Monday, 29 February 2016

EU NAVORE - Counter Piracy News February

Atalanta Warship, ESPS Victoria Hands Over Counter-Piracy Duties to ESPS Tornado
On 6th February 2016, Spanish frigate, ESPS Victoria, completed her deployment with EU Naval Force after four months of counter-piracy operations in the Indian Ocean

Spanish Maritime Patrol Aircraft Takes to the Air for First Flight with Operation Atalanta
On Friday 5th February, Spanish Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA) P-3 Orion completed its first counter-piracy reconnaissance mission with Operation Atalanta after launching from its base in Djibouti.

Operation Atalanta Warship ESPS Tornado Replenished at Sea by US Navy Ship Joshua Humphreys
In the early hours of 8 February 2016, Spanish warship, ESPS Tornado, drew up alongside US supply ship, USNS Joshua Humphreys, at sea to replenish fuel and essential supplies.

Atalanta Warship ITS Carabiniere and French Warship FS Floreal Conduct Joint Exercises
Beginning in the early hours of 5 February 2016, and in the waters beyond Seychelles’ main harbour, Operation Atalanta’s Italian flagship, ITS Carabiniere, conducted a joint exercise with French frigate FS Floreal.

Operation Atalanta Welcomes Pakistan Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah to Headquarters in London
Earlier today the Deputy Commander, Rear Admiral Jonas Wikstrӧm, welcomed the Pakistan Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah, to EU NAVFOR’s Operational Headquarters in London.

Crew Change For Atalanta Warship FGS Erfurt
German corvette, FGS Erfurt, part of EU Naval Force since August 2015, has changed her crew after six months of counter-piracy operations off the Horn of Africa.

Atalanta Force Commander and Pakistan Navy Commander from Warship PNS Saif Meet at Sea
On Wednesday 10 February 2016, the Force Commander of Operation Atalanta, Rear Admiral Stefano Barbieri, welcomed to ITS Carabiniere Captain Khyber Zaman, the Commanding Officer of PNS Saif.

Operation Atalanta Flagship Meets South Korean Warship at Sea in Indian Ocean
On 10 February 2016, Operation Atalanta flagship, ITS Carabiniere, and South Korean warship, ROKS Choi Young, met in the Indian Ocean.

Medal Parade Held on board ITS Carabiniere for Operation Atalanta Sailors
On Friday 12 February the EU NAVFOR Somalia Force Commander, Rear Admiral Barbieri, awarded the Operation Atalanta Medal to the multinational staff members embarked onboard the flagship, ITS Carabiniere.

Operation Atalanta’s Deputy Commander Visits Spanish Maritime Patrol Aircraft Detachment
Operation Atalanta’s Deputy Commander, Rear Admiral Jonas Wikström, visited the Spanish Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA) Detachment in Djibouti last week.

Operation Atalanta’s Deputy Commander Visits Flagship ITS Carabiniere in Dar Es Salaam
On Saturday 20 February 2016 Operation Atalanta’s Deputy Commander, Rear Admiral Jonas Wikström, was welcomed aboard the EU Naval Force flagship, ITS Carabiniere, during her port visit to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania.

Operation Atalanta’s Spanish Warship ESPS Tornado Hosts Visitors Alongside In Tanzania
Whilst Operation Atalanta warship ESPS Tornado was alongside on a port visit in Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, she played host to two important visitors.
EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia - Operation Atalanta is part of the EU's comprehensive approach to tackle symptoms and root causes of piracy off the coast of Somalia and the EU Strategic Framework for the Horn of Africa adopted in November 2011.

EU NAVFOR conducts anti-piracy operations off the coast of Somalia and the Indian Ocean and is responsible for the protection of World Food Programme (WFP) shipping carrying humanitarian aid to the people of Somalia and Horn of Africa as well as the logistic shippings supporting the African Union troops conducting Peace Support Operations in Somalia (AMISOM). Additionally, Operation Atalanta contributes to the monitoring of fishing activity off the coast of Somalia.

Sunday, 28 February 2016

This is sure not what the Founding fathers of America wanted

There is no excuse for what Michael Wolfe did. Jihad Watch writes.
He is guilty of being hateful and stupid, and committing armed burglary and criminal mischief. 
He should be sentenced accordingly. 

