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Chavez Minati Pengembangan Reaktor Nuklir

Posted in Nuclear Weapon with tags , , , , , , on September 29, 2008 by indonesiaunderground

Senin, 29 September 2008 – 15:38 wib
Widi Agustian – Okezone
CARACAS – Presiden Venezuela Hugo Chavez mengungkapkan, akan mengembangkan reaktor nuklir untuk tujuan kedamaian.

Rencana tersebut dilontarkan, setelah beberapa hari sebelumnya Rusia menawarkan bantuan nuklir kepada pemimpin dari negara sosialis Amerika Latin tersebut. Dengan demikian, hal ini merupakan tantangan untuk Washington.

“Venezuela tertarik untuk mengembangkan energi nuklir, tentu saja untuk tujuan kedamaian, medis, serta untuk generator listrik,” ujar Chavez, seperti dikutip reuters, Senin (29/9/2008).

Lebih jauh dia mengungkapkan, Brazil dan Argentina telah memiliki reaktor listriknya masing-masing, untuk itu Venezuela pun harus memilikinya.

Chavez mengatakan, Venezuela adalah salah satu negara anggota kartel minyak OPEC yang pernah mengembangkan reaktor nuklir pada beberapa dasawarsa lalu, tetapi tidak dilanjutkan karena adanya tekanan dari AS.

Dia mengatakan, Perdana Menteri Russia Vladimir Putin akan membantu dalam pengadaan reaktor. “Kami sudah memiliki komisi kerja untuk menangani isu ini,” katanya.

Namun, Chaves tidak mengatakan kapan reaktor tersebut akan siap dilakukan. Walaupun demikian, kabar tersebut tetap dapat mengganggu hubungan negara tersebut dengan AS.

Dia mengaku, telah ditantang berulang kali oleh AS, khususnya karena turut mempertahankan nuklir Iran dari AS dan Eropa.

Chavez pun melontarkan pernyataan kontroversial, akan mengusir duta besar AS dari Venezuela pada bulan ini, dan mengulangi ancamannya untuk menghentikan penjualan minyaknya ke negara tersebut, yang merupakan 10 persen dari impor minyak AS.

Venezuela mendukung kerja sama dengan Rusia sejak mendapat tekanan dari AS, yakni sejak adanya konflik dengan Georgia. Dengan demikian, mereka berdua menjadi lebih kuat untuk menghadapi AS. (rhs)

Source : okezone.com
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Russia accuses West of rearming Georgia under cover of aid supplies

Posted in Russia with tags , , , on September 8, 2008 by indonesiaunderground

Last Updated: 11:08AM BST 06 Sep 2008

Russia has accused the West of using humanitarian deliveries to secretly re-arm Georgia.

President Dmitry Medvedev awards medals to Russian troops involved in the Georgia conflict

President Medvedev has accused the West of being provocative in its response to the war in the Caucasus Photo: AP

Russian President, Dmitry Medvedev, said: “The rearming of the Georgian regime is continuting, including under the guise of humanitarian assistance.”

He accused the West of being provocative in its response to the war in the Caucasus.

“I wonder how they would feel if we now dispatched humanitarian assistance to the Caribbean, suffering from a hurricane using our navy,” he said.

His anger was directed towards the use of US warships to ferry humanitarian supplies to Georgia after it was invaded by Russian forces.

Nato has since denied reports that it was building up a naval presence in the Black Sea, saying the arrival of some warships was part of previously planned exercises.

Mr Medvedev, speaking at a meeting of his advisory state council, said the war had showed that Russian interests could not be dismissed.

“Russia will never allow anyone to infringe the lives and dignity of its citizens,” he said. “Russia is a nation to be reckoned with from now on.

“Millions of people supported us, but (we) haven’t heard words of support and understanding from those in the same circumstances who pontificate about free elections and national dignity and the need to use force to punish an aggressor,” he said.

source : http://www.telegraph.co.uk

Bush intends to punish Moscow for invading Georgia

Posted in USA with tags , , , on September 8, 2008 by indonesiaunderground

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Bush is poised to punish Moscow for its invasion of Georgia by canceling a once-celebrated deal for civilian nuclear cooperation between the U.S. and Russia.

