Monday, 30 November 2015

COP21 kicks off with tear gas

"Respect existance or
Expect resistance"

You will get the official coverage by represetatives of the globalists and their media presstitutes which will tell you lies.

You will get coverage from the liberal media (resprsented by the Guardian and Demcoracy Now!) and the likes of 350.0g and AVAAZ that peddle half truths.

The truth of the matter, as always will be difficult to find.

We will endeavour to fill that gap.

Peaceful Paris climate gathering descends into clashes with police
Anti-capitalists take over climate protest to rail against ban on marches imposed after terror attacks on city

29 November, 2015

A day of celebration and hope in Paris disintegrated into rioting and clashes with police on Sunday, after anti-capitalists and anarchists hijacked a peaceful event organised by climate activists earlier in the day.

About 200 protesters, some wearing masks, fought with police on a street leading to la place de la République, which has become a gathering place for Parisians since the terror attacks on 13 November that killed 130 people. Witnesses said floral and other tributes were trampled in the melee.

About 100 protesters were arrested and the gathering was cleared by police using batons and teargas.

Earlier on Sunday, there had been a carnival atmosphere in the square before the climate summit due to begin on the city’s outskirts on Monday. Thousands of shoes, including a pair belonging to Pope Francis, had been symbolically laid in the square to represent a climate march that was cancelled by authorities after the terror attacks.

The environmental pressure group had organised a human chain that ran past the Bataclan, the concert venue where dozens of people died in the terror attacks. A gap was left in the human chain to represent the victims.

More than 10,000 pairs of shoes were left at place de la République, Paris, by people who were set to take part in the climate change protest

However, at lunchtime a group of anti-capitalist protesters began marching around the statue in the centre of the place de la République. At first they were outnumbered by those from the more peaceful climate groups. When two men began singing La Marseillaise, the French national anthem, they were shouted down by the crowd.

It is a song for war,” said Arora Medieu. “Two weeks ago people sang La Marseillaise to join the sadness the French people had. Today is nothing about what happened two weeks ago. We don’t have to sing for war but to be united for a big, important, beautiful cause.”

But almost immediately afterwards the fight began. About 200 anarchists, apparently led by the “black bloc” group, charged at police in a side street. The police responded with teargas and flash bangs.

It was, said protester, a demonstration against the “police state” that has cracked down on activism since the terror attacks.

The security state cannot live with manifestation [the French right to assembly],” she said. “The state of France is founded on the right to manifestation.”

The situation deteriorated quickly as police restricted access to the square and launched dozens of teargas missiles into the crowd.

Police were pelted with glass bottles, cans, sticks and a skateboard. At one point a series of large bangs made the crowd fall back in fear. It was a reminder of the psychological affect the terror attacks have left on this city, but once the crowd realised that the bangs were set off by police they surged back.

The votive candles that have piled up on the monument in the centre of Place de la Republiqué since the terror attacks were also hurled at police. Afterwards the street was littered with broken glass, candles and flowers.

A protester who was handing out eyedrops said people had the right to march for things they believe in, no matter the security situation.

It’s not just about climate change,” he said. “It’s about the current state in France. The streets belong to us.”

By the late afternoon the air in la place de la République was still acrid with the smoke from police canisters. About 250 protesters were kettled by police in one corner of the square, with no one allowed in or out.

Here is  coverage from RT

Manifestation interdite à république, des éléments violents s'en prennent aux forces de l'ordre.

Crowds gathered in the French capital on Sunday to attend a global march for the climate, despite the ban on gatherings enforced by French authorities. When one of the groups charged a police cordon, tear gas was deployed to push them back.

"Huge amounts" of tear gas were fired at protesters near Place de la Republique in central Paris, according to witnesses’ reports on Twitter, with objects flying in the direction of security forces.

The march, which was set to take place in dozens of cities around the world, was restricted in the French capital falling under the ban on gatherings introduced after the November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris.

