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Photo essay / Drill aims to test the mettle of the men and women at the controls, rather than the technical capabilities of their fighter jets

Israel hosts its largest-ever international air force exercise

Israeli, American, Greek, and Polish air personnel square off against a fictional enemy state in two-week drill

October 30, 2015, 12:53 am 46

Israeli and foreign fighter jets fly in formation through cloudy skies over the Negev desert during the 'Blue Flag' exercise at Ovda Airfield near Eilat on Oct. 27, 2015. (Israel Air Force)

Israeli and foreign fighter jets fly in formation through cloudy skies over the Negev desert during the ‘Blue Flag’ exercise at Ovda Airfield near Eilat on October 27, 2015. (Israeli Air Force)

 

Air forces from around the world have gathered deep in the Arava desert in the south of Israel for the past week and a half to take part in the largest aerial exercise in the history of the Israeli Air Force.

The “Blue Flag” exercise, which is continuing through November 3, pits the Israeli Air Force, the United States Air Force, Greece’s Hellenic Air Force and the Polish Air Force against a fictional enemy state, the captain in charge of all IAF exercises told The Times of Israel Thursday night.

A number of other countries, including Germany, also sent pilots and officers to observe the exercise, but did not take part.

This joint drill is the second “Blue Flag” exercise; the first took place in 2013 and was the largest multi-lateral exercise the IAF had ever hosted.

The various air forces collaborated closely through every step of the current exercise, the IAF captain said, from planning to execution and finally to debriefing.

Though the exercise began on October 18, planning for it started nearly eight months ago, the Israeli official said, with an IAF representative contacting each participating country and initially asking, “What do you want to train for?”

Those requests came together to form the plan for “Blue Flag,” which sent Israeli and American F-15 squadrons, along with Israeli, Hellenic and Polish F-16 squadrons, flying through nearly all of Israel’s air space, firing simulated weapons against fictional enemy missile launchers, convoys and aircraft, he said.

 

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Israel hosts largest-ever intl air force drill, pitting troops against fictional enemy

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Israel is hosting its largest-ever international air force exercise. The two-week ‘Blue Flag’ drill features Israeli, American, Greek and Polish troops in a battle against a fictional enemy state.

The Blue Flag drill consists of Israeli and American F-15 squadrons, as well as Israeli, Hellenic, and Polish F-16 squadrons flying through Israeli airspace while firing simulated weapons against fictional enemy missile launchers, convoys, and aircraft, the Israeli Air Force captain in charge of the exercise told the Times of Israel.

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However, the captain said the exercise is designed to test the capabilities of the troops involved, rather than the military equipment itself.

“We wanted it to be challenging for the airmen, rather than for the machines,” said the IAF captain, who could not be named due to security reasons.

 

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The following maps are presented  simply to put the sheer proximity  of the  military exercises and the  Russian Airbus A321 crash.

 

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Russian Airbus A321 Crash – Can Putin Feel What Malaysians & Dutch Felt?

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However, the Egyptian government has rubbished that the plane was shot down by missile. The Russian concluded that the Russian Airbus A321 that crashed in the Sinai broke up in mid-air at 36,000-feet. The plane had been heading from the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh to the Russian city of St Petersburg before the crash.

 

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Eilat Israel Port On a Map

Eilat is the southernmost city in Israel. Eilat is located on the Red Sea and is an important port for Israel and a popular resort town

Ovda Airport

Ovda Airport is located 45 km to the north from Eilat.

King Hussein International Airport, Jordan

King Hussein International Airport is located 10 km to the north east from Eilat.

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Macedonian policemen try to keep migrants and refugees under control before they cross the border line from Greece into Macedonia, near the Greek village of Idomeni, Sept. 10, 2015.

Macedonian policemen try to keep migrants and refugees under control before they cross the border line from Greece into Macedonia, near the Greek village of Idomeni, Sept. 10, 2015.

US Urged to Do More on Mideast Refugee Crisis

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US Criticized On Refugee Crisis

Since the start of Syria’s civil war more than four years ago, the U.S. has taken in just over 1,400 Syrian refugees — a barely detectable fraction of the four million who have fled the country.

On Thursday, White House officials signaled they were ready to do more: they announced the U.S. would make preparations to take in at least 10,000 Syrian refugees in the upcoming fiscal year.

“The president has directed our team to consider how we can further scale up our response,” said White House spokesman Josh Earnest. “And one thing the United States can do is to begin to admit more Syrian refugees.”

 

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O’Malley: U.S. should accept 65,000 Syrian refugees

Washington (CNN)

“I support the call from humanitarian and refugee organizations for the United States to accept at least 65,000 Syrian refugees next year,” he said in a statement Friday. “If Germany — a country with one-fourth our population — can accept 800,000 refugees this year, certainly we — the nation of immigrants and refugees — can do more.”

