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Home Front: Politix: Illegal fundraiser for the Clintons made secret tape because he feared being assassinated over what he knew
Posted by Besoeker 02/24/2017  00:37 0 Comments 155 words Read the whole thing on page 6
[MAIL] A Chinese-American businessman at the center of a Clinton campaign finance scandal secretly filmed a tell-all video as an 'insurance policy' - because he feared being murdered.

In footage provided exclusively to DailyMail.com, Johnny Chung spills details on how he illegally funneled money from Chinese officials to Bill Clinton's 1996 re-election bid.

The Chinese-American Clinton fundraiser recorded the 'elaborate videotaped testimony' while in hiding in 2000. He smuggled it to trusted friends and family with instructions to release it to the media in the event of his untimely death because he believed he was at risk of being assassinated.

Chung is believed to still be alive and living in China. The video was obtained by author and historian David Wead for his new book Game of Thorns, which traces Hillary Clinton's unsuccessful 2016 campaign and the Chinese government's long-running operation to buy political influence in Washington.

Clinton illegal fundraiser: I fear secrets will cost my life.


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-: Hundreds of scientists urge Trump to withdraw from U.N. climate-change agency
Posted by Besoeker 02/24/2017  00:22 0 Comments 193 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[Wash Times] More than 300 scientists have urged President Trump to withdraw from the U.N.’s climate change agency, warning that its push to curtail carbon dioxide threatens to exacerbate poverty without improving the environment.

In a Thursday letter to the president, MIT professor emeritus Richard Lindzen called on the United States and other nations to "change course on an outdated international agreement that targets minor greenhouse gases," starting with carbon dioxide.

"Since 2009, the US and other governments have undertaken actions with respect to global climate that are not scientifically justified and that already have, and will continue to cause serious social and economic harm -- with no environmental benefits," said Mr. Lindzen, a prominent atmospheric physicist.

Signers of the attached petition include the U.S. and international atmospheric scientists, meteorologists, physicists, professors and others taking issue with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change [UNFCCC], which was formed in 1992 to combat "dangerous" climate change.

The 2016 Paris climate accord, which sets nonbinding emissions goals for nations, was drawn up under the auspices of the UNFCCC.


Government: U.S. reverses Obama-era move to phase out private prisons
Posted by Besoeker 02/24/2017  00:13 0 Comments 106 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[Reuters] The U.S. Justice Department has reversed an order by the Obama administration to phase out the use of private contractors to run federal prisons.

In a memo made public on Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the Obama policy impaired the government's ability to meet the future needs of the federal prison system.

The Obama administration said in August 2016 it planned a gradual phase-out of private prisons by letting contracts expire or by scaling them back to a level consistent with recent declines in the U.S. prison population.

It said privately operated prisons were less safe and a poor substitute for government-run facilities.


Home Front: WoT: New Orleans JCC briefly evacuated over bomb threat
Posted by trailing wife 02/24/2017  00:00 0 Comments 144 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[IsraelTimes] The Jewish community center in New Orleans was evacuated on Thursday after receiving a bomb threat, the latest JCC to be targeted, capping a week of similar scares at other US Jewish institutions.

A phone call threatening a kaboom was made to the JCC at 9:15 a.m., Katie Steiner of WWL-TV in New Orleans reported in a Twitter post. People were allowed back into the building about two hours after they were evacuated.

JCC staffers told another WWL news hound, Lyons Yellin, who was working out at the facility, that the bomb threat was a recording.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu tweeted Thursday that "anti-Semitism will not be tolerated" in the city and said the FBI was investigating.


Europe: German police arrest 26-year-old over terror plot
Posted by trailing wife 02/24/2017  00:00 0 Comments 359 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[DeutscheWelle] Authorities in the German state of Lower Saxony said on Thursday that they had incarcerated
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
a 26-year-old Salafist for allegedly planning a terror attack. State prosecutors said that bomb-making materials were found in his apartment in the picturesque town of Northeim.

Police believe that the young man was planning to target coppers or soldiers. They believe he wanted to lure them into "falling in a trap," where he would lay the explosives.

Later, prosecutors said that the man, who had German citizenship, had long been known to authorities as a radical Islamist. Uwe Luhrig, chief of police in the nearby city of Göttingen, said that rooting out suspected turbans was the highest priority for officers in the area.

This was the second incident of suspected terrorism in two weeks in the Göttingen area. A 22-year-old Nigerian and a 27-year-old Algerian were questioned by police on suspicion of plotting holy warrior violence. They were found in possession of improvised weapons, "Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
" flags and USB sticks with radical materials.


China-Japan-Koreas: Malaysia claims NK used VX
Posted by Beau 02/24/2017  00:00 0 Comments 170 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[Reuters] VX nerve agent, a chemical on a U.N. list of weapons of mass destruction, was used to kill the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in last week's bizarre murder in a busy Kuala Lumpur airport, Malaysian police said on Friday.

Kim Jong Nam died on Feb. 13 after being assaulted by two women who wiped the toxic chemical on his face as he prepared to board a flight to Macau at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Police arrested the two women - one Vietnamese and the other Indonesian - and a North Korean man last week. They are also seeking seven other North Koreans wanted in connection with the case, including a diplomat at the embassy in Kuala Lumpur.

South Korean and U.S. officials have said they believe North Korean agents assassinated Kim Jong Nam, who had been living in the Chinese territory of Macau under Beijing's protection.


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia: 2 Ukrainian soldiers wounded in Donetsk fighting
Posted by badanov 02/24/2017  00:00 0 Comments 261 words Read the whole thing on page 3


A total of two Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in fighting on the line of contact in Donetsk, according to Russian language news accounts.

lb.ua also reported that Russian backed separatists attacked several locations in Donetsk and in Lugansk. Mortars were used on Ukrainian targets in Zaitsevo, which is north of Gorlovka, and on Kamenka, which is south of Donetsk city.

In Lugansk, separatists fired mortars on Ukrainian positions at Popasnaya and Novozvanovka.

A separate news account in lb.ua said a Ukrainian paratrooper, identified as deputy company commander Stanislav, used an anti tank guided missile to destroy a separatist BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicle near Donetsk. Rebel troops immediately returned fire on Ukrainian positions.

Direct fire combat has been reported by rebel media in the Svetodarsk region, which include Gorlovka, Zaitsevo, and Logvinovo, all areas which have rebel troops dug in. Mortar fire on rebel positions in Zaitsevo, Gorlovka, and Petrovka have been reported.

Ukrainian artillery has once again hit the water filtration plant near Yasinovataya, which serves the population on both sides of the line, but according to a report in Novorosinform.org, plant operations continued without stopping.

According to a spokesman for the Lugansk ministry of defense, Lt. Colonel Andrey Marochko, Ukrainian mortar fire hit rebel targets in Lugansk, including at Kalinovka, Loginovo, Kalinovo and Lozovoye.

It has been reported in rebel media that Ukrainian mortar fire has been interspersed with fireworks shows in Donetsk city commemorating a Russian military holiday.


Afghanistan: 18 ISIS killed as clearance operations continue in East of Afghanistan
Posted by Fred 02/24/2017  00:00 0 Comments 434 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least eighteen loyalists of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group were killed during the ongoing clearance operations in eastern Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
province of Afghanistan.

The local security officials are saying that the turbans were killed in the past 24 hours in Haska Mina and Nazian districts.

At least two ISIS loyalists were also maimed during the operations and several weapons, ammunition, and explosives were destroyed.

At least 12 of the loyalists of the terror group were killed in air and ground operations in Gargari area of Haska Mina district and two others were maimed.

The Afghan cops also confiscated 31 Improvised Explosive Device during the operations in Haska Mina.

According to the local officials, at least six others were killed in an Arclight airstrike targeting the loyalists of the terror group in Baru Khola Khona village.

The turbans killed in the two districts are all foreigners, the officials said but did not elaborate regarding their identity.


Afghanistan: Taliban leaders among 11 killed in Helmand airstrike
Posted by Fred 02/24/2017  00:00 0 Comments 274 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least eleven Taliban turbans were killed in an Arclight airstrike conducted in southern Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province of Afghanistan.

