cue the lightning bolts

the only question that matters: is it true?

Iran has signed the NPT. As a signatory to the NPT, Iran may rightfully, legally, use nuclear technology for peaceful energy purposes. Iran has submitted to and passed repeated IAEA inspections. The US intelligence community (NIE) does not consider Iran a nuclear threat. Israel refuses to sign the NPT. Israel has an estimated several hundred undeclared nuclear weapons. Russia and China have warned that an attack on Iran will have global consequences. That's the situation in a nutshell. Where to next, people? Where to?

Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth? - Galatians 4:16


UNCONFIRMED reports from Western Ukraine & history of the Western Ukraine resistance to communism

UNCONFIRMED -- BUT obviously needs to be confirmed one way or the other because it is so disturbing. SO, will the corporate media confirm such disturbing reports as false, while providing proof, OR will it all just be ignored fueling more fear and suspicion that these reports are true? - ed.

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(Nov 20, 2009) Unconfirmed reports are coming in that thousands of people in what appears to be a rural area under quarantine in the western Ukraine have been killed by vaccines.

A Ukrainian woman who crossed into neighbouring Poland told people there that she had driven into the Ukraine to meet a friend but was stopped about 60 km from the border and told that parts of the Western Ukraine were closed at a distance of about 100 kilometers from the border with Poland.




Why is the flu psyop happening in Western Ukraine? Perhaps because these people resisted once before?

Brief History of the Western Ukraine resistance to the communist army:

"I hung one nationalist upside down and burned him on a slow fire; I cut pieces of flesh out of him ... and he, the viper, died shouting "Glory to Ukraine!" What a viper! How many of them I tortured to death ..." These are the words of one student in the Higher Communist party school in Moscow, recorded by Oleksander Dovzhenko in his journal[1].

This unknown Ukrainian patriot who died under inhuman tortures, murdered by the Moscow butchers is a symbol of entire Western Ukraine in the claws of the communist empire during the 1940s and 1950s. One of the heroes of the people's Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), which for more than ten years, without any outside help and using only the weapons captured from its enemies, fought against the forces of both totalitarian monsters - Hitler's Reich and the Leninist-Stalinist colonial "Union." UPA units also defended the population of the Kholm and Lemko regions against the brigandry of the Polish army, which herded and deported hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians from their ancestral lands.

According to the information of the Soviet oppressive forces, which fought the insurgents, in 1944, when the Red Army occupied the territories of UPA operations, 57,405 UPA soldiers were killed, 50,387 taken prisoner, and 15,990 surrendered - a total of 123,782 persons; during the first four months of 1945 95,083 more men and women were killed, captured or surrendered, for a grand total of 218,865 persons[2]. Even taking into consideration the fact that the Soviets killed many peasants who did not participated in the liberation struggle, the above figures speak eloquently of the extraordinary scope and determined character of the national liberation war in Western Ukraine. In the words of the last UPA Commander-in-Chief, Col. V. Kuk, "At the time of its greatest strength, the Ukrainian Insurgent Army numbered close to half a million men if we take into account not only fighters, but also all the auxiliary services and structures."[3] Never in history has there been a national liberation struggle of such scope, endurance and intensity in conditions of such huge inequality in strength and total absence of any help from the outside world.

But the outside world remained silent. And also silent was Greater Ukraine for whose freedom the heroic insurgents fought and died, Western Ukrainian villages burned and wells filled up with dead bodies of those killed by gangs of NKVD men disguised as insurgents.

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The world remained silent because it knew nothing about the UPA or its struggle. One the Soviets consolidated their rule over a huge empire, they immediately put under the censorship all sources of information and sealed up borders, isolating their population from the rest of mankind. This isolation became even more impenetrable after the Second World War, with the establishment in Eastern Europe of a belt of "People's democratic" satellite states subject to the Kremlin. If ever any negative information about the USSR leaked through that iron curtain of isolation, numerous Soviet sympathizers in the democratic countries prevented it from getting in the the press, so as not to brake the "wheel of history" the axle of which ran right through Stalin's office.


The first and strongest obstacle in the path of the Gulag specter was erected by the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), with its slogan "Freedom to nations and individuals!" Fighting for the freedom of the Ukrainian people, UPA soldiers also fought for the freedom of other nations. For this reason, the fact that the war, unprecedented in scope and organization, waged by Ukrainian patriots against the red empire of evil remained unknown and unappreciated by the world opinion had negative effects reaching far beyond the borders of Ukraine.

read more here

news from the B-team

1. Lula gets involved in ME "peace" process, urges freeze on settlements in East Jerusalem after meeting with Abbas, and just recently met with Peres you may recall, who urged him to get involved in the ME "peace" process

SALVADOR, Brazil (AP) -- Brazil's President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva is joining his Palestinian counterpart in calling on Israel to stop building new settlements in areas claimed by Palestinians.

Silva says that his country "understands that any new settlement in Palestinian territory should immediately be halted." He says the expansion of settlements should be frozen and Palestinian borders of the future guaranteed.

Silva spoke Friday after a meeting with Palestine Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas, who also plans to visit Argentina and Chile.

Silva earlier told two local radio stations that the United Nations should coordinate Middle East negotiations - not the U.S., which he said is "one of those responsible" for the crisis.

source: rockford register star

2. Georgia's Saakashvili doubts Russia will "risk" military conflict with Ukraine

Visiting Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili said Ukraine is “a hard nut to crack” for Russia.

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili said Ukraine has no reason to fear a military conflict with Russia anytime soon. “Ukraine is a hard nut to crack for Russia,” he told the Kyiv Post in a brief interview on Nov. 18. Contradicting previous statements, in which he has warned that Ukraine could be next on Russia’s list as a target, the Georgian president said: “Many fear that Crimea could become a second Abkhazia, but I don’t think [Russia will demonstrate aggression] here.”

...Warm Ukrainian-Georgian relations continue to be an irritant for Russia, accusses Ukraine of supplying weapons to Georgia last year, as well as soldiers. Ukraine insists its arm sales to Georgia were legal. Saakashvili told the Ready to Answer TV talk show on TRK Ukraine TV channel that Ukraine “never” illegally sold weapons to his country, and that Ukrainians “never took part in the war.”

According to the United Nations, Ukraine sold 74 tanks to Georgia in 2007. In 2008, Ukraine sold Georgia 25 armored personnel carriers, 15 infantry fighting vehicles, 60 light machine-guns and 17,404, assault rifles and submachine-guns.

read more @ kyiv post

3. Italian police arrest 2 Pakistanis linked to Mumbai attacks

Italian police on Saturday arrested two Pakistani men accused of providing logistical support for last year's terror attacks in Mumbai, officials said.

The two, father and son, were arrested in an early morning raid in Brescia, police in the northern Italian city said.

The suspects managed a money transfer agency and helped fund the Nov. 26 attacks, police said in a statement. The day before the attacks they transferred money to activate an Internet phone account that was used by the attackers and their accomplices, said Stefano Fonzi, the head of anti-terror police in Brescia.

Italian police began the probe in December after being alerted by the FBI that the money had been sent from Italy, Fonzi told The Associated Press.

The funds were transferred under the identity of another Pakistani man who had never been in Italy and was not involved in the alleged crimes, he said.

The two are accused of aiding and abetting international terrorism as well as illegal financial activity.

Transferring funds using the identity of other people was a common practice at the Brescia agency, Fonzi said in a telephone interview.

Two more Pakistanis were arrested in Saturday's raids for allegedly committing fraud and other crimes using the same system, but they were not linked to the Mumbai attacks. A fifth Pakistani man escaped arrest and was still being sought.

Under the same branch of the probe, 12 other people were flagged to prosecutors for possible investigation but were not arrested, Fonzi said.(AP)

source: naharnet news desk


and whom do we have to thank for all this financial destruction?

1. zinc dimes, tungsten gold & lost interest, by Jim Willie


The global bankers must deal with toxic bonds and phony gold bars. Yes, New York City is the financial center of world, but for fraud. Talk circulates that a president from yesteryear with his Goldman Sachs Treasury Secretary might have swapped the entire contents of Fort Knox. So did they not only lease the national treasure of gold, but swapped it first, then leased tungsten gold? Time will tell, as evidence is being accumulated and compiled. The assayers have also been commissioned to assist in authentication of gold bar delivery the world over from the US exchanges. Current estimates among the gold trader community run well past a few hundred thousand 'salted' gold bars, maybe over a million. When the Jackass inquired from a reliable gold trader source as to the timespan for the swaps, the late 1990 decade was the reply for dates on almost the entire false batches. Actually it is a mountainous batch. So the introduction to sophisticated Wall Street methods of currency management during the Decade of Prosperity had a side game running that were profitable indeed to the guys running the USDept Treasury and White House. In an age where the lines between patriotism and treason are blurred, this tungsten episode brings new meaning to the word HEIST.

