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أنصار مرسى يطلقون الشماريخ والألعاب النارية فى التحرير

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أنصار مرسى

تزايدت أعداد المتوافدين على ميدان التحرير من أنصار الدكتور محمد مرسى، للاحتفال بفوزه بانتخابات رئاسة الجمهورية، بحسب ما أعلنته حملته، وإعلانه كرئيس لمصر، على الرغم من عدم إعلان النتيجة بصفة رسمية حتى الآن.

وقام المئات من المتواجدين بميدان التحرير منذ لحظات بإطلاق الشماريخ الألعاب النارية والبالونات المضيئة فى سماء الميدان بجانب الضرب على الدفوف والنفخ بالأبواق احتفالاً بفوز مرسى.

ورفع المشاركون فى الاحتفالية بالتحرير أعلام مصر وجماعة الإخوان المسلمين، وصور الدكتور محمد مرسى، مرددين هتاف “بالطول بالعرض جبنا شفيق الأرض، والشعب يريد إسقاط النظام، ويا مرسى قول الحق هتعيد المحاكمة ولا لأ”.

وشهد ميدان التحرير حالة من الارتباك المرورى الشديد نتيجة تزايد أعداد المتوافدين على الميدان.

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بعد سحب “قرار الحرب” من صلاحيات الرئيس مختص: “إسرائيل” ستنفذ عمليات عسكرية بسيناء مختص في الشأن الصهيوني: الاحتلال لا يخشى مواجهة عسكرية مع مصر بعد صدور الإعلان الدستوري المكمل الذي ينزع من الرئيس قرار الحرب ويضعه في يد المجلس الأعلى للقوات المسلحة المصرية.

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حسن عمر
قال الدكتور إبراهيم حبيب المختص بالشأن الصهيوني : “إن الكيان يدرك أن الرئيس المصري القادم سينشغل بترتيب الوضع الداخلي المصري، ولن تشهد الفترة القادمة أي تغيير مصري واضح في العلاقات الخارجية خصوصاً ما يتعلق بالكيان الصهيوني ” مضيفاً أن الاحتلال لا يخشى مواجهة عسكرية مع مصر بعد صدور الإعلان الدستوري المكمل الذي ينزع من الرئيس قرار الحرب ويضعه في يد المجلس الأعلى للقوات المسلحة المصرية.

وأضاف حبيب في حديث خاص بفلسطين الآن الاخباري ” أن الكيان الصهيوني الآن سيعتمد على نفسه في حماية حدوده مع مصر، لأنه بزوال النظام السابق ونجاح الدكتور محمد مرسي مرشح الإخوان المسلمين في انتخابات الرئاسة لن تعود الحدود المصرية الصهيونية آمنة كما كانت في طوال ثلاثة عقود، وهذا الأمر واضح من خلال قيام الكيان بإرسال تعزيزات من الجنود والمدرعات إلى الحدود، وكذلك إنشائه للجدار العازل الذي يتوقع أن ينتهي بناؤه نهاية العام الحالي”.

ورأى أن الكيان الصهيوني سيقوم بعمليات محدودة داخل سيناء من أجل الحفاظ على أمن حدوده، يشجعه على مثل هذه الخطوة ما جاء في الإعلان الدستوري من أن قرار الحرب لم يعد بيد الرئيس المنتخب بل يقرره المجلس العسكري الأعلى للقوات المسلحة، والرئيس المصري المنتخب سيتحدث عن “الأمن القومي المصري” بالخطابات والشعارات فحسب”.

وكان حزب الحرية والعدالة الذراع السياسي لجماعة الإخوان المسلمين أعلن صباح اليوم فوز مرشحه الدكتور محمد مرسي في انتخابات الرئاسة المصرية متغلباً على منافسه الفريق أحمد شفيق.

وحذر حبيب من سعي الكيان الصهيوني خلال الفترة القريبة القادمة لرصد وقياس ردة فعل “مصر الجديدة” ورئيسها المنتخب محمد مرسى من خلال قيامه بعدوان محدود على قطاع غزة ، داعياً الفصائل الفلسطينية الى امتلاك الوعي الكافي وأخذ حذرها من مثل هكذا ضربات.

وأكد “حبيب” على أن مصر ستخفف بشكل كبير الحصار المفروض على قطاع غزة، لكنها لن تتمكن من رفع الحصار بشكل كامل عن القطاع خلال الفترة القادمة، والذي فرضه “الكيان الصهيوني” بعد فوز حركة حماس في الانتخابات التشريعية عام 2006.

وعن الاتفاقيات المصرية الصهيونية، قال المختص في الشأن الصهيوني: “إن الكيان الصهيوني يدرك أن الرئيس المصري القادم لن يفتح خلال الفترة القادمة أي حديث عن اتفاقية كامب ديفيد ولا غيرها من الاتفاقيات، لأن اهتمامه سينصب على الشأن الداخلي المصري”.

