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February 22, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Steven @ 1:10 am

Iran hails military ties with Russia





MOSCOW (AP) – Iran’s defense minister said Friday he hopes to obtain new weapons from Russia to upgrade the nation’s arsenals.

Iran has relied on Russian military assistance in the past and hopes to continue doing so, Mostafa Mohammed Najjar said.

“Russia has advanced military technologies, we have used them and plan to keep using them,” he said at a news conference.

Najjar wouldn’t elaborate on what specific weapons Iran was seeking. He met with his Russian counterpart and toured some Russians weapons plants during his five-day visit that began Monday.

Moscow has developed close ties with Tehran and is building its first nuclear power plant.

Russia also has supplied weapons to Iran, including Tor-M1 air-defense missiles, despite U.S. and Israeli complaints. However, Russian officials have rejected claims that they have provided Iran with more powerful, long-range S-300 air defense missile systems.

Supplying the S-300s to Iran would markedly change the military balance in the Middle East and the issue has been the subject of intense speculation and diplomatic wrangling for months.

Israel and the U.S. fear that, were Iran to possess S-300 missiles, it would use them to protect its nuclear facilities, including the uranium enrichment plant at Natanz or the country’s first atomic power plant now under construction at Bushehr by Russian contractors.

That would make any potential military strike on the Iranian facilities much more difficult.

Anatoly Isaikin, head of the Russian Rosoboronexport state arms-selling monopoly, was quoted in an interview published earlier this month as saying that it had not supplied S-300s to Iran yet but was ready to do so if ordered by the government.

Russia‘s daily Kommersant has said earlier this week that Moscow had frozen the sale of S-300s, pending the first meeting between President Barack Obama and Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev.

Russia hopes that Obama could reverse course on the previous administration’s plan to deploy missile defense sites in Poland and the Czech Republic, and NATO’s eastward expansion.

But Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov warned this week that Russia has no intention to toughen its policy toward Iran regarding its nuclear program. The statement sounded like a signal that Russia had no intention to offer any immediate trade-offs on Iran.

Israel, the U.S. and much of the international community believe Iran is secretly developing nuclear weapons. Tehran insists its uranium enrichment program is intended solely for civilian energy needs.

Russia has sizable economic ties with Iran, including the $1 billion contract to build the nuclear power plant at Bushehr which is expected to go online this year. Moscow has supported limited U.N. sanctions on Iran, but worked to blunt efforts by the U.S. and others to impose tougher measures


February 12, 2009

Filed under: One World Goverment — Steven @ 7:54 pm

Tony Blair Being Plugged by Nicolas Sarkozy for President of Europe


By Thaddeus M. Baklinski

VERSAILLES, France, February 9, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A report by the UK Daily Mail has revealed that a senior aid to French President Nicolas Sarkozy told a private gathering of senior British and French politicians that Sarkozy intends to promote Tony Blair for the yet-to-be-established job of President of Europe.

The statement by Alain Minc, a member of Sarkozy’s inner circle of advisors, was made at a meeting last month of the Franco-British Colloque, a group of influential British and French politicians and businessmen.

Mr. Minc told the gathering, attended by French Prime Minister Francois Fillon: “When the Lisbon Treaty is ratified, Europe will move into a new phase. Europe will need a strong leader and Nicolas Sarkozy will nominate Tony Blair for the position,” according to the Mail report.

Minc concluded his remarks by stating that Sarkozy was determined to promote Blair because, “we cannot afford not to have Tony Blair, who will be a strong figurehead, is entirely respected around the world and will be a commanding leader at the helm of Europe.”

Tony Blair, the former U.K. prime minister, is well known to pro-life and pro-family activists as one of the most anti-life and anti-family political leaders in the world. Despite his oft-touted Christianity, and highly public “conversion” to Catholicism after stepping down as prime minister, the U.K. under Blair distinguished itself for pursuing radically liberal policies on the life and family issues. 

