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Friday, March 23, 2012

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"Sanctions that Benefit".Hmmmm............Erdoğan and Obama set to hold key talks.

"Sanctions that Benefit".Hmmmm............Erdoğan and Obama set to hold key talks.(HD).Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is set to hold a “lengthy” meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama in Seoul on March 25, and the issue of Turkey’s oil imports from Iran is expected to be high on the agenda, sources say.
The two leaders, scheduled to meet on the eve of the Nuclear Security Summit in the South Korean capital, will discuss a wide range of issues, including the turmoil in Syria. The timing of the talks is critical: From Seoul Erdoğan will travel on to Tehran for talks with Iran’s top leaders on March 28-29, and the Friends of Syria Group will convene in Istanbul on April 1.
I expect it to be a comprehensive and lengthy meeting. That’s why it has been fixed not for the sidelines of the summit but a day ahead of it,” an aide to Erdoğan said.
Erdoğan will discuss Turkey’s oil imports from Iran, which will become subject to U.S. sanctions after June 28, with both Obama and with the Iranian leadership, Energy Minister Taner Yıldız said.“TÜPRAŞ will continue to import oil from Iran until its contract ends in August, but we cannot say anything yet on decreasing the quantity,” an energy ministry official said, stressing that the talks between Erdoğan and Obama would be a determining factor in any decision.
Washington wants those countries that are the main buyers of Iranian oil, including China, India and Turkey, to present specific plans for how they will curtail their imports. “What we are looking for is for countries to come to us and tell us, if they believe that they should be in the category that deserves an exemption, what are the kinds of significant reductions that they are willing to pursue,” said Carlos Pascual, the State Department’s special envoy and coordinator for international energy affairs.
In Tehran, Erdoğan is scheduled to meet with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, First Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi and Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, Erdoğan’s aide said.Hmmmm....... Hmmmm........Turkey imports at least 175,000 barrels a day from Iran and intends to increase it's import, they get half of their oil from Iran.When will the U.S. and NATO understand that they can't trust Turkey?Read the full story here.

Obama a case of "Don't listen to what i say, observe what i do?"

Obama 2008: Uses Gas Station As Photo Op To Say He Can Lower Gas Prices –

Obama 2012: Can You Believe Politicians Use Gas Stations As Photo Ops To Claim They Can Lower Gas Prices?

Obama's Nominee for World Bank Prez: "Going for global Obamacare?"

Obama's Nominee for World Bank Prez:"Going for global Obamacare?" ."(Economic Policy Journal).President Obama has nominated Dartmouth College President Jim Yong Kim for the position of President of the World Bank. All bets were on Jeffrey Sachs. Sachs even thought he was the man, as countries around the world were lining up behind him.

However, President Obama out of the blue nominates Kim. It should be noted that Kim has zero financial background, which in itself may not be bad, since it means he is not a regime bankster. But, his credentials suggest that Obama sees some kind of global social health program along the lines of Obamacare, with the World Bank as a key player.Kim has been a Professor of Medicine and Social Medicine and Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. What's "Social Medicine". Wikipedia explains it well:
The field of social medicine seeks to:
understand how social and economic conditions impact health, disease and the practice of medicine and foster conditions in which this understanding can lead to a healthier society.
Translation: It's about central planning for the medical industry.

The big safety valve for those fearing Obamacare in the United States was that advanced free market medicine would continue to develop beyond the United States. Kim and his "social medicine" background signals that Obama is going for global Obamacare.
It will crush creativity in medicine and lead to declining life expectancy around the globe.

BTW: Kim seems to fit the description of what Doug Casey calls a government sociopath. Casey writes:
Sociopaths put their own desires and wants on a totally different level from those of other people. Their wants are incommensurate. They truly believe their ends justify their means. Although they pretend the opposite. Sociopaths consider themselves superior to everyone else, because they aren't burdened by the emotions and ethics others have – they're above all that. They're arrogant. Although they pretend the opposite.
What is Kim really up to when posing as global health medicine man? Wikipedia reports:
Kim's tenure as president at Dartmouth has been marked by intense criticism. The student body has frequently reported being disillusioned with Kim after his failure to address any major campus issues. His list of failures include refusing to release the college's budget] failure to conduct a safety report of the college river docks, declining requests to attend a public debate, installing a $30,000 coffee machine in his private office.Read the full story here.
Here's the 'nominee' in 'action'.

"Obamanomics" - Billions To Fight Global Warming In Poor Countries.

"Obamanomics" - Billions To Fight Global Warming In Poor Countries.(JW).Just when you thought the government couldn’t possibly find another social justice program to blow taxpayer money on, the Obama Administration is asking Congress for a whopping $770 million to help developing countries with global climate change initiatives.
Here comes the best part. During Obama’s presidency American taxpayers have already doled out nearly $3 billion for this preposterous cause, according to a new congressional report posted this week by a think tank that publishes hard-to-find government documents of public policy interest.
The figures are tough to swallow for a country that’s $15.5 trillion in the red and counting. In fiscal year 2009 the administration got $323 million for the program—officially known as Global Climate Change Initiative—and the figure nearly tripled to $939 million in 2010. In 2011 it dropped slightly to $819 million and in 2012 it dipped a bit more to $773 million.
Do the math. That’s more than $2.8 billion to save the developing world from the presumed ills of global warming. That’s downright outrageous!
But it’s part of Obama’s plan to categorize climate change as U.S. foreign assistance so that more money can go to the cause and “core” agencies—such as the Treasury and State Department— can participate. In fact, last month Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced a new State Department coalition dedicated to the cause.
In the administration’s own words, the goal is to make climate financing efficient, effective and innovative. This is essential, according to the White House, because global climate change will have a strong impact on development in coming decades. The absence of strong global action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will hinder future development. On the other hand, “smart climate policies” will result in a range of “economic and social benefits.”
Via an official government website, the administration also claims that climate change is one of the century’s greatest challenges since it can compound pre-existing social stresses, including poverty, hunger, conflict, migration and the spread of disease. This threatens to diminish the “habitability of our planet,” according to the U.S. government. So there you go. Let’s pour more money into this dire cause while the nation suffers through a dire financial crisis. Here’s an example of where the money is going; adaptation programs that assist low-income countries in reducing their “vulnerability to climate change impacts” and help them build “climate resilience.” The “vulnerable” countries targeted are in Africa, Asia and Latin America.Read the full story here.

Video - Iranian Tourists or terrorists?

Michael Rubin from the American Enterprise Institute has more on a possible terrorist plot where Iranians posing as tourists gathered information on transport infrastructure.

Hillary Clinton 'grants' National security waiver for US aid to Egypt.