We at SDR however think being stupid and resentful is not a crime neither should it be a such a big crime to put a animal body part in a Mosque. After all Muslims constantly mistreat dogs all over the western world without much of a sentence whatever.  We reported of slow and sickening torture of animals by Muslim Arabs in Sweden. That did not hurt only mentally but is a something that Westerners commonly don’t accept. Muslims are hurting dogs and cats all over the west while not
getting any punishment....Is that acceptable and is it less than placing some ham in a mosque ?

See the daily animal abuse by Muslims here:
Muslims Declare Jihad on Dogs in Europe Dead Dog Jihad (Join "EDL Videos" on facebook) 
Halal brutality - The way how muslims torture animals for Allah
Muslim halal meat slaughtering in Cairo Egypt imported from Australia
Barbaric Cruel islamic Halal Slaughter

Here a Muslims man attacking a pub caught on CCTV:


And the little bacon is hardly something inflicting bodily harm.
Bacon has been thrown at jews in the US and no one even got jail !
So why now ?

In Portland, Mohamed Mohamud attempted to commit jihad mass murder at a Christmas Tree lighting ceremony.
 He got thirty years in prison, and his lawyers are claiming that sentence was draconian and should be reduced. 

US must wake up to its Islamification and thing fairly about how we in the past have been accepting and forgiving. Especially if no one has been hurt physically!

So we ask: Should Michael Wolfe should get life in prison for bacon while Mohamed Mohamud gets thirty years for attempted mass murder? 

This indicates yet again that Muslims in the U.S. are rapidly becoming a protected class, by the authorities, while we the rest of us the Christians and Jews Hindus  Buddhists and many more " must" tolerate and actually are forced to watch INVENTED religious public manifestations.
See this; No burqa no hijab etc in Iran before 1979!Why should we be forced to go along radical Islamists now decades later when they wish to go away from modern towards Saudi Arabian radical ultra conservative Islam?

Michael Wolfe deserves punishment. 
But the punishment certainly should fit the crime according to US laws and not some sickening Sharia or something remotely the same.....

However now the US media reports:

“ An attack on a mosque using raw bacon and a machete could potentially garner a Brevard County man up to life in prison as a result of a recently added hate crime enhancement, authorities say”

Michael Wolfe, 35, was charged with armed burglary of a structure and criminal mischief of a place of worship in connection with the New Year’s Eve break-in and desecration of the Islamic Society of Central Florida Masjid Al-Munin Mosque in Titusville.

Police said the convicted felon acted alone, broke into the empty mosque with a machete at night, slashing at windows and other property before leaving behind a slab of raw bacon in and around the front door. A surveillance video shows Wolfe, dressed in camouflage pants and carrying a backpack as he stepped into the carport at the mosque.

The attack – one of a several acts of vandalism reported at Islamic centers across the country – drew national attention from advocacy groups like the [Hamas-linked — Ed.] Council on American-Islamic Relations. The incident left many in fear at the small, 50-member congregation.
Wolfe remains held at the Brevard County Jail Complex without bond and is awaiting trial.
“Our charging decisions confirm how seriously we take crimes of this nature. When further investigation shows a crime is clearly hate motivated, it will not be tolerated,” said State Attorney Phil Archer, who could not comment directly on the case.

The state attorney’s office reviewed the case and brought formal charges against Wolf earlier this month. Both charges now carry hate crime enhancements, which means the potential sanctions in the event of a conviction are increased. In the case of the armed burglary charge, Wolfe could now face up to life in prison if found guilty of the charge, although the case and any sentencing still hinges on whether a plea deal is reached, Wolfe’s prior record and the discretion of the judge.

Imam Muhammad Mursi, who oversees a network of mosques in Central Florida. lauded the state attorney’s office’s effort to pursue the case as a hate crime. “We have been hoping for that to happen. It was clearly a hate crime,” Mursi said. “Obviously, we were lucky that no one was there that night. He had a a machete, someone could have been killed.”
“Right now we are trying to recover and reassure people,” Mursi said…

See the video:

Saturday, 27 February 2016

UK: Minister gives evidence on ISIL finance sources

26 February 2016

The Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee takes evidence on the sources of ISIL finances with the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.


