Thursday, April 17, 2014

Twitter posts to be blurred to eliminate ‘malicious content,’ minister says.

Twitter 'Iranian' 'Turkish style.

Twitter posts to be blurred to eliminate ‘malicious content,’ minister says. (HD).

Turkey’s telecommunication authority will pixelate Twitter posts to eliminate “malicious content,” Communications Minister Lütfi Elvan said in a written statement April 17, following talks between the microblogging website’s executives and Turkish officials in Ankara.

“We have reached a consensus to ‘neutralize’ malicious content that is the object of court decisions by pixelating. [Twitter executives] also said the presence of a lawyer representing them would contribute to solving the current issues,” Elvan said in the statement.

He confirmed that Twitter had not made any final decisions regarding other subjects, including the opening of a company office in Turkey.

“During the meeting, the opening of a liaison office in Turkey to ensure closer coordination, as well as the conferring of authority for ‘super tagging’ to Turkey’s telecommunication directorate [TİB] was discussed.

But Twitter executives said they would not immediately decide on these issues and could reconvene after assessing it in a meeting at their headquarters,” Elvan said in the statement.

He also said the meeting reflected the “good will” of both sides. “We have agreed to keep in touch in the future to solve possible problems that can arise quickly and effectively,” he added.

Elvan claimed that Twitter executives had issued assurances that over 200 pieces of content had been deleted and five court orders executed in line with the Turkish authorities’ demands.

He also added that Twitter had prepared a complaint application method to report problematic content, also translated into Turkish, and vowed to be more “meticulous” in the future regarding fake accounts.

Related:  Turkey's main opposition applies to top court for the annulment of Internet Law

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Ship VMSU "Donbass" returned to Ukraine: the Russians stole pieces of equipment and "gave" the leftovers.(Dumskaja)[GoogleTranslate]. (photo) 
The commander added that the life support system of the ship through the electromechanical warhead, as well as radar and remain in the ranks. However, he said, etogonelzya say about the state of communications and rescue assets. They disappeared from the board. One member of the team refines the scale of what happened with the "Donbass" in Russian captivity: "Part of the boiler is removed, cut hoses, whitecaps on the ports are removed, the door brutally knocked out, ripped off the taps in the latrine, Horns no, mate devices are incapacitated, no galley utensils. The apogee was just stuck on the porthole rat in one of the cabins. "

Activists "antimaydana" picketed the Consulate General of Poland in Odessa (photos)(Dumskaja).[GoogleTranslate]

Mariupol city council: the first to open fire on separatists.(photos and Video)(Dumskaja).[GoogleTranslate]

Typo or a sign on the wall?- "President of Ukraine Vladimir Putin"

ANALYSIS: Putin Hints Dialogue Possible Between Moscow, Kiev.
Putin said Thursday he is sure that Russia and Ukraine will be able to find an understanding in their mutual relations.
"We are all under the oppression of certain emotions, but if we love one another and respect each other, then we must find a way to understand each other. I think that within a family it’s easier to do than between governments, but even within government relations, I'm sure that we’ll find a mutual understanding with Ukraine and that we will never part," Putin said.
Nikolai Mironov, General Director of the Institute of Priority Regional Projects, expressed hope that Ukraine and the international community would heed Putin’s call. Yet the expert noted that a number of factors might prevent the West and Kiev from tuning in to what Moscow says.
First of all, the Kiev authorities are extremely anti-Russian,” Mironov said. “And given their actions, it is highly unlikely that they are hearing Russia’s calls,” he said, adding that Western governments promote their national interests even while their populations feel differently.
Moreover, Moscow tries to differentiate between the notions of “Ukrainian authorities” and a “Ukrainian state,” Makarkin believes.
The Russian President distinguishes between Ukraine as a country and Ukraine’s authorities,” Makarkin said. “On the one hand, Ukraine is a country with close historical ties with Russia and Putin says he has nothing against it and that Russia still respects Ukraine’s sovereignty and people,” he told RIA Novosti. “On the other hand, there is a strong negative attitude towards the current authorities,” Makarkin added.Hmmm.....Wishful thinking

NATO Reaches New Low in Anti-Russian Rhetoric – Russian Foreign Ministry

On Monday, pro-Russia protesters stormed a police station in the eastern Ukrainian city of Horlivka. VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky joined them as they seized the building. Inside, the demonstrators attacked a police officer accused of pushing someone off of a ledge while the person was trying to display a Russian flag. Later that day, a video emerged on the internet showing a man purporting to be a Russian army colonel giving orders to officers in eastern Ukraine. This is the first bit of evidence that there might already be Russian boots on the ground in the country.

