‘The internet will shut down for 24 hours in 2017 causing financial markets to crash’

Millions of computer users across the world could be blocked from the internet this year as the global network will shut down for 24 hours, US technology security vendor LogRhythm predicted in December.

The company’s chief information security officer and vice president James Carder told Business Insider, it won’t just be a technical issue stopping people from uploading their selfies on Instagram.

« In 2017, we’re going to see it hit big sometime, somewhere. If the internet goes down, financial markets will tank, »he said.

According to Carder, there were all the signs in 2016, with criminals »testing missiles by shooting them into the ocean. »

« We saw the massive DDoS [distributed denial of service] attack against DynDNS just a couple of months ago. That DDoS attack took down sites like Twitter and Spotify for a few hours. We saw a similar DDoS hit Brian Krebs before the attack against Dyn. These were really just tests, » he said.

In October a mass cyber-attack crippled some of the world’s biggest websites with users unable to access Twitter, SoundCloud, Spotify and many others for over two hours.

« If you can prove that you can take down massive sites and a large chunk of the US internet for a few hours, a 24-hour outage seems pretty easy to do? »said Carder.

The head of LogRhythm also said the issue of « fake news » will only get worse this year, with hackers targeting major media sites.

« The power of influence is starting to shift away from mainstream news outlets, and I don’t think that is something those mainstream outlets can afford to let happen. They will respond to the fake news threat by trying to implement some level of media control that will likely take it a little too far, » he said.

« I think hackers, in the name of protecting our freedom of speech, will retaliate by knocking down a major media outlet or two. »

LogRhythm’s Australia and New Zealand director of sales Simon Howe has predicted that ransomware on mobile devices will become far more prevalent in 2017.

According to him, attackers will target unsuspecting smartphone users and hold their personal data hostage to extort money.

“For example, attackers will threaten to send out or delete a user’s photos unless a ransom is paid. Just think — how much you would pay to recover your photos? » said Howe.

He added that attackers will use pre-authenticated tokens to disseminate malware.

“Because so many Apple devices are interconnected, the malware could very quickly spread, » he said.



Syria: Russian sappers and Uran-6 robot detonate IEDs in Aleppo (VIDEO)

Russian sappers continued to clear residential areas of eastern Aleppo of explosive devices on Wednesday, after a big land mine was found in an old truck in Bustan al-Qasr.

The area was evacuated after a group of sappers from the International Mine Action Centre found a tube filled with 300 kilograms (661 pounds) of TNT that was controlled by radio signal.

The Head of the International Mine Action Centre of the Russian Armed Forces, Igor Mikhailik, stated, that, « with the help of special equipment the radio signal was muffled and sappers neutralised this explosive device ».

He noted that, « the vehicle was prepared as a ‘jihad-mobile,’ placed in a densely populated area and was designed to be blown up during the afternoon, when there is a large number of both cars and local residents. »

Russian sappers continued the mine clearance operation in residential areas, while the robotic Uran-6 complex inspected the city’s outskirts where it detonated explosives.

The squad of the International Mine Action Centre of the Russian Armed Forces arrived at the Hmeymim airbase in Latakia on December 3. The group reportedly includes specialists that previously took part in mine clearance operations in the Syrian city of Palmyra.



The War Against Alternative Information

The U.S. establishment is not content simply to have domination over the media narratives on critical foreign policy issues, such as Syria, Ukraine and Russia. It wants total domination. Thus we now have the “Countering Foreign Propaganda and Disinformation Act” that President Obama signed into law on Dec. 23 as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2017, setting aside $160 million to combat any “propaganda” that challenges Official Washington’s version of reality.

The new law mandates the U.S. Secretary of State to collaborate with the Secretary of Defense, Director of National Intelligence and other federal agencies to create a Global Engagement Center “to lead, synchronize, and coordinate efforts of the Federal Government to recognize, understand, expose, and counter foreign state and non-state propaganda and disinformation efforts aimed at undermining United States national security interests.” The law directs the Center to be formed in 180 days and to share expertise among agencies and to “coordinate with allied nations.”

The new law is remarkable for a number of reasons, not the least because it merges a new McCarthyism about purported dissemination of Russian “propaganda” on the Internet with a new Orwellianism by creating a kind of Ministry of Truth – or Global Engagement Center – to protect the American people from “foreign propaganda and disinformation.”

As part of the effort to detect and defeat these unwanted narratives, the law authorizes the Center to: “Facilitate the use of a wide range of technologies and techniques by sharing expertise among Federal departments and agencies, seeking expertise from external sources, and implementing best practices.” (This section is an apparent reference to proposals that Google, Facebook and other technology companies find ways to block or brand certain Internet sites as purveyors of “Russian propaganda” or “fake news.”)

Justifying this new bureaucracy, the bill’s sponsors argued that the existing agencies for “strategic communications” and “public diplomacy” were not enough, that the information threat required “a whole-of-government approach leveraging all elements of national power.”

The law also is rife with irony since the U.S. government and related agencies are among the world’s biggest purveyors of propaganda and disinformation – or what you might call evidence-free claims, such as the recent accusations of Russia hacking into Democratic emails to “influence” the U.S. election.

The enactment of HR5181, “Countering Foreign Propaganda and Disinformation,” suggests that the ruling powers seek to escalate suppression of news and analyses that run counter to the official narrative. Backed by a new infusion of $160 million, the plan is to further squelch skeptical voices with operation for “countering” and “refuting” what the U.S. government deems to be propaganda and disinformation.

