October 17, 2014

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Putin Says Any Violation of Cyprus' Sovereignty is Unacceptable!

During a meeting with Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades on the sidelines of the ASEM meeting in Milan on Thursday night, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that any violation of the sovereignty of Cyprus is unacceptable.

According to a statement from Cypriot government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides, the two presidents had an “extensive discussion in a friendly and cordial atmosphere” at a dinner that was hosted late on Thursday night by the President of the Italian Republic for delegates participating in the Asia – Europe Summit.

According to the Cypriot government spokesman, talks centred mostly on the bilateral relations between Cyprus and Russia, EU-Russia relations as well as the current phase of the Cyprus problem with emphasis on the latest developments (as these were shaped as a result of the Turkish NAVTEX with regard to the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the Republic of Cyprus.)
     "Putin reiterated Russia’s principled position both as regards the solution of the Cyprus problem and the inalienable right of the Republic to take advantage and exploit its natural resources within the EEZ,” noted Christodoulides. 
He also said that both Presidents agreed to hold another meeting in the near future (depending on the developments that may or may not unfold).


PROVOCATION: Greece Slams Attack by Albanian Ultranationalists on Minority Greeks

Greece’s Ambassador to Tirana sent a demarche to the Albanian Foreign Ministry, asking that Albanian authorities condemn the incidents that unfolded in Dervitsani (which is predominantly populated by a strong Greek minority). The violent incidents in Dervitsani occurred after the recent football match between Serbia and Albania, which ended prematurely when clashes broke out between players and fans when a flag of “Greater Albania” appeared in the stadium.

The ultranationalists apparently terrorized villagers, torched their cars and smashed storefronts, while they threatened that they would burn all the "Christians”.

The Greek-language media in Albania said that those responsible for the attack were from Lazarati village. In fact Himara.gr reported that some villagers were wounded, others fired warning shots in the air and the church bells tolled in alarm as the intruders wreaked havoc.

The Greek Ambassador also requested that all the necessary measures be taken to find, arrest and bring all those who carried out the attack to justice, while he noted that measures should be adopted in order to protect the Greek minority (especially ahead of the October 28th national celebration).

Finally, Rokanas conveyed Greece’s concern at similar attacks that he said target the Greek minority, and thus pose an obstacle to Albania’s European perspective.

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Amphipolis: "Royal" Tomb Not Ruled Out - Discovery of Mosaic Only Increases Optimism

The impressive mosaic depicting the Abduction of Persephone by Pluto that was unearthed in Amphipolis earlier has fascinated people from all walks of life because of its unique detail and colors. According to a statement by Greece's Ministry of Culture, the mosaic in Amphipolis appears to have been inspired by a similar wall painting that was found in Vergina.

While the identity of the person for whom the tomb was constructed still remains a mystery, the archaeological team involved in the excavation works believe that it probably belongs to an important figure. The head of the archaeological dig, Katerina Peristeri, told journalists that the person entombed was “without a doubt extremely important”.

When further pressed by journalists, Peristeri noted that it was too early to determine whether the tomb belongs to a member of the royal Macedonian family, but she did point out that the tomb’s significance has now increased because of this latest discovery.

Asked about the circular gap in the middle of the mosaic work of art, Peristeri said that the damage does not appear to have been caused naturally, without further elaborating.

Meanwhile, Lina Mendoni, (the general secretary of the Ministry of Culture) reassured journalists that all the findings unearthed from the Amphipolis tomb would remain in the area. She wanted to dispel rumors that they were to be moved to other museums. Mendoni said that the Ministry’s policy is to return artifacts to the area where they were discovered, (including those that were uncovered from older digs).


Lavrentis Lavrentiadis Facing New Charges - Ties To Carlyle Group Revealed

The First Instance Court Prosecutor of Athens has brought new charges of defrauding the Greek State and money laundry against businessman Lavrentis Lavrentiadis and five of his associates. According to a report in the To Vima online magazine, the new charges relate to the sale of a chemical company from Lavrentiadis to American investment firm Carlyle, which Lavrentiadis later reacquired through another sale. According to the prosecution, the financial scope of the criminal case against the businessman has been found to be more than 500 million Euros.

The case was launched in July 2012, after seven banks filed a lawsuit against Lavrentiadis in response to 500 million Euros worth of loans that were issued to fund the sale to the Carlyle investment firm.

