Friday, September 4, 2015
'Your tax Dollars at work' - Palestinian leadership misappropriated over $31BN over the past 21 years.
'Your tax Dollars at work' - Palestinian leadership misappropriated over $31BN over the past 21 years. (TOI).
Documents leaked online detailing two attempts by Palestinian officials to misuse public funds have triggered outrage, highlighting the corruption and mismanagement critics say remains rampant in the Palestinian government.
The furor over the documents comes as the Palestinian economy is stagnating and Palestinians grow increasingly displeased with government services. Palestinian Authority officials have defended their record on stamping out corruption, saying they’ve recovered millions of dollars in misspent funds.
The Palestinian parliament, which has limited oversight powers, has been defunct since Hamas’ 2007 ouster of Abbas’ government in Gaza.
Rafeq Natsheh, who heads the Palestinian anti-corruption commission, said that the body is fighting against graft and has recovered millions of stolen dollars. But for Palestinians, the leaked documents only reinforced perceptions that their government remains tainted.
“We need to see the real picture which is much bigger than the fees of Muhanna’s daughter,” Rami Mehdawi, a columnist for the Palestinian al-Ayam newspaper, wrote on Facebook. “The entire Palestinian system needs to be addressed and reformed to clean up the rampant corruption, mismanagement and nepotism.” Read the full story here.
Arrest of five Islamic State fighters infiltrated among the flood of 'refugees'. HT: DreuzeInfo.[GoogleTranslated].
Five men posing as refugees trying to cross the border between Bulgaria and Macedonia were arrested. Their smartphones contained beheadings videos (which they may have particité), as well as propaganda material for the Islamic state.
Five terrorist combatants arrested by chance, for how many hundreds, thousands, already entered on European soil?
The Bulgarian authorities have benefited of the stupidity of terrorists and integrity of customs.
According to the Bulgarian channel TV Nova cited by Breitbart, five men aged from 20 to 24 years, traveling aboard a car registered in Kosovo, came to the border post Gyueshevo.
They then tried to give a bribe to the border guard to avoid being searched and that he let them cross.
The border guard not only refused the money, but decided to search the five men. Border Police discovered the recruitment propaganda to the Islamic state, the texts of specific prayers for jihadists, beheadings and videos on their smartphones.
Terrorists have been imprisoned, and Kyustendil Regional Prosecutor of the National Agency of the Bulgarian Internal Security (DANS) has been seized of the matter.
The five men had tried to cross the Bulgarian border west in the hope that the security forces would be mobilized on the southern border with Turkey to curb the influx of migrants.
The men chose to cross in a wooded area and took a car from an accomplice who had crossed legally from Macedonia.
The State Agency for National Security (DANS) took control of the investigation under the supervision of the regional prosecutor's office in Kyustendil.
In February 2015, the Turkish intelligence had informed the European authorities in an internal memo published by RT, about 3000 jihadists planned to cross the Turkish border from Syria and Iraq in order to enter Europe through the Bulgaria and Hungary.
The European authorities have not responded. The jihadists have not waited ...
Last May, reports IB Times, Abdul Basit Haroun, an adviser to the Libyan government, told the BBC that the Islamic State fighters were "sent to Europe in boats of migrants".
The European authorities have not responded. On the contrary, many politicians expressed the need to welcome more migrants.
The jihadists did not wait for an invitation.
Should we be more specific? When the Islamic state announced that he will flood the European continent half a million migrants hidden among jihadists, these are not the speeches of Muslim-leftist useful idiots demonizing those who would preserve what can still be that are going to change the mind terrorists. Hmmmm........I've warned many times before, We are not ready for ISIS Child soldiers showing up in our streets & Homes.
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During a Friday sermon on July 10, 2015, Imam Ahmed Miklós Kovács, Vice President of the Hungarian Muslim Community, stated that homosexuals are "the filthiest of Allah's creatures," and that Muslims "must never accept this disease."He instructed followers not to paint their Facebook image with rainbow colors.
Signs of growing radicalization within the Muslim Brotherhood, What's next for the Muslim Brotherhood?
Signs of growing radicalization within the Muslim Brotherhood, What's next for the Muslim Brotherhood? (AlAhram).
It has been speculated, but this week it went from the assumed into the effectively announced: small factions of younger members of the Muslim Brotherhood are finding their way to join the most recent and harshest version of political Islamic militant groups: Islamic State (IS).
