The Quest for Somali Oil

by craig on February 26, 2012 5:40 pm in Uncategorized

Just back from Accra and just about to set off for Berlin. I am very rude about the partiality of the Guardian’s focus on occasions, but they deserve congratulations for getting it spot-on with this article explaining Cameron and Hague’s sudden activism on Somalia.

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  1. Neil Saunders

    26 Feb, 2012 - 6:03 pm

    And another thing where is Werrity !!

  2. I think most of the worlds likely sources of oil were known by the 1930s, with considerable accuracy and oil in the ground still is as handy a place to store it meantime as anywhere else, is actually more conveniently left where it is, especially when prices were flagging. Like the natural gas rich areas of the Caspian area which while also having oil as well gas, it is in multiple small dispersed discontiguous locations, rather than one large pool which can be tapped fully from one or two spots; in that region it simply isn’t economical to keep moving on to another spot –yet. There are nevertheless no super deposits anywhere like Saudi Arabia was, or Iraq or Iran. These Somalian deposits while exciting and I hope a boost for all strata of Somali people, might simply end up propelling the war machine towards the remaining mother-lode in Iran. Oil like that light sweet Iranian crude, clean and volatile even when unrefined, is rare, contaminants like sulphur might abound in other locations. Without significant on site water separation and settlement facilities too, particularly as fields age and water injection and scouring techniques become necessary, these smaller deposits might become an economic and security liability in the short term.

  3. Well, wouldn’t you know it.

    I thought it was too good too be true that Cameron and what’s his name were actually interested in the fate of the Somalis.

  4. Karen Greenberg who writes in the Guardian seems to know the truth..
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    – TOP SECRET – al-Shabaab commanders trained in Afghanistan and Djibouti have Anglo-Yankee backing and are paid from a ‘black fund’ held at the CIA headquarters in Mogadishu.
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    Just another Libyan ‘falseflag’ for resources and of course a base from which to operate.

  5. From the linked article:
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    “Riven by two decades of conflict that have seen the emergence of a dangerous Islamic insurgency…”
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    OK, so who’s sponsoring this? Our allies, the usual suspects? So handy to have a little conflict to go and get involved in. But maybe I’m just getting paranoid.
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    “and comes at a time when the world is increasingly concerned about the actions of Iran…”
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    Er, what has Iran actually done? They’ve responded to various threats and embargoes, but I don’t remember them actually having started any new trouble, no matter all the recent wailing and gnashing of teeth in the media.

  6. Pathological liars like Cameron are so predictable.
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    As I was saying just yesterday ….
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    http://www.smeggys.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=21266
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    :) :) :)

  7. I mentioned that little throwaway earlier Clark on the previous post.

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    Mary
    26 Feb, 2012 – 7:41 am
    We have discussed Somalia here before. As someone said, it’s always about OIL.
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    ‘The Observer can reveal that, away from the public focus of last week’s summit, talks are going on between British officials and Somali counterparts over exploiting oil reserves that have been explored in the arid north-eastern region of the country. Abdulkadir Abdi Hashi, minister for international cooperation in Puntland, north-east Somalia – where the first oil is expected to be extracted next month – said: “We have spoken to a number of UK officials, some have offered to help us with the future management of oil revenues. They will help us build our capacity to maximise future earnings from the oil industry.”
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    British involvement in the future Somali oil industry would be a boon for the UK economy and comes at a time when the world is increasingly concerned about the actions of Iran, the second-biggest oil producer in Opec.’
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    Britain leads dash to explore for oil in war-torn Somalia
    Government offers humanitarian aid and security assistance in the hope of a stake in country’s future energy industry
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/feb/25/britain-oil-dash-somalia
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    Note the little throwaway phrase on Iran. That’s right Guardian. Keep up the pressure and keep the propaganda flowing.
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  8. O/T There has been a tragedy off the Ramsgate coast today.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-17170371
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    What happens to these offshore wind farms when something similar occurs when a cargo vessel or the like is adrift? Hope no Costa cruise ships come close!
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    Red Sands Tower has an interesting history {http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maunsell_Forts}

  9. deepgreenpuddock

    26 Feb, 2012 - 8:12 pm

    I watched a BBC program about ‘fusion power’ yesterday, with Brian Cox reviewing the attempts to control the process. I am sure it still on iplayer. However one little interlude where he tries clay pigeon shooting, has an American physicist explain why oil is so ‘good’=useful. At another point in the program they look at the alternatives to oil and the outcome of the assessment is that the future energy situation is indeed dire, if some technical breakthrough such as Fusion does not become available reasonably soon.

    Now I am sure many who follow this blog will be well aware of the world energy situation but what I thought was interesting about the program was that, without actually saying so, it made it perfectly clear that oil and gas must be the central strategic commodity and crucial to the future survival of the western countries in a condition anything like what we have come to recognise as normal.

    The program laid bare-inadvertently- the desperation (and likely ruthlessness) that exists relating to mineral energy reserves. There should be no doubt within anyones mind that our government is fully committed and competing for advantage in relation to reserves of mineral energy , and that the oil companies are one of the main strategic arms of government . There should be no doubt that lives, morality, ethics are secondary or even tertiary level considerations in this competition and that to all intents and purposes there is no choice but to compete in this race, to the exclusion of all else.

  10. @Deepgreenpuddock, I think you’re correct, but bear in mind at present increasing consumption rates despite the worldwide downturn, even Iranian oil fully exploited will feed just another 4 or 5 years of this madness, then things will indeed turn nastier still than millions of dead, beautiful, blameless innocent Iranians is to contemplate. As has always been the case, the best economic return for the oil bearing nations, if they’re aren’t completely hoodwinked and robbed in the negotiations, is the slowest possible recovery and extraction, which ultimately relinquishes far greater life of fields and maximum yields, without which conservation strategy many now defunct North Sea fields for example would still have 50-100 years of modest and still highly profitable returns. The oil business now and has never respected any golden goose entrusted to their far from tender care, more Dr. Shipman than Flo Nightingale – recall the precipitous US domestic production collapse – preferring rapacity and the quick buck, jam today for a few and thin gruel for all tomorrow.

    Let’s have Renewables on a huge scale, the sooner the better and no more resource wars or nuclear horror plants. Evolve or extinguish ourselves, seems an easy choice in those terms.

  11. I don’t think Cameron’s and Hague’s activism on Somalia is so sudden. It appears the UK has been laying out plans for Somalia for quite a while.

    http://szamko.wordpress.com/2009/05/11/somali-pirates-directed-by-british-consultants/

    For starters:

    Yup. Somali pirates are back in the news. After a brief hiatus (and an appearance on South Park), the Guardian reports on an intriguing development. Apparently, a “European military intelligence document” obtained by a Spanish radio station relates how “Somali pirates attacking shipping in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean are directed to their targets by a “consultant” team in London.”

    This team allegedly relays information about vessels passing through the Gulf of Aden in painstaking detail, although how they come across that information is unclear. Cadena, the radio station that broke the story, suggests that “information that merchant ships sailing through the area volunteer to various international organisations is ending up in the pirates’ hands” presumably quoting from the intelligence document, but how that data passes from those organizations to consultants with tight links to pirates half a world away is a mystery.

    Whatever the mechanism, this network has allowed the pirates to strike efficiently and frequently, much more so than in the past. It has also allowed them to discriminate between the vessels based on their nation of origin. As the Guardian’s Giles Tremlett reports, “Captains of attacked ships have found that pirates know everything from the layout of the vessel to its ports of call” and “In each case, says the document, the pirates had full knowledge of the cargo, nationality and course of the vessel.”

