The American plan to annex Bahrain to Saudi Arabia

Bahrain-Saudi Arabia union ‘meant to save US Navy base’

The governor of Riyadh, Prince Sattam bin Abdul Aziz (R), welcomes Bahrain's King Hamad bin Issa al-Khalifa (C) at the Saudi capital's main airbase ahead of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit on May 14, 2012 (AFP Photo / Fayez Nureldine)

The governor of Riyadh, Prince Sattam bin Abdul Aziz (R), welcomes Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Issa al-Khalifa (C) at the Saudi capital’s main airbase ahead of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit on May 14, 2012 (AFP Photo / Fayez Nureldine)

A possible attack on Iran would require a fully-prepared US Fifth Fleet, even as its host country Bahrain is engulfed in a public uprising. A solution comes after the island nation trumpeted a future formal union with its mighty ally Saudi Arabia.

A possible move for political integration between Manama and Riyadh was announced on Monday, as Saudi Arabia hosted a Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) meeting. Uniting just two nations of the six-strong bloc would be much easier than hammering out a union between all the Sunni-ruled monarchies.

For Bahrain, forming some sort of confederation with the strongest member of the GCC may become a solution for the ongoing political crisis. The country’s Shiite majority has been demanding constitutional reforms and an elected government since December 2011. GCC nations provided their troops to Bahrain to quell the uprising in its peak, but it did not simply go away.

GCC countries’ major regional rival Iran branded the move as an “American plan to annex Bahrain to Saudi Arabia,” and called on Iranian Shiites to take to the streets on Friday in protest against it.

Bahrain lashed out at Tehran for what was termed “Iranian interference in the affairs of the kingdom” by Foreign Minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmad Al-Khalifa.

“What Iranians say is not paranoid or far-fetched at all. Bahrain itself is a US naval base. They could easily, if they so desired, have a democratic regime there. But the problem with allowing democracy is that a democratic government could then tell the US to get out. So it suits the United States to have this tiny little despotism and a larger despotism in Saudi Arabia,” Middle East expert Tariq Ali told RT.

The announcement of a potential union came just days after Washington renewed supplying arms to Bahrain, which was halted on October due to the violent crackdown of protests by Manama.

The move provoked criticism from human rights groups and some US politicians and Bahraini opposition.

Riyadh voiced the idea that GCC should go for a closer political, economic and military integration after three decades of existence back in December. The plan however has seen few steps forward, as the council’s members have a variety of considerations for such a move, ranging from the smaller members’ fear of losing their identity to religious differences between the Sunni regimes.

Oman, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates reportedly mounted the strongest objections to the union. Bahrain’s current enthusiasm for a bilateral alliance with Saudi Arabia is partially explained by the already great influence that Riyadh has over the troubled tiny island state. A formal union would largely seal the status quo. But the plan has its own flaws for Saudi Arabia, Ali says.

“What the Saudis don’t realize, because they are masters of the present moment, is that were they to incorporate Bahrain into a so-called confederation, effectively swallowing it up and making it into a puppet state, the large population of Bahrainis that they would inherit would undoubtedly link up with dissidents and people fed up with Saudi monarchy inside Saudi Arabia itself,” he explained.

Domestic turmoil may be something Saudi Arabia cannot afford at the moment, says Professor Seyed Mohammad Marandi, from the University of Tehran.

“The Saudi dictator is very old and there is a succession struggle. There are thousands of princes who want a bigger piece of the cake. So the Saudi regime is growing more and more unstable,” he told RT.

How Long After Withdrawal Before the Army We Build for Karzai Becomes the the Taliban’s New Army?

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 Cutting Edge News

NATO’s undue optimism on Afghanistan

By Ronald E. Neumann and Michael O’Hanlon

Ronald E. Neumann was the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan from 2005 through 2007 and is the author of “The Other War: Winning and Losing in Afghanistan.” Michael O’Hanlon is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and is most recently the co-author of “Bending History: Barack Obama’s Foreign Policy.”

KABUL

Underappreciated amid all the frustrations, losses and tragedies of the United States’ longest war is some good news: Afghanistan’s army and police are improving substantially. To be sure, they still suffer from politicization at senior levels, and they have a long way to go on the battlefield. But their progress has been real. Their numbers are growing; ethnic balance is reasonably good; and they are leading some 40 percent of operations on the ground (albeit mostly the simpler ones).

Yet as NATO leaders prepare to gather in Chicago, where the war in Afghanistan will be Topic A, there is a growing presumption that, shortly after NATO finishes building up the Afghan security forces, we should start dismantling them. Allegedly because of binding budgetary constraints, a force that will soon reach its combined goal of 352,000 uniformed personnel (not counting intelligence services or community-watch organizations known as Afghan Local Police) may be quickly cut back to the suspiciously precise number of 228,500, starting around 2015.

This plan has not been formally proposed by the Afghan government nor by NATO, yet it is a presumption that’s growing among leaders in Europe and the United States about where we are headed. It would save about $2.5 billion a year, bringing the expected costs of sustaining the Afghan army and police down from $6.6 billion to $4.1 billion annually. In fairness, having a specific target such as $4.1 billion would help the United States elicit pledges from other allies for supporting the Afghan state in future years and would help the Afghans to concentrate on responsibilities they must shoulder. But it should not be viewed as a firm ceiling on what is likely to be required in the future. In fact, it is more like a floor.

The savings of $2.5 billion a year from this downsizing pales next to the roughly $100 billion annually that the United States alone has been devoting to the Afghan mission during the Obama presidency. It would be a false economy in the extreme to risk losing a war — and risk needing to keep more U.S. forces in Afghanistan from 2015 on than might otherwise be required — just to reach an artificially defined goal on an arbitrary timetable for Afghanistan’s own security forces.

