Saturday, March 17, 2012
Pope Shenouda III, head of Egypt's Coptic Christian church, dies at 88.(Yahoo).CAIRO - Pope Shenouda III, the patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church who led Egypt's Christian minority for 40 years during a time of increasing tensions with Muslims, died Saturday. He was 88.
His death comes as the country's estimated 10 million Christians are feeling more vulnerable than ever amid the rise of Islamic movements to political power after the toppling a year ago of President Hosni Mubarak. The months since have seen a string of attacks on the community, heightened anti-Christian rhetoric by ultraconservatives known as Salafis and fears that coming goverments will try to impose strict versions of Islamic law.
Tens of thousands of Christians packed into the main Coptic cathedral in Cairo on Saturday evening hoping to see his body. Women in black wept and screamed. Some, unable to get into the overcrowded building, massed outside, raising their hands in prayer.
"He left us in a very hard time. Look at the country and what's happening now," said Mahrous Munis, a Christian IT worker in his 30s who was among the crowds. "Copts are in a worse situation than before. God be with us."
Shenouda died in his residence at the cathedral, and the state news agency MENA said he had been battling liver and lung problems for several years. Yasser Ghobrial, a physician who treated Shenouda at a Cairo hospital in 2007, said he suffered from prostate cancer that spread to his colon and lungs.
U.S. President Barack Obama paid tribute to Shenouda as "an advocate for tolerance and religious dialogue.""We will remember Pope Shenouda III as a man of deep faith, a leader of a great faith, and an advocate for unity and reconciliation," Obama said in a statement issued by the White House. "His commitment to Egypt's national unity is also a testament to what can be accomplished when people of all religions and creeds work together.""Baba Shenouda," as he was known to his followers, headed one of the most ancient churches in the world. The Coptic Church traces its founding to St. Mark, who is said to have brought Christianity to Egypt in the 1st Century.
For Egypt's Christians, he was a charismatic leader, known for his sense of humour — his smiling portrait was hung in many Coptic homes and shops — and a deeply conservative religious thinker who resisted calls by liberals for reform.
Above all, many Copts saw him as the guardian of their community living amid a Muslim majority in this country of more than 80 million people. Christians have long complained of being treated as second-class citizens, saying they face discrimination and that police generally fail to prosecute those behind anti-Christian attacks.
Shenouda's method was to work behind the scenes. He sought to contain Christians' anger and gave strong support to Mubarak's government, while avoiding pressing Coptic demands too vocally in public to prevent a backlash from Muslim conservatives. In return, Mubarak's regime allowed the Church wide powers among the Christian community.
The Brotherhood's political party offered its condolences "to the Egyptian people and its Christian brothers."
Parliament speaker Saad el-Katatny, a Brotherhood member, praised the pope in an evening session, calling him a "man respected among Coptic Christians and Muslims" for his love of Egypt and his opposition to Israel's annexation of Jerusalem. Under a long-standing order, Shenouda barred his followers from pilgrimage to Jerusalem as a protest of Israel's hold on the city.
Under Church law, the process of choosing Shenouda's successor can take up to three months, though an interim leader will be picked within a week. A synod of archbishops, bishops and lay leaders will then form a committee to come up with three candidates. The names are then put in a box and a blindfolded acolyte picks one — a step meant to be guided by the will of God.
Two leading contenders are close associates of Shenouda. Archbishop Bishoy, head of the Holy Congregation, the main clerical leadership body, is seen as the more conservative figure; Archbishop Johannes, the pope's secretary, is younger — in his 50s — and seen as having a wider appeal among youth.Hmmmm.... Obama calls him "a leader of a great faith" to hard to recognise Christianity as a Religion?Read the full story here.
Obama Disappoints.........again on the Falkland Islands.(Heritage).This week in 1982, Argentine forces were probably preparing their equipment and checking plans ahead of their invasion of the Falkland Islands, to happen a couple of weeks later. Thirty years on, even after heaping cringe-worthy amounts of lavish praise on the Obama Administration during his recent visit, British Prime Minister David Cameron is still no closer to receiving explicit American support for British sovereignty over the Falkland Islands. This is a shameful disregard of the Special Relationship.