For some excellent forensic financial analysis on the fake gold project, called Operation Grand Slam, see Rob Kirby's article. It is entitled "On Doing God's Work: Gold Finger, A New Take On Operation Grand Slam With A Tungsten Twist" (CLICK HERE), dated 12 November 2009.


The common denominator for the parties demanding gold delivery in London is simple: they are all Asians, all, as in all, and the great majority are Chinese. To say the Chinese are trying to bust the government gold gamers who defend the USDollar is a gross understatement. They use USTreasury Bond credit supply somewhat as leverage, to silence the opposition and critics. One can safely conclude that the US and British banks will be broken with the nexus being their gold management, which underpins the USDollar. Other pressure is sure to mount. Not the kind of pressure you might imagine. Pressure is mounting for senior bank executives and politicians to start revealing the identities, deeds, locations, and dates of the gold tungsten swap, the mortgage bond firehose, and other pervasive frauds protected by the USGovt and British Govt. It might even include producing the true location of the Madoff funds.


The Exit Strategy will lead to a road paved by Weimar Dollars. The world's major financial centers outside the central bank accomplices are ditching their dollars. They are diversifying out of US$-based bonds of all types. They are accumulating gold. Some are investing in facilities that are vertically integrated with commodity production, transport, and trade. Like China! The USGovt is investing, by contrast, in clunker cars, still more houses, dead car industry, spoiled AIG insurer, a mortgage cesspool Fannie Mae, pork projects (see unused airport in Johnstown Pennsylvania), and phony war on terrorism for syndicate gain. Quite a contrast! With the news spreading globally about tungsten-laced gold bars, or actually gold-plated tungsten bars, the reputation of the Untied States will grow more tarnished, and more regarded as the most diversified field of financial corruption in modern history, if not all human history.


During the president visit to Beijing, Obama has been reminded of who the master creditor is. It is China. In public no discussions are made of the Chinese concentrated pressure in London at the metal exchange. Taboo topic. The US President has slipped on three key topics, with mention of the human rights issue, currency manipulation, and the future of communism. The US has no place to lecture any other nation. In the US the new development is dangerous virus vaccines, its resulting debilitation, and confiscation of life savings via Wall Street fraud, so keep human rights talk down. In the US the new development is formation of the Politburo with Czars (without legal power) and the confiscation of homes by Fannie Mae. The rental of Fannie Mae homes after lost title through foreclosure is the last roadway to state ownership of property once held by the proletariat. So keep talk of communism down. In the US the chronic ongoing development is interventions in financial markets with an objective to maintain the USDollar at least double its true value, and to lift stocks of big banks that are insolvent after phony accounting rules were adopted, endorsed, blessed as good. So keep the currency manipulation talk down. China is actually moving toward capitalism, while America has forgotten what capitalism is, and marches with right foot in fascist mud and left foot in communism mud. Some call the US president a puppet of Wall Street, confirmed by his appointment of Goldman Sachs to run the Dept Treasury.

much more @ financial sense

h/t incoming

2. gold sucking machine hidden in clear sight


“Pressures mounted in early October at the London metals exchange as gold contract holders demanded delivery of gold. My source tells me that the parties demanding gold were almost exclusively Chinese. It is mostly private billionaires. Their stated motive was to diversify out of US$-based assets. Their rumored motive was to ruin the exchange, expose the chronic fraud linked to government ministries, and force the USDollar to fight in the open to demonstrate value or lack of value. The source said the next round of gold contract delivery pressure comes in late November, then again in March 2010, and finally in June 2010. He said the gold is gradually being drained in London, and that all demands for gold delivery were met in October, using legal force, the courts, and powerful attorneys. Not a single gold contract was settled for cash with a 25% dividend bribe.

He concluded that the financial system will be broken at the gold-USDollar cross beam. He openly stated that he could not conceive of the system holding together past June of next year, and a severe test is likely in March 2010. He said with sly tone, "”

more @ phekkwitz ahoy

so cliquey

1. analysis of China India US relationship - opinion


For the first time in the post-Cold war era, Delhi elites too are not going overboard with excitement over an impending prime ministerial visit to the US and are able to maintain equanimity and poise.

At the same time, US-Indian business ties are set to blossom. On Thursday, the Indian government tabled legislation in parliament under the misleading title "Civil Nuclear Liability Bill", the sole purpose of which is to provide access for the US nuclear industry to the Indian market, which promises to offer over $100 billion in business in the coming five to 10 years.

Washington's quick backtracking from the Obama-Hu statement underscores that any enterprise to mount ill-fated Sino-American ventures in the Indo-Gangetic plains can seriously harm the American business agenda, which is the US's top priority.

read more @ asia times

2. India hails deep-rooted ties with Kuwait

NEW DELHI: Indian Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur praised yesterday the great efforts of Kuwait in supporting human development and mankind progress in friendly nations.

The Indian official made the remarks during her meeting here with Kuwait's Ambassador to New Delhi, Sami Al-Sulaiman. She underlined the deep-rooted ties linking Kuwait and India and the two countries' keenness on enhancement of bilateral relations in the service of mutual interests.

Sulaiman said that his meeting with Kaur was part of routine talks with Indian government officials to review the march of the good relations between the two countries.

He said the distinguished relations linking Kuwait and India were based on solid ground towards the launch of giant joint projects that would pour into the interest of the peoples of both countries. Sulaiman pointed out the admiration by the Indian minister vis-a-vis Kuwait's generous contributions in the support human development in friendly nations.

read more @ kuwait times

3. here come the clowns...US lawmakers threaten sanctions on China over currency

WASHINGTON – US lawmakers criticized US President Barack Obama's administration Thursday for not pressuring China enough over its rigid currency as they set the stage for slapping import duties on Chinese goods.

As Obama returned home without any pledge from China to make its yuan flexible, Republican and Democratic lawmakers sent a letter to the Commerce Department calling for an investigation into "China’s currency manipulation."

It is "a potential first step in a process that could lead to significant, US-imposed tariffs on imports from China," said Democratic Senator Charles Schumer, who jointly wrote the letter with Republican Senator Lindsey Graham.

The Obama administration, like the Bush administration before it, has refused to brand China a currency manipulator under a law requiring it to determine whether any foreign economy manipulates its currency against the US dollar.

read more @ global nation

4. top Chinese advisor starts visit to Philippines

MANILA, Nov. 19 (Xinhua) -- Jia Qinglin, China's top political advisor, arrived in Manila on Thursday to begin a two-day official visit to the Southeast Asian country.

Jia, chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee, delivered a written speech upon his arrival at the airport of the Philippine capital.

In the speech, Jia hailed the traditional friendship between China and the Philippines, highlighting the enhanced political mutual trust, fruitful cooperation in various fields and close contact between the two peoples.

"The sound development of bilateral ties brought about tangible interests for the two peoples and is conducive to regional peace, stability and development," he said.

Jia was to exchange views with Philippine leaders on issues of common concern during his stay.

more @ chinaview

5. Thai PM: Thai-Cambodian relationship now stable

BANGKOK, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) -- The Thai-Cambodian relationship is currently stable and is not expected to deteriorate, Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said Friday. ..."The Thai-Cambodian relationship is now stable," Thai News Agency quoted Abhisit as saying.

Also, both sides are ready to discuss as there will be a meeting of the Thai-Cambodian Joint Boundary Commission (JBC), said Abhisit.

The JBC meeting will be co-chaired by Thai Defense Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan and Cambodian Defense Minister Tea Banh, he said.

more @ chinaview

6. Obama names envoys to RP, Singapore

WASHINGTON – (UPDATE) US President Barack Obama on Thursday named two ambassadors to Southeast Asia, tapping a close political ally as envoy to Singapore and nominating a career diplomat to the Philippines.

For the Philippines, Obama named Harry K. Thomas, Jr., a career foreign service officer who served as ambassador to Bangladesh from 2003 to 2005. He has also been posted in India, Nigeria, Peru and Zimbabwe.

