Fort Russ: What you should know about the major global developments of week 21, 2015

Azerbaijan

May 29, 2015
Natalya Laval for “War and Peace”
Translated by Kristina Rus

We will begin this new weekly feature with a recap of weekly news as of May 22, 2015. Zooming out of daily news, at least to a scale of a week helps shape the contours of global trends just a little better. I am sure you will find something that escaped your attention, and isn’t it fun to compare to Western MSM headlines!

(please use Yandex translate to translate any of the links)

The latest one will follow shortly. 

Week 21: When economic arguments end, the arms race beginsThe week began with the Pentagon allocating $5 billion for the space wars. Although hotheads assume that these funds will be used for sabotage, but it seems to me that there was a reason why the fourth very secret satellite X37B was launched from Cape Canaveral. It didn’t receive much attention, but still let me remind you that Russia has long sought a moratorium on the placement of weapons in outer space. Our “partners” once again went for escalation, in particular, advancing towards the cessation of funding for the New START Treaty, as well as brushing off the dust from the missile defense project in Europe. It is not surprising that Moscow will not join the International Treaty on the arms trade.

A week ago, NATO solemnly declared that it has no plans to resume cooperation with Russia, however NATO Secretary General and Lavrov discussed something behind closed doors in Brussels. They had nothing to say to the press. In Latvia NATO began operating a new radar, presidential candidate of Poland proposed to establish a NATO base in the country, and Russia has indicated that it will continue to increase its military presence in Crimea, the construction of the bridge has already begun.

The process of deglobalization of the Russian economy is taking its course. Ignoring the advice of the IMF, Russia is preparing to become self-sufficient in rare earth metals, refuses Ukrainian components, halts the transit of weapons and military equipment to Afghanistan, stockpiles gold and accumulates gold reserves, files claims for unjust sanctionstries to suppress the growth of the ruble and starts laying pipes for the “Turkish stream”. The budget is expecting the receipt of advance payment and penalties for “Mistral”.

Things are going so well that the Georgian Euro-lobby is nervous, and the official Tbilisi is committed to normalizing relations with Russia. In Moldova, Euro-integrators have organized a march in Chisinau, the World Bank gave Moldovan farmers $14 million for agribusiness. Belarus indulged in smuggling and took advantage of cheaper labor, to launch production of Opel in the country. What can I say, if specializing in Eastern Europe Raiffeisen Bank only made profit on its Russian subsidiary!

Although the weekly inflation in Russia remains at the level of 0.1%, from the point of view of modern economic science it is not so good, but the IMF is optimistic about the growth of the country’s GDP in the following years.

And the worst part: the Duma adopted the law on “undesirable” foreign organizations in Russian Federation. Well what can I say? Better late than never. Even the Indians have realized last year that “a significant number of Indian NGOs, funded by donors from USA, UK, Netherlands and Scandinavian countries use humanitarian issues to create an atmosphere conducive to inhibiting the development of the country.”

It seems that this insight is the basis of enthusiasm of Narendra Modi about the BRICS, SCO and Indian-Chinese relations. I already wrote in my previous review about a breakthrough in the settlement of the border conflict, this week it became known that the two countries signed economic agreements worth more than $22 billion (incidentally, India also saves gold).

The triangle Beijing-Delhi-Moscow strongly irritates the Big Brother. Analysts fell into despair and fear that Obama will not be able to “restrain” China with the help of TTP, that is to say, by economic means. Therefore he must resort to military tools. Secretary Kerry traveled to Beijing, where differences in the approaches to the relationship of China and America was revealed. China, of course, still  lends to the Big Brother, but I believe that according to the Eastern tradition, China is waiting for the American  economic corpse to float by.

Two unpleasant incidents occurred in the South China sea with the participation of warships and American reconnaissance aircraft, during which Washington lightly flexed its muscles. In response, information surfaced about nuclear modernization of China, and after the North Korea revealed a breakthrough in the miniaturization of nuclear weapons. Something tells me that XI Jinping will look at the  Russian soldiers marching in a parade in Beijingwith no less pleasure than at the Chinese marching on the Red Square. Soros summed up the situation well, predicting a new world war.

A quiet Japanese rebellion, highlighted by a high-profile visit to the country of Mr. Naryshkin also caused a sharp reaction of the State Department. It is unlikely to be just about Naryshkin, it’s just that Tokyo Gas had estimated the cost of a gas pipeline from Sakhalin to Japan, and this is much worse than the hypothetical visit of President Putin to Tokyo. Japanese authorities are getting deeper into the quagmire of contradictions: inoperative nuclear industry, a ban on economic interaction with Russia, the discontent of the citizens about the military presence of the USA and other “pleasures” of too deep dependence on the Big Brother.

Equally unenviable is the fate of the European Union, trying to honestly fulfill its vassal dependence, but stumbling on economic difficulties. The agony of Greece which no longer has the money for debt service, continues, there is no chance to leave the Eurozone, there are no means to dodge the pressure of the Pentagon. The situation in Macedonia, where protesters are pitching tents in the capital, painfully recalls the Ukrainian scenario. Albania with its Islamists and drug traffickers is getting closer to joining the EU. Portugal doesn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel after 4 years with tightened belts. Because of sanctions against Russia, container turnover of the port of Hamburg had decreased, and I mentioned above about a subsidiary of an Austrian Bank.

Negotiations on the Transatlantic treaty stalled not only because of GMOs, but also because of the ban on exporting American oil. The ECB continues to pump up the Eurozone with liquidity, the European Commission continues the attack on business by requiring countries to establish registries with data about the owners, Latvia unexpectedly found that Russian pipeline gas is cheaper than LNG.

Britain, where deflation was recorded for the first time, again demanded a “special status” as a condition of EU membership. Special status means, as always, the use of the privileges of being a member of the EU along with a waiver of obligations, in particular, the evasion of the sanctions regime.

The EU countries could not even agree on a new plan of returning the refugees to their homeland, not everyone is satisfied with the quotas for migrants. Some seriously proposed the EU to buy from France the abandoned “Mistral” to catch migrants in the Mediterranean sea. And really, the ship is roomy. Weekly shift, unloading somewhere in Benghazi right into the hands of Islamic State recruiters and a week’s rest, while the second carrier works. Beauty!

The apotheosis of European turmoil was the summit of “Eastern partnership”, which was ignored by Aliyev and Lukashenko, and Armenia along with Belarus criticized the final draft of Declaration of the summit. Dreams of Ukraine about a visa-free regime were qualitatively buried at the summit. As was noted by the observers, Europe has nothing to offer to the countries of the former USSR in exchange for breaking ties with Russia. Amen.

Mrs. Nuland has entered in the fiddling of the Ukrainian situation. According to her, in Moscow she had a very constructive conversation. In parallel with her Ukrainian Rada worked very constructively, cancelling military-technical cooperation with Russia and a number of other cooperation agreements with the Russian Federation. To add to the pile, Kiev cancelled its commitments to respect human rights in Donbass, and also allowed itself to freeze the repayment of external debt. And all this for some billion of credit guarantees from Washington. However, another 1.8 billion euros of EU aid was promised.

But it’s a drop in the bucket of Ukrainian debts. Foreign investors demanded $8.2 billion from Ukraine in courts. Those investors with whom Kiev is trying to negotiate the restructuring, refused concessions. Ex-Minister of Finance of the USA and just a serious financial shark Lawrence Summers threatened uncompromising investors that Ukraine may declare a default.

There is a “positive” — Russia ceased to insist on the postponement of the agreement between Ukraine and the EU, but does not forget to remind about the debt. “Naftogaz” still transfers to “Gazprom” $32 million pre-payment and cherishes dreams of European gas. Under the guise of Ukrainian sale campaign, foreign corporations took over Ukrainian land, but to write about this and many other things is more and more dangerous in Ukraine.

Such is the price of Imperial arrogance of Washington, which failed to properly estimate its resources and calculate its actions in Europe. There are rumors that bankers no longer believe in American economic growth, but most likely, they have already grown tired of the “cuts” in fines, conducted by the Obama administration. The American police acknowledged the decline of morale among employees, which also was aggravated after a ban on military weapons.

At once, Obama remembered the “backyard” of the USA, sarcastically commented by one observer: “in my memory, every American President announced the beginning of a new era in relations with Latin America”. And nothing has changed. Currency reserves of Venezuela are melting at a record pace, Washington made a decision on the target in Caracas, it is the head of the Parliament. Indeed, when Chavez chose a successor, he chose the unquestionable Bolivarian loyalty of Maduro over the prudent and profound mind of Diosdado Cabello. Colombia continues negotiations with FARC and carries out rotation, transferring the Defense Minister into the chair of Ambassador to the United States, and the Ambassador to the United States to the post of Defense Minister. An unexpected friendship with Havana has found a rational explanation: recently, Cuba refused to host the ships of the Chinese Navy, it appears earlier there was such an agreement. As a response courtesy the U.S. resumed banking cooperation with the old enemy. But the Chinese don’t sleep, biting the delicious pieces. Before the visit to Brazil of the Chinese Premier, Chinese ICBC and Brazilian Caixa created a Fund of $50 billion.

