October 23, 2014

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Greece & Cyprus Count On EU To Support Them Against Turkish Aggression

Turkish seismic exploration vessel `Barbaros Hayreddin Pasa` entered Cyprus` exclusive economic zone earlier this week, a few days after Turkey issued a NAVTEX for the area. The move prompted Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades to suspend his participation in the UN backed negotiations which aim to reunify the island under a federal roof. Following this, Cyprus' National Council adopted a package of eight measures with immediate effect in response to the continuing violation of the sovereign rights of its EEZ by Turkey.

Cyprus officials even went as far as saying that they would not consent to the opening of any new chapter in Turkey’s accession process to the EU and would examine the possibility of a recourse to the UN Security Council.

Anastasiades was expected to report Turkey to the European Council, which convenes on October 23-24, with a view to condemning the illegal actions of Turkey and the violation of the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus in its EEZ, but he had just been discharged from the hospital following some health issues and had to remain in bed, so Greek Premier Antonis Samaras represented him instead.

On behalf of the Cypriot president, Samaras on Thursday presented a map to European Leaders that documented the situation that has developed in Cyprus' EEZ.

As such, the explosive events in southeastern Mediterranean and Turkey’s aggressive behavior were some of the main points of discussion at Thursday’s meeting in Brussels. Cyprus, in cooperation with Greece, raised the issue for discussion to seek support from their European partners in order to mitigate the Turkish behavior.

The only thorn seems to come from Great Britain, because they do not want to further aggravate Turkey because of its crucial role in the ongoing war against the Islamic State (or basically in Syria).

In Cyprus, government officials announced that they were determined to proceed with the drilling despite all the recent Turkish provocations in the region. More exactly, Minister of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism Yiorgos Lakkotrypis said on Thursday that so far, no problems have arisen in Cyprus’ energy program by the presence of the Turkish Barbaros ship in the area.

He said that the ENI/Kogas consortium, which is drilling in the area, has not yet made any concrete complaints about the Turkish ship’s presence, and he noted that the ship has not attempted -in any way so far- to prevent ENI/Kogas from carrying on with its work. In fact Lakkotrypis said that the company is sending the Cyprus government daily progress reports, while state services are closely monitoring the movements of the Turkish vessels and so far there have not been any problems. He also said that once drilling by the ENI/Kogas consortium is complete, the drill would be moved to the next site in one of the potential deposits of blocks 2, 3 and 9.

Nonetheless, no one can deny that the presence of the Turkish surveyor ship in the area is a terrible provocation and the statements that were made by Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Wednesday concerning Cyprus and the rights to the country's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) only added more fuel to the fire and prompted strong reaction from the Athens government.

More exactly, President of the Hellenic Republic Karolos Papoulias sent a message to his Cyprus counterpart expressing support in the face of Turkey's "illegal and provocative" actions, which he said violated Cyprus' sovereign rights.
     "At this time when the Cyprus Republic's sovereign rights to its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) are being violated in an illegal and provocative manner by Turkey, I wish to relay the unanimous support of the Hellenic Republic and the entire Greek people," Papoulias said, while stressing that the European Union must stand by Cyprus at this time.
     "I express our hope and anticipation of a positive result from the actions that your government is undertaking to deal with the situation that has arisen, hoping at the same time that the European Union will actively display its solidarity," he said.
Obviously Davutoglu's statements were an additional provocation. The references made by the Turkish prime minister to scenarios of partitioning 'two states' are indicative of the true Turkish intentions.

Turkey's actions are a gross violation of international law and an insult to the European Union. Isn't Cyprus a member of the UN, EU and the Eurozone? Yes it is. Shouldn't this be acknowledged? Isn't the UN, the EU, etc. obligated to support and protect Cyprus?

It is. Only Turkey refuses to realise and recognise this fact. This is probably why its Prime Minister came out on Wednesday saying that Turkey will continue with its seismic research in the Mediterranean south of Cyprus, in spite of the Cyprus government's objections and the threat that EU accession negotiations will be interrupted.

Can Russia send an survey vessel to Long Island and begin scanning the area for natural gas and oil? Wouldn't this be a violation of the US' sovereignty? Then why the hell isn't the West reacting to all these provocations, but tolerates every bully tactic in the book from Turkey?

(Silly us... the West tolerated the invasion of Cyprus.)

Davutoglu left it to be understood that its seismic survey vessel "Barbaros" was acting on the basis of agreements between Turkey and the illegal occupation regime in the northern part of the island, which of course is only recognised only by Turkey.
     "We have a right to carry out seismic surveys in the region and we will always exercise our rights," Davutoglu said, while in a statement reported by the Turkish news agency Anadolu, he is quoted as saying that "Turkish Cypriots have as many rights as the Greek Cypriots to the continental shelf or Cyprus' EEZ".
But wait, he also said that if the Cyprus government contested its right to carry out seismic research to the south of the island then  "the scenario of two states" could just open for discussion.