That goal, 228,500, came from NATO command here in Kabul. But it was one of several postures on a notional future force that was introduced a few months ago for planning purposes. It correlates with one specific threat environment — namely, the assumption of a much-weakened insurgency. Enemy-initiated attacks in Afghanistan are down some 20 percent nationwide, according to the International Security Assistance Force here, relative to peak levels of a year or two ago — a decline led by major progress in the south and a leveling-off of violence in the country’s center, north and west. Yet, the Taliban and related groups hardly seem to be on the ropes. They remain particularly vigorous in eastern Afghanistan, where the infamous Haqqani network operates; even in the south they will surely try to mount a comeback over the next couple of years.

NATO’s exit plan for its main combat forces over the next 30 months is focused on further weakening the insurgency without any presumption that we can defeat it in that time. Even after 2014, it is only prudent to assume that the insurgency will continue, especially in certain rural areas in the south and east.

Against such a resilient enemy, an Afghan security force totaling fewer than a quarter-million soldiers and police would be quite modest. Even if aided by 10,000 to 20,000 NATO troops after 2014, as seems likely under the recently signed Strategic Partnership Agreementbetween the United States and Afghanistan, it would be hard-pressed to hold off a dedicated Taliban. Consider:

●In Iraq, a country of similar population size, Iraqi army and police forces total 670,000.

●In Afghanistan today, combined NATO and Afghan forces exceed 400,000 troops.

●Counterinsurgency doctrine, based on experience from many previous cases, suggests that in a country of 30 million, like Afghanistan, as many as 600,000 soldiers and police officers could be required.

It is possible that a much smaller Afghan force will indeed suffice within a few years. But it is also possible that will not be the case. It makes no sense to guarantee the enemy a date certain for downsizing our ally.

NATO officials understand this, but their public messaging risks making many lawmakers and others in Europe and the United States feel that the major downsizing can already be counted upon. And many Afghans are worried about yet another sign that a war-weary NATO will not do what it takes to bring this difficult mission to a reasonably successful conclusion. If Afghans lose heart in their future, the chances of civil war and mission failure will grow.

In Chicago this weekend, while recommitting their forces to a gradual, careful withdrawal, NATO officials also need to make clear that reducing Afghan forces in the coming years is a hope — and not a binding plan.

Leaving Afghanistan Another Bombed-Out Narco-State Is Good Enough for the Uncivilized Afghans

U.S. Redefines Afghan Success Before Conference

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WASHINGTON — Leaders of the NATO nations will meet in Chicago on Sunday to set in motion the massive machinery necessary to wind down the war in Afghanistan.

But even as American officials prepare a list of benchmarks they can cite as achieved in the war effort — expect to hear much about strategic partnership agreements and assurances that the Afghan people have not been abandoned — they acknowledge privately that the bar has been significantly lowered on how success in Afghanistan is defined after 11 years of combat.

“Look, this is Afghanistan,” one administration official said in an interview. “Is it going to be Switzerland? No. But is good enough for Afghanistan? That’s where we need to get to.”

In fact, the phrase “Afghan good enough” has been making the rounds at the White House, State Department, the Pentagon and inside the many research organizations scattered around Washington. Gone is the much greater expectation that NATO will leave behind a cohesive central government with real influence beyond Kabul and a handful of other population centers. Gone is the assumption that Helmand Province, Kandahar and the rest of the heavily contested south — where the bulk of the 2010 influx of troops was sent — will remain entirely in the control of the central government once that area is transferred to Afghanistan’s fledgling national security forces.

In previewing the meeting for reporters on Thursday, President Obama’s national security adviser, Thomas E. Donilon, described a hoped-for outcome in Afghanistan that was far less ambitious than what American officials once envisioned.

“The goal is to have an Afghanistan again that has a degree of stability such that forces like Al Qaeda and associated groups cannot have safe haven unimpeded, which could threaten the region and threaten U.S. and other interests in the world,” Mr. Donilon said.

With Afghan forces assuming the lead role in 2013 for protecting the country and its government, Mr. Donilon said the NATO allies hoped to leave behind “a set of security assets that allow it to provide for that modicum of stability” that will allow Afghanistan to protect itself against Al Qaeda and ensure that the United States’ core goal — making sure that Al Qaeda cannot again use Afghanistan as a base from which to target the West — is met.

While Kandahar and other population centers in the south have seen a decrease in Taliban attacks since the surge forces arrived, insurgent attacks have increased in less populated southern areas, military officials report. The heads of the Senate and House intelligence committees, appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union” program two weeks ago, and reporting on a recent trip to Afghanistan, said the Taliban were gaining ground, something that is bound to accelerate once the NATO troops give way to Afghan-led forces.

“I think we’d both say that what we found is that the Taliban is stronger,” Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, said, seated next to Representative Mike Rogers, Republican of Michigan.

Anthony H. Cordesman, a longtime military analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, wrote a paper three weeks ago called “Time to Focus on ‘Afghan Good Enough.’ ”

“Is progress sustainable?” Mr. Cordesman wrote. “Almost certainly no.

“The real question for everybody now is, can you hold this thing together to the point where, yes, the Pakistanis will have some influence, and Iran will have major influence in the northwest, and we’ll lose influence in the south and the east but we might be able to hold onto Kandahar.”

Mr. Cordesman added: “That would be Afghan good enough.”

Senior NATO military commanders in Afghanistan say they are well aware of the narrowing goals for their effort in Afghanistan. “We trained for a number of lines of operation in addition to the security line, whether education, civil society, economic development, you know, the whole government-in-a-box thing,” said one NATO military commander in Afghanistan. “Now, it’s only security. How much security can we bring before we go home? And how quickly we can train up Afghan forces to take over the security mission?”

