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Monday, June 18, 2012

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Disney's Race to Witch Mountain “Alien language” presented by CIA & Disney.

Disney's Race to Witch Mountain “Alien language” presented by CIA and Disney.(SSS).HT: Cryptogon.One of the most eyebrow-raising cases of government involvement in a Hollywood UFO movie in recent years is that of Race to Witch Mountain (2009), which apparently received extensive support from the CIA – albeit in an ‘off the books’ capacity – despite its plot drawing extensively from UFO mythology (with references both to Area 51 and Roswell) and its presentation of a sinister government UFO cover-up. In 2010, the film's director, Andy Fickman – a self-described “UFO enthusiast” born and raised in Roswell, New Mexico – told me that, although he personally shaped the majority of the film’s UFO-related content, at least some of it was the result of CIA input. The director claims that, in a highly unusual production arrangement, he and his crew were closely assisted by an active employee of the CIA whose advice extended to designing the alien writing seen in the flying saucer during the film’s climactic scenes. Despite my best efforts, Fickman has been unwilling to reveal to me the identity of his CIA advisor, but claims he’s a former Air Force Technical Intelligence Officer, that he had been “very active in Hollywood,” and “had a lot of connections in the computer world and [experience in] satellite imagery.” Fickman said of his CIA advisor:
All of the on-camera alien language in terms of their spaceship and everything – that was all designed by him in the sense [of what] the mathematics of communication would be, so you know... there would be a similar mathematical equation that the government probably has if they were to ever come across an alien race. So a lot of the things we ended up using were things he was bringing to me... and the next thing you know, that’s what I had on screen. The alien “language” to which Fickman refers appears onscreen in Race to Witch Mountain in the form of holographic symbols aboard the Nordic aliens’ flying saucer. Some are simple, some are more elaborate. Read and see the full story here.

IDF tanks move closer to Egypt border.

IDF tanks move closer to Egypt border.(Ynet).The IDF has deployed Armored forces near the Israel-Egypt border, moving tanks closer to the fence, Ynet has learned. The unusual move followed Monday's terror attack on defense contractor crews building the new security fence. The attack claimed the life of Said Phashpashe, 36, from Haifa. Golani soldiers who were scrambled to the area killed two terrorists.
Ynet was able to document the presence of Israeli tanks in close proximity to the border – maneuvers which are barred by Jerusalem's peace treaty with Cairo.The last time the IDF boosted its front-line combat vehicle presence in the sector was in August 2011, following a murderous terror attack by the Islamic Jihad, which left nine Israelis dead. At the time, the military deployed several armored personnel carriers along the border, as part of the heightened security measures in the sensitive area. Ynet's chief military commentator Ron Ben Yishai noted that several months ago, Israel and Egypt arrived at an agreement by which Cairo would be able to deploy 20 tanks near the border, to ward off attacks by Bedouins on Egyptian forces, despite the fact that such a move contradicts the peace treaty. It is likely that the deal also allowed Israel to do the same in favor of increased protection for the area's communities.
Gaza Division Southern Brigade Commander Col. Tal Harmoni held a press briefing Monday, following the terror attack: "We are in a race against the clock to close the border," he told reporters. "We have to seal off the border as soon as we can to prevent exactly these kinds of attacks."Read the full story here.

Parallel Betrayals: Iranian Revolution and Arab Spring.

                                     Iran - Protests in Herat and Mazar-e Sharif

Parallel Betrayals: Iranian Revolution and Arab Spring.(MEForum).By Raymond Ibrahim. 18, 2012.
Many are the lessons to be learned between the Iranian Revolution of 1979 and the current revolutions of the Arab world.
Consider the issue of the hijab, the female "veil"—the proliferation of which, according to one former Islamist and associate of al-Qaeda's Ayman Zawahiri, is associated with a Muslim society's downward spiral into oppression and terror.
Prior to Egypt's presidential elections, the Muslim Brotherhood candidate, Muhammad Morsi, assured the nation's liberals and secularists that, as president, he would certainly not enforce the hijab: "Many people are speaking nonsense, saying that I will impose the hijab against the will of the people; no one is going to force anyone to wear a specific uniform."
These are famous words, spoken almost verbatim some 33 years earlier, in Iran, at the time of the 1979 revolution. In fact, during the early days of the revolution, Ayatollah Mahmud Taleghani, a popular mullah, to reassure the secularists who participated in the overthrow of the Shah that an Islamic government would certainly not interfere with their freedoms, declared in the March 11, 1979 edition of Iran's newspaper, Ettela'at, that "The hijab will not be a matter of coercion."
The rest is history. Within months of the founding of the Islamic Republic, the 1967 Family Protection Law was repealed, female government workers were made to wear the hijab, women were barred from becoming judges, sex-segregation laws were promulgated, the marriage age for girls was dropped to 13, and married women were barred from attending regular schools. Today, Iranian women are regularly beaten if they are not dressed in appropriate hijab.
The parallels between Iran and Egypt do not end there. While today it is standard to think of the 1979 Iranian revolution as a purely Islamic affair, in fact, many of the revolutionaries were secular, liberal, Marxist, non-Muslim, etc. The one goal that glued them altogether was the desire to overthrow the autocratic Shah. Many of these Iranians did not want an Islamic government, certainly not a theocracy. And indeed, not just the Ayatollah Taleghani, but the Ayatollah Khomeini himself played down Sharia's draconian role to mobilize all these divergent segments of society—until he was fully entrenched in power, that is.
In short, the Iranian Revolution began as a heterodox affair, with different revolutionary factions and different ideological agendas, but it ended with the rise of a totalitarian Islamic republic.
Sound familiar? This is precisely what is happening today in Egypt, where the one unifying goal of the revolution was the overthrow of the Mubarak regime; where many Egyptians are secularist, liberal, Christian, etc., and certainly do not want an Islamic government; and where the Islamists, like the Muslim Brotherhood, are busy reassuring everyone that all their freedoms will be preserved.
Based on the Iranian model and the ongoing "Arab Spring," two lessons emerge as to how Islamists manage to consolidate power:
1) through outright lies and false promises, justified through Islamic doctrines like taqiyya and tawriya; and
2) through gradual implementation. This is how the mullahs achieved power in Iran, and this is how the Muslim Brotherhood—which is on record saying that its gradual, long-term goal is "mastership of the world"—is working to achieve power in Egypt, seen as the first domino on the road to caliphate.
Speaking of gradualism, here is a telling anecdote from Egypt: back in 1953, when the Muslim Brotherhood's leader asked President Gamel Abdel Nasser to enforce the hijab on women—in 1953 hardly any Egyptian women wore it—his suggestion was met with laughter and ridicule. Half a century later, the hijab is commonplace in Egypt.
Thus history prepares to repeat itself, even as the world prepares to act surprised—all in accord with that age-old adage, "Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me." One may forgive those Iranians and others who fell for the lies of the Islamists during the 1979 revolution: there were no similar large scale precedents to learn from, certainly not from the modern era; the world was just beginning to confront political Islam.
Today, however, as Islamists exploit democracy to empower Sharia—and after more than three decades' worth of Islamist lies, betrayals, and broken promises, all justified by Islamic doctrines—for anyone to still take them at their word, well, that is a big "shame on you."
Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and an Associate Fellow at the Middle East Forum.
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Video - Egyptian Commentators in Heated Debate about Egyptian Cleric Safwat Higazi's Proposal for a United States of Arabs with Jerusalem as Its Capital

Source : Memri

Investigators find Iran was behind bomb plot against Israeli diplomats in India, Thailand and Georgia.

