2/7/14 Olympic 'Games' in Sochi

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OLYMPIC INTER-IMPERIALIST 'GAMES'
Geostrategic capitalist politics drive the games: The 2o14 Olympics is a crucial nodal point in US efforts destabilize Russia, one of the two re-born capitalists, which with China, threaten US global dominance, and thus the survival of US finance capital.
The media psywar is also laying the foundations for terrorist attacks it is predicting -- by Chechen terrorists -- with whom the US has long, deep connections, as you'll see.

Olympics bring us all together with pride, passion and patriotism
8/13/12 http://www.johnsoncitypress.com/Opinion/article.php?id=101813
Is there a more majestic sound than “Bugler’s Dream,” the Olympic theme song, as it heralds television coverage of the games? It’s topped only by the triumphant sound of “The Star Spangled Banner” played at medal ceremonies throughout the games and perhaps a roaring crowd chanting “USA! USA! USA!” ...I love the Olympics and the Summer Games particularly. There’s something about the games that bring people together and renew our collective sense of American pride...Unfortunately, politics or world events sometimes enter the Olympic arena. But at best, the Olympics represent hope, passion, unity, courage, determination and patriotism.

Olympics: torch relay began life as Nazi propaganda
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/olympics/torch-relay/9269992/London-201...
“The Olympic torch is designed to shine through the centuries, a signal of peaceful understanding between nations...arousing more and more enthusiasm for the ideal of humanity.”

In 1936 Nazi Germany hosted both the Winter and Summer Olympic Games...
http://history1900s.about.com/od/1930s/a/1936-Olympics.htm

As Olympics Begin, Russia Experiences a Downturn
2/7/14 NYT: What was supposed to be a crowning moment for Russia and President Vladimir V. Putin is coinciding with a significant slowdown in Russia's economy.

at the crux of the entire bipartisan US global 'national security' agenda
Russia-Iran: new horizons of economic cooperation
2/8/14 http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_02_08/Russia-Iran-new-horizons-of-eco...
Radzhab Safarov, the director of the Center for Modern Iranian Studies said "Iran has always been interested in deep and stable relations with Russia. And the fact that Russia is becoming stronger helps Iran to strengthen its positions. Many experts believe when the sanctions against the country are relieved it will turn its face towards the West and take an anti-Russian stand on a range of issues. But they are wrong because there is a line between Iran and the West which will never be crossed the threatening key values of Iranian culture and mindset"...
Anna Kokoreva, an analyst with the Alpari investment company said "Iran has an energy field development program prepared by the government. In line with this plan, Iran is to build around 20 nuclear plants with the minimum overall capacity of 20,000 megawatt in the near future. It’s going to cost at least $65-70 billion"...Talks on construction of a second unit of the Bushehr power plant are underway. The works may start this year. Earlier, there were reports Russia may start buying oil from Iran in exchange for its goods..."The deal may improve relations with out eastern partners. We’ll be able to exchange our goods for the Iranian oil which will be stimulating production in Russia and allow reselling the Iranian oil in Europe..."Kokoreva said.

USAID support for instability in Russia
1/13/14 http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2014/01/13/greenbacks-blue-buckets...
...September 2012, two years after USAID was linked to the Blue Buckets, Putin ordered USAID out of Russia. Some 57 NGOs in Russia were accused of getting USAID support...that did not include indirect support by the NED, Freedom House, USAID aid to Soros NGOs and other groups, some with close links to terrorist groups in the Russian Caucasus particularly Chechnya and Dagestan....

Militant Islamist Video Threatens Winter Olympics
1/20/13 http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-militant-islamist-video-threatens-win...
"If you hold the Olympics, you will receive a present from us [President Putin] and all those tourists who come over,” their statement says. Putin has staked much personal and political prestige on the Games, expected to cost Russia more than $50 billion...It could not be independently corroborated....Some U.S. lawmakers said on Sunday Russia's security services had not fully shared information that U.S. officials need to protect American athletes in the Games and that cooperation on security should be better...