With relations between the two nations in a nearly Cold Warlike freeze over Russia’s actions against its neighbor last month, planning is under way at the White House for the largely symbolic move by Bush, according to senior administration officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision was not yet final. Action could come quickly, within days at the most, and officials see no need to wait until Vice President Dick Cheney returns next Wednesday from an overseas trip that includes stops in three former Soviet republics.

Withdrawing the agreement from Capitol Hill would have little actual impact, as the deal very likely would not gain approval during Bush’s presidency.

But taking the overt and public step of pulling it would be intended to send a message to Russia and the world that its actions in Georgia last month are not acceptable and will not go unanswered.

It would require a statement by Bush to Congress that the deal is “no longer in the national security interests” of the United States. A future president could reverse that and send the agreement back to Congress.

Signed in May by the two nations, the administration originally presented the deal as a landmark breakthrough.

It represented a significant reversal in policy for the U.S. on cooperation with Russia on nuclear issues. It would give the U.S. access to state-of-the-art Russian nuclear technology and clear the way for Russia to establish itself as a lucrative center for the import and storage of spent nuclear fuel from American-supplied reactors around the world. Such a deal was seen as crucial to boosting relations with Russia, and to fulfilling Bush’s vision of increasing civilian nuclear energy use worldwide as a way to combat rising energy demands and climate change.

But key lawmakers were suspicious of it even before the disastrous Russia-Georgia war.

Some feared it would undermine efforts to rein in Iran’s nuclear program, because of Russia’s extensive business and energy — including nuclear — ties with Tehran. That has so far prevented a move to approve the deal, and now there isn’t enough time left in the fall legislative calendar for the required review period to run out and have the agreement take effect without congressional action.

After years of tensions between Russia and Georgia, the recent fighting began Aug. 7 when Georgia’s military tried to re-establish control over its breakaway province of South Ossetia. Russia joined the battle, brutally repelled the Georgian offensive and then pushed deep into Georgia proper, where many of its forces remain.

Both sides signed a cease-fire, but Russia has ignored its requirement for all forces to return to prewar positions.

Administration officials determined almost immediately that Russia must suffer some consequences for its actions and wanted to take punitive measures in concert with Europe. But they have been frustrated at the lack of similar resolve among allies, who have offered condemnation of Russia but little else.

If Bush decides against pulling the deal, there are other penalty options available.

The administration could insist that Russia continue to be quietly left out of any discussions among the elite Group of Eight nations, essentially denying Russia membership in the club of major industrialized democracies without actually kicking it out.

The United States also could sell sophisticated anti-aircraft and anti-tank military hardware to Georgia.

A $1 billion economic recovery package for Georgia that Bush announced Wednesday — and which puts the tiny, impoverished nation in the top tier of U.S foreign aid recipients — does not include any military aid. But the U.S. had been helping the Georgian military modernize and U.S. officials have said it is likely that more military assistance will be forthcoming at some point to help the badly routed Georgian forces rebuild again.

Moscow has greeted such talk with anger, already accusing the U.S. of instigating or even helping Georgia make its ill-fated incursion into South Ossetia.

Among the most aggressive moves in Washington’s potential arsenal are withdrawing its support for Russia’s entry into the World Trade Organization or trying to strip Russia of the right to host the 2014 Winter Olympics, now scheduled to be held in the Black Sea town of Sochi, near the border with Georgia. These options have been all but rejected as too harsh.

Associated Press writer Desmond Butler contributed to this story.

Source : The Associated Press

Japanese alarm at rise in Russian military activity

Posted in Military with tags , , on September 8, 2008 by indonesiaunderground

By Julian Ryall in Tokyo
Last Updated: 5:50PM BST 05 Sep 2008

Japan has warned of an increasing Russian military presence in North-East Asia, with additional exercises and incursions into Japanese territory in the last 12 months by naval and airborne forces.

