Monday, April 9, 2012
Zimmerman Family Challenges Holder To do his job and Arrest New Black Panthers.(DailyCaller).In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday, obtained exclusively by The Daily Caller, a family member of George Zimmerman asked the nation’s top law enforcement officer why he has chosen to not arrest members of the New Black Panther Party for their rhetoric — some of which may fit the federal government’s definition of a hate crime — throughout the Trayvon Martin case. The family member believes the reason Holder hasn’t made those arrests is because he, like the members of the New Black Panther Party, is black. “I am writing you to ask you why, when the law of the land is crystal clear, is your office not arresting the New Black Panthers for hate crimes?” the family member wrote to Holder. “The Zimmerman family is in hiding because of the threats that have been made against us, yet the DOJ has maintained an eerie silence on this matter. These threats are very public. If you haven’t been paying attention just do a Google search and you will find plenty. Since when can a group of people in the United States put a bounty on someone’s head, circulate Wanted posters publicly, and still be walking the streets?” The New Black Panthers have issued ultimatums to the Sanford authorities, saying they want Zimmerman arrested “dead or alive.” They have placed a bounty on Zimmerman’s head, and have called for the building of an army of vigilantes to track him down and effect a citizen’s arrest.Noting President Obama’s White House event last week celebrating the 1960 novel “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Zimmerman’s family member drew a novel comparison to the American literary classic. “Strangely enough this case has a lot of parallels to those of Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’” the letter to Attorney General Holder read. “George Zimmerman has been treated much like Tom Robinson was, chastised for not being the right (or wrong) color and found guilty based on race factors. “You have the opportunity to act as Atticus [Finch] and do the right thing. Your boss would refer to this as a ‘teachable moment.’”Hmmm........."They will play the race card".Read the full story here.
State Department gave Muslim Brotherhood Delegation red carpet treatment, barred US Customs officials from carrying out inspection.
State Department gave Muslim Brotherhood Delegation red carpet treatment, barred US Customs officials from carrying out inspection.(IPT).The State Department broke with normal procedures last week when it ordered the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) not to conduct a secondary inspection on members of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) on their way to visit government officials and think tanks in the United States. This happened despite the fact that one member of the delegation had been implicated – though not charged – in a U.S. child pornography investigation, the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) has learned.The State Department issued a cable specifically barring Customs officials from carrying out any inspections of Dardery and the other members of the delegation on their arrival at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport. The immigration official described this action by the State Department as "extraordinary."Read the full story here.
Meanwhile, in Jordan.....(INN).By Prof. MK Arieh Eldad.The world’s attention, and Israel’s as well, is riveted on Syria. Media outlets and analysts are having a field day with a plethora of stories: The massacre of civilians, Bashar and Asma al-Assad’s shopping sprees, the cynical politics of Russia and China, the West’s refusal to intervene militarily or extend economic or military assistance, and the benefits that would accrue to Israel and the West of an end to the Syrian-Iranian axis, along with the fear of massive amounts of arms reaching Hizbullah. Meanwhile, in Jordan, dramatic events are quietly occurring under the radar of the world’s media. The Hashemite regime is in trouble, and not only because the Palestinians, who comprise 70-80 percent of Jordan’s population, are waiting for an opportunity to join the “Arab Spring” and throw off the yoke of autocratic rule in order to enjoy true democracy. The Bedouins are the traditional power base of the royal family, especially the Bedouins of the cities of Karak and Salt, and they too are threatening to revolt, and for the first time calling to overthrow the monarchy. King Abdullah understands that his turn will come after Assad’s. Perhaps this is why he has prevented the Saudis from transferring arms to the Syrian rebels via Jordan. Al-Jazeera reported that five Palestinians have been arrested and charged with attempting to undermine Hashemite rule. Undoubtedly many arrests have not been brought to the attention of Al-Jazeera. A Palestinian blogger who dared criticize the monarchy was stabbed and seriously wounded. The monarchy has tried to insinuate the attack stemmed from “immoral behavior” on her part, but demonstrations swept through the local refugee camps, where angry Palestinians are sure the government tried to silence her. Compared to what is happening in Syria, this really is not much of a news story. But compared to what was happening in Jordan even just one year ago, it is the equivalent of an earthquake. Abdullah is no Assad, and the Jordanians know he will not massacre his own citizens; when the riots begin, he is more likely to flee to London. (The Palestinians do fear a civil war in which the armed-to-the-teeth Bedouin minority tries to defeat the unarmed Palestinian majority which is unprepared for battle.) A growing number of Palestinians see this as their big chance. An independent Palestinian state in Jordan is within reach. Many will not make do with that, they view it as a first stage in the establishment of a “Greater Palestine” stretching from the Mediterranean Sea to the Saudi desert. Yet the number of voices in Jordan and in the Palestinian-Jordanian community abroad, mostly in London, calling to adopt a “Jordan is Palestine” plan is steadily increasing. They see it as a way out of the dead end in which the Palestinians are trapped. They understand that faced with the Palestinian Authority’s internal problems and the never-ending postponement of local elections, along with the ever-present and openly stated threat to dismantle the Authority – they are not likely to establish a Palestinian state in Judea, Samaria, Gaza with its capital in Jerusalem. In Israel, even the Hashemite monarchy’s greatest supporters and even those who view Jordan as a strategic asset for Israel know a regime change there may bring an anti-Israel government to power. Historically, Israel’s alliance with the Hashemites rested on the mutual knowledge that the Palestinians were the dangerous enemy of both. When the circumstances change, our strategy will have to change, too. Israel should be prepared for the day after the king is deposed. If we do not, but just sit on the sidelines and watch, Jordan may become another “Hamastan” taking up arms in the unsolved Arab-Israeli conflict. Only if Israel readies itself for the day a Palestinian state is established in Jordan will we be able to adapt to the change and turn it into an opportunity for all the sides involved.Read the full story here.
"The Flexible Presidency " - No Holds Barred: Obama’s doublespeak Russia, Israel.(JPost).By Shmuley Boteach.US President Barack Obama’s recent open mic comments to President Sergei Medvedev of Russia are troubling, which explains why Obama and the White House have decided to make light of them. Obama told Medvedev that he and Putin have to give him “space” on missile defense until his reelection when he’ll have far greater “flexibility,” presumably because he no longer has to answer to the American people. A great debate has been waged this year as to whether President Obama is reliably pro- Israel and deserves the support of the pro-Israel community. The president made his case to AIPAC by listing a long record of promoting military and intelligence cooperation with the Jewish state, arguing that “I have Israel’s back.” For the first three years of his presidency, Obama largely declared Israel’s settlements to be illegitimate and put near-unilateral pressure on Israel to make peace without any expectations from the Palestinian side. Ever since his self-confessed “shellacking” during the mid-term elections, part of which was due to his perceived unfriendliness to the Jewish state, the president decided to make nice with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and treat him with the same respect he accords other world leaders, albeit without the warmth of the two-armed embrace he reserved for Hugo Chavez or the bow he accorded the King of Saudi Arabia. At the UN in September, 2011, the president strongly supported Israel against a Palestinian attempt at unilateral statehood. He deserves credit for the effort. Then, he talked tough to Iran and imposed even greater sanctions. The president has gotten much better in his posture vis-à-vis Israel. But the all-important question here is: Why? Based on his actions, rather than his rhetoric, I believe the answer to the president’s new posture toward Israel lies in his words to President Medvedev. He has no “flexibility” before an election in which Jewish votes and financial support are critical to what will be a very close race.
