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Budget cuts, regulatory snags delay plans for naval facility

14 Nov

Budget cuts, regulatory snags delay plans for naval facility.

‘National Defence is hoping it can finally start moving on an already diminished and delayed plan for establishing a key naval facility in Canada’s Arctic after submitting a new environmental impact assessment to the Nunavut government this week.’

Ok, that’s nice – the Canadians have finally taken a step closer towards building their naval facility in the Arctic. But it does worry me: they submitted an environmental assessment. The thing is that the abovementioned article is rather old, the most recent says:

‘Nunavut regulator approves Arctic naval facility’

and

‘Nanisivik refuelling facility can go ahead without full environmental review’

WTF does that even mean? Without full review? They are going to refuel military vessels, it is a strategically important position for God’s sake! How come they ignore environmental issues?

NATO’s Secret Army

10 May

A clandestine army? Yes, NATO had one!
from ‘The Voice of Russia‘:
NATO’s secret army existed on Western European soil until early ’90s and probably still exists today. It was called the “Gladio”, which means “sword” in Latin. One of its emblems is a salamander, which represents that it belongs to the secret services syndicate.

In order to understand what this movement really represented or, possibly, still represents, we consulted a well-known Swiss historian Daniel Ganser, who has published a book about the secret army.

Mr. Ganser, you are a historian, specializing in modern history and international relations since 1945. You lecture at the Basel University and you are the author of numerous works, which caused a sensation all over the world. I would like to speak with you about your most well-known book “The NATO’s Secret Army”.

– The NATO’s Secret Army is a poorly studied phenomenon. Even my colleagues used to say to me: «But the NATO has never had any secret army!» The whole world thought that such a thing did not exist. And then, in 1990, the Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti confirmed that all the European NATO countries had secret armies. Their aim was to resist the Soviet invasion. But during the cold war period nothing of the kind happened, as you know. Therefore, people thought that these armies were useless, but it was not so. They were used in order to manipulate the political climate in many European countries – France, Belgium, Switzerland, Sweden, Turkey, Italy, Greece, Austria, Spain, Portugal,and Finland. It was a large-scale phenomenon all right.

Your book “The NATO’s Secret Army” inspired film director Emmanuel Amaro to create an excellent 52-minute documentary. Your book deals with both Russia and Western Europe. Has your book been published in Russian yet?

– No, not yet! But in two weeks I am presenting the Russian version of my book in Moscow.

We have received evidence that the secret army had actually existed, at least until the beginning of the ’90s. And yet there is still no reason to believe it was dismissed. Can you add some important details to the abovementioned?

– Historians say that in fact this army conducted acts of terror, aimed at changing political course of one or another country, consistently dissociating it from the USSR and Eastern Europe. So, on August 2, 1980, a bomb exploded in the waiting room of the railway station in Bologna, which took the lives of 85 people. 200 people received injuries of varying severity. At first, the Italian police attributed this terrorist act to the Red Brigades, but ultimately the “Gladio” was pronounced guilty. A month and a half later, during Oktoberfest in Munich there was another terrorist act. Colonel Klaus Fishner, a former employee of the counter-intelligence service of Stasi, says: «The task was to create tension in the NATO countries and to suppress any political left-wing deviation.» As we can see, that was the mission, aimed at justifying the existence of the secret army.

German historian Eric Schmidt-Eenboom affirms that in Germany a considerable part of the secret army, about 25%, was recruited from the former members of the SS.

The General public is well-acquainted with the film «The Bourne Identity». But what people do not know, is that the mysterious organization “Dread Stone”, that stood behind anonymous American political killers and was housed in Langley, has a real and sinister prototype: “Gladio”.

Saudi Grand Mufti urges to destroy all churches in the Arabian Peninsula

16 Mar

The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia has declared that all churches in the Arabian Peninsula must be demolished. The statement prompted anger from Christians throughout the Middle East.

Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah made the controversial statement in a response to a question from a Kuwaiti NGO delegation. A Kuwaiti parliamentarian had called for a ban on the construction of new churches in February, but so far the initiative has not been passed into law. The NGO, called the Society of the Revival of Islamic Heritage, asked the Sheikh to clarify what Islamic law says on the matter. 

The Grand Mufti, who is the highest official of religious law in Saudi Arabia, as well as the head of the Supreme Council of Islamic Scholars, cited the Prophet Mohammed, who said the Arabian Peninsula is to exist under only one religion. 

The Sheikh went on to conclude that it was therefore necessary for Kuwait, being a part of the Arabian Peninsula, to destroy all churches on its territory.  

