Roberto Abraham Scaruffi: July 2012

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

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RFE/RL Belarus, Ukraine, and Moldova Report
RFE/RL Belarus, Ukraine, and Moldova Report
A review of RFE/RL reporting and analysis about Belarus, Ukraine, and Moldova.

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Silly Dictator Story #11: Tough Day For Dictators Banned From Olympics Silly Dictator Story #11: Tough Day For Dictators Banned From Olympics
In the spirit of the Olympics and for all the banned leaders (we mean you, Assad and Mugabe) a cartoon by RFE/RL’s Belarus Service says it all. More
Jailed Prominent Belarus Opposition Activist Asks For Clemency Jailed Prominent Belarus Opposition Activist Asks For Clemency
Jailed Belarusian opposition activist Syarhey Kavalenka, whose health deteriorated after a lengthy hunger strike earlier this year, has asked President Alyaksandr Lukashenka for clemency. More
Lukashenka Denied Olympic Accreditation Lukashenka Denied Olympic Accreditation
Russia's Olympics chief says Belarus President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has been denied accreditation by London Olympics organizers to attend the 2012 games, which officially begin in the British capital on July 27. More
Olympic Medalists Set To Cash In At London 2012 Olympic Medalists Set To Cash In At London 2012
The International Olympic Committee has never given cash prizes to medalists. But many countries are now promising lucrative bonus awards to their athletes who win Olympic medals at London 2012. More
Amnesty International Concerned Over New Probe Of Jailed Belarus Activist Amnesty International Concerned Over New Probe Of Jailed Belarus Activist
Amnesty International is expressing concern over the new probe launched by Belarusian authorities of the jailed leader of the unregistered Young Front opposition organization, Zmitser Dashkevich. More
Silly Dictator Story #9: 'Go To The Olympics They Said, It Will Be Fun They Said' Silly Dictator Story #9: 'Go To The Olympics They Said, It Will Be Fun They Said'
Belarus' strongman raises the stakes for his country's athletes, while rewording the Olympic motto. More
Belarus Probes Teddy Bear Caper It Claims Never Happened Belarus Probes Teddy Bear Caper It Claims Never Happened
Thousands of people post pictures of teddy bears on the Internet daily, yet only one has found himself locked away in a Belarusian KGB prison for doing so. More
In Minsk, Eurovision Winner Loreen Expresses Support For Political Prisoners In Minsk, Eurovision Winner Loreen Expresses Support For Political Prisoners
A day after performing at a government-supported music festival in Belarus, the winner of this year's Eurovision Song Contest, Swedish pop singer Loreen, met with human rights activists at the Swedish Embassy in Minsk, where she issued a statement in support of Belarusian political prisoners. More
'Teddybear Airdrop' Takes Aim At Belarus Denials 'Teddybear Airdrop' Takes Aim At Belarus Denials
Faced with denials from defense authorities in Minsk and skepticism from state-controlled media in Belarus, a Swedish public relations firm is releasing evidence it says proves that it dropped 1,000 teddy bears into Belarus as a show of solidarity with pro-democracy activists in Belarus. More
(Belarus Can't Get No) Satisfaction (Belarus Can't Get No) Satisfaction
As the world marks the 50th anniversary of the first live performance by the Rolling Stones, at the Marquee Club in London on July 12, 1962, we remember a small but significant gesture by Mick Jagger in support of a democratic Belarus. More

Kyiv Joins Olympic Biographies Row Kyiv Joins Olympic Biographies Row
Ukraine has joined Georgia in requesting corrections from London Olympic organizers to some athlete biographies that erroneously list their birthplaces as Russia. More
Olympic Profile: Ukraine’s Diving Team Olympic Profile: Ukraine’s Diving Team
Ukraine’s Olympic diving team held an intense training session ahead of the London Olympic Games. (Video by RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Service) More
Imagine That! Ukraine's quadSquad Wins Prestigious Technology Competition  Imagine That! Ukraine's quadSquad Wins Prestigious Technology Competition
A team of students from Ukraine were the big winners this week at this year's Imagine Cup, a showcase sponsored by Microsoft for student-designed innovations that are meant to "unleash the power of technology to benefit their community or, perhaps, the entire planet." More

RFE/RL Russia Report
RFE/RL Russia Report
A review of RFE/RL reporting and analysis about domestic and foreign-policy developments in Russia.

