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  • Support For Ukraine’s Pro-War Parties Keeps Plunging - Business Insider
    http://www.businessinsider.com/support-for-ukraines-pro-war-parties-keeps-plunging-2014-9

    Polling of Ukrainian voters since the ceasefire in the civil war was negotiated on September 5 reveals that large, growing majorities of Ukrainians throughout the country are in favour of keeping to the ceasefire terms and stopping hostilities. The only political party Ukrainian voters say they support to do this is President Petro Poroshenko’s Solidarity bloc, an alliance with Vitaily Klitschko, Yury Lutsenko and Olga Bogomolets.

    Ukrainian politicians, including the current Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk and former prime minister Yulia Timoshenko, are losing support, the voters say, because they favour war in the Donbass, sanctions against Russia, and military intervention of NATO on Ukrainian territory. Yatseniuk and Timoshenko are leading blocs they are calling Patriots of Ukraine and Fatherland in the campaign for parliamentary seats to be decided on October 26. On current polling trends, their voters across the country will number less than 5%, the threshold for winning party seats in the new Verkhovna Rada.

    Also tested in last week’s polling are figures from western Ukraine, who have dominated the military and police ministries in Kiev until recently, and who are calling for NATO arms and US sanctions to fight Russia until President Vladimir Putin is toppled. They include Oleg Lyashko and his Radical Party; Oleg Tyagnibok’s Svoboda (“Freedom”), and Dmitry Yarosh’s Pravy Sektor (“Right Sector”).

    The new poll results show that voter support for them is evaporating since the ceasefire – in the case of Tyagnibok and Yarosh (Svoboda, Pravy Sektor) dwindling to single-digit numbers not larger than the pollster’s measure of statistical error. More than three-quarters of Ukrainian voters, including those who condemn the separatist movement in the Donbass, want a negotiated peace and end to war.

    http://static4.businessinsider.com/image/541ae0ee6da8117608bb3e12-519-569/poll_table.jpg
    la première colonne donne le pourcentage des répondants, la seconde en pourcentage des opinions exprimées (sans les sans-opinions et indécis)

    Rappel : il y a autour de 200 partis… la moitié des députés est élue au scrutin uninominal à un tour, l’autre à la proportionnelle, avec un seuil de 5% (des suffrages exprimés, je crois, mais n’arrive pas à en trouver confirmation)

    Évolution dans le temps
    http://static2.businessinsider.com/image/541ae12769beddd0672c5ca9-1021-634/twlo3cj.png
    Se reporter au tableau précédent pour la légende de l’image, les courbes des listes étant présentées par résultats décroissants.

    La dynamique actuelle est massivement pro-Porochenko. Son discours très belliciste de Washington est destiné à l’exportation : c’est ce que les « alliés » attendent de lui, mais va clairement à l’encontre de ses intérêts électoraux.

    Pour les circonscriptions locales et vu le système, difficile d’imaginer qu’il n’en sortent pas un bon nombre de potentats locaux ou leurs affidés plutôt représentatifs donc de la politique « à l’ancienne »…

    source : sondage SOCIS du 5 au 10 septembre
    http://www.socis.kiev.ua/ua/press/rezultaty-sotsiolohichnoho-doslidzhennja-ukrajina-na-starti-vyborchoji-ka

    • D’après vous, quelle est la façon acceptable de régler la situation dans le Donbas ?
      • 23,2% en reprenant le contrôle par des opérations militaires
      • 36,4% en accordant un statut spécial à la région du Donbas
      • 19,6% en considérant la région comme occupée et en attendant l’aide internationale pour la libérer de la Russie
      • 20,8% ne sait pas ou refus de répondre

      2800 répondants, mais pas dans les zones séparatistes.

      http://static2.businessinsider.com/image/541ae14feab8eaf4122c5ca4-480-360/socis_table.png

      Les colonnes de la table : de gauche à droite,
      Kiev, est, Donbas, ouest, centre, nord, sud et la dernière en jaune, ensemble de l’Ukraine (résultats ci-dessus)

    • Sondage précédent (23/08-02/09/14, auprès de 2040 répondants) par l’autre institut de sondage, KIIS
      http://www.kiis.com.ua/?lang=rus&cat=reports&id=391

      Opinions brutes
       21,5% Porochenko (Lutsenko, V. Klitschko, A. Pilgrim)
       7,6% Parti radical A. Liachko,
       5,6% Mouvement civique (Gritsenko)
       4,5% « Ukraine forte » (Tigipko)
       3,7% « Patriotes de l’Ukraine » (A. Iatseniouk, Turchynov)
       3,5% « Patrie » (I. Timochenko)
       2,7% Parti communiste d’Ukraine (P. Symonenko)
       2,5% Svoboda (« Liberté ») (O. Tyahnibok)
       2,2% Parti des régions (Efremov)
       1,7% Auto-défense (A. Sadoviy)
       1,0% « Secteur Droit » (D. Iaroch)
       1,3% autres partis
       2,3% suppression de tous les partis ?
       14,9% ont décidé de ne pas participer au vote,
       24,9% n’ont pas décidé pour qui voter.

      Part des opinions exprimées
       37,1% Porochenko (Lutsenko, V. Klitschko, A. Pilgrim)
       13,1% Parti radical A. Liachko,
       9,7% Mouvement civique (Gritsenko)
       7,8% « Ukraine forte » (Tigipko)
       6,4% « Patriotes de l’Ukraine » (A. Iatseniouk, Turchynov)
       6,1% « Patrie » (I. Timochenko)
       4,6% Parti communiste d’Ukraine (P. Symonenko)
       4,4% Svoboda (« Liberté ») (O. Tyahnibok)
       3,8% Parti des régions (Efremov)
       2,9% Auto-défense (A. Sadoviy)
       1,8% « Secteur Droit » (D. Iaroch)
       2,3% autres partis
       2,3% suppression de tous les partis ?