Obama also named David Adelman, a state senator in Georgia and a force behind the president's record-breaking fund-raising in last year's election, to be ambassador to Singapore.

Adelman chaired the Democratic candidate's campaign in Georgia, a Republican-leaning southern state which Obama turned competitive but fell short by five points.

A lawyer, Adelman represented presidential contender Al Gore in his legal battles against eventual winner George W. Bush in the 2000 race.

Adelman has also been active in initiatives to prevent domestic violence and spearheaded a Georgia law prohibiting state contracts to companies seen as benefiting from the bloodshed in Sudan's parched Darfur region.

The nominations, which require confirmation by the US Senate, came after high-level US visits to the two US-friendly nations.

Obama visited Singapore last week as part of a four-nation Asia tour, while Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stopped in the Philippines.

US ambassadors generally step down when a president leaves office. Obama is still filling positions more than a year after his election, with nominees subject to increasingly tough scrutiny.

Despite his vows for a cleaner government, Obama has tapped major fund-raisers as his ambassadors to close US allies including Australia, Britain, France and Japan.


more bizarre mysteries of the underworld

1. gang killed people to collect fat say cops

Police say a gang in the Peruvian jungle has been killing people and melting fat from the corpses to sell on the black market for use in cosmetics.

Medical experts have cast doubt on the claim, saying they doubt a major market for fat exists.

Three suspects have confessed to killing five people but the gang may have been involved in dozens more, said Colonel Jorge Mejia, chief of Peru's anti-kidnapping police.

He said one suspect claimed the gang wasn't the only one doing such killings.

Mejia said two of the suspects were arrested carrying bottles of liquid human fat and told police it was worth $US15,000 ($A16,315) a litre.

The fat was sold to intermediaries in Peru's capital, Lima, and police suspect it was then sold to cosmetic companies in Europe, Mejia said on Thursday, but he could not confirm any sales.

Medical experts expressed doubt about an international black market for human fat, though it does have cosmetic applications.

A dermatology professor at Yale University, Dr Lisa Donofrio, speculated that a small market may exist for "human fat extracts" to keep skin supple, but she said that scientifically such treatments are "pure baloney".

At a news conference, police showed reporters two bottles of fat recovered from the suspects and a photo of the rotting head of a 27-year-old male victim.

Suspect Elmer Segundo Castillejos, 29, led police to the head, recovered in a coca-growing valley last month, Mejia said.

Mejia said Castillejos recounted how the gang cut off its victims' heads, arms and legs, removed the organs, then suspended the torsos from hooks above candles that warmed the flesh as fat dripped into tubs below.

Six members of the gang remain at large, Mejia said. Among them was the band's alleged leader, Hilario Cudena, 56, who Castillejos told police has been killing people to extract human fat for more than three decades.

This year alone, at least 60 people are listed as missing in Huanuco province, where the gang allegedly operated, though the province is also home to drug-trafficking leftist rebels.

Mejia said police received a tip four months ago that human fat from the jungle was being sold in Lima. In August, he said, police infiltrated the band and later obtained some of the amber fluid, which a police lab confirmed as human fat.

On November 3, police arrested Serapio Marcos Veramendi and Enedina Estela in a Lima bus station with a litre of human fat in a soda bottle. Their testimony led to the arrest of Castillejos three days later at the same bus station.

The three are charged with homicide, criminal conspiracy, illegal firearms possession and drug trafficking, according to a statement from Lima Superior Court. Police said they were searching for the alleged buyer.

Police dubbed the gang the "Pishtacos" after a Peruvian myth dating to pre-Columbian times of men who killed to extract human fat, quartering their victims with machetes.

Medical authorities contacted by The Associated Press said human fat is used in anti-wrinkle treatments - but is always extracted from the patient who is being treated, usually from the stomach or buttocks.

"There would be a risk of immunological reaction that could lead to life-threatening consequences" if fat from someone else were used, said Dr Neil Sadick, a professor of dermatology at Cornell Weill Medical College in New York.

Dr Adam Katz, a professor of plastic surgery at the University of Virginia medical school, was incredulous when told about the Peruvian ring.

"I can't see why there would be a black market for fat," he said.

"It doesn't make any sense at all, because in most countries we can get fat so readily and in such amounts from people who are willing and ready to donate that I don't see why there would ever be a black market for fat, of all tissues."


2. murdered Russian priest received death threats -- i kinda doubt it's the Muslims

A Russian Orthodox priest who carried out missionary work among immigrants from ex-Soviet republics received over a dozen death threats before his murder on Thursday, a Russian paper said.

Daniil Sysoyev, 34, was shot dead by a masked gunman in St. Thomas Church in southern Moscow on Thursday evening. The killer entered the church, asked for Sysoyev by name, and opened fire with a pistol at close range. The priest was hit in the head and died later in hospital. His assistant was badly wounded in the attack.

"The main theory is that religious motives are behind the crime," a spokesman for the investigating committee of the Prosecutor-General's Office said in comments broadcast on the Rossiya state-run TV channel.

The Komsomolskaya Pravda paper said on Friday that Sysoyev had revealed in a recent interview with one of its journalists that he had received 14 death threats by phone and email.

"They've threatened to cut my head off 14 times," the paper quoted the priest as saying. "The FSB [Federal Security Service] got in touch with me a year ago to say they had uncovered a murder plot against me."

Sysoyev also told the paper that in the past year, his church had "christened 80 Muslims, among them Tatars, Uzbeks, Chechens and Dagestanis."

He was also quoted as saying that other Orthodox priests were "afraid" to carry out missionary work among Muslim immigrants.

"They are afraid of revenge from the Muslim world," he said.

Sysoyev also worked with people seeking to quit religious sects, and Russian State Duma MPs asked on Friday for more information on the groups involved.

MOSCOW, November 20 (RIA Novosti)

sometimes heroes have to be aggressive OK?

1. US concerned about definition of "aggression" we're fighting terror ok?

THE HAGUE - A United States ambassador said Thursday that Washington was concerned about how aggression will be defined as an international crime. "I would be remiss not to share with you my country's concerns about an issue ... to which we attach particular importance: the definition of the crime of aggression," US war crimes ambassador Stephen Rapp told a gathering in The Hague of the International Criminal Court's Assembly of State Parties (ASP).

The court's founding Rome Statute, of which the United States is not a signatory, determines that the ICC can try aggression, though no legal definition has been agreed upon.

read more @ middle east online

2. special IOF explosives lab attracts international experts -- they know *EVERYTHING* there is to know about IEDs. kay?

Over the past decade, a small compound of single-story buildings at the IDF base in Tel Hashomer has become a Mecca for munitions and explosives experts from the world over. These buildings host the materials laboratory for the experiments and quality assurance units at the technological division of the ground forces.

The lab is considered to be one of the world's top centers in the field of improvised explosive devices (IEDs), a kind of weapon the IDF has been dealing with for decades, and which in the last few years began taking a high toll among American and British soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Any weapon component that reaches the IDF - whether confiscated from smugglers, captured in raids on terrorist explosives labs, or collected and pieced together as shards of shrapnel from bombs aimed at IDF soldiers and vehicles - finds it way to this lab sooner or later. The lab's commander, Lt. Col. Eran Tuval, can outline the developments in a terrorist organization's methods by tracing the ingredients of the bombs and their construction.

read more @ haaretz

3. court rejects Miliband bid to suppress CIA evidence we're not torturing anyone OK?

The high court today flatly rejected claims by David Miliband, the foreign secretary, that releasing evidence of the CIA's inhuman and unlawful treatment of UK resident Binyam Mohamed would harm Britain's relations with the US by giving away intelligence secrets.

Evidence that the foreign secretary also wants to suppress is believed to reveal what British intelligence officers knew about Mohamed's treatment. Mohamed, 31, an Ethiopian, says he was tortured in Pakistan, Morocco, Afghanistan, and Guantánamo Bay.

...The court has heard that a British security service officer interrogated Mohamed in Pakistan and officials passed information about him to the CIA. It was clear, the judges said, that the relationship of the UK to the US in connection with Mohamed "was far beyond that of a bystander or witness to the alleged wrongdoing".

In one stinging passage, the judges said yesterday the foreign secretary "was not prepared either to produce evidence or address argument to us".

read more @ guardian

4. Hamas submits new list to Israel for prisoner exchange Israel will be the decider about which people can be released OK?