The provincial government in a statement said at least two local leaders of the group were among those killed.

The statement further added that the Arclight airstrike was carried out in north of Garamser district in Umomi Bagh area.

The Arclight airstrike was carried out by the foreign forces targeting a gathering of the Taliban bully boys, the statement said, adding that the two leaders killed in the attack have been identified as Zaheen and Ghazni belonging to Kochian Mahaz brigade of the group.

In the meantime, local officials are saying that the clearance operations are underway in Garamser district by the Afghan cops and Afghan Air Force and several areas have been cleared so far.


Afghanistan: 10 Taliban insurgents killed in Kunduz air and ground operations
Posted by Fred 02/24/2017  00:00 0 Comments 189 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] At least ten Taliban turbans were killed in a series of air and ground operations conducted in northern Kunduz province of Afghanistan.

According to the security officials North of Afghanistan, the operations in the outskirts of Kunduz started late on Wednesday and are underway in other districts.

A front man for the 20th Pamir Division in the North, Ghulam Hazarat Karimi, said at least three Lions of Islam were also maimed during the operations.

He said the Afghan air and ground forces started the operations from Kanok area of Kunduz city and large swaths Imam Sahib district was also cleared by the security forces.

Karimi further added that some weapons, ammunition, and explosives of the Lions of Islam were also destroyed during the operations.


Africa Horn: Shaboobs seized Elhur from Galmudug forces
Posted by Steve White 02/24/2017  00:00 0 Comments 129 words Read the whole thing on page 1
Fighters with the Al Qaeda-affiliated militant group Al shabaab have wrested control of a key location in central Somalia from Galmudug state forces on Thursday, residents confirmed.

Locals said Al shabaab fighters moved in the area, without encountering any resistance from regional forces, who are reported to have deserted the area before Al shabaab’s arrival.

Al shabaab fighters mounted in Land Cruisers battle wagons poured into Elhur, about 45Km away from the coastal city of Hobyo in southern Mudug region, following days of advances and movements. Galmudug state officials are yet to comment the capture of Elhur by Al shabaab.

Al shabaab has recently seized Amara near Haradhere town from Galmudug forces, and vowed to continue attacks against the areas under the control of pro-government troops.


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia: Ukrainian security service stages kidnapping of deputy
Posted by badanov 02/24/2017  00:00 0 Comments 448 words Read the whole thing on page 3


A deputy of the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's national parliament, was a participant in a staged kidnapping by Ukraine's top security agency, the SBU, according to Ukrainian language news accounts.

Alexey Goncharenko reportedly was taken by a group of armed men in Kiev Thursday morning, according to a news account in korrespondent.net. He was released unharmed only a few hours later

Goncharenhko is a member of Ukrainian president Petr Poroshenko's voting block.

According to numerous news accounts, the SBU received information that Goncharenko was the target of a kidnap plan by local separatists in the Odessa region. The articles say that video had surfaced involving a local government deputy in the village of Limanskoye in the Odessa region, identified as Aleksandr Kushnarev. Kushnarev is shown in the video discussing torture.

According to a separate news report which appeared in strana.ua, the SBU sponsored kidnapping was executed in order to deprive Kushnarev of his target.

News accounts say that Kushnarev's son was killed in the May 2nd, 2014 Odessa Trades Union Hall building fire, which Russian separatists claimed was a cover for brutal attacks against Russian speaking separatists by local groups tied to the then new Maidan Ukrainian government. Russian separatists claimed that most of the people killed in the incident were murdered, a charge the government denies. It is stated in the articles that Kushnarev's plan was for vengeance for his son's death.

Yet another strana.ua report said that Kushnarev's son, identified as Gennady Kushnarev, at that time had been autopsied and the cause of death was said to be asphyxia caused by carbon monoxide poisoning. The autopsy also stated that Gennady was found in a pool of his own blood, which meant foul play could not be ruled out.

The Trades Union Hall fire is one of the galvanizing incidents which ethnic Russian separatists cite as proof the Ukrainian government intended to attack ethnic Russians in Ukraine.

According to the strana.ua report, remarks by Goncharenko about the incident, which were characterized as flippant, angered Kushnarev. Goncharenko himself was not involved in the May 2nd, 2014 incident.

The strana.ua report said that Kushnarev planned to torture Goncharenko by using an acid attack and by breaking his kneecaps. The report said that an Odessa local prosecutor, Oleg Zhuchenko, had ordered the arrest of three men including Kushnarev, all of whom were said to be involved in the planning of the kidnapping.

Instead of condemnation, the incident has received ridicule, including from deputies in Goncharenko's own voting block. Some have posted production stills from obscure Ukrainian comedy films depicting kidnappings.


Europe: Why the Dutch turned against Muslim immigration
Posted by ryuge 02/24/2017  00:00 0 Comments 190 words Read the whole thing on page 4
When she and her husband bought their house on the water in IJburg, the real estate agent didn't tell her the neighborhood would become the arena of what she calls a "social experiment" -- an effort by the city government to put middle class homeowners and social housing renters in one innovative urban development. The immigrants started moving in, brought over from suburbs where their cheap housing was demolished; 30% of IJburg housing turned out to be earmarked for the social renters.

Lammers said, "We have to share the gardens in some blocks, elevators in others. So people started experiencing bad things -- cars scratched, elevators urinated in. There's now a mosque on my street, a radical one." (The mosque's Facebook page, removed since locals complained to the authorities, contained references to a radical preacher and to Islamic Brotherhood, an organization some countries consider terrorist).

Some of Lammers immigrant neighbors soon found out what she was writing on her blog, and Moroccan youths started yelling "cancer whore" at her on the street, she says.


-Short Attention Span Theater-: Far from Brooklyn, Iraq’s hipsters declare war on poor dress sense
Posted by Fred 02/24/2017  00:00 0 Comments 514 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Iraq News] With their waxed mustaches, precision-clipped beards and dapper clothes, members of the Mr. Erbil gentleman’s club look like the smarter residents of Brooklyn or Shoreditch.

But rather than the hipster neighborhoods of New York or London, this is Erbil, the capital of Iraq’s Kurdish region ‐ just 100 kilometres (60 miles) from the grim battle to drive Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
fighters from their last bastion in the country.

Although an oasis of calm in a country torn apart by war since the U.S.-led invasion of 2003, Erbil has been unable to provide its young people with the opportunities they crave, say the men who set up their club last year to change that.

"When we started we were in a bad situation, economic crisis and then an expected war against ISIS (Islamic State)," said Goran Pshtiwan, 26, wearing a three-piece suit and custom-made moccasins decorated with the club’s logo ‐ without socks, naturally.

"There was no business activity so we started with the idea to gather and make something different and unique and change the look of the people and the way that they are thinking."

As well as regular meetings where they dress in different styles, from smart casual to black tie and traditional Ottoman-time attire, the club aims to support local tailors and craftsmen who help make their outfits.

Accessorised with purple-trimmed handkerchiefs, pocket watch chains and selfie-sticks, the men, in their 20s and 30s, hold photoshoots at local beauty spots, posting the results on Instagram where they have more than 60,000 followers.

The buzz has surprised co-founder Omer Nihad, a 28-year-old former stock trader, who said Star Trek actor George Takei, who has more than 2 million Twitter followers, had mentioned the club.

A recent video they shot received 5 million views, he said.

While a boy’s only club, Mr. Erbil uses its internet platform to promote women who are working to improve rights and opportunities for girls.

The group has about 40 members and is receiving so many requests that the founders are considering toughening the admission requirements which already set demanding standards for fashion taste.

Nihad said the club aimed to launch its own clothing brand, set up a shop and collaborate with fashion houses. And he would love to see Mr. Erbil featured in a high fashion magazine.

"Of course, we don’t want to be on the front page," he said. "It is okay if we were in the middle!"


Europe: Syrian on trial in Austria for suspected killing of 20 Assad troops
Posted by Fred 02/24/2017  00:00 0 Comments 378 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Iraq News] A Syrian asylum seeker went on trial in Austria on Wednesday accused of killing 20 government soldiers fighting for Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Before going into the family business Pencilneck was an eye doctor. If he'd stuck with it he'd have had a good practice by now...
near the city of Homs, a court front man said.

