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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Overnight Music video - Welterusten, Meneer de President (Boudewijn de Groot) - W. Music Video

Boudewijn de Groot (born 20 May 1944) is one of the most famous Dutch singer/songwriters. He is known for the song "Welterusten Meneer de President" (1966),Boudewijn de Groot was born in Indonesia in 1944 in a Japanese concentration camp close to Batavia (today known as Jakarta) where his mother died in June 1945. In 1946, he and his family returned to the Netherlands. The song was a protest song against the Vietnam War, now 46 years later it's just as actual as then and although this video clip is showing G.W. Bush it might just as well show Pres Obama.

Lyrics Translation:
Mr. President, good night.
Sleep quietly in your beautiful white house.
Do not think too much about all those distant shores
where your boys are, lonely, far from home.
Do not think that forty-six kills
that mistake with that bombing.
And forget the fourth of the Ten Commandments
that you as a good Christian surely know.

Do not think about all those young soldiers on the front
dying alone in the distant tropical night.
Let the weak pacifist clique talk,
Mr. President, sleep tight.

Dream about the victory and triumph,
dream about your beautiful ideal of peace
that has never been obtained by bloody murder ,
dream that you will succeed this time.
Do not think about all those people who perish,
how many women, many children have been murdered.
Dream that you'll pull the longest straw
and don't believe a word of all the opposition.

Bayonets with bloody hilts
keep guard far away from at your command
for the glory and honour of the free West.
Mr. President, sleep tight.

Don't Scared too much when in your dreams
you will see all those innocent victims standing
who out there in the battle died
and ask you how long will this go on.
And yet by this time you will know
that there are people who are sick of violence,
Who won't forget all the blood and misery
and for whom a human life still counts.

Dream but not too much of all those dead people,
dream about victory and power.
Do not think all those peace wishes.
Mr. President, sleep tight.

2011 just ended the way 2012 will start!

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  • Updated !Earthquakes in the last 24 hours in the world seismic activity situation Indonesia 5.5 - 5.4 ; Peru 5.1 !More info here.

  • Obama Aides Say He Will Bypass Congress And Focus On Executive Orders During Reelection Campaign, “At Least Two Or Three Per Week".(AP).Leaving behind a year of bruising legislative battles, President Barack Obama enters his fourth year in office having calculated that he no longer needs Congress to promote his agenda and may even benefit in his re-election campaign if lawmakers accomplish little in 2012.Absent any major policy pushes, much of the year will focus on winning a second term. The president will keep up a robust domestic travel schedule and aggressive campaign fundraising and use executive action to try to boost the economy.Aides say the president will not turn his back on Congress completely in the new year. He is expected to once again push lawmakers to pass elements of his jobs bill that were blocked by Republicans last fall.If those efforts fail, the White House says, Obama’s re-election year will focus almost exclusively on executive action.Earnest said Obama will come out with at least two or three directives per week, continuing the “We Can’t Wait” campaign the administration began this fall, and try to define Republicans in Congress as gridlocked and dysfunctional.Hmmm......sic infit.""Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty". ~ Plato.Read the full story here.

  • George Washington writes a letter to President Obama.(PE).Dear Mr. President: Although it is two hundred years, and more, since I laid down the cares of an eventful temporal existence and took up residence in my long home, Our Gracious Lord has seen fit to bestow upon my spirit the gift of perpetual cognition, and He has granted the further boon of permitting me, for a few moments, to assume sufficient corporeality to pen this letter, which I place before Your Excellency as the cri de coeur of a patriot whose efforts on behalf of his country have been deemed by its citizens to possess no little significance.Read the full story here.

  • President Obama makes Judicial Watch’s “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians” list for a fifth consecutive year.(JW). President Obama makes Judicial Watch’s “Ten Most Wanted” list for a fifth consecutive year. (The former Illinois Senator was also a “Dishonorable Mention” in 2006.) And when it comes to Obama corruption, it may not get any bigger than Solyndra. Solyndra was once known as the poster child for the Obama administration’s massive “green energy” initiative, but it has become the poster child for the corruption that ensues when the government meddles in the private sector. Solyndra filed for bankruptcy in September 2011, leaving 1,100 workers without jobs and the American taxpayers on the hook for $535 million thanks to an Obama administration stimulus loan guarantee.Despite the Obama administration’s reticence to release details regarding this scandal, much is known about this shady deal. White House officials warned the president that the Department of Energy’s loan guarantee program was “dangerously short on due diligence,” nonetheless the Obama administration rushed the Solyndra loan through the approval process so it could make a splash at a press event. The company’s main financial backer was a major Obama campaign donor named George Kaiser. While the White House said Kaiser never discussed the loan with White House officials, the evidence suggests this is a lie. And, further demonstrating the political nature of the Obama administration’s activities, the Energy Department pressured Solyndra to delay an announcement on layoffs until after the 2010 elections. Despite the public outrage at this scandalous waste of precious tax dollars, President Obama continues to defend the indefensible and has refused to sack anyone over the Solyndra mess.President Obama continues to countenance actions by his appointees that undermine the rule of law and constitutional government:
  1. Despite a ban on funding that Obama signed into law, his administration continues to fund the corrupt and allegedly defunct “community” organization ACORN. In July 2011 Judicial Watch uncovered a $79,819 grant to AHCOA (Affordable Housing Centers of America), the renamed ACORN Housing which has a long history of corrupt activity. In absolute violation of the funding ban, Judicial Watch has since confirmed that the Obama administration has funneled $730,000 to the ACORN network, a group that has a long personal history with President Obama.In 2011, JW released a special report entitled “The Rebranding of ACORN,” which details how the ACORN network is alive and well and well-placed to undermine the integrity of the 2012 elections – evidently with the assistance of the Obama administration.
  2. Barack Obama apparently believes it is his “prerogative” to ignore the U.S. Constitution and the rule of law when it comes to appointing czars. According to Politico: “President Barack Obama is planning to ignore language in the 2011 spending package that would ban several top White House advisory posts. Obama said this ban on “czars” would undermine “the President’s ability to exercise his constitutional responsibilities and take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” In other words, Barack Obama believes he must ignore the U.S. Constitution to protect the U.S. Constitution. Many Obama administration czars have not been subject to confirmation by the U.S. Senate as required by the U.S. Constitution. In 2011, JW released a first-of-its-kind comprehensive report on the Obama czar scandal, entitled “President Obama’s Czars.”
  3. In an historic victory for Judicial Watch and an embarrassing defeat for the Obama White House, a federal court ruled on August 17, 2011 that Secret Service White House visitor logs are agency records that are subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell issued the decision in Judicial Watch v. Secret Service. The Obama administration now will have to release all records of all visitors to the White House – or explain why White House visits should be kept secret under the law. The Obama White House continues to fight full disclosure and has stalled the release of records by appealing the lower court decision.(Judicial Watch gave Obama a “failing grade” on transparency in testimony before Congress in 2011. (Read the testimony in full as well as additional congressional testimony during a hearing entitled “White House Transparency, Visitor Logs and Lobbyists.”)
  4. In 2011, the Obama National Labor Relations Board sought to prevent the Seattle-based Boeing Company from opening a $750 million non-union assembly line in North Charleston, South Carolina, to manufacture its Dreamliner plane. Judicial Watch obtained documents from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) showing this lawsuit was politically motivated. Judicial Watch uncovered documents showing NLRB staff cheerleading for Big Labor, mouthing Marxist, anti-American slurs and showing contempt for Congress related to the agency’s lawsuit against Boeing, including email correspondence attacking members of Congress. And it starts at the top. Obama bypassed Congress and recess-appointed Craig Becker, who is connected to the AFL-CIO, the SEIU and ACORN, to the NRLB.
  5. Obama’s corrupt Chicago dealings continued to haunt him in 2011.Obama’s real estate partner, campaign fundraiser and Obama pork recipient Antoin “Tony” Rezko was finally sentenced to jail this year as was former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, who is now set to serve 14 years for attempting to sell Obama’s former Senate seat to the highest bidder. The FBI continues to withhold from Judicial Watch documents of its historic interview of then-Senator Obama about the Illinois corruption scandal. The FBI interview was conducted in December, 2008, about one month before Obama was sworn into the presidency.Read the full story here.

    • Obama Fundraiser Found Guilty of $21 Million Bank Fraud.(Amerpundit).As Jammie notes, it’s odd how many of Barack Obama’s buddies end up in prison on felony charges. It’s almost like he’s part of a culture of corruption or something.A Democratic fundraiser was found guilty Friday of engineering a $21 million bank fraud scheme.Courtney Dupree was convicted of vastly overstating the billings of his Long Island City-based lighting company GDC Acquisitions in order to fraudulently obtain a loan from Amalgamated Bank.Dupree sat stone-faced as the verdict was read in Brooklyn Federal Court. He faces up to 30 years in prison.The guy has big connections to Democratic politics: Dupree, who attended the elite Wharton School of Business, was a rainmaker in Democratic circles.In 2008, Dupree hosted a $1,000-a-ticket fund-raiser for Barack Obama at his Broad St. apartment that was attended by top aide Valerie Jarrett.His company counted NBC Universal and Goldman Sachs among its clients.In turn, NBC Universal and Goldman Sachs have been big sources of fundraising money for the Obama campaign and other Democratic causes.Hmmm....."A man is known by the company he keeps"?Read the full story here.

