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بشير مصيطفى : يا مصر لا تخطئي مثلهم

الخبير الاقتصادى الدولى والوزير الجزائرى الاسبق د بشير مصيطفى

الخبير الاقتصادى الدولى والوزير الجزائرى الاسبق د بشير مصيطفى

أعلن في مصر عن اكتشاف حقل جديد للغاز – يضاف الى حقول مكتشفة مؤخرا – يصل احتياطهالى 810 مليار متر مكعب ما يعني أن مرحلة جديدة في مسار الاقتصاد المصري بدأت تتشكل ويجب انتظار زهاء أربع سنوات حتى يشرع في استغلال الحقل الجديد إذا ما توفرت الاستثمارات الرأسمالية اللازمة

استثمارات رأسمالية ليس من السهولة تأمينها على خلفية طموحات المنافس الجديد في سوق الاستثمار الطاقوي أي إيران ، ودخول المشروعن الغازين العملاقين ( ساوث ستريم ) و ( ناباكوف ) حيز الخدمة آفاق العام 2017 . ومن جهة ثالثة ترقب الشركات الطاقوية ما ستسفر عنه قمة الأرض ( باريس – ديسمبر 2015 ) من قرارات تحد من الاحتباس الحراري وتقيد مبادلات الطاقة الأحفورية
ومع ذلك ستجني مصر من الاكتشاف الجديد عوائد مهمة بشرط ألا تكرر أخطاء دول أوبك الاثني عشرة في إدارة أصولها النفطية على نحو كبدها خسائر مازالت تدفع ثمنها

أخطاء أوبك القاتلة

لم تحقق دولة واحدة من دول أوبك ( منظمة الدول المصدرة للنفط ) هدف الصعود الاقتصادي على الرغم من مرور 55 سنة عن تاريخ انشاء المنظمة و 75 عاما عن فكرتها التي أطلقها وزير بترول فنزويلا في 1940 السيد ( ألفونسيو بيريس ) لا لشيء سوى لأن تلك الدول حولت قطاع الطاقة الأحفورية الى مجرد أداة تجارية لتحقيق الريع على حساب الثروة ، وهو الهدف التجاري الذي رسم لها بعد أن تضاءلت الفكرة الأصلية أي استخدام النفط كسلاح لمقاومة الشركات البترولية العالمية وإطلاق صناعات وطنية ومحاربة الفقر والتخلف وهشاشة البنى الانتاجية التي ما زالت تميز المجتمعات النفطية عن نظيرتها الصناعية. ولهذا تتهم المنظمة بأنها أطالت من عمر التخلف الصناعي لأعضائها لأنها حولت إيرادات النفط الى مجرد ريع يمول الخزينة ويحمي الأنظمة الحاكمة ، والدليل على ذلك أن آمالا عقدت على “صندوق أوبك للتنمية الدولية” سرعان ما تراجعت تحت ضغط الأهداف التجارية الضيقة ، وظلت جل الشعوب النفطية حبيسة اقتصاديات هشة لا تقوى على مقاومة الصدمات على الرغم مما جنته الحكومات من إيرادات نفطية لامست 530 مليار دولار لصالح مجموعة أوبك كمعدل سنوي ، وظلت الاقتصاديات النفطية تسجل أرقاما متأخرة في مجال تنافسية الأسواق عدا الامارات العربية المتحدة على وقع الجذب الخدماتي والى حد ما المملكة العربية السعودية بفضل الصناعات البتروكيمياوية

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المشهد المصري بديلا

في حالة تأمين الاستثمارات اللازمة لاستغلال مصر لحقول الغاز الجديدة فيها يفترض اعتناق رؤية ( الانتقال الطاقوي ) الممهد لحالة ( التحول الطاقوي ) الجاري تصميمها في الدول المستهلة . وتعني هذه الرؤية التعامل مع قطاع الطاقة الأحفورية وفق إشارات المستقبل ( 2030 – 2050 ) في مجال الخارطة الجاري تصميها لصناعات المستقبل ومجتمعاته ( الصناعات والمجتمعات الصديقة للبيئة ) . الموضوع يتطلب منظومة متطورة لليقظة الاستراتيجية في هدف التنوع الطاقوي وتحويل التراكم الرأسمالي الذي سينشأ خلال المرحلة الانتقالية الى أصول جديدة تخدم التنوع الاقتصادي وصناعات الغاز الناشئة لتلبية الطلب الداخلي في جميع القطاعات التي تمتلك مصر فيها مزايا نسبية ، وفي مرحلة تالية التحول الى الصادرات عالية المحتوى التكنولوجي والمعرفة بتحويل المزايا المذكورة الى مزايا تنافسية في منطقة المتوسط على اقل تقدير

