Monthly Archives: November 2008
>Blast from the Past File: Jailed under Soviet-backed dictator Bishop, Grenada’s new PM deepens island state’s realignment with Cuba
November 28, 2008Posted by on
– Cuba, China Building Grenada’s National Stadium; Authorities in St. George’s Intercept Suspicious Container Shipment, Order Chinese Company to Stop Constructing Hotel
– Three Russians Conspired with Grenada’s Deputy Prime Minister to Block US Oil Exploration Near Island in 2007, Even as Kremlin Pursues Offshore Drilling in Cuba
Today’s Blast from the Past File, the first in many months, focuses on Grenada’s gradual reabsorption, under several non-Marxist regimes, into the Communist Bloc–25 years after US President Ronald Reagan launched Operation Urgent Fury against the communist dictatorship there. Pictured above: US Army Rangers parachute into Grenada’s main airport.
In March 1979 Marxist Maurice Bishop and his New Jewel Movement (NJM) overthrew the democratically elected government of Grenadian Prime Minister Eric Gairy, who was then addressing the United Nations in New York City. On October 13, 1983 a NJM faction led by Deputy Prime Minister Bernard Coard, another ardent pro-Soviet communist, seized power. Bishop was placed under house arrest and executed six days later. Upon Bishop’s death, General Hudson Austin proclaimed himself head of the Revolutionary Military Council, which lasted until the USA, with support from the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, invaded the island on October 25. General Austin was deposed.
When the 7,000 US troops arrived on the island–under the pretext of restoring political stability and rescuing US medical students studying at St. George’s University–they encountered 1,500 Grenadian soldiers, about 700 Cuban military engineers, and 60 “advisers” from the Soviet Union, East Germany, Bulgaria, Libya, and North Korea. The Communist Bloc personnel were involved in constructing a 9,000-foot runway at Point Salines International Airport, reportedly to promote tourism on the island. Unconvinced, the White House worried that the Soviets would use Point Salines to convey arms to Cuba and revolutionary groups in Central America.
In his autobiography Under Fire (Harper Collins/Zondervan, 1991), retired US Marine Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North wrote of the Grenada intervention:
Here was a tiny island in the middle of the Caribbean where we discovered enough guns to arm every man, woman and child three times over. We also found an enormous archive of documents that was brought back to Washington to be analyzed. It offered the first detailed case study of a Soviet takeover of another country that we had ever seen. . . . Among other things, the Grenada documents revealed a massive indoctrination program for the island’s population. Selected individuals from Grenada were sent to study and train all over the Soviet empire: Moscow, East Berlin, Ho Chi Minh City, Prague, Sofia, Havana. How could anybody honestly argue that there was no evidence of an international Communist connection [pages 269-270]?
After the restoration of constitutional government, the NJM was banned, but followers of Bishop organized the socialist Maurice Bishop Patriotic Movement (MBPM). The MBPM’s last leader merged the organization with another leftist party in 2002, creating the People’s Labour Movement (PLM), which failed to win a seat in the 2003 election. For the July 2008 election the PLM entered a coalition with the Grenada United Labor Party, ironically once the party of Bishop’s adversary Gairy. The GULP-PLM coalition received no seats. However, Tillman Thomas’ National Democratic Congress won the most seats and Thomas (pictured below) was sworn in as prime minister this past July 9.
Today, reports the Caribbean media, PM Thomas, who was imprisoned during the Bishop dictatorship, has reaffirmed his government’s commitment to deepening relations between Havana and St. George’s: “The government and people of Grenada will continue to render their support to Cuba at the United Nations and other international fora; we will continue to call for the ending of the harsh and unjust economic and financial embargo; and will continue to work towards ensuring that the relations between Grenada and the Republic of Cuba are strengthened in the future.” Thomas spoke at the end of this week’s 11th session of the Grenada-Cuba Joint Commission, where an agreement was inked allowing Grenadians to continue studying in Cuba’s universities. Thomas added that Grenadians will also continue to benefit from the presence and expertise of Cuban medical professionals on the island.
Relations between Grenada and Cuba were actually restored in 1997 when Thomas’ conservative predecessor Keith Mitchell visited Havana. “Mr. Mitchell,” reported the New York Times, “did not come home empty-handed. While in Havana, he and Mr. Castro signed an economic cooperation agreement that calls for training Grenadian health care and tourism workers in Cuba, granting Cuban scholarships to Grenadian students and providing Cuban technical assistance to Grenadian agricultural and industrial ventures. Cuba also pledged to help Grenada build a national stadium, which would be the biggest project here since the [Point Salines] airport.”
Although Grenada is no longer under a Marxist regime, communist states around the world are still exerting influence in this small Caribbean country. Both Cuba and China, for example, are committed to improving Grenada’s infrastructure. The Chinese media reported on November 29, 2008 that Grenadian authorities ordered the Chinese company SOGECOA Caribbean to halt construction of a nearly completed five-storey hotel. Local planning inspectors recently discovered that the Chinese only had permission to construct an office building. Grenadians became suspicious when they intercepted a container purportedly carrying supplies for the country’s stadium, which is being built by the same Chinese company. Instead of stadium supplies, they found beds, tables, and chairs in the container.
Last month PM Thomas attended a ceremony commemorating the 25th anniversary of the US-led invasion of Grenada. Present also was the US ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Mary Ourisman, who read a letter from former First Lady Nancy Reagan, which stated in part:
I can hardly believe 25 years have passed since my husband received that early morning call for help from the Governor (General) of Grenada. Authorising military force is an extremely difficult decision for a president to make, but my husband didn’t hesitate. He knew that the freedom of the citizens of Grenada, the security of the democracies of the Eastern Caribbean, and the safety of American citizens in Grenada were at stake.
The attempt by Thomas’ government to play nice with the USA is suspect in view of the fact that the ruling National Democratic Congress has announced that it will construct a monument to remember the 24 Cuban military engineers who died during Operation Urgent Fury. “We cannot forget the Cubans who died in the invasion. They were making a contribution towards the development of this country and it’s time we recognise their contribution with an appropriate monument,” Foreign Affairs Minister Peter David intoned on October 14.
Thomas, it should be added, supports regional integration in the form of the Caribbean Single Market and Economy and the Caribbean Court of Justice. Latin America’s Red Axis, headquartered primarily in Havana, Caracas, and Managua, can rely on Thomas to bring Grenada back into the Communist Bloc without offering resistance. Grenada, which already participates in the Caracas-led Petrocaribe venture, may very well be the next candidate for membership in the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas.
Even North Korea has extended feelers to the new government in St. George’s. This past summer, communist dictator Kim Jong-il rather surprisingly congratulated PM Thomas on his electoral victory. “Expressing the belief that the friendly relations between the DPRK and Grenada would favorably develop in the mutual interests,” the Korean Central News Agency reported, “Kim in the message sincerely wished him success in his noble work.”
Not surprisingly, Russia has not abandoned all interest in the tiny island state. Grenada and the Soviet Union exchanged diplomatic missions in 1979, but these were terminated during the US-backed invasion. Grenada and Russia restored relations in 2002, at which time the Russian ambassador to Guyana was tasked with supervising relations between St. George’s and Moscow. In 2007 three Russian citizens conspired with Grenada’s deputy prime minister to prevent US businessman Jack Grynberg from executing an oil exploration agreement signed with St. George’s in 1996. At the same time, intriguingly, the Kremlin is pursuing offshore drilling ventures in Cuba.
More troubling still, on November 25, David Smith, director of the Georgian Security Analysis Center in Tbilisi, warned of the parallels between the Soviet-backed Cuba-Nicaragua-Grenada military triangle of the 1980s and the new Russian-backed Cuba-Nicaragua-Venezuela military triangle of the 2000s:
In the near term, writes Barry Cooper in the Calgary Herald, “A little training, a few high-end weapons in the hands of the Mexican drug cartels could pay off handsomely for the Russians. From their perspective, what could be better than a failed state or two on the outskirts of America?” In the medium term, beware of a potential Cuba-Nicaragua-Venezuela military triangle astride the approaches to Florida, the Mississippi, Houston and the Panama Canal, within bomber range of America’s eastern seaboard. This would replicate the Soviet Cuba-Nicaragua-Grenada triangle smashed by U.S. President Ronald Reagan in 1983.
“President Obama should maintain a wary eye on Russia,” concludes Smith. Indeed, the White House should specifically maintain a wary eye on neo-Soviet influence in the Caribbean.
>Latin America File: Medvedev wraps up regional tour, meets Raul Castro in Havana, first Russian leader to visit Cuba since Putin’s 2000 trip
November 28, 2008Posted by on
Russian “President” Dmitry Medvedev is wrapping up his four-nation Latin American tour today in long-time Soviet ally Cuba.
Over the past week he has visited Peru, where he attended the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, and Brazil and Venezuela, where he worked on improving bilateral relations with the communist regime in Caracas and the semi-communist regime in Brasilia. While visiting Hugo Chavez, Medvedev made a surprise appearance at a special meeting of the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA), where he conferred with Nicaragua and Bolivia’s communist leaders, Daniel Ortega and Evo Morales. There Medvedev, with little comment on the part of the North American MSM, articulated the neo-Soviet leadership’s desire of uniting Russia with ALBA, Latin America’s growing bloc of socialist and allied nations.
Concurrent with Medvedev’s tour, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov paid relationship-forging visits to Ecuador, where President Rafael Correa is closely aligned with Chavez, and US ally Colombia. In recent weeks, Russia has not only revitalized its Soviet-era defense pacts with Cuba and Nicaragua, but also consolidated its seven-year-old strategic partnership with Red Venezuela, and founded new military and security cooperation agreements with Argentina, Brazil, and Ecuador. As we have suggested before, Russia’s intense networking with Latin America’s leftist leaders this year appears to be leading to the formation of a Red Dawn-style military coalition.
With respect to Cuba, earlier this year Russian strategic bomber crews arrived on the island to identify suitable locations to base their aircraft. In September Russian transport aircraft delivered humanitarian aid to the hurricane-ravaged island state. Shortly thereafter a high-ranking Russian military delegation materialized on Cuba, pledging to modernize the communist state’s air defense system (presumably against US attack), and train a new generation of Cuban soldiers and airmen in Russia. (Within the last few weeks Russia established a similar arrangement for Nicaragua’s armed forces.) Moscow has also expressed its intent of building a space center and heavy truck factory (which has potential military application) on Cuba. Lastly, the Kremlin is also preparing to drill for oil off the coast of Cuba. There the Russians will be competing with US petroleum companies presently drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. (In a somewhat encouraging development, US oil firms have received assurances from the incoming Democratic administration that some expansion of drilling along the East and West Coasts will be permitted.)
The Red Chinese have already heavily invested in Cuba’s command economy. Medvedev’s visit to sunny but sinister Cuba follows a trip by Chinese President/Tyrant Hu Jintao last week, an event reviewed by Fidel Castro himself in his regular Granma column.
Today, before flying home to Moscow, Medvedev will pay homage to Soviet soldiers killed in action abroad, at the Mausoleum of the Soviet Internationalist Soldier, in the Havana suburbs. In 2000 then President Vladimir Putin, Medvedev’s mentor, was the last Russian leader to visit Cuba since the Cold War, which appears to have been reactivated. “Medvedev’s visit [to Cuba],” remarks the AFP news agency, “follows an accelerated process of reconciliation, including new deals on military, energy, telecommunications and transport ties.”
Pictured above: A young commie, an old commie and, in the background, a commie who refuses to die. Yesterday Medvedev accompanied his host Castro in laying a wreath to honor Cuba’s national hero Jose Marti, at Havana’s Revolution Square. A stylized depiction of Argentine-born communist-terrorist Che Guevara looms in the background. Che’s iconic mugshot also appears on T-shirts worn by naive and brainwashed college students worldwide. A close-up of the same photo appears immediately below.
HAVANA (AFP) — Visiting Russian President Dmitry Medvedev met with Cuban President Raul Castro seeking to forge closer ties with the former Soviet Union’s Cold War ally, on the last leg of a tour to boost Russia’s reach in Latin America.
Not long after arriving in Havana around 2050 GMT from Venezuela, Medvedev held two rounds of official talks — one private and one between the two countries’ delegations — at the imposing Palace of the Revolution.
Then the Cuban president, who maintains a low public profile, and Medvedev paid a visit to the new Russian Orthodox cathedral in colonial Old Havana, with bells tolling and security tight.
It marks the last stop for Medvedev on a four-nation trip, including Peru, Brazil and Venezuela, where he visited Russian warships due to carry out joint maneuvers next week.
It was unclear whether Medvedev, on the first visit by a Russian leader to Cuba since 2000, would also meet ailing former president Fidel Castro, 82.
The visit could be light on substance: there were no agreements scheduled to be signed though the countries do have cooperation in fields such as oil, nickel, telecommunications, biotechnology and tourism.
Medvedev’s Latin America tour largely has sought to boost trade, despite the world economic slowdown, but was also seen as a rebuff to US moves in formally Communist-ruled parts of Europe, such as planned missile defense facilities.
The Russian leader arrived from Venezuela, where he signed a string of accords, including a nuclear energy deal, with anti-US President Hugo Chavez.
Medvedev is only the second Russian president to travel to Cuba after the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union, which led to a decade of distant relations broken by a visit by former president Vladimir Putin in 2000.
But Putin’s decision to close a Russian spy base in Lourdes, south of Havana, in 2001, created a new chill in relations that lasted until 2007, when Moscow showed a new interest in Latin America.
Medvedev’s visit follows an accelerated process of reconciliation, including new deals on military, energy, telecommunications and transport ties.
“Cuba has been and will continue to be one of our key partners in Latin America,” Medvedev said after hosting Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque in Russia this month.
“Relations are developing in a very dynamic way,” Medvedev said on announcing a planned trip by Raul Castro to Russia in 2009.
The Russian ambassador said Saturday that the country was negotiating major investments in Cuba’s oil and nickel industries, with deals under consideration with specific Russian firms to search for oil offshore in Cuba’s exclusive economic zone in the Gulf of Mexico.
Since Raul Castro replaced his ailing brother, who held Cuba’s helm for five decades, he has implemented minor and not radical systemic economic changes. The government controls the economy and media, and still outlaws opposition forces.
Earlier this month, Russia granted Cuba a 20-million-dollar trade credit as part of agreements on oil, mining and transport, during a visit by Russian deputy premier Igor Sechin.
In a Russian drive in the region after an Asia-Pacific summit in Peru earlier this month, Medvedev also visited Brazil, and his foreign minister, Serguei Lavrov, stopped off in Colombia and Ecuador.
Russia sees Latin America as a “center of economic growth,” Lavrov said Thursday in Quito.
Medvedev’s visit to Cuba follows a trip by Chinese President Hu Jintao, who put off some of Cuba’s debt payments and agreed to cooperation deals to strengthen ties between the two communist nations.
Pictured immediately above: Medvedev, messenger boy for the Moscow Leninists, and Castro get down to the business of revitalizing the Moscow-Havana Axis and dethroning US “unipolarity,” a communist codeword for “imperialism.” It was not clear, states AFP above, if Medvedev would make a house call to Raul’s ailing brother Fidel, who is still titular head of the Communist Party of Cuba. President Castro will visit Moscow next year.
>Latin America File: Russia’s plan to join ALBA socialist bloc highlights USA’s profound strategic failures; Medvedev meets Ortega, Morales in Caracas
November 27, 2008Posted by on
>– Chavez: The Armies of ALBA’s “Revolutionary Governments” Will Defend the Region’s Bloc of Socialist Nations
– Ortega and Chavez Warn Obama: US President-Elect’s Domestic Opponents Will Try to Assassinate Him
– New Cold War in Central America: USA Suspends Aid to Managua, Venezuela Steps in to Fill the Gap with New Company to Supply Food to Nicaragua
In our last post we summarized Russian “President” Dmitry Medvedev’s Latin American itinerary, unaware that the region’s expanding bloc of socialist and allied nations, the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA), was holding a special summit in Caracas on the same day that the Russian head of state was due to arrive. In addition to their host, Venezuela’s communist dictator Hugo Chavez, Nicaragua’s past and present Marxist despot Daniel Ortega and Bolivia’s new “communist on the bloc” President Evo Morales were in attendance. ALBA consists of Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Honduras, and tiny Dominica.
Ominously, during the meeting Ortega and Chavez hinted, without naming names, that domestic, presumably right-wing (“fascist”), opponents of President-Elect Barack Hussein Obama intend to assassinate the USA’s first non-white executive. “They will kill him if he tries to promote the change [socialism] that he has promised in the United States,” they cautioned. “He is a prisoner of the empire,” Ortega said. “I hope they don’t kill him,” Chávez offered.
Even more ominously, the Washington Post confirms our suspicions that Medvedev not only met with Chavez, but also Ortega and Morales on the sidelines of the ALBA conference (pictured above and below). The Russian president was not scheduled to visit Nicaragua and Bolivia on this trip so this rendezvous in the Venezuelan capital worked out well for the Communist Bloc leaders. In a troubling but not surprising development that exposes the profound strategic failures of US policy makers in countering neo-Soviet influence in the Western Hemisphere, the same source also reveals that Russia is contemplating joining ALBA as an associate member:
Medvedev also said Russia is ready to “think about participating” in a regional socialist trade bloc led by Chavez, likely as an associate member. Chavez launched the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas, named after South American independence hero Simon Bolivar, as an alternative to U.S.-backed free-trade pacts. Cuba is the last stop on a four-nation tour, which also included visits to Peru and Brazil and talks in Caracas with Bolivia’s Evo Morales and Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega.
Ortega is slated to visit Moscow on December 17, his first such pilgrimage since the Cold War. At that time he will formalize an agreement by which the Russians will renovate the Soviet-built, never-used, 22-year-old military runway at Punta Huete, north of Lake Managua. The Punta Huete air base can accommodate the Tu-160 “Blackjack” strategic bomber, placing the US West Coast within striking distance of these supersonic ALCM platforms, with no refueling necessary. Two Blackjacks were briefly deployed to Venezuela in September.
One of the “constructive” undertakings that emerged from yesterday’s Kremlin-sponsored ALBA summit in Caracas was the proposal to establish a new, regional currency for member states that will replace the dying US dollar. Another project, reports El Universal, was ALBA Alimentos de Nicaragua, a Venezuelan initiative that will channel food, including milk and meat, to Ortega’s impoverished country.
This is a timely economic bailout for the embattled neo-Sandinista regime since this week the Millennium Challenge Corporation, a US government agency, decided to suspend a $64 million aid package to Nicaragua, expressing concerns about the “state of democracy” in the Central American country. “We had hoped, for the sake of the Nicaraguan people, that the [Sandinista] government would continue the country’s trend toward peaceful, democratic and credible elections,” lamented MCC chief executive John J. Danilovich this week, adding: “I’m afraid recent evidence shows that this is not the case.” Speaking at the ALBA summit, reports the Costa Rican media, Ortega remarked that Nicaragua was now “free” of the baleful influence of the “North American empire,” meaning the USA. Host Chávez explained that “ALBA will continue to denounce the international plans to destabilize the revolutionary governments in Latin America.” He also warned that “Member nations have soldiers to defend it.”
Meanwhile, states Cuba’s Prensa Latina, political tensions between the ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front and the opposition, led by the Liberal Constitutionalist Party (PLC), fester as the PLC advanced a bill in the National Assembly to anull the results of the disputed November 9 municipal elections. “I want to state clearly that the National Assembly has no faculties to comment on electoral matters,” assembly president and Sandinista cadre Daniel Nunez protested. The PLC has paralyzed assembly business by refusing to support the 2009 national budget.
>Latin America File: Medvedev arrives in Caracas late Wednesday, tours destroyer Admiral Chabanenko with host Chavez, pledges nuclear cooperation
November 27, 2008Posted by on
>The Russian Navy’s Northern Fleet, based in Murmansk and under the command of flagship missile cruiser Peter the Great, made a friendly port of call in Venezuela two days ago, receiving a 21-gun salute from Venezuelan marines. There Russian sailors will carry out joint naval drills with their Venezuelan counterparts under the watchful presence of communist dictator Hugo Chavez and Russian “President” Dmitry Medvedev, who is touring Latin America at this time. El Universal reports that Medvedev and Chavez were conveyed today to the port of La Guaira, in the northern state of Vargas, where they inspected the destroyer Admiral Chabanenko, one of the warships accompanying Peter the Great. The nuclear-powered missile cruiser, however, anchored offshore because it is too large to dock at the Venezuelan facility.
Medvedev has already visited Peru, where he attended the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit and pressed the flesh with lame-duck US President George W. Bush. He then went to Brazil where, according to CNN, he signed agreements with leftist President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva that addresses issues like security cooperation, the sale of combat helicopters to Brasilia, and the establishment of a joint enterprise between Gazprom and Petrobas. Russia, Brazil, India, and China belong to the so-called BRIC group of nations, an economic alliance of “emerging markets” countries.
In Caracas Medvedev will ink a raft of military and economic agreements with well-established strategic partner Chavez, reports Bloomberg. This framework of cooperation will commit Russia to building a nuclear power plant in Venezuela, a prospect that should worry US policy makers exceedingly. “The world is becoming multipolar,” gloated Mikhail Margelov, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the Federation Council, the upper house of Russia’s rubber-stamp parliament. Accompanying Medvedev to Caracas, Margelov enlarged: “Latin America is also one of the poles of strength. Russia is back in Latin America, Russia is back in Africa, and Russia is back in Asia. We are ready to work in markets where we can be competitive.” Chavez chimed in: “Russia is back on its feet and playing an important role. I’m committed to continue to work together like this, without letting up.” Russia is indeed “back,” back in the USSR . . .
After wrapping up his Caracas stopover, Medvedev will fly to long-time Soviet ally Cuba, there to confer with communist dictator Raul Castro.
Putatively the president of Russia, Medvedev is widely perceived–by average Russians as well as even Western analysts who do not recognize the perestroika deception–as a temporary frontman for KGB-communist dictator, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. Medvedev, of course, is a graduate of the Soviet Komsomol and thus a compliant tool in the hands of the covertly ruling Communist Party of the Russian Federation/Soviet Union. This week the Federation Council followed the Duma, the Russian parliament’s lower house, in approving a bill that will extend the presidential term limit from four to six years. BBC News speculates: “The bill has been fast-tracked, and is seen by some as a sign Vladimir Putin may return to the presidency soon.”
If this is the intent of the Soviet strategists, then Medvedev may resign as early as 2009, permitting Putin to step into his old role as president for the next 12 years, just long enough for the Moscow Leninists to complete their goal of global domination. Throughout this political farce, the Soviet strategists will maintain the fiction that Russia has become a constitutional democracy and a suitable partner for East-West convergence, with a little help from Barack Hussein Obama.
>Communist Bloc Military Updates: Two Bear bombers fly near Alaska, intercepted by US F-15s; Russia test launches new MIRV-able ICBM from Plesetsk
November 27, 2008Posted by on
– Tenth Ilyushin Il-76 Transport Aircraft Arrives in Chad with Housing Modules for Russian Helicopter Base
The Russian Air Force’s revitalized overseas missions continued today, reports Kommersant Daily, as two Tu-95 strategic bombers based at the Ukrainka Air Base in the Far East carried out a 15-hour flight over the Arctic Ocean. The bombers left their base on November 25 and returned earlier today. During their flight these venerable but hardy ALCM platforms were refueled by Ilyushin Il-78 aerial tankers and intercepted by two US Air Force F-15 fighter jets as they neared the coast of Alaska. As usual Kremlin spokesentities insisted that the bomber flightplans conformed to accepted rules of international aviation.
At Once Upon a Time in the West we endeavor to chronicle every flight carried out by Russian strategic aviation. The previous incident occured last week when another two Bear bombers, based at Engels Air Base in southern Russia, also carried out a routine patrol mission over the North Pole.
In yet another signal to Washington DC that Moscow is still a nuclear superpower, Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces (SMF) launched an RS-24 missile, a new-generation ICBM with MIRV warheads, from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome yesterday. The missile, reports Novosti, successfully hit a designated target thousands of miles away on Russia’s Pacific coast, in the Kura testing grounds on the Kamchatka Peninsula. Plesetsk is located in northwestern Russia. The RS-24 (pictured above) was first tested on May 29 and December 25 of 2007.
In October SMF commander Colonel General Nikolai Solovtsov announced that the RS-24 missile system will enter service in 2009. Solovtsov plainly admitted that the RS-24 is designed to counter the USA’s National Missile Defense program: “This new system will strengthen Russia’s nuclear deterrence, including our capability to penetrate missile defense shields. It will also counter elements of a U.S. missile defense system that may be deployed in central Europe.” In recent months Russia has test-launched many ICBMs and SLBMs. According to Solovtsov, the RS-24 missile system will be deployed both in silos and on mobile platforms and, along with the Topol-M single-warhead ICBM, will comprise the core of Russia’s nuclear deterrence in the future.
Meanwhile, neo-Soviet Russia continues to re-project its influence throughout Africa, a major battleground for the Cold War during between 1960 and 1990. State-run Itar-Tass reports today that the tenth and final Ilyushin Il-76 military transport aircraft landed in Chad today, unloading housing modules for the 200 airmen who will comprise the Russian military’s next rotation of personnel in that war-torn country. In January, under the directive of then President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin contributed a helicopter group to the European Union’s peacekeeping mission in Chad, where (Sudan-backed) rebels are trying to oust President Idriss Déby. Lieutenant-Colonel Vladimir Drik, chief of the Russian Air Force’s information service, noted the Russian transports used a Turkish airport to refuel en route to Africa:
The crews of Russia’s military transportation planes made ten flights within the period from November 14 to 26. The flight route remained the same with one intermediate stop at the Turkish Sebha airport for refuelling. The preparation of a site for a housing community, the assembly of housing for personnel, and other operations are currently under way at the place of the permanent station of Russian helicopter crews.
We have previously documented the warm and expanding relationship between Moscow and NATO member Turkey, a secular state with a predominantly Muslim population. Hence, Russia’s freedom to utilize the airport at Sebha for its Chad mission is not surprising.
The RHG in Chad presently includes about 100 members of flying and technical personnel, as well as four Mil Mi-8 (Hip) helicopters. Introduced in 1967, the Soviet-era Mi-8 can be used as a troop transport or a gunship. More recent helicopter gunships in the Russian armament include the large (and ugly) Mi-24 (Hind), a low-capacity troop transport introduced in 1972 and which was utilized by the first Sandinista regime to wipe out the Contras; and dedicated attack models like the Mi-28 (Havoc), introduced in 1996, and the Kamov Ka-50 (Black Shark), introduced in 1995. Russian peacekeepers, under United Nations and African Union commands, are also present in the neighboring countries of Sudan and the Central African Republic. On September 1 Putin’s lackey “President” Dmitry Medvedev committed the Russian military to another, 12-month stint in war-torn central Africa.
November 26, 2008Posted by on
>17th World Festival of Youth and Students, sponsored by World Federation of Democratic Youth, Minsk, July-August 2009
13th Congress of Communist Party of the Russian Federation, Moscow, November 29-30, 2008 10th International Meeting of Communist and Workers’ Parties, Sao Paulo, November 21-23, 2008
Executive Meeting of International Council of Friendship and Solidarity with Soviet People, Toronto, October 10-12, 2008
14th Conference of Sao Paulo Forum, Montevideo, May 22-25, 2008
17th International Communist Seminar, Brussels, May 16-18, 2008
World Peace Conference of World Peace Council, Caracas, April 9-12, 2008
8th World Social Forum, multiple locations worldwide, January 2008
Participants of International Meeting of Communist and Workers’ Parties in Minsk attend commemoration of 90th anniversary of Bolshevik Revolution, Moscow, November 7, 2007
9th International Meeting of Communist and Workers’ Parties, Minsk, November 3-4, 2007
Working Group of Sao Paulo Forum, Santiago, November 1-4, 2007
Working Group of Sao Paulo Forum, Managua, July 23, 2007
16th International Communist Seminar, Brussels, May 4-6, 2007
17th Assembly of World Federation of Democratic Youth, Hanoi, March 9-14, 2007
Working Group of International Communist and Workers’ Parties, Athens, February 24, 2007
7th World Social Forum, Nairobi, January 20-25, 2007
13th Conference of Sao Paulo Forum, San Salvador, January 12-16, 2007
8th International Meeting of Communist and Workers’ Parties, Lisbon, November 10-12, 2006
15th International Communist Seminar, Brussels, May 5-7, 2006
6th World Social Forum, Caracas and Bamako, January 2006; Karachi, March 2006
16th World Festival of Youth and Students, sponsored by World Federation of Democratic Youth, Caracas, 2005
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November 26, 2008Posted by on
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The Economist: The Making of a Neo-KGB State (08-23-07)
Oleg Shenin, 1991 Coup Mastermind: Lenta.ru Bio (Russian; 08-07-07)
Communists Pledge to Restore Soviet Union (01-20-07)
Red March to Global Tyranny (Part 3, 95)
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>Asia File: Beijing moves 100,000 troops to North Korean frontier, Pyongyang closes all borders; laid off workers riot as economic crisis grips PRC
November 26, 2008Posted by on
– Hu Jintao’s Son Keeping Watch over Security at Port of Los Angeles
– Chinese State-Run Car Manufacturers SAIC and Dongfeng May Preempt Proposed US Auto Industry Bailout by Taking Over General Motors and Chrysler
On November 13 the Financial Times reported that the Chinese military had “boosted” troop numbers along the border with North Korea, as well as constructed more fences and installations at key border outposts. The FT cited “US officials” who speculated that the People’s Republic of China was preparing for the possibility of a mass exodus of North Koreans should the ailing North Korean leader Kim Jong-il require a six-foot-deep hole in the ground. The FT also interviewed Wang Baodong, PRC embassy spokesman in Washington DC, who insisted that he was “unaware of any increased deployments.”
The source quoted by FT stated that the troop movement was not “dramatic. On November 20, however, World Net Daily editor Joseph Farah, writing in his G2 Bulletin, cited a source at MI6’s Asian Desk who stated that the PLA has deployed as many as 100,000 troops to the North Korean border, “ostensibly to block refugees from fleeing into China in the event of the death of Kim Jong-il.” MI6, of course, is the British Secret Intelligence Service. Farah also reported: “North Korea also has announced it will reinforce its border with South Korea after accusing its neighbor of ‘provocation beyond the danger level.’ The result, according to one [MI6] analyst, is ‘the most explosive situation since the Korean War.'”
Pictured above: On September 30 a North Korean soldier observes the south side of Panmunjom truce village. The demilitarized zone that separates the two Koreas is the world’s most heavily fortified border and a stark reminder that the Cold War is not over on the Korean Peninsula.
While the MSM has generally spun this development as indicating China’s attempt to prevent internal destabilization as a result of a massive influx of North Korean refugees, the augmentation of PLA troops along the North Korean border could just as easily presage a coming invasion of South Korea in collaboration with the communist regime in Pyongyang. Along the same theme, in May of this year a Strategy Page article, “China Prepares to Invade North Korea,” revealed that “For the last four years, China has been holding an increasing number of exercises to test their ability to come to the aid of North Korea, in the event of a war with South Korea (and the United States) or in the event of a collapse of the North Korean government.” The same source reveals, too, that earlier this year the PLA Air Force redeployed squadrons of its most advanced fighter jets, the Russian-built Su-27, from the coast opposite Taiwan to the frontier area near North Korea. Strategy Page elaborates: “There have also been exercises with engineers practicing erecting bridges across the rivers that form most of the border between North Korea and China (on the assumption that U.S. or South Korean warplanes would quickly destroy the existing bridges.)”
