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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Overnight Music Video - Joe Cocker - Ain't No Sunshine

Tahrir Square protest LIVE !

Tahrir Square protest LIVE !(RT).­The Muslim Brotherhood and other political groups protest a military declaration seeking to curtail the powers of Egypt’s next president. The protest is also to denounce a court ruling that dissolved parliament, where the Brotherhood dominated with just under half the seats.Live broadcast Here. RT stopped broadcasting it's live stream , more info here at Al Jazeera.
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"YES WE CAN" - Iran, Russia, China, Syria to Stage Biggest Joint Wargames in Middle-East in coming weeks.

"YES WE CAN" - Iran, Russia, China, Syria to Stage Biggest Joint Wargames in Middle-East in coming weeks.(Fars).HT: IsraelMatzav.The Iranian, Russian, Chinese and Syrian armies are due to stage joint amphibious exercises along the Syrian costs in coming weeks, informed sources revealed on Monday. According to informed sources, 90,000 forces from the four countries will take part in the land and sea wargames due to be held in Syria. Ground, air and sea forces as well as air defense and missile units of the four countries will take part in the exercises. Sources also said that Egypt has acceded to grant passage to 12 Chinese warships to sail through the Suez Canal, adding that the military convoy is due to dock at the Syrian harbors in the next two weeks. Russian atomic submarines and warships, aircraft carriers and mine-clearing destroyers as well as Iranian battleships and submarines will also arrive in Syria at around the same date. Syria plans to test its coast-to-sea and air defense missiles in the wargames. A sum of 400 warplanes and 1,000 tanks will also be used in the exercises. A Syrian official, who asked to remain anonymous, had informed two weeks ago that the drills would be conducted in Syria soon. Unofficial sources also said the four countries are now busy with taking swift preparatory measures for these biggest-ever wargames in the Middle-East.Sham Life reported that the maneuvers will be stage in less than one month from now, that is early July.Read the full story here.

Updated - Russia, Syria deny war games with China, Iran.(JPost).The report appears to have originated on Arabic language Syrian media outlet, ShamLife, and was later also published on pan-Arab news site al-Arabiya. The Iranian and Arabic reports said the war-games were scheduled for less than a month's time. Other Iranian media outlets, including the Revolutionary Guards-linked Mashregh News and Mehr News, which is owned by the Islamic Ideology Dissemination Organization, also ran the same report on Tuesday, but did not cite any Iranian official sources as confirming it.Late Tuesday afternoon, Russia's Interfax news agency reported that a political and media adviser to Assad had denied that the war-games would take place. "Nothing of the sort will happen. This is one of those mendacious reports that is being disseminated [about Syria]," adviser Bouthaina Shaaban said, according to Interfax. Interfax cited a report by pan-Arab news agency al-Arabiya which it said was based on the Fars News article. Russia's RIA Novosti news agency reported late Tuesday afternoon that a Russian Defense Ministry spokesman also dismissed reports of the Syrian war games as attempts to "further escalate the situation in Syria."Hmmmm......Read the full story here.

Britain uses 'insurance cover' to stop Russian ship carrying attack helicopters for Syria.

