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-Short Attention Span Theater-
How many divisions does moral rectitude have?
"With Russia and China standing firmly behind Assad’s regime in Syria, it appears increasingly likely that continued violence, and potentially a prolonged civil war, will be the future condition of a country where the opposition is not strong enough to overcome the core elements of the regime’s security forces, and foreign parties lack the willpower or capacity to overthrow the rulers in Damascus.

As Tony Karon explains, civil war is an accurate way to describe the ongoing descent into violence in Syria. The country’s ethnic composition and the regime’s divide-and-rule political strategy makes the specter of civil war an effective engine of consolidation for the regime’s supporters:"
Posted by: newc || 05/21/2012 11:57 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [297 views] Top|| File under:


Afghanistan
Afghan occupation illegal under international law: Mullah Omar
[Dawn] The head of Afghan Taliban, Mullah Mohammad Omar declared the withdrawal of French forces as a "realistic decision."

In a statement released, Omar also said the decision is as a reflection of the French people's opinion. "The declaration of the new president of La Belle France, Francois Hollande
...the Socialist president of La Belle France...
, that all its troops will be removed from Afghanistan at the end of this year is a decision based on realities and a reflection of the opinion of its nation," he said.

"Terrorism and ground realities had nothing in common. No Afghan had a hand in military operations in other countries and neither are there any proofs hence the occupation of Afghanistan by America is neither sound legally or logically," said Mullah Omar
... a minor Pashtun commander in the war against the Soviets who made good as leader of the Taliban. As ruler of Afghanistan, he took the title Leader of the Faithful. The imposition of Pashtunkhwa on the nation institutionalized ignorance and brutality already notable for its own fair share of ignorance and brutality...
Referring about a TV survey in US, Omar said that 69 per cent Americans want evacuation of US forces from Afghanistan. He also warned NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A cautionary tale of cost-benefit analysis....
against imposing any solution upon the Afghan people.

"The occupation of Afghanistan by America through the use of force is a clear violation of a sovereign state which is not justified under any international law," said the Afghan Taliban leader.

He also accused the United States of having "secret prisons inside all of their airbases in Afghanistan where they keep innocent Afghans."
Posted by: Fred || 05/21/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [296 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  See also TOPIX > TALIBAN: NATO SHOULD LEAVE WAR LIKE FRANCE.

OOOOOOOO, you just know dem wily propellers of the FNS CV CHARLES DE GAULLE are in there somewhere.

* DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > CAPTURED AL-QAEDA [Morroccan Operative]: FOREIGN FIGHTERS
"CONVERGING" IN PAKISTAN [tribal area], to attack Afghanistan.

Came for Karachi, left for Kabul.

-----------

On a separate note, I have to wonder how Omar is reacting [or not] to al-Megrahi's repor passing???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 05/21/2012 1:04 Comments || Top||

#2  and who would know international law better than Blinky?
Posted by: Frank G || 05/21/2012 10:41 Comments || Top||


Afghan Security Ministers Blame Iran, ISI For Unrest
[Tolo News] Iran is working with Pakistain's intelligence agency to stoke violence in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Interior's Deputy Minister of Security Abdul Rahman Rahman said Sunday.

Afghanistan's Senate summoned Rahman and Deputy Head of Operations at the National Directorate of Security Mohammad Yasin Zia to answer questions on the liquidation of former senator and top peace envoy Arsala Rahmani, who was rubbed out by unknown gunnies last week in Kabul.

Rahman said that Death Eaters, with the full support of Pakistain's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), have launched operation 'Al-Farooq' which called for the targeting of high-ranking government officials, namely the members of Afghanistan's High Peace Council.

He claimed Iran was also involved following its pressure on the country's politicians to not approve the long-term agreement Afghanistan had made with the US.

"Iran is clearly interfering in Afghanistan and it tries to see violence escalate in Afghanistan in close collaboration with the ISI through supporting and equipping the Haqqani network, Lashkar-e-Taiba
...the Army of the Pure, an Ahl-e-Hadith terror organization founded by Hafiz Saeed. LeT masquerades behind the Jamaat-ud-Dawa facade within Pakistain and periodically blows things up and kills people in India. Despite the fact that it is banned, always an interesting concept in Pakistain, the organization remains an blatant tool and perhaps an arm of the ISI...
and Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan Death Eaters," Rahman told the Senate.

Zia said that members of the Mullah Dadullah Front Death Eater group members were newly-trained in both of the neighboring countries and were involved in propaganda against the Afghan government.

