Thursday, April 26, 2018

Toronto Van "Attack"- Facebook's Role in Fake News Media Distribution

Ah, facebook......

Facebook and Intelligence agencies. Intel collection/distribution and Facebook. 
They go together. "Like rama lama lama ka dinga da dinga dong"

As I'd mentioned in the first post covering the numerous anomalies regarding the Van "attack" and the alleged attacker- A Face book post purporting to belong to the attacker was uploaded to Facebook immediately prior to the attack- And conveniently left up just long enough for the msm to distribute a specific narrative far and wide. That specific facebook presented narrative is pretty much all that is left of the news coverage for this incident! The overwhelming majority of so called news article covering this incident are reinforcing the 'incel' meme. 

This is exactly what any intelligence agency planting information on Facebook would expect their mockingbird/co-opted media to do. And this is done to direct the duped masses away from the numerous inconsistencies obvious in this incident.
In other words- this media distraction is the plan!

Greencrow covered  yet another one of the many glaring inconsistencies in her post from yesterday:  Toronto Truck Mass Casualty Event... "Jumps The Shark"?

The bald man arrested vs the man with hair /side part that appeared in court

A courtroom sketch showing duty counsel Georgia Koulis, from left, Alek Minassian, Justice of the Peace Stephen Waisberg, and Crown prosecutor Joe Callaghan in court in Toronto yesterday. Pic: AP

Going back to my previous post:   Flashback : Toronto Van "Attack" Anomolies
"Canadian media outlet CBC News reports that in a Facebook post, Minassian appears to praise Elliot Rodger, a California man who stabbed and killed three people and shot dead another three individuals in a 2014 rampage. However, CBC was unable to verify that the Facebook profile belonged to the suspect in Monday’s attack, and on Tuesday the page appeared to have been removed from the social media network"
PDF- Social Media & US Intelligence
"Another potential value adding implication of intelligence agency use of social media is how journalists at major media outlet utilize this new information source

The news media can serve a “multiplier effect,” a magnifying interface between intelligence agencies and the public. Reporters can also use the content provided on these sites to grow their own knowledge, raise new questions or develop new stories. Jung and Park  have shown that reporters can serve as needed intermediaries between security and intelligence agencies and the general public"
Think about the above information?  A potential value for intelligence agencies is how the journalists at major media outlets will utilize this information. The media can serve up a "multiplier effect". A magnifying interface between intelligence agencies and the public.

  Consider the fact that a convenient, media friendly, titillating narrative was uploaded to facebook for just long enough to enable the msm to distribute it!

Recall from my first post (Toronto Van "Attack" Anomolies) the Toronto Police couldn't even get the suspect name straight? 
 1: Incorrect name- Incorrect identification ? 

The alleged van driver- Alek or Alex Minassian. It seems that the media has settled on Alek. Despite early reporting having police services providing two different names/spellings. 

Which I found very odd. At a time when a proper identification and name spelling is of the utmost importance- Especially when talking to the media!  Eventually they settled on the name you and I are supposed to believe is the correct one. I don't know?  Is it?

Perhaps they settled on the name they did because their just so happened to be a man with nearly the very same name, nearly the same age, who just so happened to live in Richmond Hill. Let's read about him, okay?

The Province

"TORONTO — It was a series of unfortunate events that led to the mixup, and Alex Minassian has spent the last 24 hours trying to set the record straight — he’s not the driver of a van that mowed down pedestrians on a busy Toronto street.

Minassian, 24, shares a last name with 25-year-old Alek Minassian, who is now charged with 10 counts of murder in connection with the incident, which took place Monday afternoon on a busy street in north Toronto. Alek Minassian is also facing 13 counts of attempted murder"
Note to YaYa: There's the 10 and 13 you were speaking of?

Both men are from Richmond Hill, Ont.

Shortly after the van attack, Alex Minassian said he was contacted by several American news outlets that assumed he was the van driver police had taken in to custody.
 Interesting just after the attack occurred Alex Minassian had his facebook page taken down.
Leaving only the facebook page of one Alek Minassian of Richmond Hill, Toronto,
the alleged van attacker as the sole face book page accessible to the msm.

 "It didn’t help that later in the afternoon Facebook shut down Alek Minassian’s profile, leaving just Alex Minassian from Richmond Hill, Ont., on the social media site."