    • Staten Island jihadi snitches on co-religionists, says pro-jihad Muslim in U.S. military.(DocsTalk).Just one? via S.I. jihadi Abdel Hameed Shehadeh rats out a big roster of plotters – NY Daily News.A TERRORIST wanna-be from Staten Island ratted out dozens of people he called pro-jihadists in New York and Hawaii after he was arrested by the FBI-NYPD Joint Terrorist Task Force, it was revealed Tuesday.Abdel Hameed Shehadeh was a fount of information when lawmen interrogating him last year in Honolulu showed him more than 40 photos of possible evildoers, according to court papers filed in Brooklyn Federal Court.Shehadeh’s lawyer is seeking to suppress the 22-page FBI report in which Shehadeh spills his guts. The alleged rogues’ gallery he describes includes Brooklyn teachers of the Islamic orthodoxy Salafism, a livery cab driver, an Ethiopian Muslim in the U.S. Army and a College of Staten Island student who attended a fund-raiser at Brooklyn College for a terrorist.Others he ID’d had delivered pro-jihadist speeches at mosques or ranted in online chat rooms, he said, and included a reputed member of the terror group Hamas who lives in Syracuse.Most bizarre is the homeless husband-and-wife — she comes from a wealthy family and he drives a luxury BMW sedan — who watched a beheading video with Shehadeh, according to an FBI report.Shehadeh recalled attending a lecture at the Brooklyn Islamic Center in 2008 with someone named “Omar” and a second man who peddled pro-jihad T-shirts. “Almost everything [Omar] and his friend . . . talked about was jihad,” the report states.The names of the persons of interest are being withheld by the Daily News because Shehadeh’s claims could not be independently confirmed.Did the Daily News try?Shehadeh’s lawyer publicly filed the FBI report as part of a motion to suppress his client’s post-arrest snitching and statements about his own radicalization.Shehadeh signed an affidavit claiming he was tricked into waiving his constitutional right against self-incrimination.The Brooklyn-born Shehadeh, 22, is charged with lying to the feds about a failed attempt to travel to Pakistan and join the Taliban.He also tried to join the U.S. Army himself, but was rejected because he failed to disclose his overseas trips.“At some point after stopping the interview, Shehadeh was asked what he was thinking about. (He) answered, ‘How much I incriminated myself,’ ” Special Agent John Tinning and Detective Angel Maysonet wrote.Comment: I have not corroborated this story-I post it to simply demonstrate that the infiltration continues. It has been going on for years. The documentation abounds yet has been suppressed by the msm-ask yourself why? Hmmmm.........Jihadis Cair Care free in America?Read the full story here.

    • E-Z to follow instructions: how to escape any traffic stop without a ticket!(DougRoss).Stopped for a traffic violation and don't want to get hit with an expensive ticket? Just follow these simple instructions:
    1. When the police officer asks for your driver's license and registration, state: "No habla ingles."
    2. As the police officer figures out how to react, recite the following sentence (preferably using a exaggerated accent): "I am an illegal alien to the United States."
    3. Before the police officer can react to your second statement, close the deal with: "You are not allowed to ask for my papers. Eric Holder said so."
    4. After the police officer shrugs, closes his traffic investigation pad and sends you on your way, put the car in D (not R, heh) and slowly drive away from the scene. Try not to unleash an evil cackle.Note: If you are hassled at all, contact La Raza or some other separatist front group for the government of Mexico and figure out how to sue the city, town or county in question.After all, according to the Obama administration and the Holder DOJ, no one has a right to ask you for your papers. And anyone who does so must be profiling.Read the full story here.

    • Electric Car Company that Received $529 Million Federal Loan Recalls Vehicles.(TheHill).An electric vehicle manufacturer that received a $529 million loan from the Energy Department is recalling 239 vehicles.The Transportation Department’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said Thursday that the company, Fisker Automotive, will recall its Karma vehicles made between July 1, 2011, and Nov. 3, 2011, because of a faulty electric battery component that could cause a fire.“Within the high-voltage battery, certain hose clamps may have been positioned incorrectly during assembly. If positioned incorrectly, the batter compartment cover could interfere with the hose clamps, potentially causing a coolant leak from the cooling hose,” NHTSA said in its recall notice Thursday.“If coolant enters the battery compartment, an electrical short could occur possibly resulting in a fire.”The Energy Department issued a $529 million loan to Fisker in April 2010 for the development of its plug-in electric vehicles.The administration has come under fire for issuing the loan after ABC News reported in October that Fisker is making its vehicles in Finland because it could not find a contractor in America to manufacture them.The Energy Department said in October that the loan was used to develop manufacturing processes for the Karma, at the company’s U.S. facilities.The department also said the larger portion of the loan — $359 million — was supporting production of Fisker’s Nina vehicles, and that Fisker used this funding to bring a shuttered General Motors plant in Delaware back to life. That plant employs 2,500 people, according to the Energy Department.The news comes after Republicans have pummeled the Obama administration for issuing a $535 million loan guarantee in 2009 to the now-bankrupt California solar panel manufacturer Solyndra. Hmmmm.....How much floated back to the reelect Obama fund?Read the full story here.

    • US Civilians Are Now Helping Decide Who To Kill With Military Drones.(BLN).Source: Business Insider. President Obama’s enormous expansion of the U.S. drone program may be pushing too fast for military staffing to keep up.David S. Cloud of The Los Angeles Times reports the military is now forced to rely on a string of civilian contractors placed at all levels along the “kill chain.” These are the people who analyze incoming drone video and decide when to fire Hellfire missiles.The practice is not new.According to Cloud, an American civilian played a “central” role in the Predator attack that accidentally killed 15 Afghans in 2010, information that “surprised” the investigating Army officer.Manning the drone fleet is a mounting issue in the Air Force.It takes more staff to fly a drone than an F-15, and with more drones than ever in the air, non-government employees are increasingly employed to analyze video, and keep the UAVs in the air.The Air Force says it takes 168 people to fly a Predator for 24 hours, and 300 people to keep a Global Hawk aloft for the same time.The Air Force owns 230 Reapers, Predators, and Global Hawks — flying 50 of them at any given time.But it’s the 730 more drones being added to the fleet over the next 10 years that may explain why military personnel are now being asked to fly four drones at once.Announced last week and received with a wealth of concerns, the four drone per pilot program raises further concerns about an already legally muddled program.Despite public resistance, legal questions, and additional pilot stress, military officials in the U.S. and Britain are already claiming to see “great promise” with the four drone program.Unless the military drastically increases its recruiting efforts, with the defense cuts a huge improbability, there is likely to be an increasing number of civilians, working for profitable corporations, helping make decisions on when to fire U.S. weapons.While the Air Force tries to maintain certain standards within its ranks, attempting to root out those with questionable legal backgrounds, and poor “moral standing,” every corporation within the kill chain is guided by its own hiring practices.Read the full story here.

    • Report: Son of Islamic Jihad founder jailed in Syria.(YNet).The son of Islamic Jihad founder Fathi Shaqaqi was arrested by security forces in Syria, an Egyptian newspaper reported Saturday.According to the report, the 20-year-old Ibrahim Fathi Shaqaqi was taken into custody from his home in the Al-Yarmouk refugee camp. A relative told the newspaper that the security forces detained the youth without allowing the family to see him or giving them any information of his whereabouts. Senior Islamic Jihad officials were prohibited from visiting him as well. Fathi Shaqaqi, the father, was assassinated in Malta in 1995. The relative said that Ibrahim is not the only Islamic Jihad operative to be imprisoned in Syria. Despite the close ties between the Damascus and the militant group, the Syrian authorities refused the Jihad's request to release its militants when the uprising against President Bashar Assad began.Ibrahim's family claimed that Assad's regime forces are intentionally refusing to reveal the location where he and the other operatives are held.Despite the presence of Arab League monitors in the country, and calls from the US and the EU to allow the observers full access, the violent crackdown on protesters continued over the weekend. According to reports by al-Arabiya, as many as 43 people died in Friday's violence, including five members of Syria's security forces.Read the full story here.

    • Gaza Strip’s Hamas prime minister Haniya is always welcome in Turkey, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu.(HurriyetDaily). Ismail Haniya is expected to travel to Turkey soon.“As a country that helps and defends Gaza and considers this issue a matter of human rights, we welcome any visit from Gaza in principle. We have no hesitation on this,” Davutoğlu told reporters yesterday in Edirne at the end of the Fourth Ambassadors Conference.Palestinians held transparent elections long before the Arab Spring and Haniya received significant support from the Palestinian people, Davutoğlu said. Turkey is ready to help in any process that would contribute to peace and unite the Palestinians, he added.The minister recalled Turkey’s contributions to meetings between Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal earlier in the year. “Every Palestinian is a precious guest for us,” he said.In a separate development, Abu Khalil, one of the Palestinian prisoners Turkey received after they were released by Israel as part of a swap deal with Hamas, tied the knot late Dec. 29 at a wedding party in an Ankara hotel. The Palestinian ex-inmates have so far been kept strictly out of the public eye.In further comments yesterday, Davutoğlu rejected criticism from the main opposition, which argued the Ambassadors Conference was starting to resemble a camp of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). The minister recalled he had also invited opposition members to a dinner at his residence as part of the conference. Hmmmm......Every Palestinian terrorist is a precious guest for usWho needs ennemies with 'friends' like this?Read the full story here.
    • Turkey’s PM pledges full probe into deadly raid; rights groups urge U.N. probe.(AlArabiya).Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on Friday promised a full investigation into airstrikes on the Iraqi border that killed 35 villagers whom the military had mistaken for Kurdish militants - an attack that has infuriated minority Kurds in Turkey and Iraq.The strikes sparked clashes on Friday in Turkey’s restive mainly Kurdish southeast and in the autonomous Kurdish northern Iraq region.In the border village of Gulyazi, thousands of mourners attended funerals after digging deep graves along a steep cliff. The bodies, most of them young villagers who were smuggling cigarettes and diesel, were ferried on tractors or wrapped in carpets lashed to donkeys making their way along snowed tracks.Breaking his silence over an attack Turkey’s largest pro-Kurdish party has labeled a crime against humanity, Erdogan said video recordings of the air raid would be examined and forensic experts would be dispatched to the area.“All necessary steps will be taken,” Erdogan told reporters, calling the incident, one of the largest single-day civilian deaths in a decades-long conflict, unfortunate and saddening.But Erdogan also defended the Turkish military, which has been fighting Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) armed militants since the group took up arms against the Turkish state in 1984.The military had said its warplanes launched air strikes after drones spotted what looked like suspected PKK militants.“Unfortunately, it’s not possible to determine who’s who from these images taken by drones. These images showed a group of 40 men near the border,” Erdogan said, adding the PKK has used smugglers and mules to carry out attacks in the past.“Our F16 jets have bombed the area as a result.”The attack undermined efforts by Erdogan to engage Kurds in talks to write a new constitution expected to address long-held Kurdish grievances. Kurds, a minority that inhabits Turkey, Iraq, Syria and Iran, have become increasingly assertive.Some 500 protesters gathered on Friday in Arbil, the capital of Iraq's Kurdish region, to protest the killings. Some protesters threw stones and clashed briefly with Kurdish security forces, but there were no reports of casualties.“The crime ... is a real genocide, a war crime and a crime against humanity, and breaches international laws,” Kurdish activist Ali Mahmoud said. “We demand that Turkey be judged in the international courts.”The protesters carried PKK flags and pictures of its leader, Abdullah Ocalan, and shouted, “fight, fight for freedom” and “Erdogan is a terrorist.”“The Kurdish people must protest and condemn what happened,” activist Lalo Rangder said. “Erdogan is a terrorist and has two faces in the sense that he asks the international community to protect Syrians and at the same time is killing Kurdish people with forbidden weapons.”Clashes also broke out across cities in Turkey’s Kurdish areas and in its largest city Istanbul.Turkish rights groups called for a U.N.-sponsored probe.“Turkish and international non-governmental organizations should investigate the incident and the U.N. Human Rights Committee should send a committee right away,” human rights groups IHD and Mazlumder said in a preliminary report into Wednesday's airstrike.IHD and Mazlumder said most of those killed near the border village of Uludere were between the ages of 12 and 18. Turkish media have reported that 28 out of the 35 dead belonged to the same extended family and carried the same surname.In their report, IHD and Mazlumder quoted 19-year-old Haci Encu, who survived the attack and was in hospital, as saying the smugglers were a group of about 40-50 people with mules and were attacked as they were crossing the border to Iraq.As the group saw the planes overhead, “we started running towards Iraq, and bombs started to fall on those who were left behind on the rocky area. We were six people in my group, and three of us survived. We had civilian clothes and nobody was armed,” Encu said.“We have been doing this for a long time. Two people from the group were married, the rest were high school and secondary school students. Nobody has contacted me for testimony yet, and I haven't seen a single soldier since the incident.”The deaths threaten to ignite more violence from the PKK, which is regarded as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the European Union and the United States. The group has been fighting for an ethnic Kurdish homeland in a conflict that has claimed the lives of 40,000 people.A PKK commander called on Kurds to rise up to what he called an organized and planned massacre.“We call on all the people of Kurdistan and especially those of Hakkari and Sirnak to show their reaction against this massacre and to hold the perpetrators of this massacre accountable through their uprising,” Bahoz Erdal said in a statement.With most Turks favoring a hardline military response against the PKK, the incident is unlikely to hurt the popularity of Erdogan, who won a third term in office in a June vote.Hmmm....Once again i ask "Was it a US Spydrone or a Turkish Spydrone that gave the go Ahead info?Read the full story here.

