Sunday, 4 October 2015

Abby Martin on Saudi Arabia

Inside Saudi Arabia: Butchery, Slavery & History of Revolt

Meet the new head of the United Nations panel on Human Rights: the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Abby Martin takes us inside the brutal reality of this police-state monarchy, and tells the untold people's history of resistance to it. With a major, catastrophic war in Yemen and looming high-profile executions of activists, The Empire Files exposes true nature of the U.S.-Saudi love affair

Syria report - 10/03/2015

I hope there will be an English translation of this soon. 600 ISIS fighters from Europe have left their positions and are trying to make their way back to Europe.

Russia: 50 ISIL military facilities destroyed by Russian Air Force - Gen. Colonel Kartapolov

Head of the Main Operations Department of the Russian Armed Forces General Staff, Andrei Kartapolov, announced in Moscow on Saturday that the Russian Air Force has carried out "more than 60 flights" in the Syrian Arab Republic in order to "destroy 50 infrastructural facilities of the terrorist organization ISIL." 

The strikes were "carried out around the clock from the Hmeymim air base along the whole depth of the territory of Syria," he added

International Military Review - Syria, Oct 3, 2015

Over 450 Militants Surrender to the Syrian Security Forces in Dara’a; Nusra Leader Killed in Busra Al-Sham

On Saturday morning, the Syrian Security Forces inside the provincial capital of the Dara’a Governorate were surprised by the huge line of militants from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) that were preparing to surrender themselves to the state government in exchange for an amnesty hearing offered by a civilian tribunal.

According to a military source inside Dara’a City, over 450 militants from the Free Syrian Army and another 250 people wanted by governmental authority have turned themselves into the Syrian Security Forces after an activist from the rebel group delivered a message, which specifically stated their intentions to surrender to the state government if they would be offered an amnesty hearing in exchange.

The Syrian Security Forces complied with the request and on Friday; this led to the Free Syrian Army militants pouring into a checkpoint to deliver their weapons the checkpoint guards in order to turn themselves in per the agreement.

Meanwhile, in eastern Dara’a, the Syrian Air Force struck the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” and their allies from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) at the ancient city of Busra Al-Sham, killing a number of enemy combatants, including the emir (leader) of Jabhat Al-Nusra that was entrenched with his fighters near the Al-Sweida border.

From DEBKA Files

Chinese warplanes join air strikes in Syria as Russia gains Iraqi air base

Russia’s military intervention in Syria has expanded radically in two directions. debkafile’s military and intelligence sources report that China sent word to Moscow Friday, Oct. 2, that J-15 fighter bombers would shortly join the Russian air campaign that was launched Wednesday, Sept. 30. Baghdad has moreover offered Moscow an air base for targeting the Islamic State now occupying large swathes of Iraqi territory

Russia’s military intervention in Syria has five additional participants: China, Iran, Iraq, Syria and Hizballah.
The J-15 warplanes will take off from the Chinese Liaoning-CV-16 aircraft carrier, which reached Syrian shores on Sept. 26 (as debkafile exclusively reported at the time). This will be a landmark event for Beijing: its first military operation in the Middle East as well the carrier’s first taste of action in conditions of real combat.
Thursday night, China’s foreign minister Wang Yi, made this comment on the Syrian crisis at a UN Security Council session in New York: “The world cannot afford to stand by and look on with folded arms, but must also not arbitrarily interfere (in the crisis).”
A no less significant development occurred at about the same time when Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, speaking to the US PBS NewsHour, said he would welcome a deployment of Russian troops to Iraq to fight ISIS forces in his country too. As an added incentive, he noted that this would also give Moscow the chance to deal with the 2,500 Chechen Muslims whom, he said, are fighting with ISIS in Iraq.
debkafile’s military sources add that Al-Abadi’s words came against the backdrop of two events closely related to Russia’s expanding role in the war arena:
1.  A joint Russian-Iranian-Syrian-Iraqi war room has been working since last week out of the Iraqi Defense Ministry and military staff headquarters in Baghdad to coordinate the passage of Russian and Iranian airlifts to Syria and also Russian air raids. This command center is also organizing the transfer of Iranian and pro-Iranian Shiite forces into Syria.
2.  Baghdad and Moscow have just concluded a deal for the Russian air force to start using the Al Taqaddum Air Base at Habbaniyah, 74 km west of Baghdad, both as a way station for the Russian air corridor to Syria and as a launching-pad for bombing missions against ISIS forces and infrastructure in northern Iraq and northern Syria.
Russia has thus gained a military enclave in Iraq, just as it has in Syria, where it has taken over a base outside Latakia on the western coast of Syria. At the same time, the Habbaniyah air base also serves US forces operating in Iraq, which number an estimated 5,000.

