Thursday, August 21, 2014
Video - #Footage Belarusian army moves dozens of Heavy Howitzers "towards Ukraine".
'Peaceful and Moderate' Iran mass-produces advanced batteries for missiles. (Taz).
Iran has launched production lines for energy density batteries used in the electronic systems of its sea-based, ground-based and air-based missiles.
The production lines, which will enhance the range and accuracy of the country's missile systems, were inaugurated on Aug. 21 in a ceremony attended by Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan on the eve of National Defense Industry Day, the country's Press TV reported.
With these production lines coming on stream, said the defense chief, the country has achieved the capability to design state-of-the-art defensive products and achieved self-sufficiency in raw materials required for various missile defense systems.
Dehqan said the accomplishment will contribute to the nation's deterrence capability.
"The breakthrough will help meet all the defensive needs of Iran's Armed Forces as far as energy storage on a large scale is concerned, and help run future development plans in the field of defense systems," the minister underlined.
Iranian media outlets report that Iran has made great achievements in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems in recent years.
Since 1992, Iran has manufactured its own tanks, armored personnel carriers, missiles, radars, boats, submarines and fighter planes. Iran also unveiled its first domestically-manufactured long-range Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) in 2010.
Israel's Doomsday Submarines Nearly Ready. HT: VillagersWithTorches ; RealCleardefence.
Right now, three Dolphin II-class submarines are under construction at Germany’s ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems shipyards in Kiel. Once the submarines complete their trials and head towards the Mediterranean, they will become the most powerful Israeli submarines ever.
More than 225 feet long, the diesel-electric Dolphin II class is part attack submarine, part nuclear strike ship and part commando taxi.
They’re also painted in an unusual combination of black, blue and green colors. That’s “meant to make the ship less visible, and thought to be especially effective in Mediterranean waters,” Defense News noted after recently publishing new photographs of the fat, oddly-shaped boats in dry dock and on sea trials.
In terms of weapons, the three boats of the Dolphin II class—the Tannin, Rahav and a third unnamed submarine—contain 10 torpedo tubes capable of launching fiber optic cable-guided DM-2A4 torpedoes. Germany has already handed over the Tannin, which is preparing for its journey to Israel.
Four of these tubes are larger 26-inch tubes—the size is rare for a Western-built submarine—capable of launching small commando teams or firing larger cruise missiles. The remaining six tubes measure at 21 inches.
Although not admitted by the Israeli government, the Dolphin II is widely believed to soon possess nuclear-tipped Popeye Turbo cruise missiles. The submarine’s armament includes non-nuclear anti-ship Harpoon and anti-helicopter Triton missiles.Hmmmm......Now you know why Erdo just received from his BFF Obama top of the line torpedos. Read the full story here.
Video - Ezra Levant - Justin Trudeau's Edmonton mosque outreach featuring Calgary riot organizer Saima Jamal
HT: Scaramouchee. The day American James Foley had his head sawn off by a British ISIS member, Justin Trudeau trolls for Muslim votes in a mosque in Edmonton, Alberta.Hmmm......For those who don't know Trudeau junior....he's the Canuck version of US Pres Obama, and you know copies are never as good as the original.
DR Congo Ebola outbreak? Unknown disease in Djera kills 65 people in four weeks. HT: Crof.
Via ReliefWeb, a report from Radio Okapi: Equateur: an unknown disease kills 65 people in 4 weeks Djera - Democratic Republic of the Congo. This appears to be the suspected Ebola outbreak reported yesterday, but the numbers are much higher. The Google translation:
An unidentified disease has killed 65 people in about 4 weeks in the area of health Djera, Tshuapa district, 25 kilometers Boende-center in the province of Equateur. The Minister of Public Health, Felix Kabange Numbi, the acting governor of Equateur, Sébastien Impeto, as well as experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) arrived Wednesday, August 20 at Boende to investigate this disease, and care for patients.
Health sources on the ground say they have been alerted since July on a contagious disease that affects three areas of health Wetsikengo, Lokalia and Wafanya in Boende territory. The disease is characterized by severe diarrhea, fever and vomiting.
According to the same health sources, four nurses, who cared for the sick, are among the victims.
Moreover, the disease would progress to the locality of Wetsikengo near Tshuapa River.
Teams of WHO and the health zone Boende, rushed to the scene, took samples which are being analyzed at the National Institute of Biomedical Research (INRB) in Kinshasa.
Pending the results of the examinations, the Minister Felix Kabange Numbi pledged to send another team of doctors in the health area of Djera, about twenty miles of Boende.
Video - Terrorist group ISIS Justifies Its War on Yazidis: We Called on Them to Convert to Islam First
Terrorist group Hamas leader Meshaal gives an exclusive interview on Turkey's state-run news agency.
Terrorist group Hamas leader Meshaal gives an exclusive interview on Turkey's state-run news agency.(AA).
Hamas political chief Khaled Meshaal has vowed to continue fighting Israel until the self-proclaimed Jewish state meets Palestinian conditions for a permanent ceasefire, especially the lifting of the longstanding blockade of the Gaza Strip.
In an exclusive interview with Anadolu Agency on Thursday, Meshaal accused Israel of perpetrating a "holocaust" in the embattled coastal strip.
"We are determined to realize the demands of the Palestinian people, especially lifting the siege and securing the release of [Palestinian] detainees," Meshaal said.
Israel resumed airstrikes in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday following the collapse of indirect, Egypt-hosted negotiations aimed at striking a permanent ceasefire deal.
