The Norwegian government is set to develop a new controversial robot-controlled missile for its fighter jets, but faces opposition from MPs and peace organizations claiming the technology may break international law. ● The partially autonomously controlled missiles, or so-called "killer robots", will be used for airborne strikes for its new fighter jets and have the ability to identify targets and make decisions to kill without human interference. The Norwegian Peace League, for one, believe the technology may violate international law, wanting a parliamentary debate about the move. Alexander Harang of the Norwegian Peace League (Norges Fredslag) demands discussion . He is also a member for the international “Campaign to stop killer robots”.
Vladimir Putin has lashed out at the United States for destabilizing the world order of checks and balances for its own gains. He also accused the West of inflaming the situation in Ukraine and said Russia was not interested in building an empire. ● The Russian President delivered a fierce broadside aimed at the United States at a speech for the Valdai Club in Sochi, which is an informal group of scholars. He hit out at Washington for behaving without regard to the rest of the world's interests. “
The system of international relations needed some changes, but the USA, who believe they were the winners of the Cold War, have not seen the need for this.” He added that the US has been trying to create the world “
for their own gains." The Russian President added that because of this, regional and global security had been weakened.
US Secretary of State John Kerry is in Berlin to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and take part in talks with Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier and Chancellor Angela Merkel, the US Department of State said Wednesday. "Secretary John Kerry is on travel to Berlin," the US Department of State confirmed via Twitter on Wednesday. The German Foreign Office later tweeted a photo of Steinmeier and Kerry visiting the Berlin Wall this morning. Kerry is scheduled to visit the Berlin Wall memorial and meet with children to discuss the meaning of the fall of the wall, according to a US Department of State briefing. Kerry is also to hold a press conference.
Barry Grey ■ Human Rights Watch (HRW) issued a report Monday documenting the widespread use of banned cluster munitions rockets by the Ukrainian military against heavily populated civilian centers in eastern Ukraine, including central Donetsk city. The detailed account, based on an on-the-spot investigation by the New York-based organization, working with a New York Times reporter, is a damning exposure of the brutal and illegal methods being used by the US- and European Union-backed regime in Kiev against Ukrainians in the pro-Russian east of the country. ● The report includes video interviews with victims of the cluster rocket attacks. It charges the Kiev regime with firing the weapons into Donetsk city, the center of the separatist rebellion against the fascist-backed, pro-Western government that was installed last February in a putsch orchestrated by the CIA and German intelligence. ● HRW also released photos showing sections of the cluster munitions rockets in and around Donetsk, unexploded submunitions and remnants of exploded submunitions released by the rockets, and other physical proof of the regime’s use of the weapons. ● The report focuses on attacks launched October 2 and October 5 against Donetsk, a month after the signing of a ceasefire agreement between the pro-Russian rebels and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. HRW writes that these cluster munitions attacks, along with ten others it documented, were responsible for at least six deaths and dozens of injuries. The October 2 attack killed a 37-year-old International Committee of the Red Cross administrator stationed in Donetsk. [...] “Ukrainian government forces used cluster munitions in populated areas in Donetsk city in early October 2014. The use of cluster munitions in populated areas violates the laws of war due to the indiscriminate nature of the weapon and may amount to war crimes,” the report states.
Russia Insider: Video: What Shelling of Civilians Looks Like Up Close
Eric Zuesse ■ Our ‘Enemies’ in Ukraine Speak (Atrocities documented)
Vera Graziadei ■ Kiev's War Crimes Are Not in Doubt. Why the Silence?
Robert Parry ■ Ukraine’s Neo-Nazis Demand Respect
Carla Stea ■ The War in East Ukraine: US-NATO’s Paranoid Falsification of Reality
The outgoing head of the GCHQ, the NSA’s UK equivalent, has slammed proponents of a free internet as ‘dreamers’, and defended those who spy on the communications of everyday people, saying they do “an extraordinary job.” In a farewell speech at the Churchill War Rooms in Whitehall, Sir Iain Lobban demanded that GCHQ needs the power to “access the Internet at scale” and “dissect it with surgical precision”. He said that the internet has become home to the “worst aspects of human nature,” and that spies need to be given unfettered power to govern the internet, to weed out “plotters, proliferators and paedophiles.”
