Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Was the Missing Argentinian Sub Being “ Chased By British Helicopter” Before it Disappeared?

 aha.....The plot thickens, as is commonly said!

The claim is being made by the sister of one of the deceased sailors. She is reporting that her brother (missing & deceased)  had sent her a message  that a British Military Helicopter was pursuing the sub. She spoke to an Argentinian news outlet- The report was picked up by the MirrorUK.
She is passing her brother's message on to investigators.
The sister of one of the missing sailors has revealed she had received a "strange" WhatsApp message from her brother but the Royal Navy has dismissed the claims.

The Argentine submarine that disappeared with 44 crew members on board was being "chased by a British helicopter" before it vanished, it has been claimed.

Jesica Medina, the grief-stricken sister of missing sailor Roberto Daniel Medina, revealed she had received a "strange" message from her brother days before the vessel's last known communication.
In a WhatsApp message he told her that the ARA San Juan had travelled close to the Falkland Islands, and claimed that a British helicopter was trying to track them.
Second sub-officer Roberto told her they were now heading for home, writing: "On Monday an English helicopter was looking for us, and yesterday the Chileans, there has been a lot going on."

A Royal Navy spokesman has dismissed the woman's claims as "untrue".
Jesica told Argentina's La Gaceta newspaper that "many" other families of other missing crew members also received reports from their loved ones that they had been fleeing a British helicopter.
Headline from La Gaceta:" Sin rastros del ARA San Juan: uno de los submarinistas había advertido que los perseguía un helicóptero británico"

She said: "It was a strange message in which he told us a British helicopter and a Chilean ship had been chasing them.

"I don't know why he said it. but unfortunately we didn't continue with that conversation, we started talking about other things, the kids, the family, and it stayed like that. It was his last message."
Jesica said the sub sailed close to the Falkands - which Argentina calls Malvinas - on November 3, alerting the British Navy which began searching for the vessel.

She added: "I don't know how close they got to the Malvinas, and I don't know what the political situation is like. That's what he told us and that is what we were left with."

A Royal Navy spokesman said: “This story is completely untrue.”
Britain doesn't have any anti-submarine helicopters based in the Falklands, they added.
I flat out do not believe the British claim. It's absurd to believe they have no anti submarine helicopters at, near or based in the Falklands. Perhaps they keep them on one or more of their naval ships. But it makes absolutely zero sense to me that the Royal Navy has no anti submarine helicopters at their disposal on the Falklands.


The Falkland Islands/Malvinas
 The Falkland Islands (/ˈfɔːlklənd/; Spanish: Islas Malvinas, pronounced [ˈislas malˈβinas]) is an archipelago in the South Atlantic Ocean on the Patagonian Shelf. The principal islands are about 300 miles (483 kilometres) east of South America's southern Patagonian coast, at a latitude of about 52°S. The archipelago, with an area of 4,700 square miles (12,000 square kilometres), comprises East Falkland, West Falkland and 776 smaller islands

 The British are sitting out there in the South Atlantic ocean. On a grouping of islands. Surrounded by waters that would obviously be occupied by ships and subs belonging to other nations and they have no means to keep an eye on the traffic?

Jesica, from Salta, said she didn't show the message to the Argentinian authorities after the submarine went missing on November 15 because she "didn't feel able".


But she said she is making the message public now so that it can be included in a federal investigation into the disappearance headed by federal judge Marta Yanez.

She added: "I think we're not the only family who has heard something like this, I think there are many others, Judge Yanez will have to investigate."

"We all feel they are hiding things from us. The [Argentine] Navy has practically tortured us with all this situation they have made us live."
Flashbacks.
 From earlier today- real world climate systems in action-

How An Arctic Current Could Cool the Climate in Europe

Certainly not as emotionally manipulative as an emaciated polar bear in the Arctic, in the Summer time. When the sun shines darn near all the time. Noticed today the photographers of that likely sick or aged bear are walking away from their presentation....

