Iran threatens to turn Saudi Arabia into hell If They Crucify Sheikh al-Nimr

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Iran threatens to turn Saudi Arabia into hell

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Reza NaqdiCommander of Iran’s Basij force Brigadier-General Mohammad Reza Naqdi

Iranian leaders threatened “to turn Saudi Arabia into hell,” over the last few days in response to a decision by a Saudi court to sentence the Shi’ite cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr to death. A day later Iran carried out a wave of arrests against Sunni clerics.

The tit-for-tat exchange comes as the West scrutinizes Tehran’s involvement in the Syrian and Iraqi arenas.

Al-Nimr was found guilty a week ago of seeking “foreign meddling” in Saudi Arabia, disobeying its rulers and taking up arms against the Saudi security forces. Al-Nimr was a vocal supporter of the mass anti-government protests that erupted in eastern Saudi Arabia three years ago.

Commander of Iran’s Basij force Brigadier-General Mohammad Reza Naqdi (pictured) threatened revenge if the Saudis execute the cleric, “If the Al-Saud commits such a crime against Ayatollah Sheikh al-Nimr, its move will not remain unanswered and Muslims will change this world to a hell for them.”

Moreover, according to some Arabic reports, a wide campaign of arrests against Sunni clerics in Iran was launched by Iranian Revolutionary Guards.

The recent developments in relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia are in sharp contrast to reports from various media outlets about a recent rapprochement between the two countries, based on the desire for a common struggle against the Sunni extremist organization ISIS. In fact, on Friday, an Iran official accused Riyadh of creating ISIS. The Iranian IRNA news agency reported

Tehran Substitute Friday Prayers Leader Seyyed Ahmad Khatami criticized Saudi officials for supporting extremist groups in the region… He blamed Riyadh for advocating the terrorist group of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and its failed attempts to topple legal governments of Syria and Iraq.

They’ve Taken Our Kenny (Kenny’s Sideshow)…Those Bastards!

Now I understand why the links have stopped coming from Kenny’s Sideshow

Kenneth Ray Kirkham is dead and his shoes will not be easily filled.  Others may come, or stand ready, to take-up the slack, but they cannot fill the void left by his passing.  May God be there to comfort his family in their time of need.   

Kenneth Ray Kirkham

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Kenneth Ray Kirkham, 62, who passed away suddenly, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 at Stones River Hospital E/R. He was a native of Gallatin, TN. He was preceded in death by his Father, Leonard Kirkham and his daughter, Christiana Patrick.

Mr. Kirkham is survived by his wife, Deborah Hurt Kirkham of Auburntown; Mother: Helen Kirkham Gomez of Gallatin, TN.; Daughter: Joan (Ricky) Bryson of Auburntown; Grandchildren: Travis & Ryan Baines; Jake (Melissa) Bryson and Josh (Lekeisha) Bryson; Sister: Deborah Lynn (Jim) Stephenson of Bethpage, TN.; Nephews & Niece: Sam (Dana), Amanda and Eli Stephenson.

A member of the Union Hill Church of Christ, he was retired from Greer in La Vergne and worked with his son-in-law, at Bryson Cell Tower Ground Maintenance. He was a wonderful man who loved his family more than anything. He also loved his fur children, his Jack Russells, Taz and Tessa. Kenneth enjoyed music and played guitar, mandolin and drums.