US Military Readying Plans for Olympic Security Assistance
1/20/14 http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-pentagon-military-readying-plans-for-...
A Pentagon spokesman said in a statement Monday the U.S. military air and naval assets, including two ships in the Black Sea, would be available if needed during the Sochi Winter Olympics... .The statement came the same day Islamist militants said two men appearing in a video...warning President Putin to expect a “present” at the Sochi Winter Olympics...
Reuters reported Sunday (Jan.19) U.S. military and intelligence have been studying contingency plans for evacuating Americans from the games in case of a crisis...but concluded there would be major obstacles...The most formidable roadblock for Sochi contingency plans is Russia being historically reluctant to allow foreign military forces, especially those of the United States, on Russian territory. The State Department warned Americans planning to attend to be vigilant about their security because of potential terrorist threats...Owing to Sochi's location and formidable Russian security measures in place at the site, U.S. intelligence experts say attacks during the Olympics are most likely to occur outside Sochi.
While the presence of U.S. ships in the Black Sea could be seen as antagonizing Russia, James Goldgeier...dean of the School of International Service at Washington's American University.. says it shows Washington shares the world's interest in preventing a terrorist incident at the Winter Games...it is a sign the United States worries Russia alone is not able to take care of the situation, so the U.S. has offered to do whatever it takes, and it has to, to make sure its people are safe,"

Russia Says Ignore 'Provocative' Messages Threatening Olympics
1/23/13 http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-olympics-russia-says-ignore-provocati...
Russi echoed international Olympic officials who said the messages received by national Olympic committees in the US and at least five European countries, making a “terrorist threat”, posed no danger...Islamist militants in the North Caucasus have threatened to attack the Games. But Zhukov said, “All necessary security measures have been taken and safety will be ensured.”

US NATO Continues South Caucasus Integration
1/23/14 http://www.armradio.am/en/2014/01/23/chief-of-staff-of-ra-armed-forces-a...
Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Armenia, Colonel General Yuri Khachaturov and the Chiefs of General Staff of the NATO Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC), and the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), discussed the new NATO Resolute Support mission, and the Kosovo Force (KFOR). Participants also discussed NATO-led missions in Afghanistan and Kosovo and future programs. Within the framework of the Brussels visit, Yuri Khachaturov met General Philip M. Breedlove, European Supreme Allied Commander and Commander of the U.S European Command on Issues related to Armenia-NATO cooperation...
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Congestion, Conflation, and Conflict at Azerbaijan’s Strategic Crossroads
11/11/10 by Derek Henry Flood, The War Diaries, http://the-war-diaries.com/
The Jamestown Foundation and the Central Asia Caucasus Institute hosted an event at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace entitled, "US-Azerbaijan Relations: State of the ‘Strategic Partnership’" featuring Amb Richard Morningstar, special envoy for Eurasian energy and Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski from the Center for Strategic and International Studies...
Azerbaijan, a pivotally important, if fractured, Eurasian state, is the scene of classic great power competition in the 21st century.... The U.S. is desperately interested in getting the Nabucco pipeline project off the ground to counter Russia in the region... to isolate both Russia and Iran in this sense and discourage the EU from being dependent on these two massive natural gas suppliers and link Europe, specifically Austria, to the existing BTE (Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum) gas pipeline, with a possibility of later hooking up an Iraqi (actually Kurdish) pipeline. Azerbaijan, sitting on the edge of the Caspian Sea, playing a sizable role in NATO’s NDN, is the total pivot state in today’s Eurasian realm...

Will Obama stand up against Putin’s abuses?
9/18/12 by David J. Kramer, president of Freedom House, http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/will-obama-stand-up-against-putin...
The decision to halt USAID work in Russia is just the latest in what has been an especially bad year for human rights in that country, though you wouldn’t know it from the virtual silence of Western leaders. Since Vladimir Putin’s formal return to the Russian presidency in May, there has been an across-the-board crackdown on civil society NGOs and the opposition...
the U.S. government should make clear that support remains unchanged for Russian nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to continue receiving foreign funding, without which many would go out of business. But they are uncertain whether the U.S. government will continue supporting their activities.

'islamic terrorists/al qaeda' made-in-usa bacground:

VIDEO
Hillary Clinton Explains why the U.S. Created 'al-Qaeda', a big mess today
Zbigniew Brzezinski tells mujahadeen "god is on their side, they will prevail"
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31276.htm

Al Qaeda - the Database
by Pierre-Henri Bunel, former agent for French military intelligence. 11/20/05 http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=1291
Shortly before his untimely death, former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook told the British House of Commons "Al Qaeda" is not a terrorist group but a database of international mujaheddin and arms smugglers used by CIA and Saudis...

