A Bad Week for the U.S. Fifth Generation Fighter Fleet; Priceless F-22 Destroyed, F-35 Grounded

F-35 (top) and F-22 Fifth Generation Fighters

Shortly after the first crash of an F-35 fifth generation single engine light fighter, the U.S. military moved to ground its entire fleet of the jets globally. This was shortly followed by similar measures by the Israeli Air Force, and later the British armed forces, both of which rely heavily on the F-35 for their fleet modernisation programs. This cast a shadow over the already highly troubled weapons program, which has faced several serious glitches and performance shortcomings over its short history. The importance of the F-35 to the future of U.S. air power is unprecedented for any single fighter in recent history, relied on heavily for the Air Force, the Navy and the Marines with over 2,500 of the jets planned for the future. Flaws in its development therefore have severe implications for the future of the country’s ability to wage war.

Shortly after the grounding of several hundred F-35 jets across the world, news of an arguably more serious nature with potentially more dire implications for America’s air fleet emerged – the destruction of several F-22 Raptor stealth jets on the U.S. East coast at Tyndall Air Force base, Florida, by Hurricane Michael. The F-22 is with little doubt one of the world’s most capable fighters – and was designed as a heavier complement to the F-35 with twin rather than single engines and far superior air to air combat capabilities. Most critically however, and in stark contrast to the F-35, the Raptor is both priceless and irreplaceable – with production lines closed for almost ten years and no American ally producing or ever likely to produce a fifth generation air superiority which could replace jets lost. The F-22 is the most costly fighter jet ever designed, and until the induction of the Chinese J-20 in 2017 was a league ahead of all potential competitors. Any losses therefore represent a considerable blow to American air power.

The F-22 fleet is already heavily overstretched, with just 187 of the 750 jets originally planned ever having been produced due to the Raptor’s extreme cost – particularly in terms of maintenance. When factoring in maintenance costs over its lifetime, each F-22 is expected to cost approximately $750 million over its lifetime – more than the annual defence budgets of most of the world’s countries. The loss of even half a dozen Raptors therefore could be devastating, and losses may well be several times as many particularly considering how delicate the aircraft are and the large numbers situated at the facility. The potential implications are particularly critical given the rapid deployment of advanced air superiority fighters by near peer rival powers – namely China and Russia – which have both developed fifth generation air superiority fighters alongside advanced ‘4++ generation’ jets of their own – all threats which only the Raptor is fit to meet.

The central role played by the F-35 and the F-22 in U.S. war plans against near peer adversaries, in the Asia-Pacific theatre in particular under AirSea Battle, means that the beginning of October 2018 bodes ill for the future of the country’s plans to modernise its air fleet. The full damage to the F-22 fleet remains to be seen, but the military may attempt to compensate for losses either by upgrading its ageing F-15 air superiority jets or redoubling its efforts to develop a sixth generation fighter as quickly as possible to supersede and eventually replace the Raptor. As for the F-35, production is likely to continue to be expanded – though bugs are likely to continue to plague the program while performance shortcomings may well deter a number of potential clients from acquiring the jets in large numbers as they did with its predecessor, the F-16.

thanks to: Military Watch

US military grounds all F-35 fighter jets after last month’s crash


F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)

F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)

The US military has grounded its entire fleet of F-35 joint strike fighters after the aircraft’ fuel tubes were suspected to be the cause of a crash last month in which the jet was completely destroyed.

The Defense Department made the announcement in a statement issued on Thursday.

“The US Services and international partners have temporarily suspended F-35 flight operations while the enterprise conducts a fleet-wide inspection of a fuel tube within the engine on all F-35 aircraft,” the F-35 Joint Program Office said.

“If suspect fuel tubes are installed, the part will be removed and replaced. If known good fuel tubes are already installed, then those aircraft will be returned to flight status,” it added.

The program office noted that inspections could be completed within the next two days, adding that the inspections were prompted by “initial data from the ongoing investigation of the F-35B that crashed” close to Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort in Beaufort, South Carolina, on September 28.

The expensive aircraft was completely destroyed in the crash during training. According to one official, “It’s a total loss.”

Images posted on social media show a plume of black smoke rising above what users described as the crash site.

It was an F-35 “B” variant, which is used by the Marine Corps, and it is capable of taking off from a short runway and landing vertically.

No serious injury was reported after the incident and according to the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office, the pilot safely ejected and was being evaluated for injuries.

 “The aircraft mishap board is continuing its work and the US Marine Corps will provide additional information when it becomes available,” the F-35 Joint Program Office said in the Thursday statement.

The US military has had a series of aircraft crashes in the past year, including an emergency landing with a Marine Corps F-35B in April, at Cherry Point, North Carolina.

The program office insisted that it will “take every measure to ensure safe operations while we deliver, sustain and modernize the F-35 for the warfighter and our defense partners.”

The F-35 aircraft will become the main fighter aircraft for the Marine Corps, Air Force and Navy, according to a military official.