Tokyo’s annual white paper on defence underlined the instability in the region by adding a resurgent Russia to the traditional threats to peace posed by China and North Korea.

Released on Friday, The Defence of Japan 2008 expresses particular concern over Moscow’s muscle-flexing in the region, pointing out that it comes at a time of heightened tension with the West over Georgia.

“Russian military operations seem to be increasingly more active in the vicinity of Japan, including exercises and training, in association with the recovery of troop skill levels,” the 425-page report states. “These are trends that require close monitoring.”

The study cites an increase in the number of exercises and patrols by warships of the Vladivostock-based Russian Pacific Fleet, including nuclear-powered submarines, and long-range aircraft.

On February 9th, aircraft of the Japan Air Self-Defence Forces were scrambled to intercept a Tu-95MS Bear bomber within Japanese air space over the Izu chain of islands, south of Tokyo. It was the first time a Russian military aircraft had been detected operating in the area since 1975.

“I think the renewed Russian presence in areas close to Japan has come as a surprise to the Defence Ministry here, but the feeling is still that the largest threat to stability is from China and North Korea,” said defence analyst Hisao Yuwashima.

And while it is the amount of money that China is investing in expanding and modernising the three arms of its military, it is the sheer unpredictability of the North Korean regime that keeps that Japanese military on its toes, he said.

“Pyongyang says it is restarting its nuclear programme and already has relatively advanced ballistic missile technology,” he said. “The best thing would be for Kim Jong Il to be overthrown or replaced and the country then normalise its relations with neighbouring countries.”

The defence report does not comment on whether that might be a possibility in the near future, but does point out that with the nuclear know-how that Kim’s scientists will have learned, they might be in a position to develop small nuclear warheads in a relatively short period of time.

The report also repeated its call for China to be more transparent on the amount it is spending annually on defence, which Beijing officially put at US$60 billion for 2008, a double-digit percentage growth for the 20th consecutive year.

“This pace of increase in official defence expenditures means that the defence budget increases two-fold every five years,” the report notes. The implication is that not all of Beijing’s spending on its military has been declared, a charge that China has dismissed in the past.

The regime’s development of a submarine capable of launching ballistic missiles with a range of 8,000 km is also of concern, along with the successful testing of a laser system able to destroy satellites in orbit.

“China appears to have an interest in cyber warfare and appears to be organising and training a specialised cyber warfare department,” the white paper said.

Taiwan is the key military concern for the Chinese authorities, while it also has a territorial dispute with Japan over the Sankaku Islands in the East China Sea. The white paper adds that Tokyo has ongoing territorial disputes with Russia, South Korea and Taiwan, but describes all the islands involved as “integral parts of Japanese territory.”

source : http://www.telegraph.co.uk/

Russia to create electromagnetic super weapon

Posted in Nuclear Weapon with tags , , , , on September 8, 2008 by indonesiaunderground

Russia to create electromagnetic super weapon Russia to create electromagnetic super weapon

04.09.2008

Defense strategists place their stakes on high-tech weapons. Nearly all superpowers of the world conduct their works in the development of such weapons. It transpired recently that Russian scientists developed a generator, the capacity of which is comparable to that of a nuclear unit. It is a genuine scientific breakthrough, and it is already clear that the defense industry will not be the only field where the new super device is going to be used.

An individual, who is miles away from physics and is only familiar with home electricity, will not be able to imagine the power of several billions of watts. It will be even harder to imagine that such power can be generated by a device that is fit to be placed on a table.

“The devices generating such power – billions of watts – used to be very large in size before. This appliance has a very short impulse, which makes it possible to have it on a desk – it is a very compact device,” the Director of Lebedev’s Institute of Physics, Vice President of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Gennady Mesyats said.

Mikhail Yalandin, one of the creators of the miraculous machine, said that the scientists had assembled two of such devices in Yekaterinburg – a bigger and a smaller one.

Never before had a relatively small device ever been able to generate electromagnetic impulses the capacity of which could be comparable to a huge water power plant. It is ten times as much as any foreign-made analogue.