As part of the $160 million package, funds can be used to hire or reward “civil society groups, media content providers, nongovernmental organizations, federally funded research and development centers, private companies, or academic institutions.”

Among the tasks that these private entities can be hired to perform is to identify and investigate both print and online sources of news that are deemed to be distributing “disinformation, misinformation, and propaganda directed at the United States and its allies and partners.”

In other words, we are about to see an escalation of the information war.


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Russian Plans Military Drills with Philippines

The Russian Navy says it is planning to hold maritime drills with the Philippines to help the Southeast Asian country fight terrorism and piracy.

The announcement on Tuesday came as two Russian ships – anti-submarine vessel Admiral Tributs and a sea tanker Boris Butoma – docked in Manila on a four-day goodwill visit.

According to Rear Admiral Eduard Mikhailov, the deputy commander of the Russian Navy’s Pacific fleet, an anti-submarine vessel, named Admiral Tributs and a sea tanker Boris Butoma arrived in the Philippine capital late on Tuesday for a four-day official navy-to-navy contact.

“Our governments will maybe discuss in some period of time the possibilities of our maritime exercises,” deputy commander of the Russian Navy’s Pacific fleet Rear Admiral Eduard Mikhailov said on board Admiral Tributs.

“We’re very sure that in the future we’ll get such exercises” with the Philippine side, perhaps “just the maneuvering or maybe use some combat systems and so on,” he told a news conference.

Mikhailov said that a wide range of equipment had been brought on both vessels to show Russia’s anti-terror capabilities to the Philippine military.

“The biggest problem now in the world is terrorism and piracy… we will show you what we can do and we will see what you can do and show us, » he said.

The joint drills come at a time of strained relations between the Philippines and the US. President Rodrigo Duterte was quoted as saying last month that Manila could live without US aid after Washington said it was halting assistance.

“You can choose … to cooperate with United State of America or to cooperate with Russia, but from our side we can help you in every way that you need,” Mikhailov said on Tuesday.

Philippines suffers from attacks from a number of terror groups on its territory, the most prominent of which is the ultra-violent Abu Sayyaf, which pledged alliance to the Daesh terrorist group in the summer of 2014.

Those groups have been involved in many criminal activities, including rape and drug trafficking, in what they describe as their battle for an independent province in the Philippines.

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Israel Opens Database with 400,000 Declassified Censored Documents on Missing Yemenite Children Affair

Since the 1950s, over 1,000 families — mostly immigrants from Yemen, but also dozens from the Balkans, North Africa and other Middle Eastern countries — have alleged their children were systematically kidnapped from Israeli hospitals and put up for adoption, sometimes abroad.

The claims were generally dismissed by authorities.

Over the past several decades, the government has appointed three investigative committees to probe the case, with all concluding the majority of children died in the hospital and were simply buried without the families’ being informed or involved. The last panel to probe the affair in 2001 reached similar conclusions, but sealed various testimonies from the probe in the state archive for 70 years.

Now they are being released.

Even though the allegations have largely been disputed by scholars and seemingly refuted by probes, the case has kept resurfacing, in part because many of the families were not given their children’s bodies nor informed of their burial places, death certificates were riddled with errors, and some of the missing children were sent army draft notices 18 years after their alleged deaths. There have also been cases where adopted children were able to confirm, through paternity tests, they were from Yemenite families who were told they had died.

But family members say there has been so much misinformation over the years and current confusion, it is doubtful families will get the closure they crave.

Yigal Yossef, a former mayor of the town of Rosh Ha’ayin and a representative of the families, told Army Radio Wednesday that he continues to search for his sister who disappeared as a baby even though his family was given a death certificate. “Two weeks ago I went to the Interior Ministry to check and it turned out my sister is still alive,” he said. But when he went to the address listed with the ministry, the home did not exist. “I don’t know whom to believe” anymore, Yossef said.

He wants to also see the government take responsibility. “The government needs to give an answer,” he said. “I expect the government to take responsibility for this crime.”

MK Nurit Koren (Likud), who chairs the Knesset lobby tasked with researching the Yemenite Children Affair and who had a cousin disappear, praised the decision to release the documents in an interview with Army Radio Wednesday morning, but noted that “this is just the beginning of the path.

She also cautioned that despite the release many people would still not find “precise answers.”

She also pointed out that the documents being published are from the years 1948 to 1954, although one of the investigate committees found that the affair continued until 1966. Koren called on the government to release the rest of the documents, as “we are obliged to give these families answers.”

Both Hanegbi and Koren also called for the establishment of a DNA database in order to pair families with their disappeared children.

The documents to be released will only include information on missing children whose families had requested the government investigate the matter. Other families, who were affected but who did not formally ask the government to look into the issue, can ask the State Archives for any relevant information pertaining to them.

While some of the information will be censored, as it contains names, adoption records and other personal details, families who want to see the information in full can request to do so from the State Archives, Army Radio reported.

Source: http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-opens-database-with-200000-declassified-documents-on-painful-yemenite-children-affair/



Une rencontre Al-Assad/Al-Sissi?








Des informations évoquent de plus en plus la possibilité d’une rencontre entre les présidents Al-Sissi d’Egypte et Al-Assad de Syrie. Reste à savoir où et al-assadquand elle aura lieu.

Les lieux proposés n’ont pas retenu jusqu’ici l’approbation du président syrien, qui vient de passer le réveillon à Alep, avec les soldats et les officiers de l’armée syrienne.