And he therefore cannot be trusted to refrain from exerting undue pressure on Israel after the election to push through a peace deal that will likely not lead to peace but will simply compromise Israel’s security. Say what you want about Jimmy Carter, at least his disdain for Israel and its leadership was out in the open and consistent. Here is a man who outrageously compared Israel in his book Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid to apartheid South Africa. Likewise Clinton, who, as president, treated Netanyahu mostly with contempt, attacked him yet again in September of last year as an obstacle to peace. But Obama’s doublespeak when microphones are off and on is troubling. If the president dislikes Netanyahu, let him not play games with the American Jewish community and feign friendship for votes. After all, Obama came to the White House as the anti-politician, a man who was going to change the ways of Washington. A leader who was going to say what he means and mean what he says.How disappointing to discover he is guilty of the same beltway double-speak he once condemned. How worrisome to ponder what his policies on Israel will be once he has greater “flexibility.”Hmmmm........You may bet on the fact that he will not veto another Palestinian statehood bid if reelected.Read the full story here.
Peres to Obama: Release Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard.(Haaretz).President Shimon Peres sent a personal letter to U.S. President Barak Obama on Monday, urging Obama to consider granting clemency to Jonathan Pollard, citing the convicted spy's deteriorating health. Officials at Peres' bureau indicated that the president's diplomatic adviser handed the missive to U.S. envoy in Israel Dan Shapiro, with U.S. officials confirming that Obama received the letter in the afternoon. In a statement released by Peres, the president thanked Obama for what he said was the friendliness his administration has shown Israel, citing the Passover seder the American president held last week at the White House, and reiterating the importance of the value of freedom to the Jewish holiday. Peres updated his U.S. counterpart on a conversation he conducted a few days ago with Esther Pollard, the convicted spy's wife, stressing that the Pollard family, as well as the Jewish people, were concerned about Pollard's health. The president sent the missive after receiving a petition signed by 80 MKs, urging Obama to release the Jewish spy, as well as intense pressure from the lobby working to secure Pollard's release ahead of Peres' White House visit planned for June. During that meeting, Peres is expected to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which, the Pollard lobby argues, the president should refuse until the convicted spy is released. Peres' missive comes over a year after Netanyahu send a similar plea to the American president in January 2011, a letter which represented the first time Israel officially requested the spy's release. Netanyahu since raised the Pollard during his several meetings with Obama, although he did not always receive a U.S. response. Israeli officials estimated that, as with Netanyahu's attempts, Peres' missive serves, for the most part, as a declarative measure, one which won't likely draw out any U.S. reply and that won't advance Pollard's release. Hmmmm......If Obama thinks that releasing Pollard might give him a serious gain of Jewish votes he will.Read the full story here.
"Real Saudi housewives" - Saudi woman sentenced to 50 lashes, for swearing at her friend in text message.
"Real Saudi housewives"- Saudi woman sentenced to 50 lashes, for swearing at her friend in text message.(E24/7).A Saudi court sentenced a local woman to 50 lashes for swearing at her friend following an argument, a newspaper reported on Monday. The two Saudi women, aged 33 and 31 years, had decided to go out with their children for a week end night but differed on where to go. “An argument ensued and the two women decided to split…one of them later sent a text to her friend's mobile phone swearing at her,” Kabar daily said. “The other woman went to court and showed the judge the message…although that woman said she was joking, the court ordered her lashed 50 times.” Kabar said the court gave the sentenced woman the right to appeal the verdict.Hmmmm........."Real Saudi housewives".Read the full story here.
Gun rights advocate and former Obama colleague: President used to treat him as ‘evil’, "he would turn his back on me and walk away.”
Gun rights advocate and former Obama colleague: President used to treat him as ‘evil’, "he would turn his back on me and walk away.”(DC).Economist John Lott, noted for his academic advocacy of gun rights, says that when Barack Obama was his colleague at the University of Chicago, the future president treated him as if he were “evil.”
Lott relates his interactions with Obama in his new book, co-authored with Americans for Tax Reform’s Grover Norquist, “Debacle: Obama’s War on Jobs and Growth and What We can Do Now to Regain Our Future.”
“The book relates a couple out of the dozen-and-a-half conversations that I had with him,” Lott told The Daily Caller. ”But they were all very short, cut off by Obama turning his back on me and walking away.”
“He wouldn’t shake hands. It was very clear that Obama disagreed on the gun issue and acted as if he believed that people who he disagreed with were not just wrong, but evil. Unlike other liberal academics who usually enjoyed discussing opposing ideas, Obama simply showed disdain.”
Lott and Obama were colleagues at the University of Chicago Law School in the 1990s.Hmmm......Does this show a man capable as setting up something like "Fast and Furious"?Read the full story here.
"The dogs of war are howling" - Adana agreement paves legal path for Turkish intervention in Syria.(TodaysZaman).Using the provisions of the Adana agreement, signed between Turkey and Syria on Oct. 20, 1998, Turkey has the ability to classify the violent crackdown on the opposition by the Bashar al-Assad government and the ensuing refugee crisis as a threat to the “security and stability of Turkey.” Article 1 of the Adana agreement states that “Syria, on the basis of the principle of reciprocity, will not permit any activity that emanates from its territory aimed at jeopardizing the security and stability of Turkey.”
The bloody crackdown on the opposition that has entered its second year has destabilized the country, with over 1 million Syrians internally displaced and nearly 25,000 Syrian refugees having fled to Turkey. The United Nations reports say that more than 9,000 civilians have been killed in the Syrian government's yearlong assault on protesters opposed to Assad. As stability in Syria is long gone and the number of refugees crossing the border over to the Turkish side has climbed rapidly, this provision gives Turkey the right to take the necessary measures to contain the threat. The Adana agreement also raises the issue of terrorism, especially the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) threat leveled against Turkey from Syrian soil. Article 1 continues, saying, “Syria will not allow the supply of weapons, logistical material and financial support to and the propaganda activities of the PKK on its territory.” But, Syria -- which allowed Abdullah Öcalan, the leader of the PKK who is now imprisoned on the island of İmralı, to take shelter and direct the terrorist organization from within its borders for several years until 1998, the year when Syria had to deport Öcalan because of pressure from Turkey -- seems inclined to play the PKK card against Turkey since its neighbor to the north has taken a stern attitude and criticized Damascus when it chose to crush the demonstrations calling for reforms by firing at the protestors.
According to the second article of the agreement, “Syria has recognized the PKK as a terrorist organization and banned all activities of the PKK and its affiliated organizations in its territories.” However, reports indicate that the Syrian regime started supplying arms to the PKK and its affiliate organizations in recent months.
The third article of the agreement states that Syria will not allow the PKK to establish camps and other facilities for training and shelter, or undertake commercial activities in its territories.
