Saturday, November 1, 2014
IAEA: Iran must clarify issues on military dimension of its nuclear program. (NCRI).
The Director General of the United Nations nuclear watchdog said Friday that ‘Iran has to clarify issues’ relating to ‘possible military dimension’ of its nuclear activities.
Director General Yukiya Amano , who spoke at the Brookings Institute in Washington, offered a summary of the agency's dealings with Iran on its nuclear program since August 2002, when it was first revealed by the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) that the Iranian regime was building a secret underground nuclear facility in Natanz.
Speaking about the agency’s investigation into ‘possible military dimension’ of Iran’s nuclear program Amano said: “Iran has to clarify these issues because there is broadly credible information indicating that it engaged in activities of this nature.”
"In other words," he added, "Iran has a case to answer."
The IAEA has still not been able to gather enough concrete evidence to convince the international community that Iranian regime is not using its nuclear material to make weapons.
Yukiya Amano said the investigation into the Iranian regime’s nuclear program for now is stalled.
He said Iran needs to clarify some of its past nuclear work and implement the Additional Protocol to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) that allows snap inspections of its nuclear facilities and this is an “essential” step for the IAEA to provide credible assurance about the absence of undeclared nuclear materials and activities in the country.
"We cannot provide assurance that all material in Iran is for peaceful purposes," Amano said.
"In order to provide that assurance, Iran needs to clarify issues related to possible military dimension and implement the additional protocol."
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un orders changes to new airport to avoid 'copying'. (AlAhram).
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has ordered changes to the design of Pyongyang's new international airport to reflect the country's socialist ideology after saying the layout looked like "a copy" of a foreign facility, state media reported Saturday. Kim called a halt on work on Terminal 2 at Pyongyang International Airport after inspecting the construction site, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.
He reproached workers for failing to carry out his earlier order in July that the project should reflect North Korea's "Juche" (self-reliance) philosophy and national identify.
North Korean architecture is characterised by its monumental but drab socialist style incorporating propaganda symbols of the communist state.
Kim said there were "deviations in the interior layout including halls for check-in and departure and service network" and other facilities were not distributed to match the space of the terminal, KCNA said.
If construction continued in that way, it may be "a copy" of the terminal of an unidentified foreign country, it quoted Kim as saying.
"When we build even a single structure, we should do in such a way as to ensure that our style, our characteristic feature and national identity are preserved.
"It is necessary to finish the construction of the terminal to be an icon of Songun (military-first) Korea, the face of the country and the gateway to Pyongyang", Kim said.
He instructed officials "to stop for the time being the finishing project of the interior now under way, examine layout designs and complete the modified ones".
Following Kim's instructions in July 2012, North Korea has been building a new airport terminal at Sunan airport as the existing terminal is too small and shabby compared with foreign ones.
The new terminal is six times larger than the old one, but it remains unclear how North Korea will be able to generate passenger numbers that would justify such expenditure.
The Stalinist state remains one of the world's least-visited countries.
"Vorsprung durch technik" - China Plans To Put Floating Docks On Disputed Islands.HT: PopularScience.
What’s a country to do with a chain of disputed islands? One option is just “go ahead and build a dock to claim them,” and attach it to some of the islands.
Shown off at the Shiptec China 2014 exhibition, China has a plan for floating docks it wants to put in the disputed Spratly Islands.
Roughly, the Spratly Islands refers to an area 500 nautical miles long by 400 nautical miles wide in the South China Sea. Situated between China, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Taiwan, the Spratly Islands only barely count as islands.
The archipelago has as few as 12 proper islands and 150 to 400 significant chunks of land. Dubbed “nautical features,” some of them are fully submerged at high tide. Combined, the islands and little land nubs have a surface area of less than two square miles.
They do, however, have tremendous potential, thanks to the plentiful in the fish that live among the islands to the oil and natural gas beneath the sea in the area.
So while the islands themselves aren’t much, the area they represent is valuable, and there’s a long-running international dispute about who owns them. To better secure their claims to the area, some nations are even building garrisons and stationing troops on the tiny specks of islands.
China’s planned floating docks will be island-adjacent, creating useful space where there’s barely any already.
Clever engineering, all to advance a geopolitical game of “I’m not touching you.” Hmmm...Isn't Great Britain an Island? Read the full story here.
Neo Ottoman 'conqueror' Turkey will not accept 'de facto' borders in Iraq, Syria. (Taz).
Turkey cannot agree to de facto borders in Syria or Iraq, and the terrorist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant will not be able to realize such an aim, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said, Anadolu agency reported.
"Turkey cannot say 'yes' to any de facto borders in the Middle East. Steps to be taken in that regard are of the utmost importance," Erdogan said in an address at the prominent French think tank IFRI on Friday.
"I do not believe that ISIL could achieve such a result in Syria and Iraq. I hope that the peoples of both Syria and Iraq will succeed at the end of all this," he continued.
The U.S. is leading an international coalition, which includes France, Germany, and Saudi Arabia, among others, and has carried out numerous airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq and Syria.
Syrian Kurdish fighters, predominantly from armed units affiliated to Democratic Union Party -- an offshoot of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK -- are fighting against ISIL in Kobani, a town bordering Turkey.
Turkey has recently allowed the passage of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces through Turkey to reach the battle-torn town.
The first batch of Kobani-bound peshmerga troops landed on a private plane at Turkey's GAP Airport from Erbil International Airport early on Wednesday.
