“Kommersant”: Russia may offer Uzbekistan to leave CSTO

[Russia’s hard-headed approach to organizing the collective security powers of the CSTO states as a Central Asian counter to US/NATO aggression plans, may unnecessarily push Uzbekistan, along with Turkmenistan into the Western camp.  Instead of copying US tactics of forcing allies to choose whether they are “with you or against you,” Russian leaders should copy Western use of the “diplomatic” approach to persuading cooperation from the two dictator-run nations.  With massive economic incentive being given to Uzbekistan in exchange for cooperation on developing the NDN (Northern Distribution Network) and renewed basing/transit rights, Pres. Karimov is about two seconds away from telling Russia to shove it.  Forcing him to make the leap will not help create a bulwark to outside military intervention.  Every nation which cooperates with any phase of world conquest is sealing its own fate.  Making them aware of that fact beforehand, in the face of massive military threats and equally massive economic incentives, is the impossible, daunting task before us.  Overcoming all the bruised egos may prove to be the toughest part.]

“Kommersant”: Russia may offer Uzbekistan to leave CSTO

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Russia launched a reform of the Customs Union and the Organization of Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), saidKommersant .

According to the source publications in the Russian Foreign Ministry, the reform of the CSTO could lead to the fact that the number of members of the unit will be reduced by at least one. “At the level of Heads of State have the understanding that you must go to the abandonment of the principle of consensus, and all except Uzbekistan , not against it. So he [the Uzbek president Islam Karimov .- “b”] will be asked to decide. If you refuse to sign – so there will be a choice: us or without us “- said the diplomat.

Recall that President Islam Karimov has refused to participate in the informal summit of the Collective Security Treaty Organization , which took place on August 12 in Astana. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko proposed to delete from the CSTO, “countries that are unwilling to cooperate under the agreement in full,” to which Secretary General Nikolai ordyuzha organization said that since the summit – not formal, the “right to the head of each state – to go for it or not “.

Earlier, Uzbekistan has for some time leaving the CSTO – the period from 1999 to 2006. Some experts believe that the current disassociation of the Tashkent military cooperation with its neighbors in the former Soviet Union dictated to improve relations with NATO and the U.S..

Currently, the CSTO comprises Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

For the reform of the Customs Union, which now includes Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan , is remarkable position of Kyrgyzstan , who intends to join the TC, while remaining a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO). “We are determined to join the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. At the same time remain a party to the WTO Kyrgyzstan “, – said Kyrgyz Prime Minister Almaz Atambayev in an interview to” Rossiyskaya Gazeta “published on September 5.

The international news agency “Fergana”

Russian wildfires and Pakistan floods were caused by the same weather event even though they are 1,500miles apart, says Nasa

[What put-up this blocking High-pressure front?]

 

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Russian wildfires and Pakistan floods were caused by the same weather event even though they are 1,500miles apart, says Nasa

  • Same abnormal atmospheric wave responsible for heatwave and rains

By GAVIN ALLEN

Two of the most extreme natural disasters of 2010 were caused by the same weather event even though they took place more than 1,500miles apart, claims a Nasa study.

The heatwave and lethal wildfires of Russia and the punishing floods in Pakistan were caused by abnormal behaviour in an atmospheric wave in August 2010, says researchers.

But quite what caused this fluctuation to deviate so far from the norm remains unknown.

Fire and water: Date from Nasa has shown that an Omega blocking system caused both the Russian heatwave and Pakistan floods in August 2010Fire and water: Date from Nasa has shown that an Omega blocking system caused both the Russian heatwave and Pakistan floods in August 2010
Downed: The Pakistan flood entirely submerged areas such as in Shahdadkot in Sindh province, Pakistan Downed: The Pakistan flood entirely submerged areas such as in Shahdadkot in Sindh province, Pakistan

Russia: Some 300 wildfires burned as the heatwave caused by the Rossby Wave created tinderbox conditionsRussia: Some 300 wildfires burned as the heatwave caused by the Rossby Wave created tinderbox conditions

The Russian event produced the hottest summer in the country’s history, causing roughly $15billion in damages and killing an estimated 56,000 people in more than 300 wildfires.

