20,000 Kalishnikovs Intercepted By Hellenic Coast Guard

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The detention of the ship with Ukrainian weapons:

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Andrei Klimenko. BSNews

One of the top news November 9, 2013 was the news media about the arrest of Greek Coast Guard of Greece in the Aegean Sea ship NOUR M with a big party Kalashnikov AK-47 modification – about 20,000 pieces that came from the Ukrainian port is not clear where – whether in Turkish Iskenderun, whether in Syria, whether in Libya.

As often happens – when journalists write about controversial subjects – something was overdone, even something as “land people” pischut on sea theme – misunderstood.

Therefore BSNews highlighted not only the message of world and Ukrainian media, but also the data portals and specialized marine primary sources, chief among them – Greece’s coast guard . Here’s what came of it.

1. NOUR M ship sailed into the path is not of Nikolaev sea port, and the port of Specialized “October”, the State Enterprise of the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine, located in Nikolaev.

Why is this important? – Because in general for anyone who is interested in a maritime theme, it is no secret that the specialization of the port from the Soviet era to the present day – the export of arms. This specialization is physically expressed in the enhanced mode, export and border control and security.

2. In view of the port of departure, we immediately caused great doubt publicized media reports that “… the captain of the ship” Nour M “was unable to provide any documents on the consignment, including the resolution of the UN to transport arms to conflict zones.”

According to authoritative estimates of military experts, after the famous scandal in 2002 on charges of illegally exporting Ukrainian weapons in Ukraine created and operates a very effective system of export control of arms.

We have carefully analyzed the majority of the media reports and made sure that our colleagues or did not read the source material, or simply exaggerated. Documents for the cargo on board the ship were naturally.

Greek coast guard said information agencies (on condition of anonymity …) that the ship lacked the proper paperwork for the UN arms to conflict zones.

In addition, the size of its cargo, believed to have been greater than indicated in its documents. From this we can see that the arms as cargo still was listed in the ship’s papers.

Thus, the Coast Guard of Greece suggested that the ship was headed in is not yet clear what the conflict zone. Therefore, to (quote) “the protection of the eastern sea border of the country and the implementation of decisions of international organizations related to restrictive measures”, the ship was captured and brought to the port of Rhodes , where he is now.

3. Where to send a ship? This is a key issue, since it is an assumption about the direction of it in Libya or Syria was the formal reason for his inspection and detention.

Most interesting is that all the officials, and after them, and the media, cited by a very reputable marine information system. Not to mention an important detail – the information system always claims that its data are not official and can not be used for commercial purposes of navigation.

This system indicated the direction of the vessel port – Tripoli, Libya. Note that in the Mediterranean Sea has 2 ports with the same name – in Libya and Lebanon … In addition, other, professional, marine information system of the destination port of the vessel was never specified.

This, of course, is neither a “crime” or evidence. In addition, marine information systems often do not specify the final destination port, and in between, and sometimes it happens – is indicated at all clear that the …

The ship’s captain – by the way, a Turkish citizen – said the ship was directed to the Turkish port of Iskenderun.

4. Whose vessel? Who shipowner? – On this occasion there are different data.

Portal www.marinetraffic.com reports that the owner and operator – Syrian company UNIMARINE MANAGEMENT from TARTOUS, as is well known, a favorite port for delivery of Russian arms to Syria, as there is a point of basing the Russian Navy.

Other marine database report that the ship owner and operator of the ship is a company of the same name – Uni Marine Management, however, called the place of her residence Tripoli, Lebanon. It should be emphasized – Tripoli, but not Libyan and Lebanese.

We note in this regard – the foreign media reported, citing an anonymous source in the Coast Guard in Greece that of the 8-man crew of the vessel 3 – Turkish citizens (commanders) and 5 – Citizens of India (sailors).

5. The media reports that the ship – it is not clear why – for a long time, 5 days, going from Nikolaev to Istanbul. And – also not clear why – 3 days “something made ​​in Istanbul.” We have tried to deal with this conspiracy theory.