The loyal opposition

Paris climate protesters banned but 10,000 shoes remain – video

And the view from a mouthpiece of the global elite

Sunday, 29 November 2015

COP21 - France's 'concession' - no legally binding emissions reduction targets

Just in case you still harboured any illusions about COP21 in Paris

France bows to Obama and backs down on climate ‘treaty’’

28 November, 2015

France has offered a key concession to the US on the eve of historic climate talks in Paris, saying a new global climate accord will not be called a "treaty" and might not contain legally binding emissions reduction targets.

In a significant climbdown, Laurent Fabius, French foreign minister, said signatories to the planned deal would still be legally required to meet many of its terms but most likely not the carbon-cutting goals underpinning the agreement.

"The accord needs to be legally binding. It's not just literature," Mr Fabius told the Financial Times. "But it will probably have a dual nature. Some of the clauses will be legally binding."

Mr Fabius, who is to chair the UN climate conference, added: "Another question is whether the Paris accord as a whole will be called a treaty. If that's the case, then it poses a big problem for President Barack Obama because a treaty has to pass through Congress."

The comments are among the first by a senior official to signal a willingness to accommodate the world's second largest carbon emitter to achieve a successful deal.

John Kerry, US secretary of state, warned in an FT interview this month that the Paris climate change summit could not deliver a treaty that legally requires countries to cut their emissions.

Paris plays host to the biggest UN talks on tackling global warming and curbing emissions since the ill-fated Copenhagen summit in 2009. Negotiators from nearly 200 countries will meet to try and strike the first accord to limit planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions since the Kyoto protocol in 1997.

Mr Kerry stressed that there were "not going to be legally binding reduction targets like Kyoto", a reference to the 1997 Kyoto protocol, a UN climate treaty which had targets for cutting emissions that countries ratifying it were legally obliged to meet. The Kyoto protocol was not ratified by the

At the time, François Hollande, ​the French president, reacted angrily to Mr Kerry's comments, saying making the accord legally binding was the whole point.

If it were not binding "there won't be an agreement because that would mean it would be impossible to verify or control the undertakings that are made", he said.

Many countries are comfortable with both the term "treaty" and legally binding emissions targets. But this would increase the likelihood that the agreement would have to go to a hostile US Congress for approval, an outcome the Obama administration is keen to avoid.

Veteran observers have long expected that a final deal would need to be worded in a way that satisfied the US, as well as China and other large emerging economies reluctant to take on onerous legal obligations to cut emissions.

The EU and other countries have long said the Paris deal should be an "international treaty" with binding measures to cut emissions.

But Mr Fabius said: "It would be pointless to come up with an accord that would be eventually rejected by either China or the US."

However, he said there would be a debate over whether a mechanism to review the targets every five years should be voluntary or obligatory.

Many companies say it is imperative for countries to agree to the five-yearly reviews so that investors get clear, long term policy signals.

From cloned cows in China to coal's woes across the world, Financial Times writers explore all the issues in the debate around global warming and climate change.

A coalition of companies called We Mean Business said that by strengthening their commitments every five years, "governments will keep pace with private sector innovation" and progressively shift the global economy on to a low-carbon footing.

But some countries are wary of being obliged to keep strengthening their voluntary climate targets.

The debate is just one of the many bones of contention likely to arise during the two-week conference. Developing countries say the Paris accord should acknowledge developed nations' responsibility for carbon pollution since the industrial revolution. But Mr Fabius said the question of "differentiation" between industrialised countries and poorer nations should not be a matter of principle throughout the accord.

"We need to discuss chapter by chapter," the French minister said.

Mr Fabius has told delegates from 195 countries converging on Paris this weekend to hand over their drafts of the accord by noon on Saturday December 5, leaving another week to try to overcome sticking points.

Rumours of massive Russian troop deployment to Syria

These are the rumours, from an unnamed 'insider' that appeared in Britain's tabloid publication, the Sunday Express today.

Let's just call it the 'Fog of War'

VLADIMIR Putin is preparing to send 150,000 troops to Syria in a bid to wipe out the evil Islamic State once and for all as he hints at joining the West following the Paris attacks.