I'm going to repeat that so you can understand that facebook shut his account leaving only the alleged perpetrator's account accessible to the media- I mean, really, that's a spectacular coincidence, right?

"It didn’t help that later in the afternoon Facebook shut down Alek Minassian’s profile, leaving just Alex Minassian from Richmond Hill, Ont., on the social media site"
That's awfully convenient when we think about an intelligence agency planting information for the msm to access in order to create a multiplier effect.
But pay no mind to the curiosities about this incident and by all means allow yourselves to be distracted by the 'incel' meme.  After all sex is a great distractor.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Phil Escott – Why Eat Meat? The Case for Carnivores

Very worthwhile interview. With much thanks to Legalise Freedom
I'm going to enjoy the 80 minute interview for a second time while I bake my non vegan cookies. (yup, they have butter and eggs in them- Yum!)
"Although vegetarian and vegan diets have long been promoted as healthier alternatives to the carbohydrate and sugar saturated Western diet, in recent years much has been made of paleo, ketogenic, and similar low carb diets which attempt to emulate the eating patterns if not the entire lifestyle of our ancient ancestors. There is another alternative, however, now re-emerging, which takes some of those ideas a stage further – the complete, or near-complete, carnivore diet. Controversial and subject to some scathing criticism, it nonetheless offers options to those finding their current food regime unsatisfying, unhealthy or otherwise no longer acceptable.
But making or even contemplating such a choice can be challenging, caught between the mainstream medical dogma of ‘five a day’ and ‘healthy wholegrains’ and the sometimes savage attacks of vegan and veggie evangelists who believe that ‘meat is murder’, an atavistic throwback to be abandoned for the sake of the environmental, moral and spiritual well-being of the planet. The reality of the situation isn’t quite so black and white, but in an age characterised by polarised politics and destructively-divisive public debate, there’s almost always more heat than light when arguments erupt on emotive subjects. Attempting to cut through the confusion and needless complexity, Escott suggests some simple, straightforward strategies for those seeking lifestyle changes, starting with the larder"

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Flashback : Vegetarian Diet? No Panacea for Environment or Health- Meat Lies Told To Justify Meat Tax

Flashback: Plants Are Aware When They Are Being Consumed

I've noticed the vegans are quite off the wall- Literally expecting everyone to conform to their irrational ideology.  Quite the bunch of dictators they are! Recent news out of Toronto left me scratching my head- Perhaps  something lacking in their meat deprived brain that consumes them?  I don't know?

Vegan Protestors Still Won't Leave Antler Restaurant Alone 
That was the fourth time these activists had gathered outside Antler, which is known for serving game meat, to hold up protest signs and shout "murder!" at restaurant patrons.
Tomorrow night will be the eighth of such protests at Antler in recent months.
If I could make a suggestion to the cult adherents- Eat where you choose, leave others alone. I'm not even going to address their rubbish label "speciesism". Except to say, maybe they should run along and protest a tiger as it consumes it's kill? Or perhaps some wolves or coyotes more locally to us here in Canada as they stalk and finally take a deer down. Perhaps they can wave placards at my beloved bald eagle as he hunts for his food- Rabbits. Fish. For shame tiger, wolf  coyote and eagles!- Don't you know your practicing 'speciesism'  ;)

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Toronto Van "Attack" Anomolies

There are some curiosities about this incident:

1: Incorrect name- Incorrect identification ? 

The alleged van driver- Alek or Alex Minassian. It seems that the media has settled on Alek. Despite early reporting having police services providing two different names/spellings. This is not the first time I've read of incorrect naming of a suspect. Is it just incorrect spelling? I don't know. Is everyone illiterate and can't spell a name correctly when proper ID is paramount?

Inconsistent name reporting by the same source
“There has been some confusion about the correct spelling of the suspect's name, spelled by some sources as Alek and others as Alex. The Toronto police have been inconsistent in this as well, the latest update suggesting the correct spelling is Alek.”
2: Known to authorities or not known to authorities?

 So far Canadian law enforcement is saying not know, but NYC Police Commisioner says the suspect is known to Police
Former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton reportedly told MSNBC that officials in Canada said Minassian was known to authorities prior to the attack. However, Toronto Police maintain the suspect was not known to them before the incident.
Toronto Police not knowing only informs us the police don't  know him. 
We aren't told if the suspect was  known to RCMP or CSIS. Perhaps he was? 
Why did NYPD commissioner say he was known to "authorities" prior to the attack? 
What 'authorities' is he referring to?

