Monday, July 16, 2012

New Evidence shows Hillary a mastermind behind Gunwalker.



New Evidence shows Hillary a mastermind behind Gunwalker.(Examiner).By Anthony Martin.Last week it was reported that the State Department and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were deeply involved in the scandal known as , or . Today, however, new evidence has surfaced indicating that not only was Hillary deeply involved in the scandal but was one of the masterminds behind it. According to investigative citizen journalist Mike Vanderboegh, sources close to the development of the Gunwalker scheme state that early on, Hillary and her trusted associated at State, Andrew J. Shapiro, devised at least part of the framework of what would later become Operation Fast and Furious. It was Shapiro who first described the details of the proposed scheme early in 2009 just after the Obama Administration took office. Vanderboegh relates the following:
My sources say that as Hillary’s trusted subordinate, it was Shapiro who first described to the Secretary of State the details of what has become the Gunwalker Scandal. The precise extent to which Hillary Clinton‘s knowledge of, and responsibility for, the Gunwalker Plot, lies within the memories of these two men, Shapiro and Steinberg, sources say. The sources also express dismay that the Issa committee is apparently restricting itself to the Department of Justice and not venturing further afield. The House Foreign Affairs Committee, they say, needs to summon these two men and their subordinates — especially at the Mexico Desk at State — and question them under oath as to what Hillary Clinton knew about the origins of the Gunwalker Scandal and when she knew it. There is one other thing those sources agree upon. The CIA, they say, knows “everything” about the “Mexican hat dance” that became the Gunwalker Scandal.
The ‘Steinberg’ mentioned in the quote above is Hillary Clinton’s former Deputy Secretary of State, who was appointed directly by Barack Obama and was considered from the start to be an ‘Obama man’ whose objective was to carry out the wishes of the President in the State Department. Hillary had said of Steinberg,
Clinton said Steinberg had been a “fixture” at meetings with the National Security Council (NSC) and frequently represented the US State Department at the White House.
That statement is key. Hillary herself stayed out of all meetings dealing with strategy concerning the euphemism the Administration used to designate Gunwalker, ‘strategy meetings on Mexico and the problem of drug and gun trafficking.’ Hillary’s absence would give the impression that she had no connection to the scheme while making sure that her views were represented by Steinberg and Shapiro, both of whom were fully complicit with the details that developed concerning how to pad statistics on U.S. guns in Mexico. According to sources, Hillary was obsessed with gun statistics that would prove that ’90% of the firearms used by Mexican criminals come from the United States.’ As previouly reported, that meme, repeated incessantly by Democratic Senators, Barack Obama, certan members of the ATF, Janet Napolitano, and Hillary Clinton was patently and blatantly false. The fact that they all knew it was false is borne out by the lengths to which each of the above named co-conspirators went to attempt to ‘prove’ that the 90% figure was true. Again, Vanderboegh relates the following:

My sources say that this battle of the “statistics” was taken very seriously by all players — the White House, State and Justice. Yet, WHY was this game of statistics so important to the players? If some weapons from the American civilian market were making it to Mexico into the hand of drug gang killers that was bad enough. What was the importance of insisting that it was 90 percent, 80 percent, or finally 70 percent? Would such statistics make any difference to the law enforcement tactics necessary to curtail them? No. This statistics mania is similar to the focus on “body counts” in Vietnam. Yet if Vietnam body counts were supposed to be a measure of how we were winning that war, the focus on the 90 percent meme was certainly not designed to be a measure of how we were winning the war against arming the cartels, but rather by what overwhelming standard we were LOSING. Why? Recall what the whistleblower ATF agents told us right after this scandal broke in the wake of the death of Brian Terry: “ATF source confirms ‘walking’ guns to Mexico to ‘pad’ statistics.”
Thus, from the beginning the scheme was to pad statistics on U.S. guns in Mexico in order to be in a strengthened position to call for gun bans and strict gun control at a time when it was politically unpopular. Further, the scheme would involve a made-up statistic, out of thin air–90%–which then had to be proved by using civilian gun retailers along the southern border as unsuspecting pawns to walk U.S. guns into Mexico by ATF agents, straw purchasers, and others with connections to Mexican drug cartels. And the evidence points to the fact that Hillary Clinton was one of the original Administration officials who was ‘in the loop’ on the scheme from the very beginning. Be sure to catch my blog at The Liberty Sphere. Visit my ministry site at Martin Christian Ministries. Subscribe by clicking the links at the top of the page, or below, and you will receive free notifications of new articles plus a free newsletter.Read the full story here.

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Iran - drought is 'Soft War' - “European countries are using special equipment to force clouds to dump” their water on their continent.



Iran - drought is 'Soft War' - “European countries are using special equipment to force clouds to dump” their water on their continent.(AA).The drought in southern Iran is part of a “soft war” launched against the Islamic republic by the West, the Fars news agency quoted an Iranian vice president as saying on Monday. “I am suspicious about the drought in the southern part of the country,” Hassan Mousavi, who also heads Iran’s cultural heritage and tourism organization, said at a ceremony to introduce the nation’s new chief of meteorological department. “The world arrogance and colonist (term used by Iranian authorities to label the West) are influencing Iran’s climate conditions using technology... The drought is an acute issue and soft war is completely evident... This level of drought is not normal.” Iran has experienced several droughts in recent years, especially in the south where it was hit in recent weeks by violent sand storms that engulfed several cities. Sand storms particularly enter Iran from neighboring Iraq where desertification has increased over the last two decades due to wars. Last year, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accused Western countries of devising plans to “cause drought” in Iran, adding that “European countries are using special equipment to force clouds to dump” their water on their continent. Iranian leaders claim on a daily basis that Western countries, led by arch-foe the United States, devise “plots” in many forms to undermine the Islamic republic and to impede its economic and scientific development.Hmmmm.....I knew it...it's 'Zionist plot'.I wonder why they caused the U.S. to suffer the worst drought in decades as well?LOL!Read the full story here.

Verizon Wireless wants to 'edit' your Internet access.



Verizon Wireless wants to 'edit' your Internet access.(CNet).

What if your wireless provider gave you Internet access and search results according to what it decided was a "priority"?
As a Verizon Wireless customer, I'm furious at the idea that it would "pick favorites" over what I was actually looking for -- especially if it was an emergency.
But that's just what Verizon is fighting in court to do right now. Verizon has filed a brief (Verizon vs. FCC) with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit for the "freedom" to edit your Internet, dear customer.
If you think this would remain a Verizon issue, think again. If Verizon gatecrashes Internet access filtering, you better bet that other ISPs will hustle to get on the train to sell Internet "priority" spots to the highest bidders.
This comes at the same time that Verizon is set to win approval from the FCC, according to reports, in an airwave buyback deal from a group of cable companies (including Time Warner and Comcast). Only the U.S. Justice Department can block the deal.
Verizon is suing to have the FCC's net neutrality order thrown out -- and it's not the first time, as Verizon was quick to challenge the FCC about this very issue in 2011 when the FCC first set such rules.
The FCC's order was intended to keep the Internet as it was when it began -- to keep Internet service providers like Verizon from becoming "editors" or gatekeepers. It holds that neither Verizon nor any other Internet provider can block or slow access to online content, including if they disagree with its message or are being paid by a third party to favor some alternative.
Verizon's argument is sure to enrage people who cherish the free and open Internet. Verizon's reason is that Internet/broadband providers inherently have "editorial discretion."Hmmmm............“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.

‘Monsanto Protection Act’ to grant biotech industry total immunity over GM crops?