Russia Warns That Regional War In Mideast Likely To Involve Nuclear Weapons

Russia says action on Syria, Iran may go nuclear


“Hasty military operations in foreign states usually bring radicals to power,” Medvedev(R), president for four years until Vladimir Putin’s(L) inauguration on May 7, told a conference in St Petersburg in remarks posted on the government’s website.  — File Photo by Reuters

MOSCOW: Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev warned on Thursday that military action against sovereign states could lead to a regional nuclear war, starkly voicing Moscow’s opposition to Western intervention ahead of a G8 summit at which Syria and Iran will be discussed.  

“Hasty military operations in foreign states usually bring radicals to power,” Medvedev, president for four years until Vladimir Putin’s inauguration on May 7, told a conference in St Petersburg in remarks posted on the government’s website.

“At some point such actions which undermine state sovereignty may lead to a full-scale regional war, even, although I do not want to frighten anyone, with the use of nuclear weapons,” Medvedev said. “Everyone should bear this in mind.”

Medvedev gave no further explanation. Nuclear-armed Russia has said publicly that it is under no obligation to protect Syria if it is attacked, and analysts and diplomats say Russia would not get involved in military action if Iran were attacked.

Russia has adamantly urged Western nations not to attack Iran to neutralise its nuclear programme or intervene against the Syrian government over bloodshed in which the United Nations says its forces have killed more than 9,000 people.

Medvedev will represent Russia at the Group of Eight summit in place of Putin, whose decision to stay away from the meeting in the United States was seen as muscle-flexing in the face of the West.

Putin said previously that threats will only encourage Iran to develop nuclear weapons. Analysts have said that Medvedev also meant that regional nuclear powers such as Israel, Pakistan and India could get involved into a conflict.

As president, Medvedev instructed Russia to abstain in a UN Security Council vote on a resolution that authorised Nato intervention in Libya, a decision Putin implicitly criticised when he likened the resolution to “medieval calls for crusades”.

Medvedev rebuked Putin for the remark, and some Kremlin insiders have said the confrontation over Libya was a factor in Putin’s decision to return to the presidency this year instead of letting his junior partner seek a second term.

Russia has since accused Nato of overstepping its mandate under the resolution to help rebels oust long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi, and has warned it will not let anything similar happen in Syria.

Since Putin announced plans last September to seek a third presidential term and make Medvedev prime minister, Russia has vetoed two Security Council resolutions condemning Assad’s government, one of which would have called on him to cede power.

Russia’s G8 liaison Arkady Dvorkovich said Russia will try to influence the final version of the G8 statement at a summit in Camp David this weekend to avoid a “one-sided” approach that would favour the Syrian opposition.

“In the G8 final statement we would like to avoid the recommendations similar to those which were forced upon during the preparations of the UN Security Council resolutions,”

Dvorkovich said. “A one-sided signal is not acceptable for us.”

Russia successfully managed to water down the part of the statement on Syria at a G8 summit in France in May 2011, removing the calls for action against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

“We believe that the United Nations is the main venue to discussing such issues,” Dvorkovich said.

LAST APPEARANCE
The G8 summit is likely to be the last appearance among all the leaders of industrialised nations for Medvedev, who embraced US President Barack Obama’s “reset”, improving strained ties between the nations.

Dvorkovich said Putin’s absence from the summit, the first time a Russian president has skipped one, would not affect the outcome: “All the leaders, I saw their reaction, are ready to comprehensively work with the chairman of the government (Medvedev).”

Dvorkovich said that at a bilateral meeting with US President Barack Obama, Medvedev will raise opposition to attempts by some US lawmakers to introduce legislation which will address human rights violations in Russia.

Such legislation could take a form of the so-called Sergei Magnitsky bill, named after the Russian lawyer who died in prison in 2009. The Kremlin human rights council says he was probably beaten to death.

The bill would require the United States to deny visas and freeze the assets of Russians or others with links to his detention and death as well as those who commit other human rights violations.

“New legislation which will address new political issues as imagined by some US congressmen or senators is unacceptable,” Dvorkovich said, promising a retaliation.

Even Ban Ki-Moon Admits That “AL-CIA-da” Is Bombing Hell Out of Damascus

UN leader says Al-Qaeda in Syria

A body lying on the ground next to a damaged vehicle at the site of twin blasts in Damascus, Syria. (AFP PHOTO/HO/SANA)

A body lying on the ground next to a damaged vehicle at the site of twin blasts in Damascus, Syria. (AFP PHOTO/HO/SANA)

UNITED NATIONS: UN leader Ban Ki-moon said Thursday he believes Al-Qaeda committed a major bomb attack in Damascus that left dozens dead, and that up to 10,000 people have now been killed in Syria.

Ban said President Bashar al-Assad has still not implemented a peace plan agreed with UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan.

“Very alarmingly and surprisingly, a few days ago, there was a huge serious massive terrorist attack. I believe that there must be Al-Qaeda behind it. This has created again very serious problems,” Ban said at a youth event at the UN headquarters.

Suicide attackers detonated huge bombs in Damascus on May 10, killing at least 55 people and wounding nearly 400.

Syria has accused Al-Qaeda of orchestrating attacks in the country in recent weeks, adding to the strife caused by the uprising against Assad.

“More than 9,000, at least, maybe 10,000 people have been killed during the last 15 months. It has reached an intolerable situation now,” Ban said.

US and Russian officials have also said they believe Al-Qaeda and other violent militants are now operating in the country.

This month, Syria sent the United Nations the names of 26 mainly Tunisian and Libyan nationals it said had been detained. About 20 had confessed they were members of Al-Qaeda, according to a letter sent with the list.

Ban also highlighted two bomb attacks against convoys of UN ceasefire monitors in Syria.

