Sunday, August 21, 2011
Warning Extremely Graphic scenes!VIDEO IS 18+ CONTAINS SCENES OF CHILDREN THAT HAVE BEEN BLOWN UP BY HIGH EXPLOSIVES FROM TURKISH AIRCRAFT!
CNN) -- A Turkish airstrike killed seven family members Sunday morning in a Kurdish village in northern Iraq, a local official said.
Qalat Diza mayor Hassan Abdullah said the strike hit two parents and their five children as they rode in a truck.The village, Kortek, is located in Qalat Diza -- about 180 kilometers northeast of Sulaimaniya along the Turkey-Iraq border.
The deaths are the latest casualties reported as Turkish warplanes continue to carry out airstrikes against suspected Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq. The Kurdistan Regional Government in northern Iraq has expressed concern about the Turkish cross-border raids.The names of the casualities have been determined as follows;
Hasan Mustafa Hasan (Father)
Mer Haci Mam (Mother)
Rezan Hüseyin Mustafa (34)
Oskar Hüseyin (10)
Sonya Şemal Hasan (4)
Solin Şemal Hasan (6-months)
Zana Hüseyin Mustafa (11)
Turkish military officials could not be reached for comment on the incident.Source.More here.
Hmmmm.......Now if this were Israel's doing the whole world....... the UN and OIC on top would be shouting for justice and PM Erdogan would be demanding an excuse!
Related - Human shields heading towards Kandil.(Firat).Hundreds of human shields have taken the road to Kandil which is being dropped intensive air bombs by the Turkish army in the sixth day of the air strike. After the protest act by Peace Mothers Initiative, one other human shield march has been started in Federal Kurdistan Region. Hundreds of people from Kirkuk, Hawler, Sulaimaniyah, Mahmur, Zaxo, Germiyan and Sêmêlê have set off towards the intensive air attack area Kandil.Following the protest march to Sırnak and Hakkari border points under the leadership of Peace Mothers Initiative two days ago, hundreds of people from many provinces of Federal Kurdistan Region have departed this morning towards Kandil where seven people-five of them children-were targeted and killed by Turkish warplanes yesterday. Hundreds of human shields, including children, youngsters, women and elders, will reportedly go to Kandil after a visit in Ranya to the family of seven people who lost their lives yesterday. Source.
Libyan Rebels: Muammar Gadhafi has fled and the city of Tripoli has fallen -'Colonel Gaddafi's Son Captured'
Israel Radio has just reported that Muammar Gadhafi has fled and the city of Tripoli has fallen.(Liveleak).Here's a report and video from Sky News which has a reporter embedded with the rebels: Sky's special correspondent Alex Crawford, accompanying the rebels, said the opposition fighters were greeted with scenes of jubilation as they made their way through the outskirts of the capital.
As they entered the city, their cars gridlocked the roads, she said, and hundreds of people came out onto the streets to greet them.The rebels responded with celebratory gunfire, she said.
"We are now just a very short distance from the centre, with more and more people coming onto the streets.
"They (the rebels) had been expecting much more resistance but there has been very little."
"There is absolutely no question in their minds that they have beaten Gaddafi and it is just a question of how he will go," she added.
The quick advance came after the fighters captured the base of the Khamis Brigade, 16 miles west of the capital.
It is said to be one of the best-trained and equipped units in the Libyan military and is commanded by Col Gaddafi's 27-year-old son Khamis.
Aside from the main rebel movement from the west of the city, fighting also broke out in the city's Mitiga airbase, while the suburb of Tajoura reportedly also fell under rebel control.
Gunfire was also heard near the hotel where foreign media are staying.
As the rebel movement came closer to the capital, Col Gaddafi broadcast a message on state television calling on Libyan people to come from all regions and liberate Tripoli.He said he was "afraid Tripoli will burn" but that he will remain in the city until the end.The Libyan government also earlier appealed for an immediate ceasefire and an end to Nato's "aggression".Spokesman for Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's regime, Moussa Ibrahim, told reporters the rebels were nothing without Nato and they would never be able to take Libya. Maybe. But Gadhafi is now gone.
Libyan Rebels: 'Colonel Gaddafi's Son Captured'.Libyan rebels have told Sky News that Saif Al-Islam, Colonel Gaddafi's son, has been captured, as the end of the regmine appears to draw ever closer. Source.
Egyptian TV Presenter Sayyed Ali: No More Negotiations with Israel, No More Subservience to the US, and No More Accursed US Aid
This is a message directed outward, not inward. Today, if you asked 86 million Egyptians if they would be willing to fight and be martyred for the sake of their honor, not one would hesitate. If some pin their hopes on the divisions and disputes of the days of the revolution, let them know that today, Egypt in its entirety – 86 million – are ready to be martyred [to avenge] the blood of the Egyptian martyrs.
Israel kicked up a fuss over an insignificant soldier called Gilad Shalit. Israel invaded Lebanon, killing and humiliating people, because of another insignificant Israeli soldier.
Egyptian blood will never be cheap. That's it. Things will not be as they were before. No more negotiations, no more bargaining, no more subservience to the US, and no more of the accursed US aid, which makes the blood of 86 million Egyptian cheap. Source.
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- Obama’s Constitution Trampling Rages On: Nine Impeachment-Worthy Acts.(GulagBound).One thing we know today is, the Democrat party is not your Mamma’s Democrat party. If the current Democrat Congress had an ounce of integrity, the House would be impeaching Barack Obama and the Senate would be convicting him. But today’s Democrat is willing to let Obama unconstitutionally bypass them. There is no way Republicans can stop it, but they could at least try – and make a hell of a lot of noise doing it. Congress has abdicated their duty and violated their oath of office, just as Obama has violated the Constitution to which he swore. Make no mistake about, this man has committed impeachable offenses.
1) Obama has consistently ignored the Rule of Law regarding illegal aliens. Today he was cheeky enough to publicly announce his plan to thwart the Rule of Law. He moved beyond the DREAM Act, which would have granted fast-track citizenship for illegal children graduating high school or serving in the U.S. Military, to be granted in-state college tuition.Congress refused to pass the DREAM Act legislation. Today we learn that some 300,000 illegals tagged for deportation will now remain here, and decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis. The news is full of stories that Obama has been confronted by angry Hispanics, wanting and demanding amnesty. His favorable polling among them has gone from 70+% down to 40-something-percent.
2) He has stated his administration, and specifically his Department of Justice, will ignore the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) enacted by Congress, and seek to repeal it. DOMA is law. The repealing is one thing, if he can make it happen, which he likely cannot. Taking action before a repeal is unconstitutional. The Executive Branch does not have the authority to ignore a constitutional law. The Liar-in-Chief defended the Defense of Marriage Act when he campaigned.
3) Just this week the Education Czar granted No Child Left Behind waivers – thirteen years to perform by 2012 they were given, and they can’t make it happen – American kids can’t do math! Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced states can receive waivers – yet the checks for billions to fund it continue. No Child Left Behind is a law enacted by Congress. Neither Duncan or Obama have the authority to make a single change without Congress acting first. Yet it has already been done.
4) Obama has ignored court orders and been held in contempt of court, along with Secretary of Interior, Ken Salazar for refusing and to allow drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. After the BP oil spill, Obama created a “panel of experts” to advise him. Salazar took their experienced opinions, didn’t like them, changed them and lied about them. The result: a ban on drilling. Salazar said the lie was his decision and the president’s decision. He apologized – not to the American people, or those who lost their jobs, but to the experts. Obama apologized to no one.When a federal court smacked down the boys drilling moratorium, Salazar just issued another. As of March 2011, this from The Tulsa World:
WASHINGTON – More than two-thirds of offshore leases in the Gulf of Mexico are sitting idle, neither producing oil and gas, nor being actively explored by the companies who hold the leases, according to a Department of Interior report to be released Tuesday.Those inactive swaths of the Gulf could potentially hold more than 11 billion barrels of oil and 50 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, the department said in the report obtained by The Associated Press.Jobs…thousands of jobs gone.
5) This month, The Western Energy Alliance won their appeal in a suit against the Federal Government. The court recognized the administration’s illegal and unconstitutional “rules” to delay and slow down to a creep, approval to drill for oil and gas on Federal lands. The law suit was filed against the Obama administration and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.The ruling reinstates Bush-era expedited oil and gas drilling under provisions called categorical exclusions on federal lands nationwide, Freudenthal said.The government argued that oil and gas companies had no case because they didn’t show how the new rules, implemented by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service last year, had created delays and added to the cost of drilling.Freudenthal rejected that argument.“Western Energy has demonstrated through its members recognizable injury,” she said. “Those injuries are supported by the administrative record.” Source Our Business New. Rules…just rules.
6) When Congress refused to make certain environmental requirements actual law, Obama simply allowed the EPA to do it anyway – what he referred to as another way to “skin a cat.”Congress refused to kill the coal and oil industry, so the EPA is doing it outside the law, by Obama fiat. When Cap and Trade did not pass, Obama said this:
“Cap-and-trade was just one way of skinning the cat; it was not the only way. I’m going to look for other means to address the problem.”The cost to U.S. taxpayers is enormous. Five coal-fired electrical plants have closed down because the regulations are impossible to enact without the funds to make it happen. American Electric Power (AEP):Utility giant American Electric Power said Thursday that it will shut down five coal-fired power plants and spend billions of dollars to comply with a series of pending Environmental Protection Agency regulations.Remember, Congress refused to grant these restrictions. Even a Democrat legislator objected:
“Let me be clear, it’s decisions like the one made by AEP today that demonstrate the urgent need to rein in government agencies like the EPA, preventing them from overstepping their bounds and imposing regulations that not only cost us good American jobs, but hurt our economy,” said Manchin [Sen. Joe Manchin D-WVA], an outspoken critic of the EPA.In 2008, Obama said this:
When I was asked earlier about the issue of coal…under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket…even regardless of what I say about whether coal is good or bad, because I’m capping greenhouse gasses, coal power plants, natural gas…you name it…whatever the plants were, whatever the industry was, they would have to retro-fit their operations.The public revolted. Congress refused to give the authority to allow it. He did it anyway.Remember Joe Biden says there will be “no coal plants in America?” The EPA said their new (unconstitutional) regulations will create jobs but the National Economic Research Associates (NERA) said for every one job created, four will be lost.Jobs…thousands of jobs gone.