Britain uses 'insurance cover' to stop Russian ship carrying attack helicopters for Syria.(Telegraph).The British marine insurer Standard Club said it had withdrawn cover from all the ships owned by Femco, a Russian cargo line, including the MV Alaed. "We were made aware of the allegations that the Alaed was carrying munitions destined for Syria," the company said in a statement. "We have already informed the ship owner that their insurance cover ceased automatically in view of the nature of the voyage."British security officials confirmed they had told Standard Club that providing insurance to the shipment was likely to be a breach of European Union sanctions against the Syrian regime.They said they were continuing to monitor the ship, which has been the subject of a fierce international row since US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last week revealed it was adding to the arsenal of weaponry available for Mr Assad to use against rebellious Syrian towns."We have various ways of keeping track of this ship and that is what we are doing," a source told The Daily Telegraph.The MV Alaed picked up its cargo of Mi25 helicopters – known as "flying tanks" – from the Russian port of Kaliningrad, where they had been sent to the state-owned manufacturer Mil's "Factory 150" for servicing and repairs.They were originally sold to the Syrian government by Moscow, its major arms supplier, at the end of the Soviet era.The ship headed south through the North Sea towards the English Channel on its way to the Mediterranean and, most likely, the Syrian port of Tartous, also home to a Russian naval base.But under sanctions announced last year, the EU has banned not only exporting arms to Syria but also providing related services such as insurance.As it neared the Dutch coast, the authorities there also hailed the ship, the security sources said, and it made an abrupt turn, heading towards Scotland. It was last night now off the coast of the Hebrides but with no insurance covering the ship security sources say it may now have to return to port.In their attempts to bombard rebel towns into submission, Assad regime forces have increasingly brought up helicopters, strafing the towns of Haffa and Rastan last week.Their use, condemned by Kofi Annan, the UN peace envoy, has not stopped Russia's continued insistence on providing arms to the Syrians. Moscow is continuing with a 2007 contract to provide more than 20 MiG-29 M2 fighter aircraft, according to the Americans.Read the full story here.

Obama Admin planning to sell 200 Abrams M1A1 SA to Islamist Justice And Development Party Led Moroccan Government.

Obama Admin planning to sell 200 Abrams M1A1 SA to Islamist Justice And Development Party Led Moroccan Government.(DSCA).WASHINGTON, June 18, 2012 – The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress today of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco for enhancement and refurbishment of 200 M1A1 Abrams tanks and associated parts, equipment, logistical support and training for an estimated cost of $1.015 billion. The Government of the Kingdom of Morocco has requested a possible enhancement and refurbishment of 200 M1A1 Abrams tanks, provided as part of a grant Excess Defense Article (EDA) transfer notified to Congress on 27 April 2011, to the M1A1 Special Armor (SA) configuration.
The possible sale will also provide 150 AN/VRC-87E and 50 AN/VRC-89E Exportable Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio Systems (SINCGARS), 200 M2 Chrysler Mount Machine Guns, and 400 7.62MM M240 Machine Guns. The possible sale also includes 12,049,842 Ammunition Rounds (including 1400 C785 SABOT, 1800 CA31 HEAT, and 5400 AA38 SLAP-T), 200 M250 Smoke Grenade Launchers, support equipment, spare and repair parts, personnel training and training equipment, publications and technical data, communication support, U.S. Government and contractor technical assistance, and other related logistics support. The estimated cost is $1.015 billion. This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a major Non-NATO ally that continues to be an important force for political stability and economic progress in Africa.Hmmmm......Egypt Muslim brotherhood 125 M1-Abrams now Morocan Muslim Brotherhood 200 M1........ "So if you want to know where my heart lies, look no further than what I have done — to stand up for Israel" Obama.Read the full story here.

Malaysia government "LGBT not protected by Federal Constitution".

