Mysterious death of Russian military intelligence high-up in Syria

[That’s the second Russian diplomat to turn-up dead around the Mediterranean lately.  SEE: Top Russian Nuclear Weapons and Disarmament Expert Found Dead, Naked, Skull Crushed-In]

Mysterious death of Russian military intelligence high-up in Syria

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 30, 2010

Dep. Director of Russian GRU dies in Syria

Gen. Yuri Ivanov, 52, deputy head of GRU, the Russian military’s overseas intelligence arm of Russian military, was found dead in mysterious circumstances described in a terse official Russian eulogy on Aug. 30 as a tragic swimming accident “several days ago.” No further details were provided such as where he died.
DEBKAfile’s exclusive sources report that Gen. Ivanov appears to have drowned in early August at the Syrian Mediterranean port town of Latakia. After he had been missing for ten days, his body was washed up on the shore of southern Turkey on Aug. 12.
Turkish sources revealed that his remains were recovered by Turkish fishermen from Cevlik village in the Hatay province near the Syrian border. According to unofficial sources, the body was too decomposed for identification. The Russian general was finally identified by the cross around its neck, but there was no word on the cause of his death.
DEBKAfile’s Middle East intelligence sources do not believe he accidentally drowned but find it more likely that was murdered and his body thrown into the sea. They say it is inconceivable that the deputy head of GRU would have gone swimming without bodyguards, especially at a Russian foreign base, and drowned without anyone noticing. Even if he did drown accidentally, his guards would not have rested until they recovered his body and not let drift for miles.  Furthermore, Latakia is a summer resort frequented by high-ranking Syrian and Gulf emirate officials with their families. Its bathing beaches are well guarded by security personnel as well as professional life-savers, who would have been instantly alerted to any mishap in the water.
Our sources surmise that Gen. Yuri Ivanov went missing from a private, secretive engagement from which his aides and guards were banished to wait outside, not swimming alone in the sea of Latakia. This would account for the delay in reporting his disappearance.
They recall in this regard his former position as head of the North Caucasus branch of Russian military intelligence, which he held until late 2006. In this capacity he played a leading role in clandestine operations against al Qaeda and the Chechen revolt.  Among the many terrorist groups present in Syria are al Qaeda cells from the Caucasian.

Body of Russian diplomat found on Turkish coast

Fishermen found the body of the Russian diplomat on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. Most likely the Russian diplomat drowned while on vacation in Syria.

He arrived in Syria as a tourist and entered the country with diplomatic passport. He is not the officer of Russian Embassy in Syria, spokesman for the Embassy Andrey Zaytsev told RIA Novosti.

Earlier media spread information on death of Russian diplomat Yuri Ivanov whose body was found by fishermen on the coast of Cevlik in the border province of Hatay five days ago.

Officials said they managed to identify the body with the assistance of both domestic and international authorities, Hurriyet Daily News reported.

The Russian diplomat’s body was found Çevlik’te!

The Russian diplomat's body was found Çevlik'te!
Russian diplomats in Syria who have drowned in the sea the bodies of 53-year-old Yuri Ivanov, was washed ashore on the coast of Samandag’s Çevlik.
Çevlik 4 days ago found by fishermen on the shore of the male body, the City Council of Forensic Medicine at the State Hospital where he was brought Samandağ after autopsy. Died by drowning and determined that the person who found the cross on her neck, in the Syrian city of Latakia, Russian diplomat, Yuri Ivanov is on holiday, respectively. Drowning in the sea to swim into Lazkiye’de Yuri Ivanov’s body was understood by the effect of waves and wind drift to shore Samandağ said.
The Russian diplomat’s corpse, the investigation was handed over to their relatives after arriving in Samandag.

Trend News (Azerbaijan) Admits Links to Neoconservative and Rockefeller Front Groups

[Anytime an “independent” news source openly admits ties to Rockefeller front group, Council on Foreign Relations, as well as neocon central Heritage Foundation, it should serve as a large blinking red light to anyone paying attention.


Delete Trend News from your list of links.]

