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Another Russian Chartered, German Ship Intercepted Delivering Weapons To Syria

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Two months ago we explained very diligently, why courtesy of the strategic Russian Naval base in Tartus, Syria, the Russian regime will never, repeat never, let the Syrian government be replaced by various insurgent forces (very much like in other parts of MENA, which now are suffering from an absolute political vacuum and even greater corruption in the aftermath of the Arabian Spring). Granted, while Ambassador Rice may say she is "disgusted" with the subsequent Security Council vote which courtesy of Russia and China halted a intervention in Syria based on unbiased media reports showing one side of the story, one can only imagine how disgusted the rest of the world may have be with the stupid placement of Iran in such close proximity to all those US army bases. Subsequently there were various reports of Russian troops arriving in Tartus, both confirmed and denied by Russia, which were promptly forgotten: after all distractions from other, far greater problems can not become too repetitive or else the general audience will habituate.

But all that was a month ago, and attention spans these days are short, so it is time to once again escalate, and sure enough yesterday the AP reported that Obama has approved an aid package to the Syrian rebels. Naturally, since this whole theater is all about severing strategic Russian national interests in the Mediterranean, and thus, into the Suez, Arabian Gulf, and ultimately Persian Gulf, German Spiegel reports of the immediate tat to America's tit (not to be confused with the Colombian legal prostitution tit, where it now appears whoregate is about to become a national pastime courtesy of upcoming congressional hearings involving the 12 men from Obama's staff who were Secretly Serviced on taxpayer dimes), as apparently yet another Russian-chartered, German ship has been intercepted carrying military equipment and munitions into Syria.

From Spiegel:

At attempt to defy the weapons embargo on the Syrian regime has been thwarted in the Mediterranean Sea, SPIEGEL has learned. On Friday, a German-owned ship carrying military equipment and munitions from Iran was stopped from docking in a Syrian port.


A German-owned freighter loaded with weapons from Iran was stopped on Friday near the Syrian port of Tartus in the Mediterranean Sea, SPIEGEL has learned.


A few days prior, the Atlantic Cruiser, owned by the Emden carrier Bockstiegel, had allegedly picked up heavy military equipment and munitions meant for Syrian dictator Bashar Assad's regime from an Iranian freighter at the Djibouti port. The cargo, desperately needed reinforcements for Assad's crackdown on dissidents, was supposed to be unloaded on Friday.


But defectors from inside the Syrian government had learned of the delivery and warned the shipping company. On Friday the Atlantic Cruiser suddenly changed course, heading for the Turkish harbor of Iskenderun instead. Then the ship stopped some 80 kilometers (50 miles) southwest of Tartus, sailing in circles for the next few hours.


"We stopped the ship after getting information on the weapons cargo," shipping agent Torsten Lüddeke of Hamburg-based C.E.G. Bulk Chartering told SPIEGEL.

It appears that the Russians have once again dared to protect their strategic interests.

According to Lüddeke, the ship had been chartered by an Odessa, Ukraine-based company called White Whale Shipping. "They declared to us as cargo mainly pumps and similar things," he said. "We never would have allowed weapons on board." For now, the 6,200-ton ship will "stay where it is," he added.


Meanwhile, the Ukrainian shipping company has insisted that the Atlantic Cruiser is not carrying weapons and that it be allowed to dock in Tartus.


However, SPIEGEL has learned that the ship's crew had attempted to refuel in the Cypriot port of Limassol, but was turned away after reporting its cargo as "weapons and munitions."

Said otherwise, it is time to unscab the Persian foreign relations wound just in time for, as Reuters puts it, "Iran, big powers agree - to keep talking."

After a year of sanctions and saber-rattling over Iran's nuclear program, negotiators from Tehran and six world powers finally resumed talks and found at least enough common ground to agree to meet again next month.

Basically they all sat down... and agreed to sit down again.

So why the tension? Well recall that just like it is in the Fed's best interest to keep the Schrodinger economy both alive and dead so it has an excuse to dump another trillion in electronic dollar signs into US banks (just as BofA - there is no greater fan of this plan than them), so it is America's general interest to push oil lower, but to have a loophole to bomb the living daylights out of anything that moves in the Middle East.

Hence the gambit: diffuse Iran modestly so Brent falls another $3, $4, or hopefully $5/barrel, because with the summer approaching gas prices ain't going any lower, and with the economy sputtering yet again, having more QE with gas at $4.00 would result in a rerun of the late summer of 2008. But don't diffuse it completely: de-escalate if possible so that while Iran is seemingly better, Syria is once again all the humanist rage: we are likely hours away from finding weapons of mass destruction in Syria next.

And so on, and so on, and so on: both US domestic and foreign policy continue to drone on like a broken record, something we remarked on yesterday when we noted how 2012 is just like 2011... and just like 2010. Unfortunately, Hollywood is not the only place devoid of new and original ideas and forced to settle for endless sequels: so is now US fiscal, monetary and foreign policy.


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Sat, 04/14/2012 - 21:27 | 2345939 AldousHuxley
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Germany paid her debts off and is one of the most technologically advanced industrial powerhouses making machines that produce things in China.