Wednesday 2 March 2016, Committee Room 16, Palace of Westminster
At 10.15am
  • Tobias Ellwood MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Government official(s)

Further information

Honouring the Jewish James Bond of his time

Simon Wiesenthal was a well-known Nazi-hunter all over the world who dedicated his life to preserving the truth about the horrors of the Holocaust. And to hunt and chase war criminals no matter how long time had gone by ...It did not matter to him.

He once told a friend of my in the 70s Vienna that the law might not always prosecute them but I don't let them rest and make them know that we seek themmand that makes them not sleep well at night and also change where about often.

Wiesenthal was born in Austria-Hungarian Monarchy also known as K.U.K. Kaiser und Königlich that later became only know as Austria after the Monarchy was gone.... 

Simon Wiesenthal grew up in Austria which became a part of the Nazi Reich without any resistance and quite in contrary as Adolf Hitler was born in Austria and not Germany as many think today.

So once Hitlers nazi Reich was established in both Germany and Austria there was no where to hide for a Jew as most of the neighbours where active nazis who kept their eyes pen for Socialists (Communist) and Jews. 

Simon Wiesenthal and his family were rounded up and sent off to the concentration camps where he was forced into labor. He survived the war through a mixture of sheer willpower, pure chance and miracle.

Having survived the horrors of the Holocaust, Wiesenthal dedicated his life to hunting down Nazi murderers like Adolf Eichman and Franz Stangl.

The “Jewish James Bond” passed away having achieved his life mission of preserving the memory of the Holocaust by bringing many of those responsible to justice.

Check out this touching tribute to an amazing individual who affected the lives of millions with his work.


Friday, 26 February 2016

SDR now on LinkedIn as a group and discussion forum

As seen now on LinkedIn:

Dear Friends 
Im very happy to introduce to you SDR on LinkedIn.
The initiative for this project was taken by SDR Italy´s leader Mr. Marco Federico.
Naturally he enjoys the support of any and all of the Strategic Diplomatic Reflations activists.

We are many and we are from any area within security - diplomacy - politics - army - Police -
think tanks etc....We all seethe same: A sustainable and peaceful world that has tolerance for all 
gender and races.  However out home is the west and that said we try to promote the ages old
cultural bonds between Christians and Jews, just as an example as these are the traditional religions of the west. Most of our team´s agree upon the fact that modern politics should have no right to 
try to replace our culture in any way.  

SDR is very proud of our latest achievement by Mr. Marco Federico

Thank you.

Barry Shaw: A new tactic against BDS – laugh at them

Much has been written lately about BDS. People seem to be really concerned. It reminds me of the dread of the bogeyman in the broom cupboard. The fear is far, far, greater than the reality.
What to do about BDS? Laugh at them, and ridicule them.
The most effective piece of writing I ever did was an article I wrote about a decade ago that went viral in the social media. It was called “My letter to a BDS advocate. If You’re Going to Boycott Israel do it Properly!”
You know how it goes. These hypocrites who call on others to boycott us don’t apply their principles to themselves. They continue to use their computers, laptops, smartphones that wouldn’t operate without our Israeli technology. They use Israeli science, medical and pharmaceutical advances in their everyday life.
So here we are, a decade later, still scared of the BDS bogeyman. 
This is why I chose to write my new book, BDS for IDIOTS, in the tone of my decade-old article. This book is a seriously funny humiliation of the BDS activist. Students have a lot to learn from it. 
As one reader wrote, “The best way to treat BDS idiots is to laugh at them and ridicule them and their phoney message.”
There are thousands of organizations and groups determined to destroy Israel. They work tirelessly and relentlessly. They spend millions of dollars in their campaigns and activities, and what is the effect of their massed labors? Israel is economically, politically, militarily, stronger now than we were a decade ago. 
BDS is not the monster many make them out to be. They are, as I describe in my book, that irritating fly on a hot summer’s night. You know what I mean. It’s that little nuisance that buzzes around your ear or around your cool glass of wine as you try to relax by the pool or on the beach. It’s there to upset you, but it can’t kill you, no matter how hard it tries, and what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.
My advice to all our supporters is to ridicule them and their hypocritical message which is nothing more than lies and slander. We can challenge their false claims easily, with humor, with truth and honesty, part of which is exposing their nonsense. 
BDS? That stands for Biased, Dumb and Stupid, doesn’t it?