The frontpage story of the Cairo daily Al-Shorouk by Muslim Brotherhood expert-journalist Mohamed Khayyal quoted informed sources within the oldest political Islam group of a limited but significant split of a small group of younger Muslim Brotherhood members from the mother organisation after having lost hope that their organisation would be spared the 'systematic security persecution' that has been unabated since the ouster of the Muslim Brotherhood from power on 3 July 2013, following 30 June nationwide demonstrations calling for President Mohamed Morsi, a leader of the group, to step down one year after having assumed his position.
On several Twitter and Facebook accounts, members of the Muslim Brotherhood who are now settling away from Egypt in several Arab, Middle Eastern and African states, lamented the development and blamed it fully on what they qualified as harsh oppression by the security forces in Egypt of its members, irrespective of the degree of their political activism or lack thereof.
“It was coming round the corner for a few months,” said a source close to the Brotherhood group. “There has been recently voices within the group suggesting that the Muslim Brotherhood is being treated from state and society as a terrorist group when it is not, and that if the members of the group know they are designated militant anyway, then they might as well pursue the militant path,” he added.
Researcher in the affairs of political Islamic groups Ahmed Ban concurs that the aggressive security approach, which has been targeting members of the Muslim Brotherhood, “has been only a catalyst for this recent wave of radicalisation.”
However, Ban insists that “it is only a catalyst and not the prime mover there — the prime locomotive for this transformation is the very base of the Muslim Brotherhood religious-political creed, that is not at all opposed to the accommodation of militant choices.”
“In fact, this is the prime choice of the Muslim Brotherhood and it was only put aside when the group felt it was either too costly from the security perspective, or un-needed from the political perspective; but this is what they believe in anyway,” Ban argued.
“Historically speaking, the Muslim Brotherhood had shown tendencies to fully embrace violence and instead of taking them away from that path, the state painted them exactly into this corner,” Kandil said.Informed legal sources with direct inroads into the Muslim Brotherhood speak of a mass exodus of the Muslim Brotherhood from Egypt to many countries.
There is much speculation about what to expect in the coming weeks and months. Iskandar fears further radicalisation across the Islamist camp that could prompt violence "against all those perceived by the angry youth as having been party, one way or another, to their current plight."
"And this might include the Christians, but it might also include members of the liberal camp and key figures of the 30 June Revolution.”
“I am afraid we are to relive the 1990s. I am actually concerned that things might be much worse than that,” Iskandar said. Read the full story here.
EU's Mogherini ‘fed up’ with calls to act emotionally amid fugitive flood. (RT).
The figures of the asylum seekers killed in attempts to cross the Mediterranean are shocking, but when the EU foreign policy chief was asked on Thursday about the picture of “that” three-year-old boy, Federica Mogherini said that despite the hype over the human tragedy politicians cannot afford to act emotionally.
“I am a little bit fed up that politicians are called to react emotionally,” Mogherini said.
“Our job, as I said, is to take decisions rationally, being consistent and coherent with our emotions. So I think, I'm sure, all of us are shocked seeing that kind of picture but I expect not only for us to be shocked but also for all of us to be responsible enough to take the consequential decisions that are needed.”
However emotions spilled when Hungarian PM Viktor Orban said the current refugee crisis was not an EU problem, but rather "a German problem," as he put it after a meeting with European Parliament President Martin Schulz in Brussels on Thursday. According to Orban, none of the migrants want to “stay in Hungary,” as “all of them want to go to Germany.” (See Vid below).
Meanwhile a member of the Alternative for Germany party, Hansjoerg Mueller, told RT that the media and some politicians are using terrible human tragedies and horrifying pictures to play on people’s emotions.
“Original European or German citizens are told by politicians, by mass media ‘you shall open the German doors even more, because if you don’t, you will be guilty of drowning of many more refugees’,” Mueller said. “So human emotions are misused by politics in a very horrible manner.”
“It’s a tragedy what happened to the boy, it’s a tragedy what happens to thousands of refugees who drowned,” he added. “But these human tragedies are misused by western mass media to oppress the feelings of original European citizens who want to preserve their traditions, who want to preserve their cultures, by using this image of the poor boy.”
According to official figures from the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, over 2,500 refugees and migrants are estimated to have died or gone missing, trying to reach Europe this year so far. Meanwhile, last year some 3,500 people died or were reported missing in the Mediterranean Sea.