    • EU is open to Iran’s proposal for nuclear talks but without preconditions.(AlArabiya).The European Union is open to meaningful talks with Tehran provided there are no preconditions on the Iranian side, an EU foreign policy spokesman said on Saturday.Earlier, Iran’s semi-official Mehr news agency quoted a senior official as saying that Iran’s nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili will write to the EU’s foreign affairs chief to express Tehran’s readiness for fresh nuclear talks with major powers.Jalili said he has formally called on the six powers - the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany - to return to the negotiating table with Iran.EU foreign policy spokesman, Michael Mann, said in an email to Reuters that Catherine Ashton wrote to Jalili in October and had not yet had a response.“We continue to pursue our twin-track approach and are open for meaningful discussions on confidence-building measures, without preconditions from the Iranian side,” he said.Iran’s invitation comes in the wake of new sanctions recently imposed by the West over Tehran’s uranium enrichment program, which is a potential pathway to making nuclear arms.The last round of negotiations between Iran and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany in January in Istanbul, Turkey, ended in failure.The U.S. and some of its allies accuse Iran of using its civilian nuclear program as a cover to develop atomic weapons. Iran has denied the charge, saying the program is for peaceful purposes only and is geared toward generating electricity and producing medical radioisotopes to treat cancer patients.“We formally declared to them (the intent) to return to the path of dialogue for cooperation,” Jalili told Iranian diplomats in Tehran, according to the official IRNA news agency. Jalili did not say when or through what channel he issued the invitation.However, Iran’s ambassador to Germany, Ali Reza Sheikh Attar, said earlier Saturday that Jalili was to send a letter soon to Ashton to arrange a new round of talks.Iran’s proposal is the latest signal from Tehran that the country appears to be feeling the toll of international sanctions.The U.N. has imposed four rounds of sanctions on Tehran over the nuclear enrichment, and separately, the U.S. and the European Union have imposed their own tough economic and financial sanctions. Washington’s measures target exports of gasoline and other refined petroleum products to Iran and have banned U.S. banks from doing business with foreign banks that provide services to Iran's Revolutionary Guard.Last month, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad acknowledged that the current penalties were impeding Iran’s financial institutions, saying, “our banks cannot make international transactions anymore.”And earlier in December, Iran reinstated an offer for U.N. nuclear agency officials to visit Tehran, though it did not say whether the International Atomic Energy Agency would be able to focus on suspicions that Iran is secretly working on nuclear arms - a key condition set by the agency.The U.S. and Israel have not ruled out a military strike against Iran's nuclear facilities if Tehran doesn’t stop its nuclear program.But Jalili warned Tehran would make any aggressor regret a decision to attack Iran.“We will give a response that will make the aggressor regret any threat against the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Jalili said.Meanwhile, the EU is considering a ban ─ already in place in the United States ─ on imports of Iranian oil, although diplomats and traders say awareness is growing in the EU that such a ban could damage the bloc's economy without doing much to hurt Iran.Hmmmm.......Playing for time.Read the full story here.

    • Ahmadinejad to Go on Tour of Latin America Next Month.(Fars).Ahmadinejad is due to visit Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua and Ecuador on the trip, Director of the International Affairs Department of the Presidential Office Mohammad Reza Forghani said. "Mr. Ahmadinejad will first go to Caracas to visit (Venezuelan President) Hugo Chavez," Forghani said, confirming an announcement made Tuesday by Chavez. "He will then go to the swearing-in ceremonies for Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, who has been re-elected," he said. Ahmadinejad will then travel to Cuba and to Ecuador, where he will hold talks with the respective leaders. Iran has been seeking to boost its ties with Latin American countries in recent years, to the concern of the United States. Since taking office in 2005, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has expanded Iran's cooperation with many Latin American states, including Venezuela, Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador and Brazil. But, Iran has grown specially expansive ties with Venezuela, and now the two countries are considered allies in many fields and in all international bodies, specially within the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) which controls the world's oil lifeline. The strong and rapidly growing ties between Iran and Venezuela have raised eyebrows in the US and its western allies since Tehran and Caracas have forged an alliance against the imperialist and colonialist powers and are striving hard to reinvigorate their relations with the other independent countries which pursue a line of policy independent from the US. Hmmmmm......Read the full story here.

    • Egypt Muslims, Christians clash over cartoon.(AlArabiya).Sectarian clashes broke out in the southern Egyptian province of Assiut after a Christian student posted a drawing of the Muslim prophet on the Internet, officials said on Saturday.The clashes, which spread to three villages, saw several Christian homes burned and left five police officers injured, a security official told AFP.On Thursday, dozens of Muslims tried to storm the home of the Christian student after the drawing appeared online.Police were called to the scene, arrested the student and formed a cordon around the house to prevent clashes, Assiut governor Abdelrahim Borei said.But on Friday, a group of Muslims set fire to a shop owned by the student’s father in a nearby village and another group burned Christian homes in another neighboring village and clashed with its residents.Borei has called for an emergency meeting with political and church officials as well as with recently elected MPs and members of ultra-conservative Salafi Muslim groups to try to defuse tensions.“The situation is now calm in the three villages. We have deployed police in the areas in order to maintain order,” Borei told state television.On Friday, Egypt’s military ruler Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi said the army would increase security around churches during the New Year and Coptic Christmas period, which falls on January 7.Egypt’s powerful Muslim Brotherhood has also vowed to protect the country’s churches in a bid to prevent deadly attacks on Christian places of worship.Last year, more than 20 people were killed in an apparent suicide bombing as hundreds of worshippers were leaving the Al-Qidissin (The Saints) church in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria after a New Year's Eve mass.In January 2010, six Copts were shot dead as they emerged from a Coptic Christmas Eve mass. A Muslim security guard was also killed in the shooting.Coptic Christians, who make up around 10 percent of Egypt’s 82 million population, have been the target of frequent attacks and complain of systematic discrimination.Read the full story here.

    • Iran refusing to fuel some European, Arab airlines.(AlArabiya).Iran is refusing to refuel some European and Arab airlines at its main international airport in a tit-for-tat move over major oil companies denying fuel to Iranian planes abroad, the airport's chief said Saturday.“Government directives” ordered the ban, Morteza Dehqan, head of Tehran’s Imam Khomeini international airport, told the ISNA news agency.“In a reciprocal move, we are not giving fuel to the airlines of countries which do not give fuel to our airlines,” he said.He did not say when the decision was adopted.AFP could not immediately confirm which foreign airlines were affected by the decision.In October, Iran’s foreign ministry warned it would “confront” Western companies for refusing to refuel its planes in Europe, which it called a violation of international law.European authorities and airports have been silent about the reported measures, which are separate to unilateral restrictions the EU imposed soon after the U.N. Security Council adopted a fourth set of sanctions against Tehran in June.Unilateral sanctions imposed by the United States, however, target gasoline and jet fuel supplies to Iran.Some airports in the Gulf and southwestern Asia are also reportedly refusing fuel to Iranian airlines, including its flag carrier Iran Air as well as leading private airline Mahan Air.Iran Air has been under U.S. sanctions since 1995 that have prevented any sale of Boeing or Airbus aircraft or spare parts. As a result, the airline has become one of the most dilapidated airlines in the world.Mahan Air was put on the U.S. sanctions list in October for allegedly transporting members of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards, some senior officers of which are on a U.S. travel blacklist.Read the full story here.

    "America's Nazi Future": Former Hitler Youth Whistleblower Warns Americans

    Friday, December 30, 2011

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    • Updated !Earthquakes in the last 24 hours in the world seismic activity situation Indonesia 5.5 - 5.4 ; Peru 5.1 !More info here.

    • Mazel Tov - The JEWS did it !Israeli man gives birth.(Ynet).Transgender man makes history, becomes first Israeli male to give birth Thursday.Yuval Topper, 24, an Israeli transgender man, gave birth at the Sheba Medical Center Thursday evening. Topper is the first Israeli transgender man to become pregnant and give birth. He underwent a sex change operation some three years ago. Topper's contractions began Thursday evening while traveling en route to Jerusalem. As result of heavy traffic, he and his partner decided to head to the Sheba medical center, near Tel Aviv. "We preferred to go to Hadassah Mount Scopus, a hospital where we received excellent treatment in the past, but we were forced to head to Sheba as result of the birth's quick progress," Topper said. "The staff at the hospital treated us with dignity and consideration." The Sheba medical center declined to comment on the report. Topper shocked medical staff in central Israel a few months ago after walking into an emergency room and informing doctors that he underwent a sex change operation and is pregnant. “Everyone was in shock,” said a patient at the hospital who was in the emergency room when Topper walked in. “He looked like a man in every way and insisted that medical staff address him as a male.”Hmmm..."I knew it it's a Zionist plot".Read the full story here.

