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Monday, May 28, 2012

Overnight Music Video - Vietnam War-House of the Rising Sun

President Barack Obama honored veterans on Monday by noting “the light of a new day” of having U.S. troops home from Iraq and returning soon from Afghanistan, while promising not to send soldiers back to war without a clear need..

US company announced that it is due to cooperate with Iran in unique partnership to work toward nuclear fusion.

US company announced that it is due to cooperate with Iran in unique partnership to work toward nuclear fusion.(Fars).Tehran - A US company announced that it is due to cooperate with an Iranian university in unique partnership to work toward nuclear fusion.Tehran's Islamic Azad University and New Jersey-based Lawrenceville Plasma Physics Inc will jointly design a fusion machine that "would be affordable to construct in industrializing nations", according to a contract signed last weekend and seen and reported by the Guardian.
The partnership comes amid US allegations about Iran's civilian nuclear technology. Skeptics doubt whether US trade sanctions will permit the collaboration. But LPP claimed in a written statement that the pact qualifies as an official US department of treasury exemption "which authorizes collaborating with academics and research institutions on the … creation and enhancement of written publications."
LPP is scheduled to notify the president's council of advisors on science and technology of its Iranian partnership at 2pm ET on Friday in Washington DC. Many people regard nuclear fusion as the holy grail of energy sources. Unlike today's nuclear fission, it does not generate power by splitting atoms and leaving behind dangerous waste. Rather, in theory, it fuses them together - the way the sun works - typically combining isotopes of hydrogen known as deuterium and tritium. Fusion gave rise to the "too cheap to meter" vision in the 1950s, with the notion that a plentiful supply of deuterium could inexpensively meet energy needs. But some 60 years later, it has remained a dream that many experts believe is still at least 30 years away. The problem is that it currently takes more energy to run fusion than what the process delivers. Two large international government-backed research centers are working on this project. One of those, the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) in Cadarahce, France, projects costs of around €13bln just over its first phase, funded in part by the UK as part of the EU's 45% contribution, and by Japan, China, India, Russia, South Korea and the US. LPP is one of several small companies that believe they can crack fusion far sooner than can ITER or the National Ignition Facility (NIF), another international behemoth, based in Livermore, California. Two months ago, LPP reported a breakthrough when it confined a gas at 1.8bln degrees C, much higher than the industry record of 1.1bn degrees C that had stood since 1978. Fusion temperatures flash for only nanoseconds and are contained. The company is taking a significantly different approach from ITER and NIF, both of which aim to drive turbines from heat created by neutrons that escape in the fusion process. Azad University and LPP are developing "aneutronic" fusion, which would not rely on neutrons. It would eliminate turbines by providing electricity directly through charged ions. US startup Tri-Alpha Energy, a secretive company based in Irvine, California, is also working on aneutronic fusion and has received at least $140mln in venture capital with backers including Goldman Sachs and reportedly Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. Venture capitalists typically seek financial returns within a few years, not the decades typically ascribed to fusion.Hmmmm....... Eric J. Lerner is an American popular science writer, independent plasma researcher, and serves as the president of Lawrenceville Plasma Physics, Inc.While at Columbia, Lerner participated in the 1965 Selma March[29] and helped organize the 1968 Columbia Student Strike. In the 1970s, Lerner became involved in the National Caucus of Labor Committees, an offshoot of the Columbia University Students for a Democratic Society. Lerner left the National Caucus in 1978, later stating in a lawsuit that he had resisted pressure from the US Labor Party, an organization led by Lyndon LaRouche, to violate election law by channeling profits of an engineering firm to the organization. More recently, Lerner sought civil rights protection for immigrants as a member and spokesman for the New Jersey Civil Rights Defense Committee. He participated in the Occupy Wall Street protests in 2011.Why does the name Obama come to my mind?Read the full story here.

Iranian Rapper Najafi on the death Fatwa on him: 'Fundamentalists Can't Take a Joke'.

Iranian Rapper Najafi on the death Fatwa on him: 'Fundamentalists Can't Take a Joke'.(Spiegel).Iranian rapper Shahin Najafi has been in hiding in Germany since a fatwa was pronounced against him three weeks ago. In an interview with SPIEGEL, he discusses the fear Iranian leaders have of young people and his conviction that change will come to his country sooner or later.So this is what exile in exile looks like. Fleeing the threats of Iranian ayatollahs, Iranian rapper Shahin Najafi, 31, has taken refuge in a garden house near Cologne, surrounded by chirping birds and a fig tree. Although he's under police protection, the four fatwas that have by now been launched against him by leading religious clerics in Iran over the past few weeks seem incredibly far away. Najafi released a song in which he implored the 10th imam, Ali al-Hadi al-Naqi, to return to the Earth to sort out modern-day Iran's problems. Shiites venerate al-Naqi, who died 1,143 years ago and was a direct descendant of the Prophet Mohammed. The song has been downloaded over 500,000 times in Iran alone, and has received over half a million views on YouTube. The musician appeared to be in a good spirits. The interview was conducted in German, although Najafi often switched to Persian and his manager, a German-Iranian, translated for him whenever necessary. German author Günter Wallraff, who is supporting Najafi, was also there. Children's voices could be heard in the distance.

SPIEGEL: Mr. Najafi, you've been hiding for nearly three weeks now. What's your everyday life like?
Najafi: I read, I write, I have my guitar with me. I'm trying not to think about the threat.
SPIEGEL: Does anyone visit you?
Najafi: No, nobody. Only my manager and Mr. Wallraff.
SPIEGEL: You are married here in Germany. How is your family dealing with the situation?
Najafi: It's difficult; I'd rather not say anything more about it.

SPIEGEL: There's something satirical about the lyrics of your songs.

Najafi: Yes, I'm a satirist. The powerful don't like satirists.
SPIEGEL: Salman Rushdie could also be called a satirist.
Najafi: Fundamentalists can't take a joke. Ever. They want us to blindly obey, parrot everything they do, and believe in their dogmas.

SPIEGEL: Can a fatwa be revised?
Najafi: That's never happened before. The grand ayatollahs believe that they are in possession of the absolute truth and thus are infallible.
Najafi: Last night I saw a video on the Internet. Two masked men are threatening me, in Persian with an Afghan accent. They ask: Why do you insult our faith? We will find you, no matter where you hide; you're not safe anywhere. And they also speak German. Perhaps they live in Germany or grew up here. What should I do? Give in? Show regret? I won't do that. I believe in history. We need time. It will take time before something changes. But it will happen.Read the full story here.

Canada - Toronto - Air Canada plane makes emergency landing after reports of falling debris on cars.

Canada - Toronto - Air Canada plane makes emergency landing after reports of falling debris on cars.(Yahoo).An Air Canada plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Toronto's Pearson International Airport after debris reportedly fell from the plane. The Boeing 777 took off from Toronto heading for Narita, Japan, said Air Canada spokesperson Peter Fitzpatrick to CP24. Shortly after takeoff, the engine shut down and the plane headed back to Pearson. Peel police are reporting three to four locations in Mississauga where debris fell. There is no confirmation yet of exactly what fell from the plane, but there were reports of damage to cars. According to the Toronto Star, Peel Regional Police and Emergency Medical Services are on scene at the airport in Mississauga, Ont. Monday afternoon.Read the full story here, more here and here.