Syrian refugees are flooding Europe following the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Syrians due to ethnic violence in the Middle East. The migrant crisis has engulfed Europe, leading many to ask whether the U.S. would take refugees from the continued fighting in Syria.

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Supreme Court upholds prayer at government meetings

Supreme Court upholds prayer at government meetings

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On November 6, 2013, the Court heard oral arguments in the case of Town of Greece v. Galloway dealing with whether holding a prayer prior to the monthly public meetings in the New York town of Greece violates the Constitution by endorsing a single faith.

by Richard Wolf, USA TODAY

Posted on May 5, 2014 at 9:13 AM

Updated today at 9:13 AM

 

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the centuries-old tradition of offering prayers at the start of government meetings, even if those prayers are overwhelmingly Christian.

The 5-4 decision in favor of the any-prayer-goes policy in the town of Greece, N.Y., avoided two alternatives that the justices clearly found abhorrent: having government leaders parse prayers for sectarian content, or outlawing them altogether.

It was written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, with the court’s conservatives agreeing and its liberals, led by Justice Elena Kagan, dissenting.

The long-awaited ruling following oral arguments in November was a victory for the the town, which was taken to court by two women who argued that a plethora of overtly Christian prayers at town board meetings violated their rights.

While the court had upheld the practice of legislative prayer, most recently in a 1983 case involving the Nebraska legislature, the case of Town of Greece v. Galloway presented the justices with a new twist: mostly Christian clergy delivering frequently sectarian prayers before an audience that often includes average citizens with business to conduct.

The court’s ruling said that the alternative — having the town board act as supervisors and censors of religious speech — would involve the government far more than Greece was doing by inviting any clergy to deliver the prayers.

“An insistence on nonsectarian or ecumenical prayer as a single, fixed standard is not consistent with the tradition of legislative prayer outlined in the court’s cases,” Kennedy said.

Kagan, joined by the court’s other three liberal justices, said the town’s prayers differed from those delivered to legislators about to undertake the people’s business. In Greece, she said, sectarian prayers were delivered to “ordinary citizens,” and their participation was encouraged.

“No one can fairly read the prayers from Greece’s town meetings as anything other than explicitly Christian — constantly and exclusively so,” Kagan said. “The prayers betray no understanding that the American community is today, as it long has been, a rich mosaic of religious faiths.”

The legal tussle began in 2007, following eight years of nothing but Christian prayers in the town of nearly 100,000 people outside Rochester. Susan Galloway and Linda Stephens, a Jew and an atheist, took the board to federal court and won by contending that its prayers – often spiced with references to Jesus, Christ and the Holy Spirit — aligned the town with one religion.

Once the legal battle was joined, town officials canvassed widely for volunteer prayer-givers and added a Jewish layman, a Wiccan priestess and a member of the Baha’i faith to the mix. Stephens, meanwhile, awoke one morning to find her mailbox on top of her car, and part of a fire hydrant turned up in her swimming pool.

The two women contended that the prayers in Greece were unconstitutional because they pressured those in attendance to participate. They noted that unlike federal and state government sessions, town board meetings are frequented by residents who must appear for everything from business permits to zoning changes.

 

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It saddens  me to see the mindless knee  jerk  reactions  that  takes  place  within the citizenry  of this  country every time the US government  cries  boogeyman.

Is it because  they  need  someone to  lash  out  at?

Or is it  because the  angst  from the  cold  war still persists?

Do the  American  people  need someone  to  hate ,  someone to  blame to feel that they have a  purpose?

Or is it  simply a need to  justify  their lack of backbone against their  own  government?

Do they  justify  it  because  their  cowardice  or ignorance does not allow  them to  fight  back?


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Getting it Right

Tennessee liquor store bans vodka over Ukraine situation

 

, Rare Staff

Posted on March 10, 2014 12:59 pm 

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Can  we  as a  people  not  open  our  eyes  and  understand that  our  government  is  responsible  for veiled  terrorism  throughout  the  world?

Can we  not  see that  the War  on Terror  is  not  against  an  unknown  enemy  out  to get  us .  But  rather a war  against  us to achieve  not only  our   subjugation through  fear.  It  strives to bring us to our  knees slowly  removing  our  rights at  our  behest  in exchange  for their  protection from terror  they  manufacture.

With  all the  evidence  that has  been  made  available worldwide of  the  role   the  US  government  played  in the  fabrication of  evidence to enter into  illegal  wars  abroad.   The  evidence  pointing  to  black  ops to destabilize other  countries.  The wanton disregard for  human  life in  drone  attacks.  The lies being told  abroad  and  at  home  by a  government  that  violates  not only   International  Law  but the very  Constitution  they  swore  to  protect  and  defend here  at  home.

What  is  wrong  with  Americans  who rush  to  believe  the  lies of  this  government  and their  mouthpiece  mainstream  media?

