Saturday, July 28, 2012
Greenland "Melt water Tsunami" not imminent.(SG).According to NASA, Greenland experienced a massive ice melt last week which turned the entire country red hot and apparently melted all the ice.It is surprising that no one issued a tsunami warning, because our beaches must certainly have drowned by now. NASA also says that if this predictable, cyclical event continues to be cyclical and predictable – we should be worried. Although some of these descriptions aren’t entirely untrue, even within NASA’s own announcement of this observation, a Goddard Space Flight Center scientist said these types of melting events occur every 150 years, on average. With the last event happening in 1889, Lora Koening said “this event is right on time.” She does note that if strong melting events like this continue in future years, “it will be worrisome.” Meanwhile the latest News: Several inches of snow have accumulated since unprecedented meltdown began. No doubt NASA has a bright red map waiting in the wings to display this meltblizzard event.Read the full story here and here.
WWII German sub in Canadian Churchill river?(UPI).Newfoundland -- It hasn't been confirmed yet, but searchers believe they've found a World War II German submarine at the bottom of a Canadian river, 60 miles from the ocean. What appears to be a German U-boat was first spotted at the bottom of the Churchill River in Labrador two years ago by searchers using sonar to locate three men who had gone over Muskrat Falls, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Wednesday. "We were looking for something completely different, not a submarine, not a U-boat -- I mean, no one would ever believe that was possible," Brian Corbin told the CBC. "It was a great feeling when we found it." Corbin said the object appears to be a 150-foot-long vessel. The German government says it would be "sensational and unusual" for one of its submarines to have ended up so far inland, though it concedes it's possible, the CBC reported. "We do know that German U-boats did operate in that region," Georg Juergens, deputy head of mission for the German Embassy in Ottawa, told the CBC. "We must brace ourselves for surprises." Juergens said the whereabouts of more than a dozen WWII U-boats may still be unknown. He said it would be "against our tradition and our naval customs" to raise the wreckage if it does prove to be a German sub."This site then would be declared a war grave at sea," he said. Corbin said he wants to search the river. Juergens said the Newfoundland and Labrador government is involved in efforts to authenticate the possible wreck. Read the full story here.More here.
Russia May Evacuate Personnel from Its Syria Base in Tartus– Navy Chief.(RN).Servicemen may be evacuated from the Russian naval base in Tartus, Syria, if it comes under attack, Navy chief Vice Adm. Viktor Chirkov said on Saturday. “I am not the one to issue orders: We have the defense minister [for that],” he said in an interview with Ekho Moskvy Radio. “If we have to evacuate the personnel that is currently deployed there, we certainly will.” He stressed that an order by the commander in chief of the Russian Armed Forces (the president) and Russia’s top political leadership was required for that. Chirkov said on Monday Russia has no plans to abandon its naval base in Tartus. The Russian Navy needs the base to provide maintenance and technical support to Russian warships in the Mediterranean, as well as those on an anti-piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean, he said. Russia has repeatedly denied media reports that it was sending warships to Syria and delivering weapons to the Middle Eastern country. Black Sea Fleet commander Rear Admiral Alexander Fedosenkov said on Thursday Russian warships in the Mediterranean are preparing for naval drills due in September, and are not carrying out any military tasks in Syria. The Russian flotilla comprises 10 warships, plus escort vessels. Chirkov said previously the Russian warships would not dock at Tartus.Read the full story here.
We have a 1,200 km long Kurdish border.
ONE: Only one week ago, we had a 400-kilometer “Kurdish border.” Now, 800 kilometers have been added to this. Friends, this is the new geopolitical reality that has been drawn by “our strategic depth”: As of today, we have a 1,200 kilometer long Kurdish border. We could not manage 400 km, could we manage 1,200 km?
TWO: We should consider this. We could not manage a 400 kilometer Kurdish border. How are we going to manage 1,200 kilometers? We are awaiting an “in depth” response to that. Arabs are fighting, Kurds are winning.