Investigators find Iran was behind bomb plot against Israeli diplomats in India, Thailand and Georgia.(Guardian).HT: IsraelMatzav.A multinational investigation into bomb plots targeting Israeli diplomats earlier this year has produced the clearest evidence yet that Iran was involved, illustrating the risks to the west if it fails to reach detente with Tehran over its programme. Talks on Iran's nuclear aspirations resume in Moscow on Monday, and western intelligence officials have told the Guardian the price of failure could be high. With Israel refusing to rule out military action if diplomacy fails, intelligence officials fear the volley of attacks carried out by Iranian operatives show Tehran is capable of an asymmetric response. Though the officials admit that predictions are extremely difficult to make, their concerns are based on investigations into plots against Israeli diplomats India, Thailand and Georgia in February which point to the involvement of Iran. In India, local agencies told ministers a bomb attack which badly injured the wife of the Israeli military attaché in New Delhi in February was the work of an Iranian "security entity". Their conclusions have not previously been made public and Indian officials have made significant efforts to avoid blaming Tehran, an ally and oil supplier. The governments of Georgia and Thailand, which both uncovered bomb plots on the day of the Delhi attack, have also not officially blamed Iran. European intelligence officials told the Guardian they now found it difficult to judge Tehran's "risk calculus". "Until recently it was possible to see why they were doing what they have been doing," one intelligence official said.
Now it has become very unpredictable. It's very hard to see the logic behind [the February bombings], other than perhaps demonstrate an ability to cause problems in the event of war or a desire for revenge of some kind."
Police evidence, witness statements and court documents seen by the Guardian, plus interviews with local and international law enforcement and security officials, indicate that the attempted triple-bombing on 13 and 14 February was conducted by a well co-ordinated network of about a dozen Iranians and prepared over at least 10 months. The evidence includes the identification of at least 10 Iranians allegedly involved in the plots, money transfers to key individuals from Iran, the use of Iranian phone connections and the flight following the attacks of conspirators to Iran."The question is not was this Iran-backed or Iran-organised but who in Iran was running all this," said one western security official.Read the full story here.

Russian Official: US unilateral sanctions against Tehran by Washington will be a "blow" at US-Russia relations.

Russian Official: US unilateral sanctions against Tehran by Washington will be a "blow" at US-Russia relations.(Fars).Russian presidential aide Yury Ushakov told reporters on Sunday that US unilateral sanctions on Iran would "run against international law and affect third countries." Moscow could not accept if Russian firms and banks become potential victims of such unilateral actions from the US, Ushakov warned. "Russia is in principle against the imposition of unilateral sanctions on Iran which are against the international law," he said. The remarks came as Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama are to meet on the sidelines of the upcoming Group of 20 summit Monday in the Mexican city of Los Cabos. Russia has always supported Iran's right to access peaceful nuclear technology. Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier this month assured his Iranian counterpart that Moscow strongly supports Tehran's atomic program, a highly remarkable stance with clear political implications for the upcoming talks between Iran and the six world powers in Russia. "We have always supported the Iranian people's right to have modern technology, including the peaceful use of nuclear energy," Putin told Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on the sidelines of a regional security summit in Beijing. "But I would like to stress that this must be precisely for peaceful purposes."Hmmmmm........Time for President Obama to be 'inflexible' ?Or kick Congress further down the road?Read the full story here.

"2012 Elections" - Will Pres Obama Decriminalize Marijuana, now Even Rahm Emanuel Says Decriminalize Marijuana?

"2012 Elections" - Will Pres Obama Decriminalize Marijuana, now Even Rahm Emanuel Says Decriminalize Marijuana?(AP).By Phillip Smith.Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) said Friday he backed a city council proposal to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana. The council is set to vote later this month on an ordinance that would decriminalize the possession of up to 15 grams of pot.
Fifteen states, including Rhode Island, whose governor signed a decriminalization bill into law Tuesday, have decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana, as have several large American cities.Chicago police arrested more than 18,000 people on small-time (less than 10 grams) marijuana possession charges last year. Each arrest involves about four officers -- two to arrest and two to transport -- said a statement from the mayor's office.
"These arrests tied up more than 45,000 police hours," Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said in the mayor's office statement. "The new ordinance nearly cuts that time in half, which equals an approximate $1 million in savings, while freeing up cops to address more serious crime."Under existing law, people caught with small amounts of marijuana face up to six months in jail. If the ordinance is approved, they would face only a citation and the loss of their weed.
Emanuel had originally been lukewarm on decriminalization, saying when the topic was broached last year only that he would ask the police to do an analysis. Now, that Obama analysis is in, and Emanuel is on board.
"The result is an ordinance that allows us to observe the law, while reducing the processing time for minor possession of marijuana -- ultimately freeing up police officers for the street," Emanuel said.
The move on decriminalization comes as Chicago faces a long, hot summer. There have been 185 homicides through May 13, up from 116 during the same period last year. And the violence has continued since then, with 22 more people killed this month. Freeing up police resources by decriminalization could be seen as helping to address the violence problem.The ordinance will likely go for a vote before the City Council on June 27.Hmmm........."Yes We Cannabis in an election Year".Read the full story here.

Video - Russian Air Force Pilots Practice “Afghan Landing” or is it perhaps "Syrian Landing"?

Video - Peter Schiff - The Fed Unspun.

During a lecture entitled "The Fed Unspun: The Other Side of the Story", Schiff responded to Bernake's recent four-part college lecture series, rebutting many of the Federal Reserve Chairman's claims about the cause of the housing crisis, the role of the Federal Reserve, the value of the gold standard, and more.Read the full story and more here @ KitmanTV.

Google Transparency Report: Government takedown requests up 103% in US," we've been asked to take down political speech.

Google Transparency Report: Government takedown requests up 103% in US,"Just like every other time before, we've been asked to take down political speech,". (Google).Google has released new data for its Transparency Report, which provides details of government requests to takedown content across the company’s websites and services.
The report — dated July-December 2011 — now includes details of government requests to take down blog posts, videos and other information on Google services during the period. It also includes all state-led requests to share other information, including user IP addresses.
Google calls the latest findings “troubling” and it notes that requests to remove political content are a trend that it is continuing to see, rather than the brief blip that it had optimistically hoped they were.
The headline focus is no doubt on the US, where Google says that it has seen a 103 percent increase in state-led takedown requests – the highest increase worldwide (CHANGE?).
Many of these are related to user’s private data, as a Google engineer explained to Forbes, and the majority were not actioned on, as the report explains."It's alarming not only because free expression is at risk, but because some of these requests come from countries you might not suspect -- Western democracies not typically associated with censorship."
Requests from Turkish information technologies officials centered on videos of the founder of modern-day Turkey, and Google responded by making the targeted clips unavailable in that country.