‘Monsanto Protection Act’ to grant biotech industry total immunity over GM crops? (NN).While millions of Americans were busy celebrating freedom from tyranny during the recent Independence Day festivities, Monsanto was actively trying to thwart that freedom with new attacks on health freedom. It turns out that the most evil corporation in the world has quietly attached riders to both the 2012 Farm Bill and the 2013 Agriculture Appropriations Bill that would essentially force the federal government to approve GMOs at the request of biotechnology companies, and prohibit all safety reviews of GMOs from having any real impact on the GMO approval process.
The Alliance for Natural Health – USA (ANH-USA), the Organic Consumers Association (OCA), and several other health freedom advocacy groups have been actively drawing attention to these stealth attacks in recent days, and urging Americans to rise up and oppose them now before it is too late. If we fail to act now as a single, unified community devoted to health freedom, in other words, America’s agricultural future could literally end up being controlled entirely by the biotech industry, which will have full immunity from the law.
You can fight back now against these threats to food freedom by visiting:
http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_25711.cfm
Full exemption from the law for the biotech industry
Authored by Congressmen and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Related Agencies Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), the 2013 Agriculture Appropriations Bill rider, known as the “farmer assurance provision” (Section 733), specifically outlines that the Secretary of Agriculture will be required, upon request, to “immediately” grant temporary approval or deregulation of a GM crop, even if that crop’s safety is in question or under review.
In other words, if the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is strong-armed into approving a new GM crop that is later legally challenged in court (which is basically what happened for GM sugar beets and GM alfalfa), the Secretary of Agriculture, under the provisions of the Kingston rider, will be required to approve the cultivation and sale of that crop anyway, even if a higher court has already ordered a moratorium on that crop.
“A so-called ‘Monsanto rider,’ quietly slipped into the multi-billion dollar FY 2013 Agriculture Appropriations Bill, would require — not just allow, but require — the Secretary of Agriculture to grant a temporary permit for the planting or cultivation of a genetically engineered crop, even if a federal court has ordered the planting be halted until an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is completed,” wrote Alexis Baden-Mayer and Ronnie Cummins in a recent piece for AlterNet.
“All the farmer or the biotech producer has to do is ask, and the questionable crops could be released into the environment where they could potentially contaminate conventional or organic crops and, ultimately, the nation’s food supply.”
You can read the rider for yourself, which begins on page 86, Sec. 733 of the following document:
http://appropriations.house.gov
Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Or.) introduces amendment to kill ‘Monsanto Protection Act’
According to the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations website, the 2013 Agriculture Appropriations Bill, with the Kingston rider, was already approved by the committee on June 19. (http://appropriations.house.gov) But it will move next to the House floor, where debate and further amendment proposals will take place — this means there is still time to fight it.
One amendment being proposed by Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Or.) seeks to altogether eliminate the Kingston rider, which has now been dubbed by the health freedom community as the Monsanto Protection Act, from the 2013 Agriculture Appropriations Bill. You can urge your Congressmen to support Rep. DeFazio’s amendment to kill the Monsanto Protection Act by emailing (http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_25711.cfm) or calling (http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_25778.cfm) them.
Committee Farm Bill riders would destroy safeguards that protect farmers, environment from untested GMOs
Another serious food freedom threat exists in the House Agriculture Committee’s discussion draft of the contentious 2012 Farm Bill, where Monsanto et al. have inserted key language, via corrupt legislators of course, that will dismantle existing federal law as it pertains to regulating GM crops, and replace it with a free-for-all system where biotech giants are basically free to grow and market whatever GMOs they please without resistance or legal challenge.
“Deliberately buried in the House Agriculture Committee’s voluminous discussion draft of the 2012 Farm Bill, these significant changes to the Plant Protection Act (PPA) — one of the few statutes that regulate GE crops — will counter the gains that have been made to protect our food supply and the farmers who grow it,” writes Andrew Kimbrell, Executive Director of the Center for Food Safety (CFS), one of the key groups fighting back against this Monsanto sneak attack.
“The provisions (Sections 10011, 10013 and 10014) would force the rushed commercialization of GE crops, create a backdoor approval for Dow’s ‘Agent Orange’ corn and eliminate any meaningful review of the impacts of these novel crops” (http://www.huffingtonpost.com).
These provisions would explicitly outlaw any review of the environmental or human impacts of GM crops under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Endangered Species Act (ESA), or any other environmental laws as well. Only the USDA would be allowed to review the safety of GM crops, and this review process would be so severely neutered that the USDA would essentially operate as a formal “rubber stamp” for approving the biotech industry’s offerings.
Both sets of riders threaten to eliminate every remaining semblance of regulatory power that “We the People” have over our own food system. If passed, these riders will abolish virtually all remaining protections over the American food supply, and allow Monsanto and the rest of Big Ag to completely control what is grown, and how it is grown.
There is still time to fight back against these heinous threats to food freedom, but swift action is necessary to stop Congress from hammering the last few nails into the coffin of American food freedom.
Be sure to contact your Congressmen right now and demand their support for Rep. Peter DeFazio’s amendment to eliminate the Monsanto rider from the 2013 Agriculture Appropriations Bill, as well as their opposition to Sections 10011, 10013 and 10014 of the 2012 Farm Bill:
(http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_25711.cfm)
Sources for this article include:
http://www.anh-usa.org/urgent-action-alert-on-two-gmo-amendments/
http://www.alternet.org
http://rt.com/usa/news/monsanto-bill-immunity-court-862/
http://fooddemocracynow.org

Canada - Pearson airport Muslim cab drivers rules can take the bark out of your trip home.

                                               Muslim and Dogs HARAM???????? 


Canada - Pearson airport Muslim cab drivers rules can take the bark out of your trip home.(TS).By Sue-Ann Levy.TORONTO - Last Monday morning at 1:30 a.m. I came out of Pearson Airport with my dachsie Kishka in tow looking for a limo to drive us home. Kishka, as is the requirement whenever I fly to and from my home in Florida, was comfortably zipped up in his soft kennel. He was half-asleep at that hour — and so hidden away — that the first driver in line headed towards me to start loading my luggage. It was when he grabbed Kishka’s kennel and realized a dog was in there that he turned around quickly and waved me away. The second driver, also a visible minority, said “No” the moment I approached him. The second driver — who works for McIntosh Limousine — refused to give me a reason for refusing me or his name. Thankfully, a third driver eventually pulled up. He had no issue transporting Kishka, who promptly fell asleep in his kennel the moment we hit the highway. However after I posted my plight on Facebook later that day, I soon discovered I’d opened quite the can of worms. 
What I realized is that this occurs quite often not only at the airport but in Toronto proper and is happening due to religious reasons — that is, because dogs are considered unclean in certain religions. In fact, Gail Beck-Souter, general manager of Beck Taxi that operates about 900 cars in Toronto, confirms that if certain Muslims take a dog in their vehicle, they are required to go home and shower afterwards (before they pray). It would seem that the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) which licenses limos that pick up at Pearson airport and the companies that operate out of the airport have bent over backwards to accommodate the religious demands of their drivers — who clearly have strength in numbers. 
McIntosh Limousine manager Anne Ruddy claimed the driver who turned me down, a gentleman from India, did so because he “doesn’t have to” take dogs. But the driver would have to take Kishka if he was a service dog — that’s the “law,” she said. She denied Muslim drivers in their fleet would ever turn down dogs for religious reasons contending it has more to do with “them being scared” of dogs.
Asked how she felt about a woman being denied a ride at 1:30 a.m., Ruddy said she “hates the idea” but they have to “abide by the GTAA rules” — they “don’t have a choice.” I had to laugh when I read the description of their drivers on the McIntosh website, most particularly this gem: “Our drivers have taken sensitivity training...” Guess that sensitivity training didn’t include the part about not leaving a woman stranded at 1:30 a.m.
The GTAA isn’t much better. Spokeswoman Trish Krale confirmed that drivers are “not required” to take passengers with animals and if they do, they must give their vehicle a “full interior cleaning” after a ride due to dander and allergies. However, they are not entitled to turn down someone travelling with a service animal — after which a “full cleaning” would also be required. Although I’m not ruling out the people who are allergic to dogs, I suspect the “full cleaning” issue has been driven entirely by the religious demands of the drivers. Besides, it’s absolute B.S., in my view. Does that mean whenever a limo picks up my partner and I with our two dogs, they have to take it off the road right after to clean it? We’ve never been told that by any drivers. One doesn’t have to go further than the GTAA website to note how far their Consultative Committee on Taxicabs and Limousines (CCTL) will go to pander to the drivers. One of their issues in the minutes of this past January is to have their Prayer Room relocated from the international departures area of Terminal 3 to the domestic arrivals area. Souter tells me while they “don’t like it” they do give their drivers the option of not taking a dog and sometimes it is “difficult” to find a car that will take dogs. “Some feel unclean (with dogs),” she said, adding that a “small percentage” will also not pick people up at the liquor store. She says some will use allergies as an excuse when their concern is really religious. Kudos to Souter for being, shall we say, less than politically correct about this issue. Last I looked this is Canada. Seeing as they’ve chosen to move here for presumably a better life, the least we can expect is that they assimilate.Read the full story here.

