Headlines of interest, early to mid December, 2015…
Update from our Dec. 3 installment, concerning allegations in the French edition of Novorossia Today of Bilal Erdoğan’s shipping fleet transporting ISIL oil to Ukraine. Nikolaev is the last known port of the BMZ Group tanker Armada Fair (ATD 2015-12-01 18:42). From there it proceeded to the vicinity of Mersin, where it anchored but did not dock, according to the Automatic Identification System (AIS) data. Much of the scrutiny concerning the ISIS oil trade has focused on nearby Ceyhan. Armada Fair then quickly proceeded through the Adriatic at the time of an incident between the Russian destroyer Smetlivy and a Turkish fishing boat. It passed through the Bosporus on Tuesday 12/15 and then, upon entering the Black Sea, apparently turned off its AIS, as the last “ping” was received at 2015-12-15 16:19 UTC, when the Armada Fair went silent for 34 hours, before reappearing in the North West of the Black Sea in the morning of Dec. 17 (02:18 UTC). It is now on a route to the Ukrainian port of Dneprobugsky (ETA 2015-12-17 15:00). The ship had been set to arrive at the Russian Port of Kavkaz (ETA 2015-12-17 04:00) before changing its itinerary somewhere in the Black Sea. (It should be noted that Kavkaz and Nikolaev are equidistant from the Bosporus.) Needless to say, the AIS information coming from this ship is highly irregular and does arouse suspicion as to the business it is conducting. – Traffic data courtesy of MarineTraffic.com.
Bosphorus Naval News – Russian Submarine Alrosa Passed Through Bosphorus
Hurriyet Daily – Turkey detains 27 Russian commercial ships in retaliation
Tensions escalate and armies assemble in the region…
Middle East Eye – Iraq to take Turkey to the UN for ‘blatant breach of the UN charter’
Only to remove them, beginning Dec. 16…
EUCOM Live – F-15 Eagles to Return from Incirlik
LaRouchePAC – NATO Has Moved to a War Footing Against Russia
Space War (AFP) – Iran missile launch violated UN resolution: UN experts
Middle East Eye (AFP) – Israel and Turkey reach deal to normalise ties: Report
Al Monitor – Did Erdogan threaten Iran?
…there are reports of a growing rift between Iran and Turkey resulting from reports that during a phone conversation Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Rouhani about the negative press he and his family have been receiving in Iran…
At a press conference Dec. 8, Mohammad-Bagher Nobakth, spokesman for the Rouhani administration, said … that during the phone conversation between the two leaders, many issues were discussed, and “one of them was Erdogan’s concern about articles regarding him and his family in one of the Iranian media outlets.” Nobakht said Rouhani’s response was that “in Iran there is democracy and sometimes media publish such articles.”
One might question how democratic Iran’s press is domestically, but that aside…
Kerry gives a concession: Assad can stay, temporarily…
Other news around the world…
Washington Free Beacon – Chinese Submarine Practiced Missile Attack on USS Reagan
Yonhap News Agency – S. Korea-Israel FTA to foster ‘creative economy’: envoy
Indian Express – David Headley is pardoned, turns 26/11 approver – for background on Headley, see Aangirfan: DAVID HEADLEY – ‘DRUG DEALER AND CIA AGENT’. For the level of corruption in Mumbai, see the Benar News article we had linked in our Nov. 21 installment.
Wayne Madsen Report – December 15-16, 2015 — NATO nations cooperate in training and recruiting jihadists
Serbian and Russian intelligence operatives in the Balkans have pinpointed Turkish and Albanian government-supported radical mosques that are radicalizing Albanian Muslims from Albania, Kosovo, and Macedonia for the Islamic State (Da’esh) ranks in Syria and Iraq…
The Albanian mosques, chiefly financed by money from Saudi Arabia, have churned out hundreds of Albanian Muslim fighters for the Da’esh jihad in Syria and Iraq. Many have flown unhindered from Tirana to Istanbul and onward passage to the Da’esh killing fields of Syria and Iraq. The radical mosques are located in the suburbs of Tirana, Leshnice, Cerrik, Librazhd, Pogradec, and Elbasan. Some of the jihadist recruits also studied at Islamic schools in Saudi Arabia courtesy of Saudi government full scholarships.
One of the Albanian jihadist cells in Kosovo, operating from Kacanik, was planning to assassinate Pope Francis I in Rome. Still, the Obama administration refuses to crack down on jihadist cells operating from Kosovo, a nation that hosts one of the largest U.S. military bases in Europe at Camp Bondsteel.