Itar-Tass: Russian speaker against tighter rules on Internet access || The speaker of the Federation Council upper house of the Russian parliament, Valentina Matviyenko, said on Wednesday she was against tighter rules on Internet access and government control over the Internet. “We are against restrictions on access to the Internet or a total control over it, against restrictions on legitimate interests and possibilities of the citizens,” Matviyenko said in an interview with the Rossiiskaya Gazeta daily on Wednesday.
Swedish Armed forces are ready to use force if they detect any foreign submarine in the waters of the Stockholm Archipelago, the supreme commander general said as the operation in search of the underwater threat entered its fifth day. ● "Our aim now is to force whatever it is up to the surface... with armed force, if necessary," Sverker Göranson said, as cited by the Local. He added that "the most important value of the operation - regardless of whether we find something -- is to send a very clear signal that Sweden and its armed forces are acting and are ready to act when we think this kind of activity is violating our borders.” According to Göranson, submarines are “extremely difficult” to detect and Sweden has never managed to find them in the past.
Jordan Shilton ■ Sweden mounts military operation to find alleged Russian submarine
The forces of the Kiev government used cluster munitions in populated areas in the city of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, says Human Rights Watch. It adds that the use of this forbidden weaponry violates the laws of war. Human Rights Watch (HRW) was documenting the “widespread use of cluster munitions” in fighting between government troops and self-defense forces, according to investigation carried by the watchdog. “
While it was not possible to conclusively determine responsibility for many of the attacks, the evidence points to Ukrainian government forces’ responsibility for several cluster munition attacks on Donetsk [Donetsk Region, Eastern Ukraine],” says the report.
Stephen Lendman ■ Kiev War Crimes || Mounting evidence shows Kiev committed horrendous war crimes in Southeastern Ukraine. Dirty war continues on non-combatant men, women and children. Residential neighborhoods are bombed and shelled. [...] In early June, Southeastern Ukrainian freedom fighters said Kiev forces attacked Semyonovka near Slaviansk with an unknown chemical weapon. Freedom fighters reported "irrefutable evidence" of a weapon used similar to white phosphorous. It burns flesh to the bone. It keeps burning until entirely consumed or deprived of oxygen. The Hague and Geneva Conventions categorically prohibit use of these type weapons. It doesn't matter. Kiev uses them against civilians. War without mercy is official Kiev policy.
Jack the Ripper: Scientist who claims to have identified notorious killer has 'made serious DNA error'
'Error of nomenclature' undermines case against Polish immigrant barber accused of carrying out the atrocities in 1888. ● It was supposed to have been the definitive piece of scientific evidence that finally exposed the true identify of Jack the Ripper after he had brutally murdered at least five women on the streets of Whitechapel in the East End of London, 126 years ago. A 23-year-old Polish immigrant barber called Aaron Kosminski was "definitely, categorically and absolutely" the man who carried out the atrocities in 1888, according to a detailed analysis of DNA extracted from a silk shawl allegedly found at the scene of one of his murders. However, the scientist who carried out the DNA analysis has apparently made a fundamental error that fatally undermines his case against Kosminski – and once again throws open the debate over who the identity of the Ripper.
[Editor's Comment:] A serious error was made, alright, albeit not a scientific one. The error was the political one of correctly identifying the notorious murderer as being a Jew. Let it be said, however, the error was indeed one of 'nomenclature' - "the act or process or an instance of naming". We suspect Mr. Louhelainen got his balls squeezed until he saw the error of his ways. He now seems to have not only recanted, but to even have fallen on bended knee before the Masters of Political Correctness, organized Jewry. -Absolutely disgraceful!
A hoax story alleging the British graffiti artist Banksy has been arrested and has had his identity revealed has once again duped thousands of people online. ● According to the highly refutable website National Report, a 'news' website consisting entirely of fake stories, the artist was arrested by Metropolitan Police at his studio and his identity revealed as 35-year-old Paul Horner, originally from Liverpool. The article contains all the elements you would expect to see from a news story covering an arrest, including details from police and quotes from those close to Banksy. However, it only takes the bare minimum of fact-checking and research to spot that this story is a hoax.
