Archive | October 19, 2016

Prosecutor Who Led Charge Against Brazil’s Rouseff Was Just Arrested*

Prosecutor Who Led Charge Against Brazil’s Rouseff Was Just Arrested*

Every “revolution” has it: the moment when the sequence of events unleashed by the initial decision ultimately boomerangs and takes down the very people who started the revolution. In Brazil, that would be the powerful former speaker of Brazil’s lower house, Eduardo Cunha, who spearheaded the ouster of President Dilma Rousseff, and who almost single-handedly ushered in Michel Temer into the presidential office. Alas, for Cunha the “game of thrones” now appears to be over after he himself was arrested early on Wednesday as part of a sprawling graft probe involving state oil giant Petrobras.

As a reminder, Cunha initiated impeachment proceedings against Rousseff in December when he was speaker of the Chamber of Deputies. That led to a Senate vote to remove her from office in August.

Cunha, who until recently was a key ally of new President Temer, was accused of corruption, money laundering and tax evasion related to an oilfield purchase that Petrobras made in 2011 in the west African nation of Benin. Prosecutors said in a statement that they requested Cunha’s detention on the grounds that he represented a threat to the integrity of the investigation and was a flight risk. They also asked for bank accounts he holds totaling some $60 million to be frozen.

Cunha was arrested in the capital, Brasilia, and was then put on a plane to the southern city of Curitiba, where Judge Sergio Moro is presiding over many of the Petrobras cases.

Brazil’s former Lower House President Eduardo Cunha, center, is escorted by federal police

The ex-speaker, who some suggested pushed on with the Rouseff impeachment to avoid a probe into his own affairs, faces multiple ongoing investigations and has been accused of accepting millions of dollars in bribes for himself and other politicians. He denies the allegations.

In a dramatic example of how most revolutions end up devouring their own, Cunha was first forced to resign as speaker in July. Then, last month he was stripped of his congressional seat, and also the legal protections against prosecution that come with elected office in Brazil.

Realizing the end may be near, Cunha then began publicly criticizing Temer, his erstwhile ally, and Cabinet officials. He announced he would write a tell-all book about the impeachment with the first excerpts to be published in November. That was his last mistake.

According to AP, analysts have said that if Cunha cooperates with prosecutors, he could potentially bring down others in the Petrobras case and create more headaches for the government. If that happens, it will likely mean that the political crisis in Brazil will be back front and center, and this time attention will refocus on Temer, whose own involvement in the Petrobras, and other scandals, is well known to the local population. Who knows: Temer may even get a triumphal return as a result of this ongoing clash between Brazil’s “revolutionaries.”

Following the arrest, Temer’s office said the president had cut short a trip to Japan and was expected to be back in Brasilia on Friday.

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Related Topics:

Washington Rape of Brazil Begins*

Brazil Coup Plotter Eduardo Cunha Impeached in Lower House*

Brazil Arrests Top Olympic Official for Tickets Racketeering Valued over $3 Million*

Brazil’s Coup President Michel Temer to Lift Ban on Foreign Ownership of Land*

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Surprise! One Hurricane Hits Philippines, Second on the Way*

Surprise! One Hurricane Hits Philippines, Second on the Way*

“For as long as I am there, do not treat us like a doormat because you’ll be sorry for it.” –Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

Are we witnessing a weather warfare double punch? The above graphic shows two typhoons barreling across the Pacific. The one on the far left is Typhoon Sarika which hit the Philippines this afternoon (Saturday  October 15 in the US/Sunday, October 16 local time in the Philippines). The one seen in the center is Haima, a newly-formed typhoon which is expected to hit the Philippines by Wednesday.

You can go here to access the Weather Channel’s report, which includes a video showing the positions of both storms as of Saturday evening, along with Sarika’s projected path across the South China Sea and into mainland China.

The newly elected leader of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, has pursued what would appear to be a confrontational policy toward the US. In addition to calling Obama a “son of a bitch” last month, he has more recently threatened to suspend cooperation with the US on military exercises and hinted at a possible pivot toward China.

“For as long as I am there, do not treat us like a doormat because you’ll be sorry for it,” he has said. “I will not speak with you. I can always go to China.”

“In 2025, US aerospace forces can ‘own the weather’ by capitalizing on emerging technologies and focusing development of those technologies to war-fighting applications. Such a capability offers the war fighter tools to shape the battle space in ways never before possible. It provides opportunities to impact operations across the full spectrum of conflict and is pertinent to all possible futures. The purpose of this paper is to outline a strategy for the use of a future weather-modification system to achieve military objectives rather than to provide a detailed technical road map.”