  • To shield drone operators from too much reality, let’s overlay big smiley face on images of disemboweled humans !
    http://www.cpsa-acsp.ca/papers-2013/Fitzsimmons.pdf

    "To reduce RPA operators exposure to the stress-inducing traumatic imagery associated with conducting airstrikes against human targets, the USAF should integrate graphical overlays into the visual sensor displays in the operators’ virtual cockpits. These overlays would, in real-time, mask the on-screen human victims of RPA airstrikes from the operators who carry them out with sprites or other simple graphics designed to dehumanize the victims’ appearance and, therefore, prevent the operators from seeing and developing haunting visual memories of the effects of their weapons. As envisioned, these overlays would automatically appear on the operators’ video monitors when they launch a weapon at a target on the ground so as not to interfere with the operators’ other vital mission tasks"

    #drones #USAF #USA #war #psychology

    • Deuxième piste pour protéger nos cybersoldats au psychisme fragile du stress induit par la mort de leurs victimes : les éloigner de l’état d’esprit civil et de leur famille, par exemple en les transférant dans un loitain pays de l’OTAN :

      To help shield RPA operators from the stress- aggravating effects of having to frequently transition between a war fighter and civilian mentality , RPA units should be deployed on standardized combat tours in locations far from their homes and families. Ideally, units should be deployed outside of the United States to, for instance, the territory of another NATO member state, the conflict zone where the ir aircraft are being used, or a ship at sea, in order to make it difficult and costly for the members of the unit to travel to and from their homes on a regular basis.

    • La seconde piste est excellente - l’encasernement est une recette qui fonctionne bien depuis l’antiquité pour éviter que les tueurs ne soient trop contaminés par l’affligeante rationalité sociale des civils qui s’entêtent à ne pas considérer les humains comme essentiellement des cibles potentielles.

      Ceci dit je préfère les gros smileys pour cacher les morceaux sanguinolents - mon côté technophile probablement... Une façon de réaliser un peu l’expression populaire « Ah Dieu ! Que la guerre est jolie ! »

    • Je viens de lire un article dans la revue DSI de septembre précisément sur ce sujet.
      http://www.dsi-presse.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/DSI106_COUV-HD.jpg

      DSI n°106, septembre 2014
      http://www.dsi-presse.com/?p=6944

      Une mort trop distante ?
      Par Philippe Vittel, capitaine de frégate, stagiaire au sein de la 21ème promotion de l’école de guerre.

      Dont le chapeau (que je recopie, - pas de version en ligne) dit :

      Le concept de guerre à distance est aujourd’hui très souvent associé à la seule mise en œuvre des drones armés. L’utilisation de ces appareils soulève, au travers des difficultés notamment rencontrées par les pilotes américains à concilier dans une même journée leur métier de « tueur à distance » et leur statut de citoyen ordinaire, un grand nombre de questions. Les polémiques actuelles ne doivent cependant pas occulter le fait que la guerre moderne a éloigné les combattants de leurs cibles potentielles bien avant l’emploi des drones.

      Il cite, entre autres, l’exemple récent des frappes ayant ouvert le conflit libyen, menées par des avions français basés en France. Et donc, dont les pilotes retrouvaient leur foyer une fois la mission accomplie.

      Son point de vue, me semble-t-il, c’est qu’outre la préparation au spectacle de la violence (que le smiley proposé dans le titre permettrait justement d’économiser-, il ne faut pas oublier de préparer à tuer et donc :

      Au contraire de la préparation précédente, il est indispensable de déshumaniser son ennemi pour être certain que le jour venu le combattant soit en mesure de délivrer la mort.

      Et sa conclusion est qu’il ne faut pas oublier d’inclure ce point dans la formation des opérateurs du futur drone MALE armé…

    • Les théories concernant la déshumanisation (et à l’inverse, l’obstacle que le lien social met en travers de l’efficacité tactique) sont développées par Grossman dans ’On Killing’ (d’ailleurs cité dans l’article). Il y montre les méthodes de désensibilisation qui permettent avec l’intermédiation technologique de faire passer mentalement l’adversaire de l’état d’humain social à celui de cible. Ce qui est nouveau est qu’au lieu d’introduire de la distance, la technologie peut rapprocher.

      Sur le point de la transition entre combat et société civile dans les deux sens, la situation des opérateurs de drones n’est que le paroxysme d’une problématique apparue avec l’expérience Américaine au Vietnam et décrite allégoriquement par Haldeman dans The Forever War... Rien de nouveau dans le concept, mais peut-être que le rythme quotidien en fait quelque chose qu’on ne peut plus mettre sous le tapis.

    • Un chirurgien en ophtalmologie réputé, à l’époque où je l’interrogeais sur les connaissances scientifiques en cours, suite au film de Wenders « jusqu’au bout du monde », m’avait dit que les pilotes d’avion de chasse (type mirage) avaient des capteurs neuronaux branchés sur les centres de la vision pour déclencher leur tir, car la vitesse de réaction de leur main n’était pas assez rapide.