Hillary Clinton 'grants' National security waiver for US aid to Egypt.(BM).By Adel el-Adawy.Senate Appropriations State and Foreign Ops Subcommittee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) was informed by the State Department of the national security waiver on US aid to Egypt. Many here in Washington have started to criticize this decision. Although, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) has badly managed the democratic transition, this piece argues, it is important to continue the aid to Egypt.
Of course, the transitional phase lead by SCAF has been disappointing to many observers, including myself. But, I have long argued that SCAF was never capable of leading Egypt towards a democracy. I never thought someone, who was the cornerstone of Mubarak’s authoritarian regime could lead Egypt’s democratic transition. Anyone who was convinced SCAF would, is distanced from the political realities in Egypt.
However, the prospects for democracy in Egypt today are much better than in 2011 under former President Mubarak. Egypt’s road to democracy will continue. Yes, the obstacles will be many, but the opportunities are enormous in Egypt. I am optimistic.
US aid to Egypt is not about support for democracy. US aid to Egypt is about a strategic partnership, connected with the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty. The US military has a very deep-rooted and strong relationship with the Egyptian military that transcends the idea of democracy. The US military does get much in return for the relationship it has enjoyed for the past three decades with Egypt.
The debate about cutting aid to Egypt has shown that many people in Washington do not know where this aid goes and do not know what the US gets in return. Most of the tax-payer money goes to the purchase of American weaponry deals, which create many jobs in the United States. American consultants travel to Egypt, and members of the Egyptian military travel to the US on a regular basis. Of course, there are certain individuals within the Egyptian military establishment that may benefit financially from the aid, but most of the financial benefits go to the United States and not Egypt.
Furthermore, most of the military aid to Egypt goes into securing Sinai and the Israeli border. According, to the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty, Egypt’s military is allowed only a limited amount of military presence in Sinai. The aid to Egypt’s military is to enhance Egyptian military capacity to secure Sinai and the Israeli border. Therefore, cutting the aid to Egypt would jeopardize the already deteriorating security of Sinai. This would be a blow to Israeli national security, a key US ally.
There are many organizations that I greatly respect here in Washington, who are calling for cutting the aid to Egypt. They are disappointed by Clinton’s national security waiver of US aid to Egypt. Their calls are legitimate from a theoretical standpoint. But, from a realistic standpoint, cutting aid would not bring Egypt closer to a democracy. The aid to Egypt has nothing to do with democracy in Egypt, the aid is more of a symbol of a very close strategic military partnership. The question I pose to people who are in favor of cutting aid is: What would cutting aid mean for Egypt? Will it help or hurt Egypt’s path towards democracy?
One thing is for sure. Cutting aid to Egypt would just sever US-Egyptian relations. If the US cut aid to Egypt today, the next Egyptian government in July would inherit a damaged US-Egyptian relationship. Why would you want to penalize the upcoming democratically elected Egyptian administration, by severing relations with the United States. I am a strong believer that strong US-Egyptian relations will help Egypt’s democratic prospects. And cutting aid will have long-term affects on US-Egyptian relations.Hmmmmm............“I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”Read the full story here.

Video - UN Watch's Neuer takes down the 'human rights council' over its hypocrisy.

HT: IsraelMatzav.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman: "Israel May Quit the UN Human Rights Council".

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman: "Israel May Quit the UN Human Rights Council".(INN).Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Friday he may recall the Israeli ambassador to the UN Human Rights Council and cut ties with the body.
His remarks came after the 47-member council voted to establish a fact-finding mission to probe the "effects of settlements on Palestinian human rights."
Lieberman also said Israel may choose not to cooperate with the council in its investigation, adding that he plans to ask the US to quit the council as well.
The resolution to “investigate the implications” of the settlements on “the Palestinian people throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including east Jerusalem” was passed by a vote of 36 to 1, with 10 abstentions.
Europe was divided on the fact-finding mission, with Norway, Switzerland, Belgium, Austria and Russia voting for the measure. Italy, Spain, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Moldova abstained.
Other countries with whom Israel has good ties who voted for the measure were Angola, Nigeria, Uganda, China, India, the Philippines, Thailand, Chile, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay. Guatemala, Costa Rica and Cameroon abstained.
The UN Human Rights Council also adopted four other resolutions condemning Israel on Thursday. Only the US voted against the raft of anti-Israel resolutions.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu reacted to the decision on Thursday, saying the council is “hypocritical” and should be “ashamed of itself.”Hmmmm......."he plans to ask the US to quit the council as well"....Good luck with Hussein.Read the full story here.

Eyes in the sky - Sky Sapience unveils hovering UAV for surveillance.

Eyes in the sky - Sky Sapience unveils hovering UAV for surveillance.(JPost).By Yaakov Katz.By Sky Sapience. After establishing a name as a world leader in the development of unmanned drones, Israeli companies are expanding to a new field – tethered hovering platforms.
Earlier this month, a new Israeli company called Sky Sapience unveiled the Hovermast, an unmanned platform that can hover in one place for extended periods and provide real-time surveillance.Equipped with four thrusters and a central fan for lift and stabilization, the Hovermast lands without additional recovery systems and comes packed into a small container that can be installed on the roof of a vehicle.
With the push of a button, the container opens, and HoverMast extends up to 50 meters high within 15 seconds.Brig.-Gen. (res.) Gabriel Shachor, a former senior officer in the air force, together with a group of engineers, founded Sky Sapience. It works with another Israeli company called Controp, which manufactures high-quality sensors that can be installed on the Hovermast for various missions.
Shachor said Hovermast was unique in that even people who were not trained to operate unmanned aerial vehicles could use it easily. The system is suitable for border control and security of sensitive installations, he said.
“Anyone can use the system and receive immediate surveillance, all with the press of a button,” he said, adding that the Hovermast could receive its power directly from the vehicle – meaning that as long as the vehicle has fuel and is running, the Hovermast will work.
The introduction of the new device comes a few months after Israel Aerospace Industries revealed the Electric Tethered Observation Platform (ETOP), a similar hovering unmanned platform.
The ETOP is slightly larger than the Hovermast and can carry a payload of about 20 kg. in comparison to the Hovermast’s 9 kg.Read the full story here.

Iran's Henchmen - Two million people to crash Israel's borders next Friday?

Iran's Henchmen - Two million people to crash Israel's borders next Friday?(IsraelMatzav).Hamas' website is reporting that some two million people will attempt to crash Israel's borders next Friday as part of the 'Global March to Jerusalem.'
The organizing committee of the Global March to Jerusalem expects the participation of more than two million people in the march which will be started from the surrounding countries of Palestine, the Palestinian territories, and some other capitals on March 30, 2012.

"Several international personalities and organizations will join the Global March to Jerusalem that will take place in Jordon and the other surrounding countries except Syria», said the GMJ's chief executive and coordinator Dr Ribhi Haloum in a press conference held on Tuesday evening .

Halloum added that the Prime Minister Awn Al-Khasawneh expressed satisfaction about the march's preparation as a peaceful and civilized march offering the government's help to the organizers.

The PM also said that the Israelis are worried about the march and that they phoned him several times to ask about the route the march will take. Another indication of the Israelis taking this march seriously is the formation of a mini-cabinet to deal with it, according to the PM.

For his part, the president of the national preparatory committee for the Global March to Jerusalem Abdullah Obeidat confirmed the Prime Minister Awn Al-Khasawneh's aid to the preparations efforts adding that this will be an annual activity to stress the necessity to end the occupation and free Jerusalem.