How An Arctic Current Could Cool the Climate in Europe

Yup, an Arctic current, that exists. In the  real world. Not computer simulation.- It’s not a “wayward” current either,  despite the Yale headline- That’s spin/lie/manipulation. Which is why I won’t use it for the post headline! The current was identified as existing, on the planet, more then 50 years ago, by Russian scientists  

I’m dumping all the spin and hyperbole to give you the facts alone- Which means I will include what is known and either omit or note the wild speculation.

How a "Wayward" (manipulative) Arctic Current Could Cool the Climate in Europe


Some sorely needed background on the Beaufort Gyre

The first confirmation of the Beaufort Gyre’s existence came in the 1950s when Soviet scientists conducted research in the region. Carmack first visited the gyre in 1971. At that point, the gyre had weakened and had set in motion the Great Salinity Anomaly.

Great Salinity Anomaly- What is that?!


A similar event, known as the Great Salinity Anomaly, occurred from the late 1960s into the 1970s, when a surge of water out of the Arctic Ocean freshened and cooled the top half-mile of parts of the North Atlantic. According to British oceanographer Robert R. Dickson, the Great Salinity Anomaly represented one of the most persistent and extreme variations in global ocean climate observed during the past century. (not AGW) The surge of ice and freshwater cooled Northern Europe dramatically and disrupted the North Atlantic food chain, which, in turn, caused a collapse of the lucrative herring fishery. Between 1951 and 2010, as many as eight of 18 exceptionally cold European winters occurred during the period of the Great Salinity Anomaly.


The Beaufort Gyre is a wind-driven circulation system that traps and pushes freshwater and ice around the Arctic Ocean.

Presently it is being reported that this Beaufort Gyre may be on the verge of discharge a huge amount of ice and icy cold freshwater... hey wait a minute I thought the Arctic was warming? Thinking about just how much ice and cold water would have to be 'discharged' to alter the climate of Europe and presumably Canada- Chilling the ocean and cooling that much land mass would require a unimaginable quantity of cold, cold, cold!


Continuing from the Yale360 article
The Beaufort Gyre, a key Arctic Ocean current, may be on the verge of discharging a huge amount of ice and cold freshwater that could kick off a period of lower temperatures in northern Europe.

Scientists are anticipating that a sudden change in the Beaufort Gyre could set in motion events that would actually lead to a temporary but significant cooling of the North Atlantic region.

During the second half of the 20th century — and, most likely, earlier — the gyre adhered to a cyclical pattern in which it would shift gears every five to seven years and temporarily spin in a counter-clockwise direction, expelling ice and freshwater into the eastern Arctic Ocean and the North Atlantic.
Yes, it's a cycle- It's something that has occurred with some regularity 

 Today, the Beaufort Gyre holds as much freshwater as all of the Great Lakes combined, and its continuing clockwise swirl is preventing this enormous volume of ice and cold, fresh water from flushing into the North Atlantic Ocean. But, scientists say, the gyre will inevitably weaken and reverse direction, (because it is a cycle)  and when it does it could expel a massive amount of icy fresh water into the North Atlantic.

Not due to AGW- It's a cycle. It has occurred previously. It will occur again.

Scientists studying the current state of the Beaufort Gyre say that when the wind-driven current finally becomes “unstuck” and propels freshwater into the North Atlantic, the event could possibly be more widespread and severe than the Great Salinity Anomaly.

“We’re all waiting with bated breath to see what happens when this thing stops sucking in freshwater and finally exhales,” says Alek Petty, a post-doctoral student at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and the University of Maryland, who is studying the gyre.

Ice breaker employed to access the gyre

The Beaufort Sea, home of the gyre, is one of the most inaccessible and inhospitable places on the planet. Studying the behavior of the gyre is a major logistical challenge. ( because of ice)But for the past 15 years, an international team of scientists from the United States, Canada, Japan, and several other countries has been conducting annual summer research expeditions into the region on icebreakers. (because it's cold, very cold) The scientists from the Beaufort Gyre Exploration Project have watched with growing interest as the gyre has continued to expand.

