TEHRAN (FNA)- Saudi Intelligence Chief Prince Bandar Bin Sultan has had several secret meetings with Israeli officials in Geneva, Switzerland, during the last month a whistleblower disclosed on Sunday.
Mujtahid, a whistleblower who is well connected with the inner circles of the Saudi secret service, revealed through his twitter account that Prince Bandar has met his Israeli counterpart and several other high-ranking Israeli officials in Geneva on November 27.
He said that Prince Bandar and Israeli officials have agreed on a number of crucial issues, including “containing Iran by any possible means, exercising stronger control over Syria’s Jihadist forces, sidelining Muslim Brotherhood and stopping the waves of the Arab spring“.
Different sources had told FNA in September that Prince Bandar’s envoy had been in Geneva to explore ways of enticing the world powers into war on Syria in a series of meeting with the executive director of a very influential Zionist lobby.
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The office of the Indonesian president suggested on Sunday that it was reluctant to immediately “normalize” the country’s strained bilateral relations with Australia after Prime Minister Tony Abbot said in a radio interview that the country would continue to gather intelligence on Indonesia.
Teuku Faizasyah, the Indonesian presidential spokesman for foreign affairs, said there was a “different nuance” to Abbott’s statement that contrasted with Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop’s comments a day earlier during her meeting in Jakarta with Indonesian counterpart Marty Natalegawa. Marty said after the meeting he was reassured Australia would cease targeted surveillance of Indonesian officials.
“We need to further study PM Abbott’s statement because it seems to have a different nuance to that of Foreign Minister Bishop,” Faizasyah said on Sunday.
“We won’t be in a rush to normalize the bilateral relations until we’re convinced that Australia sincerely wishes to move the relationship forward.”
Indonesia-Australia ties plumbed the lowest depth since the 1990s in the wake of allegations that Australia had wiretapped phone conversations of Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, his wife and key officials in 2009.
The response from the Indonesian government was to suspend cooperation in areas spanning people smuggling and intelligence sharing.
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South Korea has announced it will expand its air defense zone in a move that could raise regional tensions with China. The new zone encroaches on air space that Beijing had previously claimed, sparking outrage from its Asian neighbors.
The South Korean government said that the new zone will come into effect December 15, AFP reported. The area included in the defense zone will encompass the Ieodo submerged rock formation that China calls Suyan.
“We will coordinate with related countries to fend off accidental military confrontations and to ensure safety of airplanes,” South Korean defense ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok told AFP on Sunday.
The American government released a statement in support of Seoul’s plan to expand its air defense zone.
“We appreciate (Republic of Korea or South Korea) ROK’s efforts to pursue this action in a responsible, deliberate fashion by prior consultations with the United States and its neighbours, including Japan and China,” said US State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki.
Seoul’s decision to expand its air defense zone comes after Beijing declared its authority over a new air zone which encroached on the territory of its neighbors.
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Suifenhe, sometimes called “the capital” of Chinese-Russian trade, will become the first site in the republic since its founding in 1949 where a foreign currency can freely circulate, Xinhua agency reported Sunday.
The People’s Bank of China believes the move will help to counter illegal currency swaps and turn Suifenhe into a model site for the ruble-yuan trade.
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Asked to give a toast before the prestigious New York Press Club in 1880, John Swinton, the former Chief of Staff at the New York Times, made this candid confession [it's worth noting that Swinton was called "The Dean of His Profession" by other newsmen, who admired him greatly]:
There is no such thing, at this date of the world’s history, as an independent press. You know it and I know it. There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinions out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things, and any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job.
If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone. The business of the journalist is to destroy the truth; to lie outright; to pervert; to vilify; to fawn at the feet of Mammon, and to sell the country for his daily bread. You know it and I know it and what folly is this toasting an independent press. We are the tools and vassals of the rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes.
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Schumer made the remarks at a fundraiser for a religious Jewish welfare organization late last month, vowing to push for new sanctions against Iran and get the country to give up “all enriched uranium.”
“The hawkish rhetoric from the Senate’s No. 3 Democrat clashes with the Obama administration’s diplomatic push for a nuclear deal with Iran and an Israeli-Palestinian peace accord,” says The Hill, which notes Schumer is Jewish.
“Israel has a lot of threats, and it’s had many threats since its inception,” Schumer told the OHEL Children’s Home and Family Services gala in a video filmed by the Jewish news website JP Updates. “But there is only one threat, because every time the Arab world — the Palestinians — have risen against us, we have risen to defeat them. But the one existential threat to Israel’s existence is a nuclear Iran.”
The PA delegation sent Schumer a formal protest letter on Monday.
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Professor Francois Bochud, head of the Lausanne Institute of Applied Radiophysics, was thus sticking by his team’s conclusion that the former Palestinian Authority leader was likely poisoned to death.
“Our data lean more towards the thesis of poisoning than in the opposite direction,” Bochud told AFP.
Bochud is the co-author of a report published last month that said the high levels of polonium – a rare and highly radioactive element – found in Arafat’s remains and personal effects indicated third party involvement in his death.
An as-yet unpublished French report, however, rules out poisoning, a source close to the probe said this week, with an argument that the naturally occurring radioactive element radon, found in the ground, explained the high polonium levels.
Bochud, who has read the French report, told AFP that the 107-page Swiss study had presented numerous arguments against that theory, the most compelling being that other remains exhumed from the same cemetery did not contain excessive levels of polonium.
Both the Swiss and the French experts thoroughly cleaned Arafat’s bones to remove external contamination before carrying out their measurements, and proceeded to find identical levels of polonium, he pointed out.
“I have a hard time understanding why they, on one side say they have thoroughly cleaned the bones and eliminated contaminations, and at the same time explain their measurements with the very contamination they supposedly eliminated,” he told AFP, adding, “It’s a bit difficult to follow their reasoning.”
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