From the twitter account of Malcom Nance stated bio:  US Intelligence +36 yrs. Expert Terrorist Strategy,Tactics,Ideology. Torture, Russian Cyber! | NYT Bestselling Author, Navy Senior Chief/Jedi Master, NBC/MSNBC.
Former NYC Police commissioner Bill Bratton states on his sources in Canada say van driver in was known to Police and now consider incident a terrorist attack. Motivation and affiliation unknown.
3: The Ryder Truck

 One would think with all the bad press Ryder has gotten for decades a rebrand might be in order? But, no.  The ubiquitous Ryder truck. Present at the first trade center bombing, 1993.
Ryder truck in Toronto
"The 1,200-pound bomb was in a Ryder truck parked in a parking garage beneath the World Trade Center"
 Present at the Oklahoma City bombing. 
"McVeigh and Nichols removed the bomb supplies from their storage unit in Herington, Kansas, where Nichols lived, and loaded them into a Ryder rental truck"
4- The cop doesn't shoot the suspect! - Does NOT shoot the suspect

Now this non action on the part of law enforcement simply blows my mind. The suspect has, according to reports, just run down a whole bunch of people. Intentionally. Gets out of the van, claims he is armed. Tells the cop to shoot him and the cop doesn't ??!!

Sky news
A police officer has been praised for refusing to shoot a man seeking "suicide by cop", after allegedly killing 10 people in a van attack in Toronto.

Dramatic video shows the officer, who has not yet been named, arresting Alek Minassian after a tense stand-off.

As the suspect shouted "Kill me," the officer replied, "No, get down."
 The officer tells the man to "get down" and when the suspect says he has a gun, the officer repeats: "I don't care. Get down." The suspect was then arrested without shots being fired.
That seems so very unlikely if we are to take this story at face value.

A couple of thoughts regarding the cop choosing to not shoot the perpetrator though he  claimed to have a gun in his possession:

I: As I said in the comments "The fact that the cop didn't kill the guy, seems possibly to have been done to redeem the cops from there pretty well deserved bad reputation"

II: This next reason seemed so obvious after I heard someone actually say- well this is Canada we don't go around just shooting people- to which I replied Sammy Yatim and the TO police?   

Not only was young Sammy gunned down-then shot in his groin- and then, to add insult to injury, tasered multiple times- So that's a load of shit that 'we don't go around shooting people'- However this plays into the "Canada the good" vs "US the bad" memes that are endlessly spread by very ignorant (lacking in knowledge)  persons in Canada

5- The curious uploading and just as sudden take down of a very suggestive and highly convenient to specific narrative creation face book post or account

Time of Israel
"Canadian media outlet CBC News reports that in a Facebook post, Minassian appears to praise Elliot Rodger, a California man who stabbed and killed three people and shot dead another three individuals in a 2014 rampage. However, CBC was unable to verify that the Facebook profile belonged to the suspect in Monday’s attack, and on Tuesday the page appeared to have been removed from the social media network"
Daily Mail
 Shortly before the attack, a Facebook profile with the same name uploaded a post which read: 'All hail the supreme gentleman Elliot Rodger'.

The post also mentioned 'incel', which is a term used to refer to men who have been made 'involuntarily celibate' because women continually reject their sexual advances.
 'The Incel Rebellion has already begun! We will overthrow all the Chads and Stacys! All hail the Supreme Gentleman Elliot Rodger!'
 Uploaded to Facebook  just prior to the 'attack' and just as quickly taken down. No verification at all whose Facebook account this really was. And knowing what I do about facebook... (spook/intel connected) I'd call this bogus.

6: Did you know the G-7 were meeting in Toronto when this took place?- That's right the G-7. It used to be the G-8, but, that has changed.

The presence of the G-7 in Toronto certainly informs us that there is an over abundance of intelligence agencies and their associates present and ready for anything in Toronto.
What's on the agenda? Reads like tyranny to me.