As Russia begins bombing campaign, Israel claims to uncover 'first suspected ISIS cell'

Bernie Suarez

In a bizarre announcement no doubt designed to coincide with Russia's bombing campaign against ISIS, Israel now claims they suddenly "uncovered" the "first suspected ISIS cell" in Israel well over one year since the ISIS show began, during which time ISIS has remarkably never attacked Israel. 

Unfortunately for Israel it's well known throughout the world that not only is Israel one of the primary players behind ISIS but that ISIS will show up anywhere in the world, except Israel. ISIS has not even once attacked Israel as it has with other countries like Iraq and Syria, both which happen to be on Israel's list of countries they (Israel) wanted to break up for the so-called "greater Israel" plans long ago declared. 

Despite the fact that Israel is a stone's throw away from where ISIS originated and an attack on Israel would be more efficient, more realistic and much more meaningful from an "ISIS" point of view, no such attack has ever been done. Instead, we've been asked to believe all this time that ISIS would prefer to travel all the way to the United States, thousands of miles across the ocean to attack American cities. This, according to Western mainstream media and politicians, was such a sure thing that many politicians and Middle East "experts" were warning Americans by the end of 2014 of the inevitable ISIS attacks coming soon. Criminal Leon Panetta even boldly came out and stated that ISIS was a "30 year war." The goal back then was to make ISIS seem greater than god. That this god of terrorism refused to attack next door neighbor Israel remained a mysteryBut now that Russia is destroying Israel's ISIS with real air attacks posing a threat to Israeli plans in the Middle East we see that this whole ISIS mystery is about to change

In this new story strikingly contradictory of literally everything that is known about ISIS, the Israeli propaganda machine is claiming, almost comically, not only that they have uncovered the first suspected ISIS cell in Israel but that the perpetrators have been arrested. Amazing how all this time no one was aware of this secret ISIS operation until now that Russia is bombing ISIS. ISIS apparently completely evaded Israeli intelligence, surveillance, security, military operations, police and all and successfully set up a cell smack in the middle of Israel without anyone realizing it until now. Isn't this timing an amazing coincidence? Worse than that a close examination of the story reveals this is all based on conversations and claims that the cell was "on behalf" of ISIS. The story couldn't get any more vague:
Two of the suspects, Muhammad Sharif, 22, and Ahmed Mahajna, 19, both from the northern Israeli town of Yafia near the Arab-majority city of Nazareth, had contacted two Israeli-Arabs from the same town who had traveled to Iraq to fight for ISIS, the Shin Bet said, according to The Times of Israel.

The two Israeli-Arab ISIS militants in Syria, Muhammad Kilani and Muhammad Kananneh, told the men to establish the ISIS cell in Israel with the third suspect, 23-year-old Muhammad Jazalah. Israeli media reports said the three men already had connections to radical Islamists before setting up the suspected ISIS cell.

All three of the suspects charged with plotting terrorist attacks admitted to security forces that they had planned to launch attacks on behalf of ISIS. They also confessed to purchasing weapons, training with them and gathering intelligence on military and police sites in the country.
So were these guys actually ISIS or just a convenient story of claims being made by men in order to support state propaganda? It's not like Israel has done this before right? 