طريق الصعود

من السهولة على مصر إدماج المورد الغازي الجديد في مشهد مدروس للصعود الاقتصادي في آفاق العشرين عاما القادمة ( 2035 ) بتصميم ( رؤية مصر 2035 ) أو رؤية ( استشراف مصر ) وستجد القاهرة جيشا كاملا من الخبراء في مجال تصميم السياسات المبنية على المعرفة أي على اليقظة الاستراتيجية . وسيكون الطريق حافلا بالمفاجآت الكامنة في نظم الانتاج الحديثة ومهن المستقبل والتفوق التكنولوجي

ستة مفاتيح متاحة بين يدي الدولة المصرية في الرؤية المذكورة وهي : برمجة الاقتصاد وفق نموذج قياسي كلي للنمو آفاق العام 2050 – تطوير التعليم بكل أطواره حسب معيارية الجودة والتعليم لأجل توازن الأسواق – تطبيق منظومة اليقظة الاقليمية المبنية على متابعة الاستثمار عبر الأقاليم بشكل احصائي رقمي ذكي – البطاقات التقنية للتنويع الاقتصادي حسب المزايا النسبية في مرحلة أولى ثم التنافسية في مرحلة تالية وذلك على أساس نسبة مدروسة للنمو هي نفسها نسبة الاقلاع أي 7 بالمائة مستديمة سنويا ، ثم نسبة الصعود أي 10 بالمائة وهذا ممكن في ضوء تجارب الدول – تجسير العلاقة بين أطرافي ثلاثي التفوق الدولي أي ( التعليم العالي – البحث العلمي – قطاع الانتاج ) ، وفي هذا الصدد يكون جيدا أن تطلق القاهرة مؤسسة مختصة في أبحاث النمو نسميها ( المعهد المصري للتنمية ) أسوة بالمعهد الكوري للتنمية – وأخيرا إعادة هيكلة الأجهزة التنفيذية للدولة على أساس الحكم الصالح المبني على التشاركية الديمقراطية والشفافية والادارة الراشدة أي الحوكمة الذكية كي تلتقي أهداف الصعود بأدوات التنفيذ دون تعثر . حينها ستجد مصر وفي سنوات قليلة نفسها وقد حققت الاشارات الأولى لحالة إسمها  الصعود الاقتصادي

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Essebsi sworn in as Tunisian president

Tunisia’s  Beji Caid Essebsi has been sworn in as president after landmark polls in the country. Essebsi won the race in December with 55.7% of the vote, against interim President Moncef Marzouki’s 44.3%.

Unlike in previous presidential elections where ousted President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali persecuted his rivals, Tunisians this year were able to choose their favorite from a pool of 27 candidates.

“This is the first time we reach a second round,” political analyst Noureddine Mbarki told Al Arabiya News. “The margin was little in the first round, and even the second round, 10% is the margin that we see in developed democratic countries.”

Essebsi won 39.46% of the votes on the Nov. 23 election, followed by Marzouki with 33.43 %.

“We used to see 90% back in the day,” said Mbarki, referring to election results under the dictatorship of Ben Ali.

“Tunisians headed to voting polls three times in eight weeks. This is the first time it happens in Tunisia’s history.”

This year saw the first female presidential candidate, Judge Kalthoum Kannou. Analysts saw her candidacy as another milestone in the revolution.

International reaction

Hailing the presidential vote, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said at the time: “Tunisia has provided a shining example to the region and the world of what can be achieved through dedication to democracy, consensus, and an inclusive political process.”

He added: “Tunisia’s achievements this year laid the groundwork for a more stable, prosperous, and democratic future for the country.”

The European Union also offered congratulations. “Tunisians have written a historic page in the country’s democratic transition,” said EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini.

However, the revolution is far from complete, said political analyst Sadeq Belaid: “What has been achieved… is only one stage. The old state model failed and brought about a revolution. Now we need to build a new model stone by stone.”

He added: “It’s not enough to have democratic institutions. There’s a lot of work to be done because the transition took longer than anticipated. This will take five to 10 years.”

​Libya is now officially a failed state

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It is failed in the sense that it does not have a cohesive central government whose writ runs to every part of the country.

