America is not going to attack Iran. According to the Iranian State Television and Radio, referring to the Swiss newspaper Bund, the US ambassador to Switzerland announced that the White House does not even think about attacking Iran - America is already in a difficult situation.
Mr. Donald Beyer, interviewed by the Swiss newspaper Bund, noted that the United States, like the countries of Europe, is going through a difficult period in the economy. America's external debt exceeded 16 trillion dollars, and the number of unemployed exceeded 15 million people.
Bayer also said: “Democrats and Republicans have indirectly agreed to cut the US military budget. We have deployed 900 military bases outside the United States and spend more money on defense than all other countries combined. ”
Regarding a possible US war with Iran, the ambassador said that no one in America wants conflict with Iran. Moreover, he noted, such an adventure could unleash another cold war.
Let us add: America, in collusion with the EU, intends to destroy Iran with the help of harsh economic sanctions, the results of which the world is waiting for in a few months. Recall that since July 1, a full embargo on oil supplies to EU countries has been applied to Iran, and since March 17, Iran’s 2012 has been disconnected from the SWIFT system. Because of the sanctions imposed since April dropped exports Iranian oil - from 2,5 million barrels per day to 1,2 million barrels per day (according to other data - to 1,5 million). But the share of revenues from oil exports in the Iranian budget is 45%. Moreover, the latest oil embargo was imposed by EU countries, and Iran supplied 21% of oil to the EU.
It is also known that 2 the day before the embargo came into force in the United Arab Emirates, the Habshan - Fujairah pipeline was operated, through which oil can be delivered bypassing the Strait of Hormuz.
Iran will not block this strait (although it is threatening), despite the fact that the other day 100 deputies from 290 signed the petition to block the strait (this, by the way, is not enough: parliament needs a 146 deputy signatures). Blocking would be the most convenient reason for the West to start a war against Iran, then the loss of Iran in this war and the end of the power of Ahmadinejad. America itself will not start a war against Iran. She is waiting. For now, there are protests in economically undermined Iran: for example, recently boycott of grocery chainslasting a few days.
Washington does not really need a war with Tehran, but it needs a “other” Iran, a “dense” and, of course, a “nuclear-free” one. Historian Lev Vershinin thinks that Washington “will completely suit the collapse of Ahmadinejad with his doctrine of“ export of revolution ”and the complete coming to power of the most densely ayatollah traditionalists, the so-called "Ultra-conservatives" who want to snatch up and rule only Iran, but equipped according to their patterns. They will not interfere with the States, and they will curb the caliphates, if anything. ”
Therefore, the "spring" in Iran (I can not say: Arab), America needs an extremely democratic, with a departure in the direction of the Stone Age.
Other events, suggesting the continuation and development of the “spring” geopolitical drama by the White House writers, touched Saudi Arabia.
Victims of protests in Saudi Arabia. How today passed "Vesti", Saudi police on Monday night broke up a demonstration in the city of Al Qatif. The biggest ones, counting from 2011 of the year, the speeches of opponents of the ruling regime ended tragically: two people were killed, more than twenty were injured. According to Interfax, which cited local official media, law enforcement officers opened fire on demonstrators in response to police shelling. Among the wounded was a Shiite cleric and an opponent of the government, Sheikh Nimr-a-Nimr. He was arrested for provoking riots.
Saudi princess seeks political asylum in Britain. Princess Sarah bint Talal bin Abdulaziz 6 July asked for political asylum in the UK. Reports about it "Lenta.ru" with reference to The Daily Telegraph.
The princess claims to be seeking asylum because of tensions within the royal family. According to the princess, the Saudi authorities insulted her, and her financial accounts were frozen.
Sarah bint Talal bin Abdel-Aziz has been living in the UK since 2007, after a quarrel with her father, Prince Talal bin Abdel-Aziz. The princess supported her rival father, the crown prince Nayef bin Abdel-Aziz al-Saud. However, recently, at the end of June, he died. Now the princess has no one to patronize in her homeland.
The princess, who is now suing her eldest brother for the inheritance of the deceased mother (325 million pounds sterling), claims that the Saudi authorities have prepared a plan for her abduction.
Princess Sarah can be deported from London after the expiration of her British visa. Her Saudi passport expired on 2 a year ago, and the embassy of Saudi Arabia refused to give her a new passport.
Now the princess and her four children occupy several rooms in a 5-star London hotel. What means this family lives is unknown.
