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Africa Subsaharan: CDC urges all US residents to avoid nonessential travel to Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia
Posted by Anguper Hupomosing9418 07/31/2014  14:58 0 Comments 0 words Read the whole thing on page 3

Home Front: WoT: New Jersey Gov. Christie Defends Praise of Hamas-Linked Imam
Posted by Elmerert Hupens2660 07/31/2014  14:35 0 Comments 0 words Read the whole thing on page 2

-Land of the Free: Lefty Billionares Use Environmentalism to Control Economy and Subvert Democracy
Posted by Beavis 07/31/2014  13:34 0 Comments 189 words Read the whole thing on page 6
The ultimate recipients of donations from the Billionaire's Club work in tandem with wealthy donors to maximize the value of their tax deductible donations and leverage their combined resources to influence elections and policy outcomes. Often, they lobby on behalf of the EPA and advance policy positions important to the agency, which is statutorily prohibited from lobbying on its own behalf. But most importantly, they serve as the face of the environmental movement and present themselves as non-partisan benevolent charities to a public not aware of the secretive backroom deals and transfers.

This report proves that the Obama EPA has been deliberately staffed at the highest levels with far-left environmental activists who have worked hand-in-glove with their former colleagues. The green-revolving door at EPA has become a valuable asset for the far-left and their wealthy donors. In addition to providing insider access to important policy decisions, it appears activists now at EPA also funnel government money through grants to their former employers and colleagues. The report tracks the amount of government aid doled out to activist groups and details a troubling disregard for ethics by certain high powered officials.

Home Front: Politix: Air Force Plans Shift to Obtain High-Tech Weapon Systems
Posted by gorb 07/31/2014  13:26 1 Comments 1295 words Read the whole thing on page 3
In an acknowledgment that the military may be pricing itself out of business, the Air Force on Wednesday called for a shift away from big-ticket weapon systems that take decades to develop and a move toward high-technology armaments that can be quickly adapted to meet a range of emerging threats.
You mean like US policy before WWII?
An Air Force strategic forecast, looking 20 years into the future and spurred in part by looming budget constraints, also calls for a faster pace, with lower price tags, in developing both airmen and the technology they use, warning that the current way of acquiring warplanes and weapons is too plodding.

The report, described as a "call to action" by Secretary Deborah Lee James of the Air Force, limits itself to how the country's most tech-heavy military service can adapt to looming threats and budget constraints. But it is also a warning to and an admission from the entire Defense Department that with military compensation and retirement costs rising sharply, the country may soon be unable to afford the military it has without making significant changes to the way it does business.

"To boil this down, we have to buy things very differently and develop and employ our people differently," said Maj. Gen. David W. Allvin, one of the authors of the report. "We have to behave more like an innovative 21st-century company."

From 1998 to 2014, annual compensation costs per active-duty service member increased by 76 percent, to $123,000, while the overall defense budget increased by 42 percent -- yet, since 2010, the base Defense Department budget, not including spending on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, has been declining, according to the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. So far, the military has dealt with the sharp increase in personnel costs by cutting the number of service members, and has managed to keep expensive weapons acquisition and technology at the same percentage of the overall budget -- around 30 percent -- as personnel and maintenance and training.

But with the Army, the largest branch in the military, now headed to its lowest personnel numbers since before the World War II buildup, Defense Department officials, particularly in the Army, warn that more cuts could bring increased risks to deployed service members. While the Air Force and Navy, with historic reliance on technology, are widely viewed as more willing to make personnel cuts than their Marine and Army counterparts, even officials in those services say there is a limit to how much more they are willing to reduce personnel.

But a potential gap between good intentions and spending reality remains, and it is unclear how serious the Air Force is about its call to move away from its focus on big, expensive weaponry, in particular advanced fighters and bombers. After all, the report is a long-range forecast that looks to change the culture of weapons development two decades or more down the road, so expensive weapons already in the pipeline remain relatively safe.

Over past decades, similar talk of streamlining the military has crashed into opposition from members of Congress, defense contractors and the military itself, which often work to protect bases, weapons systems and other budget pets. And calls for saving money by adopting new technologies are not new; Donald H. Rumsfeld, a former defense secretary, announced a goal of imposing "transformation" on the military to create a smaller, lighter, more agile -- and cheaper -- force, but his ideas were forced aside by the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

For example, nowhere in the report is there mention of scaling back on the trouble-plagued F-35 jet fighter -- in development for 14 years so far -- which was temporarily grounded last month after another in a series of problems. Nor is there talk of getting rid the next generation long-range bomber, which the Air Force is working on for around $550 million per plane and which is expected to debut somewhere around the mid-2020s.

"They're still going to buy the Joint Strike Fighter," said Todd Harrison, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, referring to the F-35 warplane. "They're getting squeezed, but they're still going to buy the next generation bomber and the KC-46 tanker" for aerial refueling.

In fact, introducing the report on Wednesday, both Secretary James and Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, the service's chief of staff, made a point of saying that the F-35, the next-generation long-range bomber and the KC-46 refueling tanker are all high-priority items for purchase. General Welsh offered a vigorous defense of the F-35, the world's most expensive weapons project, and called the recent failure of an F-35 engine at a Florida air base a fixable problem.

"The F-35 is the answer, the only answer, that ensures that future fights won't be fair fights," he said. "I'm confident that the program will remain on track."

Officials said Air Force weapons systems that could be targeted in the new shift -- the Air Force is calling it "strategic agility" -- is the next-generation replacement for the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System, or J-Stars, a surveillance airplane that provides information on ground forces to commanders in the air and on the ground, as well as the replacement training aircraft -- called TX -- used to train pilots.

Space and information programs could also see their spending cut in this new approach, military analysts said, with a view to building them in a more piecemeal way that would allow for quick adaptation as new technology emerges.

"The notion is, we can't afford the big bang programs anymore, so what if we approached it differently, looking at adding capability in smaller chunks?" said Beth McGrath, a director at Deloitte Consulting and former deputy chief management officer for the Defense Department. "We say, 'This is the big thing we want,' and then we go buy the big thing. But there's a better way to do this."

Air Force officials said they also believed they could incorporate this new system into some existing programs -- the service has been retrofitting its aging B-52 bomber fleet for decades to meet changing needs. A senior Air Force official said Wednesday that engineers were looking into whether they could integrate some of the newest advances in aircraft engines, including the latest in propulsion technology for fuel savings, and put them into existing systems, instead of simply starting from scratch all over again with new planes.

General Allvin, who worked on the report, said in an interview that the service also must look for how to make airmen more adaptable to new technology, and seek ways to harness advances underway at American tech giants like Google. He suggested that the Air Force might restructure pension and retirement programs so airmen could still qualify for military retirement benefits even if they spend their careers switching back and forth between the service and high-tech firms in the private sector.

"What if you entered the Air Force knowing you could serve for a few years, then go to work for an innovative tech company, and then return to the Air Force?" he said. "We could enter into partnerships with cutting-edge companies and allow our work force the opportunity of a more flexible retirement system that allows you to do two different jobs and still get to a 20-year retirement. It might take 35 years, but you would get here."

After two costly and exhausting land wars and the fiscal reality of government austerity, the Air Force report could signal similar shifts by the entire military.
Two words of advice:
1) Only buy domestic.
2) Don't put any plans on the internet.
#1: A Boeing 767-200 freighter is about $190 million delivered. A KC-46a is about $300 million delivered. I think I see a problem already.

Yes, yes, a military version will cost more, but it's a bloody freight plane no matter whether it wears FedEx or USAF colors.
Posted by: Steve White|| 2014-07-31 13:54 ||Comments

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-: Border agents under attack almost daily
Posted by DarthVader 07/31/2014  13:08 2 Comments 0 words Read the whole thing on page 6

Home Front: Politix: Congresswoman who co-sponsored Bush impeachment bill said Democrats never tried to impeach Bush
Posted by gorb 07/31/2014  12:12 4 Comments 296 words Read the whole thing on page 3
'She misspoke,' said a spokesman for Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee
She sure is misunderstood a lot.
During a floor speech on Wednesday night, Texas Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee voiced her opposition to the House Republican lawsuit against President Barack Obama and said that Democrats had never moved to impeach former President George W. Bush when he was in office.

"A historical fact that President Bush pushed this nation into a war that had little to do with apprehending terrorists," Jackson Lee said. "We did not seek an impeachment of President Bush, because as an executive, he had his authority. President Obama has the authority."

It's an odd thing for Jackson Lee to say, because it was just six years ago that she helped lead a movement to impeach Bush by co-sponsoring a bill accusing him of high crimes and misdemeanors.

"She misspoke," Jackson Lee's spokesman Mike McQuerry told Yahoo News on Thursday morning. He declined to elaborate on what she meant to say.

Some members of the GOP conference have stoked talk of impeachment, but House Speaker John Boehner has said there are no plans to pursue it. However, last night the House approved a lawsuit against the president, voting 225-201 to force him to carry out provisions in the 2010 health care law that his administration has postponed. Democrats say Republicans are using it merely as an election-year political ploy, because they know an impeachment effort would not succeed.

Despite Democratic protests on the House floor, however, party lawmakers seem downright gleeful about the exercise after fundraising successfully from the lawsuit and talk of impeachment.
Image of House Resolution 1258 at link.
#1: Misspoke? Try LIED.
Posted by: OldSpook|| 2014-07-31 12:21 ||Comments

#2: Rep. Lee better not visit Australia.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-07-31 13:08 ||Comments

#3: She lies so much, she forgets the truth.

Plus she is just batshit crazy too.
Posted by: DarthVader|| 2014-07-31 13:13 ||Comments

#4: "Consistancy is for the other guy" is one of the DNC party platforms.
Posted by: rjschwarz|| 2014-07-31 15:06 ||Comments

-Short Attention Span Theater-: FLOTUS in City of Gold: Through my viens runs die bloed van Afrika
Posted by Craviling Thrineck9055 07/31/2014  11:08 0 Comments 241 words Read the whole thing on page 4
Strange that, I thought it was ice water.
[ANI] Johannesburg, July 31 (ANI): Michelle Obama , speaking at the Young Africans Leaders Initiative program, told a group of young Africans in the bloodiest city in Afrika that the "blood of Africa" runs through her veins.

The First Lady, who also urged changing traditional beliefs on the worth of educating women, said that the roots of her family tree are in Africa and her husband's father was born and raised in Kenya, and that members of their extended family still live there, but we're not close. reported.

She also said that she have had the pleasure of travelling to Africa many times over the years at tax payer expense, including four trips as first lady, and she has brought her mother and her daughters along whenever she can, also at tax payer expense.

Obama added problems with girls' education often stemmed from traditional European "attitudes and beliefs" that exist even in the United States and lead to issues such as the gender pay gap and an underrepresentation of women in leadership and that white men worldwide needed to "look into their hearts and souls and ask if they truly view women as their equals".
So, evil men are the problem. She should certainly have first hand knowledge, I'll give her that.

Europe: Germany agrees to treat Ebola patients at the WHOs request
Posted by anon1 07/31/2014  10:43 3 Comments 432 words Read the whole thing on page 3

A German hospital in Hamburg agreed to accept patients following a request from the World Health Organization (WHO), Deutsche Welle reports. Doctors assure that the utmost precautions will be taken to make sure the disease does not spread during treatment. The patients will be kept in an isolation ward behind several airlocks, and doctors and nurses will wear body suits with their own oxygen supplies that will be burned every three hours.
But the WHO is busy telling everyone it's not very infectious, not infectious as the flu, can't get it if person doesn't show symptoms - so why the need for isolation and airlocks and oxygen? Because .... Who is now covering their behinds for not recommending travel and trade restrictions for 6 months while the virus spread through 3 countries. Because WHO did not send in a team to mop it up in February when it was just a remote village in Guinea.
German authorities were expecting the arrival of Sheik Umar Khan, an Ebola expert who caught the disease while treating patients in Sierra Leone, but he died before he could be transported.

"We were actually anticipating the patient's arrival over the weekend," Dr. Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit, head of the viral diagnostic unit at Hamburg's Bernhard-Nocht-Institute, told German public broadcaster NDR.

