Saturday, December 31, 2011

Caught In Act, TSA Bomb Screener Declares Child Porn "Not Right In A Legal And Moral Sense"


Arguably "human" TSA pedophile represents TSA as a whole, should be permanently disbanded, officials put on trial

Smoking Gun
12/28/2011

As cops raided his Maryland home, a Transportation Security Administration screener confessed to downloading child pornography, acknowledged that it was “not right in a legal and moral sense,” and stated that he has a “problem.”

TSA pedophile Scott Wilson
The admissions by Scott Wilson, 41, came as Baltimore investigators recently searched his home after an undercover agent downloaded child porn from his computer via a file sharing program.

Wilson, pictured in the mug shot at right, told detectives that he worked for the TSA at the Baltimore-Washington International Airport, where his responsibilities included “screening cargo on commercial flights for explosives,” according to a federal court filing. Wilson was charged last month in Maryland circuit court with two felony child porn counts.

    After waiving his Miranda rights, Wilson--who has been suspended by the TSA--told investigators that he used his laptop to download illicit images of children, and that he “sometimes masturbates to the images of child pornography.” Wilson added that he “usually deletes the child pornography” after viewing movies and images “because he knows that it is not right in a legal and moral sense. Wilson stated that he knows that he has a problem.”

There are only two places grandpa pedo
wants to shove those fingers
A “forensic preview” of Wilson’s two computers (as well as various storage devices found in a locked safe) revealed a variety of videos and photos “depicting prepubescent females engaged in sexually explicit conduct with adults.”

Free on $250,000 bail in the state case, Wilson could still face federal child porn charges. Department of Homeland Security agents last month received permission from a federal judge to search Wilson’s laptop, three hard drives, and 31 other digital storage devices that were seized from his residence.


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'UK equipped Saddam during war on Iran'

British, Blair up to their necks in illegal invasion of Iraq, Afghanistan; Blair will be eventually tried along with the Bush/Cheney cabal for War Crimes

PRESS TV
12/30/2011

Secret documents have revealed that the British government clandestinely supplied the former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's regime with military equipment during his eight-year-long imposed war on Iran.

    Although the British government had repeatedly denied allegations that the UK assisted Saddam Hussein in his eight-year imposed war on Iran insisting Britain was officially neutral, revealed files show that former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher provided the Iraqi regime with 78 different types of military equipment. 

War Criminals Thatcher and Blair
The revelations are a severe blow to the British establishment and take the lid off its hypocritical nature, as the UK was a signatory to the UN Security Council resolution 479 adopted on 28 September 1980.

The UN resolution called upon all member states “to exercise the utmost restraint and to refrain from any act which may lead to a further escalation and widening of the conflict.”

   The Iraqi regime invaded Iran on 22 September 1980 and, assisted by the West's hegemonic powers, employed every brutal tactic it could get its hands on.

    Iraq used chemical weapons on Iranian civilians killing thousands of people. The number of victims is estimated to be over 100,000 with 20,000 Iranian soldiers being killed immediately.

Thatcher:  Power mad Alzheimers patient with
latent penis envy
During the 8-year imposed war on Iran, Britain, determined to boost its economy by supplying Saddam with equipment to prosecute his imposed war, defined non-lethal equipment “narrowly” and introduced export guidelines, known as “Howe guidelines.”

    In a secret letter to Thatcher in March 1981, a junior minister writes that the contracts concluded with Iraq were worth more than GBP 150 million “in the last six months.”

    Furthermore, the letter tells of a meeting with Saddam which is described as “a significant step forward in establishing a working relationship with Iraq which ... should produce both political and major commercial benefits.”

Saddam paid ultimate price
for dealing with Thatcher, Blair
Thatcher's handwritten words at the top of the letter that she was “very pleased” questions the integrity of her “resolute approach,” when she ordered the use of lethal force to break the Iranian embassy siege in London in 1980.

    Furthermore, Thatcher's decision to push ahead with arms sales to the Iraqi regime backfired on Britain when in 1990 Iraq invaded Kuwait and Britain found itself at war with a country itself had equipped.

ISH/HN/HE

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Wayne Madsen Report : RT: CIA monitoring Facebook, Twitter


For Facebook posters still in denial, here is the ultimate eye-opener

Wayne Madsen Report
By Wayne Madsen
12/29/2011


Wayne MADSEN (USA)

Investigative journalist, author and syndicated columnist. Has some twenty years experience in security issues. As a U.S. Naval Officer, he managed one of the first computer security programs for the U.S. Navy. 

Wayne Madsen
 Madsen has been a frequent political and national security commentator on Fox News and has also appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, and MS-NBC. He has been invited to testify as a witness before the US House of Representatives, the UN Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and an terrorism investigation panel of the French government. A member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the National Press Club. Lives in Washington, D.C. 



Wayne Madsen : Softening Up Iran for the Final Attack

If Iran attacked, Americans must act immediately to impeach Obama, dismantle CIA, fire pro-war congressmen, senators

Strategic Culture Foundation
By Wayne Madsen
12/30/2011

In many ways, America's and Israel's much-anticipated war against Iran has already begun. It is not the type of war that was expected -- an Israeli textbook style surprise and swift attack on Iranian nuclear facilities, followed by a sustained U.S. and NATO air campaign -- but a covert war with quite an unexpected feature. The covert war, which has seen increased U.S. drone activity over Iranian skies and an increase in suspicious explosions at Iranian military facilities, has been coupled with American support for destabilization efforts against all of Iran's allies and friends, including Syria, Russia, China, North Korea, and Venezuela…

This multi-pronged attack strategy has sent a clear message to Iran, it is not safe from covert sabotage at home and it cannot look to its friends abroad for help as they deal with their own U.S. and Israeli-inspired domestic strife.

    Although Libya under Muammar Qaddafi was no friend of Iran, the coming to power of pro-Saudi Wahhabi Salafist-Sunni elements in Tripoli and Benghazi increases the phalanx of Arab states actively opposing the Shi'a government in Tehran. The success of the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafist parties in Egypt's parliamentary election also spells problems for Iran.