Hmmmm.....And what does the 'Holy Koran' say about dogs?: "Abu Dharr reported: THE MESSENGER OF 'ALLAH (may peace be upon him)
SAID: When any one of you stands for prayer and there is a thing before him equal to the back of the saddle that covers him and in case there is not before him (a thing) equal to the back of the saddle, HIS PRAYER WOULD BE CUT OFF BY (passing of an) ASS, WOMAN, AND BLACK DOG.
I said: O Abu Dharr, what feature is there in a black dog which distinguish it from the red dog and the yellow dog?
He said: O, son of my brother, I asked the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) as you are asking me, and he said: The black dog is a devil. (Sahih Muslim, Book 004, Number 1032).

Toronto’s Pearson International has been voted the country’s worst airport, for the second time, in an online survey by FlightNetwork.com.

Canada: Muslim preacher calls on Toronto to “introduce laws that would make it illegal for women to dress provocatively”.



Canada: Muslim preacher calls on Toronto to “introduce laws that would make it illegal for women to dress provocatively”.(TorontoSun).By Terry Davidson.Canadian laws should be changed to require women to "cover themselves" to prevent sexual assaults, says an Islamic street preacher in Toronto. Al-Haashim Kamena Atangana, a 33-year-old Islamic convert, called for legal change in response to recent sex attacks at York University. Atangana is connected with a group called Muslim Support Network and is one of a number of street-corner clerics commonly seen at the Yonge and Dundas Sts. In an e-mail to the Toronto Sun, Atangana said "the reason ... these sex attacks are continuously happening is because (of) Canadian laws, which give too much freedom to women" when it comes to how they dress. "You should take your example from the way Muslim women dress," he wrote.
"Why does (sic) Muslim women who wear long dress and covers her head aren't targeted for sex attacks?" The clash between western culture and values and the beliefs of some Muslim adherents has been a source of controversy and conflict across North America. Atangana, who plans to distribute his views on paper in the coming weeks, went on to state that "the reason ... a woman gets raped is because of the way she (dresses)," and suggests that "Toronto (become) the first city in North America to introduce laws that would make it illegal for women to dress provocatively." 
If Toronto did this, Atangana said in an interview, other Canadian cities would follow suit. "If (women) want to prevent being sexually assaulted, they should cover themselves," said Atangana, adding that while he doesn't expect Western women to dress as Muslim women do, they should have a "dress code" and take note of the burka the head scarf and face veil some Muslim females wear. Atangana says he began planning to distribute his views after a recent spate of sex assaults at York University's Keele campus, and praised Const. Michael Sanguinetti, a Toronto police officer who ended up in hot water after telling students at a York University safety forum in January that women should avoid dressing like "sluts" if they didn't want to be victimized. The website Atangana provided for his group, Muslimsupport.net, is sparsely populated but contains links to other sites that offer advice on conversion to Islam and Islamic dress, including such advice as this: "Men must cover their body from the navel to the knees. But when praying he must also cover his shoulder." "Women must cover their whole body except the face, hands and feet while inside. But they are also required to cover their whole body including a part of the face while going out, according to the majority of the Madhabs (school of thought)."
Moderate Muslim writer Tarek Fatah says Atangana's view is a stark example of radical Islamist misogyny. It is an example, Fatah says, of passages taken from the Qur'an, Islam's holy book, and exaggerated to fit an antiquated, patriarchal ideology such as that of the Muslim Brotherhood. "This is not about what women wear," Fatah said. "This is about ... some Muslim men believing that any woman whose head is uncovered is fair game because she is lustful...and doesn't belong to the pious (Islamic) sisterhood." Fatah says it is "hogwash" to think a woman wearing traditional Islamic dress will not be sexually assaulted, and points to an on-going problem of sexual harassment in Egypt, where Muslim faith dominates.But Alia Hogben of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women sees things differently: Atangana's opinions are not as much to do with Islam as much as they reflect a general patriarchal desire among some men to control women. "There is absolutely no connection between how women dress and being sexually assaulted," Hogben said, adding that other religions from Judaism to Christianity have traditional dress codes of their own. She did agree, however, that "good, pious" Muslim women are sexually harassed, despite wearing modest and traditional clothing. "
If (Atangana) thinks good, pious Muslim women are not sexually assaulted, he's wrong. If he thinks this is not happening in India or Egypt ... it is not true." As for Atangana, who converted to Islam in 1998 after finding the Trinity of Christianity the belief in God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit too "confusing," he remains steadfast in his views. "Women here should have a dress code," he says. "That would prevent sexual assault."Read the full story here.

The Sun finds the world’s most wanted Nazi war criminal in Hungary, Csizsik-Csatary Sent 15,700 To Die.



The Sun finds the world’s most wanted Nazi war criminal in Hungary, Csizsik-Csatary Sent 15,700 To Die.(TheSun).The world’s most wanted Nazi war criminal - who helped send 15,700 Jews to their deaths at Auschwitz - has been tracked down by The Sun. Sadist Ladislaus Csizsik-Csatary, 97, was a police commander in charge of a Jewish ghetto in Kassa, Hungary, during World War Two. He took pleasure in beating women with a whip he carried on his belt, according to devastating documents uncovered by the Nazi-hunters at the Simon Wiesenthal Centre in Jerusalem.
Csizsik-Csatary also forced them to dig ditches in frozen ground with their bare hands, made dissenting Jews take up stress positions for hours, hit them with a dog lead and oversaw a shoot-on-sight policy if they tried to escape. He fled Kassa - now renamed Kosice in Slovakia - after the Allied victory and was sentenced to death for war crimes in his absence in Czechoslovakia in 1948. But Csizsik-Csatary created a new identity, turning up as an art dealer in Canada. When his cover was blown there - in 1997 - his citizenship was revoked and the government began to build a case against him. He fled before deportation papers could be served. For 15 years his whereabouts have been a mystery. But a Sun team tracked him down to a two-bedroom apartment in a smart district of Budapest, Hungary. Our investigators were given details of where he might be by the Holocaust campaigners at the Wiesenthal Centre. The human rights organisation had been given a tip-off after launching Operation Last Chance, aimed at bringing World War Two Nazis to justice before they die. Once our team found Csizsik-Csatary they were able to establish he was the Nazi collaborator - Number One on the Wiesenthal Centre’s most wanted list. We confronted him at the flat where he had been living quietly among families unaware of his chilling past. Csizsik-Csatary, who speaks English with a Canadian accent after decades living in Montreal and Toronto, answered the door in just socks and underpants. When we asked if he could justify his past, he looked shocked and stammered “No, no. Go away.” Questioned about his deportation case in Canada he answered angrily in English: “No, no. I don’t want to discuss it.” Our reporter asked: “Do you deny doing it? A lot of people died as a result of your actions.”Read the full story here.

