Monday, August 29, 2011

CAIR And Publisher Debate Comic Book




CAIR believes that a coloring book commemorating 9/11 is “disgusting.” Here the publisher debates a CAIR rep. Who makes sense?

UK: KEBAB SHOP BLOWN TO BITS………Four men and a woman arrested.



HT:TundraTabloids

Lets Impeach The President - Neil Young (Obama Version)



H/T to KaffirKanuck.

Egyptian Cleric Dr. Sallah Sultan, Founder of the American Center for Islamic Research, Calls to Kill Israeli Ambassador and Tourists in Egypt



Sallah Sultan: As someone who has studied Islamic law, specializing in Islamic jurisprudence, I am calling to kill the [Israeli] ambassador, not just expel him. Our sons were killed in our country, on our land, and our sons are being killed in Gaza by an occupying enemy. Brothers and sisters, the genuine rulings of Islamic law can no longer be silenced. I am prepared to confront any Islamic scholar who says otherwise.
Show me one good thing that came out of the normalization of relations with the Zionist entity. You may say: We got the Sinai. Did we really?! To this day, we do not have authority over the Sinai.
Once I said: Any Zionist – tourist or other – who enters Egypt must be killed. We will not kill tourists from any [other] country. We stress that this fatwa is directed only toward those Zionists, who destroyed our country, killed our people, and shed our blood on our land.Hmmmm......Which 'Military Genius' just granted them a bridgehead in the Sinai?


MFS - The Other News



                        Morning Posting.

  • Updated !Earthquakes in the last 24 hours in the world seismic activity in NewZealand: 4.9 and Indonesia 4.9! More info here.

  • Japan : For the most accurate info on the nuclear disaster go to : Paul Langley's Nuclear History Blog.Here.
  • Hurricane Irene : Latest Updates here , more here.

  • BREAKING ! Two of Muammar Qaddafi's sons, his wife and his daughter have entered Algeria, says Algerian press service.Hmmm....TWO days ago MFS - The Other News:"Was Qaddafi spotted fleeing?Six Armored Mercedes cars enter Algeria from Libya."Read the breaking story here.


  • Obama Harvard Law Review: Lack of Writing Skills.(MaggiesNotebook).Those of us who try to put the pieces together of who and what Barack Obama is, have found it profoundly odd that the once-president of the Harvard Law Review wrote nothing under his own name during that the time. An article out today analyzes the one known letter the student Obama wrote, and contends that Michelle Obama also had no skill with the written word. Read and see the full story here.



  • Dr. Simon Atkins: Hurricane Irene is being way over-hyped.(Rightscoop).Mark Levin had Dr. Simon Atkins on his show a bit ago, shortly after Dr. Atkins’ article was linked on Drudge, and his main beef is that Hurricane Irene is being over-hyped as if it were a much worse hurricane than it really is and it’s causing mass hysteria. He says this is no Katrina, no 1954 Hazel and it’s no Hurricane Ike. Right now it’s a strong category one hurricane and he doesn’t see it really strengthening. But his fear is that when a huge hurricane actually does hit the Northeast, it will be like the boy who cried wolf and people will simply ignore it because they’ve heard it all before. As for this storm, he says the strongest winds are in the eastern quadrant and that he doesn’t expect many places to get sustained winds over 60mph. That’s not to say that this storm won’t do damage. In fact he believes that it will be in the top 10 for power outages and the storm surge will certainly cause problems. But again, he simply doesn’t believe this hurricane warrants the mass hysteria or the closing of mass transportation.Hmmmm......Or was it orchestrated to 'project' the picture of a 'President' in "Controll" of everything.......even the Media?Read the full story here.


  • Obama Supports VAT Sympathizer for Top Job at Council of Economic Advisers.(Cato).By Daniel J. Mitchell. The White House has announced that it is nominating Alan Krueger, a professor at Princeton, to be the new Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers.In a Freudian copy-editing slip, the Fox News story (at least as of 8:44 a.m.) says “Krueger’s job will be to provide policy prescriptions on ways to spur unemployment.”That’s obviously tailor-made for a joke about the Obama Administration not needing any help when it comes to stimulating joblessness.On a more serious note, though, I’m worried about Krueger’s sympathy for a value-added tax (VAT). Here’s what he wrote back in 2009.
…a 5 percent consumption tax would raise approximately $500 billion a year, and fill a considerable hole in the budget outlook. In addition, a consumption tax would encourage more saving in the long run. Many economists consider a consumption tax an efficient way of raising tax revenue, especially in a global economy. The prospect of greater revenue flowing into federal coffers would probably help lower long-term interest rates because the government would need to borrow less down the road, and further bolster the economy.
To be fair, Krueger was very careful to leave himself some wiggle room, even going so far as to write that, “I’m not sure it is the best way to go.”But it seems rather obvious that Krueger, like other leftists, wants this giant new source of revenue. Heck, President Obama also has semi-endorsed a VAT, saying it is “something that has worked for other countries.”Hmmmm......If he really wanted to destroy the US economy would he do anything different?Read the full story here.



  • Will Congressman Eliot Ness Please Stand Up?(BigPeace)By Ben Barrack.As the United States continues on its downward trajectory, thanks to the policies of Barack Obama, the debate rages about whether he’s doing it all on purpose or is just incompetent. When talk radio giant Rush Limbaugh discusses this, he concludes that “it doesn’t matter” because the result is the same either way.Limbaugh misses a very critical line of distinction when he says that. If Obama is incompetent, it means he must be voted out of office. If he is intentionally destroying the country as it was founded, it means he has malicious intent and must be removed through impeachment and a Senate trial. It would also mean that he is a domestic enemy.It wouldn’t matter if Al Capone were president of the United States, impeachment and a Senate trial is the only way to remove a sitting president from office. As for Capone, the Chicago mob boss was guilty of many things, the worst of which was murder. The Feds knew it but they couldn’t prove it. They also knew Capone was guilty of income tax evasion, which they could and did prove. Perhaps he wasn’t convicted of his most egregious crimes but it didn’t matter; he could do no more damage.If this administration is intentionally destroying our nation (Rush at least doesn’t dismiss this possibility), the responsibility to remove Obama necessarily falls to 535 congressmen who took an oath to defend us against an occupant of the White House who is guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors. Maybe they can’t prove he’s doing it on purpose but if they know it, they should impeach and convict for a crime they can prove. It is their Constitutional duty to do so. With a solid majority in the House, speaker John Boehner would succeed, with the right message and the right case. Even if the House impeached and the Senate didn’t convict, Obama might think twice before usurping anymore power from the legislative branch.In May of 2010, then Republican minority whip, Eric Cantor spoke at the Heritage Foundation. Someone in the audience asked him the following question:“In light of what Obama has done… what would he have to do differently to be defined as a domestic enemy?”Cantor’s response was the following:“Listen, let me respond very forthright to that. No one thinks the president is a domestic enemy.”Now House majority leader, Cantor has an even greater responsibility to get to the truth. If he is ultimately proven wrong about Obama’s intentions, he will have violated his oath by not doing everything in his power to reveal them and help to prevent them from being carried out.There have only been two impeachments in the history of our republic. Both were Democrats – Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton – whose presidencies survived because the Senate failed to convict. The only other president who was certain to be both impeached and convicted was Republican Richard Nixon, who resigned when he saw the writing on his administration’s stonewalls.Read the full story here.


  • CAP (Center for American Progress) : 'Anti-Islamists small in number, but influential beyond US'(TodaysZaman).In fact, according to the study, the “majority of terrorist plots in America since Sept. 11 have been committed by non-Muslims, particularly right-wing extremists and white supremacists.”A report on the Islamophobia network in the United States released by the Washington-based Center for American Progress (CAP) has highlighted that although the sources that spread anti-Islam sentiments based on false information in the country are but a handful of people, their influence on American politics and public opinion reach beyond the US borders and reach distant corners of the world as well as extremists, including the Norwegian assailant who murdered 76 people in a matter of hours to underscore his claim that Islam is a threat to the world.The extensive research, titled “Fear, Inc.: The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America,” was published in August with collaborative efforts by prominent experts of the center on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, which traumatized not only the US but the whole world when planes hijacked by the al-Qaeda terrorist organization brought down the World Trade Center towers, a scene that still haunts the American psyche to this day.The center noted in the study that the anniversary of the tragic events might be an opportunity for right-wing extremists in the US to manipulate and “to ratchet up the nonexistent threat of Shariah and warn of apocalyptic dangers stemming from Muslims living in America,” while it claimed that the groups espousing anti-Islamic rhetoric were “small but effective,” with a reaching and extending influence over right-wing extremists across the world.Commenting on the ability of right-wing media outlets on cable TV and more abundantly on the Internet to disseminate ideas of hate and intolerance against Muslim with belief that the followers of the faith have been conspiring to control the US, the study drew attention to the rhetoric of right-wing officials elected at a state and national level, who “put these myths as facts and then craft political fundraising campaigns and get-out-the-vote strategies based on debunked information about Muslims and Islam.”Hmmmm......Did these 'authors' even contact the FBI for numbers?Read the full story here.