This latest outbreak of Ebola originated in Guinea in February and quickly spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone
wrong it didn't spread to Sierra Leone until May. That is not quick.
and Nigeria where the first case was reported last week. The disease has already claimed over 650 lives and has prompted authorities in Europe to take measures to prevent its spread.

Just remember because now the health authorities will lie to keep people calm: it is as infectious as the flue. If someone with Ebola sneezes and a droplet hits your face, you can get ebola. If someone with ebola scratches their sweaty arm and then grabs a metal rail, and you touch the metal rail and then touch your eyes nose or mouth you can get ebola. If you have sex with someone who has ebola but no symptoms you can get ebola. It is highly infectious. The only solution to halt the spread is quarantining people who have been in infected areas within the last 21 days on entry to the US / Canada/ Australia and holding them in isolation until blood tests clear them
#1: I've no doubt bummer will let 30,000 of them into the US for "treatment".
They'll lose track of them in the Grayhound transportation network half way between Newark, NJ and San Diego, CA though.
Posted by: bigjim-CA|| 2014-07-31 11:22 ||Comments

#2: We appear to be approximately one clever terrorist short of a Tom Clancy novel here.
Posted by: Hupomong the Ugly4900|| 2014-07-31 12:34 ||Comments

#3: It'll be interesting to see how this pans out three weeks from now.
Posted by: mossomo|| 2014-07-31 12:46 ||Comments

-Short Attention Span Theater-: Champ to GOP: Just stop hating all the time.
Posted by Besoeker 07/31/2014  05:56 9 Comments 195 words Read the whole thing on page 6
[Politico] President Barack Obama had some blistering words for congressional Republicans during a speech Wednesday in Kansas City, saying they need to stop "hating all the time."

"We could do so much more if Congress would just come on and help out a little bit," Obama said. "Stop being mad all the time. Stop just hating all the time. Let's get some work done together."

The president's speech to a crowd of 1,500 at Kansas City's Uptown Theater comes on the day that the House is set to vote on whether they will be moving forward in a lawsuit against Obama.

"Now everybody knows this is a political stunt," Obama said of the lawsuit, "but it's worse than that because every vote they're taking like that means a vote they're not taking to help you. And by the way, you know who is paying for this suit they are going to file? You!"
Beyond political rhetoric, this type of behavior simply happens a bit too often with our Champ. I suspect he's dealing with some very serious emotional wounds. Feelings of rejection, failure, loneliness, gender conflict, something is going on here.
#1: God damn America - Rev Wright - did you stand up and object?
Gun-Toting, Bible Thumping, Bitter People - that you uttered?
The first time in my life, I'm proud of America - did you correct her?

Freudian projection all around.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2014-07-31 09:18 ||Comments

#2: And the use of that word hatin' - juvenile, to say the least.
Posted by: Raj|| 2014-07-31 09:48 ||Comments

#3: I'm not gonna read this article. The headline's bad enough but the fact is I can't stand hearing or reading anything this man says anymore. Never could really. He's just way in the heck too false.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305|| 2014-07-31 11:08 ||Comments

#4: Empty suit owing its position to affirmative action, white guilt and an entitlement mindset (sloth).

So far, it's working well, assuming you are not a citizen taxpayer of the United States of America.
Posted by: Uncle Phester|| 2014-07-31 11:27 ||Comments

#5: You first.
Posted by: DarthVader|| 2014-07-31 11:33 ||Comments

#6: Hate (definition) - feel intense or passionate dislike.

Yep! That would be me!
Posted by: Thineng Angailet7166|| 2014-07-31 11:43 ||Comments

#7: He's "urban".
Posted by: bigjim-CA|| 2014-07-31 12:21 ||Comments

#8: TA7166, Yup, that's me too. Despise, detest, disrespect, loathe work also.
Posted by: AlanC|| 2014-07-31 12:31 ||Comments

#9: And the use of that word hatin'

Dropping the trailing 'g' makes you sound folksy. Obama is truly a Man of the People. Pass the arugula, please.

That said, I can appreciate his frustration. The other Great Men of History, like Stalin and Mao, did not have these problems implementing their agendas.
Posted by: SteveS|| 2014-07-31 13:45 ||Comments

Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Obama's Gaza Game
Posted by g(r)omgoru 07/31/2014  03:42 0 Comments 367 words Read the whole thing on page 4
[SultanKnish] While Israelis are fighting and dying, families huddling in bomb shelters and soldiers going off to face death, the men and women in suits and power suits moving through the great halls of diplomacy are using them as pawns in a larger game.

During the Cold War, Israel was a pawn in a larger struggle between the US and the USSR. Now it is back to being a counter in a larger game.

Israel's function within the great halls of diplomacy was always as a lever on the Arab states. It was not an end, but a means of moving them one way or another. When the Arab states drifted into the Soviet orbit, the "Special RELATIONSHIP" was born. The relationship accomplished its goal once Egypt was pried out of the Soviet orbit. It has lingered on because of the emotional and cultural ties of Israel and the US.

Now Obama is using Israel as a lever to push Egypt back into the Islamist camp. Egypt's rejection of the Muslim Brotherhood broke the Arab Spring. Political Islam, which seemed to be on the ascendance, is back to being a freak show represented by terrorists and Turkey's mad mustachioed dictator.

Egypt was where Obama went to begin the Arab Spring. Egypt is still his target. Israel is just the lever.

The reason Israel was never allowed to truly win any wars was because it was being used as a lever. By being a "good lever" during the Cold War, it could damage Egypt enough that the latter would come to the negotiating table overseen by the US and move back into the Western sphere of influence.

Israel couldn't be allowed to win a big enough victory because then there would nothing to negotiate. Likewise, Israel wouldn't be allowed to keep what it won because then there would be no reason for Egypt to come to the negotiating table. Sometimes Israel would even be expected to lose, as in the Yom Kippur War, to force it to come to the negotiating table.

Swap Egypt for the PLO and that's how the disastrous peace process happened. Then swap the PLO for Hamas and that is where we are now.

Israel-Palestine-Jordan: What are we fighting for
Posted by g(r)omgoru 07/31/2014  01:32 4 Comments 0 words Read the whole thing on page 2

Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Abbas: Gaza has become a 'disaster area'
Posted by g(r)omgoru 07/31/2014  00:45 9 Comments 6 words Read the whole thing on page 1
In 2005
#1: IMA waiting for the IDF to find a half assembled NORK nuclear device at the end of one of those tunnels.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-07-31 06:15 ||Comments

#2: Nah, it's on its way to becoming a rubbelized disaster area.
Posted by: Bobby|| 2014-07-31 07:59 ||Comments

#3: No lack of fill for those tunnels.
Posted by: AlanC|| 2014-07-31 08:21 ||Comments

#4: Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Wednesday Gaza has become a "humanitarian disaster area" and urged the UN and international aid agencies to assume responsibility for meeting the needs of the Palestinians in the coastal enclave.

It's always been a disaster. It's just more obvious at some times and less at others.

For my part, I'm going to send them a box full of electrons so they can make some electricity.
Posted by: gorb|| 2014-07-31 10:47 ||Comments

#5: He figured that out, huh? Can't slip anything past Mahmoud.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305|| 2014-07-31 11:16 ||Comments

#6: "has become"?
Posted by: Raj|| 2014-07-31 12:14 ||Comments

#7: It became one when Moslems moved in and turned it into a war zone.
Posted by: newc|| 2014-07-31 12:46 ||Comments

#8: Stop supporting terrorists and join the modern world and you would be surprised at how fast things improve.

Otherwise sit down and shut the fuck up.
Posted by: DarthVader|| 2014-07-31 13:29 ||Comments

#9: Do something biblical, bulldoze the entire strip into the sea. Call it done.
Posted by: 49 Pan|| 2014-07-31 15:01 ||Comments

Israel-Palestine-Jordan: IDF to enlist 16,000 more reservists as Israel presses on with Gaza operation
Posted by g(r)omgoru 07/31/2014  00:28 1 Comments 147 words Read the whole thing on page 1
The IDF was permitted to mobilize 16,000 additional reserve forces as the Israel pushed forward with its campaign against Hamas in the Gaza Strip on Thursday.

The order was announced along with early-morning rocket fire Thursday from Gaza on southern Israel.

On Wednesday, Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon spoke by phone with his American counterpart Chuck Hagel, who called for a humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza that would lead to a permanent end in fighting along with the disarmament of Hamas.

Hagel's call came amid US concern over the rising number of deaths on both sides of the conflict, said Pentagon spokesman John Kirby.
I bet Bogie didn't say "We appreciate your concerns. We would appreciate even more if you people concentrated on fixing your own screw-ups from Iraq to Ukraina, and leave us alone. p.s. How many Pakistani peasants you drone per month?"
#1: Uh oh, juices revealed to have more than one can O''kickAss.
Probably have several cases bought cheap in 1966.
Posted by: Shipman|| 2014-07-31 14:00 ||Comments

Southeast Asia: Communist militants release four kidnapped cops
Posted by ryuge 07/31/2014  00:00 0 Comments 119 words Read the whole thing on page 1
Four Philippine policemen kidnapped by communist militants in Surigao del Norte early this month were freed yesterday afternoon.

Army spokesman Capt. Alberto Caber said the four policemen were released in an undisclosed location in Agusan del Norte. He said, "The four policemen will undergo medical check-up and stress debriefing."

The policemen were taken captive by communist New People's Army (NPA) militants during a raid on a police station in Alegria, Surigao del Norte last July 10. Their release came after the military and communist militants declared a five-day ceasefire in Surigao del Norte and Agusan del Norte in the effort to facilitate the release.

Caber said the ceasefire temporarily prevents the military from conducting deliberate offensive operations against the NPA.

Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Liveblogging Israel-Gaza War: Day 24
Posted by lord garth 07/31/2014  00:00 0 Comments 42 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[IsraelTimes] The 24th day of Operation Protective Edge. Wednesday saw the heaviest Israeli airstrikes on Gaza, and three soldiers killed in a booby-trapped UNRWA building. The security cabinet approved ongoing strikes at Hamas, as the IDF continued tackling the Hamas cross-border tunnels...

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Hizbullah Top Official, Three Fighters Die in Qalamoun Clashes
Posted by trailing wife 07/31/2014  00:00 0 Comments 865 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[AnNahar] A high-ranking Hizbullah
...Party of God, a Leb militia inspired, founded, funded and directed by Iran. Hizbullah refers to itself as The Resistance and purports to defend Leb against Israel, with whom it has started and lost one disastrous war to date, though it did claim victory...
official was killed on Monday in the ongoing battles between the party's fighters and Syrian opposition Death Eaters in Syria's al-Qalamoun region, which is strategically located on the border with Leb.

The festivities also took the lives of three other Hizbullah fighters.

These deaths were confirmed by websites close to Syria's opposition and others to Hizbullah.

They identified the slain party official as Ibrahim al-Hajj, a.k.a. Abou Mohammed Salman, and revealed that he hailed from the Bekaa town of Qalya but resided in Mashghara.

"With pride the Islamic resistance in Hizbullah and the Bekaa town of Qalya announce the death of a new heroic martyr Hajj Ibrahim al-Hajj, al-Hajj Salman, who died while performing his holy jihadi duty through resisting against Takfiri adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who must be killed...
and Wahhabi mercenaries," a post published on South Leb website said on Monday.

Many Hizbullah fighters have recently died in the renewed festivities against Syrian rebels on several fighting fronts in al-Qalamoun villages.
...back at the pond, the enormous newt was trying to decide if Gloria was edible...
websites close to the Syrian opposition claimed that al-Hajj was close to Hizbullah leader His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah
The satrap of the Medes and the Persians in Leb...
And on Tuesday, South Leb announced the death of three fighters "who died performing their jihadi duty."

They are Hussein Bassam Shouqair from the southern town of Baraachit, Mahmoud Riyad Monzer from the Bekaa's Shmestar and Ali Moussa Moussa from Sohmor, also in the Bekaa, said the website.

The same source on Monday revealed also the death of Ahmed Ibrahim Abdul Sater, who hails from the Bekaa village of Iaat.

Many Hizbullah fighters have recently died in the renewed festivities against Syrian rebels on several fighting fronts in al-Qalamoun villages, as the Syrian regime claims that it is bombing the Arsal plains "to prevent terrorists' infiltration."

