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Σάββατο, Φεβρουαρίου 21, 2015

Obama to weigh next steps on Ukraine 'in next few days' (John Kerry)

U.S. President Barack Obama will evaluate the next steps in dealing with the conflict in eastern Ukraine in the coming days, including arming Ukrainian forces and sanctions against Moscow, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday.
"In the next few days I anticipate that President Obama will evaluate the choices that are in front of him and will make his decision as to what the next step will be," Kerry told a news conference after meetings with his British counterpart.

"There are serious discussions taking place between us and our European allies as to what those next sanctions steps are to be and when they ought to be implemented," he said.

Δευτέρα, Φεβρουαρίου 09, 2015

Obama says has not made a decision on lethal weapons for Ukraine

US President Barack Obama said on Monday his administration is looking at all options in handling the crisis in Ukraine, but he has not yet decided whether the United States will provide arms.

"The possibility of lethal defensive weapons is one of those options that is being examined, but I have not made a decision about that yet," he said, speaking at a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House.

Separately, Merkel said that while there have been setbacks on reaching a diplomatic solution with Russia over Ukraine, such efforts will continue. She does not see a military solution to the crisis, she added.

 [jpost.com by Reuters]


Τρίτη, Οκτωβρίου 28, 2014

Peshmerga fighters to deploy to Kobane with heavy weapons: Kurdish officials

An agreement regarding the route for the deployment of Peshmerga fighters to the besieged Syrian Kurdish town of Kobane has been reached and troops are on the verge of departing, officials from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) told Anadolu Agency on Oct. 28.

The spokesman of the KRG’s Peshmerga Ministry said discussions had dragged on because of negotiations regarding the heavy weaponry that the troops from Arbil will bring to assist Kurdish fighters in Kobane in their struggle against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

“All the preparations for our Peshmerga troops have ended. There were some technical issues for their departure. Now, all the planning and programming for their departure has concluded. They will depart as soon as possible,” KRG spokesman Halgort Hekmat said.

According to Kurdish security sources, the heavy weaponry will be conveyed by land while a group of fighters will fly to the southeastern Turkish province of Şanlıurfa before passing through a border corridor into Kobane. 

Hekmat said the heavy weaponry sent to Kobane does not include any weaponry given by coalition forces. He also rejected claims that the Peshmerga would only be training and providing logistical assistance to Kurdish fighters.

“The Peshmerga will fight in Kobane against ISIL,” he said, also thanking Ankara for its efforts for facilitating the deployment of the Peshmerga troops.

Meanwhile, Kurdish online newspaper Rudaw claimed that a group of Peshmerga forces will leave Arbil for Şanlıurfa in the early hours of Oct. 29. 

 [ hurriyetdailynews.com]

Πέμπτη, Δεκεμβρίου 26, 2013

Syria signs offshore oil deal with Russian firm...

Syria’s government said Wednesday it had signed an oil and gas deal with a Russian company, prompting claims from the Syrian opposition that Damascus is “swapping the country’s riches for Russian weapons”.

The agreement was signed by Syrian Oil Minister Suleiman Abbas and the Russian Soyuzneftegaz company, allows for the first-ever exploration off the war-ravaged country’s Mediterranean coast.

The exploration will cover an area of 2,190 square kilometres (850 square miles) off the Mediterranean port city of Tartous, where Russia also has a military base.

Damascus said the exploration would be financed by Russia to the tune of $100 million over the next 25 years.

Blighted industry

The deal is a boost for the Syrian government, which has lost control over roughly half of the country’s territory, including most of its oil fields.

Through war and sanctions, Syria's oil production has plummeted by 90 percent since the start of the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad in March 2011.

“Soyuzneftegaz will start working soon after the contract is signed. The company will not follow the unfair economic sanctions imposed on oil fields especially, as well as on all economic sectors in Syria,” Syria’s Oil Minister Suleiman Abbas told reporters.

‘Oil for weapons’

  • The agreement between Moscow and Damascus was swiftly denounced by Syria’s main opposition group, the Syrian National Coalition (SNC).

