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Sunday, February 6, 2011

MFS - The Other News

                         Afternoon Posting.

  • Egypt talks to signal uprising's end?VP Suleiman meets opposition groups, which still demand Mubarak's immediate ouster.Egypt's vice president met a broad representation of major opposition groups for the first time Sunday and offered new concessions including freedom of the press, release of those detained since anti-government protests began nearly two weeks ago and the eventual lifting of the country's hated emergency laws. Two of the groups that attended the meeting said this was only a first step in a dialogue which has yet to meet their central demand - the immediate ouster of longtime President Hosni Mubarak."People still want the president to step down," said Mostafa al-Naggar, a protest organizer and supporter of Mohamed ElBaradei."The protest continues because there are no guarantees and not all demands have been met," he added. "We did not sign on to the statement. This is a beginning of a dialogue. We approve the positive things in the statement but ... we are still demanding that the president step down."The outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, the country's largest opposition group, made a similar statement after its representatives attended the meeting.Read the full story here.

  • Turks (IHH) show solidarity with Egyptian protestors.People in several mosques also organized rallies against Mubarak in Istanbul. In a show of solidarity with Egyptian protestors calling on Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak to resign subsequent to Friday prayers, people have staged protests in many cities across Turkey.The protests have largely been orchestrated by civil society organizations, including the Humanitarian Aid Foundation (İHH), and called on Mubarak to leave for a peaceful transition to democracy. People in several mosques also organized rallies against Mubarak in Istanbul after the Friday prayer.Along with Friday prayer, protestors also performed a funeral prayer for the victims of political unrest in Egypt in a demonstration held at Diyarbakır’s Ulu Cami, also calling on Mubarak to resign.Hmmmm.....For a "Humanitarian Organisation they sure love politics"?Read the full story here.

  • Pakistani woman commits suicide after US shooting of her husband.LAHORE, Pakistan – The wife of a Pakistani man shot and killed by a U.S. official committed suicide by eating rat poison Sunday, explaining before she died that she was driven to act by fears the American would be freed without trial, a doctor said.The U.S. has demanded Pakistani authorities release the American, saying he shot and killed two armed men in self-defense when they attempted to rob him as he drove his car in the eastern city of Lahore. He was arrested on Jan. 27, and the U.S. has said he has diplomatic immunity and is being illegally detained.The shootings have stoked anti-American sentiment in Pakistan, feelings that could be further inflamed by Shumaila Kanwal's suicide. She died several hours after being rushed to a hospital, said Ali Naqi, the doctor in Faisalabad city who treated her."I do not expect any justice from this government," said Kanwal in a statement recorded by the doctor before she died. "That is why I want to kill myself."Kanwal also spoke to reporters after arriving at the hospital, saying "I want blood for blood.""The way my husband was shot, his killer should be shot in the same fashion," she said.Besides the two men who were shot dead, a bystander was also killed when he was struck by an American car rushing to the scene to help Davis. Police have said they want to question the Americans suspected in that death as well.Relatives of the men who were allegedly shot by Davis have participated in several protests in Lahore, including one Thursday outside the U.S. consulate where demonstrators shouted "Hang the American killer!"Some commentators have tried to paint the two men as innocent Pakistanis rather than thieves who were attempting to rob Davis. But the U.S. Embassy has said the men had criminal backgrounds and had robbed money and valuables at gunpoint from a Pakistani citizen in the same area minutes before the shootings.Hmmmmm.......Somebody is going to be made a "Martir".Read the full story here.More here.

  • One-legged Afghan Red Cross worker set to be hanged after converting to Christianity.An Afghan physiotherapist will be executed within three days for converting to Christianity.Said Musa, 45, has been held for eight months in a Kabul prison were he claims he has been tortured and sexually abused by inmates and guards.Mr Musa, who lost his left leg in a landmine explosion in the 1990s, has worked for the Red Cross for 15 years and helps to treat fellow amputees.He was arrested in May last year as he attempted to seek asylum at the German embassy following a crackdown on Christians within Afghanistan.He claims he was visited by a judge who told him he would be hanged within days unless he converted back to Islam.But he remains defiant and said he would be willing to die for his faith.He told the Sunday Times: 'My body is theirs to do what they want with.'Only God can decide if my spirit goes to hell.'Defence lawyers have refused to represent him, while others have dropped the case after receiving death threats.Mr Musa was arrested after a TV station showed western men baptising Afghans during secret ceremonies.Hmmmm......Obama "Islam is a great religion".Read the full story here.