THREE: Are you aware, the “Arab Spring” that we fervently support has completely transformed into a “Kurdish Spring”? There is a strange situation both in Iraq and in Syria: Arabs are fighting each other, people are dying. The Kurds are taking one more step on their path to an independent state. Besides, they are able to achieve this without firing one bullet, without losing one soul. Here you go, this is true strategic depth.Read the full story here.
U.N. arms talks end without deal, U.S. and Russia blamed for deadlock.(AA).U.N. negotiations to draft the first international treaty on the multi-billion-dollar arms trade have ended without a deal, with some diplomats blaming the United States for the deadlock. More than 170 countries have spent the past month in New York negotiating a treaty, which needed to be adopted by consensus, so any one country effectively could have vetoed a deal. Instead, no decision was taken on a draft treaty. But this leaves the door open for further talks and a draft arms-trade treaty could be brought to the 193-nation U.N. General Assembly and adopted with a two-thirds majority vote.
Diplomats said there could be a vote by the end of the year. “We feel that we could have agreed (a treaty). It is disappointing that more time is needed. But an arms-trade treaty is coming - not today - but soon. We’ve taken a big step forward,” said a spokesman for Britain’s delegation. One person every minute dies from armed violence around the world, and arms control activists say a convention is needed to prevent illicitly traded guns from pouring into conflict zones and fueling wars and atrocities. They cited conflicts in Syria and elsewhere as examples of why a treaty is necessary. While most U.N. member states favored a strong treaty, activists said there was a small minority of states, including Syria, North Korea, Iran, Egypt and Algeria, who loudly voiced opposition to global arms control throughout the negotiations.
But ultimately, arms-control activists blamed the United States and Russia for the inability to reach a decision on Friday, as both countries said there was not enough time left for them to clarify and resolve issues they had with the draft treaty. “Moving forward, President Obama must show the political courage required to make a strong treaty that contains strong rules on human rights a reality,” said Scott Stedjan, a senior policy advisor at Oxfam America, which fights poverty and other injustices. U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon said Friday he was “disappointed” that member states failed to clinch an agreement after several years of preparatory work and four weeks of negotiations, calling it a “setback.”
But he vowed “steadfast” commitment to obtaining a “robust” arms trade treaty, noting that countries had agreed to pursue negotiations. “There is already considerable common ground and states can build on the hard work that has been done during these negotiations,” he added.One of the reasons this month’s negotiations are taking place is that the United States, the world’s biggest arms trader accounting for over 40 percent of global conventional arms transfers, reversed U.S. policy on the issue after Barack Obama became president and decided in 2009 to support a treaty. Some diplomats said Washington had refused to vote on the proposed text, saying it needed more time before the midnight deadline and was worried about a pushback from the U.S. Congress. But U.S. officials say Washington insisted in February on having the ability to veto a weak treaty. It wanted to protect U.S. domestic rights to bear arms - a sensitive issue in the United States that has been back in the national spotlight after a gunman opened fire in a movie theater a week ago, killing 12 people and wounding 58 other. A U.N. arms trade treaty would not “interfere with the domestic arms trade and the way a country regulates civilian possession,” the U.N. Office for Disarmament Affairs has said.Read the full story here.
Obama 'Buddy' Mursi and Hamas agreed to increase passengers through Rafah, discussed re-opening Egypt's consulate in the Gaza Strip.
Obama 'Buddy' Mursi and Hamas agreed to increase passengers through Rafah, discussed re-opening Egypt's consulate in the Gaza Strip.(EI).Ismail Haniyeh, head of the Hamas government in Gaza, said Saturday that Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy has agreed to several resolutions that will improve conditions in the Gaza Strip. In statements published by Gaza local newspaper Palestine, Haniyeh said he and Morsy agreed that the Rafah border crossing's working hours will increase to 12 hours per day. This will increase the number of travelers from Gaza to 1,500 per day, and help to absorb all the Palestinians coming from abroad. He said that Egypt will also work to increase the number of Egyptian workers at the border crossing to facilitate the movement of travelers. Haniyeh had met with Morsy on Thursday in Cairo, where they also agreed that Egypt would stop deporting Gazans.