Video - American attacked by Turkish people about Iraq war."Time to get Turkey out of NATO?"

 Don't you love Obama's "trusted Ally" Turkey?HT: MilitaryPhotos

Palestine Airlines back to skies with statehood goal.

Palestine Airlines back to skies with statehood goal.(HD).Palestinian Airlines is back in the skies after being grounded for seven years by deepening enmities in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Regional director of the airline said this is part of the independent state. On May 9, Palestinian Airlines, grounded since 2005, resumed operations, starting with biweekly flights between El-Arish and Marka Airbase in the Jordanian capital of Amman. The new route means residents of Gaza no longer have to travel to Cairo, some 350 kilometers away, to board flights. El-Arish is an Egyptian coastal resort in northern Sinai, about 60 kilometers from Gaza. “We have started with flights from Amman to El-Arish and from El-Arish to Amman,” Palestinian Airlines Director-General Zeyad Albad told Agence France-Presse. “We are going to have flights from El-Arish to Jeddah [Saudi Arabia] soon, and we are trying to set up some new routes to Turkey and the [United Arab] Emirates.The airline hopes it will eventually turn a profit, but for now national pride and making life easier for the Gazans are more important, said regional director Azmi Samaan. “We want the Palestinian flag to continue flying,” he said in an interview at Marka Airbase, according to the Associated Press. “This is part of the independent state, to have an airline, no matter what it will cost us.” The carrier is a tiny operation, with just two 48-seat turboprop planes, two weekly flights and a borrowed hub in Egypt. The 15-year-old airline’s fortunes have been closely tied to the quest for a Palestinian state.But the airline was forced to suspend operations from Gaza after Israel imposed restrictions on the airport and then rendered it unusable by tearing up its runways and bombing it in 2001.Hmmmmm....Thanks to US taxpayer money from Obama?Read the full story here.

Outcome of Islam-Christianity conference on Jerusalem to be published.

Outcome of Islam-Christianity conference on Jerusalem to be published.(IBNA).The first Islamic and Evangelical Christianity was held yesterday (May 27, 2012). A book will be published based on the outcome of the conference.
IBNA: The conference was themed at the Joint Duty of Muslims and Christians regarding Beitol Moghadas.("Beitol Moghadas" = Jerusalem (the city of the Great King).
In an interview with IBNA, caretaker of the information department of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization (ICRO) said that the conference was arranged by the Center of Dialogue between Religions and the ICRO. As Khorshid Goudarzi said, the session was held in the presence of scholars from Iran, Lebanon, Syria, Switzerland, Denmark, Brazil, Pakistan and the UK. Issues about the future cooperation between Muslims and Christians were discussed in the conference.Hmmmm.......Excuse me for asking but how about the Jewish character of Jerusalem?Read the full story here.

Iran detects new kind of Stuxnet virus

Iran detects new kind of Stuxnet virus.(Taz).Iran's National Computer Emergency Response Team has detected an attack of a new computer virus close to Stuxnet and Duqu malwares. CERT announced on Sunday that following the continuous research on the targeted attacks of Stuxnet and Duqu since 2010, it detected a new attack, codenamed "Flamer" and launched by a new malware. The virus features show that there is a close relation to the Stuxnet virus, it said. According to CERT, the research results show that the recent incidents of mass data loss in Iran could be the outcome of the new virus' attack. For the past couple of years, Iran has been targeted by Stuxnet and Duqu viruses. Iran claimed that country's network grid managed to withstand the attacks, however a lot of computers in the country, mainly the industrial ones, were infected or damaged. Recently Iranian oil and education ministries and banking system came under cyber-attacks.Read the full story here.more here @ Wired.

Video - 'Unverified' clip shows Saudi killing another.

Video - 'Unverified' clip shows Saudi killing another.(24/7).Saudi newspapers on Monday published a YouTube film showing an armed man dressed in traditional local dress chasing another in the dark before killing him. “Officials have yet to confirm or verify this film…those who shot the film said police were investigating and were searching for the persons shown in it,” the Arabic language daily Alsaudeh said. This website also has no verification on the authenticity of the video. Like in the famous film “the hard target”, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, the unidentified man was seen running after his victim and turning around a tree before firing at him. The other man was seen falling down while his chaser came on top of him and shot him again. The film was entitled “a real video shot of the murder of a Saudi man” and newspaper said police were looking for the two men shown in the film.Read and see the full story here.

Video - Ezra Levant - How To Stop Canada's Riots & occupiers

“Either you kill a baby in the mother's stomach or you kill a baby after birth. There is no difference,” - PM Erdogan's abortion remark sparks row over ethics.

“Either you kill a baby in the mother's stomach or you kill a baby after birth. There is no difference,” - PM Erdogan's abortion remark sparks row over ethics.(TZ).A statement from Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan expressing his anti-abortion stance and opposition to C-section surgery has sparked the anger of women's rights groups and some female deputies, initiating a debate on the government's right to intervene in people's ethical choices. Addressing a conference in İstanbul on Friday, Erdoğan said no one should have the right to sanction abortion. “Either you kill a baby in the mother's stomach or you kill a baby after birth. There is no difference,” Erdoğan said. He also expressed his opposition to C-section surgery, describing it as unnatural. 
Health Minister Recep Akdağ on Saturday confirmed plans to limit the number of C-section births at Turkish hospitals. “We will impose penalties on private hospitals that have greatly increased the number of unnecessary Cesareans,” he said, speaking at a health symposium in Balıkesir on Saturday. He noted the ministry was working on new legislation to address the issue.
In his speech Erdoğan further remarked that society should be more sensitive to the issue of abortion and that “we have to be together against this,” adding that, “Every abortion is like an Uludere,” a reference to the deaths of 34 civilians in December last year in a Turkish military airstrike near the Iraqi border in the Kurdish-dominated Southeast. An investigation into the killings is ongoing, but it is claimed the civilians were mistaken for Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorists by the military.
Sharing her thoughts about Erdoğan’s comments, Family and Social Policy Minister Fatma Şahin has suggested that Erdoğan’s statements should be discussed on scientific grounds. “Abortion is, of course, a right of individuals. But what the prime minister said was his personal observation. He pointed out the significance of family planning and taking necessary precautions before thinking of abortion as a solution. ...
The prime minister’s statement that ‘abortion is a murder’ is merely to emphasize that when you terminate a pregnancy, if you did not take precautions beforehand, you are violating that baby’s right to life. To those criticizing the prime minister’s statements on this issue I recommend reading World Health Organization (WHO) reports,” the minister said. Women’s rights groups and advocates reacted angrily to the statement. Habibe Yılmaz, lawyer and head of the Center for Legal Support to Women, said in a statement made to a news agency, “Making a decision regarding one’s own body -- in the realm of medicine -- is a fundamental human right. Depriving women of this right would be tantamount to restricting her right to health and the right to live a fulfilling life. The issue of voluntary miscarriages should be seen in the light of fundamental liberties.”Hmmmm.....Erdogan "The man Obama is asking advise on how to raise his daughters".Read the full story here.