The new device can be used practically anywhere. The invention will let specialists create radar telescopes and radars of new generation. Missile troops and defense departments on the whole will most likely be the first customers to order the appliance. The new generators can also be used to check the stability of large energy objects and systems. The device is capable of imitating the strays which appear as a result of a lightning strike or even a nuclear blast.

It is impossible to take photographs or film a video of the new generator in action because it immediately puts all electronic devices out of order.

The research that was used for the creation of such a device can be applied in the development of electromagnetic weapons.

“No one has ever studied biological effects of such impulses. It is obvious that it affects the electronic equipment near it. Computers or cell phones have to be screened from such radiation,” Mikhail Yalandin, a senior specialist of the Institute of Electrophysics said.

The device was called Nika, which means ‘victory’.

source : http://english.pravda.ru/

America will stand by you, Cheney promises Georgia

Posted in USA with tags , , , on September 6, 2008 by indonesiaunderground
AFP
Dick Cheney was greeted with an honour guard after landing in Kiev on a visit that included Georgia and Azerbaijan Picture: AFP

Published Date: 05 September 2008

DICK Cheney, the US vice-president, yesterday vowed to support Georgia in its showdown with Russia, calling Moscow’s war against the former Soviet state an illegitimate act that cast doubt on its reliability.
Mr Cheney, one of Moscow’s harshest critics, is the highest- ranking US official to visit Georgia since Tbilisi tried to retake the breakaway region of South Ossetia by force early in August and was overwhelmed by the Russian military.

His strong comments may rile the Kremlin. Moscow has accused the United States of fuelling tensions by egging on the Georgian president, Mikheil Saakashvili, a US-educated lawyer with close ties to George Bush’s administration.

“After your nation won its freedom in the Rose Revolution, America came to the aid of this courageous young democracy,” Mr Cheney said, referring to the peaceful revolution in 2003 which brought Mr Saakashvili to power.

“We are doing so again as you work to overcome an invasion of your sovereign territory and an illegitimate, unilateral attempt to change your country’s borders by force that has been universally condemned by the free world,” Mr Cheney said, standing next to Mr Saakashvili on his first visit to Tbilisi.

Russian officials did not respond and have been dismissive about Mr Cheney’s presence. Sergei Lavrov, the foreign minister, had said on Wednesday that he was not paying much attention to Cheney’s trip.

Mr Cheney, on a tour of US allies in the region that started in Azerbaijan and continued in Ukraine late yesterday, said Russia’s actions had cast “grave doubt” on its intentions and reliability as a partner in the region and internationally.

Azerbaijan and Georgia are links in a western-backed energy corridor, bypassing Russia, which the West fears could be in jeopardy following the Kremlin’s thrust into Georgia.

The Kremlin has recognised South Ossetia and a second rebel region, Abkhazia, as independent states.

Only Nicaragua has followed Moscow’s example in recognising the two provinces. In a setback for Russia, its former Soviet security allies stopped short of doing so yesterday, although they did blame Georgia for the conflict.

Russia has kept troops in a “buffer zone” on Georgian territory, a move the US and European Union say violates a French-brokered peace plan. Moscow says the troops are needed to provide security.

However, Moscow says it will withdraw once a mechanism for deploying international monitors is agreed, and has invited EU police to participate.

Franco Frattini, the Italian foreign minister, said after talks with Mr Lavrov in Moscow that it was in Europe’s interests “that the international mission assumes full control of the security zone as quickly as possible”.

Military monitors from the OSCE, a pan-European security body, gained brief access to the buffer zone adjacent to South Ossetia yesterday for the first time since the conflict.

After the crisis erupted, Mr Cheney said that Russian actions would not go unanswered.

On Wednesday, Washington announced aid of more than $1 billion to help Georgia rebuild housing, transportation and other infrastructure destroyed in its five-day war with Russia.

The US is also sending relief supplies aboard the Mount Whitney, a command warship of the US sixth fleet. It could arrive off Georgia as early as today.

Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian president, has accused the US of delivering weapons to Georgia by sea, a charge rejected by the White House.

IN QUOTES

DICK Cheney yesterday said the United States was “fully committed” to Georgian efforts to join Nato.

“Georgia will be in our alliance,” he told reporters while standing alongside Mikhail Saakashvili, the Georgian president .

“America is fully committed to Georgia’s membership action plan for Nato and to its eventual membership in the alliance.

“The United States is very pleased with the recent establishment of the Nato-Georgia commission.

“As the current members of Nato declared at the summit in Bucharest, Georgia will be in our alliance. Nato is a defensive alliance.”

The Iran War, How It Will Begin

Posted in USA with tags , , , , , , , on September 6, 2008 by indonesiaunderground
By The Earl of Stirling
9-6-8
I have served as a consultant to three very high tech aerospace firms. My specialty is conceptualizing advanced warfare especially as it relates to new cutting edge advanced weapon systems. What I see unfolding with a war on Iran is the most frightening set of circumstances I have ever seen; and I have been involved in advanced theoretical weaponry strategy and design for over 20 years.
Sometime in the weeks to months ahead, there will be a war launched against Iran. The war may be started by Israel, or by the United States, or by a NATO/EU/US embargo, or by some ‘false flag’ attack. What matters is that it will begin; and where it will take the world.
Regardless if the war begins with a limited number of air strikes against Iranian military and nuclear targets, or if an all-out several thousand target attack begins from day one the probabilities of the war becoming a major regional war within 48 hours are 90% or higher.
The Iranians will simply not allow Israeli and/or American military forces to attack its territory without a major response. Any significant counter-attack on Israel and/or American regional bases will trigger a much greater counter-response.
The Iranians have equipped and paid for, and trained, a massive unguided rocket and guided missile force in Lebanon (the largest such force in human history). These missiles are in-place as a MAD force (a MAD ~ mutually assured destruction ~ force is one that is a doomsday force; established to prevent the use of overwhelming military force by allowing a return “punch” of overwhelming military destructive force upon one’s enemy). The total number of missiles and rockets in Lebanon are variously estimated at between 40,000 and 110,000. While many are unguided Katyusha rockets, many are longer ranged guided missiles. All are operated by Hezbollah Special Forces launch teams.
The Hezbollah Special Forces are in-effect a highly trained and well-equipped Iranian commando force of at least a Brigade in size. They man and protect a large number of mostly unguided and rather crude rockets, generally Katyusha 122mm artillery rockets with a 19 mile/30km range and capable of delivering approximately 66 pounds/30kg of warheads. Additionally, Hezbollah are known to possess a considerable number of more advanced and longer range missiles. During the 2006 war Hezbollah fired approximately 4,000 rockets (95% of which were Katyshas) all utilizing only “dumb” high explosive warheads. Some Iranian build and supplied Fajr-3 and Ra’ad 1 liquid-fueled missiles were also fired. It is believed that the larger and longer range missiles are directly under the control of Syrian and Iranian officers.
The combination of short to medium range rockets and guided missiles in Lebanon, and the longer range guided missiles in Syria, the smaller number of rockets and missiles in the West Bank and Gaza, and the longer range guided missiles in Iran present a massive throw weight of warheads aimed at Israel.
The 2006 Israeli-Hezbollah War (called the Second Lebanon War in Israel) was an attempt by Israel at eliminating the MAD counter-force in Lebanon. It was an attempt that failed. The Syrians had purchased (and supplied to Hezbollah) a large number of very nasty, relatively low cost Russian AT-14 Kornet solid fuel anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM) and the Iranian trained Hezbollah commandos dug in massive numbers of concrete bunkers and firing positions. After over 50 Merkava main battle tanks were hit, and the high tech American made warplanes and pinpoint weapons proved ineffective, the handwriting was on the wall. Either use neutron bombs or lose a large number of Israeli solders to remove the Hezbollah threat; or declare peace and walk away for the time being ~ the Israelis chose the latter.