The fourth article continues, “Syria will not allow PKK members to use Syria for transit to third countries.” The last article of the agreement states, “Syria will take all necessary measures to prevent the head of the PKK terrorist organization from entering Syrian territory and will instruct its authorities at border points to that effect.” According to intelligence estimates shared with Today’s Zaman, Syria has given the PKK free rein in the north, and Syrian security services have even assassinated moderate Kurdish politicians to pave the way for the PKK to reassert itself in Syria’s Kurdish regions. Today’s Zaman has also obtained the transcript of the meeting during which the agreement was signed, which include a series of pledges made by the Syrian government of the time. According to these minutes, Syria promised that “Öcalan and the PKK elements abroad will definitely not be permitted to enter Syria, and the PKK camps will be prevented from becoming active.”The Adana agreement was concluded after Iranian Foreign Minister Kemal Harrazi and Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa intervened on behalf of their presidents. The Turkish and Syrian delegations met in Adana on Oct. 19-20, 1998, under the auspices of these mediators to sign an agreement on cooperation against terrorism.
Update: via EAWorldview.Speaking at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, following talks with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) leader Massoud Barzani targeted Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s “dictatorship.” Barzani also warned that the Kurdish leadership could go to the people for a final decision since the status quo was not sustainable. Barzani may be seeing eye-to-eye both with Ankara and Washington now. Erdogan and Barzani do not want a Maliki-led Shia-dominated system backed by Tehran. Nor does Washington. At the same, Barzani’s manoeuvres to organize and bring Kurds together against the current Syrian regime are vital. Barzani welcomed Turkey’s non-violent steps for the solution of the Kurdish problem and said that both Ankara and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) must lay down arms and talk. Washington took a similar approach, with Turkey’s anti-terror package of dialogue with legitimate, non-violent Kurdish political elements welcomed by State of Secretary Hillary Clinton --- even though both sides know very well that there can be no solution without the involvement of the imprisoned leader of PKK, Abdullah Ocalan. (Turkey's pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) has made it crystal clear that solution to the Kurdish problem goes through Imrali, the island where Ocalan is detained.) Put bluntly, Ankara is trying to put off the Kurdish problem by drawing all the attention to its supposed initiative and blaming BDP for "supporting terrorism". As spring is coming, which means that PKK insurgents will be more active, Erdogan's Justice and Development Party (AKP) is planning to get Barzani’s full support against the PKK --- that would force the insurgents to retreat deeper into the Iraqi mountainous areas and/or to compromise with demands on the political process. However, even if PKK cannot move freely, the pro-Kurdish BDP will keep the movement fresh in the southeastern part of Turkey through meeting sand demonstrations. AKP surely knows this but wants to get its bonus points from exploitation of the Syrian and Iraqi issues, in the guise of a "new strategy" for Kurdistan. Hmmmm.......Another thing Obama and Erdogan discussed during their half a day meeting?Turkey and America have joined in the war against 'terrorism'.Read the full story here.
OIC slaps European Union in the face, OIC Calls for Recognition of Turkish-Occupied Cyprus.(ST).The head of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference welcomed Saturday a request by the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) to open a permanent mission to the pan-Muslim body. "The organisation welcomes this and is in contact with the host state (Saudi Arabia) to study and implement it," OIC chief Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, who is a Turkish national, told reporters after meeting Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu. The TRNC — which is recognised internationally only by Turkey — currently holds only observer status in the 57-member OIC. "The time has come for the international community to recognise the TRNC and review UN resolutions," on the matter, said Eroglu. "If peace negotiations [with the internationally recognised Greek Cypriot-led government] fail, despite our efforts and those of the United Nations, then there will be no choice left but to recognise the TRNC," he said. Ihsanoglu called for "putting an end to the unjust isolation of Turkish Cypriots," an OIC statement said. The statement called on OIC member states, Muslims around the world and the entire international community "to strengthen effective solidarity and continue to expand relations with the Turkish Cypriot people." Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops occupied the east Mediterranean island's northern third in response to a Greek-inspired coup in Nicosia aimed at union with Greece. Hmmmm.....I suppose the fact that the OIC chief is Turkish has nothing to do with it, did Obama and Erdogan discuss this as well?Read the full story here.
S-400 Missiles Deployed in Russia’s Baltic Fleet near the exclave of Kaliningrad.(RN).Russia has deployed a battalion of S-400 Triumph air defense missile systems at a Baltic Fleet base in the exclave of Kaliningrad, the Izvestia daily reported on Monday. This is the third base to deploy an S-400 battalion.Air Force chief of staff Major General Viktor Bondarev said in mid-March that one S-400 battalion was currently being deployed at Nakhodka [Russia’s Far East], a second will be based near Moscow, and a third in the Air Force and Air Defense Force chief command. By 2020, Russia is to have 28 S-400 regiments, each comprised of two battalions, mainly in maritime and border areas. The S-400 Triumph long- to medium-range surface-to-air missile system can effectively engage any aerial target, including aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, and cruise and ballistic missiles at up to 400 kilometers and an altitude of up to 30 kilometers. The Russian Defense Ministry has said there are no plans so far to export the S-400, which will be produced only for the Russian Armed Forces.Hmmmmm........Meanwhile America has a 'flexible' president.Read the full story here.
A Wicked Financial Storm Descends On America.(NewZeal).By Terresa Monroe-Hamilton.Ever since 2008, this blog has been warning about economic devastation heading our way. You see it everywhere you look today, if you bother to look that is… Gas prices are at close to an average of $4 a gallon and in parts of California, it is now hitting $7, with no end in sight. Food inflation that is rising so precipitously, it takes your breath away – but the government says there is no inflation.
In the world that is America now, all things seem to be upside down and sliding full-blown out of control. This includes the Communist who is our current Commander-in-Chief. He claims he is drilling for oil, when the opposite is true. He is blocking all of it and piling so many regulations on our coal plants in lockstep with his bud, Cass Sunstein, that they are shutting down as well. Lie after lie after infernal lie.
As for unemployment, the government is manipulating the hell out of those numbers in an attempt to calm the sheep before the slaughter. They claim it has fallen to 8.2%. Take a long look at the U6 rate, which tracks not only those out of work, but those who’ve essentially given up looking for work. It currently sits at 14.5% – close to double what is being claimed by our ‘progressive’ leadership. Real unemployment stands at closer to 19.1% and is perhaps substantially higher than that.
People are giving up on finding work. A second, even more brutal wave of foreclosures is also on the horizon. Real hunger is coming to the US and hard times that will make the Great Depression seem like the good ole days are pounding on our door. A majority of states are now close to being unable to cover pensions and other entitlements as well as expenses. Bankruptcy is an understatement for what these states are facing. So, to “solve” the problem, a number of them are taxing more which makes it worse and worse. All the while, the rising flood of fuel prices surges against the levee.
When truckers cannot fill their tanks anymore because of the cost, store shelves will become barren wastelands. Real food deserts. When people get hungry, especially when their children are hungry, they get mean and desperate. Just what the Progressives had in mind. Violence, chaos and mayhem in the streets.
So, you say… the election is not far off and we can get rid of Obama then. Maybe, maybe not… I understand a company owned at least in part by Soros will be handling voting results. It doesn’t take a genius to see how that would be manipulated. Then there is a potential war with Iran. If Obama feels his reelection is in jeopardy, war with Iran will look like just the right emergency. Or, there could be any other number of emergencies, real or ginned up like the Trayvon Martin murder that is sparking racial unrest.
If nothing else, the debt we owe will literally drag us into hell all by itself. We’re broke and we aren’t going back to yesteryear anytime soon. That would take massive cuts and pain and no one with that kind of spine exists today in our government. But until the last penny is stolen and the last party is thrown by the Progressives, they will keep spending until there is nothing left but death, war, famine and blood. And they are okay with that, trust me. We face the abyss and our leaders are embracing the gulf.Hmmm.....If he really wanted to destroy America as a superpower would he do anything different?Read the full story here.