Putin says annexation of Crimea partly response to NATO enlargement

Cooling of relations with U.S. not Russia's fault - Putin
What are the options for de-escalation in Ukraine?
Why do you need Alaska, Putin asks pensioner

Russia to switch to advance gas payments for Ukraine, if no money comes - Putin 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

JW Obtains IRS Documents Showing Lerner in Contact With DOJ about Potential Prosecution of Tax-Exempt Groups.

JW Obtains IRS Documents Showing Lerner in Contact With DOJ about Potential Prosecution of Tax-Exempt Groups.HT: JudicialWatch.

May 9, 2013, email reveals IRS plans to meet with Department of Justice over whether to prosecute groups that “lied” about plans for political activity 

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today released a new batch of internal IRS documents revealing that former IRS official Lois Lerner communicated with the Department of Justice (DOJ) about whether it was possible to criminally prosecute certain tax-exempt entities. The documents were obtained as a result of an October 2013 Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed against the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) after the agency refused to respond to four FOIA requests dating back to May 2013.
The newly released IRS documents contain an email exchange between Lerner and Nikole C. Flax, then-Chief of Staff to then-Acting IRS Commissioner Steven T. Miller discussing plans to work with the DOJ  to prosecute nonprofit groups that “lied” (Lerner’s quotation marks) about political activities. The exchange includes the following:
I got a call today from Richard Pilger Director Elections Crimes Branch at DOJ … He wanted to know who at IRS the DOJ folk s [sic] could talk to about Sen. Whitehouse idea at the hearing that DOJ could piece together false statement cases about applicants who “lied” on their 1024s –saying they weren’t planning on doing political activity, and then turning around and making large visible political expenditures. DOJ is feeling like it needs to respond, but want to talk to the right folks at IRS to see whether there are impediments from our side and what, if any damage this might do to IRS programs.
I told him that sounded like we might need several folks from IRS…
I think we should do it – also need to include CI [Criminal Investigation Division], which we can help coordinate. Also, we need to reach out to FEC. Does it make sense to consider including them in this or keep it separate?

Lerner then “handed off” scheduling the issue to Senior Technical Adviser, Attorney Nancy Marks, who was then supposed to set up the meeting with the DOJ.  Lerner also decided that it would be DOJ’s decision as to whether representatives from the Federal Election Commission would attend.

“These new emails show that the day before she broke the news of the IRS scandal, Lois Lerner was talking to a top Obama Justice Department official about whether the DOJ could prosecute the very same organizations that the IRS had already improperly targeted,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

The IRS emails show Eric Holder’s Department of Justice is now implicated and conflicted in the IRS scandal.  No wonder we had to sue in federal court to get these documents.”Read the full story here.

Searching for casus belli: The Turkey’s assault on Kassab?

Searching for casus belli: The Turkey’s assault on Kassab?(RT).
There appear to be clear indications that this border town in the Latakia province of Syria, just south of Turkey's Hatay province, was attacked by "NATO-backed mercenary forces" and members of the "Turkish Armed Forces" on March 21, as worded by the independent researcher and peace activist, Cem Ertür. 
This military action took place a mere nine days before Turkey's local elections, which reaffirmed Tayyip Erdogan's position as the nation's unquestioned leader. And just days before election day, a leak revealed that Turkey had been planning a false flag attack that would have allowed Turkish troops to intervene directly in Syria's not-so civil war.

Legal justification aside, Turkey has been involved in the armed effort to unseat Bashar Assad since the very beginning, supplying, arming and supporting opposition forces overtly as well as covertly – and one should not lose sight of the fact that this armed effort, now in its fourth year, has so far claimed the lives of more than 146,000 people.

At the same time, Turkey's National Intelligence Organization (MIT) has also been active in providing "weapons and ammunition, bulletproof jackets and electronic devices" to opposition forces described as "Al-Qaeda" by the politician Abdullatif Sener, an erstwhile friend of Erdogan's and now one of his most vocal critics.

Arguably, Turkey thus appears to support the Free Syrian Army (FSA) as well as the Islamist opposition to the Damascus regime, the Al-Nusra front as well as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (better known by the acronym ISIS or ISIL), both popularly known as "Al-Qaeda affiliates." And now, the claim is that the Turkish army was part of the opposition assault on the Syrian city of Kassab, where ethnic Armenians make up two-thirds of the population.

