Friday, August 3, 2012
Video - Now a devout Christian Survivor Kowana Banks recounts life of rape, abuse by Your Black Muslim Bakery leader.
Video - Now a devout Christian Survivor Kowana Banks recounts life of rape, abuse by Your Black Muslim Bakery leader.(CW).In 2002, five years before journalist Chauncey Bailey was murdered by members of Your Black Muslim Bakery, a woman identified only as Jane Doe 1 stepped forward to report decades of sexual abuse, welfare fraud and violence by the bakery’s leader, Yusuf Bey Sr. She was prepared to hand over to Oakland police DNA from three of her children, evidence that Bey had impregnated her, the first time when she was 12 years old.
Given the history of violence by members of Your Black Muslim Bakery, this was a risky move. But the woman was fueled by a mother’s anger. Her daughter, then 18, alerted her that Bey was trying to abuse her – his own daughter.
Now a devout Christian, Jane Doe 1 has decided she no longer wants to be the nameless whistle-blower. Her name is Kowana Banks and, in her first public interview, she said she made the decision to come forward to help other children trapped in similar situations. She hopes to publish a book about her experiences. “Abused people go one of two ways: Either they are going to self-destruct or they’re going to make a difference,” said Banks, 44. “I’m going to make a difference.”
Today, Banks is an optimistic, composed woman who has moved on as best she can. One of her three children by Bey, Yusuf V, 25, is in San Quentin State Prison for his part in the 2007 kidnapping of two Oakland women, one who was tortured, a crime related to the bakery’s demise. The other two children are doing well. Banks considers the three to be the “blessing out of what happened to me.” She delivered the first of three children by Bey at Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley at 13. A social worker questioned Banks about the paternity of her son, she said, but under the watchful eye of one of Bey’s “wives,” Banks kept silent. Later, she said she told a child protection worker that she was working long hours and not going to school. “She told me she would check into it, and I never saw her again,” Banks said.
Bey, a self-appointed minister who gave himself the title of “Dr.,” was formerly a hairdresser. He opened Your Black Muslim Bakery in the early 1970s, espousing black self-reliance and his own interpretation of Islam, which included racist attacks on whites. Nevertheless, in his more than 30 years in North Oakland, Bey gained the support of local business leaders, clergy and politicians eager to align with the underclass. In 2003, Bey died before facing trial, setting off the struggle for power and control that escalated into mayhem and multiple murders. Banks said she saw the violence coming. “You cut off the head,” Banks said, “and the body will go crazy.” During a recent visit to the former bakery compound, Banks said she thinks the reign of terror is now over. Many of the buildings have been sold or renovated; little is left to indicate what went on, outside or inside. The old bakery is a beauty supply store. The former school is a martial arts studio. As Banks walked through memorable rooms and haunted hallways, she recounted stories both benign and horrific. “I’ve seen stuff here,” she said, “that will scare me for the rest of my life.”Read the full story here.
1 dead and 16 injured in fire at Iranian biggest petrochemical complex.(TI).Firing damaged some of unites of Iran's biggest Imam Khomeini petrochemical complex, Mehr reported on Friday. Fire left 1 dead and 16 injured, Fars News Agency quoted Mahshahr Governor Manoucher Hayati as saying. He said that fire occurred because of leaking gas.The fire extinguished. It is the second time this year that fire break out at the country's biggest petrochemical facility. Earlier, in February some of units of this complex fired because of "technical reasons". The complex produces oil byproducts including fuel. It is the biggest petrochemical production complex in Iran with 4 million tons production capacity per year.Read the full story here.
Israel: ‘Missile Fire On Tel Aviv Will Unleash Unprecedented Israeli Response’.(IH).The real threat facing Israel is not long-range missiles, but small rockets, former Military Intelligence chief Maj. Gen. (res.) Amos Yadlin, who heads the Institute for National Security Studies, said on Thursday at a conference on “Israel’s Homefront Preparedness.” “Israel is not threatened by 200,000 missiles, as previously claimed. It is under threat of perhaps 1,000 effective missiles and another 9,000 long-range rockets, but the rest of the 190,000 rockets in the region are inaccurate and short-range,” said Yadlin, who served as the IDF’s chief of Military Intelligence from 2006-2010. “Let’s put the threat into perspective, and stop talking about missiles and start talking about rockets.” “Worrying over 200,000 missiles is not serious, it is not professional, and we will be putting our resources in the wrong places,” he added. Yadlin, who was also a former deputy commander of the Israel Air Force, has logged about 5,000 flight hours and flew more than 250 combat missions behind enemy lines. He participated in the 1973 Yom Kippur War and in the bombing of the Osirak nuclear reactor in Iraq in 1981. Commenting on possible future confrontations with Israel’s enemies, Yadlin admitted that missiles would strike the Gush Dan (central Israel) area. “A few more [would strike] than the number that hit in 1991 [during the Gulf War] - but today we have the Arrow [anti-missile interception system], better intelligence and a better Air Force. A large number of the rockets will be stopped, but some of them will indeed hit Gush Dan and for this we have to be prepared.” “When missiles start hitting Tel Aviv - and this will happen - and people will be killed, Israel’s legitimacy to take action will drastically increase and our ability to do things that we have not done until today will be much greater,” Yadlin added.The combination of precise intelligence and precise weaponry, which we possess and they don’t, can enable us to eliminate most of our enemy’s advantages.”Read the full story here.
Hillary and Huma's mom
Diana West At TownHall:"Why Are We Handing Muslim Extremists the House Keys?"(TownHall).
Diana West At TownHall:"Why Are We Handing Muslim Extremists the House Keys?"(TownHall).
Bachmann & Co. haven't alleged wrongdoing on Abedin's part. Rather, their question turns on the process that permitted a person with close family ties to an array of world Islamic movements and figures hostile to the United States to gain the security clearance Abedin requires to serve alongside the secretary of state.If there isn't a signature on that Form 86 or isn't a Form 86 at all, Huma and Hillary are the ones who have some real tough questions to answer.Read the full story here.
I looked over the lengthy Form 86 that federal employees fill out to apply for national security positions. One portion is devoted to an applicant's relatives, with a question about relatives' affiliations with any "foreign movement." If Abedin answered fully -- and there are stiff penalties for failing to do so -- she would have noted, for starters, that her mother, Saleha Abedin, belongs to the Muslim Sisterhood (the Brotherhood's auxiliary, primarily for relatives of prominent Brothers) and serves on the board of the International Islamic Council for Dawah and Relief, a group banned in Israel for supporting Hamas. Saleha Abedin has been a representative of the Muslim World League, whose affiliates have been charged by the U.S. government with funding terrorism. Any ensuing investigation would turn up Saleha's work with the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs, where she edits the journal that Huma, too, worked on for a dozen years. That same institute was founded by Huma's father in Saudi Arabia with the assistance and long-term involvement of Abdullah Omar Naseef. Naseef was secretary-general of the Muslim World League and also founded the Rabita Trust, a U.S.-designated international terrorist organization with ties to al-Qaida.
There's more, but just imagine the light dawning on the background-checker: So, Ms. Abedin, let me get this straight: Your folks, and you, too, worked with a guy who founded a terrorist organization linked to al-Qaida, your mom's on the board of a group banned in Israel for supporting Hamas, and you want top-secret clearance to work for the secretary of state.