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Discovery In Tatarstan Prison Raises More Suspicions Of Abuse Discovery In Tatarstan Prison Raises More Suspicions Of Abuse
Rights activists in the Russian republic of Tatarstan have discovered a baseball bat at a prison hospital that they say could have been used to abuse inmates. The accusations deal another blow to law enforcement authorities in the republic, which have been hit by a series of torture scandals in recent months. More
Navalny Vs. Bastrykin: Head Games And Power Plays Navalny Vs. Bastrykin: Head Games And Power Plays
The long and winding Navalny case is a metaphor for the ambiguity in the elite over how to deal with the opposition. More
Target: Bastrykin Target: Bastrykin
Investigative Committee chief Aleksandr Bastrykin has made some enemies during his rise to the top of Russia's law-enforcement community. Is it payback time? More
Pussy Riot: The Punk Band That Isn't And The Concert That Wasn't Pussy Riot: The Punk Band That Isn't And The Concert That Wasn't
Pussy Riot isn't really a punk band and they didn't really play a concert in Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral. So what exactly did they do that has gotten them into so much trouble? More
Russian Feminist Punk Group On Trial Russian Feminist Punk Group On Trial
The three members of the feminist punk group Pussy Riot who are on trial in Moscow have pleaded to the court that they have not broken any laws. More
Podcast: Fighting The Power -- Russia's Musical Uprising Podcast: Fighting The Power -- Russia's Musical Uprising
Russia's musicians are getting more and more politicized. What does it mean? And why does it matter? More
Russia's Top Investigator, Aleksandr Bastrykin, In Hot Water Again Russia's Top Investigator, Aleksandr Bastrykin, In Hot Water Again
For the second time in just a month, Aleksandr Bastrykin, head of Russia's Investigative Committee and longtime friend of Vladimir Putin, is in hot water. RFE/RL takes a look at Bastrykin and why he's in the headlines again. More
The Som Total Of Uzdunrobita's Problems The Som Total Of Uzdunrobita's Problems
If Uzbekistan's prosecutor-general has anything to say about it, the country's largest mobile provider will not be back online for a while. More
Russia To Launch Islamic TV Channel Russia To Launch Islamic TV Channel
Russia plans to establish a new Islamic television channel for the country's Muslims in August. More
What A Bio Putin Is Creating For Pussy Riot What A Bio Putin Is Creating For Pussy Riot
What a biography the Kremlin is creating for Pussy Riot. You'd think they had hired them. More
Olympics Website Places Armenia In Russia Olympics Website Places Armenia In Russia
The Soviet Union is dead, long live the Soviet Union! More
Following Mufti Attacks, Tatar Officials Seek To Control Narrative Following Mufti Attacks, Tatar Officials Seek To Control Narrative
In the wake of two separate terrorist attacks against leading pro-Kremlin Islamic figures in the Tatarstan capital, Kazan, the authorities have advised the media to quote only seven officially approved experts on all issues related to "Islamic life in the republic." More
Tatarstan's First Graffiti Festival Tatarstan's First Graffiti Festival
Graffiti artists from a dozen countries took part in a festival of street art in Kazan, the capital of the Russian republic of Tatarstan. The event, the first of its kind in Tatarstan, gave a face-lift to some 40 sites around the city. More

Renzo Riva, sul Caso Ilva 

di Renzo Riva ( 31 luglio 17:56
Renzo Riva
Meglio Paracelso che essere come te un paraculo.

Devo dire al partigiano della divisione lepre che oltretutto mantiene l’anonimato,
che sarei felice chiudessero tutte le attività produttive italiane e non solo l’ILVA di Taranto.

Vedrebbe l’anonimo innescarsi subito la danza dei tarantolari tarantini.

Sono basito alla lettura dello sciopero dichiarato per tutto il Gruppo ILVA di 4 ore dove non riesco ancora ad intravedere la controparte; il che mi fa dire che a capo delle organizzazioni sindacali siano delle persone deficienti e soprattutto mistificatrici della realtà: confidano nella cretineria di chi rappresentano.
Ma dove sta l’emergenza?