Russia On the Right Side of History

Russia: On the Right Side of History

SteveLendmanBlog

by Stephen Lendman
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s comments reflect Russia’s position on geopolitical issues. Especially major ones mattering most.
He explained them following discussions days earlier with John Kerry and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius in Paris.
He’s a world-class diplomat. He embarrasses his Western counterparts. They’re no match for his forthrightness. Straight talk. Candor. Telling it like it is. Explaining what everyone needs to know.
Paul Craig Roberts is right calling Russia the world’s moral leader. At a time America descends into tyranny. Waging war on humanity. At home and abroad.
Risking the unthinkable. Possible global war. Nuclear war. Mushroom cloud denouement.
Neocons infest Washington. They’ve been around for decades. Political and military ones. Advocating permanent wars. Wanting all US rivals eliminated.
Obama serves their interests. He gives rogue leadership new meaning. He’s no Jack Kennedy.
JFK transformed himself in office from warrior to peacemaker. He wanted all nuclear weapons abolished. A “general and complete disarmament.”
Rapprochement with Soviet Russia. The Cold War ended. All US forces out of Vietnam by December 1965.
He regretted the gap between intellectuals and politicians. Working cooperatively improves chances for responsible policies, he believed.
He deplored “craz(ies)” urging war. Wanting Soviet Russia nuked while America was advantaged. Even at a cost of a few US cities.
During the October 1962 Cuban missile crisis, he “never had the slightest intention” of attacking to remove them.
It bears repeating. Obama is no Jack Kennedy. He’s polar opposite on major issues mattering most. John Kerry reflects his views.
So does Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. He outraged Moscow saying “we must deal with a revisionist Russia – with its modern and capable army – on NATO’s doorstep.”
Anti-Russian propaganda drowns out what everyone needs to know. It’s intense. Unprecedented.
Worse than Cold War vitriol. Malicious misinformation substitutes.
Lavrov’s comments are important. He’s on the right side of history. He champions peace and security. Ukrainian crisis conditions reflect Western European/US contradictions.
“Pardon us for our country’s existence in the middle of your military bases,” he said.
“Washington has openly declared its right to use military force unilaterally and wherever it sees fit in order to protect its own interests.”
“The Western alliance, led by the United States, while defending democracy and human rights, on the global arena assumes an opposite stance, disregarding the principle of the sovereign equality of states, as stipulated in the UN Charter, and trying to decide for others what is good and what is bad.”
“Western partners have ignored our numerous warnings, concerning the inadmissibility of breaking the UN Charter and Helsinki Final Act principles, consistently evaded proper collaboration on creating a zone of equal and undivided security and cooperation in the area from the Atlantic to Pacific Oceans,” he added.
“The United States and the European Union supported the coup in Ukraine, blindly approved any actions taken by the self-proclaimed Kiev authorities that directed their efforts at violently suppressing the part of the Ukrainian people that rejected the attempts to impose on the country anti-constitutional order and wanted to defend its right to native language, culture and history.”
US-led Western countries proliferate violence and instability. Imperialism works this way.
Lavrov discussed his Paris Kerry/Fabius meeting. It covered a wide range of issues, he said. Including strained bilateral relations.
Differences remain, he explained. It’s “in our common interests to seek” responsible solutions. “(T)hrough a respectful dialogue based on equal agreements and taking into account each other’s interests.”
Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan an Ukraine were discussed. “We talked about the efforts Russian leadership is exerting to ensure complete and comprehensive compliance with the agreements achieved with our support and with the cooperation of the OSCE between the Kiev authorities and the representatives of the self-defence forces,” Lavrov said.
“I am referring to the Minsk Protocol, signed on 5 September, and the Minsk Memorandum of 19 September 2014.”
“The main thing now is to not ‘water down’ the process that has been set in motion, not to divert attention to some artificial formats being proposed but to get the participants in the Minsk process to fully comply with the accords between Kiev, Lugansk and Donetsk.”
“This applies to the cease-fire, the separation of forces, the pulling back of heavy weapons and, most importantly, the start of a comprehensive political dialogue that the Ukrainian authorities promised as early as April of this year when the foreign ministers of Russia, the US and Ukraine met in Geneva and proclaimed the need for an immediate start to a political dialogue involving all the regions and political forces in Ukraine.”
He elaborated further on what he called “the Ukrainian tragedy,” saying:
“We have constantly and at all levels reaffirmed our position and demanded a concrete reaction on the part of the relevant international organisations.”
“Our position is that all the crimes perpetrated during the course of the Ukrainian crisis must be investigated, beginning with the ‘snipers’ case’ on Maidan Square, including the tragedies in Odessa and Mariupol, the Malaysian plane catastrophe, the mass graves and many other incidents that have become known to the public.”
“We believe that international organisations, notably the Council of Europe, the OSCE and the UN human rights bodies, must take the initiative and assume a greater share of the responsibility for carrying through with these investigations because the Ukrainian authorities obviously are not doing enough.”
