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calendar   Thursday - April 30, 2015

Twisted Justice Reason For Iranian Piracy

Get a load of this latest al-bullshizz ...

Secret Court Ruling Motivated Iran To Seize Maersk Tigris

Iran: Debt must be cleared before Maersk vessel is released
Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization has informed that Maersk Tigris was detained after a court issued a verdict against Maersk in a case concerning debt to Iranian company Pars Talaie.

So some kind of outstanding debt justifies using the Iranian Navy as pirates, seizing a cargo ship through force of arms? Are we dealing with 4 year olds here?

Iran has claimed that it seized the ship because of a business conflict with the Maersk shipping company. Maersk Line, however, urged the Iranians to release the crew and ship as soon as possible, since they are affiliated with Rickmers Ship Management.

“The crew is not employed by Maersk Line, nor is the vessel owned by Maersk Line. Maersk Tigris and its crew are thus not in any way party to the case, which presumably is the reason behind the seizure of Maersk Tigris,” the shipping company said in a statement.

Maersk Line also said the crew is “safe and in good spirits.”

The conflict over cargo that likely prompted Iran to intercept the ship dates back to 2005, the Maersk Line statement says. Maersk Line transported 10 containers to Dubai for an Iranian company, but when they were not collected after 90 days, they were disposed of, in accordance with laws in the United Arab Emirates.

“The Iranian company subsequently accused Maersk Line of default before the Tehran Revolutionary Prosecutor’s Office and claimed recovery of $4 million as the value of the cargo. We challenged the suit successfully and in 2007 the case was dismissed,” the statement said.

So the shipping company is at fault because the buyer didn’t come and pick up his merchandise (and presumably didn’t pay for it either)? That’s pretty inane. Kind of a “shotgun” lawsuit; fling shit everywhere and see where it sticks? Of course the shipper was innocent. Get a grip.

The Iranian company then pressed civil charges against Maersk Line.

In February, after four years of court proceedings, Maersk Line was ordered to pay the Iranian company $163,000, which the shipping company said it is “willing to pay.”

Don’t ask me how civil charges even apply here, but it looks like Maersk was willing to refund the customer the cost of transport, and perhaps some of the cost of the containers themselves. February 18th is the date we are we talking about; which would put the seizure date this week within a normal 90 day window for payment. So what gives?

On an appeal seeking higher compensation, however, Maersk Line was ordered to pay $3.6 million, the statement said – though they only heard of this new ruling on Thursday.

“Only today, 30 April, have we learnt that the appeal court has ruled Maersk Line to pay $ 3.6 million,” the statement said. “As we do not have the details of the ruling, we are not able to comment hereon, nor at this point speculate on our options.”

What is this crap, some sort of Double Secret Probation? They had their criminal case. It was dismissed. They had their civil case. It came up peanuts. So they go and have an appeal, and have that case without Maersk even being party to it? Kangaroo much? And what a surprise, the Iranians rule that the Iranians are entitled to damn near the whole $4 million they originally tried for. This stinks to high heaven.

And then they get their Navy to go and steal the ship? No, this isn’t justice. It’s piracy, excused by the thinnest of nonsensical “legal” jurisprudence. After all, it was their own nation’s courts that threw the other case out, and arrived at the $163,000 settlement after ages of examination.

In a statement on Thursday, Maersk Line explains that the carrier in 2005 delivered ten containers in Dubai for an Iranian customer. The containers were never picked up, and after 90 days the containers were destroyed by the authorities, as stipulated by local legislation in Dubai. The Iranian company subsequently filed a USD 4 million lawsuit against Maersk Line, a claim corresponding to the value of the cargo.

The case was rejected by Iran’s state prosecutor’s office in 2007, and the matter was also rejected by numerous other Iranian courts, after which the Iranian company filed a case against Maersk Line.

On February 18 this year, a court of appeals in Tehran ruled that Maersk Line should pay USD 163,000 to the company - and Maersk Line has not until today, April 30 - according to the carrier - been notified that the court of appeals has sentenced Maersk Line to pay USD 3.6 million to the Iranian customer.

So what now? The Iranians are no doubt (safely!) wagering that the United States will not take military action in response. It may also (reasonably!) believe that, even beyond declining to respond militarily, the Obama administration may decline to respond in any meaningful way, in order to preserve its hope of a nuclear deal and better relations with Tehran. Of course, the administration has hoped that such a deal would facilitate the rise of an Iran that, no longer under threat from the United States, would evolve into a responsible member of the community of nations. The Iranian Navy provided a good illustration this morning of the reasonableness of such hopes.

If the Iranians do not swiftly release the ship, and the White House does nothing beyond lodge symbolic complaints, the failure to respond meaningfully will constitute more than a violation of its agreements with a protectorate and an ally. The failure will certify to the world that the United States is willing to cede control of the Strait of Hormuz to a piratical and lawless regime. Along with internationally recognized European land borders, it will be clear that the freedom of navigation in the Persian Gulf is something that the United States no longer guarantees.

Iran naturally denies this petulant motivation, but their actions could not be blunter if they were done by Hillary Clinton or Obama himself. In. Your. Face.  And America gets tar-babied once again, skillfully boxed into a corner by pResident Odimwit’s rainbow unicorn fantasy negotiations. And then pissed on with impunity by the terrorist enablers of the “faith” he so fervently supports. America, weakened and embarrassed again. To show willing for an illegal treaty he had no business negotiating, that should never get one vote of approval by the Legislature, and that won’t be adhered to by the other party for even a second.

Horry Clap. Obama is the worst negotiator in human history. Every single thing he puts his hand to, turns to shit. Every. Single. Thing.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/30/2015 at 08:23 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - April 25, 2015

Nepal Earthquake

Thousands Dead In Nepal

7.8 Earthquake, >15 major aftershocks, buildings toppled, avalanches on Everest

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Nearly 1,000 are known to have died in a powerful earthquake in Nepal, with many more feared trapped under rubble, officials say.

The 7.8 magnitude quake struck an area between the capital, Kathmandu, and the city of Pokhara, the US Geological Survey said.

