Günlük arşivler: Ağustos 8, 2012

Amnesty International: An Instrument of War Propaganda?


by Felicity Arbuthnot

Amnesty International has released satellite pictures of "craters" in Syria, citing : "an increased use of heavy weaponry, including near residential areas".

The BBC reports, quoting Amnesty: "Images from Anadan revealed more than 600 probable artillery impact craters from heavy fighting between Syrian armed forces and armed opposition groups." (My emphasis.)

Further: "Turning Syria’s most populous city into a battlefield will have devastating consequences for civilians. The atrocities in Syria are mounting already," warned Christoph Koettl, emergency response manager for Amnesty International USA, without acknowedging that the killings of civlians are committed by the US-NATO Free Syrian Army (FSA) rather than the government.

Digital Globe via Amnesty International "More than 600 probable artillery impact craters,
represented here with yellow dots, were identified in Anadan, in the vicinity of Aleppo, according to Amnesty International."

"The Syrian military and the opposition fighters must both adhere to international humanitarian law, which strictly forbids the use of tactics and weapons that fail to distinguish between military and civilian targets", he added.

Amnesty’s record on impartiality suffered a fatal blow when they stated in 1991 that Iraqi soldiers had torn babies from their incubators in Kuwait and left them to die on the floor of the hospital’s neo-natal unit. Arguably this sealed the 1991 onslaught on Iraq. The story that the Kuwaiti government rewarded Amnesty with $500,000 for endorsing this pack of lies has not gone away – and as far as I am aware, to date, has not been denied.

Amnesty suffered another own goal by organising a demonstration last year, outside the London Syrian Embassy, with CAABU (Council for Arab British Understanding) calling for the overthrow of the sovereign Syrian government. A plan which was outlined by the US Embassy in Damascus in December 2005. This action arguably falls under the definition of incitement to terrorism, set out by the UN Security Council on 4th May 2012. (SC/10636.)

The Syrian government is doing what any nation would do to defend its country when attacked by terrorists, many from outside and many also with British accents, according to recently escaped, kidnapped British and Dutch journalists.

However, back to your 600 craters. The insurgents also seemingly have rocket propelled grenades and have also boasted of capturing tanks with heavy weaponry. However many craters or not, they will certainly be responsible for many and will not have clean hands.

Further, I do not seem to remember Amnesty blasting the British and Americans soldiers for killing, raping, murdering whole families of Iraqis and Afghans, also illegally invaded, who simply wanted their countries back, or were totally innocent victims.

No doubt the all is now directed by your new US Head, former top aide to Hilary Clinton who seems to hate most of the world’s non Western population, especially those of the Middle East, or of predominantly Muslim heritage.

Amnesty has moved a long way from its fine founding aims.

Turkey: NATO’s Neo-Ottoman Spearhead in the Middle East


by Rick Rozoff

Turkey already has troops in Syria and has threatened military action to protect the site they guard.

A 1921 agreement between Ottoman Turkey and France (the Treaty of Ankara), the latter at the time the colonial administrator of Syria, guaranteed Turkey the right to station military personnel at the mausoleum of Suleyman Shah (Süleyman Şah), the grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire, Osman I (Osman Bey).

Turkey considers the area adjacent to the tomb to be its, and not Syria’s, sovereign territory and late last month reinforced its 15-troop contingent there.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated the following in an interview televised on August 5: “The tomb of Süleyman Şah and the land surrounding it is our territory. We cannot ignore any unfavorable act against that monument, as it would be an attack on our territory, as well as an attack on NATO land. Everyone knows his duty, and will continue to do what is necessary.” The gravesite of a Seljuk sultan who was reputed to have drowned in the Euphrates River while on a campaign of conquest is now proclaimed a NATO outpost in Syria.

If confirmation was required that a neo-Ottoman Turkey is determined to reassert the influence and authority in Mesopotamia it gained 700 years before and lost a century ago and, moreover, that it was doing so as part of a campaign by self-christened global NATO to expand into the Arab world, the Turkish head of state’s threat to militarily intervene in Syria with the support of its 27 NATO allies should provide it.

Especially as the above complements and reinforces the roles of the U.S. and NATO in providing military assistance to Ankara in its current war of attrition against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Turkey and Iraq, with Syria soon to follow as last week Turkey deployed troops, tanks, other armored vehicles and missile batteries to within two kilometers of the Syrian border for war games. Last week a retired Turkish official compared the current anti-Kurdish offensive to the Sri Lankan military’s final onslaught against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) three years ago, ending the 25-year-long war against the latter with its complete annihilation.

