#Turkish #Whistleblowers #False #Flag #Sarin #Attack in #Syria


This is quite the bombshell delivered by two CHP deputies in the Turkish parliament and reported by Today’s Zaman, one of the top dailies in Turkey.

It supports Seymour Hersh’s reporting that the notorious sarin gas attack at Ghouta was a false flag orchestrated by Turkish intelligence in order to cross President Obama’s chemical weapons “red line” and draw the United States into the Syria war to topple Assad.

If so, President Obama deserves credit for “holding the line” against the attack despite the grumbling and incitement of the Syria hawks at home and abroad.

And it also presents the unsavory picture of an al-Qaeda operatives colluding with ISIL in a war crime that killed 1300 civilians.

I find the report credible, taking into full account the fact that the CHP (Erdogan’s center-left Kemalist rivals) and Today’s Zaman (whose editor-in-chief, Bulent Kenes was recently detained on live TV for insulting Erdogan in a tweet) are on the outs with Erdogan.

Considering the furious reaction it can be expected to elicit from Erdogan and the Turkish government, the temerity of CHP and Today’s Zaman in running with this story is a sign of how desperate their struggle against Erdogan has become. Note that the author is shown only as “Columnist: Today’s Zaman”.

I expect the anti-Erodgan forces hope this will be a game changer in terms of U.S.and European support for Erdogan.

It will be very interesting to see if and how the media in the U.S. covers this story. In case it doesn’t acquire enough “legs” to make into US media, I attach the full Zaman piece below:

CHP deputies: Gov’t rejects probe into Turkey’s role in Syrian chemical attack

Two deputies from the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) have claimed that the government is against investigating Turkey’s role in sending toxic sarin gas which was used in an attack on civilians in Syria in 2013 and in which over 1,300 Syrians were killed.

CHP deputies Eren Erdem and Ali Şeker held a press conference in İstanbul on Wednesday in which they claimed the investigation into allegations regarding Turkey’s involvement in the procurement of sarin gas which was used in the chemical attack on a civil population and delivered to the terrorist Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) to enable the attack was derailed.

Taking the floor first, Erdem stated that the Adana Chief Prosecutor’s Office launched an investigation into allegations that sarin was sent to Syria from Turkey via several businessmen. An indictment followed regarding the accusations targeting the government.

“The MKE [Turkish Mechanical and Chemical Industry Corporation] is also an actor that is mentioned in the investigation file. Here is the indictment. All the details about how sarin was procured in Turkey and delivered to the terrorists, along with audio recordings, are inside the file,” Erdem said while waving the file.

Erdem also noted that the prosecutor’s office conducted detailed technical surveillance and found that an al-Qaeda militant, Hayyam Kasap, acquired sarin, adding: “Wiretapped phone conversations reveal the process of procuring the gas at specific addresses as well as the process of procuring the rockets that would fire the capsules containing the toxic gas. However, despite such solid evidence there has been no arrest in the case. Thirteen individuals were arrested during the first stage of the investigation but were later released, refuting government claims that it is fighting terrorism,” Erdem noted.

Over 1,300 people were killed in the sarin gas attack in Ghouta and several other neighborhoods near the Syrian capital of Damascus, with the West quickly blaming the regime of Bashar al-Assad and Russia claiming it was a “false flag” operation aimed at making US military intervention in Syria possible.

Suburbs near Damascus were struck by rockets containing the toxic sarin gas in August 2013.

The purpose of the attack was allegedly to provoke a US military operation in Syria which would topple the Assad regime in line with the political agenda of then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his government.

CHP deputy Şeker spoke after Erdem, pointing out that the government misled the public on the issue by asserting that sarin was provided by Russia. The purpose was to create the perception that, according to Şeker, “Assad killed his people with sarin and that requires a US military intervention in Syria.”

He also underlined that all of the files and evidence from the investigation show a war crime was committed within the borders of the Turkish Republic.

“The investigation clearly indicates that those people who smuggled the chemicals required to procure sarin faced no difficulties, proving that Turkish intelligence was aware of their activities. While these people had to be in prison for their illegal acts, not a single person is in jail. Former prime ministers and the interior minister should be held accountable for their negligence in the incident,” Şeker further commented.