The Special Relationship is not about basketball games, barbeques, state dinners, or as one U.K. paper curiously described, “bromance.” The Special Relationship, as described by Winston Churchill in his famous Iron Curtain Speech, is first and foremost built on military cooperation, defense and security issues, and hardheaded geopolitical concerns of the U.S. and the U.K.
The fact that President Obama could not bring himself, or his State Department for that matter, to publicly support and acknowledge Britain’s control over the Falkland Islands is, at best, embarrassing for Cameron and at worst, dangerous for the Special Relationship. Especially when the subject of the Falkland Islands is so important to the U.K.
However, Cameron is at fault as well. He should have ensured that the issue of the Falklands was raised publicly so there would be no doubt in the minds of the British, the Argentines, and the Falklanders about where America stands on the issue.
Surprisingly, at the very end of an article on David Cameron’s visit, The New York Times reports:
“On Wednesday, Mr. Obama offered Mr. Cameron some comfort. The United States, he said, would stop prodding Britain and Argentina to talk to each other, but stick to its historic position of neutrality.”
There are two problems here.
First, there is no direct quote from President Obama, the White House, or the State Department. There is no source for these unattributed comments. This is important, because if what The New York Times reported is actually true, then this would mean a reversal of the Obama Administration’s policy on backing U.N. mediation over the status of the Islands.
Secondly, even if the Times report was true, “neutrality” is still not good enough. America should fully back Britain in its claim on the Falkland Islands. The British people should not accept America’s neutrality on the issue but should demand America’s support.
The strongest argument the United Kingdom has for its claim on the Falkland Islands is the inhabitants’ right to self-determination—a principle on which America was founded and in which most Americans believe.
The 3,000 residents of the Falklands overwhelmingly want to be British and not Argentine. Linguistically, culturally, and historically, nobody can deny that they are British. The right to self-determination is guaranteed by the United Nations Charter and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights—and Argentina is a signatory to both.
Once again, President Obama has shown how little he cares about the Special Relationship. No number of flights on Air Force One, state dinners stuffed with wealthy political donors, or basketball games in swing states can change this fact.
As previous analysis from The Heritage Foundation has pointed out:
“The Special Relationship is vital to the interests of both the United States and Great Britain, and its preservation is of paramount importance to the defense of freedom and liberty across the world. It is time for Washington to recognize and support British sovereignty over the Falkland Islands and stand by America’s closest ally, not least at a time when nearly 10,000 British troops are standing shoulder to shoulder with their U.S. allies on the battlefields of Afghanistan.”An unattributed overture of American neutrality in The New York Times hardly amounts to the policy statement Britain deserves. The Obama Administration needs to make it crystal clear that it backs the United Kingdom over Argentina regarding the status of the Falklands. The sooner it does this, the better.Hmmmm.........The US would support an Argentine "accommodation" as its national interest supports stability in the area. "This tells us all too clearly which way the wind is blowing." The Organization of American States, a talking shop for north and south American countries, last week adopted a declaration calling for negotiations between Britain and Argentina over the "sovereignty" of the Falkland Islands.President Barack Obama's administration also made clear in early 2010 that it would endorse calls for talks over the islands when it adopted the Organisation of American States useage of Malvinas instead of Falklands.Hmmmm....."Trust me said the scorpion to the frog" starts to sound familiar.Read the full story here.
Obama: Change is 'driving cars that get 55 mpg'.(BWC).At a campaign event in Chicago today, President Obama boasted the changes he made during his first term, particularly his decision boosting higher fuel efficiency standards."Change is the decisions we made to stop waiting for a Congress to do something about our oil addiction and finally raised fuel efficiency standards on our cars and on our trucks so that by next decade we will be driving American made cars that get 55 miles per gallon." he said to heavy applause from his supporters.
Echoing his energy speech from yesterday, Obama insisted that it was time to "double down" on investments in clean energy."Now is the time to stop subsidizing an oil industry that has rarely been more profitable and double down on a clean energy industry that has never been more promising," added Obama, "Solar, wind, and bio fuels.More about the smallest production cars here.