Do you  not have eyes  to  see  and  ears  to hear what is  truly  going on around  you?

You  play into the  media  propaganda they have  set  up  for  you  and  you  gladly fall into the  trap.

You  ignore the  cries   of the  People  of  Crimea  and hear  only  the  battle  cries  of  the Ukrainian  Opposition .  An  opposition  that  has  now  proven their true  intent  by  selling the  Ukrainian  people  up the river , delivering  them  into  European  style  Austerity.

Is  that  what your  democratic  dreams  for the Ukraine  consist  of ?

Is that  what  you  will allow  to  happen  here  at  home  when they  paint  you a  picture  of a false  boogeyman  coming to  get  your freedom unless  you  allow  the   big bad   government  to  play bodyguard  for  you?

How  much  proof  do  you  need  of  their  treachery to get a  clue?

How much innocent  blood  needs to  be  shed  for  you  to  face  the truth?

What  lies  will you  tell yourself  when they  come  for  our  freedom?

It is a  sad  day when  scenes  like the  one  that has  taken place in  Tennessee are considered  righteous while ignoring the  voice of a  people who understand  the  true  consequences for their country and  very  lives.

Freedom and  Democracy  are  not  for  you to  define for others.  The cries for  respect  of  National Sovereignty should be  respected  by  all sides not  just  Russia.  But if  memory  serves  the people  of  Crimea asked  Russia  to  defend  them.  Russia  is there  legitimately invited by a  people endangered by a coup that  has  been  proven to have  been  set  up  by the   west.  The  US  government  and  it’s Nato allies serving the  interests  of t he   Central Banks  and  Corporations.  Helping  them  loot  an  pillage  the   resources  of  the  Ukraine at the expense  of  it’s  people.  You  want to see the  future  of  Ukraine  then  take  a good  look at  Greece and  you  will understand  what  you are  defending.

 

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How William Hague Deceived the House of Commons on Ukraine

Posted: 10/03/2014 10:05

 

 

 

In a statement on 4 March 2014, Foreign Minister William Hague deceived the House of Commons about the legitimacy of the new regime in Ukraine.

 

He led the House to believe that the Ukrainian parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, had removed President Yanukovich from power on 22 February in accordance with the Ukrainian constitution.

 

“It is wrong to question the legitimacy of the new authorities”, he said.

 

It is simply untrue that the Rada followed the procedure laid down in the Ukrainian constitution to impeach and remove a president from power.

 

Article 108 of the constitution specifies four circumstances in which a president may cease to exercise power before the end of his term. Those are:

 

  • resignation;
  • inability to exercise his or her powers for reasons of health;
  • removal from office by the procedure of impeachment;
  • death.

 

The procedure for removal from office by impeachment is laid down in Article 111. It is not unlike that required for the impeachment and removal from power of a US president, which could take months.

 

Thus, Article 111 obliges the Rada to establish a special investigatory commission to formulate charges against the president, seek evidence to justify the charges and come to conclusions about the president’s guilt for the Rada to consider. To find the president guilty, at least two-thirds of Rada members must assent.

 

Prior to a final vote to remove the president from power, the procedure requires

 

  • the Constitutional Court of Ukraine to review the case and certify that the constitutional procedure of investigation and consideration has been followed, and
  • the Supreme Court of Ukraine to certify that the acts of which the President is accused are worthy of impeachment.

 

To remove the president from power, at least three-quarters of Rada members must assent.

 

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Big Lies Drown Out Truth

 

March 9th, 2014

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Propaganda war on Russia rages. It exceeds the worst of Cold War bluster.

 

Scurrilous reporting is featured. Media scoundrels scream Russian aggression. Putin is outrageously compared to Hitler.

 

Hypocrisy is shameless. It’s shocking. It’s disgusting. Western-supported neo-Nazi putschists usurped power in Kiev.

 

It was the most brazen post-WW II coup. Legitimate Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was blamed for their crimes. They continue. They’re ignored.

 

Headlines call them democrats. Incendiary conditions exist. Open conflict is threatened.

Right Sector leader Dmitry Yarosh is unapologetically fascist. “I’ll be fighting Jews and Russians til I die,” he said.

 

He has presidential aspirations. He’ll run to head Ukraine in so-called May elections. They’ll be farcical when held. They’ll be illegitimate.

 

Russia issued an international arrest warrant for Yarosh. He publicly supports terrorism. According to Russia’s Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin:

 

“The investigators believe (he) has been publicly calling upon anti-Russian forces for extreme actions and terror on the territory of Russia.”

 

Doku Umarov is Russia’s most wanted terrorist. Yarosh urged him to “activate his fight (and) take a unique opportunity to win” against Russia.

 

He issued an ultimatum. He demands access to Ukraine’s military arsenals. Itar Tass said he “doesn’t rule out more decisive action on Ukraine if the government doesn’t comply with (his) demands.”