The intensification of protests in Saudi Arabia and the request of Princess Sarah for political asylum (against the background of the coming crisis of Saudi "gerontocracy") can clarify an earlier event that occurred in the UN Security Council.
Democracy for Saudi Arabia. Iranian channel Press TV reported 2 July that the UK government launched a scheme to replace al-Saud with dissident Saad al-Faqih, currently in London, as part of the Arab Spring. Saad Al-Faqih, along with his Movement for Islamic Reform in Arabia (MIRA), was removed from the list of sanctions with the help of the UN Security Council (the Al-Qaida Committee).
As the German ambassador to the UN, Peter Wittig, chairman of the Al-Qaida committee, said, after careful consideration by the Committee, the sanctions list associated with Mr. Saad Rashid Mohammed al-Faqih and his group were removed from the corresponding list.
Faqih, previously a professor of medicine at Saudi University, is an ardent critic of the Saudi regime.
The exclusion of Fakikh from the list of sanctions under the current conditions indicates, reports Press TV, that the West has found a common language on this issue. The current circumstances are not simple: the Saudi dynasty is struggling with a crisis of legitimacy, and in the meantime the Saudi regime faces the question: who should replace Malik Abdullah, whose death is only a matter of time.
Britain supported the deletion from the list of Faqih, despite strong objections from Riyadh. In addition, among the 11 council members who supported Saudi Arabia and opposed the removal of Fakih from the black list, were the United States.
"Lenta.ru", referring to Reuters, reports that the decision on Fakuha was supported by 4 from 15 Security Council member countries: Great Britain, Germany, South Africa and Guatemala.
To remove someone from the “black list” generally requires the consent of all members of the Security Council, but last year the powers of the ombudsman deciding questions of sanctions against al-Qaida assistants were expanded. If this ombudsman proposes a candidate for delisting, then at least one of the consonant countries is sufficient. Al-Faqih’s candidacy was proposed by Britain in this way.
It is also interesting that in February 2012, a dissident al-Fakih wrote a piece of paper for the British edition of The Guardian - that the Arab Spring would overtake Saudi Arabia.
As for America’s refusal to eliminate Faqih, here one can see a diplomatic ploy: America cannot go publicly “toss” its loyal vassal. Therefore, one must assume that the Americans have agreed with the British: after all, with the participation of the ombudsman in the Security Council, now a single voice is enough to do business. Later, when the Arab Spring breaks out in Arabia, America’s position will become clear: Washington will come out in support of “human rights.” According to the historian Lev VershininAmerica simply cuts off the eastern oil-bearing regions from Saudi Arabia, leaving the western Caliphate. Iran will become an “ultra-conservative” and “dense” state, Saudi Arabia will be cut off to the Caliphate, and the “third component,” the historian continues, is “the Arab-Shiite belt” (Eastern Arabia, Southern Iraq, Khuzestan aka Southern Iraq and Bahrain) - incredibly rich, but too weak to do without "civilized support." And any additional trifles such as Kurdistan, Baluchistan, etc., are already minor weights designed to stabilize the balance as needed. ”
(By the way, advanced travel agencies already place relevant maps of the Middle East on their websites: see, for example, http://www.estet-v.ru/pages/strany/bligniyi_vostok/. I wonder how much a trip to Free Balochistan? ..)
It should be added that Britain and the United States will somehow agree on the division of the mineral reserves of eastern Arabia.
There is no doubt that America is taking steps in the direction of the “Arab spring”. Barack Obama and his entourage do not miss a single case to express their solidarity with the fraternal new democracies under the direct jurisdiction of the West.
Mursi invited to visit the United States. As the ITAR-TASS With reference to the official representative of the leader of Egypt, Yasser Ali, the US President invited the new Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi to visit Washington in September - to take part in the session of the UN General Assembly.
In June, ITAR-TASS reports, the White House said: Washington is set to "work together with the elected President Mursi and the government he will form in order to advance many of the common interests of Egypt and the United States."
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is going to visit Egypt on July 14-16 in Egypt, again to support the “transition to democracy in this North African country.”
Obama congratulated the Libyans on a new democratic victory. As conveyed yesterday from Washington correspondent ITAR-TASS Andrey Surzhansky, the Libyan people can count on further support from the United States. The President of the United States announced this on Saturday in connection with the legislative elections held in Libya - the General National Congress.
