Friday, April 20, 2012
AIM: Accuracy in Media has recently developed a new video platform designed to compare and contrast how the Obama Administration and mainstream press coordinate and broadcast progressive ideals without any semblance of balanced coverage or debate. This week’s piece focuses on unfair criticism of the Supreme Court, the US Constitution, free markets and President Obama’s take on American values HT: NewZeal.
Belgian Lawyer: "Whether someone is a terrorist or a hero now depends mainly on the geo-strategic interests of our country."
Belgian Lawyer: "Whether someone is a terrorist or a hero now depends mainly on the geo-strategic interests of our country."(IIE).Belgium: Terror suspect doesn't show up for trial, is in Syria fighting Assad
In Brussels, a trial has started against 7 radical Muslims. The defendants are facing terrorism charges. They are suspected of planning a terrorist attack in Brussels, and of recruiting new members for Al Qaeda on Belgian soil for the "holy war" in Iraq and Afghanistan. According to their lawyers, there is no proof that they actually had plans to carry out a terrorist attack.Sheik Bassam is Bassam Ayachi father. Abdelrahman Ayachi's lawyer told the court: "My client is originally from Syria. He's currently there and is committing terrorist acts against the regime of president Assad. (...) He's doing in Syria, with support of the UN, the same things for which he is being charged here in Brussels today. In Iraq he fought against the Americans. That's not allowed. In Syria he's fighting against Assad and that's OK. Whether someone is a terrorist or a hero now depends mainly on the geo-strategic interests of our country."
One of the suspects is the son of sheik Bassam, a radical imam who was recently convicted in Italy, receiving 8 years' imprisonment. The suspect did not show up in Brussels today, he is said to be fighting the Assad regime in Syria.
Updated: Abdelrahim was previously convicted for inciting hatred against Jews, but some of the charges were dropped on appeal.Read the full story here.
Amsterdam is famous for it’s red light district. A lot of tourists walk around and have a look at this curious neighbourhood. They often see the prostitutes as a kind of entertainment, every day hundreds of ‘windowshoppers’ from all over the world take a stroll on the Amsterdam canals. Not that long ago they got to see this. With this campaign Stop The Traffik wants to make people aware that a lot of these girls are victims. "Every year thousands of women in Western Europe are promised a dance career.Unfortunately, they end up here.Stop the trafficking of women!"
"Apologist-in-chief" Envoy John Kerry to visit Pakistan for apology over NATO strikes.(Tribune).ISLAMABAD: US President Barack Obama is sending his key trouble-shooter to Pakistan later this month amidst efforts to reset ties in light of the new foreign policy guidelines recently approved by parliament. Former presidential hopeful and chairman of the US Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee Senator John Kerry is expected to travel to Islamabad on April 29 to meet the country’s top civil and military leadership, an official told The Express Tribune. He will also meet the opposition politicians and interact with the civil society in an attempt to convey a message that the US still considers Pakistan a key partner despite recent strains. One official said that the influential US senator would likely offer a formal public apology on behalf of the Obama Administration over the Nato airstrikes on a Pakistani check post in November last year. The formal public apology over the attacks that killed two dozen Pakistani soldiers is one of the key preconditions set by parliament for the normalisation of ties including resumption of vital land routes for the Nato forces stationed in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, ahead of the crucial trip, the Defence Committee of the Cabinet will have another session on April 24 to firm up Pakistan’s position on key issues with Washington. Official sources said senior US figures including President Obama’s ‘point man’ for the region, Marc Grossman, intended to visit Islamabad at the earliest but the trip was delayed at the request of the government, which is seeking clarity in its approach on redefining the strained relationship. Though the new policy terms provide broader guidelines, the government with its key stakeholders is working on a framework providing a clear roadmap for addressing some of the crucial issues with the US, sources added. US Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter told a private news channel on Thursday that his country was ready to discuss new recommendations with Pakistan but said it did not necessarily mean that Washington would accept all of the demands. His remarks appear to suggest the differences with Pakistan on drone strikes inside the country’s tribal belt.Hmmmm........Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power. ~ Abraham Lincoln.Read the full story here.