Hamas has handed over to Israel a new prisoner list as part of the efforts to complete a swap for captured Israeli occupation soldier Gilad Shalit, Fox News reported Thursday, adding that such deal is nearing completion. According to the report, the new list includes 70 news names aimed at replacing 70 detainees that Israel strongly objects to releasing.

A source involved in the swap talks told Fox News that Israel informed the German mediator that the 70 prisoners in dispute will not be released under any circumstances, even if it means Shalit will remain in captivity. According to the source, the new list submitted by Hamas will be examined in the near future by Israel's negotiation team.

On Thursday, Palestinian sources told Ynet that according to recent indications, the efforts to finalize a swap have seen major progress, and that the deal may be completed by year's end.

source: al manar tv

5. 2006: Gilad Shalit reported to be in Egypt - probably walking around free since we the US pay our good buddy dictator Hosni Mubarak lotsa money to be good friends with our best friend Israel, but he probably wants to come home soon to the big hero's welcome that will be a huge PR distraction they're getting the balloons ready now ok?

Bethlehem - Ma'an - The Israeli soldier captured in June by Palestinian resistance fighters, Gilad Shalit, is believed to now be in Egypt as the last details of a prisoner exchange deal are drawn up.

A Palestinian source has reported that Gilad Shalit is in Egypt pending completion of a deal between Israelis and Palestinians to release prisoners. The source also confirmed that the leader of the Hamas-affiliated Al Qassam Brigades, Mohammad Ad Daif, is also in Egypt receiving medical treatment after being injured during an Israeli raid on a house in Gaza where he was holding a meeting with the Brigades' leadership in July.

According to the London-based newspaper 'Al Hayat', the source added that Hamas has now agreed to Egyptian mediation on this matter. Previously, Hamas rejected proposals drawn up by Egypt as Hamas officials expressed doubt that Israel would keep its side of the agreement.

The source told the paper that the Egyptian guarantees became less solid after the war on Lebanon. Therefore, Egypt asked Saudi Arabia and Qatar for help to pressure the USA to then put pressure on Israel to be totally committed to the terms and conditions of the deal.

source: maan news agency

6. IOF spokesman says "Don't believe Schalit disinformation" -- just believe what we tell you kay?

Following various reports of progress in efforts to secure the release of captured IDF soldier Gilad Schalit, IDF Spokesman Brig.-Gen. Avi Benayahu warned Friday against believing "disinformation."

"We're reading a lot of things in the media, some are true, but others are disinformation," he said in an interview with Kol Hai Radio.

Benayahu also apparently ruled out a military option for Schalit's release.

"When there is a military option, it is carried out - if it isn't carried out, that means that it apparently isn't feasible or not very practical," he said. "At the moment, efforts are being made on the negotiation channel. I can safely say of the IDF and the intelligence community, and I believe the government, that no efforts are being spared over the issue."

Fox News reported Thursday evening that Israel had agreed to release 380 out of the 450 prisoners requested by Hamas in exchange for Schalit's release, and that negotiations between Israel and Hamas on the subject through German mediation were picking up.

more @ jpost

7. Israel shocked, SHOCKED, at the reaction to building more settlements. could you please clarify what the trouble is?

Although Israel has been insisting for quite a while that there is no crisis of relations with the United States, Israeli officials were surprised Tuesday by the harsh American, British, regional and International responses to the approval of building 900 new housing units in the occupied Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo.

A source in Benjamin Netanyahu's office clarified Tuesday evening that such approvals "are not handled by the Israeli prime minister."

Netanyahu's associates attempted to minimize the implications of the US and British criticism following the plan to expand the neighborhood, which is located beyond the Green Line, hinting that the Americans must clarify in public why they oppose the construction. "The Americans know very well that the Israeli agreement to freeze the construction does not include Jerusalem," one of the sources told Israeli media.

read more @ al manar tv

idea: vaccines facilite dangerous mutations

1. sharp rise in England swine flu deaths

Healthy children between six months and five years old will be vaccinated against swine flu, the Department of Health has confirmed.

The expansion of the government's inoculation programme was revealed as the latest weekly bulletin showed a sharp rise in patient deaths and the number of children being admitted to hospital.

The overall number of new cases showed a second successive weekly fall. Health officials estimate there were 55,000 new cases this week in England compared with 64,000 last week. There was a slight drop in Scotland.

The number of people who have died from swine flu in the UK has reached 214. There were 18 deaths in England last week. The figures since the start of the outbreak in May are 142 fatalities in England, 21 in Wales, 38 in Scotland and 13 in Northern Ireland.

read more @ guardian

2. Steven Lendman: suspected hemorrhagic pneumonia outbreak hits Ukraine


Infectious disease expert, Dr. Donald Lau, disagrees, saying:

"The statistical probability of this being the same H1N1 virus (is) infinitesimally small." He believes a highly virulent new strain is to blame. Public health authority, Dr. Leonard G. Horowitz sees a deadly connection between governments and the drug cartel over dangerous, toxic vaccines. On You Tube, he recently warned that:

"These vaccinations contain highly unstable viruses that easily mutate, because they are 'live active' laboratory mutants that are being administered....People shed these 'live' viruses up to three weeks following vaccination. That means if you haven't been vaccinated, and you get near someone who has and then sneezes, you can get their H1N1 laboratory infection."

He explained that anyone contracting H1N1, from vaccinations or other Swine Flu-infected persons, risks combining it with other internal or environmental viruses, creating a lethal mix that can kill. He expressed great concern about vaccines used to transmit dangerous viruses, capable of mutating into deadly ones, believes this may be happening in Ukraine, and thinks America and other nations may be next.

read more @ steven lendman blog

one word for these two: controllable. they will do as they're told.

1. Sweden picks top EU officials

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has announced that Belgian Prime Minister Herman van Rompuy will be the first permanent President of the European Council following negotiations in Brussels on Thursday evening.

He also revealed British EU Commissioner Baroness Catherine Ashton will assume the post of High Representative for Foreign Affairs.

Both candidates received backing from all 27 EU countries for the positions creating by the Lisbon Treaty.

The talks were coordinated by Sweden in its is role as head of the rotating EU Presidency over a working dinner attended by heads of state and government.

"We are convinced that Herman Van Rompuy is the right man to lead the European Council in the right way," Reinfeldt said after the summit meeting.

The Swedish Prime Minister was given a Rubik's cube by European Commissioner José Manuel Barrosso as a memento and recognition of negotiating the positions after weeks of politicial wrangling.

The two candidates were largely overlooked in the run up to the announcement, which has been met with a level of surprise by commentators over their limited experience in foreign affairs.

After backing Tony Blair for the EU president role, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown made a last-minute decision on Thursday in nominating centre-left Baroness Ashton, who has been in her position as EU Commissioner responsible for trade for less than 12 months.

However, Christian Democrat leader Van Rompuy had come to the forefront as a possible candidate over the last few days.

Christine Demsteader

source: the local

2. Baroness Ashton: i'll prove i'm the best person for the job

The little-known Labour peer who emerged as the surprise choice to be Europe's first 'foreign minister' declared today that she was determined to prove she was the best person for the job.

Baroness Ashton of Upholland, the EU trade commissioner who has never held elected office, said she was 'humbled' to have been picked by EU leaders for the new post of High Representative.

Her appointment was announced last night at a special summit in Brussels where another largely unknown figure - Belgian Prime Minister Herman van Rompuy - became the first EU President.

read more @ daily mail

3. more meetings coming up -- always so many meetings

Port-of-French President Nicholas Sarkozy and UN chief Ban Ki-moon will be attending the Commonwealth of Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in the Trinidad and Tobago capital Nov 27-29 as special guests, Prime Minister Patrick Manning said. Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen will also attend.

'Commonwealth leaders will hold discussions, among other things, on the critical matter of climate change as we approach the UN meeting next month in Copenhagen, Denmark,' Manning said in a national broadcast.

Queen Elizabeth II, titular head of the Commonwealth of Nations, will open the meet Nov 27.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will be leading a delegation to this 1.3 million strong nation whose Indian diaspora comprise 44 percent of the population.

Manmohan Singh will be joined by 51 other leaders at CHOGM.

source: venezuela news

military cooperation

1. Pentagon kicks off 45-day "investigation" in Fort Hood shootings -- gotta see if we can do a better job with these false-flag psyops jobs in teh future

WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. Department of Defense Thursday ordered a major review of the shootings in an Army base earlier this month. Defense Secretary Robert Gates told a press conference that the review would check if the military had missed any warning signs and what it can do to prevent such shootings from being repeated.