On behalf of all Americans, Obama congratulated the Libyan people on "another milestone in their outstanding transition to democracy."
According to the White House, the United States "is proud of the role they played in supporting the Libyan revolution and protecting the Libyan people." "And we look forward to working closely with the new Libya, including the elected Congress and the new Libyan leaders," the American president said.
The Arab Spring closes the circle of the unexpected visit of Mrs. Clinton to Afghanistan, bordering Iran and under the current government of Karzai, largely dependent on US support.
Hillary Clinton unexpectedly visited Afghanistan. This is reporting "Lenta.ru" with reference to the Associated Press.
At a press conference held at the US embassy in Kabul, H. Clinton announced Washington’s decision to recognize Afghanistan as the main US ally outside the NATO bloc. Having such a status, which all 15 countries of the world have today, will allow Afghanistan to count on broad cooperation with the United States in the military field.
Observers believe writes resource zman.comthat we can talk about the conclusion of a defense alliance between Afghanistan and the United States. As part of such a union, the Afghan government’s access to the latest weapons will be facilitated.
In addition, before 2017, the United States is going to provide financial assistance to Afghanistan. About this, as reported "Lenta.ru" With reference to the Associated Press yesterday announced Hillary Clinton at the international conference on Afghanistan, which opened in Tokyo.
According to Clinton, a request for financial assistance to Afghanistan within five years will be sent to the US Congress in the near future. Clinton did not specify the details, saying only that American aid would help Afghanistan rebuild the economy and carry out the necessary reforms.
Previously, US assistance to Afghanistan ranged from 1 billion in 2001 to 2,3 billion in 2012.
The chain of events described above is also related to Syria, where America and the West in general are also trying to turn the “Arab Spring” with all its democratic attributes: civil war, terrorist attacks, Al-Qaida, the CIA on the Syrian-Turkish border, supplies of “opposition "Communications equipment and other tricks that greatly help to burn up the heat with someone else's hands - not fighting directly, but" supporting democracy ".
Assad knows who is to blame. "Lenta.ru" With reference to the German television channel ARD reports that Syrian President Bashar Assad accused the United States of assisting terrorists and destabilizing the situation in the country. This was the Syrian president said in an ARD television interview.
According to Assad, the United States is "part of the Syrian conflict," patronized by "gangs of terrorists" and are responsible for the deaths of civilians.
Also, the Syrian President accused Turkey of supporting the rebels: after all, Ankara provides the rebels with “logistic support for smuggling”.
Assad will bend his line. In an interview with German television, reported "Vesti", Bashar Asad said that he did not intend to leave his post. “The president should not run away from trials, but Syria is now faced with national trials. The president should not hide from this situation. The United States is part of the conflict. They offered cover — political support — to these gangs in order to create instability and damage Syria, ”he said.
History runaway general. Syrian Army General Manaf Tlas fled to Turkey. This was reported by 5 July Interfax with reference to a high-ranking representative of the Syrian secret services, who gave an interview to the Syria Steps website.
The deserting general was part of the command of the elite Republican Guard of Syria, which ensures the safety of Damascus.
RIA News" 6 July reported that the general went from Turkey to Paris (his father lives there). Manaf Tlas, remindNews, Is the son of 80-year-old General Mustafa Tlas, from 1972 to 2004, serving as Syrian defense minister.
By the way, the “deception of the Parisian trail” led journalists to the French millionaire Nahid Ogie - the widow of a merchant in the French capital weapons from saudi arabia. This resource tells newsru.co.il with reference to the British newspaper Sunday Times.
Nahid, or Madame Oh, is one of the stars of the Paris high society. She is friends with former French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, former Foreign Minister Roland Dumas, and former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn. (Well, we note in parentheses, now a former general has been added to the list of "ex").
52-year-old Oji is Manafa Tlas's sister. She, like Manaf, was a member of personal friends of the first couple of Syria, who organized luxurious receptions in honor of Asadov.
How Madame Oh helped her brother to move to Turkey is not reported. According to journalists, a few months ago, their father fled to Paris — Syria’s former defense minister, Mustafa Tlas.
As recalled newsru.co.ilOdji Nahidi married Xkram's year-old “death merchant” Akram in 60 (she was 1978). Rumor has it that at that time she was dating one of the sons of the armory businessman. In 18, the husband died, leaving the widow with most of his billionth state.
