[If the following report from Ferghana press is correct, and Turkey has decided to flex its military muscles in the eastern Mediterranean to not only protect Gaza aid convoys, but to prevent Israeli contractors from test-drilling off the coast of Cyprus, a lot of people are going to see their delusions blown out the window. (SEE: Greece, Israel agree on military cooperation ; Gazprom/Zionist Partnership On Leviathan ; The Israel, Lebanon, Cyprus Disagreement Over Mediterranean Gas and Oil) As you can see be these links, Israel could have a lot of explaining to do to the UN, for what could be about to transpire. Israel and Cyprus have just signed an agreement on military cooperation. Gazprom (Russian gas co.) announced that it intended to claim 50% of all gas from the Leviathan deposit (I suppose on grounds that about half of Israelis are Russian immigrants). If Turkey’s press announcements are for real, then Turkey may be prepared to chart an independent course for itself, something neither the Zionist leaders of US and Israel could never accept.]
The Prime Minister of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan said a total freeze on cooperation in the defense industry and Israel, according to Turkish news reports referring to the news agency Reuters.
Earlier, on September 2, Turkey has decided to recall its ambassador from Israel. In addition, the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed the Embassy of Israel on the need to Israeli diplomats to leave the country.
Turkey also intends to suspend trade relations with Jerusalem, and to introduce further sanctions, the Prime Minister said. He soon plans to visit the Gaza Strip and hold talks with Egyptian authorities on the Israeli-Palestinian issue.
Relations between Turkey and Israel soured dramatically shortly after the capture of the ships “Freedom Flotilla” en route to Gaza
As the Newsru-Israel , under the new political strategy of the Turkish authorities have announced a major expansion of the presence of naval forces in the country in the eastern Mediterranean. The new plan, according to a website called “Barbarossa”, but unlike the Nazi plan to attack the Soviet Union, named in honor of the Emperor Frederick Barbarossa, the Turkish campaign is named after the Turkish admiral Barbarossa Khairetdinov, head of the largest pirate fleet in the Mediterranean.
As part of the redeployment of the Turkish Navy in the Black and Marmara seas in the Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea will be transferred to two additional anti-missile frigates and corvettes, as well as auxiliary vessels.
In this case, according to Newsru-Israel , representatives of the Turkish government threatens not only Israel. September 6 Minister of contacts with the EU in the Turkish government of Ajman Bakis announced that the Turkish Navy will not allow the Republic of Cyprus to seek oil and gas in the Mediterranean. The threat came in response to an ad company Noble Energy (USA) and “Delek” (Israel) to start exploration work in the economic waters of Cyprus [Noble Energy Christian-Zionist drilling company that drilled Israel’s first gas wells (SEE: Israel Tapping Palestinian Gas Deposits?).].
Turkey does not recognize the agreements signed between Cyprus and Israel and Lebanon on the border economic zones, arguing that they violate the rights of the unrecognized Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
Following Bakisom threat against Cyprus, Erdogan announced, noting that Turkish warships will be sent to the borders of Israel and Cyprus.
The Greek government issued a statement condemning the Turkish threats against Cyprus. Statements by the Turkish authorities and provoked strong reactions in Israeli society, where there have been calls to boycott Turkish products and not to go on holiday to Turkey. Israeli officials stress that the statements made by Turkey to freeze trade ties with Israel and the termination of cooperation in the military-industrial sector have a declarative nature, since these bonds have stopped for about 18 months ago after an incident with a “Flotilla of the World.”
Recall May 31, 2010 en route to Gaza international humanitarian convoy “Peace Flotilla” (or “freedom flotilla”) was attacked bythe Israeli military. As a result of storm killed eight Turkish nationals and one Turk – a U.S. citizen.
Turkish authorities have more than one year require a formal apology from Israel for the attack, pay compensation to the families of those killed and injured, as well as the lifting of the blockade of Gaza, reports RIA Novosti . However, in Tel Aviv, these requirements are rejected. UN Special Commission placed the responsibility for what happened to Israel and partly in Turkey, as well as the organizers of the stock itself in an unauthorized delivery of goods in the Palestinian enclave.