(elites had to practice good governance in order to pay off world war debt unlike spoiled US elites living off of their grandparents achievements)

Now Germany will work on weakening US military stranglehold by supporting all sides while American Germans are getting fat watching sports on TV.

Sat, 04/14/2012 - 23:12 | 2346044 Prometheus418
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Are we?

Check your premises, Huxley.  

Sun, 04/15/2012 - 09:42 | 2346402 LowProfile
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This guy reeks of Langley.


Sun, 04/15/2012 - 11:13 | 2346502 johnu1978
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This Syria soap opera is getting better by the day!


Edible Plant Tours - Primitive Skills Classes

Sun, 04/15/2012 - 15:07 | 2346975 Popo
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What's with the weird ZH fascination with hookers?

As a libertarian, I see absolutely nothing wrong with prostitution.  

...Consenting adults, and all that...

Tyler,  why are you opposed to allowing women to do what they want with their bodies?    Or do you feel that the moral-police of Saudi Arabia (oops, I mean America -- so hard to tell them apart sometimes) should crack down on illicit use of non-religiously sanctioned genitalia?

Perhaps you enjoy ignoring the mountains of historical evidence that prohibition *causes* crime?   Or perhaps you believe that friction between naughty-parts must be blessed by a religious insititution (or the State?)

Who called the sex-police?   Let adults do whatever they want behind closed doors. That includes smoking pot,  paying for sex,  etc.    Enough with the neo-christian fascist bullshit.







Sun, 04/15/2012 - 15:38 | 2347018 TheGardener
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"As a libertarian, I see absolutely nothing wrong with prostitution."

"As a liberal whoremonger , I see absolutely nothing wrong
with besmirshing libertarians." Fixed it for you.

Zero hedges against broken morals.

Sun, 04/15/2012 - 17:26 | 2347152 spiral_eyes
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My problem (and presumably Tyler's) is with it being done on taxpayer dime.

Sun, 04/15/2012 - 16:26 | 2347078 RichardP
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I think the issue is not hookers.  It is that they were presumeably paid for with taxpayer money.

Sun, 04/15/2012 - 17:06 | 2347132 TheGardener
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Falling for hookers or whoring yourself to paying taxes
is a moral issue you can`t hedge against.

Libertarians like Hoppe preach that most functions of the state could be better served by insurance companies.

The only thing I would ever buy insurance against is the
state, a policy we ain`t gonna see. Thus: ZERO HEDGE.

Sun, 04/15/2012 - 11:03 | 2346490 Augustus
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The Krupp mentality still guides the Germans.

Sat, 04/14/2012 - 21:31 | 2345944 AldousHuxley
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Bush regime's 1 world order got derailed when Bush Jr. fucked it all up.


Japan, Germany, Brazil, Russia, India, China, Swiss all working to throw out US+UK bums in the future.

Sat, 04/14/2012 - 23:03 | 2346034 Spirit Of Truth
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It's all been a setup from the getgo:

This will only be clear to Westerners after the dust settles:

However, folk in the East have been saavy to the strategic deception underway all along:


Sun, 04/15/2012 - 00:52 | 2346109 i-dog
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Neither the Russians nor Chinese need to attack the US ... any disruption of the supply chains (eg. by Obama declaring a "national emergency") will see most of the serfs wedged into their La-z-boys crying for food, while those who can still walk will be rounded up by DHS. Any attack by nuclear powers is MAD (in both senses of the word and acronym).

This video, linked in your blog, is a must watch that properly exposes the false narrative of the "fall" of the Soviet Union. However, the conclusion that the US will be attacked is a misdirection and scare-mongering ... to encourage further MIC spending to further bankrupt the US.

Sun, 04/15/2012 - 13:37 | 2346773 RafterManFMJ
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I think you are mistaken by this. You think weapons development ended with the hydrogen bomb? Really?  Everything from HAARP to Chinese mastery of nanoweapons...who knows what is out there, ready to deploy?  One thing you can count on, with us blowing 700 billion a year on weapons, and the Chinese wishing to blunt our power - the next level of weapon will be truly fearsome.

And the effectiveness of new weapons doesn't even have to be real; just percieved. That could be enough for some psychopath to gamble.  Google Chinese Superweapons some time.  We'll be the ones caught with horses and swords, and the Chinese with the machine guns and tanks this time.

But in the meantime, dear leaders, please continue to outsource our factories, devalue the currency, play games of Empire in MENA.

Sun, 04/15/2012 - 13:40 | 2346776 Spirit Of Truth
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So you think Russia and China have engaged in 20+ years of unprecedented strategic deception to "bankrupt" the U.S.?

At least the Western mind is reliable in engaging in gross self-deception when confronted by fearsome intimidation.


Russia and China have been misleading the West for the purpose of a surprise third world war.  That's why China is building spare cities and Russia has built a bunker the size of Washington D.C. under the Ural Mountains:

The truth may be unpalatable, but ignoring reality ultimately won't makeit go away.  The truth will hit you one way or another whether you like it or not.