Wark said there appears to be a sense of urgency — but not panic — among the G7 nations as they look ahead to events such as the U.S. midterm elections this year and Canada's federal election in 2019.
The Trudeau government recently committed more than $500 million toward bolstering and reorganizing the country's cyber defences, and pledged an additional $200 million toward better signals intelligence at the country's high-tech overseas eavesdropping agency, the Communications Security Establishment.

"Russia, rightly, on G-7 Agenda"

Fascist Nazi Freeland
"Patience with Russia for many Western states is running out. This mood may have repercussions at the G7 foreign ministers' meeting being held on April 22 to 23 in Toronto, ahead of the G7 summit to be held in Charlevoix, Que., in June."

Hold on! 

Because there was a really interesting connection to  what was on the G-7 agenda and the Van attack incident-  G7 security ministers gathered in Toronto discuss 'soft targets' 
What is a 'soft target'? A soft target is one exactly like the location of the van attack!
And that's a bit too much of a coincidence

CSIS director briefing ministers today,(yesterday April 23/18) with attacks in unsecured public spaces on the agenda

The scene that unfolded on a Toronto street Monday is something straight out of a counter-terrorism officer's worst nightmares.
Security analysts call them "soft targets" — unsecured public spaces where a lone attacker can do maximum damage. 
Those kinds of scenarios are on the agenda Tuesday for the G7 security ministers meeting in Toronto, along with other recent attacks in public spaces by terrorists.
Regardless of how that probe unfolds, the event is a reminder of the enormous challenges involved in securing ordinary public venues from extraordinary threats. 

Gee, I would say that CSIS just guaranteed their funding.  Right, readers? I mean you're all convinced of the need to have your liberties further curtailed?  

7 : It seems the perpetrator was in the Canadian Military for a short stint- 

"Alek Minassian was voluntarily released from the Canadian Armed Forces after 16 days of training, Sajjan said.
Sajjan also said Minassian was subject to a “rigorous” screening process before he elected to leave the force."

“When it comes to the selection process that the military takes, we go through a very rigorous process in terms of security, medical testing, making sure that the people that are going to be doing the Canadian Armed Forces have been thoroughly screened and in this case, that was done,” the minister said.
Is it being suggested here that Alek was not mentally ill. Or mentally challenged? Or whatever?  Additionally and correct me if I'm mistaken- I thought there were contracts involved in military service. Commitments let's say. Does anyone know?

Military saw no red flags for Toronto attack suspect: Sajjan


CTV’s Mercedes Stephenson says she has learned Alek Minassian was a member of the Canadian Armed Forces for two months, between late August and October, 2017.
“For some reason, he asked to be released and he received a voluntary release, rather than a forced or medical release,” Stephenson told CTV News Channel.
“We don’t know what prompted him to ask for that or why that happened, and we don’t know much more about his training.”

8- The van 'attack' conveniently obfuscates or pushes to the wayside  the sordid/sickening news regarding....

Order of Canada Recipient Peter Dalglish Accused of Abusing Children in Nepal

"A Canadian man who spent decades working with children’s organizations and received the Order of Canada for his global contributions is now locked in a crowded detention cell in Kathmandu accused of having sex with minors.Peter Dalglish, 60, has been a leading international advocate for combatting child poverty. But early on the morning of April 7, police descended on his home in Nepal and took him away at gunpoint. 

At the time of his arrest, two boys − one 12, another 14 − were in the house with him.
Greencrow has written on this topic and has promised to keep an eye on this news, which looks as if it will drop down the memory hole now that Canada has been subjected to the white van/public space attack.


 * Does the alleged perpetrator/patsy have mental health issues ?

* The idea that the van was self driving or being driven, remotely, by some one else has also entered my mind- the technology is available, obviously. 

* It's a mistake to believe that since this hasn't had the terror attack label attached to it, means it's not one.  It is a terror attack if the populace is terrorized- Which it is!
This is indeed an attack undertaken to induce terror. Here's what I said to Northern Truthseeker yesterday-
 Blogger Penny said...there is always something to be gained by these types of attacks even if it is only to terrorize the populace and keep them dependent/complacent and compliant
I'd say the van attack is "mission accomplished" hattip Donald Trump/GW Bush

Monday, April 23, 2018

US Sanctions Loom Over “Defiant Turkey”

I’ve alerted my readers for some time now that this was the direction the US was going to move in... And this move has NOTHING to do with the Baptist Pastor Brunson- Or the delusion that Mike Pompeo is a "good christian". I'll underline the facts of the matter, many of which, have been long covered here

al monitor
"Congress has revived threats to sanction Turkey over the detention of North Carolina Pastor Andrew Brunson, as well as other US citizens and Turkish staff members of US diplomatic missions that it believes are being held as “political pawns.”
Brunson is tied to the Gulen organization- Baptists have long been tools of Rockefeller/bankers.
Intending to create the first great Baptist university, Rockefeller gave the school $80 million, equal to more than $2 billion in today’s dollars.