In February, Kuwaiti MP Osama al-Munawar announced on Twitter that he was planning to submit legislation that would remove all churches in the country. However, he later clarified that existing churches should remain, while the construction of new non-Islamic places of worship would be banned. 

Another MP, Mohamemd Hayef, backed al-Munawar, saying the number of churches in the country was already disproportionate to the number of Christians. 

As for Saudi Arabia, all religions other than Islam are banned and there are no churches, although a small minority of Christians is theoretically allowed to practice their religion in the privacy of their own home. 

The Grand Mufti’s words have caused a heated response from Christians living in Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and other countries throughout the Middle East. A number of bloggers also wrote on the issue. 

Considering the hysteria that besets the West whenever non-authoritative individuals offend Islam – for instance, a fringe, unknown pastor – imagine what would happen if a Christian counterpart to the Grand Mufti, say the Pope, were to declare that all mosques in Italy must be destroyed; imagine the nonstop Western media frenzy that would erupt, all the shrill screams of ‘intolerance’ and ‘bigot,’ demands for apologies if not resignation, nonstop handwringing by sensitive politicians, and worse,” Raymond Ibrahim of Jihad Watch, a blog critical of extremist Islamic laws, wrote. 

Despite the sensational news value of the story, the Western media has been remarkably silent. No major news services have covered the story yet. Ibrahim argues that the Grand Mufti gets a free pass even when he incites Muslims to destroy churches because Saudi Arabia is an ally of the United States. 

Restrictions on Islam in the West

The Grand Mufti’s words seem to mirror what a number of US politicians have been calling for – only their words were aimed at mosques and Muslims. In January, Republican Presidential candidate Herman Cain said Americans have a constitutional right to ban mosques, arguing that Islam combines church and state, which contradicts the US Constitution. 

They’re using the church part of our First Amendment to infuse their morals in that community, and the people of that community do not like it,” Cain said on Fox News Sunday.

In November, Pat Buchanan, who vied for the Republican presidential nomination on a number of occasions, agreed with radio host Bryan Fischer in promoting limits to immigration from Islamic countries and the construction of new mosques. 

In 2009 a constitutional amendment banning the construction of minarets was adopted in Switzerland following a referendum on the subject. Almost 58 per cent of the population said yes to the initiative, although the traditionally leftist French-speaking part of the country rejected it. The construction of new minarets is now banned throughout Switzerland, though the four existing minarets in Zurich, Geneva, Winterthur and Wangei bei Olten are to remain. 

In 2010, French legislators banned face-covering headgear in public. The ban meant that women caught wearing the burqa in public could be fined up to 150 euros and/or be forced to participate in citizenship education. Proponents of the legislation argued that face covering was both an issue of security and social integrity, as facial recognition is important for communication. Opponents said the law encroached on personal freedoms.

Source: Russia Today

Scandalous US Marines ID’d

3 Feb

Check this out:
One of the Marines shown urinating on three corpses in Afghanistan was the unit’s platoon commander, two U.S. military officials have told McClatchy, raising concerns that poor command standards contributed to an incident that may have damaged the U.S. war effort.

Even before the unit deployed to southern Afghanistan last year, it suffered from disciplinary problems while the troops were based at Camp Lejeune, N.C., the officials said.

Despite U.S. military doctrine stating that commanders ultimately are responsible for their units’ behavior in combat – and Geneva conventions barring the desecration of dead bodies – the Pentagon rarely has charged commanders in cases where troops have knowingly killed, injured or mistreated Afghans and Iraqis.
Source: FayObserver

And earlier, the Sky News informed that at least two of the four US Marines in a video that apparently shows them urinating on the bodies of Taliban fighters have been identified.

The group were members of the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, which returned to its home base in North Carolina last autumn after a tour in Afghanistan.
Though, ABC reported that all four Marines featured in the video have been identified and interviewed by investigators with the NCIS.
However, CNN contributor and radio host Dana Loesch said that she would have done the same as the soldiers, and Rep. Alan West said that no one should judge them if they haven’t been in war. I’d rather not watch Mrs. Loesch repeating the same ‘ceremony’.
But the thing is that real warriors treat their opponents with respect, even in defeat.