In a statement published on Thursday, the CNS slammed a deal “which aims to swap the riches of our homeland for Russian weapons destined to kill the Syrian people”. Despite the escalating violence in Syria, Moscow has continued to supply weapons to its Syrian ally and repeatedly thwarted attempts to take action against the Assad regime at the UN Security Council.


Παρασκευή, Νοεμβρίου 15, 2013

Uranium shipment signals end of US-Russian nuclear deal.

MOSCOW - A 20-year-old deal that has powered American homes while reducing the risk of Russian nuclear material falling into the wrong hands approached its end on Thursday when the final shipment of uranium left St Petersburg for Baltimore.

Under the 1993 HEU Purchase Agreement, Russia downblended 500 metric tons of highly enriched uranium (HEU) from nuclear weapons into low-enriched uranium and sent it to the United States, where it was made into fuel for nuclear power plants.

Over much of the life of the deal, it was used to generate roughly half of all commercial nuclear energy produced in the United States, or nearly 10 percent of all US electricity, according to the US Energy Department.

"For two decades, one in 10 light bulbs in America has been powered by nuclear material from Russian nuclear warheads," Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said of the agreement, commonly known as Megatons for Megawatts.

It provided cash and jobs in Russia's nuclear industry at a time, after the 1991 Soviet collapse, when fears ran high that impoverished scientists would sell secrets or "dirty bomb" ingredients.

It was "crucial for stabilizing the Russian nuclear complex at a critical time in the 1990s," said Matthew Bunn, a Harvard University professor and expert on nuclear security and proliferation.

But times have changed. A richer Russia, while seeking to expand its nuclear energy industry, has resisted US efforts to extend the agreement or come up with another one to continue blending down HEU, Bunn said. 


Κυριακή, Σεπτεμβρίου 22, 2013

US nearly detonated atomic bomb over North Carolina – secret document...

Exclusive: Journalist uses Freedom of Information Act to disclose 1961 accident in which one switch averted catastrophe.
A secret document, published in declassified form for the first time by the Guardian today, reveals that the US Air Force came dramatically close to detonating an atom bomb over North Carolina that would have been 260 times more powerful than the device that devastated Hiroshima.

The document, obtained by the investigative journalist Eric Schlosser under the Freedom of Information Act, gives the first conclusive evidence that the US was narrowly spared a disaster of monumental proportions when two Mark 39 hydrogen bombs were accidentally dropped over Goldsboro, North Carolina on 23 January 1961. 

The bombs fell to earth after a B-52 bomber broke up in mid-air, and one of the devices behaved precisely as a nuclear weapon was designed to behave in warfare: its parachute opened, its trigger mechanisms engaged, and only one low-voltage switch prevented untold carnage.

Each bomb carried a payload of 4 megatons – the equivalent of 4 million tons of TNT explosive. Had the device detonated, lethal fallout could have been deposited over Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia and as far north as New York city – putting millions of lives at risk......http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/20/usaf-atomic-bomb-north-carolina-1961

  • Comment les Etats-Unis ont échappé de peu à une bombe H...

Un rapport déclassifié révélé par le Guardian montre qu'une bombe atomique a failli exploser en Caroline du Nord en 1961.

Une bombe atomique américaine 260 fois plus puissante que celle d’Hiroshima a failli exploser en janvier 1961 en Caroline du Nord (Est des Etats-Unis), rapporte samedi le quotidien britannique The Guardian en citant un document américain «déclassifié».

Selon le rapport secret sur cet événement, un bombardier B-52 s’est disloqué en vol le 23 janvier 1961, laissant échapper deux bombes Mark 39 à hydrogène au-dessus de Goldsboro, une ville de Caroline du Nord. «L’une des deux bombes s’est comportée exactement de la manière dont une bombe nucléaire est censée le faire» quand elle est larguée intentionnellement: «son parachute s’est ouvert et le processus de mise feu s’est enclenché», révèle le quotidien.