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s trip to Colombia in April was designed to achieve the same result in the 48-year joint Colombian-U.S. counterinsurgency war against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). In the current era of international lawlessness, only NATO states and American clients like Colombia and Israel are permitted to conduct military strikes and incursions into other nations and to wage wars of extermination against opponents.

In the same interview cited above, Turkey’s Erdogan asserted the right to continue launching military strikes against Kurdish targets in neighboring countries, stating, “It should be known that as long as the region remains a source of threat[s] for Turkey we will continue staging operations wherever it is needed.”

Turkish Interior Minister Idris Naim Sahin recently claimed that his nation’s armed forces had killed 130 suspected PKK members and supporters in Hakkari province, which borders Iran and Iraq.

Specifically in respect to military attacks inside Syria, Erdogan stated: “One cannot rule that out. We have three brigades along the border currently conducting maneuvers there. And we cannot remain patient in the face of a mistake that can be made there.”

He also stated, in reference to fighting in the Syrian city of Aleppo, “I believe the Assad regime draws to its end with each passing day” and criticized Iran’s support, which is to say its recognition, of the Syrian government. Iran is the inevitable secondary target of actions directed by Turkey and its NATO and Persian Gulf Arab allies against Syria and will be struck through Iraq also.

In the same interview the Turkish head of state identified a third target: Iraq. He condemned the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, declaring it illegitimate and urging it be overthrown. In what portends confrontation and possible conflict with Iran and Syria as well by exploiting the PKK issue, he added:

“Even though we should be countries that share the same values, for us to be in such rigor [conflict?] only makes the terrorist organization more powerful. This leads us to approach each other with suspicion.”

In the process he criticized Iran as well:

“It is not possible to accept Iran’s stance [of supporting the Iraqi government]. We conveyed this to them at the highest level of talks. We said to them, ‘Look, this has been a source of disturbance in the region.’”

His comments occurred after the Iraqi government criticized the visit of Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to the cities of Kirkuk and Irbil in the Kurdistan Regional Government-controlled north of Iraq in part to secure oil and natural gas deals with the regime of Massoud Barzani, president of the Kurdish autonomous region. Irbil is the region’s capital, but Kirkuk is claimed by Iraq’s central government too. Davutoglu’s trip to Kirkuk was the first by a Turkish foreign minister since 1937.

On August 7 Hurriyet Daily News columnist Murat Yetkin offered this perspective on the matter:

“Because Iraq [is] at risk of falling apart. Massoud Barzani, the leader of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in the north of the country, which borders Turkey, has started to sign oil and gas deals with energy giants despite the objection of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in Baghdad, who refuses to approve a hydrocarbons law to regulate the sharing of oil and gas income. The energy giants have an interest in supplying more oil and gas that is not controlled or is less controlled by Russia and Iran to Western markets; Turkey provides an option under NATO protection for both Iraqi Kurdish and Azeri resources to be transferred further west. The presence of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the KRG region and its armed campaign is, of course, a pain in the neck and a big obstacle to greater cooperation…”

On July 26 the same commentator claimed that “There are already political and economic actors trying to push Turkey to claim some energy-rich parts of Iraq and Syria, which would mean a regime change such as a federated Turkey, with Kurdish and possibly Arabic members,” which, he conceded, “could drag the whole region into a chain reaction of wars.”

Part of Turkey’s justification for involvement in northern Iraq, and another pretext for potential military intervention, is the protection of their ethnic kin, the Turkmen, in the country.

However, since the U.S. and British invasion of Iraq in 2003 the true indigenous people of the north, the Assyrians, have been decimated by attacks from Barzani’s peshmergas and Saudi-backed Wahhabi extremists without Turkey, or the West, being in the least degree concerned. Nine years ago there were an estimated 1.5 million Assyrian and other Christians in Iraq; now there under 500,000. Churches have been destroyed and in 2008 the Chaldean Catholic Archeparch of Mosul, Archbishop Mar Paulos Faraj Rahho, was kidnapped and murdered in the northern Iraqi city where he resided. Other religious minorities – Mandeans, Sabeans and Yezidis – have suffered the same fate. Shiites are regularly targeted by Wahhabi death squads.

The Barzani domain in the north has become a Turkish foothold inside the country, which has aided Ankara by preventing the PKK from operating on its territory and suppressing its sympathizers. It is also a dependable Sunni ally for Turkey, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf monarchies in efforts to weaken the Shiite-led government in Baghdad. The al-Maliki administration condemned last week’s visit by the Turkish foreign minister to the Kurdish-dominated north as a violation of Iraq’s constitution and national sovereignty as Davutoglu had neither requested nor obtained permission to enter Kirkuk.

Iraq’s Foreign Ministry handed the Turkish chargé d’affaires in Baghdad a harshly-worded statement and the Turkish Foreign Minister in response summoned the Iraqi ambassador to lodge a protest.