The Russian leader is reportedly mounting an enormous military mission to take control of the terror group's stronghold of Raqqa.

The city is the self-declared capital of ISIS in Syria and is patrolled by as many as 5,000 jihadi members.

Putin is set to mobilise 150,000 reservists who he conscripted into the military in September.

Yesterday, following the Paris attacksPutin hinted he was ready to join forces with the West to tackle Islamic State.

He told David Cameron: "The recent tragic events in France show that we should join efforts in preventing terror."

An insider revealed: "It is very clear that Russia wants to sweep up the west of the country, taking Raqqa and all the oil and gas resources around Palmyra.

"This is fast becoming a race to Raqqa – to secure the oil fields they need to cleanse the region of insurgents, and the IS capital is vital to do that."

In a show of strength, Russian jets have previously obliterated nine ISIS outposts in just 24 hours using bunker-busting bombs.

And from Investment Watch a few days ago



From the usually more reliable South Front



Original posted by; translated from Russian by J.Hawk
Russian forces stormed rebel positions in Sakhl al-Gab, between Latakia and Idlib in northern Syria.
The assault involved Russian forces in up to battalion strength. The rebel-held heights were subjected to heavy artillery bombardment using howitzers and rocket artillery. Russian forces also had air cover in the form of Su-25M attack aircraft.
The ground operation involved Russian Naval Infantry supported by T-90 MBTs and BTR-80 [BTR-82?] APCs.

Right now the captured positions are held by Russian and Syrian forces.
Syria’s pro-government journalists are confirming that Russian ground troops conducted operations near Aleppo.
J.Hawk’s Comment: No way to tell yet whether the reports are true, but it is more likely than not that Russian ground units are participating in the fighting. Certainly the pictures of T-90 MBTs on flatbed trailers, which they would use in the event of lengthy marches rather than in security operations in direct vicinity of Khmeimim airbase, suggest the Russian ground component is no longer confined to the environs of Russian naval and air facilities in Syria. This development would be consistent with preparations reported in the weekly Russia Military Map status updates and the fact that the Syrian army is averse to conducting shock action assaults which reduces the effects of the Russian air/artillery bombardment. One or a few reinforced battalion battlegroups could operate as the “extraordinary force” on selected sectors of the front and have an effect on the overall situation out of all proportion to their numbers (and in fact we have seen something similar during the winter 2014/15 fighting on the Donbass), whereas the Syrian army, the “ordinary force”, would hold territory, conduct defensive operations, and create conditions suitable for the employment of Russian shock units

US troops in Syria

US Troops Arrive in Syria to 'Train' Rebels
What could possibly go wrong?

27 November, 2015

AFP is reporting that US soldiers arenow operating in northern Syria
U.S. soldiers are in Kobani, the town in northern Syria nearly destroyed in fierce fighting with ISIS, to train Kurdish forces to battle the extremists, Kurdish sources said Thursday.
Mustapha Abdi, an activist in the town on the Turkish border, told AFP the American instructors had arrived “in recent hours” in what is the first official deployment of U.S. ground troops in Syria.
A source with the Kurdish People's Protection Units said the Americans would help plan offensives on two Syrian cities held by ISIS – Jarablus and the extremists' Syrian “capital”, Raqqa.
At the same time, they would have a role in coordinating with the Kurds and their Arab and Syriac Christian allies on the ground airstrikes on ISIS by the U.S.-led coalition, the YPG source said.
Abdi said that the troops who had arrived were a “first group of instructors” who would train the Kurds.
There was no immediate information on how many of them had arrived or to what branch, or branches, of the military they belong.
The news comes after Brett McGurk, President Barack Obama's special envoy to the coalition, said Sunday that U.S. forces would be arriving on the ground “very soon”.

As you might recall, Obama announced that he would be putting boots on the ground in Syria, after vowing to never put boots on the ground in Syria. 
Try to wrap your head around this: Obama says he supports Ankara after Turkish F-16s shot down a Russian jet in Syrian airspace…but he's also sending US soldiers to “train” Kurdish rebels who have been at war with Turkey since the dawn of time. Where is the logic here?

