Syrian Human Rights Network issues Names of Opposition Figures Recruited and Financed by US

Basma Qdmana

Syrian Human Rights Network issues Names of Opposition Figures recruited and Financed by US administration


The Syrian Human Rights Network (SHRN) has issued a statement included names of a number of opposition figures abroad who were recruited and financed by the U.S. administration between 2000 and 2009.The network on Saturday said those who were recruited before 2000 until 2006 are: Marah al-Buqai, Mariam Najmeh, Florance Ghezlan, Ghassan Mufleh, Najib Ghadban, Obaida Nahhas, Basma Qdmana, and Jrius al-Hames. ” Those who were recruited after the year 2006 are: Radwan Ziadeh, Mohy Eddeen Lazkani, Subhi Hadidi, Suhair al-Atassi, Ghassan Najjar, Adeeb al-Shishakli, Anas al-Abdeh, Bassam Ja’ara, Jean Abdullah and Obaida Nahhas,” the statement said.

The network mentioned that the value of the amounts received ranged from $ 20 to 50 thousand annually for a person. The amount was given according to the position and activity of the opposition figure. The statement indicated that Elizabeth Cheney is the main financer at the U.S. administration, and Rita Katz is the General Coordinator of funding at the Middle East Department at the U.S. administration. According to the network a new list of agents’ names recruited after 2009-2010 will be issued later.



Reaping Obscene Profits from An Obscene Foreign Policy

Record-breaking Year for U.S. Foreign Military Sales

إقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية

by Naharnet

Boosted by massive fighter jet deals with Saudi Arabia and Japan, U.S. foreign military sales have shot past $50 billion in a record-breaking year, a senior U.S. official said Thursday.

Andrew Shapiro, assistant secretary of state for political-military affairs, underlined that the United States also hopes to boost sales with India, which is mulling a $1.4 billion deal for 22 Apache helicopters.

“Today, I can confirm that this is already a record-breaking year for foreign military sales. We have already surpassed $50 billion in sales in fiscal year 2012,” which ends September 30, Shapiro told journalists in a conference call.

This figure already represents a 70 percent increase over government-to-government sales by the United States in 2011, itself a record-setting year at just over $30 billion.

“Obviously the sale to Saudi Arabia was very significant,” said Shapiro, referring to a $29.4 billion deal that included 84 Boeing-made F-15SA fighter jets and upgrades to its existing fleet of 70 F-15s.

“But this number also includes the sale of the Joint Strike Fighter to Japan, which is valued at approximately $10 billion,” the official said.

Shapiro said it was too early to predict whether 2013 would see a further increase in foreign military sales but said the United States would seek to continue expanding into key markets, including India.

“We’ve made tremendous progress in the relationship (with India) over the last decade. We went from nearly zero sales to about a billion dollars in sales,” he said.

“Going forward, there are a number of tenders which we hope for success on, including a tender for Apache helicopters, and we continue to advocate for them and we are hopeful that we’ll be successful on a number of sales over the coming year with India.”

NATO Equipment and Advisers To CSTO States Unacceptable To Moscow

Russian Press – Behind the Headlines, June 15

Russian Press - Behind the Headlines

Russian Press – Behind the Headlines

© Alex Steffler

MOSCOW, June 15 (RIA Novosti)


Central Asia Set to Receive U.S. Military Equipment from Afghanistan

U.S. and NATO forces are to leave Afghanistan by 2014. After the withdrawal, some U.S. military equipment might remain in various Central Asian states. The U.S. Department of Defense is currently negotiating this issue with Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan behind closed doors.

If implemented, this plan would allow Washington to expand its military cooperation with Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) member countries. A Russian diplomat said, on condition of anonymity, that Moscow considers this scenario to be “absolutely unacceptable.”

The paper’s well-informed sources close to the defense ministries of the Central Asian republics say the Pentagon wants to transfer military equipment and weapons systems, now being used by the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, to Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan after 2014. The republics will receive some of the equipment, including armored vehicles, tank transporters, prime movers, tank trucks, special-purpose graders, bulldozers and water trucks, free of charge. Some of this equipment will be stored at local installations. In addition, the Pentagon plans to provide Afghanistan’s neighbors with medical equipment, communications systems, fire extinguishing equipment and even mobile gyms and other household facilities.

