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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Pope Shenouda III, head of Egypt's Coptic Christian church, dies at 88.

Pope Shenouda III, head of Egypt's Coptic Christian church, dies at 88.(Yahoo).CAIRO - Pope Shenouda III, the patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church who led Egypt's Christian minority for 40 years during a time of increasing tensions with Muslims, died Saturday. He was 88.
His death comes as the country's estimated 10 million Christians are feeling more vulnerable than ever amid the rise of Islamic movements to political power after the toppling a year ago of President Hosni Mubarak. The months since have seen a string of attacks on the community, heightened anti-Christian rhetoric by ultraconservatives known as Salafis and fears that coming goverments will try to impose strict versions of Islamic law.
Tens of thousands of Christians packed into the main Coptic cathedral in Cairo on Saturday evening hoping to see his body. Women in black wept and screamed. Some, unable to get into the overcrowded building, massed outside, raising their hands in prayer.
"He left us in a very hard time. Look at the country and what's happening now," said Mahrous Munis, a Christian IT worker in his 30s who was among the crowds. "Copts are in a worse situation than before. God be with us."
Shenouda died in his residence at the cathedral, and the state news agency MENA said he had been battling liver and lung problems for several years. Yasser Ghobrial, a physician who treated Shenouda at a Cairo hospital in 2007, said he suffered from prostate cancer that spread to his colon and lungs.
U.S. President Barack Obama paid tribute to Shenouda as "an advocate for tolerance and religious dialogue.""We will remember Pope Shenouda III as a man of deep faith, a leader of a great faith, and an advocate for unity and reconciliation," Obama said in a statement issued by the White House. "His commitment to Egypt's national unity is also a testament to what can be accomplished when people of all religions and creeds work together.""Baba Shenouda," as he was known to his followers, headed one of the most ancient churches in the world. The Coptic Church traces its founding to St. Mark, who is said to have brought Christianity to Egypt in the 1st Century.
For Egypt's Christians, he was a charismatic leader, known for his sense of humour — his smiling portrait was hung in many Coptic homes and shops — and a deeply conservative religious thinker who resisted calls by liberals for reform.
Above all, many Copts saw him as the guardian of their community living amid a Muslim majority in this country of more than 80 million people. Christians have long complained of being treated as second-class citizens, saying they face discrimination and that police generally fail to prosecute those behind anti-Christian attacks.
Shenouda's method was to work behind the scenes. He sought to contain Christians' anger and gave strong support to Mubarak's government, while avoiding pressing Coptic demands too vocally in public to prevent a backlash from Muslim conservatives. In return, Mubarak's regime allowed the Church wide powers among the Christian community.
The Brotherhood's political party offered its condolences "to the Egyptian people and its Christian brothers."
Parliament speaker Saad el-Katatny, a Brotherhood member, praised the pope in an evening session, calling him a "man respected among Coptic Christians and Muslims" for his love of Egypt and his opposition to Israel's annexation of Jerusalem. Under a long-standing order, Shenouda barred his followers from pilgrimage to Jerusalem as a protest of Israel's hold on the city.
Under Church law, the process of choosing Shenouda's successor can take up to three months, though an interim leader will be picked within a week. A synod of archbishops, bishops and lay leaders will then form a committee to come up with three candidates. The names are then put in a box and a blindfolded acolyte picks one — a step meant to be guided by the will of God.
Two leading contenders are close associates of Shenouda. Archbishop Bishoy, head of the Holy Congregation, the main clerical leadership body, is seen as the more conservative figure; Archbishop Johannes, the pope's secretary, is younger — in his 50s — and seen as having a wider appeal among youth.Hmmmm.... Obama calls him "a leader of a great faith" to hard to recognise Christianity as a Religion?Read the full story here.

Overnight music video - Joe Cocker - Ain't No Sunshine


Obama Disappoints.........again on the Falkland Islands.

Obama Disappoints.........again on the Falkland Islands.(Heritage).This week in 1982, Argentine forces were probably preparing their equipment and checking plans ahead of their invasion of the Falkland Islands, to happen a couple of weeks later. Thirty years on, even after heaping cringe-worthy amounts of lavish praise on the Obama Administration during his recent visit, British Prime Minister David Cameron is still no closer to receiving explicit American support for British sovereignty over the Falkland Islands. This is a shameful disregard of the Special Relationship.
The Special Relationship is not about basketball games, barbeques, state dinners, or as one U.K. paper curiously described, “bromance.” The Special Relationship, as described by Winston Churchill in his famous Iron Curtain Speech, is first and foremost built on military cooperation, defense and security issues, and hardheaded geopolitical concerns of the U.S. and the U.K.
The fact that President Obama could not bring himself, or his State Department for that matter, to publicly support and acknowledge Britain’s control over the Falkland Islands is, at best, embarrassing for Cameron and at worst, dangerous for the Special Relationship. Especially when the subject of the Falkland Islands is so important to the U.K.
However, Cameron is at fault as well. He should have ensured that the issue of the Falklands was raised publicly so there would be no doubt in the minds of the British, the Argentines, and the Falklanders about where America stands on the issue.
Surprisingly, at the very end of an article on David Cameron’s visit, The New York Times reports:
On Wednesday, Mr. Obama offered Mr. Cameron some comfort. The United States, he said, would stop prodding Britain and Argentina to talk to each other, but stick to its historic position of neutrality.”
There are two problems here.

First, there is no direct quote from President Obama, the White House, or the State Department. There is no source for these unattributed comments. This is important, because if what The New York Times reported is actually true, then this would mean a reversal of the Obama Administration’s policy on backing U.N. mediation over the status of the Islands.

Secondly, even if the Times report was true, “neutrality” is still not good enough. America should fully back Britain in its claim on the Falkland Islands. The British people should not accept America’s neutrality on the issue but should demand America’s support.

The strongest argument the United Kingdom has for its claim on the Falkland Islands is the inhabitants’ right to self-determination—a principle on which America was founded and in which most Americans believe.
The 3,000 residents of the Falklands overwhelmingly want to be British and not Argentine. Linguistically, culturally, and historically, nobody can deny that they are British. The right to self-determination is guaranteed by the United Nations Charter and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights—and Argentina is a signatory to both.

Once again, President Obama has shown how little he cares about the Special Relationship. No number of flights on Air Force One, state dinners stuffed with wealthy political donors, or basketball games in swing states can change this fact.

As previous analysis from The Heritage Foundation has pointed out:
“The Special Relationship is vital to the interests of both the United States and Great Britain, and its preservation is of paramount importance to the defense of freedom and liberty across the world. It is time for Washington to recognize and support British sovereignty over the Falkland Islands and stand by America’s closest ally, not least at a time when nearly 10,000 British troops are standing shoulder to shoulder with their U.S. allies on the battlefields of Afghanistan.”
An unattributed overture of American neutrality in The New York Times hardly amounts to the policy statement Britain deserves. The Obama Administration needs to make it crystal clear that it backs the United Kingdom over Argentina regarding the status of the Falklands. The sooner it does this, the better.Hmmmm.........The US would support an Argentine "accommodation" as its national interest supports stability in the area. "This tells us all too clearly which way the wind is blowing." The Organization of American States, a talking shop for north and south American countries, last week adopted a declaration calling for negotiations between Britain and Argentina over the "sovereignty" of the Falkland Islands.President Barack Obama's administration also made clear in early 2010 that it would endorse calls for talks over the islands when it adopted the Organisation of American States useage of Malvinas instead of Falklands.Hmmmm....."Trust me said the scorpion to the frog" starts to sound familiar.Read the full story here.