Survival for both dictators depends on some
type of alliance
However, it is the potential loss of power by the Bashar al Assad regime in Syria that poses the worst immediate defeat for Iran. Syria has been Iran's closest ally in the Arab world. The West and the Saudis and Qataris have been supporting Salafist elements, including terrorists, who have committed their own share of atrocities in Syria, much as the same ilk conducted massacres of pro-Qaddafi, as well as black African guest workers and black Libyans, during the Libyan civil war.

    On Iran's borders and adjacent waters, countries hosting U.S. military forces -- Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman, Turkey, and Afghanistan -- are being prepared for a military conflict with Iran. Although the Obama administration proclaimed the end of the U.S. military occupation of Iraq, some U.S. forces remain in the country, as well as a group of para-military private security contractors.

    With news that Iraq that the predominantly Shi'a and pro-Iranian Nouri al Maliki government in Baghdad has forged a military alliance with Iran and that Iraq's Sunni Vice President, Tareq al-Hashimy, has sought protection from arrest by Maliki's government in Iraqi Kurdistan, the U.S. can be expected to increase its own covert and overt military presence in Iraqi "Sunnistan" in the west of the country, as well as in Iraqi Kurdistan. The first front lines in a U.S. and/or Israel military showdown with Iran could be along the Shi'a-Sunni front lines in Iraq, a nation already so weary and decimated from war.

Iranian Revolutionary Guard
Iranian Revolutionary Guard forces could end up crossing into Iraq to take on remaining U.S. forces and their Sunni and Kurdish proxies.

The U.S. has pressured Maliki to not take action against the 3,400 Iranian exiles, most of them Mujaheddin-e-Khalq guerrillas, who were once backed by Saddam Hussein. The anti-Tehran regime MEK forces now enjoy the backing of a number of U.S. politicians but they are considered terrorists by Tehran. Since the U.S. occupation of Iraq, the MEK refugees have been under siege at Camp Ashraf. The U.S. has pressured Maliki to allow the Iranians to be resettled at Camp Liberty, near Baghdad, prior to exfiltration from Iraq by the United States. No final agreement between Washington and Baghdad has been signed but the MEK loyalists could end up in one of the Gulf states and be available for future guerrilla operations inside Iran.

    The other wild card in any future U.S. is Pakistan, which now has a fractured relationship with Washington after incessant U.S. drone attacks have killed Pakistani border troops and a number of civilians. Pakistan's corrupt President, Ali Asraf Zardari, the widower of Benazir Bhutto, is seen as a lame duck. Just as with U.S. National Endowment FOR Democracy (NED) "themed" rebellions currently being waged fomented against Iran's diplomatic allies and economic and military partners Russia and China, Pakistan, the Muslim world's only nuclear power, is experiencing a "people's" uprising led by cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan.

Movement for Justice, PTI
Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (Movement for Justice, PTI) recently saw over 100,000 turn out for a rally in Karachi, where the protesters called for political and economic reforms and an end to the corruption practiced by Zardari and his cronies. The message is similar to the anti-Vladimir Putin forces in Moscow -- anti-corruption and the institution of political reforms. Even the number of protesters is the same between the last protest against Putin in Moscow and the anti-Zardari protest in Karachi: 100,000.

    However, Khan is supported by Pakistan's educated and professional, mostly young, elite.

    Khan has had to take on an anti-American tone by condemning drone strikes and the U.S. military presence in Pakistan. However, Khan, to be a contender for power, must tack to a nationalist line because America is hated by a wide cross-section of the Pakistani population. Khan is adopting the same wishy-washy political platform that Barack Obama adopted in 2008, even borrowing from the Obama campaign by using "Hope" and "Change" campaign materials throughout Pakistan and even borrowing from another Obama campaign slogan with a slight twist: "Yes We Khan."

U.S. Predator drone
U.S. drone unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) drone activity, using intelligence-collection and weaponized drones, can be expected to continue. notwithstanding Iran's capture of a sophisticated jet-powered RQ0170 Sentinel drone that was brought down in Iran. In addition, it is strongly rumored that Israel may have drone and other intelligence bases from which to operate against Iran in Azerbaijan on Iran's northern border. The United States, Britain, and Israel are suspected of being behind covert attacks -- physical and cyber -- against Iran's nuclear development program.

    Iranian nuclear scientists and defense officials have been assassinated and kidnapped by Western intelligence agents operating within Iran and abroad. There have been mysterious devastating explosions at an Iranian missile production facility outside of Tehran and at a nuclear facility near Isfahan. The West is also using Iranian minority guerrilla groups to conduct operations inside Iran, including Iranian Arabs in the southwest, Kurds in the north, and Baluchis in the southeast.

   Although UAV activity against Iran has been widely reported, the use of Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (UUVs) against Iran's naval forces, currently conducting a major exercise in the Gulf, cannot be discounted. The U.S. Navy may be using UUVs to conduct targeting activities inside Iran's Bandar Abbas naval base on the Gulf and in the near future may see UUVs conducting sabotage of Iranian naval vessels and in counteracting Iranian mines by blowing them up.

    Israel is also known to maintain two of its Dolphin class diesel electric submarines in the Gulf. The submarines carry cruise missiles that are likely tipped with nuclear warheads.

Israeli Dolphin class diesel submarine
Meanwhile, no stone is being left unturned by the West in neutralizing Iran's support from allies. In addition to supporting themed rebellions against Russia and China, so-called "White" revolutions, Iran's friend in Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, is facing charges that he and Iranian personnel are developing nuclear weapons in Venezuela, an old and totally-debunked charge, and that Venezuelans and Lebanese Hezbollah are involved in drug smuggling in Mexico. The latter fairy tale is courtesy of the Spanish-language news network Univision, owned by notorious Israeli-American Hollywood mogul Chaim Saban, a Zionist who bankrolls the Saban Center at the Brookings Institution. The Saban Center also provides propagandists from its satellite office in Doha, Qatar to influence the Fox News-style propaganda, masked as "news," that emanates from the Doha studios of Al Jazeera.

    Iran's Lebanese Hezbollah allies and the governments of Sudan and North Korea, known to be close to Tehran, are facing renewed pressure from the West, especially North Korea after the unexpected death of Kim Jong Il. With rumors in Seoul and Beijing that Kim Jong Il may have been assassinated by military officers in a power struggle that led to a coup, North Korea as a source for Iranian missiles and nuclear technology may now be in doubt. Sudan, which already lost South Sudan to a pro-Israeli regime, is now facing the possibility that Darfur and North Kordofan could be peeled away from the country, leaving a powerless rump regime in Khartoum.