Although unit costs vary, the price tag of F-35s is estimated at $100 million each. Future production lots of F-35s are predicted to decrease slightly in price.

The F-35 program, which was first launched in the early 1990s, is regarded as the most expensive weapons system in US history, with its costs estimated to be around $400 billion and a goal to produce 2,500 aircraft in the coming years.

Overall program costs are expected to rise to $1.5 trillion if servicing and maintenance costs are factored in over the aircraft’s lifespan through 2070.

The plane’s state-of-the-art features – radar-dodging stealth technology, supersonic speeds, close air support capabilities, airborne agility and a massive array of sensors – enable pilots to have unparalleled access to information.

However, the program has experienced numerous delays, cost overruns and setbacks, including a mysterious engine fire in 2014 that prompted commanders to temporarily ground the planes.

thanks to: PressTV

US biological weapons

Defensive bioweapon? DARPA wants insects to spread genetically modified viruses… to ‘save crops’

Defensive bioweapon? DARPA wants insects to spread genetically modified viruses… to ‘save crops’

Genetically modified Aedes aegypti mosquitoes being tested © Paulo Whitaker / Reuters

A US military program dubbed ‘Insect Allies’ could be used as a biological weapon, a group of European scientists warns. The Pentagon’s research arm claims they are intended to defend crops, but doesn’t deny ‘dual-use’ potential.

Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology and the University of Freiburg in Germany, as well as the University of Montpellier, France, have published a critique of the program, dubbed “Insect Allies,” in the October 5 edition of Science.

Full Text on Sci-Hub.

They argue that “the knowledge to be gained from this program appears very limited in its capacity to enhance US agriculture or respond to national emergencies” and therefore the program “may be widely perceived as an effort to develop biological agents for hostile purposes and their means of delivery,” which would mean a breach of the Biological Weapons Convention.

Speaking to Gizmodo on Thursday, Dr. Blake Bextine, program manager of Insect Allies, said that DARPA was “not producing biological weapons, and we reject the hypothetical scenario,” though they “accept and agree with concerns about potential dual use of technology.”

However, Bextine’s two-page response, released by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency later in the day, did not contain the forceful denial of bioweapons charges. Instead, Bextine argued the program was intended to “respond rapidly to threats to the food supply” and that it was subject to government regulation and transparency rules.

Nothing could possibly go wrong, Bextine firmly emphasized, simply because “every performer in the program is required to include at least three independent kill switches in their systems to shut down functionality of the technology.”

DARPA’s insect allies would work by injecting the affected crops with gene-editing viruses intended to target whatever ailment affects them, using CRISPR technology. The researchers point out this mechanism could also be used to introduce viruses into healthy organisms, however.

The question is not whether the program can be weaponized; it already has been. DARPA has been one of the major sources of funding for a project to release genetically modified mosquitoes into the wild, armed with a gene-editing virus intended to sterilize the species that transmits malaria. There have been plans to release these GMO mosquitoes in the Florida Keys.

The dispute over Insect Allies comes as Russia has raised concerns about a US biological research facility in Tbilisi, Georgia. A former government minister has recently published online some 100,000 pages of documents about the facility.

FILE PHOTO © Mike Blake

The Russian military is now looking into the outbreaks of African swine fever since 2007 that originated in Georgia and spread into Russia, Europe and China.

“The infection strain in the samples collected from animals killed by the disease in those nations was identical to the Georgia-2007 strain,” Igor Kirillov, commander of the Russian military branch responsible for defending troops from radiological, chemical and biological weapons, said on Thursday.

The Pentagon, however, rejected Moscow’s concerns as part of “a Russian disinformation campaign directed against the West.”

For some obscure reason, a US Air Force contract in July 2017 sought samples of ribonucleic acid (RNA) and synovial fluid from Russian subjects who “must be Caucasian.” It also sought information on the donor’s sex, age, ethnicity, weight, height and medical history, and specifically disqualified tissue samples from Ukraine.

In October that year, Russian President Vladimir Putin told the country’s Human Rights Council that someone was collecting“biological material” from various ethnic groups and regions of the Russian Federation, wondering at the purpose behind this.

Despite worrisome scientific breakthroughs and controversial research programs, so far the notion of a genetically tailored virus being used as a bioweapon has been confined to science fiction. A story published in 2015, titled “Seven Kill Tiger,” posited the nightmare scenario of China using such a weapon to wipe out much of Africa.


Major General Igor Kirillov, chief of Russia’s Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Protection Troops. (Photo by TASS)

Major General Igor Kirillov, chief of Russia’s Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Protection Troops. (Photo by TASS)

Russia has called on the United States to explain experiments with biological and chemical weapons in Georgia, with various Russian officials warning Washington that Moscow won’t tolerate such trials near its borders.

Major General Igor Kirillov, chief of Russia’s Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Protection Troops, revealed during an interview with the state news agency TASS on Thursday that the US was running a secret chemical weapons lab at the Richard Lugar Public Health Research Center, located in the Georgian settlement of Alekseyevka.

