ASSURING DESTRUCTION FOREVER–Assessing the Arsenal

ASSURING DESTRUCTION FOREVER

This new, groundbreaking study by Reaching Critical Will explores in-depth the nuclear weapon modernization programmes in China, France, India, Israel, Pakistan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, and analyzes the costs of nuclear weapons in the context of the economic crisis, austerity measures, and rising challenges in meeting human and environmental needs. 

 

soft cover • 152 pages • March 2012
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Russia Offers $1.3 Billion for Force Modernization of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan

“Kommersant”: Russia offers $ 1.3 billion for the modernization of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan

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As reported today, November 6, 2012, the newspaper “Kommersant” , Russia is ready to spend $ 1.1 billion for the rearmament of Kyrgyzstan and to give $ 200 million to the needs of the armed forces of Tajikistan . Another $ 200 million will be provided to Dushanbe in the form of benefits for the supply of petroleum products.

Agreement on Russian help to modernize the Kyrgyz army was reached during a visit to Bishkek, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov and September visit to Kyrgyzstan, Russian President Vladimir Putin. According to “Kommersant”, the theme will be one of the key during a visit to Moscow by President of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev , to be held November 14-15.

No assistance will be provided in the form of a loan, and the specific supply of arms, military equipment and machinery. Bishkek needs all kinds of small arms, the new infantry fighting vehicles, combat reconnaissance patrol vehicles, helicopters, and fixed field hospitals. To work in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan Defense Ministry needs in light motor vehicles, portable mortars, satellite hardware. We are talking about the possible deliveries of military uniforms, as well as expanded training Kyrgyz military in Russian universities. As a member of the Defence Council, Chairman of the Defense and Security of the Kyrgyz parliament Tokon Mamytov, in the list of weapons that Kyrgyzstan would like the Russian Federation, “missing only satellites and aircraft.”

By March 2013 the Russian Defense Ministry should coordinate with Bishkek volume range of products to be covered by the program. The first batch of Russian weapons, according to a source “b” in the Russian government, is expected to send to Kyrgyzstan in the summer of next year.

Tajikistan has allocated $ 200 million for the modernization of air defense of the Republic and for the repair of military equipment. In addition, during the visit of Vladimir Putin to Dushanbe was reached on the provision of benefits to Tajikistan in the supply of Russian oil products: Russia will not charge fees Tajikistan for about $ 200 million a year – an amount similar to that requested Dushanbe for rent 201 nd military base.

 

The source said the “Kommersant” in the Russian government, investing in the modernization of the armed forces of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, Moscow expects to “strengthen the capacity of the CSTO with the threats that may arise after the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan in 2014,” as well as upload your company DIC. In addition, re-Kyrgyz and Tajik army with Russian weapons can kill interest in Bishkek and Dushanbe to the American arms – remember that Washington has repeatedly expressed his intention to leave the region part of the arms exported from Afghanistan . Along with weapons, according to a source in the Russian government, “would come the American instructors, technicians, U.S. influence in the region would inevitably increased. Now, on this road is being screened. ”

According to the expert of the Moscow Carnegie Center Alexei Malashenko, a risky step of Moscow “with trudnoprognoziruemymi consequences. Russia not only subscribes to support, not the most stable regimes in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, but also makes a gesture that would complicate an already troubled relations with Uzbekistan. ”

International news agency “Fergana”

Israeli TV Reports IDF and Mossad Chiefs Rejected Netanyahu Order for Iranian Airstrike In 2010

Israeli PM’s 2010 Iran strike order rebuffed by IDF, Mossad – documentary

An Israeli F-15 fighterjet (AFP Photo/Jack Guez)

An Israeli F-15 fighterjet (AFP Photo/Jack Guez)

In 2010, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the IDF to prepare fully for a war with Iran. The head of Mossad intelligence service and country’s chief of general staff opposed the move and prevented war with Iran, a documentary claims.

Investigative journalist Ilana Dayan produced an hour-long documentary for Israel’s Channel 2 TV on the decision-making process in Israeli policy towards Iran over the last decade, from PM Ariel Sharon to PM Benjamin Netanyahu.

The film, to be aired late on Monday, poses the question as to how far a politician can go in taking a “no return” decision to assault a foreign state he believes poses a threat to his country and whether he has the authority to do so unilaterally.

