By now you may have heard about the apparent crash of Russian airline Metrojet flight 7K9268 over the Northern Sinai peninsula in Egypt. Currently known facts point towards some kind of technical malfunction that led to the plane ‘falling out of the sky’ and crashing approximately 35 km south of Arish, the largest city in the Sinai. There is, however, some highly strange context about this terrible disaster:
Russian aviation sources still can’t confirm the whereabouts of the passenger plane, despite earlier reports that the aircraft had made contact with Turkish air traffic control, according to TASS [news agency].
“Preliminary reports suggest that the Airbus 320, Kogalymavia flight 92-68 from Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg, set off at 6:51 Moscow time (4:51GMT) and failed to make contact with Larnaka air traffic control in Cyprus at 7:14, when the plane was last seen on radar. There were 212 passengers and seven crew on board,” the agency’s spokesman Sergey Izvolskiy said. (Source: RT News)
Egyptian aviation authorities now say the Russia-bound plane is safe. After a brief radio silence, the pilot made contact with Turkish air traffic control, and is now believed to be flying in the country’s air space.
“The … Russian airline had told us that the Russian plane we lost contact with is safe and that it has contacted Turkish air traffic control and is passing through Turkish skies now,” Ayman al-Muqaddam, the head of the central air traffic accident authority in Egypt, told reporters in a statement. (Source: RT News)
The flight was traveling from the Egyptian resort to St. Petersburg. It belonged to the Kogalymavia airline, which also uses the brand name Metrojet, an operator popular among Russian tourists going to Egypt. The plane was supposed to contact air traffic in Turkish Cyprus’ Larnaca after leaving Egypt’s airspace, but failed to do so.
The plane climbed to its designated altitude of over 10,000 meters before rapidly dropping and then vanishing from radar. Some reports in the Egyptian media cited eyewitnesses as saying the plane was on fire as it fell.
A source at Sharm El-Sheikh Airport told RIA Novosti the pilot of the missing plane requested a change of course, saying the jet would have to land in Cairo. The source said the crew of the crashed plane had complained to the airport’s technical service that the jet had engine problems. (Source: RT News)
According to Egypt’s security forces, as cited by Reuters, a technical fault was to blame for the crash.
Search and rescue teams are finding bodies in a radius of up to 5km (3.1 miles) from the crash site. Approximately 150, some burnt, have been pulled out of the wreckage so far.
The sources say the aircraft took almost a vertical trajectory as it plummeted down. Large parts of the fuselage burned in the process. (Source: RT News)
Kolavia [Metrojet] believes human error was not behind the Saturday crash, according to RIA Novosti. The plane had been fully serviced and the pilot was an experienced one, with 12,000 hours under his belt. […]
An overhaul on the Airbus A321 was carried out in 2014. Comprehensive preflight maintenance operations were also completed, Kolavia said. (Source: RT News)
The pilot of the crashed plane did not address flight operations officers at Sharm El-Sheikh International Airport before the catastrophe, said the Egyptian civil aviation minister Hossam Kamal.
“Communication between flight operations officers and [the] Russian aircraft was carried out in normal way up to the moment of the catastrophe,” he said at a press-conference in Cairo, stressing that the pilot had not asked for help and the plane “suddenly” disappeared. (Source: RT News)
The aircraft crew of the Airbus A321 made no complaints about the technical state of the plane during pre-flight operations in the Russian city of Samara, TASS reported citing the regional transport prosecutor’s office.
“On October 30, after arriving to Samara airport… the aircraft did not undergo overhaul as there were no maintenance requests from the plane commander. The crew also made no remarks concerning the technical state of the airplane,” a spokesperson for the office told the agency. (Source: RT News)
“As far as it’s known, Islamic State and its affiliate groups don’t have the capability to bring down aircraft flying at the height that this aircraft reportedly was, which is something around 10,000 meters,” security analyst and former UK counter-terrorism officer Charles Shoebridge told RT. “That doesn’t mean to say though that at least theoretically they couldn’t bring the plane down by other means, for example by sabotage at the departing airport or a bomb on board,” he added, but pointed out that “the mechanical failure of some sort is the most likely cause, as with most air accidents.”