“It raises a question – ‘Why such documents are stored at the Lugar Public Health Research Center?’ We expect a clear-cut answer to this question from the Georgian and American sides,” Kirillov said.

He said a list of patents showed the US had developed various types of munitions intended for delivering chemical and biological agents.

According to these patents, the munitions had “low destruction cost” and didn’t “need to contact with enemy manpower.”

“This corresponds to the concept of ‘non-contact warfare,’ the United States is implementing,” he said, referring to the evolving military concept of fighting wars while ensuring minimum physical contact of own forces.

Kirillov said the patents indicated possible plans by the US military to develop specific capsules that could be filled with poisonous, radioactive, narcotic substances as well as with infectious disease pathogens.

“These munitions are not related to the list of conventional armaments and humane tools of warfare, while the publication of this information contradicts international accords on the prohibition of biological weapons,” Kirillov added.

The official said the Georgia center was part of a network of such weapons labs the US had established near the borders of Russia and China.

‘US testing toxic drugs on patients’

Kirillov went on to accuse the US of testing deadly drugs and highly lethal biological agents on patients at the Lugar Center under the guise of medical research.

In one case, he said, over 70 people lost their lives after they were given the drug Solvadi, manufactured by the US-based Gilead Sciences, in which former US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is a key shareholder.

“Even during widespread epidemics at in-patient infection clinics, such a large number of lethal cases has never been recorded,” the general said. He said the same medication was approved by Russia and “not a single lethal case was recorded during its clinical testing.”

Russia will respond

Vladimir Shamanov, the head of Russia’s State Duma (lower house of parliament) Defense Committee, said Moscow was going to take all the necessary political and military steps in response to the experiments.

“We cannot just turn a blind eye, knowing that something, which directly affects security on the southern borders, is happening there. We will take diplomatic and military measures,” he confirmed.

Vladimir Yermakov, Director of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Non-Proliferation and Arms Control Department, took a similar line, telling reporters that Moscow had already raised the issue with Washington.

“We told [the Americans] that we won’t let your military biologists do something strange on the Russian border,” Yermakov said.

The revelations come amid an ongoing row between Russia and the West over the poisoning attack against former double Russian agent Sergei Skripal earlier this year.

Russia has firmly denied allegations that it was behind the attack.

thanks to: RT PressTV

EU’s special Iran payment channel could take effect before November: Mogherini

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini looks on during the Women Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Montreal, Canada, on September 22, 2018. (Photo by AFP)
European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini looks on during the Women Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Montreal, Canada, on September 22, 2018. (Photo by AFP)

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says the bloc’s initiative to facilitate payment to/from Iran as part of efforts to save the 2015 nuclear deal could be in place before November, when the US is to re-impose the second batch of its anti-Iran sanctions.

Mogherini said Wednesday she believes the “Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV)”, which is aimed at keeping trade with Tehran flowing while the US sanctions are in place, will be established before November even though it is still at an initial stage now.

The plan to create the special payment channel was first announced in a joint statement by Mogherini and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Monday, after a ministerial meeting of Iran and the remaining parties to the nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

“Mindful of the urgency and the need for tangible results, the participants [of the Monday meeting] welcomed practical proposals to maintain and develop payment channels, notably the initiative to establish a Special Purpose Vehicle to facilitate payments related to Iran’s exports, including oil, and imports, which will assist and reassure economic operators pursuing legitimate business with Iran,” the statement read.

“The participants reaffirmed their strong will to support further work aimed at the operationalization of such a Special Purpose Vehicle as well as continued engagement with regional and international partners,” it added.

The statement also said the remaining parties to the JCPOA were determined to “protect the freedom of their economic operators to pursue legitimate business with Iran.”

In her Wednesday comments, Mogherini said the US is still the EU’s strongest ally, but the bloc cannot allow other states to decide with whom European countries can do business.

Mogherini’s remarks come as the EU’s SPV plan has outraged the US officials. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told a gathering of the so-called “United Against Nuclear Iran” in New York that he was “deeply disappointed” that the remaining countries in the nuclear deal plan to set up a special payment system with Iran to bypass US sanctions.

He also condemned the plan as “one of the most counterproductive measures imaginable”.

In an address to the same meeting, US National Security Adviser John Bolton also blasted the EU plan, and pressed the SWIFT global payments messaging system to reconsider dealing with the Islamic Republic.

He said his country would not allow the EU or anyone else to undermine the “aggressive and unwavering” enforcement of US sanctions on Iran.

“The European Union is strong on rhetoric and weak on follow-through. We will be watching the development of this structure (SPV) that doesn’t exist yet and has no target date to be created. We do not intend to allow our sanctions to be evaded by Europe or anybody else,” Bolton said.

