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Syria’s Chemical Weapons Stockpiles to be Transferred to the Italian Mafia?

Felicity Arbuthnot 
Αυτό το άρθρο δημοσιεύτηκε για πρώτη φορά από την Global Research στις 18 Φεβρουαρίου  2014.

 
Μήπως απαιτεί η διάθεση των χημικών όπλων της Συρίας από τις δύο επιλεγμένες εταιρείες διάθεσης αποβλήτων, συγκεκριμένα τη φιλανδική Ekokem και τη γαλλική Veolia, μια συμβατική ρύθμιση (ή «συμφωνία»), με to πιο ισχυρό εγκληματικό συνδικάτο της Ιταλίας για λογαριασμό του κατόχου Νόμπελ Ειρήνης Οργανισμού για την Απαγόρευση των Χημικών Όπλων (OPCW); 
 

Διαβάστε τα παρακάτω. Μια μακρά ιστορία  …

This article was first published by Global Research on February 18, 2014

Does the disposal of Syria’s chemical weapons by the two selected waste disposal companies, namely Finland’s Ekokem and France’s Veolia require a contractual arrangement (or “agreement”) with Italy’s most powerful criminal syndicate on behalf of the Nobel Peace Prize winning Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)? 
Read down. Its a long saga… 
 
On
September 12, last year, Syria’s President al-Assad committed to
surrender Syria’s chemical weapons, with the caveats that the United
States must stop threatening his country and supplying weapons to the
terrorists. He has been as good as his word. The same cannot be said for
the US and its boot licking allies.

Three
days earlier US Secretary of State John Kerry – who had been killing
Vietnamese in the US onslaught on Vietnam as American ‘planes rained
down 388,000 tons of chemical weapons on the Vietnamese people (i) – had
threatened Syria with a military strike if the weapons stocks were not
surrendered within a week, stating that President Assad: “isn’t about to
do it and it can’t be done.”

The
ever trigger-happy Kerry was right on the second count, it can’t be
done for two reasons, extracting dangerous chemicals from a war zone is,
to massively understate, a foolhardy and hazardous business.
Additionally it seems having received Syria’s agreement, the
“international community” and the Nobel Peace Prize winning Organisation
for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) had no disposal plan in
place and had not a clue what to do with them, whilst at every turn
Syria is blamed.
 As ever double standards and hypocrisy rule. According to CNN (10thOctober 2013):

“The United States estimates it will
be at least another decade before it completes destruction of the
remaining 10% of its chemical weapons, estimated at more than 3,100
tons.”

And Syria? “U.S. intelligence and other estimates
put its chemical weapons stockpile at about 1,000 tons.” they are
believed to be “stored in dozens of sites”, in the circumstances a
logistical nightmare and a massive danger to the public and those
driving them to be insisting on transporting them anywhere.
CNN also quotes Wade Mathews who had worked on
“the U.S. project to destroy its chemical stockpile” who doubted that
Syria could meet the deadlines. The US operation, he said: “took
billions of dollars, the cooperation of many levels of government –
including the military – and a safe environment to make sure the
destruction was done safely.”

“We had a coordinated effort, we had a
government that insisted that it be done safely and that the community
was protected … I don’t think those things are in place in Syria.”

Shopping Around for a Country to Destroy the Weapons
Having received Syria’s compliance, the OPCW
started shopping around for a country -any country it seems – to destroy
the weapons. Norway, approached by the US, was first choice. They
declined, since the country had no experience in dealing with chemical
weapons, the Foreign Ministry website stating: “… Norway is not the most
suitable location for this destruction.” 

Norway Says No: What About Albania?

The second country approached was Albania, a
request which the country’s Prime Minister Edi Rama said also came
direct from the United States. 

According to the Berlin-based Regional
Anti-Corruption Initiative, Albania is one of the most corrupt countries
in Europe and the most corrupt in the Balkans, plummeting from a woeful
95 out of the 176 countries monitored in 2011, to 113 in 2012 and 116
in 2013, on their Corruption Perception Index.
In their end of year Report, the Initiative quotes Transparency International:

“In Albania corruption is registering a
new physiognomy in a favorable political environment, with
characteristics like a new systems for money laundering, financing of
political parties from illegal activities, the capture of the state
through the control of procurement and privatization, human and
narcotics trafficking and the impunity of high State officials before
the justice system and the law.”(ii)

Protestors against the weapons destruction took to
the streets in thousands, some wearing gas masks and protective
clothing, protests also took place in neighbouring Macedonia, with
rallying outside the Albanian Embassy. 

