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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

MFS -The Other News - What the main papers don't say.

  Morning Posting.

  • Updated !Earthquakes in the last 24 hours in the world seismic activity situation Tonga 5.2 !More info here.

  • Iran threatens preemptive action.(CNN). Iran warned Tuesday it would strike against an "enemy" threatening it if needed to protect its national interests -- even if the enemy didn't attack first.Gen. Mohammad Hejazi, a deputy head of Iran's armed forces, said his country "will no more wait to see enemy action against us," according to the semi-official Fars News Agency."Given this strategy, we will make use of all our means to protect our national interests and hit a retaliatory blow at them whenever we feel that enemies want to endanger our national interests," Hejazi said.Fars added that in November, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had "warned enemies about Iran's tough response to any aggression or even threat.""Iran is not a nation to sit still and just observe threats from fragile materialist powers which are being eaten by worms from inside," Khamenei told students at a military college in Tehran, according to Fars."Anyone who harbors any thought of invading the Islamic Republic of Iran -- or even if the thought crosses their mind -- should be prepared to receive strong blows and the steel fists of the military, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), and the Basij (volunteer) force, backed by the entire Iranian nation," Khamenei said, according to the report.Hmmmm.....What did they pick up in Syria's harbor?Read the full story here.

  • 18 Statistics That Prove That The Economy Has Not Improved Since Barack Obama Became President.(EOTAD).By Michael Snyder.Has the economy improved since Barack Obama became the president of the United States? Of course not. Despite what you may be hearing in the mainstream media, the truth is that when you compare the U.S. economy on the day that Barack Obama was inaugurated to the U.S. economy today, there is really no comparison. The unemployment crisis is worse than it was then, home values have fallen, the cost of health insurance is up, the cost of gas is way up, the number of Americans living in poverty has soared and the size of our national debt has absolutely exploded. Anyone that believes that things are better than they were when Barack Obama was elected is simply being delusional. Yes, things have stabilized somewhat and our economy is not in free fall mode at this point. But don’t be fooled. This bubble of false hope will be short-lived. The problems we are seeing develop in Europe will erupt into another full-fledged global financial crisis and economic conditions in the United States will get even worse. When that happens, what possible ” economic solutions” will Barack Obama have for us? We never even came close to recovering from the last great financial crisis, and now something potentially even worse is staring us in the face. This is not a great time to have a total lack of leadership in Washington.The following are 18 statistics that prove that the economy has not improved since Barack Obama became the president of the United States….
  1.  Today there are 88 million working age Americans that are not employed and that are not looking for employment. That is an all-time record high.
  2. When Barack Obama was elected, the percentage of unemployed Americans that had been out of work for more than 52 weeks was less than 15%. Today, it is above 30%.
  3. There are 1.2 million fewer jobs in America today than there were when Barack Obama was inaugurated.
  4. When Barack Obama first took office, the number of “long-term unemployed workers” in the United States was approximately 2.6 million. Today, that numberis sitting at 5.6 million.
  5. The average duration of unemployment in the United States is hovering close to an all-time record high.
  6. During the Obama administration, worker health insurance costs have risenby 23 percent.
  7. Since Barack Obama has been president, the average price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States has increased by 90 percent.
  8. Since Barack Obama has been president, home values in the United States have declined by another 13 percent.
  9. Under Barack Obama, new home sales in the U.S. set a brand new all-time record low in 2009, they set a brand new all-time record low again in 2010, and they set a brand new all-time record low once again during 2011.
  10. Since Barack Obama took office, the number of Americans living in poverty has risen by more than 6 million.
  11. Since Barack Obama entered the White House, the number of Americans on food stamps has increased from 32 million to 46 million.
  12. The amount of money that the federal government gives directly to Americans has increased by 32 percent since Barack Obama entered the White House.
  13. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the percentage of Americans living in “extreme poverty” is now sitting at an all-time high.
  14. When Barack Obama first took office, an ounce of gold was going for about $850. Today an ounce of gold costs more than $1700 an ounce.
  15. Since Barack Obama became president, the size of the U.S. national debt has increased by 44 percent.
  16. During Barack Obama’s first two years in office, the U.S. government added more to the U.S. national debt than the first 100 U.S. Congresses combined.
  17. During the Obama administration, the U.S. government has accumulated more debt than it did from the time that George Washington took office to the time that Bill Clinton took office.
  18. The U.S. national debt has been increasing by an average of more than 4 billion dollars per day since the beginning of the Obama administration.Oh, but Barack Obama is promising that things will be much better very soon. Barack Obama is pledging that 2 million more jobs will be added to the economy in 2012.Do you believe him?Read the full story here.

