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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

VIDEO - Nigel Farage: "Listen! The Whole Thing's a Giant Ponzi Scheme!"

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Will - Due to health reasons blogging will be lighter the following days.

Overnight Music Video - France Gall - Ella Elle L'a

Iran's OPEC Governor: OPEC Members Oppose Increase in Production.

Iran's OPEC Governor: OPEC Members Oppose Increase in Production.(Fars).OPEC members believe there is no shortage in oil market and that is why producing oil beyond the official ceiling of 30 million barrels per day is not justified, Iran's Governor at the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries Mohammad Ali Khatibi stressed.Khatibi told the oil ministry's website, Shana, that during the recent meeting, members of the oil cartel expressed concern on excessive oil supply and called on the member states to adhere to the organization's agreed production ceiling. He further said during the meeting it was emphasized that it is necessary those OPEC members that had raised their oil production reduce oil production in order to prevent surplus and restore stability to the oil market.
 Khatibi noted that world oil consumption had not increased which is due to the impact of economic crises in the United States and Europe, so the surplus has not been absorbed by the oil market but has flowed into stockpiles in oil consuming countries and in some cases has been stocked by oil producing countries. OPEC members reviewed different projections on oil demand and supply in the second half of 2012, Khatibi said adding oil market situation was also reviewed in 161st meeting of OPEC on 14th June. "OPEC estimates average daily oil demand from the organization will be at 29.9 million barrels in 2012 which is lower than the official OPEC production ceiling at 30 million barrels per day the members agreed on in December 2011," the official noted. Iran's OPEC governor said, "Based on the reports presented to the 161st meeting of OPEC, demand for OPEC's oil will reach 30.9 and 30.6 million barrels per day respectively in the third and the forth quarters of 2012." On the current level of oil storage in floating storage facilities and in land, the official announced that OPEC reports show that the amount of storage is higher than past year levels. According to Khatibi the second letter is related to some OPEC members' remarks saying oil prices should come down to foster growth in the world economy, which is not acceptable. "The Islamic Republic of Iran in its letter to OPEC has criticized the unilateral actions by some members for destabilizing the oil markets," Khatibi said. On choosing OPEC's Secretary General, Khatibi noted that OPEC members discussed the issue but did not reach consensus so they will examine the issue in the next ministerial meeting in December.Read the full story here.

Live streaming Video of Contempt vote being prepared!

Live streaming Video of Contempt vote being prepared!  HERE.

Alledged 'Al Qaeda Militant' ex - psychiatric patient Takes four Hostages in Toulouse Bank

Alledged 'Al Qaeda Militant' ex - psychiatric patient"Takes four Hostages in Toulouse Bank.(CNBC).AP - A man who said he was a member of al Qaeda and armed with explosives was holding several people hostage in a bank in the southwestern French city of Toulouse on Wednesday, police said. He released one of the hostages in exchange for food and water in the early afternoon. The man took the hostages, who included the bank manager, in a branch of French bank CIC around mid-morning and fired a shot after an attempted armed robbery apparently went wrong, UNSA police union official Cedric Delage said. A second shot was fired in mid-afternoon, according to two police sources. "The man has made clear that he is not acting for money, but for religious reasons," Prosecutor Michel Valet told reporters. A police official in Toulouse says one of the hostages, a woman, has been released. The official says negotiations are under way with the hostage-taker. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the subject.The hostage-taker asked for the elite RAID commando unit to come to the scene - the same squad which shot dead 23-year-old gunman Mohammed Merah in March after a long standoff at his home, which was just meters from the site of Wednesday's siege.A police source said police had identified the hostage-taker and brought in a person who knew him to help with negotiations. The source said the suspect had a name of North African origin and had spent time in a psychiatric hospital.Hmmm... he is not acting for money, but for religious reasons......Now what religion might that be?Read the full story here.More here.

Egypt: Islamists vs. Copts - An Animosity That Seeks Any Excuse to Attack.

