Sunday, 26 March 2017

Ambassador ret. Yoram Ettinger´s 6-minute-video on-line seminar: Is the Palestinian issue a core cause of Mideast turbulence?


1. Irrespective of -  and unrelated to - the Palestinian issue, the Middle East is boiling, firing the 14-century-old Sunni-Shia intra-Muslim confrontation, exacerbating intra-Arab violence in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Egypt, Tunisia, Bahrain and threatening to explode in every Arab country. The Arab Tsunami, which has erupted independent of the Palestinian issue, has been leveraged by Iran's Ayatollahs, in order to advance their supremacist, megalomaniacal goal of dominating the Persian Gulf, the Middle East and beyond, notwithstanding the Palestinian issue, which has never played a substantial role in shaping the stormy intra-Arab and intra-Muslim relations and the Middle East agenda.

2. Contrary to Western preoccupation with the Palestinian issue, the Middle Eastern agenda dramatically transcends the Palestinian issue, which is neither the crux of the Arab-Israeli conflict, nor a crown-jewel of Arab policy-making and nor a core cause of the 1,400-year-old turbulence, violent intolerance, instability, unpredictability, subversion and terrorism in the Middle East. The Palestinian issue is completely irrelevant to the tectonic Arab Tsunami, which has engulfed the Middle East from the Persian Gulf to Northwestern Africa.

3. The intensifying Arab Tsunami, which erupted in 2010, causing the deaths of hundreds of thousands people, the dislocation of millions, and threatens to topple every sitting Arab regime, has exposed the myth of the supposed centrality of the Arab-Israeli conflict, in general, and the Palestinian issue, in particular. None of the recent – as well as past – domestic and regional upheavals in the Middle East has been directly, or indirectly, related to the Arab-Israeli conflict or the Palestinian issue. Contrary to conventional “wisdom,” the Palestinian issue has always been a side – and not a main – dish on the tectonic Middle East menu, which has been dominated by intra-Muslim and intra-Arab explosive ingredients.

4. No Arab country has ever considered the Palestinian issue a top priority, warranting shedding blood, sweat or tears. Arab policy-makers have always talked the talk on behalf the Palestinian issue - in order to divert attention away from critical domestic and regional failures – but have never walked the walk, financially or militarily.  They adhere to the Arab saying: “On words one does not pay custom.”

5. The top priority for Arab leaders, personally and nationally, is homeland security and countering-terrorism, in the face of intensifying, clear and present domestic and regional lethal threats. Therefore, they are preoccupied with the Muslim Brotherhood - the largest transnational Islamic terror organisation – and additional Islamic terror organizations.  The Muslim Brotherhood – not the Palestinian issue - has plagued Egypt since 1928. The Muslim Brotherhood, and its ideology, nurtured the Taliban, Al Qaeda, ISIS and other Islamic terror organisations.  

6. Therefore, President Al-Sisi has followed in the footsteps of President Sadat, who resisted President Carter’s pressure to place the Palestinian issue at the canter of the 1977-79 Israel-Egypt peace process. Sadat was concerned about the destabilizing impact of a Palestinian entity, as evidenced by the subversive track record of Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas in Egypt (1950s), Syria (1966), Jordan (1970), Lebanon (1970-1983) and, worst of all, in Kuwait (1990).

7.  Moreover, in 2016, President Al-Sisi – just like all pro-US Arab leaders in Jordan, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf States – expands intelligence, counter-terrorism and overall Geo-strategic cooperation, operationally and technologically with Israel, a global role-model of counter-terrorism, in defiance of Palestinian opposition. They believe that when smothered by the lethal sandstorms of Islamic terrorism and Iran, one must leverage the mutually-beneficial ties with Israel, rather than be preoccupied with the Palestinian tumbleweed. 

8. Iran's policy of megalomaniacal supremacy, terrorism, subversion and hate-education, and its determination to become a nuclear power, are driven by the 2,000-year-old ambition to dominate the Persian Gulf, Indian Ocean, Middle East and beyond, and not by the Palestinian issue.

9. The disintegration of the Arab Middle East, especially Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen, is a derivative of the endemic, tribal, religious, ethnic, geographic and ideological intra-Muslim fragmentation, not the Palestinian issue.