American lobbying firms are making money on the promotion of interests of the Kremlin, but in fact, lobbying for big oil corporations, which today cut expenses to $100 billion due to cheap oil and suspect the Obama administration in the unkind coincidence in timing of anti-Russian sanctions and low oil prices. Although the number of drilling rigs in the U.S. continues to fall, the export of cheap Saudi oil to the U.S. fell to the lowest level in 6 years, and the intermediaries from the petroleum industry cannot achieve high profits. High profits can only be found in speculation on the obscenely bloated equity markets. A new bubble is shaping.

The failed policy in the Middle East does not add Washington any love from oil companies. Pulling oil out of the hands of unsympathetic satraps, the strategists were unable to keep it in a growing chaos. Growing on the ruins of Iraq and Syria, the Islamic state has carried out a successful attack last week. After an intense battlePalmyra was captured, and thus the Syrian-Iraqi border was completely taken under control. In this situation the intrigues of the French secret service look like a possible assistance to the Islamists, in contrast to the actions of U.S. special forces which conducted the operation to eliminate the militant, who was responsible for smuggling oil.

Turkey whose air force shot down a Syrian fighter jet, strongly and consistently does not like Assad, but ISIS does not bring it much joy either. Accurate analysis of personnel of the troops of the Islamic state (“ISIS is no different from organized disciplined military force. In their ranks are former officers and strategists of the army of Saddam. They have modern weapons — from tanks to missiles. In addition, they are zealously committed to their cause. So much so that take the path of Shahid and commit suicidal attacks.”), reiterated, in particular, by the recent report of the death of a nephew of Saddam Hussein — Islamist (!), pushes Ankara to support the militarization of the Kurdish militia without regard to the position of Baghdad, which is insisted by the UN.

In a week of fighting in Iraq at the background of never coming reinforcements from Baghdad, ISIS militants captured the town of Ramadi, thereby burying hopes for the quick liberation of Mosul. Looks like the US will have to come to the aid of the infamous and poorly motivated Iraqi militia. The voyage of the Iraqi Prime Minister to Iran, and then to Russia clearly demonstrated the mood in Baghdad about the U.S. aid.

And finally – the mysterious details of an energy partnership of the USA and Azerbaijan. It turns out that Azerbaijani SOCAR sought easing of economic sanctions against Iran to implement the gas pipeline project in the Caspian sea. The origin and destination of a pipeline is unclear from the text,  but when you consider that Turkmenistan still has not finished construction of a gas pipeline to the Caspian sea and with evident pleasure every year discusses the TAPI gas pipeline, it is likely that Baku cherishes ambitions to become a transit country for Iranian gas.

Beyond my review remained: trading assets on the basis of bitcoin in Stockholm, all the events on the Black continent, the budget of the World Health Organization, the debates at the Conference on the NPT, the cancelled visit of Ban Ki-moon to North Korea, the bombing of Yemen and border conflicts on the Saudi-Yemeni border, SSJ-100 on Chinese market, the Taliban near the borders of Tajikistan, Kerry’s visit to South Korea, and a belated start of the economic dialogue between the EU and Turkey.

3 ½ weeks to solstice – powerful period for bringing justice, truth, peace

This important day comes twice a year – in June and December. The period leading up to it and the day and time itself are still marked in some places as sacred and powerful times.

One of the functions of the astronomical calendars in ancient times was to chart special days appropriate for certain activities, and to engage in alignment-healing activities for self, community, and the earth. These activities could involve ceremony, singing, prayers, toning, chanting, dance, burning sage and other sacred medicinals, resolutions, reconciliation, physical and spiritual healing, making offerings, and having celebrations and feasts.

This is a very powerful resource at this very critical time to bring peace and healing to the Earth and all the people of the Earth.

The solstice occurs on June 21-22, depending on time zone. It is Sunday, June 21, 4:39 PM UTC/GMT.

To find your time zone, http://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/june-solstice.html

Look under “Local times for June Solstice 2015 worldwide”

 

 

Senior NATO official claims we’ll be at war by summer

By Joshua Krause
Global Research, May 28, 2015
The Daily Sheeple 25 May 2015

Last week, former NSA intelligence analyst John Schindler posted a rather disturbing tweet. With a statement that one could only assume to be a reference towards Russia, Schindler wrote “Said a senior NATO (non-US) GOFO to me today: “We’ll probably be at war this summer. If we’re lucky it won’t be nuclear.” Let that sink in.”

So who is John Schindler? As a ten-year veteran of the NSA, he was in the news a bit more when Snowden was making frequent headlines. He used to be a professor at the U.S. Naval War College, and is currently a frequent contributor to Business Insider. According to his biography on Business Insider, he used to teach classes on security, strategy, intelligence, and terrorism, and he has “collaborated closely with other government agencies who would probably prefer he didn’t mention them.” It’s safe to say that Schindler probably brushes shoulders with high-ranking officials from time to time, so his tweet should be taken seriously.

It’s frightening to think that members of NATO may actually be preparing for, and expecting a war with Russia this summer, but unfortunately it’s not all that surprising. Given some of the activity we’re seeing around the world, it’s safe to assume that superpowers like the US, Russia, and China, are preparing for something big.  Infowars also reported on Schindler’s tweet, and noted some of the provocative moves that have been going on around the world lately.

Earlier this month NATO launched its biggest ever wargame exercise on Russia’s doorstep. Moscow responded by conducting “provocative” wargames in the Mediterranean Sea in coordination with the Chinese PLA, the first ever naval drill involving both superpowers.

NATO powers are also taking part in one of Europe’s largest ever fighter jet drills from today, with the United States, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Finland, Norway and Sweden all involved in the 12 day exercise.

Tensions are also building between the U.S. and China, with The Global Times, a state media outlet owned by the ruling Communist Party, today warning that “war is inevitable” if Washington doesn’t halt its demands that Beijing stop building artificial islands in the South China Sea.

“If the United States’ bottom line is that China has to halt its activities, then a U.S.-China war is inevitable in the South China Sea,” the newspaper said. “The intensity of the conflict will be higher than what people usually think of as ‘friction’.”

Last week, CNN revealed how China’s Navy has repeatedly issued warnings to U.S. surveillance planes flying over the South China Sea.

While these sorts of warnings come and go all the time, that in and of itself is kind of scary. The fact that we now live in a world where high-ranking officials just assume nuclear war is right around the corner, means we should be very concerned. Wars rarely, if ever, happen out of the blue. There are always quiet rumors of wars before the real deal comes to pass.

Contributed by Joshua Krause of The Daily Sheeple.

Joshua Krause is a reporter, writer and researcher at The Daily Sheeple. He was born and raised in the Bay Area and is a freelance writer and author. You can follow Joshua’s reports at Facebook or on his personal Twitter. Joshua’s website is Strange Danger .

http://www.globalresearch.ca/senior-nato-official-claims-well-be-at-war-by-summer/5452220

 

Iraq War was based on lies: top Bush-era CIA official

Global Research, May 27, 2015
The Anti-Media
by Claire Bernish

Twelve years after George W Bush initiated the illegal invasion of Iraq, ostensibly under the premise of preemptive self-defense, a stark majority — as many as 75% in 2014 — feel the so-called war was a mistake. As evidence rapidly accumulates that Bush’s yearning to launch an aggressive attack was likelier due to a personal grudge than anything else, that number will surely swell. This past Tuesday, the former president’s intelligence briefer lent yet more plausibility to that theory in an interview on MSNBC’s Hardball, making an admission that the Bush White House misrepresented intelligence reports to the public on key issues.

Michael Morell’s stint with the CIA included deputy and acting director, but during the time preceding the US invasion of Iraq, he helped prepare daily intelligence briefings for Bush. One of those briefings, from October 2002, is an infamous example in intelligence history as how not to compile a report. This National Intelligence Estimate, titled “Iraq’s Continuing Programs for Weapons of Mass Destruction”, was the ostensibly flawed intelligence cited continuously by Bush supporters as justification to pursue a war of aggression against Iraq. However, this claim is dubious at best, and serves more as a smokescreen to lend credence to a president who was otherwise hellbent on revenge against Saddam Hussein, as evidenced in his statement a month before the report, “After all, this is the guy who tried to kill my dad.”

In the Hardball interview, host Chris Matthews asked Morell about Cheney’s notorious statement in 2003:

“We know he [Saddam Hussein] has been absolutely devoted to trying to acquire nuclear weapons. And we believe he has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons.” 

The following is the conversation that ensued:

MATTHEWS: Was that true?

MORELL: We were saying—

MATTHEWS: Can you answer that question? Was that true?

MORELL: That’s not true.

MATTHEWS: Well, why’d you let them get away with it?

MORELL: Look, my job Chris—

MATTHEWS: You’re the briefer for the president on intelligence, you’re the top person to go in and tell him what’s going on. You see Cheney make this charge he’s got a nuclear bomb and then they make subsequent charges he knew how to deliver it…and nobody raised their hand and said, “No that’s not what we told him.”

MORELL: Chris, Chris Chris, what’s my job, right? My job—

MATTHEWS: To tell the truth.

MORELL: My job—no, as the briefer? As the briefer?

MATTHEWS: Okay, go ahead.

MORELL: As the briefer, my job is to carry CIA’s best information and best analysis to the president of the United States and make sure he understands it. My job is to not watch what they’re saying on TV.

Discussion continued:

MATTHEWS: So you’re briefing the president on the reasons for war, they’re selling the war, using your stuff, saying you made that case when you didn’t. So they’re using your credibility to make the case for war dishonestly, as you just admitted.

MORELL: Look, I’m just telling you—

MATTHEWS: You just admitted it.

