February 5, 2016

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon Lies About Cause of Collapse of Geneva III Talks

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's comments about the Syrian peace talks have not been helpful. Attributing the collapse of the talks to one side only is a betrayal of the Syrian people and of the principles of justice and fairness that the United Nations was supposedly created to uphold.

An excerpt from, "Ban blames Russia for collapse of Syria talks" by Sam Jones, FT, February 5, 2016:
Devastating Russian air raids in Syria last week caused the collapse of peace talks in Geneva, said UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon as he warned that an immediate ceasefire was needed if the fragile diplomatic process to end the civil war was to have any hope of proceeding. 

“As soon as the [Geneva] meeting was convened, aerial bombing continued and the ground operation started in Aleppo,” Mr Ban said in an interview with the Financial Times in London. “It was extremely difficult for Staffan de Mistura [UN envoy for Syria] to continue at this time.”

Mr Ban’s comments, made as UN diplomats rush to salvage the peace process, come at a critical juncture for Syria’s rebels.

Turkish-Saudi Invasion of Syria Would Be A Huge Victory For ISIS

Erdogan is not a conqueror. He's an impostor whose arrogance has angered the gods. Falling off an Arabian horse was a bad omen. The reins of destiny are not in his grasp. If he decides to invade Syria he will fail miserably along with his Saudi and NATO allies.

An excerpt from, "Washington Post Op-Ed Calls for "Safe Zones" in Syria" by Tony Cartalucci, Land Destroyer Report, February 5, 2016:
Far from protecting civilians or addressing humanitarian concerns, the United States' actions in Libya devastated an entire nation and has left it in what will likely be decades of deadly, disruptive conflict. So poor are the prospects of the Libyan people, many have fled to neighboring states as well as across the Mediterranean to Europe - hence a contributing factor to the ongoing "migrant crisis."

America's last option in Syria will likewise divide and destroy the country should it succeed. It will condemn tens of thousands of civilians to violent sectarian-driven deaths and drive hundreds of thousands more out of Syria into neighboring countries and onward to Europe to escape the predictable chaos.

The only "safe haven" that will exist will be for terrorist factions ranging from the "moderate" Al Qaeda groups the US and its allies openly back, to the Islamic State which the West more covertly backs. As Libya has been used to destabilize and launch operations against its neighbors, so too will Syria - being aimed at the remnants of the Iraqi government, Hezbollah in Lebanon, and of course Iran itself.
An excerpt from, "Saudis provide cover for Turkey to start military operation in Syria" by Tamara Zamyatina, Tass, February 5, 2016:
On Thursday, a day after the Geneva talks on the Syrian settlement were suspended, Saudi Defense Minister, General Ahmed Asiri said that the armed forces of Saudi Arabia were ready for a ground operation in Syria as part of the US-led international coalition. This statement was welcomed by Pentagon Chief Ashton Carter. Saudi sources told The Guardian that thousands of special force fighters could be moved to Syria, possibly in coordination with Turkey.

However, the Saudi initiative is more like a propaganda cover for Turkey’s military activity on the border with Syria, Senior Researcher of the Institute of Oriental Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences Vladimir Akhmetov said.

The expert referred to a statement by the Russian Defense Ministry’s spokesman on Thursday that the ministry had serious grounds to suspect Turkey of making intensive preparations for military invasion into the territory of the sovereign state of Syria.

"Although Riyadh states about the intention to fight against the Islamic State terrorist organization, there are big doubts about that. It is more likely that the Saudis intend to provide support to those armed formations, which are fighting against the Syrian government forces. The point is that neither Saudi Arabia nor Turkey conceal that they are seeking to remove Bashar Assad from power. This is taking place at a time when Assad’s troops have started to actively change a balance of forces on the border with Turkey with the support of Russia’s air task force. So, Riyadh’s intention is to solve other tasks under the guise of the struggle against the Islamic State," Akhmetov told TASS. 
An excerpt from, "To the Rescue of ISIS: Turkey Prepares Ground Invasion of Syria" South Front, January 21, 2016:
There are growing indications that Turkey is preparing a ground invasion in Syria. The Turks are determined to make the so-called “buffer zone” stretching along the Syrian side of the Turkey-Syria border. It’s clear that Erdogan needs this zone to defend supply lines of the Ankara-backed terrorist groups and the oil smuggling business. It would also prevent the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) from expanding their reach westward.

