Saturday, April 21, 2018

OPCW Fact Finding Mission Visits Douma, Syria

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — 21 April 2018 —

The Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) team of the
Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) visited one of the sites in Douma, Syrian Arab Republic today to collect samples for analysis in connection with allegations of chemical weapons use on 7 April 2018. The OPCW will evaluate the situation and consider future steps including another possible visit to Douma. 
The samples collected will be transported to the OPCW Laboratory in Rijswijk and then dispatched for analysis to the OPCW’s designated labs. Based on the analysis of the sample results as well other information and materials collected by the team, the FFM will compile their report for submission to the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention for their consideration.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Syrian Army Secures Damascus South: US Still Paying Fraud NGO White Helmets

First the reports regarding the locale south of Damascus
LA Times
Syrian state TV broadcast images of the government assault targeting an arc of four militant-held areas ringing Damascus' southern flank, including the Yarkmouk camp, once home to the world's largest Palestinian refugee community.

By Thursday, a deal giving the militants safe passage had broken down before Islamic State's refusal to leave, activists said.

Syrian and Russian warplanes were soon crisscrossing Damascus' skies on their way to bomb the rebel-held territories. They were joined by the pounding of artillery and rockets.

"The Syrian army is now smashing the defensive line of the armed terrorist groups and conducting attacks inside," a state TV correspondent, said in a live broadcast Friday from what was said to be the outskirts of the Islamic State-held Al Hajar Al-Aswad district.

Later, he said there were reports that a ceasefire was about to be put in place but was waiting on the rebels to submit fully to the terms of a deal that would see most of them depart to the opposition-controlled province of Idlib in Syria's northwest or to the eastern desert region still under Islamic State's sway.

Those who chose to lay down their arms could stay, he added.
  SOHR reports that the terrorists laid down their arms and took the opportunity for free passage
“The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a pro-opposition watchdog monitoring the violence in Syria using a network of activists, reported on Friday that Islamic State representatives had relented and had accepted the evacuation agreement.”

The UN sheds it’s usual crocodile tears for civilians- I’m quite certain they don’t care at all.

UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness said in a statement Friday that the agency was "deeply concerned about the fate of civilians"

Onto that NGO- or as I always like to call them No Good Organzation- The White Helmets

At a Thursday press briefing, journalists asked US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert for an update on the late-March freeze of $200 million earmarked for the recovery of Syria – and if that means Washington will be withholding payments to the White Helmets.
Nauert opened her response with a gushing comment about the organization. "We recognize and appreciate and are very grateful for all the work that the White Helmets continues to do on behalf of the people of their country and on behalf of the US Government and all the coalition forces. They're doing incredible work in rescuing in some cases, and in other cases it's recovery efforts. They're an incredible group of individuals," she said.
Moreover, she said she "just exchanged emails with them the other day." Finally cornered into giving a direct answer, she said "As far as I'm aware, all of the work still continues. Peoples' bills are still being paid."

You can, of course, watch the State Department talking head Heather Nauert make her statement at the twitter link - She made it very clear US contributions to the group are still being paid

Flashback to last friday's post: Russia accuses UK of organizing alleged Syria gas attack

The White Helmets are officially (but not really) neutral in the Syrian conflict, but they receive funding from several western governments, including the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom. The British government was initially the group's largest source of funding.

 Related to the earlier interview from today and last week:

From earlier today:

 Interesting Reads you might have missed from this past week?

Fake Democracy: The CIA NGO's target China & Yugoslavia

This is the second part of a two part interview discussing E William Engdahl's latest book- Manifest Destiny: Democracy as Cognitive Dissonance ( I love that title!)
The interview is approximately an hour in length- same as the first part. Time well spent. In my opinion, that is.


The First part is available here: 

From earlier today:

 Interesting Reads you might have missed from this past week?