The defense secretary named former Army Secretary Togo West and former chief of naval operations Vernon Clark to lead the review. According to U.S. media reports, Hasan was under watch before the killings but the investigation was ceased for some unknown reason.

read more @ chinaview

2. Saudi Arabia and Pentagon sign pact after visit with Gates

WASHINGTON: Saudi Arabia and the United States have discussed prospects of expanding military cooperation during a strategic meeting attended by Prince Khaled bin Sultan, assistant minister of defense and aviation for military affairs, it was announced on Thursday.

The Saudi Press Agency said the two sides signed an agreement following a meeting of the Saudi-American Strategic Planning Committee. Prince Khaled and US Deputy Defense Secretary Michele Flournoy signed the pact.

...On Tuesday, Prince Khaled held talks with US Defense Secretary Robert Gates. SPA, which reported the meeting Wednesday, did not give any details. But Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell stated before the meeting that the two officials would “discuss a range of bilateral defense and regional security issues.”

Prince Khaled earlier met with Saudi military students pursuing higher studies in the United States. The meeting took place at the office of the Saudi military attaché in Washington.

read more @ arab news

3. Russian strategic bombers patrol Arctic region

Two Russian Tu-95 MS Bear strategic bombers have accomplished a routine patrol mission over neutral waters of the Arctic and Pacific oceans and the Aleutian Islands, an Air Force spokesman said on Friday.

"The air patrol mission took place on November 18-19, 2009. Two turboprop Tu-95 MS bombers took off from a Russian Air Force base in eastern Russia, and the route of their flight passed from the neutral waters of the Arctic Ocean to the Aleutian Islands in the [north] Pacific Ocean," Lt. Col. Vladimir Drik said.

He said the bombers spent around 16 hours in the air, and were accompanied by two NATO F-22 fighters from an airbase in Alaska.

Russia resumed strategic bomber patrol flights over the Pacific, Atlantic, and Arctic oceans in August 2007, following an order from then-president Vladimir Putin.

All flights by Russian aircraft are performed in strict compliance with international law on the use of airspace over neutral waters, without intruding in the airspace of other states, Drik said.

MOSCOW, November 20 (RIA Novosti)

4. China humbly launches serial production of stolen Russian fighter jets

China has launched the serial production of J-10, J-11 and FC-1 fighter jets, which are rip-offs of Russia’s Su-27/30 and MiG-29 aircraft. The nation intends to build and sell not less than 1,200 planes at the prices which will be much lower than those of the Russian planes.

The report is not the news for the Russian defense industry. In 2003, China refused to prolong the license for the production of Su-27CK planes and started working on the construction of its own jet – a copy of the Russian analogue. China will put competitive pressure on Russia on the market of spare parts too.

Beijing plans to challenge Russia on its traditional defense industry markets and become the maker of inexpensive and efficient air materiel. Malaysian military officials have already expressed their readiness to cooperate with China at this point. A senior official of Malaysia’s Air Force said that his nation was going to purchase a batch of spare parts to Russian fighter jets from China.

read more @ pravda

tough business climate

1. Bronfman's opportunity to clean up Discount Bank - Israel

Israeli banks will soon report third-quarter results. The most interesting one will be Discount Bank's. Discount, the country's third-largest bank, wants to challenge Leumi and Hapoalim. But it has been deteriorating for many years, losing ground to the big two, while Mizrahi-Tefahot keeps gaining ground.

The real reason Discount's controlling shareholders, the Bronfman family, sacked Shlomo Zohar, the bank's chairman, remains vague. Rumors that the recent Visa-Cal scandal has something to do with it have been denied by the Bronfmans, and the Bank of Israel has continued its antidemocratic tradition of keeping vital information hidden from the public.

more @ jpost

2. courts say no private prisons for Lev Leviev's company

A further blow to Lev Leviev: the High Court of Justice has accepted the petition against privatization of prisons, and has ruled that the law amending the prisons ordinance is null and void, because of its disproportionate infringement of the rights of prisoners to personal freedom and dignity. The ruling was given by a majority of eight judges, headed by court president Dorit Beinisch, against a minority opinion of Judge Edmond Levy, who held that time should be given to see how the law was applied in practice.

more @

3. Norilsk Nickel acknowledges pollution, says steps being taken

Russia's metals giant Norilsk Nickel acknowledged on Friday Norway's accusations over pollution caused by the company, but said it has been tackling the problem. NorNickel said it has been carrying out extensive modernization of its production facilities to reduce environmental damage and health risks to residents in nearby areas. The statement came after Norway stopped investing in the firm using its pension fund over ethical considerations....

The company's activities have produced unacceptable levels of sulfur dioxide and heavy metal in the atmosphere affecting Taimyr residents, the ministry said. But NorNickel said environmental issues had not been tackled for decades at the company - which was set up in the 1920s and is now owned by tycoon Vladimir Potanin's Interros - and that turning the situation around will take time as production cannot be suspended.

read more @ ria novosti


these people will say anything

1. experts say radical measures won't stop swine flu, muffling their MWa ha hahas

LONDON (AP) — Health experts say extraordinary measures against swine flu — most notably quarantines imposed by China, where entire planeloads of passengers were isolated if one traveler had symptoms — have failed to contain the disease.

Despite initially declaring success, Beijing now acknowledges its swine flu outbreak is much larger than official numbers show.

China's official count of some 63,000 reported illnesses with 53 deaths dwarfs estimates of millions of cases with nearly 4,000 deaths in the United States, a nation with about a third of China's population.

Dr. Michael O'Leary, WHO's top representative in China, says there has been a dramatic spike in Chinese swine flu cases recently and those reported by the government are only "minimum numbers."

"We have new cases occurring all the time," he told The Associated Press last week. "There's always more deaths than we could possibly know about."

...Other nations that have carried out draconian swine flu policies indicate they have little effect in containing the disease.

...When WHO declared swine flu to be a pandemic in June, it described the virus as "unstoppable." It advised countries not to close their borders or impose mass quarantines, warning such measures would be useless since people often spread flu viruses before developing any symptoms.

read more @ kyiv post

2. millions hit by plague worse than swine flu

A DEADLY plague could sweep across Europe, doctors fear, after an outbreak of a virus in Ukraine plunged the country and its neighbours into a state of panic.

A cocktail of three flu viruses are reported to have mutated into a single pneumonic plague, which it is believed may be far more dangerous than swine flu. The death toll has reached 189 and more than 1 million people have been infected, most of them in the nine regions of Western Ukraine.

President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko has called in the World Health Organisation and a team of nine specialists are carrying out tests in Kiev and Lviv to identify the virus. Samples have been sent to London for analysis.

President Yushchenko said: “People are dying. The epidemic is killing doctors. This is absolutely inconceivable in the 21st Century.”

In a TV interview, the President added: “Unlike similar epidemics in other countries, three causes of serious viral infections came together simultaneously in Ukraine – two seasonal flus and the Californian flu

“Virologists conclude that this combination of infections may produce an even more aggressive new virus as a result of mutation.”

...Prime Minister Donald Tusk has written to European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and the Swedish Prime Minister, Fredrik Reinfeldt, who holds the EU presidency, saying: “The character of this threat demands that rapid action be undertaken at the European Union level.”

- ED.

read more @ daily express

3. exposing WHO influenza advisors: they're paid by BIG PHARMA

Several of the WHO's influenza advisers are paid by the pharmaceutical industry. Conflicts of interest have encouraged the industry to influence the decision that the H1N1 swine flu is a pandemic - and that the vaccine is necessary to defeat the disease.

On June 11, 2009, WHO Director General Margaret Chan stated that the swine influenza was a pandemic. It meant a huge economic benefit for the pharmaceutical industry. Many member countries - including Denmark - have contracts with major pharmaceutical companies and are therefore obligated to purchase vaccines in the event of a pandemic.

Investment bank JP Morgan estimates that the pharmaceutical industry may well receive vaccine orders up to 10 billion this year. Much of the turnover is due to the WHO's decision.

Many of the apparently impartial researchers the WHO uses are paid by the companies that produce vaccines.