Representatives of the participating delegations will present their speeches in a festival which will be held on the same day with the attendance of about 500 guests from outside the Kingdom.
Israel Radio reported on Friday (2:00 news) that the London-based pan-Arabic daily A-Sharq Al-Awswat is reporting that Israel has warned neighboring countries that anyone breaching the border will be treated as an infiltrator. I'm not sure what that means, but presumably it means they'll be shot. Not that their being shot would bother the rulers of any of our neighbors.Read the full story here.

European, U.S. Billions to Gaza Go Poof!, Keeping Hamas in Power.

European, U.S. Billions to Gaza Go Poof!, Keeping Hamas in Power.Are They Going To Be Dumb Enough to Give More? (GSI).By Hani Abbas.The $7 billion that has been invested in the Gaza Strip has. ironically, helped Hamas to solidify its control over the area.
The Palestinian Authority announced this week that it has spent nearly $7 billion on the Gaza Strip since 2007, when Hamas violently seized control of the regional coast. This means that since 2007, according to Fatah spokesman Ahmed Assaf, about $120 million has been going to the Gaza Strip. He revealed that the Palestinian Authority continues to pay salaries to some 80,000 "civil servants" in there-- but he did not elaborate on the nature of their work.
The West Bank's Palestinian Authority government, headed by Salam Fayyad, has appealed to the donor countries to increase the financial aid to strengthen the Palestinian economy, especially in the Gaza Strip. But before the donors take any decision, they really should ask Fayyad and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas about the $7 billion they have already spent on the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip over the past four years: Where is it?
These revelations came on the eve of a meeting of donor countries in Brussels to discuss financial aid to the Palestinian Authority. The $7 billion that has been invested in the Gaza Strip by the Palestinian Authority has, ironically, helped Hamas solidify its control over the area. In other words, Fayyad and Abbas are funding their rivals in Hamas who terrorized them out of the Gaza Strip in June 2007.
The Palestinian Authority is continuing to spend millions of dollars on the Gaza Strip at a time when its leaders are not even permitted to visit there; Mahmoud Abbas cannot even visit his home in Gaza.
The billions of dollars that the Palestinian Authority claims its has spent over the past five years, all from Europe and the United States, should have transformed the Gaza Strip into the Middle East's Singapore. These huge funds should have ended the suffering of the 1.5 million residents of the Gaza Strip. But despite all billions of dollars that have been poured into the area, the Gaza Strip remains a base for jihadists and various terror groups. As bad, the funds have done virtually nothing to solve the severe problem of unemployment and poverty in the Gaza Strip.
The donors, for example, have the right -- as well as the fiduciary responsibility to the taxpayers of Europe whose hard work was what bankrolled this transfer of wealth -- to know which "civil servants" in the Gaza Strip receive salaries, and if they include members of Hamas's security forces.
Even more urgently needed is for the donors should check on whether some of the money is being used to finance the manufacturing of rockets and missiles and the purchase of weapons from Iran, Sudan and Egypt.
These billions are not only helping Hamas to stay in power, they are absolving Hamas of its responsibilities as the ruling government to be able to take care of its constituents.
The Europeans, the American and the Palestinian Authority are also wrong if it thinks that the funds will have a moderating effect on the residents of the Gaza Strip. The people there will take the money from the Palestinian Authority government in the West Bank, but at the end of the day they will still vote for Hamas or Islamic Jihad.
The donor countries really must insist that the Palestinian Authority reconsider its policy of facilitating Hamas's continued control over the Gaza Strip. And they need to make sure that their money is not ending up in the hands of terror cells and armed groups.Hani Abbas is a Jerusalem-based Palestinian journalist.Read the full story here.

Principal bans Hugging at American school.

More than 900 students at a New Jersey middle school have been told no more hugging.The district says Matawan-Aberdeen Middle School Principal Tyler Blackmore made an announcement that students were in a "no hugging school" following some "incidents of unsuitable, physical interactions."
School Superintendent David Healy says the district has the responsibility to teach children about appropriate interactions. The superintendent says despite the rule, students who hug will not be suspended. He says he believes the principal acted responsibly.
"It makes our school look bad, and it makes our school look like we do more than hug, but we do not," one student said.Students range in ages from 11 to 14 in grades six to eight.Read the full story here.

Can Islam be reformed? Robert Spencer, Zuhdi Jasser, Walid Shoebat

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Jihad Exposed,
Samar Gorial
Can Islam be reformed?
Robert Spenser. Director, Jihad watch
Dr. Zuhdi Jassem,. President, American Islam for democracy
Walid Shoebat.

Air Canada walkout - Breaking : Air Canada gets injunction ending wildcat strikes

Air Canada walkout - Breaking : Air Canada gets injunction ending wildcat strikes.(Yahoo).TORONTO - Air Canada cancelled more than two dozen flights to Canadian and U.S. destinations early today as a wildcat strike by its ground workers in Toronto touched off travel chaos at Pearson International Airport.
Labour Minister Lisa Raitt reacted to the walkout — triggered, some employees said, by workers being disciplined after they spotted her in the airport — by warning that law enforcement had been notified and that stiff fines could be levied if the strike was ruled illegal.
At least 50 Air Canada flights were also delayed, as were some from other airlines, after ground workers walked off the job Thursday evening and left hundreds of passengers in limbo.
Many passengers were forced to disembark from flights already on the tarmac until management was able take over some baggage-handling duties and allow the delayed flights to continue to their destinations.
Air Canada spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick said the airline's lawyers were discussing how to bring an end to the strike.Read the full story here.Updated here.

Who's got control of the remote?Is your TV watching you? Samsung’s latest sets with built-in cameras spark concerns.

Who's got control of the remote?Is your TV watching you? Samsung’s latest sets with built-in cameras spark concerns.(Dailymail).Samsung’s latest breed of plasmas and HDTVs may allow hackers, or even the company itself, to see and hear you and your family, and collect extremely personal data.
The new models, which are closer than ever to personal computers, offer high-tech features that have previously been unavailable, including a built-in HD camera, microphone set and face and speech recognition software.
This software allows Samsung to recognise who is viewing the TV and personalises each person’s experience accordingly. The TV also listens and responds to specific voice commands.
High-tech: Samsung’s latest sets feature built-in HD cameras, microphone sets and face and speech recognition software
But some critics have suggested that the TV company could be spying on you, or even watching and listening to you – without your knowledge – through these features.
Gary Merson, who runs website HD guru, said that because there is no way of disconnecting the camera and microphone, users cannot be 100 per cent sure that Samsung is not collecting data and passing it on to third parties.
Merson said: ‘What concerns us is the integration of both an active camera and microphone. A Samsung representative tells us you can deactivate the voice feature; however this is done via software, not a hard switch like the one you use to turn a room light on or off. ‘And unlike other TVs, which have cameras and microphones as add-on accessories connected by a single, easily removable USB cable, you can’t just unplug these sensors.suggests that the Samsung’s new models could be hacked into
During our demo, unless the face recognition learning feature was activated, there was no indication as to whether the camera (such as a red light) and audio mics are on. And as far as the microphone is concerned, there is no way to physically disconnect it or be assured it is not picking up your voice.’
Merson claims that this problem raises questions about whether Samsung can watch someone watching their TV, and listen to them, at will, via the microphone and internet connection.
It also sparks concerns, he says, about where Samsung stores this data that it collects and how secure it is.
He goes on to suggest that the TV sets could be hacked into if, for instance, they are run by operating systems that have a prior history of hacking.
When Samsung was approached to provide information on the set’s privacy features or the company’s policies, it did not respond.Read the full story here.