Earlier, the EU also promised to protect firms against the impact of US sanctions for doing business with Iran.

thanks to: PressTv

US jets strike Syrian town with banned white phosphorus bombs

US jets strike Syrian town with banned white phosphorus bombs – Russian Defense Ministry

FILE PHOTO. © Scott Nelson / Getty Images

Two US jets have bombed a town in the Syrian Deir Ez-Zor province with white phosphorus munitions, causing massive fires, Russian military has said.

Two F-15 jets on Saturday bombed the town of Hajin with white phosphorus incendiary munitions, banned under the Geneva Convention, according to the Russian Center for Reconciliation in Syria.

“Following the strikes, large fires were observed in the area,” Lieutenant-General Vladimir Savchenko said Sunday. There’s still no information on casualties caused by the bombing run, he added.

A Pentagon spokesperson denied the allegations of dropping white phosphorus bombs. “At this time, we have not received any reports of any use of white phosphorous,” Commander Sean Robertson told the media on Sunday. “None of the military units in the area are even equipped with white phosphorous munitions of any kind.”

The use of any incendiary munitions in populated civilian areas was banned by the 1980 Protocol III of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons. The US signed the protocol back in 2009.

White phosphorus, however, is also used for smoke screens and signals, which are not banned under the Convention. The loophole allows several nations, including the US, to keep the white-phosphorus based weapons in their arsenal.

The chemical burns when it comes into contact with oxygen, producing high-temperature heat and white smoke. Exposure to burning phosphorus causes deep burns, which are very hard to heal, while its fumes are highly toxic.

Russia’s accusations against the US come as tensions between the two countries soar in the region. The Russian Defense Ministry has repeatedly warned of a false-flag chemical attack being prepared by militant groups in Idlib, which it says will be used to justify a new US strike against the Syrian government. Moscow has also held massive naval drills in the Mediterranean Sea near Syria.

The US, in its turn, has also ramped up its military presence in the area, getting several ships equipped with cruise missiles closer to Syrian shores. President Donald Trump has meanwhile been “routinely” briefed by the Pentagon on the potential “military options” the US might take in case of chemical weapons attack.

thanks to: RT

Il senatore americano Richard Black visita la Siria, esprime la sua solidarietà al popolo e al Presidente Assad, visita le prime linee a Ovest di Aleppo!

John McCain? Ma per piacere!!!

Un Senatore Usa da ammirare, sul serio, invece esiste, ma si trova nel Senato della Virginia.
Ha 74 anni (come la mia mamma!), eletto dalle Contee di Loudoun e PrinceWilliam (13esimo Distretto) nel 2012.

Il suo nome è Richard “Dick” Black.

Black ha assunto posizioni pro-siriane fin dal 2014, quando inviò una lettera di congratulazioni al Presidente Assad felicitandosi per le vittorie nel Qalamoun e per la difesa delle comunità cristiane ivi presenti.

Nel 2016 Black ha visitato per tre giorni la Siria, dichiarando nel corso del suo viaggio che l’alleanza americana con Arabia Saudita e (all’epoca) Turchia era una cosa “vergognosa” e che queste nazioni rappresentavano “l’apice della viltà” per il loro sostegno ai terroristi.

Adesso Black é tornato in Siria ed é stato accompagnato sul fronte di Aleppo, dove ha visitato le postazioni avanzate dell’Esercito Arabo Siriano, accompagnato da team di giornalisti che hanno raccolto le sue parole ‘a caldo’.

Seguono video delle dichiarazioni del Senatore:

In questo primo segmento Black identifica chiaramente il Fronte Al Nusra come il successore di ‘Al Qaeda’ (correttamente, infatti in precedenza il gruppo si faceva chiamare Al-Qaeda in Siria), ricorda il suo coinvolgimento negli attentati dell’11 settembre e fa notare come a una sola strada di distanza, inizi il territorio da esso controllato ad Ovest di Aleppo.

Qui menziona come la postazione dove si trova una volta era occupata dai terroristi e di come la liberazione di Aleppo sia stata una delle più grandi vittorie siriane nella guerra.

Nel segmento finale egli fa un piccolo panegirico delle forze armate siriane, lodandone l’organizzazione, la professionalità e il loro scrupolo nel cercare di condurre le loro operazioni minimizzando o evitando perdite umane; scrupolo che manca totalmente ai terroristi takfiri.

Poi il video si interrompe ma Black stava dicendo che il Mondo Civile dovrebbe essere felice che Idlib stia per essere attaccata visto che ciò significa che un territorio rimasto per anni sotto il tallone dei terroristi e delle loro ‘leggi’ barbariche sta per venire liberato.

thanks to: Palaestina Felix


Macron e “manifesto” uniti nella lotta

di Fulvio Grimaldi

(Precedenti articoli sul blog “Il prezzo è lo Yemen?” e “Pacificazione nel Corno”)

Eritrei manifestano a Ginevra contro le calunnie al loro paese

Avviso ai naviganti: Facebook, dopo avermi sospeso e rimosso ripetutamente miei articoli, ora rimuove anche i semplici titoli che posto senza il pezzo, indicando che questo si può trovare sia sul mio blog, sia sul facebook alternativo VK, al quale invito tutti a iscriversi. Cioè rimuove senza neanche conoscere il contenuto, prova che sono stato segnalato come da eliminare tout court. Succede a me come a Byoblu e a tanti altri, qui e nel mondo, vittime di queste liste di proscrizioni compilate dai governi occidentali. Ricordate Niemoeller: “Prima sono venuti a prendere gli zingari….” Eppure non si muove foglia. I cari amici e compagni, lungi dal mobilitarsi, protestare, scrivere, firmare, come è successo negli Usa, stanno alla finestra. Attenti a non cadere.