    Yet “The national flag of a ship is also taken into account when choosing a target, with British vessels being increasingly avoided.” ………….’

    According to Wikipedia the first attack on a British came in October not long after the article.

  12. Ruth,

    Ships give out information through a system called AIS. It can detail all that you have listed. At first only other AIS stations within VHF range of the vessel would see the information, it’s purpose was, and is, collision avoidance.
    What has happened though is that internet sites have sprung up, to serve ship-spotter hobbyists, which receive information from shore based receivers that are also linked to the internet. This means that anyone in the world can track most ships from there own house. Look at http://www.marine.traffic.com which covers most of the world’s sea routes. In the UK we have http://www.shipais.com . They are all different, but if you know where to look you can find out about most journeys. For example some will let you back-track the vessels path right to the quay it was loaded at. This will normally give you an idea of what the cargo is, or a starting point for further research.

  13. Somalis were the only ones who made English men sign up to a policy that required whitemen to refrain from slavery and not have children on land. They are not people who will be obedient like in the majority of African countries, and they will just use him like a condom.

    One thing I noticed though is that the people involved with this pirate region that calls itself “puntland” are suspicous companies who seem to make money only from hot air. The facilities they took with them were staged for pictures than real serious explorations.

    This discussion has the photo opportunities Range Resources had:
    http://www.somaliaonline.com/community/showthread.php/61228-Oil-in-Puntland.-Daroor-Oil-Basin?highlight=drilling

    Why other Somalis don’t take them serious is because the “puntland” admin are run by failed taxi drivers from Melbourne who now appoint themselves as presidents and other high ranking positions.

  14. Deepgreenpuddock and T, humanity apparently had the answer to the energy problem back in the ’60s, but preferred to pursue solid-fueled uranium fission instead:
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    http://energyfromthorium.com/essay3rs/
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    Two of these things were actually built; both worked just fine, so I dunno why Cox is on about fusion, maybe he never heard of MSR technology. It seems to me that governments weren’t interested in nuclear power unless it produced plutonium.

  15. 5 million emails from security company Stratfor acquired by Anonymous released by Wikileaks
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    http://t.co/qhX6j3IU

  16. Interesting that there is no UK media partner. And that David Leigh of The Guardian is said to be part of the story this time around.

  17. It really is unbelievable – can’t these people or their advisers try, just once in a while, to throw support behind a genuinely worthy case in which there is no vested interest? Just occasionally, for PR’s sake! Why is it they allow it to be so obvious, that every single time they highlight anything at all that the public should supposedly endorse, they have mates at the ready, gagging to stick their snouts into the proverbial trough?
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    Are they so thick that, and consider themselves so clever, that nobody will notice or care? Or are they – and more particularly, their handlers – just so satisfied with the mechanism that allows them to brazen it out through _anything_, that they just test its efficiency once in a while. And sit back and laugh at the splutterings of the marginalised left who balk at such things, but are scared to even identify themselves as on the left. Progressive Americans became terrified at becoming termed a “liberal” quite some time back. This is just another of our wretched imports of right-wing American philosophy.

  18. DownWithThisSortOfThing

    27 Feb, 2012 - 6:04 am

    Professor Brian Cox peddles a neutered, Frankenstein version of physics which requires a *belief* that 95% of the universe is invisible, undetectable and non-interacting. This is a from of religion, no matter how you dress it up it’s faith.
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    In science today the absolute pinnacle of excellence is reserved for military research. There are whole areas of scientific knowledge which are kept secret because they have become weaponised or have strategic value. Much of this knowledge could benefit humanity immensely.
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    Quantum Theory is one example of such an area. Without QT there would have been no revolution in electronics. Semi-conductors work via quantum effects and were first developed in the 1930s and became widely available in the 1970s, creating the information age we live in today.
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    Yet it is public knowledge that Quantum Theory is incompatible with Einstein’s theory of special relativity. We should therefore understand that Einstein’s theory is simply a widely accepted dogma, or at best an entry point to deeper (often secret) theories.
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    Most of the papers on free energy left by Nikola Tesla are still US state secrets (no profit in it). No one should need reminding of Tesla’s contribution to humanity, but they often do thanks to the promotion of Einsteins flawed theory over the practical, day to day inventions of a true genius who had a real insight and understanding into the nature of the primal force of the universe.

  19. So what happened to Peak Oil ??
    The west coast of africa from Angola all the way up to Western Sahara are opening new fields, then East Africa, and now the Med and the Falklands.
    Is it all just a big ruse to keep prices high ?

    No doubt ,none of this would be necessary if a handful of Tesla’s patents were made public. He is the man after all that could create an electrical current from thin air.
    The hydro carbon addiction would have been cured decades ago leaving a cleaner planet and no need to invade and pollute countries cursed with oil.

  20. Mark
    The story of the Ashshabab girl who killed her own politician father with a suicide bomb was shocking. But as the game of war between CIA backed ALQaida and CIA backed Iran, Saddam, Gaddafi etc etc, gets more exposed, one begins to understand that most of what AlQaida does is lies. The incident may not have happened, and the stories are just dog-shit for ordinary people to skid on.

  21. Jonathan Cook on Gove as Murdoch’s ‘point man’
    Posted by The Editors on February 27, 2012, 8:18 am

    A good article in the Guardian showing that Michael Gove is little more than Rupert Murdoch’s point man in the government. These kinds of veiled and profoundly corrupt connections between the military-industrial complex (think Fox-Werritty-Gould) are how most governmental politics is conducted in Britain, and elsewhere. But investigative reports of this nature constitute what percentage of media coverage of British politics? Certainly far less than 1%. Every time someone wants to point to the proof of a free press, they will be able to cite this article. But the problem is that the 99-plus% of articles reinforce, despite all the evdidence, an entirely different sense of British poliitical life. From now on, every article in which Gove expresses a view on a matter related to Murdoch’s vast empire or to press regulation ought to carry the warning: Gove, who has maintained strong personal and financial ties to Rupert Murdoch, said yesterday about the Leveson inquiry” or whatever. Any chance of that? None whatsoever.
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    http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/feb/26/schools-crusade-gove-murdoch
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    JC

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    Responses:
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    “This far, and no further” nm – Aidan Today, 8:41 am
    Re: “This far, and no further” nm – ITS1789 Today, 9:10 am
    Re: “This far, and no further” nm – Keith-264 Today, 9:36 am
    Re: Jonathan Cook on Gove as Murdoch’s ‘point man’ – The Editors Today, 9:19 am
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    {http://members5.boardhost.com/medialens/thread/1330330720.html}

  22. Off Topic: Global Financial situation

    There are no better places to view the Great Financial Ponzi scheme at work then by following Max Keiser on RT, all episodes available from his website, and for a more in depth view of the state of the financial system look no further than ZeroHedge.

  23. Michael Stephenson

    27 Feb, 2012 - 10:45 am

    As someone already mentioned wiki leaks are beginning to release the stratfor emails which once again add further evidence to the immorality and illegality behind these shady private intelligence firms and their government and corporate pay masters.
    I predict the MSM will completely fail to bring the story to a large audience and instead focus on how the emails were snatched by anonymous.

  24. Thanks for that link Ruth, who would have known that a London based office is using Somali pirates to gerrymander the oil price. What happens to the oil price if two/three tankers are nabbed? or if the straight of Aden becomes a no go area?