That’s what was the route of the vessel NOUR M from September 17 to November 9, 2013 according to http://www.marinetraffic.com:

For those who do not have the patience to analyze the table :), we formulate a brief summary:

  • September 17, 2013 15:05 (UTC) – the vessel entered the Black Sea from the Bosphorus
  • September 20 – October 4, 2013 (two weeks) – was anchored in the Gulf of Odessa, the usual raid docked vessels awaiting posting in the Dnieper-Bug estuary.
  • 5 – October 14, 2013 (10 days) – were anchored in front of the Port Bug estuary “October” near the Old Bogdanovka.
  • 15 – 25 October 2013 (10 days) – were in port “October”.
  • October 26, 2013 – left the port of “October”.
  • 27 October 2013 – was parked in a raid on the Gulf of Odessa.
  • 29 – 30 October 2013 – anchored off the Bosporus to the Black Sea waiting for permission to pass the Bosporus Strait in the Sea of Marmara.
  • October 31, 2013 around 01:10 (UTC) – entered the Bosporus from the Black Sea.
  • 31 October – 3 November 2013 – was at anchor in the Sea of Marmara in Istanbul, the usual place of sludge vessels awaiting permission to pass the Dardanelles Strait.
  • 5-6 November 2013 – was anchored off the Turkish port of Cesme.
  • November 7, 2013 around 20:03 (UTC) – Coast Guard detained in Greece in the Aegean Sea.

Again, for those who like conspiracy theories :) – all sorts of options with a detective contraband loading boxes with automatic dark night at sea on board the approaching schooner secretly do not pass. Because the cargo on board the vessel – in standard shipping containers …

According to media reports, the vessel is only 59 containers, 56 of which were 20 thousand Kalashnikov AK-47. In other supposedly are “explosives” – is likely to patrons.

Noteworthy is the abbreviation for containers – TURK N. .. And the fact that the Greek coastguard slipped on the photo riot police face and name of the vessel, and the logos on the shipping containers left intact :).

TURK N – abbreviation famous Turkish container operator Turkon America, holding T urkon Container Transportation & Shipping Inc …

Photo Coast Guard Greece

Photo Coast Guard Greece

Photo Coast Guard Greece

Photo Coast Guard Greece

Photo Coast Guard Greece

It appears BSNews, we gave a lot of new material for fans to build version. We will monitor developments and to inform readers about the facts. Without speculation.


NOUR M: Flag: Sierra Leone. Type: General Cargo. IMO: 7226627. MMSI: 667735000. Call Sign: 9LB2134. Gross Tonnage: 1432. DeadWeight: 2176. Length x Breadth: 75.4mx 12.9m. Year Built: 1972

Home port: Freetown. Class society: Indian Shipping Register. Dual class society: Registro Italiano Navale. Build year: 1972. Builder *: Svendborg Skibsvaerft & Maskinbyggeri – Svendborg, Denmark.

Former name (s): Mr.lulu (Until 2007 Dec). Sea Hope III (Until 2005 Dec), Athos (Until 2004 Dec), – Sea Trader (Until 1994 Feb), Silvana (Until 1991 Aug), Anne Mette (Until 1984)


BSNews in the preparation of materials
Project “Today, in the ports of the Black and Azov Seas”
uses data
www.marinetraffic.com , www.shipspotting.com

Americans Grow Weary of Serving the Repulsive State of Israel

[The following is one of those rare reports where the readers’ commentary is more relevant than the article itself.  It is highly unusual for a “legitimate press” source like the Philadelphia Inquirer to allow anti-Israeli, anti-Jewish comments to stand.  “JohnWV” nails American leaders as Israeli lackeys and AIPAC as a subversive organization.  I will be very interested in seeing what sort of response Philly’s large Jewish community will muster to this challenge.  If anything significant comes of this, I will try to follow-up.  

As for the actual report itself, it is nice to see Kerry turn his sharp tongue towards one of America’s true enemies, Netanyahu.  Oh, to have been a fly on that wall.]

  • Of today’s Americans, 2% are Jews. Of today’s American millionaires, 50% are Jews. As in Weimar Germany, they are organized and cunningly extract enormous amounts of money from our economy without contributing value. Wall Street has become a Jewish run casino serving itself and Jewry. Our news media is mostly Jewish owned and blatantly Israel/Jew biased. Our electoral process has been corrupted by AIPAC, the Jewish Conference of Presidents and more enormous amounts of Jewish money. Israel has occupied not just Palestine, but America too. The Wall Street felons remaining unpunished, AIPAC actually writing congressional legislation, and lack of treason indictments attest to the depth of the occupation. The Jewish state instigated all our Mideast wars and benefited from all. None were in American interests, yet we did the dying and suffered the Great Recession. Our diminished America is now being overthrown from within and transformed into a world dominating racist ultrapower, the JEWISH STATE OF AMERICA.

    — JohnWV

  • NO MORE WARS! Israel has ICBM nukes and openly threatens Iran, actually campaigns for war against Iran. Israel, not Iran, is the warmonger. Resolution lies with lifting all sanctions and compensating Iran for damages from the $$$ billions we will no longer be giving the Jewish state. American foreign policy must again serve American interests, not the Jewish state’s paranoid pursuit of invulnerability, territorial conquest and racist empire in and beyond the Mideast. NO MORE WARS!

