Archive for December 2nd, 2015

02/12/2015

Russia Presents Proof of Turkey’s Role in ISIS Oil Trade

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The Russian Defense Ministry held a major briefing on new findings concerning IS funding in Moscow on Wednesday.

According to Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov, Russia is aware of three main oil smuggling routes to Turkey.

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02/12/2015

‘Vicious Circle of Violence’ in (Liberated) Iraq Claims 500 Civilian Lives in November, 2,000 Casualties in October

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1 December 2015 – Nearly 500 Iraqi civilians were killed in Iraq last month in a “vicious circle of violence,” ranging from acts of terrorism to armed conflict, as the total number of Iraqi casualties rose to more than 2,100, according to the UN Assistance Mission in the crisis-gripped country.

Families fleeing violence in Ramadi, Anbar province, walk across Bzebiz Bridge into Baghdad province in Iraq. Photo: UNICEF/ Wathiq Khuzaie

In the month of November, the mission, known as UNAMI, reported the number of civilians killed was 489 and the number of civilians injured was 869, with a further 399 members of the Iraqi Security Forces killed and 368 injured.

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02/12/2015

On Slavery Abolition Day – Enslavement, Trafficking Risks with All “Horrific Abuse” for Refugees, Migrants

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With over 60 million people driven from their homes and millions more crossing borders to seek a better life, the risk of mounting human trafficking and enslavement with all its “horrific abuse” must be confronted, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 2 December 2015 warned.

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Bonded child labourer, Pakistan. Photo: ILO/M.Crozet

“Slavery has many modern forms, from the children toiling as domestic servants, farmhands and factory workers, to the bonded labourers struggling to pay off ever-mounting debts, to the victims of sex trafficking who endure horrific abuse,” he said in a message marking the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery.

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02/12/2015

Russia Wants to Stop ISIS’ Illegal Oil Trade – Churkin

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2 December 2015 (RT)* – Russia is working with the UN Security Council on a document that would enforce stricter implementation of Resolution 2199, which aims to curb illegal oil trade with and by terrorist groups, Russian ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin told RIA Novosti.
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Vitaly Churkin | Source: http://russiaun.ru/en/news/intrv_tsra

The draft resolution intends to quash the financing of terrorist groups, including Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) extremists.

“We are not happy with the way Resolution 2199, which was our initiative, is controlled and implemented. We want to toughen the whole procedure,” Churkin said.

“We are already discussing the text with some colleagues and I must say that so far there is not a lot of contention being expressed.”

US Ambassador Samantha Power said that America has “a shared objective” with Russia on this, since it is also working towards bringing the financing of terrorism to a halt.

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02/12/2015

Poking the Russian Bear – How Terror Collaborators Are Hiding Behind Media Slander

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By Catherine Shakdam*

1 December 2015 (RT)* – As President Recep Erdogan is looking for some political ground to land his feet on, media reports have spun some rather distasteful anti-Russian rhetoric, hoping to salvage Turkey’s political solvency by sullying Moscow’s efforts against terror.
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**Russian President Vladimir Putin and [Turkish President Recep\ Erdoğan during a meeting in Baku, 13 June 2015 | Kremlin.ru | Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License | Wikimedia Commons

We live in a time where deception and misinformation have become so widely institutionalized and standardized that the very concept of propaganda has been reduced down to a simple matter of optics – how issues and crises should be best presented, and facts manipulated for the powers that be to benefit.

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