The runaway Syrian general was overjoyed by America - represented by H. Clinton. He writes about it newsru.com with reference to Interfax.
“Desertions that have happened to people like him (Tlas), colonels, generals and other military who have recently fled to Turkey, indicate that representatives of the ruling regime and the military environment (Syria. -“ Interfax ”) are beginning to vote against the authorities with their feet, ”Clinton told reporters in Paris, where a regular conference of the Friends of the Syrian People is taking place.
These are the news of the "Arab Spring" in recent days.
"Resolution Magnitsky." The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly at a meeting in Monaco on Sunday adopted the so-called “Magnitsky resolution”, reports "Lenta.ru" with reference to RIA "News".
The document, entitled “Legality in Russia: the Case of Sergei Magnitsky,” calls on the authorities of the organization’s member countries to establish visa sanctions and freeze the financial assets of those responsible for the death of Magnitsky and in general violating human rights in Russia. The resolution noted the approval of the decisions of the United States, Great Britain and the Netherlands on the denial of visas to about 60 to Russian officials, who are believed to be involved in the death of Magnitsky.
Representatives of Georgia, Latvia, France, Norway, the Netherlands, Canada and the USA voted for the adoption of the resolution.
Russia voted against. The representative of the Russian Federation called the document “hasty and sinful biased data” and stated that the authors of the text “took upon themselves the powers of a judge”.
121 vs. 179. As the ITAR-TASS With reference to the Greek media, yesterday the Greek parliament passed a vote of confidence in the country's coalition government under the leadership of Prime Minister Anthony Samaras. The new cabinet was supported by the 179 deputies of the 300-local legislature, and the 121 MP spoke out against.
The Greek Prime Minister, speaking before the parliament before the vote, voiced the program of his government: negotiations with international creditors and easing the conditions for granting financial aid to the republic.
Romanian impeachment. The Romanian Parliament 6 July voted to impeach the country's president, Traian Basescu. Reports about it "Lenta.ru" with reference to the Associated Press.
258 parliamentarians from 432 were in favor of removing the president from office. Now the decision of the parliament should be supported by the majority of citizens of the country in a referendum. It will take place on July 29. Crin Antonescu, the speaker of the Senate, will temporarily perform the duties of the head of state.
The initiator of the removal of Basescu from office was a coalition of socialists and liberals, which has a majority in parliament. The last few months in Romania continues a political crisis caused by discontent among the population with the policy of budget cuts and low living standards.
The British Cabinet Office has been decorated with a rainbow flag. "Lenta.ru", referring to France-Presse, writes that a rainbow flag, a symbol of the LGBT community, was raised above the cabinet secretariat 6 July. Vice Prime Minister Nick Clegg thus decided to support the sex minorities in the country.
I must say, this is the first case in Britain when the gay flag is raised above the ministry. The gesture of the Deputy Prime Minister was timed to coincide with the London homoparade.
Same-sex couples in the UK may enter into civil unions since 2004, but for now they cannot arrange weddings in the church and call their union marriage. According to the British LGBT community, it violates their rights.
However, soon this annoying infringement will be eliminated. The ministers promise to equate gays with heterosexual couples in England and Wales to 2015.
Crisis and rain - the parade is not a hindrance. The traditional Pride London gay parade in the British capital, which celebrated its 40 anniversary this year, gathered on July 7 5 thousands of participants and hundreds of thousands of viewers from around the world. Told about it correspondent RIA "News" Alexander Smotrov.
The pomp of the parade was reduced by the financial crisis in Britain: instead of the procession, which traditionally included mobile platforms and other vehicles, 2012 had shrunk the event to a walking two-hour march of columns. A. Smotrov reports that the city mayor has allocated thousands of pounds for 100 parade.
The homosexual march opened a column of veterans of the "blue" movement: the organizers and participants of the first London march for the rights of sexual minorities (1972 year).
The soldiers, policemen, sportsmen, teachers, members of trade unions and religious communities became participants of the foot columns of the parade. It is noted that some of the demonstrators came to the parade with the children.
The gay citizens of those countries where sexual minorities are not in high esteem: Nigeria, Sri Lanka, the countries of the Caribbean, Russia, Lithuania and Poland, marched through the streets of London.