«Un simple interrupteur à faible voltage fonctionnant comme une dynamo, a évité aux Etats-Unis une catastrophe» en empêchant la bombe d’exploser, a ainsi écrit Parker F. Jones, un ingénieur qui travaillait dans les laboratoires nationaux de Sandia, chargés d’élaborer les mécanismes de sécurité pour les bombes nucléaires. Auteur du rapport sur les événements qui a été écrit huit ans après, il a souligné que trois des quatre dispositifs de sécurité n’ont pas fonctionné.
Des millions de vies en danger

La catastrophe aurait pu affecter les villes de Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphie et même New York, mettant «des millions de vies en danger», note le quotidien. A l’époque, l’incident a donné lieu à d’intenses spéculations quant à sa gravité, mais les autorités américaines ont toujours nié que des vies américaines aient été menacées en raison de mesures de sécurité insuffisantes.

«La bombe MK 39 Mod 2 ne possédait pas les mécanismes de sécurité appropriés pour un usage aéroporté à bord d’un B-52», conclut l’ingénieur dans ce rapport intitulé «Goldsboro revisité, ou comment j’ai appris à me méfier de la bombe H» - en référence au sous-titre du film de Stanley Kubrick, «Docteur Folamour». Ce rapport a été obtenu par le journaliste Eric Schlosser, qui a utilisé le Freedom of information act pour accéder à des documents encore secrets dans le cadre d'une enquête pour son livre sur la course à l'armement nucléaire, Command and Control.

Des documents similaires obtenus par Schlosser montrent qu’au «moins 700 accidents significatifs et incidents impliquant 1.250 armes nucléaires ont été enregistrés entre 1950 et 1968» par le gouvernement.
  • EEUU estuvo cerca de detonar una bomba atómica por accidente en 1961...Dos bombas de hidrógeno cayeron sobre la ciudad de Goldsboro desde un bombardero de las Fuerzas Aéreas estadounidenses...

La aviación estadounidense estuvo a punto de detonar de forma accidental una bomba nuclear de cuatro megatones sobre Carolina del Norte (Estados Unidos) en 1961, según documentos desclasificados divulgados hoy por The Guardian.

El 23 de enero de 1961, dos bombas de hidrógeno Mark 39 cayeron accidentalmente sobre la ciudad de Goldsboro desde un bombardero de las Fuerzas Aéreas estadounidenses, modelo B-52, que sufrió una avería en pleno vuelo cuando sobrevolaba ese estado norteamericano.

Según la información publicada por el rotativo británico, cada uno de los dos explosivos que cayeron tenían una potencia 260 veces superior que la bomba lanzada contra Hiroshima (Japón) en 1945 y uno de ellos comenzó el proceso de detonación.

Aunque el Gobierno de EE UU había reconocido anteriormente que se produjo ese accidente, nunca ha hecho público lo cerca que el artefacto estuvo de ser detonado por accidente y, en cambio, siempre ha negado que se hubieran puesto en peligro vidas de ciudadanos debido a fallos en los sistemas de seguridad.

Al averiarse el avión, una de las bombas descendió del aparato de igual manera que si hubiera sido activada a propósito y fue un interruptor de bajo voltaje el que finalmente logró evitar que el artefacto explosionara y ocasionara, según The Guardian, una catástrofe de dimensiones monumentales......http://internacional.elpais.com/internacional/2013/09/21/actualidad/1379755283_262457.html
  • Nel 1961 gli Usa di Kennedy sfiorarono l'olocausto nucleare....

In North Carolina, tre giorni dopo l'elezione di Kennedy, una bomba atomica cadde da un B 52 spezzato in volo: se non esplose fu solo per un piccolo interruttore che non si accese.

Tre giorni dopo l’insediamento di John F. Kennedy alla Casa Bianca gli Stati Uniti arrivarono a un soffio dall’olocausto nucleare in North Carolina: solo un interruttore a basso voltaggio impedì a un ordigno atomico Marc 39 a idrogeno, sganciato per errore, di esplodere nelle vicinanze del villaggio di Faro provocando una carneficina potenzialmente peggiore di Hiroshima.