Des sources concordantes évoquent Athènes (Grèce), Nicosie (Chypre) et Sharm Al-Cheikh (Egypte). Al-Assad a fait savoiral-sissi qu’il ne se rendra pas dans un territoire de l’Otan ou près des bases saoudiennes.

Duterte Calls 3 Out of 5 Americans ‘Idiots’, Threatens to ‘Burn Down’ UN Building

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said that Americans should just ‘shut up’.

« The problem with these white people, these American blockheads, is that three out of five of them are idiots, and only two are in their right minds, » he said in reaction to US’ threats of cutting aid to the Philippines over the ongoing drug war.

« You Americans should just shut up. If you are destroying my country, I will kill you, » Duterte reportedly said on Thursday (22 December) during an event at his official residence, the Malacañang Palace, ABSCBN News reported.

The president also hurled abuses at UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein, calling him an « idiot » and a « son of a b**** », and threatened to burn down the United Nations building in New York.

His firebrand remarks came after Hussein said earlier in the week that he would call for a probe into Duterte’s admissions of killing criminals during his mayoral term.

« You go and file a complaint in the United Nations. I will burn down the United Nations if you want. I will burn it down if I go to America, » Duterte said, adding that he will « whack in the head » any UN observer who would investigate the extrajudicial killings of drug suspects under his « war against illegal drugs », Newsline.com reported.

According to the Philippines Star, Duterte also explained that he does not endorse extrajudicial killings. He also said that there was no crime in threatening to kill criminals and drug lords.

« We do not kill our own fellowmen. Of course it hurts to see a Filipino die in front of you. Of course it is despicable, » Duterte added.

Meanwhile, Filipino Senator Panfilo Lacson came out in defence of the president, saying Hussein should first study the Philippine constitution and laws before making suggestions.

« Apparently, the UN rights chief is not familiar with, first, our President enjoys immunity from suit during his term.

« Second, no matter how many times a person in our country admits having committed murder, as long as there is no other evidence to corroborate his extrajudicial confession, the case cannot stand in any court of law, » he reportedly said.

Lacson also said the UN official can « shout to high heavens to investigate the President but unfortunately for him, he can’t get past that call ».



Daech se met aux prévisions de fin d’année 

Madame Soleil:

L’organisation terroriste Daech sur les pas de Madame Soleil: lors d’un prêche virulent tenu vendredi à l’Ouest de la grande ville irakiennes de Mossoul, un dirigeant de Daech prévoit un évènement considerable dans la région du Golfe arabo-persique pour l’année 2017. Est-ce une menace a l’égard de l’Arabie Saoudite?  En attendant, la petite lune de miel entre Daech et une faction des services de renseignement turcs est bel et bien finie. 

Le Tyran d’Ankara:

C’est désormais l’épithète collé par Daech au président turc Tayep Réception Erdogan. À Mossoul, les propagandistes de l’organisation n’y vont pas de main morte quand il s’agit de vouer la Turquie aux 1001 gémonies de l’enfer. 

Retournement spectaculaire de situation ou changement d’alliances interposées, voilà que Daech menace maintenant d’anéantir l’armée turque dans un océan de flammes. Plus étonnant est l’usage du terme technique arabe طاغية signifiant Tyran dans l’acception qu’avait adopté l’historiographie musulmane pour qualifier les empereurs Commode, Claude, Decius et Julien. Daech l’utilise desormais pour Erdogan. 

À Al-Bab, Daech promet la géhenne aux turcs apostats. Et pourtant, il y a un an à peine, les turcs soustraitaient pour les britanniques et les français l’infiltration et l’exfiltration de leurs « djihadistes »en Syrie et en Irak, recrutés des banlieues des grandes villes d’Europe…Comme le monde change! 

Graine de terroriste

Il faudra effectuer de sérieuses études sociologiques pour déterminer pourquoi la Tunisie est subitement devenue le plus grand fourvoyeur de combattants pour Daech après 2011. Les explications mettant en exergue l’influence du capitalisme ou du Bourguibisme sur la radicalisation ultra-violente d’un nombre assez élevé de  jeunes tunisiens ne tiennent pas vraiment la route. D’autant plus qu’ils ne sont pas encadrés par les services de renseignement occidentaux comme le sont la plupart des marocains se battant en Syrie.  

Le cas d’Anis Amri ou Al-Amri, 23 ans, le chauffard kamikaze de Berlin est assez typique. Ce jeune avait traversé la méditerranée après la révolution de janvier 2011 pour se retrouver en Europe avant de se radicaliser et passer à l’acte au nom de Daech. S’il n’avait pas été abattu a Milan, il aurait pu remercier lex-president français Nicolas Sarkozy et son successeur. C’est grâce à eux que plus de 3.7 millions de personnes ont pu rentrer illégalement en Europe depuis ce que l’on a appelé le « Printemps Arabe ». 

Médias occidentaux et pétrodollars

Le journalisme d’investigation est mort depuis un bon bout de temps. Comment expliquer l’hystérie collective des médias atlantistes pendant et avant la reprise d’Alep par le gouvernement syrien et ses alliés? Les pétrodollars. Qatar en tête, suivi des Emirats Arabes Unis et le royaume saoudien. La soupe! Tous les grands médias y ont touché. En réalité, ils vivent de cela. 

C’est la définition de la pleureuse professionnelle de la tradition juive sépharade d’Afrique du Nord, toujours très vivace.

Terrible loss: 64 members of world-renowned Alexandrov army band missing in Tu-154 crash (VIDEO)

Most of the passengers on the Tu-154 plane that crashed after take-off from Sochi were members of the world-famous Alexandrov army choir, en route to Syria to perform at the Latakia / Hmeymim airbase for a New Year concert.

