Russia Blockades Israel

From EJ Magnier on the 14th:

Turkey is pushing further reinforcements of troops, commando units and tanks into the northern Syrian city of Idlib and around it, for a specific objective: to disrupt the attack against the city by the Syrian forces and their allies supported by Russia…

Russia considers the Turkish reinforcements as a breach of the Astana Turkish-Russian-Iranian deal, which limited the number of observation points and the military presence around the city and rural areas of Idlib. Moreover, Russia effectively considers Turkey to be unable to fulfil its commitment to totally end the presence of jihadists, especially including the group of al-Qaeda, stationed in the city and around it…

Damascus believes Turkey would like to annexe Idlib and is, therefore, rejecting any deal with Turkey beyond the one already signed in Astana which consisted of a commitment to “finish off” all jihadists”…

According to recent information provided by Turkish intelligence to Russia and Iran, the Turkish army is prepared to attack any group refusing to submit to Turkey…

Turkey “is asking for more time to solve the situation in Idlib without a fight…

“There is no plan to attack the city of Idlib for now”, say the sources.

From MoA on the 16th:

US sanctions against the Iranian oil industry starting in November are one reason why tensions between Turkey and the United States could worsen soon. Turkey buys about half its crude oil imports from Iran and has said it will not abide by the new sanctions…

If no wide-scale diplomatic deal on the conflict is reached, one must consider the possibility of a pro-Turkish quasi-state in northern Syria, confirming the thesis that Erdogan is seeking to build a neo-Ottoman empire…

The operation has to wait until the Congressional elections in the U.S. are over and the danger of a U.S. escalation for domestic policy reasons recedes. Russia also fears that an attack on Idelb right now could re-unite the U.S. and Turkey and lead to a new coordinated onslaught on Syria…

Thomas Seibert: “Moscow would wait until October or November before ordering an all-out attack because the Kremlin expects the crisis in Turkish-US relations to deepen even further by then

Comprehensive action will start at a time when Turkey desperately needs Russian support.”

From the cited EJ Magnier on the meeting in Sochi:

#Syria #Idlib postponed until 15 of #Decembre to start with, with a 15km buffer zone and an engagement of #Turkey to disarm Nusra ( or merge it) and neutralise all other jihadists.

From Zero Hedge on the 18th:

Another attack on Syria has occurred tonight on multiple locations in what is the largest sustained series of what are believed to be Israeli or possibly US air strikes in months. But hugely significant is that early reports suggest Russia’s S-400 anti-missile missile defense system engaged the inbound rockets

From the cited TASS:

On September 17, at about 11:00 Moscow time, the connection with the crew of the Russian Il-20 aircraft was lost over the Mediterranean Sea when the plane was returning to the airbase of Khmeimim, 35 kilometers from the coast of Syria,” the official said.

The ministry specified that “the mark of IL-20 went off the radars disappeared during the attack of four Israeli F-16 aircraft on Syrian targets in the province of Latakia.”

From Zero Hedge:

While Russia had previously blamed Israel for the downing of the plane, which resulted in the deaths of 15 Russian servicemen, the MoD is now saying that Israel intended to use the Russian plane as “cover” during the attack…

Israeli jets flew over the Mediterranean to launch the attack, only giving Russia a minutes’ notice via a shared hotline before commencing the strike. This allowed the Russian military no time to pull its planes and personnel from the line of fire.

From MoA:

On Sunday September 16 Israel tried to hit an Iranian Boeing 747 freight plane at Damascus airport. The plane allegedly carried an Iranian copy of the Russian S-300 long range air defense System for the Syrian army.

On Monday around 10:00pm local time 4 F-16 jets of the Israeli airforce, coming from the sea, launched missiles against at least three targets on Syria’s coast. The strike came only hours after Israel released satellite images of what it called “strategic targets” in Syria. The integrated Syrian and Russian air-defenses responded.

From EJ Magnier:

Russia was seriously concerned about the US and European intention to destroy the Syrian army in the event of a staged chemical attack. The US had managed to gather behind it a coalition including Britain, France and Germany to bomb Syria, making it very difficult for Russia to react militarily…

Moreover, what was not announced officially is Turkey’s guarantee that no chemical attack will be staged in Idlib to “provoke” the long-heralded US-EU bombing of Syria…

Israelis had asked Russia to “prevent the flow of weapons from Iran to Hezbollah and Syria”. Moscow answered Tel Aviv: this struggle is not part of its business and  it is not ready to police the movement of weapons from Iran to its allies.

