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Fukushima Update: 3 Admitted Meltdowns, 6 Years After the Fact

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Sun, 02/12/2017 - 12:09
Long term readers here were aware in 2011 that there had been multiple meltdowns at Fukushima. Though the main stream media reports of the day denied and denied that fact- My posts from 2011 will be relinked after the latest news reports.

 Sadly the  most recent media articles mention the 3 meltdowns in a very casual manner- as if attempting to gloss over or obscure the fact that this triple meltdown occurred nearly 6 years ago and the subsequent radiation contamination continues to be a problem for the planet to this very day


Techtimes
Azby Brown of citizen science organization Safecast said that while the radiation level proves “astoundingly high,” it does not readily represent any alarming radiation level change at the nuclear site. It’s just that they were measured that far inside the reactor for the first time. “[I]t does not mean that levels there are rising, but that a previously unmeasurable high-radiation area has finally been measured,”
Two items I’d like to address regarding above information:

 First: Safecast appears to be the media go to group. I wondered why that was and checked them out! Safecast : which takes no position on nuclear power, is supported by foundations, grants and individual donations.” I cannot find their financial information on site

Claiming to take no position can simply mean Safecast doesn't want to state a position
“Safecast is funded by individuals, grants, and charitable foundations, however financial contributors and donors have no input on Safecast methods or mission.”  NGO? If Safecast's statement is to be taken at face value, why not publish the donor list? 
Is it not published because to do so would incriminate Safecast? Is this a lie by omission?
 2nd: You are supposed to find statements such as the one made by Azby Brown reassuring. But should we? While it may be true that "radiation levels that prove astoundingly high" may not necessarily indicate a rise in radiation-  It can equally be true that these very high readings, finally taken, indicate that extremely high levels of radiation have been contaminating the environment for nearly 6 years now! These high levels also indicate to us that this will continue on unabated. That’s not reassuring.

Science Alert
Reactor 2:
"Even the remote-operated camera sent in to capture these images is only designed to withstand 1,000 sieverts of radiation, which means it won't last more than two hours in the No. 2 reactor.

It's not yet clear exactly what's causing the high levels either. It's possible that previous readings were incorrect or not detailed enough, and levels have always been this high. Or maybe something inside the reactor has changed.

The fact that these readings were so high in this particular location suggests that maybe melted reactor fuel escaped the pressure vessel, and is located somewhere nearby.

Adding to that hypothesis is the fact that the images reveal a gaping 1-metre (3.2-foot) hole in the metal grate underneath the pressure vessel - which could indicate that nuclear fuel had melted out of it.

On Monday, Tepco also saw "black chunks" deposited on the grating directly under the pressure vessel - which could be evidence of melted fuel rods"JapanTimes
The hole could have been caused when the fuel escaped the pressure vessel after the mega-quake and massive tsunami triggered a station blackout that crippled the plant’s ability to cool the reactors.

If confirmed, this would be a huge deal, because in the six years since the three Fukushima reactors went into meltdown, no one has ever been able to find any trace of the nuclear fuel rods.In the six years since the three Fukushima reactors went into meltdown....“The world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986 triggered core meltdowns in reactors 1 through 3. Portions of the core in each reactor are believed to have melted through their pressure vessels and pooled at the bottom of their containment vessels.Triggered core meltdowns in reactors 1 through 3. The actual condition of the melted fuel remains unknown because the radiation is too high to check it”There it is. Finally. After years of lying and covering up. Three reactors went into meltdown, immediately after the earthquake and tsunami,  exactly as I'd informed my readers of, nearly 6 years ago.. After taking time to reread those older postings I remain as disheartened now as then.
All of March 2011 posts covering Fukushima's Triple Meltdown
March 14/2011Nuclear Power is the Problem, Not the Solution
March 15/2011: Japan: Spent fuel pond ablaze, radiation spewing and a third explosion!March 15/2011: Japan hit by 6.0 aftershockMarch 17/2011: Fukushima, GE design flaws, MOX Plutonium fuel at #3 plant, and interviews Where to begin with this one....
I want to be wrong, and I hope to be wrong. But, I fear that Japan is far, far worse then we are being told, quite humbly I will say, Dire is the word that comes to mind. Please let me be wrong.March 18/2011: Mark1 problems long known, Spent Fuel more threatening then reactors

March 21/2011: # 3 MOX plant at Fukishima, smoke reported today. Questioning the reporting
 You may wonder why, why do you persist on this topic? Mainly because I am of the opinion we are being lied to. All of us. Not just the Japanese, but, all the people of the globe.
Governments lie to us daily. To cover up for their business and banking cronies. It is a fact.
Any look over the most recent news, that is if you are really paying attention, would surely mean you are aware of that.
So it is back to Japan, nuclear reactors and radiation and plutonium poisoning. Specifically, we are going back to the # 3 plant at the nuclear complex. This is the one I have addressed on several occasions. This is the MOX fuel plant.


 March 22/2011:  Fukushima: Core Meltdowns, nuclear lobbyists working overtime, non-existent US evacuation plans & Ann Coulter (crackpot)
 Yesterday it was actually reported, finally, that three of the Fukushima reactors are in meltdown.
 U.S. nuclear advocates try to limit political impact of Japan reactor crisis Nuclear power advocates are waging an intense lobbying campaign on Capitol Hill this week in an attempt to limit the political fallout from the reactor crisis in Japan. Spurred on by federal subsidies and potential climate-change legislation, the nuclear industry has dramatically stepped up its federal lobbying and campaign contributions in recent years, records show.
Briefly: Keeping the Fukushima disaster quiet serves the globalist in building their desired profitable money making/smart control technocracy- They want everything to run electrically for the sheer ability to control- everything- Centralized power control grid.  Your smart everything in your smart city will run on electric power generated by many more nuclear power plants- Control, control, control.

March 23/2011:   Stuxnet /Fukushima: Connected? Why and Why not

March 23/2011: Skimming headlines for the "facts" on Fukushima

March 24/ 2011: Fukushima: Meltdowns, neutron beams, yellow rain & radiated workers As I reported to you some days ago, there was at least 3 nuclear reactors in some state of meltdown. Finally a mainstream piece, from Egypt, has reported this today!

It was actually confirmed on March 18/2011 by the Japanese IAEA that 3 reactor cores were damaged-  You would never know any of this if you watched the likes of CNN or any of the other western mainstream propaganda outlets. Who have been busily covering for their corporate masters...
But, I digress once again. A neutron beam has been reported emanating from Fukushima

Neutron beam observed 13 times at crippled Fukushima nuke plant
Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Wednesday it has observed a neutron beam, a kind of radioactive ray, 13 times on the premises of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant after it was crippled by the massive March 11 quake-tsunami disaster.So Fukushima has been in meltdown from the beginning! Neutrons are emitted during a nuclear chain reaction; so given the context, is Kyodo's report to be taken as indicating that a chain reaction took place after the reactors shut down? March 28/2011:Fukushima: Damaged containment vessels, including # 4, poisons in the ocean, plutonium in the soil.
 Let's face it, if TEPCO is finally acknowledging this as a possibility, you KNOW the reactor containment vessels are damaged and have been since the beginning.

Damaged containment vessels are present in reactor #1, #2 and #3 (MOX fuel)
I have covered the three crippled plants and the MOX fuel in several previous posts.
So if your new or haven't been paying attention I will relink them all at the bottom.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. acknowledged for the first time possible damage to core pressure containers at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant--the last line of defense in preventing radioactive materials from spewing out.March 29/2011: Japan may have lost race for containment in Unit # 2

March 30/2011:  Fukushima: Radiation soars in Seawater, Plutonium poisons soil, 4 plants decomissioned, Media lies, No safe levels of radiation

It's certainly a sad collective memory.
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"How America Could Stumble Into War With Iran" ? Elliot Abrams Nixed

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Fri, 02/10/2017 - 19:14
 Does a nation ever 'stumble' into war? Stumbleto come unexpectedly or by chance
 The Atlantic-
"In Donald Trump’s first term there is a serious possibility of a military conflict, whether intentional or inadvertent, between the United States or Israel and Iran. What follows is how it could unfold, and how it might be avoided" Step 1: ProvocationsYou can read the provocations at the link above- Cutting to the chase the author claims Iran will provoke the US into attacking. Why would Iran do that? 

Wouldn't it make more sense that the US will claim Iran is being provocative? 


Step 2: SanctionsOne of the fundamental disagreements about the nuclear agreement is whether it is permissible to further sanction Iran for non-nuclear behavior. Washington—including both Democrats and Republicans—says yes, while Tehran believes any additional sanctions constitute a violation
 While the nuclear deal allowed for non-American companies and countries to resume commercial relations with Iran, U.S. sanctions largely remained in place.   Shortly after Flynn put Iran “on notice,” the Trump administration crossed Khamenei’s ostensible red line by imposing additional sanctions against 25 individuals and entities connected to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (who oversee Iran’s military activities and regional policies). Additional reports suggest the Trump administration may designate the entirety of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards—the country’s most powerful political and economic institution—as a terrorist organization.While unilateral U.S. sanctions will not be sufficient to moderate Iranian behavior, they are likely to trigger an Iranian response, and a process of escalation.    While the US provokes Iran?

 Step 3: Escalation Among the few articulated foreign-policy priorities of the Trump administration thus far has been a reset of relations with America’s traditional Middle East allies, namely Israel and Saudi Arabia. Embedded within this is a more confrontational approach toward Iran, which both Tel Aviv and Riyadh believe to be the region’s greatest source of instability. Trump’s national-security brain-trust—including Defense Secretary James Mattis, Flynn, and several of Flynn’s NSC deputiesshare this assessment, and hold the Iranian Revolutionary Guards directly responsible for over a thousand U.S. military casualties in Iraq. During the Obama administration they felt restrained, and now they’re eager to show they can and will respond. The opportunities for confrontation are multifold
 The opportunities for confrontation are multifold. The U.S. and Iran are on opposing sides of numerous regional military and political disputes, including in Syria, Yemen, Lebanon, Israel-Palestine, Bahrain, and most recently Afghanistan, where Iran has been accused of becoming “increasingly close” to the Taliban. Despite the U.S.’s overwhelming conventional military superiority over Iran, however, today’s Middle East wars are increasingly unconventional fights involving nonstate actors in weak or failing states where America has no strong allies, unclear interests, and no desire to be Let's think about one "non state actor" already engaged in attacking Iran, with US backing aplenty! The seeds of a destabilization planted nearly two years ago.
  
