Monthly Archives: July 2016
Useful Idiots Bin: Internet awash with speculation Trump is “Putin’s man” for White House as US real estate magnate sarcastically urges Kremlin to release hacked DNC emails, hints at possible recognition of Russia’s annexation of Crimea; Trump’s current (third) wife Melania raised in Communist Yugoslavia, according to tabloids Donald’s father-in-law Viktor Knavs is former cadre of League of Communists of Slovenia; Donald Jr. admits in 2008 that Russian oligarchs comprise “disproportionate cross-section” of business dynasty’s investors worldwide, dad sold US$95 million Palm Beach mansion to Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev same year; Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, managed investment fund for Russian aluminum magnate with close ties to Putin; split looms in American Left, pathway to Oval Office widens for Trump as Green Party’s presumptive nominee for president Jill Stein woos disgruntled Democrats, Hillary haters, leftists tout Stein-Sanders ticket for Nov. poll; Cornel West shows up at Philadelphia rally to boost Stein’s White House bid, lambastes Trump as “fascist catastrophe,” well-known academic member of Democratic Socialists of America
July 29, 2016Posted by on
Cyber-Leninism File: Clinton secures Democratic presidential nomination by acclamation after party rival Sanders concedes defeat, throws support behind former First Lady; US computer security experts believe Russian GRU/FSB behind April hack attack at DNC network, stealing party’s files on Republican contender Trump; DNC hires CrowdStrike to probe electronic breach, firm identifies Russian General Staff’s Main Intelligence Directorate as one culprit, labels GRU “Fancy Bear,” Federal Security Service as another infiltrator, labels FSB “Cozy Bear”; KGB successor reportedly had access to DNC computer files for 12 months, while GRU “fingerprints” discovered in 2015 breach at Germany’s Bundestag network; Russian FM Lavrov at ASEAN summit in (Communist) Laos bristles at allegations: “I don’t want to use four-letter words”; US real estate magnate, Russian dictator/secret billionaire express warms words for each other; Putin on Trump: “He’s saying he wants to go to another level of relations — closer, deeper relations with Russia. How can we not welcome that?”; Trump on Putin: We would “get along very well,” wavers on NATO commitment, mutual defense, accuses military allies of seeking “free ride”
July 27, 2016Posted by on
EU File: Fars News Agency reports Russian FSB tipped off Turkish MIT of coup plot “hours” before faction in military launched putsch, Gulenists allegedly learned their plans were compromised, decided to strike ahead of original timeframe, Erdogan held emergency consultations with Iranian security officials, Quds Force “reviewed various scenarios that might emerge” (Iranian intervention ?!); Russian “army intelligence” (i.e., GRU 6th Directorate) at air base in Latakia, Syria, reportedly intercepted “highly sensitive army exchanges and encoded radio messages showing that the Turkish army was readying to stage a coup,” coupists conspired to kidnap or kill Erdogan while president vacationed at resort in Marmaris; Kremlin spokesman Peskov scoffs at Iranian report: “I have no such information and do not know which sources the agency is referring to’; Turkey charges 99 generals, admirals with “treason” in coup plot, announces 3-month state of emergency, suspends adherence to European Convention on Human Rights; NATO chief Stoltenberg hopeful, expects Turkey’s reaction to abortive coup “to be proportionate and in line with the values of NATO,” “no talks to reconsider Turkey’s membership in the military alliance”; US Def. Sec. Carter confident power will be restored “soon” to Incirlik base, US airmen at “highest security alert”
July 21, 2016Posted by on
Notwithstanding the Kremlin’s formal denials, this report is very probable, i.e., Russian GRU is definitely operating in Syria, and we know Putin is more than happy to stir the pot wherever he can, i.e., destabilize Turkey, force its withdrawal from NATO, bring it into the orbit of the Moscow-Tehran-Damascus Axis, etc.