Actually, this is not the first time we've seen these bizarre convenient arrest announcements from Israel. As we observed in Israel's illegal attacks against the people of Palestine in 2014, Israel always seems to arrest key "suspects" who conveniently confess to things that fit the agenda of the moment. We saw this pointedly last year (2014) when Israel claimed to have captured a key Hamas leader who then confessed (contrary to all reports) that Hamas was indeed behind the murder of the three teenagers whose murder was used as the key justification by Israel for the reckless bombing of Palestinians in Gaza. The problem with this story is that "Saleh Al-Arouri," the captured supposed Hamas leader whose story contradicted the claims of Hamas fighters, was also living in an Israeli-friendly region of Turkey, spent many years in an Israeli prison for unclear "terrorism" charges and had long been suspected of working for "both sides." So it shouldn't strike anyone as a coincidence that we're hearing a story of another arrest, this time "ISIS" fighters conveniently caught in a "suspected ISIS cell" in Israel. 

This seemingly staged and very convenient scenario comes too late, however, for Israel who was busted earlier this year by Iraqi officials when ISIS militants "advisors" were captured and discovered to be working for Israel and the U.S.. It's too late since even a U.N. report from earlier this year (2015) confirmed Israeli ties to ISIS. 

Nevertheless Jack Moore of Newsweek puts the psyop lies in writing hoping Americans digest the propaganda:
Security forces in August dismantled the first suspected Islamic State (ISIS) cell in Israel, the country's Shin Bet security agency said on Thursday, The Times of Israel reported.

Authorities arrested three suspects accused of planning to conduct attacks for the terrorist group on Israeli soil, and another suspect was charged with joining the cell. The four suspects were indicted at Nazareth District Court on Thursday for contact with a foreign agent, membership of an illegal organization, activity in the organization and weapons charges.

In addition to the four suspects, three other people were charged with aiding the alleged ISIS cell.

Two of the suspects, Muhammad Sharif, 22, and Ahmed Mahajna, 19, both from the northern Israeli town of Yafia near the Arab-majority city of Nazareth, had contacted two Israeli-Arabs from the same town who had traveled to Iraq to fight for ISIS, the Shin Bet said, according to 
The Times of Israel.

The two Israeli-Arab ISIS militants in Syria, Muhammad Kilani and Muhammad Kananneh, told the men to establish the ISIS cell in Israel with the third suspect, 23-year-old Muhammad Jazalah. Israeli media reports said the three men already had connections to radical Islamists before setting up the suspected ISIS cell.
It is clear to see that the propaganda is now free-flowing from Israel and the Western (Zionist) mainstream media outlets. The Zionist-led Western media is the historic master of propaganda both literally and figuratively. This ridiculous new narrative only proves that desperate times really do require desperate measures. No one should underestimate the level of desperation and propaganda coming out of Washington and Israel over the past few days ever since their Syrian strategy started falling apart and their ISIS proxy army started facing death and destruction at the hands of actual bombing campaigns from the new Russian anti-ISIS coalition. For the first time ISIS fighters are actually threatened with being killed. For the first time the people who are supposed to be bombing ISIS are not also secretly supporting them with weapons and supplies while pretending to be against them. 

Life at the ISIS camp has changed dramatically as recently resigned former ISIS Czar General John Allen discovered. Seeing the new scenario unfolding Allen went straight for the door, and who wouldn't? 

Now is the best time to marvel at U.S.-Israeli propaganda; and it's even more interesting to observe the thoughts and reactions of the people who digest their lies regardless of how disconnected it is from reality. This recent Israeli propaganda is no doubt intended to deceive those who believe their government and media wouldn't lie to them telling them that Israel is against ISIS, and maybe Israel (not Russia, Iran or Iraq) should be the ones in Syria fighting ISIS. This story is likely just a precursor story intended to create the backdrop for a future declaration of Israeli aggression in Syria

The goal is to get Israel in Syria to defend ISIS or as they'll say the "Syrian rebels" one way or another. 

Well, so much for ISIS not attacking Israel right? But wait, the supposed ISIS fighters were caught before they could even fire off one round. So the claim can still be made. ISIS has still not attacked Israel. Not one Israeli killed by ISIS yet. With an amazing stroke of luck the attack was prevented almost pre-crime Minority Report style. 