Meanwhile, U.S. officials announced that they are concerned about the crisis in relations between Israel and Turkey and expressed hope that “the two allies, the U.S. can repair relations.” U.S. State Department has said that he was in contact with both sides of the conflict.
Chaos and bureaucracy hamper assessment of nuclear crisis
Schools such as this one in Fukushima City are a high priority for clean-up effortsImage: REUTERS/N. HAYASHI/GREENPEACE
Tatsuhiko Kodama began his 27 July testimony to Japan’s parliament with what he knew. In a firm, clear voice, he said that the Radioisotope Center of the University of Tokyo, which he heads, had detected elevated radiation levels in the days following the meltdown of three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear powerstation. But when it came to what wasn’t known, he became angry. “There is no definite report from the Tokyo Electric Power Company or the government as to exactly how much radioactive material has been released from Fukushima!” he shouted.
Kodama’s impassioned speech was posted on YouTube in late July and has received nearly 600,000 views, transforming him into one of Japan’s most visible critics of the government. But he is not alone. Almost six months after an earthquake and tsunami triggered the meltdowns, other researchers say that crucial data for understanding the crisis are still missing, and funding snags and bureaucracy are hampering efforts to collect more. Some researchers warn that, without better coordination, clean-up efforts will be delayed, and the opportunity to measure the effects of the worst nuclear accident in decades could be lost. Kodama and a handful of Japanese scientists have become so frustrated that they are beginning grassroots campaigns to collect information and speed the clean-up.
Since the crisis began, the Tokyo Electric Power Company and the Japanese government have churned out reams of radiation measurements, but only recently has a full picture of Fukushima’s fallout begun to emerge. On 30 August, the science ministry released a map showing contamination over a 100-kilometer radius around the plant. The survey of 2,200 locations shows a roughly 35-kilometer-long strip northwest of the plant where levels of caesium-137 contamination seem to exceed 1,000 kilobecquerels per square metre. (After the 1986 Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine, areas with more than 1,480 kilobecquerels per square metre were permanently evacuated by the Soviet authorities. In Japan, the high-radiation strip extends beyond the original forced evacuation zone, but falls within a larger ‘planned evacuation zone’ that has not yet been completely cleared.)
Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency has also published new estimates of the total radiation released in the accident, based on models that combine measurements with what is known about the damage to the reactors. The latest figures, reported to the International Atomic Energy Agency in June, suggest that the total airborne release of caesium-137 amounts to 17% of the release from Chernobyl (see map). The government estimates that the total radiation released is 7.7 × 1017 becquerels, 5–6% of the total from Chernobyl.
Yet “there are still more questions than definite answers”, says Gerald Kirchner, a physicist at Germany’s Federal Office for Radiation Protection in Berlin. High radiation levels make it impossible to directly measure damage to the melted reactor cores. Perhaps the greatest uncertainty is exactly how much radiation was released in the first ten days after the accident, when power outages hampered measurements. Those data, combined with meteorological information, would allow scientists to model the plume and make better predictions about human exposure, Kirchner says.
Several measurements suggest that some evacuees received an unusually high dose. Five days after the crisis began, Shinji Tokonami, a radiation health expert at Hirosaki University, and his colleagues drove several hundred kilometres from Hirosaki to Fukushima City, taking radiation measurements along the way. The results indicate that evacuees from Namie, a town some 9 kilometres north of the plant, received at least 68 millisieverts of radiation as they fled, more than three times the government’s annual limit (http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep00087).
FBR chairman says national exchequer lost Rs50 billion due to the disappearance of these containers. DESIGN: SAMAD SIDDIQUI
ISLAMABAD: Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) chairman Salman Siddique has revealed that over 23,900 Afghan Transit Trade containers have disappeared during the last two and a half years,Express 24/7 reported on Friday.
In a briefing to the National Assembly’s Standing Committee for Finance, chairman FBR said that the national exchequer has lost almost Rs50 billion due to the disappearance of these containers.
He informed the committee that the transporters were responsible for the disappearance of these containers.
