Monthly Archives: May 2007
>Communist Bloc Military Updates: Serbian Radical deputy leader, parliamentary speaker: Belgrade must cut ties with West, return to Russian fold
May 30, 2007Posted by on
>Formed in 1991 through a merger of the People’s Radical Party and Serbian Chetnik Movement, the Serbian Radical Party (SRS) is committed to the formation of a “Greater Serbia.” The SRS is a haven for indicted war criminals from the Yugoslav Wars. Party founder Dr. Vojislav Šešelj is an “ex”-communist and close ally of potemkin Russian politician and alleged KGB agent Vladimir Zhirinovsky. Indicted for war crimes and crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, Šešelj voluntarily turned himself over to United Nations authorities in February 2003. SRS deputy leader Tomislav Nikolić (pictured here) has coordinated the day-to-day operations of the party while Šešelj awaits trial in The Hague. The article below notes that Nikolić is an “admirer” of the late “ex”-communist President Slobodan Milosevic. The SRS joined the “ex”-communist Socialist Party in governing Serbia between 1992-1993 and 1998-2000. The Radical Party is to Serbia as the Liberal Democratic Party is to Russia: a pro-communist, “ultranationalist” potemkin placeholder for the “reformed” communist elite still guiding Eastern Europe.
Serbia’s Speaker Bets on Russia
Thursday, May 10, 2007. Issue 3653. Page 3.
The Associated Press
BELGRADE Serbia should quit striving for closer ties with the West and turn to Russia, the new parliamentary speaker said.
“Russia will find a way to bring together nations that will stand up against the hegemony of America and of the European Union,” Tomislav Nikolic, a leader of the ultranationalist Serb Radical Party and an admirer of late [“ex”-communist] President Slobodan Milosevic, told parliament Tuesday after being named speaker during a tense overnight session.
“I hope that a majority in Serbia will strive for membership in such an organization, not in the European Union,” he said.
His remarks reflected a rising anti-Western sentiment fueled by Brussels’ decision last year to suspend pre-entry talks with Serbia over its failure to capture a war crimes suspect. Furthermore, Serbs feel disappointed by Washington’s support for independence of Kosovo.
Serbia has won Russia’s support in trying to prevent Kosovo’s secession.
Liberal lawmakers expressed dismay over Nikolic’s vision for their country but were still unable to agree on a coalition government that would keep the increasingly popular Radicals at bay. May 15 is the deadline to form a government or hold new elections, in which the Radicals — already the largest single group with 81 seats — could gain even more.
Russian Ambassador Alexander Alexeyev said he met with Nikolic to let him know that Russia is “always ready to cooperate with Serbia and strengthen ties on all levels.”
>Latin America File: Chavezista regime seizes private TV station, uses facilities to broadcast state-run TVES; Shenin lauds Bolivarian revolution
May 28, 2007Posted by on
>With the refusal to renew the broadcasting license of the private television station RCTV, President Hugo Chavez is sovietizing Venezuelan media much as his strategic partner and fellow communist Comrade Czar Vladimir Putin has re-sovietized Russian media. Comrade Hugo insists that RCTV supported the “CIA-sponsored” coup that briefly ousted the red dictator in 2002. This is also the consensus of leftists, such as the Chavezista boot-lickers at Upside Down World, everywhere. According to Castro’s main “mini me,” RCTV was also guilty of promoting capitalism. State-run TVES, which will utilize RCTV facilities to broadcast government propaganda, will ensure that Venezuelans are only subject to socialist indoctrination instead. The RCTV website currently states: “Service unavailable.”
In party documents published at this blogsite Oleg Shenin, August 1991 coup mastermind and chairman of the restored/continuing Communist Party of the Soviet Union, has extended his approval of the socialist revolution consuming Venezuela. On October 26, 2006 the CPSU leadership declared: “Fraternal greetings to those peoples that follow the path of socialist development: DPRK-PEOPLE’S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF KOREA, Cuba, PRC-CHINESE PEOPLES’ REPUBLIC, Vietnam, Laos, and also to the peoples of Venezuela and Bolivia, who are conducting revolutionary social and economic conversions!” Shenin comrade and chairman of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation Gennady Zyuganov visited Caracas in April 2007, at which time he huddled with the leadership of the pro-Chavez Communist Party of Venezuela.
Pictured above: Anti-Chavez protestors dispersed by riot police outside the National Commission of Telecommunications in Caracas, May 27, 2007. Pictured below: parody of Chavezista dictatorship. Remote control manufactured by CuBa Triniton.
Venezuela’s oldest private television station was pushed off the air as President Hugo Chavez’s government replaced the popular opposition-aligned network with a new state-funded channel on Monday.
Radio Caracas Television shut down just before midnight Sunday as its broadcast license expired. Chavez refused to renew its license, accusing the channel of “subversive” activities.
The new channel, TVES, launched its transmissions with artists singing pro-Chavez music, then carried an exercise program and a talk show, interspersed with government ads proclaiming, “Now Venezuela belongs to everyone.”
Thousands of government supporters reveled in the streets as they watched the changeover on large TV screens, seeing RCTV’s signal go black and then be replaced by a TVES logo featuring Venezuela’s national colors. Others launched fireworks and danced to the classic salsa tune “Todo tiene su final” “Everything Has Its End.”
In the countdown to the midnight deadline, thousands of RCTV backers banged pots in protest and played recordings of sirens. Some fired gunshots into the air.
Earlier Sunday, police broke up an opposition protest using a water cannon and tear gas and later clashed with protesters who set afire trash heaps in affluent eastern Caracas. Police said some protesters fired shots, and others threw rocks and bottles. Police said 11 officers were injured.
Inside the studios of RCTV the sole opposition-aligned TV station with nationwide reach disheartened actors and comedians wept and embraced in the final minutes on the air.
They bowed their heads in prayer, and presenter Nelson Bustamante declared: “Long live Venezuela! We will return soon.”
Chavez says he is democratizing the airwaves by turning the network’s signal over to public use. His opponents condemned the move as an assault on free speech.
Germany, which holds the European Union presidency, expressed concern that Venezuela let RCTV’s license expire “without holding an open competition for the successor license.” It said the EU expects that Venezuela will uphold freedom of speech and “support pluralism.”
Founded in 1953, RCTV had broadcast talk shows, sports, soap operas and a popular comedy program that poked fun at presidents including Chavez for decades. It had some 3,000 employees, including 200 journalists.
RCTV was regularly the top channel in viewer ratings, but Chavez accused the network of “poisoning” Venezuelans with programming that promotes capitalism, violating broadcast laws and other infractions.
The government promises TVES will be more diverse, buying 70 percent of its content from independent Venezuelan producers. It will carry sports, news and an educational program for children emphasizing socialist values, as well as foreign-made programs such as National Geographic documentaries.
“We’ve come here to start a new television with the true face of the people, the face that was hidden, the face that they didn’t allow us to show,” said Roman Chalbaud, a pro-Chavez filmmaker appointed by the government to TVES’ board of directors.
Chavez, who says he is steering Venezuela toward socialism, accuses RCTV of supporting a short-lived 2002 coup. RCTV’s journalists argue violent demonstrations staged by Chavez’s supporters outside the station’s studios prevented them from covering the news at the time.
RCTV’s shutdown leaves 24-hour Globovision news channel as the only other major opposition-sided station, and it is not seen in all parts of the country. Other channels once critical of Chavez have toned down their coverage.
Chavez’s decision “marks a turn toward totalitarianism,” said RCTV’s top executive, Marcel Granier, while hundreds of protesters chanted “No to the shutdown!” outside the station. “He’s losing international recognition and he’s losing the respect of his people.”
>USSR2 File: Interior troops summoned by Yushchenko blocked outside Kiev by pro-Yanukovich forces; Voice of Russia: deal reached
May 28, 2007Posted by on
>The political situation in Ukraine is murky since most of the players are in one way or another connected to the old Soviet regime, as well as to the restored/continuing Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Pro-Russian “ex”-CPSU Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich (left) and “pro”-Western “ex”-Soviet apparatchik President Viktor Yushchenko (right) are pictured here. On May 27 the Jersualem Post reported a clash of pro-Yanukovich and pro-Yushchenko loyalists near Kiev.
Ukraine: Troops blocked outside Kiev
By ASSOCIATED PRESSKIEV, Ukraine
May. 27, 2007 2:55
President Viktor Yushchenko summoned several thousand interior troops to the Ukrainian capital Saturday but forces loyal to the nation’s prime minister stopped them outside Kiev, raising fears that the two leaders’ months-long struggle could turn violent.
Tensions between Yushchenko, who has sought to lead Ukraine into the European Union and NATO, and his rival, Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych, who seeks to preserve Ukraine’s close ties with Moscow, have been building since the president ordered parliament disbanded in April and called new elections.
But the political struggle threatened to turn into a physical confrontation this week when Yushchenko ordered the dismissal of the nation’s chief prosecutor, loyal to the prime minister, who refused to leave his office. Riot police surrounded the prosecutor’s offices, preventing his eviction.
Yushchenko issued a decree Friday that put the nation’s 32,000 Interior Ministry troops under his command, and has ordered some of them to the capital.
On the same day state-run Voice of Russia reported that a deal had been reached between the warring factions, leading to a parliamentary election scheduled for September 30.
Political crisis in Ukraine ended
President Viktor Yushchenko and Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych agreed a date for early parliamentary elections after 8 hours of talks on Saturday. The two appeared together at a follow-up briefing to announce the deal. The polls were scheduled for September 30. The Ukrainian Parliament will meet on the 29th of May to pass decisions needed to prepare democratic elections.
>Latin America File: Communist Party of Cuba organ Granma lauds neo-Sandinista regime, "heavy blow for imperialism"
May 25, 2007Posted by on
>The victory of Ortega and the Sandinista movement, constituted, no doubt, a heavy blow to imperialism, for what it represents in encouraging efforts in that direction by other nations in Central America.
— Communist Party of Cuba organ Granma, April 27, 2007
With an imprimatur from the Communist Party of Cuba, policymakers (?) in Washington DC can rest assured that the “reformed” Sandinista National Liberation Front has not departed one iota from its Marxist heritage. Pictured here: President Daniel Ortega and wife Rosario Murillo at an exposition dedicated to the life of Nicaraguan revolutionary Augusto Nicolás Calderón Sandino.
100 days of justice after 16 years of neoliberalism
BY NIDIA DIAZ — Granma International staff writer —
TIME is relative, and if the issue is Nicaragua, even more so. Sixteen years of neoliberal governments destroyed that Central American country, making poverty and inequalities worse, and placing it in conditions as deplorable as those under the Somoza dictatorship.
Given such a situation, 100 days could seem insignificant. But they are not, despite the fact that right-wing political forces, renegades on the left and other forces that enriched themselves under that system of exclusion and injustice refuse to acknowledge it.
And they are also not insignificant when referring to the period of time utilized by the popular and revolutionary government that promised the Nicaraguan people to reverse that situation to the benefit of the majority.
In order to do so, it did not hesitate, despite opposition campaigns. It knocked on the doors of the Cuban and Bolivarian Revolutions, always ready to offer solidarity, and in just 100 days, recuperated basic human rights that had been trampled underfoot by the neoliberal “democrats:” free health care and education.
Moreover, 24 hours after being sworn in, President Daniel Ortega joined the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA), on the basis of its principles of complementariness and cooperation without concessions, and took the first steps to emerge from the energy crisis inherited from his predecessors.
He knew that when he assumed the country’s leadership this past January 10, after an election campaign in which the media, the empire, the oligarchy and the right-wing politicians who represent the oligarchy, gave it their all to demonize him and discredit his mandate as president after the triumph of the Sandinista Revolution.
That is a Revolution that Washington still has not forgiven for its Sandinista movement and whose sacred principles are once more being taken up. It is no coincidence that President Ortega has spoken out against the heavy blow dealt by the White House to dignity and justice by permitting the release of the worst terrorist in this hemisphere, Luis Posada Carriles, whose extradition could be solicited by Nicaragua, as has been announced.
It should not be forgotten that Posada’s criminal record includes his dirty work in support of the Nicaraguan Contra forces.
The sole fact of making education and health care free of charge once more benefits the 70% of the population living in poverty, according to international agencies, and for whom it is impossible to pay for school and hospitals even when these were state-run. That was how bad the neoliberal distortion was in this country.
And even more so, hopes are set on May 16, when the National Literacy Campaign officially begins, using the Cuban teaching method “I Can Do It!” which has already benefited some 70,000 Nicaraguans.
To that effort, the Cuban Revolution also contributed 5,000 televisions and an equal number of video players, as well as flashcards and other teaching materials, which were distributed in communities throughout the country.
Thirty-five percent of Nicaragua’s population (5.1 million) are illiterate, and many of them live in remote areas, or only speak indigenous languages, such as the Miskito and the Mayagna, for whom the educational flashcards were translated into their languages.
The Sandinista government has also made a tremendous effort to encourage agricultural production cooperatives and small producers, to whom it has distributed supplies with the goal of attaining sustainable development and food sovereignty.
Like Brazil, Nicaragua has embarked on implementing and extending the Zero Hunger Program, which is to benefit more than 75,000 rural families over the next five years, without counting the energy supplies that the country needs for domestic consumption and developing the economy. In addition to all of this, there is a policy of government austerity that enables those resources to be used for social programs.
The victory of Ortega and the Sandinista movement, constituted, no doubt, a heavy blow to imperialism, for what it represents in encouraging efforts in that direction by other nations in Central America.
While that was an important event, even more so is the progress made in these first 100 days on the program of inclusion and social justice promised by Daniel Ortega and the Sandinista movement.
Seen in that way, in the perspective of a popular and revolutionary government, soon, the long night of neoliberalism will be giving way to the construction of an alternative system that features humanity and the defense of sovereignty at the top of its activities today as a guarantee for tomorrow.
>Exclusive Feature: Interview with John Stormer; author of "None Dare Call It Treason . . . 25 Years Later" visits White House on September 11, 2001
May 25, 2007Posted by on
>Once Upon a Time in the West is pleased to publish the following exclusive interview with John Stormer, author of the classic, best-selling expose of communism None Dare Call It Treason (1964), its sequel, None Dare Call It Treason . . . 25 Years Later (1990), and several other works addressing various societal issues. Pastor Stormer brings more than 40 years of expertise to the subject of the international communist movement and the failure of the West, for the most part, to decisively expose and oppose the red scourge. This interview, which was conducted in May 2007, will be permanently accessible via a link at the top of this blogsite’s right column. A detailed biography of Pastor Stormer can be viewed at the website of his publishing firm, Liberty Bell Press.
PT: Who do you believe was responsible for planning and executing the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington DC?
JS: I have no basis for “believing” anything about the 9/11 attacks other than what has been widely distributed—that it was coordinated by a Muslim terror group ultimately associated with Osama Ben Ladin. I am aware of all the speculations but unless I have some basis for accepting them I can’t go beyond the “official” explanations. Some of the questions raised about poor responses, failures to follow up on possible intelligence warnings, etc. were probably the result of usual government/military inefficiencies. Good questions have been raised by some but in such circumstances we have to avoid adding 1 plus 2 and getting 18.
PT: Do you believe that KGB defector Anatoliy Golitsyn was essentially correct in his warning, published in New Lies for Old (1984) and The Perestroika Deception (1995), that the Communist Party of the Soviet Union planned to deceive the West by temporarily abandoning its public monopoly of power and dismantling the Soviet Union?
JS: Golitsyn was essentially correct in his 1984 and 1995 charges concerning the plans to deceptively “dismantle” the old Soviet Union. In 1987-89 I wrote extensively in newsletter and None Dare Call It Treason—25 Years Later spelling out five reasons they would proceed to do so. This was based on Golitsyn’s first book, some intelligence info which circulated in foreign intelligence circles to which I had access and my own analysis of Gorbachev’s speeches, etc. I saw five goals for the deception. (1) Get desperately needed western aid for their failed economic system—it has worked! (2) entice the world to disarm—it’s worked! (3) calm some of the building pressures for real change in Russia [and] (4) they are masters of deceit. Good magicians wave a hand in the air to get attention while the other does the dirty work. Since communism “died” look at what has happened in South and Central America, Africa, Southeast Asia and China.
PT: Backgrounder: Oleg Shenin, August 1991 coup plotter and leader of the restored CPSU, will be running in Russia’s 2008 presidential election. Shenin and his colleague Gennady Zyuganov, leader of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (which constitutes the Russian section of the new CPSU) vow to restore the Soviet Union.
Question: Do you believe that the Soviet communists will be able to openly reassert themselves by the ballot box during Russia’s 2007-2008 political season, or is a coup d’etat against the (crypto-communist) United Russia party, which currently dominates the Russian political scene, possible?
JS: I tend to doubt that communists will be able to openly have a major impact on the coming elections. It may be that real communists know that they make more progress through Putin’s United Russia Party. In spite of all he is doing, he is basically popular—the economic progress they are enjoying will keep the people in line—and he and his associates are making more progress than could ever be accomplished were an open, old-fashioned communist regime to take power.
PT: Do you believe that the Bush Administration is adequately addressing the threat of Latin America’s new Red Axis (Cuba-Venezuela-Bolivia-Brazil-Ecuador-Nicaragua), including the emerging communist dictatorship of Hugo Chavez, with respect to US national security or is too much attention focused on the Middle East?
JS: I question whether we are giving enough attention to the Red advances in Latin America (and everywhere else). In my stuff in the late 1980s (including 25 YEARS LATER) I indicated that as we know, communists are masters of deceit. A good magician keeps one hand in the air while the other does the dirty work. That started in the 80s and continue today as people look somewhat at what happens in Russia, China, etc. (which are very real threats) and the Middle East and ignore what is happening in Africa, Central and South America, and Southeast Asia.