The above words are from a paper produced by the U.S. Defense Department back in 1996 entitled “Weather as a Force Multiplier: Owning the Weather in 2015.” You can go here to access the full document.

The hurricane winds battering the Philippines at present were discussed on Dane Wigington’s weekly radio program this morning. Wigington, proprietor at GeoengineeringWatch.org , believes it is an artificially engineered weather system. Apparently, however, he was unaware of Typhoon Haima at the time he did the show. He only mentions Karen.

Manila Bulletin

While everybody’s bracing up for tropical cyclone Karen (International name: Sarika) which is seen to cross Luzon tonight until tomorrow evening, an upcoming cyclone may be more destructive as it could reach super typhoon category before it passes the main Philippine island.

Weather Underground (Wunderground)—commercial weather service provider based in San Francisco—posted in its site, that Tropical Storm Haima may hit Category 5 (super typhoon) status packing winds of over 251 kilometers per hour (kph) even before it reaches the northern part of Luzon on Wednesday (October 20, 2016).

It is seen to cross the northernmost tip of the main island at around 3 p.m. on Thursday, but still as a Category 4 typhoon with winds between 210 kph and 250 kph.

Wunderground forecasters wrote: Excellent environmental conditions will persist and support rapid intensification as the cyclone tracks northwestward into the Philippine Sea, reaching super typhoon strength at 135 knots or about 251 kph  [in 72 hours].

It added that “‘Haima’ will likely intensify under continued favorable environmental conditions, peaking at 140 knots (about 260 kph) by tau 96 (in four days). Afterwards, interaction with the northern tip of Luzon will weaken the system down to 115 knots by end of forecast.”

Haima will be called tropical cyclone “Lawin” when it reaches the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Monday.

Forecasters at the Philippine weather agency PAGASA warned that typhoon Kare, which just passed the northern tip of Caranduanes province, could be “the most damaging” storm this year as it is headed for the archipelago’s heavily populated main island of Luzon.

Sarika, packing maximum winds of 180 kilometers per hour, has reportedly knocked out all power and telephone lines in Catanduanes.

“We can see from the radar that the storm is very destructive. It can destroy wooden houses, it can topple trees. It can possibly rip off roofs,” weather forecaster Benison Estareja told AFP.

Sarika is forecast to hit the province of Aurora before dawn Sunday and then cross Central Luzon before heading out to sea by Sunday evening. (Armin A. Amio)

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Corporate Plunder of the Philippines*

Why did Afghanistan Get an Earthquake?*

 

Britain’s Seven Covert Wars*

Britain’s Seven Covert Wars*

This is the sort of thing that Britain’s hamstrung media are covering up. It’s just one reason why people go to the alternative media, such as RT and Global Research, to find out what’s going on. It’s hardly surprising that last week’s Commons debate on Aleppo was a farago of lies and ignorance. It’s what we’ve come to expect from our brainwashed, idiot MPs. – Gordon Logan

Dead Yemeni child – one of thousands that the British government has helped to kill.

Dead Yemeni child – one of thousands that the British government has helped to kill.

By Mark Curtis

Britain is fighting at least seven covert wars in the Middle East and North Africa, outside of any democratic oversight or control. Whitehall has in effect gone underground, with neither parliament nor the public being allowed to debate, scrutinise or even know about these wars.

To cover themselves, Ministers are now often resorting to lying about what they are authorising. While Britain has identified Islamic State (among others) as the enemy abroad, it is clear that it sees the British public and parliament as the enemy at home.

Syria

Britain began training Syrian rebel forces from bases in Jordan in 2012. This was also when the SAS was reported to be ‘slipping into Syria on missions’ against Islamic State. Now, British special forces are ‘mounting hit and run raids against IS deep inside eastern Syria dressed as insurgent fighters’ and ‘frequently cross into Syria to assist the New Syrian Army’ from their base in Jordan. British special forces also provide training, weapons and other equipment to the New Syrian Army.

British aircraft began covert strikes against IS targets in Syria in 2015, months before Parliament voted in favour of overt action in December 2015. These strikes were conducted by British pilots embedded with US and Canadian forces.

Britain has also been operating a secret drone warfare programme in Syria. Last year Reaper drones killed British IS fighters in Syria, again before parliament approved military action. As I have previously argued, British covert action and support of the Syrian rebels is, along with horrific Syrian government/Russian violence, helping to prolong a terrible conflict.