Leading int’l experts join Trend International Advisory Council

30.08.2010 17:10
Leading int'l experts join Trend International Advisory Council
A number of leading experts and public figures worldwide have joined the International Expert Council (IEC) of theTrend News Agency.

An agreement was reached on the membership of:

Heritage Foundation Russia, Eurasia and International Energy Security expert Ariel Cohen;

Director of the Russia-Eurasia Center of the Council on Foreign Relations of Germany Alexander Rahr;

Johns Hopkins University Institute of Central Asia and Caucasus Director and Swedish Institute of Security Policy and Development Founder Svante Cornell;

-Professor at the University of Glasgow Reza Taghizadeh;

Turkish Center for International Relations and Strategic Analysis (TURKSAM) President Sinan Ogan;

-Turkish Centre for International Relations and Strategic Analysis (USAD) Director Celal Cem Oguz;

-Former Israeli Deputy Defence Minister, MK General, Former Israeli Deputy Defence Minister, MK General Ephraim Sneh, Ephraim Sneh;

– Director of Damascus Institute of International Studies, former adviser to Syrian Prime Minister, Samir Al-Taqi;

– Senior fellow at the Center for International Security at the Institute for World Economy and International Relations of Russian Academy of Sciences,Vladimir Yevseyev;

-Russian expert on the CIS, Moscow State University Research Fellow Stanislav Pritchin;

-European Analyst on EU Eastern Neighbourhood, South Caucasus, Turkey & Energy Security Issues at European Policy Centre, Amanda Paul,

– İranian Press TV Television Channel Deputy Head, expert on the nuclear issue and the Caucasus Hassan Behishtipur;

– Kazakh Risk Assessment Group Director Dosym Satpayev.

– Russian State Humanitarian University Rector Efim Pivovar;

-Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis (INEGMA) Research and Development Department Director Theodore Karasik;

-“Lider-TV” analytic group expert Tofig Abbasov

– TiMETURK Information Portal Director Turan Kislakci;

– Professor of international relations and international politics Barnard College at Columbia University Alexander Cooley and others

Previously, it was agreed upon membership of the International Advisory Council:

– Azerbaijani Banks Association (ABA) Head Eldar Ismaylov;

– Moscow State University History Faculty Deputy Dean, Internet portal “The Bulletin of the Caucasus” Chief Editor and Trend Expert Council Member,Alexei Vlasov,

Head of the Caucasian Centre under the Russian State Humanitarian University, Ismail Agakishiyev;

Azerbaijani Political Scientists Rasim Musabeyov and Fikret Sadikhov;

– Representative of the International Coalition to increase transparency in extractive industries, member of the EITI International Board of civil society in Azerbaijan Ingilab Ahmadov;

– New Azerbaijan Party (NAP) Political Council Member, MP Aydin Mirzazade;

– Writer and historian, expert on Iran, Yunus Oguz;

– Azerbaijani Social Development Foundation President Rashad Rzaguliyev;

– Deputy Director General of Information-Analytical Department at the Moscow State University Alexandra Karavayeva;

– Izvestia-Kazakhstan newspaper Chief-Editor Eduard Poletayev;

– Director of the Kazakh Social and Political Studies Institute Botagoz Rakishev and etc.

Trend Expert Council is considering a number of priorities targeted at active participation in the formation of an integrated expert opinion about the processes in the South Caucasus, the Caspian and Central Asian regions.
Trend will continue to work on the expansion of the International Expert Council and report on activities conducted under the IEC.

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Russia Will Boost Oil Exports to China With New Pipeline From East Siberia

Russia Will Boost Oil Exports to China With New Pipeline From East Siberia

By Jason Corcoran

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin opened the Russian section of an oil pipeline that will boost oil exports to China from East Siberia.

“This is an important project because we are beginning to diversify the delivery of our energy resources,” Putin said at today’s opening of the pipeline in Skovorodino in Russia’s Far Eastern Amur region, in comments posted on his official website. “Thus far, shipments were made to our European partners.”

Putin said Russia is currently pumping 120 million to 130 million tons of oil to Europe and only “a small amount to Asia Pacific,” according to comments on his site.

