Friday, September 6, 2013

Greater Albania advocate wants "Ulcinj and Preševo"

PODGORICA -- The so-called "Natural Albania platform" would have Montenegro's Ulcinj declared "a free town located between Montenegro and Albania."
A view of Ulcinj (Wikimedia)
A view of Ulcinj (Wikimedia)
At the same time, the expansionist projects wishes to incorporate the area around the town of Preševo, in southern Serbia.
This transpires from an interview given by Albanian politician Koco Danaj, who heads a list dubbed "Natural Albania" and plans to, by the end of November, submit a petition with one million signatures to "western governments" - in a bid to gain their support for the project.

Danaj spoke for Podgorica's Dan newspaper to say that such ideas would not bring a new war to the Balkans - but would instead stabilize the region by "righting a historical wrong toward the Albanian people."

According to him, the essence of the platform is to unify Kosovo and Albania, Albania and eastern Macedonia, to create "a free region of Chameria" between Greece and Albania, and to annex the Preševo valley to Albania.

As for Ulcinj - Danaj said this was "never a Montenegrin town," and explained:

"The Berlin Congress in 1878 did not decide to give Ulcinj to Montenegro. That happened a few years later. Also, documents from the archives of the Turkish state show that Montenegro was given Ulcinj on a 100-year concession. Therefore, our demand is completely legitimate."

The London Conference in 1912, by which the independence of Albania was declared, "damaged it in its natural borders," this Albanian politician believes.

He also stated that Montenegrin politicians should help Albania in achieving the Natural Albania project.

"We must not forget that Albanian votes played a key role in reaching the 55 percent number in Montenegro's independence referendum. At the time, Albania encouraged Albanians in Montenegro to vote in the referendum. In the meantime, the Montenegrin government is not even recognizing the right of Albanians to the Tuzi municipality," Danaj was quoted as saying.
Greece will not deter immigrants

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Greece will not deter immigrants
The Greek government ordered all the police departments in the regions bordering Albania not to block the movement of Albanian citizens, whose passports have problems with toponyms.

The order was delivered just hours after the meeting of the Greek Minister of Defence; Nikos Dendias had in Athens, with the new appointed Minister of Interior in the new government, Saimir Tahiri.

During the one hour-long meeting, the main issue was the topographical problem and Tahiri asked not to block the movement of citizens in the border until the final resolution of the issue of toponyms from the foreign ministries of the two countries.

One other topic they discussed was the cooperation between them, as well as the fast exchange of police information on both sides of the border, destroying criminal gangs and blocking traffic in narcotics.

Mr. Tahiri demanded the establishment of an information exchange centre in major border points linking the two countries, in order to avoid the problems of immigrants and Albanian citizens, to ensure freedom of movement, dignity of citizens and the respect for principle of reciprocity.

Meanwhile, sources from the meeting told to “Top Channel” that the Greek authorities asked for the Albanian help to arrest the remaining part of the gang of Albanian prisoners who escaped from prison of Trikalla months ago, where according to them, the number one fugitive Ilir Kupa and his collaborators are still free, escaping justice.

Greek party suspects that the members of this gang are hiding in Albania, and asked to intensify their operations to capture them.

On his part, Mr. Tahiri was convinced that the ministry that he will lead will show zero tolerance in fighting organized crime.

They agreed on frequent communication and immediate solution to the problems that concern police of both countries.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

USS San Antonio arrives in Haifa for 'routine port visit'

LAST UPDATED: 09/04/2013 21:14

Captian of amphibious transport dock ship says visit to northern Israel coastal town is well-deserved break for crew.

The USS San Antonio
The USS San Antonio Photo: Wikimedia Commons
The USS San Antonio, an amphibious transport dock ship, arrived at the port of Haifa on Wednesday for what the US Navy called a "routine port visit."
Captain Randell Dykes said the visit was a "well deserved break for sailors and marines, and for many is the first time they have visited Israel.
"If you have been here, you know what a great country Israel is," Dykes said, adding "I know our sailors and marines will have a great time. They certainly deserve it after all the hard work they've put in on this deployment."
According to the US Navy, tours were to be offered to the sailors and marines and they would have the opportunity to explore Haifa "and to experience the rich history and culture of Israel."