10.  The next video will connect the Middle East dots.

A SDR reminder: 
Diplomatic road map Ambassador ret.Yoram Ettinger will be in the US in May, August and November, 2017, available for speaking engagements.

Follow up on these videos. A SDR reminder: 
Diplomatic road map Ambassador ret.Yoram Ettinger will be in the US in May, August and November, 2017, available for speaking engagements.
Video#38: SDR reminder: 
Diplomatic road map Ambassador ret.Yoram Ettinger will be in the US in May, August and November, 2017, available for speaking engagements.
Entire online seminar

EU: New Firearms Directive – Enhancing Anti-Terror Measures in Europe?

The original version of this article was published by Israeli Homeland Security

A proposed new European Union directive of firearms sets out the conditions under which people can lawfully acquire and possess guns or transfer them to another EU country. 
However, the provisions have been branded “naive” by the Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) group members of the European Parliament (MEPs).
The ALDE group says it does not agree with the final consensus that has been reached on the directive which is to be voted on in the plenary session of the European Parliament, according to They say it will still allow direct online sales of weapons to consumers, and misses the chance to provide clear and harmonized regimes for deactivated firearms.
The group says the proposed directive impacts on millions of legal owners in the EU, such as sport shooters or hunters, instead of tackling illicit arms trafficking. We at SDR wonder how foreign unregistered arms can affect any traditional arms user. Today even blank guns - gas guns and dog schooling guns are  set under the laws of arms that need licence ! Even larger calibre AIR GUNS demand a strict licence. So We ant talk of EU laws as Finland and Germany just for instance have very different laws than Sweden or Geneva etc...Its almost EU anarchy  already. Plus the police don't know how to handle the licence free blank guns that has been sold in most EU without a licence the last 50-60 years. There must be millions of them by now.
The word naive can only be used of the person who generalises EU . Both law-enforcement and laws can carry a million miles between Finland and Sweden......Finland had 4 attacks by Russia and is flooded with arms in the countryside that most likely was taken from dead Russians or Red Finns during the Civil war between reds and whites. So fact: Just a few years back Finland was he third or fourth most armed nation in the entire world . With US and Yemen coming after.  Finland has had a long tradition of hunting and ski  schooling as a sport of interrest so why not. The laws now are so un-lolgical  de-arming the citizens that now the illlegal trade is blooming like never before to bothe Finland and Sweden . Just that the Swedish authorities haven't done much anything to stop it. Thats why mostly foreign gangs are armed with formed for instance full Army style weapons etc.....The killings by gun in  Finland they let you believe is bad are mostly suicides and economical triggers where the husband kills his own family....In Sweden its mainly gang killings
iHLS writes: “If you really aim to tackle illegal arms trafficking in Europe, it is not only naive to allow unrestricted online sales of guns directly to consumers, it is simply irresponsible. That is why we want to limit the online sales to business-to-business transactions only, as initially proposed by the Commission,” said MEP Gerard Deprez......However Northern nations are generally much more electrical registered than Spain where Illegals have hidden ever since before EU. Today the only un-transparent and unknown persons are people who are so called Muslim Migrants who arrived all our security from one day to another.
SDR could not agree more with iHLS that “The European Parliament has given up too easily on its position. 
The Directive now misses its principle aim, which was to support the fight against terrorism in Europe.!
It does not bring any new instruments to effectively do so,” said MEP Dita Charanzova, ALDE spokesperson on the Internal Market.
In November 2015, the Commission proposed a revision of the current EU rules on firearms to make it harder to legally acquire high capacity weapons in the European Union, allow better tracking of legally held firearms thus reducing the risk of diversion into illegal markets, and strengthen cooperation between member states.