The West think that the game of "survival of the fittest" is a competition for MONEY.  However, this is only because we have set such "civilized rules" for the games we play.  Russia and China are feigning cooperation in this game, but they both have long understood that the competition is TRULY FOR SURVIVAL and in this sense the national security of Western nations and America in particularly are imperiled as never before because the Pentagon and Western intelligence is PLAYING CHECKERS while Moscow and Beijing are PLAYING CHESS. What's worse, while the West is a relative novice in the games being played, the Kremlin is filled with GRAND MASTERS that have already paved the path to our CHECKMATE.

I wish I saw hope, but the idiocy of the masses and the fact that democracy has allowed such idiocy to prevail in foreign policy spells certain doom for Western Civilization.

The intellectual cowardice displayed at this site and everywhere else on the internet buttresses my sense of futility.

Not only do "We The People" not "get it".  "We The People" are apparently INCAPABLE of getting it.  Undoubtedly Kremlin thinktanks perfecting large-scale strategic deception and manipulation knew this long ago.

So you all go ahead and keep watching RussiaToday and cheer on the destruction of Israel and America.  Only after the dust settles will the few left standing realizes the stupendous mass folly that has been underway...


Sun, 04/15/2012 - 13:55 | 2346824 GeneMarchbanks
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What a severe distortion, I can only imagine your intention is fear-mongering.

Have you ever been to these nations? Do you even have a passport?

Sun, 04/15/2012 - 14:54 | 2346945 prole
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His whole post to me reads like a bunch of gobbledygook tied together and then at the end casually throwing in a refrence to the "fact, already agreed on" that the US and Israel are allies. That little "fact" is just a given, tossed into the post, we are supposed to agree or rebut the post, but just absorb the US/Isarel bonded allies/shared struggle/same team.

Yes master I obey ... more arms $$ and American blood to our "friend" Israel! Your sophisticated propaganda has won me over!

Sun, 04/15/2012 - 19:32 | 2347390 Spirit Of Truth
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I have friends from Russia and Eastern Europe.  Funny thing is, they "get it". 

Sun, 04/15/2012 - 13:11 | 2346745 cranky-old-geezer
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Russia wasn't defeated and didn't collapse.  They just went underground you might say, letting America think they collapsed.

Ever since then, Russia has been quietly working with China and other Asian nations building a new pegged-to-gold currency system with the goal of taking 2/3 of the world's population (and all thermonuclear powers except America) off the US dollar.

They know the dollar is America's Achilles heel.  Bring down the dollar and America comes down with it, without firing a single shot.

The thermonuclear power aspect is vital.  When they launch their attack on the dollar, America will try to maintain the dollar's status militarily (as it does now), but America will be out-gunned 4-1 on the thermonuclear front, and yes they'll play their thermonuclear card to stop America's military efforts to preserve the dollar as world reserve currency. 

After a few American military bases (and cities) are nuked, America will back down and watch the dollar just simply collapse.

Sun, 04/15/2012 - 14:36 | 2346906 Hobbleknee
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Even WOPR knows better than that.

Sun, 04/15/2012 - 21:00 | 2347545 cranky-old-geezer
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Sounds crazy doesn't it?  Nobody would believe it.

That's exactly why they're doing it this way.  Because nobody with a head full of American arrogance and hubris would believe it.

"America can never go down" they say.  "America is unsinkable."

Yea, that's what they said about Titanic too ...and Rome ...and the 3rd Reich.

Sun, 04/15/2012 - 15:47 | 2347026 TheGardener
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"Japan, Germany, Brazil, Russia, India, China, Swiss all working to throw out US+UK bums in the future."

Good list , you are just a bit confused about who wants to screw up whom. The produces taking on the ones screwing them up ? No way. And, unlike the UK, the US is both.

Sat, 04/14/2012 - 21:33 | 2345946 bugs_
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ships were stopped.  something missing in the story i'm guessing.

Sun, 04/15/2012 - 04:20 | 2346209 The Navigator
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Nope, you're not missing anything - the ships captain was informed the cargo has weapons, now he's having trouble finding a port to dock in - not many port/countries like to accept ships with (1) weapons (for the enemy of the empire) (2) mislabled manifests - thus, he circles the med awaiting instructions from the ships owners.

Sat, 04/14/2012 - 23:24 | 2345949 bob_dabolina
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It's better that the Syrians are getting them from the Russians instead of from Holder like the Mexican drug cartels were.

Sat, 04/14/2012 - 21:39 | 2345953 CompassionateFascist
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Let's see...Iranian German ship...chartered by Ukraine...on behalf of Russia...headed for Syria. FUBAR.

Sat, 04/14/2012 - 21:49 | 2345958 uno
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sounds like Iran contra game

Sat, 04/14/2012 - 23:08 | 2346042 TheFourthStooge-ing
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sounds like Iran contra game

The only thing missing is the Israeli government serving as the conduit for the sale.


Sun, 04/15/2012 - 02:06 | 2346165 BooMushroom
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Wheels within wheels within wheels - The Game of (Houses/Thrones) continues...

Sun, 04/15/2012 - 07:47 | 2346299 f16hoser
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Mega Banks funding both sides of every conflict. Oldest game in the book. War = Debt. Banks love Debt. Debt = Serfdom. Amerikans love Sefdom!