[Read with caution:] Swedish defense now confirms that it was a foreign submarine. || (2014-10-17) Naval Tactical Command has analyzed the image. This is a Dutch submarine that [participated in an exercise] with Swedish military said Mikael Abrahamsson, information officer at the Armed Forces. Shortly after 14 o'clock on Monday met Adam Repenning and his friends [observed] while they were sailing just outside Sandhamn. After the Navy Tactical Command had analyzed the image, [we] now can conclude that it was a foreign [sumarine] [that] Adam Repenning took pictures of. It [turned out that it] was a Dutch submarine that [participated in an exercise] with Swedish military. We've got more pictures of the same submarine from several witnesses, says Mikael Abrahamsson, Communications Officer at the Armed Forces. At the beginning of the week, Swedish military samövat with the Dutch fleet. The ship in the picture is a submarine of the so-called Walrus-class, says Mikael Abrahamsson. (Google translate)
Bekräftar: Ubåten kom från Holland || Nu bekräftar försvaret att det var en utländsk ubåt. Marintaktiska kommandot har analyserat bilden. Det är en nederländsk ubåt som samövade med svensk militär, säger Mikael Abrahamsson, informatör på Försvarsmakten. Strax efter 14-tiden i måndags mötte Adam Repenning och hans seglarvänner en ubåt strax utanför Sandhamn. Efter att Marintaktiska kommandot analyserat bilden så kan man nu slå fast att det var en utländsk ubått som Adam Repenning tog bilder av. Det var en nederländsk ubåt som samövade med svensk militär. Vi har fått fler bilder på samma ubåt från flera vittnen , säger Mikael Abrahamsson, informatör på Försvarsmakten. I början på veckan har svensk militär samövat med den nederländska flottan. Fartyget på bilden är en ubåt av så kallad Walrus-klass, säger Mikael Abrahamsson.
Video footage of the Moscow plane crash that killed Total CEO Christophe de Margerie has emerged. The aircraft attempted a takeoff from Vnukovo around midnight, failing and crashing into a snowplow. ● The video shows emergency workers sawing away at the fuselage, which appears to have split in half, following the collision and resulting crash. Debris is strewn around amid the overnight commotion. Investigators are at the scene examining evidence, taking fuel samples and talking to staffers. Two main theories as to the cause are being considered at this time – an air traffic control error and the actions of the snowplow driver, Vladimir Martynenkov.
A political analyst has termed the suspicious death of Press TV’s correspondent in Turkey, Serena Shim, as an act of “assassination” by the government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. ● “
The reality is that our sister Serena was assassinated by Erdogan’s regime,” Shabir Hassan Ali, a political analyst from London, said in an interview with Press TV on Sunday night, adding, “
Serena was hounded in a fashion by Turkish intelligence.” The analyst further said that she was “
assassinated” because “
she gave the truth about what this regime in Turkey, that has been oppressing its people, that has been oppressing the Kurdish population and that is actively working to support…this terrorist organization known as the ISIL” is doing.
Stephen Lendman ■ It's pure fantasy. None whatever exists. US-installed coup d'etat putschists run things. Neo-Nazis have power. Ordinary Ukrainians have no say. Elections when held are farcical. Expect scheduled October 26 parliamentary ones to reflect business as usual. ● Excluding democratic choices. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland said Washington spent around $5 billion sabotaging Ukrainian democracy over the past 20 years. She lied calling it "democracy promotion…We stand with the people of Ukraine," she hyperventilated. USAID spent about $1.8 billion assuring ordinary Ukrainians had no say. Calling it "critical development assistance in support of the Ukrainian people." Nuland was caught red-handed urging regime change on tape. Her conversation with US Ukraine ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt was recorded. It circulated on You Tube earlier. It remains damning. More evidence of Washington's dark side.
The Swedish military did not confirm allegations that “a damaged Russian submarine” is being hunted for in waters east of Stockholm, while adding that a search for a “foreign vessel” is ongoing. Moscow said none of its military vessels have been damaged. The official statement by the Swedish military said the search around the Stockholm archipelago was due to “alien underwater activity."