As of why the terrorists would make such claims, Shoebridge said that it “increases their propaganda, and it also can be seen as punishment – as they would like to call it – for Russian involvement against Islamic State in Syria, so therefore one can expect them to take advantage of opportunity like this regardless whether they are responsible or not.” (Source: RT News)
The last large-scale Russian airline incident happened in November 2013, when Tatarstan Airlines Flight 363 crashed at Kazan International Airport while attempting to land. Fifty people died in the incident. (Source: RT News)
The last major commercial airliner crash in Egypt happened in 2004, when a Flash Airlines Boeing 737 plunged into the Red Sea after taking off from Sharm el-Sheikh. The 148 people aboard that flight, most of whom were French, were killed. (Source: ABC News)
7K9268 A321 crash is the deadliest accident involving Airbus A320 family – 224 casualties (Source: RT News via Twitter)
The Saturday crash in the Egyptian skies became the deadliest in Russian and Soviet aviation history, surpassing the 1985 disaster in Uzbekistan which killed 200 people. (Source: RT News)
Consider those last few facts closely – the deadliest air crash in Russian and Soviet aviation history, and the deadliest accident that has affected the Airbus A320 types of aircraft. Consider also the contradictory reports coming from Egyptian officials after the incident initially took place. Consider also the airline’s statements regarding the technical state of the aircraft and pilot’s capability prior to the incident. Consider also the destruction of flight MH17 as a false-flag attack against Russia, Russia’s current partnership with the Syrian government in the annihilation of terrorist groups in Syria and the location of Sharm el-Sheikh airport.
Then ask what may seem to be an unpalatable question – who might benefit? Who might benefit from an ‘accident’ like this occurring?
ISIS? Certainly. But considering their lack of capabilities, and the much more sophisticated capabilities of those pulling the strings behind them, we once again arrive at a three-letter acronym synonymous with much of the actual terrorism than has been perpetrated around the world in the last five decades: The CIA.
Of course, Saudi Arabia’s ‘intelligence’ services also could fit into a potential ‘line-up’ of perps. It’s unlikely though, that they would try something so brazen without the explicit approval and probable assistance of, the ’empire’, especially when they have a ‘war’/turkey shoot in Yemen they are dealing with. So again, CIA.
Mossad perhaps? While they definitely have the means and opportunity, I don’t see that much of a motive for Israel to risk itself doing something so dangerous when it has been making notable efforts (on the world stage, at least) to ‘buddy up’ to Russia. Same with MI5 in the UK, although they’re trying to ‘buddy up’ to China. One less-likely possibility is of a false-flag by the Mossad against the CIA – to make Russia think the CIA took down the airliner. If so, expect to see US-Israeli relations begin to deteriorate in a BIG way over the next six months. But it more likely actually was the CIA.
A more interesting question, I think, is why? What would the CIA hope to gain out of such idiocy? They surely cannot be so stupid as to think that some kind of covert ‘message’ to Russia about targeting its civilians will make Putin back down in Syria. Putin (and the Russian government) are already well-aware of the empire’s targeting of Russian civilians for political purposes, and have taken/are taking steps to protect them. If anything, Russian airstrikes against ISIS/CIA etc. targets will likely increase in response.
To ‘demonstrate’ some new kind of weaponised technology to the Russians? EMP targeting of aircraft, perhaps? Given Russia’s ‘reverse propaganda’ articles about the capabilities of their EMP-hardened military units, I think Russia has been aware of possible U.S. military/DARPA ‘secret weapons’ for some time, and has been working to build defences against them.
Or perhaps, by attacking Russia in such an ‘obvious’ way, to demonstrate the supposed ‘vulnerability’ of Russia to other nations watching the geopolitical situation and that the U.S. can and will deal out the same to any regional countries that don’t ‘toe the party line’ in the upcoming Syrian ‘ceasefire’ negotiations?
Or perhaps to send a message to Egypt about getting too cosy with Russia? They did buy those Mistral carriers from France, after all. And they’re paying a Russian company $1 billion to outfit them with military gear. Not to mention all the other economic co-operation going on such as creating a free trade zone with the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) and Russia building nuclear reactors for them.