About five years ago (or so) Ziang Zemin, who was then the top guy in China, went to Russia and spoke to the Duma. The most important thing in his message was his statement that Marxists have tended to look at the world as bi-polar—divided between the Marxists and the Capitalists. He said that they must realize the world has now become multi-polar—with the various Islamic forces making up the third force. Zemin speculated that because the Muslims see the U.S. as the great Satan it opens opportunities for the advancement of Marxism. Actually, the involvement goes further back than that. A SSIS study in the early 80s spotlighted KGB activity in the Middle East training terrorists.
PT: Backgrounder: Sergei Stepashin, former Russian prime minister and President Vladimir Putin’s personal envoy, attended the inauguration of Daniel Ortega as President of Nicaragua on January 10, 2007. An agreement was signed at that time in which Russia would upgrade Nicaragua’s armed forces, which are almost entirely of Soviet vintage. Ortega indicated that he viewed the presence of Russia in Central America in a favorable light.
Question: Should Americans be concerned about the re-election of communist revolutionary Daniel Ortega to the presidency of Nicaragua after 16 years in “opposition”?
JS: We should be very concerned about the reelection of Ortega in Nicaragua. His election, in effect, establishes another openly communist state in the western hemisphere. The matter is being ignored as is what has happened in Venezuela, Brazil, Africa, etc.
PT: Are there any significant developments to relate with respect to the political and subversive activities of the Communist Party USA?
JS: Again the CPUSA and their statements and actions are largely the “hand in the air.” It distracts attention from the fact that the hardcore leftists in control of the Democratic Party and the universities are carrying out most of their long-range efforts. Following the close of the CPUSA’s annual executive meeting in March , Sam Webb, the National Chairman said that as skeptical as he was when the Democrats took control of Congress, he applauded their actions on the Iraq War and other union issues, etc.
PT: Since publishing None Dare Call It Treason . . . 25 Years Later in 1990, what are some of the most significant projects that you have worked on?
JS: The most significant thing I’ve done since publishing None Dare Call It Treason . . . 25 Years Later would be publishing None Dare Call It Education and now Betrayed by the Bench.
PT: Without giving everything away, what are the topic and theme of your latest book Betrayed by the Bench? Does the US justice system today serve as a bulwark against communism or is it in fact aiding and abetting America’s decline in morals and international power and prestige?
JS: There is a definite link between the problems in the schools and the Courts. Because schools for over 75 years have failed to teach succeeding generations what sets the United States apart from any other nation in history—that is that our rights as a nation and as a people come not from government, a king or a Constitution but from God—as stated in the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence. Because most Americans are ignorant of that fact, even good people who oppose abortion, sodomy, etc. fail to ask “How the Court can find rights to abort babies or practice sodomy in a Constitution which was written to make secure the God-given rights spelled out in the Declaration?” The same question should be raised specifically about their “constitutional” decisions to ban prayer and Bible reading, etc.
PT: Do you believe that Russia and China are still preparing for war against the USA and its (few remaining) allies? If so, as individual citizens, what practical steps can we take to prepare and protect our families and communities in the event of another (probably nuclear) world war?
JS: Are Russia and China preparing for war against the US? Yes, although they may at the same time be counting on us becoming so decadent from within that we will fall into their hands like an overripe fruit as was their spelled out plan long ago. Further, Russia is now becoming powerful economically. They are the world’s biggest producer of oil and gas. China is amassing enough dollar reserves that should they dump them at some point (or switch to the EURO) it could create economic disaster in the US and the world.
PT: You have been a pastor for several decades. Do you believe Americans in general and Christians in particular are aware of or concerned about the hostile activities of the Communist Bloc and its dangerous alliance with the Islamic states in 2007?
JS: What can we do? I don’t fear a nuclear war (except possibly from some renegade Muslim terror group). As it has been for over fifty years they [the communists] kept us worrying about the nuclear threat while advancing in other areas. What can Americans do? Get their own houses and families in order economically, morally, etc. Give our children and grandchildren an understanding of the basis of our freedoms and greatness. To do that, we must learn it first our selves.
I’m asked, “What is the hope?” Humanly speaking, there is no hope—but there is a God in Heaven and He sets forth His promise in II Chronicles 7:14.
The real answer is found in Proverbs 16:7 which says “When a man’s ways please the Lord, He maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.”
The Lord brought this verse to mind as a group of us left the entrance to the White House on the morning of 9/11 when the crowds came out saying, “Take off, there is another one [hijacked airliner] coming here.” I was with a group of Christian school superintendents and pastors. We were being checked through security to meet with the President’s speech writer who was a graduate of a Christian school in St. Louis. We moved about a block up the hill above the White House and started a prayer meeting. No one objected that morning.
The Muslims have been the enemy of Christians, Jews and freedom since the time of Muhammad in the 600s. They conquered the Middle East and moved across much of Africa and Southern Asia. They marched in[to] Europe—through the power of the sword. The move continued until 1492 when they were driven out of Spain and western Europe. Since then and until recently, western Europe (and us) have had no problems. What made the change? About 1493, the printing press was invented and the Bible, in the language of the people was given wide circulation. It became the foundation for what has come to be known as western civilization. God has been pleased. We have had 500 years of deliverance from the Muslim hordes. The Bible is no longer the foundation of western culture. Proverbs 16:7 explains it: “When a man’s ways please the Lord, He maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.”
As a pastor and a Christian—I love other Bible-believing pastors and Christians—but they are almost totally ignorant as to their responsibility to be informed and understand that God leaves us here to be the “salt of the earth.” For the last century Bible believers have put such emphasis on the fact that our “citizenship is in Heaven” (and praise God it is), that they have forgotten that God leaves us here to be Salt and Light. Christians have a responsibility to be like the Children of Issachar who God commended in I Chronicles 12:32.
PT: Pastor Stormer, thank you very much for your time and for sharing your insights and expertise into these important issues.
>USA File: Communists, evolutionists unite in opposition to new Creation Museum; CPUSA: "fundamentalism," "creationism" hinder red revolution
May 25, 2007Posted by on
Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his [Jesus’ second] coming? for since the fathers fell asleep [died], all things continue as [they were] from the beginning of the creation [uniformitarianism]. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
— 2 Peter 3:3-7
Since Karl Marx rebelled against his monotheistic Jewish-Lutheran upbringing communists have waged incessant warfare against Christianity. The red revolutionaries are absolutely correct in this part of their analysis: Adherence to the teachings of Jesus Christ in the Holy Scripture constitutes one of the main bastions of anti-communism, at least in the West. Using a multitude of fronts and issues, such as the American Civil Liberties Union and the so-called “gay rights” movement, the red rabble rousers have been enormously successfully in their termite-like, Gramscian deconstruction of the pillar of Western Civilization. “Why is it so difficult to build a Marxist mass movement in the US?” the reds inquire, obviously disappointed that the last American capitalist has yet to swing by the entrails of the last fundamentalist preacher. Their mouthpiece, book reviewer Thomas Riggins, complains:
There are Marxist movements of considerable size, in comparison to the US, both in many Third World nations and in countries more advanced than the US. Not only is Marxism seemingly at a disadvantage in the US but a scientific world outlook is similarly hindered with respect to a favorable growth outlook. At the same time many views and outlooks characteristic of medieval obscurantism (fundamentalist religious beliefs – for example), blatant superstition (astrology), superficial intellectually childish “philosophical” trends (Ayn Rand, Deepeck Chopra, etc.), are flourishing.
The authors, however, think this intuitive approach leads to a resistance to science and ultimately to belief in things such as ESP, astrology, ghosts, fairies, divination, and creationism. None of these things, by the way, follow from the common sense view of the world and more than do scientific theories, indeed rather less so.
The communists propose an answer to America’s unforgivable transgression called religious liberty: “We need more science!” “It is the fact that our ruling class is not committed to a universal scientific education for children, not ‘intuitive expectations’ that is responsible for the backward educational climate in the US,” Riggins explains, clearly upset that the ACLU, National Education Association, and the US Supreme Court, while they have carried out their mandates well to communize the USA, have failed to completely extirpate the Bible and godly morality from the consciousness of the nation. (Hence, the growing attacks against private and home schools.)
By science, of course, the communists mean evolutionism, which is not really science, but the new world religion, contrived by apostate seminary student Charles Darwin, but first proposed by the Master Liar 6,000 years ago in a tropical paradise now buried under hundreds of feet of sediment. “Ye shall be as gods,” Satan urged. Mr. Darwin’s new world religion was eagerly embraced by another apostate seminary student, Joseph Stalin.
Leading the charge against the embattled Christians of America are leftist groups like the misnamed Campaign to Defend the Constitution, which holds aloft the communist banner of “scientific socialism.” “DEFCON” identifies the new privately funded Creation Museum in Kentucky as the latest “threat” from the Religious Right to American freedoms (by which they mean the installation of a “proletarian dictatorship” controlled by ideologically challenged academics). The museum is a project of the Christian ministry Answers in Genesis. “AiG’s ‘Creation Museum’ is only the most recent example of the religious right’s war on science education,” they splutter, “- whether in the form of anti-evolution stickers in textbooks or the promotion of intelligent design in the classroom.”
Responding to DEFCON’s horrified opposition to those who dissent from the evolutionary line, Answers in Genesis supporter Mark Looy states: “Having the opportunity to hear both sides of a controversial topic seems very American to us (especially since young people who attend public school science classes and visit science museums are presented with only one view of origins: evolution). So it begs the question: why is a group that purportedly exists to defend the Constitution’s First Amendment’s right to free speech wanting to keep people from being exposed to another view?” Good question, Mr. Looy. Perhaps Soviet dictator-in-waiting Oleg Shenin knows the answer. Like them or not, real Bible-believing Christians will be one of the last groups to submit to a communist dictatorship anywhere.
There should be no surprise that among evolutionary scientists geneticist J.B.S. Haldane (1892-1964) and paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002) were both Marxists. Haldane belonged to the Communist Party of Great Britain, while Gould belonged to the left-wing organization Science for the People (past logo pictured above). Gould’s group was revived in 2002. Another prominent evolutionary scientist was biochemist and science fiction author Isaac Asimov (1920-1992). Asimov was a signatory of The Humanist Manifesto II. Humanism, which is another term for atheism, is the first step toward socialism. Since Haldane, Gould, and Asimov are now dead, they have belatedly embraced the creationist position.
A list of past and present scientists, many well-known in their disciplines, who believe in the Biblical account of creation can be found here.
>Breaking News: Ukraine’s slow-motion coup: Yushchenko assumes direct control of interior troops, sacks top prosecutor; Yanukovich defies decrees
May 25, 2007Posted by on
>Ukraine’s slow-motion coup appears to be leading to the consolidation of anti-communist forces in that country, but this is a deception since everyone’s on the Red Team in the Not-So-Former Soviet Union. President Viktor Yushchenko is a former KGB border guard and Kuchma crony, while the Communist Party of Ukraine, which is part of “ex”-CPSU Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich’s governing coalition, holds membership in Oleg Shenin’s restored Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Meanwhile, the European Union expresses bewilderment that the two opposing camps in Ukraine’s constitutional crisis are disinterested in resolving the conflict peacefully, with external help. “The longer the crisis endures, the harder it will be to find a political compromise,” the EU Presidency pontificated in an April 27 statement. The EU’s collective leadership need not be confused: the Ukrainian constitutional crisis is a communist-scripted drama from overture to finale.
Yushchenko signs decree to take control over interior troops – 1
17:1325/ 05/ 2007
KIEV, May 25 (RIA Novosti) – Ukraine’s president signed Friday a decree to make the country’s Interior Ministry troops directly subordinate to him, removing them from the ministry’s jurisdiction.
The move follows yesterday’s turmoil in Kiev, when Viktor Yushchenko dismissed the country’s top prosecutor, and the interior minister defied the president, sending in riot police to defend the prosecutor as he remained in his office while protestors gathered outside. Police were also ordered to arrest State Guard Department officers at the premises.
Yushchenko said the decree claiming control over interior troops was intended to “prevent real and potential threats to national interests and prevent the use of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry troops in the interests of certain political forces.”
The president also instructed the Interior Ministry troops to guard state power bodies’ buildings, and ordered the troops’ commander, Oleksandr Kikhtenko, to take personal charge of the decree’s implementation.
The troops, whose role is to maintain public order, and who are not connected to the army, had been under the control of Interior Minister Vasyl Tsushko, a supporter of Yushchenko’s long-time arch rival Viktor Yanukovych. A few hours after the presidential decree was announced, Yanukovych issued a statement defying it.
The Supreme Rada, Ukraine’s parliament in which the majority opposes the president, said it plans to vote on the constitutionality of Yushchenko’s decree.
After the interior minister moved to support Yushchenko’s opponent Prosecutor General Svyatoslav Piskun on Thursday, the president branded the minister’s order to send in police a criminal act. Parliament also signaled its support for Piskun.
Yushchenko claimed it was illegal for Piskun to be both chief prosecutor and sit in parliament, where he is a member of Yanukovych’s Party of Regions. However, the legality issue has been further complicated by the president’s dismissal of parliament and firing of several Constitutional Court Judges.
Piskun was first fired by Yushchenko in 2005, but was reinstated a month ago after contesting his dismissal in court. The latest battle between the president and the prosecutor sprang up following a dispute over the Constitutional Court, which Yushchenko branded “illegitimate” when it failed to accept his decrees dissolving parliament and calling new elections. He demanded that Piskun take appropriate measures against the court.
A presidential supporter, National Security Council Secretary Ivan Plyushch, condemned the interior minister’s defiant actions as an attempted seizure of a national law enforcement body, while Viktor Shemchuk, appointed by the president as acting prosecutor, said he had launched criminal proceedings.
In a separate development, Yanukovych appointed Oleksandr Kuzmuk, who served as defense minister under ex-President Leonid Kuchma, as deputy prime minister in charge of security and defense. Kuzmuk replaces Volodymyr Radchenko, who had asked the prime minister to be dismissed due to poor health.
>Asia/Latin America Files: Communist Party of Vietnam leader Nong Duc Manh to visit Western Hemisphere at request of Red Axis leaders
May 24, 2007Posted by on
>The General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (pictured here) visits Latin America at the invitation of the Western Hemisphere’s Red Axis leaders. Notice that the welcoming committee includes hard-core communists Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez, as well as “moderate” leftists Michelle Bachelet Jeria and Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. More communist power networking. Who says there’s no Communist Bloc today?
Vietnam, incidentally, is little more than an appendage of the Moscow-Beijing Axis. On May 19 the state-run Vietnam News Agency reported: “The visiting president expressed his pleasure at the progress in cooperative ties between the CPPCC and the Viet Nam Fatherland Front (VFF), which, he said, contributed to increasing understanding and trust between agencies, localities and people of the two sides. The president expressed his hope that the CPPCC and the VFF would increase the sharing of experiences and promote their role in making the people understand the tradition of the Viet Nam-China friendship.” The CPC CC refers to the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, while the Viet Nam Fatherland Front is the coalition of leftist forces that rules the country under the leadership of the Communist Party of Vietnam. Vietnam, like China, is a heavy-handed communist dictatorship that persecutes dissent, including religious believers.
Party leader starts Latin American tour
Last updated: 16:53 – May 24, 2007
Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh left Hanoi on May 24 for his first official visits to four Latin American countries of Chile, Brazil, Venezuela and Cuba.
The visits are made at the invitations of Chilean President Michelle Bachelet Jeria, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Frias and Cuban First Secretary of the Communist Party Central Committee Fidel Castro, who is also President of the Council of State and Council of Ministers of Cuba.
The Party General Secretary is accompanied by Nguyen Sinh Hung, Politburo member of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee (CPVCC) and Permanent Deputy Prime Minister; Nguyen Van Son, member of the CPVCC and head of the CPVCC External Affairs Commission; Ngo Van Du, member of the CPVCC and head of the CPVCC Office; Le Doan Hop, member of the CPVCC and Minister of Culture and Information; Hoang Trung Hai, member of the CPVCC and Minister of Industry; Hoang Van Phong, member of the CPVCC and Minister of Science and Technology; Nguyen Quoc Trieu, member of the CPVCC and chairman of the Hanoi municipal People’s Committee; Le Hoang Quan, member of the CPVCC and chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee; Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, member of the CPVCC and Deputy Minister of Trade; Ho Tien Nghi, assistant to the General Secretary; Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Phu Binh; and Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Duc Hoa.
>China/Africa/EU Files: Top Chinese communist emissary visits Egypt, rubs elbows with "ex"-communist Hungarian and Polish politicians
May 23, 2007Posted by on
>Ruling and non-ruling communist and “ex”-communist parties continue their high-level power networking in preparation for a military confrontation with the West. Hard on the heels of Li Changchun’s five-nation tour of Latin America and Samoa, the Communist Party of China dispatches another pointman to Eastern Europe and Africa, with which China has a strategic partnership through the China-Africa Cooperation Forum and Sino-Arab Cooperation Forum.
Wu Bangguo ‘s first stop was Egypt, which has featured a pro-Soviet neofascist government since 1952. Bangguo chairs the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, China’s rubber-stamp parliament. He is pictured above with Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Mahmoud Mohamed Nazef in Cairo, May 22, 2007.
Top legislator lauds Sino-Egyptian relations, vowing to boost cooperation
CAIRO, May 22 (Xinhua) — Top Chinese legislator Wu Bangguo called here on Tuesday China and Egypt “reliable friends” and “sincere partners”, vowing to boost the bilateral pragmatic cooperation in fields such as tourism, investment and telecommunication.
China and Egypt respect each other and have forged productive economic and trade cooperation, as well as close coordination on international and regional issues, which have enriched the bilateral strategic partnership and brought concrete profits to the two peoples.
Wu, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China (NPC), made the remarks in his meeting with Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Mahmoud Mohamed Nazef.