It now appears that Israel has given up on the idea of a ground assault to remove the many rocket and missile launchers in Lebanon. A senior Israeli general has resigned with the complaint that the Army is not training sufficiently to fight in Lebanon. The alternative is the use of FAE (fuel air explosive) technology weapons and neutron bombs (a type of nuclear weapon that produces a higher short term radiological output and less blast output than normal nuclear weapons).
Any use of such WMD by the Israeli Army on the Hezbollah forces in Lebanon will likely automatically trigger the use of WMD warheads on whatever rockets/missiles remain operational (if their use has not already been authorized due to the nature and scope of Israeli and/or American attacks on Iran).
The bottom line of this is that Israel will face a truly massive number of rockets and missiles from Lebanon with radiological, chemical, biological and FAE weapons of mass destruction warheads. Additionally, a sizable number of such weapons/warheads will be fired from Gaza and the West Bank. The Syrians will be using larger more accurate guided missiles to shower WMD upon Israel as will the Iranians. To counter this, the Israelis will be using their Green Pine Radar system and a combination of Israeli and American anti-missile missiles. They will have good success in knocking down many incoming missiles but the sheer number of incoming weapons will totally overload all defensive measures.
Large parts of Israel will be contaminated with radiation with extremely long half-lives (many tens of thousands of years in some cases), with a mix of chemical, FAE, and biological nightmares thrown in for good measure. Total deaths will amount to one-third to one-half of the Israeli population with a large additional number being injured.
The Israeli response will be the nuclear annihilation of Syria, Iran, and parts of Lebanon with many tens of millions killed. Expect to see every city of any size destroyed. There will be insufficient people left in Syria, Iran, and large parts of Lebanon to even bury the dead. Radiation will spread around the world from the nuclear bombs.
Iranian sleeper teams in North America and western Europe will begin to “seed” the populations of these areas with a number (perhaps in the several dozens) of different man made killer viruses. People in movie theaters, churches, synagogues, shopping malls, subway stations, airports, etc., will be exposed without anyone knowing it at the time, to these advanced biowar viruses. About nine to ten days later the computer reporting systems in the western countries will begin to report back strange illnesses. That will trigger a host of measures to contain the advanced biowar viruses but it will simply be too late to prevent a massive outbreak of horrific illnesses. International travel and trade will effectively stop. People will be ordered to stay home from work and school with only critical job holders being allowed on the streets. Hospitals will be overcome with sick and dying people of all ages. The medical community will be among the first to die off. Where temporary hospitals are established in school gyms and other areas, the cross infection of several different genetically engineered viruses will ensure 100% morality of everyone in the temporary hospitals.
In the event that the neo-con nations have sought to expand the Georgia war by new attacks on Russian forces or by creating some naval incident in the Black Sea the probabilities of an quick expansion into a all-out Third World War involving Russian and NATO nuclear weapons will be at approximately 50%. Even without a global total war being initiated, Russia is apt to “sweep” the Black Sea of NATO ships with considerable loss of life on both sides.
The world will be in the worst economic depression in history as global trade will be halted for at least several months due to fears of the spread of the various advanced biowar viruses. If Israel releases the Arab specific designer advanced biowar viruses, that many claim she has, the Saudis are apt to fire their Chinese IRBMs (intermediate range ballistic missiles) and send their very well equipped air force against Israel with the small number of nuclear weapons that they possess (they have funded the Pakistani nuclear weapon program and have several Pakistani made nuclear devices). Of course, what is left of the Israeli forces will respond with additional nuclear attacks, this time on Saudi Arabia and other Arab nations for good measure.
In North America and western Europe the total number of civilians, after two months of advanced biowar illnesses, is apt to be at least a third of the population ~ a total death count of well over 200 million persons. Despite the best efforts of all nations, the man engineered super killer mutant viruses will spread throughout the world causing total numbers of perhaps a billion or more to die.
The after effect of all of this may well lead to even more war as the non-neo-con nations will be so incensed at the massive lost of life of their citizens that total global war may be unstoppable.
Stirling

(source : http://www.rense.co)