Erdem also added that he will launch a criminal complaint against those responsible, including those who issued a verdict of non-prosecution in the case, those who did not prevent the transfer of chemicals and those who first ordered the arrest of the suspects who were later released.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced in late August that an inquiry had been launched into the gas attacks allegedly perpetuated by both Assad’s Syrian regime and rebel groups fighting in Syria since the civil war erupted in 2011.

However, Erdem is not the only figure who has accused Turkey of possible involvement in the gas attack. Pulitzer Prize winner and journalist, Seymour M. Hersh, argued in an article published in 2014 that MİT was involved with extremist Syrian groups fighting against the Assad regime.

In his article, Hersh said Assad was not behind the attack, as claimed by the US and Europe, but that Turkish-Syrian opposition collaboration was trying to provoke a US intervention in Syria in order to bring down the Assad regime.

Peter Lee edits China Matters and writes about Asia for CounterPunch.

Copyright © Peter Lee, Counter Punch, 2015

‪#‎PrayForNepal‬ #NEWYORK #donation #clothes #Sherpa #Collections #76-09

Uges Limbu

* We have gathered more than 100 Big bags of clothes , dry foods worth of Donations and and still counting . It will be sent Directly to the Nepal Red Cross Team as soon as possible . People around New York if you have anything you want to contribute as well . You can drop it off at Sherpa Collections 76-09 , Broadway Elmhurst ‪#‎PrayForNepal‬



Dan Fredinburg
April 25 at 1:27pm · Instagram ·
This is Dans little sister Megan. I regret to inform all who loved him that during the avalanche on Everest early this morning our Dan suffered from a major head injury and didn’t make it. We appreciate all of the love that has been sent our way thus far and know his soul and his spirit will live on in so many of us. All our love and thanks to those who shared this life with our favorite hilarious strong willed man. He was and is everything to us. Thank you.

Dan Fredinburg

April 22 ·

#JaggedGlobe #Everest2015

Day 19: Jagged Globe Sherpa team. JG bought them all top of the line jackets to wear this year. Guys in green work Basecamp. Guys in blue climb with us. And Pem, in the black best, is the boss and does it all. #JaggedGlobe #Everest2015

Dan Fredinburg
Dan Fredinburg

#RIP #Marisa #Eve #Girawong #Mountaineering #EVEREST

Our hearts are broken
It is with deep sorrow and profound grief that we can confirm the loss of our Everest/Lhotse base camp doctor, Marisa Eve Girawong. Eve perished in the aftermath of the avalanche that struck the base camp area following the devastating Nepal earthquake earlier today.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Eve and her family and friends.
We will have more information later after daybreak in Nepal and additional updates from our team.
Thank you for your combined prayers and well wishes.

Madison Mountaineering


#RIP #คุณหมออีฟ (Everest Earthquake 25.04.15)‪#‎everest‬ ‪#‎madisonmountaneering‬

