>Latin America File: Intimidated by Daniel Ortega’s thugs, Nicaragua’s opposition stands down, abandons protest march, vows to continue struggle

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- Emboldened by Sandinista Thuggery in Nicaragua, Chavez’s United Socialist Party of Venezuela Can Approach Regional Elections with Total Confidence in Victory

- Extensive “Power Networking” Among Communist Bloc Leaders in Latin America: Dmitry Medvedev to Havana, Caracas, and Brasilia; Hu Jintao to Havana, San Jose; Nguyen Minh Triet to Caracas; Raul Castro to Caracas, Brasilia, Beijing, and Moscow; Ortega to Moscow; Venezuelan Military Delegation to Havana

Yesterday, Nicaragua’s chief opposition leader, Eduardo Montealegre–who ran for Managua mayor on the Liberal Constitutionalist Party (PLC) ticket on November 9 and lost the presidential election to Daniel Ortega in 2006–called off a protest march in the national capital after Ortegistas pelted rocks at 1,000 PLC supporters. “We will keep fighting for democracy in Nicaragua,” vowed Montealegre, “I’m not nervous. The Sandinistas are the ones who should be nervous for having to shut down a demonstration for democracy.”

Pictured above: Ten days of violence, involving firearms, home-made mortars, machetes, rocks, and sticks, has rocked the cities and towns of Nicaragua. In nearly all such cases, members and supporters of the ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN), which operates under the leadership of Moscow stooge Daniel Ortega, instigated the violence against oppositionists who declared the results of the municipal elections fraudulent.

At and around the site of yesterday’s cancelled oppositionist protest, reports Bloomberg: “Thousands of Ortega supporters blocked the streets with buses and fired home-made fireworks at the demonstrators, causing organizers to cancel the march planned for 2 p.m. local time today. Caravans of trucks roamed the streets with masked men in Sandinista t-shirts, who could be seen throwing rocks and chasing Nicaraguans near the site of the protest.” It is very unlikely that all of this thuggery was conducted without the goading of the FSLN Politburo. The Marxist dictatorship in Nicaragua is secure for the present. Comandante Ortega is slated to visit Moscow on December 17, his first such trip since the Cold War, which has apparently returned to Central America.

The Havana/Caracas-led Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA) has congratulated Ortega’s party, which swept most of the country’s municipal governments. For his part, Venezuela’s Marxist dictator Hugo Chavez faces regional elections on November 23. It is expected that his United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), founded last year through a merger of numerous leftist groups, will claim victory. The Communist Party of Venezuela has not yet joined the PSUV, but offers reliable parliamentary support for Chavez’s “Bolivarian Revolution.”

In advance of election day, communist dictators from other countries have trooped to Venezuela to give Chavez a comradely slap on the back. Yesterday Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triet responded to an invitation from Chavez by arriving in Caracas for a two-day state visit, the first of its kind for a Vietnamese head of state. Today Chavez announced at a pre-election rally for the PSUV that Cuban President/Tyrant Raul Castro will make his first official trip to Venezuela in the “next few days,” after which the Cuban dictator will stop over in neo-communist Brazil before heading on to communist superpowers Russia and China. On November 18 Venezuelan Defense Minister Gustavo Reyes Rangel and high-ranking officers from the Venezuelan Army met with Raul in Havana, reportedly to implement Caracas’ offer to assist Cuba in the wake of this past summer’s hurricanes. Of course, such a meeting could just as easily provide cover for military coordination between the two communist states.

Russian “President” Dmitry Medvedev is slated to make his first official trip to Brazil on November 24-26, Venezuela on November 26-27, and Cuba on November 27. “An invitation to visit Cuba from President Raul Castro was handed to Medvedev by Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque, during his visit to Moscow last week,” reports Novosti at the previous link. Speaking in Moscow on November 10, Perez denied that Cuba and Russia were discussing the possibility of deploying a Russian missile shield in the Caribbean country. It is not clear if Medvedev and Castro’s separate visits to the Venezuelan capital will coincide. In any case, during Medvedev’s Caracas cruise the Russian and Venezuelan navies will be carrying out joint naval maneuvers in the Caribbean Sea, the first of possibly more Soviet-led Red Dawn-style joint military exercises in Latin America.

Lastly, Chinese President/Tyrant Hu Jintao, as we blogged several days ago, began his second official visit to Cuba on Monday. The all-weather friendship between the two communist states is well documented. However, the day before, Hu showed up in Costa Rica in the highest-level visit by a Chinese official to the Central American country, just one year after San Jose severed six decades of diplomatic relations with Taiwan. “Hu arrived in San Jose from a G20 summit in Washington, with scores of businessmen and Communist Party officials,” reports the AFP news agency. The Costa Rican government has thus far resisted the overtures of the Havana-Caracas Axis, but is now firmly in Red China’s orbit.

Intriguingly, neo-Sandinista Nicaragua maintains relations with Taipei, rather Beijing, although this was not the case during the first Ortegista dictatorship between 1985 and 1990, when Managua granted recognition to the People’s Republic of China. Nicaragua resumed diplomatic ties with Taiwan in 1990 when Violeta Barrios de Chamorro became president.

Thus, at this time we see extensive power networking among the leaders of the Communist Bloc, as well as attempts to woo new countries into the fold through commercial ventures (Costa Rica) and political persuasion (Honduras). Do not expect President-Elect Barack Hussein Obama to take a strong stand against the Red Spread in Latin America since he and his far-left Democratic colleagues will be preoccupied with transforming the United States of America into the United Socialist States of America.

>USA File: Obama, McCain bury the hatchet; Hillary: Barack’s candidate for Secretary of State; Paulson cons taxpayers out of $700 billion

>- Treasury Secretary Paulson: Federal Government Will Not Buy Up Toxic Mortgages Per Original Sales Pitch

- Lining Up at the Trough: Democratic-Controlled Congress Demands Auto Industry Bailout, Diversion of Funds Earmarked for Financial Institutions

Hillary Clinton: Like indigestion, she’s back, and she still tastes bad. In addition to packing his transition team with Clintonistas, according to the leftist British rag The Guardian, President-Elect Barack Hussein Obama intends to appoint Senator Clinton as US Secretary of State. This development is part of Obamessiah’s attempt to build a cabinet that reflects a broad-based coalition consisting of politicians commited to extremely different shades of socialism.

In recent days, too, rumors have abounded that faux rightist opponent and Council on Foreign Relations cadre John McCain would serve as the token Republican in Obama’s cabinet, possibly as Secretary of Defense. However, after a private meeting yesterday in the O Team transition offices in Chicago’s Kluczynski Federal Building, Obama and McCain issued a joint statement exhorting “that Americans of all parties want and need their leaders to come together and change the bad habits of Washington so that we can solve the common and urgent challenges of our time.” In short, McCain didn’t get the job, but he is willing to rally Republicans around “Change that the Soviets Can Believe In.”

Pictured above: Barack buds around with John in post-election hatchet-burying session; pictured below: Barack and Hillary chastise the American voter: “If you knew what was good for you, you’d vote for socialists like us. However, because you don’t, we’ll just fix the election.” In each case, these political “rivals” are devoted to outdoing one another in building the United Socialist States of America. Very important question: Why do Americans even bother voting? It’s long past time for Paul Revere to saddle up his horse.

Hillary Clinton to accept Obama’s offer of secretary of state job
President-elect Barack Obama reaching out to former rivals to build a broad coalition administration

Ewen MacAskill in Washington
Monday November 17 2008 21.48 GMT

Hillary Clinton plans to accept the job of secretary of state offered by Barack Obama, who is reaching out to former rivals to build a broad coalition administration, the Guardian has learned.

Obama’s advisers have begun looking into Bill Clinton’s foundation, which distributes millions of dollars to Africa to help with development, to ensure that there is no conflict of interest. But Democrats do not believe that the vetting is likely to be a problem.

Clinton would be well placed to become the country’s dominant voice in foreign affairs, replacing Condoleezza Rice. Since being elected senator for New York, she has specialised in foreign affairs and defence. Although she supported the war in Iraq, she and Obama basically agree on a withdrawal of American troops.

Clinton, who still harbours hopes of a future presidential run, had to weigh up whether she would be better placed by staying in the Senate, which offers a platform for life, or making the more uncertain career move to the secretary of state job.

As part of the coalition-building, Obama today also reached out to his defeated Republican rival, John McCain, to discuss how they could work together to roll back some of the most controversial policies of the Bush years. Putting aside the bitter words thrown about with abandon by both sides during the election campaign, McCain flew to meet Obama at his headquarters in the Kluczynski Federal Building, in downtown Chicago.

Obama, speaking before the meeting, said: “We’re going to have a good conversation about how we can do some work together to fix up the country.” He said he also wanted to thank McCain for his service to the country.

Asked by a reporter whether he would work with Obama, McCain, who has long favoured a bipartisan approach to politics, replied: “Obviously”.

Sources on both sides said Obama did not offer McCain a cabinet job, but focused on how the senator for Arizona could help to guide through Congress legislation that they both strongly favour.

Given Obama’s status as president-in-waiting, the two met in a formal setting, a room decked out with a US flag, and were accompanied by senior advisers. Obama appeared the more relaxed of the two, sitting with legs crossed, smiling broadly and waving to reporters, while McCain sat stiffly, with a seemingly fixed grin.

Although the two clashed during the election campaign over tax policy and withdrawal from Iraq, they have more in common than they have differences. They both favour the closure of the Guantánamo Bay detention centre, an increase in US troops to Afghanistan, immigration reform, stem cell research and measures to tackle climate change, and oppose torture and the widespread use of wire-tapping.

Although Democrats made gains in the Senate in the November 4 elections, they fell short of the 60 seats that would have allowed them to override Republican blocking tactics and will need Republican allies to get Obama’s plans through. This was highlighted today when the Democratic leadership in Congress announced that a broad economic stimulus package Obama sought was not likely to be passed because of Republican opposition.

Obama confirmed at the weekend that he would offer jobs to some Republicans. One of the names that crops up most often is Chuck Hagel, the former Republican senator who is a specialist in foreign affairs and a critic of the Iraq war.

Meanwhile, reveals the Associated Press, outgoing President George W. Bush’s Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson has announced that the White House will not be using the entire US$700 billion financial industry bailout package to buy up toxic mortgages but, rather, will leave one half of the amount for President Obama to disperse in the new year. These funds, if the O Team has its way, may wind up in the accounts of ailing Detroit car makers General Motors, Chrysler, and Ford and, indirectly, Obama backers in the United Auto Workers. It would appear that the Bush Admin and the O Team are engaged in some sort of collusion over “rescuing” the US economy. “Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., chairman of the panel,” reports the AP at the link above, “has been tapped by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to draft an aid package for Detroit. The auto companies are seeking $25 billion for emergency loans.”

Not surprisingly, even the Democratic-controlled Congress is not impressed and has summoned Paulson to testify today before the House Financial Services Committee. Yes, the bailout was a con job, but don’t expect the Fed or the MSM to admit as much.

>Latin America File: Resurgent Shining Path terrorizes Ayacuchu, S. Peru, kills 17 soldiers, five civilians in October 2008, feeds on cocaine profits

>Ten percent of the Peruvian population must be assassinated for the Shining Path to take power.
– Abimael Guzmán, former professor of philosophy, San Cristóbal of Huamanga University, Communist Party of Peru-Shining Path founder, captured in 1992

The Shining Path is not finished. They are still killing people.

- Security guard at US-owned mining camp, Pukatoro, Peru, October 20, 2008

Pictured above: Yesterday in Lima police officers bear the coffins of two colleagues killed by Peru’s Shining Path guerrillas. Submachine gun-toting communist rebels ambushed a police patrol in a drug-smuggling zone in the southern region of Ayacucho on Sunday.

Abandoning the strict Maoism that founder Abimael Guzmán preached in the 1980s, reports the Washington Post this month, the Communist Party of Peru-Shining Path has morphed into a 400- to 700-member narco-terrorist outfit that ingests the profits of the cocaine trade to finance its activities. Like the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, Shining Path once relied on popular support to advance communist revolution. Now the Peruvian guerrillas play an important role in the Kremlin’s 50-year-old plot to subvert the USA and its allies by drugging the populations, corrupting the politicians and financial institutions with “dirty money,” and diverting the military-law enforcement resources of these countries. After Colombia, Peru is now the second-largest cocaine-producing country in the world.

Shining Path still pays lips service to a “muddled form of communism” but holds out an olive branch to foreign investment and large international mining companies. In 2003 the Peruvian government’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission estimated that between 1980 and 2000 nearly 69,000 people died from fighting between Shining Path and the military–a veritable genocide for which Guzmán’s guerrillas are at least one half responsible. If Shining Path disavows genocide today, it is merely a tactical maneuver to deceive both supporters and opponents.

Although Shining Path is a shadow of its former strength, Captain Juan Carlos Llosa, a spokesman for Peru’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, warned: “They are trained in combat, and they know the area, which is their strength. It is a force that should not be underestimated.” Over the years, Shining Path has fortified Vizcatan with mines and booby traps and dug tunnels to hide. “Their tactical level is better than our Special Forces’,” commented one terrorism analyst, “They are faster, quicker, better at ambushes and capable of hiding underground.” The Peruvian army plans to establish two or three new bases in Shining Path territory, a prospect that does not please locals, who fear that they will be caught in the crossfire again between the government and the guerrillas.

Following Guzman’s incarceration, Shining Path, like Bolivian President Evo Morales, has presented itself more as a “defender of coca growers” than the vanguard of proletarian revolution. Maoist purists or not, the twenty-first-century incarnation of Shining Path is a significant, although not yet overwhelming, threat to Peru’s stability. We previously chronicled the history of Sendoro Luminoso, the guerrilla army’s Spanish name, in our Red World profile on Peru.

>MISSILE DAY ALERT: Caracas, Managua plan to provoke war with Colombia and possibly USA, summon Russian military intervention in Caribbean

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The USA will be at war with Russia within five years.
Leonid Kagansky, senior adviser to former Soviet tyrant Leonid Brezhnev (1906-1982); quoted by AllNewsWeb.com on November 8, 2008

The whole Nicaraguan Army and other power agencies use arms and vehicles mostly of the Soviet and Russian production. We do not return to a bare field in Nicaragua, but resume our relations on a very serious basis, both technological and human.
– Sergei Stepashin, former Russian Federation Prime Minister, personal envoy for then President Vladimir Putin; statement made in Managua, January 12, 2007

Pictured above: Supporters of Nicaragua’s main opposition party return fire during clashes yesterday with the Sandinistas in Mateare, 40 kilometers south of Managua.

FOURTH WORLD WAR HIGHLIGHTS: LATIN AMERICAN THEATER

- Nicaragua Teeters on Verge of Civil War as Post-Election Violence between Ruling Sandinistas and Oppositionists Spreads throughout Country

- President Daniel Ortega Falsifies Results of Municipal Elections to Facilitate Culmination of Soviet Strategy in Central America, Remains in Hiding

- Liberal Constitutionalist Legislators to Boycott National Assembly, Stall National Budget Debate

- Havana-Caracas-Led Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA) Condemns Perceived US Interference in Nicaragua’s Political Process

- October 22, 2008 Article in Spanish-Language Nicaragua Today Exposes Soviet Union’s Grand Strategy for the Fourth World War:

1) Russian Special Forces Have Returned to Cold War-Era Haunt in Nicaragua’s Sparsely Populated Caribbean Region

2) During 1980s Elite Soviet Military Units Prepared for Guerrilla Warfare in Afghanistan by Using Nicaragua’s Miskito Indians for Target Practice

3) Neo-Sandinista Regime Renovating Punta Huete Air Base, Airports at Bluefields and Port Heads to Accommodate “Military Requirements” of Russia, Iran, and ALBA Countries

4) Russian Security Council Announces Defense Pact with Leftist Regimes in Venezuela, Argentina, and Ecuador Following ex-FSB/KGB Chief Patrushev’s October Trip to Region

Widespread political violence has returned to Nicaragua for the first time since the US-backed Contras sought to dislodge the first Sandinista regime in the 1980s. Yesterday the post-election unrest, reports the Costa Rican media, spread from the national capital of Managua to other population centers, including the northern city of Leon and the southern city of Mateare. In Leon cadres of the ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front, armed with home-made mortars, blocked a caravan of supporters of the main opposition group, the Liberal Constitutionalist Party (PLC), from entering the city. The failed PLC mayoral candidate for Managua Eduardo Montealegre opined: “Ortega’s paramilitaries have prevented the free circulation of people. Each bus was searched by these paramilitaries who were looking for opposition members among the passengers. Ortega wants to install a dictatorship preventing the citizens from being able to circulate freely on the streets and roads of Nicaragua.” The PLC plans more marches, while its legislators have announced they will boycott the National Assembly, effectively stalling debate on the national budget, until the government reviews all disputed local elections.

Since the November 9 municipal election, past and present Marxist dictator and long-time Soviet ally Daniel Ortega, whose career is beholden to cash infusions from Hugo Chavez, has remained in hiding. No official appeals for calm have emerged from the presidential palace. A website frequented by US expatriates who regularly criticize the neo-Sandinista regime, was mysteriously blocked on Sunday afternoon by an organization calling itself the “Council of Sandinista Leadership” and sporting the official logo for the “Government of Reconciliation and National Unity.” Two days ago the US State Department advised US citizens traveling to or already in Nicaragua to “maintain a high level of vigilance and to take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness.”

The Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas–consisting of Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Honduras, and Dominica–released a communique yesterday condemning perceived US interference in Nicaragua’s political process and praising the FSLN as a paragon of democratic virtue: “President Daniel Ortega, as well as the FSLN, have given examples of democracy, when contending at elections during the 1980s and peacefully giving the government to their successors. The peoples and the governments of the Alba ratify our most strong solidarity with the Nicaraguan People and we recognize the professionalism of the FSLN institutions.”

Pictured here: In Leon a Sandinista thug fires a home-made mortar at supporters of Montealegre. Behind him, a comrade wears the FSLN flag as a bandana.

Neo-Soviet Russia Moves Ahead with Red Dawn Coalition in Latin America

The domestic turmoil in Nicaragua may be a cover for the Sandinistas’ on-the-sly support for the unfolding Soviet strategy in Latin America, which has been revitalized by the election of Hugo Chavez in 1998 and numerous leftist governments since then, as well as by the election of socialist Barack Hussein Obama to the US presidency two weeks ago. In our last two posts about Nicaragua we have exposed Russia’s intention to renovate the never-used, 10,000-foot, Soviet-built military runway at Punta Huete, north of Managua, the only point in the Western Hemisphere from which the Kremlin’s Tu-160 “Blackjack” strategic bombers can launch sorties against the US West Coast without refueling. On September 17 and November 8 of this year Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin, a “former” KGB agent who specialized in smuggling arms to Latin America and the Middle East during the Cold War, flew to Managua where he conferred with Ortega.

An October 22 article by journalist Robert Escobedo Caicedo, published by the Spanish-language Nicaragua Today magazine under the title “Venezuelan Interventions in Nicaragua,” appears to validate our hypothesis. Escobedo makes the following contentions, some of which are new and startling, others of which we have already documented:

1) the neo-Sandinista regime has openly allied itself with the Roman Catholic Church, its former enemy, and, in particular, Cardinal Miguel Obando y Bravo, the presidential chaplain, in order to project an image of respectability for domestic and international media consumption

2) the neo-Sandinista regime is using Venezuelan petrodollars to bribe Nicaragua’s opposition politicians with the objective of clinching the November 9 municipal election and re-consolidating its power over the country

3) the neo-Sandinista regime is “reconditioning” Punta Huete and equipping with modern control towers the airports at Bluefields and Port Heads, so as to accommodate the military requirements of Russia, Iran, and the ALBA countries

4) Russian special forces–who secretly trained in Nicaragua during the 1980s in preparation for guerrilla warfare in Afghanistan, at which time they used the country’s Miskito Indians for target practice–are once again training in the Central American country

5) Managua and Caracas are plotting to provoke a conflict between Nicaragua and US ally Colombia in order to justify a military assault against Bogota and summon Russian intervention in the Caribbean region.

“Upon formalizing the “casus belli” [cause for war],” writes Escobedo below, “Caracas and Managua will ask for aid from Russia, which under the Putin-Medvedev government is thirsty for adventures and new satellites in the Americas.” A long, translated excerpt from Escobedo’s article, with some tweaking by your resident blogger, reveals that Ortega and his Marxist cronies in the FSLN want to be in a position to positively “respond to the military requirements of the countries of the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas, Russia and Iran.”

Daniel Ortega, during the Vice Prime Minister of Russia’s recent visit to Nicaragua [September 17], insisted that he urgently needs to renew the obsolete armament of the Sandinista Popular Army and repair its air force, mainly equipped with [Soviet-era] MI-17 and MI-24 helicopter gunships. Under the pretext of extension for tourist needs, they [Sandinista government] are reconditioning the airport at Punta Huete, on the other side of Lake Managua, and also improving the runways and equipping with modern control towers the airports at Bluefields and Port Heads, so that they can respond to the military requirements of the countries of the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas, Russia and Iran.

During the first Sandinista dictatorship (1979-1990) units of the old Red Army finished their training to fight the Afghan guerrillas, in Nicaragua’s Autonomous Region of the Northern Atlantic (RAAN). These elite units were known as “Vympels,” according to specialized publications, and used the Miskito Indians of the region as practice targets. These units are training again in the same region of Caribbean Nicaragua, doing so with the support of Sandinista People’s Army, which has declaring that they are being prepared for the inevitable confrontation with Colombia.

Hugo Chavez is using [state-run] PDVSA to refine, distribute, and commercialize petroleum for the purpose of supporting the FSLN. As a result, he has turned the Sandinista leaders into millionaires and filled their coffers with huge amounts of money. This allows the Sandinistas to bribe deputies of [Nicaragua's] National Assembly and support an intensive and expensive favorable political propaganda for the aims of Daniel Ortega. They have also bribed the magistrates of the Supreme Electoral Council, where the president of the same, Roberto Rivas, is a personage with no intellectual or moral qualifications. The [Sandinistas] maintain suspicious relations with [Roman Catholic] Cardinal Miguel Obando y Bravo, who is now the official chaplain of the presidential family. They also burn grass and incense and practice witchcraft in various religious ceremonies. These are all preparations to falsify the popular will in the municipal elections of November 9. It matters little to them the consequences of such acts, including the deaths of citizens who protest against such vile tricks.

The current president of Venezuela, the enemy of the President of Colombia, Alvaro Uribe, has designed the mechanisms of a military provocation, in collaboration with the Sandinista Popular Army, between Nicaragua and ships flying the Colombian flag in the Caribbean Sea. The regime of Daniel Ortega will then immediately request the military support of the countries subjugated by Hugo Chavez through the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas. This explosive situation coincides with the elections of United States Presdient and those of municipal authorities in Nicaragua. Upon formalizing the “casus belli” [cause for war], Caracas and Managua will ask for aid from Russia, which under the Putin-Medvedev government is thirsty for adventures and new satellites in the Americas.

Although Escobedo contends that Russian special forces in Nicaragua are training for the “inevitable confrontation” with Colombia, we rather suspect that they are training for the “inevitable confrontation” with America. The Wilton Films Production Spetsnaz: Inside The Russian SAS interviews Soviet/Russian special forces who carried out covert operations in Nicaragua, Angola, Chechnya, and even Alaska: “For the first time, Spetsnaz men tell their secrets including how the ALPHA GROUP and VYMPEL went through a baptism by fire when they seized the Dor-al-Aman Presidential palace in Afghanistan and how a severed head was used to free Soviet diplomats taken hostage in the Lebanese Civil War. Through exclusive access, we reveal secret operations in Angola, Nicaragua, India, Bosnia, Chechnya and even perhaps, Alaska, where they are said to have practised infiltration operations on US soil.”

On December 17 Ortega plans to visit Moscow for the first time since the Cold War, but will anyone in the Obama White House and the chronically pro-communist US State Department really care about the Red Dawn military coalition that Russia is assembling in Latin America? We have already documented the rise of the South American Defense Council which, while only existing in an incipient state at present, reflects the Latin American Red Axis’ intention of forming a military bloc to act as a counterweight to NATO. We have also documented Russia’s strategic military partnership with the region’s communist troika: Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua.

Following ex-FSB/KGB chief Nikolai Patrushev’s October trip to Venezuela, Argentina, and Ecuador, where he met Presidents Hugo Chavez, Cristina Kirchner, and Rafael Correa, the Russian Security Council announced that the Kremlin intends to form a “security and defense cooperation” pact with the leftist regimes in those countries. The Russian Security Council’s media statement, published by state-run Interfax, declared blandly: “Patrushev’s meetings with the leadership of Argentina and Ecuadorian and Venezuelan presidents showed that everything is ready for activating bilateral and multilateral cooperation in various spheres, including the strengthening of defense capacity and national security.”

Preaching East-West Convergence to the Choir: Medvedev Addresses Council on Foreign Relations in DC, Advocates Common “Security Architecture” for NATO and Collective Security Treaty Organization

If this frightening scenario is truly under contemplation by Moscow and its Latin American allies, then the Kremlin will be able to overtly position its military assets in the Caribbean region in preparation for stalking bigger game than Colombia, namely, the USA itself. Meanwhile, the Soviet strategists are putting the finishing touches on other aspects of their grand strategy for global domination.

A second element in the Soviet strategy for encircling America with enemies is Red China’s participation in the Communist Bloc’s military coalition via the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Thus far, the Russian Armed Forces and the People’s Liberation Army have carried out two joint war games, Peace Mission 2005 and its sequel Peace Mission 2007. Red China also maintains extensive commercial links with Latin America’s leftist regimes, including Cuba. Today, reports Reuters, President/Tyrant Hu Jintao began a two-day visit to Cuba, his second since 2004: “Cuba is indispensable for China in its bid to strengthen links with Latin American and the Caribbean countries,” the Chinese ambassador to Cuba, Zhao Rongxian Zhao, said of Hu’s visit in an interview with China’s Xinhua news agency.” Since then Cuba has become a “huge showroom” for Chinese products purchased on credit, including thousands of Chinese buses, trucks, and trains, as well as light bulbs and electric appliances. Prior to arriving in Cuba, Hu put in an appearance at the G20 financial summit in Washington, DC.

After attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Peru on November 23-24, Russian “President” Dmitry Medvedev will also ensure that the allied regimes in Brasilia, Caracas, and Havana are “on the same page” as the Moscow-Beijing Axis by visiting Brazil on November 24-26, Venezuela on November 26-27, and Cuba on November 27. Not so coincidentally, a joint Soviet-Venezuelan naval exercise will be underway in the Caribbean Sea during Medvedev’s tropical getaway. For their part, the leftist leaders of Argentina, Cuba, Uruguay, and Nicaragua (as noted above) are expected to visit Moscow within the next few months, states Novosti.

A third element in the Soviet strategy for conquering America consists of further reductions in the US nuclear arsenal by way of new treaties, and the expulsion of the USA from NATO and the formation of a new European security system dominated by Russia. With respect to the former, the International Herald Tribune reports: “The United States and Russia will begin talks Thursday on finding a successor deal to the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty that significantly cut American and Russian nuclear arsenals, an official said.” The accord expires on December 5, 2009.

With respect to the latter, Medvedev’s call for a new “security architecture” in Europe will first neutralize US dominance in Europe and then incorporate America into a Red World Order. “Medvedev,” explains Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, “has repeatedly said his plans are aimed at ending U.S. and NATO dominance in Europe.” In addition to rubbing elbows with Hu at the G20 financial summit, Medvedev preached peaceful East-West convergence to the choir at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington. According to state-run Voice of Russia, he “proposed creating a forum uniting NATO, the EU, the CIS and the Collective Security Treaty organization to discuss possible threats to security. The Russian leader added that if such a system had existed before, the recent military conflict in the Caucasus would have never happened.” French/European President Nicolas Sarkozy, the RFE/RL story reveals above, has nothing but unqualified support for the Soviet quest to dethrone the USA.

The implications of Moscow’s “olive branch” are clear. Unless the USA capitulates to Soviet nuclear blackmail, warns Leonid Kagansky, senior adviser to former Soviet tyrant Leonid Brezhnev: “The US will be at war with Russia within five years.”

>Africa/Middle East Files: Egypt deploys even more troops to Israeli border to quell "restive" Bedouins; Russia arms unstable Lebanon, communist Cyprus

>- Moscow Offers Tanks and Artillery to Beirut in Exchange for Recognizing Abkhazian and South Ossetian Independence

Responding to Israel’s economic blockade against the Islamic terrorist regime in the Gaza Strip, Hamas fired five long-range, Soviet-built Grad rockets at the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon today. Just to make sure that the Jewish state “got the message,” Hamas followed up its Grad assault with eight short-range Qassam rockets, targetted at the city of Sderot. The terrorist group is also engaged in a low-level civil war with Fatah, the terrorist outfit of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, which controls Judea and Samaria, Israel’s heartland, otherwise known as the “West Bank.” The Palestinians are demanding a separate state with East Jerusalem as its capital. They enjoy the support of outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Acting PM Tzipi Livni, and the Middle East Diplomatic Quartet–United Nations, European Union, Russia, and the USA–in that objective.

This is not the first time that the international community has attempted to impose a two-state solution for the Jews and Arabs in the Levant. The first attempt was a spectacular failure. In November 1947 the UN, with US and Soviet support and Arab-Muslim opposition, partitioned the British Mandate of Palestine into two states, one for the Jews, another for the Arabs, provoking a civil war that lasted until the State of Israel was declared on May 14, 1948. At this point the first Arab-Israeli war erupted between the new country and its Muslim neighbors.

The world’s final conflagration appears to be looming on the horizon as Syria and Egypt once again move their armed forces against Israel’s northern and southern borders, respectively. Egypt–which KGB-communist dictator Vladimir Putin recently praised as “the leading country of the Arab world”–has illegally deployed its troops in the Sinai Peninsula under the guise of quelling “restive” Bedouin tribes and halting weapons smuggling by tribesmen into Gaza. Since 2005 Egypt, according to our estimates, has moved at least 5,000 soldiers up to the Israeli border. This week’s deployment includes “dozens of armored vehicles,” reports a prominent news agency, and may have augmented that figure.

Pictured above: Egyptian Bedouins talk to an Israeli soldier near the border between the two countries on November 11. Bedouin tribesmen in Sinai abducted 25 Egyptian policemen on Tuesday, a day after police shot and killed a member of their community.

Heavy troop deployment near Egypt-Israel borders
11/12/2008 10:09 PM

RAFAH, Egypt – Large numbers of Egyptian security forces have been ordered on Wednesday to Egypt-Israel border area in the Sinai Peninsula in an attempt to stave off any further strife with restive Bedouin tribes, an Egyptian security official said.

Dozens of armored vehicles have already arrived at the border area after a day of violent clashes between angry Bedouins and police that left three Bedouins dead and five police injured, the official added.

The security official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.

Angered by the shooting death of a Bedouin smuggler earlier, angry tribesmen attacked two Egyptian police border posts and seized 70 members of the security forces, disarming them.

The Egyptian Interior Ministry declined to comment whether the men were captured but say that some of its forces had been surrounded.

Tribal leaders had to intervene to free policemen in the early hours of the morning Wednesday.

A delegation of Interior Ministry officials and high-ranking officers will be holding talks with influential Bedouin figures in Sinai to defuse tensions.

The unrest has been concentrated on the section of the border 5 to 15 miles (8 to 24 kilometers) south of the Gaza.

The clashes ignited after police killed a Bedouin on Monday. Tribesmen are demanding a trial of the policeman who killed the man.

The impoverished Bedouin of the northern Sinai have been restive for years, often demonstrating over neglect by the central government and the draconian security sweeps taking place in the wake of terrorist incidents.

In the course of Tuesday’s clashes, the Bedouin looted desks, chairs, doors, window frames from the checkpoints and set others on fire. In the city of Rafah, Bedouins peppered a police building with bullets but no there were injuries.

The Bedouin have also been implicated in the smuggling of drugs and people into Israel as well as weapons and explosives into the Gaza Strip.

Last year, thousands of Bedouins burned tires and blocked roads across the peninsula to protest what they perceive as mistreatment by the government.

Meanwhile, Russia is stirring the pot of political unrest in the Middle East by arming both Lebanon, whose government is under the control of the Syrian/Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah, and nearby Cyprus, whose communist President Dimitris Christofias enjoys a “tight” relationship with Moscow.

This past Monday, Lebanon’s anti-Syrian March 14 Alliance leader Saad Hariri visited Russia where he conferred with Prime Minister Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. In exchange for recognizing the “independence” of Georgia’s breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Beirut would have the option of purchasing Russian tanks and artillery. In view of Hezbollah’s veto power over the Lebanese government, any weapons purchased from Russia are more likely to be used against Israel than Syria, troops of which in the last several months have dug in along Lebanon’s northern and eastern borders, as well as the Golan Heights, opposite Israel.

At the same time, reports the Bulgarian media, Russia is hastening to secure the loyalty of European Union state Cyprus, which geographically is considered part of Asia, by arming the communist regime in Nicosia: “Cyprus plans to purchase Russian weapon systems worth more than EUR 200 Million, the Politis daily informs. The daily cites information from the country’s budget for the next year, which has already been submitted to the budget committee in Parliament. According to the plans the country intends to buy tanks, six air-defense systems TOR M2 and anti tank missiles.”

The Republic of Cyprus is involved in intense, UN-sponsored reunification negotiations with the internationally unrecognized Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. It is unlikely that the requested weapons package from Moscow will intice the Ankara-backed Turkish Cypriots into a “mutually agreeable” peace deal. Thirty-five thousand Turkish troops occupy the northern part of the island. The Cypriot army, by contrast, consists of 10,000 permanent personnel, most of whom are ethnic Greeks, with periodic call-ups for 40,000 trained reservists. The Cypriot army conducts annual war games with the Greek air force, a factor that perpetuates tensions between Greece and Turkey.

>MISSILE DAY ALERT: Iceland invites Soviets to use old US air base at Keflavik; NATO state bankrupt, seeks Moscow handout

>“In an official lunch with foreign diplomats,” reported the Barents Observer yesterday, “Icelandic President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson shocked neighboring Nordic countries with inviting Russia to take use of the strategically important airbase.” According to Icelandic news source Dagbladet, the Russian ambassador to Iceland, who was present at the lunch, feigned disinterest in the invitation, protesting “Russia does not really need the airport.”

This is not a surprising development in view of the US$5.5 billion loan that Reykjavik apparently intends to accept from Moscow in order to bail out its bankrupt government and economy. The Kremlin, of course, faces its own financial crisis, which the official media refuses to acknowledge. “Russia has its own financial difficulties at the moment, its own crisis to fight,” explains Jon Danielsson, an Icelandic economist who teaches at the London School of Economics. That may be so, but now Russian heavy bombers can safely refuel on Iceland, a NATO member state, en route to launching cruise missiles at North America.

Pictured above: Iceland’s ambassador to Russia Benedikt Asgeirsson during an interview in Moscow, on October 10.

Russia invited to Iceland’s airbase
2008-11-12

In an official lunch with foreign diplomats, Icelandic President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson shocked neighboring Nordic countries with inviting Russia to take use of the strategically important airbase.

Foreign diplomats hardly believed what they heard when the Icelandic president said that his country needs “new friends” and that Russia should be invited to take use of the old U.S. airbase of Keflavik.

In the lunch which took place in Reykjavik last Friday, Mr. Grimsson accused neighboring countries of failing to support the crisis-ridden Iceland, newspaper Dagbladet reports with reference to Klassekampen.

An internal memo from the Norwegian Foreign Ministry, obtained by the newspaper, describes the diplomats present in the event as “shocked” by the speech.

-The North Atlantic is important for the Nordic countries, the USA and the UK. That is a fact which these countries seem to ignore, the president said, adding that “Iceland should rather make new friends”.

According to Dagbladet, the Russian ambassador present at the lunch was rather perplexed by the invitation, saying that “Russia does not really need the airport”.

The Icelandic president has no formal powers over foreign policy issues.

Iceland does not have its own armed forces, and has been dependent on military cooperation with NATO allies. The USA in 2006 closed down its air base at Keflavik, and Iceland has since been practically without air force support.

Will the Western Alliance expel Iceland from NATO? That remains to be seen in view of the communist penetration of NATO at the highest levels. In February the International Herald Tribune reported: “The new chief of the Hungarian secret services, who spent six years at the KGB’s academy in Moscow during the 1980s, has become chairman of NATO’s intelligence committee, a development that diplomats said could compromise the security of the alliance.” Clearly, in view of Moscow’s moves in Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Iceland, the Kremlin is countering NATO “expansionism” by sending signals that it intends to encircle the USA with air bases where it can station or at least refuel its bombers. We have updated our Neo-Soviet Military Influence Worldwide 2008 map accordingly.

>MISSILE DAY ALERT: Central American media confirms our prediction: Soviets to refurbish Punta Huete, Nicaragua’s longest military runway

>- Soviet-Built Air Base in Nicaragua Can Accommodate Russia’s Tu-160 Strategic Bomber, Ideal Base to Launch Sorties Against US West Coast

- Nicaraguan Media Confirmed Managua’s Interest in Renovating Abandoned Air Base at Punta Huete in November 2007 (source)

- Sandinistas Sought to Purchase MiG-21 Fighter Jets in 1980s; Neo-Sandinista Regime Apparently Seeking to Equip Tiny Air Force with Newer MiGs

Just in time for Barack Hussein Obama’s socialist presidency in the USA, the neo-Soviet leadership has moved quickly to revitalize political-economic-military links with South America’s communist troika–Communist Cuba, Red Venezuela, and neo-Sandinista Nicaragua. Over the last few months we have been diligently searching for news that neo-Soviet Russia may use airbases in Nicaragua to station or refuel her strategic bombers, or reconnaissance aircraft, with the intent of discreetly encircling the USA with military assets. This was clearly the Soviet Union’s intent during the 1980s, when Central America’s Cold War entered its coldest phase. The Kremlin media has already leaked conflicting reports that this may be the case with Cuba and Venezuela.