Austria has nabbed
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
several people for "belonging to a terrorist organization", a charge usually leveled against foreign or local fighters fighting in Syria alongside Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
holy warriors.

But the 27-year-old suspect in the Innsbruck case is not accused of being a member of any outlawed holy warrior group, the court front man said. It is the first case in Austria to involve the suspected killing of troops loyal to Assad.


Iraq: Iraqi jets destroy 9 Islamic State vehicles bound to Syria from Mosul
Posted by Fred 02/24/2017  00:00 0 Comments 423 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Iraq News] Iraqi fighter jets destroyed nine vehicles boarded by Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
members while attempting to flee western djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
’s town of Tal Afar to Syria, al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units) media said Thursday.

The outlet said the strike came as PMUs advanced further towards liberating areas south of the strategic Islamic State stronghold, coincidentally with advances by Iraqi government forces from southwestern Mosul toward the city’s airport and military camp.

Al-Hashd media service also said PMUs foiled an attack by Islamic State gunnies on Um al-Shabaab
... Somalia's version of the Taliban, functioning as an arm of al-Qaeda...
it village, eradicating the entire assaulting group.

Iraqi forces, backed by a U.S.-led military coalition and paramilitary troops, launched an offensive in October to drive IS out of Mosul, the krazed killer group’s largest stronghold in Iraq which they conquered in 2014. The eastern area was recaptured late January.

Setting on the battle for western Mosul, Iraqi and coalition generals, who estimate the number of gunnies there by 3000, predicted a tougher battle, having to ensure the safety of at least 750.000 civilians trapped by IS in dense residential areas containing more than 100.000 buildings.


Iraq: IS makes list of fugitive members in western Mosul, police arrest 18 in east
Posted by Fred 02/24/2017  00:00 0 Comments 427 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Iraq News] The Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
has prepared a list of 143 members it accuses of escaping battles with security forces in western djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, while 18 members were tossed in the slammer
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
by police in the eastern side of the city.

"The group issued this morning the first list of 143 of its members whom it described as ’delinquent’ for having escaped front defense lines in western Mosul," a local source told Alsumaria News on Thursday.

According to the source, the group distributed the list among members at its checkpoints and outposts in western Mosul in order to get fleeing fighter arrested.

Iraqi government forces, backed by paramilitary troops, launched Sunday a new phase of offensives against the Islamic State in Mosul, targeting the liberation of the western region after taking control over the east late January.

In eastern Mosul, Nineveh police chief, Brig. Gen. Wathiq al-Hamadani, said his forces arrested 18 members from the Islamic State at al-Qahera district.

Since recapturing the eastern section of Mosul, Islamic State Death Eaters have attacked liberated areas in that area with drones and sneaking murderous Moslems, killing several civilians and security personnel. Iraqi officials have also voiced fears that dormant IS cells in those areas could pose a security threat.


Iraq: Security forces kill suicide bomber southeast of Baghdad
Posted by Fred 02/24/2017  00:00 0 Comments 150 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Iraq News] Baghdad Operations Command announced on Thursday, that security forces killed a jacket wallah, driving a booby-trapped vehicle, southeast of the capital.

Spokesman for Baghdad Operations Command, Brigadier General Saad Maan, said in a press statement, "Iraqi security forces managed to kill a suicide bomber, as well as detonating his booby-trapped vehicle, in Jurf al-Nadaf area, southeast of Baghdad."

"The security operation was carried out without causing any human losses," Maan added.

Earlier today, a civilian was killed, while five others were maimed, when two bombs went off in northern and eastern Baghdad.


Iraq: Al-Hashd militia kill IS Emir in Tal Afar
Posted by Fred 02/24/2017  00:00 0 Comments 298 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Iraq News] A security source revealed that the al-Hashd al-Shaabi forces killed one of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
’s Emirs, west of Tal afar, Baghdad Times reported on Thursday.

The source said, "Forces from al-Hashd al-Shaabi managed to kill one of the Islamic State’s Emirs, known as Abu Dujana al-Tunsi, west of Tal Afar District."

"The security forces were also able to detonate a booby-trapped vehicle, kill two members of the Islamic State, in addition to seizing two booby-trapped armored vehicles in Ayn al-Agha Village, west of Tal Afar," the source added on condition of anonymity.

Earlier today, Iraqi forces took full control over the strategic djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
Airport in the west of the city, forcing Islamic State faceless myrmidons out of the facility.


-Lurid Crime Tales-: Arizona Senate Passes Bill To Seize Assets from Violent Far Left Rioters
Posted by Besoeker 02/24/2017  00:00 0 Comments 193 words Read the whole thing on page 6
[Gateway Pundit] Rioters caused over $100,000 in damages. Several conservative protesters were knocked out and beaten on the campus.

On Wednesday Republican state senators in Arizona passed legislation to seize assets from violent far left rioters. AZ Capitol Times reported:

Claiming people are being paid to riot, Republican state senators voted Wednesday to give police new power to arrest anyone who is involved in a peaceful demonstration that may turn bad -- even before anything actually happened.

SB1142 expands the state’s racketeering laws, now aimed at organized crime, to also include rioting. And it redefines what constitutes rioting to include actions that result in damage to the property of others.

But the real heart of the legislation is what Democrats say is the guilt by association -- and giving the government the right to criminally prosecute and seize the assets of everyone who planned a protest and everyone who participated. And what’s worse, said Sen. Steve Farley, D-Tucson, is that the person who may have broken a window, triggering the claim there was a riot, might actually not be a member of the group but someone from the other side.


Economy: DOW Hits Another All-Time High! Best Record Since President Taft in 1909
Posted by Besoeker 02/24/2017  00:00 0 Comments 141 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[Gateway Pundit] The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DOW) hit another record new high on Wednesday! For the 9th straight closing bell, going back to February 9th, the DOW set a new stock market high.

Counting weekends and holidays, the DOW has closed with new highs over the past 14 days. The only time in the history of the DOW where the DOW closed with new highs over a longer period was in 1987 under President Reagan. The DOW closed with new highs over a 16 day period (counting weekends) ending on January 20th 1987 for the highest number of consecutive days with new highs ‐ the best in DOW history.

The ’Trump Bump’ is only 2 days short of the all time record! No other rally has reached this level!


Southeast Asia: Militiaman killed in Cotabato clash with commies
Posted by ryuge 02/24/2017  00:00 0 Comments 95 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Inquirer] A militiaman was killed when Philippine security forces and New People's Army insurgents clashed in Magpet, North Cotabato on Tuesday.

Military spokesman Silver Belvis said troops were conducting combat patrol in Sitio Buay-buay in Barangay Basak when shot at by NPA militants, who were positioned on higher ground. He said, "Our troops immediately established defensive position and engaged the rebels who withdrew toward the northwest direction of the village."

Belvis said the 15 militants came from the NPA's Southern Mindanao Regional Command that has been operating in the towns of Magpet, President Roxas and Arakan.


Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Islamic Jihad: Tehran Conference Confronted Marginalizing Palestinian Cause
Posted by Fred 02/24/2017  00:00 0 Comments 200 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[ENGLISH.ALMANAR.LB] The deputy chief of the Islamic Jihad
...created after many members of the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah...
resistance movement Ziyad Nakhala stressed that Tehran conference which was concluded on Wednesday confronted the plot aimed at marginalizing the Paleostinian cause.

Nakhala added that the participation of the various Paleostinian resistance movements in the conference frustrated the Zionist bets on disintegrating the axis of resistance.

He also hailed Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei speech during the opening session of the conference, adding that it stressed Iran’s stable attitude which supports the resistance in Paleostine.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Syria Deputy FM to Al-Manar: ‘Israel’ Responsible for Entire Syria Crisis
Posted by Fred 02/24/2017  00:00 0 Comments 65 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[ENGLISH.ALMANAR.LB] Syria Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal al-Mekdad told al-Manar TV channel that no one can impose on the Syrians their political destiny, noting that they can independently ink their own constitution.