The Kyrgyz Defense Ministry’s officials said talks with the Pentagon were in progress. A source noted that the issue was first raised during U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s March 13 visit to Bishkek. At that time, Pentagon representatives met with Kyrgyz Defense Minister Talaibek Omuraliyev and suggested providing the Kyrgyz army with U.S. military equipment after the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan.

ISAF forces in Afghanistan currently use thousands of armored personnel carriers, Humvee SUVs, other armored SUVs and auxiliary equipment. Pentagon analysts believe that it would be inappropriate to ship most of this equipment home or to leave it in Afghanistan. Washington fears that the equipment would fall into the hands of the Taliban assuming a Taliban victory. For its part, Pakistan has increased transit rates 20-fold, from $250 to $5,000 per container. Moreover, the United States believes that the military equipment might have to be used in Afghanistan, Central Asia or Pakistan later on.

Afghan security forces will need only part of the U.S. equipment. Central Asian defense ministries, which receive modest funding, might take advantage of this fact. And Washington might obtain more favorable freight transit and military deployment terms, while bargaining with Afghanistan’s neighbors.

A Russian diplomat said this scenario ran counter to specific agreements with Moscow’s Central Asian partners and other agreements within the CSTO framework.

A sizable U.S. presence might emerge on the Central Asian arms market, which primarily receives Soviet and Russian-made equipment. Moscow’s partners might eventually get used to having U.S. equipment.

It appears that CSTO members have every right to independently negotiate U.S. military equipment deliveries, all the more so as Moscow has recently turned Ulyanovsk into a transshipment center for NATO consignments being withdrawn from Afghanistan, without coordinating the decision with the CSTO.

Hillary and the Brit Press–So Full of Shit

[Our “untruth”-telling Sec. of State thinks that by pointing-out that Russian-made weaponry is being used by Syrian forces, it hides the fact that the Syrian rebels are using NATO weaponry, as well as the same Soviet-era weaponry that she is complaining about.]

Russian-supplied weaponry ‘killing Syrians on an hourly-basis’

Washington ratcheted up its accusations against Russia on Wednesday, claiming Soviet-made weaponry is killing Syrian civilians across the country on an “hourly-basis”.

The US accused Russia of sending attack helicopters to Syria and of telling

The US accused Russia of sending attack helicopters to Syria and of telling “untruths” about the use of its arms shipments. 

By , Los Angeles

The state department made the new claims as Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, flatly denied allegations that Moscow is supplying Bashar al-Assad with attack-helicopters, instead pointing the finger at American intervention in the region.

Risking further inflaming the dispute, Victoria Nuland, a spokeswoman for the state department, repeated the claims today, adding that Russia is actively engaged in resupplying the tyrannical regime.

“On a daily basis, on an hourly basis, we are seeing Russian and Soviet-made weaponry used against civilians in towns all across Syria,” she said.

“Russian and Soviet-made helicopters form the base of the Syrian helicopter fleet. We are seeing these helicopters used all over Syria now against civilians. We’re seeing gun mounts on these being used to fire on populations and homes. … We’ve seen the Russians resupply the weapons that they’ve sold to the Syrians as recently as January.”

Last month, regime forces slaughtered 108 civilians in Houla and reports of second massacre emerged last week, detailing the bloody mass killing of at least 78 villagers in Hama province. Many were said to have been women and children.

Hillary Clinton, the secretary of state, accused Moscow of aiding pro-Assad militiamen on Tuesday saying the move would “escalate the conflict quite dramatically”.

Mr Lavrov hit out at Mrs Clinton’s assertion saying the US was providing military support to the rebels, adding that Russia had not violated any international laws by supplying “air defence systems” as part of an ongoing contract with the Arab country.

“That contrasts with what the United States is doing with the opposition, which is providing arms to the Syrian opposition which are being used against the Syrian government,” he said.