Belarus is not ambitious, but remembers national interests. 5 July at the reception of graduates of military schools in Belarus and Russia, Alexander Lukashenko, said that Belarus does not have geopolitical ambitions, but it must defend national interests and strengthen military security. “For this, a modern army has been created in Belarus,” he said. This is reporting Rosbalt.
Lukashenko noted that the annual receptions of graduates of military universities of Belarus and Russia have become a good tradition, because they are held in early July, when the Belarusian people celebrate Independence Day. “These days we remember the feat of the soldiers and officers of the fraternal Soviet peoples during the Great Patriotic War. It was they, representatives of different nationalities, who fought shoulder to shoulder and defended freedom, prosperity and peaceful skies over our republic, ”the president stressed.
He also noted that the values bequeathed by the generation of winners are more relevant today than ever: “After all, even by the second decade of the XXI century, mankind has failed to develop reliable mechanisms for ensuring security in the world. The politicians of the world superpowers still prefer to speak with the states that are not influenced by them in the language of force. The events in Iraq, Egypt, Libya, the situation around Iran and Syria eloquently testify to this. ”
Drug tunnel between the United States and Mexico. The Mexican military found a tunnel on the US border that was used to smuggle drugs. Reports about it "Lenta.ru" with reference to the Associated Press.
A tunnel of about 20 depth and a length of 230 m connects the opening water purification shop in San Luis Rio Colorado (Mexico) with the existing store in the city of San Luis in the US state of Arizona. The tunnel is equipped with ventilation and electricity, as well as carts for transporting drugs.
According to the US government, since 1990, more than 150-like tunnels have been discovered.
Gateway between the oceans. As reported from Mexico City correspondent RIA "News" Dmitry ZnamenskyReferring to the Nicaraguan media, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega on Saturday signed a law on the construction of a canal between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans across the country.
Earlier, a grand project was approved by the parliament of the country. The construction cost is estimated to be 30,35 billion.
It is assumed that the Nicaraguan government will have an 51% stake in the joint venture for the construction of the canal, and the 49% will belong to countries or companies that will win the tender.
A new waterway through Central America from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean is planned as an alternative to the Panama Canal, which has long been unable to cope with modern traffic.
More than three are not going to!
Resource "The End of the American Dream" published the article "60 prison days and 12.180 dollars to a fine house owner in Arizona for studying the Bible."
The author, whose name is not called, tells us that there is a war going on in the United States with studying the Bible at home, and now the “passions are heating up”.
In Phoenix, Arizona, a man was sentenced to 60 prison days and a fine of 12.180 $ just for home Bible study.
From 2005, the author writes, Michael Salman and his wife gathered at the 15-20 man’s house, where they all talked and discussed the Bible. Alas, such meetings seem to violate the law in Phoenix. About a dozen armed policemen searched their home and gathered “evidence” of their “crimes”. Now Michael Salman, found guilty of the violation, will be jailed for the month of 2.
This punishment case can produce a huge “chilling effect” on a wide variety of home gatherings throughout the United States, the author of the article believes.
You can have a small meeting at your home to discuss the US Constitution. Or arrange a small meeting to spread over the cards or watch football. The US Constitution, the author writes, guarantees “the right of people to peaceful assembly,” and when one person’s constitutional rights are violated, an attack occurs on the rights of all of us.
According to the author, the American authorities want to control our life. If we do not live among the very narrow restrictions that they set for us, he angrily writes, they will send armed people to smash our homes.
The problems of Michael Salman began only with the fact that his neighbors complained about the "noise" and the traffic jam. Americans have become a nation of informers and talkers, the author is sad.
He then talks about a Christian couple from Orange Kanti, California, who was also fined for studying the Bible in his home - for what the city authorities call "more than three regular meetings." They were threatened with a fine of 500 dollars - if they continue to collect those who study the Bible at home. True, in this case, the authorities retreated (at least for now) due to a large public outcry.
And another example. Keith Mason, who heads Personhood USA, experienced vandalism for himself after publishing an article about him in Newsweek and on The Daily Beast website (at the last one left a comment with Mason's home address).
Alas, the author writes, very sick people decided to “visit” this house: one of them threw a stone that broke the door glass, and then the vandals sprayed red paint on his house and on the sidewalk.
Mason's family moved from that house.
“Hatred and anger,” writes the author of the article, “have grown to an unprecedentedly high level,” and it already seems that psychopaths are running everywhere.
I really fear for the future of this country. ”
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Observed and translated by Oleg Chuvakin
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