يشار الى أن الدكتور محمد مرسي قال في تصريحات سابقة أنه ضد اتفاقية كامب ديفيد وليس ضد السلام في حد ذاته، مستطردًا ” في حال فوزي بمنصب الرئاسة سأحترم الاتفاقات التي وقعتها مصر ولكن على الطرف الآخر أن يحترم اتفاقاته “.
المصدر: فلسطين الآن

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شاهدة في محاكمة برلسكوني: رئيس الوزراء الايطالي السابق داعب سياسية عارية خلال حفلة جنسية

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Arabic Shoah Editor in Chief

روما ـ (د ب أ)- قالت إحدى شهود العيان أمام محكمة في ميلانو الجمعة إن السياسية المتهمة بجلب عاهرات لرئيس الوزراء الإيطاليالسابق سيلفيو برلسكوني رقصت عارية وسمحت لبرلسكوني بملاطفتها ومداعبتها خلال حفلة جنسية.

كانت أمبرا باتيلانا تقول شهادتها خلال جلسة استماع في المحاكمة التي جرت بميلانو ضد السياسية نيكول مينيتي وصديقين آخرين لبرلسكوني هما مذيع الأخبار اميليو فيدي ووكيل المشاهير ومكتشف المواهب ليللي مورا.

ووصفت باتيلانا، ملكة جمال بيدمونت السابقة، والتي تطالب بتعويضات من المتهمين الثلاثة، أمام المحكمة وقائع حفلة قالت إنها حضرتها في فيللا رئيس الوزراء السابق برلسكوني في آب/أغسطس 2010.

ونقلت صحيفة كوريير ديلا سيرا التي تصدر في ميلانو عن باتيلانا قولها إن “نيكول مينيتي رقصت رقصة الاستربتيز (التعري التدريجي) محتضنة أحد أعمدة الرقصات الخليعة وظلت عارية… وبعد ذلك ذهبت للرقص بالقرب من برلسكوني ولمسته وسمحت له بتحسس جسدها مثلما فعلت الأخريات”.

أضافت: “في تلك الليلة رأيت… برلسكوني وفيدي…اللذين سمحا لنساء شابات عاريات بأن تتحسسن عوراتهما وقد سمحت تلك النساء الشابات العاريات / لهما كذلك / بتحسس نهودهن وأردافهن”.

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رسالة إلى طلاب الأميركيّة: الفساد ينخر بجامعتكم

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متخرّج ينطلقون من صرح الجامعة الأميركية في بيروت هذا العام نحو الحياة العملية. وهو رقم قياسي منذ بدء التعليم فيها عام 1866. حينها، كان عدد طلابها 16 فقط. لكن فرحتهم قد لا تكتمل، بعدما وصلتهم رسالة أخيراً تؤكّد لهم أنّ الفساد ينخر في إدارة الجامعة التي صقلتهم

حسن شقراني- الاخبار 
«إذا لم نقترف أي خطأ فلماذا نحن خائفون إلى هذه الدرجة؟»، بهذا التساؤل يُعيد رجل الأعمال اللبناني نبيل الشرتوني فتح الباب على الممارسات المثيرة للجدل في إدارة الجامعة الأميركية في بيروت (AUB). يتحدّث من موقعه كعضو سابق ـــ «مقصيّ» ـــ في مجلس أمناء هذا الصرح الأكاديمي. وهذه المرّة كلامه ليس موجّهاً فقط إلى الأمناء، بل إلى الجميع (AUBite Community) عبر رسالة إلكترونية يُعرب فيها عن «القلق البالغ من احتمالات الفساد، سوء الإدارة، التبذير، ضعف الحوكمة، السرقة وصراع المصالح في الجامعة»، عارضاً أمثلة عن هدر ملايين الدولارات في أقسام المعلوماتية، مساكن الجامعة، المركز الطبي، الإدارة القانونية وصولاً إلى التصريح عن الدخل.