With Turkish threats against Iraq and Syria, and by inevitable implication Iran, mounting, on August 6 the Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, Major General Seyed Hassan Firuzabadi, warned that:

“Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey are responsible for blood being shed on Syrian soil.

“This is not an appropriate precedent, that neighboring countries of Syria contribute to the belligerent purposes of…the United States. If these countries have accepted such a precedent, they must be aware that after Syria, it will be the turn of Turkey and other countries.

He added that Iran fears “Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar have become victims of promoting the terrorism of al-Qaeda and we warn our friends about this.”

On the same day Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian stated, “There is a question that when al-Qaeda plays an active role in Syrian terrorism and violence, why the US and other countries back the shipment of heavy and semi-heavy weapons to the country?”

Kazem Jalali, a member of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, said that “Turkey and those who support and arm terrorists” in Syria were responsible for the safety of 48 Iranians kidnapped in the country on August 4.

The following day the Turkish press reported that Osman Karahan, a Turkish lawyer who defended a suspected top-level al-Qaeda operative accused of participating in deadly bomb attacks in Istanbul in November of 2003 was killed in Aleppo fighting with anti-government forces. In 2006 the Turkish government charged Karahan with aiding and abetting al-Qaeda.

Syria has announced that it captured several Turkish and Saudi military officers in Aleppo. Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar have established a base in the Turkish city of Adana, 60 miles from the Syrian border, to supply weapons and training to Syrian rebels for cross-border attacks.

The Turkish government is providing bases, training and advisers for al-Qaeda and other participants in the insurrection against the Syrian government at the same time that it is threatening Syria, Iraq and Iran over the “terrorist” Kurdistan Workers’ Party.

In bordering Iran, Iraq and Syria, Turkey provides NATO – and through NATO the Pentagon – direct access to those three nations. The final stage in the West’s Greater Missile East Initiative is now well underway, as is a new redivision of the Levant modeled after the Anglo-French Sykes-Picot Agreement of 1916.

The Pentagon’s Map of Afghanistan: An Eldorado of Mineral Wealth and Natural Resources


by Nikolai Malishevski

Curious information surfaced in the media last month – based on space reconnaissance, the US Department of Defense put together a map of Afghanistan showing in detail the country’s mineral riches which, as it transpired, may be quite impressive.

The fact that Afghanistan sits on lucrative natural resources was recognized indirectly back in 2010 when the Afghan ministry of mines rolled out a $1b (!) estimate of what the country might have, and The New York Times quoted a source in the US Administration as saying that Afghanistan’s list of reserves included copper, gold, cobalt, and even lithium on which the present-day industry is heavily dependent. A Pentagon memo actually described Afghanistan’s potential lithium holdings as big enough to make it the “Saudi Arabia of lithium”. Somehow, the news flew below the radars of most watchers worldwide.

It must be taken into account in the context that the areas used for poppy cropping in Afghanistan expanded by a factor of magnitude since the Western coalition invaded the country with an anti-terrorist mission and brought down the Taliban rule. At the moment, millions of Afghans are involved in poppy farming and processing or in heroin trafficking. A year after the advent of the Western coalition, Afghanistan entered the world stage as a heroin monopoly, outputting over 60% of the global supply. It is an open secret that the farmlands given to poppy in Afghanistan far exceed in proportions the cocaine plantations in Columbia, Peru, and Bolivia combined. The US-British explanation is that farmers in Afghanistan – an underdeveloped country supposedly having no natural resources – have to cultivate drugs for survival.

Citing the above claims, in the 2000ies Washington dropped Afghanistan from the narcotics blacklist and lifted the pertinent sanctions. The US President said the step was in the US national interests, while in no time the Afghan “farmers” confronted the neighboring countries, Russia in particular, with the nightmare of a permanent drug Jihad.

Actually, Soviet scientists discovered decades ago that the soils of Afghanistan contained ample mineral resources. Among those, for example, are precious and semiprecious stones: samples of the Sar-e-Sang District Lazurite, whose quality craftsmen praise as exemplary, were found even in Pharaohs’ tombs and during the Troy excavations. The emerald deposit unsealed back in the 1970ies in the Panjshir Province ranks with the world’s largest, with gems comparable in quality to the acclaimed ones mined in Columbia. Also long ago, the Soviets were aware of the existence of Uranium reserves in Afghanistan – in Gen. A. Lyakhovsky’s account presented in his Tragedy and Honor in Afghanistan, the threat that the Uranium would be grabbed by Pakistan and Iran to build nuclear weapons was cited as an argument in favor of the future Soviet invasion at a pivotal December 8, 1979 meeting personally chaired by L.I. Brezhnev.