Stealth Backdoor key found in a US military China-made chip.

Stealth Backdoor key found in a US military China-made chip.(TNW).By Jon Russell.A team of researchers from Cambridge University say they have found evidence that a Chinese-manufactured chip used by US armed forces contains a secret access point that could leave it vulnerable to third party tampering.
The researchers tested an unspecified US military chip — used in weapons, nuclear power plants to public transport – and found that a previously unknown ‘backdoor’ access point had been added, making systems and hardware open to attack, the team says.
Cambridge University researcher, Sergei Skorobogatov, explains:
We scanned the silicon chip in an affordable time and found a previously unknown backdoor inserted by the manufacturer. This backdoor has a key, which we were able to extract. If you use this key you can disable the chip or reprogram it at will, even if locked by the user with their own key.
This particular chip is prevalent in many systems from weapons, nuclear power plants to public transport. In other words, this backdoor access could be turned into an advanced Stuxnet weapon to attack potentially millions of systems. The scale and range of possible attacks has huge implications for National Security and public infrastructure.
While the initial research is a concern, a number of question marks remain over the findings before further conclusions can be drawn.
It is unclear if the access point is isolated to the chip that was tested or whether Skorobogatov and his colleagues have stumbled upon a larger trend. Likewise, it remains possible that the modified back door access could have been created by the US armed forces themselves.
The news comes at a time when Chinese cyber-spying threats are a particular concern. Chinese telecom manufacturers ZTE and Huawei are already under investigation from the US government, which is assessing whether the duo’s telecom businesses pose a national security threat.
The Cambridge researchers did not name the company that developed the chip tested, nor did they provide more specific details of its usage. We’ve contacted Skorobogatov for further details and will provide any more information that we’re given.Read the full story here, more here.

Al-Shabab plotting attack in Netherlands, United Kingdom and United States.

Al-Shabab plotting attack in Netherlands, United Kingdom and United States.(RNW).A former commander of the Somali Al Qaeda-linked organisation al-Shabab has said that dormant cells in the Netherlands are secretly preparing terrorist attacks. The commander, who left al-Shabab because of a dispute with its leaders, said the militant Islamist group is actively recruiting and training members of the Somali diaspora in the Netherlands, United Kingdom and United States to launch attacks in the countries where they have a residence permit. 
Dutch public broadcaster VPRO spoke to a BBC reporter, Mary Harper, on its radio programme Bureau Buitenland. Ms Harper had interviewed Mohamed Farah al Ansari who said Somalia was becoming the new hub of jihadism. Al Ansari joined up with government forces and entered a protection programme with the interim government after he stopped activities with Al Shabab. The Somali commander was questioned by US security officials at the American embassy in Nairobi. Waging jihad Al-Shabab is an offshoot of the Islamic Courts Union, which splintered into several smaller factions after its defeat in 2006 by the Somali Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and the TFG's Ethiopian military allies. The group describes itself as waging jihad against "enemies of Islam", and is engaged in combat against the TFG and the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM). The outfit controls large swathes of the southern parts of the country where it is said to have imposed its own strict form of Sharia Law. Its strength is estimated at around 14,000 militants. The group also targets foreign aid organisations, leading to a suspension of humanitarian operations and an exodus of relief agents. The UN Security Council voted earlier this year to increase AU peacekeeping forces in Somalia. The fighting has shifted away from the capital Mogadishu and government troops have managed to take a strategic al-Shabab stronghold in south-western Somalia.Read the full story here.

Islam making its move for the management of the entire world community, a.k.a. "Global Caliphate ".

Islam making its move for the management of the entire world community, a.k.a. "Global Caliphate".(IRNA). Tehran – The 21st Congress of the Union of Islamic Societies opened in Istanbul today in a ceremony attended by the Secretary General the World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Taskhiri. The event attended by foreign ministers, academics, religious scholars and elites from Sweden, Australia, Iran, Indonesia, Malaysia, Syria, Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt and Tajikistan will seek to review the recent developments in the world and explore grounds for mutual cooperation as well as solutions for the new conditions prevailing in the world.
Taskhiri presented an article themed ‘new world order and globalization; shoulds and shouldn’ts’ during the ceremony. Commenting on globalization, he explained the adverse impacts of globalization. Topics for discussion during the event includes major shortages of Islamic world for rearranging new world order, change and development in the Islamic world and transition to the new world based on justice and truth.
Problems of unjust current world order, changing prejudgments towards Islam, Islam’s main principles for the management of the entire world community, new order in transition from Imperialism to Islamic civilization are among the topics to be dealt with during the event. The 21st Congress of the Union of Islamic Societies themed ‘Islamic union and a new world’ will end on May 28.Hmmmmm.....Hosted by Turkey.....Obama's "Trusted Buddy"........You think they talked about Israel?Read the full story here.

Total National Security Budget expenses for Fiscal Year 2013 estimated to be 1 Trillion Dollars.

                                             One Trillion Dollars In Cash

Total National Security Budget expenses for Fiscal Year 2013 estimated to be 1 Trillion Dollars.(AsiaTimes).By Chris Hellman and Mattea Kramer Recent months have seen a flurry of headlines about cuts (often called "threats") to the United States defense budget. Last week, lawmakers in the House of Representatives even passed a bill that was meant to spare national security spending from future cuts by reducing school-lunch funding and other social programs.
Here, then, is a simple question that, for some curious reason, no one bothers to ask, no less answer: How much are we spending on national security these days? With major wars winding down, has Washington already cut such spending so close to the bone that further reductions would be perilous to our safety? In fact, with projected cuts added in, the national security budget in fiscal 2013 will be nearly $1 trillion - a staggering enough sum that it's worth taking a walk through the maze of the national security budget to see just where that money's lodged.
If you've heard a number for how much the US spends on the military, it's probably in the neighborhood of $530 billion. That's the Pentagon's base budget for fiscal 2013, and represents a 2.5% cut from 2012. But that $530 billion is merely the beginning of what the US spends on national security. Let's dig a little deeper. The Pentagon's base budget doesn't include war funding, which in recent years has been well over $100 billion. With US troops withdrawn from Iraq and troop levels falling in Afghanistan, you might think that war funding would be plummeting as well. In fact, it will drop to a mere $88 billion in fiscal 2013.
By way of comparison, the federal government will spend around $64 billion on education that same year. Add in war funding, and our national security total jumps to $618 billion. And we're still just getting started. The US military maintains an arsenal of nuclear weapons. You might assume that we've already accounted for nukes in the Pentagon's $530 billion base budget. But you'd be wrong. Funding for nuclear weapons falls under the Department of Energy (DOE), so it's a number you rarely hear. In fiscal 2013, we'll be spending $11.5 billion on weapons and related programs at the DOE. And disposal of nuclear waste is expensive, so add another $6.4 billion for weapons cleanup. Now, we're at $636 billion and counting.Read the full story here.

Amsterdam VVD councillor criticises police who failed to arrest the Sharia4Holland speakers, who made death threats to Geert Wilders.