Below is a video of the Beaufort Gyre breaking up the sea ice- The growing Beaufort Gyre - a wind driven ocean current- could explain the some of the Arctic ice break up
Watch the time lapse ice fracturing that occurs due to the Gyre






For those on the eastern coast of Canada- think about the collapsed fisheries

 Carmack suspects that another smaller pulse of fresh Arctic water that leaked into the North Atlantic in the early 1990s — the result of the Beaufort Gyre spinning in a counter-clockwise direction — may have suppressed the recovery of the severely overharvested cod populations in Newfoundland and Labrador. That fishery has yet to rebound in any significant way.
 Which begs the question. Was it over fishing that collapsed the cod? 
Or was it the Beaufort Gyre? Or was it both?  This is the first I've ever read of a normal weather pattern playing a role in the collapse of the cod population.

Carmack, Woods Hole’s Krishfield, and others are not ruling out the possibility that the gyre will weaken or reverse direction sooner rather than later. In fact, research conducted by the expedition this summer suggests that a change may be coming. The volume of freshwater in the gyre had not increased since the previous summer’s expedition, and changes in atmospheric circulation suggested a possible shift to the cyclonic activity that might weaken the clockwise rotation of the gyre. 
 And bring freezing cold to large swathes of the planet- Affecting all living beings-

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

UK Colder then Moscow- “One World “ Banker/Oligarch Climate Summit

We’re supposed to believe the planet is warming and this is all because of carbon and very bad humans- Yet  very cold, cold temperatures in Britain. That unusual snow in the deep south.
 Rare Snow Storm Hits Deep South: Travel Warnings And colder then usual temps in my locale. -9 Celsius right now! 6:50 pm est. Our usual low -4 Celsius. And it's set to get colder still tonight! Warming hardly seems an issue.
December 13/2017 awoke to a frigid -14  C or 6 Fahrenheit
December 12/2017  Max (high) : -1.5°C / 29.3 F 
Min (low) : -12.1°C/10.2F
Averages for December 12..Max C. Min -4°C..   or    Max 36°F. Min 25°F.
As you can read we're much colder yesterday and today!
 
Freezing Temps Make Britain Colder then Moscow

"Temperatures in parts of the UK have dropped to below those currently recorded in Moscow, following the coldest night of the year so far.
The mercury dropped to as low as -13C in Shropshire overnight, while vast swathes of the UK fell below freezing"
Monday night was the coldest in more than a year as temperatures plunged to -13C

UK Colder then Moscow


Arctic Conditions Set to Continue- More Snow Set to Freeze Britain

Extreme cold will briefly give way to milder, more unsettled conditions due to sweep in from the Atlantic over the next 24 hours.

Torrential downpours threaten to lash swathes of the country with rain, sleet and snow through the week.

Arctic conditions will return on Thursday, opening the doors to further freezing temperatures and wintry downpours.
It follows days of winter chaos which saw heavy snow since the weekend spark chaos on the roads and transport networks.
"One World  Summit" Cabal of Global Scum Meet

The World Bank said it would stop financing oil and gas exploration and extraction -- representing about two percent of its current portfolio -- from 2019, becoming the first multilateral bank to take such a step.
Farming

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the European Commission promised to earmark more than $600 million for agricultural research to combat the effects of climate change.

The Gates Foundation itself pledged $315 million to help the poorest players in the sector, notably in Africa, adapt to global warming, while the European Commission pledged $318 million.


Notice the heavy exploitation of children in the image? - Wouldn't have quite the same effect if it was a bunch of rich guys and politicians posing together would it?


Macron centre stage on global warming
Is the globe warming? Hasn’t been for years and years now.....

Rather like the recent polar bear fake news
hattip Yaya


Monday, December 11, 2017

Putin/Erdogan Hold Talks: Discuss Syria & Jerusalem

 Thought I read in another article this is the 3rd meeting this month between the two leaders...
Can't say for sure, though.

Putin and Erdogan
Putin & Erdogan Hold Talks: Discuss Middle East & Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday his talks with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, focused primarily on the situation in the Middle East that has deteriorated dramatically and on the Syrian settlement.

"Naturally, the focus was made on the situation in the Middle East settlement that has deteriorated dramatically and on the Syrian affairs where our countries are closely cooperating," he told journalists after the talks.