The provisional political agreement retains a majority of what the Commission originally proposed, such as the ban of automatic firearms transformed into semi-automatic firearms, the inclusion of collectors and museums in the scope of the directive, the regulation of alarm and acoustic weapons, the regulation of internet sales, the regulation of deactivated weapons and more exchange of information between member states. Deactivated weapons today are so badly damaged that they are
impossible to make usable so why at all mention such ? This while the large corporations in <EU sell arms to every Arab who wants a tank or cannon on top of all to unsafe places of armed conflicts.
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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Dr. R. Evan Ellis:The Coming Struggle for the Spine of Latin America

Abstract: This essay analyzes the multiple, simultaneous challenges and electoral processes currently affecting the situation and political-economic orientation of nations comprising the Pacific Rim, or spine, of Latin America. It examines the likely collapse of the trans-pacific partnership, the uncertain future of the Pacific Alliance, upcoming presidential elections in the next two years in Chile, Ecuador, Colombia, and Mexico, and another phenomenon, to conclude that the combination of these factors produces the possibility for significant change in the political and economic orientation of the region in the coming two years. It argues that such change, in combination with initiatives by the People's Republic of China toward the region, could impact the commercial regime that links Asia and the Western Hemisphere, and indirectly, the security of the United States and the Region. The article recommends that decision makers in the U.S. and the region give more attention to the transformative potential of these dynamics in the short to medium term, and work to preserve the neo-liberal, democratic, pro-US orientation of these countries that are key to the future of the region.
Key Words: TRANS NAFTA, Pacific, China-Latin America Alliance
Introduction: In March 2017, in the shadow of the withdrawal of the United States from the trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) member countries of the agreement, along with the people's Republic of China (PRC) and South Korea, met in Santiago Chile to discuss the future of the trade regime which will dominate in the Pacific. In a manner similar to the strategic message presented by Chinese President Xi Jinping at the APEC Summit in November 2016, the intention of the PRC in Santiago

towards the members of the TPP in Latin America was clear: take advantage of disorientation arising from the political change in the United States, to advance an alternative concept of trans-Pacific trade without the United States, and more advantageous to the PRC.
The main fight of the twentieth century in Latin America was of a politico-military nature, defined by an axis across the Atlantic between the United States and the Soviet Union. On the other hand, the struggle that defines the region of the 21st century is more politico-economic in nature, defined by an axis across the Pacific, between the United States and the PRC.
To understand the strategic framework of Latin America in the 21st century in this way, the most important aspect is not the size of the business, political, or military relationship with the PRC, versus the U.S., but rather the structure of the commercial interactions and associated political orientation that defines the relationship. It can be said that countries of the coast Pacific Latin America define geographical backbone of the continent, and with the importance of transpacific relations in the 21st century, it is also their economic and political backbone. At this time, the backbone of the region is in a process of uncertainty and transition, whose result will define the nature of the trade regime that prevails in the trans-Pacific and the political orientation of the continent. But, despite its historical importance, this moment of transition has received little attention by analysts and decision makers in the continent.
A few years ago, although the economic relationship between the countries of the Pacific with the PRC remained many, its orientation towards trans-pacific trade was dominated by a clearly neo-liberal ideology, focusing on free markets with transparency, efficiency, and the importance of contracts and the rule of law above private arrangements between leaders. Such values were reflected in the "Alliance of the Pacific," which incorporated key countries of the “backbone”: Mexico, Colombia, Peru, and Chile, Costa Rica and Panama, as contenders. The neo-liberal consensus represented by the partnership was reinforced by the incorporation of three of its members in the equally neoliberal TPP. The latter contemplated to manage the Transpacific trade according to rules that ensured transparency, the sanctity of contracts, and intellectual property protection complemented a neoliberal model of trade between its members with similar principles for trade with Asia.
In the course of the last year, the two motors of this neoliberal multilateral integration of the spine of the content, and of that spine with Asia, unexpectedly have stalled, even while the political future of almost all of the countries of the backbone are in doubt.
With regard to the multilateral structure of the orientation of the Backbone in the region towards the Pacific in recent years, the Alliance of Pacific, at the time the most promising multilateral integration project in the region, has lost its momentum regarding the strengthening of its structures, to include the stagnation of progress in integrating Costa Rica and Panama as full members, and in recent summits, has focused more on developing relations with other blocs in the region, such as Mercosur, rather than deepening its own integration. In the same way, the withdrawal of the United States from the TPP not only has cast doubt on the future of that organization, but it also has deeply hurt the Alliance of the Pacific, although the death of the Alliance has not yet been announced.
In addition to uncertainty about multilateralism that prevails in the backbone, never before all its countries have been subject to such radical political changes within such a short period.