Across the Atlantic, Marie Harf, Deputy Spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State said that the US recognizes the Republic of Cyprus’ right to develop its resources in its exclusive economic zone. She said that the US continues to strongly support the negotiation process conducted under UN good offices "to reunify the island into a bizonal and bicommunal federation. That’s obviously been our policy for a long time”.

Asked to comment on the statement by Cyprus` Government Spokesman that what is happening in Cyprus is another Turkish invasion against the island, Harf said “well, I haven’t seen those comments, but we continue to believe that the island’s oil and gas resources, like all of its resources, should be equitably shared between both communities in the context of an overall settlement. And it’s important, I think, to avoid actions that may increase tensions in the region”.

(Combined Reports)

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OPINION - Canadian Terror Wave a Modern-Day Gladio

Tony Cartalucci - LD  - As warned, after multiple staged incidents used to ratchet up fear and paranoia in the build-up to US and its allies' military intervention in Syria and Iraq, at least two live attacks have now been carried out in Canada - precisely as they were predicted.

The first attack involved a deadly hit-and-run that left one Canadian soldier dead. AP would report in its article, "Terrorist ideology blamed in Canada car attack," that:
    A young convert to Islam who killed a Canadian soldier in a hit-and-run had been on the radar of federal investigators, who feared he had jihadist ambitions and seized his passport when he tried to travel to Turkey, authorities said Tuesday.
The second, most recent attack, involved a shooting in Ottawa injuring several and killing another Canadian soldier. RT in its article, "Ottawa gunman ‘identified’ as recent Muslim convert, high-risk traveler," would report that:
    While the name of the Ottawa gunman is yet to be announced, a number of officials told numerous media that the shooter is believed to be Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a recent Muslim convert, allegedly designated as a high-risk traveler.
    Michael Zehaf-Bibeau was born in Quebec as Michael Joseph Hall north of Montreal, two US officials told Reuters, claiming that American law enforcement agencies have been advised that the attacker recently converted to Islam.
    AP sources also identified the man to be Zehaf-Bibeau. A Twitter account associated with Islamic State militants tweeted a photo they identified as the Ottawa shooter. The Globe and Mail reports that the shooter was designated a “high-risk traveler” by the Canadian authorities with his passport seized.
Clearly, both suspects were under the watch of not only Canadian authorities, but also US investigators, before the attacks.

Canada's Attacks Were Predictable - Western Security Agencies are Prime Suspects

It was warned last month after security agencies staged scares in both the US and Australia, that suspects under investigation, being walked through planned terrorist attacks by Western security agencies as part of "sting operations" would inevitably be switched to live terrorist attacks.

In mid-September A Rochester man, Mufid A. Elfgeeh, was accused by the FBI of attempting to provide material support to ISIS (undercover FBI agents), attempting to kill US soldiers, and possession of firearms and silencers (provided to him by the FBI). The FBI's own official press release stated (emphasis added):
    According to court records, Elfgeeh attempted to provide material support to ISIS in the form of personnel, namely three individuals, two of whom were cooperating with the FBI. Elfgeeh attempted to assist all three individuals in traveling to Syria to join and fight on behalf of ISIS. Elfgeeh also plotted to shoot and kill members of the United States military who had returned from Iraq. As part of the plan to kill soldiers, Elfgeeh purchased two handguns equipped with firearm silencers and ammunition from a confidential source. The handguns were made inoperable by the FBI before the confidential source gave them to Elfgeeh.
It was warned that only an inoperable firearm stood between Elfgeeh's arrest and his successful execution of deadly plans hatched by him and his undercover FBI handlers. This script, written by the FBI to entrap Elfgeeh, would be followed almost to the letter in live attacks subsequently carried out in Canada resulting in the death of two Canadian soldiers. Conveniently, both suspects are now dead and little chance remains of ascertaining the truth of who they were in contact with and how they carried out their deadly attacks.

With both suspects having been on both US and Canadian watch lists - it is very likely undercover agents were involved in either one or both cases. While many possibilities exist, Western security agencies should be among the first suspects considered as potential collaborators.