Then what happened?
Pakistan - Christian leaders call for an impartial inquiry into the poisoning of nine Christian nurses at a Gov-run hospital.
Pakistan - Christian leaders call for an impartial inquiry into the poisoning of nine Christian nurses at a Gov-run hospital.(Tribune).Nine Christian trainee nurses at the Civil Hospital Karachi fell ill Sunday night allegedly after drinking poisoned tea prepared at their hostel. They were claimed to have been deliberately poisoned because of their faith.
Parliamentarian Saleem Khokhar, while speaking to The Express Tribune, called on the government and the police to launch a joint investigation to find out the actual cause of poisoning. While rumours initially floated that the poisoning took place as the nurses were drinking tea when their Muslim colleagues were fasting, Khokhar ruled that out, saying that the incident took place late night when everyone had broken their fast. Condemning the incident, Christian leader Michael Javed went a step ahead and asked for a judicial investigation. Claiming that the society has become extremely intolerant and was not allowing the minorities to live in peace, the former MPA requested the chief justice to take suo motu notice of the incident.
“The government has turned a blind eye to the persecution of minorities; our girls are being [forcibly] converted and our churches are being attacked,” he lamented. Javed said that it was unfortunate if the nurses were really poisoned because the religious minorities also respect the Muslim faith and refrain from drinks and food in front of them. Human Rights Commission of Pakistan’s Abdul Hai also expressed concern over the incident. “A large number of nurses are Christians and are [already] subjected to ill-treatment and prejudice,” he added. William Sadiq, the coordinator of a welfare organisation working for minority women, was suspicious of the hospital administration and alleged that they were hiding the real matter. She suspected some other girls in the hostel may have poisoned the students over some rivalry. “It could even be religious targeting,” said Sadiq. The Christian leaders also shouted slogans outside the Karachi Press Club against the hospital’s administration and the rising religious intolerance.Read the full story here.
Senior Egyptian Bishop: "Attacks on Egypt Christians on rise."(AA).A senior Egyptian Coptic bishop said on Friday attacks on Christians are on the rise and criticized the inclusion of only one Copt in Islamist President Mohammed Mursi’s government. “The general climate is turning against Christians,” said Bishop Morcos. “Assaults on Christians have increased. It’s not just a matter of having one ministry,” he told AFP. On Wednesday, Muslims attacked a church and Christian homes in a village outside Cairo, leading to clashes that injured 16 people after a Muslim man died of wounds from a fight with a Christian. A day later, President Mursi, who had pledged to include Coptic representatives in his government, swore in a new cabinet with only one Christian, the scientific research minister from the outgoing government. “There is a difference between promises and implementation,” said Morcos. “Perhaps there were obstacles in implementing the pledge, or the promise is one thing, and the actual implementation is another.”Hmmmm.......Qur'an (5:51) - "O you who believe! do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends; they are friends of each other; and whoever amongst you takes them for a friend, then surely he is one of them; surely Allah does not guide the unjust people.".Read the full story here.
Palestinian women rally against domestic violence.(YNet).Palestinian women in the West Bank staged a silent march Thursday, in protest of the growing numbers of domestic violence. The march, which took place in Bethlehem, was organized but the National Union of Palestinian Women in response to the most recent killing of a woman by her husband.The murder, which took place in broad daylight and in the middle of a street in the village of Batir, was front-page news in the Palestinian media for days; especially since it followed two other similar murders, in the West Bank city of Tulkarem and in the Shati refugee camp in western Gaza. Palestinian women's rights groups strongly denounced the murders, calling them "barbaric" and "inhumane." They further criticized the Palestinian police for ignoring domestic violence and spousal abuse complaints. The National Union of Palestinian Women urged Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to order a full investigation of the murder in Bethlehem.
Dozens of women marched in Bethlehem on Wednesday as well, under the banner of "No to women's murder." Palestinian women's rights groups said they plan a series of events made to raise awareness to violence against women in Palestinian society and put an end to the sense of danger that is so many women's reality. According to human rights group, 13 Palestinian women fell prey "honor killings" in 2011 and a dozen woman have been killed by their husbands since the beginning of 2012.Read the full story here.
Egyptian Media carries anti-Semitic rhetoric and Holocaust denial or glorification, Obama Israel's 'Staunchest ally' silent.
Egyptian Media carries anti-Semitic rhetoric and Holocaust denial or glorification, Obama Israel's 'Staunchest ally' silent.(CNS).In the wake of the so-called Arab Spring in Egypt, which led to the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak and the election of a parliament dominated by Islamist parties, expressions of anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial and glorification have become common in the Egyptian media, including in government-owned media, according to the U.S. State Department. “Anti-Semitism is common in the state-owned and private media,” said the State Department country report on religious freedom in Egypt for 2011, which was released Monday. “It sometimes included anti-Semitic rhetoric and Holocaust denial or glorification,” said the State Department report. “Editorial cartoons and articles depicting demonic images of Jews and Israeli leaders, stereotypical images of Jews along with Jewish symbols, and comparisons of Israeli leaders with Hitler and the Nazis were published throughout the year, particularly after the August 18 deaths of five Egyptian soldiers in Sinai during an Israeli operation against terrorist attackers,” said the State Department. The State Department noted that despite rampant anti-Semitism in both the government’s media and “opposition” media, there have not been attacks on Jews in Egyptian “in recent years.” “Anti-Semitic sentiments appeared both in the government-owned and opposition press; however, there have been no violent anti-Semitic incidents in recent years,” said the State Department.
However, 11 pages earlier than the above statement, the same report noted that there are only about 100 elderly Jews remaining in a country that has a population of more than 83 million people.“The country’s Jewish community numbers about 100 persons, mostly senior citizens,” said the State Department report.“The government has advised journalists and cartoonists to avoid anti-Semitism,” said the State Department. “Government officials insist that anti-Semitic statements in the media are a reaction to Israeli government actions against Palestinians and do not reflect historical anti-Semitism; however, there are few public attempts to distinguish between anti-Semitism and anti-Israel sentiment.”In Egypt, according to the State Department report, a government ministry is supposed to license all mosques and the Muslim imams are supposed to be appointed by and be paid by the government, although free-lance mosques are now springing up. Despite this government control of the clergy, Egyptian imams also promoted anti-Semitism, according to the State Department. “There were reports that imams used anti-Semitic rhetoric in their sermons," said the State Department.Hmmmm.......Obama: "“We will hold sacred the beliefs held sacred by others.”Read the full story here.
Congress Wants to See Obama’s “License to Kill”.(MJ).Congress is finally standing up to President Barack Obama on targeted killing. Almost a year after three American citizens were killed in US drone strikes, legislators are pushing the administration to explain why it believes it's legal to kill American terror suspects overseas. Congress is considering two measures that would compel the Obama administration to show members of Congress what Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) calls Obama's "license to kill": internal memos outlining the legal justification for killing Americans overseas without charge or trial. Legislators have been asking administration officials to release the documents for nearly a year, raising the issue multiple times in hearings and letters.