 

He and likeminded fascists run Ukraine. Washington supports them. So do EU partners. Media scoundrels ignore their lawlessness. Ukraine’s crisis escalates.

 

Dubious reports circulate. On March 7, Time magazine headlined “Ukrainian Base in Crimea Resists Russian Raid.”

 

It claimed Russian troops attempt to seize the base failed. It cited an anonymous Kiev coup d’etat defense ministry spokesman saying:

 

“The base is now in full control of the Ukrainian armed forces.”

 

He claimed two Russian military trucks rammed the base’s gate. Several dozen Russian troops were allegedly involved, he said.

 

“Russian forces…surround(ed) all of the Ukrainian bases in Crimea and barricade(d) their servicemen inside,” said Time.

“By slamming through the gates with a military vehicle, the Russian forces initiated an escalation of the ongoing conflict over Crimea between Russia and Ukraine that could easily have led to bloodshed and a full-scale war.”

 

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This Is An Actual Billboard In Crimea

 

 

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REUTERS/Baz Ratner

A man walking by looks up at a poster calling for people to vote against fascism in the upcoming referendum in the Crimean port city of Sevastopol March 10, 2014.

 

These images reveal a lot about the Russian occupation of Crimea and the March 16 referendum that will decide if the Ukrainian peninsula formally secedes to Russia. It is all but a foregone conclusion.

 

The above poster reads, “On 16 March, we are choosing,” on top and the placement of “or” between a Nazi-themed Crimea and a Russia-themed Crimea on the bottom. The sentiment echoes Kremlin propaganda about Ukraine’s new government.

 

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America world knows today engineered

US President Barack Obama

US President Barack Obama
Mon Mar 10, 2014 1:34PM
By Gordon Duff

People around the world are reeling in shock as America is calling for sanctions against Russia for its military buildup in Crimea in response to the overthrow of the Ukrainian government by ultra-nationalist extremist elements aided by Western intelligence agencies.

Not a single word has come from America, no leader, no “talking head” from the press, nothing but silence at what is clearly a demonstration of unimaginably immense hypocrisy.

Recent events in Ukraine have exposed something of the “dark underbelly” of America.  When President Obama speaks of the Russian military presence in Crimea as being a violation of international law, the entire world is aghast.

A nation that, at one time, referred to itself as “the land of the free and the home of the brave,” though still admired in many ways is also greatly feared and mistrusted over much of the world.

America hasn’t entirely killed its credibility; however, to those of us who live in America and have fought in her wars, especially those of us who remember John F. Kennedy, the country we live in today is “unrecognizable.”

There is another question “out there.”  Are Americans simply monsters, are they stupid, robotic, propagandized or something else?  Why is America “unrecognizable?”

BACKGROUND

After the Vietnam War, where a majority of not only civilians but military as well turned against the war in Vietnam, a “new age” of freedom and justice seemed to be taking root.  That was not to be.

What is startling is how the government and President Nixon, at the time considered one of the “dark characters” of history, responded.  The American government declared war on the American people, bringing to bear weapons developed during the darkest years of the Cold War.

Science had targeted the human mind, exceeding any of the rudimentary “brainwashing” efforts of many countries.  Memories, reality, perceptions, all became a playground for “war science.”

These “programs” left America a nation “unrecognizable” to those who have retained an unstained recollection of the “real” past.  As we will learn, even memories can’t be trusted.  A day never passes when the people of the world ask:  “Why would the American people allow these things their government does?”  We will attempt to address that issue here.

 

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‘West lie machine, incompetent and bankrupt’

West lie machine, incompetent and bankrupt

West lie machine, incompetent and bankrupt

Sun Mar 9, 2014 12:46PM GMT
By Finian Cunningham

The US spooks are on the defensive over escalating geopolitical tensions between America and Russia over Ukraine. This weekend, the leaders of the 6! or so US intelligence agencies are having to explain to their political masters why they are called “intelligence” given that they failed to foresee the Russian security measures that Moscow has deployed in Ukraine’s southern Crimean Peninsula over the past week.

 

Now Washington is scrambling fighter jets to the Balkans and warships to the Black Sea in a desperate show of purposefulness, having been caught rudely asleep as the self-appointed global police thug.

 

So much for the $50-billion-a-year American spy industry, including the National Security Agency, which came to prominence this past year with revelations by whistleblower Edward Snowden that the agency…[extracted] zillions of data from computers and phones in every country of the world.

 

Given the evident surprise in Washington over Russian military moves in the Crimea this past week, the US spook industry has got some serious explaining to do for their extraordinary lapse and atrociously
poor value for tax-payer money.

 

The fallback claim by US director of intelligence, James Clapper, and other spy bosses, as well as President Obama himself, is that the NSA’s violation of privacy laws has been necessary because it keeps Americans safe from terrorism and other threats.