Disgraced Weiner Eyes Run for Mayor of New York.



Disgraced Weiner Eyes Run for Mayor of New York.(TNYP).From a New York Post report: Anthony Weiner’s not shrinking from elected office. The disgraced former congressman - who’s sitting on a $4.5 million campaign war chest - is mulling a bid for citywide office next year and “seriously considering” a mayoral run, multiple sources told The Post. The pol is also open to the post of public advocate as a backup plan, said sources, who described the Queens Democrat as “desperate” to get back into politics. Weiner, 47, has even spoken to former staffers about going back to work for him, according to another source. And he wants to run soon because the public match on his campaign funds are due to expire after the 2013 election. “I’ve heard he is seriously thinking about getting into a citywide race in 2013 and would like it to be mayor,” said a source with ties to Weiner. “In his mind, he’s trying to figure out how to run for mayor.” He’s reached out to politicos to “talk about the landscape,” said a former staffer. The buzz in political circles is that Weiner has a better shot at public advocate - a $165,000-a-year job viewed as a “cleansing” post where he could put his character issues further behind him as he prepped for a 2017 mayoral run. Potential candidates for public advocate are state Sen. Daniel Squadron, City Council member Letitia James and Reshma Saujani, currently a deputy in the Public Advocate’s Office - none of whom has Weiner’s citywide name recognition or his deep campaign coffers. The pol has kept a low profile since resigning from Congress in June 2011. Weiner made the media rounds to applaud the US Supreme Court’s health-care decision last month - dipping his toe back into political waters. But he still has his political infrastructure intact if he decides to launch a campaign. A spokeswoman for Weiner declined to comment on his political future.Hmmmm......Read the full story here.

Iran shuts down coffee shops in morality crackdown.



Iran shuts down coffee shops in morality crackdown.(JPost).Iranian police shut down dozens of restaurants and coffee shops over the weekend, Iranian media reported, in a renewed crackdown on what the state sees as immoral and un-Islamic behavior. Regular officers and members of the "morality police" raided 87 cafes and restaurants in a single district of the capital Tehran on Saturday and arrested women for flouting the Islamic dress code, according to the Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA). "These places were shut for not following Islamic values, providing hookah to women, and lacking proper licenses," said Tehran police official Alireza Mehrabi, according to ISNA. Women are not allowed to smoke hookah, water pipes, in public. Mehrabi said the raid came as part of a plan to provide "neighborhood-oriented" security, and would continue in other parts of Tehran. Coffee shop culture has flourished in Iran in recent years, offering wireless Internet, snacks, hot drinks, and a place to hang out for Iranian youth in a country where there are no bars or Western chain restaurants or cafes. But that trend has been criticized by conservative Iranians who consider it a cultural imposition from the West and incompatible with Islamic values. The government periodically cracks down on behavior it considers un-Islamic, including mingling between the sexes outside of marriage. In 2007, Tehran police closed down 24 Internet cafes and other coffee shops in as many hours, detaining 23 people.Read the full story here.

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Saudi Arabia considers law against insulting Islam.

                                                             Fatwa #40378
 


Saudi Arabia considers law against insulting Islam.(Terra).Saudi Arabia is studying new regulations to criminalize insulting Islam, including in social media, and the law could carry heavy penalties, a Saudi paper said on Sunday. The potential regulations come five months after a Saudi blogger and columnist Hamza Kashgari, 23, was arrested for tweeting comments deemed as insulting the Prophet Mohammad. Kashgari said there were things he liked and disliked about him. "Within the next two months the Shura Council will reveal the outcome of study on the regulations to combat the criticism of the basic tenets of Islamic sharia," unnamed sources with knowledge of the matter told al-Watan, adding that there could be "severe punishments" for violators.
Criticism penalized under the law would include that of the Prophet, early Muslim figures and clerics, it said.
"The (regulations) are important at the present time because violations over social networks on the Internet have been observed in the past months," the sources said.
Saudi Arabia follows a strict version of Sunni Islamic law, referred to as Wahhabism. Blasphemy can be punishable by death. A spokesman from the Shura Council, the governments all-appointed consultative body, did not respond to calls for comment. Kashgari's case set off a debate in Saudi Arabia, a close US ally for decades and leading world oil exporter, on whether repentance could save convicts from the death penalty. Kashgari fled the country in February, a few days after his twitter posts, but was later arrested by police in Malaysia en route to New Zealand. Despite declaring repentance, he was deported back to Saudi Arabia and was taken into police custody to face a trial. Saudi analyst Jamal Khashoggi said the law required extensive public debate. "I would rather have this law discussed by the public first. It should not only be debated by the Shura, it should be debated in newspapers first because it can be misused," Khashoggi said. "I don't want anything to affect my freedom and we don't want Saudi Arabia to be another Iran."Read the full story here.

Auto Bailout Czar: We Did It All for the Unions.



Auto Bailout Czar: We Did It All for the Unions.(NLPCS).The Detroit Free Press reports that the House committee holding hearings on the auto bailout process wants clarification from former head of President Obama's Auto Task Force, Ron Bloom, regarding testimony he gave about a statement he allegedly made at a 2009 celebratory dinner. According to a news article written at the time and fellow ex-car czar, Steve Rattner, Bloom stated that he "did this all for the unions." Bloom denied making the statement while under oath. The congressional panel isn't buying it and has written a letter to Bloom requesting that he amend his testimony.
Given Bloom's union background and the UAW favoritism displayed throughout the General Motors and Chrysler bailout process, the admission that the bailouts were done to benefit the unions should not come as a surprise. For many of us, that has been obvious for quite some time. Bloom was once the special assistant to the president of the United Steelworkers Union where he negotiated on behalf of unions. The fact that Obama chose a car czar that had union loyalties is very telling. The so-called "sacrifices" made by the UAW during the auto bailout process pale in comparison to those made by other classes of creditors, including GM bondholders who were shut out of negotiations for the most part. Accident victims and asbestos victims had their claims subordinated to the politically powerful UAW as well, and taxpayers are footing the bill. I have yet to see where the UAW has sacrificed much. Reduced wages for new UAW members only apply after laid off senior members with full pay are rehired Part of Bloom's defense of comments like the one about him doing it all for the unions is that he made the statements jokingly. Bloom's strange sense of humor may get some laughs from those that have benefited from the unprecedented government actions. Maybe the UAW, bankruptcy attorneys and investment bankers are yucking it up, but taxpayers and other classes that were discriminated against are not laughing. The American people deserve to know the truth about how the bailouts benefited cronies of the Obama administration like the UAW as others paid the price.Read the full story here.

Russia signals no change in Syria stance, accuses west of using ‘blackmail’.