Hamas on Friday hailed Haniyeh's meeting with Morsy, saying it represented a "turning point" in relations. "The meeting ... constitutes a real turning point in bilateral relations," Haniyeh's spokesman in Gaza, Taher al-Nunu, said in a statement. Morsy has said that he will not favor either Hamas or Fatah as Egypt attempts to reconcile them. Haniyeh said that he also agreed with Morsy that the power outages crisis in Gaza can be resolved over three phases. The amount of fuel needed to run the only power plant in the Gaza Strip will be increased, and the energy will increase from 22 to 30 megawatts. A gas supply pipeline will also be established. “It was agreed that the number of trucks carrying Qatari fuel will be increased from 6 to 10 trucks a day into the Gaza Strip,” Haniyeh said. He said that re-opening Egypt's consulate in the Gaza Strip has been discussed. The consulate was closed after Hamas took over. It has been suggested that a diplomatic delegation be sent there to help alleviate the suffering of the Palestinians by facilitating their dealings with Cairo. Haniyeh said that his government respects the sovereignty of Egypt, and the rules of entry and exit to and from Egypt. “We cannot provide any cover for any chaos in Sinai or any other part of Egypt,” he said.Hmmmm.......Obama: "“A man is judged by his deeds, not his words.” So if you want to know where my heart lies, look no further than what I have done — to stand up for Israel."Read the full story here.
EU helping Palestinians to erect 'illegal buildings', want aid change in Area C.(IRIN).As demolition orders continue to threaten the work of humanitarian organizations in Israeli-controlled Area C in the West Bank, the European Union (EU) and humanitarian agencies are pressing to change the rules of the aid game. "We all know that when we turn one stone in Area C, what we get is confrontation with the occupying power,” Ulrich Nitschke, project director at the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) in the West Bank city of Ramallah, told IRIN. “But now, there is a major policy shift among the member states of the EU.” Instead of making the implementation of EU-funded projects in Area C dependent on the Israeli Civil Administration and its requirement to obtain a permit, a new process is now guiding the EU’s approach. “They are pressuring Israel to reach an actual game change in Area C. There has to be a game change,” says Tsafrir Cohen, Middle East coordinator of the German organization Medico International. The first step of the new process is the development of legal and technical guidelines (master plans) for each local community in need under the leadership of the local Palestinian governments. The master plans are then presented to the Israeli Civil Administration, which opens a case for each locality submitted, and is asked to check whether all legal and technical requirements are met. “As soon as we get a green light on the technical stuff, the EU donors are counting six months. If there is still no permit issued after that, the project is implemented without,” Nitschke said.
So far, a total of 24 master plans have been submitted; four were technically approved by the Israeli government in January 2011, but no permits have yet been issued.
“Obviously six months have passed since then. But some member states got cold feet and wanted to double-check with Brussels before,” Nitschke said. Meanwhile, some EU member states have formed an interest group to advocate change, including Germany, the UK, Belgium, Denmark, France, Sweden and the EU Commission, he added.