And of course it is failed due to the complete absence of the rule of law, and failed most of all by the West whose decision to embark on a disastrous military intervention in 2011, which led directly to the ousting and murder of former Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi, was the catalyst for the disaster that has unfolded in the country since.

Recall the alacrity with which the West jumped aboard the Arab Spring after initially being completely wrong-footed by it when it first broke in Tunisia in late 2010 and immediately thereafter hit Egypt, resulting in the toppling of the Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak in February 2011.

Both the Ben Ali dictatorship in Tunisia and the Mubarak dictatorship in Egypt had been Western clients, lavished with investment, aid, and trade deals even though their prisons were filled with pro-democracy activists and political dissidents. The hypocrisy involved here, you might think, would have shamed those same Western governments – the US, France, and the UK in particular – into non-interference in the face of what appeared to be a region-wide revolutionary movement from below.

But shame is not something that troubles policymakers in Western capitals. When another of their regional allies, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, found his government under pressure as the so-called Arab Spring arrived in Libya next, France, Britain, Italy, and the US performed a complete volte face and backed NATO airstrikes against Libyan military forces on the spurious grounds of protecting civilians.

In truth, Gaddafi was sacrificed on the altar of realpolitik, learning a harsh lesson when it comes to trusting states that had lavished his country with trade deals, oil contracts, and political rehabilitation after decades spent as a pariah. For all their rhetoric about supporting democracy and those struggling for democracy, in truth the only test of a government’s legitimacy in the eyes of the West is its willingness and ability to advance their economic and strategic interests.

Smoke billows from an area near Tripoli’s international airport as fighting between rival factions around the capital’s airport continues on July 24, 2014.

The key lesson to emerge from the Arab Spring, in fact, has been how adept the Western powers are when it comes to adapting to shifting conditions on the ground. The notion of Washington, London, or Paris being concerned with the protection of innocent human life and upholding the human and democratic rights of the people of the Arab world should by now have been so comprehensively refuted by their actions since the end of the First World War that only those drawing their arguments from a deep well of mendacity or ignorance would dare suggest otherwise.

Libya in 2014 has descended into an abyss of lawlessness of chaos and violence as a direct consequence of NATO’s intervention back in 2011. With the recent announcement by the British Foreign Office warning all British citizens in Libya to leave the country immediately due to the ramping up of violence between the various factions that have emerged from the chaos, the truth in this regard cannot longer be denied.

Libya’s value – the real reason it came in for intervention – is of course its considerable oil reserves, the largest in Africa estimated at around 47 billion barrels’ worth. Its proximity to European markets and the quality of its oil making it easier to refine only enhances its attraction to Western oil companies.

Most of Libya’s oil deposits are located in the east of the country, where opposition against the Gaddafi regime began and was strongest. The former Libyan leader had signed oil exploration contracts with a number of Western oil companies, part of the process of him opening Libya up to the West, and prior to mounting the NATO intervention that brought his government down guarantees were given by the rebels that those contracts would continue post-Gaddafi.

Three years later the country is in complete turmoil, riven with factionalism, gang violence, and the absence of a strong central government. This is the consequence of NATO’s military intervention, yet another staged by the West that can be categorized as disastrous.

Western colonialism and imperialism has never been more exposed as they have when it comes to Libya.

A leader who could once boast of a phone book containing the numbers of world leaders and royalty, who’d opened up his country for business with Western corporations and governments, Gaddafi was left to be slaughtered like an animal by an armed mob as he tried to flee his home town of Sirte during the fighting, the motorcade he was travelling in stopped by a NATO airstrike.

The Libya that once boasted the highest level of development of any African nation, where the standard of education, housing, infrastructure, and health stood as a beacon in a region that has long labored under the depredations and ravages of free market capitalism; the Libya that helped set up the African Union and invested billions in development projects throughout the African continent, working tirelessly for African unity – this Libya has been destroyed.

Saudi King Abdullah to visit Egypt on Friday for first time since 2011

Saudi King Abdullah bin Abd al-Aziz.

Saudi King Abdullah bin Abd al-Aziz.

Saudi King Abdullah will visit Egypt on Friday for the first time since the 2011, in a show of support for newly-elected President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi,

The visit will be Abdullah’s first since the 2011

The first world leader to congratulate el-Sissi after winning last month’s election was King Abdullah,

The monarch declared that the turmoil sparked by the Arab Spring should now come to a close.

“The brotherly Egyptian people have suffered during the past period of chaos. The short-sighted called it ‘creative chaos,'” the king said in a letter published by the Saudi state news agency.