Al-Qaeda is today primarily a media phenomenon...
Al-Qaeda Central and the Internet
Counterterrorism Strategy Initiative Policy Paper
By Daniel Kimmage, Homeland Security Policy Institute
3/16/10 New America Foundation http://counterterrorism.newamerica.net/publications/policy/al_qaeda_cent...

Operation Cyclone: How the CIA created and funded Al-Qaeda
http://www.radioliberty.com/nlmar02.htm
1979-1989 US CIA OPERATION CYCLONE, biggest op. in US history: "worth a few stirred up Muslims"
Zbigniew Brzezinski organized and led 'Operation Cyclone', CIA codename for program to arm Afghan mujahideen before and during the Soviet war in Afghanistan, 1979 to 1989 to give the Soviets its own ‘Vietnam war’, bogging them down in a long and costly war. Obama said he has ‘learned an intense amount from Dr. Brzezinski’...
In a 1998 interview with the French news magazine Le Nouvel Observateur, Brzezinski said: "We didn't push the Russians to intervene, but we knowingly increased the probability they would... That secret operation was an excellent idea. It had the effect of drawing the Soviets into the Afghan trap.. their defeat...and quipped Brzezinski, "a few stirred up Muslims"
["How Jimmy Carter and I started the Mujahedeen", Interview with Zbigniew Brzezinski, Nouvel Observateur, 15-21 January 1998, http://www.globalresearch.ca/articles/BRZ110A.html>]

Zbigniew Brzezinski, National Security Advisor under Jimmy Carter, past Amnesty International USAID/Soros NGO / HRW board member, Council on Foreign Relations, Atlantic Council, Freedom House and National Endowment for Democracy.

4/18/13 Baku: ... with an interagency team from the Justice Department, the U.S. Agency for International Development, (USAID) and the State Department coming to Azerbaijan relatively frequently is a sign of how important the relationship with Azerbaijan is for us, and how closely we’re watching developments here”: U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary Thomas Melia
1/12/13 Baku Hundreds in NGO Social-Media Organized Protest,
3/10/13 Baku, "Azerbaijan Police Use Rubber Bullets to Break Up Protest Unsanctioned in Baku,"
April 2013 US State Department Azerbaijan Human Rights Report
January 2013 Human Rights Watch Azerbaijan Annual Report
December 2012 Freedom House - Nations in Transit - Azerbaijan Country Report
October 2012 Amnesty International Report "Azerbaijan: Human Rights Abuses Placed Under the E-Spotlight"

EURASIANET
http://www.eurasianet.org/about/index.shtml
EurasiaNet, operated by the Central Eurasia Project of the [Soros] Open Society Institute, comprehensive information about Caucasus and Central Asia on the World Wide Web.

The Ties That Bind Washington to Chechen Terrorists
4/26/13 http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-ties-that-bind-washington-to-chechen-te...
The Jamestown and Caucasus Fund...Zbigniew Brzezinski.... Development (USAID) and the George Soros Open Society Institute (OSI).

Open Society Institute (OSI)- Georgia Foundation-USAID Caucasus Mission
www.osgf.ge/?sec_id=93&lang_id=ENG -

SOROS Falls from Grace in Central Asia
http://www.newscentralasia.com/modules.php
After Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, now Tajikistan has also voiced concerns about SOROS Foundation activities

USAID support for instability in Russia
1/13/14 http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2014/01/13/greenbacks-blue-buckets...
...September 2012, two years after USAID was linked to the Blue Buckets, Putin ordered USAID out of Russia. Some 57 NGOs in Russia were accused of getting USAID support...that did not include indirect support by the NED, Freedom House, USAID aid to Soros NGOs and other groups, some with close links to terrorist groups in the Russian Caucasus particularly Chechnya and Dagestan....

Militant Islamist Video Threatens Winter Olympics
1/20/13 http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-militant-islamist-video-threatens-win...
"If you hold the Olympics, you will receive a present from us [President Putin] and all those tourists who come over,” their statement says. Putin has staked much personal and political prestige on the Games, expected to cost Russia more than $50 billion...It could not be independently corroborated....Some U.S. lawmakers said on Sunday Russia's security services had not fully shared information that U.S. officials need to protect American athletes in the Games and that cooperation on security should be better...

