Thursday, February 23, 2017

Why Does Turkey’s Capture of Syria’s Al Bab Matter?

Turkish Backed Rebel in Al bab
Credible reports indicate ISIS has been evicted from Al Bab by Turkish soldiers and the rebels they back.  Turkey began Operation Euphrates Shield with the intent to  block the  PKK/YPG Kurds from joining their cantons.. They have succeeded so far.  If they move towards Manbij what will the US do? How will they react? Recall the US promise to Turkey regarding Kurdish withdrawal from Manbij? I do. It was a promise the US had no intention of keeping. What about Raqqa?

Jordan Times

 The Syrian town of Al Bab was for three years a key extremist stronghold in northern Syria, whose capture Ankara hopes will give Turkey greater influence over the postwar shape of the country.

The town, whose name means “The Gate”, had an estimated prewar population of some 100,000 but was the target of an over three-month assault by Turkey and allied rebel forces which met with fierce resistance.

On Thursday, pro-Ankara rebels said they had fully captured the city while Turkey said near complete control had been imposed, with lingering extremists still needing to be flushed out.

Why was Al Bab key for the extremists?

According to Fabrice Balanche, visiting fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, it became a stronghold of Daesh, home to many foreign extremists and their families and on a crucial position on the road east to the extremists’ de-facto capital of Raqqa.

“It was a base for Daesh to launch offensives against the Syrian army and rebels in Raqqa province,” he told AFP.
 What does Al Bab mean for Turkey?

Dozens of Turkish soldiers were killed supporting Syrian rebels in the fight for Al Bab as the extremists put up fierce resistance, including the use of suicide bombers.
I read numbers for Turkish soldiers nearing 70 dead. Unsure of the numbers for rebels- Can anyone assist?
Turkey’s offensive inside Syria began in lightning fashion with the capture of Jarabulus from Daesh on the first day of the operation on August 24 but stalled considerably in the fight for Al Bab.

Yet Ankara persisted, insisting that Al Bab operation would be pressed to the end.
Turkey has a huge interest in eliminating Daesh which killed dozens inside the country in terror attacks in 2016.
But crucially, it also wants to prevent Syrian Kurdish forces — who Ankara sees as a terror group — linking up their “cantons” of Jazira and Kobani to the east with Afrin to the West.

The area north of Al Bab controlled by pro-Turkish forces creates a crucial buffer between the cantons controlled by the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) that could give Ankara critical postwar access into northern Syria.

“The objective of the Turkish intervention in northern Syria is to prevent the joining of the Kurdish cantons of Afrin and Kobani,” said Balanche.

Stein said Turkey had succeeded in the original stated aims of its “Euphrates Shield” campaign inside Syria.
“Turkish forces have forced ISIS [Daesh] from the border and cut the overland route between the two Kurdish cantons.”

What next for Turkey?

Yet there had been no indication from Erdogan that the Turkish forces inside Syria want to rest on their laurels with the taking of Al Bab.

The president has indicated they want to move east to Manbij, where Kurdish-dominated forces ousted Daesh last year, and made very clear to Washington that Ankara does not expect to find Kurdish militia in the town.

“The US does not want Turkey to march on Manbij,” said Stein.

“I’m not sure Turkey really wants to march on Manbij but they want everyone to think they will, so they can extract concessions,” he added.

Then Turkey has said it has Raqqa in its sights, with Defence Minister Fikri Isik saying Ankara is prepared to join an international coalition to take the Daesh fiefdom but only if the Kurdish militia are not involved.

“The battle of Al Bab should prove the efficiency of the Turkish army and its allies to the United States, so that they do not use the Kurds of the PYD as their main ally in the Raqqa offensive,” said Balanche.

From Earlier:

Gilad Atzom: Identity Politics and the Tyranny of Political Correctness

Gilad Atzom: Identity Politics and the Tyranny of Political Correctness

hatip Gallier2

Hi,
Gilad Atzmon video at E&R about identity politics. Enjoy.
http://www.egaliteetreconciliation.fr/Entretien-avec-Gilad-Atzmon-sur-le-Brexit-et-l-election-de-Donald-Trump-44290.html


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Health Canada Approves Irradiated Beef- You Can Literally Eat Shit!