Amsterdam VVD councillor criticises police who failed to arrest the Sharia4Holland speakers, who made death threats to Geert Wilders.(RNW).Amsterdam VVD councillor, Robert Flos, has criticised the police for the way they dealt with a hate speech on Dam Square on Friday. On local television channel AT5, the councillor says the police failed to arrest the Sharia4Holland speakers, who made death threats aimed at Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders and arrested a passer-by who tried to enter a discussion with the speakers. Mr Flos points out that making death threats is a criminal offence. The passer-by was heavy-handedly removed from the scene.
The councillor told AT5 he was shocked but “a message of intolerance can even be made next to our monument of freedom.” He has asked city Mayor Eberhard van der Laan for an explanation. The Sharia4Holland speaker called Mr Wilders “this dog of the Romans”, who will be dealt with once the Netherlands is an Islamic state. He also warned that lessons should be learnt from “the case of Theo van Gogh''. The Public Prosecution and the police are investigating the comments made by the Sharia4Holland members, who want to impose Sharia law (Islamic law) in the Netherlands. According to experts, the movement in the Netherlands is very small with only around a dozen members and even radical imams want nothing to do with it. Sharia4Holland is an offshoot of Sharia4Belgium.Read the full story here.
Update: Sharia4Holland spokesman arrested over Wilders threat.(DN). Amsterdam police have arrested the 29-year-old spokesman for radical Islamic group Sharia4Holland for making threats against MP Geert Wilders. In an impromptu press conference on Dam square in Amsterdam on Friday, the man likened Wilders to a Roman dog and warned him to learn the lesson of what happened to Theo van Gogh. Van Gog was killed by an Islamic militant. The arrest followed a formal complaint by Wilders and critical comments from politicians. Sharia4Holland, an offshoot of Sharia4Belgium, is said to have handful of members in the Netherlands.Read the full story here.

The Vetting: Obama Decried 'Spread of Militarism,' Lauded Anti-Selective Service Group at Columbia

The Vetting: Obama Decried 'Spread of Militarism,' Lauded Anti-Selective Service Group at Columbia.(Breitbart).In late 2008—long after the election—the media revealed a long-forgotten article written by Barack Obama while at Columbia.
Obama wrote the March 1983 article, “Breaking the War Mentality,” about two campus groups, Arms Race Alternatives (ARA) and Student Against Militarism (SAM). Ben Smith of Politico (now at Buzzfeed) told readers that Obama’s views reflected the “very conventional campus liberalism of the time.” Wrong. Smith and the media failed to investigate what the activists at SAM were actually doing: encouraging students to break the law by not registering for the Selective Service and harassing military recruiters.

* * Obama wrote that SAM “was formed in response to the passage of the registration laws in 1980.” Obama noted that the activists had “fostered awareness and practical action necessary to counter the growing threat of war.” That “awareness” and “practical action” went beyond mere protest, or encouraging students to break the law. SAM also wanted to break the military itself by sapping it of support—as Obama must have known from contemporaneous articles in the Columbia Spectator and from campus politics.

* * SAM’s most serious form of political activism, however, was encouraging students not to register for the Selective Service. Refusing to register for the Selective Service could mean arrest, imprisonment, and—most importantly—denial of federal student aid. SAM counseled Columbia’s estimated 400 non-registrants and tried to form them into a political force on campus. The non-registrant’s “refusal to register seems to reflect more of an abstract repulsion to war and violence than any political opposition to the American political system,” wrote Julius Genachowski for the Spectator on November 29, 1982 (later Obama’s classmate at Harvard Law School, and his appointee to lead the Federal Communications Commission). “But they are nevertheless acutely aware that a peaceful world would require a restructuring of that system—and that such a change could only be furthered by the public declaration of their opposition to draft registration.”
SAM hosted an event encouraging students to do just that. It even formed a support group for law-breakers.On March 11, 1982, the Spectator’s John Jay Tilsen wrote: About twenty demonstrated from the Students Against Militarism stage a protest outside the building to condemn what, they said, is a national shift of job opportunities from human services industries to military industries. The students walked in the snow, carrying placards that said, ‘Marine Corps Not Welcome Here We Want Peace Jobs,” as they distributed leaflets calling for a new type of recruitment program that would list only organizations and companies that had no connections with the military. As few jobs become available in the private sector, job-seekers ‘see few alternatives to the military, which is always hiring,’ Rob Kahn of SAM said, ‘All of this adds up to increased militarization of the campus.’(Hmmm.....Why does the name Kagan come to my mind?).
Matt Meyer, a public non-registrant, from the War Resisters League, spoke to about 30 students in a speech sponsored by SAM about the legitimacy of resisting draft registration, the important of being outspoken in that dissent, and the need for resisters to reinforce each other’s beliefs. (Julius Genachowski, “Draft Law Violators to Resist Together,” Columbia Spectator, December 2, 1982)

* Former Democratic Congressman Bella Abzug joined Sister Anne Montgomery and Father Paul Dinter at the rally, denouncing President Ronald Reagan and the “militaristic and adventuristic [sic] attitudes of the current administration.” When student athletes joined the counter-protest, the left-wing rally fizzled. However, SAM successfully promoted its ideas by distributing flyers calling for the following policy steps:
• Financial Aid for Non-Registrants [those who refused to register for the Selective Service] 
• No to the Solomon Amendment! [which took away federal aid from those who refused to register] 
• No Draft or Registration! 
• No to Militarism in Our Schools and In Our Country! While Obama did register for the draft in Honolulu, Hawaii on September 4, 1980, far out of sight of his fellow student radicals at Occidental or Columbia, he backed SAM’s program.Hmmmm........It should be noted that failure to register for selective service disqualifies you from holding any government position/office.Today, as Barack Obama cuts military spending and advertises to the Russians that he will have more “flexibility” on American defense after the election, it appears that old lessons die hard. Read the full story here.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Overnight Music Video - Zucchero, Pavarotti and Andrea Bocelli - Miserere.

In memory of my Dear Departed Friend Alexander Munch 1948-2012,  veteran of The Six-Day War.
We all will miss you dearly Alex.

Afghan women leave the country in fear of Taliban return.