Al-Mekdad stressed that Russia supports the Syrians’ freedom and independence and does not interfere in their internal concerns, highlighting that the Zionist entity is responsible for the entire crisis in Syria.



Arabia: Refugee council staff detained by Houthis for distributing aid released in Yemen
Posted by Fred 02/24/2017  00:00 0 Comments 441 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Seven people detained in a Houthi-held part of Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic...
for using recycled boxes originating in 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 the Soddy national face...
to distribute aid have been released, the Norwegian Refugee Council said on Thursday.

"We are greatly relieved by the release of our staff members and the driver," said Mutasim Hamdan, the organization’s Yemen country director.

"They are in good condition, and we are pleased that they are now reunited with their families," Hamdan said in a statement.

Houthis in the Red Sea coastal district of Hudaydah detained six staff and a contracted driver - all Yemeni citizens - earlier this week.

Local sources told AFP the employees were accused of having accepted and distributed aid from the Arab coalition, which has been supporting the legitimate government headed by President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi.

The Norwegian Refugee Council, an independent aid group based in Oslo, said it did not receive funding from Saudi Arabia for its relief operations in Yemen.

It had, however, been using recycled boxes to distribute hygiene kits in Yemen.

The group said when staff had opened the boxes to distribute the aid, the inside read "The campaign of the King of the Arabians, Sheikh of the Burning Sands, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for emergency response," a reference to the Saudi king.

The boxes were dated January 2015 and had originally been used for food, according to the NRC.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: 130 bodies found in Syria mass graves
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The bodies of some 130 fighters shot execution-style or beheaded by rival gunnies have been found in mass graves in northwestern Syria, a monitoring group and rebel sources said Thursday.

The grim discovery comes nearly a week after festivities in Idlib province between the krazed killer Jund al-Aqsa rebel group and al-Qaeda’s former Syrian affiliate and allied factions.

At least 131 bodies were found on Wednesday and Thursday in two separate mass graves near the town of Khan Sheikun, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Some had been shot and others beheaded.

Last week the bodies of 41 rebel fighters had been found near the same town, said the Britannia-based monitoring group.

Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman said Jund al-Aqsa had detained the fighters and then "executed" them.

Mohammad Rashid, a front man for the rebel Jaish al-Nasr group, also reported the deaths but put the number of bodies found at 128.

According to him, 71 of those killed were fighters from his group.

"Three citizen journalists and 11 commanders were among them," said Rashid.

A source from the civil defence also reported that 128 bodies had been recovered from two graves inside a former army barracks that had been occupied by Jund al-Aqsa.

Jund al-Aqsa, which is considered close to ISIS, is reviled by most rebels in the region and is designated a "terrorist group" by Washington.

Earlier this month, Jund al-Aqsa had been locked in festivities with Fateh al-Sham
...formerly al-Nusra, the current false nose and mustache of al-Qaeda in the Levant...
, the former al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria, after tensions over influence in Idlib, a province held by rebels.

Fateh al-Sham was fighting alongside several allied groups in a coalition dubbed Tahrir al-Sham, and the battles spread beyond Idlib to neighboring Hama province.

According to the Observatory, Jund al-Aqsa fighters have pulled back to Hama and to other areas.

More than 310,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict began in March 2011 with anti-government protests.

The war has become a complex multi-front conflict, drawing in krazed killer groups and international armies.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Turkey-backed Syrian rebels seize control in almost all of al-Bab
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
-backed Syrian rebels have seized control of almost all of Syria’s al-Bab and are now working to find and clear mines, Turkey’s defense minister told state-run Anadolu news agency on Thursday.

The Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
, backed by Turkish tanks, warplanes and special forces, have entered the center of al-Bab, a town they have been besieging for weeks, Isik said in an interview with Anadolu.

Turkey launched its Syrian operation, dubbed "Operation Euphrates Shield," in August, an effort to push ISIS from its border and stop the advance of a Syrian Kurdish militia.

Taking control of al-Bab, an ISIS stronghold 30 km (20 miles) from the Turkish border, would deepen Turkish influence in an area of Syria where it has effectively created a buffer zone and would allow the Ankara-backed forces to press on towards Raqqa, ISIS’s de facto capital in Syria.

The Free Syrian Army fighters, a loose coalition of Syrian Arabs and Turkmen, have been attacking al-Bab since December, aided by Turkish warplanes, tanks and special forces.

Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency, citing its correspondent in al-Bab, said the rebels had seized control of the town center and were now clearing mines and bombs laid by the myrmidons. Some 1,900 square kilometers (734 square miles) in northern Syria has now been cleared of Death Eater groups, it said.

"We had reached the city center yesterday but there was a suicide kaboom so we had to withdraw a little bit. And today we attacked again. I can say that 85-90 percent of the city is under control," a fighter from the Sultan Murad Brigade who is in al-Bab told Rooters by telephone.

"They have dug tunnels all under Bab and those who have remained are all jacket wallahs. The whole of the city is mined. I can say that every meter is mined."


Britain: US could become ‘associate member’ of the Commonwealth
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[Dhaka Tribune] The United States could eventually become an "associate member" of the Commonwealth, according to plans being drawn up by the Royal Commonwealth Society, reports the Telegraph. The move, which is said to have the backing of the Queen, is believed to have come about because of US President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
’s love of Britannia and the Royal Family.

With the UK making plans to leave the European Union
...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
, official are keen to build up international relations through the Commonwealth in a number of areas, including trade.

Director of the Royal Commonwealth Society Michael Lake told The Telegraph: "The UK rather left this treasure in the attic, and forgot about it because people were so glued to Brussels." Lake said the plans had been hastened by the "opportunity of a new president, and the slightly dangerous but great fun opportunity that the ’Bad Boys of Brexit’ offered."

In December, Lake wrote a letter to Trump, which was hand carried by Andrew Wigmore, a close aide to Nigel Farage, and then delivered by the former UKIP leader. Wigmore joined Farage and Arron Banks, the millionaire businessman in visiting Trump after the US election, and continues to have close ties with the administration.

Farage, who has emerged as a key ally of Trump, promoted the idea with senior aides, reportedly presenting the letter to Steve Bannon, the president’s chief strategist. He believes the Commonwealth alliance fits well with Trump’s foreign policy outlook.

A new branch of the Commonwealth Society has already opened in Helsinki, acting as a Baltic-Scandinavian hub, to help facilitate business ties with Commonwealth countries. Last year the Commonwealth Society opened a chapter in Dublin, as part of a campaign to help persuade the Republic to rejoin the alliance of 52 member states.

Sources indicate that Trump believes that the model of the Commonwealth fits well with his foreign policy outlook. Trump is understood to think that the former Commonwealth country India is a "true friend and partner", according to a phone call he had with the country’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Trump, whose mother is Scottish and a royalist, has also expressed his enthusiasm for building his connections with the Royal family.
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Bangladesh: Four star US general concerned over AQIS presence in Bangladesh
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[Dhaka Tribune] Former NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Originally it was a mutual defense pact directed against an expansionist Soviet Union. In later years it evolved into a mechanism for picking the American pocket while criticizing the cut of the American pants...
Allied Land Command leader General John W Nicholson expressed growing concerns regarding al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) activities in Bangladesh.

In a February 22 interview with Combating Terrorism Center’s (CTC) magazine Sentinel, the Commander of Resolute Support and US Forces-Afghanistan said: "With our growing relationship with India, we are concerned about the instability in Bangladesh, and we have seen a lot of AQIS interference in Bangladesh."

Since al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri
... Formerly second in command of al-Qaeda, now the head cheese, occasionally described as the real brains of the outfit. Formerly the Mister Big of Egyptian Islamic Jihad. Bumped off Abdullah Azzam with a car boom in the course of one of their little disputes. Is thought to have composed bin Laden's fatwa entitled World Islamic Front Against Jews and Crusaders. Currently residing in the North Wazoo area assuming he's not dead like Mullah Omar. He lost major face when he ordered the nascent Islamic State to cease and desist and merge with the orthodx al-Qaeda spring, al-Nusra...
’s announcement in September 2014 regarding the formation of AQIS to move the group’s activities into India, Pakistain and Bangladesh, the governments of Bangladesh and the US refused to admit their presence.