Sat, 04/14/2012 - 21:48 | 2345957 grunk
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I'm too drunk to interpret all the commas, depenedent clauses, independent clauses in this article.

Sat, 04/14/2012 - 22:02 | 2345972 nmewn
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lol...Russian gun running to prop up an ally (Assad)...foiled.

Secret Service "mopping up operations" continuing in Columbia. 

Sat, 04/14/2012 - 23:06 | 2346037 New_Meat
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dang, I'm rooting for the wrong teams in both areas.  How upside-down have things become? - Ned

Sat, 04/14/2012 - 23:17 | 2346047 nmewn
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lol...I'm thinkin a Russian ship full of female Secret Service agents in burkas drinking vodka and snortin coke, straddling ole Assad, could sort it all out in no time flat.

I'm sure thats jus me tho ;-)

Sun, 04/15/2012 - 03:52 | 2346201 carbonmutant
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Sat, 04/14/2012 - 22:23 | 2345992 Sancho Ponzi
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+ 3 fingers

Sun, 04/15/2012 - 03:21 | 2346192 A Nanny Moose
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your participle is dangling.

Sat, 04/14/2012 - 21:51 | 2345959 ptolemy_newit
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The most important policy for these peak everything years is CHAOS.  There USA doesnt want a stable Euro any more than it wants a stable middle east and south east asia is Hilaries newest target.

divide and concour is not new.


Sat, 04/14/2012 - 22:03 | 2345964 fuu
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German Patriot missiles in Kotka, Iranian weapons to Tunis via Hamburg and Odessa.


"not to be confused with the Colombian legal prostitution tit, where it now appears whoregate is about to become a national pastime courtesy of upcoming congressional hearings involving the 12 men from Obama's staff who were Secretly Serviced on taxpayer dimes"

<golf clap>

Sat, 04/14/2012 - 22:02 | 2345973 Its_the_economy...
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The House of Krupp understands war materiel.

Sat, 04/14/2012 - 22:07 | 2345975 navy62802
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Whoregate. Hahaha. Yep, that about sums it up.

Sat, 04/14/2012 - 22:56 | 2346027 ThisIsBob
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Just a cop stiffin' a hooker.  Been going on since Cain.

Sat, 04/14/2012 - 22:14 | 2345982 LongSoupLine
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this is just yet another global situation that ultimately will not end well.

Sat, 04/14/2012 - 22:22 | 2345990 palmereldritch
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Obama's rumoured re-election slogan:

Hoes and Chains 2012

Sat, 04/14/2012 - 22:29 | 2346002 gtb
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Pure genius.

Sat, 04/14/2012 - 22:24 | 2345995 lynnybee
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strange that i was watching this documentary on my computer & also find this story on ZEROHEDGE this evening :    

Sun, 04/15/2012 - 04:29 | 2346211 The Navigator
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Good to see you back here LynnyBee - haven't seen you here in quite a while - hope you and your family are holding up. Thanks for the great and relevant link.

Sun, 04/15/2012 - 16:36 | 2347091 my puppy for prez
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Wow...that was fascinating!  Thanks for the link.

Russia is extremely complicated.  I don't trust Putin, but I don't fault him for his stances, either.  As bad as things are in the US, we have NOTHING on the Chechens, or even the Russian people.  To have had such liberty, and to squander it, is truly a crime.  Every American should watch this!

Sun, 04/15/2012 - 23:22 | 2347719 DollarMenu
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Thanks for that link lynnybee.

It was really interesting to monitor my reactions to the story being told.

So many times, I wondered 'Is that Russia or USA they're talking about?"

The political machinations and propaganda tricks map straight across, either way.

And, a much darker picture of Putin remains with me now.

Sat, 04/14/2012 - 22:30 | 2345999 orangegeek
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And so while the markets are tanking going into the election, Obama will be playing war games again in the middle east.  Europe and Russia is only too happy to help engineer the conflict with Obama - the guy who likes to bow.

All you elliott wavers out there see primary 3 coming soon.  This link is a weekly SP500.


War vs the economy.  Someone email Barry and mention that it's not likely to work.

Sat, 04/14/2012 - 22:38 | 2346003 Clay Hill
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Wait a minute.

I've seen this movie, but the director is drunk, and some of the actors have switched roles (and nationalities).

Sat, 04/14/2012 - 22:58 | 2346029 slewie the pi-rat
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this is the same shit peterTheGreat choreographed, isn't it?

or was that metternich?

what a show, eh, BiCheZ? 

now, people are showing their hands a bit more and the puppets are speaking;  which is nice, since they aren't immortal, yet

i sent kofiA a C.A.R.E.TM pkg with a coupla joints;  he's prob gonna need more, too;  i know i am!


Sat, 04/14/2012 - 23:07 | 2346040 New_Meat
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smokem if u gottem

Sat, 04/14/2012 - 23:33 | 2346065 ebworthen
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Hey Kofi, have a Sister or two?

Sun, 04/15/2012 - 04:07 | 2346205 e_goldstein
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2 cows, or $100 K fiat.