Albania Says Sorry, We Cannot do It
Albania finally rejected with Rana apologetically
grovelling to Washington: “Without the United States, Albanians would
never have been free and independent in two countries that they are
today”, he said referring to Albania and Kosova and the massive March
24th 1999 – June 10th 1999 NATO and US assault on the former Yugoslavia
with depleted uranium weapons which are, of course, both chemical and
radioactive. A Science Applications International Report explains re the
residue from the weapons:

“Soluble forms present chemical
hazards, primarily to the kidneys, while insoluble forms present hazards
to the lungs from ionizing radiation … short term effects of high doses
can result in death, while long term effects of low doses have been
implicated in cancer.”

In addition to concerns regarding corruption in
Albania -terrorist groups would undoubtedly offer high sums for such
weapons – safety might surely have been a consideration. In 2008 an
explosion at an ammunition storage depot near Albania’s capitol Tirana,
killed twenty six people, wounded three hundred and damaged or destroyed
five thousand five hundred homes. The disaster was said by
investigators to be caused by a burning cigarette – in a depository for
1,400 tons of explosives.
Worse, when Albania was pressured to destroy its own chemical weapons stocks, some tons left over from the Cold War:

“The U.S.
offered to pay for their destruction and later hired some private
company which destroyed the weapon capability of the chemicals but
otherwise left a horrendous mess.”

Hazardous waste was left in containers, on a concrete pad, inevitably they started to leak.

 “In late 2007-early 2008, the US
hired an environmental remediation firm, Savant Environmental, who
determined the problem was worse than originally thought. Many of the
containers were leaking salts of heavy metals, primarily arsenic, lead
and mercury.”

Moreover, the conexes – large, steel-reinforced
shipping containers – were not waterproof, thus lethally contaminated
condensation and water leakage dissolved some of the contaminants which
leaked onto the ground.

“Savant Environmental repackaged the
waste and placed it in twenty shipping containers. There it sits,
visible from space”, on the concrete pad – in the open.(iii)

All in all, why was Albania considered?
It is surely coincidence that on 3rd
October last year, Tony “dodgy Iraq dossier” Blair, also an enthusiastic
backer of Washington and NATO in their Balkans blitz, was appointed as
advisor to the Albanian government to advise the impoverished country
how to get in to the EU. Heaven forbid he might have advised that taking
on lethal weapons no one else was prepared to touch, might tick quite a
big approval box and made a call to someone somewhere in Washington.
This is of course, entirely speculation.
However, as Pravda TV opined at the time, apart
from the sorely needed financial boost: “It will increase the status and
prestige of a poor country in Europe, Albania is in Europe’s backyard,
in this case it will be going foreground.”(iv)

Belgium and France also Decline:  “There Remain very few Candidates” for the Task; “the Hunt Continues” 

Belgium and France also declined an invitation to
dispose of Syria’s weapons, with Ralph Trapp, a consultant in disarming
chemical weapons quoted as saying that “there remain very few
candidates” for the task; “the hunt continues” commented The Telegraph
(18th November 2013.)
The trail goes cold as to how many other
governments may have been frantically begged to accept cargo loads of
poisoned chalices as the US imposed clock ticked, but Italy caved in
allowing around sixty containers to be transferred from a Danish cargo
ship to a US ship in the Italian port of Giola Tauro, in Calabria, with
further consignments also expected to arrive.
The permission caused widespread demonstrations in
Southern Italy, the government accused of secrecy and one demonstrator
summing up the prevailing mood:

“They are telling us that the material carried is not dangerous, but in fact nobody knows what is inside those containers.”

Not dangerous eh? Does any government, anywhere ever tell the truth?

