[Erdogan may visit Gaza on his trip to Egypt next week. Such a bold move would make me tend to believe that all of this wasn’t just make believe. The shitty little Zionist colony may be quaking in their boots, but I kinda doubt it.]
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced a total freeze on military and trade ties with Israel and threatened Tuesday to visit Gaza as the one-time allies’ diplomatic spat intensified.
Only hours after Israel said the continued presence of its defense attache at the embassy in Ankara indicated there was no definitive break with Turkey, Erdogan declared a suspension to all military and commercial relations.
And despite pleas from top diplomats at the weekend to end their row over last year’s attack on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, Erdogan risked causing further offence by berating Israel for behaving like “a spoiled child”.
Last week, Turkey announced that the Israeli ambassador Gaby Levy was being expelled and all bilateral military agreements were suspended as it angrily rejected the findings of a United Nations probe into the deadly flotilla raid.
Now in his first official reaction since that announcement, Erdogan went even further.
“We are totally suspending our trade, military, defense industry relations,” Erdogan told reporters.
“Further sanctions” against Israel would follow, he added.
Once Israel’s closest friend in the Muslim world, Turkey has been increasingly critical of the Jewish state since Erdogan and his Islamist-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP) came to power in 2002.
There was widespread outrage in May last year when eight Turkish nationals and an American of Turkish descent died on the Mavi Marmara, the lead ship of the six-vessel convoy taking aid to the Palestinian territory of Gaza, in a raid by Israeli special forces in international waters.
A new U.N. report has criticized the “excessive” force in the raid but also angered the Palestinians by upholding Israel’s right to impose a naval blockade on Gaza to prevent arms reaching the Islamist movement Hamas.
Unlike other European countries which regard Hamas as a terrorist group, Turkey has refused to blacklist the Islamists who are the rulers of Gaza and Erdogan said he may pay a visit to Gaza, entering via neighboring Egypt.
“We are talking with the Egyptians on this matter … A trip to Gaza is not finalized yet,” Erdogan, who is due to visit Egypt next week, told reporters.
Such a visit would be bound to infuriate Israel but Erdogan seemed in no mood for diplomacy.
“Israel has always played the role of a spoiled child,” he said in reference to Israel’s attitude towards the Palestinians.
Earlier in the day, a senior Israeli defense official had sounded a warning to Turkey while saying that the military attache would remain in place in the Ankara mission.
“There’s no break with Turkey: the proof is that our military attache in Ankara will remain in his office and that consular services there will continue to function,” Amos Gilad told Israeli public radio.
“A solution to this crisis must be found,” he added, saying Israel should seek to resolve it through its European and U.S. connections, as well as through NATO.
“Turkey has a lot to lose with an extremist policy.”
There has been widespread disquiet at the fallout between the two countries with the U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon among those expressing fears that it could impact on the wider Middle East peace process.
Turkey was the first Muslim-majority country to formally recognize the state of Israel in 1949 and the two countries had held regular joint military exercises.
Turkey has also long been a favorite tourist destination for Israelis who are barred from visiting many other countries in the region.
The spat has already impacted on tourism with Turkish travellers complaining that they were singled out for strip searches while flying out of Tel Aviv over the weekend.
The Israeli foreign ministry also said that 40 of its nationals were held for an hour and a half for questioning at Ataturk International Airport on Monday before they were released.
The Nord Stream pipeline is going to be filled with gas on September 6th . Having delivered a statement to that effect the day before, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin stressed that the $7.5 billion project was nearly accomplished to become Russia’s energy “window to Europe”.
September 6th will witness process gas being pumped through the pipes of Nord Stream’s first thread that originates in the city of Vyborg. This will become sort of a robustness test for the entire construction, with first direct supplies of the Russian fuel to European consumers scheduled for late October. Thus, the launch of the pipeline will put an end to the dictate of transit countries, Vladimir Putin said.