Russia signals no change in Syria stance, accuses west of using ‘blackmail’.(AA).Russia on Monday accused Western powers of using “blackmail” to get its backing for possible U.N. Security Council sanctions against Syria over the regime’s crackdown on an armed opposition, signaling no change in its position on the conflict on Syria. “To our great regret, we are witnessing elements of blackmail,” Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told a news conference over moves to end 16 months of violence that the opposition says has claimed more than 17,000 lives. “We are being told to either agree to the approval of a resolution that includes Chapter 7 (that provides for possible sanctions), or we refuse to extend the mandate of the observer mission.” “We view this as a completely counterproductive and dangerous approach,” Lavrov said ahead of talks later Monday with U.N.-Arab League crisis envoy Kofi Annan, according to AFP. Lavrov also stressed that it was “unrealistic” for Western powers to expect Russia to convince Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down simply because Moscow is a long-standing ally of the Damascus regime. “We hear comments like the 'key to a Syrian solution is to be found in Moscow’. Then it is explained to us, when we ask about this, that it means that we (Russia) have to convince Assad to step down of his own accord.” But he said: “It is simply unrealistic. And it is not a question of our inclinations, our sympathies or our antipathies.” “He (Assad) will not leave power. And this is not because we are protecting him but because there is a very significant part of the Syrian population behind him,” Lavrov told reporters. Lavrov last week received top Syrian opposition leaders in Moscow but lamented that their demands were still “radical” as they were demanding full regime change. “So far we have not succeeded in getting through to them (the opposition) the necessity of renouncing radical positions. They are continuing to say that a revolution is in progress.” Lavrov against stressed that Russia was not supporting Assad as an individual but Syrians’ right to determine their future under Annan’s peace initiative. “I will repeat -- we are not supporting Bashar al-Assad. We are supporting what everyone else is -- the peace plan of Kofi Annan.” Asked about international efforts to force Assad out of power, he said many Syrians still supported the president, according to Reuters.Read the full story here.

Egypt's ‘Summer Brides’: Under-age daughters sold as ‘sex-slaves’ in Egypt.



Egypt's ‘Summer Brides’: Under-age daughters sold as ‘sex-slaves’ in Egypt.(AA).Wealthy Arab tourists from Gulf countries are paying money to purchase under-age Egyptian girls as “summer-brides”, claims a new report on human trafficking released by the U.S. State Department. The marriages are not legally binding and end when the men return to their home countries. According to the report “Trafficking in Persons”, often times these temporary marriages are facilitated by the girls’ parents who profit from the transaction. According to Britain’s The Daily Mail, the wealthy tourists pay an amount to poor families through intermediaries, ranging from anywhere between $495 and $4,950.The young victims, some under the age of 18, are then forced to serve as sex slaves as well as servants to their “husbands.”
Egypt has laws in place that aim to combat human trafficking which prevent foreigners from marrying an Egyptian woman if there is more than ten years age difference, but marriage brokers have found a way around that by forging birth certificates to make the girls appear older and the men younger. These contracts also eliminate any potential problems with hotels and land lords who may demand to see proof of marriage before allowing a couple to stay in a room together, since pre-marital sex is prohibited in Islam. In many cases, the family agrees to marry their daughter without her consent, but often the girls are willing participants as they see it as the only way to help provide for their families. In some cases the men take the Egyptian girls back to their home country to work as maids for their first wives. But even the girls who stay in Egypt do not fare much better since they often become ostracized by society and find it difficult to re-marry in the traditional way, particularly if the “summer marriage” resulted in a child. Many of the young women end up in a cycle of temporary marriages with Gulf tourists, and others are targeted by Egyptian men who marry them in order to force them into prostitution. Many abandon the child out of shame, either to orphanages or leaving them to join the hundreds of thousands of street children that already exist in Egypt. 
Dr. Hoda Badran, who chairs the NGO Alliance for Arab Women, explained to the Sunday Independent that poverty is the main factor behind this phenomenon. “If those families are in such a need to sell their daughters you can imagine how poor they are. Many times, the girl does not know she is marrying the husband just for the short term. She is young, she accepts what her family tells her, she knows the man is going to help them. If the girl is very poor, sometimes it is the only way out to help the family survive,” she told the newspaper. The report by the State department said Egypt is making significant efforts to eliminate human trafficking, but due to the political unrest in the country over the past year, the government is unable to provide law enforcement and prosecution data on those efforts. In 2009, a court in Egypt’s second largest city Alexandria jailed two registrars for conducting temporary marriages of hundreds of underage girls, however NGOs say that this is only the tip of the iceberg, and that more needs to be done to implement existing laws.Read the the full story here.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

US tells Egypt it's okay to break treaty if Israel doesn't withdraw to 1949 armistice lines?



US tells Egypt it's  okay to break treaty if Israel doesn't withdraw to 1949 armistice lines?HT: IsraelMatzav.

Aaron Lerner has some very disturbing news from Secretary of State Clinton's remarks after her meeting with Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr on Saturday. It sounds like the Egyptians are laying the groundwork to break the Camp David treaty unless Israel agrees to the establishment of a 'Palestinian state' along the 1949 armistice lines, and that a second Obama administration may well back that position.

SECRETARY CLINTON: From prepared statement: More than three decades ago, Egypt and Israel signed a treaty that has allowed a generation to grow up without knowing war. And on this foundation, we will work together to build a just, comprehensive, regional peace in the Middle East based on two states for two people with peace, security, and dignity for all. We believe America’s shared strategic interest with Egypt far outnumber our differences.

From Q and A: Obviously, we think it’s important for all the nations in the region to try to maintain peace and stability, especially with so many economic challenges facing the region. And we certainly support the continuation of the peace agreement, because we think, as I said, it has brought great benefits to Egypt and will continue to do so, enabling the President to focus on the economic conditions and the internal political situation here in the country.

FOREIGN MINISTER AMR: (Via interpreter.) I would like to add something about the peace treaty. Mr. President has repeatedly reaffirmed, and on all occasions, that Egypt continues to respect all treaties signed as long as the other party to the treaty respects the treaty itself. And today, he once again reiterated this issue and also reiterated that Egypt’s understanding of peace is that it should be comprehensive, exactly as stipulated in the treaty itself. And this also includes the Palestinians, of course, and its right to – their right have their own state on the land that was – the pre June 4th, 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital. That's right. 
In her prepared remarks, Secretary Clinton put the treaty into the context of being a "foundation" for pushing for the creation of a Palestinian state. And that with a reference to the Obama teams favorite concept "dignity". ... This followed by what has now become a disturbing Egyptian sound bite that has become the standard Egyptian line;"that Egypt continues to respect all treaties signed as long as the other party to the treaty respects the treaty itself. "
And then we have an extremely dangerous addition that indicates how Egypt may justify the position that Israel has not respected the treaty: "Egypt’s understanding of peace is that it should be comprehensive, exactly as stipulated in the treaty itself. And this also includes the Palestinians, of course, and its right to – their right have their own state on the land that was – the pre June 4th, 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital."
Does this mean that it is now Egypt's position that Israel is not respecting the treaty if it declines to divide Jerusalem and retreat to the green line?
This is what Secretary Clinton said in response: [NOTHING]. 


Hmmmm.......Obama 'staunchest ally of Israel' - No, Jerusalem Is Not Part Of Israel......Yeah whatevah.Anyone thinking that Obama's 'defence' of Israel against Iran  wouldn't come at an unbearable price just got the bill!IT AIN'T SUDETENLAND it's Israel's Biblical territory!Read the full story here

Video - Teenager School Documentary Project Films Afghan Child Labor: Young Boys at Work in Remote Coal Mines.