The Soviet explorations which went on in Afghanistan till the late 1980ies showed that Afghanistan was extremely rich in various types of ores, with the resources hitherto untapped as the country had never been colonized. The Aynak copper deposit is the biggest in Eurasia, and the Hadjigek iron ore in the proximity of Kabul is believed to be the the top one in South Asia. Pegmatite reserves usable as sources of rubies, Beryl, and seldom-found gems – kunzite and hiddenite – are located east of Kabul. Pegmatite fields can, furthermore, serve to derive Beryllium (estimatedly, the corresponding reserves are the biggest known up to date with a total of over 73,500 tons), Lithium, Tantalum, and Niobium, the substances steady demand for which is pressed by the high tech sector along with the nuclear and aerospace industries.

The Pentagon, therefore, confirmed the old Soviet findings about the reserves of precious metals, ores, sulfur, Lazurite, Baryte, Celestine, etc. in Afghanistan, and actually went further, scrupulously compiling a map of the deposits. The story deserves attention, considering that, contrary to the widespread notion, the war the Afghan mujahiddeen used to wage against the Soviets did not end when the Soviet forces were withdrawn from Afghanistan. In the 2000ies, the war recurred in the form of a drug offensive which cost Russia more lives than the botched Afghan military campaign. In that now fairly distant era, the Soviet death toll reached around 15,000 overall, while these days Afghan drugs kill up to 20,000 people in Russia annually, crippling far more. Most of the victims, it must be noted, are young people. It is absolute cynicism to justify the above with allegations that Afghanistan’s poverty leaves its farmers with no choice but to cultivate drugs.

A Temple and a Mosque; Worship in America


by Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich

On August 5, a Sikh temple in Southern Wisconsin was attacked. Six worshippers lost their lives before the gunman was killed. There was an outbreak of condemnation – rightly so. President Obama ordered flags at public buildings to be flown at half-staff and Mrs. Clinton called her Indian counterpart. Mitt Romney offered his prayers to the families of the victims. Left ignored, was the burning down of a mosque in Missouri – predictably so. Worship in America is a political prerogative in sink with U.S. policies.

But India and Indian Sikhs have privileges; so why were Sikh worshippers targeted? It may well be that the perpetrator, Wade Michael Page who allegedly had links to the white supremacist movement ignored the political relations in favor of his ideology — white supremacy, articulated by President T. Roosevelt who said of America: “Democracy has justified itself by keeping for the white race the best portion’s of the earth’s surface."

Or perhaps, as CNN opined, “Sikh’s "unfairly" mistaken for Muslims and targeted.” This would not be the first time, and as Public Radio International (PRI) has reported, since the events of 9/11, Sikh men have been targeted as Moslems. Even the cordial relations with India could not prevent the perception that an Indian Sikh resembles a Moslem and fair target.

Scapegoating Moslems had been planned as early as 1991 (see full article here). The end of the Cold War had left neoconservatives fearful that with the demise of the Soviet Union, and the splintering of the America ’s right wing faction, there would no longer be an unconditional support for a U.S.-Israel alliance. The threat of communism was replaced with the threat of Islam. The promotion and branding of Islam as an enemy came to fruition with the events of 9/11.

In line with this neoconservative strategy, the mainstream media in the US framed September 11 within the context of Islam, ignoring all other inquiry, including the fact that a new U.N. Human Rights Council assigned to monitor Israel was calling for an official commission to study the role neoconservatives may have played in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks (New York Sun 1). As neocon Bernard Lewis was busy teaching the concept of ‘jihad’ versus‘crusade’ 2 Moslem bashing, Moslem killing, and Mosque burning became fair game.

The strategy of demonizing Islam was so successful that in 2008 the presidential candidates centered their qualification for Office on Moslem-bashing. Former New York mayor and the hero of 9/11, Rudy Giuliani, made the threat of ‘Islamic terrorism’ the centerpiece of his campaign. Podhoretz also joined Giuliani (later he joined McCain), as did John Deady who resigned after it came out that he said the following of Giuliani: "He’s got, I believe, the knowledge and the judgment to attack one of the most difficult problems in current history and that is the rise of the Muslims. Make no mistake about it, this hasn’t happened for a thousand years, these people are very dedicated and they’re also very, very smart in their own way. We need to keep the feet to the fire and keep pressing these people until we defeat or chase them back to their caves or, in other words, get rid of them." Renowned Evangelical Pat Robertson gave Giuliani his endorsement.3

Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council, allegedly dissuaded contender Mike Huckabee from “reaching out” to the ‘Muslim world’. Mitt Romney, a contender in 2008 and the 2012 GOP presidential hopeful, raised eyebrows when he suggested that mosques be wire-tapped.4 For almost a decade, U.S. military officers were being taught to wage a ‘total war’ on Islam and target civilians.