MORELL: I’m just telling you what we said—

MATTHEWS: They gave a false presentation of what you said to them.

MORELL: On some aspects. On some aspects.

And the host pushed just a little further:

MATTHEWS: That’s a big deal! Do you agree? If they claimed they had a [nuclear] weapon, when you know they didn’t.

MORELL: It’s a big deal. It’s a big deal.

He’s absolutely right, of course, and even further to that point, Morell made another admission of a direct misrepresentation: “What they were saying about the link between Iraq and Al Qaeda publicly was not what the intelligence community” had found. “I think they were trying to make a stronger case for the war.” Which the administration had to do, considering no such case existed. As a matter of fact, Cheney’s statement directly conflicts with what the NIE actually stated, which is that the intelligence community only found a “[lack of] persuasive evidence that Baghdad has launched a coherent effort to reconstitute its nuclear weapons program.” Which is in line with the International Atomic Energy Agency report that came to the same conclusion: “[W]e have to date found no evidence that Iraq has revived its nuclear weapons program.”

All of this solidifies what former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan resolutely stated about the US invasion of Iraq in 2004: “I have indicated it was not in conformity with the UN charter. From our point of view and from the charter point of view it was illegal.”

The question most deserving an answer, and increasingly posed by the populace at large: If George W Bush, Dick Cheney, and others in the administration, deliberately misled the public on false pretenses, directly contradicted intelligence information through misrepresentation, and ultimately initiated a wholly illegal invasion of Iraq that led to the deaths of well over 1 million civilian, non-combatants; WHY have they not been charged with war crimes?

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http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-iraq-war-was-based-on-lies-top-bush-era-cia-official/5451817

Why would Bloomberg News completely disappear the February, 2014 Ukraine coup?

Posted on Global Research, May 27. 2015
By Robert Barsocchini
Washington’s Blog

Bloomberg says in a post today that the “confrontation between Russia and the US” over Ukraine was “provok[ed]” by Putin’s annexation of Crimea:

“…Putin annexed the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea last March, provoking the biggest confrontation between Russia and the U.S. and Europe since the Cold War.”

That’s odd, though, because the reintegration of Crimea into Russia (after a vote in favor – but remember democracy is what we say it is) happened, as Bloomberg says and BBC confirms, in March, 2014, about five months after violent, US-backed protests began in November 2013, and ended in the the elected Ukrainian president, Victor Yanukovych, being driven out of the country by, as BBC put it, “radical groups”, including neo-Nazis: see BBC’s “Neo-Nazi Threat in Ukraine“, Feb. 28, 2014.  (“BBC Newsnight’s Gabriel Gatehouse investigates the links between the new Ukrainian government and Neo-nazis.”  Later articles covering the topic were published by, among many others, Glenn Greenwald, Robert Parry, and even, albeit 8 or 9 months too late to make a difference, NBC)

It’s also strange that BBC would say the following (even in a piece rife with the British state-run outlet’s typical pro-Western spin):

Pro-Russian forces [ie the Russian troops already stationed in Crimea by agreement] took control of Crimea in February.  They moved in after Ukraine’s pro-Moscow president Viktor Yanukovych was ousted after street protests.

So, they reacted to the US-backed overthrow of elected Yanukovych.  To be precise, Russian troops began the process of, in US political-speak, liberating and securing Crimea on “February 23rd, 2014“.

Yet, again oddly, here is Time on February 22nd, 2014:

“Ukraine protesters seize Kiev as President flees”

“Yanukovych fled to the eastern city of Kharkiv where he traditionally has a more solid base of support…”

It is noted in Wikipedia that Yanukovych had “won election in 2010 with strong support in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and southern and eastern Ukraine.”

Here is US historian William Blum, March 7, 2014, on these events:

The Ukrainian insurgents and their Western-power supporters didn’t care who their Ukrainian allies were in carrying out their coup against President Viktor Yanukovych last month … thugs who set policemen on fire head to toe … all manner of extreme right-wingers, including Chechnyan Islamic militants … a deputy of the ultra-right Svoboda Party, part of the new government, who threatens to rebuild Ukraine’s nukes in three to six months. … the snipers firing on the protestors who apparently were not what they appeared to be – A bugged phone conversation between Urmas Paet, the Estonian foreign minister, and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, reveals Paet saying: “There is now stronger and stronger understanding that behind the snipers it was not Yanukovych, but it was somebody from the new coalition.” … neo-Nazi protestors in Kiev who have openly denounced Jews, hoisting a banner honoring Stepan Bandera, the infamous Ukrainian nationalist who collaborated with the German Nazis during World War II and whose militias participated in atrocities against Jews and Poles.

And who could forget the pictures of Victoria Nuland and John McCain meeting with Ukrainian neo-Nazi and extremist leaders who use terms like “cleanse” and “kike”, or Nuland’s bragging to Chevron that the US had put billions and billions of dollars into these events, highly reminiscent of the US investment in overthrowing Iran’s democracy in 1953 after Iran nationalized its oil.

To the untrained eye, it would certainly seem that, in “liberating” Crimea, Russia was, very understandably, reacting to the above-mentioned series of events (not to mention the encroachment of a hostile, US-led, nuclear military alliance, NATO…).

So why would Bloomberg publish a piece that says the confrontation between Russia and the US was provoked by the annexation of Crimea, when it was provoked by a US-backed overthrow (one of about 60) of an elected president, who had strong ties to the highly ethnic-Russian east (including Crimea)?

We cannot credibly postulate that the Bloomberg author is unaware of the events prior to the “annexation of Crimea”, so we are forced to assume that he has a desire to paint Russia as the aggressor in the West/East standoff, as do so many working for the Western information systems.

This time, he has taken the easy way out by just pretending that nothing happened before Crimea, but other Western outlets have risen to the challenge, with impressive results.

When forced to acknowledge events that show the West as current aggressor in the (now perhaps winding down) West/East conflict, Western outlets have done what they do best: spin crackpot conspiracy theories about how everyone is trying to destroy the “free world” (the US happens to imprison more of its own people than any country in history, but in the free world we are smart enough to know that doesn’t count).

The New York Times, for example, attempted to explain the events that provoked Russia’s actions in Crimea (the US-backed protests and violent overthrow of an elected leader), by claiming Putin orchestrated all of that, too.

Robert Parry reports on the Times’ fanciful effort:

Is the New York Times really suggesting that Putin pulled the strings on the likes of Merkel and Nuland, secretly organized neo-Nazi brigades, and ruthlessly deployed these thugs to Kiev to provoke violence and overthrow Yanukovych, all while pretending to try to save Yanukovych’s government – all so Putin could advance some dastardly plot to conquer Europe?

…the Times’ narrative is something that would make even the most dedicated “conspiracy theorist” blush. Yet, the Times not only asserts this crazy conspiracy theory but calls it “incontrovertible.”

True to form, another times article recently proclaimed:

In all likelihood no one in the Kremlin actually ordered the killing [of Nemtsov]… The Kremlin has recently created a loose army of avengers who believe they are acting in the country’s best interests, without receiving any explicit instructions.

If someone in the US were to insist that Obama or Bush created a “loose army of avengers” who went around killing people “without receiving any explicit instructions”, he or she would be told to take off the tinfoil hat, leave mom’s basement, and get a job.

But when discussing the dark, ruthless, senseless forces of pure evil outside of our huddling “free world”, we are *free* to boldly rewrite history in our favor, concoct wild-eyed conspiracy theories to our hearts’ content, and use our new and improved histories and our nut-job theories to promote mass-violence against the bad people conspiring against “our freedoms”, and then kill millions of them.

Follow author Robert Barsocchini on Twitter @_DirtyTruths

http://www.globalresearch.ca/why-would-bloomberg-news-completely-disappear-the-february-2014-ukraine-coup/5452150

NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg on NATO’s challenges

At the Center for Strategic and International Studies,
May 27, 2015

Televised on C-SPAN

http://www.c-span.org/video/?326264-1/secretary-general-jens-stoltenberg-future-nato#Video and transcript

More “Kool-Aid” from Stoltenberg. The biggest challenge seems to be telling the truth — but he doesn’t mention that. It’s truly frightening to see the common pool of “official narrative”. On this false foundation, these officials build and promote policy initiatives, and entice other government and military leaders to support them.