  • Ground Zero Mosque Imam Calls For Integrating Sharia Law Into American And British Legal Systems.(WZ).(Herald Scotland) — AMERICA’S most controversial imam — the man at the centre of the storm over plans for the “Ground Zero Mosque” in New York last year — flew into Edinburgh yesterday to tell the Festival of Spirituality and Peace that greater integration between Islam and the West depends on the incorporation of Sharia law into the legal systems of the UK and the United States as well as Muslims adopting the culture of their host countries.Many see Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf as an Islamic moderate even though he has been vilified in the US press as an apologist for radical Muslims. In an interview with the Sunday Herald, Rauf said he believes the world is in the grip of a “dangerous myth” and “self-fulfilling prophecy” that “Islam and the West are at war. But the real battleground is not between Islam and the West, but between the wise, fair-minded people of all faith traditions and the extremists.”Although he is a pro-US imam who has argued that America is the embodiment of Islam’s ideal society, Rauf became a hate figure in the US over the so-called Ground Zero Mosque. The plan offended relatives of the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and led to a US pastor proposing a “Burn a Koran day”.Hmmmm.......We don't want to take over your country ....only your laws?Read the full story here.


  • TSA agent arrested on six counts of lewdness with a child.(BlacklistedNews).A city officer arrested a Spring Creek man Wednesday morning at the Elko Area Regional Airport, where he works for the Transportation Security Administration, on a warrant charging six counts of lewdness with a child.The Elko County Sheriff’s Office was notified in July of possible sexual contact between David Ralph Anderson, 61, and a girl younger than 14.According to Elko Justice Court records, the victim told investigators that on seven to 10 occasions between 2010 and this year, Anderson allegedly taught the victim about various sexual acts and had sexual contact in the form of touching each other’s genitals.Investigators reported Anderson also told the girl to sleep in his bed and taught her to say various vulgar words associated with body parts and sexual activities.In addition, the girl stated he would rub lotion all over her body, placed his hand up her shirt to touch her breasts, had her watch pornographic films with him, encouraged her to consume alcohol and would French kiss her.Deputy District Attorney Tyler Ingram submitted a warrant request to Elko Justice of the Peace Al Kacin on Aug. 23, which was granted along with an objection to any reduction of bail.Anderson, who is a TSA employee according to Elko County Jail records, is being held on $250,000 bail. Read the full story here.

  • Market crash 'could hit within weeks', warn bankers.(Telegraph).A more severe crash than the one triggered by the collapse of Lehman Brothers could be on the way, according to alarm signals in the credit markets. Insurance on the debt of several major European banks has now hit historic levels, higher even than those recorded during financial crisis caused by the US financial group's implosion nearly three years ago.Credit default swaps on the bonds of Royal Bank of Scotland, BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank and Intesa Sanpaolo, among others, flashed warning signals on Wednesday. Credit default swaps (CDS) on RBS were trading at 343.54 basis points, meaning the annual cost to insure £10m of the state-backed lender's bonds against default is now £343,540.The cost of insuring RBS bonds is now higher than before the taxpayer was forced to step in and rescue the bank in October 2008, and shows the recent dramatic downturn in sentiment among credit investors towards banks."The problem is a shortage of liquidity – that is what is causing the problems with the banks. It feels exactly as it felt in 2008," said one senior London-based bank executive."I think we are heading for a market shock in September or October that will match anything we have ever seen before," said a senior credit banker at a major European bank.Read the full story here.

  • Euro bail-out in doubt as “hysteria” sweeps Germany.(Telegraph).Mrs Merkel has cancelled a high-profile trip to Russia on September 7, the crucial day when the package goes to the Bundestag and the country’s constitutional court rules on the legality of the EU’s bail-out machinery.If the court rules that the €440bn rescue fund (EFSF) breaches Treaty law or undermines German fiscal sovereignty, it risks setting off an instant brushfire across monetary union.The seething discontent in Germany over Europe’s debt crisis has spread to all the key institutions of the state. “Hysteria is sweeping Germany ” said Klaus Regling, the EFSF’s director.German media reported that the latest tally of votes in the Bundestag shows that 23 members from Mrs Merkel’s own coalition plan to vote against the package, including twelve of the 44 members of Bavaria’s Social Christians (CSU). This may force the Chancellor to rely on opposition votes, risking a government collapse.Mrs Merkel's aides say she is facing "war on every front". The next month will decide her future, Germany's destiny, and the fate of monetary union. Read the full story here.


  • Wisconsin: Labor Day Parade Organizers Says No Republicans Will Be Allowed To Participate.(WAOW)Labor Day parade organizers confirm that no Republicans will be allowed to participate in this year’s Labor Day Parade.Council president Randy Radtke says they choose not to invite elected officials who have “openly attacked worker’s rights” or did nothing when state public workers lost most of their right to collectively bargain.The parade is sponsored by the Marathon County Labor Council. A Wausau city spokeswoman said the city does not contribute any money to the parade.Rep. Sean Duffy’s chief of staff, Brandon Moody, released a statement to Newsline 9:“Having walked in this parade in past years, Congressman Duffy was hoping that for a moment, we could set our differences aside and simply have some fun in a family-friendly event.”Hmmmm......What's next 'Kein Juden - Juden Raus (“Jews out") ?'Read the full story here.



  • Underpublicized Muslim Threat Deep in White House.(WND).FBI: Penetration by radical agents worse than thought.Infiltration of the federal government by members of the radical Muslim Brotherhood is worse than some have warned recently, says a former FBI special agent in Washington.The agent confirmed that at least three operatives of the Egypt-based Brotherhood – whose credo is “Jihad is our way and death in the cause of Allah is our dream” – have penetrated the Obama administration.The shocking charge was first leveled by Muslim reformer Tarek Fatah during a recent speech in Toronto.“When someone says that there is penetration of jihadi Islamists within society, do not dismiss it as some right-wing, xenophobic, racist rant,” warned Fatah, a Canadian journalist.“Today in the White House, there are three members of the Muslim Brotherhood that influence Obama’s policy,” he told the audience gathered for an IdeaCity conference. “One is Rashad Hassan, who is the American ambassador to the 52-nation Organization of Islamic (Conference).”Fatah also named “Dalia Mogahed, who writes (Obama’s) speeches, who comes from the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt; and another woman, an academic, (who) was appointed in that circle.”Former FBI special agent John Guandolo says Obama’s ties to agents for the Muslim Brotherhood are even more extensive.“The level of penetration in the last three administrations is deep,” he said. “For this president, it even goes back to his campaign with Muslim Brotherhood folks working with him then.”Equally alarming, the Brotherhood also has placed several operatives and sympathizers within key positions in Homeland Security and the U.S. military, notes Guandolo, a former Marine Corps officer.The veteran federal agent says such infiltration threatens national security, because the U.S. leadership of the international Brotherhood has outlined a secret plan to “destroy” the U.S. and other Western governments “from within.”After the 9/11 attacks, he says the FBI discovered the plan written in Arabic among documents seized from the basement of a prominent Brotherhood leader living in a Washington suburb.Guandolo says the stated Muslim Brotherhood strategy for change “from within” includes the installation of loyal Brothers into political office.President Obama’s top Muslim ambassador, Rashad Hussain, has raised suspicions. He is U.S. special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference, a powerful international group headquartered in Saudi Arabia and closely aligned with the Muslim Brotherhood.Before first joining the White House as a lawyer, Hussain regularly spoke to Brotherhood front groups and defended Brotherhood leaders like Sami al-Arian. Hussain at first denied defending the convicted terrorist, claiming he was misquoted, but then recanted after Politico.com produced a tape-recording of his remarks.Recently, he has been overseas encouraging devotion to Islam, including in terror hotspots like Afghanistan.In fact, Hussain has told Afghans the antidote to Islamic violence “is Islam itself.”“I am of the opinion that one of the strongest tools that you can use to counter radicalization and violent extremism is Islam itself, because Islam rejects violent extremism,” he said during a recent speech in Kabul.Hussain, a devout Muslim, says promotion of the Muslim faith is “key” to the administration’s strategy to turn Muslims away from violence.“We see that as one of the key elements of a strategy to address this type of violence,” he said.The strategy is at odds with what the co-chairmen of the 9/11 Commission recently recommended in their follow-up report on homegrown terror, “Assessing the Terrorist Threat: A Report of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s National Security Preparedness Group.”The study found that Islam was motivating terrorists not just abroad, but inside America’s Muslim community. And it scolded U.S. leaders for pretending religion is not a factor in growing violence.Still, Hussain insists: “When it comes to the problem of violent extremism, Islam is not the problem.”Hussain helped draft Obama’s conciliatory Cairo speech to Muslims. Also helping with the president’s speeches and policies toward Muslims is Mogahed, whose pro-Islamist statements have been posted on the Muslim Brotherhood’s website, ikhwanweb.com.Obama appointed the hijab-wearing Mogahed to the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. On a British television program, Islam Channel, Mogahed defended Shariah law, the barbaric Islamic legal code that treats women as second-class citizens.Muslim women actually “associate gender justice or justice for women with Shariah compliance,” she argued. “It is ‘only a small fraction’ that associate Shariah with ‘oppression of women.’”She added that Muslims should work to integrate Islamic law into public law.Another Brotherhood-tied figure influencing the White House is Azizah al-Hibri.Obama this June appointed her to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom. A Muslim professor, al-Hibri is also the granddaughter of a sheik, who claims the Saudi criminal justice system is more moral than the American one because it accepts blood money from murderers.Al-Hibri herself has proclaimed: “Islamic fiqh (law) is deeper and better than Western codes of law.”She served on the advisory board of the American Muslim Council and made joint appearances with its leader Abdurahman Alamoudi. Now defunct, the AMC was a front group for the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood, and Alamoudi was the Brotherhood’s top leader in America. He is now behind bars as one of al-Qaida’s top fundraisers in America.Al-Hibri has also made appearances at Islamic Society of North America conferences. The Justice Department says ISNA is a Brotherhood front and recently named the group an unindicted co-conspirator in a plot to provide material support to Hamas terrorists.Guandolo identified several other Brotherhood-connected agents of influence – all of whom are just as politically savvy and moderate sounding – who have worked their way into government positions, including:Arif Alikhan, who was assistant Homeland Security secretary for policy development and is now a distinguished visiting professor of homeland security and counterterrorism at the National Defense University.Syrian-born Kareem Shora, who is Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s senior policy adviser.Navy Cmdr. Youssef Aboul-Enein and Jocelyne Cesari, a Muslim convert who previously worked with Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, both of whom teach at colleges within the National Defense University.Guandolo blames the advances Brotherhood figures on political correctness and lax vetting at government agencies.Even at the FBI, he notes, an Iranian-born Muslim has taken over the agency’s weapons of mass destruction program.Stung by workplace discrimination lawsuits by Arab and Muslim employees, the FBI has come under pressure to hire more Arab and Muslim agents and language specialists and promote existing ones, while clearing them for higher security levels, according the best-selling book “Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That’s Conspiring to Islamize America.”The book cites internal FBI records showing the agency has been sued by no fewer than 14 Arab and Muslim employees since 9/11. Some of the lawsuits have been solicited or aided by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, another Muslim Brotherhood front group. The FBI in 2008 cut off formal outreach with CAIR and its branch offices.“This is happening as we remain silent. And I say that as a liberal Democrat who worked and campaigned for Barack Obama,” said Fatah, a Pakistan-born journalist and activist who founded the moderate Muslim Canadian Congress to fight the spread of “Islamofascism.”“Muslim Mafia” also has prompted a lawsuit from CAIR over the acquisition by the authors of CAIR documents.In the lawsuit, CAIR, a self-described Muslim civil-rights group, does not defend itself against the book’s claims, and the FBI has seized the CAIR material from the Washington law office of one of the attorneys for the authors. A previous filing in the case revealed a federal grand jury is investigating CAIR for possible violation of laws that ban financial dealings with terrorist groups or countries under U.S. sanctions.CAIR’s complaint seeks to expunge all copies of “Muslim Mafia” in an attempt, according to defense lawyers, to eliminate evidence that could lead to criminal prosecution.Read the full story here.