Israel’s Defense Minister Ehud Barak to Panetta: What is your bottom line for Iran?(Debka).Notwithstanding the hugs and personal friendship, Israel’s Defense Minister Ehud Barak arrived in Washington Thursday April 19 to tax his host, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, with tough questions about the administration’s dialogue with Iran. They followed the lines of, “What’s going on? Is there a deal? Don’t tell me what you have settled with the Iranians, just your minimal demands, your bottom line.” The questions reflected Israel’s concern at being kept in the dark about US-Iranian back-track negotiations and American concessions, including President Barak Obama’s willingness to yield on full transparency and international nuclear watchdog inspections at Iran’s nuclear sites. debkafile reports: The Israeli minister had come to ask for the truth from Panetta’s own lips on the urgent instructions of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who himself had just received worried phone calls from French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister David Cameron. They wanted to find out how far Washington had gone in concessions to Iran. You Israelis have more clout in Washington than us, they said. You have to try and stop the downhill decline. Concern was also registered from Berlin. The two defense chiefs talked for more than an hour, joined for some of their conversation by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey. According to our sources, they focused on the fresh intelligence reaching the US and the International Atomic Energy Agency that Iran had begun moving military nuclear facilities to secret locations not covered in the confidential deal evolving between the Obama administration and Tehran. Our military sources say that this Iranian action indicates on the one hand that a deal wit the US is within sight but, on the other, that Tehran is already taking advantage of the US concession on oversight and transparency - for concealment. Barak stated that the Israeli and U.S. intelligence findings regarding the objectives of the Iranian nuclear program are aligned, the comment he makes routinely after talking to American officials. The inference is that the two governments are aligned on intelligence but not on how to translate it into action for Iran. He added that Iran was “clearly heading towards the objective” of building a nuclear weapon. The meeting took place in the middle of a crisis hitting the White House, the Pentagon and the State Department over the president’s far-reaching concessions to Iran in another dispute, the one over three Persian Gulf islands close to the strategic Strait of Hormuz which the UAE accuses Iran of grabbing. The UAE called the Ahmadinejad’s visit a violation of its sovereignty, while the Gulf bloc saw it as a cocky signal to the region that Tehran calls the shots these days – not America. Yet, instead of backing its Gulf allies, the State Department on April 19, issued a mild statement urging Iran “to respond positively to the UAE’s initiative to resolve the issue through direct negotiations, the International Court of Justice or another appropriate international forum.” The Gulf governments had expected Washington to respond to Iranian threats to use Abu Musa for attacks on the Strait of Hormuz and their oil terminals. They are deeply concerned by what they regard as the extreme lengths to which the Obama administration is willing to go to appease Iran, even to the point of giving ground on America’s own standing in the region.Hmmmm.......As i said before what else did Obama and Erdogan promise Iran?The UAE might start thinking about starting it's own nuclear arms race.Read the full story here.
19 Million people prepare to evacuate!Popocatepetl Strato Volcano Mexico about to erupt? (TS).The volcano has currently begun spewing red-very hot bits of rock, and its opening has expanded. These are indicators that the volcano, still quite active, could quickly erupt. In a statement by Mexico’s National Center for Disaster Avoidance, the volcano could make “reasonable exhalations, some with ash, sporadic very low to moderate explosions with probable burning fragments, and flaming magma within the crater.” Residents and tourists have been suggested to continue being at the very least 7 miles away from the volcano’s base, lest magma or sizzling rock injure anyone. Mexico has been encountering natural disasters with increasing frequency. On Friday, officers at the U.S. Geological Survey noted a 5.4 magnitude earthquake six miles off Mexico’s Pacific Coast. It was powerful sufficient to shake buildings 230 miles away in Mexico City. Luckily no one was hurt in that earthquake, and the country was still left relatively unscathed. A 7.4 magnitude earthquake strike just two days earlier, once more not injuring any person but leaving Mexico City citizens shaken. In accordance to Reuters, it was the third earthquake in significantly less than one thirty day period. The last main earthquake struck on March 20, injuring 11 in Oaxaca and two in Mexico.The Popocatepetl volcano (map) last erupted in 2000, and in 2005 it released a higher volume of smoke and ash. Lava was also released for the duration of 2005, and since then it has remained fairly quiet. Only in 2012 has it started moving and acting yet again.Popocatepetl is one of Mexico's most active volcanoes. After almost 50 years of dormancy, "Popo" came back to life in 1994 and has since then been producing powerful explosions at irregular intervals. In the past centuries befor European invasions, large eruptions produced giant mud flows that have buried Atzteque settlements, even entire pyramids. Read the full story here, more here, webcam here.