But the new proposals, including one from Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) first flagged by blogger Marcy Wheeler and another in a separate intelligence bill, aren't requests—they would mandate disclosure. That shift shows both Republicans and Democrats are growing impatient with the lack of transparency on targeted killings. The New York Times has confirmed the existence of a secret memo from the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC)—the branch of the government that tells the president whether what he wants to do is legal—outlining the legal basis for the targeted killing program. But the Obama administration has yet to acknowledge that any such memo exists, despite defending the targeted killing policy in speeches and public appearances, and is currently fighting an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit that seeks to force the government to reveal the legal justification for targeted killing. Now Congress seems to be moving towards the ACLU’s position. Cornyn’s amendment would require the Obama administration to provide the Office of Legal Counsel memo justifying the killing program to legislators on several congressional committees. Democrats on the Judiciary Committee voted to shelve Cornyn’s proposal, but that doesn’t mean the effort is dead. Cornyn could propose his amendment again later this year, and there’s also a section of a separate intelligence bill that would compel the administration to share all of the Justice Department’s legal opinions on intelligence matters with the congressional intelligence committees—unless the White House invokes executive privilege. “We’re not mere supplicants to the executive branch, we are a coequal branch of government,” Cornyn said during discussion of his amendment in the Senate committee hearing last week. “So it is insufficient to say pretty please, Mr. President, pretty please, Mr. Attorney General, will you please tell us the legal authority by which you claim the authority to kill American citizens abroad?” (Cornyn also noted that just because he wants to see the memo doesn’t mean he’d necessarily disagree with its contents.) Now that legislators on both sides of the aisle are pushing for more disclosure, the chances the public will learn about the contents of the targeted killing memos has increased dramatically. Still, Anders says, it’s easy to see a difference between how hard Congress pushed for George W. Bush-era memos authorizing torture and the deferential stance Congress adopted during the first three and a half years of the Obama administration.Read the full story here.
"Do not let anyone deceive you in any way, for it shall not come unless the rebellion takes place first and the man of sin, who is destined for destruction, is revealed." ~ Thessalonians 2:3.HT: Shoebat.
Palestinian membership in UNESCO paying off, Palestine has attended four conferences.(Maan). Palestine entered a new stage internationally after being accepted as a member of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, PLO observer to the UN Riyad Mansour said Wednesday. Palestine has attended four conferences recently as a member, including a discussion concerning maritime law and the standardization of geographical names of countries, Mansour told Ma'an. The Palestinian delegation is working hard in the UN to explain the negative impact of settlement activity on the prospects for a two state solution, he added. Plans to ask the UN to admit Palestine as a non-member state will be undertaken at an appropriate time, and President Abbas will hold further consultations with Arab and international bodies, Mansour said. Last year, UNESCO granted Palestine full membership, a decision seen at the time as a boost to their bid, since largely stalled, to win UN recognition of statehood in the absence of peace talks with Israel. Israel and the United States, which later cut off its $80 million annual funding of UNESCO, condemned the decision, saying negotiations -- which collapsed in 2010 -- were the only path to statehood. On June 29, UNESCO declared Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity and the nearby pilgrimage route World Heritage sites.Hmmmm........."standardization of geographical names of countries?"Read the full story here.
Russia sends navy vessels with marines aboard to Syria base.(AA).Moscow is sending three large landing ships with marines aboard to a Russian naval facility in the Syrian port of Tartus, Russian news agencies quoted a source in the general staff as saying on Friday. The source said each ship would have up to 120 marines on board and that the vessels, already in the Mediterranean, would arrive in Tartus by the end of this week or early next week. The source said the ships’ mission was to replenish supplies at the small Russian maintenance and repair facility, manned by fewer than 100 personnel, according to analysts. Russia had earlier said it was preparing to send marines to Syria in case it needed to protect personnel and remove equipment from the naval maintenance facility. Syria is Moscow’s firmest foothold in the Middle East and bought $1 billion worth of weapons from Russia last year, or about 8 percent of total Russian arms exports. Tartus is the Russian navy’s only permanent warm water port outside the former Soviet Union. The source in the Russian General Staff said the three ships would be joined by three other ships from the Russian Navy’s Black Sea and Northern Sea fleets. The potential loss of Tartus would be a strategic blow to Russia, according to what the Interfax news agency described as a military-diplomatic source. “Tartus is of extreme military-strategic importance for the Russian Navy, as the backup for the task forces in the Mediterranean. Therefore, its loss would entail deep negative consequences and the actual loss of influence in this key region,” Interfax quoted the source as saying. The Russian Defence Ministry declined comment. The General Staff source said the ships would head back to the Russian port of Novorossiysk after spending several days in Tartus. Russia has blamed the West for the failure of diplomatic efforts led by U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan, who resigned on Thursday. Moscow said it regretted his departure. “He’s an honest broker, but there are those who want to take him out of the game to untie hands for the use of force. It’s already clear,” Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov wrote in his Twitter microblog.Read the full story here.
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Will President Obama Override the Congress on Cybersecurity?Cyber bill has Democratic gun control amendment.
Will President Obama Override the Congress on Cybersecurity?Cyber bill has Democratic gun control amendment. (Heritage).The attempt to pass a comprehensive cybersecurity bill before the summer recess failed today in the Senate, 52–46.
The Cybersecurity Act of 2012 was still not ready for prime time, despite several tries at moderating its more objectionable aspects. With this vote, cybersecurity legislation is not likely to move any further in this Congress.
One of the main rallying points for the opposition to the bill was its use of a regulatory structure at the heart of its provisions. The authors tried to soften it by making the regulatory regime “voluntary,” but they still allowed and encouraged regulatory agencies to make the standards mandatory. Such standards would likely cripple innovation, impose large costs on the private sector, and encourage compliance rather than true security.
Additionally, the bill’s cyber threat information-sharing provisions were heavily flawed due to weak and often conflicting liability protections, as well as the rejection of any assistance from the strongest centers of cyber capabilities: the National Security Agency and the Department of Defense. Forty-six Senators agreed that this was a bad idea.
Though cyber legislation is dead, the concern is now whether the President will override the will of the people and their representatives and simply enact an onerous regulatory structure through executive orders.President Obama has shown quite an appetite and willingness to do just this sort of end run around Congress. Regardless of his passion for this issue or his opinion on how this problem should be addressed, the Senate has not been able to find a workable bill, and its vote should be respected. In the meantime, the President still has plenty of work to do to improve federal computer systems.
A regulatory regime enacted by fiat would probably be even worse than the one in the bill.Read the full story here.
USDA Alert: Half of U.S. Counties Designated Primary Disaster Areas, Financial Fallout “Intensifying” “Beef is simply going to be too expensive to eat".
USDA Alert: Half of U.S. Counties Designated Primary Disaster Areas, Financial Fallout “Intensifying” “Beef is simply going to be too expensive to eat".(SHTF).By Marc Slavo.The largest natural disaster in American history just went from bad to worse.
Sweltering heat and persistent drought across the country has ravaged crops to such extremes this summer that tens of thousands of farmers and ranchers are on the verge of financial ruin. The situation is so dire that it has prompted the US Department of Agriculture to declare more than half of America a disaster area.
…more than half of all U.S. counties – 1,584 in 32 states – have been designated primary disaster areas this growing season, the vast majority of them mired in a drought that’s considered the worst in decades.Without the ability to harvest their crops, many farmers are finding it difficult to make good on loans they used to fund their operations. Cattle ranchers, who can’t find hay due to the drought and whose feed prices are skyrocketing, are also feeling the pinch.