All members of the Alexandrov Ensemble choir, except for three lead vocalists, were on board the Tu-154 plane that crashed shortly after take-off in Sochi, Vadim Ananiev, a lead vocalist from the choir, told TASS.

Valery Halilov, the head of the Alexandrov Ensemble, the famous army choir of the Russian armed forces, and 64 of its members were on board of the Russian Tu-154 aircraft that crashed into the Black Sea on Sunday, the Russian Defense Ministry press service said Sunday.

The list also includes Anton Gubankov, the chief of the Directorate of Culture of the Russian Defense Ministry, and prominent Russian humanitarian activist Elizaveta Glinka, the head of Spravedlivaya Pomoshch (Fair Aid) charity, according to the ministry.

Nine Russian journalists and two civil servants were also on board of the plane. Russia’s Channel One, NTV and Zvezda broadcaster have confirmed that their journalists were among the passengers of the aircraft.

Fragments of the plane were discovered off the shore of Sochi.

According to the Defense Ministry, the crashed Tu-154 was flown by Roman Volkov, a seasoned First Class pilot with an impressive track record of over 3,000 hours spent in the air.

Yuri Sytnik, a Merited Pilot of Russia and a member of the presidential commission on civil aviation, said that everything was possible, including a mid-air collision with a “foreign object,” but added that even then the pilots would have enough time to inform the airport tower about the mishap.

“The Tu-154 is a highly reliable plane, even though it is not the easiest one to fly. In this case the pilot was a real ace and if even he failed to prevent the disaster, then something extraordinary must have happened,” Sytnik said.

He added that even though the Tu-154 was 33 years old, it had been used very sparingly and was very well maintained too. He didn’t think that there could have been an explosion on board because it would have been noticed from the shore.

Meanwhile, officials ruleed out a possible terrorist attack. Viktor Ozerov, head of the Federation Council’s Defense Committee said the crash could have been caused by a technical malfunction or pilot error, but excluded a terrorist act, arguing that the plane was operated by the military.

« I totally exclude the idea of an attack bringing down the plane,” Ozerov told RIA Novosti.

His opinion was echoed by first deputy head of the State Duma’s Defense Committee Andrei Krasov, who likewise ruled out terrorism as the possible cause of the crash.

“I think that something extraordinary must have happened. I just can’t figure out how anything like this could happen to a plane operated by the Defense Ministry. No, this is impossible,” Krasov told RIA.

Veteran test pilot Yuri Vashchuk downplayed the possibility of a technical mishap on board the crashed airliner.

“It must take some really extraordinary situation to cause the simultaneous shutdown of all the three engines. The failure of even one engine is already critical, but I still don’t think that it could lead to a catastrophe,” he said.

The Alexandrov Ensemble, the official choir of the Russian Armed Forces, has earned a place in the music pantheon thanks to an immensely rich and varied repertoire that includes more than 2,000 numbers – from Soviet and folk songs, to famous rock ballads, including Freddie Mercury’s greatest hits.








La troisiéme guerre mondiale est au pas de nos portes

Ce ne serait pas une guerre opposant des armées avec l’emploi des fleurons de la technologie de défense, mais une guerre menée par des individus à l’échelon internationale. Ce qui s’est produit à Berlin, en Turquie entre autres n’est qu’un préambule aux actes plus denses et plus meurtrières qui vont foisonner ignorant toutes les frontières réelles et imaginaires.

Cette guerre va sans aucun doute mettre à rude épreuve tous les systèmes sécuritaires étatiques car son non n’est pas connu et ses acteurs absents physiquement du champ de bataille. Elle sera menée par tous les terroristes qu’on avait formés.

En effet, il faut imaginer ce qui arriverait quand tous les centres du conflit localisés au Moyen Orient auront fermé leur porte licenciant ainsi des dizaines de milliers de volontaires habitués à vivoter autour des cendres et des cadavres calcinés. Quelle serait leur source de revenus? Bien sur le marché de l’emploi pourrait garder quelques uns pour des missions appropriées mais pas l’ensemble.Le reste sera obligé de se  munir de son baton de pélerin et d’errer sans identité ni repères. Quelques uns sauront trouver quelques petits jobs payés en noir et dans des conditions dangereuse. Mais globalement la majorité naviguera à la dérive lâchant son « lest » sur chaque monticule rencontré. Coupée du monde, déracinée, elle n’hésitera pas à commettre cette fois ci des actes réellement terroristes.  Les causes n’y manquent pas: Endoctrinent abusif, défection des parrains aprés fin ou ou échec de la mission, encouragement pour défendre une cause avérée non légitime etc…

Ce lâchage conduirait inéluctablement à la vengeance sous toutes ses formes. Il est à prévoir que plusieurs attentats vont toucher presque tous les pays qui ont conduit ces malheureux à une impasse. On sait qu’un seul acte terroriste mobilise des centaines des forces de l’ordre, provoque des réunions gouvernementaux, débouchent sur des reléves et des démissions en sus d’une propagation d’anxiété auprés de la population civile. Que se passera-t-il si des actes similaires se produiront simultanément dans plusieurs endroits d’un méme pays. Que se passera-t-il si ces actes toucheront dans la méme journée plusieurs pays? Et que se passera-t-il enfin que ces actes se répéteront le jour d’aprés ou la semaine qui suit avec une amplitude croissante?