A Modern-Day Operation Gladio - Inducing Fear, Obedience, and Control

Before Elfgeeh's entrapment and later live attacks in Canada, US policymakers and pundits had begun in earnest setting the rhetorical stage for eventual staged attacks. With serial beheadings failing to raise Western public support necessary for an expedient intervention in Syria, more insidious provocations appeared to be in the works. Setting the stage, a CBS/Associated Press story titled, “Former Deputy CIA Director: ‘I Would Not Be Surprised’ If ISIS Member Shows Up To US Mall Tomorrow With AK-47,” would claim immediately after the initial James Foley ISIS execution video that:
    “The short-term concern is the Americans that have gone to fight with ISIS and the west Europeans that have gone to fight with ISIS could be trained and directed by ISIS to come to the United States to conduct small-scale attacks,” Morell stated. “If an ISIS member showed up at a mall in the United States tomorrow with an AK-47 and killed a number of Americans, I would not be surprised.”
    Morell warned that over the long-term the extremist group could be planning for a 9/11-style attack that killed thousands of Americans.
The FBI has a long list of foiled terror plots of its own creation. More disturbingly are the plots they conceived but "accidentally" allowed to go "live." One might recall the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. FBI agents, according to the New York Times, were indeed overseeing the bombers that detonated a device killing six and wounding many more at the World Trade Center.

In their article, "Tapes Depict Proposal to Thwart Bomb Used in Trade Center Blast," NYT reported:
    Law-enforcement officials were told that terrorists were building a bomb that was eventually used to blow up the World Trade Center, and they planned to thwart the plotters by secretly substituting harmless powder for the explosives, an informer said after the blast.
    The informer was to have helped the plotters build the bomb and supply the fake powder, but the plan was called off by an F.B.I. supervisor who had other ideas about how the informer, Emad A. Salem, should be used, the informer said.
    The account, which is given in the transcript of hundreds of hours of tape recordings Mr. Salem secretly made of his talks with law-enforcement agents, portrays the authorities as in a far better position than previously known to foil the Feb. 26 bombing of New York City's tallest towers. The explosion left six people dead, more than 1,000 injured and damages in excess of half a billion dollars.
Considering the 1993 bombing and the fact that the FBI literally oversaw the construction and deployment of a deadly bomb that killed 6, it is clear that the FBI can at any time through design or disastrous incompetence, turn one of their contrived entrapment cases into a live terror attack. One can only guess at how many similar FBI operations are currently taking place within the United States involving ISIS sympathizers - any one of which could be turned into a live terror attack provided the weapons handed over to potential terrorists are functioning, just as the bomb was in 1993 when it was driven into the lower levels of the World Trade Center.

It is very likely that the recent attacks in Canada involved at least one "informant" working for the FBI. Because the FBI uses confidential informants to handle suspects, if a plot is switched "live," the informant will be implicated as an accomplice and the FBI's covert role will remain uncompromised.

Image: The FBI has an impressive portfolio of intentionally created, then foiled terror plots. Its methods include allowing suspects to handle both real and inoperable weapons and explosives. These methods allow the FBI to switch entrapment cases "live" at any moment simply by switching out duds and arrests with real explosives and successful attacks. Because the FBI uses "informants," when attacks go live, these confidential assets can be blamed, obfuscating the FBI's involvement.  Credit - Land Destroyer

Everything from a mass shooting to a bombing, and even an Operation Northwoods-style false flag attack involving aircraft could be employed to provide Wall Street and London with the support it needs to accelerate its long-stalled agenda of regime change and reordering in both Syria and across the Iranian arc of influence. Readers may recall Operation Northwoods, reported on in an ABC News article titled, "U.S. Military Wanted to Provoke War With Cuba," which bluntly stated:
    In the early 1960s, America's top military leaders reportedly drafted plans to kill innocent people and commit acts of terrorism in U.S. cities to create public support for a war against Cuba.
    Code named Operation Northwoods, the plans reportedly included the possible assassination of Cuban émigrés, sinking boats of Cuban refugees on the high seas, hijacking planes, blowing up a U.S. ship, and even orchestrating violent terrorism in U.S. cities.
In addition to Operation Northwoods, the public must also consider NATO's Operation Gladio, and its larger "stay behind" networks established after World War II across Europe and at the center of multiple grisly assassinations, mass shootings, and terrorist bombings designed to demonize the Soviet Union as well as criminalize and crush support for left-leaning political parties growing in popularity in Western Europe. It would be determined that NATO's own covert militant groups were killing innocent Western Europeans in order to effect a "strategy of tension" used to instill fear, obedience, and control over Western populations.

That the FBI and Australian authorities had coordinated staged security operations in tandem on opposite ends of the globe to terrify their respective populations into line behind an impending war with Syria, and now two highly suspicious attacks have been carried out using the very script Western security agencies were using to lead suspects through "sting operations," suggests a new "Operation Northwoods" or "Operation Gladio" of sorts is already being executed.