  • Senior Official in Egyptian Islamic Jihad: If We Come to Power, We Will Launch a Campaign of Islamic Conquests to Instate Shari'a Worldwide.(Memri).On August 13, 2011, the Egyptian daily Roz Al-Yousef published an interview with Sheikh 'Adel Shehato, a senior official in Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ), who, on March 23, 2011, was freed from prison in the wake of the Egyptian revolution. He was imprisoned in 1991 upon returning from a three-year sojourn in Afghanistan.Hmmmm....The 'People' the Obama administration is pledging 2.57 Billion dollar and Abrams tanks to.Read the full story here.



  • Imprisoned Egyptian blogger enters fifth day of hunger strike.(IW).Prison officials have refused to officially record the hunger strike by Maikal Nabil Sanad, the first blogger to be arrested after the overthrow of Mubarak for allegedly defamatory remarks about Egypt's ruling military council.Egyptian blogger Maikal Nabil Sanad has entered the fifth day of his hunger strike at El-Marg prison where he is serving a three-year sentence for defaming the military.According to Sanad’s family, Maikal Nabil decided to begin his hunger strike in opposition to the military council’s decision to pardon certain political activists and protesters while ignoring others imprisoned after military trials.Human rights activists stated that his health has, in the past few days, been deteriorating and that the prison officials have, as yet, refused to officially record his hunger strike.Maikal Nabil Sanad was accused of defaming the Egyptian Armed Forces and was handed a three-year sentence. Sanad’s act of sedition, in the eyes of Egypt’s de-facto rulers, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, was a blog post, published last March, called “The army and the people are not one hand” in which he accused the SCAF and the army of working against the revolution.He was the first Egyptian blogger to be arrested and convicted after the toppling of president Hosni Mubarak. Furthermore, he was the second Egyptian blogger, after blogger Abdel Karim Amar, in Egypt to face prison time because of his opinions and writings. Nabil was heading an online campaign against the mandatory military service of youth in Egypt.There is currently an online solidarity campaign with Maikal Nabil. Last Saturday, many Egyptian Twitter users started a tweeting campaign, using the hash tag ‘#FreeMaikal’ which drew the support of many activists, even those totally against his controversial views on religion and Egyptian-Israeli relations. These activists have set these differences aside, citing the primacy of ‘freedom of expression.’Read the full story here.


  • Report: Israel allows 1,500 Egyptian troops into Sinai.(Ynet).1,500 Egyptian soldiers deployed across the Sinai Peninsula on Monday following an agreement between Israel and Egypt to increase the number of Egyptian troops in the peninsula's areas B and C, the London-based al Hayat newspaper reported on Monday.According to the report, the sides are currently negotiating an agreement to deploy additional troops in the area.Former Egyptian Ambassador to Israel Muhammed Basioni told the newspaper that "the Egypt-Israel peace treaty provides in clause 4 that each one of the sides can amend the security arrangements if the other side agrees to it."Egypt relied on this article – which prohibits the entrance of Egyptian military forces into area C and allows only police force presence – in order to amend its deployment arrangements in the area," he said.According to Basioni, "In 2008, Palestinians infiltrated Egypt from the Gaza Strip. Egypt then asked for the deployment of 750 border guard officers and the request was granted."Following recent security developments in Sinai, the authorities decided to launch a wide-scale security operation with large military and police forces, and to that end we requested to scour the area between Rafah, al-Arish and Sheikh Zawid," the former ambassador said."We've reinforced our deployment to 1,500 soldiers and armored vehicles in areas B and C," stated Basioni without saying when the forces entered the area.Meanwhile, a senior Egyptian military official said that Cairo was "considering amending clauses in its peace treaty with Israel relating to deployment of forces, their scope and equipment stationed in the Sinai Peninsula in order to maintain security in the area," the Egyptian daily Al-Masry Al-Youm reported. According to the report, the military council is reevaluating the clauses to adapt them to Egypt's new foreign policy following the January 25 revolution.At the beginning of the year, the Israeli government unexpectedly decided to allow the Egyptian army to deploy 800 soldiers in the peninsula, for the first time since signing the peace agreement more than three decades ago.In the 1979 peace treaty, the Sinai Peninsula was declared as a demilitarized zone and was divided into areas A, B and C, with the latter only open to international peacekeepers and Egyptian civilian police forces. Meanwhile, IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz has ordered a reinforcement of army presence near the southern Gaza Strip and the Israel-Egypt border following a terrorist alert indicating that the Islamic Jihad was planning to perpetrate an attack in the area. It is estimated that the terrorist cell has already left the Gaza Strip to Sinai, which has become a hotbed of terrorist activity in recent months. The defense establishment has also passed on details of the alert to Egypt.Hmmmmm.......Great....Lets give the Muslim Brotherhood a bridgehead in the Sinai.Read the full story here.



  • Egypt: We Will Not Establish a Buffer Zone on Gaza Border.(Memri).General Gaber Al-Arabi, North Sinai Governorate Secretary-General, has denied reports that Egypt intends to establish a buffer zone on the Gaza border.Al-Arabi also denied reports that Egypt would demolish tunnels on the Egypt-Gaza border.Read the full story here.


  • Sit-Down Strike in Moscow for World Qods Day; Chants of 'Death to Israel' and 'Death to America'.(Memri).A Hamas website has reported that on August 25, a conference for World Qods Day was held at the headquarters of the RIA Novosti news agency in Moscow. It was attended by Russian journalists and Middle East experts, as well as Iranian representatives, and dealt with the dangers facing Jerusalem and the Palestinian matter.On August 27, a sit-down strike was held in Moscow, attended by members of the Arab and Islamic diaspora. Musa Gurbanov, an activist for the Iran-based international shi'ite foundation Ahl Al-Bayt, said that the Jews killed Allah's messengers, and therefore their current crimes are routine for them.Gurbanov added that in addition to its desire to conquer Arab countries, Israel strives to control all Islamic countries. He claimed Israel set its sights on Azerbaijan, where authorities have banned the wearing of the hijab, demolish mosques, and arrest clerics.Attendees of the sit-down strike carried signs protesting the siege of Gaza and calling for the liberation of Palestine. The crowd chanted "Death to Israel" and "Death to America."Read the full story here.


  • Abbas: International Recognition Would Create An Occupied State; UN Would Become Source of Authority.(Memri).Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told the Qatari daily Al-Watan that international recognition of a Palestinian state in the 1967 borders would create the situation of an occupied state, and would make the UN the source of authority to discuss the Palestinian matter.Abbas further said that the PLO, which represents 8 million Palestinians worldwide, would continue to operate until the Palestinian matter is completely resolved. He added that Hamas and Islamic Jihad could join the PLO if they commit to its charter, which cannot be changed.He said that the PA is suffering a true financial crisis, and accused Arab countries of not fulfilling their financial obligations to the PA. According to Abbas, the U.S. transfers $570 million to the PA annually, and discontinuing that aid would worsen conditions.Abbas stressed that he would not consent to an armed intifada during his term, and claimed that Israel refuses to discuss the refugee dossier, which deals with some 5 million people.Hmmmm.......Please re-examine the Conditions for statehood?"A sovereign state is a state with a defined territory on which it exercises internal and external sovereignty, a permanent population, a government, and the capacity to enter into relations with other sovereign states".Read the full story here.