On December 8, reports Reuters, representatives from the two Koreas, China, Japan, Russia, and the USA will once again converge to attempt to determine the fate of North Korea’s nuclear program. Pyongyang, however, has threatened to close its border to the South one week prior to the summit, citing provocations from the US-backed regime in Seoul. North Korea has already closed its border with China. Pyongyang conducted its first underground nuclear detonation in October 2006.
Earlier this month Cho Sung Ryul, senior researcher at Seoul’s Institute for National Security Strategy, commented on incoming President Barack Hussein Obama’s unrealistic North Korea policy: “Mr Obama’s belief is that by opening up and reforming, North Korea will be able to achieve some economic growth, and that will (give) North Korea a reason to give up its nuclear weapons.” At least outgoing President George W. Bush, for all his faults, correctly included North Korea in the Axis of Evil.
Pictured here: People’s Liberation Army soldiers stand in formation during a troop rotation at a barrack in Hong Kong yesterday. The PLA conducted its eleventh troop rotation since Beijing assumed control over the former British crown colony on July 1, 1997.
Meanwhile, the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) is facing internal threats to regime stability as the global credit crunch forces millions of Chinese workers out of the factories and into the streets. On Tuesday, reports the AFP news agency, “Hundreds of workers sacked from a toy factory in China clashed with police and smashed buildings, authorities said Wednesday, in the latest bout of violent unrest linked to rising unemployment.” The same source continues:
The riot occurred Tuesday in Guangdong province, southern China’s export heartland where similar protests have flared recently, after about 2,000 workers gathered to demand severance pay, according to the local government. The workers smashed offices at the factory where they used to work and overturned police cars, with the violence leaving six people injured, the government of Zhongtang township where the unrest occurred said in a statement.
The riot occurred Tuesday in Guangdong province, southern China’s export heartland where similar protests have flared recently, after about 2,000 workers gathered to demand severance pay, according to the local government. The workers smashed offices at the factory where they used to work and overturned police cars, with the violence leaving six people injured, the government of Zhongtang township where the unrest occurred said in a statement.
Last month nearly 7,000 laid-off employees staged a similar protest in Guangdong, after another Hong Kong-owned toy factory, one of China’s biggest, folded. China’s social security minister, Yin Weimin, recently described the employment situation across the country as “critical,” while the PRC’s police chief warned his deputies that unrest was likely, although any astute anti-communist with half a brain and one eye could anticipate that development. “But amid the downturn in the global economy,” comments the AFP, “coupled with rising labour costs, expensive raw materials and the appreciation of the Chinese currency, factories have found it difficult to make ends meet.” Sporadic unrest, either related to Tibetan secessionism or the limitations of the Communist Party’s “market socialism,” has disturbed China over the past several years.
As we previously blogged, 67,000 Chinese companies declared bankruptcy in the first half of 2008 while 20 million employees in Mao’s glorious workers’ paradise lost their jobs. Last year we also documented the presence of three million CPC cadres in China’s “private” factories. When push comes to shove, though, workers with party connections are more likely than those without to weather the economic storm whipping through China and around the world. Ten years before Mikhail Gorbachev introduced his “reforms” in the Soviet Union, China’s communist rulers took a page from Vladimir Lenin’s pragmatic but deceptive New Economic Policy, introduced “socialism with Chinese characteristics,” and exploited the country’s subsequent economic miracle by bolstering their regime with foreign capitalist dollars and stolen military secrets. In March 2008 Premier Wen Jibao assessed the results of China’s backward march to socialism in the following address, delivered to the Eleventh National People’s Congress. In his speech he affirmed that the PRC is still in the “primary stage of socialism,” not capitalism, as some Western observers will no doubtly naively declare:
It has been 30 years since China introduced the reform and opening up policy, which has brought about great historic changes to the country. However, China is still in the primary stage of socialism and will remain so for a long time to come. To further promote unfettered development of the productive forces, promote greater social fairness and justice, and attain the magnificent goals of building a moderately prosperous society in all respects and modernizing China, we must continue to unswervingly implement the reform and opening up policy.
Now that the bottom has fallen out of the world economy, the CPC hierarchy can at a propitious time about-face, point to communist economic theory, and triumphantly denounce capitalism, which was their intention all along. Useful idiots, assorted socialists, and faux rightists in the West are already falling over themselves to say “Amen,” to wit the enormous government (taxpayer)-backed bailouts proferred to tottering banks in the USA and European Union.
In a related story that exposes the extent of Red Chinese subversion in the USA, Canadian journalist Judi McLeod disclosed last week that the Port of Los Angeles, availing itself of a US$1.7 million “port security grant” awarded by the Department of Homeland Security, purchased a mobile X-ray scanning system, mounted on a Mack Truck chassis. The scanning system is owned by Nuctech Company Limited, owned outright by Hu Haifeng, the son of Chinese President/Tyrant Hu Jintao. Americans can now sleep well at night knowing that the communist butchers of Beijing are keeping watch over port security on the West Coast.
Americans can also sleep well knowing, too, that the Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation and Dongfeng Motor Corporation, both of which are state owned, are interested in buying out ailing Detroit auto makers GM and Chrysler. Citing the November 18 edition of China’s 21st Century Business Herald, The Truth about Cars opines: “A take-over of a large overseas auto maker would fit perfectly into China’s plans. As reported before, China has realized that its export chances are slim without unfettered access to foreign technology.” In 2005 another Chinese state-owned company, China National Offshore Oil Corporation Ltd., withdrew a US$18.5 billion takeover bid for California energy firm Unocal Corp. CNOOC executives admitted that politicians in Washington were concerned that the proposed takeover threatened US national security and violated the rules of “fair trade.” That was then, this is now. Three years later, the Democratic Party controls both houses of US Congress. If that party’s proposed auto industry bailout flops, then President Barack Hussein Obama can always pass an executive order requiring the Big Three to welcome new Red Chinese management.
>Latin America File: Russian warships dock at Venezuela’s port of La Guaira for joint naval drill, Medvedev to fly into Caracas tomorrow
November 25, 2008Posted by on
– Russian Foreign Ministry Analyst Predicts Economic Turmoil Will Foment Secessionism by Spring 2009, Political Collapse of USA into Six Regional “Micro-States”; Russia to Reclaim Alaska, Moscow and Beijing to Regulate World Markets
– United Socialist States of America: US Government to Throw a Mind-Boggling $7.7 Trillion at Failed Financial Industry Courtesy the US Taxpayer
After the Kremlin’s formal announcement of joint Soviet-Venezuelan naval exercises, US State Department spokesman Sean McCormack joked about the Russian Navy’s need for tugboats to pull its warships to South America. However, the nuclear-powered missile cruiser Peter the Great and support ships, after making ports of call in Libya and Syria, finally arrived at the Venezuelan port of La Guaira today (pictured above), one day before Russian “President” Dmitry Medvedev is scheduled to visit communist dictator Hugo Chavez in Caracas. In the excerpt below the MSM reports on this unprecedented “post”-Cold War development:
Russian warships arrived in Venezuela Tuesday in a show of strength aimed at the United States as Moscow seeks to expand its influence in Latin America.
Venezuelan sailors fired off cannons in a 21-gun salute as the destroyer Admiral Chabanenko docked in La Guaira, near Caracas. Russians sailors dressed in black-and-white uniforms lined up along the bow.
The deployment is the first of its kind in the Caribbean since the Cold War and was timed to coincide with President Dmitry Medvedev’s visit to Caracas — the first ever by a Russian president. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has eagerly welcomed the ships, basking in the support of a powerful ally and traditional U.S. rival.
On Sunday Chavez consolidated his hold on the nation when his United Socialist Party won 17 of 22 state governor posts, although the opposition made some electoral gains.
In our humble assessment, the Soviet-Venezuelan naval exercise not only sends an unfriendly signal to Washington DC, but also represents Russia’s first steps toward incrementally assembling a Red Dawn-style military coalition in Latin America. The Kremlin’s missile power can snuff out the lives of millions of Americans, but it cannot subjugate millions of angry, armed Americans into the Red World Order. In either case, Moscow advances its goal of global domination through a strategic partnership with China and its enormous army, the foaming-at-the-mouth Islamic fanatics in Tehran, and the hostile regimes in Latin America, who nurse old grudges against “Yankee imperialism.”
The Russian and Venezuelan air forces are slated to hold joint exercises next year. This past September the crews of two supersonic Blackjack bombers, with the intent of simulating combat in tropical climes, carried out a week of drills over the Caribbean Sea, another unprecedented “post”-Cold War development. At the time, under the watchful presence of the Russian Tu-160s the Venezuelan army repelled a mock US invasion of the South American country, a familiar theme in Chavez’s heated red rhetoric.
Meanwhile, OPEC states like Venezuela and other petroleum-producing countries in the Communist Bloc are nervously eyeing the steep drop in crude oil futures, down by almost two thirds since an all-time high of US$147 per barrel in July. In the summer Western economists, Kremlin spokesentities like Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller, and communist vultures around the world issued dire predictions that the seemingly unstoppable hike in fuel prices would kill the capitalist economies. “The country would consider a price of $80 to $100 a barrel to be ‘fair,” Chavez said today in a televised press conference in Caracas,” reports Bloomberg. The news source adds: “OPEC created price bands in the late 1990s to try to keep oil between $22 and $29 a barrel.” Crude oil futures are currently trading at $53.81 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
As it turns out, the global credit crunch has done a nice job “killing” capitalism. Indeed, the outgoing Bush Administration is using this opportunity to socialize the US economy by throwing a mind-boggling US$7.7 trillion at the financial industry. “It’s unprecedented,” declared Bob Eisenbeis, chief monetary economist at Cumberland Advisors Inc. and economist for the Atlanta branch of the US Federal Reserve System for 10 years until January of this year: “The backlash has begun already. Congress is taking a lot of hits from their constituents because they got snookered on the TARP [Troubled Assets Relief Program] big time. There’s a lot of supposedly smart people who look to be totally incompetent and it’s all going to fall on the taxpayer.” By contrast, the incoming Obama Presidency is only talking about another $700 billion, spread out over two years. Perhaps a happy medium will be found that would make even Franklin Delano Roosevelt gulp.
In October Medvedev duly noted the real intent behind the bailout of the US economy: “US attempts to create a unipolar world in both the political and economic field have failed. It is essential to strengthen the legitimacy of the United Nations and regulate the global economy more effectively. The example of the US has shown that the move from self-regulating capitalism to financial socialism is only one step“ [our emphasis]. As a graduate of the Soviet Komsomol Medvedev should know.
Pictured here: The flag of Soviet-occupied America, from the movie Red Dawn.
Along the same theme, Novosti reports today that Russian political analyst Igor Panarin gave an eye-opening assessment of the future of America to the daily Izvestia yesterday. Professor Panarin teaches at the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs so he would not be articulating views contrary to those of the neo-Soviet leadership. Panarin apparently predicted that the turmoil in the US economy would foment secessionist movements throughout the country, leading to the rise of six new “micro-states,” including: “the Pacific coast, with its growing Chinese population; the South, with its Hispanics; Texas, where independence movements are on the rise; the Atlantic coast, with its distinct and separate mentality; five of the poorer central states with their large Native American populations; and the northern states, where the influence from Canada is strong.”
When asked why he expected the USA to fragment into separate parts, Panarin explained: “A whole range of reasons. Firstly, the financial problems in the U.S. will get worse. Millions of citizens there have lost their savings. Prices and unemployment are on the rise. General Motors and Ford are on the verge of collapse, and this means that whole cities will be left without work. Governors are already insistently demanding money from the federal center. Panarin indicated that spring 2009 might present the timeframe in which the political demise of the USA begins: “Dissatisfaction is growing, and at the moment it is only being held back by the elections and the hope that Obama can work miracles. But by spring, it will be clear that there are no miracles.” When asked who would replace the USA in regulating world markets, Panarin gloated: “Two countries could assume this role: China, with its vast reserves, and Russia, which could play the role of a regulator in Eurasia.”
No doubt the Soviet strategists have already mapped out this scenario. Thus, after the political collapse of the USA, Russian, Chinese, Cuban, Venezuelan, and Nicaraguan troops will attempt to pick off and occupy sections of the dismembered giant. A well-organized fifth column will be waiting to aid and abet the Communist Bloc’s invasion of America. Surely the Marxist secessionists at the People’s Republic of the North Star will be among the first to welcome the invaders to Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan.
Incidentally, Beijing is solving the logistical challenge of airlifting the People’s Liberation Army (to both Taiwan and the USA) by designing and building its own troop transport aircraft in collaboration with “post”-communist Ukraine. China’s acquisition of 30 Antonov Il-76 transports and eight Il-78 refueling tankers has been held up by contractual disputes with the Russians.
>Latin America File: United Socialist Party of Venezuela takes most state governor posts in Sunday election, opposition regains Caracas
November 24, 2008Posted by on
Like neo-Sandinista Nicaragua on November 9, reports Reuters, Red Venezuela faced a recent regional election yesterday that tested the ability of the resident communist dictatorship to retain power democratically. As predicted, President Hugo Chavez’s new United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) won the governorships of 17 of 22 states, but the opposition held onto the two states it won at the last regional elections in 2004, picked up three more, and won the powerful mayoralty of the capital Caracas. Undaunted by opposition gains, Chavez bragged: “The (revolutionary) flame is stronger today. This is a great victory for the party … and now we will focus on the task of deepening and extending our [socialist] project.” Although the Communist Party of Venezuela (PCV) did not join the multi-party merger that formed that PSUV last year, the PCV’s contingent in the National Assembly faithfully supports Chavez’ “Bolivarian Revolution.”
Pictured above: Opposition candidate Antonio Ledesma celebrates being elected mayor of Caracas after the National Electoral Council announced the results of state and city elections yesterday.
With his red regime secure until at least 2012, when he must personally stand for re-election as president, Chavez can now host his Russian guest, President Dmitry Medvedev, on Wednesday with some relief. Moscow and Caracas have been strategic partners since early 2001, while Comade Hugo is a regular purchaser of Russian armament. A graduate of the Soviet Komsomol, Medvedev is widely perceived by Russians themselves as a pawn of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, the country’s KGB-communist dictator. This is not an inaccurate assessment. We have copiously documented the fact that Putin himself is a loyal executor of the long-range Soviet strategy on behalf of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation/Soviet Union. On Saturday President Chavez gloated over the upcoming arrival of benefactor Medvedev and a task force of Russian warships that will also show up in Venezuelan waters this week. The Voice of America reports:
Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez says Russian warships soon will reach his country’s waters for joint naval exercises in the Caribbean. It will be the first time since the end of the Cold War that the Russian Navy has sailed into the region. The Russian ships, including the nuclear-powered cruiser Pyotr Veliky (Peter the Great), was due to arrive sometime this week, to coincide with a two-day visit to Venezuela by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. Mr. Medvedev is scheduled to arrive in Caracas Wednesday as part of a Latin American tour.
The conventional elements of the Russian Navy, of course, are no match for the US Navy, but the Kremlin’s fleet of nuclear missile-carrying submarines are a distinct threat to the continued existence of the USA. Hence, Moscow’s strident objections to US National Missile Defense plans in Central Europe. Peter the Great’s presence in the Caribbean will send an unfriendly signal to Washington DC and a warning to President-Elect Barack Hussein Obama more than anything else.
This past Saturday, the Russian president attended the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Lima, Peru, where he conferred with US President George W. Bush (pictured above in what will probably be their last meeting as heads of state).
On Tuesday Medvedev will meet center-leftist President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in Brasilia, at which time South America’s largest country will promise to buy Russian helicopters and armored vehicles. Brazil is also hoping to secure Russian support for its aspiration to obtain a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council while for its part Gazprom wants to open offices in Brazil.
On Wednesday, as noted above, Medvedev will fly north to Caracas and then by week’s end travel to long-time Soviet ally Cuba, where Russia hopes to drill for oil in the near future.
November 24, 2008Posted by on
>In the interest of streamlining the main page of this blog, we have transferred most of the resource links in the right column to a separate page. A permanent link to this new page has been placed under our Exclusive Features section, Tracking the Communist Conspiracy. We expect to transfer our linked news articles there too.
>Tracking the Communist Conspiracy: Bibliography, Multimedia, Red World Order, Russian & Belarusian Governments, CPSU, Russia’s Potemkin Parties
November 24, 2008Posted by on
Allegations (Selected Works by Alexander Litvinenko)
Blowing Up Russia (2007 edition)
The Continent of Hope (full text)
The Great South African Land Scandal (How the ANC Is Engineering Famine in South Africa, full text)
How to Be a Good Communist (Nelson Mandela, full text)
Party No. 4: Rodina: Whence and Why? (full text)
The Soviet Art of Brainwashing (full text)
Spetsnaz: The Story Behind the Soviet SAS (full text)
Toward Soviet America (full text)
Unrestricted Warfare (full text)
Wall Street and the Bolshevik Revolution (full text)
You Can Trust the Communists (to Be Communists) (full text)
Amerika (TV miniseries, VHS, 1987)
Canada’s Strategic Location Between USA and Russia and Its Role in NORAD (CBC Broadcast, March 22, 1959; online video)
Hillary Clinton Congratulates Walter Cronkite on Occasion of Latter Receiving Award from World Federalist Assocation, October 19, 1999 (online video)
Nelson Mandela and Ronnie Kasrils Sing About Killing Whites (online video, 1992
North American Union (YouTube)
Red Dawn (DVD, 1984)
Soviet Russia and PLO Roles in 911 Attacks (online audio interviews, 2001)
Assassination of Russia (NTSC/PAL, 2000)
Disbelief (DVD, 2004)
The Kremlin’s New Commissars (online video, 2006)
Red Youth Vanguard Demonstrations (online videos, 2005-2006)
Victory Day Military Parade, Moscow, May 9, 2008 (Russia Today online video)
William McIlhany Interviews Soviet Analyst Editor Christopher Story (online video, 2003)
Red World Order
Association for Asian Union (proposed)
Central Asian Union (proposed)
Commonwealth of Independent States (“former” Soviet Union)
European Union (includes 10 “ex”-Soviet Bloc states; European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, past member of Communist Party of Portuguese Workers/ Revolutionary Movement of Portuguese Proletariat)
Union for the Mediterranean (merger of European Union, North Africa, Eastern Mediterranean states, including Israel; revived Roman Empire of Bible prophecy)
Union of South American Nations (completed merger of Mercosur and Andean Community of Nations)
Union State of Russia and Belarus (building block for restored USSR)
United Nations (Security Council permanently dominated by two communist superpowers, Russia and China)
International Military/Security Alliances
Collective Security Treaty Organization (Commonwealth of Independent States military pact)
International Criminal Police Organization (includes Russia and China)
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (includes 10 “ex”-Soviet Bloc states; NATO intelligence chief is Hungary’s KGB-trained “ex”-communist spymaster General Sandor Laborc)
Shanghai Cooperation Organization (Moscow-Beijing/Trans-Asian Axis)
South American Defense Council (proposed, will probably include Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Bolivia, and Brazil)
Western European Union (military pact with some defense functions transferred to EU)
International Economic Blocs
Andean Community of Nations (absorbed by Union of South American Nations in 2007)
Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Honduras, Dominica)
BRIC Group (Brazil, Russia, India, China; informal)
Central American Integration System (Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama)
Customs Union of Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan (to be implemented in 2010)
East African Community (to be transformed into East African Federation in 2010; EAC presently includes Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda)
Eurasian Economic Community (absorbed Central Asian Cooperation Organization, 2006)
Free Trade Area of the Americas (proposed, sans ALBA)
GUAM Organization for Democracy and Economic Development (Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Moldova)
International Congress of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (assumed functions of COMECON, 1945-1991; embraces Former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, Italy, China, and India)
Mercosur (absorbed by Union of South American Nations in 2007)
Transatlantic Common Market/Union (proposed, to be implemented between EU and USA by 2015)
International Ideological Alliances
Iberoamerican Community of Nations (includes Cuba and Venezuela)
Non-Aligned Movement (Fidel Castro secretary-general since 2006)
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (originally related to Marshall Plan)
Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (Russia full member)
Organization of the Islamic Conference (Russia holds observer status)
Joint Intergovernmental Committee on Trade and Economic Cooperation (Russia-South Africa)
Support for Russian Federation Accession to the WTO (EU-Russia Cooperation Program)
North American Integration
Americas Society (David Rockefeller)
Center for North American Studies (Robert Pastor, Director)
North American Business Committee (David Rockefeller)
North American Competitiveness Council (organized by US Chamber of Commerce, Council of the Americas, Canadian Council of Chief Executives, and Instituto Mexicano para la Competitividad; founder David Rockefeller)
North American Forum on Integration (Robert Pastor, Co-Director)
North American Union (CFR proposal, 2005; plans for continental union officially denied)
Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (Canadian Site)
Stop the Security and Prosperity Partnership (Minuteman Project)
Trans-Texas Corridor (Texas Department of Transportation)
Triumvirate (North American Model Parliament)
Russian Government Sites
Federal Security Service (internal KGB)
Foreign Intelligence Service (external KGB)
Belarusian Government Sites
Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1991-Present)
Communist Party of the Russian Federation (Zyuganov, Dugin, 1993)
Communist Party of the Russian Soviet Federated Socialist Republic (Shenin, Zyuganov, 1990-1993; later CPRF)
Communist Party of the Soviet Union (founded as personal faction by Shenin, 2001)
Communist Party of the Soviet Union (reorganized by UCP-CPSU, Shenin elected chairman, 2004; relation to previous unclear)
Communist Party of the Union of Russia and Belarus (Shenin, 2001)
Left Front (includes CPRF, AKM; founded 2008)
Union of Communist Parties-CPSU (Shenin, 1993-2001; Zyuganov, 2001-present)
All-Union Communist Party Bolsheviks (Andreeva Faction, 1991)
All-Union Communist Party (Bolsheviks) (Lapin Faction, 1995)
Bolshevik Platform of the CPSU (Khabarova Faction, 1991)
Communist Party of the Soviet Union (Lenin-Stalin) (Anpilov Faction, 1999)
Communist Party of the Soviet Union (Bolshevik) (Khachaturov Faction, 2002)
Communist Party of the Soviet Union (Miroshnik Faction, 2000)
Communist Party of the Soviet Union (Skvortsov Faction, 1992)
Marxist Platform (Isaichikov Faction)
Regional Party of Communists (St. Petersburg)
Russia’s Potemkin Political Parties
Last RF presidential election: March 2, 2008
Last RF State Duma election: December 2, 2007
Citizen’s Force (Mikhail Barchevsky, 2004; formerly Free Russia, also Civilian Power)
Just Russia-Motherland, Pensioners, Life (merger of Rodina (Motherland-National Patriotic Union), Russian Party of Life, Russian Pensioners’ Party, and People’s Party of the Russian Federation; Mironov, 2006)
Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (Zhirinovsky, 1989; separate presidential candidate)
Union of Social Democrats (Gorbachev, 2007; formerly Social Democratic Party of Russia, founded 2001, banned 2007)
United Russia (Gryzlov, 2001)
Commission on the Unification of Democratic Forces (Nemtsov, 2006)
Eurasia Party/International Eurasian Movement (Dugin, 2002)
National Bolshevik Front (Golubovich, anti-Limonov faction linked to Dugin’s Union of Eurasian Youth; 2006)
National Bolshevik Party (Limonov, Dugin, 1994; banned)
National Patriotic Front Pamyat (Vasilijev, Dugin, 1985)
Other Russia (coalition consisting of United Civil Front, Republican Party of Russia, National Bolshevik Party, Working Russia; formerly included People’s Democratic Union, Red Youth Vanguard; organizes Marches of Dissent; 2006)
People’s Democratic Union (Kasyanov; briefly supported Zyuganov)
Revolutionary Homosexual Front (Russian Maoist Party)
Revolutionary Workers’ Party (Trotskyist)
Russian Maoist Party (Zhutayev, 2000)
Russian National Unity (Barkashov, 1990; banned)
Union of Right Forces (Chubais, Nemtsov, Gaidar, Belykh, 1999)
United Civil Front (Kasparov, 2005)
Yabloko (Yavlinsky, 1993)
Soviet Bloc Youth Organizations
Putinist Youth Organizations
Democratic Anti-Fascist Youth Movement “Nashi” (Surkov, Yakimenko, 2005)
Walking Together (Surkov, Yakimenko, 2000)
Young Guard (United Russia)
Communist Youth Organizations
Belarusian Republican Youth Union (“ex”-Belarus section, old CPSU Komsomol, 2002)
Communist Youth Union of the Czech Republic (banned 2006)
Free German Youth (“ex”-GDR, banned 1990)
Red Youth Vanguard (AKM, restored CPSU Komsomol, supports Shenin, Zyuganov)
Revolutionary Komsomol (RCWP-RPC, banned)
Russian Union of Youth (“ex”-Russian section, old CPSU Komsomol, 1990)
Union of Communist Youth of the Russian Federation (SKMRF; CPRF Komsomol, 1994)
World Federation of Democratic Youth (Budapest)
>Tracking the Communist Conspiracy: Soviet Organs/Propaganda, New Samizdat, Russian News, Red International, Communist Press, Communist Fronts
November 24, 2008Posted by on
Axis for Peace (participants: General Leonid Ivashov, Thierry Meyssan, Helga Zepp-LaRouche; panelists: Webster G. Tarpley; Jaime Ballesteros, OSPAAAL president; Francois Houtart SJ, co-founder World Social Forum; with media support from Russia Today and teleSUR)
Institute for USA and Canada Studies (CPSU think tank)
Institute of Globalization Studies (FSB/KGB front)
International Council of Friendship and Solidarity with Soviet People (CPSU agitprop office, Toronto)
International Council of Russian Compatriots (Government of Russia)
People’s Friendship University (formerly Patrice Lumumba University, Third World terrorist training center)
Public Opinion Foundation (formerly unit of WCIOM, conducted polls for Yeltsin and Putin)
Russian Martial Art-Systema Headquarters (Spetsnaz safe house, Toronto; facilities throughout North America)
Slavic Parliamentary Union
Club of Madrid (2001)
The Earth Charter Initiative (1994)
Fondazione Gorbachev (Italy)
The Gorbachev Foundation (Russia)
The Gorbachev Foundation of North America (USA, 1991)
Global Green USA (1993)
Green Cross International (1993)
State of the World Forum (1995)
The World Political Forum (2003)
Russian Anti-Globalization Movement
Anticapitalism-2006 (AKM/restored CPSU)
First Russian Social Forum (2005)
Second Russian Social Forum (2006)
Channel One (Abramovich 49%, state 51%)
Ekho Moskvy (Gazprom Media)
Gazprom Media (state)
Interfax (CEO Mikhail Komissar, chief national news editor at Radio Moscow before 1989)
Itogi (Gazprom Media)
Izvestia (Gazprom Media)
Kommersant Daily (Gazprominvestholding)
Kommersant Vlast (Gazprominvestholding)
The Moscow News Weekly (RIA Novosti)
Novaya Gazeta (Gorbachev, Lebedev)
NTV (Gazprom Media)
Prime-Tass (Itar-Tass 35% stake)
Red Star (Russian Ministry of Defense)
Regnum News Agency (state)
Russia Profile (RIA Novosti)
Russia Today (RIA Novosti)
Russia TV Channel (state)
Russkoe Radio (Russian News Service/Lukoil)
The Voice of Russia (formerly Radio Moscow)
WhatDoesItMean.com (Sorcha Faal)
The Being Had Times (Belarus)
Charter 97 (Belarus)
Forbes Russia (editor Paul Klebnikov murdered 2004)
Left Russia (socialist)
Lenta.Ru (Rambler Media Group)
The Levada Center (private polling agency, Russian site)
The Moscow Times (Independent Media)
Prima-News (Moscow Human Rights News Agency)
Russia Votes (publishes Levada Center data, English site)
Ukrayinska Pravda (founder Georgiy Gongadze murdered 2000)
Kavkaz Center (pro-Chechen)
Prague Watchdog (pro-Chechen)
Russia Blog (pro-Putin)
European Anticapitalist Left (2000)
Fabian Society (1884)
International Conference of Marxist-Leninist Parties and Organizations (Marxist-Leninist-Maoist)
Nordic Green Left Alliance (2004)
Party of the European Left (2004)
Party of European Socialists (1992)
Reunified Fourth International (Trotskyist, 1963)
Revolutionary Internationalist Movement (Maoist, 1984)
Sao Paulo Forum (1990)
Socialist International (1889)
Third World Forum (1975)
Trotskyist Internationals (Wikipedia)
World Forum for Alternatives (joint project of Tricontinental Centre and Third World Forum; 1997)
World Social Forum (co-founded by Francois Houtart SJ, Director, Tricontinental Centre; Francisco Whitaker, ex-Workers’ Party, Director, Committee of Justice and Peace, National Conference of Brazilian Bishops; 2001)
Agence Kampuchea Presse (Cambodia)
Bolivarian News Agency (Venezuela)
Islamic Republic News Agency (Iran)
Jamahiriya News Agency (Libya)
Korean Central News Agency (North Korea)
Moldpres News Agency (Moldova)
Prensa Latina (Cuba)
teleSUR TV (Argentina, Bolivia, Cuba, Nicaragua, Uruguay, Venezuela)
Xinhua Online (China)
Akahata (Japanese Communist Party)
Arab Socialist Ba’ath Party News (Syria)
Granma (Communist Party of Cuba)
La Voz del Sandinismo (Sandinista National Liberation Front)
The People (Communist Party of Vietnam)
People’s Daily (Communist Party of China)
People’s Voice (Communist Party of Canada)
People’s Weekly World (Communist Party USA)
Political Affairs (Communist Party USA)
Revolution (All-Union Communist Party Bolsheviks)
Tricontinental (OSPAAAL, Communist Party of Cuba)
United Socialist Party of Venezuela (new ruling party’s official website)
World Socialist Web Site (International Committee of the Fourth International)
The Communism Portal (Wikipedia)
Green Left Weekly (Democratic Socialist Perspective-Socialist Alliance, Australia; pro-Chavez with Caracas office)
OpenSpaceForum (World Social Forum support hub)
RedGlobe News (Spanish)
Red Menace (Marxist blogger/entryist in Canada’s New Democratic Party)
US Communist Fronts
American Civil Liberties Union (Communist Party USA)
ANSWER (steering committee: Party for Socialism and Liberation, Mexico Solidarity Network, Nicaragua Network)
Black Radical Congress (Communist Party USA, International Socialist Organization)
Center for Constitutional Rights (co-founded by William Kunstler; legal counsel for leftist groups)
Coalition for World Peace (“ex”-CPUSA Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace, American Indian Movement, and others)
Fight Imperialism Stand Together (Raleigh, NC section; Workers’ World Party)
Gay Left (broad movement, several political tendencies, anti-Stalinist)
Gold Star Families for Peace (pro-Chavez)
Institute for Policy Studies (FSB/KGB front)
International Action Center (Workers’ World Party)