Idem, when Iran asked Russia to force on Israel the cessation of attacks in Syria against its allies and its forces, Moscow gave the same answer: “we are not ready to take part in your struggle with Israel”…

The downing of the Russian plane is expected to impose on Israel full coordination and approval for its flights over Syria hours before the strike, in order for Russia to maintain its neutral position. This will also give Syria and its allies the possibility to await Israeli missiles and jets and remove sensitive weapons to limit damage.

From Haaretz:

Russia has begun stepping up operations off the coast of Syria following the downing of a military aircraft, media outlets in Cyprus reported on Thursday. Russia reportedly decided to close areas near Cyprus to air, land and sea movement from Thursday until next Wednesday for the sake of military operations. Sources in Israel confirmed the report…

An Israel Defense Forces delegation headed by the commander of the air force, Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin departed Thursday to Moscow to present the findings of its inquiry into the incident.

“Well, how can do that?,” you ask. Because since ,  controls  everything it wishes on land, sea and air with superior weapons and tactics.

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The Invisible Candidate

This past weekend featured Greensboro hosting the NC Folk Festival.  Fortunately, the weather finally moderated for Friday night’s invocation and remained so through Sunday.  A local production, it will bring millions to a community sorely in need of business.

We weren’t able to make it, so I didn’t get a chance to see if NC13 Dem candidate, Kathy Manning, was there, shaking hands with prospective voters, but I’ve seen no evidence of it online.  Never mind that Greensboro is her home town or the biggest city in the soon-to-die gerrymandered district.

From the N&R:

Bolstered by hefty donations from some of the Northeast and Midwest’s more influential business men and women — including the uncle of President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner — Manning has outpaced Budd in the overall influx of money from individual contributors with various business affiliations.

This is consistent with Kathy Manning’s behavior as chief fundraiser for the Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts.  The satanic altar unto Mammon is the centerpiece in racist efforts to gentrify downtown.  And yet, its namesake, who parted with $10M for ten years of vanity, got his money from his dad, who built those gauche REIT franchises by the superhighways and did more than most to decimate local down towns.  Worse, the scion lives in the Hamptons.

Through a public/private partnership, the Community Foundation for Greater Greensboro, Kathy Manning ran a series of dog and pony shows, attempting public buy-in.  But their documents betray the belief that the voters would not approve bonds to build the IGMFUPAC.  So, they presented city council with a plan for $20M w/matching private donations.   They came back twice for $10M, which was approved without a referendum.  Nobody doubts they will be back for more before the IGMFUPAC, which the NYC architect mocked as “not the Taj Mahal,” is completed.

You would think this a perfect opp for Kathy Manning to get her name and face out front, especially if she were contemplating a run for Congress.  But for the country clubs, she was nowhere to be found.  Even now, her only photos are from events she crashed rather than hosted.

From the WSJ on last week in Statesville:

We saw Manning in what looks to be either a mammoth kitchen or a strangely empty diner.

But as we’ve seen from her husband and his business partners over the years as they’ve appeared before city council with various downtown hotel schemes, these people aren’t interested in campaigning: they merely take what they want.

A perfect example is the latest hotel/parking deck deal for which city council approved $10M.  Their design impinged on a neighbor’s easement and has so far resulted in over $1M being paid to the plaintiff in lawsuits.

Successful pols are generally married to successful people.  Such is not the case with these two country club trust fund kids grown long in the tooth.  Kathy Manning raised millions for the Jewish Federation of North America and is proud of her association with the Clintons.  Regular Greensboro folks, not so much.  Indeed, she is counting on the ignorance of Dems from places like Statesville and Salisbury to put her in.

Meanwhile, Ted Budd is a Koch darling representing a doomed gerrymander.  So, this should be a cake walk.   Indeed, Kathy Manning has the worst political metrics possible.  For me, this is a perfect opportunity to tell the story of what these people have done and are capable of, regardless of the outcome.  If elected, Kathy Manning will undoubtedly go from being an invisible candidate to an absent elected official right at home swimming with DC lobbyists.

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Greensboro-Randolph Megasite

A while back, someone I trust told me the biggest secret in Greensboro concerned the megasite to which the city has provided water and sewer services.  He indicated competition for industries is a waste of time because the site had yet to be developed.