The UN secretary-general said that apart from the deployment of the monitors, no part of the six-point Annan plan has been implemented.

“We are trying our best efforts to protect the civilian population,” Ban said.

The deployment of the monitors has had a “dampening effect” and reduced the violence, “but not enough, not all the violence has stopped. So we will continue, as much as we can, to protect the civilian population,” he added.

India Defense Minister Embarrassed To Be Seen With Ehud Barak

Antony said no to Israel request for a visit by Ehud Barak

PranabDhalSamanta : New Delhi

In a rebuff prompted by domestic political concerns, India turned down an Israeli request for an official visit by its high-profile Defence Minister Ehud Barak during the Defexpo last month.

Tel Aviv felt that the event provided the right forum for a political visit to showcase the growing defence partnership. But sources said the Defence Ministry — the organiser of Defexpo — took the line that inviting Israeli political leaders to the event could raise a controversy.

Israel is among the top three defence suppliers to India and was the biggest participating country in terms of floor space at Defexpo. It had close to 20 companies at the show given that it is DRDO’s largest technology partner. Given this scale of participation, Israel felt, a visit by its Defence Minister would have been an appropriate gesture.

But Defence Minister A K Antony was quite clear about keeping this a low-profile relationship. It’s believed that the MoD did not consult the MEA before regretting the request.

UPA II Ministers S M Krishna, Kapil Sibal and Kamal Nath have visited Israel. The last major Israeli visit was by President Ariel Sharon in 2003 and Foreign Minister Shimon Peres next year.

CBS investigates Gulen’s movement in the USA

“If you don’t seek ways to be wealthy…that is a sin in the eyes of God.”

CBS investigates Gulen’s movement in the USA


The piece analyses the impact of Gulen’s teachings and schools both in Turkey and the USA

CBS News has broadcast a feature, “The Gulen Movement” which aired on May 13, 2012. Lesley Stahl was the correspondent. Shachar Bar-On the producer.

The piece analyses the impact of Gulen’s teachings and schools both in Turkey and the USA. Fethullah Gulen is the Turkish Islamic cleric at the center of a popular and growing movement, with millions of disciples who follow his teachings of tolerance, interfaith dialogue, and education. Some have even started a chain of successful charter schools here in the U.S., with an emphasis on math and science. Yet Gulen himself remains shrouded in mystery. Lesley Stahl had traveled from Turkey to Texas to report on how the movement is spreading, and on the man behind it all.

Stahl tells of how over the past decade scores of charter schools have popped up all over the U.S., all sharing some common features. Most of them are high-achieving academically, they stress math and science, and one more thing: they’re founded and largely run by immigrants from Turkey who are carrying out the teachings of a Turkish Islamic cleric, Fethullah Gulen.

He is, Stahl argues, the spiritual leader of a growing and increasingly influential force in the Muslim world — known as “The Gulen Movement” — with millions upon millions of disciples who compare him to Ghandi and Martin Luther King. Gulen promotes tolerance, interfaith dialog, and above-all: he promotes education. And yet he’s a mystery man — he’s never seen or heard in public — and the more power he gains, the more questions are raised about his motives and the schools.

What Stahl confirms in her report is that indeed the Gulen’s schools have been spreading like mushrooms.

“There are a total of about 130 charter schools like Harmony in 26 states. – tells a teacher to the CBS journalist – Together they form the largest collection of charter schools in the country. Here’s what’s curious: they’re founded and run by immigrant businessmen and academics from Turkey”.

Why are they building public schools here? she asked to which the same teacher replies: “Well, the answer seems to lie with this mystery man: the Turkish imam Fethullah Gulen who tells his followers that to be devout Muslims they shouldn’t build mosques – they should build schools; and not to teach religion, but science. In sermons on the web, he actually says: “Studying physics, mathematics, and chemistry is worshipping God.” So Gulen’s followers have gone out and built over 1,000 schools around the globe – from Turkey to Togo; from Taiwan to Texas”.

Businessman Alp Aslandogan chairs a foundation in Houston that advances Gulen’s teachings.

Stahl puts it to him that “it’s so counterintuitive that people from Turkey would come here to get involved here in education”.

Alp Aslandogan reply is somehow illuminating: “People do go to other countries, including Africa. – he says – The United States, especially in math and science, is not really good. And many parents complain about that. So there is a need for skilled teachers in the United States in that fields”.

The CBS crew went to Turkey to learn more and found Gulen’s schools are everywhere and considered the best. They’re often multi-million dollar hi-tech facilities where girls are equal to boys and English is taught starting in first grade. Gulen didn’t only influence education. Starting in the late 60s, as a young imam, he urged crowds of middle class Turks to learn from the West and embrace its values – including an unexpected one: making money. In this Internet sermon, he even told followers: “If you don’t seek ways to be wealthy…that is a sin in the eyes of God.” So his disciples in Turkey became successful businessmen and built a multi-billion dollar Gulen empire that beyond the schools, includes TV stations, a major bank, Turkey’s largest trade association, and biggest newspaper.

Stahl argues that “To his followers, Gulen’s like a living prophet, and he used his influence to change the course of Turkey’s politics; helping to make it a functioning moderate Islamic democracy”.

What the journalists couldn’t find in Turkey was Gulen. Actually, very few people ever see him in person. He preaches via webcasts from a prayer room in an isolated and unlikely location. For over a decade, Gulen has been living in self-imposed exile and seclusion in, of all places, the Poconos – in this gated Pennsylvania retreat.

Indeed when Gulen came to the U.S. in 1999, it was for medical treatment. But then this video surfaced in which he seems to order his flock to surreptitiously take over key government positions in Turkey in a stealth Islamic coup. Accused of treason by the government at the time, Gulen decided to stay in the Poconos — even after he was cleared in 2008 in Absentia.