Dunno. There are few facts available at this stage, and, while I can guess that the Russians will investigate this incident with an extremely suspicious eye as to any possible ‘cloak and dagger’ stuff, the likelihood of any ‘smoking gun’ proof being found is not high.
There is also the possibility that ‘natural’ factors caused the downing of the flight, such as an EMP pulse from an overhead meteor explosion (perhaps a small ‘travelling companion’ of the ‘Halloween asteroid’ that has just flown by Earth).
At the moment, the known facts suggest an accidental malfunction of some sort. But other known facts suggest that such a malfunction was unlikely.
Hopefully, we will know the Truth soon. My condolences to all the families and friends of the victims.
An 18-year-old Palestinian girl was shot by Israeli troops at a Hebron checkpoint for allegedly refusing to show her purse or face and “trying to attack” a soldier. She died of multiple wounds in a hospital after bleeding in the street for 30 minutes.
Hadil Hashlamoun was shot 10 times by Israeli Defense Forces at an Israeli checkpoint in Hebron near the entrance to Shuhada Street on Tuesday.
IDF soldiers did not let paramedics approach the teenager, who the Israelis claimed had tried to stab one of them. Photos posted online, however, appear to contradict the accusation.
Another worrying sign of the levels of paranoid anti-Muslim hysteria in the United States: Muslim teen arrested for bringing homemade clock to school
A 14-year-old Muslim boy who loves to invent things was handcuffed and arrested after bringing a homemade clock to his Texas high school. The arrest prompted speculations of Islamophobia, but police say they won’t charge him with creating a “hoax bomb.”
Ahmed Mohamed, a ninth grader from Irving, Texas, was eager to impress his teachers with his newest creation – a clock which he invented in just 20 minutes, consisting of a circuit board and a power supply wired to a digital display. The clock and its wirings were all strapped inside a case.
But when he showed his engineering teacher the clock, he didn’t receive the response he was hoping for.
Fortunately, it seems that a lot of people can see through such nonsense. The teachers at that particular school should feel incredibly ashamed that they reacted in such a knee-jerk, stupid way. RT also makes the important point that:
This isn’t the first time that Irving has been in the spotlight for alleged anti-Islamic discrimination.
This summer, Mayor Beth Van Duyne made headlines for her anti-Islamic rhetoric, expressing concern that a local Muslim group, which had set up a Sharia court of law, was trying to usurp American legislation.
The arrest, along with Van Duyne’s actions, has attracted the attention of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
“This all raises a red flag for us: how Irving’s government entities are operating in the current climate,” said Alia Salem, who directs the Council’s North Texas chapter.
“We’re still investigating,” she said, “but it seems pretty egregious.”
The ninth grader’s father, Sudan-born Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed, said that “because his name is Mohamed and because of September 11, I think my son got mistreated.”
I think Mr Mohamed could abbreviate that further and simply say, “Because of September 11, my son got mistreated.” The “big lie” of the 9-11 attacks is the direct root cause of the Islamophobic hysteria currently infecting the United States and other Western countries. Anyone who takes the time to examine the problem of the 9-11 attacks with even a remotely critical point of view can easily see that much of the ‘official story’ is complete bupkis, and that there is a wealth of evidence to support the hypothesis that 9-11 was a false flag operation perpetrated by elements of the US government and the Israeli Mossad.
If you told even the most conservative US citizen in the weeks following the 9-11 attacks that just over a decade later an innocent 14-year-old Muslim boy would get reported to the police and arrested at his school due to a homemade clock, they probably would have called you a ‘conspiracy theorist’, or at best, ‘paranoid’. And yet, here we are.
For those capable of considering logically that such Islamophobic attitudes could still reach further extremes, I invite you to compare the current anti-Muslim hysteria in the US with anti-Jewish hysteria in Nazi Germany prior to WWII, and the possibility of a ‘Holocaust 2.0’.