The Sikh Temple shooter, Wade Michael Page, a former U.S. Army veteran, is condemned for the violent and meaningless murder of innocent worshippers, but is he alone responsible for this act of insanity? If these killing were truly a case of mistaking Sikhs as Moslems, should those who implement seeds of hatred not be held accountable aslo?

Who will persecute those who taught army officers to kill Moslems – the Commander-in-Chief hopefuls and their advisors who promoted hatred and persecution of Moslems, and the neoconservatives who planted the seeds of hatred among us? Will their deeds be buried with Page? As Jonathan Swift said: “I never wonder to see men wicked, but I often wonder to see them not ashamed.”

Notes
1. New York Sun

2 Bernard Lewis, ‘Learning the Lingo. Jihad vs. Crusade. A Historian’s Guide to the New War’, Wall Street Journal (27 Sept. 2001).

3 “The Religion Card; GOP Candidates Play on anti-Muslim Sentiments”The Progressive, Biography Resource Center , USC Feb 2008

4 The Religion Card, Ibid.

Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich is a Public Diplomacy Scholar, independent researcher and blogger with a focus on U.S. foreign policy and the role of lobby groups

Turkey attacks Kurds, threatens military action against Syria


On the eve of an expected major offensive in Aleppo by the Syrian regime, Turkey has threatened to invade Syria, using the pretext of Kurdish groups seizing control of northern border areas.

Such a move could pitch Ankara directly into war against Syria, after it has long sought to dictate events through control of the opposition Syrian National Congress and Free Syrian Army.

This would be done with the full support of the United States.

Al Ahram cited reports in the Turkish media that the US embassy in Ankara and the consulate in Adana in southeast Turkey have “been planning military operations against the Baathist regime in Syria with the knowledge of the Turkish government.”

Large numbers of trucks have been seen coming out of the US airbase at Incirlik, laden with arms for distribution to the Syrian opposition.

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has warned of an impending massacre in Aleppo, close to the Turkish border, and appealed for action. This is combined with ever escalating rhetoric over the “terrorist threat” posed by the Kurds.

In the past fortnight, up to 115 Kurdish fighters have been killed in a south eastern Turkey in military operations, including air strikes near the town of Semdinli. Sunday saw a counter-offensive in which Kurdish forces raided three military posts near the Iraq border that left at least six soldiers and 14 rebels dead. Turkish officials claim to be combating a 200-strong force of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK.

Kurds make up 17 percent of Iraq’s 31 million people, including the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan, nine percent of Syria’s 21 million population, and seven to ten percent of Iran’s 75 million people.

Turkey, which has a 25 percent Kurdish population (20 million Kurds) is bitterly opposed to the creation of an independent state. The Turkish army has targeted PKK forces, with which it has been in conflict since 1984 at a cost of 40,000 mainly Kurdish lives. However, the governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) has made clear that its ultimate aim is to intervene directly into Syria.

Without naming anyone, Prime Minister Racip Tayyip Erdogan accused foreign countries of backing the Kurdish fighters, who had made “dastardly” attacks on least three military bases. “Turkey has the strength to put enemy nations and circles who hold the strings of the terrorist organisation in their place,” he threatened.

Deputy AKP Chairman Omer Celik stated more directly, “The preparations and multi-pronged attack by the PKK in Hakkari exceeds the PKK’s capabilities. The PKK, in carrying out the attacks in Semdinli and Hakkari, acted in parallel with the massacres carried out by [Syrian President Bashar al] Assad’s forces in Aleppo.”

The AKP has placed itself at the head of the movement to depose Assad, breaking its former alliance with Syria. It calculated that this would secure its leadership of an alliance of Sunni powers, including Saudi Arabia and Qatar, which the United States is utilising as a proxy through which to establish a client regime in Syria. This would cut Shia Iran off from its major regional ally and deprive Russia and China of a foothold in the Middle East.

It has worked to secure the support of Kurdish groups in Syria and to bring them into the SNC, which is now led by Abdelbaset Sayda—a Kurd living in exile in Sweden. But most Kurds view the SNC with deep suspicion, due to the dominant role played by the Muslim Brotherhood and the involvement of Riyadh and Qatar in funding, arming and training the insurgents. Routine professions of non-sectarianism count for little against the growing weight of Al Qaeda and Salafist forces in the anti-Assad camp.

The most widely supported Kurdish group, the PKK, and its local unofficial affiliate, the Democratic Unionist Party (PYD), initially allied themselves with Assad based upon opposition to the Sunni insurgency and anticipation of being rewarded with some form of autonomy.