C’erano tutti nell’abbordaggio politico-umanitario alla motovedetta della Guardia Costiera “Diciotti”, comandata dal signor Massimo Kothmeir (nomen omen) che alle sue virtù marinare e umanitarie aggiunge la rara perizia dell’arte marziale praticata dalle forze speciali di Israele e colà appresa. Ognuno ne tragga le conclusioni che vuole, alla luce del curiosissimo fatto che ha visto una quasi totalità di giovani maschi eritrei (otto donne) tra i 170 migranti raccolti da un barcone in perfetta efficienza in acque di spettanza maltese, trasportati verso Lampedusa e infine dirottati dal governo a Catania.

Tutti, vuol dire il fior fiore dei portatori dei migliori sentimenti umani, in Italia, Europa e sul pianeta, autentici o meno (ma questi ultimi i più accaniti e vociferanti): Ong umanitarie del giro Nato-Soros, giornale e televisione unici nazionali e internazionali, destri-sinistri (vale a dire: tutti destri), il papa, preti e suore, cooperative di Comunione e Liberazione (non importa se logorate da inchieste giudiziarie), renziani, franceschiniani, martiniani, bersaniani, fratoianniani, arancioni demagistriniani, spiaggiati rifondaroli, centri sociali affumicati, poterealpopulisti… Consacrati, tutti quanti, da una magistratura che, con un guizzo da centometrista, incrimina il ministro fellone per non aver scaricato subito quella fetta di dolente umanità. Una magistratura in cui, come suol dirsi, abbiamo tutti la massima fiducia, che si tratti di quelli che hanno inchiodato i Woodcock, i De Magistris, i Robledo, i De Matteo, le Raggi e hanno sorvolato sui Renzi del Consip, o di Banca Etruria.

Dall’altra parte, reietti, solo i populisti, la maggioranza di chi vota in Italia. Convitato di pietra, ma una pietra su cui erigere l’enorme cattedrale della solidarietà, l’UE e il suo rifiuto di filarsi le richieste di ricollocazione del governo italiano, enorme assist a quelli sotto la nave col cartello “welcome”.

Reduci dall’inferno, ma tonici e in gran forma

Tutto un gigantesco can can buonista, con passerella di Boldrini e boldriniani sotto gli occhi compiaciuti di capitan Kothmeir, alla faccia degli odiatori di professione, dei rancorosi, invidiosi e, naturalmente xenofobi e razzisti, senza dimenticare il vizio capitale del sovranismo. Perché non far scendere quei disperati eritrei, dare subito l’asilo politico, consolare e premiare per essere sfuggiti a un’orrenda dittatura e a quei campi libici davanti alle cui atrocità lo stesso pontefice, poverino, ha dovuto inorridire, costituiva certamente un crimine contro l’umanità (per inciso, a qualcuno è parso di aver già visto quelle immagini di africani neri legati e appesi. Era subito dopo l’occupazione della Libia da parte delle milizie dei Fratelli Musulmani, quando i prodi liberatori di Misurata, quelli pro-Nato e curati dai MSF, si impegnarono a far fare quella fine ai cittadini di Tawergha, abitata da africani neri. 100mila tra assassinii mirati, case bruciate, quartieri rasi al suolo, sequestrati in campi della tortura (questa, sì, vera).

Di Misurata, nel mio documentario ”MALEDETTA PRIMAVERA, Arabi tra rivoluzioni, controrivoluzioni e guerre Nato”, ho potuto intervistare un miliziano pentito. Se ne ascoltate il racconto agghiacciante di uccisioni e stupri di neri e soldati e civili gheddafiani, avrete un idea di cosa i nostri media umanitari hanno favorito e poi cancellato. Poi mettetelo al confronto con i latrati sulle infamie libiche e africane di oggi e traetene una valutazione su pesi e misure dei nostri media.


Ma come, tutti eritrei? E dove li hanno trovati, tutta una brigata di giovanotti e giovinetti, tutti torturati, ma senza segni, tutti sfuggiti alla micidiale polizia segreta di Isaias Afewerki? Tutti integri, solo con un po’ di scabbia, dopo traversate di deserti e mari? Che mo’ in Libia si mettono a raggruppare sui barconi per nazionalità? O c’è stato una richiesta, una commissione, un appalto, un ordine di servizio? Forse quel don Mussa Zerai, quel prete che si dice eritreo, ma che gli eritrei dicono etiope e che, col suo telefono satellitare e relativo numero diffuso in tutto il Corno, governa “la fuga” degli scampati alla dittatura, da lui insistentemente definita la più orribile del mondo e che l’immancabile “manifesto” onora ogni tanto di interi paginoni?