Muslim advertisement stating “There is no god but Allah” has started a vigorous debate amongst Toronto transit riders.
Muslim advertisement stating “There is no god but Allah” has started a vigorous debate amongst Toronto transit riders.(Sun). TORONTO - A Muslim advertisement stating “There is no god but Allah” has started a vigorous debate amongst TTC riders and sparked a review from the Toronto Transit Commission Advertising Commission Group. After five complaints were made, a working group including Councillor Karen Stintz has decided to allow the advertisement to remain in the Kennedy subway station. “The decision to reject or accept an ad isn’t decided by whether someone takes offence to it or not,” said TTC spokesman Brad Ross. “It doesn’t violate the Human Rights Code. We can’t reject an ad because it espouses one view on religion.”
According to the Islam Info Centre, the ad -- posted in January -- is aimed at raising religious awareness. “The main purpose of posting it was to raise awareness of Islam,” said Mohammad Obaidullah, of the centre. They have not received any complaints directly. In fact, he said they have been receiving many more visitors inquiring about the religion. Obaidullah said the ad is not intended to be offensive. “Of course our aim is never to convert people. They have the choice to accept it or reject it.” But many disagree.
Charles McVety, president of the Canada Family Action Coalition, said it is offensive to all non-Muslims. “Recognize that in a public space, this is an offensive ad to all non-Muslims,” he said. “It’s saying all other faiths are illegitimate.” Tarek Fatah, founder of the Canadian Muslim Congress, does not agree with the ad, either. “This is what is called the declaration of belief. It basically reads ‘There is no god but God,’” he said. But the Muslim group translated part of the text into English, and left “Allah,” an Islam word for god, as is. “It looks as if they’re putting God against Allah and it’s very devious and dangerous to do this,” said Fatah. “It obviously offends people to whom it seems it’s an insult to their beliefs in their God. It’s saying your god is not the right god, mine is.” Fatah said he does not understand why this would be posted in a public space.“I don’t think such advertisements have place in the public transit system where there are multiple faiths,” he said. “It seems to me they’re saying ‘You have to notice us.’ It’s marking out their territory.” McVety said his concern is not where the ad is placed, but the privileges these Muslims are receiving. “I think we must have free speech not only in public spaces but also in government spaces,” he said. “Christians are not allowed to put up such an ad in any government space; they are repeatedly rejected.” McVety called Muslims a “super class of citizens” who receive better treatment than any other religion. “We must have equal treatment of equal people under the law, not different classes that have different privileges,” he said.Read the full story here.
Secret US-Israeli accord to Iran keeping low 3.5 enriched uranium plus 1,000 centrifuges?(Debka). DEBKAfile’s Washington sources disclose exclusively that the Obama administration and Netanyahu government have secretly agreed on “Formula of 1,000” as their final concession at the end of the forthcoming Six Power nuclear talks with Iran which starts Saturday, April 14. In substance, this formula would let Iran keep 1,000 centrifuges for enriching uranium up to 3.5 percent and stock 1,000 kilograms of the same grade uranium while, aside from a small amount for medical research, giving up its store of 20-percent grade uranium which can be jumped quickly to weapon quality.
US sources told DEBKAfile that Russia and China have accepted the deal. According to our Iranian sources, Tehran was informed of this formula through its back-channel contacts with Washington (which DEBKAfile has been tracking since mid-February). That is why in Iranian public statements in the last couple of days have harped on the issue of uranium enriched to 20 percent. US-Israeli permission to keep 3.5 percent grade is in the bag before the talks begin, so Iran is treating it as the starting-point for bargaining, not the end result, and concentrating on raising the ante through the negotiating process to come.
The concession Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak made to the Obama administration, to let Iran to continue to enrich uranium, has not been brought before any Israeli government or military forum. Their remarks Sunday, April 8, conveyed the mistaken impression that there were at odds on the nuclear issue in the run-up to international talks. Netanyahu said Israel would satisfied with nothing less than the total discontinuance of uranium enrichment and the removal of all quantities out of Iran, while Barak’s words came closer to the secret deal with Washington when he spoke of consenting to Iran continuing to produce low-enriched uranium and holding on to a few hundred kilos. At his meeting with the new Italian prime minister Mario Monti in Jerusalem, Netanyahu repeated that Israel had not changed its position and that the Six Powers must make Iran stop enrichment entirely.
But in fact, as DEBKAfile reveals here, Israel’s position has undergone a dramatic transformation and given in to Iran except for medical research on a major point of principle, i.e. enrichment. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad walked through the door this opened for him Sunday night and slapped down three fresh demands which Tehran would put before the Six Power negotiators in Istanbul Saturday:
1. Clearance for the new system about to be activated for converting 3.5 enriched uranium to nuclear fuel rods in the first stage and nuclear plates in the second. Producing 20 percent uranium from nuclear plates is relatively fast, efficient and cheap.
2. Permission for homemade production of nuclear fuel rods for the heavy water plant under construction at Arak. This would provide Tehran with the option of plutonium in addition to enriched uranium for making weapons.
3. Iran’s first nuclear reactor at Bushehr is now operating at 75 percent capacity under the management of the Russian engineers who built it. Tehran wants Iranian engineers to take over the reactor’s management in full in seven months. Iran is putting those three demands on the table to counter the US-Israeli insistence on shutting down the underground nuclear plant at Fordow, near Qom.Hmmmm......As i said earlier what else did Obama and Erdogan promise Iran?I don't see this as the handy work of Israel, but as Obama's 'Modus operandi'.Read the full story here.
Sayful Islaam : If you look to our own communities, I'm sure we see it - there is sin and haram everywhere we look. And it's so hard to save ourselves, especially the youth. Nowadays, the technology is made so you can do haram.
You know the technology that we have: they make iPods, they make iPhones, they make iPads - all of this. And what do they do with it? They listen to music, they watch haram, they do haram. All of this happens. They make a big-screen TV like we have in the front here. They make a big TV. Why? So you can watch the haram in HD. Now you can actually watch the haram in 3D. Allah be praised. This is what they do. They make all the hi-fis, the speakers, with such clear sound, so you can listen to all the beats. I don't know how the beats are, brother. Sorry. Long time, brother... But this is how it is.
Every day, there is somebody new coming out, a false prophet coming out, with their new music, new films, new things, and you see everybody running to be like them.
One brother... Who is it who was telling me about Lady Gaga? Where's he gone? There he is. There, the brother at the back... Telling me about Lady Gaga... And people, she dresses so weird and funny. I'm sure anybody that looks at her thinks: Is she crazy? But the weird thing is that people want to follow her. People want to be like her. You see many of these women - they come out, and they behave like what? Prostitutes. And what happens? The Muslim woman is the one to follow them and act like a prostitute. The Muslim men - they see the men acting like pimps and thugs... We need to become pimps and thugs. This is the strange... This is their strangeness that we see - that these people, they want the hellfire. This is why it becomes so difficult in our times. So difficult. Source: Memri.