      La phrase d’Einstein résonne toujours « … ce ne peut être que par erreur qu’ils ont reçu un cerveau, une moelle épinière leur suffirait amplement. »

      Les soldats sont déjà privés de leur cerveau, psychiquement, par manipulations mentales diverses ou psychiatriquement bromure, LSD, drogues. Le principal est qu’ils ne puissent pas se rendre compte de ce qu’ils font, seulement obéir et appuyer sur un bouton puis qu’ils oublient que cela à tuer.
      Je ne sais comment tourner ma phrase correctement, je trouve que les membres de la société civile sont aussi embarqués dans un processus qui leur échappe, ils sont tout autant déconscientisés du rôle indirect qu’ils jouent dans ces massacres pourtant fait au nom de l’ensemble des membres de la société, personne ne pense y participer en payant ses impôts ou sa TVA à l’état français, en laissant son argent à la banque, en riant au barbecue électrique du soir avec le type qui vient d’appuyer sur le bouton toute la journée, ou comprend que seulement par son inengagement il accepte tacitement qu’en son nom on tue.

      #industrie_de_l'armement #conscience #mort_indirect

    • Le problème me rappelle les commandants des camps nazis.

      Le plus connu d’eux, Rudolf Höss, rentrait tranquillement dans son appartement de fonction embrasser sa femme et ses enfants après une journée de travail épuisante à Auschwitz.
      http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudolf_H%C3%B6ss#Vie_quotidienne_de_H.C3.B6.C3.9F

      Le notoire Amon Göth aimait abattre du juif à coup de fusil à lunettes pendant qu’il prenait son café du matin.
      http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amon_G%C3%B6th

      Pourtant la plupart des hommes ont besoin de passer par les mains d’un spécialiste pour la formation de bourreaux comme Theodor Eicke, chef du camp de Dachau, avant d’être capable d’assassiner calmement et avec conviction.
      http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theodor_Eicke#SS_et_camps_de_concentration

      Avec Papa Eicke, surnom qui lui est donné par les gardiens de camp, on passe de la brutalité indisciplinée de la SA à la terreur planifiée de la SS. Ses résultats font forte impression sur Himmler qui le promeut SS-Brigadeführer le 30 janvier 1934.

      Eicke fait preuve d’un antisémitisme et d’un antibolchevisme radicaux. Il proclame « sa haine contre tout ce qui est non allemand et non national-socialiste ». Il impose aux gardiens une obéissance aveugle et inconditionnelle envers lui, en tant que commandant du camp, mais aussi envers la SS et le Führer. Ces "qualités" impressionnent Heinrich Himmler qui le nomme, le 4 juillet 1934 inspecteur des camps de concentration et commandant des unités Totenkopf (Inspekteur des Konzentrationslager und Führer des SS Totenkopfverbände).
      ...
      L’attitude inflexible de Eicke et sa détermination à exploiter sans mesure la main-d’œuvre concentrationnaire ont une profonde influence sur le personnel des camps de concentration. L’endoctrinement permanent, la brutalité d’Eicke lui-même, empêchent tout sentiment d’humanité des gardiens : Eicke voulait supprimer chez les SS tout sentiment de pitié à l’égard des internés. Ses discours, les ordres dans lesquels il insistait sur le caractère criminel et dangereux de l’activité des internés, ne pouvaient rester sans effets.

      « Sans cesse endoctrinées par lui, les natures primitives et frustes [des gardiens] concevaient à l’égard des prisonniers une antipathie et une haine difficilement imaginables pour les gens du dehors. »

      Dans tous les camps se mettent en place une violence et une cruauté contrôlées et disciplinées, un véritable système de terreur bien codifié qui se poursuivra après le départ de Eicke. Il aura notamment formé des commandants de camp comme Rudolf Höß à Auschwitz, Franz Ziereis à Mauthausen et Karl Otto Koch à Sachsenhausen et Buchenwald.

      Après la lecture de ce texte je trouve un peu leger le slogan de manif traditionnel « Polizei - SA - SS », mais l’idée me prend de scander « opérateur de drônes - SA - SS ». Bof, ça ne rime pas, il n’y a pas de rythme, alors on laisse tomber :-(


  • Russian ambassador to #Lebanon deplores “incomplete” #Jeddah anti-terrorism conference
    http://english.al-akhbar.com/node/21468

    http://english.al-akhbar.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/4cols/leading_images/P-%282243%29_03T3328-copy.jpg

    The Russian ambassador to #Lebanon, #Alexander_Zasypkin, said the meeting hosted by #Saudi_Arabia today and tomorrow to discuss the creation of an international alliance against terrorism was “incomplete, because it does not include all parties fighting terrorism.” He described the conference – which excluded #Russia, Iran, and Syria – as “a meeting of the friends of the US and NATO.”

    #Articles #Beirut #Nouhad_al-Machnouk #Samir_Moqbel #Sergei_Lavrov #Vladimir_Putin #Walid_Muallem


  • Intéressante analyse des projets occidentaux concernant la Russie

    Redrawing the Map of the Russian Federation: Partitioning Russia
    After World War III? | Global Research
    http://www.globalresearch.ca/redrawing-the-map-of-the-russia-federation-partitioning-russia-after-world-war-iii/5400748

    The end goal of the US and NATO is to divide (balkanize) and pacify (finlandize) the world’s biggest country, the Russian Federation, and to even establish a blanket of perpetual disorder (somalization) over its vast territory or, at a minimum, over a portion of Russia and the post-Soviet space, similarly to what is being done to the Middle East and North Africa.

    The future Russia or the many future Russias, a plurality of weakened and divided states, that Washington and its NATO allies see is/are demographically in decline, de-industrialized, poor, without any defensive capabilities, and hinterlands that will exploited for their resources.