Local villagers indicate that over 1,500 mercenaries conducted an outright assault, under the cover of heavy artillery fire from Turkey's armed forces. The Turkish army apparently used mortar, artillery and rocket shelling by armored vehicles, placed just across the border, and coordinated heavy machine-gun fire by helicopters making surgical sorties.

According to the Tehran-based Al Alam International News Channel's exclusive report of March 25, "Al-Qaeda’s al-Nusra front have raised their flags over several Turkish military tanks near Kassab, as a sign of having the area under their control.”

The report argues that the town is of strategic importance, as holding it allows "militant factions ... to smuggle in arms for themselves, [and] to demand a cut when other factions use those crossings.” The fact that "Kasab and its surrounding villages are Armenian Christian-dominated areas" seems irrelevant.

In New York, Syria's Permanent Representative to the UN, Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari asserted that the "UN Secretary-General and the president and members of the Security Council (UNSC) have been alerted by sending seven official letters to the UNSC on the dangerous violations committed by Turkey in the north of Syria,” or the province of Latakia, regarded as the heartland of Assad’s Alawite sect.

But Turkey's alleged covert action south of the province of Hatay did not bring about any lasting changes on the ground in Syria, as Assad's forces, backed by Lebanese Hezbollah, seem to be gaining more and more ground. Just a few days ago the UK's Defense Secretary Philip Hammond, while visiting Qatar, affirmed that "it is now clear, partly because of fragmentation within the opposition, [that] the Assad regime has been able to regroup and consolidate its position.”

On March 26, Syria's President Assad even had a meeting with an Armenian parliamentary delegation headed by the MP Samvel Farmanyan. The latter conveyed a message from Armenia's President Serzh Sargsyan, condemning the Turkish-backed terrorist attack on the town of Kassab. 

Even though Syrian government forces claimed to have retaken Kassab on April 1, the president of the Syria National Coalition, Ahmad Jarba, toured Latakia province, including the town of Kassab, as reported by the Lebanese paper Daily Star. The above-mentioned Turkish activist (or terrorist, if you will), Mihrac Ural, recently spoke to the Turkish opposition press, making no bones about his convictions: "This peace town of Kassab is whimpering under the sounds of bombs and gun fire. It is being bombarded by soldiers and jihadist gangs under the command of Erdogan. Jihadists are leisurely crossing the border and attacking the town.”

The fact that the province of Latakia is an Alawite stronghold and Kassab an "Armenian" town appears particularly poignant in view of Erdogan's domestic policy of Sunnification, and the approaching date of April 24 when the victims of the Ottoman policy of ethnic cleansing in the period between 1915 and 1923 are commemorated. 

President Sargsyan's message to Assad reveals a certain unease that could make this year's commemoration of the deportation of numerous Armenian intellectuals in 1915, as a preamble to the enactment of the so-called Tehcir Law on May 29, particularly painful for Turkey. Still, it would appear that officially Turkey's government is not all that much concerned about the events in Kassab.

In contrast, the search for a legally-binding casus belli that would transform Tayyip Erdogan into a war hero and "Conqueror of Syria" appears to continue, particularly now that Bashar Assad is re-gaining the upper-hand in the conflict.Hmmmm.......Erdogan ' a Muslim couldn't do such things. A Muslim could not commit genocide'....yup the Armenian genocide never happened...neighter did this.  Read the full story here.

President Obama’s Bogus Voting Rights Claims.

President Obama’s Bogus Voting Rights Claims. HT: Heritage.

Last Friday, in a speech at Al Sharpton’s National Action Network conference, President Obama proudly announced that the Justice Department had taken on more than 100 voting rights cases since 2009.

The problem with that claim is that, since 2009, the Justice Department has taken on only 39 voting rights cases—and as former Voting Section lawyer Christian Adams points out, only 13 were related to protecting minority voting rights. And, with respect to some of the cases in which the department has been involved, it lost spectacularly—such as its false claim that South Carolina’s voter ID law was discriminatory.

Perhaps President Obama misspoke when he overstated the number of voting rights cases by more than 60—or perhaps he was misinformed by his Attorney General, Eric Holder.

In fact, the ever-criticized Bush administration had a much better enforcement record with much higher case numbers than the Obama administration, as was outlined in a report released by the Justice Department’s Inspector General in March 2013. President Obama also made no mention of his administration’s unjustified dismissal of the voter intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party—that would, after all, not fit the narrative he is trying to propagate. Regardless, President Obama’s exaggerated claims come as no surprise, especially given the setting of this particular speech.