Afghan women leave the country in fear of Taliban return.(Guardian).By Tracy McVeigh.A brain drain of bright young women is already taking place in Afghanistan before the 2014 handover that many fear will mean a reversal of advances in women's rights. The lack of commitment by the Afghan government to equality and to tackling the high rates of ill-treatment of women in the home and in the workplace is raising real fears they will be at the bottom of the political agenda in the push for power after Nato forces leave the country. Worsening security for civilians – casualties among ordinary Afghans have risen year on year for the last five years with 3,021 killed in 2011, and women are thought to be suffering disproportionately – has led to rising numbers of women and girls leaving education and the workforce and staying indoors, according to Guhramaana Kakar, a gender adviser to President Hamid Karzai. Speaking to the Observer, Kakar said negotiations between the government and the Taliban and other insurgent groups were ignoring women's rights. A recent survey by charity ActionAid suggested 86% of Afghan women were fearful of a return to Taliban-style rule. One in five worried about the education of their daughters but 72% said their lives were better now than a decade ago. "Women do want the progress that has been made over the past 10 years to continue, but they are being kept away from the political processes," Kakar said. "All Afghans, men and women, want a country without foreign troops, but I think the international community should be putting women on the agenda and making sure their security and freedoms are secured, directly and indirectly." She criticised the recent Nato conference in Chicago for completely ignoring the issue. "Women are regularly harassed in the workplace, they are exploited and credit for their achievements taken by men, while also being targeted by insurgents for going to work or school. They suffer the worst in the security situation and, even at home, they are subjected to violence and abuse which is tacitly sanctioned by the courts and the government." Kakar has been involved in peace negotiations with the Taliban and believes more women should be allowed into the political system. "We have many women in parliament but they are given very weak roles. We have very brave women who are gaining respect and in some cases are trusted more than the men to negotiate, because they are seen as having less political baggage. "If more women were allowed into the provincial and peace councils, this would be a big show to the insurgents that they cannot reverse 10 years of women's advancements." Growing levels of violence against women and a disregard by many courts for their legal protection has led to horrific stories of children being raped and then imprisoned for adultery, and schoolteachers being attacked for teaching girls.
ActionAid's head of public affairs, Melanie Ward, said the security situation was an enormous threat to women. "Experience tells us that an increase in attacks on women is often an early warning sign that the Taliban is regaining control in an area." "Security for women cannot be divorced from the wider security agenda in Afghanistan."
Selay Ghaffar, chief executive of the Kabul-based NGO Humanitarian Assistance for the Women and Children of Afghanistan, says many young women are leaving. "They see no future for themselves in Afghanistan so the bright ones are seeking scholarships or work abroad. We have had two schools for girls burned down near the capital in recent days, acid attacks on girls going to school, increasing stories of rape and of kidnap. "Many NGOs who try to help women have been killed. Billions of dollars from international organisations have been poured into Afghanistan and ended up in the pockets of male politicians, while women are left to feel insecure in their own land. For those who cannot leave, it is sending them back into the home; many women are deciding to stop work. "During the first few years after international troops entered the country a lot of things changed in Afghanistan," she said. "There was positive progress and change in the day-to-day lives of many Afghan women. Unfortunately, since 2007, things changed dramatically as insecurity has increased [and] discrimination against women at all levels has increased. Life has become more difficult for women but they are not willing to be pushed back into the box. "Why should all the plans for the future of Afghanistan ignore half of its population?"Hmmmmm...........MFS - The Other News: Nov 21, 2011.: Michelle Obama Ignores Plight of Afghan Women.Read the full story here.

Alexander Munch 1948-2012 veteran of The Six-Day War has passed away in his sleep.

                                                Alex at his mom's Grave April 2012

Alexander Munch 1948-2012 veteran of The Six-Day War has passed away in his sleep..

In April he told me how much he missed his late Mother. Little did i know my answer to him would come true so fast.

 "I can not even start to imagine how you feel, to me loosing my mother would be like loosing part of myself. We talk every day to each other.But remember one day you will see her again.Death is only the beginning of a new journey, we go to sleep in one room and wake up in another." 

You must have a lot of catching up to do with your mom.
One day we'll meet again..........Keep a cold one ready my friend.


My condolences to the Munch Family, His Father of who he was so proud and his two awesome sons Amnon and Jonathan who were his reasons to live.

His Blog can be found here.

Egypt to Hold Mediterranean Gas Exploration tender in its territorial waters in the Mediterranean Sea bordering with Israel and Cyprus.

Egypt to Hold Mediterranean Gas Exploration tender in its territorial waters in the Mediterranean Sea bordering with Israel and Cyprus.(RN).Egypt will for the first time hold a tender for gas exploration in its territorial waters in the Mediterranean Sea bordering with Israel and Cyprus, Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS) President Mohamed Shoaib said on Sunday. “This week Egypt will offer an international tender for prospecting 15 areas for the presence of oil and gas, including 13 sites in Egypt’s territorial waters in the Mediterranean Sea,” Shoaib said. Six sites are located in the waters bordering with Israel and Cyprus, he said. “In this portion of the Mediterranean Sea, Egypt will for the first time announce an international gas exploration tender,” he said. Preliminary data indicate that considerable gas reserves are located in the bordering areas, he said. The tender will be held during five months. Gas companies from the UK, France and Malaysia have already expressed their interest in the tender. A geological prospecting study carried out by U.S. scientists suggest that there are several gas-bearing strata in the eastern portion of Egypt’s territorial waters with overall reserves of at least 230 trillion cubic meters of natural gas, he said.Read the full story here.

Israeli Navy is demanding new fast, long-endurance patrol boats to protect natural gas rigs in Israel's exclusive economic zone.

Israeli Navy is demanding new fast, long-endurance patrol boats to protect natural gas rigs in Israel's exclusive economic zone.(Globes).The Israel Navy is demanding new fast, long-endurance patrol boats to protect natural gas rigs in Israel's exclusive economic zone (EEZ). It wants patrol boats with large crews, a range of weaponry, state-of-the-art search and warning systems, and helicopter landing pads, a defense source told "Globes". The Navy will complete the staff work on plans for protecting the country's interests and strategic assets in the EEZ in a few weeks. "To provide hermetic protection for the Tamar and Leviathan wells, we need huge amounts of money, which might raise questions whether the wells are economically viable," said the source.
"Since we're talking about a dramatic economic event, and the fulfillment of energy sources on which the Israeli economy is expected to be based, we formulated a very good defense plan with a reasonable cost." The source says that IDF estimates the cost at "a few billion shekels". He adds, "This is an amount that will enable the procurement of new ships, search and warning systems, satellites for regular surveillance, training and the allocation of forces for missions. It does not include regular operations."
The Navy looks at a marine picture full of natural gas rigs and facilities and sees a new front equal in size to the State of Israel. The front is completely undefended, cannot be fenced in, is affected by the weather, and exposed to range of worrying threats. On the capabilities side, the Navy wants to prevent access by ships to Israel's territorial waters (which begin 22 kilometers from the shoreline), and in its EEZ (which ranges from 180 to 220 kilometers from shore).
While international law permits Israeli economic activity in these waters, it minimizes the ability to restrict the free movement of shipping. The Navy only has the authority to stop suspicious vessels if they are less than half a kilometer from a protected site. The Navy's current systems can only protect Israel's territorial waters and most of what has been declared Israel's "warning space", a strip of water a few tens of kilometers from shore.
To see beyond this distance into the high seas of the EEZ, the Navy needs new radar systems. The IDF has known for a long time that Syria and Hizbullah have an arsenal of missiles which can attack Israeli economic interests at sea. "Just now, when the Israeli economy is starting to rely on gas in the Mediterranean, and against a backdrop of numerous security threats, we need a strong Navy," said the source. "After we create the defense concept, the wells will also be able to operate during emergencies." A few days ago, the Navy and Ministry of Defense sent proposals to other ministries ahead of their approval by the cabinet. The core proposal is to allow the Navy to operate on a regular basis on the high seas. For the IDF to legally operate in this area, the government must declare Tamar, Leviathan, Noa, and other gas fields as critical facilities requiring protection. After the cabinet approves the proposals, the Navy and Ministry of Defense will discuss costs and financing with the Ministry of Finance. The Navy hopes that decisions on procurements and timetables will be made within two months. "Given the tens of billions of shekels in royalties that the state will make, the cost of creating a defense infrastructure is reasonable and logical," says the source.Read the full story here.