Che assurdità fermare l’Ilva per i veleni di quindici anni fa
Vendola è un doppiogiochista:
sta con gli operai e coi pm, ma è colpa sua e della sua giunta se la fabbrica è stata sigillata.

Non esiste nessun allarme diossina
e la bonifica non serve ovvero serve solo a Vendola ed ai Verdastri che sono stati già ricompensati da un governo d’imbelli e reggicorda.
Per ora, il governo sedicente tecnico li ha gratificati con 336 milioni,
ma il racket del pizzo politico-sindacale non s’accontenta mai.
Il presidente dei Verdastri ha subito messo le mani avanti lamentando che 336 milioni sono una risorsa «irrisoria», e Vendola gli ha fatto subito eco chiarendo «sono solo l’apertura di un ciclo che avrà risorse molto più cospicue».

Vogliono mettersi a carico del resto d’Italia.

Questi oggi si coprono solo di ridicolo plaudendo la magistratura e,
allo stesso tempo, solidarizzando con gli operai.

Operai che però li manderanno a raccogliere le margherite
di fronte al pericolo di perdere il lavoro che, sembra,
al sindacato interessa affatto.

Il sindacato avrebbe dovuto scagliarsi contro Vendola ed i politici regionali che,
ad onta delle norme internazionali al riguardo dei limiti degli inquinanti in atmosfera e non,
che si vantavano di avere fissato i limiti più restrittivi al mondo sulle emissioni di diossina, prevedendo, nel caso di superamento, proprio l’arresto degli impianti.

Se c’è allora un vero colpevole per il provvedimento della magistratura
è proprio la Regione Puglia con Vendola & C.

Il sindacato pertanto dovrebbe denunciare alla magistratura i responsabili del procurato allarme e della chiusura dei reparti che tali limiti hanno imposto.

Ma come detto all’inizio la deficienza e la correità nell’acquiescenza loro li spingerà al demagogico sciopero dichiarato di 4 ore in tutto il gruppo ILVA.

La fica costa, per un Berlusconi abituato a strapagarla.

Un vero harem gli sarebbe costato infinitamente di meno

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Ireland has a British-style bureaucracy, not a Mediterranean-style one!

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In Wikileaks Archives

Cuba (2008) Cuba to work around US embargo via undersea cable to Venezuela

Documents released by Wikileaks revealed that Cuba and Venezuela signed a confidential contract in 2006 to lay an undersea fibre-optic cable that bypasses the United States. The contract between the two countries, which has been independently verified, adds weight to Cuban statements that the United States economic embargo of the island has forced it to rely on slow and expensive satellite links for Internet connectivity. Cuba is situated a mere 120 kilometres off the coast of Florida. The proposed 1,500 kilometer cable will connect Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti and Trinidad to the rest of the world via La Guaira, Venezuela. Carrying out the work are CVG Telecom (Corporación Venezolana de Guyana) and ETC (Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Cuba). The leaked documents have technical details and pictures of the cable, maps, and systems to be used, parties signing the agreement, terms and conditions, costs, and a schedule of charges and compromises. The connection allows for the transmission of data, video and voice (VoIP).

Afghanistan (2008) Release of report NATO in Afghanistan: Master Narrative

The released document detailed the key facts and themes NATO representatives are to give and to avoid giving to the world press. Among the revelations, which we encourage the public to review in detail, is Jordan’s presence as secret member of the US lead occupation force.

Colombia (2009) Exposing extra judicial killings and false positives

Wikileaks released documents proving extra-judicial killings and murder of suspected guerrillas, a reactive attempt by the Colombian government to execute the death penalty on the street and eradicate opposing forces such as the FARC-EP in isolated rural areas within Colombia. The documents mention that a good majority of the time these suspected guerrillas haven’t even been found guilty of a crime and are executed on the street before having a fair trial.
The material cites that all to often the opposing force are innocent human casualties as opposed to FARC-EP guerrilla fighters. It is also implied that police officers and Colombian commandos have engaged in murderous acts against innocent citizens and in order to cover their crimes have labeled these victims as combatant guerrilla fighters. The victims include mothers, children, fathers, students, and rural farmers.
The documents also mention the disappearance of individuals investigating such abuses and corruption. The information underscores a surprisingly low amount of criminal convictions issued by the courts against police officers and soldiers who have engaged in ’street justice’ by executing suspected guerrillas who in fact were innocent casualties of war.