He said Afghan government officials had been sent phone messages threatening them to not approve the Afghan-US strategic agreement signed on May 2.

He also said that forces of Evil are trying to destabilize the country because of the NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A cautionary tale of cost-benefit analysis....
summit and Afghan-US deal.

"Both of the neighboring countries are trying to cause unrest among Afghan people by launching propaganda against the national interests of Afghanistan," Zia said.

He also accused Pakistain's ISI for being involved in the liquidation of Rahmani, saying that ISI had asked Rahmani several times to leave Afghanistan and live in Pakistain.

"ISI had repeatedly requested Arsala Rahmani not to work with this government and leave Afghanistan and live in Pakistain," Zia told the MPs Sunday.

This comes as the NDS said Saturday that three members of the Mullah Dadullah group were cooled for a few years
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
in Kabul yesterday in possession of boom jacket and rifles.

The Mullah Dadullah Front claimed the responsibility of Rahmani's liquidation, according to Pak newspaper Express-Tribune.
Posted by: Fred || 05/21/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [296 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  NATO is repor interested in [post-2014]
"strategic alliance" wid Pakistan, whcih should worry Tehran as BFF Islamabad = Pakistan has the LRBMS + NucWarheads Tehran would like to have.

Lest we fergit, US-WORLD PERTS = Iran doesn't need Nuclear Weapons due its level of national or domestic Oil Reserves, thus the only reason for Iran to want + maintain a reliable NucProg is to de facto dev Nuclear Weapons.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 05/21/2012 2:16 Comments || Top||


September 9 Declared National Holiday to Honour Massoud
[Tolo News] Afghanistan's Parliament on Saturday voted to make September 9 a new national holiday to honour national hero Ahmad Shah Massoud and those who die fighting for the country.

September 9 is the anniversary of Massoud's liquidation in 2001.

The politicians said observing a national holiday in the name of those who are "martyred" for Afghanistan is in the nation's interests and could prevent tribal conflicts in the embattled country.

"September 9 should be named as the day of the martyrdom of the national hero of Afghanistan - this will benefit our national interests," Kabul MP Mohammad Younus Qanoni told TOLOnews.

Massoud was born in 1953 in the Bazarak district of Panjshir province. He became a political and military leader in Afghanistan during the Soviet occupation when he returned after a brief stin t in Pakistain to fight against the invasion. The Panjshir valley is known for having never fallen to Soviet control.

He went to Kabul after successfully driving out the Soviet's in 1989. But after several years of civil war in Kabul and other provinces, he returned to Panjshir when Kabul fell to the Taliban and formed a resistance front.

He fought the Taliban for almost five years but was eventually assassinated by two Arab jacket wallahs allegedly linked to Al-Qaeda in northern Takhar province on September 9 2001, just two days before the attacks on the US World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
Posted by: Fred || 05/21/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [286 views] Top|| File under:


Africa North
Shafik Wins Among Egyptians Voting In Israel
Only a few dozen of the some 5,000 Egyptians living in Israel have the right to vote in their native country's elections. Nearly all of them cast their ballots for former prime minister Ahmed Shafik
How exciting -- an Egyptian expat community in Israel!
The elections in Egypt were held on Wednesday, but the ballot box for Egyptian citizens living in Israel was open until Thursday. The results? The overwhelming majority of Egyptians living in Israel voted for Ahmed Shafik, the last prime minister to serve under former president Hosni Mubarak
...The former President-for-Life of Egypt, dumped by popular demand in early 2011...
The Al-Yom A-Saba newspaper reported on Saturday that Shafik received 49 votes, which were tallied in the Egyptian embassy. Hamdeen Sabahi received four votes, and the rest of the candidates even fewer.

Jerry Lewis doppelgänger Amr Moussa
... who was head of the Arab League for approximately two normal lifespans, accomplishing nothing that was obvious to the casual observer ...
, one of the leading candidates for the presidency, didn't win a single vote among Egyptians in Israel.
 
Shukri Shazali, 51, head of the Egyptian community in Israel, tried to explain the results to Ynet. "Shafik is a modern person," he said. "He was the civil aviation minister in Mubarak's time and is basically a good person. As minister, he made a lot of changes. He's good at management, and Egypt needs someone to manage it properly."

However,
those who apply themselves too closely to little things often become incapable of great things...
Shazali acknowledges that Shafik's victory among voters in Israel would not be reflected in the actual election results. "He won't win because he's seen as someone from the old Mubarak regime. He's not lucky," Shazali says.
 