 

Iraq

Hundreds of British troops are officially in Iraq to train local security forces. But they are also engaged in covert combat operations against IS. One recent report suggests that Britain has more than 200 special force soldiers in the country, operating out of a fortified base within a Kurdish Peshmerga camp south of Mosul.

British Reaper drones were first deployed over Iraq in 2014 and are now flown remotely by satellite from an RAF base in Lincolnshire. Britain has conducted over 200 drones strikes in Iraq since November 2014.

Libya

SAS forces have been secretly deployed to Libya since the beginning of this year, working with Jordanian special forces embedded in the British contingent. This follows a mission by MI6 and the RAF in January to gather intelligence on IS and draw up potential targets for air strikes. British commandos are now reportedlyfighting and directing assaults on Libyan frontlines and running intelligence, surveillance and logistical support operations from a base in the western city of Misrata.

But a team of 15 British forces are also reported to be based in a French-led multinational military operations centre in Benghazi, eastern Libya, supporting renegade Libyan general Khalifa Haftar. In July 2016, Middle East Eye reported that this British involvement was helping to coordinate air strikes in support of Haftar, whose forces are opposed to the Tripoli-based government that Britain is supposed to be supporting.

Yemen

The government says it has no military personnel based in Yemen. Yet a report by Vice News in April, based on numerous interviews with officials, revealed that British special forces in Yemen, who were seconded to MI6, were training Yemeni troops fighting Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and also had forces infiltrated in AQAP. The same report also found that British military personnel were helping with drone strikes against AQAP. Britain was playing ‘a crucial and sustained role with the CIA in finding and fixing targets, assessing the effect of strikes, and training Yemeni intelligence agencies to locate and identify targets for the US drone program’. In addition, the UK spybase at Menwith Hill in Yorkshire facilitates US drone strikes in Yemen.

Britain has been widely reported (outside the mainstream media) as supporting the brutal Saudi war in Yemen, which has caused thousands of civilian deaths, most of them due to Saudi air strikes. Indeed, Britain is party to the war. The government says there are around 100 UK military personnel based in Saudi Arabia including a ‘small number’ at ‘Saudi MOD and Operational Centres’. One such Centre, in Riyadh, coordinates the Saudi bombing campaign in Yemen and includes British military personnel who are in the command room as air strikes are carried out and who have access to the bombing targets.

The UK is of course arming the Saudi campaign: The British government disclosed on 13 October that the Saudis have used five types of British bombs and missiles in Yemen. On the same day, it lied to Parliament that Britain was ‘not a party’ to the war in Yemen.

A secret ‘memorandum of understanding’ that Britain signed with Saudi Arabia in 2014 has not been made public since it ‘would damage the UK’s bilateral relationship’ with the Kingdom, the government states. It is likely that this pact includes reference to the secret British training of Syrian rebels in Saudi Arabia, which has taken place since mid-2015. Operating from a desert base in the north of the country, British forces have been teaching Syrian forces infantry skills as part of a US-led training programme.

Afghanistan

In Afghanistan, the public was told that British forces withdrew at the end of 2014. However, British forces stayed behind to help create and train an Afghan special forces unit. Despite officially only having ‘advisors’ in Afghanistan, in August 2015 it was reported that British covert forces were fighting IS and Taliban fighters. The SAS and SBS, along with US special forces, were ‘taking part in military operations almost every night’ as the insurgents closed in on the capital Kabul.

In 2014, the government stated that it had ended its drone air strikes programme in Afghanistan, which had begun in 2008 and covered much of the country. Yet last year it was reported that British special forces were calling in air strikes using US drones.

Pakistan and Somalia

Pakistan and Somalia are two other countries where Britain is conducting covert wars. Menwith Hill facilitates US drone strikes against jihadists in both countries, with Britain’s GCHQ providing ‘locational intelligence’ to US forces for use in these attacks.

The government has said that it has 27 military personnel in Somalia who are developing the national army and supporting the African Union Mission. Yet in 2012 it was reported that the SAS was covertly fighting against al-Shabab Islamist terrorists in Somalia, working with Kenyan forces in order to target leaders. This involved up to 60 SAS soldiers, close to a full squadron, including Forward Air Controllers who called in air strikes against al-Shabab targets by the Kenyan air force. In early 2016, it was further reported that Jordan’s King Abdullah, whose troops operate with UK special forces, was saying that his troops were ready with Britain and Kenya to go ‘over the border’ to attack al-Shabaab.