Freedom watch: Not a single Democrat voted in favor of ending FDA raids on raw milk farmers.

Freedom watch: Not a single Democrat voted in favor of ending FDA raids on raw milk farmers.(NaturalNews).Here's some news for those who still somehow believe the political left in Washington cares about the People. After U.S. Senator Rand Paul introduced an amendment that would have ended armed FDA raids on raw milk farmers
( and legalized free speech about the curative properties of medicinal herbs, nutritional supplements and superfoods, are you curious how many Democrats voted in favor of this?


Big fat zero, to be exact.

Not a single Democrat in the United States Senate believes in fundamental food freedom, farm freedom or the principles of liberty. Every single Democrat in the Senate is a Big Brother sellout who supports the FDA having more guns pointed in the faces of raw milk farmers, arresting them and throwing them in prison, criminalizing real food and destroying America's small family farms.
Every single Democrat in the U.S. Senate believes that telling the truth about the beneficial effects of Chinese Medicine, or medicinal herbs, or nutritional supplements should be a crime that can also get you raided, shut down and imprisoned by the FDA. 
There is not a single Democrat who sees anything wrong with the government sending herbal product formulators to prison. 
There is not a single Democrat who believes that an Amish farmer has the right to milk a cow and sell that milk to their neighbor without being threatened by the government.

This is an astonishing milestone in U.S. history. When those in Washington who pretend to represent the People openly and publicly vote to crush the very liberties and freedoms they claim to protect, you no longer have a real Democracy. You have a police state.
Only 15 Senate Republicans believe in liberty.

The Republicans are only slightly better on this issue, by the way. Most Republicans also voted against this amendment.Read the full story

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Alexander Munch 1948-2012 veteran of The Six-Day War has passed away in his sleep

                                                Alex at his mom's Grave April 2012

Alexander Munch 1948-2012 veteran of The Six-Day War has passed away in his sleep.

In April he told me how much he missed his late Mother. Little did i know my answer to him would come true so fast.

 "I can not even start to imagine how you feel, to me loosing my mother would be like loosing part of myself. We talk every day to each other.But remember one day you will see her again.Death is only the beginning of a new journey, we go to sleep in one room and wake up in another." 

You must have a lot of catching up to do with your mom.
One day we'll meet again..........Keep a cold one ready my friend.


My condolences to the Munch Family, His Father of who he was so proud and his two awesome sons Amnon and Jonathan who were his reasons to live.

His Blog can be found here.

Are The Europeans About To Start The Second Half Of Our Great Depression?

Are The Europeans About To Start The Second Half Of Our Great Depression?(ZeroHedge).“Just when we think the worst is over – and let’s face it we have been in this crisis for five years – we get the second half; are the Europeans about to start the second half our Great Depression with massive bank runs” are the Jaws-music-inspired words that recent media-favorite (yes, us too) Niall Ferguson uses in an interview with CBC. His main concern is that this kind of (bank-run) event can quickly spiral out of the control of even the ECB as he uncomfortably conjures the image of the initial US stabilization that occurred in 1930 to May 1931 only to be knocked back into a greater depression by the failure of Credit-Anstalt, which set off bank failures and eventually defaults in 1932 on many government debts. The deposit run potential is the single-biggest reason to care about Greek-exit – in itself it is not large enough economically to interfere with global growth but it is the message and contagion that it sends that is critical in bringing forth a pan-European banking crisis and implicitly spilling over to the US and Asia via global trade and banking transmission channels. An excellent brief interview that summarizes the exact fears that face Europe and implicitly the US, explains the rather simple solution of fiscal federalism and the fact that today’s German politik is very different from 1989′s Helmut Kohl-era with regard to their commitment to the Federal outcome. His conclusions are worrisome. Germany is the key – and there is not a good understanding of financial markets in Berlin.

Europe is a part of North America's destiny because the financial systems are so intertwined - and remember even the all-knowing Fed massively under-estimated the second-order effects of Lehman.
"It's a total fantasy to think that the meltdown that I am discussing that could happen in a matter of weeks would not have a major impact on North America's prospects of sustained recovery."
Read the full story here at ZeroHedge.

Alexander Munch 1948-2012 veteran of The Six-Day War has passed away in his sleep.

                                                Alex at his mom's Grave April 2012

Alexander Munch 1948-2012 veteran of The Six-Day War has passed away in his sleep.

In April he told me how much he missed his late Mother. Little did i know my answer to him would come true so fast.

 "I can not even start to imagine how you feel, to me loosing my mother would be like loosing part of myself. We talk every day to each other.But remember one day you will see her again.Death is only the beginning of a new journey, we go to sleep in one room and wake up in another." 

You must have a lot of catching up to do with your mom.
One day we'll meet again..........Keep a cold one ready my friend.


My condolences to the Munch Family, His Father of who he was so proud and his two awesome sons Amnon and Jonathan who were his reasons to live.

His Blog can be found here.

Arab League to hold emergency session on Syria massacre: Kuwait.

Warning Video Contains extremely graphic and violent images + 18.

Arab League to hold emergency session on Syria massacre: Kuwait.(AA)Arab League foreign ministers are to hold an emergency meeting on a massacre in Syria in which U.N. observers say government forces killed 92 people, the bloc’s current president Kuwait said on Sunday. “Kuwait will contact members of the Arab League to hold an emergency ministerial meeting to study the situation and take measures to put an end to the oppressive practices against the Syrian people,” said a foreign ministry statement cited by the official KUNA news agency. Kuwait has also made contacts at regional and international levels “to urge the international community to assume its responsibility to stop the bloodshed,” the ministry said. It strongly condemned the “brutal crime carried out by the Syrian regime forces in the town of Houla which resulted in the killing of dozens, most of them children and women.” UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahayan called Saturday for an urgent Arab League meeting, saying the “massacre shows the failure of Arab and international efforts to stop the violence against civilians in Syria.” The six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, grouping Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, also urged the international community to “assume its responsibilities.” Hundreds of Kuwaitis including several MPs rallied outside the Syrian embassy on Saturday to condemn the massacre. The protesters demanded that the Kuwait government send arms to the rebel Free Syrian Army. The bloodied bodies of children, some with their skulls split open, were shown in footage posted to YouTube purporting to show the victims of the shelling in the central town of Houla on Friday. The carnage underlined just how far Syria is from any negotiated path out of the 14-month-old revolt against President Bashar al-Assad. “This morning U.N. military and civilian observers went to Houla and counted more than 32 children under the age of 10 and over 60 adults killed,” the head of U.N. team monitoring the ceasefire negotiated by former U.N. Secretary general Kofi Annan - which has yet to take hold - said. “The observers confirmed from examination of ordinances the use of artillery tank shells,” Major General Robert Mood said in a statement, without elaborating. “Whoever started, whoever responded and whoever carried out this deplorable act of violence should be held responsible.” Mood described the violence as “indiscriminate and disproportionate.”U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called the deaths an “atrocity” and said Washington would work with the international community to heap pressure on “Assad and his cronies, whose rule by murder and fear must come to an end.” “Those who perpetrated this atrocity must be identified and held to account,” she said in a statement. Britain said it was in urgent talks with allied countries on “a strong international response” while France said it was making plans to host a “Friends of Syria” meeting in the wake of the latest deadly violence. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said she was “appalled by the reports of the brutal massacre” and called on the Syrian regime to immediately cease all forms of violence and to abide by Annan’s peace plan. She said she would talk with the former U.N. chief on Sunday to affirm Europe’s support and would urge the U.N. Security Council members “to remain seized of the matter.” “The international community must continue to speak with one voice, demanding an end to the bloodshed and urging Assad to step aside and allow a democratic transition,” Ashton said. In a statement, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon demanded “the government of Syria immediately cease the use of heavy weapons in population centers.” Activists said Assad’s forces shelled the town of Houla evening after security forces killed a protester and following skirmishes between troops and rebels fighters. A British-based opposition group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said Houla residents fled, fearing more shelling. It said one person was killed in the northern town of Saraqeb when troops fired on a protest against the killing. Syrian state television aired some of the footage disseminated by activists after the killing in Houla, calling the bodies victims of a massacre committed by “terrorist” gangs. It also showed video of bodies with what looked like gunshot wounds to the head, sprawled on bloodstained mattresses.Read the full story here.