Egypt: Islamists vs. Copts - An Animosity That Seeks Any Excuse to Attack.(GI).By Raymond Ibrahim.
If Egypt's government does go Islamist—and early presidential election results indicate it will— millions of powerless Christians will be seen as troublesome and unwelcome infidels, not just by "extremists," but by the government as well: the first step to genocide.
As Egypt's presidential elections come to a close, with the Brotherhood claiming presidential victory, the future for Egypt's indigenous Christians, the Copts, looks bleak.
Earlier, after the first presidential elections of May 23-24, any number of Islamists denounced them, bemoaning that it was the Copts who were responsible for the secularist candidate Ahmed Shafiq's good showing.
Even though Shafiq is a "remnant" of the Mubarak regime, under which Copts suffered, he is seen as the lesser of two evils to an Islamist presidency. As one Copt put it: "What did they want us to do? Whoever says that supporting Shafiq is a crime against the January 25 Revolution, we ask him to advise us for whom should we vote? The sea is in front of us and the Islamists are behind us."Islamist kingpin Yusuf Al-Qaradawi himself called on politically active Muslims to go meet with the Copts and "explain to them" how they have nothing to fear from an Islamist president, telling them that "Shafiq will be of no use to you."
Most adamant was popular TV personality Muhammad Hassan, a cleric who appeared several times assuring Copts that they have "nothing to fear from the application of Sharia," which he portrayed as the best guarantor for their safety and freedom. A day before the elections, Hassan implored the Copts "to elect Sharia and vote for Dr. Muhammad Morsi, promising them peace and security, and that they would live in prosperity under Sharia law."
Sheikh Muhammad Hassan is, incidentally, the same cleric who says Islam forbids Muslims from smiling at infidels—except whenever Muslims need to win them over. One week before he began beseeching Copts to vote for Sharia, he was in Saudi Arabia making disparaging comments about "those who say Allah has a son," the Koran's condemnatory language for Christians.Hmmm......Anyone believing that Pres Obama will speak up for the Christian Copts, can leave his number in the comments I've got a bridge for sale in Brooklyn.Read the full story here.

Malaysia charges Borders manager with selling Canadian Muslim lesbian activist Irshad Manji 'banned book'.

Malaysia charges Borders manager with selling Canadian Muslim lesbian activist Irshad Manji 'banned book'.(BP).Nik Raina Nik Abdul Aziz, who manages the bookstore chain outlet in the capital Kuala Lumpur, is accused of distributing Irshad Manji's "Allah, Liberty and Love." The Home Ministry banned the book last month after it was deemed offensive to Islam, contained "elements that could mislead the public," and was "detrimental to public order". According to Manji's website, the book "shows all of us how to reconcile faith and freedom in a world seething with repressive dogmas". Nik Raina faces up to two years in jail and a fine if the Islamic court finds her guilty, her lawyer Rosli Dahlan said. No plea was recorded Tuesday with the next court date set for September 19. Rosli said Islamic officials raided the store before the book ban was officially announced, and the shop had filed a court case to declare the raid illegal. Rosli added that Nik Raina had no authority over deciding which books to sell and was being singled out because those in charge of merchandising were ethnic Chinese non-Muslims. Non-Muslims cannot be charged in Islamic courts. Malaysia has a system of Islamic courts that run parallel to the country's civil courts and administer civil matters for Muslims who make up some 60 percent of the country's 28 million people.New York-based Human Rights Watch has called on the government to reverse the book ban, saying it was "old-fashioned state repression" and "cowardly".Hmmmm..........Sounds like 'life and times' of Tomás de Torquemada.Read the full story here.

Israel - Rockets pound South; 11 border guard officers injured.

Israel - Rockets pound South; 11 border guard officers injured.(Ynet).Eleven Border Guard officers were wounded Tuesday night as a result of rocket fire on the western Negev. One officer sustained moderate injuries, while the others were lightly hurt. The officers were rushed to Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon. Hospital officials said they were admitted to the Intensive Care Unit suffering from shrapnel and blast injuries. A short while later a Qassam rocket hit the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council, but no one was hurt. Ten more Qassams were lobbed into the western Negev overnight Wednesday. Two of the rockets landed in an Eshkol Regional Council community, but caused no injuries. However, a packing facility was damaged. The alert level in the area was raised once again. In response to the rocket fire, Israeli aircraft attacked seven targets across the Gaza Strip overnight. Palestinian sources in the Hamas-ruled territory said no one was hurt in the strikes. Palestinian terrorists in Gaza fired over 50 rockets and mortar shells at Israel's western Negev region since Tuesday afternoon. The Home Front Command instructed the residents of the Gaza vicinity communities to stay in very close proximity to shelters and other fortified structures. Defense Minister Ehud Barak convened the defense establishment's top officials for a situation assessment. A Defense Ministry source said that "a wide range of retaliatory actions are under review."Hmmm.....Aren't you glad that 'Emperor' Obama overruled Congress and gave these terrorists more money?Read the full story here.