Wu said that China will join in hands with Egypt to substantially implement the consensus reached between presidents of the two countries to further cement cooperation in fields of infrastructure, tourism, investment and telecommunication, suggesting the two nations to work closely under the framework of the Forum on Sino-African Cooperation and the Forum on Sino-Arab Cooperation.
Echoing Wu’s views, Nazef expressed his appreciation to the achievements made by China in its process of economic and social construction, speaking positively of China’s roles on the various international issues.
He also expressed his satisfaction with the current development of the bilateral relations, especially with the two-way trade cooperation, promising to further create favorable conditions for Chinese businessmen to expand their investment in Egypt.
Wu also conveyed greetings from Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao to Nazef.
In his meeting with the Speaker of the Egyptian Advisory Council Safwat Muhammad Yousuf el-Sharif, Wu highlighted that China and Egypt are important developing nations in the world, adding that China highly values its friendly ties with Egypt and during the trip he already felt the aspiration from the Egyptian side to develop strategic partnership with China.
Sharif told Wu that it’s already come to the common understanding among various Egyptian political parties to further boost ties with China, and the Egyptian Advisory Council is willing to foster cooperation with the NPC in an effort to make continuous contribution to promote the friendship between Egypt and China.
Wu concluded his visit to Egypt and left Cairo on Tuesday afternoon for Budapest, capital of Hungary, to continue his three-nation tour to Africa and Europe, which will also take him to Poland.
Top legislator arrives in Hungary for official visit
·China’s top legislator Wu Bangguo arrived in Budapest Tuesday.
·Wu said ties between China and Hungary are at a historical height.
·Hungary is the second leg of Wu’s three-nation tour to Africa and Europe.
BUDAPEST, May 22 (Xinhua) — China’s top legislator Wu Bangguo arrived here on Tuesday for a friendly and official visit to Hungary.
In a statement delivered at the airport upon his arrival, Wu, chairman of the Standing Committee of National People’s Congress, said that ties between China and Hungary are at a historical height and the two sides have successfully expanded political mutual trust, trade cooperation and humanitarian exchange which already brought concrete profits to the two peoples.
Wu, as a guest of Hungary’s House Speaker Szili Katalin, will meet Hungarian President Laszlo Solyom, [“ex”-communist] Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany and hold talks with Szili in an exchange of views on the China-Hungary relations, inter-parliamentary cooperation and issues of common concern.
Hungary is the second leg of Wu’s three-nation tour to Africa and Europe, which will also take him to Poland. Prior to Hungary, Wu already paid a successful visit to Egypt.
Wu’s third and last stop was “post”-communist Poland.
Sino-Polish ties witness sustained development
WARSAW, May 23 (Xinhua) — Top Chinese legislator Wu Bangguo will visit Poland from May 24-26, a visit which is widely regarded as a new impetus to boost relations between China and Poland. China and Poland established diplomatic relations in 1949, and the bilateral relations have weathered the ups and downs of the international arena.
Observers here spoke highly of the frequent exchange of high-level visits between the two countries in recent years, saying that the regular political dialogue between the two have helped increase mutual political trust.
In 1997, then [“ex”-communist] Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski paid a state visit to China, the first such visit to China undertaken by a Polish head of state since the two countries set up diplomatic relations.
In June 2004, Chinese President Hu Jintao paid a successful state visit to Poland, during which the two presidents announced the establishment of the Sino-Polish friendly cooperation partnership, ushering in a new era of their bilateral ties.
On the Taiwan issue, the Polish government has always adhered to the one-China policy.
Apart from political dialogue, China and Poland have achieved a lot in economic cooperation and bilateral trade, especially in the new century.
In 2001, the bilateral trade volume stood at 1.243 billion U.S. dollars, and ever since the figures have continuously risen. Chinese official statistics show that the Sino-Polish trade volume hit a record high of 4.672 billion dollars in 2006.
On mutual investments, official figures show that Chinese companies have so far invested 150 million dollars in Poland, while Polish companies have invested over 66 million dollars in the Chinese mainland.
On the cultural front, a jointly-sponsored movie titled “The Love in the Year of Tiger” was screened in both countries in 2006.
In 2005 and 2006, an activity called “culture day” to promote Polish and Chinese cultures took place in China and Poland respectively. In 2006, the first Confucius College, a Chinese-language teaching school, was set up in Poland. Chinese diplomats said a dozen universities are now offering Chinese language teaching courses, adding that the popularity of the Chinese language is widespread in Poland.
Wu is apparently reciprocating the visit that Wojciech Olejniczak made to China in March. Olejniczak is the leader of the “ex”-communist Democratic Left Alliance of Poland, with which the CPC has a cooperation protocol.
Chinese legislator meets Polish party leader
BEIJING, March 7 (Xinhua) — Uyunqimg, vice-chairwoman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s top legislature, Wednesday met with a delegation headed by Wojciech Olejniczak, leader of the Democratic Left Alliance (SLD) of Poland.
Uyunqimg said SLD is an important party of Poland and the Communist Party of China (CPC) is ready to strengthen cooperation with SLD on the basis of the four principles guiding inter-party exchanges, according to sources of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee.
She said China and Poland share a deep traditional friendship and China always attaches great importance to ties with Poland, and that she hoped the lasting and steady growth of this relationship be maintained through joint efforts.
Olejniczak, also deputy speaker of the House of Representatives of Poland, is invited by the CPC on a visit to China from March 2 to 9.
The delegation have visited Shanghai, China’s economic hub, and Shanxi Province in north China.
Wu met with Russian State Duma Speaker, United Russia’s parliamentary leader, and “ex”-Komsomol member Boris Gryzlov during the latter’s visit to Beijing earlier this month.
>Latin America File: Moscow expands links with neo-Sandinista regime; Russian Dep. FM Kislyak in Managua, date for Ortega’s Moscow trip not finalized
May 23, 2007Posted by on
> The neo-Soviet Union, as we have extensively documented, is moving quickly to re-establish political-economic-military relations with the neo-Sandinista regime following the “forfeited decade” (meaning the 1990s). This does not bode well for US national security, but then who’s paying attention? In recent weeks Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Kislyak (pictured here) has not only visited Nicaragua, but also Chile and Uruguay. Previous reports from the Sandinista website indicated that President Daniel Ortega will visit Moscow in June.
Nicaragua and Russia decide to extend the cooperation in energy, tourism, transports and other fields
Nicaragua and Russia today decided to extend their cooperation in several fields and emphasized the coincidence that maintains on diverse subjects of the international agenda, among them the outstanding paper who assign to the United Nations
The notice also announced that the date of the visit of Ortega to Moscow has not yet been determined, but is being prepared. The Nicaraguan president said recently that Nicaragua looks for agreements of cooperation with all the countries, for the fight against poverty and unemployment, education, health, and even defense.
Nicaragua and Russia today decided to extend their cooperation in several fields and emphasized the coincidence that maintains on diverse subjects of the international agenda, among them the outstanding paper who assign to the United Nations
22 May 2007 16:49:42
According to a joint official notice that both countries distributed today through the Nicaraguan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, an agreement between both countries arose from last week’s visit to Nicaragua of Russian Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Kislyak. At the time Kislyak met with Nicaraguan Minister of Foreign Affairs Samuel Santos Lopez and Vice Foreign Minister, Manuel Colonel Kautz.
Kislyak also met with President Daniel Ortega, who has resumed relations after 16 years with countries that before belonged to the orbit of the extinct Soviet Union and to extend, therefore, the relations of Nicaragua with the world.
The joint official notice says that the vice ministers spoke about “the present questions of the international agenda,” among them “the key paper of the UN in the multilateral life of the international community, its reform, disarmament, and relations; the processes of integration of Latin America; [and] the new challenges and threats to political and economic relations and cooperation”.
Also, both civil employees needed that the positions of both countries on most of the international problems have a “well-known affinity and similarity” and this “is within the framework reflected in its interaction” of the UN and other international organisms.
The joint official notice added that both countries agreed to extend cooperation in hydoelectric energy facilities, tourism, modernization of transport infrastructure, exports of machinery, equipment and Russian technology.
The notice also announced that the date of the visit of Ortega to Moscow has not yet been determined, but is being prepared. The Nicaraguan president said recently that Nicaragua looks for agreements of cooperation with all the countries, for the fight against poverty and unemployment, education, health, and even defense.
Source: La Voz del Sandinismo
>MISSILE DAY ALERT: USSR2 follows through on threat, imposes moratorium on CFE Treaty; no more inspections, notifications
May 23, 2007Posted by on
>“Indignant” at NATO expansionism and US military “designs” on Central Europe and the Caucasus, the Kremlin is skilfully creating the pretext for a preemptive strike against the West. Eastern Europe is wide open for re-occupation and Western Europe is wide open for a Soviet land invasion. The Cold War, per Colonel-General Leonid Ivashov’s warnings, is in “full swing” indeed. Pictured here: Russian tank column.
Russia will end foreign inspections under CFE – Ivanov – 1
16:2223/ 05/ 2007
MOSCOW, May 23 (RIA Novosti) – Russia will no longer receive foreign inspections or send notifications on troops’ movement under the Conventional Forces in Europe treaty, a first deputy prime minister said Wednesday.
Russia has ratified the adapted CFE treaty, which replaced an agreement reached at the end of the Cold War between NATO and the Eastern Bloc to curb the arms race, but of the countries that initially signed the pact, no NATO members have yet ratified it.
Sergei Ivanov told journalists in Moscow, “If the CFE comes into force, we will comply with it. If it doesn’t, we won’t. There will be no more inspections or notifications.”
President Vladimir Putin suggested recently that Moscow might suspend its obligations under the accord if talks with NATO countries show no visible progress in its implementation.
Ivanov said Russia has not withdrawn from the CFE, but has imposed a moratorium. “In practical terms, this will mean that we will not fulfill the commitments we took on until others start fulfilling their commitments. In my opinion, this is an honest position, and is understandable for everyone,” he said.
The original CFE Treaty, amended in 1999 in Istanbul in line with post-Cold War realities, has so far only been ratified by Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, and Ukraine. The aim of the pact is to force members to reduce their conventional military power.
NATO countries have refused to ratify the adapted version, demanding that Russia first withdraw from Soviet-era bases in Georgia and Moldova under its Istanbul commitments.
Moscow has pointed out that NATO newcomers Slovakia and the three Baltic states have not joined the CFE at all, despite a preliminary agreement that they would do so.
The first deputy premier also said Russia does not intend to return to an arms race. “There will be no return to the arms race, at least on the part of the Russian Federation. Proof of this is in the Defense Ministry’s budget, including for the upcoming three-year term,” he said.
Ivanov, who served as defense minister from March 2001 to February 2007, said the ministry’s budget remains at less than 3% of GDP, compared to the Soviet Union’s defense budget of 30% of GDP.
“We are not going to increase the military budget to such an extent that it would exert an unbearable load for our whole economy, and for social policy,” he said.
The first deputy prime minister also said Russia was not satisfied with the Pentagon’s justifications of its planned deployment of missile defense elements in Central Europe.
The U.S. announced plans in January to deploy interceptor missiles in Poland and a missile defense radar in the Czech Republic as part of its missile shield aimed at countering possible threats from “rogue states” such as Iran and North Korea.
“We are not satisfied with this explanation, or as it is termed in certain circles, ‘myth’ over the anti-missile system installation. Explanations that it is aimed against North Korea and Iran simply don’t hold water,” he said.
>Latin America File: DPRK emissary in Managua, lauds neo-Sandinista regime; Ortega visited N. Korea twice in 1980s; Borge denounces US blockade of Cuba
May 22, 2007Posted by on
>The fact that the paleo-Stalinist state of North Korea (DPRK) would endorse the second presidency of Daniel Ortega indicates that the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) has not reformed but is still committed to furthering world revolution. As a matter of tactics, communist governments only endorse other communist governments, or non-communist governments that are in some way advancing the communist agenda of total control. The first article below notes that Comrade Dan visited Pyongyang twice during the first Sandinista regime (1979-1990). Pictured here: Kim Hyong Jun, North Korean emissary to Latin America, in Managua, May 20, 2007. Translations courtesy Babelfish with some refinements by your resident blogger.
Pyongyang announces “a more active” fight to obtain unity with Latin America
The vice chancellor of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea for Latin America and the Middle East, Kim Hyong Jun, announced today in Managua that he will fight in a more active form to create unity with Latin America and to construct a “new world”
20 May 2007 21:33:33
“From now on we are going to fight more actively to create unity with the Nicaraguan people and all Latin America, to construct a new world: independent, friendly, and peaceful,” the vice chancellor of Pyongyang said in a press conference at the headquartes of the Sandinista party, that controls the reins of government.
Kim Hyong Jun, who makes an official three-day visit to Nicaragua, praised the president of this country, Daniel Ortega, for his “efforts” in favor of the Central American and Latin American unity.
He reiterated his congratulations to Nicaragua for being chosen this past Thursday to be a member of the Council of Human Rights of the General Assembly of the United Nations for the period between 2007-2010.
He indicated that between both countries there was “a long history of friendship” that goes back to the time of the dictatorship of Somoza (1937-1979) when the DPRK supported the Sandinista guerrillas.
“Both peoples are fighting against the policy of the abuse and the hegemony that our enemy wants to take from the international scene,” he declared.
For his side, the Nicaraguan President emphasized the “new stage” of relations with North Korea, a country which he praised for defending its interests “with its own forces” and arms.
He [Ortega] confirmed that the communist regime of Pyongyang supported the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) during the fight against the dictatorship of Somoza. During the first Sandinista government (1979-1990) the relations between both countries “were multiplied in all the fields.”
Ortega twice traveled to Pyongyang on official visits in his previous mandate. He said that he will explore ways of cooperating with [North] Korea in areas of industry, medicine, education, culture, energy, and defense.
Meanwhile, Tomas Borge–only surviving FSLN founder, Maoist, Castro worshipper, KGB stooge, Interior Minister under first Sandinista regime, and now Nicaragua’s ambassador to Peru–castigates the USA for imposing its 40-year blockade against Cuba. In doing so Borge is carrying out the stated intentions of the neo-Sandinista regime to support communist Cuba on every issue and in every international forum. Borge is married to a Peruvian woman, the stated reason for which he requested his official placement in that country.
Nicaraguan ambassador repudiates blockade against Cuba
Nicaraguan ambassador repudiates blockade against Cuba
Lima – the ambassador of Nicaragua in Peru, Tomás Borge, described today as cruel and foolish the blockade of the United States against Cuba
20 May 2007 21:31:52
In an interview with the Limean newspaper Peru 21, Borge stated his repudiation of US President George W. Bush due to actions like the war against Iraq.
The founder of the Sandinista National Liberation Front of Nicaragua declared: “I repudiate the foolish and cruel economic blockade that he [Bush] maintains against Cuba.”
“I do not hate Bush because I have exiled the hatred of my heart, but I repudiate him with scorn,” he stated.
In another passage of the long interview Borge indicated that the ex-president of Argentina, Carlos Menem, is “a mentiroso, a demagogue, a politiquero” and confirmed his admiration of the Cuban chief executive, Fidel Castro, who, he said, taught to him not to lie.
He denied on the other hand that his work as ambassador in Peru marks his retirement from political activity and clarified that he requested the position for family reasons.
>EU/USSR2 Files: Extradition wars: Scotland Yard to charge "ex"-KGB agent Lugovoy in Litvinenko murder, Moscow demands London turn over Berezovsky
May 22, 2007Posted by on
>While Russian officialdom refuses to hand over Andrei Lugovoy (pictured here), the alleged assassin of FSB defector Alexander Litvinenko, the Kremlin, with typical communist hypocrisy, insists that the United Kingdom hand over exiled Komsomol capitalist Boris Berezovsky, who is charged with sedition for demanding the overthrow of the Putinist regime. “There are no legal grounds for not extraditing Berezovsky,” states Pavel Krasheninnikov, chairman of the State Duma’s Civil, Criminal, Arbitration and Procedural Law Committee, and former justice minister. Litvinenko served as Berezovsky’s personal advisor in the UK, while Lugovoy formerly served as the tycoon’s head of security before Berezovsky fled (was dispatched?) from Russia. The Kremlin would also like to portray Berezovsky as Litvinenko’s murderer. Thus, Moscow’s Leninist masterminds stir the cauldron of international political intrigue, portraying Russia as victim and the West as aggressor.
Ex-KGB man to be charged over Litvinenko
22nd May 2007, 19:46 WST
Britain wants to extradite a former KGB agent from Russia and charge him with murdering exiled Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko using radioactive polonium, prosecutors said.
The move triggered instant diplomatic repercussions, as Britain summoned the Russian ambassador and told him it expected full cooperation over the case, but a Moscow judicial source ruled out handing over the suspect, Andrei Lugovoy.
“Russia should comply with our legal request,” British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s official spokesman said.
He stressed that while Britain had important political and economic ties with Russia: “This doesn’t in any way obviate the need for the international rule of law to be respected and we will not in any way shy away from trying to ensure that happens in a case such as this.”
A source at the Russian prosecutor-general’s office told RIA Novosti news agency: “Under the constitution of the Russian Federation, Russian citizens cannot be handed over to foreign countries for prosecution and Lugovoy appears to be a Russian citizen.”
The murkiest case of murder and espionage since the Cold War has already strained relations between the two countries, and the extradition move looked set to aggravate tensions further.
“I have today concluded that the evidence sent to us by the police is sufficient to charge Andrei Lugovoy with the murder of Alexander Litvinenko by deliberate poisoning,” said Ken Macdonald, head of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).
Litvinenko, a former KGB agent who had become a fierce Kremlin critic in exile, met Lugovoy and another Russian businessman, Dmitry Kovtun, at the Pine Bar of London’s Millennium Hotel on November 1 last year.
