Tuesday, March 29, 2011
- Live broadcast info from Japan directly ! Here.
- Sirya live blog - March 29 here.(Al -Jazeera).
- Updated !Earthquakes in the last 24 hours in the world seismic activity in Japan between 4.6 and 5.4 today. More info here.
- Latest official Situation Update No. 66.On 29.03.2011 at 14:19 GMT+2.
Japan's prime minister says the country is on "maximum alert" over its nuclear crisis as radiation continues to seep out of the disabled Fukushima nuclear plant and traces of plutonium have been found in the soil. Prime Minister Naoto Kan on Tuesday also warned that the situation remains "unpredictable" at the earthquake-damaged plant. He said his government is giving its complete attention to halting the radiation leaks. Officials announced earlier that dangerous plutonium has been detected in the soil in five locations around the plant, more than two weeks after a massive earthquake and tsunami crippled the plant's cooling systems.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said the levels did not exceed normal background levels, but that the composition of the plutonium indicates at least some of it came from the nuclear plant. Japan's top government spokesman Yukio Edano said Tuesday the government is doing everything it can to bring the situation under control. He said the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission and US Armed Forces were providing support and know-how.
Japanese officials have said the presence of plutonium in the soil is evidence of a meltdown in the core of the number 3 reactor, the only one of six at the plant that uses plutonium in its fuel. The discovery is the latest setback in the effort to shut down the reactors, whose cooling systems were knocked out when a 9-magnitude earthquake and tsunami struck Japan on March 11. More bodies are discovered daily as search crews make their way through the rubble of Japan's northeast coast, bringing the toll by Tuesday to more than 11,000 dead and 17,000 missing. Almost 200,000 more are still living in poorly equipped shelters. Edano said Tuesday the government had set up a special task force dedicated to supporting the livelihood of those affected by the triple disaster.
On Monday, officials announced that water being used to keep the reactors' fuel rods from overheating has leaked into maintenance tunnels that run alongside three of the reactors and lead within 55 meters of the open ocean. Radiation in the water outside the number two reactor was measured at levels that can cause sickness within an hour. Workers were already grappling with water at similar radiation levels inside the reactor building, where two workers suffered radiation burns after stepping in the water last week. Authorities say the water must be safely removed from the buildings before workers can resume the crucial work of restoring electrical power to the pumps that run the plant's cooling systems.
At a news conference Tuesday, Edano described the situation as "very grave." He said the workers have no choice but to continue pumping water into the reactors to keep the fuel rods from overheating, even as they confront the challenge of disposing with the contaminated runoff. Radiation escaping from the plant has made its way into milk and vegetables in the surrounding province and into ocean areas near the facility. It has also infected tap water in Tokyo, 220 kilometers to the south, and has been detected at trace levels as far away as China and South Korea.Hmmm......Why was Japan using plutonium?Where they making their own nuclear weapons program? Source .
- HT:NYPost.Reactors now leaking plutonium into soil.Weapons-grade plutonium was found in the soil surrounding Japan's crisis-stricken power plant yesterday, heightening fears at the facility, where workers have struggled for weeks to keep the nuclear lid from blowing off its damaged, leaky reactors. The world's most serious atomic crisis in 25 years went from bad to worse after crews discovered traces of the material -- a key ingredient in nuclear weapons. "The situation is very grave," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said today. "We are doing our utmost efforts to contain the damage." Still, plant managers downplayed the discovery of the plutonium 238, 239 and 240.
The table lists 9 isotopes of Plutonium.
Isotope of Pu Curies/gram (radioactivity)
Pu 239…………..0.063 Pu 239 is the weapon grade isotope.
Pu 243…………. 2.6 x 10 to the 6 power
Pu 244…………..1.8 x 10 to the -5 power
There is a great variety of rates of radioactivity between the isotopes of Plutonium.To find the number of disintegrations per second (ie number of alpha tracks per second) multiply the “curies per gram” figure by 37,000,000,000. Interesting to work out the weight, in fractions of a gram, of Pu 243 required to produce 1 curie. It’s a bank of gattling guns at the scale of the cells it may be embedded within.
1 gram of radium = 1 curie. ie 1 gram of radium emits 37,000,000,000 alpha tracks per second. (HT:PaulLangley)
The Tokyo Electric Power Co., which owns the plant, said only two of the plutonium samples taken yesterday were from the leaking reactors. The other three were from earlier nuclear tests, executives said. "Plutonium found this time is at a similar level seen in soil in a regular environment, and it's not at the level that's harmful to human health," insisted Sakae Muto, vice president of TEPCO. Meanwhile, minuscule levels of radiation from the nuclear-plant incident have been detected in air and water in at least 15 US states, but the Environmental Protection Agency reaffirmed that the levels represent no threat to public health. Samples were collected by monitors in Alaska, Alabama, California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada and Washington state over the past week and sent to EPA scientists for analysis.Read the full
- HT:TheGuardian.Japan may have lost race to save nuclear reactor.Fukushima meltdown fears rise after radioactive core melts through vessel – but 'no danger of Chernobyl-style catastrophe'.The radioactive core in a reactor at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant appears to have melted through the bottom of its containment vessel and on to a concrete floor, experts say, raising fears of a major release of radiation at the site.
The warning follows an analysis by a leading US expert of radiation levels at the plant. Readings from reactor two at the site have been made public by the Japanese authorities and Tepco, the utility that operates it.Richard Lahey, who was head of safety research for boiling-water reactors at General Electric when the company installed the units at Fukushima, told the Guardian workers at the site appeared to have "lost the race" to save the reactor, but said there was no danger of a Chernobyl-style catastrophe.
Workers have been pumping water into three reactors at the stricken plant in a desperate bid to keep the fuel rods from melting down, but the fuel is at least partially exposed in all the reactors.At least part of the molten core, which includes melted fuel rods and zirconium alloy cladding, seemed to have sunk through the steel "lower head" of the pressure vessel around reactor two, Lahey said."The indications we have, from the reactor to radiation readings and the materials they are seeing, suggest that the core has melted through the bottom of the pressure vessel in unit two, and at least some of it is down on the floor of the drywell," Lahey said. "I hope I am wrong, but that is certainly what the evidence is pointing towards."The major concern when molten fuel breaches a containment vessel is that it reacts with the concrete floor of the drywell underneath, releasing radioactive gases into the surrounding area. At Fukushima, the drywell has been flooded with seawater, which will cool any molten fuel that escapes from the reactor and reduce the amount of radioactive gas released.Lahey said: "It won't come out as one big glob ; it'll come out like lava (Pic Chernobyl),and that is good because it's easier to cool."The drywell is surrounded by a secondary steel-and-concrete structure designed to keep radioactive material from escaping into the environment. But an earlier hydrogen explosion at the reactor may have damaged this."The reason we are concerned is that they are detecting water outside the containment area that is highly radioactive and it can only have come from the reactor core," Lahey added. "It's not going to be anything like Chernobyl, where it went up with a big fire and steam explosion, but it's not going to be good news for the environment."The radiation level at a pool of water in the turbine room of reactor two was measured recently at 1,000 millisieverts per hour. At that level, workers could remain in the area for just 15 minutes, under current exposure guidelines.Read the full story here.
- Poison particles from nuke plant found in AT LEAST 12 U.S. states as Japan is put on 'maximum' radiation alert.Radiation from the Fukushima leak has been detected in at least 12 U.S. states and is believed it will reach more in the coming days as Japan is put on 'maximum' alert.The Environment Protection Agency confirmed that radiation was found in air filters in Alabama and in rainwater in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.Though the trace levels are very low and not hazardous to health, residents have been warned not to use rainwater which has been collected in cisterns.Higher than usual levels of radiation were detected by monitoring stations in Alaska, Alabama, California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands, and Washington State over the past week and sent to Environmental Protection Agency scientists for detailed laboratory analysis, the agency said in a release on Monday.Unusual, yet still very low trace amounts of radiation were also reported in Massachusetts rain water and by state officials and nuclear power plant radiation sensors in Colorado, South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida and Pennsylvania.Levels have also been detected on the coast of British Columbia.The EPA said in their statement: 'Some of the filter results show levels slightly higher than those found by our monitors last week and a Department of Energy monitor the week before.'These types of findings are to be expected in the coming days and are still far below levels of public health concern.'The Center for Disease Control said: 'The levels being seen now are 25 times below the level that would be of concern for use as a sole source of water over a short period of time, even for infants, pregnant women or breastfeeding women, who are the most sensitive to radiation.The revelation came as Japanese prime minister Naoto Kan told his parliament that the country was grappling with its worst problems since the Second World War.'This quake, tsunami and the nuclear accident are the biggest crises for Japan' in decades, Mr Kan said.He warned the crises remained unpredictable, but added: 'From now on, we will continue to handle it in a state of maximum alert.'Hundreds of pregnant women are fleeing at-risk areas over fears that radiation from the Fukushima nuclear plant will harm their unborn babies.It comes as radioactive water and plutonium-contaminated soil were found outside the plant on Japan's tsunami-hit north-east coast, where brave workers are battling to stop a meltdown.Crews have also found traces of plutonium in soil outside of the complex.Hiro Hasegawa, a spokesman for Tokyo Electric Power Co which owns the shattered Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, told The Daily Telegraph: 'The trench is located outside the building and the water contains radioactive materials.'There is normally no water found in this area.'It comes after thousands of furious demonstrators gathered outside the head office of TEPCO after officials mistakenly said radiation in leaking water in the Unit 2 reactor was ten million times above normal.Since then, three of the complex's six units are believed to have partially melted down, and emergency crews have struggled with everything from malfunctioning pumps to dangerous spikes in radiation that have forced temporary evacuations.Mr Hasegawa added: 'We do not believe (the radioactive water) is leaking into the ocean.'We are now working out where the cause of the leak is and finding ways to remove the water as soon as possible.'Read the full story here.