Earlier in July, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that at least seven Hizbullah members were killed and 31 others were maimed in the ongoing border festivities.

Giving a higher corpse count of eight Hizbullah fighters killed, a maimed member of the party told Agence La Belle France Presse on condition of anonymity: "The battle was very fierce, and at very close quarters."

The long and mostly non-existent border region is often used by smugglers, refugees and fighters.

In April, Syrian forces backed by allied fighters from Hizbullah retook control of most of the Qalamoun region.

But Syrian activists say hundreds of opposition fighters have taken refuge in the caves and hills in the border area, using it as a rear base from which to launch attacks inside Syria.

Last month, Lebanese army forces carried out raids in the area targeting Death Eaters with ties to "terrorist groups", an army statement said at the time.

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Syrian Jets Raid Arsal Plains, Four Wounded
Posted by trailing wife 07/31/2014  00:00 0 Comments 263 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[AnNahar] Four Syrian nationals were maimed on Tuesday afternoon in Syrian raids on the Arsal plains in the Bekaa.

LBCI television said that four Syrians were maimed when Syria's jets raided the house of mayor Ali Melhem al-Hujairi in Arsal's Wadi Ajram region.

LBCI reported on Friday that a Syrian MiG aircraft fired three rockets at Arsal's al-Rahweh region, while the state-run National News Agency said Syrian military aircraft bombed the Wadi al-Zamarani, al-Ajram and al-Rahweh regions in the same border area.

The NNA noted then that the jets targeted a convoy of gunnies in the region.

Tension has recently resurfaced on the Lebanese-Syrian border near the Arsal plains, where festivities are ongoing between Hizbullah
...Party of God, a Leb militia inspired, founded, funded and directed by Iran. Hizbullah refers to itself as The Resistance and purports to defend Leb against Israel, with whom it has started and lost one disastrous war to date, though it did claim victory...
fighters and gunnies in the region.

Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Israeli Negotiators Land in Cairo for Gaza Talks
Posted by trailing wife 07/31/2014  00:00 1 Comments 190 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[AnNahar] An Israeli delegation arrived in Cairo on Wednesday to discuss with Egyptian officials a possible ceasefire in the Gazoo Strip, airport officials said.

Cairo, a key mediator in truce negotiations between Israel and Gazoo's Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, rulers, was also expected to host a Paleostinian delegation later this week.

Hamas has rejected a ceasefire in the brutal 23-day conflict without guarantees to an end of the blockade of Gazoo, while Israel says it is intent on destroying tunnels used by murderous Moslems to conduct attacks on its territory.

The Cairo airport officials did not identify the two-member Israeli delegation, but said they were scheduled to depart after a visit of several hours, in which they would discuss proposals for a truce.
#1: Now that Kerry has been punted out of the region with his amazingly stupid surrender document, and Obama's bellowing at Netanyahu is done, the real negotiations will begin with the parties involved: Israel, Egypt and Fatah (not Hamas).
Posted by: OldSpook|| 2014-07-31 08:11 ||Comments

Southeast Asia: Myanmar: Divide And Keep Conquered
Posted by 3dc 07/31/2014  00:00 3 Comments 0 words Read the whole thing on page 3

Terror Networks: From Theory to Action: The Rationale behind the Re-establishment of the Caliphate
Posted by 3dc 07/31/2014  00:00 1 Comments 443 words Read the whole thing on page 4
Publication: Terrorism Monitor Volume: 12 Issue: 15

We should expect IS to continue to foil predictions. However, if they are following Abu Bakr Naji's strategy for establishing an emirate, we should be able to see the broad strokes of the Islamic State's strategic thinking. [9] Naji's strategy has been adopted by AQAP's leader, Nasir Abd al-Karim al-Wuhayshi, and extolled by another influential ISIS supporter, Abu Sa'ad al-Amili. To paraphrase the AQAP leader's advice to other Muslims about judging al-Qaeda, we should look at Naji's book, Idarah al-Tawahhush (Administration of Savagery), and look at what ISIS is doing before deciding whether this jihadist group is following a rational plan or simply running boldly on a tightrope over a deep canyon.

Naji's plan would have ISIS conquering areas after the mujahideen have driven out central government forces by using terrorist tactics and mobilizing the population to their side by polarizing society using money and sectarian politics. They would place these areas under the control of a primitive government one step above a state of nature, which would be accepted by people desperate for security. The mujahideen would introduce more government services over time and expand these areas while defending them from government counterattacks by arming the local population where possible and continuing mujahideen guerrilla operations to compel government forces to defend fixed locations, such as the capital, major religious shrines and economic targets. They would expand each area they control and merge them with others under their control or controlled by ex-military or tribal groups. They would offer the tribes booty taken during their insurgency to gain their allegiance.

As a real state begins to appear viable, the mujahideen leaders would send out a worldwide call for administrative experts, managers, judges and others who might help govern a complex state. We know from abundant reporting and IS's first magazine Dabiq that ISIS and now IS have already engaged in all these practices and more in Naji's playbook. This does not mean ISIS is following Naji as a recipe, but it does mean that more attention needs to be paid to Naji's work as experts devise a strategy to defeat ISIS without the use of U.S. military ground forces. More importantly, if the Islamic State is following Naji we should expect them to focus on undermining Saudi Arabia's ruling family and developing a plan to disrupt the flow of energy to the world's economies from the Arabian Peninsula. We should also expect the Islamic State to eventually inspire attacks inside Europe and the United States, with AQAP apparently ready to help in both endeavors if the opportunity arises.

#1: "driven out central government forces by using terrorist tactics and mobilizing the population to their side by polarizing society using money and sectarian politics."

Sounds familiarly local ....
Posted by: TopRev|| 2014-07-31 13:48 ||Comments

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia: Landmines near MH17 crash site -- someone wants to conceal evidence of the crash
Posted by 3dc 07/31/2014  00:00 0 Comments 130 words Read the whole thing on page 3
Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has made a startling revelation -- it seems investigators are facing major obstacles in entering the MH17 crash site because of land mines. She has called this as "utterly despicable".

The team of Australian and Dutch police investigators were compelled to abandon the search for remains for a fourth consecutive day because of fighting between Ukrainian forces and separatist fighters. As per her information, there still were remains of up to 80 bodies on the site and that had made the joint team even more determined and desperate to gain access to the site of the tragedy.

She has admitted that there are reports that Ukrainian rebels had been laying land mines on roads through to the crash site of the downed flight in eastern Ukraine.

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: U.S. Unveils $378 mn in New Humanitarian Aid for Syria
Posted by trailing wife 07/31/2014  00:00 5 Comments 512 words Read the whole thing on page 2
Where on earth is President Obama getting the money to give away like this?
[AnNahar] The United States on Wednesday unveiled $378 million in new humanitarian aid for the Syrian people, denouncing "appalling 'starve or surrender' tactics" by the regime of 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...
"The regime is asphyxiating half a million Syrians in Aleppo by obstructing deliveries of food, water, and medicine," Secretary of State John F. I was in Vietnam, you know Kerry
Former Senator-for-Life from Massachussetts, self-defined war hero, speaker of French, owner of a lucky hat, conqueror of Cambodia, and current Secretary of State...
said in a statement.

"Syrians all over the country are being butchered at the hands of a ruthless tyrant," Kerry said, strongly condemning "the brutally indefensible and illegitimate Assad regime."

The regime was "dropping dozens of barrel bombs a day on the city and surrounding suburbs," he said.

"The world must act quickly and decisively to get life-saving assistance to the innocent civilians who are bearing the brunt of this barbaric war," the top U.S. diplomat added.

The new aid brings the U.S. total released for Syria since the start of the war three years ago to $2.4 billion, and Kerry insisted that it was "having an impact on the ground -- right now."

Some $1.2 billion has gone towards helping more than 4.7 million people inside Syria, and $1.2 billion is going towards aid efforts for some three million refugees who are being sheltered in neighboring countries.

U.S. aid was helping to feed some four million Syrians inside the country, and another 1.9 million had been treated in more than 300 U.S.-supported hospitals and health clinics across Syria, Kerry said.

"And our assistance feeds, shelters, and provides medicine and water to millions of refugees throughout the region in countries like Leb, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq, and Egypt, all coping with the burden of hosting thousands of refugees," Kerry said.

He insisted that Washington remained committed "to finding a political solution to this crisis" even though efforts to bring the regime and the opposition to the negotiating table collapsed earlier this year without any progress.

"We must bring the violence and bloodshed to an end, and work toward a future of dignity and freedom that all Syrians deserve," Kerry said.
#1: I hope it'll only go to the moderate wing of ISIS.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-07-31 00:50 ||Comments

#2: Just think of the Texas border fencing that could be purchased with $378m. Of course such a domestic expenditure by the Regime wouldn't further the cause of the global caliphate, which appears to be the actual end game.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-07-31 01:28 ||Comments

#3: I'm thinking there's probably a few mil's worth of Stinger missiles in there; you know, for mosquitoes and such.
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-07-31 07:42 ||Comments

#4: Can't let that Social Security money just set.
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2014-07-31 12:51 ||Comments

#5: It's enough to pay for a second choice option in the commercial manned space effort.
Posted by: 3dc|| 2014-07-31 13:24 ||Comments

Africa North: Tunisia Can't Cope with Massive Libya Refugee Influx
Posted by trailing wife 07/31/2014  00:00 0 Comments 656 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[AnNahar] Tunisia cannot cope with any massive influx of refugees who might seek to enter the country from strife-torn neighboring Libya and will close its border if necessary, the foreign minister said Wednesday.
This is going on across the Middle East, as people flee to the few relatively stable countries remaining, destabilizing them in turn.
"Our country's economic situation is precarious, and we cannot cope with hundreds of thousands of refugees," as was the case during the 2011 revolution that ousted Libyan dictator Muammar Qadaffy
...a proud Arab institution for 42 years, now among the dear departed, though not the dearest...
, Mongi Hamdi told a presser.

"We will close the border if the national interest requires it," he added.

Libya has suffered chronic insecurity since Qadaffy's ouster, with the new government unable to check militias that helped to overthrow him and facing a growing threat from Islamist groups.

Scores of people have been killed in recent days in fighting for control of the capital's international airport, knocked out of commission by the violence, and in the restive eastern city of Benghazi.

The capital Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
has also been hit by fierce fighting between rival militias since mid-July, and a rocket fired in the fighting ignited a fuel depot, which is still blazing.

The violence has led thousands of people to flee the country overland or by sea.

Hamdi did not give a total for the number of people who have entered the country during the latest violence, which erupted two weeks ago. However,
today is that tomorrow you were thinking about yesterday...
he did speak of a daily figure of "5,000 to 6,000 in recent days".

At the same time, he did say that he had asked the U.N. to be present "in force to face the influx of refugees" if necessary.

Hamdi also said Egyptian and Jordanian migrant workers fleeing Libya could only transit through Tunisia. He said the two countries had asked that their nationals seeking to leave should be allowed to transit through Tunisia.

The minister said the workers should "be provided with plane tickets and should be directly transferred to the airports at Djerba and Gabes" in southern Tunisia.

At the southern border crossing at Ras Jedir, an Agence La Belle France Presse journalist reported long queues of vehicles of all kinds, laden with luggage, waiting to enter Tunisia.

Police and National Guard reinforcements were on hand to patrol the border and were seen searching people and property.

"You never know, wanted individuals could take advantage of the situation to get through or to smuggle arms or other banned products into the country," an officer who declined to be named said.

The Libya-Tunisia border is a busy transit point for all kinds of goods, particularly petrol and food products, which help fuel a large part of southern Tunisia's economy.

Consignments of Libyan weapons are also regularly seized by customs.

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia: Russian Backed Rebels Lay Mines at Approaches to Malaysian Crash Site
Posted by Ebbinelet Omusoling8390 07/31/2014  00:00 1 Comments 258 words Read the whole thing on page 3
DONETSK, Ukraine — International observers turned back Wednesday after making another attempt to reach the site where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 went down in eastern Ukraine, and a government official said the area near the zone had been mined by pro-Russian separatists who control it.

Observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe set out Wednesday in two vehicles — without frustrated crash investigators from the Netherlands who have been trying to reach the site for four days.

But the OSCE observers turned back to the city of Donetsk after discussions with rebels.

Safety concerns and hindrance from the separatists who control the area have kept the investigation team away. Foreign governments whose citizens died have complained the site is not secured and some human remains have not been recovered.

Government security spokesman Andriy Lysenko added to those concerns Wednesday by saying separatists “have mined the approaches to this area. This makes the work of the international experts impossible.”

Lysenko was asked at a briefing about concerns that Ukrainian efforts to win back territory were increasing fighting in the area and slowing access. He said that Ukrainian troops weren’t conducting operations against the separatist near the site, but were trying to cut off their supply lines to force them to leave the area.

Elsewhere, Ukrainian forces took control of the town of Avdeevka, just to the north of the rebel stronghold of Donetsk.

Local officials said fighting over the past 24 hours killed 19 people in the regionm
#1: Didn't Voltaire say something about 'for the encouragement of the others'?
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-07-31 07:38 ||Comments

Africa Subsaharan: Female Bomber Kills 6 in Nigeria, 10-Year-Old with Explosives Held
Posted by trailing wife 07/31/2014  00:00 0 Comments 911 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[AnNahar] A female jacket wallah killed six people at a college campus in Nigeria's Kano city on Wednesday, the fourth time Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
Islamists were suspected of using a female attacker in as many days.

The latest violence came as the government announced the arrest of a 10-year-old girl with explosives strapped to her chest in a neighboring area.

Boko Haram is blamed for killing more than 10,000 people since 2009 and their extreme tactics have been denounced worldwide, including on some jihadi websites.

But what appears to be a new tactic of deploying young women and girls as bombers will spur further outrage, as Nigeria seems unable to contain the violence.

At about 2:30 pm (1330 GMT) on Wednesday, an assailant blew herself up at a noticeboard on the campus of the Kano Polytechnic College, where students had crammed to check their assignments for a mandatory youth civil service program.

Witness Isyaku Adamu said the kaboom came from within the crush of students and left blood splattered on the ground, as soldiers and police scrambled to secure the area.

Government front man Mike Omeri put the casualties at six dead and six maimed and confirmed that a female, whose age was not immediately known, was responsible for the bloodshed.

It was the fourth attack by a female bomber in Nigeria's second city since the weekend.

On Sunday, a young woman injured five coppers as she blew herself up at a another campus in the city.

The next day, two young women believed to be in their late teens or early 20s separately attacked a petrol station and a shopping center, suicide kabooms that killed at least three people and injured 13 others.

Omeri said security forces on Tuesday stopped a car in Kano's neighboring state of Katsina and locked away
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
three suspected Boko Haram members.

The group included one male and two girls, aged 18 and 10.

The older two tried to flee, according to Omeri's statement.

The "10-year-old ... was discovered to have been strapped with an boom belt," he said.

The chilling trend of deploying young women and girls as bombers comes three-and-half months after Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls from the remote town of Chibok in the northeast.

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau boasted about the mass abductions in a video during which he threatened to sell the girls as slaves.

The Chibok abductions prompted a social media campaign that went viral and drew unprecedented global attention to Boko Haram's hard boy uprising, which the group says is aimed at creating a strict Islamic state in the mainly Moslem north.

In the weeks following the kidnappings, some prominent jihadi websites had posts condemning the Nigerian group's extreme tactics.

Nigeria has repeatedly insisted that it knows where the girls are, while President Goodluck Jonathan
... 14th President of Nigeria. He was Governor of Bayelsa State from 9 December 2005 to 28 May 2007, and was sworn in as Vice President on 29 May 2007. Jonathan is a member of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP). He is a lover of nifty hats, which makes him easily recognizable unless someone else in the room is wearing a neat chapeau...
and top military officials have suggested they will be brought home safely soon.

But little progress has been made in securing their release while the violence appears to be escalating across the north and center of the country.

More than 2,000 civilians have been killed this year, making the first half of 2014 one of the deadliest stretches of the insurgency.

Attacks had been concentrated in the remote northeast, Boko Haram's stronghold, but waves of strikes since April in major cities including the capital Abuja have underscored the grave threat the Islamists pose to Nigeria, Africa's most populous country and top oil producer.

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Army Arrests Syrians Linked to Nusra Front
Posted by trailing wife 07/31/2014  00:00 0 Comments 316 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[AnNahar] The Lebanese army detained overnight a number of Syrian nationals suspected of having links with an an offshoot of al-Qaeda, the military and the state-run National News Agency said Wednesday.

The army said in a communique that it seized 8 Syrians in the eastern border town of Arsal for illegal entry. Some of them were driving unregistered cars and cycle of violences and are suspected of belonging to terrorist organizations, it added.

According to NNA, an army unit apprehended seven Syrians in Arsal.

They are suspected of having links to the al-Qaeda-inspired al-Nusra Front, the agency said.

The al-Nusra Front, completely unknown before the rebellion in Syria that began two years ago, has been a rebel standard-bearer since mid-2012 when it became the spearhead of the insurgency ahead of the Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
Arsal, a predominantly Sunni area, backs the uprising against Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Supressor of the Damascenes...
.The town lies 12 kilometers from the border with Syria and has been used as a conduit for weapons and rebels to enter Syria, while also serving as a refuge for people fleeing the conflict.

The town has seen a massive influx of refugees as a result of the heavy fighting in Qalamoun.

Home Front: Culture Wars: In Pour the "Children" ...
Posted by Uncle Phester 07/31/2014  00:00 0 Comments 23 words Read the whole thing on page 4
[Moonbattery] Massive Third World immigration is transforming the democratic welfare state into a slave economy.
Nice graphic also.

-Lurid Crime Tales-: Secretary teaches molester a painful lesson
Posted by Fred 07/31/2014  00:00 4 Comments 486 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[Gulf News] A worker received a painful lesson when he sneaked into a secretary's office where he molested her.

The 40-year-old Filipina secretary held off the 22-year-old Pak worker, M.N., when he sneaked behind her desk and groped her in May.
"Harrrr! Nice boobies!"
She was said to have targeted a vulnerable part of his body when he attempted to force himself on her.
"Aaaiiieee! My vulnerable part! Leggo! Leggo!"
The worker was forced to walk away due to the pain.
The correct verb would probably be "stagger."
The Dubai Court of First Instance convicted M.N. of molesting the Filipina and tossed him in the slammer for six months.
"Bailiff!Whack his pee-pee!"
"Aaaiiieee! My vulnerable part!"

Records said the accused crept snuck walked quietly into the woman's workplace and suddenly pulled her to the floor and molested her.
"Ugh! Female! Nobody around! Hrarrrr!"
"I shouted and cried loudly for help--but nobody heard me.
He prob'ly wouldn'ta dunnit if there had been somebody there other than a supposedly available Filipina. You know how passionate them Asian babes are.
He removed my headscarf and then groped me. He punched me and beat me so brutally. He was about to remove my dress, when I inflicted pain on him... he let go of me and stormed out of the office," the secretary told prosecutors.
"This ain't Peshawar or Quetta or Lahore, y'know!"
According to the charge sheet, prosecutors accused M.N. of forcing himself on the Filipina, molesting and assaulting her inside the company's premises in Al Quoz. According to the primary ruling, the accused, who entered an innocent plea,
"No,no! Certainly not!"
will be deported following the completion of his punishment.
"Out! And stay out!"
When asked why he went into her office and molested her, the defendant replied: "I did not touch her. I did not do anything."
"Nope.Nope. Wudn't me. I wudn't even there. It wuz somebody else."
The Filipina testified that she told the defendant several times to leave the office.
"Beat it, bud! You ain't my type!"
Two pedestrians spotted the Filipina shouting and crying outside the office, said records. The two men chased the defendant and restrained him until the police arrived at the scene of the crime. A policeman said during questioning that the defendant admitted that he walked into the office to ask for directions to a nearby mall.
#1: A few years ago I think it was in Quatar an Arab videotaped himself toturing and murdering his Afghan employee. Despite the video the judge released tyhe member of the herrensvolk for "lack of evidence". Now I know this is Dubai ie a country where tthey have even allowed building a church but I suspect that her assaulter was Filipino and had he been an Arab she should consider herself lucky if she had only been sentenced to be sent back to Philipines.
Posted by: JFM|| 2014-07-31 09:59 ||Comments

#2: I kept thinking 'butterfly knife'.
Posted by: Pappy|| 2014-07-31 10:11 ||Comments

#3: Six whole months, eh?

That'll learn him.
Posted by: bigjim-CA|| 2014-07-31 11:27 ||Comments

#4: Actually, a couple of years ago, SHE would have been given 1,000 lashes for being meat for the cat.
Posted by: bigjim-CA|| 2014-07-31 11:28 ||Comments

Home Front: Politix: DWS says Obama does his job LESS OFTEN than any other President
Posted by Uncle Phester 07/31/2014  00:00 6 Comments 14 words Read the whole thing on page 6
I'm sure there is more "context" to consider, but...
#1: Be thankful for small favors: stupid & lazy is better than stupid & energetic.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-07-31 00:52 ||Comments

#2: Yea, sure DWS, he's a bloody victim of a Dem controlled Senate and the pocket veto of a Dem Speaker. She's certainly correct about "doing his job less often" .....but she's misdiagnosed the cause. Watafoknmoron !
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-07-31 00:53 ||Comments

#3: Job? How disgusting. Jobs are for people who pay taxes.
Posted by: Thineng Angailet7166|| 2014-07-31 03:13 ||Comments

#4: The more he golfs the better off we all are.
Posted by: Iblis|| 2014-07-31 08:33 ||Comments

#5: Yeah, this story must be true, W-House punch clocks don't lie...
Posted by: Spaitch Gonque2902|| 2014-07-31 11:34 ||Comments

#6: Dancing With the Stars has an opinion?
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2014-07-31 12:53 ||Comments

Africa North: Libya: Abushagur freed
Posted by Fred 07/31/2014  00:00 0 Comments 113 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Libya Herald] Mustafa Abushagur has been sprung. His family and friends confirmed the overnight release, which took place at around 3 am. He was unharmed and no ransom was paid.

The former deputy prime minister and now House of Representative member for Suq Al-Juma himself tweeted early this morning that he had been let go.

"Alhamdulillah I am home safe. I would like to thank all who helped in my release. May Allah protect Libya", he wrote in Arabic and English around dawn.

He was seized outside his home yesterday.

He has not yet said who took him.

Africa North: Misrata force accuses Zintanis of attacking Tripoli fuel depot
Posted by Fred 07/31/2014  00:00 0 Comments 300 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Libya Herald] Central Region Libya Shield
...a conglomerate of pro-Islamist militias deployed across Libya. It reports to the Libyan defense ministry and is organized like a real army unit. Its commander used to head a Benghazi brigade called Free Libya Martyrs...
, which is based in Misrata and is part of the alliance that is trying to dislodge the Zintani Qaaqaa and Sawak brigades from Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
International Airport, has accused the Zintanis of deliberating bombing the fuel tanks at the Brega Oil and Gas Marketing Company's fuel depot on the Airport Road.

In a statement issued overnight, the Misrata unit also laid blame for the situation on the government, saying that claiming that that it manufactured crises to enable it to control the Libyan public. It accused it of not being impartial.

The Zintanis, who control the area where the depot is located, have already accused the Misratans of targeting it.

Although issued overnight, the statement was in fact primarily an announcement that Central Libya Shield would observe yesterday's 24-hour ceasefire mediated by Tripoli Local Council to enable firefighters to deal with the blaze at the depot.

In the event the ceasefire lasted just six hours.

Africa North: Libya: French embassy pulls out; Italians and British stay on
Posted by Fred 07/31/2014  00:00 2 Comments 235 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Libya Herald] The remaining members of the French embassy staff, including Ambassador Antoine Sivan, sailed out of Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
overnight aboard a French frigate. With them went a number of Frenchies as well as two British families working and living in Libya. The frigate is headed to the French naval port of Toulon.

In an announcement, the French Foreign Ministry said that "because of the security situation, the sites occupied by our embassy in Tripoli are temporarily closed. Diplomatic activities are being carried from Gay Paree".