S-300s' Syria, Russia & Israeli Spin

Israel is presenting the idea that S-300's are headed to Syria as a reality. As if it's guaranteed. 
From what I've seen/read so far this is NOT the case

That said Israel's claim gets me thinking about why Israeli talking heads may be presenting this transfer as a statement of fact?

 Is it because they need a pretext to move on Syria in a much more aggressive manner?

Kremlin mum on Russia's possible deliveries of S-300 air defense systems to Syria
Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov has preferred to refrain from any further comments if the Kremlin supports the idea of providing S-300 air defense systems to Syria. Instead, he advised the media to read President Vladimir Putin’s statement on Syria once again.

"Please read again the president’s statement made several hours after the attack and aggression against Syria. Read it attentively," he said.
 Putin made zero reference to the S-300
Putin’s statement contained no direct reference to the possibility of providing defense systems to Syria. However, on April 16 Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Russia was prepared to consider all necessary steps for strengthening Syria’s defenses, including the supplies of air defense systems S-300. Lavrov said "this outrageous act of aggression" by the United States, France and Britain was forcing Russia to give thought to ways of maintaining Syria’s security.
Lavrov’s statement:
“Several years ago we decided not to supply S-300 systems to Syria at our partners’ request. Now, we will consider options to ensure the Syrian state’s security after this outrageous act of aggression from the United States, France and Great Britain,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told the BBC.

Lavrov did not state, clearly, concisely or definitively that Russia would supply Syria with the
S-300. He didn't rule it out, but, he definitely did not state that the S-300 was headed to Syria.

Bloomberg presents the Israeli/US perspective  with some very honest admissions about Israeli involvement in the destabilization of Syria
Angered by last week’s U.S. attack on Syria, Russia warned that there would be consequences. Only one of them was spelled out: The Kremlin said it may supply its Syrian ally with state-of-the-art air defenses.

If the prospect rings alarm bells among President Bashar al-Assad’s enemies, they’re likely to be loudest in Israel, not the U.S. Israel carries out airstrikes in Assad-controlled Syrian territory much more frequently than the U.S., as it seeks to prevent a military buildup near Israeli borders by Assad’s other key backer, Iran.
Yes, Israel does carry out more strikes, more frequently on Syria then the US. And yet, the Israeli involvement in attacking Syria goes largely unnoticed. Turkey is often promoted as a more egregious attacker of Syria. But that's not actually the case. Israel has been the single biggest regional destabilizer of Syria- From the get go! I would like to take a moment to remind readers here that when the destabilization of Syria began it was Israel the 'protestors' called out to. Yes, there are posts here covering that fact.

Israeli analysts and former defense officials say there’s only one likely response from the Jewish state if the S-300 surface-to-air missile systems are delivered to Syria: An immediate attempt to blow them up.

That would upend the delicate relationship between Israel and Russia, who’ve kept channels open despite supporting opposite sides in Syria. And it could create another dangerous moment with the potential to escalate the seven-year civil war into a wider conflict.
.In the skies, Israel has for the most part enjoyed freedom of maneuver, thanks to its air superiority -- and an implicit green light from Moscow. Both conditions may now change.
Amos Yadlin has firsthand experience of how Israel responds to such threats -- and no doubts about how it would handle this one.

A former military intelligence chief, Yadlin ...The deployment of S-300s in Syria has been a concern for two decades, and “at the end of the day, it will happen,’’ he said. “If I know the air force well, we have already made proper plans to deal with this threat. After you remove the threat, which is basically what will be done, we’re back to square one.”
Russia already has sold S-300 systems to Iran over American and Israeli objections. Syria was on track to get them too -– until 2013, when Russian President Vladimir Putin froze the contract in response to pleas from Israel. But Putin said at the time that if the U.S. attacked, Moscow would “think how we should act in the future.”
Israel has carried out at least 150 bombing raids in Syria since the civil war began in 2011, according to Zvi Magen, a former Israeli ambassador in Moscow. The latest, on April 9, hit an air base used by the Iranian military; other targets have included arms convoys bound for Hezbollah, the Iranian-armed Shiite group in Lebanon that’s repeatedly fought with Israel.
"Israel has carried out at least 150 bombing raids in Syria since 2011"- think about that.
S-300s can fire missiles at six targets simultaneously, and have a range of 200 kilometers (120 miles). That would extend into the airspace of Lebanon, sometimes used by Israeli planes to strike Syria -- and even into Israel itself.
‘Exceptionally Advanced’