The April 2003 cover issue of the UK Spectator covered Blair’s stand on life issues.  Peter Oborne wrote: “The Prime Minister (Blair) has never once voted with the pro-life lobby and has voted 14 times for the pro-choice lobby in Parliament. In 1990, during the debates leading up to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act, he voted on three occasions to extend the time limit for abortion to birth on grounds of handicap. In December 2000 he gave personal backing to regulations permitting stem-cell research on human embryos; and his government enthusiastically promotes the morning-after pill.”

On family issues, Osborne noted: “The married-couples allowance has been abolished, funding has been switched from groups backing marriage to those taking a relaxed view of any kind of relationship, the benefits system has been changed to target all money for children regardless of family structure, etc., etc. Far from being morally neutral on the family, the Blair government has actively discriminated against it.”

Despite Blair’s “conversion” to Catholicism, he has never publicly repudiated any of his former anti-life and anti-family activities.

The new position of President of the EU’s Council of Ministers is dependent on all of the EU nations ratifying the controversial Lisbon Treaty. The treaty, however, has been rejected by Ireland and the Czech Republic, although a “re-vote” is reportedly in the works in Ireland.

Should the Lisbon treaty pass, the EU president will be a full-time official, serving a two-and-half-year term, in contrast to the current practice of six month rotation of presidents. The president would be aided by a foreign minister and diplomatic service that critics have said will not be subject to scrutiny by the member nations or accountable to the electorate.

February 4, 2009

Filed under: Mark Of the Beast — Steven @ 12:14 am

A week in the surveillance society 2016

Don Butler, The Ottawa Citizen

Published: Saturday, January 31, 2009

Surveillance is expanding at lightning speed everywhere. “You can’t keep up with the types of changes it’s producing,” says the University of Alberta’s Kevin Haggerty.

In 2006, an international group of experts produced a report on Britain’s surveillance society for that country’s information commissioner. One section imagined the surveillance a British family could face in 2016. What follows is adapted from that section.

The Jones family — Gareth, his wife Yasmin, and their children, 18-year-old Ben, 14-year-old Sara and 10-year-old Toby — returns from a vacation in Florida.

At the airport, passport control is a series of cameras and scanners taking images of their faces, irises and fingers. Those are then compared to data on standardized biometric passports, whose built-in RFID chips contain all citizenship, immigration, visa and criminal justice data, along with health information.

At customs, everyone is subject to a full-body scan, a virtual strip search using a millimetre wave scanner. Sara thinks she hears a customs officer make a lewd remark about her piercings.

At the shopping mall, scanners log the unique identifiers found in RFID tags embedded in clothes the family is wearing. Information about their clothes — its brand, where it was purchased and by whom — is compared against consumer profiles in a huge database. Intelligent billboards at eye level display advertising in real time from a range of products aimed at their consumer profiles.

The mall mines data about consumers to offer frequent shoppers membership in its “cashless” scheme. For about $500, these “valuable consumers” can be implanted with a chip that allows them to pay by having their arm scanned. They also have access to a VIP lounge, spa and massage facilities on site and are eligible for discounts that will allow them to recoup the cost of the implant.

Like many affluent families, the Jones live in a gated community, Dobcroft Estate, patrolled and monitored by a well-equipped security firm. Since birth, everyone in Dobcroft Estate has been a “customer” of a multi-level Personal Behaviour Scheme (PBS), monitored and enforced by a private consortium called Total Social Solutions. Many have RFID implants that register with sensors installed in their homes and at the entrances of the estate.

At the moment, everyone under 18 is barred from entering or leaving Dobcroft Estate from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. because an elderly woman spotted youths causing trouble on the local video surveillance cameras. The cameras broadcast on the security channel, which includes a rogues’ gallery of those known to have infringed their PBSs.

When Gareth drives out of the estate, wrought-iron gates open automatically and his licence plate is read, noting his time of departure and the number and identity of his passengers. On the roads, automatic plate readers are so numerous there’s no longer any point in trying to avoid them.

When Ben and his friend Aaron go into the city for an anti-war protest, small remote-controlled spy planes monitor what they do. CCTV cameras, embedded in lampposts and walls at eye level, allow for efficient operation of universal facial recognition systems.

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