Video - Teenager School Documentary Project Films Afghan Child Labor: Young Boys at Work in Remote Coal Mines.(WSJ).KABUL—A video shot by an 18-year-old Afghan in the claustrophobic passages of a coal mine casts new light on one of Afghanistan's most disturbing challenges. Children as young as 10 toil in illegal mines, often for 12 hours a day, activists say. Afghan officials agree the problem is stubborn despite recent efforts. The boys represent a thorny obstacle to the nation's push to transform its antiquated mining industry into a modern economic engine. Their plight is receiving new attention from 18-year-old Fardeen Barakzai. With the backing of the nonprofit school in Kabul where he works, Mr. Barakzai said he traveled through Taliban territory in Bamiyan province to document the conditions of child laborers at an unlicensed coal mine. His film shows young boys coated in coal dust that blotches their skin and stains their teeth. Child labor "is a major, major problem in Afghanistan," said Hervé Berger, head of the United Nations' International Labor Organization in Afghanistan. "Kabul children play, go to school," Mr. Barakzai said. "But there, the children are so dirty, the work is not good. I wanted to show Kabul and all of Afghanistan that this is a big problem for all children." "I saw some children working there loading and unloading donkeys," said Khalilullah, the driver. "All the people working there are extremely poor and don't have any other job to feed their families except working in the mines." By Afghan government estimates, as many as a third of the nation's children—more than 4 million—take part in some sort of work, from picking fruit to mining coal. U.N. officials estimate about 18% of Afghan children work—1.4 million between the ages of 6 and 15.Read the full story here.

India - people panic as courtyards fill with "mysterious blood red rain"?



India - people panic as courtyards fill with "mysterious blood red rain"? (Examiner).

•Why are people panicking as their courtyards fill with "mysterious blood red rain"?
•Did Nostradamus and others predict "rain like blood"?
•Has this happened before?
•What causes the red color in the mysterious rain?
•Is it caused by an unidentified life form?
•Could dust from a meteor affect an area more than a decade later?
•Is all this just coincidence?

On Thursday, July 5, 2012, around 6:50 p.m. local time, a mysterious red rain shower fell for about 15 minutes in Kannur, Kerala, India. Locales within a one kilometer area in the Indian state of Kerala experienced this phenomenon, as it filled courtyards with blood red rain and stained people's clothes pink.
Nostradamus, Century 2, Quatrain 46
After a great misery for mankind an even greater approaches. The great cycle of the centuries is renewed: It will rain blood, milk, famine, war and disease.In the sky will be seen a fire, dragging a tail of sparks.
Kannur block panchayat President Shaija M collected a sample of the mysterious red rainwater. It was dark and had the smell of raw beetroot. His first thought was that an animal had been killed and its blood had mixed with the rainwater in the courtyard.
However, this is not the first time this “mysterious red rain” has fallen in the state of Kerala. Actually, it has been reported several times during the past decade.
  • From July 25 to September 23, 2001, this mysterious "blood red rain" sporadically fell in heavy downpours in Kerala.
  • In summer of 2006, the mysterious red rains fell a second time and gained widespread attention.
Initially, it was thought that the mysterious red rains were colored by fallout from a meteor burst, while a study commissioned by the Indian Government concluded that the rains had been colored by airborne spores from locally prolific terrestrial algae.
Two scientists, Godfrey Louis, Ph.D. and Santhosh Kumar of the Mahatma Gandhi University in Kottayam, proposed a controversial hypothesis, "The mysterious red color in the rain is caused by unidentified life form that does not have DNA."
In August 2008, they presented their case at an astrobiology conference:
"The red cells found in the red rain in Kerala, India are now considered as a possible case of extraterrestrial life form. The molecular composition of these cells is yet to be identified."
However, Louis and Kumar have not yet been explained how dust from a meteor could continue to fall over the same area - despite changing climatic conditions and wind patterns - for not only a couple of months, but for more than a decade.
Is all this just coincidence?
There is no such thing as coincidence. Coincidence is just a name for "law not recognized."Read the full story here.



Egypt’s Coptic Christian groups call for Clinton protests, "MB and the US are “making deals and agreements in secret meetings."



Egypt’s Coptic Christian groups call for Clinton protests, "MB and the US are “making deals and agreements in secret meetings."(BM).CAIRO: Egypt’s Maspero Coptic Youth Union activist group called for mass demonstrations on Saturday to protest the visit of American Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Egypt. They refused her visit to the country and accused the US of backing the Muslim Brotherhood and adding pressure to Egypt’s military rulers to have him win. They called for protests outside the American Embassy in Cairo for 5 PM Saturday. “We are taking a stand for the people who rose [up] for freedom and so all American interference attempts are refused,” said the statement released on Thursday. The group said the Muslim Brotherhood and the US are “making deals and agreements in secret meetings.” The group accused the US of taking the Muslim group’s side over those of Egypt’s “Together we will expose the American-Muslim Brotherhood plan to buy and sell Egypt between them. Egypt is not the property of the Brotherhood nor it is a playing field for the Americans,” the statement added. Clinton arrived in Egypt late Saturday afternoon and is scheduled to meet with Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi, a former member of the Muslim Brotherhood, how resigned from the group following his victory as a bridge to other groups across the country. Clinton is to discuss the ongoing transition of power in Egypt with the president, the first meeting of the two since Morsi took power on June 30.Hmmmm........Obama: “We will hold sacred the beliefs held sacred by others.”I don't think he had the Copts in mind.Read the full story here.

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), a Muslim presses Bachmann for evidence of Muslim Brotherhood connection in State Department



Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), a Muslim presses Bachmann for evidence of Muslim Brotherhood connection in State Department.(Shoebat).Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), a Muslim, has ratcheted things up with Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and four other Congressmen, to include Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and Trent Franks (R-AZ).
In response to letters penned by those five congressmen – which went to various Inspectors General – to include one addressed to the OIG at the State Department (cc: Hillary Clinton), Ellison demanded the evidence / sources behind the claims that Huma Abedin, Deputy Chief of Staff to Clinton, has familial ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.
From Ellison’s letter, via Think Progress:
In your letters, you allege that (one excerpt):
The mother, brother and deceased father of Huma Abedin, Deputy Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, are connected to the Muslim Brotherhood, and that she, too, by extension, may be working on the organization’s behalf;
Two days after the date of Ellison’s letter, Secretary of State Clinton arrived in Cairo to meet with that country’s new Muslim Brotherhood president, Mohammed Mursi. Granted, the Secretary of State paying a visit to the new leader of a country is not shocking but in this case, Clinton appears more interested in helping Mursi win his power struggle with the military than in acting in the best interest of the United States.As we reported here, the Muslim Sisterhood, a group to which Huma Abedin’s mother belongs (Saleha Abedin is one of its 63 leaders), is also closely connected to Egypt’s new president, Mursi. His wife, Najla Ali Mahmoud is also one of those 63 leaders and is a close colleague of Huma’s mother, Saleha.
Predictably, James Zogby of the Arab American Institute, is likening Bachmann’s claims to those of Joe McCarthy. He’s obviously neglecting the contents of a Muslim Brotherhood document penned by Mohamed Akram in 1991 that was recovered by U.S. authorities and presented as evidence in the Holy Land Foundation trial.
That document referred to a “long-term plan…approved and adopted” and included this damning quote:
The Ikhwan (Muslim Brotherhood) must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and “sabotaging” its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.
It would be nice to see Ellison address these issues but he’s not likely to without a high speed spin machine.Read the full story here.