Shazali himself is a supporter of Sabahi, "because I want a non-religious country. I want a democratic country and a democratic government. The worst thing is to vote for Mohammed Morsy from the Moslem Brüderbund. In this sense, Aboul Fotouh is the least bad option; he's more advanced that Morsy."
 And now, what we've been waiting for: an explanation for the presence of non-Jewish Egyptians in Israel.
Some 5,000 Egyptians live in Israel. Most of them are here through marriage, and a small minority claims to have fled the Mubarak regime. Most of the Egyptians in Israel live in Nazareth. Despite the community's large numbers, only a small percentage actually have the right to vote in Egypt, which is reserved only for those citizens who have identity cards issued after the fall of Mubarak.
 
Shazali, who has lived in Israel for more than 10 years and is married to an Israeli woman, cannot vote, but he joined friends on the way to the Egyptian embassy in Tel Aviv. "I tried to talk with someone at the embassy to see if they could help, but I was told that nothing could be done," he said.  
 
Nevertheless, he says he is "very happy" about the elections. "I feel that finally Egypt is moving in a good direction. I -- and other Egyptians here in Israel -- suffered a lot under Mubarak and his security establishment," he recalls.
 
But Shazali is also worried -- "my fear is that the president won't be able to control the army... but I believe it will be all right in the end," he says.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/21/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [287 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Arabia
Suicide Bombing in Yemen Bad Sign for Obama
Mammoth suicide bombing in Yemen Monday is another blow to Obama’s attempt to show the Arab world democracy works.
A massive suicide bombing in Yemen Monday morning is another blow to President Barack Obama’s attempt to show the Arab world that democracy works for it.

The suicide bomber, wearing a military uniform and presumably linked to Al Qaeda, killed at least 97 people, mostly soldiers, and wounded 300 others practicing for a military parade in the Yemeni capital of San’a.

President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, backed by the Obama administration, was scheduled to attend the parade on Yemen's national day on Tuesday.

The suicide bombing came 10 days after the government launched a military campaign against Al Qaeda-linked terrorists who have nearly overwhelmed southern Yemen.

Obama has pointed to Yemen's change in government as a model for Arab countries seeking to adopt democracy, but the results there, as in all of the rebellions, have raised the nearly-century old question, “Is democracy safe for the world?”

Obama told G8 leaders meeting at Camp David that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must leave power, and pointed to Yemen as a model “to enable a Syrian-led, inclusive political transition leading to a democratic, plural political system.”
Posted by: tipper || 05/21/2012 07:24 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [328 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Says more about Islam than Democracy (note the US is a Republic, not a Democracy, though sometime it's hard to tell).
Posted by: tipover || 05/21/2012 11:03 Comments || Top||


Trial Of The Al-Khalediya Cell Continues
The trial of 88 terror suspects dubbed the Al-Khalediya Cell resumed at a special criminal court in Riyadh yesterday.

Charges against them included working as a security guard for the late Al-Qaeda leader the late Osama bin Laden
... who used to be alive but now he's not...
, and joining the Al-Farouq training camp run under the command of Bin Laden in Afghanistan.

Some of the defendants are accused of committing several other crimes such as attempts to assassinate three senior government officials and poison a water tank at a residential compound, in addition to planning to attack the holy city of Makkah.

At the beginning of the court sitting, the prosecutor general read out the charges against the first 10 out of the 88 defendants, who included 72 Saudis, eight Chadians, two Yemenis, in addition to an Egyptian, Paleostinian, Nigerian, Pak, Bangladeshi and a Niger national.

The court chief presented a copy of charges to each one of the defendants. After this, the judge told the defendants that each one of them has the right to appoint a lawyer to defend him, and that the Justice Ministry would appoint lawyers if he was unable to meet the financial expense for this.

To this, Defendant No. 3 replied that he would appoint a lawyer for himself while the remaining nine defendants indicated their readiness to accept the ministry's lawyers.

The prosecutor general alleged that one defendant worked as a security guard for Osama bin Laden while he was in Afghanistan. The defendant was later nabbed
You have the right to remain silent...
after returning to the Kingdom.

Another defendant was accused of storming into a Jeddah prison together with other gunnies in a failed bid to release some terror suspects.

The prosecutor general also claimed another defendant allegedly killed a Saudi citizen and robbed his car while fleeing following an encounter with security forces when they raided his hide-out in a residential apartment in Makkah's Khalediya district.

Another defendant was accused of giving shelter to gunnies from Khalediya after leasing a rest house in Bahra, located in between Jeddah and Makkah, in addition to forging passports, and extending media support to Al-Qaeda.

