Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Turkey aims to open Islamic university...Other Islamic universities “unable to find solutions to problems in the world.”
Turkey aims to open Islamic university...Other Islamic universities “unable to find solutions to problems in the world.” (HD)
The head of Turkey’s top religious body has announced plans to open an Islamic university in Istanbul, as an alternative to other renowned Islamic universities across the world such as Egypt’s Al-Azhar University.
Professor Dr. Mehmet Görmez, the head of the Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet), told a group of journalists in Mecca on Sept. 30 that they had applied to Turkey’s Higher Education Board (YÖK) to open an Islamic university.
Görmez said the current plan was to transform the 29 Mayıs University on Istanbul’s Anatolian side into the International Islamic University, claiming that Islamic universities in Egypt, Pakistan, Iran and Malaysia were “unable to find solutions to problems in the world.”
“The main problem today is that Muslims bring suffering, violence and sorrow to each other ... We have applied to YÖK for the transformation of 29 Mayıs University in Istanbul into the ‘International Islamic University’ in order to find peaceful solutions to these problems,” he said.
“I have been working on the issue for the three years and see that the curriculum of these universities does not help in providing solutions to the problems of Muslims. The scholars who graduate from these universities are becoming the problem themselves, rather than solving the problems. The International Islamic University in Istanbul aims to provide education in English, Arabic, Turkish and Farsi, and will have a mission of supporting these universities rather than becoming an alternative to them,” he added
Hmmm.....Okay the rest of the World is incompetent, only 'neo Ottoman' university will save the World....another example of their 'Herren volk' attitude.
Ahead of Netanyahu-Obama meet, Palestinians submit draft statehood bid to UN. (TOI).
Security Council petition calls for Israeli withdrawal by November 2016, ‘a just resolution’ to the refugee problem, and an end to all Israeli military and settlement activity.
The Palestinians have asked the UN Security Council to set a deadline of November 2016 for an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
A draft resolution circulated to council members and obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press also called for “a just resolution” of the status of Jerusalem as the capital of two states, and the Palestinian refugee problem.
It follows Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s announcement to the UN General Assembly on Friday that he would ask the council to set a deadline for an Israeli withdrawal.
The draft also demands an end to all Israeli military operations and settlement activities, the opening of all border crossings in the Gaza Strip, and deployment of “an international presence” throughout the Palestinian territories to protect Palestinian civilians.
Abbas said Wednesday that it would reevaluate its security coordination with Israel in the West Bank if its statehood bid to the UN Security Council was rejected, and added that the Palestinians would file for membership to the ICC if the petition failed to pass, according to Arabic media.
Speaking to journalists in Ramallah, Abbas said the Palestinians were meeting with representatives of the Security Council states to persuade them to accept the resolution once proposed. He added that once a timetable for Israeli withdrawal was set, he would agree to return to the peace talks with Israel.
“As soon as we get that, we are willing to return to the negotiating table,” he said, according to the Haaretz daily.
The unilateral move, widely expected to be shot down in a veto, has been lobbied against by Israel and the United States, which say the conflict needs to be resolved through a negotiated settlement.
Israel’s Channel 2 quoted the chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat saying that the US has already told him it will veto Abbas’s statehood resolution.
Nonetheless, the Palestinians are pushing to try to win the support of 9 of the 15 UN Security Council members in order to force a veto.
The TV report also quoted a new series of offensive statements made against Israel by leading PA figures.
“We are the lords of the land for 3,000 years, Netanyahu can return to his Brooklyn roots,” Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian UN ambassador, said Wednesday in connection with the statehood bid.
It also showed a clip of Abbas aide Jibril Rajoub calling Netanyahu a “Nazi fascist.”
However, the PA president on Wednesday reiterated his stance against armed conflict with Israel, stating that “not even one bullet” will be fired under his watch. Hmmm....If i were Israel, i wouldn't count too much on that US Veto.....not with this President in the WH.
|Note: Add duct tape to list of forbidden products|
Iran is manufacturing it's 'manpad Drone'. (Taz).
The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Ground Force is finalizing manufacture of a new homemade drone armed with the RPG (rocket-propelled grenade).
Commander of the IRGC Ground Forces Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour said that the combat drone will carry the RPG with no Backblast, Iran’s Fars news agency reported Oct. 1.