# ฝันสลายที่เนปาล
“หญิงไทยคนแรกผู้พิชิตยอดเขาเอเวอร์เรสต์” !
*** “RIP คุณหมออีฟ (Everest Earthquake 25.04.15)”

แต่กลับไปไม่ถึงฝัน และบรรทัดต่อจากนี้คือเรื่องราวของ
“ดร.มาริสา อีฟ จีรวงศ์ไกรสร” หรือ “หมออีฟ” วัย 29 ปี
ที่ทำงานให้กับเมดิสัน เมาท์เทนเนียร์ริ่ง บริษัทสหรัฐฯ
“น้องคนนี้ผมเพิ่งได้รู้จักไม่นาน ประมาณ 2 ปี
แต่เขากับภรรยาของผมรู้จักกันตั้งแต่เด็ก เพราะบ้านอยู่ติดกัน
จึงสนิทกันมากตั้งแต่เด็ก ก่อนที่น้องอีฟจะย้ายตามครอบครัวไปอยู่ที่อเมริกา
เราได้พูดคุยกัน แล้วน้องอีฟก็ได้บอกเราว่า เขากำลังจะไปขึ้นเขาหิมาลัย
ผมคุยกับน้องเขาบอกผมว่า เขาจะเป็นผู้หญิงไทยคนแรกที่ไปพิชิตยอดเขา
ตอนนั้นตัวผมเองนึกว่าเคยมีคนทำได้แล้ว น้องอีฟยืนยันว่ายัง
น้องเขายังเตรียมธงไทยไป เพื่อปักบนยอดเขาเอเวอร์เรสต์
เมื่อวานนี้ตอนที่ผมรู้ว่าเกิดแผ่นดินไหวที่เนปาล ผมกังวลทันที
เพราะตอนเช้าผมเพิ่งจะเห็นรูปของน้องอีฟ และข้อความโพสต์ว่ากำลังมุ่งสู่ยอดเขาในวันที่ 28 ของทีมน้องอีฟ แฟนผมโทรเช็กกับทางบ้านเธอทันที
เพราะน้องอีฟถือ 2 สัญชาติครับ น้องอีฟ หรือ หมออีฟ
เป็น 1 ใน 17 คนที่เสียชีวิตในแผ่นดินไหวบนเขาเอเวอร์เรสต์
ตอนนี้พ่อแม่น้องกำลังเดินทางไปรับศพลูกที่เนปาล คนที่จิตใจดี
ชอบช่วยเหลือคนอื่นแบบน้องอีฟ ไม่น่าอายุสั้นเลยครับ !!! cr.Nismo Well
RIP ครับน้องอีฟ
till we meet again ‪#‎everest‬ ‪#‎madisonmountaneering‬”

#U #WIRATHU #U.S.A #CBS #ရုပ္သံအင္တာဗ်ဴး”

“U.S.A CBS ရုပ္သံအင္တာဗ်ဴး”