Want to know who's really behind ISIS? Take a look around and see who is reacting with the most displeasure to the Russia anti-ISIS bombing campaign. Plain and simple and by all logical reasoning both the U.S. and Israel should be thrilled that Russia is joining them in their supposed year-long losing fight against ISIS. That allows both the U.S. and Israel to save money, save ammunition and resources and should officially peacefully align Russia with both Israel and the United States. Any observer should be asking how is this not happening? Aren't common enemies supposed to come together? The only way to rationalize this is by realizing what we already know, that ISIS is a creation of Israel and the U.S. with the support of its allies and that the creation of ISIS was all about destroying Syria like they did with Libya and Iraq. Should we all stand around and do nothing now that this war crime is fully revealed? 

The world is awake and aware of U.S.'s and Israel's ISIS and their agenda in Syria. These key new world order players chose this game, not Russia, not Iran or Iraq and now it is entirely possible this could be the impetus for WWIII which in some ways has already begun. It is up to everyone who cares about truth to continue to expose this. The battle between mainstream media and alternative media, I believe, is at its peak and is now defined by this ISIS psyop as much as it is defined by any other story. The story of ISIS and the Intelligence battle it represents, I believe is a measure of how effective the Internet and alternative media can be against Intelligence agencies and their mainstream media outlets. For that reason everyone should pay attention to this story and try to spread the awareness. 


Information sharing is probably the most important immediate solution you can implement in your life with regard to this important issue. Some would argue that you should be involved in the voting process and vote out politicians who support war. Surely that is another solution, and that may work at some point, but what about when the voting process is rigged like everything else? The fight then becomes more complex. That's why focusing on bottom-up solutions are the only way to approach this. Remove your consent first in your personal life. Find your voice and use it to push back by opposing wars of aggression. When the terrorists are funded by the same countries that claim the need to continue the war on terror it's time to end the phony "war on terror" once and for all. Let's hold politicians and our local police to this at the lowest level. The story of ISIS proves that information and awareness does have an impact on the end result so let's keep the information and awareness flowing in the direction of truth and watch as the lies, like this story, continue to crumble. The globalists after all, are scrambling and desperate for a reason.

Clinton, Cotton, McCain & Fiorina Suggest No Fly Zones Against Russia & Syria

ISIS "could be wiped out in just HOURS" - British tabloid press

I stand corrected.This news HAS made the international press - or part of it.  


Significant because this appears in the Express which has been baying for war with Russia

From Kevin Hester:

"In 48 hours of a bombing campaign Russia has been able to neutralise ISIS that the coalition of the unwilling has been pretending to battle for over a year and made no head way.

"You can be sure that Israel and the US have been monitoring very closely the efficiency of the campaign. 

"The Russians drove off one Israeli fighter jet, we are only a hairs breath from the axis of evil and Russia being at war."

ISIS left so weakened by airstrikes and desertion it could be wiped out in just HOURS

ISLAMIC STATE (ISIS) is now so fragile that its so-called Caliphate could be wiped out in a matter of HOURS, a top terror expert said today.

An abandoned outpost, right,  as Russian jets pound ISIS positions

the Express,
3 October, 2015

Western and more recently Russian airstrikes, chaotic leadership and mass defections have weakened the jihadi group to such an extent that it would be unable to repel even a small invasion force. 

A terror analyst told that the fanatics have vastly exaggerated their military strength and called on Western leaders to launch a co-ordinated fightback which would obliterate the hate group. 

Dr Afzal Ashraf said ISIS has become its own worst enemy with its campaign of terror against the West, which has prompted an international backlash. 

A US-led coalition including Britain has launched airstrikes against the extremist group which have killed thousands of its fighters after being outraged by its barbarity. 

And Dr Ashraf said that another atrocity on the scale of this summer's Tunisia beach massacrecould result in boots on the ground and an end to ISIS' evil grip on power. 

An ISIS compound in flames after an airstrikeAP
ISIS has been significantly weakened by airstrike

Peshmerga forces mass for an assault on ISISAP

The Kurdish Peshmerga have been driving ISIS back in northern Iraq
A flag flies at an abandoned ISIS outpostAP
An abandoned ISIS outpost which was overrun by Kurdish forcesstyle

He said: "This mythical state will disappear in a matter of hours once the international community decides to act. 

"It won't take very long at all to drive them, if not out of all of Iraq or Syria, then certainly the majority of their territories. 