Security crisis in Sinai: Multinational force and observers threatened, while Clinton is 'chatting' with the Muslim Brotherhood


Security crisis in Sinai: Multinational force and observers threatened, while Clinton is 'chatting' with the Muslim Brotherhood.(BM).WASHINGTON: Much is happening in Egypt. The media is focused on Hillary Clinton’s visit and the ongoing power struggle between the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) and the Muslim Brotherhood. But, few people have been talking about the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) in Sinai, who are facing a big threat with the deteriorating security situation on the peninsula. The MFO has peacekeeping responsibilities in the Sinai and was established after the signing of the 1979 Peace Treaty between Egypt and Israel. The current security situation in Sinai threatens the national security interests of Egypt and Israel, as the peninsula is becoming lawless and there are Al-Qaeda elements operating on the ground.
David Schenker, Aufzien fellow and director of the Program on Arab Politics at The Washington Institute, last month published a short piece titled “The MFO Under Fire in Sinai.”
He argues that the circumstances on the ground have made it difficult for the MFO to operate and explains: “to preserve both the MFO and the treaty, the Obama administration should engage Egypt and Israel on mechanisms for improving security efforts in Zone C, to include additional deployments of Egyptian border guard and military forces in the area.”
Senator Mark Udall, who serves on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Armed Services Committee, authored an interesting Op-Ed piece, two days ago, titled: “Sinai chaos threatens Israel-Egypt stability.” He sheds light on the critical situation in Sinai and is worried about its potential impact on Egyptian-Israeli relations. The security situation in Sinai is critical and it has affected MFO operations. There needs to be immediate actions taken on the ground as the current state of affairs in the peninsula is not sustainable and can have complicated consequences on regional stability. SCAF has been busy dealing with domestic politics and trying to manage a democratic transition filled with political, security and economic challenges. There are twelve countries that are apart of the MFO contingent, maybe it is time to increase the contingent and the MFO budget. The 2011 MFO budget was $78 million, I think the MFO needs more resources to be able to operate in the increasing deteriorating security environment of the peninsula. The Egyptian military also needs to play a greater role in Sinai and provide greater support to the MFO. 
Maybe, some of the US military aid funds, $1.3 billion to Egypt and the $3.1 billion to Israel, could be devoted to the MFO budget. This would enhance the MFO operational capabilities and help it carry out its peacekeeping responsibilities in the Sinai. After all, the lawlessness in Sinai has negative consequences on both Egyptian and Israeli national security interests.I am optimistic that the Egyptian military in cooperation with its allies can soon resolve the security crisis in Sinai and protect the MFO.Hmmmm.....Perhaps Clinton can give an additional 125 M1 - Abrams tanks to Egyp's Muslim Brotherhood?Read the full story here.
** Adel El-Adawy is editor and creator of the Egyptian Student Abroad blog. El-Adawy is currently an intern at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC.

Terrorized and fed up Chicago residents plead for police crackdown as Black gang war murders soar.



Terrorized and fed up Chicago residents plead for police crackdown as Black gang war murders soar.(Telegraph).
"The Obama's are Chicagoans and they are South Siders. When will they speak out about the violence that is tearing our communities apart?
The cluster of young men hanging out on the porch of the run-down brick home cast menacing stares at the unknown car as a "spotter", a teen on a bicycle, talked into a mobile phone. Beneath a tree across the street, burned red candle wax was the last remnant of an impromptu shrine for a 13-year-old boy, Tyquan Tyler, shot dead two weeks earlier by a killer just a few years older than him. The assailant had run through an alleyway past a boarded-up home, mown down his victim and then disappeared back down the same route into a neighbouring street before the "ATM boys" could respond with their Glock pistols. In the killing zones of Chicago's predominantly black and poor South Side, turf warfare is no longer waged for control of districts but street to street. A splintering of traditional gangs into smaller factions - known as crews or cliques - with ever-younger members desperate to prove their tough-guy credentials is fuelling a murder rate that makes swathes of Chicago more lethal than Afghanistan. Even as violent crime has decreased in cities such as New York and Los Angeles, the murder rate soared here by 38 per cent in the first six months of the year. There were 259 murders in that period, with another 18 so far in July. 
"This is a block-to-block war here, a different dynasty on every street," said a dreadlocked young man heavily inked in gang tattoos who calls himself "Killer". "All the black brothers just want to get rich, but we got no jobs and no hope. We want the violence to stop but you ain't safe if you ain't got your pistol with you. Too many friends, too many men are being killed. We don't even cry at funerals no -more. Nobody expects to live past 21 here." 
There have also been recent gang reprisal attacks along the city centre's "Magnificent Mile", an impressive stretch of skyscrapers and up-market stores, prompting fears that the violence is spreading. The mayhem, playing out within ambulance siren range of the Chicago home of Barack and Michelle Obama, has not just put a city on edge. It is also unleashing a passionate national debate on policing tactics. For the upsurge in gang killings has followed a decision by the city's mayor Rahm Emanuel and police chief Garry McCarthy, both new in the job last year, to dismantle specialist anti-gang units and instead switch more officers to the beat. But many terrorised locals are now pleading for a return to the aggressive stop-and-frisk tactics of the task forces that were long decried by black community leaders
In response to the mounting death tally, Mr Cochran recently called a emergency meeting of alarmed residents to discuss the sky-rocketing violence. They overwhelmingly urged a return to the more aggressive policies of stop-and-frisk (known as stop-and-search in Britain), previously used by elite anti-gang squads that would temporarily flood trouble zones. That surprised many, as those tactics had prompted complaints of harassment, abuse and racial profiling in black and Hispanic communities. "People are frustrated and they are feeling terrorised and they are desperate for action," said Mr Cochran.
"I asked if they wanted a more aggressive force engaging these terrorists on the streets, whether they understood that might cause complaints and whether they are ready to stand by the police. They said that they did, and they were.
Speaking anonymously because she said she was scared of retribution, the grandmother of a South Side murder victim voiced those fears. "We have had enough," she said. "There is too much bloodshed among our young people. The older folks are terrified. We need the police to crack down on them. Responsibly yes, but forcefully." Even as Chicago's murder rates soar, Mr Emanuel and Mr McCarthy insisted last week that the new approach was starting to bear fruit. In effect, they asked for more time. Mr Cochran and his residents are, however, pleading for a change in tactics now as the toll of dead and injured mounts weekly. But the South Side's most famous residents have remained silent about the epidemic of violence. Barack and Michelle Obamas live in the affluent oasis of Hyde Park less than two miles from the street where Tyquan was shot dead. The First Lady's ties to the district are lifelong - she was born in the heart of Mr Cochran's ward. And Mr Obama's presidential re-election campaign is run out of offices in Magnificent Mile. Ron Holt is one of many who would like to hear their voices. The police veteran lost his son Blair in 2007 when a "gangbanger" opened fire on a crowded bus in an attempt to kill a rival and the 16-year old was caught by the bullets as he shielded a girl. "Senator Obama, as he then was, called me after Blair's death to express his condolences and asked if there was anything he could do for us," he told The Sunday Telegraph. "Well, I think we need the President and Mrs Obama now. This would be a perfect time for them to start a national debate about the impact of gangs and youth violence, just as the First Lady has done on childhood obesity and healthy eating. "They are Chicagoans and they are South Siders. When will they speak out about the violence that is tearing our communities apart?"Read the full story here.