Putin said he had discussed possible convening of a Syrian National Dialogue Congress in early 2018 with Syrian President Bashar Assad earlier in the day.

"We are conducting joint work to prepare and convene the Syrian National Dialogue Congress at the beginning of the next year," he said after talks with Erdogan. "It is a secret to no one that I spoke about it with President Assad during my today’s visit to Syria."

Putin said that Russia and Turkey agree that the United States’ decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has a destabilizing effect on the situation in the region.

"Both Russia and Turkey believe that the decision of the United States’ administration to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move its embassy to that city in no way promotes the settlement of the situation in the Middle East. On the contrary, it destabilizes the situation in the region which is already tense," he said.

According to the Russian leader, this decision may frustrate prospects for the Palestinian-Israeli peace process. "Russia insists that this settlement be implemented exclusively and fully on the resolutions passed earlier within the United Nations," Putin stressed. "Concrete parameters of an agreement of Jerusalem’s status are a subject for direct Palestinian-Israeli talks."

The Russian president said that his Turkish counterpart has informed him about preparations for a summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation due to be held in Istanbul on Wednesday. "Naturally, as an observer country in this organization, Russia will be represented at this forum," Putin noted.

He thanked the Turkish leader for an open and constructive dialogue. "We are determined to continue develop cooperation between our countries on the basis of principles of good neighborly relations and respect of each other’s interests," the Russian president added.
 Flashback:

Zarrab Trial & Magnitsky 2.0 Readied for Turkey

 From earlier: 

French ISIS Fighters Relocate to Afghanistan from Syria

The Times/UK: Talal Silo: The Defector Embarrasing America

 

 

French ISIS Fighters Relocate to Afghanistan from Syria

French Foreign Legion?

"Foreigners by birth, the legionnaires have become Frenchmen by the blood they have spilled"
In plain sight.


Several foreign militants affiliated with the Islamic State terror group including French and Algerian nationals have moved to Afghanistan after they were suppress during the operations in Syria and Iraq, it has been reported.

Sources privy of the development have told AFP that several French and Algerian IS fighters were seen in nothern Jawzjan province of Afghanistan.

Darzab district administrative chief Mohammad Dawar has told the paper that “A number” of Algerian and French nationals entered the largely IS-controlled district of Darzab in northern Jowzjan province in November.

He said at least two women were among the arrivals, who were travelling with a translator from Tajikistan as well as Chechens and Uzbeks, Dawar added.

European and Afghan security sources in Kabul confirmed Dawar’s claim that French citizens were among the fighters — though, one cautioned, “we do not know how many there are”, according to AFP.

In the meantime, the provincial governor’s spokesman Mohammad Reza Ghafoori has said the terror group has so far recruited around 50 children in their ranks in this province, including some children who are as young as 10-year-old.

This comes as earlier reports emerged from Jawzjan province suggesting that the terror group is training almost 300 children to be recruited in their ranks in Jawzjan province.

Jawzjan Province:



SHIBERGHAN (PAN): The northern Jawzjan province has immense gas reserves but stringent measures are needed to exploit the natural resources of the province in larger national interests, locals said.
Bordering Turkmenistan, the province has five known areas rich in gas reservoirs. The natural gas is one of the valuable resources of Afghanistan but the country could not be able to exploit it judiciously.
The gas resources were discovered and extracted by the exploration directorate while the Afghan Gas Enterprise Directorate had the responsibility for its further distribution and sale.
Around 4,000 employees were working on the gas reservoirs sites.
The reservoirs of gas in Khaja Gogordak, Yatim Taq and Jerqoduq areas of Shiberghan city are being exploited currently. Dasht-e-Laili area of Qushtepa and Khaja Dukoh districts are another two areas rich in gas mines.
The mines were discovered in 1960 and exported to Soviet Union until 1988 but after a considerable time period, the Russians had to close that gas mine facility.
According to geological studies, around 40 billiards gas had been extracted from a total of 140 billiards cubic meters gas.
Totally 300 gas wells was certified by Russian and Afghan experts in 1960. And 36 of them are being exploited currently.
  1.      Khaja Gogordak, Yatim Taq and Jerqoduq mines:
This time, 4,000 families and hundreds of shops and brick and lime kilns in Shiberghan and Mazar-i-Sharif Kod wa Barq Factory in Balkh province utilize the 36 gas wells on subsidized prices.
The total amount of gas reserves being used in Shiberghan is estimated at 50,000 cubic meters.