“It’s an exceptionally advanced system that can cover large swaths of territory,” said Michael Oren, Israel’s deputy minister for public diplomacy and an adviser to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Given Israel’s likely response, some analysts in Moscow say it makes more sense to use the threatened deployment as a bargaining chip.
I suspect the s-300 is being spoken of as a bargaining chip- rather then being actually transferred. But we'll see
Actually delivering the weapons “would fuel tensions in the region and cause major friction with Israel,” said Elena Suponina, a Middle East expert at the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies, which advises the Kremlin. “It’s enough to provide Syria with other air-defense systems that won’t provoke such a response.”
Even Syria’s current Soviet-designed systems, which have been upgraded over the last 18 months, have inflicted some damage. In February an F-16 was shot down, said to be the first Israeli aircraft lost in action since the early 1980s. And while the Pentagon says that all of the more than 100 missiles fired in last week’s strike reached their targets, Russia says that two-thirds of them were intercepted. A pro-opposition Syrian monitoring group, citing aerial defense officers, made a similar estimate.
Not Invincible

“Syria already has some good short and medium-range systems,’’ said Jeremy Binnie, Middle East and Africa editor at Jane’s Defence Weekly. Add the S-300s, and “they would be able to form a fairly comprehensive, multi-layered air defense umbrella over their country.”
In any attempt to destroy the new weapons, Israel would probably use U.S.-built F-35 stealth aircraft and electronic warfare, he said.

Russian military experts say that while the S-300 is very powerful, it isn’t foolproof.

“There’s no invincible air-defense system,’’ said Viktor Murakhovsky, a former army colonel who’s now a government adviser. “Just like there are no invincible aircraft.’’

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Why (do) US forces remain near Manbij while ISIS has moved elsewhere in Syria?

A picture taken on April 3, 2018, shows vehicles of US-backed coalition forces driving in the northern Syrian town of Manbij
  Instead of using the headline “Why US forces remain near Manbij while ISIS has moved elsewhere in Syria”,  as employed by Military Times, as a statement of fact. Pentagon propagandist Tara Copp, who is the "Pentagon Bureau Chief for Military Times" is telling you what to think about this strangeness. US Forces not pursuing ISIS? 
  I’m going to use the same wording but present this post as a question by adding the word "do"& the question mark to the title of my post. Which I will then answer with the information from the armytimes article.

A US military base in the al-Asaliyah village, between the city of Aleppo and the northern town of Manbij, is seen April 2, 2018
 Question: Why do US forces remain near Manbij while ISIS has moved elsewhere in Syria? 
As openly admitted/acknowledged in this article- See below 

My Answer:  Targeting Turkey with an eye to annexing more Syrian territory for Kurdistan aka Israel 2.0- As you will see this is in fact the correct answer. The Pentagon propagandist admits that once we get through the spin of impeding ISIS
“The final pockets of Islamic State fighters in Syria are hundreds of miles from the northern Syrian town of Manbij, but U.S. forces will remain there to prevent ISIS fighters from returning, the Pentagon said Tuesday
While most ISIS fighters are located farther south and along the Syria-Iraq border, Manbij is still vulnerable to ISIS resurgence, Dillon said. 
The bulk of the remaining ISIS fighters are located in two areas: along the Syria-Iraq border around the town of Haijin, in the Euphrates River Valley north of Abu Kamal, and just west of Deir ez-Zoir”
Very clearly, ISIS has no presence in Manbij. It's admitted. But the US has to stay in Manbij just in case ISIS returns? Gibberish!