He called for a donors conference to help Egypt “get out of the tunnel,” referring to its wrecked economy.

بشير مصيطفى يكتب : المختبر العربي الكبير

د. بشير مصيطفى وزير الدوله الجزائرى السابق

د. بشير مصيطفى وزير الدوله الجزائرى السابق

أوهمت بريطانيا العرب في 1912 بمساعدتهم في إقامة دولة عربية كبرى، إن هم أزاحو الدولة العثمانية من أراضيهم، فاستقبل الملك الشريف حسين، ملك مكة، الرسالة وقاد الثورة العربية ضد الاتحاديين الأتراك، العام 1916، فكانت النتيجة الانفصال عن السلطة العثمانية والوقوع فريسة سهلة لتطبيق خطة »سايس بيكو« التي شرع في تصميمها أواخر العام 1915
ونخشى أن يتكرر المشهد نفسه بعد قرابة القرن من الزمن وأن تتخلص الشعوب العربية من أنظمة ديكتاتورية لتقع فريسة سهلة أخرى لتطبيق خطة »هنري برنارد ليفي« التي شرع في تصميم فلسفتها العام 1988، وحاول تنفيذ عناصرها دون جدوى من خلال مشروع الشرق الأوسط الكبير
فهل تفطنت الشعوب العربية الثائرة الى خلفيات وأبعاد ما يعرف ب الربيع العربي؟ وما السبيل إلى أن توضع الثورات العربية المعاصرة في سياقها التاريخي والفلسفي المتناغم مع حكمة الثورات؟
الجزيئات العربية
هل التحرك الشعبي التونسي في سياق ثورة عربية شاملة كالتي أطلقها الشريف حسين العام 1916 أم في إطار حدث قطري كالذي وقع بالجزائر شهر أكتوبر 1988؟ أكيد أن الظروف السياسية بين الموعدين تختلف كما اختلفت المبررات والجهات المهندسة للحدث، ومهما حاولت عاطفتنا الانسانية والقومية تفسير ما حدث تحت توجيه الوجدان الذي يلبس لبوس الحماس، تتمتع الحقيقة بأنها الملاذ الأخير للتأمل عند هدوء العاصفة تماما مثلما وقع للثورة العربية الكبرى العام 1916 عندما اكتشفنا جميعا بأنها الأداة التي استعملتها بريطانيا لتفتيت الجيش التركي بين الجبهة الروسية والجبهة العربية في الحرب العالمية الأولى ومن ثمة فسح المجال لتنفيذ مخطط بلفور لتسليم فلسطين لليهود العام 1917،
وعندما نفهم المشهد التونسي سنفهم بكل تأكيد المشاهد العربية الأخرى، لأنها تسير تقريبا في نفس الاتجاه، ففي تونس نشطت الحركة العمالية في نفس اتجاه نشاط الحركة الاسلامية منذ عهد بورقيبة دون أن تتمكن من تغيير الوضع السياسي، بل هجر جميع النشطاء الى خارج البلد بما فيهم الرئيس التونسي الحالي وزعيم »النهضة« الاسلامية بعد أن قضى النظام البائد على أغلب رفقائهم في الميدان، ولكن حادثة البوعزيزي وتحرك الشارع بعدها صنعت المفاجأة ليس في أوساط المعارضة التونسية وحدها، بل وداخل دوائر الاستخبارات العالمية كلها، واختصرت الثورة التونسية عشرات السنين وأجيالا من المناضلين من كل الأطياف السياسية في أشهر معدودة، هل يمكننا اعتبار تلك الثورة نتيجة للحراك النضالي السابق أم نتيجة للوضع الاجتماعي السيء الذي طال الطبقة الوسطى من المجتمع؟
لعبة الدمينو
ونفس الشيء بالنسبة للحراك الثوري الليبي الذي جاء على خلفية الواقع المتخلف لسكان بنغازي والمدن الأخرى والظلم المسلط على رقاب الناس من قبل أجهزة الأمن في النظام البائد، وهو الباعث نفسه على ثورة 25 يناير في مصر، حيث يصدق أن نسميها ب »ثورة الفقراء« نظرا للتركيبة الاجتماعية لغالبية المشاركين في مشروع التحول الديمقراطي، وفي اليمن انتفض الشارع على خلفية فقر مدقع صنف صنعاء على رأس أفقر عواصم الدنيا، وفي البحرين تعيش الطائفة الشيعية احساسا بالظلم السياسي حتى النخاع، وفي سوريا كل الشعب غير راض عن وضعه المعيشي أمام أسرة حاكمة احتكرت جل استثمارات البلد
هذه هي الخلفية التي أذكت لهيب الحراك الثوري العربي في سلسلة من الاعتصامات تبعت قاعدة الدمينو قبل أن تتحول الى مختبر كبير يمارس فيه الفلاسفة ومراكز الدراسات وأجهزة الاستخبارات والحكومات الكبرى في العالم أو حتى بقايا الأنظمة السياسية والأمنية السابقة ما أمكن من الدراسات الاجتماعية، وربما تؤدي تلك الدراسات إلى خلاصات تساعد مراكز القرار العالمي في رسم خارطة العالم لما يأتي من الأيام
لعبة الأمم
لا أحد يمكنه أن يزايد على شرعية المطالب الثورية في كل الدول التي تشهد ما عرف بالربيع العربي، ولا أحد يجوز له أخلاقا وحقيقة أن يتهم ممارسي ذلك الربيع بالعمالة للأجنبي، لأن العمالة حالة مجموعات لا حالة جماعات وشعوب، فالحراك الثوري العربي حالة اجتماعية مشروعة وظفتها الحركات السياسية ويجري اختبارها كي تستفيد منها دوائر خارجية وفي مقدمة تلك الدوائر أمريكا وحلفاؤها وحليفها الاستراتيجي في المنطقة العربية اسرائيل وتلتحق حاليا كل من روسيا والصين لاقتناص فرص جيو استراتيجية على خلفية الدرس الليبي ، كما نشرنا ذلك قبل سقوط نظام القذافي بأشهر
نعم، تحولت الشعوب العربية منذ سقوط دولة الموحدين الى حقل دراسة بعد أن ظلت الحواضر الاسلامية لفترة تاريخية طويلة دارسة لبقية الشعوب كما حققه بامتياز عالم الاجتماع العربي المسلم »عبدالرحمن ابن خلدون«. ويعني حقل الدراسة أن يتم الاحتلال العسكري للعالم الاسلامي منذ سقوط غرناطة في 1492، ثم أن يختبر تفكيك العالم الاسلامي إلى عالمين عربي وأعجمي بمحو الخلافة في 1912 مفهوما ونظاما ثم تفكيك كل عالم إلى جزيئات: العربي الى كيانات قطرية تحت مسمى اتفاقية »سايكس بيكو« في 1916، والاسلامي إلى مذاهب سنية وشيعية منذ انتصار الثورة الاسلامية في إيران العام 1979، ثم توظيف الثورات العربية ضد الاستعمار لصالح تأسيس أنظمة سياسية موالية للمحتل نفسه في جل الدول المعنية بالمخطط الاستعماري ثم توظيف تلك الأنظمة لتطبيق أجندات اقتصادية وثقافية وسياسية مدروسة