Obama: Change is 'driving cars that get 55 mpg'.

Obama: Change is 'driving cars that get 55 mpg'.(BWC).At a campaign event in Chicago today, President Obama boasted the changes he made during his first term, particularly his decision boosting higher fuel efficiency standards."Change is the decisions we made to stop waiting for a Congress to do something about our oil addiction and finally raised fuel efficiency standards on our cars and on our trucks so that by next decade we will be driving American made cars that get 55 miles per gallon." he said to heavy applause from his supporters.
Echoing his energy speech from yesterday, Obama insisted that it was time to "double down" on investments in clean energy."Now is the time to stop subsidizing an oil industry that has rarely been more profitable and double down on a clean energy industry that has never been more promising," added Obama, "Solar, wind, and bio fuels.More about the smallest production cars here.

The vetting of Obama continues: in the classroom teaching constitutional law.

The vetting of Obama continues: in the classroom teaching constitutional law.(HT: TundraTabloids).BREITBART.COM: Part I and PART II
Let’s take a trip via the wayback machine to the hallowed classrooms of the University of Chicago Law School. The year is 1996, and a young lecturer named Barack Obama is teaching constitutional law to a group of students. His first final exam question is about whether homosexuals can be barred from receiving state health care coverage for their infertility treatments.
The question deals with a hypothetical lesbian couple that wants to have a baby. Their state prevents health providers from providing infertility treatments for unwed couples; the couple’s state-provided healthcare therefore refuses them coverage for such procedures
Obama then presented an analysis of this question. That’s the way it works on law school constitutional law exams: you spot the issues, then offer an analysis of them. They never come down on one side or another. But they can give you important clues as to the way the student (or in this case, the lecturer) thinks.
Instead of wading through the legal thicket presented by any law school exam, let’s analyze Lecturer Obama’s main take. He makes the following points:

The fundamental right at stake … goes well beyond issues of bodily integrity, but instead involves the broader principle that the government cannot be in the business of deciding who should bear children and who should not – at least without offering up some pretty compelling reasons for doing so. Obama even compares a state law banning infertility treatment for unwed couples to active sterilization.
In a particularly noteworthy comment, Obama writes: “the connection between restricting infertility services to married couples and ‘preserving the integrity of marriage’ is so tenuous that it cannot be considered a narrowly tailored means of serving that interest.” This is arguable at best – of course preventing unmarried couples from receiving infertility treatment would be closely related to upholding the notion of traditional marriage. But this Obama comment gives us a clue as to his real feelings about the institution of marriage: it has nothing to do with bearing and raising children.Read the full story here.Part I continued. Part II.

Indian PM's Letter Assures 'Full Support' On Palestinian Bid For Statehood.

Indian PM's Letter Assures 'Full Support' On Palestinian Bid For Statehood.(Memri).In a letter to Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has assured him of India's "full support" for the Palestinian bid for statehood at the United Nations, according to an Indian website.
"India has always supported the Palestinian people in their pursuit of legitimate goals and for development with dignity and self-reliance. I assure you of India's full support in the United Nations," Singh wrote in the letter to Abbas. India is a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council.
The one-page letter was read out to Indian journalists by India's Permanent Representative to the UN Hardeep Singh Puri, according to a report on the website of the Outlook weekly magazine.
According to the website, Singh wrote, "India's relations with Palestine are historic and firmly rooted in our national ethos. India has been unwavering in its support for the Palestinian people's struggle for a sovereign, independent, viable and united state of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital, living within secure and recognizable borders side by side and at peace with Israel."
India was the first non-Arab country to recognize the Palestinian aspiration for statehood, Hardeep Singh Puri said.Read the full story here.

"And so it Begins" - 'Saudi Arabia has Allegedly Arranged to Make Available Two Pakistani Nuclear Bombs or Guided Missile Warheads'

"And so it Begins" - 'Saudi Arabia has Allegedly Arranged to Make Available Two Pakistani Nuclear Bombs or Guided Missile Warheads'(Memri).Pakistani Journalist Examines Saudi-Pakistani Nuclear Cooperation: 'Saudi Arabia has Allegedly Arranged to Make Available Two Pakistani Nuclear Bombs or Guided Missile Warheads'In a recent article, senior Pakistani journalist Amir Mir examined the history of Saudi-Pakistani nuclear cooperation and recent media reports that Saudi Arabia is trying to reach a secret nuclear pact with Pakistan, in view of the Iranian nuclear threat to Sunni states like Saudi Arabia.
In an article titled, "Is Pakistan Helping the Saudis with a Nuclear Deterrent?" Amir Mir also revealed that during this year's "Arab Spring" protests in the Middle Eastern countries, Pakistan had two military divisions on standby to go to Saudi Arabia in case street protests erupted against the Saudi royal family.
The Pakistani journalist also recounted a number of international media reports on how Pakistani military officers have worked over the years in secret to help the Saudi ambition to build a nuclear deterrent.Hmmm......President Obama "Nobel Peaceprize winner"......Yup it's starting to show from all sides. Read the full story here.

Ukrainian-born Nazi death camp guard Demjanjuk dies at the age of 91.

Ukrainian-born Nazi death camp guard Demjanjuk dies at the age of 91.(Yahoo).Former Nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk, sentenced to five years in a German prison last year, has died at the age of 91, police said Saturday.
The Ukrainian-born Demjanjuk had been found guilty of almost 28,000 counts of accessory to murder during the six months he was a guard at the Sobibor death camp in 1943.
The ailing Demjanjuk was sentenced by a Munich court in May 2011 after a trial lasting 18 months. However, he was allowed to go free, having already spent nearly two years in prison on the grounds that he was not a threat and was unlikely to abscond, being stateless.
While there was no direct evidence of his presence or actions at Sobibor in German-occupied Poland, the court said it believed he had served there as a guard, and was therefore automatically implicated in killings carried out there at the time, mainly of Dutch Jews.He had denied the charges and appealed against his conviction.
Demjanjuk went to live in the United States after the war but in 1986, he stood trial in Jerusalem accused of being "Ivan the Terrible," an infamous Ukrainian guard at another death camp, Treblinka.
Found guilty of all charges and sentenced to death in 1988, he was freed five years later when evidence surfaced proving Israel had got the wrong man.After evidence emerged that he served as a guard at other Nazi camps, he was stripped of his US citizenship in 2002 for lying about his war record on immigration forms.After years of legal wrangling, he was deported from the United States to Germany in 2009 to face trial anew.Read the full story here.

Thank you Barack 'Hussein' Obama - Iran claims to have domestically produced drone.

Thank you Barack 'Hussein' Obama - Iran claims to have domestically produced drone.(JPost).Less than four months after confiscating a US drone that went down in its territory, Iran has domestically produced a new unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) called the Shaparak (Butterfly), semi-official Iranian news agency Press TV reported on Saturday.
The drone has an operational radius of 50 kilometers and a flight ceiling of 4,572 meters, Press TV quoted Reza Danandeh Hakamabad, the aeronautics engineer in charge of the project, as saying on Friday.He added that the aircraft has the capability to fly non-stop for three-and-half hours and can carry an 8 kilogram payload.
Powered by a two-cylinder engine, the Iranian drone is equipped with cameras which can submit surveillance images to the base on the ground, according to the report.
Iran claimed to have shot down a US RQ-170 Sentinel drone that was flying over its airspace in December, later saying that they had actually commandeered the UAV's navigation system, making it land in Iranian territory.
US military officials said that the drone went down due to technical difficulties while on a surveillance mission, denying that Iran had actively brought the craft down.Iran displayed the US drone on television, vowing to "reverse-engineer" the UAV to build its own drone.Hmmmm.....Why would you destroy a drone if you can donate it intact to Iran?Read the full story here.

