The Chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, overseeing US media directed at foreign audiences, says his organization needs more money to fight its enemies. Namely Iran, Venezuela, Russia and China.
“We can't allow ourselves to be out-communicated by our enemies,” Walter Isaacson said. "You've got Russia Today, Iran's Press TV, Venezuela's TeleSUR, and of course, China is launching an international broadcasting 24-hour news channel with correspondents around the world.”
“This has nothing to do with journalism. It’s about soft power and pushing the American policy agenda,” said RT political commentator and Crosstalk host Peter Lavelle. “It looks like the chairman is a little worried that the world isn’t believing him or his organization anymore. They are catching up.”
Instead of focusing on providing the audience with facts and maybe a new perspective on things, Isaacson is waging media wars, notes Lavelle.
“He treats anyone who is a competitor as an enemy. 20 years after the end of the Cold War, one has to wonder whose mentality has changed and whose hasn’t,” he added.
As for the timing of the statement, Peter Lavelle suggested that, among other things, it is related to the economic situation in the US.
“We have a depressed economy in the United States and there will probably be a double dip. So there are priorities. He is worried about losing budgets. He is saying ‘Look at our competitors – they are pouring money into soft power, into alternative journalism.’ And into the truth, I would say,” said Lavelle, adding that this scares Walter Isaacson.
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On 4 April 2003, I was standing on the roof of al-Jazeera's office in Baghdad. The horizon was a towering epic of oil fires and burning buildings. Anti-aircraft guns in a public park close to the bureau were pumping shells into the sky and the howl of jets echoed across the city. I was about to start a two-way interview with al-Jazeera's head office in Qatar when an American rocket came racing up the Tigris river behind me. Its rail-train "swish" brought a cry from the Qatar technician who picked up the sound on his earphones.
"Was that what I think it was?" he asked. I fear so, I replied, as the white-painted cruise missile zipped beneath one of the Tigris's bridges and disappeared upstream. After finishing my "stand-upper" - television demands rooftop scenes from Baghdad even to this day, when most of the reporters are confined to their offices and hotels by teams of hired mercenaries - I descended to the al-Jazeera newsroom where the Jordanian-Palestinian bureau chief, Tareq Ayoub, was trying to put together his next report. You, I told him, have the most dangerous television office in the history of the world.
I remarked how easy a target his Baghdad office would make if the Americans wanted to destroy its coverage - seen across the Arab world - of civilian victims of the Anglo-American bombing of Iraq. "Don't worry, Robert," Tareq had replied. "We've given the Americans the exact location of our bureau so we won't get hit." Three days later, Tareq was dead.
Al-Jazeera had indeed given their office's map co-ordinates to the Pentagon. In fact, the State Department's public affairs officer in Qatar - a man of Lebanese descent called Nabil Khoury - had pointedly gone to the station's management on 6 April to assure them their bureau would be spared. Then on 7 April, as Tareq Ayoub broadcast at 7.45am from the same spot on the roof on which I had been standing, an American jet flew across the Tigris and fired a single missile at al-Jazeera. Its explosion killed Tareq instantly. This was no errant attack. "The plane was so low, we thought it was going to land on the roof," Tareq's colleague Taiseer Alouni told me afterwards.
And Taiseer should know. He had been Kabul correspondent for al-Jazeera in 2001 when a cruise missile smashed into his (mercifully empty) bureau. Al-Jazeera had been broadcasting bin Laden's threats and sermons from Afghanistan and no one doubted at the time that the attack - which the Americans claimed was a mistake - was deliberate. After the killing of Tareq Ayoub in Baghdad in 2003, the Pentagon's soulless letter of explanation expressed its sorrow for Ayoub's death but did not even bother to offer an explanation for the attack. Why should it? After all, on the very same day, an American Abrams M-1 A-1 tank fired a shell into the Palestine Hotel, killing three more journalists. Small arms fire, the Americans said, had been coming from the building. It was a lie.