India (2009) Confidential plans for 1.2 billion ID cards: Creating a Unique ID for every resident

Wikileaks released a confidential working paper (49 pp) presents the current plan for India’s Unique ID Databse Project, it will be the world’s biggest citizen identification scheme.

Peru (2009) Peruvian politicians’ and officials’ involvement in the Petrogate scandal

WikiLeaks released audio recordings of Perupetro Vice President Alberto Quimper and Romulo León Alegría, a prominent member of Garcia’s ruling Aprista party, discussing under-the-table payments conditioned on Discover Petroleum obtaining oil exploration concessions. According to the recordings, Quimper, Leon and Ernesto Arias-Schreiber, the legal representative of Discover in Peru, were to receive $10,000 monthly in exchange for steering lucrative oil contracts to the Norwegian oil exploration firm.
The scandal, dubbed “petrogate,” led the government to suspend five joint exploration and development contracts recently awarded to Discover Petroleum and state-owned oil company Petroperu. The minister of Energy and Mines, Juan Valdivia, immediately handed in his resignation and only days later, the whole cabinet and cabinet chief Jorge del Castillo resigned.

U.S. (2010) 9/11 tragedy pager intercepts

WikilLeaks released over half a million US national text pager intercepts. The intercepts covered a 24 hour period surrounding the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York and Washington.

Denmark (2008) 3863 sites on censorship list

Wikileaks released the secret Internet censorship list for Denmark. The list contains 3863 sites blocked by Danish ISPs participating in Denmark’s censorship scheme as of February 2008. Danish ISPs "volunteer" to censor their users rather than face legislation and the top three ISPs are particpants. The system can be used to censor anything, but is meant to be for child pornography sites found by the Danish police and the Danish "Save the Children" group. The list is generated without judicial or public oversight and is kept secret by the ISPs using it.

US (2009) US Special Forces counterinsurgency manual analysis

WikiLeaks released theForeign Internal Defense Tactics Techniques and Procedures for Special Forces (1994, 2004) document, the official US Special Forces doctrine for Foreign Internal Defense or FID. FID operations are designed to prop up "friendly" governments facing popular revolution or guerilla insurgency. FID interventions are often covert or quasi-covert due to the unpopular nature of the governments being supported.
The manual directly advocates training paramilitaries, pervasive surveillance, censorship, press control and restrictions on labor unions & political parties. It directly advocates warrantless searches, detainment without charge and (under varying circumstances) the suspension of habeas corpus. It directly advocates employing terrorists or prosecuting individuals for terrorism who are not terrorists, running false flag operations and concealing human rights abuses from journalists. And it repeatedly advocates the use of subterfuge and "psychological operations" (propaganda) to make these and other "population & resource control" measures more palatable.

Wikileaks: Syria Files

Thursday 5 July 2012, WikiLeaks began publishing the Syria Files – more than two million emails from Syrian political figures, ministries and associated companies, dating from August 2006 to March 2012. This extraordinary data set derives from 680 Syria-related entities or domain names, including those of the Ministries of Presidential Affairs, Foreign Affairs, Finance, Information, Transport and Culture. At this time Syria is undergoing a violent internal conflict that has killed between 6,000 and 15,000 people in the last 18 months. The Syria Files shine a light on the inner workings of the Syrian government and economy, but they also reveal how the West and Western companies say one thing and do another.

Wikileaks: The GIFiles

On Monday February 27th, 2012, WikiLeaks began publishing The Global Intelligence Files, over five million e-mails from the Texas headquartered "global intelligence" company Stratfor. The e-mails date between July 2004 and late December 2011. They reveal the inner workings of a company that fronts as an intelligence publisher, but provides confidential intelligence services to large corporations, such as Bhopal’s Dow Chemical Co., Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and government agencies, including the US Department of Homeland Security, the US Marines and the US Defence Intelligence Agency. The emails show Stratfor’s web of informers, pay-off structure, payment laundering techniques and psychological methods.
You can also download torrent archive of the gifiles site at - please pick the newest one available.