“Despite the concerted efforts of the joint European search and rescue operation under FRONTEX, which has saved tens of thousands of lives this year, the Mediterranean Sea continues to be the deadliest route for refugees and migrants,” the agency said in a statement.
According to the UN more than 300,000 people have taken the risky route across the Mediterranean this year, with almost 200,000 arriving in Greece and some 110,000 in Italy, compared to around 219,000 refugees and migrants who crossed the sea during the whole of 2014.Read the full story here.
'The Naked Truth' Why little Alan Kurdi and his family never really had a chance of reaching Canada.
Why little Alan Kurdi and his family never really had a chance of reaching Canada. HT: NationalPost.
It’s the most heartbreaking thing about the story of three-year-old Alan Kurdi, the Syrian refugee child lying dead on a Turkish beach in his tiny shoes, his blue shorts and his perfect little red shirt. It is also the most overlooked and least-understood part of the story of that photograph that has driven people all around the world half-mad with rage.
The little angel never had a hope in hell.
It had all seemed so hopeful, at least for a fleeting few weeks. Alan and his five-year-old brother Ghalib and their mother Rehenna and their father Abdullah were going to get out. They were going to make it. Uncle Mohammad and Auntie Ghuson and his four cousins were going to make it, too. They were all going to join Auntie Tima in Canada, and everything was going to be all right.
But they never had a chance, and the plan was dead in the water long before it even appeared as part of a meticulously developed plan contained in a carefully constructed, elaborate submission, with appendices, drafted by the smart young Coquitlam-Port Moody New Democratic Party MP Fin Donnelly and submitted directly to Citizenship & Immigration Minister Chris Alexander.
They were all going to make it to Canada by way of a G5 private-sponsorship application for refugee resettlement in Canada.When the Ottawa Citizen and the National Post published some of the photographs from that Turkish beach and reported that the Kurdis had been hoping to make their way to Canada, there was another wave of rage. We all wanted a villain to blame, and Chris Alexander leapt into the role by having come off like a thoroughly insensitive jackass, that same day, on the very subject of the Syrian refugee crisis, on CBC’s Power and Politics.
But simple stories like these almost always prove to be complicated. There is nothing quite so complicated, and at the same time straightforward, as the reasons why a fair assessment would find that there was probably little if anything Alexander could have done for the Kurdi families. The villainy, if that is what it is, is to be found mostly in Turkey’s exemption from certain provisions of the 1951 Refugee Convention.
The United Nations High Commission on Refugees does not register asylum seekers in Turkey. Turkey does not issue exit visas to refugees who do not possess referrals from the UNHCR.
In Turkey, there are no “refugee camps.” There are Turkish “temporary protection shelters.” The Kurdis had no papers, no UNHCR refugee designations, and no passports, and therefore did not qualify for exit visas.
That is why their plans to obtain G5 refugee-resettlement approvals from Citizenship and Immigration Canada were doomed from the start, and it is why Alan and Ghalib and their parents ended up boarding that boat. Hmmmm.......As i said right away PM Harper is NOT to blame, #Turkey is.Read the full story here.
Thursday, September 3, 2015
'Moderate & Peaceful' Iran unveils radars that can detect stealth targets. (PressTv).
Iran has unveiled two domestically-manufactured state-of-the-art radar systems capable of detecting stealth targets at high altitudes.
The radar systems, dubbed Nazir and Bina, were unveiled on Tuesday in a ceremony attended by Commander of Iran’s Khatam al-Anbiya Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili.
Nazir is a long-range radar system that can detect and track hostile aerial targets within a radius of 800 kilometers at an estimated altitude of 100,000 feet, while Bina uses three-dimensional (3-D) technology to detect radar-evading targets. It can also be used to deter electronic warfare.
The two radar systems have been deployed in mountainous and plain areas in the southeastern parts of Iran.
Speaking on the sidelines of the unveiling ceremony, Esmaili said the systems are “unique” in the region and the world.
The Iranian commander said the advanced radar systems are “multi-board” and can detect wide-body military aircraft, stealth targets and small flying objects at high altitudes.
The Islamic Republic of Iran has repeatedly assured other nations, especially regional neighbors, that its military might poses no threat to other countries, stating that its defense doctrine is merely based on deterrence. Hmmmm.....Yeah sure.... Iran doesn’t have a defense budget. Like Nazi Germany or the USSR, its entire system is militarized.