The Pakistan flood submerged one-fifth of the country’s total land mass – approximately 307,374 square miles – and had a death toll of around 2,000, though it directly affected 20million people with the destruction of property.

BLOWING IN THE WIND: WHAT IS A ROSSBY WAVE?

The atmosphere, gaseous and transparent, may not seem like a fluid, but that’s precisely how the thin layer of air encasing the planet behaves.

As Earth spins on its axis, huge rivers of air — scientists call them Rossby waves — meander around the globe in a westerly direction.

Currents in the center of these waves form the jet streams, fast-moving columns of air that push weather systems from west to east.

Rossby waves aren’t uniform. They tend to undulate and have troughs and ridges. Areas of low-pressure typically develop in the troughs of the waves, while high-pressure areas form in their ridges.

Parcels of warm air from the tropics and cool air from the poles swirl around the low- and high-pressure parts of the waves creating a complex tapestry of warm and cool fronts that meet and interact constantly.

Collisions between warm and cool fronts produce storms and precipitation.

Source: Nasa

The atmospheric wave responsible, which is called a Rossby Wave, is caused when the fast-flowing jet stream air currents in the atmosphere wander from their usual course.

When that happens they dislodge masses of cold or warm air that often turn into cyclones.

The latest Nasa research now says that it was an abnormal Rossby Wave which was responsible for both natural disasters.

While the Russian heat wave began before the Pakistan torrent, both weather events peaked at roughly the same time.

The discovery was made by analysing data from Merra – the Modern Era Retrospective-analysis for Research and Applications – Nasa’s instrument to measure the surface temperature of land, as well as the intensity of rain and any wildfire activity.

‘From Nasa satellite data and wind analysis, we can clearly see the connection between the two events,’ said William Lau, a Nasa atmospheric scientist who co-authored the report, which was published in the Journal of Hydrometeorology.

‘Think of the atmosphere like a loose membrane. If you push one part up, something else has to come down somewhere else.

‘If you produce a high in one region, you produce a corresponding low in another.’

This map shows how rainfall built up over Pakistan from the beginning of July through to the end of AugustThis map shows how rainfall built up over Pakistan from the beginning of July through to the end of August

August 2010: Left, a graphic showing water vapor in the atmosphere, where bright sections are most watery and, right, thermal infrared emissions of the Earth where dark areas are hotAugust 2010: Left, a graphic showing water vapor in the atmosphere, where bright sections are most watery and, right, thermal infrared emissions of the Earth where dark areas are hot

In usual summer conditions the jet stream pushes weather fronts through Eurasia in four or five days.

However, in August 2010, the weather pattern over Russia stagnated in what is known as an Omega blocking event, trapping a ridge of high pressure.

The ‘blocking’ divided the jet stream, slowing the progress of the weather pattern as it moved from east to west.

The slow high pressure ridge over Russia trapped a mass of hot, dry air which scorched the surface of the land, turning it into a tinderbox.

At the same time, the blocking pattern led to unusual downstream winds which caused a low pressure build up, forcing cold air from Siberia south towards Pakistan.

Hotspot: This map shows areas of relatively high pressure (red) over Russia and the resulting low pressure (blue) over Pakistan in August 2010Hotspot: This map shows areas of relatively high pressure (red) over Russia and the resulting low pressure (blue) over Pakistan in August 2010

Devastation: The Pakistan flood brought a death toll of around 2,000, though it directly affected around 20million people with the destruction of property and livelihoodDevastation: The Pakistan flood brought a death toll of around 2,000, though it directly affected around 20million people with the destruction of property and livelihood
Burning up: A Russian helicopter drops water on a raging fire in the village of Polyaki-Maydani, Ryazan region, during August 2010
Hold your breath: Moscow was covered by thick smog caused by the wildfires and air pollution was so bad experts warned that breathing was dangerous as smoking

Burning up: A Russian helicopter drops water on a raging fire and the smoke from hundreds of similar blazes saw Moscow covered smog so thick experts warned that breathing it was dangerous as smoking

The cold air from Siberia smashed into warm over Pakistan and the unusual wind patterns pushed monsoon rainfall north and west, placing it squarely over northern Pakistan.