Barry Shaw, author of ‘BDS for IDIOTS’ and the Senior Associate for Public Diplomacy at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies. 

Monday, 22 February 2016

ASIA: China Declares All Out War On Islam and is not playing around like the west!

China seems to be declaring an all out war to make sure Islam doesn’t take over.

Ramadan is banned and Chinese restaurants must stay open during this fast.

Muslim prayer meetings and other religious practices are banned in Chinese government buildings, schools, and business offices in China’s Xinjiang region reports "The Times of India".

Religious activities are now restricted to take place only in houses of worship, such as mosques.

The large sum of $4,880 fines will be imposed mobile phones users and using the Internet to disseminate messages that undermine national unity, social stability or incite ethnic hatred.

Female head dresses are banned in conformity with Chinese legislators who have repeatedly said that burqas and are rightly “not a national dress of Muslims.”  (as its only represents the radical Wahhabi version and has spread from there as the Muslims have become more Wahhabi influenced)
They’re justifying their new laws based on several other countries, such as France and Belgium who have enacted similar bans based on public safety concerns.

You sleep as you make your bed in China!

Men with long beards are banned from riding public transportation: 
Chinese have suffered numerous terrorist attacks from both Muslim men with long beards, women, men in disguise wearing burquas, that obscures their appearance and suicide belts.

Whats most effective will be the fact that China will pay up to $8,000 for information on their bearded Muslim neighbors.

Islamic restaurants in China must sell alcohol and cigarettes and these items must be displayed for sale or these restaurants will be force to shut down. 

This law has been enacted as result of reports by some non-Muslim customers have been assaulted for even requesting these items in Muslim restaurants, or for merely requesting pork in a meal.

The Quran (Koran) calls the use of “intoxicants” sinful,(Haram)  while some Muslim religious leaders have also forbidden smoking. 

Some non-Muslim customers have been assaulted for even requesting these items in Muslim restaurants, or for merely requesting pork in a meal.

Muslims cannot wear clothing or logos associated with extremism. 
No ISIS flags or patches allowed.

Further Muslims’ personal phones may also no longer be used to study the Quran or practice religious hymns. (Radical ring tones in Arabic where most likely the target and the spreading radical preachings. ) The fact that most radicalism spreads via internet and places like YouTube or mobile phones has long been debated but without any results.
Radicalism be it in any form should be criminalised and also upheld and not easy to get into any children hands especially not the Muslim recruiting and radicalisation videos! Fact his that in the west they are all freely to be seen on Youtube and Facebook. After all wasn't it almost all the Muslims in the world who stood up against the Muhammed cartoons and said that freedom of speech cant hurt others.
Its time they them selfs start living as they preach so that the world sees less of radicalized Islamist. Today and the day before and so one there has been some bombs by some Muslim or a knife attack in Israel and more.

West must now consider to look towards China and Russia how to manage radicals in a much better manner than we in the west!  Security groups are created daily all over but deeds with results  are as rare as a monkey who can count to 5!
All we see is westerner consensus politicians fly around visiting each other costing tax payers billions in security and jets and hotels etc... This waste needs to end!
If people can talk on Skype then they should be able to live in a modern world too!
letts not forget how of the UN flies around making meetings bringing absolutely no results what ever living almost all the Middle easter Christians become a rare species while they give 3 times as much money to the few Palestinians refugees than to any other group of people!  (se UNRWA statistics per capita costs) This too has to end NOW! If UN wishes to be a Muslim or then move to Saudi Arabia.
The biggest joke about UN is that Saudi Arabia leads its human rights council...
If thats not a wake up cal then what is ?

the actual ongoing Genocide by Muslims on Christians and the yazidi´s should be prioritised by UN or then they should just close down the entire buildings its costs are tremendous and achievements just create more laws instead of sustainable solutions. UN was made to help all and not just them selfs to bigger salaries and diplomatic status and tax free jobs and retirements that swollow most of the entire UN budget we suspect.

