You may have missed this one, but in the wake of the Greek Syriza party's victory in the Greek elections, and the whirlwind visits of its ministers to Brussels, Frankfurt, and Moscow, there's another part of the Atlantic alliance tapestry that might be beginning to be unstuck:

Russia, Greek Cyprus sign military deal on use of Mediterranean ports

There's something in this article that I found very interesting, and it is one of those things one might have missed unless one was paying attention to the obvious:

"We signed a number of documents regarding our military cooperation. For example regarding the entrance of our ships to [Greek] Cypriot ports," Putin told journalists.

Ties between Russia and the West have plummeted in the wake of the Ukraine crisis, but Putin said the ships allowed to dock at Greek Cypriot ports would mostly be used in international anti-terrorism and piracy efforts.

"I don't think this should worry anyone," he said.

Greek Cyprus, which is heavily dependent on Russian investment, played down Wednesday's deal, saying Russian ships had always had access to its ports. A government source said it was simply the first time access had been spelled out in a separate accord.

Russia has sought to forge stronger ties with individual members of the European Union, including Greek Cyprus, Hungary and Greece, after the 28-nation bloc, along with the United States, imposed cumulative sanctions on Moscow for its role in Ukraine." (Emphasis added)

Some time ago, I pointed out that one key element of Russia's international strategy has been to emphasis not only the integrity and sovereignty of the nation-state, but of its unique culture, a meme which has been picked up by Hungarian president Orban.

This strategy is being supplemented by its insistence on dealing with the member-nations of the EU on a nation-by-nation basis. The goal here would seem to be self-evident: Russia is still tyring to integrate itself into the EU picture, or rather, to integrate the EU picture into its own development of the Eurasian Economic Union. As such, it has repeatedly called attention to Washington's influence in Brussels at the EU level, seeking to exploit the growing disenchantment of Europeans not only with Washington, but the ludicrously undemocratic nature of the EU and Brussels bureaucracy itself.

But Cyprus is a divided island, Greek and Christian, and Turkish and Muslim, and that brings us to the other major story in the Eastern Mediterranean: Turkey. But that will have to wait until tomorrow...

See you on the flip side...

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Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. yankee phil on April 2, 2015 at 1:38 am

    Just a thought,the Russians are being punished because half of the Ukraine is populated with ethnic Russians who apparently lean politically towards their ethnic homeland. This is almost the same thing Hitler did to the ethnic jews of Germany and occupied europe. The Russians are the new Jews who are punished by Germany’s Nato in Ukraine(they’ve killed at least 9 thousand by now{I include old people who have died of stress, lack of nourishment,lack of medication,exhaustion,etc})and their ethnic homeland is also under attack for the same reasons. Here in europe people just stare….they’ve seen it all before.

  2. yankee phil on April 1, 2015 at 12:27 am

    When Turkish troops invaded Cyprus in 74 the nato bases on Cyprus smiled and waved at them,ordered by Nato in Brussels not to interfer with the invasion,as the turks attacked the Island. The Cypriots had virtually no military as they left their security matters in the hands of the thousands of Nato troops based on the Island. Even when Papadopoulis sent a fully laden troop transport ship to help repel the invasion, an American heavy cruiser from Nato stopped the transport with threats of immediate sinking if it didn’t turn around and head back to its home port. Who’s to say Russia wouldn’t be a better friend to have. Could they be any worse?

  3. TRM on March 31, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    Cyprus has been divided for around 4 decades with no progress in sight all while the west has done little if anything. Along comes Russia with deals involving Turkey and Greece (Turkstream gas), now Cyprus and soon I predict Greek “pivot to the east”.

    Russia will somehow broker a deal between the Greek and Turkish folks on Cyprus but probably not a reunification but a major agreement over economic and diplomatic recognition. Good economic times for all on the island.

    Having done what the west couldn’t they’ll tell all the warring tribes in eastern Europe “Hey look what we did for Cyprus. Do you want the growing wealth like that? We can do the same for you. Let us help mediate you disputes”.

  4. emlong on March 31, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    There were two shows on Tesla at war on the telly last night. One was a willfully superficial gloss attempting to disparage and play down his accomplishments while the other was more in-depth and intelligent.

  5. DownunderET on March 31, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    Checkmate again to Putin, boy those NEOCONS in Washington must be livid they didn’t see this coming, or did they?
    Moving right along, the EU is in deep do dos, Merkel isn’t sleeping normally any more and France has a “Mistral” headache that wont go away. So Joseph, it’s Turkey’ turn tomorrow, I wonder if Turkey will change it’s mind on NATO, if they are allowed to.

  6. marcos toledo on March 31, 2015 at 9:19 am

    So while the CSA-NE are playing king of World. Putin busy making the deals to insure access to the Atlantic via the Mediterranean for Russia. And help the EU self destruct through it’s own incompetence and greed. I was watching a program on Tesla last night and realized the PTB want to trap us in a frozen world stuck forever in a late nineteenth century world a steampunk world without the steampunk style itself.

