Thursday, 26 October 2017

The Kerch Strait Bridge – Europe’s Longest – Nears Completion

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What is the longest bridge in Europe? It’s a good trivial pursuit question, but not one most will be able to answer. In fact, its existence is partially down to Western sanctions on Russia following the decision to bring the Crimean Peninsula back into Russia. (Historians will know that apart from the period 1991-2014, Crimea was part of either the Soviet Union or Russia from 1783, and had previously been part of the Ottoman Empire along with Turkey, Bulgaria, and Romania before then).
Crimea’s main problem has always been infrastructure and getting supplies in from Russia. The territory sits to the south of what is the southern part of Ukraine, and has long been distinctly pro-Russian in character. Had the Ukrainian government not neglected the region and its inhabitants due to their pro-Russian stance in the period leading up to the Ukranian conflict, Crimea may still be part of Ukraine. A referendum, held in Crimea by the residents to remain with Ukraine or become part of Russia gave overwhelming support for the Russian option, yet was declared illegal by the Ukranian government. At that point, the Russian military intervened, an action that led to the sanctions imposed upon the country. It should be remembered that Crimea has an interesting footnote in European history – it was at Yalta, for decades a favorite resort town for the Tsars, that Stalin met with Roosevelt and Churchill to discuss the future shape of post-war Europe. It remains a contemporary irony that what was then considered an integral part of Russia in 1945, with Stalin hosting, is now thought to be ‘illegally occupied’ by his ultimate successor, Vladimir Putin. Such are the strange twists of modern political European geography.
The Russians, meanwhile, have been investing heavily in the region. In fact, the Crimean or Kerch Strait Bridge is one of the most ambitious engineering projects in Russia’s history – 19 km (12 miles) of road and rail connection to Crimea. The Russian Ministry of Transport recently announced that the bridge is 75 percent complete, and is due to open by December next year, connecting Crimea’s Kerch Peninsula to the Taman Peninsula of the Krasnodar Region. The bridge costs an estimated 228 billion rubles (US$3.8 billion).
More than 20 ships and 5,000 people are working to complete the project, which will see the bridge’s highway consist of four lanes, accommodating up to 40,000 cars each day. The speed limit will be 120 km/h, toll free, and will take about 10 minutes to drive from end to end. There are two rail tracks, taking 47 trains per day, travelling maximum speeds of 120 km/h (passenger) and 80 km/h (cargo). The rail section will be completed in 2019. The bridge also has special 227 meter long, 35 meter high archways to allow shipping to pass underneath.
The sanctions upon Russia will one day be lifted or at the very least modified, meaning Crimean Ports such as Sevastopol may later become part of the overall Belt Road Initiative, as they link to Eastern Europe across the Black Sea. Kerch, on the Crimean side just next to the bridge, is already being developed as a major shipping port. However, these will need significant further development and investment from Russia, even though such trade was commonplace a century ago. Curiously, the development of the Kerchen Strait Bridge brings the Crimean Peninsula closer to Europe through the subsequent infrastructure built than it previously was. History will show how its further development continues.
A video of how the bridge will appear is below:
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Israeli Theft of Palestinian Natural Gas to Supply EU

Israeli Theft of Palestinian Natural Gas to Supply EU

Preface by Pam Barker | Director of the TLB Europe Reloaded Project

The zionists are at it again. With a little help from their friends.

The article republished below frames the issue of Israel supplying gas to Europe as an ‘against Russia’ type of situation, all of which is rather predictable. We also see how the EU and Wall Street banks are lining up to be Israel’s cheerleaders. Since Russia’s new Nord Stream 2 pipeline, going from Finland to Germany under the Baltic Sea, is apparently much bigger, however, capable of delivering a much larger supply, in addition to Russia’s other pipelines, it’s hard to see how anything Israel offers will reduce Russia’s continuing dominance too much in the European gas market. But you have to hand it to the Washington, zionist puppets for never giving up.
But what a tiny article from Fars News reveals is that Israeli gas may actually not be Israeli at all, and that Israel is engaged in little more than theft of valuable Palestinian resources, affecting Lebanon into the bargain:
TEHRAN (FNA) – Reports revealed Israel has signed a $4 bn agreement to sell the gas extracted from the Palestinian seashore to the European Union.
The installed pipeline will transfer the gas from the occupied Palestinian seashore to the EU states passing through Cyprus, Greece and Italy and will rival the Russian gas which passes through Turkey into Southern Europe, Al Manar reported.
Lebanon also will be affected by the Israeli-EU agreement which will deprive the country from a major market to sell its gas resources.
Oil exploration in Lebanon is scheduled to start soon in order to protect the Lebanese resources from any Zionist infringement and to find suitable markets for the country’s production.
Paul Kincaid’s article, republished through Covert Geopolitics, reveals that Texas company Noble discovered a significant supply of oil and gas in the Levant Basin in 2010.  The Levant has always referred to Syria, Lebanon and Palestine. Under international law, these three countries have a 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone offshore with rights to all resource extraction. Says Kincaid, “the US and Israel know this but are intent on robbing Syria, Lebanon and Palestinians of $billions in oil and gas revenue.”
Which, of course, helps to explain why the US and NATO-backed forces seem hell bent on creating yet another war again in Syria, and why we’re currently being bombarded with shamelessly fake reports of sarin-gassed Syrian children.  Kincaid again:
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PRESS Core first reported this 3 years ago with the report titled “Oil and Gas find offshore Syria motive for US Israeli mercenary uprising and bloodshed in Syria“. This report is meant to help you understand why US President Barack Obama, the Crown (Pope Francis), former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, current Prime Minster Justin Trudeau, former UK Prime Minister David Cameron, Saudi King Salman, Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, NATO and the New World Order HQ UN joined Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in fabricating an ISIS terrorist threat. ISIS also known as ISIL or Daesh or just IS is codename for a paramilitary Operation to overthrow Syrian President Assad.