Ever since George W Bush and 9/11 has been spooking as most of the planning and deed was carried out by Saudi Arabians and to us at SDR its a mystery how George W Bush managed to let all the important Saudis leave the US without any investigation.......

Sources: Indian Times and with great gratitude to our long time rowing co worker Eric "S"

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Turkeys told by NATO it can't count on support in a conflict with Russia as tensions escalate!

- European diplomats warned that Ankara cannot invoke Article 5
- Germany says that NATO cannot 'pay the price for a war started by Turks'
- Turkey has called for international ground operation in Syria 
- Russia called Security Council meeting to halt Turkey's shelling of Kurds

In other words know its  place in the strategic food chain …But thats definitely nothing that the Turks like ti accept as they wish to use NATO for its own alone purposes. 

European diplomats have warned the Turkish government that it cannot count on the NATO support should the conflict with Russia escalate into an armed conflict, according to German media. 
Ankara has called for a joint ground operation in Syria with its international allies, insisting it is the only way to stop the country's five-year war. Saudi Arabia has said it would be ready to take part in an international force to be deployed in Syria. 

But Russia, which has been carrying out air strikes in support of main regional ally Bashar al-Assad, has voiced its opposition to the operation. 

It also called on the Security Council to press Turkey to halt its shelling of Kurdish forces in northern Syria - but it was rejected. 

Turkey's plan was based on the assumption that, in case of conflict, the country could invoke Article 5 of the NATO treaty, the collective defence clause if any member state is attacked. 

But Luxembourg foreign minister Jean Asselborn told German magazine Der Spiegel that the Turkish government cannot count on Nato .

'NATO cannot allow itself to be pulled into a military escalation with Russia as a result of the recent tensions between Russia and Turkey,' he said. 

Asselborn also stressed that Article 5 can only be invoked when a member state is clearly attacked. 
A German diplomat echoed Asselborn's stance and said:  
'We are not going to pay the price for a war started by the Turks.'!!!!

On Friday, French President Francois Hollande also said that Europe needs to prevent a conflict between the two nations.

'There is a risk of war between Turkey and Russia,' he said in an interview with France Inter radio. 
To us at SDR Turkey entirely lost perspire about their own importance.

To Russia Turkey is only small potatoes and Erdogan Pasha better believe it .

Saturday, 20 February 2016

EUNAVFOR MED - Warship Targeting Traffickers

The following media report regarding the Mediterranean human trafficking 
to EU from Libya was made by CNN news:


Ambassador ret.Yoram Ettinger: The Palestinian issue erroneously perceived

Common sense suggests that simplistic and erroneous assumptions produce simplistic and erroneous policies, as has been the case of all US initiatives towards the Palestinian issue, which has been erroneously perceived – by the US foreign policy establishment – to be the root cause of the Arab-Israeli conflict. 

Hence, the initial US opposition to the 1977 Israel-Egypt peace initiative and the attempt to inject the Palestinian issue on the eve of the 1979 signing ceremony; the 1987 US recognition of the PLO, which rewarded a role-model of – and provided significant tailwind to - international terrorism; the passive US role in the 1994 Israel-Jordan peace initiative; the US endorsement of Arafat as a Nobel Laureate and the embrace of the self-destruct 1993 Oslo Accords; the failure to punish the Palestinian Authority for its hate-education and other systematic violations of the Oslo Accords; and the resounding failure of President Obama’s initiatives, which have highlighted the Palestinian issue.

In contrast to the US foreign policy establishment’s worldview, the first 1948/49 Arab-Israeli War was not launched, by Arab countries, on behalf of Palestinian aspirations. The Arabs launched the war in order to advance their own particular – not Palestinian - interests through the occupation of the strategic area between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. In fact, the Palestinians blame Arab leaders for what they term “the 1948 debacle." 

Moreover, the 1948/49 War was aimed to prevent the establishment of an “infidel” Jewish entity on a land, which Muslims believe is divinely endowed to the “believers” (Waqf). Thus, during the October, 1947 Pan-Arab Summit, the Secretary General of the Arab League, Abdul Rahman Azzam, stated: “The establishment of a Jewish state would lead to a war of extermination and momentous massacre, which will be spoken of like the Mongolian massacre and the Crusades…. This war will be distinguished by three serious matters… the shortest road to paradise… an opportunity for vast plunder… avenging the martyrdom of Palestinian Arabs.” 