Malaysia government "LGBT not protected by Federal Constitution".(FMT).Kuala Lumpur: The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community is not protected by clauses in the Federal Constitution that protects Malaysians against discrimination, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mashitah Ibrahim told the Dewan Rakyat today. Mashitah said that Article 8 of the constitution, which talks about equality, has never been interpreted to mean sexual preference and only applies to gender. “Article 8 of the Federal Constitution says there must be no discrimination of citizens in terms of religion or sex. ‘Sex’ has never been interpreted to mean sexual orientation; it has always been interpreted to mean either male or female, and they are [the only ones] protected by the constitution,” said Mashitah.
Clause 1 of Article 8 states that “all persons are equal before the law and entitled to the equal protection of the law”.
Clause 2 states that “there shall be no discrimination against citizens on the ground only of religion, race, descent, place of birth or gender”. She said this in reply to a supplementary question from Ngeh Khoo Ham (DAP-Beruas) during question time this morning. Ngeh had asked whether it was right for the government to respond to the LGBT issue based on religious doctrine.
Mashitah earlier said that the government is serious in tackling the issue of LGBT as it went against the constitution of the country, which states that Islam is the official federal religion. She said that through the many government initiatives, including rehabilitation and other programmes, “many have returned to the path [pangkalan]“.
“We see that LGBT happens following what is happening in Europe. It is not only individual but a movement. They are being mobilised to come out, as if they have been oppressed, on the excuse that their human rights have been taken away. “We are against the mobilisation of this movement to spread this ideology,” she said. Ngeh had also asked if any study had been done to show that the person is born this way or if it was a choice of lifestyles. “It is wrong for the government to state that it is western problem, because this was even present in Malaysia 50-60 years ago,” he said.
Mashitah said that such studies were not done in Malaysia but an Australian study had stated that LGBTs were not born with their sexual preferences, but “it is more the tendency to be this way”. Answering another supplementary question from Mohd Jidin Shafee (BN-Setiu), Mashitah said that Malaysia does not allow men or women who change their sex via surgical operations to also change their gender in registration documents. She said sex-change operations have been declared haram in syariah by the Fatwa Council in an edict.Hmmm........Study Says Lesbians and Heterosexual Men Are the Same in Their Perception of Smells.So much for the 'ideology' thesis.Read the full story here.

Dubai - 16 years for woman who beat her Indonesian maid to death with a frying pan.

Dubai - 16 years for woman who beat her Indonesian maid to death with a frying pan.(TN).By Haneen Dajani and Ola Salem.Abu Dhabi - A woman who beat her maid to death was yesterday sentenced to 16 years in jail by the Criminal Court.The court also sentenced her male neighbour E H to a 13-year term, and ordered each of them to pay Dh200,000 in blood money to the maid’s relatives.
N S and E H, both Emiratis, undressed the maid, from Indonesia, before beating her to death with a frying pan. They were sentenced to 10 years each for causing her death, plus three years each for hiding evidence and misleading authorities. They had claimed the injuries were caused when she slipped on the kitchen floor and hit her head. N S was sentenced to an additional three years for sexual assault. The court heard previously that N S would regularly undress the maid to humiliate her and torture her by forcing her to eat spicy food. Both N S and E H blamed each other. N S claimed that E H killed the maid because she threatened to report his homosexual activities to the police. E H claimed that he only watched as N S beat the the full story here.

The "Rise Of Islamist Turkey" - Religious imam-hatip schools sprouting like mushrooms in Turkey.

The "Rise Of Islamist Turkey" - Religious imam-hatip schools sprouting like mushrooms in Turkey.(HD).
Minarets are our bayonets, the domes our helmets, the mosques our barracks, and the believers our army.” ~ Erdogan
Some 67 new imam-hatip religious schools have been opened in Istanbul's 39 districts on the heels of controversial educational reforms, private broadcaster NTV reported on its website today.

Istanbul Provincial Education Directorate reportedly opened the new religious vocational schools in accordance with the “4+4+4” law, which will permit pupils to enter a vocational educational stream after just four years of education. 
Around 450 schools will be reorganized as elementary schools, junior high schools and imam-hatip junior high schools.

Female secondary and high school students will also be permitted to wear headscarves in elective religion classes that were introduced as part of the reform bill. A number of other elective courses were also introduced in addition to the two new elective religion courses, the Quran and the “Life of Our Prophet, His Majesty."

The reform has come under fire on the grounds that it will allow conservative parents to remove girls from school and encourage child labor. Hmmm.......“Thank God Almighty,” said Mr. Erdogan in 1994, when he was the mayor of Istanbul. “I am a servant of Shariah.” ....Obama's BFF.Read the full story here.

Obama Department of Labor entering more “partnership agreements” with foreign countries vowing to preserve the rights of their migrants.