On June 30 last year, however, the US government issued a statement blacklisting AQIS as a "foreign terrorist organization" and its leader, Indian-born Asim Umar
...chief of al-Qaeda's Sharia Committee for Pakistain, named head of al-Qaeda in India. His video appearances are frequently accompanied by clips of al Qaeda's senior propagandist in Pakistan, Ahmad Farooq. Umar the author of The Army of Anti-Christ: Blackwater, Documentation of the Dreadful Terrorist Activities of America's Blackwater in Islamic Countries...
, a "specially designated global terrorist."

AQIS involvement in Bangladesh surfaced through Dawahilallah, a forum of AQIS or local al-Qaeda representatives Ansar al-Islam.

In October last year, forum members instigated attacks on the Hindus of Nasirnagar when the local Moslem hardliners attacked the area, protesting an allegedly blasphemous Facebook post by a Hindu youth.

Subsequently, in December 15, al-Qaeda published a public statement urging the Moslem youths of Bangladesh to join the fight to avenge the persecution against the Rohingyas.

Speaking of a US Forces raid in Shorabak district of Kandahar in October 2015, Nicholson claimed they had found congratulatory notes going back and forth between AQIS and al-Qaeda about some of their activities in Bangladesh.
Though he did not specify the exact contents of the notes, it is highly possible it was in reference to the holy warrior activities carried out in Bangladesh in the October-December period last year.

"Of course, al-Qaeda is very focused right now on the survival of their big shotship, but they are connected to these guys as well. They all share the same agenda and the same focus," cautioned Nicholson.


Southeast Asia: Maoist militants vow to release six captives soon
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[Inquirer] Maoist militants in Mindanao on Thursday said they were finalizing the release of six soldiers, militiamen and a policeman in their custody even while fighting continues on the ground.

Joaquin Jacinto, spokesman for the National Democratic Front of the Philippines in Mindanao, identified four of those set to be released. He said two other captives would be released by the New People's Army unit holding them. Jacinto said the decision to release their captives was a "gesture of support for the resumption of formal talks between the [government] and the NDFP."

In an earlier statement, Maj. Gen. Rafael Valencia, commander of the military’s 10th Infantry Division, said President Duterte ordered the military to continue the offensive against NPA militants even while efforts to rescue their captives were continuing. He said if NPA insurgents were serious about talking peace, they should lay down their arms and stop their attacks on government troops and other targets.


-Short Attention Span Theater-: Japan’s Bald Men’s Club gather at hot spring to celebrate being follicly challenged
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[SCMP] More than 30 bald men gathered at a hot spring facility in Tsuruta City, Japan, on Wednesday to show off their hairless heads and have fun.

Members of the city’s Bald Men Club took turns competing in a unique game of tug-of-war by sticking a suction cup, which is attached to a single red rope, to each of their heads. Both sides then attempt to pull the cup off of their opponent’s head.

"My head still hurts," Toshiyuki Ogasawara, 43, said with a smile. "I think I need to ice it!"

Masatomo Sasaki, 64, a first-time participant at the tournament, said he used to feel insecure about his baldness but now feels differently.

"I feel proud. Or maybe I should say, I feel good about being a bald man," Sasaki said, adding that he started losing his hair when he was 40. "And that is thanks to this bald men’s club."

The club, which has attracted roughly 65 members from all over the country since its founding in 1989, encourages people to "view baldness in a positive manner, to have fun, and to brighten the world with our shiny heads", according to its website.


China-Japan-Koreas: North Korea blames Malaysia for Kim Jong-nam’s death
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[SCMP] North Korea blamed Malaysia on Thursday for the death of one of its citizens there last week and accused it of an "unfriendly attitude" in a scenario drawn up by South Korea, which has said Pyongyang agents assassinated the North Korean leader’s half-brother, Kim Jong-nam.

Malaysia had initially told North Korea the person bearing a diplomatic passport had died after suffering a heart attack at Kuala Lumpur airport on February 13, Pyongyang’s state-run KCNA news agency said.

KCNA, citing a front man for a state committee, said Malaysia quickly changed its position and started to complicate the matter after reports surfaced in South Korea that the man was poisoned to death.

"What merits more serous attention is the fact that the unjust acts of the Malaysian side are timed to coincide with the anti-DPRK conspiratorial racket launched by the South Korean authorities," KCNA said, using the North’s formal name of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

Malaysia, meanwhile, has requested Interpol put an alert out to apprehend four North Korean suspects, Malaysia’s police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said on Thursday.

Police are also holding one North Korean man, but are seeking another seven in connection with the liquidation. Three of them ‐ a diplomat, a state airline official, and another man ‐ are believed to still be in Malaysia.

Khalid told news hounds a request had been made to Interpol to put out an alert to apprehend the four other suspects, who they believe have already made their way back to North Korea.

Khalid also said the police have sent an official request to the North Korean embassy requesting to interview the embassy’s second secretary and the airline official, having released their names on Wednesday.

"If you have nothing to hide, you should not be afraid to cooperate, you should cooperate," Khalid told news hounds.

North Korea’s state media, in the first official media report of the killing, did not name the person who died on the way to the hospital or acknowledge that he was the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Pudge Jong-un
...the overweight, pouty-looking hereditary potentate of North Korea. Pudge appears to believe in his own divinity, but has yet to produce any loaves and fishes, so his subjects remain malnourished...
, referring to him only as "a citizen of the DPRK".

"The biggest responsibility for his death rests with the government of Malaysia as the citizen of the DPRK died in its land," the KCNA report said.

The state media also blasted Malaysia for carrying out an "illegal and immoral" autopsy on Jong-nam.

"Malaysia is obliged to hand his body to the DPRK [North Korea] side as it made an autopsy and forensic examination of it in an illegal and immoral manner," the North’s Korean Jurists Commitee told KCNA.

Malaysia has not released the corpse "under the absurd pretext" that it needs a DNA sample from the dead man’s family.

"This proves that the Malaysian side is going to politicise the transfer of the body in utter disregard of international law and morality and thus attain a sinister purpose", it said.

The North’s statement repeated Pyongyang’s demand for a joint investigation, stressing it was ready to dispatch a delegation of its jurists.

On Wednesday, North Korea’s envoy called for Malaysia to release the North Korean citizen being held, along with two other women who have been detained.

"They should immediately release the innocent females from Vietnam and Indonesia as well as a DPRK citizen," ambassador Kang Chol said in a statement which repeated allegations that South Korea had influenced the probe.

The women must have been framed as they would have died if they had carried the poison in their hands, the ambassador claimed.


Southeast Asia: Top critic of Duterte’s drug war dodges arrest
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[SCMP] An arrest warrant was issued Thursday for the highest-profile opponent of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly war on drugs, but she dodged police and sought refuge in the Senate.

The planned arrest of Senator Leila de Lima outraged her supporters and human rights
...which are usually open to widely divergent definitions...
activists, who said the government had manufactured drug trafficking charges to silence her criticism of Duterte and intimidate others.

The 57-year-old lawyer, who has spent nearly a decade trying to link Duterte to death squads that have allegedly killed thousands of people, could be incarcerated
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for life if she is found guilty of drug trafficking.

"I have no plans of fleeing and I have no plans to go in hiding. I will face all these charges," a tearful De Lima told news hounds at the Senate in the early evening after a Manila court issued the arrest warrant.


Southeast Asia: Indonesia may do joint patrols with Australia in South China Sea
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Indonesia President Joko Widodo will discuss the prospect of joint patrols with Australia in the South China Sea when he meets his counterpart Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the weekend.

Widodo told The Australian newspaper he would like to see joint patrols with Australia, but only if did not further inflame tensions with China.

"If there is no tension I think it's very important to have the patrols together. We will discuss this with PM Turnbull," said Widodo.

Indonesia has traditionally taken a neutral position on the South China Sea, acting as a buffer between China and fellow members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) that have the most at stake, the Philippines and Vietnam.

But after China angered Indonesia by saying the two countries had "overlapping claims" to waters close to Indonesia's Natuna Islands, Jakarta staged large-scale exercise on the edge of South China Sea in October.