A look at the pathetic website lists no news since January.  A 12 inch natural gas line has been proposed, but NIMBY carpetbaggers and crew cut Visigoths in Raleigh are blamed when we lose another manufacturer.  The reality is we stand there with a booger in our nose and lose every competition because the site remains completely undeveloped.

Juxtapose this with the idiotic effort of NC13 Congressional candidate, Kathy Manning, to build an $80M performing arts center.  She and her Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro shoved this thing down the public’s throat by wringing every charitable dollar out of the city and gaining approval of $40M in bonds sans public referendum.

Meanwhile, the megasite languishes.  While we await construction of Manning’s Folly, her husband causes the city to pay millions to the victim of their latest hotel/parking deck scheme for encroaching on his easement.

Each of these situations was entirely avoidable, had not Greensboro’s leaders decided to compete with downtown Durham rather than act as responsible public stewards.  The downtown gentrification project has become an especially sore subject, as it remains a graveyard for emerging retail and food businesses.

Greenville, SC employs a Chinese lobbyist and has captured lots of global manufacturers.  By leaving the megasite undeveloped, we aren’t even at the starting line.  But the egos of people like Manning and Stanley Tanger must be satiated at public expense while ordinary citizens contend with the vagaries of deflation and austerity.

Kathy Manning does not deserve, as demonstrated by her conduct, to be elected to Congress.  Rather, she’s perfectly suited to swim with DC lobbyists, serving her own interests there as she has done here.  The election of Kathy Manning to Congress rewards hubris, villainy and malfeasance.

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Kathy Manning

Kathy Manning

Lest I be banned by Twitter.

A tight race is shaping up in an NC district that Democrats have a chance to flip

voters know to be an idiot, liar and thief who supports .

is responsible for Greensboro city council approving $40M in bonds for the without a referendum.

raised millions as head of the , but her husband has come before Greensboro city council repeatedly with half-baked development deals which never pan out.

Because of ‘s husband, Greensboro is currently paying millions to settle a lawsuit brought by the victim of their latest downtown hotel/parking deck project.

City of Greensboro Provoking Rocky Scarfone Once Again Over Downtown Parking Deck Deal

is an immigration lawyer who was selling visas at one point in another desperate attempt to raise money for her husband and hapless business partners.

and her friends are a stain on , who believe it acceptable to lie to the .

and her Nazi Rabbi support ‘s against the .

is a for her allegiance to .

After meeting , the NYC architect who designed the mocked it as “not the Taj Mahal.”

spends millions remaking downtown, but the whores on city council attempt to foil him at every turn because owns them.

is destroying by making it unwelcome to outside investors.

Regarding , there are worse things than being called an by .

Most in the and oppose . Of course, that doesn’t include the ignorant .

Just as the US is ‘s , so is ‘s .

Paitu Bashmagash

The EB-5 Program Is Legally Defective And Has Become A Scam

met once. He replied, “Yes, also smells of fried onions and sulfur.”

was the subject of experimental surgery to stop her nose from eating her face.

unsuccessfully attempted to seduce .

When in , often stays with Greensboro native, , and they have flown in.

When in DC, often drops by for a deep dish .

has a portrait of hanging in his home.

quit attending sessions, after complaining that was too weird for her.

loves to visit Little Saint James with the , where she is frequently mistaken for an ugly third grader.

There’s bad blood between and Roy Carroll because of the parking deck, and also because Carroll has money.

Primarily because of , nobody who’s anybody does anything in Greensboro.

is Greensboro’s emissary to the world, where she runs up huge bills, and then has to wait for the beginning of the month when funds are deposited into her account, so they can pay up and leave.

Broadway producers boycotted NC after passage of the bathroom bill, and also being familiar with , who must always sit up front so she can see the performance.

extorted $75K per month for ten years from Tanger to put his name on the , and the doesn’t even live here.

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Frightening the Germans

MoA – Microsoft Promotes Russia Scare To Gain Insider Access To Campaign Information:

Microsoft now offers a “special cybersecurity protection” to those candidates and campaigns that use its Office 365, Outlock or Hotmail cloud services.

NYT – Facebook Fueled Anti-Refugee Attacks in Germany, New Research Suggests:

Wherever per-person Facebook use rose to one standard deviation above the national average, attacks on refugees increased by about 50 percent.

From the comments at Naked Capitalism:

The banks that gave him loans were suspicious he was committing fraud, but did it anyway. I thought bankers were our best and brightest? How underhanded of him to take advantage of their willful naivete.