    Somalia’s oil is up for grabs due to the existing chaos, something we helped create and foster and which is to be exploited now. It is far more practible for us to use up other people’s oil before we start using that of the Falklands.
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/marketforceslive/2010/may/06/2
    Some 17 test wells have been sunk by Rockhopper since the 1979, last years was successfull, hence the flare up over sovereingty, which does not coubnt when it comes to drones killing civilians but definately matters when the Falkands are at stake.

    Clark and Dwtsortofthing have already pointed to the technological advances that could pull us away from fossile fuel burning. Wireless energy transfer via nano carbon based opposite storage units/batteries have ben developed, but rae stalled in favour of exploiting what little is left, profits before innovation is the agenda. Those dirty companies which are holding on for dear life to oil exploration and burning, which ever way, are notbest pleased to see their profits questioned or abolished by new clean technologies, so unless we dispense with them and their puppets, nothing will change much.

    This, after long searching, shows the advances made with regards to wireless energy production, transfer, and utilisation, the future. It will make fossile fuels obsolete.
    http://www.nd.edu/~pkamat/pdf/nanocarbon.pdf

  25. Let us face it, if by now, anyone is in any doubt about the selfish reasons of the Western Leadership about their constant meddling in all the affairs of the Johnny foreigner around the globe, he/she ought to be certified as insane and sent to an asylum for their own safety.
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    I don’t like to think I am the Winston Smith of our times. Has no one thought why on Earth the Islamic Courts Systems in Somalia were destroyed by the help of that turn coat Meles Zenawi? (Ethiopian attack on Somalia)
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    I am no fucking genius to see the link being oil and minerals. Do I have to wait for some “oh so informed stooge” (who has been reading what I have read, and written about on various cyberspots) to put pen to paper in some rag, for me to accept that what I have known for years is actually true!
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    Somalia was the next target in the long line of targets, but Russians pissing on the plans of expansion to Syria made room for it to be forwarded on the list of must invade in the Pentagon. the Afircom set up in Djibouti is well placed to take care of/infiltrate the Alshabab or “the youth/young people/young ones” in Somalia, who have been the best ever advent for the flagging insurance industry (less volume of traffic getting insured) that has been hiking up their premiums for the sake of the pirates of Somalia.
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    However for the sake of not losing momentum (the wankers are on a roll and would like to keep it that way) have now decided upon Somalia to be the next target for democratization and liberations.
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    US strategy of creeping ivy invasion of the globe so far has continued unrelenting, promoting a broken down economic and political doctrine, that it finds as the only method of self preservation. The theory goes in a land of disabled there ought not exist any able bodied entities to challenge the supremacy of the disabled, and lame brains.

  26. [Mod: deleted -response to deleted spam]

  27. E-mail just in from a friend.
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    Lorna Fitzsimmons Abandons Sinking Ship
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    The full story has yet to emerge, if it ever does, of Mossad Agents Adam Werrity and Liam Fox MP and Defence Secretary and BICOM’s (British Israel Communications and Research Centre) role in transferring funds to Werrity’s bogus charity Atlantic Bridge, which existed to forge links at the highest level between Israel and the UK Arms industry. The millionaire arms dealer Zabludowicz was the bag-holder and the UK’s Ambassador to Israel was part of the conspiracy.
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    If these people had been operating a similar conspiracy of behalf of Iran instead of Israel, they would all be in jail.
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    Nobody seems to know where Werrity is at present but he is not in the UK, and the whole story has been closed down, at least for the present. This is the Jewish Chronicle’s take on the resignation, so not a word is mentioned about Liam Fox etc.
    Anyway good riddance to Lorna.
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    http://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/64079/lorna-fitzsimons-resigns-bicom-chief-executive
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    Lorna Fitzsimmons Resigns as BICOM Executive

    By Jennifer Lipman, February 24, 2012
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    Lorna Fitzsimons (third left) with Hazel Blears MP, Bicom chairman Poju Zabludowicz and Baroness Margaret McDonagh (photo)
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    The chief executive of the Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre is to step down after nearly six years in the role.
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    Lorna Fitzsimons, who served as a Labour MP for Rochdale for eight years before joining Bicom, is leaving to pursue other opportunities.
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    Ms Fitzsimons, who was president of the National Union of Students between 1992 and 1994, took the job at Bicom in 2006 after Danny Shek stepped down.
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    Under her supervision, Bicom held the We Believe in Israel conference last year, attracting 1,500 people and nearly 100 guest speakers.
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    Bicom was set up in 2001 to counter anti-Israel propaganda. When Ms Fitzsimons, 44, was appointed its chief executive, she said that “Israel was at the forefront of a struggle that has a direct impact on us here in the UK.
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    Ms Fitzsimons said working for Bicom had been “the most amazing experience and privilege”.
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    “To be able to work on an issue that you also believe in and care about is a luxury not many people have. My belief in what we do and its importance has not diminished and will not in the future.
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    “Now more than ever Israel needs friends and I can assure you I will never stint in my efforts to promote and defend her. I am leaving the organisation in good hands with Dermot Kehoe leading the team going forward.” Mr kehoe will lead Bicom until a new chief executive is appointed.
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    Bicom board chairman Poju Zabludowicz said the board had reluctantly accepted her resignation.
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    “Under Lorna’s leadership Bicom has reached exemplary levels. She leaves a huge mark on the organisation, the pro-Israel community and Israel advocacy.”

  28. Oops! Perhaps the RWE management and their operatives do not know about the amount of heat generated when piled up organic material decays.
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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-17177035
    Big fire at Tilbury power station, recently coal burning but being converted to wood burning.

  29. Mary,
    How very true, if these characters had been engaged on “advocacy” for any other country than the apartheid regime in Isreal, they would have been tried and imprisoned under the charges of treason. The stench of corruption must have reached to such an intolerable degrees that Lorna Fitzsimons has been put to pasture. Although her fawning genuflections to all things zionist will ensure this operative to be shoved into another spot to carry on her hasbara activities.
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    There is a new scandal unfolding along and the preemtive sacking/resignation (no replacement as yet) is a protective measure at gaining distance.

  30. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/africa/2012/02/201222618624894299.html

    Contrast the story on Al Jazeera with that of the BBC coverage.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-17152620

    Not a word about it in the Guardian, I syuppose they have to confrom these days. Thanks for relaying this excellent news Mary, does this mean the CFI are being rejuvenated with somebody else, someone more compliant.
    Adam werrity must be in Somalia if he’s not here, dealing with the UK’s next frantic steal and most likely seeling arms to both factions.

  31. Her replacement Dermot Kehoe, ex BBC, Home Office etc, was the partner of late David Cairns MP, chair of Labour Friends of Israel and Scottish Minister. He succeeded George Foulkes, also fervent Friend of Israel. What with declared Zionist loving Bliar and Brown, quite a nest of vipers up there in Bonny Scotland.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Cairns_(politician)
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    Kehoe – {http://www.publicaffairsnews.com/no_cache/home/uk-news/news-detail/newsarticle/bicom-names-kehoe-as-director-of-media-and-public-affairs/2/?tx_ttnews%5Bpointer%5D=5&cHash=c3a809b8e8}

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    PS Another Costa ship in trouble. Adrift off the Seychelles after a fire. What next for Mr Mickey Arison of Carnival.