China claims almost the entire South China Sea, through which about $5 trillion worth of trade passes each year. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims to parts of the sea.

Australia - which says it takes no sides on South China Sea disputes but has supported U.S.-led freedom of navigation activities in the region - has been seeking to repair ties with Indonesia after their most recent spat. Indonesia suspended military cooperation with Australia in January after "insulting" teaching materials were found at an Australian base. While Australia's army chief apologized to Indonesia in February, military cooperation remains suspended.


India-Pakistan: 4 killed as militants ambush Indian army convoy in held Kashmir
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[DAWN] A woman and three soldiers were killed Thursday when hard boyz ambushed an army convoy in India-held Kashmire, police said.

The soldiers were returning from a search operation when the hard boyz attacked their convoy, injuring six, three of whom later died.

The civilian woman was hit by a stray bullet and died, police said.

"Three army soldiers gave up the ghost at the army hospital in Srinagar," said a police front man who asked not to be named.

Area superintendent of police Tahir Saleem told AFP the woman, who lived near where the ambush occurred in south IHK's Shopian district, was hit by crossfire.


China-Japan-Koreas: Malaysia names North Korean diplomat wanted for questioning in Kim murder case
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[DAWN] Malaysian police on Wednesday named a North Korean diplomat along with a state airline official who are wanted for questioning over the murder of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korea’s leader.

Kim Jong Nam, 46, was killed at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Feb 13, while preparing to board a flight to Macau, where he lived in exile with his family under the protection of Beijing.

South Korean and US officials believe the killing of the elder half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Pudge Jong-un
...the overweight, pouty-looking hereditary potentate of North Korea. Pudge appears to believe in his own divinity, but has yet to produce any loaves and fishes, so his subjects remain malnourished...
was an liquidation carried out by agents of the North.

Kim Jong Nam had spoken out publicly against his family’s dynastic control of the isolated, nuclear-armed state.

Giving an update on an investigation that has already angered North Korea, Malaysia’s police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said the diplomat wanted for questioning was 44-year-old Hyon Kwang Song, a second secretary at the embassy.

Police also want to interview Kim Uk Il, 37, an employee of the North Korean state-owned airline Air Koryo.

Khalid said both were in Malaysia but could not confirm they were in the embassy.

"They’ve been called in for assistance. We hope the embassy will cooperate with us and allow us to interview them quickly or else we will compel them to come to us," he told news hounds.

"We can’t confirm that they are hiding in the embassy," he said.

So far, police have identified a total of eight North Koreans suspected of being linked to the killing.

One, Ri Jong Chol, has been in jug since last week, and another, Ri Ji U, remains on the lam.

Khalid said police "strongly believed" four others were back in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang, having fled Malaysia on the day of the attack.

Police have not stated Ri Jong Chol’s role in the killing. He lived in Malaysia for three years without working at the company registered on his employment permit or receiving a salary.

Police are also holding two women -- one Vietnamese, one Indonesian -- who are suspected of carrying out the fatal assault on Kim Jong Nam using a fast-acting poison.


India-Pakistan: Militants, facilitators behind shrine blast traced, CM told
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[DAWN] KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has constituted three different teams to catch the murderous Moslems, their controllers and those involved in carrying out reconnaissance for carrying out suicide kaboom at the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar.

Sources said that the perpetrators of last Thursday’s blast that claimed the lives of over 88 people in Sehwan were traced from the call data records and the footage of CCTV cameras installed at the shrine.

Mr Shah formed the three committees at a high-level meeting he chaired late on Tuesday night. Chief Secretary Rizwan Memon, Inspector General of Police A.D. Khowaja, Principal Secretary to CM Naveed Kamran Baloch, Counter-Terrorism Department chief Sanaullah Abbasi, Brig Nadir Hussain of Rangers, Home Secret­ary Qazi Shahid Parvaiz and other bigwigs were also present.

One of the three teams was sent to Punjab
1.) Little Orphan Annie's bodyguard
2.) A province of Pakistain ruled by one of the Sharif brothers
3.) A province of India. It is majority (60 percent) Sikh and Hindoo (37 percent), which means it has relatively few Moslem riots....

for arresting some people belonging to the banned Hizbut Tahrir
...an al-Qaeda recruiting organization banned in most countries. It calls for the reestablishment of the Caliphate...
who had been identified as "controllers" of the man who went kaboom! in the Qalandar’s shrine.

The second team was dispatched to Wadh and Jhal Magsi in Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
to trace some suspects who were in telephonic contact with those carrying out the attack.

The third team, of which the Rangers were also a part, was sent to Dadu, Shahdadkot, Jacobabad and Shikarpur for the arrest of those who took part in recce before the blast and had brought the jacket wallah to the shrine for carrying out the attack.

The sources said that the meeting was told that some 10 suspects were tossed in the slammer
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in Dadu and Sehwan. Of them, six persons had been cleared after initial grilling and the remaining ones were being questioned.

The CM also constituted a high-powered committee led by the Rangers director general and comprising bigwigs of police and other law-enforcement agencies to make security plans, hold regular meetings and share threat alerts.

This committee would have a subcommittee, which would keep the chief minister apprised about day-to-day activities.

He also asked all the agencies to investigate the blast separately and share their findings with each other.

Earlier, the chief minister was briefed about the suspected controllers of the shrine attack who had been identified with the help of CCTV footage.

The chief minister was also informed that the Sherlocks had obtained the record of the calls made from the shrine before and after the blast. The call record gave Sherlocks solid clues to draw their conclusion.

Mr Shah was told that the police and security agencies in other provinces were cooperating with the Sherlocks probing the shrine blast. "If we successfully worked out this case then we would be able to stop such incidents in future," the CM told the meeting.

The CM also issued directives for ensuring the security of "soft targets". He was informed that the police and other agencies deployed their people in plainclothes at important places, where CCTV coverage was also being improved.

He was also informed about the details of the operation launched in different districts of the province and the number of arrests made so far.


India-Pakistan: Another operation
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[DAWN] TERRORIST outfits in the country have conveyed a chilling message over the last few weeks, and even yesterday in Lahore: no one is safe, neither civilians, nor law enforcement, nor the armed forces in the holy warriors’ escalating campaign of urban terrorism. And what seemed inevitable in the wake of this violence has now come to pass. A military operation has been launched across the country with the stated objectives of eradicating residual terrorist threats, consolidating the gains made in counterterrorism operations thus far and tightening security along the borders. The operation, codenamed Raddul Fasaad, entails coordinated action by all wings of the armed forces as well as paramilitary organizations, civilian law-enforcement agencies and intelligence outfits. Even though the offensive has a countrywide canvas, Punjab
1.) Little Orphan Annie's bodyguard
2.) A province of Pakistain ruled by one of the Sharif brothers
3.) A province of India. It is majority (60 percent) Sikh and Hindoo (37 percent), which means it has relatively few Moslem riots....

-- that has long been a hotbed of violent holy warrior groups that the provincial government has treated with kid gloves -- is clearly the focus. This was underscored not least by the fact that the operation was announced after a high-level security meeting in Lahore chaired by the army chief Gen Qamar Bajwa.

Despite appearances however, Raddul Fasaad was not inevitable, had the government -- both at the centre and in the provinces -- not fallen short in countering extremism and terrorism. For this was the much-vaunted aim of the National Action Plan agreed upon in the anguish of post-APS Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.
. The civilians were to supplement Operation Zarb-e-Azb
..the Pak offensive against Qaeda in Pakistain and the Pak Taliban in North Wazoo. The name refers to the sword of the Prophet (PTUI!)...
that was targeting bandidos snuffies in northern Pakistain by taking action against hard-line madressahs, cracking down on terrorist cells in urban areas where such elements can easily find cover, initiating reforms in the criminal justice system, etc. Crucially, the centre and provinces had also pledged to craft a counter-narrative to push back against the poisonous ideology that has fuelled extremism in the country. Instead, they have demurred, obfuscated, clamoured for military courts and, most damningly, refused to acknowledge the dynamics of terrorism. Consider Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan’s statement that banned sectarian organizations could not be equated with terrorist outfits. Or take Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah’s shifting the blame for the Mall Road suicide kaboom in Lahore on protesters gathered there, or the fact that groups like the ASWJ have taken out rallies despite being banned.