  1.  Jerqoduq mine:
This mine is located 15 kilometres southeast of Shiberghan city where 33 wells with 2,200 metres in depth have been dug. The total reserves of gas have been estimated 26 billiard cubic meters. Among these, 15,362 cubic metres gas has been extracted.
  1. Khaja Gogordak mine:
This mine is located 23 kilometres northwest of Shiberghan city with total reserves of 468 billiard cubic metres. A total of 44 cubic metres gas has been extracted. There are around 52 gas wells.
  1. Yatim Taq mine:
This mine is located 18 kilometres east of Shiberghan city with the reserves of 208 billiard cubic metres. In addition, 350,000 cubic meters gas is being provided daily to Mazar-i-Sharif’s Kod wa Barq factory. The pipeline from Shiberghan city to Mazar-i-Sharif Kod wa Barq Factory is 55 kilometres in length and 12 inches in diameter with gas supply capacity of 500 million cubic meters per year.
Mobile police and other security forces are active to maintain security in the area of gas mines.
  1. Gas mine in Qoshtepah district:
This mine is located in Dasht-i-Laila area 60 kilometers north of Qoshtepah district. In 1960, Russian and Afghan experts started extraction of gas which used to be exported to Russia at that time.
  1. Khaja Dukoh district gas mine:
This mine is located in Bashikor, Juma Bazaar and Majid Qoduq areas of Dasht-i-Laila and Qushtepa district. Russian and Afghan expert started to work on its extraction in 1960 and then had to export to the former Soviet Union.
Similarly, the work of big gas supply project worth $ 57 million was started in April 2013.
The project contains extension of 94 kilometers new pipeline between Mazar-i-Sharif and Shiberghan along with installation of one sulfur-separation machine and excavation of eight new gas wells in Shiberghan.
The pipeline is extended at the cost of $32 million and similarly eight wells are rebuilt at the cost of $25 million which funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
The work of two projects has been contracted among ministry of mine and American and Turkish representatives and will be completed by the mid 2014.
The Ministry of Mine said the US is committed to renew the pipeline from Khaja Gogorda of Jawzjan province to Mazar-i-Sharif Kod wa Barq Factory.
The existing pipeline, 89 kilometres, has been in use for the last 30 years and has been partially damaged.
Similarly, eight gas wells had been reconstructed in the outskirts of Jerqoduq and Yatim Taq areas of Shiberghan city and distributed gas to Shiberghan and Mazar-i-Sharif residents. This part of the project is donated by the ADB.
According to the ministry, each well produces 260,000 cubic meters gas in a day. Also a sulfur separation machine planted at Jerqoduq area, purifying gas, which then becomes ready for further distribution.
Other mines in Jawzjan:
In addition, other small mineral reserves such as sand, lime and gypsum are abundant in Jawzjan which are mostly used in construction work.
These mines are located in Jerqoduq and Yatimtaq areas while gypsum was discovered 60 years ago and is being utilized up till now.
The government has imposed a tax of 1500 afghanis per loaded truck of the mines.
Provincial gas discovery directorate said south and southeast fields of Jawzjan are consisted of hills, which are rich in gas.
 From earlier:

The Times/UK: Talal Silo: The Defector Embarrasing America

The Times/UK: Talal Silo: The Defector Embarrasing America

It's behind a pay wall- so I'll post what I can read and relink the three previous posts covering the whistle blower that most of the so called alt media is ignoring- Hattip Northerntruthseeker for giving this information more attention. Al Masdar covered the news December 4th, the same day I did post #3

Talal Silo, the defector embarrassing America

Talal Silo a member of Syria’s Turkmen minority, had been the official spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the militia picked by America to spearhead the battle against Islamic State in Syria.
The Kurd-dominated SDF was the acceptable face of anti-Isis forces, purportedly having no ethnic or religious bias and comprising Kurds and Arabs, Muslims and Christians.
When Raqqa, Isis’s de facto headquarters, fell in October, it was Mr Silo who announced it. The SDF’s victory was meant to prove that the West could assist a trustworthy local militia against Isis  and justify the 100's of millions of dollars of US arms shipped to......