Nor was I surprised. Back in Belgrade in 1998, I had watched the Americans bomb Serbia's television headquarters, an act which, as I wrote next morning, allowed Nato to strike at targets for the words men and women said - rather than the deeds they committed. What precedent did this set for the future? I should have guessed.
So what was so strange about George Bush's desire to bomb al-Jazeera in 2004? That Lord Blair of Kut al-Amara - the man who supposedly persuaded the American president to desist from this latest insanity - should now threaten the British press under the Official Secrets Act lest they divulge the entire can of worms is quite in keeping with the arrogance of power which we now associate with the Bush-Blair alliance. British ministers cravenly repeated America's lies when US aircraft killed the innocent in Baghdad in 2003 and they will happily cover up Bush's continued desire to bomb his supposed enemies, however innocent they may be.
When al-Jazeera first broadcast across the Arab world, the Americans hailed its appearance as a symbol of freedom amid the dictatorships of the Middle East. The New York Times's messianic columnist Tom Friedman praised it as a beacon of freedom - always a dangerous precedent, coming from Friedman - while US officials held out the station's broadcasts as proof that Arabs wanted free speech. And there was some truth in this. When al-Jazeera broadcast a brilliant 16-part series on the Lebanese civil war - a subject scrupulously avoided by Beirut television stations - the crowded seafront Corniche in front of my Lebanese home became deserted.
Arabs wanted to see and hear truths that had been denied them by their own leaders.
But when the same al-Jazeera began broadcasting bin Laden's words, all the enthusiasm of Friedman and the State Department dried up. By 2003, US deputy defence secretary Paul Wolfowitz - that paragon of democracy who asked why Turkish generals did not have "something to say" when the democratically elected Turkish parliament prohibited US troops from using their territory for the invasion of Iraq - was fraudulently claiming that al-Jazeera was "endangering the lives of American troops". His boss, Donald Rumsfeld, told an even bigger lie: that al-Jazeera was co-operating with Iraqi insurgents. I spent days investigating these claims. All turned out to be false. Tapes of guerrilla attacks on US forces were delivered anonymously to the station's offices, not filmed by al-Jazeera's crews. But the die was cast. Iraq's newly elected government proved its democratic credentials by throwing al-Jazeera out of the country - just as Saddam had threatened to do in early 2003.
Of course, al-Jazeera is no golden child of journalism. Its discussion programmes are often weighed down with uncompromising Islamists, its dutiful presentation of bin Laden's tiresome sermons balanced by interviews with Western leaders far tougher than any questions put to al-Qa'ida's bearded leadership. But it is a free voice in the Middle East - and so was attacked by the Americans in Kabul and in Baghdad. And almost in Qatar. And thus British journalists must now be suppressed by Lord Blair of Kut al-Amara if they dare to reveal the latest revelation from the dark and bloody pit into which Messrs Blair and Bush have plunged us.
Sexy Calendar for Putin: Young journo students bare all for PM's birthday.
RussiaToday | October 07, 2010
Vladimir Putin has received some unusual birthday gifts in his time - rare leopards, joke books about him and even a cannon. This year, students at Moscow State University have come up with a present that's a little more provocative. Students from the journalism department have released a sexy calendar dedicated to Russia's Prime Minister. Each model is pictured with speech bubbles, containing double entendres like 'How About a Third Time', or the 'Fires are Out But I'm Still Burning'. Some simply say 'We Love You'. The creators say the idea was to show smart young women, can still be beautiful. The University, however, called the project 'inappropriate'.
Moscow students divided over Putin's birthday calendar.
Emotions are high at Moscow State University following the publishing on Thursday of an erotic calendar by students at the university's journalism faculty in celebration of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's birthday.
The 2011 birthday calendar featured 12 female journalism students posing in just their underwear. The message: "Vladimir Vladimirovich, We love you. Happy Birthday Mr Putin," was adorned, in English, on the cover and each picture was accompanied by a personal message to the prime minister. "You put out the forest fires, but I'm still burning," one message reads.
In response, another group of journalism students created their own calendar, in which they posed fully clothed with pieces of tape over their mouths to symbolize the restrictions on freedom of the press imposed by the Kremlin. The girls' personal messages mocked the vulgar messages of their fellow students by posing serious political questions about the policies of the current government.