 August 07/2015: P5+1 is a distraction. Early Seeds of Iranian destabilization cross the Turkish border

The seeds of an Iranian destabilization are being  sown- April 2016:  Iran's Forgotten Kurds Step Up the Struggle- So The Media Promotion Begins

May 05/2016: Kurds on the Attack in Iran- As Predicted ......

Recall all those US Military bases being set up in Northern Iraq? 

July 21/2016: The Puzzle of the US Multi-Base Deal with Iraq's Kurds- One On Iran’s Border
 "Fishar News reported that one US air base would be built in Harir some 70 km north of Erbil, the KRG provincial capital. The base would be used to host American jet fighters and helicopters as well as military advisers.
Another military base will be established in Alton Kopri south of Erbil and will be used to store light weapons, while two other bases will be built in KRG-controlled areas in Mosul, the media outlet said.
A stunning surprise is that the US will be allowed to build the fifth military base in Halabja on the border with neighbouring Iran, according to the Fishar News report.
Stunning because that's PKK turf! Stunning because the US will reprise it's support to the 'beleaguered kurds' yet again"
The Atlantic continued.....
 Step 4: Unraveling  Though politicians on both sides routinely denounce the nuclear deal, it remains unclear whether they would truly welcome the deal’s collapse. Neither the U.S. nor Iran will want to be blamed for unilaterally tearing up the agreement and potentially triggering a global crisis. A more likely scenario is one in which the deal gradually unravels, with each side blaming the other for its demise.   In an atmosphere of increased escalation, sanctions, and regional skirmishes, Iran’s hardliners will find ample pretexts to make good on their threat of reexamining their nuclear commitments. But rather than race toward a nuclear weapon, which would provoke a strong international reaction, Tehran is more likely to reduce cooperation with international inspectors and resume its nuclear activities—under the pretext of a civilian energy program—in a way that will accentuate fissures in the international coalition (known as the P5+1) that negotiated and enforces the nuclear deal. I asked my Carnegie colleague Mark Hibbs—a renowned nuclear researcher—how, specifically, Tehran might go about this. “If Tehran aimed to divide the P5+1 and aggravate Israel and Western countries,” Hibbs told me, it might do things not expressly forbidden by the JCPOA but that would not be in the spirit of the accord. What benefit would Iran gain from dividing the P5+1?

Accords have "spirits"? I don't think so.  This agreement must have terms, like a contract, so it should come down to breaching the  actual terms of the contract or not breaching the actual terms of the contract/accord? The spirit of the accord/contract is really a spin type of terminology

The US: Iran you broke the spirit of the accord!
Iran: We did not engage in any action expressly forbidden by the accord,
The US: No matter you broke the spirit of the deal- It's the spirit we're talkin' about
Iran: What the heck is the spirit of the accord! How is that even defined?

See the problem with the spirit of the accord? It means many things to many people. It's not clear or concise.
Step 5: DisunityThe JCPOA builds in dispute-resolution mechanisms in case either Iran or the P5+1 countries feel the other side is in non-compliance. But any such mechanism is ineffectual when two parties are seemingly coveting an escalation. (The US and Israel) And any U.S.-Iran escalation may break the unity of the U.S. and its partners. Given the chaos and carnage in today’s Middle East, most major countries in the world (with the notable exception of the U.S., Israel, and Saudi Arabia) see Iran as a stable regional power and a tactical ally against the more nefarious threat of radical Sunni jihadists like ISIS. Russia is working in unison with Iran in Syria, Chinese-Iranian trade is booming, and Europe cannot afford another unpredictable conflict that exacerbates regional unrest and creates more refugees.Clearly the US and Israel are unconcerned with ISIS, for what should be obvious reasons.
Saudi Arabia is a bit different, it's divided... and malleable because of that division

History has shown that Iran only responds to pressure when it is encircled with a united international front. Unilateral U.S. pressure, however significant, is insufficient if Tehran feels it has escape doors in Europe, Russia, and Asia.Step 6: ConflictA context in which Iran has resumed (or you are told they have) its nuclear activities and a divided P5+1 fails to meaningfully react creates a dilemma for both the United States and Israel. Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu—who views Iran an “existential threat”—has a lower threshold than the United States for taking military action against Iran. While the Obama administration restrained Netanyahu, Trump has thus far indulged him. Though Netanyahu may not succeed in compelling Washington to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities—his first preference—he may succeed in getting Trump’s greenlight, and the requisite military hardware, for Israel to take military action.  What is the likelihood that Trump himself would authorize military action against Iran’s nuclear sites or military assets? One of Trump’s core beliefs, taught to him by his former lawyer Roy Cohn, is “When attacked, hit back harder.” While it remains to be seen how a philosophy born out of New York City real estate quarrels can be applied to complicated geopolitical disputes, throughout his campaign and his first weeks in office Trump’s decision making has been marked by impulsiveness more than restraint. How will he react if Iran continues to defy him despite his repeated taunts and tweets?
 It's been reported that Elliot Abrams did not get the State Department job
Mr. Trump overruled his newly minted secretary of state, Rex W. Tillerson, and rejected the secretary’s choice for his deputy at the department, two people briefed on the decision said Friday. The deputy’s job was denied for Elliott Abrams, a conservative who had served under President Ronald Reagan and President George W. Bush, deals a blow to Mr. Tillerson in his first week on the job. The rejection of Mr. Abrams leaves Mr. Tillerson without a sherpa to help guide the first-time government official around the State Department headquarters.  Relevant relink: Trump's Presidency: A Dangerous Deception
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Thank-You James Corbett: What I Learned From the CIA Archive

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Thu, 02/09/2017 - 18:46
 This morning Gimlet Eye had left me a message:
Gimlet EyeFebruary 9, 2017 at 1:23 AMOff topic, but you'll want to see this report from Corbett, skip to 6:00 and watch for ~1min if you're short of time-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z42sClWyqhUObviously I went to watch the video and to my surprise 6:00 minutes in, what appears?
Why it's my blog!!


PennyFebruary 9, 2017 at 5:53 AMHi Gimlet Eye!

Well that was a surprise.! And sort of funny to see..

Thanks for letting me know that post was included in the video-

For readers James Corbett included the post below in a recent video.

http://pennyforyourthoughts2.blogspot.ca/2017/01/cia-documents-confirm-yom-kippur-war.html

I went back to look at, just like james, I said read the documents for yourself and share some thoughts...
The Corbett Video :What I Learned From The Declassified CIA Archive




The link to my post is embedded/highlighted in this paragraph from the accompanying article

"The third category is more insidious. It’s the route Ynetnews takes in its report on what CREST’s Kissinger archives reveal about the lead-up to the Yom Kippur War. To hear Ynetnews tell it, you’d think that the documents (which they only provide screen shots of, no links to) confirm the official take that this was an unprovoked surprise attack by the Arab aggressors against the innocent Israelis. Other outlets, however, come to the complete opposite conclusion from the same documents: “that Israel desired and planned for the war—despite the US asking them, more then [sic] once, not to pre emptively strike other nations.”
One thing I learned from the CIA info release is.... read the documents for yourself. Always.  When I read the documents included in the post it was not possible for me to draw the same conclusions that Ynet had presented- 


And finally- Thank You James Corbett.  

It's was nice that James noticed the documents did not confirm the claim made by Ynet. 
The Corbett Report is linked in the sidebar.


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Kurdish ISIS Leader Killed in Mosul

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Thu, 02/09/2017 - 17:39
Rudaw:  A Kurdish leader of ISIS Sharia was  killed in an airstrike by the US-led coalition in ISIS-held western Mosul, Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) officials wrote in a statement."At 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Walid Sarhan al-Kurdi known as Abu Ali al-Kurdi, an ISIS Sharia leader from Tel-Kaif, the area [north of Mosul], was killed in Mosul's al-Zanjili neighborhood, western Mosul," according to the KRSC, adding that four assistants were also killed.
KurdIShIS
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Alexei Navalny: Western NGO/Russian Opposition found Guilty of Embezzlement

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Wed, 02/08/2017 - 19:22
Since Navalny had zero chance of winning an election against Putin.. His being found guilty is most probably due to the fact he is actually guilty of embezzlement.

I’ve written two previous posts regarding Mr Yale graduate. Hand picked and groomed as some kind of an alleged crusader for justice leader. Imagine me rolling my eyes here folks?

Even CNN labels Navalny a Kremlin criticKremlin critic Alexey Navalny found guilty in retrial
Alexey Navalny, was found guilty Wednesday of embezzlement following a retrial in a Russian court.
Judge Alexey Vtyurin handed Navalny a five-year suspended prison sentence.
The conviction will likely bar Navalny, who heads the Progress Party, from standing for the presidency in 2018 as planned, since Russian law forbids convicted criminals running for political office.Following the sentencing, Navalny tweeted in Russian: "We will continue our campaign and our fight for a better Russia despite this verdict dictated by the Kremlin. We do not recognize it and will overturn it." Navalny also said via a livestream from the courtroom that the sentence was "a cable from the Kremlin that says they consider us too dangerous to let us run in the presidential election."The absurdity of Navalny's statement is beyond compare- those statements are for western media consumption. Navalny is a nothing and a no one in Russia. It would be incredible if he could even garner 10% of the vote. Seriously, it would be amazing! There would probably have to be vote rigging in his favour for him to even get 10 percent of the vote!
"He announced his plans to run for the presidential election, but he wouldn't have more than 10 percent," Sutyagin, speaking from Oxfordshire, told Al Jazeera.Yahoo
In July 2013 he was found guilty in an embezzlement case involving an allegedly crooked timber deal and given a five-year suspended sentence, after an initial ruling to jail him was quickly altered when it prompted protests.

But Navalny was then forced to spend months under house arrest and often kept incommunicado over another graft case linked to the French cosmetics company Yves Rocher.rferl
They are charged with stealing 31 million rubles ($520,000) from two companies, including an affiliate of French cosmetics firm Yves Rocher, and of laundering some of the money.

