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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!


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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: http://thespiritoftruth.blogspot.com/2009/05/russias-secret-war-plans.ht...

This will only be clear to Westerners after the dust settles: http://thespiritoftruth.blogspot.com/2012/02/jr-nyquist-on-world-war-thr...

However, folk in the East have been saavy to the strategic deception underway all along: http://www.spiritoftruth.org/defectors.htm


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 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vi9p2S4eYzU, 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 weapons...in 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 :     http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6580938720868203336&hl=en#    

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.

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!