  32. The Somalis don’t deserve or need any of the sort of help that they are likely to get from the western governments.

  33. Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar at Asia Times on present echoes of Alexander Burnes times:

    http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/NB28Df02.html

    “No doubt, the ground beneath the American feet in the Hindu Kush is shifting dangerously. The British, too, were unprepared for the insurrection in Kabul in November 1841. They failed to grasp the significance when the mob encircled the villa of Sir Alexander Burnes in Kabul. The British diplomat tried to offer money to the crowd but the residence was overrun and he and his brother were killed.

    The British finally understood it was time to leave Afghanistan when their cantonment in Kabul was encircled a month later. By that time, in the event, even an orderly retreat became problematic.”

  34. Michael Stephenson

    27 Feb, 2012 - 5:24 pm

    So today Wikileaks makes allegations that worthless Guardian Hack David Leigh who was given the US Diplomatic cables passed the cables on, against a contract signed with wikileaks, to Haaretz Hack Yossi Melman who in turn handed them over to the Israeli government.
    (One wonders how much of a kick back Leigh got for that)
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    http://israelmatzav.blogspot.com/2012/02/wikileaks-releasing-think-tank-emails.html
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    Then Leigh posts this on twitter:
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    “I’m told #Assange now says I’m a Mossad agent, along with top journo Yossi Melman. Same old conspiracy theories at #wilkileaks, then”
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    Hardly an accurate representation of a not exactly far fetched charge on Assange’s part.
    Especially since he has the Stratfor emails to show Yossi passed on the cables, and Leigh is one of only a few possible sources.
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    Leigh is a cheap hack with no integrity.
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    First he conspired to hand over the cables to a foreign government, then through his ineptitude forced the cables to be released unredacted all over the internet. Lock him up in Guantanmo I say!

  35. Thanks for that timely snippet PhilW., this will open up the old wounds between Tajiks and pashtuns, because the burning of the quoran has filled the barrel to the brim, noughs enough, one feels as if the thumb of history is turning downwards and the middle finger rising towards washington.

    This latest wiki release a diversion of attention? how could I possibly be so cynical.:)

    Now which hotel do we reckon Craig will be staying at in Berlin? Unter den Linden or the Kempinski?
    And has he heard the rumour that A. Werritty has been spotted in kreuzberg, eating some excellent Turkish food, I hope this will get him into hot waters with his mate Mathew Gould.;)

  36. Craig, this report from Ron Bailey and Lotte Blair is damning to say the least.
    Parliament was misled about our energy demands and needs, the HoC has been hodwinked into furthering our dependency on french nuclear power.
    Please spread this report and get in touch with your MP’s over this, s/he might respond with some startling reply.

    We do not need nuclear but this coalition has given the go ahead, thats why windpower is stalling, as if the conservatives are taking a chainsaw to their new green tree logo.
    Hope this helps, somewhere.

    http://www.ukace.org/publications/ACE%20Campaigns%20%282012-01%29%20-%20Corruption%20of%20Governance%20-%20Jan%202012

  37. Ingo,
    For the kreuz, or the halal food?
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    Are you serious about the sighting?

  38. 2012 – The Year of Armageddon
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    Extending the tenure of the Bush dynasty was a masterpiece of political manipulation, probably the output of thousands of ‘what if’s’ that plugged Barack Obama into the ‘long war’ machine. Obama would consolidate the drone role and plug in the last node of US Corporatistan. Uncle Sam’s big guns now surround Iran with military bases in the Gulf, in Pakistan, in Afghanistan, in Turkey, in Central Asia, in Iraq, in Cyprus, not to mention Israel, a naval base in Oman close to the hyper-strategic Strait of Hormuz and not forgetting the Indian Ocean, in Diego Garcia.
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    A recent US Global Strike plan shows us that it will take a mere twelve hours to simultaneously unload mini-nukes, defensive weapons, smart bombs and Israel’s BLU 109 bunker busters on 10,000 strategic targets; a deadlier remix of Shock & Awe, destroying the bulk of the political, military, economic and transport infrastructure of Iran.
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    For this mini-armageddon, support spews from neocon ‘Friends of Bush,’ Pentagon armchair warriors, MSM and the ‘British Taliban’ who derive outstanding business profits from globilisation and war. In the Middle East the economic interests of the US military-industrial complex merge with the geopolitical interests of ‘Eretz Israel’ proponents.
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    Against this catatrophic precursor to WWIII is virtually all of the world’s public opinion, including Big Oil, the rational Middle England, the US beleaguered middle class and essentially those ‘disgusting’ and ‘outrageous’ BRICS members, Russia and China who caused a ‘travesty’ by a double veto that blocked a UNSC resolution imposing regime change in Syria that upped the $15 trillion US debt by another $millions spent on weapons, training and logistics (plus the odd bribe here and there).
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    This mini-armaggedon is the climax of a ‘war on war’ costing $trillions; from the planning of the collapse of the ‘twin towers’ to the ‘fake’ war in Afghanistan and the smashing of Iraq, fulfilling the dreams of the supremacist ‘road map’ concocted by PNAC.
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    But will the bribes hold with Russia? Will China, the sleeping giant awake? Will the mini-armageddon become a race for the firing buttons resulting in the mother of all fires?
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    I believe it will.

  39. I do hope you are wrong Mark. Your piece brought back to mind Nevil Shute’s novel On The Beach which haunted my teenage years. My father often referred to Armageddon.
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    ‘On the Beach is a post-apocalyptic, end-of-the-world novel written by British-Australian author Nevil Shute after he emigrated to Australia. It was published in 1957.

    .
    The book takes its name from the T. S. Eliot poem The Hollow Men, which includes the line “Gathered on this beach of the tumid river.” Some editions of the novel, including the 1990 publication by Mandarin Paperbacks, include extracts from the poem, such as its concluding lines:

    This is the way the world ends
    Not with a bang but a whimper. ‘
    .
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_the_Beach_(novel)

  40. @fedup. Love to see him on the Kreuz, covered in Tiramisu and with a hala chicken sticking out of his every orifices.

    Sorry, I fibbed it :( just trying to keep his name popular, up in the googly ranks, despite not a single media outlet making anything of his sudden demise, he is being talked about…

  41. Off Topic: 9/11

    Just YouTube Susan Lindaeur on YouTube and look for the series 1-8, and be very sickened that the media has not brought this up. WTF is going on?

  42. “This is just another of our wretched imports of right-wing American philosophy.”

    Please! Our governments foreign policies are not of the Right, or the left, wing of politics, they are the policies of infidels. A true right winger is a Christian and they would not behave in that manner. Period.

    A Christian would be trying to make peace and would be looking for mutual understanding, building bridges, sharing common, concerns.

    They are not right wing please.

    War mongering and global imperialism is a concept fot the globalists whether on the left or right they are globalists.
    Big Business and international finance.

  43. True or false?
    .
    Britain begins preparations for Afghanistan withdrawal
    Britain has signalled the start of the withdrawal of its vast military infrastructure from Afghanistan with the signing of a crucial new defence pact which should ensure safe passage home for billions of pounds worth of vital equipment.
    .
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/defence/9109508/Britain-begins-preparations-for-Afghanistan-withdrawal.html
    .
    It is Con Coughlin writing it.

  44. contd.
    .
    An excerpt – Hammond is doing business with Karimov
    .
    The Defence Secretary hopes a “reverse transiting agreement” will result in Kazakhstan also providing permission for military equipment such as tanks and armoured personnel carriers to be carried by train on a 4,000-mile journey from northern Afghanistan to the Baltic, where they will then be shipped back to Britain.
    .