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/The-World-After-WWIII-According-to-RFE-MDN.jpg


  • Four NATO Allies Deny Ukraine Statement on Providing Arms - NYTimes.com
    http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2014/09/07/world/europe/07reuters-ukraine-crisis-nato-arms.html?ref=world&_r=0

    A senior aide to Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko said on Sunday that Kiev had agreed at the NATO summit in Wales on the provision of weapons and military advisers from five NATO member states, but four of the five swiftly denied any such deal had been reached.
    (…)
    At the NATO summit agreements were reached on the provision of military advisers and supplies of modern armaments from the United States, France, Italy, Poland and Norway,” Poroshenko aide Yuri Lytsenko said on his Facebook page.
    (…)
    A senior U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, denied that the United States had made such a pledge. The official told Reuters, “No U.S. offer of lethal assistance has been made to Ukraine.”

    Asked about Lytsenko’s comments, defense ministry officials in Italy, Poland and Norway also denied plans to provide arms.

    In France, an aide at the Elysee palace declined to comment.

    L’article a fusionné l’annonce et le démenti.

    J’ai vu l’annonce sur Le Monde, mais elle a disparu.


  • Obama commits US to war against Russia in defense of Baltic states - World Socialist Web Site

    http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/09/08/pers-s08.html

    In a series of speeches and press conferences in connection with last week’s NATO summit in Wales, President Barack Obama publicly declared that the United States military will maintain a permanent presence in the Baltic states of Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia, which border Russia. He vowed that US air and ground forces will remain poised forevermore to respond to claims of Russian aggression by the governments of these countries by attacking Moscow.

    In appearances in the Estonian capital of Tallinn and later in Wales, Obama announced a series of military moves against Russia by the United States and NATO as well as expanded economic sanctions and pledges to bolster the military forces of the former Soviet republics of Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova. He made clear in addition that Washington will push for all three countries to join the US-dominated NATO military alliance.

    #pays_baltes #otan #états-unis #russie

    • Violant ainsi les accords faits en 1991 avec Gorbatchev ! Cela peut être compris comme une trahison supplémentaire, la première ayant été faite avec Khrouchtchev, voire une provocation.
      On appelle cela aussi de l’escalade !


  • BBC News - Nato faces up to crises on its borders

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-29053001

    Nato leaders meet for their summit in Wales amidst the most serious security crisis in Europe since the end of the Cold War.

    http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/77367000/gif/_77367257_nato_member_countries_624mapv6.gif

    Russia is back at the top of Nato’s agenda. And this summit must seek to respond to the long-term challenge from Moscow while managing the evolving drama on the alliance’s borders.

    Nato has no doubts as to what is going on in eastern Ukraine. It insists that Russia’s efforts to destabilise the country have gone way beyond simply arming separatist rebels. Russian units have been massed on the Ukrainian border.

    #pays_baltes #russie


  • Nato ’ring of steel’ sent to #Calais to stop immigrants

    Britain will send the 9ft ’ring of steel’ fences used at the Nato summit in Wales to Calais in an effort to stop illegal immigrants getting into Britain.

    http://news.images.itv.com/image/file/466105/article_img.jpg
    http://www.itv.com/news/update/2014-09-07/nato-ring-of-steel-sent-to-calais-to-stop-immigrants

    #barrière #mur #migration #asile #clôture #réfugiés #UK #Angleterre



  • Des agents secrets américains publient une lettre ouverte à Angela Merkel

    Offener Brief an Angela Merkel
    http://www.heise.de/tp/artikel/42/42680/1.html

    Amerikanische Ex-Geheimdienstmitarbeiter warnen vor Behauptungen der Geheimdienste zur Ukraine und erinnern an die irakischen Massenvernichtungswaffen

    Wir, die Unterzeichner, sind langjährige Veteranen der US-Nachrichtendienste. Wir unternehmen den außergewöhnlichen Schritt, diesen offenen Brief an Sie zu schreiben, um Ihnen die Gelegenheit zu geben, vor dem NATO-Gipfel am 4. und 5. September Einblick in unsere Sicht der Dinge zu bekommen.

    Et voici l’original en anglais : http://www.opednews.com/articles/Memorandum-For-Angela-Mer-by-Coleen-Rowley-Angela-Merkel_Ukraine_Ukraine_V

    Memorandum For: Angela Merkel: Beware of Fixed Intelligence on Ukraine— Think WMDs

    MEMORANDUM FOR: Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany

    FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)

    SUBJECT: Ukraine and NATO

    We the undersigned are long-time veterans of U.S. intelligence. We take the unusual step of writing this open letter to you to ensure that you have an opportunity to be briefed on our views prior to the NATO summit on September 4-5.

    You need to know, for example, that accusations of a major Russian “invasion” of Ukraine appear not to be supported by reliable intelligence. Rather, the “intelligence” seems to be of the same dubious, politically “fixed” kind used 12 years ago to “justify” the U.S.-led attack on Iraq. We saw no credible evidence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq then; we see no credible evidence of a Russian invasion now. Twelve years ago, former Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, mindful of the flimsiness of the evidence on Iraqi WMD, refused to join in the attack on Iraq. In our view, you should be appropriately suspicious of charges made by the U.S. State Department and NATO officials alleging a Russian invasion of Ukraine.

    President Barack Obama tried yesterday to cool the rhetoric of his own senior diplomats and the corporate media, when he publicly described recent activity in the Ukraine, as “a continuation of what’s been taking place for months now ... it’s not really a shift.”

    Obama, however, has only tenuous control over the policymakers in his administration — who, sadly, lack much sense of history, know little of war, and substitute anti-Russian invective for a policy. One year ago, hawkish State Department officials and their friends in the media very nearly got Mr. Obama to launch a major attack on Syria based, once again, on “intelligence” that was dubious, at best.

    Largely because of the growing prominence of, and apparent reliance on, intelligence we believe to be spurious, we think the possibility of hostilities escalating beyond the borders of Ukraine has increased significantly over the past several days. More important, we believe that this likelihood can be avoided, depending on the degree of judicious skepticism you and other European leaders bring to the NATO summit next week.