Within hours, he had fallen seriously ill. He suffered an agonising death over the next three weeks as his organs gradually failed. Litvinenko died in a London hospital on November 23 and doctors diagnosed polonium poisoning.
In a letter dictated on his deathbed, Litvinenko, who had acquired British citizenship weeks before he was poisoned, accused the Kremlin and Russian President Vladimir Putin of his murder.
Moscow dismissed the accusation as ridiculous. It has launched its own investigation into Litvinenko’s death and denies that its security services played any part.
Lugovoy, a former KGB bodyguard who later worked as head of security for tycoon Boris Berezovsky, has previously laughed off reports Britain would seek his extradition.
He has denied killing Litvinenko and lashed out at British media for demonising him.
Macdonald said prosecuting Lugovoy would clearly be in the public interest.
“In those circumstances, I have instructed CPS lawyers to take immediate steps to seek the early extradition of Andrei Lugovoy from Russia to the United Kingdom, so that he may be charged with murder – and be brought swiftly before a court in London to be prosecuted for this extraordinarily grave crime,” he said.
A spokeswoman for the CPS said it would ask the police to obtain an arrest warrant, which would then be sent by the interior ministry to Russian authorities.
“The ball is now in the Russians’ court,” she said. “We can’t speculate on what the Russians will do.” REUTERS
>Latin America File: Neo-Sandinista regime restores full diplomatic ties with Russia and North Korea following 16-year lapse
May 19, 2007Posted by on
>In our “Red World” profiles we have documented that Nicaragua is still under communist domination. The 16-year “neo-liberal” interregnum in Managua was merely a blip in the Sandinista National Liberation Front’s deception strategy, executed in collusion with the restored/continuing Communist Party of the Soviet Union. We have also reported that Comandante Ortega plans to visit his Leninist masters in Moscow in June. Pictured here: Sergei Stepashin, former Russian prime minister and President Valdimir Putin’s personal envoy, with President Ortega in Managua, January 10, 2007. Translation below courtesy Babelfish with refinements by your resident blogger.
Nicaragua fortifies relations with Russia and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
Russia and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) today initiated separate contact with representatives of the Sandinista government of Nicaragua, for the purpose of fortifying bilateral relations
By: PL 18 of May of 2007 10:08:57
The Nicaraguan chancellery notified the press that the Russian delegation is headed by Vice Chancellor Sergei Kisliak, while the mission of the DPRK is directed by the Vice-Minister of External Relations, Kim Hyong Jun. The media release indicated that the primary objective of the official visit of the representative of Pyongyang is to deal with subjects of interest common in the bilateral and multilateral areas, and to fortify the old bonds of friendship between both peoples. Nicaragua is expanding its relations with the world. The relations with [North] Korea and Russia have been seen seriously limited for the last 16 years, asserted President Daniel Ortega recently. The Sandinista leader made the declaration after receiving the credentials of the North Korean ambassador, Jae Myong Under, after 16 years of cooling of the nexus between Managua and Pyongyang.
>Communist Bloc Military Updates: "One Clenched Fist": Russian Duma Speaker, "ex"-Komsomol Gryzlov meets PRC President Hu in Beijing
May 18, 2007Posted by on
>Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin (“ex”-CPSU), Communist Party of the Russian Federation Chairman Gennady Zyuganov (“ex”-CPSU), United Russia Chairman Valery Bogomolov, and Ukrainian Supreme Rada Speaker Alexander Moroz (“ex”-CPSU) have all visited China over the last 18 months in order to coordinate the Moscow-Beijing Axis’ plan for global domination. In July 2004 Bogomolov, a “former” KGB/FSB agent, led a United Russia delegation to China where he signed a cooperation protocol with the Communist Party of China. Thus, we see the putatively “non”-communist state structures and political parties of Russia, as well as high-ranking Soviet communists, openly networking with the ruling Communist Party of China. The crypto-Stalinist United Russia party has also signed cooperation protocols with Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party and Estonia’s Center Party, which operates under the leadership of “ex”-CPSU Edgar Savisaar.
Pictured above: Russian State Duma Speaker, United Russia member, Putin errand boy, and “ex”-Komsomol Boris Gryzlov with Chinese Tyrant Hu Jintao in Beijing. During his May 15, 2007 visit, the article below reports, Gryzlov said that bilateral ties between the two communist superpowers have developed to an “unprecedented level.” Below: The Moscow-Beijing Axis personified: Putin and Hu in the Chinese capital, March 21, 2006.
Hu Jintao Meets with Russian State Duma Chairman
On the afternoon of May 15, 2007, Chinese President Hu Jintao met with visiting Russian State Duma (the lower house of parliament) Chairman Boris Gryzlov at the Great Hall of the People.
Hu said currently the strategic cooperative partnership between China and Russia has entered a new phase and it is the common responsibility and mission of the two countries to consolidate the achieved results and guarantee the steady development of bilateral ties. China is ready to work with Russia to take the opportunity of hosting national theme years in each country to enhance good-neighborly friendship, strengthen pragmatic cooperation and jointly push forward China-Russia strategic cooperative partnership.
Hu also called on the two legislatures to give full play to their functional features and advantages, continue to consolidate the legal foundation of bilateral cooperation and supervise the implementation of agreements between the two sides, in a bid to provide legal guarantee and support for bilateral cooperation on politics, economy, trade and humanities. Hu urged both sides to tap to the full the features and advantages of parliament members in broad representativeness and abundant expertise and steadily advance multi-facet, multi-area friendly exchanges, to help transmit China-Russia friendship from generation to generation.
Gryzlov said currently bilateral ties have developed to an unprecedented level. Russia is ready to work with China to promote practical cooperation in all fields to bring greater benefits to both peoples. The Russian State Duma will offer support and assistance for the “Year of China” to ensure the event a great success, Gryzlov said, expressing hope that the event will help push bilateral ties to a higher level.
Vice-Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) Sheng Huaren and other officials attended the meeting.
Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of People’s Republic of China
>Communist Bloc Military Updates: Minsk-Tehran-Caracas Sub-Axis supports Moscow-Beijing Axis; Ahmadinejad reciprocates Lukashenko’s 2006 Tehran visit
May 18, 2007Posted by on
>Pictured here: The dictators of Belarus and Iran during President Alexander Lukashenko’s November 2006 visit to Tehran.
The Minsk-Tehran-Caracas Sub-Axis is shaping up to be an integral component of the larger, more dangerous Moscow-Beijing Axis. On those occasions where the Russian and Chinese leadership prefer to operate in the background, the dictators of Belarus, Iran, and Venezuela–Alexander Lukashenko, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and Hugo Chavez–can play messenger boys. According to the Belarusian Telegraph Agency, the Don of the Iranian Mafia, er, President of Iran, will be paying a friendly visit to Minsk later this month: “Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is expected to arrive in Belarus on an official visit. The Belarus President’s press service told BelTA, the visit is expected to take place on May 21-22. During their meeting the two heads of state are supposed to talk over current issues related to the bilateral cooperation.”
In May this year the concern Belneftekhim will send a new group of specialists to Venezuela to assess its oil reserves, BelTA was told in the concern. At present a team of geologists of the production association Belorusneft has been staying in Venezuela and exploring oil reserves of the block Junin-1 in the basin of the Orinoco. The Belarusian side has been also offered to take part in the development of existing oilfields in Venezuela. A new group of specialists will be sent there to make a technical and economic assessment of these oilfields, Belneftekhim representatives explained.
Minsk and Caracas have already exchanged several delegations, including Comrade Hugo’s trip last year when the Bolivarian revolutionary inked cooperation accords with Comrade Alex, a staunch proponent of the restoration of the Soviet Union. The People’s Daily Online reported on July 25, 2006: “Venezuela and Belarus on Monday signed a series of agreements on cooperation in the fields of technology, education and energy, during a visit by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, according to reports from Belarus’s capital Minsk on Monday.” Comrade Hugo then sashayed over to Moscow where he was cordially received by strategic partner Comrade Czar Vladimir Putin. “After the visit to Belarus,” the mouthpiece of Chinese communism continued, “Chavez will head for Russia to meet President Vladimir Putin and seal a deal to buy Russian planes and weapons.”
Upon laying the groundwork for Belarusian-Venezuelan cooperation, in September 2006 the two communist regimes signed a US$1 billion contract under which Minsk would supply Caracas with military hardware, while the latter secures oil concessions for the former. In May 2007 the BelTA reported that state-run Belorusneft has been maintaining a team of geologists in Venezuela for the purpose of exploring oil reserves and that, moreover, state-run Belneftekhim will also be deploying a second team of specialists to the Bolivarian beachhead. A Belarusian governmental delegation trouped to Caracas in March to consolidate the Minsk-Caracas Axis.
In May this year the concern Belneftekhim will send a new group of specialists to Venezuela to assess its oil reserves, BelTA was told in the concern. At present a team of geologists of the production association Belorusneft has been staying in Venezuela and exploring oil reserves of the block Junin-1 in the basin of the Orinoco. The Belarusian side has been also offered to take part in the development of existing oilfields in Venezuela. A new group of specialists will be sent there to make a technical and economic assessment of these oilfields, Belneftekhim representatives explained.
Making a technical and economic assessment is an important stage of preparation for setting up a Belarusian-Venezuelan oil producing joint venture. The joint venture may be founded in H1 2008. As BelTA informed earlier, during the March 2007 visit of the Belarusian governmental delegation to Venezuela president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Hugo Chavez took a decision on additional oil-bearing zones to be developed by the Republic of Belarus. Belarus intends to create a well-developed infrastructure there to annually produce up to two million tons of oil.
More information about the Minsk-Caracas Axis can be found in our “Red World” profile of Belarus. (See December 2006 in our archives.)
>Communist Bloc Military Updates: CSTO General Secretary confirms our prediction: Iran might join neo-Soviet alliance; Rapid Reaction Force to expand
May 17, 2007Posted by on
>The proposed placement of a U.S. missile shield in Europe and attempts to expand it to the Caucasus and Central Asia is a threat to all CSTO member countries. It is all a part of large-scale work aimed at creating a well-developed military infrastructure around Russia, Belarus and other CSTO countries. It is a loaded gun . . . And I do not understand the assurances given by Western diplomats that it is not aimed against Russia.
— Nikolai Bordyuzha, Secretary General, Collective Security Treaty Organization, May 14, 2007
On May 3, 2007 we blogged about the close political-economic-military alliance between the Commonwealth of Independent States (USSR2) and the Soviet proxy state known as the Islamic Republic of Iran. There we suggested that the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), which combines the armed forces of the CIS states under one command, was seeking to absorb the land of Islamic fanaticism. Lo and behold, reports the Asia Times, on May 14 the secretary general of the CSTO, KGB Colonel-General Nikolai Bordyuzha, admitted as much. Note that the Asia Times refers to a new Cold War between Russia and the USA, a concept that some political analysts like Soviet propagandist Colonel-General Leonid Ivashov have acknowledged is a reality.
Not by coincidence, the secretary general of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), Nikolai Bordyuzha, seized the moment in Moscow on Monday to make a startling suggestion that Iran could become a member of the CSTO. In yet another sign of the new cold war, Bordyuzha also announced the CSTO’s intention to have a common air-defense system and create a large military contingent. (The CSTO’s current members are Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Russia and Uzbekistan.)
If the CSTO is so forthcoming toward Iran, can the Eurasian Economic Community and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) lag behind? More important, with a consolidation of Russian influence over the energy-producing countries of the Central Asian region, is Moscow finally moving toward the “SCO energy club”? The annual SCO summit in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, in a few weeks should provide some interesting answers. (The SCO’s members are China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Iran has observer status.)
Following its Frontier-2007 military exercise in Tajikistan in April, the Moscow-led CSTO has announced its intention to expand its Rapid Reaction Force to embrace the armed forces of the “independent” Central Asian republics.
CSTO plans to expand its military contingent -1
MOSCOW, May 14 (RIA Novosti) – The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) is planning to create a large military contingent comprising units and formations of several Central Asian states, the head of the post-Soviet security group said Monday.
CSTO members – Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan – use the organization as a platform to fight drug trafficking, terrorism, and organized crime, and have pledged to provide immediate military assistance to one another in the event of an attack.
The bloc has a Collective Rapid Reaction Force deployed in Central Asia, and is continuing to build up its military forces.
“We are planning to create a larger [military] contingent on the basis of a Collective Rapid Reaction Force in Central Asia that would comprise units and formations from four or five Central Asian states,” CSTO Secretary General Nikolai Bordyuzha told a news conference at RIA Novosti.
Bordyuzha said that experts are finalizing the coordination of a draft agreement and documents on effective combat strength and deployment of a new military contingent.
He also said the next meeting of the CSTO’s Collective Security Council has been scheduled for July 17 in Moscow to discuss the organization’s peacekeeping mechanisms.
The enlargement of the CSTO military contingent could be viewed as a step to counter-balance NATO’s further eastward expansion and to keep Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries under Russia’s military protection.
Russia earlier said a united regional air defense system could encompass almost all the territory of the former Soviet Union within the CSTO framework in the future.
Bordyuzha reiterated Monday that the proposed placement of a U.S. missile shield in Europe and attempts to expand it to the Caucasus and Central Asia is a threat to all CSTO member countries.
“It is all a part of large-scale work aimed at creating a well-developed military infrastructure around Russia, Belarus and other CSTO countries,” the official said.
“It is a loaded gun…And I do not understand the assurances given by Western diplomats that it is not aimed against Russia,” Bordyuzha said.
Not content to hold Central Asia within its military orbit, Moscow is also extending its energy imperialism through the region, much as it has throughout Europe. In the process, the CIS has obstructed any attempts by the USA and European Union to cultivate Turkmenistan as a natural gas supplier via Georgia and/or Turkey.
Natural-gas pact deals West a strategic blow
By ALEXANDER VERSHININ
The Associated Press
TURKMENBASHI, Turkmenistan — Russia announced a deal Saturday to dramatically increase the amount of natural gas it moves from Central Asia to Europe, a key victory in a growing rivalry with the West for the region’s vast energy resources.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and the leaders of the region’s main energy producers, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan, agreed to build a pipeline running from Turkmenistan through Kazakhstan and into Russia’s network of pipelines to Europe.
The three presidents also said that, with Uzbekistan, they will revamp the entire Soviet-built pipeline network that carries Central Asian gas to Russia.
Along with two oil deals, the new gas agreements are a blow to U.S. and European efforts to construct oil and gas pipelines from Central Asia that would cross under the Caspian Sea, avoiding Russia, and connect to Europe through Azerbaijan and Turkey.
They mean that Russia would control the bulk of Central Asian energy exports, boosting its role as a major supplier of oil and gas to Europe and strengthening Western fears that Moscow could use its energy clout for political purposes.
Russia supplies a quarter of Europe’s gas and is its second-biggest supplier of oil.
European fears of excessive energy reliance grew after Moscow briefly halted gas supplies to several ex-Soviet neighbors.
The shutdowns in 2006 and 2007 took enough gas out of the pipeline network to reduce deliveries to the EU.
Putin sought to assuage such fears, saying in the Turkmen city of Turkmenbashi on the Caspian shore, “We take our role in the global energy sector very responsibly.” But when asked whether others could join the new pipeline project, he answered with a curt, “No.”
“It’s enough to have three countries,” Putin said.
The competition among Russia, the West and China for influence over Central Asia has been called a new “Great Game,” after the imperial rivalry of 19th-century Britain and Russia in the region.
The new rivalry accelerated after the death last year of Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov, who kept both Russia and the West at arm’s length and signed deals to build pipelines to China.
Niyazov’s death gave the West hope of brokering deals with Turkmenistan, said Keun-Wook Paik, an analyst of Russian and Central Asian energy production at London’s Chatham House think tank.
But Putin appears to have given Russia a significant advantage over China and the West in any future deal for gas development in Turkmenistan, he said.
Moscow controls the only existing export routes for gas from Turkmenistan — the second-biggest gas producer in the former Soviet Union after Russia — along with the main pipeline for Kazakh oil.
>MISSILE DAY ALERT: Russia launches 3-week cyberwar against Estonia following Soviet monument dispute, NATO cyber-terrorism experts head for Tallinn
May 17, 2007Posted by on
>More communist-scripted drama in the Baltics: “Fascist” Estonia, under the leadership of “ex”-CPSU Prime Minister Andrus Ansip, removes Soviet monument. Comrade Czar Putin implicates the USA, the new “Third Reich,” in the anti-Russian sentiment of the European Union’s new “post”-communist member states. “Directorate H” (for hacking) of the Russian Federation Federal Security Service, the KGB’s nom de jour, launches cyberwar against heavily “wired” Estonia, apparently sharpening its skills for a pre-Missile Day electronic blitz against NATO. The United Kingdom harbors “anti-Putin” exile and Komsomol capitalist Boris Berezovsky as Russian “Bear” bombers approach the airspace around northwest Scotland. Roving Soviet propagandist and retired colonel-general Leonid Ivashov declares new Cold War in “full swing.”
The Estonian defence minister Jaak Aaviksoo’s blithe response to the Kremlin-concocted e-assault is suspicious. “At present,” he states in the article below, “Nato does not define cyber-attacks as a clear military action. This means that the provisions of Article V of the North Atlantic Treaty, or, in other words collective self-defence, will not automatically be extended to the attacked country.” From 1976 to 1992 Aaviksoo was first junior, then senior, and finally leading scientist at the Physics Institute of Estonian Academy of Sciences, known as the Academy of Sciences of the Estonian SSR until 1988. One is hard pressed to understand how Aaviksoo held such positions in communist Estonia without also holding membership in the CPSU. Following the “collapse” of communism Aaviksoo also held the positions of education minister and Tartu University rector. Both Ansip and Aaviksoo were responsible for making the decision to relocate the Bronze Soldier, much to the displeasure of Moscow and Estonia’s ethnic Russian minority.