Why should we suspect foulplay? Considering the Carlyle Group's recent history, as documented below by Wikipedia, one can only conclude that their dealings with the former Greek entrepreneur were not exactly on the up and up. Read this little bit of information we found on Wikipedia, and then read an article that we had posted on HellasFrappe nearly 3 years ago about this very group, their business dealings with Lavrentiadis and their close ties to the corrupt Greek media.
     Quite interestingly, in the documentary Fahrenheit 9/11, Micheal Moore makes nine allegations concerning the Carlyle Group, including: That the Bin Laden and Bush families were both connected to the Group; that following the attacks on September 11, the bin Laden family’s investments in the Carlyle Group became an embarrassment to the Carlyle Group and the family was forced to liquidate their assets with the firm; that the Carlyle group was, in essence, the 11th largest defense contractor in the United States, etc..
     Moore basically focused on Carlyle's connections with George H. W. Bush and his Secretary of State James A. Baker III, both of whom had at times served as advisers to the firm.
     The movie quotes author Dan Briody claiming that the Carlyle Group "gained" from September 11 because it owned United Defense, a military contractor, although the firm’s $11 billion Crusader artillery rocket system developed for the U.S. Army is one of the few weapons systems canceled by the Bush administration. A Carlyle spokesman noted in 2003 that its 7% interest in defense industries was far less than several other Private equity firms. Carlyle also has provided details on its links with the Bin Laden family, specifically the relatively minor investments by an estranged half brother.
     In his documentary The World According to Bush (May 2004), William Karel interviewed Frank Carlucci to discuss the presence of Shafiq bin Laden, Osama bin Laden's estranged brother, at Carlyle's annual investor conference while the September 11 attacks were occurring. Source Wikipedia

SPECIAL REPORT - How Is PASOK, Egnatia, Halliburton, Cheney & Bush Connected?

How are PASOK, Egnatia Odos, Halliburton, Cheney, Bush connected? Well... The triklopodia blog featured an interesting article recently that could not go unoticed by HellasFrappe. The author began investigating the whereabouts of former PASOK Minister Costas Laliotis, and by doing so he discloses information showing how the socialists, the elite (both in Greece and abroad) and some of the world's most controversial (and war-mongering) companies are all interwoven together like a tight spider's web.

According to the article, PASOK veteran Costa Laliotis (who was the Minister of Public Works under the Costas Simitis government in the 1990s) has disappeared from the face of the earth. Laliotis, who apparently handled (with "absolute" transparency -lol) some 4.3 trillion drachmas has dropped out of the face of this earth. His name is never mentioned in political circles anymore, and it is almost as if PASOK has waived a magic wand and made him disappear. Not even the mainstream media dares to utter his name, and it seems as if they purposely want us to forget he ever existed. Is it because he always raised controversy? After reading this article, we here at HellasFrappe believe that his disappearance is because he completed his mission.

The author on triklopodia said that his inspiration to investigate the story arrived after reading an article on another Greek blog which featured a news story about Greek public works and how these projects would fall under the "Egnatia Odos" SA company. That is when he decided to investigate the story further and much to his surprise, and to ours, he came out with some startling information.

The author first googled the company which was endorsed by Laliotis a decade ago for beginning construction on one of the most contemporary motorways in all of Europe, (but a project that was never finished by Laliotis, but by the Costas Karamanlis administration). When Laliotis was heading the relevant ministry, Greece was a giant construction site with works all over the country (such as the venues for the 2004 Olympic Games, the new airport at Spata, the Rio-Antirio Bridge, etc.)

All these projects were used by PASOK's star deputy Costas Laliotis and the Simitis government to project an image of Greece (and a socialist government) that was strong, that developed the nation and that actually listened and catered to the needs of the people. Anyone who lived in Greece during this period knows very well that the needs of the people were never met. In fact Greece, as we all know today, was in deep financial trouble back then, especially after the stock market scandal in 2000 when trillions of drachmas were literally stolen from the Greek people's pockets.

People of course did not know about the shady contracts -and costs of these works- but luckily for us this was all revealed a couple of years later in official reports, as well as from various opposition parties. According to the evidence, these works cost Greek taxpayers three times more than they would have normally cost us, and quite coincidentally the man who set up all these works was none other than Laliotis together with the Simitis government. In other words if a piece of highway normally cost 1000 a square meter to construct, during Laliotis' reign this cost was multiplied by three and therefore cost us 3000 Euros. Conclusion: These construction companies were making three times more than they usually would on similar projects.

In the same period the management of all related projects under the state owned Egnatia Odos SA were suddenly transferred to the US HALLIBURTON Company (Sound familiar... well look for the names Dick Cheney, George Bush, war in Yugoslavia, Iraq, Skopje, oil, etc... they are all somehow suspiciously affiliated and/or linked to this company).

HALLIBURTON, which changed its name to KBR (with revenues of over $18 billion) never once made its presence known in Greece known, in fact we here at HellasFrappe who read countless reports everyday never once came across their name in Greece until this story appeared on this regional news blog. The author of the story claims that he discovered the involvement of the company through the fine print and more exactly in a sentence mentioning HALLIBURTON on the Egnatia Odos SA profile.

Anyone and everyone knows that this is a company that has made billions of dollars on the genocide that was unleashed in the Balkans against the Serbs and in countries in the Gulf since it has for decades undertaken projects that quite suspiciously are a result of war.