The move was made during a meeting of “forum of seven” group that represents only a part of the Israeli government. Netanyahu addressed the now-retired Chief of General Staff Gabi Ashkenazi and actually ordered the head of the Israeli Defense Forces to “set the systems for P-plus,” which means full IDF readiness for an assault. The request met full support of the attending the meeting country’s Defense Minister Ehud Barak.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) and Minister of Defense Ehud Barak (AFP Photo/David Buimovich)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) and Minister of Defense Ehud Barak (AFP Photo/David Buimovich)

The request put Israel on the brink of war with a country that has practically ten times Israel’s population and a modernized, fairly well-armed and respectively more numerous army.

The demand met fierce objections on the part of Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi and the head of the Israeli intelligence service (Mossad) Meir Dagan, who had to step down after that notorious meeting.

The former Mossad chief told Ilana Dayan that Netanyahu attempted to make the IDF attack Iran’s nuclear objects in a “stealing a war’ manner, in other words, without holding consultations with all 15 members of his cabinet.

After his resignation from Mossad, Dagan called that move by Netanyahu “stupid”, reports AFP.

At the time, Ashkenazi reportedly warned that P-plus order is irreversible and Israel would have to actually attack Iran as the preparations would “create new facts on the ground.” Barak objected that such readiness does not necessarily mean that an act of aggression is imminent.

On Sunday, Barak actually told Channel 2 that back in 2010 Ashkenazi said that IDF had no operational means for a successful assault on Iran.

On the other hand, Haaretz daily says that while quitting his post of chief of general staff, Ashkenazi told associates that the army actually was ready for the strike, but he personally considered the assault a strategic mistake.

In any case, in 2010 the decision to attack Iran was finally dropped.

Meir Dagan, head of Israel′s spy agency Mossad (L) and srael′s army Chief Lieutenant-General Gabi Ashkenazi (R) (Reuters/Yonathan Weitzman/Umit Bektas)
Meir Dagan, head of Israel’s spy agency Mossad (L) and srael’s army Chief Lieutenant-General Gabi Ashkenazi (R) (Reuters/Yonathan Weitzman/Umit Bektas)

Journalist Ilana Dayan said in the documentary promo that she was not allowed to give the actual date of that meeting. It is possible that it took place after the Stuxnet cyber worm’s attack on Iranian uranium enrichment facilities failed to put the Iranian nuclear program to a full halt. Still, the Stuxnet worm allegedly managed to damage as many as 1,000 centrifuges in the Iranian uranium enrichment center in Natanz, reports The New York Times.

Israeli Channel 2 TV plans to broadcast the documentary as a part of Dayan’s investigative journalism show “Fact” on Monday evening, the eve of the US presidential election on November 6. The precise timing of it suggests that the discussion between Washington and Tel Aviv on how to stop the Iranian nuclear program might be reopened immediately after the presidential election in America.

The administration of President Barack Obama has been decisive to decline all Israel’s attempts to draw the US into a military strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities. Washington has warned that should Tel Aviv opts to do the assault on its own, it would have to face the consequences all alone.

Washington still lays its hopes with the crippling international sanctions imposed on Iranian Islamic Republic

Despite Washington’s decisiveness on the Iranian question, the Israeli leader continues to call for military action against Tehran. During a recent speech at the UN, Netanyahu declared that the show time for Iran is simply postponed till spring, or at maximum till summer 2013.

Vladimir Kremlev for RT
Vladimir Kremlev for RT

Israel Created Hamas To De-Legitimize the PLO, Now the Saudis Use Hamas To Legitimize the Syrian Terrorists

“According to Zeev Sternell, historian at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, ‘Israel thought that it was a smart ploy to push the Islamists against the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO)’.”

[The psy-op has now come full-circle, this open break between Assad and Hamas demonstrates that Israel’s covert creation Hamas (SEE:  Hamas is a Creation of Mossad) has fulfilled its original purpose as an anti-PLO substitute and can now be used to legitimize the “anti” side in the next psy-op, the Syrian terrorists.  The Saudis have now dispatched their minions, the prince of Bahrain and the “Pig of Qatar”  to Gaza, to not only help Israel in its use of Hamas to finish delegitimizing the Palestinian resistance, but also to use the Hamas leadership to give apparent substance to the cause of the Syrian terrorists (SEE:  Arab Sheikhs Sanitizing Image of Hamas In Effort To Help Preserve Zionist Apartheid System).]