Christian Jordanian woman fired for refusing to wear headscarf sues employer.

Christian Jordanian woman fired for refusing to wear headscarf sues employer.(AA).A Christian Jordanian woman said Sunday she is suing her Gulf Arab employer for arbitrary dismissal after she refused a new dress code forcing her to cover her head. The incident is rare and could stir religious tensions in Jordan, a predominantly conservative Muslim nation whose Western-educated ruler - King Abdullah II - is perceived as a staunch supporter of moderate Islam and tolerance of other religions.We are not in Iran, we are in Jordan, and we must continue to enjoy personal and religious freedoms as stipulated by our constitution,” said Vivian Salameh, 45, an assistant manager of corporate operations at the Jordan Dubai Islamic Bank since March 2010 until she was fired a week ago. “I’m Christian. Why should I wear something not dictated by my religion,” she said in an interview.
Christians make up nearly 4 percent of the country’s 6 million population. Bank spokeswoman Eman Affaneh confirmed that Salameh was fired because “she refused to comply with the terms of her contract, which stipulates that all employees must respect management regulations and bank bylaws.” “We are an Islamic establishment and the dress code is a reflection of our conservative Muslim traditions and values,” she said. Salameh says she had worked for Jordan’s Industrial Development Bank for 25 years until it was acquired in 2010 by the Jordan Dubai Islamic Bank - an offshoot of the Dubai Islamic Bank based in the United Arab Emirates. In January 2011, the new management issued a new regulation stipulating a unified dress code for its workers, including waist-to-heel skirts and head covers for female employees. Salameh accepted the uniform, but refused to wear the head cover on grounds that it violated her religious beliefs and since the contract she signed when she was hired did not oblige her to a dress code. Affaneh, the spokeswoman, said the headcover “is a fashionable piece of white cloth that shows the hair line - like what women wear in the Gulf Arab countries.” “It’s not a headscarf, covering all the hair,” she added. She and Salameh said that five other Christian women employees at the bank accepted wearing the headcover. When Salameh refused the head cover, “no action was taken against me for nearly 17 months until two weeks ago, when I was suddenly given two notices, five days apart, warning me that I will lose my job if I don’t wear the head cover,” she said. “When I stuck by my decision, I was verbally fired last Sunday,” she said, adding that she filed a lawsuit against the bank. The next legal step would be for the court to decide when it would hear the case. Affaneh, the spokeswoman, says the bank has not been notified of the lawsuit.“Her contract allows her to do what she wants,” she said. She declined to discuss the matter further.Hmmmm......If Egypt follows this, then a lot of people will get fired it seems.Read the full story here.

Obama -Funded Palestinian Authority To Announce Formation of Unity Government With Terrorist organisation Hamas.

Obama -Funded Palestinian Authority To Announce Formation of Unity Government With Terrorist organisation Hamas.(TOI).Hamas Politburo Chief Khaled Mashaal will meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to announce the formation of a new Palestinian unity government, Israel Radio reported on Saturday. The two will commence consultations for establishing a joint government on Sunday, and within ten days they will announce its foundation. Hamas leader Osama Hamdan said Fatah and Hamas representatives will meet in Cairo this week to discuss the composition of the government and the date Mashaal and Abu Mazen will meet. In an interview with a Kuwaiti newspaper, Mashaal said that the events in Syria have affected relations between Iran and Hamas and Hezbollah but did not specify how. He confirmed that the Hamas leadership left Damascus and is now dispersed between several countries. Mashaal called on the US earlier on Saturday to stop hindering reconciliation between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority.Hmmmm....Will Obama keep ignoring the will of Congress and keep funding terrorists with Taxpayer money?Read the full story here.

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‘It’s Perfectly Constitutional’: Kansas Governor Signs Bill Blocking Islamic Law in Courts and Government Agencies.

‘It’s Perfectly Constitutional’: Kansas Governor Signs Bill Blocking Islamic Law in Courts and Government Agencies.(TCJR).(The Blaze/AP) — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has signed a law aimed at keeping the state’s courts or government agencies from basing decisions on Islamic or other foreign legal codes, and a national Muslim group’s spokesman said Friday that a court challenge is likely.The new law, taking effect July 1, doesn’t specifically mention Shariah law, which broadly refers to codes within the Islamic legal system. Instead, it says courts, administrative agencies or state tribunals can’t base rulings on any foreign law or legal system that would not grant the parties the same rights guaranteed by state and U.S. constitutions.
“This bill should provide protection for Kansas citizens from the application of foreign laws,” said Stephen Gele, spokesman for the American Public Policy Alliance, a Michigan group promoting model legislation similar to the new Kansas law. “The bill does not read, in any way, to be discriminatory against any religion.”
But supporters have worried specifically about Shariah law being applied in Kansas court cases, and the alliance says on its website that it wants to protect Americans’ freedoms from “infiltration” by foreign laws and legal doctrines, “especially Islamic Shariah Law.”
Brownback’s office notified the state Senate of his decision Friday, but he actually signed the measure Monday. The governor’s spokeswoman, Sherriene Jones-Sontag, said in a statement that the bill “makes it clear that Kansas courts will rely exclusively on the laws of our state and our nation when deciding cases and will not consider the laws of foreign jurisdictions.”
Muslim groups had urged Brownback to veto the measure, arguing that it promotes discrimination. Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, said a court challenge is likely because supporters of the measure frequently expressed concern about Shariah law.