The charges against another defendant included poisoning a water tank at a residential compound for foreigners and planning to carry out terror attacks in Makkah, besides plotting to kill a woman after suspecting that she was an informer for the authorities. Another charge against him was setting up a training camp in Rabigh city.

One of the defendants was accused of monitoring the movement of some police officials with a motive to kill them while others allegedly hatched a plot to assassinate a senior government official. The other charges included carrying out an armed robbery to collect money for Al-Qaeda and doctoring pictures of some key government figures and placing them on websites.

Another defendant was accused of putting 52 locations, including one in Taif, under surveillance with the ulterior motive of carrying out terror attacks there. The charges against one of the defendants included accepting SR100,000 in cash from a wanted terrorist and renting out an apartment for some wanted Yemeni gunnies who fled the neighboring country after carrying out terror attacks.

Representatives of the Human Rights Commission and news hounds attended yesterday's trial proceedings.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/21/2012 06:21 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [293 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda


Yemeni protesters in Taizz demand prosecution of Saleh
[Iran Press TV] Yemeni protesters have held a demonstration in the southern city of Taizz to demand the prosecution of former dictator President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh
... Saleh initially took power as a strongman of North Yemen in 1977, when disco was in flower, but he didn't invite Donna Summer to the inauguration and Blondie couldn't make it...
, Press TV reports.

Demonstrators erupted into the streets of Taizz on Sunday, blaming Saleh and his aides for the killing of anti-regime protesters during the popular uprising that began in January 2011.

Over the past weeks, Yemeni protesters have held several similar demonstrations in Taizz.

Saleh formally stepped down and handed over power to his deputy Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi on February 27. The power transfer occurred under a Saudi-backed deal brokered by the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council
... the Medes and the Persians are very sensitive on the subject of the Persian Gulf, which the Arabs refer to as the Arabian Gulf...
in April 2011 and signed by Saleh in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, on November 23, 2011.

The new Yemeni president, who is a UK-trained field marshal, was sworn in on February 25 following a single-candidate presidential election, which was supported by the US and Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in their national face...
The latest demonstration in Taizz was held a day after Yemeni military officials said two people were killed in a US liquidation drone attack in the central province of Bayda on Saturday.
Posted by: Fred || 05/21/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [287 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Europe
Report: Israel To Deploy 20,000 Commandos In Greek Cyprus
Israel plans to deploy 20,000 commandos in Greek Cyprus in order to protect its energy projects in the area, Anatolia news agency reported Sunday. According to the report, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Greek Cypriot counterpart, Demetris Christofias, met
in February in order to discuss the two countries' joint ventures.
 
Netanyahu reportedly offered to undertake all the expenses required to construct a gas plant needed to extract the natural gas found in the Mediterranean Sea and in exchange, he asked that all the 10,000 personnel that would work at the plant be brought in from Israel with their families.
Golly, you don't think this will make Turkey feel surrounded or anything, do you? Especially if he starts to wonder how many of said personnel and their spouses are IDF-trained? And then there's the horrid idea that Greece might yet have an income and be able -- somewhat -- to support itself or pay down outstanding debts...
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/21/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [323 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Many of the 10,000 Israeli Civilian Managers will prob be active or inactive reserve members of the IDF - basically, 30,000 Israelis to par agz 30,000 Turkish troops already on Cyprus.

SHADE OF CHRISTINA-VS-DAVE VEE THE FALKLANDS - two of the US' most mil proficient allies to face off across the Cyprus DMZ, or perhaps to check Iran's stated future mil power in the Med [ + Atlantic]???

We hoped the Russian could it, but it turns out their Fleet Tugs needs Tugs needs Tugs of their own just to make it home.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 05/21/2012 0:38 Comments || Top||

#2  Even the US couldn't scrape up 20k commandos without drafting the more belligerent video gamers.
Got to be ordinary Israelis--those not adverse to a little adventure--who, as has been pointed out, have some familiarity with bangsticks. Problem is, getting 20k weapons and sufficient ammo into the country along with them. I guess that's what container shipping is for.
Think about 20k M4, for example. How many truckloads is that?
Or you could send them with no provision for self defense. The US would do that. Would Israel?
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 05/21/2012 7:59 Comments || Top||

#3  Think about 20k M4, for example. How many truckloads is that? Posted by Richard Aubrey

I have no idea. I recommend we ask the "Fast & Furious" experts at the US State and Justice Departments.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/21/2012 8:30 Comments || Top||

#4  That number seems excessive to me. It sounds like they're expecting something imminently.