Tremors were felt across the region, with further loss of life in India, Bangladesh, Tibet and on Mount Everest.

The government has declared a state of emergency in the affected areas.

A national police spokesman told the BBC that 970 people had died in the quake, and that more than 1,700 had been injured. At least 539 people were killed in the Kathmandu valley, he added.

Nepali Information Minister Minendra Rijal said there had been “massive damage” at the epicentre, from where little information is emerging.

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World landmark Dharahara Tower has fallen

Major historic monuments in the Nepalese capital have been destroyed in the powerful earthquake, eyewitnesses and officials have said.

These include a nine-storey tower, temples and some parts of what was once a royal palace, all listed as Unesco world heritage sites.

Pictures posted on social media show some of the monuments have been reduced to rubble.

Eyewitnesses say several others now have cracks and could collapse.

Officials have said some temples and monuments at other world heritage sites near Kathmandu have also been damaged.

These sites are Nepal’s major tourist attractions.

The quake struck at 11:56 a.m. local time (2:11 a.m. ET), occurred at a depth of 9.3 miles, which is considered shallow and more damaging than a deeper quake. It was reported by people in the area as having lasted a long time. On person said he felt as if he were on a ship in rough seas.

The U.S. Geological Survey had at first rated the temblor at 7.5 magnitude but later upgraded the strength. It reported aftershocks of 6.6 and 5.1 magnitude, among many others others. The USGS said, at least 15 aftershocks of magnitude 4.5 or greater had been felt in Nepal so far.

One witness told CNN by phone that people had gathered outdoors in fear. Another said via Facebook that people were listening for news on their car radios.

“We are scared and waiting for the tremors to end,” Shiwani Neupane said on Facebook chat from Kathmandu. “We are all sitting outside because there is more news of another quake.

“There is no power and families are listening to the FM radio inside their cars,” Neupane said. “News of multiple building collapses. I’ve seen many cracked walls and roads and buildings. The (Dharahara, a landmark tower in Kathmandu) was packed with people a while ago. There are police everywhere trying to move rubble to make space on the roads for ambulances. Everyone is very scared.”

The force of the quake was said by people who contacted the USGS to be from “severe” to “violent,” nearly the highest rating on the intensity scale. Tremors were felt as far as New Delhi, more than 200 miles away in neighboring India. An official said they were felt there at magnitude 5.0.

With the roads cut by the quakes, as well as damage to the airport, not to even mention how the whole country is at the top of the world, and in the total back of beyond, rescue and relief efforts are going to be very difficult. With cold weather, a lack of shelter, food, water, sanitation ... expect the death toll to climb drastically.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/25/2015 at 11:39 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - February 11, 2015

High Times Come To An End

Let’s Play “Spot The Grow Room”

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Netherlands police somehow manage to find attic marijuana farm in apartment complex. Gee, I wonder how?



Police in the Netherlands have swooped on a house in the town of Haarlem, arresting the owner for growing cannabis plants, after they noticed that his house was the only one in the street not covered in snow.

A dusting of snow covered all the roofs in the town, except for one.

Once inside, police found industrial-scale cultivation of cannabis, and the heat lamps used to nurture the plants.

After the raid in the town near Amsterdam on February 5, officers tweeted the photo of the house as a warning to other growers.

The Netherlands is known for its tolerant attitude towards personal consumption of marijuana. However, the Dutch government only tolerates the cultivation of up to five cannabis plants, and people are only allowed to carry up to five grams of weed (0.17 ounces) each.

Heat lamps? Are you kidding me? Who needs heat lamps when you’re using 1000W metal halide and high pressure sodium lights for 17 hours a day? Haven’t these guys heard about the LED revolution?

The previous week, officials had used the same technique to identify and raid a cannabis farm in the city of Zutphen, where they found a bedroom filled with 88 marijuana plants. Two days later, one person was arrested in Arnhem after police discovered a similar plantation.

It was not clear how much cannabis was seized in the Haarlem raid.
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The technique is certainly not fail proof, however.

In 2009 police raided a home in Yorkshire, certain that the heat coming from the property was due to lamps for cannabis plants. Instead, they found a wood burning stove.

Next time stoners, set up your Grow in the basement!

Drugs are bad, m’kay?


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 02/11/2015 at 09:25 AM   
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calendar   Sunday - January 11, 2015

a rally against terror. Hey, anything that’ll scare the hell outta those sobs is jake with me.

I may need some guidance on this. Really.

I’ve been thinking that all this gathering and marching stuff is delusional. I read statements from ppl (politicians and just plain folks) who say they’re going to show the terrorists everywhere .... what exactly?  The vermin won’t be impressed and are no doubt laughing up the old sleeve. What I see is another Lady Di mass outpouring of grief, but not just that alone. I think ppl in today’s pc world think they need to show (or appear to show) grief. And they clutter the streets with flowers with messages to the departed. It all seems so dumb to me. Why the flowers and notes and not just flowers either. Ppl go out and buy stuff besides flowers. Like stuffed toy animals. Ain’t that cute. Why not instead simply donate the money spent on all those flowers, to charity, in the names of the deceased?  Or donate to your church quietly. Oh, can’t do it that way. Must make it public. Look at me, see my tears. I’m sad.

A couple of weeks ago, in Kenya, islamic terrorists hijacked a bus at gunpoint and shot dead 28 people who were not muslims. Folks were told to recite verses from the koran. Those who couldn’t, were shot.

I guess where you’re shot and in whose company determines how large the grieving crowd will be and how many pointless flowers will be left.

Meanwhile ... see my last post ... in the name of civil rights there’s a good chance a bill will be blocked with regard to allowing trained terrorists back into the UK.

Not to worry however.

If something happens here, we’ll have a big rally against terror.  You bet.

First a march and then a rally.

That’ll scare em.

Mickey Rooney to Judy Garland. 
Hey, I know.  Lets put on a show.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 01/11/2015 at 01:39 PM   
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calendar   Monday - December 22, 2014

Should We Nuke The Norks Just Because?