Siddiquie said his department is estimating the amount of loss caused by the disappearance of International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) containers. The ISAF container issue is a separate case.
The new Afghanistan Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement (APTTA) became operational in June this year but soon after became redundant due to operational difficulties due to a blockade of cargo at Karachi ports. The distinct features of the new treaty that make it different from the 1965 transit treaty are insurance guarantees and tracking systems.
The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) recently in a testimony to the Senate Standing Committee on Commerce claimed that insurance companies have agreed to issue guarantees for Afghanistan-bound goods. The companies were to start issuing guarantees after September 7 – the day the two-month waiver comes to an end.
New Jubilee Insurance Company, National Insurance Corporation Limited and EFU Insurance had agreed to extend guarantees while Adamjee Insurance had given its consent in principle.
[Yes, I do hold a grudge for the loss of 500-600 Turkmen readers everyday, caused by the govt. shut-down of MTS telecommunications services, but I am not picking-on Berdimuhamedov because of it. That’s the thing with dictators and their cults of personality, they usually make foolish attempts to control or to deny human nature that come-off quite childish. Unlike other dictatorships which have been cutting-off or restraining local Internet as a means to self-defense against “Arab spring” revolutions, Berdimuhamedov simply cut Turkmenistan’s Internet to get back at Russia, in a temper tantrum over activists daring to tell the truth, especially after the Abadan ammo dump explosions. First blamed on a fireworks fire, then answered by silence and arrests of would-be journalists, citizens dared to refute the govt. denials. When the truth could not be contained by any other means, the Internet was cut, at least the Russian-based parts of it. No matter how much the govt. might deny this simple truth, modern progress is not possible without public access to the Internet. Strangle the Internet and you end-up strangling growing minds (SEE: Turkmen Grade-Schoolers Get Free “Computers” and Free Mind-Washings).]
Equipment and Turkmen specialists at the MTS involve celebrating the twentieth anniversary of independence.Since the second half of October for the anniversary celebrations in the country will come to many guests from abroad, and G. Berdimuhamedov ordered to complaints on the quality of communication from the foreign delegations were not.
After the termination of MTS in Turkmenistan has deteriorated the quality of mobile communications and the Internet. The only state-owned company ” Altyn Asyr “can not provide their customers the same quality of connection, which was at the MTS. Warning expressed by the President of the Minister of Communications, the appointment of his new deputy has not made any effect.
Now, at the request of the Turkmen government is one of the Arab companies (according to other company China) bought from MTS of BCTI (Barash Communication Technologies, Inc.) Allegedly to create on its basis the new company. In the former MTS offices in Ashgabat again invited to the staff that worked in them before. We are still BCTI roaming services in the territory of Turkmenistan.
At the same time, “Altyn Asyr” no contracts with foreign companies for roaming. Consequently, foreigners coming into our country all the time there are problems with communication. In addition, even in many luxury five-star hotels do not have Internet.
As reported by our correspondents, this temporary measure to improve the quality of communication will be introduced at 2-3 weeks in October and only in the capital.
Then rename all of the Turkmen and other customers will exhibit the payment terms and services. Now for the authorities it is important to make roaming and high-quality Internet on the day of independence, and to precede and follow-up.
[In a dictatorship, where Web access has been cut-off for most of the population, we see the seemingly generous policy of giving free laptop “computers” to elementary school students, each one filled with thousands of government-selected images and information, as a substitute for the Internet. The USSR is alive and well in Ashqabat.]
Children entering the first grade must for the first time provide details about siblings, parents, and grandparents that includes ethnicity, birthdates, places of birth, occupations, residency, and criminal records.
Turkmen authorities have not offered any explanation for the new requirement.
Under former President Saparmurat Niyazov, who died in 2006, anyone applying for a government position had to fill out a similar form about relatives that in some cases went back seven generations.
At that time, the purpose was clear because the government had announced it wanted only ethnic Turkmen working in official posts.
Ashyr Geldiyev, a resident of the capital Ashgabat, told RFE/RL that the new regulation constitutes “government interference into the personal lives of its citizens.”
Others say they are concerned the information could be used against them by the security forces in the future.