I’m confused as to why Manafort isn’t being treated as a hero by the Resistance, since the payments he received were from political entities opposed to Russia.

Manafort now has less incentive to turn on Trump, if there is anything there to reveal. If Manafort had something useful regarding charges against Trump he would have more likely cut a deal and plead guilty.

Having offshore accounts myself, I can say most of American tax law regarding citizens with accounts outside the US is painfully confusing, redundant and unfair. Yes, Manafort broke the law, but the law is garbage.

Voltaire Net – The 18,000 al-Qaeda Uighurs in Syria:

A Uyghur colony have transformed the city of al-Zanbaki (just on the Turkish border) into an entrenched camp. We do not know much about what is going on in this city, which is forbidden to anyone…

Speaking Turkish, rather than Chinese, they have benefited so far from the support of the Turkish secret services.

Washington Examiner – Rand Paul gets something about Russia that other senators don’t:

At a time when Democrat and Republican lawmakers alike are competing with one another over who can introduce the most anti-Russia sanctions bill, Paul is flying to Moscow to meet with Russian officials and lobbying President Trump to lift some travel restrictions on Russian parliamentarians so they can come to Washington for meetings…

This is a small price to pay for the possibility of a better understanding between representatives of the world’s two largest nuclear weapons powers.

Pepe Escobar: Exclusive, mega important Germany against the US dollar update:

Germany is in deep fear of the Strait of Hormuz being shut stranding a major supply of her natural gas and oil and placing her totally dependent on oil and natural gas from Russia. That is why they have to hold up the Iranian deal against all costs, as they could lose Russia next. Hence, the recent meeting of Merkel and Putin, (I covered it for Asia Times here) and the floating of a new currency plan to break the control over Germany and the world of the SWIFT-CHIPS dollar system.

ZH – New ‘Cold War’ Narrative Flops: Poll Shows Anti-Russia Campaign Had Little Effect:

Justin Raimondo: “It started in 2003, when the neocons declared war on Russia for Putin’s refusal to sign on to the Iraq war…

The majority of Democrats – 51% — say it’s more important to impose sanctions and take other hostile actions against Russia than to engage in diplomacy, while a whopping 74% of Republicans take the opposite view of diplomacy over confrontation…

Democrats swallow the Russia-gate myth whole: 78% believe it, despite the lack of publicly available evidence.”

How the fuck do you write an article about NED without mentioning Ukraine?

US Staged a Coup in Ukraine — Brief History and Facts

How Putin Solved the Problems of Europe and the US in Passing with Merkel:

It became clear that the Americans want to take away from the Germans their “cow” – the European Union, and to milk it themselves. But Germany in exchange is granted the “honourable” right to increase military expenses fourfold and switch from Russian gas to the three times more expensive American gas.

This is a great fucking article about Putin going to a wedding.

The U.S. Can’t Bring Russia ‘to Its Knees’:

Russia is the biggest natural gas exporter in the world and produces about three times as much crude oil as Iran.

“Thank God This Is Happening”: Russia Says Time Has Come To Ditch The Dollar:

There is a common understanding that we need to move towards the use of national currencies in our settlements.

What Russia is doing to counter the new round of American sanctions:

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned that American sanctions would ultimately “damage the U.S. dollar as the international settlement currency.”

All the best Kremlin Trolls follow a guy who watches the Bosphorus.

Germany Considering Bailout For Turkey To Prevent “Full-Blown Economic Crisis”:

The IMF would also likely need to get involved…

Turkey hosts more refugees — 3.5 million — than any other country in the world. Most are Syrian…

The EU should pay €3 billion more to keep refugees in Turkey despite concerns about the Turkish regime, the European Commission has said.

White Helmets accompany large delivery of poisonous chemicals to militants in Syria – MoD

Syria Spurns US Offer to Pull Out Troops as Trade for Iran Withdrawal – Report:

American oil projects exist in Syria, albeit in the Golan Heights. Genie Energy Ltd., a New Jersey-based company, is pursuing a conventional oil project there. Genie Energy’s Strategic advisory board includes former US Vice President Dick Cheney, media mogul Rupert Murdoch, former CIA Director James Woolsey, Bill Richardson — a former US ambassador and governor who has repeatedly agitated in favor of the Syria conflict on cable news — and British investment banker Jacob Rothschild.