  • HT:BigJournalism.MSM Circles the Wagons Around Obama Admin Over Middle East.The Mainstream Media (MSM) has circled the wagons around the Obama Administration Officials as the Middle East descents into chaos.Some members of the MSM are expressing concern on how the populist uprisings in the Middle East will directly and personally affect the Obama Presidency, which many of them had proclaimed days earlier was back with a swagger following his State of the Union Address to the nation.Media Pundits have sought to put the best possible spin on President Obama often incoherent and gibberish like response to the mass protest that swept across Egypt as common citizens taken to the streets seeking to put an end to the rule of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. From Algeria to Yemen, common citizens have rose up in their demands for reforms, greater freedoms from oppression and a end to government corruption in recent weeks as the Obama Administration has pretty much quietly watched from a distance.Rather than focus in on how these uprisings may shift the balance of power in the region. MSNBC’s Chris Matthews took to the air Friday night foaming at the mouth with his usual wild conspiracy theory that somehow former President George W. Bush and the war in Iraq was the driving force behind the uprisings throughout the Middle East and that it was the Obama Administration that was having to deal with end results of it all.MSNBC’s other nightly pundits Rachel Maddow and Ed Schultz wondered during their segments how the uprisings would affect the Presidency of Barrack Obama personally and chose not to focus in on the aspects.Hmmmmm.......Reminds me of the Battle of the Little Bighorn a.k.a. Custer's Last Stand ?Read the full story here.

  • Egypt unrest may push oil above $110: Kuwait.Risk seen to Suez Canal, SUMED oil pipeline.Global oil prices could exceed $110 a barrel if political unrest in Egypt continues, a member of Kuwait's Supreme Petroleum Council said on Sunday.Oil prices have spiked due to tension in Egypt. Brent crude hit $100 per barrel for the first time since 2008 on fears instability could spread through the Middle East, which together with North Africa pumps over a third of the world's oil."I expect oil prices to reach $110 during the first half of 2011, however, it could go above that level if Egypt's current crisis continues," Imad Al-Atiqi, a member of the Opec member's highest oil policy body, told Reuters in a telephone interview."A huge amount of oil passes through the Suez Canal and the country's stability is essential for the Middle East's stability, particularly Israel," he said.Egypt is a small oil and gas exporter and the main danger of the unrest is seen as the closure of the Suez Canal or the Suez-Mediterranean (SUMED) oil pipeline which passes near Cairo.Opec ministers and consumers will discuss oil output policy on the sidelines of an international energy conference in Saudi Arabia on Feb. 22, but a formal decision there was unlikely, the Opec secretary general had said.Opec says it has spare capacity of 6 million barrels to meet lost output but would do it only when it sees a shortage in the market rather than speculator-driven rallies.Hmmmm.......In other words ....PAY you infidel!Read the full story here.

  • HT:AhmadiyyaTimes.Indonesia: 4 die in attack on Ahmadiyya Muslim religious minority.JAKARTA, Feb. 6 (AP) - (Kyodo)—At least four members of a religious minority group in Indonesia were killed Sunday when a group of suspected Muslim hardliners attacked the house of one of its followers in Indonesia's Banten Province near Jakarta.Carrying sharp weapons, a group estimated at 1,000 people attacked the home of a member of the Ahmadiyah congregation in the Pandeglang Regency before noon, police said."Four of our members were killed and four others were seriously injured, mostly from stab wounds," Ahmadiyah Indonesia spokesman Mubarik Ahmad said.But according to state-run news agency Antara, a villager said six are dead.The attack is the latest of a series of assaults and arsons on Ahmadiyah homes and mosques in Indonesia by Islamic militants, particularly those from the Islamic Defenders' Front, in recent years.So far, no one has claimed responsibility for the Sunday atrocity.Founded by in what is now Pakistan in 1889 by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the Ahmadiyah identify themselves as Muslims but differ with other Muslims as to whether Mohamed was the final monotheist prophet.Consequently, some Muslims perceive the Ahmadiyah as heretics.Pandeglang Police Chief Alex Fauzy Rasyad said that in the Sunday attack the mob also destroyed a car and a motorcycle.Anti-Ahmadiyah violence in Indonesia has increased since President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono announced a prohibition on teachings or public displays of the faith in June 2008.The Setara Institute for Peace and Democracy, a Jakarta-based group working on religious freedom, recorded 50 attacks in 2010 against the Ahmadiyah community.Since August last year, Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali has repeatedly called for the faith to be banned in Indonesia.Ahmadiyah is banned in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia and has been under attack in Bangladesh.Last week, Human Rights Watch called on Indonesian police to arrest those responsible for the attacks on Ahmadiyah followers and to protect vulnerable religions minorities across the country.Hmmmm.....Obama "Indonesia is an example of religious tolerance".Read the full story here.