Obama calls for ending dependence on foreign energy attacks Congress.....Again.

Obama calls for ending dependence on foreign energy attacks Congress.....Again.(HD).US President Barack Obama called on Saturday for an end to America's dependence on foreign energy sources -- and to the multi-billion-dollar subsidies given each year to oil companies.
"What we can't do is keep being dependent on other countries for our energy needs," Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address. "In America we control our own destiny," he added. "So that's the choice we face - the past, or the future." The comments came as the president faces mounting criticism from Republicans, who have blamed his energy policy for spiking gas prices. The American Automobile Association (AAA) predicts gasoline prices across the United States could average $4.25 a gallon by May, up from $3.83 today.Between 1998 and 2004, prices ranged from $1 to $2.
Prices vary wildly between regions, however, and last week,, a website that tracks prices in all 50 states, reported $5.09 a gallon at one Mobil and two Chevron stations in greater Los Angeles.Given that 76 percent of Americans drive themselves to work, and a trip to the store can often mean a long drive to the mall, higher gas prices are a critical issue -- especially in a presidential election year.The president noted that the price of gasoline depended on a lot of factors that are beyond US control. "Unrest in the Middle East can tighten global oil supply," he said. "Growing nations like China or India adding cars to the road increases demand." But he pointed out that his administration had already put in place new standards that will make sure that American cars average nearly 55 miles per gallon (88.5 kilometers per 3.8 liters) by the middle of the next decade - nearly double what they get today. The president also called for ending the $4 billion a year in tax breaks that US oil companies receive each year.
"In the next few weeks, I expect Congress to vote on ending these subsidies," he said. "And when they do, we're going to put every single Member of Congress on record: They can either stand up for oil companies, or they can stand up for the American people." Hmmmmm......."You're eighter with me or against me?"Read the full story here.

Michelle Obama to Lead U.S. Delegation to London Olympics.

Michelle Obama to Lead U.S. Delegation to London Olympics.(WhitehouseDossier).By Keith koffler.Michelle Obama will lead the U.S. delegation to the London 2012 Summer Olympics, declaring that she will use the event to promote her “Let’s Move” kids fitness program.
From the White House:
“In the months ahead, I’ll be talking to Americans all across the country to encourage even more young people to tap into that Olympic spirit and turn their inspiration into action,” said Mrs. Obama. “As the Olympic creed states, ‘the most important thing … is not to win, but to take part.’ And that doesn’t just mean sitting and watching, it means getting up and getting active as well. I hope we use the upcoming games as motivation for all of us to get up and get moving.”
The White House was careful to note that Michelle, who has been criticized for her lavish vacations, will not be the only first lady to have led an Olympic delegation overseas.
Other First Ladies that have led a Presidential Delegation to the Olympic Games include First Lady Laura Bush to the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy and then-First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton to the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway.The London games will be held July 27 – August 12.Hmmmm......No word on how many hotels will be booked on taxpayer's their tab?Lets hope Brittain lives up to it's 'Summer weather' reputation.Read the full story here.

US Soldiers Are Immune from Afghan Prosecution, CRS Says.

US Soldiers Are Immune from Afghan Prosecution, CRS Says.(SN).The American soldier who is accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians is under the legal jurisdiction of the U.S. government and is immune from prosecution under Afghan law, says a newly updated report from the Congressional Research Service.
Afghan officials had said they wanted the soldier to be tried in Afghanistan, not in an American military court, the New York Times and other press outlets reported.
But according to CRS, the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) between the US and Afghanistan dictates otherwise.
“In the case of Afghanistan, the SOFA, in force since 2003, provides that U.S. Department of Defense military and civilian personnel are to be accorded status equivalent to that of U.S. Embassy administrative and technical staff under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961,” the CRS report said.
“Accordingly, U.S. personnel are immune from criminal prosecution by Afghan authorities and are immune from civil and administrative jurisdiction except with respect to acts performed outside the course of their duties. The Government of Afghanistan has further explicitly authorized the U.S. government to exercise criminal jurisdiction over U.S. personnel.”
“Thus, under the existing SOFA, the United States would have jurisdiction over the prosecution of the servicemember who allegedly attacked the Afghan civilians.”
A copy of the CRS report was obtained by Secrecy News. See Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA): What Is It, and How Has It Been Utilized?, March 15, 2012.Read the full story here.

Belgistan? Sharia Showdown Looms in Brussels.

Belgistan? Sharia Showdown Looms in Brussels.(CBN).BRUSSELS and ANTWERP -- Brussels is the capital of Europe. But some are now calling it the Muslim capital of Europe.
The graffiti on a building in Belgium says it all: "Welcome to 'Belgistan." Muslims are still a minority in Belgium, but in the capital of Brussels, they're already the largest religious group, comprising one-quarter of the city's population.
In less than 20 years they're expected to be the majority. Imran was completely open with CBN News, saying Islam and Sharia law are inseparable, and that democracy is evil.
"Sharia is Islam, to be clear," he said. "There is no difference between Islam and Sharia, it's just a name."
"Democracy is the opposite of Sharia and Islam," he said. "We believe Allah is the legislator. Allah makes the laws. He decides what is allowed and what is forbidden."
CBN News asked Imran about self-described "democratic Muslims" who are against the extreme parts of Sharia law. "That's really funny when I hear someone say I was speaking to a 'democratic Muslim,'" he replied. "It's the same thing as saying I was speaking to Christian Jew, or a Jewish Muslim or something like that. It's impossible.""How could you meet a Jewish Muslim or a Christian Jew?" he continued. "And the Muslim who says he's against Sharia, he's not a Muslim. It's impossible."
Hmmmm......The Belgian Constitution guarantees equality for all Belgians, equality for men and women is guaranteed.It's high time the Belgian parliamentarians start doing their job, cause Sharia guarantees non of these!Somehow they forgot the oath they took to uphold the Belgian laws.Read the full story here.

In Honor killing Shafias' hometown, PM Harper talks about honour crimes.

In Honor killing Shafias' hometown, PM Harper talks about honour crimes.(Yahoo).MONTREAL - Prime Minister Stephen Harper recalled the Shafia killings while visiting the family's hometown of Montreal to underscore Ottawa's support of a program to prevent so-called honour crimes.
Harper visited a Montreal centre for victims of family violence Friday to denounce crimes against women and girls committed in the name of "honour."
He called honour crimes "barbaric" and "heinous" before promising nearly $350,000 to help fund a program led by The Shield of Athena Family Services to prevent these practices in the city.
"Recently, the tragedy of the Shafia girls touched Canadians profoundly," Harper said in a speech at a community centre."All Canadians, regardless of the colour of their skin or which god is in their prayers, have the inalienable right to security and life."It's our homework to ensure that the victims of these incomprehensible murders did not suffer for nothing."
Employees at the family-violence centre used the prime minister's visit to share anecdotes with the visiting media about their work.
Melpa Kamateros, executive director of The Shield of Athena Family Services, said she detects an increase in the number of "honour" crimes reported in the last few years. She believes that's because more people are aware of the issue and are more willing to speak out.
"We've had cases that very much resemble the Shafia case and we've addressed them in a certain way, and clearly we haven't had any negative impacts in those cases," Kamateros said.
She described one example where a woman was severely assaulted by a weapon, then brought to the centre: "A male member of the family did not like the way she dressed and did not like her attitude," she said.
Federal minister Rona Ambrose touched off weeks of confusion in 2010 when she suggested "honour" crimes could be added to the Criminal Code. The remark mortified some criminal experts who noted that such a policy would only add to prosecutors' burden of proof, and actually make it harder to convict killers.
After a number of vague and contradictory statements from various quarters of the government over a period of several weeks, the Harper Tories ultimately renounced the idea.
The Canadian Council of Muslim Women has warned against the use of the term "honour" crime, arguing that it separates women into categories, based on their particular racial or ethnic group.
Alia Hogben, the organization's director, said allocating this money toward preventing violence against women moves the cause forward, but linking it directly to this specific type of crime is a "backward step.""If it's violence against women, it's violence against women," Hogben said Friday in a phone interview.
Hogben, a social worker with 30 years' experience, said when violence against women leads to murder, the case should instead be referred to as "femicide."Hmmmm........Narrated 'Aisha: Do you make us (women) equal to dogs and donkeys?  (Sahih Bukhari 1.486, cf. Sahih Bukhari 1.490, Sahih Bukhari 1.493, Sahih Bukhari 1.498).Read the full story here.