So North Korea, with the aid of the Russians and/or the Chinese, hacks SONY because they want to stop the distribution of some dope silly movie called The Interview in which their third generation dictator gets blown to smoking smithereens.

WTF.

And SONY caves, and pulls the movie.

WTF.

And now the NorKs are threatening war with the USA, “Our toughest counteraction will be boldly taken against the White House, the Pentagon and the whole U.S. mainland ... by far surpassing the ‘symmetric counteraction’ declared by Obama,” because he pointed out the obvious, that they were the ones who did this hack.

This hack, which the TV pundits are calling an act of war. Cyber-terrorism.

And our pResident has promised to make an “appropriate” response at an “appropriate” time.

Seriously. They commit an act of war against us, and we ... well, we’ll do something. Someday. When we feel like it. Riiiight.

Granted, it’s North Korea. And they are pretty laughable, and their leader, Kim jong un too tree fo, is batshit insane.  But a nation-state attacking a corporation over a parody film? And then promising vast retaliation for hearing that we know they did it? You can’t sweep that kind of crap under the rug any longer.

So, what should we do?

What if ... what if we embargo them, and lock things down pretty tight. “Oh so solly, all highway and railroad bridges to North Korea fall down. Must be design fault!” “Oh, so solly, all ships accidentally sink when entering North Korean waters.” “Hello China? This is USA. Not feeling so good today. [cough cough] Won’t be in to work, won’t be able to pay back all those trillions in debt. Sorry. Yeah, I know. [cough cough]. Was thinking of just defaulting, taking a Mulligan. You know how it is. [cough] What you say? What? Well, maybe if you could just shut down the oil and gas pipelines into North Korea, perhaps close them 90% - pipelines old and needing repairs, yes? - yes, that could make us feel better. Better enough to maybe send you a payment or two. “


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/22/2014 at 09:29 AM   
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calendar   Monday - November 17, 2014

AS AMERICA DRAWS CLOSER TO THE EU

So bmews … whatcha think of this headline?

G20 summit: Cameron promises to fire ‘rocket boosters’ under controversial EU-US TTIP trade deal

Yawn? Really?

OK.  Does anyone (besides LyndonB who will know) have a handle on this thing?  Bet not.

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TTIP is the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.
So far so good? Okay.  Besides some eurocrats, who is behind this deal that might happen?  If it secretly hasn’t already in some form.

It was officially launched by Obama AND … the European Commission President in June of 2013.

So what else makes it controversial?
Well, companies could challenge and ultimately overrule decisions made by elected governments.  Nothing to worry about. Right?

The EC bmews. EC.  A ruling body within the EU. As in, EU!
The European Union.

So then, and cos I do understand I am not the brightest spark on these matters,
something I have banged on about for how long now, is getting closer.

While the story here comes from a left leaning paper, and the comments by readers are generally anti USA, that does not make it less worthy of your attention.  Many of our critics make the claim that America only does that which is in its own best interests.  Well darn don’t that beat all?  And I guess we’re the only people, the only country on the planet, that has any self interest.

Just a heads up guys so ya know what’s in store.  And it is.

I’m not clear on the argument re. foods, the suggestion being that the folks here will import unhealthy food from the USA, where everyone is is grossly overweight. 

I can not imagine what kind of food the ppl here would be lost without. They already have more variety due to imports from Europe and a vast improvement in their own cookery, and much better supermarkets then are found where I’m from in Ca. Especially the German owned markets which btw, are killing the Brit ones on both price and a match on quality often surpassing the home grown.  What I’m trying to say is … the Brits really don’t have any huge or urgent need of imports from the USA.  I do of course, because there are still some things American I have trouble getting if at all. But I’m not starving and not unhappy with what is available.

One thing they do worry about here is their national health being sold off to private American concerns. 

Do a bit of research on this.  You’ll find differing arguments naturally. But I’m a bit narrow in my approach to things.  Pres.Barry is leftish, so are the folks of the EU, big business aside.  That’s what I focused on.  If we do really more serious trade deals with the euros, will we eventually have to sign up to other eu mandated things that just are not a part of American culture?

Critics claim Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership would put the NHS at risk of being sold off to American health companies and lead to lower food standards.

David Cameron has promised to fire “rocket boosters” under a controversial EU-US trade deal that he believes could be worth £10bn to the British economy.

But the Prime Minister admitted that he needed to persuade the public about the merits of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Critics claim the deal would put the NHS at risk of being sold off to American health companies and lead to lower food standards, allowing less healthy US products into the European market.

Mr Cameron dismissed the criticisms as “weak” and any threat to the NHS as “nonsense”, saying: “It’s our NHS, it’s in the public sector, it will stay in the public sector, it will remain free at the point of use.” He insisted the deal could enhance, rather than undermine, “decent and robust” food and environmental standards.

But he added that it was vital for supporters of the deal to take on the criticisms before they gained enough traction to threaten public acceptance of an agreement. Public protests against TTIP were held last month in the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain.

Mr Cameron, speaking after a meeting between EU leaders and the US at the G20 summit in Australia on Sunday, said that there was agreement to accelerate what have proved to be drawn out negotiations.

The Prime Minister insisted that TTIP will be “good for Britain, good for jobs, good for growth, and good for the British economy”. However, there have been criticisms that the discussions have been highly secretive, leading to fears that the terms might not be as advantageous to the UK as the Government has insisted.

Len McCluskey, general secretary of the Unite union, said: “David Cameron is riding roughshod over the people of Britain by refusing to listen to their concerns over the threat this trade deal poses to the NHS.”

He asked: “If TTIP is not a threat to the NHS then why doesn’t David Cameron just make an explicit commitment to use his veto in Europe to get the NHS out of TTIP? The Government spent months trying to brush the threat of TTIP under the carpet but massive public pressure has forced the Government to admit the NHS is part of the deal. When you see the links that the Tory Party has to private healthcare you have to ask who is this Government really working for?”

SOURCE AND READER COMMENTS OF SOME INTEREST

Here are a couple of reader examples but ,,,, I’d like to hear from our LyndonB on the subject, cos far as I’m concerned, what he thinks on the subject will be the correct one.