Cheney, who was part of former US President George Bushs' administration, was also President of HALLIBURTON. It is this very company that also undertook the  reconstruction of projects in countries that were bombed by the CARLYLE GROUP which was headed by Bush and shareholder George Soros. (So Bush's company bombed, and Cheney's company reconstructed. Bush+Cheney=former government in the US. What a joke this all is.)

These companies piled many countries with huge amounts of debt that had the misfortune to be selected for these types of bloodthirsty wars ($$$ business) - all in the framework of course (yeah right) of peace and democracy.

So how did they penetrate the Greek market? Guess what? The CARLYLE GROUP is associated with Mr.Lavrentiadis. Who is Lavrentiadis?

Some may recall his name from a recent hellasfrappe story about Proton Bank. Following the government’s decision to privatise Proton Bank earlier this year by activating a bank rescue fund, the Greek and foreign press began screaming out the word SCANDAL, comparing this to the Bank of Crete Scandal in 1989. Proton Bank was the first bank to be nationalized under the Financial Stability Fund, a safety net set up by Greece and its international lenders for banks that need to recapitalize but do not have the means to raise funds in the market. The central bank of Greece’s move to nationalize Proton Bank (which is currently under investigation for possible violation of Greece's money-laundering law) sparked controversy because analysts claim that Proton's problems are its own. (Read more HERE)

The author on the Triklopodia blog notes that the CARLYLE GROUP made Lavrentiadis very rich and in return the former Greek entrepreneur bought out media companies under great secrecy. This move, or the involvement of the company through Lavrentiadis was never mentioned by the mainstream media, and was totally unknown.

(Lavrentiadis is obviously tied to PASOK since the socialists did everything in their power to bail it out several months ago)

The author says that Lavrentiadis channelled massive amounts of money to the Greek media. If this information is true, then it makes sense why the Greek media consistently slammed the government of Costas Karamanlis and elevated George Papandreou, or the socialists. (Let us not forget who brought the forced us into the embrace of the war-mongering IMF... Now you understand why they were attacking Karamanlis?)

It is only fair to conclude, thereafter that the CARLYLE Group has great interests in Greece. Why else would they use someone to make such investments? What is there main focus as a company? War, construction and you guessed it natural oil and gas. (Now is it starting to make sense Frappers?)

Quite incidentally Lavrentiadis investments on the Greek market were not limited to just the Greek media. He also held shares in the pharmaceutical company Alapis, (which is one of the two companies that imported the controversial vaccine for swine flu  (H1N1).)

(And then they tell us not to believe in conspiracy theories... Really?)

So what can we benefit from this story?

Here is where it becomes even more clearer.

We here at HellasFrappe assume that these giant companies secretly began penetrating the Greek market in the 90s through the ruling PASOK party via Laliotis, for reasons which are all too obvious. After doing our own investigative work, we discovered that:

In 1996 it was rumored that the incident at Imia occurred because space satellites discovered one of the largest natural gas reservoirs ever found in this region. It is suspected that this reservoir begins at Imia and ends near Crete (and as we have seen, neither Greece nor Turkey dares to survey this area for its potential of hydrocarbons). Quite strangely wherever there is oil or natural gas, suddenly these two companies spring up.

In the same period Yugoslavia was being Balkanized by the Clinton-Soros regime and guess which companies were there before and after the chaos?

You guessed it... Same companies!

Through Lavrentiadis' funds, the silence of reporters was a given, and the propaganda and controversy that was spread about credible politicians back then -such as Costas Karamanlis- was obviously conducted for a reason (being to bring back the PASOK party, and business as usual).

Back then the Greek media terrorized citizens about the dangers of not taking the H1N1 vaccine (from the pharmaceutical company of which Lavrentiadis was coincidentally a shareholder of).

(Editor's Note: If you really get right down to it, it is almost like every stinking rock we pick up that screams out scandal, or controversy, the socialist PASOK party is always mentioned. Not even the Italian mafia is that good. If a small blog like Triklopodia did a little bit of googling and uncovered this type of information, imagine what could be revealed with a full scale investigation? If we really want to reverse things and put an end to wars and corporate greed -by companies such as these- then WE THE PEOPLE have TO WAKE UP and take the bull by the horns. We have to speak up. We have to spread awareness. If not a blog, then post a relevant story, google some information, get involved in your community, do anything. But do not stay silent! You are only helping those who want chaos and wars.)


Theodorakis Compositions: The Inspiration Of Kurdish fighters in Kobani (VIDEO)

Kurds who support the brave Kurdish fighters in Kobani against the advance of the Islamic State, recently released a video on YouTube that can only be a tearjerker for most Greeks. The slide-show video shows heroic female fighters listening to Theodorakis' revolutionary music while defending the Syrian-Turkish border. The music sets the mood for all the images and videotape that is presented, while it also tells a story of unprecedented bravery. HellasFrappe was so inspired by this video that we decided to share it with all of you as well. ISIS may be fighting with tanks... But these men and women fight with soul... And they will be victorious in the end!