US Military Readying Plans for Olympic Security Assistance
1/20/14 http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-pentagon-military-readying-plans-for-...
A Pentagon spokesman said in a statement Monday the U.S. military air and naval assets, including two ships in the Black Sea, would be available if needed during the Sochi Winter Olympics... .The statement came the same day Islamist militants said two men appearing in a video...warning President Putin to expect a “present” at the Sochi Winter Olympics...
Reuters reported Sunday (Jan.19) U.S. military and intelligence have been studying contingency plans for evacuating Americans from the games in case of a crisis...but concluded there would be major obstacles...The most formidable roadblock for Sochi contingency plans is Russia being historically reluctant to allow foreign military forces, especially those of the United States, on Russian territory. The State Department warned Americans planning to attend to be vigilant about their security because of potential terrorist threats...Owing to Sochi's location and formidable Russian security measures in place at the site, U.S. intelligence experts say attacks during the Olympics are most likely to occur outside Sochi.
While the presence of U.S. ships in the Black Sea could be seen as antagonizing Russia, James Goldgeier...dean of the School of International Service at Washington's American University.. says it shows Washington shares the world's interest in preventing a terrorist incident at the Winter Games...it is a sign the United States worries Russia alone is not able to take care of the situation, so the U.S. has offered to do whatever it takes, and it has to, to make sure its people are safe,"

Russia Says Ignore 'Provocative' Messages Threatening Olympics
1/23/13 http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-olympics-russia-says-ignore-provocati...
Russi echoed international Olympic officials who said the messages received by national Olympic committees in the US and at least five European countries, making a “terrorist threat”, posed no danger...Islamist militants in the North Caucasus have threatened to attack the Games. But Zhukov said, “All necessary security measures have been taken and safety will be ensured.”

US NATO Continues South Caucasus Integration
1/23/14 http://www.armradio.am/en/2014/01/23/chief-of-staff-of-ra-armed-forces-a...
Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Armenia, Colonel General Yuri Khachaturov and the Chiefs of General Staff of the NATO Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC), and the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), discussed the new NATO Resolute Support mission, and the Kosovo Force (KFOR). Participants also discussed NATO-led missions in Afghanistan and Kosovo and future programs. Within the framework of the Brussels visit, Yuri Khachaturov met General Philip M. Breedlove, European Supreme Allied Commander and Commander of the U.S European Command on Issues related to Armenia-NATO cooperation...
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Russia's refused US military 'aid' ...its "message is clear": the real threat is US 'aided' Chechen terrorists in the Caucasus
FBI efforts to assist Sochi Olympics limited by Russian
1/24/14 http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/fbi-efforts-to-ass...
...The main threat emanates from Islamic radicals in the nearby Caucasus who have vowed to launch attacks during the event.
David Rubincam, FBI legal attache in Moscow from May 2011 to October 2012, said the Russians have been reluctant to accept US aid securing Sochi and suspicious of the offers...
said by September 2011 he started trying to work with the Russians in planning for Sochi....complicated by larger diplomatic strains... that deepened after Vladimir Putin returned to the presidency in 2012. The limits of the relationship were highlighted by the Boston Marathon bombings (e.g. US use of Chechen Tsarnaev brothers)...
The US offered to send 100 personnel to Sochi, including the FBI’s highly regarded bomb technicians with a laundry list of capabilities the FBI’s Critical Incident Response Group could bring to bear. The Russians refused, said the US could dispatch up to a dozen or so security officers...
The Pentagon has two warships in the Black Sea during the Sochi Games, in case it needs to evacuate Americans. Putin faces a “daunting task,” said Mey, who first helped plan security at the Olympics, in Atlanta in 1996.... although the Russians will be able to control access to official venues, he worried about soft targets...Rubincam said U.S. security assessments of Sochi are not “rosy.” He declined to provide more details because the information was classified.

as if they just arrived
U.S. Navy Warships In Black Sea Ahead of Sochi Olympics
2/5/14 ">http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/sochi-olympics/u-s-navy-warship-black-sea-ahead-sochi-olympics-n22511>

escalating psywar
TSA temporarily bans liquids on Russia-bound flights
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/wp/2014/02/06/tsa-places...
The Department of Homeland Security issued warnings yesterday that terrorists may try to conceal explosives in toothpaste tubes and cosmetic containers to disrupt sporting events this month in Sochi, Russia. A DHS official said the agency does not know of a specific threat at this time, but that it regularly shares information with domestic and international partners