Turkish media on Turkish weapons headed for ISIS

Turkish weapons ‘heading to end in ISIS hands’: RT speaks to Cumhuriyet journalists

29 November, 2015

Journalists from one of few remaining independent newspapers in Turkey, Cumhuriyet, whose editors were recently, arrested, have spoken to RT from their Istanbul office, sharing what they know about Turkey's alleged connections with Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).

An RT crew visited the newspaper's office in Istanbul, and were allowed to talk with its reporters, while hundreds of people gathered outside the media office to protest against the authorities' decision to arrest Cumhuriyet editor-in-chief Can Dundar, and senior editor of the paper in Ankara, Erdem Gul

In addition to the news of the Cumhuriyet journalists' arrests, it was announced on Friday that another Turkish media worker, Daily Hurriyet columnist and former editor-in-chief Ertugrul Ozkok faces up to five years and four months in prison for "insulting" the Turkish president in an opinion piece published in September. The indictment claimed Ozkok's writing following the tragic death of a Syrian refugee boy, whose body was washed ashore a Turkish beach, exceeded the limits of "acceptable criticism," Daily Hurriyet said.

With a Turkish prosecutor asking a court to imprison the Cumhuriyet journalists pending trial on charges of treason, espionage and terrorist propaganda, the mood in the office was tense and many refused to talk to RT on camera, but still wanted to be heard.

In May, the outlet which is considered to be the opponent of the government, published photos of weapons it said were then transferred to Syria by Turkey's intelligence agency.

Those who sent the convoy from Turkey knew that the weapons were"heading to end [up] in ISIS hands," one of the Cumhuriyet bosses told RT's Ilya Petrenko. "There was that flag that belongs to ISIS... [it could be seen] very clearly [from] Turkish border line," the journalist said.

Turkish officials made contradictory statements after the paper blew the whistle, first saying that the arms "were going to the Free Syrian Army," then denying the delivery altogether, and then saying the "aid was destined for the Turkmen."

"When you ask [the government] who [the Turkmen] are, they tell you that those are our guys," another Cumhuriyet journalist told RT. But when the reporter "personally talked" to the fighters supported by her government in Syria, she said she didn't see how they could be different from the terrorists, saying "they were all brothers."

"[There is] no difference between ISIS and the other guys. I think there is a problem with the labels here, because all the world is focused on ISIS, but there are other jihadist groups there, and they have links with Al-Nusra or ISIS, [while] Turkey says 'we are helping that groups – not ISIS'," the Turkish journalist added.

"ISIS is smuggling oil to Turkey and through Turkey... it's kind of common knowledge by now. But the big question is [whether] it's possible that they are doing it without the government's knowledge or some authority's knowledge," one of Cumhuriyet's employees told RT.

America: Stolen Syrian and Iraqi oil untouchable

This is the reality behind the American facade. Stolen oil bound for Turkey is untouchable

'US Refused to Attack Turkey-Bound ISIL Oil Trucks'
The US military refuses to attack Islamic State trucks that carry stolen Iraqi and Syrian oil to Turkey, arguing that these are civilian targets, a prominent Iraqi politician said on Saturday.

29 November, 2015

I have personally contacted US representatives asking them to target ISIL trucks transporting Iraqi and Syrian oil to Turkey only to be told that those were civilian targets so they could not attack them,” a leader of the State of Law Coalition party in the Iraqi parliament and former National Security Adviser Mowaffak Rubaie, told Sputnik by telephone on Saturday.

On Wednesday Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the incident with the Russian Su-24 bomber shot down by a Turkish fighter jet over Syria was in response to Russian attacks on ISIL oil installations.
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem earlier said that  the son of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan could have an interest in the illegal oil trade with the Islamic State terrorist group. 
He also said that  Turkey had shot down the Russian plane acting on behalf of the oil company owned by Mr. Erdogan’s son, Bilal.
Meanwhile, President Vladimir Putin’s press-secretary Dmitry Peskov also said that Moscow had information that the son of the Turkish President “has an interest in the oil business.”