N’est ce pas une guerre mondiale caractérisée par l’absence totale des armées sur le champ de bataille?

Syrie: l’armée turque a perdu dix chars LEOPARD 2A4 et un char M-60T à l’ouest d’Al-Bab

Le moral des forces armées turques semble au plus bas depuis le putsch manqué contre Erdogan. 

Intervenant aux côté de ce qui reste de l’armée syrienne libre (ASL), les forces turques ont essuyé des pertes significatives en tentant de prendre d’assaut la localité d’Al-Bab, sous contrôle de Daech, à l’extrême Nord de la Syrie. 

En l’espace de trois jours, les turcs ont perdu 10 chars de type Leopard 2A4 de fabrication allemande et un char M-60T de fabrication US ainsi que d’autres véhicules blindés. 

Les pertes en chars M-60 seraient bien plus importantes. 

La plupart des chars turcs détruits ont été touchés par des missiles antichar (Kornet, Konkurs, Tow)

Les pertes humaines des forces armées turques demeurent un secret défense mais d’après le bilan très lourd des pertes subies par les rebelles alliés de la Turquie à Al-Bab (estimations variant entre 70 et 110 KIA),  il semble que les militaires turcs  aient enregistré bien plus de pertes que ce que leur état-major avait prévu.

Personne ne s’est attendu à une telle débâcle. Sur la photographie prise par les terroristes de Daech, un char Leopard 2A4 et un bulldozer de l’armée turque, capturés par Daech. En premier plan, ce qui reste de l’armée syrienne libre (ASL) et d’une unité militaire turque.   

Pour Duterte, le Haut-commissaire de l’Onu aux droits de l’homme est un «idiot»

Le président philippin n’aime décidément pas qu’on lui donne des ordres, surtout venus de personnalités étrangères très éloignées de la réalité de son pays. De ce pas, voilà que Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein devient sa nouvelle «victime».

Le président Rodrigo Duterte a qualifié d’« idiot » le Haut-commissaire des Nations unies aux droits de l’homme Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, car celui-ci avait proposé d’ouvrir une enquête après les allégations du dirigeant philippin sur les meurtres qu’il avait commis dans le passé, selon les médias.

« Ce gars (Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, ndlr) est soit moqueur, soit fou… Toi, idiot, ne me dit pas ce que je dois faire… Qui te l’a permis ? », a lancé Rodrigo Duterte lors d’une émission télévisée.

Auparavant, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein avait demandé à Manille d’entamer une enquête après les déclarations du président philippin concernant des meurtres, qu’il avait commis dans le passé, contre des personnes suspectées d’être impliquées dans des affaires de stupéfiants. À l’époque où il était maire de la ville de Davao, M. Duterte patrouillait les rues pour faire de « rencontres mortelles » des exemples pour les forces de l’ordre locales.

Après être devenu président, Duterte a même promis une médaille à ses citoyens pour tout assassinat d’un trafiquant de drogues. En outre, il s’est déclaré prêt à rétablir la peine de mort. Durant sa présidence, environ 3 000 personnes qui auraient pu être liées aux stupéfiants ont été tuées.

En savoir plus: https://fr.sputniknews.com/international/201612221029308959-idiot-commissaire-droits-presidente

Philippines watchdog to probe Duterte killing claims after UN calls for investigation

The Philippines’ independent human rights watchdog says it will investigate President Rodrigo Duterte’s admission that he killed three suspected criminals while he was mayor of Davao, after the UN’s human rights chief called for a murder probe.

The chief of the Philippines’ Commission on Human Rights, Jose Gascon, said he has formed a team of investigators to look into the matter.

He went on to state that the commission has “reconstituted a team to further investigate” allegations that, while serving as mayor of Davao, Duterte ran death squads that killed more than 1,000 petty criminals. The commission had previously looked into the matter, but did not file any criminal charges.

Gascon’s remarks come just a day after the UN’s high commissioner for human rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, said that Duterte should be investigated for murder

“The killings committed by Mr. Duterte, by his own admission… clearly constitute murder,” Hussein said in a statement on Wednesday. “It should be unthinkable for any functioning judicial system not to launch investigative and judicial proceedings when someone has openly admitted being a killer,” he added.

Duterte first said that he had killed at least three men suspected of kidnapping and rape in Davao in 2015, the year before he was elected president.

The president repeated the claim that he had “personally” killed suspected criminals during a speech earlier this month.

“In Davao, I used to do it personally,” he said. “Just to show the guys that, if I can do it, why can’t you?”

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La mort de l’ambassadeur russe, acte de naissance d’un nouvel empire

Deux incidents majeurs commis à l’encontre de la Russie par la Turquie et puis sur son territoire . Le premier se rapporte à l’abattement du bombardier russe SUKHOI , le deuxiéme est relatif à l’assassinat de l’ambassadeur russe en Turquie.. On abordera le probléme non sur le mode de recherches et investigations comme j’ai coutume de le faire dans pareilles circonstances (voir lamrani.over-blog.com les dessous de la destruction du bombardier russe) mais sur la base de réflexions mettant en rapport les deux incidents.

Pour le premier, il était clair que le gouvernement d’Ankara avait encore espoir d’étre acceptée au sein de l’Union Européenne en tant que membre à part entiére bénéficiant de son ouverture démocratique et comptant sur les appuis des EU grâce à sa position stratégique dans la région  exploitée par l’OTAN dont elle fait partie. Les risques étaient calculées en fonction de ces données.