The feature by Stahl goes on with an interview to one of the former teachers of one of Gulen’s schools in the USA.

Mary Addi was fired as a teacher from a school in Cleveland, Ohio — part of a Gulen- inspired chain of 27 charter schools in the Midwest.

Mary Addi said that “They want to give you the impression that they’re just hard-workin’ guys over here to try to educate our kids because American teachers are just too stupid”.

Stahl then ask her why, in her opinion, “is an Islamic imam, which Gulen is, interested in setting up schools in the United States?”

To which Addi replied: “Because it’s a great money-making operation”.

Gulen’s followers can make money through contracts to build and maintain the schools, but Addi has gone to law enforcement with charges that the schools also make money by bringing in foreign teachers in order to take a cut of their salaries. She says she learned this after marrying a Turkish teacher.

Addi said that her husband told her “that every pay period, he would have to cash his check and give– he had to give 40 percent of his check back ”

Addi turned documents over to various federal agencies.

The schools dismiss Addi’s claims, calling her a disgruntled employee. But federal authorities told CBS they take her seriously and are looking into allegations of immigration fraud and misuse of taxpayer money in various states, and whether it’s somehow being funneled to the Gulen movement.

There are major criticism’s of Gülen’s movement. For example, according to a 2011 article on the Voices Empower website by Donna Garner and Alice Linahan, “two of the basic tenets that Fethullah Gulen uses to indoctrinate his followers at an early age are ‘taquiya’ which is an Islam belief that permits them to lie to “infidels” (i.e., anyone who is not a Muslim), and total secrecy — a belief that if a person never shares a secret, then he never has to worry about his secrets becoming known. In fact, secrecy is an obsession for Gulenists. In Pearls of Wisdom, Gulen explains, ‘The secret is your slave but you become its slave if you disclose it.'”

Gulen image has been carefully manufactured to make him appear as a tolerant Muslim.

Fetullah Gulen says he predicates his teaching on that of Said-i Nursi’s who is known as Said-I Kurdi by his Kurdish students.

Religious Kurdish circles say that Gulen has distorted the Said-I Kurdi teaching and changed it into a form to serve the Turkish-islamic thesis.

N. C. – ANF / NEWS DESK

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Drug Control Director Viktor Ivanov Claims Division of Labor with West Working–3 Ton Bust Proves It

[SEE:  NATO and CSTO To Establish Division of Labor At Afghan Border To Eradicate Afghan Drug Menace ]

Special forces of Russia and the United States during a joint raid in Afghanistan seized more than three tons of drugs

Ferghana

More than three tons of drugs, including heroin, seized in Afghanistan during a joint special secret services of Russia and the United States. This May 16, told a news conference in RIA Novosti Director of the Federal Service of Russia for Drug Control Viktor Ivanov.

The joint special operation of Russian, American and Afghan security services took place from April 30 to May 14. During this time, according to Ivanov, seized a total of 2 tons 900 kilograms of hashish, 410 kilograms of heroin and a large quantity of opium and precursors. Head of Federal Drug Control Service said that “it’s more than we are withdrawing in Russia for a year.”

According to Ivanov, a large-scale joint special operation to eliminate Afghan drug cartels planned for a long time, active work with the departments of Interior Ministry anti-drug operations in Afghanistan, in this work involved partners from the U.S., as well as the security forces in Tajikistan .

During the raid killed four drug labs and arrested 67 people. In total, according to Ivanov, in August 2011 handed over to Afghan colleagues FDCS data from 41 laboratories, and information on a number of drug dealers. He noted that the Federal Drug Control Service has a “database of drug labs, which can fit in two volumes.”

Ivanov praised the results of operations. In his opinion agreed Counselor of the Embassy of Afghanistan in Russia Baralay Saber Barya, reports ITAR-TASS .

This is not the first joint special operation American, Russian and Afghan security forces. The largest was in October 2010.Then the joint efforts of four drug labs were destroyed. Damage was estimated to be drug dealers in more than one billion dollars, and seized heroin would be enough for 200 million doses. During the operation, were seized and destroyed more than 900 kilograms of heroin, as well as equipment for its production.

The international news agency “Fergana”

According To Turkmen Scholars They Are the Source of All Civilization

Turkmens – the ancestors of the Aztecs, the Incas, the ancient Sumerians and the harsh Norwegian

Maria Yanovskaya

In Turkmenistan, disclosed and confirmed by the mystery of the origin of scientific and human culture in all continents of the Earth. As found Honored Science and Technology of Turkmenistan, academician, professor of geophysics and geology Odek Odekov, and Aztecs, and Incas, and the Ainu, and the Sumerians, and even the Scandinavians are descended from the ancient Turkmen – and even, in fact, were themselves ancient Turkmen, who by migrating to Europe, Asia and America, generously carried her into the world of high culture, knowledge and civilization.Almost everything today is humanity, the world of the ancient Turkmen originally required – simply for the fact that they were.

“Fergana” managed to read two books Odekova. The first is called “We – Asians, arias, Turkmens”, the second – “Traces of the Turkmens in the world.” This collection of articles that were published after the independence of Turkmenistan.Surprisingly, this literature – “the secret”, the author does not let the book to the public, and if you give someone to read, then you need to return an instance, so that both are great books in Turkmenistan Travel ban status. Most likely, the author fears for the mental health of the Turkmen, who certainly oshaleyut joy to hear the truth. But why are these great scientific discoveries are hidden from foreign colleagues – is unclear. After all, if the world learns of his true grandparent, you will begin to respect not only to Turkmenistan for natural gas, but in general – for all-all-all.