On the video simulation of the weather event above, the peninsula to the lower left, shaded bright red, is Saudi Arabia, while the pointed land mass to the lower right, shaded green, is India. Pakistan sits roughly between them.

As the weather event moves from July through to August the temperature moves from one extreme of heat (red) to the other (green and blue) within a matter of days.

While the new study shows the connection between two seemingly unrelated weather events, Lau warned that many questions remain, such as why such a powerful blocking event occurred in the first place, and whether a process on the land or in the atmosphere contributed to that?

Is American economic survival dependent upon its ability to lay waste to the world?

 “At the root of it all lies the control of oil, which…which [is] crucial for the continued prosperity of the western world.”

[Who can explain this US propensity for ruining great sections of the world?  Why have vast blocks of Nations, stretching from N. Africa to Russia been marked under US policies of “regime change” or invasion?  Repeating the pattern of Iraq throughout the region, the US/NATO are reducing targeted Nations to ruin, erasing the past decades of growth and turning them into rubble.  Is the Empire’s survival dependent upon upon our capacity to destroy and dehumanize others?  These retrogressive policies are intended to take disobedient sectors of the Muslim world back into the stone age, where running water and electric service become vague memories and children die on a grand scale, due primarily to a lack of basic health care. 

This is the policy we reveal to the world as our only foreign policy, revealing America’s dirty hands in maliciously punishing vast independent sectors of the Muslim world, identical to Israeli policies in Gaza.   As Mr. Bhadrakumar points out:  “it is a matter of time before the narrative withers away and chilling realities take hold.”  The world will one day acknowledge the grim realities of the NATO assault upon the weak, though strategically important, Nations of the world.  When that day comes, America will be recognized for the great evil power that it has become, in its struggle to maintain abnormal levels of prosperity, over the rights and needs of the rest of the world.

In a world dominated by Western news sources, the shared delusion is that the “Cold War is over,” even though we see these convoluted geostrategic gambits being played-out, primarily to isolate Russian and Chinese interests.  When the veil of the shared artificial reality, that has been woven by Western psyop specialists, is torn asunder and cast aside, then all the world will understand that the turmoil that has been unleashed had nothing to do with any Nation’s national security and everything to do with maintaining Western corporate profits.]

It Is Going To Be Syria’s Turn

by M. K. Bhadrakumar
VOLTAIRE NETWORK | NEW DEHLI (INDIA)

If the likeness between ravaging regime-change scenarios in Iraq and Libya is any indication, the future of Bashar al-Assad’s sovereignty in Syria might be hanging by a thin thread. The heart of the matter – underscores this analyst – is that regime change in Syria is absolutely central to US designs on the Middle East. The stakes are so intertwined that a host of stragetic gains could be achieved in one fell swoop, not least shaving Russia’s and China’s clout in the region. This is not an opportunity that Washington would want to miss.

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The visuals beamed from Tripoli last night had an eerie familiarity. Cars blowing horns, Kalashnikovs firing into the air, youth and children aimlessly wandering on streets littered with heaps of debris, western cameramen eagerly lapping up the precious words in broken English by any local fellow holding forth on the stirring ideals of the 1789 French Revolution and the Magna Carta – the images are all-too-familiar. Somewhere else, some other time, one had seen these images, but couldn’t exactly place them. Could they have stealthily crept up from the attic of the mind, a slice of memory that was best forgotten or purged from the consciousness? Now, the morning after, it is clear the television channels were only replaying the scenes from Baghdad in 2003.

The narrative from Tripoli bears uncanny resemblance to Baghdad: A brutal, megalomaniacal dictator, who seemed omnipotent, gets overthrown by the people, and a wave of euphoria sweeps over an exhausted land. As the celebrations erupt, the western benefactor-cum-liberator walks on to the centre stage, duly taking stance on the ‘right side of history’. In the 19th century, he would have said in Kenya or India that he was carrying the ‘white man’s burden’. Now he claims he is bringing western enlightenment to people who are demanding it.

But it is a matter of time before the narrative withers away and chilling realities take hold. In Iraq, we have seen how a nation that was tiptoeing toward the OECD standards of development hardly 20 years ago has been reduced to beggary and anarchy.