Until now, Russia has been transporting its natural gas to Europe only via the territories of Ukraine and Belarus. The new 1,220 km long pipeline laid across the Baltic seabed from Russia’s Vyborg to Greifswald in Germany is capable of satisfying a fourth of Europe’s gas demand, the project’s managing director Matthias Warning estimated. Nord Stream’s first leg has a capacity of 27.5 billion cubic meters per year, while the second line planned to be finished by 2012 will increase annual gas supplies to Europe to 55 billion cubic meters.
Moscow’s interest in a speedy launch of the pipeline is understandable – after all, Russia is one of the world’s leading energy exporters. As for European countries, they place major emphasis on the involvement of such Western energy giants as Germany’s E.ON Ruhrgas and BASF/Wintershall, as well as France’s Gaz de France Suez alongside the Russian Gasprom company. The project’s significance is growing in view of Europe’s decision to close its nuclear power plants and a subsequent increase in gas demand. In these circumstances, the Nord Stream will ensure stable supplies that will be never again disrupted by transit countries like it had happened earlier, expert at the National Energy Security Foundation Alexander Pasechnik said in an interview with the Voice of Russia.
“The Nord stream will allow Russia to do away with risks accompanying gas supplies to the European Union and bypass such countries as Ukraine and partially Belarus. Thanks to the new pipeline, we will halve our transit dependence on the Ukrainian gate system,” says Alexander Pasechnik.
The solemn ceremony to launch the newly built pipeline at the Portovaya compressor station near Vyborg will be, among others, attended by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. Europe is already anticipating the beginning of Russian blue-sky fuel supplies. Gasprom signed long-term contracts with Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, France and Great Britain.
U.S. military commanders and intelligence officers are pushing for greater authority to conduct covert operations to thwart Iranian influence in neighboring Iraq, according to officials quoted Tuesday.
The move comes amid growing concern in the Obama administration about Iran’s attempts in recent months to expand its influence in Iraq and the broader Middle East and what it says is Tehran’s increased arms smuggling to its allies, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Compounding the urgency is the planned reduction in the US military presence in Iraq by the end of the year, a development that many fear will open up the country to more influence from Iran, which also has a majority Shiite population.
If the request is approved by the White House, the authorization for the covert activity in Iraq likely would take the form of a classified presidential “finding.” But unlike the secret order that authorized the CIA’s campaign against Al Qaeda in 2001, the current proposal is limited in scope, officials said.
Still, such a step would reflect the U.S.’s effort to contain Iranian activities in the region. Ending the U.S.’s involvement in the Iraqi conflict was a central promise of President Obama’s 2008 campaign, and the administration wants to ensure it doesn’t withdraw troops only to see its main regional nemesis, Iran, raise its influence there.
Officials declined to provide details about the kinds of covert operations under consideration, but said they could include more aggressive interdiction efforts at the Iraq-Iran border and stepped-up measures to stop Iranian arms smuggling after the American drawdown.
The United Nations has blocked Iran from exporting sophisticated arms, guided missiles and nuclear technology. U.N. resolutions don’t ban small arms exports or the kind of primitive weapons Tehran has provided Shiite militias in Iraq, defense officials said.
The U.S. has conducted secret operations against Iran in Iraq before. In recent months its military has quietly boosted efforts to capture Iranian agents and intercept Iranian munitions in Iraq. The U.S. government conducts covert operations when it wants to maintain the ability to deny a secret mission took place for security or diplomatic reasons.
The White House has become more worried about Iranian meddling in Iraq, Syria and Bahrain in recent months and has pushed the military and intelligence communities to develop proposals to counter Tehran.
In Iraq, U.S. officials say they have evidence that Iran has been providing Shiite militias with more powerful weapons and training, helping to increase the lethality of their attacks against U.S. forces — in particular, with the crude but deadly IRAM, or improvised rocket-assisted munitions.
Iran also has stepped up its support of the embattled Syrian government, providing equipment and technical know-how for the crackdown on antiregime protests and has provided backing to Shiite protesters in Bahrain, officials say.
Iranian officials have repeatedly denied that they have played any role in arming militants in Iraq or worked to destabilize other Arab nations. Tehran has claimed the U.S. has leveled charges of arms smuggling to justify a continued American military presence.