Un documento ottenuto dal giornalista investigativo Eric Schlosser sulla base del Freedom of Indormation Act è stato pubblicato oggi sul sito americano del Guardian. La bomba sarebbe stata 260 volte più potente di quella che distrusse la città giapponese alla fine della seconda guerra mondiale. Il 23 gennaio 1961 un bombardiere B52 partito dalla base di Goldsboro si spezzò in volo e uno dei due ordigni che aveva a bordo funzionò esattamente come avrebbe dovuto funzionare una bomba a idrogeno in guerra: si aprì il paracadute e i meccanismi per dar via all’esplosione entrarono in funzione. Il disastro irrimediabile non ci fu solo perché un banale interruttore impedì la strage. Ogni bomba aveva un carico di 4 megatoni: se la bomba fosse esplosa il suo "fallout" radioattivo si sarebbe potuto depositare su Washington, Filadelfia, New York, mettendo a rischio la vita di milioni di persone......http://www.ilgiornale.it/news/esteri/nel-1961-usa-kennedy-sfiorarono-lolocausto-nucleare-952100.html
  • Zeitung: Atombombe wäre 1961 beinahe über Amerika explodiert...Katastrophe knapp verhindert...

21.09.2013 · Nur knapp sind die Vereinigten Staaten 1961 einer selbstverschuldeten Katastrophe entgangen. Laut einem Zeitungsbericht wäre beinahe eine Wasserstoffbombe über North Carolina explodiert.

Auf dem Höhepunkt des Kalten Krieges sind die Vereinigten Staaten offenbar nur knapp einer selbstverschuldeten Katastrophe entgangen: Beinahe wäre 1961 eine Wasserstoffbombe von der 260fachen Stärke der Hiroshima-Bombe nach einer schweren Flugzeugpanne über North Carolina explodiert, berichtete der britische „Guardian“ am Samstag unter Berufung auf ein kürzlich freigegebenes Geheimdokument der amerikanischen Regierung. Erst im letzten Moment habe ein Sicherheitsschalter die Explosion verhindert.

Am 23. Januar 1961 brach den Angaben zufolge ein B-52-Langstreckenbomber der amerikanischen Luftwaffe bei einem Routineflug über der Stadt Goldsboro in der Luft auseinander. Die Maschine hatte zwei Atombomben an Bord; sie lösten sich und gingen auf die Erde nieder - ohne zu explodieren. In einer acht Jahre später vorgenommenen Untersuchung kommt der für die Regierung arbeitende Ingenieur Parker F. Jones allerdings zu dem Schluss, dass bei einer der beiden Bomben drei der vier Sicherheitsmechanismen, die eine ungewollte Explosion verhindern sollten, versagt hatten. Nur ein einfacher Sicherheitsschalter verhinderte demnach die drohende Katastrophe.
„Wie ich lernte, der H-Bombe zu misstrauen“

„Die Bombe MK39 Mod 2 verfügte nicht über die geeigneten Sicherheitsmechanismen für einen luftgestützten Einsatz“, folgerte Jones in seinem vertraulichen Bericht, den er mit trockenem Humor mit „Wiedersehen in Goldsboro oder: Wie ich lernte, der H-Bombe zu misstrauen“ überschrieb - in Anlehnung an Stanley Kubriks Kultfilm „Dr. Seltsam oder: Wie ich lernte, die Bombe zu lieben“.

Die amerikanische Regierung hatte den Zwischenfall schon zuvor eingestanden - doch erst der Geheimbericht von 1969 bestätigt der britischen Zeitung zufolge, wie ernst die Lage tatsächlich war. Demnach brachte der Zwischenfall das Leben von Millionen Menschen in Gefahr. Großstädte wie Washington oder New York wären betroffen gewesen.

Das Dokument wurde von dem amerikanischen Enthüllungsjournalisten Eric Schlosser bei Recherchen zu einem neuen Buch über den atomaren Rüstungswettlauf entdeckt. Um es zu bekommen, berief er sich auf das Gesetz zur Informationsfreiheit. Er warf der Regierung vor, der Öffentlichkeit die Gefahren durch unzulängliche Sicherheitsvorkehrungen verschwiegen zu haben, um ihre Atompolitik nicht zu gefährden: „Uns wurde gesagt, es sei unmöglich, dass diese Waffen versehentlich detonieren - und doch haben wir hier eine, bei der es beinahe passiert wäre“, sagte er dem „Guardian“.

Nach Schlossers Recherchen verzeichnete die amerikanische Regierung zwischen 1950 und 1968 mindestens 700 „bedeutende“ Unfälle und Zwischenfälle, in die rund 1250 Atomwaffen verwickelt waren.

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