The White House denied arming opposition forces, although the state department admitted it was supplying non-lethal support in the form of communication equipment and humanitarian relief.

“The United States is sending no military equipment to the Syrian opposition. What we are doing is supplying non-lethal support … primarily communications gear and we are also one of the largest donors of humanitarian relief,” Ms Nuland said.

There is an EU but no UN arms embargo on Syria, in part because Russia has refused to allow any action at the security council against the regime. The US, however, has denied that it is arming the rebels.

Credible reports emerged yesterday that Saudi Arabia and Qatar have begun to make good previous promises to supply the Free Syrian Army through Turkey. Britain, the US and other powers are also providing communications assistance to the opposition.

Russia has long been Syria’s main provider of weaponry. Its only Mediterranean naval base is also in Syria, in the town of Tartous.

European Central Bank Prepared for Emergency EU Bailout, After Sunday’s Greek Elections

ECB on standby for Greek election fallout

By Ralph Atkins in Frankfurt, Mure Dickie in Tokyo and Kerin Hope in Athens

The European Central Bank is on standby to keep banks flush with liquidity if Greece creates fresh financial market turmoil, its president has indicated, joining a global chorus of central bankers pledging support ahead of Sunday’s elections.

Mario Draghi’s comments on Friday followed the announcement by the UK’s central bank of plans to pump £100bn into the ailing British economy, hinting at a co-ordinated strategy by the world’s top central bankers.

“The ECB has the crucial role of providing liquidity to sound bank counterparties in return for adequate collateral. This is what we have done throughout the crisis … and this is what we will continue to do,” Mr Draghi said.

Eurozone central banks “will continue to supply liquidity to solvent banks where needed,” he added, without giving details.

The ECB provided unlimited three-year loans to eurozone banks in December and February – and ended up pumping more than €1tn into the financial system. A repeat of such offers would be one option if the Greek elections led to market financing drying up.

Shares rallied in Asia and Europe on hopes that central banks would act to stem any negative impact from Sunday’s election in Greece. The euro was stable and the yields on Spanish and Italian government bonds, which had been approaching dangerous levels, fell.

Mr Draghi said: “In times of increased financial instability, ‘adequate liquidity’ indicates a volume of central bank money that also counteracts a temporary inability of banks to refinance in the market, which could lead to systemic consequences for the banking sector as a whole.”

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Masaaki Shirakawa on Friday said Japan’s central bank was ready to take any necessary steps to maintain financial sector stability.

Meeting journalists after a regular bank policy board meeting, Mr Shirakawa did not comment on whether central banks might take co-ordinated action to deal with possible market jitters after the Greek election. But he said central banks had a common understanding of the importance of stability.

“There are no cunning steps to achieve financial system stability,” Reuters news agency quoted Mr Shirakawa as saying. “An orthodox step would be to provide liquidity. We have the means to provide own currency and foreign currencies. It would be important to supply abundant liquidity to calm worries.”

The frontrunners in Greece’s general election traded recriminations as they wrapped up a hard-fought campaign.

Alexis Tsipras, the Syriza leader, accused rivals New Democracy and the PanHellenic Socialist Movement, which have held power alternately for almost 40 years, of “plundering” Greece.

“You tried to poison Greece with fear and insecurity,” he told a cheering crowd in central Athens on Thursday night. “You pulled down the Greek flag and handed it to [German chancellor] Angela Merkel as a trophy.”

Meanwhile European officials were preparing a package of incentives, including further reductions in interest rates and extended repayment periods for bailout loans, for a new Greek government but only if it was led by Antonis Samaras, head of the pro-bailout centre-right New Democracy party.

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Fear’s mount over Greece’s potential exit from the eurozone and the implications for the wider bloc

“In the scenario where Samaras wins the elections, they would like to see him committing very clearly to his adherence to the memorandum,” said one EU official briefed on the discussions. “They would then get together with the new Greek government and say: here is what we can now do to make life a bit sweeter, a bit less harsh.”

Eurozone officials have not ruled out making the same offer to Alexis Tsipras, the Syriza leader, should he win Sunday’s Greek election and form a new government instead of Mr Samaras.