Each year, hundreds of Palestinians in Area C have their homes demolished by the Israeli authorities because they are unable to obtain permits for their buildings. In 2011 alone, about 1,100 Palestinians were displaced due to home demolitions by Israeli forces, over 80 percent more than in 2010, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a report. “The Israeli authorities claim that structures are demolished because they lack building permits. However, the reality is that it is next to impossible for Palestinians to obtain such permits, leaving them no option but to build without them to meet their basic needs for shelter,” Ramesh Rajasingham, head of OCHA in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), told IRIN. OCHA says that a total of 620 structures were torn down in the West Bank in 2011, of which 62 were European-funded projects. Medico International faced demolition orders on (mostly standalone) wind and solar energy facilities it built in collaboration with the Israeli organization Community, Energy, and Technology in the Middle East (COMET-ME) in the south Hebron hills, which has become a hotspot of demolitions and forced displacement over the last years. Tsafrir Cohen said his organization had hitherto been able to prevent the demolition of its energy installations through an effective diplomatic and public outreach campaign, in particular in Germany. “But the orders are there and demolition could happen any time.” Some 1,500 Palestinians in the south Hebron hills are dependent on a similar alternative energy supply, because the Israeli authorities are preventing them from being connected to the electricity grid, he said, adding: “Thousands of people still don’t have electricity in the Hebron hills. We have thousands more in Jordan valley. But we simply can’t assist properly because of the permit problem.” Aid agencies operating in Area C are currently facing a dangerous situation, said Cohen. “If we only build humanitarian infrastructure where Israel allows us to, we are in danger of being pushed out of Area C together with the Palestinians,” he said. Medico International calls this process a “policy of targeted de-development”, aimed at forcing the Palestinian population out of Area C into the densely populated urban enclaves. “In the end we will work in a Bantustan,” Cohen added.
The 1995 Israeli-Palestinian Interim Agreement on the West Bank and Gaza Strip (also known as Oslo II) categorized land in the West Bank into areas A, B and C.
According to the agreement, Area A is under the control of the PA, and Area B under the joint control of Israel and the PA. About 95 percent of the Palestinian population live in these two areas, though they make up only 40 percent of the land. In Area C, Israel retains military authority and full control over the building and planning sphere, while responsibility for the provision of services falls to the PA. About 70 percent of Area C is classified as a firing zone, settlement areas, or nature reserves, and is inaccessible to Palestinians, said OCHA’s Rajasingham. Hmmmm.........." In Area C, Israel retains military authority and full control over the building and planning sphere, " what part don't they understand?Read the full story here.
Islamic NATO as a new step towards Ottoman Empire revival.(PAN).“Sultan (given name) Khan, Sovereign of the House of Osman, Sultan of Sultans, Khan of Khans, Commander of the Faithful and Successor of the Prophet of the Lord of the Universe, Protector of the Holy Cities of Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem”, et cetera, et cetera. This was not just a detailed listing of the sultan titles. Huge army that conquered vast territories in 400 years including Mecca and Medina, now under rule of Al Saudi dynasty, was of major importance for the Ottoman Empire.
Establishment of a new caliphate needs an army as well - united Islamic forces, if possible. Mustafa Kamalak, chairman of the Turkish Saadet (“Felicity”) Party voiced this idea in Morocco last week. Saadet is the hardliner wing of the former Turkish Refah (“Welfare”) Party, the moderate Eurocentric wing of which is now Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). Kamalak declared that “Islamic NATO” and Islamic peacekeeping forces need to be established urgently. “Today’s events in Islamic countries again proved that the former Turkish PM Necmettin Erbakan was right in his urge to create Islamic peacekeeping forces. We heartily welcome the awakening in Islamic states and pray for their success. Still, the Western states are trying to benefit from it. We must first push forward unity and integrity, rather than our conflicts,” Kamalak noted. Former prime minister of Turkey Necmettin Erbakan is known as author of the “universal caliphate” concept. Ideologically, caliphate bases on Islam, while its martial aspect relies on the independent military-political bloc. Erbakan named this bloc the “Islamic peacekeeping forces” and its supporters - the “Islamic NATO”.
The North-Atlantic Alliance is facing hard times now; meanwhile, Turkey is increasingly gaining weight entitling it to come up with such statements. No doubt, Azerbaijan will be the first to join the Islamic NATO in case it does emerge. Baku will definitely attempt to thus settle its issues; otherwise, it will lose the second Karabakh war as well if it relies on its own resources. It should be noted that the “Islamic NATO” first of all targets the Arab world, which Turkey is eager to attract under the “democracy protection” cover. This “democracy” was quite apparent in Libya, Tunisia and Egypt; tragically, Syria is following the same path.