Pakpour also noted that the drone has passed the tests and will be completed in the near future.
Iran unveiled its first homemade fighter drone that carries air-to-air missiles on Sept. 23.
The Iranian media outlets reported that the drone is capable of destroying all types of aircrafts including fighters, small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and helicopters.
The Islamic Republic has so far unveiled various domestically produced drones, including Ababil, Fotros, Hazem, Karrar (long range attack drone), Mohajer, Sarir, Shahed 129, Yasir and Zohal.
The country unveiled its first domestically manufactured long-range UAV named Karrar in 2010. The first Iranian medium-altitude long-endurance UAV, the Shahed-129 was unveiled in September 2012, which is capable of carrying out combat and reconnaissance eight missions for 24 hours and has a range of 1,700 km.
The country also unveiled its largest yet homemade UAV, titled 'Fotros' in 2013. Fotros has a range of some 2,000 kilometers and is capable of launching air-to-surface missile strikes. The drone can fly at an altitude of 25,000 feet, with a flight time of 16 to 30 hours.
Iran started mass production of the "Yasir" UAV in September 2013. Yasir can fly at an altitude of 15,000 ft., be in flight for eight hours, cover the distance of 200 km, and does not need a runway. The UAV is equipped with light powerful modern cameras, and can precisely control the target. Hmmm....To boldly go where no drone went before.
Obama White House exempts Syria airstrikes from tight standards on civilian deaths....after being sole authority approving strikes.
Obama White House exempts Syria airstrikes from tight standards on civilian deaths....after being sole authority approving strikes. (Yahoo).
Amid reports of women and children killed in U.S. air offensive, official says the 'near certainty' policy doesn’t apply.
The White House has acknowledged for the first time that strict standards President Obama imposed last year to prevent civilian deaths from U.S. drone strikes will not apply to U.S. military operations in Syria and Iraq.
A White House statement to Yahoo News confirming the looser policy came in response to questions about reports that as many as a dozen civilians, including women and young children, were killed when a Tomahawk missile struck the village of Kafr Daryan in Syria's Idlib province on the morning of Sept. 23.
The village has been described by Syrian rebel commanders as a reported stronghold of the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front where U.S officials believed members of the so-called Khorasan group were plotting attacks against international aircraft.
Asked about the strike at Kafr Daryan, a U.S. Central Command spokesman said Tuesday that U.S. military “did target a Khorasan group compound near this location. However, we have seen no evidence at this time to corroborate claims of civilian casualties.” But Caitlin Hayden, a spokesperson for the National Security Council, told Yahoo News that Pentagon officials “take all credible allegations seriously and will investigate” the reports.
At the same time, however, Hayden said that a much-publicized White House policy that President Obama announced last year barring U.S. drone strikes unless there is a “near certainty” there will be no civilian casualties — "the highest standard we can meet," he said at the time — does not cover the current U.S. airstrikes in Syria and Iraq.
The “near certainty” standard was intended to apply “only when we take direct action ‘outside areas of active hostilities,’ as we noted at the time,” Hayden said in an email. “That description — outside areas of active hostilities — simply does not fit what we are seeing on the ground in Iraq and Syria right now.”
Hayden added that U.S. military operations against the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL) in Syria, "like all U.S. military operations, are being conducted consistently with the laws of armed conflict, proportionality and distinction."
The laws of armed conflict prohibit the deliberate targeting of civilian areas and require armed forces to take precautions to prevent inadvertent civilian deaths as much as possible.
But one former Obama administration official said the new White House statement raises questions about how the U.S. intends to proceed in the conflict in Syria and Iraq, and under what legal authorities.
“They seem to be creating this grey zone” for the conflict, said Harold Koh, who served as the State Department’s top lawyer during President Obama’s first term. “If we’re not applying the strict rules [to prevent civilian casualties] to Syria and Iraq, then they are of relatively limited value." Hmmm....At least the US military has one comfort all strikes are 'personally' approved by pres Obama.
President Obama has asked to personally sign off on all airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) targets in Syria, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal.