Obama Department of Labor entering more “partnership agreements” with foreign countries vowing to preserve the rights of their migrants.(JW.In its ongoing effort to protect illegal immigrants in the U.S. workforce, the Obama Department of Labor (DOL) keeps entering “partnership agreements” with foreign countries vowing to preserve the rights of their migrants.
It’s one of several initiatives launched by Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, a former California congresswoman with close ties to the influential La Raza movement, to assist undocumented workers in this country. Under Solis the DOL even created a special division to enforce labor and wage laws in industries that typically hire illegal aliens without reporting anyone to federal immigration authorities.
The DOL also created a wasteful, bilingual smartphone app to help hourly workers “stand up for their rights” and file complaints against employers. A Judicial Watch investigation uncovered a scandal behind this particular program by exposing that a former DOL official got a noncompetitive contract—intended for socially and economically disadvantaged businesses—to create the app even though his lucrative company doesn’t qualify because its rakes in millions annually.Much like the first batch of contracts, regional DOL enforcement offices will team up with local consulates to assist workers and together they’ll reach out to migrants with information about U.S. health, safety and wage laws. The “cooperation” will also help both agencies identify problems faced by migrant workers and target labor law enforcement efforts, according to a DOL announcementHmmmm.....Putting 'Afro-Americans' back in the back of the bus.Read the full story here.

Video - Ray Stevens - Illegal immigrant? Come to the USA!

Egyptian-born Italian politician warns Israel: Prepare for the worst.