  • Israeli diplomats train on 'Twitter PR'.(Ynet).Staff members in Israeli missions worldwide are learning how to bolster their messages on the internet and social networks in preparation for September's UN vote on the Palestinian statehood bid. As part of efforts to form a "moral majority" among major powers, some 60 staff members of embassies in Europe and representatives of Jewish organizations are taking part in a seminar in Brussels which trains them on the combination between public diplomacy and online media.The diplomats are learning how to use the advantages of online media in such networks as Facebook and Twitter as well as PR activity in campuses. They are also learning how to use search engines to increase the exposure of Israel's messages. This is part of the NIS 10 million PR campaign the Foreign Ministry has been pushing this past year. Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has hired the services of several European PR companies to this end. "More than 80% of articles that are read in newspapers and traditional media outlets originate from such social networks as Facebook and Twitter," David Saranga, one of the organizers of the seminar, said. "Our purpose is to upgrade the pro-Israeli coalition's abilities in Europe, particularly ahead of September," he added. Saranga, a European Parliament delegate and former Consul for Media and Public Affairs in New York said: "European Union nations cannot be considered one piece. The public opinion in Britain or France is different from public opinion in Italy or Poland, which are more sympathetic towards Israel."That is why our purpose is to see how we can adjust the Israeli message to each of these countries and reach the ultimate combination between public diplomacy and the tools provided by social networks."D.J. Schneeweiss, one of the seminar's organizers, noted that the course also aims to lift the pro-Israeli bloc's performances in Europe to a new level. "Handling the anti-Israeli bloc warrants activity on the ground, which is achievable by boosting contacts in the online arena." Read the full story here.


  • Turkey - Gov't gives go ahead for return of seized property to non-Muslim foundations.(TodaysZaman).The Turkish government has adopted a decree to return all confiscated immovable property belonging to minority foundations in Turkey, a long-overdue step to expand the rights of minorities in the country.According to this decree, which was published in the Official Gazette on Saturday, minority foundations will be able to reclaim real property that they had declared back in 1936. All real property, cemeteries and fountains will be returned to their rightful holders. Immoveable property currently belonging to third persons will also be paid for.The government's move to return seized property to non-Muslim foundations came just before a fast-breaking (iftar) dinner during which Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan came together with the representatives of non-Muslim communities in Turkey at the İstanbul Archeology Museum on Sunday evening.“This is a first in the history of the Turkish Republic and a very significant move,” said Kezban Hatemi, an attorney specializing in minority rights.“This is restoration of a right. This is a move that is a requirement of the Lausanne Treaty and one which makes our non-Muslim citizens feel like equal citizens in Turkey,” Hatemi told Today's Zaman.She also noted that returning the seized properties of the non-Muslim foundations is the second most important thing following the end of the military tutelage in Turkey.Minority foundations will have to apply to the Turkish authorities within 12 months to reclaim their property.Most recently, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ordered the Turkish government to reregister a historic Orthodox orphanage to the İstanbul-based Fener Greek Orthodox Patriarchate and also told Ankara to pay 26,000 euros in total to the patriarchate for both non-pecuniary damages and costs and expenses. Turkey returned the orphanage to the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate in November 2010.Turkey has so far been ordered to pay hundreds of thousands of euros to minority foundations in accordance with European court rulings. With the government's latest move, Turkey will have returned the property of the minority foundations even before some of the ongoing cases are concluded at the ECtHR.Professor Ayhan Aktar, author of various books on minorities, said the decision on minority property is a revolutionary one which deserves applaud, adding that this step may encourage the government to take further steps to expand the rights of minorities in Turkey who have long been deprived of their rights.“The most important thing is Turkey has done it with its own will before facing foreign pressure. If government didn't take any initiative, Turkey would have been faced with severe sanctions from the ECtHR regarding ongoing trails,” Aktar told Today's Zaman.Hmmmmmm........Is the keys to Europe the prize, or will it be Cyprus?Read the full story here.



  • Netanyahu requests 6 months Marmara report delay.(JPost). Channel 2 reports Netanyahu told US that in 6 months time he expects to be stronger politically, better able to deal with consequences of report.The Prime Minister’s Office opted Sunday night not to respond to a Channel 2 report saying Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu asked the US to persuade UN Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon to delay publication of the Palmer Commission report on the Mavi Marmara incident by six months, because by then he might be stronger politically and able to apologize to the Turks for the incident.The report – which was originally to have been released in May – was to have been issued last week, but was delayed again at Turkey’s request, and Israel’s agreement, to give both sides more time to come up with a formula that would repair ties that have deteriorated badly since the raid in 2010.But now, according to the Channel 2 report, Netanyahu wants even more time, saying that both because of the restraint he showed last week in response to the terrorist attack near Eilat and the continuing missiles from Gaza, and the continuous cost of living protests, he was not in a strong enough position politically to issue any type of apology.But, according to this report, he said this could change in six months time.While Defense Minister Ehud Barak has come out in favor of doing what it takes to mend fences with Turkey, both Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Ya’alon and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman are adamantly opposed.The Palmer Commission completed its work a number of months ago, and the commission’s findings have been widely leaked and are believed to include upholding Israel’s legal right to maintain a naval blockade of the Gaza Strip, and its right to stop ships from breaking the blockade, along with criticism of the IDF for an “excessive” use of force in stopping the Mavi Marmara – an operation in which nine Turks who attacked IDF commandos who boarded the ship were killed.Hmmmm....So why apologise?Read the full story here.



  • Gaddafi's girl executioner: Nisreen, 19, admits shooting 11 rebel prisoners, now she is shackled to hospital bed awaiting justice.(DailyMail).First you see her large brown eyes and rosebud lips, framed by a pink headscarf. Then you notice that her bruised feet are secured by manacles to the foot of her bed.Nisreen Mansour al Forgani is a pretty 19-year-old. She was also a serial killer for Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.Yesterday, in a heavily guarded room at the Matiga military hospital in Tripoli, she admitted to the Mail that she had executed as many as 11 suspected rebel prisoners in the days leading up to the fall of the Libyan capital last week. Shot at point-blank range, in cold blood.‘I killed the first one, then they would bring another one up to the room,’ Nisreen said. ‘He would see the body on the floor and look shocked. Then I would shoot him too. I did it from about a metre away.’One of thousands of girls and young women recruited by Gaddafi’s all-female militias, Nisreen is now a prisoner of the rebels and in fear of her life. Yet despite her killings, it is impossible not to feel pity for her. Nisreen claims – and her doctors and even some of the rebel fighters believe her – that she had to shoot under great duress. She also says that she was sexually abused by senior military figures, one of whom was the commander of the elite Tripoli brigade tasked with protecting Gaddafi himself. ‘I told them [the rebels] what I did,’ she said. ‘They are angry. I do not know what will happen to me now.’So how did this slight young woman, who used to live with her mother in Tripoli and enjoy dance music, come to have so much blood on her hands?Nisreen says that her family were not supporters of the Gaddafi regime, although that is hard to verify at this stage in post-liberation Tripoli. Her parents split up when she was a child, and Nisreen did not like her father’s new wife so she went to live with her mother.One of her mother’s friends, a woman called Fatma al Dreby, was the leader of the female branch of Gaddafi’s Popular Guards militia – and this, it seems, was the fateful factor.Last year, Nisreen left college intending to look after her mother, who was sick with cancer. Instead, Fatma recruited her for the Popular Guards. The family protested, but Fatma would not be swayed. Nisreen was young and pretty – just the type they wanted. ‘There were about 1,000 girls from all over Libya,’ Nisreen recalled of their training camp in Tripoli. ‘I was there with a girl called Faten, whom I knew from college.’ The recruits were instructed in the use of firearms, and Nisreen was trained as a sniper. By the start of the uprising in February, the two girls were being housed by the militia in a mobile home near Tripoli airport. Their duties mainly involved manning checkpoints around the city.Their unit was based at the HQ of 77 Brigade, next door to Gaddafi’s Bab Al-Azizya residential complex, but Nisreen says she saw the dictator only once, when his convoy swept past her checkpoint. Fatma was a zealous supporter of the regime, says Nisreen. ‘She told me that if my mother said something against Gaddafi that I should immediately kill her. If I said anything about the leader that she did not like I would be beaten and locked in my room. She also told us that if the rebels came, they would rape us.’It was a shameless piece of manipulation from the militia leader who, according to Nisreen, pimped her female recruits for the sexual gratification of her senior male colleagues.‘Fatma had an office at the 77 Brigade base and there was a room with a bed next door. One day, she summoned me and put me in that room by myself. Mansour Dau, who was the commander of 77 Brigade, then came in and shut the door.’He raped her. ‘After it was over Fatma told me not to tell anyone, not even my parents,’ says Nisreen.‘Every time Mansour came to the HQ he was given another girl by Fatma. She was given presents in return.’Nisreen said she was later raped by Mansour’s son Ibrahim, also an officer in the brigade, as well as another military relative of the commander, called Noury Saad. It happened to many girls she knew. And as the Gaddafi regime began to crumble, the abuses increased.Tragically, her friend Faten was killed in bizarre and brutal circumstances as the rebels closed in on Tripoli in the past month.The two girls were on a checkpoint near the Bab Al-Azizya complex when Colonel Gaddafi’s son and heir, Saif Al-Islam, arrived with an entourage. ‘Saif was wearing a bulletproof vest, helmet and aviator sunglasses,’ Nisreen recalls. ‘Faten went to have a closer look, and Saif’s bodyguard shot her in the head. She had simply got too close.’The spiral of horror gathered pace. There is a saying in Libya: ‘Cut my throat but do not get a girl to shoot me in the back.’ One suspects that the deployment of Nisreen as an executioner of ‘traitors’ was meant as a final insult to the condemned. Nisreen explains that she was taken to a building in the Bosleem district of Tripoli, put in a room and armed with an AK 47 rifle. There, a black woman soldier in a blue uniform kept guard and prevented her from escaping.The rebel prisoners were tied up and kept under a tree outside,’ she says. ‘Then one by one they were brought up to the room. There were three Gaddafi volunteers with guns also in the room. ‘They told me that if I didn’t kill the prisoners then they would kill me.’She begins to cry. ‘Some of the prisoners looked like they had already been beaten. Others were beaten up in front of me in the room. They did not speak. I do not remember their faces ... most of them were about the same age as me.’She wipes her eyes and stares at a weeping wound on her elbow.‘I tried not to kill them ... I turned and shot without looking. But if I hesitated, one of the soldiers would flick off the safety catch of his own rifle and point it at me.‘I killed ten, perhaps 11, over three days,’ she says, slowly and almost disbelievingly, counting the murders on her fingers. ‘I don’t know what they had done.’She wails: ‘I never harmed anyone before the uprising began. I used to have a normal life.’Nisreen eventually escaped by jumping from the window of the second-floor room where she carried out the killings. Despite being injured in the fall and then hit by a reversing pick-up truck, she managed to limp out of the compound.‘I was found by some anti-Gaddafi people who took me to a mosque where I was given water,’ she said. ‘Then I was brought here.’Two fighters are on guard outside her door at the hospital. ‘We are here to protect her as much as to prevent her escaping,’ one says.A woman in a white coat, presumably a doctor, enters the room. She begins to talk seriously to Nisreen, who bursts into tears. In fact, the woman is a volunteer medical orderly who has come to give ‘the girl sniper’ a piece of her mind.‘How could your conscience let you kill all these people, just for Gaddafi?’ she exclaims. She leaves the room and a rebel fighter, no older than Nisreen and with a rifle slung over his shoulder, replaces her. He leans on the end of the bed and addresses the girl.‘Do you pray?’ the fighter asks her. ‘I used to,’ she whispers. ‘What time of day did you kill them?’‘In the mornings.’Her tears begin to roll again. He turns to us and asks: ‘If a girl killed 11 people in your country, what would you do?’Read the full story here.