1- ISIS is located hundreds of miles away, as admitted, meaning US presence is not required in Manbij.

2- The whole reason for US presence in Syria is to rid the globe of the ISIS scourge. If that is true, then the US should be relocating to undertake their alleged duty.  But they are not.

3- Since the US has got their ‘best ISIS fighters” already present in Manbij, that would be SDF/PKK/YPG, as has been stated so many times. We should be confident that these fierce brave men and women can prevent ISIS from returning. Which shouldn't require US presence, right?

 “Dillon would provide no figures on the numbers of ISIS fighters remaining in the country”

 Military Times  then goes on to recall that incident that occurred in Manbij as  proof  of the ISIS intent to relocate. Which, of course it wasn't.  This  claim is also a contradiction to the initial claim. Presence must remain in Manbij to keep ISIS away- because ISIS is not present: deterred by the US presence which must remain in Manbij

“On March 30, Master Sgt. Johnathan Dunbar, 36 and a British service member were killed by an IED near Manbij. The patrol was tracking an “ISIS high-value target” in the area at the time, said Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman Col. Ryan Dillon.”
Spot the contradiction? ISIS is hundreds and hundreds of miles away from Manbij according to the Pentagon. So, how would they be tracking an "ISIS high value target"? Of course nothing like that was reported at that time. I covered the special ops soldiers, blowing themselves up,  while on "presence patrols" aka perping a false flag- and yah, that’s my opinion on that incident!

Flashback: Syria's North: Is the US Readying A Provocation Or Deterrent for Turkish Forces?

Flashback:  2 Coalition Forces Killed by IED In Syria. In The Process of Deploying Them?

When going back to re-read these posts it's clear the US obfuscated the incident, obviously, so it could be spun for future use - The spin direction is clear in the Military Times article.

Finally one nugget of fact/truth in the entire article that explains the US presence in Manbij-

"Turkish president Recep Erdogan has repeatedly challenged the coalition’s presence in Manbij and vowed to remove many of the same fighters the U.S. has worked with from the border region"

And there it is. Turkey. Challenging the presence of the US military and their proxy force. Usrael Kurds want to keep hold of  the stolen territory with a plan to annexing still more.

From earlier


Syria Hands Over 2 Unexploded Cruise Missiles to Russia After US Strike

Two cruise missiles found unexploded by the Syrian military after the US missile strike on April 14 have been handed over to Russia, a source in the Syrian defense ministry told TASS on Thursday.
"Two cruise missiles that did not detonate during the US missile strike on Syria overnight to April 14 were found by the Syrian military. Both are in rather good condition. These missiles were handed over to Russian officer the day before yesterday (April 17)," the source said, adding that both "were sent to Russia by plane yesterday (April 18)."
TASS has no official confirmation of this information from the Russian defense ministry.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Wind Energy Takes a Toll On Bird Population- Now There’s Help?

This news is for the fake greens. Greenwashers  Those who push an elitist agenda to the detriment of everything else. Including bird populations. I’ve written on this topic previously. 

Thinking about all these articles that suggest AGW is killing birds. Such as 'warming temperatures" via carbon....  (which isn’t proven) The reality is the god awful monstrosities known as wind turbines are killing birds on a mass scale. That’s demonstrable. Provable. Well documented.
Notice from the article linked above blaming AGW we see this?

“Species that depend on high-elevation forest habitat, long-distance migrants, and coastal breeders are most at risk from climate change

Long Distance migrators and coastal breeders- both types of species are greatly harmed by wind turbines- but let’s just gloss over that fact, ok, phony greens?! 