"Sanctions that 'bite' " US Exporters to Sell 220,000 tons of Wheat to Iran despite Sanctions.

"Sanctions that 'bite' " US Exporters to Sell 220,000 tons of Wheat to Iran despite Sanctions.(Fars).Tehran - US sources announced that despite the unilateral sanctions imposed by Washington against Tehran, Iran was close to completing purchases of 220,000 tons of wheat from the American exporters due to be shipped as early as Aprilrs to Sell 220,000 tons of Wheat to Iran despite Sanctions.The US said Iran has purchased 60,000 tons of American wheat, reopening grain trade ties between the two countries amid Washington's tough sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
According to a Reuters report published on Friday, it is the first time in three years that Iran has purchased US wheat. The industry sources said Iran was close to completing purchases of another 220,000 tons to be shipped as early as April, and in talks with exporters to buy another undisclosed amount. The price tag for the 400,000 tons of grain - 180,000 confirmed and 220,000 yet to be formally declared - could be around USD 160 million, export sources said.
Trade sources said grain giants Cargill Inc. and Bunge Ltd were the likely suppliers to Iran.
The two companies were also major sellers of wheat to Iran three years ago when Iran, normally self-sufficient in wheat, bought nearly 7 million tons on the world market, including 1.8 million tons from the United States.
Iran has purchased some 2 million tons of wheat from several origins since February in an effort to build its food stockpiles. Many US enterprises complain that Washington's wrong policies have cost them the Iranian market which could, otherwise, bring them billions of dollars in trade. Hence, a large number of the US companies and firms have started business activities in or with Iran despite the opposition of the White House leaders.
In December 2010, the New York Times reported that over the past decade, United States-based companies have done billions of dollars in trade with Iran despite sanctions and trade embargoes imposed on Tehran.
One American company, the daily said, was permitted to do work on an Iranian gas pipeline, despite sanctions aimed at Iran's gas industry in particular.
The transactions have been made possible by a 2000 law that allows exemptions from sanctions for companies selling food or medical products, the report added.Iranian officials have always stressed that the international and unilateral sanctions against Iran have had no result but inflicting damage on the western (European) companies.Hmmmm.....Obama: The toughest sanctions evah.Read the full story here.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Overnight music video - Eve Of Destruction - Barry Mcguire

Afghanistan - U.S. soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians upset at fourth tour: lawyer

The day before the rampage, the U.S. soldier accused of the mass killings saw his friend’s leg blown off.

Afghanistan - U.S. soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians upset at fourth tour: lawyer.(HD).Afghan President Hamid Karzai on March 16 accused the United States of failing to fully cooperate with an investigation into the massacre of 16 Afghan villagers by a U.S. staff sergeant and questioned whether only one soldier could have been involved. The U.S. soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians was upset at having to do a fourth tour of duty in a war zone and was likely suffering from stress after seeing colleagues wounded, his defense lawyer said.
The day before the rampage, the U.S. soldier accused of the mass killings saw his friend’s leg blown off, Seattle attorney John Henry Browne said. “His leg was blown off, and my client was standing next to him,” he said. The suspect had been injured twice during his three previous deployments to Iraq, and didn’t want to go to Afghanistan to begin with, Browne said. Browne said the soldier has two young children, ages 3 and 4. The soldier is expected to be flown to a U.S. military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas as early as yesterday, a senior defense official said.
During tours in Iraq, the soldier suffered a concussive head injury in a car accident caused by a roadside bomb, Browne said, and he suffered a battle-related injury that resulted in surgery to remove part of his foot. The soldier is accused of going on a shooting rampage in villages near his base in southern Afghanistan early March 11, killing nine children and seven other civilians and then burning some of their bodies.Hmmm......ever heard of something called "Shell Shock" doesn't exists on Golf courses.Read the full story here.

After Meeting With Pelosi, Muslim Brotherhood Demands World Powers Respect Egypts Law and State Sovereignty

After Meeting With Pelosi, Muslim Brotherhood Demands World Powers Respect Egypts Law and State Sovereignty.(IW)During a meeting of Dr. Mohamed Saad Katatni, Speaker of the People’s Assembly (PA), and Dr. Essam El-Erian, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations, with a U.S. Congress delegation led by Nancy Pelosi, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and the minority leader in Congress, and 6 Senators and members of the House.
The PA Speaker highlighted the need for everyone to commit to the law, and stressed parliament's rejection of the language of threats and blatant interference in the internal affairs of Egypt, through threats to use aid as a weapon.
Dr. Katatni said, “If the U.S. or any other power thinks that Egypt would accept these threats, they have not recognized or understood the changes that the country has witnessed after the downfall of the corrupt former regime. Anyone even thinking of breaching Egypt’s national security should learn that the Egyptian people will not accept any violations of its sovereignty, whatever the price or sacrifice.Hmmmm.......Don't worry 'Hussein' will give you the $ 1,57 Billion he promised and the 125 M1 Abrams Battle tanks, just keep kicking us in the A$$.Read the full story here.

Hamas chief in Turkey to meet PM Erdoğan....Picking up his $300 Million?

                                                          Happiness is..........?

Hamas chief in Turkey to meet PM Erdoğan....Picking up his $300Million?(HD).Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal arrived in Turkey today to meet with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan."The prime minister will meet with Meshaal at 2:00 pm (1200 GMT)," the source told AFP on condition of anonymity.The meeting was not on Erdoğan's daily itinerary distributed to the press.
The Islamic-conservative government led by Erdoğan is at odds with Israel, and an ardent defender of the Palestinian cause for establishment of a sovereign Palestinian state.
Hamas is considered a terrorist organization by Israel and many Western countries, but not by Turkey.(Obama's partner in the fight against terrorism).
The head of the Hamas government in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, was received with enthusiasm during a visit to Turkey in early January, as part of his first-time regional tour.
In Istanbul, Haniyeh particularly praised the nine Turks killed during an Israeli raid on a humanitarian aid flotilla on its way to Gaza in May 2010.
Ties between Turkey and Israel, once close allies, have deteriorated significantly after the assault against the Turkish flagship of the international flotilla.Hmmmmm.........Happiness is........Plotting against the Jews?Read the full story here.More here.

"Trust me said the scorpion to the frog" After Meeting With Obama British PM Cameron Says UK Would Not Support Israeli Attack On Iran

"Trust me said the scorpion to the frog" After Meeting With Obama British PM Cameron Says UK Would Not Support Israeli Attack On Iran.(CriticalAnalist).
(Hitler on the Munich Agreement with Chamberlain) If ever that silly old man comes interfering here again with his umbrella, I'll kick him downstairs and jump on his stomach in front of the photographers.