Egyptian-born Italian politician warns Israel: Prepare for the worst.(Ha'aretz).By Saviona Mane. For nearly a decade, Egyptian-born Italian politician Magdi Cristiano Allam has been advocating for Israel from every possible stage, portraying it as a frontline bastion in the struggle against what he calls Islamic terror's threat to Western civilization. 
"We haven't learned anything from history," the 2006 Dan David Prize laureate says, referring to the legacy of the Islamic revolution in Iran. In his opinion, the blame lies firmly with the West.
The gentle and reserved Allam looks younger than his 60 years. He was born and raised in Egypt to a Muslim family and arrived in Italy at age 20. Over the years he became a journalist and an author engaged with matters of the Middle East. During the past decade, he has been one of the loudest voices in Europe speaking out in support of Israel and in condemnation of Islamic terror. For these views Hamas passed a death sentence on him in 2002. Since 2003 he has been surrounded by bodyguards 24 hours a day and has not visited his native land. 
"This is the least evil option for continuing to express my opinions," he says. Allam visited Israel in the week when the Egyptian court sentenced former President Hosni Mubarak to life imprisonment for his part in the deaths of protesters during last year's uprising. According to Allam, the decision is "not humane and does not take into account his status, his age and his poor state of health."
The ruling in Mubarak's case is "another sign of the barbarization now underway in the country," which, he says, has already become Islamist: "The Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafis now have an absolute majority in the parliament and it is almost certain that the Muslim Brotherhood candidate for the presidency, Mohamed Morsi, will be the next president." Allam believes public anger at Mubarak's not having received a harsher sentence increases the likelihood of Morsi winning this weekend's second round in the presidential election against his rival Ahmed Shafiq - the secular candidate who was a minister in Mubarak's government. "Morsi has promised that when he is elected, he will hold a retrial of all the old leadership, but even without that his election is assured," says Allam grimly. Concerned about women's rights. Allam is fearful for Egypt's fate and for the welfare of the approximately 10 million Coptic Christians in the country, who, he says, are already experiencing "a real ethnic cleansing.
He is concerned about civil rights and, especially, women's rights, noting, "the position of women is becoming more and more inferior." 
Of course, he is also concerned about the fate of the peace agreement with Israel, about which the Muslim Brotherhood has promised to hold a referendum. "The possibility that Israel will be surrounded by Islamist regimes, which is liable to happen if Syria and Jordan also become part of the process, is an existential threat from its perspective," he warns.
"Those who build their strategy on the Koran and Islam are nurturing hatred and determination to slaughter the Jews and wipe out Israel physically."
In 2007 Allam published his book "Long Live Israel - From the Ideology of Death to the Civilization of Life: My Story" (in Italian; published in Hebrew by Matar Publishers ). In the book, which became a best-seller in Italy, Allam makes a direct connection between opposition to the existence of Israel as a Jewish state and the nurturing of a cult of death in extremist Islam and the denial of the sanctity of life.In 2005, when Italian writer Oriana Fallaci attacked Islam, he still defended it, in his book "Conquering Fear: My Life Against Terrorism and the West's Recklessness," in which he argued that violence is not inherent in the religion's DNA.
In an open letter to Fallaci (who died in 2006 ), he condemned "the fear of Islam and of the Muslims depicted as a fifth column planted in the West," and the perception of Islam as a "monolithic religion with an integralist soul." Today, he says there are moderate Muslims, but that "Islam is a violent religion."
Four years ago, he converted to Catholicism and took the Italian middle name Cristiano - meaning Christian - to follow his Arabic first name. His much-covered Easter-day baptism was conducted by Pope Benedict XVI at St. Peter's Basilica, Rome. "It was a radical choice. That was the happiest day of my life," he told Haaretz at the time. Today he wears a crucifix pendant. After his conversion, he was accused of heresy in the land of his birth, where he effectively became persona non grata.The responsibility for these changes, he says, rests with the West.
"This is the second act in a wicked strategy formulated in 2006 by the leaders of the United States and Britain, [President] George Bush and [Prime Minister] Tony Blair, who supported the Muslim Brotherhood circles to fight Al-Qaida terror, which they did not succeed in defeating in Afghanistan and Iraq," argues Allam. This strategy is now ripening, he adds, with the rise to power of extremist groups like the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafis in the entire region, from Morocco to Yemen, where Al-Qaida controls some of the territory. "The West has deceived itself that in order to maintain security within its borders, it can sacrifice the southern and eastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea to the Islamists.
It is acting as though free elections are the be-all and end-all of democracy, but it has forgotten that Hitler also came to power in free elections." The decision by the United States and the European countries to turn their back on Arab rulers they had supported for decades, and whom they had seen until then as secular and moderate leaders - a barrier against the spread of extremist Islam - is "disgraceful," according to Allam. "Overnight, the Americans and the Europeans switched to the side of the opponents, who were unwittingly manipulated by Islamist circles, whose declared aim is to impose Sharia law, which contradicts basic human rights.
The West was not credible then, when it supported them without reservation and did not demand human rights. But now, when it is blatantly supporting opponents of democracy and human rights, it is many times less credible."Hmmmm......Obama: "“I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”Read the full story here.

Violence does not build up the kingdom of God, the kingdom of humanity. On the contrary, it is a favorite instrument of the Antichrist, however idealistic its religious motivation may be,” ~ Pope Benedict XVI . 

PA Playbook: Official PA terminology guide.

PA Playbook: Official PA terminology guide.(PalWatch).By by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik.The Palestinian Authority Ministry of Information has published a book instructing Palestinians which words to use and calling to replace "the Israeli and American dissemination of poisoned terms." The book, which is called Terminology in Media, Culture and Politics, includes a chart with the "poisoned terms" to be replaced by Palestinian terms.

This book and the chosen terms are significant as they officially and accurately reflect PA beliefs, policies and ideologies. As Palestinian Media Watch has documented for years, when speaking to its own people the PA adamantly denies Israel's right to exist and glorifies the murder of Israelis and Jews, including civilians, as heroic "resistance." This terminology guide issued by the PA reiterates the official PA positions that foreign governments and the international media often don't understand, deny, or ignore.