There’s little surprise that Pakistan, which controversially (and briefly) blocked Twitter last month, got in touch with Google about content on YouTube, albeit without success:
We received a request from the Government of Pakistan’s Ministry of Information Technology to remove six YouTube videos that satirized the Pakistan Army and senior politicians. We did not comply with this request.
Of the other requests, a bizarre one stands out from Canada:
We received a request from the Passport Canada office which unsuccessful sought to remove a YouTube video of a Canadian citizen urinating on his passport and flushing it down the toilet.
As well as these new additions, Google has added a new category for trademark-related requests. This is presumably to reflect the increasing number of requests that it receives from brands, but it will also help distinguish business-related requests from the spicier and more sinister government led communication.Read the full story here.

Autism 'could be triggered by very low doses of anti-depressants or other chemicals found in water supply'.

Autism 'could be triggered by very low doses of anti-depressants or other chemicals found in water supply'.(DM).Autism in genetically vulnerable people could be triggered by very low levels of chemicals found in the water supply, researchers have discovered. Experts from the University of Idaho in the US were 'astonished' to find that just traces of common medication such as anti-depressants can bring on the disorder. They made the discovery by observing the changes in the genetic pathways of fish swimming in water contaminated with psychoactive drugs.Lead scientist Dr Michael Thomas said: 'While others have envisioned a causal role for psychotropic drugs in idiopathic autism, we were astonished to find evidence that this might occur at very low dosages, such as those found in aquatic systems.'
The fish were exposed to two kinds of anti-depressants - Prozac and venlafaxine - and a drug used to control seizures, called carbamazepine. Concentrations were comparable with the highest estimated environmental levels. They found patterns of gene activity in the fathead minnows that mimicked those seen in humans susceptible to the developmental disorder. The findings, published in the online journal Public Library of Science ONE, suggest a potential environmental trigger for autism in genetically vulnerable people, the authors of the study claim. It could radically change treatment for the one in 100 children in England who have autism, improving doctors' understanding of how to prevent or treat the disorder.
The genetic pathways affected were the same as those associated with 'idiopathic' autism spectrum disorders, whose cause is unknown.
Experts suspect the disorders were brought about by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Caroline Hattersley, Head of Information, Advice and Advocacy at The National Autistic Society, said: 'It’s important that we expand research into the causes of autism. We know that environmental and genetic factors have some role to play, but our understanding is still very limited as it’s such a complex disability. 'However, we need to be cautious when looking at these particular findings. There’s simply not enough evidence to draw any firm conclusions and so people should not be alarmed by this research.' Read the full story here.

"CIVIL WAR NEXT?" - Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood claims 52 percent victory in presidential vote, Shafiq’s camp is accusing the Brotherhood of “hijacking the election result.”

"CIVIL WAR NEXT?" - Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood claims 52 percent victory in presidential vote, Shafiq’s camp is accusing the Brotherhood of “hijacking the election result.”(AA).Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood claimed a historic victory for their candidate Mohammed Mursi on Monday in the country’s first presidential vote since a 2011 uprising that overthrew dictator Hosni Mubarak. “Doctor Mohammed Mursi is the first Egyptian president of the republic elected by the people,” the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) said in the tweet that first announced their projected win. Mursi’s campaign director Ahmed Abdelati confirmed the projected victory. At a press conference he said Mursi had garnered 52.5 percent of the vote to 47.5 percent for his rival, ex-prime minister Ahmed Shafiq, with the ballots from nearly all of the country’s 13,000 polling stations counted. “Its a moment that all the Egyptian people have waited for,” he said.But Shafiq’s camp was quick to contest the claim by the Brotherhood. “We reject it completely,” Shafiq campaign official Mahmoud Baraka told reporters of the Brotherhood’s proclaimed victory. “The campaign of Ahmed Shafiq is astonished by the conference of the FJP that represents a violation of the laws of the election commission,” Mahmoud Baraka, the media of Shafiq’s campaign, said, accusing the Brotherhood of “hijacking the election result.” “It is the only authority entitled to issue results, however our counting of the votes have so far showed that we are ahead with 52 percent of the vote but we refuse to break the law and issue any numbers now,” he said.
Meanwhile, there were scenes of jubilation at Mursi’s headquarters, where the candidate himself thanked Egyptians for their votes in brief remarks. Mursi said he would be a president for all Egyptians and said he would not “seek revenge or settle scores.”
“Thanks be to God who has guided Egypt’s people to the path of freedom and democracy, uniting the Egyptians to a better future,” Mursi said. He pledged to serve both those who voted for him and those who did not and also vowed to seek justice for those killed in the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak last year.More than 850 people died in the uprising, and dozens more have in violence since then. “To all the martyrs and to their families ... I pledge to return their rights through law and in a law-abiding nation,” Morsi said, speaking at the Cairo headquarters of the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party. Brotherhood officials said the results were initial because there were still appeals to be filed. “We are reaching out to Shafiq’s campaign to end the elections race and competition and to part amicably as friends” Mursi campaign official Yasser Ali said. But shortly before the final result the generals who have run the country since the overthrow of Mubarak issued new rules in a constitutional declaration outlining the president’s powers that made clear real power remains with the army. We will sit with the military council to discuss the constitutional decree amendments which we refuse fully and will go to Tahrir Square next Tuesday to protest against these amendments,” Ali said. He also said Mursi would only accept to swear an oath before the parliament that was dissolved by a court order last week.
The jubilation at Mursi’s headquarters was overshadowed however by a looming showdown between the Brotherhood and the ruling military, which issued a new constitutional document shortly after polls closed on Sunday. The document issued by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces grants the body legislative powers after a top court on Thursday ordered the dissolution of the Islamist-dominated parliament. The document also gives SCAF veto power over the text of a new permanent constitution, and states that no new parliamentary vote will be held until after a permanent constitution is approved.
The declaration appeared to put the military on a collision course with the Brotherhood, which called the constitutional declaration “null and unconstitutional.” The document was issued after a Thursday ruling from the constitutional court, which found a third of the parliament’s members had been elected illegally, effectively ordering the dissolution of the body.The military informed parliament after the ruling that it considered it dissolved, and Sunday’s declaration confirmed it was retaking the legislative power it handed the body in January, after a drawn-out election process. “The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces shall exercise the powers referred to under the first clause of article 56 (on legislative power)... until the election of a new People’s Assembly,” the document reads.Such an election cannot be held until a new permanent constitution is written and adopted by a referendum, it adds. The writing of the new constitution will be carried out by a “constitutional commission representing all segments of the society” that will have three months to complete its work, the document says. It also grants SCAF a veto right over any article of a draft constitution it considers “contrary to the supreme interests of the country.” Egypt’s parliament has already appointed a constituent panel to replace an initial group that was dissolved over allegations it was Islamist-dominated. But the declaration leaves it unclear whether that panel will be able to continue its work, and gives SCAF the right to form a new panel if the current body “is prevented from doing its work.” It also stipulates that SCAF “as currently constituted, has the power to decide on all matters related to the armed forces, the nomination of its commanders and the extension of their service.”Hmmmm......Get ready for the 'real bloodshed'.Will Obama again support the Muslim Brotherhood?Read the full story here.