    • Headway in U.S.-Taliban Peace Talks on Afghanistan "The Release of Maulawi Khairkhah, Noorullah Noori, Maulawi Wasiq, Mohammad Nabi Khosti, Haji Wali Mohammad and Mullah Fazlullah, Taliban's Chief of Staff, from Guantanamo Bay Prison will Be Proposed".(Memri)."There are possibilities that the release of Maulawi Khairkhah, Noorullah Noori, Maulawi Wasiq, Mohammad Nabi Khosti, Haji Wali Mohammad and Mullah Fazlullah, Taliban's chief of staff, from Guantanamo Bay prison will be proposed."'I think that the talks have progressed to some level. The talks that have been held in Qatar would be good to save Afghanistan from problems. Whether the Taliban office is in Qatar, Saudi Arabia or Turkey, I think it would make no difference,' Sayed Akbar Agha said."There are some reports that [the] U.S. has been negotiating with [the] Taliban over the past ten months in Doha and Germany."Earlier reports had said that Maulawi Khairkhah, Noorullah Noori, Maulawi Wasiq, Mohammad Nabi Khosti, Haji Wali Mohammad and Mullah Fazlullah are reportedly among those to be released from the Guantanamo Bay.""Afghan President Hamid Karzai recently expressed anger over [the U.S.-led move for] the Taliban office in Qatar because of the fact the ... Afghan government had not been consulted. "President Karzai even recalled the Afghan ambassador from Doha because the government had no information that [any] talks had been held between the U.S. and the Taliban."Meanwhile, some of the Afghan political parties believe that unless the government has a clear definition of the anti-government armed groups, holding talks with them will be of no use."The political parties warn that the international community and the Afghan government must [not] give the Taliban privileges ahead of time. 'I think if members of international community or the Afghan government give anti-government armed groups privileges ahead of time, it will not lead to positive results,' Dr. Abullah Abdullah, Head of the Leading Council of the newly formed National Coalition, said."The political parties also believe that the U.S. has made efforts to open a Taliban office outside Afghanistan, so that it can lead the Afghan peace talks itself.""Afghanistan would welcome a Taliban office in any Islamic country on the condition that the Afghans lead the talks, President Karzai's Office said on Tuesday [December 27, 2011]. The Afghan government had earlier said it could agree to a Taliban office opening in Saudi Arabia or Turkey."It is said that the government has changed its stance after the Afghan High Peace Council [which is tasked by the Karzai government to hold peace talks with the Taliban and other armed groups] supported the idea to open a Taliban office in Qatar."The High Peace Council recently said it welcomed a Taliban office in any Islamic country. The Taliban office in Qatar turned into a controversial issue recently. The Afghan government had earlier opposed opening a Taliban office in Qatar and even called the Afghan ambassador, Khaled Ahmad Zakari, to Kabul."But the Office of Afghan President Hamid Karzai now says that it has been decided that a Taliban office in any Islamic country would be welcomed. 'Recently it has been decided that a Taliban office in any Islamic country would be welcomed, but on the condition that they are opened in consultation with the Afghan government and the High Peace Council,' Hamid Elmi, deputy spokesman of President Karzai, said."Meanwhile, the High Peace Council has said that it has sent an 11-article letter to different sources and countries about how peace talks should be held with the Taliban. The Council says one of the main conditions for peace talks that the Afghan government has stressed is that the Taliban must respect the Afghan constitution as well as the achievements gained during the last ten years.""The Afghan High Peace Council on ... [December 29, 2011] announced that seven Taliban leaders have taken their families to Qatar while no official letters from either Qatar or [the] U.S. have been received by the council [regarding peace negotiations with the Taliban or setting up a Taliban political office in Qatar]."After the [Karzai] government agreed with [a proposal for] a Taliban liaison office in Qatar, the practical process has started in Qatar, The council's international advisor said. The Afghan government has agreed to opening an office for [the] Taliban in Qatar on condition that the negotiation process is led by Afghans."The council says that it hasn't received details about the Taliban leaders who have gone to Qatar. 'We have heard through the media about it, but we haven't received any official letter from [the] U.S., Qatar or the Taliban,' Mohammad Ismail Qasimyar, international advisor of the Afghan High Peace Council, said. 'We don't know their names and [the names of their] family members. We have heard that six to seven Taliban leaders and their families have gone there.'"Meanwhile, the High Peace Council has put in some conditions for talks with the Taliban. But it says it hasn't received any response from the Taliban in this regard. 'We set our conditions, we are waiting for Taliban's response,' Mr. Qasimi added."The High Peace Council emphasises on Afghan leadership of the negotiation which is well respected by international community."11 Conditions Outlined for Peace Talks with the Taliban "The conditions [outlined by the High Peace Council] are:
    1. - The office should only be used for negotiations.
    2. - The office should be in Afghanistan if the situation suits, if not in one of the Islamic countries preferably in Saudi Arabia or Turkey.
    3. - First arrangements should be made without intervention of the host country.
    4. - War should be stopped in Afghanistan before the start of negotiations.
    5. - Armed oppositions should cut all their ties with Al-Qaeda and other terrorist networks.
    6. - The achievements of last decade should remain unhurt.
    7. - Afghan constitution must be respected.
    8. - The sovereignty of Afghanistan must be recognized.
    9. - Pakistan must support peace negotiations because the bases of the armed oppositions are there.
    10. - Elected an[d] powerful representatives from both sides should continue the negotiations.
    11. - None of the third parties can interfere without consultation with Afghanistan."Hmmmm......Where's the role of Congress in all this?Read the full story here.

    • Roboski victims lied to rest .DTK co-chair Ahmet Türk "If this is not a genocide what is it ?" (Firat).The funeral have taken place of the 35 civilians, most of them under 18, slaughtered by Turkish warplanes on 28 December near the village of Roboski. Most of the victims were from the village of Gülyazı and were members of the same family. BDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş and DTK co-chair Ahmet Türk delivered a speech at the funeral. "If this is not a genocide what is it ?" asked Türk while Demirtaş pointed the finger at the Turkish media and their ongoing smear campaign of the Kurdish people. Read and see the full story here.

    • Syria forces fire ‘nail bombs’ as death toll mounts; hundreds of thousands demonstrate.(AlArabiya).As many as 32 people have been shot dead by the Syrian security forces, Al Arabiya reported citing Syrian activists at the Local Coordination Committees. The dead people were mostly in Hama, Daria, Mudamiya in Damascus, Deraa, Telkakh and Baalaba in Homs. More than 100,000 protesters performed a sit-in in Douma as the Arab observers toured the city, Syrian activists said.Huge protests were organized in most of the Syrian cities after the activists called for a “Friday of Marching to the Freedom Squares.”Syrian forces were accused of firing nail bombs Friday to disperse protesters as tens of thousands of people flooded streets across the country to make their voices heard to Arab monitors, according to AFP.Protesters called for the ouster and prosecution of President Bashar al-Assad, whose autocratic regime has been blamed for the deaths of more than 5,000 people since pro-reform protests erupted in March.“This Friday is different from any other Friday. It is a transformative step. People are eager to reach the monitors and tell them about their suffering,” activist Abu Hisham in Hama told Reuters.Activists urged monitors, who started this week a mission to implement an Arab League peace plan, to protect civilians from the regime’s wrath.“We urge you to make a clear distinction between the assassin and the victim,” activists of the Syrian Revolution 2011 said in a statement posted on their Facebook page.“Our revolution which was launched nine months ago is peaceful,” they said.Heavy clashes, meanwhile, broke out between Syrian security forces and army defectors in the Damascus suburb of Douma on Friday, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.Huge demonstrations rocked northwestern Idlib province and Douma, a Damascus suburb where protesters clashed with security forces who fired “nail bombs” to disperse them, said the Observatory.At least 24 protesters were hurt when security forces fired “nail bombs to disperse tens of thousands of demonstrators in Douma,” the watchdog said, adding that the protesters “hurled stones” in retaliation.“An activist in the city told the Observatory that he was hurt by shrapnel from those bombs,” the Britain-based group said in a statement received by AFP in Nicosia.The reported use of nail bombs could not be independently verified.In Douma, security forces also fired “stun grenades and tear gas” at protesters as 60,000-70,000 demonstrators headed to city hall, where Arab League observers visited the previous day.It was the “biggest ever demonstration” in the restive suburb since March, it added.Further north in Idlib province, which borders Turkey, more than 250,000 protesters took the streets in various locations, the Observatory reported.Protests also took place in Homs, which activists have dubbed the “martyr” city as hundreds have died there in a government crackdown on dissent over the past few months.In the Damascus neighborhood of al-Kadam, security forces fired live rounds of ammunition at worshippers who emerged from midday prayers apparently to prevent them from joining the protests, said the Observatory.Protests in Aleppo, Syria’s second city in the north and economic hub, was “brutally” crushed by regime loyalists, it added.The Observatory’s Rami Abdul Rahman told AFP activists are determined to make their voices heard to the monitors despite the bloody crackdown which activists say has killed more than 100 people since monitors arrived Monday.Read the full story here.

    • Butterball 'Halal' Turkey Raid: Factory Farm Hit By County Sheriffs After Undercover Video Reveals Cruelty.(Huffingtonpost).County sheriffs in North Carolina raided a Butterball turkey raising facility this morning to investigate claims of animal cruelty, after the animal rights group Mercy For Animals released a video depicting what they are calling serious animal abuse.Butterball officials released a statement indicating that the company was complying with the officials and has a strict policy against animal cruelty. If that's the case, there could be trouble ahead for more than a few employees. The video shows multiple turkey handlers kicking, throwing and dragging birds around the Butterball farm. It also features images of sad-looking turkeys marred by disfiguring, likely painful, ulcers and sores, not to mention missing feathers. It's by no means inconceivable that the location in the video might face the kind of repercussions that egg producer Sparboe Farms felt at the hands of McDonald's and Target after its own history of animal cruelty was revealed. The timing of the release date seems a little strange. Mercy For Animals might have had a bigger impact if they'd circulated the video in advance of the Thanksgiving and Christmas turkey buying seasons. That might have encouraged customers to move away from factory farmed turkeys in favor of pricier -- but often more humanely raised -- heritage turkeys. But better late than never.Here's the undercover video. A warning: the following depicts animal cruelty, so some images may be disturbing, especially to young viewers.Read and see the full story here.