Hooper said of Brownback, “If he claims it has nothing to do with Shariah or Islamic law or Muslims, then he wasn’t paying attention.
Both the Washington-based council and the National Conference of State Legislatures say such proposals have been considered in 20 states, including Kansas. Gele said laws similar to Kansas’ new statute have been enacted in Arizona, Louisiana and Tennessee.
Oklahoma voters approved a ballot initiative in 2010 that specifically mentioned Shariah law, but both a federal judge and a federal appeals court blocked it.
There are no known cases in which a Kansas judge has based a ruling on Islamic law. However, supporters of the bill have cited a pending case in Sedgwick County in which a man seeking to divorce his wife has asked for property to be divided under a marriage contract in line with Shariah law.
Supporters argue the measure simply ensures that legal decisions will protect long-cherished liberties, such as freedom of speech and religion and the right to equal treatment under the law. Gele said the measure would come into play if someone wanted to enforce a libel judgment against an American from a foreign nation without the same free speech protections.“It is perfectly constitutional,” he said.Read the full story here.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Overnight Music video - George Harrison - My Sweet Lord

Netanyahu, Barak refuse to see US official with negative report on Baghdad talks.

Netanyahu, Barak refuse to see US official with negative report on Baghdad talks.(Debka).The rupture between the US and Israel over Iran’s nuclear program widened further Friday, May 25 when Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak decided not to be available to hear the briefing brought to Jerusalem from Baghdad by Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman who headed the US delegation to the Six Power talks. The report she delivered to National Security Adviser Yaakov Amidror and Foreign Ministry Director-General Rafi Barak was that no progress had been achieved in Baghdad due to Iran’s refusal to budge on its “right” to enrich uranium at low (3.5-5 percent) or high (20 percent) levels or shut down the Fordo nuclear plant near Qom. Although the participants agreed to reconvene in Moscow in three weeks, the Iranian delegation stressed there would be no progress until the US and the other five world powers (Britain, France, Russia, Germany and China) recognized Iran’s absolute “right” as a signatory of the Non-Proliferation Treaty to enrich uranium. Meanwhile, every day spent on diplomacy is thoroughly exploited by Iran to zip ahead with its nuclear plans.
The Vienna-based UN nuclear watchdog (IAEA)’s quarterly report released Friday reveals that since February Iran almost doubled its stockpile of more highly enriched uranium which is close to weapons grade from 73.4 to 145 kilograms. The centrifuges at the Fordo facility, built into the side of a mountain, rose to over 500 from 300 in the last report. Using the IAEA figures, debkafile calculates that if Fordo goes on producing 23.9 kilograms of 20-percent enriched uranium per month, Iran will by the end of December have accumulated 336 kilograms of near-weapons quality uranium.
Friday, the Washington Post quoted Mohammad Hoseyn Moussavian of Princeton University as revealing that in 2004, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said, “I would resign if for any reason Iran is deprived of its rights to enrichment.” Moussavian is presented as an Iranian academic visiting Princeton to lecture and write a book on the Iranian nuclear issue. debkafile reveals that he was the contact man in one of the direct, back-channel negotiations taking place in Paris between the White House and Khamenei. His words therefore were intended to carry weight as a reminder to Obama that the supreme leader, like the US president, intended to come out of their dialogue strengthened – not undermined.
And therefore, for both their sakes, Washington must endorse Iran’s “right to enrichment.The gap between Israel and the Obama administration widened in the course of Washington’s direct, secret give-and-take with Tehran.Hmmmm.....As i always said what did Obama and Erdogan promise Iran?Read the full story here.

Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Lieutenant Commander: Iran Can Target All Enemy Bases in Region.

Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Lieutenant Commander: Iran Can Target All Enemy Bases in Region.(Fars)."Today, there is no base in the region lying outside the reach of the Iranian missiles," Brigadier General Hossein Salami said, addressing a ceremony held in honor of Martyr Hassan Tehrani Moghaddam, known as the Father of Iran's missile industry. "Wherever you imagine these bases are, they are within the reach of Iranian missiles," Salami reiterated, noting the range, power and high precision-targeting capability of Iran's ground-to-ground, ground-to-air and ballistic missiles. Iran has made giant progress in arms production, specially in area of missile technology, in the last decade. Iran has been pushing an arms development program in recent years in a bid to reach self-sufficiency. Tehran launched its arms development program during the 1980-88 Iraqi imposed war on Iran, to compensate for a US weapons embargo. Since 1992, Iran has produced its own jet fighters and armored vehicles as well as radar-evading missiles and other high-tech weapons. Yet, Iranian officials have always stressed that the country's military and arms programs serve defensive purposes and should not be perceived as a threat to any other country. Each year Iran displays part of its advancements in missile technology, but its Shahab 3 and Sejjil missiles have notably worried the Israeli regime. The liquid-fuel Shahab 3 missile has a range of up to 1,250 miles (2000 kilometers) and is capable of carrying a 1,000-760 kilogram warhead. But Sejjil, which is considered as the third generation of Iran-made long-range missiles, is a solid-fuel, two-stage missile with two engines. It is capable of reaching very high altitudes and therefore has a longer range than that of the Shahab 3 model. The missile has boosted the Islamic republic of Iran's defense capabilities. Yet, western military experts believe that half of Iran's missile capability is still unknown to the West, and that Tehran holds many aces up its sleeve.Hmmmm........Salami says this and that,  to me sounds like a lot of Baloney?Read the full story here.

"Who cares about 7,5 Million Jews?" - Solana's Advisor: Obama Seeking to Secure Reelection through Continued Talks with Iran

"Who cares about 7,5 Million Jews?" - Solana's Advisor: Obama Seeking to Secure Reelection through Continued Talks with Iran.(Fars).Tehran - A senior advisor to former EU Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana, who headed the delegations of the world powers in talks with Tehran before Catherin Ashton, reiterated on Saturday that US President Barack Obama wants the world powers' talks with Iran to continue in a bid to harness oil prices to secure a win in the upcoming presidential election."The Americans' motive for negotiation is keeping the situation calm to prevent Israel's unsolicited moves that might upset the electoral process in the United States," Alastair Crooke told FNA on Saturday, adding that the US policy on negotiations with Iran is an extension of Obama's reelection campaign. Iran and the G5+1 held several rounds of talks in Baghdad on Wednesday and Thursday. The Baghdad meeting came after Iran and the six world powers resumed talks in Istanbul, Turkey, last month and agreed to meet again in the Iraqi capital on May 23. The two sides are due to continue their negotiations in the Russian capital, Moscow, on June 18 and 19. Crooke said the US policy of continued talks with Iran is also aimed at "stopping increasing tensions in the Middle-East resulting in escalation in oil prices". "I think the increase in oil prices has a direct impact on particularly American thinking because it affects so much the constituencies that he is trying to win in order to get success in the presidential election," he said, adding that this is why the US and the Obama administration are attempting to prevent any tension in the region. The standoff between Iran, the world's second-largest supplier of oil, and the West over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program has always been seen as a flashpoint that could sharply increase world crude prices. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) had warned in April that crude oil prices may spike by up to 30 percent if Iranian supplies were disrupted by sanctions imposed by the US and EU over the country's nuclear program, causing "serious consequences" for the global economy. "Clearly it would be a shock to economies if there was a major shortage of exports of oil out of Iran, it would certainly drive up prices for a period of time," (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde said.Hmmmm.....Who cares about 7,5 Million Jews....As long as i get Reelected? Read the full story here.
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