Exactly who is being targeted by the 25% drop in oil prices?

Since the beginning of the Islamic State onslaught in June against Iraq, not only did the price of oil not climb, but it fell by nearly 25%, from $ 115 barrel of crude to 83.78 dollars.

Venezuelan Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez publicly denounced that a price manipulation is afoot, totally unrelated to the reality of the international market. Most experts accuse Saudi Arabia, while experts from the Kingdom itself speak openly about pulling the price down to $ 80 a barrel.

The governor of the Russian central bank, Elvira S. Nabiullina, said before the Duma to prepare for a prolonged decline in the price of crude to $ 60 a barrel.

While some exporting countries like Russia have sizeable currency reserves, others like Venezuela have to brace themselves for a serious economic crisis. Those directly affected are: Iraq (in the midst of war), Iran (still under sanctions), Nigeria (which is about to hold a presidential election), Nicaragua, Bolivia and Cuba (which are supplied at low prices by Venezuela).

In the end, it is the United States itself would suffer, the dollar being backed by the world oil market.

It is difficult at the moment to interpret the current decline, that defies all the predictions. Two factors must be taken into account:

  • - The intention of the BRICS to stop selling hydrocarbons in dollars, but in their national currencies;
  • - The war waged by the US Coalition against the Islamic State which, under the pretext of fighting against terrorism, is a means of destroying oil facilities in Iraq and Syria.

The decline in oil prices affects the profitability of many economic activities (eg, the exploitation of renewable energy sources becomes prohibitive, while most chemicals become very cheap).


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Greek MEPs in Brussels discuss German reparations

The controversial issue of German reparations has seemingly brought together Greek MEPs, who decided to convene in Brussels in order to coordinate a strategy in the European Parliament. Golden Dawn’s MEP did not participate in the discussion, while the Greek Communist Party (KKE) has decided to follow its own line.

As reported by the state news agency ANA-MPA, the meeting included New Democracy’s MEPs Manolis Kefalogiannis and Giorgos Kyrtsos joined by Dimitris Papadimoulis, Manolis Glezos, Sofia Sakorafa and Giorgos Katrougalos from SYRIZA, Nikos Androulakis from PASOK, Giorgos Grammatikakis from The River and Notis Marias from ANEL.

The ultimate goal was to discuss their proposals and come to an agreement in order to present a complete proposal to the European Parliament regarding the German debt to Greece from WWII.


Saint Nicholas Church at WTC Will Finally Be Rebuilt

The Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, which was destroyed on September 11, 2001 when it was crushed under the falling Twin Towers, is finally going to be rebuilt. A ground blessing ceremony is scheduled to be held on Saturday, October 18th.

The small Greek Orthodox Church was established in 1916. Because it was the only house of worship that was destroyed on September 11th, 2001, the new design will also include a National Shrine close by overlooking the 9/11 Memorial.

In fact the new design, by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, will have a modern Byzantine style, including a dome but will at the same time fit in with the steel and glass structures of the surrounding area. The upper floors will also include a non-denominational bereavement space that will be open to all.

The Archbishop of America Demetrios is expected to preside at the ground blessing ceremony with the participation of the hierarchies of the Holy Eparchial Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

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GEOPOLITICS: Iran and the Proxy War in Kurdistan

In the midst of the war against ISIS (Islamic State) now taking place in both Iraq and Syria, a possible shifting of alliances that could fundamentally alter the balance of power in the region is taking place, and no one seems to have noticed, says geopolitical analyst Eric Draitser from NEO/LD. He notes the burgeoning relationship between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region of Northern Iraq and claims that they have the potential to remake the political landscape of the Middle East. Naturally, such a development is part of a broader geopolitical gambit by Iran, and according to this author this development will have significant ramifications for all regional actors. He notes that Turkey, the gulf monarchies, and Israel that potentially have the most to lose from such a development.

(Eric Draitser - NEO/LD) - While Iran has long-standing disputes with elements of its own Kurdish minority, it has demonstrably taken the lead in aiding Iraqi Kurds in their war against extremist fighters loyal to ISIS. As Kurdish President Massud Barzani explained in late August, “The Islamic Republic of Iran was the first state to help us…and it provided us with weapons and equipment.” This fact alone, coupled with the plausible, though unconfirmed, allegations of Iranian military involvement on the ground in Kurdish Iraq, demonstrates clearly the high priority Tehran has placed on cooperation with Barzani’s government and the Kurdish people in the fight against the Saudi and Qatari-backed militants of ISIS. The question is, why? What is it that Iran hopes to gain from its involvement in this fight? Who stands to lose? And how could this change the region?