- HT:Memri.Sha'th: Palestinian State Will Become U.N. Member In September.Fatah Central Committee member Nabil Sha'th has said that the Palestinian constitutional committee will convene immediately, following a call by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud 'Abbas to finish the drafting of the constitution of the Palestinian state by the end of September 2011. He said that the Palestinians will need the votes of 15 countries in the U.N. General Assembly, which meets at that time, to obtain the two-thirds majority demanded for the State of Palestine to be accepted as a full U.N. member, but that he was certain of Palestinian success in this venture and in the declaration of the establishment of the state.Hmmm.....And what's Hussein's role in this? Source.
- 'AKP handcuffing thoughts,' says chief of main Turkish opposition.Turkey’s ruling administration is “handcuffing thoughts” through recent police raids targeting the manuscripts of an unpublished book, main opposition leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu said during parliamentary group meetings Tuesday.“An unpublished book has become an element of crime. After [the Sept. 12 military coup] they brought people on TV as terror subjects and presented books as evidence. Isn’t that the same as what’s happening today?” asked the Republican People’s Party, or CHP, leader.“You destroyed a manuscript! You do not destroy evidence of a crime, you document it. Isn’t destroying evidence a crime?” he asked.“Go ahead, criticize the government and we will all see what happens to you,” added Kılıçdaroğlu, who claimed that the ruling party was behind the manuscript confiscation, not the judiciary or police.“I don’t know if there are any other countries that punish thoughts. How can a person be afraid to think? But the prime minister is the enemy of thoughts,” said Kılıçdaoğlu.“The West is surprised about the incidents, too,” said Kılıçdaroğlu. “The [ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP] is using pressure tactics that even Hitler or Mussolini could not think of. Do you still not see it?” the CHP chief said, addressing Europe.“A European Union official referring to the manuscript incident stated that if Turkey continues down this path, they could put an end to Turkey’s membership negotiations. They finally see what democracy in Turkey has become,” he said.Hmmmm.......Welcome to Turkey,Iranian style where thought has become a crime?GET TURKEY OUT OF NATO!Read the full story here.
- HT:HonestNewsReporting.Breaking News: Facebook Shuts Down Third Intifada Group.Despite previous statements saying they would monitor but not remove the controversial Facebook group calling for a Third Intifada, Facebook administrators shut down the group early Tuesday morning in response to enormous pressure from pro-Israel activists. All links to the group now go to users personal Facebook profile.The group had been calling for a march on Israel to “liberate” Palestine beginning on May 15. It remains to be seen how Facebook will respond if similar groups emerge with similar message of a Third Intifada.New media expert Andre Oboler, one of the first to discover the group was down, told HonestReporting that Facebook made the correct decision shutting down the group. “It’s about time,” he said. “Facebook needs to learn to distinguish between the right to ‘attack’ conceptual ideas, and the ‘wrong’ of attacking people be it because of their race, religion, nationality or political view. When they start to understand that, perhaps they will stop making so many mistakes.”Hmmmm......How long before 'Facebook' allows a new page?Read the full story here.
- HT:WestForTheWestwing.Soros’ America-wrecking conference slated for April 8.The most important developments seldom make it onto the front page of the newspaper. A prime example is the conference George Soros is convening on April 8 to reorganize the world’s financial structure. It is getting zero “mainstream media” publicity, of course. Media-watchdog group Media Resource Center is on top of it, though:Two years ago, George Soros said he wanted to reorganize the entire global economic system. In two short weeks, he is going to start – and no one seems to have noticed.On April 8, a group he’s funded with $50 million is holding a major economic conference and Soros’s goal for such an event is to “establish new international rules” and “reform the currency system.” It’s all according to a plan laid out in a Nov. 4, 2009, Soros op-ed calling for “a grand bargain that rearranges the entire financial order.”The event is bringing together “more than 200 academic, business and government policy thought leaders” to repeat the famed 1944 Bretton Woods gathering that helped create the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. Soros wants a new “multilateral system,” or an economic system where America isn’t so dominant.That last is no surprise coming from Soros, who infamously said, “The main obstacle to a stable and just world order is the United States.” Soros has also talked openly of his plans to take down the United States through the “managed decline” of the U.S. dollar.Altogether, Soros funds more than 1,200 organizations worldwide, including MoveOn.org, the powerful Center for American Progress, and opinion-shapers MediaMatters and ThinkProgress. With all those media outlets in Soros’ hands, the INET conference could be getting non-stop media coverage if Soros wished. So why haven’t we heard more about it?The Soros empire is silent about this new Bretton Woods conference because it isn’t just designed to change global economic rules. It also is designed to put America in its place – part of a multilateral world the way Soros wants it. He wrote that the U.S. “could lead a cooperative effort to involve both the developed and the developing world, thereby reestablishing American leadership in an acceptable form.”That’s what this conference is all about – changing the global economy and the United States to make them “acceptable” to George Soros.I’m grateful that despite the “mainstream media” blackout on Soros, Glenn Beck has done so much to make Americans aware of Soros’ agenda and activities.Hmmmm....Obama....Soros....New world order .....The fourth Reich?Read the full story here.
- HT:Wired.NATO Chief Opens The Door to Libya Ground Troops.The mantra, from President Obama on down, is that ground forces are totally ruled out for Libya. After all, the United Nations Security Council Resolution authorizing the war explicitly rules out any “occupation” forces. But leave it to the top military officer of NATO, which takes over the war on Wednesday, to add an asterisk to that ban.During a Senate hearing on Tuesday, Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island asked Adm. James Stavridis about NATO putting forces into “post-Gadhafi” Libya to make sure the country doesn’t fall apart. Stavridis said he “wouldn’t say NATO’s considering it yet.” But because of NATO’s history of putting peacekeepers in the Balkans — as pictured above — “the possibility of a stabilization regime exists.”So welcome to a new possible “endgame” for Libya. Western troops patrolling Libya’s cities during a a shaky transition after Moammar Gadhafi’s regime has fallen, however that’s supposed to happen. Thousands of NATO troops patrolled Bosnia and Kosovo’s tense streets for years. And Iraq and Afghanistan taught the U.S. and NATO very dearly that fierce insurgent conflict can follow the end of a brutal regime. In fact, it’s the moments after the regime falls that can be the most dangerous of all — especially if well-intentioned foreign troops become an object of local resentment.Hmmm....Once more he proves what he says and what he does are two completely different thing,he doesn't speak with "forked tongue" he was born with it!Read the full story here.
- Susan Rice: Obama Administration Has Not Ruled Out Military Support for Libyan Rebels.U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice says the Obama administration has not ruled out military support for the Libyan rebels.“We have not made that decision, George, but we’ve not certainly ruled that out,” Rice told “Good Morning America” anchor George Stephanopoulos on Tuesday morning. She did not answer a question about whether military support would include arming the rebels.Rice told CBS’s “The Early Show” there are "non-military means at our disposal" to force Gaddafi out.Those non-military means include cutting off Gaddafi’s resources (money, mercenaries, weapons); “providing assistance to the rebels and the opposition”; and engaging in a diplomatic process, with U.S. allies, “to chart a post-Gaddafi Libya.”Hmmmm.......The Obama regime arming Al-Qaida rebels,can we start the impeachment now?Read the full story here.
- 4 Palestinians suspected of raping 11-year-old boy.Police arrest illegal Palestinian aliens for allegedly raping, molesting boy in Bnei Brak.Four Palestinians residing in Israel illegally have been arrested for allegedly raping an 11-year-old boy from Bnei Brak several times. The four, aged 23-27, are also suspected of indecent acts. Police launched an investigation after the boy told his older brother he had been abused. The suspects were swiftly apprehended for fear they would flee to the territories. Heading the probe is police Superintendent Ronen ShimriPolice suspect that the four, who were working at an event hall in the city, promised the boy candy and lured him into accompanying them to the building where they live.It is also suspected the Palestinians raped, beat and humiliated the boy several times over the past few weeks. Police suspect they also emotionally abused the boy. Hmmmm.....What no facebook page to glorify these Palestinian heros?Read the full story here.
- NATO delays Libya takeover for another day, talks on Gadhafi endgame.As World powers meet in London, seeking to plot out an endgame for Moammar Gadhafi's tottering regime and to strike agreement on plans for Libya's future, NATO delays its takeover of all military operations in Libya. Turkey says the talks would gauge international support for scenarios under which Gadhafi could retreat into exile.NATO delayed its takeover of all military operations in Libya by 24 hours to Thursday at 0600 GMT, as top diplomats met Tuesday in London to plot out an endgame for Moammar Gadhafi's tottering regime and to strike a deal with the Libyan opposition over plans for the country's future.
The 28-nation military alliance agreed Sunday to take command of the U.S.-led campaign, and U.S. President Barack Obama said the transfer would be completed on Wednesday. But an alliance diplomat, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said an extra day was needed for a smooth transition from U.S. to NATO command.
The delay is also necessary because contributions from some allies could depend on the outcome of an international conference on Libya taking place in London on Tuesday, the diplomat said. "Given the small political uncertainty linked to the London meeting on Tuesday, which the engagement of some allies may depend on, we found it reasonable to delay the effective transfer of responsibility by one day," the diplomat said. "NATO will effectively take over command of Libyan operations on Thursday at 0600 GMT."Britain and the United States signaled ahead of the summit that they could accept a plan under which Gadhafi quickly leaves Libya and in return escapes a war crimes trial, despite a previous insistence that he must face the International Criminal Court."Of course where he goes, if he goes, is up to him and the people of Libya to determine and we will not necessarily be in control of that," Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague said ahead of the summit. Frattini said several African counties could offer Gadhafi a haven. "I hope that the African Union can come up with a valid proposal," he said. But international allies are "not going to choose Col. Gadhafi's retirement home," Hague said.African Union chairman Jean Ping was not attending the talks as had been expected. "We already had our own meeting last Friday and agreed on a way forward there," said El Ghassim Wane, director of the AU Peace and Security Council. However, delegates did include Qatar's emir Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani and dozens of foreign ministers from across Europe and the Middle East.
Russia's envoy to NATO, meanwhile, urged the alliance not to bomb Libyan ground targets when it assumes command of the military campaign from the U.S.-led international coalition. NATO should restrict itself only to enforcing the arms embargo and the no-fly zone, Ambassador Dmitry Rogozin said. "NATO should not go beyond those two principles," Rogozin said.Hmmm....Twitter.Ambassador Rogozin"We have reports of air strikes against convoys far from the front line. This is a far cry from the UN SC resolution".Read the full story here.