Pictured above: A photo of the Punta Huete air base north of Lake Managua, presumably taken in the 1980s. Construction of the reinforced concrete runway began in 1982 and concluded in 1986. Note anti-aircraft emplacements (click on photo). In July 1987 the New York Times explained the strategic importance of Punta Huete to the Soviet Air Force with respect to approaching the US West Coast on attack runs: “The Russians cannot conduct such flights along the Pacific coast now without a turn-around refueling site such as Punta Huete, because the distance from their Asian bases to the southwestern border of the United States is too great for the reconnaissance aircraft to make an unrefueled round trip.”

As we have previously reported, Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister and “former” KGB agent Igor Sechin visited Managua last Saturday, at which time he conferred with Nicaragua’s not-so-repackaged Marxist president Daniel Ortega on a number of bilateral issues. According to the Spanish-language media in Central America, the refurbishing of the Punta Huete air base, the dredging of a deep-water port at Monkey Point on Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast, and Ortega’s scheduled December 17 visit to Moscow were apparently high on the agenda at this meeting. Assuming that the computerized translator used by your resident blogger is correct, Punta Huete will serve as a terminus for Russian transport aircraft, away from the congestion (and unwanted publicity) at Augusto C. Sandino International Airport in Managua, while Monkey Point will accommodate large ships, presumably including Russian (naval?) vessels. On November 10 Nicaragua’s El Nuevo Diario reported:

The runway at Punta Huete, constructed in the decade of the 1980s for MIG-21 airplanes that never arrived at the country, will become an aerial terminal for Russian transport airplanes and thus avoid the airport of Managua. Thus declared yesterday Vice-president Jaime Morals Carazo, following conversations this past Saturday in Managua with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin, who was several hours in the Nicaraguan capital. . . . The most important subject that was discussed was Ortega’s visit to Russia on December 17, to sign a series of projects, among them the rehabilitation of the runway at Punta Huete. . . . Carazo Morals indicated that the runway at Punta Huete has the necessary length so that large airplanes can land. He also spoke on other projects, including the deep-water port at Monkey Point, cooperation in the matter of geothermal energy and agriculture, and the establishment of a center of Russian-Nicaraguan culture.

Ironically, Ortega’s hand-picked Vice President Jaime Morales Carazo is an ex-Contra who fought against the Sandinistas’ first, Soviet/Cuban-backed regime in the 1980s, but struck hands with the Sandinistas in order to run in the 2006 elections. Last year Iran and Venezuela also pledged to build the port at Monkey Point and then construct a “dry canal” corridor of pipelines, railways, and highways across Nicaragua to the more populated region on the Pacific coast. In March 2007, barely two months after Ortega re-assumed the presidency, reported the San Antonio Express-News last December, Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast Rama Indians and Creoles encountered helicopter-borne Iranians in military uniforms near Monkey Point. It would appear that Russia, Venezuela, and Iran are all somehow involved now in rebuilding Nicaragua’s war-ravished infrastructure.

Other Spanish-language websites add various details regarding the November 8 Ortega-Sechin meeting. The Guatemala-based Periódico Digital Centroamericano y del Caribe confirms that Ortega and Sechin discussed the renovation of Punta Huete, which was “constructed by the Russians in the 1980s,” the dredging at Monkey Point, and the digging of an “interoceanic channel” across Nicaragua. Lastly, the Mexican media reports: “Ortega requested that the Russians rehabilitate the military runway at Punta Huete, constructed in the 1980s with the aid of the Soviet Union, but presently in disuse. Punta Huete, which is about 20 kilometeres to the north of Managua, could then be used for the landing of MiG fighter jets, as well as receive transatlantic commercial airplanes that face space limitations at the international airport in Managua.”

The Nicaraguan air force, in spite of plans to that effect in the 1980s, has never operated combat jets, but the last quote from President Ortega suggests that the neo-Sandinista regime may be seeking such firepower. Under the terms of a 1981 military pact with the Soviet Union, Nicaraguan pilots trained in Bulgaria. Earlier this month we posted news that under the terms of the revitalized Moscow-Managua military pact Nicaraguan airmen and soldiers will train in Russia itself. Intriguingly, the 3,000-meter runway at Punta Huete is just long enough to accommodate Russia’s Blackjack bomber which, according to official specifications, requires a 3,050-meter tarmac. By contrast, the older, subsonic Bear bomber requires a longer, 3,500-meter blacktop.

>Latin America File: Nicaraguan opposition contests municipal vote, one person dies in clashes with FSLN thugs, Ortega refuses to accredit observers

>- In Wake of Obama Win, Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Sechin Makes Follow-Up Visits to Latin America’s Communist Troika: Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua

- Soviet-Venezuelan Naval Exercise in Caribbean Sea Postponed from November 10-14 to 24-30, Coincides with Russian “President” Medvedev’s Trip to Caracas

- US Navy’s Amphibious Assault Ship Kearsarge Weighs Anchor in Guyana Ahead of Russian Missile Cruiser Peter the Great’s Arrival in Neighboring Venezuela, Captain Ponds Denies Link

- Colombian Foreign Minister Dismisses Contention Bogota’s Security Threatened by Soviet-Venezuelan Naval Drill and Bilateral Relations, but Former Colombian President Pastrana Worried

- The Revitalized Moscow-Managua Axis: Is the Kremlin Once Again Contemplating Use of Nicaragua’s Longest Runway at Punta Huete for Its Strategic Bombers?

Pictured above: A truck burns outside the campaign headquarters of Nicaragua’s largest opposition group, the Liberal Constitutionalist Party (PLC), during clashes between PLC and ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) supporters in Managua, on November 10.

This past Saturday Russian Deputy Prime Minister and “ex”-KGB agent Igor Sechin paid a second visit to Nicaragua in less than two months, conferring with trustworthy Soviet ally President Daniel Ortega on Moscow’s revitalized political-economic-military pact with Managua. The day after Sechin’s departure Nicaraguans trooped to the polling stations to vote in country-wide municipal elections, which the ruling FSLN dominated, claiming 91 out of 146 towns and cities, including the national capital. Since then Ortegistas and PLC supporters have engaged in violent street clashes, leading to the death of one person on Monday. Violence flared up again yesterday, the AFP news agency reports, noting that Comandante Ortega refused to accredit any international election monitors, branding them “imperialist” agents in the employ of Washington DC.

Last week Ortega and other Latin American leftist leaders lauded socialist Barack Hussein Obama’s election to the US presidency. “Really it’s a miracle that the United States for the first time in its history has a black president,” gushed Ortega, “who has shown he is willing to dialogue with Latin American countries and is open to reviewing free-trade agreements.”

Since Ortega’s inauguration in January 2007 the Kremlin has pledged on several occasions to rearm the Nicaraguan military, which is largely stocked with vintage Soviet-era equipment. The neo-Sandinista regime, which is stashing away Venezuelan petrodollars into the party coffers, feigns poverty. Thus, Managua may be the recipient of another communist-organized “air lift,” namely, the gratis delivery of updated Russian-built armament at the expense of its sovereignty vis-a-vis Moscow. Ortega has already grovelled before his Soviet masters by recognizing the de facto independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Georgia’s two breakaway regions. This past weekend we reported that Nicaragua will send a small contingent of soldiers and airmen to Russia for six years of training as helicopter and airplane pilots, tank commanders, and military engineers.

This past summer the Kremlin media published several reports, citing high-ranking Russian military aviation sources, about the possibility of stationing heavy, nuclear-capable bombers in Cuba, Venezuela, and Algeria. Earlier this month a high-level Russian military delegation arrived in Cuba to inspect and upgrade the island’s air defenses and discuss with Havana’s communist dictatorship the possibility of sending Cubans to Russia to train in “modern military techniques.” Thus, we see that both Nicaraguan and Cuban troops may soon be receiving training in Russia.

In an unprecedented development since the “end” of the Cold War, in September of this year two Tu-160 bombers actually visited Venezuela for a week-long exercise over the Caribbean Sea and are slated to return again next year for joint drills with Hugo Chavez’s air force. The Russian nuclear-powered missile cruiser Peter the Great and support ships are scheduled to hold combined maneuvers with Chavez’s navy between November 24 and 30, to coincide with “President” Dmitry Medvedev’s visit to Caracas. Initial reports weeks ago stated that the joint drill would take place this week.

Possibly with the intent to monitor the Soviet-Venezuelan exercise, the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge has weighed anchor off the coast of Guyana on a humanitarian mission. “Yes, I am aware the Russians coming into this area,” admitted Captain Fernandez Ponds to the AFP news agency, ” but that has nothing to do with this mission, there is no nexus between this mission and their arrival.” In a troubling development for the US-Colombian alliance, the Colombian Foreign Minister Jaime Bermúdez has dismissed contentions that Bogota’s security is threatened by the Soviet-Venezuelan naval drill and bilateral relations. By contrast, former Colombian President Andres Pastrana has expressed concern about the Russian naval presence near his country: “There are some difficult issues as the deployment of a Russian fleet in the region. I read in Newsweek that the nuclear arsenal aboard the coming Russian vessels almost doubles the amount that provoked the missile crisis in Cuba.”

In light of Moscow’s increasingly open military cooperation with Havana, Caracas, and Managua, we have speculated in past weeks that the Kremlin might attempt to place some of its own strategic military assets, under the guise of upgrading the Nicaraguan armed forces, in neo-Sandinista Nicaragua. This would not be the first time that the Soviets made such an attempt.

Beginning in 1982 the first Sandinista regime cleared a 10,000-foot runway at Punta Huete, north of Lake Managua (see map above), even though the Augusto C. Sandino International Airport in the national capital was then sufficient for the country’s regular civilian and military air traffic. At the time the Reagan White House worried that the Soviets might use Punta Huete as a base for its strategic bombers and anti-submarine warfare reconnaissance aircraft. In July 1987 the New York Times reported: “Lieut. Col. Oliver L. North, the former National Security Council aide, in his testimony in the Iran-contra hearings specifically cited the air base at Punta Huete and two small ports as a potentially useful to the Russians as bases in the Western Hemisphere.” In 2001 President Arnoldo Alemán renamed Managua’s main airport as Managua International Airport. After Ortega reassumed the presidency in January 2007 Managua International was once again named after the Nicaraguan revolutionary leader of the early 20th century.

According to world airfield databases, the runway at Punta Huete is still in existence as of November 2008. In view of Sechin’s repeated trips to Managua and notwithstanding Ortega’s approval of an Obama presidency, it may be that the neo-Soviet leadership is again contemplating use of Nicaragua’s longest runway to launch its Bear and Blackjack bombers against CONUS. In late September we posted a story that quoted Russia’s ambassador to Nicaragua Igor S. Kondrashev as revealing that a team of “Russian experts” would visit the Central American country in October “to identify other potential joint projects, including petroleum exploration in the Caribbean and the Pacific Ocean and the construction of roads and bridges.” Apart from Sechin’s latest trip to Managua, we have been unable to determine whether these “Russian experts” actually showed up in Nicaragua, boasted military credentials, or inspected the Punta Huete airfield, or any other Nicaraguan runway for that matter.

Following his Saturday huddle with Nicaragua’s not-so-repackaged Marxist dictator, Sechin moved on to the Communist Bloc’s closest outpost to US soil, Cuba. There he inked more agreements with President Raul Castro, including the extension from Moscow to Havana of a US$335 million loan, the establishment of a joint geological prospecting project between Russian mining company Norilsk Nickel and state-owned Cubaniquel; the signing of a memorandum of understanding that allows Russian companies Zarubezhneft to extract natural gas in Cuba, as well as Transneft to modernize Cuba’s oil pipelines; and the organization of joint projects in the aviation, shipbuilding, and rail transportation sectors. Among other joint enterprises, Russian auto manufacturer Avtovaz, in which Kremlin arms exporter Rosoboronexport has a controlling interest and French car company Renault a 25 percent stake, will deliver 630 new Lada cars to Cuba in 2008 and 2,000 cars next year, as well as construct an assembly and repair plant for Ladas and other Russian-built vehicles in Cuba.

Finally, Sechin also paid a follow-up visit to South America’s Red Mecca, Caracas, last Wednesday, reviewing a raft of 46 bilateral agreements that Chavez and “President” Dmitry Medvedev will sign when the Russian head of state visits Venezuela for the first time on November 26.

In a story related to Russia’s attempt to project its influence overseas, on November 8 more than 20 sailors and civilians were killed and another 21 injured aboard a Russian nuclear-powered submarine in the Pacific Ocean. The Akula II class Nerpa was undergoing tests before being leased to the Indian Navy, although the media of neither country refuses to confirm this report.

>USA File: CPUSA lauds Obama victory; Kenyan imam removes incriminating mosque documents, flees to UK, confirms BHO’s birthplace as Mombasa

>- Imam Tried to Meet Jerome Corsi Before Kenyan Authorities Deported World Net Daily Reporter

- President-Elect’s Communist Mentor Frank Davis, Accompanied by Obama and His Grandfather, Sold Cocaine in Early 1970s

Now that (Kenyan-born?) Barack Hussein Obama is president-elect of the USA, all of the world’s communists (and Islamists) are coming out of the woodwork to laud his victory. The Communist Party USA, “ex”-members of which co-founded the Chicago-based socialist New Party that BHO joined in the 1990s, views Obama’s ascent to the presidency as a “victory for the working class.” “The election outcome,” trills People’s World Weekly, below, “represents a clear mandate for pro-people change on taxes, health care, the war in Iraq, job creation and economic relief, union organizing and the Employee Free Choice Act.” On Monday BHO visited the White House to discuss the transition of administrations with President George W. Bush.

Pictured above: BHO: Change the Soviets can believe in. President-Elect Obama intends to move ahead with the deployment of missile interceptors in “post”-communist Poland, a position that will continue to exacerbate tensions between Moscow and Washington, much to the delight of the Soviet strategists.

Communist Party ecstatic over ’08 election results
Voice of Marxism announces ‘hard work is just beginning’
Posted: November 10, 2008 9:12 pm Eastern
By Bob Unruh© 2008 WorldNetDaily

Hailing Barack Obama’s win as a victory for the “working class,” the Communist Party USA is calling on the president-elect to carry out his promises, including his noted commitment to “spread the wealth.”

An editorial by the People’s Weekly World said the victory was for “workers of all job titles, professions, shapes, colors, sizes, hairstyles and languages.”

The newspaper, which boasts of its “partisan coverage,” identifies itself as “a national, grassroots weekly newspaper and the direct descendant of the ‘Daily Worker.’”

We are partisan to the working class, racially and nationally oppressed peoples, women, youth, seniors, international solidarity, Marxism and socialism. We enjoy a special relationship with the Communist Party USA, founded in 1919, and publish its news and views,” the publication states.

The paper said Obama’s victory is “important … not only for people here in the U.S., but also for our sisters and brothers around the world.”

“The election outcome represents a clear mandate for pro-people change on taxes, health care, the war in Iraq, job creation and economic relief, union organizing and the Employee Free Choice Act. Reform and relief are in the air. Their scope and depth will be the arena of struggle. The best thing the coalition that won this victory can do is to stick together and help the new administration carry through on its promises,” the editorial said.

“Jubilation and celebration, yes, along with realization that the hard work is just beginning,” the PWW editorial said.

Obama’s commitment to “spread the wealth” was caught on tape as he talked with an Ohio voter, “Joe the Plumber,” who became a personality in the 2008 election campaign for the exchange in which he suggested Obama’s plan sounded like socialism.

Obama’s media team did not respond to a WND telephone message and e-mail requesting a comment.

Michelle Obama has made similar commitments, warning that some Americans may have to give up a piece of the pie in order that others may have a larger share.

Samuel L. Blumenfeld, a WND columnist, earlier cited Obama’s history of links to significant players in the communist effort in the United States.

“In his famous autobiography, ‘Dreams From My Father,’ Obama reveals that his earliest mentor in Hawaii was a man by the name of Frank Marshall Davis. It so happens that Davis had been sent to Hawaii in the late 1940s by the Communist Party to organize the party in Hawaii,” Blumenfeld wrote.

“Davis had begun his communist career in Chicago. He was a friend and associate of Paul Robeson, the great singer, and Harry Bridges, head of the communist dominated International Longshoremen and Warehousemen’s Union. Both men were secret Communist Party USA members.”

Blumenfeld sees sees the impact of those influences in Obama’s vision for the country.

“Obama has already proposed the creation of a homeland police force that will no doubt terrorize those in the ‘ultra-right’ who will become the most vociferous and active opponents of his socialist regime. Hitler had a similar police force called the Gestapo – Geheime Staats Polizie or Homeland State Police – that terrorized the opponents of the Nazi regime,” he wrote.

“In 1933 a majority of Germans voted for a demagogue who promised ‘change’ and seemed to be the answer to their economic and national problems. None of those voters could have foreseen that 12 years later Germany would lie in ruins and be occupied by foreign armies,” he wrote.

WND previously reported Davis, frequently accompanied by young Barack Obama and his grandfather, sold marijuana and cocaine from a “Chicago style” hot dog cart in the early 1970s, according to a source.

Meanwhile, the Norway-based African Press International, citing a Kenyan imam who has sought political asylum in the United Kingdom, confirms that Obama was indeed born in Mombasa, rather than Hawaii, as America’s president-elect and the Democratic party contends.

Mombasa Imam who confirmed Obama’s birth place arrives in the UK
Posted by africanpress on November 9, 2008

The Imam who came forward to assist in the search of Barack Obama’s identity left Kenya secretly last night, and will arrive in the UK this morning. He will meet with a US contact person who will assist him in recording an asylum statement in the UK after handing over the documents that caused the blessing of Obama when he was born and to confirm the origin of the name Hussein.

The man will join relatives in the UK because his life will be in danger if he were to return to Kenya after removing the documents from the Mosque’s archives and taking them out of the country. The man has been informed about the on-going case filed in the US Supreme Court by attorney Philip Berg challenging Barack Obama’s citizenship.

When the man heard that Jerome Corsi was in Kenya a few months ago, he took a decision to try and meet him, but had to travel back to Mombasa from Nairobi on hearing that Corsi had been bundled and taken to the airport on deportation orders.

The Imam is the grandson of the late Imam who blessed Barack Obama when he was born in Mombasa on the 4th of august 1961.

While in the UK, the Imam and the American contact person will visit Amnesty International before handing himself over to the authorities where he will formally deliver his application for asylum. The contact man has arranged so that they get an official from Amnesty international to accompany them to the home office desk where he will inform them on the dangers that will face him if he were to return to Kenya after delivering the documents on Obama.

This may now bring to close the speculations on Obama’s citizenship and the secrecy on where he was born.

API will dispatch a detailed letter in support of the Imam’s – application for asylum and protection – to the UK Home Office Secretary later today. The letter will be made available on the site here, but minus the names of the Imam.

>Blogger’s Note: Remembrance Day 2008

>In memory and honor of those Canadian soldiers who, in the defense of freedom for our country and its allies, have died in or survived combat overseas, including the First World War, Second World War, Korean War, Vietnam War (as volunteers in the US Armed Forces), and the current war in Afghanistan. You have neither fallen nor placed your life in peril in vain, in your battle against imperialism, Nazi-Fascism, communism, and Islamic terrorism.

>USA File: Obama receives his orders from Moscow: Gorbachev urges America’s first Marxist president to implement perestroika (socialist restructuring)

>- Obama Intends to Rule by Executive Order for “Immediate Impact” on National Effects of Global Financial Crisis

- “O Team” Fabricates “Office of the President-Elect” More Than One Month before Electoral College Vote Confirms Obama’s Presidency

- US Representative Paul Broun (Georgia – Republican) Accuses Obama of Being a Marxist, Seeking Dictatorship on Back of Proposed Civilian National Security Force (source, source)

- No Signs of Coup . . . Yet: Bush’s Senior Foreign Policy Adviser in 2000 Election Campaign Dov Zakheim: Senior Officers in US Military Ready to Follow Obama’s Orders; Retired Senior Officer: Colleagues Who Balk Will Not Be Promoted (source)

- Bill and Hillary Extend Their Influence into the Obama White House: Clinton-Era Political Hacks Make Comebacks on Obama’s Presidential Transition Team

- Russia’s Ready to Rumble According to AFP News Agency: “For Russia’s Putin, Knockabout with Obama Is Just the Ticket”

- Communist Vultures Circle for the Kill: Kremlin Media, Russian Bloggers Portray America’s Half-Black President-Elect as Symbol of Nation’s Weakness and Decline

It’s not that I want to punish your success. I just want to make sure that everybody who is behind you, that they’ve got a chance for success too. My attitude is that if the economy’s good for folks from the bottom up, it’s gonna be good for everybody … I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.
– US President-Elect Barack Hussein Obama, response to Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher (“Joe the Plumber”) on campaign trail; quoted by Fox News, October 13, 2008

US attempts to create a unipolar world in both the political and economic field have failed. It is essential to strengthen the legitimacy of the United Nations and regulate the global economy more effectively. The example of the US has shown that the move from self-regulating capitalism to financial socialism is only one step.
– Russian “President” Dmitry Medvedev, commenting on US financial industry bailout package; quoted by Financial Times, October 8, 2008

On Friday, in his first news conference since winning the presidency on November 4, President-Elect Barack Hussein Obama insisted that Congress must pass another economic stimulus measure, which includes the expansion of unemployment benefits, before or just after he takes office in January 20. “Immediately after I become president,” Obama declared, “I will confront this economic crisis head-on by taking all necessary steps to ease the credit crisis, help hardworking families, and restore growth and prosperity.” “Mr Obama is moving much more quickly than previous president-elects,” observes Britain’s conservative Telegraph, linked below “and appears to be breaking a pledge that he would stay out of day-to-day affairs until January.”

Although Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton failed to secure the Democratic nomination earlier this year, political hacks who worked in the Clinton White House during the 1990s are making appearances in Obama’s transition team. The Obama presidential transition team is also sending signals that it intends to move the American political system drastically to the left, initiate New Deal-style civilian mobilization programs, and even usurp the day-to-day administration of the country from the Bush White House under the Presidential Transition Act of 1963. The O Team has even gone so far as to fabricate the “Office of the President-Elect,” allegedly on the basis of this act (pictured above).

  1. Obama advocates 50 hours of government-approved community service for all high school students
  2. Obama has appointed “combative” former Bill Clinton aide Rahm Emanuel as his chief of staff, an advocate of three months of compulsory civilian service for all Americans aged 18 to 25
  3. Obama has appointed David Axelrod, Obama’s current and Hillary Clinton’s past campaign strategist, as White House counsellor and Robert Gibbs, Obama’s current and John Kerry’s past communications director, as White Hosue press secretary
  4. Obama has appointed Democratic lawyer Henry Rivera, former commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), to head his FCC transition team, sparking fears that Obama intends to restore the so-called Fairness Doctrine, abolished in the 1980s, and close down conservative and Christian talk radio programs
  5. Obama has organized a 17-member economic advisory board–which includes billionaire Obama-backer Warren Buffett, Clinton-era Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers and chairmen of Google, Xerox, and Time Warner–to coordinate America’s economicy recovery from the global financial crisis
  6. Obama intends to rule by executive decree for “immediate impact,” reversing orders signed by outgoing President George W. Bush, and possibly enacting new ones

In a July 2 Colorado Springs speech Obama announced, with little notice by the brain-dead MSM: “We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.”

These programs would probably tickle the fancy of CNN owner Ted Turner and his employee anchorman Rick Sanchez, who on November 7 recommended that an Obama White House resurrected the Depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps and Works Progress Administration.

Pictured here: America’s treasonous globalist leaders rub elbows with former Soviet tyrant Mikhail Gorbachev as the latter receives applause for receipt of the Liberty Medal at the National Constitution Center (NCC) in Philadelphia, on September 18, 2008. With Gorbachev are former US President George H.W. Bush (left) and NCC CEO/President Joe Torsella (right). The Liberty Medal recognizes individuals and organizations that have demonstrated leadership and vision in the advance of “liberty of conscience” or “freedom from oppression, ignorance, or deprivation.” We are hard pressed to see how unrepentant Leninist dictator Gorbachev deserves this award.

More disturbingly, but not surprisingly, reports the Kremlin-run media, former Soviet tyrant Mikhail (“I’ll Always Be a Communist”) Gorbachev has urged America’s first Marxist president to implement perestroika in the USA. Literally, in the Russian perestroika means “restructuring.” Italy’s La Stampa quoted Gorby as saying of Obama: “This is a man of our times, he is capable of restarting dialogue, all the more since the circumstances will allow him to get out of a dead-end situation. Barack Obama has not had a very long career, but it is hard to find faults, and he has led an election campaign winning over the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton herself. We can judge from this that this person is capable of engaging in dialogue and understanding current realities.”

Komsomol capitalist and celebrity jailbird Mikhail Khodorkovsky, below, also commented on the Obama win, announcing that: “The paradigm of global development is about to change. The era inaugurated by Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher 30 years ago is over.”

Gorbachev calls on Obama to carry out ‘perestroika’ in the U.S.
21:5607/ 11/ 2008

MOSCOW, November 7 (RIA Novosti) – Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has said that the Obama administration in the United States needs far-reaching ‘perestroika’ reforms to overcome the financial crisis and restore balance in the world.

The term perestroika, meaning restructuring, was used by Gorbachev in the late 1980s to describe a series of reforms that abolished state planning in the Soviet Union.

In an interview with Italy’s La Stampa published on Friday, Gorbachev said President-elect Barack Obama needs to fundamentally change the misguided course followed by President George W. Bush over the past eight years.

Gorbachev said that after transforming his country in the late 1980s, he had told the Americans that it was their turn to act, but that Washington, celebrating its Cold War victory, was not interested in “a new model of a society, where politics, economics and morals went hand in hand.”

He said the Republicans have failed to realize that the Soviet Union no longer exists, that Europe has changed, and that new powers like China, Brazil and Mexico have emerged as important players on the world stage.

He told the paper that the world is waiting for Obama to act, and that the White House needs to restore trust in cooperation with the United States among the Russians.

“This is a man of our times, he is capable of restarting dialogue, all the more since the circumstances will allow him to get out of a dead-end situation. Barack Obama has not had a very long career, but it is hard to find faults, and he has led an election campaign winning over the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton herself. We can judge from this that this person is capable of engaging in dialogue and understanding current realities.”

Former Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky, founder of now defunct Yukos oil giant, who is in prison on fraud and tax evasion charges, also used the word perestroika in discussing the future course of the Obama administration.

In an article published in the business daily Vedomosti on Friday, Khodorkovsky said Obama’s election win was not merely another change of power in a separate country, but was important for all states.

He said that, “being a liberal himself, he thinks that the world will take a left turn,” and that “a global perestroika would be a logical response to the global crisis.”

“The paradigm of global development is about to change. The era inaugurated by Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher 30 years ago is over.”

He said decisions in neoliberal economies had been made mainly by supranational institutions and transnational corporations.

Khodorkovsky predicted: “Globalization will slow to a crawl, but will not stop. The ‘golden billion’ of the world’s richest people will have to abandon hopes of increasing their wealth, but high consumer standards which developed at the end of the 20th century will be unaffected by the change. The striving for political freedom and open competition of personalities and ideas will not disappear.”

To what sort of “restructuring” is master communist deceiver Gorbachev alluding? Why, socialism, of course. In the 1980s Gorbachev outlined his vision of a “mature socialist society” in Russia and a world conquered for communism. In Perestroika: New Thinking for Our Country and the World (Harper & Row, 1987), the former Soviet dictator writes:

Perestroika is closely connected with socialism as a system. That side of the matter is being widely discussed, especially abroad, and our talk about perestroika won’t be entirely clear if we don’t touch upon that aspect.

Does perestroika mean that we are giving up socialism or at least some of its foundations? Some ask this question with hope, others with misgiving.

. . .

To put an end to all the rumors and speculations that abound in the West about this, I would like to point out once again that we are conducting our reforms in accordance with the socialist choice. We are looking within socialism, rather than outside it, for the answers to all the questions that arise. We assess our successes and errors alike by socialist standards. Those who hope that we shall move away from the socialist path will be greatly disappointed. Every part of our program of perestroika–and the program as a whole, for that matter–is fully based on the principle of more socialism and more democracy.

More socialism means a more dynamic pace and creative endeavor, more organization, law and order, more scientific methods and initiative in economic management, efficiency in administration, and a better and materially richer life for the people.

More socialism means more democracy, openness and collectivism in everyday life, more culture and humanism in production, social and personal relations among people, more dignity and self-respect for the individual.

More socialism means more patriotism and aspiration to nobel ideals, more active civic concern about the country’s internal affairs and about their positive influence on international affairs.

In other words, more of all those things which are inherent in socialism and in the theoretical precepts which characterize it as a distinct socio-ecnomic formation.

We will proceed toward better socialism rather than away from it.

. . .

We want more socialism and, therefore, more democracy. [pages 36-37]

If the socialist nature of perestroika is still unclear, in spite of the above quote, then consider the following excerpt from a report that Gorbachev delivered to the Communist Party of the Soviet Union’s Central Committee and the Supreme Soviet of the USSR on November 2, 1987:

The idea of perestroika rests upon our seventy-year history, on the sound foundation of the basically new social edifice erected in the Soviet Union; it combines continuity and innovation, the historical experience of Bolshevism and what socialism is today. It is up to us to continue and carry forward the cause of the pioneers of the Revolution and of socialism. And we are certain to achieve this by our work, by making creative use of the experience of the generations that blazed the October trail before us [October and Perestroika: The Revolution Continues. Ottawa: Soviet Embassy, 1987].

Thus, last week, while New Zealand voters elected a nominally conservative government for the first time in 10 years, 52 percent of American voters opted for outright socialism, integration into the Communist Bloc, and subservience to the Moscow-Beijing Axis. Yesterday the AFP new agency wrote: “While much of the world celebrated Obama’s US presidential win, a stony-faced Russian reaction was a reminder of Cold War-style tensions between Washington and Moscow. On the Internet, Russian bloggers portrayed the victory of a black candidate as evidence of American decline. On an official level, President Dmitry Medvedev chose the day of Obama’s win to announce the deployment of short-range missiles to Kaliningrad, a Russian outpost in Europe.” The Kremlin media has also latched onto Obama’s perceived personality weakness: “This perception of a weak Obama was driven home on Saturday by a photograph on the front page of the Kommersant newspaper that showed his humiliating detention at an airport in the Ural Mountains on a 2005 visit he made as part of a nuclear disarmament programme. In similar vein, the newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets featured reminiscences of Obama’s tour, saying ‘for a large part of his visit, Obama kept quiet and smiled.’”

Neo-Soviet Russia’s allies in the Islamic world are also thrilled by the prospect of an Obama presidency. After Obama’s victory on election day, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad extended the Islamic regime’s first-ever congratulations to a US president-elect: “I congratulate you on receiving the majority of votes in the elections. You know that the opportunities God gives to people are temporary; they could be used for the progress of people or against them. I hope that through preferring the real needs of people over the insatiable demands of a selfish and corrupt minority, you would take the chance and make a good name for yourself in history.”

The Communist Bloc senses that America is now ripe for the plucking. The Sitzkrieg phase of the Fourth World War, which began with Russia’s re-invasion of Georgia, will end shortly and the hot war will resume as Moscow continues to assemble its Red Dawn coalition in Latin America. We will carefully monitor the policies and actions of the Obama presidency as it officially commences in the new year. Whether Obama can affect the total and peaceful communization of America will depend on the capabilities of the people he appoints and the determination of armed patriotic citizens to resist his policies. If the situation warrants such a designation, then we will, with much sadness, change our Red World map to indicate the USA as communist-controlled country.

>Latin America File: Nicaraguan pilots, soldiers to train in Russia; Deputy PM Sechin visits Managua today, second time since September

>We have on many occasions at this blog referred to Russia’s incremental assembling of a Red Dawn-style military coalition in Latin America. Every week another news report appears to confirm this contention. Moscow and Managua are closing ranks quickly in much the same fashion that the neo-Soviet Union has restored relations with Communist Cuba and established relations with Hugo Chavez’s neo-communist regime in Venezuela. The story below reports that Nicaragua will send 14 soldiers and airmen to Russia for six years of training as helicopter and airplane pilots, tank commanders, and military engineers. This is a small contingent but it is likely the first of many such exchanges of personnel between the two communist states.

Nicaragua says it will send 14 soldiers and airmen to Russia for six years of training. The cooperation agreement was announced on Friday, on the eve of a meeting between leftist President Daniel Ortega and Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin. Officials say the military personnel will be trained as helicopter and airplane pilots, tank commanders and military engineers. Nicaragua was a close Russian ally under Ortega in the 1980s, when Nicaragua fought U.S.-backed Contra rebels. The two countries have strengthened relations again since Ortega regained the presidency in 2006 elections. In September, Nicaragua aligned with Russia in becoming the first country to formally recognize the independence of the two breakaway Georgian provinces of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

President Daniel Ortega’s servile role in the Communist Bloc is evident in his recognition of the “independent” states of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. The International Herald Tribune (linked above) and state-run Novosti both report, too, that Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin is once again visiting Latin America, including Nicaragua, Cuba, and Venezuela, his second trip to the region in less than three months. Sechin is a former KGB agent and a Soviet-era weapons smuggler to Latin America and the Middle East. Pictured above: Ortega receives Sechin at the Casa de Los Pueblos in Managua today. The Nicaraguan Foreign Minister Samuel Santos Lopez wrapped up his second trip to Moscow in one year barely a week ago.

Over the last two years we have also chronicled the deteriorating political situation in Nicaragua where the ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front is intimidating opposition party candidates and accusing non-governmental organizations of being in league with Washington DC.

>USSR2 File: Kremlin assesses Obama win: Medvedev may resign in 2009, Putin to re-assume presidency; Russia, China close ranks in "one clenched fist"

>Will Israel Launch a Preemptive Strike against Iran’s Nuclear Program Before President-Elect Obama’s Inauguration?

Just in time for the most left-wing president-elect in US history to enter the White House in January, KGB-communist dictator Vladimir Putin may re-assume the reigns of Russia’s presidency after Dmitry Medvedev steps down in 2009. Under constitutional reforms aired by compliant Soviet Komsomol graduate Medvedev, revealed Kremlin sources to Vedomosti newspaper yesterday, Putin could rule Russia until 2021. The paper cited Putin’s spokesman as saying he saw no reason for Putin to return to power in 2009. Bear in mind, however, that Kremlin mouthpieces also denied last year that Putin would assume the role of chief minister of the Union State of Russia and Belarus after he left the Russian presidency. As things turned out, that’s exactly what Putin did earlier this year. Comrade Czar Putin, as we have copiously documented over the last three years, is an ideologically reliable, intelligent, steely frontman for the continuing Communist Party of the Soviet Union, which operates under the covert leadership of Gennady Zyuganov, Oleg Shenin, the venerable Mikhail Gorbachev, and others.

Pictured above: Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Russian PM Putin sign a joint communique in Moscow, on October 28, 2008.

The timing of the Soviet strategists is impeccable with respect to re-installing Putin, who is a popular and galvanizing figure among ordinary Russians, as titular head of state. The neo-Soviet leadership’s timing is also impeccable with respect to building a Red Dawn-style military coalition with Latin America’s leftist governments, all of whom have welcomed the arrival of Barack Hussein Obama. This is the frightening geopolitical reality of the world in which we live, unlike the fantasies propagated by the entertainment regime and election campaign spin doctors. A relative of your resident blogger has referred to Putin as a “mean bugger.” While we would not normally used such “colorful” language, we think it’s an apt description.

Putin may return to Kremlin in ’09: report
Thu Nov 6, 1:17 am ET

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Dmitry Medvedev could resign from his post in 2009 to pave the way for Vladimir Putin to return to the Kremlin, Vedomosti newspaper reported on Thursday, citing an unidentified source close to the Kremlin.

Medvedev Wednesday proposed increasing the presidential term to six years from four years, a step the newspaper said was part of a plan drawn up by Vladislav Surkov, who serves as Medvedev’s first deputy chief of staff.

Under the plan, Medvedev could implement changes to the constitution and unpopular social reforms “so that Putin could return to the Kremlin for a longer period,” the newspaper said.

“Under this scenario Medvedev could resign early citing changes to the constitution and then presidential elections could take place in 2009,” the newspaper said, citing the unidentified source close to the Kremlinl.

The paper said Putin, who is currently prime minister, could then rule for two six year terms, so from 2009 to 2021. The paper cited Putin’s spokesman as saying he saw no reason for Putin to return to power in 2009.

Investors, already jittery over the impact of the financial crisis on Russia’s economic boom, are trying to work out who is really in charge of Russia, the biggest question for those seeking to ascertain political risk.

They are seeking any details on how the current set up — with Medvedev as president and Putin as prime minister — could change. During Medvedev’s speech Wednesday the Russian stock market erased most of the gains it made earlier in the day.

Meanwhile, Moscow continues to advance relations with its primary strategic partner, the People’s Republic of China. In his book New Lies for Old (1984) KGB defector Anatoliy Golitsyn warned that after the feigned collapse of Eastern European communism–still five years away from the publication of his first book–Moscow would move closer to Beijing, heal the false breach between the two communist superpowers, and form “one clenched fist” in order to smash the bourgeois nations. Golitsyn also predicted that by the time that Russia and China formed their open alliance, visible today as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), the Soviet strategists would have rendered NATO impotent and transformed Europe into a neutral socialist bloc, two objectives accomplished in the last few years through the admission of “post”-communist Trojan horse states into these two organizations. Moscow-Beijing Axis to West: checkmate!