القضيّة ليست جديدة، فرائحتها تتصاعد منذ عام 2011، حين أرسل نبيل الشرتوني تقريره المؤلّف من 500 صفحة إلى مجلس أمناء الجامعة، طالباً التحقيق في «ممارسات فاسدة» امتدّت لفترة طويلة ورصدها خلال وجوده في موقع المسؤولية. دفع هذا التقرير مجلس الأمناء إلى تأليف لجنة تحقيق خاصّة (Ad Hoc committee) للوقوف عند الحقائق وأعدّت تلك اللجنة تقريراً مفصلاً.
لكن يبدو أنّ شيئاً لم يتغيّر وفقاً لنبيل الشرتوني. وإزاء هذا الركود في مواجهة أوجه الفساد في الجامعة، قرّر أن يبعث رسالة مفنّدة إلى جميع أعضاء هذا المجتمع الأكاديمي لتنبيههم إلى أنّ محاولات التغطية على الفساد لا تزال قائمة.
يقول الشرتوني في رسالته الإلكترونيّة (بتاريخ 8 حزيران 2012) إنّ «التحقيق أكّد مضمون الادعاءات التي رفعتُها ويوصي بضرورة اتخاذ الإجراءات اللازمة لتصحيح الأخطاء». غير أنّه يُشير في الوقت نفسه إلى أنّ «رئيس مجلس أمناء الجامعة، فيليب خوري، همّش التقرير الذي أعددته وعمد إلى تقديم نتائج تحقيق اللجنة على نحو غير دقيق؛ علماً بأن هذا التقرير انتقد على نحو لاذع إدارة الجامعة والحوكمة فيها».
التقرير يبقى سرياً، «وهو السلوك الذي تعتمده الإدارة إجمالاً في التعاطي مع قضايا كهذه،» يؤكّد أحد العارفين بالسلوكيات الإدارية في الجامعة. في المقابل «يبقى الموقف الرسمي للإدارة، وهو معلن ومعروف، بأن الادّعاءات المقدّمة غير صحيحة».
لكن إذا كانت أخبار نبيل الشرتوني فقط عبارة عن مزاعم يُريد منها «تدمير الجامعة الأميركية» ـــ على حدّ تعبير أحد الذين ردّوا على رسالته الإلكترونيّة ـــ فلماذا يبقى التقرير الذي يُفترض أن يكشف الحقائق سرياً؟ ولماذا التكتّم عن طبيعة تلك الملاحظات المتعلّقة بالإدارة المالية واللوجستية لهذه الجامعة التي يُفترض أن تحكمها الشفافية على نحو مزدوج، من بيروت ونيويورك في آن واحد؟
هذه الأسئلة هي برسم إدارة الجامعة ومجلس أمنائها، لا من موقع المسؤولية الاجتماعية والأخلاقية فحسب، بل من الموقع الاقتصادي، نظراً إلى كمّ المال الهائل الذي يجري في عروقها (233.5 مليون دولار في العام الجامعي 2011 ـــ 2012).
تنقسم ملاحظات نبيل الشرتوني في رسالته إلى مجتمع الـ AUB (!) إلى 5 مجالات، في كلّ منها يلحظ خروقاً لبروتوكولات الإدارة الرشيدة.
أوّلاً، لا تزال مساكن الجامعة في حالة «فوضى عارمة»؛ إذ إنه لم تطبَّق حتّى الآن إجراءات عملية لإدارة هذا المجال. وفي ظل غياب الرقابة والإدارة، «فإن بعضاً من المساكن الجامعية قد يكون مشغولاً من أشخاص ليسوا طلاباً في الجامعة».
ثانياً، تُشير الرسالة إلى مبلغ 613 ألف دولار دُفع لقاء خدمات قانونية ـــ دفعات للمحامين إضافة إلى تعويضات قانونية ـــ «وهو مبلغ هائل، نظراً إلى أنّ المبلغ المستحق وفقاً للمعايير القانونية كان 300 ألف دولار فقط». وعلى الرغم من أنّ تسوية هذا المبلغ «جرت منذ وقت طويل»، إلّا أنّ هذه القضية تبقى ذات أهمية خاصة، نظراً إلى حجمها وانعكاساتها. والأهم هو أنّ «هذا المبلغ الذي تقاضاه محامٍ لبناني في بيروت، لم يُسدّد من حساب الجامعة في لبنان… ولطالما تساءلت لماذا كلّ هذا التكتم على هذه القضية لدرجة أن مجلس الأمناء لم يُسمح له بالاطلاع عليها».
ثالثاً، التهرّب الضريبي في دفع بعض المستحقّات والتعويضات. والمثال هنا هو تعويضات التقاعد للنائب السابق لرئيس الجامعة جورج طعمة، التي بلغت 3 ملايين دولار، والتي أساساً كان يجب أن تكون 350 ألف دولار. ويقول الشرتوني إنّه لدى مساءلة المحامي الذي يعمل مع لجنة التدقيق القانونية في الجامعة عن إمكان وجود سوء إدارة وتهرّب ضريبي عبر الاحتيال على القانون الضريبي اللبناني، أوضح أن الرأي الذي اعتمد عليه كان شفهياً ولم يُقدّم المستندات القانونية التي تبرر هذا الأمر. «من الواضح أن إدارة الجامعة ضلّلت لجنة التحقيق على نحو بارع، وقدّمت معلومات خاطئة لا تتواءم مع الحقيقية والوقائع». ومن هذا المنطلق «يُمكن القول علانية إنّ إدارة الجامعة الأميركية ومستشارها القانوني إمّا كانوا مستهترين في هذا الخصوص أو أنهم تعمّدوا وساعدوا وحرّضوا على التهرّب الضريبي في لبنان عبر مكتب الجامعة في نيويورك». والتساؤلات في هذا السياق مشروعة، تتابع الرسالة: لماذا دُفع المبلغ سراً عبر نيويورك، على الرغم من أن جورج طعمة هو موظّف لبناني يجب أن يقبض من بيروت؟ هل صرّحت إدارة الجامعة على نحو ملائم عن هذا المبلغ لمصلحة الضرائب اللبنانية (وزارة المال) مع العلم أن عدم التصريح يعني مسؤولية قانونيّة على الإدارة والأمناء؟
رابعاً، تنسحب الفوضى أيضاً إلى إدارة نظام المعلوماتية في الجامعة (IT Systems)، وفقاً لتأكيدات لجنة التحقيق نفسها، تقول الرسالة. وتوضح أنّه خلال 10 سنوات بلغت الخسائر المتراكمة من سوء إدارة هذا المجال 90 مليون دولار. وقد توصّلت اللجنة إلى أن منذ وصول فيليب خوري إلى رئاسة المجلس، لم يُصرّ الأخير على تصحيح الوضع، «وقد أفضى التحقيق إلى ضرورة اعتماد خطة سريعة للعمل».
خامساً، المركز الطبي في الجامعة الذي «يفتقر إلى الضوابط الخاصة بالمنتجات المجانية (FOC) ورفع اصطناعي لأسعار بعض الأدوية، ما يؤدّي إلى تبديد نحو 6 ملايين دولار سنوياً». ويقول نبيل الشرتوني في هذا السياق إنّ «التحقيق أكّد أن النظام الاستشفائي غير ملائم تماماً، وعلى الرغم من أنّ الفساد المباشر لم يُرصد، غير أن التحقيق توصّل إلى أن أنظمة الشراء في المشفى مفتوحة على كلّ أنواع الغش والتلاعب».