    On Tuesday he will be having talks in neighbouring Uzbekistan in the hope of agreeing similar transit rights. In addition Nick Harvey, the Armed Forces Minister, is travelling this week to Kyrgystan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan to explore the possibility of negotiating similar deals.
    .

    Slightly surreal writing this as Paxman drones on in the background at the start of his Empire series.

  45. With the Iranian pot bubbling to a the boil, Israel adds fuel to the flames. Israel has signed a $1.6 billion dollar arms deal with Azerbaijan which lies between Russia and Iran, bordering the Caspian Sea. The capital Baku is the origin of two major oil/gas(?) pipelines. One heads north into Russia, the other west to Tbilisi, Georgia then on the Ceyhan on the Turkish coast. Azerbaijan also seems to be a favorite spot for CIA/Mossad types wanting to spy on Iran.
    .
    http://news.yahoo.com/israel-inks-1-6-billion-arms-deal-azerbaijan-150647547.html
    .
    What will Israel get from this beyond the prima face deal? Use of airfields and airspace?
    .
    Israel tried something similar a while ago in Georgia. Will there be a repeat of what happened there? Azerbaijan also hosts a large Russian early warning radar site at Gabala. I suspect Russia won’t want to lose that. Interesting times!

  46. Susan Lindauer
    .
    Her five year indictment on the Patriot Act ended without a Trial five days before President Obama’s inauguration.
    .
    She has been called Hallucinatory, Incompetent, a Storyteller and a Trickster.
    .
    Even her Wiki was modified to include a ‘hideously biased intelligence smear’ and her YouTube reference DELETED.
    .

  47. Meanwhile, the US puts its stormtroopers onto Yemen’s island of Socotra.
    .
    http://bikyamasr.com/58422/american-troops-flood-island-of-socotra/
    .
    A beautiful place … {http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEEqHnuDaTo}
    .
    Just asking to be trashed, so they will pave paradise and put up a parking lot.
    .
    {http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94bdMSCdw20}

  48. Yonatan, answering your query on the last thread, we used subscription on-line services including DIALOG and FT-Profile, and some others whose names now escape me. These services were multi-database collections that could be searched together or individually, ie in DIALOG I could search engineering and geology databases together, or separately. The main geology and exploration database I used was GEOREF, but you developed a ‘feel’ for what was in each one, just as you did with our internal reports database. Sadly, or not, all of this accumulated experience was lost when the Glasgow office was closed. Some articles in these databases would turn up in multiple locations, too.

  49. Glenn UK;

    ” can’t these people or their advisers try, just once in a while, to throw support behind a genuinely worthy case in which there is no vested interest? Just occasionally, for PR’s sake!”

    Economics is the basis for all diplomacy. You knew that, already. I just don’t understand, as you do not, why the sub-humans can’t see a capital return on benevolence. Yin Yang is a bitch, and she takes no prisoners.

  50. Argentina Turns Away Carnival Ships as Falkland Spat Escalates
    ,
    Argentine port authorities today blocked two British cruise ships owned by Carnival Corp. (CCL) from docking after the vessels made a port call in the Falkland Islands, whose ownership is at the center of a dispute between the U.K. and the South American country.
    .
    .
    Carnival’s share price fell by less than 0.1 percent today to $29.96.

    ,

  51. MP assaulted for challenging racist behaviour on the train
    ,
    At around 10.30pm on Thursday, a group of three men were heard to make loud, racist comments on a traein from Lancaster to Barrow.

    Barrow and Furness MP John Woodcock said he was set upon by two of the thugs on arrival at Barrow station, after he approached them about making offensive comments.
    ,
    All the preparations are in place to welcome the immigrants guests for the Olympics, sure as hell they will enjoy getting abused and getting a good kicking, when set upon for their troubles to dare to come here in the first place.
    ,
    BTW are arrangements made for Sir Andrew Green booking into a hospital for his probable blowing up a gasket at the figures of immigrants into UK this summer?

  52. 28 February 2012 Last updated at 01:49

    St Paul’s protest: Occupy London camp eviction starts
    Occupy London camp eviction Bailiffs acting on a court order started to remove tents from
    Police and bailiffs have moved in to remove protesters from the Occupy London camp at St Paul’s Cathedral.

    Bailiffs have started to remove tents and other equipment from the site. There have been no reports of trouble.

    Occupy London was last week refused permission to appeal against a High Court decision to allow their eviction to proceed.

    Live on BBC News right now – also live stream at http://www.occupylondonsos.org/livestream.htm

  53. still eyeing the prize of venezuelan oil:

    18 Feb: Haaretz: AP: Jewish group: Chavez presidential rival a target of
    anti-Semitism
    The Simon Wiesenthal Center condemned a column that described the Jewish
    ancestry of opposition leader Henrique Capriles Radonski and labeled him a
    secret follower of Zionism, which it called “the most rotten sentiments
    represented by humanity.” …
    Like the vast majority of Venezuelans, Capriles practices Roman Catholicism
    but his mother came from a family of Sephardic Jews who escaped Nazi
    persecution and sought safety on the Caribbean island of Curacao before
    settling in Venezuela.
    Oddly, the column also accused Carpiles of involvement in a group that
    promotes “the national Aryan race,” referring to a racial concept promoted
    by Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. …
    http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/jewish-group-chavez-presidential-rival-a-target-of-anti-semitism-1.413308

    Capriles is a total media darling. BBC has him in the shantytowns, but with a “priveleged upbringing”, and forgiven for allegedly leading the failed coup against Chavez!

    13 Feb: BBC: Venezuela poll: Opposition candidate Henrique Capriles
    As the energetic governor of the state of Miranda, Mr Capriles, 39, likes to
    stay in touch with voters, visiting shantytowns, often on his motorbike, to
    supervise projects and play basketball with the locals.
    Dressed casually in baseball cap and jeans, he likes to be seen to be
    getting things done.
    He was photographed wading chest high in muddy flood waters when heavy rains
    brought landslides and chaos to Miranda in 2010…
    He had a privileged upbringing, studying law and going on to work in both
    the public and private sectors in Venezuela…
    Afterwards, Chavez supporters alleged that Mr Capriles led the siege.
    Capriles said he had helped to negotiate an end to the stand-off.
    He was charged and brought to trial, but eventually acquitted.
    The episode seemed to do nothing to dampen some voters’ enthusiasm for the
    political wunderkind…
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-16811723

  54. NHS privatisation: Compilation of financial and vested interests.
    .
    This list represents the dire state of our democracy. The financial and vested interests of our MPs and Lords in private healthcare. Why are these people allowed to be in charge of our NHS, to vote on a bill that they clearly have something to gain from? Who cares that they have put it in the register of interests. This doesn’t excuse their interests, it merely highlights clearly why they should have no part in voting for the privatisation of the NHS. It is privatisation, despite the media’s continued use of the word ‘reforms’. The question must be asked. Are they public servants or corporate servants,

    .
    http://socialinvestigations.blogspot.com/2012/02/nhs-privatisation-compilation-of.html

    .
    Read also the later posts about Lord Chadlington, good friend of Cameron. He gave Cameron some land on the cheap to enlarge his garden.
    .
    ‘Incidentally, Lord Chadlington is the Prime Minister’s constituency party chairman. They know each other well. Lord Chadlington paid £715,000 for a house next to Mr Cameron’s last November; the home which Mr Cameron took out a £350,000 taxpayer-funded mortgage on. Lord Chadlington never moved in but sold David Cameron, a piece of the land at £137,000, which Cameron failed to declare.’
    .
    Vile bodies. Vile people. They are going to kill OUR NHS.