  • IDF Wants Robot Strike Force.(ArutzSheva).Robots to lead the way in the first stage of engagement, which usually results in heavy casualties.IDF battle lore reserves a special place for the call "Acharai!" – "follow me!" – uttered by commanders who lead their soldiers on a charge into enemy positions. If Israeli military technology firms succeed in meeting the IDF's latest challenge, though, the exclamation may soon be uttered by robots.According to the IsraelDefense website, Israeli defense companies are competing for the nod to develop a robot-based combat solution dubbed "Advance Guard,” which the IDF ground forces are keenly interested in."The basic idea is for robots to function as a strike force, leading the way in the first stage of engagement with the enemy, which usually results in heavy casualties," the website explained. "The defense establishment wants the industries to examine a range of possible robotic forms on the battlefield, from micro-robots to large unmanned vehicles. An essential feature of the program is that the robots will be capable of interacting with each other and not only as individual warriors." Brigadier General (ret.) Shmuel Yachin, former director of R&D in the IDF, told IsraelDefense that Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is reviewing different types of robot designs, including "see-fire" systems that can identify a target in the field and zero in on it.One of the firms competing for the job of supplying the IDF with robot warriors may invest in the development of an unmanned tank.Robotic tools are already employed in surveillance, including unmanned ground vehicles like "Guardium," produced by a company jointly owned and run by IAI and Elbit Systems. In the past, the IDF revealed a robotic snake that can be used for infiltration of targets.Hmmmmm......Jewish droid to Arab: "We'll Be Back!" Read the full story here.Video here.


  • And now for something completely Different.Spacecraft Earth to Perform Asteroid 'Flyby' This Fall, On November 8, asteroid 2005 YU55 will fly past Earth.(Nasa).Since the dawn of the space age, humanity has sent 16 robotic emissaries to fly by some of the solar system's most intriguing and nomadic occupants -- comets and asteroids. The data and imagery collected on these deep-space missions of exploration have helped redefine our understanding of how Earth and our part of the galaxy came to be. But this fall, Mother Nature is giving scientists around the world a close-up view of one of her good-sized space rocks -- no rocket required."On November 8, asteroid 2005 YU55 will fly past Earth and at its closest approach point will be about 325,000 kilometers [201,700 miles] away," said Don Yeomans, manager of NASA's Near-Earth Object Program Office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. "This asteroid is about 400 meters [1,300 feet] wide – the largest space rock we have identified that will come this close until 2028."Despite the relative proximity and size, Yeomans said, "YU55 poses no threat of an Earth collision over, at the very least, the next 100 years. During its closest approach, its gravitational effect on the Earth will be so miniscule as to be immeasurable. It will not affect the tides or anything else."Then why all the hubbub for a space rock a little bit wider than an aircraft carrier? After all, scientists estimate that asteroids the size of YU55 come this close about every 25 years. "While near-Earth objects of this size have flown within a lunar distance in the past, we did not have the foreknowledge and technology to take advantage of the opportunity," said Barbara Wilson, a scientist at JPL. "When it flies past, it should be a great opportunity for science instruments on the ground to get a good look."2005 YU55 was discovered in December 2005 by Robert McMillan, head of the NASA-funded Spacewatch Program at the University of Arizona, Tucson. The space rock has been in astronomers' crosshairs before. In April 2010, Mike Nolan and colleagues at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico generated some ghostly images of 2005 YU55 when the asteroid was about 2.3 million kilometers (1.5 million miles) from Earth. (See related story: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2010-144. "The best resolution of the radar images was 7.5 meters [25 feet] per pixel," said JPL radar astronomer Lance Benner. "When 2005 YU55 returns this fall, we intend to image it at 4-meter resolution with our recently upgraded equipment at the Deep Space Network at Goldstone, California. Plus, the asteroid will be seven times closer. We're expecting some very detailed radar images."The chunk of space rock called YU55 weighs more than 55 million tons. An impact would be equivalent to 65,000 atomic bombs. The crater would be about 10 km wide and 500 meters deep.Rea the full story here.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Al-Arabiya TV Airs Exclusive Footage of Syrian Political Cartoonist Ali Farazat in Hospital after Being Kidnapped and Beaten Following His Criticism of the Regime


MFS - The Other News



                        Morning Posting.

  • Updated !Earthquakes in the last 24 hours in the world seismic activity in Chile: 5.2 ! More info here.

  • Japan : For the most accurate info on the nuclear disaster go to : Paul Langley's Nuclear History Blog.Here.
  • Hurricane Irene : Latest Updates here , more here.

  • Hurricane Irene: Videos, Photos.Hurricane Irene wreaks havoc on the Northeast, Matzav.com, in its leading online coverage, has put together numerous video links and photos of the damage wrought by the storm and the response to the raging hurricane.See an album of over 100 photos of the hurricane.See it here.

  • CAP (Center for American Progress) : 'Anti-Islamists small in number, but influential beyond US'(TodaysZaman).In fact, according to the study, the “majority of terrorist plots in America since Sept. 11 have been committed by non-Muslims, particularly right-wing extremists and white supremacists.”A report on the Islamophobia network in the United States released by the Washington-based Center for American Progress (CAP) has highlighted that although the sources that spread anti-Islam sentiments based on false information in the country are but a handful of people, their influence on American politics and public opinion reach beyond the US borders and reach distant corners of the world as well as extremists, including the Norwegian assailant who murdered 76 people in a matter of hours to underscore his claim that Islam is a threat to the world.The extensive research, titled “Fear, Inc.: The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America,” was published in August with collaborative efforts by prominent experts of the center on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, which traumatized not only the US but the whole world when planes hijacked by the al-Qaeda terrorist organization brought down the World Trade Center towers, a scene that still haunts the American psyche to this day.The center noted in the study that the anniversary of the tragic events might be an opportunity for right-wing extremists in the US to manipulate and “to ratchet up the nonexistent threat of Shariah and warn of apocalyptic dangers stemming from Muslims living in America,” while it claimed that the groups espousing anti-Islamic rhetoric were “small but effective,” with a reaching and extending influence over right-wing extremists across the world.Commenting on the ability of right-wing media outlets on cable TV and more abundantly on the Internet to disseminate ideas of hate and intolerance against Muslim with belief that the followers of the faith have been conspiring to control the US, the study drew attention to the rhetoric of right-wing officials elected at a state and national level, who “put these myths as facts and then craft political fundraising campaigns and get-out-the-vote strategies based on debunked information about Muslims and Islam.”Hmmmm......Did these 'authors' even contact the FBI for numbers?Read the full story here.