GRINDELOW 6 minutes ago
Neither Cameron or any other UK politician or MEP has any influence on the TTIP negotiations which are between the US and EU bureaucrats. Some MEPs have said they haven’t a clue what’s going on.
I’ve no doubt Germany will be in on negotiations but as the the rest - forget it.
The EU works on behalf of big business which is why there are more lobbyists than bureaucrats with over 20,000 bureaucrats.
Today virtually all new wealth accrues to the richest 1%. The TTIP will create about 0.5% more growth but at the price of downsides in terms of more unemployment and loss of taxation inside the EU.

In today’s world this translates to more profits for big companies which will feed directly to the richest 1% whilst the hollowed out middle class will be left further and further behind.
The richest 1% believe in trickle down economics because they know it works fine for them because it there is no trickle down.

MONTY 30 minutes ago
The USA does not go into trade deals to benefit any other country. The benefit has to be for America.
The really troubling section of TTIP is the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS)this is a tribunal set up to allow companies to sue governments for loss of profits or future profits. The hearings are held in private, in international courts at the World Bank in Washington DC, this bypasses the legal system of the country being sued, meaning details are often impossible to uncover.
The NHS can be exempted from this treaty but our present government does not plan to do this.
Under ISDS it would be possible for corporations to sue governments for changing work regulations or increasing the minimum wage. It is OK to have trade treaties but it is very worrying to have ISDS as part of such a treaty, this smacks of corporations trying to control governments and the citizens of a country.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 11/17/2014 at 04:25 AM   
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calendar   Tuesday - October 07, 2014

ordinary Germans r happy 2 have the country overrun again. only the fascists object. u believe that?

The sub headline reads; Drastic action taken against thugs.

Sure thing.  Anytime some folks get just plain fed up seeing their country over run and protest and make loud noise, they are Fascist thugs.
In this case, okay. There may be a bit of neo going on here but, I can’t say as I blame some natives for being somewhat restless.
Anyway ... all patriots are Fascists anyway. Right?  It’s getting so you can’t tell the real ones from the ones who aren’t.
Food for thought too.
At the rate western governments are taking in refugees and asylum seekers and even allowing illegals to stay, making all sorts of allowances including benefits, I find it hard to find fault with the natives by whatever name libs want to call them.  Furthermore, those governments are surely making neo Nazis out of folks who perhaps while bent in that direction anyway, haven’t been up to or encouraged or motivated or had deep interest in right wing politics before, to make their voices heard.

Some politicians and some groups of idiot enablers, won’t be happy until all of Europe is dominated by muslims and others from turd world countries.
One huge caliphate one end to the other.  The only place you might see a white person in another few hundred years, will be in a museum in the form of a wax figure behind glass. 

The headline below comes from the newspaper, but the on line headline reads as if it’s the Germans who are the refugees. Hey wait. Could be them after all. Like, refugees in their own country. Hmm. Sounds about right too. I believe a good number of Brits feel the same.

You can call em thugs if it makes you happy.
I think they are patriots watching their country, language and customs being buried by the useful idiots on the left.

Take a look.

Rise of the far right and a ring of steel for asylum seekers

Drastic action taken against thugs

By Tony Paterson

A10ft steel fence topped with razor wire and metal spikes surrounds the “Spreehotel” – once a hotel, now a refugee hostel on the outskirts of the east German town of Bautzen.

It looks like a relic of the Cold War, but the Spreehotel’s defences were erected only three months ago at a cost of £15,000 to protect 150 asylum seekers from Syria, Afghanistan and 15 other countries who live within.

“The fence may look sinister, but its not some kind of Berlin Wall that’s meant to lock people in,” manager Peter Kilian Rausch, explained. “I had to put it up to protect of my residents. They are frightened.”

Since he converted his conference hotel into a refugee centre four months ago, Mr Rausch has twice been threatened with murder. His establishment was surrounded nightly by gangs of black-clad neo-Nazis, until the police stepped in.

Mr Rausch is banned from three shops in Bautzen for encouraging “refugee spongers” to live near the town. He has also been spat at and insulted by local people when giving his residents a lift into town, and attacked online.

The Spreehotel’s residents are also frightened. Most are wary about going into Bautzen except in groups. Mohammed Orfali, 24, from Syria, who crossed the Mediterranean in an open boat, said: “I always thought of Germany as the greatest country. I am just glad that I have met a few nicer Germans who speak English.”

Mr Rausch and his residents are the victims of a racist backlash against Germany’s growing refugee population, which has grown to be the largest for 20 years. An average of 25,000 people request asylum in the country each month. By the end of 2014, 200,000 immigrants will have applied. In comparison, the UK had just 20,000 asylum applications during the whole of 2013.

Last week German television viewers were shown a video found on the mobile phone of a security guard working at a refugee hostel in north-west Germany.

The video showed two grinning guards, one with his boot placed on the neck of frightened and handcuffed Algerian asylum seeker lying on the floor. The guard asks the refugee whether he wants “a kick in the face”. Police investigating the incident said the video looked like something from “Abu Ghraib or Guantanamo Bay”.

The news magazine Der Spiegel commented last week: “The politicians appear helpless in the face of he growing refugee influx.”

But the issue has provided big political gains for Germany’s new eurosceptic Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, which has just won its first seats in the parliaments of three states. In Thuringia, where the AfD’s candidate claimed foreigners were set to replace Germans as the dominant racial group, the party won 12 per cent of the vote.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative allies have responded by calling for the reintroduction of controls on Germany’s border with Austria. The federal government also this month imposed a block on asylum applications from the western Balkans by declaring that the region was officially “safe”.

But given the increasingly unstable situation in the Middle East, few expect Europe’s refugee flow to decrease in the short term. At the Spreehotel, Mr Rausch says the addition of a security fence has increased his residents’ sense of well-being: “It cost a lot but I’m very glad it’s there,” he said.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 10/07/2014 at 03:15 AM   
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calendar   Monday - September 29, 2014

Leaks by Edward Snowden and the Guardian have put British hostages in even greater peril.