Italy Says Yes. Not Dangerous. Send the WMD to Calabria. It will Help the Local Economy, But Watch Out for the Calabrese Mafia

The
Giola Tauro port (right), which accounts for half the Calabria region’s
economy “has been in crisis since 2011”, with four hundred workers on
temporary redundancies- out of a total workforce of thirteen hundred.
Not too hard to arm twist, the cynic might think.
The port also suffers from allegations of being a:

“ major hub for cocaine shipments to
Europe by the Calabria-based ‘Ndrangheta mafia.” However, Domenico
Bagala, head of the Medcenter/Contship terminal where the operation is
planned countered with: “Since Gioia Tauro handles around a third of the
containers arriving in Italy, it is normal that it has more containers
that are seized”, adding: “We operate in a difficult territory but we
have hi-tech security measures in place.”

Calabria is, in fact, plagued by corruption and
organized crime. A classified cable from J. Patrick Truhn, US Consul
General in Naples (2nd February 2008) obtained by Wikileaks stated:

“If it were not part of Italy,
Calabria would be a failed state. The ‘Ndrangheta organized crime
syndicate controls vast portions of its territory and economy, and
accounts for at least three percent of Italy’s GDP (probably much more)
through drug trafficking, extortion and usury.” Further: “During a
November 17-20 visit to all five provinces, virtually every interlocutor
painted a picture of a region …throttled by the iron grip of Western
Europe’s largest and most powerful organized crime syndicate, the
‘Ndrangheta.”(v)

Moreover:“The ‘Ndrangheta is the most powerful
criminal organization in the world with a revenue that stands at around
fifty three billion Euros (seventy two billion U.S. dollars – forty four
billion British pounds)” records Wikipedia, noting operations in nine
countries, on four continents. Arguably, a less ideal transit point than
Calabria for a stockpile of chemical weapons would be hard to find.
Of special concern to Carmelo Cozza of the SUL
trade union is the port’s neighbouring village of San Ferdinando which
has protested the operation: “The schools are right next door!”(vi)
However, when it comes to dodgy dealings,
organized crime could seemingly learn a thing or two from the EU. Large
amounts of Syria’s financial assets, frozen by the European Union, have
simply been spirited from accounts, in what the Syrian Foreign Ministry
slams as: “a flagrant violation of law.”
Last week the EU endorsed the raiding of Syria’s financial assets frozen across Europe and the the transfer of funds to

“ … the Organization for the
Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) … a flagrant violation of the
international law and the UN Charter and understandings reached by the
executive board of the OPCW”, commented a Foreign Ministry source,
adding: “the European step violates the resolution of the OPCW executive
board adopted on 15thNovember 2013 which acknowledged
Syria’s stance which was conveyed to the Organization, officially
stating the inability to shoulder the financial costs of destroying the
chemical weapons.”

The theft of Syria’s moneys was condemned as a:
“swindle policy practiced by some influential countries inside the EU at
a time when they reject to release frozen assets to fund purchase of
food and medicine which is considered the priority of the Syrian state …
(meanwhile) the EU allowed its members to arm the terrorist groups
which are responsible for bloodshed in Syria … ” the source added.”(vi)
It is hard to disagree.
The EU/UN/OPCW has apparently learned well from
the UN weapons inspectors and other UN benefits from the Iraq embargo,
which bled the country dry from “frozen” assets, to which they helped
themselves, as the children died at an average of six thousand a month
year after year, from “embargo related causes.” As the UN spent Iraq’s
moneys, Iraq’s water became a biological weapon, the lights went off and
medical and educational facilities largely collapsed. Are UN embargoes
the UN’s shameful new money spinner?
So, can things get worse in the black farce which
is the chaotic, dangerous, disorganised disposal attempts of Syria’s
chemical materials? You bet they can.
The companies selected to destroy the chemicals are Finland’s Ekokem and the US subsidiary of the French giant Veolia.

“The most dangerous materials are to
be neutralized at sea by the Cape Ray, an American naval vessel
specially outfitted for that purpose, which departed its Norfolk, Va.,
home port on Jan. 27 for the Mediterranean.”(New York Times, 14th February 2014.)