La Russie,de sa part, consciente d’une escalade dont les modalités seront régies par les actes constitutifs de l’Organisation Armée a préféré jouer sur les sanctions économiques sans pour autant atteindre le rappel de l’ambassadeur accrédité et le renvoi de son homologue vers son pays ce qui signifierait une rupture diplomatique entre les deux nations .

La vision d’Ankara allait radicalement changer envers certains pays Occidentaux en particulier les USA lors du coup d’Etat avorté, puis du refus de l’UE d’accepter son adhésion. A ce moment là, le changement d’alliance lui a paru comme une juste mesure pour exprimer son appréhension envers le bloc du Nord. Des rapprochements significatifs ont été observés surtout dans l’entente pour résoudre le probléme syriens. Notons que cette entente inclut aussi l’Iran pays concurrent d’Ankara.

Cette coalition impliquant des pays forts proches des zones de conflit et par conséquent aptes à peser de leur poids quel que soit en Irak, en Syrie ou au Yémen n’est pas de nature à contenter les occidentaux qui vont essayer par tous les moyens à en briser homogénéité.

La solution a été trouvée dans l’assassinat du diplomate russe en Turquie.

Mais ce meurtre était improductif. Au lieu de déclencher une hostilité entre les deux pays, il a au contraire contribué à attirer davantage de sympathie truque dans un pays lui même victime de terrorisme.

Il est à prévoir qu’une nouvelle carte géopolitique est en train de se dessiner. La réalité de l’histoire reste un facteur invincible contre toute machination ourdie par des groupes de particuliers en vue de changer un devenir commandé par des synergies aux probabilités insaisissables.


Obama’s departing gift to the “Syrian rebels”

« Every now and then we are told about the supply of weapons from the West, particularly the US, to the “Syrian rebels.” Yes, there is nothing new about it. What, however, is strange and self-contradictory is how the whole Syrian conflict continues to be projected as a “civil war”, being fought by the “rebels” who have been receiving, and continue to receive, foreign military support from the US and Arab states such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar. A logical question, therefore, is: how “civil” this conflict is when the “rebels” are not exclusively Syrians and are receiving training and weapons from the West and its allies? The US president Barak Obama’s most recent announcement about lifting the previously imposed restrictions on the supply of (sophisticated) weapons to the “Syrian rebels” not only glaringly shows the true nature of the conflict as a foreign imposed, but also sheds light on the American establishment’s obsession with imposing regime change in Syria regardless of the human cost.

This announcement is nothing short of a departing gift by the US president to the “rebels” who have lost most of the territory they had under their control until a year ago. Should this decision be called a potentially positive step towards resolution of the conflict? We would call it this way if we too were impressed by Obama’s rhetoric. What this step really appears to be is a repetition of the past mistakes the US has committed in Syria, Libya, Afghanistan and Iraq and goes well into the direction of causing more devastation.

According to the decision, the waived sections of the law will allow the US to provide “defence articles and services” to forces within Syria allied to the US, the White House said on Thursday December 8, 2016, a decision which the White House said is “essential to national-security interests” of the US.

While such a decision was taken in 2013too, what makes this announcement different from the past is the (deliberately inserted) vagueness, allowing for wider interpretations in multiple ways based on what group the US identifies as a terrorist threat. According to the statement, “foreign forces, irregular forces, groups, or individuals” will receive these weapons to ‘counter terrorism in Syria.’

While the mainstream Western media has identified Kurds as the potential beneficiaries of this announcement currently fighting the IS in and around Raqqa, this decision, if not cancelled by the Trump administration, will have larger implications, particularly in terms of prolonging and complicating the war.

Thus ruling out the possibility of co-operation with Russia and over Syria over fighting IS, Obama’s decision to bolster the “rebels” appears to be as much of an attempt at “rescuing” these groups from the Trump administration as from the Syrian forces who, according to the latest reports, have already established control over 80 per cent of Aleppo.

With every Syrian district falling to the Syrian forces, it is becoming evident that the regime forces will be able to establish their control on most of Syria in the months ahead. While this would imply a defeat for the “rebels”, this scenario, as the Obama administration apprehends, might also present the Trump administration with a fait accompli in Syria and force the new president to embark upon a policy of abandoning the assets the US has established.

Hence, as the Washington Post reported in a recent story, John Kerry’s quiet mission to strike a deal with Russia to pre-empt Trump’s different approach.

While Donald Trump has repeatedly stated about the need to co-operate with Russia and Syria to fight the Islamic State, a different kind of deal that Kerry might be ready to offer would restrict co-operation to just one city: Aleppo. The bigger question of fighting terrorism would remain unresolved and the recently announced supply of weapons to the “rebels” (who are terrorists for Syria) would potentially keep the conflict very much alive.

Let’s call a spade a spade. There is nothing new in the newly announced decision. This is potentially what the US has been doing for years. Being yet another step in the direction of protecting (read: John Kerry’s deal) and arming (read: waiver decision) “rebels”, the US is deliberately encouraging armed groups in Syria, regardless of what these groups call themselves.

They are groups who fight alongside Al Qaeda-affiliated forces and some of whom are reportedly willing to join Al- Qaeda in the wake of their defeat in Aleppo. Will not then the US, rather than Russia or Syria as Washington wants us to believe, stand accused of committing crimes in Syria?

Needless to say, the Nobel peace laurate’s decision to provide more advanced and sophisticated weapons to proxy groups in Syria has neither received condemnation from its allies in Europe or the Middle East nor invoked criticism from within the US for supporting “rebels” who are radical enough to become another Islamic State in Syria, cause more physical devastation and endanger more lives. Still, the West speaks of a humanitarian crisis as if it was the making of some alien forces. »

Salman Rafi Sheikh, research-analyst of International Relations and Pakistan’s foreign and domestic affairs, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.