I read with interest an article on RT.com today about a campaign a UK academic is launching to have sex robots banned. There are several reasons why this is a Bad Idea(tm):
1) Banning anything does not work because psychopaths, such as those running the UK government, do not give a single hoot about whether something is banned or not when it comes to their own self-gratification. If, as abundant recent evidence has shown, such psychopaths are willing to torture and rape little children in service of their own perverted impulses, then they won’t think twice (or possibly even once) about manufacturing or using sex robots to get their ‘thrills’. Such creatures constitute a far greater danger to the general public than what amount to slightly more sophisticated versions of sex dolls.
2) Banning things usually creates a black market, with the associated crime and corruption that goes with it, if there is any chance that a section of the population would be willing to pay for such ‘products’.
3) Telling people that they cannot have something can stimulate demand for exactly that thing – the ‘reverse psychology’ factor – even when there might not be much inclination towards such activities. The parallels with historical alcohol and drug prohibitions are fairly obvious, I would think.
4) Banning new technologies is historically ineffective, and there is no reason to think banning sex robots would be any different. It would be more effective to manage such technologies with an appropriate regulatory framework.
This does not mean that I think sex robots are a good thing however – far from it. The sponsor of the campaign – Dr Kathleen Richardson – makes a good point when she talks about how such things can contribute to the objectification and exploitation of women. It seems that she does not fully understand the context of the kind of society in which these technologies are being developed however, and is making some massive assumptions. I strongly suggest she read Andrew Lobaczewski’s Political Ponerology, to get an idea of why her efforts are doomed to fail.
And for all you drooling perverts looking forward to the day when the first ‘Cherry 2000‘ rolls off the assembly line – seriously, get a life!
Scumbags… assholes… these words don’t seem to do justice to an appropriate description of the hatemongers at Charlie Hebdo after their latest piece of filth masquerading as ‘free expression’. It seems that they didn’t take a cautionary lesson from what happened to them, and have decided to ‘double down’ on their xenophobic beliefs. I guess they like painting targets on their collective heads.
Oh well. I suggest we all ignore them from now on. Karma, and all that…
Take a good look, Australia. We, more than nearly every other country in the world are responsible for what is happening in Europe at the moment, thanks to passive support of anti-immigration policies that attempt to demonise refugees fleeing from wars that were fully backed by Australian governments who cravenly kowtowed to the bloodthirsty anglo-American empire. The psychopaths in power in this country are marching in lockstep behind their psychopathic masters’ diktats that Middle-Eastern countries are to be laid waste for the purposes of gaining profit and power. And, like most of the other relatively-affluent ‘first-world’ countries of the West, the majority of the population of this country continues to believe the ‘reality’ that this is all being done in the name of keeping said populations ‘safe’ from bogus ‘terrorism’ that in real reality is being perpetrated by the same group of psychopaths.
Wake up to yourselves. The nauseating anti-immigration rhetoric that sequential Australian governments have pushed for decades now has done nothing but reinforce inhuman policies that are causing death and suffering on a massive scale. As Joe Quinn writes:
In the last 4 years, the ‘creatures’ in the American government and their European stooges deliberately destroyed the societies of Syria and Libya, partly for profit, partly for ‘fun’. So go ahead and be horrified at the images of Syrian (or Iraqi or Libyan) babies washed up on European beaches; just don’t be surprised. And don’t be surprised when your apathy-turned-compassion transforms into intolerant bigotry whenever some ‘terrorist’ among the ‘migrants’ kills some European(s) in another typical false-flag attack. That’s what false-flags are designed for – to manipulate you – and humans are so very easily manipulated.
Most self-satisfied ‘neo-liberal’ Westerners have swallowed (and are currently regurgitating) the ‘feel-good’ narrative that the ‘migrants’ are both a danger and a compliment to Europe’s ‘high democratic ideals’ and lifestyle. If I could offer such people one piece of advice, it would be that rather than fretting about the situation, they feel grateful that the only blow-back they must endure from their government’s actions is the odd ‘migrant’ child or family washed up on their pristine beaches. Because if this were some other universe where the truth was universally recognized, we all might be required to look at the thousands of Syrian babies killed in the US- and EU-inspired Syrian ‘revolution’ to overthrow Assad, and concede that behind the feel-good narrative of ‘freedom and democracy’, those babies were killed for ‘fun’, and in your name. Then we could move on to the tens of thousands of dead Iraqi babies…
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