Dr. Frederick Hayden is an outside expert in WHO's SAGE (strategize Advisory Group of Experts), which advises WHO on vaccines. He appears in the official papers as flu-research coordinator from the anonymous organization "The Welcome Trust in London."

But in a Google search shows that Dr. Hayden has many other employers. He is in particular a 'paid adviser' for pharmaceutical companies Roche, RW Johnson, SmithKline Beecham and Glaxo Wellcome.

read more @ prevent disease

related: I covered Professor Sir Roy Anderson's role on SAGE in July.

4. WHO: deaths *not* we repeat *NOT* linked to H1N1 vaccines NO NO A THOUSAND TIMES NO

GENEVA, Nov 19 (Reuters) - A small number of people have died after being inoculated against H1N1 pandemic flu, but investigations have shown that the deaths are not due to the vaccines, a senior official at the World Health Organisation said on Nov. 19.

"No new safety issue has been identified from reports issued to date [major weasel wording - ed.]... Reporting so far reconfirms that the pandemic flu vaccine is as safe as the seasonal flu vaccine," WHO vaccine expert Marie-Paule Kieny told a teleconference.

Governments have so far reported that 65 million vaccines have been administered against H1N1, known as swine flu, but the true figure is probably higher, she said.

source: kyiv post

is pressure being applied to certain people?

1. Rabbi Baruch Chalomish caught in drug and prostitution business

A rabbi set up in business as a drug dealer and lavished his supplies of cocaine on young prostitutes at parties, a jury was told today.

Rabbi Baruch Chalomish, 54, bearded and wearing a trilby hat, shared the dock at Manchester Crown Court with an interpreter who occasionally translated the barristers’ words into Hebrew.

He was said by the prosecution to be a wealthy man who took up with Nasir Abbas, also 54, a convicted dealer, who had the 'know-how’ and the contacts in the drug trade. The rabbi was the financier in the operation.

They set up their “commercial cocaine supply operation” in a hotel service flat in Shude Hill, Manchester, where, it is alleged, Rabbi Chalomish liked to dispense the drug in return for “sexual favours”.

Rabbi Chalomish, a part of Greater Manchester’s Orthodox Jewish community, denies two charges of supplying cocaine but admits two counts of possession. Mr Abbas, who did not turn up for the trial, faces similar charges of possessing the Class A controlled drug with intent to supply.

read more @ truth seeker

2. Israeli tycoon slams French conviction

MOSCOW - Arkady Gaydamak, the Israeli tycoon convicted by a French court last month of smuggling arms to Angola, blasted the case as "pure politics" in an interview published Wednesday.

Gaydamak, born in Moscow, professed his innocence to the Russian daily Vedomosti, three weeks after he was convicted in absentia and sentenced to six years in jail for organising arms sales to Angola during its 1990s civil war.

"I personally never took part in the deliveries of military equipment," said Gaydamak, whose business interests have ranged from Angolan oil exports to Russian media outlets to Israeli sports teams.

...The tycoon said in the interview that he has French, Angolan, Israeli and Canadian citizenship and there was "nothing interfering" with him receiving a Russian passport too.

The huge Soviet-made arsenal that fuelled Angola's grim civil war included 420 tanks, 150,000 shells, 170,000 anti-personnel mines, 12 helicopters, and six warships and was worth 790 million dollars.

read more @ middle east online

3. Background: 2007: Gaydamak is connected to Lev Leviev and Putin and Chabad

In a move that brought the feud between Russian tycoons Arkady Gaydamak and Lev Leviev to a new high, Russian President Vladimir Putin invited Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, an associate of Gaydamak, and not Rabbi Berel Lazar, who is close to Leviev, to a meeting with representatives of the European Jewish Congress at the Kremlin on Wendnesday.

The feud pits Lazar's Chabad Association of Jewish Communities in Russia, which Leviev heads, against Goldschmidt's Russian Jewish Congress of which Gaydamak is president.

...Jews in Russia also believe that Putin reached the conclusion that a rabbi who does not represent all the Chabad movements in Russia can not serve as the representative of the entire Jewish-Russian community. Because of this, Putin turned to Goldschmidt.

The sudden turn of events in Moscow may also have an effect on Israeli politics. In contrast to Lazar, Goldschmidt is a Lithuanian ultra-Orthodox rabbi and is very close to Rabbi Elyashiv, a powerful political figure in Jerusalem. Goldschmidt's improved standing in Russia could help Gaydamak in his plans to run for mayor of Jerusalem.

read more @ haaretz

4. Feb 2002: Professional Jeweler Archive: Lev Leviev's Angolan connection

Angola’s diamonds remain at the center of a debate regarding human rights violations and abject poverty. Drawn into the debate is Israeli-Russian businessman Lev Leviev, who markets Angola’s legal diamond production and holds a majority ownership of its only working diamond-bearing kimberlite mine.

Leviev’s goal, identified back when he was a fledgling Israeli diamantaire, was to tap directly into a diamond source and gain independence from the De Beers distribution system. “Nothing is stable unless you own your own mine,” he is fond of saying. While not everyone can own a diamond mine, Leviev set out to prove the concept of vertical integration could work. Since then he has shown that controlling diamond production from the mine to the polishing factory and beyond is both possible and wildly profitable. (For more on Leviev, his background and his businesses, see “The Discreet Tycoon,” Professional Jeweler, January 2002, p. 20).


How Leviev arranged the Angolan connection is a matter of speculation. He says he presented Angola with a plan to reduce smuggling and increase revenue by funneling diamonds through only one source – and the government accepted the plan.

Others say Leviev’s friendship with Isabel dos Santos, the president’s daughter, and his connections with obscure Russian businessmen operating in Angola helped clinch the deal. Leviev dismisses these claims, preferring to focus on the benefits his relationship brings Angola. “The government of Angola has obviously profited from this venture,” Leviev says. According to his figures, in pre-Leviev 1998, Angola’s tax revenue from diamonds was under $10 million. But the Leviev era is different. Tax revenue from diamonds totaled $60 million in 2000 and was already at $49 million after the first nine months of 2001. Leviev says he expects that once Angola’s mining sector becomes more formalized and new ventures start producing diamonds, revenue benefiting Angola could exceed $100 million.

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5. today, WSJ: Africa-Israel sells half of old NYT building -- Africa-Israel is a Lev Leviev company

"The Wall Street Journal" reports that Africa-Israel Investments Ltd. (TASE:AFIL; Pink Sheets:AFIVY) has reached a tentative debt settlement for the old New York Time Buildings, which it acquired in 2007. The deal that will wipe out more than $400 million in debt.

Africa-Israel's US unit Africa-Israel Investments Inc. bought the building on Times Square in Manhattan for $525 million and then added $715 million in debt on the property. "The Wall Street Journal" cites sources as saying that Africa-Israel will transfer half of its ownership in the building to one of its creditors, private-equity firm Five Mile Capital Partners LLC. The new money will be used to repay existing debtholders, which are expected to take a major loss.

...According to "The Wall Street Journal", the major losers in the debt settlement on old New York Time Building are Credit Suisse Group AG (NYSE: CS; SWX: CSGN; XETRA: CSGZ), BlackRock Inc. (NYSE: BLK), and CIT Group Inc. According to Norwegian news Norwegian news service "Norwatch", the UK arm of BlackRock sold its Africa-Israel shares following pressure from three Scandinavian banks over construction in West Bank settlements. BlackRock denies the report, saying that all transaction are purely for business reasons.

more here:

players. playing.

1. Lithuanian horse club was CIA black site

WASHINGTON - Controversy over illegal secret CIA prisons in Europe rose again Wednesday with the allegations that an upscale Lithuanian horseback riding school was secretly used to interrogate and torture suspects.

ABC news, citing unnamed Lithuanian government officials and a former US intelligence official, claimed the riding academy and cafe outside Vilnius was used to interrogate up to eight suspects at a time.

The CIA is alleged to have constructed thick concrete pillars inside the facility, which it bought using a front company.

The claim comes after Lithuanian lawmakers earlier this month launched an inquiry to find out if the CIA operated a secret prison for terror suspects and if Lithuanian officials may have been complicit.

In October, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite ruled out accepting any prisoners from the controversial US Guantanamo detention facility until Lithuania is cleared of allegations it secretly hosted any CIA jails.

Lithuania is the third European country to face accusations of hosting secret CIA prisons during the previous US administration after Poland and Romania.