"Arab Spring" - Syria on Brink of Civil War – Russia.(RN).Syria faces a catastrophic civil war if both sides in the crisis that has gripped the country for over a year fail to take advantage of the current fragile ceasefire there, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Friday. “A very important event in the developments in the country has come about,” the ministry said in a statement on its website. “The issue in Syria now is the choice between a transition towards peaceful, nationwide talks or a descent into civil war.” United Nations envoy Kofi Annan’s six-point peace plan for Syria stipulated the start of a ceasefire on April 12 in a bid to stop the violence the UN says has so far claimed around 9,000 lives. But UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Thursday that he had seen “troubling” evidence of ceasefire violations by both government troops and rebel forces. He also said Syria had failed to comply with its obligations under Annan’s peace plan to withdraw troops and heavy weapons from urban areas. Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Friday the ceasefire was holding, despite “violations and provocations” but warned of a “new circle of violence” in the event of its breakdown. Foreign ministers from the Friends of Syria coalition, which Russia is not part of, met in Paris on Thursday evening. They said later in a statement that the ceasefire and Anna’s peace plan were the "last hope" of avoiding civil war in Syria. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov also criticized earlier this month Assad’s handling of the uprising against his rule and said Syria needed to be “more decisive” to meet its commitments to Annan’s peace plan. And Ban called on Thursday for an increase in the UN mission to Syria to 300 observers. Thirty observers are currently permitted to monitor the ceasefire under a UN resolution passed on Saturday, but only six are currently on the ground. His proposal was backed by Lavrov on Friday. “We should do everything possible to pass a second resolution as soon as possible to authorize a full-scale monitoring mission to Syria,” he said after a meeting with Italian foreign and defense ministers on the Syria crisis. Russia’s Foreign Ministry also said on Friday a delegation from the Syrian Popular Front for Change and Liberation opposition movement would visit Moscow for talks next week. Delegates from another internal opposition movement, the National Coordination Body for Democratic Change (NCB), held talks with Lavrov in Moscow on Wednesday, a week after Russia’s top diplomat met with his Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem. The NCB called the talks “important and successful.” A delegation spokesman also told RIA Novosti the group would consider dropping its opposition to foreign military intervention in Syria, if it was “the only solution” to the conflict.Hmmmm......National Coordination Body for Democratic Change.....new name for Muslim Brotherhood?Read the full story here.
Roadside bomb near Golan border kills 10 Syrian troops, Annan spokesman: "situation on the ground is not good."
Roadside bomb near Golan border kills 10 Syrian troops, Annan spokesman: "situation on the ground is not good."(JPost).Ten Syrian security personnel were killed on Friday in a roadside bomb planted by "terrorists" in Sahm al Golan village in the southwest of the country near the border with Israel, state television said. It said that the bomb weighed 100 kilograms but gave no other details.France, meanwhile, seeking to avoid civil war, is drafting a new resolution for the United Nations Security Council designed to allow a larger observer force to be deployed in Syria with up to 500 observers as well as helicopters, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said on Friday. The UN Security Council - divided between Western countries that want to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad, and Russia and China which support him - is supposed to endorse a proposal to send a larger observer force as part of a six-point UN-Arab League plan for a political transition in Syria. "This is our last chance to avoid civil war," Juppe told BFM television. "We have this (Kofi Annan) agreement with all our partners so we have to give it a chance for a few more days. We have to give the Annan mission every chance to succeed, including with a strong force of 500 observers." Juppe's remarks came as a spokesman for Annan, the UN-Arab League's special envoy, said that the full advance team of 30 ceasefire monitors should be deployed in Syria in the coming week and that preparations were under way for up to 300 observers to be dispatched there. The week-old ceasefire is "very fragile" and the situation on the ground is "not good," with incidents and casualties reported every day, Annan's spokesman Ahmad Fawzi said. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has suggested that the 15-nation Security Council quickly pass a resolution authorizing the "initial deployment" of up to 300 unarmed monitors.On Thursday, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stepped up the pressure on Damascus, saying the UN Security Council should consider adopting a sanctions resolution that is capable of being enforced if Syria does not permit an adequate monitoring mission. The French government of President Nicolas Sarkozy, who faces the first round of a tough re-election battle on Sunday, has long led calls for Assad to step aside. It has also said it would support military action if there was a UN mandate, something that remains unlikely given Moscow and Beijing's opposition to intervention. "If in a few days or weeks it doesn't work then we will go to a next phase and a new resolution that has sanctions and intervention, as Mrs. Clinton indicated," Juppe said. Clinton said a resolution proposing sanctions would probably be vetoed now, but that world powers should push for a Chapter 7 sanctions resolution, including travel, financial sanctions, an arms embargo, and ultimately military intervention. French Socialist presidential frontrunner Francois Hollande said on Friday he would send troops to Syria in the event of a UN mandate for military intervention. "If it (military intervention) is done in the framework of the UN, then we will take part in this intervention," Hollande, who is comfortably ahead of Sarkozy for a May 6 poll runoff, told Europe 1 radio.Read the full story here.