Update 1. Katatny: SCAF's Complementary Constitutional Declaration is Null and Void.(IW).Katatni tells SCAF complementary constitutional declaration is – for many reasons, evidently unconstitutional, as he rejects both the dissolution of the elected Parliament and SCAF’s addendum to the Constitutional Declaration.Read the full story here.

Update2. Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood claims 53 percent victory in presidential vote.(AA).The latest statements from the Islamist group reveal Mursi has garnered 53 percent of the vote to 47 percent for his rival, ex-prime minister Ahmed Shafiq, with 99 percent of the ballots from nearly all of the country’s 13,000 polling stations counted. “Its a moment that all the Egyptian people have waited for,” he said.But Shafiq’s camp was quick to contest the claim by the Brotherhood. “We reject it completely,” Shafiq campaign official Mahmoud Baraka told reporters of the Brotherhood’s proclaimed victory.Read the full story here.

Israel's Deputy Prime Minister Moshe (Bogie) Ya'alon: "If the question is a bomb or to bomb answer is clear: to bomb".

Israel's Deputy Prime Minister Moshe (Bogie) Ya'alon: "If the question is a bomb or to bomb answer is clear: to bomb".(Imra).[Dr. Aaron Lerner - IMRA: Unfortunately, an English translation of the complete interview is not freely available on the Haaretz website. Ya'alon explains in this interview why Israel may have to bomb Iran and addresses the assertion that such a move would only delay Iran by a few years. The second half of the interview is a powerful presentation of his rejection of "land for peace" as unrealistic with the Palestinians as well as rejection of the claim that time is working against Israel. The following is an excerpt of an independent translation of the article: "Better to pay the heavy price of war than allow Iran nuclear weapons capability. It is crystal clear to me" The hourglass of confrontation with Iran continues to diminish. Minister of Strategic Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister Moshe (Bogie) Ya'alon spares no words to explain how he knows the horrors of war and does not rush. Still, he takes very seriously the possibility of a regional conflagration, and within months - not years. ...Ari Shavit Haaretz Magazine section 06/16/2012 17:05
Q: Moshe Ya'alon, is a war might break out this year?

A: ...for the righteous, their work is done by others. But obviously we are preparing for any eventuality. If I am not for me, who will be.

Q: If you must now provide comprehensive intelligence assessment, would you say the probability that war will break out next year is remote, low, medium or high?

A. Likelihood of an attack initiated by Israel is low. I do not see an Arab coalition armed from head to toe parked on our borders - not this year or next year or in the foreseeable future. Despite the trend of Islamization in the Middle East, we enjoy security and peace of relations across borders. But the challenge Number one is the Iranian challenge. if someone will attack Iran, it is clear that it will work against us. if someone, anyone, decides to act militarily against Iran's nuclear program, there is a high probability that Iran will respond against us and shoot missiles at Israel. It is also likely that Hezbollah and Islamic elements in the Gaza Strip will work against us....

Q: ...on the Iranian issue we are close to the moment of truth.

A: Absolutely. When I was head of intelligence in the '90s, Iran had one kilogram of enriched uranium. Today it has 6,300 kg of uranium enriched up to 3.5% and 150 kg of uranium enriched to 20%. When I was COS in the 2000s, Iran had several hundred centrifuges, many of which were not functioning. Today in Natanz, and Qom 10,000 centrifuges, enriching about eight kilograms of uranium per day. Since the beginning of the term of this government to the present the number of centrifuges in Iran almost doubled and the amount of enriched uranium increased by six. The significance of this data is that Iran already has enough enriched uranium to produce five nuclear bombs. If it is not curbed, within a year it will have enough enriched uranium for seven - eight nuclear bombs. In addition, the Iranians apparently have weapons systems which they hide from the international monitoring mechanism. Iranians also have 400 missiles of various types covering the territory of Israel and even reaching some parts of Europe. These missiles were built to carry nuclear warheads. So the picture is clear. Five years ago, even three years ago, Iran was not close to the nuclear threshold. Today Iran is at the edge of the nuclear threshold... 

Q: But to produce a nuclear bomb Iran need enriched uranium to 90% or more. Now it is not there yet.

A: It's true. But has the ability to enrich uranium to over 90% within two months - three. six months from the decision to act it could possesses at least one primitive - dirty bomb.

Q: If so, maybe it's too late. Iran won the battle and we lost and we must accept that soon Iran will have nuclear weapons.

A: Absolutely not. ... We can not and must not accept Western Iranian nuclear bomb. what I say is not just rhetoric or propaganda. nuclear Iran is a real threat to world peace.

Q: But you yourself told me that the Iranians had crossed most of the red lines. They swept across the point of no - return. Is the result that we already face the cruel dilemma of a bomb or to bomb?

A: We're not there. I hope that we get there. The international community can still act firmly and decisively. There may be other developments too. But if the question is a bomb or to bomb answer is clear: to bomb"

Q: The answer is obvious to you but not obvious to me. We survived the Cold War. Also survived Pakistan's nuclear program and North Korea. Israel is attributed to a strategic capability that can create decisive deterrence against Iran. Is it not fair to say that just as Europe lived in the past with the Soviet bomb we could live in the future with the Shiite bomb?

A: No and no. First answer to your question is that if Iran becomes nuclear, four - five other countries in the Middle East can become nuclear. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Turkey, Jordan and other Arab states say that if Iran has the bomb also they need the bomb. The result will be a nuclear Middle East. A nuclear Middle East would not be stable...Nuclearization of Iran would lead to nuclear chaos.
The second answer to your question is a nuclear umbrella would allow Iran to achieve regional hegemony. When they find themselves under an umbrella like that, the Gulf States will be asking themselves who they prefer: distant Washington or nearby Tehran. I believe they will choose nearby Tehran. Nuclear Iran could dominate the Persian Gulf energy sources and a very large share of world oil supplies. There would be far-reaching international implications. But a nuclear Iran would also challenge Israel and cause a series of harsh conventional conflicts within our borders. This would have serious consequences in terms of the State of Israel. The third answer to the third to your question is that one day the Iranian regime might use its nuclear capability it. That does not mean that the day after they have a bomb they send it on a plane or a missile and drop it on a western city. But there is a danger of using nuclear weapons by proxy. Terrorist organization with a dirty bomb could bring it into New York Harbor or the Port of London or the Port of Haifa. I also do not exclude the possibility of a direct nuclear weapons attack with missile. The risk is indeed low but it exists. This extreme scenario is not impossible.

Q: But the Iranians are rational. Use of nuclear weapons is an irrational act. Like the Soviets, they'll never do that.

A: A Western observer takes the fantastic aspirations of the Iranian leadership with a grin. "What do they think, they will convert us to Islam?" The surprising answer is yes. They think they will convert us. The current regime in Tehran wants it that in the long run the Western world will become Muslim. Therefore we need to understand their rationale is completely different from our rationality. Concepts are different and the considerations are different. They are in no way like the former Soviet Union. They are even like Pakistan or North Korea. If Iran enjoys a nuclear umbrella and the sense of the power of nuclear power we do not know how it will work. It is impossible to contain a nuclear Iran and achieve stability under such circumstances. The consequences of a nuclear Iran are intolerable.