On October 28 Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao conferred with Putin in Moscow, signing a raft of bilateral argreements, including the construction of a Sino-Soviet crude oil pipeline. During this trip Wen also attended the 13th regular meeting between Chinese and Russian prime ministers in Moscow and the seventh prime ministers’ meeting of SCO member states in Astana, Kazakhstan. Two bilateral meetings between Medvedev and Chinese President (Tyrant) Hu Jintao will take place before the end of 2008, reports state-run Novosti below. Moscow and Beijing, the Kremlin media admits, have “several shared foreign policy objectives,” including opposition to the independence of Serbia’s province Kosovo and tougher sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, as well as strident criticism of US plans to build missile defenses in Central Europe.

Two Russia-China summits to take place before end of year
11:5506/ 11/ 2008

MOSCOW, November 6 (RIA Novosti) – The Russian and Chinese presidents, Dmitry Medvedev and Hu Jintao, will hold two bilateral meetings before the end of this year, the secretary of Russia’s Security Council said on Thursday.

“Our meetings are becoming increasingly regular due to the fact that we are strategic partners,” Nikolai Patrushev said, opening security talks with a Chinese delegation. “Three top-level meetings have already taken place this year, and at least two others are scheduled to be held before the end of 2008.”

Patrushev said foreign policy, security, and developments in the Caucasus in the wake of the Georgia-Russia conflict in August – issues highlighted in President Medvedev’s state of the nation address on Wednesday – would dominate talks.

Medvedev traveled to Kazakhstan and China soon after his inauguration in May. The choice of the Asian nations for his first trip abroad was regarded as a signal to the West of a shift in Russia’s foreign policy priorities.

Russia and China, both veto-wielding UN Security Council members, have several shared foreign policy objectives, opposing independence for Serbia’s province Kosovo, tougher sanctions against Iran over its controversial nuclear activities, and criticizing the United States’ plans to build missile defenses in Central Europe.

Bilateral trade has been growing steadily over the past eight years, reaching $48 billion in 2007, which is still much lower than between Russia and Europe. The balance of trade has been in China’s favor, with Russia exporting mainly oil and other raw materials.

Eighty percent of Russia’s energy exports go to Europe, but Moscow plans to considerably increase oil and gas supplies to Asian nations, mainly to China, by 2020 once new pipelines have been built.

No doubt, too, the Soviets and Red Chinese will intensely analyze and test with more provocations the new presidential adminstration that Obama and the Democratic Party assemble over the next 10 weeks. Obama’s team may include “elder statesman” and campaign foreign policy adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski. Trilateral Commission co-founder Brzezinski previously served as President Jimmy Carter’s national security adviser. The Trilateral Commission is one of a number of semi-secretive think tanks in the West committed, like the Moscow Leninists, to the dream of world government and regional integration.

Soviet client state Iran is also carefully assessing Obama’s position on its nuclear program, which is a palpable threat to Israel’s very existence. Although President-Elect Obama has made reassuring comments about the Jewish state’s national security and the indivisibility of Jerusalem, Brzezinski is perceived by some Jews as anti-Israel. The Israelis, meanwhile, fear Tehran’s fanatical dedication to obliterating the “Zionist entity.” Responding to the election of Obama this past Tuesday, Knesset Member Arieh Eldad of the National Union-National Religious Party warned: “Israel should prepare for a situation that Barack Obama will try and pay for agreements for a withdrawal from Iraq with Israeli interests. Israel should know that from now on it is facing the Iranian nuclear threat on its own, because Obama wants to talk to Iran and has already accepted a nuclear Iran.”

Whether Obama’s commitment to Israel’s continued existence is sincere or not, in the face of uncertainties surrounding the foreign policy direction of an Obama presidency an Israeli preemptive strike against Iran’s nuclear program before January 20 should not be ruled out. Got preps?

>Latin America/USA Files: Russia, EU pump loans, investment into Cuba, Nicaraguan FM visits Moscow after Minsk pitstop, Argentina nationalizes pensions

>- European Union Re-Normalizes Relations with Cuba by Promising Investments after Five-Year Ostracism

- Brazil’s Petrobras Signs Deal with Havana’s Petroleos for Oil Exploration in Cuban Waters

- Marxist Running Mate Hides behind Moderate Face of FMLN’s Presidential Candidate Mauricio Funes

- Wives of Nicaraguan Opposition Candidates Assaulted by Ortegistas in Advance of Sunday’s Municipal Election

- US Democratic Party Takes Page from Peronist Playbook: Congress Reviews Possibility of Confiscating 401(k)s and IRAs, Propping Up Social Security

- US Northern Command to Deploy Two Additional Combat Brigade Teams on America’s Streets by 2010, 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st BCT Commenced Operation on October 1

Pictured above: Nicaragua’s Sandinista Foreign Minister Samuel Santos Lopez meets Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, on November 1.

The Red Spread in Latin America continues unopposed by the USA and with full support from the Soviet strategists as the countries of this hemisphere’s Red Axis promote political, economic, military, and social integration within their own ranks.

This week, reports Kommersant Daily, Moscow extended a US$335 million loan to Havana to purchase Russian goods and services, and rebuild local enterprises, possibly referring to those damaged by hurricanes Gustav and Ike in September. In response to the Kremlin’s “generosity,” communist dictator Raul Castro “blessed” Cuba’s first Russian Orthodox cathedral, Our Lady of Kazan in Havana, through his attendance at the consecrating ceremony on October 19. Economic and cultural linkages between Russia and Cuba are the tip of the iceberg as the Soviet strategists move quickly to re-integrate the communist island state and other leftist regimes in Latin America, like Venezuela and Nicaragua, into Russia’s worldwide network of military alliances.

In addition to Russia, the European Union, which is long-term project of the Soviet strategists, is re-normalizing relations with Cuba, broken after a dispute five years ago over the dictatorship’s treatment of political prisoners. On October 23 Reuters reported that the EU will invest 20 to 25 million euros in joint projects with the ruling Communist Party of Cuba, as well as allocating 2 million euros for aid for humanitarian assistance in the wake of September’s hurricanes.

Although Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva plays the part of social democrat, he is in reality a stealthy communist who co-founded the narco-terrorist Sao Paulo Forum (FSP) with past Cuban dictator Fidel Castro in 1990. In another development that reveals the steady pace of Latin American integration under the direction of the hemisphere’s predominantly leftist regimes, Lula visited Cuba on October 30 to ink an agreement with Fidel’s younger brother Raul that will establish a joint deep-water oil exploration project between Brazil’s Petrobras and Cuba’s Petroleos. Incidentally, the FSP has been resoundingly successful in installing smiling, besuited leftists, communists, and ex-guerrillas into presidential palaces throughout Latin America, most recently in Guatemala, and wooing pro-American allies, like Honduras, into its fold.

The Red Axis now awaits the fall of El Salvador to the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front in April’s presidential election. Wisely, from the point of deceiving the Salvadoran electorate, the FMLN presidential candidate Mauricio Funes, a former TV journalist, presents a hip, moderate message. By contrast, vice-presidential running mate Salvador Sanchez Ceren is the former commander of the Popular Liberation Forces, one of five guerrilla armies that co-founded the FMLN in 1980. No doubt Ceren’s function is to pull strings on behalf of the hardened Marxists who run the FMLN. In May 2008 El Salvador’s President Antonio Saca opined: “If it flies like a duck, swims like a duck and eats like a duck, it’s a duck. The FMLN is a communist party. Its ideas haven’t changed.” The FMLNistas, like ruling and non-ruling leftists throughout the Western Hemisphere, look to the hoary old communist dictatorship in Cuba for inspiration. “Thousands of wounded FMLN fighters received medical treatment in Cuba during El Salvador’s civil war,” admitted the socialist press in 1996, “The Cubans also played an important role in helping to unite guerrilla groups that led to the formation of the FMLN in the early 1980s.”

A similar situation prevails in Bolivia where Vice-President Álvaro García Linera, ex-commander of the Tupac Katari Guerrilla Army, works hand in glove with President Evo Morales, who remains the titular leader of the country’s union of coca farmers.

Like Cuba and Venezuela, the neo-Sandinista regime in Managua is not shy about cozying up to its masters in Moscow. President Daniel Ortega is the only head of government/state in the world to recognize the “independence” of Georgia’s breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. In response to this favor, Moscow in making good on its pledge, articulated by former Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin at Ortega’s January 2007 inauguration, to re-equip Nicaragua’s military, which still possesses Soviet-era armament.

To this end, reported Novosti on November 1, Nicaraguan Foreign Minister Samuel Santos Lopez dutifully trekked to both Moscow and Minsk last month to sign a military pact with Russia and a trade pact with Belarus. Santos previously visited the Russian capital in November of last year, with a military delegation in tow. Nicaragua’s top general Omar Halleslevens is a cadre of the FSLN. It is expected that Comandante Ortega will travel to both Russia and Belarus at some time in the near future, while Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko has announced his intention to visit Nicaragua. Russia’s Deputy Vice President Igor Sechin, a “former” KGB agent who smuggled arms to Latin American insurgents in the 1980s, conferred with Ortega in the Nicaraguan capital in September.

Meanwhile, the neo-Sandinista regime continues to re-consolidate its hold on the country by suppressing dissent. In the most recent episode of this drama, which occurred on Wednesday, “Ortegistas” assaulted the wives of two opposition candidates in Managua in advance of this coming Sunday’s municipal elections:

The wives of two Nicaraguan political candidates say they were injured by rock-throwing members of the governing Sandinista party during a campaign stop. Elisa McGregor and Regina Rodriguez say they were hit in the face with rocks while traveling with their husbands as they campaigned for mayor and deputy mayor of Managua. McGregor’s husband Eduardo Montealegre lost the 2006 presidential race to President Daniel Ortega. Montealegre’s running mate Enrique Quinonez says the rock-throwers were sympathizers of the ruling Sandinista party. Police spokeswoman Vilma Reyes says several people are under arrest. Nicaragua holds local elections on Sunday. The campaign has been marred by sporadic violence.

Lastly, the global financial crisis has provided leftist and faux rightist governments around the world, including the Bush Administration, to respond with Marxist and crypto-Marxist solutions to normal “burps” in the capitalist economies. Today, the lower house of the Argentine parliament approved a bill nationalizing private pension funds, facilitating the government takeover of US$26 billion dollars in retirement fund assets. The bill now moves to the senate, where President Cristina Kirchner’s Peronist party, which is closely allied with Havana and Caracas, has a slimmer majority than in the lower house. The bill’s opponents contend that the Kirchner will use the confiscated funds to pay off Argentina’s public debt. The preceding president, Cristina’s husband Nestor, nationalized the postal service, water works company and rail lines, among other enterprises, during his term in office, between 2003 and 2007.

Possibly taking a page from the Peronist playbook, the US Democratic Party, which dominates both houses of Congress following the November 4 election and will control the White House as of January 2009–apparently intends to confiscate private retirement accounts–including 401(k)s and IRAs–and convert them to universal Guaranteed Retirement Accounts managed by the Social Security Administration. “Should Sen. Barack Obama win the presidency,” warns Karen McMahan, “congressional Democrats might have stronger support for their ‘spreading the wealth’ agenda.” Last month Senator Barack Hussein Obama insisted that the US social security safety net is secure, but it may be that the Democrats plan to quietly prop up the system with monies rolled over (stolen) from private accounts.

In anticipation of domestic civil unrest related to a terrorist attack (or perhaps the current financial crisis), US Northern Command intends to deploy two additional elite combat brigades on America’s streets by 2010. The 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team, which is based in Fort Stewart, Georgia, and battle hardened from a tour of duty in Iraq, commenced its domestic role on October 1. Later this month NorthCom will carry out a “large-scale exercise” simulating a “destructive earthquake in southern California.” The communist front known as the American Civil Liberties Union has called this development a violation of the Posse Comitatus Act, but it is hard to believe that American reds would not resort to such violations to advance communist revolution in the USA.

>USA File: Sodomites, supporters in San Francisco, Los Angeles protest passage of Proposition 8 banning "gay marriage," LAPD declares "tactical alert"

>- President-Elect Obama Commited to Repeal of Defense of Marriage Act and Military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Policy, as well as Implementing “Fully Inclusive Hate Crime” Laws

- Black and Latino Californians Provide Core Support for Proposition 8 as Communist Party USA Commiserates with LGBT Lobby Over Passage of Same-Sex Marriage Bans in Several States

- Ex-Fuhrer of Austrian Freedom Party Joerg Haider Dies in Car Crash, “Outed” as Gay by Successor and Alleged Lover; Widow Suspects Foul Play

Pictured above: Opponents of Proposition 8, banning “same-sex marriage” in California, march through the streets of West Hollywood yesterday.

Now that the voters of several US states have rejected so-called same-sex marriage–for a second time in some cases–California’s resident homo-fascists and homo-Leninists exploded today in yet another orgy of selfish, dangerous rage. Sodomites and their sympathizers marched through the streets of San Francisco and Los Angeles, blocked traffic, accosted police, and stormed CNN’s LA bureau. Not surprisingly, lawyers representing the cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco, along with the communist front American Civil Liberties Union, promptly and indignantly filed requests for the California Supreme Court to overturn the “gay marriage” ban, thereby flouting the will of the majority of Californians. Thus, once again, we see the Gramscian Left in America, which is entrenched in academia, Hollyweird, and many big-city governments, using the courts to impose social revolution on a country that for the most part does not want it.

Proposition 8, which voters passed on November 4, overruled a state supreme court decision that struck down the “traditional” marriage definition California voters previously adopted in 2000. Thirty US states have adopted marriage amendments, reports Fox News below. CBS also reports that gay rights activists have gathered outside a Mormon Temple in LA, accusing the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of paying for deceptive advertising in support of Proposition 8.

Several Gay Marriage Ban Protesters Arrested in Clashes With Police in California
Thursday , November 06, 2008

Seven people were arrested Thursday during ongoing protests in Los Angeles and San Francisco against California’s passage of a ban on gay marriage.

LAPD Officer Jason Lee said the marchers were mostly peaceful in the demonstration against Proposition 8 that began Wednesday night in West Hollywood and continued into Thursday morning.

Four people were taken into custody at the intersection of Hollywood and Highland when they tried to cross a line of officers.

Two more protesters were arrested in West Hollywood for disturbing the peace and another for public drunkenness, according to Sheriff’s Sgt. Kristin Aloma.

She said that one deputy had minor injuries when he was hit by a car as he prepared to close an intersection before protesters arrived.

Demonstrators marched Wednesday night through West Hollywood, Hollywood and Santa Monica. Several stopped at busy intersections and blocked traffic, prompting police intervention.

An additional group of about 500 protesters gathered near CNN’s Los Angeles bureau, where they were seen banging on the doors and walls.

The demonstrations caused the Los Angeles Police Department to declare a tactical alert — one requiring all available officers, including some from other precincts, to respond.

Television cameras showed one protester jumping on top of a police car at the intersection of Hollywood and Highland avenues. He was quickly wrestled to the ground by police and handcuffed.

In San Francisco, hundreds gathered Wednesday night on the steps of City Hall to protest approval of the ban.

Demonstrators held candles and carried signs that read “We All Deserve the Freedom to Marry” as part of the event, sponsored by groups opposed to Proposition 8.

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom expressed frustration with the ban, but said he is hopeful it will be overturned in court.

The loss was a political defeat for Newsom, who’s been one of the most prominent advocates of same-sex marriage. However, he believed the effect on his gubernatorial aspirations is “trivial” and “irrelevant.”

City attorneys of Los Angeles and San Francisco, along with the American Civil Liberties Union, filed requests for the state Supreme Court to overturn the gay marriage ban on Wednesday.

Meg Waters, part of the Yes on 8 campaign team, told City News Service, “gay and lesbian couples have exactly the same protections under the law with civil unions.”

“Marriage has been defined as a man and woman since time began,” Waters said. “The people of California have voted twice, so I think the best thing to do is for everybody involved to figure out a way to move forward.”

Waters said she understands “how gays and lesbians may feel concerned about this.”

“If they stop and look at the situation, they have the exact same legal protections and rights under the law today they had yesterday,” Waters said.

“You can’t change the definition of something that existed forever because you don’t like it.”

The Yes on 8 campaign has “a great deal of compassion for gay and lesbian couples and support completely their right to live as they choose, whether it’s in a committed relationship and a domestic partnership or however they choose,” Waters said.

“We don’t believe that Proposition 8 hinders that at all,” Waters said. “We’re hoping very much to rebuild bridges to that community at some point.”

Destroying, marginalizing, discrediting, and/or de-privilegizing the God-ordained biological family–husband, wife, and offspring–is an important tool used by the world communist movement to overthrow the bourgeois nations. Since the 1970s Western communist parties have used the Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgendered agenda for social transformation as a battering ram against this pillar of capitalism. In a post-election wrap-up, People’s World Weekly, the voice of the Communist Party USA, commiserated with the sodomite lobby:

While working families and the people as a whole scored a major victory by electing Barack Obama and claiming larger majorities in Congress on Nov. 4, several states hammered the rights and equality of LGBT people. Voters in three states, including two of which supported Barack Obama for president, appear to have passed bans on gay marriage. California, Florida, and Arizona saw such bans put in place. California will continue to allow civil unions.

Intriguingly, the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, which faces a severe demographic crisis among ethnic Russians, has fallen out (at least openly) with its Western comrades by opposing public validation of homosexuality. The reason for this opposition should be obvious to the most simple-minded observer of social issues. In any event, Europe as a whole faces a demographic crisis, in which the white population is dwindling in the face of a surge in the resident Muslim population.

Following the passage of “same-sex marriage” bans in California, Arizona, and Florida, sodomites flooded blogs and Internet forums with invective and exhortations to burn church buildings and murder Christians. Matt Barber, director of cultural affairs for Liberty Counsel, characterized the statements as “hate crimes,” since the authors were inciting violence against others based on their beliefs. “This is not just a matter of some people blowing off steam because they’re not happy with a political outcome. This is criminal activity,” Barber is quoted by World Net Daily as saying. “The homosexual lobby is always calling for ‘tolerance’ and ‘diversity’ and playing the role of victim. They claim to deplore violence and ‘hate.’ Here we have homosexuals inciting, and directly threatening, violence against Christians.”

Pictured here: Top candidate for the Alliance for the Future of Austria, Joerg Haider, left, with his protege Stefan Petzner, in Vienna, on September 28, 2008. Speculation that Haider led a double life grew when Petzner publicly called Haider “the man of my life” in a tearful tribute to the former Freedom Party fuhrer, killed in a car crash on October 11. “We had a relationship that went far beyond friendship. Me and Jorg were connected by something truly special. He was the man of my life,” gushed Petzner. Haider was last seen at a gay bar before he drove to his death under the influence of alcohol. Haider’s widow suspects foul play and saved his body from cremation in order to request a second autopsy.

To this day the linkage between neo-Nazism and the sodomite movement remains a strong, but under-reported phenomenon that extends back to the German Nazi Party. After the passage of California’s Proposition 8, one sodomite or a sympathizer named “Tread” blogged, below: “I hope the No on 8 people have a long list and long knives.” As Adolf Hitler consolidated his power, the Nazis struggled over the issue of homosexuality within their own ranks, resulting in the Night of Long Knives, referenced by “Tread” above, in which the Brownshirts paramilitary organization, which operated under the leadership of the openly gay Ernst Rohm, was liquidated. Other leaders in the Hitler regime who were accused of homosexuality were Hitler Youth leader Baldur von Schirach, Hitler’s Minister of Justice Hans Frank, Hitler’s adjutant Wilhelm Bruckner, and Hitler’s Minister of Economics Walter Funk, as well as Hitler’s second in command Hermann Goering, who was at the very least a transvestite. Some writers have suggested that Hitler himself was a self-loathing homosexual, but the evidence is inconclusive. Homosexuals often accuse their opponents of being “Nazis,” but it takes one to know one, right?

‘Gay’ threats target Christians over same-sex ‘marriage’ ban’
Burn their f—ing churches, then tax charred timbers’
Posted: November 05, 2008 11:00 pm Eastern
WorldNetDaily

Decisions by voters in Florida, Arizona and California to join residents of 27 other states with constitutional protections for traditional marriage have prompted threats of violence against Christians and their churches.

“Burn their f—ing churches to the ground, and then tax the charred timbers,” wrote “World O Jeff” on the JoeMyGod blogspot today within hours of California officials declaring Proposition 8 had been approved by a margin of 52 percent to 48 percent. Confirmation on voter approval of amendments in Florida and Arizona came earlier.

The amendments in all three states essentially limit marriage to one man and one woman. In California, the measure states the only marriages “valid and recognized” in the state are those between one man and one woman.

Thirty states now have adopted marriage amendments. However, in California, the vitriol appeared especially high since the state Supreme Court in May created same-sex marriage for homosexuals. Proposition 8 overruled the court decision, readopting the marriage definition California voters adopted in 2000.

On a blog website, “Tread” wrote, “I hope the No on 8 people have a long list and long knives.”

Another contributor to the JoeMyGod website said, “While financially I supported the Vote No, and was vocal to everyone and anyone who would listen, I have never considered being a violent radical extremist for our equal rights. But now I think maybe I should consider becoming one. Perhaps that is the only thing that will affect the change we so desperately need and deserve.”

A contributor identifying himself as “Joe” said, “I swear, I’d murder people with my bare hands this morning.”

Matt Barber, director of cultural affairs for Liberty Counsel, called the statements “hate crimes” for their intent to create violence against someone based on their beliefs.

“This is not just a matter of some people blowing off steam because they’re not happy with a political outcome. This is criminal activity,” he said. “The homosexual lobby is always calling for ‘tolerance’ and ‘diversity’ and playing the role of victim. They claim to deplore violence and ‘hate.’ Here we have homosexuals inciting, and directly threatening, violence against Christians.”

On the “Queerty” website, “Stenar” asked, “Can someone in CA please go burn down the Mormon temples there, PLEASE. I mean seriously. DO IT.”

“I’m going to give them something to be f—ing scared of. … I’m a radical who is now on a mission to make them all pay for what they’ve done,” wrote “Jonathan.”

Liberty Counsel’s Barber said, “This is not free speech; these are ‘hate crimes’ under the existing definition.

Imagine if Christian websites were advocating such violence against homosexuals. There’d be outrage, and rightfully so. It’d be national front-page news. Federal authorities should immediately investigate these threats and prosecute the perpetrators to the fullest extent of the law.”

On yet another site, “Americablog,” “scottinsf” wrote, “Trust me. I’ve got a big list of names of mormons and catholics that were big supporters of Prop 8. … As far as mormons and catholics … I warn them to watch their backs.”

“I hope they all rot in hell, those servants of a lying, corrupt devil! BAN RELIGIOUS FUNDAMENTALISM,” wrote Angelo.

One contributor went so far as to threaten to take out his frustrations on his own family.

“You want me to come back to Idaho for Christmas? Oh wait, my partner and I can’t share the same bed? We can’t show any affection or any outward sign of our love for each other? Well sorry family … no Uncle Adam and all his expensive gifts and delicious cooking for you. Your childrens’ presents will now be donations in their name to the equal rights organization of my choosing. As will their and your birthday presents, wedding presents, graduation presents, and everything else I give going forward.”

The writer continued, “Remember, I’m angry. And I’m strong from my years at the gym and really am ready to take my frustration out on someone or something.”

Barber said the Human Rights Campaign, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and “other leaders within the homosexual lobby” should call immediately for an end to such threats.

There were suggestions of a different type of violence, too.

“Hope the gay waiters at their hotel p—ed in all the drinks they served these cretins,” “Jake” wrote about protectors of traditional marriage.

“If you’re planning a heterosexual wedding in California … be prepared for picketers. Designate someone to watch the parking lot … You’re going to have lots of unexpected expenses. Add $500 to your budget for security. … Be prepared for the flowers not lasting to the reception or the tuxedos showing up two sizes too small or the music at the reception being a way too loud or the cake tasting a little funny,” stated another threat. “Be afraid. Be very afraid. We are everywhere.”

Another even listed addresses of Mormon facilities. Mormon, Catholic and other religious groups were active in supporting the marriage definition.

“I do not openly advocate firebombing or vandalism. What you do with the information is your own choice,” wrote Jeremy.

Until about 40 years ago “gay” meant “happy,” but homo-fascists and homo-Leninists are most certainly not happy. Indeed, one must inquire if they will be happy even when every vestige of legal opposition to the practice, promotion, and glorification of anal intercourse is forcibly stifled. This is what happens to countries when sodomy is decriminalized and the testimonies of men and women who have successfuly left the so-called gay lifestyle are muffled. Do we need more proof?

Apparently President-Elect Barack Hussein Obama needs more proof, even though Black and Latino Californians provided core support for Proposition 8 two days ago. In a letter published earlier this year on his campaign blog, Obama articulated his intention to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, as well as implement “fully inclusive hate crime” laws. Hate crime laws, like political correctness, are a Leninist tool to stifle dissent and subvert civil liberties as defined by the Founding Fathers in the US Constitution, not by twenty-first century Marxist lawyers.

>WW4 File: Kremlin assesses Obama win, threatens to deploy Iskander missiles in Kaliningrad; Minuteman 3 ICBM test-fired from Vandenberg AFB

>- President Medvedev: Russia Will Electronically Jam US Missile Interceptors in Poland and Radar Base in Czech Republic; Scrap Plans to Stand Down Three Nuclear Missile Regiments

In the Soviet strategists’ first test of President-Elect Barack Hussein Obama’s resolve to defend US interests in the arena of international politics, Russian “President” Dmitry Medvedev, a Komsomol graduate, threatened to counter the planned installation of US missile interceptors in Poland and a radar base in the Czech Republic with the deployment of Iskander missiles in the Kaliningrad exclave. The purpose of the deployment, according to Medvedev, will be to “neutralize” the US National Missile Defense system in these new European Union states. Medvedev, Reuters reports, made the threat today during his first annual national address. Medvedev also blamed Washington for “triggering” August’s Caucasian War by supporting Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili.

Since Western leftists like Obama tend to be weak on national security, a fact that America’s enemies know well, Medvedev’s scripted tirade is not a surprising development. “This is a speech designed very much for a domestic audience… and the incoming U.S. administration. This was not a message aimed at investors or the business community,” observed Chris Weafer, chief strategist at Moscow’s Uralsib bank. Indeed. Not so coincidentally, the “post”-communist regime in Prague, which maintains covert political and open economic linkages with Moscow, will assume the rotating presidency of the EU in January.

The story below also reports that Medvedev’s 85-minute speech included a not-so-unexpected proposal to extend the term of the Russian president from four to six years. This development may benefit Russia’s KGB-communist dictator Vladimir Putin. Presently prime minister, Putin has already served two presidential terms but is not constitutionally barred from seeking two more after Medvedev steps down in 2012. In so doing the Soviet strategists can maintain the fiction for Western consumption that Russia is a “democracy.”

Russia to station missiles near Poland
Wed Nov 5, 2008 2:34pm EST
By Michael Stott

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Dmitry Medvedev pledged on Wednesday to station new missiles near Poland’s border in response to U.S. plans for an anti-missile system and proposed extending the presidential term to six years from four.

In an assertive first annual address to the nation, he defended Russia’s war with Georgia, appealed to nationalism and attacked Washington’s “selfish” foreign policy and “economic blunders” which he said caused the global financial crisis.

The harsh tone and repeated attacks on the United States the day after Democrat Barack Obama’s electoral victory surprised some observers who had expected a more liberal style and more detail on how Russia would tackle a financial crisis.

“To neutralize — if necessary — the (U.S.) anti-missile system, an Iskander missile system will be deployed in the Kaliningrad region,” Medvedev said, referring to a Russian enclave bordering European Union members Poland and Lithuania.

Russia would electronically jam the U.S. system, parts of which are due to be deployed in Poland and the Czech Republic, and Moscow would scrap plans to stand down three Cold War-era nuclear missile regiments, the president said.

“Medvedev was very assertive in his delivery,” said Ronald Smith, chief strategist at Alfa Bank in Moscow. “(He) appeared to be staking out strong positions on various issues ahead of the entry of the new American presidential administration.”

Poland played down the Russian plan. “We have been used to the fact that Russia growls every now and then,” Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said at a news conference in Warsaw. “I would not give too much meaning to this declaration.”

In Prague, Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg told Reuters the Russian deployment would worsen the atmosphere for dialogue. Lithuanian President Valdus Adamkus said in a statement the Russian plan was beyond comprehension.

Russia has said the missile shield is a threat to it’s own security although the U.S. has denied this — a stance it reiterated on Wednesday.

“These are interceptors and they are designed to protect our European allies as well as the continental United States from an emerging ballistic missile threat from the Middle East,” Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman told reporters.

Medvedev’s 85-minute address also included surprise proposals to extend the presidential term from four to six years, a move that may benefit his predecessor Vladimir Putin.

Still Russia’s most popular politician, Putin stepped down in May after serving the maximum two consecutive terms allowed, but is free to return for another two terms when Medvedev’s four years in power end in 2012.

“This is being prepared so that Putin can return for 12 years, so two six-year terms,” said Olga Kryshtanovskaya, a Russian political analyst.

Medvedev said a longer term was needed to allow the head of state to meet challenges including economic and military reform and the creation of a stable democracy. A Kremlin aide said the change would not apply to the term Medvedev is serving now.

Putin, now a highly influential prime minister, listened attentively from the front row of the audience in the grand, marble-clad St George Hall of the Kremlin.

Medvedev also announced plans to lengthen legislators’ terms by a year and make it easier for small parties now excluded from the federal legislature to win parliamentary representation.

CRITICISM OF UNITED STATES

One day after Obama won the U.S. presidential election, Medvedev reserved his harshest criticism for the United States, blaming its “selfish” foreign policy for triggering Russia’s brief war in August with Georgia, a U.S. ally.

“The conflict in the Caucasus was used as a pretext for sending NATO warships to the Black Sea and then for the forceful foisting on Europe of America’s anti-missile systems,” Medvedev said in his speech, broadcast live on television and radio.

Russia’s war with Georgia handed Moscow a quick military victory but serious defeat with international investors, who dumped Russian assets in a selling spree that made the stock market one of the world’s worst performing this year.

Touching only briefly on the financial crisis, Medvedev said U.S. over-confidence led it to commit economic blunders and fail to coordinate anti-crisis measures with other states.

He said the crisis was not over yet but that Russia would emerge from it stronger than before.

Investors took little cheer from Medvedev’s address. It coincided with Russian stock markets giving up most of the day’s big gains, though European bourses also fell.

“This is a speech designed very much for a domestic audience… and the incoming U.S. administration. This was not a message aimed at investors or the business community,” said Chris Weafer, chief strategist at Moscow bank Uralsib.

The Kremlin’s belligerent rhetoric is probably another example of communist deception since there is no good reason to believe that Moscow ever withdrew its nuclear arsenal from Kaliningrad after the Cold War ended. “Since the fall of 1996,” wrote Nikolai Sokov in 2001, “a number of Russian officials have warned that NATO enlargement and, later, military action in Kosovo might necessitate the scrapping of the 1991 declarations and the redeployment of TNW in Kaliningrad Oblast or Belarus.” TNW refers to “tactical nuclear weapons.”

In what may or may not be a warning to Moscow, this morning the US military test-fired an unarmed Minuteman 3 ICBM from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at a target in the Marshall Islands. The USA conducted a similar exercise in August, when Russia re-invaded Georgia.

>USA File: Obama "wins" presidential election, questions linger regarding past/present commitment to socialism and Islam, place of birth

>- Dow Jones Drops Nearly 500 Points as Investors Ponder Ramifications of Obama Presidency (source)

- Obama Enjoys More Protection from US Secret Service than Any Other President-Elect in History

- BATF Foils Neo-Nazi Skinhead Plot to Kill Obama Last Month, FBI Monitors White Supremacist Groups for Clues Pointing to More Possible Assassination Attempts

Yesterday, Kremlin-endorsed Democratic candidate Barack Hussein Obama won the US presidential election, sweeping up 52 percent of the popular vote to Republican contender John McCain’s 46 percent. Obama also drew 349 Electoral College votes to McCain’s 161. In the House of Representatives and Senate the Democratic Party also won controlling majorities. Legally speaking, Obama will not win this indirect election until the US Electoral College’s 538 electors, who were the individuals actually elected on November 4, cast their ballots on December 15 for the presidential ticket they have publicly pledged to support. There is no doubt, however, that Obama, the Democrats, and Americans who believe in “salvation through government intervention” won the 2008 general election. In reality, no one won. America has lost.

One of the many reasons that your resident blogger admires America is that any US-born citizen–regardless of race or religion–can run for the office of president of the most powerful country in the world. When the Founding Fathers established the American Republic, however, they insisted upon certain unique constitutional features: 1) the republic would acknowledge God, rather than, man as the source of law and man’s liberties, rights, and duties, and 2) the republic would support godly morality without necessarily promoting any particular religion. In the late eighteenth century, this referred primarily to the different Christian denominations, some of which did not uphold the principle of separation of church and state. From the so-called right mere lip service is paid to these principles today, while the left disregards them altogether in pursuit of godless situational ethics.

While we are pleased with the prospect of an African-American becoming President of the United States for the first time in history, we are concerned with the following aspects of Obama’s character and career, many of which were never acknowledged or satisfactorily addressed by the MSM:

1) the location of Obama’s birth, that is, the USA or Kenya, and the validity of Obama’s State of Hawaii birth certificate, since a presidential candidate must be born in the USA to run for the White House;

2) Obama’s commitment to socialism as recently as the 1990s, especially with respect to his involvement in local politics in Chicago–where he was a member of the openly socialist New Party, founded by the Democratic Socialists of America and ex-cadres of the Communist Party USA–and state politics in Illinois;

3) the qualified endorsements that Obama has received from far-left US political parties, such as the Communist Party USA and the Democratic Socialists of America

4) the extent of influence of communist mentor Frank Davis on Obama’s political thinking;

5) Obama’s lack of foreign policy experience in a world filled with dangerous, nuclear-armed states like Russia and China, and terrorist-sponsoring regimes like Iran and Syria;

6) the qualified endorsements that Obama has received from foreign leaders and representatives hostile to the USA, such as Russia, Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Libya, and North Korea;

7) Obama’s lack of economic experience in the midst of a severe global financial crisis;

8) Obama’s familial connections to the violent national leadership of Kenya;

9) the illegal and excessive campaign contributions that Obama has apparently received from foreign supporters;

10) Obama’s childhood upbringing in Islam and suspected secret commitment to or sympathy for this religion that is at war with the West;

11) Obama’s pandering to Islamic groups today and his lack of unreserved support for the national security of America’s sole ally in the Middle East, Israel;

12) the endorsements that Obama has received from radical homosexual activists, who have already made great strides in forcing social revolution upon America, a key objective for communist revolutionaries; and

13) Obama’s contempt for human life, under the guise of “compassion,” through the advocacy of so-called partial-birth abortion.

An Obama presidency and a Democratic-controlled Congress will not only push the USA deeper into the moral abyss (as if America could fall any deeper), but also endanger the country’s national security. It has been pointed out that nations get the leaders they deserve. Indeed. National leaders, however, are merely reflections of a country’s soul, or what’s left of it after spiritual rot sets in.

We are altering our Red World 2008 Map to reflect America’s looming lurch into socialism, set in motion by the Bush Administration’s semi-nationalization of the banking system. We would not rule out the possibility of a military coup or civil war as the ideological divide in America deepens during Obama’s presidency.

Before his inauguration on January 20, 2009, however, the threat of assassination against America’s first non-white president-elect is high. The British media reports that the US Secret Service intends to beef up its current team of 10 agents tasked with guarding Obama, his wife Michelle, and their two daughters to a total of 22. The Secret Service has also provided Obama with a bullet- and bomb-proof limousine, and is insisting that the president-elect wear a lightweight bullet-proof vest, a request that Barack has refused. One US security source commented: “It’s not the crazies who tell you what they’re gonna do that are dangerous, it’s the crazies that don’t. And we all know they’re out there. It only takes one lunatic racist with a gun, one deranged extremist with a single bullet, one determined white supremacist, to end it all. And you can bet there are plenty of angry, disturbed people lining up for the chance to be that one.” Meanwhile, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is working alongside the Secret Service to monitor the 487 known white supremacist groups active in the USA.

Last month the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives foiled a plot by two neo-Nazi skinheads to murder Obama after a planned national killing spree. The suspects Daniel Cowart, aged 20, of Bells, Tennessee, and Paul Schlesselman, aged 18, of Helena-West Helena, Arkansas, are being held without bond.

>End Times File: Middle East "peace process" advances toward Daniel 9:27 as Israel accepts Arab League presence in UPM, considers 2002 peace initiative

>- Soviets Install “Post”-Communist Czech Republic at Helm of European Union

The Barcelona Process: Union for the Mediterranean (UPM), which we have proven is the revived Roman Empire of Bible prophecy, took another giant but lurching step forward today as foreign ministers from the European Union, Arab/Muslim world, and Israel gathered in Marseilles. At the same time the so-called Middle East peace process lurched ahead, providing a somewhat more level playing field for Israel and her neighbors (enemies) at the Middle East Diplomatic Quartet summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, slated to begin some time between November 6 and 9. In terms of power and influence, the nucleus of the UPM is clearly the EU, while the nucleus of the EU is the little-known 10-nation military pact called the Western European Union.

References to the revival of the Roman Empire, in conjunction with the restoration of Israel to its ancient homeland just before the return of Jesus Christ, can be found in chapters 2, 7 and 9 of Daniel’s prophecy and chapter 13 of Revelation. In Daniel the New Roman Empire is symbolized in King Nebuchadnezzer’s dream by a statue’s ten toes of iron and clay, suggesting an empire that is “partly strong” and “partly broken” (2:42). This is a perfect picture of the EU/UPM.

Pictured above: French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s Foreign Affairs Minister Bernard Kouchner, center, addresses the media, flanked by General Secretary of the European Council Javier Solana, left, and European Commissioner for Externals Relations Benita Ferrero-Waldner, at the UPM summit in Marseilles, on November 3.