    In the U.S., the Zionist propagandists are spinning the fanciful tale that Iran was involved with "Al Qaeda," the fairy tale organization concocted by Mossad and the CIA, in carrying out the 9/11 attacks.

    One fact remains. Iran is now facing an undeclared war being waged by the West and Israel. It is a war of computer viruses like the Israeli-developed Stuxnet, propaganda, support for armed insurgents, covert assassinations and sabotage, and political pressure against Iran's friends around the world. This softening up of Iran is expected by the West to make a final military assault on the country a "cake walk."

Wayne Madsen is a frequent contributor to Global Research.  Global Research Articles by Wayne Madsen

Wayne MADSEN (USA)
Investigative journalist, author and syndicated columnist. Has some twenty years experience in security issues. As a U.S. Naval Officer, he managed one of the first computer security programs for the U.S. Navy. 

He has been a frequent political and national security commentator on Fox News and has also appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, and MS-NBC. He has been invited to testify as a witness before the US House of Representatives, the UN Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and an terrorism investigation panel of the French government. A member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the National Press Club. Lives in Washington, D.C. 

Iranian Military Divers Clear Marine Mines

Iran well prepared for war, will repulse any attack from U.S., Israel, West

PRESS TV
12/30/2011

“The scuba divers of [Iran's naval] forces annihilated the shore facilities and killed the divers of the mock enemy,” Alireza Majd, head of Iran's Navy diving unit, said on Friday.

Iranian military divers searching for mines in
Persian gulf
He added the Iranian scuba divers, who are all domestically trained, are capable of performing various martial and back-up operations as deep as 200 meters below water.

Iran's Navy launched the massive naval exercises on December 24, which covers an area stretching from the east of the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf to the Gulf of Aden.
    Different classes of submarines, including Tareq and Qadir, the newest ground-to-sea missile systems and torpedoes have been employed in the maneuvers.

    Over the past years, Iran has made important breakthroughs in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing important military equipment and systems.

     The country has repeatedly made clear that its military might is merely based on the nation's defense doctrine of deterrence and poses no threat to other countries.

YH/HMV/HGH



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Russia’s foreign policy after 2012


At this time more than ever, Russians and Americans must realize that trouble between politicians does not translate into trouble between the Free Peoples of both countries who are and will remain allies and friends

Valdai News
08/11/2011

Valdaiclub.com interview with Fyodor Lukyanov,  participant of the VIII summit of the Valdai International Discussion Club, Editor–in–Chief of the Russia in Global Affairs journal.

Is Russia likely to face abrupt changes in its foreign policy after the elections in 2012?

No, it isn’t. First, there are no abrupt changes underway in Russia in general. On the contrary, continuity prevails across the board. President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will only switch positions. Both will remain in power. Medvedev has pursued the tandem’s line rather than his own in 2008-2011. Putin’s return may change the style or shift some accents but that’s about it.

Fyodor Lukyanov
Second, the window of opportunity is narrow. Russia is facing many urgent development problems and the main goal of foreign policy is to create favorable conditions for their resolution. This goal allows for broad interpretation and can be achieved in different ways but the restrictions are obvious – to preserve freedom of action without allowing its relations with major partners to deteriorate too much.

Third, policy today and especially in the next few years will be determined by constantly changing external circumstances, which are so unpredictable that no strategy is possible at all. All you can do is react and stay flexible.

Many Russian and foreign experts believe that the Russian-American reset will go nowhere after 2012 and Russia will reorient its foreign policy to China and the new Asia. Do you share this view?

The two countries have successfully completed the reset. They have normalized relations and ended the deadlock that had resulted by the end of the George W. Bush administration. The reset had a limited agenda and was achieved. New elements are required in any event, but they may not appear before the spring of 2013 – after the elections in Russia and the United States – when an empowered administration takes office and formulates its proposals.

Even if Russia reorients its foreign policy to China and the new Asia, which is not guaranteed, it will not regard America less important, as the U.S. is a major player in the Pacific. 

Medvedev and Putin
The shifting of attention to this region may in fact renew Russian-U.S. relations by ending their fixation on the Euro-Atlantic space. The future of U.S. missile defense – not only in Europe but also probably in Asia – will remain an unavoidable irritant. As for Asia, this project will be a major factor with respect to China, although without threatening Russia’s strategic potential.

What will Russia gain from its Eurasian project? Do you think China will join this project? Is it a threat to the European countries?

If you are referring to the Eurasian Union proclaimed by Vladimir Putin, there is one country, Ukraine that will determine whether this project will produce a serious and promising association or will remain just an interesting idea. Russia and the European Union (EU) will be competing, first and foremost, over Ukraine, to the extent to which the EU will be able to divert itself from its urgent internal issues.

Russian-U.S. armies join forces at Elbe
in Germany, 1945
The EU’s nervous reaction to this idea shows its apprehensions about the emergence of an integration alternative for post-Soviet countries, though it is not yet convinced that this alternative will be successful.

China will never join projects proposed by other countries because it is a project in itself. Beijing does not like the Eurasian Union idea because it wants to create a vast Eurasian free trade zone where China would be able to freely sell its goods, manpower and capital. Integration centered on another power, Russia, may restrict this goal.