Staged executions on cue by ISIS in the Middle East of US and British citizens at perfectly timed junctures of the West's attempt to sell intervention both at home and abroad, and now live shootings just in time to heighten a new "strategy of  tension" reek of staged mayhem for the sole purpose of provoking war. Could grander and ultimately more tragic mayhem be in store? As ABC News' article on Operation Northwoods and the Military Channel's documentary on Operation Gladio suggest, there is no line Western special interests will hesitate to cross.

With the West attempting to claim ISIS now has a "global" reach, the US and its partners' attempts to obfuscate the very obvious state-sponsorship it is receiving will become exponentially more difficult. That the FBI is admittedly stringing along easily manipulated, malevolent patsies who at any time could be handed real weapons and sent on shooting sprees and/or bombings - and now apparently have been - Americans, Canadians, Europeans, and Australians would be foolish to conclude that their real enemy resides somewhere in Syria and not right beside them at home, upon the very seats of Western power

Victory for Olympiakos Against Match With Juventus (VIDEOS)

The Olympiakos soccer team claimed a 1-0 victory on Wednesday night against Juventus in a game that kept fans glued to their seats until the very end. Juventus had quite a few chances to score a goal in the second half of the game, but it could not land a goal from Olympiakos' own Roberto. Kasami’s shot, which was assisted by Kostas Mitroglou, only proved the difference and the Greek side have now beaten the Italian and Spanish champions in this year’s Champions League.

More exactly, Pirlo lost possession in midfield and Dominguez was able to bring the ball forward. He fed Mitroglou, who in return laid the ball off for Kasami, and the midfielder expertly slided the ball past Buffon from the edge of the area.

GOAL for the Greek team!

Juventus' poor away run in the Champions League goes on, with the Serie A winners now having lost five of their last six matches away from Turin. They deserved something this evening, but qualification for the knockout stages is now in serious doubt. For now, I've been Tom Maston and thanks for joining me.

The goalkeeper for the Greek team palmed the ball away each time it reached the Olympiakos post. Without a doubt the star of Wednesday night's match was Roberto. His skills were so impressive that in the second half some sports commentators said that he even surpassed himself.

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YPG Defends Kobani - Iraqi Kurds Rush To Help, While ISIS Uses Chemical Weapons

According to figures released by the YPG (Syrian Kurds) at least 1,294 ISIS fighters have been killed in the fighting in Kobani, Syria thus far. YPG says that ten tanks and a large number of other sorts of military vehicles have been destroyed, while a large number of military equipment has been captured.

It looks like the figures will rise, and quickly, because more than 200 Iraqi Kurdish -or peshmerga fighters- passed through Turkey on Wednesday night in order to help defend the Syrian border town of Kobani against Islamic State militants.

The move could just be a turning point in the battle.

One report on Thursday morning said that Iraqi Kurdish lawmakers approved a plan on Wednesday to send the fighters, marking the semi-autonomous region's first military foray into Syria's war.

Kobani has been under siege by ISIS for a year and over under heavy attack since September 15th. The goal of ISIS, which has brought up reinforcements from its centers as far away as Mosul and Rakka, was to capture Kobani quickly. However owing to the resistance of YPG and YPJ fighters they were unable to carry out their plan.

ISIS, which wants to lessen the pain of its defeats in Jezza, Sinjar Til Hemis and Rabia, wanted victory in Kobani and began attacking on all three fronts around the city with heavy weapons. It then intensified its attacks on the city with weapons captured from the Syrian and Iraqi armies (and the support of Turkey of course).

But, the open support given to this brutal gang (s) of barbarians by Turkey is now out in the open, and public sentiment has not been very friendly towards Ankara.

YPG says that on September 20th Turkey sent FIVE trucks full of rockets and heavy machine guns. These arms were delivered to ISIS near the village of Qeremox in the El-Bet region of the Kobani canton. YPG notes that this type of support to ISIS has been documented on multiple occasions.

The Syrian Kurds claim that ISIS gangs, receiving support from Turkey and other regional powers, have massacred scores of civilians around Kobani including children, women and the elderly. The gangs, now attacking the city center, have been dealt serious blows over recent days and have lost many of their forward positions.

Meanwhile a horrifying report on PressTv said on Thursday that ISIS militants used chemical weapons against Kurds in the Syrian town. According to the report, loud explosions were heard as plumes of smoke were rising above the strategic border city.
     The new clashes came after Kurdish officials and doctors said on Wednesday that the terrorists released a sort of toxic gas in the eastern side of the Kurdish city late on Tuesday.
     Aysa Abdullah, a senior Kurdish official based in Kobani, said the victims had symptoms that included dizziness and watery eyes and that there was no equipment to precisely determine what kinds of chemicals had been used.
The report also revealed that many more militants joined ISIS from Iraq’s former Baathist regime, who are apparently highly skilled in using chemical weapons.