Now, with Washington spectacularly wrong-footed by Russia in Crimea, that assurance of alleged vigilance looks even more threadbare. How incompetent can American spooks and their multi-billion-dollar activities be?

 

For some light relief comes the news that the Pentagon has now taken to “reading the body language” of Russian President Vladimir Putin for guidance.

 

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Ukraine : EU Style Austerity and The Plunder of Natural Resources. For Those Defending The Intentions of The West Have Now Been Educated.

 

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Obama The Poster Boy For Duplicity Speaks : Crimea’s Secession Referendum a Violation of International Law

 

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Ukraine blueprint for a Syria 2.0 ? Evidence would point to the US and EU as the root of the destabilization that has taken place.

 

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The Looting of Ukraine Has Begun

DAHBOO77

Published on Mar 7, 2014

Let the world learn from this. The ukraine people got a reward for joining the EU,…That reward was a %50 cut in their pension and forced into an IMF Plan!

http://www.kommersant.ua/doc/2424454

http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/…

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/1…

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Paul Craig Roberts

Institute for Political Economy

The Looting Of Ukraine Has Begun

Paul Craig Roberts
ukrainian woman
This supporter of the Ukraine joining the EU has received her reward: a 50% cut in her pension.

According to a report in Kommersant-Ukraine, the finance ministry of Washington’s stooges in Kiev who are pretending to be a government has prepared an economic austerity plan that will cut Ukrainian pensions from $160 to $80 so that Western bankers who lent money to Ukraine can be repaid at the expense of Ukraine’s poor. http://www.kommersant.ua/doc/2424454   It is Greece all over again.

Before anything approaching stability and legitimacy has been obtained for the puppet government put in power by the Washington orchestrated coup against the legitimate, elected Ukraine government, the Western looters are already at work. Naive protesters who believed the propaganda that EU membership offered a better life are due to lose half of their pension by April. But this is only the beginning.

The corrupt Western media describes loans as “aid.” However, the 11 billion euros that the EU is offering Kiev is not aid. It is a loan. Moreover, it comes with many strings, including Kiev’s acceptance of an IMF austerity plan.

Remember now, gullible Ukrainians participated in the protests that were used to overthrow their elected government, because they believed the lies told to them by Washington-financed NGOs that once they joined the EU they would have streets paved with gold. Instead they are getting cuts in their pensions and an IMF austerity plan.

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Ukraine signs $10 billion shale gas deal with Chevron

 

KIEV Tue Nov 5, 2013 9:11am EST

 

(L-R, front) Chevron Exploration and Production Europe Derek Magness, Ukraine's Energy Minister Eduard Stavytsky, Chairman of the National Joint Stock Company ''Nadra Ukrayny'' Viktor Ponomarenko, (L-R, back) U.S. Ambassador Jeffrey Payette, Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovich and President of Chevron Europe, Eurasia and Middle East Exploration and Production James Johnson attend a signing ceremony in Kiev, November 5, 2013. REUTERS/Mykhailo Markiv/Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via Reuters

(L-R, front) Chevron Exploration and Production Europe Derek Magness, Ukraine’s Energy Minister Eduard Stavytsky, Chairman of the National Joint Stock Company ”Nadra Ukrayny” Viktor Ponomarenko, (L-R, back) U.S. Ambassador Jeffrey Payette, Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovich and President of Chevron Europe, Eurasia and Middle East Exploration and Production James Johnson attend a signing ceremony in Kiev, November 5, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Mykhailo Markiv/Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via Reuters

 

 

 

(Reuters) – Ukraine signed a $10 billion shale gas production-sharing agreement with U.S. Chevron (CVX.N) on Tuesday, another step in a drive for more energy independence from Russia.

 

The deal to develop its western Olesska field followed a similar shale gas agreement with Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) in January and boosts Ukraine’s leadership at a time of fraught relations with Moscow over gas supplies.

 

“The agreements with Shell and Chevron … will enable us to have full sufficiency in gas by 2020 and, under an optimistic scenario, even enable us to export energy,” President Viktor Yanukovich told investors shortly before the signing.

 

The highest end of expectations for Olesska’s potential reserves would match around three years of European Union gas demand, but similarly sunny hopes for shale reserves in neighboring Poland have been very sharply downsized.

 

Shale development in Europe is far behind the booming U.S. sector and progress is patchy. Chevron pulled out of a shale exploration tender in Lithuania and has suspended work at a Romanian shale well after local protests.

 

Ukraine Energy Minister Eduart Stavytsky, who signed the deal with Chevron executive Derek Magness, set it in the context of a high price Ukraine pays Russia for its gas.

 

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US, EU begin looting Ukraine resources: Analyst

French President Francois Hollande (L) welcomes the head of the Ukrainian opposition UDAR party Vitali Klitschko (R), and the Ukrainian MP Petro Poroshenko at the Elysee Palace in Paris on March 7, 2014.