On Monday it was reported that the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz and other ships in its strike group were heading west toward the Red Sea to help support a limited US strike on Syria, if needed.
The same report said that the US Navy has also sent the USS San Antonio to the eastern Mediterranean, diverting it from a previously scheduled mission that would have taken it farther west.
A defense official said the San Antonio had been asked to serve as an afloat forward staging base, which could provide a temporary base for special operations forces, if they were needed. It could also assist with evacuations.
A spokesman for the ship declined comment, referring questions to the Navy. Lieutenant Adam Cole, spokesman for the Navy's European headquarters, declined to discuss any specific plans for the San Antonio or future ship movements.
Putin choreographs G20 summit in Russia to isolate Obama on Syria
DEBKAfile Special Report September 5, 2013, 8:32 PM (IDT)
Putin and Obama ready pose for duel at G20
Putin and Obama ready pose for duel at G20 
There was never much hope that the 20 most influential national leaders in the world meeting  in the Russian town of St. Petersburg on Sept 5-6 would occasion a thaw in the icy relations between the American and Russian presidents and some sort of accord for stopping the bloodshed in Syria.
In his opening statement, Thursday, Sept. 5, Vladimir Putin announced an open-ended discussion would start over a working dinner and go on into the small hours of Friday. The Russian leader was clearly setting the stage for a showdown with the US president, having loaded the dice in Moscow’s favor with the opposition of most of the Asian and European leaders to US military intervention in Syria. The only exceptions were French President Francois Hollande and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Tense eyes were trained on the G20 venue as Thursday night wore on to see the upshot of this weighty conference, which started out with the two parties solidly entrenched in their positions – the US president determined to exercise military force against the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons against its people, and the Russian president equally determined to oppose it.
But even if Putin manages to isolate Obama diplomatically by carrying a majority motion against US military intervention, he will still have to face up to the failure of his policy to stop the United States carrying out its second military offensive against an Arab nation in two years, after the 2011 Libya campaign.
As for Obama, the longer a decision to go forward in Syria drags out, the greater the pressure by lawmakers in Congress, whose votes he needs, and military imperatives, to embark on a broader operation against Syria than the narrow missile assault he first contemplated.
Had he wished to stick to his original plan, he should have instantly fired off a number of Tomahawks at the Syrian forces as soon as they gassed the eastern outskirts of Damascus on Aug. 21. Instead, he let ten days go by before suddenly deciding on Aug. 31, to put the operation on ice for congressional authorization.
Had he acted expeditiously, the whole issue of US military intervention in Syria would have been behind him by the time he reached the summit in Russia.
The American assault will now have to be expanded and revised to cover widely-dispersed targets distributed across large areas in view of the following developments:
1. The Syrian government has scattered the chemical units responsible for the atrocity, along with its chemical stocks in dozens of hideouts across the country to minimize damage.
2. The recommendation by Chairman of the Joint US Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, cited by President Obama to justify the delay in the offensive – it could take place “tomorrow, in a week or a month” – hasn’t held water.
The chief of US naval operations, Adm. Jonathan Greenert, commented Thursday that the four US destroyers off the coast of Syria are “fully ready” for “a vast spectrum of operations, including launching Tomahawk cruise missiles at targets in Syria and protecting themselves in the event of retaliation.”
And indeed, the Senate Armed Forces committee, in backing US military force in Syria, gave the president up to 90 days to finish the job.
3. The certainty voiced by some US intelligence sources that they can locate the hideouts of Syrian chemical units and weapons overstates the capabilities of even the most sophisticated spy technology at their disposal.
4.  Not just the Russian leader, but Syria’s Bashar Assad and Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, have bought enough time to set up military, intelligence and political ambushes for the Americans, and will be ready to pounce when the US operation goes forward.
As the G20 summiteers took their seats in St. Petersburg, three Russian warships passed through the Bosporus in their way to the Mediterranean.
debkafile’s military sources identitied them as the SSV-201 intelligence ship Priazovye and two landing craft, the Minsk and the Novocherkassk, which carry 200 marines and 10 amphibious tanks.
All three leaders have issued a constant stream of threats to deter Washington from striking Syria:
a)  They could supply Syria with highly-advanced arms capable of catching US forces by surprise;
b)  Russia and China could transfer advanced cyber warfare measures to Damascus via Tehran, which Iranian cyber experts could operate in Syria and Lebanon.
c)  The Russian president has indicated that if the Americans attack Syria, he might sell Iran super-weapons on the premise that the strike on Syria would be the precursor to a US attack on Iran’s nuclear program.
5.  The basic presumption in Washington and Jerusalem at the outset of the US plan to use military force in Syria last month was that Hizballah would stay out of it. In the interim, the Lebanese Shiite militia has begun mobilizing for defending Syria and for cross-border reprisals against Israel from Syria and Lebanon.
Thursday night, Iran’s National Security Council inner group held a secret meeting in Khamenei’s inner sanctum on the ramifications of the forthcoming US action against Syria.
debkafile’s Iranian sources report that Revolutionary Guards commanders spoke out in favor of activating the mutual defense treaty binding Iran and Syria.
President Hassan Rouhani objected. In his view, Tehran must continue to issue vague and general statements without showing its hand on military action against the US. He warned that a vast American military and naval force was piling up in the region and Iran must beware of provoking a military response in which it would be quickly bested.
Khamenei did not wait for the G20 to reach conclusions. He issued a public statement saying: “We believe that the Americans are committing a folly and mistake in Syria and [they] will accordingly take the blow and definitely suffer.”