The calendar has caused a huge stir in the international media, with news agencies and papers from all over the world quickly picking up on the story.
Vladimir Tabak, 23, an ex-MGU journalism student, who printed the erotic calendar at his own printing house, is laconic about the project's success.
"We didn't foresee this media frenzy. We just wanted to congratulate our ex-president on his birthday and show him how much we respect him," Tabak says, while attempting to answer numerous calls on his cell phone and talk to swarms of journalists.
He says 50,000 copies of the calendar have already been sold and 50,000 more will go on sale soon. All proceeds will go towards helping a fellow student, who suffers from leukemia.
Tabak takes little heed of the criticism triggered by his campaign.
"We respect Vladimir Vladimirovich [Putin] and see nothing shameful in wishing him happy birthday," Tabak says.
Alisa Kharcheva, 17, who starred in the calendar as Miss April, says her parents lauded the project.
"They liked the girls, they liked the calendar, and they respect Vladimir Vladimirovich [Putin]."
Neither Tabak nor Kharcheva feel threatened by the counter-project.
"What they've done isn't bad, but it's not very original," Kharcheva says. "No-one would have taken any notice of their calendar if ours hadn't been produced first," she says confidently.
"If they want to play political games, let them. Our goal was different," Tabak shrugs.
The young publisher admits that the models from his calendar face a difficult term.
"I've heard that the faculty heads are going look into the project," he says. "I hope they also take into consideration the fact that the girls are being called 'sluts'. I stand against double standards."
The premier, who turned 58 on October 7, was informed about the two birthday gifts, and approved both, Putin's press secretary Dmitry Peskov said, according to tabloid news site Life.ru.
"The premier was more impressed by the first [group of girls]," Peskov said.
Russian bloggers are already embroiled in intense debates about the now infamous calendar. Several spoof versions featuring Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and St. Petersburg Governor Valentina Matvienko among others are also beginning to make an appearance.
MOSCOW, October 8 (RIA Novosti, Tsvetelina Miteva)
At least 50 people have been injured as Serbian police clashed with protesters trying to disrupt a Gay Pride parade in the capital, Belgrade, BBC reported.
Police used tear gas against the rioters, who threw petrol bombs and stones at armed officers and tried to break through a security cordon.
A garage attached to the headquarters of the ruling Democratic Party was briefly set on fire, and at least one shot was fired at the building.
Most of the injured were reported to be police officers.
A number of people were arrested.
While the Gay Pride parade was moving though the city, several hundred protesters began chanting "The hunt has begun" and "Death to homosexuals."
Reports told of gangs of skinheads roaming the streets, throwing petrol bombs and setting off firecrackers as police battled to hold them back.
Thousands of police had sealed off central Belgrade to protect the event.
This was the first Gay Pride parade in Serbia since a march in 2001 was broken up in violent clashes provoked by far-right extremists.
A gay pride march planned last year was cancelled amid fears of violence.
On Saturday, several thousand people had protested against the march. Right-wing groups say that homosexuality is contrary to Serbian religious and family values.
Serbian riot policemen clash with anti-gay protesters during the gay parade in Belgrade, Serbia, 10 October 2010. Prior, during and after the short march, hundreds of thugs with bricks, flares and bottles clashed with the police. Photo by EPA
Medvedev says Schwarzenegger could be Moscow mayor.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Monday said he could offer California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger the post of Moscow's mayor if he had Russian citizenship.
Schwarzenegger arrived in Moscow at the head of a delegation of high-tech executives and venture businessmen on Sunday. Medvedev and Schwarzenegger met on Monday in the Russian leader's Moscow Region residence in Gorki before setting off for Russia's high-tech research hub of Skolkovo outside the capital.
"We have many different events here. You arrived at the moment when Moscow has no mayor," the Russian president told the American guest.
Recalling that Schwarzenegger is leaving the post of California governor in January, Medvedev said smiling: "If you were a Russian citizen, you could work for us."