PA denies Israel's right to exist - reflected in terminology
The PA does not recognize Israel's right to exist. Accordingly, the introduction to the PA Ministry of Information's book stresses that Palestinians must avoid language that recognizes Israel's existence as "natural." Using the Israeli terminology:
"turns the essence of the Zionist endeavor (i.e., Israeli statehood) from a racist, colonialist endeavor into an endeavor of self-definition and independence for the Jewish People."

Palestinians are encouraged to use terms that indicate that Israel is the result of "a racist, colonialist endeavor," and the book instructs Palestinians never to use the name "Israel" alone but instead to use the term "Israeli colonialism." To use "Israel" by itself is wrong, according to the PA, because it "describes Israel as a natural state."

Killing Israeli civilians is not terror but "resistance"
A second fundamental of PA ideology is to refuse to accept that Palestinian attacks that kill Israelis, including suicide bombings against civilians, are terror.
The PA refuses to recognize Israel's fight against Palestinian terror as self-defense. Through its terminology, it attempts to delegitimize Israeli security structures and defense measures by replacing the following terms.

The PA refuses to refer to Israel's Arab citizens as 'Israeli Arabs' or 'Arab Israelis'. The Ministry of Information writes: "The alternative term for 'Israeli Arabs' is 'the Palestinian people in the '48 territories.'"
The term "'48 territories" is another Palestinian Authority euphemism intended to deny recognition of Israel and is used to replace all references to land in Israel. The term "'48 territories" is actually a shortened term for the full expression used by the PA: "the Palestinian territories occupied in 1948."
Part of the PA's denial of Israel's right to exist includes its refusal to acknowledge thousands of years of Jewish history and culture in the Land of Israel. The book includes Palestinian expressions that should be used to replace Israeli terminology related to history and tradition:

This book issued by the PA Ministry of Information is significant because it states and confirms in an official PA document what Palestinian Media Watch has been documenting for years: that the PA terminology that is used by PA leaders and their controlled media is significant and carefully chosen and reflects PA opinions and policy.Read the full story here.

Egypt’s military orders National Defense Council, increasing power.

Egypt’s military orders National Defense Council, increasing power.(BM).Cairo: Egypt’s ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) announced on Monday the formation of a National Defense Council with a majority of military men in charge.
  1. The council will be in charge of national security and its power granted to the military.
  2. The council will be headed by the president and will include 16 figures, 11 military personnel and five civilians.

The council is expected to create a storm of anger among Egyptians, who are still opposing to the new amended constitutional declaration the military issued on Sunday and in it, it grants itself greater powers and minimizes the president’s power and authority.
The declaration was called a “military coup” by activists and rights workers. They see it as an other step in militarizing the country.
The new president will be sworn in by the Supreme Constitutional Court instead of the lower house of the parliament.
The Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi has claimed victory in the presidential run-off, although official results are not due until Thursday.
The tension and frustration began last Thursday, when the Supreme Constitutional Court appears to have dissolved parliament and annulled the political isolation law, granting former regime loyalists a chance to return to public life and politics.Read the full story here.