  • Syria rejects Arab League statement as Turkey says lost trust in Damascus.(AlArabiya).Syria on Sunday rejected an Arab League statement demanding an end to the bloodshed in the country as the organization’s chief waited for a green light to travel to Damascus and as Turkish President Abdullah Gul said he has lost confidence in Syria.In a diplomatic note to the organization’s secretariat seen by AFP, Syria said the statement amounted to “a clear violation ... of the principles of the Arab League charter and of the foundations of joint Arab action.”The Syrian delegation protested that the declaration was issued “despite the meeting having closed with an agreement that no statement would be published or statement made to the press,” according to AFP.The statement contained “unacceptable and biased language,” the note said, adding Damascus would act as if it had never been published.The Arab League announced a peace initiative aimed at solving the crisis in Syria where more than 2,000 people have been killed in anti-regime protests, to be delivered in person by its secretary general, Nabil al-Arabi.The 22-member organization’s foreign ministers at a meeting on Saturday night called in the statement for an “end to the spilling of blood and (for Syria) to follow the way of reason before it is too late.”They expressed their “concern faced with the grave developments on the Syrian scene which have claimed thousands of victims and wounded.”The foreign ministers also called for respecting “the right of the Syrian people to live in security and of their legitimate aspirations for political and social reforms.”Arabi said on Sunday that he was awaiting a Syrian invitation to travel to Damascus. “I’m waiting for the response of Syria’s government,” he told journalists in the Egyptian capital, adding he was ready to leave immediately.Turkish President Abdullah Gul, meanwhile, said he has lost confidence in Syria.“In today’s world there is no place for authoritarian rule, one-party governments and closed regimes,” Gul said in an interview with Turkeys state-run Anatolia news agency. “These will either be changed by force or by the initiative of those who rule.” International pressure has been mounting for an end to more than five months of violence. US President Barack Obama earlier this month joined the leaders of the UK, France, and Germany in calling for Assad to step down. The protests that began in mid-March are part of the wave of unrest across the Middle East and North Africa this year that has unseated the leaders of Egypt and Tunisia and threatened the regime of Muammar Qaddafi in Libya.Gul said he was receiving detailed daily intelligence reports on the shootings of protesters in neighboring Syria.“Today how many will it be?” he asked. “We’ve lost our confidence.”Read the full story here.


  • Perry Rips Obama For “Throwing Israel Under The Bus” With Calls For Withdrawing To 1967 Borders.(MySanAntonio). Iowa — Riding high in the polls, Gov. Rick Perry rode into Iowa on Saturday with tough talk on President Barack Obama and a declaration that Social Security is not only a Ponzi scheme but a “monstrous lie” for younger people.“If you’re for the status quo in America, I’m not your guy,” Perry told an overflow crowd eager to see the presidential candidate at The Vine Coffeehouse.Asked by a woman in the crowd about Social Security being viewed as an entitlement program, Perry reiterated the suggestion in his anti-Washington book “Fed Up!” that the program amounts to a Ponzi scheme.“It is a Ponzi scheme for these young people The idea that they’re working and paying into Social Security today (and) the current program is going to be there for them is a lie,” Perry said. “It is a monstrous lie on this generation, and we can’t do that to them.”Later, in Des Moines, when a reporter asked about the suggestion his campaign was backing off some positions in the staunch states-rights book, Perry said, “I haven’t backed off anything in my book. So read the book again and get it right.”He told the Ottumwa crowd that for people who are drawing Social Security or “like me” near eligibility, he wasn’t proposing a change in the program. But he said there should be a national conversation about potential changes for others, including raising the age of eligibility and establishing a threshold based on a person’s means.“Does Warren Buffett need to get Social Security? Maybe not,” he said.On foreign policy, Perry was asked about Israel and cited a statement by Obama that Israel’s borders with a Palestinian state should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps — a position Perry called “throwing Israel under the bus.”“I’m going to stand with Israel,” he said.Asked whether he’d consider pre-emptive strikes on Iran’s nuclear facilities, Perry said there are “a lot of different ways to deal with Iran,” including diplomatically and financially, But he added, “I’m never going to take off the table our ability to have a military solution to a country like Iran.”Read the full story here.

  • Is Rick Perry good for the Jews?(IsraelMatzav).Obviously, if Rick Perry remains a serious contender for the Republican nomination, I will look at this a lot more closely, but for now, here's a short blurb on Perry and the Jewish community.Read the full story here.

  • CEO of Gibson Guitars' Main Competitor is a Huge Democrat Donor; Also Uses Same Wood Without Any Complaints From Feds.(DougRoss).Like almost all of the actions of the Holder Justice Department, the raid was likely motivated by political considerations....Henry E. Juszkiewicz, Gibson’s Chief Executive Officer, is a [large] donor to a couple of Republican politicians... When warrants as ridiculous such as these are issued and executed, there appears no other reason than because the company or individual at hand is being targeted, not because there is any sort of wrongdoing. As a company, Gibson is a legendary. They’ve done nothing wrong, except, apparently, deigning to have a Republican CEO. The plot thickens, however. One of Gibson’s leading competitors is C.F. Martin and Company. The C.E.O., Chris Martin IV, is a long-time Democratic supporter, with $35,400 in contributions to Democratic candidates and the DNC over the past couple of election cycles. According to C.F. Martin’s catalog, several of their guitars contain “East Indian Rosewood.” In case you were wondering, that is the exact same wood in at least ten of Gibson’s guitars. So how could the federal government justify its attempts to shut down one of the few companies still manufacturing valuable products in the United States? This federal government -- a behemoth now operated by the most partisan political hacks in my lifetime -- is completely out of control.Hmmmmm......Thugocracy coming out of the woodworks?Read the full story here.


  • First Circuit Affirms Right to Record the Police.(Cato).By David Rittgers.Right to Record, a website devoted to the legal aspects of recording police officers, has the scoop. A panel of the First Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the right of citizens to openly record police officers.Gathering information about government officials in a form that can readily be disseminated to others serves a cardinal First Amendment interest in protecting and promoting “the free discussion of governmental affairs.” Moreover, as the Court has noted, “[f]reedom of expression has particular significance with respect to government because ‘[i]t is here that the state has a special incentive to repress opposition and often wields a more effective power of suppression.’” This is particularly true of law enforcement officials, who are granted substantial discretion that may be misused to deprive individuals of their liberties. Ensuring the public’s right to gather information about their officials not only aids in the uncovering of abuses, but also may have a salutary effect on the functioning of government more generally.Read the whole thing. It provides a great discussion of the developing legal landscape, as well as some juicy details — like the fact that the attorney defending the statute for Massachusetts wrote her student note about how the Massachusetts wiretapping law is unconstitutional.This decision is a big deal. The case comes from Massachusetts, one of two states (the other being Illinois) that continues to criminalize recording audio in public. It’s the latest in a string of victories against the Massachusetts wiretapping law that has become a useful tool for police who want to shield their actions from public scrutiny. A Massachusetts District Attorney recently refused to proceed with charges against a woman who recorded a vicious police beating, the D.A. declaring that police officers have no reasonable expectation of privacy while on duty and in public. Cop Block founders Pete Eyre and Adam Mueller were just acquitted on felony wiretapping charges for openly recording their encounter with police officers Massachusetts.Moving on to the other holdout, Illinois, a woman who surreptitiously recorded Chicago Police Internal Affairs officers trying to persuade her not to file a sexual harassment complaint against police officers was acquitted of felony wiretapping charges. All of this sets the stage for the ACLU v. Alvarez, a lawsuit seeking to prevent future wiretapping charges against citizens who record on-duty police in public.For more Cato work on the right to record police, take a look at this video and this post on Anthony Graber’s victory over abuse of the Maryland wiretapping statute. Speaking of which, Right to Record provides a page on the Maryland wiretapping statute, supplying the decision in Graber’s case for anyone who faces similar charges in the future.Hmmm....."Know your rights".Read the full story here.

  • No US parole for maid abuser.(Arabnews).RIYADH: Family and friends of a Saudi research student convicted of abusing his maid have expressed dismay after his efforts to receive parole were dashed late on Monday.Humaidan Al-Turki, who was jailed in 2006 in the United States, was left bemused after his review before a parole committee at Limon Correctional Facility, Colorado, was denied. The committee will now review the case next year, according to family spokesperson Fahd Al-Nassar.Al-Turki was sentenced in August 2006 to 28 years in prison on 12 felony counts of false imprisonment, unlawful sexual contact with his Indonesian housekeeper, theft and criminal extortion.Al-Turki had his sentence reduced on appeal. He received a revised sentence of eight years in jail in February this year.Al-Turki’s defense team had filed for a parole hearing after he completed half his sentence.The parole committee meets usually to review release requests for those who have already served half of their jail sentence.Other considerations taken into account when requesting parole include the humanitarian circumstances of the prisoner and his family, security and political issues related to the case as well as the costs of keeping the convict in jail.Al-Nassar had been optimistic Al-Turki would be paroled. He said the committee would consider the trial’s costs, which have proven to be a burden on the state, and the lawsuit Al-Turki filed against facility authorities for not providing him with treatment for his ill health.Al Turki, according to Al-Nassar, has been suffering from acute renal complications since August last year.Hmmmmm........He wouldn't be by any chance related to Sulaiman Al-Turki Deputy Minister at The Saudi Ministry of Finance?Read the full story here.