Medvedev fired long-serving Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov in late September, saying he had lost his trust. The decision came after state TV had accused Luzhkov of negligence, callousness and corruption.
Commentators say Medvedev's sacking of Luzhkov, one of the most powerful politicians in Russia, may boost his authority ahead of the 2012 presidential elections.
Post by TsarSamuil on Oct 13, 2010 19:59:21 GMT -5
Turkey’s Parliament Approves Another Year of Attacks in Iraq - Overwhelming Vote Extends Strikes Against Kurdish Groups.
Antiwar.com by Jason Ditz, October 12, 2010
In a 428-18 vote, Turkey’s parliament today agreed to extend the military’s mandate to launch attacks against Kurdish forces in Northern Iraq for another year. The vote came following a closed-door debate about the issue.
Since the 2003 US occupation of Iraq, northern Iraq has been governed by a largely independent Kurdish regional government. Since that time, Iraq’s neighbors have complained the region has become a popular staging ground for their own Kurdish rebel factions.
This has led to attacks, primarily from Turkey but also occasionally from Iran, into Iraqi Kurdistan. The Turkish military says that it has been given intelligence about targets by the US forces, and claimed earlier in the summer to have killed over 100 rebels in a strike.
But the recent attacks have largely been artillery strikes and bombings. The last major ground invasion was in February 2008, when thousands of Turkish troops crossed the border into Iraq and killed hundreds of suspected PKK members.
Post by TsarSamuil on Oct 16, 2010 21:51:18 GMT -5
Israel woos Greece after rift with Turkey.
16 October 2010 By Jonathan Marcus BBC Diplomatic Correspondent
Earlier this week the Israeli Air Force completed a series of exercises with its Greek counterpart - a sign of the growing links between the two countries.
But more than this, it is an indication of the changing political geography of the eastern Mediterranean.
The exercise involved Israeli Apache and Black Hawk helicopters operating alongside Greek Air force helicopters and jets.
Israel relies heavily on its advanced air power but has very limited airspace of its own in which to train.
Israeli helicopters have flown in Romania - one large CH-53 helicopter crashed there in July with the loss of several lives - and the Israeli Air Force has held many exercises in Turkey.
But no longer.
Ever since Israeli commandos boarded the Turkish-owned, Gaza-bound vessel the Mavi Marmara back in May - killing several Turkish nationals in the ensuing struggle - relations between Israel and Ankara have been in the freezer.
Joint military exercises have been abandoned and this week a Turkish minister indicated his country would boycott an international tourism conference due to be held in Jerusalem.
Unless Israel bows to Turkish demands for a full apology and compensation, normal ties are unlikely to be resumed.
So over recent months Israel has been significantly reinforcing its friendship with Greece.
The prime ministers of each country have exchanged visits.
There are even hopes - you could call them maybe "pipe-dreams" - that one day Israeli natural gas might be exported to Europe via a terminal in Greece.
But this new friendship, while no doubt sincere, is prompted in large part by the worsening ties between Israel and Turkey.
The collapse of the strategic relationship with Turkey is bad news for Israel.
The full extent of the ties has never been revealed but they are known to have had military, intelligence and economic dimensions.
Turkey has been a major arms purchaser from Israel and it has drawn on Israel's counter-insurgency doctrines for its own struggles against the Kurds.
Given Turkey's geographical position, just to the north of Syria and with its western border just touching Iran, the undisclosed intelligence co-operation may be the element of the relationship that Israel misses most.
The strains between Tel Aviv and Ankara have caused alarm in Washington, which is far from happy to see its two main military allies in the region drifting apart.
But in truth things were changing even before the Mavi Marmara episode.
Israel's strongest allies in Turkey were within the Turkish military and under the Islamist government of the AKP Party, their influence in the country is in decline.
Ties with Greece can provide vital exercise space for the Israeli Air Force.
They can provide tourism and other economic benefits for both countries.
Israeli commentators are trying to put the best face on it all.