The so-called black sites are believed to have been used to interrogate suspects using torture.

source: middle east online

2. Gates to join world top brass at security forum

OTTAWA – Top brass from Europe and the Americas, including US Defense Secretary Robert Gates, gather this week in Canada to discuss the future of NATO, the war in Afghanistan and other pressing security matters.

Gates will be joined by counterparts from Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Germany, New Zealand, and the Netherlands as well as French President Nicolas Sarkozy's military adviser at the meeting from Sunday to Tuesday in Halifax.

The Nova Scotia city is hosting the inaugural Halifax International Security Forum, organized jointly by the Canadian government and the German Marshall Fund, a public policy institute for strengthening transatlantic ties.

Over three days, delegates will discuss Afghanistan, Iran, piracy and port security, Arctic security, nuclear proliferation, and the future of the 28-member North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

Behind closed doors and at dinner meetings, they will also talk about Pakistan, Iraq and the Middle East, China and North Korea, pandemics, energy security, and the geopolitical consequences of the economic crisis.

...But Arctic security and piracy are new topics for a forum of this magnitude to be discussing, said Bohlen. "These haven't been dealt with before on this scale."

...Gates is expected to also discuss "everything from the Arctic and the security issues there, to South America and the challenges there," he said.

...The Canadian delegation in Halifax will also measure responses to its claims to the Northwest Passage and vast swaths of Arctic seabed also claimed by the United States, Russia, Norway and Denmark.

...A key difference of this event from similar summits held previously in Europe is that guests were invited from New Zealand, Japan, India and elsewhere, not just from Canada, the United States and European nations.

...Others attending the meeting, said by organizers to be first of its kind in North America, include US Senator John McCain and NATO's top commander in Europe, Admiral James Stavridis.

read more @ global nation

3. Latin American Minerals Inc announces addition of Richard Boulay to the BOD

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 19, 2009) - Latin American Minerals Inc. (TSX VENTURE:LAT)(the "Corporation") is pleased to announce that Mr. Richard Boulay (B.Sc. (Geology)) has joined the board of directors.

Mr. Boulay is a geologist with over 40 years of experience in the exploration, mining and mining finance industries in Canada, the United States, Mexico and several Latin American countries. He has fifteen years of mining and infrastructure financing experience gained with the Bank of Montreal, The Royal Bank of Canada and the Bank of Tokyo. During his project financing career he assisted in the financing of numerous underground and open pit mining projects, hydro and diversion dams, nuclear reactors, pipelines and offshore exploration, production and gas separation platforms. He has extensive experience in the management and financing of public companies in Canada and the United States. In 2004, Mr. Boulay joined the board of San Gold Corporation as a Director and served as San Gold's first Chief Financial Officer for 2 years as that Company financed the reactivation of the Rice Lake gold mine and conducted an aggressive five year exploration program that has outlined several new high grade gold deposits, including a second producing very high grade gold mine. He remains a Director of San Gold Corporation and also serves as a Director and Chief Executive Officer of StrikePoint Gold Inc., a company that has an extensive land position in Manitoba's Rice Lake greenstone belt, including a joint venture property with San Gold, adjacent to San Gold's Rice Lake mine lease.

Following a private due diligence trip to Latin American Minerals' Paraguayan gold and diamond properties in March, 2009, he became a shareholder of the Company. During a recent meeting, Mr. Boulay summarized his initial impression of LAT's Paraguayan program by noting: "I love the obvious geological prospectivity of Paraguay, the fact that it has no mining industry because it has never been systematically explored, the country's political and fiscal stability, the strong work ethic and integrity of the Paraguayan people that I met and, importantly, the professionalism of LAT's extensive technical team in Paraguay. My current work is in Manitoba, Canada one of the best rated mining jurisdictions in the world. Imagine my delight to discover firsthand that Paraguay has a stable economy, low taxes, abundant water, extensive arable land, a sophisticate and extensive road system, a large educated labour pool and unlimited amounts of economically priced electricity. LAT's properties are outstanding. Paso Yobai is an extensive, geologically fascinating, very large low-sulphidization gold system that keeps growing with every exploration program and will soon be entering its pilot production phase. The Itapoty diamond project is truly fascinating due to its radical geology, seemingly extensive nature and the stunning fact that the indicator minerals consist of beautiful high quality diamonds."

Waldo A. Perez, interim President and CEO of the Corporation stated, "Rick's experience in exploration, mining and finance represents a valuable addition to our diversified board as LAT prepares for the financing and rapid development of the Paso Yobai gold project in 2010. Due to LAT's current cash position and investment assets it is anticipated that Paso Yobai production can be achieved without significant equity dilution. Financing alternatives using the strength of LAT's financial assets are currently under consideration."

Latin American Minerals Inc. is a mineral exploration company focused on the acquisition and development of minerals projects in under-explored but highly prospective countries of Latin America.

source: marketwire

blaming victims, protecting abusers

1. Congolese sex workers attacked for infecting Ugandans with HIV

According to the area health inspector, Dennis Kesang, the Karamojongs who are traditionally cattle rustilng community had the least prevalence of Aids in the country before the Congolese women went there. ...

The area admnistrator, Amon Alek said that there are over 900 Congolese women living in the region.. He said ,’’About 300 of those women were once wives of the Ugandan soldiers who served in Democratic Republic of Congo some years back.

"On the soldiers’ returning to Uganda the women followed them but when they were redeployed to other parts of the country they abandoned the women. Over 600 other Congolese women in the past few months illegally entered Uganda, settled in Karamoja and started trading in sex.’’

The International Organization for Migration says 1,500 undocumented and stranded Congolese migrant women and their children live in abject poverty and misery throughout Uganda.

Uganda’s minister of ethics and integrity, James Nsaba Buturo said that something should be done to stop the women from spreading HIV-AIDS.

Nsaba Buturo said, ’’It is unfortunate that the Congolese women are infecting our people with HIV-AIDS. The law in Uganda is clear, those who infect others with HIV-AIDS knowingly must be arrested and prosecuted in courts of law.’’

He however said it would be difficult to establish which Congolese women are infected so as to have them arrested.

He said that the best that can be done at the moment is to sensitize people, especially Karamojong men so that they do not engage in sex with the women.



2. fugitive pedophile caught in Turkey 3 years after judge grants him a holiday for the stress of the pedophile trial - NOTICE THE JUDGE IS NOT NAMED

A British paedophile who abused a string of boys has been arrested in Turkey three years after a judge allowed him to go on holiday, because of the stress of his trial. Alfred Palmer, 52, and his boyfriend Daniel Tapper, 53, have been on the run since May 2006 after sexually abusing vulnerable teenagers. The couple, who ran a landlord and letting agency, assaulted their young victims after finding them homes when they came out of social services care.

Palmer would ask his victims to strip to their boxer shorts during interviews and indecently assaulted them after finding them homes. The couple were eventually caught and charged with indecent assault when one of the victims told police of the horrific abuse. But when their trial was halted for legal reasons defence teams requested the return of their passports so they could go on holiday - because they were stressed. The request was approved by a judge and the sex monsters jetted off to Turkey with £300,000. They were reportedly staying in the sailing and holiday resort town of Marmaris in the south west of the country.

Both men were found guilty in their absence and Palmer has now been arrested in Turkey and is due to be extradited back to Britain.

read more @ daily mail

and shall such vigilance be applied to the criminals among us today?

1. 90-yo charged for Nazi massacre...

German prosecutors on Tuesday charged a 90-year-old former SS soldier with 58 counts of murder for the cold-blooded killings of Jewish forced labourers in the final weeks of World War II.

With Allied forces fast overrunning Germany, the man, named in the media as Adolf Storms, was accused of hatching a plot on March 28, 1945 with other SS and members of the Hitler Youth, to slaughter Jewish prisoners in their charge.

The next day, the accused and other SS took at least 57 labourers in several groups into woods near the small town of Deutsch Schützen in Hitler's native Austria near the present-day border with Hungary, prosecutors alleged.

There, the Jews, who were Hungarian, were stripped of their valuables before being made to kneel down in a ditch. Storms and his accomplices then dispatched them with bullets from behind, prosecutors said in a statement.

The same day or the day after, he gunned down a 58th labourer who was too exhausted to continue a forced march. Shooting him in the same "cowardly" manner in the back, prosecutors said. The 90-year-old, a former member of the fifth SS Tank Division "Viking," now lives in the west German industrial city of Duisburg near Cologne. Police raided his residence in December, seizing documents.