In recent days, the transfer of Syrian units to build up a reported Aleppo force of 20,000 has left a vacuum that has been filled by the PYD and other groups that are now said to control four or five of the main towns and cities in northern Syria.

To this threat, Erdogan has stated, “It is our most natural right to intervene since those terrorist formations would disturb our national peace… In the North, (Assad) has already allocated five provinces to the terrorists.”

Turkey has been working to secure some form of accommodation with the leader of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish administration, President Massoud Barzani, to prevent movements in Syria, Iraq and Turkey from meeting up. It sent Davatoglu to the capital, Erbil, on August 1 for talks. A joint statement expressed “deep concern regarding instability and chaos in Syria” that posed “a threat to regional security and stability” and promised co-ordinated efforts to establish a democratic, non-sectarian Syria.

However, this follows an earlier admission by Barzani to al-Jazeera that Syrian Kurds have been trained militarily in Iraq.

Any prospect of a Kurdish autonomous region, whether under Assad or a post-Assad government, is anathema to Ankara. But it is also utilising the Kurdish question as a means of establishing a bridgehead in Syria.

The SNC and the Syrian Kurdish National Council (KNC) have agreed to establish a committee to address Turkey’s concerns about the threat of “terrorism” following a meeting with Davutoglu. Abdulhakim Bashar, the head of the KNC, denounced the PYD as an ally of Assad and stated that the best option for Syrian Kurds is to form a Kurdish confederation affiliated with Turkey.

Stressing the Kurdish threat above all provides Turkey with a casus belli for declaring war on Syria and opening up a second front to complement the invasion of the commercial capital, Aleppo, by FSA and jihadist fighters. Ankara has already moved 2,000 troops to the Syrian border, as well as missiles, helicopters and tanks.

Turkey’s repression of the Kurds is being carried out with the full backing of Washington, which sees Turkey as the best candidate for leading a proxy war in Syria. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is to travel to Turkey for talks this week. The Obama administration is presiding over the arming and training of the opposition by its regional allies and has its CIA and military operatives on the ground.

This week the Daily Telegraph reported that the Syrian Support Group (SSG) has been granted a license to send funds to the opposition by the US Treasury, described by the group as a “game changer”.

Washington’s criminal actions in deliberately provoking a sectarian war in Syria are at the centre of a still greater crime. In order to secure unchallenged hegemony over vital oil supplies, the US is allying itself with Al Qaeda elements, the Muslim Brotherhood and Gulf despots to redraw the map of the Middle East in blood.

ORTADOĞU’yu İngiliz bankaları karıştırıyor


Obama’nın tekrar başkan seçilmesini istemiyorlar…

2011 genel seçimlerinde nasıl Türkiye’de Erdoğan’ın başbakan seçilmesini istemedilerse şimdi de Obama’nın tekrar başkan seçilmesini istemiyorlar.

Sabah Yazarı Süleyman Yaşar’ın yazısı:

"ABD seçimleri öncesinde bankaların manipülasyonları tek tek ortaya çıkarılıyor. Önce faiz lobisi yakalandı. Barclays bankası başta olmak üzere bankaların aralarında anlaşıp, "libor"u yani Londra bankalararası borçlanma faiz oranlarını nasıl sabitledikleri ve vatandaşın cebinden nasıl haksız kazanç sağladıkları ortaya döküldü. Bunun üzerine Barclays bankasının üst yöneticileri istifa etti ve banka 453 milyon dolar ceza ödemeyi kabul etti.

Ardından HSBC bankasının, İran ve Meksika’da yasadışı işlemlerden elde edilmiş paraları akladığı belgelendi. HSBC özür diledi ve 2 milyar dolar ceza ödemek için para ayırdı. Yine vergi cennetlerinde kayıt dışı 21 trilyon doların biriktiği, haksız elde edilen ve vergilendirilemeyen bu karanlık kazançların hangi yollardan gizlendiği aydınlatıldı. Bu arada Türkiye’den giden 158 milyar doların vergi cennetlerinde olduğu da açıklandı.

SAKLANAN TİCARİ İLİŞKİLER!

Gelelim yeni ortaya çıkan bir büyük skandala daha… Önceki gün Standard Chartered bankasının İran’ın nükleer programının finansmanı için 250 milyar dolar akladığı duyuruldu. Bankanın "işlemlerin yüzde 99’u kurallara uygundur" itirazına rağmen New York finansal hizmetler regülatörü, 2001-2010 arasında Standard Chartered’in İran’la gerçekleştirdiği 60 bin işlemi regülatörden sakladığını, kayıtları manipüle ettiğini açığa çıkardı.