7) Obama’s Affordable Care Act mandates every American will purchase healthcare or be penalized, even though it is clear the mandate is unconstitutional under the maligned and misused Commerce Act. It received so much publicity, and the Act was so clearly wrong, that the administration’s own attorneys decided arguing in court that they have the right to mandate.Now their argument is that the mandate is a tax, and Congress has the right to tax. Courts are coming down against them right and left, (see more here and here) but this presidency dons it’s arrogant Kevlar mail and marches on. His administration is continuing to implement the Affordable Care Act.The legal costs to taxpayers to defend themselves against this man and health care are astronomical. In the meantime, the administration is refusing to fast-track the case to the Supreme Court.
8) The bailouts were clearly unconstitutional.
No money shall be drawn from the treasury, but in consequence of appropriations made by law. Article 1, Section 9, Clause 7 U.S. Constitution.
The U.S. government does not have the authority to spend taxpayer funds to buy a position in privately-owned companies. They simply do not have the authority, and Congress does not have the authority to grant that authority to the Executive branch.There attempts made to get the Democrat-controlled Congress to introduce legislation for the bailout funds. No one would touch it, but it happened anyway.
A constitution is not the act of a government, but of a people constituting a government, and a government without a constitution is power without right.’ ‘A constitution is a thing antecedent to a government; and a government is only the creature of a constitution.’ ~ Thomas Paine. Listen up – Democrat and Republicans. Listen up:
“…operating the government without the Constitution “is a power without right.”
There is no room for empathy when justice is blind and the poor and the rich have equal rights in the sight of the law of the land. While the U.S. Constitution does not provide the oath for a Supreme Court Justice, it does state that others “shall be bound by an oath or affirmation to support this constitution.”
Which takes me back to today’s Democrats and the matter of impeachment. Why isn’t it happening?
…when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.
Because today’s Clinton Democrats are not your Mamma’s Democrats, stalking the halls of the once, most august and admired governance in the world, we are a laughing stock. The world sees us for who and what we are, weak and corrupt – willing to ransom the freeist government by and for the people ever known in the world, in exchange for a high-end government pension and fat speaking fees.Hmmmm........HEAR,HEAR !Read and see the full story here.
- Obama unveils jobs plan -- for illegal aliens.(DougRoss).Amnesty Doubleheader: not only will White House bring a halt to most deportations of illegals, it will also grant them... work permits. If the administration has implemented a more cynical and lawless attempt to garner votes than this, I have yet to hear of it. The good news: I'm sure most unemployed Americans will not find comfort in the President's latest 'jobs plan'. According to a Wall Street Journal report, illegal aliens will be eligible to receive work permits if their deportation is deferred through the Obama Administration's new policy. Yesterday, the Administration announced that the Department of Homeland Security will review all deportation cases on a case-by-case basis and only deport illegal aliens who have been convicted of crimes...
...Illegal aliens living in the United States typically don't apply for work permits for fear of deportation, but under the new policy, they could apply for work permits if granted deferred action or parole and compete with 22 million Americans who can't find a full-time job.Though "comprehensive immigration reform" and other legislative forms of amnesty for illegal aliens has never passed Congress, the President has assumed powers that could almost be termed 'dictatorial'; he has bypassed the legislative process to achieve the same end result. The Obama Administration announced on Thursday that it will individually review the 300,000 cases of illegal aliens currently holding deportation orders in an effort to appease his pro-amnesty critics and last year's record number of deportations. The Administration deported 400,000 illegal aliens last year -- less than half had been convicted for other crimes. Pres. Obama is pledging to halt deportations of non-criminal illegal aliens. Illegal aliens that are considered low-priority deportations will no longer be the focus, including young people who were brought to the U.S. as children, military veterans and spouses of military personnel. Hmmmm......I will not rest before every American is looking for a job?Read the full story here.
- Egypt stocks crash as anti-Israel protests continue over Sinai fallout.(Bikyamasr).CAIRO: Egypt’s Stock Market saw its sharpest drop in more than a week as protests at the Israeli Embassy in Cairo continued for a third consecutive day following a deadly shoot-out that saw five Egyptian soldiers and policemen killed by Israeli defense forces on Thursday.According to statistics coming out of the markets on Sunday, Orascom Telecom – the largest mobile company in North Africa – saw a 2.4 percent fallout, while al-Arafa Investments and Consulting, a company which uses Israeli products, dropped 3.4 percent, the biggest intraday decline since August 9. Bloomberg news agency reported that the index had dropped 3.4 percent through the morning trading session.“This drop is clearly due to the political tensions in Sinai,” said Tamer Nigm, head of sales and trading at Cairo-based Watheeqa Securities Brokearage. “There are fears that the situation may escalate.”Israel on Saturday said that it “regrets” the deaths of Egyptian soldiers and policemen along the Gaza border in the Sinai peninsula.The statement from Israel’s Defense Minister Ehud Barak came after the Egyptian government recalled its ambassador from Tel Aviv over the violence, which has seen massive protests erupt at the Israeli Embassy in Egypt.Barak, however, did not confirm that Israeli troops had killed the five soldiers and policemen, but did say that there would be a joint inquiry into the incident with the Egyptian military.The statement comes as Egyptians continued to protest at the embassy in Giza on Saturday.The protest was sparked by the death of five Egyptian soldiers that many believe were killed by Israeli armed forces in a gun battle between Israeli forces and Egyptian masked gunmen.Many Egyptians began chanting “God is great” and calling on the government to take a firmer stance against the Jewish state.There was euphoric cheering when an Egyptian man scaled a building across the street and planted a flag at the top of the fire escape. The general call remained the same throughout the day and into the night: Israel must pay.Other chants included, “give us guns, send us to Sinai.”The crowd was comprised of men and women, young and old. Many had taken their children, some as young as two-years-old. One Egyptian father told Bikyamasr.com he brought his child, a five-year-old girl with the Egyptian flag painted on her cheeks and a smile plastered on her face, because “the children need to see this. See what is happening. This fight is their fight too.”There was some kind of scuffle late in the evening, as a soldier was seen being dragged out of the front lines by four other soldiers unconscious, although it is unclear what happened.Protesters had managed to storm the barricades, tearing down the massive concrete pillars and inching ever closer to the entrance of the building.At least 12 to 15 armored personnel carriers could be seen in the area; four on the roads surrounding the building and another four or five covering the entrance to the complex itself, with many more scattered along the different entrances.Meanwhile, from within the apartment complexes in and around the embassy building, families and individuals could be seen huddled around the window looking down. The building itself was effectively been cordoned off and hundreds of protesters were still situated there Saturday morning.The Egyptian Prime Minister released a statement demanding an apology from Israel and on his Facebook page he commented on the situation saying that “what was tolerated in pre-evolution Egypt will not be in post revolution Egypt.”The Cabinet then, early Saturday morning, issued a statement saying they had expelled the Israeli ambassador over the incident, but then quickly backtracked and said the statement was a “mistake.”Either way, the anger directed at Israel is growing and Egyptians have found another outlet for their growing anger at the military junta.Hmmmm.....Perhaps the Obama regime should donate them more Billions of dollars and tanks?Read the full story here.
- Barak warns enemies to be 'decapitated'.(Ynet).Defense Minister Ehud Barak visited an Iron Dome battery in the south on Sunday, and said the IDF would continue to go after those who are attacking Israel."The IDF is hitting the terrorists hard, and will continue to operate as needed," he told the troops in the area. "The heads of the Popular Resistance Committees who sent the attackers were killed with swift and powerful action. Since then, we have launched dozens of attacks against members of the Islamic Jihad and Hamas."Those who operate against us will be decapitated," he added. Since Thursday's terror attacks the IDF says it has killed 12 terrorists residing in the Gaza Strip – seven belonging to the PRC, five of whom are said to have been involved in planning the attacks, three Islamic Jihad gunmen, and two Hamas members.Barak also commended the Iron Dome system, noting that the percentage of missiles intercepted by the batteries in recent days is "relatively high.""Of course there are things that need fixing," he noted.According to Barak, two Iron Dome missile defense batteries are currently operational, and another one is expected to be set up within weeks. Within two years, nine such systems are to be available for IDF use. The defense minister said the attacks on the south might last a few more days. Meanwhile, a senior defense establishment official told Ynet that the conclusion of the attacks on the south is not yet in sight. "We cannot know where the (escalation in the south) is going," he said. "The Palestinians have been hit hard since Thursday. (Hezbollah chief) Nasrallah said that he wouldn't kidnap soldiers if he would know the outcome - that's how it is today." Other senior defense establishment officials rejected claims that Israel is holding back in responding to the rocket fire. "We activated our systems to hit those who are firing the rockets," one official said. "Those who were firing have been hit. It's not a small matter, it was highly successful." According to the officials, the conclusion of the fire exchanges depends on Hamas. "Now we must decide what is to be done next," one official said. "Hamas says one thing, and then says something else. They don’t want to get hit by another Operation Cast Lead. They understand. The eight-minister forum decided yesterday to wait and see what Hamas does… Hamas will set the pace, and Israel will act accordingly." Earlier, political sources addressed the relative calm that followed the barrage of rockets fired on Beersheba on Sunday morning, and said a restrained response was meant to prevent further escalation. But if the attacks don't stop, "all of the options are on the table", one source said. A senior political official denied reports that a ceasefire is being negotiated. "There are sources that transfer all kinds of messages, but we decided that we will not negotiate a ceasefire," he said. "The policy so far has been one of deterrence. If Hamas is quiet, Israel will remain quiet as well."It is currently unclear whether the situation is about to calm down," he added. Palestinian sources reported earlier that a ceasefire deal is being discussed in Cairo. A senior Islamic Jihad official said that Palestinian factions gathered to negotiate a ceasefire, and the Maan News Agency reported that the Gaza authorities plan to announce that the rocket fire is to stop at 9pm. Jerusalem officials said they are not familiar with such plans.Hmmmm....when you're dealing with a 'rabid' dog, you put it out of his misery.Read the full story here.