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ZIONIST ARMY OF LEBANON قتيلان في اشتباكات نهر البارد

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Arabic Shoah Editor in chief 

أفاد مراسل «الأخبار» في الشمال عن مقتل شخصين، اليوم، في اشتباكات بين الجيش وعدد من الأشخاص ألقوا الحجارة باتجاهه، بعد انتهاء مراسم تشييع الشاب أحمد قاسم.
وفي التفاصيل، إنه بعد دفن قاسم (17 عاماً) في جبانة «خالد بن الوليد» في نهر البارد، رمت مجموعة من المشيعين الحجارة على موقع للجيش بالقرب من قطعة أرض محاذية للجبانة والمعروفة بـ«صامد»، ما أدى إلى مقتل أمين غنيم وفؤاد محيي الدين لوباني وإصابة نحو عشرين آخرين، إصابات بعضهم خطرة.
وكان قاسم قد قتل أثناء رد الجيش اللبناني، يوم الجمعة الماضي، على محتجين فلسطينيين بإطلاق النار، وذلك على خلفية إشكال وقع بين عناصر من الجيش وعدد من شبان المخيم، سرعان ما تطور إلى عراك وتضارب بالأيدى ورشق بالحجارة وقطع طرق وإطلاق رصاص من قبل الجيش.

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Syrian Kurdish dissident: Break Syria into pieces

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ed note–remember as you read this what the ultimate goal here is–Israel as described in the bible, everything between the Nile and Euphrates rivers.

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Sherkoh Abbas, a veteran Syrian Kurdish dissident, called on Israel this week to support the break-up of Syria into a series of federal structures based on the country’s various ethnicities.

Speaking from Washington, Abbas was also critical of US attempts to induce Syrian Kurds to join and work with the main opposition body, the Syrian National Council. Abbas, who heads the Washington- based Kurdistan National Assembly, said that dismantling Syria into ethnic enclaves with a federal administration would serve to “break the link” between Syria and the Iran-led “Shi’a crescent.”

At the same time, a federalized Syria would avoid the possibility of a resurgent, Muslim Brotherhood-controlled Sunni Islamist Syria emerging as a new challenge to Israel and the West.

“We need to break Syria into pieces,” Abbas said.

The Syrian Kurdish dissident argued that a federal Syria, separated into four or five regions on an ethnic basis, would also serve as a natural “buffer” for Israel against both Sunni and Shi’ite Islamist forces.

Kurds are the largest ethnic minority population in Syria. They number more than 10 percent of the population, centered in the northeastern provinces of Hasakeh and Qamishli.

There is also a large, partly Arabized Kurdish population in the cities of Aleppo, Hama and Damascus.

Despite the Assad regime’s determined counter-attack in recent months, Abbas dismissed any possibility that the beleaguered dictator could survive in the long term.

“Whether it is one year, or even two, the regime is finished,” he said.

The KNA leader pointed to the recent bloody terror attacks in Damascus as an indication of President Bashar Assad’s desperation, arguing that these were the work of Sunni jihadis in the pay of of Assad.

“The regime is now unleashing its suicide groups,” he asserted.

His remarks came in response to a meeting at the US State Department last week between American officials and representatives of the Kurdish National Council, a Syrian Kurdish body. Robert Ford, who left his post as US ambassador to Syria earlier this year, and Fred Hof, the administration’s special coordinator on Syria, took part in the meeting. State Department Deputy Spokesman Mark Toner described its purpose as part of “ongoing efforts… to help the Syrian opposition build a more cohesive opposition to Assad.”

Abbas, however, was more blunt in his description of the meeting’s purpose. It was held, he said, so that the US officials could tell the Kurdish representatives, “You should be part of the Syrian National Council.”

So far, only one Syrian Kurdish organization – the Future Movement of Fares Tammo – has elected to join the SNC.

Many Kurds distrust the SNC because of the strong presence of Muslim Brotherhood members in its leadership, and because of its close links to the government of Turkey.

SNC leader Burhan Ghalioun has rejected the existence of any region called “Kurdistan” within Syria. He has called on Syrian Kurds to abandon what he called the “useless illusion” of federalism.

Early Kurdish recruits to the council withdrew from it after failing to secure a commitment to change the name of a post-Assad Syria from the current Syrian Arab Republic to the plain “Syrian Republic.” The SNC has also made no commitment to Kurdish autonomy in a post-Assad Syria.

Radwan Ziadeh, a prominent Washington- based member of the SNC, said that the issue of the Syrian Kurds could only be settled after the fall of the Syrian regime, in the context of democracy.

Perhaps because of these positions, the Syrian Kurdish attitude toward the uprising has remained cautious. The Kurds have many deep grievances against the Assad regime: It deprived many of them of citizenship, it transferred Arab settlers into northern Syria to break Kurdish contiguity of population, and it suppressed Kurdish language and culture.