A coup d’etat

Libya’s democratic opposition is a myth conjured up by the western countries and the ‘pro-West’ Arab governments. There are deep splits within the opposition and there are factions ranging from genuine liberals to Islamists to plain lumpen elements. Then there are the tribal divisions. The infighting among the various factions seems a recipe for another round of civil war, as the factions that have neither legitimacy nor authority jostle for power. The acuteness of the rifts burst into the open last month when the opposition’s commander-in-chief Abdul Fattah Younes was lured back from the front on a false pretext, taken away from his bodyguards and brutally tortured and killed by the rebels belonging to an Islamist faction.

The western media have begun openly discussing the role played by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization [NATO], which time and again intervened to tilt the military balance against Muammar Gaddafi. The revolution looks more like a coup d’etat instigated by Britain and France. Even then, it took the western alliance an awfully long time stretching over 6 months to get its ‘boys’ into Tripoli. Gaddafi is still keeping them guessing as to the manner of his grand exit. The stunning truth is that Gaddafi should decide when to stop fighting despite having the men and the material to prolong his defiance for a while.

His course of action in the coming hours or days would have great bearing on what follows. If there is going to be heavy bloodshed, revenge acts by the victors over the vanquished will likely follow. In political terms, Gaddafi’s imminent fall doesn’t mean the opposition has won. Divested of the NATO’s tactical support, the opposition would have lost. The big question, therefore, is going to be about NATO’s future role in Libya. Alongside appears the question of whether the NATO would now turn attention to Syria.

NATO embraces Arab world

With the mission of ‘regime change’ successfully accomplished, NATO ought to leave the Libyan theatre. The United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973 has been overtaken. But the NATO’s withdrawal is too much to expect. Libya’s oil has been the leitmotif of the western intervention. Gaddafi’s recent proclivity to turn to Russia, China, Brazil and India to bring them into Libya’s oil sector obviously threatened the western interests. The pro-democracy rhetoric emanating out of London and Paris had all along had a hollow ring. The NATO’s intervention in Libya has stretched the limits of international law and the United Nations Charter. The alliance finds itself in the ludicrous position of seeking the legitimacy for its continued presence in Libya from the shady elements who masquerade as the ‘democratic’ forces, whose popular support is thin on the ground, on the pretext that there is still a job to be done.

There is indeed going to be a job to be done. It could well turn out to be Iraq and Afghanistan all over again. Resistance to foreign occupation is bound to appear sooner rather than later. Libyan tribes are steeped in the folklore of resistance. On the other hand, a great paradox of geopolitics is that anarchical conditions provide just the requisite pretext for occupation. The story of Libya is not going to be any different from that of Iraq and Afghanistan.

The West’s Libyan intervention introduces new templates in the geopolitics of the Middle East and Africa. It has brought NATO to the eastern Mediterranean and Africa. This is of a piece with the United States’ post-cold war strategy to mould the trans-Atlantic alliance into a global organization with the capability to act in global ‘hotspots’ with or without UN mandate. A pivotal role for the alliance in the ‘new Middle East’ seems all but certain. There is an ominous ring to the recap of the Libyan chapter by British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg: “I want to make it absolutely clear: the UK will not turn its back on the millions of citizens of Arab states looking to open up their societies, looking for a better life.”

Was he talking about Syria? Surely, Clegg couldn’t have been suggesting that Britain is raring to “open up” the societies in Saudi Arabia or Bahrain or Yemen and make the tribals living out there into modern-day citizens. With the Libyan operation drawing to a close, all eyes are turning on Syria. The Wall Street Journal speculates: “Libyans’ success affects the potentially more important rebellion in Syria… Already there are signs Libya is giving inspiration to the rebels trying to oust [Bashar al] Assad.” But then it also adds a caveat without which the discussion will remain incomplete: “There are crucial differences between Libya and Syria, and the Libyan template will be hard to replicate in Damascus.”