Q: The bombing will have unbearable implications. Regional war, religious war, thousands dead....

A: Those who experienced war as I have do not want war....But the question is what choice we have. What the alternative is to war. I told you once and tell you again: if it is a bomb or bombing, for me it's bombing. True, bombing would have a price. We must not underestimate the price and must not exaggerate it. We should assume that Israel will be attacked by Iranian missiles and that many will be intercepted by our Arrow system. We assume that Hezbollah will join in and shoot at us thousands of rockets. There will also be rockets fired from the Gaza Strip. The likelihood that Syria will enter the fray is low but also this possibility this should taken into account. I'm not saying it's easy. It's not easy. But when you put all this against the alternative of a nuclear Iran it is not even a dilemma. Better to pay the heavy price of war than allow Iran a nuclear weapons capability. To me it crystal clear. "

Q: How many casualties will we have? Hundreds? Thousands?

A: I can not estimate the number of dead...But we must be prepared to pay the price required to prevent Iran from being nuclear. Again: I wish that we never reach it. I wish it will be done by others. From an Iranian perspective, Israel is merely Little Satan and the United States is the Great Satan. But as I told you - If I am not for myself who is for me?

Q: Does the fact that we are in an election year in the United States affect Washington's policy toward Iran?

A: I'll tell you how the Iranians see it. Iranians believe that the West is very sensitive to oil prices and therefore deterred from coming to a confrontation with them. Are ...This sensitivity is particularly high in the United States and therefore before November 2012 they believe nothing will happen. So the Iranians are convinced that during this year sanctions will be carefully applied and not an American military option. They also estimate that in this sensitive time the U.S. will prevent an Israeli attack. This situation is certainly tragic. It makes the Iranians feel no real pressure. ... 

Q: But at the end, to act, Israel needs an American green light. In the foreseeable future there will not be an American green light. So the whole thing as we have talked about in the last hours is science fiction. Could not happen.

A. The United States never gave a green light or red light. If it did it would take responsibility - one way or another. Right now there is yellow light with different shades. Americans know how to clarify whether the yellow is closer to red or closer to green. But as the President United States said, Israel has a right to defend itself by itself. He expressed a consistent U.S. policy. That at the end the decision, if a decision is made, is an independent Israeli decision...

Q: And yet the world and do not really believe in you. The feeling is that Israel cries wolf, is playing a sophisticated game of "hold me back".

A: There is one thing that tells you in English because it is very important that speakers of English understand it: We are not bluffing. If political and economic pressure fails and other alternatives exhaust themselves and Iran continues to race toward the bomb, it will require decisions. 

Q: There is a danger the Iranian crisis will culminate in the coming year? 

A: Once we talked about a decade. Then we talked about for years. Now we're talking about months. ..

Q: Beautiful. But you and your government is so connected to the reality of the Middle East that you have caused a strategic crisis in relations with Turkey. 

A: The change in trend in Turkish foreign policy towards us started already in 2004. It's not a result of our actions but a decision of Recep Tayyip Erdogan to gradually change Ataturk's secular republic into a Muslim power. Professor Bernard Lewis, for example, estimated that within a decade or two of Iran will become Turkey and Turkey will be Iran. Long before this government was elected, Erdogan attacked wildly on none other than Shimon Peres at Davos. So enough with the self-accusation. We are not responsible for everything bad that happens. The hand of Erdogan was in the Marmara. We know it. And yet, after the flotilla we tried to restore the relationship and we were ready to express regret that the people were killed. Erdogan wasn't really interested, but wanted to make political capital areas by humiliating the Jews. We would not agree to that. 

Q: But all they wanted we a state apology. Isn't the policy do not be right, be smart. 

A: You bring me back to the Ashkenazim. Ashkenazim tend to underestimate the issue of respect. They do not understand that respect in the Middle East is a strategic asset. Those who wants to live quietly in this area must transmit power and deterrence and to stand on his dignity. 

Q: The Damascus regime understands this issue well and defended its honor by killing thousands of innocent civilians. You are not worried sick about chaos in Syria will cause that chemical weapons will leak out? 

A: Currently we see a good control of the Syrians stocks of chemical weapons. But any sensible person should prepare for the future.... Read the full story here.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

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Video - longtime professor at Harvard Law School who taught Obama: Obama “must be defeated”.

Video - longtime professor at Harvard Law School who taught Obama: Obama “must be defeated”.HT: IsraelMatzav.(LegalInsurection).via HuffPo(h/t HotAir):

Jump ahead to 6:00 for the really good stuff.
  • “His policy is financial confidence and food stamps.”
  • “He has spent trillions of dollars to rescue the moneyed interests and left workers and homeowners to their own devices.”
  • “He has delivered the politics of democracy to the rule of money.”
  • “He has disguised his surrender with an empty appeal to tax justice.”
  • “He has reduced justice to charity.”
  • “He has subordinated the broadening of economic and educational opportunity to the important but secondary issue of access to health care in the mistaken belief that he would be spared a fight.”
  • “He has evoked a politics of handholding, but no one changes the world without a struggle.”

Why try to 'remove' baby from EDL Pregnant member but not from "Terrorists"?

Why try to 'remove' baby from EDL Pregnant member but not from "Terrorists"?(Express).By Ted Jeory. SOCIAL workers want to seize a baby as soon as it is born because they are concerned about the mother’s violent links to the English Defence League. Durham County Council has told Toni McLeod she would pose a “risk of ­significant harm” to the baby. Social workers fear the child would become radicalised with EDL views and want it put up for adoption immediately. 
Mrs McLeod, who is 35 weeks pregnant, is a former leading member of the EDL, in which she was notorious as “English Angel”.
The 25-year-old has a string of convictions for violence, including butting and biting a police officer after an EDL march in 2010 and she has been banned from owning dogs after setting a pit bull on a former partner.
However, her cause has been taken up by Lib Dem MP John Hemming who, despite his loathing for the EDL, raised it in the Commons. He contrasts her treatment with that of the extremist Islamic cleric Abu Qatada, who was allowed to remain with his ­children when he was briefly remanded on bail earlier this year as the Government tries to deport him.
He said: “It raises a curious question as to why Abu Qatada is allowed to radicalise his children but the state won’t take the chance of allowing Toni McLeod to look after her baby in case she says something social workers won’t like.
I am very strongly opposed to the EDL, which I believe to be a racist organisation, but I do not think we should remove all of the children of the people who go on their demonstrations, however misguided they may be.
Mrs McLeod has posted racist abuse on social networking sites but denies being racist. She claims she is no longer active with the EDL and has never been charged with violence against children. Social workers have told her husband Martyn he would be unable to care for his child because he is a full-time soldier just back from Afghanistan. 
Mr Hemming, who chairs the Justice For Families campaign group, said yesterday: “This case is one where the ‘thought police’ have decided to remove her baby at birth because of what she might say to the baby. I wonder what the baby’s father is thinking when he fights for a country which won’t allow him to have a child because of what the child’s mother might say. “
Toni now accepts she was wrong to have gone on EDL demonstrations but freedom of speech means nothing if people are not allowed to say things that are thought to be wrong.” Mrs McLeod wants to move to ­Ireland for the birth to avoid England’s social services. Rifleman McLeod, 31, plans to request a transfer to Northern Ireland so he can be with his child. Durham County Council told Mrs McLeod on Friday her unborn baby was being placed on its child protection register. Last month, a judge ruled that her three other children, who have different fathers, should be permanently removed from her care.Hmmm.......Perhaps the baby can later write a best seller "Sins of my mother"?Read the full story here.