  • HT:TheExaminer.Will the remaining US troops pull out of Iraq by Dec. 31, 2011?Don't count on it.The final 50,000 American troops are scheduled to leave Iraq on December 31, 2011 according to the "Agreement Between the United States of America and the Republic of Iraq On the Withdrawal of United States Forces from Iraq and the Organization of Their Activities during Their Temporary Presence in Iraq" or better known as the U.S.-Iraq Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA).However, there are some in the Pentagon and elsewhere who say that US troops will need to remain after the December date.Officials in the Pentagon are fearful that Iraq is becoming a “forgotten war” and is still too instable for US troop withdrawal, hint-hint.And the civilian numbers are about to be boasted again as the US State Department is recruiting both active and retired U.S. law enforcement officers for 1 year missions in Iraq.I think the answer is becoming increasingly clear; we are being prepped for a much longer stay in Iraq.Hmmmm.......Obama"If We Work Hard, Afghanistan Could Be a Success...Like Iraq ..."'Iraq....Succes' ?Yeah whatevah!Read the full story here.

  • Ronald Reagan statue to be unveiled in Grosvenor Square.A statue of Ronald Reagan is to be unveiled in London's Grosvenor Square, as part of a year of celebrations to mark the 100th birthday of the former US president.The 10 foot bronze will be positioned on a pedestal close to the American Embassy, and stand alongside existing statues of two other 20th Century US leaders, Dwight Eisenhower and Franklin D Roosevelt. The Embassy is moving to a new location next year, but the statues will remain in Mayfair.With the unveiling scheduled for July 4, US Independence Day, the Ronald Reagan Foundation has invited Margaret Thatcher and David Cameron to attend the ceremony. Condoleezza Rice, the former US secretary of state who worked for the Pentagon during Mr Reagan's presidency, will represent Nancy Reagan, 89, who will be following proceedings from her Californian home. "President Reagan always referred to the United States' special relationship with Great Britain, especially his personal friendship with Baroness Thatcher," said Rob Bauer, director of external affairs for the Ronald Reagan Foundation. "The Reagan Foundation commissioned the statue to honour that partnership and to celebrate an enduring alliance." The statue is to be created by Chas Fagan, the American sculptor who created a likeness of Mr Reagan for the Capitol Rotunda in the US Congress. The Foundation, which is funding the work, hopes that the statue will have as much impact as the 2009 US version.Mrs Reagan cried as the image was revealed. She said: "This statue is a wonderful likeness of Ronnie. He would be so proud."Hmmmm......Now here's a US President who would have been invited to the upcoming Royal wedding!He would have told the Russian to go and F* themselves instead of giving the UK secrets to them!Read the full story here.