People in this video

  • Heather Conley Senior Vice President, Center for Strategic and International Studies->Europe, Eurasia and the Arctic
  • John J. Hamre President and CEO, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Uncorrected transcript

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BEAUTIFUL BUILDING. YOU TOLD ME WHEN WE WERE SITTING IN THE ROOM BEHIND HERE THAT WE ARE FAMILY FAMILIES FROM NORWAY AND THAT’S GREAT. BUT MORE THAN THAT, IT’S THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NORWAY. THEY ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR BUILDING A POWER LINE AND THAT WAS ONE OF THE CONFLICTS I HAD DURING MY TIME SINCE I BUILT THE POWER LINE. I WILL DARE GO BACK. AND I ALSO KNOW THAT YOU ARE VERY PROUD OF THE ROOTS AND THERE ARE MANY REASONS TO BE PROUD OF THAT. IN ADDITION TO THAT, YOU HAVE RECEIVED THE ROYAL ORDER THAT IS THE HIGHEST HONOR MY COUNTRY CAN BESTOW ON THE FOREIGN CITIZENS COMBINED WITH THE FACT THAT FOR MANY YEARS YOU HAVE WORKED SO HARD TO DEVELOP THE BONDS AND THE CORPORATION BETWEEN NORTH AMERICA AND EUROPE TO THE TRANS-ATLANTIC BONDS THAT WE SEE SO RIGHTLY FOR THE SECURITY. I THINK THE FACT THAT YOU HAVE THESE ROOTS IN THE ORDER OF MERIT AND THE ENGAGEMENT AT LAST THE SIS ALL OF THAT MAKES YOU A PERFECT POST TO THE NORWEGIAN SECRETARY-GENERAL TO SPEAK ABOUT THE CHANGE IN THE SECURITY ENVIRONMENT. AND WHAT WE ASK THE TRANS-ATLANTIC COMMUNITY TO DO ABOUT THE CHANGING SECURITY AND THE ENVIRONMENT THAT WE ARE FACING SO WE ARE AT THE TIME FOR THE SECURITY IN THE FACE RAISING CHALLENGES. THE FABRIC OF THE SECURITY ORDER IS THE STATE. AND WE MUST BE PREPARED FOR THE LONG HAUL. THAT’S WHY WE NEED TO ADAPT. THE CHALLENGES ARE COMPLEX AND DIVERSE. THE ARAB SPRING HAS TURNED UP TO BRUTAL WINTER. THE OLD AND WEAK STATES ARE FUELING REGIONAL STABILITY. AND SECTARIAN STRIFE. THE OTHER EXTREMIST GROUPS SPREAD TERROR AND INTOLERANCE, AND INSPIRE ATTACKS FROM PARIS TO TEXAS AND PEOPLE MOVING LARGE NUMBERS MANY TO FLEE AND OTHERS TO FIGHT. NATO IS PLAYING ITS PART IN ADDRESSING THESE CHALLENGES IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA AND I’M READY TO SET OUT WHAT WE ARE DOING IN GREAT DETAIL. BUT LET ME IN MY OPENING REMARKS NOT ADDRESS THE CHALLENGES AND RECEIPT OF THE SOUTH WOULD FOCUS ON THE CHALLENGES THAT WE ARE FACING COMING FROM THE EAST AND I PROMISE TO ANSWER QUESTIONS RELATED TO THIS AFTERWARDS. THEY ARE COMING FROM BUT RESEARCH IN RUSSIA. IT’S CONTINUE TO BE ESTABLISHED UKRAINE AND ITS PROSPECTS TO GEAR UP. THIS CONFLICT HAS ALREADY COST OVER 6,000 LIVES. THE FIGHTING COULD FIGHTING COULD PLAY HER AT ANY MOMENT. THAT IS WHY I FULLY SUPPORT THE EFFORTS OF THE UNITED STATES AS WELL AS GERMANY AND FRANCE TO FIND A POLITICAL SOLUTION TO THE CRISIS IN UKRAINE. THE PATH TO PEACE IS THE FULL IMPLEMENTATION OF THE MEANS OF — MINSK AGREEMENT. RUSSIA HAS A SPECIAL RESPONSIBILITY. IT SUPPORTS THE SEPARATISTS IN EASTERN UKRAINE WITH TRAINING, WEAPONS AND FORCES IT MAINTAINS A LARGE LEVEL ON UKRAINE BORDERS BUT WE CANNOT LOOK AT THE AGGRESSIVE ACTIONS. THEY ARE PART OF A DISTURBING PATTERN THAT GOES WELL BEYOND UKRAINE. AND THIS UNDERMINES THE PRINCIPLES OF EUROPEAN SECURITY. RESPECT FOR BORDERS, THE INDEPENDENCE OF STATES, TRANSPARENCY, PROJECTED A BUDDY OF MILITARY ACTIVITIES, AND THE COMMITMENT TO RESOLVE THE DIFFERENCES TO THE DIPLOMACY, NOT FORCE. LET’S LOOK AT RESPECT FOR BORDERS. THE UN CHARTER AND THE ACT ARE CLEAR. RUSSIA HELPED TO DRAFT THESE DOCUMENTS AND ASSIGNED THEM BUT IT HAS BROKEN ITS COMMITMENT. CRANIA HAS BEEN PART OF UKRAINE SINCE THE COUNTRY BECAME INDEPENDENT, BUT RUSSIA SEND IN TROOPS AND ORGANIZED THE SO-CALLED REFERENDUM THAT HAD NO INTERNATIONAL STANDARD AND CEASED PART OF ANOTHER COUNTRY. PRESIDENT PUTIN EVEN ADMITTED PUBLICLY THAT THE ANNEXATION HAD BEEN PLANNED IN ADVANCE. AFTER 2008, RUSSIA RECOGNIZED THE REGIONS AS INDEPENDENT STATES AND IT’S TAKEN ALMOST FULL CONTROL OVER BOTH BETWEEN THEM AND THE REST OF GEORGIA AND ALSO SENT TROOPS THAT THEY WANT OUT AND WHICH RUSSIA PLEDGED TO WITHDRAW IN 1999. SO THEY’VE BEEN VIOLATING THE INTEGRITY OF THE NEIGHBORS FOR YEARS AND CONTINUE TO DO SO. THAT BRINGS ME TO THE SECOND PRINCIPLE, THE INDEPENDENCE OF STATES. UKRAINE’S P5 DESIRE TO MOVE CLOSER TO THE EUROPEAN UNION WAS MET BY FORCE. SO WAS GEORGIA’S ASPIRATION TO JOIN NATO. MOLDOVA HAS RECEIVED CLEAR WARNINGS ABOUT THE MOVE TOWARD EUROPE. THEY CLAIM THAT THE NEIGHBORHOOD REPRESENTS THE PRIVILEGED INTEREST BUT IT’S TO CREATE THE INFERENCE AND TAKE US BACK IN TIME. SO WHEN THE GREAT POWERS DREW THE LINES ON THE MAP AT THE EXPENSE OF THE SMALLER STATES, THE NATIONS WERE NOT FREE TO DECIDE THEIR OWN DESTINY THIS COULD CREATE A SEVERE INSTABILITY AND IT’S NOT THE SORT OF EUROPE THAT WE WANT. WE WILL ACCEPT AT THE END OF THE COLD WAR. THE THIRD IS TRANSPARENCY AND PREDICTABILITY IN THE MILITARY ACTIVITIES. WE BUILT A STABLE SYSTEM BASED ON FEWER FORCES, FEWER WEAPONS AND LARGE EXERCISES AND MORE INFORMATION SHARING. AN ARMY ARMS CONTROL AGREEMENTS TO BUILD TRUST AND CONFIDENCE ACROSS THE FORMER DIVIDING LINES THESE REDUCE THE RISK CALCULATIONS AND THE CONVENTIONAL FORCES IN EUROPE PUT LIMITS ON THE NUMBERS OF MOVEMENTS OF EQUIPMENT LIKE TANKS AND FIGHTER TANKS BUT RUSSIA UNILATERALLY SUSPENDED THE IMPLEMENTATION. THE OPEN SKIES TREATY ALLOWS US TO LOOK AT THE TERRITORY TO INCREASE TRANSPARENCY. BUT RUSSIA IS OBSTRUCTING THESE ACTIVITIES. BEYOND THE DOCUMENT THAT SETS UP THE RULES FOR REPORTING THE EXERCISES AND ALLOWS FOR INSPECTION. THEY HAVE FOUND WAYS AROUND IT TO AVOID THE LARGEST MILITARY EXERCISES IN THE POST-COLD WAR ERA. THREE OF THESE EXERCISES HAVE INCLUDED OVER 80,000 TROOPS. MOVING GREAT DISTANCES AND AT GREAT SPEEDS. IN FEBRUARY OF LAST YEAR IT WAS USED TO DEPLOY FORCES TO ANNEX CRIMEA. IT LED TO THE BUILDUP OF FORCES ON THE BORDER. RUSSIA IS CONDUCT IN ANOTHER STAFF EXERCISE WITH 250 ACROSS AND 700 PIECES OF HEAVY EQUIPMENT. NATO ON THE OTHER HAND STRIVES TO CREATE TRANSPARENCY AND PREDICTABILITY. OUR LARGEST EXERCISE IN 20 YEARS WILL TAKE PLACE NEXT FAULT IN ITALY. IT WAS ANNOUNCED A YEAR AGO IT WAS NOT A SNAP EXERCISE. NATIONAL OBSERVERS INCLUDING RUSSIA WILL HAVE ACCESS TO OUR EXERCISE AND YOU CAN FIND THE SCHEDULE OR THE PLANNED EXERCISES ON THEIR WEBSITE BECAUSE WE HAVE NOTHING TO HIDE. THEY ARE GIVING ALL THEY CAN TO MINIMIZE THE TRANSPARENCY OF WHAT ITS FORCES ARE DOING. AND THIS BRINGS ME TO MY FINAL PRINCIPLE. RESOLVING THE DIFFERENCES TO THE DIALOGUE, NOT FORCES. AT THE PATTERN THAT I HAVE DESCRIBED IN UKRAINE AND GEORGIA AND MOLDOVA, RUSSIA HAS THE ABILITY TO USE FORCE OR TO COERCE ITS NEIGHBORS. AND THE RECENT USE OF NUCLEAR RHETORIC EXERCISES THE OPERATIONS THAT ARE DEEPLY TROUBLING. AS OUR CONCERNS REGARDING ITS COMPLIANCE WITH THE NATIONAL NUCLEAR FORCES TREATY. PRESIDENT PUTIN’S EMISSION BUT HE CONSIDERED PUTTING RUSSIA AS THE FIVE NUCLEAR FORCES ON ALERT IS BUT ONE EXAMPLE. RUSSIA HAS ALSO SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASED THE SCALE, THE NUMBER AND THE RANGE OF PRODUCTIVE FLIGHTS BY THE NUCLEAR BOMBERS ACROSS MUCH OF THE GLOBE. FROM JAPAN, TO CALIFORNIA, AND FROM THE BALTIC SEA. RUSSIAN OFFICIALS ANNOUNCED PLANS ON THE SYSTEMS AND THEY CLAIM THAT RUSSIA HAS THE RIGHT TO DEPLOY THE NUCLEAR FORCES TO CRIMEA. THIS WILL CHANGE THE BALANCE OF SECURITY IN EUROPE. WE LEARNED DURING THE COLD WAR THAT WHEN IT COMES TO NUCLEAR WEAPONS CAN’T CAUTION, PREDICTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY ARE VITAL. IT IS UNJUSTIFIED, DESTABILIZING AND DANGEROUS. ALL OF THIS TAKES PLACE AGAINST THE BACKGROUND OF THE SIGNIFICANT ARMAMENT PROGRAM. SOME OF ITS NEW MILITARY SYSTEMS WORKED ON THE PARADE DURING THE VICTORY DAY CELEBRATION. AND RUSSIA IS DEPLOYING ITS MOST MODERN SYSTEMS AND BASING THE MILITARY UNITS. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THESE ARE NOT RANDOM EVENTS. THEY FORM A BIGGER PICTURE WHICH IS OF GREAT CONCERN. RUSSIA IS A GLOBAL ACTOR THAT IS ASSERTING ITS MILITARY POWER, STARING AT AGGRESSIVE NATIONALISM, CLAIMING THE RIGHT TO IMPOSE ITS WILL ON ITS NEIGHBORS AND GRABBING LAND. WE REGRET THAT RUSSIA IS TAKING THIS COURSE BECAUSE WHEN RIGHT BECOMES RIGHT, THE CONSEQUENCES ARE GRAVE. FOR 25 YEARS, WE WORKED HARD TO INCLUDE, NOT ISOLATE RUSSIA. OUR AIM WAS A STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP. THE BORDERS WERE OPEN, TRADE WENT OUT AND TRUST INCREASED. THE G7 EXPANDED TO BECOME THE G-8 AND RUSSIA WAS INVITED INTO THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION. WE CREATED THE NATO RUSSIA COUNCIL AND OFFERED TO WORK TOGETHER ON MISSILE DEFENSE. WE COOPERATED FROM COUNTING PIRACY AND TERRORISM TO HELPING AFGHANISTAN. ALL OF THIS BENEFITED US AND IT BENEFITED RUSSIA. BUT TODAY THE CHOICES MADE BY MOSCOW HAVE TAKEN UP RELATIONS TO THEIR LOWEST POINT IN DECADES WE ARE NOT BACK TO THE COLD WAR BUT WE ARE FAR FROM THAT STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP. SO WE NEED TO ADAPT TO DEAL WITH THE CHALLENGES THAT MAY BE WITH US FOR A LONG TIME. THIS ADAPTATION WE ARE DOING IT IN THREE WAYS. REINFORCING OUR COLLECTIVE DEFENSE, REINFORCING OUR DETERRENCE, MANAGING RELATIONS WITH THE RESURGENT RUSSIA AND SUPPORTING OUR EUROPEAN NEIGHBORS. FIRST, STRONG DEFENSE. THE TASK IS COLLECTIVE DEFENSE. OUR COMMITMENT TO DEFEND EACH OTHER AND THE WASHINGTON TREATY IS AS STRONG AND RELEVANT TODAY AS EVER BEFORE. THAT’S WHY WE ARE IMPLEMENTING THE BIGGEST COLLECTIVE DEFENSE SINCE THE END OF THE COLD WAR. IT’S IN THE EASTERN PART OF EUROPE ON LAND AND WATER AND SEE BEEFING UP THE EXERCISE PROGRAMS WE ARE DOUBLING THE SIZE OF THE NATO RESPONSE FORCE. IT’S READY TO MOVE. OUR EUROPEAN ALLIES HAVE GUARANTEED TO BE THAT THIS COULD FORCE OVER THE COMING YEARS. AND WE ARE ESTABLISHING NEW UNITS ACROSS THE EASTERN PART OF OUR LIVES. TO FORCE THEM TO EXERCISE AND REINFORCE YESTERDAY I THINK PRESIDENT OBAMA FOR HIS LEADERSHIP. AND THE OPERATION ATLANTIC RESULT. ACROSS THE LINES THE PRESIDENT SENDS A CLEAR SIGNAL AMERICA STANDS WITH EUROPE AND EUROPEAN ALLIES ARE IN LOCKSTEP WITH THE UNITED STATES. THIS IS THE TRANS-ATLANTIC TEAMWORK. BUT THERE IS MORE TO DO BEFORE. WE ARE ENHANCING OUR CYBER DEFENSES AND MAKING IT CLEAR THAT THE CYBER ATTACK COULD TRIGGER A COLLECTIVE RESPONSE WE ARE WORKING WITH THE EUROPEAN UNION. WE ARE CAREFULLY ASSESSING WHAT RUSSIA IS DOING WITH ITS NUCLEAR ACTIVITIES. KEEPING NATO STRONG DOESN’T WORK FOR FREE SO WE MUST REDOUBLE OUR EFFORTS TO MEET THE DEFENSE INVESTMENT PLEDGE THAT WE MADE LAST YEAR TO STOP THE CUTS AND GRADUALLY INCREASE THE SPENDING TO 2% OF GDP AND SPEND BETTER. THIS BRINGS ME TO MY SECOND POINT. A STRONG NEED TO KNOW ISN’T ONLY THE BEST BUT IT ALSO PROVIDES US WITH THE BEST FOUNDATION TO MANAGE OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH RUSSIA. WE DO NOT SEEK CONSULTATION WITH RUSSIA NOR DO WE SEEK ITS ISOLATION. WE STILL ASPIRE TO A CONSTRUCTIVE RELATIONSHIP WITH RUSSIA BECAUSE THAT WOULD BENEFIT THE ATLANTIC SECURITY AND THE WHOLE INTERNATIONAL BORDER. BUT RUSSIA HAS CHANGED AND WE MUST ADAPT. IN DOING SO, WE WILL CHANGE BR. WE ARE STICKING TO OUR PRINCIPLES AND TO OUR INTERNATIONAL COMMITMENTS. WE ARE COMMITTED TO PRESERVING EUROPEAN SECURITY INSTITUTIONS AND AGREEMENTS. WE WILL REMAIN TRANSPIRED AND PREDICTABLE AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO RESPOND TO THIS INFORMATION WITH INFORMATION, NOT PROPAGANDA , AND WE WILL KEEP THE CHANNELS OF COMMUNICATION OPEN WITH RUSSIA. BOTH MILITARY TO MILITARY AND DIPLOMATIC BECAUSE THERE IS NO CONTRADICTION IN STRENGTHENING THE COLLECTIVE DEFENSE AND STAYING OPEN FOR DIALOGUE. ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS. IN THIS DIALOGUE WE WILL UPHOLD THE SOVEREIGNTY AND THE INTEGRITY OF ALL EUROPEAN COUNTRIES. THIS BRINGS ME TO MY THIRD AND FINAL POINT SUPPORTING OUR PARTNERS IN EUROPE. IT IS IN OUR INTEREST AS A TRANS-ATLANTIC COMMUNITY TO HAVE NEIGHBORS THAT ARE STABLE AND INDEPENDENT. THAT’S WHY NATO IS WORKING WITH GEORGIA, MOLDOVA AND UKRAINE TO HELP THEM CARRY OUT REFORMS AND BUILD STRONG INSTITUTIONS. OF THESE NATIONS ARE NOT THE FIRST OWNS. THEY ARE IN THE SOVEREIGN STATES AND HAVE THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO HELP THEM ON THE PATH. BECAUSE OF THE NEIGHBORS ARE MORE STABLE, WE ARE MORE SECURE. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, FOR DECADES AS A TRANS-ATLANTIC COMMUNITY WE’VE KEPT OUR PEOPLE SAFE. WE HAVE ERASED THE VISIONS IN EUROPE, WE’VE BUILT A LOOSE BASED ORDER THAT THE BENEFITS US ALL. BUT AS EVER CHALLENGES INCREASE, WE MUST ADAPT. TO PROTECT THE VALUES OF OUR OPEN SOCIETIES AND TO SUPPORT OUR PARTNERS THIS REQUIRED COMMITMENT AND SOLIDARITY THE WORLD IS CHANGING AND WE ARE CHANGING. BUT ONE THING THAT WILL NOT CHANGE IS OUR DETERMINATION TO STAY AND STAND UNITED. THANK YOU. [APPLAUSE] >> THANK YOU. THAT WAS A CLEAR AND CONCISE MESSAGE THAT