Are Corporations and Big Banks Making a Windfall From Food Stamps?

 Are Corporations and Big Banks Making a Windfall From Food Stamps?(AN).By Christopher D. Cook.How much food stamp money are Coca-Cola, General Mills and Walmart getting? The government isn't telling.
Perhaps you've heard: At a time of record need for food assistance among America's poor, the U.S. Senate is poised to cut roughly $4.5 billion from food stamps, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which 46 million Americans -- one in seven of us -- rely upon.
While Congress is obsessed with saving money by cutting assistance to our poorest citizens, there's been nary a peep about how major banks and food corporations profit from food stamps, and what that means for recipients and the rest of the taxpaying public.
With minimal oversight or accountability, banks such as JPMorgan Chase administer SNAP in each state, reaping big contracts that reveal little about how they turn a profit off these public benefits. You'd think the austerity-minded Congress might want to know.
Consider a few facts, revealed in an in-depth report released Tuesday by California-based Eat Drink Politics (of which Michele Simon is president and Christopher Cook a contributing researcher):
  • JPMorgan Chase holds contracts in 24 states to administer SNAP benefits, indicating concentrated power and a lack of competition;
  • In New York, a seven-year deal originally paid JPMorgan Chase $112 million for EBT services, and was recently amended to add $14.3 million--an increase of 13 percent.

States are seeing unexpected increases in administrative costs, while banks and other private contractors are reaping significant windfalls from the economic downturn and increasing SNAP participation. Although a full national accounting of these contracts is not available from the US Department of Agriculture (which administers SNAP), we know that a handful of corporations fight doggedly for these deals, and they are not in the charity business.
In California, a seven-year contract worth $69 million went to Affiliated Computer Services, a subsidiary of Xerox. In Florida, JPMorgan Chase enjoys a five-year contract worth about $83 million, or $16.7 million a year. Northrop Grumman, of military contracting fame, runs SNAP programs in Illinois and Montana. But how much of this money represents outright profits for these private contractors? And why can't the public know this?
Meanwhile, Walmart and other big supermarket chains are reaping huge, and largely secret, rewards from the food stamp program. Although USDA and state agencies insist that retail revenues from SNAP are confidential information, a couple of earlier investigations revealed the following:
  • In one year, nine Walmart Supercenters in Massachusetts together received more than $33 million in SNAP dollars--over four times the SNAP money spent at farmers markets nationwide;
  • In two years, Walmart received about half of the $1 billion in SNAP expenditures in Oklahoma.

How much more food stamp money is Walmart getting across the country? We don't know, because USDA and state agencies refuse to release this information. We also have no clue how much money the likes of Coca-Cola, Kraft, and General Mills make from SNAP
The feds don't even bother to collect that data, despite a national epidemic of diet-related chronic diseases fueled in part by your tax dollars. Then add healthcare on top of that.
But one area of profit from food stamps is quite transparent: food corporations and industry groups have been lobbying intensely to make sure that junk food such as candy and soda can be purchased using SNAP. As New York City and nine states have pushed for health-based reforms to limit such purchases, these industry lobbies have pushed back hard to protect their pot of gold. Powerful food industry lobbying groups such as the American Beverage Association and the Snack Food Association teamed up to oppose health-oriented improvements to SNAP, at times working with anti-hunger groups. Strange bedfellows?
Yet in the farm bill being hashed out on the Senate floor this week, we see the exact opposite: a prevailing move to cut assistance to the poor, while expanding "crop insurance" (essentially a stand-in for much-maligned subsidies) for agribusiness. 
Is the Senate really this blind to the realities on the ground--and to the consequences of the farm bill they are slouching toward? Instead of cutting nutrition assistance to the poor, Congress should demand full transparency to determine how much corporations are profiting from food stamps. And then, if they still feel compelled to cut, they can start by cutting corporate profit margins.
Don't just take our word for it. Listen to Anthony Smukall, a SNAP participant living in Buffalo, New York, where he says his fellow residents are "facing cuts year after year, with no sustainable jobs to be able to get off of programs such as SNAP."
Smukall insists, "Transparency should be mandatory. The people have a right to know where our money is going, plain and simple." He adds: "JPMorgan is shaking state pockets, which then rolls down to every taxpaying citizen. I am disgusted with the numbers in this report, it is unimaginable. If the people knew how such programs were run, and how money is taken in by some of the world's conglomerates, there would be outrage on a grand scale."  Read the full story here.

The controversial British sheikh Haitham Al-Haddad wants Sharia Court in The Netherlands.

The controversial British sheikh Haitham Al-Haddad wants Sharia Court in The Netherlands.(BNFTN).The controversial British sheikh Haitham Al-Haddad has said that a sharia court should be established in The Netherlands. He mentioned that about 20 Muslim women per year come to London for a religious divorce.A study last week by the thinktank Civitas claimed that there could be as many as 85 sharia courts in Britain.(2009). These have only entered into a religious marriage and not in a civil one.The Islamic Sharia Council is listed as a charity but people seeking a divorce, or talaq, must fill in a form and pay a fee. For a man it is £100; for women, it is £250 because the imams say it takes more work to process a woman's application as her word has to be corroborated. Al-Haddad regularly visits The Netherlands. He is known to have said inter alia that it is sometimes necessary to stone women.Hmmmmm.......Equality of Gender?"as her word has to be corroborated"More here (Dutch) and More here on 'Sharia Divorce'.

Video - Egyptian Presidential Candidate Muhammad Mursi on Women's Rights: In Egypt We Don’t Have Child Abuse, Separated Couples, Cohabitation, or Sex with Beatings.

Video - Egyptian Presidential Candidate Muhammad Mursi on Women's Rights: In Egypt We Don’t Have Child Abuse, Separated Couples, Cohabitation, or Sex with Beatings.

Following are excerpts from an address by Egyptian presidential candidate Muhammad Mursi, which aired on the Al-Jazeera network on June 5, 2012.

Muhammad Mursi: Not a single woman in Egypt – young or old, from a rural area or from the city, Muslim or Christian – has to write down who the baby’s father is when she gives birth at hospital. This doesn’t exist here. Abroad, they have that. They are free. A woman is even free to not write the father’s name at all in the birth certificate. We don’t have that. Our society is very stable.

We don’t have the notion of child abuse. No woman beats her child in Egypt. That concept does not exist here.

Marital relations here adhere to social norms, even more than legal or religious norms: Husband, wife, family, and stability. In other countries it’s not like that.