    • 40 Hard Questions That The American People Should Be Asking Right Now.(BLN).By Michael Snyder. If you spend much time watching the mainstream news, then you know how incredibly vapid it can be. It is amazing how they can spend so much time saying next to nothing. There seems to be a huge reluctance to tackle the tough issues and the hard questions. Perhaps I should be thankful for this, because if the mainstream media was doing their job properly, there would not be a need for the alternative media. Once upon a time, the mainstream media had a virtual monopoly on the dissemination of news in the United States, but that has changed. Thankfully, the Internet in the United States is free and open (at least for now) and people that are hungry for the truth can go searching for it. Today, an increasing number of Americans want to understand why our economy is dying and why our national debt is skyrocketing. An increasing number of Americans are deeply frustrated with what is going on in Washington D.C. and they are alarmed that we seem to get closer to becoming a totalitarian police state with each passing year. People want real answers about our foreign policy, about our corrupt politicians, about our corrupt financial system, about our shocking moral decline and about the increasing instability that we are seeing all over the world, and they are not getting those answers from the mainstream media.If the mainstream media will not do it, then those of us in the alternative media will be glad to tackle the tough issues. The following are 40 hard questions that the American people should be asking right now….
    1. If Iran tries to shut down the Strait of Hormuz, what will that do to the price of oil and what will that do to the global economy?
    2. If Iran tries to shut down the Strait of Hormuz, will the United States respond by launching a military strike on Iran?
    3. Why is the Federal Reserve bailing out Europe? And why are so few members of Congress objecting to this?
    4. The U.S. dollar has lost well over 95 percent of its value since the Federal Reserve was created, the U.S. national debt is more than 5000 times larger than it was when the Federal Reserve was created and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has a track record of incompetence that is absolutely mind blowing. So what possible justification is there for allowing the Federal Reserve to continue to issue our currency and run our economy?
    5. Why does the euro keep dropping like a rock? Is this a sign that Europe is heading for a major recession?
    6. Why are European banks parking record-setting amounts of cash at the European Central Bank? Is this evidence that banks don’t want to lend to one another and that we are on the verge of a massive credit crunch?
    7. If the European financial system is going to be just fine, then why is the UK government preparing feverishly for the collapse of the euro?
    8. What did the head of the IMF mean when she recently said that we could soon see conditions “reminiscent of the 1930s depression“?Read the full story here.

    • The Obama administration is considering transferring of senior Taliban prisoner in perilous peace bid.(Reuters).The Obama administration is considering transferring to Afghan custody a senior Taliban official suspected of major human rights abuses as part of a long-shot bid to improve the prospects of a peace deal in Afghanistan, Reuters has learned.The potential hand-over of Mohammed Fazl, a 'high-risk detainee' held at the Guantanamo Bay military prison since early 2002, has set off alarms on Capitol Hill and among some U.S. intelligence officials.As a senior commander of the Taliban army, Fazl is alleged to be responsible for the killing of thousands of Afghanistan's minority Shi'ite Muslims between 1998 and 2001.According to U.S. military documents made public by WikiLeaks, he was also on the scene of a November 2001 prison riot that killed CIA operative Johnny Micheal Spann, the first American who died in combat in the Afghan war. There is no evidence, however, that Fazl played any direct role in Spann's death.Senior U.S. officials have said their 10-month-long effort to set up substantive negotiations between the weak government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the Taliban has reached a make-or-break moment. Reuters reported earlier this month that they are proposing an exchange of "confidence-building measures," including the transfer of five detainees from Guantanamo and the establishment of a Taliban office outside of Afghanistan.Now Reuters has learned from U.S. government sources the identity of one of the five detainees in question.The detainees, the officials emphasized, would not be set free, but remain in some sort of further custody. It is unclear precisely what conditions they would be held under.In response to inquiries by Reuters, a senior administration official said that the release of Fazl and four other Taliban members had been requested by the Afghan government and Taliban representatives as far back as 2005.The debate surrounding the White House's consideration of high-profile prisoners such as Fazl illustrates the delicate course it must tread both at home and abroad as it seeks to move the nascent peace process ahead. One U.S. intelligence official said there had been intense bipartisan opposition in Congress to the proposed transfer."I can tell you that the hair on the back of my neck went up when they walked in with this a month. ago, and there's been very, very strong letters fired off to the administration," the official said on condition of anonymity.The senior administration official confirmed that the White House has received letters from lawmakers on the issue. "We will not characterize classified Congressional correspondence, but what is clear is the President's order to us to continue to discuss these important matters with Congress," the official said.Even supporters of a controversial deal with the Taliban - a fundamentalist group that refers to Americans as infidels and which is still killing U.S., NATO and Afghan soldiers on the battlefield - say the odds of striking an accord are slim.Obama is expected to soon sign into law a defense authorization bill whose provisions would broaden the military's power over terrorist detainees and require the Pentagon to certify in most cases that certain security conditions will be met before Guantanamo prisoners can be sent home.The mere idea of such a transfer is already raising hackles on Capitol Hill, where one key senator last week cautioned the administration against negotiating with "terrorists."Senator Saxby Chambliss, the top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said such detainees would "likely continue to pose a threat to the United States" even once they were transferred.Hmmmmm.......Radical Sheikh a Key Mediator in U.S.-Taliban Talks calls for significant American commitments, including "the release of prisoners still held by the United States at Guantanamo Bay."Can we start impeachment now?Read the full story here.
    • Related: Mrs. Weiner (Huma Abedin), the Deputy Chief of Staff to Hillary Clinton has a brother named Hassan Abedin who works at Oxford University.What is significant is that Oxford University, which has long been infiltrated by Islamists who founded the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (OCIS), has Huma's brother listed as a fellow and partners with a number of Muslim Brotherhood members on the Board, including al-Qaeda associate, Omar Naseef and the notorious Muslim Brotherhood leader Sheikh Youssef Qaradawi; both have been listed as OCIS Trustees.Naseef continues to serve as Board Chairman.In 2009, Qaradawi's role within Oxford and the Muslim Brotherhood was championed by the notorious Sheikh Rached Ghannouchi of Al-Nahda – a Muslim Brotherhood affiliate now active in Tunisia. OCIS has even presented an award for great scholarly achievement to Brotherhood member Shaykh Abd Al-Fattah Abu Gudda, whose personal history goes back to the Brotherhood's founder, Hasan al-Banna.(Even the Sunday Times acknowledges that the cradle of Islamic Jihad – Al-Azhar University – actively attempts to establish links with OCIS, where Huma's brother serves.)Hillary Clinton who signed a document less than one month prior to her trip to Saudi Arabia with Huma that lifted the ban on Tariq Ramadan, allowing him entry into the United States. Ramadan is the grandson of the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hasan al-Banna and has ties to Islamic terrorist groups.Huma Abedin's charm, family connections and access to highly sensitive State secrets as admitted by Hillary herself, can have significant consequences. What absolutely must be known is if this circle of public servants was made aware of all these ties to potential enemies of the State.Source.

    • Can the 2nd Amendment Survive Four More Years of Obama? (Don’t Bet on It).(BigGovernment).A politician is described as a “lame duck” once he or she has been defeated or announced their retirement, and is simply finishing out the remainder of their term in office. And even after Nov. elections are over and a large number of Senate and House members are voted out, the lame duck Senators and House members are usually just that – lame. But occasionally, they are fierce because the defeated office holder is bitter and has approximately two months to wreak havoc with his or her vote before leaving DC. When this happens, ideologues will use the time where they’re completely accountable to voters to score points for their side. We saw this after the Nov. 2010 elections when defeated Senators and House members banded together in late Dec. to repeal “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” so homosexuals could serve openly in the military. Yet as bad as this is, the opportunities for a lame duck office holder to attack our freedom grows exponentially when said office holder is in the White House, and when he’s an ideologue who hates private gun ownership, the right to self defense, and the 2nd Amendment.And this brings us to a crucial point. Namely, that if Obama wins re-election in 2012, he will be awarded four years of lame duck status in which to do anything and everything he wants to lessen our ability to own and use guns. He knows he won’t have to answer for it because he will not be running for re-election in 2016.What would four years of a lame duck President Obama mean for gun owners? The only way to know is to gauge it by the things Obama has done already. In 1995, when pursuing a state level office in Illinois, Obama “endorsed a complete ban on all handguns.” At that time, he also expressed his support for waiting periods for handgun purchases. A “waiting period” is a set period of time, usually 5 to 10 days, which has to elapse between the time an individual buys a gun and is actually allowed to take it home. In other words, customer “X” would pay for a gun on Monday of this week, but would not be allowed to pick it up at the store until Monday of next week. (The foolishness of this scenario is evident when one considers what that waiting period might mean for a female who is being threatened by a violent criminal or sexual predator. She would have to buy her gun then spend the next week, the “waiting period,” hoping the criminal or predator would be willing to wait a week before attacking as well.)As a state senator in Illinois, Obama supported a ban on the use of handguns for self defense: he literally supported laws that made it a crime to use a gun to defend yourself even if you did so in your own home. He also supported Illinois H.B. 2579, which prohibited law-abiding individuals from purchasing more than one gun a month; he opposed laws that permitted law-abiding citizens to carry firearms for self-defense (i.e., he opposed concealed carry permits); he supported a ban on “junk guns” (cheaper guns that poor people could actually afford to buy and use for self defense). And as a U.S. Senator, Obama supported the reintroduction of the assault weapons ban, a ban on high capacity magazines, and he voted with Ted Kennedy on ammunition bans (that included hunting ammunition).Add to these things Obama’s assurances to his ardent followers that he’s working “under the radar” to pass more gun control and four years of lame duck status for him should make every gun owner nervous as a cat.While I don’t pretend to know what working for more gun control “under the radar” means, I do know that there’s no limit to the damage that can be done by a man who hates guns, freedom, and the constitution as much as Obama does. (Especially if he knows he doesn’t have to answer to voters again.)Read the full story here.

    • NSTIC, Google and SEO: Google is now a credentialed provider of Trusted Identities for the federal government.(SearchengineWatch). In case you missed it, Google is now a credentialed provider of Trusted Identities for the federal government. This means that the NSTIC, or National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, framework now has federally recognized and certified identity providers.But who are these providers exactly, what is the NSTIC and how does this affect the users in matters of privacy, anonymity or even SEO? The link has a video that helps easily explains what it means to be working with the #NSTIC and how these issues are addressed, or not addressed by the NSTIC Framework.There are a lot of reasons to watch of course. However, because everyone is wondering why so many changes are happening in search and social. Changes such as SSL secure keyword referrer data, and if you do not know about the new Identity Market, if you haven't made yourself familiar with the tenets of the NSTIC and the Identity Ecosystem, you might miss that this is more likely part of a much larger plan at Google, PayPal, Facebook and the like.So watch THE VIDEO, learn about the Identity Ecosystem. There are companies already set to go, marketplaces ready to run, and credentialed providers such as Google, PayPal and Equifax who have already started implementation procedures. It can't be ignored because it already exists; they might just hoping maybe you don't notice, well at least not yet.Read the full story here.