Rather than concentrate Central Intelligence Agency and U.S. Special Forces assets against Islamic State recruiting activities in Albania, the Obama administration has given the green light to another “themed revolution” against Serbia and the Bosnian Serb Republic to prevent the two Serb state entities from uniting into a single country. The Serbs and Bosnian Serbs have been proactive in conducting operations against Islamist cells within their nations as seen last month with “The Shield” counter-terrorism exercise conducted by 500 military, intelligence, and paramilitary personnel. Dozens of Bosnian Muslims, fresh from fighting for ISIL in Syria, have been tracked back to Bosnia-Herzegovina where they have been probing potential terrorist targets in Banja Lujka and Brcko in the Bosnian Serb Republic…
Middle East Eye (AFP) – Saudi coalition accused of bombing Yemen schools
Yemen News Agency – Qahir 1 rocket launched against Saudi Khalid Air Base in Khamis Mushait
Pieczenik – The House of Islam is Starting to Collapse
Washington Times – U.S. has mapped Islamic State propaganda centers, won’t launch strikes
Alleged victim of one of ISIL’s most gruesome video productions is still alive, according to claim…
Fars News Agency – Former ISIL Hostage: Jordanian Pilot Still Alive
A wounded Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is said to be in the Qaddafis’ home town of Sirte…
Hurriyet Daily News – Agreement reached on political solution to Libya conflict: Officials
Middle East Eye – The West wants unity in Libya so it can bomb it
Maghreb Confidential – Al-Thani wants a new boss at the LIA
Caucasian Knot – Native of Dagestan declared killed during special operation in Kiev
Counterpunch (Michael Hudson) – The IMF Joins the New Cold War
Buenos Aires Herald – President skips Senate to name two Supreme Court justices
World Tribune – New Argentine president opts to scrap Iran accord
Latin American Herald Tribune – Mediator: New Argentine Government Intends to Negotiate with Holdout Hedge Funds
Venezuela Analysis – Maduro asks Cabinet to Resign, Plans Restructuring in Face of Electoral Defeat
Blacklisted News (Jake Anderson) – Declassified CIA Manual Shows How US Uses Bureaucracy to Destabilize Governments
Or to keep corrupt governments in place…
Black Agenda Report (Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo) – Chicago: Another Department of Justice Investigation?
Sipsey Street Irregulars – Supreme Court green lights the next American civil war.
Texas Tribune – UT-Austin: Fake Mass Shooting Not Welcome on Campus
There is much more to this story – Wayne Madsen reports:
Tashfeen Malik passed background tests for K-1 visa. What the media is getting wrong is that the visa application process in Pakistan, like everywhere else, is OUTSOURCED out to foreign national contractors!! From the U.S. embassy in Islamabad: “The Embassy and Consulate General of the United States of America in Islamabad and Karachi, Pakistan will transition to a new appointment and document delivery service for the non-immigrant visa unit as of August 24, 2014. This new system, which is being implemented in phases at U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide, is designed to be more comprehensive and user-friendly. It replaces the current appointment system of scheduling at Amex and Speedex locations in Pakistan, though these contractors will also be involved in the new system.”
In 2007, WMR reported on how US embassy foreign national officers outsource visa processing work to their local cronies. The corporate media, always eager to support outsourcing, ignored the story until San Bernardino.
The Century International Arms company, owned and run by the Sucher family for over 50 years, first made headlines in the fall of 2011. WikiLeaks releases from that time suggest that an Israeli gun merchant named Ori Zoller was the middlemen in an illegal sale to the Century International Arms of WW-2-era M1 rifles originally donated by the US to Guatemala.
Politico – America’s secret arsenal
Empty Wheel – So-Called Oversight in OmniCISA
Infowars – Alex Jones Defends Donald Trump
We haven’t seen this kind of confabulatory apologetic since the hey-day of the Obama-zombies…
Greencrow As the Crow Flies – Trump–just another pressure release valve in the US (s)election process…OR????
Donald has hatched a brilliant strategy to force the perps of 9/11 out into the open. By harping on Muslims…and demanding they be banned from the US, Trump will find out WHO it is that will oppose this decision most strongly (for “National Security” reasons…because Muslims do make EXCELLENT patsies). By demanding that “government representatives…figure out what’s going on…” isn’t Trump demanding a real investigation into 9/11 and all the other false flags?
Not everyone is drinking the kool-aid…
21st Century Wire – Fear and Fascism: Trump now saying, ‘We need to do something about the internet’
Aangirfan – CLINTON, TRUMP, MAFIA, CHILD ABUSE
Wxxx News – Jeb’s marker on Trump
Al Monitor – Turkey prepares for Trump presidency
Infowars – Putin Endorses Trump
Activist Post – Saudi Princess Speaks Out Against Chemtrails and Geoengineering
Occupy.com (Andrew Gavin Marshall) – Exposing BlackRock: Who’s Afraid Of Laurence Fink and His Overpowering Institution?
Information Week – Spy Agencies Fund IBM’s Quantum Computing Research
Vice Motherboard – Someone Will Eventually Use CRISPR to Try to Make a Dragon or Unicorn
If Fukushima doesn’t mutate a Godzilla first…
– Former Official: Fukushima is “unstoppable”… Journalists withholding shocking information… Huge amounts of radiation are pouring out, “very serious” for Pacific Ocean — Plant Chief: “This is something that has never been experienced”… We must invent new science for unprecedented catastrophe
Japan Times (Mina Pollmann op-ed) – Secrets law, one year later
On a lighter note…
American Free Press – Barack Obama’s ‘Birthplace’ a Tourist Attraction in Kenya