“One would not like to suspect anyone of anything, but one does have the impression that they have something to hide. The international organisations must not allow this to happen.”
“(T)he Ukrainian crisis can only be resolved through direct talks and the reaching of an accord between the conflicting sides. This is precisely what the Minsk process implies.”
Beginning with ceasefire and political dialogue, Lavrov stressed. “(W)hich has yet to begin,” he added.
Kerry and other Western officials shouldn’t “try to invent something new.” The should “fully and honestly comply with the existing accords.”
Lavrov hopes ongoing P5+1 talks on Iran’s nuclear program will “achieve an early an comprehensive agreement…” Remaining issues to be resolved aren’t “all that complicated,” he said.
Russia “consistently” fights terrorism. It’s done so for many years. It helps other countries address their threats.
Including Syria and Iraq. It’ll continue these efforts, said Lavrov. Not through so-called ” ‘coalitions’ created without” Security Council consent. Doing so violates international law.
An anti-terror group was established under the auspices of the Russian/US Bilateral Presidential Commission. Both sides agreed to share relevant information.
Washington unilaterally terminated Commission activities. And all its mechanisms. It bears repeating rogue states operate this way.
On October 16, Lavrov addressed the 10th ASEM (Asia-Europe Meeting) summit Second Plenary Session, saying:
“(T)he future of humankind depends on our ability to develop equitable and productive cooperation.”
“Mutual trust as an element of international relations is decreasing at an alarming pace amid deep structural changes in the world, and the skill of finding compromises and mutually acceptable solutions, which alone can provide the basis for effective cooperation, is being eroded.”
“Some countries still interpret agreement solely as the acceptance of their views and think that they can ignore the legitimate interests of their partners and dictate their rules in the economy, politics, finance and trade.”
“This is deepening chaos in international relations and expanding the area of crises to vast territories in the Middle East and North Africa, and now to Ukraine.”
Russia consistently supports strengthening global alliances. Including responsible governance mechanisms, Lavrov explained. Ongoing efforts should comply fully with international law.
Nothing less is acceptable. Equal security and mutual respect for all parties’ interests are essential. Preventing regional and global conflicts depend on them.
“We firmly stand for harmonising integration processes in Europe, Eurasia and the Asia-Pacific Region,” said Lavrov.
“Russia is ready to use its geographic position, resources and human capital towards this end.”
It’ll “continue to increase its contribution to the development of practical cooperation between the ASEM member-countries based on a balance of interests, including by advocating the global agenda for post-2015 development, enhancing the effectiveness and coordination of emergency response cooperation, searching for sustainable solutions to climate change and energy efficiency issues, and by promoting dialogue on human rights issues based on mutual respect.”
“In these tumultuous times, it is vitally important to strengthen the ethical foundations of international relations by relying on traditional values that constitute the moral basis of universal solidarity.”
“Russia is willing to continue cooperating with all the ASEM partners to strengthen ASEM’s role in the effort to create a safer and more democratic and effective international system.”
Lavrov’s comments are genuine. He reflects Moscow’s views. For world peace and stability. Respect for nation-state sovereign inviolability. Rule of law principles. Mutual cooperation on issues mattering most.
In contrast, Washington’s rhetoric rings hollow. Obama, Kerry, Hagel and other US officials lie. They say one thing. They do another.
They ravage and destroy one country after another. Murdering millions in cold blood. Inflicting appalling human misery.
For unchallenged dominance. Resource control. The right to exert might because who’ll stop it. Exploiting world populations.
At home and abroad. Force-feeding police state harshness. Serving monied interests only. Spurning popular ones.
Inflicting “a plague upon the world,” says Paul Craig Roberts. Governed by “two-bit punks.”
Declaring itself world sovereign. Demanding all nations bend to its will. Mindless of rule of law principles.
Or sovereign independent rights. Or right over wrong. Or doing the right thing because it matters.
Hegemons operate this way. They do what they damn please. None in world history match US ruthlessness. Thankfully Putin’s Russia exists.
“Attempts to…pressure (it) and…compel it to abandon its values, truth, and justice have no prospects whatever for success,” Lavrov stresses.
US “polic(ies) of ultimatums and supremacy and domination do not meet the requirements of the 21st century, and run counter to the objective process of developing a polycentric and democratic world order,” he added.
Washington’s unilateral use of military force threatens world peace. Russia is polar opposite. It deplores war. It champions peace and stability.
It goes all-out to achieve them. It’s maliciously bashed for doing so. Big Lies substitute for explaining its responsible policies.
WW II horrors inspired UN Charter principles. Its preamble vowed to:
  • “save succeeding generations from the scourge of war…;”
  • “reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights…;”
  • assure justice and international law is respected; and
  • “promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom…”
Failure followed on all counts. Hamstrung by US imperial lawlessness. Its violation of fundamental civil and human rights. Its contempt for democratic values. Its rage for war.
Conditions today are more perilous than ever. World peace hangs by a thread.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.
His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”