Sat, 04/14/2012 - 23:14 | 2346045 Imminent Collapse
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It's always something! Amazing to me that things continue to actually work at all. But they do...until they don't.

Sat, 04/14/2012 - 23:45 | 2346076 slewie the pi-rat
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like clockworkDali

Sat, 04/14/2012 - 23:33 | 2346064 ebworthen
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Russian chartered German ship....hmmmm...

I do seem to remember a Russian/German alliance somewhere in history...

Parts of Europe may decide that a Russian-Sino alliance has more benefits than the old worn out U.S./U.K. one.

Poor Australia though...

Sat, 04/14/2012 - 23:42 | 2346074 Samual Adams
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The U.S. Dollar is dead, Bretton Woods will be nulled out.   Hence the realignment of Allies.  Germany & USSR, i mean Russian Federation, along with Eastern Europe Bloc, only makes sense.   They must postition themselves as economic and military allies, slowly at first, incrementally of course.  This is in order to have more influence regarding the new SDR/world basket of currencies.

Sryia and Iran, are surely catalysts/dominoe in this WWIII we are on the precipice of.  With of course Israel being the Wild Card.

Now, last time I checked.  Empires, Super Powers, Hegemons do not go softly into the night when they collapse.  Bottom line, WWI and WWII most likely won't have anything on what we are facing. 

Skynet also worries me, and will only serve to bring about more death and destruction.  

Sun, 04/15/2012 - 05:22 | 2346236 Element
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Now, last time I checked.  Empires, Super Powers, Hegemons do not go softly into the night when they collapse.


No so, the British Empire and the Soviets did just evaporate.

Sun, 04/15/2012 - 06:29 | 2346266 i-dog
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... as did the Spanish empire....

Sun, 04/15/2012 - 07:55 | 2346306 Optimusprime
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And the Swedish, Dutch, Portuguese.

Sun, 04/15/2012 - 09:28 | 2346391 brettd
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But they did NOT go gently into that good night.

Sat, 04/14/2012 - 23:47 | 2346077 savagegoose
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nothing to see here.

Sat, 04/14/2012 - 23:50 | 2346079 q99x2
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Out of wriggle room and still itchy. The next move will be in broad daylight.

Sun, 04/15/2012 - 10:05 | 2346428 i-dog
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"Diplomacy: The art of saying `Nice doggie' 'til you can find a stick."

"Army: A body of men assembled to rectify the mistakes of the diplomats."

Sun, 04/15/2012 - 01:57 | 2346162 Paracelsus
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I have been following ZH for about three years.Lately I have been worried that standards have been dropping. But today things are back to the witty normal.I am impressed....

After watching Clinton and the Bushes and Reagan,I feel like we are such amateurs in foreign policy.Where are the experts?

Sun, 04/15/2012 - 03:20 | 2346191 JOYFUL
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good observation....

all kinds of things go on in the background[backrooms>!>?]of the alternative media blogosphere...including coups, countercoups, buyouts, hostile takeovers, meltdowns, meltups, and factional infights ad nauseum...kind of like in the real* world...

it was but a year ago that hard core rejectionists of the neocontr[a\o]tskyite party line witnessed the wasting of what had been the premier anti-sionist anchor in the west...Veteran's Today...

 the euphoric months of no-punches-pulled polemical passion of 2010-early 2011 turned into the gut wrenching reality check of February\March 2011, wherein the putative pope of patriotic peace-luvin Merikan Veterans for truth in media -Gordon(nuffguff)Duff- became the new toyboy of the Clinton-Bama-Brookings Axis of Upheaval []...

and in quick succession the pages of the newly narcoleptic and glossily revamped Veteran's Today became a mecca for disinformationalist rants by a cabal of progressive idiots in a box hoping to turn unwary readers into mind controlled minions of the ZOG media collossus.

As ZATO proxy Turkey masses troops on the Syrian border to directly intervene in a Libya 2.0 debacle where British SAS and alCIAida recycled mercs have botched the job agin, that instructive example of the dangers of too much success in countering the dissimulationist narrative needs be borne in mind by those who stand on guard for ZeroHedge....for about 6 weeks you could literally witness the tug of war behind the scenes as loyalists regained control of the VT helm, only to be crushed under a new offensive of ZOGBIE Invasion of the Body Snatchers(original version only pls...not the Sutherland revisionist remake!) chronicle in real time.

ZH\authentic voice of the resistance...kinda...for now...we hope...etc. etc....I would happily buy a t shirt or coffee mug today, in order to see the ZH we luv still be here on Tuesday!

* the imaginary sense.

Sun, 04/15/2012 - 09:26 | 2346390 GeneMarchbanks
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'As ZATO proxy Turkey masses troops on the Syrian border to directly intervene in a Libya 2.0 debacle where British SAS and alCIAida recycled mercs have botched the job agin, that instructive example of the dangers of too much success in countering the dissimulationist narrative needs be borne in mind by those who stand on guard for ZeroHedge....'

Your usual sub-zero Sanity JOYFUL:

Zato(mind if I borrow?) has indeed made this into an international affair.