- 'Ground operation in Gaza possible' (YNet).Vice Premier and Minister for Regional Development Silvan Shalom toured the south on Sunday, as Gaza Strip's terror group continued their nonstop rocket fire on the area's communities Shalom addressed the escalation in the south during a visit to Soroka University Medical Center in Beersheba, where he looked in on those wounded in Saturday's barrage: "The deterrence has exhausted itself. We'll need to respond, and we're not ruling out the possibility of a ground operation," he said."We cannot abide this situation, where a million Israelis are under the costant threat of rocket fire."Members of the Knesset's Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee also toured the area on Sunday. Committee chairman and former IDF chief Shaul Mofaz (Kadima) said that "Israel must decide – will we continue with this intolerable reality of a war of attrition, or will we strive for an unequivocal decision with regards to Hamas, including targeting its leaders and infrastructure, with aim of toppling its reign in Gaza."Any decision made by the government with aim of rehabilitating the State of Israel's power of deterrence vis-à-vis Hamas, which has dissipated over the past few years, will be approved by the Knesset," Mofaz said."It's not right that over one million citizens cannot go about their normal lives. We must change this equation, where Hamas tells us what to do, because this past week's terror attacks are some of the worst the State of Israel has ever known."Be'er Tuvia's Regional Council Head Dror Shor attended the meeting as well, noting that the have been preparing for the upcoming school year opening next week, wondering whether it would be wise to open the schools given the recent escalation. "Some of the communities put up portable shelters independently. It's not a bad idea, securing 30 to 40 people," he said. "It's pretty frustrating to know that we have deterrence equipment such as Iron Dome – but that getting supplies is a matter of budget," said Committee member MK Avi Dichter. Kiryat Malachi Mayor Motti Malka informed committee members that there are many factories surrounding his city, containing tons of hazardous materials which he said could cause a catastrophe should they be hit by a rocket.MK Meir Sheetrit noted that "once a battery will be placed, it will lesson the anxiety of the public. Changes must be made in the State's priorities."Dichter added that authority heads must place portable shelters in the streets, explaining it's not a very complicated or expensive thing to do. "It's frustrating to see children in schools where the have no place to run, hiding under tables. It's embarrassing. Eventually we'll have to look them in the eyes." Read the full story here.
- No Doubt About It: “They Are Setting the Stage for Violence In This Country”(SHTF).At the Ames Iowa straw poll a member of Minnesota Change asked Dr. Ron Paul his thoughts on HR 645 the National Emergency Centers Establishment Act.The answer provided is shocking to say the least, especially coming from an active member of Congress and one who has time and again proven himself to be a trustworthy and knowledgeable resource:
I know that’s their goal. They’re setting up the stage for violence in this country.No doubt about it.-Ron Paul, August 2011
While the bill itself has not become law, it attempted to address certain aspects of emergency mobilizations, including the establishment of emergency detention centers.It has already been established with 100% certainty that “emergency centers” are in existence throughout the United States and they number in the hundreds. Some of the larger centers, often referred to as detention camps and/or refugee relocation facilities, can house upwards of 50,000 people.HR 645 may not have become law, but it doesn’t have to. The President of the United States, via executive order, can declare a national emergency (and will when the time is right and necessary), implement martial law, and execute emergency procedures as outlined in HR 645 and a host of other procedures without any say so from Congress or the American people.There is absolutely no reason that hundreds of acres of land, millions of dollars, and thousands of man hours would have been spent for no reason. Someone, somewhere plans on populating these facilities at some point in the near future.Given recent events around the globe and the fact that the US government and military are actively war-gaming large scale economic breakdown and civil unrest we, like Dr. Paul, have no doubt that the stage is being set.Hmmmm......Dictatorship raising?He will not let go of Power.Read the full story here.
- Black Panther, Harvard Professor, Attorney for Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Personal Mentor to Barack and Michelle Obama — Charles Ogletree Hosts Obama at “Social Event”.(WZ).OAK BLUFFS, Mass. (AP) — President Barack Obama has dropped in on his friend and former law school professor, Charles Ogletree, as he continues his Martha’s Vineyard vacation.The president spent most of Saturday at his rented compound on the island. But in the early evening, he was driven by motorcade to Ogletree’s home in Oak Bluffs for what the White House called a “social event.” Aides declined to provide details of the evening, which came a day after Ogletree helped sponsor a Democratic fundraiser at nearby Union Chapel.Ogletree is a Harvard Law School professor and authority on race and politics who became Obama’s mentor during his time at the school. Former students also include first lady Michelle Obama. She was not attending the event, but White House adviser Valerie Jarrett was.Hmmmm.....Preparing the racial riots who will appear spontaneously all over America?Read the full story here.
- Rep. Maxine Waters: 'The tea party can go straight to hell'.(LATimes).Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) came out swinging against Republicans in Congress on Saturday as she addressed the unemployed during a forum in Inglewood.The event occurred a day after new statistics were released showing that California's jobless rate last month went up to 12%, from 11.8%. California now has the second-highest rate of unemployment in the nation, trailing only Nevada at 12.9%, and its jobless rate is well above the U.S. average of 9.1%.Waters vowed to push Congress to focus on creating more jobs. "I'm not afraid of anybody," said Waters. "This is a tough game. You can't be intimidated. You can't be frightened. And as far as I'm concerned, the 'tea party' can go straight to hell."More than 1,000 people attended "Kitchen Table Summit," which was designed to give the jobless an opportunity to vent to elected officials and share their struggles about finding a job.KABC-TV quoted speakers talking about living without medical insurance and surviving paycheck to paycheck."Thank God I am healthy because a medical illness would bankrupt me," said Regina Davis of Inglewood.Congresswomen Laura Richardson and Karen Bass also attended. Several people urged the representatives to push for a national jobs program.According to the Employment Development Department, California employers added just 4,500 new jobs last month, a steep drop from the revised 30,400 jobs added in June.Hmmmm......Get ready for a 'race war'instead of an 2012 election campaign?Read the full story here.
- See? About Facebook? What I said....(GraniteRock).Facebook Removes Arizona Governor Jan Brewer's Post Criticizing New Immigration Policy Set By President Obama's AdministrationThis from Fox News Radio at 550 KFYI via Drudge Report. Consider: There are millions upon millions of postings on Facebook, every day! But only THIS posting, among the millions, gets "accidentally" deleted...aka "censored." I hate statist organizations...and Facebook appears to be one of them.Paul Davenport - Associated Press.PHOENIX (AP) - Facebook said Friday it mistakenly removed a post in which Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer criticized a controversial policy decision by President Barack Obama's administration to limit deportations of illegal immigrants.The Republican governor had said in a post Friday that Facebook censored the item she posted Thursday because it apparently violated Facebook's community standards.Brewer didn't elaborate in her post, but she said Friday in an interview that an email she received from Facebook said the post was removed because of an included illustration.The email, which she read aloud, didn't specify how the illustration violated standards."I'd like to know why it happens,'' she said of the removal.Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes responded to a query by The Associated Press by saying in a brief email that Brewer's post was removed in error and that Facebook was sorry.Noyes did not provide further details, including whether the removal of the post on Thursday resulted from complaints received from other Facebook users.Brewer reposted the item Friday, saying the original post was "censored'' by Facebook. Both versions included a statement in which she criticized the Obama policy decision and the illustration, a color drawing of Brewer in a Rosie the Riveter pose.Brewer used the drawing in her 2010 election campaign. Its headline of "doing the job the feds won't do'' refers to Brewer's clashes with Obama's administration on immigration and border issues."Something that's been posted on there a lot of times,'' Brewer said of the illustration during the interview.Obama's administration said Thursday it would allow many illegal immigrants facing deportation the chance to stay in the United States and apply for a work permit. Deportations would focus on convicted criminals and those who might be threats to national security or public safety, the administration said."I think many of you will agree with me - Obama's backdoor amnesty plan violates American standards of following the rule of law and the U.S. Constitution,'' Brewer's latest post said.Hmmmm......"Facebook or Obamabook?"Read the full story here.
- USDA Signs MOU with Rockefeller’s Council of Foundations to Exploit Rural America.(FoodFreedom).On Friday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA has signed an agreement with the Council on Foundations “to provide new sources of capital, new job opportunities, workforce investment strategies,” and, last on the list but the heart of it: “identification of additional resources.”The group will work with Obama’s newly created Rural Council, which Vilsack also chairs, to implement UN Agenda 21 – a 300-page, 40-chapter, “soft-law” policy that came out of the UN Conference on Environment and Development in Brazil in 1992.Though couched in eco-friendly motives, Agenda 21 will “severely limit water, electricity, and transportation- even deny human access to our most treasured wilderness areas, it would monitor all lands and people. No one would be free from the watchful eye of the new global tracking and information system,” wrote Berit Kjos in 1998. (Patrick Wood believes that today’s smart grids are doing just that, and gives an excellent 40-minute speech here.) Ironically, the Secretary made the announcement while hosting a White House Rural Forum at the Iowa State Fair, the same day news broke about how the USDA lied to farmers and ranchers about federal drought insurance. Vilsack has refused to pay up during the worse drought in US history.Neither Obama’s Rural Council nor the Council on Foundations include farmers and ranchers. This is a corporate-federal assault on the country. Combined, they are moving to achieve the long-planned Agenda 21, which the Rockefellers designed, as a means of getting people off the land so that corporate interests can have direct access to resources to use as they wish.Hmmmm......The bankers and the 'Despotic King'?Read the full story here.