Erdogan's revenge

Erdogan’s Russian Roulette–Was It Only About Oily Revenge?

28 November, 2015

All publicly available intelligence surrounding the deliberate and illegal shoot-down of the Russian SU-34 fighter-bomber over Syrian airspace on November 24 by planes of the Turkish Air Force indicate the action was pre-meditated and carefully so. The relevant question is by whom and for what end or ends? The Russian Prime Minister has pointed to Turkey’s losses from the destruction by the Russian bombing campaign of the last days of the illegal oil ISIS terrorists were smuggling from seized oilfields in Mosul. That may be only the tip of a very big iceberg.

First it’s important to look closely at Turkey’s role in facilitating the illegal oil smuggling that is reportedly the major funding source for IS terror gangs in Syria and Iraq. In August in an article I wrote for this website I documented the fact that the Harvard-educated 35-year-old son of Turkish President Erdogan, Bilal Erdogan, was up to his eyeballs in smuggling stolen Iraqi oil via Turkey to select markets. That illegal oil finances the major activities of ISIS in Iraq and Syria, a point of which Russia’s Putin gently reminded US President Obama and others at the recent Antalya, Turkey G-20 meeting. Fourteen months of alleged US bombings of ISIS targets never once went after the oil

Erdogan’s Energy Nepotism

Gürsel Tekin vice-president of the Turkish Republican Peoples’ Party, CHP, declared in a recent Turkish media interview, “President Erdoğan claims that according to international transportation conventions there is no legal infraction concerning Bilal’s illicit activities and his son is doing an ordinary business with the registered Japanese companies, but in fact Bilal Erdoğan is up to his neck in complicity with terrorism, but as long as his father holds office he will be immune from any judicial prosecution.” Bilal Erdoğan’s maritime companies own special wharfs in Beirut and Ceyhan ports transporting ISIS’ smuggled crude oil in Japan-bound oil tankers. The Turkish opposition parties also accuse the bellicose President Erdoğan of whitewashing the scandals concerning Bilal’s involvement in transporting Iraqi oil making ISIS the wealthiest global terrorist group. Tekin adds that BMZ Ltd, Bilal’s maritime company doing the oil trades for ISIS, is “a family business and president Erdoğan’s close relatives hold shares in BMZ and they misused public funds and took illicit loans from Turkish banks.”

The ties of the Erdogan government to the ISIS oil operations were explicitly referenced in a November 25 press statement by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev who stated, “Turkey’s actions basically made it clear that the country protects ISIS. This is hardly surprising, considering the reports that certain Turkish officials have a vested interest in cheap oil supplies coming from the Islamic State.”

The brazen actions of the Erdogan cabal became a bit more ridiculous and transparent the day following Turkey’s unwarranted and unprecedented downing of the Russian bomber and rescue helicopter. Turkey’s Prime Minister, Erdogan intimus Ahmet Davutoğlu, named the son-in-law of the President, 37-year-old US-educated Berat Albayrak to be Turkish Energy Minister, which would make the new Energy Minister and the oily Bilal Erdogan brothers-in-law. That keeps everything firmly in the family to besure.

Erdogan a ‘Lone Assassin’?

That the tyrannical Erdogan and his Air Force and intelligence services were directly implicated in the shoot-down of the Russian SU-34 is not in dispute. The more relevant question, however, is whether Erdogan and his government acted as a “lone assassin” so to speak. Here several murky questions present themselves.

It is documented that Israel is deeply implicated in working with ISIS in Syria, particularly in the Golan Heights region where Genie Energy, a company tied to Dick Cheney and Jacob Lord Rothschild, recently claimed it had discovered a huge oil find in Israeli seized land in the Syrian Golan Heights. A recent UN report detailed eye-witness accounts of Israeli IDF soldiers with ISIS terrorists. ISIS has also conspicuously ignored attacks on Israel.