Western Media Claims Dutch Sub Is Russian, Creates Massive “Stink” Out of Thin Air

Mysterious ‘Russian sub’ off Sweden may be Dutch – Defense Ministry source

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Submarine HNLMS Bruinvis (screenshot from youtube video)

Submarine HNLMS Bruinvis (screenshot from youtube video)

Swedish authorities reportedly searching for a Russian submarine in its waters are probably looking in the wrong direction. The sub is probably Dutch, a source in the Russian Defense Ministry told RT.

Earlier Swedish media reported that the nation’s navy is looking for a submarine in the Baltic Sea, possibly belonging to Russia.

Russia said there was no substance in reports of the Russian connection in the story.

“On Sunday the Russian Defense Ministry provided whatever aid it could to the Swedes in their futile search,” the source commented.

The source added that if the Swedish Navy wanted to spare taxpayers’ money and nerves, they should turn to The Netherlands.

The country’s Walrus-class diesel-electric submarine Bruinvis was in the Baltic Sea last week, not far from Stockholm.

Photos of the emergency surfacing procedure by this submarine were leaked to Swedish media and reported as an emergency surfacing by a Russian submarine, the source said.

“Bruinvis has been docked in the Estonian capital Tallinn since Friday last week and is about to sail back. Hopefully, this report will help the Swedish Navy locate it as it travels back to one of the Dutch naval bases,” the source said.

Swedish media reported that the country’s navy deployed search parties on Friday after receiving reports of an identified submarine.

Reports said a communication in Russian was intercepted at a frequency reserved by the Russian Navy for emergencies, which prompted the conclusion that a Russian submarine was in trouble on a secret mission in Swedish waters.

But Swedish Rear Admiral Anders Grenstad told reporters that the search was prompted by a photo sent to the Defense Ministry by a man, who witnessed it surface and dive again. He said the Navy didn’t single out Russia as the foreign nation behind the submarine activity.

“From the information we have, we cannot draw the same conclusion as the media that there is a damaged U-boat. We have no information about an emergency signal or the use of an emergency channel,” he said.

An amateur photo made available and taken on October 19, 2014 by Swedish Defence shows a dark object in a white wake in the sea. (AFP Photo / Swedish Defence)

An amateur photo made available and taken on October 19, 2014 by Swedish Defence shows a dark object in a white wake in the sea. (AFP Photo / Swedish Defence)

The admiral confirmed that a Swedish naval exercise, involving a submarine from the Netherlands, had been under way off the Stockholm coast at the time of the first sighting.

Weapons and Ammo Airlifted To Kurds In Spite of Erdogan Showing His Ass

ErdoganObama’s decision to aid Kobani puts him squarely at odds with Turkey’s Erdogan

McClatchy

By Roy Gutman

ISTANBUL — In air-dropping weapons and ammunition to Kurdish defenders of a Syrian town, President Barack Obama has embroiled the United States all the more deeply in two very different confrontations – one with the Islamic State extremists and the other with NATO ally Turkey.