- Turkish air assaults on Kurds kill seven civilians.(Firat).KANDIL – Turkey's air strikes have once more targeted civilians during the air assaults on Kandil. As a result of the bombing of a civilian vehicle, six people including two women and childs have been reported dead. According to information received, the warplanes bombing the region targeted on Kurtekê way a vehicle of civilians who were escaping from the bombardment in their village. While one of the two children was yet not even a year-old, the bodies were reportedly dismembered due to the explosion. Among the casualties, the names of two were reported as Imam Hussein and Omar Bazid. Warplanes are continuing to bomb Benê and Muslok regions. Meanwhile, warplanes are reportedly flying over Zap region which has been bombed this morning besides Metina and Gare regions. The names of the casualities have been determined as follows;Hasan Mustafa Hasan (Father) - Mer Haci Mam (Mother)- Rezan Hüseyin Mustafa (34) - Zana Hüseyin Mustafa (11) -Oskar Hüseyin (10) - Sonya Şemal Hasan (4) - Solin Şemal Hasan (6-months)Hmmmm........Erdogan Started 'reforms'like Assad?Read the full story here.
- Plane crash in Canadian Arctic kills 12.(Al-Yazeera).Three survivors, one in critical condition, taken to hospital after charter flight crashes in Canada's far north.At least 12 people have been killed and three others injured after a chartered Boeing 737-200 plane crashed in Canada's Arctic region, police say.The crash on Saturday happened as the aircraft was approaching the airport in Resolute Bay, home to one of Canada's most northerly communities.Residents of the tiny hamlet in the Arctic territory of Nunavut and soldiers from a nearby military exercise rushed to the scene to try and pull survivors from the flaming wreckage.First Air, which flies to some of Canada's most remote communities, said the plane had 15 people on board, including four crew members, and was travelling from Yellowknife, capital of the Northwest Territories.The accident happened as Stephen Harper, Canada's prime minister, was scheduled to travel to Resolute Bay on Monday for his annual trip to the Arctic.The injured - two adults and a child - were flown to a hospital in the territorial capital of Iqaluit for treatment, police said. One of the adults was in critical condition.Aziz Kheraj, the owner of the South Camp Inn, in Resolute Bay, told the Associated Press news agency by telephone that his two granddaughters were on the plane, but only one of them survived.She was airlifted to a hospital in Iqaluit, the capital of Nunavut.A passerby, who saw the wreckage of the plane as she was returning to town from a camping trip, said: "It's in three different pieces. The wings are still attached. The front and back are separated. And they were picking up pieces of bodies."An airport worker, who would not give his name, said there was a low cloud ceiling at the time of the crash. It lifted about 10 minutes later.Police said late on Saturday that they had recovered two black boxes from the crash site, and that they were sending six forensic identification officers to Resolute.Four of those officers will identify the deceased, the release said, while the remaining two will be dedicated to the accident investigation.Read the full story here, more here.
- New evidence emerges of oil being produced near former Deepwater Horizon site.(Examiner).Over the course of this week, multiple reports have been made of a potential oil leak at or near the Macondo Prospect - the site of last year's Deepwater Horizon drilling disaster. However, BP has denied any knowledge of such a leak and has instead focused media attention on two previously capped wells southwest of the Deepwater Horizon site in the Green Canyon Block of the Gulf of Mexico. In their official report, BP sent an unmanned submarine to check the status of the wells and found only minor activity.New photographs from a flyover conducted on Friday August 19, 2011 by pilot Bonny Schumaker and Gulf Restoration Network photographers Jonathan Henderson and Tarik Zawia tell a different story .Not only is the Macondo field apparently still leaking, there is now a ship that serves as a mobile oil production platform stationed directly on top of it.The ship photographed by Henderson and Zawia appears to be none other than the Helix Producer I, commissioned to the Deepwater Horizon site last June to help process oil flowing from the deepwater well.Helix Producer I is a ship-shaped floating production and offloading vessel, capable of handling about 45,000 barrels of oil per day. The oil production vessel has a buoy that can be connected to a deep water well and can be released from the hull, allowing the vessel to move out of the way of approaching hurricanes. It is operated by the Helix Energy Solutions Group.Oddly, the Helix Producer I is officially listed as being at coordinates 27.73005° / -91.10807° (Map) - nearly 170 miles to the southwest of the site it was photographed on Friday.It is highly unusual that BP has remained absolutely silent about the presence of this oil production vessel near the former Deepwater Horizon site. This is especially interesting because of their outright denial of any activity in the Macondo field this week.The photographs also show what appear to be plumes of oil underwater as well as strange "globs" of an oily substance at the surface. It is currently unknown how long the Helix Producer I has been working above the Macondo, but there is one thing that BP may find hard to deny: it is apparently either producing oil or perhaps working to seal a leak at the site of last year's catastrophic spill.Narrative of the flyover can be found by clicking here.Hmmmm......Oooooh boy i hope it doesn't end up at Marthas Vineyard.Read and see the full story here.
- Hamas Spokesman: The Al-Qassam Brigades Have Ended the Hudna, Are Ready for a Confrontation with Israel.(Memri).Hamas spokesman Mushir Al-Masri stated that the 'Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, the organization's military wing, had ended the hudna (truce) with Israel after the latter had violated it with its military strikes in Gaza. He said that the Brigades were prepared for and would spearhead any confrontation with Israel and would put an end to Israel's crimes in Gaza.Speaking at Hamas's annual fast-breaking meal in Beirut, 'Ali Baraka, Hamas's representative in Lebanon, reacted to the attacks in Eilat by saying that the Palestinian people had the right to oppose the occupation by all means, including military operations, until Israel withdrew from the Palestinians' lands and holy places. The meal was attended by representatives of Lebanese Parliamentary Speaker Nabih Berri, Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Miqati, and former Lebanese prime minister S'ad Al-Hariri.Hmmm......A giant glass covered parking would be nice to replace the Gaza strip?Read the full story here.
- Palestinian rights body: UN must compel Israel to halt settlements.(YNet).As the situation in the south continues to escalate following last Thursday's multifocal terror attack and the endless barrage of rockets from Gaza, a prominent committee within the UN continues to focus on another matter – Israeli settlements. A United Nations committee on Palestinian rights released a statement Saturday in which it said that the international community needs to take “credible and decisive action” to compel Israel to halt its settlement activity in Palestinian territories.The press release published by the Bureau of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People went on to claim that “recent Israeli settlement announcements undermine international efforts aimed at bringing the parties back to negotiations,” as it voiced deep alarm at Israel’s “illegal” approval of 5,200 new housing units in east Jerusalem in August alone. The committee noted that the issues of settlements and Jerusalem are among core issues to be negotiated by the parties. “All unilateral actions by Israel which prejudge the outcome of negotiations by creating fait accompli on the ground have no legal validity.” “While welcoming the recent expressions of concern by the Quartet and other members of the international community, the bureau calls for credible and decisive action to compel Israel to abide by its legal obligations and to protect Palestinian civilians” the committee said. The committee went on to claim that the UN Security Council "bears a special responsibility in this regard.”Hmmmmmm......I'm sure Obama will oblige them and stab Israel in the back in September.Read the full story here.
- Sinai contested: Outlaws, Islamists, Israel and army -Who's fighting who?(Almasryalyoum).ARISH - Moussa al-Delh, a member of Sinai’s influential Tarabeen tribe, was a fugitive before Egypt’s uprising began in January, accused of inciting violence against Egyptian security forces in the peninsula. Now he sits at a café in the center of Arish, the capital of North Sinai Governorate, and praises the military's “purging” campaign.“It is important to understand that the army is mainly targeting Islamists in Sinai, and not Bedouin outlaws, like some claim,” he says, adding that “outlaw” is a pre-revolutionary concept created by the much-resented former State Security Investigation Services.Little is known of whom exactly the military is now fighting in Sinai, or why the fight is taking place. The question of militant Islamist groups operating in the peninsula has been simmering for months, since security there collapsed in the wake of the uprising that brought down former President Hosni Mubarak. The issue boiled over last Thursday, when a coordinated attack in Israel near the Sinai border left eight Israelis dead and then five Egyptian border guards killed in what appeared to be “friendly fire” from the Israeli army.A geopolitically strategic territory, Sinai is a difficult-to-govern expanse of rugged desert at the crossroads of the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, revolutionary Egypt and Israel. Beyond being a cauldron for local grievances against the Cairo administration from traditional Bedouin tribesmen and outlaws, Sinai has also been a playground for regional rivals, including Israel and Palestinian factions. As of recently, the Egyptian armed forces, previously banned from operating in large numbers due to stipulations in its 1979 peace treaty with Israel, joined the confusion by entering Sinai in full force. The United Nations peacekeeping force in the area says that Israeli troops entered the territory on Thursday.Egypt’s interim cabinet issued a statement on Friday saying that the current security measures in Sinai are internal issues that have nothing to do with the attacks inside Israel. “They strictly target local outlaws,” the statement said.For Ayoub, the Salafi sheikh and former member of al-Takfeer wal Hijra, the military campaign is an excessive show of force without a clear reason. “I don’t think there is a danger that requires having 2000 troops, 250 tanks and four planes in Sinai,” he says. What exactly makes an outlaw an outlaw remains unclear.Read the full story here.
- Turkish attacks on Kurds - Human shields at the border, carrying a banner ‘We are walking for resistance against fascism’.(Firat).Thousands of human shields, including BDP district and provincial chairs and mayors came Diyarbakır, Batman, Siirt, Urfa, Mardin and their districts, gathered in Balveren district of Şırnak. The demonstrators, led by the Peace Mothers Initiative, started to walk towards the border to stop the aerial attacks and increasing military operations in Federal Kurdistan Region. The demonstrators were after a while later blocked with armed military vehicles by soldiers of the Borders Post. Peace Mothers Initiative, carrying a banner ‘We are walking for resistance against fascism’, made a statement here. Initiative Member Bedriye Ertak said the followings; “We are the human shields against the prevention of Ocalan’s meeting with his lawyers, military operations and the aerial attack. We condemn the bombing carried out while we are demanding peace. Even if they arrest or kill all of us, we will not return until the operations are ended.”Human shields keep waiting before the soldiers’ barricade.Read the full story here.