@pdmastersnyu @MichaelvdGalien @YahooNews Hmm....Obama personally to approve all strikes on ISIS http://t.co/6yAmgatFvq
— MFS - The Other News (@MFS001) October 1, 2014
Russian Gold production: Too much of a good thing? (RBTH).
Russian gold producers may need to reduce their mining operations to prevent prices from falling further as the result of an increase in supply on the market.Russia is the world’s third-largest gold-producing country. Over much of the past decade, the rising price of gold made it a safe haven for investors put off by the volatility of stock markets. But in 2013, gold prices began to fall, and many market forecasters today think this trend is set to continue – due in part to a glut of gold on the market. Russian gold producers remain undeterred.
By the end of 2013, for the first time in 25 years, Russia surpassed the U.S. in the total output of mined gold, reaching third place among gold-producing countries. Gold mining in Russia has been growing rapidly in recent years. According to the Federal State Statistics Service, also known as Rosstat, the amount of mined gold was 12% in 2013 and 7% in 2012.
According to the Russian Gold Producers Union, gold extraction and production in the first half of 2014 increased 27% in comparison with the same period the previous year and exceeded 116.7 tons.
“We see that the consumption of physical gold is stable,” says Nikolai Zelensky, general director of Nordgold. “It is mostly consumed by developing countries such as China and India.”
In his words, for example, China’s demand for gold in 2014 is approximately 1,000 tons a year, which is about 25% of world consumption.
“Bearing in mind that Russia has a series of projects that gold producers must implement in 2014-2015, gold production in Russia will continue growing in the upcoming four or five years,” adds Mr. Zelensky.
Russian regions continue increasing their gold extraction. In particular, according to Vladimir Pechenyi, governor of the Magadan Region (the main gold-producing region in the Far East), the development of ore deposits will help the region mine up to 80 tons of gold a year. By comparison, in 2014, the region plans to mine only 24 tons.
The increase in volume has done nothing to reverse the sharp fall in the price of gold in recent years. From 2012 to 2013, the average price of gold decreased 24%, while silver fell 38%.
In his interview with the Kommersant business newspaper, CEO of Polymetal Vitaly Nesis stated that if the market price for gold falls below $1,000 an ounce, some production operations will have to be closed.
According to Mr. Nesis, economic incentive to launch new enterprises only exists only when the price of gold rises to $1,500-$1,600 an ounce. Therefore the recovery of the market will take place only after a worldwide reduction in the production of gold and silver, Mr. Nesis concludes. Hmmm....Ok .....you are forewarned.
Barroso in Letter to Putin: EU Hopes for ‘Rapid’ Progress in Three-Party Gas Talks. (RN).
In a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin released Wednesday, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso expressed hope that “rapid and decisive progress” will be achieved in the three-party gas talks of Russia, Ukraine and the European Union.
“We also expect that rapid and decisive progress can be achieved in the trilateral gas talks towards a mutually acceptable interim solution for the upcoming winter period, on the basis of the compromise elements set out by the European Commission,” Barroso’s letter reads.
“It is key that the resumption of energy deliveries to the citizens of Ukraine is ensured and that the fulfilment of all contractual obligations with customers in the EU is secured,” Barroso said.
At the same time, Barroso welcomed the nations' "constructive engagement" on the implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement and vowed further consultations to address concerns raised by Russia with regard to its economic safety.
On Tuesday, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said that Russia was ready to implement the so-called "Winter Plan" for natural gas deliveries to Ukraine, just days after it was endorsed by the European Commission at the ministerial gas meeting in Berlin last Friday.
The plan, outlined by EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger, would see Kiev repay $3.1 billion of its gas debt to Russia and pay in advance for the delivery of five billion cubic meters of gas at the price of $385 per 1,000 cubic meters, with a discount of $100.
The deal, intended to reduce risks for transit of Europe-bound Russian gas via Ukraine, is to be in place until late March.
Kiev has rejected Russia's offer of the $100 gas-price discount in the form of an export-duty exemption and pushed for the contract price to be reduced instead.
Moscow and Kiev have a long history of disputes over natural gas deliveries. In June, Russia's gas giant Gazprom was forced to introduce a prepayment system for gas deliveries to Ukraine due to Kiev's massive debt which is currently estimated at $5.3 billion.