"They will hide in towns, but I would say do not to follow them as they would use innocent civilians as human shields. 

"Leave them in these isolated settlements and they will soon lose control." 

Two ISIS fighters hold a flagAP

ISIS has reportedly lost half of its fighters

Footage from a Russian drone showing the destruction of an ISIS headquartersAP
Footage from a Russian drone showing the destruction of an ISIS headquarters

Smoke billows from an ISIS building after an airstrikeAP
Smoke billows from an ISIS building after an

This mythical state will disappear in a matter of hours once the international community decides to cat

Dr Afzal Ashraf

Last month it emerged that half of the group's fighters have now been killed, whilst others are deserting en masse after their salaries were slashed. 

Dr Ashraf, a researcher at the respected Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) think tank, added that assessments of ISIS' military capabilities have been vastly overplayed. 

He said: "They have built up this superhero status because of the way the Iraqi army just fell apart when they confronted it. But that was not very much to do with their ability to fight, it was to do with the Iraqi army, which just doesn't have a leadership that inspires. Once you've got a General running off you don't expect the soldiers to stand and fight. 

"As a result, they have given the impression that they are far more capable than they are. If we had serious forces fighting in a coordinated battle against these people they wouldn't last very long at all." 

A convoy of ISIS fighters in jeepsAP

He said: "Late last summer when ISIS came under attack from Western forces it started to lash out, first through beheadings of Western hostages. 

"The reason we've seen a fall in beheadings since then is because they achieved nothing. ISIS had a lot of demands and they never succeeded in those demands. 
"Instead they are now encouraging attacks in other countries, but their actions both in terms of inspiring these attacks and in causing a refugee crisis have taken the heat off Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad and have put the focus of the main threat onto them. 

"What's happening with these attacks, particularly the Tunisia attack, is that the British government has now taken an increasingly more assertive and aggressive role in the fight against them. 

"ISIS has now achieved itself through its own actions what many politicians and people failed to do, and that's to galvanise the international community against it." 
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An ISIS fighter fires a rocket launcherAP
ISIS' advance has stalled after its initial gains

An ISIS sniper in a buildingAP

Dr Afzal Ashraf said ISIS' Caliphate could fall within hours of an assault 

His comments came as it emerged that ISIS is now indirectly inspiring far more terror plots abroad than it is carrying out itself. 

Research by the Henry Jackson Society showed that the jihadis have been involved in the planning of just one Islamist attack in the last 14 months. 

Instead, three quarters of those plotting atrocities in the group's name are inspired by online videos and had never had any contact with its fighters. 

But Dr Ashraf said ISIS' strategy of promoting 'lone wolf' attacks will turn out to be its biggest blunder yet. 

ISIS Fleeing Syria

This news MUST get out. There will be silence from mainstream media.

ISIS Fleeing Syria to Evade Russian Airstrikes

3 October, 2015

The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) is under attack from above, but this time it is not from the U.S. led “Anti-ISIS Coalition” or the Syrian Arab Air Force (SAAF); no, the terrorist group is being bombarded by the numerous fighters jets of the Russian Air Force that are patrolling the skies above Syria’s eastern countryside.

In a matter of 48 hours, ISIS has been struck by the Russian Air Force inside the provincial capital of Al-Raqqa and its surrounding area at least 25 times and each time, the aforementioned air force targets an imperative site that was relatively untouched by the U.S. led Anti ISIS Coalition; this includes the Tabaqa Military Airport and Tabaqa National Hospital – ISIS’ primary military base and headquarters in Al-Raqqa.

With nowhere to run inside Syria, the terrorist group has been forced to flee to safer quarters outside of the country; this was confirmed by the Shaytat Tribesmen in the Deir Ezzor Governorate’s eastern countryside.

According to a military source from the 104th Airborne Brigade of the Republican Guard in Deir Ezzor, the Shaytat Tribesmen have reported that a large convoy of ISIS fighters and their families have begun their exodus from the cities of Al-Mayadeen and AbuKamaal to the nearby Iraqi province of Al-‘Anbar in anticipation for the increased Russian airstrikes inside Deir Ezzor.