The average worker saw a 8pc decline in real wages between 2008 and 2013, says NIESR. ● British workers have suffered an “unprecedented” decline in real wages over the past six years, with the average employee £2,000 worse off since the financial crisis hit, according to new research. “
The scale of the real wage falls is historically unprecedented, certainly in the past 50 years where broadly comparable records exist,” said Paul Gregg, Stephen Machin and Mariña Fernández Salgado, the authors of the report. Official data this month showed that workers experienced a 7.6pc fall in real wages over the past six years. However, the research published by NIESR revealed that young workers, among the hardest hit by the downturn, also saw the biggest decline over the period, with pay falling by 14pc between 2008 and 2013. [Hat Tip: Steigan Blogger]
Evening Standard: Occupy London protesters start week long demonstration in Parliament Square
Michael Roberts ■ UK: the agony and the ecstasy
German journalist and editor Udo Ulfkotte says he was forced to publish the works of intelligence agents under his own name, adding that noncompliance ran the risk of being fired. Ulfkotte made the revelations during interviews with RT and Russia Insider. “
I ended up publishing articles under my own name written by agents of the CIA and other intelligence services, especially the German secret service,” Ulfkotte told Russia Insider. He made similar comments to RT in an exclusive interview at the beginning of October.
Eric van de Beek ■ Interview with Udo Ulfkotte, German Editor Turned CIA Whistleblower
Kiev authorities pushed Crimea to secede from Ukraine and rejoin Russia, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko told Russian reporters Friday. ● "
Look at yourself for the cause rather than Russia. You [Kiev]
yourself pushed Crimea to join Russia," the Belarus president said. One of the reasons why Crimea made the move to secede from Ukraine was the situation in which "
the sword of the Ukrainian revolution was pointed at the Russian-speaking population," according to Lukashenko. Belarus does not believe that Russia wants to annex Ukraine's eastern regions of Luhansk and Donetsk, the president added. "
Statements are being made about Russia wanting to grab eastern Ukraine as well. Oh, come on! I don't believe it," Lukashenko said. [...] Crimea reunified with Russia in March following a referendum on the region's status, with 96 percent of the voters being in favor of the move. Kiev has refused to recognize the results of the vote, calling it illegal. Russian President Vladimir Putin in a speech following the referendum stressed that it was held in full compliance with democratic procedures and international laws.
In a Las Vegas fundraising speech on Monday, she reveals her distaste for his "personality". ● This is very interesting. Speaking at a fundraiser in Las Vegas on Monday, Hillary Clinton ripped into Putin, and lectured Europeans on being too soft on him. Her remarks suggested a deep personal distaste for the man. More than anyone else, Clinton is the author of the confrontational US approach to Russia, and the current debacle in Ukraine. Under her watch as Secretary of State, from 2009 to 2013, the US steadily increased its anti-Russian line, and pushed for Ukraine to choose between Europe and Russia, plowing $5 billion into anti-Russian civil society groups in the Ukraine. The disastrous previous US ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, was her man in Moscow. Victoria Nuland, whom she made State Dept spokesman, was and remains one of her closest advisors on Russia. She promoted the career of US ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt, who is also very close to her. He also pushed very hard for the tragic split of the Ukraine.
The neo-nazi movement in Ukraine is far more mainstream than the western media realizes. After violent riots in Kiev that involved throwing smoke grenades and violence against riot police, a massive neo-Nazi march was held in honor of Ukrainian Nazi collaborator Stepan Bandera and the establishment of his Ukrainian Insurgent Army. During this torch-lit march through the streets of Kiev, extremists from Azov and Right Sector brandished neo-Nazi flags and chanted nationalist slogans. The neo-Nazi Right Sector and Azov battalion have been empowered recently by the Kiev regime; they have been formally incorporated as military units of the Ukrainian Ministry of Interior. However, the Ukrainian pro-Western regime has fallen out of favor since a fragile cease fire was signed in Eastern Ukraine between government and Donbas resistance forces.Does this haunting torch-lit march remind you of something that once happened in Nuremberg?
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said a breakthrough was not reached in Friday morning’s talks on Ukraine, Reuters reports. ● "
I cannot see a breakthrough here at all so far," Merkel said after top EU leaders met with Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on the sidelines of an EU-Asia summit. "
We will continue to talk. There was progress on some details, but the main issue is continued violations of the territorial integrity of Ukraine," she added. A political solution to the conflict in Ukraine has not yet been found, President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy commented after the meeting, according to RIA Novosti. Rompuy said the participants have all agreed on the need to follow through on the peace agreement reached in Minsk, Belarus at the beginning of September. “
What we agreed was the protocol of Minsk on the ceasefire, and the peace plan is of crucial importance,” Rompuy said.