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IS URGENTLY NEEDED. WE ARE DELIGHTED THAT YOU COULD JOIN US. I AM THE SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT HERE AT THE CENTER AND WHAT A PRIVILEGE IT IS TO HAVE YOUR FIRST PUBLIC ADDRESS AS THE SECRETARY GENERAL IN WASHINGTON. WHAT WE THOUGHT WE WOULD DO FOR THE NEXT 30 MINUTES OR SO IS TAKE YOU UP ON YOUR OFFER TO ASK QUESTIONS AND MOVE TO THE CHALLENGES THAT WE SEE TO THE SOUTH BUT I’D LIKE TO ASK YOU A FEW QUESTIONS AND I THINK THE MOST CHALLENGING PART OF MY JOB IS TO LIMIT MY QUESTIONS. THERE IS SO MUCH WE CAN COVER. AFTER WE HAVE A FEW MINUTES HERE THEN WE WELCOME OUR AUDIENCE AND I KNOW THEY ASK VERY TOUGH QUESTIONS SO WE WILL ENGAGE IN THE CONVERSATION. SECRETARY, YOU’VE BEEN IN THE JOB FOR ABOUT SIX MONTHS, MAYBE A LITTLE BIT LONGER STARTING AFTER THE SUMMIT IN NEWPORT. AND YOU OFFERED A VERY FRANK ASSESSMENT OF THE MILITARY EXERCISE. BUT HOW HAVE THEY BEEN EXERCISING HAVEN’T DONE THIS TYPE OF DEFENSE IN QUITE A LONG TIME. WHAT ARE THE REFLECTIONS THAT YOU ARE SEEING. >> THAT GOES FOR THE ALLIES AND OF COURSE RUSSIA. SO MY POINT IS NOT TO ARGUE AGAINST EXERCISES. IF THE FORCES ARE TO EXERCISE THEM,