A method which has never been tried before, an
experiment seemingly to take place in the Mediterranean, not in US
territorial waters. “It’s Not Just a Job, It’s
An Adventure”, was a US Navy recruiting slogan. Doubt the population of
the countries bordering the near enclosed Mediterranean feel quite the
same, from Europe to Anatolia, North Africa to the Levant.
Additionally, the inclusion of Veolia as a
suitable partner in the whole dodgy venture is in a class of its own.
The company has long been involved in waste management and vast
transport projects in the illegal settlements in Israel.
In November 2012 Professor Richard Falk, wrote, on
UN note paper, to the (UK) North London Waste Authority who were
considering awarding £4.7 billion worth of contracts to Veolia. His
letter(viii) quoted in part below, detailing his concerns regarding the
company’s compliance with international legal norms, speaks for itself:

“I am writing to you in my capacity as
the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights
in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967 to urge you not to
select Veolia for public contracts due to its active involvement in
Israel’s grave violations of international law.
“Due to its deep and ongoing complicity with
Israeli violations of international law and the strength of concern of
Palestinian, European and Israeli civil society about the role played by
Veolia, I decided to select Veolia as one of the case studies to
include in my report. I have attached the report for your consideration.

“Veolia is a signatory to the UN
Global Compact, a set of principles regarding business conduct. Yet its
wide ranging and active involvement in Israel’s settlement regime and
persistent failure to exercise due diligence show utter disregard for
the human rights related principles of the Global Compact.

“It is my view that Veolia’s
violations of the UN Global Compact principles and its deep and
protracted complicity with grave breaches of international law make it
an inappropriate partner for any public institution, especially as a
provider of public services.”

Professor Falk concludes:

“I urge you to follow the example set
by public authorities and European banks that have chosen to
disassociate themselves from Veolia and take the just and principled
decision not to award Veolia any public service contracts. Such a
measure would contribute to upholding the rule of law and advancing
peace based on justice.”

So a company in breach of international law is
being awarded a contract to a UN body (the OPCW) in spite of being
condemned by a distinguished UN legal expert and Special Rapporteur.
The Calabrese Ndrangheta Mafia: Specialized in Toxic Waste Disposal

What the press reports fail to mention is that the Ndrangheta mafia operating out of The Giola Tauro port has for several years been involved in the lucrative trade of  toxic waste disposal in Calabria. It’s a multibillion dollar business.

Giuseppe Baldessarro and Manuela Iati are the authors of a 2010 book entitled “Avvenelati” (“Poisoned”) which
carefully documents the trade and disposal of toxic waste including
chemicals and radioactive materials by the Calabrese Ndrangheta mafia.
According to the authors, the truth regarding  Ndrangheta’s insidious role “has been poisoned”  [“la vérité a été “empoisonnée”]. The Italian State protects the Ndrangheta mafia:

“Each time there is a police investigation, unusual
things happen, the investigators land up dead …  The secret services
intervene, it’s chaotic. There’s big money involved.” ( quoted by  Delphine Saubaber, “Découvrir la vérité sur la ‘Ndrangheta provoquerait un séisme politique”, L’Express,  20 July 2010, translated from French by GR)

Cancer deaths in Calabria are extremely high, according to
Baldessarro and Iati. “There are places in Calabria where one person in
10 has cancer indicating that toxic waste has contaminated the soil and
water.” (Ibid)
Italy’s Plan B: The Important Unanswered Question
Does the disposal of Syria’s chemical weapons by the two selected waste disposal companies, namely Finland’s Ekokem and France’s Veolia require a contractual arrangement (or “agreement”) with Italy’s most powerful criminal syndicate on behalf of the Nobel Peace Prize winning Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)? 
Collateral Achievement. Israel’s Middle East Monopoly over a Second Weapon of Mass Destruction: Chemical Weapons
With regard to Middle East geopolitics, another anomaly, as Bob
Rigg -former UN weapons inspector in Iraq, and former senior editor for
the OCPW and former Chair of the New Zealand National Consultative
Committee on Disarmament- points out:

“At present, Israel has a monopoly on
nuclear weapons in the Middle East. Once the destruction of Syria’s
chemical weapons is complete, Israel will enjoy a near regional monopoly
over a second weapon of mass destruction -chemical weapons. In addition
to Israel, Egypt is the only regional power with a chemical-weapons
capability. “

At all levels, law breakers rule supreme.

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