    — JohnWV

Crisis brewing in U.S.-Israel relations

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Josef Federman, Associated Press

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, speaks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Jason Reed, Pool)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, speaks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013.

JERUSALEM – A pair of testy public exchanges last week appear to have undone whatever good will was created between the Israeli and U.S. governments during a high-profile visit by President Obama early this year.

Tensions burst into the open during a swing through the region by Secretary of State John Kerry. In an interview broadcast on both Israeli and Palestinian TV, Kerry questioned Israel’s seriousness about peace with the Palestinians. Hours later, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired back, vowing not to cave in to concessions to the Palestinians – and also saying he “utterly rejects” an emerging nuclear deal between world powers and Iran.

The rancor signals a tough road ahead for the twin American goals of finding a diplomatic solution for Iran’s nuclear program and forging peace between Israel and the Palestinians. And it raises the specter of a return to the uncomfortable relationship that has often characterized dealings between Obama and Netanyahu.

Israeli news reports describe Netanyahu as being in “shock” over the possible Iranian compromise. Netanyahu, who sees Iran as an arch-enemy, has vowed to do anything, including a military strike, to prevent Iran from reaching weapons capability.

Obama and Netanyahu took office just months apart in 2009, but seemed to have little in common. At joint appearances they appeared uncomfortable and even occasionally sparred.

The lack of chemistry seems rooted in vastly different worldviews. Obama is a proponent of diplomacy and consensus, while Netanyahu believes Israel can trust no one and must protect itself.

And there has been constant friction over Netanyahu’s insistence on continuing to settle Jews on occupied land even as he negotiates with the Palestinians.

Over the summer, Kerry persuaded Israel and the Palestinians to return to the negotiating table for the first time in nearly five years. To get talks going, Palestinians dropped a demand for an Israeli freeze on settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, captured territories that Palestinians claim for a future state. To get Palestinians back to talks, Israel committed to releasing 104 long-serving Palestinian prisoners. The U.S. apparently gave vague assurances settlement construction would be restrained.

With negotiations making no visible progress, Israel’s release of a second round of Palestinian prisoners two weeks ago – all jailed for killing Israelis – set off an uproar. Netanyahu followed the release by announcing plans to build thousands of settler homes, infuriating the Palestinians, the Americans, and the moderate camp in Israel itself.

Kerry told Israel’s Channel 2 TV on Thursday that Israel faced the possibility of international isolation and renewed violence with the Palestinians if peace efforts failed. He also said continued settlement construction raised questions about Israel’s commitment to peace. Netanyahu responded the next morning. “No amount of pressure will make me or the government of Israel compromise on the basic security and national interests of the State of Israel,” he said.

The two had a tense meeting that stretched more than two hours, and a planned joint appearance to the media was canceled.

Josef Federman Associated Press

Runners Trump Refugees Today In Beirut—Annual Marathon Goes On

Large turnout at 2013 Beirut Marathon

daily star

Beirut marathon

Participants take part in the annual Beirut Marathon, Beirut, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s 2013 Beirut marathon kicked off Sunday morning under the slogan “Run for Lebanon,” with a significant turnout amid tight security measures.

More than 36,000 participants representing 104 countries took part in the 42.192-kilometere route. The marathon started at 6:30 a.m. at BIEL and the closing ceremony will take place at Martyrs’ Square in Downtown Beirut.

Twenty-one professional runners are among the marathon participants including the winner of the 2008 Dutch Rotterdam marathon, Kenyan William Kipsang as well as Kenyan runner Sammy Malakwen, the winner of a Bronze medal in the 2011 Beirut marathon.

Caretaker Sports and Youth Minister Faysal Karami highlighted the need to run this year given “the difficult circumstances engulfing the country.”

“Today, we should run for Lebanon,” the minister told reporters before he joined thousands of runners at the start line.

First Lady Wafaa Sleiman who was also among the runners in Beirut said she was running to raise awareness about women’s health, under the banner of “a healthy heart for women,” she said.

She also noted that the Sunday’s marathon was a message to the world that “Lebanon is stronger than the challenges it faced.”

The first Beirut Marathon was launched in October 2003 with nearly 6,000 participants and has since enjoyed rapid growth and success until it reached its apex this year.

High standards enabled the Beirut Marathon Association to be certified as a Bronze IAAF Road Race Label Event Organizer in 2011 and 2012.

Saudi Police Brutally Round-Up Undocumented Foreign Workers, Blame Violence On Foreigners

Dozens injured, arrested in rampage by ‘illegals’ in Riyadh

 arab news
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    Arrested rioters are handcuffed and corralled along a street in Manfouha on Saturday night. (Courtesy photo)

Security forces were called in to maintain peace and order in Riyadh’s southern district of Manfouha on Saturday night after a group of men went on a rampage in anger at the Kingdom’s ongoing campaign against illegal foreign workers.