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THE CHALLENGE. IT IS UNDERMINING THE TRANSPARENCY AND AS IT IS STATED IN MY SPEECH REVIEWS THESE EXERCISES AS A DISGUISE FOR ANNEXING CRIMEA AND TO MASK THE TROOPS ON THE BORDERS OF UKRAINE AND ALSO TO SEND TROOPS INTO EASTERN UKRAINE TO SUPPORT THE SEPARATISTS SO THEY ARE USING THESE EXERCISES AS A WAY TO DISGUISE THE OPTIONS, AND BY DOING SO WITHOUT ANY WARNING THERE ARE DECREASING PREDICTABILITY IS AN INCREASING UNCERTAINTY, AND THAT IS THE OPPOSITE OF THE INTENTIONS DESCRIBED WHICH ARE AIMING SO THERE ARE WORRIED MISUNDERSTANDINGS AND THAT’S THE REASON WHY WE ARE FROM THE NATO SIDE TRANSPARENT, PREDICTABLE. SO YOU CAN GO ON THE WEBSITE JUST TO MEET SURE THAT THEY ARE TRANSPARENT ENOUGH. THAT IS PART OF THE RESPONSE TO GET THE ACTIONS OF RUSSIA AND UKRAINE AND WE WILL DO EVEN MORE EXERCISES BUT WE VOTED IN A TRANSPARENT AND A PREDICTABLE WAY. >> IS IT BEST TO RETURN RUSSIA TO THE DOCUMENT THAT THEY FIND OR DO WE NEED SOMETHING NEW? SOME

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SUGGEST WE NEED A CODE OF CONDUCT TO GET TO THE NOTIFICATION TO THE AIRCRAFT THAT HAVE TURNED OFF TRANSPONDERS AS THEY ARE FLYING INTO CROWDED CIVILIAN AIRSPACE. HOW DO WE MEET ITS IMMEDIATE CHALLENGE? DO WE NEED A CODE OF CONDUCT IN THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE? >> IT WAS A VERY STRAIGHTFORWARD THING TO

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DO TO EXERCISE THE MILITARY ACTIVITY. THEN OF COURSE, WE ARE ALWAYS WORKING ON HOW WE CAN DEVELOP THESE KIND OF AGREEMENTS IN THE GOVERNMENT. THEY ARE NOT NATO AGREEMENT. BUT OF COURSE THE ALLIES ARE TAKING PART IN THE AGREEMENTS IN DIFFERENT WAYS AND WE HAVE A SPECIAL FOCUS ON THE RISK OF AIR ACTIVITY. THEY’VE INCREASED THE ACTIVITY BY AROUND 50% BY INTERCEPTING A FEW YEARS AGO. THEY PROVIDED A REPORT OF THE MILITARY ACTIVITY AND ALSO WITHOUT THE TRANSPONDERS. AND NATO WAS COMMENDED FOR THE WAY THAT WE ARE CONDUCTING WITHOUT TRANSPONDERS TO THE CIVILIAN AIR TRAFFIC. SO TO TURN ON TRANSPONDERS. YOU HAVE PAINTED A STARK PICTURE OF THE AGGRESSIVE POSTURE OF THE NUCLEAR ISSUE. AT LAST SEPTEMBER’S NEWPORT SUMMIT THERE WERE ACTIONS THAT YOU MENTIONED THE HIGH READINESS TASK FORCE AND A VARIETY OF OTHER ISSUES. AS WE LOOK FORWARD TO NEXT YEAR’S SUMMIT IN JULY, YOU MENTIONED THIS FOR THE LONG HAUL. DO YOU SEE THAT AS ONE OF THE IMPLEMENTATIONS OF WHAT HAPPENED AT NEWPORT OR DO YOU SEE IT MOVING INTO THE LONG HAUL, THE LONG-TERM STRATEGIC POSTURE? WE HOSTED THIS LAST WEEK AND ARGUED FOR THE INITIATIVE FOR THE STRATEGIC ADAPTATION AND LONG-TERM PERMANENT PRESENCE. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS AS YOU LOOK AT THE NEXT ADVANCE? TO MAKE WE ARE LOOKING AT THE CHANGED SECURITY ENVIRONMENT AND THEREFORE WE HAVE TO ADAPT TO THE ENVIRONMENT AND IT HAS TO BE BIG AND FUNDAMENTAL AND THEREFORE I VERY MUCH BELIEVE THAT WHAT THEY ARE GOING TO IS CHARGE THE WAY FORWARD IN THIS ADAPTATION OF NATO. THAT IS PARTLY ABOUT INCREASING THE COLLECTIVE DEFENSE. THEY HAVE TO DO MORE BUT ALSO OF COURSE ADDRESSING THE ELEMENTS FOR INSTANCE CYBER INTELLIGENCE AND MANY OTHER WHERE WE HAVE TO DO MORE AND DEVELOP THE NEW CAPABILITIES AND ADAPT. THEN I WILL ADD THAT IN ADDITION TO OUTLINING THE NEXT PHASE. IT IS WHERE WE TAKE STOCK BECAUSE IMPLEMENTATION IS ALSO IMPORTANT. MANY MAKE DECISIONS THAT ARE NOT AS GOOD AS THEY SHOULD BE SO ITS IMPORTANT TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE IMPLEMENTING A READINESS ACTION PLAN IN FORCES AND NOT LEAST OF WHICH COMES TO DEFENSE INVESTMENTS AND STARTING TO INCREASE. >> A FOLLOW-UP ON THE STABILITY I THINK HE MENTIONED THERE IS A BIT OF A TIME GAP AS RUSSIA PUTS FORWARD

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THE STATE BORDERS. THEY HAVE A 48 HOUR DEPLOYMENT AND IT COULD BE SOMETHING OF A FASTER SPEED POTENTIAL USING HYBRID TACTICS. ARE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT TIMING AND HOW FAST THEY CAN DEPLOY THE SCENARIO? >> THAT’S THE REASON WE HAVE INCREASED THE

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PREPAREDNESS. WE HAVE THE TROOPS BASED BECAUSE WE BELIEVE THEY WILL BE THERE AND THIS IS THE COMBINATION OF THE ABILITY TO REINFORCE AND I WELCOME THE BORDER COUNTRIES ARE NOW INCREASING THEIR OWN INVESTMENTS IN THE FANS. WE WILL ESTABLISH A PRESENCE IN THE WAY THAT WE ESTABLISHED A COMMAND UNITS AND THAT IS SOMETHING NEW AND I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT IN THE NATO PRESENCE IT WILL ALSO MAKE REINFORCEMENT EASIER. SO NATIONAL PRESENCE AND INCREASED PREPAREDNESS BUT IN ADDITION TO THAT WE HAVE THE ASSURANCE MEASURES WITH MORE TROOPS ON THE GROUND, SO IT’S THE WHOLE COMBINATION THAT PROVIDES WHAT IS SO IMPORTANT FOR ME. >> ONE LAST QUESTION BEFORE I TURN TO THE AUDIENCE AND OPEN UP THE FLOOR FOR QUESTIONS. ANOTHER ASPECT OF MANAGING RELATIONS WITH RUSSIA IS ABOUT THE AGENDA AND I CAN’T

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LET YOU GO UNLESS I ASK A QUESTION ABOUT 2012 SECRETARY CLINTON ARGUED AFTER THE CHICAGO NATO SUMMIT THAT THIS WOULD BE THE SUMMIT THAT WOULDN’T OF THAT WOULDN’T BE DISCUSSED AND WE HAD ANOTHER SUMMIT THAT WASN’T TACKLED AS WE HEADED TOWARDS WARSAW. OBVIOUSLY NOT JUST FOR GEORGIA AND UKRAINE IN THE ALLIANCE, BUT TODAY’S COALITION PLATFORM SUGGESTED THEY ARE KEEPING OPTIONS OPEN. IS THERE A PATH FORWARD? >> IT HAS BEEN HISTORICAL SUCCESS AND OF COURSE A COMBINATION HAS REALLY