The reality is that a military force can only carry out kinetic operations; it cannot effect a change in mindset. And extremism is a mindset, one that has percolated through society for decades now. Only the government can counter it through an intelligent use of the resources at its disposal, that too if it displays a steely resolve that has been lacking so far. At the same time, even while recognising that a level of secrecy is necessitated by the situation, transparency must inform the operation: the military should clarify who it is targeting and specify a time frame for the campaign. A vague, open-ended engagement is never good strategy.


India-Pakistan: Terror forever
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[DAWN] AS the Soviet Union disintegrated in front of his very eyes, its last leader Mikhail Gorbachev uttered quite possibly the most prescient words of his entire political life: the demise of global communism would deprive the United States of its most visible enemy, the artefact justifying its imperialist adventures around the world. Gorbachev understood that Washington would have to devise a new ideological ’other’ to retain a mandate to intervene whenever and wherever it wanted.

More than a quarter of a century later, one would have to be living under a rock to be unaware that ’terrorism’ has become the great ’other’ of the self-proclaimed ’free world’ (read: the US-dominated world order). The same American-led ’free world’ that once decried communism as the antithesis of human civilisation. Gorbachev’s warning was heeded, and how.

We Paks were part of the anti-communist bandwagon then, just like we are part of the anti-terrorist bandwagon now. The irony of history is that at least some of the same proxies that we cultivated to wage holy war against the Soviet Union metamorphosed into faceless myrmidons that we want to hunt down now.


India-Pakistan: Operation against terrorism has broken backbone of militants, claims Nawaz
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[DAWN] Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
... served two non-consecutive terms as prime minister, heads the Pakistain Moslem League (Nawaz). Noted for his spectacular corruption, the 1998 Pak nuclear test, border war with India, and for being tossed by General Musharraf...
on Thursday said the recent spate of terrorist incidents cannot deter the nation’s resolve against the elimination of terrorism from the country, Radio Pakistain reported.
We can see that with every explosion.,
Talking to media in Ankara, he claimed "the operation against the terrorism has broken the backbone of the terrorists".

"The war against terrorism will continue till the elimination of the last terrorist," he said.

Nawaz said the decision to call Rangers in Punjab
1.) Little Orphan Annie's bodyguard
2.) A province of Pakistain ruled by one of the Sharif brothers
3.) A province of India. It is majority (60 percent) Sikh and Hindoo (37 percent), which means it has relatively few Moslem riots....

and initiation of operation Radd-ul-Fasaad were taken at Prime Minister House, "which shows government's determination to eliminate the scourge of terrorism from Pak soil".


India-Pakistan: Security forces sweep Rawalpindi, claim arresting 40 people
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[DAWN] The Pakistain Army, Rangers and police conducted a combing operation in the Dhok Hassu area of Rawalpindi on Wednesday morning and claimed to have nabbed
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40 people following the announcement of Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad.

The joint operation was conducted under the command of Colonel Amanullah of Pakistain Rangers Punjab. Out of the 40 arrested, 13 are said to be Afghan refugees. The arrested individuals were shifted to Ratah Imral cop shoppe, initial investigations have started.

A number of weapons were also confiscated in the sweep, with Amanullah confirming that the operation was carried out in the area with the help the army and the police.

The federal government on February 22 approved Punjab
1.) Little Orphan Annie's bodyguard
2.) A province of Pakistain ruled by one of the Sharif brothers
3.) A province of India. It is majority (60 percent) Sikh and Hindoo (37 percent), which means it has relatively few Moslem riots....

government’s request to deploy 2,000 Ragers personnel across the province for a duration of 60 days.

The Pakistain Army also launched Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad across the country to contain the recent wave of terror attacks in the country.


India-Pakistan: Pakistan recalibrating capabilities to fight terrorists
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[DAWN] As Death Eaters re-launched a campaign of terror against the nation this week, Pakistain too expedited its efforts to combat them and is quietly acquiring equipment and weapons required for combating militancy.

The US media reported at least three such deals this week, which involve helicopters and military vehicles that would enhance the military’s capability to pursue hard boyz in difficult terrains.

Earlier this week, Pakistain concluded a deal with an Italian aerospace and defence firm, Leonardo S.p.A. for purchasing an unspecified number of AW139 helicopters.

"The AW139 is the perfect fit to Pakistain’s operational environment, delivering outstanding capabilities with hot and high performance unmatched by any other existing helicopter type in the same class," said the firm while announcing the deal.

Despite uncertainty about bilateral relations under a new US administration, Pakistain is also purchasing weapons from the United States. Last year, the US Congress stopped the sale of eight F-16 fighter jets to Pakistain but the move did not affect the weapons needed to combat terrorists.


India-Pakistan: Social media reacts to fake bomb rumours in Lahore
Posted by Fred 02/24/2017  00:00 0 Comments 151 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[DAWN] Twitter users expressed disappointment shortly after rumours of a second kaboom in Lahore made the rounds on media outlets, creating an atmosphere of fear and panic on Thursday.

With chaos already at its peak due the first kaboom in Lahore's DHA Block Y, reports of a second blast in the Gulberg area, nearly an hour after the first kaboom, made rounds on all major media outlets.

The 'news' was taken off air soon after the Law Minister Rana Sanaullah put the rumours to rest after denying knowledge of any kaboom in the Gulberg area and requested that panic should not be spread.


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia: 4 dead Russian Diplomats in 3 months
Posted by badanov 02/24/2017  00:00 0 Comments 210 words Read the whole thing on page 4
[TheDuran.com] Russia's long time ambassador to the UN has died suddenly in New York - this is the fourth Russian diplomat who has died in the last 3 months.

Vitaly Churkin was one of the wisest voices in international diplomacy. His voice will no longer echo in the halls of the United Nations. Articulate, polite yet commanding, wise yet affable, he oversaw some of Russia’s and the world’s most important events in a position he occupied since 2006.

Churkin had to face a great deal of hostile criticism from both the Bush and Obama administrations during his time at the UN, but he always did so with grace. He never failed to explain the Russian position with the utmost clarity.

Standing next to some of his colleagues, he often looked like a titan in a room full of school children.

His death, a day before his 65th birthday, is a tragedy first and foremost for his family, friends and colleagues. It is also a deeply sad day for the cause of justice, international law and all of the principles of the UN Charter which Churkin admirably upheld in the face of great obstacles.

His death however raises many uncomfortable questions…
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India-Pakistan: 10 killed in explosion in Lahore's Defence area
Posted by Fred 02/24/2017  00:00 0 Comments 347 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[DAWN] A powerful kaboom in an under-construction building in Lahore's busy Defence Y Block Market left 10 people dead and more than 20 injured on Thursday.

There were conflicting reports regarding the nature of the blast. Punjab
1.) Little Orphan Annie's bodyguard
2.) A province of Pakistain ruled by one of the Sharif brothers
3.) A province of India. It is majority (60 percent) Sikh and Hindoo (37 percent), which means it has relatively few Moslem riots....

government authorities initially claimed that the blast was the result of a "generator kaboom", but multiple sources, including Nayab Haider, a front man for Punjab police, later said the kaboom was caused by a bomb.

A spokesperson for the Punjab Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) corroborated the claim, saying that the blast "seems to have been made [sic] by some explosives".

"It will become clear later whether it was IED timer [a timed improvised bomb] or [a] remote-controlled device [and] whether the restaurant itself was [the] target or the explosive went off in transit," the spokesperson said.

"Since building has collapsed, true picture will emerge later on," the spokesperson added. "Info will be shared with media as early as possible."

Edhi sources confirmed that 10 people had died, with two bodies later recovered from the rubble.

The area where the first blast occurred is a busy locality with several commercial offices and eateries. Footage shows nearby offices including HBL, Toni and Guy, Gloria Jeans, Bombay Chowpatty, Jalalsons among others.