Mr Samaras was due to make a last campaign speech in Syntagma square in Athens on Friday evening. Opinion polls are banned in Greece in the two weeks before an election but both the leading parties say unpublished polls give New Democracy a very narrow lead over Syriza. Two pollsters noted on Friday that 10-12 per cent of voters were still undecided.

Venezuela Passes Saudis to Hold World’s Biggest Oil Reserves

Rupert Rowling, ©2012 Bloomberg News

June 14 (Bloomberg) — Venezuela surpassed Saudi Arabia to become the world’s largest holder of proven oil reserves, a resource that President Hugo Chavez promises to tap if he gets re-elected in October.

The South American country’s deposits were at 296.5 billion barrels at the end of last year, data from BP Plc show. Saudi Arabia held 265.4 billion barrels, BP said yesterday in its annual Statistical Review of World Energy. The 2010 estimate for Venezuela increased from 211.2 billion in the previous report.

“These reserves are quantified and certified by third parties and recognized by the entire world as being the biggest proven reserves of the world,” Venezuela’s Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez said today in Vienna. “We have always said that in the future the natural resources will become scarce and when the economy recovers and demand will come back then we will be one of the few countries able to respond to that.”

Chavez wants to more than double the country’s oil- production capacity to 6 million barrels a day by 2019, according to a government plan released June 12. The world’s biggest oil-exporting nations faced a 15 percent slump in crude prices last month, the biggest decline since December 2008, on speculation Europe’s debt crisis would derail the global economic recovery.

Ramirez has said oil prices need to be higher than $100 a barrel. The recent slump in crude is dangerous for producers, the Oil Minister said June 12 in Vienna, where the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries is meeting today to decide production quotas.

Canada Third

Brent futures fell 14 cents, or 0.1 percent, to $96.99 a barrel on the ICE Futures Europe exchange at 4:04 p.m. London time today.

Global reserves advanced to 1.65 trillion barrels at the end of last year, a 1.9 percent increase from a revised 1.62 trillion in 2010, BP said. Venezuela now holds 18 percent of the world’s reserves, according to BP data.

BP revised its estimates on reserves in part because the company publishes its report in June, before most governments issue their annual reserves figures, said Robert Wine, a BP spokesman. Last year’s record average oil price also had an effect, increasing the commercial viability of hard-to-reach deposits, he said.

Saudi Arabia now trails Venezuela with a 16 percent share of world proven oil reserves, according to the report. Canada ranks third with 175.2 billion barrels, or 11 percent of total, unchanged from the revised number for 2010.

Development Difficulties

Venezuela’s deposits may be difficult to extract, according to Strategic Energy & Economic Research. “People still know that a lot of that is very hard to develop and is not as readily accessible the way Saudi reserves are,” Michael Lynch, the researcher’s president, said today in Vienna. “It’s the same with Canadian oil sands.”

Russia boosted its deposits to 88.2 billion barrels from a revised 86.6 billion a year earlier, according to BP. Russia’s share of the total is 5.3 percent.

Reserves in Norway increased last year, snapping 11 years of declines, according to BP. The country’s deposits rose to 6.9 billion barrels, compared with a revised figure of 6.8 billion in 2010.

BP said the estimates in yesterday’s report are a combination of official sources, OPEC data and other third-party estimates. Deposits include gas condensates and natural-gas liquids, as well as crude.

–With assistance from Chua Baizhen in Beijing and Fred Pals in Amsterdam. Editors: Alexander Kwiatkowski, Mike Anderson

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Baloch Leader Welcomed USS Enterprise and NATO To Balochistan

Baloch Leader welcomed USS Enterprise in Pakistani water near Balochistan

US moves USS Enterprise into Pakistani water near Balochistan
By Shahid Abbasi

Prominent Baloch leader in US Dr.Wahid Baloch welcomed the move and said “We welcome US Enterprise and NATO forces in Balochistan. Baloch people in Occupied Balochistan have been asking the international community to intervene in Balochistan for long time, where Pakistani army is committing war crimes against the defenseless Baloch people”