Peki skandal nasıl anlaşıldı? New York finansal hizmetler regülatörü, dokuz ay çalışıp otuz bin evrakı inceledi. Ve Standart Chartered’in İran Merkez Bankası ve Bank Saderat ile işbirliği yaparak, nükleer silah projesi ve diğer silah projeleri için alınan malzemenin para transferlerini yaptığını tespit etti.

İşte bu yapılan işlemlerin cezalarının bankaya 5.5 milyar dolara mal olabileceği tahmin ediliyor şimdi. Ayrıca bankanın ABD’de işlem yapma lisansının iptali de söz konusu. Çünkü regülatör, bankayı "haydut kuruluş" olarak ilan ediyor. Ayrıca banka hisseleri bu olayın duyulmasının ardından dün öğle saatlerinde yüzde 23 değer kaybetti.

İRAN’LA SAVAŞ HEDEFLENİYOR MU?

Gelelim konunun önemine… Batılı ülkelerin hemen hepsi İran’ın nükleer programına karşı çıkıyorlar. İran’ın silah alımlarının yasaklanmasını istiyorlar. Ayrıca İsrail sürekli İran’ın nükleer tesislerini vurmaktan, İran’la savaşmaktan bahsediyor. Dolayısıyla bu gergin ortamda piyasalar geriliyor, dünya ekonomisinin büyüme hızı beklenenin altına gerilediği halde petrol fiyatları hızla yükseliyor.

Petrol fiyatlarının artışının ekonomik açıdan haklı bir gerekçesi ortada yokken, petroldeki hızlı fiyat artışları hem İran’ın hem de petrol firmalarının kârlarına kâr katıyor.

İşte bu oyunda en önemli rolü İngiliz bankalarının oynadığı da şimdi tek tek ortaya çıkıyor.

Her ne kadar itiraz etseler de özellikle HSBC ve ardından Standart Chartered’in İran’la gizli finansman ilişkisi kurması ve bunların açığa çıkması, Ortadoğu’daki gerilimde İngiliz bankalarının önemli rol oynadığını gözler önüne seriyor.

Anlayacağınız, Türkiye ve diğer gelişmekte olan ülkelere "İran’la iş yapmayın" diyenlerin kendi bankalarının İran’la uzun süredir yoğun işbirliği içinde olduğu görüldü. Bu işbirliğinin özellikle silah ve savaşa yönelik olması düşündürücü.

PETROL, SİLAH,VERGİ CENNETİ

Bu savaş piyasası şöyle çalışıyor. Savaş çıkacak endişesiyle önce piyasalar geriliyor, ardından yükselen petrol fiyatlarıyla elde edilen haksız kazançlar tekrar silaha yatırılıyor. Bu kara paranın aklanması işini de işte söz konusu İngiliz bankaları yapıyor. Tabii bu paraların "haksız yüksek petrol fiyatı-silah-vergi cennetleri üçgeninde" döndüğü artık açık bir gerçek olarak gözler önüne serildi.

Bu arada çok ilginçtir, Türkiye’de genel seçimlerde oyların hangi partiye verilmesi gerektiğini bile yazan, Türkiye toplumuna yön vermeye çalışan The Economist dergisi, bu konulara hiç değinmiyor. Ne yakalanan faiz lobisine, ne vergi cennetlerine, ne de Ortadoğu’da İngiliz bankalarının girdiği kirli ilişkilere hiç değinmiyor.

BU KONULAR İŞLERİNE GELMİYOR

Anlaşılan The Economist’in bu konular işine gelmiyor. Başkan Obama, seçim öncesinde İngiliz bankalarının kirli hesaplarını bir bir ortaya dökerken, peş peşe skandallar patlarken, The Economist’te tek kelime yok. The Economist’in bu suskunluğundan anlaşılıyor ki, 2011 genel seçimlerinde nasıl Türkiye’de Erdoğan’ın başbakan seçilmesini istemediyse şimdi de Obama’nın tekrar başkan seçilmesini istemiyor.

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U.S. President Barack Obama (3rd L) greets an Air Force officer before boarding Marine One helicopter on August 4, 2012 at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. Obama is spending the weekend at Camp David.

President Barack Obama shakes hands with supporters at the end of a campaign rally at Loudoun County High School on August 2, 2012 in Leesburg, Virginia. The president campaigned earlier in the day in Florida.

President Barack Obama, center, greets supporters after speaking at a campaign event at Loudoun County High School, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012 in Leesburg, Va. Obama was campaigning in Florida and Northern Virginia today.

President Barack Obama greets supporters after speaking at a campaign event at Loudoun County High School, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012 in Leesburg, Va. Obama spent the day campaigning in Florida and Northern Virginia.