The vetting of Obama continues: in the classroom teaching constitutional law.(HT: TundraTabloids).BREITBART.COM: Part I and PART II
Let’s take a trip via the wayback machine to the hallowed classrooms of the University of Chicago Law School. The year is 1996, and a young lecturer named Barack Obama is teaching constitutional law to a group of students. His first final exam question is about whether homosexuals can be barred from receiving state health care coverage for their infertility treatments.
The question deals with a hypothetical lesbian couple that wants to have a baby. Their state prevents health providers from providing infertility treatments for unwed couples; the couple’s state-provided healthcare therefore refuses them coverage for such procedures
Obama then presented an analysis of this question. That’s the way it works on law school constitutional law exams: you spot the issues, then offer an analysis of them. They never come down on one side or another. But they can give you important clues as to the way the student (or in this case, the lecturer) thinks.
Instead of wading through the legal thicket presented by any law school exam, let’s analyze Lecturer Obama’s main take. He makes the following points:
“The fundamental right at stake … goes well beyond issues of bodily integrity, but instead involves the broader principle that the government cannot be in the business of deciding who should bear children and who should not – at least without offering up some pretty compelling reasons for doing so.” Obama even compares a state law banning infertility treatment for unwed couples to active sterilization.
In a particularly noteworthy comment, Obama writes: “the connection between restricting infertility services to married couples and ‘preserving the integrity of marriage’ is so tenuous that it cannot be considered a narrowly tailored means of serving that interest.” This is arguable at best – of course preventing unmarried couples from receiving infertility treatment would be closely related to upholding the notion of traditional marriage. But this Obama comment gives us a clue as to his real feelings about the institution of marriage: it has nothing to do with bearing and raising children.Read the full story here.Part I continued. Part II.
Indian PM's Letter Assures 'Full Support' On Palestinian Bid For Statehood.(Memri).In a letter to Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has assured him of India's "full support" for the Palestinian bid for statehood at the United Nations, according to an Indian website.
"India has always supported the Palestinian people in their pursuit of legitimate goals and for development with dignity and self-reliance. I assure you of India's full support in the United Nations," Singh wrote in the letter to Abbas. India is a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council.
The one-page letter was read out to Indian journalists by India's Permanent Representative to the UN Hardeep Singh Puri, according to a report on the website of the Outlook weekly magazine.
According to the website, Singh wrote, "India's relations with Palestine are historic and firmly rooted in our national ethos. India has been unwavering in its support for the Palestinian people's struggle for a sovereign, independent, viable and united state of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital, living within secure and recognizable borders side by side and at peace with Israel."
India was the first non-Arab country to recognize the Palestinian aspiration for statehood, Hardeep Singh Puri said.Read the full story here.
"And so it Begins" - 'Saudi Arabia has Allegedly Arranged to Make Available Two Pakistani Nuclear Bombs or Guided Missile Warheads'
"And so it Begins" - 'Saudi Arabia has Allegedly Arranged to Make Available Two Pakistani Nuclear Bombs or Guided Missile Warheads'(Memri).Pakistani Journalist Examines Saudi-Pakistani Nuclear Cooperation: 'Saudi Arabia has Allegedly Arranged to Make Available Two Pakistani Nuclear Bombs or Guided Missile Warheads'In a recent article, senior Pakistani journalist Amir Mir examined the history of Saudi-Pakistani nuclear cooperation and recent media reports that Saudi Arabia is trying to reach a secret nuclear pact with Pakistan, in view of the Iranian nuclear threat to Sunni states like Saudi Arabia.
In an article titled, "Is Pakistan Helping the Saudis with a Nuclear Deterrent?" Amir Mir also revealed that during this year's "Arab Spring" protests in the Middle Eastern countries, Pakistan had two military divisions on standby to go to Saudi Arabia in case street protests erupted against the Saudi royal family.
The Pakistani journalist also recounted a number of international media reports on how Pakistani military officers have worked over the years in secret to help the Saudi ambition to build a nuclear deterrent.Hmmm......President Obama "Nobel Peaceprize winner"......Yup it's starting to show from all sides. Read the full story here.
Ukrainian-born Nazi death camp guard Demjanjuk dies at the age of 91.(Yahoo).Former Nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk, sentenced to five years in a German prison last year, has died at the age of 91, police said Saturday.
The Ukrainian-born Demjanjuk had been found guilty of almost 28,000 counts of accessory to murder during the six months he was a guard at the Sobibor death camp in 1943.