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"Albanian radicals fighting with Al Kaeda in Syria"

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Syria has Albanian struggle against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, but that they are not part of the Albanian rebels, but the radical fundamentalist groups fighting to topple President Assad and to establish an Islamic state

Syria is located in the center of attention of the international community and all expect intervention to end the bloodshed of more than 30 months had killed hundreds of thousands of people.

In Albania, a small community lives Syrians, one of them is Alja Noha, a young Syrian girl who attends university in Albania and decided to speak to "Wake Up"in Top Channel TV. She said that at the start of the Syrian revolution, which starts early in the protests against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian community worldwide has requested international assistance.

"Wake Up" provided a hotline with Ahmad Trad, former Syrian army pilot, but now part of the anti-Assad fighters of the Free Syrian Army, fighting in the outskirts of Idlebit. He said there are radical groups fighting in Syria, but that does not have the major share in dispute.

Trad acknowledged that Syria has Albanian struggle against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, but that they are not part of the Albanian rebels, but the radical fundamentalist groups fighting to topple President Assad and to establish an Islamic state, where, as said the analyst Ilir Kulla also invited to "Wake Up" to be the center of Damascus Caliphate as one thousand years before.

Have long circulated in the news media Albanians fighting against Assad in Syria. It is believed that there are over 500 and among them there were also victims. But now comes confirmation that they are involved in these Islamic fundamentalist groups that have a different final order from the Free Syria Army.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Moscow Says US Strike on Syria Threatens Nuclear Security

Topic: Possible Intervention in Syria

Russian Foreign Ministr spokesman Alexander Lukashevich
22:40 04/09/2013
Tags: IAEA, Alexander Lukashevich, Syria, Moscow, Russia
MOSCOW, September 4 (RIA Novosti) – The Russian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday urged the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to analyze risks of a potential US military operation in Syria, saying such a strike would threaten nuclear security throughout the Middle East.
Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said in a statement that such an operation in Syria “might affect targets sensitive in terms of nuclear security and nuclear non-proliferation,” including the Miniature Neutron Source Reactor (MNSR) near Damascus.
He said “the consequences will be catastrophic” if the MNSR is hit by a US missile. Potential risks entail “possible contamination of adjacent territories with highly enriched uranium and radioactive decay products and the de-facto impossibility of ensuring control and safety of nuclear material at this object,” he said.
“In order to prevent events from taking a negative turn, we strongly urge the IAEA secretariat to promptly react to the situation and to present member states with an analysis of risks related to airstrikes on the MNSR and other objects in Syria,” the statement reads.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Israeli Cruise Missiles Fired in Mediterranean Destroyed By US Navy

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A new urgent report prepared by the Ministry of Defense (MoD) for President Putin on Tuesday states that specialized forces operating the highly advanced Vityaz air defense system in the Southern Military District detected the launching of two Popeye Turbo SLCM ballistic cruise missiles from an Israeli Dolphin-class submarine patrolling in the Eastern Mediterranean whereupon they were “nearly immediately” destroyed by a US Navy Arleigh Burke guided missile destroyer operating in the same region.