    • Muslims upset by NYPD to boycott mayor’s breakfast.(AlArabiya).Several Muslim leaders have declined invitations to the mayor’s annual year-end interfaith breakfast, saying they’re upset at police department efforts to infiltrate mosques and spy on Muslim neighborhoods.The imams and activists said in a letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg that they’re disturbed at his response to a series of stories by The Associated Press detailing New York Police Department intelligence-gathering programs that monitored Muslim groups, businesses and houses of worship.Bloomberg has defended the NYPD, saying last week it doesn’t take religion into account in its policing.Bloomberg spokesman Stu Loeser acknowledged Wednesday that about a dozen people turned down the breakfast invitation. But he said “a couple dozen” more said they plan to attend.“Mayor Bloomberg, the extent of these civil rights violations is astonishing, yet instead of calling for accountability and the rule of law, you have thus far defended the NYPD's misconduct,” wrote Imam Al-Hajj Talib Abdur-Rashid of The Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood. “We, on the other hand, believe that such measures threaten the rights of all Americans, and deepen mistrust between our communities and law enforcement.”He added: “We are deeply disturbed that to date we have only heard your words of strong support for these troubling policies and violations of our rights. We are equally disturbed by Commissioner (Raymond) Kelly’s denials of what we know to be true as verified by the leaked documents.”The Muslim leaders said they appreciate the mayor’s staunch support a year ago during an uproar over a planned Islamic center near the World Trade Center site. But they said they were disappointed by what he said after the AP stories since August about the police department’s efforts to infiltrate Muslim neighborhoods and mosques with aggressive programs designed by a CIA officer who worked with the department after the Sept. 11 attacks. The stories disclosed that a team of 16 police officers speaking at least five languages was assigned to use census information and government databases to map ethnic neighborhoods in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.Documents reviewed by the AP revealed that undercover police officers known as rakers visited local businesses such as Islamic bookstores and cafes, chatting up store owners to determine their ethnicities and gauge their views. They played cricket and eavesdropped in ethnic cafes and clubs.The AP stories also revealed that one of the CIA’s most experienced clandestine operatives began working inside the police department in July as the special assistant to the deputy commissioner of intelligence.The CIA is prohibited from spying domestically. Its unusual partnership with the NYPD has troubled top lawmakers and prompted an internal investigation.Bloomberg in October defended the arrangement, saying it was necessary in a dangerous world.“There are people trying to kill us,” he said. “And if the CIA can help us I’m all for getting any information they have and then letting the police department use it as - if it's appropriate to protect you and to protect me.”In the letter, Abdur-Rashid noted that Muslims comprise at least 10 percent of the city’s population. He said the Muslims leaders were seeking a meeting with the mayor to discuss the issues raised by the reports.“We believe it is unequivocally wrong and fundamentally misguided to invest law enforcement resources in religious or racial profiling, rather than investigating suspicious activity,” he said. “We seek your clear, unambiguous, public support for the rights and privacy of all New Yorkers, including Muslims; and a condemnation of all policies that profile and target communities and community groups solely based on their religion or the color of their skin.”Read the full story here.

    • Washington to sell F-15 fighter jets to Saudi Arabia, deal to boost U.S. economy.Meanwhile Pres kills of Hawker Beechcraft.(AlArabiya).The White House said on Thursday a $29.4 billion deal to sell Boeing-made F-15 fighter jets to Saudi Arabia’s air force would support more than 50,000 U.S. jobs and give the American economy a $3.5 billion annual boost. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the government to government deal included production of 84 new aircraft and upgrades to 70 existing aircraft as well as munitions, spare parts, training, maintenance and logistics.“This agreement reinforces the strong and enduring relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia, and demonstrates the U.S. commitment to a strong Saudi defense capability as a key component to regional security,” Earnest said in a statement from Hawaii, according to Reuters. He quoted unidentified experts as saying that the deal would support more than 50,000 American jobs, at a time of high unemployment, and provide $3.5 billion in annual impact to the U.S. economy, according to AFP.Hmmmmmm......So supporting American jobs is the reason, so why did  Obama Admin Ban US Aircraft Maker Hawker Beechcraft, Favors Non-US Firm with Ties to Iran on Light Aircraft Project?About 1,400 employees in 20 states will loose their job.Something smells real bad here.Read the full story here.

    • 'Stuxnet virus used on Iran was 1 of 5 cyberbombs'.(Ynet).The Stuxnet virus that last year damaged Iran's nuclear program was likely one of at least five cyber weapons developed on a single platform whose roots trace back to 2007, according to new research from Russian computer security firm Kaspersky Lab.Security experts widely believe that the United States and Israel were behind Stuxnet, though the two nations have officially declined to comment on the matter. A Pentagon spokesman on Wednesday declined comment on Kaspersky's research, which did not address who was behind Stuxnet. Stuxnet has already been linked to another virus, the Duqu data-stealing trojan, but Kaspersky's research suggests the cyber weapons program that targeted Iran may be far more sophisticated than previously known. Kaspersky's director of global research and analysis, Costin Raiu, told Reuters on Wednesday that his team has gathered evidence that shows the same platform that was used to build Stuxnet and Duqu was also used to create at least three other pieces of malware. Raiu said the platform is comprised of a group of compatible software modules designed to fit together, each with different functions. Its developers can build new cyber weapons by simply adding and removing modules. "It's like a Lego set. You can assemble the components into anything: a robot or a house or a tank," he said. Kaspersky named the platform "Tilded" because many of the files in Duqu and Stuxnet have names beginning with the tilde symbol "~" and the letter "d."Researchers with Kaspersky have not found any new types of malware built on the Tilded platform, Raiu said, but they are fairly certain that they exist because shared components of Stuxnet and Duqu appear to be searching for their kin. When a machine becomes infected with Duqu or Stuxnet, the shared components on the platform search for two unique registry keys on the PC linked to Duqu and Stuxnet that are then used to load the main piece of malware onto the computer, he said. Kaspersky recently discovered new shared components that search for at least three other unique registry keys, which suggests that the developers of Stuxnet and Duqu also built at least three other pieces of malware using the same platform, he added.Those modules handle tasks including delivering the malware to a PC, installing it, communicating with its operators, stealing data and replicating itself.Makers of anti-virus software including Kaspersky, US firm Symantec Corp and Japan's Trend Micro Inc have already incorporated technology into their products to protect computers from getting infected with Stuxnet and Duqu. Yet it would be relatively easy for the developers of those highly sophisticated viruses to create other weapons that can evade detection by those anti-virus programs by the modules in the Tilded platform, he said. Kaspersky believes that Tilded traces back to at least 2007 because specific code installed by Duqu was compiled from a device running a Windows operating system on August 31, 2007.Read the full story here.

    • Hamas Tweets For Jihad and Martyrdom, For Expelling and Killing Jews, and For Conquering Jerusalem – Another U.S.-Designated Foreign Terrorist Organization Served By Using Twitter.(Memri).Read the full story here.

    • The World's Worst Human Rights Observer.(FP).As Arab League monitors work to expose President Bashar al-Assad's crackdown, the head of the mission is a Sudanese general accused of creating the fearsome "janjaweed," which was responsible for the worst atrocities during the Darfur genocide.For the first time in Syria's nine-month-old uprising, there are witnesses to President Bashar al-Assad's crackdown, which according to the United Nations has claimed more than 5,000 lives. Arab League observers arrived in the country on Dec. 26, and traveled to the city of Homs -- the epicenter of the revolt, where the daily death toll regularly runs into the dozens, according to activist groups -- on Dec. 27. Thousands of people took to the streets to protest against Assad upon the observers' arrival, while activists said Syrian tanks withdrew from the streets only hours before the Arab League team entered the city."I am going to Homs," insisted Sudanese Gen. Mohammad Ahmed Mustafa al-Dabi, the head of the Arab League observer mission, telling reporters that so far the Assad regime had been "very cooperative."But Dabi may be the unlikeliest leader of a humanitarian mission the world has ever seen. He is a staunch loyalist of Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court for genocide and crimes against humanity for his government's policies in Darfur. And Dabi's own record in the restive Sudanese region, where he stands accused of presiding over the creation of the feared Arab militias known as the "janjaweed," is enough to make any human rights activist blanch.abi's involvement in Darfur began in 1999, four years before the region would explode in the violence that Secretary of State Colin Powell labeled as "genocide." Darfur was descending into war between the Arab and Masalit communities -- the same fault line that would widen into a bloodier interethnic war in a few years' time. As the situation escalated out of control, Bashir sent Dabi to Darfur to restore order.Read the full story here.

    • Related - Arab League in Syria;A Mission of Amateurs.(Spiegel).Just as their mission begins, Arab League observers are already in danger of losing their credibility in Syria. Their comments about the situation in the opposition stronghold of Homs seemed dismissive to the insurgents. And that's not the only mistake already made during the important visit.The information emerging about the visit of Arab League observers to Syria is alarming -- but not because they plan to pointedly pursue the accusations against the regime of President Bashar Assad. Instead, it's because the first statements made by its leader, Sudanese Lt. Gen. Mustafa al-Dabi, are scandalous. Speaking in the insurgent stronghold of Homs, he said that some areas looked "a bit of a mess," but otherwise he'd seen "nothing frightening" While Dabi also said the mission to Syria would require more time, the fatal aspect of his statement is that it sounds dismissive, even if perhaps that's not how it was meant, even if the observers didn't witness a massacre that day, and even if he was trying to acknowledge the regime's promised withdrawal of the military from the area. His statements set off alarm bells for parts of the Syrian opposition. They fear that Assad will be whitewashed, or that the regime in Damascus will be able to lead the observers only to places where no human rights violations are apparent. It seems inconceivable that the Arab League has praised Dabi for his diplomatic experience. This is exactly the kind of situation where making light of things should be avoided. There are also other indications that the Arab League emissaries have been unprofessional. News agency Reuters quoted a Homs resident on Wednesday as saying that observers declined to investigate a hard-hit district of the city without the accompaniment of a Syrian military official. If that's true, the Arab League, on the first day of its mission, has made a mockery of its central demand -- free, unfettered access to the entire country. If the emissaries fear the public, they're in the wrong place. That's even more the case if they're worried about spoiling things with the Syrian army. Officially, the Arab League has taken a hard line against President Assad, threatening him with sanctions. After weeks of tricky maneuvering, he finally let observers into the country, a place where serious estimates put the number of civilians killed at some 5,000, and where thousands of opposition members are thought to be imprisoned.The Arab League, long considered a paper tiger rather than a powerful body, had appeared to be empowered. But its first mistake was putting a controversial former Sudanese general in charge of the mission. He is suspected of looking the other way during the mass murders and expulsions that took place in the crisis region of Darfur. The Arab League is in danger of instantly squandering its newfound capital -- and of looking like overwhelmed amateurs. Bashar Assad and his clique are shrewd. While the president's troops massacred civilians, he appeared several times on state television, promising dialogue and reform with a smile. If the Arab League officials don't quickly and convincingly make clear that they are seeking to expose the truth, that they distrust this regime, that they insist on moving around independently, that they are listening to those affected by the brutal crackdown, and that they are unbiased, then the mission is useless. In that case, valuable time will be wasted that could have been better spent applying more international pressure or pushing for hard sanctions.Read the full story here.