Counties in Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee and Wyoming were included in Wednesday’s announcement. The USDA uses the weekly U.S. Drought Monitor to help decide which counties to deem disaster areas, which makes farmers and ranchers eligible for federal aid, including low-interest emergency loans.
Source: Seattle Times
An AgWeb discussion in early July involving small business and family farmers displayed their desperation, with many commentors indicating this summer’s drought is the worst they’ve ever experienced. Others reported their crops were dying and pleaded for rain.
That rain never came, and according to industry experts and officials at the USDA, conditions are now set to intensify and worsen.
As of this week, nearly half of the nation’s corn crop was rated poor to very poor, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. About 37 percent of the U.S. soybeans were lumped into that category, while nearly three-quarters of U.S. cattle acreage is in drought-affected areas, the survey showed.Food supplies across the country – for animals and humans – are literally drying up.
The potential financial fallout in the nation’s midsection appears to be intensifying. The latest weekly Mid-America Business Conditions Index, released Wednesday, showed that the ongoing drought and global economic turmoil is hurting business in nine Midwest and Plains states, boosting worries about the prospect of another recession, according to the report.
Creighton University economist Ernie Goss, who oversees the index, said the drought will hurt farm income while the strengthening dollar hinders exports, meaning two of the most important positive factors in the region’s economy are being undermined.
This will undoubtedly lead to significant food price increases across the entire spectrum of the American diet – meat, grain, dairy, vegetables and fruit.
Tom Chatham of Project Chesapeake writes:
Corn and soybean meal are staples in animal feed and the rising prices and drought conditions are forcing farmers and ranchers to sell off their herds for slaughter. This will cause a glut in the market over the short term and you may see lower meat prices as a result but this will only be temporary. By next year the prices of meat will rise as the supply of livestock reaches multi decade lows. Supply and demand will push prices higher as a result.
Larry Pope, chief executive of Smithfield Foods has recently given a dire warning. “Beef is simply going to be too expensive to eat. Pork is not going to be too far behind. Chicken is catching up fast.”
He also stated that government regulations are going to make things even worse. Almost 40% of the U.S corn crop goes to make ethanol fuel. Pope said, “Its almost a government- mandated disaster here, which is distressing”.For those with the ability to do so, we recommend putting away foods that your family eats regularly, and planning for at least a three to six month window of upward price pressure. Tess Pennington offers some drought preparedness tips:
He warned that meat prices will rise by “significant double digits“.
The price increases will be dramatic. Expect to see fewer grocery store sales, especially those great “loss leaders” we all love to take advantage of.If you’ve got a freezer, load it up with as much meat as you can afford to buy. Package dry goods for the long-term and have a steady supply of beans, wheat (or flour), corn and rice on hand to dip into if prices do happen to jump. While we all hope for a rainy year in 2013 to get struggling farmers back on their feet and our prices at the grocery stores to affordable levels, taking measures today based on the credible information available to us can help save us from paying 30% or more in food costs over the course of the next several months.
Prepare for this by stocking up NOW before the major price increases hit. For instance, purchasing bulk dried corn, corn meal, and a diverse supply of bulk meats before the prices rise. Pamper your garden and get every single ounce of produce you can squeeze out of it. Buy in bulk to take advantage of lower prices and preserve food for use this winter.
Make adjustments in your shopping and eating habits now to weather the upcoming food crisis.
While the idea of buying commodities at lower prices today may save us money, worst case scenario planning is always in order. A well stocked food pantry can help us supplement our diets for quite some time if we experience a drought similar to the Dust Bowl of the 1930′s, which was felt for three consecutive and particularly devastating years before things began to return to normal.Read the full story here.
Video - Egyptian Film Director Khaled Youssef: "The Muslim Brotherhood Might Make Us Miss the Days of Hitler".
Video - Egyptian Film Director Khaled Youssef: "The Muslim Brotherhood Might Make Us Miss the Days of Hitler".
Following are excerpts from an interview with Egyptian film director Khaled Youssef, which aired on Al-Kahera Wal-Nas TV on July 30, 2012.
Interviewer: Do you think that a day will come when you will miss the days of Mubarak?
Khaled Youssef: That won't happen, but if we let [the Muslim Brotherhood] do whatever they want, we will eventually miss the days of Hitler. I have faith, however, in the will of the Egyptian people, who will not let them do whatever they want to us.
Interviewer: Are you comparing the Muslim Brotherhood to the Nazis?
Khaled Youssef: I didn't say the Nazis. I said Hitler. I said that we will miss the days of... If they ever feel that the people has no will of its own, they will do things to us that are worse than what Hitler did. I am responsible for what I am saying.
Interviewer: The revolution against the Mubarak regime had the smallest number of casualties of all the Arab revolutions. In your opinion, if there is a revolution against the Muslim Brotherhood, will it lead to a similar outcome, or will it be like in Libya or Syria?
Khaled Youssef: A revolution against the Muslim Brotherhood would lead to bloodshed. When defeated, they know nothing but blood. Hmmm.......The 'people' Obama is embracing, inviting , arming and financing.Source: Memri.
Ahmadinejad: "Anyone who loves freedom and justice must strive for the annihilation of the Zionist regime."
Ahmadinejad: "Anyone who loves freedom and justice must strive for the annihilation of the Zionist regime."(JPost).In a speech published on his website Thursday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the ultimate goal of world forces must be the annihilation of Israel. Speaking to ambassadors from Islamic countries ahead of 'Qods Day' ('Jerusalem Day'), an annual Iranian anti-Zionist event established in 1979 by Ayatollah Khomeini and which falls this year on August 17, Ahmadinejad said that a "horrible Zionist current" had been managing world affairs for "about 400 years."
Repeating traditional anti-Semitic slurs, the Iranian president accused "Zionists" of controlling the world's media and financial systems. It was Zionists, he said, who were “behind the scene of the world’s main powers, media, monetary and banking centers.” "They are the decision makers, to the extent that the presidential election hopefuls [of the USA] must go and kiss the feet of the Zionists to ensure their election victory,” he added.
Ahmadinejad added that "liberating Palestine" would solve all the world's problems, although he did not elaborate on exactly how that might work. “Qods Day is not merely a strategic solution for the Palestinian problem, as it is to be viewed as a key for solving the world problems," he said. He added: "Anyone who loves freedom and justice must strive for the annihilation of the Zionist regime in order to pave the way for world justice and freedom.” The Iranian president said that Israel reinforced "the dominance of arrogant powers in the region and across the globe" and that Arab countries in particular - he cited Bahrain, Yemen, Libya, Syria and Turkey - were affected by Israel's "plots." Ahmadinejad, who has called the Holocaust a myth, has previously called for Israel's annihilation, in a 2005 speech in which he used a Persian phrase that translates literally as "wiped off the page of time."
"Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's most recent anti-Semitic tirade should serve the world as a "wake up call" and erode any doubts in the world as to the "true character of the Iranian government," Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's spokesman Mark Regev said Thursday."Unfortunately these comments do not come as a surprise," Regev said. "This sort of extreme, poisonous language is unfortunately par for the course for the Iranian leadership." Regev said that it was incumbent upon the international community to "prevent the Iranian regime -- with its fanatical and hate filled agenda – from obtaining nuclear capability." Asked why he thought Ahmadinejad would make these comments now, Regev replied simply: "because he believes it." Read the full story here.