He was also given a suspended sentence in that case, but his brother Oleg, a co-defendant, was not so lucky: He was imprisoned for three and a half years.
If you're not familiar with Navalny..

From 2013: The Strange Case of Alexei Navalny

-Navalny’s theft of state property
 -He has a record of embezzlement of public property and, therefore, ineligible to hold office
- He (Navalny) went to Yale under an American scholarship and returned to Russia as a freshly-minted public crusader
- Is Navalny an individual or is he a project?


From 2014: Alexei Navalny- He's back! Was he ever truly gone?- Destabilizing Russia

Staged Photo-op:  Navalny and a sign. Cameras, photographers & no one else! No supporters. No Surprise The typical 'defiant' photo- YawnA big fat NGO Fraud!

Earlier today:
Hillary the Hater "The Future is Female"?
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Hillary the Hater "The Future is Female"?

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Wed, 02/08/2017 - 10:44
Last night I had the misfortune of seeing this clip on Tell- A- Vision. I was appalled. Horrified and Disgusted. This is meme promotion of the most destructive kind. It excludes an entire segment of the population.  I understood immediately what was occurring with this bought and paid for perception management minute- brought to you by yet another special interest group/organization that plays identity politics for a living. As has been repeatedly explained here identity politics is just more divide and conquer- Divide to Conquer.  Divide. Divide. Divide.





Immediately after the election of Trump- a man that, it is claimed, epitomizes the concept as promoted by the haters, like Hillary and her ilk, of "white privilege" it became obvious to me that the US was getting it's colour revolution..

November 10/2017 :Is the US getting it's "colour revolution"? - Identity Politics aka Divide to Conquer

And it's quite clear the colour of that revolution is pink, which is the ultimate irony- It seems to me the women who participate in these types of  protests hate their womanhood. Yet choosing a colour, pink, to identify them as exactly that which they hate-

January 22/2017:  Madonna and the Pussy Hats.. Updated!


If you want to be men, start wearing blue!
This division will fracture our society. Participate in it and you are participating in your own destruction.  This is why I despise identity politics.

I'm a woman, proudly. And I think being a woman, same as a man being a man, is beautiful. Different, but, beautiful and utterly necessary to the health, well being and survival of the human race. To claim otherwise is to be filled with hate and disdain for Life. All Life.


Everything contains Yin and Yang. They are two opposite yet complementary energies. What does this really mean? Although they are totally different—opposite—in their individual qualities and nature, they are interdependent. Yin and Yang cannot exist without the other; they are never separate.



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Elliott Abrams, Will He Serve the Candidate He Allegedly Rejected?

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Tue, 02/07/2017 - 18:12
NYT's

If he gets the job... this may indicate something to us about Trump's plans for Iran


WASHINGTON — Elliott Abrams, a neoconservative who has long argued for an activist foreign policy that spreads American values around the world, was advising Republicans just last spring to “keep your distance” from Donald J. Trump and offering advice about what the party should do after the “Trump collapse.”

On Tuesday, Mr. Abrams is set to visit President Trump in the White House to determine whether there is a job for him in the new administration, as the State Department’s No. 2 official.

As part of the vetting process to see whether Mr. Abrams will serve as Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson’s deputy, his writings have been scrutinized in a White House suspicious of anyone who was not a Trump loyalist from the beginning.

But the advantage of picking Mr. Abrams is clear: He knows the inner workings of the department, he served under Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, and, like Mr. Trump, he is often a critic of the Washington foreign policy establishment. Of course, he is also a member of it.

It appears that selecting Mr. Abrams is not a done deal, with much probably riding on his conversation with a president whose campaign he urged others not to join. But some are already predicting that he will emerge as part of the Trump team.

“I think he’s pretty close to being named,” James Jay Carafano, a Heritage Foundation fellow who advised the Trump transition team on the State Department, said in an interview.

Mr. Abrams, 69, is described politely in foreign policy circles as a “controversial” figure, but that deeply understates the case.

He is remembered best for the days when he was an assistant secretary of state during the Reagan administration, and his conviction in 1991 on two misdemeanor counts of withholding information from Congress during the Iran-contra affair. He was later pardoned by President George Bush, and that moment has largely receded from memory — although if he is nominated, there is little question that Democrats will bring it up again.

Still, his selection would calm many at the State Department who worry that Mr. Tillerson, who has never served in government, is about to discover how running a large government bureaucracy full of dissenting opinions differs from running Exxon Mobil, where he was chief executive. Mr. Abrams knows the building well and, with a genial style and sharp views, knows how to navigate the national security bureaucracy.

His last stint in government was as deputy national security adviser during the George W. Bush administration. He often collaborated but sometimes feuded with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice over whether the Middle East peace process was, in fact, meaningful.

“The peace process was like Tinkerbell in that if we all just believe in it firmly enough, it really would survive,” he wrote in a book, “Tested by Zion,” about the Bush administration’s efforts.

In ordinary times, nominating Mr. Abrams would set off tremendous opposition, especially from the left. But Mr. Trump’s many promises during the campaign to upend decades of bipartisan foreign policy doctrine, as well as a series of phone calls and meetings in recent weeks that left allies feeling insulted, led many experts to applaud him as a man who could put the Trump administration on a more predictable path.  “For the most part, I think he would be welcomed in the State Department,” said Dennis Ross, the senior Middle East adviser under President Barack Obama. “He’s seen as serious, responsible and knowledgeable.”

Mr. Abrams’s nomination would be the beginning of an important process to fill out the State Department’s top ranks. The Trump administration, as is common, asked nearly all of the Obama administration’s political appointees to leave their posts, including some seen as vital to the day-to-day management of far-flung operations.From Earlier :Did Trump Really Pull The Trigger on Obama’s Raqqa Plan?
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Did Trump Really Pull The Trigger on Obama’s Raqqa Plan?

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Tue, 02/07/2017 - 11:50
This Washing Post article is working hard to present an idea that there is some change between Obama and Trump in the remake the Middle East/North Africa agenda.
So far I only see continuation of policy. Same as occurred when Bush changed to Obama. 

So we're dealing with a perception change promotion- which the media is happy to deliver. And those that self identify as leftists/liberals/progressives are happy to believe. These same dupes stayed quiet as the Obama administration wantonly bombed and droned, globally  but are now so incensed about Trump- It's the theatre of the absurd with an audience of the dull and dumbed down
McClatchy:  US drops more bombs in Obama’s final year of office than in 2015 The U.S. dropped 26,171 bombs last year, 3,027 more than 2015Obama ​revises plan for ​major troop ​reduction ​in Afghanistan President Obama announced during a press conference Wednesday that about 8,400 troops will remain in Afghanistan through the end of his term. Obama had previously planned to drop troop levels to 5,500 by ​early 2017​.​  The U.S. also dropped more bombs in Libya in 2016 than it did in 2015.Obama claimed he would drop troop levels but didn't- The so called liberals said nothing.
Obama claimed he would close Guantanamo. He didn't the so called liberals said nothing.
Etc.,

Washington Post:
“Planning for the final assault on Raqqa, the capital of the Islamic State’s caliphate, had been grinding on for more than seven months. There had been dozens of meetings of President Barack Obama’s top national security team, scores of draft battle plans and hundreds of hours of anguished, late-night debates.
There were no good options, but Obama’s top foreign policy advisers were convinced that they had finally settled on an approach that could work —, current and former U.S. officials said. There was just one problem: The Obama team had deliberated for so long that there was little time left to pull the trigger. Trump’s advisers had also sent word that they wanted to make the decision”
 “So on Jan. 17, just three days before the transfer of power, Obama directed his national security adviser to hand over to the Trump team a paper detailing the plan to arm the Kurds, including talking points that President Trump could use to explain the move to Turkey’s president, who officials knew would be furious. The Turks viewed the Kurdish fighters as terrorists and their No. 1 enemy.
Finally settled on an approach that could work????  Arming Kurdish fighters in northern Syria?
That was not a new or original approach and there is no reason to believe this rubbish about settling on this approach.  Arming the Kurds has always been the approach for years now...
"Obama hoped that his last-minute preparations would clear the way for Trump to authorize a swift assault on the Islamic State’s most important stronghold, where U.S. intelligence officials say militants are plotting attacks outside Syria.

Instead of running with the plan, Trump’s national security team deemed it wholly insufficient and swiftly tossed it”Did the Trump team really deem it insufficient and swiftly toss it? They certainly did not!

Go back to my post of January 31/2017: Trumps Syrian Safe Zones: Trouble for Turkey & Syria / Undermining Astana Agreement

 SDF spokesman Talal Silo said the delivery of the armored vehicles marked a significant improvement in U.S. support and attributed the change to the new administration. Trump says eradicating Islamic State will be one of his biggest priorities.
The shipment was confirmed by Pentagon spokesman John Dorrian, who said it was made "using existing authorities, in the interest of helping protect our partnered force from the (IS) improvised-explosive device threat."WaPo continues:
To the incoming Trump administration, Obama’s approach was so incremental and risk-averse that it was almost certain to fail. “They provided the information, but we found huge gaps in it,” said a senior Trump administration official who reviewed the document. “It was poor staff work.”

The Obama White House viewed its Syria plans as the product of years of experience in a region where every move carries unintended and potentially catastrophic consequences. Those who steered the Obama administration’s Syria policy insisted that the new White House did not understand the complexity of the issue, but soon would.

The troubled handoff of one of the United States’ most vexing national security problems shows how far the pendulum has swung between two presidents who in many ways are opposites. Obama sweated the smallest details of U.S. military and intelligence operations, often to the point of inaction.Obama sweated the smallest details? This is pure perception management. Left vs Right politics. Obama the Nobel Peace prize president didn’t sweat the details - His remake the middle east project moved as fast as possible in the  real world circumstances.

 "Trump has made it clear that he prefers to go with his gut and has promised a swift and brutal campaign that will “utterly destroy” the Islamic State. In meetings with his national security team, he has signaled his desire to give Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, whom he regularly refers to by the nickname “Mad Dog,” a free hand in doing whatever it takes to fight terrorism.

It is up to Mattis and the rest of Trump’s national security team to translate the president’s campaign-trail pronouncements into policy. Trump’s more aggressive approach could speed the destruction of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, but it also could lead to an increase in civilian deaths, fueling anger toward the United States.