The Iran Equation

While many eyebrows have been raised at Iranian involvement on the side of the Kurds in the fight against ISIS, perhaps it should not come as a much of a surprise. Tehran has steadily been shoring up its relations with Erbil, both out of a genuine desire to form an alliance, and as a counter-measure against the ouster of their close ally and partner, former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Since the US war on Iraq began in 2003, and especially after US troops left in 2011, Iran had positioned itself as a key, and in some ways dominant, actor in Iraq. Not only did it have significant influence with Maliki and his government, it also saw in Iraq an opportunity to break out of the isolation imposed upon it by the US, EU and Israel over its disputed nuclear program. For Iran, Iraq under Maliki was a bridge both physically (linking Iran with its allies in Syria and Southern Lebanon) and politically (serving as an intermediary with the West in negotiations). In addition, Maliki’s Iraq was to be the linchpin of a new economic strategy which included the proposed Iran-Iraq-Syria pipeline, a project which would have provided Iran overland access to the European energy market, thereby allowing the Islamic Republic to overtake Qatar as the region’s dominant gas exporter to Europe.

Additionally, Iraq was in many ways the front line in Iran’s continued struggle against western-backed terror groups, the most infamous of which is the Mujahideen-e-Khalq (MEK). It was Maliki’s government which closed down Camp Ashraf, the notorious base from which the MEK operated, conducting their continued terror war against Iran. It is of course no secret that MEK is the darling of the neocon establishment, lauded by nearly every architect, supporter, and enabler of Bush’s Iraq War.

Seen in this way, Iraq was both an economic and political necessity for Iran, one that could not simply be allowed to slip back into the orbit of Washington. And so, with the emergence of ISIS, and the subsequent toppling of the Maliki government through behind-the-scenes pressure and a comprehensive propaganda campaign that portrayed him as a brutal dictator on par with Saddam Hussein, Iran clearly needed to recalculate its strategy. Knowing that it could not trust the new government in Baghdad, which was more or less handpicked by the US, Tehran clearly saw a new opportunity in Kurdistan.

Why Kurdistan?

While the imperatives for Iran to engage in Iraq are clear, the question remains as to what specifically Kurdistan offers Tehran both in terms of strategic necessity and geopolitical power projection. To understand the Iranian motive, one must examine how Kurds and Kurdistan fit into Iran’s national and international relations.

First and foremost is the fact that Iran, like Iraq, Syria and Turkey, is home to a considerable Kurdish minority, one that has consistently been manipulated by the US and Israel, and used as a pawn in the geopolitical chess match with the Islamic Republic. With the chaos in Iraq and Syria, and the continued oppression and marginalization of the Kurdish minority in Turkey, it seems that an independent Kurdistan, one that could fundamentally alter the map of the region, is becoming an ever more viable possibility. So, in order to prevent any possible destabilization of Iran and its government from the Kurds, Tehran seems to have begun the process of allying with, as opposed to aligning against, Kurdish interests in Iraq. Likely, Iran sees in such an alliance a tacit, if not overt, agreement that any Kurdish independence will not be used as a weapon against Tehran.

Secondly, by siding with Barzani’s government and providing material and tactical support, Iran is clearly jockeying for position against its regional rivals. On the one hand, Iran recognizes the threat posed by NATO member Turkey whose government, led by Erdogan and Davutoglu, has been intimately involved in the war on Syria and the arming and financing of ISIS and the other terror groups inside the country. While Ankara has publicly proclaimed its refusal to participate in military action in Syria, its actions have shown otherwise. From hosting terrorists to providing space to CIA and other intelligence agencies involved in fomenting civil war in Syria, Turkey has shown itself to be integral to the US-NATO-GCC attempt to effect regime change.

It is, of course, not lost on the Kurds precisely what Turkey has done, and continues to do. Not only has Turkey waged a decades-long war against the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK), it has steadfastly refused to treat its Kurdish minority as anything other than second class citizens. And now, given the central role that Erdogan, Davutoglu & Co. have played in fomenting the war in Syria, they allow their terrorist proxies of ISIS to massacre still more Kurds. It should therefore come as no surprise that many Kurds view Turkey, not Syria or Iran, as the great threat and enemy of their people. And so, Iran steps into the vacuum, offering the Kurds not only material, but political and diplomatic support.

From Tehran’s perspective, Turkey continues to be the representative of the US-NATO-GCC agenda; Ankara has played a key role in blocking Iranian economic development, particularly in regard to energy exports. It should be remembered that Turkey is one of the principal players in the Caspian energy race, providing the requisite pipeline routes for both the TANAP (Trans-Anatolian Pipeline) and Nabucco West pipeline project, among a basket of others. These projects are supported by the US as competition to both Russia’s South Stream (a pipeline which would bring Russian gas to Southern Europe) and the proposed Iran-Iraq-Syria pipeline. Essentially then, Turkey should be understood as a powerful chess piece used to block Iranian moves toward economic independence and regional hegemony.

Iranian overtures toward the Kurds, and involvement in the fight against ISIS generally, must also be interpreted as a check against Iran’s other regional rivals in Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Both countries have been implicated in organizing and financing many of the terror groups and networks that now operate under the “ISIS” banner, using them as proxies to break the “Resistance Axis” that includes Hezbollah, Syria’s Baath Party, and Iran.