    • Syria’s opposition calls for head monitor’s exit; Russia reassured by ‘calm’ situation.(AlArabiya).Syria’s opposition has called for the removal of the Sudanese general heading the Arab League mission on a fact finding mission in Syria because he held key security positions in the regime of President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted on international charges of committing genocide in Darfur. But Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Friday that the comments from Arab League observers in Syria sent to check whether government forces have halted violence against protesters showed that the situation in the country was “reassuring.”“Judging by the public statements made by the chief of the mission al-Dabi, who in the first of his visits went to the city of Homs...the situation seems to be reassuring,” the ministry said in a statement on its website.The ministry said that Moscow was counting on the team’s “professionalism and impartiality.”Lt. Gen. Mohamed Ahmed Mustafa al-Dabi when started his Syria visits in Homs said that the situation was “calm” and not frightening despite sniper gunfire and the sight of deserted armored vehicles on the streets.The controversy swirling around al-Dabi raises troubling questions about whether Arab League member states, with some of the world’s poorest human rights records, were fit for the mission to monitor compliance with a plan to end to the crackdown on political opponents by security forces loyal to President Bashar Assad.The Syrian opposition has branded the League’s mission a farce, citing the ongoing violence against anti-government protesters across the country even as the monitors worked on the ground. Arab League officials said the mandate of the monitors was not to intervene to stop the violence but to observe and report back to the group’s secretary general.The 60 Arab League monitors who began work Tuesday are the first that Syria has allowed in during the nine-month uprising. They are supposed to be ensuring the regime is complying with terms of the League’s plan to end its crackdown. The United Nations says more than 5,000 people have been killed in the uprising since it began in March.The Arab League plan requires Assad’s regime to remove security forces and heavy weapons from city streets, start talks with opposition leaders, free political prisoners and allow human rights workers and journalists into the country.Syrian opposition groups have been critical of the mission, saying it gives Assad cover for his crackdown.Amnesty International said Dabi led Bashir’s military intelligence service until August 1995, when he was appointed head of external security in Sudan. “During the early 1990s, the military intelligence in Sudan was responsible for the arbitrary arrest and detention, enforced disappearance, and torture or other ill-treatment of numerous people in Sudan,” it said in a statement.“The Arab League’s decision to appoint as the head of the observer mission a Sudanese general on whose watch severe human rights violations were committed in Sudan risks undermining the League's efforts so far and seriously calls into question the mission’s credibility,” Amnesty said.Haytham Manna, a prominent Paris-based dissident, urged the Arab League to replace Dabi or reduce his authority.“We know his history and his shallow experience in the area,” he said.Another opposition activist, Omar Idilbi of the Local Coordination Committees, described Dabi as a “senior officer with an oppressive regime that is known to repress opposition,” adding that there are fears he might not be neutral.De Waal, who interviewed Dabi for a book on Darfur he co-authored in 2008, said the Sudanese served in 1999 as Bashir’s representative for western Darfur, where serious fighting had broken out related to intertribal tensions and Darfur's frustration with the Khartoum government.“Dabi brought the situation under control with a show of force, including stationing military helicopters in the state capital and using them to intimidate the rebels. Many were arrested during his tenure, and thousands of refugees fled to Chad.”The Darfur rebels, according to de Waal, said Dabi’s time in the area was “the beginning of the organization of the Janjaweed,” the name given to pro-government militiamen blamed for many of the atrocities committed against Darfurians.Dabi argued at the time that it was necessary to show a firm hand in the face of dissent, de Waal said.“It is striking that although he had retired from the army at that point, Dabi insisted he be allowed to wear a military uniform on his mission, on the grounds that this would ensure that he was respected,” De Waal said.Read the full story here.

    • Iran to test long-range missiles in Gulf amid Hormuz row.(BikyaMasr).Tehran (dpa) – Amid a verbal row with the United States over blocking the Strait of Hormuz, a vital oil shipping route, Iran proclaimed on Friday that it will start testing long range missiles in the Persian Gulf.“On Saturday morning the Iranian navy will test several of its long-range missiles in the Persian Gulf,” navy deputy commander Admiral Mahmoud Moussavi told Fars news agency.The testing of the missiles is part of ongoing navy manoeuvres in the Persian Gulf and, according to Moussavi, the main and final phase is preparing the navy for confronting the enemy in a warlike situation.The manoeuvre has been overshadowed by a verbal row between Iran and the US over an Iranian threat to close the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf, through which 40 percent of the world’s ship-borne crude is passed.The spark for the row was a Tuesday remark by Iranian Vice President Mohammd-Reza Rahimi that, “if Western countries sanctioned Iranian oil, then Iran would not allow one drop of oil to cross the Strait of Hormuz.”Following his remarks, Iranian navy commander Admiral Habibollah Sayari said, although there was currently no necessity for Iran to close the strait, “it would be as easy as drinking a glass of water.”After the US Navy said it would not accept any Iranian disruption of the free flow of goods through Hormuz, Iran continued the war of words with Revolutionary Guard deputy chief Hossein Salami saying that the US was in no position to tell Iran what to do.Salami also called the US “an iceberg which is to be melted by the high degree of the Iranian revolution,” and “a sparrow in the body of a dinosaur.”Neither President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad nor the ministries of defence and foreign affairs have so far commented on the issue.The only official comments on the matter came last week, before the exchange of words, from Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast, who said that closing the Hormuz has never been on Iran’s agenda.However, he added: “if the region would face a warlike situation, then everything would then become warlike.”Read the full story here.

    • Islamic Maldives bans spas and health centers after ‘prostitution’ protests.(Alarabiya).The Maldives has ordered hundreds of luxury hotels to close their spas after protests by an Islamist party which claimed they were a front for prostitution, an official told AFP Friday.The tourism ministry instructed all resort hotels across the nation’s 1,192 tiny coral islands to shut their spas and health centers with immediate effect.The opposition Adhaalath party, a socially conservative movement whose website features an article criticizing “lustful music,” staged protests in the capital Male last week accusing spas of being used as brothels.“An Islamic party has been agitating against spas hoping to embarrass the government,” an official told AFP by telephone, confirming Thursday’s ministry order but asking not to be named. Tourism is a key foreign exchange earner in the Maldives, a popular high-end destination for well-heeled honeymooners where luxury rooms can cost up to $12,000 a day.The Indian Ocean country this year received more than 850,000 tourists, drawn to its secluded islands known for turquoise blue lagoons, flourishing corals and reefs filled with multi-colored fish.But the government bowed to the pressure less than a week after President Mohamed Nasheed called for a “tolerant” form of Islam in his nation of 330,000 people, who by law are all Muslims.He urged Maldivians to reject religious extremism and support the more liberal “traditional form” of Islam that has been practiced in the Maldives for centuries.“I asked you to come here in support of the middle, tolerant path,” Nasheed, who came to power in the country’s first democratic elections in 2008, told ruling party supporters last week.The government move to shut spas will directly affect an opposition leader, Gasim Ibrahim, head of the Jumhoory Party, who owns five, the independent Minivan news website reported.It said they were asked to shut down this week before the government’s blanket ban on Thursday, and the companies had sought court intervention to remain in business. Thursday’s order applied to all spas in the country.Read the full story here.

    • Kurdish rebels call for an uprising in Turkey after dozens killed in an air strike.(AlArabiya).The rebel Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) on Friday urged Kurds in Turkey to stage an “uprising” after an air force raid killed 35 villagers near the Iraq border.“We urge the people of Kurdistan... to react after this massacre and seek a settling of accounts through uprisings,” Bahoz Erdal from the armed wing of the PKK, labeled a terrorist organization by Ankara, said in a statement.Turkey’s ruling party on Thursday said the strike could have been a “blunder” that killed civilians and not Kurdish separatists.“According to initial reports, these people were smugglers and not terrorists,” said Huseyin Celik, vice-president of the governing Justice and Development Party (AKP).“If it turns out to have been a mistake, a blunder, rest assured that this will not be covered up,” he said, adding that it could have been an “operational accident” by the military.Turkey’s military command said it had launched an air raid on PKK militants after a spy drone spotted a group moving toward its sensitive southeastern border under cover of darkness late Wednesday.“The area where this happened is called Sinat-Haftanin, in northern Iraq, where there is no civilian population, and where the terrorist organization has bases,” a military statement said, referring to the outlawed PKK.But the country's main pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) said the planes had bombed villagers from Kurdish majority southeastern Turkey who were smuggling sugar and fuel across the border on mules and donkeys.“It’s clearly a massacre of civilians, of whom the oldest is 20," BDP leader Selahattin Demirtas said in a statement that called on Turkey’s Kurdish population to respond “by democratic means.”The PKK took up arms in Kurdish-majority southeastern Turkey in 1984, sparking a conflict that has claimed about 45,000 lives. It is labeled a terrorist organization by Ankara and much of the international community.Clashes between Kurdish rebels and the army have escalated in recent months.The Turkish military launched an operation on militant bases inside northern Iraq in October after a PKK attack killed 24 soldiers in the border town of Cukurca, the army's biggest loss since 1993.Hmmm....Was it a Turkish or an American spydrone that 'spotted' them?Read the full story here.