MarchOnPentagon.org (ANSWER, Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit, International Action Center, Gold Star Families for Peace, Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation, Mexico Solidarity Network, National Committee to Free the Cuban Five, National Council of Arab Americans, National Lawyers Guild, Nicaragua Network, San Francisco LGBT Pride Committee, School of the Americas Watch, Ed Asner, Cynthia McKinney, Maxine Waters, and others)
Mattachine Society (1950-1987; “ex”-CPUSA founders)
National Conference for Media Reform (Open Society Institute, Communist Party USA, Revolutionary Communist Party USA)
National Lawyers Guild (Communist Party USA)
North American Man/Boy Love Association (“ex”-Socialist Workers’ Party founder; supported by ACLU)
Not in Our Name (Revolutionary Communist Party USA)
Open Borders Lobby (broad movement consisting of Communist Party USA, Workers’ World Party, American Civil Liberties Union, National Lawyers Guild, Center for Constitutional Rights, ANSWER, Southern Poverty Law Center, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund, La Voz de Aztlan, Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán, Mexica Movement, Ford Foundation, and others)
People’s Republic of the North Star (Revolutionary Communist Party USA and Socialist Workers’ Party; advocates secession of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan to form a new socialist state)
Rainbow/PUSH Coalition (leader Jesse Jackson; organized by Maoist Freedom Road Socialist Organization)
Refuse and Resist (Revolutionary Communist Party USA)
School of the Americas Watch (founder Fr. Roy Bourgeois, Maryknoll Missionary Order, supports Latin America’s leftist regimes)
Southern Poverty Law Center (supports leftist causes such as “anti-racism”)
Students for a Democratic Society (revived)
Transnational Institute (Institute for Policy Studies)
Troops Out Now Coalition (Workers’ World Party)
United for Peace and Justice (Communist Party USA, Revolutionary Communist Party USA, Socialist Party USA, Democratic Socialists of America, Progressive Democrats of America, International Socialist Organization, Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, Institute for Policy Studies, National Organization for Women, National Council of Churches, Pax Christi USA, Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, Gold Star Families for Peace, Vietnam Veterans Against the War, MoveOn.org, Antiwar.com, and others)
Vietnam Veterans Against the War (Communist Party of Vietnam, Communist Party USA)
The World Can’t Wait (Revolutionary Communist Party USA, Alliance for Global Justice)
Latin American Communist Fronts
Alliance for Global Justice (founder Katherine Hoyt agent for Sandinista National Liberation Front; projects: Mexico Solidarity Network, Nicaragua Network, Venezuela Solidarity Network, The World Can’t Wait)
Bolivarian Continental Coordination (unites pro-Chavez Communist Party of Venezuela, Communist Party of Chile, Clandestine Communist Party of Colombia-Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (Peru), Communist Party of Peru-Shining Path, other insurgents)
Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front)
Hands off Venezuela (International Marxist Tendency, International Socialist Group, RESPECT, Alliance for Global Justice; founder Alan Woods, Moscow State University graduate; supported by MP George Galloway, London Mayor “Red Ken” Livingstone; pro-Chavez)
Mexico Solidarity Network (Alliance for Global Justice, ANSWER, Zapatista Army of National Liberation; same office as Nicaragua Network)
National Committee to Free the Cuban Five (Communist Party of Cuba, Communist Party USA, Socialist Workers’ Party, Nation of Islam)
National Network on Cuba (Communist Party of Cuba)
Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (National Revolutionary Unity, possible link)
Nicaragua Network (Alliance for Global Justice, ANSWER, Sandinista National Liberation Front; same office as Mexico Solidarity Network)
OaxacaLibre (Popular Assembly for the Peoples of Oaxaca, pro-Obrador)
Organization of Solidarity with the People of Asia, Africa and Latin America (OSPAAAL; Communist Party of Cuba; founded Tricontinental Conference, Havana, 1966; pro-Chavez)
Venezuelanalysis.com (Foundation for Global Economic Justice, pro-Chavez)
Venezuela Solidarity Network (Alliance for Global Justice; pro-Chavez)
European Communist Fronts
Arab European League (united with Workers’ Party of Belgium in 2003 electoral coalition RESIST; leader Dyab Abou Jahjah “ex”-Hezbollah)
Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran (Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and Security; founder Roudabeh Shafie spoke at Marxism Ireland 2006; supported by Alex Callinicos, Socialist Workers’ Party UK)
Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (Communist Party of Britain)
Greenpeace International (Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Communist Party of the Netherlands, Institute for Policy Studies; opened Moscow office 1989)
No to Bases (Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia, Muslim League)
No Bases Initiative (Prague, supported by Noam Chomsky)
Rosa Luxemburg Foundation (German Left Party, “ex”-GDR)
Stop the War Coalition (Socialist Workers’ Party UK, Communist Party of Britain, Labour Party, RESPECT, Muslim Association of Britain)
Other Communist Fronts
The Elders (population control org; includes communists Nelson Mandela, Graca Machel (Mandela’s wife) and Li Zhaoxing, and pro-communists Kofi Annan, Desmond Tutu, Gro Harlem Brundtland, Mary Robinson, Jimmy Carter, Muhammad Yunus and Ela Bhatt (Rockefeller Foundation trustee); conceived by Richard Branson and Peter Gabriel, funded by Ted Turner’s United Nations Foundation)
Hadash-Democratic Front for Peace and Equality (includes Maki-Communist Party of Israel, LGBT Red-Pink Patrol)
North American Committee Against Zionism and Imperialism (Workers’ Party of Korea)
No2Anticommunism (restored CPSU, other communist parties)
US Solidarity Committee to Support the AINDF (Workers’ Party of Korea; chair John Paul Cupp posts at Soviet Belarus forum)
>Tracking the Communist Conspiracy: Communist-Infiltrated Parties and Religions, Pro-Communist Globalist Groups, Western Leftist Propaganda
November 24, 2008Posted by on
Communist-Infiltrated Political Parties
Coalition for Free and Open Elections (Communist Party USA, Workers’ World Party, co-founding parties; Si Gerson, CPUSA member, COFOE secretary, 1985-1999; current members: Committee for a Unified Independent Party(front for International Workers’ Party), Constitution Party, Green Party, Libertarian Party, Reform Party, Socialist Party USA)
Democratic Party (USA) factions:
– Campaign for America’s Future (non-profit organization, Director Robert Borosage former head of KGB front Institute for Policy Studies, 1979-1988)
– Congressional Black Caucus (duplicate membership in Congressional Progressive Caucus)
– Congressional Progressive Caucus (faction linked to Democratic Socialists of America)
– National Stonewall Democrats (LGBT faction)
– Progressive Democrats of America
– Shadow Democratic Party (Soros-Clinton network)
– Democratic Socialists of America (communist)
– Communist Party USA (“unofficially” endorsed Barack Hussein Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign)
MoveOn.org (leftist, endorsed by Communist Party USA)
RESPECT (George Galloway, sole Respect MP, ex-Labour Party, pro-Saddam; Socialist Workers’ Party, International Socialist Group, Socialist Unity Network, Socialist Resistance, Communist Party of Great Britain (Provisional Central Committee), Revolutionary Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist), Muslim Association of Britain, and Muslim Council of Britain)
Faux Rightist Political Parties
Republican Party (USA) factions:
– Arnold Schwarzenegger (Governor of California, pro-Obama, pro-Log Cabin)
– Log Cabin Republicans (LGBT faction)
– Republican Liberty Caucus (Ron Paul, Justin Raimondo)
– Republican Unity Coalition (defunct LGBT faction; ex-member lesbian Mary Cheney, US Vice-President Dick Cheney’s daughter)
Communist-Infiltrated Religious Organizations
Alliance of Civilizations (UN initiative to counter religious extremism)
Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions (Soviet organ)
Global Ethic Foundation (Hans Kung)
Russian Orthodox Church Moscow Patriarchate (Soviet organ)
Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (Soviet organ)
Tricontinental Centre (Universite catholique de Louvain; Director Francois Houtart SJ linked to World Social Forum)
United Religions Initiative (Swing, Kung, Gorbachev, Soros, Strong)
University of Central America (San Salvador, Society of Jesus)
Pro-Communist Religious Organizations
Christian Coalition of America (Robertson; “anti”-Chavez, but supports PRC’s one-child policy and Marxist Charles Taylor, Liberia’s ex-dictator; linked to MoveOn.org)
Evangelical Climate Initiative (Warren, Hayford, Hybels, McLaren)
Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (Sun Myung Moon; linked to Gorbachev, PRC, DPRK, and allegedly Ban Ki-moon)
Lucis Trust (founded by Theosophist Alice Bailey as Lucifer Trust)
Order of Skull and Bones (Yale University senior society, alleged Illuminati)
Southern Baptist Convention (high-profile pro-communist members: Graham, Warren, Clinton; ex: Carter, Robertson)
Southern Baptist Convention Environment and Climate Initiative (supports man-made global warming hoax)
Tony Blair Faith Foundation (Vatican-backed initiative, Rick Warren sits on Advisory Council)
Unification Church (Sun Myung Moon; linked to Gorbachev, PRC, DPRK, and allegedly Ban Ki-moon)
Communist State Front Companies
CITIC Group (China’s state economic development corporation; founded by PRC VP Rong Yiren, “Red Capitalist,” 1979)
China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company (state, founded 1961; provides logistical support for People’s Liberation Army)
Husky Energy (Calgary-based company; Li Ka Shing holds majority stake)
Hutchison-Whampoa (global port operations, including Panama Canal; Chairman Li Ka Shing formerly on CITIC Board of Directors)
Poly Technologies (missile and arms sales; founded as CITIC subsidiary for People’s Liberation Army, 1984; Chairman Wang Jun also past CITIC Group CEO; Yah Lin “Charlie” Trie mutual friend of Wang and Bill Clinton)
Transakta (KGB/FSB, next to Czech Ministry of Finance, Prague)
Pro-Communist “Nepman” Businesses
Bombardier (building Qinghai-Tibet Railway, current)
Canada China Business Council (Honorary Chairman Andre Desmarais, past Canadian PM Jean Chretien’s son-in-law; Honorary Director Maurice Strong, Kofi Annan’s past envoy to DPRK, linked to Gorbachev and Soros; Beijing office located in CITIC building)
Canadian Council of Chief Executives (pro-NAU, linked to CFR)
The CSL Group (past CEO Canadian PM Paul Martin; partnered with state-run CITIC Group, 1986)
Loral Space and Communications Corp. (transferred satellite control technology to China, 1994)
The Marc Rich Group (facilitated offshore banking for CPSU, 1991)
Microsoft Corporation (transferred Windows secret source code to Kremlin, 2003; Hu Jintao visits Microsoft HQ, 2006)
Neil Bush (brother of President George W. Bush; business partners include Boris Berezovsky, Rev. Sun Myung Moon, and Jiang Mianheng, son of past PRC President Jiang Zemin)
Roger Tamraz (funded 1996 Clinton-Gore campaign, offered to fund Boris Yeltsin’s 1996 presidential campaign, developed Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline)
Pro-Communist Globalist Organizations
Chatham House (legal name Royal Institute of International Affairs)
Citizens for Global Solutions (formerly World Federalist Association, US chapter of World Federalist Movement)
The Fraser Institute (pro-NAU)
Open Society Institute (Soros)
Pacific and Asian Affairs Council (formerly Hawaii branch of pro-communist Institute of Pacific Relations, 1925-1960)
Robert Muller Personal Website (past Chancellor, UN University for Peace)
Robert Muller Schools International (World Core Curriculum, based on Alice Bailey’s Theosophy, UN Associated School)
United Nations Foundation (Turner)
UN University for Peace (UPEACE Council includes Maurice Strong)
World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (Sun Myung Moon; linked to Gorbachev, PRC, DPRK, and allegedly Ban Ki-moon)
World Policy Institute (founded as Association for Education in World Government)
Western Leftist Propaganda
Anti-State.com (anti-USA, anti-Israel)
Canadian Action Party (left nationalist, anti-NAU)
Centre for Research on Globalization (features Soviet/Russian Gen. Leonid Ivashov)
Empire Burlesque (pro-Putin)
Executive Intelligence Review (pro-Putin)
New Paradigm Institute (founders Daniel Sheehan and Sara Nelson also established defunct Christic Institute with William J. Davis SJ; filed suits against various figures in Iran-Contra scandal; Sheehan defended Daniel Barrigan SJ during Vietnam War; Sara was National Executive Director, State of the World Forum, 1999)
Webster G. Tarpley (pro-Soviet)
Latin American Focus
>Tracking the Communist Conspiracy: Red/Gray Terror, Nuclear War Bunkers, US & Canadian Governments, Civil Defense, World Freedom Resources
November 24, 2008Posted by on
In most cases below links lead to official or affiliated group websites.
Aleph (Japanese New Age cult/ terrorist cell, formerly Aum Shinrikyo; trained by FSB Main Guard Directorate/KGB Ninth Division)
Al-Qassam Brigades (armed wing of Islamic Resistance Movement, “Hamas”)
Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (Marxist-Leninist, PLO member party)
International Islamic Front for Jihad Against Jews and Crusaders (“Al Qaeda,” KGB/GRU/StB/Mukhabarat/ PLO-linked terrorist group; No. 2 Ayman al-Zawahiri FSB agent)
Mara Salvatrucha (Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front)
Moro Islamic Liberation Front (offshoot of MNLF, Philippines)
Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF, Philippines)
National Liberation Army (Colombia)
Naxalites (Communist Party of India-Maoist)
New People’s Army (Communist Party of Philippines)
Palestine National Liberation Movement (“Fatah”; center-left, PLO member party)
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (Marxist-Leninist, PLO member party)
Popular Revolutionary Army (Popular Revolutionary Democratic Party, Mexico)
Red Army Faction-Czech Cell (leader Pavel J. Hejatko’s personal website)
Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (Clandestine Communist Party of Colombia)
Shining Path (Communist Party of Peru, alleged website)
HackThisSite.org (convicted cyberterrorist Jeremy Hammond, Internet Liberation Front, hacked ProtestWarrior.com)
Hacktivist.net (cyberanarchist cell)
Russian Business Network (blog exposing Kremlin-linked cybercrime gang)
Zone-H.org (cyberterrorist cell, hacked African Crisis’ new website)
Al Jazeera (pro-Al Qaeda)
Walid Shoebat (ex-PLO member)
Nuclear War Bunkers
Cheyenne Mountain Division, NORAD-USNORTHCOM (standby 2006)
Diefenbunker, Canada (closed 1994)
National Command Center, Israel (to be completed 2011)
Canadian Government Sites
US Government Sites
Canadian Unlicensed Firearms Owners Association
Minuteman Civil Defense Corps (Arizona)
Minuteman Project (California)
National Firearms Association (Canada)
Rescue Without Borders (semi-faux right)
World Freedom Resources
Belarus Democracy Reauthorization Act of 2006 (US Congress)
International Congress on the Evaluation of Crimes of Communism (Government of Lithuania, 2000)
Need for International Condemnation of Crimes of Totalitarian Communist Regimes (Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe, 2006)
Soviet Archives (Vladimir Bukovsky)
STB Online (Petr Cibulka)
America’s Survival (anti-UN)
UK Independence Party (anti-EU)
The Bearded Man (Zimbabwe)
Bible Prophecy Ministries
>Communist Bloc Military Updates: Bear bombers patrol Arctic; Finns want new radar to watch Russians; Russia, India to hold joint naval drills in 2009
November 21, 2008Posted by on
>– Russian Navy to Send More Warships to Gulf of Aden after Further Pirate Attacks, Missile Frigate Neustrashimy Already on Patrol with International Armada
– Kremlin-Run Heavy-Duty Truck Manufacturer Kamaz to Produce 500 Vehicles Per Year at New Cuban Plant; 200 Delivered from Russia to Cuba in 2008; Russian Army Uses Special Reinforced Models
– Russia Woos US Ally Colombia as Foreign Minister Lavrov Arrives in Bogota, Confers with Counterpart Bermudez, President Uribe
State-run Novosti reports today that two Tu-95 Bear bombers took off from Engels Air Base in southern Russia on a “routine,” nine-hour patrol flight over the Arctic Ocean. As usual, Kremlin mouthpieces insisted that “all flights by Russian aircraft are performed in strict compliance with international law on the use of airspace over neutral waters, without violating the borders of other states.” In August of last year Russian strategic aviation formally resumed overseas patrols, iciting new national security threats, meaning primarily “NATO expansionism” in Eastern Europe and the Caucasian region. Since April of this year Russian strategic bombers upped their long-range missions to between 20 and 30 each month, increasing the frequency of encounters between Soviet and NATO-NORAD aircraft. In September two supersonic Tu-160 heavy bombers flew to Red Venezuela, where they carried out a week of patrol flights over the Caribbean Sea in a mission unprecedented since the Cold War (which appears to have been resurrected by the Moscow Leninists).
In view of the increased number of violations of Finnish airspace by Russian military aircraft, Helsinki isn’t buying the Kremlin’s assurances of peaceful intent. Hence, reports Kommersant Daily, the Finnish Air Force has allocated 200 million euros to purchase a new radar system: “The Finnish military confirms that the number of violation of Finnish airspace by Russian planes has increased in recent years, leading to the decision. Discussion of a new radar system first began in Finland after Russia stepped up army exercises in the Far North.” The Finnish Air Force currently deploys 60 US-built F/A-18 Hornet fighter-bombers, which are equipped with air-to-surface missiles and AIM-120 AMRAAM air-to-air, all-weather guided missiles. Finland’s radar network, however, was set up in 1970 and, according to the previous source, “is unable to give an accurate picture of changes taking place in the country’s airspace.”
Finland is not a member of NATO, but Helsinki does participate in the latter’s Partnership for Peace program, as well as an Individual Partnership Program tailored for the specific relationship between Finland and NATO. Moscow opposes Helsinki’s membership in the Western Alliance–just as it opposes NATO membership for all of the “former” Soviet republics on Russia’s periphery–and has ensured Finland’s compliance through its dependence on natural gas via Kremlin-owned Gazprom. However, since Finland is adjacent to Russia, NATO has a vested interest in making sure that Finland possesses an up-to-date air defense system that can track Russian air traffic (and missiles).
The Soviet Union invaded Finland during the Winter War of 1939-1940, wresting more than nine percent of the latter’s territory through the harsh terms of the so-called Moscow Peace Treaty. Previously, the Treaty of Tartu in 1920 had legally confirmed that Karelia, the region in dispute, was Finnish, not Russian. Russia holds most of Karelia to this very day.
In addition to its revitalized strategic aviation maneuvers, the Russian Navy, although no match for the multiple carrier groups of the US Navy, is once again projecting its influence throughout the world’s oceans. Along with a joint naval drill with Hugo Chavez’s modest fleet to coincide with Russian “President” Dmitry Medvedev’s trip to Venezuela, Russia’s Pacific Fleet will hold a combined drill with the navy of strategic partner India in January 2009. Indra-2009 is the fourth Indo-Soviet military exercise since 2003, explains Novosti, noting that the participants will be “practicing cooperative engagement to enforce maritime law and counter piracy, terrorism, and drug smuggling.”
This, of course, is Kremlinspeak for the military coordination that Moscow and its Communist Bloc allies, like India, are pursuing in advance of the Fourth World War. India is an observer state in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Russia’s Northern Fleet, led by the Peter the Great nuclear-powered missile cruiser, will join the Pacific Fleet in the Indian Ocean after completing joint drills with the Venezuelan Navy in late November.
The Russian Navy has already dispatched the missile frigate Neustrashimy to the Gulf of Aden, to support an international armada combatting high seas piracy, and intends to send more warships to maintain a permanent presence. “Neustrashimy was deployed after Somali pirates seized a Ukrainian vessel in September with Russian battle tanks on board,” reports RTT News, “Since its deployment last month, Neustrashimy has foiled at least two pirate attacks off the coast of Somalia. The pirates, who hijacked the Ukrainian vessel with the dangerous Russian cargo on board, are still holding on the vessel and have demanded a $5 million ransom for the release of the vessel and its crew.” Since hijacking the MV Faina, Somali pirates have seized still more vessels, including the supertanker Sirius Star, which is owned by Saudi Aramco, for which the pirates are apparently demanding a US$25 million ransom.
In another story that reveals the revitalized interest of the Kremlin in building relations with Latin America’s predominatly leftist regimes, state-owned heavy truck manufacturer Kamaz is considering building a plant in Cuba that will produce 500 vehicles per year. More than 200 Kamaz trucks have already been delivered to Cuba this year as part of a Russian loan to the communist state. The company has assembly facilities in communist and “post”-communist countries worldwide, including Poland, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Ethiopia, Vietnam, and Ukraine. While Kamaz trucks have civilian applications, it should be noted that the Russian Ground Forces extensively uses special reinforced Kamaz trucks.
Thinking strategically, opening a heavy truck plant in Cuba could very well provide the Kremlin with the cover needed to assemble one component of a Communist Bloc invasion force 90 miles south of the Florida Keys. See above for embedded YouTube video of Russian army air dropping a Kamaz truck. The landing’s a bit rough as one of the parachutes failed to deploy, but the truck was driven away.
Finally, not content with establishing political-economic-military linkages with Latin America’s Red Axis nor arming the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, Russia is also wooing the Colombian government, one of the few pro-USA regimes in the hemisphere. Yesterday Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov arrived in Bogota to converse with his Colombian counterpart Jaime Bermudez. During a follow-up press conference, Lavrov assured Colombians that they have no reason to fear pending Soviet-Veneuzelan naval drills and he expressed confidence in the belief that Colombian President Alvaro Uribe will one day soon visit Moscow. Before departing Colombia, Lavrov had a private audience with Uribe. We have already documented Bogota’s nonchalant attitude toward the Moscow-Caracas Axis.
>Latin America File: Nicaragua’s electoral council certifies Sandinista sweep in mayoral elections, body’s president Rivas an Ortega lackey
November 21, 2008Posted by on
In order to assuage the skepticism of the domestic opposition and foreign capitals like Washington DC, Nicaragua’s Supreme Electoral Council announced late yesterday that the Sandinista National Liberation Front honestly and truthfully won more than two thirds of the mayoral races in the November 9 election. It would appear, therefore, that unless the rightist opposition in Nicaragua decides to take up arms, as they did in the 1980s with the help of US National Security Council staffer Oliver North and his colleagues, the neo-Sandinista regime will remain secure at least until Ortega’s presidency expires in 2011. As such, too, the Moscow Leninists, per their previously reported pledges, will be in a position to modernize the Nicaraguan armed forces, rebuild the country’s war-shattered infrastructure, renovate the never-used, Soviet-era military runway at Punta Huete for their strategic bombers, upgrade the Caribbean coast airports at Bluefields and Port Heads, and dredge a deep-water port at Monkey Point, also on the eastern shore, for their warships.
Pictured above: FSLN cadres and supporters show their true colors as they wave the party flag and the flag of Cuba, emblazoned with the iconic mugshot of communist terrorist Che Guevara, who is also admired by supporters of US President-Elect Barack Hussein Obama; pictured below: On November 9 Ortega (left) votes in the presence of Supreme Electoral Council president Roberto Rivas (right). Critics of the neo-Sandinista regime claim that Rivas is an Ortega lackey.
MANAGUA (AFP) — Nicaragua’s Supreme Electoral Council announced late Thursday that candidates backed by leftist President Daniel Ortega won in more than two-thirds of mayoral races in the November 9 election — a result disputed by the conservative opposition.
According to the council, the final authority on vote matters, Sandinista candidates won in 105 of the 146 races in dispute, including the biggest prize, Managua, as well as most of the country’s largest cities.
The Managua race was disputed between opposition leader Eduardo Montealegre — who narrowly lost to Ortega in the 2006 presidential vote — and three-time world boxing champion Alexis Arguello for the Sandinistas.
The right-wing Liberal Constitutionalist Party (PLC) won 37 races for mayor, while the smaller right-wing Nicaraguan Liberal Alliance (ALN) won four.
The announcement, made by Electoral Council president Roberto Rivas, was welcomed with cheering and celebration by thousands of Sandinista supporters who gathered outside his office to hear the announcement.
The results show that Sandinista candidates won in 18 cities their party had not controlled, while conservative parties lost control of 21 cities.
Tension has been rising across the country since the controversial election, with clashes between government supporters and opponents a daily affair.
The conservative opposition is convinced there has been massive fraud.
On Wednesday opponents of the Sandinistas said they had enough votes in Congress to annul the election — a notion dismissed by Supreme Court Justice Rafael Solis, who said Congress had no such authority.
The opposition has “incontrovertible proof of clumsy, shameless and massive fraud” carried out by the Electoral Council in coordination with the Sandinistas, said former president Arnoldo Aleman, who heads the right-wing Liberal Party.
In 1984, reported USA Today in 2006, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, then Deputy Director for Intelligence at the Central Intelligence Agency, “advocated U.S. airstrikes against Nicaragua’s pro-Cuban government to reverse what he described as an ineffective U.S. strategy to deal with communist advances in Central America, previously classified documents say.” Ortega’s goals and affiliations have not wavered in more than 20 years, but somehow we can’t see US air strikes against Nicaragua today, especially under an Obama Administration.
>USA File: Pentagon target of "alarming" cyber attack this week, bans DoD personnel using external hardware; China’s PLA launched 2007 network assault
November 21, 2008Posted by on
Fox News revealed yesterday that the Pentagon computer network was the target of an “alarming” cyber attack this week, prompting military brass to ban the use of external hardware devices, such as flash drives and DVDs, on all US Department of Defense computers and networks. “The attack came in the form of a global virus or worm,” the news source reports, “that is spreading rapidly throughout a number of military networks.”
Fox News claims that it obtained a copy of one memo distributed last week to an army division within the Pentagon warning of the cyber attack.
In 2007 the DoD took 1,500 computers offline following a June 20 cyber attack. At the time Defense Secretary Robert Gates admitted that such attacks occur on a daily basis. In September of last year the Financial Times reported that Chinese hackers in the employ of the People’s Liberation Army were responsible for the June 2007 cyber assault: “The PLA regularly probes US military networks – and the Pentagon is widely assumed to scan Chinese networks – but US officials said the penetration in June raised concerns to a new level because of fears that China had shown it could disrupt systems at critical times.”
Pentagon Hit by Unprecedented Cyber Attack
Thursday, November 20, 2008
The Pentagon has suffered from a cyber attack so alarming that it has taken the unprecedented step of banning the use of external hardware devices, such as flash drives and DVD’s, FOX News has learned.
The attack came in the form of a global virus or worm that is spreading rapidly throughout a number of military networks.
“We have detected a global virus for which there has been alerts, and we have seen some of this on our networks,” a Pentagon official told FOX News. “We are now taking steps to mitigate the virus.”
The official could not reveal the source of the attack because that information remains classified.
“Daily there are millions of scans of the GIG, but for security reasons we don’t discuss the number of actual intrusions or attempts, or discuss specific measures commanders in the field may be taking to protect and defend our networks,” the department said in an official statement.
Military computers are often referred to as part of the Global Information Grid, or GIG, a system composed of 17 million computers, many of which house classified or sensitive information.
FOX News obtained a copy of one memo sent out last week to an Army division within the Pentagon warning of the cyber attack.
“Due to the presence of commercial malware, CDR USSTRATCOM has banned the use of removable media (thumb drives, CDRs/DVDRs, floppy disks) on all DoD networks and computers effective immediately.”
While these incidents may be simple probes, it can and should be expected by all “preppers” that one day the Moscow-Beijing Axis will launch a massive cyber attack against NATO computer networks only hours prior to a military assault. As we previously reported, the security of the Western Alliance’s information systems was greatly compromised in recent months through the treason of Estonian defense ministry official Herman Simm, recruited by the Soviets in the late 1980s and arrested only in September of this year. In other words, Simm was passing Western military secrets to Moscow for nearly 20 years, with little or no disruption following the so-called collapse of communism.
Not so coincidentally, Bill Gertz reported yesterday that: “The Pentagon’s military exchange program with China suffered another setback this week when a Chinese general announced that military visits and port calls by ships will not resume until the announced $6.5 billion U.S. arms package to Taiwan is canceled.” PLA Major General Qian Lihua, director of the Chinese Defense Ministry foreign affairs office, huffed: “We demand the U.S. change its ways, cancel its plans to sell weapons to Taiwan and stop its exchanges with the Taiwanese military. Only if they do so can the [People’s Liberation Army] and ministry of national defense resume normal relations with their U.S. counterparts.” At the risk of sounding indelicate, may I offer the following advice to Maj. Gen. Qian: “Take a hike, buddy.” However, no doubt the faux patriots in Washington DC will fall over themselves to oblige the Red Chinese demand for access to US military installations.
>Latin America File: FMLNistas slip into Nicaragua, join Sandinistas in intimidating opposition; ex-guerrillas lead polls for 2009 Salvadoran elections
November 20, 2008Posted by on
>New Cold War in Central America: USA Urges Organization of American States to Audit Nicaraguan Election Results (source)
For nearly two years we have been monitoring the demise of Nicaragua’s fledgling democracy, founded in 1990, ever since past Marxist dictator Daniel Ortega re-assumed the presidency of that country in January of last year. Comandante Ortega secured this position again with only 38 percent of the popular vote, but with all of the weight of Latin America’s Red Axis, embodied in the Sao Paulo Forum, behind his Sandinista National Liberation Front.
Pictured above: Maria Eugenia Pineda, left, a supporter of the Liberal Constitutionalist Party (PLC) is protected by her daughters after being injured during clashes with Sandinista thugs in front of Nicaragua’s election council in Managua, on November 18.
The global food shortage and fuel price hikes have presented the neo-Sandinista government with serious domestic challenges, including 34.2 percent food price inflation in August, that more often than not result in official denunciations of “US imperialism” and “neoliberalism” (a communist codeword for capitalism). Rejecting peaceful collaboration with the PLC to tackle such issues, the FSLN regime was utilizing dirty tricks to neutralize the opposition months in advance of the November 9 municipal elections. The Costa Rican media reveals the obvious government-sponsored coordination behind the brutal attacks against oppositionists throughout the country during the last 10 days: “Young Sandinista men were bused in from various parts of the country and started congregating in the morning, drinking liquor in the street and shooting mortar rounds into the air.”
The Nica Times also reports that the Sandinistas’ communist brethren in El Salvador, the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front, provided some “muscle” during this past week’s street fighting episodes with oppositionists in Managua:
For the second time in a week, there was apparently also participation from a contingent of revolutionary sympathizers from the Faribundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) from El Salvador. Several of the vehicles parked in the MetroCentro turnabout had license plates from El Salvador, including one that had covered its license plate with paper and tape. The Nica Times asked a Sandinista youth organizer about the apparent participation of the FMLN. He said the two former revolutionary groups have “always supported each other” and that the Salvadorans were providing “technical support” to the Sandinista protesters.
It should be noted that to travel by car from El Salvador to Nicaragua, one must traverse Honduran territory.
According to La Voz del Sandinisimo, the FSLN mouthpiece, Nicaragua’s ambassador to Cuba Luis Cabrera Gonzalez yesterday denounced oppositionist protests as a US plot to destabilize Ortega’s presidency with the complicity of the Organization of American States. “It is the intention of the North American empire,” ranted Gonzalez, “to hinder the advance of the progressive forces in several countries of the region, like Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador.”