The statement added that La Belle France remained fully involved in trying to bring about an end to the situation and was in close contact in regards to it with both the UN and those of its partners most active in Libya.
#1: The quick and the dead?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-07-31 03:30 ||Comments


Miss me yet?
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305|| 2014-07-31 11:05 ||Comments

Africa North: Two explosions precede shutdown at Zawia power station
Posted by Fred 07/31/2014  00:00 0 Comments 259 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Libya Herald] Across Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
during the night two violent kabooms were heard just before General Electricity Company of Libya's (GECOL) station west of Zawia temporarily shutdown.

"There was a loud kaboom around 2 am, followed soon after by another. Then the power went out,"one resident of Janzour told the Libya Herald. Power was knocked out from Tajoura, east of Tripoli, to Zuwara, 130 km away, from around 2 am until just after dawn this morning.

The Ministry of Oil and Gas, on its social media site, said simply that there was a "problem" at the Zawia power station that led to a complete shut down. Repairs were made and power returned after about five hours. It did not explain the sound of the kaboom.

Elsewhere, frustrations continue to mount about prolonged power outages. In Ain Zara today, residents blockaded streets with burning tyres because they had been without power for 24 hours.

Africa North: Libyan government is directing reconciliation efforts from Beida
Posted by Fred 07/31/2014  00:00 0 Comments 678 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Libya Herald] Beida is now the centre of government operations in trying to resolve the armed conflicts taking place in Benghazi and Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
. Prime Minister Abdullah Al-Thinni is based there as he attempts to direct negotiations regarding Benghazi while Mustafa Abdul Jalil, appointed to mediate the Tripoli conflict, is there as well.

Al-Thinni arrived in Beida yesterday. The purpose for the visit, according to a government announcement, is to find solutions to the bloody conflict between the Operation Dignity and Saiqa Special Forces
...Libya's elite army unit, insofar as they have one, formed from a mixture of paratroopers and commandos. The group emerged from a militia with the same name in 2010. It now numbers a few thousand and reports to the Ministry of Defence. It deployed in Benghazi in an attempt to control the carnage. As a result, it has been attacked and several of its officers murdered. The force is popular in Benghazi for its stance against Ansar al-Sharia group...
on one side and Ansar al-Sharia
...a Salafist militia which claims it is not part of al-Qaeda, even though it works about the same and for the same ends. There are groups of the same name in Libyaand Yemen, with the Libyan versions currently most active. Tunisia's Shabaab al-Tawhid started out an Ansar al-Sharia and changed its name in early 2014. It still uses the old name now and then, probably because the stationery's not all used up and the web site hasn't expired yet...
and its allies on the other.

"The Prime Minister called for an urgent meeting between the different parties in order to reach an agreement for a ceasefire and re-establish peace in Benghazi," Cabinet Secretary Ahmed Lamin told the Libya Herald.

Answering a question about whether Al-Thinni would attend the handover ceremony between the General National Congress (GNC) and the newly elected House of Representatives in Benghazi on 4 August, Lamin said that the Prime Minister planned to do so.

The government has asked former National Transitional Council Chairman Mustafa Abdul Jalil to lead mediation talks in Tripoli between the Misratan-led and Zintani-led militias fighting.

In response to the request, Abdul Jalil released a statement from Beida yesterday. In it he urged both sides to immediately stop armed confrontations, deliver all weapons to the nearest army base, evacuate all armed units from the capital, yield authority to the elected House of Representatives, and comply with demands to attend reconciliation talks. He also warned that there would be consequences for refusing to "comply with the voice of reason and wisdom," but did not specify what those would be.

a good lie finds more believers than a bad truth...
sources close to the government say that neither the Misratans nor the Zintanis accept Abdul Jalil as mediator, and that his efforts have been largely unproductive.

For his part, Al-Thinni's efforts to bring a solution to the Benghazi conflict have not seemed to produce any positive movement either.

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia: The Trigger Points For World War III Are In Place
Posted by Uncle Phester 07/31/2014  00:00 3 Comments 21 words Read the whole thing on page 4
[BusinessInsider] Events cascade.
Kind of "War Pr0ny," but the author points out some nice rhymes.
#1: Nationalist America = OWG Globalist Amerika may wake up one day to find its former? overseas Allies doing to the USA what mighty "red line" defender POTUS Obama did, + may continue to do so thru Jan. 2017.



VLAD = "...War is coming to Europe".

Posted by: JosephMendiola|| 2014-07-31 00:15 ||Comments

#2: Peace comes from strength as Reagan said. Obama has done everything in his power to weaken the U.S.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2014-07-31 09:18 ||Comments

#3: Winston Churchill once prophetically told Hitler's appeasers: "You were given the choice between war and dishonor. You chose dishonor and you will have war."
Posted by: mossomo|| 2014-07-31 13:05 ||Comments

Africa North: Unarmed crowd forces Ansar out of Benghazi hospital
Posted by Fred 07/31/2014  00:00 0 Comments 413 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Libya Herald] An angry civilian crowd this evening ignored warning shots from Ansar Al Sharia Lions of Islam and seized control of Benghazi's Jalaa hospital which had been in the hands of forces of Evil since the end of June.

As several hundred predominantly young demonstrators approached the hospital Ansar guards fired first into the ground in front of them and then into the air. A witness told the Libya Herald that the shooting only appeared to enrage the crowd which continued to advance on the hospital's main gate.

Ansar militiamen, it is unclear how many, were seen to withdraw towards neighbouring buildings while the triumphant young people tore down the Islamists' black banner from above the gate and replaced it with the Libyan flag.

There was no attempt by the Lions of Islam to regain their lost positions. The crowd heaved masonry and burning tyres into the roadway. The protest had started opposite the Tibesti Hotel, the future home of the new House of Representatives, which had been damaged by Ansar Al Sharia forces of Evil yesterday.

A crowd, which was originally no more than 50-strong, shouted slogans denouncing terrorism and calling for the army and the police to act. It later moved off along Jamal Abd Nasr Street and headed towards the Jalaa hospital, growing in size as it went.

The apparent ease with which the hospital appears to have been wrested, if even temporarily, from Ansar's hands by unarmed demonstrators is in stark contrast to the resistance that the Islamists put up last month. On 14 July Saiqa special forces from Operation Dignity tried to drive them out. The attempt failed leaving seven dead and 35 injured.

Late this evening many of the demonstrators were still at the hospital. It was unclear if Operation Dignity forces were about to capitalise on Ansar's evacuation and themselves move in. Attempts to contact Dignity spokesmen were unsuccessful. A manager the hospital that the management had asked all staff to report as soon as possible.

Calls are now going out on social media for this Friday to be a day of mass protest under the slogan "Benghazi Friday: We will not bow".

Africa North: Tunisia pounds Jebel Semama terrorists
Posted by Fred 07/31/2014  00:00 0 Comments 79 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[MAGHAREBIA] Tunisian army units clashed with snuffies Tuesday (July 29th) in Jebel Semama, TAP reported. Army force targeted snuffies in the Kasserine mountainous region with air strikes, rockets and machine guns, a military source said. The operation began after a military helicopter detected a terrorist group in the area, the defence ministry said.

Home Front: Politix: Malice or Incompetence? (re: Mr. John Kerry)
Posted by Uncle Phester 07/31/2014  00:00 9 Comments 76 words Read the whole thing on page 4
Please understand the main point: Hamas’s present position was contingent, not necessary and certainly not inevitable. Since U.S. policy had a significant share in causing this problem (along with others, yes, of course), which has paralyzed every attempt to make political progress among the protagonists as well as sired horrific violence, we arguably have some responsibility for solving it—for getting rid of this scourge. So why is John Kerry doing precisely the opposite?
#1: Malice or Incompetence?

Posted by: gorb|| 2014-07-31 00:25 ||Comments

#2: John Kerry’s ceasefire proposal for Gaza has probably destroyed what remained of the United States’ influence in the Middle East, at least for the duration of this administration’s tenure.

Mission accomplished - off to Martha's Vineyard for some windsurfing!
Posted by: Raj|| 2014-07-31 01:10 ||Comments

#3: John Kerry's ceasefire proposal for Gaza has probably destroyed what remained of the United States' influence in the Middle East, at least for the duration of this administration's tenure.

Well, at lease some good came from his trip. No influence at all is better than bad influence.... I always say.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-07-31 01:19 ||Comments

#4: Obama surrounds himself with men of John Kerry's quality and brilliance.
Its a gift.

Feel the thrill shoot up your leg?
Posted by: Big Thromoth3646|| 2014-07-31 06:44 ||Comments

#5: In the tech world, the saying goes "A's hire A's, B's hire C's".
We're somewhere around the K or L level here.
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-07-31 07:23 ||Comments

#6: It seems to me that the current honourable secretary of state is doing no more than mouthing the words of his boss, the president. Granted, the intelligent and honourable thing to do would have been to publicly resign rather than present the Qatari demands to Israel as his own work, but he's The Second Smartest Man In The Room, poor dear, even without being outranked by The Smartest, etc.
Posted by: trailing wife|| 2014-07-31 08:05 ||Comments

#7: ...As Dad has always said, "Never attribute to malice what can be adequately explained by stupidity..."

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski|| 2014-07-31 09:35 ||Comments

#8: Didnt he marry Teresa Heinz. Isnt she a gazillionaire? Looks like Jawhn is an excellent gold digger, among other things......
Posted by: 746|| 2014-07-31 13:26 ||Comments

#9: With incompetence one would expect to occasionally slip up and do something right. The track record would indicate malice.
Posted by: Lowspark|| 2014-07-31 14:40 ||Comments

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: US major violator of religious rights: Iran
Posted by Fred 07/31/2014  00:00 2 Comments 350 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Iran Press TV] The US is as a major violator of religious rights in the world and is in no position to judge other countries on freedom of religion, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman says.

"The growing trend of Islamophobia
...the irrational fear that Moslems will act the way they usually do...
in the US, systematic discrimination against Mohammedans and restricting freedom of religious minorities in the American community have turned the country into one of the major violators of religious rights," Marzieh Afkham said on Wednesday.

She also lashed out at the US support for Israel's atrocities against the Paleostinians, adding that Washington is in no position to pass judgment about other countries on religious freedom.

"The US' all-out support for the Zionist regime's acts and [its] unbelievable restrictions on the followers of other Abrahamic religions residing in the occupied Paleostinian territories, especially [Washington's] all-out backing for the acts of aggression and crimes of the occupying regime in Gazoo have not left any credit for the US government to judge and advise others on religious rights and freedoms," she said.

Touching on the US Department of State's recent annual global report on religious freedom, which listed the Islamic Theocratic Republic as one of the "countries of particular concern," Afkham said such documents are only "instruments" intended to pile up pressure on other states.

"The Islamic Theocratic Republic of Iran's constitution clearly respects all the divine religions and considers them free to observe their rituals and ceremonies," the Iranian foreign ministry spokeswoman pointed out.
#1: Islam is the Religion of Peace. Islam is your Friend. The ISIS is simply "misunderstood". There are a lot of Christian Churches who have nothing to fear from the tolerant and decent citizens of Mosul. Iran encourages others to believe whatever they please. There are so many Hindu temples, for Instance, in Iran. You can count them if you like. Use all your fingers and leave your a88hole for the zero.

Put your wife and your daughter and your mother's heads in a bag. Get the razor blade and don't forget the clitoris.

That's the ticket.
Posted by: Big Thromoth3646|| 2014-07-31 06:05 ||Comments

#2: Ask the "Little Sisters of the Poor" vs Obamacare. Remember the outrage by the Left over the Hobbylobby decision. There is a deep streak in the Left to oppress religion. It's one of the common denominators with Islam they have. They too would do it outright and publicly if they thought they could get away with it allowing only state certified institutions to fill the niche, ie Liberation Theology.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2014-07-31 09:10 ||Comments

Iraq: Video: ISIL shoot teens in heads, dump bodies
Posted by Fred 07/31/2014  00:00 1 Comments 384 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Iran Press TV] The ISIL Takfiri adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who must be killed...
gunnies has released a video showing the terrorist forces shooting a number of Iraqi teenagers in the head and dumping their bodies in the river.