Maybe they have information that Turkey will attack Israeli interests after they bomb the Iranian nuke plants?!
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 05/21/2012 8:43 Comments || Top||

#5  Israel plans to deploy 20,000 commandos in Greek Cyprus in order to protect its energy projects in the area, Anatolia news agency reported Sunday.

Anatolia = Turkey. Turkish media trying to get its audience riled up about the arrogant (not to mention greedy) Jews. The Turkish media is a mild version of its vitriolic Arab brethren.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 05/21/2012 8:59 Comments || Top||

#6  That is to say, Turkish journos are big time fantasists.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 05/21/2012 8:59 Comments || Top||

#7  I posted the article from Ynet, an Israeli news outlet. The Jerusalem Post article also quotes he same Anatolia news agency story; Ha'aretz does not seem to be carrying the story.

Zhang Fe may have nailed it -- let's look for other sources to confirm or deny.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/21/2012 9:26 Comments || Top||

#8  Hurriyet reports that Israel denies it. That was fast.

Israel denies claims of troop deployment to Greek Cyprus

Israel's Foreign Ministry has denied a report that claimed the country hoped to deploy as many as 20,000 commandos to Greek Cyprus to protect nationals working on energy projects.
 
Anatolia news agency reported yesterday that Israel had proposed to Greek Cyprus that it deploy soldiers on the island to protect future energy projects and Israeli citizens who would work on the projects. 
 
Israel denied the report in a written statement, saying the claims were "baseless and disconnected from reality."
 
"Israel has never sent troops to any other country in its history," the statement said, adding that it should be questioned why such a report was prepared by Anatolia in the first place.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/21/2012 9:33 Comments || Top||

#9  Someone at Ynet looking for a job working MSM talking points news releases on Obama's character assassination and ego stroking reelection team?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/21/2012 13:17 Comments || Top||

#10  "Israel has never sent troops to any other country in its history,"

Minus Uganda, Lebanon and Egypt, though technically, not on invite.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/21/2012 13:20 Comments || Top||

#11  Don't forget Operation Opera in Iraq Procopius2k.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/21/2012 14:12 Comments || Top||

#12  Actually, Israel didn't send any troops to Syria a couple of years ago where they didn't blow up a reactor the Syrians didn't have, which wasn't being maintained by a bunch of techs from Nork.
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 05/21/2012 15:17 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Culture Wars
Police attack NATO protesters in Chicago as summit opens
[Iran Press TV] Police in the Midwest US city of Chicago have attacked anti-NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It's headquartered in Belgium. That sez it all....
protesters as a two-day summit of the Western military alliance kicks off.

The 25th NATO summit began on Sunday while thousands of demonstrators protesting against the Western wars in Afghanistan and elsewhere marched through downtown Chicago.

Some of the protesters called for the dissolution of the 63-year-old military alliance while others carried placards and posters reading "War (equals) Debt" and "NATO, Go Home."

The summit opened with the slogan of peace and a minute of silence for all those who have been killed in NATO's military operations around the world.

Heads of NATO's 28 member states are attending the summit, which generally features more than 50 world leaders who have been invited for the event.

Police have tossed in the slammer
You have the right to remain silent...
14 anti-war activists since last week to quell the protests.

On Saturday evening, Chicago police tossed in the slammer
You have the right to remain silent...
over a dozen anti-NATO protesters after scuffles broke out between the two sides.

Anti-Wall Street demonstrators are also using the opportunity to protest against the grim economic situation and excessive corporate influence in the country.
Posted by: Fred || 05/21/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [287 views] Top|| File under:


India-Pakistan
Border still shut as Nato seeks Pakistan resolution
[Dawn] There was no sign on Sunday of Pakistain opening its border crossing to NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It's headquartered in Belgium. That sez it all....
trucks carrying essential supplies to Afghanistan, as President Asif Ali President Ten Percent Zardari
... sticky-fingered husband of the late Benazir Bhutto ...
prepared to meet Western leaders.

A furious Pakistain slammed shut the Torkham border gate in its northwest to NATO vehicles in November when air strikes killed 24 Pak soldiers, souring already fragile relations between allies Washington and Islamabad.

That left hundreds of containers of supplies intended for the 130,000 NATO troops in neighbouring Afghanistan stranded at a port in Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It may be the largest city in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
, although the Western alliance said it had other ways of making up for the shortfall.

Six months on, Pakistain on Friday allowed containers of office supplies for the US embassy in Kabul to cross into Afghanistan via Torkham, giving rise to hopes that Islamabad would imminently let NATO again use the crossing.