- Turkey after Three Hundred years only 65 women shelters in the whole country!First women’s shelter in Turkey: the Ottoman ladies’ tekke .(TodaysZaman).Last week there was much debate surrounding remarks made by Fatma Şahin, the minister for family and social policies, regarding women’s shelters.Şahin has gone one step further for abused women, mentioning that there would be reforms implemented in the issue of women’s shelters. The most discussed of the minister’s statements was a change under consideration to a law which stipulates that shelters can be opened in cities/districts with a population of over 50.000. Şahin says this law will be amended and that shelters will without exception be established in every district and city with a population greater than 50,000.In Turkey, where violence against women increases by the day, opening more women’s shelters is important, especially given that there are only 65 shelters for women in the entire country. Failing to do anything about the plight of women and even being unaware of this is a terrible shortcoming for the country, considering the fact that first women’s shelter in Turkey was opened the 18th century during the days of the Ottoman Empire. The name of this shelter was Hatuniye Dergahı, or women’s dervish convent.An article by Gökçen Beyinli Dinç published in Turkish magazine Aktüel discusses the Hatuniye Dergahı, which was discovered by Fatma Sedes, an architect who was doing research for the Foundation for the Protection of Historical Heritage in Turkey at the time she came upon the building, after which it was restored by the municipality. Now as a result of Şahin’s statements regarding women’s shelters, the building, which was in disrepair until 2010, has gained the public’s attention.The Hatuniye Dergahı in Eyüp was a women’s shelter in the Ottoman Empire for almost 100 years, helping women who were beaten or in a difficult situation. At the shelter women could learn a craft, and those who suffered from psychological disorders would be treated and rehabilitated. The shelter also acted as a nursing home for old women. It could host up to 100 women at any one time.Hmmm.........Women abuse in Turkey as abundant as a sand in the desert?Read the full story here.
- Iranian Authorities Confiscate Thousands of Copies of New Testament.(Memri).Majid Abhari, advisor to the Iranian Majlis Social Affairs Committee, stated that the Iranian authorities had confiscated 6,500 copies of the New Testament as part of their fight against the attempts of Christian proselytizers to convert Iranian youth.Hmmmm........No word from the OIC chairman on persecution of religion?Read the full story here.
- Senior IUMS Member: It Is Permissible to Kill any Zionist on Egyptian Soil.(Memri).In an August 19 protest rally outside the Israeli embassy in Cairo, attended by some 200 Muslim Brotherhood members, Dr. Saleh Sultan, a shari'a lecturer at Cairo University and head of the Jerusalem Committee of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), said that any Egyptian meeting a Zionist on Egyptian soil is entitled to kill him, just like Israel killed the Camp David Accords.Hmmmm......"Kill the Jews" while receiving Billion of Dollars from the Obama regime?Read the full story here.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
by Joe the Plumber on Saturday, August 20, 2011 at 7:12am.
DIVORCE AGREEMENT - THIS IS SO INCREDIBLY WELL PUT AND I CAN HARDLY BELIEVE IT'S BY A YOUNG PERSON, A STUDENT!!! WHATEVER HE RUNS FOR, I'LL VOTE FOR HIM.
Dear American liberals, leftists, social progressives, socialists, Marxists and Obama supporters, et al:We have stuck together since the late 1950's for the sake of the kids, but the whole of this latest election process has made me realize that I want a divorce. I know we tolerated each other for many years for the sake of future generations, but sadly, this relationship has clearly run its course.
Our two ideological sides of America cannot and will not ever agree on what is right for us all, so let's just end it on friendly terms. We can smile and chalk it up to irreconcilable differences and go our own way.
Here is a model separation agreement:
--Our two groups can equitably divide up the country by landmass each taking a similar portion. That will bethe difficult part, but I am sure our two sides can come to a friendly agreement. After that, it should be relatively easy! Our respective representatives can effortlessly divide other assets since both sides have such distinct and disparate tastes.
--We don't like redistributive taxes so you can keep them.
--You are welcome to the liberal judges and the ACLU.--Since you hate guns and war, we'll take our firearms, the cops, the NRA and the military.
--We'll take the nasty, smelly oil industry and you can go with wind, solar and biodiesel.
--You can keep Oprah, Michael Moore and Rosie O'Donnell. You are, however, responsible for finding a bio-diesel vehicle big enough to move all three of them.
--We'll keep capitalism, greedy corporations, pharmaceutical companies, Wal-Mart and Wall Street.
--You can have your beloved lifelong welfare dwellers, food stamps, homeless, homeboys, hippies, druggies and illegal aliens.
--We'll keep the hot Alaskan hockey moms, greedy CEO's and rednecks.
--We'll keep the Bibles and give you NBC and Hollywood
--You can make nice with Iran and Palestine and we'll retain the right to invade and hammer places that threaten us.
--You can have the peaceniks and war protesters. When our allies or our way of life are under assault, we'll help provide them security.
--We'll keep our Judeo-Christian values.
--You are welcome to Islam, Scientology, Humanism, political correctness and Shirley McClain. You can also have the U.N. but we will no longer be paying the bill.
--We'll keep the SUV's, pickup trucks and oversized luxury cars. You can take every Volt and Leaf you can find.
--You can give everyone healthcare if you can find any practicing doctors.
--We'll continue to believe healthcare is a luxury and not a right.
--We'll keep "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" and "The National Anthem."
--I'm sure you'll be happy to substitute "Imagine", "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing", "Kum Ba Ya" or "We Are the World".
--We'll practice trickle down economics and you can continue to give trickle up poverty your best shot.
--Since it often so offends you, we'll keep our history, our name and our flag.
Would you agree to this? If so, please pass it along to other like-minded liberal and conservative patriots and if you do not agree, just hit delete. In the spirit of friendly parting, I'll bet you answer which one of us will need whose help in 15 years.
John J. Wall
Law Student and an American
P.S. Also, please take Ted Turner, Sean Penn, Martin and Charlie Sheen, Barbara Streisand, and (Hanoi) Jane Fonda with you.
P.S.S. And you won't have to press 1 for English when you call our country.
Forward This Every Time You Get It ! Let's Keep This Going, Maybe Some Of It Will Start Sinking In. .Make sure Gov. Rick Perry gets it!
The dramatic moment a machine gunner on a Royal Navy warship opens fire on possible Iranian speedboat 'suicide bombers'
(DailyMail) Confronted by an unidentified speedboat powering straight towards them, this is the dramatic moment the crew of a Royal Navy warship fear they are under attack from Iranian suicide bombers.Sailors on HMS Iron Duke rush to action stations and train their machineguns on the unmarked vessel as it maintains its menacing course in the Persian Gulf.
Concerned the small boat is packed with lethal explosives, British troops hold their nerve until it is just 300ft away - and rattle off two fearsome bursts of gunfire.The bullets are not aimed directly at the speedboat. But the show of deadly force is sufficient to deter the craft, which veers away at the last moment and flees.But the incident highlights the dangers faced by Navy warships patrolling one of the world’s most volatile waterways.The threat of suicide attacks at sea was demonstrated in October 2000 when the 8,600-tonne USS Cole was hit by terrorists in a speedboat in Aden, killing 17 American sailors.The confrontation involving HMS Iron Duke fuelled concerns about simmering tensions in the Gulf - and the nightmare scenario of hostilities breaking out accidentally between Iran and the West because of a small clash getting out of hand.The incident took place in April but has only just come to light. The dramatic footage shows a speedboat crewed by at least two men powering parallel to the 4,900-tonne warship as it patrolled off the coast of Bahrain.The ship's horns blared out loudly, warning the speedboat to move away.But suddenly the small craft turns to the right and aims directly at the frigate.Alarmed by the apparently threatening manoeuvre, a commander can be heard calmly ordering crewmen manning a powerful general-purpose machinegun to fire 'two barrels 100 yards to the left of the vessel'.On the word 'Engage', two short bursts of bullets ring out. The rounds send up small plumes of water as they strike the sea.Fearful of their lives, the men in the speedboat duck and stop. One raises his hand and waves at the British sailors before speeding away.
The film footage was obtained by a U.S. news website.The nationality of the speedboat involved in the confrontation is unknown because it flew no flag and did not make radio contact.Sources have suggested it might have been piloted by Bahraini fishermen.But military experts said it had 'all the appearances' of previous incidents when the Iranian Revolutionary Guard has used boats and planes to buzz Western warships to provoke a response.In one of the most serious recent incidents, five Iranian patrol boats buzzed within 600ft ofthree U.S. 5th Fleet warships as they passed through the Strait of Hormuz in January 2008.The patrol boats dropped suspicious-looking packages into the water and transmitted the threat: 'I am coming at you. You will explode in a couple of minutes.'As the U.S. warships prepared to open fire the Iranian speedboats pulled back out of international waters before the incident could escalate.A Royal Navy insider said the Iron Duke had handled the situation correctly and professionally. The 185-man crew will have practised repeatedly how to deal with an unidentified vessel that could be a threat to the British anti-submarine ship.
The naval officer said: 'Whenever ships deploy to the Gulf there is a risk they will be threatened. The attack on the U.S.S. Cole shows the terrible consequences of small boats being used in suicide attacks.
'Quick small boats can be so lethal because they are not as easy to see on radar so they can potentially get closer. That's why our crews are drilled in the procedures of how to handle the threat.
'Faced with a possible threat from the speedboat, they did exactly the right thing to take the heat out of the situation.'An MoD spokesman said: 'An unidentified small vessel made an unusually close approach at speed to HMS Iron Duke.'In accordance with standard operating procedures, HMS Iron Duke took a series of escalatory preventative measures which resulted in warning shots being fired.
'The situation was resolved and both vessels went safely on their way.'Tensions between the West and Iran have steadily deteriorated as Tehran stubbornly pursues a nuclear programme in the face of protests from the international community, and caches of Iranian-made weapons have been seized from insurgents in Afghanistan.Read and see the full story here.
- Updated !Earthquakes in the last 24 hours in the world seismic activity in Tonga 5.3 and Fiji 5.1 ! More info here.
- Japan : For the most accurate info on the nuclear disaster go to : Paul Langley's Nuclear History Blog.Here.