  55. Goodbye Occupy LSX…for now.
    .
    See John Cooper QC in Twitter.
    http://twitter.com/john_cooper_qc

  56. Mary, they’ve changed ‘Threat’ to ‘Efficacy’ now
    .
    .
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17128991

  57. You’ve got to love this piece of British State propaganda Channel ( ZBC) propaganda
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    .
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-15648166
    .
    .
    .
    halfway down the sub heading says:
    .
    .
    “How an implosion device could trigger a nuclear bomb”
    .
    .
    .
    and there’s a scary diagram.
    .
    .
    I note the deliberate use of the word ‘could’ – The ZBC seem to have forgotten that the implosion device was one of the two types tested in live condition using live subjects over Japan in 1945. Fat Man was designated to be test over Nagasaki
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fat_Man
    .
    .
    So what about the usage of the word ‘could’ ??
    .
    .
    Well ‘could’ is a threat word isn’t it?

  58. Smeggypants
    See how independent the zioBBC is? It even takes note and changes “Threat” to “Efficacy”, to begin with Iranian were a portrayed as a “threat” to the attacking Israeli jets (free jets from US, and ordnance, and bombs), now it is the condescending “Efficacy” ie how can they (Iranians) do jack shit in the face of “superior” technology. Just reading the crap makes anyone with a modicum of sense to cringe. This shit is supported by the license fee too.

  59. Mary,
    .
    I also hope I am wrong – but dreams of Utopia are not enough. Thankfully the WWW is our ‘sword’ against evil; as you know I put a proposal to Putin that would put an outstretched arm up against war. I asked:
    .
    “Prime Minister Putin to immediately engage in talks with China, drafting an appeal to founding members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation; [上海合作组织; Шанхайская организация сотрудничества] – to amend the framework to include mutual military security that will protect members, including senior observers awaiting consensus and ratification, against any strike carried out without UNSC approval.
    .
    He failed to reply so I have written again expressing concern.
    .
    The recent attempt to assassinate Putin rippled through MI6 according to a low level insider.
    .
    The British press wrote the disingenuous comment, ‘a purported assassination attempt against Vladimir Putin to boost his popularity ahead of Russia’s upcoming presidential election.’
    .
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/feb/27/putin-assassination-plot-denounced
    .
    I have warned President Putin that further attempts to murder him and eliminate a powerful force against US world domination is likely in this dangerous point in time.

  60. 40 years to decontaminate and dismantle Fukushima yet Cameron wants to put more of the obscenities around our country.
    .
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17188373

  61. Another You Could Not Make It Up.
    .
    The Met loaned Rebekkah Brooks a horse for over a year.

  62. The Sun made an unfortunate choice of headline today.
    .
    Taking Us For A Ride.
    http://twitpic.com/8pk31f
    .
    Alas not about the flame haired beauty and her steed but about a benefits cheat of course.

  63. http://electronicintifada.net/
    Green Party conference calls for revocation of JNF UK charitable status
    Judge throws out Israel-backed lawsuit against Olympia Food Co-op, upholds right to boycott
    BDS victory: Ahava products spiked in Japan because of legal and ethical issues

  64. From JE in White Plains, NY
    .
    “It’s NO SURPRISE that there’s an assassination attempt on Putin, he’s anti-Wall Street and City of London and against their destructive speculative casino of derivatives and other complex financial garbage!

    The City of London along with Wall Street’s global financial casino is HOPELESSLY bankrupt and CAN’T be saved! The Euro is in the middle of collapse. Meanwhile the countries of Asia such as Russia and China are doing much better economically and are involved in big development projects such as space, science and infrastructure, stuff that America during the Presidencies of F.D.R. and J.F.K. used to do!

    The global bankers don’t like this and want to see Putin dead and a puppet of their bankrupt financial system put into power in Russia. They would love to force regime change in Russia by giving Putin the Gaddafi “treatment”.
    .
    An astute American and of course a member of ‘Occupy’…

  65. Mark Golding, have you any idea what Putin has done to Chechnya?

  66. DownWithThisSortOfThing

    28 Feb, 2012 - 6:01 pm

    “The Quest for Somali Oil”
    .
    Uh? BP’s oil surely. Don’t give the little people silly ideas that will only get them killed.
    .
    Think of what oil will bring to Somalia, an airport to get the workers in. A seaport to get the oil out, and a road between the airport and the oil fields. Lucky Somalis.

  67. Old Lag,
    .
    Yes, very much so. For Putin, Chechnya has become a trap he cannot escape. Yet he recognizes his own failures and rails in frustration at his inability to stop the violence.
    .
    I cried with the mothers of Beslan children and I note Putin met some mothers willing to talk to him.
    .
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/6202735.stm
    .

    I also cried after seeing the carnage in Baghdad; Blair, a commander and leader in that massacre relieved his own conscious by stating: “If you have faith about these things then you realise that judgement is made by other people. If you believe in God, it’s made by God as well.”
    .
    Credulous as it seems, our own Prime Minister invokes God in a continuing crusade to impose our democracy on the rest of this world. Is that the right idea?

  68. Your tears, Mr Golding, are neither here nor there. Putin installed and backed Kadyrov: you can look up his regime’s record of torture, murder and abduction if you wish. Better, you can read Anna Politkovskaya on the subject – you must remember the journalist and critic of Putin who was assassinated, surely? Or any of his other opponents who have been jailed, tortured or murdered. Why would Putin’s ability to meet with Chechen mothers count in the face of a regime which a) openly crushes all opposition b) openly fixes elections c) openly stands against human rights including those of women and homosexuals?

    I have no idea what you mean by referring to the current western vogue for invoking ‘god’; at least, I have no idea why you think it is relevant to Putin’s track record.

  69. … have you any idea what Putin has done to Chechnya?
    ,
    Why Chechenya became to be?
    Who/which entity poured the money along with the ideology into Chechenya, and why?
    ,
    So easy to regurgitate the standard lines.
    ,
    So far as Putin is concerned he is worrying the Master of the Universe, and the dog and pony show of holding hands and already declaring the elections rigged.
    ,
    The proud traditions of the hanging chads of Florida, the miracle Diebold vote production machines, and the court selected presidents as yet have not made any head ways into Russia and the other “Dictatorships”, soon as these see the world from the Sam-tinted glasses all will be good and fair and Free.

  70. ‘fedup’ how nice of you to answer a point made to someone else. and how interesting the way the far-out right (you won’t get any thanks from your masters btw; they will use you as cannon fodder) attempt so sadly to confuse the corruption in one part of the world with the horror in another. Diebold: yes, sure, people have been writing about it for years. What has that got to do with Putin? Nothing, is the answer, in case you’re searching for it.

  71. Presumably, in Russia, some people are justifying the attack on Iraq by pointing to Chechnya.

  72. Sorry, Fedup; perhaps that was unfair, If you’re saying that everything is rigged just about everywhere I am increasingly inclined to agree with you. Though I think we can all try and do something about it eg; agitate and act for the best of the options (bearing in mind that perfection is only achievable in the imagination). If you’re saying that we should embrace Putin because he is not American, on the other hand, I part company.