Flashback: Russia, Iran, Iraq and Syria Establish Intelligence-Sharing Center in Baghdad in 2015, Two Russian One-Star Generals on Staff (source)
EU File: US airmen at Turkey’s Incirlik base rely on generators while guarding nuke arsenal, carrying out anti-ISIS bombing runs over Syria; Erdogan government refuses to reconnect base to commercial power in face of demands for extradition of Islamic cleric believed responsible for July 15-16 coup attempt; AKP regime widens purge of suspected Gulenists in public and private sectors, more than 50,000 lose their jobs, including 15,000 education ministry workers and 1,577 university deans, temporary ban placed on academic travel abroad; revokes licenses of 21,000 private school teachers; suspensions follow Monday’s purge targeting 9,000 police, 2,745 judges, 8,777 interior ministry workers, 1,500 finance ministry workers, 257 staff at prime minister’s office, 100 employees at National Intelligence Agency, 399 at family and social affairs ministry, 492 at religious affairs ministry; Erdogan mulls reinstitution of death penalty for conspirators, Brussels warns such a development would kill Turkey’s EU aspirations
July 20, 2016Posted by on
EU File: Ex-chief of Turkish air force denies leading putsch against Erdogan while presidential office denies claims 14 warships missing, under control of Hizmet putschists, but refuses to discuss whereabouts of Admiral Veysel Kosele, cmdr. of Turkish navy missing since July 15 coup attempt; conspiracy to seize control of key government sites involved airlifting 5,000 commandos under “fake orders” into Ankara, local authorities helped to derail plot by blocking runway at Sirnak airport; Turkish police discover arms cache in forest near Grand Yazici Marmaris Hotel in SW Turkey, where Pres. Erdogan was vacationing when coup launched; helicopter-borne hit squad attacked hotel around 4 a.m. on July 16, missing Erdoğan “by only minutes” as president whisked away to Istanbul to counter coup attempt; foreign tourists relate harrowing tale of rebel assault on 5-star resort, 2 police killed, 7 others injured during gun battle; 8 Turkish soldiers who fled homeland aboard helo appear before Greek judge, Ankara demands extradition of “traitors”; Turkish pilots who shot down Russian warplane last Nov. arrested over coup plot, Putin phones Erdogan to voice support for embattled Turkish government
July 19, 2016Posted by on
EU File: Turkey briefly suspends US anti-ISIS ops out of Incirlik air base after failed military coup against Erdogan government, 50 US B-61 hydrogen bombs stored at base where Turkish General Bekir Ercan Van, 9 other officers arrested on July 17 on suspicion of supporting Hizmet putschists, offering Incirlik as base to refuel fighter jets used in coup plot; 2 dozen generals, including ex-air force chief Akin Ozturk, Erdogan’s current air force adviser detained; total of 18,000 soldiers, police, judges purged in wake of shocking July 15 coup attempt; Turkish PM Binali Yildirim blames Fethullah Gulen for masterminding coup, sends dossier on Hanafi Islamic cleric to US State Dept., demands extradition of US-based Gulen; at least 194 civilians, soldiers killed after rebel troops stormed government buildings in Ankara, jets roared overhead, coup launched while Erdogan vacationing on Turkey’s SW coast; UN, EU, NATO urge Ankara to uphold rule of law amidst crackdown on Gulenists; last successful military coup in Turkey occurred in 1980, Turkish Communist Party denies serious ideological schism between AKP regime, putschists
July 19, 2016Posted by on
The July 15th coup attempt was not a confrontation between ideologically conflicting centers , but involved at least two and even more state cliques with identical class identities and ideologies. . . .
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is a bourgeois politician, he is an enemy of the working class, he is a counter revolutionary and he is no different than the coup plotters who wanted to topple him.
— Statement of Turkish Communist Party, July 17, 2016
US hydrogen bombs stored in unstable Islamic NATO ally. One can only grimace or wince. Take your pick.
Gray Terror File: France once again struck by appalling mass-carnage terrorism as 31-year-old French-Tunisian with rap sheet rents, then plows 19-ton truck through celebrating crowds on Bastille Day in Nice, kills 84 men, women and children; Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel armed with pistol, exchanged fire with police before being shot dead through windshield, wife taken into custody for questioning; search of truck uncovered second, larger gun, fake weapons and grenades; Bouhlel’s neighbours described him as “very weird loner,” ISIS claims responsibility for his rampage; last major attack in France occurred on Nov. 13, 2015 when ISIS gunmen mowed down 130 civilians in Paris; Socialist President Francois Hollande extends last year’s state of emergency by 3 months, allows police to conduct raids, searches without warrant or judicial oversight, awards extra powers to officials to place people under house arrest; National Front’s pro-Moscow Marine Le Pen mocks Hollande’s “war of words” with radical Islam, urges France to “declare war on Islamic fundamentalism”
July 15, 2016Posted by on
WW4 File: Gorbachev: NATO ready to “declare war” on Russia, Russian Foreign Ministry issues menacing response to NATO troop deployments in Poland, Baltics: “In a crisis, we will destroy exactly these weapons. Russia will never again fight on its own territory. The help offered by NATO is not symbolic help for the Baltic states. It is a provocation. If NATO initiates an encroachment – against a nuclear power like ourselves – it will be punished”; Putin shakes up Russian Navy in Stalin-like purge, sacks entire officer corps of Baltic Fleet in late June, apparently follows officers’ refusal to ramp up aggressive encounters with Western warplanes, warships, 2 vice-admirals appointed to rebuild command structure; Kremlin offers carrot, envoy to NATO says military planes will fly over Baltic Sea with transponders engaged if Western alliance aircraft do same; Russia increases security, resumes construction at bases in Kaliningrad, requires special permits for foreigners visiting Baltic exclave; NATO intel says Kaliningrad air defenses part of Kremlin’s anti-access/area denial strategy for region, deployment of Iskander-M missiles expected within next 24-36 months; Kaliningrad’s Pionersky Radar Station became operational in 2014, can scan all of Europe, provide early warning of air attack; Russia to build new “Sunflower” radar station in occupied Crimea, monitor NATO ships passing through Turkey’s Bosphorus Strait
July 14, 2016Posted by on
Nato has begun preparations for escalating from the Cold War into a hot one. All the rhetoric in Warsaw [site of July 8-9 NATO summit] just yells of a desire almost to declare war on Russia. They only talk about defence, but actually they are preparing for offensive operations.
— Mikhail Gorbachev, President of the Soviet Union, 1990-1991; General Secretary, Communist Party of the Soviet Union, 1985-1991
The message was very clear. There is no reason for NATO to do what it is doing … The direction in which NATO is moving in military terms is very worrisome. It takes us back to the Cold War
— Alexander Grushko, Russian ambassador to NATO
The Kremlin’s long-standing displeasure over NATO’s expansion into the former Soviet Bloc/republics has never been clearer. Let’s hope Obama, Clinton, Trump and the Pentagon incorporate these warnings into their foreign policy and military strategy. The neo-Soviet Bear has roared. Is the West listening?