But officials at Torkham, a dusty and mountainous outpost through which trucks packed with mostly fuel and food for NATO used to trundle through daily, told AFP there was no link between supplies for embassies and NATO goods.

"Some 17 containers of various countries were allowed to pass in last six months and it's normal because they had diplomatic protection," said Mazhar Ali, a government official at Torkham.

An AFP news hound who on Sunday travelled from the northwestern Beautiful Downtown Peshawar city to Torkham, on the dangerous Khyber Pass, confirmed no NATO vehicles were going through, nor were there even any waiting at the pass.

"NATO supply is completely closed. We have not received any fresh order to reopen it," Ali told AFP.

"We are only allowing private vehicles and commercial trucks, we have even no intimation for the reopening of NATO supplies."
Posted by: Fred || 05/21/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [414 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  See also TOPIX > NOT MILITARY THREAT, BUT EMBARGO [econ sanctions] MORE DANGEROUS TO IRAN -ARMENIAN EXPERTS.

and

* SAME > US ABILITY TO SUPPORT AFGHANISTAN AFTER 2014 WILL DECIDE WAR ON IRAN.

Iran is all but absolut or guaranteed safe from US-led anti-NucProg milstrikes, etc. as long as the US is willing to pay out for the NDN + CAR, [Russia] accepts.

versus

* SAME > WHITEWASHING THE EDUCATION JIHAD, in the US.

US-based, Pro-Turkey, pro-Islamic fundamentalist
"Gulen" Charter Schools.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 05/21/2012 1:17 Comments || Top||

#2  MOre ...

* WAFF > pAKISTAN IS A "BLACK HOLE" FOR US AID.

* INDIAN DEFENCE FORUM > PAKISTAN FOR APOLOGY [Silala/Salalah] NOT OFF THE TABLE.

* SAME > PAKISTAN'S SUPPLY ROUTES ROW HITS NATO SUMMIT.

* DEFENCE FORUM INDIA > PAKISTAN REOPENING OF NATO SUPPLY ROUTES NOT UNCONDITIONAL: SHUJAAT [PML-Q El Supremo = Chief]. The US will not be allowed to carry "Arms" on that route.

The Artic isn't clear about what exactly is meant by "Arms", but I'm assuming self-protective Personal Weapons, HEAVY QUANTITIES ANDOR GRADES THEREIN.

IMO read, SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL, CUT-NATO-OFF-AT THE-PASS, MILTERR CONVOY BUSHWACKERS???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 05/22/2012 0:03 Comments || Top||


Pakistan blocks Twitter over Prophet cartoons
[Daily Nation (Kenya)] Pakistain blocked Twitter on Sunday, saying the website had refused to remove posts promoting a Facebook competition involving caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed.

"The website has been banned by the Ministry of Information Technology and the decision was conveyed to us," said Mohammad Younis Khan, front man for Pakistain Telecommunication Authority (PTA).

"There was blasphemous material on Twitter.

"Both Facebook and Twitter were involved. We negotiated with both. Facebook has agreed to remove the stuff but Twitter is not responding to us."

Twitter had been blocked but Facebook was still available, he said, adding that those responsible for the competition were "trying to hurt Moslem feelings".
The poor, sensitive darlings!
Twitter and Facebook were not immediately reachable for comment.

Responding to the furore around the ban, one Twitter user, @vinodvyas, wrote: "Now billions of ppl know there exists a competition to draw Prophet."

Twitter is widely used in Pakistain, including by prominent public figures such as celebrities, cricketers, cabinet ministers and members of parliament.
And now they all have a reason to disagree with the religious idiots and the government idiots who pander to them.
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#1  Already unblocked.
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Panetta objects to baksheesh fees for containers
[Dawn] The NATO's
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It's headquartered in Belgium. That sez it all....
chief urged Pakistain on Saturday to back efforts to stabilise Afghanistan as President Asif Ali President Ten Percent Zardari
... sticky-fingered husband of the late Benazir Bhutto ...
arrived in Chicago to attend a NATO summit which aims to finalise a transition plan for the war-torn country.

Leaders from 61 countries, including the US, Pakistain and Afghanistan, are attending the May 20-21 conference in US President Barack Obama's
I inhaled. That was the point...
hometown, Chicago.