Sources - rojavareport, PressTv


Ex-PASOK MP Being Investigated By Parliament's Source of Income Committee

Former PASOK MP Yiannis Anthopoulos is under review by the Parliament's Source of Income Committee, which is looking over the records of former politicians from 1974 to 2012.

It should be reminded that Anthopoulos served as deputy in the ministries of Education (2 terms) and National Economy (1 term). 

The Committee has processed the source of income (known as the "pothen esches" -meaning: where did you get it-) statements for 455 politicians so far and has found that fewer than 10 cases need further checks, according to its chairman George Kalantzis.

In the next scheduled session, the Committee is expected to decide whether or not additional facts may justify the assets of Anthopoulos.

(Maybe the Committee should really review the information in hand a little bit further... HellasFrappe suspects that they may have -purposely- overlooked a few things, or are not really set on "cleaning up house". If they expect us to believe that after reviewing hundreds of cases, only ten did not add up... then we really pity them and at the same time justify all the voices that characterize the majority of politicians as crooks.)

Hellenic Air Force To Star In "OXI" Day Celebrations

The Hellenic Air Force aerial display team is going to participate in the celebrations marking the anniversary of October 28th, or OXI day, in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki.

The Air Force is apparently going to display various F-16 Zeus aircraft. A test flight is scheduled to be carried out at noon on Monday, or one day before the parade, and then the aerial show will take place as expected on Tuesday high above the Thermaikos bay, immediately after the customary military parade through the city centre.


Deputy FM inaugurates new Greek school “Athena,” in Bucharest

Deputy Foreign Minister Kyriakos Gerontopoulos inaugurated the new building of the Greek school “Athena” (K-9) in Bucharest earlier this week, within the framework of his two-day visit to Romania. Afterwards, having toured the classrooms and other spaces of the new facilities, he met with the teachers and the members of the parent-teacher association. He congratulated them on their efforts and listened to their requests and the problems they raised.

Speaking to the pupils, Mr. Gerontopoulos stressed that the new school complex that embraces a special generation of Greek students, who, despite growing up far from the homeland, will, thanks to the efforts of their parents and teachers, remain close to the Greek spirit and the Greek language.

Later, Gerontopoulos visited the offices of the Hellenic Union of Romania, meeting with the Union’s President, Romanian MP Dragos Zisopoulo, as well as with the board of the Greek Community of Bucharest. He was briefed on their various activities, which concern the teaching of the Greek language and traditional Greek dances, the hosting of an annual Greek Language Olympiad, the publication of various books in Greek and Romanian, and efforts that have begun for the construction of the Greek church in Drăgășani, where the Sacred Band monument is located.

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Crash of Flight MH17: Dutch FM Accidentally Gives Damning Detail - German BND Belied

So far, no official authority has clarified the circumstances of the downing of flight MH17 over Donbass. However, the Obama administration, despite the lack of evidence and based on its subjective conviction, pinned the blame on the Self-Defense Forces of the People’s Republics of Lugansk and Donetsk.

It has applied economic sanctions against Moscow, which protects these republics, and has admitted having coerced the European Union into doing the same.

On September 10, the authorities of the Netherlands, in charge of the investigation, released a preliminary report on the tragedy.

They confirmed that the aircraft disintegrated in flight because of "damage caused by external impact from numerous high-energy objects." However, neither the nature nor the origin of these projectiles was elucidated.

Ivan A. Andrievskii, vice-president of the Russian Union of Engineers, put out a report showing that the aircraft was shot down by 30mm cannon fire from one or more fighter jets. Moreover, it has been established that no Russian fighter was in Ukrainian airspace at that time.

On October 7, Frans Timmermans, who was Dutch Foreign Affairs Minister at the time of the event and is currently first vice president of the European Commission, plied with questions from journalist Jeroen Pauw regarding the information that prompted him to intervene before the UN Security Council, indicated that the body of one passenger was found wearing an oxygen mask. A piece of information that does not appear in the report released by his country and which trashes the theory of a shoot down by a surface-to-air missile.

On October 8, the German secret service, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), in a closed session before the Bundestag commission in charge of intelligence oversight, presented a report concluding that the Malaysian Boeing was shot down by a Bouk surface-to-air missile launched by the Self-Defense Forces of Donbass.

In all likelihood, the BND had not been informed about the interview given by Frans Timmermans the night before.

Der Spiegel released the contents of this hearing in its issue of October 19. [2]. However, the German weekly points out that for the BND the only two certainties are:

  • (1) that the photographs provided by the Ukrainian government are false and
  • (2) that Russia’s allegations according to which the aircraft had been downed by the Ukrainian army and that Ukrainian jets had approached the plane are also false. Therefore the BND is skeptical about its own conclusions.