    Experience With Untruth

    ...


  • L’exercice militaire OTAN-Ukraine Rapid Trident en Ukraine occidentale, initialement programmé en juillet aura finalement lieu du 16 au 26 septembre.

    U.S., allies to stage exercises in West Ukraine as battles rage in East - Yahoo News
    http://news.yahoo.com/u-allies-stage-exercises-west-ukraine-battles-rage-174112556.html

    As fighting between the army and Russian-backed rebels rages in eastern Ukraine, preparations are under way near its western border for a joint military exercise this month with more than 1,000 troops from the United States and its allies.

    The decision to go ahead with the Rapid Trident exercise Sept. 16-26 is seen as a sign of the commitment of NATO states to support non-NATO member Ukraine while stopping well short of military intervention in the conflict.

    The annual exercise, to take place in the Yavoriv training center near Ukraine’s border with Poland, was initially scheduled for July, but was put back because early planning was disrupted by the crisis in the eastern part of the country.
    (…)
    In addition to staging air force exercises, the United States is moving tanks and 600 troops to Poland and the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania for joint maneuvers in October, replacing a more lightly armed force of paratroopers.

    But Rapid Trident will entail the first significant deployment of U.S. and other personnel to Ukraine since the crisis erupted.

    President Barack Obama will visit Estonia on Wednesday to reassure the former Soviet Baltic states of U.S. support, and Estonia’s prime minister on Tuesday called for a more visible NATO presence in eastern Europe.
    (…)
    The United States European Command (EUCOM) says the exercise this month will involve about 200 U.S. personnel as well as 1,100 others from Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Britain, Canada, Georgia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Norway, Poland, Romania and Spain.

    Focused on peacekeeping, it will include command post drills, patrolling and dealing with improvised explosive devices.

    While it involves many NATO members as well as countries such as Ukraine, who are part of NATO’s broader “Partnership for Peace,” the exercise is not formally a NATO drill.

    More broadly, under a broad program titled “Operation Atlantic Resolve” meant to show U.S. commitment to the European allies, NATO is running what officials say is a ramped up version of its regular summer and autumn training schedule.


  • NATO dressing up, raring to go
    – Indian Punchline - By M K Bhadrakumar – September 2, 2014
    http://blogs.rediff.com/mkbhadrakumar/2014/09/02/nato-dressing-up-raring-to-go

    The summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization [NATO] in Wales, Britain, on Thursday promises to be an exciting event for the alliance. A tortuous journey that began over 23 years ago is about to end. It was on February 25, 1991 that the foreign and defence ministers of the erstwhile Warsaw Pact met in Hungary and declared that the military alliance was disbanded. Ever since then, NATO has been a tormented soul. That existential angst over its identity in a brave new world without an adversary is getting over.

    The LA Times reports that the crisis in Ukraine has solved the NATO’s ‘identity crisis’. Afghanistan has been tossed around up until lately as the leitmotif of the summit in Wales, but that was never a smart thing to do in the first instance, since there is no clarity still as to the political transition in that country and NATO’s future role in the Hindu Kush may well be in jeopardy.

    Then, there is the islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. But then, the ISIL is a riddle wrapped up in a mystery inside an enigma and the US thinks that the coalition of the willing that it is assembling is best drawn from the Muslim world with a couple of Anglo-Saxon countries thrown in. The Obama administration is not contemplating a role for NATO in the hunt for Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Of course, things may change overnight if King Abdullah’s prophecy comes true, but then, it can happen not before a month or two lapses after the NATO’s summit concludes in Wales.

    Indeed, there is always Libya where oil mixes with democracy, Islam and terrorism, but then, that is a huge embarrassment for NATO. Operation Dawn, launched by the Libyan jihadists, has met with stunning success as Tripoli has fallen into their hands just a week before the summit in Wales. But NATO has no desire to go back to the war front. Some things are best forgotten in life.

    So, it is Ukraine, the great metaphor for Vladimir Putin’s Russia, which is going to be the core agenda for what the alliance’ secretary-general Anders Fogh Rasmussen has called “a crucial summit in NATO’s history”. He disclosed at the customary pre-summit media briefing at NATO Hqs in Brussels on Monday how Russia’s emergence as the alliance’s adversary galvanizes the alliance, gives it a raison d’etre, enables it to acquire new robes and, most important, persuades its cash-strapped members to loosen purse strings and indulge in spending for ‘collective security’.

    #Euro-Atlantisme, #Irak, #ISIL, #Libye, #OTAN


  • NATO Set to Ratify Pledge on Joint Defense in Case of Major Cyberattack
    NYT By DAVID E. SANGER AUG. 31, 2014
    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/01/world/europe/nato-set-to-ratify-pledge-on-joint-defense-in-case-of-major-cyberattack.htm

    When President Obama meets with other NATO leaders later this week, they are expected to ratify what seems, at first glance, a far-reaching change in the organization’s mission of collective defense: For the first time, a cyberattack on any of the 28 NATO nations could be declared an attack on all of them, much like a ground invasion or an airborne bombing.

    The most obvious target of the new policy is Russia, which was believed behind computer attacks that disrupted financial and telecommunications systems in Estonia in 2007 and Georgia in 2008, and is believed to have used them in the early days of the Ukraine crisis as well.

    But in interviews, NATO officials concede that so far their cyberskills are limited at best.

    #OTAN sans stratégie en cas de #cyberguerre ; #sécurité_informatique #surveillance

    • In fact, NATO officials say they have never been briefed on the abilities of the National Security Agency and United States Cyber Command, or those of The Government Communications Headquarters, or GCHQ, its British equivalent. Both countries have routinely placed sensors into computers, switching centers and undersea cables for years, as the documents released by Edward J. #Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor, make clear.