While Israel accused Palestinian resistance factions of violating a temporary truce with a rocket barrage on Tuesday, Hamas accused Tel Aviv of attempting to derail the Cairo talks.
Since 2007, the Gaza Strip has reeled under a crippling Israeli blockade that has taken an enormous toll on the coastal territory's economy and played havoc with residents' livelihoods.
Palestinian factions, for their part, condition a permanent ceasefire deal on Israel lifting its seven-year-long blockade on the beleaguered enclave.
"We will not give up until Palestinian demands – at the top of which is lifting the Gaza siege – are fulfilled," Meshaal asserted.
"Our message to the world is that it's high time to deal with the root cause of the problem by ending the [Israeli] occupation and settlement building and allowing the Palestinian people to live in peace on their own land," he added.
Repeating Erdogan's words: 'Holocaust'
The Doha-based Hamas leader went on to accuse Israel of perpetrating a "holocaust" in the Gaza Strip.
"What Israel has done in the Gaza Strip over the last 45 days is a genuine holocaust," Meshaal told AA. "They are killing children, destroying residential areas, mosques, hospitals and UNRWA-run schools."
He said that more than 2000 Palestinians – a quarter of whom were children – had been killed in recent Israeli attacks.
" Israel is replicating what [Nazi leader Adolf] Hitler did years ago,"Meshaal said.
Meshaal went on to deny Israeli claims that a Hamas cell had been arrested in the West Bank for plotting a "coup" against the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority (PA).
"This is a lie; a groundless claim," Meshaal told AA.
According to Shin Bet, Nasser was recruited by Turkey-based Saleh Arori, a Palestinian who served 16 years in an Israeli prison.
Meshaal, for his part, hailed Turkish support for the Palestinian people.
"Turkey has consistently provided political and popular support [for the Palestinian cause] along with [humanitarian] aid during the war and during the humanitarian ceasefires," he said.
The Hamas leader also hailed Qatari support for the Palestinian resistance – a position, he noted, that had recently drawn criticism from Israel.
"It's a source of pride for Qatar to be attacked by the enemy," he said.
On Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asserted that Hamas only enjoyed the support of Turkey, Qatar and Iran. Hmmm....Let's cut the comedy, Turkey and Qatar are a text book example of a STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM
'Wannabe' Jihadi's bought 'Islam for Dummies' before leaving to battle. (NewStatesman)
Can you guess which books the wannabe jihadists Yusuf Sarwar and Mohammed Ahmed ordered online from Amazon before they set out from Birmingham to fight in Syria last May? A copy of Milestones by the Egyptian Islamist Sayyid Qutb? No. How about Messages to the World: the Statements of Osama Bin Laden? Guess again. Wait, The Anarchist Cookbook, right? Wrong.
Sarwar and Ahmed, both of whom pleaded guilty to terrorism offences last month, purchased Islam for Dummies and The Koran for Dummies.
You could not ask for better evidence to bolster the argument that the 1,400-year-old Islamic faith has little to do with the modern jihadist movement. The swivel-eyed young men who take sadistic pleasure in bombings and beheadings may try to justify their violence with recourse to religious rhetoric – think the killers of Lee Rigby screaming “Allahu Akbar” at their trial; think of Islamic State beheading the photojournalist James Foley as part of its “holy war” – but religious fervour isn’t what motivates most of them.
In 2008, a classified briefing note on radicalisation, prepared by MI5’s behavioural science unit, was leaked to the Guardian. It revealed that, “far from being religious zealots, a large number of those involved in terrorism do not practise their faith regularly. Many lack religious literacy and could . . . be regarded as religious novices.” The analysts concluded that “a well-established religious identity actually protects against violent radicalisation”, the newspaper said.
For more evidence, read the books of the forensic psychiatrist and former CIA officer Marc Sageman; the political scientist Robert Pape; the international relations scholar Rik Coolsaet; the Islamism expert Olivier Roy; the anthropologist Scott Atran. They have all studied the lives and backgrounds of hundreds of gun-toting, bomb-throwing jihadists and they all agree that Islam isn’t to blame for the behaviour of such men (and, yes, they usually are men).
Instead they point to other drivers of radicalisation: moral outrage, disaffection, peer pressure, the search for a new identity, for a sense of belonging and purpose. As Atran pointed out in testimony to the US Senate in March 2010: “. . . what inspires the most lethal terrorists in the world today is not so much the Quran or religious teachings as a thrilling cause and call to action that promises glory and esteem in the eyes of friends, and through friends, eternal respect and remembrance in the wider world”. He described wannabe jihadists as “bored, underemployed, overqualified and underwhelmed” young men for whom “jihad is an egalitarian, equal-opportunity employer . . . thrilling, glorious and cool”.
Or, as Chris Morris, the writer and director of the 2010 black comedy Four Lions – which satirised the ignorance, incompetence and sheer banality of British Muslim jihadists – once put it: “Terrorism is about ideology, but it’s also about berks.”
Berks, not martyrs. “Pathetic figures”, to quote the former MI6 chief Richard Dearlove, not holy warriors. If we want to tackle jihadism, we need to stop exaggerating the threat these young men pose and giving them the oxygen of publicity they crave, and start highlighting how so many of them lead decidedly un-Islamic lives.Hmmm......Sadly ALL their leaders all graduated from Islamic institutes.....Nice try but FAIL :) Read the full story here.