Although no bilateral meeting between President B.O. and President Zardari is on the card, media representatives were seen speculating about a trilateral meeting, which may include their Afghan counterpart Hamid Maybe I'll join the Taliban Karzai.
... A former Baltimore restaurateur, now 12th and current President of Afghanistan, displacing the legitimate president Rabbani in December 2004. He was installed as the dominant political figure after the removal of the Taliban regime in late 2001 in a vain attempt to put a Pashtun face on the successor state to the Taliban. After the 2004 presidential election, he was declared president regardless of what the actual vote count was. He won a second, even more dubious, five-year-term after the 2009 presidential election. His grip on reality has been slipping steadily since around 2007, probably from heavy drug use...
US Defence Secretary Leon E. Panetta, meanwhile, told L.A. Times that he planned to confront Pakistain over what he considered price gouging for transport of supplies to Afghanistan and hoped for a 'consensus' among allies over the war effort.

Mr Panetta ruled out paying Pakistain $5,000 for each truck carrying supplies across its territory for NATO troops in Afghanistan. Pak officials have demanded that amount as a condition for reopening supply routes that have been closed to the alliance since fall.

"Considering the financial challenges that we're facing, that's not likely," Mr Panetta said of the demand.

But Pak officials say that their schedule does not include a Panetta-Zardari meeting, which further strengthens the possibility of trilateral talks, although both US and Pak official say that no trilateral meeting is planned either.

"We can't solve the problems in Afghanistan without the positive engagement of Pakistain," NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said at a policy forum in Chicago.

He also referred to the alleged terrorist safe havens in Pakistain's tribal areas and said NATO was looking forward to work with Pakistain to eradicate those bases.

"We have to solve these problems," he said.

Mr Rasmussen, who is scheduled to meet President Zardari on Saturday evening or early Sunday, said he would "convey a couple of clear messages" to the Pak leader. He did not elaborate the messages.
Posted by: Fred || 05/21/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [306 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  Bakeesh, or just "Sheesh"Fees, as in "Gee Whizz"???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 05/21/2012 1:56 Comments || Top||

#2  The Pakistanis probably figure that they might as well try to squeeze us for the money while Pres. Obama & Sec. Clinton are still in office & the foreign aid spigot is wide open.
Posted by: American Delight || 05/21/2012 12:18 Comments || Top||

#3  Better find another word for baksheesh.
Posted by: gorb || 05/21/2012 14:32 Comments || Top||


Iraq
Lawyers for Fugitive Iraq VP Withdraw from Case
[An Nahar] Lawyers for Iraq's runaway Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi, a Sunni who is accused of running a death squad, on Sunday withdrew from the case, on the grounds their appeals had been rejected.

The vice president, last known to be in Turkey, is the subject of an Interpol red notice calling for his arrest but says he fears for his life in Storied Baghdad
...located along the Tigris River, founded in the 8th century, home of the Abbasid Caliphate...
. He is being tried in absentia on charges he says are politically motivated.

"We decided to withdraw from the case as the appeals commission did not review the appeals we presented to it," Muayad al-Izzi, the head of Hashemi's defense team, told news hounds.

The Central Criminal Court of Iraq, which held the fourth hearing on the case on Sunday, responded by appointing two new lawyers to replace those who withdrew.

Hashemi had said in a May 17 statement on his website that he was considering withdrawing his lawyers due to "legal violations."

These included the trial not being transferred to another venue and Hashemi's lawyers not being permitted to meet with accused members of his staff or witnesses individually, the statement said.

Hashemi, one of Iraq's top Sunni Arab officials, was accused in December of running a death squad and, along with his staff and bodyguards, faces around 150 charges.

The accusations were first leveled in December after U.S. troops completed their withdrawal, during a political crisis in which his bloc boycotted cabinet and parliament, accusing Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki
... Prime Minister of Iraq and the secretary-general of the Islamic Dawa Party....
of monopolizing power.

After the initial charges were filed, the vice president fled to the autonomous Kurdistan region in northern Iraq, whose authorities declined to hand him over to the central government.

They then allowed him to leave on a tour of the region that has taken him to Qatar, Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in their national face...
and now Turkey. Ankara has said it will not extradite him to Iraq.
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Netanyahu: Jerusalem Will Remain United
Prime minister warns that partitioning Jerusalem could result in religious war. Speaking in Jerusalem Day state ceremony he says, 'Israel without a united Jerusalem is like a body with a weak heart'

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Sunday that partitioning Jerusalem could result in a religious war.
 
Speaking at a state ceremony marking Jerusalem Day in the capital's Ammunition Hill, Netanyahu said: "If we place this quadrate of the Temple Mount in the hands of others, I doubt we will be able to avoid a religious war.