Migratory birds with a giant wind turbine stuck in the middle of their migration paths

I'm a huge fan of birds.
But all that clean, renewable energy comes with a high cost to the nation's wildlife. Researchers estimate that 140,000 to 328,000 birds are killed every year in collisions with the turbines' spinning rotor blades and support towers. The risk to birds is highest at night, when the blades and towers are cloaked in darkness.
Is it clean, green, earth loving energy if it results in mass bird killing?
 That estimate is 140,000 to 328,000 dead birds every year. Year after year. 
Using a medium of 250,000 and to my mind that's low balling the figures. That tells us roughly one million birds would die in 4 years. Two and a half million birds in 10 years. For so called ‘clean green’ earth friendly renewable energy
Massive numbers
On any given night during the peak of the spring migration — from the end of April to the beginning of May — up to 520 million migrating birds are on the wing, says Dr. Kyle Horton of Cornell's famed ornithology lab and one of the researchers involved in the project.
Wing Severed by a Wind Turbine
According to keepers, a wind turbine near the Altamont Pass severed a portion of this 14-year-old golden eagle\'s left wing in 2000, leaving him unable to fly or survive in the wild.

Now researchers at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, have hit upon what could prove to be a simple way to protect birds from wind turbines. They've used the "signatures" of birds that are visible in raw weather radar data to generate bird maps and live migration forecasts designed to alert wind farm operators to the presence of birds at peak times.
Most are small birds at risk from predators. (Big birds tend to migrate in daylight, although they too sometimes fall afoul of the turbines.)
In other words, since large birds, like the golden eagle shown above will not show up on radar they have zero chance of being saved via this idea
"Our measures are dominated by small songbirds, things like warblers and tanagers, thrushes and grosbeaks — those are the dominant signatures we're getting," says Horton.

It's long been known that migrating birds are easily detected by the Doppler radar systems used to monitor rainfall in the U.S.

 This plan is limited to large flocks of birds.  (Not eagles, hawks etc.,) The plan is dependent on wind turbine operators actually HEEDING the information and either stopping or slowing their wind turbines to save the birds-  
Think they’ll do this? 
Will it cut into their profits? 
Answer that question and you’ll know the answer. 
Fake greens need not think about the reality of this situation and all these bird deaths.

For weather forecasting purposes, of course, the radar signals caused by bird flocks are filtered out. But the Cornell researchers, including Horton and Benjamin Van Doren, a zoologist who recently moved to Oxford University in the U.K., realized that birds' nighttime flights could be used to generate real-time maps that could help save birds' lives.

After working for several years to integrate the signals from a network of weather radar systems across the U.S., the scientists a few weeks ago started posting automated bird migration forecasts and real-time tracking maps at the lab's website,

Van Doren and Horton hope wind farm operators will heed the forecasts and maps — which are drawn from 143 weather radar systems across the country — and stop or slow their wind turbines temporarily when large numbers of birds are flying through the area.
One solution to the bird-strike problem might be to raise the turbines' so-called "cut-in speed." That's the wind speed above which it makes economic sense to run the turbines. Wind turbines operate more efficiently at the high wind speeds, Horton says, while birds tend to avoid flying on windy nights.

"If we're getting large pulses of [migrating birds] coming through on a handful of nights, then altering their strategies for just, say, five nights versus doing nothing, then it may have a big impact," he says of wind farm operators.

The bird migration maps could also make it possible to switch off some of the lights on tall buildings and communication towers at peak times. The lights on such structures are known to confuse birds flying at night, and result in many fatal collisions, according to Horton.
Given the short period of time that the maps and forecasts have been online, it's too soon to tell whether they're having a beneficial impact. But the researchers are hoping for good results. Says Horton, "We really want to see some conservation come out of this, hopefully to reduce some of the mortality."

Large cities, with excessively tall buildings, also kill lots of birds... Like in Toronto
But the street cleaner can clean them up before anybody really sees them.  

Which is another issue the phony greens gloss over- building taller buildings to pack more people into, factory human farming style, present many issues that go ignored. 

Image from Gary- Taken at Leslie Spit, Toronto