The next round of three-way gas talks is scheduled to take place in Berlin on October 2-3. Hmmm....meanwhile start looking for the new 'Cottage country' Stove :)
Video - details of "Khorasan/ Wolf Unit" story.(AlaanTV). [Google translate]. Since the United States Air raids targeted in Syria, the whole world is talking about the group that he called Americans "Khorasan".
Since I spoke with a few Movdtna Janan Moses, which will have more information about this group, and after that I managed to get pictures and documents from the headquarters of a private group that was targeted by American planes still ABG named by the United States Khorasan a mystery to the world.
What we know about the group are sites which bombed by American planes, and the news of the killing of the sniper Abu Yusuf Turkish, and Abu Hajer Egyptian during the bombing, two of the most important leaders of al-Qaeda in Syria. managed channel now have access to a headquarters locations destroyer of what defines a set of Khorasan in the countryside of engineers in the countryside Aleppo.
For the first time we were able to verify the buildings bombed and take pictures of the debris. first picture is the general picture of a headquarters hit by American planes.
As you can see, was completely destroyed. in another picture, we see a military uniform among the rubble. , and this car was completely destroyed. , and here we found some books Religious: each one in Arabic and Turkish language under the title: the jurisprudence of jihad. among the debris also a poster of the flags of all the countries in the world.
Someone wrote beside the Syrian flag, "al-Qaeda in Syria" and beside the Egyptian flag, "Al-Qaeda in Egypt." This is a picture of other important underground tunnel near a headquarters targeted by the raids. , but the most important thing we found in a headquarters in the countryside of engineers is this list. Where fourteen names.
According to the document, thirteen of them belong to the group of the wolf in front of victory. Abu Yousef al-Turki, a sniper Front famous victory, was leading this group have been killed by the shelling on the American-based. names in the list shows that four of the fighters with Turkish nationality.
And two from Egypt, two from Yemen, and two from Tunisia, as well as Palestinian and one Serb and one Caucasian and one. Sources say that Hola three dozen of the group Wolf were all settled in the countryside of engineers and specifically in the headquarters bombed by American planes.
Just like their leader Abu Yusuf Turkish, it is believed that some of the names mentioned in the list were killed during air raids. Based on these images, documents can conclude the following: The so-called Group of Khorasan, are in fact set the wolf and other groups of foreign fighters within the Front victory.
Saw me this video on the net for the set wolf. group Khorasan are members of al-Qaeda is the Syrians who have combat experience in Afghanistan and Pakistan and are now in Syria, fighting under the banner of Front victory. According to the sources, targeted three goals in the countryside of engineers: are Faltan and training camp one American planes did not bomb the seven other villas in the area belonging to the Front victory.
Killed in the bombing nearly fifty fighters from the victory and was able to escape about two hundred. engineers in the countryside there were no casualties among the civilians, contrary to what happened in other sites targeted by warplanes. Hmmm....As usual a heavy 'Turkish' involvement.
|Pretty obvious how the Turks feel about America.|
Update and Related: Is Khorasan's real name "the Wolf Unit of Jabhat al-Nusra"?
Video - Claim: "Turkey allowing ISIS fighters to pass borders, capture a strategic hill overlooking Kobane."
ISIS murderous terrorist group called the attack through the territory of Turkey is holding. On this side of the border passes in front of the eyes of the security forces trying to seize Kobani'yi View ISIS was crossing the border by Turkey. Date October 1, 2014.
#ISIS fighters caught on camera while passing Turkish border. #KobaneDireniyor #syria pic.twitter.com/Itvuz1Jwah
— Fer Gunay (@FiratGunay) October 1, 2014
— Kgthetweet (@Kgthetweet) October 1, 2014
@aaronstein1 Tunnel: 36 54 59 26 N 38 13 41 63 E
— Kgthetweet (@Kgthetweet) October 1, 2014 pt async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8">
Black specks are dozen or so #IslamicState fighters exchanging fire w/#Kurdish forces at #Turkey-#Syria border #now pic.twitter.com/svyobpelwu
— Ayla Jean Yackley (@aylajean) October 1, 2014
The picture from Radikal of fighters who appear to have entered Turkey is very fair skinned - http://t.co/Dta0JApVvU— Aaron Stein (@aaronstein1) October 1, 2014