Every single time I see a photo of this filthy rat bastard, all I can think about is how pleasurable it would be to kill the shit. 
Slowly. Very slowly. Blood boils and I see that red curtain.

The Germans btw, have invited Edward Snowden to Berlin, as they have questions with regard to NSA listening in on phone calls and spying.
I doubt the ass wipe would risk possible arrest by leaving his new home in mother Russia.  Oh yeah, I’d also like to delete in the same long and drawn out manner, his lady friend who organized his escape originally.

I don’t suppose we can nuke Moscow to set an example to any others who defy the interests of American national security. Yeah okay, didn’t really think so but it was a nice thought while it lasted.

OK so …. This caught my eye last week and I think you should read it.
The only issue I would take with the learned prof is the idea of terrorists “communicating with each other only in person”.
I recall hearing that way back in 2011, shortly after 9/11.

An intelligence expert’s devastating verdict: Leaks by Edward Snowden and the Guardian have put British hostages in even greater peril

Professor Anthony Glees is Director of the Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies at The University of Buckingham.

The agony of Barbara Henning, the wife of the Islamic State hostage Alan Henning, so genuinely and painfully expressed two days ago, is almost too much to bear.
Her anguish is felt not just by the family members of all IS’s hostages and, of course, by the hostages themselves, but is shared in part by every decent person in Britain.
David Cameron has expressed outrage at this organisation’s sadistic killings. He has declared that the killers of the British aid worker David Haines, and the Americans James Foley and Steven Sotloff, would be ‘hunted down and brought to justice’.
He has promised we will drive back and ‘ultimately destroy’ the so-called Islamic State and the ‘monsters’ who fight for it.

Paraded

IS are masters of propaganda. The way they paraded Mr Henning as the next in line to be executed, and followed this with the two videos of British journalist and photographer John Cantlie, almost seemed to be daring our country, and daring our Prime Minister, to convert his fine words into real action.
There is just one major problem with what Cameron has said.

It is that we don’t know where the hostages actually are. Nor, for all this week’s U.S.-led bombing, do we know the precise location of this murderous organisation’s leadership or the whereabouts of its chief, Dr Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi (he holds a PhD in Islamic Studies).

The big question is: why don’t we know? Britain has one of the most sophisticated intelligence communities in the world, second in many respects only to that of America, with whom we share our information. But the Americans don’t know either. Why not?

I believe this is very largely the work of one man, and of one British newspaper — Edward Snowden and The Guardian. In June 2013, Snowden — a former contractor for the U.S. National Security Agency, leaked details via The Guardian about the extent to which GCHQ, our government’s listening post, could monitor electronically-transmitted messages and its capacity to search the ‘haystack’ of vast amounts of data in order to identify ‘the needle’ that might help them defeat terrorists.

By doing so, he and The Guardian implicitly warned all Islamist terrorists throughout the world to stop using their mobile phones, to stop texting their fellow killers, not to use social media — as they had been doing with the greatest possible skill — and to communicate with each other only in person.

The result was that the vital intelligence at home and abroad began to dry up, virtually overnight.

The Guardian happily stoked the fire in the interests of ‘civil liberties’ with the effect that the freedoms of Snowden and his chums — and of Islamist terrorists worldwide, including extremists in the UK — were set higher than those of kidnapped schoolgirls in Nigeria, or the hostages held by the grisly medieval fanatics in Syria or Iraq.

The scaremongering caused a gale to blow through Whitehall and Westminster. Political leaders became terrified of being accused of ‘snooping’ and our intelligence community was put firmly and decisively on the back foot by the politicians’ cowardly behaviour.

Heavy blows to the morale of the intelligence services followed on from the totally unjustified and absurd claims from civil libertarians that Snowden and The Guardian had protected Britain from turning into a Stasi-run state.

Nowhere was this seen with more horrifying clarity than in August 2013, when David Miranda — partner of The Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, who was covering stories based on Snowden’s leaks — was arrested at Heathrow Airport.

Miranda had been with Snowden in Russia. He was on his way to see Greenwald and was acting as courier. In order to allow a steady drip of harmful information to seep out week after week, Snowden used him to take new and hitherto unseen secret documents to Greenwald — and he was held on his arrival in the UK after a tip-off from MI5.

Despite being arrested in possession of many thousands of top secret British files on his computer, he was allowed at the express wish of Downing Street to destroy the hard drive of his computer and was then released to fly to visit his partner Greenwald, who was living in Brazil.

Downing Street’s argument was that by insisting that Miranda destroyed the hard drive, they would ensure the classified files were also destroyed. But, inevitably, they had been copied beforehand.

The truth is that, not merely were our politicians permitting Miranda to destroy the very evidence which could have been used to convict him — a serious criminal offence in itself — they were also signalling that Britain would not legitimately use the Official Secrets Act to maintain the integrity of Britain’s intelligence gathering capacity.

The message went out, loud and clear, that we would not put up a legal fight against either Miranda or The Guardian to ensure that secrets about our capacity for electronic interception, a key part of intelligence gathering and at the core of Britain’s biggest intelligence success in World War II at Bletchley Park, would remain hidden.

Traitor

If this continues to be the attitude of our leaders, it will no longer be possible to use the Official Secrets Act to keep this country safe.

Snowden was technically not a British traitor because he is an American, but he betrayed the values of this country, lock stock and barrel.

He now resides in comfort in Russia, as the personal guest of President Putin. Unlike the hostages the Islamists take and butcher, he lives in comfort and safety, as do those from The Guardian newspaper who published his leaks.

Their success in doing so is an indication of our blindness. Their work has made ours so much harder.

It is my view that the only way now to get accurate intelligence to deliver justice to the beheaders, and to target our firepower in an area of Iraq and Syria the size of Britain, is to get British boots on the ground.

As long as David Cameron insists this will never happen, all that his policy will consist of is good intentions. And we know where they lead.

Our intelligence services have been severely compromised by their supine attitude towards Snowden and The Guardian’s activities. And our helplessness as the grotesque videos of hostages are paraded before our eyes by IS are a terrible reminder of this fact.