  • HT:RefugeeResettlementWatch.Some facts on Somali gangs in Minneapolis from AP.Bloomberg has published a lengthy report from AP about Somali gangs. It opens with a review of the sex trafficking arrests we reported, here, in November. It closes with a discussion of how the local mosque is trying to save the kids.Here is one segment as related by a local policewoman (emphasis mine):Jeanine Brudenell, a Minneapolis police officer who has focused on Somali gangs and crime trends for five years and became the department liaison with the community in 2008, said Somali gangs have had a presence in Minneapolis since 2000. Gang activity began growing around 2004, when a 32-year-old Somali woman was murdered during a botched robbery. Brudenell said aggravated robberies increased in 2005 and 2006. And in 2007 and 2008, there were seven gang-related killings in a 10-month period.“A lot of the crime was being committed against people in their own community. Somali suspects were on the whole victimizing Somali people,” she said, partly because of the dense neighborhoods in which Somalis live.There are seven Somali gangs in Minneapolis, and a total of about 200 documented Somali gang members and associates, she said — about 10 percent of the roughly 2,100 documented active gang members in the Minneapolis Police Department’s system. The gang members are a small fraction of the Somali population: The U.S. Census says roughly 25,000 Somalis live in Minnesota, while local advocates say the number is much higher.According to police department data, there were 138 gang-associated crimes committed in 2008 in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, an area just east of downtown Minneapolis where many Somali immigrants settled. The number of gang-associated crimes decreased to 100 in 2009, but went back up to 137 in 2010.We have admitted well over 100,000 Somali refugees to the US.Since 2008 no immigration report has been submitted to Congress WHY?What is the Obama administration hiding?Hmmmmm......WHY the secrecy?Read the full story here.

  • Massive fireball in Ohio as train carrying over 300,000 gallons of ethanol bursts into flames.A massive fire is raging out of control in Ohio today after part of a train carrying ethanol derailed and burst into flames.Fire fighters at the scene are battling to try to tame the inferno which emergency crews say will continue to burn into this evening.The explosion and resulting fireball could be seen for miles around, with experts estimating that 320,000 gallons of highly flammable liquid has caught fire.The crash happened between 2am and 3am this morning while the train was travelling through Hancock County.It is not yet known what caused the derailment, but the area had experienced heavy snow fall in the last 24 hours.Emergency officials say around 18 of the trains 62 tanker cars derailed before bursting into flames.The remaining train cars have been separated from the burning wreck.Around 20 local residents were evacuated from the area early this morning and have been put up in a nearby church while the blaze is brought under control.Hours after the crash the flames remained so intense that emergency crews were forced to remain at least a mile for safety reasons.Earlier this morning, fire fighters were trying to determine whether to pour foam onto the blaze or let it burn out.Read and see the full story here.

  • HT:CreepingSharia.The submission continues, via Visiting the Davis Mosque « USDOJ: Justice Blog.Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Thomas E. Perez and U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner today visited the Islamic Center of Davis to discuss civil rights and other issues of concern to the Muslim American community. Perez and Wagner addressed the congregation and answered questions during their visit, which is part of the Justice Department’s outreach initiative to enhance engagement with Muslim and Arab-American communities around the country. Perez recently met with Muslim leaders in Detroit, Nashville and Roanoke.Sounds like meeting with Muslims is a full-time job for Perez – paid for with your tax dollars.Regarding so-called “hate” crimes, maybe the Attorney’s office should focus their apathy on Muslims favorite targets, Jews. In 2009 alone, there were more hate crime incidents against Jews than against Muslims in nearly ten years. As we pointed out in 2008 and 2009, Muslims are the least likely to be targeted – while at the same time terror-linked groups like CAIR continually harass and wage legal jihad against American citizens.Hmmmm.......Not the Muslims but the Jews and Christians are being harrassed!Read and see the full story here.

  • Iran TV says no to pasta, pizza.Cooking shows ordered to shun Italian, French dishes, highlight Iran's achievements instead. After ridding Iranian universities of "Western subjects," authorities in Tehran are making sure that local cooking shows also adhere to the spirit of the Ayatollah regime. On Sunday, Iran's broadcasting authority forbade television channels in the country to air cooking shows featuring "Western" dishes. As it turns out, the dozes of official TV stations in Iran currently feature shows that offer their viewers recipes for Italian and French dishes, an apparently grave sin in the Islamic republic. "Television should show viewers abroad and Persian speakers the great and important achievements of the Islamic revolution," the broadcasting authority's deputy director, Ali Darabi, was quoted as saying as he explained the move. The decision was taken ahead of "Islamic Revolution Day," which will mark the 32nd anniversary of the Persian shah's downfall. At this time it's unclear how the move will affect the many restaurants throughout Iran that offer fast food and "Western" menus that include hamburgers, hotdogs, pizzas and pastas.Earlier, Iranian authorities declared a war on cigarettes, banning television channels from airing shows and films that feature smoking.Hmmmm.....Lets call it the the "Big Mullah"in stead of the "Big Mac"?Read the full story here.

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