But the Syrian opposition as currently constituted seems to many Kurds to be insufficiently interested in remedying this situation. The Kurds are also divided among themselves. The KNC is dominated by the Kurdish Democratic Party in Syria, which has close links to the Kurdish Regional Government of Massoud Barzani in northern Iraq. The PKK-linked PYD, meanwhile, is, according to Abbas and others, now working in cooperation with the Assad regime.

PYD-linked sources argue that the current Syrian uprising is simply a battle between the regime and an alliance of the Turkish government and the Muslim Brotherhood. As such, they suggest, Syrian Kurds’ main interest is in protecting their own areas.

The bottom line, as Qubad Talabani, representative of the Kurdistan Regional Government to the US, put it in a recent speech, is that the “Syrian opposition is not talking about Kurdish issues, is not talking about the need to protect Kurdish rights or to have the Kurdish identity as part of any new Syria.” For as long as this remains the case, calls for federalism, for separation, and for breaking Syria “into pieces” are likely to grow stronger.

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Facebook to buy Zionist startup Face.com for an estimated $100 million

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In latest in string of acquisitions, the social media giant will acquire the 11-person facial-recognition company in the coming weeks for between $80-100 million.

By Reuters

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, center, rings the Nasdaq opening bell from Facebook headquarters in Me

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, center, rings the Nasdaq opening bell from Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.

Facebook Inc. said Monday it was buying Face.com, the Israeli company that now provides facial-recognition technology used by the world’s largest social network to help users identify and tag photos.

The deal bolsters one of Facebook’s most popular features — the sharing and handling of photos — but the use of the startup’s technology has spurred concerns about user privacy.

Responding to inquiries from U.S. and European privacy advocates, Facebook last year made it easier for users to opt out of its controversial facial-recognition technology for photographs posted on the website, an effort to address concerns that it had violated consumers’ privacy.

Neither Facebook nor Face.com disclosed terms of the deal, which is expected to close in coming weeks. Media reports in past weeks have pegged the size of the transaction at between $80 million to $100 million.

Facebook will acquire the technology and the employees of the 11-person Israeli company.

Face.com, which has raised nearly $5 million from investors including Russian Web search site Yandex, launched its first product in 2009. The company makes standalone applications that consumers can use to help them identify photos of themselves and of their friends on Facebook, as well as providing the technology that Facebook has integrated into its service.

Faceboook uses the technology to scan a user’s newly uploaded photos, compares faces in the snapshots with previous pictures, then tries to match faces and suggest name tags. When a match is found, Facebook alerts the person uploading the photos and invites them to “tag,” or identify, the person in the photo.

The deal is the latest in a string of acquisitions by Facebook in recent months, including the $1 billion acquisition of mobile photo-sharing service Instagram. U.S. antitrust regulators are currently undertaking an extended review of the Instagram deal, which Facebook expects to close by the end of the year.

Shares of Facebook, which continue to trade below the price at which they were offered during the company’s initial public offering in May, were up 6.2 percent at $31.87 in midday trading on Monday.

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US,UK Spying for Syrian Zio-Nato Rebels

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American and British spy satellites have been listening in on Syrian government forces and passing the intelligence to rebels through spies on the ground, British media reports say.

The revelation adds a new dimension to the extent of British intervention in Syria and the falsehood of London’s claims of seeking a “peaceful transition” in the country.

According to the reports, the gathered data through satellite eavesdropping is handed to Syrian rebels by agents of British and American spy agencies, MI6 and CIA, deployed in Syria.

“The [Syrian president Bashar] Assad generals ­giving orders can be ­pinpointed within yards and identified by voice ­recognition techniques,” the Daily Star quoted a British defense source as saying.

The disclosure sheds further light on the purpose of the camps the paper earlier reported to have been set up by Britain’s Special Air Force (SAS) and MI6 in Syria.

Last week, British Foreign Secretary William Hague told a news conference in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad that London supports a “peaceful transition [of power] in Syria.”

However, the new revelation not only contradicts such claims, it also raises speculations that London may be leading a low-level secret warfare in Syria through feeding terror networks to wage civil war and set the stage for a foreign intervention.

The speculations are especially strong as he had earlier pledged that Britain “would be greatly increasing further support” to Syrian rebels and warned Damascus that the military option remains on the table for Syria.

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Russia Announces It Will Send Warships to Syria

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Kurt Nimmo 

On Friday, the Russian General Staff announced it will send warships from the Black Sea Fleet to the Syrian coast. The deployment will protect the Russian logistics base in Tartus, Syria.

Russia has historically maintained a strong bilateral relationship with Syria. Its only Mediterranean naval base for the Black Sea Fleet is located in the port of Tartus.

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“Several warships of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, including large landing ships with marines aboard, are fully prepared to go on the voyage,” the General Staff told Itar-Tass.

In late May, Russian and Western media reported that the Russian-flagged bulk cargo vessel Professor Katsman docked at the Syrian port of Tartus and delivered weapons to the al-Assad regime. The Ford Foundation funded NGO Human Rights First also made the claim. Amnesty International, a Soros funded NGO, has called on the Russian government to cease the transfer of arms to Syria in compliance with UN Security Council recommendations.

“Either the U.S. intelligence service works poorly or they have a poor knowledge of geography,” a source with the Russian General Staff remarked in response to the allegation.