High stakes in Syria

However, the western mind is famous for its innovative capacity. Without doubt, Syria occupies the heart of the Middle East and conflict breaking out there will most certainly engulf the entire region – including Israel and, possibly, Iran and Turkey. On the other hand, the calibrated western moves in the recent weeks, racheting up sanctions, are strikingly similar to those taken in the prelude to the Libyan intervention. Sustained efforts are afoot to bring about a unified Syrian opposition. Last weekend’s conclave held in Turkey – third in a row – finally elected a ‘council’ ostensibly representing the voice of the Syrian people. Evidently, a focal point is being carefully crafted, which could be co-opted at a convenient point as the West’s democratic interlocutor representing Syria. The fig-leaf of Arab League support is also available. The ‘pro-West’ Arab regimes, which are autocratic themselves, have reappeared in the forefront of the western campaign as the flag carriers of representative rule in Syria.

Conceivably, the main hurdle would be to get a United Nations mandate for the western intervention in Syria. But the Libyan experience shows that an alibi can always be found. Turkey can be trusted to play a role here. When Turkey gets involved, Charter 5 of the NATO can be invoked. The heart of the matter is that regime change in Syria is imperative for the advancement of the US strategy in the Middle East and Washington is unlikely to brook any BRICS obstacles on its path, since the stakes are very high. The stakes include the expulsion of the Hamas leadership from Damascus; the break-up of the Syrian-Iranian axis; isolation of Iran and a push for regime change there; weakening and degradation of Hezbollah in Lebanon; and regaining Israel’s strategic dominance over the Arab world. And, of course, at the root of it all lies the control of oil, which George Kennan had said 60 years ago are “our resources – and not theirs” [Arabs’] – which are crucial for the continued prosperity of the western world. Mock at him if anyone claims that cash-strapped western governments and their war-weary citizens have no more appetite for wars.

Finally, all this means in geopolitical terms the rolling back of Russian and Chinese influence in the Middle East. A subtle western propaganda has begun pitting Russia and China as obstacles to regime change in the region – standing on the ‘wrong side of history’. It is a clever ideological twist to the hugely successful Cold-War era blueprint that pitted communism against Islam. The body language in the western capitals underscores that there is no conceivable way the US would let go the opportunity in Syria.

Genesis of the Baloch-Islamabad conflict

Genesis of the Baloch-Islamabad conflict 

—Sana Baloch

Unfortunately, Islamabad’s dirty policies are not just confined to exploiting Baloch wealth but the establishment is also in constant efforts to marginalise and upset the very liberal and social fabric of Baloch society

Balochistan’s contribution to the country is Himalayan. However, Balochistan’s immeasurable natural wealth and strategic significance turned into a curse rather than a blessing for the Baloch people.

The gravity of Baloch tribulations is deep-rooted, extending behind the minds of the political parties and educated youths to the masses that are experiencing discrimination, oppression and injustices in their everyday life.

Each region, town and village has its own story of neglect, underdevelopment and exploitation. Start from the Baloch coast that hosts Pakistan’s three modern but devoid of the Baloch naval facilities including Jinnah Naval base at Ormara. Chaghai and Kharan, strategically significant regions, where the nuclear test was conducted and copper and gold are being mined, to Lasbela, an industrial town (for Karachiites) and where Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) facilities are located, to Dera Bugti known for its high quality gas production since 1953, to Quetta and Bolan where coal is being mined — and you will be confronted with a miserable social and economic state of affairs.

However, all these areas have sophisticated military, paramilitary and naval facilities but none of them have modern education, health, electricity, gas or opportunities of livelihood.

Fuelling the national economy for years and helping save billions of dollars worth of foreign exchange in terms of energy import, Balochistan’s 97 percent population lives without gas facility, 78 percent without electricity, and 62 percent without safe drinking water. Balochistan has just 3.4 percent of gas consumers, as compared to 64 percent of Punjab alone, which produces only 4.75 percent of natural gas.

Balochistan being the major coal producing province is deprived of its benefits. During the 1960s, when Lahore was in West Pakistan, 98 percent coalmines of the province were allotted to people having no affiliation with the province. Today the local labourers in these ‘black-gold’ regions live without water, electricity, education and a health system. However, Sheikhs and Parachas are immensely benefitting from the wealth generated by the Baloch coal.