The Vityaz air defense system guarantees the detection of enemy ballistic and long-range cruise missiles at blastoff and is currently being deployed along the entire Russian border; while the Popeye ballistic cruise missile is the type used by Israel during its Dolphin submarine July 5 attack on an arms depot in the Syrian port city of Latakia that targeted a contingent of 50 Russian-made Yakhont P-800 anti-ship missiles; and the Arleigh Burke class of guided missile destroyers are the United States Navy's first class of destroyer built around the Aegis Combat System and the SPY-1D multi-function phased array radar making them some of the most feared warships in the world.

According to this MoD report, these ballistic cruise missile launches took place at 10:16 am Moscow time (0616 GMT) with the Israelis first denying any knowledge, but subsequently stating that they were conducting missile tests in Mediterranean.

As to the exact method the US Navy utilized in destroying these two ballistic cruise missiles this MoD report does not speculate upon, but a review of an Australian Air Force technical report [Technical Report APA-TR-2007-0402] clearly shows it can be done, but only at great expense and using First-World technical skills and 21st Century technology.

With Syrian President Bashar Assad warning that any military strike against his country would spark an uncontrollable regional war and spread “chaos and extremism,” this MoD report says, the Israeli motivation for launching these ballistic cruise missiles earlier on Tuesday remains “highly suspect,” a situation made even more dangerous as all International treaties require advanced notification prior to conducting any tests of this type.

This MoD report further states that the launching of these ballistic cruise missiles could have been a test of Russian military capability to detect these types of launches and Kremlin resolve to notify the entire world immediately upon their detection.

In the former the Russian military proved its ability to immediately detect these types of launches, and in the latter the Kremlin, indeed, showed it would not hide from the world any knowledge the West was attacking Syria.

Though not explicitly stated in this MoD report, but speculated upon, Russian defense intelligence experts contributing to it note that Israel may have been attempting to start this war by an unprovoked attack upon Syria that would be blamed on the Americans and whose effect would be the starting of at least a wide-ranging regional war, or at its worst, World War III.

As to why Israel would want to start a major war lies in its “demographic time bomb” of a population that is pitting the Jewish states main factions (Zionist-Haredi-Arab) against each other with mounting fears of civil war growing by the day.

With the Haredi religious movement in Israel bound by three oaths, (1) not to settle in Israel by using force or violence, (2) not to make war with other nations and (3) not to act as if the other nations of the world would persecute Israel; and their booming population numbers, these strictest of Jewish sects have aligned themselves with Israeli Arabs and who both now control over 30% of the population.

To the reason(s) as to why Syria is now the main target of this war lies mainly in the machinations of Saudi Arabia, especially their current intelligence chief Prince Bandar who last month, the Libyan Defense Ministry warned, delivered Israeli chemical weapons to Syrian terrorists.

Confirmation of chemical weapons being delivered to Syrian rebels by the Saudis were confirmed by Turkey this past May when seven terrorists from the al-Qaeda-linked Al Nusrah Front were captured in anti terrorist operations in Adana, Turkey, and two kilos (4,5 pounds) of sarin gas were found in their apartments.

Further confirmation of Syrian rebels using chemical weapons were detailed by the United Nations whose investigators proved their use against the Syrian army at least 5 times by al-Qaeda-linked terrorists this past year.

Even the latest chemical weapons attack against Syrian civilians has been put squarely at the door of Saudi Arabia, as previously reported a few days ago, Syrian rebels in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta admitted to Associated Press journalist Dale Gavlak that they were responsible for the 21 August chemical weapons incident which Western powers have blamed on Bashar Al-Assad’s forces, revealing that the casualties were the result of an accident caused by rebels mishandling chemical weapons provided to them by Saudi Arabia.
     “From numerous interviews with doctors, Ghouta residents, rebel fighters and their families … many believe that certain rebels received chemical weapons via the Saudi intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, and were responsible for carrying out the (deadly) gas attack,” writes Gavlak.
Even though all of the major mainstream propaganda media organs are still refusing to tell the people the truth about what happened in Ghouta, the same cannot be said of the respected Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR) organization who when analyzing the Obama regimes evidence for war against Syria against the Associated Press report written by Gavlak, found the latter to be more credible.- Sorcha Faal - WhatDoesItMean