Starting in the South, Chile is in a crisis of middle-income development, made worse by low commodity prices, its main economic driver and principal export of its economy. Broad disenchantment with the poor performance of the second (and more left-leaning) Government of Michelle Bachelet, could contribute to the return of a regime more Center-right in the presidential election of November 2017, which, in turn, could help the region return to its path toward a more neoliberal business model with Asia.

In Peru, the President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, elected in June 2016, was educated in the United States, and has a disposition toward classic economic principles of the "Chicago School", yet in his first year, has had many domestic problems in his country, and with the loss of the TPP, has shown an initial orientation to move closer to the, the main economic partner of Peru, its largest mining investor, and the main engine of the economy.
In Ecuador, where leftist President Rafael Correa has been an impediment to consolidating a "neo-liberal consensus" in the backbone countries, Correa’s handpicked successor, Lenin Moreno, is running neck-and-neck with opposition candidate Gustavo Larrea in the second round of a presidential race that that could determine the future of the country.

In Colombia, President Juan Manuel Santos is currently in a critical stage for implementing a peace agreement with the armed forces revolutionaries of Colombia (FARC), with many possibilities that the fragile peace will disintegrate in a wave of crime and violence even worse than before, transforming Colombia from a model to a source of instability in the region, and impacting the results of presidential elections in May 2018.
In Central America, five of the six countries in the region diplomatically recognize Taiwan, not the PRC, as China's legitimate Government. The collapse of the diplomatic truce that, from 2008, has prevented the PRC from accepting changes in the diplomatic positions of the countries that recognize Taiwan, could unleash a "diplomatic war" in the region. It would be a war that Taiwan would lose very quickly, setting in motion a transformation which, within a few months, could result in a region that recognizes the PRC and is more open to accepting large projects with it, to include the delayed inter-oceanic Canal in Nicaragua. In Africa, the acceptance by the PRC in March 2016 of the diplomatic recognition of Gambia, and the diplomatic change by São Tomé and Príncipe in December 2016 indicates that the truce that has kept the diplomatic status quo in Central America and the Caribbean since 2008 may be breaking down.

In Mexico, the country that since signing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has been increasingly more economically integrated with the United States (as well as in security cooperation), is now besieged on three sides. On the one hand, protectionism by the new government in the United States, and its possible withdraw from the NAFTA, puts the country's economic future in question. On the other hand, the possible collapse of the TPP (in which Mexico is a partner), and the (unrecognized) stagnation of the Pacific Alliance, requires Mexico to re-think its approach to interacting economically with Asia. On the third side, the rhetoric and policies of the Government of Donald Trump toward Mexico feed current populist politicians and anti-Americanism in the country, including the MORENA movement of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the likely candidate in presidential elections of November 2018.

If such challenges were nothing, Mexico also faces an increase in violence by groups of drug traffickers at the end of the presidential term of President Enrique Peña Nieto. On the one hand, the traditional cartels have fragmented, with 40 or more gangs and factions now collaborating and competing for power and illegal business in the country, making the strategic landscape of the much less predictable, particularly in states such as Guerrero or Mexico Stat. On the other hand, the Jalisco New Generation cartel, with aggressive leadership and good ties for the supply of precursor chemicals from Asia, is now cooperating with the remnants of organizations like Beltrán Leyva, Arellano Felix and Carillo Fuentes to attack the most wealthy cartel of Mexico, the Sinaloa organization, now weakened by the extradition of its boss, "El Chapo" Guzman, to the United States.
The combination of such economic incentives, internal challenges, and political changes time - with the PRC Government, could push Mexico on a course that is less stable, less oriented toward the free market, more receptive to particularistic projects from China, and less willing to cooperate with the United States. on security issues. This combination, if it occurred, would create significant challenges on the southern border of the United States, which could force the country to rethink fundamentally, the projection of its power in other parts of the world.
Possible changes, detailed in previous sections, can also be impacted by various other dynamics happening in the region outside the backbone countries. These include the destabilization of Venezuela, or the political crisis in Brazil, including cases associated with the Odebrecht bribery scandal.
Also, the evolution of policy in the United States and the initiatives in the region by the PRC, China, India, and Iran, among other actors, it will have an impact on guiding the region’s dynamic, that cannot be dismissed.
In its entirety, the sources of significant change both within in the multilateral institutions and individual countries of the region’s backbone mean that, in the next two years, the panorama of the region could fundamentally change, with a range of possibilities, from a region facing the West and the market to one much more leftist and more dependent on the PRC. In a reinforcing feedback cycle, the orientation of the backbone governments, through their position on the Pacific Ocean, will have an important role in the determination of the trade regime prevailing between Asia and the countries of Latin America. Such developments, in turn, will have an economic and political impact on the path of those countries.
This brief analysis, at the very least, should give pause to those in the U.S. and the other countries of the region who are prematurely celebrating the erosion of the "pink tide" of populist socialism in the region. This analysis emphasizes that the real