And undoubtedly it was the US that made Brunson the convenient pawn- the pretext they need. The humanitarian rubbish that obfuscates the destabilization agenda. See below:
"Sens. James Lankford, R-Okla., and Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., declared in a joint statement April 19 that they would pursue targeted sanctions against Turkish officials in the foreign affairs spending bill for fiscal year 2019. Their statement noted that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan “has continued to violate the trust between our two nations by holding Pastor Brunson and other innocent Americans behind bars on fabricated charges. … Turkish officials who participate in the detainment of any innocent American citizen should face international consequences, and the actions against Pastor Brunson, in particular, qualify as hostage-taking.”
Piling on the pressure, a bipartisan group of 66 senators in a letter to Erdogan called the mix of terrorism and espionage charges brought against Brunson “an absurd collection of anonymous accusations, flights of fantasy and random character assassination.” That a Turkish court should accept such an indictment as the basis for prosecution, they wrote, “removes any shred of doubt that Andrew Brunson, like other American citizens, as well as Turkish employees of the US government detained under the state of emergency, is being used as a political pawn by elements of the Turkish government bent on destroying the longstanding partnership between two great nations.”
The letter further states that the Donald Trump administration had been patient “in the hope that justice would be done” — in other words, that Brunson would be freed after his first courtroom hearing on Monday. But the presiding judge ordered Brunson back to prison, saying his trial would resume on May 7. The 50-year-old broke down in tears as he protested his innocence.
The senators wrote that they now have “concluded that other measures will be necessary to ensure that the government of Turkey respects the right of law-abiding citizens and employees of the United States to travel to, reside in and work in Turkey without fear of persecution.”
Erdogan quoted regarding Brunson/Gulen and extraditions
 "The US is behind [Gulen]," asserted Erdogan, declaring that "if you want Brunson, look at the steps you have taken in the past. Why don't you deport this man in accordance with the extradition treaty?"

The letter comes amid growing administration pushback against Turkey, a critical NATO ally, over its increasingly aggressive behavior at home and beyond its borders.
Earlier this week, Trump tweeted about Turkey for the first time, saying Brunson was being “persecuted in Turkey for no reason” and that he should be allowed to come home. Vice President Mike Pence chimed in with a tweet of his own. “Spoke to Pastor Brunson’s wife this week. Assured her of our prayers & @POTUS and I are monitoring his trial in Turkey … It’s time the Turkish govt release him.”
Trump doing his part for his masters! Managing your perception.
Humanitarian rubbish out of the way- Let's cut to the chase. Let's talk fact. Reality. And toss the obfuscation to the curb- where it belongs. What bothers the US is..

*Turkey and Russia cooperating on their mutual shared interests
*Turkey and Iran cooperating on their mutual shared interests
*Turkey impeding the USreal plot to greater Israel 2.0 
* Turkey also owes NO money to the IMF- think about that? Having it's own state bank.

Turkey’s flirtation with Russia is also drawing Washington’s ire. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell told the House Foreign Affairs Committee on April 18, “Turkey lately has increased its engagement with Russia and Iran. … The ease with which Turkey brokered arrangements with the Russian military to facilitate the launch of its Operation Olive Branch in Afrin District — arrangements to which America was not privy — is gravely concerning.”
Mitchell was referring to Turkey’s January offensive against the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG). The group, labeled terrorists by Ankara because of its links to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) rebels inside Turkey, is the United States’ top ally against the Islamic State in Syria.