 سايكس بيكو الجديد

سايكس بيكو الجديد

وما يعنينا في مرحلة الربيع العربي ليس تحكم القوى المؤثرة عالميا في اطلاق الثورات بقدر ما هو رصد الفعل الاجتماعي للشعوب في مقابل ممارسات الأنظمة الأمنية والاستبدادية واستغلال الوضع الهش على صعيدي الاقتصاد والوعي الثوري لفرض حلول مناسبة لكل دولة، هذا ما يفسر لنا موقف القوى العظمى المختلف من حالة إلى أخرى، وتتباين المواقف بين التدخل العسكري المباشر في الحالة الليبية، التدخل السياسي في الحالة اليمنية، التدخل عن طريق تقسيم الأدوار داخل مجلس الأمن في الحالة السورية، التدخل عن طريق الحلفاء في الحالة البحرينية، التدخل عن طريق عدم التدخل في الحالتين التونسية والمصرية
وفي كل الحالات نجد طبيعة التفاعل منسجمة مع وضع كل دولة من حيث مزاياها النسبية في الاقتصاد، قيمتها على خريطة المصالح بين الدول، وأخيرا تشابكها غير القابل للتفاوض مع القوى العظمى وهو تشابك صنعته المصالح المشتركة وربما الاتفاقيات غير المعلنة
حقيقة ارادة الشعوب قوة لا تقهر، وقليل من الناس الثائرين من يفقه في السياسات بين الدول أو لعبة الأمم وحتى بين النخب لا تكون الحكمة حليفة الجميع، لكن يظل التاريخ والتاريخ وحده دليل الحائرين لفهم ما يحدث بيننا وحولنا، وعندما أطلق الشريف حسين ثورته العربية الكبرى في وجه الدولة العثمانية العام 1916 لم يكن يدر أبدا أنه بذلك قدم لكل من سايكس وبيكو الفرصة التاريخية لتصميم اتفاقية تقسيم العرب الى دويلات سهل على بلفور عملية غرس الكيان الصهيوني بين أطرافها بعد عام فقط، وفي قصصهم عبرة لأولي الألباب