Anthony Cordesman, a defense analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said the U.S. and Iranian competition for influence in Iraq was part of an attempt by both countries to preserve their interests in the Middle East amid a reordering of interests under the Arab Spring revolutions.
“From a U.S. viewpoint, containing Iran is critical and our strategic relationship with Iraq is critical,” Cordesman said. “This is one set of moves in a much more complicated chess game.”
In Tajikistan, will open the technological and industrial park. The agreement was signed between gosunitarnym Enterprise “Tajik Aluminum Company” and the Chinese corporation China National Building Material Group Corporation (CNBMGC).
As reported by “AP” in TALCO, in early September, visited Tajikistan CNBMGCvo led by vice president Guo Chaomin (Guo Chaomin). The purpose of a business trip of Chinese manufacturers was the finalization of documents for the implementation of the agreements reached within the target of investment projects: “The transition TALCO on domestic raw materials” and “Development TALCO.”
According to the press service TALCO, negotiations on the draft were the Tajik aluminum company, and OAO “Saumon Capital” and a half years. As a result of a joint working group had been signed the Framework Agreement on Cooperation between the TALCO CNBMGC and to create technology-industrial park and a strategic cooperation agreement between the Ministry of Energy and Industry of the Republic of Tatarstan and CNBMGC investment and construction Shahritusskogo cement plant.
Under the agreement in Tajikistan will be created the technological and industrial park (Technopark), which will be a set of interrelated industries, focused on the development of the aluminum sector and other industries in Tajikistan.
“As part of the Technopark will be gradually implemented such investment projects as the construction of a cement plant with capacity of more than 1 million tons, the construction of a glass factory,
manufacture of refractory products, gypsum products, equipment and construction in the mining sector and light industry, new building materials supply, production and sale of new assembly housing complexes, the development of mining deposits “, – the press-service.
Under the agreement to build cement plant Shahritusskogo Chinese side is committed to in the near future to prepare feasibility studies and completed in 2013, building its first production line with capacity of more than 1 million tons of cement per year. In the long term productive capacity of the plant as a whole will be at least 3 million tons of cement per year.
Mumbai A close associate of the fugitive underworld don Chhota Rajan was today arrested here for his alleged involvement in the killing of senior crime reporter Jyotirmoy Dey taking the total number of arrests made in the case so far to 10, police said.
Paulson Joseph was today apprehended from Chembur area in the Dey murder case, Joint Police Commissioner (Crime) Himanshu Roy told PTI. He would be produced before a local court tomorrow.
“Joseph had provided logistical support in the crime. The shooters, who were earlier arrested in the case, had got SIM cards from him. These SIM cards with fake names were used while executing the crime,” Roy said.
Sources in the crime branch said Joseph, who had been handling the don’s financial matters in the city, was also continuously in touch with Rajan as well as the arrested accused to execute the killing of the senior journalist.
Dey (56), working with the city-based English tabloid Mid Day, was shot dead by four motorcycle-borne assailants in suburban Powai on June 11.
Police had claimed that the scribe was eliminated at the behest of gangster Chhota Rajan, who paid Rs 5 lakh to the accused. However, they said the motive behind the killing was not yet clear.
Earlier, police had over the period of time arrested nine accused, including builder Vinod Asrani and sharp shooters.
Joseph is the same person who had organised the 2009 Christmas-eve bash in Chembur that saw five policemen suspended as the cops were caught on camera while partying with the gangsters.
SUKKUR: The Ghotki police raided a village Jehan Khan Shar, in the limits of Khenjoo police station, and found an anti-aircraft gun with 1,300 live shells on Wednesday morning. They also arrested five men, Juma Shar, Allah Bachayo Shar, Haji Shar, Pir Bux Shar and Ali Hassan Shar.The aircraft gun was found from an old house. According to SHO Abdul Shakoor Lakho, the police believe that the people of the Loond tribe possess more weapons like this.
Published in The Express Tribune