A senior Eurocrat likewise downplayed the gravity of the situation: “Frankly it is clear that what happened in Estonia in the cyber-attacks is not acceptable and a very serious disturbance.” Disturbance? How about prelude to war?
Russia accused of unleashing cyberwar to disable Estonia
· Parliament, ministries, banks, media targeted
· Nato experts sent in to strengthen defences
Ian Traynor in Brussels
Thursday May 17, 2007
A three-week wave of massive cyber-attacks on the small Baltic country of Estonia, the first known incidence of such an assault on a state, is causing alarm across the western alliance, with Nato urgently examining the offensive and its implications.
While Russia and Estonia are embroiled in their worst dispute since the collapse of the Soviet Union, a row that erupted at the end of last month over the Estonians’ removal of the Bronze Soldier Soviet war memorial in central Tallinn, the country has been subjected to a barrage of cyber warfare, disabling the websites of government ministries, political parties, newspapers, banks, and companies.
Nato has dispatched some of its top cyber-terrorism experts to Tallinn to investigate and to help the Estonians beef up their electronic defences.
“This is an operational security issue, something we’re taking very seriously,” said an official at Nato headquarters in Brussels. “It goes to the heart of the alliance’s modus operandi.”
Alarm over the unprecedented scale of cyber-warfare is to be raised tomorrow at a summit between Russian and European leaders outside Samara on the Volga.
While planning to raise the issue with the Russian authorities, EU and Nato officials have been careful not to accuse the Russians directly.
If it were established that Russia is behind the attacks, it would be the first known case of one state targeting another by cyber-warfare.
Relations between the Kremlin and the west are at their worst for years, with Russia engaged in bitter disputes not only with Estonia, but with Poland, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, and Georgia – all former parts of the Soviet Union or ex-members of the Warsaw Pact. The electronic offensive is making matters much worse.
“Frankly it is clear that what happened in Estonia in the cyber-attacks is not acceptable and a very serious disturbance,” said a senior EU official.
Estonia’s president, foreign minister, and defence minister have all raised the emergency with their counterparts in Europe and with Nato.
“At present, Nato does not define cyber-attacks as a clear military action. This means that the provisions of Article V of the North Atlantic Treaty, or, in other words collective self-defence, will not automatically be extended to the attacked country,” said the Estonian defence minister, Jaak Aaviksoo.
“Not a single Nato defence minister would define a cyber-attack as a clear military action at present. However, this matter needs to be resolved in the near future.”
Estonia, a country of 1.4 million people, including a large ethnic Russian minority, is one of the most wired societies in Europe and a pioneer in the development of “e-government”. Being highly dependent on computers, it is also highly vulnerable to cyber-attack.
The main targets have been the websites of:
· the Estonian presidency and its parliament
· almost all of the country’s government ministries
· political parties
· three of the country’s six big news organisations
· two of the biggest banks; and firms specializing in communications
It is not clear how great the damage has been.
With their reputation for electronic prowess, the Estonians have been quick to marshal their defences, mainly by closing down the sites under attack to foreign internet addresses, in order to try to keep them accessible to domestic users.
The cyber-attacks were clearly prompted by the Estonians’ relocation of the Soviet second world war memorial on April 27.
Ethnic Russians staged protests against the removal, during which 1,300 people were arrested, 100 people were injured, and one person was killed.
The crisis unleashed a wave of so-called DDoS, or Distributed Denial of Service, attacks, where websites are suddenly swamped by tens of thousands of visits, jamming and disabling them by overcrowding the bandwidths for the servers running the sites. The attacks have been pouring in from all over the world, but Estonian officials and computer security experts say that, particularly in the early phase, some attackers were identified by their internet addresses – many of which were Russian, and some of which were from Russian state institutions.
“The cyber-attacks are from Russia. There is no question. It’s political,” said Merit Kopli, editor of Postimees, one of the two main newspapers in Estonia, whose website has been targeted and has been inaccessible to international visitors for a week. It was still unavailable last night.
“If you are implying [the attacks] came from Russia or the Russian government, it’s a serious allegation that has to be substantiated. Cyber-space is everywhere,” Russia’s ambassador in Brussels, Vladimir Chizhov, said in reply to a question from the Guardian. He added: “I don’t support such behaviour, but one has to look at where they [the attacks] came from and why.”
Without naming Russia, the Nato official said: “I won’t point fingers. But these were not things done by a few individuals.
“This clearly bore the hallmarks of something concerted. The Estonians are not alone with this problem. It really is a serious issue for the alliance as a whole.”
Mr Chizhov went on to accuse the EU of hypocrisy in its support for Estonia, an EU and Nato member. “There is a smell of double standards.”
He also accused Poland of holding the EU hostage in its dealings with Russia, and further accused Estonia and other east European countries previously in Russia’s orbit of being in thrall to “phantom pains of the past, historic grievances against the Soviet union and the Russian empire of the 19th century.” In Tallinn, Ms Kopli said: “This is the first time this has happened, and it is very important that we’ve had this type of attack. We’ve been able to learn from it.”
“We have been lucky to survive this,” said Mikko Maddis, Estonia’s defence ministry spokesman. “People started to fight a cyber-war against it right away. Ways were found to eliminate the attacker.”
The attacks have come in three waves: from April 27, when the Bronze Soldier riots erupted, peaking around May 3; then on May 8 and 9 – a couple of the most celebrated dates in the Russian calendar, when the country marks Victory Day over Nazi Germany, and when President Vladimir Putin delivered another hostile speech attacking Estonia and indirectly likening the Bush administration to the Hitler regime; and again this week.
Estonian officials say that one of the masterminds of the cyber-campaign, identified from his online name, is connected to the Russian security service. A 19-year-old was arrested in Tallinn at the weekend for his alleged involvement.
Expert opinion is divided on whether the identity of the cyber-warriors can be ascertained properly.
Experts from Nato member states and from the alliance’s NCSA unit – “Nato’s first line of defence against cyber-terrorism”, set up five years ago – were meeting in Seattle in the US when the crisis erupted. A couple of them were rushed to Tallinn.
Another Nato official familiar with the experts’ work said it was easy for them, with other organisations and internet providers, to track, trace, and identify the attackers.
But Mikko Hyppoenen, a Finnish expert, told the Helsingin Sanomat newspaper that it would be difficult to prove the Russian state’s responsibility, and that the Kremlin could inflict much more serious cyber-damage if it chose to.
>Communist Bloc Military Updates: Neo-Soviet Union to design, build nuke research center for Myanmar’s socialist military dictatorship
May 15, 2007Posted by on
> Pictured here: Myanmar dictator Than Shwe, Commander in Chief of the Tatmadaw, or Myanmar armed forces, and Chairman of the ruling State Peace and Development Council. The latter was formerly known as the State Law and Order Restoration Council and before that as the Burma Socialist Programme Party. In 1962 communist and socialist elements in the Burmese military seized control of the country in a coup d’etat. The Communist Party of Burma is officially banned. The Moscow-Beijing Axis maintains a tight rein on Southeast Asia through the paleo-communist regimes in Vietnam and Laos, the neo-communist regime in Cambodia, and the socialist military dicatorship in Myanmar. Not content to aid Tehran in the development of its putatively peaceful nuclear program, Moscow is also turning its attention to Yangon.
Russia to aid Myanmar in building nuclear research centre
15/05/2007 — 9:15 PM
Moscow (VNA) – Russia and Myanmar on May 15 signed an inter-governmental agreement under which the former will help the latter build a nuclear research centre.
Russia has agreed to help design and build the centre in Myanmar.
The centre, which will be overseen by the International Atomic Energy Agency, will have a 10-megawatt light-water research reactor, as well as facilities for processing and storing radioactive waste. -Enditem
>Feature: CPSU leader exhorts 2007 International Communist Seminar to support Soviet restoration, does not rule out "non-peaceful means"
May 15, 2007Posted by on
>On the 90th anniversary of the “Great Socialist October Revolution,” Oleg Shenin–Stalinist, leader of the restored/continuing Communist Party of the Soviet Union, and August 1991 coup mastermind–delivered the following thesis to the 16th conference of the International Communist Seminar (ICS). This was hosted by the Workers’ Party of Belgium in Brussels between May 4 and 6, 2007. In his address Chairman Shenin summarizes the history of the Gorbachevist-Yeltinist “counter-revolution” that dismantled the Soviet Union:
The world’s history has never known such scale of insidious dismantling of a whole social system, against which the working people were not opposed. That there was no broad people’s opposition to socialism, was proven by the results of the Referendum of 17th March 1991.
The first stage of counter-revolution (1985-1988) was camouflaged.
The second stage (1988-1991) began with the XIX party Conference, whose delegates have approved a suicidal reform of the Soviet political system: the paramount representation of workers and farmers in the law-making institutions was given up, professional parliamentarism, separation of powers, and the institution of presidency were introduced.
The third stage of the counter-revolution (1992-1993) was marked by the growth of contradictions between the executive and the legislative institutions, that were solved through open violence – the Supreme Soviet of the Russian Federation was shot down on the 4th of October 1993. All Soviets were disbanded.
He neglects to mention, however, that the “old” CPSU implemented the Gorbachevist-Yeltsinist “counter-revolution” according to the communist dialectic and the resolutions of the 1960 Eighty-one Party Congress, in which the communist parties of the world formulated their long-range strategy for global domination. The Communist Party of India (Marxist) outlines the impact of this historical meeting on its own national strategy for revolution in a 2000 article. There the CPI(M) quotes documents from the 1960 conference, indicating that socialism intends to use science and technology to advance “social progress” and hasten the “disintegration” of the capitalist system.
We had been working upto the Fourteenth Congress on the basis of this Programme adopted in the Seventh Congress in Calcutta. However, the strategy was based on the assessment provided by the 1960 Statement of the International Communist Movement adopted by eighty-one Communist and Workers’ Parties. It was natural that this assessment had bearing on our Programme. The 1960 Statement noted: “It is the principal characteristic of our time that the world socialist system is becoming the decisive factor in the development of society.” It goes on to say: “The world capitalist system is going through an intense process of disintegration and decay” and “Socialism entails more and more the use of the achievements of science and technology in the interests of social progress” and that “time is not far off when socialism’s share of world production will be greater than that of capitalism. Capitalism will be defeated in the decisive sphere of material production.” The Statement continues: “A new stage has begun in the development of general crisis of capitalism” and talked of “the growing instability of the entire economic system of capitalism”. Based on this understanding it concluded: “The restoration of capitalism has been made impossible not only in the Soviet Union, but in the other socialist countries as well”.
In hindsight we can see now that Yeltsinist Russia and capitalist-communist China faithfully applied the resolutions of the Eighty-one Party Congress by embracing capitalist “reforms” for the purpose of attracting Western science and technology and bolstering their floundering command economies.
Chairman Shenin, however, refuses to acknowledge this devious element of Soviet strategy and cynically attributes the “capitalist occupation” of Russia to foreign powers. In other party documents, taking a page from the Nazi platform he professes to loathe, he specifically identifies “US imperialism” and Zionism as Russia’s subjugators.
In comparison with the capitalism that was wiped off the face of Russia in October 1917, the current Russian capitalism has a number of specific features:
– It is not a result of a naturally progressive development in history, but a regressive movement, artificially organized from above and from outside ;
– the restoration of capitalism means the colonization of Russia, the flourishing of the middleman – commercial speculator and banker-money lender, as a rule believing in and promoting business and moral cosmopolitism.
– the “new” capitalism is for 3/4 commercial and bank capitalism, thus a parasite one, which exists under direct foreign support, that is vital to it. This explains its inferiority and its inequality on the world’s stage, its underdevelopment within the country.
Finally, Chairman Shenin describes his plan for ousting the “Washington-backed” Putinist-Chekist-Surkovist-Gryzlovist regime from the Kremlin and references his 2008 presidential bid as the last “peaceful” opportunity to restore socialism in Russia. Note that he does not rule out “non-peaceful” means in the restoration of Soviet power:
At the end of the XX century Russia became part of the world imperialist system in the most humiliating role – as a semi-colonial supplier of raw materials, that could be be split and could lose its statehood in future.
The only possible way out of this is the renaissance of the collectivist, socialist way of life, the power of the Soviets, the voluntary reunification of the people into the united USSR.
The main condition of the salvation of our Motherland is the forming of a strong mass force, a mass national liberation movement headed by the united Communist party of the Soviet Union.
The party recognises that these goals can only be achieved as a result of a new stage of the socialist revolution, whose inevitability, either in peaceful form or by non-peaceful means, is predestined by the whole development of the modern society, despite all the ups and downs.
Of course, it is desirable and very possible that the workers would come to power in a peaceful way. On the 1st of May last year in my radio interview I (Oleg Shenin) publicly declared my decision to run for Russian presidency in the elections of 2008.
I think this is the last and only possibility to mobilise workers for what really would be a peaceful revolution, in order to bring their representative to power. We are calling this an informational-electoral-forceful version of actions. Forceful in the sense that we’ll need to organise mass protest actions at a necessary time and at the right moment.
The work of CPSU and its growing number of allies is aimed at this goal. We would be grateful for support and help in any form.
The era, that has begun with the October revolution, objectively became an era of transition from capitalism towards socialism world wide – and, despite all the ups and downs of the process, it is impossible to change this nature. This is the main conclusion of this document that is being confirmed on a daily basis by the development of events in the world.
The ICS is an important component in the Red International and serves as the vehicle by which Soviet communism projects its subversive power worldwide.
>Latin America File: Pope Benjamin XVI in Brazil: Marxism source of region’s woes; pontiff perpetuates Vatican’s ambiguous position on communism
May 14, 2007Posted by on
>The Roman Catholic Church-State’s position on communism has been ambiguous since at least the pontificate of John XXIII. On the one hand, the Vatican “condemns” Marxism in high-profile conferences and slaps the wrist of the occasional liberation theologian. On the other hand, we have documented from Catholic social teaching, official pronouncements, and news releases: the papacy’s support for Marxist economic analysis, world government, and mixed economies; Cuban Tyrant Fidel Castro’s praise for Pope John Paul II; the free consulting services that priests and monks like Francois Houtart and Frei Betto offer to the international communist movement; the exhortations that the Venezuelan and Nicaraguan hierarchies have given to the faithful to submit to the neo-communist regimes in those countries; the Brazilian hierarchy’s logistical and ideological support for the leftist World Social Forum; and the logistical and moral support that the US Catholic hierarchy gives to the illegal alien invasion of that country.
Pictured above: On May 13, 2007 Pope Benedict XVI delivered the opening address of the Fifth General Conference of the Latin American and Caribbean Bishops, in the Basilica of Our Lady of Aparecida, in Aparecida, 165 kilometres outside Sao Paulo. This appearance marks the end of the pope’s five-day visit to Red Brazil.
Promulgated in 1963, Pope John XXIII’s encyclical Pacem in Terris, for example, paints the communist project known as the United Nations in glowing hues: “It is therefore Our earnest wish that the United Nations Organization may be able progressively to adapt its structure and methods of operation to the magnitude and nobility of its tasks. May the day be not long delayed when every human being can find in this organization an effective safeguard of his personal rights; those rights, that is, which derive directly from his dignity as a human person, and which are therefore universal, inviolable and inalienable.”
The same pandering to communism occurs in Pope Benedict’s new book Jesus of Nazareth (Doubleday, 2007): “Karl Marx describes man’s alienation in a drastic way; although by limiting his reasoning to the material sphere he fails to reach the true depths of alienation, he nevertheless provides a clear image of the man who falls victim to the robbers. If we apply it to the globalized world, we see how the populations of Africa who have been robbed and plundered concern us. The wealthy have stripped the poor bare and have wounded them spiritually. Instead of giving them their God, the God that is close to us in Christ, and welcome from their traditions all that is dear and great … we brought them the cynicism of a world without God, in which only power and profit matters.”
Somehow the most recent papal condemnation of communism rings hollow and old accusations, raised in part by traditionalist Catholics, that communists infiltrated the Roman Curia decades ago acquire greater credibility.
Pope Benedict Blamed Latin America’s Problems on Marxism
May 14, 2007
Marxism is a sytem that once in power brings destruction on economy, environment and the human spirit, Pope Benedict XVI said during the conference in Aparecida, Brazil.
In addition to lashing out at Marxism, Pope Benedict called on the regional bishops to shape a new generation of catholic political leaders in an effort to step up the church’s influence in Latin America. The Pontiff also urged to oppose abortions legalization and the use of contraceptives.
During his five-day tour to Brazil, Pope Benedict and Latin American bishops deliberated on poverty, social inequality, spread of drugs and violence in the region.
Pope Benedict last arrived in Brazil in 1990, when he was a cardinal. Of interest is that his predecessor, Pope John Paul rushed to Latin America in three months after becoming the Pontiff of all Roman Catholics, while Pope Benedict waited for two years to visit the region that is the home to roughly a half of Catholics of the world.
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Libyan leader denies report he is fatally ill – ANSA
18:07 – 14.05.2007
Libya’s leader Moammar Gadhafi has denied a Palestinian news wire report that he is fatally ill, Italy’s ANSA news agency said Monday.Gadhafi called Monday to Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi saying he was in good health, the agency reported. Hours earlier the Palestinian independent news agency Ma’an announced Gadhafi was hospitalised in coma after suffering a brain stroke on Sunday. In an apparent bid to dispel the rumour that Gadhafi is fatally ill, Libya’s state TV showed footage of him meeting a Libyan envoy in Tripoli on Monday. /bnn/ Source: Bulgarian News Network
>MISSILE DAY ALERT: Retired Russian General, Soviet propagandist Ivashov: New Cold War in "full swing," Rice heads to Moscow to ease Kremlin "fears"
May 14, 2007Posted by on
>Retired Russian Colonel-General Leonid Ivashov operates the Moscow-based think tank Academy of Geopolitical Affairs and chums around with Western leftists–such as Jesuit Father and World Social Forum founder Francois Houtart–in the anti-USA Axis for Peace. As such he serves as an effective arms-length propagandist for the Kremlin and the restored/continuing Communist Party of the Soviet Union. According to Ivashov the new Cold War has begun. In reality, the old Cold War never stopped. This announcement, coupled with the Russian bomber probe of British airspace two weeks ago, is a big heads up for preppers in the West.