Iran allows Taliban to open office in the eastern Iranian city of Zahedan, considers supply of weapons.
Iran allows Taliban to open office in the eastern Iranian city of Zahedan, considers supply of weapons.(AA).Iran has allowed a member of Taliban's “Shura”, or ruling council, to open an office in the eastern Iranian city of Zahedan in May, the Daily Telegraph reported Wednesday. The newspaper also said that Iran is considering to supply the Taliban with weapons. According to the Telegraph, intercepted communications showed members of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps discussing plans to send surface-to-air missiles to Afghanistan. However, there was no evidence that weapons have actually been dispatched. British Foreign Secretary William Hague complained last year to Tehran after British soldiers seized a convoy carrying Iranian-manufactured rockets on its way to Taliban, and NATO commanders say Iran has long provided small arms and training to them. But if those surface-to-air missiles were given to the Taliban then that would signify an escalation in Tehran support. While Iran's Shia regime has viewed the Sunni Taliban as an enemy when they ruled most of Afghanistan between 1996 and 2001, the US is now seen as the bigger enemy. “Iran is willing to put aside ideology and put aside deeply held religious values for their ultimate goal: accelerating the departure of US forces from Afghanistan,” a Western official in Kabul told the Wall Street Journal.Hmmmm....."The enemy of my enemy......."Read the full story here.
Iranian Ambassador: Russia cancels S-300 contract with Iran in exchange of no attack from West.(TI).In exchange with the West for no military action against Iran, Russia canceled the contract on providing Iran with S-300, Iranian Ambassador to Moscow Seyed Mahmoud Reza Sajjadi said, ISNA reported. "One of Russia's conditions to West was not to attack the nuclear facilities in Bushehr," he said. "That is why Russia has halted the delivery of s-300".
Under a contract signed in 2007, Russia was required to provide Iran with at least five S-300 air-defense systems. However, Moscow's continued delays in delivering the defense system drew criticism from the Islamic Republic on several occasions. Russia has been refusing to deliver the system to Iran under the pretext that the system is covered by the fourth round of UN Security Council resolutions against Iran. Iran then sued Russia for breach of the contract and made Moscow return its advance payment along with its interest fees in May. Due to the export ban on S-300 exports to Iran, Russia lost about $1 billion dollars. After Russia annulled the S-300 contract, Iran started making the advanced system domestically. Tehran's defense officials have announced that the early versions of the system will be unveiled as soon as next year. Being influenced by the West and Israel Propaganda, and being Iran's neighbor, Russia feels the security risk for itself, regarding Islamic Republic's nuclear program, Sajjadi said.Read the full story here.
Iran completes cleanup of suspect nuclear site, Group says.(TI).Satellite images show that Iran has completed cleanup activity at a suspected nuclear weapons- related site, a Washington-based research group said today, Bloomberg reported. The Parchin military complex attracted international attention early this year when the United Nations' nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, sought to inspect the site because of suspected undeclared nuclear activities. The Institute for Science and International Security, a Washington-based non-profit research group, reported in May that satellite images taken in April indicated that Iran had begun substantial earth removal and other activities at the site to eliminate evidence of nuclear weapons work.
"Over the subsequent four months there was considerable activity with the razing of two buildings within the site, notable earth removal and displacement, the likely cleanup of the inside of the suspect building and possibly its exterior surfaces, the removal of the security perimeter, and the removal of all roadways," according to the report today by David Albright, president of the non-profit research group, and Robert Avagyan."The degree of the site's modification and the fact that this apparent cleanup work started soon after the IAEA's request for access cast further doubt on Iran's claims that its nuclear program does not or has never had any military aspects," they wrote. The report comes as U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said today in Israel that all possible means must be tried before a military strike against Iran and that the U.S. is prepared to use force to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. In November, the IAEA reported that it had "credible" evidence that Iran built a container inside of which scientists studied blast patterns useful for triggering a nuclear weapon. After the IAEA sought permission to send inspectors to the site, Iran in early June denied a visit to the military base 18 miles (30 kilometers) southwest of Tehran. As recently as June 21, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said access to Parchin remained a "matter of priority" for inspectors. Iran has said its nuclear program is peaceful and charged that the allegations are based on fabricated intelligence provided to IAEA inspectors by Western nations. Albright and Avagyan wrote that the IAEA may not be able to make further progress at the site, and the issue should be sent to the UN Security Council to impose additional sanctions on Iran.Read the full story here.
Historic Drought, Giant Dust Storms, Mother Nature's version of "CHANGE".(AP).By Michael Snyder.This week has provided two very clear examples of why it is so important to keep on prepping. In the United States, the historic drought ravaging the central part of the country is absolutely devastating our crops.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, drought is affecting nearly 90 percent of all corn crops in America at this point.
This is pushing the price of corn to levels never seen before. On Tuesday, the price of corn hit another new record high of $8.20 a bushel on the Chicago Board of Trade. Over the past six weeks the price of corn has risen more than 50 percent, and it could go a lot higher as the drought continues to absolutely bake America.
Meanwhile, the massive power grid failures in India are reminding us all just how incredibly dependent we are on electricity and technology. Power was cut off to nearly a tenth of the entire global population on Tuesday, and there was quite a bit of panic about that even though power is rapidly being restored.
So what would happen to them (or to us) someday if the power went off for good?
As much as humanity would like to think that our technology has conquered nature, that simply is not the case.
Without the rain that falls from the sky, there would be mass starvation on this planet. We are not immune to drought, and there are a lot of indications that the drought we are experiencing right now is just the beginning of a longer trend.
For example, one team of scientists has just published a study that says that the western United States could be facing a "100-year drought".
They say that the recent drought of 2000-2004 was the worst long-term drought in more than 800 years. The following is from a recent CTVNews article....
The four-year-long drought that affected western Canada and the U.S. at the turn of the century was the worst to hit the region in 800 years, say scientists who warn that dry spell was nothing compared to the 'megadroughts' still to come.
A group of 10 scientists from the University of British Columbia as well as several American universities write in Nature GeoScience that they believe the bone-dry conditions seen between 2000 and 2004 could become the 'new normal' in the region.And as I wrote about recently, this current drought is the worst single year drought in more than 50 years, and the federal government has declared the largest natural disaster area in U.S. history because of this drought.
On Monday, the high temperature hit 111 degrees in Little Rock, Arkansas. That was a new all-time record for July 30th, and it was the third-highest temperature ever recorded in Little Rock.
The heat and drought are causing massive problems for farmers and ranchers all over the country. The following is an excerpt from the shocking information that Ron Klinefelter shared on standeyo.com the other day....
This month, the 3 nearest cattlemen’s livestock auctions set ALL TIME EVER records for livestock sales, as farmers sell off their herds. There was only one early cutting of hay this year, and the round bales are going for $100/bale. (This should normally cost $20-25/bale.) We had a pipe break in our 340 foot deep well, which necessitated us getting the pump pulling truck out here this last month. When we originally drilled the well, in the “plenty of rain years”, the water rose to within 24 feet of the surface. Last month, it was 180 feet down to the water level, and we are down in a valley bottom, and not irrigating out of it. The guy pulling the pump told me that the call he made earlier in the day to a guy who wasn’t getting any water in his pressure tank, found, when they pulled the pump, that the water level was now 40 feet BELOW the pump, which was completely dry and burnt out! Some of the rural water systems have also run out of water, and burnt their pumps out.