Abbas vows to renew U.N. state bid if he doesn’t receive Israeli nod to peace plan.(AlArabiya).The Palestinian Authority will renew its efforts to win the recognition of the United Nations for a Palestinian state if it does not receive a positive response from Israel to a suggested peace deal, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told an Israeli delegation on Sunday, a report published by an Israeli daily said on Monday. Abbas gave Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a month to respond to the Palestinian suggestions, which will be laid out in a letter to be delivered to Netanyahu next Wednesday during a meeting in Jerusalem with Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, Israel’s Haaretz reported. “It won’t be just a letter,” Abbas was cited as saying. “I also intend to turn to the public in Israel and around the world, and present the Palestinian positions regarding a peace agreement with Israel.” Abbas made the comments in a meeting with former Meretz chairman Yossi Beilin and others involved in promoting the Geneva Initiative, an unofficial 2003 proposal for an Israeli-Palestinian peace accord. The letter is expected to lay out Palestinian conditions for returning to direct negotiations that have been on hold since late September 2010, a Palestinian official told AFP on Sunday. “It was agreed that a Palestinian delegation, including Fayyad, secretary-general of the Palestine Liberation Organization Yasser Abd Rabbo and Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat, will meet with Netanyahu on the 17th of this month,” the official said. According to the report published by Haaretz, Abbas said he would not wait until after the U.S. presidential polls, scheduled in November, before asking the U.N. General Assembly to upgrade the Palestinian Authority from “observer” status to that of a state without full membership in the United Nations. The U.S. administration officials had urged Abbas to wait until after the U.S. presidential voting. Abbas pledged during the meeting with the Israeli delegation that the Palestinians will continue to cooperate with Israel on security matters as long as he is in office, and that the Palestinian leaders will continue to try to prevent violence. Netanyahu’s office has said that he will respond with his own letter to Abbas, which is likely to call for a resumption of direct negotiations without preconditions. Last week, Erakat and Netanyahu’s envoy Yitzhak Molcho held talks believed to have focused on the contents of Abbas’ letter.Hmmm......Wait till i have more flexability, meanwhile i'll put $ 770 million on the side for your state.Read the full story here.
Iran Adopts Countermeasures to Defuse US Missile Shield in Persian Gulf.(Fars).Tehran has devised the necessary plans and measures to defuse the potential threat of the US missile shield project in the Persian Gulf, a senior commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) said."We have thought of the necessary measures to counter this plan," Commander of the IRGC Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh told reporters here in Tehran on Monday. He said after the recent announcement and deployment of the so-called NATO missile shield in Turkey, Tehran knew that the US would announce a second such plan to complete the chain of its early warning system in the region. Hajizadeh added that the Washington and Tel Aviv are seeking to establish security for Israel at the expense of the Arab countries. "All assessments have been made (by Iran) and we know that (establishing security for) Israel is the goal of all these issues," he said, but meantime stressed, "Yet, we are not worried about the deployment of such systems." Last week, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi called on the neighboring states to avoid joining a US-Israeli project for deploying a missile shield in the Persian Gulf. "This missile defense shield (in the Persian Gulf) is a US-Israeli project and everyone should pay attention to the fact that anyone who gets involved with this project is, in fact, implementing the US and Israel's plot," he said on Wednesday. "Since the very beginning we have rejected this project as we saw it against the regional security, and we have recommended our friends not to enter such fields (of activity)," he noted. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last Saturday promoted the missile shield idea at a Persian Gulf-US security forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.Hmmmm........The 'weakest link' in the chain being Islamist Turkey?Read the full story here.
Sunday, April 8, 2012
El Degüello is a bugle call, notable in the US for its use as a march by Mexican Army buglers during the 1836 Siege and Battle of the Alamo. "Toque a Degüello" was introduced to the Americas by the Spanish armies and was later adopted by the patriot armies fighting against them during the Spanish American wars of independence. It was widely used by Simon Bolivar's armies, notably during the Battle of Junin and the Batle of Ayacucho. "Degüello" is the first-person singular present tense of "degollar", a verb that means "to cut the throat." More figuratively, it means "give no quarter." It "signifies the act of beheading or throat-cutting and in Spanish history became associated with the battle music, which, in different versions, meant complete destruction of the enemy without mercy." It is similar to the war cry "¡A degüello!"used by Cuban rebels in the 19th century to launch mounted charges against the Spanish infantry.Source.
Happy Easter America - Obama Orders Press Blackout After US Egan Jones Downgrades US Credit Rating.(PA).A shattering report from RIA Novosti’s Washington D.C. bureau appears to prove that the mainstream press in America has become nothing more than a propaganda arm of the Obama regime when during a White House news briefing this past week they were effectively ordered not to report on this past weeks credit rating cut of US government debt.The Russian International News Agency (RIA Novosti) is a Russian state-owned news agency based in the capital Moscow whose clients include the presidential administration, Russian government, Federation Council, State Duma, leading ministries and government departments, administrations of Russian regions, representatives of Russian and foreign business communities, diplomatic missions, and public organizations. The White House news briefing referred to in this report occurred this past Thursday (5 April) when Obama regime officials were queried about the latest shock downgrade of the United States credit rating stating that to the American people this critical event should be kept in the category of a “non-story” so as not to confuse and/or shock them. Most surprisingly, this report continues, the mainstream US news media, including their most important television networks and major newspapers, dutifully followed the directives of the Obama regime and failed to uniformly inform the American people of this momentous event. Credit rating agency Egan Jones downgraded the United States Thursday on concern over the sustainability of public debt. Egan Jones is one of the most important ratings firms in the world; they lowered our credit level from AA+ to AA. The firm reduced America from AAA to AA+ in July 2011, just before Standard and Poor's did the same. Egan Jones warned. "Without some structural changes soon, restoring credit quality will become increasingly difficult . . . without some structural changes soon, restoring credit quality will become increasingly difficult." They added that there was a 1.2% probability of U.S default in the next 12 months. The company cited the fact that the US’s total debt, which now equals its total GDP, is rising and soon will eclipse the national GDP; the company sees the debt rising to 112% of the GDP by 2014. Most sadly in all of these events, the once great United States, whose press freedoms were once legendary, has been placed at No. 47 on the world’s press freedom index by the internationally respected Reporters Without Borders (RSF) organization in a stunning move reflecting how deprived of real truth the American people truly are. The great American Founding Father Thomas Jefferson once warned his fellow citizens, “Our liberty cannot be guarded but by the freedom of the press, nor that be limited without danger of losing it.” With that warning going unheeded, however, the quote of the great American author Mark Twain seems to be the more appropriate one to use for this American generation, “There are laws to protect the freedom of the press’s speech, but none that are worth anything to protect the people from the press.”~ Hmmm.......Forgive me but i'll go for this more appropriate quote: “Withholding information is the essence of tyranny. Control of the flow of information is the tool of the dictatorship.” ~ Bruce Coville.Read the full story here.