 Middle East Monitor covered it a few days ago also

 As did Al Masdar, finally!







Talal Silo's whistleblowing has been repeatedly covered here, starting December 02/2017

Talal Silo Spills the Beans " SDF created as cover to arm PKK"

 December 03/2017: SDF Defector Spills Still More Beans! Kurds & ISIS Exploiting Syria's Oil Resources

December 04/2017: A Whistle Blows & No One Hears: Where Is The Alternative Media?

 Talal Silo has been whistle blowing so vigorously lately- I'm surprised he's not short of breath. I'm a bit dismayed at how little coverage the so called "alternative media" has been giving his reports. Where are all you "truth tellers"? Challengers of the authority? And questioners of 'official narratives"?
Talal Silo has been verifying a whole lot of what I've written about for years here and it just keeps coming! I don't require his verification, however, it strengthens all that's been researched and written about- From KurdIShIS. To US colluding against Syria. Her leadership. Her people. And her sovereign territory.  Where are all the Syrian supporters our there in alt media land?
 

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Zarrab Trial & Magnitsky 2.0 Readied for Turkey

Forbes contributor Melik Kaylan has written a two part expose of the Zarrab Trial.
The headline of his first article should hint as to why I've mentioned Magnitsky.

 Minimal background: The arrest of Zarrab was first covered back in 2013 here at the blog
Reeza Zarrab
 Turkish police apprehended CEO Suleyman Aslan, the sons of three cabinet ministers and scores of others in three overlapping probes targeting corruption in government tenders, money laundering and gold smuggling. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government purged at least 60 police chiefs in response, sparking concerns of an escalating confrontation with former political ally, U.S.-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, who has a wide following in the police and judiciary.
 Aslan was formally arrested two days ago after authorities found $4.5 million inside shoeboxes at his house, Hurriyet newspaper said last week. The money was to be donated to building Islamic schools in Turkey and Macedonia, he said, according to the newspaper.
Suleyman Aslan
 Reza Zarrab, an Iranian-Azeri businessman, was among those arrested alongside Aslan on Dec. 21. Zarrab traded a ton of gold a day, Haberturk newspaper reported two days ago citing a statement he made to prosecutors.
In a speech in the Black Sea city of Samsun yesterday, Erdogan said the corruption probe had an “international dimension” and threatened to expel diplomats who “exceed the limits of their duty.” 

That was 2013- What's going on now? 

The Zarrab Court Case: What it means for Flynn, Trump, Erdogan, Even Putin

I'll link the second part a bit further down in the post. The Forbes excerpts are featured in blue bold. I encourage you all to read both parts for yourself though I'll include some excerpts below.
 "The arrest was in March last year. He (Zarrab) ultimately turned states-evidence and is now the star witness in a case whose gasp-inducing revelations may yet bring the Trump and Erdogan regimes to their knees – with a few other notables in between. Such as General Flynn who allegedly promised to free Zarrab in return for $15 million from Erdogan. Or Rudolph Guiliani who, it's believed, met with Turkish officials in order to free Zarrab with a prisoner-exchange deal as Zarrab's lawyer for some months."
 The author of the Forbes piece, , is incorrect, or spreading fake news, when he states the arrest took place last year- It took place 4 years ago. He should know that! Why lie? Because he doesn't want it commonly know how long Zarrab has been in US custody. 