‘Cold War between Russia, West already on’
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Moscow, May 13: A new ‘Cold War’ between Russia and the West has already started and is at a ‘full swing’, a former Russian General has claimed amid straining of the Moscow-Washington ties over US plans to deploy elements of its missile shield in some former Soviet bloc countries.“We assert that the ‘Cold War’ is unfolding and, in fact, is at full swing,” Colonel-General (Retd) Leonid Ivashov said at a press meeting here ahead of US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s Moscow talks and Russia-EU summit in Volga city of Samara next week. Rice is arriving on Monday to assuage Kremlin’s concerns at the planned deployment of elements of US missile shield in Czech Republic and Poland, while EU rotating President German Chancellor Angela Merkel is expected to press Moscow to ease its stance on energy security. Ivashov is President of military think tank ‘Academy of Geopolitical Problems.’ “The Cold War is engulfing all the spheres of Russia- West relations. First of all relations between Russia and the US are aggravating in the political plane,” Ivashov asserted. “We see the US Administration’s attempts to intervene in the internal affairs of Russia, especially in the electoral and political processes,” he said. He backed President Vladimir Putin’s decision to suspend Moscow’s arms cut obligations under the Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty signed in 1990 between Soviet-led Warsaw Pact and NATO and suspend all cooperation with the US-led military-political alliance. Source: Express India
>Breaking News: RAF Tornadoes intercept Russian "Bear" bombers during Outer Hebrides naval exercise, Russian embassy in London declines comment
May 10, 2007Posted by on
>Pictured here: Royal Air Force Tornado F3 fighter escorts Russian “F” Tu-142 “Bear” bomber away from Royal Navy exercise near Outer Hebrides, week of April 30, 2007. Pictured below: Outer Hebrides.
Cold War reheated – RAF Tornados foil Russian spy in sky
It could have been an episode from the dark days of the Cold War.
Britain’s air-defence radar system picks up a long-range Russian Bear bomber speeding towards the UK across the North Sea, apparently on a spying mission.
Within minutes, at a windswept RAF base, four airmen race to their fighter jets and roar away to intercept the intruder.
It is the type of incident which was routine two decades ago. But this took place last week.
Two Bears were spotted during a major Royal Navy exercise to the north of the Outer Hebrides. Commanders believe they were planning to spy on the warships, including the aircraft carrier Illustrious.
Two Tornado F3 fighters took off from RAF Leuchars in Fife and intercepted the Bears in international airspace.
The pilots were close enough to wave but there was no radio contact.
After shadowing the Russians for some 15 minutes, they watched as the giant bombers turned and headed home to their base in Murmansk.
In similar skirmishes during the 1970s and 80s, Soviet spies were sometimes spotted watching from the perimeter of RAF stations to time exactly how long it took jets to take off and intercept Bear bombers, probing the UK’s defences and testing the response.
Nato pilots in those days were well accustomed to an almost daily aerial game of cat-and-mouse.
While such visits from the Russians have become extremely rare, the latest one is a reminder that Moscow’s long-term ambitions are not entirely clear and that the old Cold War rivalries could well resurface.
Under President-Putin – a former KGB general – Russia has been flexing its economic muscle by cutting off gas flows to the West, highlighting Europe’s growing dependence on its energy.
The Kremlin has also begun to take a more aggressive stance in foreign affairs.
Paul Jackson, editor of Jane’s All The World’s Aircraft, said, “The exercise was in international waters and the Russians have got just as much right to be there as we have.
“The RAF are telling them, ‘We could do this for real if we wanted to, so go and tell your mates.'”
The Russian Embassy in London declined to comment.
>Communist Bloc Military Updates: Bulgaria’s neo-communist PM visits Moscow, inks agreements related to economic, military, intelligence cooperation
May 8, 2007Posted by on
>The Kremlin has no more intention of “ex”-Soviet Bloc states escaping Moscow’s orbit, than “ex”-Soviet republics. The ruling Coalition for Bulgaria consists of the “ex”-communist Bulgarian Socialist Party, “new” Communist Party of Bulgaria, and other leftist formations. Pictured here: Bulgarian Prime Minister Sergei Stanshev and his master Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin.
Russia, Bulgaria sign four agreements
MOSCOW, May 8 (Itar-Tass) — Four agreements were signed at Tuesday negotiations between Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov and his Bulgarian counterpart Sergei Stanishev in Moscow.
Russian Vice-Premier Sergei Naryshkin and Bulgarian Economy and Energy Minister Roumen Ovcharov signed an agreement on economic, scientific and technical cooperation.
Bulgarian State Tourism Agency Chairman Anelia Krushkova and Russian Federal Tourism Agency Director Vladimir Strzhalkovsky signed a tourist accord.
Russian Justice Minister Vladimir Ustinov and Bulgarian Deputy Defense Minister Spas Panchev signed an agreement on the protection of intellectual property rights in military-technical cooperation.
Russian Federal Security Service First Deputy Director Sergei Smirnov and Chairman of the Bulgarian Information Safety Commission Tsveta Markova signed an agreement on the exchange and protection of classified information.
>USSR2 File: CPSU leader Shenin commends Kremlin for retaining communist symbol on Victory Banner, opposing Estonian monument relocation
May 8, 2007Posted by on
>By commending Russians for retaining the hammer and sickle on the Victory Banner and for opposing the Estonian government’s relocation of a Soviet monument in Tallinn on April 27, 2007, Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU) chair Oleg Shenin is also commending his putative enemy, the Putinist-Chekist-Surkovist-Gryzlovist regime, for upholding Soviet patriotism. On the occasion of Victory in Europe Day Shenin’s Stalinistic messianism is frighteningly manifest.
Pictured here: Soviet soldiers loft the hammer and sickle over the Reichstag in Berlin, 1945.
Congratulations of the secretariat of the CC CPSU to the Soviet people
The Soviet People celebrate the 62nd anniversary of their victory over Fascist Germany. On 62 occasions the Soviet people and progressive people have observed the most important date in world history, the victory over fascism in Germany, and rescuing the peace from fascism. Time inexorably moves ahead in the universe, removing us from those terrible days of fascist invasion. Fewer and fewer living witnesses remain of the most brutal war in the entire history of humanity. Men will always have a rewarding, bright memory about the conquerors that saved peace, the conquerors are the Soviet Union, the Soviet people, the Soviet soldier!
Any attempts to rewrite history in favor of political rogues are doomed to failure. Memory is not paper – it is not copied. Memory was, is and will be the most uncompromising book, from which it is not possible to cross out that which is recorded by the blood and sufferings of hundreds of millions of people. We remember the fathers and the mothers, the elder brothers and the sisters, who returned their lives for the life of those of now living. The most great, unprecedented exploit of Russian soldier, the toilers of the earth, united by the Communist Party into the name of victory, will not be forgotten in favor of surrendering themselves to the authority of antinational degenerates, who betray memory for the speculative policy of capitalism.
Neither the replacement of Soviet banners nor the monuments of heroes, against which the Soviet people were outraged, which returned their lives for life on the earth, the people of this planet have not forgotten the historical truth about the most great victory of the Soviet people that saved peace from the catastrophe. To the holiday of the sacrificial veterans of World War II! To the holiday of the sacrificial veterans and toilers of the earth! To the holiday of all, whose memory did not yield to the disinformation of democratic propaganda.
Chairman, Communist Party of the Soviet Union
May 8, 2007
Pictured above: The Bronze Soldier in its new digs, a military cemetery. Originally, the monument to the Soviet liberation of Estonia from Nazi German occupation was located in central Tallinn. Pictured here: Estonian police clash with ethnic Russians opposed to the relocation of the statue, April 27, 2007.
The harmony of interest in projecting Soviet power, articulated by both the Russian government and the ostensibly “non-ruling” CPSU, is to be expected since the “Western-backed fascist regime” in the Kremlin is simply a placeholder for the restored/continuing CPSU until the 2007-2008 elections.
“Unfortunately, some organizations, such as NATO and the EU are conniving at such attempts [to rewrite history],” Sergei Lavrov, the Kremlin’s Foreign Minister opined against Estonia on May 7.
Pictured here: The website of the youth section of the pro-Putin United Russia party, Young Guard, sports a graphic idolizing the Bronze Soldier and unabashedly flourishing the hammer and sickle.
Referring to the street battles that erupted between, in the one camp, police and Estonian nationalists and, in the other camp, ethnic Russians, Konstantin Kosachev, the crypto-communist chair of the State Duma International Affairs Committee, intoned piously: “We have no relation to the civil society’s reaction witnessed in the streets of Estonian cities.” Kosachev led the Russian delegation that opposed the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe’s anti-communist resolution in 2006. At that time he branded the document as a “blow struck against Russia as successor to the communist Soviet Union.” This stance earned the commendation of Gennady Zyuganov, chair of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, who gloated that “Latin America is turning Red.”
>Grey Terror File: FBI arrests six Albanian-/Yugoslav-born Islamic radicals in plot to storm Fort Dix with AK-47s; incident recalls 1993 CIA shooting
May 8, 2007Posted by on
>The alleged plot, currently unfolding, by six Islamic radicals living in New Jersey to storm Fort Dix with AK-47 assault rifles and murder soldiers recalls the 1993 incident when Mir Aimal Kansi, a Pakistani Muslim, assassinated two CIA employees outside the agency’s Langley, Virginia headquarters. Kansi’s weapon was also an AK-47. The article below reports that this terror cell had cased other military installations in the region. Apparently, however, these terrorists deserve a “dumb and dumber” award. The same article notes that they tried to convert their training video tape into a DVD at a store, the owner of which contacted law enforcement.
Six Arrested In Alleged Terror Plot To Kill N.J. Soldiers
Authorities: Cell Also Thought About Targeting Philadelphia Spots
POSTED: 6:41 am EDT May 8, 2007
UPDATED: 10:25 am EDT May 8, 2007
A tip helped authorities arrest six men in New Jersey Monday night in connection to an apparent terror cell operation that planned to kill soldiers at Fort Dix, N.J.
Five of them were live in Cherry Hill and were arrested there, according to authorities.
Investigators said the men planned to use AK-47s to storm Fort Dix and open fire on soldiers and civilians stationed at the New Jersey base, noting that other military locations were scouted by the terrorist cell.
Three of the unnamed suspects are brothers and are all believed to be Islamic radicals, according to sources. Some of the six arrested men were also born in Albania and the former Yugoslavia, but have spent a significant amount of time living and training in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, according to authorities.
Investigators told Newschannel 4’s Jonathan Dienst that these arrests are the result of a tip to the FBI and use of an informant to track the suspects, according to WNBC.
The station also reported that authorities were alerted in January 2006 after the terror suspects traveled to the Poconos for a training exercise where they practiced firing automatic weapons, investigators said.
WNBC sources also told Newschannel 4’s Brian Thompson that the suspects tried to have a their training video tape converted to DVD at a store in Cherry Hill, N.J., but the store owner alerted authorities.
Authorities then inserted a cooperating witness into the alleged terror cell to be a go between in their attempt to purchase M16 and AK-47 semi-automatic rifles, WNBC reported. Arrests were made Monday night after the informant delivered dummy weapons paid for by the alleged terror cell suspects.
Sources said that the family of one of the suspects owns a pizzeria near Fort Dix and claimed to know the base “like the back of his hand.” The same suspect told the alleged terror group it would be easy to penetrate to “get the most soldiers killed,” according to WNBC.
The station also reported that investigators said the group of suspects have been discussing and planning for much of the last year. They allegedly pooled their savings to pay for the operation targeted at soldiers stationed here at home.
All six men were expected to face terror conspiracy charges Tuesday in federal court in Camden, N.J.
Before deciding to target Fort Dix, investigators said the group discussed targeting numerous other sites like Dover Air Base in Delaware, Fort Monmouth, a federal building and Coast Guard station in Philadelphia, according to WNBC.
The station also reported that some of the suspects reviewed training films from Afghanistan that allegedly showed them how to carry out terror attacks.
Fort Dix is a reserve training center, but also is home to active units, some of which focus on counter-terrorism.
Does the Fort Dix plot represent do-it-yourself terrorism or something more sinister? In his history of the Soviet/Russian special forces, GRU defector Viktor Suvorov describes pre-Fourth World War “grey terror”:
The overture is carried by agents of the secret services of the Soviet satellite countries and by mercenaries recruited by intermediaries. The principal method employed at this stage is ‘grey terror’, that is, a kind of terror which is not conducted in the name of the Soviet Union. The Soviet secret services do not at this stage leave their visiting cards, or leave other people’s cards. The terror is carried out in the name of already existing extremist groups not connected in any way with the Soviet Union, or in the name of fictitious organisations.
The GRU reckons that in this period its operations should be regarded as natural disasters, actions by forces beyond human control, mistakes committed by people, or as terrorist acts by organisations not connected with the Soviet Union.
>USSR2 File: Kremlin seeks to place Russian Academy of Sciences under its control; Nobel Prize winner: Putin worse that Stalin
May 7, 2007Posted by on
>The politicization of science and the refusal by many scientists to acknowledge personal biases that twist the interpretation of data are two of the great failings of scientific endeavor today. In the post-Darwinian rush to push the God of Israel–whom the Scriptures refer to as the living Word, or Logos (from which the word “logic” comes)–out the door, postmodern science has, in truth, become highly unscientific and fervently religious. By contrast, Sir Isaac Newton, the father of modern science, affirmed: “I have a fundamental belief in the Bible as the Word of God, written by those who were inspired. I study the Bible daily.” Newton also wrote: “Opposition to godliness is atheism in profession and idolatry in practice. Atheism is so senseless and odious to mankind that it never had many professors.” Pictured here: The General Assembly of the Russian Academy of Sciences, March 27, 2007.
Putin’s Russia ‘worse than under Stalin’
May 7, 2007 – 6:04PM
The pursuit of science in President Vladimir Putin’s Russia is driven by profit alone and there was less government interference even under Josef Stalin, a Russian Nobel Prize winner said in a interview.
Vitaly Ginzburg’s comments to Britain’s Sunday Telegraph newspaper are likely to put Russia’s scientists back on a collision course with the Kremlin.
In March, Russia’s Academy of Sciences, founded by Tsar Peter the Great, spurned a government plan to establish a new supervisory council that would control the body’s finances and include officials from the presidential administration.
The government says the reform of the Academy is desperately needed to reverse the continuing brain drain from Russia, make research work lucrative for a generation of young scientists and help build the hi-tech economy Putin has set as his goal.
“Of course, in Stalin’s times the Academy was under the control of the central committee of the Communist Party,” Ginzburg told the paper.
“But in those days you could come up with an idea and create – that’s how we put the first Sputnik satellite into space. Now the government thinks science must bring only income and profit, which is absurd.”
“Of course it is about Putin. Our democracy is far from ideal,” said Ginzburg, 90, who shared the 2003 Nobel Prize for physics with fellow countryman Alexei Abrikosov.
Putin, whose second – and last – four-year term ends next year, enjoys vast popularity nationwide while the economy is fast growing, people’s incomes are rising and state coffers groan from windfall revenues from booming oil exports.
But critics at home and abroad accuse the Russian leader of backtracking on democratic reforms and establishing tight control over the bureaucracy and the economy.
They say he is trying to bring the academy under his sway as well. Supporters of the reforms say too many institutions are run by cliques of elderly academics who resist change while promising young scientists are tempted abroad for better pay and opportunities.
The Academy has boasted dozens of Nobel prize winners in its near 300-year history.
>Red Terror File: Blast hits Ukrainian pipeline supplying natural gas to Europe; Yushchenko and Yanukovich agree on elections, debate date
May 7, 2007Posted by on
>Theory 1: The Kremlin is reminding the New European Soviet (EU) that Moscow’s Leninist masterminds still control the continent’s natural gas taps. “The first signs of Russian ‘energy imperialism,'” reported Radio Free Europe in 2006, “emerged in January, when Gazprom engaged in a ‘gas war’ against Ukraine that saw Russia cut off supplies during a harsh cold snap.”
Theory 2: The Kremlin and its communist henchentities in Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich’s government are sending a message to President Viktor Yushchenko: “You will lose the election in June/July.”
Theory 3: Both theories are correct. From Russia With Shove?
Explosion hits Ukrainian gas pipeline that supplies gas to Europe; no injuries reported
Monday May 07, 2007
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) An explosion on Monday hit a gas pipeline that crosses from Russia to supply Europe, destroying a 100-foot section but causing no injuries, officials said.
The blast hit the line south of Kiev mid-afternoon, said Ihor Krol, spokesman for the Emergency Situations Ministry. The Ukrainian pipeline, which pumps gas from Russia to European consumers, is one of three main trunk lines that crisscross this ex-Soviet republic.
The state-owned transit company, Ukrtransgaz, said European consumers would not be affected because gas would be pumped through other pipelines and gas taken from underground storage.
“Ukraine will fully meet its obligations to transit natural gas to Europe,” the company said.
Russian state gas monopoly OAO Gazprom, which controls the export of all Russian gas, also said no there were no disruptions in supplies.
Experts were trying to determine the cause of the explosion, Krol said. He did not know when gas would flow again through the damaged line.