Israel Tests a new Target Missile Simulating Iranian Shihab 3 Missiles

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Israel’s missile defense organization (IMDO) and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) completed today a successful flight test of the Silver Sparrow, the latest, most advanced version of the Sparrow target missile family. The test, conducted at the Israeli test range over the Eastern Mediterranean Sea was the first test flight of the new missile.
The missile was launched from an airborne platform on 9:15, after an ascent the missile entered the trajectory, in according with the test plan. Through its flight the Silver Sparrow was tracked by the Arrow Weapon System’s Super Green Pine radar, which transferred the information to the Citron Tree Battle Management Control System. According to the IMOD announcement, all the elements of the system performed according to their operational configuration.
The Silver Sparrow developed by RAFAEL is an advanced version of the Sparrow air-launched ballistic target missile’. The Sparrow targets have a modular warhead section carrying different payloads such as inert, high explosive or water. The 27.5 (8.39 mw) long missile weighs over three tons and is designed to simulate Shihab 3 class missiles (Iranian ballistic missiles with 1,500-2,000 km range). The new target is an essential segment in the testing of the Arrow-3 exo-atmospheric interceptor.
The Silver Sparrow uses a single stage solid rocket propellant, and shares a common reentry vehicle with the mid-range Blue Sparrow. The Silver Sparrow is also considered as a candidate for air-launching of RAFAEL’s future LiteSat micro-satellite, providing Operationally Responsive Space capability supporting ad-hoc requirement for satellite imagery.
IMDO and the U.S. MDA officials conducted the flight test. The main contractor for the integration and development of the sparrow is Rafael end the main contractor of the arrow weapon system is MLM of the aerospace industries (IAI) in conjunction with Boeing.
The test was conducted at a time of high tension in the region, with Russian and NATO naval forces massing off the Syrian coast. An earlier report by Moscow has indicated the Russian sensors have detected two ballistic missiles launched from the same region of the Mediterranean sea. However, Russian sources in Damascus were quick to affirm that there was no evidence of a missile strike on Syria. The announcement revealed the fact that the Russians are providing early warning to the Syrians, about potentially threatening activities over the East Mediterranean.
The Blue Sparrow 2 target missile was employed in today's test. Rafael is also developing the heavier (+3 ton) Silver Arrow target,  designed for long-range exo-atmospheric intercept testing. Photo: Rafael
The Blue Sparrow 2 target missile was employed in today’s test. Rafael is also developing the heavier (+3 ton) Silver Arrow target, designed for long-range exo-atmospheric intercept testing. Photo: Rafael

Albania: UK Helicopter Search for Missing Migrants

Albania's military says British helicopters have joined a search for 27 migrants reported missing while trying to cross illegally by speedboat to nearby Italy.
The British forces were taking part in an exercise in the area and on Tuesday joined Albanian and Italian coast guard vessels in the search in the Strait of Otranto, which separates the two countries.
The Albanian army said authorities received an emergency call from the migrants late Monday, adding that Albanians and migrants from several Middle Eastern countries were believed to be on board.
Albania is a transit point for illegal immigration to Italy, typically after migrants have traveled across Turkey and neighboring Greece.
Berisha: Against the demolition of legal construction

Berisha: Against the demolition of legal construction
Prime Minister Sali Berisha complimented the future prime-minister Rama’s attitude to demolish any illegal construction, however, according to Mr. Berisha, the purpose of Rama is not legal control over the territory, but taking the constitutional powers of local government to disband the urban plans in favor of a new clientele, that, according to the Prime Minister, is building illegally on the coast and will rollback personal policy for 20 % of corruptive building.

"In this revanche towards the territory, the highlight is on his statement that he will demolish all the illegal buildings. We compliment him if he will do such a thing. But the painter will not stop only with the illegal buildings. He will also demolish the legal houses. It is an unprecedented act, an unprecedented statement. We categorically reject the demolition of legal buildings. The government can demolish any object, but against the rules. What lies behind? It’s the urban plans erasure. The coastal plan must be canceled, because the pair Rama-Kokëdhima have built a whole castle near 30 meters from the sea, in an area where is not to legal to build,” said Berisha.Prime Minister Sali Berisha, who has closely monitored the two-day conference, arranged by the Socialist Party for urban development and future economic model, gave a gloomy prediction about the way that the new government will manage the finances and the economy of the country.“We say to the citizens that we have the government for one more week, but I guarantee that one thing that makes me proud is that we managed to prevent the crisis. I know that you are in difficulty and it does not mean that we prevented your difficulties. You receive remittances from abroad and this is translated into strong economic difficulties for you, but the crisis, recession is terrible and I wish for Albania not to fall,” Berisha said.Expressing his negative assessment of the lack of economic knowledge in the economic field of the next Prime Minister and some members of the new cabinet, Prime Minister Berisha expressed his concern that the new government will not follow the suggestions of international experts that prevention of recession is done through increasing investments and lowering the taxes. "The second act of this drama warns that this team will rapidly plunge the country in recession and this is ominous news that this government brings. This is not Edi Rama, but Edi Drama. This reaction of mine has nothing to do with a personal attitude to him, but with a big problem that you will suffer. The crisis is a very big punishment if it affects the Albanians. I understand their dissatisfactions, but they are nothing compared the pains of recession,” Berisha said.
Greek WarShip TPC " Krystallidis " near tension area of Eastern Mediterranean 