On Sunday, The Telegraph reported that theUnited States has enlisted the help British officials to stop an alleged shipment of MI25 helicopters from the Russian Baltic port of Kaliningrad. The MV Alaed, a Russian-operated cargo vessel, is said to be sailing across the North Sea en route to Syria. The U.S. wants the ship’s insurance cover removed under the terms of aEuropean Union arms embargo against Syria. Removing the MV Alaed’s insurance would make it difficult for the cargo ship to dock in port.

 

In April, a German cargo ship was prevented from docking at Tartus. The ship allegedly carried a cargo of munitions sent by Iran to the al-Assad regime.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.N. ambassador Susan Rice used the claim to accuse Russia of arming the al-Assad regime.

“The new Russian weapons supplies add to Syria’s massive arsenal of hundreds of Soviet-built combat jets, attack helicopters and missiles and thousands of tanks, other armored vehicles and artillery systems,” the APreported after Clinton’s accusation that Russia had sent attack helicopters to Syria. “Russia said it also has military advisers in Syria training the Syrians to use the Russian weapons, and has helped repair and maintain Syrian weapons. Some experts alleged that the helicopters Clinton said were en route to Syria could be old ones that underwent maintenance in Russia.”

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has denied the accusation. In a statement on June 15, he said that “many years ago” Russia sold helicopters to Syria, but is now only repairing the helicopters.

Former Clinton bureaucrat and United Nations ambassador Bill Richardson used the accusation to call for arming Syrian rebels “in an effort to protect civilians against government forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad,” according to Fox News.

The Free Syrian Army now active inside Syria is supported by the CIA, MI6 and Mossad. The rebel group held talks with the NSC last week in an effort to acquire heavy weapons, including surface-to-air missiles. According to witnesses and other evidence, the FSA is responsible for the massacre in al-Houla, Syria, not the al-Assad regime as was widely reported by the media in the United States and Europe.

Russia Sending Air, Sea Defenses to Syria

By Andrew E. Kramer

Pioneer Press

Russia’s chief arms exporter said Friday, June 15, that his company was shipping advanced defensive missile systems to Syria that could be used to shoot down airplanes or sink ships if the United States or other Western nations try to intervene to halt the country’s spiral of violence.

“I would like to say these mechanisms are really a good means of defense, a reliable defense against attacks from the air or sea,” Anatoly Isaykin, the general director of company, Rosoboronexport, said Friday. “This is not a threat, but whoever is planning an attack should think about this.”

As the weapons systems are not considered cutting edge, Isaykin’s disclosures carried greater symbolic import than military significance. They contributed to a cold war chill that has been settling over relations between Washington and Moscow ahead a meeting between President Barack Obama and President Vladimir Putin, their first, on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit meeting in the Mexican resort of Los Cabos next week.

His remarks come just days after Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton raised diplomatic pressure on Russia, Syria’s patron, by criticizing the Kremlin for sending attack helicopters to Damascus, and amid reports that Moscow was sending an amphibious landing vessel and a small company of marines to the Syrian port of Tartus, to provide security for military installations and infrastructure.

George Little, a Defense Department spokesman, declined to comment on Isaykin’s remarks.

Alexander Golts, an independent military analyst in Moscow, said the Russians’ discussion of weapons shipments “undoubtedly” serves as a warning to Western countries contemplating an intervention.

“Russia uses these statements as a form of deterrence in Syria,” he said. “They show other countries that they are more likely to suffer losses.”

Throughout the Syrian crisis, Russia has insisted that all its arms sales to the isolated government of Bashar Assad have been defensive in nature and were not being used in the Syrian leader’s vicious campaign to suppress the opposition.

Isaykin underlined the point, but in a way that could also be interpreted as a warning to the West against undertaking the military action of the sort that ousted Moammar Gadhafi from power in Libya, something that Putin viewed as a breach of sovereignty that he does not want repeated.

Yet, as news reports of government massacres emerge almost daily from Syria, the prospect of the United States or NATO acting unilaterally has become a more frequently discussed option, particularly given Russia’s adamant refusal to authorize more aggressive U.N. action.

Isaykin, a powerful figure in Russia’s military industry, openly discussed the weapons being shipped to Syria: the Pantsyr-S1, a radar-guided missile and artillery system capable of hitting warplanes at altitudes well above those typically flown during bombing sorties, and up to 12 miles away; Buk-M2 anti-aircraft missiles, capable of striking airplanes at even higher altitudes, up to 82,000 feet, and at longer ranges; and land-based Bastion anti-ship missiles that can fire at targets 180 miles from the coast.

Military analysts immediately questioned the effectiveness of the air defenses Russia has made available to the Middle East, including Syria, none of which have offered even token resistance to Western forces.

Ruslan Aliyev, an authority on military affairs at the Center for the Analysis of Strategies and Technologies in Moscow, said that statements by Isaykin and others were issued principally for political effect. Moscow has declined to supply Syria with its most lethal air defense, the S-300 long-range missile system.

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US enlists Britain’s help to stop ship ‘carrying Russian attack helicopters’ to Syria

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US enlists Britain's help to stop ship

The US government has enlisted Britain’s help in a bid to stop a ship suspected of carrying Russian attack helicopters and missiles to conflict-riven Syria, The Sunday Telegraph can reveal.