Sun, 04/15/2012 - 16:31 | 2347084 TheGardener
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Remember Nicaragua ? Real air force assets had their call signs (of neighboring countries) overpainted and the missions got blamed on the other side. Missions as nasty as
the game of recruiting "contras", talk to veterans...

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 00:36 | 2347828 JOYFUL
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Well done!

tis exactly what has occurred in the post -reality setting of the present moment....pupppetmasters pursuing the leninist doctrine of control through creating and managing the opposition...

by overpainting the ideological call signs of the enemy and conducting media-driven missions that bomb the unwary reader into submission thru coopting the dialogue and redirecting dissent into complicity with the objectives of the kriminal kartel.

"You know how some people feel that God put them down here to be a preacher? I felt that He had put me down to be the cocaine man.''


Sun, 04/15/2012 - 02:55 | 2346179 HastaLaVista
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According to Lüddeke, the ship had been chartered by an Odessa, Ukraine-based company called White Whale Shipping. "They declared to us as cargo mainly pumps and similar things," he said. "We never would have allowed weapons on board." For now, the 6,200-ton ship will "stay where it is," he added.

Meanwhile, the Ukrainian shipping company has insisted that the Atlantic Cruiser is not carrying weapons and that it be allowed to dock in Tartus. "


Guys, please stop discussing BS. Ukraine is not Russia, it is totally different country which has very complicated relationships with Russia. The economical situation in Ukraine is terrible, so they simply trying to sell the rest of post-soviet weapons whenever it possible. Yes, Ukraine is close to russian border, but this is totally different country. During the last military conflict between Russia and Georgia (it is not in the US :), Georgia is the name of country on Caucasus) - Ukraine sold to Georgia antiaircraft weapons. No way Ukraine could be a russian ally or try to do something to help Russia.  


If shipping company from Venezuela rent a ship owned by Chinese company and will be stopped near Tartus, it doesnt really mean that "Another american chartered, chinese ship bla-bla-bla". 


Sun, 04/15/2012 - 07:38 | 2346293 prole
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I  hear you Tovarich but most Americans consider Russia  White Russia Ukraine to be the Same Soviets we love to hate since we were their best friends in Euro-Suicide II (Which is what I call WW2)

The only republic we do consider as different from Russia was Georgia, since Russia spanked them in that little dust up. Most Americans were rooting for Russia in that one, although our internal propaganda organs (NBC CBS FOX CNN) were trying to tell us the Russians were "the bad guys." Some little 12 year old girl went off script and told the truth, which had never happened before in the US media, and never will again-

I don't think Russia will mind if Ukraine sells Georgia some old stockpiled weapons, they brushed them aside easily without much difficulty, as a training exercise. I'm hoping Russia/Ukraine whoever will, can help Syria out the same way today

Sun, 04/15/2012 - 11:49 | 2346539 rwe2late
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No way Ukraine could be a Russian ally or try to do something to help Russia. - HastaLaVista

But defectors from inside the Syrian government had learned of the delivery - [convenient]

So, is this simply a case of Ukrainian arms dealers willing to sell to anybody?

 Or could it be another case of sensationalizing "yellowcake" and "missile tubes" stories told by informant liars?

Or might it be a counter-esponiage plot made with anti-Russian Ukranians to thwart Russian/Syrian/Iranian interests? (i.e., load weapons on a ship and "expose" it before arrival.)

Sun, 04/15/2012 - 16:47 | 2347114 TheGardener
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Back in the old days ships and arms dealers had a flag of convenience. False flag was a misnomer , every twist had
a flag hanged on to it if only for decoration. All our bad guys were made acting for our own best interests and thus under the real flag.

That almost makes cold war sound cool.

Sun, 04/15/2012 - 03:10 | 2346186 BadKiTTy
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Slightly OT, but it occurres to me that the Agents were only doing what they see their masters doing on a daily basis.......... ie f**k the local population.

A fish rots from the head


Sun, 04/15/2012 - 03:40 | 2346199 dinastar2
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It is close to inevitable that the time will come when Iran is close to assembling nuclear weapons on ICBM:This situation will trigger an israeli attack:Obama however reluctantly will have painted himself into a corner :Then his uncompetence, lack of vision, shyness, mismanagement, clownesque parrot behaviour , will sting back very hard the USA, the western world and its allies the sunni petro-monarchies in the Gulf. Saudi Arabia -Koweit-Bahrein are doing their best to tell Obama " Wake up, stop smiling at Iran, stop outstreching your hand, cause the more you outstretch it , the weaker you look and you just give Iran more confidence to act in a brazen way ! But Obama remains a narcissistic boy, unsure of what he really is or for what part of the world he really wants to belong.

Now there is also a great irony, almost farcical about this ukrainian" White Whale " shipping company involvement in the iranian arms smuggling to Syria: Do you remember Herman Melville " Moby Dick " ? The ship was commanded by a fantomatic captain then came the climax : " The harpoon was darted ; the stricken whale flew forward; with igniting velocity the harpoon's rope ran through the grove; ran foul Captain Ahab stopped to clear it; he did clear it , but the flying turn of rope caught him round the neck, and voicelessly as turkish mutes bowstring their victim, he was shot out of the boat, ere the crew knew he was gone.