The “Islamic NATO” will definitely never lack funding: Saudi Arabia and Qatar will gladly undertake the financing of this formation, despite certain theological discrepancy between Sunnis of the Gulf monarchies and Turkey. However, these obstacles can be overcome: monarchies, particularly Saudi Arabia dominated by Wahhabi branch of Islam will hardly insist on the Sunnism they practice.
The new structure will also try to move away from the West and just ignore Iran. The West may also welcome the new bloc hoping it will help settle the Syrian and Iranian issues. In a word, everybody will be happy. Just one minor note: is the Arab world willing to see Turkey take the lead of their united forces? The history hints the answer is negative. The thing is that the ideas Ankara is coming with every now and then may once become a reality. So, one has to rely on Saudi Arabia and Qatar in this. Formal support to Erdogan with his sultanic aspirations is one thing, while tolerating, so to say, such a leader of the Islamic world is quite another. Saudi Arabia’s kingdom rightfully believes this to be its prerogative and is not going to step down as yet, “as yet” being the key phrase.Read the full story here.
Iran - Food Situation is Getting Worse and Worse, lengthy queues for subsidised chicken.(EAWN). Iran - Chicken Watch. More clerical advice on Friday on how to cope with the soaring cost of chicken, with Ayatollah Alamolhoda, the Friday Prayer leader in Qom, telling his audience "Eat eshkeneh (egg soup) instead of chicken."Hmmmm..........There are No Chickens where the hell will the Eggs for the soup come from 'Genius'?Read the full story here.
Barack Hussein Obama's Creepy Connection To Judaism's Saddest Day.(YWL).This Saturday evening begins Tisha B' Av (the 9th of the Jewish month of Av). Since the time of Moses and the exodus-through modern times, horrible things have happened to the Jewish people on or around the 9th day of Av. Generally not recognized is the fact that the President of the United States, Barack Obama has a eerie connection to this sad day.
Tisha B' Av is one of only two full day (27 hour) fasts on the Jewish Calendar, the other being Yom Kippur. Yom Kippur is considered a happy fast, Tisha B'Av is a sad mournful fast.
You see, this is a day of great tragedy. While the day centers around the loss of the two Temples. they are only two of the horrible things which have occurred on Judaism's saddest day. As a kid I would cry at the drop of the hat, my mom would tell me that if I continued to cry she would give me something real to cry about. My Mom however, wasn't the first to use that phrase, it was God who invented it, and he invented it on Tisha B'Av When Moses sent twelve spies into Canaan, ten of them came back with a report that the land was unconquerable and the fledgling Israeli nation could never defeat those Canaanite giants. This report caused cries throughout the Israelite settlement, they begged Moses to take them back to Egypt. Just a short time after they witnessed all those miracles; the ten plagues that gave them freedom, the splitting of the Reed Sea, the revelation at Sinai when they received the Ten Commandments, the newly freed slaves lost their faith in God, and his promise to help them conquer the land. They were afraid and wanted to go back into bondage. God's response was not only the generation that knew slavery would die out in the desert, but that Tisha B'Av will be a horrible day for the Jews until the coming of the Messiah. In other words, like my mom God would give the Jews something to cry about.
From that day forward, horrible things happened to the Jewish people on or around Tisha B'Av. Some of them include:
- The First Temple was destroyed
- The Second Temple was destroyed
- Bar Kokhba's revolt against Rome failed
- Roman general Turnus Rufus ordered that the Temple area and its surroundings
were to be plowed-under. Jerusalem was to be rebuilt as a pagan city – renamed
Aelia Capitolina – and
access was forbidden to Jews.
- In 1290 King Edward I expelled the Jews from England
- In 1492 the deadline for Jews to leave Spain, Convert or Die
- The beginning of WWI –which lead directly to the rise of Hitler
- 1941 Hermann Göring ordered SS general Reinhard Heydrich to make all the necessary preparations for the Final Solution.