The Nica Times concludes: “With neither side backing down and President Daniel Ortega conspicuously absent from the public eye, it is not apparent how Nicaragua is going to get out of the lawlessness that has enveloped the nation.” Perhaps Ortega will appeal for help from buddies Raul Castro and Hugo Chavez on the basis of Nicaragua’s membership in the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA), prompting Cuba and Venezuela to send “peacekeeping troops” to Central America.
In such a scenario, Chavez, who has promised to transform ALBA from a political-economic-cultural pact into one with military teeth, will probably want to first ride out his own regional elections on November 23. Cuba’s Prensa Latina reports that Chavez has deployed 140,000 soldiers throughout the country to ensure that the election proceeds calmly and orderly this Sunday, which means he expects his own organization, the United Socialist Party of Venezuela, to win the gubernatorial elections in all 22 states.
Meanwhile, Salvadorans are facing a series of elections in the new year that could for the first time propel the former guerrilla army known as the FMLN into the presidency, wholely placing the country within the region’s Red Axis. Like Nicaragua, El Salvador was rocked by a civil war during the 1980s as the Soviet/Cuban-backed rebels sought to overthrow various US-backed governments.
The hard-core Marxist leadership of the FMLN is still dominated by ex-guerrillas, such as vice-presidential candidate Salvador Sanchez Ceren, and has thus wisely chosen former TV journalist Mauricio Funes to bring a face of moderation to this communist party that gave birth to the vicious international narco-terrorist gang known as Mara Salvatrucha. “Today,” reports the Inter Press Service News Agency, “the party’s presidential candidate, Mauricio Funes, is leading the polls by a margin of two to 15 percentage points over his main rival, ARENA’s Rodrigo Ávila. The FMLN is also ahead in the polls for the Jan. 18 legislative and municipal elections.” The presidential election is slated for March 15, 2009. Pictured above: Sanchez and Funes wave to supporters at party rally on November 15.
In addition to Nicaragua, which is openly communist, center-left governments predominate in Central America, including Guatemala (National Unity of Hope), Belize (United Democratic Party), Honduras (Liberal Party of Honduras), Costa Rica (National Liberation Party), and Panama (Democratic Revolutionary Party). Nicaragua and Honduras are aligned with Havana and Caracas via ALBA and Petrocaribe, while Guatemala is aligned with the Havana-Caracas Axis via Petrocaribe.
Although Costa Rican President Oscar Arias has given Chavez the cold shoulder, last year San Jose dumped its recognition of Taiwan in favor of trade with the People’s Republic of China. Earlier this week, too, Arias hosted Chinese President/Tyrant Hu Jintao for the first time. The ruling parties in Costa Rica and Panama are both associated with the Moscow-controlled Socialist International, while Panamanian President Martín Torrijos has allied his strategically important country with Cuba via numerous bilateral arrangements, many inked this year. Although Belize’s new prime minister Dean Barrow is a social democrat, in 2007 Chavez surreptitiously attempted to influence Barrow’s conservative predecessor Said Musa with a US$10 million handout for Musa’s supporters.
>WW4 File: Russia warns Georgia against rebuilding its military, respond with "severe punishment"; USA to deploy Patriot missiles in Poland in 2009
November 19, 2008Posted by on
– Russian Duma Speaker Gryzlov Visits Prague, Confers with Czech Counterpart Vlcek, Who Announces Government Will Postpone Consideration of US-Czech Missile Defense Treaty until Obama Assumes Presidency
– NATO Member Turkey and Russia Close Ranks as Defense Minister Serdyukov Arrives in Ankara to Discuss Bilateral Military-Technical Cooperation
– European Union State Cyprus Falls Under Moscow’s Spell as Communist President Christofias Signs Raft of Agreements with Kremlin
– NATO Computer Networks Compromised by Soviet Mole Recruited in Late 1980s from “Post”-Communist Estonia
Yesterday, reports the AFP news agency, Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov warned Georgia against rebuilding its military, which was decimated by Moscow’s armed forces during the brief Caucasian War in August. “We believe this policy would bring about consequences more serious than those in August,” he rumbled against Georgia’s “pro”-Western regime, which now enjoys the protection of NATO’s radar umbrella, although it has yet to secure fall membership in the Western Alliance. Soviet forces occupy Georgia’s breakaway regions of Abkazia and South Ossetia, a situation that the cowardly leaders of the European Union refused to oppose when EU President Nicolas Sarkozy and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev threw together a peace deal after the Russian re-invasion of Georgia.
The next hot war between Russia and the West may take place next year when the US military deploys 10 interceptor missiles in Poland, reports Novosti. “Patriot missiles will be in Poland in 2009, at first temporarily, and from 2012, permanently,” Polish Defense Minister Bogdan Klich announced on Tuesday while on an official visit to Ukraine.
Meanwhile, the same source reports that after meeting Boris Gryzlov, Komsomol graduate and speaker of the Russian Duma, in Prague, Miloslav Vlcek, speaker of the lower house of the Czech parliament, revealed yesterday that the Czech government will not resume consideration of the US-Czech missile defense treaty until Barack Hussein Obama assumes the presidency in January. “This [Iskander deployment] is a response measure. The deployment will not start before the construction of a launcher in Poland and a radar in the Czech Republic starts. Our neighbors in Europe should realize that,” Gryzlov soothed.
However, in case Gryzlov’s friendly advice did not move the Czechs, the Chief of the Russian General Staff Nikolai Makarov reminded Moscow’s not-so-former satellites today that his forces are ready at a moment’s notice to deploy Iskander missiles in Kaliningrad, next to Poland, to counter the US missile defense system. “As soon as the final decision is made by our supreme commander-in-chief [Dmitry Medvedev, but in reality the Communist Party leadership], these missile systems will be deployed, wherever it is ordered,” Makarov informed the Kremlin media. Placing Iskander missiles in the Russian Baltic Sea exclave would allow Moscow to target almost any site in Poland and also parts of Germany and the Czech Republic.
In a related story Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko denied previous reports that his armed forces intended to deploy Russian missiles on Belarusian soil to counter the planned US military installations in Central Europe. Lukashenko’s presidential website offered the “correct” version of events: “What was being discussed was exclusively to do with the general re-arming of the Belarusian army, and changing outdated missile systems for new, more modern ones, possibly including Iskander missile systems. Clearly, re-equipping one’s own army is an entirely normal and natural process for any state.” In a Wall Street Journal interview, Lukashenko nevertheless jumped to Moscow’s defense in the latter’s showdown with Washington: “We absolutely support Russia in taking appropriate action, if they adequately deal with this situation. So I think that the Americans – not even the Americans, I would say, but Bush – moved too hastily with this … without understanding it sufficiently.”
The first article linked above notes Russian DM Serdyukov’s presence in Turkey this week. There he held two days of talks on military-technical cooperation with Ankara’s Minister of National Defence Mehmet Vecdi Gonul. “The two Ministers are also to touch upon matters aimed at maintaining security and stability in the Black Sea area,” reports Itar-Tass, “specifically interaction between Russia and Turkey in BLACKSEAFOR and Operation Black Sea Harmony formats.” Serdyukov was also scheduled to tour the Combined Military Academy of the Turkish Armed Forces in Istanbul and inspect the Aselsan plant. Turkey’s leading defense contractor Aselsan produces tracking systems and radars for land machinery, aircraft, and ships, and manufactures launchers for Stinger missiles. No doubt, neo-Soviet Russia’s DM was more than pleased to tour this facility in NATO member state Turkey.
The Soviet strategists are laboring hard to eliminate US influence in the Euro-Mediterranean theater. The new Moscow-Nicosia Axis, for example, does not bode well for the USA and it so-called allies in NATO since Cyprus is strategically located in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, near flashpoints like Lebanon. This week the Kremlin rolled out the “red carpet” for Cypriot President Dimitris Christofias, a dedicated pro-Soviet communist who travelled to Moscow two days ago. During his huddle with Medvedev and the neo-Soviet leadership (pictured above), Christofias signed a raft of agreements, including a “political declaration to develop further ties and cooperation,” and other agreements that will promote bilateral relations in the fields of health and medical science, financial coordination between the Cyprus Stock Exchange and the State Investment Bank of Russia, and information sharing between Itar-Tass and the Cyprus News Agency. “The Republic of Cyprus welcomes the proposal by the Russian President to adopt a new legally binding Convention on European Security,” the political declaration adds, referring to the Russian plan for pan-European security sans America, which we have previously treated.
Tonight Communist Party of the Russian Federation Chairman Gennady Zyuganov, who visited Cyprus earlier this year as Medvedev’s personal envoy, will wine and dine Christofias and his wife. Tomorrow morning, the University of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation will present President Christofias with an honorary doctorate.
In recent weeks, too, the Western Alliance has suffered another breach of security through the presence of a Soviet spy in the organization. It’s not enough that the head of NATO intelligence committee, General Sandor Laborc, is Hungary’s KGB-trained spymaster. In September Herman Simm, an Estonian defence ministry official, was arrested and charged with passing classified NATO secrets to Russia. The Soviet Union reportedly recruited Simm in the late 1980s, before the fake collapse of Soviet communism. Simm led government delegations tasked with protecting Estonian and other NATO member state computer networks against cyber-warfare. “The longer they work on the case, the more obvious it becomes how big the impact of the suspected treachery really is,” opined Der Spiegel magazine. “A German official,” reports The Times, “described the Russian penetration of Nato as a ‘catastrophe.'”
The Soviet strategists have been wildly successful in compromising the war-preparedness of the Western Alliance by promoting military-technical cooperation with Greece and Turkey, wooing bankrupt Iceland with financial incentives, infiltrating their moles into the “post”-communist governments of Hungary and Estonia, and holding out the olive branch of pan-European security. At the same time, as we documented in our last post, they are openly consorting with Latin Amercia’s Red Axis states, which have united against the USA under the banner of ALBA, the Union of South American Nations, and the incipient South American Defense Council. Since the Kremlin’s top general Makarov does not expect the Russian armed forces to be fully modernized until 2020, it may be that the Moscow Leninists are playing for time.
>Latin America File: Intimidated by Daniel Ortega’s thugs, Nicaragua’s opposition stands down, abandons protest march, vows to continue struggle
November 19, 2008Posted by on
– Emboldened by Sandinista Thuggery in Nicaragua, Chavez’s United Socialist Party of Venezuela Can Approach Regional Elections with Total Confidence in Victory
– Extensive “Power Networking” Among Communist Bloc Leaders in Latin America: Dmitry Medvedev to Havana, Caracas, and Brasilia; Hu Jintao to Havana, San Jose; Nguyen Minh Triet to Caracas; Raul Castro to Caracas, Brasilia, Beijing, and Moscow; Ortega to Moscow; Venezuelan Military Delegation to Havana
Yesterday, Nicaragua’s chief opposition leader, Eduardo Montealegre–who ran for Managua mayor on the Liberal Constitutionalist Party (PLC) ticket on November 9 and lost the presidential election to Daniel Ortega in 2006–called off a protest march in the national capital after Ortegistas pelted rocks at 1,000 PLC supporters. “We will keep fighting for democracy in Nicaragua,” vowed Montealegre, “I’m not nervous. The Sandinistas are the ones who should be nervous for having to shut down a demonstration for democracy.”
Pictured above: Ten days of violence, involving firearms, home-made mortars, machetes, rocks, and sticks, has rocked the cities and towns of Nicaragua. In nearly all such cases, members and supporters of the ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN), which operates under the leadership of Moscow stooge Daniel Ortega, instigated the violence against oppositionists who declared the results of the municipal elections fraudulent.
At and around the site of yesterday’s cancelled oppositionist protest, reports Bloomberg: “Thousands of Ortega supporters blocked the streets with buses and fired home-made fireworks at the demonstrators, causing organizers to cancel the march planned for 2 p.m. local time today. Caravans of trucks roamed the streets with masked men in Sandinista t-shirts, who could be seen throwing rocks and chasing Nicaraguans near the site of the protest.” It is very unlikely that all of this thuggery was conducted without the goading of the FSLN Politburo. The Marxist dictatorship in Nicaragua is secure for the present. Comandante Ortega is slated to visit Moscow on December 17, his first such trip since the Cold War, which has apparently returned to Central America.
The Havana/Caracas-led Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA) has congratulated Ortega’s party, which swept most of the country’s municipal governments. For his part, Venezuela’s Marxist dictator Hugo Chavez faces regional elections on November 23. It is expected that his United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), founded last year through a merger of numerous leftist groups, will claim victory. The Communist Party of Venezuela has not yet joined the PSUV, but offers reliable parliamentary support for Chavez’s “Bolivarian Revolution.”
In advance of election day, communist dictators from other countries have trooped to Venezuela to give Chavez a comradely slap on the back. Yesterday Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triet responded to an invitation from Chavez by arriving in Caracas for a two-day state visit, the first of its kind for a Vietnamese head of state. Today Chavez announced at a pre-election rally for the PSUV that Cuban President/Tyrant Raul Castro will make his first official trip to Venezuela in the “next few days,” after which the Cuban dictator will stop over in neo-communist Brazil before heading on to communist superpowers Russia and China. On November 18 Venezuelan Defense Minister Gustavo Reyes Rangel and high-ranking officers from the Venezuelan Army met with Raul in Havana, reportedly to implement Caracas’ offer to assist Cuba in the wake of this past summer’s hurricanes. Of course, such a meeting could just as easily provide cover for military coordination between the two communist states.
Russian “President” Dmitry Medvedev is slated to make his first official trip to Brazil on November 24-26, Venezuela on November 26-27, and Cuba on November 27. “An invitation to visit Cuba from President Raul Castro was handed to Medvedev by Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque, during his visit to Moscow last week,” reports Novosti at the previous link. Speaking in Moscow on November 10, Perez denied that Cuba and Russia were discussing the possibility of deploying a Russian missile shield in the Caribbean country. It is not clear if Medvedev and Castro’s separate visits to the Venezuelan capital will coincide. In any case, during Medvedev’s Caracas cruise the Russian and Venezuelan navies will be carrying out joint naval maneuvers in the Caribbean Sea, the first of possibly more Soviet-led Red Dawn-style joint military exercises in Latin America.
Lastly, Chinese President/Tyrant Hu Jintao, as we blogged several days ago, began his second official visit to Cuba on Monday. The all-weather friendship between the two communist states is well documented. However, the day before, Hu showed up in Costa Rica in the highest-level visit by a Chinese official to the Central American country, just one year after San Jose severed six decades of diplomatic relations with Taiwan. “Hu arrived in San Jose from a G20 summit in Washington, with scores of businessmen and Communist Party officials,” reports the AFP news agency. The Costa Rican government has thus far resisted the overtures of the Havana-Caracas Axis, but is now firmly in Red China’s orbit.
Intriguingly, neo-Sandinista Nicaragua maintains relations with Taipei, rather Beijing, although this was not the case during the first Ortegista dictatorship between 1985 and 1990, when Managua granted recognition to the People’s Republic of China. Nicaragua resumed diplomatic ties with Taiwan in 1990 when Violeta Barrios de Chamorro became president.
Thus, at this time we see extensive power networking among the leaders of the Communist Bloc, as well as attempts to woo new countries into the fold through commercial ventures (Costa Rica) and political persuasion (Honduras). Do not expect President-Elect Barack Hussein Obama to take a strong stand against the Red Spread in Latin America since he and his far-left Democratic colleagues will be preoccupied with transforming the United States of America into the United Socialist States of America.
>USA File: Obama, McCain bury the hatchet; Hillary: Barack’s candidate for Secretary of State; Paulson cons taxpayers out of $700 billion
November 18, 2008Posted by on
– Lining Up at the Trough: Democratic-Controlled Congress Demands Auto Industry Bailout, Diversion of Funds Earmarked for Financial Institutions
Hillary Clinton: Like indigestion, she’s back, and she still tastes bad. In addition to packing his transition team with Clintonistas, according to the leftist British rag The Guardian, President-Elect Barack Hussein Obama intends to appoint Senator Clinton as US Secretary of State. This development is part of Obamessiah’s attempt to build a cabinet that reflects a broad-based coalition consisting of politicians commited to extremely different shades of socialism.
In recent days, too, rumors have abounded that faux rightist opponent and Council on Foreign Relations cadre John McCain would serve as the token Republican in Obama’s cabinet, possibly as Secretary of Defense. However, after a private meeting yesterday in the O Team transition offices in Chicago’s Kluczynski Federal Building, Obama and McCain issued a joint statement exhorting “that Americans of all parties want and need their leaders to come together and change the bad habits of Washington so that we can solve the common and urgent challenges of our time.” In short, McCain didn’t get the job, but he is willing to rally Republicans around “Change that the Soviets Can Believe In.”
Pictured above: Barack buds around with John in post-election hatchet-burying session; pictured below: Barack and Hillary chastise the American voter: “If you knew what was good for you, you’d vote for socialists like us. However, because you don’t, we’ll just fix the election.” In each case, these political “rivals” are devoted to outdoing one another in building the United Socialist States of America. Very important question: Why do Americans even bother voting? It’s long past time for Paul Revere to saddle up his horse.
Hillary Clinton to accept Obama’s offer of secretary of state job
President-elect Barack Obama reaching out to former rivals to build a broad coalition administration
Ewen MacAskill in Washington
Hillary Clinton plans to accept the job of secretary of state offered by Barack Obama, who is reaching out to former rivals to build a broad coalition administration, the Guardian has learned.
Obama’s advisers have begun looking into Bill Clinton’s foundation, which distributes millions of dollars to Africa to help with development, to ensure that there is no conflict of interest. But Democrats do not believe that the vetting is likely to be a problem.
Clinton would be well placed to become the country’s dominant voice in foreign affairs, replacing Condoleezza Rice. Since being elected senator for New York, she has specialised in foreign affairs and defence. Although she supported the war in Iraq, she and Obama basically agree on a withdrawal of American troops.
Clinton, who still harbours hopes of a future presidential run, had to weigh up whether she would be better placed by staying in the Senate, which offers a platform for life, or making the more uncertain career move to the secretary of state job.
As part of the coalition-building, Obama today also reached out to his defeated Republican rival, John McCain, to discuss how they could work together to roll back some of the most controversial policies of the Bush years. Putting aside the bitter words thrown about with abandon by both sides during the election campaign, McCain flew to meet Obama at his headquarters in the Kluczynski Federal Building, in downtown Chicago.
Obama, speaking before the meeting, said: “We’re going to have a good conversation about how we can do some work together to fix up the country.” He said he also wanted to thank McCain for his service to the country.
Asked by a reporter whether he would work with Obama, McCain, who has long favoured a bipartisan approach to politics, replied: “Obviously”.
Sources on both sides said Obama did not offer McCain a cabinet job, but focused on how the senator for Arizona could help to guide through Congress legislation that they both strongly favour.
Given Obama’s status as president-in-waiting, the two met in a formal setting, a room decked out with a US flag, and were accompanied by senior advisers. Obama appeared the more relaxed of the two, sitting with legs crossed, smiling broadly and waving to reporters, while McCain sat stiffly, with a seemingly fixed grin.
Although the two clashed during the election campaign over tax policy and withdrawal from Iraq, they have more in common than they have differences. They both favour the closure of the Guantánamo Bay detention centre, an increase in US troops to Afghanistan, immigration reform, stem cell research and measures to tackle climate change, and oppose torture and the widespread use of wire-tapping.
Although Democrats made gains in the Senate in the November 4 elections, they fell short of the 60 seats that would have allowed them to override Republican blocking tactics and will need Republican allies to get Obama’s plans through. This was highlighted today when the Democratic leadership in Congress announced that a broad economic stimulus package Obama sought was not likely to be passed because of Republican opposition.
Obama confirmed at the weekend that he would offer jobs to some Republicans. One of the names that crops up most often is Chuck Hagel, the former Republican senator who is a specialist in foreign affairs and a critic of the Iraq war.
Meanwhile, reveals the Associated Press, outgoing President George W. Bush’s Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson has announced that the White House will not be using the entire US$700 billion financial industry bailout package to buy up toxic mortgages but, rather, will leave one half of the amount for President Obama to disperse in the new year. These funds, if the O Team has its way, may wind up in the accounts of ailing Detroit car makers General Motors, Chrysler, and Ford and, indirectly, Obama backers in the United Auto Workers. It would appear that the Bush Admin and the O Team are engaged in some sort of collusion over “rescuing” the US economy. “Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., chairman of the panel,” reports the AP at the link above, “has been tapped by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to draft an aid package for Detroit. The auto companies are seeking $25 billion for emergency loans.”
President-elect Barack Obama reaching out to former rivals to build a broad coalition administration
Ewen MacAskill in Washington
Monday November 17 2008 21.48 GMT
Not surprisingly, even the Democratic-controlled Congress is not impressed and has summoned Paulson to testify today before the House Financial Services Committee. Yes, the bailout was a con job, but don’t expect the Fed or the MSM to admit as much.
>Latin America File: Resurgent Shining Path terrorizes Ayacuchu, S. Peru, kills 17 soldiers, five civilians in October 2008, feeds on cocaine profits
November 18, 2008Posted by on
>Ten percent of the Peruvian population must be assassinated for the Shining Path to take power.
— Abimael Guzmán, former professor of philosophy, San Cristóbal of Huamanga University, Communist Party of Peru-Shining Path founder, captured in 1992
The Shining Path is not finished. They are still killing people.
– Security guard at US-owned mining camp, Pukatoro, Peru, October 20, 2008
Pictured above: Yesterday in Lima police officers bear the coffins of two colleagues killed by Peru’s Shining Path guerrillas. Submachine gun-toting communist rebels ambushed a police patrol in a drug-smuggling zone in the southern region of Ayacucho on Sunday.
Abandoning the strict Maoism that founder Abimael Guzmán preached in the 1980s, reports the Washington Post this month, the Communist Party of Peru-Shining Path has morphed into a 400- to 700-member narco-terrorist outfit that ingests the profits of the cocaine trade to finance its activities. Like the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, Shining Path once relied on popular support to advance communist revolution. Now the Peruvian guerrillas play an important role in the Kremlin’s 50-year-old plot to subvert the USA and its allies by drugging the populations, corrupting the politicians and financial institutions with “dirty money,” and diverting the military-law enforcement resources of these countries. After Colombia, Peru is now the second-largest cocaine-producing country in the world.
Shining Path still pays lips service to a “muddled form of communism” but holds out an olive branch to foreign investment and large international mining companies. In 2003 the Peruvian government’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission estimated that between 1980 and 2000 nearly 69,000 people died from fighting between Shining Path and the military–a veritable genocide for which Guzmán’s guerrillas are at least one half responsible. If Shining Path disavows genocide today, it is merely a tactical maneuver to deceive both supporters and opponents.
Although Shining Path is a shadow of its former strength, Captain Juan Carlos Llosa, a spokesman for Peru’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, warned: “They are trained in combat, and they know the area, which is their strength. It is a force that should not be underestimated.” Over the years, Shining Path has fortified Vizcatan with mines and booby traps and dug tunnels to hide. “Their tactical level is better than our Special Forces’,” commented one terrorism analyst, “They are faster, quicker, better at ambushes and capable of hiding underground.” The Peruvian army plans to establish two or three new bases in Shining Path territory, a prospect that does not please locals, who fear that they will be caught in the crossfire again between the government and the guerrillas.
Following Guzman’s incarceration, Shining Path, like Bolivian President Evo Morales, has presented itself more as a “defender of coca growers” than the vanguard of proletarian revolution. Maoist purists or not, the twenty-first-century incarnation of Shining Path is a significant, although not yet overwhelming, threat to Peru’s stability. We previously chronicled the history of Sendoro Luminoso, the guerrilla army’s Spanish name, in our Red World profile on Peru.
>MISSILE DAY ALERT: Caracas, Managua plan to provoke war with Colombia and possibly USA, summon Russian military intervention in Caribbean
November 17, 2008Posted by on
The whole Nicaraguan Army and other power agencies use arms and vehicles mostly of the Soviet and Russian production. We do not return to a bare field in Nicaragua, but resume our relations on a very serious basis, both technological and human.
— Sergei Stepashin, former Russian Federation Prime Minister, personal envoy for then President Vladimir Putin; statement made in Managua, January 12, 2007
Pictured above: Supporters of Nicaragua’s main opposition party return fire during clashes yesterday with the Sandinistas in Mateare, 40 kilometers south of Managua.
FOURTH WORLD WAR HIGHLIGHTS: LATIN AMERICAN THEATER
– Nicaragua Teeters on Verge of Civil War as Post-Election Violence between Ruling Sandinistas and Oppositionists Spreads throughout Country
– President Daniel Ortega Falsifies Results of Municipal Elections to Facilitate Culmination of Soviet Strategy in Central America, Remains in Hiding
– Liberal Constitutionalist Legislators to Boycott National Assembly, Stall National Budget Debate
– Havana-Caracas-Led Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA) Condemns Perceived US Interference in Nicaragua’s Political Process
– October 22, 2008 Article in Spanish-Language Nicaragua Today Exposes Soviet Union’s Grand Strategy for the Fourth World War:
1) Russian Special Forces Have Returned to Cold War-Era Haunt in Nicaragua’s Sparsely Populated Caribbean Region
2) During 1980s Elite Soviet Military Units Prepared for Guerrilla Warfare in Afghanistan by Using Nicaragua’s Miskito Indians for Target Practice
3) Neo-Sandinista Regime Renovating Punta Huete Air Base, Airports at Bluefields and Port Heads to Accommodate “Military Requirements” of Russia, Iran, and ALBA Countries
4) Russian Security Council Announces Defense Pact with Leftist Regimes in Venezuela, Argentina, and Ecuador Following ex-FSB/KGB Chief Patrushev’s October Trip to Region
Widespread political violence has returned to Nicaragua for the first time since the US-backed Contras sought to dislodge the first Sandinista regime in the 1980s. Yesterday the post-election unrest, reports the Costa Rican media, spread from the national capital of Managua to other population centers, including the northern city of Leon and the southern city of Mateare. In Leon cadres of the ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front, armed with home-made mortars, blocked a caravan of supporters of the main opposition group, the Liberal Constitutionalist Party (PLC), from entering the city. The failed PLC mayoral candidate for Managua Eduardo Montealegre opined: “Ortega’s paramilitaries have prevented the free circulation of people. Each bus was searched by these paramilitaries who were looking for opposition members among the passengers. Ortega wants to install a dictatorship preventing the citizens from being able to circulate freely on the streets and roads of Nicaragua.” The PLC plans more marches, while its legislators have announced they will boycott the National Assembly, effectively stalling debate on the national budget, until the government reviews all disputed local elections.
Since the November 9 municipal election, past and present Marxist dictator and long-time Soviet ally Daniel Ortega, whose career is beholden to cash infusions from Hugo Chavez, has remained in hiding. No official appeals for calm have emerged from the presidential palace. A website frequented by US expatriates who regularly criticize the neo-Sandinista regime, was mysteriously blocked on Sunday afternoon by an organization calling itself the “Council of Sandinista Leadership” and sporting the official logo for the “Government of Reconciliation and National Unity.” Two days ago the US State Department advised US citizens traveling to or already in Nicaragua to “maintain a high level of vigilance and to take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness.”
The Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas–consisting of Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Honduras, and Dominica–released a communique yesterday condemning perceived US interference in Nicaragua’s political process and praising the FSLN as a paragon of democratic virtue: “President Daniel Ortega, as well as the FSLN, have given examples of democracy, when contending at elections during the 1980s and peacefully giving the government to their successors. The peoples and the governments of the Alba ratify our most strong solidarity with the Nicaraguan People and we recognize the professionalism of the FSLN institutions.”
Pictured here: In Leon a Sandinista thug fires a home-made mortar at supporters of Montealegre. Behind him, a comrade wears the FSLN flag as a bandana.
Neo-Soviet Russia Moves Ahead with Red Dawn Coalition in Latin America
The domestic turmoil in Nicaragua may be a cover for the Sandinistas’ on-the-sly support for the unfolding Soviet strategy in Latin America, which has been revitalized by the election of Hugo Chavez in 1998 and numerous leftist governments since then, as well as by the election of socialist Barack Hussein Obama to the US presidency two weeks ago. In our last two posts about Nicaragua we have exposed Russia’s intention to renovate the never-used, 10,000-foot, Soviet-built military runway at Punta Huete, north of Managua, the only point in the Western Hemisphere from which the Kremlin’s Tu-160 “Blackjack” strategic bombers can launch sorties against the US West Coast without refueling. On September 17 and November 8 of this year Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin, a “former” KGB agent who specialized in smuggling arms to Latin America and the Middle East during the Cold War, flew to Managua where he conferred with Ortega.
An October 22 article by journalist Robert Escobedo Caicedo, published by the Spanish-language Nicaragua Today magazine under the title “Venezuelan Interventions in Nicaragua,” appears to validate our hypothesis. Escobedo makes the following contentions, some of which are new and startling, others of which we have already documented:
1) the neo-Sandinista regime has openly allied itself with the Roman Catholic Church, its former enemy, and, in particular, Cardinal Miguel Obando y Bravo, the presidential chaplain, in order to project an image of respectability for domestic and international media consumption
2) the neo-Sandinista regime is using Venezuelan petrodollars to bribe Nicaragua’s opposition politicians with the objective of clinching the November 9 municipal election and re-consolidating its power over the country
3) the neo-Sandinista regime is “reconditioning” Punta Huete and equipping with modern control towers the airports at Bluefields and Port Heads, so as to accommodate the military requirements of Russia, Iran, and the ALBA countries
4) Russian special forces–who secretly trained in Nicaragua during the 1980s in preparation for guerrilla warfare in Afghanistan, at which time they used the country’s Miskito Indians for target practice–are once again training in the Central American country
5) Managua and Caracas are plotting to provoke a conflict between Nicaragua and US ally Colombia in order to justify a military assault against Bogota and summon Russian intervention in the Caribbean region.
“Upon formalizing the “casus belli” [cause for war],” writes Escobedo below, “Caracas and Managua will ask for aid from Russia, which under the Putin-Medvedev government is thirsty for adventures and new satellites in the Americas.” A long, translated excerpt from Escobedo’s article, with some tweaking by your resident blogger, reveals that Ortega and his Marxist cronies in the FSLN want to be in a position to positively “respond to the military requirements of the countries of the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas, Russia and Iran.”
Daniel Ortega, during the Vice Prime Minister of Russia’s recent visit to Nicaragua [September 17], insisted that he urgently needs to renew the obsolete armament of the Sandinista Popular Army and repair its air force, mainly equipped with [Soviet-era] MI-17 and MI-24 helicopter gunships. Under the pretext of extension for tourist needs, they [Sandinista government] are reconditioning the airport at Punta Huete, on the other side of Lake Managua, and also improving the runways and equipping with modern control towers the airports at Bluefields and Port Heads, so that they can respond to the military requirements of the countries of the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas, Russia and Iran.
During the first Sandinista dictatorship (1979-1990) units of the old Red Army finished their training to fight the Afghan guerrillas, in Nicaragua’s Autonomous Region of the Northern Atlantic (RAAN). These elite units were known as “Vympels,” according to specialized publications, and used the Miskito Indians of the region as practice targets. These units are training again in the same region of Caribbean Nicaragua, doing so with the support of Sandinista People’s Army, which has declaring that they are being prepared for the inevitable confrontation with Colombia.