Manning, Guantanamo Prisoners and Reverse Trials


Obama, CIA have to have American Patriot and Hero Manning as scapegoat for their dismal failures

World News
By Dallas Darling
12/30/2011

Right before the Cantonsville Nine were arrested, a group of radical Catholic pacifists who destroyed draft files with blood and homemade napalm to protest the U.S.-Vietnam War, they alerted the news media and authorities ahead of time to ensure widespread publicity for their action. After seizing 378 file folders containing the names of men soon to be called to serve in the armed forces, after dumping them into a waste basket they brought, and after pouring napalm on the draft registrations, they then carried the files into the parking lot and lit them on fire. The group quietly prayed, waiting for state and federal authorities to arrest them.(1)

Cantonsville Nine burning draft records with
napalm
The defendants, Cantonsville Nine, used the trial to publicize their protest and to put the government "on trial" for waging what, in their view and what history has now shown, was a criminal war. In effect, they conducted a "reverse trial" in the courtroom and in front of the news cameras. During the Trial, October 5-9, 1968, the defendants were allowed to express their religious, moral, and political justifications for their actions. In addition, over two thousand supporters assembled outside, conducting rallies, marches, and street theater, and imploring draft board employees to resign and possible military recruits to disengage from acts of violence and militarism.(2)

    Like the Cantonsville Nine, sometimes arrests, courtrooms and testimonies of those accused of committing crimes backfire, specifically when the suspects are innocent, and when they use the courtroom for expressing their just political beliefs compared to the injustices of the government. A reverse trial, then, is when the government itself is on trial, including its abuses of power and criminal conduct. The reaction to the Cantonsville Nine was mixed. However, this reverse trial helped galvanize a faltering anti-war movement. It also initiated a new form of resistance to government war crimes. No one knows how many possible military recruits changed their minds.

FRAMED:  Patriot Manning; no good deed ever
goes unpunished
The pretrial hearing for Pfc. Bradley Manning is a reverse trial. The government has accused Manning of leaking thousands of secret military documents via WikiLeaks. Prosecutors claimed the information he released was damaging. "Knowing that enemies of the United States use the Internet," said government prosecutors, "by releasing WikiLeaks documents he directly harmed national security." But the government, and its political and military leaders, are really on trial. The documents revealed an extensive cover-up of military war crimes and massacres. They showed an inept and corrupt government and its support of ruthless and brutal regimes around the world.

    A reverse trial is occurring at Guantanamo Prison. The U.S. government is trying to impose new rules that will prevent lawyers and prisoners from properly communicating. A "privilege team," which includes Department of Defense and law enforcement officials, would conduct a security review of all communications between Pentagon-appointed lawyers and prisoners. To guard national security, they would determine what evidence and information could be allowed or disallowed in the courtroom. But the government has been on trial for its militarization of civilian courts, its indefinite detentions, its violation of attorney-client privilege, its lack of natural rights, and for its censorship and use of torture.

The Cantonsville Nine:  willing to sacrifice freedom
for truth
Reverse trials are where conscientious citizens and soldiers, or alleged criminals, psychologically intervene in the pathology of a nation. The defendants on trial reverse roles with the prosecution. Knowingly or unknowingly, defendants use these reverse trials to either publicize their cause or to criticize and indict the prosecution. In both the Manning pretrial and Guantanamo Prison military tribunals, the prosecution is the U.S. Government. As much as it tries to manipulate these trials to its advantage, the U.S. Government is guilty of crimes against peace, humanity, due process, and justice itself.

    The Catonsville Nine action was actually preceded by a similar event during the previous year. On October 27, 1967, four Catholic pacifists entered the Selective Service office in Baltimore and poured blood on draft files to protest the U.S.-Vietnam War. Meanwhile, and in Vietnam, more blood would be spilled in My Lai. On March 16, 1968, U.S. troops shot and killed and raped over 500 innocent unarmed civilians, mostly women and children. These victims never had a trial, they never had a hearing. For years, the Pentagon tried to suppress the massacre and many others like it. From Vietnam to the massacres in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Pentagon needs to be tried and indicted too.

Dallas (darling@wn.com)

Dallas Darling is the author of Politics 501: An A-Z Reading on Conscientious Political Thought and Action, Some Nations Above God: 52 Weekly Reflections On Modern-Day Imperialism, Militarism, And Consumerism in the Context of John's Apocalyptic Vision, and The Other Side Of Christianity: Reflections on Faith, Politics, Spirituality, History, and Peace.

(1) Powers, Roger S. Protest, Power, and Change: An Encyclopedia of Nonviolent Action from ACT-UP to Women's Suffrage. New York, New York: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1997., p. 64.

(2) Ibid., p. 65.

(3) Ibid., p. 64.


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Syria forces fire ‘nail bombs’ as masses protest


If true, Assad has completely lost it, just like dictators Obama, Netnyahu, Ahmadinejad, will go the way of Mubarak, et. al

Khaleej Times
12/30/2011

DAMASCUS — 

Syrian forces were accused of firing nail bombs to disperse protesters on Friday as tens of thousands flooded the streets across the country in a bid to make their voices heard by Arab monitors.

     The protesters called for the overthrow and prosecution of President Bashar al-Assad, whose autocratic regime has been blamed for the deaths of more than 5,000 people since pro-reform protests erupted in March.

Activists urged the Arab monitors, who this week started a mission to oversee an Arab League plan to end the bloodshed, to do more to protect civilians from regime forces which they said killed another 13 civilians on Friday.
“We urge you to make a clear distinction between the assassin and the victim,” activists of the Syrian Revolution 2011 said on their Facebook page.

    “Our revolution which was launched nine months ago is peaceful,” they said.

   According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, monitors visited Idlib, Hama, Daraa and the Homs neighbourhood of Baba Amro on Friday.

    State television said they also went to Hama and spoke to wounded people in a government hospital.

If he continues to kill Assad may wind up at his own funeral
The mission has been the focus of controversy, with some opposition members unhappy with the choice of veteran Sudanese military intelligence officer General Mohammed Ahmed Mustafa al-Dabi to head it.

Dabi this week ruffled feathers by saying Syrian authorities were so far cooperating with the mission and by describing his visit to Homs as “good.”

    “The observers must remain in the cities they visit to protect civilians,” said prominent human rights lawyer Haytham Maleh, who is a member of the main opposition umbrella group, the Syrian National Council.

    Speaking to Arab news channels, Maleh said the Arab League must increase the number of monitors to ensure they can verify Assad’s regime is implementing all the terms of the bloc’s plan to end the violence.

Obama, CIA have destabilized Syria, paying mercenaries to start war
These include the withdrawal of troops from all towns and cities that have been the focus of disturbances, protecting civilians, and the release of detainees, as well as opening a dialogue with the opposition.

    Around 66 monitors are currently in Syria but there are plans to deploy between 150 and 200 observers.

   Reporters Without Borders said the mission must visit journalists and bloggers being held by the regime and, in a statement, provided a “non-exhaustive” list of some 15 journalists it believes are in detention.