The MoU signed by Islamabad with a Chinese company regarding Saindak Copper-Gold Project is a classic confirmation of the abuse of Baloch wealth and discrimination. Islamabad and the Chinese company are taking 50 and 48 percent respectively and leaving only two percent profit for Balochistan. Besides this mega exploitation, the Saindak project is a no-man’s land for local Baloch youth and guarded by non-Baloch Frontier Corps (FC). Chaghai, the gold producing region, is the poorest of the poor.

Countless MoUs of such exploitative nature are inked with foreign and local companies to insistently exploit Baloch resources. These include the Duddar Lead-Zinc Project and the Reko Diq copper-gold project. Oil and gas exploration licenses are given without taking account of Baloch needs and demands.

Islamabad’s desire to entirely control and effusively exploit Balochistan’s strategic land, energy resources, and economic benefits without Baloch will, desire and legitimate participation are the raison d’être behind mounting tension and mistrust between the Baloch and Islamabad

Unfortunately, Islamabad’s dirty policies are not just confined to exploiting Baloch wealth but the establishment is also in constant efforts to marginalise and upset the very liberal and social fabric of Baloch society by supporting religious parties and co-opting gluttonous tribal and drug barons, which is part of the policy to retain its unquestioning control on Balochistan’s affairs.

Lacking political vision and a democratic culture, Islamabad’s super-establishment is governing Balochistan through a system known as ‘control’. Control, a suppressive system, is a set of mechanisms used in multi-ethnic states by the dominant ethnic groups to contain and keep its control on dissident ethnic minorities, plunder their wealth, destroying their culture and creating mass fear through disappearances, kill and dump policies and strapping presence of military and paramilitary forces.

Control is based on a rogue approach that one ethnic group takes over the state, imposes its culture on society, allocates to itself the lion’s share of resources and takes various measures, including violent means (military operations) to prevent the non-dominant group from organising politically.

Control works through three interrelated mechanisms: a) Divide and rule: internally creating rifts and division among the non-dominant groups; b) economic dependence: making them permanently dependent for their livelihood on the dominant group and central government; c) Co-option: involving sections of the non-dominant elite like greedy tribal chiefs, feudal, drug tycoons, corrupt intellectuals and politicians through partial dispensation of benefits and favours.

The military’s fresh, unwarranted and indiscriminate crackdown against moderate Baloch nationalists, intellectuals, students, poets, anti-establishment tribal elders, businessman and civilians is a reflection of the ‘zero tolerance’ policy against the ethnic Baloch people.

All glitzy mega-projects and control developments launched in Balochistan, including those for gas development, coalmining, Gwadar Port, Mirani Dam, coastal highway, cantonments, and the extraction of copper and gold deposits do not envisage any participation or direct benefit to the people and the province.

An unemployed Baloch feels more depressed and exploited when an unskilled soldier on their soil is brought and employed from another province to fill the position that is legally, naturally and constitutionally the right of a local Baloch youth.

The province is of strategic importance and shares long borders with Iran and Afghanistan and a 1,700-kilometre-long coastline. But border and coastal security is 100 percent controlled by non-Baloch paramilitary forces. Around 70,000 jobs in the FC, Coast Guard, police, maritime security and the Anti-Narcotics Force are occupied by non-locals, which leave thousands of qualified Baloch youths unemployed.

Baloch bitterness by all means is genuine and the continued plunder of Balochistan’s natural resources and its economic and political marginalisation and militarisation are the major causes of mounting tension between the Baloch and Islamabad. Political instability is on the rise.

Islamabad’s reliance on brute force may help the central government to create short-term cosmetic calm but unrest and frustration will further lead to growing mistrust between the Baloch and Islamabad.

Though physically superior, Islamabad has mock control over Balochistan, but emotionally and morally Islamabad seems terribly defeated in Balochistan. The gruesome policy of kill and dump of Baloch political activists has resulted in a permanent fracture in Baloch-Islamabad relations.

No doubt, Balochistan’s attractive and rich landscape, strategic coastline, sizeable territory and its location is very central to the establishment’s strategic vision; however, in the rapidly changing geo-political scenario, overlooking the genuine concerns of the Baloch and the feelings of the people of the province will result in irreparable loss to the establishment.