Iran rejects reported US demands prior to talks.(JPost).Iran on Sunday said that it will not close its underground uranium enrichment facility at Fordow near the city of Qom, nor will it stop enriching uranium to 20 percent if world powers demand these concessions at talks on Tehran's nuclear standoff with the West scheduled to resume this week, AFP reported. Getting Iran to suspend high-level uranium enrichment and close the bunker at Fordow are "near-term priorities" for the United States and its allies, a senior US official said on Sunday, confirming an earlier New York Times' report stating that western diplomats would demand Iran make these concessions at the upcoming talks.Iranian media said Sunday that the new round of talks with the P5+1 group of world powers, which collapsed more than a year ago, would resume in Istanbul on Friday. The P5+1 consists of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - the US, Britain, France, Russia and China - in addition to Germany. Fereydoon Abbasi Davani, the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization called the western diplomats' demands "irrational," according to AFP. AFP quoted Davani as saying in an interview with the Iranian ISNA news agency that the Fordow facility had to be built underground because of the West's threats to attack the Islamic Republic's nuclear facilities. “If they do not threaten us and guarantee that no aggression will occur, then there would be no need for countries to build facilities underground. They should change their behavior and language,” he said. Davani added that Iran would continue to produce uranium enriched to 20 percent, but not "more than we need, because it is not in our benefit to produce it and keep it." Iran says it needs 20% enriched uranium to produce medical isotopes in its Tehran research reactor, while the West claims that 20% enriched uranium is a stepping stone to creating nuclear weapons.Read the full story here.
'US, allies to set key demands for Iran nuclear talks'.(Jpost).The United States and other Western nations plan to demand that Iran immediately close and ultimately dismantle a recently completed nuclear facility deep under a mountain as part of new talks with Tehran over its nuclear program, the New York Times reported on Saturday. The Obama administration and its European allies also will call for a halt in the production of higher-level enrichment of uranium fuel, and the shipment of existing stockpiles of that fuel out of Iran, the newspaper said, citing US and European diplomats. The diplomats told the Times that they could not imagine any agreement that left Iran with a stockpile of fuel, enriched to 20 percent purity, that could be converted to the grade needed to make an atomic bomb in a matter of months. "We have no idea how the Iranians will react," a senior Obama administration official told the newspaper. "We probably won't know after the first meeting." The opening talks are tentatively set for Friday. These conditions set by western nations reflect Israel's goals for the nuclear talks, as was reported by The Jerusalem Post last week. Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Iran must agree to closing the underground facilities at Fordow, and transferring out of Iran all uranium fuel enriched to 20%. In January, major powers signaled willingness to reopen the talks about curbing Iran's suspected pursuit of nuclear weapons but said Tehran must show it was serious about negotiations. Iran says its nuclear program is aimed solely at generating power. The United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany are the six powers involved in diplomacy aimed at resolving the long-running row over Iran's atomic plans. Russia and China recently joined the four Western powers in expressing "regret" over Iran's expansion of higher-grade enrichment, most of which is now taking place deep inside a mountain near the Shi'ite Muslim holy city of Qom to better protect it against Israeli or US attacks. The focus on diplomacy followed rising tensions between the West, which is seeking to cut Iran's oil sales, and Tehran, which threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz through which almost one-fifth of oil traded worldwide flows. The United States has gradually tightened sanctions on Tehran due to its failure to answer questions about its nuclear program.Hmmm......What's the use when Obama makes backroom deals with his 'messenger' Erdogan?Read the full story here.
Another Sharia ruled country in the make?Serbia: Mufti to run in presidential race.(IIE).NOVI PAZAR -- Islamic Community in Serbia Chief Mufti Muamer Zukorlić announced on Saturday that he will run in the upcoming presidential elections.“My candidacy is based on conviction that the state and the society are on the verge of a precipice and I will offer an authentic salvation program which will be acceptable for all Serbian citizens,” he told a press conference in Novi Pazar. When asked whether he would enter the presidential race as a candidate of a group of citizens or some party, he said that he would probably be a candidate of a party. “I will make a decision by Monday,” Zukorlić said and added that his candidacy was not so unexpected. “I want to take the responsibility because it would be very selfish of me to hide a high-quality program from the public in a situation when you have ‘pale’ programs of all other candidates,” he explained. When asked whether he would support any of the candidates in the runoff, he said: “There is no doubt I will get a considerate amount of votes. We can talk about it after the elections. What is certain is that I will not fail the votes I receive and that they will be used in accordance with the program I am promoting,” the mufti stressed. He added that he would give up his position in the Islamic Community in Serbia “when he wins the presidential election”.Read the full story here.
Canada - Ban on Gideon Bible handout at Ontario public schools sparks torrent of hate mail.(Yahoo).TORONTO - A public school board's decision to ban distribution of Gideon Bibles to its young students has unleashed a torrent of threatening calls and hateful emails directed at trustees. Some messages to the Bluewater District School Board express racist sentiment and question trustees' patriotism. "When are you 'politically correct' idiots, with your heads buried in the sand, going to realize that every action you take to destroy Canadian heritage...?" one email began. "Allowing newcomers to Canada the ability to walk all over our heritage has got to stop before they carry us into the realm of a warring nation like the one they often left behind," another writer said. The invective has unnerved some trustees as they prepare to formalize the ban on distribution of all non-instructional religious materials prompted by a parent's complaint about the decades-old tradition of offering free Gideon Bibles to Grade 5 students. Trustee Fran Morgan called the "onslaught" of messages "really disturbing," and said it has made her uneasy about driving the 30 kilometres to board meetings at night by herself. "I really do feel threatened by it," Morgan said from Griersville, Ont. "It's been very unpleasant." The Bluewater board, with more than 18,000 students in 53 schools across a broad swath of southern Ontario territory, is expected to formalize the ban at its meeting April 17, following in the footsteps of several other boards across Canada. Ban proponents argue distribution of the Bibles has no place in a secular school system, and that it potentially violates human-rights legislation. The board nixed the idea of allowing any religion to hand out materials on the basis it would suck up scarce resources and could be legally risky. One writer blamed the decision on "a handful of non-Christian elected officials." Board chairwoman, Jan Johnstone, admits the vitriolic responses — some urging trustees to "watch your back" — are unnerving. "People do crazy things," Johnstone said. "They see Christianity as a fundamental part of their Canadian identity." Another wrote one trustee: "How is that you agree with God's 10 Commandments and yet you have broken them countless times, you hypocrite!" Gideons International, an evangelical Protestant association based in Nashville, Tenn., has been placing its Bibles _ comprising a New Testament plus the books of Psalms and Proverbs from the Old Testament _ in Canadian public schools since 1936.Although one trustee received a phone call he thought was tantamount to a death threat, the board has so far not referred the matter to police, but a spokesman said the situation was being monitored. Trustee Kevin Larson, who would have preferred all religions be allowed to distribute materials, said he was "disappointed" by some of what he's seen.Read the full story here.
Rev. Terry Jones calls for worldwide Koran burning if imprisoned Iranian pastor isn't freed.(DN).With the twin spires of the Islamic Center of America in the background, the Rev. Terry Jones praised Christianity and condemned Islam, calling it “of the devil.” “Mohammad was a liar, a pedophile and a false prophet,” Jones said. “I believe that as a Christian.
But as an American who believes in the constitution I believe they have the right to practice their beliefs under the freedom of religion.” Jones — who is on his fourth trip to Dearborn to preach about the dangers of Islam and its agenda of imposing Sharia law on America — also called for a worldwide burning of the Koran on April 28 if an imprisoned pastor in Iran isn’t freed from a death sentence after converting from Islam to Christianity. “I’m asking the imam of the Islamic Center here in Dearborn to work with me to free Minister Youcef,” said Jones, of Youcef Nadarkhani, currently facing death for preaching Christianity in Iran. “If he isn’t freed, I will ask the world to burn the Koran in protest starting at 5 p.m. on April 28th in Gainesville, Fla.”