The books says that the author, Odek Odekov – Honored Worker of Science and Technology of Turkmenistan, the Turkmen Academy of Sciences, professor of geophysics and geology, a scientist with a worldwide recognition in the field of global seismology, Geotectonics, Petroleum Geology. And the article, gathered in two collections – “the result of years of serious study of ancient history of the Turkmen and ethnolinguistics of recognized scholars – linguists, historians and archaeologists.”Moreover, as the author writes, some of these articles “were written and presented at scientific conferences, meetings with scientists, cultural workers and arts, and some of the manuscripts were received rave reviews.”

We are also delighted to be honest. And we offer readers of “Ferghana” short – very short – list of unprecedented discoveries Odekova.

“Turkmen” – he was in China, “tu-ku-man”

To begin with – a small example that proves the Turkmen origin Chinese. “In the 50 thousand Chinese characters are characters that without complex transformations express the word ‘Turkmen’. These are the three Chinese characters “that”, “ku” and “Man,” which alone, respectively, express the concept of “land”, “warehouse”, “warehouse” and “beautiful”, that is, of course, invented Sinology not specifically for the expression of disyllabic ethnonym “Turkmen”.

Odekov believes that the ethnonym “Turk” is derived from the “etymon” Teke, “which evolved over more than one millennium to the” Turk. ” Further proof Odekov birthright etymon “Teke,” which has arisen, as he writes, in “the era of totemism – in a fifth of mankind civilization Altyn-Depe (IV-III millennium BC).” Interestingly, the world’s history dates back to the Altyn-Depe 2300-1900 gg. BC – But before that Odekovu who juggles dates with confidence?

It is important that the ruling clan in Turkmenistan, which belongs to the president – of the tribe “Teke,” from which, and started all the “Turks.” Odekov brings scientific basis for the rule of Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov – is not only a choice of upright people, but right protected historically.

Tribe “gekteke”, whose name supposedly had translated as “Blue Turks” Odekov “pererasshifrovyvaet” in the “blue sheep”, which in ancient times, in the era of totemism tribe worshiped, and these sheep were discovered by academician: “The book V.Siversa in the section describing the fauna of Central Asia, says the wild sheep, goat blue (ovis nabhor), similar to the Alpine mountain sheep, which is considered a special type of Psendois and represents a cross between a sheep and a goat. “Traces of worship “blue sheep” Odekov is across the globe, in almost all ancient cultures: from the images of sheep, sheep or goat’s horns, ending the ancient Chinese characters, and – yes! – Constellation “Aries.” For Odekova no doubt: the worship of the “blue sheep” shows the origin of all these civilizations from the tribe of the Turkmen “gekteke.”

On the other hand – why not? Dovlatov wrote about cows, “however, I know its bad …”

How, in the words of Zarathustra?

Who created the “Avesta” , from which the world learned about Zoroastrianism? Who was Zarathustra? Ridiculous question.Of course, he was the Turkmen, and Zoroastrianism originated in Turkmenistan – namely, in Nisa .

Evidence? You’re welcome. Odekov: “The three main building complex of the South Nisa were associated with Zoroastrian faiths, included the heroic aspects of … There was a tradition to honor their deified kings and heroes, renowned in battle. The ideas of the blessed power, the ruler of God’s chosen people were not so much the result of borrowing from the Greeks, as developed by the development of local proto-ideological systems, based on scripture – the Avesta. ”

Another proof. “I.N.Hlopin, still expressed and justified in his numerous writings on the concept of the South as the ancestral home of the Aryans Turkmenistan, causes additional data supporting this concept. However, it is based on an analysis of the Avesta, and comparing the results with some of the ancient sources (unfortunately, without reference to specific sources – OO) has come to an important conclusion, that the prophet Zoroaster – a native of Southern Turkmenistan. ”

Odekov and he makes no reference to sources, only the names of juggling known archaeologists and historians. Check the quote or to clarify what is actually meant great Masson or Pugachenkova impossible. On the other hand – who needs a recheck? Yes, there is evidence at every turn: for example, it grows in Turkmenistan that same plant “haoma,” which was mentioned in “Avesta”. “This is a Turkmen mandrake, open and O.F.Mizgirevoy described nerd.”

And they do not believe that Zarathustra was the Turkmen, if so obvious connection to time “after 25 long centuries after Zarathushtra on the sacred soil of Turkmenistan Saparmurat Turkmenbashi the Great was born, who created the spiritual constitution of the ancient Turkmen ethnic group” Rukhnama, “which triumphantly extended by Country and continents of the Earth. ”

Hurray, comrades.

And the Scandinavians also our

Odekov: “In Norse mythology, recognized as a historical truth, deified founders of Iceland and Norway, Odin and Thor brought his people out of the country, located to the east of the Don. And before that, the main residence of Asgard (Osgard), located east of the Caspian Sea and is described in the Icelandic myths and songs of the gods. ”

Of course, the Asgard – the ancient Parthia with Nisou, which was once called “the land of aces, ie Asgard, and later this name was forgotten. ”

And then Odekov makes a discovery: the Scandinavian Odin (the supreme god in the German-Scandinavian mythology) and Zarathustra – “one and the same person, the more that chronologically the legend of Asgard and the Gods Asahi coincides with the age of the birth of Zoroastrianism, and Parthia is a cultural heritage of Asgard “. Not stooping to explain how managed to solve the unsolvable problem of exact historical dating of the “Younger Edda” and the “Avesta,” Odekov goes further: “The recognition of identity of Zoroaster and the birth date allows the Odin of Asgard, at least the second half of VI century BC. Oe. as year of birth of Zarathustra, Odin dates to 588 BC, that is, first half of the century. ”

And considering that Zarathustra, who came to northern Europe under the name of Odin, was a Turkmen, we can safely say that all Scandinavians in the past, the Turkmens. “The ethnogenesis of the Scandinavian peoples, and in the emergence of states (Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark) played an important role our great ancestors of the Turkmens – Oguz,” – writes Odekov.