  • Solid proof of Al-Qaida in lybian rebel group - Senior Islamist rebel is veteran Gaddafi foe.(TundraTabloids).
* Islamist rebel has long record of opposing Gaddafi
* Belhadj once spent time with Qaeda leaders
* Rebel once negotiated reconciliation with Gaddafi
By William Maclean - LONDON, Aug 26 (Reuters) – A senior Islamist rebel reported to have helped depose Muammar Gaddafi is a skilled guerrilla leader and veteran dissident who led a failed revolt in Libya in the 1990s and once spent time with al Qaeda leaders in Afghanistan, security experts say.Abdel Hakim Belhadj, reported by Arab media to have been prominent in the assault on Tripoli, helps lead an Islamist group that has fought in close cooperation with the main rebel National Transitional Council (NTC), analysts say.The Libyan Islamic Movement for Change (Al-Haraka Al-Islamiya Al Libiya Lit-Tahghir), is made up of former members of the now defunct Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) that once plotted against Gaddafi from Taliban-ruled Afghanistan.Belhadj, in his late 40s and also known as Abu Abdullah al-Sadeq, is a highly skilled leader, said Noman Benotman, a former associate and fellow LIFG commander.Read the full story here.


  • ANTICOPTISM !THE ANTISEMETISM OF EGYPT.(AlexanderMunch).By Dioscorus Boles.Anticoptism (anti-coptism or anti-Coptism) معاداة الأقباط, المعاداة للأقباط، معاداة القبطية, ضـد القبطية: is the antisemitism of Egypt, but that is not enough to define it. Let us first start by defining a much better known concept – anti-Semitism, and from there try to define anticoptism.Read and see the full story here.


  • Obama-Allied Center For American Progress Blames Rich Jews For Stoking “Islamophobia” In America.(AT).The Center for American Progress being run by John Podesta, who was co-chairmnan of Obama’s presidential transition team and helped form his initial cabinet after the 2008 election.— The Obama-allied Center for American Progress has released a report that blames Islamophobia in America on a small group of Jews and Israel supporters in America, whose views are being backed by millions of dollars. This “network”, according to the news release, have “have worked hard to push narratives that Obama might be a Muslim, that mosques are incubators of radicalization, and that “radical Islam” has infiltrated all aspects of American society — including the conservative movement.Who are the figures mentioned as the promoters of prejudice? Most of them are prominent Jews and supporters of Israel, such as David Horowitz, Daniel Pipes and Steven Emerson (the founder of the Investigative Project on Terrorism). The eight foundations mentioned as funding this effort include are almost exclusively ones founded and funded by Jewish donors, and lest readers not be aware of this fact, the Center for American Progress lists not only the other beneficiaries of the charities and foundations (most of them having Jewish or Israel in the title) but also goes to the trouble of naming the individuals behind these charities — not just the donors but also those who serve on the boards.Why include this additional information except to highlight that Jewish people are behind this effort to “defame” Muslims? By “outing” the people involved, the report puts endangers them. Furthermore, this “report” relies on the conspiracy and age-old anti-Semitic trope that Jews fan prejudice towards others and promotes divisions for their own nefarious purposes (to support Israel in this case). This mindset is straight out of Mein Kampf.The report also stokes the view that rich Jews operate behind the scenes and use their wealth to control the media and government policy (politicians are also mentioned as being ensnared in this web).The Center for American Progress was founded by Herbert and Marion Sandler (prominent mortgage bubble billionaires who partner with George Soros in his political activities). The Center for American Progress to a great extent is funded by George Soros and his Open Society Institute. George Soros is a fierce opponent of Israel and alleges that the Israel “lobby” all but controls American foreign policy. This view is echoed by Stephen Walt who flags this report in his column at the Foreign Policy website.Hmmm......Read the full story here.

  • PM: Cabinet will rule on changes in Egypt peace deal.(Ynet).The cabinet will have to approve any changes in the deployment of forces around the Egyptian border and in the Sinai Peninsula, as well as any amendments to the Israel-Egypt peace deal – should they be required, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday."Israel has to deal with complex security challenges that have to do with the changes the region is undergoing – and we are dealing with them," he said.Over the weekend, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said that in view of the recent terror attacks emanating from Sinai and the area adjacent to the Israel-Egypt border, Israel was considering allowing Egypt to deploy additional troops in the Sinai Peninsula. Such a move would be contrary to the 1979 peace treaty between Jerusalem and Cairo, but according to Barak, "Sometimes you have to subject strategic considerations to tactical needs." Though Barak said that Netanyahu was backing the plan, the prime minister stressed on Sunday that any such decision would have to be carefully reviewed and approved by the cabinet. "Security arrangements must be dealt with," the prime minister said, adding that the government plans to invest additional resources into the border project with Egypt. Still, a security source said Sunday that since Egypt has yet to make an official request to allow more of its forces into Sinai, the matter is "not on the agenda at this time." Speaking to reporters prior to the cabinet meeting, Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz also addressed the security situation vis-à-vis Egypt: "Israel's relations with Egypt are of strategic importance and every move has to be reviewed carefully, with its long-term effects in mind. "There are tactical and strategic considerations that have to taken into account in the long run, so every change has to be reviewed carefully," he added. Speaking of the nearing Palestinian bid for statehood, Steinitz said that Israel was "dealing with a Palestinian Authority which has turned its back on the core of the peace process and is trying to push for a hostile Palestinian state, without security or peace, without declaring an end to the conflict and without relinquishing the right of return." The PA, he added, "is mounting a campaign against the legitimacy of the State of Israel and we have to do everything in our power to either prevent it altogether or minimize the damage. I'm sure the prime minster will make an informed decision as he has done on other issues," Steinitz said. Meanwhile, senior Egyptian officials told Egypt's al-Masri al Youm newspaper that Cairo was considering the possibility of establishing a five kilometer buffer zone with Gaza.According to the report, Egyptian security forces have already begun preparations for the destruction of tunnels. The report stated that heavy machinery has already arrived in Egyptian Rafah to assist with the demolition of the tunnels. Over the weekend, Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby said on Friday that all peace treaties are subject to the Vienna Convention and that as such, the Israel-Egypt accords was "not sacred - they are not the Koran or the New Testament."Hmmmm......Read the full story here.


  • Turkey and Iran wants a Kurd against Kurd war, says Iraqi MP.(Firat).Kurdish Alliance MP warned that Iran and Turkey are trying to ignite a Kurdish-Kurdish war through pressing Iraqi Kurds to fight against Turkish and Iranian opposition Kurds.Mahmoud Othman MP told Aswat al-Iraq that "this matter is clear through the pressures put against Kurdish region government".He called both countries to solve their Kurdish questions internally through dialogue and not resorting to violence."It seems that peaceful choice does not satisfy both countries and their continued desire to fight against PKK and PJAK parties, while both parties have their rights in freedom ", he added. Dr. Mahmoud Othman, a Kurdish legislator, an Iraqi parliament member on the Kurdistan Alliance list.The Iranian bombardment continued for the last two months, while the Turkish started before two weeks which led to a number of casualties and material losses in the border villages.From August 17, Turkish jets carried out air strikes against the Kuridsh guerrillas in Iraqi Kurdistan region, forcing large numbers of Kurdish citizens of those areas to desert their home villages, including an air raid that killed 7 Kurdish civilians in a village north of Kurdistan’s Sulaimaniyah city on August 21st.The Turkish army is continuing its raids, under the pretext of chasing PKK members in the Iraqi mountains.Read the full story here.