They were then stationed in the Suruc district of Turkey's border province of Sanliurfa.
A separate truck convoy carrying their heavy weaponry also entered Turkey on Wednesday via the Habur border crossing in the southeastern province of Sirnak.
Erdogan also mentioned the solution process to end PKK terrorism during his talk, saying that the process is continuing despite the damage dealt by several provocations.
Turkey’s EU accession process.
Referring to Turkey's moves to join the European Union, Erdogan said he had asked his French counterpart to lift his country's block of four chapters of the accession process as Turkey had fulfilled all the requirements for them.
Turkey, which first applied to join the bloc in 1987, must comply with 35 "chapters" of reforms.
So far, 14 have been opened, while 17 remain blocked and a further four have yet to be discussed.
Erdogan said that Hollande had given a "green light: but in a "foggy" way.
“ I hope that he will be less vague so I can go back to Turkey today with the good news that those chapters are unblocked," he said.
However, Hollande said it was possible for his country to “open” the chapters, but he gave no precise date or details.
The chapters blocked by France are on “economic and monetary policy”, “agriculture and rural development,” “institutions” and “financial and budgetary provisions".
Turkey's EU Minister and Chief Negotiator Volkan Bozkir said during a visit to Paris on Tuesday that his country had embarked on a set of reforms in order to advance the EU accession negotiations. Hmmm.....Please God keep 'bully' Turkey out of Europe.
Number of European tourists wishing to make VIP travel to Iran exceeds 12K. (Taz).
Over 12,000 residents of European countries have applied to Iranian Tour Operators Association to take part in the tourist VIP travel to this country on a luxury train, Iran’s ISNA news agency quoted the association’s president Ibrahim Purfaraj as saying on Oct.31.
He said it is necessary to organize additional 80 tours in order to ensure the travel of this number of VIP tourists to Iran on a luxury train.
Purfaraj said the majority of tourists who have applied to participate in the VIP travel on a luxury train to Iran are from the UK, Germany and France, adding that residents from the US and Austria are also among the applicants for these trips.
The majority of the applicants have already made an advance payment for these trips, according to Purfaraj.
“A luxury train will carry out two more trips to Iran by the end of the current year, while it is planned to organize nine VIP tours on the Budapest-Tehran route in 2015,” the association head added.
He said that in order to improve the quality of service, currently, the positive and negative feedbacks of tourists about the organized trips are being studied.
Purfaraj said that VIP tourists from Europe are satisfied with the visits to various cities of Iran.
These travels have increased the interest of European tourists in Iran, he added.
Iranian Tour Operators Association has organized VIP travels for European tourists to the country on a luxury train. A train with tourists left Budapest for Iran for the second time on Oct.14.
All conditions have been created for the passengers in the compartments of the train’s cars. The price for one ticket for the train reaches $15,000. The train heads from Budapest to Iran through Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey. Hmmm.......I'll Take Jamaica anytime.
Friday, October 31, 2014
"Educate for Hate" Do you know what the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) is for? It's an agency used to provide aid in various ways to refugees, such as summer camps. The agency is largely funded by countries and unions, such as the United States, European Union and United Kingdom. But what exactly are they funding.
*Note that they say JEWS and not Israel and Zionism. Go against Israel is pure anti-Semitic action! Don't fool yourself!
If you don't share' you DON'T CARE! SHARING IS CARING!
Russian army command ordered to urgently paralyze roads in the direction of Mariupol.(EuromaidanPress).
Russian-backed militants continue intensive artillery fire upon Ukrainian troops at the forefront positions and send more reconnaissance subversive groups in the direction of the Donetsk-Mariupol road.
The Russian command has set a target for its divisions and local gang formations to paralyze the road at Mariupol direction, as Dmytro Tymchuk, head of the Information resistance group reports on his page on Facebook.
“Attempts to infiltrate the area west of Mariupol by the enemy’s reconnaissance subversive groups to block the road Novoazovsk – Odesa (E58) are increasing. Ukrainian troops take active measures to find and neutralize these groups,” he said.
The expert reports that enemy groups conduct reconnaissance in the area of Mariupol (checkpoints, roadblocks, command posts, positions, base camps of Ukrainian troops). Additionally, they conduct reconnaissance of the results of their shellings. The enemy tries to inflict fire damage to Ukrainian troops at the front line using intense artillery fire.
Using the same pattern (zeroing, then massive fire strikes on stationary targets) Russian-backed militants have been conducting combat operations at Volnovakha direction (Volnovakha is North West from Mariupol). Lay-out of objects and evaluation the impacts of fire has been also conducted by enemy’s reconnaissance subversive groups.
Earlier UNIAN reported that the commander of the Azov battalion assumed that Russian backed militants would attack Berdyansk rather than Mariupol.
A kettle (encirclement) could occur near Berdyansk in the Donetsk Oblast. This kettle could bring even greater losses than during the Ilovaisk tragedy, said the commander of the regiment Azov Andriy Biletskyi.
As he said on air of Channel 5, Russian-backed militants will strike not Mariupol but Berdyansk near the river Byrd in case they advance. This could ensure cutting off Ukrainian army units in Mariupol.
According to him, the situation in Donbas is exascerbating and worsening. In particular, fighting intensified in the Novoazovsk direction, where there were casualties among Ukrainian army servicemen during last few days.