And maybe not get sick and possibly have kidney failure...Maybe.
But why not address the real issues?
I first covered the request, from the beef industry, to irradiate ground beef in 2013. Unsurprisingly, it's been approved

2013: Beef Industry is asking Federal Government to approve food irradiation

Flashback
 THE ONLY BENEFIT OF RADIATED FOOD IS FOR THE FILTHY FACTORY FOOD  PRODUCERS. THE FOOD CAN BE FILLED WITH EXCREMENT AND FILTH. THE PROCESSING FACTORIES CAN BE FILTHY DIRTY. IRRADIATION WILL ALLOW  FACTORY FOOD PRODUCERS TO CUT CORNERS AND REDUCE COSTS AT YOUR EXPENSE!
Food Borne Illness

Sources of E. coli

E. coli O157:H7 is most commonly found in cows, although chickens, deer, sheep, and pigs have also been known to carry it. Meat becomes contaminated during slaughter, when infected animal intestines or feces come in contact with the carcass. Ground or mechanically tenderized meats are considered riskier than intact cuts of meat because E. coli bacteria, can be mixed throughout the meat in the grinding process or during tenderization.


2017: Filthy Meat Production?- Solution Irradiation
The federal government has approved the sale of ground beef that has been treated with radiant energy similar to X-rays.
Health Canada says irradiation can reduce levels of harmful bacteria such as E. coli and salmonella that could be in the meat.
It also says irradiation can extend the shelf life of food products by preventing premature spoilage.

Health Canada says irradiated ground beef products must be labelled as such.

The Canadian Cattlemen's Association has been asking Health Canada to approve ground beef irradiation since 1998.
 There are better ways to produce meat..... Cleaner. Smaller Scale. Allowing cattle to graze. To eat grass like they are supposed to!  Instead of  feeding them corn (hormones and anti-biotics too) - which produces E- Coli in their guts, but, allows for the cattle to be fattened quickly and cheaply.

 The Bio-Hazard of Corn Fed Beef

Corn-fed beef may have been a boon to industrial scale cattle ranching, but also created a potentially deadly strain of e coli.
Ever since Jo Robinson wrote Why Grass Fed is Best! in 2000, we’ve known there were many sound reasons to choose grass-fed beef instead of the far more common corn-fed beef found in most stores and restaurants.
Beef from animals raised entirely on their natural diet of grass has much less fat, which is good for our hearts and our waistlines. It’s also better for the environment than crowding cattle onto feedlots, which causes serious problems with air and water quality. Unfortunately, what we’re suddenly becoming more attuned to is another point Robinson makes about feeding cattle corn: This unnatural grain-based diet is producing toxic E. coli bacteria.
E. coli 0157:H7, the toxic strain that caused the recent outbreak of food poisoning from bagged spinach, is a fairly recent discovery; it was unknown before 1982. Today, it is common in cattle and in their manure, and it’s also now found in healthy goats, sheep and deer. But humans have a tough time with this bug. If we consume even a tiny speck of this new E. coli — even just 10 bacteria — it can make us very ill. Usually we recover, but a few will die or suffer permanent kidney damage.
That's right- E coli, formed in the guts of cattle, fed corn, producing massive quantities of shit polluting land, air & water, thanks to factory farming,* was unknown before 1982. *

'Scuse the language, but, I'm calling it as I see it!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Step Away from the Screen- Educate Yourself/ Think for Yourself

Borrowed this image from the Occurences blog - thanks Editor

If you're looking for any great reading material... I can suggest two books from  Stephen Buhner. I've read and loved them both. Particularly the Secret Teachings of Plants- Telling my husband it was one of the best books I've ever read- Which is saying quite a lot!- It was an unexpected delight

The Lost Language of Plants

                                                                   
Secret Teachings Of Plants
The Intelligence of the Heart in the Direct Perception of Nature

"Beautifully written The Secret Teachings of Plants is a work of art - as much a poetical journey into the essence of plants as it is a guidebook on how to use plant medicine in our healing practices. Stephen Buhner is among the plant geniuses of our time. Like Thoreau and Goethe and Luther Burbank, the master gardeners and "green men" he so liberally quotes throughout, Buhner will be long remembered for his deep and introspective connection with the green world and for his ability to connect us to the heart of the plants through his teachings."
Rosemary Gladstar


And finally! 


I'm 100 plus pages into the book and am enjoying it, thoroughly! Absolutely not a 'rag' or gossip book-  Esoteric, occult analysis of specific movies and their creators- 
Have a glance here
I'm through Part 1: Hollywood Babylon and Kubrick.
And, have just gotten into Part 2: Spielberg's Android Space Brothers

 When I'm done Jay's book- I'll be back to yet another Stephen Buhner book
I do gather and dry herbs. Some are grown in my yard and others are foraged.
I'm a big fan of lemon balm, yarrow, bee balm, catnip ( yes, it's good for you too), peppermint, spearmint, rosemary, thyme.  In my garden is Oregano, from a family member (harvested according to the moon phase & dried as my Zia did), parsley, basil and much more.