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TRANSFORMED. I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT TO UNDERLINE THAT PRINCIPLE OF EVERY NATION TO DECIDE ITS OWN PATH INCLUDING ARRANGEMENT IT WANTS TO BE PART OF. IT’S SOMETHING THAT RUSSIA HAS ALSO ASSIGNED TO. AND THE CONSEQUENCE OF THAT IS WHETHER ANOTHER COUNTRY WILL BECOME A MEMBER IS GOING TO BE DECIDED BY THAT COUNTRY AND THE ALLIES. NO ONE ELSE HAS THE RIGHT TO DENY OR TO CHOOSE THE PATH IT WANTS. WE’VE DECIDED THAT WE WILL MAKE THE DECISIONS ON MONTENEGRO BY THE END OF THIS YEAR SO THIS WILL BE AFTER THE MEETING IN NATO. I AM RELUCTANT IF I SAY ANYTHING ABOUT THAT IT WILL CONTRIBUTE IN A POSITIVE WAY SO THEY HAVE TO DECIDE WHETHER THEY APPLY. >> OKAY. WE ARE READY TO UNLEASH THE AUDIENCE. WE HAVE ABOUT 15 MINUTES. CAN WE BUNDLE A FEW QUESTIONS

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IF YOU COULD IDENTIFY YOURSELF AND AFFILIATION WE HAVE MICROPHONES PASSING AROUND YOU TO SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO SPEAK VERY DIRECTLY. WHY DON’T WE START IN THE BACK. I SEE QUESTIONS IN THE BACK JUST WAIT FOR THE MICROPHONE PLEASE. >> THANK YOU. I’M A FELLOW AT THE ENDOWMENT FOR DEMOCRACY. I HAD THE PLEASURE OF MEETING YOU A FEW

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YEARS AGO AND THE YOUNG ACTIVISTS IN GEORGIA NOW MY QUESTION ON THE FELLOWSHIP I WAS BENIGHTED AND I HOPE THAT YOU COULD HELP ME FIND AN ANSWER WHEN THEY RESHAPED THE SOVIET UNION HAD HELPED THE ORGANIZATION MAINTAIN ITS STRENGTH. MY QUESTION IS REGARDING GEORGIA. WOULD YOU THINK THAT THEY WOULD MAKE ANOTHER STEP TOWARDS THE MEMBERSHIP PLAN OR IF NOT, WHAT WE JUST SAY THAT IT WOULD BE FOR GEORGIA LIKE WITH GEORGIA BENEFIT FROM THE LONG-TERM PARTNERSHIP VERSUS MEMBERSHIP? >> THIS WOULD BE A GOOD TIME TO ASK FOR

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INTERNSHIPS. >> THANK YOU SECRETARY GENERAL. I WANT TO SEE IF I CAN PUSH YOU A LITTLE BIT. WE HAD A BIT OF DEVELOPMENTS TAKING

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PLACE IN THE PARTNERSHIP. HOW DO YOU SEE THIS GOING FORWARD AS A PARTNERSHIP AND IN TERMS OF THE MEMBERSHIP ABOUT KEEPING THE OPTIONS OPEN IT TO SEE IF I CAN GET YOUR TAKE ON HOW USEFUL IT WOULD BE AND WHAT THAT REALLY HELP THEM TO REASSURE THEM AND WOULD IT EVEN BE PRODUCTIVE FOR RUSSIA. >> WE WILL TAKE ONE MORE RIGHT

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HERE. >> ITALY IS VERY PROUD OF BEING THE PROVIDING POLICE TO THE STATES AS WE SPEAK. WE ARE ONE OF THOSE NATIONS THAT WOULD BE ONE OF THE

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LEADING NATIONS CONTRADICTING TO THE CYBER CENTER AND AT THE SAME TIME I WOULD BE INTERESTED ON WHAT THE ROLE COULD BE IN THOSE CHALLENGES. THANK YOU. >> SO THE COMPLEXITIES OF THE SOUTH. >> THE

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SECRETARY-GENERAL OF NATO THAT IS A GOOD LOOK

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AND THEY HAVE A CLOSE PARTNERSHIP WITH GEORGIA. WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF IMPLEMENTING THE SUBSTANTIAL PACKAGE WHICH IS EXPANDING FURTHER INTO PARTNERSHIP WITH GEORGIA. WE ARE ESTABLISHING THE TRAINING CENTERS AND WE ARE REALLY DOING SUBSTANTIAL ACTIVITIES. AND IN THE DEFENSE CAPACITY BUILDING IN GEORGIA WHICH INCREASES THE ABILITY TO DEFEND ITSELF I THINK THAT’S IMPORTANT FOR THE REGION. BUT WHEN IT COMES TO MEMBERSHIP THERE IS NOTHING MORE TO SAY THAN WHAT HAS BEEN STATED AGAIN AND AGAIN. I WAS AT THE SUMMIT IN 2008 WHERE WE MADE THE DECISIONS. THEY ARE RESTATED BUT WHAT WE DECIDED WAS THE FIRST APPLICANT AS THEY WERE GOING TO ADDRESS LATER THIS YEAR. THEN ON SWEDEN I APPRECIATE WHAT WE HAVE WITH GEORGIA AND THEY ARE CONTRIBUTING TO A LOT OF THE CORPORATIONS SO WE HAVE AN IMPORTANT PARTNERSHIP THAT WE HAVE TO PARTICIPATE IN AND DEVELOP. THEN YOU SAID YOU WOULD TRY TO PUSH IT FURTHER BUT WOULDN’T SUCCEED. IT’S EASY TO JOKE ABOUT THIS ABOUT A THINK IT’S SO IMPORTANT THAT EVERYTHING I SAY ABOUT THE ADVANTAGE OF THE SOCIETY ARE THE ADVANTAGES AND FOR THE MISUSE IF I WAS A JOURNALIST OR A SCIENTIST OR ANYTHING ELSE BECAUSE I’M THE SECRETARY GENERAL AND THEN THAT’S THE REASON THAT WE JUST HAVE TO FOLLOW THAT AND THE DEMOCRATIC POSITION IN THE COUNTRIES TO DECIDE WHETHER THEY WOULD LIKE TO APPLY IN THE SAME WAY AS ANY OTHER APPLICATION THAT LETS ME ADD ANOTHER. WE HAVE A PARTNERSHIP WITH SWEDEN AND FINLAND AND THERE ARE ENHANCED OPPORTUNITIES AND WE ARE DOING MORE AND MORE TOGETHER WITH THEM AND WE ARE SHARING INFORMATION AND WORKING CLOSELY TOGETHER WITH THEM AND WE DECIDED TO GO FURTHER IN DEVELOPING OUR PARTNERSHIP SO THEY ARE REALLY CLOSE PARTNERS. TO THE EAST WE SEE THE CHALLENGES IN THE STATE AND WE RESPOND IN A WAY THAT IS FAMILIAR TO WHAT WE’VE DONE BEFORE AND IN THE SOUTH WE ARE FACED WITH NON- STATE CHALLENGES AND THAT IS A MIXED AND COMPLICATED PICTURE WITH VIOLENCE AND TURMOIL. WE ALSO SEE THE ATTACKS TAKING PLACE IN SOME OF THE OTHER ORGANIZATIONS. I WOULD WELCOME THAT ALL ALLIES CONTRIBUTE TO THE COALITION AND I THINK WE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND ONE OF THE REASONS THE PARTNERS CAN CONTRIBUTE IS BECAUSE THEY HAVE DEVELOPED INTEROPERABILITY. THEY’VE LEARNED HOW TO WORK TOGETHER IN AFGHANISTAN SO EVEN THOUGH THIS ISN’T A NATO OPERATION IT IS VERY USEFUL. THEN IN ADDITION, THEY DECIDED TO DEVELOP THE CAPACITY TO BECAUSE THEY ARE ON THE IDEA TO PROJECT TO THE STABILITY AND BY BUILDING THE LOCAL FORCES THEY CAN TAKE MORE OF THIS POSSIBILITY FOR THE SECURITY AND THEREBY WE CAN PROTECT THE LARGE NUMBER OF THE FORCES AND WE ARE DOING THAT IN JORDAN. WE HAVE REDUCED AND WE ARE NOW IN THE PROCESS OF HELPING THEM BUILD INSTITUTION REFORMS AND INCREASED THEIR ABILITY. WE STAND READY TO DO THAT IN LIBYA WHEN THE SITUATION ON THE GROUND ALLOWS. AND EVEN IF WE DON’T CALL IT THE CAPACITY BUILDING. THEY TAKE THE FULL RESPONSIBILITY IN THE FUTURE FOR THEIR OWN SECURITY. AND I THINK THAT TO DEVELOP AND TAKE MORE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR OWN SECURITY IS IMPORTANT FOR THE COUNTRIES BUT ALSO NATO AND WE HAVE TO DO MORE OF THAT. >> WE WILL TAKE A VITAMIN AROUND ON THE NEXT THREE QUESTIONS. WE HAVE ONE IN THE BACK RIGHT