Decisions reached today by the UPM foreign ministers included: 1) Barcelona will host the organization’s secretariat, 2) the phrase “Barelona Process” will be dropped from the organization’s unwieldy title, leaving simply Union for the Mediterranean, 3) the Arab League will obtain a full-time presence within the UPM, but have no right to vote on motions, even though individual member states of the league belong to the UPM, 4) Israel will obtain one of five deputy secretary-general posts for three years, a post that will possibly be renewable, 5) there will be no normalization of relations between the Arab League and Israel solely as a result of co-participation in the UPM, and 6) the deputy posts will rotate between three European states and two African and Asian ones, and will initially be held by the Palestinian Authority, Greece, Malta, Italy and, of course, Israel. The text of today’s breakthrough summit must be formally ratified by the organization’s two co-presidents, French/EU President Nicolas Sarkozy, who is the architect of the UPM, and Egyptian counterpart Hosni Mubarak. The AFP news agency reports below:

Mediterranean Union agrees on HQ, Arab-Israeli role
November 4, 2008

MARSEILLE, France (AFP) — Foreign ministers from the new Mediterranean Union struck a deal Tuesday for Barcelona to host the forum’s headquarters and for Israel and the Arab League to take part side-by-side.

The Union’s 43 member states held two days of talks in the port of Marseille to end a four-month deadlock on the two contentious issues, which threatened to hamstring the fledgling organisation.

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner and Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit, whose countries currently co-chair the forum, announced the breakthrough at a joint news conference in the southern French city.

“It wasn’t supposed to work, and yet it did,” said Kouchner, adding: “The essential points were accepted completely and without reservation by all 43 states” in the Union for the Mediterranean.

Ministers from the Mediterranean’s mainly-Arab southern rim agreed to back the Spanish city of Barcelona’s candidacy to host the Union in exchange for the post of secretary-general going to a southern member.

They also clinched a deal on granting the Arab League a full-time seat at the forum — a key demand of Arab members, strongly opposed by Israel which feared the pan-Arab group would try to block its involvement.

“The Arabic participation will take place in every meeting with the right to speak at all levels,” said Abul Gheit, although it will have no right to vote.

Israel agreed to the Arab League’s role in exchange for one of five deputy secretary-general posts for an initial three-year period, possibly renewable.

The deputy posts will rotate between three European members and two southern ones, and will initially be held by the Palestinian Authority, Greece, Malta and Italy, alongside Israel, according to the final declaration.

The text — with likely technical amendments — still has to be formally ratified however by the two co-presidents of the Union, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his Egyptian counterpart Hosni Mubarak.

Launched at a Paris summit in July, the new union brings together EU members with states from north Africa, the Balkans, the Arab world and Israel in a bid to foster cooperation in one of the world’s most volatile regions.

An Israeli diplomat said it agreed to the Arab League “compromise” on the basis it would be able to play a front-seat role in setting up the fledgling Union, and hopefully build bridges around the Mediterranean.

But she warned “the Barcelona Process can never replace direct bilateral negotiations” to resolve Israel’s conflicts with Arab nations.

A spokesman for the Arab League also warned that its participation would not lead to normalisation with Israel, Egyptian state news agency MENA reported.

EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana said he was “delighted” by the accord on Barcelona, while EU external relations commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner called it a “logical choice.”

The Mediterranean capital of Spain’s Catalonia region, Barcelona lent its name to the 13-year-old Barcelona Process, a previous EU regional initiative that stalled in part over Arab-Israeli disputes.

In exchange for hosting its headquarters, Spain also agreed to drop the tag “Barcelona Process” from the name of the new forum.

France, which championed the Union, hoped that by basing it on modest regional projects, such as cleaning up pollution in the Mediterranean, it would be able to sidestep the trap of regional disputes.

Priorities set out in the declaration include fighting pollution in the Mediterranean, solar energy, building land and sea highways and cooperation on higher education and research.

The Marseille accord, clinched after months of tough negotiations, rescues the forum from the threat of looming deadlock, but it also amounts to formally recognising tensions over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

And the highly-political compromise to create five deputies to the secretary-general is a far cry from the slimmed-down, nimble governing structure at first envisaged for the Union.

The Arab League’s 2002 proposal for peace between Israel and the Palestinians, endorsed by the EU last year and viewed favorably by Israel’s current capitulationist leadership, will be high on agenda at the Quartet’s Egyptian conference. Under this scheme Israel will be compelled to relinquish all of the territory acquired in the Six Day War–including Judea and Samaria (West Bank), East Jerusalem, Gaza Strip, and Golan Heights–and submit to the establishment of a permanent Palestianian terrorist state on lands deeded to her by God 4,000 years ago. In return, Israel will become a rump state with her back to the Mediterranean Sea.

Meanwhile, Sarkozy has sought to allay fears that France intends to usurp the EU presidency from the Czech Republic by extending the French president’s tenure until 2010 on the grounds of addressing the financial crisis in Europe. Yesterday Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolánek, who graduated through Communist Czechoslovakia’s state-sponsored youth movement, visited Sarkozy in Paris where he received assurances of the French government’s good will. After the surprise meeting (pictured above), Topolánek gushed:

Today we decided on the practical details which will ensure a smooth handover of the EU presidency from the French to the Czechs, and that is what I consider to be the major outcome of today’s meeting. And to do this we have changed some of our fundamental priorities for the presidency, as those taking over the EU before us have often had to do. The financial crisis has changed a lot and, during our presidency, we are of course going to have to implement some of the steps that have been agreed upon already by the EU’s member states.

If Sarkozy is, or will become, the Antichrist, as we suspect, then it may be that his attempt last month to assume permanent control over the nucleus of the revived Roman Empire was premature. In any event, France’s “hyperactive” president will also hold the UPM’s co-presidency for another two years and no doubt continue to advance his personal and France’s role in the Euro-Mediterranean Empire.

Incidentally, following an election in the Czech parliament’s upper house, in which the communist-infiltrated Social Democratic Party swept most of the 27 seats available for contesting this year, Topolánek’s governing Civic Democratic Party is viewing a potentially bleak political future. Still, the Soviet strategists can congratulate themselves for installing a “post”-communist state at the helm of the EU. State-run Itar-Tass reports today that economic linkages beween Moscow and Prague continue just as they did during the days of open communism in Eastern Europe: “Members of the Russo-Czech Intergovernmental Commission for Economic, Industrial, Scientific and Technical Cooperation have arrived at the conclusion that the economic relations between the two countries are rapidly growing, Head of its Russian Part of the Commission Vice-Premier Alexander Zhukov stated on Friday, summing up the results of the Commission’s work.”

Pictured below: Jesus Christ as the Lion of Judah (Revelation 5:5) and the Lion of Zion (Joel 3:16).

Bible Prophecy Vindicated: Israeli Scholar Announces Conditions Are Right for Restoration of Israel’s Theocratic Monarchy, Unwittingly Anticipates Jesus Christ’s Millennial Reign

The last king of Judah (or Israel for that matter) was Zedekiah, whose sons were slain before his eyes and who was then blinded and exiled by his Babylonian conquerors in 586 BC (2 Kings 25:7). Hosea prophesies of the 2,600-year interregnum that has transpired thus far in the history of Israel’s kings: “For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod, and without teraphim: Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD their God, and David their king; and shall fear the LORD and his goodness in the latter days” (3:4-5).

Although Israel’s Acting Prime Minister Tzipi Livni disavows any intentions of giving away the store, so to speak, some Israeli nationalists are so disgusted with their country’s weak-kneed secular leadership that they are advocating the restoration of Israel’s theocratic monarchy. Speaking on Israel National Radio on October 31, Israeli scholar David Solomon opined:

The problems and divisions within Israel today and the threats it faces from outside to its security could be interpreted as the conditions that precede the appointment of a king. We need a unified leadership, we’ve got anti-Semitic regimes on our doorstep that want to wipe us out, we have fractures within the population. The disastrous absence of genuine political and spiritual and religious leadership in Israel today also characterized the period leading up to the anointing of Israel’s first king, Saul. Many people might view a theocratic monarchy as an answer to Israel’s troubles today as it was then. Every generation that is thinking of adopting a new model of leadership needs to be extremely careful. Kings can be good but kings can also be very bad.

Solomon, of course, is a Jew by religious belief rather than a Christian. However, from the vantage of Bible prophecy, this is a stunning development that is almost surreal in its expectation of the Annointed One who presented Himself as Israel’s Messiah-King 1,975 years ago (in AD 33) and who will come again shortly, after a seven-year period of global tribulation, to restore David’s throne and rule the world from Jerusalem for 1,000 years. In Matthew 23:39, after Israel’s religious-civil leaders rejected His credentials as the nation’s long-awaited Mashiach, Yeshua declared: “For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.” After His resurrection, the following exchange took place between Jesus and His disciples: “When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power” (Acts 1:6-7).

That time and season, as described by Zechariah, is almost upon God’s Chosen People: “And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn” (12:10).

>Breaking News: Two Black Panther thugs block polling place in Philadelphia, one Panther a poll worker, other wields nightstick

>In a developing story Fox News TV reports that two members of the New Black Panther Party–one wielding a nightstick, the other apparently an election poll worker–were intimidating voters at a Philadelphia polling place earlier today. The armed Black Panther warned a white Republican poll observer that America’s next president will be black (or else). The poll observer called the police, who escorted the nightstick-wielding man away from the door to the voting place. The other Black Panther, who resides in the same building where the polls are located, was still guarding the door when Fox News’ Rick Leventhal arrived to cover the story.

Video of the incident can be found at YouTube.com. See our previous post on leader of Philadelphia branch of New Black Panther Party. How many other similar incidents of pro-Obama voter intimidation are taking place across the USA today? Don’t expect the MSM to provide full, or any, coverage.

In several related incidents that may or may not have sinister connotations, two people related to Obama and his campaign died on Sunday, only hours before Election Day. Obama’s maternal grandmother Madelyn Dunham died in Hawaii, while Obama’s Nevada campaign director Terence Tolbert, aged 44, died of a heart attack, while driving alone. It is possible that Dunham, in particular, possessed information that could have resolved questions surrounding the location of Barack’s birth, namely, the USA or Kenya. If so, then she took such information to her grave.

>Communist Bloc Military Updates: Russian Navy to hold exercise in Indian Ocean at unspecified date, naval tanker joins missile frigate near Somalia

>On November 1, the AFP news agency reports, the Russian Navy announced that ships of the Northern and Pacific Fleets, based in Murmansk and Vladivostok, respectively, will hold combined drills in the Indian Ocean at an unspecified date in the near future. Last week the Russian missile frigate Neustrashimy joined an international flotilla of warships that are patrolling the pirate-infested waters off the coasts of Somalia. The Ukrainian freighter MV Faina was seized by Somali pirates on September 25 and the ship’s Eastern European crew remains hostage to this day while the hijackers await a US$5 million ransom. NATO and European Union states have dispatched their navies to the Horn of Africa under an anti-piracy resolution passed by the United Nations Security Council in June. Pictured above: The Neustrashimy passes through the south gate of the Suez Canal en route to the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean, on October 21, 2008.

Russia to hold war games in Indian Ocean
Sunday, November 2, 2008 at 4:11 am

The Russian Navy will hold war games in the Indian Ocean in a bid to boost its global presence, a navy spokesman said on Saturday (November 1) announcing Moscow’s latest move to flex its military muscle.

“Ships from the Pacific Ocean Fleet and forces from the Northern Fleet will meet and carry out joint military exercises in the Indian Ocean basin,” Navy spokesman Igor Dygalo said in a statement.

Dygalo did not specify when the exercises would take place, but he said warships from Russia’s Vladivostok-based Pacific Ocean Fleet would leave “shortly” for the Arabian Sea, docking in various ports on the way. He called the Indian Ocean manoeuvres part of an effort to raise the Russian navy’s worldwide profile before the end of the year.

“In the remaining months of 2008, Russian Navy Central Command will increase the presence of Russian Navy forces in the world ocean in the interests of strengthening stability and security in its various regions,” he said.

This month, a flotilla of Russian warships from the Northern Fleet, based in the Arctic port of Severomorsk, are to hold exercises with the Venezuelan navy in the Caribbean Sea. The flotilla, led by the massive nuclear-powered missile cruiser Peter the Great, stopped in Libya last month as part of a global show of Russian might not seen since the Cold War. (AFP)

Last month Russian Federation Council Chairman Sergei Mironov visited Yemen where he hinted that the Kremlin could resume its Soviet-era naval presence in the port of Aden.

This is not the first post-Cold War sortie by the Russian military into the Indian Ocean region. In May 2003, more than five years before then President Vladimir Putin formally announced the resumption of regular long-range missions, two Tu-160 and four Tu-95MS heavy bombers flew to the Arabian Sea. After a five-hour flight the Bear bombers launched unarmed but nuclear-capable Kh-55 cruise missiles against simulated naval targets from a distance of 3,000 kilomters. Russian ships in the area provided targeting information and in-flight trajectory correction. Meanwhile, the supersonic Blackjack bombers allegedly simulated the launch of cruise missiles against Diego Garcia. This small island in the middle of the Indian Ocean is strategically important to the Western Alliance since the USA and the UK jointly operate a naval base here.

Joining the warship Neustrashimy off the Somali coasts in upcoming weeks will be the Russian naval tanker Yelnya. A Russian Navy source informed Novosti that the Neustrashimy’s commander was maintaining contact with NATO warships in the area as part of a coordinated approach to fighting piracy in the region. Warships of the US Navy’s 5th Fleet have surrounded the MV Faina, which was hijacked on September 25. The cargo includes rocket-propelled grenade launchers and 33 Soviet-era T-72 tanks, allegedly destined for the regional government of southern Sudan.

Russian naval tanker to join warship in African waters
15:57 03/ 11/ 2008

MOSCOW, November 3 (RIA Novosti) – A Russian Baltic Fleet tanker is to join a naval frigate involved in protecting merchant ships from pirates in African waters, a naval source said on Monday.

The Neustrashimy (Fearless) frigate entered waters off the Somali coast last Monday where local pirates have increased their attacks on ships in the area in exchange for ransom demands.

“At the moment, the Neustrashimy frigate is escorting a merchant ship through the dangerous shipping zone in the Horn of Africa. The Russian combat vessel is ensuring the safety of Russian merchant shipping through the zone,” the source said, adding that the Baltic Fleet’s Yelnya was expected to join the Neustrashimy in the near future.

He also said that the frigate’s commander was maintaining contact with NATO ships in the area as part of a coordinated approach to fighting piracy in the region.

U.S. warships from the 5th Fleet have surrounded a Ukrainian ship, the MV Faina, which was seized by Somali pirates on September 25. The Faina, which was carrying tanks and heavy weaponry, has a crew of 17 Ukrainian nationals, two Russians, and one Lithuanian on board.

The Faina’s Russian captain died of a heart attack when the ship was seized. Earlier the pirates were reported to have demanded an $8 million ransom to free the ship’s crew.

The London-based As-Shark al-Ausat newspaper, however, cited on Saturday anonymous sources in Somalia as saying the pirates were demanding a $5 million ransom for the release of the ship’s crew and that the hostage talks were entering their final stage.

Somali pirates have seized around 30 ships so far this year off the coast of the east African nation, which has no effective government and no navy to police its coastline.

NATO and EU announced plans to increase their naval presence in the Gulf of Aden, which has been declared one of the busiest and most dangerous shipping lanes with about 20,000 vessels passing through the area annually.

At the beginning of June, the UN Security Council passed a resolution permitting countries to enter Somalia’s territorial waters to combat “acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea.”

Between November 10 and 14 of this year Russia and Red Venezuela will hold joint naval maneuvers in the Caribbean Sea. Russia has also revitalized its military linkages with Communist Cuba and neo-Sandinista Nicaragua.

Meanwhile, Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, which blockaded the coast of Georgia during August’s brief Caucasian War, is expecting to commission the new Vice Admiral Zakharin minesweeper this month. The construction of the Vice Admiral Zakharin began in 1994 as a 266ME minesweeper for Communist Vietnam, but in 2000 the minesweeper was redesignated as Project 02668 and completed in 2006. More ominously, Novosti reports that the new Akula II class Nerpa nuclear attack submarine has been moved from a shipyard at Komsomolsk-on-Amur to a maintenance facility in the Primorye Territory where it is undergoing sea trials. “Akula II class vessels,” boasts Novosti, “are considered the quietest and deadliest of Russian nuclear-powered attack submarines.

Lastly, Kremlin-run Russia Today reports that the Progress factory in the city of Arsenyevsk in Russia’s Far East will immediately launch mass production of the Ka-52 “Alligator” military helicopter. The Ka-52 is a multi-purpose, all-weather, combat and command helicopter. Progress intends to manufacture 30 Alligators by 2012 and has commented on the aircraft’s high “export potential.”

>Africa/Middle East Files: Iran tests N-bomb; Egypt deploys 5,000 troops in Sinai, Syria positions tanks, 3,000 troops near S. Lebanon, N. Israel

>Just in time for tomorrow’s presidential election in the USA, the clouds of war are descending over the Middle East as Egypt, which is technically at peace with Israel, deploys thousands of soldiers in the Sinai Peninsula under the guise of “police,” presumably to halt the smuggling of arms and terror operatives into and out of the Gaza Strip. Israeli sources, reports the World Tribune below, indicate that the incremental Egyptian military buildup in the Sinai began in 2005 when Israeli troops, under orders from capitulationist Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, expelled Jewish settlers from the Gaza Strip. At the time Sharon, who was incapacitated by a stroke in January 2006 and remains in a coma to this day, approved the Egypt’s deployment of 750 special troops along the demilitarized Sinai-Gaza border. The number of Egyptian soldiers in the Sinai has significantly climbed to at least 5,000 since then, in contravention of the 1979 peace treaty with Israel.

Israeli rightist politician Avigdor Lieberman does not mince words when it comes to removing Cairo’s mask as Middle East peace broker and exposing the Mubarak regime’s under-reported war preparations. During a televised interview on Saturday, Lieberman asserted: “Egypt is waiting for the right moment to deploy its army in the Sinai in defiance of the peace agreements… There are enough signs and enough estimations that the Egyptians are just waiting for their window of opportunity.” He also accused Cairo of aiding and abetting the smuggling of arms to Hamas in Gaza. On Wednesday the Israeli government rebuked Lieberman for denouncing Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak: “If he wants to talk to us, he should come here; if he doesn’t want to come here, he can go to hell.”

Pictured above: On November 1 President Mubarak addressed the annual conference of the National Democratic Party, the Socialist International-affiliated party that has ruled Egypt since 1978, when former president Anwar Sadat led a faction out of the Arab Socialist Union, the party of Gamal Abdel Nasser. In October the Egyptian Navy, which is the largest in the Arab world, held its biggest-ever maneuver on the occasion of the sinking of an Israeli destroyer during the Six Day War.

Israel monitoring Egyptian buildup in the Sinai
Monday, November 3, 2008

TEL AVIV — Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has publicly disavowed an assessment that Egypt has been assembling a military force in the Sinai Peninsula, in violation of the 1979 peace accord.

Officials said thousands of Egyptian troops, many of them under the guise of police, have been deployed throughout the Sinai.

“Egypt is waiting for the right moment to deploy its army in the Sinai, contrary to the peace agreement,” former Strategic Threats Minister Avigdor Lieberman said.

“There are enough signs and enough estimations that the Egyptians are just waiting for their window of opportunity.”

Hours after the interview, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert apologized for Lieberman’s remarks.

“Those words should never have been said,” Olmert said in a statement. “From the moment they were uttered those words were nothing but useless and harmful. Egypt and Mubarak are [Israel's] strategic partners.”

Israeli sources said the military has been closely following the Egyptian buildup in the Sinai. The sources said that so far the military has determined that the Egyptian buildup was limited to internal security rather than combat operations.

“The peace with Egypt is a strategic asset for the state of Israel,” Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said. “Egypt is a responsible and important factor in the Middle East.”

In late October, Israeli Defense Ministry official Amos Gilad discussed Egypt’s military presence. The sources said Gilad cited an Egyptian Navy exercise in October, reported to have been the largest ever and which cited Israel as the enemy. Egypt’s navy has been deemed the largest in the Arab world.

“The provocation came in the form of the massive military exercise Egypt held several days ago, that identified us as the enemy,” Lieberman said in a television interview on Nov. 1. “You have the smuggling of arms into Gaza and Hamas’ hands from the Sinai. If Egypt genuinely wanted to put an end to it they could.”

Israeli sources said the Egyptian buildup in the Sinai began in 2005 when Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip.

At the time, the government of then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon approved the Egyptian deployment of 750 special troops along the demilitarized Sinai-Gaza border.

Within months, Egypt proposed the stationing of another 2,500 troops in eastern Sinai. In early 2008, amid massive Palestinian infiltration and weapons smuggling, Egypt sent several thousand troops to the eastern peninsula as part of a counter-insurgency operation. The Israeli sources said Egypt did not ask for Israeli permission despite the violation of the peace treaty.

Former Mossad director Efraim Halevy agreed that Egypt was expanding its troop presence in the Sinai. But Halevy said Egypt’s intentions were not hostile.

“I don’t think that Egypt is planning war against Israel,” Halevy said. “Egypt, like Israel, is preparing for any possibility. The same way we ask where Egypt is heading, they ask where Israel is heading.”

In recent weeks we have also documented the Syrian military’s deployment of men and equipment along the northern and eastern borders of Lebanon, a development to which pro-Hezbollah Lebanese President Michel Suleiman has essentially turned a blind eye. Several Israeli news source report today that over the weekend Syrian tanks, artillery, and 3,000 commando units assumed battle positions in four villages around Hasbaya opposite Mount Hermon, completing the Syrian army’s encirclement of Lebanon and bolstering its position against Israel. “Western and Lebanese military observers,” Debkafile explains below, “relate Syria’s military movements to Damascus’ threats, growing more strident Sunday, of “painful punishment” for the US Oct. 26 raid in northern Syria unless Washington apologizes, clarifies its action and pays compensation.”

The Arab media reported on October 31 that Syria decided to sever relations with Iraq, which was used as a base by US commandos to storm the Al Aqaeda nest in the Syrian border village of Sukkariyah, but Iraqi officials deny that Damascus has withdrawn its representatives from Baghdad. In response to the US military operation in Syria’s eastern frontier, last Thursday the Ba’athist regime staged massive anti-American rallies, drawing many civil servants and students, outside the US embassy in Damascus. Citing security concerns, US officials closed the facility indefinitely.

Syria moves more tank-artillery forces south to Israel border
DEBKAfile Special Report
November 3, 2008, 12:57 PM (GMT+02:00)

Lebanese sources and eye witnesses report Syrian tanks, artillery and commando units have taken up battle positions in four villages around Hasbaya opposite Mt. Hermon and northern Israel.

According to DEBKAfile’s military sources, Syrian tanks and artillery units continued to move into their new positions Sunday and Monday, Nov. 2-3, so completing their deployment the full length of the Syrian-Lebanese border. Elements of the Syrian 10th, 12th and 14th Divisions and the 3rd Army – withdrawn last week from the 600-km long Syrian-Iraq border – are now poised opposite Israeli positions holding the disputed Shebaa Farms enclave on Mt. Hermon.

Military sources say that whereas opposite the northeastern Tripoli region, Syrian forces are strung out in small clusters of 2 to 3 tanks one or more kilometers apart, their tank units are massed tightly opposite Mt. Hermon and northern Israel.

There are other differences: Heavy Syrian armor is positioned well back from the front-line infantry and commando troops in the north, whereas tanks, artillery and special forces are deployed right up to the border opposite South Lebanon and Israel.

Western and Lebanese military observers relate Syria’s military movements to Damascus’ threats, growing more strident Sunday, of “painful punishment” for the US Oct. 26 raid in northern Syria unless Washington apologizes, clarifies its action and pays compensation.

These observers stress that Damascus has no real expectation of a US apology or clarification, because Syria knows as well as the US that the target was its own forward military base for terrorist strikes in Iraq.

While insisting that an innocent farm was attacked and the 8 people killed were all civilians, the Syrians are taking advantage of the Bush administration’s silence to argue that Damascus has the same right as Washington to carry out cross-border attacks against “terrorist targets” i.e. in Lebanon and Israel.

Damascus is winding the tensions up to a pitch where some military action against a US Middle East target or ally in Lebanon or Israel is becoming hard to avoid.

Senior IDF officers and some Western military sources are perplexed by the Israeli government’s failure to pursue deterrent action against the Syrian tanks poised in battle array on its border. Instead, the outgoing prime minister Ehud Olmert is busy trying to reviving indirect talks with Syria before he quits, while defense minister Ehud Barak and Kadima leader Tzipi Livni appear unconcerned.

“Senior IDF officers and some Western military sources,” Debkafile concludes, “are perplexed by the Israeli government’s failure to pursue deterrent action against the Syrian tanks poised in battle array on its border.” The same official disinterest on the part of Israel’s Kadima-led government is evident with respect to Egyptian military movements in the Sinai.

In spite of the olive branches that all sides are waving, one must ask a pointed question: Are Cairo and Damascus quietly preparing to take revenge following their humiliating defeat by the Israelis in the 1973 Yom Kippur War? Time will tell, of course, but Israel’s refusal to welcome the Arab League as a full member into Nicolas Sarkozy’s Union for the Mediterranean (UPM), meeting today and tomorrow in Marseilles, has once again enflamed hatreds and resentments between the Arab world and the Jewish state. “The summit, held in Marseilles this week, has also hit trouble over the wording of a final political statement over the Middle East crisis and a future Palestinian state,” reports The Telegraph, “Member nations gave up reaching agreement on this issue in July, putting it off until now, but Arab nations say it must be broached this time.”

The success of the UPM, which combines the European Union and the states of North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean, will depend on the outcome of the Middle East Diplomatic Quartet’s peace summit “Annapolis 2,” opening on November 6 (or several days later according to other sources), in the Sinai resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh. The Palestinian media, citing Benita Ferrero-Waldner, European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, reported two days ago that the peace process in the Middle East is “among Europe’s top priorities.” “We want to work with the incoming US Administration to continue process started in Annapolis,” insisted Ferrero-Waldner, “the negotiations between Syria and Israel and the Palestinian internal dialogue.”

The movements of Eygpt and Syria’s conventional military forces near Israel’s borders are certainly troubling, but this news assumes a more ominous dimension when Iran’s preparations for nuclear war are factored into the equation. On October 28 Israel Insider, citing an anonymous Iranian source, published an exclusive story revealing that the fanatically anti-Zionist regime in Tehran may have tested a nuclear bomb at an underground location three days previously. The alleged atomic detonation occured immediately north of the Straits of Hormuz, where Iran has also pledged to build a naval base to control marine traffic in this strategically critical region. Israel Insider’s Iranian source reveals, too, that two “nuclear rockets” have been constructed, with the help of China and North Korea, and will be employed to lob the atomic warheads at Israel. This news, if true, comes three months in advance of US intelligence’s revised estimate that Iran will be able to assemble its first nuclear bomb in February 2009.

Iranian source: “Quake” Saturday was nuclear bomb test
Posted by Israel Insider on October 28, 2008 at 11:00am

Israel Insider exclusively reports that a seismic event this weekend in southern Iran may in fact have been a massive underground nuclear bomb test. According to the USGS, the tremor measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale took place Saturday night, October 25 just before midnight Iran time, with its epicenter at 26.70°N, 55.02°E, just north of the strategic straits of Hormuz, opposite Abu Dhabi.

The claim that the tremor was in fact a nuclear test came from an Iranian nuclear scientist who claims to be working in uranium enrichment for the project. A report published by Israel Insider on Friday, October 24 included a captionless map that portrayed the area of the seismic event that occurred the following night, based on location information previously provided by the Iranian source.

Israel Insider’s source reports that the test is in fact the second in a series. A 4.8 Richter scale event occurred on October 21 with an epicenter (26.70N, 54.96E) within 5 km (3 miles) of the October 25 tremor. Israeli and foreign sources have long speculated that Iran has been in possession of ready nuclear bombs but would only begin testing them when a full production line for nuclear weapons is in place.

The source indicated that Iran is being assisted by China and North Korea. Israel Insider’s Iranian source reports that two “nuclear rockets” have been completed and are intended for use against the Jewish State in the coming months.

The site of the test and the development facility are believed to be in close proximity. The location appears to have been carefully selected. The area is exposed to significant seismic activity, which could serve to mask nuclear tests, although the recent spike in activity in that specific area significantly deviates from historical trends. A tremor measuring 6.2 struck the area on September 10, 2008 (its epicenter was 80km or 50 miles due west), the largest seismic event in the area in more than 33 years.

The location on the Persian Gulf near the straits of Hormuz would also facilitate delivery and transport of material and personnel. the strategic importance of the immediate area may also be intended to deter potential strikes against the facilities, which could close down the flow of a substantial percentage of the world’s oil.

Coupled with news, reported almost two weeks ago, that senior Iranian officials are contemplating a preemptive strike against Israel to counter the Jewish state’s threat to decapitate Iran’s nuclear program, the potential for a global nuclear conflagration involving the Middle East, Russia, and the USA appears more and more likely.

>Latin America File: Beijing launches Venezuela’s first comsat from Xichang, Red Chinese technicians staff Chavez’s space center at El Sombrero

>The Sino-Venezuelan alliance took another step forward last Thursday morning when the People’s Republic of China launched a communications satellite for Latin America’s bombastic communist dictator Hugo Chavez. “The Long March 3B rocket lifted off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southern China at 12:53 pm EDT Wednesday (1653 GMT Wednesday, 12:53 am Beijing time Thursday),” reports SpaceToday.net, “and placed the Venesat-1 spacecraft into geosynchronous transfer orbit.” The 5.1 ton satellite will be fully operational in January 2009, at which time it will transmit a signal that extends from southern Mexico to southern Argentina and Chile. The successful orbital insertion of Venesat-1, also known as Simon Bolivar, follows Caracas’ nationalization (communization) of the country’s telecommunications sector in 2007 and heralds Venezuela’s entrance into Latin America’s elite “space club,” until now consisting only of Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico.

Pictured above: Venesat-1 aka Simon Bolivar readied for launch in China. Venezuela’s version of “mission control,” pictured below, is the air base in El Sombrero, the entrance of which is guarded by a huge billboard declaring: “Patria, Socialismo o Muerte – Fatherland, Socialism or Death.” Venesat-1 will support TeleSUR’s continent-wide TV programming. Accompanying Chavez in the Venezuelan town of Luepa to monitor the launch was embattled Bolivian President Evo Morales. Pictured at bottom: Red Chinese technicians at El Sombrero monitor the launch of Venesat-1 from their homeland on the other side of the world, on October 29, 2008.

The ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela faces municipal election on November 23 and, thus, it is believed by some observers of Latin American politics that the launch of “Simon Bolivar,” is mostly a PR stunt to bolster “21st-century socialism.” BBC also reports below that Chavez’s henchmen are “under pressure to prevent major electricity black-outs, the latest one taking place only a few days ago which officials said they believed to be the work of saboteurs.”

Venezuela joins space club nations
By Alfonso Daniels El Sombrero, Venezuela
Page last updated at 17:16 GMT, Wednesday, 29 October 2008

After a five-hour bus ride south of Caracas – interrupted by a rock smashing through the windscreen as a gang unsuccessfully tried to ambush the vehicle and rob us – we arrived at the Venezuelan equivalent of Nasa’s Houston space control centre.

This is where Venezuela’s first communications satellite, which was launched from China on Wednesday, is being monitored.

The centre is in a flashy new building surrounded by huge satellite dishes, at the heart of an air force base in El Sombrero, surrounded by an endless expanse of farmland.

Above the entrance is a massive sign reading “Patria, Socialismo o Muerte” – Fatherland, Socialism or Death.

Russian Sukhoi fighters were taking off constantly from a nearby landing strip, a vivid reminder of Venezuela’s rearmament drive and close ties to those not allied with the US.

Inside, dozens of Venezuelan and Chinese technicians had been working busily ahead of the satellite launch, the result of a $406m (£252m) agreement signed four years ago after the Chinese agreed to provide Venezuela with training and technological know-how.

Space politics

The Venesat-1 telecom satellite is called “Simon Bolivar” after Latin America’s 19th Century independence hero.

The government says the satellite, which alone cost $250m, will provide thousands of people in remote areas with TV, radio and internet access. Its coverage will go from southern Mexico down to central Chile and Argentina.

Officials say it will be made available to other Latin American countries to enhance regional integration and also for social programmes such as tele-education and tele-medicine.

“Venezuela covers almost one million square kilometres and we have people living in very remote areas, many of them indigenous people, who have had very little opportunity to be looked after by the Venezuelan state in terms of health and education,” said deputy science and technology planning minister, Luis Marcano Gonzalez.

With the successful launch, Venezuela joins Latin America’s exclusive space club that includes Mexico, Argentina and Brazil.

It is also be a propaganda coup for President Hugo Chavez. Opinion polls suggest that his United Socialist Party may lose key states in the crucial 23 November municipal and state elections.

After losing last December’s referendum that would have expanded presidential powers, another embarrassing result could put his whole 21st Century Socialist Revolution in doubt.

Programme director Luis Holder, showing off the mission control room where groups of Chinese technicians were working on computers ahead of Wednesday’s launch, stressed that the satellite would have no military purposes.

“It will be purely for social uses and will be open to other Latin American countries,” he said.

Mr Holder said that a second reconnaissance satellite, expected to be launched in 2013, would also be for civilian use only.

21st Century socialism

However, Daniel Varnagy, a telecommunications expert from Simon Bolivar University, believes the satellite could serve both military and civilian purposes.

“Chavez is trying to protect his political project and his own person. He believes he’s being pursued and spied on by other countries,” said Mr Varnagy.

He says the new satellite, coming after the nationalisation of Venezuela’s telecommunications sector, will give the government the possibility of interfering with communications.

“There’s no question: all this is part of an ideological race to try to expand 21st Century Socialism to the whole of South America,” he said.

The government has also been criticised for focusing on expensive projects while ignoring more pressing needs such as fighting rampant crime, repairing the country’s crumbling roads and tackling inflation.

The authorities are also under pressure to prevent major electricity black-outs, the latest one taking place only a few days ago which officials said they believed to be the work of saboteurs.

Despite the money spent on the satellite project, Mr Marcano Gonzalez believes the investment is justified, and he cites the example of India.

“Thirty years ago India began its space programme when the country had high levels of poverty. Space technology has allowed the nation to maintain social and cultural cohesion to emerge from under-development.

Today it is a big power with a voice among nations.”

>Communist Bloc Military Updates: Russia, Venezuela to hold joint air force drills in 2009, Cuba to join GLONASS, Libya offers base to Russian Navy

>- Red Dawn Scenario Continues to Unfold in Latin America as Neo-Soviet Russia Advances Military Cooperation with Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua

- Moscow Reactivates Military Cooperation with Communist Vietnam and Socialist Libya as Qaddafi Seeks to Improve Tripoli’s Security “Against Any Possible US Attack”

- Nicaragua and Belarus Advance Bilateral Relations, Ortega to Visit Russia, Belarus in Near Future, Lukashenko to Reciprocate with Trip to Central America

- US National Security in Peril as Kremlin-Endorsed Far-Left Democratic Presidential Candidate Obama Appears Likely to Win Election

- New Exclusive Feature Linked Above and in This Blog’s Right Column: Map of Neo-Soviet Military Influence Worldwide 2008

The USA’s position of strategic dominance in the world, established after the Second World War, has entered a period of uncertainty and likely demise in view of neo-Soviet Russia’s revitalized influence in Latin America–historically countered by an application of the Monroe and Reagan Doctrines–the ongoing collapse of the US financial system, and the probable triumph of the communist-infiltrated Democratic Party in the November 4 presidential election. The convergence of these factors is not accidental but, rather, represents a patient strategy carried out over many decades by the Moscow Leninists and, in many cases unwittingly, by leftist allies and “useful idiots” in the West. Where alleged KGB asset Bill Clinton failed to hand over the keys to the White House, so to speak, to the Soviets in the 1990s, an Obama presidency may be unable and unwilling to resist demands by the United Nations to enfeeble the USA.

On the seventh anniversary of the 911 terrorist attacks, Russia deployed two supersonic Tu-160 heavy bombers to Venezuela, a move unprecedented since the Cold War. There the flight crews conducted a week of patrols over the Caribbean Sea and basked in the attention heaped on them by the South American country’s gloating communist dictator Hugo Chavez. Between November 10 and 14 the nuclear-powered missile cruiser Peter the Great and support ships will hold joint drills with Chavez’s navy in the region. Previous news reports indicated that Russian bombers would join this naval maneuver in the Caribbean, but according to the Kremlin media it appears that they will in fact return to Venezuela in 2009. At this time the Russian Air Force will hold joint exercises with Chavez’s air force, recently stocked with Russian warplanes, and simulate an air attack against a mock enemy (meaning the USA).

The Moscow Leninists are feigning innocence under accusations of plotting to attack the USA. “I do not know how such conclusions are drawn,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stammered. “Neither Russia nor Venezuela have any plans to attack anyone. Russia and Venezuela enjoy cooperation basing on the norms of international law.” Sure, Comrade Sergei, whatever you say.

Russia, Venezuela to hold joint air force drills in 2009
11:25 31/ 10/ 2008

BUENOS AIRES, October 31 (RIA Novosti) – Venezuela and Russia are planning to conduct joint air force exercises in 2009, the Venezuelan air force chief has said.

“Joint Russian-Venezuelan air force drills have been planned for next year. We could have participated in joint naval exercises due in November if they included a simulated air attack, but this has not been included in the plans so far,” Luis Acosta was quoted as saying by the Venezuelan Ministry of Communications and Information on its website.