Recently, the Russian Air Force has specifically targeted the terrorist group inside the Deir Ezzor Governorate, striking ISIS sites along the imperative Deir Ezzor-Raqqa International Highway and Al-Mayadeen-Deir Ezzor Road.

Climate change denial

Methane and Extinction Deniers: The New Climate Change Challenge

The new denial in climate science is methane and extinction. How can we overcome the deniers? It was a challenge to overcome the climate change denial campaign; people don't want to hear about extinction in our lifetime...

And the governments? One can not make business and promote a consumption economy and war when the possibility of human extinction is on the news. How are we going to turn around this one? The Arctic sea ice is melting and will disappear completely in one to three years. CO2 emissions are going up instead of down. Global warming has a "runaway" attached to it now. How are we going to "catch" it?

Update from the Arctic - 10/03/2015

Arctic weather update - 10/02/2015

You can see the wind vortex in the region above Canada stirring up waves and further breaking up ice. I do not know what this is doing to releases of methane in the region.

The beginning of October and as you can see conditions are far from frigid

 From Malcolm Light

Dr. Malcolm Light has pointed out from Goddard Institute of Space Study data that 10 03 2015 is the closest date to mark the transition to a methane controlled climate. A very fateful day.

Indonesian forest fires setdeliberately during el-Nino

Indonesia forest fires could become worst on record: NASA

2 October, 2015

Jakarta (AFP) - The forest fires blanketing Southeast Asia in choking haze are on track to become among the worst on record, NASA has warned, with a prolonged dry season hampering efforts to curb a crisis that has persisted for nearly two decades.

Malaysia, Singapore and large expanses of Indonesia have suffered for weeks from acrid smoke billowing from fires on plantations and peatlands that are being illegally cleared by burning.

Though the crisis grips the region nearly ever year during the dry season, scientists predict the current outbreak could surpass 1997 levels, when out-of-control forest fires sent pollution soaring to record highs in an environmental disaster that cost an estimated USD$9 billion.

If the forecasted dry conditions extend, the region could be enveloped in even denser smog, exacerbating a crisis that has seen flights grounded, schools closed and tens of thousands of people seek medical treatment for respiratory problems.

Conditions in Singapore and southeastern Sumatra are tracking close to 1997,” Robert Field, a Columbia University scientist based at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, was quoted as saying by the US science agency.

If the forecasts for a longer dry season hold, this suggests 2015 will rank among the most severe events on record.”

Smoke from Indonesia forest fires pictured  on NASA's …
Smoke from Indonesia forest fires pictured on NASA's Terra satellite on September 24, 2015 (AFP  …

Pressure on Indonesia from its neighbours has intensified this year as the fires have raged on, with Jakarta deploying more than 20,000 troops, police and other personnel to fight the fires through waterbombing and chemically-induced rainfall.

An El Nino weather system has made conditions drier than usual in Indonesia, but authorities are hoping much-needed rains will arrive within a month to finally douse the blazes.

It could be too little too late in Malaysia, where farmers have complained of poor yields due to the haze, and in Singapore where the government has launched legal action against companies blamed for farm and plantation fires.
But in more bad news, the worst of the smog shrouding the region could be yet to come.

Herry Purnomo, a haze expert at the Indonesia-based Centre for International Forestry Research, told AFP the dry season was not expected to peak in Sumatra until next month, when more smoke was predicted.

Residential houses and commercial buildings covered …
Residential houses and commercial buildings covered in haze in Kuala Lumpur on September 29, 2015 (A …

"It's not over yet," he said, adding the economic cost of the "horrendous" fires would be as bad as 1997.

Authorities worry air quality in Singapore, which improved Friday to the lower end of the “unhealthy” range after heavy rains overnight, could worsen again depending on the wind direction from Sumatra.

In Malaysia, where weeks of fog-like white-gray smoke has forced repeated large-scale school closures out of health concerns, there's fears the prolonged dry season could spark fires in Malaysia, compounding the Đ½disaster.

"That will be a double catastrophe," said Lim Teck Wyn, who organised a protest march to Indonesia’s embassy in Kuala Lumpur over the haze.

The annual haze crisis has persisted despite all efforts, especially as plantations expand to meet rising global demand for products like palm oil, a key ingredient in a vast range of everyday consumer products.