نشر في الشعب يوم 14 – 02 – 2012

 

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Bouteflika accuses Algeria election rival of ‘call to violence’

Abdelmalek Sellal, campaign director of Algerian president and presidential candidate Abdelaziz Bouteflika, delivers his speech during a rally meeting in Annaba, east of Algiers April 12, 2014.

Abdelmalek Sellal, campaign director of Algerian president and presidential candidate Abdelaziz Bouteflika, delivers his speech during a rally meeting in Annaba, east of Algiers April 12, 2014.

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, seeking a fourth term in April 17 elections, accused his main rival Saturday of having called for violence during the campaign.

“When a candidate threatens walis (provisional governors) and the authorities to beware for our families and children in case of (election) fraud, what does that mean?” he asked, speaking on state television.

That’s “terrorism via the television,” said Bouteflika, referring to his chief rival Ali Benflis, who has warned against electoral fraud.

In remarks televised on Wednesday, Benflis said that “fraud is haram,” or forbidden.

“Fraud and usage of fraud is haram. I am speaking to walis: you have family, think about protecting them,” he said.

Bouteflika noted that “at certain moments,” the electoral campaign that ends Sunday has “lacked elegance.”

“There are calls to violence and unorthodox and anti-democratic behaviour,” he said.

Bouteflika, 77, has rarely appeared in public in recent months, and his decision to run for a fourth term has sparked criticism from senior political figures who have questioned his ability to rule after suffering a mini-stroke last year.

But he remains popular with many Algerians who credit him with helping to end a devastating civil war and contain Arab Spring protests.

Benflis’s aides did not immediately respond to Bouteflika’s accusations.

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‘Arab Spring’ scenario used in Ukraine – Russian Defense Minister

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Russian Defense Minister – Sergei Shoigu

A scenario similar to the “Arab Spring” was used in Ukraine, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday. “With great sorrow, I noted that the scenario similar to the ‘Arab Spring’ was used in that country,” Shoigu said during a meeting with the heads of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

Policies of current authorities threaten collapse of Ukraine – Russian Defense Minister

Short-term actions by the current authorities in Ukraine are threatening the collapse of the country, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday.

“The games by the Kiev leadership with neo-nazis and the expansion of Russophobic tendencies may turn into a tragedy not only for Ukraine, but also for all of Europe,” Shoigu said during a meeting with the heads of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, RIA Novosti reports.

Shoigu said the most complex situation now is developing in the eastern and southern regions of Ukraine, where “nationalists are attempting to suppress the Russian-speaking population, including using force.”

Russia not threatening Ukrainian statehood – Defense Minister

Russia is posing no threat to Ukraine’s statehood, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday.

“The threat to Ukraine’s statehood is in the deep domestic political and economic crisis and not from Russia,” Shoigu said during a meeting with the heads of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

 

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Exposed : Ukrainian ‘Protesters’ Backed by Kony 2012-Style Scam

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Viral video produced by company linked to ‘regime change’ NGO

Paul Joseph WatsonInfowars.com – February 20, 2014

As they seize weapons, take over government buildings and fire on media outlets, the US-backed Ukrainian protesters are being afforded legitimacy with the aid of a Kony 2012-style viral video which triumphs the grass roots nature of the demonstrations yet is linked to shadowy NGOs that have been directly involved in staging phony ‘color revolutions’ in the past.

The video, entitled I am a Ukrainian, already has over 3 million views. It features an attractive woman insistently claiming that the Ukrainian uprising is solely about freedom and democracy.

The video is typically glib and simplified emotional propaganda which purports to explain that “there is only one reason” behind the protests in Ukraine, a bald faced lie which ignores the multi-faceted geopolitical factors behind the uprising, which center on the tug of war between the United States, the EU and Russia.

The woman encourages viewers to “help us only by telling this story….only by sharing this video,” thereby framing the debate around the naive narrative that the crisis is solely about Ukrainians wanting “freedom,” and in essence blacklisting the real reasons behind the western-instigated revolt, which focus on the geopolitical isolation of Russia.