  • Russian search engine Yandex teams up with Twitter.(HD).Russia's top search engine Yandex said today it has teamed up with Twitter to allow the Russian firm to show the full feed of all public Twitter posts.The deal will give it full access to all tweets except for private ones, New York-listed Yandex said in a statement.It will also allow the Moscow-based company "to improve the quality of the search," and users will be able to find tweets "just moments after they have appeared," said Anton Pavlov, Yandex's blog search manager.Twitter posts will appear both in a blog search and on a separate website, of the deal were not disclosed.Yandex's Twitter deal highlights the increasing importance of microblogging as a source of information.Yandex is Russia's largest search engine, occupying some 63 percent of the market. Google trails behind with a 23-percent share.Google and Twitter last year failed to renew a deal for the search giant to include Twitter results in its feed.Read the full story here.

  • Egypt bans Swedish NGO worker from traveling.(BM).CAIRO: Egypt’s security officials banned on Monday a Swedish activist and NGO worker from leaving the country to Cyprus, saying that his name was among those banned from traveling due to their involvement in ongoing investigations of NGOs receiving foreign funding.The Cairo Airport said it had barred the Swedish NGO worker from exiting Egypt in accordance with the decision of the Attorney General Abdel Meguid Mahmoud, who listed the worker’s name on the list of those barred from leaving the country, adding that Jea Eric, 65-years-old, was working in an organization called “Think and Work,” specializing in financing the building of churches.He was prevented from getting on board a plane leaving for Larnaca, Cyprus, however, he was allowed to leave the airport without being arrested.Egypt has referred 43 NGO employees, including 29 foreigners, 19 of whom are American, to trial following investigations into illegal foreign funding of civil society organizations in Egypt.The row has left tensions high between Washington and Cairo, with the United States demanding an end to the crackdown on NGOs in the country. Threats of ending aid to Egypt have been met by Egypt without any action to end the dispute.The trial for the workers begins on February 26.Hmmmm......Still 'selecting' the judges for the case?Read the full story here.

  • Russia not to attend ‘Friends of Syria’ meeting in Tunis; China refuses commitment.(AlArabiya).Russia on Tuesday said it will not attend an international conference in Tunis this week aimed at seeking political change in Syria because the meeting only supported the opposition’s cause, as China refused to commit to attend an international conference in Tunis this week. The meeting was called “for the purpose of supporting one side against another in an internal conflict,” the foreign ministry said in a statement, according to AFP. “We cannot accept the offer to attend this meeting.”The “Friends of Syria group” will meet for the first time on Friday after being created in a response to a joint veto by Russia and China of a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning President Bashar al-Assad for the violence.The group is backed by members of the European Union as well as some Arab nations and the United States. Russia’s statement said the meeting would be unable to improve dialogue between Assad’s government and the opposition on ways of ending 11 months of violence that opposition sources say have killed more than 6,000 people. “The invitations to attend the Tunis meeting were issued to some parts of the opposition, but representatives of the Syrian government were not invited,” the statement said.“This means that the interests of the majority of the Syrian population, which supports the authorities, will not be represented.”Meanwhile, Russia said the United Nations should send a special envoy to Syria to help coordinate security issues and the delivery of humanitarian assistance.Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Twitter Tuesday that it’s proposing that the U.N. Security Council ask the U.N. Secretary General to send the envoy, according to The Associated Press.On Monday Russia’s U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said the world body should help solve humanitarian issues in Syria, after Damascus allowed the Red Cross to bring humanitarian aid to some regions.China, meanwhile, refused to commit to attend an international conference in Tunis this week after the boycott announcement made by Russia.“China has received the relevant invitation,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a regular briefing. “The Chinese side is currently researching the function, mechanism and other aspects of the meeting.”Beijing has repeatedly defended its decision and Hong said Tuesday that China was “willing to play a constructive role with all sides for the peaceful resolution of the Syrian crisis.”Read the full story here.