At least one local resident was reported dead of injuries from a hail of stones thrown by the rioters, who also smashed crs and shops.


Armed with knives, the rioters gathered in the district’s narrow streets early evening Saturday, threatening policemen, motorists, and pedestrians, witnesses and police said.


Anti-riot police fired guns into the air and used truncheons to disperse the large crowds, mostly foreigners who appeared to be Africans, notably Ethiopians.


According to local media reports, at least 65 were injured and taken to King Saud Medical City, Prince Salman Hospital and Al-Iman Hospital. The injured, mostly Saudis and legal residents, have suffered knife-stabbing wounds and bruises from the rioters, who were among those receiving hospital treatment.


A report by Sabq.com news site said one of the injured, a 32-year-old Saudi, died later in hospital. The man suffered a head injury from a stone thrown by the rioters.


A large security force cordoned off the central Riyadh district and closed its entry and exit points, arresting a number of the violent illegal workers and calling on the rest of them to turn themselves in, according to Brigadier General, Naser Al-Qahtani, media spokesman for Riyadh Police.


Saudi private citizens joined the police in arresting some of the rampaging illegal workers.
A shelter area has been arranged for the illegal workers on King Abdulaziz Road to speed up the process of their deportation in collaboration with other concerned government departments, Al-Qahtani said.
The acts of vandalism erupted amid strict government round-up of illegal workers across the Kingdom after the end of the amnesty period to legalize their residency and work status last week.

Cyprus and Lebanon agree to talk gas

Cyprus and Lebanon agree to talk gas 

Cyprus mail

Cyprus and Lebanon agree to talk gas Lebanese Energy Minister Gebran Bassil

By Stefanos Evripidou 

CYPRUS AND Lebanon yesterday agreed to start negotiations on a unitisation agreement which would regulate who gets what in the event that hydrocarbons are found in the area between the two countries’ exclusive economic zones (EEZ).

Energy Minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis and his Lebanese counterpart Gebran Bassil met yesterday in Nicosia to discuss hydrocarbon issues. The Cypriot minister announced after the meeting that the two sides have agreed to start discussions on a unitisation agreement with the aim of concluding it “as soon as possible”.

For his part, Bassil said: “We are opening a new era of good cooperation between Lebanon and Cyprus in oil and gas.” He added that Lebanon could constitute a potential market for Cypriot gas.

Both sides said the meeting was conducted in an excellent climate, reflecting the level of relations between the two countries.

The two ministers briefed each other on the current state of hydrocarbon exploration and exploitation efforts and said they agreed to exchange experiences and knowledge.

Bassil said his country will never forget the hospitality offered by Cyprus to its residents “in good and bad times”.

The Lebanese minister referred to the historic relations between the two countries, expressing hope that these will be “translated into real economic relations”.

He also noted that his country was “open to discuss everything”, adding that Lebanon is keen to correct the mistake – as he put it – relating to the economic zone between Lebanon and Israel.

“We hope that with a future understanding, we can correct it and build the future together,” he said.

Lebanon argues the EEZ agreement signed between Israel and Cyprus, includes disputed waters that Lebanon claims belong to it, but which Israel has included in its own EEZ.

Bassil suggested Lebanon could provide Cyprus with an alternative market to export its gas, noting that Beirut is also in need of gas.

On the liquefaction plant Cyprus plans to construct at Vassilikos, Bassil said Lebanon sees it in a positive light.
“It can be also a possible diversification solution for our gas exports,” he said.

The Lebanese minister said the two countries share a “gift from God”, referring to hydrocarbon resources, and expressed hope to utilise them for the benefit of their people.

Lebanon-Cyprus relations could also widen to include other areas like water, transportations and even wine, he added.

The announcement on a unitisation agreement could be interpreted as a marked shift forwards in energy relations between the two countries, as Lebanon has so far been extremely hesitant in advancing energy collaboration.

Cyprus has signed an EEZ agreement with Egypt, Israel and Lebanon, in an effort to clear the way for peaceful exploration of the hydrocarbons in its own economic zone, but the Lebanese parliament has so far failed to ratify the agreement.

Some analysts have suggested pressure from Turkey has helped delay ratification.

Cyprus has also signed a unitisation agreement with Egypt, governing what happens if a hydrocarbons reservoir crosses the median line between the two countries.

It also launched negotiations with Israel but a conclusion has yet to be reached.

One energy industry source told the Cyprus Mail yesterday that talk of enhanced relations is just talk at this stage, since Lebanon would first have to ratify the EEZ agreement with Cyprus before a unitisation agreement could be signed, unless they wished to simply agree in principle.