On October 20, the director of Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency (Rossaviatsia), Alexander Neradko, invited the German intelligence services to publish documentation demonstrating the involvement of the insurgents or of the Ukrainian army in the disaster.


  • [1] “Analysis of the reasons for the crash of flight MH17”, by Ivan A. Andrievskii, Оdnako (Russia), Voltaire Network, 27 September 2014. Original russian, in Portuguese, in German.
  • [2] Original German: "Ostukraine: BND macht Separatisten für MH17-Absturz verantwortlich". English version: "Deadly Ukraine Crash: German Intelligence Claims Pro-Russian Separatists Downed MH17", Der Spiegel, 19 October 2014.
Voltaire Network

October 22, 2014

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Conspiracy or Truth - Russia Classifies CIA Assassination Of Top French Oil CEO


An ominous Federal Security Service (FSB) bulletin issued to all Ministries on Wednesday ordered that all information relating to the crash of the Dassault Falcon 50 business jet at Vnukovo International Airport (VKO) that killed Christophe de Margerie, CEO of French oil giant Total [the world's 13th biggest oil producer and Europe's 2nd largest], has now been classified as Of Special Importance, which is the highest classification level and refers to information which, if released, would cause damage to the entire Russian Federation.

According to this bulletin, the preliminary FSB investigation into this crash showed that upon takeoff at 12:10am Moscow time the plane's nose landing gear collided with a snow-removing machine and rolled over causing a fire that broke out after the collision, but there was no explosion, and which was quickly extinguished by the services of the airport.

The FSB further confirmed that Christophe de Margerie was the only passenger of the jet and died along with the airplane's crew in the collision. His death was further confirmed by Total and the head of the Vnukovo International Airport press service.

Of the different versions of the accident currently being publicly investigated, the FSB says, are the guilt of pilots, guilt of dispatchers, guilt of the snow-removing machine's driver and poor visibility.

Ominously, however, the FSB further states that they have discovered “unaccountable discrepancies” between the information recovered from the planes Flight Data Recorders and that of the control tower appearing to show that this aircraft was “surreptitiously directed” into the path of the snow-removal machine operating on another runway and whose driver was reported sober and whose lawyer stated that his client “is suffering from an acute heart condition; does not drink at all and has relatives and friends who can testify to that.”

To the “actions and motivations” of “state-actors” [FSB euphemism for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)] in seeking to assassinate Christophe de Margerie, this bulletin says, was the meeting he had just concluded with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev wherein Total and its partner, Russia’s largest independent oil and gas producer Novatek, would begin selling oil and liquid natural gas (LNG) in either Euros or Rubles, and not US Dollars (aka: Petrodollar).

The FSB notes that Total and Novatek together have a 21 billion Euro (US $27 billion) project to develop a LNG project in Yamal in the Russian Arctic that should start producing in 2017. The field’s proven reserves are estimated at around 800 million barrels of oil equivalent, from which the two companies could one day produce as much as 15 million tons a year of LNG.

Total CEO Christophe de Margerie further enraged the Obama regime, the FSB says, when this past June, while responding to questions about calls by French policymakers to find ways at the EU level to bolster the use of the Euro in international business following a record US fine on BNP Paribas SA, France's biggest bank, stated:
     “There is no reason to pay for oil in dollars.” He further said that the fact that “oil prices are quoted in dollars per barrel did not mean that payments actually had to be made in that currency.”
FSB historical addendums to their bulletin note that the Petrodollar system was put into place after President Richard Nixon shocked the global economy on 15 August 1971 when he officially ended the international convertibility from US Dollars into gold, thereby bringing an official end to the Bretton Woods Arrangement that stabilized the global economy in the aftermath of World War II.

Two years later, in an effort to maintain global demand for US Dollars, another system was created called the Petrodollar system and in 1973 a deal was struck between Saudi Arabia and the United States in which every barrel of oil purchased from the Saudis would be denominated in US Dollars.

Under this new arrangement, any country that sought to purchase oil from Saudi Arabia would be required to first exchange their own national currency for US Dollars. In exchange for Saudi Arabia's willingness to denominate their oil sales exclusively in US Dollars, the US offered weapons and protection of their oil fields from neighboring nations, including Israel.

By 1975, all of the OPEC nations had agreed to price their own oil supplies exclusively in US Dollars in exchange for weapons and military protection.

This petrodollar system, or more simply known as an “oil for dollars” system, created an immediate artificial demand for US Dollars around the globe.

As global oil demand increased, so did the demand for US Dollars, a scheme that enables America to stay afloat despite being nearly US $18 trillion in debt.

The existence of petrodollars, the FSB notes, is one of the pillars of America’s economic might because it creates a significant external demand for the American currency, allowing the US to accumulate enormous debts without defaulting.