    • basta on March 31, 2015 at 10:09 am

      What a wonderfully insightful comment, Marcos! We are indeed living in a steampunk world!

      Except the word “internal-combustionpunk” just doesn’t have the same snap.

    • DanaThomas on March 31, 2015 at 10:52 am

      Oligarchs really are in a state of confusion; now even Bloomberg is talking about the resilience of the Russian economy

  7. Frankie Calcutta on March 31, 2015 at 8:16 am

    I smell an ISIS staging area in the making. I don’t want to give the anglozionists any ideas, but a strong ISIS presence on Cyprus could have numerous benefits. Not only could they disrupt Russian shipping, but they could re-ignite a religious war in Cyprus which could then spill over into Greece and Turkey– further instigating the clash of civilizations. (And I don’t need to remind the anglozionists of the numerous religious shrines, churches and monasteries of great beauty and antiquity which their ISIS thugs could cheerfully raze to the ground. Not to mention other more ancient artifacts just ripe for destruction and looting). Cyprus is also home to several small British territories from which ISIS could receive further military training and armaments, not to mention their great benefactor Turkey who would welcome these murderous brigands with open arms in their Cyprus territory.

    Moreover, a religious war on Cyprus could decimate the Cyprus economy by chasing away shipping, banking and tourism as well as making natural gas exploration unsafe. This would be a boon for Israel who could then be the attractive alternative to tourists and safe-haven bankers while also knocking a Meditteranean natural gas competitor out of contention. Who knows, maybe even ISIS could take over control of Cyrpus’ offshore natural gas fields and becoming an even larger player in the energy markets than they are already. (Of course, just like Iraq and the ISIS controlled oil fields, controlling Cyprus’ natural gas would require ISIS to have a strong partner who has the technology to bring the gas to the surface and then fence the gas for ISIS on the world market. Israel and Saudi Arabia immediately comes to mind). With this wealth ISIS could easily purchase nuclear weapons that they could then sneak onto Russian cargo ships returning to Russia. Who knows, ISIS could even start building their own weapons of mass destruction with their abundant oil and gas revenues. Their own Haydron Collider under Cyprus? (Maybe there is an ancient one under Cyprus already?) Imagine the secrets of the Universe in the hands of ISIS? Air travel would come to a standstill. What if ISIS even entered a deal with those mercenary gypsies in Romania and got access to their doomsday weapon currently under construction? This would be the end to astrology as we know it and all of the advantages it affords to those who are versed in it, as ISIS would surely obliterate every planet in the solar system, thereby destroying any of Allah’s celestial competitors and guaranteeing once and for all his supremacy. The heathen science would be no more. Fate would solely be in the hands of Allah (unless Allah is actually Saturn but the ignorant ISIS rubes don’t actually know this, thereby committing deicide).

    And from Cyprus, the anglozionists would be breathing right down Italy’s neck with their ISIS cutthroats. The troublesome Pope, the Vatican gold, and the Rossi mass market cold fusion reactor could be dealt with in one fell swoop. I don’t think even the anglozionsits ever dreamed of the caliphate being headquartered right out of Rome. This would certainly be far more convenient when the time came to pull the plug on ISIS, as the anglozionists wouldn’t be left with the difficult operation of ejecting ISIS from the Middle East without using nukes. All the ISIS mercenaries could be enticed to re-settle In places like Cyprus and Italy and its allure of beautiful porn stars and fine leather shoes. It would be win-win for the anglozionists.

  8. emlong on March 31, 2015 at 7:17 am

    It must be driving the neocons nuts to see Putin calmly going about his business – doing constructive things instead of destructive and domineering. Brzezinski is probably on valium and couch counseling along about now.

    • Guygrr on March 31, 2015 at 7:56 am

      That certainly might explain the Ativan shortages that doctors and hospitals are contending with.

  9. basta on March 31, 2015 at 6:26 am

    Turkey by all rights should gain entrance into the EU and gain the blessings of the USSA now that it too has gone fascist, though in the old-fashioned tin-horn dictator sort of a way that the State Department would doubtless characterize as “so 20th century.”

    In the West, one has moved beyond that into a more sophisticated strategy of brainwashing the puplic with a false narrative of democratically elected leaders doing the public’s bidding, and once that fairy tale doesn’t work for those of the zombies who awaken, then they have false-flagged their way to a national-security-paranoia-police state to seal the deal (or coffin).

  10. DanaThomas on March 31, 2015 at 5:20 am

    In days gone by, Cyprus was occupied by the Venetians, whose rule the Cypriots hotly contested… as they did with respect to the Turks and the British. Let’s see how things go in the present historical cycle.

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