All similarity between BHO and captain Ahab is not mere coincidence. As K.Marx said once: History will always repeat itself , first as a tragedy, then again as a comedy.

Sun, 04/15/2012 - 07:44 | 2346297 prole
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The only obsessed Ahab-like rant is your post.

Harpoon yourself

Sun, 04/15/2012 - 09:37 | 2346398 mess nonster
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+1 for wit. But aside from the tendentiousness of quoting melville at length, I too wondered at the name "White Whale", and that High School torture exercise known as reading Moby Dick did in fact cross my mind.

Occam's Razor says this is a false flag ( and of course, when occam's razor says the simplest answer is a false flag, you KNOW we live in troubled times), and how hard is it to charter a ship, fill it with styrofoam peanuts, and then have the media claimits full of weapons once it gets close to its destination? It won't ever be unloaded, non-one will ever know, and the propaganda benefits are huge.

The only downside is that using such a powerfully symbolic name is like killing the albatross- the White Whale may be a nemeisis to the namer, not just his intended target.

Sun, 04/15/2012 - 10:59 | 2346489 prole
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Hey thanks Nessie. I don't have an opinion on that aspect of the issue, because I am too dumb and I don't have any experience or knowledge about that shipping arms and etc. What I objected to on Ahab's rant, was the way he delicately and subtly worked in some very strong ZIO-PROPAGANDA into his otherwise inane (to me at least) rant about nothing.  Right into the midst of his silly metaphors  and literature refrences- he drops this bomb:

"tell Obama " Wake up, stop smiling at Iran, stop outstreching your hand, cause the more you outstretch it , the weaker you look and you just give Iran more confidence to act in a brazen way !"

This is very subtle propaganda technique and I can hardly detect or understand it, but it seems to be gethering all of "us" on one side of a conflict, like it assumes we are all on board against Iran and "OK let's all formulate some strategy against Iran on this because we are all together!" (Hey ZIO-STAR: I'm not against Iran. I am rooting for Iran!)

Luckily we'll have no more of his silly hasbara antics on ZH, he, in an honorable act, has harpooned himself as suggested for the shame of being exposed by the dumbest person on ZH-me.

Sun, 04/15/2012 - 17:09 | 2347135 dinastar2
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A newborn baby unseal its eyes in a matter of days and during a week or two he sees in black-white and shades of gray, then his vision  improves and he sees red, orange yellow , later on at 2-3 months he gazes on objects without moving his head.I suggest you see a pediatrician when you read some words like Israel, Iran, Nukes etc..It seems those words send you back quickly to newborn age.once you ' ll unseal your eyes maybe your mind will follow ??

Sun, 04/15/2012 - 05:07 | 2346214 Element
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Maybe this has something to do with why there is a bombardment of Syrian towns or suburbs, and why it's not going to end in truce and a happy peace:




U.S. / NATO forces have invaded Syria

9th March 2012
Russia accuses Libya terrorists of exporting terrorists

Vitaly Churkin, Russian ambassador to the UN: "It is completely unacceptable. This practice is undermining stability in the Middle East..."

The Russian ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, has accused Libya of training and arming rebels fighting against the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad.

A reminder, with the assistance of NATO, terrorists in Libya are now conducting a wholesale business of training terrorists for export to wherever they might be needed, having been recent trainees of NATO themselves.

NATO used its considerable air power to pronounce them the "government" of Libya, while the terrorist "government" controls less than 85 percent of Libya.

The Russian envoy made ??the accusation at a meeting of the Security Council yesterday, the fourth Monday.

"We have information that in Libya, with support from the 'authorities', there is a special training center for Syrian rebels, and groups are sent from there to Syria, to attack the legal government," said Churkin. He added: "It is completely unacceptable. This practice is undermining stability in the Middle East."

The charge appears after the website Wikileaks recently published a document that revealed that there are covert operations underway by U.S. and NATO forces inside Syria, against the government.

In a private message now released, an analyst working for the Texan company, Stratfor, says that in December of last year, he attended a meeting at the Pentagon where he heard that U.S. / NATO soldiers \were inside of Syrian territory, giving training to armed rebels.

On the 3rd Thursday, President Assad said that foreign troops were trying to weaken the Syrian government.

Since mid-March 2011, Syria has faced violence that has resulted in hundreds dead, including many soldiers and security agents.

Damascus blames "mercenaries, armed saboteurs and terrorists" for the assault, which, for the Syrian government, is being orchestrated from abroad.

The U.S. and several Western countries, including Britain and France, as well as Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey, supported action against the Syrian government.

Lisa Karpova - Pravda.Ru
Syria: NATO countries are already militarily active in Syria – an overview

By Susana Al Halabi

March 9th 2012

British and French Special Forces operate in Syria. NATO acts against international laws.