Hugo Chavez is using [state-run] PDVSA to refine, distribute, and commercialize petroleum for the purpose of supporting the FSLN. As a result, he has turned the Sandinista leaders into millionaires and filled their coffers with huge amounts of money. This allows the Sandinistas to bribe deputies of [Nicaragua’s] National Assembly and support an intensive and expensive favorable political propaganda for the aims of Daniel Ortega. They have also bribed the magistrates of the Supreme Electoral Council, where the president of the same, Roberto Rivas, is a personage with no intellectual or moral qualifications. The [Sandinistas] maintain suspicious relations with [Roman Catholic] Cardinal Miguel Obando y Bravo, who is now the official chaplain of the presidential family. They also burn grass and incense and practice witchcraft in various religious ceremonies. These are all preparations to falsify the popular will in the municipal elections of November 9. It matters little to them the consequences of such acts, including the deaths of citizens who protest against such vile tricks.
The current president of Venezuela, the enemy of the President of Colombia, Alvaro Uribe, has designed the mechanisms of a military provocation, in collaboration with the Sandinista Popular Army, between Nicaragua and ships flying the Colombian flag in the Caribbean Sea. The regime of Daniel Ortega will then immediately request the military support of the countries subjugated by Hugo Chavez through the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas. This explosive situation coincides with the elections of United States Presdient and those of municipal authorities in Nicaragua. Upon formalizing the “casus belli” [cause for war], Caracas and Managua will ask for aid from Russia, which under the Putin-Medvedev government is thirsty for adventures and new satellites in the Americas.
Although Escobedo contends that Russian special forces in Nicaragua are training for the “inevitable confrontation” with Colombia, we rather suspect that they are training for the “inevitable confrontation” with America. The Wilton Films Production Spetsnaz: Inside The Russian SAS interviews Soviet/Russian special forces who carried out covert operations in Nicaragua, Angola, Chechnya, and even Alaska: “For the first time, Spetsnaz men tell their secrets including how the ALPHA GROUP and VYMPEL went through a baptism by fire when they seized the Dor-al-Aman Presidential palace in Afghanistan and how a severed head was used to free Soviet diplomats taken hostage in the Lebanese Civil War. Through exclusive access, we reveal secret operations in Angola, Nicaragua, India, Bosnia, Chechnya and even perhaps, Alaska, where they are said to have practised infiltration operations on US soil.”
On December 17 Ortega plans to visit Moscow for the first time since the Cold War, but will anyone in the Obama White House and the chronically pro-communist US State Department really care about the Red Dawn military coalition that Russia is assembling in Latin America? We have already documented the rise of the South American Defense Council which, while only existing in an incipient state at present, reflects the Latin American Red Axis’ intention of forming a military bloc to act as a counterweight to NATO. We have also documented Russia’s strategic military partnership with the region’s communist troika: Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua.
Following ex-FSB/KGB chief Nikolai Patrushev’s October trip to Venezuela, Argentina, and Ecuador, where he met Presidents Hugo Chavez, Cristina Kirchner, and Rafael Correa, the Russian Security Council announced that the Kremlin intends to form a “security and defense cooperation” pact with the leftist regimes in those countries. The Russian Security Council’s media statement, published by state-run Interfax, declared blandly: “Patrushev’s meetings with the leadership of Argentina and Ecuadorian and Venezuelan presidents showed that everything is ready for activating bilateral and multilateral cooperation in various spheres, including the strengthening of defense capacity and national security.”
Preaching East-West Convergence to the Choir: Medvedev Addresses Council on Foreign Relations in DC, Advocates Common “Security Architecture” for NATO and Collective Security Treaty Organization
If this frightening scenario is truly under contemplation by Moscow and its Latin American allies, then the Kremlin will be able to overtly position its military assets in the Caribbean region in preparation for stalking bigger game than Colombia, namely, the USA itself. Meanwhile, the Soviet strategists are putting the finishing touches on other aspects of their grand strategy for global domination.
A second element in the Soviet strategy for encircling America with enemies is Red China’s participation in the Communist Bloc’s military coalition via the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Thus far, the Russian Armed Forces and the People’s Liberation Army have carried out two joint war games, Peace Mission 2005 and its sequel Peace Mission 2007. Red China also maintains extensive commercial links with Latin America’s leftist regimes, including Cuba. Today, reports Reuters, President/Tyrant Hu Jintao began a two-day visit to Cuba, his second since 2004: “Cuba is indispensable for China in its bid to strengthen links with Latin American and the Caribbean countries,” the Chinese ambassador to Cuba, Zhao Rongxian Zhao, said of Hu’s visit in an interview with China’s Xinhua news agency.” Since then Cuba has become a “huge showroom” for Chinese products purchased on credit, including thousands of Chinese buses, trucks, and trains, as well as light bulbs and electric appliances. Prior to arriving in Cuba, Hu put in an appearance at the G20 financial summit in Washington, DC.
After attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Peru on November 23-24, Russian “President” Dmitry Medvedev will also ensure that the allied regimes in Brasilia, Caracas, and Havana are “on the same page” as the Moscow-Beijing Axis by visiting Brazil on November 24-26, Venezuela on November 26-27, and Cuba on November 27. Not so coincidentally, a joint Soviet-Venezuelan naval exercise will be underway in the Caribbean Sea during Medvedev’s tropical getaway. For their part, the leftist leaders of Argentina, Cuba, Uruguay, and Nicaragua (as noted above) are expected to visit Moscow within the next few months, states Novosti.
A third element in the Soviet strategy for conquering America consists of further reductions in the US nuclear arsenal by way of new treaties, and the expulsion of the USA from NATO and the formation of a new European security system dominated by Russia. With respect to the former, the International Herald Tribune reports: “The United States and Russia will begin talks Thursday on finding a successor deal to the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty that significantly cut American and Russian nuclear arsenals, an official said.” The accord expires on December 5, 2009.
With respect to the latter, Medvedev’s call for a new “security architecture” in Europe will first neutralize US dominance in Europe and then incorporate America into a Red World Order. “Medvedev,” explains Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, “has repeatedly said his plans are aimed at ending U.S. and NATO dominance in Europe.” In addition to rubbing elbows with Hu at the G20 financial summit, Medvedev preached peaceful East-West convergence to the choir at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington. According to state-run Voice of Russia, he “proposed creating a forum uniting NATO, the EU, the CIS and the Collective Security Treaty organization to discuss possible threats to security. The Russian leader added that if such a system had existed before, the recent military conflict in the Caucasus would have never happened.” French/European President Nicolas Sarkozy, the RFE/RL story reveals above, has nothing but unqualified support for the Soviet quest to dethrone the USA.
The implications of Moscow’s “olive branch” are clear. Unless the USA capitulates to Soviet nuclear blackmail, warns Leonid Kagansky, senior adviser to former Soviet tyrant Leonid Brezhnev: “The US will be at war with Russia within five years.”
>Africa/Middle East Files: Egypt deploys even more troops to Israeli border to quell "restive" Bedouins; Russia arms unstable Lebanon, communist Cyprus
November 14, 2008Posted by on
Responding to Israel’s economic blockade against the Islamic terrorist regime in the Gaza Strip, Hamas fired five long-range, Soviet-built Grad rockets at the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon today. Just to make sure that the Jewish state “got the message,” Hamas followed up its Grad assault with eight short-range Qassam rockets, targetted at the city of Sderot. The terrorist group is also engaged in a low-level civil war with Fatah, the terrorist outfit of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, which controls Judea and Samaria, Israel’s heartland, otherwise known as the “West Bank.” The Palestinians are demanding a separate state with East Jerusalem as its capital. They enjoy the support of outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Acting PM Tzipi Livni, and the Middle East Diplomatic Quartet–United Nations, European Union, Russia, and the USA–in that objective.
This is not the first time that the international community has attempted to impose a two-state solution for the Jews and Arabs in the Levant. The first attempt was a spectacular failure. In November 1947 the UN, with US and Soviet support and Arab-Muslim opposition, partitioned the British Mandate of Palestine into two states, one for the Jews, another for the Arabs, provoking a civil war that lasted until the State of Israel was declared on May 14, 1948. At this point the first Arab-Israeli war erupted between the new country and its Muslim neighbors.
The world’s final conflagration appears to be looming on the horizon as Syria and Egypt once again move their armed forces against Israel’s northern and southern borders, respectively. Egypt–which KGB-communist dictator Vladimir Putin recently praised as “the leading country of the Arab world”–has illegally deployed its troops in the Sinai Peninsula under the guise of quelling “restive” Bedouin tribes and halting weapons smuggling by tribesmen into Gaza. Since 2005 Egypt, according to our estimates, has moved at least 5,000 soldiers up to the Israeli border. This week’s deployment includes “dozens of armored vehicles,” reports a prominent news agency, and may have augmented that figure.
Pictured above: Egyptian Bedouins talk to an Israeli soldier near the border between the two countries on November 11. Bedouin tribesmen in Sinai abducted 25 Egyptian policemen on Tuesday, a day after police shot and killed a member of their community.
Heavy troop deployment near Egypt-Israel borders
11/12/2008 10:09 PM
RAFAH, Egypt – Large numbers of Egyptian security forces have been ordered on Wednesday to Egypt-Israel border area in the Sinai Peninsula in an attempt to stave off any further strife with restive Bedouin tribes, an Egyptian security official said.
Dozens of armored vehicles have already arrived at the border area after a day of violent clashes between angry Bedouins and police that left three Bedouins dead and five police injured, the official added.
The security official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.
Angered by the shooting death of a Bedouin smuggler earlier, angry tribesmen attacked two Egyptian police border posts and seized 70 members of the security forces, disarming them.
The Egyptian Interior Ministry declined to comment whether the men were captured but say that some of its forces had been surrounded.
Tribal leaders had to intervene to free policemen in the early hours of the morning Wednesday.
A delegation of Interior Ministry officials and high-ranking officers will be holding talks with influential Bedouin figures in Sinai to defuse tensions.
The unrest has been concentrated on the section of the border 5 to 15 miles (8 to 24 kilometers) south of the Gaza.
The clashes ignited after police killed a Bedouin on Monday. Tribesmen are demanding a trial of the policeman who killed the man.
The impoverished Bedouin of the northern Sinai have been restive for years, often demonstrating over neglect by the central government and the draconian security sweeps taking place in the wake of terrorist incidents.
In the course of Tuesday’s clashes, the Bedouin looted desks, chairs, doors, window frames from the checkpoints and set others on fire. In the city of Rafah, Bedouins peppered a police building with bullets but no there were injuries.
The Bedouin have also been implicated in the smuggling of drugs and people into Israel as well as weapons and explosives into the Gaza Strip.
Last year, thousands of Bedouins burned tires and blocked roads across the peninsula to protest what they perceive as mistreatment by the government.
Meanwhile, Russia is stirring the pot of political unrest in the Middle East by arming both Lebanon, whose government is under the control of the Syrian/Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah, and nearby Cyprus, whose communist President Dimitris Christofias enjoys a “tight” relationship with Moscow.
This past Monday, Lebanon’s anti-Syrian March 14 Alliance leader Saad Hariri visited Russia where he conferred with Prime Minister Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. In exchange for recognizing the “independence” of Georgia’s breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Beirut would have the option of purchasing Russian tanks and artillery. In view of Hezbollah’s veto power over the Lebanese government, any weapons purchased from Russia are more likely to be used against Israel than Syria, troops of which in the last several months have dug in along Lebanon’s northern and eastern borders, as well as the Golan Heights, opposite Israel.
At the same time, reports the Bulgarian media, Russia is hastening to secure the loyalty of European Union state Cyprus, which geographically is considered part of Asia, by arming the communist regime in Nicosia: “Cyprus plans to purchase Russian weapon systems worth more than EUR 200 Million, the Politis daily informs. The daily cites information from the country’s budget for the next year, which has already been submitted to the budget committee in Parliament. According to the plans the country intends to buy tanks, six air-defense systems TOR M2 and anti tank missiles.”
The Republic of Cyprus is involved in intense, UN-sponsored reunification negotiations with the internationally unrecognized Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. It is unlikely that the requested weapons package from Moscow will intice the Ankara-backed Turkish Cypriots into a “mutually agreeable” peace deal. Thirty-five thousand Turkish troops occupy the northern part of the island. The Cypriot army, by contrast, consists of 10,000 permanent personnel, most of whom are ethnic Greeks, with periodic call-ups for 40,000 trained reservists. The Cypriot army conducts annual war games with the Greek air force, a factor that perpetuates tensions between Greece and Turkey.
>MISSILE DAY ALERT: Iceland invites Soviets to use old US air base at Keflavik; NATO state bankrupt, seeks Moscow handout
November 13, 2008Posted by on
>“In an official lunch with foreign diplomats,” reported the Barents Observer yesterday, “Icelandic President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson shocked neighboring Nordic countries with inviting Russia to take use of the strategically important airbase.” According to Icelandic news source Dagbladet, the Russian ambassador to Iceland, who was present at the lunch, feigned disinterest in the invitation, protesting “Russia does not really need the airport.”
This is not a surprising development in view of the US$5.5 billion loan that Reykjavik apparently intends to accept from Moscow in order to bail out its bankrupt government and economy. The Kremlin, of course, faces its own financial crisis, which the official media refuses to acknowledge. “Russia has its own financial difficulties at the moment, its own crisis to fight,” explains Jon Danielsson, an Icelandic economist who teaches at the London School of Economics. That may be so, but now Russian heavy bombers can safely refuel on Iceland, a NATO member state, en route to launching cruise missiles at North America.
Pictured above: Iceland’s ambassador to Russia Benedikt Asgeirsson during an interview in Moscow, on October 10.
Russia invited to Iceland’s airbase
In an official lunch with foreign diplomats, Icelandic President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson shocked neighboring Nordic countries with inviting Russia to take use of the strategically important airbase.
Foreign diplomats hardly believed what they heard when the Icelandic president said that his country needs “new friends” and that Russia should be invited to take use of the old U.S. airbase of Keflavik.
In the lunch which took place in Reykjavik last Friday, Mr. Grimsson accused neighboring countries of failing to support the crisis-ridden Iceland, newspaper Dagbladet reports with reference to Klassekampen.
An internal memo from the Norwegian Foreign Ministry, obtained by the newspaper, describes the diplomats present in the event as “shocked” by the speech.
-The North Atlantic is important for the Nordic countries, the USA and the UK. That is a fact which these countries seem to ignore, the president said, adding that “Iceland should rather make new friends”.
According to Dagbladet, the Russian ambassador present at the lunch was rather perplexed by the invitation, saying that “Russia does not really need the airport”.
The Icelandic president has no formal powers over foreign policy issues.
Iceland does not have its own armed forces, and has been dependent on military cooperation with NATO allies. The USA in 2006 closed down its air base at Keflavik, and Iceland has since been practically without air force support.
Will the Western Alliance expel Iceland from NATO? That remains to be seen in view of the communist penetration of NATO at the highest levels. In February the International Herald Tribune reported: “The new chief of the Hungarian secret services, who spent six years at the KGB’s academy in Moscow during the 1980s, has become chairman of NATO’s intelligence committee, a development that diplomats said could compromise the security of the alliance.” Clearly, in view of Moscow’s moves in Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Iceland, the Kremlin is countering NATO “expansionism” by sending signals that it intends to encircle the USA with air bases where it can station or at least refuel its bombers. We have updated our Neo-Soviet Military Influence Worldwide 2008 map accordingly.
>MISSILE DAY ALERT: Central American media confirms our prediction: Soviets to refurbish Punta Huete, Nicaragua’s longest military runway
November 13, 2008Posted by on
– Nicaraguan Media Confirmed Managua’s Interest in Renovating Abandoned Air Base at Punta Huete in November 2007 (source)
– Sandinistas Sought to Purchase MiG-21 Fighter Jets in 1980s; Neo-Sandinista Regime Apparently Seeking to Equip Tiny Air Force with Newer MiGs
Just in time for Barack Hussein Obama’s socialist presidency in the USA, the neo-Soviet leadership has moved quickly to revitalize political-economic-military links with South America’s communist troika–Communist Cuba, Red Venezuela, and neo-Sandinista Nicaragua. Over the last few months we have been diligently searching for news that neo-Soviet Russia may use airbases in Nicaragua to station or refuel her strategic bombers, or reconnaissance aircraft, with the intent of discreetly encircling the USA with military assets. This was clearly the Soviet Union’s intent during the 1980s, when Central America’s Cold War entered its coldest phase. The Kremlin media has already leaked conflicting reports that this may be the case with Cuba and Venezuela.
Pictured above: A photo of the Punta Huete air base north of Lake Managua, presumably taken in the 1980s. Construction of the reinforced concrete runway began in 1982 and concluded in 1986. Note anti-aircraft emplacements (click on photo). In July 1987 the New York Times explained the strategic importance of Punta Huete to the Soviet Air Force with respect to approaching the US West Coast on attack runs: “The Russians cannot conduct such flights along the Pacific coast now without a turn-around refueling site such as Punta Huete, because the distance from their Asian bases to the southwestern border of the United States is too great for the reconnaissance aircraft to make an unrefueled round trip.”
As we have previously reported, Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister and “former” KGB agent Igor Sechin visited Managua last Saturday, at which time he conferred with Nicaragua’s not-so-repackaged Marxist president Daniel Ortega on a number of bilateral issues. According to the Spanish-language media in Central America, the refurbishing of the Punta Huete air base, the dredging of a deep-water port at Monkey Point on Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast, and Ortega’s scheduled December 17 visit to Moscow were apparently high on the agenda at this meeting. Assuming that the computerized translator used by your resident blogger is correct, Punta Huete will serve as a terminus for Russian transport aircraft, away from the congestion (and unwanted publicity) at Augusto C. Sandino International Airport in Managua, while Monkey Point will accommodate large ships, presumably including Russian (naval?) vessels. On November 10 Nicaragua’s El Nuevo Diario reported:
The runway at Punta Huete, constructed in the decade of the 1980s for MIG-21 airplanes that never arrived at the country, will become an aerial terminal for Russian transport airplanes and thus avoid the airport of Managua. Thus declared yesterday Vice-president Jaime Morals Carazo, following conversations this past Saturday in Managua with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin, who was several hours in the Nicaraguan capital. . . . The most important subject that was discussed was Ortega’s visit to Russia on December 17, to sign a series of projects, among them the rehabilitation of the runway at Punta Huete. . . . Carazo Morals indicated that the runway at Punta Huete has the necessary length so that large airplanes can land. He also spoke on other projects, including the deep-water port at Monkey Point, cooperation in the matter of geothermal energy and agriculture, and the establishment of a center of Russian-Nicaraguan culture.
Ironically, Ortega’s hand-picked Vice President Jaime Morales Carazo is an ex-Contra who fought against the Sandinistas’ first, Soviet/Cuban-backed regime in the 1980s, but struck hands with the Sandinistas in order to run in the 2006 elections. Last year Iran and Venezuela also pledged to build the port at Monkey Point and then construct a “dry canal” corridor of pipelines, railways, and highways across Nicaragua to the more populated region on the Pacific coast. In March 2007, barely two months after Ortega re-assumed the presidency, reported the San Antonio Express-News last December, Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast Rama Indians and Creoles encountered helicopter-borne Iranians in military uniforms near Monkey Point. It would appear that Russia, Venezuela, and Iran are all somehow involved now in rebuilding Nicaragua’s war-ravished infrastructure.
Other Spanish-language websites add various details regarding the November 8 Ortega-Sechin meeting. The Guatemala-based Periódico Digital Centroamericano y del Caribe confirms that Ortega and Sechin discussed the renovation of Punta Huete, which was “constructed by the Russians in the 1980s,” the dredging at Monkey Point, and the digging of an “interoceanic channel” across Nicaragua. Lastly, the Mexican media reports: “Ortega requested that the Russians rehabilitate the military runway at Punta Huete, constructed in the 1980s with the aid of the Soviet Union, but presently in disuse. Punta Huete, which is about 20 kilometeres to the north of Managua, could then be used for the landing of MiG fighter jets, as well as receive transatlantic commercial airplanes that face space limitations at the international airport in Managua.”
The Nicaraguan air force, in spite of plans to that effect in the 1980s, has never operated combat jets, but the last quote from President Ortega suggests that the neo-Sandinista regime may be seeking such firepower. Under the terms of a 1981 military pact with the Soviet Union, Nicaraguan pilots trained in Bulgaria. Earlier this month we posted news that under the terms of the revitalized Moscow-Managua military pact Nicaraguan airmen and soldiers will train in Russia itself. Intriguingly, the 3,000-meter runway at Punta Huete is just long enough to accommodate Russia’s Blackjack bomber which, according to official specifications, requires a 3,050-meter tarmac. By contrast, the older, subsonic Bear bomber requires a longer, 3,500-meter blacktop.
>Latin America File: Nicaraguan opposition contests municipal vote, one person dies in clashes with FSLN thugs, Ortega refuses to accredit observers
November 12, 2008Posted by on
– Soviet-Venezuelan Naval Exercise in Caribbean Sea Postponed from November 10-14 to 24-30, Coincides with Russian “President” Medvedev’s Trip to Caracas
– US Navy’s Amphibious Assault Ship Kearsarge Weighs Anchor in Guyana Ahead of Russian Missile Cruiser Peter the Great’s Arrival in Neighboring Venezuela, Captain Ponds Denies Link
– Colombian Foreign Minister Dismisses Contention Bogota’s Security Threatened by Soviet-Venezuelan Naval Drill and Bilateral Relations, but Former Colombian President Pastrana Worried
– The Revitalized Moscow-Managua Axis: Is the Kremlin Once Again Contemplating Use of Nicaragua’s Longest Runway at Punta Huete for Its Strategic Bombers?
Pictured above: A truck burns outside the campaign headquarters of Nicaragua’s largest opposition group, the Liberal Constitutionalist Party (PLC), during clashes between PLC and ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) supporters in Managua, on November 10.
This past Saturday Russian Deputy Prime Minister and “ex”-KGB agent Igor Sechin paid a second visit to Nicaragua in less than two months, conferring with trustworthy Soviet ally President Daniel Ortega on Moscow’s revitalized political-economic-military pact with Managua. The day after Sechin’s departure Nicaraguans trooped to the polling stations to vote in country-wide municipal elections, which the ruling FSLN dominated, claiming 91 out of 146 towns and cities, including the national capital. Since then Ortegistas and PLC supporters have engaged in violent street clashes, leading to the death of one person on Monday. Violence flared up again yesterday, the AFP news agency reports, noting that Comandante Ortega refused to accredit any international election monitors, branding them “imperialist” agents in the employ of Washington DC.
Last week Ortega and other Latin American leftist leaders lauded socialist Barack Hussein Obama’s election to the US presidency. “Really it’s a miracle that the United States for the first time in its history has a black president,” gushed Ortega, “who has shown he is willing to dialogue with Latin American countries and is open to reviewing free-trade agreements.”
Since Ortega’s inauguration in January 2007 the Kremlin has pledged on several occasions to rearm the Nicaraguan military, which is largely stocked with vintage Soviet-era equipment. The neo-Sandinista regime, which is stashing away Venezuelan petrodollars into the party coffers, feigns poverty. Thus, Managua may be the recipient of another communist-organized “air lift,” namely, the gratis delivery of updated Russian-built armament at the expense of its sovereignty vis-a-vis Moscow. Ortega has already grovelled before his Soviet masters by recognizing the de facto independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Georgia’s two breakaway regions. This past weekend we reported that Nicaragua will send a small contingent of soldiers and airmen to Russia for six years of training as helicopter and airplane pilots, tank commanders, and military engineers.
This past summer the Kremlin media published several reports, citing high-ranking Russian military aviation sources, about the possibility of stationing heavy, nuclear-capable bombers in Cuba, Venezuela, and Algeria. Earlier this month a high-level Russian military delegation arrived in Cuba to inspect and upgrade the island’s air defenses and discuss with Havana’s communist dictatorship the possibility of sending Cubans to Russia to train in “modern military techniques.” Thus, we see that both Nicaraguan and Cuban troops may soon be receiving training in Russia.
In an unprecedented development since the “end” of the Cold War, in September of this year two Tu-160 bombers actually visited Venezuela for a week-long exercise over the Caribbean Sea and are slated to return again next year for joint drills with Hugo Chavez’s air force. The Russian nuclear-powered missile cruiser Peter the Great and support ships are scheduled to hold combined maneuvers with Chavez’s navy between November 24 and 30, to coincide with “President” Dmitry Medvedev’s visit to Caracas. Initial reports weeks ago stated that the joint drill would take place this week.
Possibly with the intent to monitor the Soviet-Venezuelan exercise, the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge has weighed anchor off the coast of Guyana on a humanitarian mission. “Yes, I am aware the Russians coming into this area,” admitted Captain Fernandez Ponds to the AFP news agency, ” but that has nothing to do with this mission, there is no nexus between this mission and their arrival.” In a troubling development for the US-Colombian alliance, the Colombian Foreign Minister Jaime Bermúdez has dismissed contentions that Bogota’s security is threatened by the Soviet-Venezuelan naval drill and bilateral relations. By contrast, former Colombian President Andres Pastrana has expressed concern about the Russian naval presence near his country: “There are some difficult issues as the deployment of a Russian fleet in the region. I read in Newsweek that the nuclear arsenal aboard the coming Russian vessels almost doubles the amount that provoked the missile crisis in Cuba.”
In light of Moscow’s increasingly open military cooperation with Havana, Caracas, and Managua, we have speculated in past weeks that the Kremlin might attempt to place some of its own strategic military assets, under the guise of upgrading the Nicaraguan armed forces, in neo-Sandinista Nicaragua. This would not be the first time that the Soviets made such an attempt.
Beginning in 1982 the first Sandinista regime cleared a 10,000-foot runway at Punta Huete, north of Lake Managua (see map above), even though the Augusto C. Sandino International Airport in the national capital was then sufficient for the country’s regular civilian and military air traffic. At the time the Reagan White House worried that the Soviets might use Punta Huete as a base for its strategic bombers and anti-submarine warfare reconnaissance aircraft. In July 1987 the New York Times reported: “Lieut. Col. Oliver L. North, the former National Security Council aide, in his testimony in the Iran-contra hearings specifically cited the air base at Punta Huete and two small ports as a potentially useful to the Russians as bases in the Western Hemisphere.” In 2001 President Arnoldo Alemán renamed Managua’s main airport as Managua International Airport. After Ortega reassumed the presidency in January 2007 Managua International was once again named after the Nicaraguan revolutionary leader of the early 20th century.
According to world airfield databases, the runway at Punta Huete is still in existence as of November 2008. In view of Sechin’s repeated trips to Managua and notwithstanding Ortega’s approval of an Obama presidency, it may be that the neo-Soviet leadership is again contemplating use of Nicaragua’s longest runway to launch its Bear and Blackjack bombers against CONUS. In late September we posted a story that quoted Russia’s ambassador to Nicaragua Igor S. Kondrashev as revealing that a team of “Russian experts” would visit the Central American country in October “to identify other potential joint projects, including petroleum exploration in the Caribbean and the Pacific Ocean and the construction of roads and bridges.” Apart from Sechin’s latest trip to Managua, we have been unable to determine whether these “Russian experts” actually showed up in Nicaragua, boasted military credentials, or inspected the Punta Huete airfield, or any other Nicaraguan runway for that matter.
Following his Saturday huddle with Nicaragua’s not-so-repackaged Marxist dictator, Sechin moved on to the Communist Bloc’s closest outpost to US soil, Cuba. There he inked more agreements with President Raul Castro, including the extension from Moscow to Havana of a US$335 million loan, the establishment of a joint geological prospecting project between Russian mining company Norilsk Nickel and state-owned Cubaniquel; the signing of a memorandum of understanding that allows Russian companies Zarubezhneft to extract natural gas in Cuba, as well as Transneft to modernize Cuba’s oil pipelines; and the organization of joint projects in the aviation, shipbuilding, and rail transportation sectors. Among other joint enterprises, Russian auto manufacturer Avtovaz, in which Kremlin arms exporter Rosoboronexport has a controlling interest and French car company Renault a 25 percent stake, will deliver 630 new Lada cars to Cuba in 2008 and 2,000 cars next year, as well as construct an assembly and repair plant for Ladas and other Russian-built vehicles in Cuba.
Finally, Sechin also paid a follow-up visit to South America’s Red Mecca, Caracas, last Wednesday, reviewing a raft of 46 bilateral agreements that Chavez and “President” Dmitry Medvedev will sign when the Russian head of state visits Venezuela for the first time on November 26.
In a story related to Russia’s attempt to project its influence overseas, on November 8 more than 20 sailors and civilians were killed and another 21 injured aboard a Russian nuclear-powered submarine in the Pacific Ocean. The Akula II class Nerpa was undergoing tests before being leased to the Indian Navy, although the media of neither country refuses to confirm this report.
>USA File: CPUSA lauds Obama victory; Kenyan imam removes incriminating mosque documents, flees to UK, confirms BHO’s birthplace as Mombasa
November 11, 2008Posted by on
– President-Elect’s Communist Mentor Frank Davis, Accompanied by Obama and His Grandfather, Sold Cocaine in Early 1970s
Now that (Kenyan-born?) Barack Hussein Obama is president-elect of the USA, all of the world’s communists (and Islamists) are coming out of the woodwork to laud his victory. The Communist Party USA, “ex”-members of which co-founded the Chicago-based socialist New Party that BHO joined in the 1990s, views Obama’s ascent to the presidency as a “victory for the working class.” “The election outcome,” trills People’s World Weekly, below, “represents a clear mandate for pro-people change on taxes, health care, the war in Iraq, job creation and economic relief, union organizing and the Employee Free Choice Act.” On Monday BHO visited the White House to discuss the transition of administrations with President George W. Bush.
Pictured above: BHO: Change the Soviets can believe in. President-Elect Obama intends to move ahead with the deployment of missile interceptors in “post”-communist Poland, a position that will continue to exacerbate tensions between Moscow and Washington, much to the delight of the Soviet strategists.
Communist Party ecstatic over ’08 election results
Voice of Marxism announces ‘hard work is just beginning’
Posted: November 10, 2008 9:12 pm Eastern
By Bob Unruh© 2008 WorldNetDaily
Hailing Barack Obama’s win as a victory for the “working class,” the Communist Party USA is calling on the president-elect to carry out his promises, including his noted commitment to “spread the wealth.”
An editorial by the People’s Weekly World said the victory was for “workers of all job titles, professions, shapes, colors, sizes, hairstyles and languages.”
The newspaper, which boasts of its “partisan coverage,” identifies itself as “a national, grassroots weekly newspaper and the direct descendant of the ‘Daily Worker.'”
We are partisan to the working class, racially and nationally oppressed peoples, women, youth, seniors, international solidarity, Marxism and socialism. We enjoy a special relationship with the Communist Party USA, founded in 1919, and publish its news and views,” the publication states.
The paper said Obama’s victory is “important … not only for people here in the U.S., but also for our sisters and brothers around the world.”
“The election outcome represents a clear mandate for pro-people change on taxes, health care, the war in Iraq, job creation and economic relief, union organizing and the Employee Free Choice Act. Reform and relief are in the air. Their scope and depth will be the arena of struggle. The best thing the coalition that won this victory can do is to stick together and help the new administration carry through on its promises,” the editorial said.