Non ci sono stati ma conoscono crimini e criminali

Perché per questa sfida strategica agli ostacoli agli sbarchi decretata dal governo, visto che il resto dell’Europa se ne fotte e non ha neanche suddiviso per paesi, come promesso, quelli precedentemente sbarcati a Pozzallo? Per un semplice e inconfutabile motivo: degli eritrei nessuno può sfrucugliare l’accoglienza e a tutti va garantito l’asilo politico semplicemente in virtù del paese d’origine. Impedirne lo sbarco, l’accoglienza e l’occidentalizzazione (detta “integrazione”) sarebbe un crimine ancora più grave perché mai potrebbero essere definiti clandestini o illegali. Come mai questo privilegio garantito solo anche ai siriani perché fuggono dal loro paese massacrato anziché difenderlo e ricostruirlo? Per chiarire, dopo un assist fornito dal missionario comboniano Zanotelli relativo a un paese “orripilante”, ma di cui non ha mai visto neanche un’antilope, l’Avvenire, giornale dei vescovi esprime, in sostanza, questo giudizio:

L’Eritrea è governata da una delle dittature più spietate del mondo, che nega tutti i diritti pratica esecuzioni sommarie senza processo. Nel paese è in corso una tremenda carestia e vige il divieto assoluto di ottenere visti per lasciare il paese legalmente. I cittadini sono tenuti all’oscuro di quanto accade all’estero. Internet è pressochè inesistente e solo l’1% della popolazione ha accesso alla rete, i cui contenuti sono filtrati dal governo”. Analoga analisi, tanto diffamatoria quanto arbitraria e strumentale, è fatta da “Nigrizia”, organo dei missionari comboniani, quelli di padre Zanotelli.

Vaticano, foglio “comunista”, Cia: una sola voce

Questo lo dicono i vescovi e i missionari, da sempre rompighiaccio caritatevoli della penetrazione coloniale. E, se lo dicono i vescovi e i frati, in una monarchia assoluta come lo è la Chiesa cattolica, lo dice il papa. Ebbene, il papa mente. E non solo sui chierici omo e pedo. In positivo lo affermano i quasi diecimila eritrei della diaspora in Italia, i 40mila giunti da tutta Europa che hanno manifestato all’ONU di Ginevra contro le falsità diffuse dalle sue commissioni mai state in Eritrea, le migliaia in altre parti del mondo che tutti sono schierati con il loro governo e nel loro paese tornano regolarmente. In negativo lo dimostrano quei poveri eritrei della Diciotti che, ai “mediatori culturali” e agli interessatissimi dell’UNHCR, raccontano, bene istruiti, tutti esattamente la stessa storia, ridicolmente identica fin nei dettagli, dei soprusi e abusi subiti. Traversie e maltrattamenti per i quali qui avrebbero dovuto sbarcare relitti umani, non giovani dichiarati dai medici in carne e salute. Ho una bella intervista di uno di questi “mediatori culturali” che bene illustra le manipolazioni e i ricatti ai richiedenti asilo eritrei.

Eritrei a Ginevra

Naturalmente non poteva mancare “il manifesto”, sulla stessa linea dei preti, che poi è quella del governo Usa, ma anche più virulenta; che si fa per guadagnarsi una nicchia nel salotto buono! Del resto perché stupirsi con un giornale che imbratta la sua testatina schierandosi con la Cia in Nicaragua, con i latifondisti bianchi espropriati in Zimbabwe, con tutti i russofobi del regime-ombra Usa, con il PD, Juncker, McCain “destra perbene”, Fratelli Musulmani, Soros, Hillary, Amnesty. Sapete cosa è stato capace di scrivere nei titoli, a proposito dello scontro tra Roma e Parigi, su un presidente ex-bancario, uomo di tutte le lobby, combattuto da uno schieramento sociale come non lo si vedeva dai tempi del ’68, al 32% dei consensi, sepolto dagli scandali, tra cui quello di stretti collaboratori che pestano manifestanti, dal forfait dei suoi migliori ministri, che a Calais e Ventimiglia tratta i migranti come appestati? Ecco: “Macron sfida i sovranisti e prova a formare il fronte progressista”. Progressista! Macron!


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thanks to: l’Antidiplomatico (1 parte)

Tusk contro Trump: “Con amici del genere, chi ha bisogno di nemici?”

