Friday, July 12, 2019

Interlude: Doris Day:The Deadwood Stage

Thursday, July 11, 2019

UN: The rank hypocrisy of those nations at the UN who love to berate Israel.

(UN) Of late China has been getting a lot of negative press from the Western media regards its treatment of its Uighurs Islamic population, these messages include:

On Monday, 22 nations (Britain, France and Germany were among 18 European countries that, joined by Japan, Australia, Canada and New Zealand) sent an open letter to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, demanding China  upholds its own laws and international obligations, and stop arbitrary incarceration of Uighurs and other Muslim and minority communities, and permit freedom of religion.

The thing is not one Islamic nation decided to sign that letter. Get that, actual mistreatment of Muslims and the rest of the Islamic world remains silent. These are the very same nations who have hijacked the UN regards their hatred of Israel. In 2018 alone , the U.N. General Assembly passed 21 resolutions condemning Israel, and a mere six for the rest of the world, Israel, a democracy, was condemned seven times more than the brutal North Korean dictatorship, which still runs gulags and was the subject of a mere 3 resolutions. Indeed, on Nov. 15, 2018 the General Assembly adopted nine resolutions against Israel – all while ignoring human rights situations in Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Cuba, Turkey and Pakistan. You'd think the Islamic world (55 nations) would be screaming from the tops of the highest minarets regards the abuse Chinese Muslims are getting,  but they aren't. You think they would be boycotting Chinese goods, but they aren't, you'd think these countries would be closing all links with China (Like they have with Israel)  but they aren't, instead they can't get  enough deals with Beijing. and yet the only countries that have spoken out, are the very same ones the Arabs accuse of doing deals with Israel.

Oh look there's that H word.

Arabian Gulf: Iran tries to hijack and capture a British Tanker, Royal Navy says go away or we fire.

(Arabian Gulf) The bullying tactics of the Iranians was again on show yesterday, when 3 of their small boats tried to waylay a British Oil tanker, by getting it to divert into Iranian waters so they could kidnap the crew. Problem for the Iranians a British Royal Navy Type 23 Destroyer (HMSMontrose) was sailing behind said tanker and the captain after aiming his guns at the Iranian vessels, told them very politely to go away. They did. 

Obviously the  Iranians were testing the water to see if the British were willing to use force and it appears they were. No doubt sending the message to the Iranians that the UK is willing to stand beside the US and Gulf states regards the belligerent nature of the Iranians.  Now if only they could get the Europeans to follow suit.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Cyprus: Turkey starts drilling for oil in European waters off Cyprus.

(Nicosia)  Despite all its protestations about Israel occupying the holyland, Ankara really doesn't have a leg to stand on regards the moral high-ground seeing as it occupies Northern Cyprus (as well as parts of Greece/Armenia/Syria and Iraq)  which it invaded and annexed in 1971 citing it was defending the rights of Turkish people. However whilst linked to Greece , Cyprus really stood alone agaisnt Turkey until it joined the EU in 2004.

After Israel found oil in the Eastern Med, everybody in the region decided to stake a claim off their shores.Egypt,Cyprus , Lebanon and even Hamas all got into the act. As part of the Eurozone, Cyprus is supposed to have the protection of the rest of the nations which make up the EU.  However that hasn't deterred Turkey from throwing its weight around the Island (sending its navy to bully Cyprus) in which to claim the seas off the coast of Cyprus as its own.

Which is why it is currently drilling for Oil off the coast of Cyprus.

Standing by one of its smaller nations the politically correct mandarins at Strasbourg sent Turkey a strongly worded letter stating that they are not amused a month ago, but not enough to cause offence.

"The European Union stands united behind the Republic of Cyprus and expects Turkey to respect sovereign rights of the EU member states. The European Council will continue to follow these developments closely."
In response Turkey mocked the EU, with Erdogan taking aim at Macron in his retort:
"Those who have the right to speak about the eastern Mediterranean can speak. When did France have the right to speak on the eastern Mediterranean? Do they have a coast in the eastern Mediterranean?"
And sent a second ship to look for oil off the coast of Pathos (western Cyprus). Funny enough the United States sent a much clearer message to Ankara:
The United States remains deeply concerned by Turkey’s repeated attempts to conduct drilling operations in the waters off Cyprus and its most recent dispatch of the drillship Yavuz off the Karpas Peninsula. This provocative step raises tensions in the region. We urge Turkish authorities to halt these operations and encourage all parties to act with restraint and refrain from actions that increase tensions in the region. Energy resource development in the Eastern Mediterranean should foster cooperation, increase dialogue between the two communities and among regional neighbors, and provide a foundation for durable energy security and economic prosperity. We continue to believe the island’s oil and gas resources, like all of its resources, should be equitably shared between both communities in the context of an overall settlement.
Pity the EU hasn't the balls to stand up to bullies.

Libya; US Javelin missiles found in country were sold to....France.

(Tripoli)  I mentioned the other day about the bun-fight currently in play around the capital city of Libya between the 2 strongest actors UN recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) and the Libyan National Army (LNA) backed by the likes of Egypt and the UAE. Well after initial success against the GNA, the LNA have had to pull back due to losses on the ground which resulted in the bombing of a migrant centre the other week

After the LNA lost the strategic city of Gharyan, it was reported that a number of advanced FGM-148 Javelin missiles were recovered. Initially everybody started pointing the finger of blame at the UAE which had purchased a large number of the missiles. Well the US sent in a team to check the verify the find and surprise , surprise on checking the serial  numbers of the missiles , they found that France and not the UAE was the source of the missiles. The French armed forces minister has confirmed that the Javelin missiles found in Gheryan belonged to French forces but said they were damaged and no longer usable. He stated that the missiles were being temporarily stored in a warehouse awaiting destruction and were not transferred to local forces. The funny thing is, not only were they were found in a LNA arms compound, but the French embassy in Libya openly stated that there were no French troops in Libya

The above reads as: French Embassy in Libya categorically denies the presence of French soldiers or military personnel in Gharyan This find will have questions raised regards how France a Security Council member appears to be supporting a warlord intent on removing the UN recognised government in Libya