Oded Eran of the Institute for National Security Studies at Tel Aviv University noted in a recent paper that "perhaps the neo-Hellenist option (Greece) does not fully replace the strategic assets lost with the disintegration of the neo-Ottoman option (Turkey), but it embodies much interesting potential that is well worth cultivating".
That may well be true. But it cannot compensate Israel for the loss of a key strategic partner in Ankara, whose gaze is now much more strongly directed towards the Arab world.
Post by TsarSamuil on Oct 16, 2010 21:55:26 GMT -5
Israel buys F-35 jets with eyes on Iran.
TEL AVIV, Israel, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Israel's purchase of 20 Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighters, the world's most advanced combat jets, significantly enhances the Jewish state's ability to defend itself "by itself," in the words of U.N. Ambassador Michael Oren.
His comment following Thursday's contract signing in New York, is a clear reference to possible conflict with Iran, against whose nuclear installations Israel has threatened to launch pre-emptive strikes.
However, Israel is unlikely to take delivery of the first of the fifth- generation fighters until 2015 at the earliest, with completion scheduled for 2017.
That should rule the F-35s out of any long-range mission against Iran for at least four years, by which time the Tehran regime may already have developed a nuclear weapon.
The $2.75 billion contract was signed by the director-general of Israel's Defense Ministry, retired Maj. Gen. Ehud Shani, and the Deputy Undersecretary of the U.S. Air Force Heidi Honecker Grant after several years of tortuous negotiations.
The F-35s will equip one squadron of the Israeli air force, with each aircraft costing around $96 million, together with training simulators, spare parts and associated equipment.
Oren said that Israel expected to acquire "a couple of dozen" more F-35s at an unspecified time. Israel had initially wanted to buy 25 of the radar-evading fighters with an option for 50 more -- enough to equip four squadrons with most powerful aircraft in the Middle East.
Most of the cost involved in the 20-unit sale will be covered by U.S. military aid to Israel, which currently runs at around $3 billion a year, plus Israel's defense industry will get around $1.4 billion in contracts for components for the jets.
The timing of the contract suggested the U.S. administration of President Barack Obama may have fast-tracked the deal as an inducement to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to extend a freeze on settlement building in the West Bank, still largely under Israeli occupation, to salvage threatened peace talks with the Palestinians.
Obama has staked a lot of political capital into reviving the peace process and achieving some sort of agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.
That would be a major political coup for him, although it is unlikely in the current climate that significant progress can be achieved before the Nov. 2 U.S. midterm elections.
There has been little sign that Netanyahu's right-wing-led coalition was prepared to risk a domestic backlash by extending the 10-month freeze launched in 2009 and which recently expired.
The White House last week denied reports that Obama had offered Netanyahu significant military, political and economic incentives for a two-month building moratorium extension.
However, Oren told The Washington Post that the administration had made "a number of suggestions, incentives if you would, to the Israelis that would enable the government to maybe pass a limited extension of two or three months."
Israel has recently received pledges of hefty U.S. financial support to develop air-defense systems to counter hostile missiles -- currently a critical threat not only to military installations such as air bases but to major population and industrial centers such as Tel Aviv as well.
It will be the first country to receive F-35s through the U.S. government's Foreign Military Sales process, thus becoming the first customer outside the nine-nation U.S.-led group developing the jet.
The F-35 program has been plagued by problems that have delayed it by two years and driven up the cost of the aircraft. The Israeli purchase could help counteract those setbacks.
Lockheed Martin, the lead contractor, claims the F-35's stealth capabilities and integrated weapons systems make it superior to all other aircraft in air-to-air combat while being able to conduct ground-attack missions.
Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems of Britain are providing key components for the program.
The F-35, which is destined to equip the U.S. Air Force, the Marine Corps and the U.S. Navy, is being developed in three configurations, the A version for conventional operations, the F-35B for short takeoff and vertical landing, and the C for navy carriers.
Israel is acquiring the F-35A version but the Americans have agreed to allow Israel to install its own electronic warfare and communications systems and it will be designated as the F-35I.