Sochi Olympics Bring 'Unprecedented' Terror Threat
2/6/14 RAND, 1/31/14 by Brian Michael Jenkins, http://www.rand.org/blog/2014/01/the-terrorist-threat-to-the-sochi-olymp...
Brian Michael Jenkins is senior adviser to the RAND president and author of “Al Qaeda in Its Third Decade: Irreversible Decline or Imminent Victory?
Recent terrorist attacks in Russia present particular concern as the world's athletes descend on Sochi... the Black Sea city of Sochi, not far from where Russia fought two bloody wars against Chechen separatists—from 1994 to 1996 and from 1999 to 2000. Russian forces were able to suppress the insurgents, but the Northern Caucasus—Chechnya, Dagestan, Ingushetia—remains a violent region where terrorist attacks are common.
Since the mid-1990s, 3,000 people have been killed in terrorist attacks in Russia, with much of the bloodshed linked to rebels from the Northern Caucasus. And in an audacious, unprecedented move, Doku Umarov, leader of the Dagestan-based Caucasus Emirate group, vowed to attack the Sochi Olympics. Never before has an Olympics been so openly targeted.The Caucasus Emirate has claimed responsibility for attacks going back to 2010, including the bombings that killed dozens in Volgograd last year. The group backed up its latest claim with the release of videos supposedly showing suicide bombers preparing for the Volgograd attacks.
The threats are intended to rattle nerves and create terror, discourage visitors from attending the games and force Russian authorities to ratchet up security to new heights. To a certain extent, this campaign of terror has already succeeded in increasing local and international tensions....
Russia has invested heavily, in dollars and prestige, in the Sochi Olympics and is determined to protect them... encircled the Olympic facilities in Sochi with a “ring of steel.” Between 60,000 and 100,000 policemen and soldiers have been deployed to secure Sochi, including 400 Cossacks in their traditional uniforms. The Cossacks will add color but, given the role Cossacks played in Russia's conquest of the Caucasus, their presence will anger Russia's Caucasian foes..
There is, of course, no way of knowing whether the terrorists already have operatives inside Sochi or if they might have been able to pre-position explosive devices within the Olympics facilities. And while Russian authorities may be able to prevent attacks at the Olympic venues, they still face the possibility that terrorists may try to carry out attacks elsewhere in the country to embarrass the government while the world's attention is focused on Russia. Olympic games come with the threat of terrorism, that's a given. But, the upcoming games in Russia present an unprecedented threat that demands extraordinary countermeasures.

Can Lone Wolves Slip Through Sochi Lockdown?
http://www.rand.org/blog/2014/01/sochi-and-singletons.html
Given Russian capabilities, it would be surprising if a terrorist group was able to mount a successful large-scale, coordinated attack during the Games. For spectators and athletes alike, the more likely threat will be from individuals, acting alone outside of arenas and other official venues....The singleton; the lone wolf; a suicide bomber bent on revenge for perceived slights or seeking martyrdom: these are the threats that are the most difficult to detect and protect against.

PEN SOCHI OLYMPICS CAMPAIGN
http://www.pen-international.org/themes/sochi-out-in-the-cold-campaign/
PEN International launches Out in the Cold Campaign ahead of Sochi Winter Olympics

Declaration in support of the pro-European option of the Ukrainian people
http://www.pen-international.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Declaration-...
The PEN centers from Central-East Europe and the Balkan countries – members of the global writers’ association PEN INTERNATIONAL – express their solidarity with the Ukrainian people who are demonstrating these days in Kiev and in other cities in favor of the pro-European integration of their country.We call upon the writers and the PEN centers from all over the world to support the aspirations of freedom and Europeanism of our fellow writers in Ukraine...

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PEN Sochi Winter Olympics Campaign
http://www.pen.org/blog/sochi-winter-olympics-campaign-out-cold

PEN Council of Europe
11/27/12 http://hub.coe.int/c/document_library/get_file?uuid=1f14fcc9-8519-48a9-b...
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