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calendar   Monday - August 25, 2014

from the mayor of London to the world.  hellooooo

Writing in this morning’s Telegraph, the New York born quite English mayor of London has a few words.
Ah ... not really only a few. Quite a bit as it happens.
So I have just a small part here.

You might not agree to everything, but it is thought if not argument provoking.

Btw ....some ppl are calling for the govt. to revoke the citizenship of Brits who’ve gone over to the jihad side to fight, some of which have said they will bring back their skills learned over there.  While some of might be empty bragging, would anyone with a working brain discount that threat?  Right. Except my wife’s brain dead cousin Jo.  She might. But her aside.
Well, yeah as it happens.  The usual suspects on the left.

Did you guys know it was against international law to make a person “stateless” by taking away citizenship?  I only know what I read in the papers.
A good many Brits are saying F*** intl. law. This is a case of survival.  Terrorists under any label or belonging to whatever grouping, are as serious as a heart attack.  The west needs to act in any way whatever to secure the safety of our side.  There can’t be any co-existence with terrorists even if we wanted that.
They don’t want it.  They want us to all become muslims. And not just any old kind of muslim.  Gotta be their approved brand. 

Do nothing, and we invite the tide of terror to our front door

As the problem of Isil worsens by the day, it is surely time to bring back control orders

By Boris Johnson

Let’s assume he is indeed who he sounds like – another deluded British-born jihadi. I am afraid I have listened, on the Telegraph website, to the voice of the man who claims to be the killer of James Foley, and there seems little doubt that he grew up in this country. He was probably born in our wonderful NHS. He was schooled in our broadly excellent education system. He and his family have very likely spent their lives, like the rest of us, cushioned by our welfare state. And this is how he chooses to pay back the gift of nurture – by engaging in terrorism, declaring his allegiance to a novel barbarian state, and publicly beheading an entirely innocent journalist.

Young men such as this killer are famously told that if they die in “battle” they will be welcomed in heaven by the sexual ministrations of 72 virgins. Many of them believe it – even though scholars have suggested that the reference to “black-eyed virgins” is in fact a promise of 72 raisins. I suspect most of us don’t give a monkey’s what happens to this prat in heaven, whether he meets virgins or raisins – we just want someone to come along with a bunker-buster and effect an introduction as fast as possible. We care less about the weird theology, and more about the state of the Earth as we know it, and here, alas, the boasts of the killer are not entirely without substance.

We are going to have to make up our minds very quickly about this “caliphate”: how we will respond to the irruption of a new and hellish country on the map, and how we deal with these Brits who go off and fight in its name. These Isil wackos now control an area the size of Great Britain, considerable oil reserves, a population of about six million, some industry, and a military capability said to be second in the region only to Israel. To take them on will not be easy, and I can see all the arguments for doing little or nothing – letting “history” take its course.

To take on Isil would probably need a vast and coordinated series of American strikes by drones and other missiles, coupled with a lot of effort from special forces. Does Washington have the will? Do we?

CONTINUE READING

UPDATE

Peter Westmacott, the ambassador to Washington, disclosed that 70 militants have been arrested after returning from Syria, a number of them carrying instructions for “very specific missions” to unleash terrorist atrocities on British soil.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 08/25/2014 at 09:47 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - August 23, 2014

That’s A Good Reason

Global Warming Alert CODE RED!!!

Glaciers Melting In Iceland At Alarming Rate!!

Golly, why? Could it be because

Iceland Volcano Blows It’s Top

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Bardarbunga, a subglacial stratovolcano located under Iceland’s largest glacier

REYKJAVIK, Iceland – Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano began erupting Saturday under the ice of Europe’s largest glacier, prompting the country to close the airspace over the volcano.

Thousands of small earthquakes have rattled the volcano, located deep beneath the Vatnajokull glacier, in the last week. Seismic data indicated that magma from the volcano was melting ice beneath the glacier’s Dyngjujokull icecap, Meteorological Office vulcanologist Melissa Pfeffer said.

The remote area, 200 miles east of the capital of Reykjavik, is uninhabited.

The Civil Protection Department said scientists flew over the ice cap Saturday afternoon but saw no visible signs of the eruption on the surface of the glacier.

Still, authorities raised the country’s aviation alert to red—the highest level on a five-point scale—indicating the threat of “significant emission of ash into the atmosphere.”

Icelandic authorities declared a no-fly zone of 100 nautical miles by 140 nautical miles around the eruption as a precaution, but did not shut down air space over most of the island nation in the North Atlantic.

“All airports are open and flights are on schedule,” said spokeswoman Olof Baldursdottir.

A 2010 eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokul volcano produced an ash cloud that caused a week of international aviation chaos, with more than 100,000 flights cancelled.

Pfeffer said it was not clear when, or if, the eruption would melt through the ice—which is between 330 to 1,300 feet thick—and fling steam and ash into the air. She said it could take up to a day for the ice to melt—or the eruption might remain contained beneath Europe’s largest glacier.




[in case you’re running low on Gloom & Doom news stories]

London Freezing, From a Faraway Land?
Iceland Eruption Could Freeze UK For Years

BRITAIN could freeze in YEARS of super-cold winters and miserable summers if the Bardarbunga volcano erupts, experts have warned.

Depending on the force of the explosion, minute particles thrust beyond the earth’s atmosphere can trigger DECADES of chaotic weather patterns.

Tiny pieces of debris act as billions of shields reflecting the sun’s light away from earth meaning winter temperatures could plunge LOWER THAN EVER before while summer will be devoid of sunshine.

The first effect could be a bitterly cold winter to arrive in weeks with thermometers plunging into minus figures and not rising long before next summer.

The Icelandic Met Office has this week warned of “strong indications of ongoing magma movement” around the volcano prompting them to raise the aviation warning to orange, the second highest and sparking fears the crater could blow at any moment.

The region has also this week been hit by a magnitude-four earthquake - the strongest for almost 20 years, officials said.

The British Met Office said the effects of an explosion on Britain’s weather depends on the wind direction in the upper atmosphere.

Spokeswoman Laura Young said: “If the upper winds are north-westerly it will have an effect on our weather.