- Muslim Brotherhood Demands Egyptian Military Break Israel’s “Siege of Gaza”.Buoyed by its new-found legal status under Egypt’s provisional military leadership, the Muslim Brotherhood wants the Supreme Council of the Egyptian armed forces to “break the siege which is suffocating the lives of the people of Gaza.”The Brotherhood also is demanding that the “Arab peoples must take a decisive stand on this issue.”In what appears to be a response to the Brotherhood’s appeal, Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Elaraby issued a warning to Israel against rushing into military operations in Gaza.At the same time, he called on Palestinian groups not to give Israel any excuse to use violence, saying that Egypt condemned any violence against civilians.The Muslim Brotherhood’s statement, which appeared on its “Ikhwanweb,” said that the revolutions sweeping the Middle East and North Africa reflect “the winds of change that have uprooted the Mubaraks and other U.S.-backed Arab regimes.”The Brotherhood also is known as the Ikhwan in Arabic.The statement went on to say that protesters will not be dissuaded from their “fundamental cause of Palestine and other Islamic and Christian sanctities,” explaining that it is time for the “Zionists to review their accounts, after the ouster of their dog, who saw him as the strategic ally and a treasure for Israel that promotes the latter’s policies, and supports their malicious scheme and strikes with its sword.”Hmmmmm.....Thank you Barack Hussein Obama?Putting the Muslim Brotherhood in power in Egypt,Arming Al -Qaida in libya,keeping a low profile when it comes to Iran and bashing Israel on every occasion a real 'Christian' lifestyle!Read the full story here.
- Department of Injustice.One of the requirements to become a Dayton, Ohio police officer is to successfully pass the city's two-part written examination. Applicants must correctly answer 57 of 86 questions on the first part (66 percent) and 73 of 102 (72 percent) on the second part.Dayton's Civil Service Board reported that 490 candidates passed the November 2010 written test, 57 of whom were black. About 231 of the roughly 1,100 test takers were black.The U.S. Department of Justice, led by Attorney General Eric Holder, rejected the results of Dayton's Civil Service examination because not enough blacks passed. The DOJ has ordered the city to lower the passing score.The lowered passing grade requires candidates to answer 50 of 86 (58 percent) questions correctly on the first part and 64 of 102 (63 percent) of questions on the second. The DOJ-approved scoring policy requires potential police officers to earn the equivalent of an "F" on the first part and a "D" on the second. Based on the DOJ-imposed passing scores, a total of 748 people, 258 more than before, were reported passing the exam. Unreported was just how many of the 258 are black.Keith Lander, chairman of the Dayton chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and Dayton NAACP President Derrick Foward condemned the DOJ actions.Mr. Lander said, "Lowering the test score is insulting to black people," adding, "The DOJ is creating the perception that black people are dumb by lowering the score. It's not accomplishing anything."Mr. Foward agreed and said, "The NAACP does not support individuals failing a test and then having the opportunity to be gainfully employed," adding, "If you lower the score for any group of people, you're not getting the best qualified people for the job."Hmmmm......In light of Obama's latest statement"Obama Says Too Much Testing Makes Education Boring, Sees Tests As Punishment."i can only conclude he wants brainless morons in charge,they are so much easier to manipulate i presume?Read the full story here.
- GOP Rep. Peter King Slams Dick Durbin’s Islamophobia Hearings, “This Perpetuates the Myth That Muslims Are the Victims of 9/11”…Sen. Dick Durbin prepared to convene a hearing Tuesday morning on the civil rights of Muslims, a move decried as nonsensical by the Republican congressman who held a high-profile hearing earlier in the month on Islamic radicalization.
“This just perpetuates the myth that somehow Muslims are the victim of September 11,” Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., told Fox News.
But Durbin, D-Ill., said he called the hearing so that Congress could examine potential civil rights violations particular to Muslims, like Koran burnings and restrictions on mosque construction, as well as hate speech and other forms of discrimination.Among the witnesses, Durbin plans to call Muslim Advocates President Farhana Khera and Thomas Perez, a top official in the Justice Department’s civil rights division.Durbin announced the hearing shortly after King finished hosting a panel on the House Homeland Security Committee that examined domestic extremism. Amid claims that his hearing unfairly singled out Muslims, King at the time called on American Muslims to do more to speak out against radicals in their community and work with law enforcement.While critics of King’s hearing questioned why he didn’t examine other domestic threats like the KKK, King likewise questioned why Durbin wouldn’t examine civil rights violations of other religious groups.“The best they can do is come back with these hearings by Senator Durbin, which is somehow trying to create the illusion that there’s a violation of civil rights of Muslims in this country. It’s absolutely untrue, and to me it makes no sense,” King said.Read the full story here.
- Pakistan - Third church attacked as Pakistani extremists declare war over Florida Koran burning.Islamabad (AsiaNews) - An armed group of seven people attacked the Catholic Church of St. Thomas in the military district of Wah, about 45 km from Islamabad. The attack took place at 6.30 pm yesterday, while the security guard was absent. The extremists hurled stones, damaged the building and tried to set fire to it, but they did not shoot. Yesterday's was the third attack against a church in Pakistan less than a week. The escalation of violence is a result of the mad act - repeatedly condemned by Christians in Pakistan and India – of pastor Wayne Sapp, who last March 20, in Florida burned a copy of the Koran under the supervision of the evangelical preacher Terry Jones. The caretaker of the church of St. Thomas confirmed that the attack occurred yesterday, at about 6.30 pm, taking advantage of the absence of the security guard. A group of six or seven armed men broke through a small door and started throwing stones at the windows, smashing the small lamps and tried to break the door. The caretaker called the priest and the police, he is currently still in shock and does not intend to make statements. The extremists were armed, but did not open fire. Unable to break down the door, they tried to set it on fire. The parish priest, Fr Yousaf, rushed to the scene of the attack and tried to reassure the small Christian community. "It's a reaction - the priest told AsiaNews - to the desecration of the Koran in Florida, although the Catholic community has condemned the act. We pointed out clearly that we have no link with the Americans. At the time of the attack there were no guards, the police are present only on Sundays. "Pastor Tariq Emmanuel, who lives near the church, added that the assailants did not open fire "because it is a high security area" and the military would have reacted immediately in the event of gunfire. "The forces of order – he adds - have asked to install closed circuit security cameras and private guards of the Christian faith", the only available. Christians now "no longer believe the promises of protection" of the police, especially after the murder of Salman Taseer and Shahbaz Bhatti.The bishop of Islamabad points the finger at what he calls the "most troubling" part of the story. "The church of St. Thomas – he points out - is located near a high security zone, which is the only ammunition dump located in Pakistan, and as a result reinforced area. In addition, there are 4 barriers at the entrances of the military district of Wah, which means the assailants did not come from outside. " Hmmmm.....The 'people' the Obama regime donates tens of Billions of Dollars.Read the full story here.
- Woman, 29, sues United Arab Emirates five-star hotel after she was raped... then JAILED for having sex outside of marriage.An Australian woman is suing a five-star UAE hotel after she was drugged and raped by co-workers - but ended up in jail for eight months for having sex outside marriage.Alicia Gali, 29, had her drink spiked and was raped by four co-workers at the luxury Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort in the United Arab Emirates in June 2008.She is seeking compensation from her former employer for breaching its workplace duty of care after she reported the assault to authorities, only to be jailed for eight months on an adultery charge.Ms Gali spent eight months in prison as it is illegal as having sex outside marriage in the UAE is illegal.Australian embassy staff advised Ms Gali and her family not to go to the media during her time in custody, when she was locked in a cell with 30 other women.She has since been pardoned and was released in March 2009.'Alicia is very concerned there are other women who might find themselves in similar situations.'She now feels brave enough to speak out.'Read the full story here.
- HT:AhmadiyyaTimes.Pakistan’s Sherry Rehman stands alone after colleagues’ assassinations.KARACHI, Pakistan — In the past two months, Sherry Rehman’s rambling, art-filled house in this southern city has become a self-imposed prison. The liberal lawmaker knows that for her to move about freely in Pakistan now would be to step into the crosshairs of religious radicals who have assassinated two of her like-minded colleagues this year.Rehman’s offense, in the extremists’ view, is proposing reform of laws that make blasphemy a capital crime and that are often used to persecute religious minorities or personal enemies. To Pakistan’s violent fundamentalists, the mere idea of such reform is poison, a point they made clear with the killings of Punjab governor Salman Taseer and federal minorities minister Shahbaz Bhatti.The deaths of her ruling-party peers left Rehman, 50, the country’s only vocal advocate for amending the anti-blasphemy laws — a cause she backs now mostly from home, and more quietly. Armed guards and police stand watch outside. Inside, the former journalist receives friends and colleagues, fending off pleas that she flee the country.“I don’t want to leave,” she said in a recent interview. “I want to be able to stay here as long as possible, and if it means I’m not going to go to the shops or go to the Sunday bazaar, okay.”At massive rallies, clerics have named Rehman an apostate. In Multan, a city in the eastern province of Punjab, a local politician filed a blasphemy complaint against her after she said on television, citing the Koran, that radical mullahs were wrong to defend the blasphemy laws. She and her attorneys spent weeks on the case before police decided not to to bring charges.Rehman, a former editor of the leading Pakistani newsmagazine the Herald, joined the National Assembly in 2002. She became information minister in 2008 but resigned a year later to protest the government’s curbs on TV stations that had criticized it.But Rehman has remained in Parliament, and she says it is there that the battle for ideas can be fought. While pushing for bills against domestic violence and sexual harassment in the workplace, she said, she has seen politicians from religious parties compromise. The main task now should be righting the faltering economy, which fuels extremism, she said.“Tolerance is the big issue,” Rehman said. “But the government will have to deal with how people are facing the next day and getting the next meal.”Rehman said she sees hope amid the frenzy. Clerics call with words of support. The Pakistani media, which fanned public outrage against Taseer before his assassination, have largely left her alone.And after allegedly calling Rehman a “non-Muslim” in January, an imam who preaches minutes from her house retracted his words after a journalist filed a complaint that could have led to incitement charges. That shows “the removal of impunity does work,” Rehman said.Still, the imam was not punished, and clerics in other parts of the country continue to say Rehman deserves death.“This is a sobering moment,” she said. “It may get worse before it gets better. But it has to.”Read the full story here.