I talked to one of my sons today. He manages the largest elderberry farm in the U.S., up by Jefferson City, Mo. They are in their harvest now. He said that last week, they picked 10 long field rows, where, in a 'normal' year, they would get about 700 pounds of berries. This year they got 35 pounds!The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map is posted below. As you can see, the drought continues to get even worse....
As the drought drags on, more crops continue to fail. According to Businessweek, the condition of some key crops has gotten progressively worse in recent weeks....
The condition of the U.S. corn crop worsened for an eighth straight week amid the worst Midwest drought in a generation. Soybean ratings also fell.
About 24 percent of the corn was in good or excellent condition as of yesterday, down from 26 percent a week earlier and 77 percent in mid-May, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said today in a report. An estimated 29 percent of the soybeans got the top ratings, down from 31 percent.Sadly, even when this summer ends our problems will be far from over.
In a previous article I detailed a bunch of signs that the western United States is progressively becoming drier and drier. If something does not change, it is only a matter of time before dust bowl conditions return to the western United States.
Already, giant dust storms that are thousands of feet high called haboobs are hitting major cities in the southwest such as Phoenix, Arizona.
You can see video of giant dust storms hitting Phoenix right here and right here.
What will people do in these areas when these giant dust storms get even worse? Read the full story here.
Lebanese authorities arrest 36 men at gay cinema, perform anal probes on detainees.(JPost).Lebanese security authorities swooped in on a gay cinema in Beirut on Saturday and shut down the movie house, arresting 36 male attendees and performing anal probes on them. According to a report on the Gay Star News website on Monday, “an unknown number” of the 36 had been released after an unnamed doctor administered the anal exam – a procedure meant to detect sperm.
The website NOW Lebanon reported on Tuesday that the theater, Plaza Cinema, was not the first such venue that authorities had closed down. “In May, an MTV show hosted by Joe Makhlouf called Enta Horr (You are Free) showed undercover camera footage of men in porn cinemas in Beirut and Tripoli,” the website said. “The featured cinemas were subsequently shut down. At the time, the gay rights organization Helem condemned the program, criticizing MTV for showing footage of the men without their knowledge and calling it ‘unethical and unprofessional.’”
In an email to The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday, journalist Michael J. Totten, an author at the website World Affairs who has written about Lebanon, said he was surprised to hear of last week’s incident. “I wouldn’t describe Lebanon as a bastion of gay rights, but it’s much more advanced than anywhere else in the Arab world,” he wrote. “Homosexuality is still technically illegal there, but I’ve met a number of out gay Lebanese in Beirut, and the city has a number of gay and gay-friendly night clubs.” Nonetheless, he said, “it shouldn’t be surprising... that the country where Hezbollah lives still has a long way to go.”
Lebanon’s government invokes Article 534 of the Lebanese Penal Code, which bars sexual relations that are “contradicting the laws of nature,” and can result in a prison term of up to one year. Despite the penal code, which has not been expunged, a Lebanese judge issued a ruling in Batroun in 2009 that same-sex relations did not violate natural laws. Still, Lebanon’s LGBT community proceeds with great caution because of homophobia, which has led to violent attacks.According to NOW Lebanon, Makhlouf said he had stressed that his program was not a witch-hunt against homosexuals, and denied accusations of homophobia, saying, “I believe we should protect the rights of homosexuals.”
Yet Gay Star News reported that Lebanese paper El-Nashra had previously quoted Makhlouf “speaking on a radio program saying that Hitler is his personal idol, and sometimes a person like him is ‘needed’ in order to ‘reduce the numbers.’ He did not state who he meant by ‘the numbers’ but activists have taken this to mean LGBT people as well as others.”Read the full story here.
Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) Show Off New Anti-Material Rifle.(TFAB).New propaganda photos from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) show insurgents showing off their new rifles. The rifles appear to be chambered in a large anti-material caliber, possibly .50 BMG or 14.5x114mm Russian.I am unable to identify the rifle. Its simple single shot design resembles the .50 cal rifles that enthusiasts build at home, a style illustrated in Bill Holmes' infamous ".50-Caliber Rifle Construction Manual".The rifle does include some innovative features (for DIY gun). The bolt has a number of gas ports to prevent a catastrophic failure if gas leaks from the chamber (case failure). The free floating handguard has an integral bipod. The scopes look like illuminated Made In China specials.Read and see the full story here.
The good news: "The War On Terror is Over", The Bad News: 'Al-Qaeda trio' arrested in southern Spanish towns.
The good news: "The War On Terror is Over", The Bad News: 'Al-Qaeda trio' arrested in southern Spanish towns.(BBC).Police have arrested three suspected al-Qaeda members in southern Spain. Explosive material was seized at an address in San Roque where a Turkish man was arrested. Two other men were held near Almuradiel. They are thought to have been planning an attack in Spain or elsewhere in Europe, according to the Spanish Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz. It is reportedly the first time such suspects have been found with explosives. The material is currently being tested but is thought to be enough to "destroy a bus", Mr Diaz told reporters. Earlier reports had suggested that poison had been found at the same address. Police suspect at least one of those arrested has attended training camps in Pakistan, reports say. Two of the suspects were travelling in a bus towards France when they were arrested in a lay-by near Almuradiel by a police special operations group, Mr Diaz said. He added that one of the men put up "massive resistance". Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula had issued a message at the beginning of July looking for Spanish-speaking "lone wolves" as operatives, according to Spain's El Pais newspaper.Hmmmm.......France .......Channel train......London Olympics.Read the full story here.
Video - Al-Azhar Cleric Hashem Islam Ali Islam: Suicide Bombings Are a Religious Duty. Following are excerpts from a program featuring Egyptian cleric Hashem Islam Ali Islam, a member of the Fatwa Committee of Al-Azhar, which aired on Al Aqsa TV on July 12, 2012.
I say to people who object to martyrdom operations that martyrdom operations are among the deeds most pleasing to Allah.
They constitute a religious duty in this day and age, in order to strike at the Zionist enemy.
Hmmmm......."Religion Of Peace"?Source: Memri.
Former Mossad chief Halevy: If I were Iranian, I'd worry about next 3 months.(JPost).HT: IsraelMatzav.Former Mossad chief Efraim Halevy added to speculation of an impending Israeli military strike against Iran's nuclear program in a statement published by The New York Times Wednesday. "If I were an Iranian, I would be very scared of the next 12 weeks," Halevy said.
Speculation in the media and in political circles about the timing of a potential attack on Iran has focused in recent weeks on whether it needs to happen over the summer, before the US elections, or if it can wait until afterward, maybe as far away as next spring.
“We clearly have something to lose by this stretched time [during] which sanctions and diplomacy takes place, because the Iranians are moving forward, not just in enrichment,” Barak said.