The ISIL released the 30-minute footage on its website on the occasion of the Eid al-Fitr.

The video shows masked ISIL turbans taking the teens to a river. Then, they shoot them in the head on the river bank and throw their bodies in the water.

It is not clear whether the victims are Iraqi forces or civilians but the footage mentions that they are Shia.

The footage also warns the Iraqi forces of facing the same fate if they resist against the ISIL Takfiris.

Iraq's Ministry of Human Rights says ISIL Takfiri Death Eaters are using Iraqi children as human shields.

The Human Rights Watch
... During the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011, HRW received a pledge from the Foundation to Promote Open Society, of which George Soros is Chairman, for general support totaling $100,000,000. The grant is being paid in installments of $10,000,000 over ten years.Through June 30, 2013, HRW had received $30,000,000 towards the fulfillment of the pledge....
has also confirmed the report that the ISIL Takfiri Death Eaters are using children as human shields to carry out their acts of violence. The organization also said the Death Eaters recruit children to help them in their fight against Iraqi government forces.
#1: What? No beheadings? They must be softening up. Time to seek dialogue with their moderate wing.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-07-31 03:29 ||Comments

Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Palestinian MP raps Western states for massacre in Gaza
Posted by Fred 07/31/2014  00:00 0 Comments 305 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Iran Press TV] A Paleostinian politician says those who gave the Israeli regime the green light to attack the besieged Gazoo Strip should be held accountable for the massacre, Press TV reports.

On Wednesday, Abdallah Abdallah, a member of Paleostinian Legislative Council in Ramallah, said the Western governments are to blame for the Gazoo bloodshed.

The leaders of the United States, Britannia, Germany, and La Belle France are responsible for the violence in the blockaded strip, Abdallah said, referring to them as "the four who gave Israel the green light... to commit this genocide against the Paleostinians."

"How would they react if their children were subjected to what our children [are] in the Gazoo Strip?" Abdallah said.

"Our people will continue to be steadfast. No doubt the wound is deep… No doubt our commitment to defend our country and our cause is priceless."

Since July 8, Israel has been pounding the Gazoo Strip. The air, sea and land strikes by Israel have so far killed over 1,360 people and injured thousands of others in the coastal sliver.

The Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Paleostinian resistance movement Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason,, has been launching retaliatory attacks against Israel.

Israel-Palestine-Jordan: UN chief slams Israel for shelling school in Gaza
Posted by Fred 07/31/2014  00:00 5 Comments 305 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Iran Press TV] United Nations
...the Oyster Bay money pit...
Secretary General the ephemeral Ban Ki-moon
... of whom it can be said to his credit that he is not Kofi Annan...
has condemned a deadly attack by Israel against a UN school in the besieged Gazoo Strip.

"It is outrageous. It is unjustifiable. And it demands accountability and justice," said the UN chief in Costa Rica on Wednesday.

According to Gazoo's Health Ministry official Ashraf al-Kidra, at least 17 Paleostinians were killed by Israeli shelling against the UN-run school in the Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gazoo Strip around dawn.

There were many women and kiddies among the 3,300 Paleostinians who were taking refuge there, according to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Paleostine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

The agency released a statement after its representatives visited the attack scene and examined fragments.

"I call on the international community to take deliberate international political action to put an immediate end to the continuing carnage," said UNRWA chief Pierre Krahenbuhl in the statement.
#1: "I'm tired of hearing 'Kofi Annan this', and 'Kofi Annan that'"!
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-07-31 00:55 ||Comments

#2: The UN is a monkey show. They can't DO anything. Ignore them.

And as to shelling places where the Mooslimbs are storing rockets? I would shell your Nazi mother sitting on the toilet if she had rockets in the corner with the laundry.
Posted by: Big Thromoth3646|| 2014-07-31 06:13 ||Comments

#3: Granted, it may be a bit early, but if don't win Repulsive Mental Image (RMI) of the day BT, I'll be shocked.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-07-31 06:20 ||Comments

#4: The UN is a monkey show. They can't DO anything. Ignore them.

You can't when they're flinging $#!+ all over the place.
Posted by: gorb|| 2014-07-31 12:03 ||Comments

#5: "It is outrageous. It is unjustifiable. And it demands accountability and justice,"

Seriously, Banky, the last thing your side wants is accountability and justice. Not that you don't deserve it.
Posted by: SteveS|| 2014-07-31 12:09 ||Comments

Terror Networks: Mark Levin Interviews High-Level Hamas Defector
Posted by Uncle Phester 07/31/2014  00:00 0 Comments 127 words Read the whole thing on page 1
Those who get their Hamas news from Nancy Pelosi, Prime Minister Recep Erdogan (our “NATO ally” Turkey), or the many Muslim Brotherhood friends of the Obama administration and its State Department may think of this ruthless jihadist enterprise as a “humanitarian” or “political” organization. But if you want to know the real Hamas – and don’t have time to read the Hamas charter, which explains it will be satisfied with nothing less than the destruction of Israel – you would do well to listen to an important interview Mark Levin conducted last night.

Mark’s guest was Mosab Hassan Yousef, a Hamas defector who is the son of one of the organization’s founders, operated at the highest levels of Hamas, and understands the organization through and through.

Home Front: Politix: This Multi-Million Dollar Scandal Is So Big That It Could Destroy The Clintons For Good
Posted by Uncle Phester 07/31/2014  00:00 18 Comments 59 words Read the whole thing on page 6
In total, the Washington Examiner indicated that Clinton delivered 215 speeches abroad, taking in a staggering $48 million during his wife's term as secretary of state.

"That former President Clinton trotted the globe collecting huge speaking fees while his wife presided over U.S. foreign policy is an outrage," Fitton asserted.
Dunno. More smoke than fire?
#1: Probably. 1) They've been pronounced dead (in a political sense) before. 2) What law(s) was Bill supposed to have broken? 3) Does any Democrat get punished for any level of misconduct nowadays?

Unfortunately, nothing will come of this.
Posted by: Raj|| 2014-07-31 00:41 ||Comments

#2: In post 2008 America?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-07-31 00:56 ||Comments

#3: And they cry they are broke. Hmmmm
Posted by: 49 Pan|| 2014-07-31 01:26 ||Comments

#4: I have no idea how much money the Clintons have, but I'd wager little of it finds it's way to Linda and Dieter's Christmas store in Middleburg.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-07-31 01:43 ||Comments

#5: As long as Hillary can convincingly promise that she will never touch the paychecks of any welfare recipient, public employee, public pensioner, grant recipient, or subsidy recipient, everyone who voted for Obama in 2012 will vote for her in 2016.
Posted by: no mo uro|| 2014-07-31 05:20 ||Comments

#6: Now if I could just find a photo of her in that coat getting out of a 1935 Mercedes G4 Offroader.

Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-07-31 06:43 ||Comments

#7: A pre-emptive strike by Hillary's campaign. Being as all the others have come out, throw this out too. That way it's 'old' news if it comes up.
First rule of publicity on the age of celebrity is there is no bad publicity.
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-07-31 07:20 ||Comments

#8: No big deal. It all came from the U.S. taxpayers, anyway. Look -
Mr. Clinton’s speeches included appearances in China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Central America, Europe, Turkey, Thailand, Taiwan, India and the Cayman Islands

None of those third-world toilets, (with the possible exception of Europe), have that kind of money without American foreign aid. So we taxpayers send it to India and they turn right around and send it back, via the Clintons.

A couple of weeks before the election, we'll probably 'discover' that Hilly gave it all back to charities in the third-world toilets.

Redistribution! After all, the Clintons make enough money.
Posted by: Bobby|| 2014-07-31 07:51 ||Comments

#9: I have little confidence anything will come of this as long as the MSM is the propaganda arm for the Democratic Party. I've not seen anything about this anywhere but Rantburg, JudicialWatch, and WestJourn.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2014-07-31 09:09 ||Comments

#10: Morpheus wants his coat back
Posted by: Frank G|| 2014-07-31 09:31 ||Comments

#11: Not after she's worn it I don't. You can never get the stink out you know...
Posted by: Morpheus|| 2014-07-31 10:03 ||Comments

#12: A couple of weeks before the election, we'll probably 'discover' that Hilly gave it all back to charities in the third-world toilets.

She'll never give away her money. She'll give 'em ours.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305|| 2014-07-31 11:33 ||Comments

#13: Every time I see or hear about them I want to throw up...

excuse me, I feel real .... BAAAAAHHH... BAAHH... BOOOOWWAHHH... sick.
Posted by: Spaitch Gonque2902|| 2014-07-31 11:38 ||Comments

#14: The Hildebeest: We came, we saw, he died..... cackle, cackle, cackle.

Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-07-31 11:40 ||Comments

#15: Non-story. DOJ would never have the 'poor form' to even mention it to them.
Posted by: bigjim-CA|| 2014-07-31 12:29 ||Comments

#16: Don't bet on it.
Clinton Body count at this link
Posted by: 3dc|| 2014-07-31 13:18 ||Comments

#17: Besoeker, that piece of sartorial splendor is strictly RedArmy Civil War phase.
Posted by: Shipman|| 2014-07-31 14:57 ||Comments

#18: Interesting to consider speaches by a spouse to foreign audiences as being a way to dodge those pesky campaign finance laws.
Posted by: rjschwarz|| 2014-07-31 15:12 ||Comments

Iraq: Two Shia areas attacked in Baghdad, 15 killed
Posted by Fred 07/31/2014  00:00 0 Comments 376 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Iran Press TV] Car bombings on the main streets of two Shia neighborhoods of Baghdad have left at least 15 people dead and more than 40 others injured.

Iraqi Police and medical sources said the kabooms took place in the capital's large northern neighborhood of Sadr City and the al-Amin neighborhood, further east, almost simultaneously on Wednesday.

At around 7:00 p.m. (1600 GMT), a blast destroyed a gas station in Sadr City as cars were waiting to fill up, witnesses said.

According to hospital and police sources, at least nine people were killed in the kaboom.

"There were maimed people shouting and bodies on the ground," said a witness.

The other deadly blast which occurred five minutes earlier killed six people in al-Amin.

"A boom-mobile went kaboom! at 6:55 p.m. on the main street in the Al-Amin area," a police colonel said on condition of anonymity.

The crisis in Iraq escalated after the ISIL Takfiri adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who must be killed...
Lions of Islam took control of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, in a lightning advance on June 10, which was followed by the fall of Tikrit, located 140 kilometers (87 miles) northwest of Baghdad.

Caribbean-Latin America: Bolivia declares Israel terrorist regime
Posted by Fred 07/31/2014  00:00 5 Comments 130 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Iran Press TV] Bolivia has declared Israel a "terrorist state" and revoked a visa exemption agreement with Tel Aviv in protest at the ongoing Israeli attacks on the besieged Gazoo Strip.

The move "means, in other words, we are declaring (Israel) a terrorist state," President Evo Morales said during talks with a group of educators in the city of Cochabamba on Wednesday.

Morales added that the Israeli offensive shows "that Israel is not a guarantor of the principles of respect for life and the elementary precepts of rights that govern the peaceful and harmonious coexistence of our international community."

Signed in 1972, the visa exemption agreement has allowed Israelis to travel freely to Bolivia without a visa.
#1: "I'm still alive!"
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-07-31 00:59 ||Comments

#2: I was in Bolivia once. I saw the corpse of a man burning in the middle of the road and the police were laughing and waved me on through.
Posted by: Big Thromoth3646|| 2014-07-31 06:16 ||Comments

#3: Just Google Boliva and FARC. Nuff said.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2014-07-31 09:04 ||Comments

#4: ..Bolivia...
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2014-07-31 09:04 ||Comments

#5: "What could they have here that you could possibly want to buy?"
The Sundance Kid
Posted by: Enver Huporong5213|| 2014-07-31 15:09 ||Comments

Terror Networks: European ransoms now Al-Qaeda's major funding: NYTimes
Posted by Fred 07/31/2014  00:00 1 Comments 534 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[ARABNEWS] Al-Qaeda is increasingly funding terror operations thanks to at least $125 million in ransom paid since 2008, largely by European governments to free western hostages, the New York Times
...which still proudly displays Walter Duranty's Pulitzer prize...