- NUGENT: Obamacare is crony-care.Vocal reform supporters are now demanding waivers.The biggest problem President Obama has is a serious lack of trust among the American people.From energy mismanagement to refusal to be fiscally accountable to blatant job-destroying policies, the president has gone off in a gung-ho leftist direction that leaves many Americans shaking their heads in confusion. A recent poll found that more than 60 percent of Americans believe the country is heading off a cliff.The president’s trust meter will take another hit now that more and more Americans are finding out he’s giving out waivers to his Fedzillacare law. The president has handed out exemptions to more than 1,000 unions, companies and organizations and five states.Any way you slice or spin it, this is pure Chicago-style political payback, blatant Al Capone corruption at its finest. The president clearly learned his political lessons well when he was a community rabble-rouser in Chicago. It’s good to be his political buddy.If Obamacare is so good, will save so much money and rescue America from health care disaster as the president stated so emphatically, why grant waivers of such benevolence to anyone, much less your close friends? Shouldn’t his union buddies be pounding on the door of the White House demanding to be the first in line to gobble up the entire gigantic Fedzillacare law?Hmmm......Once again....What do the waiver receivers pledge to the Obama regime?Read the full story here.
- HT:WestforTheWestwing.Will the Middle East soon be “Christenrein”?“Judenrein” was the ghastly word used by the Nazis to describe areas “cleansed” of all Jews.It appears that there is a large and active contingent of people in the Middle East who would like to make it “Christenrein” — rid of all Christians. Catholic News Service describes the ongoing nightmare:
An Iraqi archbishop spoke of “near-genocide conditions” for Christians in his country and said those fleeing violence were straining resources in other parts of the country.Archbishop Bashar Warda of Irbil, Iraq, said part of the problem was the country’s “weak constitution, which tries to please two masters.”“We are living in a region which cannot decide if it is for democracy or Islamic law,” he said March 16 at news conference sponsored by the Catholic charitable agency Aid to the Church in Need.Archbishop Warda criticized “neighboring governments feeding insurgents with money and weapons to destabilize the Iraqi government” and said the rest of world’s governments had “turned their backs on us, as if the human rights abuses and near-genocide conditions Iraqi Christians experience are temporary.”Archbishop Warda said that since the U.S.-led occupation of his country began in 2003, more than 500 Christians had been killed in religious and politically motivated violence.Between 2006 and 2010, 17 Iraqi priests and two bishops were kidnapped and beaten or tortured. One bishop, four priests and three subdeacons were killed.“In most cases, those responsible for the crimes stated they wanted Christians out of Iraq,” the archbishop said.
The Chaldean Christians of Iraq are one of the oldest continuous Christian communities in the world, having common roots with the Assyrian Church of the East, which dates back to the 1st century A.D.
The Christian community in Egypt also dates back to the 1st century A.D. Tradition has it that St. Mark the evangelist was the first to preach the Gospel in Alexandria and founded the church there during the reign of Roman emperor Claudius, around 42 A.D. This ancient Christian community has been persecuted ever since Muslim armies swept through North Africa in the seventh century — but persecution has worsened since the downfall of Mubarak.
Since shariah requires violence against women, I guess we shouldn’t be surprised. What did surprise me was how quickly the Egyptian Army has moved to appoint itself the enforcer of shariah law.And since shariah also requires persecution of non-Muslims, it was only a matter of time (but how short a time!) before we started seeing stories such as this one, from International Christian Concern’s blog Persecution.org : Christian protestors who staged a nine-day sit-in calling for the rebuilding of a church torched by Islamists have come under attack by the Egyptian army.
According to a news release from Barnabas Aid, the demonstrators were reportedly shot at and struck with electric batons outside the state television headquarters in Maspero, downtown Cairo. Fifteen suffered injuries, including broken limbs, head wounds and burns.The assault happened in the early hours of March 14 – two hours before an agreed suspension of the sit-in. Representatives of the demonstrators had met with Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf and members of the military council the previous afternoon to discuss their demands.Barnabas Aid reported the army has said it will rebuild the church in Soul, which was destroyed on March 5. The demonstrators agreed to suspend the sit-in until March 25 to give the government time to fulfill its pledges.Around 500 people were still at the site when military forces smashed the demonstration in the early morning hours. Barnabas Aid reported one of the organizers said the soldiers cut the wire fences and started running towards the people, shouting the Islamic war cry “Allahu Akhbar” (“god is great.”)Every day that goes by demonstrates a little more how mistaken we were to think that the Egyptian Army would be independent of the Muslim Brotherhood, much less a restraining influence on them.Hmmmm......Obama "Islam is a great religion".Noticed how much he go's to church lately?Read the full story here.
- And now for something ompletely Different.On top of the world: French daredevil dubbed 'Spiderman' climbs 2,717ft in six hours to scale world's tallest tower in Dubai.A French skyscraper climber who calls himself 'Spiderman' has scrambled his way to the top of the world's tallest tower in Dubai.Alain Robert began his ascent of the 2,717ft-tall Burj Khalifa just before sunset, at 6pm last night, and he reached the top just after midnight - it took him about six hours, as he had expected.As night fell, a row of powerful spotlights shone on the side of the tower to light the way.Unlike his many previous climbs, the 48-year-old daredevil used a rope and harness to comply with organisers' requirements in the Gulf sheikdom.An ambulance, with a stretcher at the ready, was parked alongside other emergency vehicles at the Burj's base.Robert has climbed more than 70 skyscrapers, including the Empire State Building, Chicago's Willis Tower and the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, according to his website. He conquered Taiwan's Taipei 101, which before the Burj was the world's tallest building, in 2004.The tower's owner, Emaar Properties, said the half-mile-high Burj Khalifa has 160 habitable storeys. Strapped to a safety harness tethered more than 100 stories up, Robert began his climb up the silvery, glass-covered Burj at around 6pm. He hoisted himself up along a central column, mostly free of decorative rows of pipes that could have slowed his ascent.He did not appear to use the rope to pull himself up, but instead gripped the glass and narrow metal ridges like a rock climber with his feet and bare hands.Hundreds of spectators crowded plazas outside shopping centres and restaurants at the tower's sprawling base.Robert stayed in a Dubai hotel before the climb, doing push-ups, pull-ups and stretches, and loading up on carbohydrate-heavy foods such as pasta in a room overlooking the target of his latest adventure.The Frenchman's climb was designed to inspire over 2,000 students who had descended on Dubai yesterday for the three-day Education Without Borders' conference, which was being hosted by the Higher Colleges of Technology.Read and see the full story here.
- Live broadcast info from Japan directly ! Here.
- Sirya live blog - March 29 here.(Al -Jazeera).
- Updated !Earthquakes in the last 24 hours in the world seismic activity in Japan between 4.6 and 5.4 today. More info here.
- Latest official Situation Update No. 65.On 29.03.2011 at 03:30 GMT+2 Highly toxic plutonium is seeping from the damaged nuclear power plant in Japan's tsunami disaster zone into the soil outside, officials said Tuesday, heightening concerns about the expanding spread of radiation. Plutonium was detected at several spots outside the Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant — the first confirmed presence of the dangerously radioactive substance, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said. There are strong indications some of the radioactivity is coming from damaged nuclear fuel rods, a worrying development in the race to bring the power plant under control, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said Tuesday. "The situation is very grave," Edano told reporters. "We are doing our utmost efforts to contain the damage." Officials said the traces of plutonium posed no immediate threat to public health. But the latest finding appeared to feed government frustration with TEPCO, which has failed to stem the crisis more than two weeks after a March 11 earthquake and tsunami damaged the plant. The failure to keep radioactive substances from seeping out of the facility was "deplorable," said Hidehiko Nishiyama, a spokesman for the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency. The government is considering temporarily nationalizing the troubled nuclear plant operator, Japan's top-selling daily Yomiuri said Tuesday, quoting unnamed government sources. The huge tsunami spawned by the earthquake destroyed the power systems needed to cool the nuclear fuel rods in the complex, 140 miles (220 kilometers) northeast of Tokyo. Since then, three of the complex's six reactors are believed to have partially melted down, and emergency crews have struggled with everything from malfunctioning pumps to dangerous spikes in radiation that have forced temporary evacuations of workers. Residents within a 12-mile (20-kilometer) radius of the plant have been urged to leave or stay indoors. Confusion at the plant has intensified fears that the nuclear crisis will continue for months or even years amid alarms over radiation making its way into produce, raw milk and even tap water as far away as Tokyo. The troubles have eclipsed Pennsylvania's 1979 crisis at Three Mile Island, when a partial meltdown raised fears of widespread radiation release. But it is still well short of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, which killed at least 31 people with radiation sickness, raised long-term cancer rates and spewed radiation across much of the northern hemisphere. While parts of the Japanese plant have been reconnected to the power grid, contaminated water found in numerous places around the complex, including the basements of several buildings, must be pumped out before electricity can be restored to the cooling system. The contaminated water has been emitting radiation exposure more than four times the amount the government considers safe for workers. That has left officials struggling with two sometimes-contradictory efforts: pumping in water to keep the fuel rods cool and pumping out — and then safely storing — contaminated water. Nishiyama called it "very delicate work." He said workers were still looking for safe ways to store the radioactive water. Experts are also trying to pinpoint the exact source of the radioactive water. Many now suspect it is cooling water that has leaked from one of the disabled reactors. Meanwhile, new readings showed ocean contamination had spread about a mile (1.6 kilometers) farther north of the nuclear site than before, but was still within the evacuation zone. Radioactive iodine-131 was discovered offshore at a level 1,150 times higher than normal, NISA said. Closer to the plant, radioactivity in seawater tested about 1,250 times higher than normal last week and climbed to 1,850 times normal over the weekend. Of the five soil samples showing plutonium, two appeared to be coming from leaking reactors while the rest were likely the result of years of nuclear tests that left trace amounts of plutonium in many places around the world, TEPCO said. Plutonium is a heavy element that doesn't readily combine with other elements, so it is less likely to spread than some of the lighter, more volatile radioactive materials detected around the site, such as the radioactive forms of cesium and iodine. "The relative toxicity of plutonium is much higher than that of iodine or cesium but the chance of people getting a dose of it is much lower," says Robert Henkin, professor emeritus of radiology at Loyola University's Stritch School of Medicine. "Plutonium just sits there and is a nasty actor." When plutonium decays, it emits what is known as an alpha particle, a relatively big particle that carries a lot of energy. When an alpha particle hits body tissue, it can damage the DNA of a cell and lead to a cancer-causing mutation. Plutonium also breaks down very slowly, so it remains dangerously radioactive for hundreds of thousands of years. "If you inhale it, it's there and it stays there forever," said Alan Lockwood, a professor of Neurology and Nuclear Medicine at the University at Buffalo and a member of the board of directors of Physicians for Social Responsibility, an advocacy group. The nuclear crisis has complicated the government's ability to address the humanitarian situation facing hundreds of thousands left homeless by the magnitude-9.0 quake and tsunami. The final death toll is expected to top 18,000. Gregory Jaczko, head of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, arrived in Tokyo on Monday to meet with Japanese officials and discuss the situation. "The unprecedented challenge before us remains serious, and our best experts remain fully engaged to help Japan," Jaczko was quoted as saying in a U.S. Embassy statement. Source .