The ailing Demjanjuk was sentenced by a Munich court in May 2011 after a trial lasting 18 months. However, he was allowed to go free, having already spent nearly two years in prison on the grounds that he was not a threat and was unlikely to abscond, being stateless.
While there was no direct evidence of his presence or actions at Sobibor in German-occupied Poland, the court said it believed he had served there as a guard, and was therefore automatically implicated in killings carried out there at the time, mainly of Dutch Jews.He had denied the charges and appealed against his conviction.
Demjanjuk went to live in the United States after the war but in 1986, he stood trial in Jerusalem accused of being "Ivan the Terrible," an infamous Ukrainian guard at another death camp, Treblinka.
Found guilty of all charges and sentenced to death in 1988, he was freed five years later when evidence surfaced proving Israel had got the wrong man.After evidence emerged that he served as a guard at other Nazi camps, he was stripped of his US citizenship in 2002 for lying about his war record on immigration forms.After years of legal wrangling, he was deported from the United States to Germany in 2009 to face trial anew.Read the full story here.
Thank you Barack 'Hussein' Obama - Iran claims to have domestically produced drone.(JPost).Less than four months after confiscating a US drone that went down in its territory, Iran has domestically produced a new unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) called the Shaparak (Butterfly), semi-official Iranian news agency Press TV reported on Saturday.
The drone has an operational radius of 50 kilometers and a flight ceiling of 4,572 meters, Press TV quoted Reza Danandeh Hakamabad, the aeronautics engineer in charge of the project, as saying on Friday.He added that the aircraft has the capability to fly non-stop for three-and-half hours and can carry an 8 kilogram payload.
Powered by a two-cylinder engine, the Iranian drone is equipped with cameras which can submit surveillance images to the base on the ground, according to the report.
Iran claimed to have shot down a US RQ-170 Sentinel drone that was flying over its airspace in December, later saying that they had actually commandeered the UAV's navigation system, making it land in Iranian territory.
US military officials said that the drone went down due to technical difficulties while on a surveillance mission, denying that Iran had actively brought the craft down.Iran displayed the US drone on television, vowing to "reverse-engineer" the UAV to build its own drone.Hmmmm.....Why would you destroy a drone if you can donate it intact to Iran?Read the full story here.
Obama calls for ending dependence on foreign energy attacks Congress.....Again.(HD).US President Barack Obama called on Saturday for an end to America's dependence on foreign energy sources -- and to the multi-billion-dollar subsidies given each year to oil companies.
"What we can't do is keep being dependent on other countries for our energy needs," Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address. "In America we control our own destiny," he added. "So that's the choice we face - the past, or the future." The comments came as the president faces mounting criticism from Republicans, who have blamed his energy policy for spiking gas prices. The American Automobile Association (AAA) predicts gasoline prices across the United States could average $4.25 a gallon by May, up from $3.83 today.Between 1998 and 2004, prices ranged from $1 to $2.
Prices vary wildly between regions, however, and last week, gasbuddy.com, a website that tracks prices in all 50 states, reported $5.09 a gallon at one Mobil and two Chevron stations in greater Los Angeles.Given that 76 percent of Americans drive themselves to work, and a trip to the store can often mean a long drive to the mall, higher gas prices are a critical issue -- especially in a presidential election year.The president noted that the price of gasoline depended on a lot of factors that are beyond US control. "Unrest in the Middle East can tighten global oil supply," he said. "Growing nations like China or India adding cars to the road increases demand." But he pointed out that his administration had already put in place new standards that will make sure that American cars average nearly 55 miles per gallon (88.5 kilometers per 3.8 liters) by the middle of the next decade - nearly double what they get today. The president also called for ending the $4 billion a year in tax breaks that US oil companies receive each year.
"In the next few weeks, I expect Congress to vote on ending these subsidies," he said. "And when they do, we're going to put every single Member of Congress on record: They can either stand up for oil companies, or they can stand up for the American people." Hmmmmm......."You're eighter with me or against me?"Read the full story here.
Michelle Obama to Lead U.S. Delegation to London Olympics.(WhitehouseDossier).By Keith koffler.Michelle Obama will lead the U.S. delegation to the London 2012 Summer Olympics, declaring that she will use the event to promote her “Let’s Move” kids fitness program.