(Weasel) Otherwise known as mission accomplished for Barack.

(JPost) —The UK would not support an Israeli strike on Iran, British Prime Minister David Cameron said in an interview with NBC published Thursday.
“I don’t think as we stand today that military action by Israel would be justified.” Cameron said. “I don’t think the Israelis should take that action now, we’ve told them they shouldn’t, and we’ve said that we wouldn’t support it if they did.”
In a bid to dispel the idea that there might be a rift in Israel-UK relations, Cameron added that “we are a friend of Israel. Israel has a right to exist as a democratic state. It’s very important that Israel knows it has strong allies like America and like the United Kingdom.”
That said, Cameron stressed that sanctions remain the preferred tactic for ending the Iranian regime’s nuclear program. “I don’t support action now because, frankly, we’ve got more road to run in putting in place sanctions, in putting in place tough measures against the Iranian regime.Hmmmm.....Obama to Bibi "Trust you i've got your back, i'm Israel staunchest enemy ally"Read the full story here.

Video: Did Michelle Obama Occupy Dean's office at Harvard?

Video: Did Michelle Obama Occupy Dean's office at Harvard?(PJM)A treasure trove of information is coming out regarding Barack Obama’s time in college. Over at the Breitbart sites, we are learning how Obama inserted himself into a fight to implement hiring on the basis of race at Harvard Law School. The Obama tapes also seem to show the other Obama – Michelle – occupying the Harvard Law School dean’s office. The occupiers were agitating for the race-based hiring of Harvard law professors.
The racialist fight at Harvard Law from 1988 to 1991 swirls around Professor Derrick Bell. As detailed over at Big Government, Professor Bell was a role model to law student Barack Obama. But he also openly advocated for a variety of racialist views wholly outside the American mainstream. Some of them are outright crazy. He deliberately used his position as a professor to teach racially charged theories of structural oppression by whites. Obama, nevertheless, now famously urged us “to open up our hearts and minds to the words of Professor Derrick Bell.”
In his article, Adams explains how he came in possession of the video, which can be viewed HERE. Though he's not willing to say it's definitely Michelle who can be seen in the bottom right of the video about 10 seconds in, "occupying the Dean's office," he sounds more than overwhelmingly convinced based on the fact that the betamax video he viewed first hand is much sharper than the one found at the link.
If you watch the entire news report, you'll see another familiar face - Derrick Bell. Does this mean both Barack and Michelle opened their "hearts" and "minds" to the teachings of Bell?It would appear so.Read the full story here.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

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The Obama Flag: Who Decided That It Was Okay To Replace The Stars On The American Flag With The Face Of Barack Obama?

The Obama Flag: Who Decided That It Was Okay To Replace The Stars On The American Flag With The Face Of Barack Obama?(BLN).By Michael Snyder.Democrat Party headquarters in Lake County, Florida has been flying an American flag with a face of Barack Obama on it. Yes, you read that correctly.

The "Obama flag" features a huge picture of the face of Barack Obama in the area where the stars are usually located. To many Americans today, the American flag may be "just a piece of cloth", but when I was young I was taught that one must never desecrate the American flag. The American flag is our highest national symbol. Millions of Americans have fought and died defending freedom and liberty under that banner. To see a photo of Barack Obama plastered on it is an absolute disgrace.

Sadly, there are lots of these flags floating around. In fact, you can buy them online for $12.95. Down in Florida, the chairwoman of the Lake County Democratic Party took down the "Obama flag" after a group of veterans protested, but she also said that she is not promising that she will not put it back up and that she is going to consult an attorney about all of this.

Needless to say, a lot of veterans had steam coming out of their ears when they heard about the Obama flag. Korean war veteran Don Van Beck said that he was absolutely furious when he saw what they had done to the American flag....
"I can't describe how upset was because you just don't do that to the American flag"
Van Beck was one of the vets that confronted the chairwoman of the Lake County Democratic Party (Nancy Hurlbert) about this flag.

One local news report detailed the tense moment that occurred when the vets asked that the flag be taken down:
'There are laws against desecrating the flag,' Van Beck said, right before he read out loud the federal flag code, public law 344, section 4G to Hurlbert: 'The flag should never have placed upon it or any part of it, any marks, insignia, letters, words, figures, designs, picture or drawings of any nature. We would like to ask you to take it down please.'
Thankfully the Obama flag was eventually taken down because who knows what those vets would have done if it had kept flying. A lot of old vets may have aging bodies, but their spirits are still very much alive.
 Ex-marine John Masterjohn was also incredibly upset when he learned about the Obama flag. He compared this flag to what we have seen from some of the worst totalitarian regimes in history:
Joseph Stalin, pictures of Mao, pictures of Adolph Hitler. The pomp, the ceremony -- the flag's like that
And that is exactly what this Obama flag reminds me of. It reminds me of pictures of Chairman Mao plastered everywhere:
 Socialists and communists always love to create a "cult of personality." They always love to exalt their "dear leaders" to godlike status.

Shockingly, the Democrats in Florida are not even apologizing. In fact, they seem rather proud of the Obama flag.

A statement from the Lake County Democratic Headquarters said the following:
We were given this as a gift. We are proud of our president, we’re proud of the United States, and we felt it was time to display that.
Can you believe that? But that is not even the worst part. What Nancy Hurlbert, the chairwoman of the Lake County Democratic Party, had to say about all of this was absolutely disgraceful:
'It leads me to believe that it's not about the flag,' she told 'Certain elements cannot accept Barack Obama as president.'
Is she serious? We should just accept the face of Barack Obama being plastered on the American flag?

This is just another sign of how far we have fallen as a nation. America is not the same place that it used to be and people better wake up.Hmmmm.........My question is How many more of these flags are there around at 'Democratic headquarters'?Read the full story here.

Aren't you glad you voted for Obama?American ISPs to launch massive copyright spying scheme on July 12.

Aren't you glad you voted for Obama?American ISPs to launch massive copyright spying scheme on July 12.(Rawstory).
If you download potentially copyrighted software, videos or music, your Internet service provider (ISP) has been watching, and they’re coming for you.
Specifically, they’re coming for you on Thursday, July 12.
That’s the date when the nation’s largest ISPs will all voluntarily implement a new anti-piracy plan that will engage network operators in the largest digital spying scheme in history, and see some users’ bandwidth completely cut off until they sign an agreement saying they will not download copyrighted materials.
Word of the start date has been largely kept secret since ISPs announced their plans last June. The deal was brokered by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), and coordinated by the Obama Administration. The same groups have weighed in heavily on controversial Internet policies around the world, with similar facilitation by the Obama’s Administration’s State Department.
The July 12 date was revealed by the RIAA’s CEO and top lobbyist, Cary Sherman, during a publishers’ conference on Wednesday in New York, according to technology publication CNet.
The content industries calls this scheme a “graduated response” plan, which will see Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, Comcast, Verizon, AT&T and others spying on users’ Internet activities and watching for potential copyright infringement. Users who are “caught” infringing on a creator’s protected work can then be interrupted with a notice that piracy is forbidden by law and carries penalties of up to $150,000 per infringement, requiring the user to click through saying they understand the consequences before bandwidth is restored, and they could still be subject to copyright infringement lawsuits.Hmmmm........Not the kind of "CHANGE" you had in mind....did you?Read the full story here.