“Jubilation and celebration, yes, along with realization that the hard work is just beginning,” the PWW editorial said.
Obama’s commitment to “spread the wealth” was caught on tape as he talked with an Ohio voter, “Joe the Plumber,” who became a personality in the 2008 election campaign for the exchange in which he suggested Obama’s plan sounded like socialism.
Obama’s media team did not respond to a WND telephone message and e-mail requesting a comment.
Michelle Obama has made similar commitments, warning that some Americans may have to give up a piece of the pie in order that others may have a larger share.
Samuel L. Blumenfeld, a WND columnist, earlier cited Obama’s history of links to significant players in the communist effort in the United States.
“In his famous autobiography, ‘Dreams From My Father,’ Obama reveals that his earliest mentor in Hawaii was a man by the name of Frank Marshall Davis. It so happens that Davis had been sent to Hawaii in the late 1940s by the Communist Party to organize the party in Hawaii,” Blumenfeld wrote.
“Davis had begun his communist career in Chicago. He was a friend and associate of Paul Robeson, the great singer, and Harry Bridges, head of the communist dominated International Longshoremen and Warehousemen’s Union. Both men were secret Communist Party USA members.”
Blumenfeld sees sees the impact of those influences in Obama’s vision for the country.
“Obama has already proposed the creation of a homeland police force that will no doubt terrorize those in the ‘ultra-right’ who will become the most vociferous and active opponents of his socialist regime. Hitler had a similar police force called the Gestapo – Geheime Staats Polizie or Homeland State Police – that terrorized the opponents of the Nazi regime,” he wrote.
“In 1933 a majority of Germans voted for a demagogue who promised ‘change’ and seemed to be the answer to their economic and national problems. None of those voters could have foreseen that 12 years later Germany would lie in ruins and be occupied by foreign armies,” he wrote.
WND previously reported Davis, frequently accompanied by young Barack Obama and his grandfather, sold marijuana and cocaine from a “Chicago style” hot dog cart in the early 1970s, according to a source.
Meanwhile, the Norway-based African Press International, citing a Kenyan imam who has sought political asylum in the United Kingdom, confirms that Obama was indeed born in Mombasa, rather than Hawaii, as America’s president-elect and the Democratic party contends.
Mombasa Imam who confirmed Obama’s birth place arrives in the UK
Posted by africanpress on November 9, 2008
The Imam who came forward to assist in the search of Barack Obama’s identity left Kenya secretly last night, and will arrive in the UK this morning. He will meet with a US contact person who will assist him in recording an asylum statement in the UK after handing over the documents that caused the blessing of Obama when he was born and to confirm the origin of the name Hussein.
The man will join relatives in the UK because his life will be in danger if he were to return to Kenya after removing the documents from the Mosque’s archives and taking them out of the country. The man has been informed about the on-going case filed in the US Supreme Court by attorney Philip Berg challenging Barack Obama’s citizenship.
When the man heard that Jerome Corsi was in Kenya a few months ago, he took a decision to try and meet him, but had to travel back to Mombasa from Nairobi on hearing that Corsi had been bundled and taken to the airport on deportation orders.
The Imam is the grandson of the late Imam who blessed Barack Obama when he was born in Mombasa on the 4th of august 1961.
While in the UK, the Imam and the American contact person will visit Amnesty International before handing himself over to the authorities where he will formally deliver his application for asylum. The contact man has arranged so that they get an official from Amnesty international to accompany them to the home office desk where he will inform them on the dangers that will face him if he were to return to Kenya after delivering the documents on Obama.
This may now bring to close the speculations on Obama’s citizenship and the secrecy on where he was born.
API will dispatch a detailed letter in support of the Imam’s – application for asylum and protection – to the UK Home Office Secretary later today. The letter will be made available on the site here, but minus the names of the Imam.
November 11, 2008Posted by on
>In memory and honor of those Canadian soldiers who, in the defense of freedom for our country and its allies, have died in or survived combat overseas, including the First World War, Second World War, Korean War, Vietnam War (as volunteers in the US Armed Forces), and the current war in Afghanistan. You have neither fallen nor placed your life in peril in vain, in your battle against imperialism, Nazi-Fascism, communism, and Islamic terrorism.
>USA File: Obama receives his orders from Moscow: Gorbachev urges America’s first Marxist president to implement perestroika (socialist restructuring)
November 10, 2008Posted by on
– “O Team” Fabricates “Office of the President-Elect” More Than One Month before Electoral College Vote Confirms Obama’s Presidency
– US Representative Paul Broun (Georgia – Republican) Accuses Obama of Being a Marxist, Seeking Dictatorship on Back of Proposed Civilian National Security Force (source, source)
– No Signs of Coup . . . Yet: Bush’s Senior Foreign Policy Adviser in 2000 Election Campaign Dov Zakheim: Senior Officers in US Military Ready to Follow Obama’s Orders; Retired Senior Officer: Colleagues Who Balk Will Not Be Promoted (source)
– Bill and Hillary Extend Their Influence into the Obama White House: Clinton-Era Political Hacks Make Comebacks on Obama’s Presidential Transition Team
– Russia’s Ready to Rumble According to AFP News Agency: “For Russia’s Putin, Knockabout with Obama Is Just the Ticket”
– Communist Vultures Circle for the Kill: Kremlin Media, Russian Bloggers Portray America’s Half-Black President-Elect as Symbol of Nation’s Weakness and Decline
It’s not that I want to punish your success. I just want to make sure that everybody who is behind you, that they’ve got a chance for success too. My attitude is that if the economy’s good for folks from the bottom up, it’s gonna be good for everybody … I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.
— US President-Elect Barack Hussein Obama, response to Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher (“Joe the Plumber”) on campaign trail; quoted by Fox News, October 13, 2008
US attempts to create a unipolar world in both the political and economic field have failed. It is essential to strengthen the legitimacy of the United Nations and regulate the global economy more effectively. The example of the US has shown that the move from self-regulating capitalism to financial socialism is only one step.
— Russian “President” Dmitry Medvedev, commenting on US financial industry bailout package; quoted by Financial Times, October 8, 2008
On Friday, in his first news conference since winning the presidency on November 4, President-Elect Barack Hussein Obama insisted that Congress must pass another economic stimulus measure, which includes the expansion of unemployment benefits, before or just after he takes office in January 20. “Immediately after I become president,” Obama declared, “I will confront this economic crisis head-on by taking all necessary steps to ease the credit crisis, help hardworking families, and restore growth and prosperity.” “Mr Obama is moving much more quickly than previous president-elects,” observes Britain’s conservative Telegraph, linked below “and appears to be breaking a pledge that he would stay out of day-to-day affairs until January.”
Although Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton failed to secure the Democratic nomination earlier this year, political hacks who worked in the Clinton White House during the 1990s are making appearances in Obama’s transition team. The Obama presidential transition team is also sending signals that it intends to move the American political system drastically to the left, initiate New Deal-style civilian mobilization programs, and even usurp the day-to-day administration of the country from the Bush White House under the Presidential Transition Act of 1963. The O Team has even gone so far as to fabricate the “Office of the President-Elect,” allegedly on the basis of this act (pictured above).
- Obama advocates 50 hours of government-approved community service for all high school students
- Obama has appointed “combative” former Bill Clinton aide Rahm Emanuel as his chief of staff, an advocate of three months of compulsory civilian service for all Americans aged 18 to 25
- Obama has appointed David Axelrod, Obama’s current and Hillary Clinton’s past campaign strategist, as White House counsellor and Robert Gibbs, Obama’s current and John Kerry’s past communications director, as White Hosue press secretary
- Obama has appointed Democratic lawyer Henry Rivera, former commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), to head his FCC transition team, sparking fears that Obama intends to restore the so-called Fairness Doctrine, abolished in the 1980s, and close down conservative and Christian talk radio programs
- Obama has organized a 17-member economic advisory board–which includes billionaire Obama-backer Warren Buffett, Clinton-era Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers and chairmen of Google, Xerox, and Time Warner–to coordinate America’s economicy recovery from the global financial crisis
- Obama intends to rule by executive decree for “immediate impact,” reversing orders signed by outgoing President George W. Bush, and possibly enacting new ones
In a July 2 Colorado Springs speech Obama announced, with little notice by the brain-dead MSM: “We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.”
These programs would probably tickle the fancy of CNN owner Ted Turner and his employee anchorman Rick Sanchez, who on November 7 recommended that an Obama White House resurrected the Depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps and Works Progress Administration.
Pictured here: America’s treasonous globalist leaders rub elbows with former Soviet tyrant Mikhail Gorbachev as the latter receives applause for receipt of the Liberty Medal at the National Constitution Center (NCC) in Philadelphia, on September 18, 2008. With Gorbachev are former US President George H.W. Bush (left) and NCC CEO/President Joe Torsella (right). The Liberty Medal recognizes individuals and organizations that have demonstrated leadership and vision in the advance of “liberty of conscience” or “freedom from oppression, ignorance, or deprivation.” We are hard pressed to see how unrepentant Leninist dictator Gorbachev deserves this award.
More disturbingly, but not surprisingly, reports the Kremlin-run media, former Soviet tyrant Mikhail (“I’ll Always Be a Communist”) Gorbachev has urged America’s first Marxist president to implement perestroika in the USA. Literally, in the Russian perestroika means “restructuring.” Italy’s La Stampa quoted Gorby as saying of Obama: “This is a man of our times, he is capable of restarting dialogue, all the more since the circumstances will allow him to get out of a dead-end situation. Barack Obama has not had a very long career, but it is hard to find faults, and he has led an election campaign winning over the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton herself. We can judge from this that this person is capable of engaging in dialogue and understanding current realities.”
Komsomol capitalist and celebrity jailbird Mikhail Khodorkovsky, below, also commented on the Obama win, announcing that: “The paradigm of global development is about to change. The era inaugurated by Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher 30 years ago is over.”
Gorbachev calls on Obama to carry out ‘perestroika’ in the U.S.
21:5607/ 11/ 2008
MOSCOW, November 7 (RIA Novosti) – Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has said that the Obama administration in the United States needs far-reaching ‘perestroika’ reforms to overcome the financial crisis and restore balance in the world.
The term perestroika, meaning restructuring, was used by Gorbachev in the late 1980s to describe a series of reforms that abolished state planning in the Soviet Union.
In an interview with Italy’s La Stampa published on Friday, Gorbachev said President-elect Barack Obama needs to fundamentally change the misguided course followed by President George W. Bush over the past eight years.
Gorbachev said that after transforming his country in the late 1980s, he had told the Americans that it was their turn to act, but that Washington, celebrating its Cold War victory, was not interested in “a new model of a society, where politics, economics and morals went hand in hand.”
He said the Republicans have failed to realize that the Soviet Union no longer exists, that Europe has changed, and that new powers like China, Brazil and Mexico have emerged as important players on the world stage.
He told the paper that the world is waiting for Obama to act, and that the White House needs to restore trust in cooperation with the United States among the Russians.
“This is a man of our times, he is capable of restarting dialogue, all the more since the circumstances will allow him to get out of a dead-end situation. Barack Obama has not had a very long career, but it is hard to find faults, and he has led an election campaign winning over the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton herself. We can judge from this that this person is capable of engaging in dialogue and understanding current realities.”
Former Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky, founder of now defunct Yukos oil giant, who is in prison on fraud and tax evasion charges, also used the word perestroika in discussing the future course of the Obama administration.
In an article published in the business daily Vedomosti on Friday, Khodorkovsky said Obama’s election win was not merely another change of power in a separate country, but was important for all states.
He said that, “being a liberal himself, he thinks that the world will take a left turn,” and that “a global perestroika would be a logical response to the global crisis.”
“The paradigm of global development is about to change. The era inaugurated by Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher 30 years ago is over.”
He said decisions in neoliberal economies had been made mainly by supranational institutions and transnational corporations.
Khodorkovsky predicted: “Globalization will slow to a crawl, but will not stop. The ‘golden billion’ of the world’s richest people will have to abandon hopes of increasing their wealth, but high consumer standards which developed at the end of the 20th century will be unaffected by the change. The striving for political freedom and open competition of personalities and ideas will not disappear.”
To what sort of “restructuring” is master communist deceiver Gorbachev alluding? Why, socialism, of course. In the 1980s Gorbachev outlined his vision of a “mature socialist society” in Russia and a world conquered for communism. In Perestroika: New Thinking for Our Country and the World (Harper & Row, 1987), the former Soviet dictator writes:
Perestroika is closely connected with socialism as a system. That side of the matter is being widely discussed, especially abroad, and our talk about perestroika won’t be entirely clear if we don’t touch upon that aspect.
Does perestroika mean that we are giving up socialism or at least some of its foundations? Some ask this question with hope, others with misgiving.
. . .
To put an end to all the rumors and speculations that abound in the West about this, I would like to point out once again that we are conducting our reforms in accordance with the socialist choice. We are looking within socialism, rather than outside it, for the answers to all the questions that arise. We assess our successes and errors alike by socialist standards. Those who hope that we shall move away from the socialist path will be greatly disappointed. Every part of our program of perestroika–and the program as a whole, for that matter–is fully based on the principle of more socialism and more democracy.
More socialism means a more dynamic pace and creative endeavor, more organization, law and order, more scientific methods and initiative in economic management, efficiency in administration, and a better and materially richer life for the people.
More socialism means more democracy, openness and collectivism in everyday life, more culture and humanism in production, social and personal relations among people, more dignity and self-respect for the individual.
More socialism means more patriotism and aspiration to nobel ideals, more active civic concern about the country’s internal affairs and about their positive influence on international affairs.
In other words, more of all those things which are inherent in socialism and in the theoretical precepts which characterize it as a distinct socio-ecnomic formation.
We will proceed toward better socialism rather than away from it.
. . .
We want more socialism and, therefore, more democracy. [pages 36-37]
If the socialist nature of perestroika is still unclear, in spite of the above quote, then consider the following excerpt from a report that Gorbachev delivered to the Communist Party of the Soviet Union’s Central Committee and the Supreme Soviet of the USSR on November 2, 1987:
The idea of perestroika rests upon our seventy-year history, on the sound foundation of the basically new social edifice erected in the Soviet Union; it combines continuity and innovation, the historical experience of Bolshevism and what socialism is today. It is up to us to continue and carry forward the cause of the pioneers of the Revolution and of socialism. And we are certain to achieve this by our work, by making creative use of the experience of the generations that blazed the October trail before us [October and Perestroika: The Revolution Continues. Ottawa: Soviet Embassy, 1987].
Thus, last week, while New Zealand voters elected a nominally conservative government for the first time in 10 years, 52 percent of American voters opted for outright socialism, integration into the Communist Bloc, and subservience to the Moscow-Beijing Axis. Yesterday the AFP new agency wrote: “While much of the world celebrated Obama’s US presidential win, a stony-faced Russian reaction was a reminder of Cold War-style tensions between Washington and Moscow. On the Internet, Russian bloggers portrayed the victory of a black candidate as evidence of American decline. On an official level, President Dmitry Medvedev chose the day of Obama’s win to announce the deployment of short-range missiles to Kaliningrad, a Russian outpost in Europe.” The Kremlin media has also latched onto Obama’s perceived personality weakness: “This perception of a weak Obama was driven home on Saturday by a photograph on the front page of the Kommersant newspaper that showed his humiliating detention at an airport in the Ural Mountains on a 2005 visit he made as part of a nuclear disarmament programme. In similar vein, the newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets featured reminiscences of Obama’s tour, saying ‘for a large part of his visit, Obama kept quiet and smiled.'”
Neo-Soviet Russia’s allies in the Islamic world are also thrilled by the prospect of an Obama presidency. After Obama’s victory on election day, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad extended the Islamic regime’s first-ever congratulations to a US president-elect: “I congratulate you on receiving the majority of votes in the elections. You know that the opportunities God gives to people are temporary; they could be used for the progress of people or against them. I hope that through preferring the real needs of people over the insatiable demands of a selfish and corrupt minority, you would take the chance and make a good name for yourself in history.”
The Communist Bloc senses that America is now ripe for the plucking. The Sitzkrieg phase of the Fourth World War, which began with Russia’s re-invasion of Georgia, will end shortly and the hot war will resume as Moscow continues to assemble its Red Dawn coalition in Latin America. We will carefully monitor the policies and actions of the Obama presidency as it officially commences in the new year. Whether Obama can affect the total and peaceful communization of America will depend on the capabilities of the people he appoints and the determination of armed patriotic citizens to resist his policies. If the situation warrants such a designation, then we will, with much sadness, change our Red World map to indicate the USA as communist-controlled country.
>Latin America File: Nicaraguan pilots, soldiers to train in Russia; Deputy PM Sechin visits Managua today, second time since September
November 9, 2008Posted by on
>We have on many occasions at this blog referred to Russia’s incremental assembling of a Red Dawn-style military coalition in Latin America. Every week another news report appears to confirm this contention. Moscow and Managua are closing ranks quickly in much the same fashion that the neo-Soviet Union has restored relations with Communist Cuba and established relations with Hugo Chavez’s neo-communist regime in Venezuela. The story below reports that Nicaragua will send 14 soldiers and airmen to Russia for six years of training as helicopter and airplane pilots, tank commanders, and military engineers. This is a small contingent but it is likely the first of many such exchanges of personnel between the two communist states.
Nicaragua says it will send 14 soldiers and airmen to Russia for six years of training. The cooperation agreement was announced on Friday, on the eve of a meeting between leftist President Daniel Ortega and Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin. Officials say the military personnel will be trained as helicopter and airplane pilots, tank commanders and military engineers. Nicaragua was a close Russian ally under Ortega in the 1980s, when Nicaragua fought U.S.-backed Contra rebels. The two countries have strengthened relations again since Ortega regained the presidency in 2006 elections. In September, Nicaragua aligned with Russia in becoming the first country to formally recognize the independence of the two breakaway Georgian provinces of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
President Daniel Ortega’s servile role in the Communist Bloc is evident in his recognition of the “independent” states of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. The International Herald Tribune (linked above) and state-run Novosti both report, too, that Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin is once again visiting Latin America, including Nicaragua, Cuba, and Venezuela, his second trip to the region in less than three months. Sechin is a former KGB agent and a Soviet-era weapons smuggler to Latin America and the Middle East. Pictured above: Ortega receives Sechin at the Casa de Los Pueblos in Managua today. The Nicaraguan Foreign Minister Samuel Santos Lopez wrapped up his second trip to Moscow in one year barely a week ago.
Over the last two years we have also chronicled the deteriorating political situation in Nicaragua where the ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front is intimidating opposition party candidates and accusing non-governmental organizations of being in league with Washington DC.
>USSR2 File: Kremlin assesses Obama win: Medvedev may resign in 2009, Putin to re-assume presidency; Russia, China close ranks in "one clenched fist"
November 7, 2008Posted by on
Just in time for the most left-wing president-elect in US history to enter the White House in January, KGB-communist dictator Vladimir Putin may re-assume the reigns of Russia’s presidency after Dmitry Medvedev steps down in 2009. Under constitutional reforms aired by compliant Soviet Komsomol graduate Medvedev, revealed Kremlin sources to Vedomosti newspaper yesterday, Putin could rule Russia until 2021. The paper cited Putin’s spokesman as saying he saw no reason for Putin to return to power in 2009. Bear in mind, however, that Kremlin mouthpieces also denied last year that Putin would assume the role of chief minister of the Union State of Russia and Belarus after he left the Russian presidency. As things turned out, that’s exactly what Putin did earlier this year. Comrade Czar Putin, as we have copiously documented over the last three years, is an ideologically reliable, intelligent, steely frontman for the continuing Communist Party of the Soviet Union, which operates under the covert leadership of Gennady Zyuganov, Oleg Shenin, the venerable Mikhail Gorbachev, and others.
Pictured above: Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Russian PM Putin sign a joint communique in Moscow, on October 28, 2008.
The timing of the Soviet strategists is impeccable with respect to re-installing Putin, who is a popular and galvanizing figure among ordinary Russians, as titular head of state. The neo-Soviet leadership’s timing is also impeccable with respect to building a Red Dawn-style military coalition with Latin America’s leftist governments, all of whom have welcomed the arrival of Barack Hussein Obama. This is the frightening geopolitical reality of the world in which we live, unlike the fantasies propagated by the entertainment regime and election campaign spin doctors. A relative of your resident blogger has referred to Putin as a “mean bugger.” While we would not normally used such “colorful” language, we think it’s an apt description.
Putin may return to Kremlin in ’09: report
Thu Nov 6, 1:17 am ET
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Dmitry Medvedev could resign from his post in 2009 to pave the way for Vladimir Putin to return to the Kremlin, Vedomosti newspaper reported on Thursday, citing an unidentified source close to the Kremlin.
Medvedev Wednesday proposed increasing the presidential term to six years from four years, a step the newspaper said was part of a plan drawn up by Vladislav Surkov, who serves as Medvedev’s first deputy chief of staff.
Under the plan, Medvedev could implement changes to the constitution and unpopular social reforms “so that Putin could return to the Kremlin for a longer period,” the newspaper said.
“Under this scenario Medvedev could resign early citing changes to the constitution and then presidential elections could take place in 2009,” the newspaper said, citing the unidentified source close to the Kremlinl.
The paper said Putin, who is currently prime minister, could then rule for two six year terms, so from 2009 to 2021. The paper cited Putin’s spokesman as saying he saw no reason for Putin to return to power in 2009.
Investors, already jittery over the impact of the financial crisis on Russia’s economic boom, are trying to work out who is really in charge of Russia, the biggest question for those seeking to ascertain political risk.
They are seeking any details on how the current set up — with Medvedev as president and Putin as prime minister — could change. During Medvedev’s speech Wednesday the Russian stock market erased most of the gains it made earlier in the day.
Meanwhile, Moscow continues to advance relations with its primary strategic partner, the People’s Republic of China. In his book New Lies for Old (1984) KGB defector Anatoliy Golitsyn warned that after the feigned collapse of Eastern European communism–still five years away from the publication of his first book–Moscow would move closer to Beijing, heal the false breach between the two communist superpowers, and form “one clenched fist” in order to smash the bourgeois nations. Golitsyn also predicted that by the time that Russia and China formed their open alliance, visible today as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), the Soviet strategists would have rendered NATO impotent and transformed Europe into a neutral socialist bloc, two objectives accomplished in the last few years through the admission of “post”-communist Trojan horse states into these two organizations. Moscow-Beijing Axis to West: checkmate!
On October 28 Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao conferred with Putin in Moscow, signing a raft of bilateral argreements, including the construction of a Sino-Soviet crude oil pipeline. During this trip Wen also attended the 13th regular meeting between Chinese and Russian prime ministers in Moscow and the seventh prime ministers’ meeting of SCO member states in Astana, Kazakhstan. Two bilateral meetings between Medvedev and Chinese President (Tyrant) Hu Jintao will take place before the end of 2008, reports state-run Novosti below. Moscow and Beijing, the Kremlin media admits, have “several shared foreign policy objectives,” including opposition to the independence of Serbia’s province Kosovo and tougher sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, as well as strident criticism of US plans to build missile defenses in Central Europe.
Two Russia-China summits to take place before end of year
11:5506/ 11/ 2008
MOSCOW, November 6 (RIA Novosti) – The Russian and Chinese presidents, Dmitry Medvedev and Hu Jintao, will hold two bilateral meetings before the end of this year, the secretary of Russia’s Security Council said on Thursday.
“Our meetings are becoming increasingly regular due to the fact that we are strategic partners,” Nikolai Patrushev said, opening security talks with a Chinese delegation. “Three top-level meetings have already taken place this year, and at least two others are scheduled to be held before the end of 2008.”
Patrushev said foreign policy, security, and developments in the Caucasus in the wake of the Georgia-Russia conflict in August – issues highlighted in President Medvedev’s state of the nation address on Wednesday – would dominate talks.
Medvedev traveled to Kazakhstan and China soon after his inauguration in May. The choice of the Asian nations for his first trip abroad was regarded as a signal to the West of a shift in Russia’s foreign policy priorities.
Russia and China, both veto-wielding UN Security Council members, have several shared foreign policy objectives, opposing independence for Serbia’s province Kosovo, tougher sanctions against Iran over its controversial nuclear activities, and criticizing the United States’ plans to build missile defenses in Central Europe.
Bilateral trade has been growing steadily over the past eight years, reaching $48 billion in 2007, which is still much lower than between Russia and Europe. The balance of trade has been in China’s favor, with Russia exporting mainly oil and other raw materials.
Eighty percent of Russia’s energy exports go to Europe, but Moscow plans to considerably increase oil and gas supplies to Asian nations, mainly to China, by 2020 once new pipelines have been built.
No doubt, too, the Soviets and Red Chinese will intensely analyze and test with more provocations the new presidential adminstration that Obama and the Democratic Party assemble over the next 10 weeks. Obama’s team may include “elder statesman” and campaign foreign policy adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski. Trilateral Commission co-founder Brzezinski previously served as President Jimmy Carter’s national security adviser. The Trilateral Commission is one of a number of semi-secretive think tanks in the West committed, like the Moscow Leninists, to the dream of world government and regional integration.
Soviet client state Iran is also carefully assessing Obama’s position on its nuclear program, which is a palpable threat to Israel’s very existence. Although President-Elect Obama has made reassuring comments about the Jewish state’s national security and the indivisibility of Jerusalem, Brzezinski is perceived by some Jews as anti-Israel. The Israelis, meanwhile, fear Tehran’s fanatical dedication to obliterating the “Zionist entity.” Responding to the election of Obama this past Tuesday, Knesset Member Arieh Eldad of the National Union-National Religious Party warned: “Israel should prepare for a situation that Barack Obama will try and pay for agreements for a withdrawal from Iraq with Israeli interests. Israel should know that from now on it is facing the Iranian nuclear threat on its own, because Obama wants to talk to Iran and has already accepted a nuclear Iran.”
Whether Obama’s commitment to Israel’s continued existence is sincere or not, in the face of uncertainties surrounding the foreign policy direction of an Obama presidency an Israeli preemptive strike against Iran’s nuclear program before January 20 should not be ruled out. Got preps?
>Latin America/USA Files: Russia, EU pump loans, investment into Cuba, Nicaraguan FM visits Moscow after Minsk pitstop, Argentina nationalizes pensions
November 7, 2008Posted by on
– Brazil’s Petrobras Signs Deal with Havana’s Petroleos for Oil Exploration in Cuban Waters
– Marxist Running Mate Hides behind Moderate Face of FMLN’s Presidential Candidate Mauricio Funes
– Wives of Nicaraguan Opposition Candidates Assaulted by Ortegistas in Advance of Sunday’s Municipal Election
– US Democratic Party Takes Page from Peronist Playbook: Congress Reviews Possibility of Confiscating 401(k)s and IRAs, Propping Up Social Security
– US Northern Command to Deploy Two Additional Combat Brigade Teams on America’s Streets by 2010, 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st BCT Commenced Operation on October 1
Pictured above: Nicaragua’s Sandinista Foreign Minister Samuel Santos Lopez meets Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, on November 1.
The Red Spread in Latin America continues unopposed by the USA and with full support from the Soviet strategists as the countries of this hemisphere’s Red Axis promote political, economic, military, and social integration within their own ranks.
This week, reports Kommersant Daily, Moscow extended a US$335 million loan to Havana to purchase Russian goods and services, and rebuild local enterprises, possibly referring to those damaged by hurricanes Gustav and Ike in September. In response to the Kremlin’s “generosity,” communist dictator Raul Castro “blessed” Cuba’s first Russian Orthodox cathedral, Our Lady of Kazan in Havana, through his attendance at the consecrating ceremony on October 19. Economic and cultural linkages between Russia and Cuba are the tip of the iceberg as the Soviet strategists move quickly to re-integrate the communist island state and other leftist regimes in Latin America, like Venezuela and Nicaragua, into Russia’s worldwide network of military alliances.
In addition to Russia, the European Union, which is long-term project of the Soviet strategists, is re-normalizing relations with Cuba, broken after a dispute five years ago over the dictatorship’s treatment of political prisoners. On October 23 Reuters reported that the EU will invest 20 to 25 million euros in joint projects with the ruling Communist Party of Cuba, as well as allocating 2 million euros for aid for humanitarian assistance in the wake of September’s hurricanes.
Although Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva plays the part of social democrat, he is in reality a stealthy communist who co-founded the narco-terrorist Sao Paulo Forum (FSP) with past Cuban dictator Fidel Castro in 1990. In another development that reveals the steady pace of Latin American integration under the direction of the hemisphere’s predominantly leftist regimes, Lula visited Cuba on October 30 to ink an agreement with Fidel’s younger brother Raul that will establish a joint deep-water oil exploration project between Brazil’s Petrobras and Cuba’s Petroleos. Incidentally, the FSP has been resoundingly successful in installing smiling, besuited leftists, communists, and ex-guerrillas into presidential palaces throughout Latin America, most recently in Guatemala, and wooing pro-American allies, like Honduras, into its fold.
The Red Axis now awaits the fall of El Salvador to the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front in April’s presidential election. Wisely, from the point of deceiving the Salvadoran electorate, the FMLN presidential candidate Mauricio Funes, a former TV journalist, presents a hip, moderate message. By contrast, vice-presidential running mate Salvador Sanchez Ceren is the former commander of the Popular Liberation Forces, one of five guerrilla armies that co-founded the FMLN in 1980. No doubt Ceren’s function is to pull strings on behalf of the hardened Marxists who run the FMLN. In May 2008 El Salvador’s President Antonio Saca opined: “If it flies like a duck, swims like a duck and eats like a duck, it’s a duck. The FMLN is a communist party. Its ideas haven’t changed.” The FMLNistas, like ruling and non-ruling leftists throughout the Western Hemisphere, look to the hoary old communist dictatorship in Cuba for inspiration. “Thousands of wounded FMLN fighters received medical treatment in Cuba during El Salvador’s civil war,” admitted the socialist press in 1996, “The Cubans also played an important role in helping to unite guerrilla groups that led to the formation of the FMLN in the early 1980s.”
A similar situation prevails in Bolivia where Vice-President Álvaro García Linera, ex-commander of the Tupac Katari Guerrilla Army, works hand in glove with President Evo Morales, who remains the titular leader of the country’s union of coca farmers.
Like Cuba and Venezuela, the neo-Sandinista regime in Managua is not shy about cozying up to its masters in Moscow. President Daniel Ortega is the only head of government/state in the world to recognize the “independence” of Georgia’s breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. In response to this favor, Moscow in making good on its pledge, articulated by former Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin at Ortega’s January 2007 inauguration, to re-equip Nicaragua’s military, which still possesses Soviet-era armament.
To this end, reported Novosti on November 1, Nicaraguan Foreign Minister Samuel Santos Lopez dutifully trekked to both Moscow and Minsk last month to sign a military pact with Russia and a trade pact with Belarus. Santos previously visited the Russian capital in November of last year, with a military delegation in tow. Nicaragua’s top general Omar Halleslevens is a cadre of the FSLN. It is expected that Comandante Ortega will travel to both Russia and Belarus at some time in the near future, while Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko has announced his intention to visit Nicaragua. Russia’s Deputy Vice President Igor Sechin, a “former” KGB agent who smuggled arms to Latin American insurgents in the 1980s, conferred with Ortega in the Nicaraguan capital in September.