French President Francois Hollande (L) welcomes the head of the Ukrainian opposition UDAR party Vitali Klitschko (R), and the Ukrainian MP Petro Poroshenko at the Elysee Palace in Paris on March 7, 2014.
Sat Mar 8, 2014 12:18AM

The United States and the European Union have begun “looting” Ukraine’s resources to obtain stability and legitimacy for their new “puppet government” in Kiev, an analyst writes in a column for the Press TV website.

“Before anything approaching stability and legitimacy has been obtained for the puppet government put in power by the Washington orchestrated coup against the legitimate, elected Ukraine government, the Western looters are already at work,”  Dr. Paul Craig Roberts wrote on Friday.

Roberts pointed to the EU plan to grant Ukraine an 11-billion-euro ($15 billion) aid package over the coming years. The plan was announced by European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso on Wednesday.

“The corrupt Western media describes loans as “aid.” However, the 11 billion euros that the EU is offering Kiev is not aid. It is a loan. Moreover, it comes with many strings, including Kiev’s acceptance of an IMF (International Monetary Fund) austerity plan,” he added.

 

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Published on Jul 22, 2012

The man who forced the government of Iceland to resign and kicked out the IMF representatives from his country, Hordur Torfarson, is now teaching meta-modern democracy throughout Europe.The rest of the world would benefit from following the example set by Iceland: Arresting the corrupt bankers who are responsible for the current economic turmoil.

Debtocracy documentary about Greece // ΧΡΕΟΚΡΑΤΙΑ http://www.debtocracy.gr/

Full employment contributes above all to achieving human dignity.”
”It’s nice to be important ,but is more important to be nice.”

The financial crash in Iceland in 6 minutes according to ABC´s 20/20.
http://youtu.be/X35R_3ZN-t8

Iceland economic crisis documentary
http://youtu.be/5R7DczXyIcA
http://www.crisiswatch.net/EconomyCri…

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Olafur Ragnar Grimsson Iceland president ‘Let banks go bankrupt’

AussieNews1 AussieNews1

Published on Jan 25, 2013

Iceland President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson tells Al Jazeera’s Stephen Cole that Europe should let banks that are ran “irresponsibly” go bankrupt.

Speaking at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Grimsson also held his country as a model of economic recovery after its near-collapse four years ago.

“We didn’t follow the traditional prevailing orthodoxies. And the end result four years later is that Iceland is enjoying progress and recovery.”

Source, credit to Aljazeera- http://www.aljazeera.com/video

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05.08.2013 Forest / Wild Fire Greece Thessaly, [Near to Avra ] Damage level Details

Forest / Wild Fire in Greece on Monday, 05 August, 2013 at 14:15 (02:15 PM) UTC.

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Greek firefighters are battling a large wildfire in a hamlet north of Athens that has burnt at least two homes and is threatening others. The fire broke out Monday at Avra near Marathon, some 50 kilometers (30 miles) from Athens. It spread quickly because of strong winds. No injuries were reported. Eight fire-dropping aircraft were assisting some 60 firefighters in efforts to extinguish the blaze.

 

 

A Greek firefighter carries a hose as a forest fire rages in Marathon near Athens August 5, 2013. REUTERS-Yannis Behrakis

A Greek firefighter carries a hose as a forest fire rages in Marathon near Athens August 5, 2013.

Credit: REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

ATHENS | Mon Aug 5, 2013 1:30pm EDT

Up to 60 people were evacuated from their homes after a wildfire spread rapidly in hills outside Athens. About 90 firefighters, assisted by eight water-dropping aircraft, partially contained the blaze which destroyed several homes. The fire was caused by a vehicle crashing into an electricity pole. It spread rapidly, fanned by strong winds and dry, hot conditions
A Greek firefighter collects a water hose after running out of water as a forest fire rages in Marathon near Athens August 5, 2013. REUTERS-Yannis Behrakis

A Greek firefighter collects a fire hose after running out of water as a forest fire rages in Marathon near Athens August 5, 2013

Credit: REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

(Reuters) – A wildfire fanned by strong winds raged near Athens on Monday, damaging homes and sending residents fleeing, fire brigade officials said.

Reuters witnesses said the blaze had damaged at least three homes at a hamlet by the town of Marathon – the site of the historic 490 BC battle between Athenians and Persians about 40 kilometres (25 miles) northeast of the Greek capital.

A Greek firefighter runs to safer ground as a forest fire rages in Marathon near Athens August 5, 2013. REUTERS-Yannis Behrakis

A Greek firefighter runs to safer ground as a forest fire rages in Marathon near Athens August 5, 2013.

Credit: REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

“The flames have reached homes, but we don’t know yet how many are threatened,” said a fire brigade official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

 

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Municipal police demonstrate during a general strike in Athens on July 16, 2013.