The economic and political interests of Saudi Arabia and Qatar, more specifically the families ruling those countries, are self-evident; maintaining their grip on power is only possible by maintaining dominance over the energy trade. In Iran, the gulf monarchies see a powerful, resource-rich nation that, given the opportunity to develop economically, would likely displace them as the regional leader. And so, naturally, they must activate their jihadi networks to deprive Iran of its two strategic allies in Iraq and Syria, thereby severing the link with Hezbollah and breaking the arc of Shia dominance. It is basic power politics, only it is now Kurds paying with their lives for the petty aspirations of gulf monarchs.

Finally, Iranian moves in Kurdistan represent a new phase of the long-standing proxy war between Iran and Israel. It is no secret that, as mentioned above, certain Kurdish factions and organizations have long been quite close with Tel Aviv. In fact, the decades-long relationship between the two is one of the primary reasons for Kurdish acquiescence to western designs against both Iraq and Iran. As pro-Israeli blogger and self-proclaimed “prodigious savant” Daniel Bart wrote:
    There was very close cooperation between Israel and the KDP in the years 1965-75. During most of that time there were usually some 20 military specialists stationed in a secret location in southern Kurdistan. Rehavam Zeevi and Moshe Dayan were among Israeli generals who served in Kurdistan…The Israelis trained the large Kurdish army of Mustafa Barzani and even led Kurdish troops in battle…The “secret” cooperation between Kurdistan and Israel is mainly in two fields. The first is in intelligence cooperation and this is hardly remarkable as half the world including many Muslim states have such relationships with Israel. The second is influence in Washington.
Bart, relying on the work of noted Israeli author and researcher Shlomo Nakdimon, is quite correct to point out that Israeli intelligence, including some of the most celebrated (or infamous, depending on one’s perspective) Israeli leaders, have had intimate ties with the Kurdish leadership for more than half a century. Though the documented evidence is scanty, those who follow the relationship closely generally believe that the level of cooperation between Tel Aviv and Erbil has increased dramatically, particularly since the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. Indeed, Israel likely has covert operatives and intelligence officers on the ground in Kurdistan, and has for some time. This is certainly no secret to the Iranians who are convinced (and are likely correct) that many of the assassinations, bombings, and other terrorist acts perpetrated by Israel have been planned and organized from Kurdish territory.

Such thinking is backed up by the investigative reporting of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh who noted in 2004:
    “The Israelis have had long standing ties to the Talibani and Barzani clans [in] Kurdistan and there are many Kurdish Jews that emigrated to Israel and there are still a lot of connection. But at some time before the end of the year [2004], and I’m not clear exactly when, certainly I would say a good six, eight months ago, Israel began to work with some trained Kurdish commandoes, ostensibly the idea was the Israelis — some of the Israeli elite commander units, counter-terror or terror units, depending on your point of view, began training — getting the Kurds up to speed.”
Iran’s leaders have been keenly aware of the presence of Israeli Special Forces and intelligence on the ground in Kurdistan, knowing that ultimately it is Tehran in the crosshairs. And so, Iran has clearly taken this brief window as an opportunity to assert its own influence in Kurdistan, inserting itself into what had been, until now, the domain of the Israelis. It remains to be seen how Tel Aviv will respond.

While the world watches with horror the continued advance of ISIS in both Iraq and Syria, there is another story unfolding. It is the story of how Iran, long since demonized as the regional pariah, has turned the chaos meant to destroy it and its allies into a possible springboard for future cooperation. It is the story of how terrorism and proxy war has brought former enemies closer together, while exposing before the world the treachery of governments once seen as Iranian allies. It is the story of alliances shifting like desert sands. But in this story, the next chapter has yet to be written.

Eric Draitser is an independent geopolitical analyst based in New York City, he is the founder of StopImperialism.org and OP-ed columnist for RT, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.

October 16, 2014

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BUSTED - German Arrested for Espionage - Caught Photographing Military Outpost on Kos

A 65 year-old German national was arrested on Wednesday on charges of spying on the island of Kos (in the Aegean). The German man, who is reported to be a resident on the island, is suspected of photographing a military outpost. Police authorities tracked down his automobile and apparently confiscated three camera memory cards, as well as binoculars and goggles.

When Greek officials investigated the man's home, they shockingly found, and confiscated, a notebook as well as other documents with handwritten notes, a tourist map of Kos, an external hard drive, two computers and tablet, five USBs, two camcorder tapes and even a cellular phone.

The notes, claim the same press reports, had recorded geographic coordinates of Kos’ military sites, public services and buildings on the island.

(Oh my....)

All the evidence has now been sent to the Greek police's forensic labs for further analysis and investigation.

The German man is now expected to appear before the prosecutor of the island of Kos.

Article in Greek - Newspost

(Editor's Note: The story is strangely similar to the German national that was arrested several months ago on the island of Chios. HellasFrappe had featured that story as well. Read more about that by clicking HERE.)