"I know what history has taught us: only under Israeli illusory sovereignty were peace and quiet among the faiths maintained."
 
Netanyahu further added, "Israel without Jerusalem is like a body with a weak heart. Never again will our heart be divided.
 
"A nation willing to sacrifice its heart would convince its enemies it has no desire to fight for anything. Jewish history has changed forever: the divided city has been united and will stay that way.
 
"Our generation has a great privilege of witnessing the realization of the words of the prophets. It is up to our generation to secure this change for generations to come."
 
President Shimon Peres, who also attended the ceremony, said: "The Jewish longing for Jerusalem is unparalleled." In a message of peace, he remarked: "We will always cherish and respect Jerusalem's residents and visitors of all faiths. We shall honor their holy places and their right for freedom of religion."
 
"The crowing glory (of the Six Day War) that gave it great spiritual meaning and that struck a chord with every Jew in Israel and the world was Jerusalem," he said.
 
"Jerusalem was and is the Jewish people's first city," Peres added.
 
"In its entire history, Jerusalem has never been so great, open, versatile, lively and yearning for peace as it is today."
 
The ceremony was also attended by Mayor Nir Barkat, IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz, Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino and bereaved families.
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#1  As contrary to Benji, EHMUD OLMERT says Jerusalem must be divided.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 05/21/2012 23:50 Comments || Top||


Muslims Revive Old Pilgrimage Route Via Jerusalem
After decades of shying away from ancient pilgrimage route, and despite Arab leaders' opposition, increasing numbers of Moslems visit Jerusalem to pray at Al-Aqsa mosque
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Syrian Regime Moving Allawites Into Homs
Bashir al-Assad's forces are driving away Sunnis from residential districts in Homs to replace them with ethnic Allawites, according to a prominent member of the Syrian National Council (SNC).

The regime forces have combed Homs districts in recent months to track down opponents, he told Arab News yesterday.

The planned cleansing took place in several Sunni districts of the city: Karam Al-Zaitoun, Karam Al-Louz, Adwiya, Mureeja, Wajab Al-Jandali, Tadmur, Bab Al-Dareb and Zahra, the official said, adding that all Sunnis were driven away from some of these districts.

Muhammad Al-Turkawi, a leading member of the Council of Arab Tribes and a member of the SNC, said the regime has thrown out Sunnis as part of its efforts to establish an Allawite state, extending to the Syrian coast, as a last line of defense.

"The Syrian regime wants to deepen racial hatred among people in order to protect itself. At the same time opposition groups demand peaceful coexistence of all groups of people," Al-Turkawi told Arab News.

The Allawites are concentrated in mountains and villages in cities (Tartous, Latakia and Bani Yas) located along the Syrian coasts. About 65 percent of people in these cities are Sunni. Homs is one of the strongholds of Syrian revolution, which witnessed many protest marches during the past months.

According to Saleem Al-Qabbani, a member of the coordination committee in Homs, the regime's security forces were executing a programmed plan to drive out Sunnis from the city.

"People in Shumas were facing pressure to leave the district." Most Sunnis have taken refuge in Al-Waar district.
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Tehran Police's New Target: Pet Dogs
Worry not, dear Reader. Iran goes through this every year in late spring -- the masses must be reminded to behave as the temptations of summer approach.
Police beef up enforcement of Islamic law ahead of summer, banning women's 'immodest' attire, presence of 'impure' pets in public sphere
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#1  Book 024 of the Hadith collection from Muslim, Number 5248:

Maimuna reported that one morning Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) was silent with grief. Maimuna said: Allah's Messenger, I find a change in your mood today. Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: Gabriel had promised me that he would meet me tonight, but he did not meet me. By Allah, he never broke his promises, and Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) spent the day in this sad (mood). Then it occurred to him that there had been a puppy under their cot. He commanded and it was turned out. He then took some water in his hand and sprinkled it at that place. When it was evening Gabriel met him and he said to him: you promised me that you would meet me the previous night. He said: Yes, but we do not enter a house in which there is a dog or a picture. Then on that very morning he commanded the killing of the dogs until he announced that the dog kept for the orchards should also be killed, but he spared the dog meant for the protection of extensive fields (or big gardens).
Posted by: Lord Garth || 05/21/2012 10:12 Comments || Top||

#2  They gather the pet dogs as part of the deal they've with Obama?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/21/2012 18:32 Comments || Top||

#3  Heh, grom. ;-p
Posted by: Barbara || 05/21/2012 19:47 Comments || Top||



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