We don’t have the notion of separated [couples], or the notion of “living together” out of wedlock.

There are tens of thousands of cases filed at police stations, in many countries that purport to give women their rights – cases of sex involving beatings. In Egypt, we don’t have that. It’s forbidden to Muslims as well as Christians. Source: Memri.

Europe 'Candidate' Turkey and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, 240 years prison sentence asked for seven children.

Europe 'Candidate' Turkey and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, 240 years prison sentence asked for seven children.(Firat).240 years prison sentence is asked for seven children in Mersin who are accused of “membership of an illegal organization” and “making propaganda for an illegal organization”. Facebook sharings, mobese (mobile electronic system integration) footages, secret witness statements and joining the May Day are the evidences the prosecutor put forward as accusation against the minors.
Hardly a day passes without detention and arrest of Kurdish children in Mersin as the ruling AKP government holds the record of political arrests against children for crimes in connection with terrorism. Including Pozantı victim children who have been released recently from the Sincan Prison in Ankara, many children are subjected to severe punishments on the grounds of committing a crime linked to a terror organization. The most recent prosecution targeted seven children who were taken into custody in May, accused of “opposing the law on meetings and demonstrations”, “holding explosive substances”, “violation of freedom of labour” and “damaging public property”. Public Prosecutor Ünsal Demirci asked a total of 240 years prison sentence and continuation of detention for seven children who have been tried without any concrete evidences. The accusation by Public Prosecutor Ünsal Demirci was accepted by Mersin 2nd Court for Juveniles which also refused the release demand for children, ruling the first trial of the case to be held on 8 July. Human Rights Association (IHD) Central Executive Board member lawyer Eyüp Sabri Öncel reacted against the severe sentence asked for children and underlined that accused children should be tried without arrest in accordance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.Hmmmm....Are Kurdish children not human, don't they suffer and bleed like our children?Read the full 'story' here.

Muslim Brotherhood pushing for confrontation with Army, "Parliament was Created by Popular Will; Can Only Be Dissolved by Popular Will."

Muslim Brotherhood pushing for confrontation with Army, "Parliament was Created by Popular Will; Can Only Be Dissolved by Popular Will."(IW).The Muslim Brotherhood reminded that Parliament was elected by pure popular will. It added that the Constitutional Declaration does not confer on the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) the power to dissolve parliament, which means that SCAF’s recent rush to grab legislative power was illegitimate, indeed a coup against the democratic process as a whole, taking us back to square one.
In a statement, Saturday, the Brotherhood denied that the Supreme Constitutional Court’s verdict meant dissolution of the whole Parliament. It further condemned SCAF’s claim that its indefensible actions were based on the Constitutional Declaration. The statement pointed out that Parliament was created by popular will, that billions of pounds were spent from state coffers on the exhausting marathon elections that created it, and that it was SCAF itself that passed the law on which parliamentary elections were conducted.
The Brotherhood’s statement, addressing the Egyptian people, further added that the blessed revolution was launched to effect change and to march on the path of democracy – which was proven by thirty million Egyptians turning out to cast their votes in free and fair legislative elections. The organization warned of steps taken by SCAF to turn back the clock, through the issuance, by the Minister of Justice, of a decision to grant military intelligence officers broad state-of-emergency powers to arrest and detain civilians without judicial warrant - which effectively reproduces the climate of terror and oppression of bygone dark times, and obliterates the people’s hopes of democracy. Furthermore, the Brotherhood’s statement exhorted the great Egyptian people to be vigilant and positive and to come out en force to vote in the runoff presidential elections, to protect the democratic gains, to prevent all hidden hands from forging their will and replicating the despotic former regime. It pointed out that the organization will not stand by as a silent spectator of attempts to eliminate the goals of the revolution for freedom and democracy.The PA Speaker mentioned that the Constitutional Declaration issued on March 30, 2011, which governs all state institutions and establishments, is devoid of any implicit or explicit mention of any body or authority entitled to implement or impose such a ruling. Dr. Katatni further added that he referred the verdict to the PA’s Committee on Constitutional and Legislative Affairs for consultation with professors of constitutional law, to determine how to best deal with this provision. He asserted that the PA was elected by the free will of the people. Thus, it is not permissible for any authority or state institution to issue a decision to dissolve it, except through a constitutional referendum in accordance with the constitutional precedents of 1987 and 1990.Read the full story here and here.More here from Al Arabia.

Palestinians 'Delegation visiting' Vatican to Discuss Agreement with Israel

Palestinians 'Delegation visiting' Vatican to Discuss Agreement with Israel.(Imra)HT: IsraelMatzav.I could not help but think about the mafia shaking down business owners for protection money. This is from the first link. President Mahmoud Abbas instructed a ranking Palestinian delegation to travel to the Vatican to discuss reports about a projected Vatican-Israeli agreement that may also include Catholic Church property in occupied East Jerusalem, according to a statement issued Saturday by Abbas’ office.
Senior Palestinian officials met with the Apostolic delegate in Jerusalem to discuss this issue and it was decided after the meeting that a ranking delegation, headed by the prime minister, the foreign minister and chief negotiator in the PLO, along with other senior officials, will travel to the Vatican to get clarification about the projected agreement.
The purpose of the visit “is to make sure that the position of the Vatican was and remains supportive of the inalienable Palestinian rights, particularly that which has to do with the 1967 Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, and to confirm assurances by the Apostolic delegate that the agreement, which will be signed with Israel, will not include Catholic Church property or any affiliate organization in East Jerusalem,” said the statement.Hmmmm......."I'll make him an 'offer' he can't refuse."Read the full story here.

Saudi Driving Star Pays a High Personal Price, Saudi women their push to drive.