Source: CBS2 Chicago
>EU File: French elect new president, pro-USA Nicolas Sarkozy; Royal threatens riots, "Eurabia" rumbles, "youths" torch more cars, Moscow "dubious"
May 7, 2007Posted by on
>If you asked me which of the [two] countries France will have closer relations with – the United States or Russia, known to us for its Chechen war -‘the U.S.’ would be my answer.
— Nicolas Sarkozy, President-Elect of France, quoted by Novosti, May 6, 2007
SARKOZY: KEY POLICIES
1) Exempt overtime (above 35 hours) from taxes and social security charges
2) Minimum sentences for repeat offenders, tougher sentences for juveniles
3) Selective immigration that favours arrival of qualified workers
4) Increase taxes on polluters
5) Oppose Turkish EU membership
Nicolas Sarkozy’s election to the presidency of France is a bright spot in the otherwise glum prospect for Mike (“I’ll Always Be a Communist”) Gorbachev’s “new European Soviet.” The Leninist schemers in the Kremlin are no doubt gnashing their teeth, while the promoters of the “European caliphate” must be cluthing the Koran and muttering imprecations. Has the French “Ministry of Surrender” lowered the white flag? We shall watch and wait.
France looks to new Sarkozy era
Published: 2007/05/07 13:48:58 GMT
France is preparing to enter a new political era, one day after choosing right-wing Nicolas Sarkozy to be the country’s next president.
Previously a divisive cabinet minister, Mr Sarkozy won a clear election victory over Socialist opponent Segolene Royal.
Mr Sarkozy has pledged to boost the economy by creating jobs, liberalise employment laws, be tough on crime and control immigration.
He officially takes over from Jacques Chirac on 16 May.
Before then, campaign aides say Mr Sarkozy, 52, will spend a few days resting at an undisclosed location to finalise his government line-up and policy priorities.
On Monday, Mr Sarkozy revealed that his choice of prime minister would be Francois Fillon, who is currently Mr Sarkozy’s senior political adviser.
Mr Sarkozy’s remarks came during a telephone conversation with British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
The size of Sunday’s election victory – a resounding win by 53% to 47% in a two-horse race, with a turnout of 85% – gives the new president real authority, correspondents say.
“We have to act, the French people expect it. They have given him a real mandate,” chief of staff Claude Gueant told French radio.
Mr Sarkozy is expected to quickly name a 15-strong cabinet for the start of his five-year term in office.
The first key hurdle for the new president will be nationwide parliamentary elections in June.
Securing a workable majority in the National Assembly would greatly ease the passage of Mr Sarkozy’s planned reforms.
Early polling for those elections puts Mr Sarkozy’s UMP party ahead of the Socialists by about six percentage points, the Reuters news agency reported.
Ms Royal’s defeat was the Socialists’ third successive presidential election loss, and the party is now expected to face calls for internal change.
Mr Sarkozy has promised to try to reform France to face the challenges of the 21st century, and creating jobs is at the top of his agenda.
He has pledged to bring unemployment down from 8.3% to below 5% by 2012.
During his first 100 days in office he is also expected to propose tax cuts and table legislation to keep trains running during strikes.
While he has said he will not end France’s 35-hour working week, Mr Sarkozy proposes allowing staff to work overtime, as well as cutting restrictions on hiring and firing staff.
Known as a divisive figure from his years as a strict interior minister, Mr Sarkozy appears intent on a tough approach to law and order, favouring minimum sentences for repeat offenders and tougher sentences for juveniles.
He struck a conciliatory tone in his victory speech on Sunday evening, telling crowds in Paris and those watching around the country that he would be president “of all the French”.
Himself the son of a Hungarian immigrant, Mr Sarkozy said: “France has given me everything, and now it is my turn to give back to France what France has given me.”
Nevertheless, there were minor clashes with protesters in Paris and some other cities after the result was announced.
Several hundred rioters in the Place de la Bastille threw bottles and stones at police, shouting “Sarko-fascist”.
Two police officers were injured in Nantes, where 1,000 demonstrators turned to violence. Arrests were made in half-a-dozen cities, but the trouble soon subsided.
The election result was widely welcomed outside France, with the US, EU, China and Japan offering congratulations to Mr Sarkozy.
The Turkish prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was more cautious, saying he hoped Mr Sarkozy would review his opposition to Turkey joining the EU.
Source: BBC News
Segolene Royal’s response to defeat, by contrast, is typical for leftists: name call and threaten riot and revolution. The Socialist candidate has simply taken a page from Obrador’s script in Mexico. The French electorate apparently looked into the face of Eurabia and endless socialism and shuddered. In view of the penchant that France’s (Muslim/immigrant/leftist) “youth” have demonstrated for torching vehicles, one might be forgiven for asking, tongue in cheek, are there any cars left in La Patrie to immolate?
May 6, 2007
Riot alert for Sarkozy victory
Matthew Campbell in Paris
Thousands of riot police will be deployed in Paris tonight after warnings that victory for Nicolas Sarkozy, the conservative candidate in today’s presidential election, could spark violent protests.
Fears of a repeat of the rioting that swept France two years ago intensified as the final opinion polls pointed to an overwhelming victory for Sarkozy. A crowd of up to 40,000 Sarkozy supporters was expected on the Champs Elysées in central Paris to celebrate the result. Police believe that gangs of youths from the suburbs might confront them.
Sarkozy has promised a “fraternal” republic but said last week that he did not regret having described young delinquents as “scum” in 2005 in remarks widely believed to have ignited the rioting.
The interior ministry said that 8,000 riot police were being placed on stand-by in the suburbs — equivalent to the force deployed at the height of the violence, when 10,000 cars and dozens of businesses were burnt in three weeks of mayhem.
Sarkozy, 52, a Hungarian immigrant’s son who wants to modernise France, enjoyed a nine-point lead over Ségolãne Royal, 53, the Socialist candidate, in one of the last polls taken before the second and final round of voting. In a desperate effort to catch up with him, Royal, the first woman to reach the second round, warned that Sarkozy would trigger “violence and brutality” and was a “dangerous” choice for France.
She was playing on her rival’s reputation as a hate figure among minorities in the suburbs because of his “zero tolerance” crackdown, as interior minister, on crime and illegal immigrants.
Jean-Pierre Brard, mayor of Montreuil, a Paris suburb with a high immigrant population, warned: “There are reasons to be vigilant. Young people are effectively wound up like alarm clocks against Sarkozy.”
Meanwhile, Moscow’s mouthpieces warn that Russian relations with President-Elect Sarkozy’s France will be “amicable, but lack warmth,” look dubiously at his preference for closer diplomacy with the USA, rather than the neo-Soviet Union, and lament the departure of “conservative” Russophile President Jacques Chirac.
Russian analysts warily optimistic over Sarkozy win
17:2407/ 05/ 2007
MOSCOW, May 7 (RIA Novosti) – Nicolas Sarkozy’s victory in France’s presidential polls Sunday is unlikely to influence the country’s traditionally amicable relations with Russia, but they may lack warmth, Russian analysts said in post-election comments.
Conservative Sarkozy won 53% of the vote, against 47% for Socialist Segolene Royal.
Sarkozy, who served as finance and interior minister in Jacques Chirac’s outgoing government, is an advocate of liberal economic reforms and tough policies on crime and immigration. He opposes further European Union expansion, but is a staunch champion of trans-Atlantic integration. His vision for France’s policy regarding Russia is not immediately clear.
In an interview ahead of the May 6 runoff, Sarkozy said, “If you asked me which of the [two] countries France will have closer relations with – the United States or Russia, known to us for its Chechen war -‘the U.S.’ would be my answer.”
Speaking to Europe 1 radio, he said that if elected France’s next president, he would raise the issue with President Vladimir Putin, as “Russian democracy has progress to make.”
The remarks alerted France watchers in Russia, making some predict a chill in the relations with the Kremlin, accused by human rights organizations of abuses in Chechnya, where Moscow has been intermittently waging a war against separatist militants since 1994.
Leonid Slutsky, second in charge of the international relations committee in parliament’s State Duma lower house, described Sarkozy’s pronouncements on Russia as “dubious.”
Strategic Analysis Institute Director Alexander Konovalov, however, downplayed their possible impact on relations between the two countries: “Both Sarkozy and Royal have taken issue with Russia on human rights and European values. But we’ll remain among France’s major partners, as has historically been the case.”
Vyacheslav Nikonov, head of the Politika think tank, said that under Sarkozy, relations will, perhaps, lack the warmth of his predecessor, Chirac.
“Unlike Jacques Chirac, Sarkozy has no close personal relations with the Russian leadership,” Nikonov said. “There is no reason therefore to expect a quick rapprochement between Russia and France, especially given that Russia’s relations with NATO and the European Union, of which France is part, are far from brilliant.”
Chirac has been friends with Putin, and both were allied in their opposition to the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003.
But Sarkozy, belonging to the same Conservative UMP party as Chirac, seeks to repair the trans-Atlantic rift caused by the Iraq war, and has already signaled to President George W. Bush that Washington could rely on the friendship of France.
According to International Security Center Director Alexei Arbatov, “France will be pursuing closer cooperation between the European Union and the U.S., and will support the U.S. in its increasingly aggressive, heavy handed global policies.”
Bernard Owen, the head of France’s Comparative Elections Study Center, whose own political science research focuses on Russia, said major changes in French-Russian relations are unlikely as “Russia is an important country and one to be reckoned with.”
He put Sarkozy’s comments on Chechnya down to his lack of knowledge of the real situation.
“Me personally, I think he is not informed well enough about developments in Chechnya,” Owen said in a RIA Novosti interview.
Senior Russian lawmakers also said French-Russian relations are unlikely to suffer under Sarkozy, but predicted his pro-American stance would make France less independent in its international policies.
“Sarkozy’s victory gives reason to believe relations between Russia and France will be at least as steady, but I hope they will develop further,” said the speaker of Russia’s lower house, Boris Gryzlov.
He is the leader of the pro-Kremlin United Russia party, with which Sarkozy’s Union pour un Mouvement Populaire has long-standing ties. UMP representatives attended United Russia’s national congress last December, at which Gryzlov’s party approved an action plan in the lead up to a legislative election set for late 2007.
In France, however, quite a few people seem concerned about where Sarkozy’s tough style may leave them. His Socialist rival warned ahead of the runoff ballot that the 52-year-old hardliner would bring in a climate of brutality if elected.
Indeed, France’s new leader has been hugely unpopular with North African immigrants since he ordered the violent suppression of riots in the fall of 2005 when serving as interior minister.
Following Sarkozy’s election this Sunday, youths from immigrant communities torched cars and clashed with police in protest. Overnight, about 35 cars were reportedly set on fire in Paris alone, and 79 people were detained for taking part in the protests. According to official French statistics, a total of 172 automobiles were set alight in the central Ile de France province.
>Feature: Reflections on communism’s continuing struggle against capitalism and reality; anti-Chavez labor union thumbs nose at official May Day rally
May 4, 2007Posted by on
>At Once Upon a Time in the West we love working families. Working families form the economic backbone of most countries. One reason communists have been unable to mobilize a large segment of the working class in countries like the USA and Canada is because that group enjoys a remarkably high standard of living, including significant disposable income, that would make such families wealthy in so-called Third World countries.
Pictured above: Venezuela’s neo-communist dictator Hugo Chavez addresses followers in Caracas, May 1, 2007. Pictured here: Venezuelan communists on the march. Pictured below: The Confederation of Workers of Venezuela refused to join the government-sponsored May Day rally in Caracas.
The West’s affluent lifestyle is attributable, first of all, to God’s blessings, but also to constitutionally protected freedoms, such as freedom of conscience and religion; freedom of press, speech, assembly, and dissent; freedom of mobility (within a country) and private property ownership; and freedom to bear arms (to remind the government that you want to be left alone so you can earn a living and provide for your family). The affluent lifestyle does not work when “Caesar,” whether at gunpoint or through a heavy progressive income tax ala Karl Marx, compels everyone to “share the wealth.” In such cases, everyone will be equally poor and equally enslaved. Hence, capitalism also requires the freedom to fail–and start over again.
Capitalism is not perfect because no man-made system is perfect. But capitalism, especially when labor and management respect each other, is realistic and works. Communism is neither. As such, communism will never resolve the world’s social and economic disparities. The great danger of neo-communism and the current “red spread” in Latin America is the fact that it is very difficult to convince a communist that his world view is untenable and was proven so–very spectacularly–in the twentieth century. “Twenty-first-century socialism” ala Hugo Chavez and Oleg Shenin is possibly more dangerous that its predecessor because now the West has for the most part abandoned that fear of God, love of truth, and personal sense of morality and responsibility that made capitalism successful for the last 400 or more years.
>Communist Bloc Military Updates: Moscow-Managua- Tripoli Axis reemerges: Ortega to visit Russia, Libya; Kremlin sells $2.2-billion in arms to Gaddafi
May 3, 2007Posted by on
Although pro-Soviet socialist revolutionaries Daniel Ortega and Muammar Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi have deceived the West by playing moderates since the mid-1990s, old Islamo-Marxist networks are again manifesting themselves. Comrade Dan will probably combine his trips to Moscow and Tripoli into one grand tour. The March 31, 1986 edition of Time reports: “The Sandinistas openly profess solidarity with other revolutionary movements. On the outer walls of the Arab-Libyan cultural center in Managua are snapshots of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi reviewing troops.” Pictured here: Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi (“Duck”) in Nicaragua, possibly in 1986. With a double hat tip to Zionist Anti-Communist for spotting the news items below.
Libya, Nicaragua to cooperate in the fields of economy and culture
The Secretary of the GPC for Foreign Liaison and International Cooperation met in Tripoli with “Manuel Ortega”, son of the Freedom Fighter “Daniel Ortega”, President of Nicaragua. During the meeting, the bilateral cooperation between the two countries in the fields of economy, culture, youth and joint investment, in addition to coordinating political stances on the bilateral and regional levels in international assemblies, were under discussion. The two sides agreed to hold the Libyan-Nicaraguan Joint Committee meeting within the coming days. During the meeting, the son of the Freedom Fighter, President, “Daniel Ortega” expressed the pride of President, Ortega regarding the cordial friendship relations that tie him with the Leader of the Revolution, and his keenness to further develop relations with the Great Jamahiriya. He pointed out that arrangements will be made for President Ortega’s visit to Great Jamahiriya within the coming period.
Meanwhile, Moscow’s latest arms deal with Tripoli demonstrates that Gaddafi is no more a moderate than his pal Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s paleo-communist dictator.
Russia to Supply Over $2.2bln Weapons to Libya
May 4, 2007
Russia’s state weapons exporter, Rosoboronexport, is elaborating a contract to sell weapons to Libya for a total worth of more than $2.2 billion. Libya that has purchased no armaments of Russia for over 15 years may emerge as one of ten top buyers now. The bulk of the acquisition will be formed by air defense systems, more powerful than needed for regional conflicts.
The contract for weapons delivery to Libya could be sealed already this year, during the visit of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin to Tripoli. The budget of the deal will exceed $2.2 billion. Russia is expected to pardon Libyan debt, and Tripoli will undertake to widen cooperation in fuel, energy and nuclear fields in addition to military and engineering contacts. The parties, however, still disagree about the actual amount of the debt. Moscow insists on $4.4 billion, while Tripoli acknowledges no more than $1.723 billion. The sources say Libya is mostly interested in air defense systems – four batteries of S-300PMU-2 long-range antiaircraft missile systems and around 20 Top-M1 short-range antiaircraft missile systems. Moreover, Tripoli is willing to buy 12 Su-30MK2 fighters, 12 MiG-29SMT fighters and one or two submarines of Project 636. It is also ready to pay for repairing two guard-ships and a small-size missile ship that were supplied earlier. For Russia, Libya will probably become the second country of North Africa in budget of military contracts. The leader is Algeria (around $8 billion), and Russia also supplies air defense systems to Morocco and negotiates the delivery of air defense systems and MiG-29SMT fighters to Egypt.
>Communist Bloc Military Updates: CSTO absorbs Iran, holds Frontier-2007 war game in Tajikistan in advance of 2nd Sino-Soviet exercise
May 3, 2007Posted by on
>The Frontier-2007 military exercise concluded on April 6. The Collective Security Treaty Organization comprises the combined armed forces of the “Commonwealth of Independent States” (USSR2) and embraces Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. Russia and China will hold their second joint military exercise, Peace Mission 2007, on the territory of the former this summer. The first article reports: “The generals were discussing legal issues, such as the legitimacy of joint assistance to an ally if attacked by a foreign aggressor.” In view of the fact that the Kremlin within the last several weeks ordered Russian radio to portray Washington as the “enemy,” little imagination is required to conclude against whom the CSTO and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization are preparing for war: the USA and its unreliable allies, NATO, India, and Thailand. Pictured above: CSTO logo.
CSTO Rapid Reaction Force kicks off exercise in Tajikistan
The maneuvers, known as Frontier – 2007, are being held within the Collective Security Treaty Organization with the participation of rapid reaction units from the collective forces of Central Asian countries, which include Kazakhstan, Kyrghyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan. Other countries of the Collective Security Treaty Organization – Armenia, Belorussia and Uzbekistan – have sent observers.
The “Frontier-2007” exercises have thus entered the second stage. The first stage took place in Moscow last week without any firing drills. The generals were discussing legal issues, such as the legitimacy of joint assistance to an ally if attacked by a foreign aggressor. The collective rapid reaction forces are currently testing out the decisions at the Liaur testing ground near Dushanbe. The main purpose of the maneuvers is to practice quick decision-taking in redeploying joint armed forces to combat operations areas within the Collective Security Treaty.