US President Barack Obama’s mental state was questioned by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev during an interview aired on Wednesday. ● Speaking with CNBC, Medvedev said Obama was suffering from a “mental aberration.” He also blasted the US president for calling Moscow's actions in Ukraine a threat to the international 'community. "
It’s sad to hear President Obama say in an address at the UN that the threats and challenges facing humanity are, in this particular order, the Ebola virus, the Russian Federation, and only then the Islamic State (or ISIL)," Medvedev said. "
I don’t want to dignify it with a response. It's sad, it's like some kind of mental aberration," he added.
Carla Stea ■ Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov’s Speech at the UN || In a courageous and brilliant speech to the United Nations General Assembly on September 27, 2014, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov pierced the veil of obfuscation that characterizes too many speeches at the United Nations, and delivered a scathing denunciation of Western imperialism, imperialism that can only be accurately described as global theft. Lavrov, on behalf of the Russian Federation implicitly warned that US/NATO is risking global war in embarking on its campaign to seize and dominate huge territories, while inexorably and ruthlessly determined to conquer and subjugate Russia, having learned nothing from the historic reality that Napolean’s effort to dominate Russia led to the collapse of Napoleonic France, and Hitler’s attempt to subjugate Russia led to the obliteration of his Third Reich. Lavrov stated: “
The U.S.-led Western alliance that portrays itself as a champion of democracy, rule of law and human rights within individual countries, acts from directly opposite positions in the international arena, rejecting the democratic principle of sovereign equality of states enshrined in the UN Charter and trying to decide for everyone what is good or evil.”
I møte med svensk partikollega begrunnet Jens Stoltenberg Libya-bombingen med at krigen var «utmerket trening for det norske luftvåpenet». Sentrale svenske sosialdemokrater skal ha blitt dypt provosert. ● Det er tidligere kjent at daværende statsminister Jens Stoltenberg var den viktigste pådriveren da Norge gikk til krig mot Libya i 2011. I en ny bok av den svenske forfatteren Daniel Suhonen kommer det fram at Stoltenbergs holdninger til krigen sjokkerte de svenske sosialdemokratene. Boka kaster nytt lys over det politiske spillet som foregikk i kulissene da Norge besluttet å bruke tung militærmakt mot diktatoren Muammar al-Gaddafi. ● Seint på kvelden torsdag 17. mars 2011 åpnet Sikkerhetsrådet i FN for militær inngripen i den libyske borgerkrigen. Tidligere samme dag hadde daværende utenriksminister Jonas Gahr Støre argumentert hardt mot vestlig inngripen i det nordafrikanske landet.To dager seinere, lørdag 19 mars, meldte daværende statsminister Jens Stoltenberg at seks norske F16-fly skulle delta i krigen. Partilederne i SV og Senterpartiet ble orientert på telefon, lederne i opposisjonspartiene ble varslet på sms.Den eksepsjonelt kjappe beslutningsprosessen ble begrunnet med at opprørsbyen Benghazi var omringet av Gaddafis styrker. Vestlige ledere ville avverge et blodbad. På et møte i Paris 19. mars argumenterte Stoltenberg sterkt for militær inngripen.Daniel Suhonen peker i sin ferske bok på et annet motiv for krigsdeltakelsen: Stoltenberg skal ha begrunnet den norske innsatsen med at bombingen var «utmerket trening for det norske luftforsvaret».
Pål Steigan ■ Still Stoltenberg for en krigsforbryterdomstol!
The treaty has now been ratified by presidents of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. ● Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a law on Tuesday on ratifying the treaty on the Eurasian Economic Union, a Russia-led three-member bloc seen as an alternative to the EU. “The head of state has signed the law of the Republic of Kazakhstan “On ratification of the Eurasian Economic Union Treaty,” the presidential press service said in a statement. The text of the law is to be published in local newspapers, the statement reads. Russia ratified the treaty on October 3. Nearly a week later, on October 9, the law on ratifying the treaty was adopted by the Belarusian parliament. On the same day, the document was signed by the country’s President Alexander Lukashenko. The Eurasian Economic Union Treaty was signed by the presidents of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus on May 29, 2014. The treaty provides for free movement of commodity, services, capital and labor force within the union. It also envisages that the three countries coordinate or pursue common policy in certain economic sectors.
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