    The media rights group said it was relieved by the reported release of Jehad Jamal, a blogger also known as “Milan,” who had been held since October 14, but said the observers must “interview those who have been freed after months in detention or else this mission will be just a sham.”

    Friday’s dead included at least 11 civilians killed as security forces opened fire to disperse protesters, and two more killed along with two army deserters in an ambush by government troops, a watchdog said.

Civilian deaths on rise even in presence of "Arab Observers"
Huge demonstrations rocked northwestern Idlib province and Douma, a Damascus suburb where protesters clashed with security forces who fired “nail bombs” to disperse them, the Observatory said.

At least 24 protesters were hurt when security forces fired “nail bombs to disperse tens of thousands of demonstrators in Douma,” the Britain-based watchdog said, adding that protesters “hurled stones” in retaliation.

    The report could not be independently verified.

  Security forces also fired “stun grenades and tear gas” in Douma as 60,000-70,000 demonstrators headed to city hall, which the Arab observers visited on Thursday.

    It was the “biggest” demonstration in the restive suburb since the uprising began in March, the Observatory said.

    In Idlib province, which borders Turkey, more than 250,000 protesters took the streets, the watchdog reported.

   In Daraa province, south of Damascus and cradle of the pro-democracy protests, five civilians were shot dead when security forces opened fire on crowds of protesters.

Assad will hang on to the last dead civilian
Five more were killed in Hama, in central Syria, “when the security forces opened fire in Al-Hamidiyeh and Al-Hader neighbourhoods,” the Observatory added.

And a man was shot dead in Homs, another flashpoint central city which activists have dubbed the “martyr” city after hundreds were killed in a massive crackdown over the past few months.

     Five members of the security forces were also killed in Homs region by army deserters, the watchdog said.

     Internet activists had urged Syrians to “march to the squares of freedom, bare-chested” on Friday, saying they were ready to confront the regime’s “artillery and machinegun fire.”

    Syria’s state SANA news agency reported that massive crowds rallied on Friday in several cities, including Damascus, to support Assad and reject the foreign-orchestrated “plot” that is “targeting Syria’s stability and security.”


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Startling New Evidence That The Swine Flu Pandemic Is Man-Made


Article is dated, but still relevant

Dprogram
By Dr. A. True Ott, PhD, ND
09/27/2009

Novartis Patent Detailed And Mass Murder Charged

Murder suspects are either convicted or acquitted at trial based on the prosecution’s presentation of EVIDENCE which usually hinges on MOTIVE, OPPORTUNITY, and TIME-LINES combined with physical documents. To gather such hard evidence, detectives and/or federal agents often spend months following leads and interviewing witnesses. In the trial phase, re-creating the sequence of events is essential. I submit this paper will provide more than enough hard evidence to at least result in a series of criminal indictments of charges of MASS MURDER, and CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT WORLD GENOCIDE against Novartis Pharmaceutical principals and agents and others.

PRIMARY MOTIVE

The Primary Motive behind this alleged criminal activity is also the primary cause of most murders in the world today, and that motivation is simply: BIG MONEY. billions of dollars of windfall profits from government contracts worldwide, as a matter of fact.

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I will provide evidence that will show that Novartis Pharmaceuticals of Basel, Switzerland has conspired with corrupt “scientists” at the U.S. Army Institute of Pathology ­ Ft. Detrick, Maryland, to create a “novel” strain of weaponized “influenza” virus by means of “reverse engineering” the deadly 1918 killer strain ­ which strain was maliciously and surreptitiously released upon the world in March and April of 2009 for the primary purpose of creating a panic-stricken world-wide demand for Novartis vaccine material.

The evidence will also clearly show that the Novartis vaccine material is in reality designed to facilitate the further mutation of the pandemic into more lethal waves of increasingly virulent and deadly disease, rather than to curtail and limit the existing outbreak. The evidence will show that Novartis is willingly being used, (and extremely well-paid) to facilitate the edicts of the global elite’s Club of Rome; which edicts clearly call for a massive and sudden depopulation of certain segments of the earth’s human population.

PRIMARY EVIDENCE

To realize such windfall profits on an engineered, global flu pandemic, detailed covert planning must take place of course.

Patents protecting the proprietary flu vaccine must be applied for and secured before the pandemic virus is released in order to minimize the competition and maximize the profit potentials. In a biological attack of this nature, timing is extremely critical.

Indeed, the evidence is clear ­ Novartis applied for just such a patent on Nov. 4, 2005, and the U.S. Patent Office accepted this application and granted US 20090047353A1 for a “Split Influenza Vaccine with Adjuvants” on February 19, 2009. (See bottom of page).

With this patent now secured, the conspirators were now free to create the demand for their “novel” split influenza vaccine by releasing a “novel” split-influenza (combining multiple viruses) pandemic virus from a weapons lab test-tube into unsuspecting human hosts. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/17/AR2009061703271.html

The so-called “Swine Flu” grabbing headlines today is actually a recombinant, or “split-influenza” virus consisting of A-strain Bird-Flu (H5N1), Swine Flu (H1N1) and multiple strains of human flu (H3N2). Likewise, the 1918 Killer Flu that killed untold millions of people was a recombinant or “split-influenza” virus composed of Bird flu, Swine Flu, and multiple strains of human flu.

CRIMINAL TIMELINE

The criminal timeline begins in 1997, when Dr. Jeffrey Taubenberger assembled a team of geneticists and microbiologists to analyze the genome structure, and then to REPRODUCE (i.e. reverse engineer) what is arguably one of the most deadly viral structures the world has ever been cursed with ­ the 1918 killer flu virus. According to numerous published stories and reports, Taubenberger and his team utilized super-computers to map the complex RNA and DNA structures of the killer virus, then utilized human plasmids to successfully re-create the 1918 killer. Taubenberger completed his work in early 2005, then immediately left the employ of the U.S. Army at Ft. Detrick to take a much more lucrative position with the National Institutes of Health. His new focus was to create a VACCINE against the very same 1918 killer flu that he and his team had, just months earlier, successfully “reverse engineered” and created.