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A spokesman for Hamas says the Syrian government has sealed its offices in Damascus, finalizing the break between the Islamic militant group and its former patron.

Spokesman Ayman Taha said on Tuesday that the move had been expected after Hamas openly switched sides to support the armed rebellion against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Taha says Monday’s move by Damascus was ‘‘a result of our siding with the Syrian people in their just struggle.’’ Taha spoke from Cairo.

Hamas, an armed group sworn to Israel’s destruction, moved its headquarters to Syria in the late 1990s. But relations have soured since Syria’s violent suppression of the uprising that began in March 2011.

Hamas leaders are now based in Qatar, Egypt and the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

Germans Training Saudis In Police State Tactics

Report claims German police train Saudis in repression

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Dozens of officers in the German federal police have been involved in training Saudi Arabian security forces in how to search and occupy houses and deal with protests and uprisings, according to an investigative report by the television news magazine Fakt.

The report, aired Monday on public broadcaster ARD, quotes classified documents, unnamed German police officers and people involved in the training as saying their mission goes beyond the official description by the government to train in border security.

In March, Saudi forces entered neighboring Bahrain to support the Sunni-led regime, which was facing massive protests by majority Shiites. The troops violently suppressed the protests and dozens were killed.

“It was clear in March at the demonstrations that protesters were shot,” an unnamed German police trainer said in the report. “You don’t want to imagine what happens when these units trained by German police go ahead in their own country.”

In a statement e-mailed to Deutsche Welle, the Interior Ministry said it could not explicitly confirm the report and that training by German federal police in Saudi Arabia was for border observation and “leadership and decision-making processes.” It said the training courses do not serve to prepare police for protests, and that “human rights and the fundamentals of the rule of law” are included.

EADS defense contract

Fakt had previously reported in April that the German mission in Saudi Arabia was an essential part of a contract between the Saudis and the European defense firm EADS to improve border security.

EADS was hired to provide infrared cameras, laser sensors and ground radar along Saudi borders. The report said the Saudis had specifically requested German police trainers, and that EADS paid honorariums to the trainers, while their base salary came from the Interior Ministry.

The federal police union has confirmed that German police officers were cooperating with EADS at a training camp in Saudi Arabia. Missions of at least 25 German police officers have reportedly traveled to Saudi Arabia for three months at a time to take part in the training.

The Interior Ministry said in its statement that the federal police mission in Saudi Arabia was not on behalf of EADS, and that employees were paid through the German development organization GIZ.

Criticism from opposition

The involvement of German police in Saudi Arabia has from the beginning drawn heavy criticism from the political opposition and within the ranks of the German police force.

Green party politician Wolfgang Wieland said the German mission in Saudi Arabia should be abolished.

“Here, police are being trained in a dictatorship, in a backward regime,” he said. “That cannot be. A democracy like Germany is not allowed to do that.”

Jörg Radek, deputy chairman of the Trade Union of the Police, agreed. He said whether German police were training in border security or in dealing with protesters, they had no place in a country like Saudi Arabia.

“When this mission supports the unjust system in Saudi Arabia, that’s the point at which you have to say German police must withdraw,” he said.

Parliamentary review

The mission in Saudi Arabia has been reviewed by parliament, and is currently under another review requested by The Left party.

Reports last month said Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich, who took over the position in March after his predecessor Thomas de Maiziere became defense minister, was surprised by the mission and was looking into it.

Armin Schuster, a parliamentarian in the ruling center-right Christian Democratic Union, defended the project in Saudi Arabia. He said while he understood objections to working there, Germany could not limit its cooperation exclusively to countries with identical values of law and justice.

“If you want to cooperate with a country on fighting terrorism, then you have to invest there,” he said. “For me it’s a principle of ‘You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours.’”

By Andrew Bowen

Jordanian Special Forces Brought Into Kuwait To Quell Demonstrations

Musallam al-Barrak said: 3,500 Jordanian Gendarmerie arrived in Kuwait

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“In a statement to France 24 television, raised former MP Musallam al-Barrak is a serious issue related to the presence of 3,500 gendarmes element within Jordanian special forces in Kuwait, which exist to prevent opposition rallies and demonstrations to modify the decree franchise system.