  • US and Europe escalate provocations against Russia - World Socialist Web Site

    http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/09/01/ukra-s01.html

    The European Union summit held in Brussels over the weekend was a major escalation of the aggression by the Western powers against Russia, raising the specter of full-blown war in Europe and even a nuclear war between NATO and Russia.

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, the business oligarch and leader of the right-wing regime installed by the Western powers in Kiev, set the tone for the summit. He urged the EU to take a tougher stance against Russia, which he accused of “military aggression and terror.”

    #ukraine #russie


  • New #Satellite Imagery Exposes Russian Combat Troops Inside #Ukraine

    Mons, BELGIUM – NATO released new satellite images on Thursday, 28 August 2014, that show Russian combat forces engaged in military operations inside the sovereign territory of Ukraine. The images, captured in late August, depict Russian self-propelled artillery units moving in a convoy through the Ukrainian countryside and then preparing for action by establishing firing positions in the area of Krasnodon, Ukraine.

    http://www.aco.nato.int/new-satellite-imagery-exposes-russian-combat-troops-inside-ukraine.aspx


  • NATO steps up military preparations against Russia - World Socialist Web Site

    http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/08/28/nato-a28.html

    NATO steps up military preparations against Russia
    By Kumaran Ira
    28 August 2014

    The US and European powers are stepping up their reckless military escalation against Russia, citing the crisis in Ukraine and Russia’s annexation of Crimea as a pretext to deploy troops to new bases throughout Eastern Europe.

    Ahead of next week’s NATO summit in Cardiff, NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen bluntly accused Russia of destabilizing eastern Ukraine and all but threatened Russia with war. According to the Guardian, he indicated that the NATO summit would agree to “new deployments on Russia’s borders—a move certain to trigger a strong reaction from Moscow.”

    #ukraine #russie #otan


  • John J. Mearsheimer | How the West Caused the Ukraine Crisis | Foreign Affairs
    http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/141769/john-j-mearsheimer/why-the-ukraine-crisis-is-the-wests-fault
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    the United States and its European allies share most of the responsibility for the crisis. The taproot of the trouble is NATO enlargement, the central element of a larger strategy to move Ukraine out of Russia’s orbit and integrate it into the West. At the same time, the EU’s expansion eastward and the West’s backing of the pro-democracy movement in Ukraine — beginning with the Orange Revolution in 2004 — were critical elements, too. Since the mid-1990s, Russian leaders have adamantly opposed NATO enlargement, and in recent years, they have made it clear that they would not stand by while their strategically important neighbor turned into a Western bastion. For Putin, the illegal overthrow of Ukraine’s democratically elected and pro-Russian president — which he rightly labeled a “coup” — was the final straw. He responded by taking Crimea, a peninsula he feared would host a NATO naval base, and working to destabilize #Ukraine until it abandoned its efforts to join the West.


  • Nato plans east European bases to counter Russian threat | World news | theguardian.com
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/26/nato-east-european-bases-counter-russian-threat
    Ah comme ils sont impatients, quelles réjouissances en perspectives !

    Nato is to deploy its forces at new bases in eastern Europe for the first time, in response to the Ukraine crisis and in an attempt to deter Vladimir Putin from causing trouble in the former Soviet Baltic republics, according to its chief.

    Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the former prime minister of Denmark, said that next week’s Nato summit in Cardiff would overcome divisions within the alliance and agree to new deployments on Russia’s borders – a move certain to trigger a strong reaction from Moscow.

    He also outlined moves to boost Ukraine’s security, “modernise” its armed forces, and help the country counter the threat from Russia.


  • Jihadist Leader, recently released in Jordan, openly coordinating fighting in Russia, Syria
    http://mideastwire.wordpress.com/2014/08/06/jihadist-leader-recently-released-in-jordan-openly-coordinati

    Un nouveau #combattant_de_la_liberté made in USA

    Staunch US and European ally Jordan released this major jihadist leader and now apparently its cool to coordinate the international jihadist fronts, especially in Russia and Syria.

    So its not surprising that matters are apparently heading quickly for a wide open blow back that many of us have been talking about for years – and the central role in creating all of this will be the militerazation of the arab spring that was first sponsored by NATO in Libya then by the West and its monarchy allies in the gulf in syria. These are the original fields for how the arab revolts turned into the spiral mess of violence, contradiction and wide open warfare that the region and, soon one thinks, beyond faces.
    ****************

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=XQPRYqUszg8

    Jordanian jihadist cleric Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi has urged insurgents in Russia’s North Caucasus to support and obey their new leader Aliaskhab Kebekov (aka Abu Mukhammad).

    “We call on our brothers in the Caucasus to gather around their new leader, help him, obey him and do not disobey him,” al-Maqdisi said in a video address posted on YouTube and embedded on North Caucasus jihadist websites Kavkaz-Tsentr and Islamdin on 4 August.

    Al-Maqdisi was speaking in Arabic with Russian subtitles. The seven-minute and 22-second video is entitled in Russian “Sheikh Al-Makdisiy’s address to the mojahedin of the Caucasus. Shaaban/1435 [June 2014]“.

    “Indeed, we are now suffering due to discord in the fields of jihad and due to disobedience of mojahedin leaders caused by personal opinions, personal passions and faulty doubts. I call on mojahedin brothers in the Caucasus to unite around their leader, obey him, and shun disagreements and anything which leads to discord,” he said.

    Al-Maqdisi thanked Aliaskhab Kebekov for sending his people to fight government forces in Syria.