This researcher is very confident that a focused criminal investigation would likely reveal prima facia evidence that Taubenberger was in reality working for Novartis while employed with the N.I.H. ­ and was quite likely the primary author of Novartis’ Nov. 6, 2005 “provisional” patent application. On page 2, paragraph 32 of the patent publication we read, quote: “The influenza virus [that the 'invention vaccine' is designed to protect against] may be a reassortant strain, and may have been obtained by reverse genetics techniques. Reverse genetics techniques allow influenza viruses with desired genome segments to be prepared in vitro using plasmids.” The remnant of the paragraph then goes into very specific detail as to the actual mechanics of how the pandemic virus was actually created by Taubenberger’s Ft. Detrick team. At the very least, the author of the patent application had to have studied Taubenberger’s various published reports on his work at Detrick, for the wording and science is virtually verbatim.

Furthermore, this paragraph is even more damning by the words “may have been obtained”. Who “obtained” this virus and for what reason was it “obtained”? Keep in mind the CDC and HHS would have Americans believe that the pandemic viral outbreak is totally a “natural” occurrence ­ if so then how could Novartis have such an incredible advance knowledge to the point of developing a vaccine with such absolutely PERFECT TIMING???

WHO EXACTLY IS “NOVARTIS”??

Novartis International AG is simply the world’s largest, multi-national pharmaceutical company with over $53 Billion USD revenue generated in 2008. It’s headquarters is located in Basel, Switzerland, home of the vaunted “Swiss Guards” who provide all security measures for the Vatican and the Club of Rome. The company logo symbolizes the “eternal flame” of the Illuminati “enlightened ones”. Dig into Novartis International AG’s long history, and one finds that it began as a component of the infamous I.G. Farben combine, which in turn was primarily responsible for the rise of Adolph Hitler and the German/Austrian Third Reich.

Dig a bit deeper and you find that Novartis also wholly owns a company called Sandoz ­ which was the inventor of LSD and other strong hallucinogenic “truth” drugs, and was the supplier of LSD to the CIA allowing them to scale new heights with their covert “MK ULTRA” mind control experiments. Documents released to U.S. Congressional investigators in 1977 show that Sandoz Labs had arranged for certain Nazi scientists to gain new identities in Allen Dulles’ CIA at the conclusion of WWII. This was accomplished under a secret extraction program called “Operation Paper Clip”.

The address listed on the Novartis Patent applications is a P.O. Box in Emeryville, California. Up until the summer of 2005, this Emeryville California address belonged to Chiron Inc. ­ the world’s second-largest INFLUENZA VACCINE MANUFACTURER. Chiron was doing very well, with reported sales of $357 million in fiscal 2002. Chiron’s sales nearly doubled, peaking at a whopping $678 million in 2003 ­ and it was mostly due to the marketing and sale of FLU VACCINE CONTRACTS to the federal government. Novartis, which owned much of Chiron’s stock, was very pleased, until disaster struck in 2004 — the entire year’s stock of flu vaccine was found to be contaminated and was condemned.

Stock values plummeted on the news. With the stock at a historic low, Novartis quickly purchased the remainder of Chiron’s stock and began immediately to work on the massive “novel pandemic flu” vaccine that they somehow knew would soon have worldwide demand ­ especially if they controlled the exclusive patent they could effectively “corner the pandemic flu vaccine market”!!

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2005/09/02/BUGULEGTV61.DTL&type=business

OTHER CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES

I would submit that killing tens of thousands of innocent humans via the systemic creation of a “pandemic” in order to make billions of dollars is vile enough, but there is also evidence that there is an even more heinous hidden agenda at work here, and it is spelled GENOCIDE.

It is no mystery that Adolph Hitler advocated the elevation of a Nordic “Master Race” that would rule the world in a “New Order of the Ages” called the “Third Reich”. Sadly, not all of the EUGENIC/GENOCIDAL National Socialists were executed at Nuremburg.

In reality, the elite financiers that actually dictated the agenda to Hitler, merely went underground, willing to bide their time until their godless agenda to liquidate BILLIONS of people could be successfully implemented.

The evidence that the Novartis-controlled “Pandemic Vaccine” may well be a tool of mass genocide, is actually quite overwhelming.

At this point, some readers may scoff and ask: “Why would any company want to kill off their customers?” The answer is that these “customers” control large blocks of assets and equity. As Kissinger’s “NSSM-200″ report outlines, the “spoils” of genocide include controlling large tracts of land and mineral assets. This is secondary, of course, to their warped dream of creating a Utopian World Order with only 500 million “worthy” humans allowed to share in it.

WHAT’S THE EVIDENCE?

While George H.W. Bush was busy saving the world from the evil dictator Saddam Hussein in 1991, pursuant to his U.N. speech to create a “new world order” an agenda for an “Initiative for Eco-92 Earth Charter” elitist meeting happened to fall into honest, Christian hands. This agenda basically reiterated the genocide outlined in Henry Kissinger’s infamous NSSM-200 report of 1974, and called for “the immediate reduction of world population.” The entire report can be downloaded at:

http://www.theforbiddenknowledge.com/hardtruth/cobden_club.htm

My extensive research shows that by 1992, the massive death rate of AIDS had simply not materialized to the Elite’s satisfaction, and a more efficient mass killer had to be engineered in order to fulfill the edicts cut into the “Georgia Guidestones”.

Evidence shows that like the 2009 “Novel” Flu Virus the HIV virus was also engineered and manufactured in the labs of Ft. Detrick.

In 1969, during a House Appropriations Committee hearing, the Defense Department’s Biological Warfare (BW) division at Ft. Detrick requested funds to develop, through complex gene-splicing (i.e. genetic engineering) a “novel” new disease that would both be resistant to, and break down a victim’s immune system. The Congressional Record reads:

“Within the next 5 to 10 years it would probably be possible to make a new infective micro-organism which could differ in certain important respects from any known disease-causing organisms. Most important of these is that it might be refractory to the immunological and therapeutic processes upon which we depend to maintain our relative freedom from infectious diseases.”

The funds for this “Dr. Strangelove” project were somehow approved. AIDS “magically” appeared within the requested time frame, and of course, just happens to exhibit the exact characteristics specified by the Ft. Detrick scientists.