  73. With apologies to Aangirfan again for cherry-picking ideas from his blog and commenting on them here which has a more user-friendly commenting system, he recently published an interview with Jewish Egyptian Ayman Al-Zawahiri about Zionist-Islamist politics:
    http://aangirfan.blogspot.com/2012/02/lunch-with-ft-ayman-al-zawahiri.html
    One part of the interview particularly caught by attention:
    .
    ‘I asked him about Israel’s attitude.

    “Israel always supports the Islamists against the nationalists,” he replied.’
    The interview may be imaginary or real, Allah knows, but the political rhetoric in this reply may shed light on what is happening in the world.
    The Zionists identify themselves principally by their nationality, but their ambition for power is global. Identifying yourself as a nationalist cause limits your scope and exposes you to attack from other nationalisms. On the whole most people who take an interest in politics in the world are interested in the subject from their own country’s perspective. What’s beneficial to the place where I live.
    So Zionists seek to define themselves as political players in the context of moral or religious values such as Islam.
    .
    In the light of Zionist global influence it therefore pays for Muslim political thinkers to define themselves as Islamist, radical opponents to national interests, even though Islam defines them principally as moralists and jurists. In other words in real-politick it pays to hate the people whose country you live in, even though your religion tells you not to hate them. Zionist influence will allow your religion to flourish, build mosques, schools, communities if you are racist against the host community, because you are helping the Zionists to be seen as a moral/religious cause, instead of a nationalistic cause.
    .
    That is why those of us who are constantly scratching our heads why our government does everything they possible can to weaken our countries reputation and influence in the world. That is why the religious leaders of my religion of Islam do everything they possibly can to weaken Islam’s reputation and influence:
    There’s Ziownie points in being extreme. The UK politicians are collecting Ziownie points on their nectar cards for bombing the shit out of innocent populations and the mad mullahs are collecting Ziownie points on their nectar cards, instead of accumulating rewards from their Creator for showing a good, compassionate example of Islam.

  74. The US MIC is replaying the Iraq war playbook line by line, using embedded ex-military generals posing as independent policy experts. Glenn Greenwald has the details. Follow the money is always good advice.
    .
    http://www.salon.com/2012/02/28/gen_mccaffrey_privately_briefs_nbc_execs_on_war_with_iran/singleton/

  75. May 2010, general election time, usually the time when mullahs visit the UK, giving their approval of x or y candidate and then hope that the family elders and tribal leaders will follow their advise.
    Off course politicians help out, feeding a few hundred during election time has never cost Jack Straw his seat or disqualified him from the campaign, nor has physical violence against fellow candidates and/or their staff.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5S735cg2BI&feature=related

    This confetrence I sat at, not understanding much but connec ting with a lot of people, I watched the approx. 600-1000 people raise 650.000 in less than an hour, to buy the school theur were having the conference in. The mullahs was from Pakistan and just as the arch bishop of soandso, looked reasuringly dodgy. As the only non believer in the dining hall, presumably, it felt like I was watching in on a fundraising event that was local, but also funded the various speakers and their causes.

    ‘the accumulation of rewards, so my candidate’s husband said, was more to the causes of the mullahs than the local cause’
    the creator did not come into it.

    It is these men who divert british politics with the help of established party politicians, politics and religion make for a powerfull alliance and the same can be said of any religion.

    As for Somalia, their headache has only begun and when the bullets fly again its the neighbouring countries that will fear the brunt of refugees and misery, I hope our excellent british wear planners are planning ahead for this war famine to come.

  76. And what do our unions do? They give some more infamous PR to the Olympics, but why? not that I support this concrete display in east London.
    Have the unions the need to band waggon such an event to highlight their case against cuts in public services? what is stopping them calling for civil disobedience NOW? everywhere? what utter piffle, calling themselves workers representatives, naive-lings?

    Its not the message I’m becrying here, but the apathetic nature and the lethargic old guard within the unions that have become MSM messengers themselves. What an own goal, have they not learned at all from previous London demonstrations? what a prospect of asking demonstrators to mingle with 30.000 police and make their points in front of a perplexed and bewildered foreign crowd.

    If he had any brains he would have told people to do their civil disobedience in their regional City’s and towns, not in a festooned London, and do it now, or eastern, may day, no, it had to be the Olympics, what a self grandising prat.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/feb/29/nick-clegg-ed-miliband-len-mccluskey

  77. Old Lag,
    .
    Putin’s meeting with bereaved Beslan mothers whose children drank their own urine to prevent dehydration before the explosions and who lost arms and legs after the Chechen guerrillas hanging bombs went off, is fact. Despite invoking God, war criminal Blair murdered thousands of children in an illegal war; that also is fact.
    .
    Kadyrov is a thug, put in place to deal with thugs, assassins, guerrillas and murderers. And yes I remember Anna Politkovskaya, Natalya Estemirova and others whose deaths are swathed in mere talk, hearsay and innuendo with some believing Western backed Chechen rebels were involved. Sorry, but I find your reply condescending; patronising statements ending in ‘surely’ serve only to stifle debate.

  78. I do like Banksy. What imagination here.
    http://thefoxisblack.com/blogimages//banksy-fox-colonel-sanders.jpg
    .
    The blog post reads –

    I saw this excerpt of Banksy’s thoughts on advertising earlier today, so I thought I’d share.
    .
    People are taking the piss out of you everyday. They butt into your life, take a cheap shot at you and then disappear. They leer at you from tall buildings and make you feel small. They make flippant comments from buses that imply you’re not sexy enough and that all the fun is happening somewhere else. They are on TV making your girlfriend feel inadequate. They have access to the most sophisticated technology the world has ever seen and they bully you with it. They are The Advertisers and they are laughing at you.
    .
    You, however, are forbidden to touch them. Trademarks, intellectual property rights and copyright law mean advertisers can say what they like wherever they like with total impunity.
    .
    Fuck that. Any advert in a public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It’s yours to take, re-arrange and re-use. You can do whatever you like with it. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head.
    .
    You owe the companies nothing. Less than nothing, you especially don’t owe them any courtesy. They owe you. They have re-arranged the world to put themselves in front of you. They never asked for your permission, don’t even start asking for theirs.
    .
    – Banksy

    .
    {http://thefoxisblack.com/2012/02/29/banksy-on-advertising/}

  79. Does anyone believe this fantasy?
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    Up to 13 activists have died helping to smuggle wounded British photographer Paul Conroy out of the besieged Syrian city of Homs, international campaign group Avaaz says.
    .
    http://www.smh.com.au/world/activists-killed-as-wounded-photographer-smuggled-out-of-syria-20120229-1u1o7.html

  80. O/T

    Good morning Craig someone has just tweeted your post Bent Cops On Parade…I wanted to leave a link but you have closed your comments section.

    I hope it is Ok to leave it here and let everyone ponder as to why a British police force LEICESTER, would hold back paedophile allegations from the Portuguese investigation when the very person the allegations were against was present when a three year old disappeared ?

    Do the NHS protect doctors if they are paedophlies ?

    http://thetapas9drdavidpayne.blogspot.com/2012/02/david-payne-may-hold-key-to-maddie.html

  81. “Up to 13 activists ….”
    Is Judas back int the fold then?
    ,
    Sort of last supperish, but this time it is the messiah of a different sort, instead of getting crucified was “shelled” in the hands of not the Pontius Pilate but the Dictator Assad.
    ,
    Who dreamed up this crock of shit?