EU plans to extend the same rights to Turkey ,Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Israel.
EU plans to extend the same rights to Turkey ,Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Israel.(TheSlog).The Slog has obtained sight of an official Brussels Commission document which, while not confidential, has not as far as I can tell been the subject of MSM coverage, or indeed any vote at all among MEPs. Although dated March 30th 2012 as a ‘proposal for a decision’, I can reveal that the decision has been approved and is already going ahead. It is to grant Turkish citizens the same residency and labour rights in Europe as existing EU citizens. The unelected European Commission has repealed the 1980 Ankara Accord between what was then the EEC and Turkey, and replaced it with a major change to the rights of Turkish citizens in the EU. The proposal was presented to a working group (we know not who) eleven days ago on March 30th, and approved by that same anonymous gathering. It specifically adds that ‘A first package with similar proposals in respect of Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Israel was adopted by the Council in October 2010′ and that this too will be updated to bring it into line with the Turkish proposals. I was certainly not aware of the October 2010 ‘package’, and I doubt very much if even the eurosceptic wing of the Conservative Party is up to speed with the fact that this Turkish grant of rights is about to pass quietly into law – as so many of these lunatic Commission decisions have a tendency to do. But the clauses in relation to non-eurozone members like the UK (already sinking under the weight of unrestricted migration) are truly mind-boggling. For example: (my emphasis) ‘this [Turkish accord] will facilitate the application of these provisions by Member States’ social security institutions. This Decision shall apply:
(a) to Turkish workers who are or have been legally employed in the territory of a Member State and who are or have been subject to the legislation of one or more Member States, and their survivors;
(b) to the members of the family of workers referred to in point (a) provided that these family members are or have been legally resident with the worker concerned while the worker is employed in a Member State; I do not employ the phrase ‘ lunatic Commission decisions’ above lightly. Any unelected and yet sovereign body happy to take on the welfare needs of these workers at a time of euro meltdown must be deranged at least. To enumerate the idiocy involved here:
1. Turkey’s economy under the closet Islamist Recep Erdogan is about to go bang. Enter millions of jobless Turks stage left.
2. Turkey has already threatened to annex Cyprus…both parts of which represent an existing EU member.
3. Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia are all recently destablised States with growing Islamist power in their politics.
4. Um, none of them – including Israel – are in Europe. Small point, but worth bringing up I feel.
5. All four of the above States are anti-Israel in the most bellicose manner.
6. Germany has just passed a law denying these very rights to unemployed ClubMed citizens. How are they now going to feel in the light of this new law? How is Gunter Grass going to feel, having just been banned by the Israeli Government? 7. The anti-Islamist security ramifications of the new law would be horrendous. Hmmmm......This will do wonders for the unemployment and illegal immigrant numbers.Read the full story here.
Two Turkish men hospitalized after drinking camel's milk, urine.(HD).Two Turkish men were hospitalized on arrival to Turkey after drinking camel's milk and urine while on an umrah visit, daily Hürriyet reported. The men believed the camel's milk and urine to be good for health, claiming it was written in a hadith. An imam, according to the Turkish men, also drank the milk and urine with them. The visitors were hospitalized due to high fever and unusual levels of liver enzymes. Further tests revealed that the two men had been infected with the "alkhurma" virus, reportedly catching the virus from the milk. The alkhurma virus is very dangerous and highly contagious and has a fatality rate of 25 to 35 percent, daily Hürriyet reported. İhsan Özkes, a retired religious cleric and current member of the Republican People’s Party (CHP), denied the existence of any hadith that would encourage people to drink camel's milk and urine. "Those who did drink it must have been ignorant," he said.Read the full story here.More on the subject here.