Syrian Government to Deliver 30,000 Housing Units Early 2017

« If any other country witnessed a shred of what Syria has witnessed it would collapse and give up. But the resilient Syrian State not only kept holding itself, it’s rebuilding and building already.

Housing in Syria was a challenge before just like with every other country on the planet, even the wealthiest ones, but Syrians have come up with a solution that combines both public and private sectors long time ago and came up with social housing plans that would deliver affordable housing to the middle class on installments away from the banks, and payments were linked to construction.

Subsidizing the building material was another task the government took on its shoulders to keep the prices at a level of much less than 1/5th of the cheapest in neighboring countries. The government also created public companies under the Public Housing Establishment and the Military Housing Establishment for public sold houses, and private developers for other housing units.

Mr. Abdul Qader al-Hassan, member of the Central Contractors Union in Syria, stated that “the Syrian Government is planning to hand over 30,000 ready to move in residential units during the first quarter of 2017, and to build 25,000 units more in its plan for rebuilding.” Thousands of houses have been affected after the devastating Western and regional sponsored war of terror against Syria.

Mr. al-Hassan added, according to Al Iqtisadi website, that the (Contractors) Union is planning to convert all production stages of building materials into completely automated processes to achieve savings in cost and increase in production. He revealed a number of negotiations taking place by foreign companies to construct residential buildings in the country, among them are Indian companies, and mentioned that a delegation headed by the Syrian Minister of Public Works and Housing will visit India soon to agree on a number of construction projects in Damascus Countryside and other provinces in Syria to provide housing for workers in the public sector in Syria.

Syria’s Public Housing Establishment has declared it spent 5.3 Billion Syrian Liras (approximately US$ 9.6 million) of its 2016 budget of 9 Billion Syrian Liras and has allocated 1,904 houses..

Worth noting that the Syrian Government had confirmed and as recently as last week President Dr. Bashar al-Assad emphasized that companies from countries hostile to the Syrian people during this crisis are not welcomed in Syria and companies from countries that stood beside the Syrian people and their legitimate government and armed forces are favored and welcomed to the reconstruction and investment in all fields in the country. »





Russia infuriated, demands apology: Zuckerman’s Kuntzman

« Russia has demanded an official apology from New York Daily News for publishing an op-ed that openly cheers the terrorist-perpetrated assassination of the country’s ambassador to Turkey.

The spokeswoman for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maria Zakharova, expressed her outrage on Facebook, describing the article titled “Don’t cry for Russia’s slain envoy, who was Putin’s lackey,” which was later renamed to“Assassination of Russian Ambassador Andrei Karlov was not terrorism, but retribution for Vladimir Putin’s war crimes,” as xenophobic and supportive of terrorism.

“We are sending the chief editor [of New York Daily News] a letter demanding an apology,” she stated.

The author of the piece, Gersh Kuntzman, defends the brutal assassination of Russia’s Ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, which was carried out at a public event in Ankara when the ambassador was giving a speech in front of a small crowd of men, women and children.

An Al-Qaeda affiliated terrorist organization Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, formerly known as the Al-Nusra Front, claimed responsibility for the attack.

“Justice has been served” – writes Kuntzman, explaining his twisted logic by drawing comparisons between Putin, Hitler, and the killing of a Nazi German ambassador by a Jewish student in 1938.

Kuntzman also makes war crime accusations against Russia and its President Vladimir Putin, failing, however, just as everyone else who tried before him, to cite any sources or provide even a slightest shred of evidence.

The entire article reeks of Russophobia and xenophobia, it is fake Western journalism at its absolute worst.

The New York Daily News is the fourth-most widely circulated daily newspaper in the United States and has been described as “part of the Democrats-led new McCarthyism.” As of 2014, it is owned and run by Mortimer Zuckerman, a Canadian-born American media proprietor, magazine editor, and investor who previously owned The Atlantic and Fast Company. »




Le monde vu de Damas

Pour le gouvernement syrien, la reprise d’Alep est une grande étape vers la fin de la guerre en Syrie mais la guerre ne se terminera que par l’élimination totale du terrorisme dans le pays. Ce qui veut dire que la guerre continue.

L’offensive de l’organisation terroriste Daech à Palmyre et d’autres localités de la province centrale de Homs vise, selon Damas, à réduire la pression militaire sur le Nord du pays. « Nous reprendrons Palmyre une seconde fois avec le soutien des forces aérospatiales russes » (Assad). Depuis le début de l’intervention russe, les forces aérospatiales russes auraient mené 71 000 frappes en Syrie, selon un communiqué du ministère russe de la défense.

Pour la première fois depuis le début de la guerre en Syrie, le président Assad a nommé les trois pays ayant le plus perdu à Alep: en premier les Etats-Unis d’Amérique, puis vient la France et enfin le Royaume-Uni. Ces trois pays ont tenté d’ameuter le monde en lui faisant croire à un massacre alors qu’ils ne se souciaient que de leurs forces spéciales et autres agents infiltrés auprès des hordes terroristes, pris au piège dans les quartiers-est d’Alep. L’hypocrisie a assez duré.

Pour la présidence syrienne, la libération d’Alep a anéanti le projet des forces terroristes et leurs sponsors occidentaux et arabes. Alep, Homs et Damas sont sous le contrôle des forces gouvernementales. Cela veut dire que l’ennemi n’a plus aucune carte à jouer, car exploiter Deraa au Sud près du Golan comporte trop de risques.