Municipal police demonstrate during a general strike in Athens on July 16, 2013.
Tue Jul 16, 2013 1:37PM GMT
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The latest austerity measure is required by the country’s international lenders, including the European Union and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), in order for Athens to start receiving EUR 6.8 billion (USD 8.9 billion) of fresh aid.”

Thousands of Greeks have staged a substantial rally in the capital city of Athens to protest against a bill that includes plans to cut thousands of civil service jobs.

At least 16,000 protesters gathered outside the parliament in Athens on Tuesday, shutting down municipal services by disrupting public transport and medical work.

The massive walkout came after unions called for a general strike against fresh austerity measures the government is imposing in order to receive billions of euros in bailout loans.

The latest austerity measure is required by the country’s international lenders, including the European Union and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), in order for Athens to start receiving EUR 6.8 billion (USD 8.9 billion) of fresh aid.

The Greek bill is expected to be passed on Wednesday, placing 4,200 public workers, including teachers, school wardens, and municipal police under so-called redeployment.

By the end of this year, some 25,000 civil servants must be redeployed overall and an additional 4,000 fired in order for the country to receive the tranche in bailout rescue loans.

Greece is experiencing its sixth year of recession, which has forced it to impose harsh austerity measures over the past four years in return for multi-billion-euro international bailouts to avoid defaulting on its debt.

The measures are deeply unpopular among the population as citizens have seen their pensions cut and their salaries reduced by up to 40 percent.

Furthermore, the country’s overall unemployment rate has reached a level not seen in its modern history as it stands at 27 percent; the rate is at a shocking 64 percent among the youth.

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Earth Watch Report  –  Earthquakes

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Today’s Map

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Greece  –  7 EQ’s ranging from  6.2 to 4.5 Magnitude – 61km S of Pirgos  June  15th  ,  2013
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Greece  – 15   EQs in the last  2 days June  17th  2013

 

  1. 4.1 84km S of Pirgos, Greece 2013-06-17 02:34:42 UTC-05:00 10.0 km
  2. 4.1 74km SSW of Pirgos, Greece 2013-06-16 21:55:02 UTC-05:00 10.1 km
  3. 4.0 64km S of Pirgos, Greece 2013-06-16 18:43:40 UTC-05:00 57.8 km
  4. 5.8 56km S of Pirgos, Greece 2013-06-16 16:39:09 UTC-05:00 37.9 km
  5. 4.3 83km S of Pirgos, Greece 2013-06-16 03:15:14 UTC-05:00 10.2 km
  6. 4.2 68km S of Pirgos, Greece 2013-06-15 23:32:48 UTC-05:00 10.0 km
  7. 4.5 76km S of Pirgos, Greece 2013-06-15 19:53:34 UTC-05:00 10.0 km
  8. 4.3 76km S of Pirgos, Greece 2013-06-15 14:04:04 UTC-05:00 10.0 km
  9. 4.5 76km S of Pirgos, Greece 2013-06-15 13:24:50 UTC-05:00 10.6 km
  10. 4.9 73km SSW of Pirgos, Greece 2013-06-15 12:22:02 UTC-05:00 3.2 km
  11. 4.9 67km SSW of Pirgos, Greece 2013-06-15 12:02:05 UTC-05:00 30.2 km
  12. 4.8 87km S of Pirgos, Greece 2013-06-15 11:59:34 UTC-05:00 28.4 km
  13. 4.6 73km S of Pirgos, Greece 2013-06-15 11:51:14 UTC-05:00 24.5 km
  14. 4.9 73km S of Pirgos, Greece 2013-06-15 11:28:56 UTC-05:00 21.6 km
  15. 6.2 61km S of Pirgos, Greece 2013-06-15 11:11:00 UTC-05:00 10.0 km

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M5.8 – 56km S of Pirgos, Greece

 2013-06-16 21:39:09 UTC

Earthquake location 34.491°N, 25.087°E

Event Time

  1. 2013-06-16 21:39:09 UTC
  2. 2013-06-16 23:39:09 UTC+02:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-06-16 16:39:09 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

34.491°N 25.087°E depth=37.9km (23.5mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 56km (35mi) S of Pirgos, Greece
  2. 82km (51mi) SW of Ierapetra, Greece
  3. 92km (57mi) S of Irakleion, Greece
  4. 93km (58mi) S of Nea Alikarnassos, Greece
  5. 406km (252mi) SSE of Athens, Greece

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Instrumental Intensity

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M4.0 – 64km S of Pirgos, Greece

2013-06-16 23:43:40 UTC

Earthquake location 34.424°N, 25.073°E

Event Time

  1. 2013-06-16 23:43:40 UTC
  2. 2013-06-17 01:43:40 UTC+02:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-06-16 18:43:40 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