The fires smoulder beneath the surface of carbon-rich peatlands, feeding off vast quantities of fuel, making them extremely difficult to curb as millions of tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions are released into the atmosphere.

The NASA-linked Global Fire Emissions Database has estimated around 600 million tonnes of greenhouse gases have been released as a result of this year's fires - roughly equivalent to Germany's entire annual output.

The TPP negotiations

Key talks big at UN, walks backwards in NZ

3 October, 2015

John Key’s big moment at the UN to lecture the world on Syria and Climate Change is all very good, but when you actually look at what he is doing in NZ, it is pitiful.

Key only moved on letting in more Syrian refugees when he was forced to by public opinion backlash. He lied to NZ about re-invading Iraq before the election, and as soon as he won it he was sending in SAS to help target ISIS for US airstrikes under the prettiness of ‘training’ the Iraqi Army. We are siding with a butcher like Assad to help kill a bunch of religious fanatics who are funded by Saudi Arabia, the same Saudi Arabia John Key is so desperate to sign a free trade deal with.

Key is so conflicted on Syria he may as well be a third front of war all on his own.
As for climate change, his policy is slashing research into climate change…

The logic of sacking scientists researching greenhouse gases is being questioned, in light of the government’s insistence the solution to rising emissions will be found through scientific innovation.

and this at a time when Scientists are witnessing g real time shut down of vital biosphere functions because of climate change…

and why should that worry us?

As the planet super heats because of the CO2 we pump into the atmosphere, more and more heat is trapped. That heat pushes temperatures up, those temperatures melt ice at the polar caps. This melting ice does two things. Firstly it reduces the amount of white space on the planet that simply bounces heat back into space so it ends up quickening the heating process and more importantly it puts more fresh water into the oceans. As heat build, frozen methane trapped on the ocean floor and in Siberia is released in massive amounts, this rapidly melts remaining glaciers desalinating ocean conveyor pumps, particularly in the Labrador and Irminger Seas around southern Greenland which shut down the flow of heat from the tropics north which in turn plunges the Northern hemisphere into a new ice age.

Key talks big at the UN about Syria and Climate Change yet his walk at home is taking giant steps backwards.

Reports are that talks have bogged down AGAIN, this time over pharmaceuticals, but the NZ Herald toes the government line on a deal 96% of the population don't want

Breakthrough on TPP deal
TPP deal could be announced today after Atlanta talks extended a day

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key. Photo / AP

3 October, 2015

A Trans Pacific Partnership deal could be announced as soon as today if negotiators clear the final hurdles, including the biggest remaining one involving dairy import limits.

Prime Minister John Key left New York yesterday but Trade Minister Tim Groser remains in Atlanta at the talks, which were pushed back a day - a sign the agreement is verging on a breakthrough.

"I'm pretty optimistic it will come together [this weekend] - 80-20," said Alan Wolff, a former US negotiator who now leads the American National Foreign Trade Council, a commercial association.

Trade ministers from 12 countries are negotiating the controversial pact, which would cut trade barriers and set common standards for 40 per cent of the world's economy and be the biggest free-trade deal in a generation.

Talks began in 2010 but strong public opposition to the deal here centre on concerns about its impact, such as making pharmaceuticals more expensive.

Thousands of people demonstrated in August, many angry that detail of the deal has been kept secret.

The last round of talks in Hawaii in July ended with three issues outstanding: vehicles, dairy and patents on pharmaceuticals.

Key acknowledged this week the deal fell short on dairy but said yesterday it was still likely to be "bigger" than the China Free Trade Agreement, worth $20 billion a year.

It is understood that Key's team are ready to launch a charm offensive on the agreement, in response to outspoken TPP critics such as University of Auckland's Professor Jane Kelsey.

Kelsey and seven other applicants, are seeking a declaration that Groser acted unlawfully when he issued a blanket refusal of an Official Information Act request for information relating to TPP negotiations. The hearing is taking place in the High Court in Wellington.

Kelsey is wary of skyrocketing health costs should the TPP go ahead.

"The stark reality is that any such deal would cost New Zealanders' lives," Kelsey said yesterday.