Post by TsarSamuil on Oct 24, 2010 19:51:29 GMT -5
Huh? A silly organization demanding a sovereign country to pay up because they don't want fudgepackers to do an obscene march?
European court fines Russia for banning gay parades.
Bbc.co.uk 21 October 2010
The European Court of Human Rights has fined Russia for banning gay parades in Moscow, in an important victory for the country's gay community.
A leading activist, Nikolai Alexeyev, brought the case after the city authorities repeatedly rejected his requests to organise marches.
The Moscow authorities had argued the parades would cause a violent reaction.
But the court in Strasbourg said Russia had discriminated against Mr Alexeyev on grounds of sexual orientation.
It said that by refusing to allow the parades, the authorities had "effectively approved of and supported groups who had called for (their) disruption".
"The mere risk of a demonstration creating a disturbance was not sufficient to justify its ban," the court said.
It ordered Russia to pay Mr Alexeyev 29,510 euros ($41,090) in damages and for legal fees.
"This is a crippling blow to Russian homophobia on all accounts," Mr Alexeyev said after the verdict was announced.
"The authorities now have to ensure the security of peaceful gay activists, and must allow our protests to take place in Moscow or any other city in Russia. We will be applying to hold a sixth gay pride event in Moscow in May 2011," he told the BBC's Russian service.
"We'll be taking the former Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov to court: he broke the law by blocking our protests. We'll also be looking to hold to account those judges who continuously came to unlawful verdicts against us."
Gay rights campaigners say that in recent years, the authorities in Moscow and other major cities have rejected hundreds of requests for parades.
Some activists who have tried marching in the capital without permission have come under attack from right-wing and religious groups, or were beaten up by police.
Yuri Luzhkov, who was mayor of Moscow for 18 years before he was sacked last month by President Dmitry Medvedev, described homosexuals as "satanic".
The ruling by the European Court of Human Rights referred specifically to Mr Luzhkov's views.
"The court could not disregard the strong personal opinions publicly expressed by the Moscow mayor and the undeniable link between those statements and the bans," it said.
Analysts say it is not yet clear if the new mayor, Sergei Sobyanin, will take a softer line on gay rights.
Black Gold Rush: Israel's oil find fuels Mideast tension.
RussiaToday | October 27, 2010
Recently discovered oil reserves in the eastern Mediterranean look set to become the latest point of tension in the troubled region. At least four major competitors are staking their claim. Israel, Lebanon, Turkey and Cyprus all want a piece, but with no clearly defined maritime borders, the fight could be lengthy, bitter... and even bloody.
Post by TsarSamuil on Oct 31, 2010 21:46:17 GMT -5
Why are Turks in denial or have they finally come to realize that Ataturk was a pederTurk?
Turkey lifts two-year ban on YouTube.
Bbc.co.uk 30 October 2010
Turkey has lifted its ban on YouTube, two years after it blocked access to the website because of videos deemed insulting to the country's founder.
Transport Minister Binali Yildirim, who is in charge of internet issues, said the government had been in contact with Google, which owns YouTube.
Mr Yildirim said there was no longer any reason to ban the website, because the offending videos had been removed.
Insulting Mustafa Kemal Ataturk or "Turkishness" is illegal in Turkey.
The video clip prompting the ban was reportedly posted by Greek users of the website and dubbed Ataturk and Turks homosexuals.
The move was nevertheless widely criticised by many Turks, including by President Abdullah Gul, who asked officials to find a solution.
Speaking on Turkish television on Saturday, Mr Yildirim said the ban had been lifted after "common sense prevailed".
"But we didn't get here easily - we have been through a lot in the process," he told NTV.
"I hope that they have also learned from this experience and the same thing will not happen again. YouTube will hopefully carry out its operations in Turkey within the limits of law in the future," he added.
In a statement, YouTube said that it had received reports that some users in Turkey were once again able to access its content.
"We want to be clear that a third party, not YouTube, have apparently removed some of the videos that have caused the blocking of YouTube in Turkey using our automated copyright complaint process," it explained.
"We are investigating whether this action is valid in accordance with our copyright policy," the company added.
