
Karzai’s speech also included an attack on Pakistan after days of skirmishes between Afghan and Pakistani forces along their contested border, so the public embrace of a long-term US military presence may have been intended as a reminder to Islamabad that his country has a powerful ally with a stake in keeping the government in Kabul afloat.
Afghanistan has long accused its neighbour of covert support for insurgent groups that have found safe havens in its lawless mountain regions.
2013.5.4 US To Have Military Bases In Afghanistan After 2014 (PressTV, youtube.com):
BENGHAZI HEARINGS; Whistleblower Gregory Hicks, ‘I Believe The Stand Down Order Came From AFRICOM Or SOCAFRICA’
(AE) – This is getting ugly. Hopefully we’ll get to see Hillary Clinton testify again… I’d like to hear more yelling of “What does it matter!!”, and the desk pounding was very entertaining.
2013.5.8 Gregory Hicks (Whistleblower), Stand Down Order Came From AFRICOM Or SOCAFRICA (FOX News, Les Grossman, youtube.com):
Whistlebower Gregory Hicks at the Benghazi Congressional Hearing talking about how the “stand down order” came from AFRICOM or SOCAFRICA.
It was very telling when Russia made a noticeably weak statement, in defence of its supposed “ally”, when condemning Israel for its completely unprovoked and illegal bombing of Syria over the weekend.
So we’re supposed to believe that Lavrov, Putin, and the rest of the Russian military, are so incredibly stupid that they have no idea about the origins of this so called Syrian “civil war”… that the entire conflict has been a foreign invasion by terrorist mercenaries that have been armed, financed, and supported, by NATO and the Gulf State Monarchies????
Various aspects of this meeting show that Russia is completely subservient to the US… so this entire press conference was nothing but political theatre.
2013.5.7 Russia & US To Pressure Both Sides In Syria To Find Peace Deal, Lavrov (RT, youtube.com):
Russia and the US reiterated their commitment to bringing the sides of the Syrian conflict to the negotiating table, and have announced an international conference to be called by the end of May which will serve as a follow-up to the Geneva communique.
WAR ON SYRIA; Obama Extends US ‘State Of Emergency’ Over Syria, Blames Victim He’s Attacking To Justify ‘Emergency Powers’
“While the Syrian regime has reduced the number of foreign fighters bound for Iraq the regime’s brutal war on the Syrian people, who have been calling for freedom and a representative government, endangers not only the Syrian people themselves but could yield greater instability throughout the region…” – Joe Novotny (Reading Obama’s Statement)
(AE) – So the US is blaming Syria for possible “greater instability throughout the region”????… what unbelievably hypocritical trash.
Obama claims Syria was, and still is (!!), sending foreign fighters into Iraq?????
Hold on… these foreign terrorists were called “Al Qaeda in Iraq”, and they are the exact same foreign mercenaries now being armed, financed, supported, and transported, by NATO and the Gulf State Monarchies… to attack Syria!!!!
Syria has NEVER supported Al Qaeda… Al Qaeda has always been a CIA & MI6 operation, or as I prefer to call them, “NATO’s Swiss Army Knife”.
2013.5.7 Obama Continues America’s NEVER Ending State Of Emergency!, This Time Because Of SYRIA! (C-SPAN, MOXNEWS, youtube.com):
May 07, 2013 C-SPAN