Media reports in the US yesterday said the deal was close and US President Barack Obama had called Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to discuss it.

Once signed, the leaders of the countries involved will have to turn their attentions to selling the deal domestically after the controversy over the secrecy of the talks. It will also have to be ratified by each country's Parliament.

The Labour Party has said it will not support the TPP unless it meets key considerations, including allowing future governments to restrict land sales to foreigners and a meaningful deal for farmers.

If the deal is not done today, there will be one last chance, at Apec in the Philippines next month.

This is what minister, Tim Groser was saying in 2011

Trade Minister Tim Groser says the Government drug buying agency Pharmac is not up for negotiation in Asia-Pacific free trade talks.

Groser and the Finance Minister Bill English have just returned from the Apec annual summit in Hawaii where progress towards the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade talks was discussed with world leaders including United States President Barack Obama

Nine countries - the US, Australia, Singapore, Peru, Brunei, Chile, Vietnam, Malaysia and New Zealand - are negotiating the bloc which Japan, Mexico and Canada are now hoping to join.

The US regards Pharmac's monopoly as a barrier to free trade and there have been concerns the trade deal could weaken the agency's ability to buy cheap generic drugs.

However, Groser said today New Zealand had laid down a position which said: "Our public health system is not up for negotiation or part of any trade negotiation".

Now he's up for making any compromise to sign up

Groser: TPP means 'ugly compromises'

Tim Groser says the  negotiations are going round  the clock. Photo / NZME

3 October, 2015

Trade Minister Tim Groser says countries deeply immersed in TPP negotiations understand that dairy has to be resolved to New Zealand's satisfaction before a deal can be done.

"At least people understand that this has got to be done and they can't just ignore our small country because we are small," he told the Weekend Herald.
He also extended a goodwill gesture to Labour, saying he respected the fact it had not taken a position on TPP and that was "perfectly rational".
Mr Groser was speaking from Atlanta where ministers of the 12 countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership have extended their meeting for another 24 hours.
He said he had spoken to Prime Minister John Key in New York several times over the past few hours.
And I've got highly confidential but very clear political guidelines from the Prime Minister about what I should be doing.

He had a team of about 15 with him "working their proverbials off" around the clock and some of the key stakeholders such as the chairman of Fonterra, John Wilson and the chairman of Dairy Companies of New Zealand. He said it was an achievement to get dairy on the list of the final three issues that had to be dealt with because it was not there at the Maui ministerial meeting at the end of July.
"I felt under as intense pressure as I have ever felt in the last 30 years as a New Zealand negotiator because I felt completely and totally isolated," he said. "Now everyone understands that New Zealand is not going to be pushed out of this negotiation and the issues that would push New Zealand out of this negotiation, which is dairy ... this has got be solved in a way that New Zealand can live with."
He said the negotiations were going around the clock and he was just about to try and get a couple of hours' sleep until he was called for another session.
He said it was clear there was a "massive push" to do the deal.
"It's got the smell of a situation we occasionally see which is that on the hardest core issues, there are some ugly compromises out there.
"And when we say ugly, we mean ugly from each perspective - it doesn't mean 'I've got to swallow a dead rat and you're swallowing foie gras.' It means both of us are swallowing dead rats on three or four issues to get this deal across the line."
The outstanding issues are dairy, autos, and IP on pharmaceuticals, especially biologics - medicines made from organisms.
On the issue of Helen Clark's comments about the TPP - she said it was unthinkable New Zealand wouldn't be part of the deal - he said she had added a crucial rider - "provided the deal was good".
And that was the same position the Government had.
"I think it has been extremely helpful in terms of uniting New Zealand that our former Prime Minister has said what she said."
Mr Groser said he did not take Labour or its leadership for granted on TPP.
"They haven't got a position on TPP and I fully respect that and if I were in their shoes, I wouldn't have a position either because I would say 'I don't know what the deal is.' That is a perfectly rational position to take."
But as a point of general principle, what Helen Clark had said was the essential truth: "Provided we can deliver what makes sense from an overall New Zealand Inc perspective, it would be a nightmare for New Zealand to be excluded from it."
If the deal is not done tomorrow, there will be one last chance, at Apec in the Philippines in November.