The writer is a Baloch leader and former Senator who resigned from the Senate of Pakistan in protest against Islamabad’s oppressive policies towards the Baloch people. He can be reached at balochbnp@gmail.com

Russian Drug Czar Blames “Global Transnational Drug Trafficking Corporations” Block Eradication Programs

Russia Offers Steps To Fight Drug Production In Afghanistan

The head of the Russian drug control service, Viktor Ivanov puts forth a plan for the elimination of Afghan drug production, “Raduga-2 (Rainbow), as he claims that the problem is “created by orders from global transnational drug trafficking corporations.”  (read HERE)

While NATO Gets to Bomb and Loot Libya, the UN Gets Stuck With the Tab for Clean-up

Scavengers fight for Libyan flesh

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The “friends of Libya” have started fighting for the wealth, which they are expecting to get in this country. This is basically the outcome of the top-level meeting, which took place on September 1 in Paris. The meeting, theatrically titled “Friends of Libya,” gathered the participation of the aggression against Libya to discuss the future of the country. To be more precise, “the friends of Libya” arrived in Paris to share the oil reserves of the country.

The “friends” spoke a lot about the “happily-ever-after” that Libya would have after Gaddafi. However, the main question of the meeting – how to share the Libyan oil – remained unanswered.

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi announced his “Libya-after-Gaddafi” plans several days before the meeting in Paris. He said that the interests of Italy’s Eni energy company must be taken into consideration in the first place. Berlusconi’s announcement annoyed other members of the aggression against Libya: Italy cowardly pulled out its troops from Libya and left its allies perplexed.

Afterwards, France’s Sarkozy set forth his claims for a slice of the “Libyan pie.” According to the French media, Paris was asking for 35 percent of the Libyan oil market.

It goes without saying that other Western predators did not like the fact that the French and the Italians were leaving them miserable leftovers. On September 1, British PM David Cameron warned his Italian and French counterparts that he would not tolerate the infringement of London’s interests. Britain would be the first country to get the best slice of the pie, he claimed.

French officials responded with saying that it was France, not Britain that had put considerable efforts in attacking Libya.

To put it in a nutshell, the powers-that-be acted like a group of street hooligans who attacked a passer-by, knocked him down and started fighting with each other because of the stolen wallet.

However, it seems that European officials have learned to run before they could walk. It appears that it will be up for the United States to decide who is going to get what in Libya.

Libya’s fate will be decided on the US territory. “A group of friends of the new Libya” will gather for the meeting in New York at the end of September.

The meeting in Paris only found a solution to secondary issues, such as the allocation of $15 billion to Libyan rebels from the previously frozen accounts of the old Libyan government. This was necessary to do to resume the delivery of oil and gas to the West.

The aggressors also agreed that the UN would have to restore the Libyan economy that had been destroyed with NATO bombs. According to them, the UN would play the key role in coordinating international efforts to support the political transition and restoration of Libya. To put it in a nutshell, the West simply believes that they can easily use the natural wealth of the bombed country, whereas other UN members will cover the “cleaning costs.”

During the meeting in Paris, the French and British leaders agreed that Colonel Gaddafi would not have to be delivered to the International Criminal Court in The Hague. According to Sarkozy and Cameron, Gaddafi can be executed in Libya along with his numerous sons. This is another peculiarity of democracy that NATO has established in Libya.

It goes without saying that the EU officials are aware of the intention of the new Libyan authorities to execute Gaddafi even though they scream and shout promoting democracy and abolishing death penalty in the world. Even if we assume that Gaddafi is captured, Sarkozy, Cameron, and the West on the whole will find themselves in a very unpleasant situation. How would they have to prove that it was Gaddafi, but not NATO that bombed tens and hundreds of houses and hospitals across the country?

The Western media are incapable of accusing the Colonel of the crimes committed by NATO. It is an open secret that the Libyan aviation had not made a sortie since the end of March. No one will believe that it was Gaddafi, who bombed Tripoli with laser-guided smart bombs.