- HT:PaulLangley'sNuclearHistoryBlog.Robert Gale and Armand Hammer. Forget about eating Cake, let them drink I131.I’ll drink radioactive water, says nuclear safety adviser.AN international medical specialist on radiation has played down the risks to human health of the crisis at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan.Robert Gale, who led the medical response to the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, backed the current 20km evacuation zone as “arbitrary but reasonable” and said he was happy to drink iodine-contaminated water even beyond the 300 becquerel per kilogram limit set by the Japanese.“We live with radioactive water all the time,” Professor Gale said in Tokyo yesterday.“Would I stop drinking water in Tokyo or take any special precautions? Absolutely not. These limits are arbitrary. They’re meant to protect the most sensitive members of the population. They accept very low levels of risk.”News that tapwater in parts of Tokyo and other affected prefectures last week rose above the 100 becquerel per litre limit of iodine 131, caused by fallout from the nuclear plant, sparked panic buying of bottled water supplies Professor Gale, who is advising the Japanese government on the Fukushima crisis, said that to prevent alarm, it needed to give better context to the information it was releasing on radiation levels.“I don’t think proper attention has been given by any government – not only by the Japanese government – to the transmission of information to the public as to what these radiation hazards mean,” he said.The professor criticised foreign governments for imposing different exclusion zones to those ordered by Japan. The US imposed an 80km evacuation zone for its nationals, a move that was soon followed by Britain, Australia and other countries.They wheel out this guy to “normalise” fission products in water in Japan. Occidental Petroleum to the rescue. The guy is having a peak experience from his glory days at Chernoby. Meanwhle, I’m waiting for Bobby Scott to bob up. Dr Gale is at least a doctor. Unlike most the dudes making pronouncements. We do live with background radiation all the time. We do not live with radionuclides from the fission process though.How much dioxin is a safe limit? Are you happy its there, one might ask that area in Italy that was subjected to a bulk dioxin leak. And there’s more a connection between radionuclides in the biosphere and dioxin than one might first think.Yep, Japan is in the “normalisation” phase. (I do not mean to imply that Dr Gale does not believe what he is saying, Question is, should we parrot him without thinking? ) However, one doesn’t have to try very hard to encounter the thought that this is “Occidental Petroleum to the Rescue” of the political status quo in Japan. Cake? Who eats cake? Let them drink iodine. Gale’s about to drop dead from old age anyway. What about the young ones?Ok, I’ll just take a minute or two to toggle out of conspiracy mode and will resume normal transmissions shortly…….
If there is a conspiracy it in part consists of this: The government seeks to govern, and it cannot do that if it hasno credibility or if the people cease to agree to being governed. Dr Gale is engaged by the Japanese government.His role in this instance is not to treat people affected by radiation. His role is self evidently to “normalise” the presence of emitted fission radio nuclides (nuclear pollution) in the Japanese biosphere. In this instance, Radio Iodine in drinking water. Its now reduced in comparion to “background” radiation. This is down from the comparison of Fukushima pollution = 1 chest x ray. Yay, the government is still governing and its telling the people “No worries, Old Coot Gale would drink it. And he’s famous.So should you.” They might be right, they might be wrong. Depends. Anyway, in my opinion, “normalisation” is the key word.Hmmmm.....The good old Chernobyl strategy, where radioactive clouds went out of their way to avoid densely populated areas?Read the full story here.
- Egypt's Mubarak 'under house arrest'.Military council denies ousted leader has fled to Saudi Arabia and says emergency laws will be lifted ahead of vote.Hosni Mubarak, Egypt's ousted president, has been put under house arrest along with his family, according to an Egyptian military statement.Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces on Monday said that the former leader and his family would not be allowed to leave the country and denied reports that Mubarak had fled to Saudi Arabia."There is no truth to reports that former president Hosni Mubarak has left Egypt for Tabuk in Saudi Arabia," the council said in a statement on the social networking site Facebook."He is under house arrest, with his family, in Egypt."The military council took power on February 11 after Mubarak was pushed from office following 18 days of massive street protests against his 30-year rule.Egypt's prosecutor general on March 3 denied media reports that Mubarak was in Saudi Arabia, insisting that he was at his family home in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.Media reports suggested that Mubarak had gone to Tabuk to receive medical treatment, with the state-owned daily Al-Akhbar claiming Mubarak was receiving medical treatment for cancer.Hmmmm......Thank you for the 'Change' president Obama?Read the full story here.
- HT:Althouse."Did you notice Obama kept using the words 'hope' and 'change' in the address on military action in Libya?"That's an IM from my son Chris. Here's the text of the speech. 4 "hope"s. 9 "change"s.What Meade noticed was the failure to talk about Congress. Searching the text, I see he said Congress once:[N]ine days ago, after consulting the bipartisan leadership of Congress, I authorized military action to stop the killing and enforce UN Security Council Resolution 1973.So... the leadership. Who, exactly? Boehner and Reid?What I noticed was the implicit disrespect for George Bush:In this effort, the United States has not acted alone....When did we act alone? Is he trying to make us misremember what Bush did? To brush aside America's responsibility as a leader and — more profoundly — our responsibilities to our fellow human beings under such circumstances would have been a betrayal of who we are. Some nations may be able to turn a blind eye to atrocities in other countries. The United States of America is different. And as President, I refused to wait for the images of slaughter and mass graves before taking action.Hmmmm......Forgive me if i'm wrong but was he blind during the butchering of Iranian students?Aiding Al-qaida in Libya...YES, stopping Iran Israels deadliest enemy ....NO, how much more hypocrite can you be?Read the full 'story' here.
- The Senate is the Next Battlefield in the Campaign to Undo the FCC’s Net Neutrality Power Grab.There has been a bit of a lull in the push to undo the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s obnoxious December 21st Internet takeover – executed so that they could then impose Network Neutrality.This stillness is understandable, given the avenues that need to be traveled to reverse this autocratic absurdity. Going through Congress and the courts takes some time, and will result in some pauses along the way.But the efforts to reverse the FCC’s terrible move do continue unabated, if intermittently.The biggest impediment to reversing the FCC remains – the FCC. And that’s intentional.As we have previously noted, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has now waited more than three months – and counting – to file his Net Neutrality order with the federal registry.So as to better hinder the lawsuits and legislation seeking to undo it.The longer the Chairman drags his feet on this Oh-So-Vitally-and-Imminently-Important Net Neutrality order, the less likely it becomes that the D.C. Circuit will be able to hear the case(s).So by stalling, the Chairman is callously venue shopping – and ducking a court in which he knows he will most likely lose.Thus far, there are two litigants (Verizon and Metro PCS) languishing – awaiting the long overdue action of Chairman Genachowski. More would perhaps have already filed – but they are probably also waiting on the Chairman.While these multiple litigations sit in Chairman-consigned limbo, the Congressional moves to undo press forward.After an historic 2010 election in which the American people demonstrably and overwhelmingly voted for smaller, more accountable government – of which the FCC Internet power grab is in direct violation – pressure must be put on these Democrat Senators regarding the Net Neutrality CR.Will they vote with their Party – or their constituents? They must be forced to choose – so that We the People may properly choose our Senators in 2012.And so we might protect ourselves and our Internet from an autocratic, overreaching FCC.Read the full story here.
- U.S. Military Deploys Attack Planes to Strike Ground Forces in Libya.The U.S. military dramatically stepped up its assault on Libyan government ground forces this weekend, launching its first attacks with AC-130 flying gunships and A-10 attack aircraft, which are designed to strike enemy ground troops and supply convoys, according to senior U.S. military officials.Their use, during several days of heavy fighting in which the momentum seemed to swing in favor of the rebels, demonstrated how allied military forces have been drawn deeper into the chaotic fight in Libya.A mission that initially seemed to revolve around establishing a no-fly zone has become focused on halting advances by ground forces in and around Libya’s key coastal cities.The AC-130s, which fly low and slow over the battlefield and are typically more vulnerable to enemy fire than fast-moving fighter jets, were deployed only after a week of sustained coalition attacks on Libyan government air defenses and radar.Armed with heavy machine guns and cannons that rake the ground, they allow strikes on dug-in Libyan ground forces and convoys in closer proximity to civilians.Their use in Libya could be “a significant game changer,” said a senior military official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive military operations.Hmmmm......Al-qaida cheering all over Afghanistan and Yemen?Read the full story here.