The helicopters Hillary Clinton was referring to are believed to be part of a 36-strong consignment ordered by the Syrian government at the end of the Soviet era, some of which were transferred back to Russia recently for routine maintenance

The MV Alaed, a Russian-operated cargo vessel, is currently thought to be sailing through the North Sea after allegedly picking up a consignment of munitions and MI25 helicopters – known as “flying tanks” – from the Russian Baltic port of Kaliningrad.

Washington, which last week condemned Moscow for continuing to arm the Syrian regime, has asked British officials to help stop the Alaed delivering its alleged cargo by using sanctions legislation to force its London-based insurer to withdraw its cover.

Under the terms of the current European Union arms embargo against Syria, imposed in May last year, there is a ban on the “transfer or export” of arms and any related “brokering” services such as insurance. Withdrawal of a ship’s insurance cover would make it difficult for it legally to dock elsewhere and could force it to return the cargo to port.

The request to London from US officials comes after the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, disclosed on Tuesday that Moscow was in the process of shipping a batch of attack helicopters to Syria.

Dismissing Russian government claims that its weapons sales to Syria would not be used for internal repression, Mrs Clinton warned the shipment could “quite dramatically” escalate the conflict, which has already claimed an estimated 10,000 lives. Yesterday, the United Nations monitoring mission said it had suspended its work because of “intensifying” violence on either side, which was putting its teams of unarmed observers at risk.

The helicopters Mrs Clinton was referring to are believed to be part of a 36-strong consignment ordered by the Syrian government at the end of the Soviet era, some of which were transferred back to Russia recently for routine maintenance. They are understood to have been serviced by the state-owned helicopter manufacturer, Mil, at their premises at Factory 150 in Kaliningrad.

While the Kremlin, which has so far vetoed calls for a United Nations arms embargo against Syria, insists that Mil is merely honouring the terms of an existing business contract, critics point that such helicopters have helped spearhead President Bashar al-Assad’s attempts to suppress the uprising against him. Last week it was reported that helicopters had repeatedly fired rockets at a hospital in a rebel enclave outside Aleppo in northern Syria.

Shipping records show that on Thursday – the most recent date for which data is available – the Alaed was off the north-west coast of Denmark, apparently heading south towards the entrance to the English Channel. It is insured by Standard P and I Club, which is managed by Charles Taylor and Co Ltd of London, whose offshore syndicate director, Robert Dorey, confirmed on Saturday that they were investigating claims that the ship was carrying arms.

“We were informed on Friday evening that the ship might be carrying weapons, in particular attack helicopters, missiles and non-specific munitions, and we are making inquiries to establish what their side of the story is,” said Mr Dorey. “There are exclusion clauses in our cover, and for anyone involved in improper or unlawful trade, we can cancel cover. We are investigating whether or not to do so in this case.”

Like most international cargo ships, the Alaed has a complex ownership and management structure. Its registered owner is Volcano Shipping on the island of Curacao in the Dutch Antilles, but it is listed as part of a fleet belonging to a Russian company, FEMCO, which was unavailable for comment last night. According to FEMCO’s website, the ship’s commercial management and chartering is carried out by United Nordic Shipping, a Danish company based in Copenhagen, but yesterday, United Nordic shipping said that the management agreement had never actually been finalised, and that FEMCO’s website was wrong.

“To the best of our knowledge the vessel is managed and operated by FEMCO in Russia,” said Soeren Andersen, United Nordic Shipping’s managing director. “We have no knowledge of or involvement in the vessel’s current charter or trading – a fact we have also satisfactorily accounted for to the Danish authorities.”

A source close to United Nordic added: “The Danish authorities contacted us a few days ago to ask about the ship, and said it was related to possible shipments of weapons to Syria.”

The claims about the Alaed’s cargo will fuel the growing row over Russian involvement in supplying arms to Syria, which Moscow has long seen as a strategic partner because of the Russian naval base in the Syrian port city of Tartus.

Last week, The Sunday Telegraph disclosed how the Professor Katsman, a ship belonging to a firm owned by a Russian billionaire, Vladimir Lisin, docked in Syria with a suspected weapons cache on May 26, one day after the massacre of more than 100 people in the Syrian village of Houla.

Dr Lisin, a steel magnate who is also vice-president of the Russian Olympic Committee, now faces calls from British MPs to have his invitation to London 2012 withdrawn. Sources close the Games organisers have said, however, that accredited Olympic representatives of foreign countries enjoy an effective “diplomatic immunity” that would be revoked only in the most serious of circumstances.

On Saturday, Dr Lisin said that the accusations against him were “groundless” and said an internal investigation he ordered at his transport firm, Universal Cargo Logistics (UCL) had found no evidence that the cargo was dangerous or violated international law.

“The evidence I was presented with indicates that according to the documentation the company was not transporting arms for either side of the Syrian conflict,” Dr Lisin said in emailed comments.

“To date, I have not received a single [piece of] evidence to the contrary. If at some point someone does bring such evidence to my attention, I shall be grateful and will take all the possible measures available to me.”

UCL said that as part of its investigation it requested information on the Professor Katsman’s cargo from the owner, which it named as another Russian company. The company told UCL that the containers the Professor Katsman delivered to Syria “was a general cargo of non-military purpose featuring electrical equipment and repair parts (rotor blades) in containers and wooden crates”, he said.