UK - Woman died after Muslim nurse refused to help as he was praying.

UK - Woman died after Muslim nurse refused to help as he was praying.(Telegraph).
Alzheimer's sufferer Dorothy Griffiths, 87, was found sitting down after staff heard a bang and a carer went to the office for help to lift her.But agency nurse Abdul Bhutto, who was in charge, said they would have to wait.
Carer Zoe Shaw told the Sheffield hearing: "It took between five and ten minutes because he was praying upstairs in the office on his prayer mat. A staff member told me we had to wait for him to finish."
An ambulance was not called for nearly four hours after Mrs Griffiths fell from bed and cut her head and suffered a gash to her hip at the privately-run Valley Park Nursing Home in Wombwell, near Barnsley.
She died later in hospital. Mr Bhutto failed to appear at the inquest and a summons had to be issued for him to attend the resumed hearing later in the year.
Assistant deputy coroner Donald Coutts-Wood said he had contacted him during a recess and he denied being the duty nurse that night and said he had been there on a course.
Mrs Griffiths, the widow of former Barnsley footballer Steve Griffiths, who used to live in Wombwell, had been a resident at the home since 2009 and died last November.
She was put to bed at 9.45pm on October 24 and checked checked every two hours, according to Zoe Shaw.The old lady was using the toilet at 4am and Mrs Shaw went to an office to fill in paperwork.
She said Mrs Griffiths was not prone to falls and was not considered "at risk".
She and another carer found her on the floor and Mrs Shaw went to get help from Mr Bhutto. He was the most senior nurse on night duty at the home, run by the Mimosa Healthcare Group, because the senior carer was unable to work havning been on duty for six of the previous seven nights.
When Mr Bhutto arrived he checked the pensioner's limbs, took her blood presssure and pulse while she was still on the floor and told the carers to put her back into bed.
But instead Mrs Shaw, worried that she might fall again, washed the old lady, dressed her and took her to the office while she carried on filling forms.
At about 5.45am she took her to the lounge and said she was "talking fine" and walking around.
But at breakfast-time when the residents were being offered a cup of tea Mrs Griffiths was found unresponsive and an ambulance was called at about 7.30am.
Mrs Shaw, who broke down and wept in the witness box, said she would have called an ambulance immediately after the fall but had only since discovered that staff could override a nurses' decision.Hmmmmm.......Read the full story here.

'Iran may activate US Hezbollah cells after strike'.

'Iran may activate US Hezbollah cells after strike'.(JPost).WASHINGTON – A congressional report finds that Hezbollah fundraising cells are rampant across the United States and that the Lebanese organization could activate these cells to carry out lethal terrorist attacks.
The report, compiled under the aegis of the US House Committee on Homeland Security, estimates that there are several thousand sympathetic Hezbollah donors in the country, with operatives probably in the hundreds.
Hezbollah is an Iranian proxy, and should Iran want to carry out terrorism in the US, it could then do so through these operatives. Though many in the US intelligence community assumed after September 11 that Tehran would only use Hezbollah for attacks inside America should the US or Israel strike Iran’s nuclear sites, that thinking changed following the alleged Iranian plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia’s ambassador in Washington.
“It is no longer clear that Iran sees carrying out an attack in the United States as crossing some sort of red line,” according to Matthew Levitt, director of the Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He testified before the committee Wednesday at a hearing on the threat that Iran and Hezbollah pose to America.“Hezbollah has long had a substantial base of supporters in North America,” he noted in his prepared testimony. “This includes some operatives with military and operational training and a much larger pool of sympathizers and supporters who provide funding and some logistical support to the group but could be called upon to support operational activity should the group decide to carry out an attack here.”Levitt calculated that such a decision became more likely if the organization perceived that the US was directly targeting or seeking to undermine the group.
And he concluded that “the odds are very strong that in the event of an attack on Iran’s nuclear program, Hezbollah would retaliate.”
In addition to the possibility that it would launch rockets at Israel, he assessed “its worldwide networks would almost certainly be called upon to execute the kind of asymmetric terror attacks that can be carried out with reasonable deniability and therefore make a targeted response more difficult.”
Committee chairman Peter King (R-New York), however, said that the heightened threat of retaliation on the American homeland even from an Israeli attack doesn’t mean the military option should be taken off the table.“I don’t think we can rule out an Israeli attack,” King told CNN ahead of the hearing. “I think we have to keep all the pressure out there.
He continued, “The fact that there can be complications is not a reason why Israel shouldn’t do it or we shouldn’t do it. We have to make sure whatever we do that it is going to work... and realize that Iran cannot be allowed to get a nuclear weapon.”Read the full story here.

Taliban says it has no faith in trial of U.S. soldier behind Afghan massacre.

Taliban says it has no faith in trial of U.S. soldier behind Afghan massacre.(AlArabia).Afghanistan’s Taliban said on Friday it had no faith in any court proceedings against a U.S. soldier who was charged in connection with a shooting rampage in two southern Afghanistan villages that shocked Americans back home and further roiled U.S.-Afghan relations.
A U.S. official said on Thursday U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales will be charged with 17 counts of murder and six counts of attempted murder, along with other charges.
This was a planned activity and we will certainly take revenge on all American forces in Afghanistan and don’t trust such trials,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told Reuters by telephone from an undisclosed location.
Bales will be read the charges on Friday at the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where he has been held since being flown from Afghanistan last week, a U.S. official said, according to AP.
The lawyer representing Bales said U.S. authorities lack proof of what happened during the March 11 shooting spree in southern Panjwai district.
The Taliban’s Mujahid reiterated claims held by many Afghans that there must have been more than one soldier involved in the massacre, claims U.S. authorities have consistently denied.
Now America tries to deceive the people and tries to blame the act on one soldier. This is a crime by the American government. Using such cleverness and deception is a huge crime,” Mujahid said.
The slaughter of Afghan villagers was yet another blow to U.S-Afghan relations, following a series of missteps, including the mistaken burning of Qurans, which prompted violent protests and revenge killings of American troops in the war zone.Hmmmmm.........What interests me is: "Were the Gitmo Taliban prisoners transferred by the Obama administration to Quatar"?Read the full story here.

Kurd militants threaten Turkey if it enters Syria.