- HT:Aina.Obama's U.N. Debacle.President Obama's decision to place the United Nations at the center of his foreign policy took another hit Friday as the U.N. Human Rights Council ended its latest session in Geneva. One of the president's primary justifications for joining the notorious council shortly after he assumed office was its mandatory five-year review process; if the U.S. was a member, the administration claimed, it could influence this process. The process, which quietly unfolded in back rooms in Geneva over the past six months, has been exposed to be a total fraud, taking the administration's cover down with it.Starting last fall, the Obama team was a very active participant in a working group of the council that had been set up to tackle reform. At the end of February, the working group produced a document summarizing its decisions, and on Friday the council passed a resolution adopting that document by consensus -- that is, without a vote. Regardless of the fact that every serious recommendation of the United States was rejected, Obama's diplomats refused to call for a vote on the resolution so that they could vote against it.They did play a little game intended to fool uninformed listeners by claiming to "dissociate" the administration from the resolution. However, since the resolution has been adopted by consensus, it will proceed unimpeded to the General Assembly, where it will be rubber-stamped. The U.S. could not have stopped the resolution, but an American vote against the measure would have been a major blow to the credibility of the Human Rights Council. It also would have set up the U.S. to leave the council as a logical consequence of the failure to reform it.The slap in the face to President Obama is painfully clear from a short list of American demands for reform and the council's responses.The council has an official, permanent agenda that governs all its meetings and consists of only ten items. One of those items is reserved for condemning Israel, and another is assigned to human rights in the other 191 U.N. member states. This session, for instance, produced six resolutions condemning Israel, one resolution each on four other states, and nothing at all on the remaining 187 countries. The American delegation huffed and puffed that this obvious discrimination -- which characterizes every meeting of the council -- must come to an end, and proposed that the two agenda items be rolled into one. The proposal was rejected.The American delegation proposed creating easier trigger mechanisms for convening special sessions on specific countries when serious human-rights concerns arise. The proposal was rejected.The result leaves the administration with two choices. Choice number one: Admit the fiasco. Refuse to lend legitimacy to a highly discriminatory agency designed to help members such as Saudi Arabia, China, and Cuba concealrigger mechanisms for convening special sessions on specific countries when serious human-rights concerns arise. The proposal was rejected.The result leaves the administration with two choices. Choice number one: Admit the fiasco. Refuse to lend legitimacy to a highly discriminatory agency designed to help members such as Saudi Arabia, China, and Cuba conceal their own abuses. And get out. Choice number two: Allow a bogus "reform" to be adopted by consensus, and stay put.President Obama has evidently decided to take the second course, sending one more signal about how little he values Israel and how few are the number of human-rights victims around the world that stand any chance of capturing his attention.Hmmm........As i said before"His 'hate' for Israel determines his politics"!Read the full story here.
- HT:AhmadiyyaTimes.Pakistan: Lawyers demand trial of blasphemer priest.KARACHI: Legal fraternity here on Saturday strongly condemned the desecration of the holy Quran in Florida, USA, demanding blasphemer Christian priest Terry Jones be punished by international court of justice.Lawyers, on call of the Karachi Bar Association, staged protest demonstration at Raja Riaz Shaheed Road, Opposite City Courts on MA Jinnah Road.They carried placards and chanted slogans, seeking trial of blasphemer priest.Demonstrators said act of desecration would harm global interfaith harmony, as no religion supports such acts of blasphemy towards other religions and hurting sentiments of their followers.They called Florida act as extremist move, adding international court should take notice of this incident, try and punish the blasphemer.Later, protestors dispersed peacefully.Hmmmm.....For the moment America has no Blasphemy laws ,but i'm sure
CaliphPresident Obama will do all he can to impose them in a very near future. Read the full story here.
- HT:AhmadiyyaTimes.Muslim world: A civilisation of narcissists.Muslims seem to be blind to non-Muslim emotions; they are civilisationally inward-looking, but only go into denial when taxed with blame from the outside. If Muslims kill non-Muslims, they seem strangely unconcerned; when Muslims kill Muslims, as in Sudan, they turn their eyes away. It is only when non-Muslims kill Muslims, that they wake up and start complaining and pointing to their general state of victimhood. In his book Tehzeebi Nargisiyat (Sanjh Publications Lahore, 2009), Mobarak Haider goes into the minutiae of collective Muslim narcissism and examines all their overt and hidden postures, and comes up with a key to the understanding of the Muslim mind.
Haider says if you think Muslim isolationism and pride are of recent date, you are mistaken; Muslims have always been like that. It is their understanding of Islam that permits extreme posturing, while at the same time giving them the rhetoric of peace that no one takes seriously. If a Muslim terrorist kills another Muslim, the unthinking verdict is that the killer couldn’t be a Muslim or he wouldn’t have done it. Yet the bitter truth is that despite all their aggressive strutting, Muslims are busy killing Muslims all over the world. When they travel abroad and are treated with fear and loathing at international airports, they pocket their narcissism and suffer in silence. Strangely, pride doesn’t recommend refusal to migrate.
Author Haider bases this narcissism on the way Muslims absorb the following tenets of their faith:
- Islam is a complete code of life and offers solutions to all problems.
- Every edict of Islam is eternal and applicable to all times.
- Islam is the only truth and any other competing truth must mould itself according to Islam or be ready to be suppressed.
- Muslims are under obligation to make Islam the supreme religion of the world as other religions are jahiliyya.
- Muslims are the foremost nation in the world and the only one that will be allowed into Heaven.
- Action taken to subjugate other civilisations is jihad and not terrorism.There are other ‘collective’ illusions contained in the edicts that follow:
- Violence is interpreted as jihad, but then jihad is supposed to be the personal obligation of Muslims and not the state.
- Any deviation from the prevailing dogma is non-belief or kufr; in more mitigating conditions, it is at least heresy.
- The best knowledge is knowledge of religion and the ulema are the best among men, which means that no one can think about religion on his own.
- No one can become a scholar of Islam except by accepting the dogma and obeying the edicts of tradition.
The Taliban are the climax of the journey of blind dismissal of the world outside the Muslim self. The idea is to rule the world not through acquisition of knowledge but through the use of the sword. The Taliban are the symbol of Pakistan’s recession into the self in the face of modern challenges. The biggest self-destructive vice that springs from this is uniformity of thinking or yaksaniyat (p.62).
Pakistan in its official and unofficial mythology claims that superpower Russia was defeated by the Taliban; and superpower America, too, will now be defeated by the Taliban, a glory in which Muslims of the world will indirectly participate. Corrupt politicians returning from the fleshpots of Europe, where they have just spent a part of the wealth gouged from Pakistan, complain that the West has lost its spiritual values and is now looking beseechingly at the Muslims as an agency of the revival of the western soul.The writer is a director at the South Asia Free Media Association, Lahore email@example.com. Hmmmm.....These are the people that the Obama regime gives tens of Billions of Dollars!Read the full story here.
- Obama Featured On Chicago Anti-Abortion Billboards Targeting Black South Siders.An anti-abortion group behind a controversial New York billboard targeting African Americans is now taking its message to the South Side of Chicago, in a billboard targeting supporters of President Obama. Life Always is expected to unveil billboards featuring Obama's face and the words "Every 21 minutes, our next possible leader is aborted" on Tuesday at 11 a.m. The first billboard will be near an empty lot at 5812 S. State Street, according to a press release from Life Always."Our future leaders are being aborted at an alarming rate," Life Always Board Member Reverend Derek McCoy said in a statement. "These are babies who could grow to be the future Presidents of the United States, or the next Oprah Winfrey, Denzel Washington or Maya Angelou."
The group's New York billboard, which read "The most dangerous place for an African-American is in the womb," was taken down after Soho residents and members of the black community voiced their outrage.Civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton said the New York billboard "depicted black women in an unfair way," according to the Chicago Sun-Times. He praised Lamar Advertising's decision to remove it.
The billboard is part of a growing trend in the anti-abortion community that accuses abortion providers of "black genocide" via abortions.According to Life Always, 30 billboards featuring President Obama and the anti-choice message will be placed on the South Side of Chicago in coming weeks. Some local black leaders will be on hand Tuesday for the first billboard's unveiling, including former 2nd Congressional district GOP candidate Rev. Isaac Hayes, Rev. Ceasar LeFlore, Rev. Derek A. McCoy and Pastor Stephen Broden, an anti-abortion activist who ran for office as a Republican in Texas last year.Read and see the full story here.
- HT:Spiegel.The Dance of the Snakes.Brewing Civil War in Yemen Has All Sides Nervous.Tribal leaders, dubious generals and clerics have all cut their ties with embattled Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Student protesters are worried that their uprising is being hijacked by disgruntled regime insiders. As an array of groups jockey for power in a post-Saleh era, the real shots might be called by Riyadh.It's rarely a good idea to put the address of an old friend on a list of bombing targets. Especially not when the friend is the country's most powerful military figure and the list is a "target list" of the Saudi air force against rebel positions.
It all happened a little over a year ago. Ali Abdullah Saleh, who is still holding on to his position as Yemen's president, tried to shrug off the incident as just a stupid misunderstanding. But, since then, he has no longer been able to depend much on the loyalty of General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, who commands the country's northwestern military district.
In fact, al-Ahmar has become the president's most important adversary -- and the man who might unseat him from office. The general has already made it known that, from now on, his forces will protect the protesters.
On Wednesday, March 23, Yemen's rump parliament rubber-stamped the president's declaration of a state of emergency and granted him emergency powers. Two days later, Saleh told a gathering of supporters that, to avoid further bloodshed, he was willing "to hand power over into safe hands (but) not to sick, resentful or corrupt hands." Few had any doubt about who he was referring to.
When he made these comments, tens of thousands of his opponents were gathering once again outside the university located right near the barracks housing units under General al-Ahmar's control.Unlike in Egypt, the Yemeni military is divided. Every so often, you will have tanks belonging to the army standing across from those of the Republican Guards in the streets of the capital San'a. In the coastal city of Al Mukalla, the two have already exchanged fire. The Republican Guards and the country's intelligence service take their orders from the president's son and nephews.