  "In fact, there's a far larger story beneath the hole-in-corner pocket stuffing tale of corrupt officials, a wider story that no one is telling as yet. One that has strategic implications, regionally and globally. Russia, the Middle East, Qatar, Saudi et al."
This trial does indeed have global implications.
 "You need to know that the Turkish President is directly fingered in the trial papers – they name his family explicitly. Zarrab donated massively to Erdogan's wife's charity and did business with his son. And above all, the trial judge has admitted as evidence the splendidly histrionic recordings leaked in 2013 of Erdogan telling his son Bilal to get rid of tens of millions of dollars in the house because of a corruption investigation. Erdogan was then merely Prime Minister and the Turkish state could launch quasi-honest probes that might incriminate him. In one recording he asks his son if it's all been cleaned out and the son replies whining 'all but 30 million euros.. we havent managed to deal with that' – much to his father's disgust. Hard to hide so many euros. An outraged Erdogan, at the time, dismissed the recordings as fake, as attempts to blackmail him and harm Turkey. He got away with it. The point is, the presiding trial judge in New York sent the recordings for expert examination and has deemed them genuine."
 Why would the trial judge allow the 2013 recordings as evidence at all in this trial?
The recordings may well have been faked, because if you read the words used in this article there were not verified or validated. They were simply "deemed" genuine. 
Who "deemed" them genuine? How did they come to that conclusion?
Deemed simply means to have an opinion To regard or consider.
It's really anyone's guess how this determination was made. It seems most likely that some "authority" held  or expressed an opinion, deeming the recordings genuine. Which still does not make them recordings real or genuine!


The Forbes piece goes on to talk about the arrest warrant issued for  Graham Fuller. Covered here December 01/2017.


frames the move as "anti-americanism" And then goes on to blame and demonize Russia.
  "Much of the information about CIA involvement, it turns out, came from the Russians. Alexander Dugin ('Putin's Rasputin') appeared in person on Turkish state television asserting the conspiracy and claiming that Russian officials gave the details to Turkish authorities.What you need to grasp crucially is the recurring pattern because we have seen it now in several countries, in Russia, in Georgia, in Venezuela, in Turkey and increasingly in the US. Once the Kremlin dirty tricks machine gets a foothold the process falls into grooves: designated bogeys, waves of conspiracies, timed distractions, confused citizens, politicized state institutions, pyramidized economies run by oligarchs and so on. This one was timed, no doubt, to pre-empt the Zarrab revelations"
Since the coup happened in 2016- I'm not sure why the Forbes piece is written as if the Zarrab revelations and the CIA involvement in the coup are connected. Allegations of CIA involvement in coup go back to 2016-  Zarrab's arrest was in 2013.  Muddying the waters, perhaps?

"Erdogan's crackdown on hard currency expatriation is also very Putinesque. Remember when Putin went through a phase of insisting that people bring their money back home?"
 Guilt by association- More of that ad Hominem type stuff:
When the source is viewed negatively because of its association with another person or group who is already viewed negatively.
As I write this, the Zarrab trial has gifted Erdogan a kind of EZ Pass – Zarrab himself was taped on the phone from jail telling a Turkish contact that in the US you had to 'lie to get out of jail – even if you're innocent'.
 I would've liked more context to this statement. Who was the contact? Was it a family member? It seems very probable after 4 years of incarceration Zarrab may have agreed to lie in order to get out of jail. Even if innocent.

 So begins Part 2: The Zarrab Trial In New York Gives Up Its Secrets About Flynn, Giuliani, Erdogan

Excerpts below
 "Since Zarrab no longer stood in the defendant's dock, who did? Several Turks including a former economy minister were accused but only Mehmet Hakan Attila actually came from Turkey and gave up to US authorities. Attila scarcely counts as a bigwig, a onetime sub-CEO at the main bank that did all the money-laundering, Halkbank. He was, in effect, the lone symbolic defendant. Why would Attila voluntarily travel to America knowing the likely outcome: a prison sentence? The ambient gossip surmises two things. Attila came as a loyalist for Erdogan and hoped to damage Zarrab's testimony. Or he came because he felt unsafe in Turkey as someone who knew too much."
Why did Attila, a nobody at Halkbank (scarcely counts as a bigwig) come to the US and "give himself up"? Did he feel unsafe in Turkey as someone who knew too much? Or did he just see an opportunity and take it?  A golden opportunity?