Convicted Terrorist Leader admits Muslim American Society is arm of Muslim Brotherhood

Convicted Terrorist Leader admits Muslim American Society is arm of Muslim Brotherhood.(Shoebat).It’s not like we didn’t know this already but when a convicted terrorist admits to it under oath, fewer people can avoid realities like this one, which is exactly what far too many people seem to do. The latest example comes courtesy of convicted terrorist, Abdurrahman Alamoudi.
Via IPT:
The Muslim American Society (MAS) was created as a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood in America, and continues to serve that function today, a man who once was one of the most influential Muslim political leaders testified in a Virginia courtroom Wednesday.
Everyone knows that MAS is the Muslim Brotherhood,” Abdurrahman Alamoudi told federal investigators in a January interview from a federal correctional facility. On the witness stand, Alamoudi claimed not to remember everything he said, but accepted that he had made the statement after government lawyers showed him records of the interview.
Discover the Networks has this to say about MAS:

Both the MSA and the ISNA were listed on a 1991 Muslim Brotherhood document as member organizations. With Alamoudi’s confession, MAS qualified to be on the list as well but it was founded one year later, in 1992.
As for the reason why Alamoudi was in court this week, IPT explains:

His (Alamoudi) testimony Wednesday came as part of a civil suit brought by Jamal Abusamhadaneh against the government demanding he be naturalized as an American citizen. His application was denied after officials learned he lied about being associated with the Muslim American Society, failing to disclose the association on his naturalization application. In a subsequent interview, an immigration official further pressed him to reveal his connection to MAS or the Brotherhood, but he repeatedly denied ties to each.

One of the more absurd revelations to come from IPT’s article involved claims made by Abusamhadaneh’s attorney:

Alamoudi, who had signed a work visa for Abusamhadaneh, was the original source for information about the plaintiff’s Brotherhood ties. Abusamhadaneh claims he was following the advice of his attorney at the time, Ashraf Nubani, who told him affiliations with religious organizations do not need to be disclosed to the government. He also says he never was a dues paying MAS member, although he acknowledges attending many of the organization’s events.
Nubani testified that neither the Muslim Brotherhood nor MAS were political organizations, so he didn’t think his client had any reason to disclose such ties, were they to exist. Rather, he claimed that both organizations were simply non-violent religious organizations that believed “Islam should not be confined to one aspect of life” and “in Islam church and state aren’t separate.
A simple look at the Arab Spring’s biggest political beneficiary – the Muslim Brotherhood – debunks that testimony in two seconds. Such a statement by Nubani should be grounds for a perjury or contempt charge.
As for the importance of Alamoudi’s admission that MAS is a Muslim Brotherhood entity…
…Alamoudi’s testimony is significant because he acknowledges being part of the Brotherhood and was active when MAS was formed in 1993. In addition, MAS officials have claimed that they may have had roots in the Brotherhood, but those dissipated over time.
And of course, Alamoudi also appears to be the quintessential example of a practitioner of Muruna.
Read the full story here.

Non excisting state Palestine to Submit 20 Christian and Jewish Sites for UNESCO World Heritage Site Nomination.

Non excisting state Palestine to Submit 20 Christian and Jewish Sites for UNESCO World Heritage Site Nomination.(AD).Ancient historic sites such as the Church of the Nativity, the Old City of Hebron and the Qumran caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, to be included.
On its first day as a full-fledged UNESCO member state, Palestinian officials wasted no time announcing plans to submit the names of 20 sites in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza for nomination to the World Heritage List.
Within the next few days, we will submit a tentative list of 20 sites to be added to the list, Omar Awadallah, head of the U.N. department at the Palestinian foreign ministry, told the AFP. From today we are a full party as a state so now we can start all the things that states can do within the rules of the convention; one of them is that we can submit our list to the World Heritage Committee.
The list includes historic sites like Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity (believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ), the Old City of Hebron, the Qumran caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, and Umayyad Palaces like Khirbat al Mafjar.
Last fall, a vote by UNESCO members granted full membership to Palestine, but not without serious costs. The U.S. immediately withdrew its support for the organization - about 22 percent of the group's annual budget. UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova launched a multi-donor Emergency Fund, which has so far received close to $30 million in contributions from Gabon, the Republic of Congo, Indonesia, East Timor, Iceland, Turkey, Cameroon, Kazakhstan, Belize and others.
Until today, Palestine - home to some of the most historic and sensitive sites on the planet - could not formally submit any properties for nomination to the World Heritage List, which recognizes cultural and natural heritage sites with outstanding universal value. Once the tentative list is submitted, it will act as an inventory of the locations Palestinian authorities wish to register. The finalized list will be presented when the World Heritage Committee holds its annual meeting in June to discuss which sites to accept.Hmmmmm......How to become a 'state' steal others their heritage and get paid by US taxpayers.Read the full 'story' here.

Taliban call off confidence-building talks, did Obama already release the Gitmo Taliban prisoners?

Taliban call off confidence-building talks, did Obama already release the Gitmo Taliban prisoners? (AA).The Taliban broke off confidence-building talks with the Americans on Thursday and the Afghan president ordered U.S. troops out of villages, demanding control in 2013.
It was due to their alternating and ever-changing position that the Islamic Emirate was compelled to suspend all dialogue with the Americans,” the Taliban said on their website, according to AFP news agency.
Although the Taliban made no mention of an unprecedented shooting spree by an American soldier who killed 16 Afghan civilians on Sunday, it is believed the incident, alongside last month’s burning of Qurans at a U.S. base has frayed Afghan-U.S. ties.
In Kabul, visiting U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Karzai gave radically different versions of talks between the two men, after the Americans insisted that recent events would not see U.S.-led NATO combat troops withdraw earlier than scheduled in 2014.
We’re ready to take over all security responsibilities now,” Karzai’s spokesman Aimal Faizi quoted him as telling Panetta. “We’d prefer that the process be completed in 2013, not 2014,” he told AFP.
Karzai then told Panetta that U.S.-led international forces should “be withdrawn from villages and relocated in their bases,” his office said.
It was not immediately clear how many American bases may be affected by Karzai’s demand, as the United States previously disbanded a number of outposts in a bid to concentrate on securing major towns from Taliban influence.Nor was there any immediate response from NATO or Panetta, who told reporters after his Karzai talks that he was “confident” both sides could work out a treaty allowing a U.S. military presence in the country beyond 2014.
The defense chief said he was optimistic that both sides would reach an agreement on controversial night raids − a major issue blocking the treaty − ahead of a NATO summit in Chicago in May.
Karzai objects to the raids on the grounds that they violate the sanctity of Afghan families in their own homes and that they are responsible for many civilian deaths − a claim the U.S. disputes.
The treaty being negotiated is supposed to cover Afghan-U.S. relations beyond 2014, with the United States reportedly keen to maintain a foothold in a country to help prevent it from once again becoming a haven for al-Qaeda.Meanwhile, U.S. officials declined to comment Thursday on why the Taliban had suspended contacts with American representatives in Qatar, even before a nascent bid to promote peace talks got off the ground.
Reconciliation is an Afghan-led process and it needs to stay that way. I don’t think we’re going to comment or characterize the Taliban statement,” Pentagon spokesman George Little told reporters in Abu Dhabi, where US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta arrived for talks after a two-day visit to Afghanistan.Hmmmm.....Five top Taliban leaders held by the United States in the Guantanamo Bay military prison told a visiting Afghan delegation they would accept a proposed transfer to the gulf state of Qatar.WHERE are they Now?Read the full story here.

" Islamofauxbia " - Saudi Grand Mufti Calls for "Destruction of All Churches in Region"

                                       St. Mary's Roman Catholic church in Doha, Qatar.