    • Muslims Throw Acid on Bishop Who Opposes Sharia Court.(CompassDirect). (Kampala, Uganda, December 28.  — Islamic extremists threw acid on a church leader on Christmas Eve shortly after a seven-day revival at his church, leaving him with severe burns that have blinded one eye and threaten sight in the other.Bishop Umar Mulinde, 37, a sheikh (Islamic teacher) before his conversion to Christianity, was attacked on Saturday night (Dec. 24) outside his Gospel Life Church International building in Namasuba, about 10 kilometers (six miles) outside of Kampala. From his hospital bed in Kampala, he told Compass that he was on his way back to the site for a party with the entire congregation and hundreds of new converts to Christianity when a man who claimed to be a Christian approached him.“I heard him say in a loud voice, ‘Pastor, pastor,’ and as I made a turn and looked at him, he poured the liquid onto my face as others poured more liquid on my back and then fled away shouting, ‘Allahu akbar [God is greater],’” Mulinde said, still visibly traumatized two days after the assault.A neighbor and church members rushed him to a hospital in the Mengo area of Kampala, and he was then transferred to International Hospital Kampala.“I have to continue fighting this pain – it is too much,” Mulinde said. “My entire body is in pain. Most of the night I miss sleep.”His face, neck and arms bore deep black scars from the acid, and his lips were swollen.“The burn caused by the acid is so severe that there is an urgent need for specialized treatment,” said area Christian Musa Baluku Symutsangira. “I suggest that he be flown outside the country as soon as possible; otherwise Mulinde might lose both of his eyes, coupled with the spread of the burns. The burns seemed to spread and go very deep. He might need some plastic surgery.."A doctor told Compass that acid burns cover about 30 percent of his face and has cost him sight in one eye.“We are doing all we can to save his other remaining eye and to contain the acid from spreading to other parts of the body,” the doctor said.Mulinde’s shirt, tie and suit were in tatters after the attack.Mulinde said his father, Id Wasswa, was a local prayer leader or imam.“I was born into a Muslim family, and although I decided to become a Christian, I have been financially assisting many Muslims, as well as my relatives who are Muslims,” he said. “I have been conducting a peaceful evangelism campaign.”Mulinde said Muslim extremists opposed to his conversion from Islam and his outspoken opposition of sharia (Islamic law) courts in Uganda, known in East Africa as Kadhi courts, attacked him. On Oct. 15, area Muslim leaders declared a fatwa against him demanding his death.Muslims fight to enforce sharia law everywhere Islam spreads. In the U.S., groups like CAIR are aggressively fighting all who oppose sharia’s application in the U.S.Read the full story here.

    • Turkey - Two brothers kill runaway sister in front of police.(HurriyetDaily).A runaway 21-year-old woman was allegedly stabbed to death by her two brothers in the presence of three police officers Dec. 28 when she returned to her father’s shop to retrieve her belongings. The two brothers, Üzeyir Akçal, 23, and M. Akçal, 16, were arrested by the police in the stabbing of Hacer Akçalı, while five other family members who were initially taken into custody were subsequently released after providing statements.The Adıyaman Governor’s Office also launched administrative and judicial investigations into the three officers who had been entrusted with escorting Hacer Akçalı, who later died in Kahta State Hospital, according to reports. Governor of Adıyaman Ramazan Sodan announced that the three police officers were laid off from their duties.Hacer Akçalı reportedly arrived at the Kahta District Police Headquarters on the afternoon of Dec. 28 and said her family was mistreating her. The prosecutor’s office consequently issued a directive for her to be taken into protection. Hacer Akçalı had fled her home before, but was eventually located in the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa; police returned her to her parents on Sept. 17. On Dec. 28, the woman said she had been locked up in a room and subjected to violence after coming back home in September and added that she feared for her life.Meanwhile, nongovernmental organization “We Will Stop the Murdering of Women Platform” issued a press release announcing plans to stage country-wide demonstrations to protest a recent draft bill that will only provide protection from violence to women who are formally engaged, wed or divorced. A clause regarding “those involved in a close relationship” was removed from the motion, effectively excluding women who are subjected to violence by partners with whom they have no legal bonds of marriage. Read the full story here.

    • Afghan girl locked in toilet for 5 months: officials.(Yahoo).Afghan police have rescued a teenage girl who was beaten and locked up in a toilet for over five months after she defied her in-laws who tried to force her into prostitution, officials said Tuesday.Sahar Gul, 15, was found in the basement of her husband's house in northeastern Baghlan province late on Monday after her parents reported her disappearance to the police."She was beaten, her fingernails were removed and her arm was broken," district police chief Fazel Rahman told AFP.Three women including the teenager's mother in-law had been arrested in connection with the case but her husband had fled the area, he added.The case highlights how women continue to suffer in Afghanistan despite the billions of dollars of international aid which has poured into the country during the decade-long war."The 15-year-old girl was brought to hospital with severe shock," said Pul-i-Khurmeri hospital chief Dr Gul Mohammad Wardak."She had injuries to her legs and face and the nails on her left had been removed."Sahar Gul was married to her husband seven months ago in the neighbouring province of Badakhshan, but she was brought to Baghlan to live with her husband, said Rahima Zareefi, the provincial head of women affairs.During this time her parents were unable to contact her, she said.The Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission logged 1,026 cases of violence against women in the second quarter of 2011 compared with 2,700 cases for the whole of 2010.And according to figures in an Oxfam report in October, 87 percent of Afghan women report having experienced physical, sexual or psychological violence or forced marriage.Sahar Gul's case comes after a woman known as Gulnaz was pardoned and released earlier this month after spending two years in prison for "moral crimes".She was jailed after she reported to police that her cousin's husband had raped her. Gulnaz gave birth to the rapist's child in prison.Last month, the United Nations said that a landmark law aiming to protect women against violence in Afghanistan had been used to prosecute just over 100 cases since being enacted two years ago.Read the full story here.

    • Erdoğan cites Iran for expanding Turkish missile program.(HurriyetDaily).Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has called on the Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) to build missiles with longer ranges after comparing Iran’s missile range to that of Turkey. Erdoğan said he had learned Turkey was only capable of manufacturing missiles with a 150 km range, lagging behind Iran’s missiles that can travel up to 2,500 km despite the country operating under a strict embargo, daily Habertürk reported yesterday. “Iran is manufacturing long-range missiles capable of reaching 2,000 to 2,500 km. Our neighbor can do this. They produce domestic missiles independent from Europe, and they do this despite the embargo. We can do this too. I want this from you,” he said Dec. 27.Hmmmm.....Read the full story here.

    • Syria Hiding Detainees from Observers, Human Rights Watch Says.(HNY).Human Rights Watch has accused Syria's regime of hiding hundreds of detainees held in its crackdown on dissent from Arab observers visiting the country to assess implementation of a peace deal."Syrian authorities have transferred perhaps hundreds of detainees to off-limits military sites to hide them from Arab League monitors now in the country," the global watchdog said in a statement late Tuesday. "The Arab League should insist on full access to all Syrian sites used for detention, consistent with its agreement with the Syrian government."On Tuesday, a group of Arab League observers visited the besieged protest hub of Homs in central Syria, where the United Nations estimates more than 5,000 people have been killed in the crackdown since mid-March.The New York-based HRW cited a Syrian security officer in Homs as saying that he received orders from his prison director to assist with irregular detainee transfers. The orders, he said, came after President Bashar al-Assad's government signed an Arab League protocol on ending violence on December 19, giving the observers access to places where detainees might be held."He estimated that on December 21 and 22 approximately 400 to 600 detainees were moved out of his detention facility to other places of detention," HRW said in the statement posted on its Web site."The transfers happened in installments," the unidentified official was quoted as saying. "Some detainees were moved in civilian jeeps and some in cargo trucks. My role was inside the prison, gathering the detainees and putting them in the cars. My orders from the prison director were to move the important detainees out."The officer said officials who accompanied the detainees out of the facility told him they were being taken to a military missile factory in Zaidal, just outside of Homs.Human Rights Watch said his account was corroborated by other witnesses, including a detainee who said that among 150 people being held at one site were people who worked with journalists, defectors, and protesters."Syria has shown it will stop at nothing to undermine independent monitoring of its crackdown," said Sarah Leah Whitson, HRW's Middle East director. "Syria's subterfuge makes it essential for the Arab League to draw clear lines regarding access to detainees, and be willing to speak out when those lines are crossed."The security officer also told HRW that the Syrian government was issuing police identification cards to its military officials, which the rights watchdog said was in violation of the Arab League accord."Dressing soldiers in police uniforms does not meet the Arab League call to withdraw the army," Whitson said. "The Arab League needs to cut through Syrian government deception by pushing for full access to anywhere Syria is holding detainees."Read the full story here.

    • 2011: The year that saw the issuing of some of the weirdest fatwas.(AlArabiya).The first mention of the year 2011 would automatically bring to mind revolutions, ousted regimes, and disgruntled people. However, a closer look would reveal that another different feature distinguishes 2011: a whole spat of peculiar fatwas that swept through different countries in the region. One of the weirdest and most controversial fatwas in 2011 was one issued by an Islamist preacher who lives in Europe. According to this preacher, women are prohibited from eating phallic-shaped fruits and vegetables like cucumbers, bananas, and carrots. Touching or consuming those, he argued, are bound to turn women on and make them engage in sinful fantasies.In Morocco, the head of the Moroccan Association for Jurisprudence Research stirred both outrage and controversy when he issued a fatwa allowing Muslim men to have sex with their just-deceased wives under the pretext that nothing in Islam prohibits sex with corpses. This fatwa followed a series of sex-related ones issued by the same cleric.In Somalia, the ultraconservative al-Shabaab al-Mujahedin Movement issued a fatwa during the holy month of Ramadan prohibiting the consumption of sambousak, a triangular pastry stuffed with meat, cheese, or vegetables. The popular snack, they explained, is a symbol of the Trinity in Christianity and is therefore not to be consumed by Muslims.In Egypt, religious edicts were in most cases mixed with politics. Sheikh Amr Sotouhi, head of the Islamic Preaching Committee at al-Azhar, issued in November a fatwa prohibiting fathers from marrying their daughters to members of the formerly ruling National Democratic Party owing to their “corruption.”A similar fatwa was issued by the late Sheikh Emad Effat, shot this month during recent clashes between Egyptian protestors and the army. Effat’s fatwa prohibited Muslims from voting for members of the same disbanded party and cited the same reason: corruption.Mohamed Abdel Hadi, deputy chairman of the Salafi al-Nour Party in the governorate of Dakahliya went as far as saying that the results of the parliamentary elections, in which the party scored an unexpected victory, were mentioned in the holy Quran.The most outrageous fatwa in Egypt was one that came out last June and in which Egyptian preacher Mohamed al-Zoghbi said eating the meat of the jinn is permissible in Islam and left everyone wondering how anyone can get hold of them in the first place, let alone eat their meat.Hmmmm....try putting salt on their tail?Read the full story here.
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