In 2007, Turkey's parliament adopted a sweeping law that allowed a court to block any website where there was "sufficient suspicion" that a crime had occurred.
The eight crimes listed include child pornography, gambling, prostitution, and "crimes against Ataturk".
In June, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe said the law was being used to block access to more than 5,000 sites, making internet censorship in Turkey amongst the heaviest in the world.
Turkish document defines Israel as 'central threat'
By JPOST.COM STAFF 30/10/2010
National Security Council in Ankara decides to remove Syria, Bulgaria, Georgia, Armenia from list of countries that pose threat.
The Turkish National Security Council approved a few days ago significant changes in a document which contains threats against Turkey claiming that Israel is now a major threat to the country, Turkish media reported Saturday.
Israel was redefined as a "major threat" in the document called "The Red Book."
This is the first time that Turkey has defined Israel's actions in the Middle East as a threat towards it.
The document also stated that Israel's actions may cause countries in the region to begin an "arms race."
At the same time the Council decided to remove Syria, Bulgaria, Georgia and Armenia from the list of countries that pose a threat to Turkey.
Iran, which was previously a major threat to Ankara was also removed from the list of countries.
The document is valid for five years.
Greece is still defined as a threat against Turkey, however Turkey's neighbor is considered an external threat.
The document also states that the Middle East should be free of nuclear weapons.
TsarSamuil: Medicines aren't allowed to be sold on the market without a 15 year trial period, to determine short n long term effects. Sputnik just turned 1 year, others not even that, just months, how can we determine long term effects without the data from long term
Aug 24, 2021 11:22:20 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: exposure? Does anyone have a time machine to go 14 years or so into the future n come back n say whether we have good vaccines? Fear makes world abandon its own standards..Besides, vaccines for other illnesses that have been developed for YEARS actually
Aug 24, 2021 11:23:40 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: help. These covid vaccines are literally SHIT, why else do they demand you take 1, 2 n now 3 shots? The problem is also a disease becomes resilient if u administer a weak vaccine that doesn't do the job proper. Allow illness to survive just makes it strong
Aug 24, 2021 11:25:04 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: instead if we go by the book, we should all wait for a really good vaccine to take out the illness for good. Now...we may never get rid of it..but understandably the world economy has a hard time dealing with lock downs, but that is just needless panic
Aug 24, 2021 11:27:06 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: why Swe had fared well with country not being locked down? Because they are cold people, keeping distance was the thing before covid-19 was ever heard of, I hope world doesn't become like that, but some could use a little common sense n change in behavior.
Aug 24, 2021 11:29:12 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: It's no wonder covid hits so many Arabs in the country, stupid bastards..
Aug 24, 2021 11:29:38 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: If I go to H&M a new shirt, if an Arab wants to buy a pair of pants, not only is his whole family along, his friends, even his freaking grandmother is along n all chattering along in a big dumb group of ignorance..
Aug 24, 2021 11:33:05 GMT -5
Boro: Thx for the response. I'm not sure... It seems the vaccines work, at least people aren't dying of Covid. Those who get ill have a problem, it's not "just a flu". Maybe it's from a chinese laboratory, who knows...
Aug 24, 2021 13:46:55 GMT -5
Boro: I agree regarding Arabs..
Aug 24, 2021 13:50:39 GMT -5
Boro: Be glad, Sweden isn't overpopulated.
Aug 24, 2021 14:11:49 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: true, vaccines do help somewhat, maybe better than nothing..I hope in 2022 we can come out of this nightmare..
Aug 24, 2021 15:38:24 GMT -5
Boro: Horrible times, indeed.
Aug 24, 2021 15:47:41 GMT -5
Boro: Got the first Biontech... Hope it won't kill me.
Nov 1, 2021 9:48:00 GMT -5
Slavislav: Hello, fellows. I see that this museum of a forum is sadly abandoned and I wish you join our community and discuss with us things related to slavs and etc.
Nov 11, 2021 7:43:15 GMT -5
Brat: Don't follow the link. You'll get infected.
Nov 11, 2021 16:26:55 GMT -5