- Iran gives US Hikers eight-year sentences for spying, entering the country illegally.(Msnbc).U.S. citizens Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, detained in Iran for more than two years, have been found guilty of spying and given sentences of eight years each, Iranian state TV reported Saturday. "In connection with illegal entry into Iranian territory each was given three years in jail and in connection with the charge of cooperating with American intelligence service, each was given five years in jail," the IRINN website reported, quoting an informed judiciary source. They say they were hiking in the mountains of northern Iraq and, if they crossed the unmarked border into Iran, it was by mistake. Bauer and Fattal, both 29, have been held in Iran's Evin Prison since shortly after their arrest along the border with Iraq exactly two years ago on Sunday. It's not clear if the eight year jail sentence will include the time they have already served.The case has added to tensions between the United States and Iran that were already high over issues like Tehran's disputed nuclear program. The Americans' lawyer, Masoud Shafiei, had hoped that the two men who be immediately released after the final court hearing at the end of July, because it coincided with the two-year anniversary of their arrest and came near the start this week of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, when pardons are traditionally handed down. Shariei said on July 31 that he was hopeful that, even if found guilty, they would be sentenced to time already served and released. The two have 20 days to appeal their sentence, NBC's Ali Arouzi reported Saturday.Bauer's fiance, Sarah Shourd, was arrested with them on July 31, 2009, but was released in September of last year on $500,000 bail. She did not return to Iran for the rest of the trial, but Shafiei said he delivered a defense for her as well. The Americans say they were only hiking in a scenic and largely peaceful area of northern Iraq near the Iranian border.While other parts of Iraq remain troubled by violence, the semiautonomous Kurdistan region has drawn tourists in recent years, including foreign visitors, to its scenic mountains. Speaking on July 31, Shafiei insisted the authorities have no evidence to prove espionage, and he pointed out the area where they were detained has a porous border. "The espionage charge is irrelevant, and the charge of illegal entry is inconsistent with the facts. There was no clear border line and my clients are not guilty. I've provided a sufficient defense," he said. The U.S. government has appealed for the two men to be released, insisting that they have done nothing wrong. The two countries have no direct diplomatic relations, so Washington has been relying on an interests section at the Swiss Embassy in Tehran to follow the case. Shourd, now 32, and Bauer got engaged in prison before she was released on what Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said were humanitarian grounds following health issues. Shourd told the New York Times last November that they stepped off an unmarked dirt road, inadvertently crossing from Iraq into Iran only because a border guard of unknown nationality gestured for them to approach. She said they had no idea they were so close to the border. Hmmmmm.......This won't be a 'Marthas Vineyard' holiday stay, sleepwell Mr President!Read the full story here.
- US troops may stay in Afghanistan until 2024.(Blacklistednews).(Source:Telegraph)The agreement would allow not only military trainers to stay to build up the Afghan army and police, but also American special forces soldiers and air power to remain.The prospect of such a deal has already been met with anger among Afghanistan’s neighbours including, publicly, Iran and, privately, Pakistan.It also risks being rejected by the Taliban and derailing any attempt to coax them to the negotiating table, according to one senior member of Hamid Karzai’s peace council.A withdrawal of American troops has already begun following an agreement to hand over security for the country to Kabul by the end of 2014.But Afghans wary of being abandoned are keen to lock America into a longer partnership after the deadline. Many analysts also believe the American military would like to retain a presence close to Pakistan, Iran and China. Both Afghan and American officials said that they hoped to sign the pact before the Bonn Conference on Afghanistan in December. Barack Obama and Hamid Karzai agreed last week to escalate the negotiations and their national security advisers will meet in Washington in September.Rangin Dadfar Spanta, Mr Karzai’s top security adviser, told The Daily Telegraph that “remarkable progress” had been made. US officials have said they would be disappointed if a deal could not be reached by December and that the majority of small print had been agreed.Dr Spanta said a longer-term presence was crucial not only to build Afghan forces, but also to fight terrorism.“If [the Americans] provide us weapons and equipment, they need facilities to bring that equipment,” he said. “If they train our police and soldiers, then those trainers will not be 10 or 20, they will be thousands.“We know we will be confronted with international terrorists. 2014, is not the end of international terrorist networks and we have a common commitment to fight them. For this purpose also, the US needs facilities.”Afghan forces would still need support from US fighter aircraft and helicopters, he predicted. In the past, Washington officials have estimated a total of 25,000 troops may be needed.Dr Spanta added: “In the Afghan proposal we are talking about 10 years from 2014, but this is under discussion.” America would not be granted its own bases, and would be a guest on Afghan bases, he said. Pakistan and Iran were also deeply opposed to the deal.Andrey Avetisyan, Russian ambassador to Kabul, said: “Afghanistan needs many other things apart from the permanent military presence of some countries. It needs economic help and it needs peace. Military bases are not a tool for peace.“I don’t understand why such bases are needed. If the job is done, if terrorism is defeated and peace and stability is brought back, then why would you need bases?“If the job is not done, then several thousand troops, even special forces, will not be able to do the job that 150,000 troops couldn’t do. It is not possible.”A complete withdrawal of foreign troops has been a precondition for any Taliban negotiations with Mr Karzai’s government and the deal would wreck the currently distant prospect of a negotiated peace, Mr Avetisyan said.Abdul Hakim Mujahid, deputy leader of the peace council set up by Mr Karzai to seek a settlement, said he suspected the Taliban had intensified their insurgency in response to the prospect of the pact. “They want to put pressure on the world community and Afghan government,” he said.Read the full story here.
- Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer: Obama Acts Like He’s A “King That As Above The Law” On Immigration.(Newsmax).Republicans are attacking President Barack Obama for acting like a “king that is above the law” in deciding to pick and choose which illegal aliens to deport.“The Obama administration cannot get its amnesty schemes through Congress, so now it has resorted to implementing its plans via executive fiat,” said Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer.“We need to remind President Obama that we elected a president that serves beneath the law and did not anoint a king that is above the law.”Joining her criticisms were two other border-state Republicans, Reps. Michael McCaul and Lamar Smith of Texas.“It’s just the latest attempt by this president to bypass the intended legislative process when he does not get his way,” McCaul said.Smith said, “The Obama administration should enforce immigration laws, not look for ways to ignore them.”And Florida Rep. Allen West jumped into the fray, too, calling for a House investigation into the guidelines. In an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV, he accused Obama of “shredding the Constitution” with the new guidelines. “It is a form of amnesty and it does go against our Constitution and it very much concerns me because now we are rewarding people for an illegal activity,” he said.“Think about the strain that is going to come on the types of services and things that we have to provide,” West added, saying aliens are getting a free pass.Hmmmm......More like Acting as an totalitarian Emperor on everything.Read the full story here.
- Christian Genocide in Somalia.(Aina).The Islamist terrorist group al Shabab is intentionally starving Somali Christians in territory it controls. It's just the latest incident in the terror group's systematic efforts to eradicate all of Somalia's Christians.According to the International Christian Concern (ICC), al Shabab's intentional denial of humanitarian aid has resulted in the deliberate starvation of 18 Christians in the Somali cities of Afgoye, Baidawa, and Kismayo. As ICC spokesman Jonathan Racho said, "Any Somali that is suspected of being a Christian, or a friend of a Christian, does not receive any food aid."Unfortunately, the ongoing and purposeful elimination of the small Somali Christian community at the hands of al Shabab has gone largely unrecognized and unreported, eclipsed by the other horrors of rape, torture and murder perpetrated upon most of Somalia's Muslim population by the Islamist terrorist group.It goes without saying that al Shabab's brutality has been well documented, most recently in a report issued by Human Rights Watch, which found the terror group continuing to carry out public beheadings and floggings; forced recruitment of children into its forces; and the denial of humanitarian assistance to the 2.2 million starving Somalis in al Shabab-controlled territory.So, it shouldn't surprise that al Shabab, which has openly professed its intention to rid Somalia of a Christian presence, is focusing its particular brand of barbarity on Somali Christians. After all, this is the same group that in August 2010 banned three Christian Aid Groups that it stated were "acting as missionaries under the guise of humanitarian work" while at the same time spreading what they termed as "corrupted ideologies in order to taint the pure creed of the Muslims in Somalia."In a disturbing report gathered from Open Doors, a British-based Christian aid organization, Somali Christians gather secretly at pre-arranged meeting places to worship. According to the report, "These believers dare not meet for longer than three hours. Careful not to leave any tracks, they abandon the meeting place separately at intervals…When caught with a Bible, Christians face certain death."One of these underground believers said, "We know that anyone suspected of being a Christian will be tortured or even killed. So we pray secretly. We have prayed in mosque prayer rooms but despite our precautions many of our friends have been killed. We now live in fear." Another Christian said he converted from Islam and told his family who then kept him in a dark room for 13 days without food until his mother begged the father to let him go.One truly horrifying incident occurred in December 2010, when a 17-year-old girl who converted to Christianity was shot to death by relatives. The young girl had escaped her village after her parents had shackled her to a tree and tortured her for leaving Islam Yet, while persecution has been the norm for Somali Christians, al Shabab has taken it to a whole new and brutally disturbing level.
In 2008, al Shabab members sliced the head off of Mansuur Mohammed, a 25 year-old convert to Christianity. According to witnesses, the insurgents took a video of the slaughter and circulated it in Somalia purportedly to instill fear among those contemplating conversion from Islam to Christianity.
In July 2009, al Shabab beheaded seven prisoners it accused of abandoning the Muslim faith;
in August 2009 four Somali Christian women working for an NGO orphanage were beheaded after refusing to renounce their faith;
and in July 2009 a 40-year-old Christian mother of 10 and her 23-year-old daughter, who was six months pregnant at the time, were both raped and held captive for five days before the terrorists left them for dead.
In July 2010, Muhammad Guul Hashim Idiris, a Christian convert from Islam, was taken by al Shabab members to a makeshift soccer stadium, attended by hundreds, and executed. A statement from Sheik Adan Yare, the al Shabab governor of the Bakol region, read: "Our holy warriors have today…executed in front of angry Muslim witnesses a young man who insulted our beloved prophet."
In September 2010 al Shabab members broke into the home of Osman Abdullah Fataho, an active participant in the underground Christian community, and shot him dead in front of his wife and four children. The terrorists then took Fataho's children as recruits to be trained as child soldiers in its organization.
