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This is a very good article about events in Syria and Iran. I have found the silence from Syria very interesting. Israeli bombers go deep and Syria just keeps their mouth shut? Sounds odd to me too. RTWT.
"I think now is a good time to reproduce the original post by Craig Murray which started this storm:"
Alisher Usmanov, potential Arsenal chairman, is a Vicious Thug, Criminal, Racketeer, Heroin Trafficker and Accused Rapist
thought I should make my views on Alisher Usmanov quite plain to you.
You are unlikely to see much plain talking on Usmanov elsewhere in the
media becuase he has already used his billions and his lawyers in a
pre-emptive strike. They have written to all major UK newspapers,
including the latter:
“Mr Usmanov was
imprisoned for various offences under the old Soviet regime. We wish to
make it clear our client did not commit any of the offences with which
he was charged. He was fully pardoned after President Mikhail Gorbachev
took office. All references to these matters have now been expunged
from police records . . . Mr Usmanov does not have any criminal record.”
me make it quite clear that Alisher Usmanov is a criminal. He was in no
sense a political prisoner, but a gangster and racketeer who rightly
did six years in jail. The lawyers cunningly evoke “Gorbachev”, a name
respected in the West, to make us think that justice prevailed. That is
Usmanov’s pardon was
nothing to do with Gorbachev. It was achieved through the growing
autonomy of another thug, President Karimov, at first President of the
Uzbek Soviet Socilist Republic and from 1991 President of Uzbekistan.
Karimov ordered the “Pardon” because of his alliance with Usmanov’s
mentor, Uzbek mafia boss and major international heroin overlord Gafur
Rakimov. Far from being on Gorbachev’s side, Karimov was one of the
Politburo hardliners who had Gorbachev arrested in the attempted coup
that was thwarted by Yeltsin standing on the tanks outside the White
Usmanov is just a criminal whose
gangster connections with one of the World’s most corrupt regimes got
him out of jail. He then plunged into the “privatisation” process at a
time when gangster muscle was used to secure physical control of
assets, and the alliance between the Russian Mafia and Russian security
services was being formed.
Usmanov has two
key alliances. he is very close indeed to President Karimov, and
especially to his daughter Gulnara. It was Usmanov who engineered the
2005 diplomatic reversal in which the United States was kicked out of
its airbase in Uzbekistan and Gazprom took over the country’s natural
gas assets. Usmanov, as chairman of Gazprom Investholdings paid a bribe
of $88 million to Gulnara Karimova to secure this. This is set out on
page 366 of Murder in Samarkand [hyperlink added].
Usmanov had risen to chair of Gazprom Investholdings because of his
close personal friendship with Putin, He had accessed Putin through
Putin’s long time secretary and now chef de cabinet, Piotr Jastrzebski.
Usmanov and Jastrzebski were roommates at college.
Gazprominvestholdings is the group that handles Gazproms interests
outside Russia, Usmanov’s role is, in effect, to handle Gazprom’s
bribery and sleaze on the international arena, and the use of gas
supply cuts as a threat to uncooperative satellite states.
has also been the tool which Putin has used to attack internal
democracy and close down the independent media in Russia. Gazprom has
bought out - with the owners having no choice - the only independent
national TV station and numerous rgional TV stations, several radio
stations and two formerly independent national newspapers. These have
been changed into slavish adulation of Putin. Usmanov helped accomplish
this through Gazprom. The major financial newspaper, Kommersant, he
bought personally. He immediately replaced the editor-in-chief with a
pro-Putin hack, and three months later the long-serving campaigning
defence correspondent, Ivan Safronov, mysteriously fell to his death
from a window.
All this, both on Gazprom and the journalist’s death, is set out in great detail here [hyperlink added]
is also dogged by the widespread belief in Uzbekistan that he was
guilty of a particularly atrocious rape, which was covered up and the
victim and others in the know disappeared. The sad thing is that this
is not particularly remarkable. Rape by the powerful is an everyday
hazard in Uzbekistan, again as outlined in Murder in Samarkand page
120. If anyone has more detail on the specific case involving Usmanov
please add a comment.