Trump and his top advisers also could decide to increase coordination with Russia and even Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to seize Raqqa. Or he could ultimately conclude, as Obama did, that arming the Kurds represents the best of several bad options"Trump and his top advisers could have already increased coordination with Russia and the Syrian President. That, as of yet hasn't occured, however, his move to arm the Kurds  gives the appearance that he is continuing with the "best of several bad options"

"The policy dilemmas that Obama and his team spent more than seven months deliberating will be decided over the course of the next 30 days in a review led by Mattis and the Pentagon. Trump has directed his defense secretary to bring him multiple options and to ignore the restrictions on troop numbers and civilian casualties that were put in place by Obama".It's doubtful there were any restrictions on troop numbers and it's certain that there were ZERO restrictions on civilian casualties put in place by Obama-  Zero. None. Zip. Zilch. Don't believe me? Let's recall this post from September 30 2014?  White House- Kill Syrian/Iraqi Civilians- Exemption for airstrikes
 Not that the US was ever very careful when it came to civilians deaths however they at least talked as if they cared. Even that  pretense will not apply for Syria and Iraq
The White House has acknowledged for the first time that strict standards President Obama imposed last year to prevent civilian deaths from U.S. drone strikes will not apply to U.S. military operations in Syria and Iraq.  A White House statement to Yahoo News confirming the looser policy came in response to questions about reports that as many as a dozen civilians, including women and young children, were killed when a Tomahawk missile struck the village of Kafr Daryan in Syria's Idlib province on the morning of Sept. 23. The Obama administration pretended they had strict standards, but it was just another lie from the Peace President that the self identified liberals said nothing about.  Therefore Trump does not have to ignore any restrictions that were not already completely ignored by Obama! WaPo is spinning hard, presenting fake news for mass consumption but the facts are widely available.

The next bit from WaPo is contradictory to earlier claims.. When this piece opened the author informed us all that the decision to employ the Kurds in Raqqa was a recent one. It wasn't. As explained the Kurds have been US besties for years.  And that's not all... It's acknowledged, as has been stated here for years, the Syrian Kurds and the PKK have ties. Are affiliated. Partners. Pals. Bosom Buddies

Finally some truth and reality! I'm positively tickled pink
 "The policy dilemma facing Trump began with a decision made by the Obama administration in a moment of desperation in 2014.

Islamic State fighters had just seized huge swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria. Obama decided to intervene militarily but ruled out the use of American ground forces on the front lines.

The Pentagon needed to find local partners in a hurry, and the Syrian Kurds stepped forward. The budding U.S. battlefield alliance with the Kurds carried big strategic risks. The Kurdish fighters who volunteered to help the Americans had ties to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, which the Turkish and U.S. governments considered a terrorist group."Exactly as I've stated here, for years. The US is supporting terrorists.  YPG = PKK. Always has. YPG was the obfuscation. And where were the pussy hat wearers and their fake humanitarianism?

 I'm feeling so validated. :)
" In contrast to Obama, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan did not see the Islamic State as his country’s No. 1 threat. In private meetings with senior U.S. officials in 2014, Erdogan said the Kurds were his top concern and that removing Assad ranked second, according to U.S. and Turkish officials"

 Erdogan straight up told the US in 2014 removing Assad was NOT his top concern. The PKK/YPG was number one top concern for Turkey! This is now 2017 and this entire time the US has been stickin' the knife in the Turkey's back and twistin'.  Feeling validated yet again! In 2014 I started writing that which had become obvious Turkey was being betrayed by it's alleged allies in NATO- Just a few of many, many posts:


Washington Post continued: "By the fall of 2016, after two years of tension between Obama and Erdogan because of different priorities, a U.S.-backed offensive using Kurdish forces to recapture Raqqa was finally within sight, and Army Gen. Joseph Votel, the commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East, asked for authorization to arm them for a push into the city.

The proposal divided the Obama White House. Then-Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter backed the plan, but others worried that it would deepen the rift with Ankara.

Among the biggest skeptics was Susan E. Rice, Obama’s national security adviser. When she asked Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, whether an immediate decision was needed, the general said he was still evaluating whether Turkey was serious about an offer to provide its own forces to take Raqqa instead of the Kurds"
 For two years inside the Pentagon, Turkey’s promises of sending rebels and later its own troops were viewed with deep skepticism and derisively dubbed “Erdogan’s ghosts” or the “unicorn” army, according to current and former defense officialsBy late 2016, Dunford had concluded that the Turks would not produce the forces to retake Raqqa. With less than three weeks left in the Obama administration, Dunford and Carter submitted a formal request to arm the Kurds for the assault with armored vehicles, antitank weapons, Russian-made machine guns and mine-clearing equipment.
It was covered here that Turkey had indeed offered to provide the troops to take Raqqa on the condition that the US not employ the Kurds- The US chose the PKK/YPG terrorists. Nevermind a ghost or unicorn army- note the ridicule being employed to make Turkey look foolish? I guess ridicule is one way of distracting from truth/fact/reality?
Dunford knew the exact reason Turkey would not produce the troops.

Some mention of this situation in these posts: November 03/2016:  External link included in post  Kurds will be the only force, supported by the Americans, to annex Raqqa.
 Syria's U.S.-backed SDF  says no to Turkish role in Raqqa operation "The Syrian Democratic Forces are the only force that will take part in the operation to liberate Raqqa and we informed the (international U.S.-led) coalition forces that we reject any Turkish role in the Raqqa liberation operation," SDF spokesman Talal Silo told Reuters.
November 15/2016: The Impact of the Kurdish/US Campaign to Take Raqqa
November 22/2016 US & Turkey At "Cross- Purposes" in Syria ...

Bottom line the US didn't want Turkey's participation or they wouldn't have allied with the PKK/YPG terrorists oh so long ago... 

 On Jan. 10, just 10 days before Trump’s inauguration, Obama’s top advisers huddled in the White House Situation Room to weigh the Kurdish proposal, which would be the last major national security decision of the outgoing administration.

Carter argued that the Kurds understood that they would have to turn Raqqa over to local Arab forces as soon as the Islamic State was defeated. (LOL. That's absurd!)

Samantha Power, the outgoing U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and the U.S. ambassador in Ankara, along with others, warned that moving forward with the plan would further damage relations with Turkey. It also would put the United States in the unacceptable position of supporting allies of a terrorist group that was carrying out mass-casualty attacks on a NATO member, they said.
Carter is fully and completely aware that the Kurds will not turn Raqqa over to local Arab Forces and the US is not concerned with the damaged relations with Turkey. As for their partnering with terrorists? Nothing new under the sun!

 Washington Post last bit, I promise: Most of the shortcomings outlined by the Trump team were obvious to Obama’s advisers, he added. In fact, the senior Obama administration official said, arming the Kurds was Obama’s Plan B, after it became clear that Plan A — using Turkish forces to take Raqqa — would not be feasible. The US refused to move away from their terrorists knowing full well Turkey, since the coup failed, would not comply. If the US backed coup had succeeded we might possibly have been looking at a different plan
It is up Mattis and Dunford to sort through Syria’s many complexities and come up with a new plan. At the end of Obama’s term, Dunford emerged as one of the most passionate supporters of arming the Kurds, the senior Obama administration official said. Aides declined to describe Mattis’s thinking on the option. Trump has promised to give Dunford and Mattis a free hand, which could lead them right back to some variation of the Obama plan.We've come all the way back to the question I posed as the title of this post?

Did Trump Really Pull Trigger on Obama’s Raqqa Plan? He absolutely did not! 

It's disheartening to think that some will believe this is real change. When it's merely the perception/presentation of change.

The US could have always pulled back their proxies and troops in Syria. They could have worked with Russia and Syria at any time. They didn't because that was never the plan.




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US Airstrikes Cut Water Supply In Raqqa

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Sun, 02/05/2017 - 18:18
Can we say US crimes against humanity......???
With the help of the Kurdish besties of course.

DW  NG  Almasdar

SANA, SOHR and ISIS have all corroborated this attack. The US most certainly did undertake this despicable attack. The US did the same thing in Mosul- Dividing a city and making life miserable for the civilians.
 December 28/2016: Mosul's Last Bridge Destroyed By Coalition Airstrikes- From 5 to NoneUntil recently, Mosul had five bridges spanning the Tigris River, which runs through the centre of the northern city. One was disabled in the weeks before the offensive to retake the city began on October 17, while the other four have since been bombed in airstrikes.
"Before dawn on Friday, US-led coalition aircraft reportedly destroyed the main water pipeline supplying the Syrian city of Raqqa, the so-called "Islamic State's" (IS) de facto capital located in northern Syria.

Two bridges linking the city's southern flank to the countryside were also destroyed during ground-fighting between US-backed fighters and IS militants, observers reported Friday.

SANA, the Syrian state news agency, and an IS-affiliated website reported early Friday that Raqqa's main water pipeline was damaged in an airstrike, cutting off the city's water supply.

The IS-affiliated website also reported that the only two bridges crossing the Euphrates River at the southern tip of the city have been destroyed.

A local media collective - Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently - also reported the lost water supply, and criticized the destruction of the two bridges, saying they are used by civilians. They called such acts "absolutely unacceptable." They said the water supply is fully cut from the city.

"It seems that the US-led coalition is trying to besiege civilians of Raqqa by destroying the infrastructure," the group said on Twitter.

More than 200,000 people are believed to be still living in Raqqa"

 Playing catch up- so do catch up! Past 24 hours ...
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Poroshenko Running Out of Room to Manipulate the West?

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Sun, 02/05/2017 - 17:52
Following up on 2 previous posts:

 Sputnik:On the same very day, representatives of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) published a report saying that they had spotted Ukrainian tanks in Avdiivka (Avdeevka), which is a violation of the Minsk peace agreements, to which Kiev is a signatory.

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) noted "four tanks (T-64) parked behind a building in Avdiivka" which comes in "violation of the respective withdrawal lines." The OSCE also spotted "artillery pieces" on the territory controlled by the anti-government fighters, though it did not specify their type in the report.
Commenting on the reasons for the intensification of fighting in the southeast of Ukraine and the intentional shelling of civilians, political analyst Vladimir Lepekhin, Director of the EurAsEC (Eurasian Economic Community) Institute noted that "one could get engaged in demagoguery of 'yet another attack on Ukraine of Russian aggressor' for as long as he wants, it is an evident fact that the escalation of tensions in Donbass is by the initiative of Kiev which is admitted, among others, by the OSCE."
 There is hardly any politician in Europe who doubts that Ukraine has become a 'poisoned arrow for European unity," reads his article for RIA Novosti.