Drones

The RAF’s secret drone war, which involves a fleet of 10 Reaper drones, has been in permanent operation in Afghanistan since October 2007, but covertly began operating outside Afghanistan in 2014. The NGO Reprieve notes that Britain provides communications networks to the CIA ‘without which the US would not be able to operate this programme’. It says that this is a particular matter of concern as the US covert drone programme is illegal.

The Gulf

Even this may not be the sum total of British covert operations in the region. The government stated in 2015 that it had 177 military personnel embedded in other countries’ forces, with 30 personnel working with the US military. It is possible that these forces are also engaged in combat in the region. For example, the First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Philip Jones, has said that in the Gulf, British pilots fly US F18s from the decks of US aircraft carriers. This means that ‘US’ air strikes might well be carried out by British pilots.

Britain has many other military and intelligence assets in the region. Files leaked by Edward Snowden show that Britain has a network of three GCHQ spy bases in Oman – codenamed ‘Timpani’, ‘Guitar’ and ‘Clarinet’ – which tap in to various undersea cables passing through the Strait of Hormuz into the Gulf. These bases intercept and process vast quantities of emails, telephone calls and web traffic on behalf of Western intelligence agencies, which information is then shared with the National Security Agency in the US.

The state of Qatar houses the anti-IS coalition’s Combined Air Operations Centre at Al Udeid airbase. The government says it has seven military personnel ‘permanently assigned to Qatar’ and an additional number of ‘temporary personnel’ working at the airbase. These are likely to be covert forces; the government says that ‘we do not discuss specific numbers for reasons of safeguarding operational security’.

Similarly, the government says it has six military personnel ‘permanently assigned’ to the United Arab Emirates and an additional number of ‘temporary personnel’ at the UAE’s Al Minhad airbase. Britain also has military assets at Manama harbour, Bahrain, whose repressive armed forces are also being secretly trained by British commandos.

Kenya and Turkey

Kenya hosts Britain’s Kahawa Garrishon barracks and Laikipia Air Base, from where thousands of troops who carry out military exercises in Kenya’s harsh terrain can be deployed on active operations in the Middle East. Turkey has also offered a base for British military training. In 2015, for example, Britain deployed several military trainers to Turkey as part of the US-led training programme in Syria, providing small arms, infantry tactics and medical training to rebel forces.

The web of deceit

When questioned about these covert activities, Ministers have two responses. One is to not to comment on special forces’ operations. The other is to lie, which has become so routine as to be official government policy. The reasoning is simple – the government believes the public simply has no right to know of these operations, let alone to influence them.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon told parliament in July that the government is ‘committed to the convention that before troops are committed to combat the House of Commons should have an opportunity to debate the matter’. This is plainly not true, as the extent of British covert operations show.

Similarly, it was first reported in May that British troops were secretly engaged in combat in Libya. This news came two days after Fallon told MPs that Britain was not planning ‘any kind of combat role’ to fight IS in Libya.

There are many other examples of this straightforward web of deceit. In July 2016, the government issued six separate corrections to previous ministerial statements in which they claimed that Saudi Arabia is not targeting civilians or committing war crimes in Yemen. However, little noticed was that these corrections also claimed that ‘the UK is not a party’ to the conflict in Yemen. This claim is defied by various news reports in the public domain.

British foreign policy is in extreme mode, whereby Ministers do not believe they should be accountable to the public. This is the very definition of dictatorship. Although in some of these wars, Britain is combatting terrorist forces that are little short of evil, it is no minor matter that several UK interventions have encouraged these very same forces and prolonged wars, all the while being regularly disastrous for the people of the region. Britain’s absence of democracy needs serious and urgent challenging

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British Parliament Confirms Libya War Was Based On Lies …*

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British air strikes in Iraq and Syria increase by 85%*

The “Free Syrian Army” Media Campaign is a British Government Operation*

British Government Killed 10 Million Iranians In 1919*

British Banking System the Pumping Heart of Terror Finance and Global Drug Trade*

British Military Has Only Killed 7 Terrorists after More Than 600 Airstrikes*

British Airstrike Kills 20 Civilians in Hasaka*

British Soldiers Throw War Medals to the Floor*

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U.K. – U.S. Responds to Aleppo Siege with More Sanctions against Syrian Civilians*

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U.K. Illegally at War in Yemen*