From the White House:
“In the months ahead, I’ll be talking to Americans all across the country to encourage even more young people to tap into that Olympic spirit and turn their inspiration into action,” said Mrs. Obama. “As the Olympic creed states, ‘the most important thing … is not to win, but to take part.’ And that doesn’t just mean sitting and watching, it means getting up and getting active as well. I hope we use the upcoming games as motivation for all of us to get up and get moving.”
The White House was careful to note that Michelle, who has been criticized for her lavish vacations, will not be the only first lady to have led an Olympic delegation overseas.
Other First Ladies that have led a Presidential Delegation to the Olympic Games include First Lady Laura Bush to the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy and then-First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton to the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway.The London games will be held July 27 – August 12.Hmmmm......No word on how many hotels will be booked on taxpayer's their tab?Lets hope Brittain lives up to it's 'Summer weather' reputation.Read the full story here.
US Soldiers Are Immune from Afghan Prosecution, CRS Says.(SN).The American soldier who is accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians is under the legal jurisdiction of the U.S. government and is immune from prosecution under Afghan law, says a newly updated report from the Congressional Research Service.
Afghan officials had said they wanted the soldier to be tried in Afghanistan, not in an American military court, the New York Times and other press outlets reported.
But according to CRS, the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) between the US and Afghanistan dictates otherwise.
“In the case of Afghanistan, the SOFA, in force since 2003, provides that U.S. Department of Defense military and civilian personnel are to be accorded status equivalent to that of U.S. Embassy administrative and technical staff under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961,” the CRS report said.
“Accordingly, U.S. personnel are immune from criminal prosecution by Afghan authorities and are immune from civil and administrative jurisdiction except with respect to acts performed outside the course of their duties. The Government of Afghanistan has further explicitly authorized the U.S. government to exercise criminal jurisdiction over U.S. personnel.”
“Thus, under the existing SOFA, the United States would have jurisdiction over the prosecution of the servicemember who allegedly attacked the Afghan civilians.”
A copy of the CRS report was obtained by Secrecy News. See Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA): What Is It, and How Has It Been Utilized?, March 15, 2012.Read the full story here.
Belgistan? Sharia Showdown Looms in Brussels.(CBN).BRUSSELS and ANTWERP -- Brussels is the capital of Europe. But some are now calling it the Muslim capital of Europe.
The graffiti on a building in Belgium says it all: "Welcome to 'Belgistan." Muslims are still a minority in Belgium, but in the capital of Brussels, they're already the largest religious group, comprising one-quarter of the city's population.
In less than 20 years they're expected to be the majority. Imran was completely open with CBN News, saying Islam and Sharia law are inseparable, and that democracy is evil.
"Sharia is Islam, to be clear," he said. "There is no difference between Islam and Sharia, it's just a name."
"Democracy is the opposite of Sharia and Islam," he said. "We believe Allah is the legislator. Allah makes the laws. He decides what is allowed and what is forbidden."
CBN News asked Imran about self-described "democratic Muslims" who are against the extreme parts of Sharia law. "That's really funny when I hear someone say I was speaking to a 'democratic Muslim,'" he replied. "It's the same thing as saying I was speaking to Christian Jew, or a Jewish Muslim or something like that. It's impossible.""How could you meet a Jewish Muslim or a Christian Jew?" he continued. "And the Muslim who says he's against Sharia, he's not a Muslim. It's impossible."
Hmmmm......The Belgian Constitution guarantees equality for all Belgians, equality for men and women is guaranteed.It's high time the Belgian parliamentarians start doing their job, cause Sharia guarantees non of these!Somehow they forgot the oath they took to uphold the Belgian laws.Read the full story here.
In Honor killing Shafias' hometown, PM Harper talks about honour crimes.(Yahoo).MONTREAL - Prime Minister Stephen Harper recalled the Shafia killings while visiting the family's hometown of Montreal to underscore Ottawa's support of a program to prevent so-called honour crimes.
Harper visited a Montreal centre for victims of family violence Friday to denounce crimes against women and girls committed in the name of "honour."