The First Deputy Commander of the Organization’s Joint Staff, Colonel-General Ivan Babichev, says the exercises are set to work out how the collective forces of Central Asian countries could move to Tajikistan – on what basis, on whose orders or at whose request – and how the procedure is implemented. This sort of cooperation between independent states has to be settled by joint effort, for it is jointly that we can respond to modern threats and challenges. The exercises, code-named “Frontier”, are on for a fourth year running and this time they focus on defensive operations. On military legend, Tajikistan comes under attack from armed terrorist groups and needs help from Collective Security Treaty partners. Collective rapid reaction battalions with military hardware and an aviation squadron come to rescue and the enemy is destroyed.
Vladislav Musaelian is the Chief of the Collective Security Treaty’s military cooperation secretariat: “Each time we set different goals. Last time naval vessels and marines were involved and the exercises took place in Kazakhstan near the Caspian Sea. This year the purposes are entirely different. Next year “Frontier-2008” will take place in Kyrghyzstan and will be pursuing other goals. We’re moving forward step by step with new targets on the agenda and with due regard for the peculiarities of the region and its climate”.
The “Frontier-2007” staff exercise will end on April 6th, after the final shooting drill at the Liaur testing ground and with the participation of heavy artillery, tanks and aviation, including SUKHOI-25 fighter-bombers and MIL-8 and MIL-24 helicopters. For today the Collective Security Treaty Organization embraces seven countries – Armenia, Belorus, Kazakhstan, Kyrghyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
Pictured here: Mahmoud (“Iwannajihad”) Ahmadinejad, Don of the Soviet-backed Iranian Mafia, er, President of Iran.
Not content to keep Central Asia within its orbit, CSTO and the Leninist cabal in Moscow are absorbing their Middle Eastern satellite, the Islamic Republic of Iran. On June 26, 2005 President Vladimir Putin congratulated Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on his victory in Iran’s presidential election: “Russia is interested in further cooperation with the Islamic Republic of Iran in strengthening peace, stability and security in the region and finding solutions to the crisis situations that exist here. I am sure that a policy of comprehensive expansion and deepening of our good-neighbourly relations on the basis of equality, mutual respect and benefit serves the true interests of our peoples and will help ensure international peace and stability.” Military relations between CSTO and the genocidal anti-Israel regime in Tehran personifies the global Islamo-Marxist nexus.
TAJIKISTAN CONCLUDES AGREEMENT ON MILITARY COOPERATION WITH IRAN
Date: Thu May 03 2007 – 10:30:55 EDT
During a May 2 meeting in Dushanbe with visiting Iranian Defense Minister Mustafa Mohammad Najjar, Tajik Defense Minister Colonel General Sherali Khayrulloev signed a new “protocol on military and technical cooperation” between the two countries’ defense ministries, Asia-Plus reported. There were no details available regarding the new agreement, which was signed on the third and final day of the Iranian defense minister’s official visit to Tajikistan. Since the establishment of bilateral military relations in 1997, Tajikistan and Iran have concluded 10 agreements on military cooperation, and Iran has provided over $6 million in direct military assistance and training to the Tajik armed forces. Tajik President Emomali Rahmon also met with the Iranian official on April 30 and praised overall economic relations with Iran, making special mention of Iranian investment in the construction of Tajikistan’s Anzob tunnel and the Sangtuda-2 hydropower plant. RG
In view of the tight political-economic-military relationship between Russia and Iran, a US military strike against the Islamic Republic could very possibly provide the Kremlin with a pretext for retaliating against Washington. Indeed, the Chief of the Russian General Staff, Yuri Baluyevsky, has in recent weeks warned the USA against such an action.
>Feature: Communists worldwide celebrate May Day; Zyuganov: Latin American comrades await red victory in Moscow; Open Borders Lobby riots in LA
May 2, 2007Posted by on
Throughout the world communists, socialists, anarchists, and labor and trade unions recognize May 1 as International Workers’ Day. Left-wing marches and riots in the streets of cities around the planet testify to the fact that communism is alive and well in the twenty-first century. Pictured here: Red Youth Vanguard, the youth section of the restored/continuing Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU), marches in Moscow, May 1, 2007.
Indeed, on April 29 Oleg Shenin, August 1991 coup mastermind, CPSU leader, and declared presidential candidate exhorted Russian communists and their sympathizers to vote for “yours truly” in March 2008 in order to reverse the effects of the Gorbachevist-Yeltsinist-Putinist counter-revolution. First, Shenin offers Russia’s citizen-slaves a good dose of Bolshevik messianism. “The Soviet people,” he proclaims, “is the Saviour of world civilization from fascism.” From where does this fascism arise, pray tell? Shenin identifies the “haughty and swaggering West” and the Russian oligarchs who have “illegitimately usurped authority” as the combined source of Russia’s state of humiliation. (Shenin neglects to mention that many oligarchs are in fact “ex”-Komsomol.) “This is why,” Shenin concludes, “I have accepted the proposal of Soviet patriots and intend to advance my candidature to the post of the President of Russia in the elections of 2008.” The power behind the throne in Russia then warns: “I am convinced that this is the last and only possibility to mobilize people in a bloodless revolution and to place their representative in supreme power.” Following his electoral victory, a Shenin government “will compulsorily revive the Soviet regime, the Soviet Union, and socialism!”
The Communist Party of the Russian Federation, which comprises the Russian section of the restored/continuing CPSU, exudes a similar triumphalism. During the May Day orgy of self-aggrandizement CPRF leader and Shenin cohort Gennady Zyuganov, fresh from his whirlwind tour of semi-communist Mexico, paleo-communist Cuba, and neo-communist Venezuela, conveyed the comradely greetings of Latin America’s resurgent reds to their power-hungry colleagues in Russia. The CPRF website reports:
During his appearance, the chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation G.A. Zyuganov transmitted regards from Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez, and Evo Morales to all communists and their allies in Russia. Marchers responded with cries of “hurray!” and approved of the fact that Fidel maintains control of Cuba and for many years has carried on the fight against imperialism and construction of socialism under the red banner of revolution. The Latin American comrades, Zyuganov reported, await the victory of the forces of the red banner in Russia. Russian communists must revive socialism across the enormous expanses of Russia and pull the country from the claws of the natural gas oligarchy, which has destroyed the great brotherhood of nations for personal profit.
This was apparently Zyuganov’s second visit to Cuba in 10 years. The first occured in 1998.
At this time, too, communist parties convey comradely greetings and hearty internationalist solidarity among themselves. In the following missive Alfred Rubiks, leader of the Socialist Party of Latvia, transmits his brotherly felicitations to Shenin:
To the chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Oleg Shenin:
On behalf of the Socialist Party of Latvia and all of our supporters I congratulate you and the entire CPSU on the holiday of May 1, the international day of solidarity of the workers, peace, and rights.
Already for many decades the working class has conducted an uncompromising struggle against the bourgeoisie for the right to have humane living conditions, for political and social rights, and against capitalist exploitation.
Much was achieved under the action of the world system of socialism in the 20th century. The flagship of socialist countries, the USSR, was an example of the emancipation of working people and labor power, but not capital.
After the destruction of the USSR and the significant weakening of the world system of socialism, capitalism strengthened its offensive against the rights of the workers. It took away many achievements and freedoms. In order to repair this state of affairs, to improve the lives of working people, it is necessary to strengthen our fight under the motto: “Workers of the world, unite!”
Let this Marxist call be the essential motto of May Day 2007!
Be in good health this May, peace, labor!
Alfred Rubiks, Chairman, Socialist Party of Latvia, May 1, 2007
Rubiks was formerly leader of the Communist Party of Latvia, the Socialist Party’s previous incarnation, and once mayor of the Latvian capital Riga. He was imprisoned in 1991 on charges of leading a coup d’etat against the pro-independence Latvian government in August 1991. Rubiks is not allowed to personally contest elections. Shenin and Rubiks both share a common resume in that they are both (purposely) failed communist coup leaders. The Socialist Party of Latvia and the restored CPSU both hold membership in the International Communist Seminar, an important component in the Red International.
Meanwhile, below the USA’s soft underbelly, Cubans and Nicaraguans use International Workers’ Day to celebrate the 1959 and 1979 revolutions, respectively, under the watchful eyes of Raul Castro (pictured here), Acting President and younger brother of Fidel, and President Daniel Ortega (pictured below), the KGB Castro clone who has announed his intention to visit his masters in Moscow in June. Addressing thousands of Nicaraguans observing May Day, Comrade Ortega praised Cuban Tyrant Fidel Castro: “Thank you for your solidarity Cuban brethren, thank you Fidel Castro.” He then offered comradely greetings to the Cuban healthcare professionals stationed in Sandino City, on Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast, as well as to the Chavezista regime in Venezuela, which is supplying 10 million barrels of oil to Managua on an annual basis under the terms of the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas. ALBA member states are also advancing integration through exchange programs established among the youth sections of ruling parties. For example, the April 4 and May 3, 2007 editions of La Voz del Sandinismo announced the formation of a protocol between, on the one hand, the Union of Communist Youth, the youth section of the Communist Party of Cuba, and, on the other hand, the Organization of Jose Marti Pioneers (Sandinista Youth), the youth section of the Sandinista National Liberation Front, and the Nicaraguan Institute of Youth.
While communists worldwide agitate for the overthrow of “neoliberalism” (capitalism), the nexus between Latin America’s Red Axis and the illegal alien invasion of the USA is evident at this time too. The Open Borders Lobby, which as we have documented before unites Mexican irridentists, indigenous anti-globalists, American Stalinists, front groups for Latin America’s ruling leftist parties, and the Roman Catholic hierarchy, has selected May 1 as a day to express solidarity with America’s 12 million “undocumented workers.” The Immigrant Solidarity Network organized the May Day 2007 march in Los Angeles. The May 2 edition of the Los Angeles Times reports that the rent-a-mob turn out, however, was significantly smaller than last year’s rally, although the LAPD was forced to apply some persuasive measures to disperse rioters, er, activists.
>Latin America File: Caracas pulls out of IMF, World Bank; Quito expels World Bank envoy; FARC operating in Ecuador; FMLN: Posada base in El Salvador
May 1, 2007Posted by on
>Fidel Castro’s “mini me” in Caracas, Hugo Chavez, and his “mini mini me” in Quito, Rafael Correa, are making good on their rhetoric against the world’s bastions of globalism and neo-liberalism/capitalism. Pictured here: President Chavez at the Fifth Summit of the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas, held in Barquisimeto, Venzuela, April 29, 2007.
Venezuela to leave IMF, World Bank
Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez announced Monday his country’s decision to pull out of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, accusing them of exploiting small countries.
“I want to formalize the exit (of Venezuela) from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF),” Chavez said in broadcast on Venezolana state television, branding them “mechanisms of north American imperialism.”
The OPEC nation’s leader Chavez, a leftist firebrand who has made a habit of demonizing the United States administration, was given sweeping powers in February to govern by decree for 18 months in his country.
“We are going to withdraw … and let them pay back what they took from us,” he said, claiming that the organizations were “in crisis.””We are going to withdraw before they go and rob us,” he added, issuing an order for his Finance Minister Rodrigo Cabezas to begin proceedings to withdraw Venezuela from the organizations.
The United States has accused Chavez of being a destabilizing force in Latin America. US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Wednesday that Chavez was wrecking his country “economically and politically.”
The IMF recently reviewed a campaign launched last September to increase the stature and voting rights of emerging-market and poor countries.
Source: Turkish Press
Not content to dismiss legislators who oppose his consolidation of dictatorship, Comrade Rafael is also dismissing the World Bank’s envoy in Quito. Pictured here: President Correa a few days before his election in November 2006.
Ecuador expels World Bank envoy
By Hal Weitzman in Lima
Published: April 27 2007 19:03
Ecuador’s leftwing government has expelled the World Bank’s representative in Quito, carrying out a threat it made this month against an organisation it accuses of “extortion”.
In a letter to the bank, President Rafael Correa declared Eduardo Somensatto, the lender’s country manager, “persona non grata” – implying he should leave Quito – over the bank’s refusal in 2005 to hand over an agreed $100m (€73m, £50m) loan in response to Ecuador’s restructuring of an oil stabilisation fund.
The expulsion order is both personal and political. The administration of Mr Correa, an ally of Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez, has signalled its hostility to international lenders and threatened to default on its external debt. At the same time, Mr Correa is settling an old score that saw him snubbed by the bank in Washington during his short time as Ecuador’s finance minister.
The move against Mr Somensatto came as Quito reiterated its threat to default on “illegal” debt. Ricardo Patiño, the finance minister, warned that Ecuador could unilaterally suspend debt payments if it failed to strike a deal with creditors. Mr Patiño has suggested in the past that he believes there may have been irregularities in the country’s debt renegotiation in 2000, indicating that he might declare “illegal” bonds issued as part of that renegotiation.
The bank confirmed it had received the expulsion order and said it was “studying the implications . . . We reiterate the institution’s wish to maintain dialogue at the highest level with the authorities of the country.”
Although it now seems clear that Mr Somensatto will have to leave the country, Ecuador is unlikely to sever all ties with the bank itself. Quito owes the lender $748m, according to the economy ministry.
Mr Correa, elected last year on a platform of restructuring Ecuador’s $10.5bn foreign debt burden, has consistently refused to rule out default, saying he would pay domestic obligations above those owed to foreign bondholders.
However, despite signalling that it might do otherwise, his administration has made debt payments on time. Bogged down in domestic political struggles with its opponents, it has not yet produced a debt-restructuring plan.
The next test of Ecuador’s willingness to pay will come on May 15, when a $30.6m coupon is due on its global bonds due in 2012.
Source: Financial Times
Meanwhile, both Chavez and Correa, who refuse to characterize the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army as a terrorist org, are also denying that FARC-EP is operating on Venezuelan and Ecuadorian soil with impunity. The FARC-EP leadership, as we have documented in past months, has publicly expressed its solidarity with the neo-communist regimes in Caracas and Quito, to the point that the large guerrilla army has vowed to defend the Chavezista regime should the USA be so foolish as to invade. The report below was initially published by The Washington Times. Pictured here: FARC-EP commanders; pictured below: FARC-controlled territory.
Major weapons, explosives caches discovered
By Martin Arostegui
The Washington Times
SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia – Colombian security officials say leftist rebels are capitalizing on the institutional weakness of neighboring Ecuador to set up supply routes for weapons and explosives along the two countries’ common border.
The Colombian army reports it has uncovered major stores of arms and explosives at various locations in Putumayo province, just a few miles from the border.
Military officials say the caches belong to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known by its Spanish acronym FARC. The finds have included about 1,000 pounds of high-grade explosives rigged for sophisticated bombs, according to Colombia’s official army news agency.
Security officials suspect that explosives smuggled from Ecuador may have been used in a car bombing last week that destroyed a police station in Cali, killing one person and wounding 34.
“The recent car bombing in Cali and continuous combat along Narino and the Pacific coast indicate that the entire frontier zone has become the principal strategic corridor of FARC against the military offensive of the Colombian government,” said a high-ranking Colombian intelligence officer who asked not to be identified.
“The political instability and institutional weakness in Ecuador are aiding this purpose,” the officer said.
Peruvian officials say they are investigating a major arms-trafficking ring operating in Peru, Ecuador and Colombia. According to chief prosecutor Jose Luis Azanero, explosives, assault rifles, anti-tank rockets and hand grenades stolen from Peruvian military arsenals are being transported to Ecuador, where they are transferred to FARC.
Three Ecuadoran citizens as well as one Peruvian police lieutenant have so far been accused of participating in the arms-smuggling ring headed by Gilma Montenegro, who is an important supplier of FARC, according to Mr. Azanero.
Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa was elected on a far-left platform and on Sunday won a referendum to write a new constitution based on the model established by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, an anti-American firebrand.
Mr. Correa denies that Colombian rebels are operating from his territory, but he does not consider FARC a terrorist organization and refuses to cooperate with Colombian counterinsurgency efforts, which he claims are a U.S. pretext to “invade the region.”
“Terrorists, no,” he said when questioned about FARC in a recent radio interview. “They are guerrillas fighting a war.”
FARC spokesmen have been open in their appreciation for Mr. Correa and his government. The movement sent him an open letter offering condolences after the recent accidental death of his defense minister, Guadalupe Lariva, who had been accused of dealings with the Colombian rebels.
“She stood out for her loyalty to the revolutionary cause. Her example, flags and ideals will wave with more strength in our camps,” FARC said.
Should FARC overthrow Bogota’s pro-Western government, Colombia would acquire a pro-Moscow communist dictatorship under which the Communist Bloc’s 45-year-old narco-subversion operation against the West could operate with complete impunity. The Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front, El Salvador’s guerrilla army turned parliamentary opposition, however, alleges that anti-Castro “one-man terrorist army” Luis Posada Carriles, the favorite whipping boy of communists worldwide, operates a terrorist base in that country, where he receives sanctuary from the rightist ARENA government. The FMLN intends in 2009 to seize the Salvadoran presidency, which ARENA has controlled since the end of the civil war, and will no doubt do anything it can to trash President Antonio Saca’s party before voters head for the polls.
Posada Terror Base in El Salvador
San Salvador, Apr 30 (Prensa Latina) Luis Posada Carriles, the recently released terrorist in the US, had a center of anti-Cuba terrorist operations in El Salvador, probably supported by that country s governmental authorities.
The denunciation was made by the Farabundo Marti Front for National Liberation, and calls for a thorough investigation into the terrorist s links with top representative of the ruling Nationalist Republican Alliance.
Hugo Martinez, member of Congress Foreign Relations Commission and deputy for that group, demanded that the mechanism to make the denunciation official will be immediately defined, to unveil Posada Carriles activities in the Central American country in detail.
He affirmed that the author of the Cuban plane explosion in 1976 with 73 people onboard moved freely all over the country with false documents, and hired Salvadorians for terrorist acts, several of them with the help of the government.
Members of El Salvador’s main opposition force agreed that taking the case to the Inter-American Human Rights Court may be one of the ways to have Posada Carriles tried for his crimes.
Source: Prensa Latina