Meanwhile, the neo-Sandinista regime continues to re-consolidate its hold on the country by suppressing dissent. In the most recent episode of this drama, which occurred on Wednesday, “Ortegistas” assaulted the wives of two opposition candidates in Managua in advance of this coming Sunday’s municipal elections:
The wives of two Nicaraguan political candidates say they were injured by rock-throwing members of the governing Sandinista party during a campaign stop. Elisa McGregor and Regina Rodriguez say they were hit in the face with rocks while traveling with their husbands as they campaigned for mayor and deputy mayor of Managua. McGregor’s husband Eduardo Montealegre lost the 2006 presidential race to President Daniel Ortega. Montealegre’s running mate Enrique Quinonez says the rock-throwers were sympathizers of the ruling Sandinista party. Police spokeswoman Vilma Reyes says several people are under arrest. Nicaragua holds local elections on Sunday. The campaign has been marred by sporadic violence.
Lastly, the global financial crisis has provided leftist and faux rightist governments around the world, including the Bush Administration, to respond with Marxist and crypto-Marxist solutions to normal “burps” in the capitalist economies. Today, the lower house of the Argentine parliament approved a bill nationalizing private pension funds, facilitating the government takeover of US$26 billion dollars in retirement fund assets. The bill now moves to the senate, where President Cristina Kirchner’s Peronist party, which is closely allied with Havana and Caracas, has a slimmer majority than in the lower house. The bill’s opponents contend that the Kirchner will use the confiscated funds to pay off Argentina’s public debt. The preceding president, Cristina’s husband Nestor, nationalized the postal service, water works company and rail lines, among other enterprises, during his term in office, between 2003 and 2007.
Possibly taking a page from the Peronist playbook, the US Democratic Party, which dominates both houses of Congress following the November 4 election and will control the White House as of January 2009–apparently intends to confiscate private retirement accounts–including 401(k)s and IRAs–and convert them to universal Guaranteed Retirement Accounts managed by the Social Security Administration. “Should Sen. Barack Obama win the presidency,” warns Karen McMahan, “congressional Democrats might have stronger support for their ‘spreading the wealth’ agenda.” Last month Senator Barack Hussein Obama insisted that the US social security safety net is secure, but it may be that the Democrats plan to quietly prop up the system with monies rolled over (stolen) from private accounts.
In anticipation of domestic civil unrest related to a terrorist attack (or perhaps the current financial crisis), US Northern Command intends to deploy two additional elite combat brigades on America’s streets by 2010. The 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team, which is based in Fort Stewart, Georgia, and battle hardened from a tour of duty in Iraq, commenced its domestic role on October 1. Later this month NorthCom will carry out a “large-scale exercise” simulating a “destructive earthquake in southern California.” The communist front known as the American Civil Liberties Union has called this development a violation of the Posse Comitatus Act, but it is hard to believe that American reds would not resort to such violations to advance communist revolution in the USA.
>USA File: Sodomites, supporters in San Francisco, Los Angeles protest passage of Proposition 8 banning "gay marriage," LAPD declares "tactical alert"
November 6, 2008Posted by on
– Black and Latino Californians Provide Core Support for Proposition 8 as Communist Party USA Commiserates with LGBT Lobby Over Passage of Same-Sex Marriage Bans in Several States
– Ex-Fuhrer of Austrian Freedom Party Joerg Haider Dies in Car Crash, “Outed” as Gay by Successor and Alleged Lover; Widow Suspects Foul Play
Pictured above: Opponents of Proposition 8, banning “same-sex marriage” in California, march through the streets of West Hollywood yesterday.
Now that the voters of several US states have rejected so-called same-sex marriage–for a second time in some cases–California’s resident homo-fascists and homo-Leninists exploded today in yet another orgy of selfish, dangerous rage. Sodomites and their sympathizers marched through the streets of San Francisco and Los Angeles, blocked traffic, accosted police, and stormed CNN’s LA bureau. Not surprisingly, lawyers representing the cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco, along with the communist front American Civil Liberties Union, promptly and indignantly filed requests for the California Supreme Court to overturn the “gay marriage” ban, thereby flouting the will of the majority of Californians. Thus, once again, we see the Gramscian Left in America, which is entrenched in academia, Hollyweird, and many big-city governments, using the courts to impose social revolution on a country that for the most part does not want it.
Proposition 8, which voters passed on November 4, overruled a state supreme court decision that struck down the “traditional” marriage definition California voters previously adopted in 2000. Thirty US states have adopted marriage amendments, reports Fox News below. CBS also reports that gay rights activists have gathered outside a Mormon Temple in LA, accusing the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of paying for deceptive advertising in support of Proposition 8.
Several Gay Marriage Ban Protesters Arrested in Clashes With Police in California
Thursday , November 06, 2008
Seven people were arrested Thursday during ongoing protests in Los Angeles and San Francisco against California’s passage of a ban on gay marriage.
LAPD Officer Jason Lee said the marchers were mostly peaceful in the demonstration against Proposition 8 that began Wednesday night in West Hollywood and continued into Thursday morning.
Four people were taken into custody at the intersection of Hollywood and Highland when they tried to cross a line of officers.
Two more protesters were arrested in West Hollywood for disturbing the peace and another for public drunkenness, according to Sheriff’s Sgt. Kristin Aloma.
She said that one deputy had minor injuries when he was hit by a car as he prepared to close an intersection before protesters arrived.
Demonstrators marched Wednesday night through West Hollywood, Hollywood and Santa Monica. Several stopped at busy intersections and blocked traffic, prompting police intervention.
An additional group of about 500 protesters gathered near CNN’s Los Angeles bureau, where they were seen banging on the doors and walls.
The demonstrations caused the Los Angeles Police Department to declare a tactical alert — one requiring all available officers, including some from other precincts, to respond.
Television cameras showed one protester jumping on top of a police car at the intersection of Hollywood and Highland avenues. He was quickly wrestled to the ground by police and handcuffed.
In San Francisco, hundreds gathered Wednesday night on the steps of City Hall to protest approval of the ban.
Demonstrators held candles and carried signs that read “We All Deserve the Freedom to Marry” as part of the event, sponsored by groups opposed to Proposition 8.
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom expressed frustration with the ban, but said he is hopeful it will be overturned in court.
The loss was a political defeat for Newsom, who’s been one of the most prominent advocates of same-sex marriage. However, he believed the effect on his gubernatorial aspirations is “trivial” and “irrelevant.”
City attorneys of Los Angeles and San Francisco, along with the American Civil Liberties Union, filed requests for the state Supreme Court to overturn the gay marriage ban on Wednesday.
Meg Waters, part of the Yes on 8 campaign team, told City News Service, “gay and lesbian couples have exactly the same protections under the law with civil unions.”
“Marriage has been defined as a man and woman since time began,” Waters said. “The people of California have voted twice, so I think the best thing to do is for everybody involved to figure out a way to move forward.”
Waters said she understands “how gays and lesbians may feel concerned about this.”
“If they stop and look at the situation, they have the exact same legal protections and rights under the law today they had yesterday,” Waters said.
“You can’t change the definition of something that existed forever because you don’t like it.”
The Yes on 8 campaign has “a great deal of compassion for gay and lesbian couples and support completely their right to live as they choose, whether it’s in a committed relationship and a domestic partnership or however they choose,” Waters said.
“We don’t believe that Proposition 8 hinders that at all,” Waters said. “We’re hoping very much to rebuild bridges to that community at some point.”
Destroying, marginalizing, discrediting, and/or de-privilegizing the God-ordained biological family–husband, wife, and offspring–is an important tool used by the world communist movement to overthrow the bourgeois nations. Since the 1970s Western communist parties have used the Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgendered agenda for social transformation as a battering ram against this pillar of capitalism. In a post-election wrap-up, People’s World Weekly, the voice of the Communist Party USA, commiserated with the sodomite lobby:
While working families and the people as a whole scored a major victory by electing Barack Obama and claiming larger majorities in Congress on Nov. 4, several states hammered the rights and equality of LGBT people. Voters in three states, including two of which supported Barack Obama for president, appear to have passed bans on gay marriage. California, Florida, and Arizona saw such bans put in place. California will continue to allow civil unions.
Intriguingly, the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, which faces a severe demographic crisis among ethnic Russians, has fallen out (at least openly) with its Western comrades by opposing public validation of homosexuality. The reason for this opposition should be obvious to the most simple-minded observer of social issues. In any event, Europe as a whole faces a demographic crisis, in which the white population is dwindling in the face of a surge in the resident Muslim population.
Following the passage of “same-sex marriage” bans in California, Arizona, and Florida, sodomites flooded blogs and Internet forums with invective and exhortations to burn church buildings and murder Christians. Matt Barber, director of cultural affairs for Liberty Counsel, characterized the statements as “hate crimes,” since the authors were inciting violence against others based on their beliefs. “This is not just a matter of some people blowing off steam because they’re not happy with a political outcome. This is criminal activity,” Barber is quoted by World Net Daily as saying. “The homosexual lobby is always calling for ‘tolerance’ and ‘diversity’ and playing the role of victim. They claim to deplore violence and ‘hate.’ Here we have homosexuals inciting, and directly threatening, violence against Christians.”
Pictured here: Top candidate for the Alliance for the Future of Austria, Joerg Haider, left, with his protege Stefan Petzner, in Vienna, on September 28, 2008. Speculation that Haider led a double life grew when Petzner publicly called Haider “the man of my life” in a tearful tribute to the former Freedom Party fuhrer, killed in a car crash on October 11. “We had a relationship that went far beyond friendship. Me and Jorg were connected by something truly special. He was the man of my life,” gushed Petzner. Haider was last seen at a gay bar before he drove to his death under the influence of alcohol. Haider’s widow suspects foul play and saved his body from cremation in order to request a second autopsy.
To this day the linkage between neo-Nazism and the sodomite movement remains a strong, but under-reported phenomenon that extends back to the German Nazi Party. After the passage of California’s Proposition 8, one sodomite or a sympathizer named “Tread” blogged, below: “I hope the No on 8 people have a long list and long knives.” As Adolf Hitler consolidated his power, the Nazis struggled over the issue of homosexuality within their own ranks, resulting in the Night of Long Knives, referenced by “Tread” above, in which the Brownshirts paramilitary organization, which operated under the leadership of the openly gay Ernst Rohm, was liquidated. Other leaders in the Hitler regime who were accused of homosexuality were Hitler Youth leader Baldur von Schirach, Hitler’s Minister of Justice Hans Frank, Hitler’s adjutant Wilhelm Bruckner, and Hitler’s Minister of Economics Walter Funk, as well as Hitler’s second in command Hermann Goering, who was at the very least a transvestite. Some writers have suggested that Hitler himself was a self-loathing homosexual, but the evidence is inconclusive. Homosexuals often accuse their opponents of being “Nazis,” but it takes one to know one, right?
‘Gay’ threats target Christians over same-sex ‘marriage’ ban’
Burn their f—ing churches, then tax charred timbers’
Posted: November 05, 2008 11:00 pm Eastern
Decisions by voters in Florida, Arizona and California to join residents of 27 other states with constitutional protections for traditional marriage have prompted threats of violence against Christians and their churches.
“Burn their f—ing churches to the ground, and then tax the charred timbers,” wrote “World O Jeff” on the JoeMyGod blogspot today within hours of California officials declaring Proposition 8 had been approved by a margin of 52 percent to 48 percent. Confirmation on voter approval of amendments in Florida and Arizona came earlier.
The amendments in all three states essentially limit marriage to one man and one woman. In California, the measure states the only marriages “valid and recognized” in the state are those between one man and one woman.
Thirty states now have adopted marriage amendments. However, in California, the vitriol appeared especially high since the state Supreme Court in May created same-sex marriage for homosexuals. Proposition 8 overruled the court decision, readopting the marriage definition California voters adopted in 2000.
On a blog website, “Tread” wrote, “I hope the No on 8 people have a long list and long knives.”
Another contributor to the JoeMyGod website said, “While financially I supported the Vote No, and was vocal to everyone and anyone who would listen, I have never considered being a violent radical extremist for our equal rights. But now I think maybe I should consider becoming one. Perhaps that is the only thing that will affect the change we so desperately need and deserve.”
A contributor identifying himself as “Joe” said, “I swear, I’d murder people with my bare hands this morning.”
Matt Barber, director of cultural affairs for Liberty Counsel, called the statements “hate crimes” for their intent to create violence against someone based on their beliefs.
“This is not just a matter of some people blowing off steam because they’re not happy with a political outcome. This is criminal activity,” he said. “The homosexual lobby is always calling for ‘tolerance’ and ‘diversity’ and playing the role of victim. They claim to deplore violence and ‘hate.’ Here we have homosexuals inciting, and directly threatening, violence against Christians.”
On the “Queerty” website, “Stenar” asked, “Can someone in CA please go burn down the Mormon temples there, PLEASE. I mean seriously. DO IT.”
“I’m going to give them something to be f—ing scared of. … I’m a radical who is now on a mission to make them all pay for what they’ve done,” wrote “Jonathan.”
Liberty Counsel’s Barber said, “This is not free speech; these are ‘hate crimes’ under the existing definition.
Imagine if Christian websites were advocating such violence against homosexuals. There’d be outrage, and rightfully so. It’d be national front-page news. Federal authorities should immediately investigate these threats and prosecute the perpetrators to the fullest extent of the law.”
On yet another site, “Americablog,” “scottinsf” wrote, “Trust me. I’ve got a big list of names of mormons and catholics that were big supporters of Prop 8. … As far as mormons and catholics … I warn them to watch their backs.”
“I hope they all rot in hell, those servants of a lying, corrupt devil! BAN RELIGIOUS FUNDAMENTALISM,” wrote Angelo.
One contributor went so far as to threaten to take out his frustrations on his own family.
“You want me to come back to Idaho for Christmas? Oh wait, my partner and I can’t share the same bed? We can’t show any affection or any outward sign of our love for each other? Well sorry family … no Uncle Adam and all his expensive gifts and delicious cooking for you. Your childrens’ presents will now be donations in their name to the equal rights organization of my choosing. As will their and your birthday presents, wedding presents, graduation presents, and everything else I give going forward.”
The writer continued, “Remember, I’m angry. And I’m strong from my years at the gym and really am ready to take my frustration out on someone or something.”
Barber said the Human Rights Campaign, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and “other leaders within the homosexual lobby” should call immediately for an end to such threats.
There were suggestions of a different type of violence, too.
“Hope the gay waiters at their hotel p—ed in all the drinks they served these cretins,” “Jake” wrote about protectors of traditional marriage.
“If you’re planning a heterosexual wedding in California … be prepared for picketers. Designate someone to watch the parking lot … You’re going to have lots of unexpected expenses. Add $500 to your budget for security. … Be prepared for the flowers not lasting to the reception or the tuxedos showing up two sizes too small or the music at the reception being a way too loud or the cake tasting a little funny,” stated another threat. “Be afraid. Be very afraid. We are everywhere.”
Another even listed addresses of Mormon facilities. Mormon, Catholic and other religious groups were active in supporting the marriage definition.
“I do not openly advocate firebombing or vandalism. What you do with the information is your own choice,” wrote Jeremy.
Until about 40 years ago “gay” meant “happy,” but homo-fascists and homo-Leninists are most certainly not happy. Indeed, one must inquire if they will be happy even when every vestige of legal opposition to the practice, promotion, and glorification of anal intercourse is forcibly stifled. This is what happens to countries when sodomy is decriminalized and the testimonies of men and women who have successfuly left the so-called gay lifestyle are muffled. Do we need more proof?
Apparently President-Elect Barack Hussein Obama needs more proof, even though Black and Latino Californians provided core support for Proposition 8 two days ago. In a letter published earlier this year on his campaign blog, Obama articulated his intention to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, as well as implement “fully inclusive hate crime” laws. Hate crime laws, like political correctness, are a Leninist tool to stifle dissent and subvert civil liberties as defined by the Founding Fathers in the US Constitution, not by twenty-first century Marxist lawyers.
>WW4 File: Kremlin assesses Obama win, threatens to deploy Iskander missiles in Kaliningrad; Minuteman 3 ICBM test-fired from Vandenberg AFB
November 5, 2008Posted by on
In the Soviet strategists’ first test of President-Elect Barack Hussein Obama’s resolve to defend US interests in the arena of international politics, Russian “President” Dmitry Medvedev, a Komsomol graduate, threatened to counter the planned installation of US missile interceptors in Poland and a radar base in the Czech Republic with the deployment of Iskander missiles in the Kaliningrad exclave. The purpose of the deployment, according to Medvedev, will be to “neutralize” the US National Missile Defense system in these new European Union states. Medvedev, Reuters reports, made the threat today during his first annual national address. Medvedev also blamed Washington for “triggering” August’s Caucasian War by supporting Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili.
Since Western leftists like Obama tend to be weak on national security, a fact that America’s enemies know well, Medvedev’s scripted tirade is not a surprising development. “This is a speech designed very much for a domestic audience… and the incoming U.S. administration. This was not a message aimed at investors or the business community,” observed Chris Weafer, chief strategist at Moscow’s Uralsib bank. Indeed. Not so coincidentally, the “post”-communist regime in Prague, which maintains covert political and open economic linkages with Moscow, will assume the rotating presidency of the EU in January.
The story below also reports that Medvedev’s 85-minute speech included a not-so-unexpected proposal to extend the term of the Russian president from four to six years. This development may benefit Russia’s KGB-communist dictator Vladimir Putin. Presently prime minister, Putin has already served two presidential terms but is not constitutionally barred from seeking two more after Medvedev steps down in 2012. In so doing the Soviet strategists can maintain the fiction for Western consumption that Russia is a “democracy.”
Russia to station missiles near Poland
Wed Nov 5, 2008 2:34pm EST
By Michael Stott
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Dmitry Medvedev pledged on Wednesday to station new missiles near Poland’s border in response to U.S. plans for an anti-missile system and proposed extending the presidential term to six years from four.
In an assertive first annual address to the nation, he defended Russia’s war with Georgia, appealed to nationalism and attacked Washington’s “selfish” foreign policy and “economic blunders” which he said caused the global financial crisis.
The harsh tone and repeated attacks on the United States the day after Democrat Barack Obama’s electoral victory surprised some observers who had expected a more liberal style and more detail on how Russia would tackle a financial crisis.
“To neutralize — if necessary — the (U.S.) anti-missile system, an Iskander missile system will be deployed in the Kaliningrad region,” Medvedev said, referring to a Russian enclave bordering European Union members Poland and Lithuania.
Russia would electronically jam the U.S. system, parts of which are due to be deployed in Poland and the Czech Republic, and Moscow would scrap plans to stand down three Cold War-era nuclear missile regiments, the president said.
“Medvedev was very assertive in his delivery,” said Ronald Smith, chief strategist at Alfa Bank in Moscow. “(He) appeared to be staking out strong positions on various issues ahead of the entry of the new American presidential administration.”
Poland played down the Russian plan. “We have been used to the fact that Russia growls every now and then,” Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said at a news conference in Warsaw. “I would not give too much meaning to this declaration.”
In Prague, Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg told Reuters the Russian deployment would worsen the atmosphere for dialogue. Lithuanian President Valdus Adamkus said in a statement the Russian plan was beyond comprehension.
Russia has said the missile shield is a threat to it’s own security although the U.S. has denied this — a stance it reiterated on Wednesday.
“These are interceptors and they are designed to protect our European allies as well as the continental United States from an emerging ballistic missile threat from the Middle East,” Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman told reporters.
Medvedev’s 85-minute address also included surprise proposals to extend the presidential term from four to six years, a move that may benefit his predecessor Vladimir Putin.
Still Russia’s most popular politician, Putin stepped down in May after serving the maximum two consecutive terms allowed, but is free to return for another two terms when Medvedev’s four years in power end in 2012.
“This is being prepared so that Putin can return for 12 years, so two six-year terms,” said Olga Kryshtanovskaya, a Russian political analyst.
Medvedev said a longer term was needed to allow the head of state to meet challenges including economic and military reform and the creation of a stable democracy. A Kremlin aide said the change would not apply to the term Medvedev is serving now.
Putin, now a highly influential prime minister, listened attentively from the front row of the audience in the grand, marble-clad St George Hall of the Kremlin.
Medvedev also announced plans to lengthen legislators’ terms by a year and make it easier for small parties now excluded from the federal legislature to win parliamentary representation.
CRITICISM OF UNITED STATES
One day after Obama won the U.S. presidential election, Medvedev reserved his harshest criticism for the United States, blaming its “selfish” foreign policy for triggering Russia’s brief war in August with Georgia, a U.S. ally.
“The conflict in the Caucasus was used as a pretext for sending NATO warships to the Black Sea and then for the forceful foisting on Europe of America’s anti-missile systems,” Medvedev said in his speech, broadcast live on television and radio.
Russia’s war with Georgia handed Moscow a quick military victory but serious defeat with international investors, who dumped Russian assets in a selling spree that made the stock market one of the world’s worst performing this year.
Touching only briefly on the financial crisis, Medvedev said U.S. over-confidence led it to commit economic blunders and fail to coordinate anti-crisis measures with other states.
He said the crisis was not over yet but that Russia would emerge from it stronger than before.
Investors took little cheer from Medvedev’s address. It coincided with Russian stock markets giving up most of the day’s big gains, though European bourses also fell.
“This is a speech designed very much for a domestic audience… and the incoming U.S. administration. This was not a message aimed at investors or the business community,” said Chris Weafer, chief strategist at Moscow bank Uralsib.
The Kremlin’s belligerent rhetoric is probably another example of communist deception since there is no good reason to believe that Moscow ever withdrew its nuclear arsenal from Kaliningrad after the Cold War ended. “Since the fall of 1996,” wrote Nikolai Sokov in 2001, “a number of Russian officials have warned that NATO enlargement and, later, military action in Kosovo might necessitate the scrapping of the 1991 declarations and the redeployment of TNW in Kaliningrad Oblast or Belarus.” TNW refers to “tactical nuclear weapons.”
In what may or may not be a warning to Moscow, this morning the US military test-fired an unarmed Minuteman 3 ICBM from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at a target in the Marshall Islands. The USA conducted a similar exercise in August, when Russia re-invaded Georgia.
>USA File: Obama "wins" presidential election, questions linger regarding past/present commitment to socialism and Islam, place of birth
November 5, 2008Posted by on
>– Dow Jones Drops Nearly 500 Points as Investors Ponder Ramifications of Obama Presidency (source)
– Obama Enjoys More Protection from US Secret Service than Any Other President-Elect in History
– BATF Foils Neo-Nazi Skinhead Plot to Kill Obama Last Month, FBI Monitors White Supremacist Groups for Clues Pointing to More Possible Assassination Attempts
Yesterday, Kremlin-endorsed Democratic candidate Barack Hussein Obama won the US presidential election, sweeping up 52 percent of the popular vote to Republican contender John McCain’s 46 percent. Obama also drew 349 Electoral College votes to McCain’s 161. In the House of Representatives and Senate the Democratic Party also won controlling majorities. Legally speaking, Obama will not win this indirect election until the US Electoral College’s 538 electors, who were the individuals actually elected on November 4, cast their ballots on December 15 for the presidential ticket they have publicly pledged to support. There is no doubt, however, that Obama, the Democrats, and Americans who believe in “salvation through government intervention” won the 2008 general election. In reality, no one won. America has lost.
One of the many reasons that your resident blogger admires America is that any US-born citizen–regardless of race or religion–can run for the office of president of the most powerful country in the world. When the Founding Fathers established the American Republic, however, they insisted upon certain unique constitutional features: 1) the republic would acknowledge God, rather than, man as the source of law and man’s liberties, rights, and duties, and 2) the republic would support godly morality without necessarily promoting any particular religion. In the late eighteenth century, this referred primarily to the different Christian denominations, some of which did not uphold the principle of separation of church and state. From the so-called right mere lip service is paid to these principles today, while the left disregards them altogether in pursuit of godless situational ethics.
While we are pleased with the prospect of an African-American becoming President of the United States for the first time in history, we are concerned with the following aspects of Obama’s character and career, many of which were never acknowledged or satisfactorily addressed by the MSM:
1) the location of Obama’s birth, that is, the USA or Kenya, and the validity of Obama’s State of Hawaii birth certificate, since a presidential candidate must be born in the USA to run for the White House;
2) Obama’s commitment to socialism as recently as the 1990s, especially with respect to his involvement in local politics in Chicago–where he was a member of the openly socialist New Party, founded by the Democratic Socialists of America and ex-cadres of the Communist Party USA–and state politics in Illinois;
4) the extent of influence of communist mentor Frank Davis on Obama’s political thinking;
7) Obama’s lack of economic experience in the midst of a severe global financial crisis;
8) Obama’s familial connections to the violent national leadership of Kenya;
9) the illegal and excessive campaign contributions that Obama has apparently received from foreign supporters;
10) Obama’s childhood upbringing in Islam and suspected secret commitment to or sympathy for this religion that is at war with the West;
12) the endorsements that Obama has received from radical homosexual activists, who have already made great strides in forcing social revolution upon America, a key objective for communist revolutionaries; and
13) Obama’s contempt for human life, under the guise of “compassion,” through the advocacy of so-called partial-birth abortion.
An Obama presidency and a Democratic-controlled Congress will not only push the USA deeper into the moral abyss (as if America could fall any deeper), but also endanger the country’s national security. It has been pointed out that nations get the leaders they deserve. Indeed. National leaders, however, are merely reflections of a country’s soul, or what’s left of it after spiritual rot sets in.
We are altering our Red World 2008 Map to reflect America’s looming lurch into socialism, set in motion by the Bush Administration’s semi-nationalization of the banking system. We would not rule out the possibility of a military coup or civil war as the ideological divide in America deepens during Obama’s presidency.
Before his inauguration on January 20, 2009, however, the threat of assassination against America’s first non-white president-elect is high. The British media reports that the US Secret Service intends to beef up its current team of 10 agents tasked with guarding Obama, his wife Michelle, and their two daughters to a total of 22. The Secret Service has also provided Obama with a bullet- and bomb-proof limousine, and is insisting that the president-elect wear a lightweight bullet-proof vest, a request that Barack has refused. One US security source commented: “It’s not the crazies who tell you what they’re gonna do that are dangerous, it’s the crazies that don’t. And we all know they’re out there. It only takes one lunatic racist with a gun, one deranged extremist with a single bullet, one determined white supremacist, to end it all. And you can bet there are plenty of angry, disturbed people lining up for the chance to be that one.” Meanwhile, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is working alongside the Secret Service to monitor the 487 known white supremacist groups active in the USA.
Last month the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives foiled a plot by two neo-Nazi skinheads to murder Obama after a planned national killing spree. The suspects Daniel Cowart, aged 20, of Bells, Tennessee, and Paul Schlesselman, aged 18, of Helena-West Helena, Arkansas, are being held without bond.
>End Times File: Middle East "peace process" advances toward Daniel 9:27 as Israel accepts Arab League presence in UPM, considers 2002 peace initiative
November 4, 2008Posted by on
The Barcelona Process: Union for the Mediterranean (UPM), which we have proven is the revived Roman Empire of Bible prophecy, took another giant but lurching step forward today as foreign ministers from the European Union, Arab/Muslim world, and Israel gathered in Marseilles. At the same time the so-called Middle East peace process lurched ahead, providing a somewhat more level playing field for Israel and her neighbors (enemies) at the Middle East Diplomatic Quartet summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, slated to begin some time between November 6 and 9. In terms of power and influence, the nucleus of the UPM is clearly the EU, while the nucleus of the EU is the little-known 10-nation military pact called the Western European Union.
References to the revival of the Roman Empire, in conjunction with the restoration of Israel to its ancient homeland just before the return of Jesus Christ, can be found in chapters 2, 7 and 9 of Daniel’s prophecy and chapter 13 of Revelation. In Daniel the New Roman Empire is symbolized in King Nebuchadnezzer’s dream by a statue’s ten toes of iron and clay, suggesting an empire that is “partly strong” and “partly broken” (2:42). This is a perfect picture of the EU/UPM.
Pictured above: French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s Foreign Affairs Minister Bernard Kouchner, center, addresses the media, flanked by General Secretary of the European Council Javier Solana, left, and European Commissioner for Externals Relations Benita Ferrero-Waldner, at the UPM summit in Marseilles, on November 3.
Decisions reached today by the UPM foreign ministers included: 1) Barcelona will host the organization’s secretariat, 2) the phrase “Barelona Process” will be dropped from the organization’s unwieldy title, leaving simply Union for the Mediterranean, 3) the Arab League will obtain a full-time presence within the UPM, but have no right to vote on motions, even though individual member states of the league belong to the UPM, 4) Israel will obtain one of five deputy secretary-general posts for three years, a post that will possibly be renewable, 5) there will be no normalization of relations between the Arab League and Israel solely as a result of co-participation in the UPM, and 6) the deputy posts will rotate between three European states and two African and Asian ones, and will initially be held by the Palestinian Authority, Greece, Malta, Italy and, of course, Israel. The text of today’s breakthrough summit must be formally ratified by the organization’s two co-presidents, French/EU President Nicolas Sarkozy, who is the architect of the UPM, and Egyptian counterpart Hosni Mubarak. The AFP news agency reports below:
Mediterranean Union agrees on HQ, Arab-Israeli role
November 4, 2008
MARSEILLE, France (AFP) — Foreign ministers from the new Mediterranean Union struck a deal Tuesday for Barcelona to host the forum’s headquarters and for Israel and the Arab League to take part side-by-side.
The Union’s 43 member states held two days of talks in the port of Marseille to end a four-month deadlock on the two contentious issues, which threatened to hamstring the fledgling organisation.
French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner and Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit, whose countries currently co-chair the forum, announced the breakthrough at a joint news conference in the southern French city.
“It wasn’t supposed to work, and yet it did,” said Kouchner, adding: “The essential points were accepted completely and without reservation by all 43 states” in the Union for the Mediterranean.
Ministers from the Mediterranean’s mainly-Arab southern rim agreed to back the Spanish city of Barcelona’s candidacy to host the Union in exchange for the post of secretary-general going to a southern member.
They also clinched a deal on granting the Arab League a full-time seat at the forum — a key demand of Arab members, strongly opposed by Israel which feared the pan-Arab group would try to block its involvement.
“The Arabic participation will take place in every meeting with the right to speak at all levels,” said Abul Gheit, although it will have no right to vote.
Israel agreed to the Arab League’s role in exchange for one of five deputy secretary-general posts for an initial three-year period, possibly renewable.
The deputy posts will rotate between three European members and two southern ones, and will initially be held by the Palestinian Authority, Greece, Malta and Italy, alongside Israel, according to the final declaration.
The text — with likely technical amendments — still has to be formally ratified however by the two co-presidents of the Union, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his Egyptian counterpart Hosni Mubarak.
Launched at a Paris summit in July, the new union brings together EU members with states from north Africa, the Balkans, the Arab world and Israel in a bid to foster cooperation in one of the world’s most volatile regions.
An Israeli diplomat said it agreed to the Arab League “compromise” on the basis it would be able to play a front-seat role in setting up the fledgling Union, and hopefully build bridges around the Mediterranean.