Der Spiegel magazine reported last October that investigators were put onto Storms thanks to research into the massacre by a 28-year-old Austrian student, Andreas Forster.

Forster travelled to Duisburg and filmed hours of interviews over several days, finding the elderly man to be "sprightly" but unable to recollect the day of the massacre.

"We informed prosecutors in July," Forster told the magazine, since which time Storms has refused all contact with him. At the time of the massacre, the Nazis were desperately evacuating concentration camps, forcing emaciated prisoners on exhausting marches and killing those too weak to carry on. Just a month later, with the Third Reich in ruins, Hitler shot himself in his bunker as the Red Army swept into Berlin, and the war in Europe, and the Holocaust, were over.

A court in Duisburg now has to decide whether the trial of the man can go ahead. The defendant has two weeks to present evidence or to appeal against the case proceeding.

Prosecutors allege that he was driven by National Socialist ideology according to which his victims were considered to be "of low value," a spokesman said in the statement. News of the charges raised the prospect of another Nazi trial, more than six decades after the end of the fighting and the Nuremberg trials of Hitler's top henchmen.

read more @ the local

2. after young student sleuth entraps him?

A former SS sergeant who worked unnoticed for decades as manager of a rail station has been charged with 58 counts of murder after a student doing undergraduate research uncovered his alleged involvement in a massacre of Jewish forced labourers.

Andreas Forster, a student at the University of Vienna, was working on a project about the massacre, which took place in a forest near the Austrian village of Deutsch Schützen, when he stumbled across Adolf Storms' name in witness testimony.

According to his professor, Walter Manoschek, Mr Forster then obtained files from federal archives in Berlin that enabled him to link the former sergeant to the massacre.

Professor Manoschek visited Mr Storms, 90, at his home in the city of Duisburg several times last year after finding him in the phone book. He conducted about 12 hours of interviews in which Mr Storms repeatedly said that he did not remember the killings.

Mr Storms and unidentified accomplices are accused of forcing at least 57 of the Jewish labourers to hand over their valuables and kneel by a grave before shooting them dead from behind. The killings took place on 29 March 1945. Mr Storms is accused of shooting another Jew the following day, during a forced march from Deutsch Schützen to the village of Hartberg.

The court described the suspect simply as a "retiree from Duisburg," but German authorities have previously identified him as Adolf S. His full name was given in previous trials in Austria related to other suspects in the massacre. He has also been identified as a former member of the 5th SS Panzer Division "Wiking".

The Duisburg court must decide whether there is enough evidence to bring the case to trial.

Mr Storms does not appear on the Simon Wiesenthal Centre's list of most-wanted Nazi war criminals, but the organisation's top Nazi-hunter, Efraim Zuroff, said: "This is a case that clearly shows it is possible, even at this point, to identify perpetrators who bear responsibility for serious crimes committed during the Second World War and bring them to justice."

The remains of the victims of the Deutsch Schützen massacre were found in 1995 in a mass grave by the Austrian Jewish association. A plaque now marks the site.

source: independent


deadly flu spreads across Ukraine

by Project Mayhem at Zerohedge

Deadly flu continues to spread across Ukraine, criminal World Health Organization lies to the public, MSM maintains radio silence.

There are many aspects to this story. It is impossible to know where to begin -- let alone cover all the pertinent facts in just one article. Those who have followed my Zerohedge columns in the past may be aware the subject of pandemic influenza has been a regular feature, precisely because there have been multiple signs indicating a global pandemic would be exploited (and perhaps even initiated) by governments and international banks for political purposes.

The signs have been building, including as I previously reported, forced quarantine orders inadvertently published by the CDC. What do these people know which the public does not?

Over the past two weeks, what appears to be a particularly virulent form of the flu has been spreading in Ukraine and adjacent Eastern European countries. This new flu is, in my opinion, a lethal new strain which has mutated (or was released). I speak with a background in virology. This new mutated flu virus appears to have a remarkable affinity for the lungs and is causing deaths to a much higher extent than the previous swine flu. Something in the virus has changed. I have covered this incredibly important story for two weeks now in my weekly column This Week In Mayhem, which is generally published on Monday mornings.

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what to expect next as the Ukraine flu spreads

1. Ukraine reports 12 flu deaths in 24 hours

The death toll from the flu epidemic in Ukraine has reached 328, with 12 deaths registered over the past 24 hours, the health ministry said on Wednesday. The number of officially confirmed H1N1 strain swine flu deaths in Ukraine has reached 15, with 166 people infected. Last week, Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) chief, Raisa Bohatyryova, said there were "constitutional prerequisites" for a state of emergency amid the flu epidemic, which has left a total of 1,457,564 people infected as of November 18. A state of emergency, if it is declared, could delay the presidential polls scheduled on January 17, 2010 until May. Ukraine's Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko said she saw no need for such measures.

read more @ ria novosti

2. recombinomics commentary - small changes in the sequencing are enough to cause big problems

RBD D225G in China and Australia Raise Ukraine Concerns
Recombinomics Commentary 14:41
November 18, 2009

The recent outbreak in Ukraine has raised concern that receptor binding domain changes are responsible. Although WHO has issued a new Ukraine situation update and has addressed preliminary changes in a news conference, they have not rule out receptor binding domain changes, and the recent announcement of investigations by two WHO Regional Centers (NIMR in Mill Hill, UK and CDC in Atlanta GA) suggests single nucleotide changes are under investigation.

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3. Ukraine pathologist answers questions

Professor Victor Bachinsky, PhD., is a coroner in the Chernivtsi region of Ukraine. He provides evidence which indicates that parainfluenza mixed with the H1N1 virus, not pneumonic plague, has caused so much illness in Ukraine. Yet more strains of influenza which have combined, a strong indication that we are dealing with a laboratory developed bio-weapon. [Translated from Russian]

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4. even though the officials can barely handle releasing any coherent and timely data or answer any valid questions without confusing the issue more, they are predicting the second and third waves of the virus.

Ukraine's Deputy Chief Sanitary Doctor Liudmyla Mukharska has forecast that a second wave of the A/H1N1 flu in the country could come in December 2009 or January 2010, while a third one could be seen in next autumn.

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5. extrapolations of what can happen in other countries based on the Ukraine experience

According to reports on the progression of regions affected, there are now approximately 1.5 million cases of people infected in the Ukraine with 328 dead from a still-to-be-characterized virus. What would happen in other countries if a virus with a similar transmission rate were to infect their population?

The progression of the outbreak was as follows:

On November 2nd, 255,516 were infected
On November 4th, 478,456 were infected
On November 5th, 633,877 were infected
On November 7th, 871,037 were infected
On November 8th, 969,247 were infected
On November 9th, 1,031,597 were infected
On November 17th, 1,457,564 were infected

In other words, there was a 470% increase in infections in just 15 days. The population of Ukraine is just over 46 million. That means 3% of the population was infected in slightly over two weeks.

Fatality rate is the ratio of deaths within a designated population of people with a particular condition, over a certain period of time. The rate for the 1918 Spanish flu was >2.5%, about 0.1% for the Asian and Hong Kong flus, and <0.1%> Zaïre Ebola Virus is among the deadliest viruses with a case fatality rate of roughly 90%. Fatality rate from swine flu in the U.S. is far less than any type of flu including seasonal influenza.

The fatality rate of the Ukraine pneumonic virus has been calculated by some experts to be somewhere between 0.5% and 0.7%. According to the WHO, the Ukraine virus is causing a fatality rate of .02% which seems to be either a gross miscalculation or intentional deception.

Excluding factors such as age structure, population density, and other specific variables that may change transmission rates, here's a breakdown of what could happen to other countries if the same virus hits with a similar infection rate:
Potential Infected
After 15 days (3%)
Potential Dead
After 15 days (0.6%)
United Kingdom
United States

more information @ prevent disease

6. Lord Stirling has information on the location of Joseph Moshe - unconfirmed

BREAKING NEWS: Joseph Moshe, the dual national (Israeli-American) Mossad biowar expert, who was attacked and seized by Federal Agents and LAPD in mid-August in California, after speaking to Dr. True Ott on his national radio show and warning of a plot by Baxter International to spread a Plague from Baxter's Ukrainian lab, IS BEING HELD IN THE PATTON STATE MENTAL HOSPITAL IN CALIFORNIA.

read more @ europe

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