Three years later, in 1972, the fledgling World Health Organization (WHO) published a very similar proposal to the one submitted to the U.S. House Appropriations Committee in 1969. The WHO proposed that: “An attempt should be made to ascertain whether viruses can in fact exert selective effects on immune function, e.g., by …affecting T cell function as opposed to B cell function. The possibility should also be looked into that the immune response to the virus itself may be impaired if the infecting virus damages more or less selectively the immune cells responding to the viral antigens.” (Bulletin of the W.H.O., vol. 47, p 257- 274.) This is a “textbook” clinical description of the function of the HIV/AIDS virus.

The W.H.O. shortly thereafter begins a massive “smallpox vaccination” program in Africa in 1975. Within two years, millions of smallpox vaccines are provided by Novartis et. al, under U.N.I.C.E.F. funding. A decade later, it is determined by independent journalists in the U.K. that the incidence of AIDS infections’ MAPPED AND GRAPHED EPICENTERS in Africa coincided exactly with the locations of the W.H.O. smallpox vaccination program centers in the mid-1970′s (Source, The London Times, May 11, 1987). Some 14,000 Haitians then on UN ‘humanitarian missions’ to Central Africa were also vaccinated in this campaign, and soon contracted HIV. Personnel actually conducting the vaccinations of the Haitians maintain they had been completely unaware that the vaccine was anything other than a routine shot.

In 1987, Dr. Hilleman, head of all vaccine production of Merck Pharmaceuticals stunned the world with his public admissions that the mass vaccination campaigns of the 1950s and ’60s likely caused thousands of cancer deaths each year. This was due to the presence of a cancer-causing virus that contaminated the first polio vaccine, according to Dr. Hilleman. Known as SV40, the virus originated from dead monkeys whose kidney cells were used to culture the first Salk vaccines. Doctors estimate that the virus was injected into tens of millions during the vaccination campaigns, including several million in Canada, before being detected and screened out in 1963. Those born between 1941 and 1961 are thought to be most at risk of having been infected with SV40, and are estimated to have a 300% greater chance of developing cancer. According to Hilleman MERCK KNEW THE VACCINES WERE INFECTED WITH SV40, but distributed them anyway. See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edikv0zbAlU

Furthermore, research doctors in New Orleans reported in 1963 that a percentage of the Salk polio vaccines were found to have attenuated, (live) viruses, which actually CAUSED tens of thousands of polio cases during the 1950′s.

Following the successful liberation of Kuwait in Operation Desert Storm, hundreds of thousands of victorious American troops are suddenly stricken with a wide variety of auto-immune disorders that doctors named the Gulf War Syndrome, (GWS). After a decade of medical investigation, the culprit is finally determined to be an ingredient in the anthrax vaccinations mandatorily given to the troops. This offending “adjuvant” is a synthetic material known as squalene ­ aka, oil-in-water adjuvant. Writer and Gulf War correspondent Gary Matsumoto documents this entire, tragic saga in his seminal book, “Vaccine-A”. See www.vaccine-a.com.

Understanding these historical facts is very important for this reason: Those that ignore history are doomed to repeat it. This is doubly true when it comes to blindly accepting a “novel” mass vaccination for a weaponized, “reverse engineered” virus.

The historical record is very clear ­ attenuated, live viruses in vaccines SPREAD the disease very effectively. When combined with SQUALENE ADJUVANT ­ the virus becomes many times more potent and lethal. When given to CHILDREN IN SCHOOLS, millions of “typhoid Matts and Marys” will be spreading the disease exponentially.

Chillingly, the Novartis patent for the “novel pandemic flu” declares that “African green monkey kidney cells” will be used for the “viral growth substrate” ­ i.e. the carrier medium.
(Page 3, paragraph 0037) We also see that “oil-in-water” squalene-based adjuvants will also be included (page 8 ­ 0098) but most incredible of all, because this is a “recombinant” and “novel” split vaccine, it is deemed necessary to include fragments of attenuated viruses (i.e. live pathogens) in the vaccine medium.

On July 13, 2009, the W.H.O. sanctioned this lunacy by declaring: “In view of the anticipated limited vaccine availability at global level and the potential need to protect against “drifted” strains of virus, it is recommended that promoting production and use of vaccines such as those that are formulated with oil-in-water adjuvants and live attenuated influenza vaccines is important.”

http://www.who.int/csr/disease/swineflu/notes/h1n1_vaccine_20090713/en/index.html

In conclusion and summation, it should be evident that the “2009 Swine Flu” could just as easily be called the “Bird Flu” ­ because it is as much H5N1 (bird flu) as H1N1 (pig flu.) Novartis knew this in 2005 when it received hundreds of millions of dollars from Mike Leavitt’s HHS to develop and patent the “bird flu” vaccine. I publicly charge that Novartis had advance knowledge of this “combination” because they had been in consultation with Jeffrey Taubenberger for years.

It is further evident that Novartis’ patent provides for “influenza vaccine kits” to be provided to other pharmaceutical manufacturers as well. These “kits” are the basic raw ingredients needed for the other companies to build their own vaccines under their own label.

In 2005, this “jobbing” of separate ingredients by multiple companies would never have been allowed because of the legal liability issues involved. However, in 2009, all liabilities for death and disability from faulty or contaminated vaccines have been stripped away. Any wrongful death or disability lawsuits against Novartis or any other company will today be summarily dismissed.
Novartis today has carte blanche blanket immunity for their actions ­ and any large pharmaceutical company who so desires, can join them at the feeding troughs just by paying millions for their “kits”.

If this isn’t the pinnacle of criminality, then I don’t know what is.

Novartis, if this “novel split vaccine” is so wonderful and safe, why do you require such blanket protection from litigation?

As I have written, the smoking gun is found in the pages of this attached patent below.

Novartis admits that their “invented” vaccine will be effective because of ADVANCED KNOWLEDGE CONCERNING THE ORIGINS OF THE PANDEMIC FLU STRAIN THAT WAS “REVERSED ENGINEERED” WHICH WAS OBTAINED. Clearly the pandemic virus was not an act of nature.