Assad estime que tant que ce grand voisin continuera à être dirigé par un psychopathe, la Syrie ne baissera jamais sa garde et ne s’attendera pas à grand chose du côté d’Ankara. Evoquant les aspirations pacifiques des deux peuples, syrien et turc, Assad martèle que les interventions militaires turques à l’extrême Nord de la Syrie seront contrées par la force. « Si la Turquie essaies de nous envahir, il est tout à fait naturel que nous ne resterons pas les bras croisés…Nous nous défendrons! »

La Turquie mène une offensive militaire d’envergure à l’ouest de la localité d’Al-Bab mais il semble que son armée vient de connaître un désastre sans précédent face à Daech. On évoque la mort au combat de 70 soldats turcs, la capture de deux chars de combat Leopard et un nombre indéterminé de prisonniers. Dans une vidéo de propagande, l’organisation terroriste Daech a mis en scène hier l’exécution par le feu de deux soldats turcs. Des militaires de l’Otan.

Concernant le lâche assassinat de l’ambassadeur de Russie à Ankara, les officiels syriens sont convaincus que cet acte émane de cercles très hostiles à la Russie au sein des forces armées et la police turques.

L’opinion publique en Europe, en Amérique du Nord et en Australie:

Selon le président syrien, « sans la résistance opiniâtre de l’Etat syrien et sans la résistance héroïque et le stoïcisme  des populations de Syrie, l’occidental moyen aurait fini par croire à  la narration mensongère des faits tels que diffusés par la propagande ennemie. La résistance de la Syrie a fait perdre à la propagande adverse sa raison d’être ».

Relations avec l’Occident

Assad: « Nous voulons entretenir des relations avec tous les pays du monde, y compris certains pays occidentaux connus pour leur parti-pri et leur hypocrisie. Néanmoins, les relations entre Etats étant des relations d’intérêts, nous sommes et seront obligés de composer ».


C’est un pays très important pour Damas. « Nous voulons normaliser nos relations. Nous savons que ce pays, l’Egypte, subit des pressions énormes, à la fois de la part de pays occidentaux qui veulent lui dicter une certaine conduite marginale orientée, ou encore de la part de quelques « machins » du Golfe,  lesquels ne sont encore même pas rentrés dans l’histoire et qui exigent d’un pays ayant une très ancienne civilisation de les suivre ».

Damas a démenti que des pilotes égyptiens aient participé aux côtés des pilotes syriens dans les opérations militaires conjointes entre la Russie, l’Iran et la Syrie contre les organisations terroristes soutenues par l’Otan et les pétromonarchies du Golfe arabo-persique.


Pour Assad le Saint Siège est le seul Etat d’Europe occidentale à soutenir ouvertement le gouvernement syrien. A deux reprises, le pape François a transmis en ce mois deux messages de soutien très forts à Damas.

Modèles à étudier:

Le gouvernement syrien a dépêché en urgence plusieurs délégations en République démocratique de Corée pour étudier le modèle du Juche. Damas ne cache plus le renforcement de ses relations bilatérales et surtout militaires avec Pyongyang. Il est à rappeler par ailleurs que Kim Jong-Un suit de très près l’évolution de la situation en Syrie en tant que modèle d’une guerre hybride de nouvelle génération menée par les Etats-Unis contre un pays faible refusant l’hégémonie des puissances de l’argent.



L’assassin de l’Ambassadeur russe à Ankara était affilié à l’organisation terroriste Daech

L’assassin de l’ambassadeur de la fédération de Russie en Turquie, était un membre de l’organisation terroriste de Jabhet Al-Sham (le Front du Levant) et avait fait partie d’une cellule policière spécialisée dans l’infiltration de combattants étrangers en Syrie entre les années 2014 et 2015. Ces opérations entraient dans le cadre des efforts de guerre hybride de l’Otan en vue de propager le chaos en Syrie et y faciliter un changement de regime. 

L’ambassadeur Andrey Karlev à été très  lâchement assassiné lors d’un vernissage à Ankara par Mevlut Mert Altintas, un policier anti-émeute stagiaire de 22 ans, partisan de l’organisation terroriste Daech. Ce dernier aurait suivi un cours specialisé financé par un organisme US dans la théorie du Califat Islamique et comprenait la langue arabe. 

Altintas était en relation avec 14 autres policiers, tous âgés de moins de 25 ans et dont certains sont de très fervents supporters du Salafisme saoudien.  Neuf de ces policiers servaient jusqu’à hier dans des unités de protection rapprochée. 

Kiev et Ryad ont eu toutes les peines du monde à cacher leur joie en apprenant l’assassinat du plénipotentiaire russe à Ankara. 

À Moscou, Vladimir V. Poutine s’entretenait avec Serguei Lavrov, le brillant Chef de la diplomatie russe, quant un officier supérieur se présenta à lui, presque en courant, en lui tendant un pli confidentiel. En apprenant la nouvelle de l’assassinat, Poutine brisa son bureau en insultant Obama et fit voler en éclat une baie vitrée interieure, faisant accourir les gardes. Il s’enferma dans son bureau pour plus d’une demi-heure, refusant tout contact avec le monde extérieur. En y sortant, il ordonna l’envoi de deux avions d’enquêteurs militaires à  Ankara et la mobilisation de 95 avions de combat destinés à raser Al-Riqqa, la capitale autoproclamée de Daech, de la surface du globe.