Speaking before meeting Panetta in his office, Netanyahu said the constant rhetoric about all options being on the table regarding Iran has not moved the ayatollahs. Noting that Panetta said recently that if all else fails America would act, the prime minister said that “however forceful our statements, they have not convinced Iran that we are serious about stopping them. Right now the Iranian regime believes that the international community does not have the will to stop its nuclear program. This must change and it must change quickly, because time to resolve this issue peacefully is running out.” In an interview on Channel 2 on Tuesday evening, Netanyahu – when asked whether he believes the US when its leaders say unequivocally that they won’t allow Iran to gain nuclear weapons – replied that the “source and foundation of the State of Israel is that we will not leave in the hands of others, not even our best friends, matters concerning our fate.”Hmmmmm....."Pour les vaincre, messieurs, il nous faut de l'audace, encore de l'audace, et toujours de l'audace et la Patrie sera sauvée!" ~ Danton.Read the full story here.
CAIR Gets Its Non-Profit Tax Status Back.(DT).U.S. media is reporting that the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) has regained its non-profit tax status. According to a Religious News Service report:
Friday, Feb. 24, 2012(RNS) The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a national Muslim civil rights group that has frequently drawn fire from conservatives, has regained its tax-exempt status. The Washington, D.C.-based CAIR and its related foundation were two of about 275,000 nonprofits that lost tax exempt status last year for not filing tax returns for three years in a row. Last month, the Internal Revenue Service sent a letter to the CAIR-Foundation Inc., saying the nonprofit had regained its tax-exempt status. ’We are obviously pleased that all the paperwork issues have been resolved and our tax-exempt status has been restored,’ said Ibrahim Hooper, communications director for CAIR. Hooper did not know the details of what paperwork, including tax returns, had been filed. The nonprofit has opposed anti-Shariah law bills across the country, fights discrimination against Muslims and aims to promote a positive image of Muslim-Americans and Islam. Critics have used CAIR’s lost tax exemption to criticize the group.
Those critics also claim CAIR has terrorist ties because it and other Muslim groups were named as unindicted co-conspirators in a 2007 trial of the now defunct Holy Land Foundation in Texas. Holy Land Foundation officials were convicted in 2009 of diverting funds to Hamas.
The ruling comes in time for CAIR to raise funds during Ramadan, a significant time for Muslim charitable giving, known as zakat. On Thursday the nonprofit sent out an email from its board chairman, Omar Zaki, announcing a fundraising goal of $670,000 for Ramadan in 2012. ‘I urge you to consider CAIR as a recipient for your donation and your zakat this Ramadan,’ Zaki said in the email. ‘In the past, we have sought and received your support. And that support bore fruit.’”A post in February 2008 reported that CAIR was describing its tax status as 501(c)(3) rather than 501(c)(4). In September 2007, a post reported that CAIR membership had declined more than 90 percent since the 2001 terrorist attacks although the organization claimed that the figures reported did not reflect the totality of their financial situation.
Documents released in the Holy Land Trial have revealed that the founders and current leaders of CAIR were part of the Palestine Committee of the Muslim Brotherhood as well as identifying the organization itself as being part of the US. Brotherhood.
A recent post discussed an interview with the Deputy leader of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood in which he confirms a relationship between his organization and CAIR. Investigative research posted on GMBDR had determined that CAIR had it origins in the U.S. Hamas infrastructure and CAIR and it leaders have a long history of defending almost all individuals accused of terrorism by the US. government, frequently calling such prosecutions a “war on Islam.” In 2009, a US federal judge ruled ”The Government has produced ample evidence to establish the associations of CAIR, ISNA and NAIT with HLF, the Islamic Association for Palestine (“IAP”), and with Hamas.Hmmmm.......Obama: "For instance, in the United States, rules on charitable giving have made it harder for Muslims to fulfill their religious obligation. That is why I am committed to working with American Muslims to ensure that they can fulfill zakat."Read the full story here.
Video: Jewish Groups Document Canadian 'Anti-Semitic Hate Rally', urge the Ontario gov to prevent a repeat.
Video: Jewish Groups Document Canadian 'Anti-Semitic Hate Rally', urge the Ontario gov to prevent a repeat.(INN).By Rachel Hirshfeld.Canadian Jewish groups are urging the Ontario government to stop an “anti-Semitic hate rally” from taking place on the steps of the legislature next month, saying it’s highly inappropriate for the Shia Muslim organized event to be held on public land, The National Post reported. At last year’s Al-Quds Day, speakers compared Israel to cancer, waved yellow Hizbullah flags and erected large images of Ayatollah Khomeini, the Iranian leader of the Islamic Revolution who started the day in 1979 to mark the last Friday of Ramadan.
This year, the “International Day of Al-Quds” say they will gather to “express solidarity with all the oppressed of the world” and to “particularly remember the innocent civilians of Palestine who have been, and continue to be victimized by the oppressive and racist Zionist regime.” Avi Benlolo, president and CEO of the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies, sent a letter to Premier Dalton McGuinty Monday, asking that the government take “every step possible” to prevent the Al-Quds Day organizers from obtaining a permit allowing them to protest at Queen’s Park August 18, The Post reported. “Ontarians were shocked and embarrassed that a blatantly anti-Semitic event was held at the seat of the provincial government,” Benlolo wrote, pointing specifically to remarks made by Iranian activist Zafar Bangash at last year’s rally.
“At last year’s event, Bangash called for a Jihad against Jerusalem, whereby Islamic Law would be imposed upon Israel; he was in fact captured on video at the rally shouting, ‘Inshallah I see that day when we, the Muslims, will march on Palestine and liberate Palestine…under Islamic law.’ There is every reason to believe this year’s event would feature similar messages of hate,” Benlolo wrote.
In an interview with the National Post from London, Benlolo said Queen’s Park is not a “platform to espouse their hate.” “They can do it in a basement or in another institution. Why bring it to the government? It’s only because they want to gain legitimacy.”
Last year, the Center for Israel and Jewish Affairs videotaped the event in order to document “evidence” of the rampant hate being promoted at the forum, media spokesperson Steve McDonald said. Last month, CIJA shared the video footage and their concerns with Ontario’s Sergeant-At-Arms at Queen’s Park, who approves applications for events held on the grounds of the legislature. The group has not yet heard whether the Al-Quds application has been approved or denied. “We don’t see this as a police issue, we see this as an issue for Queen’s Park to manage the use of the legislature’s grounds in an appropriate way and to prevent those grounds from being abused as a platform for hate,” McDonald said.
“More importantly, perhaps, [we want to] allow for the Canadian public to see for themselves the sort of radicalism that’s being imported to our country by a very small segment of Canadian society.”The Ontario legislature’s Sergeant-At-Arms Dennis Clark said they are “engaged in this application” process with the Al-Quds event organizers but would not elaborate further. “An application comes through us, we take a look at it and then our investigative unit meet with the organizers and go over that they’re subject to the rules on the grounds,” he said, when asked what the general parameters for an application would be. The Sergeant-At-Arms also works with Toronto Police to ensure protests and events at Queen’s Park are carried out in a lawful manner, he added, according to The Post. The ‘Free Al-Quds’ website says the international event will be held this year in Calgary, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver, plus London, England and 12 U.S. cities. The Jewish Defense League of Canada has planned a counter-protest for 2-4 p.m. on August 18, the same time as when the Al-Quds event is being launched at Queen’s Park. Read the full story here.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Muslim Brotherhood: "No Political Role for Military Establishment in New Egyptian Constitution."(IW).Dr. Mahmoud Ghozlan, member of the Muslim Brotherhood‘s Guidance Bureau and member of the Constituent Assembly (CA) tasked with drawing up a new Constitution, affirmed that the Brotherhood refuses any political role for the military institution in the upcoming Constitution. "The military institution belongs to the people, entrusted with protecting the homeland and its borders. There is no reason why some of its affairs should not be confidential, bearing in mind security issues inherent in this establishment’s affairs."