He called honour crimes "barbaric" and "heinous" before promising nearly $350,000 to help fund a program led by The Shield of Athena Family Services to prevent these practices in the city.
"Recently, the tragedy of the Shafia girls touched Canadians profoundly," Harper said in a speech at a community centre."All Canadians, regardless of the colour of their skin or which god is in their prayers, have the inalienable right to security and life."It's our homework to ensure that the victims of these incomprehensible murders did not suffer for nothing."
Employees at the family-violence centre used the prime minister's visit to share anecdotes with the visiting media about their work.
Melpa Kamateros, executive director of The Shield of Athena Family Services, said she detects an increase in the number of "honour" crimes reported in the last few years. She believes that's because more people are aware of the issue and are more willing to speak out.
"We've had cases that very much resemble the Shafia case and we've addressed them in a certain way, and clearly we haven't had any negative impacts in those cases," Kamateros said.
She described one example where a woman was severely assaulted by a weapon, then brought to the centre: "A male member of the family did not like the way she dressed and did not like her attitude," she said.
Federal minister Rona Ambrose touched off weeks of confusion in 2010 when she suggested "honour" crimes could be added to the Criminal Code. The remark mortified some criminal experts who noted that such a policy would only add to prosecutors' burden of proof, and actually make it harder to convict killers.
After a number of vague and contradictory statements from various quarters of the government over a period of several weeks, the Harper Tories ultimately renounced the idea.
The Canadian Council of Muslim Women has warned against the use of the term "honour" crime, arguing that it separates women into categories, based on their particular racial or ethnic group.
Alia Hogben, the organization's director, said allocating this money toward preventing violence against women moves the cause forward, but linking it directly to this specific type of crime is a "backward step.""If it's violence against women, it's violence against women," Hogben said Friday in a phone interview.
Hogben, a social worker with 30 years' experience, said when violence against women leads to murder, the case should instead be referred to as "femicide."Hmmmm........Narrated 'Aisha: Do you make us (women) equal to dogs and donkeys? (Sahih Bukhari 1.486, cf. Sahih Bukhari 1.490, Sahih Bukhari 1.493, Sahih Bukhari 1.498).Read the full story here.
"Sanctions that 'bite' " US Exporters to Sell 220,000 tons of Wheat to Iran despite Sanctions.(Fars).Tehran - US sources announced that despite the unilateral sanctions imposed by Washington against Tehran, Iran was close to completing purchases of 220,000 tons of wheat from the American exporters due to be shipped as early as Aprilrs to Sell 220,000 tons of Wheat to Iran despite Sanctions.The US said Iran has purchased 60,000 tons of American wheat, reopening grain trade ties between the two countries amid Washington's tough sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
According to a Reuters report published on Friday, it is the first time in three years that Iran has purchased US wheat. The industry sources said Iran was close to completing purchases of another 220,000 tons to be shipped as early as April, and in talks with exporters to buy another undisclosed amount. The price tag for the 400,000 tons of grain - 180,000 confirmed and 220,000 yet to be formally declared - could be around USD 160 million, export sources said.
Trade sources said grain giants Cargill Inc. and Bunge Ltd were the likely suppliers to Iran.
The two companies were also major sellers of wheat to Iran three years ago when Iran, normally self-sufficient in wheat, bought nearly 7 million tons on the world market, including 1.8 million tons from the United States.
Iran has purchased some 2 million tons of wheat from several origins since February in an effort to build its food stockpiles. Many US enterprises complain that Washington's wrong policies have cost them the Iranian market which could, otherwise, bring them billions of dollars in trade. Hence, a large number of the US companies and firms have started business activities in or with Iran despite the opposition of the White House leaders.
In December 2010, the New York Times reported that over the past decade, United States-based companies have done billions of dollars in trade with Iran despite sanctions and trade embargoes imposed on Tehran.
One American company, the daily said, was permitted to do work on an Iranian gas pipeline, despite sanctions aimed at Iran's gas industry in particular.
The transactions have been made possible by a 2000 law that allows exemptions from sanctions for companies selling food or medical products, the report added.Iranian officials have always stressed that the international and unilateral sanctions against Iran have had no result but inflicting damage on the western (European) companies.Hmmmm.....Obama: The toughest sanctions evah.Read the full story here.