The Greek Warship is in the Eastern Mediterranean within a few miles of the U.S. destroyer Arleigh Burke, from which will be launched dozens of Tomahawk targets of Syria, if given the "green light" U.S. President Barack Obama poses additional issues for the Greek government.
In the "hot zone" of Eastern Mediterranean due to the concentration of large naval forces of the U.S. and its allies, but also even by the Russians, in view developments probably a blow against Syria by the USA is a ship of Greek Navy . This is the gunboat ' mighty ' patrolling integrated in the power UNIFIL.The gunboat would be replaced by the gunboats type Super Vita « Krystallidis " which has already sailed from the Naval Base of Salamis in the Eastern Mediterranean. For a few hours that is, Greece will have on the area two warships . And we all hope the government does not decide the U.S. hit Syria once it becomes " target ' the ships in area.

Sources of Greek Pentagon said how if the ship start from the U.S. and allies military operations against Syria and the site of action near UNIFIL in Lebanon coincides with the business then the vessels will be withdrawn by either the UN or of the same states. The same subject would also ordered Missile ' Krystallidis . "

The Greek ship is in the Eastern Mediterranean within a few miles of the U.S. destroyer Arleigh Burke, from which will be launched dozens of Tomahawk targets of Syria, if given the "green light" U.S. President Barack Obama poses additional issues for the Greek government.Especially when through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Defence, Greece is committed to " willing allies ," even with the provision of facilities .There is also the fear of retaliation , as has warned Syria if accepted blow. And the eastern Mediterranean patrols currently the " mighty  " Krystallidis " is within the range of coastal missile developed by the status of Bashar al Assad is determined to launch.

Forces Preparing for Possible Strike on Syria

NATO ‘Probing’ Mediterranean Ballistic Launch Reports

NATO ‘Probing’ Mediterranean Ballistic Launch Reports
14:01 03/09/2013
Tags: Mediterranean Sea, Pentagon, NATO, Defense Ministry, Sergei Shoigu, Vladimir Putin, Damascus, Britain, Syria, France, Brussels
BRUSSELS, September 3 (RIA Novosti) – NATO has no information about the launch of "ballistic targets" in the Mediterranean and is looking into those reports, an official from the alliance told RIA Novosti Tuesday.
Russia’s Defense Ministry said earlier on Tuesday its early warning system had detected the launch of two "ballistic targets" in the Mediterranean.
The Pentagon, the UK and French Defense Ministries and the Israel Army command have all told RIA Novosti they have no information about such launches.
“The Defense Ministry cannot confirm these media reports. This is all I can say,” a French Defense Ministry spokesman said.
The launch was detected at 10:16 Moscow time (06:16 GMT) by a radar in the southern Russian city of Armavir, a Defense Ministry spokesman said. The targets’ trajectories ran from the central to the eastern Mediterranean, the spokesman said.
Russia's Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported the launch to President Vladimir Putin, the spokesman told Russian journalists.
The Defense Ministry's press service was not immediately available for further comment.
The Russian Embassy in the Syrian capital Damascus said it did not have any information about the launch.