Two Russian strategic bombers recently carried out patrols along the coast of South America during a visit to Venezuela and a naval task force led by the nuclear-powered missile cruiser Pyotr Velikiy is on its way to the country for joint exercises in the Caribbean in November.

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said in mid-August that the Bush administration was unhappy with flights by Russian strategic bombers near U.S. borders and accused Moscow of playing a “dangerous game.”

However, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov subsequently denied Western media reports that military cooperation between Russia and Venezuela was aimed against the United States.

“I do not know how such conclusions are drawn. Neither Russia nor Venezuela have any plans to attack anyone. Russia and Venezuela enjoy cooperation basing on the norms of international law,” Lavrov said.

To the north, across the waters of the Caribbean, a Russian military delegation, under the leadership of General Alexander Maslov, Chief of the Russian Armed Forces’ Battle Antimissile Defense Staff, has been checking out the state of Cuba’s air defense system. General Maslov is slated to finish his review of the communist state’s defense preparedness on November 3. Accompanying the general, reports Novosti, is Communications Minister Igor Shchegolev, who has extended an invitation to the Castro regime to join Russia’s GLONASS satellite navigation system, the Soviet counterpart to the US Defense Department’s Global Positioning System.

Russia has invited Cuba to join its satellite navigation system, Glonass, Russia’s communications minister, who is currently on a working visit in Havana, said on Friday. Glonass – the Global Navigation Satellite System – is the Russian equivalent of the U.S. Global Positioning System, or GPS, and is designed for both military and civilian use. Both systems allow users to determine their positions in terms of longitude, latitude and altitude to within a few meters. “We are inviting all countries to join the system,” Igor Shchegolev said at a news conference. “And, of course, we have invited Cuba.” Glonass is expected to begin providing worldwide services by the end of the next year. Shchegolev and his Cuban counterpart Ramiro Valdes also signed a memorandum on cooperation in information technology.

GLONASS currently consists of 17 satellites and will achieve full operational status in 2010, by which time an additional seven satellites will be inserted into orbit. In September of this year Anatoly Perminov, chief of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roskosmos), visited both Cuba and Venezuela, where he offered to integrate both countries into the Kremlin’s satellite navigation network.

Meanwhile, long-time Soviet ally Muammar al-Qaddafi flew to Moscow today for a three-day visit, during which time he will present a lengthy shopping list for Russian military equipment and offer to host the Russian Navy’s reconstituted Mediterranean Fleet, currently based out of the Syrian ports of Tartus and Latakia. “Russia desperately needs a naval base in the Mediterranean to establish a permanent military presence in the region,” admits Novosti. “As a sign of a possible deal with Libya, Russian warships have recently paid a number of visits to the North African country.”

Novosti explains that Libya’s socialist dictatorship is willing to accommodate Moscow in order to improve Tripoli’s security against another US air attack, a scenario that played out in 1986, when President Ronald Reagan initiated Operation El Dorado Canyon. “The Libyan leader believes that a Russian military presence in the country would prevent possible attacks by the United States, which despite numerous Libyan attempts to amend bilateral relations is not in a hurry to embrace Colonel Qaddafi,” Novosti quotes Kommersant as saying. Libya’s Soviet-era $4.6 billion debt was written off earlier this year, signalling a revitalization of the Moscow-Tripoli Axis.

In 2002 Russia’s lease on the deep-water port of Cam Ranh Bay in Vietnam terminated and the Russian Navy’s Pacific Fleet departed. However, this past summer, in conjunction with threats to station strategic bombers in Cuba, Venezuela, and Algeria, the Kremlin media broached the subject of a possible return of Russian warships to this Vietnamese port facility. In July communist organ Pravda quoted Colonel-General Leonid Ivashov, president of the Academy of Geopolitical Sciences, as saying: “I will not rule out the possibility of resuming talks with Vietnam regarding a possibility for Russia to deploy its battleships in Cam Ran port.”

This past week, reports the Chinese state media, Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triet flew to Moscow where he conferred with Medvedev on the subjects of economic and military cooperation. “Moscow intends to develop the broadest coordination and interaction with Hanoi on the entire scope of the international agenda,” Medvedev disclosed. Nguen Mihn Triet also confided to Itar-Tass that “Vietnam is interested in expanding military-technical cooperation with Russia for strengthening the country’s defense capability.” In further revelations, Vietnam’s communist dictator frankly admitted that his country received from the Soviet Union “huge material support in the form of weapons supplies” during the Vietnam War, that is, while US soldiers were being killed in the jungles of Southeast Asia:

During the years of the struggle for independence, Vietnam received from the USSR and Russia a huge material support in the form of weapons supplies. At present, technical-technical cooperation between the two countries is actively implemented. The supplies of equipment are important for Vietnam. Russia also helps train good specialists for the Vietnamese army. Vietnamese Defense Minister Phung Quang Thanh recently visited Moscow to discuss with his Russian colleague the topical issues of interaction between the two countries.

In 2003 the Asia Times Online chronicled the close and continuing strategic partnership between Russia and Vietnam:

Between 1953 and 1991, the USSR supplied North – and later unified – Vietnam with 2,000 tanks, 1,700 armored vehicles, 7,000 pieces of artillery and mortars, 5,000 pieces of artillery, 158 missile complexes, 700 warplanes, 120 helicopters, more than 100 naval vessels. Some three quarters of all weaponry now used by the Vietnamese army has been made in Russia, while more than 13,000 Vietnamese officers had studied in the former USSR.

Belarus, it should be noted, serves a critical role as “middleman” in advancing Soviet strategy worldwide. Like Venezuela, neo-Sandinista Nicaragua is pursuing relations with Belarus, one of the two countries that comprise the Union State of Russia and Belarus, a building block for the soon-to-be-restored Soviet Union. The Azerbaijani media reports that Nicaraguan Foreign Minister Samuel Santos Lopez, who visited Moscow last year with a military delegation in tow, showed up this week in Minsk, where he placed an order for Belarusian tractors, trucks, road equipment, electric appliances, farm machines and equipment, fertilizers and tires. In the 1980s Nicaragua’s economy was devastated by a civil war, provoked by President Daniel Ortega’s first Marxist dictatorship, a legacy that has since been reactivated with his second administration, which began in January 2007.

Compliant Moscow lackey Ortega, who is the only world leader outside Russia to recognize Abkhazian and South Ossetian “independence,” plans to make a pilgrimage to both Russia and Belarus in the near future. Belarus’ communist dictator Alexander Lukashenko received Lopez, at which time he indicated that he looks forward to Ortega’s visit to Minsk and will himself undertake a trip to Nicaragua in the near future. In addition to boosting trade that will facilitate the reconstruction of Nicaragua’s war-shattered infrastructure, Managua, like Caracas, has implemented a visa-free regime that will enable Belarusians and other Soviet agents to freely enter the Central American country. Belarusian Foreign Minister Sergei Martynov remarked that Managua and Minsk are already closely cooperating through international organizations such as the communist-controlled Non-Aligned Movement.

Finally, the Kremlin media reports, the Russian Navy, which is otherwise no match for the multiple carrier groups of the US Navy, continues to implement the Kremlin’s new policy of re-projecting its military force into the North Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. Specific operations include a three-month tour of duty by the Murmansk-based Northern Fleet in these two bodies of water, and a combined naval drill involving the Northern and Black Sea Fleets in the Mediterranean next month. These maneuvers will be taking place around the same time other warships of the Northern Fleet jointly patrol the Caribbean with Chavez’s navy, as mentioned above.

Russian Navy to hold exercises in the Mediterranean in November
15:31 30/ 10/ 2008

MOSCOW, October 30 (RIA Novosti) – A naval task force from Russia’s Northern Fleet will depart from its main base in Severomorsk in early November to participate in joint drills with the Black Sea Fleet in the Mediterranean, a senior Navy official said on Thursday.

“The task force from the Northern Fleet [headed by the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier] will join a naval task force from the Black Sea Fleet headed by the Moskva missile cruiser in the Mediterranean and conduct exercises simulating a sea battle between two opposing naval task forces,” the source said.

The group of warships from the Northern Fleet will spend a total of three months on the upcoming tour of duty in the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. “The main goals of the tour are to accomplish a number of operative and strategic tasks, to demonstrate Russia’s presence in the world’s oceans, and to pay visits to foreign ports,” the official said, adding that the Moskva missile cruiser, for instance, would call at the port of Messina in Sicily.

A task force from the Northern Fleet, consisting of the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier, the Udaloy class destroyers Admiral Levchenko and Admiral Chabanenko, as well as auxiliary vessels, conducted from December 2007 to February 2008 a two-month tour of duty in the Mediterranean Sea and the North Atlantic.

Just in time for Barack Hussein Obama to assume the presidency and receive instructions to capitulate from Moscow, Itar-Tass reports that yesterday the Soviets and Americans signed an agreement that will facilitate direct, encrypted emergency communication between Washington and Moscow. The document was signed by Russia’s ambassador to the USA, Sergei Kislyak, and the US Assistant Secretary of State, William Burns, and takes effect immediately.

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>USA File: Philadelphia’s New Black Panther leader Shabazz calls for white genocide, denounces Obama as pawn of white elites

> The Ku Klux Klan and assorted US white supremacists are a bunch of sissies and push-overs compared to the New Black Panther Party. The leader of the NBPP’s Philadelphia branch is Minister King Samir Shabazz (pictured here), whose violent rhetoric strays boldly into demands for genocide. Of white people, Shabazz, who uses a pseudonym and considers himself to be a “Black Hebrew,” threatens: “I’m about the total destruction of white people. I’m about the total liberation of black people. I hate white people. I hate my enemy. . . .” The FBI needs to monitor this dude and his cohorts. In fact, police departments around the USA are already bracing for angry fallout on the streets, presumably articulated by irate ethnic minorities, if Republican candidate John McCain wins the November 4 election.

For his part, Shabazz needs to get right with God and he also needs a theology lesson regarding the identity of the Chosen People: They’re back in the land God gave Abraham 4,000 years ago. No doubt the “good minister” would be happy to throw some fuel into the fire whether McCain’s Democratic rival Barack Hussein Obama wins or not.

The New Black Panthers are not official successors of the original communist Black Panther insurgents, but they have attracted former members of the Nation of Islam, the leader of which Louis Farrakhan, has publicly described Obama either as “Messiah” or “Messiah’s Messenger.” Needless to say, the Soviet strategists would be delighted to see America descend into a destructive race war.

The Philadelphia Daily News reports on Shabazz below.

New Panthers’ war on whites
Posted on Wed, Oct. 29, 2008
By DANA DiFILIPPO

Some people wear their heart on their sleeve.

Minister King Samir Shabazz wears his on his forehead. Right between the eyes.

“If you want to stop the revolution, that’s what you got to hit,” Shabazz said, pointing to the target tattooed onto his forehead. “I fight my oppressor, and I give him the target.”

Shabazz is chairman of the New Black Panther Party’s Philadelphia chapter. In black beret atop dreadlocks and a black military uniform, he spends most weekdays near City Hall condemning “crackers” and exhorting black passers-by to rise up against their “slavemasters” – and to give him $2 for the party’s semi-annual newspaper.

He is one of the most recognizable black militants in a city known, since the days of MOVE, for its vocal black-extremism community.

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which monitors hate activity globally, listed the New Black Panther Party as among the most active and tough-talking of black-separatist groups.

Black Hebrews also have grown increasingly active in recent years, according to the SPLC, especially in Philadelphia, where robed street preachers shout out their beliefs daily near City Hall, the Convention Center, Germantown Avenue and other heavily trafficked areas.

Followers of the movement claim that African-Americans are God’s true chosen people because they, not the people traditionally known as Jews, are the real descendants of the biblical Hebrews.

Their views, while often just as extreme, tend to be couched in religious rhetoric about “Edomites” (the descendants of Esau) and such terms that barely slow the stride of most passers-by.

But Shabazz is more blunt in his views:

* On whites: “I’m about the total destruction of white people. I’m about the total liberation of black people. I hate white people. I hate my enemy. . . .”

* On Jews: “I don’t care how much they try to promote the Jewish Holocaust. The African people have suffered a hell of a cost. . . . ”

* On Barack Obama and voting: “He’s a puppet on a string. I don’t support no black man running for white politics. I will not vote for who will be the next slavemaster.” Besides, he added, Obama is “a Negro who doesn’t even support reparations for black people in America.”

* On white supremacists: “They’re sissies; they want to put their feelings on a flier. Well, come into the black neighborhood with that rhetoric and we will show you what a strong awakened black man looks like.”

* On the Phillies: “They can kiss my ass. The Phillies are not doing nothing for our ‘hoods.”

Shabazz, who also considers himself a Black Hebrew, said that his beliefs are rooted in high school, where lessons about slavery led to an “awakening.”

He doesn’t like to talk about himself. He won’t divulge his real name, which he shed years ago because it was a “slave name that still had an umbilical cord on it.”

He lives “wherever black people is, that’s where I live.”

He’s 38 and has children, but he won’t say how many or provide any more details about his personal life, partly for security reasons but also because this reporter is a “cracker.”

He listens to “revolutionary, cracker-killing hip-hop” on his headphones and says things like: “I’ll get black to you on that.”

And he says that he never worries what response his violent rhetoric might provoke in listeners.

“The only thing the cracker understands is violence,” said Shabazz, whose face also bears the tattoos “Freedom,” “BPG” (Black Power Gang) and “NBPP” (New Black Panther Party). “The only thing the cracker understands is gunpowder.

“You got to take violence to violence.” *

>Africa File: Mubarak’s subterfuge: Egyptian dictator hosts peace summits as navy holds largest-ever drill, commemorates Israeli ship’s 1967 sinking

>- Cairo Commands Arab World’s Most Powerful Military, Prepares for War against Israel in Spite of 1979 Peace Treaty

- Jordanians Dissatisfied with 1994 Peace Accord with Israel, Elite Mechanized Armored Division Holds Live-Fire Drill in August

Here at Once Upon a Time in the West we have been carefully monitoring the military movements of Israel’s enemies, including: Iran, which in unabashed Hitlerian fashion has repeatedly threatened to annihilate the Jewish state; Syria, which is hungering to reassert sovereignty over the Golan Heights; Lebanon, where a weak government dominated by Islamic terrorist group Hezbollah cowers before the specter of another Syrian invasion and under-reported Iranian infiltration; Fatah, which controls Samaria and Judea, otherwise known as the West Bank; and Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip.

Egypt and Jordan, however, have been keeping a low profile in the Arab/Muslim world’s opposition to Israel, even though both countries last waged war against the Jewish state during 1967′s Six Day War and Egypt again in 1973′s Yom Kippur War. Indeed, Egypt’s socialist dicatorship, under the helm of President Hosni Mubarak, is actively involved in the Middle East “peace process” which, translated out of diplomatese, means wresting all of the territory secured by Israel during the Six Day War.

Last week Mubarak hosted Israeli President Shimon Peres at the Sinai resort of Sharm el Sheikh, where the two politicians favorably discussed the possible implementation of the 2002 Arab League peace plan, which was endorsed by the European Union last year. Today Mubarak travelled to Paris, where he is meeting with fellow co-president of the new Union for the Mediterranean, Nicolas Sarkozy, to draft an agenda for the UPM foreign ministers’ summit, slated to meet in Marseilles on November 3 and 4. Later next month, too, Egypt will host the Middle East Diplomatic Quartet in yet another round of summits, conferences, sideline huddles, and closed-door plottings to impose a solution on the festering Middle East conflict before the end of 2008.

For months the MSM has abounded in stories expressing determination on the part of Israel’s outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and US President George W. Bush to produce a peace deal before Olmert’s Kadima party faces a snap election in February 2009 and even before Bush leaves the White House in January. Then Olmert and Bush, no doubt nursing fantasies of their respective political legacies, can, like famous historic appeaser Neville Chamberlain, wave a piece of paper cluttered with worthless signatures and cry: “Peace in our time.”

We rather suspect that Egypt, Israel’s enemy since the days of the ancient Hebrew captivity, has other plans for the region, as the following World Tribune report shows. Between October 21 and 24 the Egyptian Navy, the region’s largest, held the “Victory 41″ exercise to commemorate the 41st anniversary of the sinking of the Israeli destroyer Eliat during the Six Day War. Theoretically, the two countries have been at peace since the Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty of 1979, following the Camp David Accords, brokered by US President Jimmy Carter.

Pictured above: The Russian missile frigate Neustrashimy sails through the Suez Canal on October 21, the same day that the Egyptian Navy began its largest-ever drill, en route to the Gulf of Aden. Yesterday the Neustrashimy began to patrol the region’s waters with an international flotilla of naval vessels, which includes US warships, combatting high seas piracy.

Egypt launches major exercise as largest Arab naval power
Thursday, October 23, 2008

CAIRO — Egypt has launched its largest naval exercise ever.

Officials said the Egyptian Navy began the exercise on Oct. 21 to commemorate the sinking of an Israel Navy destroyer in 1968.

Officials said the exercise, expected to last at least three days, would include the participation of Egypt’s frigates, destroyers, fast attack craft and submarine, Middle East Newsline reported.

“The Egyptian Navy deploys advanced world class frigates, destroyers, fast missile boats, and submarines outfitted with advanced missiles,” Egyptian Navy commander Vice Adm. Mohab Mamish said.

The Egyptian Navy has been deemed the largest in the Arab world and considerably bigger than that of neighboring Israel. The Egyptian Navy has 10 missile frigates while Israel does not contain any such vessels.

In an Oct. 19 interview with the state-owned Al Ahram daily, Mamish said the navy has been undergoing a major modernization program. He said the navy, with 18,500 personnel, has been enhanced in cooperation with such suppliers as Germany, Russia and the United States.

“The Egyptian Navy is always on alert to guard our shores and economic interests and vital facilities,” Mamish said.

Officials said a major Egyptian Navy project was the procurement of three fast attack craft from the United States. They said the FACs would significantly enhance maritime and other naval operations in the Mediterranean Sea and Red Sea.

In the interview, Mamish said Egypt has acquired advanced missiles and torpedoes. He said the unidentified missiles, which have undergone trials, were supplied to naval submarines.

In a related story that exposes Egypt’s true animosity toward Israel, Maariv correspondent Ben Caspit reported in the October 28 edition that during a recent visit to Egypt, Major-General Amos Gilad, Director of the Military, Political and Policy Bureau of the Israeli Ministry of Defense, informed Egyptian Intelligence Minister Omar Suleiman and Defense Minister Hussein Tantawi that:

Israel is concerned by the absence of any relations of any kind between the IDF [Israeli Defense Forces] and the Egyptian Army. There are no visits by Egyptian officers to Israel, nor exchanges of delegations. Israel is concerned by the carrying out of Egyptian Army exercises that are directed against an Israeli threat and that relate to it as an enemy and central focus of the Egyptian officers in force building.

Tantawi replied to Gilad by saying that: “An improvement in relations between the armies will become possible in the future, in tandem with progress in the regional peace process and that security challenges obligate Egypt to build an effective deterrence force.” In short, Egypt will remain at war with Israel until the latter’s territorial acquisitions in 1967 are reversed.

In a related development, although Israel and Jordan signed a peace treaty in 1994, many Jordanians are dissatisfied with its legacy. On October 25 the Abu Dhabi-based National reported: “Many Jordanians remain overwhelmingly opposed to it mostly because the so-called fruits of peace – economic prosperity and stability in the region – have not materialised. Projects that Israelis and Jordanians envisaged such as a joint airport in the port city of Aqaba in southern Jordan have not been built. Politically, King Abdullah is not convinced that Israel is serious about solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and ties between both countries are cool at best.” With resentment festering in Jordan and the monarch himself in attendance, reports the country’s state media, the King Abdullah II Mechanized Armored Division flexed its muscle during a live-fire drill in late August:

His Majesty King Abdullah II, the Supreme Commander of the Jordan Armed Forces attended today a military exercise carried by the King Abdullah II Mechanized Armored Division. Military units from the eastern military region and joint special operations personnel also took part in the drill. The exercise, also attended by His Royal Highness Prince Faisal Bin Al Hussein and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Khaled Jamil Sarayrah, included live ammunition from various army and air force weapons. The forces performed the required military tasks with high precision. At the end of the military exercise, King Abdullah expressed satisfaction with and admiration of the professional skills displayed by the military forces.

Lastly, Mubarak’s fellow pro-Soviet North African dicator Muammar al-Qaddafi will fly to Moscow on October 31 for a three-day meeting with the Moscow Leninists. There Qaddafi will present a US$2 billion shopping list for surface-to-air missile systems such as the S-300, TOR-M1, and Buk, as well as several fighter jets, dozens of helicopters, and 50 tanks. In return for these purchases, Tripoli wants Moscow to write off the North African country’s US$4.5 billion Soviet-era debt. Russia’s KGB-communist dictator Vladimir Putin visited Tripoli in April of this year.

Thus, we see all of Israel’s end-time enemies mentioned in Isaiah 17, Ezekiel 38 and 39, and Daniel 11–Syria, Libya, Egypt, Iran, and Russia–openly and covertly preparing to eradicate the Jewish presence in the Middle East under the guise of “peace.”

Incidentally, the Middle East “peace process” also entails preventing the Jews from rebuilding their Temple in Jerusalem. On Monday, reports the AFP news agency, King Mohammed VI of Morocco urged Israel not to carry through with plans to rebuild the ancient place of worship on the Temple Mount: “What has been started in this district will certainly complicate the peace deal and could have to detrimental consequences.” As we have previously posted, the planned Third Temple will occupy an important role in the coming tribulation period prophesied in the Bible.

>MISSILE DAY ALERT: Russian military team, Gen. Alexander Maslov arrive in Havana to check Cuba’s air defenses, confer with Cuban general staff

>Hello. Earth to shopping mall regime? Earth to shopping mall regime? While US and Russian brass hold secret consulations and far-left (Kenyan-born?) presidential candidate Barack Hussein Obama prepares to take the White House in next week’s election, the Soviets check out the state of Cuba’s air defenses. Got whistling emoticon?

The Kremlin media reports that General-Lieutenant Alexander Maslov’s trip to Cuba will extend from October 27 to November 3. Maslov is Chief of the Russian Armed Forces’ Battle Antimissile Defense Staff. During his time in Cuba he will meet the Chief of the General Staff of Cuba’s Revolutionary Armed Forces, Army General Álvaro López Miera, and Chief of the Anti-Aircraft Defense and Revolutionary Air Force, General Pedro Mendiondo Gómez. One week later the nuclear-powered Russian missile cruiser Peter the Great and support ships, presently en route to South America, will commence joint exercises with Hugo Chavez’s navy.

At this site we have heavily documented Russia’s revitalized political-economic-military relationships with Communist Cuba, Red Venezuela, neo-Sandinista Nicaragua, and Trotskyist Bolivia. The article below also reports that “Colombia’s Defence Minister Juan Manuel Santos has travelled to Russia to discuss military cooperation.”

Russian military team in Cuba
October 28th, 2008 – 2:30 pm ICT by IANS -

Moscow, Oct 28 (IANS)) In what may be seen as Moscow’s growing defence collaboration with Latin American countries, a Russian military delegation is in Cuba to review the island nation’s defence preparedness.

The Russian team, headed by air chief General Alexander Maslov, will visit air defence units to discuss training of Cuban personnel in modern weaponry and command and communication system, EFE reported Tuesday.

“The two sides will share experiences in organising air defences and discuss the possibility of training Cubans in modern military techniques at Russian training centres,” Russian army spokesman Igor Konashenkov said.

General Maslov will also meet the chief of the Cuban general staff, Alvaro Lopez Miera, and the commander of Cuba’s air force, Pedro Gomez.

In recent months, Russia has established ties with Venezuela, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Cuba and even US ally Colombia.

In September, Russian vice-prime minister Igor Sechin travelled to Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba to meet his counterparts and discuss the possibility of increasing economic, military and political cooperation.

The same month, two Russian T-160 strategic bombers visited Venezuela for a joint military exercise and a Russian navy squadron has carried out joint war games with the Venezuelan navy.

Moscow also has begun preliminary discussions with Cuba to help the country develop its space centre, has vowed to replace the Nicaraguan army’s aging weaponry and has started talks with Venezuela about developing a peaceful nuclear energy programme.

Bolivian President Evo Morales has announced that he will seek Russia’s aid for the country’s fight against drug trafficking.

Colombia’s Defence Minister Juan Manuel Santos has travelled to Russia to discuss military cooperation.

Meanwhile, the New Cold War between Washington and Managua became chillier this week when the US embassy in Nicaragua released a statement criticizing the country’s delays in accrediting election observers and casting doubt on the fairness of upcoming municipal elections. The Costa Rican media reports on the expanding loss of freedom under President Daniel Ortega’s retro-Sandinista government:

The U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua has released a statement criticizing the country’s delays in accrediting election observers, saying it places in doubt the fairness of upcoming municipal balloting. A statement by State Department spokesman Robert Wood — and a second declaration issued by a group of former presidents from the Americas — also criticize Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega’s vocal attacks on critics. Ortega’s government has come under fire for barring two opposition parties from fielding mayoral candidates in the Nov. 9 election, and for police raids against non-governmental organizations.The government press office said it had no immediate reaction to Friday’s statements.

>End Times File: Antichrist makes his move, Part 2: More damning evidence of Sarkozy’s true character and mission in light of Bible prophecy

>Related Story: Antichrist makes his move, Part 1: EU member-states accuse Sarkozy of power grab for permanent role; Putin warns against dollar buying

European leaders are unanimous in assessing Sarkozy’s handling of the financial crisis as exemplary.
– Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker, October 2008

Nobody can take the presidency away from the Czech Republic. Any speculation over an extension of the current presidency is groundless and unacceptable.
– Czech Deputy Prime Minister Alexandr Vondra, October 2008

Sarkozy wants to be president of everything now. The president will no doubt soon be asking to have his French presidential term prolonged in 2012 without another election.
– French Socialist Party leader François Hollande, statement made on French radio

Sarkozy sees the crisis as an opportunity to reshape the institutional running of not only the European, but also the world economy. If, as appears likely, Barack Obama is the next US President, watch out for an unusual sight: a united Franco-American policy on world economic reform.
– David Marsh, London & Oxford Capital Markets; Financial News, October 27, 2008

Nicolas Sarkozy has been accused of making a power grab to install himself as [permanent] president of the European Union, a post that no longer exists after the Irish rejected the Lisbon Treaty in June.
– Bruno Waterfield, The Telegraph, October 25, 2008

– The French president sees himself extending his EU presidency role until 2010 as leader of an informal “economic government” of the euro area, in a bid to better coordinate responses to the global financial crisis.
– EurActiv, October 24, 2008

Bible prophecy is clear in 2 Thessalonians 2:6-8 that the Man of Sin will be revealed after the rapture of the church and the termination of the Holy Spirit’s restraining ministry against evil. In what sense Antichrist will be revealed must be considered since these verses state that God will send unbelievers a “strong delusion” to believe Antichrist’s lies. It would appear, therefore, that Antichrist’s true identity will be obvious only to a new generation that comes to faith in Jesus Christ after the rapture–namely, the (Gentile) tribulation saints and the faithful Jewish remnant.

However, we believe discerning Christians may be able to identify this tool of the Devil shortly before the church’s translation to heaven since numerous clues are given in the Old and New Testaments with respect to Antichrist’s geographic and ethnic origin, career, personal characteristics, and special connection to Israel as that nation’s false Messiah-King. We have considered these elements in previous posts and will not review them here. Many candidates for Antichrist have been advanced over the years. However, your resident blogger has endeavored at this site to present Nicolas (“Prince of Darkness/ Tribulation”) Sarkozy as the most likely man for the job.

“The financial crisis spreading like wildfire across the former Soviet bloc threatens to set off a second and more dangerous banking crisis in Western Europe, tipping the whole Continent into a fully-fledged economic slump,” cried The Telegraph on Sunday. The global financial crisis is providing the French president, who prior to his election in May 2007 falsely presented himself as an advocate of free marketism, with an ideal opportunity to showcase his interventionist political philosophy and dictatorial ambitions by seizing power over the European superstate. Sarkozy is required to relinquish the EU presidency to the Czech Republic on January 1, 2009 but, instead, on October 21 insisted to the European Parliament that his mandate be extended until 2010 so he can implement an “economic government” that will save Europe from the world financial meltdown. Prague has protested Sarkozy’s incipient coup d’etat.

In addition to pressuring US President George W. Bush into hosting the G20 summit in Washington DC on November 15, Sarkozy, the European media reports, will convene a summit of EU leaders in Brussels on November 7, when he hopes to “refound capitalism.” “We will speak with a unified European voice on the financial crisis,” the French president announced to journalists after a previous EU summit in October.

European politicians, diplomats, and journalists, who are otherwise oblivious to Bible prophecies regarding the rise of Antichrist, are now openly commenting on Sarkozy’s drive for continent-wide power. “The French president sees himself extending his EU presidency role until 2010 as leader of an informal “economic government” of the euro area,” reports EurActiv below, “in a bid to better coordinate responses to the global financial crisis.” The Canadian media editorialized today that the French president is “trying to take over the world.” It certainly appears that way.

Pictured below, left to right: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Sarkozy, and (“ex”-communist) European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso converse before the fourth closed session of the 7th Asia Europe Meeting in Beijing, on October 25.

Czechs reject Sarkozy’s Eurogroup presidency plans
Published: Friday 24 October 2008

The French president sees himself extending his EU presidency role until 2010 as leader of an informal “economic government” of the euro area, in a bid to better coordinate responses to the global financial crisis. EurActiv France reports.

Background:

Speaking to members of the European Parliament on 21 October, French President and current EU presidency holder Nicolas Sarkozy outlined his vision of a ‘new’ capitalism for Europe to respond to the turmoil that has shaken financial markets across the globe.

Reform of the world economy and the introduction of a new ‘Bretton Woods’, as well as more unified economic governance of the euro area, strict rules aimed at overcoming the current ‘failures’ of the US-style capitalist model, increased protection against foreign takeovers and tougher rules on tax havens, were among his plans.

The plan – revealed by the French daily Le Monde on Wednesday (22 October) – is based on the rationale that the EU needs a strong presidency and a much more united front to respond adequately to global challenges, such as the current financial meltdown.

‘Unified economic government’

Speaking to MEPs on 21 October, Sarkozy had already highlighted the need for a “unified economic government” of the Eurogroup, calling for more regular coordination meetings at head of state and government level, such as the extraordinary Eurogroup meeting held in Paris on Sunday 12 October to tackle the vertical slide of European stock exchanges. “When the crisis takes on the proportions we’ve seen, a meeting of finance ministers is not up to the gravity of the crisis,” he told MEPs.

It would now appear he sees himself presiding over this hypothetical group until 2010 in a bid to offer a stronger command than that which could be offered by the successive six-month EU presidencies of the eurosceptic and struggling Czech government and the Swedes, who remain outside the eurozone. Then, in 2010, Spain would be able to take over from Sarkozy, combining the two roles of EU and eurozone president.

In the meantime, Sarkozy hopes to impose his economic vision on the rest of the bloc, including plans to set up European sovereign wealth funds to fend off foreign takeovers of strategic companies by cash-rish oil-exporting countries such as Russia, Dubai and Qatar during the crisis.

Yesterday, his government announced that France itself was creating a €175 billion “strategic investment fund” to prevent French industrial groups from falling into foreign hands as shares plunge to an all-time low.

Bypassing the Czechs?

But Sarkozy is still some way off convincing his EU counterparts. Czech Deputy Prime Minister Alexandr Vondra immediately rejected the notion that the Czech Presidency could be ‘bypassed’, saying: “Nobody can take the presidency away from the Czech Republic. Any speculation over an extension of the current presidency is groundless and unacceptable,” according to Thomson Financial News.

He added that the French plans would more likely divide the Union rather than strengthen it. “If the Eurogroup agrees to be presided over by a Frenchman and to meet more frequently, most probably we will not be able to prevent this,” he said, adding: “However, it would not be a wise move but one which would divide EU rather then unify it.”

The Germans are also said to be opposed to the plans, with the UK’s Independent citing a German government spokesman as saying: “The natural chairman of such a group would be the Luxembourg Prime Minister and Finance Minister Jean-Claude Juncker.”

In denial

But France’s European Affairs Minister Jean-Pierre Jouyet yesterday (23 October) denied that Sarkozy was aiming to chair a group of eurozone leaders. He nevertheless backed the idea that Europgroup meetings should take place at the level of heads of state and government, adding: “After EU states agree on the principle of this and there is a political organisation, the designation (of a president) will follow,” according to Reuters.

Jouyet further insisted that “Nicolas Sarkozy is asking for nothing for himself” and that “if it is Jean-Claude Juncker it is Jean-Claude Juncker. What is important is that the impetus, the energy and the pro-activity remains in place,” he added.

The question, he said, is: “Do we want to return to business as usual or do we want to capitalise on the impetus given to the euro zone?” European leaders are unanimous in assessing Sarkozy’s handling of the financial crisis as “exemplary”, he added.

In view of the opposition that various national governments, such as Germany and the Czech Republic’s, have expressed over the last 18 months to Sarkozy’s pet projects like the Union for the Mediterranean and an “emergency government” for Europe, Bible prophecy enthusiasts should consider the possibility that the time is coming soon when the “little horn” of Daniel, representing Antichrist, will uproot three of the ten horns representing the core nations of the revived Roman Empire (7:20). The Antichrist as the “king of fierce countenance” will accomplish his coup d’etat, prophesies Daniel, by craft and peace, using diplomacy rather than bloodshed (8:25): “And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes [Jesus Christ]; but he shall be broken without hand [by God].”

A few more financial shocks or political crises could very well sway recalcitrant members of the EU into accepting a Sarkozy dictatorship over Europe. In addition to displacing US political-military-economic power in the world, the New Roman Empire will also displace that of neo-Soviet Russia, the armed forces of which are prophetically predestined for ruination on the hills of Israel.

In his book The Nations in Prophecy theologian John Walvoord speculates regarding the absence of concrete references to the USA in Bible prophecy: “If the end-time events include a destruction of Russia and her allies prior to the final period of great tribulation [second half of Daniel's 70th week], this may trigger an unbalance in the world situation that will permit the Roman ruler to become a world ruler. In this event, it should be clear that the United States will be in a subordinate role and no longer the great international power that it is today.” Remarkably, Walvoord wrotes these words in 1967. More than 40 years later, as the USA faces financial collapse and economic marginalization, this end-time scenario is proving correct.

Pictured here: Orthodox Jews of the Kohanim priestly caste, covered by prayer shawls, offer a blessing at the Western Wall, on October 16.

The Middle East Peace Process, the Union for the Mediterranean, and Daniel’s 70th Prophetic Week

Two weeks ago, nearly 10,000 spectators gathered at the Western Wall in Jerusalem to welcome the Feast of Tabernacles, which this year ran between October 14 and 20. There rabbis associated with the Temple Institute performed the Hakhel, or ceremonial reading of the Torah, sounded silver trumpets, and unveiled the two-ton bronze laver that the Levitical priesthood, now restored, will use in the Tribulation Temple. The Temple Institute confidently announced that this year’s Hakhel was not a “reenactment” of the ancient ritual but, rather, an “anticipation of its restoration” in a future Temple service.

Preparations for the rebuilding of the Jewish Temple are a major prophetic heads up that Jesus Christ is coming soon to set up His kingdom. Referring to His coming in judgment, power, and glory, Christ spoke of the hour and day that no man knows, (Matthew 24:36). Notwithstanding this caution, clues related to Israel’s annual feast days (Leviticus 23) suggest that the season is knowable. After all, Christ fulfilled the first three spring feasts–Passover (1 Corinthians 5:7), Unleavened Bread (Luke 22:7), and Firstfruits (1 Corinthians 15:20, 23)–in His First Advent, while the founding of the church with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit partly fulfilled Pentecost (Joel 2:28-29, Acts 2:16-21). By contrast, Trumpets (Matthew 24:31), Atonement (Zechariah 12:10-14), and Tabernacles (Zechariah 14:16-19) await fulfillment in the second coming of Christ and the establishment of His global reign. At this time Pentecost will be completely fulfilled when the Holy Spirit is again poured out upon the faithful Jewish remnant during the tribulation (Joel 2:30-32), before the “great and terrible day of the Lord,” and so “all Israel shall be saved” (Romans 11:26-27).

While the precise year of the rapture of the church and the Second Coming remain known only to God, an expectation that these events will occur in autumn, separated by seven Hebrew years of 360 days each, or 2,520 days, is in keeping with Christ’s self-portrayal as “Lord of the harvest” (Luke 10:2). Some Christians speculate that the new seven-year sabbatical cycle that Israel entered on September 29, 2008 and will observe until 2015 represents or will introduce Daniel’s 70th week (D70W), the last of 70 prophetic weeks of years appointed unto the history of the Jewish nation (Daniel 9:24).

According to this theory, the tribulation period will begin in earnest on or about October 29, 2008 and terminate 2,520 days later, on or about September 23, 2015, which is the Day of Atonement. The latter day occurs in the midst of a rare tetrad of blood-moon eclipses in that year and 2014, coinciding with Passover and Tabernacles. It also occurs exactly 49 Hebrew years, or one jubilee cycle, after the Israelis recaptured Jerusalem on June 7, 1967, when the last tetrad of blood-moon eclipses took place. However, the entire cycle of fall feasts in 2008 extended from September 30 to October 20, while the entire cycle of fall feasts in 2015 extends from September 14 to October 4. The last day of Tabernacles 2015, which falls on October 4, is 2,520 days from November 9, 2008. This would appear to be the last day on which a pre-tribulation rapture could occur this year if indeed the world is on the cusp of D70W.

Regardless of the date, it is likely that there will be little or no gap between the translation of the saints to heaven and the beginning of the tribulation period since only slightly more than 50 days transpired between the termination of the 69th week, marked by Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, and Pentecost, marked by the formation of the church.