23.2.2015 မနက္ 8:30 U.S.A CBS သတင္းဌာနႏွင့္ ရုပ္သံအင္တာဗ်ဴးပါတယ္။
22.2.2015 ရက္ေန႔ တာေမြေက်ာက္ေျမာင္းႀကီးတရားပြဲမွာ အစအဆုံး ရုိက္ကူးသတင္းယူတဲ့ အဖြဲ႕ပါပဲ။
ကင္မရာဆရာအေတာ္မ်ားမ်ားႏွင့္ လူအင္အားသုံးၿပီး ရုပ္သံဌာနႀကီးတစ္ခုထဲမွာလုိ က်က်နန ရုိက္ကူးတာ ေတြ႕ရပါတယ္။
သမၼတႀကီးဦးသိန္းစိန္ ဥကၠ႒ႀကီးေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္တုိ႔ႏွင့္လည္း အင္တာဗ်ဴးဖုိ႔ ခ်ိတ္ဆက္ထားၿပီးေၾကာင္း သိရပါတယ္။
ထုံးစံအတုိင္း ၉၆၉ ႏွင့္ပတ္သက္တာ စာေရးသူႏွင့္ ပတ္သက္တာေတြ အဓိကေမးပါတယ္။
သတင္းအမွားေတြကုိ အေျခခံၿပီး ေမးတာျဖစ္ပါတယ္။
စာေရးသူတရားေဟာလုိ႔ပဲ ရခုိင္အေရးအခင္းႀကီး ထျဖစ္သလုိ ေမးလာပါတယ္။
ရခုိင္အေရးအခင္းၿပီးမွ တရားေဟာတာလုိ႔ ေျပာလုိက္ေတာ့ မ်က္လုံးျပဴးသြားပါတယ္။
ရခုိင္အေရးအခင္းမွာလည္း ရခုိင္ေတြက တုိက္ခုိက္လုိ႔ ဘဂၤါလီေတြ ဒုကၡသည္စခန္းေရာက္ရသလုိ ေမးလာပါတယ္။
8.6.2012 ေသာၾကာေန႔ ေမာင္ေတာၿမဳိ႕ အၾကမ္းဖက္တုိက္ခုိက္ခံရမႈ ဗီဒီယုိေခြ မွတ္တမ္းေခြ ထုိးျပလုိက္ေတာ့ အံ့ၾသသြားပါတယ္။
ဘာျပႆနာမွမျဖစ္ပဲ ဒီလုိတုိက္ခုိက္တာလား?
ဒီလုိဘယ္ႏွစ္ခါျဖစ္ဖူးသလဲ? ေမးလာပါတယ္။
ဘာျပႆနာမွမျဖစ္ဘဲ ေမာင္းေတာၿမဳိ႕ႀကီးကုိ လုိခ်င္လုိ႔ ဂ်ီဟဒ္လုပ္တာျဖစ္တဲ့ေၾကာင္း ၁၉၄၂ ခုႏွစ္တုန္းကလည္း ျဖစ္ခဲ့ဖူးေၾကာင္း၊ အဲဒီတုန္းက ရခုိင္ ႏွစ္ေသာင္းေက်ာ္ အသတ္ခံခဲ့ရေၾကာင္း၊ ၁၉၄၇ မွာလည္း ဟိႏၵဴေတြကုိသတ္ၿပီး အိႏၵိယျပည္နယ္ေတြကုိ လုယူခဲ့ဖူးေၾကာင္း၊ ပါကစၥတန္ႏွင့္ ဘဂၤလားေဒ့ရွ္ ႏုိင္ငံ ထူေထာင္ႏုိင္ခဲ့တာဟာ ဂ်ီဟဒ္လုပ္ႏုိင္ခဲ့လုိ႔ျဖစ္ေၾကာင္း သမုိင္းႏွင့္ခ်ီၿပီး ေျဖၾကားေပးခဲ့ရပါတယ္။
အုိဘားမာ ေဒၚစုတုိ႔အေပၚအျမင္ႏွင့္ ယန္ဟီးလီကုိ ေျပာရျခင္းအေၾကာင္းေတြပါ ေမးပါတယ္။
ရုိဟင္ဂ်ာႏွင့္ မူဆလင္ေရာေနလုိ႔ ခြဲေပးခဲ့ရပါေသးတယ္။
မြတ္ဆလင္ျပည္သူေတြက အဓိကတရားခံမဟုတ္ဘူး။ R.S.O ေတြက အဓိကတရားခံ၊ မြတ္ဆလင္ျပည္သူေတြ ကုိ မလုိလားတာမဟုတ္ဘူး။
R.S.O ေတြကုိ မလုိလားတာ
မြတ္ဆလင္ျပည္သူေတြကုိ မရွိေစခ်င္တာမဟုတ္ဘူး
R.S.O ေတြကုိ မရွိေစခ်င္တာ။


မြတ္ဆလင္ျပည္သူေတြက အဓိကတရားခံမဟုတ္ဘူး
R.S.O ေတြက အဓိကတရားခံ။
မြတ္ဆလင္ျပည္သူေတြ ကုိ မလုိလားတာမဟုတ္ဘူး
R.S.O ေတြကုိ မလုိလားတာ။
မြတ္ဆလင္ျပည္သူေတြကုိ မရွိေစခ်င္တာမဟုတ္ဘူး
R.S.O ေတြကုိ မရွိေစခ်င္တာ။
(ဝါရွင္တန္ဒီစီ C.B.S သတင္းဌာနသုိ႔ ေျပာၾကားသည္။)


အေမရိကန္မွာ ပထမဦးဆံုး ျမန္မာနိုင္ငံမွ ရဲအရာ႐ိွျဖစ္လာတဲ့ စိန္ေပါလ္ အကယ္ဒမီရဲအရာ႐ိွ သင္တန္းဆင္း ကရင္တိုင္းရင္းသားျဖစ္သူ ေစာလယ္ထူး!

အေမရိကန္မွာ ပထမဦးဆံုး ျမန္မာနိုင္ငံမွ ရဲအရာ႐ိွျဖစ္လာတဲ့ စိန္ေပါလ္ အကယ္ဒမီရဲအရာ႐ိွ သင္တန္းဆင္း ကရင္တိုင္းရင္းသားျဖစ္သူ ေစာလယ္ထူး!