Russia Spots 'Ballistic Attack' in Mediterranean – Defense Ministry

Russia Spots 'Ballistic Attack' in Mediterranean – Defense Ministry. (Аrchive)
13:52 03/09/2013
Originally posted at 13:06
Tags: Mediterranean Sea, Defense Ministry, Sergei Shoigu, Vladimir Putin, Damascus, Syria
MOSCOW, September 3 (RIA Novosti) – The launch of two "ballistic targets" has been detected in the Mediterranean, Russia’s Defense Ministry said Tuesday citing its ballistic missile early warning system.
The launch was detected at 10:16 Moscow time (06:16 GMT) by a radar in the southern Russian city of Armavir, a Defense Ministry spokesman said. The targets’ trajectories ran from the central to the eastern Mediterranean, the spokesman said.
A diplomatic source in the Syrian capital, Damascus, told RIA Novosti that the targets fell into the sea.
The Russian Embassy in Damascus said it did not have any information about the launch, and the streets and residents of the Syrian capital appeared calm, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported.
Russia's Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported the launch to President Vladimir Putin, the spokesman told Russian journalists.
The Defense Ministry's press service was not immediately available for further comment.

Monday, September 2, 2013


Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Venizelos meets with D.U.I party head Ali Ahmeti

Monday, 02 September 2013
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos met at the Foreign Ministry today, Monday, 2 September, with Ali Ahmeti, the President of the D.U.I party, which is the largest Albanian party in FYROM and participates in the country’s governing coalition. During the meeting, bilateral relations and issues concerning FYROM’s Euroatlantic perspective were discussed.
  The Golden Dawn closed the border in Kakavia

Protest of Golden Dawn at the office of Kakavia under slogans for Northern Epirus

Rally held yesterday at noon  in the Greek Albanian border in Kakavia by hundreds of members of the Golden Dawn. They had attended the established events to end the Albanian guerrilla with the defeat of the communists in line.

Led by very known Christos Pappas,  presence of King Constantine and Barbarousis hundreds of Golden Dawns across Epirus, Aetolia and Achaia closing the border of Kakavia.

The reason for the protest was dynamic the last events in Premeti , but the wave of terrorism of paramilitary Albanian unleashed last month in Himara region on the occasion of the memorial service of Aristotelis Goumas , indicating that they do not forget the Northern Epirs Question.

For about one hour the Greek Nationalists closed the border shouting slogans in support of Northern Epirus, predominantly "There's up there in Premeti flag will raise again by Greeks" .

Then  Christos Pappas took the floor where among other things he said: "We come here today to artificial boundaries in order to demonstrate our struggle for the liberation of Northern Epirus. Albania afraid the Golden Dawn because it is the only party that has been in the program the fight for the Greeks of Northern Epirus.

The Greek government  gives NATO allies bases in Souda and Kalamata . What must however ask internationally is the implementation of the Protocol of Corfu under the Autonomy of Northern Epirus and this will be the first step in the liberation of Greek this territory. I invite you to turn to look to northern Epirus and sing our national anthem so loudly to hear our brothers in Saranda, in Himara and Premeti. "

The protest ended with everyone chanting at attention the National Anthem

Sunday, September 1, 2013

AFP Photo / Aris Messinis

Debt of Sisyphus: Greek economy’s coma is a misguided political experiment

Austerity is destroying the free part of the Greek economy, leaving government more dysfunctional than ever. Worse news: it will need yet another bailout...

Seasoned economic observers remain shocked by recent events. Greece will soon need another bailout. That’s not remotely surprising. What shocks is that there remains some semblance of an economy to bail out after 6 years of depression.

Greece is bust, the political system broken, the nation dysfunctional. Tax still isn’t being collected. Government remains a bloated legacy of political patronage. Workers left in the private sector are desperately clinging to the hope their business can survive the insanity of a Euro made in Germany applied to the Mediterranean.

Margaret Thatcher wisely noted that when politics and economics clash, you bet on the economics to triumph and the government to collapse. A sound rule; it held true when she helped accelerate the suicidal downfall of the Argentine military junta and, of course, the end of the Warsaw Pact. The tax-free bureaucrats of Brussels in the Berlaymont bubble have convinced themselves it can’t happen to them. Anybody reminded of the Ceausescu family preparing for Christmas 1989? The euro may have survived to date but Thatcher’s Law invariably proves correct.

Deluded eurozone leaders continue to prematurely claim that the crisis is over. Greece is stuck between a rock and a hard place. News of the bailout requirement comes just as Chancellor Merkel attempts to bore German voters into re-electing her on September 22nd. However, another Greek bailout plays badly with the German electorate, especially in the wealthy west where citizens paid to integrate (poorly) the ‘Ossis” and remain reluctant to subsidize generations of spendthrift Mediterranean incompetence. Then again Merkel’s latest remarks warn against further haircuts without explicitly ruling them out, so a third CDU term may mean debt relief for the Greeks regardless of her voters’ opposition.