In January 2011 insurgents slit the throat of Asha Mberwa, a recent convert to Christianity and mother of four; in March 2011 al Shabab insurgents shot Madobe Abdi to death. Abdi's alleged crime was not that he was a convert from Islam but rather was an orphan raised as a Christian.
Finally, in May 2011 militants shot and killed Yusuf Ali Nur on suspicion he was a Christian as well as killing 21-year old Christian convert Hassan Adawe Adan, dragging Adan outside and shooting him several times before shouting Allahu Akbar (“God is great”).Yet, while al Shabab has worked fervently to kill all of Somalia's Christians, the terror group has other avenues by which it hopes to wipe all vestiges of Christianity's presence from Somalia.For example, in April 2010 al Shabab outlawed school teachers using bells to signal the beginning of class because "Christian churches also sound bells." According to an al Shabab spokesman, Sheik Farah Kalar, "All schools must stop using the bell to summon students; otherwise they will face punishment."Most recently, al Shabab instituted a ban on Samosas, a popular Somali food staple, from its territory because the pastry is fried in a triangular shape that looks suspiciously similar to the Christian Holy Trinity symbol.So, tragically, the news that al Shabab is now using the current famine in Somalia to deliberately kill Somali Christians isn't very astonishing. Rather, what truly is amazing is that there are still Christians left alive in that ravaged country in which to be killed.Hmmmm......These are the Somali 'people' Turkish PM Erdogan and wife went to visit and help yesterday, i wonder if a single Christian received anything at all?Read the full story here.
- Arab League to hold meeting on Gaza.(YNet).The Arab League announced Saturday that it has called an emergency session over the Israeli airstrikes on Gaza Strip, to be held on noon Sunday. League spokesman Mahmoud Abdel Aziz said that "The Arab League received a request from the Palestinian state… and after negotiations it decided to host an urgent meeting on the level of the permanent representatives."Earlier Saturday, the Palestinian Ma'an news agency reported the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas plans to appeal to the United Nations' Security Council and ask that it too call an emergency meeting over Israel's strikes in Gaza. IAF aircrafts have mounted several strikes on terror hubs and smuggling tunnels in Gaza Strip since Thursday.The action was taken in retaliation to a series of deadly terror attacks by Gaza-based terrorists, as well as incessant rocket fire on Israel. On Friday, Hamas' military wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, announced its ceasefire with Israel was null and void.Read the full story here.
- Related - Egypt withdraws ambassador from Israel while Arab League plans urgent meeting.(AlArabiya).Earlier on Saturday, Egypt recalled its ambassador from Israel to protest the deaths of at least three Egyptian troops killed in a shootout between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian militants who had launched a deadly attack on Israel from Egyptian soil.The decision sharply escalated tensions between the neighboring countries, whose 1979 peace treaty is being tested by the fall of Egypt’s longtime autocratic leader, Hosni Mubarak.Egypt’s interim government accused Israel of violating that treaty and said the envoy would be withdrawn until Israel concludes its investigation into the Egyptian security forces’ deaths. Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said the Israeli government was holding consultations on the Egyptian move. He had no further comment.The Cabinet, which was appointed by the ruling military council that took over power after Mubarak’s ouster, revised an earlier statement saying the envoy, Yasser Reda, would be summoned for consultation - something that would have signaled a lower-level spat. Israel was likely to see that as a worrisome sign that Egypt’s new leaders would be more responsive to public opinion about the Jewish state, which remains overwhelmingly unpopular because of its conflict with the Palestinians.The cross-border attack has also reinforced Israeli fears that the leaders of post-Mubarak Egypt would not assert control over the increasingly lawless Sinai Peninsula, whose porous borders with both Israel and the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip make it an attractive staging ground for Palestinian militant attacks on Israel. Israel says Gaza militants armed with guns, explosives, mortars and an anti-tank missile, killed eight Israelis in a roadside ambush on Thursday after infiltrating Israel through Sinai.The ambush also has threatened to stoke the Mideast conflict as retaliatory violence between Israel and Gaza militants spiked. Israeli airstrikes killed at least 12 Palestinians, most of them militants, Friday in Gaza, and nine Israelis were wounded by Palestinian rockets fired into southern Israel.On Saturday, one of those rockets struck three Palestinians who were illegally residing in Israel, injuring two of them seriously, police said.The Egyptian troops were killed as Israeli soldiers went after suspected Palestinian militants involved in Thursday’s deadly attack.Israel has offered conflicting accounts about how the Egyptians were killed and the Israeli military has promised an investigation. But the Egyptian Cabinet, in a strongly worded statement, held Israel “politically and legally responsible for this incident,” saying lax security on its side allowed the ambush to take place.“The Egyptian ambassador to Israel will be withdrawn until we are notified about the results of an investigation by the Israeli authorities,” the Cabinet statement said, demanding an immediate probe.It said Egypt would take all measures and send reinforcements to protect its borders and “to respond to any Israeli military activity at the Egyptian borders.”It was the first time in nearly 11 years that Egypt decided to withdraw its ambassador from Israel. The last time was in November 2000 when the Egyptians protested what they called excessive use of violence during the second Palestinian uprising.The decision to withdraw Reda was announced as hundreds of protesters gathered outside the Israeli Embassy in Cairo, demanding the expulsion of the Israeli envoy. A Palestinian flag was unfurled at the site, and some of the demonstrators threw firecrackers at the building.Mohammed Adel, a leader of the protests that toppled Mubarak, welcomed the Cabinet decision, saying, “It proves to all that the Egyptian revolution is capable of imposing its rules on the Israeli enemy.”The clamor against Israel also spilled into the political arena.“Israel and any other (country) must understand that the day our sons get killed without a strong and an appropriate response, is gone and will not come back,” declared Amr Moussa, a former Arab League chief and now an Egyptian presidential hopeful. He tweeted his statement along with, “the blood of our martyrs which was spilled while carrying out their duties, will not be shed in vain.”An Israeli military officer, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with military regulations, initially said a suicide bomber, not Israeli soldiers, killed the Egyptian security forces. He said the attacker had fled back across the border into Egypt and detonated his explosives among the Egyptian troops.Israeli media also reported that some of the sniper fire directed at the Israeli motorists Thursday came from near Egyptian army posts and speculated that the Egyptian troops were killed in the cross fire.It was not possible to reconcile the different versions.Although Egypt’s new leaders have asserted their commitment to the landmark peace treaty with the Jewish state, Israel has worried that a regime more hostile to it would emerge in post-Mubarak Egypt.While relations between the two countries have been chilly since Egypt became the first Arab nation to make peace with Israel in 1979, Israel valued Mubarak as a source of stability with shared interests in containing Iran and its radical Islamic proxies in the region - including the Hamas militant group that rules Gaza.Israel fears that Egypt’s political upheaval and the resulting power vacuum in Sinai will open dangerous new opportunities for Gaza militants to open a new front against it along the Sinai frontier. While keeping up sporadic rocket attacks against Israel, Gaza militants have refrained from large-scale attacks since Israel conducted a punishing three-week war against them two-and-a-half years ago.Hamas praised the attacks Thursday but denied any involvement. Israel accused a Hamas-allied group, the Popular Resistance Committees, of carrying out the ambush, but holds Hamas responsible for all violence coming from the Palestinian territory.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited some of the wounded in the hospital Friday. “We killed the head of the group that sent the terrorists, but this is just an initial response,” he said. “We have a policy to extract a very heavy price from those that attack us and that policy is being implemented in the field.”Read the full story here.
- Lebanon prevents UN condemnation of terror attack.(YNet).WASHINGTON – Murder of Israelis permitted? Lebanon, which is currently a member of the United Nations Security Council, prevented early Saturday a condemnation of the recent terror offensive in southern Israel. Israel’s UN Ambassador Ron Prosor expressed his disappointment with Beirut’s move, noting that Lebanon is itself “a state controlled by a terrorist organization.” The UN envoy said that the latest fiasco proved that the UN has become “blind and deaf” when it comes to condemning terror attacks against Israeli citizens. “The Security Council’s silence is deafening,” Prosor said.A draft proposal for a presidential statement was distributed to the Security Council’s 15 members Thursday. The United States, Europe and India vigorously supported a harsh UN denunciation of the murderous attack in Israel, yet the Arab representative in the Council, Lebanon, announced Friday that it will endorse such censure only if it is “balanced” with a condemnation of Israel’s retaliatory strikes in the Gaza Strip.Europe, the US and Israel rejected the Lebanese equation, in essence burying the condemnation and demonstrating yet again that the UN is unable to address some of the most vital issues on its agenda.Referring to the UN failure to condemn the terror offensive, Ambassador Prosor said that “we are dealing with a blatantly clear terror attack against innocent Israeli civilians.”“The UN secretary general condemned it, the Americans condemned it, the European Union condemned it, yet the bottom line is that the Security Council again failed as a body,” he said. “Every time an issue pertains to Israel, we see deafening silence. They become blind and deaf.” While the UN refrained from condemning Thursday’s string of terror attacks in Israel, which left eight people dead, Palestinian spokesmen were quick to issue scathing condemnations of Israel’s retaliatory operations in the Gaza Strip. On Friday, Senior Fatah official Nabil Shaath accused Israel of committing war crimes in the Strip and seeking to escalate regional tensions."Israel's madness will not deter the Palestinian leadership from appealing to the UN,” he said. In a press release, Shaath alleged that Israel was looking for an excuse to impose collective punishment against the Palestinian people, saying: "This is a war crime.” Later Friday, Hamas’ military wing also condemned what it referred to as an Israeli “massacre,” announcing that the lull which prevailed in the Gaza region for the last few months is now over.Read the full story here.
