Second Russian intelligence report on Turkey’s current assistance to Daesh

See the previous document : “Russian intelligence report on Turkey’s current assistance to Daesh”, Voltaire Network, 18 February 2016.Illegal trafficking in weapons and ammunition to Syrian territory under ISIL controlThe main supplier of weapons and military equipment to ISIL fighters is Turkey, which is doing so through non-governmental organizations. Work in this area is overseen by the National Intelligence… Source: Second Russian intelligence report on Turkey’s current assistance to Daesh Read More »

The oligarchy and the enemies of the people murder peasants in Brazil

The Continental Articulation of Social Movements towards the ALBA emphatically condemns the events that occurred earlier today, April 7, 2016, when the Military Police entered with brutality and raining bullets into a camp of thousands of families of the Landless Workers’ Movement (MST)… Source: The oligarchy and the enemies of the people murder peasants in Brazil – The Dawn Read More »

Erdogan’s Multiple Hybris

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The first five days of November 2013 saw the Nobel Laureate (1995) Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs meeting in Istanbul, Turkey. As a guest participant in this 60th biennial world class conference on global security concerns, I was assigned to the Working Group ‘Turkey and its Neighbours’. Central in our discussions was the Kurdish issue. The fate of this unjustifiably stateless nation, is a matter of concern for a number of regional… Source: Erdogan’s Multiple Hybris | INTERSECURITYFORUM Read More »

South Sudan Allowed Troops to Rape and Loot Instead of Paying Them

A new report from the UN human rights office is accusing the US-backed government of South Sudan of a series of horrific war crimes in their ongoing civil war, saying it has created one of the “most horrendous human rights situations in the world.” Officials say that the South Sudanese government encouraged troops and their… Source: South Sudan Allowed Troops to Rape and Loot Instead of Paying Them – AWD News Read More »

South Sudan: Women raped ‘as reward for fighters’

Militias allied to the South Sudanese army have been allowed to rape women in lieu of wages while fighting rebels, a UN report says. Investigators found that 1,300 women had been raped last year in oil-rich Unity State alone, it said. The army operated a… Source: South Sudan: Women raped ‘as reward for fighters’ – BBC News Read More »

UN Adopts 1st Resolution Tackling Sexual Abuse by UN Troops

UNITED NATIONS—The U.N. Security Council on Friday approved its first-ever resolution tackling the escalating problem of sexual abuse by U.N. peacekeepers who act as predators when sent to protect vulnerable civilians in some of the world’s most volatile areas. The United Nations has been in the spotlight for… Source: UN Adopts 1st Resolution Tackling Sexual Abuse by UN Troops Read More »

How the Syrian revolt went so horribly, tragically wrong

GAZIANTEP, TURKEY — To get rid of one bad man, you open the door to many. That is a rough translation of the slogan Wael Ibrahim had written on the banner he was preparing for the next anti-government demonstration he and his fellow democracy activists were planning in the Syrian city of Aleppo… Source: How the Syrian revolt went so horribly, tragically wrong – The Washington Post Read More »

CIA: Undermining and Nazifying Ukraine Since 1953, by Wayne Madsen

The recent declassification of over 3800 documents by the Central Intelligence Agency provides detailed proof that since 1953 the CIA operated two major programs intent on not only destabilizing Ukraine but Nazifying it with followers of the World War II Ukrainian Nazi leader Stepan Bandera… Source: CIA: Undermining and Nazifying Ukraine Since 1953, by Wayne Madsen Read More »

North Korea hydrogen bomb test: South Korea punishes Kim Jong-un with K-pop

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North Korea hydrogen bomb test: ‘successful’ nuclear bomb a strategic move Kim Jong-un, funny until he’s not Seoul: With Kim Jong-un turning up the heat with North Korea’s fourth nuclear test, South Korea responded on Friday by pumping up the volume. Literally. At noon on the North Korean leader’s birthday, South Korea fired up loudspeakers along the heavily fortified border and resumed the propaganda blasts that brought the reclusive regime to a war footing in August – and then to the ... Read More »

China just made yet another provocative move in the disputed South China Sea

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China just made another potentially destabilizing move in some of the world’s most disputed territory. Business Insider  Alex Lockie, Armin Rosen and Reuters On January 4th, Vietnam formally accused China of violating its sovereignty and a recent confidence-building pact on Saturday by landing a plane on an airstrip Beijing built on an artificial island in a contested part of the South China Sea, according to Reuters. Foreign Ministry spokesman Le Hai Binh said the airfield, had been “built illegally” on Fiery ... Read More »

Oregon militia threatens showdown with US agents at wildlife refuge

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Local ranchers and other armed men occupy Malheur refuge in dispute over jail term for two men convicted of arson The Guardian – Jason Wilson in Burns, Oregon @jason_a_w Video: Armed militia to occupy Oregon wildlife refuge ‘as long as necessary’ Tensions over the treatment of two cattle ranchers in Oregon escalated into an armed standoff over the weekend when members of a rightwing militia occupied a wildlife refuge and threatened a confrontation with federal authorities. Ammon Bundy, the son of the Nevada ... Read More »

Iran fires rockets in Strait of Hormuz: “highly provocative” says US

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Strait of Hormuz again at centre of US-Iran strife Gulf’s new Ground Zero London:  An Iranian naval vessel fired several rockets close to a US aircraft carrier and destroyer and a French frigate in the Strait of Hormuz, the US Navy has confirmed, calling the action “highly provocative”. The rockets came within 1500 metres of the aircraft carrier’s right-hand side, but they were not fired in the direction of military and commercial vessels, Commander Kevin Stephens, a spokesman for the US Fifth Fleet, said ... Read More »

New Polish authorities raid NATO spy centre, fire staff

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Poland’s new conservative government on Dec. 18 continued a controversial drive to replace senior officials with its own appointees when it raided a NATO counter-espionage centre in Warsaw and fired its senior staff. Hurriyet – WARSAW – Agence France-Presse Colonel Krzysztof Dusza, the sacked head of the Counter Intelligence Centre of Excellence, said defence ministry officials and military police raided the joint Polish-Slovak centre in the early hours of Dec. 18. “I told them their presence here was illegal. When they ... Read More »

Russia begins deporting Turkish businessmen, seizing Turkish products

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Moscow: Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday called for tough sanctions against Turkey that could bite into more than $US30 billion ($41 billion) in trade ties between the two countries, as police here began seizing Turkish products and deporting Turkish businessmen. Andrew Roth Russian officials are seething after Turkish F-16s downed a Russian warplane over the Syrian border in a debacle that ultimately left two Russian servicemen dead. Turkey says that the Russian plane breached its airspace and was warned five ... Read More »

Crimea launches sabotage case against organizers of blackout

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RT – The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) is investigating the recent bombings of the Ukrainian power grid that have led to blackouts in the Crimean Republic, chief Crimean prosecutor Natalya Poklonskaya has told reporters. She said that the FSB had started the criminal investigation under the article ‘sabotage’. In the Russian Federation, this crime can carry a sentence of up to 20 years in prison. Earlier, Poklonskaya noted the FSB had started the probe at the prosecutors’ request, and ... Read More »

Israel to push ahead with 454 new settler homes in East Jerusalem

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‘The terrorist was shot and killed; that is the right response’ Israelis and Palestinians turn their eyes to Jerusalem after a bloody week Jerusalem:  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has approved the marketing of land for the construction of 454 homes in two settlements in occupied East Jerusalem, according to a government official. The building of 436 of the housing units, in the settlement of Ramat Shlomo on land Israel occupied in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, was approved in 2012, but ... Read More »