 

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Trump Uses Turkey to Destroy Israel

From Marshall Auerback at The Asia Times:

Turkey represents over 10% of NATO personnel – more than the UK and France combined…

The bulk of Turkey’s maturing external debt is denominated in a foreign currency…

“With the Turkish lira trading at 6.26 to the dollar, the whole of the Istanbul 100 equity index is worth just US$35 billion. If Chinese investors were to buy every share of every company on the stock index, Turkey would raise enough foreign exchange to cover just seven months of its current account deficit…”

As far as the Russians are concerned, Turkey provides an opportunity for payback for 20 years of hostile American foreign-policy actions – the eastward expansion of NATO to Russia’s borders, the US support for the Maidan coup in Ukraine, the destruction of Libya, and the regime-change crusade against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. These happened under previous US administrations, those of Bill Clinton, George W Bush and Barack Obama…

Turkey plays an equally important role for the US in terms of supporting Takfiri/Salafist destabilization of Syria and Iraq and blocking the “Shia corridor from Iran to Hezbollah,” as well as breaking Israel’s isolation in the Middle East (beyond the tacit alliance with Saudi Arabia) while helping ensure Iran’s isolation.

As #Trump leverages #Iran to promote #Nationalismin #Europe, so does he use #Turkey to strike at #Israel.

The Koch Bros., who are running FP, have deep ties to the Soviet Union.

The #KochBros would rather work in the MENA policed by #Russia.

This is #Petrowar between the #KochBros and the #UK #Rothschilds.

Trump, Pompeo and Rand Paul just keep Bolton and Pence around for shits and giggles.

The #Rockefellers sold their shares in #Exxon years ago. #Tillerson worked for the #Rothschilds.

Dumping is a tacit admission that has failed in the .

Surrendering and the necessarily puts an end to involvement in and .

Given the participation of and , ‘s sanctions on and tariffs on  are essentially meaningless, except for America’s hapless allies.

surrendered to , with the assurance that MPs would patrol the .

Permanent bases in and effectively ended interference in the Eastern Med and surrendered protection of .

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The Spy Who Went Out in the Cold

From Ray McGovern:

Newly released official documents obtained by the National Security Archive showing that CIA Director Gina Haspel directly supervised waterboarding at the first CIA “Black Site” simply confirm what Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Richard Burr (R-NC) already knew as he orchestrated the charade that was Haspel’s confirmation hearing.  Burr allowed her to “classify” her own direct role in waterboarding and other torture techniques so that it could be kept from the public and secure her confirmation—-further proof that this Senate oversight committee has instead become an overlook committee.

From Ray McGovern:

Brennan is bereft of anyone to protect him. He lacks even a PR person to help him avoid holding himself up to ridicule—and now retaliation—for unprecedentedly hostile tweets and other gaffes. Brennan’s mentor, ex-CIA Director George Tenet, for example, had powerful Rabbis in President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, as well as a bizarrely empathetic establishment media, when Tenet quit in disgrace 2004.

The main question now is whether the chairs of the House oversight committees will chose to face down the Deep State. They almost never do, and the smart money says that, if they do, they will lose—largely because of the virtually total support of the establishment media for the Deep State. This often takes bizarre forms. The title of a recent column by Washington Post “liberal” commentator Eugene Robinson speaks volumes: “God Bless the Deep State.”

From MoA:

Richard Burr: “Director Brennan’s recent statements purport to know as fact that the Trump campaign colluded with a foreign power. If Director Brennan’s statement is based on intelligence he received while still leading the CIA, why didn’t he include it in the Intelligence Community Assessment released in 2017? If his statement is based on intelligence he has seen since leaving office, it constitutes an intelligence breach. If he has some other personal knowledge of or evidence of collusion, it should be disclosed to the Special Counsel, not The New York Times.

“If, however, Director Brennan’s statement is purely political and based on conjecture, the president has full authority to revoke his security clearance as head of the Executive Branch.”

Why CIA Director Brennan Visited Kiev: In Ukraine The Covert War Has Begun

From SST:

The system of protections in the US is altogether based on the Executive Branch authority of the president of the US expressed in Executive Orders that are subject to change at the will of the current president…

[Top secret] access is granted after the recipient takes an oath to safeguard the information to be provided and signs the accompanying witnessed papers acknowledging the penalties that will accompany an unauthorized disclosure of the information.  All of this procedure is executed under the sole and total authority of the president.

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