Moreover, it has recently transpired that the CIA had recruited at least 1,500 guerillas in northern Afghanistan to “democratize” Libya, not to mention the hirelings from Egypt, Qatar, etc. The leaders of Libyan rebels are exhausted after many days of battles in Tripoli. The city has been taken, but nothing seems to be changing there. Gaddafi’s followers still control Sebha, Sirte and most of Brega, whereas Gaddafi himself continues to urge them to fight.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy is aware of the problems of the Libyan rebels. Sarkozy would be ready to visit Tripoli only when the city becomes safe for visiting, the French president said. Moreover, Sarkozy stated that he would prefer to travel to Libya in a company of British Prime Minister David Cameron, rather than alone.

As for Russia and China, the two countries did not even have the status of a participant of the meeting in Paris. They acted as observers, who only had to watch their billion-dollar investments in Libya going up in smoke.

Sergei Balmaasov

Pravda.Ru

Rendition apology demanded from MI6 and CIA by Libyan

Rendition apology demanded from MI6 and CIA by Libyan

Abdel Hakim Belhaj
Abdel Hakim Belhaj is now in command of the National Transitional Council’s forces in Tripoli

The commander of anti-government forces in Tripoli says he wants an apology from Britain and America for his transfer to a prison in Libya in 2004.

Abdel Hakim Belhaj, then a terror suspect, says he was tortured after being arrested in Bangkok.

He says he was taken to Libya by a CIA and MI6 operation, allegedly confirmed by documents sent to Gaddafi’s regime.

The Foreign Office said the government had a “long-standing policy” not to comment on intelligence matters.

Mr Belhaj told the BBC: “What happened to me and my family is illegal. It deserves an apology. And for what happened to me when I was captured and tortured.

“For all these illegal things, starting with the information given to Libyan security, the interrogation in Bangkok.”

According to the Guardian, these documents were discovered in an abandoned office building in Tripoli by staff from Human Rights Watch.

Mr Belhaj said that MI6 and the CIA did not witness his torture at the hands of the former Libyan regime, but did interview him afterwards.

Letter of thanks

Sir Mark Allen, formerly MI6’s director of counter-terrorism, has been reported to be the author of a letter to Moussa Koussa, thanking him for a “delicious” gift of dates and oranges, which was found among the recovered documents.

Mr Koussa served for years as Col Gaddafi’s spy chief before becoming foreign minister. He defected in the early part of the rebellion, flying to the UK and then on to Qatar.

Rights groups have long accused him of involvement in atrocities, and had called on the UK to arrest him at the time.

BBC Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen, who has been shown the documents relating to Mr Belhaj, said the allegations were damaging “because we’re talking about acts that were illegal”.

Kim Howells, a former Foreign Office minister who became chairman of the Commons Intelligence and Security Committee, said his committee found no evidence of rendition by the UK.

But, he added, following the September 11 attacks, British intelligence would have been working closely with their Libyan counterparts.

“There were huge fears that Islamists – and the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group was an Islamist organisation – were going to try and do the same thing in London or Glasgow or Cardiff or whatever,” he said.

“And I think there was an attempt by the security services and intelligence services to try and get hold of any information that might give a clue as to whether there were bombers at large.”

Security ‘assurances’

Philippe Sands, a professor of international law, says he would not be surprised to find out that British security services and politicians were co-operating with Libyan officials in the fight against terrorism, but also said some questions needed to be asked.

“It’s very troubling but consistent with a pattern of information and documents that’s emerged in English court proceedings and elsewhere showing very close co-operation, shall we say.

“But this letter [referring to Abdul Hakim Belhaj] appears to be inconsistent with assurances given by most senior folk at MI5 and MI6 about who knew what when.”

Other documents allegedly showing the CIA abducted several suspected militants from 2002 to 2004 and handed them to Tripoli were among thousands of pieces of correspondence from US and UK officials uncovered by reporters and activists in an office apparently used by Moussa Koussa.

The CIA would not comment on the specifics of the allegations.

The documents are also reported to suggest that MI6 also gave the Gaddafi regime details of dissidents.

These particular documents, found by Human Rights Watch workers, have not been seen by the BBC or independently verified. They allegedly reveal details about the UK’s relationship with the Gaddafi regime.

One memo, dated 18 March 2004 and with the address “London SE1″, congratulates Libya on the arrival of Mr Belhaj.