 

Is Jordan’s secret militia assisting Kuwait in mass pro-democracy crackdown?

Jordan might be struggling to quell opposition in its own Kingdombut that hasn’t stopped those in power from meddling in Kuwait’s affairs, according to recent leaks from Saudi Arabia’s infamous whistle-blowing tweep.

@Mujtahidd has taken a break from spilling Saudi secrets to expose explosive details of Jordan’s ‘special relationship’ with Kuwait.

According to the mysterious dissident, ‘democratic’ Jordan is sending a secret militia to Kuwait to stem opposition against its undemocratic regime. In true ‘I’ll scratch your back if you scratch mine’ fashion, Kuwait is allegedly returning the favor in the shape of $6 billion.

According to the revelations, the shadowy deal was set out at the beginning of October when former director of Jordanian Intelligence, Samih Battikhi, took a trip to Kuwait to weigh-up the threat of rebels. After allegedly claiming Jordanian support was indispensable, Battikhi reportedly encouraged a meeting between intelligence officials from both countries.

Mujtahidd says this meeting gave birth to the agreement, which will see Jordan sending 16,000 men to Kuwait in a fierce crackdown on protests.

Whilst officially retired from government business, Battikhi’s own interest in the ‘special relationship’ has a few personal benefits. Having previously been convicted of dodgy dealings, Battikhi has allegedly enjoyed a close relationship with King Abdullah. He is now said to be offering his tit for tat: the Jordanian officers on standby will reportedly cover-up official support by claiming that they are under the private employment of one of Battikhi’s businesses.

And the support allegedly goes further than brute force: in another shocking revelation, Mujtahidd claims that Jordan is also helping Kuwait to suppress opposition the ‘constitutional way’ by sending over 100 judges to re-draft the law in favor of the regime.

Whilst the ‘special relationship’ seems mutually beneficial, it hasn’t sat well with everyone. Former Prime Minister of Kuwait, Sheikh Nasser Al-Sabah, allegedly tried to stop the deal going ahead, arguing that it would destroy the authority of Kuwait’s ruling Al-Sabah family.

News of the reported intervention is also unlikely to be well-received by Jordanians. With a growing atmosphere of discontent sweeping across the Kingdom, many may be left wondering why Jordan isn’t focusing on its own opposition rather than getting involved in problems elsewhere in the region.

Whilst Jordan’s rulers have been quick to deny the leaks, all eyes will be on Kuwait this evening. With ‘opposition hawk’ Musallam al-Barrak back on the streets after a brief stint behind bars for ‘undermining the status of the emir’, and opposition rallies planned across the country, it remains to be seen if the Jordanian anti-democracy intervention will come to light.

Series of Bombs Target Only Foreign Workers In Bahrain, Suggesting “False Flag” Attacks

[(SEE:  Bahrain’s Turn To Explode–Five Bombs Detonated In Manama)  Two of the victims (one of the dead) were Indian workers and a third victim (the second fatality) was Bangladeshi.  If this had been the work of the Bahrain opposition, then they would have targeted either Saudi or Bahraini troops or policemen, or government facilities.  The opposition blamed the blasts on Police or Military in the following report.  The bombs were meant to justify full-scale war upon the Shia opposition forces for failing to submit to Saudi domination.]

Two street cleaners were killed and a third man critically wounded in bomb explosions in Bahrain on Monday, reports said.

Reports quoting the police chief of the capital Manama said home-made explosives exploded when the street cleaners kicked it unknowingly.

He said five bombs exploded in Qudaibiya and Adliya areas in Manama early this morning.

He termed the blasts as “acts of terrorism,” an official usage for attacks by opposition activists, while the Opposition blamed it on “police or military.”

The attack comes days after the Interior Ministry banned all rallies and opposition gatherings to ensure public safety.

The police urged all Bahraini citizens and residents to avoid if they find any suspicious objects and to report the same to police.

The victims are foreigners, whose nationalities are not known.

According to the latest census, half of the Bahraini population are foreign nationals, dominated by Indians, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis.

by RTT Staff Writer

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