- Syrian tanks roll into Homs; security forces kill at least 33 protesters across country.(AlArabiya).Tanks rumbled into the central city of Homs at dawn Saturday, a day after security forces killed at least 33 anti-regime protesters across Syria, adding urgency to a UN mission expected this weekend.“Several tanks took up positions at dawn in the district of Al-Khalidiyeh” in the central city of Homs, Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told AFP.“Throughout the night and this morning shots were heard from Al-Khalidiyeh to Baba Amr and Inshaat,” he added, referring to two other central locations in the city.Regime forces were also conducting arrests in the city of Latakia early Saturday, the Observatory said, adding that many of those picked up were minors.According to the rights advocacy group the death toll from Friday's crackdown on protesters rose to 33, including 15 people who were killed in the southern province of Daraa where 25 others were also wounded.It said security forces had also killed 15 civilians in the central province of Homs, including five in the flashpoint neighbourhood of Al-Khalidiyeh.Three protesters were also shot dead on Friday in the Damascus suburbs of Harasta and Douma, the Observatory said.The United Nations said that a UN humanitarian mission would visit Syria this weekend to witness the effects of the crackdown on protesters.UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay told the Security Council on Thursday there was “reliable corroborative evidence” that Syrian forces are deliberately shooting anti-regime demonstrators.Pillay also said in an interview with France 24 television that her body had drawn up a list of 50 Syrians in senior positions that she said were responsible for violent repression.The civilian death toll from the security force crackdown on the protests has now passed 2,000, UN Under Secretary General B. Lynn Pascoe also told the Security Council on Thursday.On Friday the Observatory reported that 20,000 people had marched in Al-Khalidiyeh alone on a day of protest demanding the fall of Assad's autocratic regime.People poured into the streets of major towns as they emerged from Friday prayers, with the largest anti-regime demonstration reported in Homs.Friday's rallies put to the test a commitment given by embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to UN chief Ban Ki-moon the previous day that his security forces have ended operations against civilians.On the political front, a group of “revolutionary blocs” announced Friday the formation of a coalition called Syrian Revolution General Commission, vowing to bring down the regime.It said the coalition of 44 groups was set up due to “the dire need to unite the field, media and political efforts” of the pro-democracy movement.Meanwhile, the European Union added 20 new names to a list of Syrian individuals and businesses hit with sanctions, with a deal also now close for a ban on oil imports.European nations buy most of Syria's oil exports, which amounted to some 148,000 barrels a day in 2009, according to the US Energy Information Administration.Hmmmmm.......Meanwhile 'buddy' Erdogan keeps covering for Assad and Iran, while slaying Kurds.Read the full story here.
- Turkey bombed Kurdish civilian areas.(Firat).The Ministry of Peshmerga (Kurdish fighters) of the autonomous region of Kurdistan has denounced the bombing of "civilian areas" by the Turkish Air Force since Wednesday, while committed to exercise its right of self-defense in case of attack against the Kurdish region. The Kurds in Turkey tomorrow form a human shield on the border to protest against the bombing."Above all, the bombing of the territory of Kurdistan is illegitimate," said Jabbar Yawar, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Peshmerga, in an interview Friday, August 19 Kurdish Diha to the agency, based in Turkey.The Turkish air force and artillery shelling since Aug. 17 areas under the control of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which are also hundreds of villages far from the positions of the guerrillas.PKK areas extend for hundreds of miles between Turkey, Iran and Iraq, covering seven areas: Qandil, Metin, Zap, Xakurke, Xinere, Haftanin and Zagros. The guerrillas have no fixed camps, and most of PKK fighters are inside the Turkish border.Turkey has launched 25 cross-border land operations against the PKK, which premiered in 1983 and the last in February 2008. The goal of each operation was the final liquidation of the PKK, but this armed organization, which is considered a "terrorist" group by many countries, has emerged stronger after each ground, winning the sympathy of millions of Kurds in all parts of Kurdistan and Europe.Turkish planes bombed 28 targets and artillery pounded 96 others in the region during the attacks Thursday, according to the Turkish military authorities, who claim to be "attention to the protection of civilians." The Turkish army said it had struck 60 goals on Wednesday night by aircraft and 168 others by artillery.
"There are several villages in the bombed areas and the inhabitants of those villages are civilian," said senior Kurdish. "The attacks result in the destruction of several houses of the villagers, killing their livestock, causing damage on farms and forcing the inhabitants to leave their homes. "According to local sources, the bombing on August 19 at 9:30 Qandil area caused the fire in the farms of the village of Kozin, causing extensive damage and depriving people of electricity. During the August 17 bombing against the village of Zargele in the region of Qandil, a house was destroyed.Kwestan Ahmed, the head of the region Werte, always Qandil, said homes built far from the villages by the residents were the target of attacks by the Turkish Air Force, agency quoted Kurdish Firat. "It's cruel," he said, saying the attacks have caused extensive damage in the villages.The Secretary General of the Ministry of Peshmerga has warned that the Kurdish government undertakes to exercise its right of self defense in case of attack against the Kurdish region. "As a Kurdish government, we consider these attacks as a violation of the rights of our citizens. We believe that this problem will never be solved by airstrikes and artillery. This is a political problem and ultimately it will be resolved through dialogue, according to the federal government of Kurdistan. "The Kurds of Turkey will form Saturday, 20 August a human shield against the bombing, organizing a march to the border of the autonomous region of Kurdistan. This is the fourth human shield action since 2004. The march will begin Saturday in Hakkari and Sirnak, two border towns.Moreover, the Iranian army deployed reinforcements on the border with Iraq, Kurdish sources said. July 16, the Iranian regime had launched a major operation in coordination with Turkey along the border under the pretext of fighting the PJAK, the Party for a Free Life in Kurdistan, a Kurdish political and military organization that calls for autonomy a democratic confederal system.Heavy fighting took place for about three weeks that have resulted in the death of such three generals and seven high-ranking military officials in the ranks of the Iranian army. PJAK claimed to have killed over 250 soldiers, rejecting all attempts to cross the Iranian border in the region of Qandil.Read the full story here.
- Victorian-Era Bone Disease Making a Comeback in England.(BBC).The NHS should consider checking pregnant women’s vitamin D levels to protect babies from the “Victorian” bone disease rickets, an expert says.A Journal of Medical Screening article suggests rickets was returning, with many women not getting enough vitamin D, which comes mainly from sunlight.People with dark skin, and women who cover up for cultural or religious reasons, are at particular risk.The Department of Health is reviewing the evidence on vitamin D screening.The editorial was by Dr James Haddow, a US expert in pre-natal screening.
Breastfeeding mothers - His article described cases of seizures, heart failure and rickets in children whose mothers were vitamin D deficient.Dr Haddow said it was time to look at screening pregnant women with a blood test, focusing initially on those most at risk.“Any strategy aimed at avoiding symptomatic vitamin D deficiency in offspring would logically include assuring adequacy of maternal vitamin D during pregnancy.“Attending to this aspect of maternal and child health has added significance for mothers who breastfeed.”A recent study in inner-city Birmingham found that almost one in two Asian women were vitamin D deficient.The level was one in three in the wider Asian community, one in four in the black population and one in eight among Caucasians.One of the authors, Dr Jonathan Berg, director of pathology at City Hospital, Birmingham, says some local GPs are already screening pregnant women from the Asian community, although there is no formal protocol.The trust also offers a vitamin D blood-test for those who are not in at-risk groups, for £20. Dr Berg says a lot of people were having the check.“Screening in selected populations is currently the way forward, but clearly it is very difficult for the NHS to test everyone. We are seeing a big increase in demand from the ‘worried well’.”
Free supplements - A consultant paediatrician at Ealing’s hospital, Dr Colin Michie, says the increased use of high-factor sun-cream means a lot of women who are not in at-risk groups are also vitamin D deficient.He says the idea of screening is interesting, but he argues that providing free vitamin D supplements for all pregnant women would be cheaper and easier.He believes this would lead to healthier babies and would save the NHS money.A spokesman for the Department of Health in England said: “All pregnant women are advised to take vitamin D supplements.“Our priority is to ensure health professionals provide consistent advice and implement the current recommendations.”The department has asked the scientific advisory committee to review the evidence on vitamin D requirements for different population groups.Read the full story here.
- Turk Stabs Two Northern Irish Women to Death After Denied Permission to Marry 15-Year-Old.(Telegraph).The 17-year-old is believed to have murdered Marion Elizabeth Graham and Kathy Dinsmore after Ms Graham refused to allow him to marry her daughter, Shannon.Turkey's state-run news agency Anatolia, reported that teen, named locally as Recep Celik, took them in a taxi to a quiet woodland area of the regional capital Izmir, where he killed them both.The alarm is said to have been raised by the daughter after the women failed to return home, prompting police to search the estate they were staying where the discovered bloodstained clothing in a bin.An Irish diplomat has been dispatched from Ankara, to look after Shannon, 15, who was not with the women at the time of attack. Both women were 54 and from the Newry Area of County Down.The suspect reportedly denied any involvement when first confronted but confessed while being interrogated by police. His father and the taxi driver have also been detained, Anatolia reported.Ms Graham is said to own property in Kusdasi and spent long spells at the Aegean coast resort, which is visited by thousands by British and Irish tourists every year.Both women were travelling on Irish passports and are understood not to be British citizens.South Down MP Margaret Ritchie said she was shocked by the deaths and offered her sympathy to the bereaved families."My thoughts are with those involved in this terrible incident," she said. "And also with their families, who never got the chance to say goodbye to their loved ones. I think all the people of South Down will be saddened by this news."Hmmmm......Keep Turkey out of the European union!Read the full story here.More here.
- 5 decapitated bodies, 2 scalped, found in popular Acapulco spots.(Washingtonpost).ACAPULCO — Mexican authorities say two decapitated and scalped bodies were left outside a Sam’s Club store in Acapulco and three headless corpses were found on the main tourist strip in the resort city.Guerrero state police say in a statement that the bodies discovered outside the Sam’s Club were cut into more than 20 pieces. The skin on their faces and scalps had been removed and left in a woman’s purse at the scene.The state police said the three other decapitated bodies were found Saturday in a car parked on the boulevard Miguel Aleman near a gas station 200 meters (656.17 feet) from the Sam’s Club. One of the victims was a woman. The heads have not been located.Nearly two dozen Acapulco gas stations closed temporarily Friday in protest of escalating violence.Hmmmm.........Now why would anyone want the US -Mexican border guarded better?Read the full story here.