"HALAL?" - Egypt Butcher slaughters wife to sell her flesh as 'Lamb meat'.

"HALAL?" - Egypt Butcher slaughters wife to sell her flesh as 'Lamb meat'.(E24/7).An Egyptian butcher blindly in love with his profession slaughtered his wife and sold her flesh in his shop reported Arabian News Agency (ANA). After a heated dispute between the couple, the butcher brutally killed his wife, peeled her skin off the bones and cut the flesh into pieces to look like meat. He then sold the human flesh for Dh230 per kilo to his customers claiming that it was local lamb. One of the clients who doubted the meat was not lamb informed the police who sent it for examination. The police was astounded to see the meat was human flesh and immediately impounded it and arrested the butcher. The guilty murderer confessed to the crime adding that the flesh belonged to the wife whom he had killed. Police found the hips of thw woman in the fridge of the shop and rest of the body at the man’s residence. He admitted that he had murdered his wife because she refused to obey him.Read the full story here.

Thrill-seeking tourists venture to West Bank to 'shoot terrorists'

Thrill-seeking tourists venture to West Bank to 'shoot terrorists'.(Ynet).Summer camp, warfare style: Like a frozen turkey plunged into boiling oil, a group of American tourists descend from an air-conditioned van into the scorching heat of the West Bank. Flashing smiles all around, they march into Caliber 3, a local shooting range. "Move it!" the Israeli guide suddenly yells. "Destroy that terrorist," he orders them, and they charge, guns loaded, at cardboard targets.
Gush Etzion has become a hot destination in recent months for tourists seeking an Israeli experience like no other: The opportunity to pretend-shoot a terror operative. Residents of the nearby settlements, who run the site, offer day-trippers a chance to hear stories from the battleground, watch a simulated assassination of terrorists by guards, and fire weapons at the range. The fact that the tourist attraction is located beyond the Green Line only intensifies the thrill for the visitors, who often appear disappointed when told by their guides that they are not in any danger. Michel Brown, 40, a Miami banker, chose to take his wife and three children to the range with the purpose of "teaching them values." Upon entering the range, his five-year-old daughter, Tamara, bursts into tears. A half hour later, she is holding a gun and shooting clay bullets like a pro. "This is part of their education," Michel says as he proudly watches his daughter. "They should know where they come from and also feel some action." Sharon Gat, the range's manager, says all the instructors at the site have served in elite IDF units. "This is a special program created due to popular demand," he says. "Travelers from all over the world come here to meet former combat troops and hear stories about elite units. It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience." Hmmmm......AlArabiya: "You can watch a simulated assassination of terrorists by guards".....You don't 'ASSASSINATE' Terrorists you ELIMINATE them!!!!Read the full story here.

Egyptian Election: Islamist Victory or Deceptive Strategy?

Egyptian Election: Islamist Victory or Deceptive Strategy?(MiddleEastForum).By Raymond Ibrahim.
Gatestone Institute.
Has anyone stopped to ask where the headlines "Muslim Brotherhood Wins Egypt's Presidential Election!" originate? They come, of course, straight from the Muslim Brotherhood and its allies—particularly the Qatar-based Islamist propaganda machine, Al Jazeera—and were then unquestioningly picked up and spread like wildfire by the Western mainstream media and talking-heads.
Left unquoted by the Western media are the many Egyptian analysts that have a different tale to tell—that the secular candidate, Ahmed Shafiq, has won.
But what does the Muslim Brotherhood have to benefit by claiming victory now, if official results might prove otherwise on June 21, a mere three days from now? Simple: they will be able to scream foul play—and gain the world's sympathy. For days the world will have been inundated with news that the Brotherhood won, so that, when and if it hears that Shafiq won, it will naturally conclude electoral fraud—which best serves the Islamists' interests.
Mahmoud Baraka, a Shafiq campaign spokesman, maintains that "their candidate [Shafiq] won the presidency, with 52% of the votes"—precisely the same number the Brotherhood is claiming—adding that the Brotherhood's claims to victory "are bizarre and unacceptable," a "big act."
Likewise, talk show host Tawfik Okasha appeared emphatically saying that the Brotherhood's claims are "all lies," that most polls indicate that Brotherhood candidate Muhammad Morsi "failed," and that the Islamist group's motive is simply to sow "discord and dissension." He proceeded to give several examples of how the Brotherhood's claims are incongruous with reality.
But why believe Shafiq's spokesman and staunch secularist Okasha? Good question. Here's a better one: Why believe the Muslim Brotherhood? Why follow the lead of an organization that has mastered dissimulation, an organization that promised Egypt it would not run a presidential candidate, only to renege once opportune?
Knowing the Brotherhood's deceptive tactics—"War is deceit" declared their prophet—there is good reason to think that they may have planned a propaganda victory well before the elections. They could claim victory, won fair and square; they could have their Islamist and Western media supporters trumpet it; they could embed it in everyone's mind over the course of three days before the results are formally announced—all to set the playing field to their advantage.
Then, if Shafiq wins, everyone—from militant Islamists in Egypt to a grandstanding U.S. Secretary of State—will shout, "foul play!" thereby exonerating the long promised civil war Egypt's Islamists vowed to wage if the election did not go their way—a rebellion that would then be portrayed in the West as a result of "grievance."
The truth is, as of this moment, no one knows which candidate won. What is known is that it's a close race. Perhaps Morsi will win; perhaps Shafiq. Short time will tell.
In the meantime, although the media need to "break the news" and not be left behind, prudence is in order. It is counterproductive for the West to eat straight out of the Brotherhood's hands—to unreservedly follow their tune and propagate their unsubstantiated information—which is precisely what the Islamists want: it works only to their advantage.
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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Member of House Armed Services Committee: Release Pollard, he Poses No Threat To National Security