A man walks past a burned store in central Athens (AFP Photo / Louisa Gouliamaki)A man walks past a burned store in central Athens (AFP Photo / Louisa Gouliamaki)

Meanwhile the Greeks aren’t exactly contrite: Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras has noted there will be no more austerity in return for another loan. Then again the Greeks have so far this year met one key term of their loans, running a primary surplus. The problem is a primary surplus doesn’t include interest accruing and when you owe as much as Greece does, the end result is that by next year they will probably owe as much as they did before Chancellor Merkel reluctantly permitted a small ‘haircut’ in October 2011. Therefore Stournaras may seek debt relief instead. The Greeks are keen to note a ‘mere’ 10 billion euros ($13.6 billion) will be required on top of the 240 billion euros advanced to the 11.3 million Greeks so far.

Euro coma
...Remember that traditionally bailouts involve suggesting a relatively minor figure then reach a number significantly above the original mooted level…

The EU is so desperate to hold their Ponzi currency scheme together they are now considering using core EU budget funds to bailout Greece. Britain and Sweden will therefore pay for the Eurofiasco they never endorsed.

Hellenic austerity has been a disaster because imposing restraint upon a dysfunctional state is a bit like expecting a walrus to make a good President so long as it wears a necktie. Greeks are, at best, haphazard in paying taxes. The bloated public sector exacerbates the need for reform but stymies the ability of austerity to solve anything by mainly hurting those whose support can be most easily cut: the poor, ill or young.

Greece lies in the abyss of economic damnation. Idiot corrupt politicians spent all the money and the current generation (having largely moved their own wealth offshore) lack the skills to reform the state. Pragmatic observers advocated default years ago but the Greek government caved in to EU pressure, stubbornly sticking with the euro.

True, national bankruptcy and the chaos of a new currency is no picnic but an economy kept in a coma by a political dogma driven by a misguided political experiment is not remotely worth living in for a month, let alone 6 years.

The euro remains on life support. Likewise Greece is living the myth of Sisyphus, sentenced for eternity to pushing a stone up a hill only for it to roll back down as the peak nears. Sooner or later this madness must end. It won’t be pretty but at least a rupture will allow a return to sustainable growth as opposed to a squandered generation.

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Albania’s new government
Getting it together

A new government has a lot to live up to
Aug 31st 2013 |From the print edition

Renaissance man: Edi Rama

EDI RAMA won election in June offering a “renaissance”. Albanians will have to wait until parliament convenes on September 9th, but hopes for the former mayor of Tirana, the capital, and his Socialist Party are already high—a “new Camelot” says a foreign official. The new government is mostly young. Six women are in the cabinet: one is defence minister. Several ministers, such as Erion Veliaj, who ran a successful anti-corruption group, have backgrounds outside mainstream politics.

Albanians were ready for a change from the era of Sali Berisha, a towering figure who straddled politics for two decades. Though it is one of the few European countries not to have experienced a recession in recent years, worries about crime and corruption have helped to slow Albania’s integration into the European Union: after three years of failed attempts, it may gain candidate status in December. Mr Veliaj says the government’s aim is to reassert the state’s authority: illegal construction is rampant, as are backhanders in the health-care and education systems. He wants to re-examine big public procurement deals. He also talks of stamping out massive tax evasion and says that the “unfair” flat tax is to be replaced by a system of tiered rates.

Some election promises will be hard to fulfil. How, asks Albert Rakipi, head of the Albanian Institute for International Studies, can the government possibly create the 300,000 jobs promised during the campaign? Gerald Knaus of the European Stability Initiative, a think-tank, says that Albania has plenty of potential but has lacked vision. For much of the past decade it lived off a construction boom fuelled by remittances. Now it needs to encourage expansion in its shoe and textile industry, which already provides 29% of exports, and look to other small countries such as Estonia for inspiration. Its people are young, he notes, yet only 42% of the working-age population actually work.

Mr Rama will need to move fast. Party grandees are disgruntled: they expected to be rewarded with jobs after the election. They will play along for now, as will Ilir Meta, his coalition partner and, in reality, co-prime minister, some say. His socialist splinter party brought down the previous government. But if either lot senses weakness, knives will come out. Camelot, but with Albanian characteristics.