situation is fragile, and could produce a very different regional panorama within two years.
For the United States and the region, the extent of possible change in the backbone of Latin America in the short and medium term serves as a wake-up call, to closely follow from a holistic perspective, the electoral processes and other challenges faced by those countries in the coming years. It is a vital national interest for the United States and the region, that the countries of the backbone of Latin America remain neoliberal and democratic, with a friendly orientation towards the United States. It is an interest of all of the countries in Latin America, and also in Asia, that the commercial regime prevailing across the Pacific includes the U.S., and is framed by the principles of transparency, free trade, respect for law and property.
There is no region of the world in which conditions more directly impact the prosperity and security of the United States than the Western hemisphere. If the United States allows the collapse of neoliberalism in the countries comprising the backbone of the Americas, there is no wall sufficiently high to protect the nation from the consequences.

About the Author:
Dr. R. Evan Ellis is research professor for Latin America and the Caribbean at the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College. The opinions expressed in this article are strictly his own.

DISCLAIMER: Translated and adapted from the essay, “La Lucha por Venir para la Espinilla de America Latina” originally published in Spanish by the Strategic Studies Institute of the Mexican Navy (Instituto de Investigaciones Estratégicas de la Armada de México) 

Sunday, 19 March 2017

US: The Obama Iran deal architect Sahar Nowrouzzadeh is now running Tehran policy at the State Department

 Originally reported by  

The Iran deal essentially green-lights Iran’s nuclear program and led to Obama showering billions of dollars upon the Islamic Republic. Why is Sahar Nowrouzzadeh still in the State Department at all, much less being in charge of Iran policy planning? Trump ran for the presidency denouncing the Iran deal. 
The Trump administration is clearly in deep confusion.

Nowrouzzadeh is a former employee of the National Iranian-American Council (NIAC). NIAC (of which Leftist establishment media darling Reza Aslan and Leftist “academic” Juan Cole are Board members) has been established in court as a lobbying group for the Islamic Republic of Iran. Said Michael Rubin: “Jamal Abdi, NIAC’s policy director, now appears to push aside any pretense that NIAC is something other than Iran’s lobby. 
Speaking at the forthcoming ‘Expose AIPAC’ conference, Abdi is featured on the ‘Training: Constituent Lobbying for Iran’ panel. Oops.” Iranian freedom activist Hassan Daioleslam “documented over a two-year period that NIAC is a front group lobbying on behalf of the Iranian regime.” NIAC had to pay him nearly $200,000 in legal fees after they sued him for defamation over his accusation that they were a front group for the mullahs, and lost.

“Iran deal architect is now running Tehran policy at the State Department,” by Jordan Schachtel, Conservative Review, March 14, 2017:
A trusted Obama aide who once worked for an alleged Iranian regime lobbying group is one of the individuals in charge of Iran policy planning at the State Department under Secretary Rex Tillerson.

Sahar Nowrouzzadeh, the Iran director for former President Obama’s National Security Council (NSC), has burrowed into the government under President Trump. She’s now in charge of Iran and the Persian Gulf region on the policy planning staff at the State Department.

To make matters worse, Nowrouzzadeh is a former employee of the National Iranian-American Council (NIAC), a non-profit that is accused of being a lobbying group for the Iranian regime. NIAC’s current president, Trita Parsi, has long held close relationships with top officials in the Tehran dictatorship. In February, a group of over 100 prominent Iranian dissidents called for Congress to investigate NIAC’s ties to the Iranian regime.