  • Religious Freedom for Turkey?(TheHill)By Elizabeth H. Prodromou and Nina Shea.The recent resignation of Turkey's military high command, along with reports that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will subordinate the military to civilian rule, could mark a new era for that nation. Sweeping constitutional changes, however, are still needed to ensure fundamental rights and avoid exchanging one form of repression for another. The United States should challenge Turkey's civilian leadership to make such long-overdue changes, especially regarding religious freedom, including for religious minorities.While Turkey has long been a formal democracy, it has been a decidedly imperfect one. Since Kemal Ataturk founded the Republic of Turkey in 1923, his rigid state secularism has stifled religious freedom. Restrictions have hindered the majority Sunni Muslim community and have discriminated against and threatened religious minority communities, including Greek, Armenian, and Syriac Orthodox Churches; Catholic and Protestant Churches; the Jewish community; and the Alevis.Constitutionally, the military was the protector of the secular state apparatus that engaged in or tolerated religious freedom violations. Indeed, the context for the recent military resignations was Erdogan's refusal to promote officers who allegedly plotted within Ergenekon, a clandestine ultranationalist group, to topple his Islamic-oriented government and commit violence against numerous faith communities and their houses of worship.As the inheritor of this legacy, Erdogan and his AK Party have faced an uphill battle to deepen Turkey's democratic institutions and culture. Their moves to bolster civilian rule have positive implications for respecting international human rights norms, including religious freedom.Indeed, the AKP government has widened the opening for public religious expression, which has helped Turkey's Sunni Muslim majority. Since 2007, imams have had some autonomy in drafting their sermons. While the ban on religious dress in state institutions continues, last month, the Council of State overturned Turkey's high court ruling which had barred the wearing of headscarves during the Selection Examination for Academic Personnel and Graduate Studies. Enrollment in Imam-Hatip religious schools has expanded notably. Without a doubt, Sunni Islam flourishes.When it comes to religious minorities, however, Turkey's record remains disappointing.To be sure, the AKP government has ushered in some improvements, including the addition of worship services allowed for a particular church, citizenship for the leaders of another, accurate national identity cards for converts, and continued engagement with Alevis. Yet, Turkey's widely publicized constitutional reform process currently omits any attention to religious freedom, thereby suggesting no systematic relief for Turkey's smallest minorities, such as Christians and Jews.Turkey's Christian minority has dwindled to just 0.15 percent of the country. In the words of one church leader, it is an "endangered species." In past centuries, violence exacted a horrific toll on Turkey's Christians and their churches. This provides a frightening context and familiar continuity to a number of recent high-profile murders by ultranationalists.Turkey's Jewish community also fears a reprise of past violence, such as the 2003 al Qaeda-linked Istanbul synagogue bombings. Societal anti-Semitism has been fueled in recent years by Erdogan's rhetoric against Israel's activity in the Middle East and by negative portrayals in Turkey's state-run media.Today, however, it is the state's dense web of regulations that most threatens Turkey's religious minorities.Religious communities are being strangled by legal restrictions on internal governance, education, houses of worship and wider property rights. It is difficult even to have a frank national discussion about their plight; those who have tried can face constitutional charges for insulting "Turkishness", as well as a broader climate of impunity.One example of the oppressive regulatory climate is the meddling in internal governance, as seen in the interference in the election procedure for the acting Armenian Patriarch, as well as in the refusal to recognize the title of "ecumenical" of the Greek Orthodox Church's Ecumenical Patriarch and the inherited titles of Alevi leaders.Another is the government's refusal to allow non-Muslim clergy to be trained in Turkey. The military's shuttering in 1971 of the Greek Orthodox Theological School of Halki, once the educational center for global Orthodox Christianity, is a case in point. Successive governments' policies have put at risk the very survival of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and its Greek Orthodox flock.A third example is the expropriation of land from the 1,600-year-old Mor Gabriel Monastery, the world's oldest Syriac Orthodox monastery. Last January, Turkey's Supreme Court granted its treasury parts of the monastery's territory. Besides impacting the church, such arbitrary state expropriations encourage acts of impunity against all religious minorities.Finally, there is the status of the Alevis, the nation's largest religious minority. Turkey refuses legal recognition of Alevi meeting places (cemevi) as houses of worship, and has denied them construction permits.These examples underscore how Turkey's religious minorities still lack full legal status and are deprived of full rights as citizens. To help remedy this injustice, the United States should urge Erdogan to fulfill his pledge to amend the military-drafted constitution of 1982 by making changes in line with religious freedom and the other human rights guarantees found in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which Turkey ratified.By strengthening civilian control, Turkey has an opportunity to chart a clearer course toward greater freedom for all its citizens. It's time for the country's leaders to embrace constitutional reform, end impunity, protect religious diversity, and advance religious freedom for every citizen.Hmmmmm.......How can you expect 'religious freedom' from a leader schooled at an Imam-Hatip religious school?Read the full story here.

  • Saudi Arabia - Indonesian autopsy reveals violence killed maid in Hail.(ArabNews).RIYADH: The case of an Indonesian housemaid allegedly killed by her employers in the northwestern Saudi city of Hail took a fresh twist on Saturday after the Indonesian Embassy in Riyadh rejected a Saudi hospital's autopsy report into her death.The embassy said it would send its own report to the Saudi Foreign Ministry after a leading hospital in Indonesia carried out an autopsy that revealed the maid, identified as Ernawati, died of injuries caused by blunt force, abuse and trauma.Embassy spokesman Hendrar Pramutyo said the autopsy results contradict a previous examination by the Saudi government, which the Saudi Foreign Ministry has always referred to in explaining the cause of Ernawati’s death.He said Ernawati sustained injuries from physical abuse at the hands of her employer in Hail. There were bruises on her face, chest, arms and knees because of injuries caused by a blunt object, said a report obtained by Arab News. There was also swelling, bleeding in the lungs, and bruises on the chest that was the result of violence by a blunt object, causing bleeding in lung tissue that led to her death. Ernawati died on Feb. 10 this year, several days after her elder sister Yenni Larasati filed a report with the Foreign Ministry in Jakarta alleging that her sibling was being physically abused by both her employer and his lover. Larasati said Ernawati was forced to kneel while her employer often slapped, punched, kicked, threw things at her or whipped her with a hose. But the first autopsy performed in Saudi Arabia determined that she died after consuming rat poison.Meanwhile, Pramutyo also denied the reports that the Saudi and Indonesian governments have agreed to lift the ban on recruitment of Indonesian women workers.He said that he had sought an answer from Jakarta about the authenticity of the news. He, however, pointed out that there had been substantial progress in talks since the visit of a presidential task force to the Kingdom last month.According to the latest available figures, there are still about 1,719 Indonesian workers, mainly maids, stranded in jails across the Kingdom.The moratorium on workers came into force on Aug. 1 after a spate of cases of alleged violence against Indonesian workers were reported, including the execution of a maid who had been convicted of killing her employer. Pramutyo said several steps had been taken by the Indonesian government to address the grievances of workers abroad.Read the full story here.



  • Malaysian church raid increases tensions between Muslims and Christians.(AlArabiya).A raid by state Islamic enforcers on a church function in predominantly Muslim Malaysia has stirred religious tensions and revived fears of growing Islamization in the multi-ethnic country.Officials swooped on a dinner at a Methodist church hall outside the capital, Kuala Lumpur, on August 3, saying they had information that a group of Muslims were being converted, which is prohibited in much of the country.The relatively tame incident has unnerved some in one of Southeast Asia’s most prosperous nations, where religion and race are intertwined and the various ethnic groups have generally co-existed peacefully.The Damansara Utama Methodist Church denied the event was held to convert Muslims, but Islamic officials and pro-government media pounced on the case to allege a widespread Christian proselytizing campaign.Many Christians, however, dismiss the charge and say they face increasing pressure in a country whose ethnic Malay-dominated government has long presented Malaysia as a modern, ethnically harmonious Muslim state.“I am very unhappy with the way Christians are being portrayed and why authorities are treating the community so suspiciously,” Maria Varghese, 37, a Kuala Lumpur schoolteacher and ethnic Indian Christian, told AFP.“We are not trying to convert anyone. We have friends of all races and religions and have lived happily for centuries. I don’t understand why they are attacking us.”Half of Malaysia’s population are ethnic Malay Muslims − there are also sizeable Chinese, Indian and indigenous minorities − while Christians from a range of races form nine percent of the country’s 28 million population.Overt racial and religious antagonism has been minimal in recent decades, following deadly race riots in 1969.But an Islamization trend has gained pace recently as the long-ruling government coalition vies for Muslim votes with the increasingly influential Islamic opposition party, Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS).“Both Muslims and Christians have been carrying out missionary work in this country for centuries so this is not a new phenomenon,” said Shamsul Amri Baharuddin, head of ethnic studies at the National University of Malaysia.“But what is worrying is that this is now being politicised.”In 2009, churches were attacked with gasoline bombs after a court lifted a government ban on the use of “Allah” as a translation for “God” in Malay-language bibles.The ban had been in place for years but enforcement only began in 2008 out of fear the word could encourage Muslims to convert.Premier Najib Razak, head of the ruling United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), has called for national unity and met Pope Benedict XVI in July about opening relations with the Vatican.But with a hotly contested election expected soon, the Damansara raid has triggered anti-Christian rhetoric by some ruling-party politicians, Islamic officials and UMNO-backed media.A coalition of about two dozen Muslim civil society groups also issued a call to make apostasy a national crime.Converting from Islam is already banned in most of Malaysia’s 13 states and three federal territories, which have Islamic Sharia courts that run parallel to civil courts. Muslims, however, are allowed to proselytize.“As long as no one tries to convert Muslims, we can live in harmony with everyone,” said Ibrahim Salleh, 58, an elder at a Muslim prayer hall in the Kuala Lumpur suburb of Subang. “But if missionary groups try to exert their influence and erode Islam, then we must fight back.”The uproar has raised questions about the powers of the state Islamic Religious Affairs Department, known for its raids to enforce Islamic rules ranging from the alcohol ban to illicit relationships between unwed Muslims.Christian leaders warn the church incident risked upsetting the country’s delicate racial and religious balance.“These actions are calculated at creating mistrust and tension among the various religions in Malaysia and people should know better than to try and stoke such tensions through baseless allegations,” said Reverend Thomas Philips, president of the Christian Churches of Malaysia.But with Najib widely expected to call an election soon, he faces an uphill challenge to defuse the situation, said Shamsul of the National University of Malaysia, “as he is head of UMNO, which champions Malay rights and Islam.”Hmmmmm.....The 'religion of peace'.Read the full story here.



  • Nasrallah: Syria's Assistance Enabled Iran to Assist Hizbullah, Palestinians.(Memri).In a speech on the occasion of Al-Quds Day (August 26), Hizbullah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah said that, if it were not for the Syria regime, Iran may not have been able to give Lebanon and Palestine assistance, beyond moral and political assistance. He added that the sides in Syria must hold dialogue and settle their differences peacefully, for any other way would endanger Syria, Palestine and the region as a whole. He accused "elements in Lebanon" (i.e., the March 14 Forces) of working to exacerbate the conflict in Syria and arming the protesters there, and of persuading countries around the world to withhold support from the Lebanese government and army. He accused the Al-Mustaqbal faction of inciting rebellion in the Lebanese armed forces.Read the full story here.