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Amphipolis: Persephone Revealed As Third Person In Stunning Mosaic

"The Abduction of Persephone" by Pluto, in the presence of Hermes, is the third figure which is represented on the stunning mosaic floor that was revealed several days ago at the Kasta tomb in Amphipolis.

Persephone was the daughter of Zeus and Demeter, who according to Greek mythology, was kidnapped by Hades the Lord of the Underworld.

The colorful mosaic that was recently discovered in the tomb features a chariot led by two white horses. A bearded man wearing a laurel wreath is riding the chariot, while the psychopomp god Hermes appears to be guiding the chariot to the underworld.

This new revelation, claim experts, directly links the Amphipolis tomb to the Vergina tombs, as a mural with the same theme which was also unearthed there as well.

Now that the image of Persephone is confirmed, the entire project (sized 4.5 by 3 meters) is expected to be completely restored.

As archaeologists remove more and more debris from the tomb, it is expected that more and more works of art will come to light. This recent discovery could possibly foreshadow yet another mosaic, that might be even more elaborate and impressive, and which might be unearthed in the next chamber.


Another UK National On ISIS Death Row: Things Are Not What They Seem

credit The Slog
The mainstream media keep on telling us new candidate for decapitation John Cantlie is nothing more than “a very talented gung-ho news photographer”. But John Ward at the Slog says that once again, it doesn’t entirely add up.

John Ward (The Slog) - As you can see from the (photo) above, John Cantlie is clearly rather well-connected. This is hardly surprising: his family forebears include Dr James Cantlie – instrumental in the protection of the famous Chinese revolutionary Sun Yat Sen from the Chinese authorities.

By describing him as “a photographer specialising in hotspots around the world”, the media are being disingenuous: he has spent more than a decade based entirely in the Middle East, and always in countries where geopolitics are of prime importance: Iraq, Libya, Egypt, and Syria.

This is a mirror-image of the career of James Foley. In fact, he and Foley were kidnapped together in November 2012... something of a coincidence For two competing snappers.

All of Cantlie’s written journalism has been avowedly anti-Assad: very much the US/UK/NATO line.

He was kidnapped before, but escaped.

In an interview with The Sun newspaper on August 26th, 2012, Cantlie said it was “every Englishman’s duty to try and escape if captured.” That is a classic military attitude; it is never expressed as such by genuinely unaligned snappers.

When last in England, John Cantlie was a key witness in the collapsed trial over jihadi-linked NHS doctor Shajul Islam. The nature of his testimony suggests “expert witness” rather than journalist.

The more one delves into it, the more there is a very clear pattern to these ISIS beheadings.

This is either a smart terrorist organisation sending out a clear message to Western security agencies… or Western security agencies using various cover stories to protect their staff.


Pireaus Adopts Emergency Ebola Precautions at Port

The Piraeus Regional Section said on on Tuesday that emergency measures have been adopted in the framework of preventing the possible transmission of the Ebola virus.

According to the Piraeus authority, every cargo vessel that arrives at the Container Terminal, Car Terminal, Shipyard Repair Zone and/or anchors is going to be obligate the captain of this vessal to fill out a form, before anyone is allowed on or off. The captain must give a detailed list of the ship's latest trips, naming not just the port from which the ship set sail but also any intermediate ports of call, even those for refuelling, and the duration of the journey.

Authorities believe that once they have this information they will be in a better position to know if a ship approached a port in a high-risk country for Ebola, how long they were there, how long ago was that before they docked in Greece, etc., etc, beause the virus incubation period is up to 21 days and this is an important factor.

Also, if any crew members on these boats has any suspicious symptoms or has been infected by Ebola, the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention is going to immediately be called to action to implement a national prevention plan.


Conspiracy or Truth - West Refuses To Release Data On US Military Ebola Vaccine


A new report prepared by the Russian Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Rights Protection and Human Well-Being (Rospotrebnadzor) states that Russian disease experts were shocked this past week after the Obama regime refused to turn over to them test results on a successful ebola virus vaccine developed by the US military in 2004.

Rospotrebnadzor disease experts, this report notes, have been at the forefront in the battle against the ebola virus, where their work in the West African nation of Guinea has provided funding for the purchase and supply of medical modules, medicines and disposables for 60,000 people in countries most affected by this outbreak.

According to this report, the Defense Ministry’s Microbiology Research Institute in Sergiyev Posad and at the Vektor Center for Virology and Biotechnologies in Novosibirsk (both of whom are working on three ebola virus vaccines, one of which is expected to be deployed to West Africa in the next two months) contacted their American counterparts at the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) this past week in a bid to gain access to the 2004 test results of a proven ebola virus vaccine.

The specific ebola vaccine information being requested by these disease experts, this report continues, was developed by the USAMRIID and their private sector partner Crucell, which is the global biopharmaceutical company specializing in vaccines and antibodies and is a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson headquartered in Leiden, Netherlands.