The origins of the video are not quite as ‘grass roots’ as is portrayed. The clip was produced by the team behind A Whisper to a Roar, a documentary about the “fight for democracy” all over the world, which was funded by Prince Moulay Hicham of Morocco. The “inspiration” behind the documentary was none other than Larry Diamond, a Council on Foreign Relations member. The Council on Foreign Relations is considered to be America’s “most influential foreign-policy think tank” and has deep connections with the U.S. State Department.

Diamond has also worked closely with the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The National Endowment for Democracy is considered to be the CIA’s “civilian arm” and has been deeply embroiled in innumerable instigated uprisings, attempted coups and acts of neo-colonial regime change since its creation in 1983, including the contrived 2004 “Orange Revolution” that brought US puppet Viktor Yushchenko to power in Ukraine.

Larry Diamond also played an instrumental role in the Arab Spring under the auspices of the NED, a series of supposedly grass roots revolts that were in fact organized and managed by some of the most powerful western institutions on the planet.

Diamond’s connection to the viral “I am a Ukrainian” video clearly suggests that the clip is a crude effort to convince an unthinking public that the Ukrainian uprising is completely organic and is not being instigated by western powers, when the opposite is in fact the case. The clip is reminiscent of the Kony 2012 scam, where a viral video utilized simplified propaganda and emotional manipulation to convince millions of people of the necessity of U.S. military involvement in Africa.

In a Huffington Post interview, the creator of the video admits that he was in Ukraine “preparing a film on democracy” before the protests even started.

Providing absolute confirmation that the video is a carefully thought out public relations stunt, the woman in the video was immediately invited to appear on CNN with Anderson Cooper in a segment that will be broadcast tonight. Cooper and CNN aggressively pushed the Kony 2012 hoax until it fell apart when one of the directors had a public breakdown. Cooper was also heavily involved in promoting the fake “Syria Danny” hoax that relied on staged footage to push for U.S. military intervention in Syria.

With clear evidence of protesters being paid amidst accusations that they were armed by the United States, the narrative behind the Ukraine crisis is clearly more complex than a mere grass roots revolt against corruption. The pro-EU protesters are bizarrely seeking closer ties with a European Union infamous for its institutionalized corruption, malfeasance which costs almost the same each year as Ukraine’s entire GDP.

Many of the activists taking over government buildings in Kiev are also from the Spilna Sprava group, which is an organization funded and supported by billionaire globalist George Soros’ Open Society Institute.

The stage was set for the Ukraine revolt to become violent in December when US Assistant Secretary of State for Europe Victoria Nuland announced that the U.S. would invest $5 billion in order to help Ukrainians achieve “a good form of government.” The true nature of that government was revealed earlier this month when leaked phone conversations emerged of Nuland conspiring with US ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt to pick Ukraine’s future puppet leaders, making good on John McCain’s vow to neutralize Russian influence.

Millions of people will never know the truth behind the Ukraine uprising because it is somewhat more complex than an attractive girl making glib statements about freedom and democracy for 2 minutes on a YouTube video. This is how propaganda works – the simpler the better. The video below provides a wider overview of the true agenda behind the crisis.

Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Infowars.com and Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a host for Infowars Nightly News.

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Global terrorism, insurgency attacks surge 150% in 5 years – report

Three Western hostages taken captive in northern Mali almost nine months ago by the Qaida-linked Al-Din movement, appear in an undiscloed location in Mali.

The number of terrorist and insurgency attacks worldwide has increased by more than 150 percent since 2009, driven in large part by suicide attacks in Iraq and an ongoing civil war in Syria.

Riding on a wave of violence, notably across a large swathe of the Middle East that began with the so-called Arab Spring in December 2010, terrorism and insurgents have witnessed a sharp increase in the last five years.

“In 2009, a worldwide total of 7,217 attacks were recorded from open sources. In 2013, that number increased by more than 150 percent to 18,524,” said Matthew Henman, manager of IHS Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Centre (JTIC), the organizers of the study.

The highest rate of violence last year was reported in the Middle East, with major “pockets of violence” moving like a contagion to parts of Africa and South Asia.

This movement led to a dramatic rise in the number of militant and non-militant casualties.

In 2012, the deaths of 13,872 militants and 10,562 non-militants were recorded from public sources. Last year, non-militants fatalities nearly doubled to 17,554, while militant fatalities were reported at 21,490.