    “We were very glad that despite the weight of jihad and despite difficulties facing mojahedin in the Caucasus, he did not forget Muslim brothers in Syria and sent them some of the best mojahedin from the Caucasus. He sent people from his groups and they took part in jihad in the best possible way. They were a model of whole-hearted bravery and selflessness. They also were a model of moderate position and lack of extremes and excessiveness. We indeed need this in jihad, especially as disagreements emerged in the fields of jihad and voices of excessiveness started to appear… We thank our brother amir [Kebekov] for this and we thank all the Caucasus mojahedin for taking part in jihad in Sham [Syria],” Al-Maqdisi said.

    He urged the Caucasus insurgents to be patient.

    “We and the mojahedin in the Caucasus know that the road is long and difficult and that jihad in the Caucasus has its difficulties. Especially now when battlefields expanded and support to the Caucasus decreased and many are busy fighting in other battlefields. We know that the road is difficult, that the situation of the mojahedin in the Caucasus is one of the most difficult. Therefore, we urge them to be firm and patient, and unite around their leaders,” he said.

    Al-Maqdisi also voiced his condolences over the death of Kebekov’s predecessor Dokka Umarov, whose death was officially confirmed by insurgents on 18 March 2014.

    • UAE and Saudi Kingdoms are going to – like before – fund “moderate” syrian rebels, because they are “moderate” kingdoms
      http://mideastwire.wordpress.com/2014/09/06/uae-and-saudi-kingdoms-are-going-to-like-before-fund-moderate

      A real gem from the NYT: Obama administration officials are once again talking about how our “moderate allies” – which hillary confidentially described as being the countries where the MOST support for violent sunni extremists originated – are going to arm syrian rebels.

      “United States officials said they also expected Saudi Arabia to contribute to funding moderate Syrian rebel groups. In addition, Yousef Al Otaiba, the United Arab Emirates ambassador to the United States, said in a statement this week that the Emirates stood ready to join the fight against ISIS. “No one has more at stake than the U.A.E. and other moderate countries in the region that have rejected the regressive Islamist creed and embraced a different, forward-looking path,” the ambassador said. Enlisting support from Sunni populations in Syria and Iraq is crucial, experts said, because airstrikes alone will not suffice…”

      – Funny too, all this talk about Jordan – who just released some of the main leaders for salafi jihadis the world over (makdisi et al.)…. are these guys going to be the intellectual drivers for “moderate” sunni jihadists?

      #Jordanie


  • Washington’s Alliance With Traffickers of Human Organs - Justin Raimondo
    http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2014/08/05/washingtons-alliance-with-traffickers-of-human-organs

    The Serbs-guilty-Kosovars-innocent narrative pushed by the interventionists has stuck to this day, in spite of the ongoing victimization of the remaining Serbs – who have been ethnically cleansed from most of the region, after witnessing their homes and churches burned to the ground while the “allies” – who still occupy Kosovo – stood by and watched. As it turned out, NATO did more than merely stand by and watch – according to Marty they actively covered up numerous war crimes committed by the KLA and the current leadership of Kosovo, including the practice of trafficking in human organs torn from the bodies of Serb prisoners of war.

    Qui se base notamment sur: Revelations in Carla del Ponte’s book
    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/harrydequetteville/3693551/Revelations_in_Carla_del_Pontes_book

    In a chapter entitled: Kosovo 1999-2007, she writes:

    The prosecutors office received information which UNMIK officials had received from a team of trustworthy journalists that during the summer months of 1999 Kosovan Albanians had transported 300 kidnapped people from Kosovo to Albania.

    These prisoners were initially held in sheds and other structures in Kukes and Tropoje [Harry’s note - north-eastern Albania]. According to the journalists’ sources, who were only identified as Kosovo Albanians, some of the younger and fitter prisoners were visited by doctors and were never hit.

    They were transferred to other detention camps in Burrel and the neighbouring area, one of which was a barracks behind a yellow house 20 km behind the town.

    One room inside this yellow house, the journalists said, was kitted out as a makeshift operating theatre, and it was here that surgeons transplanted the organs of prisoners. These organs, according to the sources, were then sent to Rinas airport, Tirana, to be sent to surgical clinics abroad to be transplanted to paying patients.

    One of the informers had personally carried out a shipment to the airport.

    The victims, deprived of a kidney, were then locked up again, inside the barracks, until the moment they were killed for other vital organs. In this way, the other prisoners in the barracks were aware of the fate that awaited them, and according to the source, pleaded, terrified to be killed immediately.

    Among the prisoners who were taken to these barracks were women from Kosovo, Albania, Russia and other Slavic countries. Two of the source said that they helped to bury the corpses of the dead around the yellow house and in a neighbouring cemetery.


  • Libyan unrest “much worse” than 2011 war
    http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/libyan-unrest-much-worse-2011-war

    Libya is descending into a civil war spiral that is “much worse” than the NATO-backed war that toppled former leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, residents fleeing the country said Saturday. “We have gone through (war) before, with Gaddafi, but now it’s much worse,” Paraskevi Athineou, a Greek woman living in #Libya, told AFP. “Chaos reigns. There is no government, we have no food, no fuel, no water, no electricity for hours on end,” she said. Athineou was part of a group of 186 people evacuated from Tripoli by a Greek navy frigate which reached the port of Piraeus early on Saturday. read more


  • Time to end the EU’s left-to-die policy | openDemocracy

    http://opendemocracy.net/can-europe-make-it/charles-heller-lorenzo-pezzani/time-to-end-eu%E2%80%99s-lefttodie-policy

    Researchers participating in the reconstruction of the 2011 “Left-to-die boat” case in which 63 migrants lost their life under NATO’s eyes, summarize three years of inconclusive demands for disclosure and justice. As the European Council addresses the EU’s long-term migration policy, they say deaths of migrants at sea will continue short of ending the EU’s policy of closure towards non-European migrants.