 Meanwhile, Russia, he says, won't interfere into the internal matters of Ukraine, while the European bureaucrats, who in due time have taken the Ukrainian regime under their wing, won't admit their personal mistakes and won't take the responsibility for the crimes committed by Kiev.

However, sooner or later, they will be forced to acknowledge their mistakes, and then it will snowball as Trump admits Obama's mistakes in Ukraine or after a new chancellor of Germany similarly admits Merkel's mistakes, the analyst says.  "In any case, no matter how slowly Europe is going to reconsider its stance on Ukraine and Crimea, Kiev clearly understands that the room to manipulate the opinion of western politicians is drastically shrinking," Lepekhin says.
"The appetite for revenge towards those who aren't ready to recognize the genius of Poroshenko and his merits to the democracy has apparently stripped the head of Ukraine of the ability to make rational decisions. The syndrome of a lame and not a very clever duck which imagined itself a wise eagle floating above the world, has turned out extremely contagious," the political analyst stated referring to President Obama's last days in office when he obviously refused to go, turning the process into a tragicomedy with loud shutting of numerous doors.
 If you haven't read the previous two posts linked above, maybe take the time to do so..Provides a broader narrative together
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Strangle the Bastard Child of Prohibition: Abolish the ATF!

freedominourtime - Sun, 02/05/2017 - 01:25

Whatever would we do without helpful people like this goon?

Acting on its unerring instinct for expanding its own power while exacerbating the suffering of its subjects, the federal government, at the request of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and with the approval of President Trump, is planningto deploy a contingent from the entityknown as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (commonly called the ATF) to Chicago.  

This will do nothing to abate the problem of violent crime in the Second City, but will provide the agency with continued rationale for its misbegotten existence – which, as it happens, began in that same city decades ago.

The ATF was born as the Bureau of Prohibition – a brief experiment in federal behavior control that was made possible by the 18th Amendment to the US Constitution. Chicago native Elliot Ness, an inveterate self-promoter, headedmuch-celebrated bootlegging task force that spent six months raiding Al Capone’s breweries, which was in effect a price-support program for one of the gangster’s few morally sound enterprises.

Self-mythologizing fraud Elliot Ness.
Ness and his underlings eventually compiled a 5,000-count bootlegging indictment against Capone, which the US Attorney politely ignored as he filed tax-evasion charges that eventually brought about the gangster’s imprisonment – and enhanced the power of the immeasurably deadlier criminal syndicate called the IRS. 

When the 18th Amendment was repealed, the Prohibition Bureau lost any rationale for its lawful existence – yet rather than being abolished, it was rechristened and given an even more expansive mandate.

Over the past 25 years, the ATF has been consistently mired in misconduct, often of a murderous nature. The April 1993 slaughter of the Branch Davidians in their sanctuary outside Waco, Texas began with an unnecessary ATF armed raid called “Operation Showtime” – which was staged to deflect attention from an internal corruption scandal. More recently the agency was involved in the “Operation Fast and Furious” imbroglio, in which it pressured federally licensed gun dealers to sell weapons to agents of Mexican cartels in a supposed sting operation.

In ways both grand and petty, the ATF has plagued and persecuted its betters. In one telling but long-forgotten episodemore than a decade ago, a college student in Georgia found himself surrounded by a thugscrum of ATF chair-moisteners – one of whom planted his knee upon the victim’s neck, placing the full measure of his tax-enhanced girth behind it – because he was seen wearing a ninja costume as part of a campus event. Unfortunately for the victim, that campus was temporarily infested by ATF hirelings who – no doubt between visits to the local brothels – were undergoing “Safe Streets Training.”


The ATF is an appendage of the Leviathan that exists without so much of an echo of a whisper of a hint of constitutional legitimacy, for the sole purpose of providing secure, albeit socially useless, employment for reprobates, criminals, and degenerates. No provision of the US Constitution authorizes any agency of the federal government to regulate alcohol, tobacco, or explosives, and the Second Amendment explicitly forecloses federal infringement of the right to own and carry firearms. This means that the ATF is literally a bastard agency carrying out an illegitimate mission.

The only useful activity for federal legislators consists of repealing existing statutes and abolishing federal agencies. Wisconsin Republican Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner, in defiance of all rational expectations for denizens of the political class, has made himself modestly useful by proposinga bill called the ATF Elimination Act that would impose an immediate hiring freeze at the agency and order its administrators to prepare a report on transferring its existing functions to the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and other departments.

“The ATF is a scandal-ridden, largely duplicative agency that has been branded by failure and lacks a clear mission,” declares Representative Sensenbrenner. Abolishing the ATF would be “a logical place to begin draining the swamp and acting in the best interest of the American Taxpayer.”

Regrettably, Sensenbrenner’s bill would merely channel the institutional feculence of the ATF into two other federal agencies that are badly in need of abolition. Agencies of that kind will endure while there are lives to ruin and liberties to infringe -- and those on the receiving end of its malign attention are willing to countenance their continued existence.

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Ukraine's Flare Up Not Just About Putin: Poroshenko's Gambit

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Sat, 02/04/2017 - 19:05
Poroshenko's Gambit- Bloomberg

First 6 paragraphs omitted.

This isn't a major Russian military push. Reports from the area do not point to a heavy presence of Russian troops, which have come in at decisive points in the conflict. Russia only appeared to threaten that kind of retaliation in a Foreign Ministry statement reminding Ukraine "how such adventures ended for them in the past."The statement went on to accuse Poroshenko of provoking the escalation to keep the crisis "on the international agenda," perhaps referring to his blaming of the fighting for cutting short a high-profile visit to Berlin. Ukraine also made a big deal of an incident in which a Ukrainian military aircraft was allegedly shot at from a formerly Ukrainian oil platform in the Black Sea, held by Russia since the Crimea annexation.  It has long been Poroshenko's strategy to portray his country as the West's bulwark against Putin's Russia. It helped him obtain financial support from the West despite the slow progress of reforms and the continuing prevalence of corruption, and he apparently believes that it has helped contain Russian advances in eastern Ukraine. In an interview with a Berlin newspaper published on Thursday, the Ukrainian president declared his intention to hold a referendum on Ukraine's membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization -- nevermind that NATO hasn't shown any desire to induct Ukraine and recently shelved a plan to discuss its inclusion in the bloc's missile defense system. Dire news from Avdiivka can only help him drum up support in the West, all the more important when the U.S. president appears to be indifferent to Ukraine's fate. It can also stall the lifting of sanctions by Trump, which would be awkward as long as fighting rages. "Poroshenko is willing to do just about anything to prevent the lifting of sanctions against Russia," another German newspaper wrote during Poroshenko's Berlin visit, citing German government sources. Poroshenko's gambit is fraught with danger, however.  For Putin, there is a much more important goal than lifting sanctions: establishing a pro-Russian government in Kiev. That cannot be achieved by a massive first strike, which is why Putin has abstained from it even though his inaction allowed Ukraine to build up its military. Without popular support -- and the majority of Ukrainians are strongly anti-Russian now -- military gains would be costly and unsustainable. A retaliatory strike and subsequent withdrawal, like in Georgia in 2008, would be quite a different matter. If Putin can provoke Poroshenko into moving first, having made sure an indifferent U.S. and a preoccupied, Ukraine-fatigued Europe won't interfere, he can deal the Poroshenko government a deadly blow. The 2008 war destroyed Saakashvili's political future in Georgia, and soon his government was replaced with a less anti-Russian, more pliable one. Poroshenko is already unpopular, and a Russian blitzkrieg -- without a protracted occupation -- can change the Ukrainian political balance.That was the chance Georgia was willing to take, under Saakashvili. I recall the Georgian move on the break away areas- Georgia instigated. Georgia tested the waters. The response was fierce. 
Putin is waiting for the desperate Ukrainian president to go too far in trying to enlist Western support. He can afford to be patient, and more clarity from Washington and the European capitals can't hurt. Poroshenko, a hostage to the public mood he helped create, which rejects the possibility of any compromise with Putin, has to thread a thin line to avoid disaster. But it's not clear whether continuing to walk this tightrope indefinitely has any upside for him or for his country.Related to:  Berlin: Ukraine’s Last Ally Standing?

From Earlier:

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Cooperation with Russia and Damascus Is Turkey’s Only Chance

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Sat, 02/04/2017 - 18:36
I’ve been saying cooperation is a must for a very long time now..
Sputnik
In a recent article for the Turkish newspaper Aydinlik, Ismail Hakki Pekin, former chief of the Turkish General Staff Intelligence Department, warned that Turkey is moving step by step to war.

In an interview with Sputnik Turkiey, Pekin commented on his assumption, saying that Ankara has found itself in a difficult situation, particularly due to foreign pressure.

"The United States and Egypt are trying to force Turkey to make certain concessions, including establishing a Kurdish autonomous region in northern Syria and talks with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) inside Turkey," Pekin said.
 Recall Egypt’s bizzare behaviour when the coup attempt in Turkey failed ? I do.

According to him, if such a Kurdish entity is established Ankara would be "encircled from the south" and will have to fight a "war on two fronts," against Daesh in Syria and against PKK inside the country.

Pekin underscored that in order to achieve its goal, Washington is providing military and logistical support to the PKK, including supplying heavy weapons, anti-tanks missiles and armored combat vehicles.

"For Ankara, the only chance to derail this plan is to establish dialogue with Damascus and boost cooperation with Russia, Iran and Iraq," he said.

Pekin underscored that Turkey should take as soon as possible certain measures to repel the threat.From Earlier:
Two Orthodox Jews and New York's Worst Scandal in DecadesQuebec Mosque Shooting: MSM Employs Fake News Meme to Present More Fake News
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Two Orthodox Jews and New York's Worst Scandal in Decades

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Sat, 02/04/2017 - 18:26
Just couldn’t pass this one by- God’s Chosen ? Or giving the Devil his dues?
Pretty corrupt and immoral in my book! This story has it all. New York’s Mayor being investigated. Crooked Cops. Corrupt Union Officials- Hookers. Gifts. Hookers as Gifts. One guy after being question committed suicide. 