On March 18, snipers posted on rooftops in San'a, who were presumably members of the intelligence service, fired on protesters. Fifty-two people died from shots to the head and chest. In the wake of the massacre, dozens of government ministers, businesspeople, military officers and diplomats cut their ties with the regime.Saleh has described his 33-year rule and his power plays with the leaders of the country's many tribes, as a "dance on snake heads." Now those snakes are starting to bite him.Until recently, President Saleh appeared convinced that the Saudis viewed him as the sole guarantor of stability in Yemen. But General al-Ahmar also has good friends in Riyadh, and he has already teamed up with his Saudi Arabian colleagues in putting down the uprising of the Houthi rebels in the region along their shared border. Indeed, some believe he is the only power in Yemen that the Saudi regime would find acceptable. This will be the spring of snakes.Hmmmm.....Lets hope that Iran doesn't show up as the 'snake charmer'?Read the full story here.
- HT:IsraelMatzav.Facebook won't remove intifada promotion page.Facebook will not remove a page that promotes a third terror war against Israel beginning on May 15, although it says that it will 'monitor' the page and remove hateful comments from it. "Third Palestinian Intifada," established on Facebook less than a month ago, calls for a third Palestinian uprising to begin May 15. The page, which as of March 27 had more than 330,000 friends, includes quotes and film clips calling for killing Jews and Israelis, and for "liberating" Jerusalem and Palestine using violence. It also directs users to related content on Twitter, YouTube and elsewhere.In a statement released to several media outlets, Facebook commented on the Third Palestinian Intifada page controversy.“While some kinds of comments and content may be upsetting for someone -- criticism of a certain culture, country, religion, lifestyle, or political ideology, for example -- that alone is not a reason to remove the discussion," the statement said. "We strongly believe that Facebook users have the ability to express their opinions, and we don’t typically take down content, groups or Pages that speak out against countries, religions, political entities, or ideas.”I wonder how long a similar page with content against Muslims would last. Hmmmm.....Not to worry soon the ex-spokesman ofthe defender of the free world Robert Gibbs might join Facebook.Lots of phony identities to be set up to push a certain point of view or candidate?Read the full story here.
- HT:Memri.Calls on Facebook for Palestinian Millions to Return to Their Homes in Israel on May 15, 2011.The Plan of Action.
- The page administrators have suggested detailed plans of action to be implemented before and during the May 15 march, stressing that all activity is to be non-violent. The info page of the "Palestinian Refugees' Revolution (The Advance of the Millions)" said: "We can recruit millions to march in eight fronts, in order to confuse the enemy and [force it to] divide its forces. The [fronts will be:] the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, the Inside Palestinians [i.e., Israeli Arabs], the refugees in Lebanon from the Lebanese border, the refugees in Syria from the Syrian border, the refugees in Jordan from the Jordanian border, the refugees of Europe via the sea in hundreds of ships, and international activists, [who] can demonstrate their solidarity from the Sinai front. Our Egyptian brothers... can support us by [organizing] a march of five million Egyptians, which will advance toward the Palestinian border from Sinai, under the slogan of peaceful solidarity with the rights of the Palestinian people... It would be best for the marches to be lead by old men and women who witnessed the Nakba. They do not lack enthusiasm to participate in and realize the dream of their lives – to be buried in the soil of their homeland. We must [also] recruit as many foreigners [i.e., non-Arabs] as possible from across the world to lead the marches, in order to create difficulty for the Zionists..."
Regarding the manner in which the march was to be conducted, the page said: "We must keep this activity free of all ideological and factional [conflict]. We must hold up the Palestinian flag only, so that the presence of [various] factions will not be used [against us] by the Zionists and the West. We must make sure that the [march] proceeds peacefully, without arms, with slogans in all the languages [emphasizing the] human [aspect of the struggle], such as 'I Want to Return to My Home,' and while holding aloft the keys of the homes from which our families were exiled... We must completely avoid slogans like 'Destroying the Zionist Entity' or 'Throw [the Zionists] into the Sea,' so as not to turn the world against us, and in order to rally [everyone around] the goal, namely to return to the homes from which we were expelled, nothing more. That is a human and moral slogan that can rally all the people of the world to our assistance."The "Third Palestinian Intifada" page posted a detailed plan of action for May 13-15, 2011, as follows. After the March 13 Friday prayers, the Palestinians and their supporters will gather in mosques and squares throughout Israel, in the Palestinian territories, and across the world, waving the Palestinian flag and burning the Israeli flag. On the following day, the Palestinians and their supporters will gather at the starting points of the march: In the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, they will gather in the mosques and squares of the cities; in "the 1948 territories," they will meet at the main mosques; in the countries bordering Israel, the starting points will be in various locations near the border; and in other Arab lands, protesters will gather at the Palestinian consulates. In Turkey, activists will gather in hundreds of ships, ready to set sail toward Israel; and in the rest of the world, including Europe and the US, demonstrators will rally in front of the Israeli embassies.On Sunday, May 15, after the noon prayers, "the holy advance will start and the Intifada will be ignited... On this day, all the returning [refugees] will set forth, and the Third Palestinian Intifada will commence, with the support of all the free people in the world." The page lists the destinations of the march: In the West Bank, participants will march on the checkpoints and settlements; in Gaza, on the checkpoints and border crossings; within "the 1948 territories," toward cities and villages destroyed in the 1948 war; in Lebanon, toward Palestine by land and by sea; in Jordan, toward three areas on the border; in Syria, towards the Golan border; in Egypt, toward the Rafah border and toward the coast of Palestine by ship. Ships will also set sail for Palestine from Turkey and Europe, and demonstrations will be held in front of Israeli embassies worldwide.Hmmmm......This is war ,with facebook in charge of the communication lines,time for 'Stuxnet' to come to the rescue?Read the full 'story' here.
- Turkey will run Benghazi airport.Turkey will take over the running of the airport in Benghazi to facilitate the transport of humanitarian aid to Libya in an agreement with NATO, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced on Monday. Erdoğan said Turkey agreed to undertaking three assignments concerning Libya within NATO. Participation in the enforcement of the no-fly zone and the help of Turkish naval forces in the corridor between Crete and Benghazi are the two other assignments in addition to the running of the airport in Benghazi, Erdoğan said.He didn’t say when Turkey would assume control, yet reiterated that it would not take part in ground attacks. “We have not been the country who is dropping bombs or firing bullets, and nor will we be,” Erdoğan told reporters.Meanwhile a ferry with ambulances and medical equipment on board sailed early Monday morning from İzmir to the port of Misurata to bring about 450 wounded people to Turkey. A Turkish relief organization, the Humanitarian Relief Foundation (İHH), brought 13 wounded Libyans from Benghazi to İstanbul early on Monday.Hmmmm......NATO ally Turkey aiding Al-Qaida fighters to recuperate in Turkey?GET TURKEY OUT OF NATO!Read the full story here.
- Turkey's photo of the year: Bleeding IDF soldier.Picture of bleeding Navy commando assaulted aboard Marmara wins Turkish photojournalism award; news website uses difficult image to create puzzle for readers.Photojournalism award, Turkish-style: The picture of a bleeding IDF soldier aboard the Marmara won Turkey's 2010 Photo of the Year Award in the News category; the contest was held by the Turkish photojournalism association. Nine people were killed onboard the Gaza-bound Turkish ship after IDF troops who raided it encountered violent resistance by "peace activists" armed with an assortment of weapons.
One of Turkey's largest websites, Milliyet, used the difficult image to create a puzzle for its readers.The photograph shows a beaten up IDF soldier with his face and head bloodied while three Marmara passengers grab him and twisting his arm. The picture was shot by a Turkish photographer who hid copies in a hidden pocket and managed to smuggle them out of Israel.Turkish media outlets did not blur the blood stains or the Israeli soldier's face. The winning pictures were chosen out of 1,632 photos in six different categories. Prizes were handed out in the beginning of the month with Turkey's parliament speaker, deputy prime minister and various parliamentarians among those in attendance.Hmmmm.....Perhaps for photo of the Century they might choose from the hundreds of pictures of innocent Armenians butchered by Turks,confirming they haven't evolved yet?Read the full story here.
- Tech firms hiring White House staffers.The Obama administration brought Facebook and Twitter to politics. And now it’s giving back, as staffers leave the White House and take key jobs at Silicon Valley firms.In the past year, Facebook hired Marne Levine, a former White House economic official, and is reportedly courting former West Wing spokesman Robert Gibbs. Google’s philanthropy arm snagged Jared Cohen, the State Department’s social media guru. Twitter hired former White House and State Department staffer Katie Stanton.The revolving door between the federal government and U.S. tech companies isn’t new. But the hires come as popular Internet applications from Google, Facebook and Apple attract special attention from lawmakers and regulators concerned about issues of privacy, competition, pricing and other aspects of the rapidly changing online economy.Facebook has been probed by the Federal Trade Commission for changing its privacy policies and catching users by surprise. Lawmakers have criticized the company for its muted response to authoritarian governments who want to clamp down on Internet communications.Google is being investigated by the Federal Communications Commission for snarfing up consumer Wi-Fi Internet data.Apple is also being probed for the way it uses its control over the iTunes store to take cuts of revenue from applications sold there.“These companies are at the crosshairs of privacy and policy issues and they see people in the White House and federal government as protectors of their plans to expand into new markets,” said Jeffrey Chester, an online privacy advocate and executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy. “These are uber influence-makers they are hiring.”Facebook declined to comment on a report by the New York Times that it is trying to hire Gibbs for a senior communications position. Gibbs, who left the White House in February, did not respond to an e-mail request for an interview. (Washington Post Co. Chairman Donald Graham sits on the board of Facebook).Experts said that if Gibbs joined a private firm such as Facebook and registered as a lobbyist, he would not be allowed to contact staffers at the White House about business issues during Obama’s tenure.The new relationships between Internet companies and the federal government follow those of phone and computer giants and government officials. Ahead of the regulatory review of its merger with T-Mobile, AT&T has as its lobbying leader James Cicconi, a former staffer for George W. Bush. Cicconi has a long track record of regulatory success at the FCC and approval of several mergers for AT&T. Bill Clinton spokesman Mike McCurry heads Arts & Labs, a group that has lobbied against Internet access rules known as net neutrality, on behalf of AT&T, Verizon and cable companies.Now, Internet companies find that they need the government more.Hmmmm.....Or the government controls the internet more?Read the full story here.