34.424°N 25.073°E depth=57.8km (35.9mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 64km (40mi) S of Pirgos, Greece
  2. 88km (55mi) SW of Ierapetra, Greece
  3. 100km (62mi) S of Irakleion, Greece
  4. 101km (63mi) S of Nea Alikarnassos, Greece
  5. 412km (256mi) SSE of Athens, Greece

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M4.1 – 74km SSW of Pirgos, Greece

2013-06-17 02:55:02 UTC

Earthquake location 34.354°N, 24.946°E

Event Time

  1. 2013-06-17 02:55:02 UTC
  2. 2013-06-17 04:55:02 UTC+02:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-06-16 21:55:02 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

34.354°N 24.946°E depth=10.1km (6.2mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 74km (46mi) SSW of Pirgos, Greece
  2. 102km (63mi) SW of Ierapetra, Greece
  3. 109km (68mi) S of Irakleion, Greece
  4. 110km (68mi) S of Nea Alikarnassos, Greece
  5. 417km (259mi) SSE of Athens, Greece

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M4.1 – 84km S of Pirgos, Greece

2013-06-17 07:34:42 UTC

Earthquake location 34.235°N, 25.169°E

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Tectonic Summary

Seismotectonics of the Mediterranean Region and Vicinity

The Mediterranean region is seismically active due to the northward convergence (4-10 mm/yr) of the African plate with respect to the Eurasian plate along a complex plate boundary. This convergence began approximately 50 Ma and was associated with the closure of the Tethys Sea. The modern day remnant of the Tethys Sea is the Mediterranean Sea. The highest rates of seismicity in the Mediterranean region are found along the Hellenic subduction zone of southern Greece, along the North Anatolian Fault Zone of western Turkey and the Calabrian subduction zone of southern Italy. Local high rates of convergence at the Hellenic subduction zone (35mm/yr) are associated with back-arc spreading throughout Greece and western Turkey above the subducting Mediterranean oceanic crust. Crustal normal faulting throughout this region is a manifestation of extensional tectonics associated with the back-arc spreading. The region of the Marmara Sea is a transition zone between this extensional regime, to the west, and the strike-slip regime of the North Anatolian Fault Zone, to the east. The North Anatolian Fault accommodates much of the right-lateral horizontal motion (23-24 mm/yr) between the Anatolian micro-plate and Eurasian plate as the Anatolian micro-plate is being pushed westward to further accommodate closure of the Mediterranean basin caused by the collision of the African and Arabian plates in southeastern Turkey. Subduction of the Mediterranean Sea floor beneath the Tyrrhenian Sea at the Calabrian subduction zone causes a significant zone of seismicity around Sicily and southern Italy. Active volcanoes are located above intermediate depth earthquakes in the Cyclades of the Aegean Sea and in southern Italy.

In the Mediterranean region there is a written record, several centuries long, documenting pre-instrumental seismicity (pre-20th century). Earthquakes have historically caused widespread damage across central and southern Greece, Cyprus, Sicily, Crete, the Nile Delta, Northern Libya, the Atlas Mountains of North Africa and the Iberian Peninsula. The 1903 M8.2 Kythera earthquake and the 1926 M7.8 Rhodes earthquakes are the largest instrumentally recorded Mediterranean earthquakes, both of which are associated with subduction zone tectonics. Between 1939 and 1999 a series of devastating M7+ strike-slip earthquakes propagated westward along the North Anatolian Fault Zone, beginning with the 1939 M7.8 Erzincan earthquake on the eastern end of the North Anatolian Fault system. The 1999 M7.6 Izmit earthquake, located on the westward end of the fault, struck one of Turkey’s most densely populated and industrialized urban areas killing, more than 17,000 people. Although seismicity rates are comparatively low along the northern margin of the African continent, large destructive earthquakes have been recorded and reported from Morocco in the western Mediterranean, to the Dead Sea in the eastern Mediterranean. The 1980 M7.3 El Asnam earthquake was one of Africa’s largest and most destructive earthquakes within the 20th century.

Large earthquakes throughout the Mediterranean region have also been known to produce significant and damaging tsunamis. One of the more prominent historical earthquakes within the region is the Lisbon earthquake of November 1, 1755, whose magnitude has been estimated from non-instrumental data to be about 8.0. The 1755 Lisbon earthquake is thought to have occurred within or near the Azores-Gibraltar transform fault, which defines the boundary between the African and Eurasian plates off the west coast of Morocco and Portugal. The earthquake is notable for both a large death toll of approximately 60,000 people and for generating a tsunami that swept up the Portuguese coast inundating coastal villages and Lisbon. An earthquake of approximately M8.0 near Sicily in 1693 generated a large tsunami wave that destroyed numerous towns along Sicily’s east coast. The M7.2 December 28, 1908 Messina earthquake is the deadliest documented European earthquake. The combination of severe ground shaking and a local tsunami caused an estimated 60,000 to 120,000 fatalities.

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