1. Secret weapons shipments by NATO
As the ex-CIA officer Philip Giraldi says, not-marked NATO planes are delivering weapons and volunteers from Libya to the Turkish bases in Iskenderun. (NATO vs. Syria, The American Conservative, 19/12/2011)

The South-Turkish port city of Iskenderun, which is near the Syrian border, is also the base of the so-called “Free Syrian Army” (FSA). The weapons, which are collected in Libya, are very practical for them. These Libyan weapons have the advantage that they cannot be traced back to the suppliers (e.g. NATO).
Iran will protect Syria - "Iran strongly rejects any U.S. plan in respect to Syria"

30th March 2012

The Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, announced on Thursday that his country outrightly rejects any U.S. plan on Syria

Lisa Karpova - Pravda.Ru




So let's single out the Russians for replying to western provocation to destabilise an entire region for strategic advantage, and the biggest commodities grab since World War II, which also conveniently puts the West in a position to incite and train and back an 'Islamic' armed insurrection within Russia itself. 

The US and European elements of NATO want to keep Russia fucked-up and on the back-foot.

Just look at the shit dribbling out of Romney's pie hole recently--Russia is the US's arch-villain again! 

Then US/NATO flagrantly breaks international norms and law ... then they squeal like a pig if Russia refuses to play the game by said (now undermined and defunct) norms and rules, because Moscow now realises it's been suckered into passivity and compliance for too long, and has permitted the West too long a geopolitical leach ... which will now have to be reversed ... with a bloody series of proxy wars. 

But for Russia their logistics supply-lines are geographically short, but for the US and NATO, it is long, and easily cut off.

Then then the USSA act's all innocent and self-righteous about this, and to be terribly concerned about "the poor Syrian children", etc., when washington couldn't give a damn about them or a State called Syria.

But the USSA Military Industrial complex will be doing cartwheels of joy, "Houston, we have a boogie man! ... and they will engage us in an arms race!!!"


Happy days are here again.  i.e. go long Lockheed Martin ...


And as we know, Rothschild's TBTFs don't give a fuck who wins, loses or are completely destroyed, or how many will die to make them richer and more financially dominant.

Sun, 04/15/2012 - 22:11 | 2347631 MrSteve
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Who could pretend to be so uninformed that every power in the West and East isn't messing inside Syria? Of course they are all sending in agents, weapons, sappers, spies, counterspies, assassins, snipers, hit men, community organizers, etc, etc. Hey, this is war. Do not be confused by PR statements. Agitprop, Dis-Mis-intel, NEWSPEAK and RT News are all being deployed.

Remember the terms: Kremlin Masters and American Slave Drivers.

Sun, 04/15/2012 - 06:06 | 2346254 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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And here just yesterday I was telling my buddies on chat that Al Gore frequented asian prostitutes as the VP.

Sun, 04/15/2012 - 09:07 | 2346373 shovelhead
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Yeah baby,

Massage my hockey stick.

Sun, 04/15/2012 - 09:38 | 2346399 brettd
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Leading from behind=following.

Sun, 04/15/2012 - 14:27 | 2346892 CURWAR2012
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I wonder what "probe" will be used on these idiots.

Sun, 04/15/2012 - 18:03 | 2347214 Skip
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I read yesterday that Obama has given "aid" to the "rebels" in Syria. Well if .gov can give a few billion $ to the "black farmers" and another billion to the American Indians the other day, then what's a few billion and armaments to the Syrian-Mossad contingent?

Sun, 04/15/2012 - 18:19 | 2347235 Money 4 Nothing
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No, He gave money to Al CIAda and the Muslim Brotherhood to overturn the Assad Regime.

assad armed his citizens to the teeth to help save their Country.

Sun, 04/15/2012 - 22:03 | 2347626 MrSteve
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Can't we just say "Bonn Voyage" to this type of story?

Well not anymore, because Berlin is the new capitol, but moola is the same old master:

1.Siemens centrifuges struck by Stuxnet.

2.German ship carrying Iranian weapons to Syria struck by intel.

3. Same old shit, same old "new flies".

Bottom line- Turkey +100.

Geopolitical stuff is very non-linear, like pipeline routes through northern central Asia. All about as direct as a pollywog's path, leading to some kind of Frog interjection. Recall it was when the French threw in their towel on diplomacy for Saddam's Iraq that immediately lead to the US invasion ( a while ago, but try to remember). Maybe the elections will keep the French quiet now, but don't doubt their linkage to their former colony just north of Israel.



Sun, 04/15/2012 - 18:55 | 2347303 earleflorida
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time to get the propaganda machine rolling out in HolyWhore.  bunga-bunga all over yourself, again, and again. jack bauer and ME, to the rescue -"Whatever it Takes" - 24/7 camel-style!

should the sequel parody cowboy diplomacy,but using camel's,... or should the gloves come off, via chicken-hawk Cheney's new found Chinese heart, ranting kill, kill,... kill the fucking infidels? gives me the impression that a sequal could hold a quasi-plagiarized osmosis tone, but who's thinking?  "We Haven't been hit yet, have We?", quietly embarking upon the  bunker mentality of barry's humanitarian thoughtfulness.  let's say we think about this guys, and GAL's,... and do it anyway - trailing with, 'Where's Usama, Mother Fucker's', bravado? Yeah!

should be fun to see a ME, jack bauer series fighting the 'good fight', deep in the desert enclaves. settings in romanticism,and quiet Arabian night's. one hopes that the oasis are on location via cadaver-free-zones.       jmo 

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