“If the upper winds are westerly then it won’t.”

Experts have warned the icelandic volcano could erupt againExperts have warned the icelandic volcano could erupt again [AP]

Historic volcanic eruptions have had devastating effects on the weather in surrounding areas which have lasted for years.

In 1783 eastern regions of the United States recorded the lowest ever temperature after Iceland’s Laki volcano erupted that year.

As well as huge volumes of ash, the furious mountain also spat out large volumes of sulphur dioxide gas which added to the cooling effect.

In Indonesia, the eruption of Mount Tambora in 1815 led to an unusually cold spring and summer the following year. [referred to in history as “eighteen hundred and froze to death"]

The ice age is coming, the sun’s zooming in
Engines stop running, the wheat is growing thin
A nuclear error, but I have no fear
‘Cause London is drowning, and I live by the river


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/23/2014 at 09:39 PM   
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calendar   Friday - August 15, 2014

Syrian WMD Destroyed

Hey, remember Syria?

Remember how there’s this massive civil war going on there, with tens of thousands of casualties, all sorts of horrific war crimes being done by both sides, Obama’s Red Lines, and Syria’s “possible” use of poison gas? Remember how the whole world, with the help of the Russians, was going to neutralize the stockpiles of Assad’s chemical weapons? (the ones that didn’t come from Saddam Hussein, wink wink, nudge nudge??)



Well, progress is being made. At sea. So far, 581 tons of precursor chemicals used to make mustard gas have been destroyed. ( OMG. Can you imagine the size of the killing field that nearly 600 tons of poison gas would make?? ) Under the watchful eye of a multinational naval task force that includes the British frigate HMS Montrose, several Scandinavian cargo ships have shuttled the evil stuff to the American ship MV Cape Ray. Cape Ray is a 650’, 37 year old RO/RO container ship, now owned by the US Navy and currently modified as a chemical disposal factory, and is doing the job at a well guarded and undisclosed location somewhere at sea in the Mediterranean. 

And those 581 tons? That’s not even 75% of the overall stockpile. The Cape Ray has 269 shipping containers full of the crap on board. But progress is being made, and the story of putting a chemical hydrolysis plant on a ship and getting it halfway round the world is actually quite heroic.

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MV Cape Ray

[ April 10, 2014 ] The MV Cape Ray left for the southern Italian port of Gioia Tauro to retrieve an estimated 560 tons of mustard blister agent and other materials extracted from Syria’s war-fractured territory. The move took place two days after President Bashar Assad’s regime delivered the last of its declared chemical-warfare stockpile into international custody, enabling the commencement of a destruction operation slated to take place in the Mediterranean Sea.

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11, 2014 – Specialists on the U.S. container ship M/V Cape Ray continue their work in the Mediterranean Sea, neutralizing chemical materials from Syria and contributing to what the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, or OPCW, on August 7 confirmed as the destruction of 74.2 percent of Syria’s chemical stockpile.

U.S. military and civilian specialists aboard the ship began using the field deployable hydrolysis system to neutralize Syrian chemical materials on July 7, Director of Pentagon Press Operations Army Col. Steve Warren told reporters at the time, anticipating that it would take about 60 days to complete the job.

On August 5 at the Aberdeen Proving Ground-Edgewood Team CBRNE capabilities showcase, Adam Baker, a chemical engineer and project manager with the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, detailed the hard work that went into turning a land-based hydrolysis system into a field-deployable system in just five months.

“We had a gap in capabilities for a system that was transportable, that could be operated out of a remote location and that would [process] bulk liquid agent at high throughputs.”

The system had to be able to be transported to a remote site and set up and be sufficient with a supply of reagents and diesel fuel, Baker explained. The project was given the go-ahead in February 2013. In November 2013, he said, “That’s when they made the decision to start putting it on the Cape Ray.”

The timeline was short, Baker said, and they couldn’t start from scratch with a new system, so they used a process from the former Aberdeen Chemical Demilitarization Facility, or ABCDF, that had been used a decade ago to neutralize 1,700 tons of mustard – part of the destruction of the United States’ own chemical stockpile.

The entire Syrian stockpile of precursors required to make sarin gas has been destroyed by US experts on board a US neutralizer ship, Pentagon officials have confirmed.

“I am pleased to announce that the crew aboard Cape Ray has completed neutralization of 100 percent of the sarin precursor aboard the ship, which amounts to about 581 metric tons neutralized,” Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steve Warren said.

Warren added the Cape Ray crew are now in the process of neutralizing 19.8 tons of sulfur mustard and should be completed by the end of August.

Syria agreed to the destruction of its chemical weapons through a US-Russia brokered deal last September. The decision was sparked by a deadly sarin gas attack in August 21 near Damascus that killed hundreds of people. The West blamed President Bashar Assad forces for it, while Damascus accused the rebels of committing that terror act as a provocation.



So, some good news for a change. Go Navy.

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/15/2014 at 08:02 AM   
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calendar   Tuesday - July 15, 2014

a girl and her gun

Pretty girl in her viking costume at the games.

It looked so good and she even got a contract of some kind with L’Oreal.
Pretty good for a girl of 17.

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Belgian Axelle Despiegelaere, a 17-year-old beauty who wore her Viking-inspired red and yellow hat and a face paint during the Belgium-Russia World Cup match on June 22, bagged a L’Oreal modeling contract.
She was just there as a fan, as a supporter of her country’s football team, cheering for the Belgian kickers. But little did she know that she was being photographed and shown on TV during the game.

Belgian Axelle Despiegelaere’s photos during the Russia-Belgium group battle with her red and yellow hat and pompoms circulated and created a buzz on the Internet,which sparked interest from the L’Oréal Professionnel team. That interest turned into a modelling contract.

But then the big bad wolf of outrageous fortune made an appearance in the form of another photograph.

A young girl and her gun. Warms the heart.  But not at L’Oreal.
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Photo emerged of teenager posing with rifle and a dead animal in Africa
Now she has had contract with L’Oreal cancelled following controversy

Cosmetics giant L’Oreal has severed ties with the Belgian World Cup fan who won a modelling contract after being spotted in the crowd after it emerged she is a fan of big game hunting.