Saudi Grand Mufti Calls for "Destruction of All Churches in Region".(MEForum).by Raymond Ibrahim.Jihad Watch.
According to several Arabic news sources, last Monday, Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, declared that it is "necessary to destroy all the churches of the region."
The Grand Mufti made his assertion in response to a question posed by a delegation from Kuwait: a Kuwaiti parliament member recently called for the "removal" of churches (he later "clarified" by saying he merely meant that no churches should be built in Kuwait), and the delegation wanted to confirm Sharia's position on churches.
Accordingly, the Grand Mufti "stressed that Kuwait was a part of the Arabian Peninsula, and therefore it is necessary to destroy all churches in it."
As with many grand muftis before him, the Sheikh based his proclamation on the famous tradition, or hadith, wherein the prophet of Islam declared on his deathbed that "There are not to be two religions in the [Arabian] Peninsula," which has always been interpreted to mean that only Islam can be practiced in the region.
While the facts of this account speak for themselves, consider further:
Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah is not just some random Muslim hating on churches. He is the Grand Mufti of the nation that brought Islam to the world.
Moreover, he is the President of the Supreme Council of Ulema [Islamic scholars] and Chairman of the Standing Committee for Scientific Research and Issuing of Fatwas. Accordingly, when it comes to what Islam teaches, his words are immensely authoritative.
Considering the hysteria that besets the West whenever non-authoritative individuals offend Islam—for instance, a fringe, unknown pastorimagine what would happen if a Christian counterpart to the Grand Mufti, say the Pope, were to declare that all mosques in Italy must be destroyed; imagine the nonstop Western media frenzy that would erupt, all the shrill screams of "intolerance" and "bigot," demands for apologies if not resignation, nonstop handwringing by sensitive politicians, and worse.
Yet the Grand Mufti—the highest Islamic law authority of our "friend-and-ally" Saudi Arabia—gets a free pass when he incites Muslims to destroy churches, not that any extra incitement is needed (nary a month goes by without several churches being bombed and destroyed throughout the Islamic world). In fact, at the time of this writing, I have not seen this story, already some three days old, translated on any English news source, though "newsworthy" stories are often translated in mere hours.
Likewise, consider the significance of the Grand Mufti's rationale for destroying churches: it is simply based on a hadith.
But when non-Muslims evoke hadiths—this one or the countless others that incite violence and intolerance against the "infidel"—they are accused of being "Islamophobes," of intentionally slandering and misrepresenting Islam, of being obstacles on the road to "dialogue," and so forth.
Which leads to perhaps the most important point: Islam's teachings are so easily ascertained; there is no mystery in determining what is "right" and "wrong" in Islam. The Grand Mufti based his fatwa on a canonical hadith, which Muslims and (informed) non-Muslims know is part of Islam's sources of jurisprudence (or usul al-fiqh).
And yet the West—with all its institutions of higher learning, including governmental agencies dealing with cultural and religious questions—is still thoroughly "confused" as to what Islam teaches.
All of this is nothing short of a scandal—a reminder of just how deep the mainstream media, academia, and most politicians have their collective heads thrust in the sand.
Meanwhile, here is the latest piece of evidence of just how bad churches have it in the Muslim world, for those who care to know.
Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and an Associate Fellow at the Middle East Forum.

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Egyptian MP proposes Crucifixions as Punishment for Crimes.

Egyptian MP proposes Crucifixions as Punishment for Crimes.(Shoebat).An Egyptian Member of Parliament from the Nour Party (Salafist) has announced that he would like to see strict enforcement of Sharia law relative to punishment for various forms of criminal behavior. That punishment would include crucifixion.
Via the Egyptian Independent: The People’s Assembly Proposals and Complaints Committee discussed in a meeting Tuesday a bill proposed by MP Adel Azzazy from the Salafi-oriented Nour Party that would apply Islamic law for certain crimes.
The proposed law calls for the application of “Heraba,” an Islamic penalty for criminal actions that include overt robbery, murder, forcible taking of property with a weapon and vandalizing public facilities.
The penalties according to Azzazy’s bill are execution in the case of murder, or cutting one arm and one leg from opposite sides of the culprit’s body in the cases of robbery and forcible taking of property.
If the taking of possessions is accompanied by murder, the penalty would be death or crucifixion, to be determined by the judge.
Remember, the primary difference between Salafists and the Muslim Brotherhood is that the latter believes in muruna or the lifting of prohibitions to portray itself as more secular and moderate while the former uses no such deceit. Both groups seek the same ends, just different means. However, in the case of this bill, at least one Muslim Brotherhood MP supports it.
MP Gamal Heshmat from the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party praised the bill. He said that under former People’s Assembly Speaker Sufi Abu Taleb, draft laws were adjusted to match Islamic Sharia but were later shelved intentionally.
If these punishments are for Muslims, what do you think they have in mind for infidels?Hmmmm.......Tourism to Egypt is down by 30+ procent, Gee....i wonder why?Read the full story here.HT: Jihad Watch

Video - Egyptian Presidential Candidate Abd Al-Mun'im Abu Al-Futuh: "If the US Wants to Cut Off Its Aid to Egypt, We Will Cut Off Its Interests in Egypt"

Abd Al-Mun'im Abu Al-Futuh : We will not maintain relations with anyone who harms the interests of Egypt. Relations must be to the benefit of Egypt. Of course, if we maintain relations that benefit Egypt, the other side also…

Interviewer : What is your position with regard to the US aid?

Abd Al-Mun'im Abu Al-Futuh : The US aid is not really aid. The US gives Egypt money in return for its interests in Egypt. If the US wants to cut off its aid to Egypt, we will cut off its interests in Egypt. That's it – tit for tat. That is an international principle – interests in return for interests. Diplomatic relations are not a charity organization. The US has not opened a charity organization out of sympathy for the Egyptian people, giving us 1.2 billion dollars every year. No, its aid is for the sake of its interests.

Interviewer : Did you say that you recognize Israel, and that Palestine must recognize it as well?

Abd Al-Mun'im Abu Al-Futuh : I have not recognized Israel to this day, and will not recognize Israel. My refusal, as an Egyptian, to recognize it is part of what I believe in. I will not lie to the Egyptian people. But my refusal to recognize Israel does not mean, in any way, that I will impose my view upon the Egyptian parliament or upon the Egyptian people, or that I will impose what I believe in at the expense of Egypt's interests. Source: Memri.

PM Netanyahu addresses Knesset plenum: Iran's terror base in Gaza will be uprooted, Iran next?