 EU-Israeli gas pipeline to compete with Russia

Gas exploration ship at Israel’s port of Haifa (Photo: Helix Energy Solutions Group)

The EU and three member states have backed a plan for Israel to reduce Europe’s gas dependence on Russia.

The European Commission and ministers from Cyprus, Greece, and Italy signed up to build a new gas pipeline from Israel to Europe at a meeting in Tel Aviv on Monday (3 April).
  • Israeli gas considered safer than Russia’s, which has been used for political blackmail (Photo: the half-blood prince)
The 2,200-km East Med pipeline would connect Israeli and Cypriot offshore gas fields to Greece and Italy.
It is designed to come online in 2025 with a capacity of up to 16 billion cubic metres (bcm) of gas a year.
It would be the longest and deepest ever built, but an EU co-financed feasibility study by Italian firm IGI Poseidon said the project should go ahead.
Speaking in Tel Aviv on Monday, EU energy commissioner Miguel Arias Canete took a swipe at a competing Russian project, Nord Stream 2.
“North Stream is a pipeline [that] adds nothing to the [EU’s] security of supply,” he said.
He said the commission’s strategy was “to diversify sources, routes, and suppliers” and hinted that Israel was a safer partner than Russia, which has used gas to blackmail neighbouring countries.
With Nord Stream 2 disliked by Baltic, central European, and Nordic states, Canete added that the Israeli project “is a pipe that unites and will have the full support of all the members of the European Union”.
Yuval Steinitz, Israel’s energy minister, said US investment banks, such as Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan, got excited about the €6 billion project when they learned that the commission was on board.
“When they heard that the European energy commissioner was behind it [and] ready to give some assistance, that was very helpful,” he said.
He said the amount of gas discovered for export so far, up to 500 bcm, was “just the tip of the iceberg”.
Carlo Calenda, Italy’s economic development minister, said Rome would seek the backing of the G7 club of wealthy nations, which includes Canada, Japan, and the US, for the pipeline at a summit in Sicily in May.
The Cypriot energy minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypis said the project would “showcase” the region’s potential as an alternative EU supplier.
The much bigger Nord Stream 2 pipeline is designed to pump 55 bcm of gas a year to Germany from 2020, concentrating EU imports in Russia and Germany’s hands.
It faces open questions on whether EU laws would apply to its offshore section, as well as complaints by the Polish energy regulator, but Russia has already started buying pipe segments.


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2 Comments on Israeli Theft of Palestinian Natural Gas to Supply EU

  1. Glen – So literally robbing a people of the land they have worked and lived on for many hundreds of years (regardless of its name) … most times by violence or force is OK … because it isn’t a real country? Really? Your justification for these actions is weak at best, and idiotic at worst.
  2. Why does the media keep talking about Palestine? There is no nation called ‘Palestine’ and never has been. Is there a Palestinian government, or post office? No. If the Jordanian, or Saudi, or Iraqi, or Syrian, or Lebanonese governments won’t stand up for these ‘people’, then why should you? This is no different than complaining that Northern Ireland is “occupied territory” from British aggression. We don’t hear you complaining about that, yet you’ll join the chorus of those who complain about anything Israel does to a non-country that never was.

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Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Opacity - Abandoned Places and Urban Exploration

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Zionist Control Over Russia 1917-2015

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Race is the Issue

Patriach Kirill copyright: Artyom Korotayev/TASS 
Prior to becoming the patriarch, Kirill, a former KGB agent, was exploiting the church's tax-free status by importing alcohol and cigarettes and selling them at lower than market value prices. 
According to Forbes magazine "In 1995, the Nikolo-Ugreshky Monastery, which is directly subordinated to the patriarchate, earned $350 million from the sale of alcohol. 
The patriarchate's department of foreign church relations, which Kirill ran, earned $75 million from the sale of tobacco. 
But the patriarchate reported an annual budget in 1995-1996 of only $2 million." 
The antics earned Kirill the moniker of 'Tobacco Metropolitan.'
Many Westerners know little about the new Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Father Kirill. 
Many Russians know him as a great orator and a host of a weekly TV show “Pastor’s Word.” However, very few know that Kirill (Vladimir Gundyaev by passport), a billionaire and a former KGB operative, made his fortune in tobacco, alcohol, and oil sales. 
His activities were among the main reasons why not-for-profits in Russia lost tax-deductible status. 
The new Orthodox leader is fond of playing with stocks, car racing, downhill skiing, and breeding exclusive kinds of dogs. 
He owns villas in Switzerland and a penthouse with a view of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow

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