Mitchell warned, “Ankara should be mindful of the risks in making strategic concessions to Moscow in order to achieve its tactical objectives in Syria.” Moreover, he said, Ankara’s plans to purchase the Russian S-400 missile system “could potentially lead to sanctions … and adversely impact Turkey’s participation in the F-35 [fighter jet] program.”
The State Department’s annual country-by-country report on human rights, which was made public today, contained exceptionally harsh language regarding Turkey. It catalogs a spike in torture — and in some cases, deaths — of detainees, inhumane prison conditions, stifling of free expression, jailing of journalists and “credible allegations that the government contributed to civilian deaths in the connections with violent clashes” between security forces and the PKK.

Until recently, the State Department’s Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs was Ankara’s fiercest ally on multiple fronts. It has been lobbying the White House to scotch the Pentagon’s partnership with the YPG. It persuaded Congress to excise sanctions language from this year’s appropriations bill that would have sanctioned Turkish officials responsible for unlawful arrests of US citizens. State Department officials argued time was needed to persuade Turkey to let Brunson and others go.
The State Department may have believed it had a deal, but the prosecutor’s choice of the May 7 date for a second hearing has reinforced suspicions that Brunson’s fate is closely linked to that of a high-profile Turkish detainee in the United States. Mehmet Hakan Atilla, the former deputy chief executive of state-owned Halkbank, is facing up to 15 years in prison for his alleged role in violating US sanctions against Iran. A US judge postponed Atilla’s sentencing to May 7, and in a further twist, delayed it again to May 16.
I've written several posts on the Halkbank plot.
"Ankara's bigger worry is the size and terms of the fine the US Treasury will likely slap on Halkbank for sanctions-busting. Turkish officials warn that if the fine is "disproportionately high" and ends up coming out of Turkish taxpayers’ pockets, this will sink relations to new lows.

The initial sanctions language crafted by Lankford and Shaheen last year would have only been travel bans. A well-informed source told Al-Monitor on strict condition of anonymity, “As most sanctions go, there was broad waiver authority for national security purposes … and when [the State Department] spoke to the senators, they agreed to withdraw the language from the appropriations bill because [Andrew Brunson’s wife] Norine Brunson felt it best.”

Besides, former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was also opposed. Now, with Brunson and others still behind bars and Tillerson gone, the State Department — at Mitchell’s prodding — is toughening its stance, the source said.

The text of the new sanctions language that will be reinserted in the appropriations bill has not been finalized yet, but the aim is to “push for the highest level” in terms of Turkish officials who would be targeted by the proposed sanctions.
“Chances of the sanctions language appearing in the next funding cycle are very high,” the source predicted. Moreover, none of this precludes the use of sanctions under the Global Magnitsky Act against Turkish officials for human rights abuses or corruption. “There will be annual lists. This is a very broad authority. If human rights groups want anyone added to the list, they have to build the legal case and give it to Congress to submit to the administration. It’s terrible, but this is the first time the Hill stopped listening to State on Turkey. This is a good time to push,” the source added. “What Erdogan has been doing is shocking. And [the State Department] is shocked. They don’t know what to do. And they’ve been beaten [by senators] into submission.”
A "Global Magnitsky Act" wielded against Turkey- Exactly as has been written here!
"With Turkey entering a new election cycle following the announcement of snap polls on June 24, it’s rather unlikely Erdogan will care. More likely, he will brush aside senators’ calls to free Brunson and whip up further anti-Western feelings so as to woo nationalist voters instead.

Yet should Mike Pompeo be confirmed as the new secretary of state, Washington may grow even less accommodating. Pompeo, a former Republican congressman from Kansas, served as a deacon and taught Sunday school at the Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Wichita, which is part of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church that Brunson belongs to."

Also: The U.S issues three warnings to Turkish gov’t in two days

flashback : FrontPage Magazine: Time to Get Tough With Turkey

From earlier today:

Russia: No Decision Yet on S300's


Russia: No Decision Yet on S300's

 All promotion of the S300's being present in Syria or being a sure thing at this time is speculation that plays into the Usrael propaganda machine- Spreading incorrect information, seems to me, is doing the work of the global tyranny, witting or unwitting. Lavrov made clear if Russia makes this decision it will be made public.

MOSCOW, April 23 (Reuters) - Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday that Russia had not yet decided whether it would deliver advanced S-300 missile systems to Syria, but would not make a secret of the matter if it took such a decision, the TASS news agency reported.  