But she warned “the Barcelona Process can never replace direct bilateral negotiations” to resolve Israel’s conflicts with Arab nations.
A spokesman for the Arab League also warned that its participation would not lead to normalisation with Israel, Egyptian state news agency MENA reported.
EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana said he was “delighted” by the accord on Barcelona, while EU external relations commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner called it a “logical choice.”
The Mediterranean capital of Spain’s Catalonia region, Barcelona lent its name to the 13-year-old Barcelona Process, a previous EU regional initiative that stalled in part over Arab-Israeli disputes.
In exchange for hosting its headquarters, Spain also agreed to drop the tag “Barcelona Process” from the name of the new forum.
France, which championed the Union, hoped that by basing it on modest regional projects, such as cleaning up pollution in the Mediterranean, it would be able to sidestep the trap of regional disputes.
Priorities set out in the declaration include fighting pollution in the Mediterranean, solar energy, building land and sea highways and cooperation on higher education and research.
The Marseille accord, clinched after months of tough negotiations, rescues the forum from the threat of looming deadlock, but it also amounts to formally recognising tensions over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
And the highly-political compromise to create five deputies to the secretary-general is a far cry from the slimmed-down, nimble governing structure at first envisaged for the Union.
The Arab League’s 2002 proposal for peace between Israel and the Palestinians, endorsed by the EU last year and viewed favorably by Israel’s current capitulationist leadership, will be high on agenda at the Quartet’s Egyptian conference. Under this scheme Israel will be compelled to relinquish all of the territory acquired in the Six Day War–including Judea and Samaria (West Bank), East Jerusalem, Gaza Strip, and Golan Heights–and submit to the establishment of a permanent Palestianian terrorist state on lands deeded to her by God 4,000 years ago. In return, Israel will become a rump state with her back to the Mediterranean Sea.
Meanwhile, Sarkozy has sought to allay fears that France intends to usurp the EU presidency from the Czech Republic by extending the French president’s tenure until 2010 on the grounds of addressing the financial crisis in Europe. Yesterday Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolánek, who graduated through Communist Czechoslovakia’s state-sponsored youth movement, visited Sarkozy in Paris where he received assurances of the French government’s good will. After the surprise meeting (pictured above), Topolánek gushed:
Today we decided on the practical details which will ensure a smooth handover of the EU presidency from the French to the Czechs, and that is what I consider to be the major outcome of today’s meeting. And to do this we have changed some of our fundamental priorities for the presidency, as those taking over the EU before us have often had to do. The financial crisis has changed a lot and, during our presidency, we are of course going to have to implement some of the steps that have been agreed upon already by the EU’s member states.
If Sarkozy is, or will become, the Antichrist, as we suspect, then it may be that his attempt last month to assume permanent control over the nucleus of the revived Roman Empire was premature. In any event, France’s “hyperactive” president will also hold the UPM’s co-presidency for another two years and no doubt continue to advance his personal and France’s role in the Euro-Mediterranean Empire.
Incidentally, following an election in the Czech parliament’s upper house, in which the communist-infiltrated Social Democratic Party swept most of the 27 seats available for contesting this year, Topolánek’s governing Civic Democratic Party is viewing a potentially bleak political future. Still, the Soviet strategists can congratulate themselves for installing a “post”-communist state at the helm of the EU. State-run Itar-Tass reports today that economic linkages beween Moscow and Prague continue just as they did during the days of open communism in Eastern Europe: “Members of the Russo-Czech Intergovernmental Commission for Economic, Industrial, Scientific and Technical Cooperation have arrived at the conclusion that the economic relations between the two countries are rapidly growing, Head of its Russian Part of the Commission Vice-Premier Alexander Zhukov stated on Friday, summing up the results of the Commission’s work.”
The last king of Judah (or Israel for that matter) was Zedekiah, whose sons were slain before his eyes and who was then blinded and exiled by his Babylonian conquerors in 586 BC (2 Kings 25:7). Hosea prophesies of the 2,600-year interregnum that has transpired thus far in the history of Israel’s kings: “For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod, and without teraphim: Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD their God, and David their king; and shall fear the LORD and his goodness in the latter days” (3:4-5).
Although Israel’s Acting Prime Minister Tzipi Livni disavows any intentions of giving away the store, so to speak, some Israeli nationalists are so disgusted with their country’s weak-kneed secular leadership that they are advocating the restoration of Israel’s theocratic monarchy. Speaking on Israel National Radio on October 31, Israeli scholar David Solomon opined:
The problems and divisions within Israel today and the threats it faces from outside to its security could be interpreted as the conditions that precede the appointment of a king. We need a unified leadership, we’ve got anti-Semitic regimes on our doorstep that want to wipe us out, we have fractures within the population. The disastrous absence of genuine political and spiritual and religious leadership in Israel today also characterized the period leading up to the anointing of Israel’s first king, Saul. Many people might view a theocratic monarchy as an answer to Israel’s troubles today as it was then. Every generation that is thinking of adopting a new model of leadership needs to be extremely careful. Kings can be good but kings can also be very bad.
Solomon, of course, is a Jew by religious belief rather than a Christian. However, from the vantage of Bible prophecy, this is a stunning development that is almost surreal in its expectation of the Annointed One who presented Himself as Israel’s Messiah-King 1,975 years ago (in AD 33) and who will come again shortly, after a seven-year period of global tribulation, to restore David’s throne and rule the world from Jerusalem for 1,000 years. In Matthew 23:39, after Israel’s religious-civil leaders rejected His credentials as the nation’s long-awaited Mashiach, Yeshua declared: “For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.” After His resurrection, the following exchange took place between Jesus and His disciples: “When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power” (Acts 1:6-7).
That time and season, as described by Zechariah, is almost upon God’s Chosen People: “And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn” (12:10).
>Breaking News: Two Black Panther thugs block polling place in Philadelphia, one Panther a poll worker, other wields nightstick
November 4, 2008Posted by on
>In a developing story Fox News TV reports that two members of the New Black Panther Party–one wielding a nightstick, the other apparently an election poll worker–were intimidating voters at a Philadelphia polling place earlier today. The armed Black Panther warned a white Republican poll observer that America’s next president will be black (or else). The poll observer called the police, who escorted the nightstick-wielding man away from the door to the voting place. The other Black Panther, who resides in the same building where the polls are located, was still guarding the door when Fox News’ Rick Leventhal arrived to cover the story.
Video of the incident can be found at YouTube.com. See our previous post on leader of Philadelphia branch of New Black Panther Party. How many other similar incidents of pro-Obama voter intimidation are taking place across the USA today? Don’t expect the MSM to provide full, or any, coverage.
In several related incidents that may or may not have sinister connotations, two people related to Obama and his campaign died on Sunday, only hours before Election Day. Obama’s maternal grandmother Madelyn Dunham died in Hawaii, while Obama’s Nevada campaign director Terence Tolbert, aged 44, died of a heart attack, while driving alone. It is possible that Dunham, in particular, possessed information that could have resolved questions surrounding the location of Barack’s birth, namely, the USA or Kenya. If so, then she took such information to her grave.
>Communist Bloc Military Updates: Russian Navy to hold exercise in Indian Ocean at unspecified date, naval tanker joins missile frigate near Somalia
November 4, 2008Posted by on
>On November 1, the AFP news agency reports, the Russian Navy announced that ships of the Northern and Pacific Fleets, based in Murmansk and Vladivostok, respectively, will hold combined drills in the Indian Ocean at an unspecified date in the near future. Last week the Russian missile frigate Neustrashimy joined an international flotilla of warships that are patrolling the pirate-infested waters off the coasts of Somalia. The Ukrainian freighter MV Faina was seized by Somali pirates on September 25 and the ship’s Eastern European crew remains hostage to this day while the hijackers await a US$5 million ransom. NATO and European Union states have dispatched their navies to the Horn of Africa under an anti-piracy resolution passed by the United Nations Security Council in June. Pictured above: The Neustrashimy passes through the south gate of the Suez Canal en route to the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean, on October 21, 2008.
Russia to hold war games in Indian Ocean
Sunday, November 2, 2008 at 4:11 am
The Russian Navy will hold war games in the Indian Ocean in a bid to boost its global presence, a navy spokesman said on Saturday (November 1) announcing Moscow’s latest move to flex its military muscle.
“Ships from the Pacific Ocean Fleet and forces from the Northern Fleet will meet and carry out joint military exercises in the Indian Ocean basin,” Navy spokesman Igor Dygalo said in a statement.
Dygalo did not specify when the exercises would take place, but he said warships from Russia’s Vladivostok-based Pacific Ocean Fleet would leave “shortly” for the Arabian Sea, docking in various ports on the way. He called the Indian Ocean manoeuvres part of an effort to raise the Russian navy’s worldwide profile before the end of the year.
“In the remaining months of 2008, Russian Navy Central Command will increase the presence of Russian Navy forces in the world ocean in the interests of strengthening stability and security in its various regions,” he said.
This month, a flotilla of Russian warships from the Northern Fleet, based in the Arctic port of Severomorsk, are to hold exercises with the Venezuelan navy in the Caribbean Sea. The flotilla, led by the massive nuclear-powered missile cruiser Peter the Great, stopped in Libya last month as part of a global show of Russian might not seen since the Cold War. (AFP)
Last month Russian Federation Council Chairman Sergei Mironov visited Yemen where he hinted that the Kremlin could resume its Soviet-era naval presence in the port of Aden.
This is not the first post-Cold War sortie by the Russian military into the Indian Ocean region. In May 2003, more than five years before then President Vladimir Putin formally announced the resumption of regular long-range missions, two Tu-160 and four Tu-95MS heavy bombers flew to the Arabian Sea. After a five-hour flight the Bear bombers launched unarmed but nuclear-capable Kh-55 cruise missiles against simulated naval targets from a distance of 3,000 kilomters. Russian ships in the area provided targeting information and in-flight trajectory correction. Meanwhile, the supersonic Blackjack bombers allegedly simulated the launch of cruise missiles against Diego Garcia. This small island in the middle of the Indian Ocean is strategically important to the Western Alliance since the USA and the UK jointly operate a naval base here.
Joining the warship Neustrashimy off the Somali coasts in upcoming weeks will be the Russian naval tanker Yelnya. A Russian Navy source informed Novosti that the Neustrashimy’s commander was maintaining contact with NATO warships in the area as part of a coordinated approach to fighting piracy in the region. Warships of the US Navy’s 5th Fleet have surrounded the MV Faina, which was hijacked on September 25. The cargo includes rocket-propelled grenade launchers and 33 Soviet-era T-72 tanks, allegedly destined for the regional government of southern Sudan.
Russian naval tanker to join warship in African waters
15:57 03/ 11/ 2008
MOSCOW, November 3 (RIA Novosti) – A Russian Baltic Fleet tanker is to join a naval frigate involved in protecting merchant ships from pirates in African waters, a naval source said on Monday.
The Neustrashimy (Fearless) frigate entered waters off the Somali coast last Monday where local pirates have increased their attacks on ships in the area in exchange for ransom demands.
“At the moment, the Neustrashimy frigate is escorting a merchant ship through the dangerous shipping zone in the Horn of Africa. The Russian combat vessel is ensuring the safety of Russian merchant shipping through the zone,” the source said, adding that the Baltic Fleet’s Yelnya was expected to join the Neustrashimy in the near future.
He also said that the frigate’s commander was maintaining contact with NATO ships in the area as part of a coordinated approach to fighting piracy in the region.
U.S. warships from the 5th Fleet have surrounded a Ukrainian ship, the MV Faina, which was seized by Somali pirates on September 25. The Faina, which was carrying tanks and heavy weaponry, has a crew of 17 Ukrainian nationals, two Russians, and one Lithuanian on board.
The Faina’s Russian captain died of a heart attack when the ship was seized. Earlier the pirates were reported to have demanded an $8 million ransom to free the ship’s crew.
The London-based As-Shark al-Ausat newspaper, however, cited on Saturday anonymous sources in Somalia as saying the pirates were demanding a $5 million ransom for the release of the ship’s crew and that the hostage talks were entering their final stage.
Somali pirates have seized around 30 ships so far this year off the coast of the east African nation, which has no effective government and no navy to police its coastline.
NATO and EU announced plans to increase their naval presence in the Gulf of Aden, which has been declared one of the busiest and most dangerous shipping lanes with about 20,000 vessels passing through the area annually.
At the beginning of June, the UN Security Council passed a resolution permitting countries to enter Somalia’s territorial waters to combat “acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea.”
Between November 10 and 14 of this year Russia and Red Venezuela will hold joint naval maneuvers in the Caribbean Sea. Russia has also revitalized its military linkages with Communist Cuba and neo-Sandinista Nicaragua.
Meanwhile, Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, which blockaded the coast of Georgia during August’s brief Caucasian War, is expecting to commission the new Vice Admiral Zakharin minesweeper this month. The construction of the Vice Admiral Zakharin began in 1994 as a 266ME minesweeper for Communist Vietnam, but in 2000 the minesweeper was redesignated as Project 02668 and completed in 2006. More ominously, Novosti reports that the new Akula II class Nerpa nuclear attack submarine has been moved from a shipyard at Komsomolsk-on-Amur to a maintenance facility in the Primorye Territory where it is undergoing sea trials. “Akula II class vessels,” boasts Novosti, “are considered the quietest and deadliest of Russian nuclear-powered attack submarines.
Lastly, Kremlin-run Russia Today reports that the Progress factory in the city of Arsenyevsk in Russia’s Far East will immediately launch mass production of the Ka-52 “Alligator” military helicopter. The Ka-52 is a multi-purpose, all-weather, combat and command helicopter. Progress intends to manufacture 30 Alligators by 2012 and has commented on the aircraft’s high “export potential.”
>Africa/Middle East Files: Iran tests N-bomb; Egypt deploys 5,000 troops in Sinai, Syria positions tanks, 3,000 troops near S. Lebanon, N. Israel
November 3, 2008Posted by on
>Just in time for tomorrow’s presidential election in the USA, the clouds of war are descending over the Middle East as Egypt, which is technically at peace with Israel, deploys thousands of soldiers in the Sinai Peninsula under the guise of “police,” presumably to halt the smuggling of arms and terror operatives into and out of the Gaza Strip. Israeli sources, reports the World Tribune below, indicate that the incremental Egyptian military buildup in the Sinai began in 2005 when Israeli troops, under orders from capitulationist Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, expelled Jewish settlers from the Gaza Strip. At the time Sharon, who was incapacitated by a stroke in January 2006 and remains in a coma to this day, approved the Egypt’s deployment of 750 special troops along the demilitarized Sinai-Gaza border. The number of Egyptian soldiers in the Sinai has significantly climbed to at least 5,000 since then, in contravention of the 1979 peace treaty with Israel.
Israeli rightist politician Avigdor Lieberman does not mince words when it comes to removing Cairo’s mask as Middle East peace broker and exposing the Mubarak regime’s under-reported war preparations. During a televised interview on Saturday, Lieberman asserted: “Egypt is waiting for the right moment to deploy its army in the Sinai in defiance of the peace agreements… There are enough signs and enough estimations that the Egyptians are just waiting for their window of opportunity.” He also accused Cairo of aiding and abetting the smuggling of arms to Hamas in Gaza. On Wednesday the Israeli government rebuked Lieberman for denouncing Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak: “If he wants to talk to us, he should come here; if he doesn’t want to come here, he can go to hell.”
Pictured above: On November 1 President Mubarak addressed the annual conference of the National Democratic Party, the Socialist International-affiliated party that has ruled Egypt since 1978, when former president Anwar Sadat led a faction out of the Arab Socialist Union, the party of Gamal Abdel Nasser. In October the Egyptian Navy, which is the largest in the Arab world, held its biggest-ever maneuver on the occasion of the sinking of an Israeli destroyer during the Six Day War.
Israel monitoring Egyptian buildup in the Sinai
Monday, November 3, 2008
TEL AVIV — Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has publicly disavowed an assessment that Egypt has been assembling a military force in the Sinai Peninsula, in violation of the 1979 peace accord.
Officials said thousands of Egyptian troops, many of them under the guise of police, have been deployed throughout the Sinai.
“Egypt is waiting for the right moment to deploy its army in the Sinai, contrary to the peace agreement,” former Strategic Threats Minister Avigdor Lieberman said.
“There are enough signs and enough estimations that the Egyptians are just waiting for their window of opportunity.”
Hours after the interview, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert apologized for Lieberman’s remarks.
“Those words should never have been said,” Olmert said in a statement. “From the moment they were uttered those words were nothing but useless and harmful. Egypt and Mubarak are [Israel’s] strategic partners.”
Israeli sources said the military has been closely following the Egyptian buildup in the Sinai. The sources said that so far the military has determined that the Egyptian buildup was limited to internal security rather than combat operations.
“The peace with Egypt is a strategic asset for the state of Israel,” Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said. “Egypt is a responsible and important factor in the Middle East.”
In late October, Israeli Defense Ministry official Amos Gilad discussed Egypt’s military presence. The sources said Gilad cited an Egyptian Navy exercise in October, reported to have been the largest ever and which cited Israel as the enemy. Egypt’s navy has been deemed the largest in the Arab world.
“The provocation came in the form of the massive military exercise Egypt held several days ago, that identified us as the enemy,” Lieberman said in a television interview on Nov. 1. “You have the smuggling of arms into Gaza and Hamas’ hands from the Sinai. If Egypt genuinely wanted to put an end to it they could.”
Israeli sources said the Egyptian buildup in the Sinai began in 2005 when Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip.
At the time, the government of then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon approved the Egyptian deployment of 750 special troops along the demilitarized Sinai-Gaza border.
Within months, Egypt proposed the stationing of another 2,500 troops in eastern Sinai. In early 2008, amid massive Palestinian infiltration and weapons smuggling, Egypt sent several thousand troops to the eastern peninsula as part of a counter-insurgency operation. The Israeli sources said Egypt did not ask for Israeli permission despite the violation of the peace treaty.
Former Mossad director Efraim Halevy agreed that Egypt was expanding its troop presence in the Sinai. But Halevy said Egypt’s intentions were not hostile.
“I don’t think that Egypt is planning war against Israel,” Halevy said. “Egypt, like Israel, is preparing for any possibility. The same way we ask where Egypt is heading, they ask where Israel is heading.”
In recent weeks we have also documented the Syrian military’s deployment of men and equipment along the northern and eastern borders of Lebanon, a development to which pro-Hezbollah Lebanese President Michel Suleiman has essentially turned a blind eye. Several Israeli news source report today that over the weekend Syrian tanks, artillery, and 3,000 commando units assumed battle positions in four villages around Hasbaya opposite Mount Hermon, completing the Syrian army’s encirclement of Lebanon and bolstering its position against Israel. “Western and Lebanese military observers,” Debkafile explains below, “relate Syria’s military movements to Damascus’ threats, growing more strident Sunday, of “painful punishment” for the US Oct. 26 raid in northern Syria unless Washington apologizes, clarifies its action and pays compensation.”
The Arab media reported on October 31 that Syria decided to sever relations with Iraq, which was used as a base by US commandos to storm the Al Aqaeda nest in the Syrian border village of Sukkariyah, but Iraqi officials deny that Damascus has withdrawn its representatives from Baghdad. In response to the US military operation in Syria’s eastern frontier, last Thursday the Ba’athist regime staged massive anti-American rallies, drawing many civil servants and students, outside the US embassy in Damascus. Citing security concerns, US officials closed the facility indefinitely.
Syria moves more tank-artillery forces south to Israel border
DEBKAfile Special Report
November 3, 2008, 12:57 PM (GMT+02:00)
Lebanese sources and eye witnesses report Syrian tanks, artillery and commando units have taken up battle positions in four villages around Hasbaya opposite Mt. Hermon and northern Israel.
According to DEBKAfile’s military sources, Syrian tanks and artillery units continued to move into their new positions Sunday and Monday, Nov. 2-3, so completing their deployment the full length of the Syrian-Lebanese border. Elements of the Syrian 10th, 12th and 14th Divisions and the 3rd Army – withdrawn last week from the 600-km long Syrian-Iraq border – are now poised opposite Israeli positions holding the disputed Shebaa Farms enclave on Mt. Hermon.
Military sources say that whereas opposite the northeastern Tripoli region, Syrian forces are strung out in small clusters of 2 to 3 tanks one or more kilometers apart, their tank units are massed tightly opposite Mt. Hermon and northern Israel.
There are other differences: Heavy Syrian armor is positioned well back from the front-line infantry and commando troops in the north, whereas tanks, artillery and special forces are deployed right up to the border opposite South Lebanon and Israel.
Western and Lebanese military observers relate Syria’s military movements to Damascus’ threats, growing more strident Sunday, of “painful punishment” for the US Oct. 26 raid in northern Syria unless Washington apologizes, clarifies its action and pays compensation.
These observers stress that Damascus has no real expectation of a US apology or clarification, because Syria knows as well as the US that the target was its own forward military base for terrorist strikes in Iraq.
While insisting that an innocent farm was attacked and the 8 people killed were all civilians, the Syrians are taking advantage of the Bush administration’s silence to argue that Damascus has the same right as Washington to carry out cross-border attacks against “terrorist targets” i.e. in Lebanon and Israel.
Damascus is winding the tensions up to a pitch where some military action against a US Middle East target or ally in Lebanon or Israel is becoming hard to avoid.
Senior IDF officers and some Western military sources are perplexed by the Israeli government’s failure to pursue deterrent action against the Syrian tanks poised in battle array on its border. Instead, the outgoing prime minister Ehud Olmert is busy trying to reviving indirect talks with Syria before he quits, while defense minister Ehud Barak and Kadima leader Tzipi Livni appear unconcerned.
“Senior IDF officers and some Western military sources,” Debkafile concludes, “are perplexed by the Israeli government’s failure to pursue deterrent action against the Syrian tanks poised in battle array on its border.” The same official disinterest on the part of Israel’s Kadima-led government is evident with respect to Egyptian military movements in the Sinai.
In spite of the olive branches that all sides are waving, one must ask a pointed question: Are Cairo and Damascus quietly preparing to take revenge following their humiliating defeat by the Israelis in the 1973 Yom Kippur War? Time will tell, of course, but Israel’s refusal to welcome the Arab League as a full member into Nicolas Sarkozy’s Union for the Mediterranean (UPM), meeting today and tomorrow in Marseilles, has once again enflamed hatreds and resentments between the Arab world and the Jewish state. “The summit, held in Marseilles this week, has also hit trouble over the wording of a final political statement over the Middle East crisis and a future Palestinian state,” reports The Telegraph, “Member nations gave up reaching agreement on this issue in July, putting it off until now, but Arab nations say it must be broached this time.”
The success of the UPM, which combines the European Union and the states of North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean, will depend on the outcome of the Middle East Diplomatic Quartet’s peace summit “Annapolis 2,” opening on November 6 (or several days later according to other sources), in the Sinai resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh. The Palestinian media, citing Benita Ferrero-Waldner, European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, reported two days ago that the peace process in the Middle East is “among Europe’s top priorities.” “We want to work with the incoming US Administration to continue process started in Annapolis,” insisted Ferrero-Waldner, “the negotiations between Syria and Israel and the Palestinian internal dialogue.”
The movements of Eygpt and Syria’s conventional military forces near Israel’s borders are certainly troubling, but this news assumes a more ominous dimension when Iran’s preparations for nuclear war are factored into the equation. On October 28 Israel Insider, citing an anonymous Iranian source, published an exclusive story revealing that the fanatically anti-Zionist regime in Tehran may have tested a nuclear bomb at an underground location three days previously. The alleged atomic detonation occured immediately north of the Straits of Hormuz, where Iran has also pledged to build a naval base to control marine traffic in this strategically critical region. Israel Insider’s Iranian source reveals, too, that two “nuclear rockets” have been constructed, with the help of China and North Korea, and will be employed to lob the atomic warheads at Israel. This news, if true, comes three months in advance of US intelligence’s revised estimate that Iran will be able to assemble its first nuclear bomb in February 2009.
Israel Insider exclusively reports that a seismic event this weekend in southern Iran may in fact have been a massive underground nuclear bomb test. According to the USGS, the tremor measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale took place Saturday night, October 25 just before midnight Iran time, with its epicenter at 26.70°N, 55.02°E, just north of the strategic straits of Hormuz, opposite Abu Dhabi.
The claim that the tremor was in fact a nuclear test came from an Iranian nuclear scientist who claims to be working in uranium enrichment for the project. A report published by Israel Insider on Friday, October 24 included a captionless map that portrayed the area of the seismic event that occurred the following night, based on location information previously provided by the Iranian source.
Israel Insider’s source reports that the test is in fact the second in a series. A 4.8 Richter scale event occurred on October 21 with an epicenter (26.70N, 54.96E) within 5 km (3 miles) of the October 25 tremor. Israeli and foreign sources have long speculated that Iran has been in possession of ready nuclear bombs but would only begin testing them when a full production line for nuclear weapons is in place.
The source indicated that Iran is being assisted by China and North Korea. Israel Insider’s Iranian source reports that two “nuclear rockets” have been completed and are intended for use against the Jewish State in the coming months.
The site of the test and the development facility are believed to be in close proximity. The location appears to have been carefully selected. The area is exposed to significant seismic activity, which could serve to mask nuclear tests, although the recent spike in activity in that specific area significantly deviates from historical trends. A tremor measuring 6.2 struck the area on September 10, 2008 (its epicenter was 80km or 50 miles due west), the largest seismic event in the area in more than 33 years.
The location on the Persian Gulf near the straits of Hormuz would also facilitate delivery and transport of material and personnel. the strategic importance of the immediate area may also be intended to deter potential strikes against the facilities, which could close down the flow of a substantial percentage of the world’s oil.
Coupled with news, reported almost two weeks ago, that senior Iranian officials are contemplating a preemptive strike against Israel to counter the Jewish state’s threat to decapitate Iran’s nuclear program, the potential for a global nuclear conflagration involving the Middle East, Russia, and the USA appears more and more likely.
>Latin America File: Beijing launches Venezuela’s first comsat from Xichang, Red Chinese technicians staff Chavez’s space center at El Sombrero
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>The Sino-Venezuelan alliance took another step forward last Thursday morning when the People’s Republic of China launched a communications satellite for Latin America’s bombastic communist dictator Hugo Chavez. “The Long March 3B rocket lifted off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southern China at 12:53 pm EDT Wednesday (1653 GMT Wednesday, 12:53 am Beijing time Thursday),” reports SpaceToday.net, “and placed the Venesat-1 spacecraft into geosynchronous transfer orbit.” The 5.1 ton satellite will be fully operational in January 2009, at which time it will transmit a signal that extends from southern Mexico to southern Argentina and Chile. The successful orbital insertion of Venesat-1, also known as Simon Bolivar, follows Caracas’ nationalization (communization) of the country’s telecommunications sector in 2007 and heralds Venezuela’s entrance into Latin America’s elite “space club,” until now consisting only of Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico.
Pictured above: Venesat-1 aka Simon Bolivar readied for launch in China. Venezuela’s version of “mission control,” pictured below, is the air base in El Sombrero, the entrance of which is guarded by a huge billboard declaring: “Patria, Socialismo o Muerte – Fatherland, Socialism or Death.” Venesat-1 will support TeleSUR’s continent-wide TV programming. Accompanying Chavez in the Venezuelan town of Luepa to monitor the launch was embattled Bolivian President Evo Morales. Pictured at bottom: Red Chinese technicians at El Sombrero monitor the launch of Venesat-1 from their homeland on the other side of the world, on October 29, 2008.
The ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela faces municipal election on November 23 and, thus, it is believed by some observers of Latin American politics that the launch of “Simon Bolivar,” is mostly a PR stunt to bolster “21st-century socialism.” BBC also reports below that Chavez’s henchmen are “under pressure to prevent major electricity black-outs, the latest one taking place only a few days ago which officials said they believed to be the work of saboteurs.”
After a five-hour bus ride south of Caracas – interrupted by a rock smashing through the windscreen as a gang unsuccessfully tried to ambush the vehicle and rob us – we arrived at the Venezuelan equivalent of Nasa’s Houston space control centre.
This is where Venezuela’s first communications satellite, which was launched from China on Wednesday, is being monitored.
The centre is in a flashy new building surrounded by huge satellite dishes, at the heart of an air force base in El Sombrero, surrounded by an endless expanse of farmland.
Above the entrance is a massive sign reading “Patria, Socialismo o Muerte” – Fatherland, Socialism or Death.
Russian Sukhoi fighters were taking off constantly from a nearby landing strip, a vivid reminder of Venezuela’s rearmament drive and close ties to those not allied with the US.
Inside, dozens of Venezuelan and Chinese technicians had been working busily ahead of the satellite launch, the result of a $406m (£252m) agreement signed four years ago after the Chinese agreed to provide Venezuela with training and technological know-how.
The Venesat-1 telecom satellite is called “Simon Bolivar” after Latin America’s 19th Century independence hero.
The government says the satellite, which alone cost $250m, will provide thousands of people in remote areas with TV, radio and internet access. Its coverage will go from southern Mexico down to central Chile and Argentina.
Officials say it will be made available to other Latin American countries to enhance regional integration and also for social programmes such as tele-education and tele-medicine.
“Venezuela covers almost one million square kilometres and we have people living in very remote areas, many of them indigenous people, who have had very little opportunity to be looked after by the Venezuelan state in terms of health and education,” said deputy science and technology planning minister, Luis Marcano Gonzalez.
With the successful launch, Venezuela joins Latin America’s exclusive space club that includes Mexico, Argentina and Brazil.
It is also be a propaganda coup for President Hugo Chavez. Opinion polls suggest that his United Socialist Party may lose key states in the crucial 23 November municipal and state elections.
After losing last December’s referendum that would have expanded presidential powers, another embarrassing result could put his whole 21st Century Socialist Revolution in doubt.
Programme director Luis Holder, showing off the mission control room where groups of Chinese technicians were working on computers ahead of Wednesday’s launch, stressed that the satellite would have no military purposes.
“It will be purely for social uses and will be open to other Latin American countries,” he said.
Mr Holder said that a second reconnaissance satellite, expected to be launched in 2013, would also be for civilian use only.
However, Daniel Varnagy, a telecommunications expert from Simon Bolivar University, believes the satellite could serve both military and civilian purposes.
“Chavez is trying to protect his political project and his own person. He believes he’s being pursued and spied on by other countries,” said Mr Varnagy.
He says the new satellite, coming after the nationalisation of Venezuela’s telecommunications sector, will give the government the possibility of interfering with communications.
“There’s no question: all this is part of an ideological race to try to expand 21st Century Socialism to the whole of South America,” he said.
The government has also been criticised for focusing on expensive projects while ignoring more pressing needs such as fighting rampant crime, repairing the country’s crumbling roads and tackling inflation.
The authorities are also under pressure to prevent major electricity black-outs, the latest one taking place only a few days ago which officials said they believed to be the work of saboteurs.
Despite the money spent on the satellite project, Mr Marcano Gonzalez believes the investment is justified, and he cites the example of India.
“Thirty years ago India began its space programme when the country had high levels of poverty. Space technology has allowed the nation to maintain social and cultural cohesion to emerge from under-development.
“Today it is a big power with a voice among nations.”