Kurd militants threaten Turkey if it enters Syria.(AlArabiya).Turkish Kurd militants threatened on Thursday to turn all Kurdish populated areas into a “war zone” if Turkish troops entered Syria, a sign the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) which has allies in Syria may be taking sides in the conflict there.
A renewed alliance between Damascus and the PKK would anger Turkey and could prompt it to take an even stronger line against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad over his brutal repression of anti-government protesters.PKK field commander Murat Karayilan said Turkey was preparing the ground for an intervention in Syria.“The Turkish state is planning an intervention against our people,” the Europe-based Firat news agency, close to the militants, quoted him as saying.
Let me state clearly, if the Turkish state intervenes against our people in western Kurdistan, all of Kurdistan will turn into a war zone,” he said.
Western Kurdistan is the term Kurdish nationalists use to describe Kurdish areas of northeast Syria, while by Kurdistan they mean the Kurdish areas of Turkey, Iraq, Syria and Iran.
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said last week that setting up a “safe zone” or a “buffer zone” along the border with Syria to protect civilians from Assad’s forces was among the options being considered should the stream of refugees turn into a flood.Setting up such a zone would involve troops entering Syria to secure territory. Turkey has turned sharply against its former friend Assad and has taken a lead in trying to forge international agreement on the need for stronger action on Syria.
While Syrian government forces are clashing daily with insurgents demanding the downfall of Assad, Syrian Kurdish areas have remained relatively calm, despite many Kurds’ long-standing opposition to the government.
Some Syrian Kurdish groups opposed to Assad have formed their own umbrella group after complaining of being sidelined by the main opposition Syrian National Council (SNC), which they say is dominated by Arab nationalists.
But the comparative calm in Syria's Kurdish northeast may also be related to what some Kurdish analysts say is the growing influence of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), a Syrian Kurdish group allied to the PKK which has kept away from the opposition.
The PKK, set up in 1984 to fight for Kurdish home rule in southeast Turkey, is commanded from bases in the remote mountains of northern Iraq, but was once backed by Syria.
Though Turkey has the second biggest army in NATO, it has failed to quash the PKK in 27 years of bitter fighting. More than 40,000 militants, soldiers and civilians have been killed in the conflict. Turkey, the United States and the European Union all list the PKK as a terrorist organization.
Turkish officials say they are watching closely for signs Syria may renew its support for the PKK, which it dropped in late 1998 after Turkish tanks massed on the Syrian border. Damascus was forced to deport PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan who was later seized by Turkish special forces in Kenya.Read the full story here.

Barack Hussein Obama’s Radical Rabbi.

Barack Hussein Obama’s Radical Rabbi.(FB).BY: Adam Kredo. President Obama’s view of Israel was sharply influenced by Rabbi Arnold Wolf, a key member of a cadre of liberal rabbis and Jewish activists who blamed Israel for the failure to achieve peace in the Middle East and urged negotiations with the Palestine Liberation Organization while it carried out terrorist operations.
Wolf, who died in 2008, is remembered by those who knew him as a modern day Jewish “heretic” whose radical dogma on Israel and the American Jewish community traveled from a small Chicago synagogue all the way to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
“Barack Obama knew many Jews in Chicago, but they tended to be left-wing Jews and tended to be people later involved in [the liberal advocacy group] J Street,” explained Jonathan Sarna, a professor of American Jewish history at Brandeis University.
It is these liberal players who “bred in Obama a specific and subversive vision of American Jewish identity and of the Jewish state,” Peter Beinart notes in his forthcoming book, The Crisis of Zionism.
Wolf in particular is said to have played a principal role in fostering Obama’s belief that the Jewish state—and, by proxy, the American Jewish establishment—could be pressured into negotiations with intransigent Palestinian political leaders.
“Barack Obama really believed there was this kind of a silent majority in the Jewish community who supports those views because those were the views he heard—liberal, active, Reform Jews in Chicago,” added Sarna. “It was a shock to him when he found the majority of Jews are not that way.”
One of principal architects of this radical Jewish philosophy was Wolf, who came to prominence in the late 1950s when he was hired as the full-time rabbi of Congregation Solel in Highland Park, a wealthy, liberal enclave on Chicago’s North shore.
During his stint at the temple, Wolf honed his left-wing bona fides, playing host to, among others, the infamous Chicago Seven, who were charged with inciting a riot at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.
In 1972, Wolf moved to Yale University where he served as a Jewish chaplain and director of the campus’s Hillel Foundation.It was there that Sarna, then a student, first met Wolf.
He enjoyed really being a little outrageous and riling people up,” said Sarna, who became close with Wolf. “At a certain point he accused me of being a heretic. … He was full of mishegas,” a Yiddish term for craziness.
“He was a colorful character and had no fear about taking controversial stances,” added Rabbi Jack Riemer, a Florida-based religious leader who influenced President Bill Clinton. “Some people really considered him a heretic and saw what he was doing as outside the pale.
During the 1970s, Wolf established himself as one of the chief advocates of negotiations with the Palestine Liberation Organization, which, at the time, routinely orchestrated terrorist attacks against Israel.
Arnold Wolf was one of the earliest Jewish public figures whose ‘love’ of Israel expressed itself in a relentless assault on the really existing Jewish state and a corresponding sympathy for its enemies,” explained neoconservative author and commentator Norman Podhoretz.
What Obama learned from [Wolf] about Israel would have been entirely consistent with what he learned from the likes of [the Rev.] Jeremiah Wright and [Palestinian activist] Rashid Khalidi, whose hatred of the Jewish state differed from Wolf’s views only in being more naked,” Podhoretz said.
Obama initially became friendly with Wolf in the 1990s, when the rabbi served as the spiritual leader of KAM Isaiah Israel, a Chicago synagogue located across the street from the president’s former residence.
The future president was a regular guest at the synagogue and become close with a faction of Jews who shared Wolf’s views on Israel and the Middle East.
High level officials like Rahm Emanuel, then Obama’s chief of staff, told Jewish leaders that Obama had “screwed up the messaging” on Israel. The president’s Middle East point man, Dennis Ross, touted supposed “manifestations of the change” in how the administration would treat Israel.
“There’s widespread understanding, including in the administration, that the … approach of placing Israeli settlements as the central barrier to solving every issue in the Middle East was wrong,” noted the Jewish Democratic insider.The administration’s recalibration, however, was relatively short lived.
Obama again inflamed the Jewish community last May, when he demanded that Israel revert to its 1967 borders with mutual land swaps—a policy that experts say would imperil the Jewish state.
“He reignited the concerns of the Jewish community” with that speech, said the senior Jewish insider, who went on to note that the Jewish community has concerns about a potential second term.
There are grave concerns that during his second term, when he no longer has to worry about mundane matters of electoral politics, that the real Barack Obama will come forward,” said the source. “Bibi Netanyahu better watch out.”Read the full story here.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

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Obama's Keystone XL Visit A Potemkin Village Photo-Op

Obama's Keystone XL Visit A Potemkin Village Photo-Op.(Investors).The president stages a photo-op in Oklahoma to take credit for the portion of the Keystone XL pipeline that doesn't need his approval and for oil production on private and state lands beyond his jurisdiction.
If one of his aides some morning remarked on a particularly lovely sunrise, it wouldn't surprise us if President Obama responded with a "thank you," so gifted is he in taking credit for successes that he has nothing to do with and that occur despite, not because, of his policies.
So it will be Thursday, when Obama is scheduled to appear in Cushing, Okla., known as the pipeline capital of the world, to take credit for the southern half of the Keystone XL pipeline, a project announced weeks ago by TransCanada, the Keystone builder.
It's the section that doesn't need presidential or State Department approval since it does not cross an international boundary.The president will say he is "expediting" the permit process for the southern portion of Keystone XL, the emptiest of gestures. We already have some 55,000 miles of safely operating pipelines, most of which required state and local permits, not presidential hot air, to proceed.
If the president wants to expedite permits, how about doing that in the Gulf of Mexico, where oil rigs are leaving and businesses are going bankrupt due to a glacial permitting process that is a de facto moratorium by over-regulation? He could free up Gulf production tomorrow.When combined, our recoverable endowment of oil, natural gas and coal is the largest on earth. When all U.S. resources (even without abundant shale oil) are aggregated, we see the U.S. has more fossil fuel reserves than any other country in the world (see chart).And President Obama is the only leader in the world keeping them under lock and key.Hmmmm.....If he really wanted to destroy America as a superpower would he do anything different?Read the full story here.