Jordan joined the 1948/49 War, in order to expand its territory from the east bank of the Jordan River to the Mediterranean, as a step towards domination of the Arab World. Egypt harbored a similar ambition, and therefore attempted to foil Jordan’s ambitious strategy, and deployed some of its soldiers to the Jerusalem region to check the Jordanian military moves. Iraq aspired to control the 585-mile-long Iraq-Haifa oil pipeline, extending from the oil fields in Kirkuk/Mosul, through Jordan to the refineries in Haifa. Syria considered the war as an opportunity to conquer some southern sections of “Greater Syria.”

Therefore, at the end of the 1948/9 war, Iraq occupied Samaria (the northern West Bank), but transferred it to Jordan, not to the Palestinians. Jordan occupied Judea (the southern West Bank) and in April 1950 annexed both Judea & Samaria (naming it the West Bank) to the Hashemite Kingdom on the East Bank of the Jordan River. The Hashemite Kingdom prohibited Palestinian activities and punished/expelled Palestinian activists. Egypt conquered the Gaza Strip, imposed a nightly curfew, which was terminated when Israel gained control of Gaza in 1967.  Egypt prohibited Palestinian national activities and expelled Palestinian leaders.  Syria occupied and annexed the al-Hama area in the Golan Heights.

In 1948, the Arab League formed the “All Palestine Government” as a department within the Arab League headquarters in Cairo, dissolving it in 1959.

Independent of the Palestinian issue, the 1956 Sinai War was triggered by Egyptian President Nasser’s megalomaniacal aspirations to rule the Arab World. Nasser concluded a major arms deal with Czechoslovakia and formed a joint Egypt-Syria-Jordan military command against his Arab rivals and Israel. Consequently, he nationalized the British-French owned Suez Canal, supported the Algerian uprising against France, blockaded Israel’s southern port of Eilat, and unleashed Gaza-based terrorism against Israel, aiming to occupy parts of the Negev in southern Israel.

Irrespective of the Palestinian issue, the 1967 (Six Day) War was launched by Israel in response to Egypt’s blockade of Eilat, the oil port of Israel; Egyptian deployment of troops into Sinai, toward Israel, in violation of the 1957 Sinai demilitarization agreement; the Egypt-Syria-Jordan Military Pact aimed at Israel’s destruction; the Syrian shelling of Israeli communities below the Golan Heights; and the Jordanian shelling of Jerusalem.

Unrelated to the Palestinian issue, the 1969-70 Egypt-Israel War of Attrition was conducted along the Suez Canal, as an extension of the 1967 War.

Regardless of the Palestinian issue, and consistent with the goal to advance their national interests and eradicate the “infidel” Jewish state, Egypt, Syria, Jordan and Iraq initiated the October 1973 War.

Arabs have systematically and traditionally shed rhetoric, but no blood and minimal financial resources, for the Palestinians. Therefore, the 1982 PLO-Israel War in Lebanon - pre-empting a grand-scale PLO assault on northern Israel -was the first war with no Arab military involvement.  The war erupted on June 6, 1982, but the Arab League only convened an emergency session in September, after the PLO had already been expelled from Beirut. Moreover, the Arab oil producing countries – at a time when they controlled the oil market - refused to flex any oil muscle on behalf of the PLO. 

Similarly, the 1987-1992 and the 2000-2003 First and Second Palestinian Intifadas were not transformed into an Arab-Israeli war. There was no Arab military or financial walk, only talk, and the US and West European financial aid to the Palestinians dramatically exceeded the Arab aid.

Israel’s 2008/9, 2012 and 2014 wars against the Gaza-based Palestinian terrorism were not top priorities for Arab leaders, most of whom blamed Hamas for the eruption of the 2014 war.

Erroneous Western assumptions that the Arab-Israeli conflict was triggered by the Palestinian issue have led to erroneous policies. It’s time for the “Palestine Firsters” to disengage from over-simplification and reengage with the complex reality of the Mideast.

For your information:
Ambassador ret. Yoram Ettinger will be in the US during May, 2016, available for speaking engagements (