A Secret Service Counter Sniper Team prepares to climb down a ladder from on top of a people mover after President Barack Obama aboard Air Force One landed at Dulles International Airport in Sterling, Va.. , Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012.

President Barack Obama greets supporters after a campaign event at Rollins College, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in Winter Park, Fla.

Secret Service grabs a forearm stroking Obama.

President Barack Obama greets guests on the tarmac upon his arrival at Orlando International Airport, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in Orlando, Fla. Obama is campaigning in Florida and Northern Virginia today.

President Barack Obama stops to greet patrons at Lechonera El Barrio, a local restaurant in Orlando, Fla. , Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012. Obama is campaigning in Florida and Northern Virginia today.

President Barack Obama greets eight-year old Olivia Short after he departed from Air Force One upon his arrival in Orlando, Fla. , Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012.

President Barack Obama is hugged by a supporter after speaking at a campaign event at Mansfield Central Park, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, in Mansfield, Ohio. Obama is campaign in Ohio with stops in Mansfield and Akron today. [Secret Service ready to remove an arm from Obama’s back. Note three agents in the crowd.]

Marine One helicopter, with President Barack Obama aboard, takes off from Wall Street heliport in New York, Monday, July, 30, 2012. Obama traveled to New York for a private fundraiser. [Decoy helo at rear, fire truck at right, Coast Guard ship in the river.]

US President Barack Obama prepares to land at the Wall Street Helipad in New York on July 30, 2012. Obama is in New York to attend campaign events ahead of the November presidential election. [Two Marine transport at left, Secret Service agent on dock.]

A Secret Service vehicle, left, and Air Force Security Forces vehicle follow Air Force One on the tarmac as it prepares to take-off with President Barack Obama aboard, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. , Monday, July 30, 2012.

U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama sits separated from the public during the basketball match between the U.S. and France for the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena in the Olympic Park at Stratford in east London July 29, 2012. [Michelle’s customary Secret Service at her right, and below.]

US First Lady Michelle Obama (R) speaks with tennis player Venus Williams (top L) as they attend the women’s singles tennis match between Serbia’s Jelena Jankovic and Serena Williams of the US during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 28, 2012.

U.S First Lady Michelle Obama, left, waves an American flag as she cheers on the U.S. swim team during the first day of finals at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 28, 2012, in London. At right is Summer Schlopy, host of Yahoo! Sports’ web series Elite Athlete Workout. [Two Secret Service at left.]

Agents keep watch as U.S. President Barack Obama (C) walks to the Marine One helicopter before departing from a soccer field at the Madeira School after attending a campaign event at a nearby private residence in McLean, Virginia, July 27, 2012.

US President Barack Obama walk across a field after stepping off Marine One upon arrival at the Madeira School landing zone July 27, 2012 in McLean, Virginia. Obama is in McLean to attend campaign fundraisers.

President Barack Obama waves as he walks across the football field at Madeira school in McLean, Va. , Friday, July, 27, 2012. Obama Traveled to Northern Virginia for a private fundraiser.

US First Lady Michelle Obama plays with children as part of her ‘Let’s Move-London’ event at the Winfield House in London on July 27, 2012, hours before the official start of the London 2012 Olympic Games. [SS at right.

<img width=1000 height=644 id="Resim_x0020_23" src="cid:image023.jpg@01CD75B4.5F41C000" alt="Açıklama: [Image]” width=”1000″ height=”714″ align=”Bottom” />U.S. first lady Michelle Obama plays with schoolchildren during a ‘Let’s Move!’ event for about 1,000 American military children and American and British students at the U.S. ambassador’s residence in London, ahead of the 2012 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 27, 2012. [Two Secret Service in suits to hide weapons; at center, female.]</td> </tr> <tr> <td><img src=">U.S. Secret Service keeps watch as President Barack Obama departs the New Orleans area in Air Force One at Louis Armstrong International Airport in Kenner, La. , Wednesday, July 25, 2012. Obama delivered remarks at the National Urban League 2012 Annual Conference and attended campaign events in New Orleans.

President Barack Obama walks over to greet people after arriving at Boeing Field in Seattle, Tuesday, July 24, 2012.

US President Barack Obama greets wellwishers upon arrival on Air Force One at Portland International Airport in Portland, Oregon, July 24, 2012. Obama is traveling to attend campaign events and fundraisers.

Supporters walk in a line across the tarmac to greet President Barack Obama on his arrival at Boeing Field Tuesday, July 24, 2012, in Seattle. Obama is scheduled to attend a pair of campaign fund-raisers in the area.

President Barack Obama heads to his limousine after stopping at the Gateway Breakfast House in Portland, Ore. , Tuesday, July 24, 2012.

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