At least 30 of Jones’ supporters — some of them openly carrying weapons on their belts as did Jones — shouted an occasional “amen” or “preach it” as Jones spoke. The controversial pastor denied accusations that he is a racist. “Not true,” he said. “Islam is a religion, not a race. I am not a racist.” Jones said that not all Muslims are radicals. “I believe the majority of the people who attend this mosque behind me believe in the constitution,” Jones said.There were no arrests made at the demonstration, according to Dearborn police. "I came back to Dearborn to say what I tried to say the first time I was here," Jones said. "I was banned for three years, but we won that case so now I'm back to talk about the First Amendment. To talk about the appeasement of Muslims by the states and by many universities. "If you look at any government that is under Islamic rule you find no freedom of speech, or religion or for freedom for women." Read the full story here.
Top Saddam deputy Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri appears in new video, lashes out at Iraqi government.(AlArabiya).A video posted online Saturday purports to show Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, the highest ranking member of Saddam Hussein’s ousted regime still at large, lashing out against Iraq’s Shiite-led government. It was not possible to verify the authenticity of the video or determine when it was made. The man in the video, posted on a website linked to Saddam’s now-outlawed Baath party, was introduced as al-Douri and bore a striking physical resemblance to the former Saddam deputy. He noted that nine years had passed since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, suggesting the video was made recently. Wearing an olive military uniform and eyeglasses, he criticized Iraq’s Shiite-dominated government, led by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, and what he said was meddling by neighboring Shiite powerhouse Iran. “Everyone can hear the sounds of danger echoing daily and threatening this country,” he said during the hour-long address, adding that al-Maliki’s Dawa Party “has announced Iraq as the Shiite capital, and called on all Arab leaders to surrender to this reality.” He also criticized the Arab governments that backed the government and accused them of treason and conspiracy against Iraqi insurgents who fought against the U.S. military after the invasion. U.S. officials have accused him of organizing the insurgency. “Nine years have passed since the invasion and occupation and these corrupt traitors have turned their backs on the heroic Iraqi resistance,” Douri said. He also warned Sunni Arab countries over what he called the “invasion of Safavid” - an apparent reference to Shi’ite Muslim Iran’s growing influence over Iraq’s government, in a region increasingly divided along a Sunni-Shi’ite faultline.“We put it before your eyes and in your hands, the Safavid Persian enemy today stands at the doorstep,” he said. Al-Douri has been reported dead or captured more than once in the past. He has not been seen in public since the U.S.-led invasion, though audio tapes purporting to be from him have been released. His whereabouts are not known. Al-Douri is believed to have played a key role in financing Sunni insurgents seeking to undermine Iraq’s post-Saddam government. He was the “king of clubs” in the deck of playing cards issued by the U.S. to help troops identify the most-wanted members of Saddam’s regime. Ali al-Moussawi, a media adviser for al-Maliki, said the tape is meant to “boost the morale of the terrorists.” “Al-Douri wants to spread terrorism and sectarian violence under the pretext of resistance,” he said. “This will not affect the work of the government or the political process.” Al-Moussawi said al-Douri is still a wanted man, but that he doubts that al-Douri is still in Iraq because his need for extensive medical care in a well-equipped clinic would make it impossible to hide.Hmmmm...... “king of clubs” and America has the 'Joker' Obama: If We Work Hard, Afghanistan Could Be a Success...Like Iraq!Read the full story here.
"Lover's quarrel" is over - Istanbul to Host Iran-G5+1 Talks.(Fars).Tehran - Iran and the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) are scheduled to resume their talks in Istanbul, Turkey, and in case of good progress hold a second round of talks in Iraq's capital city of Baghdad. After weeks of debates, Iran and the six world powers agreed to attend a first meeting in Istanbul. The Iraqi capital city of Baghdad will be the second host to the Iran-powers talks in case of progress in the first round of negotiations in Istanbul. Yet, sources said that the two sides' top negotiating officials need to endorse the agreement, and that the final decision would be released later today. Also, diplomats told FNA that Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Undersecretary Ali Baqeri and the EU foreign policy deputy chief have agreed on April 14 as the date for holding the talks. The Iranian team of negotiators is led by SNSC Secretary Saeed Jalili, while delegations of the six world powers are headed by EU foreign policy Chief Catherine Ashton. The deputies of Jalili and Ashton were in charge of discussions over the date and venue of the talks. The last meeting between the two sides took place in Istanbul in January 2011. Iran and the G5+1 had also held two rounds of multifaceted talks in Geneva in December 2010. The announcement came after diplomatic sources told FNA Thursday evening that Iran has rejected repeated offers by the western side to hold the next round of talks with the world powers in European countries. The sources said Ashton had named several European countries, including Norway, Switzerland and Austria, for holding the talks with Iran, but the Iranian side rejected Ashton's offers, stressing that it was not interested in attending the talks in these countries.Hmmm.........Just further playing for time. Read the full story here.
Video - Egyptian Author Sanaa Al-Said: Late Coptic Pope Shenouda Believed the Protocols of the Elders of Zion Were Real.
Interviewer : What was [Pope Shenouda's] position regarding The Protocols of the Elders of Zion?
Sanaa Al-Said : He read The Protocols, and talked about them openly. Interviewer : What did he say?
Sanaa Al-Said : He said the The Protocols demonstrate the Jews' hegemony over the entire world. [They claim] that the Jews are unique and have blue blood, whereas the rest of the world is worthless. They portray the Jews as wolves and the rest of the world's people as cattle. They state that God made a mistake and that He is not infallible. This is all written in The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. He read The Protocols and talked about this courageously, which angered the Americans. They sent him former US ambassador to Egypt Ed Walker, who said... This is what [Shenouda] told me, when I interviewed him. The interview caused a furor, and in a later interview he said: Did you see what happened?
Interviewer : All because of you...
Sanaa Al-Said : He told me that he had met with the US ambassador, who told him that he was writing things against the interests of the Jews, that this was offensive to them, and that The Protocols had been falsified and fabricated. [Shenouda] answered that they are not falsified or fabricated. [...]
Sanaa Al-Said : Do you know what the [Jews] wanted to do, according to The Protocols? They wanted to attack the Vatican and destroy it.
Interviewer : No! Sanaa Al-Said : Yes. They wanted to completely destroy Christianity.
Interviewer : When did this happen?
Sanaa Al-Said : No... It's written in The Protocols.
Interviewer : Oh, it's a plot in The Protocols.
Sanaa Al-Said : that is what they wanted to do. These protocols were written in 1897, if I'm not mistaken.Source : Memri.
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Al Arabiya video shows Bin Laden’s widows in their detention place.(AlArabiya).Al Arabiya television has aired a video showing the widows, children and grandchildren of former al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden inside a villa in Islamabad where they were serving a jail sentence for illegal residency in the country. A Pakistani court had sentenced Bin Laden’s three widows and two of his daughters to a month and a half in prison for illegal residency and ordered the government to arrange their repatriation. One widow is Yemeni and the other two are Saudi. Their lawyer Muhammad Aamir said the period of detention began on March 3, when they were formally arrested on charges of illegal entry and residency in Pakistan and that they would continue to be held at their villa in Islamabad. The detention place appeared to be heavily fortified. Bin Laden and his wives were living with eight of their children and three employees in Abbottabad, where he was attacked and killed by U.S. Special Forces on May 1, 2011. Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said previously that the children not involved in the case were free to leave Pakistan or could stay with their mothers for the duration of the trial.Read and see (video) the full story here.