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Friday, December 30, 2011

Marty Bertemu Aung San Suu Kyi


Increased cooperation will benefit both countries

BERITA SATU
12/29/2011

Menandai 62 tahun hubungan diplomatik Indonesia-Myanmar


Menteri Luar Negeri Marty Natalegawa bertemu dengan tokoh demokrasi Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi di Yangon, Myanmar pada hari Rabu (28/12) dan membahas mengenai perkembangan demokratisasi di negara tersebut serta di kawasan ASEAN.

"Pembicaraan kami terpusat pada dua hal, yaitu perkembangan di ASEAN serta bagaimana ASEAN melalui kolaborasi kawasan dapat membangun momentum untuk demokratisasi," ujar Marty dari Yangon dalam wawancara telepon dengan beritasatu.

Marty menambahkan dalam pertemuan itu Suu Kyi juga menginformasikan mengenai perkembangan yang terjadi di negaranya serta perlunya untuk mengadakan pemilihan umum yang jujur dan adil. 

Marty Natalegawa dan Suu Kyi
Selain itu, kedua tokoh juga membahas perlunya untuk mengadakan upaya perdamaian yang tulus (genuine peace talks) antara pemerintah sipil Myanmar dan kelompok-kelompok etnis.

Marty berada di Myanmar dalam rangka pertemuan Komisi Bersama Kerjasama Bilateral Indonesia-Myanmar dengan delegasi Myanmar yang dipimpin oleh Menteri Luar Negeri Myanmar, U Wunna Maung Lwin.

Marty mengatakan pertemuan ini adalah yang pertama kali diadakan sejak tahun 2007, dengan misi untuk mengelola hubungan bilateral yang komprehensif dan menandai 62 tahun hubungan diplomatik Indonesia-Myanmar.

Marty mengatakan pertemuan itu telah menghasilkan kesepakatan antara lain untuk meningkatkan kontak antara masyarakat melalui dibukanya jalur penerbangan langsung antara Yangon-Jakarta dan Yangon-Bali yang akan diwujudkan tahun 2012.

Selain itu, dalam kerangka bilateral Indonesia juga menawarkan dukungan pembangunan kapasitas bidang good governance, penguatan demokrasi dan hak asasi manusia melalui kerjasama dengan Komisi Pemilihan Umum, Komnas HAM dan Lembaga Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia dengan lembaga-lembaga serupa di Myanmar.

Indonesia juga menawarkan kerjasama di bidang politik untuk berbagi pengalaman di bidang demokratisasi.


"Hal ini untuk menjaga agar momentum Myanmar ke arah demokratisasi tetap terjaga dan Myanmar sangat melihat ke Indonesia untuk hal itu," ujar Marty, sambil menambahkan bahwa pemerintah Myanmar juga memberikan apresiasi terhadap Indonesia atas dukungan untuk menjadi Ketua Asean 2014.

Pertukaran giliran keketuan ASEAN di tahun 2014 antara Myanmar dan Laos disepakati dalan KTT Asram ke 19 di Bali bulan November lalu, di bawah keketuaan Indonesia di ASEAN tahun ini.

Walaupun banyak tentangan dari kalangan masyarakat sipil bahwa Myanmar belum siap memimpin ASEAN terkait dengan rekam jejaknya yang buruk dalam hal demokrasi dan hak asasi manusia.

Tahun 2014 menjadi tahun penting bagi Asean karena menjadi tahun terakhir sebelum resmi terwujudnya Komunitas ASEAN 2015.

Mengenai kesiapan Myanmar menjadi ketua ASEAN 2014, Marty mengatakan bahwa Myanmar sudah terus melakukan persiapan untuk itu

"Kami akan ikuti terus perkembangannya," ujar Marty.

Marty mengatakan kedua pemerintah juga sepakat untuk meningkatkan kerjasama di bidang ekonomi untuk mencapai target nilai perdagangan bilateral sebesar USD 500 Juta pada tahun 2015.

Saat ini nilai perdagangan Indonesia - Myanmar per akhir 2011 adalah sebesar USD 316 juta.

Kerjasama lain yang disepakati adalah di bidang pertahanan dan keamanan yang melibatkan korps militer dan polisi kedua negara.

"Kerjasama itu antara lain diwujudkan melalui partisipasi perwira-perwira Myanmar dalam program operasi militer non perang seperti penanggulangan bencana," ujar Marty.
Penulis: Ismira Lutfia/ESS

Indonesia foreign minister meets Suu Kyi in Myanmar


Indonesia could benefit from increased economic trade and cultural exchange with Myanmar

Agence France-Presse
11/28/2011

Indonesia's foreign minister said Wednesday that Myanmar was ending 2011 with "less democratic deficit" but cautioned there was more work to be done after meeting with democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi.

    Marty Natalegawa, whose country held the rotating chair of the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) this year, expressed "strong support" for Myanmar's recent reformist moves during a one-day visit to Yangon.

Natalegawa and Suu Kyi
"2011 has been a very, very important year for Myanmar and therefore, as a result, a very important year for ASEAN," Natalegawa told reporters after holding talks with Suu Kyi and attending a bilateral meeting with his Myanmar counterpart.

"I think there is less democratic deficit at the end of 2011 but it's still a work in progress. It is not a done thing," he said.

    
     Natalegawa, who last visited the army-dominated country in October, praised its new nominally civilian government for releasing some political prisoners and opening dialogue with opposition leader Suu Kyi and ethnic minority groups.

   Myanmar was last month rewarded for its conciliatory gestures with the ASEAN chair in 2014, despite rights groups saying the move was premature.

   But Natalegawa said the responsibility of the chairmanship could "create further motivation for Myanmar to continue along its democratisation path" and said he had told Suu Kyi about the possibilities the regional bloc can offer.

     Turning to his bilateral talks with government officials, Natalegawa said they had discussed ways to boost economic cooperation to see the trade volume between the two nations rise to $500 million by 2015, up from around $300 million this year.

    The country also known as Burma relinquished the chance to head ASEAN five years ago due to international pressure for democratic reforms. 
 
Myanmar has been a source of embarrassment for ASEAN's more democratic states, overshadowing other problem members such as communist Vietnam and Laos, which have significant human rights issues of their own.

   ASEAN also includes Brunei, Cambodia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand.

    As chair of ASEAN, Myanmar would be required to speak on behalf of the bloc and host scores of meetings including the East Asia Summit which includes the United States.

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