One of Nowrouzzadeh’s primary duties under President Obama was to promote initiatives that pushed the Iran deal. As President Obama’s NSC director for Iran, Nowrouzzadeh sat in on high-level briefings along with President Obama, former VP Joe Biden, and former Secretary of State John Kerry, as top White House staff crafted false narratives on the Iran deal to sell to the American public.

According to the head of a state-run Iranian newspaper, Nowrouzzadeh was an essential element to pushing through the Iran deal. Editor-in-Chief Emad Abshenass said that she opened up a direct line of communication with the Iranian president’s brother. “She helped clear a number of contradictions and allowed the entire endeavor to succeed,” Abshenass said of her efforts….

France: Muslim man killed after seizing soldier's gun

French security forces have shot dead a Muslim gunman as he attacked a patrol at Orly airport south of Paris.
Ziyed Ben Belgacem was killed after putting a gun to a female soldier's head saying he wanted to "die for Allah", officials say. We at SDR ask his this not a religious Muslim ? The Muslim killers world wide always are said to have had  mental problems! He was just working him self up to get attention on how peaceful the religion of Islam is and what a benefit it is for us to have more Muslims.
we at SDR say it as it is. The more muslims don't bring any love or cultural benefits for our western societies. 
Earlier on Saturday the 39-year-old had been involved in a shooting and then a carjacking in the Paris area.  Belgacem had been reported as radicalized in the past, and was on a police watch-list. What does it help when there are hordes on a watch list, but only with a few watching police eyes. Maybe something Like the US method of publicly putting a sum on a mans head if brought to any law enforcement officer or police station......
His criminal record included convictions for armed robbery and drugs offenses  Paris prosecutor Francois Molins told reporters.  He fell under the influence of Islamist radicals was while serving prison time.
The attack comes at a sensitive but good time for the the locals who never get to see the so called benefits we have been promised for multi culture.... fact is that what EU calls Multi Culture actually are many different nationalities and races however they all preach the same matter namely become a follower of islam or die.
France has presidential elections starting next month and remains under a state of emergency. 
The soldiers at Orly were part of Operation Sentinel - involving thousands of soldiers deployed to provide back-up to the police after the Charlie Hebdo attack in January 2015  and the Paris attacks of November 2015. 

The sequence of events 
Early on Saturday morning, Belgacem was stopped at a checkpoint in Garges-les-Gonesse, north of Paris, where he lives.  He fired at police with a pellet gun before escaping in a car that was later found abandoned.  Police say he then stole a car at gunpoint from a woman at Vitry, south of Paris. (The same car was later found at Orly airport).


Belgacem arrived at the airport and attacked the military patrol in the south terminal. 
He tried to seize the servicewoman's automatic weapon, and him self put his gun to her head and said: "I'm here to die for Allah. In any case people are going to die.  "He was then shot dead by two other soldiers.

Police at Orly airport (18 March 2017)Image copyrightEPA
Image captionA huge security operation is under way at the airport

A copy of the Koran was found on his body, Mr Molins added. Its usually avoided to talk about "the idiocracy of not outlawing people who follow some own religious laws"idiocracy like Sharia rather than the law of the land they receive help from.
Would you go to a Muslim Country and walk around drinking beer in some shorts with starts and stripes just because you can do so at home ?
Im rather sure the Muslims act pretty ignorant and disrespectful but its only because we accept it!
Intelligence agents searched his home in Garges-les-Gonesse for evidence of Islamist sympathies, but reportedly found nothing. However traces of cocaine was discovered during the search.

 Radical steps unheard of become almost comical

BBC's Hugh Schofield in Paris tells the picture is building up of a man on the criminal fringes of society, who also consorted with Islamist radicals. The BBC is world champion in giving excuses for any Muslim killers who mention their god, usually they are shouting most of the time: Allah Hu Akbar!  ....If we just listen to the words the Muslim himself keeps saying now for many years in EU and all over the world before killing some one or many someones namely: Allah Hu Akbar (Allah is Great ) its hardly a cry from some one having a Panic attack or mental health problem, who is  in need of tranquilizer like Xanax......BBC's Hugh Schofields picture is however new and of great interest criminals and religious fanatics all in one package.  We wonder do they force read the Koran to you until you give them  all your savings ? Its such a bizarre mixture that we truly wonder if he hasn't enjoyed his stay inParis a little bit to much.....