With Russia now being demonized and sanctioned by the Obama regime, due to its policy of removing the US Dollar from oil and gas purchases, this FSB bulletin concludes, France has now joined with Iraq, Libya, Syria and Iran in suffering the wrath of daring to go against the Petrodollar… as the assassination of Total CEO Christophe de Margerie proves beyond all doubt the horrific lengths the US will go to in order to protect its rapidly deteriorating economy.



SHAME - Extremists attack Orthodox St. Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai

The Greek Orthodox Monastery of Saint Catherine’s, situated in the Sinai peninsula, has once again been attacked by Muslim extremists and local authorities, in spite of the long standing charity provided to the Bedouins by the monks.

(The monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was constructed between 548 and 565, and one of the oldest operating Christian monasteries in the world.)

The extremists reportedly took the monastery by storm, eventually managing to demolish the gate and then take two of the monks hostage. The monks had to submit to the raiders and agreed to pay them a tax in exchange for an end to the atrocious attacks.

Nevertheless, the islamists are still threatening the Archbishop of Sinai and his monks with violence, claiming this ancient monastery was ‘illegally constructed’ in 2006, in spite of the fact the monastery dates to the time of the Emperor Justinian I (527-565)!

The monks were forced to pay a ransom of US $21,000 to obtain the release of the two kidnapped monks.

In spite of the numerous complaints and appeals to local Egyption law-enforcement agencies, the situation remains bleak, with local autonomous bodies closing their eyes to the extremists’ calls to obliterate Christianity on Sinai and “to restore justice”, which means “returning” the Christian settlement Oyun Musa (“Moses springs”) to Muslims” with the reference to the Quranic texts.

Not long ago the authorities imposed a tax upon all the monastery’s monks.

It was done because the monastery “had a refectory for pilgrims”, which allegedly “served as a source of enrichment.”

For the first time in Egyptian history, such a decision was made towards the ascetics who never leave this place of prayer.

It is now feared that the Muslims are intending to destroy this ancient monastery, the oldest continually active monastery in the world.

The attack on these peaceful monks is yet one more demonstration of the evil intent of Muslims to destroy all traces of Christianity in the Middle East, while Western nations, including the United States, continue to allow Muslims to migrate into our own nations, constructing mosques near our college campuses, and proselytizing for their religion among hardened prisoners in our state and federal prisons.



Phaistos Disk: Was It A Tribute to Minoan Crete's Mother-Goddess?

The Phaistos Disk, whose decoding has puzzled experts for more than a century now, is actually a prayer to a mother, according to Erasmus coordinator at the Technological Educational Institute (TEI) of Crete, Gareth Owens, who was speaking at the TEI of Western Macedonia earlier this week.

Describing it as "the first Minoan CD-ROM," he said the disk was discovered in 1908 at the palace of Phaistos, in the northeastern part of the Aegean Island of Crete.

The round clay object, dated close to 1700 B.C., apparently displays an unknown language on both sides which is carved in a circular fashion, from outside to the centre.

Dr. Owens says that there is a complex of signs found in three parts of one side of the disk spelling I-QE-KU-RJA (YGEIAN + AGAPI), with I-QE meaning "great lady of importance" while a key word appears to be AKKA, or "pregnant mother." One side is devoted to a pregnant woman and the other to a woman giving birth, he noted.
     "The most stable word and value is 'mother'," and in particular the mother-goddess of the Minoan era, to whom the disk is dedicated, stressed Owens.
He then noted the institution's web site, www.teicrete.gr/daidalika, where more than 242 signs can be viewed from both sides of the disk, based on 45 different signs. Owens says that there are too many to constitute an alphabet and too few to constitute a truly ideographic script, as is the case with Chinese.

Whatever the case, one thing is certain. The disk will continue to puzzle and fascinate scholars for eons to come.

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Obama’s Coalition Partners Fund the ISIL

The curious contradiction of President Obama’s coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, has been widely exposed in many countries over the past days, namely, the fact that while part of the coalition is ineffectively throwing bombs around Iraq and Syria, the other part is financing the ISIL.

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By E.I.R. Strategic Alert

Moreover, Turkey, a NATO member, is openly abetting the ISIL to block creation of an autonomous Kurdish region in Syria, bordering on the Kurdish region of Iraq which is already quasi independent.

On Oct 9, Egyptian Foreign Affairs Minister Sameh Shouky met with General John Allen, the American special envoy for the anti ISIL coalition, where he made the same point we have made from the beginning. Egypt’s idea of counter-terrorism in the region, he said, according to Al Ahram, is to dry up the finances of terrorist organizations.

That financing is coming from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the Gulf States and Turkey, as is well known. Interestingly, a number of British security experts have been outspoken on that connection, as British involvement in the air strikes is highly contested.