!! #myanmar #Applying #Make-#up’ to the #fake #democracy: #Asia #Foundation #after #IRI

There have been numerous criticisms upon the activities of US, EU, Sweden, Denmark and Norway. The criticisms are if they are misinformed or doing for their own good. Their actions start to go away from the public.
Firstly, if they are misinformed, it is their embassies that send the wrong information. The misinformation leads to mistakes when taking decisions. Secondly, NGOs running with government seem funding to take surveys.
In April, a report that tried to hide the flaws of the government and applied ‘make-ups’ was published. The report was a far cry from the truth.
International Republican Institute (IRI) conducted the report with the support of the US government. Myanmar Survey Research worked under IRI to contribute to the report. USAID provided funding for the project.

However, criticisms were unleashed when the report was published. Critics said the report was misleading saying it was different from the real situation.
The reported stated Myanmar government has a good image among the public, the people admire President Thein Sein over Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the people want central government and appreciate the anti-corruption measures by the government.
The IRI report delighted Myanmar government but was a mockery among the public.
Just recently, another report similar to the IRI report was published. This time, it was conducted by The Asia Foundation (TAF) and published on December 11.



The Asia Foundation is based in San Francisco and has local offices in 18 Asian countries and Washington. Australian government’s international affairs and trade department provided funding for the report “Myanmar 2014: Civic Knowledge and Values in a Changing Society”.
The survey was conducted in May and June. Just like IRI survey, 3,000 people from all States and Regions were questioned. The irony was the foundation tasked Myanmar Survey Research that worked on the IRI report. The preface of the recent report says (they) thank the Ministry of Information.
The TAF report was more detailed report than IRI and contained 126 pages while IRI report was only 31 pages.
IRI report contained four sectors including Current Development, Role of Political Parties and Role of Media.
TAF report has six sectors: Knowledge of Government, Political Participation and Understanding of Democracy, Identity, Values and Trust, Peace Process, Public Outlook on State of the Union, and Sources of Information.
61 percent of the survey takers were females and 39 percent were males. Only 7 percent of them were graduates while 46 percent had primary education, 20 percent middle school education and 8 percent high school graduates. 11 percent were uneducated.
Most of the survey takers work as farmers and made up 35 percent. 17 percent were self-employed and 15 percent were housewives. 11 percent basic workers and other occupations made up 10 percent.
The participants had limited or no knowledge upon the government. 82 percent of them did not know the names of the ministries.
Only very few of them are interested in politics. 5 percent of the participants were very interested in politics while the number of people who discuss the politics among friends was between 3 to 9 percent.
The percentage of people who were not interested in politics was 62.
When they said Eleven Media Group, it was not clear whether it refers to all four publications (one daily newspaper, one weekly journal and two weekly sport journals). It was not clear and the Bi Weekly Eleven they had listed has not been published for two years. Compared to 7 Days, EMG’s sale tax amount more than tripled. That means we has higher costumer rate.
TAF report suggested many people view the 2015 general election positively. 77 percent of participants believed the upcoming election will improve the future. 10 percent thought it will change nothing.
Moreover, 68 percent believed it will be a fair election. To take a closer view, 72 percent of participants from Regions believed so while 44 percent from States did not.
66 percent stated they can now freely express political ideas while 23 disagreed.
The questions were political themed. Basically, the answers depend largely on the political interest of the participants. To compare the questions to the political interest rate of the participants, the ratio is illogical. For example, only 10 percent interested in politics but 62 percent answered 2015 election will be a positive action.
Additionally, most of the participants did not know the structure of the government, parliament and appointments.
TAF claimed Myanmar is on the right track. 62 percent participants said so while 28 was unsure.
The question was included in IRI survey and 88 percent said yes. 6 percent said no and another 6 percent said unsure in the IRI survey.
The time between these two reports was five months. In the five months, the number of people who thought the country is on the right track reduced significantly.
The question why do they the country is on the right track was answered mostly as building roads and bridges. The answer was the same in both IRI and TAF reports. Second most answer was economic development in IRI while TAF had building schools.
In TAF report, there were people who answered the country is not on the right track and the most common answer was because of sectarian violence. The second most common answer was no economic development, bad governance and corruption.