I reported back in 2002
or 2003 in an Ambassadorial top secret telegram to the Foreign Office
that Usmanov was the most likely favoured successor of President
Karimov as totalitarian leader of Uzbekistan. I also outlined the
Gazprom deal (before it happened) and the present by Usmanov to Putin
(though in Jastrzebski’s name) of half of Mapobank, a Russian
commercial bank owned by Usmanov. I will never forget the priceless
reply from our Embassy in Moscow. They said that they had never even
heard of Alisher Usmanov, and that Jastrzebski was a jolly nice friend
of the Ambassador who would never do anything crooked.
I expect the football authorities will be as purblind. Football now is
about nothing but money, and even Arsenal supporters - as tight-knit
and homespun a football community as any - can be heard saying they
don’t care where the money comes from as long as they can compete with
I fear that is very wrong. Letting as diseased a figure as Alisher Usmanov into your club can only do harm in the long term.
Before the District banned handguns in 1976, the murder rate had been declining. But soon afterward, the rate climbed to the highest of all large U.S. cities. It also rose relative to nearby Maryland and Virginia as well as relative to other cities with more than 500,000 people. During the 31-year life of the ban, with the exception of a few years during which the city's murder rate ranked second or third, there have been more killings per capita in Washington, D.C. than in any other major city.
In 12 of the years between 1980 and 1997, including all nine years from 1989 through 1997, the violent crime rate in D.C. exceeded 2,000 per 100,000, reaching a high of 2,922 in 1993, versus 1,481 in 1976 — a 97 percent increase in violent crime, 17 years after citizens were forbidden from defending themselves with firearms. Moreover, the murder rate climbed as high as 81 per 100,000 inhabitants in 1991 — triple the pre-ban levels. As of 2005, the last year for which I have data, the murder rate is still 32 percent above the 1976 level.
Refuting DC's arguments to the Supreme Court to reverse Parker v. District of Columbia.
Why is it that gun banners can't understand the statistics. Gun laws do not save lives.
For a while now, lawyers in Minnesota, Oklahoma and elsewhere have been suing companies that make over-the-counter cold remedies containing ephedrine and pseudoephedrine on the grounds that they were aware some buyers were using the drugs as raw material for illegal methamphetamine labs. Now such litigation appears to be gaining momentum in Arkansas, where many county governments have signed up to sue Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, and other companies. "If successful, it could open up litigation against manufacturers of other produce used in making meth, such as drain cleaners and acetone."
And so a new chapter in the litigation lottery is underway. Christ, no wonder I get too pissed off to post.
hmmm... Ok, so rather than not posting I figured I'd link to someone else that only posted because he didn't want to have a 'no post' day. I could probably post everyday with a link to someone that didn't have anything to say or had something to say but felt it was too personal at the time. Essentially a nothing post about nothing posts. However it would meet the criteria of posting something even if it's about nothing.
I'm sure that my detractors ( I think I have two readers, one of them must be a detractor) would say that most of my posts are about nothing. Fie! Fie I say! (I really should google that).
Oh and I'm back from Laughlin and didn't win my retirement. But we had fun.
Tam was saying the other day that to have a well read blog you need to post something everyday. Unfortunately I just never have a lot to say unless something really trips my trigger. I don't talk about work and I don't talk about family. And so much going on in the world today just pisses me off. Every time you turn around the government seems to be tightening their control on our everyday lives.
Well the world can just go to hell for the next 3 days. I'm going to Laughlin, NV with my wife for our 34th anniversary. Everyone try to behave themselves.
Mayor Frank Jackson has called for the Ohio General Assembly to pass a law banning anyone under the age of 21 from possessing a firearm...
"Right now, if a young person was walking down any Ohio street brandishing an assault weapon, the police could not arrest him for that," said Mayor Jackson.
Doesn't look like this moron knows the difference between brandishing and carrying, let alone what an assault weapon is. I think he should try to stick to deciding what color paint they should use on the town hall.