 Taking a break from politics :)

Monday, February 20, 2017

Russian Ambassador to UN Vitaly Churkin Dies

Just a day before his 65th Birthday:

Vitaly Churkin, who served as Russia's permanent representative to the United Nations since 2006, "died suddenly" in New York, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced. Churkin would have turned 65 on Tuesday.

The announcement "of the untimely passing away of Ambassador Vitaly Churkin this morning" was met with shock when it was delivered during a session at the UN headquarters.
"He was a dear colleague of all of us, a deeply committed diplomat of his country and one of the finest people we have known," a UN official who delivered the news to her colleagues said.
The moment of silence in Churkin's memory was announced at the UN.
"He was an outstanding person. He was brilliant, bright, a great diplomat of our age," Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told RT, adding that the news of Churkin's death was "completely shocking."
Before he was appointed to represent Russia at the UN in May 2006, the diplomat served as ambassador to Belgium, ambassador to Canada, and liaison ambassador to NATO and the Western European Union (WEU).
In the 2000s he was ambassador at large at Russia's Foreign Ministry, while in the early 1990s he served as the special representative of the Russian president to the talks on the former Yugoslavia. Sputnik:
Vitaly Ivanovich Churkin was born in Moscow in 1952. He graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations in 1974, beginning his decades-long career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs shortly.
Ambassador Churkin served as Russia's Permanent Representative to the United Nations since 2006. Prior to this appointment, he was Ambassador at Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (2003-2006), Ambassador to Canada (1998-2003), Ambassador to Belgium and Liaison Ambassador to NATO and WEU (1994-1998), Deputy Foreign Minister and Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation to the talks on Former Yugoslavia (1992-1994), Director of the Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the USSR/Russian Federation (1990-1992).
Vitaly Churkin held a Ph.D. in history. He is survived by his wife and two children.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Standing With Israel On Golan Heights- Enhancing Regional Stability?

Published in Wall Street Journal
 Or  Foundation for the Defense of Democracy
Also The Tower


We can read this entirely at FDD or The Tower- And what a read it is! Recall my mention the other day that when Trump and Netanyahu met, Bibi asked Trump to okay the theft of Syria's territory? I presented my alternative and vastly more sensible idea: The Obvious Safe Zone for Displaced Syrians is Israeli Claimed Golan

Netanyahu asks Trump to recognize Israeli sovereignty over Golan Heights  WASHINGTON - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked US President Donald Trump on Wednesday to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, territory Israel seized from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war.  

Check the presentation of this"sweet deal" for  Israel:
- Absurdly claiming that condoning Israel’s theft of Golan will ‘enhance stability’? Yah, like sticking Israel in the middle east enhanced stability in that region- Farcical

- Creating the pre conditions to impede the Palestinians in their negotiations for a state

- Prep for a probable attack on Lebanon and Iran


- Send a message to Russia that US and Russia interest regarding Syria don’t coincide- though tolerating this move may serve Russia’s interests regarding Ukraine? Crimea? 
 I'll highlight the interesting bits:
 “Benjamin Netanyahu has achieved his primary objective of resetting ties with the U.S. after eight years of tensions. True, the Israeli prime minister and Donald Trump still need to bridge the gap on issues such as Palestinian-Israeli diplomacy and West Bank settlements. But they seem to be on the same page on a broad range of regional matters.

That could lead to a breakthrough on an issue of strategic importance to Israel. According to reports of the two leaders’ meeting on Wednesday, Mr. Netanyahu asked for U.S. recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

The move makes sense for both sides. It would provide the Israeli government with a diplomatic win while helping the Trump administration signal to Russia and Iran that the U.S. is charting a new course in Syria.

Israel captured the bulk of the Golan from Syria in the 1967 war and annexed the territory in 1981. The move was met with international condemnation.

For two successive Assad regimes, first Hafiz and now his son Bashar, restoring full Syrian sovereignty over the Golan has been an axiomatic demand. Israel floated partial Golan withdrawals during several rounds of peace talks with Syria over the past two decades, but the Syrians were never satisfied with the deals on offer.

With the outbreak of the Syrian civil war in 2011, the facts on the ground have changed. Had Israel ceded the Golan to Syria, Islamic State, al Qaeda or Iran would be sitting on the shores of the Galilee across from the Israeli city of Tiberias. (Israel's terrorists are nicely situated in Golan)

Mr. Netanyahu and other senior Israeli government officials argue that Syria is destined for partition along sectarian, ethnic and regional lines. And while the retaking of Aleppo shifted the tide of war in favor of the Assad government, some Israelis believe it might be time to acknowledge Israel’s hold on the Golan as permanent.