Dr Lisin is reported to be one of Russia’s richest men and is well-connected to the country’s political elite. Victor Olersky, a former board member of Dr Lisin’s shipping firm, North Western Shipping Company, is now a Russian deputy transport minister, while Dr Lisin himself has been photographed meeting both the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, and the Russian prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev.

Dr Lisin also described calls to bar him from the Olympic Games as opportunistic “self promotion.”

“I am against armed conflict in any region of the world, including Syria,” he said. “Sadly, there are those who try to use the tragedy of the Syrian people for self-promotion… At the same time, I would like to ask those who consider themselves to be reasonable and responsible to refrain from groundless accusations that will do nothing more than aggravate the relations between people, businesses, and states.

“I have no doubt that the International Olympic Committee, the National Olympic Committee of the United Kingdom, and the Organising Committee of the 2012 Olympics will preserve the traditions of the Olympic movement that has always been above political gambling.”

Meanwhile, Russia and the West are at further loggerheads over Moscow’s plans to press ahead with a deal to supply President Assad’s regime with state-of-the art attack jets.

In a move that US intelligence officials fear could plunge the Syrian conflict into even greater long-term bloodshed, the Kremlin is pushing on with an existing 2007 contract to provide two dozen Mig-29M2 fighter aircraft, estimated to be worth £250 million to the Russian defence industry.

While the aircraft may not be ready for delivery for many months, Washington fears if President Assad’s regime is still intact it could use them to devastating effect against the country’s rebel enclaves. They could also be used to hinder any Western plans for a no-fly zone, which some analysts believe may eventually prove the only way to provide Syria’s rebel movement with a safe haven.

“Delivery of the Migs will helps prop Assad up and give him some credibility, which is not the message the US wants to see,” said Washington-based national security analyst John Pike. “The Migs would make it more difficult to enforce a no fly zone, and would increase the amount of time that the Syrian air force could survive, although possibly only by a matter of a few days.”

Rafif Jouejati, spokeswoman for the Free Syria Foundation, a US-based Syrian activist group, said: “Russian arms are flooding into Syria. If Assad gets these new and advanced Migs it will be terrible – a fearful thing.”

She dismissed Russian claims that the aircraft were largely to provide strategic air defences against Syria’s historic enemy, Israel. “It is preposterous to argue that Assad needs them as a defence against Israel with everything else that is happening right now.”

She also claimed Mr Lisin ought to have ordered his shipping firms be more proactive in finding out what any ships heading to Syria contained.

“When your ship is taking a cargo to Syria – a country embroiled in civil war – it is your duty to know what that cargo contains. You can’t hide behind a lack of knowledge when little children are being slaughtered.”

The Kremlin has dismissed Western criticisms of its arms policy to Syria as hypocritical, saying that other governments are also fuelling the conflict by arming anti-Assad guerrillas. The Daily Telegraph disclosed yesterday that representatives of the main rebel group, the Free Syrian Army, had held meetings with US government officials to discuss getting them to authorise shipments of heavy weapons, including missiles.

British MPs are calling for Rosoboronexport, the Kremlin-owned arms export firm that has a monopoly on Russian arms exports, to be banned from exhibiting at the trade section of next month’s Farnborough Airshow. Last week, Rosoboronexport had a stall at the Eurosatory 2012 arms exhibition in Paris, where videos of Russian attack helicopters were on display. Igor Sevastyanov, the company’s deputy CEO, said: “No-one can ever accuse Russia of violating the rules of armaments trade set by the international community.

“The contract (with Syria) was signed long ago and we supply armaments that are self-defence rather than attack weapons.”

On Monday Caroline Lucas, the Green Party MP for Brighton, raised the issue of Rosoboronexport’s attendance at Farnborough with the Foreign Secretary, William Hague, in Parliament. She said: “It is deeply alarming that while the Russian state-owned company Rosoboronexport continues to sell weapons to the Syrian government – despite appalling state-sponsored atrocities in the country – it will nevertheless be allowed to exhibit its wares on UK soil at Farnborough International Airshow.

“The Foreign Secretary has assured me in Parliament that he will look into the matter, but with the air show only a few weeks away, I would urge him to act now to prevent Rosoboronexport from entering altogether.”

She added: “By taking measures to ban Rosoboronexport from Farnborough and revoke Mr Lisin’s invitation to the Olympics, the United Kingdom can lead by example in showing that it is prepared to take a moral stand against all of those foreign companies accused of involvement in the sale of weapons to deadly and undemocratic regimes.”

An FCO spokesman said that Mr Hague was still considering the matter, but added: “Farnborough International Air Show is a commercial event run by Farnborough International Ltd. The British Government plays no part in deciding which companies are invited to the event.”

Asked about the Alaed last night, a spokesman for the Foreign Office said it was “urgently looking into any possible breaches of the EU arms embargo on Syria.”

“We are aware of reports that a ship carrying a consignment of refurbished Russian-made attack helicopters is heading to Syria and that it is travelling in international waters near the UK,” the spokesman added. “The Foreign Secretary made clear to Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov when they met on 14 June that all defence shipments to Syria must stop. We are working closely with international partners to ensure that we are doing all we can to stop the Syrian regime’s ability to slaughter civilians being reinforced through assistance from other countries.”

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