Al Sharpton’s National Action Network conference in New York City, where Bertha Lewis, the former CEO of ACORN, an organization convicted of numerous voter registration frauds, participated in a panel discussion earlier in the week, was the perfect arena for the President’s inaccurate claims.

In her remarks, Lewis declared that there is a “great fear” of what she called the “darker…new majority” that she says wields power in America. She went on to say that supporters of voter ID laws are attempting to implement a “South African apartheid-type thing where the masters of the universe still rule.” She is apparently unaware that Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s former president, supported voter ID laws or that South Africa today has much stricter ID requirements than any state in America.

Consider also that Al Sharpton keynoted a voting rights rally in Ohio this March where convicted voting fraudster and former Ohio poll worker Melowese Richardson was brought onto the stage and given a hero’s welcome. Sharpton embraced Richardson, despite her 2013 sentencing in state court for six counts of voter fraud (as well as her previous convictions for intimidating and threatening a witness in a case against her brother, DUI, theft, and participating in a bar fight). During the investigation into Ms. Richardson’s fraud, she showed no remorse for abusing her role as a guardian of the polls. As Judge Robert P. Ruehlman of Ohio put it, Richardson’s actions diluted her fellow citizens’ votes and infringed on the sacred doctrine of “one person, one vote.”

In light of President Obama’s claim that voting rights “justice” is being administered by the Department of Justice, it is worth noting that Melowese Richardson was never charged by the Justice Department—even though she admitted, on camera, to having voted for President Obama multiple times in 2012, which is a felony under federal law.
This type of behavior may explain another claim by President Obama at last week’s conference: that there were “only 10 cases of alleged in-person voter impersonation in 12 years.”
If the DOJ is going to ignore cases in which voter fraud is being openly admitted, their prosecution statistics will continue to lose any semblance of credibility. Not surprisingly, the President ignored the hundreds of people that North Carolina just discovered to have voted twice in the 2012 election and the numerous other cases of voter fraud that have been successfully prosecuted over the past decade by state and local authorities. That wouldn’t fit his narrative either.

The President denounces voter fraud as myth, while ignoring documented cases of blatant voter fraud.

In his Friday speech, President Obama said that all Americans must have an equal right to vote and that he is in favor of common sense reform to secure the ballot. Voter fraud prevents Americans from holding an equal right to vote because, as Judge Ruehlman said, the votes of honest Americans are diminished when fraud is committed. And what could be a more common sense reform than requiring the same kind of ID that the government requires visitors to show when they enter a government building—such as the White House or the Department of Justice?

The post President Obama’s Bogus Voting Rights Claims appeared first on The Foundry: Conservative Policy News from The Heritage Foundation.

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Video shows Al-Qaeda cross Turkish-Syrian border right before the eyes of Turkish soldiers

Video footage supposedly recorded on November 2012 showing armed men with the typical jihadi look crossing the Turkish-Syrian border right before the eyes of Turkish soldiers. 

According to the original video uploader the jihadists/rebels cross the border at the Ras al-Ayn, al-Hasakah (serekaniye) boerder post. Hmmmm.....Erdogan Obama's BFF, "A man is known by the company he keeps." Israel was not 'allowed' in the club for the fight against terrorism........I wonder why?


The U.S. is Trusting Turkey to Battle Terrorism, But Here's Why That's a Huge Mistake 

Iran says its missiles are not a topic for negotiations.

Iran says its missiles are not a topic for negotiations.(Taz).

Senior Iranian official says that the country's missile power will not be discussed in talks with P5+1.
Iranian defence minister, Hossein Dehghan said that the country will never accept any intervention from the western side on the issue, Iran's Fars news agency reported on April 16.

Earlier in February, the U.S. negotiator Wendy Sherman said Iran's ballistic capabilities should be addressed as part of a comprehensive agreement with Iran.

Dehghan said that "the westerns say that Iran may use its ballistic missiles to deliver nuclear warheads, but we repeatedly announced that weapons of mass destruction have no place in Iran's defense doctrine."

The U.S. and its Western allies suspect Iran of developing a nuclear weapon - something that Iran denies. The Islamic Republic has on numerous occasions stated that it does not seek to develop nuclear weapons, using nuclear energy for medical research instead.

Under a six-month interim deal between Iran and the P5+1(the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) which took effect on Jan. 20, the six major powers agreed to give Iran access to its $4.2 billion in revenues blocked overseas if the country fulfills the deal's terms which offer sanctions relief in exchange for steps on curbing the Iranian nuclear program.

The two sides intend to continue their talks to reach a final agreement to fully resolve the decade-old dispute over the Islamic Republic's nuclear energy program.