PM Netanyahu addresses Knesset plenum.(IMRA).During my recent visit to Washington, I set two goals: the first goal was to clarify that Israel has the right to defend itself by itself against any
danger. The second goal was to raise the threat of Iran's nuclear armament to the top of the international community's list of priorities.
Note: By law, 40 Members of the Knesset are needed to summon the Prime Minister for a discussion in the plenum on a subject of their choice. This may be done once a month.
Before I begin, I would like to thank the residents in the South and the heads of local authorities there, the IDF commanders and soldiers and the Israel Security Agency.
It is said that the job of Prime Minister of Israel is one of the most complex ones in the world. I can tell you from experience: there is truth to this statement, but even during difficult hours, there are moments that give one small comfort and warm the heart. This was the case this week when I met
with the Iron Dome soldiers, men and women who are protecting all our homes.By the way, in the age of missiles this statement is very accurate. They are protecting our homes. There were soldiers there who were from the area, from Ashdod, but also from the Galilee. They are protecting all our homes. I felt the same way when I met with the residents of the South and their heads of the local authorities. They are an important component in our national resilience. Therefore, I am certain that I speak for all the members of Knesset when I say that I salute them all. They certainly deserve it.
I would like to clarify that there is no such thing as hermetic defense and there never will be. The combination of offensive readiness, defensive readiness and national resilience is a winning combination and we must nurture it.
I would like to say something to my colleagues, the Ministers and members of Knesset. During my recent visit to Washington, I set two goals:
the first goal was to clarify that Israel has the right to defend itself by itself against any danger.
The second goal was to raise the threat of Iran's nuclear armament to the top of the international community's list of priorities.
With regard to the first goal, the recognition of Israel's right to defend itself - there are those for whom this right seems self-evident. However, we had a previous Prime Minister, important and wise - Menachem Begin - who said that sometimes it is important to restate that which is self-evident.
So I decided to do that, forcefully. Israel has the right to defend itself and, if necessary, to realize that right. This position was positively received in the United States, I would even say in the most profound way.
This position has earned absolute support from the American people. It has earned resounding approval in the Congress. I heard it from the Senate, the House of Representatives, the Democratic leadership, the Republican leadership - from everyone. And it has also earned official recognition from the White House.
President Obama told me very explicitly during my visit, and I quote, "Israel must have the ability to defend itself, by itself, against any threat." He also added, "Israel has the sovereign right to make its own decisions with regard to its security."
I appreciate the President's statements, and I appreciate the deep and staunch alliance we have with the United States of America. As I said in Washington, in light of what is occurring in our region, in the Middle East and even beyond, this alliance between Israel and the US is prominent.
However, there is something even more prominent and that is our right, our duty, to be the masters of our own fate.Israel has never left its fate in the hands of others, not even in the hands
of our best friends.
This is the supreme duty I am charged with as Prime Minister of Israel. It is the supreme duty all Prime Ministers of Israel are charged with. It was this duty that David Ben-Gurion upheld when he declared the establishment of the country in 1948.
The American then-Secretary of State, the legendary George Marshall - and I say legendary because he was a World War Two hero - asked Ben-Gurion to wait. He said that there was time. However, Ben-Gurion did not wait, he decided to declare the establishment of the country. Prime Minister Levy Eshkol also upheld this duty during the waiting period in 1967, when the stranglehold around Israel grew tighter. On the eve of the Six Day War, he sent Abba Even to the White House to ask the United States to fulfill the written commitment they gave Israel when it withdrew from the Sinai in 1956 and open the Straits of Tiran. President Johnson asked Abba Even to wait. He was told that it was not the time. More than that, they told him, "If you act alone - you will stay alone." However, Eshkol upheld his duty and he acted.
Finally, in 1981, that same duty guided Menachem Begin as he faced the question of the Iraqi nuclear reactor. He was well aware of the international criticism that would come, including, by the way, from our friend, the United States and President Reagan. He knew there would be such criticism if we acted to destroy the Iraqi reactor. However, he did his duty and acted. Let me tell you, my friends, with time it became clear that our relations with the United States not only were not harmed, they grew even stronger.
We would prefer that Iran abandon its nuclear program peacefully. Everyone prefers this, and of course, so do I. However, the duty I am charged with is to defend Israel's independent ability to defend itself against any challenge.
I presented the example I just gave you to my hosts in Washington, and I believe that the first goal I set, to strengthen the recognition of Israel's right to defend itself - I think that goal was achieved.
The second goal of my visit, to raise Iran's nuclear armament to the top of the international community's list of priorities - I believe that goal was also achieved. I would like to clarify to you that this is not the result of one visit. I have been acting to this end, together with my colleagues here,
methodically for over 15 years. I have always believed that an Iran armed with nuclear weapons would pose an existential threat to Israel and a serious threat to the well-being and security of the entire world. I warned against this threat even when it was not popular to do so, and even when it was unacceptable - when many leaders in Israel and around the world preferred to ignore Iran's nuclear program and its repercussions.
There were those who believed, and probably still believe, that an agreement with the Palestinians is the solution, that it would lead to a solution of the Iranian problem. As if an agreement with Mahmoud Abbas would stop the centrifuges. Let's make a deal and the centrifuges will stop spinning. Whoever wants to believe this can do so, but he is simply burying his head in the sand.
There are many reasons to come to an agreement with the Palestinians: because we want peace; because we want calm; because I do not want a binational state. However, thinking that an agreement with Abbas will stop Iran and its satellite states - this is a dangerous illusion. I must admit
that some people excel at illusions.
I had just returned from Washington, and I heard several members of Knesset and others say, "It is very good that you raised the issue of a nuclear Iran to the top of the international community's list of priorities. But look - it is the Palestinian issue that is exploding in our faces."
Understand, the dominant factor that motivates these events in Gaza is not the Palestinian issue. The dominant factor that motivates these events in Gaza is Iran.Gaza equals Iran.
Where do the missiles come from? From Iran.
Where does the money come from? From Iran.
Who trains the terrorists? Iran.
Who builds the infrastructure? Iran.
I have said this many times: who gives the orders? Iran.
Gaza is a forward operating base for Iran.
I heard some people say that a third- or fourth-rate terrorist organization is acting against a million citizens in the State of Israel. That is not true. Iran is operating against us. I hope that if not all, at least most members here and the public understand that the terrorist organizations in Gaza - Hamas and Jihad, as well as Hizbullah in Lebanon - are taking shelter under an Iranian umbrella.
Now imagine what will happen if that umbrella becomes nuclear. Imagine that behind these terrorist organizations stands a country that calls for our destruction and it is armed with nuclear weapons. Are you ready for this? I am not ready for this! And any responsible leader understands that we cannot
let this happen - because of nuclear terror and the nuclear threat, but also because of the strengthening of conventional terror and the firing of missiles at us. A Prime Minister of Israel cannot entrust the ability to act against this threat to others.
I know there are people who claim that I am terrifying people. I heard those same people say exactly the same thing when my colleagues and I warned them against the Disengagement, when we said that Gaza would become an enormous terrorist base - they said I was terrifying people then as well. I resigned from the government because I was not prepared to be a part of that Disengagement. When I said they would fire missiles from Gaza on Ashkelon, Beer Sheva and Ashdod, they said we were sowing panic. They said a unilateral withdrawal would lead to a breakthrough in peace. Well, where is
that breakthrough? What peace?
We dragged the entire country into the mud, and we are dealing with a situation that was created as a result of the Disengagement. We, unlike other people, are dealing responsibly and with discretion with this problem, and we will eventually resolve it, just as we are resolving the other problems we inherited. We will resolve them too.
They brought Iran into Gaza - we will remove Iran from Gaza. We did not bring Iran into Gaza - you brought Iran into Gaza!
Wherever we withdrew, Iran entered. We withdrew from Lebanon, Iran came in. We withdrew from Gaza, Iran came in. Some people suggest that we act in a similar manner in Judea and Samaria. Iran will come in there too. I cannot believe that there is anyone, despite your yelling, despite your objections and opposition, who does not understand that we cannot repeat this same
mistake a third time.
I believe that perhaps all of you, with certain isolated exceptions, understand that we cannot repeat this mistake. If we come to an agreement with the Palestinians, we must ensure that our security foundations are sound and that Iran cannot enter the territory. We also know that when we warned that this would happen in Gaza and that a unilateral withdrawal would lead to this exact result, some people ignored those warnings, and today we know the results. We also know that we cannot agree to this for long.Our enemies must know that, at the end of the day, Israel will not accept an
Iranian base in Gaza. Sooner or later, Iran's terror base in Gaza will be uprooted.Hmmmm......Unknown to them, they are heading for eternal judgment, they think they are coming to make war against God, but they are being gathered for judgment. ~ Isaiah 13:6-8.Read the full speech here.
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