  82. Ingo said; “what is stopping them calling for civil disobedience NOW?….”
    ,
    The reasons are many;
    1- There is no British National Transitional Council.
    2- There is No British Free Army.
    3- No UN resolutions in support of the above.
    4- civil Disobedience is incitement to insurrection and before the chaps know, they have been shoved into a cell, out of a job, caught for drunk driving, their adulterous affairs made headlines of the tabloids, in the worst case scenario shoved under the tube, or even worse than worse than (Teutonic accent required) zhat Dr. Kelly-ed or stiffed and put into a hold all adorned in bondage gear.
    ,
    So don’t be silly, expecting anyone to call for any kind of gathering/action other than a street party for Jubilee. FFS every other day someone is threatening Craig on his blog for one reason or other ie not regurgitating the party line and the manifesto, and sort of shining some truth on the subject matter, albeit tongue in the cheek sort of way, as in this one
    ,
    Passedby
    27 Feb, 2012 – 12:03 pm
    Craig,
    I just read about you in the Who is Who 2011. Did you have to give your full address? Some of the postings on your blog may irritate very powerful people.

  83. Suhaal de Sade

    29 Feb, 2012 - 2:39 pm

    Ah! Somali massage oil! How well I recall my days there. Such skill, such pleasure!
    .
    [Mod: This came from China. Neil Barker usually posts from there.]

  84. Golding – debate?????? Who can agree with each other the most. Ha Ha.

  85. Yonatan – I note ex generals who pose as ‘analysts’ have a vested interest in promoting the hardware of wars.
    .
    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/30/washington/30general.html?pagewanted=all
    .
    Most general analysts writing here on what is fundamentally a human rights weblog have a vested interest in denouncing war. So I guess most times we are in agreement. :)

  86. That’s right, Mark Golding, the West conspired both to assassinate Putin and his most outspoken critic. How he must appreciate your support.

  87. NB I find your casual dimissal of the horrors which have happened and are happening to Chechnya under Putin extraordinary.

  88. Ben Franklin

    29 Feb, 2012 - 6:47 pm

    Stratfor and CIA cronies outed by Wikileaks….

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/9111784/Stratfor-executive-boasted-of-trusted-former-CIA-cronies.html

    Fred Burton, vice president of intelligence at the Texas firm, also informed members of staff that he had a copy of the confidential indictment on Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks.
    The second batch of five million internal Stratfor emails obtained by the Anonymous computer hacking group revealed that the company has high level sources within the United States and other governments, runs a network of paid informants that includes embassy staff and journalists and planned a hedge fund, Stratcap, based on its secret intelligence.
    It operates something of an employment revolving door with branches of the Washington establishment. Mr Burton was previously deputy chief of the counter-terrorism division in the state department’s diplomatic security service.
    The emails indicated that the company pays for information. One email released by WikiLeaks described a £4,000-a-month payment made to a Middle Eastern source, and another carried bits of gossip dropped by a retired spy.
    Derided as a “shadow CIA” by Mr Assange, one email from chief executive George Friedman also suggested it used methods redolent of spy agencies.

  89. Leaked emails (Stratfor) reveal efforts to nail Assange: “Bankrupt the asshole, ruin his life, give him 7-12yrs for conspiracy.”
    Leaked Stratfor Email Suggests Secret U.S. Indictment of WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange
    http://www.democracynow.org/2012/2/29/leaked_stratfor_email_suggests_secret_us

  90. deaf dumb & blind fool

    29 Feb, 2012 - 9:21 pm

    Any thoughts on Mr Burby and the parliamentary committee on super injunctions?

  91. Liked that Banksy bit Mary. Thanks

  92. From an Aussie wag.
    .
    Just saying good bye .. leaving town
    http://tiny.cc/ayoli
    .
    To help save the economy, the Australian Government will announce next month that the Immigration Department will start deporting seniors (instead of illegals) in order to lower Social Security and Medicare costs.
    .
    Older people are easier to catch and will not remember how to get back home.
    .
    I started to cry when I thought of you.
    Then it dawned on me … oh, crap …
    I’ll see you on the bus!
    I want the front seat

  93. Neil Saunders

    29 Feb, 2012 - 10:36 pm

    As for Mr. Burby I would try the ‘ex’ of a ‘ruler’ of a very rich south eastern oil ‘state’ that once owned a hotel on Park Lane and is a good friend of heir to
    the throne !!

  94. 29 Feb: Telegraph: Janet Daley: Jenny Tonge loses the Lib Dem whip for anti-Israel rant – and about time too
    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/janetdaley/100140506/jenni-tong-loses-the-libdem-whip-for-anti-israel-rant-and-about-time-too/

    supposedly 3 comments, but they won’t open for me, so don’t know what was written, but comments are closed now anyway.

  95. Oddie. Give me one Jenny Tonge for a million Janet Daleys.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janet_Daley
    .
    She is expert at conveying the messages for the USUKIsNATO axis and is always on the box spouting forth. I see that she has a connection to Buckingham ‘University’ (private) where Geoffrey Alderman, arch Zionist, also resides.

    Liberal Democrat Voice have not taken my and several others’ comments. So liberal and so democratic! A ghastly crowd.

    Huhne,about to stand trial for perversion of the coourse of justice, has helped himself to a £17,000 severance pay award. Mo morals. Mo scruples. And he is supposed to be a multi millionaire.
    .
    Ex-minister Chris Huhne getting £17,000 cabinet pay-off
    Chris Huhne resigned as energy secretary earlier this month
    .
    Former energy secretary Chris Huhne is claiming a £17,000 pay-off after leaving the cabinet to fight charges of perverting the course of justice.

    The Cabinet Office confirmed Mr Huhne would receive a severance payment of three months of his ministerial salary.
    /..
    {http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-17202387}

    Ministers are entitled to such payouts when they leave, but these are not automatic and the MP must claim them.

    Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said it was a decision the Liberal Democrat had taken “alone”.

    “It’s his decision. It’s an individual decision. He’s decided to take that severance pay,” he told LBC radio.

  96. The question that is exercising the mind of the Toryraph’s Chief Political Correspondent is whether or not Cameron rode the police horse that the Met loaned to Brooks.
    .
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/phone-hacking/9114510/Downing-Street-still-refuses-to-say-whether-David-Cameron-rode-Rebekah-Brooks-horse.html
    .
    The story was carried on the previous day but the photo then was of a white horse.

  97. Passerby you said
    “1- There is no British National Transitional Council.
    2- There is No British Free Army.
    3- No UN resolutions in support of the above.
    4- civil Disobedience is incitement to insurrection and before the chaps know, they have been shoved into a cell, out of a job, caught for drunk driving, their adulterous affairs made headlines of the tabloids, in the worst case scenario shoved under the tube, or even worse than worse than (Teutonic accent required) zhat Dr. Kelly-ed or stiffed and put into a hold all adorned in bondage gear.”

    Who needs a national transitional council? Or a UN resolution, which would be nobbled in any case. My point is that Unions are pussy cats, utter simpletons, it refelcts how much they do know about the various acts that have been passed to muzzle protest.
    The fact that they are calling for it to happen at a time and place when London is swarming with tourists and when any cause under the sun will be highlighted by NGO’s, has not cropped his tiny union braincell.

    But, he has announced it to his leftleaning friends and lifestyle socialists with enough time for them to chat about it, get arrested and put on ice for the duration of the Olympics, what a chap, so useless and so prominent, wonder what they have on Mc Clusky for him to be so uncaring/unhelpfull to his fellow uninists and campaigners.
    I suppose he will be sitting up every night in meetings and plan his little ‘catch the anarchists’ game with his media infested Met friends.

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