- The first transports reached Treblinka and the extermination of the Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto began on July 23, 1942, Tisha B'av
- In 1955 El Al Flight 402 was shot down over Bulgarian airspace on the 8th of Av.
- The AMIA Bombing (Asociación Mutua Israelita Argentina) by terrorists in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which killed 86 and wounded more than 120, was on July 18, 1994, the 10th of Av.
- In 2004, Barack Obama Gave the Keynote speech at the Democratic Convention on Tisha B'av and was crowned the heir apparent of the Democratic Party. He has proven to be the most anti-Israel President ever.
- The Disengagement from Gaza began on the 10th of Av 2005, leading to years of rocket bombardment from Hamas into Israel.
- 2009? President Obama sends Robert Gates to Israel in his first of many attempts dissuade the Jewish State from carrying out military strikes against Iran’s nuclear weapons facilities. Three years ago as of today, the US preached patience while Iran inches closer to Atomic Weapons. Earlier that week Secretary of State Hillary Clinton assured Israel that it would be place under the United States' nuclear umbrella, meaning if the Iranians used nuclear weapons against Israel, the US would retaliate with its nukes (wouldn't that be too late?).
Thirty-five hundred years later we are still weighted down by our large egos. Many American Jewish leaders seek to gain favor from an anti-Israel President who became famous on Tisha B'av. Jewish organizations, such as the ADL and the Conservative Jewish movement have put progressive politics in front of their Jewish objectives, thus worshiping the "Golden Calf of big government."
Democrats who were once seen as Israel supporters refuse to stand up to this President and his policies designed to de-legitimize the Jewish State. There is some hope the polls show the Jewish Vote is slowly drifting away from this anti-Israel President.
Thirty-five hundred years ago, Israel said they could not conquer the land and were punished. Today many Jews still show no faith in God and God's promise, even worse they support a President (who has his own ties to Tisha B'av) who would become an even bigger disaster for the Jewish State should he (God-forbid) be re-elected.
Remember what Obama said to Mevedev, " I will have more flexibility in a second term." While he wasn't talking about Israel, that flexibility would apply to her also. Remember how he is trying to hide his policy regarding Israel, how just yesterday his press secretary Jay Carney refused to define the administration's policy regarding Israel's Capital.
On this Tisha B'Av, as well as every other day, I will pray that my Jewish brethren wake up before November.Read the full story here.
Video - Saudi riot police fire live rounds on Shiite protesters in Qatif.(RT).Several demonstrators have been wounded in Saudi Arabia’s eastern district of Qatif after security forces opened fire on protesters. Officers fired live rounds at demonstrators who carried posters of those injured and arrested earlier this month. Spokesmen for the Saudi Interior Ministry said several people were burning tires during the protests, and several arrests were made. Among those arrested today was Mohammed al-Shakhuri, who is on a list of the country’s 23 most-wanted people, Al-Manar News reported. Witnesses said Shakhuri was taken to a military hospital with bullet wounds in his back and neck. “There were no casualties,” the Interior Ministry said in a statement. Clashes between police and protesters have increased in recent days, following the deaths of two protesters earlier this month.Political analyst Dr. Mohsen Saleh explains that the protests are taking place in the country’s major oil-producing region, where, at the same time, the poorest people live. “The eastern part in Saudi Arabia has been agonizing for a long time, for centuries…They have been deprived of their basic rights,” he told RT. “When the peaceful [protests] started in Bahrain, the Saudis thought [the same may happen in their country] – and they were right in thinking so, because they are discriminating against an essential part of their people in the east. “And it’s an irony that all kinds of [carbohydrates – oil] and gas are produced there. [And still], these people are the poorest in their country. That’s why the [Saudi rulers] fear that the agony of these people might be a mark of a great revolution in Saudi Arabia. And that’s what the United States and the Saudis are really afraid of,” he concluded. The latest events in Saudi Arabia follow the eight latest arrests that were made Thursday in the United Arab Emirates, where the government announced an investigation into groups plotting crimes against the state.Read the full story here.