Member of House Armed Services Committee: Release Pollard, he Poses No Threat To National Security.(Matzav).Representative Robert Andrews (D-NJ) is the latest member of Congress to formally urge President Obama to commute Jonathan Pollard’s sentence to time served (the full text of Congressman Andrews’ letter to the President appears below). In his letter to the President and Attorney General Eric Holder, Congressman Andrews, who is a member of theHouse Committee on Armed Services, notes that Pollard’s release poses no threat to national security. He also notes the disproportionate nature of Pollard’s sentence and remarks that he was sentenced to life in prison without benefit of trial, as the result of a plea agreement which Pollard honored and the government abrogated. Pollard has spent more than 26 years of an unprecedented life sentence languishing in a federal prison for passing classified information to Israel, an ally of the United States. The median sentence for this offense is 2 to 4 years. No one else in the history of the United States has ever received a life sentence for this offense. “I write to you out of concern for the ailing Jonathan Pollard and request that you commute his sentence to time-served, a position supported by former CIA director James Woolsey, former Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Dennis DeConcini, and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger,” wrote Congressman Andrews in his letter to the President. “If Mr. Pollard were released today he would pose no threat to national security and any intelligence that he once possessed is undoubtedly irrelevant 27 years later,” continued Congressman Andrews. “Commutation will not grant him pardon for his actions rather it will recognize that he has served more than ample time for his crime. I urge you to seriously consider this case and decide to commute Jonathan Pollard’s life sentence to time-served.” Congressman Andrews’ letter to the President comes as a bi-partisan “Dear Colleague” letter is being circulated in the U.S. House of Representatives in support of clemency for Jonathan Pollard. Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Congressman Christopher Smith (R-NJ) are soliciting signatures on a letter to President Obama, which urges the President to commute Pollard’s sentence to time served.Read the full story here.

Video - No deal: After meeting, Issa says contempt vote on Holder is still on.

No deal: After meeting, Issa says contempt vote on Holder is still on.(HA).Issa wants extensive documents, Holder’s offering a few documents plus, er, a briefing. If he doesn’t change his tune by 10 a.m. tomorrow, the contempt vote is happening. This is some game of chicken they’re playing here.

The announcement Tuesday night by committee chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., followed a closed-door meeting at the Capitol between Issa and other Republican and Democratic lawmakers with Holder at the U.S. Capitol. Issa described himself as disappointed and still hoping for a breakthrough… Holder, speaking in the Capitol Rotunda to reporters, said he had come “in good faith” and that he had made a number of documents, specifically those from February to December of 2011, available. Asked if he thought he and his department could avoid the contempt vote, Holder said, “The ball’s in their court.” But Issa said, “Today, the Attorney General informed us that the Department would not be producing those documents. The only offer they made involved us ending our investigation.”
Remember, Boehner’s reportedly not thrilled with the idea of F and F hearings sucking up lots of political oxygen during the campaign. That’s what Holder’s counting on, I assume — that Issa will either find some excuse at the last minute to avert the contempt vote at the committee level or that, if the committee does vote, Boehner will somehow bury the contempt recommendation before it comes before the full House for a vote. (Follow the last link and you’ll see that even if the House votes to hold Holder in contempt, there’s always a chance that they’ll reach a deal on the documents with the DOJ before the inevitable court battle occurs.)Read the full story here.