That combination complicates Obama’s prospect for success at Kobani, even with a coalition of more than 60 countries behind him.

The main clash is with the Islamic State, which has been pouring reinforcements into the Kobani area and shows no sign of letting up. The U.S. response, 135 airstrikes through Sunday, hasn’t secured the nearly-empty town, and indeed on Sunday, the Islamic extremists stepped up their battle, raining rockets and mortars on the Kurdish defenders.

Kobani desperately needs troop reinforcements, but because the Islamic State controls the Syrian territory between Iraqi Kurdistan, which might be willing to provide them, and Kobani, there’s almost no way to send in additional forces except via Turkey.

And this is where Obama’s second confrontation comes in — with Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The two now are in flat disagreement over the fate of the enclave, which lies directly on the Syrian-Turkish border. Ankara is willing to let it fall, and Washington clearly isn’t.

The rulers of Kobani, the Democratic Union Party or PYD, are affiliated with the separatist Kurdistan Worker’s Party or PKK, which has waged a 30-year guerrilla war against the Turkish state. Turkey, the United States and the European Union all have labeled the PKK as a terrorist organization.

So Erdogan has strong domestic political reasons for not coming to Kobani’s rescue.

“As far as we are concerned, the PKK is the equivalent of ISIS. Therefore it is wrong to consider them separately,” Erdogan said early this month, referring to the Islamic State by one of its alternative names. His remarks made clear that so long as the PKK affiliate controls Kobani, Turkey would provide no military assistance.

Ten days ago, Erdogan said it was likely to fall, a statement that enraged Turkey’s Kurdish population and may have given the signal to the Islamic State to go for the kill by sending more fighters and heavy weaponry. U.S.-led airstrikes stepped up dramatically, turning Kobani into the single biggest battle of the U.S.-led war with the Islamic State.

Shortly before the U.S. began its weapons drops from C-130 cargo aircraft, Erdogan said he would have no part of it.

“At the moment, the PYD is equal with the PKK for us. It is also a terrorist organization. It would be very wrong for America – with whom we are allies and who we are together with in NATO — to expect us to say ‘yes’ after openly announcing such support for a terrorist organization,” Erdogan told reporters on board his plane returning from a visit to Afghanistan.

The United States, he said, “cannot expect such a thing from us and we cannot say ‘yes’ to such a thing either.”

Erdogan, a self-confident leader, is unlikely to back down, and now that Obama has doubled his bets by air-dropping weapons to Kobani, seems equally unlikely to retreat.

Erdogan has been a reluctant partner in the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State, charging that the U.S. has no strategy in Syria for removing President Bashar Assad, whom it views as the major reason for the rise of the Islamic State.

Bordering Iraq and Syria and with a major U.S. air base at Incirlik, Turkey is ideally located to provide military facilities and every other sort of assistance in the battle against the Islamic State.

But on Sunday, Erdogan made it clear that he still is holding out on the use of Incirlik in the air war against the Islamic State – the Obama administration’s foremost request.

“The Incirlik issue is a separate issue,” he told reporters on his plane. “What are they asking for with regard to Incirlik? That’s not clear yet. If there is something we deem appropriate, we would discuss it with our security forces, and we would say ‘yes.’ But if it is not appropriate, then saying ‘yes’ is not possible for us either.”

Erdogan’s defiance of his U.S. ally may have a limit. Obama’s move to save Kobani is bound to be welcomed by Kurds, who comprise at least 12 million of Turkey’s 78 million population.

Erdogan has to be careful not to touch off another round of demonstrations that could turn into riots as they did two weeks ago, when at least 35 people died in protests against his failure to help save Kobani.

Email: rgutman@mcclatchydc.com; Twitter: @roygutmanmcc.

 

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“At sea, water flowing back from fracked wells is cleaned up on large platforms near the well by filtering out oil and other contaminants. The treated wastewater is then dumped overboard into the vast expanse of the Gulf of Mexico, where dilution renders it harmless, according to companies and regulators.”–Deep Water Fracking Next Frontier for Offshore Drilling