Video - "CHANGE" - Obama's end game revealed.

Hillary Clinton to bypass Congress and announce continued U.S. aid to Egypt.

Hillary Clinton to bypass Congress and announce continued U.S. aid to Egypt.(Politico).By John Bresnahan.Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will announce this afternoon that the United States will go ahead with continued military aid to Egypt, despite a five-week standoff between the two allies over the detention of American employees of pro-democracy groups, including the son of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, congressional sources said.
The United States supplies Egypt with $1.3 billion in military aid, plus another $250 million in economic assistance. Congress included language in the foreign aid funding bill approved last year requiring Clinton to certify that Egypt is making the transition to democracy in order for the funding to continue flowing.
But the stalemate over the American non-governmental organization workers, who included Sam LaHood, threatened to derail that funding. The younger LaHood and other NGO workers were prevented from leaving the country after Egyptian officials raided their offices on Dec. 29. More than 40 NGO workers, mainly from the United States and Europe, currently face criminal charges of using illegally obtained funds to stir up unrest inside Egypt. The U.S. government paid more than $4 million in bail (a.k.a. taxpayer Ransom money).
The high-profile dispute led to some calls on Capitol Hill to eliminate the Egyptian aid package, and human rights groups are bound to complain about Clinton's action. A military dominated "supreme council" is running Egypt ahead of upcoming presidential elections.Clinton, however, is expected to waive the requirements on national security grounds. It is unclear at this time whether Egypt will receive the entire $1.3 billion military package or only a portion of it.Hmmmmm........The fact that Huma Weiner's brother is listed as a fellow and partners with a number of Muslim Brotherhood memberson the Board, including al-Qaeda associate, Omar Naseef and the notorious Muslim Brotherhood leader Sheikh Youssef Qaradawi; both have been listed as Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Trustees has nothing to do with Hillary's decision?.Read the full story here.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak: Iran must be given deadline in nuke talks.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak: Iran must be given deadline in nuke talks.(JPost).Defense Minister Ehud Barak acknowledged publicly on Thursday that Israel and the US have different clocks when looking at Iran, with Washington able – because of its greater military capabilities – to wait longer to strike the country than Israel.
The way to bridge this gap, he said in an interview with Israel Radio, is to speed up the sanctions, “set a bar” and create a short timeline for the talks between Iran and European powers that are to begin next month.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu made clear in Ottawa earlier this month that Israel’s expectation was that at the end of any talks, Iran would dismantle its nuclear facility at Qom, stop enriching uranium and remove all uranium enriched beyond 3.5 percent from the country.
According to Barak, Jerusalem and Washington agree fully on the intelligence information on Iran. Likewise, the rhetoric is also similar, with leaders from both countries saying that they were determined to keep Iran from “going nuclear,” and that it was forbidden to take any option off the table.
“There is a difference in perspective,” he said. “The US is looking at this as the leader of the world, and Israel is looking at it as someone threatened from up close.”
Barak said the difference between the US and Israel was the timeline perspective, “because America has more capabilities than Israel. As a result, it is possible to think of a situation where Israel will be limited in its ability to deal with the issue, and the US can say there are still long months [available] to deal with the issue without risking an allout war.”Setting a deadline for the talks, Barak said, would make it possible to determine Iranian intent before Israel would find itself pushed to the side and unable to stop the Iranian program anymore.
The defense minister dismissed the notion that he was now against Israel acting alone without US involvement, as opposed to Netanyahu, who holds a different position.“There is no difference between us on how we see things,” Barak said. “Obviously there are differences on one detail or the other, but all in all we view the whole matter in the same way.”
He said the reason Iran had not completely burned its bridges with the International Atomic Energy Agency was the concern that doing so could lead to action by the US, “or somebody else,” against it. In the interim, he said, the Iranians were spreading the nuclear program out across the country and fortifying it underground – so that by the time all negotiations and discussions have ended, it will be too late for Israel to take any effective action against it.Read the full story here.

Building a Monastery the Medieval Way, Ox Carts and No Tim Horton's.

Building a Monastery the Medieval Way, Ox Carts and No Tim Horton's.(Spiegel).By Angelika Franz.Historians, architects, archaeologists and volunteers in Germany are teaming up to build a medieval monastery the old-fashioned way. Working conditions will be strictly 9th-century, without machines, rain jackets or even coffee. It will take decades, but they hope to garner fresh insights into everyday life in the 800s.What did a medieval stonemason do when heavy rainfall interrupted his work? Umbrellas are impractical at construction sites. Gore-Tex jackets weren't yet invented, nor were plastic rain jackets. "He donned a jacket made of felted loden cloth," says Bert Geurten, the man who plans to build an authentic monastery town the old-fashioned way.
Felted loden jackets will also be present on rainy days at Geurten's building site, which is located near Messkirch, in the southwestern German state of Baden-Württemberg, between the Danube River and Lake Constance. Beginning in 2013, a Carolingian monastery town will be built here using only the materials and techniques of the 9th century. From the mortar to the walls, the rain jackets to the menu, every aspect of the operation will be carried out as just as it was in the days of Charlemagne. "We want to work as authentically as possible," says Geurten.
The building contractor from the Rhineland region has long dreamt of carrying out his plan. When he was a teenager, the now 62-year-old was inspired by a model of the St. Gallen monastery plan in an exhibition in his home city of Aachen. The plan, dating from the beginning of the 9th century, shows the ideal monastery, as envisioned by Abbot Haito of Reichenau.
Haito dedicated his drawing to his colleague Abbot Gozbert of St. Gall, who presided over the monastery from 816 to 837. He meticulously recorded everything that he believed was necessary for a monastic city, from a chicken coop to a church for 2,000 worshipers. Altogether he envisaged 52 buildings -- but they were never built. That will change in spring 2013, though, when ox-pulled carts wil begin carrying the first stones to the building site in the forest near Messkirch. It won't be finished until about 2050, according to estimates.
The first building will be a small wooden church. "Of course, in the Middle Ages, they didn't build the large stone church first," says Geurten. The craftsmen at that time did not want to postpone their prayers until the stone church was finished, so they constructed a simple wooden church as an interim arrangement until they could move into the magnificent stone building decades later.
Given the tight budget, craftsmen salaries will remain low. "The net wage is about €1,200 (per month)," says Geurten. "I can't pay more." The working hours are also a long way from what German trade unions recommend these days. They will work from April 2 -- Charlemagne's birthday -- almost without break until St. Martin's Day, on Nov. 11. During those eight months, there will be one single weekend off. "In the Middle Ages, the rent for the year was always paid on St. Martin's Day," said Geurten. The winter break lasts until April when the temperatures are warm enough to work again.
Despite the difficult conditions, the project has been swamped with applications. "I've had 85 stone masons apply already," says Geurten. "They all dream of having the chance to work with their hands." This also applies to the blacksmith. "They won't be hammering kitschy horseshoes for tourists. The forge must supply the site with tools," he adds.Read the full story here.