 Read entirely at the link : Excerpt below-
On the face of it Jona Rechnitz and Jeremy Reichberg, two Orthodox Jews from New York, made for an unlikely pair of hustlers. Rechnitz is from a well connected and wealthy family who have ties to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Reichberg is a former volunteer police chaplain who grew up in a strictly religious enclave of Brooklyn.Jeremy Reichberg (R) departs Federal Court in Manhattan after a hearing in New York, U.S., But according to prosecutors they are both at the centre of one of the worst public corruption cases to hit New York in decades.
The cast of characters sounds like a plot from a movie and includes a powerful union boss with a taste for luxury who enjoys smoking cigars.A clutch of high ranking cops have been arrested or fired for allegedly taking gifts and free trips including one to Las Vegas where they allegedly had sex with a prostitute on a private plane.

New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio is also being investigated by the FBI to see whether he gave favours to Rechnitz and Reichberg for the $208,000 in donations they gave him and his allies.Bill De BlasioThe scandal has shone a light on the close ties between City Hall and Orthodox Jews in New York, a community which votes in blocks and doubles its size every 10 years. Isaac Abraham, a community organiser in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, said it has caused many Orthodox Jews acute discomfort.Rechnitz, 32, is the son of Robert Rechnitz, a real estate developer and former national finance co-chair of Senator Lindsey Graham's 2016 Presidential campaign. His cousin is Shlomo Rechnitz, a nursing home tycoon who has donated tens of thousands of dollars to Netanyahu.

Rechnitz, who followed his father into real estate, was known for his charitable work with the New York Museum of Tolerance, which ran a training programme for the NYPD.Borough Park in Brooklyn, one of the largest Orthodox communities outside of Israel. Reichberg runs a consulting business and became a volunteer police chaplain for the Westchester County Department of Public Safety in 2013.

Back in Brooklyn the 42-year-old called himself a 'community liaison' to the police department and even allegedly had business cards saying so.

Both men were regulars at the Hudson River Cafe, a trendy restaurant in Harlem that became a 'clubhouse' for high-ranking NYPD officers, as the New York Post has put it. Its owner Hamlet Peralta was arrested last April and charged with running a $12 million Ponzi scheme involving an allegedly fake wholesale liquor business.Around the same time the FBI was looking into allegations that Norman Seabrook, the head of the New York correction officer's union, was misusing the organisation's funds. Seabrook was good friends with Rechnitz, who is accused of flying him to the Dominican Republic, Las Vegas and California to curry favour with him.On one occasion Rechnitz allegedly gave Seabrook $60,000 in a Salvatore Ferragamo bag as a bribe for putting $20 million of union funds in a risky hedge fund run by one of his friends. As the inquiry gathered steam the FBI looked further into Rechnitz and Reichberg and discovered they allegedly spent more than $100,000 on police bribes between 2012 and 2015. Reichberg once allegedly got the NYPD to close a lane of the Lincoln Tunnel, one of the main arteries into Manhattan, for a friend. According to the federal complaint, Rechnitz and Reichberg showered gifts on the officers, tickets to Brooklyn Nets basketball games and trips to Rome and Chicago.Rechnitz pleaded guilty to fraud conspiracy charges and is now cooperating with the FBI. In June Reichberg was arrested along with three senior NYPD officers who have been charged with honest services wire fraud and conspiracy to pay and receive bribes, among other offences. Reichberg is facing up to 55 years in jail.Among the others who have been arrested is Philip Banks, the former Chief of Department for the NYPD, the highest ranking uniformed post. He is accused of taking $500,000 from Rechnitz as 'investment payouts'.Also investigated was Michael Ameri, an NYPD Highway Division integrity control officer. He killed himself on May 13 after being questioned by federal agents.Couldn't believe this scandal hadn't crossed my desk top any time in the past year!

From Earlier:
Quebec Mosque Shooting: MSM Employs Fake News Meme to Present More Fake NewsAnd afterwards:
Cooperation with Russia and Damascus Is Turkey’s Only Chance
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Quebec Mosque Shooting: MSM Employs Fake News Meme to Present More Fake News

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Sat, 02/04/2017 - 17:46
CBC and Global both happen, coincidentally, to be running obfuscating/ fake news about their own faked/obfuscating news  overage regarding the Quebec Mosque incident. I don’t want to spend too much time debunking this crap. So I’ve selected just a couple examples from both stories..
What's interesting is that the media here in Canada is working hard to control the narrative? 

 -I spent much time looking into this incident and covered it in three posts:

*And by controlling the narrative they want to control your perception

CBC quoting an alleged expert... Or at least you are supposed to believe she is?
“According to Brooke Gladstone, host and managing editor of a U.S. radio program on WNYC called On The Media” (appeal to authority)  regarding the claims that they were two suspects in custody. There were actually reports of as many as 4 suspects in custody, but, hey who is really paying attention except for those of us really paying attention?!

According to Brooke Gladstone, who wrote a book.. The logical fallacy of “appeal to authority”
It is, entirely possible that the opinion of a person or institution of authority is wrong; therefore the authority that such a person or institution holds does not have any intrinsic bearing upon whether their claims are true or not.Brooke Gladstone who 'wrote a book' can just as easily lie, or be persuaded to lie. Since Brooke Gladstone is just another media personality... she can just as well mislead to validate the media- In fact one could say she may be biased for the media. From CBC "Brooke Gladstone is the host and managing editor of U.S. radio program,which looks at how the media can shape world views.

"There almost is never a second shooter," says Gladstone- Oh Really? I’d say Gladstone is full of it!The entire CBC article is an appeal to some perception of Brooke Gladstones alleged authority- which I have no belief in. There is no reason to believe her or the tripe she is passing off as authority- It’s opinion and nothing more

The article from Global News is another piece of garbage because it employs a guilt by association fallacy presenting everyone who espoused an alternative view of the incident as an “Alex Jones”
‘This week in two online videos, Alex Jones of infowars.com and guest Matt Bracken, who Jones said is a former U.S. Navy Seal, did their best to cram a square peg into a round hole.

Bracken laid out a conspiracy theory — the core of which was that the attack was actually carried out by militant Islamists for propaganda purposes — as Jones listened approvingly: “You’re on to something big here. Break it down.”Both pieces are actually opinion pieces regarding a recent news event... Both pieces serve to further obfuscate the incident.  What is very clear is the always perception managing media is doing it duty. Same duty as always, managing perception!

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Berlin: Ukraine’s Last Ally Standing?

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Thu, 02/02/2017 - 19:18
EU Council on Foreign Relations- Notice that the Oligarch Kolomoisky got a bit of “come uppance”. Undoubtedly not enough of one, but it’s at least something. I’ll bold it in red.If you are unfamiliar with Kolomoisky, I’ll relink some previous posts regarding this thug!
And put a picture of the Jewish Oligarch wearing his Nazi Tshirt?!
"Russian advance and US withdrawal could see Ukraine ever more dependent on continued German support.

Since 2014, Berlin has become the most frequently visited capital for Ukrainian politicians. President Petro Poroshenko, prime ministers Arseniy Yatsenyuk and Volodymyr Groysman, as well as members of the Rada, top officials from government ministries, civil society activists and policy experts: there has been a constant to-and-fro at all levels. The activity has covered everything from domestic reforms and the Minsk process to visa liberalisation and implementation of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement. For Germany, supporting Ukraine has become routine. But Poroshenko's visit to Berlin on 29 January was different.The meeting was overshadowed by renewed hostilities in Donbas. On the day of Poroshenko’s arrival, Avdiivka, an industrial suburb north-west of Donetsk, suffered heavy shelling. Although it is not yet clear exactly what happened, it appeared to be the first combined arms assault conducted by Russian-backed insurgents since the offensive on Mariinka in June 2015. The assault was repelled, but the increasing escalation is seen as a probing attack to test whether the US would react and make the escalation a subject of the first formal call between the two presidents. If a new détente between the Kremlin and the White House is in the making, Russia might use this opportunity to increase the military pressure on Kyiv, to force it to make further concessions at the negotiating table.In just the two weeks since he took office it has become obvious that Donald Trump will neither be tamed by institutions, traditions, nor Congress. And with Steve Bannon, a Putinversteher, claiming a central role in the administration, a Russian-American special deal throwing Ukraine under the bus is to be expected. And such a case would considerably complicate Germany's policies on Ukraine. Could Germany fill the void that a US withdrawal from Ukraine would leave behind?    Were the US to step back from Ukraine, the European Union, or its member states acting bilaterally, would find it difficult to plug the gap.?In the military realm, the United States is the country most active in training and equipping the Ukrainian army. However, even the US efforts are limited: no lethal goods have been on offer, and the training and exercises are on a very small scale. Still, in case of an escalation, Ukraine would be able to put up considerable resistance without US support, slowing any Russian advance and inflicting considerable numbers of casualties on the Russian side. Would Putin take the domestic risk? How would several thousand deaths impact on Russia's domestic politics? Nevertheless, few in Ukraine actually want to put this theory to a test. And it is important to observe that even limited US engagement had a considerable deterrence effect on Russia.But, despite the United States’ limited train and equip role, were it to step back, the European Union, or its member states acting bilaterally, would find it difficult to plug this gap, not least in a tough election year and facing multiple populist insurgencies.On many reform projects and policies – particularly anti-corruption reforms, decentralisation, and financial sector reforms – the US has worked in tandem with the EU. Many support programmes are complementary, and if the US pulled out this would leave many EU programmes in limbo, as they rest on the assumption that part of their burden is shared by the US. Furthermore, USAID has many more operative personnel on the ground in Ukraine than the EU has. Often they work with EU money or in EU programmes, so their departure would leave too few programme officers on the ground to actually implement the EU’s projects, even if the finances remained covered.And even more importantly, at various points over the last few years, US interventions were critical to making reform happen. Former vice-president Joe Biden in particular was very vocal where he saw shortcomings or reforms being watered down, and at times his criticism caused Kyiv to change course. Now this voice has fallen silent. Germany, usually very restrained when commenting on the domestic politics of other countries, can hardly fill this void.If the international situation were not already dire enough, the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, also faces domestic criticism for her support for Ukraine. Russian propaganda is busy describing Ukraine as a ‘lost cause’ that can never reform and will never change. This point of view is propounded not only by parties favourable to Russia like Die Linke, but is also spreading across the political mainstream in Germany. West Germans in particular tend to underestimate the magnitude of Ukraine’s challenge in transforming from a post-Soviet kleptocracy into a competitive open democracy. Hence they easily fall prey to negative news. In fact, Ukraine is making progress. After long domestic squabbles, key legislation on judiciary reform entered into force in October 2016. Lustration of judges is in a critical phase. And, despite being bogged down by inter-service rivalries, Ukraine's national anti-corruption bureau is progressing on investigations against corrupt top-tier officials and lawmakers.I'm not impressed with Moscow's disinfo campaign being a total negative particularly when it comes to Kolomoisky the Oligarch/Warlord Thug
In Ukraine itself, Moscow's disinformation campaign has won an unusual ally. The recent nationalisation of PrivatBank, Ukraine's largest bank, was a severe blow to oligarch Igor Kolomoisky's political and financial influence within the country. Like many other oligarchic banks, it was used for transferring the bank's money into private pockets with the expectation of being reimbursed by the national bank's rescue fund. But the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) held firm on clamping down on these practices. Since 2014, more than 80 out of 180 banks have been shut. And even though PrivatBank was ‘too big to fail’ given the number of Ukrainians who receive their salaries through it (and so it could not be simply closed down), its nationalisation put an end to these practices. However, in response Kolomoiskiy launched a campaign to discredit NBU governor Valeriya Hontareva in the hope of attracting international pressure to force Kyiv to make changes. Rada member Serhiy Taruta for the time serves as Kolomiski's mouthpiece in that institution. But Taruta’s close connections to the Bundestag – he chairs the Ukrainian-German parliamentary group – saw the smear campaign carried into Germany's domestic debate on Ukraine, reinforcing resistance to Merkel"Kolomoisky was double dipping and got the clamp down!
"With American support for Ukraine hanging by a thread, Germany's continued backing for both sanctions and EU assistance to Ukraine has become more critical than ever. Resistance to both is growing on the international as well as domestic front. For Merkel, it is important to remind Poroshenko that only success on reforms in Ukraine can shore up the necessary support in Europe. And for Poroshenko, Merkel is one of his few allies still standing. When in 2014 Germany reluctantly engaged in the diplomatic struggle for the new Ukraine, few thought that within a couple of years the effort would come to rest almost entirely on Berlin. But as the war in Donbas and the cause for self-determination in Kyiv became a litmus-test for the survival of the European order, Berlin will have to carry this burden one way or the other"Just what Germany and the Germans need... to carry the burden of a broken Ukraine
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Kazakhstan Confirms New Astana Meeting February 6/17
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Kazakhstan Confirms New Astana Meeting February 6/17