Researcher: CIA, NSA may have infiltrated Microsoft to write malware

Researcher: CIA, NSA may have infiltrated Microsoft to write malware.(ITWorld).By Kevin Fogarty.Did spies posing as Microsofties write malware in Redmond? 
A leading security researcher has suggested Microsoft's core Windows and application development programming teams have been infiltrated by covert programmer/operatives from U.S. intelligence agencies. If it were true it would be another exciting twist to the stories of international espionage, sabotage and murder that surround Stuxnet, Duqu and Flame, the most successful cyberwar weapons deployed so far, with the possible exception of Windows itself.
Nevertheless, according to Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer of antivirus and security software vendor F-Secure, the scenario that would make it simplest for programmers employed by U.S. intelligence agencies to create the Stuxnet, Duqu and Flame viruses and compromise Microsoft protocols to the extent they could disguise downloads to Flame as patches through Windows Update is that Microsoft has been infiltrated by members of the U.S. intelligence community. 
After studying the code for Duqu, security researchers at Kaspersky Labs said the malware was most similar to the kind of work done by old-school programmers able to write code for more than one platform at a time, do good quality control to make sure the modules were able to install themselves and update in real time, and that the command-and-control components ahd been re-used from previous editions.
Having programmers, spies and spy-supervisors from the NSA, CIA or other secret government agencies infiltrate Microsoft in order to turn its technology to their own evil uses (rather than Microsoft's) is the kind of premise that would get any writer thrown out of a movie producer's office for pitching an idea that would put the audience to sleep halfway through the first act.
Not only is it unlikely, the "action" most likely to take place on the Microsoft campus would be the kind with lots of tense, acronymically dense debates in beige conference rooms and bland corporate offices.
Earlier this month the NYT ran a story detailing two years worth of investigations during which a range of U.S. officials, including, eventually, President Obama, confirmed the U.S. had been involved in writing the Stuxnet and Flame malware and siccing them on Iran.
That's far from conclusive proof that the NSA has moved its nonexistent offices to Redmond, Wash. It doesn't rule it out either, however.
Very few malware writers are able to write such clean code that can install on a variety of hardware systems, assess their new environments and download the modules they need to successfully compromise a new network, Kaspersky researchers said.
Stuxnet and Flame are able to do all these things and to get their own updates through Windows Update using a faked Windows Update security certificate. No other malware writer, hacker or end user has been able to do that before.
Knowing it happened this time makes it more apparent that the malware writers know what they are doing and know Microsoft code inside and out.
Even in his own blog, Hypponen makes fun of those who make fun of Flame as ineffective and unremarkable, but doesn't actually suggest moles at Microsoft are to In the end it doesn't really matter. The faked certificates and ride-along on Windows Update demonstrate the malware writers have compromised the core software development operations at Microsoft.
They don't have to live there to do it; virtual compromise on the code itself would do the job more effectively than putting warm bodied programmers in the middle of highly competitive, highly intelligent, socially awkward Microsofties with a habit of asking the wrong question and insisting on an answer.The risk of having any such infiltration discovered is far too high to expose the cyberwar version of Seal Team Six to the perils of Redmond. Still, the assumption seems to be true metaphorically, if not physically, so it's safer to assume Microsoft and its software have both been compromised. Given the track record of Stuxnet, Duqu and Flame for compromising everything they're aimed at, that assumption isn't even much of a stretch.Read the full story here.

Video - Egyptian Elections and Tensions with Israel.

Stratfor Vice President of Strategic Intelligence Reva Bhalla explains how the Egyptian political transition is affecting its relationship with Israel.
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Ahmadinejad departs Tehran for Latin American tour.

Ahmadinejad departs Tehran for Latin American tour.(TI).Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad embarked a tour of Latin America on Monday night which includes stops in Bolivia, Brazil for the Rio+20 summit and Venezuela, IRNA reported. Iran's Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi, Vice-President in Executive Affairs Hamid Baghaei and Vice-President for International Affairs Ali Sa'eidlou accompany President Ahmadinejad during the trip. Ahmadinejad is scheduled to arrive in Bolivia on June 19 to meet with his Bolivian counterpart Evo Morales before attending the summit on sustainable development Rio+20, in Brazil.The Iranian president, who left Tehran on June 18, will stay briefly in La Paz, where he will review bilateral relations with Morales. The Iranian president will stay two days in Brazil, where he will meet with other world leaders on the sidelines of the summit.
At the end of the Rio+20 Summit, Ahmadinejad is scheduled to visit Venezuela, where he will meet with President Hugo Chavez, who has travelled to Tehran on nine occasions. Iran and Bolivia established diplomatic relations in 2009, opening diplomatic missions in both nations. In October 2010, the two countries signed five new memorandums to strengthen economic cooperation. Iran has been seeking to expand relations with Latin American countries over the past decades, describing the endeavor as one of its major foreign policy strategies. The country's rising popularity in Latin America has raised major concerns in the United States, which regards the region as its strategic backyard and traditional sphere of influence. Leaders in all four Latin American nations have enhanced diplomatic and trade ties with Iran in recent years while their relations with the United States have been downgraded amid popular demands for an end to dependence on Washington.Hmmmm.....visiting his Latin American 'Allies' before all Hell will break loose.Read the full story here.