 "during the cross-examination, Zarrab said he was scared in Turkey, that he'd been threatened to keep silent, before coming to America where he got arrested last year"

As I've stated Zarrab was arrested in 2013. 4 years ago. My post from 2013 was dated December 23/2013- Just two days after Mr Zarrab's arrest!  Why the Forbes author keeps this false time line going? I simply don't know!  From my 2013 post " Reza Zarrab, an Iranian-Azeri businessman, was among those arrested alongside Aslan on Dec. 21."

 Now's the time to wrap this up- What's really going on? What is this trial all about? It seems to me the narrative that is emerging from this trial is creating a justification, via managed perception, necessary for sanctioning of Turkey. Magnitsky style. Magnitsky 2.0.


"To take the first question – why would US prosecutors officially include Zarrab's testimony that he lied to Turkish officials in 2013? A matter totally beyond the trial's jurisdiction. That was the year when Erdogan was investigated while still Prime Minister for taking bribes – and exonerated. Illicit recordings revealed him angrily telling his (rather slow-witted) son over the phone to stash the millions somewhere. He denied it and claimed the recordings were fake. Zarrab backed him up at the time. But the New York court, prior to the trial, got the recordings to experts and accepted them as real. Zarrab has likely told US authorities that he no longer backs Erdogan's denials. Which means that Erdogan or someone in his family might yet find himself somehow in the cross-hairs of US justice in further trials. Which also means that a kind of Magnitsky-like sanctions regime might be levelled at top people around Erdogan.
As I explained the recordings were not verified, validated or authenticated- Someone just deemed them acceptable- Exactly what would be expected if one is creating a false narrative aka fake news. And is starting a witch hunt
The Fethullah Gulen detail too seems fecund. (fertile, prolific, inventive) Remember it was Attila's defense lawyers in Turkey's pay who asked Zarrab about it. The prosecution didn't object. Insiders that I've consulted say this: there could be a battle down the line with the Trump administration trying to send Gulen to Turkey. These are the early skirmishes. If Turkey's ruling elite comes under US sanctions that certainly won't happen. But sanctions will equally certainly put Erdogan under enormous pressure - with his cronies unable to go abroad and possibly his family members too. From there on, anyone in Turkey seen to be aiding and abetting Erdogan's regime, from bankers to media mouthpieces to businessmen, will feel globally stigmatized. And voters won't like their country isolated and shamed. They may even unseat Erdogan.
In plain talk... The Fethullah Gulen details is ripe for the picking. If this trial goes as it appears to be going. And let's not mince words here - this is a show trial. It's intended to create the conditions to promote a specific agenda. Pressure the Erdogan government. Ostracize them globally. Make life miserable for  Turkish citizens. Encourge regime change.

What happened to Aslan? The man who was arrested with Zarrab?

If you are at all unfamiliar with the whole Magnitsky affair- Greencrow has recently covered the topic, including a relink back to a post yours truly, worked on years ago, at the Suspicious Deaths Blog with AP, previously of Twelfth Bough & the blogger formerly from Thirteenth Monkey- Miss you ladies!
Magnitsky/Browder was a topic AP had covered prior to the three of us doing the 2011 post.
There is likely more information at Twelfth Bough

From 2011-  Magnitsky Report



Recently GreenCrow has started giving more attention to this act: The Browder Hoax: Dangerous Deception...a book about how the Magnitsky Act got passed in Canada and elsewhere

GC: If you want to leave the links to your other posts on the subject- I'll add them into the post.

Concluding: Wash, rinse, repeat. The US concocted a narrative that created the justification for the Magnitsky act. They are doing the same with the Zarrab trial as the basis for a Magnitsky 2.0 , which will quite likely including a sanctions regime to try and take down the Turkish government. And Gulen will stay safely ensconced in his giant retreat/25 acre compound in the Keystone state.

Gulen's compound
Final thoughts... Turkey is going to be a tougher nut to crack then had been anticipated. The failed coup, with the US sitting on Zarrab, prepping their kangaroo court case... taking their destabilization campaign to the next level.

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