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Thu, 02/02/2017 - 18:43
TASS
MOSCOW, February 2. /TASS/. A technical meeting on the Syrian crisis will be held in Astana on February 6, Kazakhstan’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Anuar Zhainakov said on Thursday adding that delegations from Russia, Turkey and Iran as well as a UN representative would take part in the meeting. According to Zhainakov, the meeting’s participants will discuss issues related to the Syrian ceasefire, the Kazinform news agency reported.

"We have indeed received a request for assistance in arranging an international technical meeting on the Syrian crisis between Russia, Turkey and Iran on February 6 in Astana, a UN representative is also scheduled to participate in the meeting," Zhainakov said.

"The decision on setting up a mechanism for monitoring the ceasefire was made at the Astana meeting on Syria held on January 23-24," the spokesman added.

Representatives of the three guarantor countries plan to discuss the ceasefire and assess proposals made by the Syrian armed opposition, which concern strengthening the ceasefire, as well as define other modalities of this decision’s implementation.

"UN Special Representative for Syria Staffan de Mistura said while addressing the United Nations on January 31 that UN representatives would also take part in the new Astana meeting," the Kazakh foreign ministry spokesman noted.

After the meeting is completed, a press briefing will be arranged, details will be announced later, Zhainakov added.
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Quebec Shooting: Questions About the Meetings between Debrois & Bissonnette?

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Wed, 02/01/2017 - 20:06
 This incident has a bunch of red flags- Some have been mentioned previously and some have been brought to my attention from others. I've listed them. Share some thoughts..

Quebec Mosque Shooting Breaking News- Listen to what eye witnesses are telling local media
hattip:  AnonymousJanuary 31, 2017 at 11:12 PM

 

hattip Gallier2
gallier2January 31, 2017 at 11:53 PMHere an interesting article in a Canadian francophone paper
http://www.lapresse.ca/le-soleil/justice-et-faits-divers/201701/30/01-5064535-bissonnette-setait-replie-sur-lui-meme.php
interesting points in that article
- Bissonette is a fan of Le Pen
- he is also a fan of Trump (he he, didn't see that coming :-) )
and here the really important fact in that article:
Bissonnette met Eric Debroise for several months now. Who is this guy? I didn't know, being not that deeply connected with Quebec. So I googled. The guy is a journalist writing for HuffPost. His second name is Yaakov and writes a lot about "islamophobia" and appears to be a nice zionist agent (I couldn't check the websites of "la voix sépharade" because they are blocked by the proxy at work, which means they are classified as extreme right).
Funny how every time something like that happens, the were sayanims around the patsy. Indeed, who is Eric Debroise? How did he come to know Mr Bissonnette? What was their business together? For how long have they been in contact? Debroise seems interesting as does the "company"/NGO he co-founded. We'll get to that.

You want red flags?  (problems or troubles with the narrative)

We've got a whole lot of them!


1- The eye witness reports- Not one eye witness said there was just one gunman- Not one eyewitness reported only one gunman being present! As reported in the video above and in the previous post as this news broke:  Mass Shooting In Quebec City- PM Trudeau calls this “Terror attack Against Muslims” The eye witness accounts were two or three MASKED gunmen- That quite clearly informs us that NOT ONE person in attendance can identify Alexandre Bissonnette as the 'Lone Wolf '
  2- Timing and perception management in the second post- Quebec Shooting: "White Privilege" Identity Politics & Dylann Roof Replay Mind viruses such as "white privilege" Identity Politics-  Right vs Left- Trump Hate- Marine LePen- Divide to Conquer. That's is exactly what is going on!!!3-Eric Y Debrois :  He's a "journalist" (think Mockingbird? Think "Finks") A 'journalist'  whose work is published via Huffington Post Quebec- His work is in french, but, even an english reader such as myself can see he writes much about "Islamophobia". He writes about "racism" while undoubtedly promoting it..  He appears, like so much of the media to be a culture creator/promoter/MANIPULATOR.....4- Eric Y Debrois met with Alexandre Bissonnette several times over several months. And exchanged private facebook messages  By his own account, he admits to meeting him, but, he obfuscates the time span and number of meetings--- From the LaPress article left by Gallier French: "Éric Debroise avait rencontré Alexandre Bissonnette à quelques reprises dans les derniers mois, par l'intermédiaire du meilleur ami du présumé tireur de la mosquée. Bissonnette lui envoyait à l'occasion des commentaires politiques en message privé sur Facebook.

C'est que Bissonnette avait une admiration assumée pour le nouveau président américain, explique Éric Debroise, qui oeuvre lui-même dans le domaine politique et milite pour la laïcité québécoise

u lendemain de l'attentat, lundi, Debroise disait se rendre compte qu'il avait eu affaire sans le savoir à un «suprémaciste blanc, un pur raciste». Il n'aurait cependant jamais dressé ce constat avant la tragédie de dimanche. «Il était petit et mince, très introverti avec le regard fuyant. Il ne paraissait pas fort. Je n'ai jamais pensé qu'il était à risque de..."English via Google Translate: "Éric Debroise had met Alexandre Bissonnette a few times in the last few months, through the best friend of the presumed shooter of the mosque. Bissonnette occasionally sent him political comments in a private message on Facebook. It is because Bissonnette had an admiration assumed for the new American president, explains Éric Debroise, who himself works in the political field and militates (advocates)  for secularism (cultural degradation?) in Quebec

In the aftermath of the attack on Monday, Debroise said he realized that he had been dealing without knowing it with a "white supremacist, a pure racist." However, he would never have made that statement before Sunday's tragedy. "He was small and slim, very introverted with a fleeting glance. He did not look very strong. I never thought he was at risk of becoming radicalized"  Eric Debrois met Alexandre Bissonnette a few times in the last few months-a) How many times over how many months?  I would like to know the exact numbers? Surely the journalist kept records?

Bissonnette sent Debrois "political comments in a private message on Facebook"

a) If Bissonnette sent private messages via facebook, they were clearly "friends" on facebook? b) Were the private messages sent in response to private messages from Debrois? It seems sensible if Bissonnette sent comments privately via facebook he garnered responses. c)  How many political comments via private message over how long of a time span?  d) What were the nature of the comments? "Political"is very vague
Mr Debrois offers up no details of the visits or the emails Those questions aside, just the fact that he admits to meeting Bissonnette, more then a few times, over a span of a few months, is very interesting. 
 Image from E Debrois Twitter
5: Who is Eric Debrois and AventisConseil: From his twitter account Vice-Pdt de Vigilance Laïque - Can. Cofondateur Aventis Conseil. Québec, Canada  aventisconseil.com
I took some time to read the website of AventisConseil : I find the site, vague. Aventiscounseil has existed for less then a year. I'm unclear on the actual purpose of this organization? What is it's reason to exist? If they're supposed to "manage diversity", what ever that actually means, does the fact that one of this groups co-founders was in regular contact, over a multi month period of time, with an accused mass shooter leave one wondering....how diversity was being managed? To what end?From the site:
Home Page: Un laboratoire d’expertise-conseil spécialisé dans la gestion de la diversitéTranslation: A specialized consulting laboratory In the management of diversity Founded in 2016 in Québec City

A consulting laboratory specializing in managing diversity....
 Mission: Promouvoir une approche réaliste et pragmatique de la diversité permettant aux organisations de relever les défis du Translation: Promote a realistic and pragmatic approach to diversity that enables organizations to meet the challenges of the 21st century.I see there is a post from March 23/2016:
  "Increasingly important support for jihad among the forces of order - according to a report by the Gatestone Institute.The report says that a confidential note that fled from the Ministry of Public Security, published by Le Parisien, details 17 cases of police officers radicalized between 2012 and 2015, noting that police officers listen to and broadcast Muslim songs during their patrols.According to the antiterrorist unit of the French Ministry of the Interior, in January 2016 France already had 8,250 radical Islamists (a 50% increase in one year). Some went to Syria to join ISIS while others infiltrated all levels of society, including the police and the armed forces.Some of these police officers openly refused to protect the synagogues or observe a minute's silence to commemorate Jewish victims of terrorist attacks" What exactly does this have to do with "promoting a realistic and pragmatic approach to diversity" in Quebec, Canada? Gatestone?