- US denies help to Turkish prosecutor trying to gag cartoonist.A Turkish prosecutor seeking the help of US officials in ascertaining the identity of a person who distributed cartoons showing Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as a pig around the Karadeniz Technical University (KTÜ) campus last year has been denied assistance on the groundsThe Trabzon Prosecutor’s Office has been conducting an investigation into cartoons that were distributed at KTÜ’s Kanuni campus last year, showing Erdoğan as a pig. A declaration that went with the cartoons bore a Gmail address. The Trabzon Prosecutor’s Office requested technical assistance from the US Department of Justice Office of International Affairs (OIA) to establish the IP numbers that the Gmail address owner used at the time. The prosecutor’s office was relying on a bilateral agreement between the US and Turkey on the extradition of suspected criminals and mutual judicial assistance. However, the OIA refused to help, saying freedom of expression in the US was a fundamental right and that helping the Trabzon prosecutors would mean infringing upon this right, protected by the US Constitution.Hmmmm......I'm sure dear leader will come to the rescue of his buddy.Read the full story here.
- UK: Festival rejects grant amid threats from anti-Israel groups.Organizers of 'Arts Music of Israel' at SOAS say won’t accept $2,400 grant from BI-ARTS after pro-Palestinian groups calling to boycott Jewish state threaten to protest against event. Israeli embassy: Art is made to build bridges.The Jewish Music Institute (JMI) at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), a college of the University of London, turned down a grant from the British Israeli Arts Training Scheme following intense pressure by pro-Palestinian groups calling to boycott Israel. According to the London-based Jewish Chronicle, Campaigners from British Committee for the Universities of Palestine (BRICUP), Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods (J-BIG) and the Boycott Israel Network (BIN) declared "victory" after the organizers of an Israeli music conference at SOAS assured them that the event, which is scheduled for next week, would have no Israeli government funding.The pro-Palestinian groups threatened to picket “Arts Music of Israel” if it accepted any support from Israel. After rejecting the £1,500 ($2,400) grant from BI-ARTS, the organizers said they did not want political connections with the conference, the Chronicle reported."Art is made to build bridges and to help sustain an essential dialogue. "It is disturbing to see that the certain bodies have succumbed to pressures from external organizations whose sole purpose is to prevent that dialogue. Not only that, but to cooperate with them and to brusquely attach a much needed financial support for artists to political agenda is unhelpful," he said.Hmmmmm........First they burn books,after this they burn people.Read the full story here.
- "Life or death in Iran's prisons".Iran Secretly Executes More People.The HRANA group has reported that early morning on March 14th, an Armenian-Jewish couple along with a women and two men were secretly hanged in Evin prison.The shift office in branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court confirmed the five executions, but refused to offer any explanation on the details about the bodies of the couple and the location of their burial.The people executed are: Adiva Soleyman, an Iranian Jew, her husband Varjan Petrosian, an Iranian-Armenian, one women and two men unidentified. There is no information on the charges of the defendants.The relatives of the executed couple who were planning to hold the funeral and burial ceremonies based on their [religious] customs, were threatened with arrest by security and intelligence forces.Read the full story here.
- Gaza cops use ‘beatings, stun guns’ on women reporters.Hamas security personnel raid offices of media organizations, including Reuters and CNN, confiscate equipment and documents. A number of Palestinian women journalists complained on Sunday that they had been beaten and tortured by Hamas security forces in the Gaza Strip.They said the assaults occurred in recent days when they and their colleagues tried to cover pro-unity rallies in different parts of the Gaza Strip.Hamas policemen used force to disperse the protesters, who were calling for an end to the dispute between the Islamist movement and Fatah. The rallies were part of a Facebook campaign organized by Palestinian youth on March 15.At least eight journalists were beaten by the Hamas police officers during the rallies.Some had their cameras and laptops confiscated, while others were taken into custody and made to sign a document pledging to refrain from covering such events in the future.Later, Hamas security personnel raided the offices of a number of media organizations and confiscated equipment and documents. Among the offices targeted were Reuters, CNN and a Japanese TV network.One of the female journalists, Samah Ahmed, complained that a Hamas policeman in military uniform stabbed her in the back as she tried to leave the al-Katiba Square, where pro-unity protesters were staging a sit-in strike.She said that she and another female journalist, Asma al- Ghoul, were later also beaten with clubs before they were taken to detention.“At the police station, they continued to beat us and curse us,” Ahmed told the Palestinian news agency Aswar Press. “When they realized that I was bleeding from the area where I was stabbed, the police interrogators sent me to hospital.”She added that the Hamas police officers who accompanied her to the hospital forced the medical team to admit her under a different name and to list her as a victim of a traffic accident.Jihan al-Sirsawi, another woman who works as a journalist in the Gaza Strip, said that the police officers who attacked the demonstrators beat her severely.“They used electrical shocks against us,” she said. “They beat me so strongly that I lost consciousness and fell to the ground. I woke up only 15 minutes later.”Two more female journalists, Manal Khamis and Dima al-Lababidi, also complained that Hamas policemen had beaten them up during the demonstration. Khamis said that the policemen confiscated her mobile phone and attacked her physically. Al- Lababidi accused the Hamas policemen of hitting her on the back with an iron chair.Hmmmmm.......After being all these years such good Dhimmis,it's 'blasphemy.Read the full story here.
- Obama on Illegal Aliens to Illegal Alien: We Don’t Want to Deport Them; 'We Want Them To Succeed’. When questioned by an illegal alien student today who showed him a deportation letter, President Barack Obama said he did not want to deport illegal alien students like the one who questioned him, he wanted them to succeed. The exchange came during a town hall event sponsored by the Spanish-language television network Univision at a Washington, D.C., school. An illegal alien student, who appeared via Skype, asked: “My question for the president is, why [is the government] saying that deportations have stopped or the detention of many students like me, why is it that we are still receiving deportation letters like this one?”Obama answered, “We have redesigned our enforcement practices under the law to make sure that we’re focusing primarily on criminals, and so our deportation of criminals are up about 70 percent. Our deportation of non-criminals are down, and that’s because we want to focus our resources on those folks who are destructive to the community.“And for a young person like that young woman that we just spoke to who’s going to school, doing all the right things, we want them to succeed," Obama said.Hmmmm.......You never know he may end up one day as President of the United States of America.Read and see the full story here.
- Kuwait sentences 3 to death in Iran spy case.A Kuwaiti criminal court has sentenced three people to death for being part of an alleged Iranian spy ring in the Gulf Arab state, Dubai-based Al Arabiya television said on Tuesday.The station did not give further details on a case that has strained relations between Kuwait and Tehran.Kuwait, which banned media coverage of the case, has said only that several people were detained in an unspecified security probe.Kuwaiti media said in May 2010 authorities had detained a number of people - Kuwaitis and foreigners - suspected of spying for Iran. The independent al-Qabas daily said they were accused of gathering information on Kuwaiti and US military sites for Iran's Revolutionary Guard.Read the full story here.
- "Ten Commandments Judge" Roy Moore to run for president.Roy Moore, the former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice who lost his job after erecting a monument of the Ten Commandments outside the state's courthouse, plans to announce in mid-April that he is setting up a presidential exploratory committee, an aide told CBS News.The aide, Zachery Michael, said Moore's platform will be focused on repealing the health care overhaul law, replacing the progressive income tax with a flat tax and bringing "commonsense solutions" on immigration and border control.Michael said Moore is entering the fray because "we're just seeing the same type of politicians run for president." He said Moore is someone "who can connect with over 300 million Americans across the country, which is something we've been lacking with today's leaders across society."Michael said Moore should not be thought of simply as a culture warrior, arguing that he has been a strong advocate for limited government. "He not only stood up for his faith, he stood up against the tyranny of government," he said.Moore will enter a field already crowded with socially-conservative potential candidates, including former Sen. Rick Santorum, former Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Gov. Sarah Palin, Rep. Michele Bachmann and former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain. Huckabee was the surprise winner of the Iowa caucuses in 2008, a result that reflects the outsized role of social conservatives in the Iowa GOP electorate. A West Point graduate and Vietnam veteran, Moore was removed as chief justice by Alabama's judicial ethics panel in 2003 for refusing to remove the Ten Commandments monument after a federal court order. He is the author of "So Help Me God: The Ten Commandments, Judicial Tyranny, and the Battle for Religious Freedom."Hmmm........"In God we trust".Read the full story here.
- Indian navy nabs 16 Somali Pirates in Arabian Sea.India’s navy and coast guard have captured 16 Somali pirates after a three-hour-long battle in the Arabian Sea, a navy spokesman said on Monday. Also, 16 crew members who had been taken hostage by the pirates were rescued from the hijacked Iranian trawler off India’s western Lakshadweep islands on Sunday, Captain Manohar Nambiar said. The pirates were using the trawler as a roving pirate base to launch attacks on passing vessels in the Indian Ocean, he said. The pirates were trying to seize a merchant ship, MV Maersk Kensington, when a coast guard vessel and an Indian naval ship picked up its distress signals and went to its aid. The pirates opened fire at the coast guard ship as it drew near, triggering a battle during which the pirate trawler caught fire. The pirates and the hostages, picked up from the sea by the navy ship, were headed for Mumbai. Of the 16 hostages, 12 are Iranians and four are Pakistanis, the navy spokesman said. “The pirates will be handed over to the Mumbai police for prosecution."Hmmm.....Ah the good old days ,when Brittania ruled the waves, pirates swinging from the mainmast....Sigh.Read the full story here.
- Herman Cain Refuses to Back Down: “There Are Many Muslims Who Are Not Totally Dedicated to This Country”.“The reporter didn’t tell you this, I would have to have people totally committed to the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of this United States. And many of the Muslims – they are not totally dedicated to this country, they are not dedicated to our Constitution. Many of them are trying to force Sharia law on the people of this country.”Read the full story here.