In what could be a sign of this intent, Turkish minesweeping vehicles have started clearing mines along a section of the border near the Syrian town of Jarabulus controlled by ISIS. Turkey has also ramped up its artillery strikes along its border with Syria. The public reason is to help its militant allies against ISIS. Indeed, it’s another move heading to the buffer zone in Northern Syria. What prevent Turkey from a full-scale invasion, it’s a possible military answer of the Russian grouping located in Syria amid refuse of the US to support this risky choice.
An excerpt from, "Planned Turkish Invasion of Syria? In Close Liaison with Washington" by Stephen Lendman, Global Research, February 5, 2016:
Turkey wants evidence of its illegal military activities along the Syrian border suppressed. It denied a Russian observation flight over its territory, scheduled from February 1 – 5, permitted under the Open Skies Treaty (OST), up to a range of 1,900 km, with Turkish specialists onboard, after earlier expressing no pre-conditions or restrictions.

In 1992, 34 nations signed OST, effective in 2002, including Russia, America, Turkey, EU countries and Canada. Treaty objectives are to foster transparency, monitor fulfillment of arms control agreements, and improve capabilities to prevent crises.

Konashenkov called denying Russia’s legitimate right to conduct an observation flight over Turkish territory according to OST provisions “a dangerous precedent and an attempt to conceal illegal military activity near the border with Syria.”

Russian satellite and other intelligence can keep close watch on what Erdogan may intend, including possible cross-border belligerence against Syria.

Wannabe Caliph And ISIS Backer Erdogan Gets Shouted Down In Ecuador

Brave and beautiful protesters in Ecuador shout down the wannabe Caliph and ISIS backer Erdogan during his speech in the country.

Video Title: 'Murderer!' Female protesters interrupt Erdogan's speech in Ecuador. Source: Emma Aiden. Date Published: February 5, 2016. Description: 
Ecuador has summoned the Turkish ambassador in Quito to formally protest the treatment of three of its citizens who were forcibly removed after demonstrating against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan when he was speaking at an event.

The three women were removed from Quito's Centre for Higher National Studies on Thursday by Erdogan's security personnel when they interrupted his speech. Local media were also prevented from filming the altercation.

"The Arab Spring Must Go Through Riyadh"

The regime's days are numbered.

An excerpt from, "The Arab Spring Must Go Through Riyadh" by Vijay Prashad, Discover Society, February 2, 2016:
The Arab Spring was defeated neither in the byways of Tahrir Square nor in the souk of Aleppo. It was defeated roundly in the palaces of Riyadh. From there came the petro-dollars to scuttle the ambitions of the people. Tunisia was saved because it has a strong trade union – this is what has thus far held off the interventions of the Saudis. Otherwise the Saudis have laid waste across the Arab world. What began as great hope has now ended with disappointment.

Nothing can come for the Arab world as long as the long arm of Saudi Arabia and its allies rest firmly on the aspirations of the Arab people. The tension with Iran has only closed the space for any alternative to emerge. What is necessary in the short term – because the expectations of a new upsurge in the short-run are minimal – is to fight for a drawdown of tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran. An Arab Spring worth its salt will have to break through the pillars of stability that benefit the West and the Gulf monarchies at the expense of the vast mass of the people. Embers of this remain burning – but only here and there.
An excerpt from, "Is it time for the United States to dump Saudi Arabia?" by Josh Cohen, Reuters, February 3, 2016:
Finally — and most importantly — the United States must accept the fact that Saudi Arabia is a major contributor to worldwide Islamic extremism. Washington policymakers clearly understand this. In a leaked Wikileaks cable, former Secretary of State — and now presidential aspirant — Hillary Clinton stated “donors in Saudi Arabia constitute the most significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups worldwide.”

In a 2014 speech at Harvard, Vice President Joseph Biden called out Saudi Arabia and others for contributing to the rise of Islamic State, saying “those allies’ policies wound up helping to arm and build allies of al Qaeda and eventually the terrorist Islamic State.”

In a highly unusual public rebuke in December, Germany’s vice-chancellor Sigmar Gabriel accused the Saudis of funding extremism in the West. “Wahhabi mosques all over the world are financed by Saudi Arabia. Many Islamists who are a threat to public safety come from these communities in Germany. We have to make clear to the Saudis that the time of looking away is over,” Gabriel said.

The Truth About the Zika Virus: Jon Rappoport on The Corbett Report

Title: The Truth About the Zika Virus: Jon Rappoport on The Corbett Report. Source: corbettreport. Date Published: February 5, 2016. Description:
You may have heard of the wave of birth defects that is ravaging Latin America as the globe gears up for another pandemic panic. But do you know how many of those cases of microcephaly have been confirmed? Or how many of those confirmed cases are said to be "related to" the Zika virus? Today Jon Rappaport of NoMoreFakeNews.com joins us to separate the truth from the hype with the Zika virus panic and discuss whether the WHO and the CDC are merely crying wolf yet again.