“The China-Pacific pipeline is the most important energy project in Russia since the opening of the gas pipeline to Europe,” said Chris Weafer, chief strategist at UralSib Financial Corp., in e-mailed comments today. “It means that Russia’s strategic importance to China has increased considerably.”

Construction of the 64-kilometer (40-mile) pipeline on the Russian side was launched by OAO Transneft, the oil pipeline monopoly, in April 2009, according to state-run Vesti-24 television. From the border, the pipeline will run a further 960 kilometers to the Chinese town of Daqing, located in the country’s northeast. China will begin testing after completion of its section of the pipeline in late September, Vesti added.

The pipeline will initially carry 30 million tons of oil a year, which may expand to 50 million tons, Vesti reported Putin as saying.

Igor Sechin, Putin’s deputy for energy, said Russia would also open 500 gas stations across China, Vesti added.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jason Corcoran at

Slovakia move against Greek bailout “unusual”-Aug 12

Slovakia move against Greek bailout “unusual” -EU

BRUSSELS | Thu Aug 12, 2010 6:27am EDT

Aug 12 (Reuters) – The European Commission called Slovakia’s decision not to participate in a euro zone bailout of Greece “unusual” on Thursday, but said it would not speculate on any repercussions for the country at this stage.

Commission spokesman Amadeu Altafaj said there were no indications any other members of the euro zone would follow Slovakia’s move, which will not have an impact on Greece receiving funds from the 110 billion euro aid fund.

“It’s quite an unusual decision but I will not speculate as to any any political consequences,” Altafaj said of the Slovakian parliament’s vote on Wednesday against Greek support.

“This has been approved by all the rest of the members of the euro area and I have no sign … at all that another episode of this kind could take place.”

Slovakia Shooting in Bratislava – Death Toll at 7

Slovakia Shooting in Bratislava – Death Toll at 7

Slovakia Shooting in Bratislava - Death Toll at 7
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (LALATE) – A Slovakia shooting in Bratislava has killed 7, injured 14. The Bratislava rampage was reportedly started by a 15 year oldwho eventually took his own life in Devinska Nova Ves, a northern section of town. The Slovakia shooting started on a busy street in the capital on Monday with the 15 year old randomly attacking persons near a kindergarten. He eventually went after a family living in an apartment above the school.

Police so far have no motive.

Local reports say the Slovakia shooting started at 10 AM local time with as many as 20 injured, 14 wounded, and 6 to 7 persons killed. The dead include two women and four men. Emergency services spokeswoman Dominika Sulkova and a local alert website are still unsure about the death toll, with some reports suggesting as many 9 persons could be dead.

Despite a scheduled early morning news press conference, few details about the shooting including the name of the attacker have been released to local media. Police spokeswoman Petra Kraskova said local authorities were not prepared to release any details, as of 5:30 AM PST today.

Israeli Planes Violate Lebanon Airspace for 17 Hours

Israeli Planes Violate Lebanon Airspace for 17 Hours

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30/08/2010 Israeli military jets have been observed patrolling the skies above southern parts of Lebanon for 17 hours, in a flagrant violation of UN Security Council resolutions, namely Resolution 1701, the Lebanese army said according to the National News Agency.

The Lebanese military said in its statement that “at 7:10 a.m. (0410 GMT) Sunday, an Israeli reconnaissance plane violated the Lebanese airspace over al-Naqoura village in the south, where it conducted several unwarranted flights.”

“The spying plane later left at 12:00 p.m. (2100 GMT) from above Rmeish village,” it added.

According to the Lebanese military, four Israeli warplanes entered the Lebanese airspace over the southern border village of Kfar Kila at 10:00 a.m. (0700 GMT) and left an hour later while flying over Alma al-Shaab village.