‘The Communist’ Part I: Obama’s Mentor Frank Marshall Davis Exposed

‘The Communist’ Part I: Obama’s Mentor Frank Marshall Davis Exposed.(TheBlaze).Imagine an American man so devout in his Communist beliefs, that during the Cold War the FBI placed him on its security index – meaning that if an armed conflict were to have erupted between the U.S. and the Soviet Union, Federal authorities would have looked to him as a prime suspect for treason. Now imagine that man mentored the leader of the free world.
On July 17th, Mercury Ink and author Paul Kengor, PhD, will introduce the world to the real Frank Marshall Davis – the card-carrying member of the Communist Party U.S.A, and who all accounts indicate was Barack Obama’s closest role model and mentor. Devoid of outrageous conspiracy theories or sensational claims, Kengor painstakingly documents the historical facts of this dynamic, at times even sympathetic character, who walked the path from Republican roots clear through to the radical fringe of unfettered Marxism.
Presently, certain news and commentary outlets are focusing on the more outrageous aspects of Frank Marshall Davis’ life, such as his self-admitted penchant for perverse sexual escapades as well as for taking photos of naked women (including of Stanley Ann Dunham, Obama’s mother). In fact, the recently released documentary, “Dreams From My Real Father,” even posits that Davis is the president’s true biological father
While much of Davis’ bizarre fetishes and sexual peccadilloes provide subject matter worthy of consideration, Kengor believes that his book, “The Communist,” focuses on the substantive ideological, rather than sensational aspects of Davis’ past.At the end of the day, according to Kengor, mentors matter – and in no small amount. The book opens by explaining how Ronald Reagan and Hillary Clinton’s role models were extremely influential in each of their lives, respectively. In fact, typically the first task of any biographer is to examine the mentors of the subject he or she is writing about. Oddly, when it comes to our current president, left-wing biographers have somehow avoided this topic altogether.
During Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign, the media and members of the far left ignored discussing his influences and role models, leaving conservatives in shock over how lax the vetting process turned out to be for the man who would come to hold the highest office in the land. As The Communist reveals that the “transformative change” Obama promised to deliver (and did) eerily find their origin in the words and deeds of his closest mentor.

And therein lies the rub. Examining the mentor is perhaps one of the most significant aspects of the presidential vetting process. Those who came before Obama all acknowledged the profound impact their mentors had on them, both growing up, and into adulthood. Of course the reason is clear – exploring who a presidential nominee’s influences are provides key insight into that candidate’s world-views.You will also see laid out in black and white, the stark parallels between Frank Marshall Davis’ words and deeds and those of the Obama administration — from universal health care to the catch phrases, “hope and change” and “forward!” (all of which find origin in Obama’s Communist mentor).
If it sounds too unbelievable to be true, just remember the adage: “Truth is stranger than fiction.”Read and see the full story here.

Defected Syrian Ambassador former diplomat Nawaf Fares Admits Role in Killing US Troops.



Defected Syrian Ambassador former diplomat Nawaf Fares Admits Role in Killing US Troops.(BLN).Source:.
Nawaf Fares, former Syrian Ambassador to Iraq who just recently defected and is now harbored in Qatar, admitted Be The First To Comment... and No Reactions Yet... that he personally organized "Jihadi units" to fight US troops in Iraq. Fares maintains that he did so under orders by the Syrian government, and that a recent string of bombings in Syria were carried out by "Al Qaeda" in coordination with Syrian security forces.Unfortunately for Nawaf Fares, who has just admitted to being an international terrorist, not only does he fail to provide any actual evidence to suggest the Syrian government had ordered or condoned his terrorist activities during the US occupation of Iraq (as even the Telegraph notes), nor provide any evidence at all that "Al Qaeda" had coordinated its bombing campaigns with Syrian security forces, but a myriad of confirmed reports and evidence already exist contradicting entirely Fares' statements.
That President Bashar al-Assad is a "collaborator" with Al Qaeda is farcical at face value. The following headlines help illustrate the absurdity of Fares' claims: "Al Qaeda head calls for fall of Assad" (AP), "Top US official: Al Qaeda in Iraq joining fight against Syria's Assad" (McClatchy), "Al Qaeda's Zawahiri calls for war to oust Syria's Assad" (AP), just to name a few. Additionally it was reported by Seymour Hersh in a 2007 New Yorker article titled, "The Redirection," that not only was Al Qaeda being arrayed against the Syrian government since as early as 2007, but it was in fact the United States, Israel, and the Gulf States that were organizing, funding, and arming them.
 Casting further doubt on Fares' claims, particularly regarding allegations that the Syrian government was behind bombings sweeping the country, Reuters in April 2012, ran an entire article covering the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) and their "tactical switch" to terrorist bombings in the face of superior military weapons and tactics employed by government security forces. Titled, "Outgunned Syria rebels make shift to bombs," it states that Syrian extremists who had honed their skills fighting US and British troops in Iraq, had joined the ranks of the FSA militants to employ their bomb-making abilities against, not in collaboration with, the Syrian government.
The Reuters article specifically states:

"Some of these bombing skills may have been brought back from fighters who joined the Sunni insurgency in neighboring Iraq against the U.S. occupation forces. The presence of hardliners from a Syrian Sunni majority that feels oppressed by Assad and his fellow Alawites who dominate the administration has been among causes for concern among those who fear a sectarian civil war similar to that which devastated Iraq over the past decade."
While even the Reuters article attempts to allay the fears of readers, suggesting that the anti-government militants would never attack civilian targets, reports from both Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the UN have documented cases where militants have committed sweeping atrocities specifically targeting civilians, including kidnapping for ransom, torture, and murder.
 The HRW report titled, "Syria: Armed Opposition Groups Committing Abuses," is broken into three parts, kidnapping, torture, and executions. And while the report attempts to focus mainly on atrocities carried out against security forces and government supporters, the mention of civilian victims is made as well.
In the face of such evidence, Reuters and Fares' assurances that FSA terrorists are limiting their attacks only to military targets is wishful thinking at best, insulting deceit at worst, and illustrate a pattern of serial deceit used to manipulate the public's perception to see in a positive light what is in reality a terrorist campaign.

Nawaf Fares - Indicative of the Fraud and Depravity of the Syrian "Opposition"

Fares, a self-confessed terrorist who admits he organized death squads to fight and kill Americans and undoubtedly civilians in neighboring Iraq, has leveled a series of accusations with no evidence, to provide the maximum amount of demonization possible against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
 He has left a "regime" he finds unbearable, which he claims without evidence was carrying out a terrorist bombing campaign against its own people, and who supported "Jihadi units" to fight its regional neighbors - to then join a militant organization that has demonstratively and admittedly carried out bombing campaigns against the Syrian people, consists of extremist mercenaries from abroad sent to destabilize and destroy his nation, and guilty, by HRW and the UN's own admissions, of the same atrocities and horrors Fares has claimed he defected from the government over.
 Nawaf Fares comes across as a exaggerating opportunist, so overly eager to play his role, that he has tripped over himself and found both feet lodged firmly in his mouth. While the London Telegraph seems not to have a problem sitting down and talking with a man who admits he organized death squads that killed US and British troops, perhaps because of the complicit role Telegraph's propaganda played in sending those troops into harm's way to begin with, it will be more difficult for the US and British governments to similarly ignore his hamhanded admissions, if only to maintain a semblance of consistency. Qatar also finds itself in a quandary harboring a self-confessed terrorist.
 If the US and British governments refuse to acknowledge or act upon this, perhaps the armed forces will - finally taking insult to having shed blood and lives for over a decade fighting the "War on Terror" only to see their perceived enemies given five-star lodging in Qatar and airtime on the evening news.
 And finally, it is the people of all nations who must recognize, expose, boycott, and replace the corporate-financier interests driving this destructive increasingly unhinged agenda who - interests that are ultimately responsible for the creation, cultivation, and harboring of individuals like Nawf Fares.Hmmmm......Why does the name Sheik Yusuf al-Qaradawi and Qatar come to my mind?Syrian gov in exile.......yeah whatevah!Read the full story here.