“These are some of the largest rises we have recorded in the past several years,” Henman said.

Jane’s defines an attack as any event in which a sub-state actor, whether an individual, individuals or organization, commits politically or ideologically motivated acts of violence with the goal of coercing others to adopt or comply with their objectives or to submit to their authority, that results in death, damage, or disruption.

A single spark

It is tempting to blame at least part of the surge in regional violence on a single individual, Mohamed Bouazizi, a Tunisian street vendor who immolated himself on December 17, 2010 to protest what he believed was ill treatment at the hands of local officials. His death became a catalyst for the Tunisian Revolution, which stoked the fires of what came to be known as the Arab Spring.

Following the 2011 overthrow of Tunisian President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, the revolutionary fires spread to Egypt, where millions of protesters demanded the overthrow of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and his regime. Violent clashes broke out between security forces and protesters resulted in 846 people killed and tens of thousands injured.

Violence and political upheaval continues to plague both Arabic nations, the report noted

“In 2013, JTIC recorded a spike in activity by non-state armed groups in Tunisia and Egypt. Attacks in Tunisia grew from 21 in 2012 to 72 in 2013. In Egypt, the number of attacks recorded jumped from 63 in 2012 to 431 in 2013.”

Violent protests erupted once again in June 2013 following the toppling of President Muhammad Morsi, who replaced Mubarak just over a year earlier. Egyptian violence accounted for “the majority of sub-state violence recorded by JTIC,” Henman said.

In Libya, meanwhile, which suffered an 8-month civil war in 2011 that led to the toppling of strongman Muammar Gaddafi, there were 237 attacks recorded in 2013, up from 81 in 2012.

Syria and Iraq smoldering

Syria, where rebel and Islamist forces have been attempting to oust the government of President Bashar Assad since March 15, 2001, has witnessed a two-fold increase in attacks between 2012 and 2013.

“Due to a plurality of factors, the anti-government insurgency in Syria intensified notably in 2013,” the report read. “Between 2012 and 2013, the number of attacks recorded by JTIC almost doubled. In 2012, we recorded 2,670 attacks. In 2013, that number jumped to 4,694.”

Meanwhile, Iraq, struggling to get back on its feet after a nearly nine-year-long occupation of its territory by US-led forces, is coming under a barrage of suicide attacks.

“A key indication of the intensifying level of violence in Iraq was that the number of suicide attacks in the country quadrupled from 2012 to 2013, with the 2013 total almost triple that recorded in neighboring Syria and almost double that recorded in Afghanistan,” the report said.

In 2013, 207 attacks were believed to be carried out by Al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), which represents a 160 percent jump from the 79 recorded in public sources in 2012.

The report pointed to the “AQI’s predominant role” behind the 52 percent increase in the recorded number of attacks in Iraq and the 148 percent surge in non-militant fatalities.

“In 2012 there were 2,297 attacks in Iraq. At the end of 2013, that figure stands at 3,499,” the report said.

For RT’s report on Iraq carnage, click here.

World of Warfare: Top 10 most active non-state armed groups in 2013

1. Barisan Revolusi Nasional (Thailand)
2. Taliban
3. Islami Chhatra Shibir (Bangladesh)
4. Communist Party of India – Maoist
5. Al-Qaeda in Iraq
6. Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen (Al-Shabaab)
7. FARC (Colombia)
8. New People’s Army (Philippines)
9. Jabhat al-Nusra (Syria)
10. Unified Communist Party of Nepal – Maoist

Source: IHS Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Centre

Global terrorism, insurgency attacks surge 150% in 5 years – report — RT News.

Egypt’s Ousted Morsi To Be Tried For Conspiracy with foreign Countries & organisations, espionage ,terrorism and revealing defence secrets

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CAIRO (AP) — Egypt state media is reporting that the country’s top prosecutor has referred ousted Mohammed Morsi to trial for conspiring with foreign  organisations, countries, espionage
and carrying out terrorist operations in the country.

The state news agency reported Wednesday that Morsi and 35 others, including the Muslim Brotherhood‘s top three leaders, are charged with revealing state secrets to a foreign country, sponsoring terrorism and carrying out military training and other acts that undermined Egypt’s stability and independence.

If found guilty, they could face the death penalty.

Morsi is already under investigatation over allegations he and the Brotherhood worked with the Palestinian militant group Hamas on a prison break that freed him and other members of the group during Egypt’s 2011 uprising. That attack killed 14 inmates.

Morsi is already on trial on other charges.