Please note that we are not date setting here with respect to the Lord’s return, nor do we disbelieve in the general imminency of the rapture of the church. So, if you are a fellow believer in Jesus Christ, do not leave angry comments at our blog. We are only considering possible windows in which certain Biblically prophesied events could occur. If this autumn passes without a door into heaven opening, then do not be discouraged. Just keep looking up and wait for next fall. The Son of God, after all, rebuked the Pharisees for not knowing the “time of thy visitation” (Luke 19:44). After His ascension, Christ also warned his disciples via John (Revelation 3:3) that His return would take the churches by surprise, “as a thief,” if they did not watch.

It is important to understand, too, that the resurrection of deceased Christians and the rapture of living saints does not instigate D70W, although it will certainly precipitate manifold crises throughout the world. Rather, Antichrist’s covenant with Israel and the “many,” presumably Israel’s neighbors (meaning, enemies), will initiate the tribulation period. Reference to this peace treaty can found in Daniel, Psalms, and Isaiah.

Daniel 9:26-27: And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off [crucified], but not for himself [Jesus died for sinners]: and the people [Romans] of the prince that shall come [Antichrist] shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined [Jewish Wars]. And he [Antichrist] shall confirm the covenant with many for one week [seven years]: and in the midst of the week he [Antichrist] shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

Note: In verse 27 “he” is not Jesus, since Christ never established a seven-year covenant with Israel, “many,” or anyone else, for that matter. Nor did Jesus cause the “sacrifice and oblation to cease.” This occured in AD 70, 37 years after His ascension, long after the 70th week expired, at least according to preterists. The antecedent to “he” is the “prince that shall come,” mentioned in the second part of verse 26. It should be recognized, moreover, that the “prince that shall come” was not the Roman general, later emperor, Titus Flavius Vespasianus. Titus, like the Son of God, never established a seven-year covenant with Israel or “many.” The “prince that shall come” has yet to come. The “prince that shall come” is Antichrist, who looms large in other unfulfilled passages of Holy Scripture. Only by allegorizing this prophecy can it be made to apply to the Savior of mankind.

Psalm 55:20: He [Antichrist] hath put forth his hands against such as be at peace with him: he hath broken his covenant.

Isaiah 28: 15: Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death [Antichrist], and with hell [Antichrist] are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves.

18: And your covenant with death [Antichrist] shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell [Antichrist] shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.

How close is the world to the rapture of the church and the confirmation of a covenant between Antichrist, or the head of the revived Roman Empire, Israel, and “many”? We have previously considered the defunct Oslo Accords and the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument, both seven-year arrangements, as possible forerunners of Antichrist’s covenant. Since then the dormant 2002 Arab League peace plan has been resurrected.

According to the Pakistani media, the foreign ministers of the Union for the Mediterranean (UPM) countries will convene a summit in Marseille on November 3 and 4, at which time they will determine the composition and powers of the UPM secretariat. The success of Sarkozy’s pet project, which we have demonstrated is none other than the revived Roman Empire of Bible prophecy, depends on the enforcement of peace in the Middle East, in particular, Israel’s relations with Syria, Lebanon, and Palestine. Thus, the Arab and Muslim member states of the UPM must acquiesce to Israel’s presence in the international organization.

To that end, reports Voice of America, last Thursday Israeli President Shimon Peres and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak held a low-profile meeting at the Egyptian resort town of Sharm el Sheikh (pictured above). There they discussed the possibility of implementing the 2002 Arab League peace plan. Under this scheme Israel would withdraw from all lands obtained in the Six Day War, including the West Bank, Gaza Strip, East Jerusalem, and Golan Heights, in exchange for pan-Arab recognition of the Jewish state. On October 29 Sarkozy will host a working lunch with Mubarak, fellow co-president of the UPM, at which time they will discuss various issues, including the Middle East peace process, that will be tabled on November 3 and 4 at the UPM summit. No doubt, Mubarak will relate to Sarkozy the substance of his October 23 meeting with Peres at Sharm el Sheikh.

Several days later, beginning on November 6 the Middle East Diplomatic Quartet will send its representatives to Sharm el Sheikh to assess the progress of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations. The Quartet consists of the United Nations, EU, USA, and Russia. In addition to Israel’s Acting Prime Minister Tzipi Livni and former Palestinian PM Ahmed Qureia, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, French FM Bernard Kouchner, and Egyptian and Jordanian officials are expected to be present at this meeting, which is being billed as Annapolis 2. Intriguingly, these dates fall within the timeframe for a potential fall 2008 rapture.

Outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert essentially recapitulated the Arab League formula in his “land for peace” proposal, published last month in the Israeli media and readily accepted by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. The EU, reveals the German media, endorsed the Arab League plan in 2007. The world, therefore, only awaits the “prince that shall come,” the head of the revived Roman Empire, who is currently Nicolas Sarkozy, Co-Prince of Andorra, to “confirm the covenant with many for one week.”

At this juncture, the most serious disruption to the implementation of a Middle East peace plan in 2008 is the Israeli parliamentary election, which Acting PM Livni called yesterday after the religious Shas party refused to join a coalition government. The election will probably occur between the end of January and mid-February 2009. Moreover, political salvation from the Israeli right, which is generally opposed to territorial concessions, appears to be dimming since Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party has dropped slightly in recent public opinion polls. Even if Likud does form the next government in Israel, Netanyahu is a close friend of Sarzkozy and, hence, the EU-sponsored dismantling of Israel may continue without hindrance.

In summary, autumn of each year is an especially prophetic time for Christians to look up in anticipation of the rapture, and to be carefully monitoring world affairs for news of an impending seven-year agreement involving the revived Roman Empire, Israel, and the “many.”

>Middle East File: US commandos based in Iraq attack Syrian border village, capture or kill top Al Qaeda operative; Damascus, Tehran, Moscow fulminate

>- Ba’athist Regime Orders School and Cultural Center Linked to US Embassy in Damascus Closed (source)

- Damascus Urges United Nations Security Council to Hold USA Responsible for Cross-Border Raid (source)

On Sunday, reports Fox News below, helicopter-borned US special forces from Iraq launched an assault against a farm in the Syrian border village of Abu Kamal. Abu Ghadiyain, Al Qaeda’s senior coordinator operating in Syria, was targeted in the attack, but it is not clear whether he was captured or killed. At least eight other people died in the raid at Sukkariyeh. US intelligence contends that 90 percent of anti-occupation insurgents in Iraq enter the country by way of Syria.

While we believe that this operation is wholly justifiable to support the War on Terror, striking Syrian territory has predictably stirred up a hornets’ nest of denunciations from Damascus, Tehran, Moscow, and the Arab League. Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem branded the operation an act of “criminal and terrorist aggression.” Even the Iraqi government, which is negotiating a security pact with the USA, expressed its displeasure through spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh: “The Iraqi government rejects U.S. aircraft bombarding posts inside Syria. The constitution does not allow Iraq to be used as a staging ground to attack neighboring countries.” The US raid at Sukkariyeh will also incense America’s enemies in the Muslim world into rallying against Washington’s main ally in the region, embattled Israel.

Pictured above: Yesterday Syrian boys carried portraits of President Bashar al-Assad during a funeral procession for eight people killed in the US commando strike on Syrian territory.

U.S. Official: Unclear If Al Qaeda Coordinator Killed in Syria Raid
Tuesday , October 28, 2008

An Al Qaeda coordinator in Syria who was wanted for sending operatives, weapons and cash into Iraq was captured during a U.S. strike, but it was not clear whether or not he survived, a senior U.S. military official told FOX News.


Abu Ghadiyain, the target of Sunday’s Special Operations raid in Sukkariyeh –about 4-5 miles away from Syria’s border with Iraq, was at one point in the custody of U.S. forces, the official said. However, another U.S. official from a separate agency said Monday that latest intelligence shows Ghadiyain was killed.

Ghadiyain was believed to be associated with the leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq, funneling combatants, arms and cash into the war-torn country.

Ninety percent of foreign fighters enter Iraq through Syria, according to U.S. intelligence estimates, bringing cash to Al Qaeda in Iraq’s chief. They also are deadly — trained in bomb-making and willing to sacrifice themselves in suicide attacks.

A senior U.S. military intelligence official said that in July only about 20 foreign fighters were entering the country each month, down 50 percent from six months earlier, and just a fifth of the estimated 100 foreign fighters who were infiltrating Iraq a year ago.

Eight people in total were killed in the raid, which Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem called an act of “criminal and terrorist aggression.”

During their funerals, angry residents shouted anti-American slogans and carried banners reading: “Down with Bush and the American enemy.”

The Syrian government said four U.S. military helicopters attacked a civilian building under construction shortly before sundown in Sukkariyeh — a village about five miles inside the Syrian border.

A U.S. military official in Washington confirmed Sunday that special forces had conducted a raid in Syria that targeted the network of Al Qaeda-linked foreign fighters moving through Syria into Iraq.

“We are taking matters into our own hands,” the official told The Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the political sensitivity of cross-border raids.

The attack is another sign that the United States is aggressively launching military raids across the borders of Afghanistan and Iraq to destroy insurgent sanctuaries. In Pakistan, U.S. missile strikes have killed at least two senior Al Qaeda operatives this year and ramped up the threat to groups suspected of plotting attacks on Western troops in Afghanistan and terror strikes in the West.

A Sukkariyeh resident, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he feared for his life, said he saw at least two men taken into custody by American forces and whisked away by helicopter. Another villager displayed amateur video footage he took with his mobile phone that shows four helicopters flying toward them as villagers point to the skies in alarm.
An Associated Press journalist saw the grainy video Monday.

At the targeted building, about a five-minute drive off the main road, the floor was bloodstained and white tennis shoes were surrounded by blood and pieces of human flesh. A tent pitched near the site had bags of bread, pots and pans and wool blankets.

In Washington, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino refused to confirm, or even discuss, Sunday’s attack.

Iran condemned the attack as did Russia, which has had close ties with Syria since Soviet times.

The raid also put the Baghdad government in an awkward position while negotiating a security pact with the United States. Iraqi officials said they hoped the raid would not harm their relations with Syria, but the government spokesman in Baghdad noted that it happened in an area known as a terrorist haven.

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That Iran reacted with outrage upon learning of the US military operation in Syria, is not surprising and indeed only exposes the fact that the Islamo-Nazi regime in Tehran is already contemplating a preemptive strike against Israel that will counter a reported plan by the Jewish state to destroy Iran’s nuclear potential. It may be that Iran has already attempted to deliver a crushing blow to Israel in August by dispatching a dirty nuke via bulk carrier, only to witness 40 Somali pirates hijacking the Rotterdam-bound MV Iran Devant in the Gulf of Aden. “When at last the pirates succeeded in opening one of the containers,” reports Arutz Sheva, “they allegedly discovered packets of what they later reported to be “a powdery fine sandy soil. The pirates who had any exposure to the powder were reportedly struck down by illness and within days began to exhibit strange symptoms, including skin burns and hair loss. Sixteen of them died.”

Russian intelligence sources subsequently revealed that the Iran Devant was “an enormous floating dirty bomb,” which was intended to detonated after leaving the Suez Canal and in proximity to Israel’s coastal cities. “The entire cargo of radiotive sand,” the sources from Moscow elaborated, “[was] obtained by Iran from China and sealed in containers which, when the charges on the ship are set off after the crew took to the boats, will be blasted high into the air where prevailing winds will push the highly dangerous and radioactive cloud ashore.” U.S. and Israeli intelligence officials refused to comment on the incident.

>Latin America File: Mexico descends into civil war as KGB-infiltrated drug cartels, ex-soldiers battle army for power, 3,500 dead since Jan. 2008

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The Mexican government, like Colombia’s, is on the verge of losing control of large swathes of its territory to heavily armed narco-terrorist groupings, reports Roger Hedgecock at World Net Daily. Mexico’s drug gangs wield more firepower and have killed more people than the country’s small, Cuban/ Venezuelan-backed Marxist groups like the Popular Revolutionary Army or the Zapatista Army of National Liberation. “Were it not for the fact that the cartels are also frequently at war with one another,” observers Hedgecock, “they might have won the war by now and would be in control of Mexico.”

Chaos reigns on the US-Mexican border and is spreading deep into the USA itself. Drug traffickers impersonate Mexican military personnel–which is ironic since many are ex-soldiers–and enter US territory on drug runs. Sometimes the drug traffickers are active-duty Mexican soldiers. Mexican border town officials, fearing for their lives, have sought asylum in the USA. The US State Department has issued a travel alert warning that Mexico is a dangerous destination for US tourists. The drug cartels have bought up foreclosed houses in Las Vegas, Nevada, as transhipment points for drug routes and as safe houses. Mexico’s vicious drug cartels have a fondness for horrific murders, including beheading and dismembering rivals and innocent civilians.

Pictured above: The corpses of 12 murdered people were found by Mexican police in a remote location near Tijuana on September 29, 2008.

Mexico’s civil war ignites in America
Exclusive: Roger Hedgecock warns of bloodshed spilling across southern border
Posted: October 20, 2008
By Roger Hedgecock

The Mexican government and the drug cartels that operate throughout Mexico are locked in a battle over control of the country. With the Mexican army fully deployed and often fighting ex-Mexican army special forces working for the cartels, this is, in scope and casualties, truly a civil war.

To date this year, some 3,500 Mexicans have died in this war. In just the first 15 days of October, there were 387 deaths in Mexico City, 178 in the state of Chihuahua and 90 in Baja California – all attributable to the government versus cartel war. Were it not for the fact that the cartels are also frequently at war with one another, they might have won the war by now and would be in control of Mexico.

The National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers extracts and condenses stories that appear in the Mexican press on a daily basis. For the English reader, this site is a frightening window into the war in Mexico not available in the American press.

NAFBPO, for example, ran an English translation of the lead article from the Oct. 17 edition of El Universal (Mexico City) which included this grisly information:

“Confrontations by Mexican federal and state forces against groups believed to be linked with organized crime produced 33 deaths in Mexico (City) between Wednesday night and Thursday … a shootout took place between military personnel and men in a vehicle south of Ciudad Juarez … a human head was found in the center of town in Chihuahua City; the body was located in Santa Eulalia, some 20 kilometers away.”

Such stories run every day in newspapers throughout Mexico whose owners, editors and reporters and their families are under constant threat from the drug cartels. Execution-style murders, beheadings, dismemberings and kidnappings are common now in every state in Mexico on a daily basis. Gun battles are near nightly events in Tijuana and in Mexican towns all along the border.

Mexican border town officials have crossed into the U.S. seeking asylum, fearing for their lives. The U.S. State Department has issued a travel alert warning American tourists that Mexico is too dangerous. U.S. “Drug Czar” John Walters was in Mexico City last week assuring the Mexican government that more U.S. aid to fight the drug cartels is “in the pipeline.”

And now the bad news: The Mexican civil war is spilling over into the U.S. Reports of incursions into the U.S. by heavily armed men in Mexican army uniforms (and often driving U.S.-made Humvees) now occur on a regular basis. Sometimes the “soldiers” are cartel men, probably ex-Mexican army; sometimes they are real Mexican army.

In every case, their purpose is to protect a drug run into the U.S. and back off any lightly armed local sheriff or Border Patrol agent in the way.

The Border Patrol has issued new guidelines for its officers, fearful that any day now, a full blown firefight on U.S. soil will make headlines in both countries.

The Mexican civil war came to Las Vegas, Nev., last week and 6-year-old Cole Puffinburger, 48 pounds and barely 4 feet tall, was its victim. A group of three Latino men with “heavy accents” and wearing police uniforms invaded the home where Cole and his mother lived, tied up the mother and her current boyfriend, ransacked the house looking for money, and abducted Cole.

Las Vegas is a major distribution point for drugs coming from Mexico into the U.S. The Mexican drug cartels have bought up foreclosed houses in northeastern and southeastern Las Vegas as way stations for drug shipments and as safe houses.

The Las Vegas police, assisted by the FBI, DEA and ICE, theorize that the home invasion and abduction resulted from Cole’s grandfather keeping millions of dollars of cartel drug profits instead of laundering the money back to Mexico. The 51-year-old grandfather, Clemens Fred Tinnemeyer, reportedly owed the cartel between $8 million and $20 million. He was arrested last weekend in Riverside, Calif.

A Mexican national, Jesus Gastelum, is being sought as a “person of interest.” At the time of this column, here has been no word as of Cole’s whereabouts.

In large and small ways, the violence of the Mexican civil war has come to the U.S. – to my community and yours. It’s past time for the American government to secure the border and crack down on the cartels.

Since the 1960s the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia have waged a cocaine-fueled Marxist insurgency against Bogota with arms supplied by both the old and new Soviet regimes. In similar fashion, following the “collapse” of the Soviet Union, “renegade” FSB/KGB agents infiltrated the Mexican drug cartels, thereby creating a conduit for Moscow’s narco-subversion plan against the USA that has relied or does rely on the complicity of leftist-communist regimes in Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Nicaragua, and rebel-held territory in Colombia.

In the end, narco-terrorism, rather than full-blown proletarian revolution, will serve the purposes of the Soviet strategists in destabilizing Mexico and the USA just fine. Gennady Zyuganov, chairman of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, who visited leftist allies in Mexico, Cuba, and Venezuela in April 2007 and personally received Hugo Chavez in Moscow two months later, is no doubt well aware of this fact.

>Latin America/Asia Files: Bolivia, Thailand spurn USA, cozy up to Moscow, buy Russian helicopters; Morales facilitates Kremlin’s narco-subversion plot

>- Thailand’s Communist-Infiltrated Government Settles Border Dispute with Paleo-communist Cambodia

- Igor Sechin: Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Liaison with Western Hemisphere’s Leftist Regimes Was Soviet-Era Weapons Smuggler to Latin America and Middle East

Pictured above: In an effort to resolve a border dispute, Thai regional army commander Wiboonsak Neeparn (left) and his Cambodian counterpart General Chea Morn co-chair a regional border committee consisting of the 4th military region of Cambodia and the 2rd Army area of Thailand, on October 24, 2008. Neo-Soviet Russia is extending its baleful influence into US ally Thailand. Cambodia remains a communist country to this day.

This week, reports state-run Novosti, the Thai government broke with convention by purchasing three Russian Mi-17 transport helicopters in a US$27.5 million deal approved by Prime Minister/Defense Minister Somchai Wongsawat. The Thai Royal Armed Forces currently own 200 US-built helicopters, most of which are more than 20 years old and many of which are not operational. “This is the first time that the Southeast Asian country has let down its military ally, the U.S., and chosen Russia,” explains Alexei Kirichenko, associate professor at Moscow’s Institute of Asian and African Studies. “Moscow has repeatedly tried to sell military equipment to Thailand, but all of those deals were invariably blocked, mainly for political reasons,” Kirichenko continues. Coincidentally (or not?), Surapong Suebwonglee, the secretary general of the ruling People’s Power Party, is an “ex”-communist guerrilla.

In a somewhat related story, Thailand has escaped the global financial panic that has hit other Asian economies due to an “ethic of financial caution” that its governments adopted following the 1997 financial crisis. “High liquidity and reliance on deposits as a source of cash have protected Thai banks from the vagaries of the stalled interbank lending market,” states the Washington Post. “The banks here are surprisingly solid given what is happening in other markets,” the same source quotes Vincent Milton, managing director of Fitch Ratings Thailand, as saying.

Meanwhile, Thailand and paleo-communist Cambodia, whose prime minister Hun Sen is an “ex”-Khmer Rouge cadre, have resolved their differences in the wake of several border clashes near the site of an ancient temple that was accorded United Nations World Heritage status in July. “The situation quickly escalated into a military confrontation,” relates the AFP news agency, “with up to 1,000 Cambodian and Thai troops facing off for six weeks, although both sides in August agreed to reduce troop numbers in the main disputed area.” On the sidelines of the 7th Asia Europe Meeting in Beijing, Hun Sen and his Thai counterpart Somchai Wongsawat agreed to avoid future military clashes along the border, which is undemarcated and littered with mines left over from decades of civil war in Cambodia. Although Cambodian and Thai military officials consented to joint border patrols after an exchange of rocket and small arms fire between opposing troops on October 15, Cambodian commanders have since withdrawn from the agreement, insisting that such patrols are impossible in disputed areas. The communist-controlled creature known as the UN, it should be pointed out, has an illustrious history of stirring up strife, to wit its brutal suppression of the Katangan separatists in 1961.

Pictured here: Bolivian President Evo Morales (left) talks with Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera after a congressional session in La Paz, on October 21. Bolivia’s Congress passed a law on Tuesday establishing the date for a referendum on a controversial new constitution. Linera is a former member of the Tupac Katari Guerrilla Army, which is probably one reason why the Morales’ regime is so far left in ideological orientation.

On the other side of the world Russia is also unloading five of its helicopters on neo-communist Bolivia, a key member in Latin America’s Red Axis. Bolivia’s Trotskyist President Evo Morales has faced considerable internal turmoil as a result of the secessionist direction taken by the anti-socialist governments of the country’s eastern, natural gas-rich states. The Kremlin’s ambassador to Bolivia, Leonid Golubev, gloated earlier this month: “I would like to see Russia’s ties to Bolivia one day approach the level of its growing partnership with Venezuela. We want to show the United States that Latin America is not their backyard. We also have interests in various spheres, including military ones. The purchase will be a first step: Buy the five helicopters and see how things go.” Golubev added: “You can’t do everything at once.” Indeed. The relationship between Bolivia and Russia was dormant throughout the Cold War and the 1990s when the rightist Colorado Party dominated Bolivia’s political system. Earlier this month Kremlin-run Gazprom, at whose helm sits “ex”-CPSU cadre Viktor Zubkov, also inked a natural gas exploration deal with Paris-based Total SA and Bolivian state energy company YPFB. During the signing ceremony Morales, a close ally of Venezuela’s red dictator Hugo Chavez, lamented: “We have lost two and a half years by not deepening ties with Russia sooner.”

No doubt the Soviet strategists are irritated by the sanctions that Washington has applied to state-run arms exporter Rosoboronexport, due to its dealings with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which the US State Department classifies as a terrorist organization.

We have previously documented the role of Latin American leftists and terrorists in the Communist Bloc’s nearly 50-year-old narco-subversion plot against the West, including that of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia and Bolivia’s highland coca farmers, which are responsible for funnelling at least 90 percent of the cocaine shipped into the USA. According to Stratfor, Russia is presently pursuing a tripartite strategy, based on tried-and-true methods refined during the Cold War, to eliminate US influence in Latin America. This strategy, executed by the Federal Security Service (the KGB’s nom de jour), consists of naval interdiction, drug facilitation, and direct territorial challenge. Russian Deputy Prime Minister and reported KGB officer Igor Sechin, who has in recent months visited Communist Cuba, Red Venezuela, and neo-Sandinista Nicaragua, was the Soviet Union’s point man for weapons smuggling throughout Latin America and the Middle East. Stratfor’s analysis essentially confirms Joseph Douglass’ classic thesis in Red Cocaine (1990):

South America is a wide and varying land with very little to offer Russian interests. Most of the states are commodity providers, much like the Soviet Union was and Russia is today, so they are seen as economic competitors. Politically, they are useful as anti-American bastions, so the Kremlin encourages such behavior whenever possible. But even if every country in South America were run by anti-American governments, it would not overly concern Washington; these states, alone or en masse, lack the ability to threaten American interests … in all ways but one.

The drug trade undermines American society from within, generating massive costs for social stability, law enforcement, the health system and trade. During the Cold War, the Soviets dabbled with narcotics producers and smugglers, from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) to the highland coca farmers of Bolivia. It is not so much that the Soviets encouraged the drug trade directly, but that they encouraged any group they saw as ideologically useful.

Stratfor expects future Russian involvement in such activities to eclipse those of the past. After the Soviet fall, many FSB agents were forced to find new means to financially support themselves. (Remember it was not until 1999 that Vladimir Putin took over the Russian government and began treating Russian intelligence like a bona fide state asset again.) The Soviet fall led many FSB agents, who already possessed more than a passing familiarity with things such as smuggling and organized crime, directly into the heart of such activities. Most of those agents are — formally or not — back in the service of the Russian government, now with a decade of gritty experience on the less savory side of intelligence under their belts. And they now have a deeply personal financial interest in the outcome of future operations.

Drug groups do not need cash from the Russians, but they do need weaponry and a touch of training — needs which dovetail perfectly with the Russians’ strengths. Obviously, Russian state involvement in such areas will be far from overt; it just does not do to ship weapons to the FARC or to one side of the brewing Bolivian civil war with CNN watching. But this is a challenge the Russians are good at meeting. One of Russia’s current deputy prime ministers, Igor Sechin, was the USSR’s point man for weapons smuggling to much of Latin America and the Middle East. This really is old hat for them.

State-run Itar-Tass reports today that Ambassador Golubev met with President Morales to discuss the subject of combating the drug trade. “We’ll cooperate with Bolivia in combating drug trafficking because Russia like Bolivia is a victim of this evil,” the Kremlin’s agent announced, no doubt doing his best to avoid smirking. In the near future, he revealed, Bolivia’s Deputy Minister of Social Protection Felipe Caceres, who serves as Morales’ “drug czar” in more ways than one, will travel to Moscow to sign bilateral agreements that cement the linkages between Moscow and La Paz. Under the guise of business as usual, the Soviets are still pursuing subversion as usual in America’s backyard.

>End Times File: Antichrist makes his move, Part 1: EU member-states accuse Sarkozy of power grab for permanent role; Putin warns against dollar buying

>- European/French President Nicolas Sarkozy Presents Himself as World’s Top Crisis Solver, Embraces Obama

- Barack Obama: Sarkozy Is “My Very Dear Friend” and “A Rock Star”

- Shadow Government Statistics: US Unemployment Rate Actually 15% (source)

- Global Credit Crunch Threatens to End China’s (Communist-Controlled) “Economic Miracle”

Now that the global financial crisis is in freefall–with a few ropes representing the futile bailout packages proferred by the West’s central banks fluttering in the wind–the Communist Bloc is openly targeting the US economy for isolation and destruction. On Wednesday Russia’s KGB-communist dictator urged investors against buying dollars: “It’s a dubious business. It’s not clear what will happen to the dollar.” Meanwhile, the Moscow-Beijing Axis and one of its chief client states, India, will coordinate a joint response to the crisis during next month’s G20 summit. “The main thing,” announced Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, “is that they not only gather together, but that they also work on the basis of collective analysis.”

When the prime minister of Russia feels free to utter such comments, then it may be worth considering the possibility that someone somwhere is plotting a strategic or terrorist nuclear attack on US soil in the weeks and months ahead.

Pictured above: Sarkozy addresses the opening ceremony of the 7th Asia-Europe Meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing today. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao opened the two-day conference, attended by leaders from 43 countries in Asia and Europe, with the primary intent of solving economic issues.

The G20 will meet in Washington DC on November 15. On the agenda will be the formation of “Bretton Woods 2,” a new world financial order that will undoubtedly benefit the banksters in New York and London, as well as the Moscow Leninists who, following the theory of dialectial materialism, do not hesitate to employ capitalism to advance communism. This meeting was called by US President George W. Bush, whose signing of the US$700 billion financial sector bailout has effectively nationalized the US banking system, and French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

On October 18 Sarkozy invited himself to Camp David where, according to The Economist, he appeared next to “dear George”, gushed about “the great American nation,” and “called for a special summit of G8 countries to ‘refound capitalism’” soon after the November presidential election in the USA. “The Americans should host it,” he declared, “because the crisis took off in New York.” Bush, startled, “limply agreed.” No one bothered to tell Bush and Sarkozy that the “moralization of financial markets” and “refounding capitalism” is the goal of social democrats and “soft” communists everywhere. Accompanying Sarkozy was “ex”-communist European Commission President Jose Manual Barroso, both of whom decided to apply some pressure on the US president after they wrapped up a summit in Canada.

In Asia panic selling once again gripped financial markets today, as investors dumped equities in the face of the new global recession, reports Forbes:

In a third straight day of steep losses, benchmark indexes in Japan and South Korea plunged through psychologically important levels to multiyear lows on dismal earnings and outlooks from bellwether electronics giants. Even without the drag of such earnings disappointments by major exporters, Hong Kong shares plummeted as well, and weak resource prices sent Australian equities lower to a lesser but still substantial degree.

The global credit cruch has adversely affected China’s communist-controlled factories. According to China Central Television, 67,000 companies declared bankruptcy in the first half of 2008 and 20 million Chinese workers in Mao’s glorious workers’ paradise lost their jobs.

The New Roman Empire Poised to Displace US Dominance in Global Economy

Empire builder Sarkozy is anxious to transform his temporary post as European Union president into a permanent role with command over a unified European Army. In spite of his supposed free market sympathies, Sarkozy is also demanding an international “economic government” that will support Europe’s single currency and assuage the world credit crisis. In response, EU member states are accusing Sarkozy of a power grab that will extend his presidency over the international political-economic union. One diplomat from a small EU member state warned: “Mr Sarkozy is trying to become, by the back door, President of the EU. It also seems he wants to be President of France at the same time.”

President Sarkozy also intends to implement a €175 billion stimulus package and strategic investment fund that will reinvograte key sectors of the French economy by end of the year. Comparing the current global credit crunch to the “franc fort” deflation of the 1930s, Sarkozy promises “dramatic action in all fields of economic management.” “We will intervene massively whenever a strategic enterprise needs our money,” Sarkozy declared.

In addition to leading the EU, Sarkozy is the architect of the revived Roman Empire of Bible prophecy, the Union for the Mediterranean (also known by its French acroynm UPM), and holds the rotating co-presidency of that new body with Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak. In May the Turkish media described the intricate relationship between the executives of the EU and its Eurbian offspring:

The term for the Mediterranean co-presidency will be two years, but the EU co-president will change every six months parallel to the six-month term for the EU presidency. France is expected to be the union’s president from the EU side during the first summit of the union, since the document states the EU country holding the bloc’s rotating presidency will hold the presidency from the EU side for the first summit of the union. France is taking over the EU term presidency on July 1, 2008 for six months. Sarkozy wants to take over the initial co-presidency together with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak for two years.

Thus, we see that the ambitious (proto-dictatorial) Sarkozy does not want to abide by his own rules. He wants to hold onto the presidency of the EU and co-presidency of the UPM for (at least) two years. The UPM already boasts its own legislature, the Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly (EMPA). First established in 2003, the EMPA recommended itself earlier this month as the UPM’s formal legislative body.

An Obama presidency in the White House will sit well with not only the Soviet strategists but also Sarkozy himself. Back in July Democratic presidential contender Barack Hussein Obama made a pitstop in Paris where, according to USA Today, he “came away with an important French connection.” Indeed. A larger excerpt about that meeting (pictured above) follows:

Outside the Elysee Palace, bystanders chanted the Democratic presidential candidate’s signature slogan: “Yes we can.” Inside, French president Nicolas Sarkozy offered an effusive welcome.

“The adventure of Barack Obama is an adventure that speaks to the hearts of the French,” Sarkozy said, at a joint press conference with the senator after an hour-long private meeting.

The French president called Obama’s promise of more U.S.- European cooperation “good news.”

Obama, in turn, called Sarkozy “my very dear friend” and “a rock star.” The French president’s pro-American views are the reason “everybody started to call French fries French fries again in the cafeteria,” said Obama, referring to Capitol Hill lawmakers’ decision to change the menu item to “freedom fries” in a fit of pique over France’s opposition to the invasion of Iraq.

When the press conference was over, the two men exited with their arms around each other.

No, Obama is not the Antichrist, as some speculate, but he will be a willing accomplice of the Man of Sin. This is a role that Satan will possibly confer upon Sarkozy, whose name in the ancient Assyrian means “Prince of Darkness” or “Prince of Tribulation,” and whose maternal ancestors, the Mallahs of Salonika, Greece, apparently migrated from Israel to Syria in ancient times. Some Bible prophecy experts, it should be noted, believe Antichrist will have a Syrian heritage, in addition to emerging from the revived Roman Empire. Dispensational theologian Clarence Larkin wrote in the early 20th century:

From what we have thus far learned of the Antichrist, the probability is that he will be a SYRIAN JEW, for it is not likely that the Jews will accept as their Messiah one who is not a Jew, unless the claimant by false pretense makes them believe he is one. This, however, does not prevent the Antichrist being a Roman citizen, and the political head of the revived Roman Empire, for Saul of Tarsus was both a Jew and a Roman citizen.

>WW4 File: Tbilisi: Russia massing 7,000 troops in S. Ossetia, twice the figure promised for military base; Russia, Iran form natural gas cartel

>- Russian FM Lavrov: EU Observers Failing to Curb Georgian Violations of Peace Plan in Breakaway Regions (source)

- “President” Medvedev Briefs Russia’s New Ambassadors to South Ossetia and Abkhazia (source)

Today Georgia’s Interior Ministry, Bloomberg reports, accused Russia of deploying additional troops into South Ossetia, bringing the total to 7,000 soldiers in the breakaway region recognized only by Moscow and the neo-Sandinista regime in Managua. Previous news stories from the Caucasus region reported that Russia intends to permanently deploy 3,800 troops each to South Ossetia and Abkhazia, Georgia’s other separatist region. Whether the number of Russian troops in South Ossetia is 3,800 or 7,000, Georgia remains a Soviet-occupied country, notwithstanding modest US-NATO intervention during the August Caucasian War. The Moscow Leninists may be preparing for a final push toward Georgia’s capital to topple the regime of Mikhail Saakashvili–whose role as a Kremlin agent provocateur should not be dismissed–when the Western Alliance is least able to come to Georgia’s defense (i.e., during the US presidential election in less than two weeks).

Pictured above: The USS Barry, a destroyer that is part of the 6th fleet based in Naples, arrives in the Georgian Black Sea port city of Poti on October 18, 2008, on a “routine visit.” According to the US embassy in Tbilisi the ship was carrying neither humanitarian nor military aid.

Georgia Says Russia Has Massed 7,000 Troops in South Ossetia
By Helena Bedwell

Oct. 23 (Bloomberg) — Russia has deployed as many as 7,000 soldiers in the separatist region of South Ossetia, leading Georgia to suspect “further provocations” following a five-day war in August, a Georgian Interior Ministry spokesman said.

Shota Utiashvili said Georgia has been monitoring “suspicious movements” by Russia’s military in South Ossetia, the object of Georgia’s war with Russia. “Up to 2,000 soldiers have entered the region which, added to troops already in the area, make at least 7,000,” he said by telephone today in the capital Tbilisi.

The South Ossetian government denied Georgia’s claim about a Russian troop buildup. “What Mikheil Saakashvili’s government says about us and our Russian allies is nonsense,” spokeswoman Irina Gagloyeva said by telephone from the regional capital Tskhinvali. “Some troops are here, but we feel safe with them around since we face continual provocations from the Georgian side.”

Russia recognized the independence of South Ossetia and another breakaway region, Abkhazia, from Georgia on Aug. 26. Only Nicaragua has followed suit. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Sept. 8 that his decision to recognize the regions was “final” and “irrevocable.” Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said the following day that Russia had agreed to deploy about 3,800 soldiers in each region.

A European Union-brokered cease-fire agreement that ended the fighting in Georgia requires Russia to remove its forces to their pre-conflict positions. Russia sent about 10,000 soldiers into Georgia during the fighting, according to state-run news service RIA Novosti.

Under a subsequent deal reached by Medvedev and his counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy of France, whose country holds the rotating EU presidency, Russia agreed to withdraw its forces from “Georgian territory outside South Ossetia and Abkhazia,” Sarkozy said on Sept. 8. He said the agreement was “the maximum we could get.”

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Fried said on Oct. 20 that Russia had failed to meet its obligations under the cease-fire.

Meanwhile, state-run Novosti reports that the Russian Navy’s missile cruiser Varyag and four anti-submarine warfare ships from the Pacific Fleet have completed a three-day exercise that included search-and-destroy operations against mock enemy (read US Navy) submarines, and surface-to-air and coast-to-sea missile launches. Between September 29 and October 5, the Far East Military District, including air defense units, the Russian Air Force’s Far East contingents, and the Pacific Fleet conducted a tactical exercise as part of the Stability-2008 strategic maneuvers. The Coast-2008 exercise ran from September 29 though October 5 and presented a scenario in which Russian forces simulated an operation to defend the infrastructure of Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands from potential “terrorist attacks, and secure “safe navigation” in adjacent waters. Since Japan contests the Soviet occupation of the four southern-most Kurils, it is more likely that the Kremlin is foreseeing a possible military conflict with Tokyo, with which it has technically been at war since 1945.

Pictured here: Chadian rebels cross the desert during an attack that led to heavy fighting against government troops in the eastern town of Gos Beida on June 14, 2008.

Further afield, reports Novosti, the Russian Air Force is ready to send a helicopter group with more than 100 servicemen to Chad as part of the European Union’s peacekeeping operation in that war-weary Saharan country. Fully deployed, the Russian peacekeeping contingent will total up to 200 servicemen, plus four unarmed Mi-8MT helicopters, and remain in the conflict zone for up to a year. Rebels allegedly armed by Sudan’s government are endeavoring to oust Chadian President Idriss Deby.

In September Russian “President” Dmitry Medvedev not only committed a Russian military contingent to Chad, but also the neighboring Central African Republic in support of a United Nations mission in that country. One Russian helicopter group, consisting of 120 Russian soldiers, is also operating in Sudan under the aegis of UN and the African Union. In addition to a revitalized Russian naval presence near Yemen and Somalia, we can see that the Kremlin’s baleful influence can be felt throughout northeastern Africa.