Wikileaks: The Spy Files

Mass interception of entire populations is not only a reality, it is a secret new industry spanning 25 countries
It sounds like something out of Hollywood, but as of today, mass interception systems, built by Western intelligence contractors, including for ’political opponents’ are a reality.
Today WikiLeaks began releasing a database of hundreds of documents from as many as 160 intelligence contractors in the mass surveillance industry. Working with Bugged Planet and Privacy International, as well as media organizations form six countries – ARD in Germany, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism in the UK, The Hindu in India, L’Espresso in Italy, OWNI in France and the Washington Post in the U.S. Wikileaks is shining a light on this secret industry that has boomed since September 11, 2001 and is worth billions of dollars per year. WikiLeaks has released 287 documents today, but the Spy Files project is ongoing and further information will be released this week and into next year.
You can download torrent archive containing all released files from here.

The Guantanamo Files: 779 classified prisoner dossiers revealed from the world’s most notorious prison

In thousands of pages of documents dating from 2002 to early 2009 and never seen before by members of the public or the media, the cases of the majority of the prisoners held at Guantanamo — 758 out of 779 in total — are described in detail in memoranda from JTF-GTMO, the Joint Task Force at Guantanamo Bay, to US Southern Coand in Miami, Florida.
These memoranda, which contain JTF-GTMO’s recommendations about whether the prisoners in question should continue to be held, or should be released (transferred to their home governments, or to other governments) contain a wealth of important and previously undisclosed information, including health assessments, for example, and, in the cases of the majority of the 171 prisoners who are still held, photos (mostly for the first time ever).
Here you may also download whole GITMO site from torrent.

Cablegate: 250,000 US Embassy Diplomatic Cables

On Sunday 28th November 2010, WikiLeaks began publishing 251,287 leaked United States embassy cables, the largest set of confidential documents ever to be released into the public domain. The documents will give people around the world an unprecedented insight into the US Government’s foreign activities.

Bank of America using Private Intel Firms to Attack Wikileaks

In a document titled "The WikiLeaks Threat" three data intelligence companies, Plantir Technologies, HBGary Federal and Berico Technologies, outline a plan to attack Wikileaks. They are acting upon request from Hunton and Williams, a law firm working for Bank of America. The Department of Justice recommended the law firm to Bank of America according to an article in The Tech Herald. The prosed attacks on WikiLeaks according to the slides include these actions:
- Feed the fuel between the feuding groups. Disinformation. Create messages around actions of sabotage or discredit the opposing organizations. Submit fake documents and then call out the error.
- Create concern over the security of the infrastructure. Create exposure stories. If the process is believed not to be secure they are done.
- Cyber attacks against the infrastructure to get data on document submitters. This would kill the project. Since the servers are now in Sweden and France putting a team together to get access is more straightforward.
- Media campaign to push the radial and reckless nature of WikiLeaks activities. Sustain pressure. Does nothing for the fanatics, but creates concern and doubt among moderates.
- Search for leaks. Use social media to profile and identify risky behavior of employees.
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All released leaks archived

Due to recent attacks on our infrastructure, we’ve decided to make sure everyone can reach our content. As part of this process we’re releasing archived copy of all files we ever released - that’s almost 20,000 files. The archive linked here contains a torrent generated for each file and each directory.

War Diary: Iraq War Logs

The 391,832 reports (’The Iraq War Logs’), document the war and occupation in Iraq, from 1st January 2004 to 31st December 2009 (except for the months of May 2004 and March 2009) as told by soldiers in the United States Army. Each is a ’SIGACT’ or Significant Action in the war. They detail events as seen and heard by the US military troops on the ground in Iraq and are the first real glimpse into the secret history of the war that the United States government has been privy to throughout.
You may also download the whole archive here

War Diary: Afghanistan War Logs

From here, you can browse through all of the documents that have been released, organized by type, category, date, number of casualties, and many other properties.
You may also download the whole archive here

Video: Collateral Murder

WikiLeaks has released a classified US military video depicting the indiscriminate slaying of over a dozen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad — including two Reuters news staff. Reuters has been trying to obtain the video through the Freedom of Information Act, without success since the time of the attack. The video, shot from an Apache helicopter gun-sight, clearly shows the unprovoked slaying of a wounded Reuters employee and his rescuers. Two young children involved in the rescue were also seriously wounded.