Science : The race for autonomous cars is over. Silicon Valley lost.
Posted by badanov 02/24/2017  00:00 0 Comments 445 words Read the whole thing on page 4
Up until very recently the talk in Silicon Valley was about how the tech industry was going to broom Detroit into the dustbin of history. Companies such as Apple, Google, and Uber - so the thinking went -were going to out run, out gun, and out innovate the automakers. Today that talk is starting to fade. There's a dawning realization that maybe there's a good reason why the traditional car companies have been around for more than a century.

Last year Apple laid off most of the engineers it hired to design its own car. Google (now Waymo) stopped talking about making its own car. And Uber, despite its sky high market valuation, is still a long, long way from ever making any money, much less making its own autonomous cars.

To paraphrase Elon Musk, Silicon Valley is learning that "Making rockets is hard, but making cars is really hard." People outside of the auto industry tend to have a shallow understanding of how complex the business really is. They think all you have to do is design a car and start making it. But most startups never make it past the concept car stage because the move to mass production proves too daunting. Even Tesla, the only successful automotive company to come out of Silicon Valley so far, made but 80,000 cars last year and it's been in business for nearly 15 years.

When it came to autonomous cars the tech industry thought it would monopolize the technology, then dictate terms to the traditional Original Equipment Manufacturers. But the big OEMs did not sit on their hands. Ford, GM, Audi, Mercedes, Nissan and others launched vigorous in-house autonomous programs. So did a number of traditional Tier 1 suppliers like Delphi. They're now fully competitive. And they've been buying Silicon Valley companies to bolster their efforts, not the other way around.

This is where most in the Valley missed a crucial point. The history of the auto industry shows that all technologies get whittled down to a handful of global suppliers who then get caught up in a cost-cutting race to the bottom. When the tech companies decided to go after autonomous cars they were not dreaming of simply becoming automotive suppliers. It never dawned on them that maybe they'd only end up making - at best - 10% profit margins, not the 40% margins the Valley investment community feeds on.

Yet, while companies like Google and Apple are giving up on making cars, they're not giving up on the auto industry. There is another area where Silicon Valley could play a dominant role and it's all about accessing car-based data.
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India-Pakistan: Over 70 suspects held, arms recovered in Buner
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[DAWN] BUNER: About 77 suspected persons were nabbed
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
and arms and ammunition seized from their possession during a joint search and strike operation conducted by the police and security forces in Totalai and Pir Baba areas of Buner district on Wednesday.

DPO Mohammad Irshad Khan claimed that police rounded up 77 suspected persons, including a proclaimed offender, and recovered two shotguns, 16 pistols and 345 cartridges from their possession.

He said the operation was part of the countrywide crackdown on anti-state elements and their controllers after a series of terrorist attacks across the country.

The district police chief said security had been tightened throughout the district and search operations had been mounted to arrest Death Eaters and their controllers.

He said all sensitive installations and public places were put under tight security and around the clock patrolling was underway on different roads of the district.

DPO Irshad asked the coppers to provide maximum security to the people. He also urged the residents to extend full cooperation to police in maintaining peace in the district.

He called upon the people to keep vigil on their surroundings and inform police if they observed any suspected activity.


India-Pakistan: Former Karachi TTP chief among eight killed in ‘encounter’
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[DAWN] A former Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
chief of the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP), a ’would-be jacket wallah’ and six other alleged forces of Evil were killed in an ’encounter’ with police on the outskirts of the city’s Malir area in the early hours of Wednesday, according to officials.

The police also seized a ’laptop bomb’, weapons and ammunition from the dear departed following the exchange of fire that lasted half an hour in Rahimdad Goth near Malir’s Bakra Piri, the officials added.

They said the police conducted a raid on the hideout of forces of Evil linked with banned Death Eater outfits, TTP and Jamaatul Ahrar
...A Pak Taliban splinter group that split off from the Mullah Fazlullah faction because it wasn't violent enough...
(JuA), who, according to intelligence agencies, were planning major terrorist acts at sensitive installations, said Malir SSP Rao Anwar.

There are many sensitive installations in nearby areas such as Malir Courts, Landhi jail, better known as Malir prison, and Karachi airport, but it could not be determined immediately as to what their real target was, the officer explained.


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-: MEGA-DISASTER WARNING: ‘Earthquake and tsunami surge could start TOMORROW'
Posted by Blossom Unains5562 02/24/2017  00:00 0 Comments 269 words Read the whole thing on page 3
POWERFUL tsunami-causing tremors could strike Earth over the next fortnight from TOMORROW, because of the alignment of the planets, it has shockingly been claimed.
Just in time! Now I don't have to do my taxes...
A self-styled earthquake predictor is warning of a magnitude eight or higher quake hitting the planet in just nine days on March 4.

’Quake mystic’
Now, there's a moniker I'd like to use in an introduction.
Looks good on your resume.
Frank Hoogerbeets has issued an online "major earthquake warning" amid fears a "big one" is on its way.

Mr Hoogerbeets, who is based in the Netherlands, uses a non-scientifically recognised way of predicting earthquakes based on planetary alignments with Earth. He wrote on his website ditrianum.org: "In the last week of February and the first week of March there will likely be a significant increase in seismic activity with the highest probability of an eight plus magnitude earthquake around March 4."

Mr Hoogerbeets claims the positions of the planets and the moon have an impact on tectonic plate movement here on earth.

He added: "The anticipated seismic increase starting around February 24 will contrast sharply with only a few planetary alignments from the last week of January to the third week of February."
Meh...we've had a good run.


Southeast Asia: Thai army claims breakthrough pact with insurgents
Posted by ryuge 02/24/2017  00:00 0 Comments 189 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Reuters] Thailand's military has reached a breakthrough agreement with a Muslim separatist group to create a safety zone in the southern provinces. The army has been negotiating with Mara Pattani, a longstanding umbrella group that claims to speak for the rebels.

Major General Sithi Trakulwong, "Both sides have agreed to the creation of a safety zone in one of the three southern provinces to show their good faith. This is the most progress we've made in over two years of negotiations."

Sithi said the agreement would be finalized next week in Malaysia, once senior government officials arrive to conclude the talks.

Talks between the Thai government and the rebels began in 2013 under then Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, but stalled after the military coup in 2014.

Some analysts say the government is negotiating with a group comprised mostly of exiled fighters that is not influential on the ground. The rebel group Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN), which has been left out of negotiations, is now the main actor in the southernmost provinces, they say.


-Lurid Crime Tales-: How Jesse Jackson Jr. collects $138,400 a year from the federal government
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-Lurid Crime Tales-: Woman Arrested After Doing Cartwheels During Field Sobriety Test: Cops
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A New Mexico woman who confidently performed a cartwheel for officers during a field sobriety test was nonetheless arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated last week.

Albuquerque PD were dispatched Friday evening after receiving reports of a black Volkswagen sedan that witnesses said was driving recklessly in the area.

When officers located a vehicle matching the description, they say it was parked partially in the road and partially in a driveway to a trailer park.

Cops say inside they found 23-year-old Bryelle Marshall apparently passed out behind the wheel.

"Marshall was asked to step out and appeared to be extremely intoxicated by stumbling and having a difficult time listening to officers commands," Albuquerque PD said in a statement.

Marshall was given instructions on how to perform a field sobriety test, but cops say she laughed and instead proceeded to perform cartwheels on the sidewalk.

An officer's bodycam shows a suspect complete one cartwheel before a second attempt ends less successfully.

Cops say Marshall struck an officer in the back on her second try before falling to the ground.

At this point Marshall's opportunity to complete the tests was over and she was arrested.

Marshall was asked by the officers to open her mouth to ensure she was not chewing gum, food or candy, a police release said. "This was to ensure the breath test would be accurate. However she refused to comply with the officers commands on this as well," the release said.

Despite the officers' self-described "extreme patience with Marshall," she was arrested and charged with battery, aggravated DWI and for an expired license plate.

Marshall has pleaded not guilty to all three counts.


Science & Technology: Drunken Monkey Theory
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[BBC] Our ancestors were drinking alcohol before they were human.


-Short Attention Span Theater-: Lost pilot lands to ask for directions
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