Lord Dannatt, a former Chief of the General Staff of the British Armed Forces, told the Daily Telegraph on Oct. 5:
     “It is completely unacceptable that some individuals in Qatar, Saudi Arabia and elsewhere see advantage in channelling large sums of money to the so-called Islamic State.” He called on the government to stop allowing these countries to buy lucrative assets in Britain unless they dismantle terrorist funding networks.
Former Defense Secretary Liam Fox recently wrote in the same daily that “money has been flowing from rich individuals in the Gulf states, if not their governments,” to the ISIL.

The Telegraph also cited a recent speech by the former head of Britain’s MI6 intelligence service Sir Richard Dearlove, who fingered Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

We would suggest that that figures, if they are serious, might start at home by cleaning up “Londonistan”.

As for Turkey, the French magazine Marianne revealed that certain Turkish banks with branches in London are funneling funds from private Saudi and Gulf State networks to the IS. The jihadist financiers transfer the money to the London branches, which in turn transfer it to front companies in Turkey, which pass it on to the ISIL.

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Lebanese-American TV reporter killed in Turkey After Exposing Explosive Report (VIDEOS)

Lebanese-American reporter working for Iranian channel, Press TV, Serena Shim was killed in a car crash in Turkey, following reports of accusations from Turkey’s intelligence agency (MIT) that she had been “spying.”
     “Our correspondent Serena Shim has been killed near the Turkey-Syria border. Serena was killed in a reported car accident when she was returning from a report scene... their car collided with a heavy vehicle,” a Press TV broadcast stated on Monday. Shim had also been the mother of two young children. (TV disputed this, alleging that both driver and vehicle have disappeared.)
Press TV has additionally expressed suspicion, implying that it may not have been an accident.
     “Just a couple of days ago she had been threatened by Turkish intelligence,” the broadcast said.
Shim had been returning to her hotel after reporting from Suruc – a rural district near the Syrian border, where a many foreign journalists are based.

They are covering news from the Syrian northeastern border town of Kobani, under siege by Islamic State militants for the past month due to its strategic importance.

She had expressed fears for her own safety; her death on Sunday came a day after she reported receiving threats from the Turkish intelligence agency (MİT), saying they had accused her of spying.
     “The Turkish intelligence agency has now accused our correspondent Serena Shim of being a spy,” said a Press TV report on Saturday.
     “I’m very surprised at this accusation – I even thought of approaching Turkish intelligence because I have nothing to hide,” Shim said in the broadcast on Saturday.
     “I am a bit worried, because... Turkey has been labeled by Reporters Without Borders as the largest prison for journalists… so I am frightened about what they might use against me,” she said. 
Shim had been reporting that IS militants had crossed the border from Turkey into Syria in trucks apparently affiliated with NGOs, some of which allegedly bore World Food Organization symbols. She claimed that she had received images from Islamic militants crossing the Turkish border and was one of the few reporters focusing on the matter.
     “We were some of the first people on the ground –if not the first people – to get that story of…militants going in through the Turkish border…I’ve got images of them in World Food Organization trucks. It was very apparent that they were militants by their beards, by the clothes they wore, and they were going in there with NGO trucks,” she said. 

Source PressTV

Champions League: Olympiakos Gears Up To Host Juventus

The mighty red Olympiakos soccer team is getting ready to host Juventus on Wednesday night in Group A of the Champions League. The Greek team lost 2-0 at Malmo last time out, having previously won its group opener 3-2 against Atletico Madrid. At present, Olympiakos is ranked fourth in the standings, level on three points with all three group rivals after two games played. The expected match will be without injured Juventus defenders Andrea Barzagli and Martin Caceres while Greece's Olympiakos is going to be at full strength.


Prosecutor Launches Inquiry Into Events at Athens University

The head of Greece's first-instance court public prosecutors, Ilias Zagoraios, on Tuesday ordered an urgent preliminary inquiry into the recent events that unfolded at the Athens University, after its Rector Theodoros Fortsakis filed a complaint that the university's functioning had been disrupted. Press reports in Athens claim that the charge is a misdemeanour level offence and Fortsakis has not asked for the immediate intervention of the police since there are no damages that prevent the university's operation, noting that it operated as normal on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Fortsakis claimed that MPs from the main opposition SYRIZA party were behind the student takeover of the university rectorate. While speaking on ANT1 TV station, Fortsakis was quoted as saying that a group of SYRIZA MPs entered the university with the students and accused them of motivating the students to stage the takeover.
     “Can I enter Koumoundourou (SYRIZA party headquarters) without permission? The University is open for all those who belong here but everyone else needs permission. SYRIZA MPs are welcome, as long as they are granted permission” Fortsakis stressed.

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