Cherokee women to Elizabeth Warren: Stop ducking us!

Cherokee women to Elizabeth Warren: Stop ducking us!(BH).On their first day in the Hub, a group of Cherokees hoping to confront Elizabeth Warren over her Native American heritage claims blasted the Democrat for trying to dismiss the ancestry controversy as a non-issue in the Bay State U.S. Senate race. “Poverty, teen suicide, our health care system,” said Cherokee genealogist Twila Barnes in an interview today with the Herald. “Those are issues and those are the people she stepped on and used to benefit and now she says it’s not an issue. Well, of course, to her it’s not an issue because she doesn’t want to address that she did this.”
Ali Sacks, a Cherokee from Warren’s home state of Oklahoma, had harsher words: “It’s cowardly to ride the coattails of people who have lost so much for your own benefit and not accomplish what you can accomplish on your own benefits. I think it’s shameful and extremely disrespectful not just to Cherokees but to all tribes who have given so much to this country historically and lost so much.” “What is wrong with sitting down with the people she claims to be a part of?” said Sacks.
That’s all we’d like to do — educate her. She has the same opportunity to educate us if we’re the wrong ones. But she runs and avoids because she knows there’s nothing to back her claims.”Read the full story here.

Video - Egypt : Israeli Ambassador says ' Middle East is now a Time Bomb for Turmoil'.

Former Hamas man to ‘tell truth’ about Muhammad, making film highlighting prophet’s penchant for "violence."

Former Hamas man to ‘tell truth’ about Muhammad, making film highlighting prophet’s penchant for "violence."(JPost).Ramallah-born Mosab Hassan Yousef has made enough enemies in the Palestinian territories to last a lifetime. The eldest son of Sheikh Hassan Yousef, one of the founders of Hamas, spent his early years as a Hamas activist and went through more than a few stints in Israeli prison. But for ten years, Yousef was “the Green Prince,” a code name given to him by the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), with whom he worked to prevent dozens of terrorist attacks during the second intifada, saving hundreds of Israeli lives. Two years ago, Yousef – who now lives in the US – published the book Son of Hamas: A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue and Unthinkable Choices, in which he detailed his disillusionment with the violence inside Hamas and his decision to assist Israel from around 1996 to 2006. Now 34, Yousef is a devout Christian who is open about his faith as well as his pessimism for the future of peace in the Middle East. “This is not a time to surrender, this is a time to inspire the new generation,” said Yousef during a press conference on Tuesday organized by Media- Central. “I understand shame and sensitivity. The most shameful thing was to work for Israel, and I did it voluntarily, because I wanted to set an example that we must fight for freedom.” The guiding principal throughout his tumultuous tenure, Yousef said, was his dedication to saving lives. “Nobody knew of my existence, the only light I had in my life was, ‘how can I go wrong by saving a human life?’” said Yousef. “Yes, there are lots of politics involved and lots of national agendas and it was a very complicated situation, but it was about saving human beings. I had to trade culture, religion and identity – all this for the sake of humanity.” “If I did something wrong in the eyes of many ignorant people, I am okay with that, and I hope one day they will be able to see this,” he added. But Yousef, whose family disowned him, was not cowed by the enemies he created during his public revelation of his years as a Shin Bet double agent. Now, he is taking on an even bigger challenge: a movie depicting the life of Muhammad, Islam’s holiest prophet. “Muslims don’t understand the real nature of Islam,” said Yousef, who said it is a fanatical religion that favors war over peace. He cited the Arab Spring’s failure to create meaningful change and the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt as proof that Islam is propelling Arab states backward rather than forward. Yousef noted that he has the authority to criticize Islam because he comes from an Islamic background. He said he wants the world to know about what he says is “the truth” about Muhammad, Islam’s holiest prophet: that he glorified and encouraged murder as a form of worship, married a 9- year-old bride and valued violence. Feuer will produce both a feature film adaptation of Son of Hamas as well as the Muhammad movie, and insists that the film will be a “historical account” faithful to Muslim texts.Yousef added that he wants to free the world of “the absolute power of all religions,” starting with Islam. “It is time to bring Allah to the table and see [Islam] for what it is,” he said.Read the full story here.

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.
Live stream Reuters.

"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.

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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.
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