Travel disruption
Orly - located 13km (8 miles) south of Paris - is the capital's second-largest airport.

Travellers evacuated from Orly airport (18 March 2016)Image copyrightAFP
Image captionTravelers were evacuated from the airport
A man watches the traffic on the highway leading to the Orly airport (18 March 2017)Image copyrightAP
Image captionThere were huge traffic jams outside the airport soon after the shooting incident
French police unit secures Orly airport (18 March 2017)Image copyright

Image captionPolice were quick to secure the airport after the shooting

Both the West and the South terminals were closed during the security operation. An estimated 3,000 passengers were evacuated on the French taxpayers tab....Many flights were suspended, with some arrivals diverted to Charles de Gaulle airport.  But the terminals reopened later in the day and normal flight operations were said to be resuming.

Terrified witnesses

Ellie Guttetter, 18, from the US said: "We were sitting in Hall Three when all of a sudden people started running and telling us to run with them.  "The people running were passengers and flight attendants.  It was pretty chaotic and everyone was panicking
 -  it was scary." 

Travellers hug outside Orly airport (18 March 2017)Image copyrightAP
Image captionThe shooting traumatised some passengers

Another eyewitness, Meredith Dixon, described seeing panicked airline personnel, with no security or police personnel to usher people outside the airport complex.
"It was complete chaos," she told the media.
"There were no alarms. 
No overhead announcements. 
No organised evacuation. 
People just began running."

Saturday, 18 March 2017

EUNAVFOR: Counter Piracy News February

ESPS Relampago’s Crew Trains with Seychelles Maritime Forces and Welcomes Seychelles Minister of Home Affairs and EU Ambassador During Visit to The Seychelles
During her port visit to the Seychelles, ESPS Relampago’s crew took the opportunity to carry out a range of maritime training exercises with the Seychelles Maritime Police, Coastguard and Air force.

Operation Atalanta Warship ESPS Relampago Trains with AMISOM’s Marine Unit off Coast of Mogadishu
During their counter-piracy patrols off the coast of Somalia, Spanish marines and sailors from Operation Atalanta’s warship, ESPS Relampago, took the opportunity to train with AMISOM’s marine unit close to the port of Mogadishu.

Another Busy Day for ESPS Relampago – On Exercise with Kenyan Navy Sailors to Help Keeps Seafarers Safe
Whilst operating in the southern Indian Ocean, Spanish marines and sailors from Operation Atalanta’s warship, ESPS Relampago, took the opportunity to exercise with sailors from the Kenyan Navy boat squadrons off Manda Island.

The European Union Welcomes Contribution of Republic of Korea Warship Choi Young to EU Naval Force’s Counter-Piracy Operation in the Gulf of Aden
In March 2017 the Republic of Korea’s warship, Choi Young, will join the European Union’s counter-piracy operation off the coast of Somalia, EU NAVFOR Somalia – Operation Atalanta.

ESPS Relampago Hosts Minister of Defence, Military Officers and School Children During Visit to Madagascar
During a busy port visit to Antsiranana, Madagascar, the commanding officer of ESPS Relampago, Lieutenant Commander Francisco Garcia Flores, welcomed the Minister of Defence and senior military officers on board.  After a tour of the ship, the guests were invited to sign the ship’s visitors’ book.

Spain Proud to Assume Force Command of the European Union’s Counter-Piracy Operation Atalanta off the Coast of Somalia
On Friday 24 February 2017 Rear Admiral Rafael Fernández-Pintado Muñoz-Rojas assumed the role of Force Commander of the European Union’s counter-piracy Operation Atalanta on board his flagship, ESPS Galicia, during a ceremony held in Djibouti port.
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. 

Barry Shaw: BDS Violence in Holland.