“Guardando alle ultime decisioni di Trump qualcuno potrebbe anche pensare: con amici così, a cosa servono i nemici?”. Così il presidente del Consiglio Ue, Donald Tusk, su Twitter. “La Ue dovrebbe essere grata a Trump – ha aggiunto -. Grazie a lui ci siamo liberati di ogni illusione. Abbiamo capito che se ti serve una mano, la trovi alla fine del tuo braccio”.

thanks to: MSN

Live Blog: Massacre in Gaza as US and Israel celebrate embassy move to Jerusalem

Today is unfolding as a horrifying and tragic day in Palestine. The Israeli military has opened fire on Gaza protesters as the U.S. and Israeli governments prepare to mark the move of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. Today has been the deadliest day in Gaza since the end of Operation Protective Edge in 2014.

According to the Gaza Ministry of Health (as of 18:50 GMT):

  • 55 killed, including 7 minors and 1 paramedic
  • 2,771 injured – including 225 minors, 11 journalists, 17 paramedics
  • 130 in serious and critical condition
  • 1,359 shot by Israeli soldiers using live Israeli ammunition.

Since the beginning of the Great March of Return on March 30,105 Palestinians have been killed, over 3,000 protesters have been shot with live ammunition, and almost 13,000 injured.

We will be updating this post with updates throughout the day and have embedded our Twitter feed below that will most likely include the most up-to-date news.

Live video of the U.S. Embassy dedication ceremony in Jerusalem

Updated 19:17 GMT

Phil Weiss: ‘Gaza, Gaza’ is chant from Palestinians demonstrating near new US embassy

The demonstrations I just left near the new American embassy in Jerusalem were a dismal object lesson in Jewish sovereignty. The police beat up Palestinians merely for holding Palestinian flags and chanting that Palestine would be free. The police crumpled the flags, while women on an apartment balcony four floors up were spraying water on the Palestinian demonstrators.

All That's Left demonstration near US embassy in Jerusalem, May 14, 2018.

Updated 19:10 GMT

Jonathan Ofir: Israeli government minister justifies Gaza massacre by calling Palestinians ‘Nazis’

Gilad Erdan, Israel’s minister of Strategic Affairs and Hasbara, referred to Gazans as “Nazis” twice within five minutes today.

Israel does not wish to escalate and doesn’t want the death of residents of the Gaza Strip. Those who want this are solely the leadership of the Hamas terrorist organization, which uses a cynical and malicious use of bloodshed. The number of killed doesn’t indicate anything – just as the number of Nazis who died in the world war doesn’t make Nazism something you can explain or understand.

Updated 18:55 GMT
South Africa has recalled its ambassador to Israel, Sisa Ngombane, “with immediate effect until further notice,” citing Israel’s use of lethal force against Palestinian protesters in Gaza today that killed at least 50.

A statement released by South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Corporation said,

“The South African government condemns in the strongest terms possible the latest act of violent aggression carried out by Israeli armed forces along the Gaza border, which has led to the deaths of over 40 civilians. The victims were taking part in a peaceful protest against the provocative inauguration of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem.

This latest attack has resulted in scores of other Palestinian citizens reported injured, and the wanton destruction of property.

Updated: 18:15 GMT

MSNBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin noticed the White House omitted a paragraph from their official transcript of Jared Kushner’s speech today where he condemned protesters in Gaza. The section the White House did not include is in bold below:

“President Trump was very clear that his decision and today’s celebration do not reflect a departure from our strong commitment to lasting peace. A peace that overcomes the conflicts of the past in order to give our children a brighter and more boundless future.

As we have seen from the protest of the last month and even today those provoking violence are part of the problem and not part of the solution. The United States is prepared to support a peace agreement in every way that we can. We believe that it is possible for both sides to gain more than they give so that all people can live in peace safe from danger, free from fear and able to pursue their dreams.

The United States recognizing the sensitivity surrounding Jerusalem, a city that means so much to so many. Jerusalem is a city unique in the history of civilization. No other place on earth can claim significance to three major religions.

Each day Jews pray at the Western Hall. Muslims bow in prayer at Al Asqa mosque, and Christians worship at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. That is why President Trump has called many times, including right now, on all parties to maintain the status quo at Jerusalem’s Holy sites.”

Updated 17:55 GMT

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a speech this afternoon with strong religious overtones commemorating the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem.

“In Jerusalem, King David established our capital three thousand years ago,” Netanyahu said before citing biblical landmark events that took place in the ancient city. He added that relocating the embassy is a foundation for reaching a peace deal with the Palestinians, despite communication between Palestinian negotiators and the Trump administration abruptly halting last December when the moving the embassy was first announced,

“I want to thank Jared, Jason and David for your tireless efforts to advance peace, and for your tireless efforts to advance the truth. The truth and peace are interconnected. A peace that is built on lies will crash on the rocks of Middle Eastern reality. You can only build peace on truth, and the truth is that Jerusalem has been and will always be the capital of the Jewish people, the capital of the Jewish state.”

Netanyahu concluded his remarks by reciting the shehecheyanu, a Jewish prayer said when marking new or exceptional events.