The survey still remains questionable because one of the facts in the IRI survey said President Thein Sein is preferred to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. However, the fact was not concluded in the finalized statement. Plus, the IRI’s “How would you rate each of the following institution or organization: Very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable or unfavorable?” The military received 84 percent very favorable and favorable and standing at the top place in that category.
The Asian Foundation’s survey didn’t include specific details based on people. But it included a question like “How has their interest in politic changed in the last three years?” 70 percent of most people responded their interest in politics has not changed in the last three years.
Under Election Participation title, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and NLD were highlighted as “In 2015, Myanmar is planning to hold highly anticipated general elections across the country. These will be the first elections since the shift from military rule to a quasi-civilian government in 2011, and they are expected to have the participation of all political parties, including the main opposition party, the National League of Democracy (NLD), headed by Aung San Suu Kyi, which boycotted the 2010 elections and only participated in the by-elections of 2012.”
As the report is saying that 70 of percent people said their interest in politics has not changed in the last three years. It is questionable that the by-elections 2012 and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and NLD participation in that Election doesn’t mean any changes of people interest in politics.
The TAF’s survey upon sources of information seems incredibly wrong. The IRI’s seems incorrect as well. The IRI’s survey used the term as Media Usage for sources of information. Under that category, “Where are you most likely to get your news and information?” 35 percent is saying that from Radio, followed by 26 percent from friends and family, 23 percent from TV, 8 percent from newspaper, 2 percent from journal, 2 percent village head, 1 percent each from internet and magazines.
The data in TAF’ report is different from the IRI’s which conducted after five months later the IRI’s. Main Sources of Information in TAF says 37 percent from Television, 35 percent from Friends, Family and Neighbors, 35 percent from Radio, 13 percent from Newspaper, 11 percents from Journals, 3 percent from village leader, 3 percent from Internet/Computer and 14 percent saying Don’t Know. It even specify with details for getting information category. 60 percent rated that MRTV is the most watch TV station, following by Myawaddy with 42 percent, MRTV-4 with 33 percent, Channel 7 with eight percent, DVB with four percent and Myanmar International with three percent. The popular Skynet station was nowhere to be found in the report.
For the “Most Frequently Used Print Media” category, the question is how the survey measured and described the Print Media because the New Light of Myanmar means English edition newspaper or the Myanma Alin Newspaper [Myanmar Language]. It does not matter whether it is English edition or Myanmar edition, their circulation wouldn’t be more than the Kyemon(The Mirror). The Ministry of Information officially declared that the sales of the Keymon are more than the Myanma Alin Newspapers.
It is not also clear that when it says Eleven/Bi-weekly Eleven Journal, which Eleven it is trying to describe because Eleven Media Group has two weekly sports journals, one weekly news journal and one daily newspaper. Does it mean all four published by EMG? It is uncertain because Bi Weekly Eleven has been stopped publishing for almost two years. Comparing with 7days, the EMG is paying three to four more times than 7days publisher in commercial tax. The sales between these two newspapers [the Daily Eleven Newspaper and the 7days daily newspaper] are largely differentiated.
When reviewing these facts, were the survey takers trying to get the result they wanted by giving hints on their questions? It is questionable because they don’t seem to have experience at business they were questioning.
“Most Frequently Used Radio Station” seems wrong as well. The TAF’s report says that 59% radio audience is Myanmar National Radio, 26 percent is Shwe FM, 13 percent is BBC, 12 percent is Mandalay FM, 10 percent is Cherry FM and nine percent is VOA. It is very clear which has more audience when comparing Shwe FM and Mandalay FM.
The TAF’s report is likely to be same as IRI’ report because it would become the government’s favorite. The TAF’s survey was conducted five month later the IRI’s survey. Myanmar Survey Research was the only one that provided ground information for both IRI and TAF while conducting the survey.
International’s perspective upon Myanmar could change due to IRI’s report. It could be anxious that wrong study made by the US’s government and its embassy on Myanmar. Critics are saying that the IRI’s report might especially help create the dirty voting for Election 2015.
Both reports seem to have same intention. The main point of the reports seems to be pre-created result which is pretty much veering from the absolute condition of Myanmar people.
There will be no change although dressing up the current condition in Myanmar with sugarcoated facts. That is for sure not presenting the Myanmar people.
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