Hasbarapocalypse–Israelis Explanations Only Make Everything Worse

Hasbarapocalypse — Leaked Frank Luntz Memo:

Israeli Public Diplomacy in US on Flotilla Failed Dismally

Frank Luntz

By: Didi Remez

The Israel Project (TIP), an American Hasbara outfit, commissioned Republican political consultant Frank Luntz to examine the effectiveness of Israel’s public diplomacy in the US on the Flotilla debacle. TIP gave the memo to the Prime Minister’s Office, where someone promptly leaked it to Chico Menashe, Channel Ten TV News diplomatic affairs correspondent.

Luntz’s findings are grim. Here’s a summary:

  1. 56% of Americans agree with the claim that there is a humanitarian crisis in Gaza;
  2. 43% of Americans agree with the claim that people in Gaza are starving;
  3. [Only] 34% of Americans support the Israeli operation against the Flotilla;
  4. [Only] 20% of Americans “felt support” for Israel following announcement of easing of Gaza closure.

Menashe wraps:

The figures are troubling and worrisome. If that is the situation with our great friend the US, it is easy to imagine the situation in other, somewhat less sympathetic countries.

Below is the full translated transcript of the report. An embedded link to the video is appended at bottom.


Frank Luntz analyses Netanyahu’s media performance in the flotilla affair

The figures are troubling and worrisome. If that is the situation with our great friend the US, it is easy to imagine the situation in other, somewhat less sympathetic countries.

Channel Ten TV News, July 1 2010 20:38

Yaacov Eilon (host): Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is considered to make an extremely persuasive presentation in the world press. But a professional analysis by a US expert presented yesterday to his senior aides strongly criticizes him. Netanyahu’s messages on the flotilla caused more harm than good. Our political correspondent Chico Menashe has obtained the report.

Chico Menashe: Criticism of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s current PR messages and Israeli PR in general comes from the international elite of media consultants and pollsters and from the mouth of Frank Luntz, considered one of the leading American political consultants, a Republican pollster, a consultant to many governments throughout the world and to dozens of the biggest corporations in the US. He was asked by the Jewish organization The Israel Project to check the opinions of the American public on the messages Israel issued to the world during and after the flotilla events. The result is a harsh document that primarily criticizes the media strategy of the person considered Israel’s number one propagandist in the world, Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Netanyahu: Once again Israel faces hypocrisy and a biased rush to judgment.

Chico Menashe: Every time Israeli speakers begin with accusing the international community, writes Luntz, they lose their audience [emphasis mine]. For example, Netanyahu’s comments after the flotilla about the world hypocrisy were rejected by most of the American participants who listened to them. The findings were presented last night to senior members of Netanyahu’s Bureau. Luntz checked the opinions with focus groups, not a poll. He warns of a dangerous slide in the public opinion of the only country considered pro-Israeli, the U.S. Israel misses simple opportunities to change world public opinion, he writes, and the consequences are significant. The American public increasingly hesitates to accept arguments that support Israeli positions.

Ehud Barak: There is no hunger in Gaza and no humanitarian crisis.

Netanyahu: There’s no shortage of food, there’s no shortage of medicine, there’s no shortage of other goods.

Chico Menashe: Luntz says Israel must immediately stop using the argument that there is no hunger and no humanitarian crisis in Gaza. He says this fatally destroys Israel’s credibility in light of the images on the television screens. Israel must admit that there is a problem, he says, to gain the listeners’ sympathy [emphasis mine].Luntz finds the troubling figure that 56% of participants agree with the claim that there is a humanitarian crisis in Gaza, and no less astonishing is that 43% of participants from the American public agree with the claim that people in Gaza are starving. But even lifting the closure that was supposed to improve Israel’s image missed the opportunity, according to Luntz.

Netanyahu: Yesterday an important decision was made by the security cabinet. Its meaning is clear. On the one hand, allowing civilian goods into Gaza, and on the other hand maintaining the military blockade of Hamas.

Chico Menashe: The statement by Netanyahu’s bureau of lifting the closure missed the opportunity to gain support in international public opinion [emphasis mine]. Only 20% of the Americans polled felt support of Israel following the statement. According to Luntz, this is the summary of the flotilla damage in American public opinion: Only 34% of the American public support the Israeli operation against the flotilla, and he says that is a dangerously low percentage.