“We’ll have to wait to see what specific decisions the Russian leadership and representatives of Syria will take,” TASS cited Lavrov as saying on Monday during a visit to Beijing.
“There is probably no secret about this and it can all be announced (if a decision is taken),” added Lavrov.
 April 23. /TASS/. The question of providing S-300 air defense systems
to Syria has not been settled yet, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey
Lavrov told the media in Beijing on Monday. Lavrov’s reply was published on the Russian Foreign Ministry’s website.
Kremlin mum on Russia's possible deliveries of S-300 air defense systems to Syria
"I cannot say that this question has been settled," Lavrov said. "We know what Russian President Vladimir Putin said. He has discussed such matters with an official of our Defense Ministry from the standpoint of
preventing a situation where Syria might turn out insufficiently
prepared for aggressive attacks, like the one that occurred on April 14.

 It remains to be seen what decisions will be made by the Russian
leadership and Syrian officials. Apparently, no secrets are due here.
All this can be announced."

Saturday, April 21, 2018

OPCW Fact Finding Mission Visits Douma, Syria

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — 21 April 2018 —

The Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) team of the
Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) visited one of the sites in Douma, Syrian Arab Republic today to collect samples for analysis in connection with allegations of chemical weapons use on 7 April 2018. The OPCW will evaluate the situation and consider future steps including another possible visit to Douma. 
The samples collected will be transported to the OPCW Laboratory in Rijswijk and then dispatched for analysis to the OPCW’s designated labs. Based on the analysis of the sample results as well other information and materials collected by the team, the FFM will compile their report for submission to the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention for their consideration.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Syrian Army Secures Damascus South: US Still Paying Fraud NGO White Helmets

First the reports regarding the locale south of Damascus
LA Times
Syrian state TV broadcast images of the government assault targeting an arc of four militant-held areas ringing Damascus' southern flank, including the Yarkmouk camp, once home to the world's largest Palestinian refugee community.

By Thursday, a deal giving the militants safe passage had broken down before Islamic State's refusal to leave, activists said.

Syrian and Russian warplanes were soon crisscrossing Damascus' skies on their way to bomb the rebel-held territories. They were joined by the pounding of artillery and rockets.

"The Syrian army is now smashing the defensive line of the armed terrorist groups and conducting attacks inside," a state TV correspondent, said in a live broadcast Friday from what was said to be the outskirts of the Islamic State-held Al Hajar Al-Aswad district.

Later, he said there were reports that a ceasefire was about to be put in place but was waiting on the rebels to submit fully to the terms of a deal that would see most of them depart to the opposition-controlled province of Idlib in Syria's northwest or to the eastern desert region still under Islamic State's sway.

Those who chose to lay down their arms could stay, he added.
  SOHR reports that the terrorists laid down their arms and took the opportunity for free passage
“The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a pro-opposition watchdog monitoring the violence in Syria using a network of activists, reported on Friday that Islamic State representatives had relented and had accepted the evacuation agreement.”

The UN sheds it’s usual crocodile tears for civilians- I’m quite certain they don’t care at all.

UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness said in a statement Friday that the agency was "deeply concerned about the fate of civilians"

Onto that NGO- or as I always like to call them No Good Organzation- The White Helmets

At a Thursday press briefing, journalists asked US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert for an update on the late-March freeze of $200 million earmarked for the recovery of Syria – and if that means Washington will be withholding payments to the White Helmets.
Nauert opened her response with a gushing comment about the organization. "We recognize and appreciate and are very grateful for all the work that the White Helmets continues to do on behalf of the people of their country and on behalf of the US Government and all the coalition forces. They're doing incredible work in rescuing in some cases, and in other cases it's recovery efforts. They're an incredible group of individuals," she said.
Moreover, she said she "just exchanged emails with them the other day." Finally cornered into giving a direct answer, she said "As far as I'm aware, all of the work still continues. Peoples' bills are still being paid."

You can, of course, watch the State Department talking head Heather Nauert make her statement at the twitter link - She made it very clear US contributions to the group are still being paid

Flashback to last friday's post: Russia accuses UK of organizing alleged Syria gas attack

The White Helmets are officially (but not really) neutral in the Syrian conflict, but they receive funding from several western governments, including the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom. The British government was initially the group's largest source of funding.

 Related to the earlier interview from today and last week:

From earlier today:

 Interesting Reads you might have missed from this past week?