I do not know who to congratulate more.

The Sumerians of the “black spots”

Turkmenistan was the ancient tribe Massagetae , whose queen Tomiris, we are told by Herodotus, Cyrus the Persian defeated. Why not? Because that’s considered “many scientists” whose names are not revealed – probably because of the multiplicity. “Generalizing the expression of many scientists, it can be argued that the predominant majority of them attributed Massagetae and relates to the turkmenoyazychnym tribes,” writes Odekov.

But the biggest surprise – a Turkmen origin of the ancient Sumerian, which proved “the most correct and the short way” – “decipher the names.” The course of proof of such. First. “The Sumerians” derived from the name of “Siberia”, which, in turn, – “according to many authorities,” comes from the Turkic tribe Savirs. Second. “All the Turks in the prehistoric era spoke a little perverted in Turkmen.” Third. “Sumer” – as in meaning, and sounding the same as the modern Turkmen words “noise” and “er”, meaning, and in its original meaning, and in today’s translated as “rotten, fatal (noise) the place” and “Land (ep ). “”Moreover, the Turkmen phrase” noise er “is pronounced with the accent on the second syllable, and in Assyrian chronicles,” Schumer “and pronounced with the accent on the same syllable,” – said the Turkmen brilliant scientist.

This is where I broke down and read this piece about the “stress in the Assyrian chronicles,” the 15-year-old daughter, who is studying in humanities class one of the best schools in Moscow. She went from laughter. “What accent? – She sobbed. – What are syllables? In Sumerian cuneiform was the same at all! ”

And then I doubted that chose the right school for your child. “A lot of bosses” and “many scientists” can not be so powerfully wrong. Especially in regard to the “black spots”. “The place inhabited by Sumerians, in fact, rotten, as between the Tigris and Euphrates, the air temperature. reaches 50 ° C with 100 percent humidity – writes Odekov, one of the “many.” – In addition, subject to Mesopotamia rather frequent devastating flooding, which is also the least valid reason for attributing it to the category of rock beds. It is no coincidence, therefore, that a prominent place in the beliefs of the Sumerians occupied the myth of the flood and saved from the flood, the only man – wise Ziusudra. From this legend the Sumerians shifted to the Babylonians and Assyrians, successively replace each other in this region, and from them – to the Semitic tribes. ” Well, what other proof is needed?

“Deciphering the same name Sumer civilization, based on a similar approach suggests a genetic relationship of ancient peoples who lived in the country of Sumer (modern Iraq) in the Altyn-Depe (South Turkmenistan), suggesting that the modern Turkmens are the direct descendants of the people saggig, lived in Sumeria and tribes, build civilizations Altyp-Depe “- writes Odekov.

The Incas, the Aztecs and the Ainu

The Turkmens are related to the Ainu, who lived in the Far East. Why not? It’s easy. The ancient female deity worshiped by the Ainu, which symbolize fertility. But “most experts” claim that the ancestors of the Ainu were not familiar with agriculture and animal husbandry. Then where do they worship a female deity, who was in the ancient Turkmen ? From there, that the Ainu, who are actually Turkmen, suddenly ceased to be engaged in agriculture, but “paid tribute to the old customs.”

There is one absolute proof of kinship and ancient Ainu Turkmens “in the publications of the Polish meteorologist and historian B.O.Pilsudskogo who lived more than 18 years in the Far East (1892 – 1910 years), of which 14 years he has contacted and studied Ainu language and folklore, it was noted that (please! – Ed) that the Ainu are sitting cross-legged, that is, in Turkmen , and their religion finds traces of fire-worship and ancestor worship “(and by whom was Zoroaster, we will never forget) .

There is one more proof of kinship and Turkmen Ainu: Ainu folklore refers to the tree, “Pinney” (ash). This ash is called the Turkmens “dagdans agach” and considered “sacred” talisman “against the evil eye and spoilage. And his name Ainu – «pinni» – sounding close to the modern Turkmen word rena (foam), meaning “refuge, protection, protection” that displays the essence of the tree-amulet. ”

Why so to dwell on the Ainu and Turkmen relationship? Because the Ainu – the descendants of Turkmen, “which was sent to the” intelligence “and the development of new lands, which they brought from pervorodiny their culture, customs and language.” But the main thing – the Ainu are the ancestors of Native American tribes , who, having mastered the Far East, came to America. “According to one version, the most ancient people that settled the American continent, are the indigenous inhabitants of Japanese islands, the Ainu, who came back 15 thousand years ago. Here are the descendants of the Ainu Indians of the Iroquois and Sioux tribes “- quoted a scientist transmission of the radio station” Mayak “. It is a source for “Honored Worker of Science and Technology of Turkmenistan” and academician.

So, without falling into the description of the details, just to say: America, opened the Turkmens. Rather, they settled it, turned to Indian tribes and brought to the U.S. culture, the skill to build a house, a tradition called the city in honor of the rulers, and of course, language.

Using the Turkmen language, Odekov easily decodes the language of the ancient Incas, and is also easy to prove the origin of Turkmen Native American tribes. For example, a great linguistic research. “The name of the Peruvian lake in the language of the Incas, Quechua – Titicaca, a place where the buried treasure of the Incas, is called Paytiti. Each of these consists of two words: “Titi Kaka +” and “Pai + Titi,” in which occurs the general word ‘Titi’. In the spoken Turkmen language is the word (Titi) means “pure,” “clean.” The second word in the title of Lake Titicaca – “Kaka” – also available in the modern Turkmen language: the “how” – a place of pure water clusters. Thus, the name of the Turkmen-kechuansko Lake Titicaca is absolutely identical, and means “a place of pure water clusters,” or short – Titicaca. The word is “Paytiti” “share” in Turkmen means “share”, “part”, which in combination with the word “Titi” means “net share”. Obviously, some Inca (share) of its treasures set aside as a reserve, as do all states now creating their own foreign exchange stabilization funds, or “- sums up the appropriate academic Odekov.