This position has so far found no traction among the major powers, which still say they want to preserve a unitary Syria. Russia, which intervened militarily to shore up Bashar Assad in the name of Syrian territorial integrity, is chief among them.

A disagreement with Russia over Syria is a long time coming. By recognizing Israel’s sovereignty in the Golan, the Trump administration would signal to Russia that, while Washington may now coordinate with Moscow on activities such as fighting Islamic State, it doesn’t share Russia’s goals for Syria.

Moreover, it would show that the U.S. will take a tougher line on the provision of arms and intelligence to Iran and Hezbollah.

Recognition of Israel’s Golan claims would acknowledge that it needs these highlands to hold off a multitude of asymmetric and conventional military threats from Syria—( Israel is the biggest military threat to Syria) and whatever comes after the war there. Israel continues to target Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards and Hezbollah to prevent them from establishing a base of operations on the Syrian Golan.

Recognizing Israel’s sovereignty in the Golan would also soften the Palestinians’ core demand for a state within the 1967 borders. If an international border can be revised along the Syrian border, the Palestinians will have a harder time presenting the 1949 armistice line along the West Bank as inviolable. This might pave the way for compromise when Mr. Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, begins to make his push for Palestinian-Israeli peace.
Recall:  For Jared Kushner, Israel Policy May be Shaped by the Personal

Will we  see more Israeli aggression & expansion shaped by Jared Kushner's personal experiences and indoctrination?

The move will anger the Europeans and the United Nations, but that storm will pass. Syrian opposition groups will also protest. While some might be tempted to break their tenuous ties with Israel, they understand that the real enemy is Mr. Assad.

Similarly, Arab states will express their outrage, but they will likely see the big picture. Mr. Assad has fallen out of favor with the Arab League, and a blow to the Assad regime and its patrons in Tehran will be seen as a win by these regional Arab players, especially if the Trump administration makes it clear that this is the goal.
Recall: Saudi Arabia and Shamoon 2-
 We could be looking at a US/Israel thumb screws tactic being employed to encourage Saudi Arabia to be cooperative, in some way.
For the Israelis, the risk of internal instability resulting from the move is low. The Druze Arabs of the Golan, who number about 20,000, are unlikely to respond with unrest. While they profess loyalty to Mr. Assad, the carnage inside Syria has made the stability and prosperity of Israel increasingly attractive.

Mr. Netanyahu’s request will come as a surprise to some observers. But the Israeli prime minister clearly studied “The Art of the Deal.” He knows that his counterpart likes to think big and respects those who do the same.

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

"White Helmet" Terrorists Get Visa for Oscars. Trumping the Travel Ban

 The White Helmets must have played their "Trump" card! to get in to the US
a decisive overriding factor or final resource —called also trump card
 The White Helmets are truly  trump like individuals
a dependable and exemplary person
Is the oscar nomination for special effects? Cause the White Helmets cinematographer is attending!  Yup, they have a cinematographer!  What else could on have expected?
 Cinematography = Special Effects= Fooling the audience
Here's a cinematographer who has made a series of brief video demonstrating the ease with which it's done  1st  &  2nd 

White Helmets Get Visa to Travel to US for Oscar Psyop

The White Helmets going to the Oscars is perfect!- Their theatrics and production is pure Hollywood- So why not an Oscar nomination?
Two Syrian rescue workers said they plan to travel to next week's Oscar ceremony, where their documentary "The White Helmets" is nominated for an award, after weeks of uncertainty caused by US President Donald Trump's travel ban.
Raed Saleh, the leader of the White Helmets, and cinematographer Khaled Khatib have both obtained visas to travel to the US for the 26 February Academy Award ceremony in Los Angeles, producer Joanna Natasegara said.
"They both have valid visas. We remain cautious about the physical part of entering the country. Things had been very unclear until this point, but we are now being told they are welcome to enter," Natasegara said.

theatric production from brand white helmets
 Yet another theatre like production - that made their fakery obvious


I wrote about these slime balls last year: Little Boy Rescued From Rubble? Coincidentally "White Helmets" Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

White Helmets, Really?


Link:


Have you noticed that since Aleppo was liberated from terrorists, terrorists shipped out,  there have been no more White Helmet "rescue" videos? 
"You live in a world of illusion.
Where everything's peaches and cream
We all face a scarlet conclusion.
But we spend our time in a dream"
Steve Miller  Band

From Earlier: A little more illusion for us all to break free of

Encore Presenation:The Weapon of Mass Migration: RCMP aids illegals/McDonalds cares??