'Terminated' jihadi Mohammed Merah had visited Israel.

'Terminated' jihadi Mohammed Merah had visited Israel.(JPost).French gunman Mohamed Merah, who killed three soldiers and four Jews in France in the last two weeks, had been on a trip to Israel in the past, France's Le Monde newspaper reported Thursday.According to the report, Merah's passport had Israeli stamps in it. The purpose of his visit is not known, but analysts suspect he was either trying to visit the Palestinian territories or do reconnaissance to plan a terror attack
The Jerusalem Post could not confirm the veracity of this report.
Based on the stamps in his passports, Merah also visited Syria, Iraq, Jordan and Afghanistan.
The 23-year-old gunman who said al-Qaida inspired him to kill seven people in France died from a gunshot wound to the head on Thursday as he scrambled out of a ground-floor window during a gunbattle with elite police commandos.
Merah, a Frenchman of Algerian origin, died in a hail of bullets at the end of a 30-hour standoff with police at his apartment in southern France and after confessing to killing three soldiers, three Jewish children and a rabbi.
He was firing frantically at police from a Colt 45 pistol as he climbed through his apartment window onto a verandah and toppled to the ground some 5 feet (1.5 meters) below, in a suburb of the city of Toulouse, according to prosecutors and police.
Two police commandos were injured in the operation - a dramatic climax to a siege which riveted the world after the killings shook France a month before a presidential election.
"At the moment when a video probe was sent into the bathroom, the killer came out of the bathroom, firing with extreme violence," Interior Minister Claude Gueant told reporters at the scene.
"In the end, Mohamed Merah jumped from the window with his gun in his hand, continuing to fire. He was found dead on the ground."
Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said Merah had taken refuge in his bathroom, wearing a bullet-proof vest under his traditional black djellaba robe, as elite police blasted his flat through the night with flash grenades.
Police investigators were working to establish whether Merah had worked alone or with accomplices, Molins said, adding that Merah had filmed his three shooting attacks with a camera hung from his body and had indicated that he had posted clips online.
The most disturbing image of the attacks showed him grabbing a young girl at a Jewish school on Monday by the hair and shooting her in the head before escaping on a scooter.
The killings have raised questions about whether there were intelligence failures, what the attacks mean for social cohesion and race relations in France and how the aftermath will affect President Nicolas Sarkozy's slim chances of re-election.
Sarkozy called Merah's killings terrorist attacks and announced a crackdown on people following extremist websites."From now on, any person who habitually consults websites that advocate terrorism or that call for hate and violence will be punished," he said in a statement. "France will not tolerate ideological indoctrination on its soil."Hmmmm.........72 'surgeons' couldn't help him now.Read the full story here.

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Mohammed Merah, the terrorist who murdered seven people, including a rabbi and three young children, and who was killed by French security forces in Toulouse, visited Israel several years ago, it was reported Thursday.
Channel 10 News reported that the reason for Merah’s visit to Israel is not entirely clear, but it is believed he came to gather intelligence for his attack.
The Channel 10 report was based on a comment made by an American officer serving in Afghanistan to the French newspaper Le Monde. The officer told the newspaper that Merah’s passport had been stamped with entry to and exit from Israel.
However, the National Immigration Authority said on Thursday evening that an initial investigation found that Merah never visited Israel. Kol Yisrael radio reported that the National Immigration Authority said that the terrorist's name, as published in the media, was not found in the list of arrivals to Israel. The authority added that it is continuing to investigate the matter.
Channel 10 noted that there are conflicting reports about whether Merah was identified as an Al-Qaeda activist before 2010, which is when he allegedly visited Israel. The report noted that if he was indeed suspected to be an Al-Qaeda terrorist, then Israeli procedure would have called for him to be interrogated at the airport and to undergo a thorough security check.
It is unknown whether Merah was indeed interrogated or checked, the report said. The Israel Security Agency refused to comment on the issue and said that it was still being review reviewed.Source INN.

" CHANGE " - Egypt MP calls for end to women’s right to divorce.

"CHANGE" - Egypt MP calls for end to women’s right to divorce.(BM).An Egyptian member of Parliament has called for legislation to remove a year 2000 bill that gave Egypt women the right to divorce. MP Mohamed el-Omda has introduced new legislation that would revoke a woman’s right to divorce, the Egyptian Women’s Union said in a statement on Thursday.
According to Omda, the 2000 legislation was the doing of the National Council for Women, headed by former President Hosni Mubarak’s wife Suzanne.
He said that the law should be revoked because it was part of the former regime and part of the means for the NCW to exist in the first place.
The Egyptian Women’s Union has called for “complete rejection of this proposal,” saying that the issue of “divorce law was an issue to try to solve the dilemmas facing legal implications of the [country's] flaws and the inability for women to obtain provisions for their benefit.”
Before 2000, women in Egypt did not have the right to divorce their spouses on their own terms.
Omda said he plans to pursue the matter even further, which has angered many women’s rights activists in the country, who say it could be the beginning of the conservatives push to remove women from positions of any power.
“It is a bad sign that they want to revoke the divorce law because this law did a lot for women legally and it gave us some empowerment,” 27-year-old legal assistant in Cairo Marwa told
It is unclear if the proposed legislation will get much traction, but with nearly two-thirds of Parliament conservative leaning Islamists, it could very well.Read the full story here.

Iranian MP: West misstep against Iran will jeopardize Israel existence.

Iranian MP: West misstep against Iran will jeopardize Israel existence.(PressTV).A senior Iranian lawmaker has warned against any military move against the Islamic Republic, saying even the “slightest of errors” by the West will endanger Israel’s very existence.
Should the Western countries want to commit the slightest of errors regarding Iran, they will be gripped by such ramifications that will endanger the existence of the Zionist regime,” Alaeddin Boroujerdi said on Thursday
Boroujerdi, who heads the Majlis committee on national security and foreign policy, further cautioned the West to take the warnings seriously as they are neither political in nature nor intended to serve propaganda purposes.“In case of any venture against our country, the aggressors will face a swift, resolute and serious countermeasure,” the Iranian official said.
The US and Israel have threatened Iran with a military strike, claiming that there is diversion in the country’s nuclear energy program towards a military program.Earlier this week, Russia reiterated its opposition to a potential aggression against the Islamic Republic, saying such a measure would be baseless and will incur disastrous consequences for the region.
"The CIA and other US officials admit they now have no information about the Iranian leadership taking the political decision to produce nuclear weapons," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday.
Iran has repeatedly refuted the Western allegations regarding its nuclear energy program, arguing that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, it is entitled to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
Iranian officials have also promised a crushing response to any military strike against the country, warning that any such measure could result in a war that would spread beyond the Middle East.Hmmmm......"All options are on the table "........indeed.Read the full story here.