Radiation from Iraq War Detected In U.K. Atmosphere*

U.K. Base Used by U.S. to Kill Thousands in the Middle East*

U.K.-based Israeli-owned Drone Factory Faced Forced Shutdown*

U.K. to Re-establish Military Bases East of Suez*

U.K. Starts Building New, Permanent Navy Base in Bahrain*

What You Aren’t Being Told About The Iraqi ISIS Offensive*

What You Aren’t Being Told About The Iraqi ISIS Offensive*

The Battle of Mosul is the last stronghold of ISIS in Iraq

By Darius Shahtahmasebi

Iraq has officially begun a U.S.-backed offensive to drive ISIS from the Iraqi city of Mosul, the terror group’s last major stronghold in the country. The operation will be likely be assisted and supported by Iranian-backed militias. Turkey has also expressed a strong interest in joining the fight despite the fact Iraq told Turkey directly they do not want their assistance.

In 2014, ISIS claimed Mosul, a city with a population of 1.5 million people, and has since used it to expand their caliphate. When the terror group seized this territory two years ago, the U.S. air force was nowhere to be seen, even when ISIS stole American-made military vehicles and flaunted their advances on social media.

This latest offensive is expected to spell a major defeat for ISIS in Iraq, and the implications of this could spell the end of the terror group’s reign, which would undoubtedly be of great benefit to the rest of the world.

However, as it transpires, the U.S. has no immediate plans whatsoever to end ISIS. The U.S., together with Saudi Arabia, is reported to have agreed to grant free passage to thousands of Islamic State militants before the Iraqi city is overrun by Iraqi militia. According to an anonymous “military-diplomatic source,” the ISIS militants will reportedly be re-deployed to Syria to fight against the Syrian government instead.

More than 9,000 Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS, ISIL) militants will be redeployed from Mosul to the eastern regions of Syria to carry out a major offensive operation, which involves capturing Deir ez-Zor and Palmyra,” the source told state-operated Russian news agency RIA Novosti, as translated by RT.

The source also seemed to suggest the air assistance the U.S. would provide to the Iraqi offensive would be a sham, as the coalition would only strike detached, vacated, or uninhabited buildings. According to the source, Washington’s strategy in moving these ISIS fighters is due to an attempt to counter Russia’s advancements in Syria.

The source stated this strategy had already been tried during the liberation of the Iraqi city of Fallujah earlier this year.

An anonymous source claiming to a Russian newspaper something as conspiratorial as the U.S. directly aiding ISIS militants may seem a bit dubious, but since the offensive was launched on Monday of this week, this has been the reality on the ground.

According to Army Lieutenant General Talib Shaghati, as reported by anti-Russian newspaper, the Guardian, ISIS militants are already fleeing Mosul to Syria. This was further confirmed by the Saudi foreign minister, Adel al-Jubeir, who said that if ISIS were forced out of Mosul, they would likely go on to Syria.

Whether or not the U.S. and Saudi Arabia are helping to facilitate this move — something they would never admit to —  al-Jubeir’s claim that Assad will help allow ISIS grow once they enter Syrian territory should give an indication of where this conflict is headed. This claim is especially hypocritical given that pro-Assad forces who were battling ISIS were struck by the U.S. coalition in September — before ISIS launched a timely offensive.

CNN reported Monday that more than 90,000 local forces are involved in the fight for Mosul; yet U.S. airstrikes have only been reported at Bartella, 14 kilometres east of Mosul. If the U.S. military does not strike legitimate ISIS targets within Mosul, it could be the case that they are either directly or indirectly allowing their free passage to Syria, especially considering the above reports confirm they already know where the fighters are heading.

It is not uncommon for the U.S. to bolster ISIS if that support is to the detriment of the Assad regime in Syria, as was the case in previous ISIS offensives, such as Palmyra in Syria. According to the New York Times:

“Any airstrikes against Islamic State militants in and around Palmyra would probably benefit the forces of President Bashar al-Assad. So far, United States-led airstrikes in Syria have largely focused on areas far outside government control, to avoid the perception of aiding a leader whose ouster President Obama has called for.”

The source’s claims about the U.S.-Saudi plan to move ISIS fighters from Mosul to Syria comes just a few weeks after an al-Qaeda leader claimed the U.S. is backing them, stating, “the Americans are on our side.”

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Cameron’s Role in Destroying Libya Compares with Blair’s in Iraq*

U.S. Special Ops Fighter Caught Leading ISIS in Iraq*

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ISIL Faces Mosul Residents in Defence of Shrine*