Ghozlan did not object to suggestions within the Committee for Defense and National Security – an offshoot of the CA’s System of Governance Committee – that the military’s status would be closer to the 1971 Constitution, so it would declare details of Armed Forces budget and laws to the National Defense Council, which includes civilian and military personnel, before submission to Parliament. Meanwhile, Dr. Ghozlan denied that the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) will have any authority over Parliament in the country’s new national charter. He further affirmed the Muslim Brotherhood’s respect for the vital role of the Armed Forces as a national institution that endeavors to protect the country and its borders. He acknowledged that a part of the Armed Forces’ role will remain confidential, especially with regard to the 'armament and weapons procurement' section of the budget – but not the whole budget. "This does not completely relieve the Armed Forces of government oversight."
Regarding the Brotherhood’s vision of Military Justice, Dr. Ghozlan said the new constitution will provide for the establishment of a disciplinary tribunal, for military personnel only, with respect to their affairs, but has nothing to do with civilians, so that civilians cannot be tried by court martial. "Moreover, the Armed Forces are part of the executive branch. It, therefore, cannot be a part of the judiciary, too."Hmmmm.....Can't wait to see the 'Turkish style' trials to start on the Military staff.Read the full story here.
Sharia Crackdown by Palestinian Authority for eating in public during Ramadan, cleric wants 'crack down' on Non muslims.
Sharia Crackdown by Palestinian Authority for eating in public during Ramadan, cleric wants 'crack down' on Non muslims.(PW).by Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook.
PA cleric: "Our streets are Islamic," therefore even non-Muslims should be "severely punished" for eating in public."Six people have been arrested and one sentenced to a month in prison for eating in public during the month of Ramadan, according to the official Palestinian Authority daily newspaper. Under Islamic law, eating is prohibited from sunrise until sunset during the entire month.
In addition, the Chairman of the PA Supreme Court for Shari'ah Law said PA law should prohibit even non-Muslims and those who cannot fast for health reasons from eating in public during the month.
Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is explained: "Our streets are Islamic," and formal legislation should be enacted to "severely punish" anyone who eats publicly during Ramadan. Sheikh Ida'is was appointed Chairman of the Shari'ah court by presidential order of Mahmoud Abbas in January 2012. It should be noted that approximately 10 per cent of Palestinians in the West Bank are Christian.
The following are the texts: "The Jericho court yesterday sentenced a man to a month in prison who ate in public during the blessed month of Ramadan." [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 30, 2012] "The police arrested five people who desecrated the holiness of the month of Ramadan by eating in public during daytime, in the city of Nablus." [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 29, 2012]
PA TV interview with the Chairman of the PA Supreme Court for Shari'ah Law, Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is: TV host: "If someone doesn't fast for some reason [during Ramadan month] because he follows a different religion or has health reasons, it's his right. However, he breaks the spirit of Ramadan by eating or drinking in public or at work." Ida'is: "We have to monitor the streets and severely punish anyone who [eats] in public during Ramadan, and this is the responsibility of the security forces. Our [Palestinian] streets are Islamic, praise Allah. Any person caught committing this sin in public during Ramadan has to be imprisoned until the end of Ramadan, as an example to others. I call upon others [non-Muslims] to be considerate of Muslims' feelings." [PA TV (Fatah), July 22, 2012].Hmmmm.....I wonder why Christians would leave this 'wonderful' religious place?Read the full story here.
Where is Huma Abedin’s Security Clearance Form?(CJR).By Cliff Kincaid
The head of the Soros-funded Center for American Progress (CAP) is defending controversial State Department official Huma Abedin, a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who is suspected of playing a role in Obama Administration “engagement” with the anti-American Muslim Brotherhood.
Neera Tanden, president and CEO of CAP and Counselor for CAP’s Action Fund, has sent out an email defending Abedin and asking that Rep. Michele Bachmann be thrown off the House Intelligence Committee for asking questions about the vetting process that Abedin was supposed to go through.
“Michele Bachmann has gone from outrageous to dangerous,” Tanden said in her email to CAP supporters.
Tanden is a former Obama Administration official whose previous claim to fame was working for the Obama White House to pass Obamacare. Her work at CAP apparently includes supporting the Obama Administration’s policy to “engage” with the Muslim Brotherhood. It is believed Abedin is right in the middle of that, by virtue of her position as State Department deputy chief of staff.
CAP is the organization that hired Van Jones before he took his job as White House “Green Jobs Czar” and then re-hired him after his communist background came to light and he lost his job in the administration.
Tanden said in her email to CAP supporters that the problem was not Abedin’s access to classified information but Bachmann’s. She urged House Speaker John Boehner to remove Bachmann from the Intelligence Committee. “Rep. Bachmann’s antics have proven that she can’t be trusted to act in our best interests,” said Tanden.
Boehner, as well as Senator John McCain, had criticized Bachmann for merely asking questions about Abedin’s fitness for her position. But they didn’t indicate familiarity with or knowledge of Abedin’s security clearance form, known as Standard Form 86, or the “Questionnaire for National Security Positions.”
Despite the claims of “witch hunt” and “McCarthyism” that are echoed in the liberal media, especially by Anderson Cooper of CNN, Bachmann and other members of Congress simply want to know whether Abedin’s Muslim Brotherhood connections were disclosed and/or examined when she gained access to national security information.
Their letter to the Inspector General of the State Department points out that Abedin “has three family members—her late father, her mother and her brother—connected to Muslim Brotherhood operatives and/or organizations,” and that “Her position affords her routine access to the Secretary and to policy-making.”
The matter can be resolved, if the media are truly interested in getting to the bottom of the controversy, by demanding access to Abedin’s Standard Form 86, which she was supposed to fill out before getting her State Department job. House Speaker Boehner could also demand a copy.
Did she disclose her family connections to the Muslim Brotherhood, as well as to Saudi Arabia, where she once lived and was raised?
“It is required that job candidates complete the questionnaire and other required forms thoroughly, honestly, and with candor,” the State Department says.
For its part, the White House says it is committed to transparency and open government. Releasing Abedin’s form is a test case and a way to start resolving the controversy.
The questionnaire for national security positions is a 127-page document which asks for such information as relatives and associates, foreign activities, foreign countries visited, the use of illegal drugs, and involvement in groups dedicated to terrorism or the overthrow of the U.S. government.
The State Department says, “Eligibility for access to classified information, commonly known as a security clearance, is granted only to those for whom an appropriate personnel security background investigation has been completed. It must be determined that the individual’s personal and professional history indicates loyalty to the United States, strength of character, trustworthiness, honesty, reliability, discretion, and sound judgment, as well as freedom from conflicting allegiances and potential for coercion, and a willingness and ability to abide by regulations governing the use, handling, and protection of classified information.”Read the full story here.