Palestinians suffer fuel crisis in Gaza; unity deal at heart of Egypt-Hamas dispute.

Palestinians suffer fuel crisis in Gaza; unity deal at heart of Egypt-Hamas dispute.(AlArabiya).Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are suffering a crisis of dry petrol pumps and frequent blackouts triggered by a fuel supply dispute between Egypt and the enclave's Hamas Islamist rulers.
Taxis are scarce, with would-be passengers fighting for rides, and the government has ordered civil servants with vehicles to pick up hitchhikers.
Gaza’s emergency medical service has halved the number of ambulances it puts on the streets. At least one hospital has cancelled non-essential operations to conserve power for its generator.
Our leaders are playing while we are being grilled on the fire of poverty and division. We have been sent back to the dark ages,” said Abud Mohammed, a 21-year-old university student.
Last month, Egypt began restricting the flow of fuel to Gaza through the network of smuggling tunnels running under their border. Gaza’s lone power plant ran out of fuel for its generators, causing outages affecting nearly two-thirds of the area's population of 1.7 million.
Egypt prefers to send fuel through the Israeli-controlled Kerem Shalom crossing, citing old international understandings which limited the use of Egypt’s Rafah terminal with Gaza to the movement of passengers.
Hamas objects. It is opposed to giving its foe, Israel, the opportunity to block supplies in times of tension and wants direct trade with Egypt, a move that could strengthen Gaza's economy and Hamas's popularity.
But a rocky relationship between Egypt and the Islamists who wrested control of the Gaza Strip from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah movement in 2007 has bolstered the crisis.
Some Hamas sources accused Egypt of creating fuel shortages to pressure the movement to implement a unity deal with Western-backed Abbas. Mohammed Awad, the deputy prime minister in the Gaza Strip, said the crisis was politically motivated and Hamas “will overcome it.”
Hamas’ Gaza-based leadership has balked at the accord signed by Khaled Meshaal, a leader of the group who lives in exile, because it fears the reconciliation agreement could weaken its control of the enclave.“If Hamas calls itself a government they should find solutions. If there was unity, many of these problems would cease to exist,” said Saed Salem, a 41-year-old civil servant.“There is no fuel to generate electricity and no cooking gas to make food and no cars to go to work in or visit family and friends.”
Urging “concerned parties” to resolve the supply problems as soon as possible, Maxwell Gaylard, the U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory, said hospitals and ambulance services were finding it increasingly difficult to function and already fragile water and sanitation systems were failing.
“These chronic shortages are reaching beyond the rationing of electricity and water for households which has been a feature over the past several years, to a situation where day-to-day life for Gazans is ever more difficult,” Gaylard said in a statement on Thursday.
The shortages have spawned a black market, with the price of a liter of diesel approaching seven Israeli shekels ($1.87) compared with 2.50 shekels ($0.67) before the crisis.
Mohammed Khail, who owns a motorized rickshaw, said he has not worked for four days since his tiny vehicle ran out of fuel. “I blame the whole world for the problem,” he said.Hmmmmm.......The more U.S. aid they receive the lower their GDP.......go figure.Read the full story here.

Activist Outrage Causes Major Supermarkets to Drop 'Pink Slime' Meat

Activist Outrage Causes Major Supermarkets to Drop 'Pink Slime' Meat.(AP).We have been reporting on the staggering amount of "pink slime" used in the U.S. food industry over the last few months. Pink slime is a meat filler made from "ammoniated boneless lean beef trimmings or similar products, which are considered unfit for human consumption until ammonia has been added.”

In early March, it was reported by ABC that a shocking 70% of ground beef at supermarkets contained this pink slime. Since this disgusting food additive has been exposed, natural health activists rallied to demand its removal from McDonald's and school lunches. Now major grocery chains are falling to the pressure of activism.

First McDonald's was forced to stop ammonia-soaked pink slime in their beef after a campaign led by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver raised awareness of McDonald's use of the meat filler.

Next, activists targeted pink slime in school lunch programs forcing the USDA to cave in and permit schools to opt out of using this tainted meat in public school lunches.

Just yesterday, Safeway, SUPERVALU and Food Lion announced they will no longer carry what the beef glued together with "pink slime" fillers.

"While the USDA and food industry experts agree that lean, finely textured beef is safe and wholesome, recent news stories have caused considerable consumer concern about this product. Safeway will no longer purchase ground beef containing lean, finely textured beef," Safeway said in a statement.

In addition to these large food retailers, Walmart also announced they will offer ground beef without pink slime, though they declined to remove all the beef that contained lean finely textured beef (LFTB).

"Recently some customers have expressed concerns with lean finely textured beef (LFTB) and, while the USDA and experts agree that it is safe and nutritious, Walmart and Sam's Club will begin offering fresh ground beef that does not contain LFTB," Walmart said.

These recent actions prove that when the public is informed about what they're consuming they will demand healthier products. It should be noted that once this story broke into the mainstream, it took less than one month for the public outcry to reach enough critical mass to affect change. And it proved that even large conglomerates will quickly change their policies when enough people demand it.

The story of pink slime was echoed by the alternative media long before it was picked up by mainstream news outlets, much like the story of meat glue going mainstream. We can also see this happening with GMO foods where activism is exposing the health dangers and forcing lawmakers to support GMO labeling.Hmmmm................Read the full story here.

Nearly 1,000 Pakistani women ‘killed for honor’ in 2011.

                                          Pakistani Women's Human Rights Organisation.

Nearly 1,000 Pakistani women ‘killed for honor’ in 2011.(AlArabiya).At least 943 Pakistani women and girls were murdered last year for allegedly defaming their family’s honor, the country’s leading human rights group said Thursday.
The statistics highlight the growing scale of violence suffered by many women in conservative Muslim Pakistan, where they are frequently treated as second-class citizens and there is no law against domestic violence.
Despite progress on better protecting women’s rights, activists say the government needs to do more to prosecute murderers in cases largely dismissed by police as private, family affairs.“At least 943 women were killed in the name of honor, of which 93 were minors,” wrote the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan in its annual report.Seven Christian and two Hindu women were among the victims, it said.The Commission reported 791 “honor killings” in 2010.Around 595 of the women killed in 2011 were accused of having “illicit relations” and 219 of marrying without permission.
Some victims were raped or gang raped before being killed, the Commission said. Most of the women were killed by their brothers and husbands.
Only 20 of 943 killed were reported to have been provided medical aid before they died, the Commission wrote.Despite the rising number of reported killings, activists have praised parliament for passing laws aimed at strengthening women’s protection against abuses.
Rights groups say the government should do more to ensure that women subjected to violence, harassment and discrimination have effective access to justice.Last year, a Belgian court sentenced four members of a Pakistani family to prison for the murder of their daughter, who defied them by living with a Belgian man and refused an arranged marriage.Read the full story here.
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