To how successful the USAMRIID-Crucell ebola vaccine actually is this report documents from Crucell’s reports exactly:
     “In 2002, we entered into a Collaborative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the VRC of the NIH to develop jointly, test and manufacture an adenovirus-based Ebola vaccine. Under the terms of the agreement, we have an option for exclusive worldwide commercialization rights to the Ebola vaccine resulting from this collaboration. In August 2002, the CRADA was extended to cover vaccines against Marburg and Lassa infections.
     In experiments conducted in 2004 by the VRC together with the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), our vaccine candidate confirmed single-dose protection of monkeys against Ebola. Our results are distinct from the earlier trials in that our vaccine is based on PER.C6® cells, making it suitable for large-scale manufacturing.
     In 2005, we extended the CRADA with the VRC of the NIH to develop and produce vaccines against Ebola, Marburg and Lassa infections. Crucell was also granted an exclusive license to patents owned by the NIH to develop and commercialize vaccines against Ebola. Furthermore, Crucell signed a contract of up to €21.4 million with the NIH to produce Ebola vaccines.
     Crucell’s Ebola vaccine entered Phase I studies in Q3 2006. For this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study, two groups of 16 healthy volunteers were enrolled and vaccinated. The study showed safety and immunogegicity at the doses evaluated.
     Based on these results, a second Phase I study is anticipated. This will use alternative multivalent adenovirus vectors that are able to bypass pre-existing immunity against the more commonly used adenovirus serotype 5 (Ad5).
     In October 2008, Crucell announced that it had secured a NIAID/NIH award to advance the development of Ebola and Marburg vaccines, with the ultimate aim of developing a multivalent filovirus vaccine. The award provides funding of up to $30 million, with additional options worth a further $40 million. Under this award, the use of alternative multivalent adenovirus vectors that are able to bypass pre-existing immunity against Ad5 will be evaluated.
The Obama regimes response to Russia’s request for data relating to this successful ebola vaccine, this report continues, was to simply state that they were unable to comply due to this vaccine being protected under US patent, national security and privacy laws.

Rospotrebnadzor disease experts in this report further describe the Obama regimes refusal to release the information on this ebola vaccine as “shocking” due to the World Health Organization (WHO) now warning that as many as 10,000 new cases a week of Ebola could develop in the three hardest-hit West African countries by early December.

Even worse, this report says, as the Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) has warned since August of the estimated 3,000 Islamic “Ebola Martyrs” preparing to decimate the United States, and new evidence showing some of them reached South America last month, the Obama regimes refusal to release their data on this proven vaccine is “beyond perplexing”.

Joining their SVR counterparts in warning of these “Ebola Martyrs” ready to strike America, this report continues, Professor-Captain Al Shimkus of the US Naval War College and Professor Anthony Glees, director at Buckingham University’s Center for Security and Intelligence Studies, have likewise warned their governments to prepare for them too.

All of these warnings, this report states, continue to fall on deaf ears as US Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson stated this week that even though the Islamic State (IS) is seeking to attack the US homeland, there is “no specific credible intelligence” they are planning on using the ebola virus…a statement that stunned Russian intelligence experts, especially when viewed in the light of the news of the IS laptop seized from one of their operatives that was filled with bio-terror weapons plans.

Most chilling about this IS laptop, as reported by the Foreign Policy News Service, were the documents contained on it suggesting that its owner was teaching himself about the use of biological weaponry in preparation for “a potential attack that would shock the world.”

Other US media articles trying to discount the existence of these “Ebola Martyrs”, this report continues, further state that “the Ebola outbreak is in West Africa, far from ISIS territory”, a statement which stands in sharp contrast to the fact that the West African terror group Boko Haram has now joined forces with the Islamic State (ISIS/IS) to form what they call a “Super Caliphate”.

And most perplexing of all, this report concludes, is why the Obama regime, in having a proven ebola vaccine since 2008, has not yet allowed its citizens to know this fact, let alone use it to protect them…or at the very least its healthcare workers who are beginning to die.



Greek Gov't Authorities & Healthcare: Champions of Corruption

Without a doubt, local government authorities, the public and healthcare sectors are champions of corruption in Greece. Don't take our word for it, a survey published by Transparency International-Greece claims that it has received more than 600 complaints from citizens regarding instances of corruption this year alone.

The report notes that the main areas of corruption involve local governments (12%), healthcare (11%), public sector (9.5%), private sector (9%), education (8%) and commerce (6.7%).

The report shows that:

  • 46% of complaints were filed by victims and 39% by witnesses
  • 85% were filed by single individuals
  • 38% were referred to other authority/service
  • 24% were informed on how and were to address complaints
  • 21% were filed in Attica and 12% in Central Macedonia
  • 59% were filed via telephone and 33% via email.

(Editor's Note: The only thing that the report did not note is how to fight this corruption. This does not really surprise us because we are starting to realize that Greeks love to talk... but never seem to want to do the walk.)

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