    Two years ago, we published a report on what came to be known as the “left-to-die” boat case. Co-authored with the architectural office SITU Studio, the report used imaging, mapping, and modelling technologies in order to produce a visual and spatial picture of how, in March 2011, sixty-three migrants lost their lives in the Central Mediterranean while attempting to reach the small Italian island of Lampedusa from the coast of Libya.

    #migrations #asile #boat_left_to_die #gisti


  • Norway Wants NATO To Prepare For An Arctic Showdown - Business Insider

    http://www.businessinsider.com/norway-wants-nato-to-prepare-for-an-arctic-showdown-2014-6

    Even Norway, ensconced in the most developed corner of the world, is worried about conflict with the Russians.

    http://static6.businessinsider.com/image/53aafe48ecad04762622ef96-540-360/rtx16i75.jpg

    Today, Stephen Saideman, a professor at Carleton University in Ottawa and a leading expert on Canadian defense and foreign policy, posted an account of his meeting with Lt. Gen Morten Haga Lunde, a Norwegian three-star general and head of his military’s “operational command headquarters,” and various diplomats.

    #norvège #russie #géostratégie #arctique


  • Russia Prepares for an Expected U.S. Nuclear Attack Washington’s Blog
    http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/06/russia-prepares-expected-u-s-nuclear-attack-2.html

    In response to the Obama Administration’s Ukrainian coup that replaced the democratically elected pro-Russian President of Russia’s neighboring country by a regime that is seeking to join NATO and become a base for U.S. nuclear missiles, Russia is girding for America’s expected attack.


  • EUobserver / Nato says Russia funding anti-shale NGOs
    http://euobserver.com/foreign/124680

    Nato chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen has accused Russia of funding NGOs which oppose shale gas.

    He made the controversial statement in a Q and A session at Chatham House, a London-based think tank, on Thursday (19 June).

    I have met allies who can report that Russia, as part of their sophisticated information and disinformation operations, engaged actively with so-called non-governmental organisations – environmental organisations working against shale gas – to maintain European dependence on imported Russian gas. At least that’s my interpretation and it adds a new aspect to that information campaign,” he said.

    #la_main_de_Moscou, le retour…

    On notera la formulation particulièrement alambiquée.
    Y a des copains qui m’ont dit que… En tous cas, c’est comme ça que je l’ai compris… et je tenais à vous le dire.

    Et ce n’est pas une position officielle de l’OTAN.

    Nato officials later told media the views on shale are Rasmussen’s own and do not reflect the alliance’s official position, but it published an audio file of his Chatham House remarks on its website.

    • C’était en réponse aux toutes dernières questions.
      L’intégralité de la transcription sur le site de l’OTAN
      http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/opinions_111132.htm

      En réponse à une question d’une journaliste de l’agence de presse officielle turque (Anadolu) sur l’extension de l’OTAN. Question reformulée par le modérateur

      MODERATOR: So in other words, have we… have we con— have we contributed somewhat to… to… to the Russian reaction, in other words…

      ANDERS FOGH RASMUSSEN:
      (…)
      So let me stress that we have not accepted new members of NATO as part of any aggression against Russia. On the contrary, we have for more than 20 years now tried to include Russia in a constructive cooperation.
      But apart from all that, we adhere to a fundamental principle, namely that each and every nation has a fundamental right to decide itself its security policies and Alliance affiliation. Actually, that’s also enshrined in the OECE Charter for European Security, which was adopted in 1999 and also signed by Russia. So Russia has subscribed to that principle, that each and every nation has a right to decide itself.
      So NATO’s open-door policy follows from our NATO Treaty, Article 10, which states that we may invite any European country that is in a position to improve Euro-Atlantic security and further the principle upon which we have built our societies. Each such European country may be invited to join our Alliance.
      And these two things in combination, our open door and the right of every country to decide itself, has led to an expansion of NATO from 16 to 28 nations. That’s not directed against Russia. But it’s based on some fundamental principles, and of course our goal to create a Europe whole, free, and at peace. And we will not accept new dividing lines in… in Europe.
      So I… I completely dismiss that allegation, that our open-door policy should be a provocation against Russia.
      And just have a look also at economic figures — trade, investment, and other things — you will see that Russia has profited immensely from that zone of security, stability, and prosperity we have contributed to create in Eastern and Central Europe.
      So basically, it’s in Russia’s interest.

      So… but it goes beyond my imagination how the Kremlin thinks, actually.

      Ce qu’exprime la toute dernière phrase de ce passage semée effectivement avéré. Et me semble particulièrement inquiétant vues les fonctions de M. Rasmussen…

    • Greenpeace : on fume quoi au QG de l’OTAN ?

      Greenpeace dismissed Mr Rasmussen’s comments as “preposterous”.
      A spokesman said: "Greenpeace had thirty of its people locked up in Russian prisons last year, threatened with fifteen years in jail.
      "The idea we’re puppets of Putin is so preposterous that you have to wonder what they’re smoking over at Nato HQ.
      "Mr Rasmussen should spend less time dreaming up conspiracy theories and more time on the facts.
      "Fracked gas will probably cost more than Russian imports, there’s little chance fracking will generate more than a small fraction of Europe’s gas needs and it won’t even do that for at least ten years.
      “Greenpeace has detailed plans for energy policies which would remove the need for any Russian gas imports to Europe entirely.”

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/energy/fracking/10911942/Russia-in-secret-plot-against-fracking-Nato-chief-says.html