In order to bolster its aging but still dangerous military force, the Kremlin has under KGB-communist dictator Vladimir Putin resorted to energy imperialism to keep the European Union subservient. To that end, Russian, Iranian, and Qatari delegations met in Tehran this past Tuesday to form a natural gas cartel that will control 60 percent of the world’s supply. “The notion of a gas cartel was brought up in January 2007 by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei,” reports the Jerusalem Post, “but it is now gaining momentum and may require just a few more meetings before an accord is finalized.” The EU, quite naturally, opposed the cartel, preferring a free market for energy. This scruple, though, has not prevented European leaders from nationalizing (communizing) their banking systems in the midst of the current global financial crisis.

>USSR2 File: Back in the USSR: Hammer and sickle-wielding Worker and Peasant Woman statue to return to 37-meter-high platform in Moscow by 2010

>Ever since the stage-managed “collapse” of the Soviet Union on Christmas Day 1991, Russian politicians–nearly all of whom are open or “ex” communists–have squabbled over whether to remove, retain, or restore certain iconic features of the Soviet era, such as Lenin’s Mausoleum, the statue of Cheka founder Felix Dzerzhinsky, and The Worker and the Peasant Woman statue.

In spite of all the bluster and Mikhail Gorbachev’s disengenous prediction this summer that the first Soviet dictator will be lowered into the sod in the near future, Vladimir’s mummy is still on display in Red Square. “Iron” Felix’s likeness is yet again the subject of an intense movement to rehabilitate his legacy over objections of the Russian Orthodox Church. Finally, Vera Mukhina’s prime example of socialist realism art, state-run Novosti reports below, will be mounted on a 37-meter-high platform in Moscow, probably in 2010.

With Russians still nostalgic for their Soviet past, the Kremlin’s ongoing preparations for a military confrontation with the West are perfectly understandable. Indeed, communism is alive and well throughout the world, such as in Japan where young people disillusioned by the global financial crisis are joining the communist party in droves. Bolstered by new recruits, the Japanese Communist Party now has 415,000 cadres.

Incidentally, aristocrat-turned-communist revolutionary Dzerzhinsky was born on September 11, 1877, according to the modern Gregorian calendar. Did you catch that? September 11.

Iconic Soviet-era statue to be mounted on 37-meter platform
18:4422/ 10/ 2008

MOSCOW, October 22 (RIA Novosti) – A giant 1930s Soviet-era statue will be mounted on a 37 meters (121.4 feet) high platform in Moscow once its restoration is completed, a Moscow official said on Wednesday.

Restoration work on the 24.5-meter high statue, The Worker and the Peasant Woman, by Vera Mukhina, was launched in 2003. Moscow authorities originally said it would be back and fully restored in 2005, but later moved the date to 2010.

The iconic statue was made for the International Exhibition in Paris in 1937, where it was exhibited on a 37-meter high platform, but after it was returned to Moscow it was mounted on a 10-meter platform.

“It has been decided to elevate the statue to its historic height, as it was exhibited in Paris, i.e. at a height of 37.5 meters,” said Valery Shevchuk, the head of the Moscow Committee on Cultural Heritage.

After the monument was exhibited in Paris its image was used in thousands of posters, cards, stamps and became the logo for the then-Soviet and now Russian film studio Mosfilm.

The statue, made from sheets of stainless steel, is a classic example of socialist realism art. The worker’s arm holds aloft a hammer and the peasant woman a sickle – two primary symbols of the Soviet Union.

>USA File: NATO generals from USA, Britain, France, Italy, and Germany confer secretly in Adirondacks; top US, Russian brass huddles in Finland

>- US Admiral Mullen Attends NATO Generals’ Conference at Lake Placid, New York, October 18-19, Before Flying to Finland for October 21 Meeting with Russia’s Top General

- International Atomic Energy Agency Report: Russian Scientist Helped Iran Design Its First Nuclear Bomb

This past weekend, the Press-Republican of Plattsburg, New York reported on October 21, top generals and admirals from the USA, Britain, France, Italy, and Germany arrived at Adirondack Regional Airport in Lake Clear for a secret two-day meeting, rumored to take place at the Whiteface Lodge and Resort in Lake Placid. US Department of Defense (DoD) spokesman Capt. John Kirby confirmed that Admiral Michael G. Mullen, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Sir Graham Stirrup of Britain’s Royal Air Force, German Army General Wolfgang Schneiderhan, French Army General Jean-Louis Georgelin, and Italian Air Force General Vincenzo Camporini were present. The meeting was apparently scheduled at least one month ago, according to local officials who were approached by the DoD. Pictured above: Military personnel guard a US government Boeing 757 airplane parked at the Adirondack Regional Airport last Friday.

Top world military leaders meet in Lake Placid
By Robert Barron
CNHI News Service

LAKE PLACID — Some of the most powerful military commanders in the world met in Lake Placid over the weekend.

Speculation was rife after a C-32, the military equivalent to a Boeing 757 airliner, touched down Friday at the Adirondack Regional Airport in Lake Clear.


The 155-foot-long jumbo jet, which is used as Air Force 2 when the vice president is aboard, was emblazoned with “United States of America” on the side and parked on the eastern edge of the airport.


“I was contacted by the Department of Defense approximately a month ago, and they indicated they had some foreign dignitaries that they wanted to bring in through the airport,” said Ross Dubarry, the airport’s manager.


Following the landing, a motorcade led by State Police rushed Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and top military commanders from four nations — Britain, France, Germany and Italy — to a resort in Lake Placid.


The motorcade returned Sunday afternoon, and the C-32 and an Italian military jet departed.

Defense Department officials wouldn’t comment this weekend, but the day after the planes had left, Capt. John Kirby, a special assistant to Mullen, confirmed that the top military leaders from five countries met in Lake Placid to discuss mutual security issues, including Afghanistan.

“I’m not at liberty to go into the details that was discussed, but they went through a wide range of security issues that are common to all five nations,” Kirby said.


“They discussed, in broad terms, progress in Afghanistan and where we’re heading with regard to Afghanistan, particularly the NATO mission there. And they discussed other mutual issues of security concerns.”


Security was tight at the Whiteface Lodge and Resort — the site where the military leaders were rumored to have stayed, though the resort would not confirm that.


Kirby confirmed that Sir Graham Stirrup of Britain’s Royal Air Force, German Army Gen. Wolfgang Schneiderhan, French Army Gen. Jean-Louis Georgelin and Italian Air Force Gen. Vincenzo Camporini took part in the two-day meetings.


He said the meeting is an annual event that is rotated amongst the countries.

The U.S. military picked Lake Placid because while it’s relatively close to Washington, D.C., it’s still fairly tranquil, Kirby said.

“They try to choose sites that are relatively quiet that allow these leaders to focus on the issues and not be distracted by other things.”

Harrietstown Supervisor Larry Miller, whose town owns and operates the airport, said the airport was contacted about a month ago about whether it could handle large aircraft and foreign dignitaries.

Pictured here: Russian “President” Dmitry Medvedev greets Chief of the General Staff Nikolai Makarov and Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov at Medvedev’s Gorki residence, near Moscow, on September 20, 2008. On June 2 Makarov replaced the belligerent Yuri Baluyevsky as the Kremlin’s top general. Subsequently, Baluyevsky, along with ex-Federal Security Service chief Nikolai Patrushev, transferred to the Russian Security Council.

Meanwhile, reports a major news agency, US and Russian military officials arrived in Helsinki, Finland on Tuesday, October 21 for a “very low key” meeting. This is the highest-level face-to-face encounter between the two countries’ brass since Russia’s invasion of US ally Georgia in August. The participants included Admiral Mullen–fresh from his secret weekend meeting with Western generals in Upstate New York–and his Russian counterpart, General Makarov. Pentagon officials declined to provide details of the meeting’s agenda. Finland’s Defense Ministry, however, admitted that the country’s defense chief, Admiral Juhani Kaskeala, organized the meeting at an isolated manor house near the national capital. This is not the first time that the heads of the US and Russian militaries have met covertly to pursue dubious global agendas that compromise American sovereignty.

Pictured below: Cars carrying members of the US military delegation, including Admiral Mullen, leave the rural meeting site in Vantaa, Finland, earlier today.

US, Russian military chiefs meet in Finland
Tue Oct 21, 2008 9:31 AM EDT
Matti Huuhtanen

HELSINKI — American and Russian military leaders met Tuesday for unannounced talks in Finland, the highest-level military meeting between the two countries since Russia’s war with U.S. ally Georgia in August, a U.S. Embassy official said.

The participants included Adm. Michael G. Mullen, the chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his Russian counterpart, Gen. Nikolai Makarov, U.S. Embassy spokesman Kim Hargan said. Makarov became Russia’s top military officer in June.

Hargan declined to give any details on the talks, which had not been previously announced in Finland, a neutral Nordic country that shares an 800-mile border with Russia and was the venue of several U.S.-Soviet meetings during the Cold War.

“They didn’t want it to be high-profile or anything,” Hargan said.

Finland’s Defense Ministry said the head of the country’s defense forces, Adm. Juhani Kaskeala, organized the meeting at an isolated manor house outside Helsinki. It gave no other details.

The war between Russia and Georgia strained already tense ties. Georgia, a stalwart U.S. ally and aspiring NATO member, has received hundreds of millions of dollars in economic aid and its armed forces received extensive training from U.S. instructors.

Those moves have irked Russia, which views Georgia as part of its historic sphere of influence and fears the prospect of another former Soviet republic joining NATO.

Washington and Moscow have also clashed over U.S. plans to base elements of a missile defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic. Russia fears the system would be used to either spy on its military or reduce its nuclear deterrent.

In Washington, Pentagon officials declined to give any specifics about the meeting. One official said the Defense Department wants to “continue to foster a good military-to-military relationship with an important country.”

Another said information about the meeting had been kept “very low key” — meaning the number of people aware it was going to happen was limited — and that he had no information about any specific issues discussed.

Both spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about it on the record.

Two months ago, Russia halted military cooperation with NATO, accusing the West of “double standards” over the Georgia conflict. However, it said it still wants to keep working with the alliance to fight terrorism and drug trafficking.

Moscow said the freeze would halt military exercises, exchanges of military delegations, visits by high-level NATO officials to Moscow and stopovers by NATO warships in Russian ports.

Without minutes, unofficial leaks, or candid confessions from participants, it is impossible to know precisely what the generals attending the secret meetings in New York State and Finland discussed. However, it is probably not unreasonable to conclude that at these two conferences American, European, and Russian generals considered the ramifications of the following issues: 1) planned US radar/missile interceptor bases in Europe, 2) the new US radar base in Israel, 3) Russia’s occupation of Georgia’s breakaway regions, 4) the ever-simmering Israeli-Syrian-Palestinian conflict, 5) the possibility of Iran producing its first nuclear bomb in 2009 (with a little help from, surprise, a Russian scientist), 6) the reactivation of North Korea’s Yongbyon nuclear reactor, and 7) the global financial crisis.

>Communist Bloc Military Updates: CIS to hold joint air defense exercise this week; Kremlin to build early warning radar base in Kaliningrad

>- US Assistant Secretary of State Fried: Russia Not in Compliance with EU-Brokered Cease-Fire Requiring Pull Back to Pre-War Positions

- Pravda: Bank Panic of 2008 to Lead to Demise of NATO

On October 23, two days after the conclusion of the Kremlin’s four-week Stability-2008 war game, which is a dry run for launching a nuclear preemptive strike against the West, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) will carry out a joint air defense command and staff exercise involving more than 50 fighters, bombers, and helicopters. The military pact undergirding the CIS is the Collective Security Treaty Organization. Novosti reports that a “particular feature” of the exercise is the deployment of Russia’s Beriev A-50 “Mainstay” airborne early warning aircraft (pictured above).

Ex-Soviet states to test integrated air defense this week
18:37 20/ 10/ 2008

MOSCOW, October 20 (RIA Novosti) – More than 50 combat aircraft will participate in a joint command-and-staff air defense exercise conducted by members of the Commonwealth of Independent States on Thursday, a Russian Air Force spokesman said on Monday.

“The exercise will involve over 50 fighters, bombers and helicopters. A particular feature of the exercise is the deployment of Russia’s A-50 Mainstay AWACS aircraft,” Lt. Col. Vladimir Drik said.

Combat-duty units of the CIS integrated air defense network, which are stationed in Kazakhstan, Siberia, central Russia, Belarus and Armenia will take part in the exercise.

The CIS, a loose alliance of former Soviet states, comprises Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Moldova, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Ukraine is a founding and participating country but technically not a member state. Turkmenistan holds associate status, while Georgia recently withdrew over the South Ossetia conflict.


The integrated air defense network was set up by 10 CIS member countries on February 10, 1995.

In a related story, reports state-run Voice of Russia, “Russia is to respond to the American missile defences in the Czech Republic and Poland by building an early-warning radar station in Kaliningrad on the Baltic Sea. The station should be in place before 2012. President Medvedev issued instructions for this last August.”

Meanwhile, Soviet communist organ Pravda views the “bank panic of 2008″ as an opportunity to knock down NATO a peg or two. Referring to the neoconservatives in Washington and London as “Anglo-American Trotskyites” and thereby revealing its own Stalinist heart, Pravda editorializes: “Their ability to project power grows weaker every day with a new DOW low.” A larger excerpt follows, demonstrating yet again that the Communist Bloc considers economic collapse as the forerunner to the political and military demise of the West:

The Bank Panic of 2008 may be, however the final stone to knock down this aged and staggering Goliath. The Anglo-American Trotskyites who created this mess are in short, bankrupt. Their ability to project power grows weaker every day with a new DOW low. At the same time, nations such as Iceland, once one of their key military posts, are seeking aid not from their so called allies but from Russia itself. Bound together by economic or cultural or religious or historical ties, or all of the above, nations such as Iceland, Germany, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, Czech, Slovakia and others will naturally pull away from the now bankrupt alliance. Historical ties that were supposed to have died along with history, as proclaimed by one of the fathers of Trotskyite Neoconism: Fukuyama, will now return the globe to an equilibrium long not seen and one that promises more stability than the Internationalist regimes of the past 100 years.

Finally, the Sitzkrieg phase of the Fourth World War continues to simmer in Georgia. According to Bloomberg, “U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Fried said Russia has failed to meet its obligations under a European Union-brokered cease-fire that ended a five-day war with Georgia in August.” The same source quotes Fried as saying in Tbilisi today: “The cease-fire accord negotiated by Sarkozy requires Russian armed forces to withdraw to their positions before the outbreak of hostilities. The Russians haven’t done so. They’re in compliance with [only] some of it.” In September Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov announced that Russia had negotiated with the separatist regimes in Abkhazia and South Ossetia to permanently deploy about 3,800 soldiers in each region. The first session of talks between Moscow and Tbilisi on security and refugees was suspended in Geneva on October 15. European Union special envoy Pierre Morel explained that a second session will resume on November 18.

From the vantage of the Golitsynian thesis, the “peace talks” between the crypto-communist regimes in Russia and Georgia are farcical, serving only to perpetuate the lie that Soviet communism is dead, even as the Soviets reposition their assets around the world (Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Syria, Yemen, etc.).

>End Times File: Scenario for Ezekiel’s early-tribulation Magog invasion of Israel building: Russia responds angrily to US radar base in Negev desert

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Israeli Military’s Use of “Samson Option,” Destruction of Damascus Prophesied by Isaiah Looms as Russia Threatens to Arm Warships at Syrian Port with Iskander-E Missiles

In a previous post we considered some of the current geopolitical arrangements that are laying the groundwork for the early-tribulation invasion of Israel by Russia and its Arab/Muslim allies, described in great detail by the prophet Ezekiel 2,500 years ago. The installation of a US Army Navy/Transportable Radar Surveillance base in the Negev desert, the first-ever friendly foreign military base on Israeli soil, has provided the Kremlin with yet another rationale to attack the Jewish state–even though the base’s stated objective is to track incoming missiles from Israel’s archnemesis Iran–and thereby fulfil Bible prophecy.

Previously designated by the US Missile Defense Agency as the Forward Based X-Band Transportable (FBX-T) Radar, the AN/TPY-2 (pictured above) is a phased array radar that supports missile interceptors in the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system. Intriguingly, reports Time, “Israel will have no direct access to the data collected by the radar . . . It will only be fed intelligence second hand, on a need-to-know basis, from the Americans — unless the radar picks up an immediate, direct attack on Israel . . .” Israeli Air Force officials, moreover, are annoyed that Defense Minister Ehud Barak did not evaluate the top-secret X-band radar’s potential impact on Israeli military operations, especially the testing of a new Gil anti-tank missile, before issuing an approval.

As a result of Barak’s surreptitious interaction with the Pentagon, Israeli bureaucrats who are “out of the loop” are concerned that the AN/TPY-2, which the Americans originally sought to place in Turkey or Jordan, is designed to detect Russian ICBMs, thereby turning Israel into a target for Kremlin military action. The radar installation, which features an effective 2,000-kilometer range as indicated in the map below, operates under the control of the US Army’s European Command.

Israelis Wary of a US Radar Base in the Negev
Thursday, Oct. 02, 2008
By Tim McGirk and Aaron J. Klein / Jerusalem

When a contingent of U.S. soldiers opens a radar facility on a mountaintop in the Negev desert next month, Israel will for the first time in its 60-year history have a permanent foreign military base on its soil. And despite the early warning that the American radar would provide if Iran launches a missile attack on Israel, some senior Israeli officials are nonetheless wary about its presence. Complained one top official, “It’s a like a pair of golden handcuffs on Israel.”

From its mountain perch in Har Keren, the U.S. radar will be able to monitor the take-off of any aircraft or missile up to 1,500 miles away — giving Israel a vital extra 60-70 seconds to react if Iran fired a missile, Israeli military sources told TIME. Israel has its own radar system trained on Iran, but it’s range is much shorter. Still, some see several drawbacks for Israel in the radar, and blame Defense Minister Ehud Barak for requesting its deployment in Israel without consulting anyone other than his chief of staff. Some in the upper echelons of the Israeli Defense Force fear that although the radar will enhance Israel’s protection against Iran, it may also open up Israel’s own military secrets to the Americans.

The radar will allow the U.S. to keep a close watch on anything moving in Israeli skies, “even a bee”, says one top Israeli official who asked not to be identified. The U.S. may be a close ally, but Israel nonetheless has aviation secrets it would rather not share. “Even a husband and wife have a few things they’d like to keep from each other,” explains this source. “Now we’re standing without our clothes on in front of America.”

Israel will have no direct access to the data collected by the radar, which looks like a giant taco. It will only be fed intelligence second hand, on a need-to-know basis, from the Americans — unless the radar picks up an immediate, direct attack on Israel, Israeli sources claim. And Israeli officials expressed concern that the radar’s installation may anger Moscow, since its range will enable the U.S. to monitor aircraft in the skies over southern Russia. When the U.S. stationed anti-missile radar and interceptor systems in Poland and the Czech Republic — ostensibly directed at a future Iranian threat, although the Russians believe their own missile capability is its real target — Moscow warned those countries that the move could result in their being added to the target list of Russia’s missiles.

Israeli military sources say that Barak requested the radar from U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates in July, after U.S. requests to station such a system in Turkey and Jordan were rejected. Barak was eager to acquire the advantage of the early warning that the system would provide in the event of a possible Iranian attack. But with the Russians already peeved at Israel for having had military advisers inside Georgia when war broke out over South Ossetia, the radar’s deployment in Israel, say officials, might make Moscow even more likely to supply Iran and Syria with its highly-accurate SA300 anti-aircraft missile batteries.

The top-secret X-band radar will be staffed by around 120 American technicians and security guards in the Negev, say Israeli military sources. But Israeli planning and air force officials are perturbed that Defense Minister Barak did not carry out any evaluation of the radar’s possible impact on Israeli military operations before approving it. For one thing, Israeli defense experts are worried that waves from the X-band radar might throw off the accuracy of a new Gil anti-tank missile also being tested in the Negev. “The Bush Administration is in the mood to give us anything, as long as we don’t attack Iran,” gripes one senior official. “So why did we take this radar?”

Pictured here: On October 7 outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert trekked to Moscow, where he implored the Russians to not sell an advanced air defense system to Iran. Olmert left Moscow with “President” Dmitry Medvedev’s pie-crust promise to not beef up Tehran and Damascus’ defensive or offensive capabilities on the condition that Israel did not make similar moves. As a friendly gesture, Israel offered to hand over Sergei’s Courtyard, a nine-acre czarist-era property in downtown Jerusalem, to Kremlin ownership. Something tells me that nine acres of prime Israeli real estate will not satiate the Soviet Bear’s appetite for security and conquest.

Indeed, the neo-Soviet leadership, Debkafile reports below, has responded angrily to the placement of the US radar base in Israel by threatening to station its Iskander-E missiles in Tartus, Syria, where it is currently refurbishing a Cold War-era port for 10 warships deployed under the Black Sea Fleet command. “In the broader context of its contest with Washington,” Debkafile explains, “the Kremlin regards the US radar system installed in the Negev to be an integral part of the US missile shield deployed in the face of Russian protests in Poland and the Czech Republic. Moscow has already indicated it may hit back by moving nuclear-armed Iskander-E missiles to the Baltic opposite the US batteries deployed in East Europe.”

The guided missile cruiser Moskva is reportedly one of the Russian warships now stationed at the Syrian port of Tartus. This vessel is pictured below at the Ukrainian port of Sevastopol on September 11, 2008, about one week before it arrived at Tartus. The Moskva was also deployed to blockade Georgia’s Black Sea coast during the Caucasian War in August.

Russians, Syrians discuss missile shield – initially for Tartus port
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report
October 18, 2008

The Russian-Syrian discussions in progress in both their capitals cover the disposition of air defense S-300PMU-2 and Iskander-E missiles – to be deployed initially around Syria’s Mediterranean ports where Moscow is building naval bases.

DEBKAfile’s military and intelligence sources reveal that these two high-powered items have not been excluded from the big Russian-Syrian arms deal under discussion, despite appeals from Washington and Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert, who made a special trip to Moscow for this purpose earlier this month.

As soon as he flew home, the foreign ministry spokesman in Moscow maintained ambiguously on Oct. 9 that Russia would not supply air defense systems to “volatile regions.” He said such decisions are based on regional security issues and “the need to maintain a balance of forces” in the region.

This was taken to mean that if weapons delivered to Israel were seen by Moscow as upsetting “the balance of forces,” Moscow would think again about withholding the S-300 and Iskander-E missiles.

Our Moscow sources disclose that the Russians now view the supply of the advanced American FBX-T anti-missile radar system to Israel in September and its deployment in the Negev base of Nevatim as a balance-breaker.

In the broader context of its contest with Washington, the Kremlin regards the US radar system installed in the Negev to be an integral part of the US missile shield deployed in the face of Russian protests in Poland and the Czech Republic. Moscow has already indicated it may hit back by moving nuclear-armed Iskander-E missiles to the Baltic opposite the US batteries deployed in East Europe.

Positioning missile systems at Syrian ports would be part of Russia’s overall military payback for the array of US missile and radar installations in Europe and the Middle East.

Therefore, DEBKAfile’s military sources report, the Kremlin may decide against handing the missiles to the Syrian army but prefer to install them to guard the Mediterranean naval bases Russians are building at the Syrian ports of Tartus and Latakia.

Another option would be to outfit the Russian warships to be anchored in Syria ports with S-300 missiles, which are already part of the weapons array of the Peter the Great missile cruiser, which carried out maneuvers in the Mediterranean last week.

In either case, Russian fingers would be on the controls of these batteries in the early stages of delivery.

At the same time, the big Russian arms deal in negotiation would substantially boost and upgrade Damascus’ war armory with some pretty impressive hardware, all paid for by Tehran:

1. Mig-29 M2 fighter-bombers

2. Mig-31 fighter-bombers.

3. Su-30 Flanker bombers.

4. Mobile Tor-M1 air defense missiles, like the ones sold to Iran. Iran and Syria are obviously integrating their air and missile defense systems with Russian hardware, further facilitating Moscow’s military expansion in the Middle East.

5. Pantsir-C air defense missiles.

6. Extensive Russian upgrades of Syria’s antiquated T-62, T-72 and T-80 tanks.

7. Upgrades of Syrian SA-5 Gammon, S-125 and Pechora-2A missiles.

8. Advanced ATM anti-tank missiles.

Last year, too, Iran forked out for Syria’s Russian arms acquisitions.

While some Israeli leaders, including president Shimon Peres, predicted that falling oil prices would inhibit the two radical allies’ arms shopping plans, our military sources note this paradox: Iran has scarcely been affected by the international financial crisis because international sanctions have long isolated its financial system from international banking and taught the Islamic republic to live with an economy on the ropes.

These and other developments that have transformed the Jewish state into a potential target for Russian nuclear warheads, such as Israel’s support for “post”-Soviet Georgia, prove that the translation of the church to heaven is nearing, to be followed by the seven-year tribulation of Daniel’s 70th week (D70W) and the Second Advent of Jesus Christ. The Russian-Arab-Iranian attack on Israel and the destruction of Damascus prohesied by Isaiah, probably occuring in close proximity with each other and following the Israeli military’s use of the Samson Option, will set the scene for the horrific events of D70W. Bible prophecy doesn’t miss a beat.

>Latin America File: Ex-FSB/KGB chief Patrushev meets Chavez in Caracas, discusses Medvedev’s pending trip to Venezuela, joint war games in Caribbean

>Here at Once Upon a Time in the West we are closely tracking Moscow’s revitalized political-military activites in Latin America, especially with Communist Cuba, Bolivarian Venezuela, neo-Sandinista Nicaragua, and other leftist regimes like Bolivia. The Chinese state media, below, reports that Nikolai Patrushev, former chief of the Russian Federal Security Service (the KGB’s nom de jour), met with Venezuela’s red dictator Hugo Chavez in Caracas yesterday. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the logistical aspects of the joint Soviet-Venezuelan naval exercise, slated to run between November 10 and 14 in the Caribbean Sea, and Russian “President” Dmitry Medvedev’s trip to the South American country after the drill.

Xinhua incorrectly identifies Patrushev as current head of the FSB. Earlier this year, this career Chekist transferred to the Russian Security Council, where he holds the position of secretary. Alexander Bortnikov, another career Chekist, is the new FSB/KGB chief. On October 13 the nuclear-powered missile cruiser Peter the Great left the Libyan port of Tripoli for Venezuela, leading a task force of several other warships.

Venezuelan president meets with Russian FSB director
2008-10-18 14:19:55

CARACAS, Oct. 17 (Xinhua) — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Friday met with Director of Russian Federal Service of Security(FSB) Nikolai Patrushev at the Miraflores Palace to discuss the visit of Russian President Dmitri Medvedev to Venezuela and both navies’ maneuver scheduled for Nov. 10-14 in the Caribbean Sea.

The joint military exercise “is not directed against the interests of other countries,” Patrushev said, but seeks to contribute to the security of both countries

Russian navy’s newest capital ship “Pyotr Veliky” and the nuclear cruiser Peter the Great, together with many Venezuelan ships will take part in the exercise.

The Russian warships departed on Sept. 22 from its base in the Barents Sea and will arrive in Venezuela after traveling 15,000 nautical miles and making a stop in Libya.

Patrushev is making an official visit to Venezuela, heading a delegation with the aim to strengthen bilateral cooperation, Venezuelan government said.

The “multi-faceted cooperation” between Venezuela and Russia was discussed during the meeting, Patrushev said, adding that he was satisfied with bilateral cooperation and had exchanged views with Chavez on the development of economic cooperation between both countries.

They also discussed issues concerning defense and interior affairs, drug trafficking control and the international situation.

Patrushev said President Medvedev would visit Caracas after the bilateral navy exercise. During his visit, both countries are expected to sign a range of agreements.

Pictured above: Chavez welcomes Patrushev to Miraflores Palace in Caracas, on October 17, 2008. Russia will soon ink a contract to deliver T-72 tanks and armored personnel vehicles to Venezuela. Two days before Patrushev met with Ecuador’s leftist president Rafael Correa in Quito.

>Communist Bloc Military Updates: UK, Norwegian fighter jets intercept eight Bear bombers near Nordic country’s airspace on Thursday

>Neo-Soviet Russia’s four-week simulation for the Fourth World War, Stability-2008, has involved live-fire demonstrations of the Kremlin’s nuclear triad. The drill for Moscow’s big showdown with Washington DC, which is aborbed by the financial system meltdown, is slated to end on Tuesday. However, this past Thursday, reports the AFP news agency below, the Russian Air Force dispatched eight strategic bombers to the periphery of NATO airspace. There British and Norwegian fighter jets intercepted the nuclear-capable Tu-95 Bears in what has since 2007 become a routine phenonmenon now that the Russian military has some fuel to burn. The Russian bombers appeared over the Barents Sea on October 16, two days later than originally announced, proving that Western governments should trust nothing emerging from Kremlin mouthpieces.

A similar incident, in which RAF warplanes intercepted eight Bear bombers near UK airspace, occurred in September of last year.

Norwegian, British jets intercept Russian fighters again
Saturday, October 18, 2008

OSLO: Norwegian and British fighter jets scrambled to intercept Russian bombers over the north Atlantic, Norway’s military command said on Thursday.

Eight Russian Tupolev-95s were detected in international air space over the Barents Sea early on Thursday, said Wing Commander Jon Inge Oegland, a spokesman for Norway’s General Staff in Stavanger. “Following the established routines, we sent up two F-16s to mark out Norwegian air space. The Russian planes were close to Norwegian air space but they did not enter,” he said.

According to information obtained by AFP, British interceptors were also sent to the zone to shadow the Russian aircraft. “Russia had announced an aerial military exercise in the coming days,” said Oegland. “These latest flights are certainly linked to that.”

Russia’s air force announced on October 13 that 12 of its strategic bombers would be taking part in strategic exercises in the region, but they were meant to run on October 13 and 14.

The encounter was just the latest in a series of such incidents in recent weeks. Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the resumption of long-range flights in international air space while he attended military exercises on August 17.

Even in the weeks before his statement, Britain and Norway had to scramble jets to intercept Russian planes near their airspace. Russian bombers had also been making increasingly frequent flights near US territory. Such flights were standard during the Cold War standoff with the United States and its western European allies, but were abandoned in 1992 amid financial difficulties that followed the Soviet collapse. afp

Pictured above: A Norwegian Air Force F-16 shadows a Russian Il-78 aerial tanker and a Bear bomber as they fly in international airspace on April 23, 2008. During this incident two Bears, two Il-78 tanker planes, and four Su-27 fighter jets flew near the Norwegian coast.

>USSR2/EU/USA Files: Kremlin orders media blackout for Russian market woes, store shelves empty; "post"-communist states seek bailouts from IMF

>- Italian PM and Putin Bud Berlusconi Invites Russia to Join European Union

- Russian Election Observers to Roam Freely around USA during Presidential Poll

In the 1984 film Red Dawn, to which we often make reference, the Soviet Union and its communist allies in Latin America launch an invasion of the Continental USA after the worst wheat harvest in decades in Russia, worldwide economic calamities, and political squabbling among NATO members. Fast forward to 2008. This year’s wheat harvest in Russia, according to the Western media, was actually a bumper crop and the Kremlin expects to export 15 million tons of grain. Indeed, according to one source “Global 2008-09 wheat production is projected at a record 676.3 million metric tons (MT), up 5.5 million from last month, according to the latest forecast from the USDA’s World Agricultural Outlook Board.”

This increased output should ideally force the price of wheat down, inflated last year due to a decline in output and increasing demand, but now international commerce is now hung up in ports around the world due to the credit crunch. Importers are being compelled to cough up cash to pay suppliers overseas. “While shipping has always been a cyclical industry whose fortunes rise and fall with the global economy, analysts said the current crisis over the drying up of credit is something they have never seen before,” reports Canada’s Financial Post. “The meltdown in financial markets has resulted in a dramatic slowdown in maritime trade,” the same source reveals, “with major ports in Canada and the United States preparing for sharply reduced activity after several of the busiest years on record.”

The credit crunch is not only emptying Icelandic supermarket shelves, but also Russian food stores, generating reminders among older Russians of bread lines from the Soviet era. Although shortages are not yet widespread, empty shelves are becoming more commonplace in Moscow. “So rapidly have events moved that many Russians are almost unaware of the meltdown,” reports The Telegraph, “A government-ordered news blackout of the market’s woes has helped perpetuate the ignorance, convincing many that it was only the West that was affected.”

Meanwhile, the crypto-communist Putinist regime is taking advantage of the global crisis in the markets to scoop up stakes in private companies owned by Russia’s Komsomol capitalists. In recent weeks, reports MSNBC, Russia’s richest man and Putin bud Oleg Deripaska was forced to surrender prized assets to creditors, including his stake in North America’s largest auto parts supplier, Magna International. Deripaska’s Bank Soyuz stopped lending and was downgraded by ratings agencies. The automaker GAZ, in which he holds a majority stake, temporarily shut down assembly lines. Russia’s second-richest man, Alexei Mordashov, slashed production at steel plants in Russia, Italy, and the United States. The holdings of Russia’s third-wealthiest, Roman Abramovich lost as much as US$20 billion in paper value. On average, Russia’s 110 billionaires have lost 50 percent of their wealth in the crisis. Olga Kryshtanovskaya, director of the Center for the Study of Elites, opines:

The crisis presents a political opportunity for Putin. With the tycoons weakened, he will be able to further consolidate the Kremlin’s control of strategic industries that he believes never should have been privatized in the 1990s, especially the natural resources sector. When it’s over, the state sector will be bigger, and there will be redistribution in favor of the Kremlin’s friends. One cellular service provider, for example, had already been taken over by a billionaire with ties to the administration.

No doubt, the re-nationalization of industry will sit well with Communist Party of the Russian Federation Chairman Gennady Zyuganov, who nevertheless urged his puppet Putin to dump Kudrin as finance minister during an October 9 meeting. “The monetarist policy of the Finance Ministry and your team,including Kudrin, Khristenko, Gref, Ulyukayev and others, is defective,” Interfax quotes Zyuganov as rebuking Putin. “New international realities require a totally different team, which iscapable of focusing on the industrial development and the human potential. We think that Mr. Kudrin and his team are incapable of fulfilling this mission.”

Throughout the “old” Soviet Bloc the credit crisis is forcing “post”-communist states like Ukraine, Hungary, and Serbia to seek emergency sessions with the International Monetary Fund for financial handouts. Argentina, Ecuador, and Pakistan have already resorted to credit default swaps, reports The Telegraph, while Turkey and “post”-communist Lithuania, Lativa, Estonia, Romania, and Bulgaria are at risk as it becomes harder to finance current account deficits. “This is turning serious,” commented Hans Redeker, currency chief at BNP Paribas. “Countries in Eastern Europe have been living beyond means for years and now they face a full-blown credit crunch. They are going to have to cut back on imports and that will push the eurozone deeper into recession.”

In order to accelerate the demise of capitalism, Russian “businessmen,” who are really agents speaking on behalf of the Kremlin, are urging that trade conducted with strategic partner China be conducted in the national currencies, rather than the US dollar. A bilateral forum sponsored by the Moscow-Beijing Axis will consider this request in late October. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao are expected to attend the forum, reports state-run Itar-Tass.

“Trust in the United States as the leader of the free world and the free economy, and confidence in Wall Street as the center of that trust, has been damaged, I believe, forever,” Putin gloated on October 9, commenting on the failure of the US banking system, “There will be no return to the previous situation.” Having effectively forced bankrupt America into isolation, Russia intends to absorb the EU, its very own creation from the beginning, via Gazprom. Conveniently for the Soviet strategists, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, a faux rightist shill for Moscow, has invited Russia to join the European Union. “I feel that Russia is a Western nation. My project is that, in the coming years, the Russian Federation can become a member of the EU,” Berlusconi gushed during the latest EU summit in Brussels today. Pardon me? Since when was Russia a “Western nation”?

Fellow faux rightist, Nikolas Sarkozy, the president of France and the EU mentioned that the subject was broached during the current EU summit: “Of course, nothing is ideal but look at what has already been achieved: in less than two months there has been a ceasefire, the pullout of Russian troops and the talks on the status of Abkhazia and South Ossetia have already started. We should have a frank, open and friendly dialogue with Russia, especially in the context of our energy security.” There’s the rub: Europe’s submissive attitude toward Soviet aggression in the Caucasus is a function of its “energy security.

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Hussein Obama will no doubt bend over backwards to facilitate the total Sovietization of Europe. Russian political analysts are predicting an Obama victory, a contingency for which the Soviets have prepared via the secretive Kissinger-Primakov Strategic Working Group on US-Russian bilateral relations. “In the eyes of Americans, McCain answers for Bush… The financial crisis is therefore like a coup de grace for him,” the director of research at the Institute of Political and Military Studies, Alexander Khramchikhin, informed Novosti. “The more severe the crisis becomes, the better the situation becomes for Obama and the worse for McCain,” remarked Alexander Konovalov, director of the Institute for Strategic Studies.

To add insult injury Russian election monitors–acting under the auspices of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights–will roam freely about the USA between October 15 and November 10 to validate the results of the election in the “land of the fee, and the home of the slave.”

Does the financial chaos in the capitalist nations and at home present the Soviet strategists with an opportunity to knock down the USA a peg or two? This may be the intent behind the month-long Stability-2008 war game, in which Russia showcased its nuclear triad, that will wrap up over the weekend.

>Middle East File: Kremlin to re-establish Soviet-era naval presence in Yemen under pretence of combating piracy, Al Qaeda; Mironov visits Sanaa

>- Russian Missile Frigate Neustrashimy to Weigh Anchor in Port of Aden En Route to Liberating Ukrainian Freighter from Somali Pirates

- Federation Council Chairman Mironov Delivers Letter from Russian President to Yemeni Counterpart, Medvedev Invites Long-Time Soviet Ally Saleh to Moscow

- Soviet Delegation to Yemen Inks Cooperation Protocol between Russian Federation Council and Yemeni Shoura Council (source)

As we suspected following the deployment of a Russian missile frigate to rescue the crew of the Ukrainian freighter MV Faina and its shipment of 33 Soviet-era T-72 tanks, Moscow intends to re-establish a strategic presence near the Horn of Africa in the form of a possible naval base in Yemen. Patrolling the pirate-infested coasts off Somalia at the invitation of that country’s provisional government is a mere pretext for this projection of Soviet power into the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean. Six US warships are currently monitoring the Faina, which is docked at a Somali port.