‘US readies for war with Iran by constructing hospitals in Georgia’

11 Jan

The US is sponsoring the construction of facilities in Georgia on the threshold of a military conflict in Iran, a member of Georgian opposition movement Public Assembly, Elizbar Javelidze has stated.
According to the academician, that explains why President Mikhail Saakashvili is roaming the republic opening new hospitals in its regions.
“These are 20-bed hospitals…It’s an American project. A big war between the US and Iran is beginning in the Persian Gulf. $5 billion was allocated for the construction of these 20-bed military hospitals,” Javelidze said in an interview with Georgian paper Kviris Kronika (News of the Week), as cited by Newsgeorgia website.
The opposition member stated that the construction is mainly paid from the American pocket.
In addition, airports are being briskly built in Georgia and there are talks of constructing a port for underwater vessels in Kulevi on the eastern Black Sea coast in Georgia.
Javelidze believes that it is all linked to the deployment of US military bases on the Georgian soil. Lazika – one of Saakashvili’s mega-projects, a new city that will be built from a scratch – will be “an American military town”. According to the politician, “a secret airdrome” has already been erected in the town of Marneuli, southern Georgia.
The opposition member wondered who would protect Georgia in case if Iran fires its missiles against US military facilities on the territory of the Caucasian state.
All in all, about 30 new hospitals and medical centers were opened in the former Soviet republic in December last year. The plan is to build over a hundred more.
As for Lazika, the Georgian president announced his ambitious idea to build a second-largest city in Georgia, its western economic and trade center, at the end of 2011. According to the plan – which was slammed by his opponents and many analysts – Saakashvili’s dream-town will become home to at least half a million people within a decade.

Source: RT

Gay Soldier vs Military Chaplain – Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t #&*K

10 Oct

Splendid! Since the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy has been repealed, gays are allowed to serve openly. Furthermore, gays who were afraid of becoming Soldiers because of legal obstacles and intolerance are enlisted alongside with normal (I mean, heterosexual) people now.
Even more, recruiters have acquired a great opportunity to find physically fit rookies. For example, at the San Gabriel Valley Pride event at Pasadena City College. Marine Recruiters do not spend time in vain – and actively engage in the augmentation of the US Marine contingent. By all odds, there are many physically fit gays. They strive to be in a good form, otherwise other gays won’t like them.
A gay ranger – a gay that can kill you with a dildo.
An airborne gay – a gay that can assault you from the sky.
I am straight and I am against gay soldiers. No doubt, there are clever and courageous men and women among them, but I am not ready to trust them with my life. Maybe I am being too critical, but I am sure that homosexuality is a mental disease, no matter what researchers say.
After the President had allowed gays to serve openly, the Pentagon allowed military chaplains to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies. In my opinion it is the most disturbing result of the new policy. As far as I know, Christianity does not approve homosexual intercourse. Maybe I am not enough educated in the field (being pagan myself) but such marriages, performed by military chaplains look and sound like a perversion. Chaplains do not approve those ceremonies either.
What’s next? Gay chaplains? Year 2012 is near. No one knows what can instigate the End of the World.

The ‘Weapon’ of the Union

6 Oct

As of late, relations between Russia and Belarus were rather chilly, and this fact hasn’t slipped bystanders’ attention. Earlier this year certain tension between the two still existed, but nevertheless, their partnership demonstrates some positive results.

Perhaps the main indicator of strengthening ties between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus is an intensive military cooperation. It  is carried out on a bilateral basis – both within the Union State treaty and the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).

According to wiki, the Union State is ‘a supranational  entity consisting of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus‘. The Collective Security Treaty Organization is an intergovernmental military alliance. Current members – Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan. Rather formidable, given that they plan to develop their militaries on the joint basis.

Many European and Russian analysts are inclined to assume that in future, CSTO could grow into an organization, which would be able to support national security of its member-states as well as to enhance integration processes within the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States – an alliance of the former republics of the Soviet Union). Maybe, though the life now is considerably tough for some former-Soviet states.

Through cooperation, Russia and Belarus have successfully succeeded in shaping a joint defence policy and activating the Regional Military Task Force (RMTF).

Since the year 2K, the RMTF has been constantly increasing its operational capabilities and readiness. The RMTF was intially established to serve as a warrantor of stability in the region. Joint military exercises, which are regularly held on the Russian territory (Union Shield-2006/2011, Autumn-2009, West-2009), aim at improving the quality of military partnership and interoperability of the both states’ militaries.

Each year, the RMTF implements its annual joint operational support plan by conducting nearly 40 joint training events of various performance levels.

Political leaders of these countries plan to widen their partnership in defence technologies’ development and successfully realize the interplant cooperation agreement. Traditionally, the Republic of Belarus supplies Russian weaponry and military equipment with automatic control systems, provides wheeled vehicles and other products of national industry. Currently, about 180 Russian defence manufacturers carry out joint projects with more than 120 Belarussian companies – elements of the country’s military-industrial complex.

On the whole, the development of military partnership is beneficial for both countries, as it gives them an opportunity for a political discourse at the highest levels. However, economical situation in the world is very unstable and financial discord could become a bone of contention for such an alliance.