Chris Dalby, an analyst with, wrote in September, 2014, “The 11 oil fields that IS controls in Iraq and Syria have made it a largely independent financial machine. Reports show that IS-controlled fields in Iraq produce between 25,000 and 40,000 barrels of oil per day, at an estimated value of approximately $1.2 million, before being smuggled out to Iran, Kurdistan, Turkey and Syria.”

The Israeli daily, Haaretz reported that since June, 2014 Israel has imported as much as 75% of its oil needs from Iraq. But it is supposedly from the Kurdish area of Iraq. The Iraqi government claimed that the oil belongs to Iraq and can only be sold through Iraq’s Petroleum Ministry. Conveniently enough for Israel, the eruption of ISIS terror and their taking of the oil region of Mosul near the Kurdish area, and ISIS’ seizing other Iraqi oil fields after June 2014 robbed the Iraqi Baghdad government of major oil revenues, making the spread if ISIS far more easy.

According to Falastin News Palestine, ISIS has seized sizable stocks of crude oil extracted from oil fields during the past few months. Before the most recent Russian bombing sorties targeting ISIS oil facilities in Syria, ISIS was exporting Iraqi crude oil to Turkey refineries routed through Kurdish region. They report further that Iraqi oil is also being supplied to Israel via Turkey’s Mediterranean port of Ceyhan. Israel and Turkish companies are transporting the oil to the borders using the routes controlled by ISIS.

The London Financial Times quoting a US Treasury official, reported that the government of Bashar al Assad, via middlemen, has been forced to buy its own Syrian oil from ISIS.

Now in one of the most absurd developments in an absurd Washington war against Bashar al Assad, the US Treasury’s financial warfare unit, the aptly-named Department of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, through its acting director, Treasury Under Secretary Adam Szubin, on November 25, announced it was imposing new sanctions on the Assad regime for…buying ISIS oil, which of course is Syrian and Iraqi oil which ISIS stole beginning in 2014. Szubin, in one of the richer absurd arguments of Washington of late cited, “ongoing government of Syria ties to ISIL,” their preferred name for ISIS, as the reason.

So for the first time perhaps since the 1950’s a plane of a NATO member, Turkey, in violation of all NATO procedure, has deliberately shot down a non-threatening plane of Russia in a confrontation that easily could escalate into a world war. The remarkable thing to watch now is what is coming out of Washington and London. Washington rushed to verify the since-exposed Turkish lie that they had warned the Russian SU-34 aircraft ten times over five minutes to leave and got no response. Then Britain’s ever-Washington appeasing David Cameron made the lunatic statement, “The facts on this are not yet clear, but I think we should respect Turkey’s right to protect its airspace…”

Many, many serious questions need to be examined closely by all parties in this most dangerous escalation of the Syria crisis. My masculine intuition tells me that Recep Erdogan would never risk such a dangerous bold and illegal action against Russia on whom Turkey depends for 50% of her natural gas imports and a huge part of her tourism dollar earnings merely because the family ISIS oil business was being bombed away by Russian jets.

There were clearly serious silent backers egging Erdogan on to commit the act. What role did the emotionally unstable US Defense Secretary and neo-conservative Russophobe Ash Carter have, if any, in the downing of the SU-34 and later the Russian rescue helicopter? What role did Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff ‘Fighting Joe’ Dunford play, if any? What role did the British secret services play, if any? What role did the Israeli IDF and Mossad play, if any, in the Turkish deed?

It would be interesting were Russia to issue an Interpol warrant for the arrest of Bilal Erdogan and place him on trial for war crimes in an honest international tribunal. I could imagine that taken away from the protection of his pappy in Turkey, that the young Bilal might sing like a proverbial canary. Clear is that Erdogan and his partners in this crime, whoever they are, have just taken a huge step to escalating a global war. Isn’t it time we stop allowing such incompetent people determine our fate? I think so.

F. William Engdahl is strategic risk consultant and lecturer, he holds a degree in politics from Princeton University and is a best-selling author on oil and geopolitics, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.