But L’Oreal has confirmed that the modelling contract it awarded her as a result of her new-found fame has already been cancelled after a photo emerged of the teenager posing with a rifle and a dead animal in Africa.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, she wrote on her Facebook page, “Hunting is not a matter of life or death. It’s much more important than that ... this was about 1 year ago ... ready to hunt Americans today haha.”


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calendar   Thursday - May 29, 2014

Obama, Still At Sea

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Obama urges against ‘military adventures’

President Obama, in a commencement address at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, signaled a significant shift in U.S. foreign policy—one that pulls back from what he described as “military adventures” while wielding American power in other ways.

The president described the new American foreign policy as one of “collective action” and restraint, deploying unilateral U.S. military force only when the American people are threatened. He outlined his vision a day after announcing his plan for gradually drawing down the U.S. force in Afghanistan once the war formally ends later this year.

“The landscape has changed,” Obama told the graduating class at West Point on Wednesday, citing the end of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

The president took on what he described as “interventionists” from both parties, and said that while “isolationism” is not an option, “U.S. military action cannot be the only—or even primary—component of our leadership in every instance.”

The president advised that crises around the world that don’t directly threaten Americans be met first with non-military options: diplomacy, sanctions and “collective action.”

The president pointed to Syria as one battlefield where allies could work together to ease the crisis. He pledged to work with Congress to “ramp up support” for certain elements in the Syrian opposition who “offer the best alternative to terrorists and a brutal dictator.”

Separately, administration officials told The Associated Press that Obama and his team are weighing sending a limited number of U.S. troops to Jordan as part of a mission to train and equip certain moderate members of the Free Syrian Army.

Isolationist much?

And I’m pretty sure we’ve heard that very dangerous, open ended line about a limited number of military advisers and troops before. Yeah, around 1961 I think it was, to train some of the moderate locals to fight against the insurgency. And look where that got us. [cough cough]

Meanwhile, his One-derfulness’ plan to nip terrorism in the bud is to drop $5 Billion on raggy governments in the lands where jihad comes from. Because we can trust those tinpot dictators to spend the money wisely (Paris real estate is a great investment right now!), to talk peace love and granola to their wild eyed peasants, and to keep the imams in line. ( but wait, wasn’t Obama behind getting rid of the tinpot dictators in Libya and Egypt who had done just that?? ). And of course, once those leaders are bought off this time, they’ll stay bought off forever.

Bought off? Golly how America has gone full circle.
Didn’t we pretty much create our Navy and Marines in the first place because Thomas Jefferson was tired of paying bribes to leaders in that area to keep the peace in the first place? And he then engaged in a different kind of “collective action”?

As early as 1784 Congress followed the tradition of the European shipping powers and appropriated $80,000 as tribute to the Barbary states, directing its ministers in Europe, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, to begin negotiations with them. Trouble began the next year, in July 1785, when Algerians captured two American ships and the dey of Algiers held their crews of twenty-one people for a ransom of nearly $60,000.
...
When Jefferson became president in 1801 he refused to accede to Tripoli’s demands for an immediate payment of $225,000 and an annual payment of $25,000. The pasha of Tripoli then declared war on the United States. Although as secretary of state and vice president he had opposed developing an American navy capable of anything more than coastal defense, President Jefferson dispatched a squadron of naval vessels to the Mediterranean. As he declared in his first annual message to Congress: “To this state of general peace with which we have been blessed, one only exception exists. Tripoli, the least considerable of the Barbary States, had come forward with demands unfounded either in right or in compact, and had permitted itself to denounce war, on our failure to comply before a given day. The style of the demand admitted but one answer. I sent a small squadron of frigates into the Mediterranean. . . .”

Right. Obama, still at sea, still sailing in circles. Except he turns widdershins when the world needs him to turn deosil.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/29/2014 at 08:24 AM   
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calendar   Monday - May 12, 2014

Twisting Arms The Putin Way

You knew this one was coming, right?

Russia Threatens To Turn Off The Gas

Moscow (AFP) - Russia’s state energy giant Gazprom warned on Monday that it may halt natural gas shipments to Ukraine on June 3 in a move that could impact the supplies of at least 18 EU nations.

Gazprom chief executive Alexei Miller said Ukraine must pay upfront for its June deliveries because of outstanding debts. He added that Kiev had until the morning of June 3 to make the payment “or Ukraine will receive zero cubic metres (of gas) in June,” Interfax reported.

In Putin’s Russia, economy sanctions you!

PS - it’s your tax dollars that will be paying Ukraine’s energy bill. I guess this is what Obama meant by being more flexible after the election, what what?

Last week: Russia orders Ukraine to pre-pay for gas

Europe faced the prospect of imminent energy shortages Thursday after Russia ordered crisis-hit Ukraine to pay upfront for all its natural gas deliveries because of billions of dollars in debts.

The largely-anticipated announcement imperils supplies to a large swathe of the European Union because nearly 15 percent of all Russian gas consumed by the 28-nation bloc transits through Ukraine.

The ex-Soviet nation has refused to meet the deadline in protest over Russia’s decision to nearly double the price it charges its neighbour for gas imports following the February overthrow of Kiev’s Kremlin-backed regime.

Russia’s energy ministry said Ukraine had missed a Wednesday deadline to pay debts worth $3.5 billion (2.5 billion euros) and that all gas sent from June 1 will have to be paid in advance.

“Russia is introducing a pre-payment regime for gas deliveries to Ukraine,” Energy Minister Alexander Novak said in a statement.

President Vladimir Putin had last month warned in a letter to 18 EU nations that Russia would require Ukraine to make pre-payments unless Europe helped cover its debt to Moscow’s government-run natural gas giant Gazprom.

“Russia can no longer—and must not—be the only one carrying the burden of supporting the Ukrainian economy, offering it discounts for gas and forgiving debts,” said Novak.

The energy minister said Russia had “through its subsidies been effectively covering the deficit in Ukraine’s trade with EU member states”.


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