Saudi Driving Star Pays a High Personal Price, Saudi women their push to drive.(WENews).Saudi Arabia’s women on Sunday are bracing themselves for potential arrest as they defy a ban on driving in the ultra-conservative Gulf Kingdom. To mark the one-year anniversary of the Women2Drive campaign, Saudi women are expected to again take to the roads behind the wheel in protest against Riyadh’s continued refusal to grant women the right to drive a vehicle in the country.
On Wednesday, two founders of the movement, Manal al-Sharif, 33, and Najla Hariri, 45, posted an open letter with 600 signatories to King Abdullah, appealing once more for an end to the ban on women driving. The letter said: “Our initiative is not aimed at violating laws.” The petition asks for “the possibility for women to get a driving license in nearby countries and allowing them to start driving.” “Our initiative is not aimed at violating laws. We only want to enjoy the right to drive like all women over the world,” says the petition, signed by al-Sherif, who in 2011 launched an Internet campaign encouraging Saudi women to challenge the driving ban.
With her life torn apart by the events of the past year, it's not clear whether Manal al-Sharif will be able to keep leading the push by Saudi women to drive.
Al-Sharif posted Tuesday an open petition to King Abdullah to end the ban on women driving. "It is our hope that you take into consideration our campaign I Will Drive My Own Car to encourage women who have obtained driving licenses from neighboring countries to forgo their male drivers and start driving themselves when they need to." The soft plea is a far cry from the buoyant protests last year on June 17, when more than 100 Saudi women and their male supporters drove cars publicly. To continue her leadership on behalf of women's rights in Saudi Arabia, al-Sharif risks being jailed again and further death threats, she made clear during a recent interview here.
Last week, al-Sharif was unable to join four other Arab women in receiving a prestigious Vital Voices Leadership Award in Washington, D.C. Vital Voices was founded by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the former Secretary of State Madeline Albright in 1997, when Clinton was the first lady. "The main reason for not being there was for my family safety after receiving death threats from insane people," al-Sharif wrote in a Tweet using the event's hash tag. A year after she defied this nation's religious prohibition against women driving, al-Sharif is jobless, facing intense death threats and worried about going broke. Yet she is far from broken. 
"I always tell my mother," she recently wrote in her blog, "they might handcuff me and send me behind jail bars, but I will never accept them putting cuffs on my mind. They can break my bones mom, but they can never break my soul."
The nation's powerful Shura Council, a religious body, has publicized a study by a local university professor finding that allowing women to drive in Saudi Arabia would lead to higher rates of divorce, prostitution and drug abuse. The claims were reported widely by Saudi and international news media. Unbowed, al-Sharif filed a suit in November against the General Directorate of Traffic Police for not issuing her a driver's license.
A second female driver also sued four months later and the cases were referred to an unnamed special committee in the Ministry of Interior. Both suits were announced in February and the movement's name was changed to My Right to Dignity.
Al-Sharif became the center of international attention in May 2011 when she posted a video on YouTube of her driving a car in Saudi Arabia. The following month, she was a key organizer of a June 17 protest when more than 100 women and male supporters drove cars publicly. In January 2012 she was a featured speaker at a Cairo conference for Arabic women who had used social media tools to foment social uprisings. Some YouTube users have downloaded the original video from the Oslo Freedom Forum's YouTube channel and re-posted copies with misleading subtitles and commentary, portraying her as a traitor to Saudi Arabia and an enemy of Islam, Pedro Pizano of the Human Rights Foundation wrote on the Huffington Post June 6. Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Tarifi recently issued a fatwa declaring al-Sharif a "hypocrite," Pizano wrote. Al-Sharif says she is now the target of a new onslaught of thousands of insults; online and in print news media. Some messages threaten sexual assault and death. She also sustained enormous financial punishment for going to Oslo.
Al-Sharif was invited by Tina Brown, editor of Newsweek-Daily Beast, to appear in March at a splashy annual New York conference, the Women in the World Summit. Her request for time off to accept the honor was one of the three denied. In April, Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people of 2012. "Saudi women will get their rights when they want, they just don't realize it yet," al-Sharif wrote in a June e-mail, amid the barrage of threats that dissuaded her from going to Washington, D.C., to receive her Vital Voices Leadership Award. "The movement is the first drop that starts the rain," she said, "but without more aware women who believe and are willing to pay the price, and without civil society organization to embrace this movement, the struggle will stay for long." Read the full story here.

Updated: Saudi women postpone driving protest.(AA).Saudi female activists who had been expected to brave a driving ban have postponed a planned day of action for Sunday following the death of Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz, a member of the group said. “The campaign has been postponed until Friday,” said Hind al-Zahid of the Women2Drive group that had urged women to get behind the wheel on Sunday for the first anniversary of a campaign that has seen several defiant women arrested.Read the full story here.

Son-in-law of Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Sheik Youssef Qaradawi has been involved in the Egyptian revolution.

Son-in-law of Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Sheik Youssef Qaradawi has been involved in the Egyptian revolution.(GR).A Gulf newspaper has posted an article by academic Dr. Ahmad Jamil Azem titled “Qatar’s Ties with the Muslim Brotherhood Affect Entire Region” which reveals among other things that the son-in-law of Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi has been involved in the Egyptian revolution. The article in the UAE-based The National begins:
The alliance between the Muslim Brotherhood and Qatar is becoming a noticeable factor in the reshaping of the Middle East. There are several striking aspects to this evolving and deepening relationship. First, note that the Brotherhood is barely involved in Qatari domestic affairs. The arrangement is akin to the one between Qatar and Al Jazeera, the biggest Arab television channel, which is based in Doha. The station covers news throughout the Arab world but refrains from covering controversial events in Qatar.
As a formal organisation, the Muslim Brotherhood in Qatar dissolved itself in 1999. Jasim Sultan – a former member of the Qatari Brotherhood – has explained in a television interview that this decision was justified because the state was carrying out its religious duties. Mr Sultan supervises the Al Nahdah (Awakening) Project, which involves training, publishing and lecturing about public activism. Last August, he wrote an article asking Egyptian Islamists to change their discourse and move towards ‘partnership thought’ instead of concentrating on ‘infiltrating the society to control it’. Mr Sultan is active in training Islamists in Egypt and other countries on how to function within the institutions of democracy.
The second point of interest about Qatar and the Brotherhood is that the relationship was formed and is maintained largely through personal ties, which play a vital role. Doha has hosted individual activists, providing them with refuge and employment. Yusif Al Qaradawi, a Qatari national and resident of Egyptian origin, is a good example. He is the head of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, and his television programme on Islamic laws and principles has made him a star on Al Jazeera.(Hillary Clinton: “This administration has empowered those of us who actually do the communicating to be in a close relationship with Al-Jazeera. They understand that the relationship can’t consist of complaining to each other about the differences we have.”)His current relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood is not clear, but he has been a leading member, and is highly respected by its members around the world. One striking example of his influence is a recent photograph of him with Ismail Haniyeh, the prime minster of Hamas in Gaza. (Hamas is an arm of the Palestinian Muslim Brotherhood.)
In the image, Mr Haniyeh, during a recent visit to Qatar, is bowing and kissing Mr Al Qaradawi’s hand in a show of respect. To better understand the role of Qatari-Islamist harmony in the Arab revolutions, consider the Academy of Change, headed by Hisham Mursi, an Egyptian paediatrician and British national living in Doha. News reports identify him as the son-in-law of Mr Al Qaradawi. Mr Mursi has been active in Egypt’s revolution from the very beginning. When he was arrested in the early days of the protests, Muslim Brotherhood websites campaigned for his release. His organisation takes a special interest in non-violent protest tactics; he has written manuals on the subject. He acknowledges, on the Academy of Change’s website, that he benefits from the cooperation of Mr Sultan.
Read the rest here.
A post from March reported that the Deputy Chairman of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood was visiting Qatar for meetings with Qatari official. An earlier post discussed the relocation of Hamas political leader Khaled Mashaal from Syria to Qatar in yet another sign of the country growing importance as a center of the Global Muslim Brotherhood. A series of recent and important Global Muslim Brotherhood events have been held in Qatar illustrating the increasing importance of the country to the Global Brotherhood.Hmmmm......Flashback - Report: Obama Admin. to Release Three Taliban Leaders from Guantanamo Bay, as in Muslim Brotherhood Sheikh Youssef Qaradawi plan, more here.Read the full story here.

Obama : “I’m also mindful of the proverb, ‘A man is judged by his deeds, not his words.’ So if you want to know where my heart lies, look no further than what I have done — to stand up for Israel."
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