Cherokees travel to Mass for 'Pow Wow', but Elizabeth Warren refuses to meet them

Cherokees travel to Mass for 'Pow Wow', but Elizabeth Warren refuses to meet them.(BH).HT: LegalInsurrection.Four outraged Cherokee activists who say Elizabeth Warren’s campaign has ignored their emails and phone calls will trek to Boston this week in hopes they can force a meeting with the Democratic Senate candidate over her “offensive” Native American heritage claims.
It’s almost becoming extremely offensive to us,” said Twila Barnes, a Cherokee genealogist who has researched Warren’s family tree. “We’re trying to get in contact and explain why her behavior hurts us and is offensive, and she totally ignores that. Like we don’t exist.
Late last night, a Warren campaign official told the Herald that staffers will “connect” and “offer to have staff meet with them.” The four women, who Barnes said are all registered Cherokee tribal members — from Missouri, Oregon, Oklahoma and one within the Bay State — are due to arrive in Boston late today for four days. But they are closely guarding their itinerary, and Barnes would not say exactly what they have in mind. “We’re going to be visible. We have some things planned,” said Barnes, hinting: “It’s (Warren’s) birthday this week.” Politics isn’t a motivator, Barnes insisted. One of the women is a registered Democrat, and the other three are left-leaning independents, said Barnes, who said she voted for President Obama in 2008. “Everyone has put their political issues aside, because we feel we’re not going to sacrifice our integrity for a seat in Congress,” Barnes said. “She’s appropriating some history that we feel doesn’t belong to her,” Barnes said. “Minorities have experienced racism and when there’s interracial marriages, people do experience that sometimes. But people who are 1/16th of a minority probably don’t experience that and because she has no Indian ancestry ... but said her parents had to elope, that’s offensive.”Read the full story here.

Pentagon ‘deeply concerned’ over Egyptian military’s move to stay in power.

Pentagon ‘deeply concerned’ over Egyptian military’s move to stay in power.(AA).The Pentagon said on Monday it was “deeply concerned” about the Egyptian military’s decree of an amended constitutional document which hands it sweeping powers, including legislative control. “We’re deeply concerned about new amendments to the constitution declaration, including the timing of their announcements as polls were closing for the presidential election,” spokesman George Little told reporters. According to the constitutional decree, the ruling military council (SCAF) will retain the powers to legislate until a new parliament is elected. The SCAF will also be responsible for deciding on all matters related to the armed forces and the head of SCAF, rather than the new president, will be the head of the armed forces until a new constitution is written. The president can only declare war with SCAF’s approval. If the assembly tasked with writing a new constitution faces any hurdles in completing its job, SCAF has one week to form another assembly that represents “all forces in society”. Egypt’s constitutional court effectively annulled the Islamist-dominated parliament last Thursday, ruling that a third of its members had been elected illegally, and the military subsequently informed the body that it considered it dissolved. Before the court ruling, the parliament had selected a constituent assembly to draft the constitution, replacing an earlier group that had been disbanded amid accusations of an Islamist monopoly. The Pentagon spokesman said the United States called on SCAF to hand over “full power” to civilian leaders as it has promised.“We support the Egyptian people and their expectation that the SCAF will transfer full power to a democratically elected civilian government, as the SCAF previously announced,” he said. “We have and will continue to urge the SCAF to relinquish power to civilian elected authorities,” he said.Hmmmm......Anyone still doubting with who Obama's BFF are?Read the full story here.

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

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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.

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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.
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