Federation Council Chairman Sergei Mironov, a veteran of the Soviet Army, revealed this information to journalists while visiting the Yemeni capital of Sanaa. “It’s possible that the aspects of using Yemen ports not only for visits by Russian warships, but also for more strategic goals will be considered,” Novosti quoted Mironov as saying. “Authorities in the Middle East country,” the same source states, “are calling on Moscow to help fight piracy and possible terrorist threats.”

While hosting Mironov, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh “praised the speeding developments of the Yemeni-Russian relations, considering them as developing historical friendly relations.” For his part, Mironov mentioned that a visit to Russia by Saleh will take place in the near future and that the issue of military-technical cooperation could be broached during that trip.

Russia could resume naval presence in Yemen
15:1416/ 10/ 2008

SANA, October 16 (RIA Novosti) – The speaker of Russia’s upper house of parliament said on Thursday that Russia could resume a naval presence in Yemen.

Authorities in the Middle East country are calling on Moscow to help fight piracy and possible terrorist threats. The U.S.S.R. had a major naval base in the former socialist state of South Yemen, which merged with North Yemen in 1990 to form the present-day Yemen.

Speaking to journalists in Sana, the capital of Yemen, Federation Council Speaker Sergei Mironov said the new direction of Russia’s foreign and defense policies and an increase in its naval missions would be taken into consideration when making a decision on the request.

“It’s possible that the aspects of using Yemen ports not only for visits by Russian warships, but also for more strategic goals will be considered,” he said.

He also said a visit to Russia by the president of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh, could take place in the near future and that the issue of military technical cooperation could be raised during his visit.

A missile frigate from Russia’s Baltic Fleet is currently en route to Somalia at the invitation of Somali authorities to fight piracy off the Somali coast together with warships from other countries.

Somali pirates recently hijacked a Ukrainian ship, MV Faina, carrying at least 33 tanks and other heavy weaponry. Six U.S. warships are currently surrounding the Faina.

Pirates are also active near the Yemen coast in the Gulf of Aden, where they seized a Panamanian tanker in September.

Mironov said Yemen feared that groups associated with the al-Qaeda terrorist movement might be hiding in the Somali region, which has no effective government and no navy to police its coastline, and could later expand their activity in the Arabian Sea with its busy oil tanker routes.

In 1962 Saleh, then a 20-year-old army officer, participated in the Nasserist coup that ousted the Mutawakkilite Kingdom of Yemen’s newly crowned monarch Muhammad al-Badr. Although not himself a communist, Saleh is a reliable partner of Moscow. In 1984 he oversaw implementation of a friendship and cooperation treaty between North Yemen and the Soviet Union. A site that exposes the criminal activities of dictators worldwide reveals that in the post-Cold War era “Saleh has been sharply accused of allowing and/or fostering numerous criminal activities, including the smuggling of drugs to Saudi Arabia, trafficking of arms into various countries in Eastern Europe.”

En route to ending the hostage drama aboard the Faina, the Yemeni media reports, the Neustrashimy will weigh anchor in the Yemeni port of Aden, formerly controlled by the People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen. During the Cold War the Soviet Navy maintained a presence in South Yemen, the only communist state in the Arab world until merging with North Yemen to form the current Republic of Yemen in 1990. Earlier this year the southern part of Yemen was rocked by protests orchestrated by the formerly ruling Yemen Socialist Party, which in recent years has provided a pool of recruits for FSB/KGB terrorist proxy Al Qaeda.

In a related story that exposes Moscow’s deceptive opposition to international terrorism, Islamic militants attacked the US embassy in Sanaa (pictured above) with two car bombs and rocket-propelled grenades on September 17, producing 19 casualties. “The US State Department has said the embassy bombings bore ‘all the hallmarks’ of an Al-Qaeda attack,” reported the Italian media.

>Communist Bloc Military Updates: Russian combat aircraft join Belarusian forces for Fall-2008 exercise; Moscow air defense units hold live-fire drills

>Russian military aircraft and helicopters will join the Belarusian Air Force for the last stage of the four-week Stability-2008 war game coordinated by Moscow and Minsk, called Fall-2008. The latter exercise will involve at least 8,500 Russian and Belarusian personnel, 40 aircraft, 60 tanks, 250 armored vehicles, and 40 artillery pieces. “The Stability-2008 exercises will last until October 21 across various regions of Russia and Belarus,” reports state-run Novosti, “with the goal of practicing the strategic deployment of the Armed Forces, including the nuclear triad, to counter potential threats near the Russian border.” The threats viewed here are planned US NMD installations in Poland and the Czech Republic, as well as Georgia and Ukraine’s proposed accession to NATO.

Pictured above: Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, two communists committed to the restoration of the Soviet Union, confer in Minsk, on October 6.

Russian combat aircraft to join military drills with Belarus
11:3515/ 10/ 2008

MOSCOW, October 15 (RIA Novosti) – Russian military aircraft and helicopters will conduct joint exercises with the Belarusian Air Force, a Russian Air Force spokesman said on Wednesday.

Lt. Col. Vladimir Drik said Russian MiG-29 Fulcrum fighters, Su-25 Frogfoot close-support aircraft and Mi-24 Hind attack helicopters had landed at three Belarusian airbases on October 13 in preparation for the Fall-2008 operational and tactical exercises with the Belarusian Armed Forces.

The Fall-2008 exercises will involve around 8,500 personnel, military and special hardware, including over 40 aircraft, more than 60 tanks, around 250 armored vehicles and up to 40 artillery pieces.

The participation by Russian aircraft in the exercises is part of the ongoing Russia-Belarus Stability-2008 drills, Drik said.

The Stability-2008 exercises will last until October 21 across various regions of Russia and Belarus with the goal of practicing the strategic deployment of the Armed Forces, including the nuclear triad, to counter potential threats near the Russian border.

“The exercise will involve the majority of personnel and strategic aircraft in service with strategic aviation units,” Col. Gen. Alexander Zelin earlier said. “The crews will deploy the entire range of on board weaponry.”

The Russian Air Force combat training program has scheduled more than 200 exercises with 350 live firing drills for the second half of 2008.

Prior to the commencement of the Fall-2008 drill on Belarusian territory, in early September personnel of three Belarusian air defense units held a live-fire exercise at the Ashuluk training ground in the Astrakhan province in southern Russia. At the time the 15th, 56th and 147th Anti-aircraft Missile Brigades fired Buk and S-300 missile systems at Armavir, Strizh and Pishchal target simulators provided by the Russian military.

This is not the first time that Russian and Belarusian troops have trained together under the political umbrella of the Union State of Russia and Belarus, a building block for the soon-to-be-restored Soviet Union. Two years ago Moscow and Minsk fielded their firepower in Union Shield-2006. Joint war games of the Union State are laying the operational groundwork for the unification of air defense systems in both countries by way of an agreement to be inked in early November, reports the AFP news agency.

“An air-defense agreement would be a major step forward for the bloc, which has largely focused on trade issues and visa agreements and has done little in terms of defense,” the same source comments. Pavel Borodin, who is secretary of the Union State, is unabashed in his declaration that the integration of Russian and Belarusian air defenses is designed to counter NATO “expansionism” in the old Soviet Bloc. “In the military sense, this is essentially a defense against NATO,” Borodin explained. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, who rules his “former” Soviet republic with an iron fist, appointed Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin chief minister of the Union State earlier this year.

In Russia itself, the Kremlin media reports, air defense units from the Moscow military district will hold live-fire exercises tomorrow using Buk-M1 air defense systems. “The units started a series of tactical exercises Monday at the Kapustin Yar testing grounds in southern Russia, involving 1,500 personnel and about 400 combat and support vehicles,” Novosti states. “At the final stage of the exercises the Buk-M1 systems in service with the units from the Moscow military district will fire missiles at target drones,” the same source quotes Russian army spokesentity Colonel Igor Konashenkov as saying.

In an intriguing but under-reported story, state-run Interfax reports that last month the Russian army transported 40 T-72 tanks from the Kaliningrad exclave to continental Russia via “post”-Soviet Lithuania. “The Russian military transit through Lithuania was conducted in line with Lithuanian laws and coordinated plans. Permission was granted for the transit of the tanks,” Lithuanian Defense Ministry spokesperson Ruta Apeikyte informed Interfax. “The more armaments are taken away from the Kaliningrad region the better. This withdrawal increases security and stability of the Baltic region and Europe as a whole.”

Notwithstanding Lithuania’s sense of relief over this supposed military drawdown (or deceptive Kremlin propaganda), the T-72 tank does not actually represent the latest in Russian tank technology. This is an “honor” that rests with the T-90 and a new generation of main battle tank which is still in development and is slated for deployment in 2010. However, since Moscow withdrew from its participation in the Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty last year, any Russian tank movements along the Union State’s borders with NATO member states should be viewed with interest by Western military analysts.

>Communism with Canadian Characteristics: Conservatives re-elected with strengthened minority, left fractured; Gazprom moves into Quebec, Alaska

>Following yesterday’s federal parliamentary election, the second in less than three years, the Conservative Party of Canada strengthened its minority government, although early public opinion polls suggested that a majority government was possible. During the campaign Prime Minister Stephen Harper reassured voters that his cabinet would implement policies that will cushion Canada’s robust economy in the midst of the global financial crisis. Canadians took satisfaction recently in an World Economic Forum report that their banking system is the soundest in the world.

Pictured above: Former economist PM Harper and his wife Laureen celebrate the Conservatives’ minority victory yesterday in hometown Calgary, Alberta. “The voters have entrusted us with a strengthened mandate to continue to lead the government and take Canada forward,” Harper rejoiced last night. “We have shown that minority government can work, and at this time of global economic instability we owe it to all Canadians to show it again.”

The fact, too, that the Canadian Left is divided across four parties–the Liberal Party, the socialist New Democratic Party, the Green Party, and the separatist Bloq Quebecois (with its “ex”-communist leader)–also facilitated the right-wing victory. The International Herald Tribune, linked above, reports that support for the formerly long-ruling Liberals dropped dramatically, while the New Democrats and Greens made impressive gains.

Incidentally, an Obama victory in November’s US presidential election could potentially create some political friction between Ottawa and Washington DC.

Pictured here: Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller receives his instructions from Russia’s KGB-communist dictator Vladimir Putin in Moscow, on September 18.

Meanwhile, Kremlin-run Gazprom, under the direction of “ex”-CPSU cadre Chairman Viktor Zubkov, who is also father in law of Russia’s defense minister, intends to set up shop in Quebec and Alaska, on the northern periphery of the North American shopping mall regime. In the first case, reports Forbes, the Russian gas export monopoly may obtain a 27 percent stake in the Rabaska liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal from the current shareholders, Calgary-based Enbridge Inc., Montreal-based Gaz Metro, and Paris-based GDF Suez, which will reduce their stakes in the facility. Rabaska is an C$840 million project that will build a deepwater jetty in the St. Lawrence River to accommodate tankers carrying LNG, as well as underground cryogenic pipes connecting the jetty to two reservoirs. There natural gas will be stored and regasified for inclusion into the Quebec and Ontario pipeline network. The project is slated for completion in 2014.

Last month PM Harper cautioned that Russia’s invasion of Georgia could hinder Gazprom’s involvement in the Rabaska project, prompting a testy reaction from the neo-Soviet leadership. “We have been surprised by the statement of the Canadian Prime Minister that Canada will reconsider the Rabaska project,” Russian “President” Dmitry Medvedev rumbled, brandishing the Kremlin’s energy imperialism stick. “If there is a nightmare scenario that for some reason this project will be out of reach of realization based on a Canadian political decision, then for us it will be easy to find an alternative destination for our LNG. But it will not be good for Canada because they will face a shortage of natural gas.”

Yesterday Gazprom CEO Miller visited Alaska where he conferred with state officials and ConocoPhillips CEO Jim Mulva on the subject of pumping natural gas from Siberia to the Continental USA via Alaska and Canada. “Gazprom has accumulated great experience in exploring hydrocarbon deposits, building and using gas pipelines in the Far North environment. Gazprom’s experience will be relevant in realisation of similar projects in Alaska,” the Kremlin energy giant gushed in a statement. Figuratively brushing away the Bear bombers that hover just outside the periphery of Alaskan airspace, Gazprom is apparently looking to reliable “Nepman” Mulva to facilitate the extension of neo-Soviet energy imperialism into North America.

>USSR2 File: Communist organ Pravda publishes manifesto for Fourth World War, lists 16 reasons why Russia should never trust the West

>Today communist organ Pravda published 16 reasons why Russia should NEVER trust the West, even as the Kremlin, staffed by personnel connected to the old Soviet regime, carries out the biggest war games since the Cold War. “Those people who are bombing us want to restore the Soviet Union,” declared Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, himself a Soviet Komsomol “dropout” and alleged KGB agent, in August. The Soviets will wave this list of grievances, which drip with anger and bitterness, when they launch their nuclear triad against NATO-NORAD at some geopolitically advantageous time. Flipping the coin, these are actually 16 reasons (with our comments inserted below) why the West should NEVER trust Russia . . . Pictured above: The Soviet Bear, weakened but still dangerous in the twenty-first century.

1. The West raped Russia [translated: US capitalism is evil]

2. The West supported Yeltsin as he massacred Parliament [dominated in 1993 by open communists]

3. The West backed Chechen and other separatist elements [translated: America is trying to dismember Russia]

4. The West expanded an alliance to include all of the Warsaw Pact and parts of the former Soviet Union [translated: America intends to destroy Russia]

5. The West bombed Russia’s closest ally Serbia [translated: America intends to destroy Russia]

6. The West back every jihad aimed at Orthodox Christians [even though Moscow is the world headquarters for international terrorism]

7. The West overthrew Russia’s allies and set up puppet socialist regimes [that are staffed in many cases by "ex"-communists or controlled dissidents]

8. The West actively supported sellout candidates in Russia with illegally given financial aid and revolutionary training [translated: America intends to destroy Russia from within]

9. The West financed the National Bolshevik (Socialist) Workers’ Party aka Nazis in Russia [translated: America is a fascist state]

10. The West tore up its military agreements as soon as they became inconvenient [translated: America is a militaristic state]

11. The West stopped Russia from bombing the Taliban and gave them money . . . that is until the Taliban helped attack the West

12. The West took Russia’s aid in the War on Terror in Central Asia and, in usual Western gratitude, tried to oust Russia from the area [translated: America intends to destroy Russia]

13. The West is putting missile interceptor silos that could as easily hold short-range ballistic nuclear missiles right on Russia’s doorstep [translated: America intends to destroy Russia]

14. The West tried and failed to take control of Russian key oil resources and in revenge has waged a non-stop propaganda war against Russia for 7 years [translated: America intends to destroy Russia]

15. The West gives regular asylum to Islamic jihadists wanted by Russia and to Russian criminals and criminal oligarchs, while demanding Russia hand over her citizens on trumped up charges (extradition is illegal under the Russian constitution . . . not that laws matter to the West) [translated: America plays by double standards]

16. The West despises Russian patriotism and Christianity and works hard to crush both [translated: America intends to destroy Russia]

Few dots are needed to connect Pravda’s Leninist lies and the speeches of KGB-communist dictator Vladimir Putin over the last eight years. Is a picture forming here?

>Latin America File: Neo-Sandinista regime charges NGOs with "crimes against the state," raids offices, seizes computers, documents

>The political situation in neo-Sandinista Nicaragua is deteriorating on a weekly basis as President Daniel Ortega sheds his social democratic sheepskin to reveal the Marxist wolf underneath. This past Friday, reports the International Herald Tribune, police raided the offices of two non-governmental organizations on charges of “crimes against the state,” including money laundering, and seized computers and documents.

The most recently targeted groups are the Center of Media Investigations (Cinco) and the Autonomous Movement for Women. The director of Cinco is Carlos Chamorro Barrios, the son of ex-President Violeta Chamorro (1990-1997) and Pedro Joaquin Chamorro, the editor of the La Prensa newspaper killed in 1978 during the dictatorship of Anastasio Somoza. Carlos is a former Sandinista, one of many such dissidents who supported the Nicaraguan Revolution of 1979, but later rejected Ortega’s authoritarian style of rule. He is pictured above on October 11, outside his office, being presented with a search warrant by Nicaragua’s National Police. Carlos has contended that the FSLN regime intends to “fabricate political crimes, and this type of proceedings only occur during dictatorships.”

Police raids of NGOs provoke outcry in Nicaragua
Published: October 12, 2008

MANAGUA, Nicaragua: Police raids of two non-governmental organizations critical of Nicaragua’s leftist government provoked an outcry Sunday from opposition leaders who called them a throwback to dictatorship.

National Police broke down the doors of the two offices Friday night and Saturday morning and seized documents and computers. A judge ordered the raids as part of an investigation against the two groups for “crimes against the state,” prosecutor Jose Abraham Rojas told reporters.

The Center of Media Investigations, known as Cinco, and the Autonomous Movement for Women are one of 16 groups being investigated for money laundering. Critics have called the investigations an attempt to silence dissent.

The government of President Daniel Ortega is “imposing a new dictatorship,” said former President Arnoldo Aleman, who has been convicted of money laundering and embezzlement during his 1998-2002 presidency but is free on parole.

“Abuses against opponents to the Sandinista government are increasing and intensifying,” Aleman added. “It’s one thing to regulate non-governmental organizations and it’s another to persecute them for political reasons.”

The government’s Department of Information did not return a request for comment Sunday. Edwin Castro, a congressional leader of Ortega’s Sandinista party, hung up on a reporter seeking comment.

Cinco is led by Carlos Fernando Chamorro, the son of former President Violeta Chamorro and Pedro Joaquin Chamorro, the editor of the La Prensa newspaper killed in 1978 during the dictatorship of Anastasio Somoza. Many consider that assassination the catalyst for the final phase of the revolution that ended Somoza’s 40-year reign a year later and brought Ortega’s first Sandinista government to power.

La Prensa continued to be heavily censored under Ortega’s first 1985-1990 government, which was mired in a civil war against U.S.-backed Contra rebels. The newspaper was then run by Violeta Chamorro, who defeated Ortega in a 1990 election.

Her son accused the Ortega government of trying to intimidate opponents. He said the investigation against Cinco intends to “fabricate political crimes, and this type of proceedings only occur during dictatorships.”

Ortega has insisted that his government fully respects press freedoms. The government claims that Chamorro is illegally channeling money from foreign governments to civil organizations not legally allowed to receive such funds.

According to Britain’s leftist Guardian, “several European governments are preparing to axe tens of millions of dollars in aid in protest, a sign of how much international support Ortega has lost since his return to power last year.” “It’s a response to the deteriorating democratic environment,” the same source quotes one foreign diplomat in Managua as saying. Ortega’s chummy relationship with Moscow and Caracas, two communist capitals flush with petrodollars, will no doubt enable the Sandinistas to spurn Western aid in favor of revitalizing the old Communist Bloc.

>Communist Bloc Military Updates: Stability-2008 enters final week: Bear bombers test-fire ALCMs in Russian Arctic, navy fires two more SLBMs on Sunday

>On Saturday a Russian submarine in the submerged position test-fired a long-range missile at a target in the equatorial region of the Pacific Ocean, a first for the Kremlin’s navy. Since the Tula submarine was located in the Barents Sea, near Norway, this missile must have flown over the North Pole, the Russian Far East, and the Bering Sea, before heading south over the Western Pacific.

Yesterday Russian submarines test-fired two more SLBMs. One SLBM was fired from the Sea of Okhotsk, striking a target in Kanin Nos, a peninsula extending into the White Sea in the extreme northwest of Russia. The second SLBM was fired from the Barents Sea. This missile and a land-based Topol ICBM launched from Plesetsk Cosmodrome hit targets on the Kamchatka Peninsula.

Pictured above: On October 12 Russian “President” Dmitry Medvedev visited Plesetsk, which is nestled among the taiga forests of northern European Russia, where he oversaw the test launch of a truck-mounted ICBM. In spite of his youthful, pro-Western, pro-liberal image, Medvedev is in fact a product of the old Soviet regime, having graduated from the Communist Youth League, and no doubt looks to mentor Vladimir Putin, a hardened KGB-communist thug, for cues.

Over the weekend, strategic bombers participating in the multi-branch, multi-theater Stability-2008 war game also test-launched cruise missiles in Russia’s Arctic region, as the Chinese state media, below, relates.

Report: Russian strategic bombers launch cruise missiles
2008-10-12 04:00:59

MOSCOW, Oct. 11 (Xinhua) — Russia’s Tu-95MS strategic bombers launched cruise missiles Saturday following an earlier report that it test-launched a long-distance ballistic missile in the same day, the Interfax news agency reported.

“The Tu-95MS aircraft of Russia’s Long Range Aviation took off from tactical airfields and successfully launched training cruise missiles in the Arctic region of the country,” Col. Lieut. Vladimir Drik, aide to the Russian Air Forces commander said.

The missiles accurately hit training targets at the firing range, he said.

The launch was made as part of Stability-2008 exercises conducted with Belarus from Sept. 22 to Oct. 21.

It was reported earlier that Russia test-launched a long-distance ballistic missile Saturday as part of its Northern Fleet’s military exercises. It was the first time that a submarine launched the Sineva ballistic missile to its maximum range.

Stability-2008, which has included civilian mobilization drills and air raid siren tests for the first time since the Cold War and even the Second War War, entered its forth and final week this past Sunday. “This was a dry run for a war with the United States,” independent military analyst Pavel Felgenhauer observed.

>USA File: Latin American leftists mock Bush as White House nationalizes "toxic" mortgages, bank debt; Chavez: Comrade Bush is heading toward socialism

>Latin America’s leftist academics and politicians, like Venezuela’s red dictator Hugo Chavez, are mocking US President George W. Bush for adopting socialist policies that the Republican Party has long condemned at home and abroad, especially following the US government’s nationalization of two mortgage lenders and insurance giant AIG, and the passage of the US$700 billion financial industry bailout bill. “If the Venezuelan government, for example, approves a law to protect consumers, they say, ‘Take notice, Chavez is a tyrant!’” Chavez taunted during his weekly televised rant-in, adding:

Or they say, ‘Chavez is regulating prices. He is violating the laws of the marketplace.’ How many times have they criticized me for nationalizing the phone company? They say, ‘The state shouldn’t get involved in that.’ But now they don’t criticize Bush for having nationalize . . . the biggest banks in the world. Comrade Bush, how are you? Comrade Bush is heading toward socialism.

Manuel Sutherland, a senior official in the Caracas-based Latin American Association of Marxist Economists, has declared that Bush has become a “fellow traveler,” that is, a communist in all but name. “He carries out nationalizations to save capitalism,” Sutherland stated, “We want to sink it.” In truth, Bush is helping the Red International “sink” the economic system he professes to advocate and the country he professes to love.

Pictured above, left to right: Chavez, Bolivia’s President Evo Morales, Brazil’s President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva, and Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa meet in Manaus, Brazil, on September 30 to discuss the global financial crisis and, no doubt, the anti-socialist secessionist movement in Bolivia’s eastern states. “This crash of capitalism and of neoliberalism will be worse than that of 1929,” Chavez pontificated there: “The world will never be the same after this crisis. A new world has to emerge, and it’s a multipolar world. We are decoupling from the wagon of death.”

>Communist Bloc Military Updates: Medvedev observes first-ever test-launch of Russian SLBM at target in equatorial Pacific Ocean

>The introduction of the Sineva SLBM into the nuclear arsenal of the Russian Navy, according to the story below, represents the neo-Soviet leadership’s stated intention to modernize its blue-water fleets, including the building of new aircraft carriers, and create one of the world’s leading economies by 2020. In a first for Russia’s navy, the nuclear-powered submarine Tula launched the Sineva missile from an underwater position in the icy Barents Sea. The rocket then hit an unspecified target 7,200 miles to the south,near the equator in the Pacific Ocean. “President” Dmitry Medvedev, a graduate of the Soviet Komsomol, watched the launch from the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, currently the Kremlin’s only operational carrier.

It appears that the Russian armed forces are endeavoring to simulate combat experience in regions and climates far removed from their homeland. The deployment of two supersonic Tu-160 strategic bombers in Venezuela last month was arranged to not only train Russia’s new generation of military pilots in a tropical climate, but also send a warning to Washington that the Soviet Bear has emerged from its hibernation.

Russia test-fires ballistic missile to mid-Pacific
By Oleg Shchedrov
October 11, 2008

MURMANSK, Russia (Reuters) – Russia test-launched a strategic missile to the equatorial part of the Pacific Ocean for the first time on Saturday, at a time when Moscow’s growing assertiveness is fuelling tension with the West.

President Dmitry Medvedev, who watched the launch from the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, has said problems caused by global financial turmoil would not hurt Russian plans to revive its armed forces, a symbol for Moscow’s resurgence.

Russia’s newest missile, the Sineva, was launched by the nuclear-powered submarine Tula from an underwater position in the Arctic Barents Sea, and hit an unspecified area near the equator in the Pacific Ocean, a navy spokesman said.

“For the first time in the history of the Russian Navy the target of the missile was in an equatorial part of the Pacific Ocean rather than the Kura testing ground on the Kamchatka Peninsula,” he said.

Russian television showed the missile emerging from the icy waters of the Arctic Barents sea for the 11,547 km (7,200 miles) journey to the Pacific.

“Not one missile of this class has ever flown so far,” Russian television showed Medvedev telling sailors.

The spokesman did not specify the area where the missile landed. He said the area was closed for navigation and flights ahead of the test in accordance with international rules.

Medvedev’s predecessor Vladimir Putin focused on reviving the armed forces, which were neglected for around 10 years after the fall of the Soviet Union.

Russia’s strategic bombers have restarted regular patrols over the Atlantic Ocean, irking NATO, and a group of the Northern Fleet ships is on its way to the Caribbean to take part in joint exercises with U.S. foe Venezuela. Two Russian warships and their support vessels docked in Tripoli ahead of making the transatlantic trip.

MODERNISE FORCES

Russia’s commitment to modernize its armed forces has grown as its ties with the West reached their lowest point since the Cold War after Russian troops crushed Georgia’s attempt to retake a pro-Moscow separatist region.

On Saturday, Medvedev said Russia would start building aircraft carriers, a type of vessel once derided by the Soviet military as an instrument of imperialism unbecoming of Moscow’s defensive military posture.

He said Russia should “not scrimp” on its armed forced and called for government spending to improve living condition for its armed forces as well as new weapons systems.

Russia, which saw eight years of strong economic growth under Putin, has adopted the goal of becoming one of the world’s leading economies by 2020. Medvedev says the economy has enough resources to survive the global turmoil and achieve its goals.

Putin, now Russia’s prime minister, has said the next year’s budges will see another 30-percent growth in defense spending.

The Sineva missile, advertised by the Russia military as an element of a new generation of Russian strategic weapons capable of surpassing any missile defense system, was commissioned last year. The Russian military says the missiles of Sineva’s class will be operational at least until 2030.

Medvedev’s appearance with the Northern Fleet in Murmansk is his second major visit to navy installations in just two weeks and he will oversee exercises attended by 5,000 troops, eight warships and five submarines.

>End Times File: Berlusconi: World leaders must close markets, banks, rewrite rules of international finance; China hacks World Bank computers

>- Indonesia, Iceland Close Markets for Second Day while Russia and Ukraine Suspend Trading Indefinitely (source)

- Temporary Suspensions Hit Financial Markets in Vienna and Bangkok Due to Global Credit Crunch

- US Treasury Explores Option of “Recapitalizing” (Nationalizing) Banks as Federal Reserve and Five Other Central Banks, Including China’s, Approve Coordinated Rate Cut (source)

- Nicaragua’s Marxist President Ortega: God Punishing USA with Financial Crisis for Imposing “Flawed” Economic Policies on Developing Countries (source)

- Socialist Worker Party Cadres and Students Protest British Bailout Today, Clash with London Police outside Bank of England (source)

- Riots Rock (Communist-Ruled) Hong Kong on Wednesday Following Heavy Losses on Hang Seng Index (source)

Today the DJIA dropped below 8,000 points for the first time since 2003. “European stock markets slumped further on Friday,” announced the MSM, moreover, “following massive losses on Wall Street and Asia on mounting fears that this week’s efforts by central banks and governments to break the logjam in credit markets have failed to ease lending rates between banks.”

In response, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who is a good buddy of Russia’s KGB-communist dictator Vladimir Putin, is urging the statesmen and bankers to close down the world’s markets and banks until they can “rewrite the rules of international finance” and formulate a new economic order that will replace Bretton Woods. “The idea of suspending the markets for the time it takes to rewrite the rules is being discussed,” Berlusconi intoned after a meeting of his government cabinet, “A solution to the financial crisis can’t just be for one country, or even just for Europe, but global.” Bloomberg reports that world leaders will hold discussions on these topics today during a meeting of Group of Seven finance ministers and central bankers in Washington, DC, as well as upcoming meetings of the European Union and Group of Eight (which includes neo-Soviet Russia).

Berlusconi Says Leaders May Close World’s Markets (Update1)
By Steve Scherer

Oct. 10 (Bloomberg) — Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said political leaders are discussing the idea of closing the world’s financial markets while they “rewrite the rules of international finance.”

“The idea of suspending the markets for the time it takes to rewrite the rules is being discussed,” Berlusconi said today after a Cabinet meeting in Naples, Italy. A solution to the financial crisis “can’t just be for one country, or even just for Europe, but global.”

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell as much 8.1 percent in early trading and pared most of those losses after Berlusconi’s remarks. The Dow was down 0.5 percent to 8540.52 at 10:10 in New York.

Group of Seven finance ministers and central bankers are meeting in Washington today, and will stay in town for the International Monetary Fund and World Bank meetings this weekend.

European Union leaders may gather in Paris on Oct. 12, three days before a scheduled summit in Brussels, Berlusconi said today, while Group of Eight leaders may hold a meeting on the crisis “in coming days,” he said.

Berlusconi didn’t give any details about what kind of rules leaders were looking to change, except to say that leaders are “talking about a new Bretton Woods.”

The Bretton Woods Agreements were adopted to rebuild the international economic system after World War II in a hotel in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire. The aim of the agreements was to establish a monetary management system, initially by pegging currencies to gold. The IMF was set up later to help manage the international financial system.

Meanwhile, David Gilmore, who works at Foreign Exchange Analytics, anticipates that governments around the world will call for a “global bank holiday” beginning next week and remarks that normally scheduled bank holidays will take place in the USA and Japan on Monday. Forbes quotes Gilmore as saying:

Markets should prepare for another coordinated rate cut next week, and this time I predict that Japan, with its 0.5 pct benchmark rate, will participate. While I would not count on a global bank holiday next week, one would make sense to me, particularly with scheduled U.S. and Japanese bank holidays on Monday. Again this is a remote option, but not to be ruled out. The main focus must be on government efforts to restore solvency in the banking system, and that process will be taking place in Washington not on Wall Street.

Based in Washington, DC the World Bank is part of the United Nations System of Organizations and one of several international financial institutions that emerged from the Bretton Woods Agreement, signed by the Allied Powers at the Mount Washington Hotel in New Hampshire, in 1945. The World Bank is an internationally supported bank that provides financial and technical assistance to developing countries for development programs. Communists and hard-core leftists generally view the World Bank as an agent of US “neoliberalism.” This is one reason why seven South American countries under the leadership of Venezuela’s red dictator Hugo Chavez formed the Bank of the South last year, to minimize US and World Bank influence in the region.

We have already documented on many occasions the Communist Bloc’s intention to bring down the Western economies, thereby promoting a state of revolutionary ferment leading to rise of leftist leaders (like Barack Obama) and undermining the West’s economic capacity to sustain its militaries. In an exclusive feature Fox News reports today that hackers in Macao, China have breached the security of at least 40 computer servers in the World Bank. “In a frantic midnight e-mail to colleagues,” the news outlet states, “the bank’s senior technology manager referred to the situation as an ‘unprecedented crisis.’” Fox reveals: “[B]ank officials and its executive director for China clashed behind closed doors over whether or not China’s government is involved in the break-ins.”

World Bank Under Cyber Siege in ‘Unprecedented Crisis’
Friday , October 10, 2008
By Richard Behar

The World Bank Group’s computer network — one of the largest repositories of sensitive data about the economies of every nation — has been raided repeatedly by outsiders for more than a year, FOX News has learned.

It is still not known how much information was stolen. But sources inside the bank confirm that servers in the institution’s highly-restricted treasury unit were deeply penetrated with spy software last April. Invaders also had full access to the rest of the bank’s network for nearly a month in June and July.

In total, at least six major intrusions — two of them using the same group of IP addresses originating from China — have been detected at the World Bank since the summer of 2007, with the most recent breach occurring just last month.

In a frantic midnight e-mail to colleagues, the bank’s senior technology manager referred to the situation as an “unprecedented crisis.” In fact, it may be the worst security breach ever at a global financial institution. And it has left bank officials scrambling to try to understand the nature of the year-long cyber-assault, while also trying to keep the news from leaking to the public.

The crisis comes at an awkward moment for World Bank president Robert Zoellick, who runs the world’s largest and most influential anti-poverty agency, which doles out $25 billion a year, and whose board represents 185 member nations. This weekend, the bank holds its annual series of meetings in Washington — and just in advance of those sessions, Zoellick called for a radical revamping of multilateral organizations in light of the global economic meltdown.

Zoellick is positioning himself and the bank as an institution that can help chart a new path toward global financial stability. But that reputation, more than ever, depends on the bank’s stable information infrastructure.

The fact that the information vaults of the World Bank have been repeatedly pried open won’t help Zoellick’s case.

While it remains unclear how much data has been pilfered from the bank, it’s a lot. According to internal memos, “a minimum of 18 servers have been compromised,” including some of the bank’s most sensitive systems — ranging from the bank’s security and password server to a Human Resources server “that contains scanned images of staff documents.”

One World Bank director tells FOX News that as many as 40 servers have been penetrated, including one that held contract-procurement data.

Despite the gravity of the break-ins, the bank is trying hard to pretend to outsiders it didn’t happen. “There were attempts to hack the bank’s computer systems last summer,” says a World Bank spokesman. “However, there was no compromise of confidential information.” Requests for on-the-record interviews with Zoellick and other top officials were declined.

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From the vantage of Bible prophecy, the timing of the current global financial crisis is intriguing. The bailout debate in the US Senate and House of Representatives, in particular, coincided with the beginning of the fall cycle of Israel’s feast days–which includes the Feast of Trumpets/Jewish New Year, the Day of Atonement, and the Feast of Tabernacles–and, more ominously, a new seven-year sabbatical cycle that may or may not represent Daniel’s seventieth week, otherwise known as the tribulation period. During that period the Antichrist will restructure the global economy in such a way that no man can buy or sell without a mark on his right hand or forehead. Refusal to submit to that system will lead to martyrdom.

>Communist Bloc Military Updates: Kremlin: Venezuela-bound naval task force has no nukes; Russian cargo planes visit Iceland 130 times since Jan. 2008

>In order to allay the concerns of the shopping mall regime in North America, a Russian Foreign Ministry spokesentity declared today that a Russian naval task force bound for Venezuela is not carrying nuclear weapons. “There are no tactical nuclear weapons on board these ships,” Andrei Nesterenko insisted, “The presence of the nuclear-powered Pyotr Veliky missile cruiser in Latin American and Caribbean waters will not violate the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.” The Peter the Great missile cruiser and its support ships will join Hugo Chavez’s navy for manuevers between November 10 and 14. Russia’s air force will also dispatch it strategic bombers to the South American country to participate in the exercise, the second time this has taken place since September, when two Tu-160 Blackjack bombers were deployed for one week to Venezuela’s El Libertador airbase.

In the meanwhile, the Peter the Great, which is normally deployed with the Northern Fleet, will visit the Libyan capital of Tripoli between October 11 and 13. The Neustrashimy missile frigate, reports Novosti, which usually operates under the command of the Baltic Fleet, will call at Tripoli at the same time to replenish supplies, before sailing to the Indian Ocean (presumably through the Suez Canal) to combat pirates in the lawless seas off Somalia.

Yesterday we posted information about neo-Soviet Russia’s designs on financially crippled Iceland, designs that have taken the form of a US$5.4 billion Kremlin-backed bailout for the island’s banks in possible exchange for Russia obtaining a 99-year lease on the use of Keflavik International Airport (pictured above). At the time we speculated that the Russians could use this strategically situated island country in the North Atlantic Ocean to refuel, if not station, its nuclear-capable ALCM-toting bombers.

The fact of the matter is, according to Siku Circumpolar News Service, cargo airplanes that are registered or manufactured in Russia have landed at Keflavik at least 130 times since the beginning of 2008. Airport director Stefán Thordersen revealed that such landings are increasing since these aircraft often transport humanitarian aid overseas. Like many Western European governments, Icelandic officials have stuck their heads in the sand with respect to revived Russian military activity around the island. “Even though this is certainly a new position I don’t think, the way things are now, that there is reason to believe that we are being threatened by the Russians in any way,” Foreign Minister Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir notified Iceland newspaper Morgunbladid in September.

For those with knowledge of naval chokepoints and antisubmarine warfare, Iceland is part of the GIUK gap consisting of an area in the North Atlantic Ocean between Greenland, Iceland, and the United Kingdom. During the Cold War the Sound Surveillance System (SOSUS) was a chain of underwater listening posts that spanned the GIUK gap with the purpose of monitoring Soviet submarine movements. The Naval Ocean Processing Facilities in Oak Harbor, Washington and Virginia Beach, Virginia still operate SOSUS.