“In concluding the presentation of the results of my research and discoveries in inkologii (yes, inkologii, and was formerly Abstracts of monographs – Ed.), We can say with certainty that in Inca ethnogenesis-kechuanskih main tribes, and the leading role played by the ancient Turkmen, and the Inca civilization , Inca Empire – their product, decorating the history of mankind, “- says a great scientist.

Affinity of the Aztecs and the Turkmen tribe “Teke” is also proved by elementary means. “The Aztecs and huasteki – it is a single nation with a self-name vasteke with common roots in their pervorodinu – a blooming valley you are in northern Turkmenistan,” writes Odekov. Evidence? As you want. Take, for example, a boomerang, “No one doubts that pervorodinoy boomerang is Asia, where he was in Australia and the Americas.” And what, you ask. But nothing. Odekov believes that this is proof.

A pitiful plight

It is a pity that the books Odekova yet nothing is said about the Australian Aborigines – but we hope that the green continent, first set foot on Turkmen (default).

It is a pity that the book Odekova not available to the general reader – though printed with the unconditional approval of the Turkmen Academy of Sciences.

Yet this unfortunate illiterate Academy. Too bad science, which is no longer in Turkmenistan.

And very sorry for the Turkmen, who deserve a much better fate.

Maria Yanovskaya

The international news agency “Fergana”

Mladic War Crimes Trial Halted Over Unspecified ‘Irregularities’

[Is this Sarejevo, or Fallujah, or Sirte?]

Mladic war crimes trial halted over ‘irregularities’

Former Bosnian Serb army chief Ratko Mladic, pictured in July 2010. (AFP/ANP/File - Valerie Kuypers)

Former Bosnian Serb army chief Ratko Mladic, pictured in July 2010. (AFP/ANP/File – Valerie Kuypers)

THE HAGUE: The war crimes trial of former Bosnian Serb army chief Ratko Mladic was abruptly halted on Thursday, just a day after it opened, because of prosecution “irregularities” in the high-profile case.

The decision was announced by the presiding judge shortly after the prosecution described the “horror” of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre it says was orchestrated by Mladic, the worst atrocity in Europe since World War II.

“The hearing is adjourned sine die (indefinitely),” said judge Alphons Orie, three hours into the trial’s second day at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague.

He said there were “irregularities” in the transfer of prosecution documents to the defence to enable it to prepare for the trial, but that the court hoped to announce a date soon for the resumption of proceedings.

Mladic, the so-called “Butcher of Bosnia”, is charged on 11 counts of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide over the 1992-1995 Bosnian war, and in particular the Srebrenica massacre of almost 8,000 Muslim men and boys.

Before the adjournment, prosecutors showed a series of videos taken in Srebrenica after the mass killings on July 11, 1995 in what was meant to be a UN-protected enclave.

The footage showed the former general triumphantly entering Srebrenica and congratulating his men.

In one video, the bodies of Srebrenica Muslims are stacked in piles along a road.

In another, Mladic declares: “We give this town to the Serbs as a gift.”

“Mladic himself was on the ground and personally involved,” prosecuting counsel Peter McCloskey told the court.

Mladic, now 70, often shook his head during proceedings, though at times a faint smile crossed his lips as prosecutors played video of him giving orders to troops or speaking with journalists.

He appeared in better shape than at his first appearance last June, when he told the court he was a “sick man”.

But his defence team says he has suffered three strokes — in 1996, 2008 and 2011 — that partly paralysed him on his right side.

“We’re afraid he won’t live long enough to be convicted,” Hatidza Mehmedovic, a member of the Mothers of Srebrenica organisation that represents widows and victims of the massacre, told AFP Thursday.

Former Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic died in custody in 2006 before the conclusion of his own war crimes trial.

Mladic’s defence lawyers had asked Monday for a six-month delay in the trial, saying they needed more time to prepare.

Before the adjournment Thursday, McCloskey also showed the court photographs of mass graves in Srebrenica, saying: “This is an example of the horror created by Mladic.”

Showing a photo of a man’s partially decomposed body, the mouth wide open and face gruesomely tensed, McCloskey said: “This man did not die peacefully.”

He said most military orders were given orally, but that certain “crucial” documents had survived and that former Mladic subordinates were willing to testify against him.

Prosecutor Dermot Groome told the court on the opening day of the trial on Wednesday that Mladic had “assumed the mantle of the criminal goal of ethnically cleansing Bosnia”.

Groome said Thursday that Mladic’s only superior was ex-Bosnian Serb political leader Radovan Karadzic, who has been on trial at The Hague since 2009.

Prosecutors also hold Mladic responsible for the 44-month siege of Sarajevo, where his forces waged a “terror campaign” of sniping and shelling that left an estimated 10,000 people dead, the vast majority of them civilians.

It was in pursuit of a “Greater Serbia” that Mladic allegedly also ordered his troops to “cleanse” Bosnian towns, driving out Croats, Muslims and other non-Serbs.

Mladic pleaded not guilty to the charges at an earlier court hearing last June. He faces life imprisonment if convicted.

After the war, which killed 100,000 people and forced 2.2 million from their homes, Mladic continued his military career but went into hiding in 2000 after the fall of his ally Milosevic.

Indicted for war crimes, he was on the run until May 2011, when he was arrested at a relative’s house in Lazarevo, northeastern Serbia and flown to a prison in The Hague several days later.