Updated 17:40 GMT

President Donald Trump delivered a video message this afternoon celebrating the relocation of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, “the true capital of Israel.” Trump said the embassy opening today comes “many, many years ahead of schedule,” noting, “The United States remains fully committed to facilitating a lasting peace agreement and we continue to support the status quo at Jerusalem’s holy sites including at the Temple Mount also known as Haram al-Sharif.”

Updated 16:55 GMT

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas spoke to reporters in Ramallah today, announcing three days of mourning across the occupied Palestinian territory where schools will close and shops will shutter. In his speech, he described the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem as a “settlement” and said he would soon begin implementing decisions passed by the Palestinian legislature in a meeting earlier this month.

This morning in Washington DC, the Palestinian Ambassador Husam Zomlot released a statement calling the U.S.’s decision to relocate the embassy to Jerusalem an endorsement of “full-fledged apartheid,”

“Today will go down in history as the day the U.S. encouraged Israel to cross the line towards what numerous U.S. and international leaders have been warning from: A full-fledged apartheid. The reality has evolved into a system of privileging one group and continuing to deny the human and national rights, all granted by international law, of over 12 million Palestinians.”

Updated 16:28 GMT

This is a stunning statement from Gilad Erdan, the Israeli Minister of Public Security and Strategic Affairs.

Updated 16:20 GMT

Yossi Gurvitz: Here are the questions any journalist talking to the Israeli military should ask

Updated 16:10 GMT

The Jewish Insider reports Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump received a blessing last night from the Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzchok Yosef who called black people “monkeys” and used racial slurs when referring to Ethiopian Jews.

Updated 15:17 GMT

James North: As Israel massacres more Gazans, ‘NY Times’ continues its distorted coverage — with one honorable exception

Updated 15:07 GMT

Jonathan Cook: Israel repurposes Nakba myths to justify massacre in Gaza

Updated 14:35 GMT

This morning Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with a Congressional delegation led by Joe Wilson (R-SC) and a Senatorial delegation led by Lindsey Graham (R-SC).  Florida Gov. Rick Scott was also in attendance.

Updated 14:30 GMT

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the delegation from the White House last night in Jerusalem. President Donald Trump is not attending the embassy opening. The team sent by the administration is headed by his daughter Ivanka Trump, son-in-law Jared Kushner, Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin, Deputy Secretary John Sullivan, special envoy Jason Greenblatt and the U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman.

Netanyahu dedicated about a third of his speech to welcome the White House officials by applauding President Trump for pulling out the Iran agreement:

“And to achieve peace, we have to do one other thing: We must confront the enemies of peace, and I thank President Trump for his decision to confront Iran rather than to appease it. Pulling out of the nuclear deal means that the world’s greater sponsor of terrorism, greatest sponsor of terrorism, is no longer on a glide-path to attaining an arsenal of nuclear weapons. This is good for Israel, this is good for the region, it’s good for the world.

Now, I have something to say to part of the world: With all due respect to those sitting in European capitals, we here in the capitals of the Middle East—in Jerusalem, in Riyadh and elsewhere—we’ve seen the disastrous consequences of the Iran deal. And so when President Trump decides to pull out of this deal, to walk away from it, we know that when he walks away from a bad deal, he’s doing a good thing for our region, for the United States and for the world.”

Netanyahu also spoke of the close personal relationship between his family and Jared Kushner’s:

“I’ve known Jared for 105 years, and there’s a special bond between our families, but I think the fact that you and Ivanka are here is a special, personal testament, but also a national and international statement. It is one that touches our hearts, and we are all delighted by your presence at any time, at any day, but especially on this day. Thank you.”

In addition to firing on Gaza protesters, Israel has also started bombing Gaza as well:


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Iran: “Gli USA sono un paese che non manterrà mai le proprie promesse”

Rohaní ha parlato alla tv iraniana dopo l’annuncio di Trump sul ritiro degli Stati Uniti dell’accordo nucleare.

Il presidente dell’Iran, Hasan Rohaní, ha dichiarato che a partire da questo momento il Piano di azione congiunta globale “è un accordo tra l’Iran e cinque paesi”, dopo che l’accordo ha perso uno dei suoi membri.”L’Iran è un paese che rimarrà sempre fedele ai suoi impegni e gli Stati Uniti sono un paese che non adempiranno mai alle loro promesse”, ha affermato il presidente iraniano.

Il presidente iraniano ha ordinato al ministro degli esteri di negoziare la questione con altri paesi.

“Il ministero degli Esteri iraniano continuerà i colloqui con gli altri paesi dell’accordo”, ha spiegato Rohaní, aggiungendo che la decisione di Trump sull’Iran fa parte della “guerra psicologica”.

L’accordo è stato firmato dall’Iran e dal gruppo 5 + 1 (Regno Unito, Cina, Francia, Russia, Stati Uniti e Germania) nel 2015 e ha stabilito l’annullamento di una serie di sanzioni contro la Repubblica islamica in cambio del suo impegno di non sviluppare o acquisire armi nucleari.

Fonte: RT

Sorgente: Iran: “Gli USA sono un paese che non manterranno mai le loro promesse”