I haven't a clue what AventisConseil really is? It's some type of NoGoodOrganization/ private consulting firm? It doesn't appear they have any contracts or employment references or history of any sort.

  The real question is what was the relationship between these two individuals? 

Mr Debrois, the cofounder of a less then year old diversity promoting NGO/consulting  firm and Alexandre Bissonnette the accused shooter in the Quebec incident?  Has Debrois been questioned by law enforcement? Why didn't Le Soleil ask more indepth questions about the nature of their relationship? I find all this very curious.
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Trumps Syrian Safe Zones: Trouble for Turkey & Syria / Undermining Astana Agreement

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Tue, 01/31/2017 - 18:57
Just to be clear- Any safe zone idea that has previously emanated from the US has always been a negative for both Turkey and Syria- I’ve discussed this previously here at the blog on more then one occasion.  Therefore I've little reason to think a so called safe zone under the Trump administration would be any different..

Troubles With Safe Zones- Sputnik
"Turkey has long advocated creating a safe zone in the border region," said Faruk Logoglu, Turkey's former ambassador to the United States referring to the area where Ankara has conducted its Operation Euphrates Shield. "However, if Trump announces that he wants to create a safe zone in the entire northern Syria, Turkey will face major problems.""The majority of Syrian refugees are in Turkey. They have also settled in Jordan and Iraq. Clearly the stance of these countries on safe zones in Syria matters, but Turkey's take on the issue is of key importance. However, we have not seen Turkey and the [Trump administration] discuss this issue. Turkey's Foreign Ministry issued a statement calling for a thorough and comprehensive review of this issue and its potential implications. This was a right step, but it has shown that Ankara and Washington have not conducted official direct talks on Trump's initiative," the diplomat observed.Why hasn’t Washington, under Trump, spoken to Turkey’s leadership yet?

The diplomat also warned that Trump's plan could affect the Geneva peace process. This initiative could to a certain extent "embolden" the opposition, offering an opportunity to delay the talks. Should this happen, "all achievement reached at the Astana talks could be brought to nothing," he said.Coincidentally, or not, the Geneva Talks have been postponed until February 20/2017
Syria: UN-supported talks delayed until 20 February to give opposition time to unite
de Mistura: He explained that the delay of UN-supported intra-Syrian talks would give time for the ceasefire to solidify, give the Government a chance to consider concessions, and give a chance for the armed groups to come as “one unified opposition.”
Wondering aloud if the UN is waiting/hoping for Astana to fail?

An interesting read from Lawfare
The U.N. Charter and Safe Zones in Syria

Yesterday President Trump spoke to leaders in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates about the creation of “safe zones”—areas of protection for individuals displaced by the conflicts in Syria and perhaps also in Yemen.  According to Politico, President Trump “requested, and the [Saudi] king agreed to support, safe zones in Syria and Yemen.” Nevertheless, the hurdles to creating “safe zones” are significant.  Some already have identified policy resistance within the Defense Department, which the White House has ordered (along with the State Department) to produce a plan for safe zones by the end of April. Lawmakers also likely are not enthused about deploying more U.S. troops on the ground in the Middle East, something a safe zone likely would entail.  Yet others have worked through how international humanitarian law treats safe zones and raised a variety of practical questions to ask and resolve before deciding whether and how to proceed.

But none of these actors have noted the serious problem that could arise under the U.N. Charter if the United States or other states tried to establish these safe zones inside Syria without Assad’s consent. I wrote about this previously when the idea of creating a “buffer zone” over a part of northern Syria was on the table in 2014.  If the basic idea this time around is to take over a small part of Syria’s territory to create a protected zone into which refugees could come and be safe from the violence, the states creating the safe zone will almost surely run afoul of the prohibition on the use of force under Charter article 2(4) unless they have Assad’s consent.  Taking control of part of another state’s territory in this context—even for purely humanitarian purposes—is very difficult to justify under a self-defense theory, particularly where the safe zone is not immediately adjacent to the fighting with ISIS. And although the U.N. Security Council conceivably could decide to establish such a zone under Chapter VII over Assad’s objection, Russia surely would veto such a resolution.

Thus, those crafting options for the President should push hard for plans that either create safe zones consensually on the territory of Syria’s neighbors (e.g., Turkey) or that extract consent for the zones from Assad (with the strong urging of Russia, perhaps). Indeed, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov has said that safe zones might be possible, but only with Assad’s consent.
The United States should pursue one of these alternate avenues rather than trying to establish a safe zone in Syria without such consent.
One of these alternative avenues? So establish a safe zone in Syria with Assad’s consent?
OR... Create a ‘consensual’ safe zone in Turkey?  And if neither Turkey or Syria consent?

I certainly don't expect Turkey to consent. Syria? Depending on outside pressure? Maybe? Maybe not?

Turkey Faces Two Uneasy Choices in Syria- Neither of them Good for Turkey-An Oped

AnonymousJanuary 31, 2017 at 11:50 AM
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/World/2017/Jan-30/391517-saudi-king-agrees-to-support-safe-zones-white-house.ashx# Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, in a phone call Sunday with U.S. President Donald Trump, agreed to support safe zones in Syria and Yemen, a White House statement said.
Kurds get more weapons from the US and plan "new phase"

SDF is mostly YPG/PKK so I'm not including the absolute nonsense about this supply going to the Arabs portion of SDF which is just a veneer to cover up US cooperation with PKK terrorists

SDF spokesman Talal Silo said the delivery of the armored vehicles marked a significant improvement in U.S. support and attributed the change to the new administration. Trump says eradicating Islamic State will be one of his biggest priorities.
"Previously we didn't get support in this form, we would get light weapons and ammunition," Silo told Reuters. "There are signs of full support from the new American leadership -- more than before -- for our forces."

EUPHRATES DAM STILL IN ISLAMIC STATE HANDS

The U.S. strategy towards fighting Islamic State in Syria has generated tension with NATO ally Turkey The Kurdish military source said the third phase would focus on capturing remaining areas, including the road between Raqqa city and Deir al-Zor. Cutting off Raqqa city from IS strongholds in Deir al-Zor would be a major blow against the group.
RT: Trump Administration sends Armored Vehicles to Syrian Rebels
The shipment was confirmed by Pentagon spokesman John Dorrian, who said it was made "using existing authorities, in the interest of helping protect our partnered force from the (IS) improvised-explosive device threat."The Pentagon also said that plans to deliver the vehicles pre-dated the Trump administration, but were a sign of its renewed commitment to defeaating IS, which the new US President promised as part of his campaign.Why didn't Trump prevent the delivery of these new arms and vehicles
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Quebec Shooting: "White Privilege" Identity Politics & Dylann Roof Replay

pennyforyourthoughts2 - Mon, 01/30/2017 - 13:44
I ended the earlier post asking which suspect was going to get the frame and blame?
- Mass Shooting In Quebec City- PM Trudeau calls this “Terror attack Against Muslims”

Was it going to be Muslim vs Muslim? Or was it going to be the "privileged white boy" filled with hate- like Donald Trump- as the perp

If you picked the privileged white boy as the one framed you'd have been correct- He was my first choice... So three shooters- one calmly shooting- becomes one 'white racist' mass shooter

Alexandre Bissonnette:
Bissonnette

Alexandre Bissonnette is eerily reminiscent of Dylann Roof- First thought that popped in my mind!- Dylann Roof's trial taking place present day

Dylann Storm Roof And not only are their appearance strikingly similar- Their stories share an almost uncanny sameness..
 The trial of Dylann Roof was commencing, eighteen months after he shot and killed nine African-American congregants at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal ChurchDylann Roof killed in a church, house of worship, and so did the privileged white Bissonnette!
 The 27-year-old entered the Centre Culturel Islamique de Quebec and opened fire with a rifle, shooting members of the mosque as they prayed, police and witnesses say.

 A second man, Mohamed el Khadir, was previously identified by authorities as a suspect. He was taken into custody near the mosque and questioned, but Quebec Provincial Police said in a tweet Monday afternoon that he is no longer considered to be a suspect. He is now being called a witness.
Bissonnette
Bissonnette kills all these people, gets away and then calls the police?
About 17 minutes after the first call of shots fired at the mosque, Alexandre Bissonnette, called 911 to police he felt guilty about what he had done, La Presse reports.
Bissonnette, a 27-year-old Quebec native, told the 911 dispatcher he was going to shoot himself. About 8:45 p.m., he told police he wanted to be arrested.
“He was armed and spoke to us about his acts,” Quebec City Police Inspector Denis Turcotte told the Montreal Gazette. “He seemed to want to co-operate. … The suspect said he was waiting for the police to arrive.”
Police have not yet released details about the suspect’s motive for the shooting. He was interrogated after being taken into custody and police are still investigating what led to the attack.A source told Radio-Canada that Bissonnette is a student at Université Laval, a French-language, public college in Quebec City. There are about 28,500 undergraduate students and 8,500 graduate students attending the school.
Dylann Storm RoofAlexandre Bissonnette Identified As Quebec Mosque Shooting Suspect: Reports All neatly wrapped up in about 16 hours time- wow! Repeating memes aid in catapulting the propaganda-- Yes, people died. But exactly who shot them is the real question- Since all shooters were identified as being masked.. Update: Euronews had this headline: " Deadly shooting at Canada mosque was "lone wolf" attack" But, changed it. Original url below- I'm using original headlinehttp://www.euronews.com/2017/01/30/deadly-shooting-at-canada-mosque-was-lone-wolf-attack
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