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THERE. >> THANK YOU. VOICE OF AMERICA. I WOULD LIKE TO

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ASK THE HERE IN THE UNITED STATES HEAR MORE VOICES NOW IN THE MEDIA AND ON THE INTERNET THAT UKRAINE AND THE STANDOFF WITH RUSSIA IS MOSTLY A EUROPEAN PROBLEM AND WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO THOSE PEOPLE THAT SAY THAT IT SHOULD BE PUTTING MOST EFFORT INTO RESOLVING THE CRISIS AND IT SHOULD BE GERMANY OR FRANCE LEADING THE WAY? THANK YOU. >> THANK YOU. SHOULD WE TAKE ONE MORE IN THE BACK IN THE CORNER

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PLEASE? >> GOOD MORNING. I AM A BRITISH EXCHANGE IN DC. IT WAS A FASCINATING EXERCISE HERE LAST YEAR WHICH

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CONSIDERED THE SCENARIO ON ONE OF THE MOST INTERESTING THINGS IN THE AUDIENCE AND THERE WAS ALMOST NO AGREEMENT ON WHAT CONSTITUTED A BREACH OF ARTICLE FIVE. I WONDER IF YOU CAN TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE CHALLENGE OF DEFINING THE THRESHOLD AT WHICH IT IS BREACHED PARTICULARLY AND THEN IN A NAME LIKE CYBER AND ALSO MAYBE SPEAKS LIKELY TO DEALING WITH AN ADVERSARY THAT THE DETERMINEDLY STAYS BELOW THAT THRESHOLD. >> FANTASTIC QUESTION. I THINK WITH TIME AND GOING TO HAVE YOU RESPONDED TO THIS QUESTION. >> UKRAINE

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IS IN EUROPE IS A PROBLEM OR A CRISIS WHICH AFFECTS NOT ONLY THE EUROPEAN COUNTRIES BUT THE INTERNATIONAL LAW AS A VIOLATED AND

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UNDERMINES THE WHOLE IDEA OF THE ORDER THAT IS BASED ON THE RULES. SO OF COURSE IT IS IMPORTANT FOR THE GLOBAL ORDER AND WHEN THE BALL IS VIOLATED IN THE WAY THAT WE HAVE SEEN UKRAINE WHEN IT COMES TO THE ANNEXATION OF THE ILLEGAL ANNEXATION OF CRIMEA. EUROPEANS ARE IN THE LEAD WHEN IT COMES TO TRYING TO FIND SOLUTIONS BECAUSE FRANCE AND GERMANY IN PARTICULAR ARE REALLY IN THE LEAD. .. THERE’S ALSO GLOBAL CHALLENGE AND THE CHALLENGE WHICH TRANS-ATLANTIC ALLIANCE IS ADDRESSING. THEN WHEN IT COMES TO ARTICLE V, THE IMPORTANT THING IS THAT NATO STANDS READY TO PROTECT AND DEFEND ALL ALLIES AGAINST ANYTHING. AND WHEN IT COMES TO FOR INSTANCE, FIBER, THINK IMPORTANT THING WITH IT, WAS TO DECIDE THE CYBERATTACK CAN — BECAUSE WE’VE GOT CYBER AND POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS AS A CONVENTIONAL ATTACK. AND, THEREFORE, WE ARE DEVELOPING OUR CAPABILITIES TO RESPOND PARTLY TO DETECT WHO IS BEHIND. OUR MAIN RESPONSIBILITY IS TO DEFEND OUR OWN NATO NETWORKS. WE ARE DEVELOPING TEAMS, CAPABILITIES, DOING MORE EXERCISES WITH CYBER DEFENSE EXERCISE. SO WE ARE INCREASING OUR READINESS TO CYBER DEFENSE. BUT THERE ARE ALSO ASSISTING IN HELPING ALLIES IN DEVELOPING THEIR OWN CAPABILITIES TO DO CYBER DEFENSE. AND AS ALWAYS, EVERY SITUATION, EVERY ATTACK IS UNIQUE BUT I THINK WHAT TRUST EVER LIKE THAT NATO WILL RESPOND AND THE PROPORTIONATE WAY COME IF AND WHEN NEEDED, WHATEVER KIND OF ATTACK WHICH ARE LAUNCHED AGAINST US. >> THE ONE THING WE LEARNED WAS POLITICAL LEADERS NEED TO EXERCISE HOW TO MAKE THOSE DECISIONS WHEN THEY ARE FELLOW THRESHOLD LEVELS. IT HAS TO BE PRACTICED

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AND UNDERSTOOD BECAUSE ATTRIBUTION WILL NEVER BE PERFECT AND WHEN POLITICAL WILL IS PERHAPS NOT THERE, IT’S REALLY LEADERS SITTING AROUND THE TABLE EXPLORING WHAT WOULD THAT MEAN, WHAT WOULD WE NEED, WHAT IS THE INTELLIGENCE REQUIRED? THAT’S ONE AREA RECEIVED CRITICAL LEADERSHIP COULD GAIN SOME VALUE AND PRACTICING AT DECISION-MAKING PROCESS WORKS. >> FIRST OF ALL I BELIEVE IN EXERCISES. SECOND I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT EXERCISING POLITICAL LEADERS. THIRD WE NEED UTAH’S POLITICAL LEADERS BECAUSE WE HAVE ELECTED THEM,

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AND RELATED TO THAT I THINK IS WE HAVE IN EVERY NATO SET UP IN X. HAPPENS, WHY WE RESPOND TO AT SOME STAGE AFTER PREPARED FOR STRATEGIES, YOUR PLAN, EXERCISE, IMAGINE DIFFERENT SCENARIOS BUT AT THE END IT WILL BE A DECISION TAKEN BY POLITICAL LEADERS HOW TO RESPOND. THEREFORE, WE NEED THE CAPABILITIES, THE CAPACITY TO RESPOND. WE NEED TO EXERCISE. WE CAN NEVER HAVE A SPECIFIC REASON EXACTLY ARE WE GOING TO RESPOND TO EVERY POSSIBLE AND IMPOSSIBLE THREAT. BECAUSE THE WORLD AND IF YOU CHOOSE TO COMPLEX. AS LONG AS YOU THEIR CAPACITIES, THE CAPABILITIES AND THEY ARE EXERCISED, WE HAVE TO TRUST OUR POLITICAL LEADERS ARE ABLE TO TAKE THE RIGHT DECISIONS SPIRIT THAT IS A VERY POSITIVE NOTE TO END ON. SECRETARY GENERAL STOLTENBERG, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR CLARITY, MESSAGE, AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO WATCHING HOW NATO DEFAULTS IN THE NEXT YEAR ON THE ROAD TO OUR NEXT SUMMIT IN WARSAW IN JULY OF NEXT YEAR. PLEASE JOIN IN THANKING SECRETARY GENERAL STOLTENBERG. [APPLAUSE] A. >> THANK YOU ALL FOR JOINING US. HAVE A GREAT REST OF THE DAY. [INAUDIBLE

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DARPA will test airborne laser ‘death ray’ this summer

By Claire Bernish
Global Research, May 26, 2015
The Anti-Media 25 May 2015

An endless sea of money flowing into the field of military technology creates constant advancements in new and terrifying ways to die, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is on the front lines in that mission. DARPA’s latest defense system, HELLADS, is one step closer to arming aircraft and drones with an exceptionally powerful and destructive, weaponized laser beam.

Set to begin testing at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico this summer, the High-Energy Liquid Laser Area Defense System program has been developing an electrically and optically efficient laser for output from a lighter and more compact platform through DARPA contractor, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA ASI). The Gen 3 High Energy Laser System (HEL) measures just 4.26 x 1.31 x 1.64 feet, and uses a compact lithium-ion battery to produce a beam of between 150-300 kW for “deployable tactical platforms.”

To understand how alarming this latest technology actually is, a comparison to current laser weaponry is in order. Already in use on board the USS Ponce, the Navy’s Laser Weapon System produces a beam of light capable of destroying the electronics systems and overheating the engines of drones, small boats, and small aircraft — and can even explode warheads. And those lasers are just 30 kW. Lasers to be used with the HELLADS system are up to ten times more powerful, and even when tested at 50 kW, were able to deliver a consistently high-quality beam for up to 30 seconds at a time, and then only limited in scope by battery life.

But there’s more. Remember the goal of putting this framework in the air? Well, the same contractor that streamlined the laser has also developed the jet-powered Avenger drone which generates enough energy in flight to continually recharge that battery — giving the weapon unlimited ammunition from an agile, unmanned aircraft, capable of speeds around 450 mph, that can stay aloft for up to 18 hours at a time. But not yet.

HELLADS will first be tested on the ground against “rockets, mortars, vehicles and surrogate surface-to-air missiles,”according to a DARPA statement“The technical hurdles were daunting, but it is extremely gratifying to have produced a new type of solid-state laser with unprecedented power and beam quality for its size,” said program manager Rick Bagnell. “The HELLADS laser is now ready to be put to the test on the range against some of the toughest tactical threats our warfighters face.”

Though marketed primarily as a defense system, the statement adds, “Laser weapon systems provide additional capability for offensive missions as well—adding precise targeting with low probability of collateral damage […] Following the field-testing phase, the goal is to make the system available to the military services for further refinement, testing or transition to operational use.”

So, the question must be posed: When so many fight simply to survive, how gratifying can perfecting an obscenely destructive weapon of war really be?

http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-latest-in-terrifying-ways-to-die-darpas-airborne-death-ray/5451805