The Battle of the Alamo (February 23 March 6, 1836) was a pivotal event in the Texas Revolution. Following a 13-day siege, Mexican troops under President General Antonio López de Santa Anna launched an assault on the Alamo Mission near San Antonio de Béxar (modern-day San Antonio, Texas). All but two of the Texian defenders were killed. Santa Anna's perceived cruelty during the battle inspired many Texians—both Texas settlers and adventurers from the United States—to join the Texian Army. Buoyed by a desire for revenge, the Texians defeated the Mexican Army at the Battle of San Jacinto, on April 21, 1836, ending the revolution. Committed to death inside the Alamo were 189 known patriots who valued freedom more than life itself. Many, such as the 32 men and boys from Gonzales who made their way through the Mexican lines in answer to Travis's plea for reinforcements, were colonists. Theirs was a fight against Santa Anna's intolerable decrees. Others were volunteers such as David Crockett and his "Tennessee Boys" who owned nothing in Texas, and owed nothing to it. Theirs was a fight against tyranny wherever it might be. A handful were native Texans of Spanish and Mexican descent who suffered under the same injustices as the other colonists.
The White House on Friday night released the Seder photo at top with the caption "President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama host a Passover Seder Dinner for family, staff and friends, in the Old Family Dining Room of the White House, April 6, 2012." Photo by Pete Souza/White House.
The White house 2012 Seder.(OF).As Jews everywhere marked the first night of Passover, President Obama hosted the final Seder of his first term in office at 6:30 PM on Good Friday. Joined by First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha in the Old Family Dining Room, the President welcomed 16 guests, who were "friends and staff," according to the White House. The Seder was the President's fourth in the White House, and the largest since he began the tradition in 2009, a carryover from the 2008 campaign trail. The President and First Lady were each seated in the center on opposite sides of the table, as can be seen in the photo, above, released by the White House."Led by Jewish members of my staff, we’ll retell the story of the Exodus, listen to our youngest guest ask the four questions, and of course, look forward to a good bowl of matzo ball soup," President Obama said of his Seder plans in his first-ever video message for Passover, released on Thursday. "The story of that first Exodus has also inspired those who are not Jewish with common hopes, and a common sense of obligation. So this is a very special tradition." In keeping with Seder tradition, there was a pillow placed on each guest's chair, to symbolize the Israelites reclining in freedom after being released from the bondage of slavery in Egypt. The President did not wear a yarmulke, nor did his nephew Avery.Robinson who was seated between the Obama girls (he's the son of Mrs. Obama's brother Craig Robinson, who was not present). The six other male guests all wore kipot, including former White House videographer Arun Chaudhary, who was seated beside the President. He was one of the original aides who joined Mr. Obama's first Seder in 2008 during the Pennsylvania Primary, when the traditional Passover phrase "Next year in Jerusalem" was replaced with "Next year in the White House."Sasha, age ten, would be the "youngest guest" charged with asking the four questions, the answers of which explain the evening's main question: Why is this night different from all other nights?Read the full story here.
Egypt Deploys More Troops in Sinai, IDF boosts deployment on Sinai border, What's up Doc?(VOC).Egypt’s Interior Ministry on Saturday said it is boosting its security deployment at the northern Sinai Peninsula. According to Cairo’s regionalcommander Salah al-Masri, 150 special police forces were deployed to the area near the border with Israel. al-Masri said a “comprehensive new security scheme” which “includes massive efforts to secure the gas pipeline connecting Egypt to Israel and Jordan” is being implemented. The Bethlehem-based Ma’an News Agency reported Israel allowed Egyptian officials to dispatch seven military regiments to the Sinai in order to curb the growing terror threat in the region. Defense Minister Ehud Barak has already allowed large deployments of Egyptian troops into all three of Sinai’s security zones on the pretext of increased counter-terroroperations. A senior IDF source who spoke with Arutz Sheva on condition of anonymity said Cairo’s previous deployments were sufficient to secure Egypt’s side of the border – emphasizing more deployments were completely unecessary. Before dawn on Thursday, at least two Grad rockets were fired from the Sinai at the southern Israel resort town of Eilat. One rocket exploded while a second was found in an open area near Eilat Saturday. That led Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to charge the Sinai had become a “launch pad for terror” since President Hosni Mubarak’s ouster in April 2011. Egyptian officials charged Israel is responsible for Egypt’s security vacuum in the Sinai and claimed “the only solution” is to renogotiate the 1979 Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty. . Under the 1979 Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty the Sinai Peninsula is divided into three security zones in which Cairo can only deploy troops with Israel’s consent. Analysts say Cairo, which made numerous threats to scrap the treaty in the post-Mubarak era, are seeking to use purported security failures as political leverage. Cairo’s own security director for Sinai, Mahamoud El-Hefnawy, told Egyptian media on Thursday that “the situation in the southern sector is excellent.” “There are regular patrols and stakeouts across all roads. If anyone seems suspect they are stopped for inspections meant to stop any terrorist elements from entering the area,” he added. The IDF's Gaza Division has deployed military Hummers at strategic point along the border fence.The Hummers are armed with a special weapons system, the Rafael Advanced Defense Systems-made RCWS, or Remote Controlled Weapon Stations, nicknamed "Katlanit" ("Lethal"). The system, which is remotely operated thus protecting soldiers' lives, is usually reserved for cases of clear and present danger on the borders. For the first time, the IDF has also ordered the deployment of Namer ("Leopard") APCs – advanced armored personnel carrier based on the Merkava tank's chassis. Military forces in the southern sector have been on high alert and have thwarted several attempts by terror groups to launch attacks from Sinai.Hmmmm....."May you live in interesting times".Read the full story here.
Breaking - Abu Ismail likely disqualified from Egypt presidential race.(BM).Leading Salafist presidential candidate, Abu Ismail, has been disqualified.
CAIRO: Egypt’s electoral commission said on Saturday it had received verification that the mother of Hazem Salah Abu Ismail, a leading Salafist presidential candidate, had US citizenship, a status that will likely disqualify him from the race. This, according is a press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“The high electoral committee received a letter from the Foreign Ministry informing it that Nawal Abdel-Aziz, mother of Hazem Abu Ismail, obtained American nationality on Oct. 25, 2006, a status which, will disqualify Abu Ismail from presidential race,” an official in the Ministry of Foreign of Affairs told Bikyamasr.com.
The high commission would give a verdict on Abu Ismail’s eligibility after the Sunday deadline for all presidential candidates to submit their applications to run.
Abu Ismail supporters filled Tahrir Square yesterday, in the early afternoon, and in discontent and anger, threatening that their reaction to disqualifying their candidate will not appeal to the Egyptian government.
Under the country’s electoral law, all candidates for the presidency, their parents and their wives must have only Egyptian citizenship.
The official said the commission would give a verdict on Abu Ismail’s eligibility after the Sunday deadline for all presidential candidates to submit their applications to run.Begato said on Thursday that the agency had received information according to which Abu Ismail’s mother had “used an American passport for travel to and from Egypt” before her death.Read the full story here.More here.
The official said the commission would give a verdict on Abu Ismail’s eligibility after the Sunday deadline for all presidential candidates to submit their applications to run.Begato said on Thursday that the agency had received information according to which Abu Ismail’s mother had “used an American passport for travel to and from Egypt” before her death.Read the full story here.More here.