  • Nigeria - Boko Haram attacks market, 30 people allegedly killed.(BM).Abuja (dpa) – Islamist militants are suspected of killing up to 30 people during a fierce battle with soldiers at a popular market in Maiduguri, north-east Nigeria, according to reports Tuesday citing witnesses.Suspected members of the Boko Haram militia besieged the Baga market late Monday, hurling explosives into the fish vendors’ section, in what they said was a reprisal attack against the traders over the arrest of a prominent sect member last week.The attackers accused the fishmongers of giving information to security forces, leading to the arrest.Hassan Mohammed, a spokesman for the governmental Joint Task Force that tackles terrorism, said eight Boko Haram members died in a gun battle with security operatives, while three traders sustained injuries and were being treated in hospital.“Spokesman Lt.Col. Mohammed Hassan Ifeji said, “We killed eight Boko Haram in the market, and we recovered large quantity of IEDs, and we successfully demobilized all the bombs they planted. The people we killed were those that engaged us and planted the bomb in the Baga Monday Market. No single civilian was affected; all you are hearing is lie.”Responding to the rumours that about 30 persons died in the confrontation, Ifeji said, “It is a lie and we have the poof that you can verify from hospitals. We gunned down eight of them who wanted to kill innocent Nigerians.”Read the full story here.

  • Afghanistan’s ISAF commander says soldiers “improperly disposed” of Qur’an.(BM).DUBAI: NATO troops in Afghanistan have “improperly disposed” of Islam’s materials, including the Qur’an, the commander of the NATO mission in the country said on Tuesday.“When we learned of these actions, we immediately intervened and stopped them,” said US General John Allen, the commander of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force.The materials recovered will be properly handled by appropriate religious authorities,” the statement said.The incident took place late Monday at the Bagram military air base, a sprawling American compound north of Kabul.Allen said he had ordered an investigation and that the incident was not intentional, without providing further details of the purpose of the soldiers’ activities.“We are thoroughly investigating the incident and we are taking steps to ensure this does not ever happen again,” said.An official at the airbase said dozens of Afghans protested in front of one of the control points inside the base. There was no hostility and the protest had been dispersed, the official said.One NATO official based in the Gulf, told that this sort of action continues to “give Arabs and Muslims fodder to attack us for not being on top of cultural sensitivities.”The source added that “both American, local and foreign troops must do a better job of educating themselves on what needs to be done in order to ensure local populations wherever are not getting angry over things that can easily be avoided.”Hmmmm.......Meanwhile it's still OK to burn bibles.or other.Read the full story here.More here.

  • Afghans rescue 41 potential child suicide bombers.(N24).Kabul - The Afghan government said on Monday that police had rescued 41 children from becoming suicide bombers as they were about to be smuggled across the mountains into Pakistan.Interior ministry spokesperson Sediq Sediqqi told a news conference that the children aged six to 11 had been released on February 15 from the clutches of four insurgents in eastern Kunar province.He told AFP their families "were fooled by terrorists", who promised to send them to seminaries in Pakistan where they would be "brainwashed" and "prepared for suicide bombings against Afghan and international troops in Afghanistan".Police arrested the four suspects and the children were returned to their families, the spokesperson said.The Afghan government has accused madrassas in Pakistan of teaching violent extremism and sponsoring Islamist violence, a legacy of Afghanistan's 1979-89 US and Pakistani-sponsored mujahideen uprising against Soviet troops.On February 12, Afghan authorities announced the arrest of two 10-year-old would-be suicide bombers allegedly planning to attack Afghan and international forces in the southern province of Kandahar, the Taliban's birthplace.They had been reportedly released last August, along with 18 other children, after receiving a pardon from Afghan President Hamid Karzai.Hmmmmm........Oh yeah...""the Taliban per se is not our enemy".Read the full story here.

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