When I visited Holland in 2015 to speak to Jewish and Christian audiences and to have private meetings with pro-Israel leaders I was told how Dutch Jews were increasingly fearful about speaking out or showing their support for Israel. Their main fears derived from the threatening atmosphere being stoked up by anti-Israel protesters and BDS activists.
I was introduced to Rabbi Benjamin Jacobs, the head of the Dutch Jewish community, who has been the victim of five attacks as Jews have been targeted in proportion to the rise of BDS and other anti-Israel activism in Holland.
So it was surprising to find my talk to the Jewish audience in the Liberal Jewish Center in Amsterdam attended by what I was told were three of the leading members of the Dutch BDS. Here they were sitting in the Anne Frank Hall in the presence of the people who told me they are fearful of them.
I purposefully engaged one of them in a public dialogue. One openly admitted that the BDS cause was to achieve a One-State solution and not the achievement of a two-state peace deal. In other words, he was loyal to Omar Barghouti, the BDS founder, who has always advocated the end of the Jewish state of Israel.  This character wearing his brown shirt emblazoned with ‘BOYCOTT ISRAEL’ stickers on a background of a Palestinian flag certainly subscribes to a Palestinian state “from the river to the sea.”
In the end I wiped the floor with him in an exchange in which I deconstructed all the emotional tropes he could hurl at Israel.  I showed him, but more importantly the audience, how the insults he threw at Israel applies in spades to the Arab regimes that surround Israel and to the Palestinian themselves . 
Apartheid state? Look at Jordan that has kept tens of thousands of fellow Arabs and Muslims in refugee camps, stateless, for seventy years. 
Ethnic cleansing? Look at the Syrian slaughter of Palestinians and the mass deportation of Palestinians from Kuwait. 
Gaza blockade?  How about Egypt’s total blockade of Gaza compared to the thousand truck that flow into the Gaza Strip from Israel daily. 
Human rights? This ‘pro-Palestinian’  BDS advocate never protests the horrendous human rights abuses perpetrated against their own people by both Fatah and Hamas. 
BDS hypocrisy is staggering. Their arguments may be emotionally eloquent to the uninformed but they are intellectually dumb to those who know the facts.  Why then are Jews in Holland afraid to challenge these idiots?
BDS activists show their stupidity regularly. Take, for example, the case of the BDS idiot who, after a morning spent in Dam Square trying to persuade people to boycott Israel, walked into a falafel café to satisfy his hunger. This fool wasn’t aware that he was giving his money to an Israeli-owned fast food chain!  Talk about dumb and dumber.
What is disturbing in Holland, and in Amsterdam is particular, is that the BDS are allowed to pitch their lies every week in Dam Square but pro-Israel activists find difficulty being allowed to hold counter-events in the same square.  
However, two brave and insistent girls, Brenda Aartsen and Sabine Sterk, decided to present Israel by going to the square draped in Israeli flags every Sunday when the BDS people set up their anti-Israel displays. They have been joined by others, have pleasant conversations with tourists and visitors and now display a large floor poster with the name of their group ‘Time to Stand Up for Israel’. 
This has driven the BDS mob to frenzy and violence. 
On Sunday March 12, 2016, one hot head showed the true face of BDS. He told a girl wrapped in an Israeli flag; “You fucking Jew Zionist! Go to your own country and demonstrate there.” The abused girl was neither Israeli nor Jewish. When the abuser saw a man taking pictures he attacked him. Others came to the cameraman’s assistance and the BDS hooligan attacked another man so severely he caused him head wounds. The police were not present in the square at the time of the incident. Sabine tracked the assailant as she called the police emergency number. When he saw her following him he turned on her and was about to attack her but two men protected her. He managed to spit in her face before the police arrived and arrested him.
In an earlier incident the girls received death threats from Haya el-Fatahi, a radicalized Muslim woman.  A week later this woman returned to Dam Square and smashed the camera from Sabine’s hand but Sabine managed to film her violence. El-Fatahi’s trial will take place on May 10th.
Jewish and pro-Israel communities in Holland do have genuine cause for concern.  The complaints that I hear is that they feel unprotected by the police and the authorities are surprisingly absent in Dam Square on Sundays.
When the happy presence of Israeli flag draped women take to this central location in Amsterdam the annoyance of the ‘Hate Israel’ brigade breaks out into violence. However, the stubborn resistance of two Christian girls and other individuals that have joined them must be applauded. They are prepared to go into the square to offer an Israeli perspective in the face of lies and threats. 
These two girls show the rest of us that it really is time to stand up for Israel.

Barry Shaw is the Senior Associate for Public Diplomacy at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.   He is the author of the best-selling book “BDS for IDIOTS.”