The payments totaled $66 million in 2013 alone, according to an investigation by the newspaper published Tuesday.

While Al-Qaeda's network was first funded by wealthy donors, "kidnapping for ransom has become today's most significant source of terrorist financing," said David S. Cohen, the Treasury Department's under secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, in a 2012 speech.

"Each transaction encourages another transaction." The organization has openly acknowledged the windfall, the paper reported.

"Kidnapping hostages is an easy spoil," wrote Nasser Al-Wuhayshi, the leader of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, "which I may describe as a profitable trade and a precious treasure." Al-Wuhayshi said ransom money — reaching around $10 million per hostage in recent cases — accounts for up to half his operating budget.

The paper listed more than $90 million paid to Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb since 2008 — by a Switzerland
...home of the Helvetians, famous for cheese, watches, yodeling, and William Tell...
, Spain, Austria, and state-controlled French company and two payments from undetermined sources.

Somalia's Shabaab Lions of Islam received $5.1 million from Spain, while Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula received nearly $30 million in two payments, one from Qatar and Oman, the other of undetermined origin.

Austria, La Belle France, Germany, Italia and Switzerland each denied ever paying ransoms for hostages. French nuclear company Areva also denied paying ransom.

some men learn by reading. A few learn by observation. The rest have to pee on the electric fence for themselves...
last year a former senior French intelligence official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity
... for fear of being murdered...
: "Governments and companies pay in almost every case." "There is always a ransom or an exchange of some sort: money, the release of prisoners, arms deliveries." The Times article cited former hostages, negotiators, diplomats and government officials in 10 countries in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and said the payments were sometimes hidden as development aid.
#1: Bull. Soodies are Al-Qaeda's major funding. Well, what can you expect from NYT?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-07-31 03:32 ||Comments

India-Pakistan: Kerry in New Delhi to reboot ties with Modi
Posted by Fred 07/31/2014  00:00 3 Comments 473 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[ARABNEWS] US Secretary of State John F. I was in Vietnam, you know Kerry
Former Senator-for-Life from Massachussetts, self-defined war hero, speaker of French, owner of a lucky hat, conqueror of Cambodia, and current Secretary of State...
flew into India on Wednesday for ice-breaking talks with new Prime Minister Narendra Modi, forecasting a transformation in Washington's troubled relations with New Delhi.
Oooohh, computer talk! So much more modern and high tech than a reset button.
Kerry, who landed in Delhi on an overnight flight from Washington, is the highest-ranking member of the B.O. regime to visit India since the Hindu nationalist Modi won a landslide election in May.

The top diplomat's trip is intended to pave the way for a visit by Modi to the US later this year, nearly a decade after he was denied a visa over deadly anti-Moslem riots in the state where he was chief minister.

For the past two decades, the world's two largest democracies have described themselves as natural allies, sharing similar concerns over China's rise and militancy.

But incidents including the US arrest of an Indian diplomat last year sent ties plunging to their lowest point in years, and analysts say Modi's previous treatment as a pariah still rankles.

And a new row is brewing over a customs deal, despite efforts to emphasize areas where the two sides can make common cause.

In a joint editorial with US Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker in Wednesday's Economic Times, Kerry said Modi's strong mandate opened up possibilities for cooperation on issues from boosting trade to energy.

"The long-standing partnership between the US and India is on the cusp of an historic transformation," said the commentary in the Delhi-based daily.

"Working together, the world's oldest democracy and the world's largest democracy can forge a new era of shared prosperity and security for hundreds of millions of people in India, across Asia and the world."

The US officials will hold talks with Indian officials on Thursday and Kerry will meet Modi on Friday.

For some observers, Kerry's three-day trip is in itself a sign of India's importance. He has focused much of his tenure on crises in the Middle East, and returned just Sunday from a gruelling, unsuccessful mission to end the Gazoo conflict.
#1: Be careful you don't get booted in the posterior Jawn---India is not Israel.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-07-31 01:00 ||Comments

#2: Foggy Bottom road tour. A convenient 'cover for action' used by the previous Secretary as well. The Obama shadow gov't runs State, this clown's role is a media distraction and notional at best.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-07-31 01:05 ||Comments

#3: Somebody tell John to bring his own toilet paper. India doesn't sell a lot of it, its hard to find on the shelves for some reason.

And John, bring some bottled water and be sure to stay close to the Hotel.
Posted by: Big Thromoth3646|| 2014-07-31 06:21 ||Comments

Iraq: American ISIS Suicide Bomber Left Chilling Video Before He Blew Himself Up
Posted by Uncle Phester 07/31/2014  00:00 0 Comments 0 words Read the whole thing on page 1

Arabia: Protests quelled as Yemen increases fuel prices
Posted by Fred 07/31/2014  00:00 0 Comments 299 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[ARABNEWS] Protests erupted in Sanaa on Wednesday and were dispersed by the army after the Yemeni government announced a rise in fuel prices, part of a bid to ease the burden of energy subsidies on the impoverished country's state finances.

Witnesses and a medical source said a female protester was killed as the army had gun sex in an attempt to break up a demonstration near the presidential palace. Yemeni officials were not immediately available for verification of the incident.

The government spent about $3 billion on energy subsidies last year, nearly a third of state revenue. Yemen has been trying for over a year to secure a loan of at least $560 million from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), but the fund is pressing for subsidies to be slashed.

Yemen's finance minister told Rooters in May that the Fund's board was expected to finalize the deal this month.

there's more than one way to stuff a chicken...
a similar attempt to raise fuel prices by the government in 2005 led to violent protests in which 20 people were killed and over 300 maimed. The measure was subsequently canceled.

Along with pressure from the IMF, the reform has also become more urgent in recent months because frequent Death Eater attacks on oil pipelines have badly hurt Yemen's export earnings.

Africa North: 75 bodies discovered in Benghazi
Posted by Fred 07/31/2014  00:00 1 Comments 552 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[ARABNEWS] At least 75 bodies, mostly soldiers, have been found in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi after two days of fighting in which fighters and allied Death Eaters overran an army base, the Libyan Red Islamic Thingy and medical sources said.

The Red Islamic Thingy found more than 50 bodies inside the base, which special forces abandoned on Tuesday. "We are trying to get them out of the base," said Mohammed Al-Misrati, from the Red Islamic Thingy.

Sources in the city's hospitals said they had received at least 25 other bodies.

The leader of the Moslem Brüderbund's political arm in Libya says an attack by militias on the capital's airport is a "legitimate" response to an offensive by a renegade general.

The comments by Mohammed Sawan to The News Agency that Dare Not be Named on Wednesday were a strong show of support for militias trying to wrest control of the airport from a rival militia.

Sawan said the assault was in response to a months-long offensive by Gen. Khalifa Hifter, who has being trying to crush militias in Libya, mainly in the eastern city of Benghazi.

Firefighters were battling to douse a huge blaze at a petrol depot near the airport in the Libyan capital for the fourth day on Wednesday, the Oil Ministry said.

The latest efforts to contain the inferno came a day after the government said the situation was "out of control."

The fire erupted on Sunday when a rocket hit a tank containing more than six million liters of fuel as rival militias battled for control of the city's airport.

"The operations to put out the fire on the hydrocarbon reservoirs ... are continuing as necessary," senior ministry official Samir Kamal said, without giving further details.

The ministry appealed late on Tuesday to private and public companies that own water trucks to gather their vehicles on Wednesday morning near the depot to provide firefighters with water.

Emergency services rapidly found themselves running low on water as they fought the blaze, in addition to disruption caused by nearby fighting between militias. The huge fuel tanks were still burning on Wednesday, after being hit by rockets fired in festivities along Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
's airport road.

More than 90 million liters of fuel are stored in the facility, which also houses a natural gas reservoir.
#1: The Right to Protect
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-07-31 00:47 ||Comments

Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Gaza tension: Israelis leave Maldives resort
Posted by Fred 07/31/2014  00:00 4 Comments 205 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[ARABNEWS] Israeli holiday makers were evacuated from their Maldivian resort after one of them tore up an anti-Israeli placard equating the Nazi Swastika to the Israeli flag, officials said Wednesday.

Some 30 Israeli surfers were moved out to safety from Thulusdhoo island, near the capital island Male, as residents of the overwhelmingly Sunni archipelago protested the pulling down of anti-Israeli placards.

Tensions rose after an Israeli man tore down the placard daubed with a Swastika which had been pinned to a coconut tree.

Minister at the President's Office, Mohammed Shareef, said they evacuated the tourists for their own safety.

"There could have been an ugly incident and that is why the tourists were evacuated from the resort," Shareef told AFP by phone.

"We have not banned them, but Israeli tourists must remember that they are visiting a 100 percent Mohammedan country," Shareef said. "We unequivocally and unconditionally support the Paleostinian cause."

He said the Maldives had also put in place measures to express their opposition to Israel.

The Maldives this week began implementing a ban on Israeli-made goods and also abrogated three cooperation agreements on health, tourism and education.

#1: There were Israelis in the Maldives?
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain|| 2014-07-31 11:19 ||Comments

#2: Some 30 Israeli surfers were moved out to safety

Why would anyone go to the Falklands to surf?
Posted by: SteveS|| 2014-07-31 13:26 ||Comments

#3: Not to surf, the diving tours of the Phoenix are the big attraction.
Posted by: Shipman|| 2014-07-31 14:15 ||Comments

#4: Not the Malvinas, the Maldives. It's unfortunate about the local residents. You'll never catch any of them surfing.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305|| 2014-07-31 14:49 ||Comments

The Grand Turk: Turkey divided over Erdogan ahead of vote
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[ARABNEWS] The Turkish people are deeply divided over Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan
... Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi only they haven't dumped him yet...
's leadership even though he is the hot favorite to win next month's presidential elections, a new poll found Wednesday.

Turkey will for the first time vote directly for its next president on Aug. 10, with Erdogan looking set to continue more than a decade of domination over the country straddling Europe and Asia.

But amid political tensions and allegations of corruption surrounding Erdogan's government, a Pew Research Center poll of 1,001 people carried out between April 11 and May 14 found opinions on his leadership record are sharply divided.

Overall some 44 percent of those surveyed said they believed the former Istanbul mayor and his Justice and Development Party (AKP) had been steering Turkey in the right direction.

But some 51 percent were dissatisfied with the path the nation was taking. "Half say the economy is doing well, while 46 percent think it is in bad shape. Forty-eight percent say Erdogan is having a good influence on the country; the same percentage believes he is having a negative impact," the poll by the US-based center noted.

After 11 years in office, during which his government has tamed the influence of the once-powerful military, Erdogan has faced the worst crisis of his rule over allegations that he and his allies engaged in corruption which ranged from bribery to gold smuggling and illicit trade with Iran.

Iraq: Iraqi Shiite militia executes, hangs 15 by electricity poles
Posted by Fred 07/31/2014  00:00 4 Comments 209 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[ARABNEWS] Shiite militia forces executed 15 Sunnis and then hung them by electricity poles in a public square in a town northeast of Baghdad on Wednesday, police said.

A police officer at the scene in Baquba, a mixed Sunni and Shiite town 65 km from Baghdad, said he believed the action was designed to keep Sunnis from supporting the Islamic State.

The victims, who were kidnapped over the last week, were shot in their heads and chests and then hung up by cables.

"The militia forces are preventing the medical crew from bringing down the bodies hanging from the electricity poles," he told Rooters.

"They are following a new tactic of keeping bodies hanging for a longer time to deter the Sunni population from backing the Islamic State. We asked them to let us evacuate the bodies but they refused."

The US-funded and trained Iraqi Army unraveled in the face of the Islamic State's sweep through the north and sectarian violence has increased since then.

Critics say Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki's authoritarian and sectarian rule have alienated Sunnis, prompting some to find common cause with the group, which has blown up Shiite shrines and mosques.
#1: Shocking...
Posted by: Raj|| 2014-07-31 00:29 ||Comments

#2: "They are following a new tactic"

The only thing "new" is electricity.

Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-07-31 00:37 ||Comments

#3: by electricity poles

This, I've got to see.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-07-31 00:44 ||Comments

#4: This is what ISIS was going to trigger. This was known to be a result of Takfiri/Salafist atrocities. Question is, who benefits?
Posted by: OldSpook|| 2014-07-31 12:28 ||Comments

Israel-Palestine-Jordan: MASSIVE PALESTINIAN SNEAK ATTACK Against Jewish State Planned For 12 Years
Posted by Uncle Phester 07/31/2014  00:00 13 Comments 127 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[GatewayPundit] Hamas planned to use the tunnels it dug from Gaza to Israel to execute a massive attack on southern Israel, an Israeli newspaper reported, citing unnamed Israeli security sources.

Under the plan detailed Friday by the Hebrew-language Maariv daily, Hamas planned to send terrorists through the more than 30 tunnels uncovered by Israeli troops and into six southern Israeli communities on Rosh Hashanah in September of this year.

The plan was to kill and kidnap as many Israelis as possible, according to the report.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly told the security Cabinet about the discovered plot during late last week.
They were planning on flooding the zone. Mr. Netanyahu is seriously correct in insisting upon the destruction of the tunnels.
#1: Take them out. Resolve and Stamina.
Posted by: newc|| 2014-07-31 00:07 ||Comments

#2: Luckily Netanyahu didn't order his border patrol and military to pull back, and offer Hamas hot showers, rations, energy drinks, and diaper changes.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-07-31 00:44 ||Comments

#3: That's because they don't do jobs that Israelis won't, Besoeker.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-07-31 00:48 ||Comments

#4: Well Grom won the snark 'o the day.
Posted by: DarthVader|| 2014-07-31 01:25 ||Comments

#5: Certainly something to be said for picking one's own cotton.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-07-31 01:32 ||Comments

#6: something suspicious about this

if Hamas was planning the tunnel offensive for sept 27, why did it begin rocket attacks against Israel in early July --
Posted by: lord garth|| 2014-07-31 09:07 ||Comments

#7: I'll bet there are a bunch of tunnels that have been started but not finished. These could be a huge problem, especially if all that's left to do is dig out the exit.
Posted by: gorb|| 2014-07-31 10:51 ||Comments

#8: re: #6 something suspicious about this

The report says Bibi N. informed the security cabinet about the plan last week.

My suspicion is that he and his inner circle knew about the Hamas plan for some time and began taking preemptive actions against the tunnels before they became a problem.

Hamas, not looking kindly at this action, began launching the rockets, thus bringing us to where we are today.

Just my 2-cents.
Posted by: Uncle Phester|| 2014-07-31 11:17 ||Comments

#9: if Hamas was planning the tunnel offensive for sept 27, why did it begin rocket attacks against Israel in early July --

I wonder about that too. Maybe that kidnapping wasn't planned or else things just spun out of control after the kidnapping. Also possible that some of the Gazooks with rockets didn't get the memo. Well, you know about the best laid plans of mice and men especially in Gaza.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305|| 2014-07-31 11:22 ||Comments

#10: if Hamas was planning the tunnel offensive for sept 27, why did it begin rocket attacks against Israel in early July --

Inventory reduction ?
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-07-31 11:25 ||Comments

#11: #10 if Hamas was planning the tunnel offensive for sept 27, why did it begin rocket attacks against Israel in early July --

Asked to not disturb the elections.
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2014-07-31 12:50 ||Comments

#12: 3 murder/kidnappings likely a trial attack and Israel starts getting a clue about the tunnels so Hamas begins a rocket attack early.

Best laid plans and all that jazz.
Posted by: 3dc|| 2014-07-31 13:37 ||Comments

#13: My guess is that the offensive start when it did because of the PA-Hamas reconciliation talks. They had agreed to stop murdering each other, recall, and form a single oppressive govt. That sort of thing didn't go over with one faction or the other, probably Islamic Jihad. They were the ones who started with the rocketry if I recall correctly. They usually play the loose cannon when Hamas is trying to appear reasonable. Hamas couldn't control it because the order came from either Teheran or Beirut.

The order probably said "Just keep shooting until they do something," thinking the result would be another week or two Gaza op with widespread support among Arab govts, the usual atrocity claims, and a UNSC-imposed ceasefire.

Things aren't like they were last time. Egypt is in an anti-Moslem Brüderbund frame of mind and Ansar Beit al-Maqdisi and similar salafist groups in Sinai kind of rub their faces in the "terrorism is terrorism" thing. Obama is a cipher and Kerry a nitwit. They've alienated Netanyahu and U.S.-Israeli relations are the worst they've ever been. Therefore the U.S. can't bully Tel Aviv into a stupid ceasefire.

There's also the fact that they pounded Hezbollah to paste in 2006 (remember Green Helmet Guy?) and the Hezbullies have been crowing about their Famous Victory ever since. Hamas tried the same "declare victory in the rubble" routine the last time the IDF came knocking. Remember they were going to "destroy Hamas?" This time there's no such claim. They intend to destroy the tunnel infrastructure.

The final thing is that the Hamas atrocity claims have also worn thin. You can't replay the same movie over and over every few years and expect the public to continue showing up and believing in it. The revelations about command centers under hospitals and rockets stored in schools are a little too putrid for all but the True Believer to buy them.
Posted by: Fred|| 2014-07-31 14:21 ||Comments

India-Pakistan: Imran tells army to stay neutral on 'Azadi March'
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[Pak Daily Times] Pakistain Tehrik-e-Insaf
...a political party in Pakistan. PTI was founded by former Pakistani cricket captain and philanthropist Imran Khan. The party's slogan is Justice, Humanity and Self Esteem, each of which is open to widely divergent interpretations....
(PTI) chief Imran Khan
... aka Taliban Khan, who ain't the brightest knife in the national drawer...
on Monday demanded the army should not support the government and stay neutral in his party's August 14 rally.

Imran threatened to file a murder case against 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...
if violence is used against his party's workers during the rally. Talking to media persons he reiterated that the PTI will challenge the imposition of Article 245 in the Supreme Court. He said that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif
...Pak dynastic politician, brother of PM Nawaz Sharif, chief minister of Punjab...
has contacted him and agreed to meet his demands, which included answers to: 1) Who scripted the victory speech of Nawaz Sharif on May 11, 2013; 2) What was the role of caretaker Punjab chief minister Najam Sethi; 3) What was the role of the then-chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry; 4) And lastly why returning officers were not put in palace under the Election Commission of Pakistain.

The PTI chief said that he could ask Pakistain Awami Tehrik (PAT) chief Tahirul Qadri
...Pak politician, and would-be dictator, founder and head of Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran and Pakistain Awami Tehrik. He usually resides in Canada, but returns to Pakistain periodically to foam at the mouth and lead demonstrations. Depending on which way the wind's blowing, Qadri claims to be the author of Pak's blasphemy law. Other times he says it wasn't him...
to become a part of his "tsunami march", however, he said he does not agree with his "revolution" agenda. In response to the ongoing rumours of Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan
...Currently the Interior Minister of Pakistain. He is the senior leader of the Pak Moslem League (N) and a close aide to Nawaz Uncle Fester Sharif. He is noted for his vocal anti-American railing in the National Assembly. However (comma) Khan told the U.S. ambassador that he was in fact pro-American but he and the PML-N would have to be critical of US actions in order to remain publicly credible. Khan cited his wife and children's US citizenship as proof, which means he's lying to one side or the other and probably both. He wears a wig, but you probably guessed that. since hair doesn't grow naturally in that shape or texture...
considering to join the ranks of PTI, Imran said his party's doors are always open for Nisar, as he is the only person in Pakistain Mohammedan League-Nawaz (PML-N) who is not a darbari (courtier).

Imran arrived in Bannu as promised to celebrate Eid with the internally displaced persons (IDPs) of North Wazoo. While addressing the IDPs, the PTI chief at first apologised to them for not being able to offer Eid prayers with them because of bad weather. He said that his party and the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
government will do everything they can for people affected by the ongoing military operation in North Waziristan, adding that the entire nation is standing by them as they go through these difficult times.

Afghanistan: Pakistani Military Bombardment on Eid Days
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[Tolo News] Kunar Police Chief, Abdul Habib Sayedkhili, said that Pak military have continued shelling on Kunar province
... which is right down the road from Chitral. Kunar is Haqqani country.....
prior to Eid and throughout the holiday, launching more than 100 missiles onto Afghan soil.

He says that so far around 115 missiles have landed in the districts of Dangam, Shegal and Marawara of Kunar province since the shelling began last week.

According to Sayedkhili, as a result of the assault one child was killed and serious damages have been brought to the residents of the districts.

"A 12-year-old boy was killed and severe damages have been posed on the people of Kunar," he told TOLOnews.

He added that Pak soldiers have crossed the Durand Line and are 12 kilometers into Afghanistan where they have established check posts.

The cross-border shelling from Pakistain and reported occasional Afghan retaliation in the past few years have dramatically increased diplomatic tensions between the two countries.

Afghanistan: Taliban Shadow Governor Killed in Helmand
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[Tolo News] Taliban's shadow district governor Mullah Nasir has been killed in Sangin district during an Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) operation in Helmand Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...

Helmand's Governor Spokesman, Mohammad Omar Zawak, said that the operation was launched on Monday and so far nearly 21 kilometers of Sangin district has been cleared of krazed killers.

According to Zawak the operation is still underway and since the start of it one police was killed and four others were maimed.

The Taliban have not yet commented about the attack.

This comes after hundreds of Taliban Lions of Islam attacked ANSF outposts 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 early Tuesday and started festivities with the forces in which six coppers and more than 50 Taliban Lions of Islam were killed, local officials said.

a person who gets all wrapped up in himself makes a mighty small package...
the deputy front man for the MoI did not give an exact number of Taliban Lions of Islam involved in Tuesday's attack, he emphasized that the Afghan cops are fully capable of dealing with such attacks.

Almost a month ago, more than 800 Taliban Lions of Islam attacked Sangin and took control of the area for more than a week. The clash ended when an increase of troops were deployed in efforts to clear the district of krazed killers.

India-Pakistan: Six women injured in acid attack in Balochistan's Pishin district
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[DAWN] QUETTA: Six women were maimed in an acid attack 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...
's Pishin district, a senior administration officer said.

Deputy Commissioner Pishin Bashir Bazai told Dawn that six women were maimed in the attack as a result of a family dispute in Tang area of the district.

"Four men sprayed acid on women inside the house," he said.

Fortunately, the faces of the women were saved but their feet were maimed in the attack, he added.

"There were no men inside the house when the culprits' relatives targeted women," Bazai said.

The attackers escaped unhurt after launching the attack.

The injured women were rushed to a hospital for medical treatment.

Bazai said that the women were discharged from hospital after being given first aid treatment since their condition was not serious.

Levies personnel conducted raids in different parts of Pishin and Killa Abdullah but no arrest was made till the filing of this report.

This incident comes a week after two acid attacks in Quetta and Mastung cities.

Six women were maimed in the aforesaid attacks.

Police suspected faceless myrmidons to be behind those attacks.

if you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning...
the Deputy Commissioner Pishin termed the recent acid attack as result of an old enmity, dispelling the impression about fanaticism and terrorism.

India-Pakistan: FO registers protest over clash on Pak-Afghan border
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[DAWN] Pakistain summoned a senior Afghan diplomat on Wednesday and registered a protest over a skirmish during which Pak security forces foiled a krazed killer attack on a checkpost on the Pak-Afghan border.

Military sources were quoted as saying that six attackers were killed and nine maimed during a cross-border krazed killer assault on a checkpost on the Pak-Afghan border in Lower Dir region which was repulsed by Pakistain's security forces late on Tuesday.

The officials, who requested anonymity, also said security along the Pakistain-Afghan border was beefed up to foil such attacks from Afghan territory.

Pakistain's Foreign Office in Islamabad summoned the Afghan charge d' affaires and lodged a strong protest with Afghanistan over the cross-border attack.

A Foreign Office statement said that Pakistain would be taking up the matter with the Afghan Government at a higher level in the broader context of enhancing security along the Pak-Afghan border.

Between 70-80 suspected bully boyz were involved in the cross-border attack on Pakistain military post in Upper Dir (between Tripaman and Inkal Sar) on Tuesday night, according to the statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The statement added that seven attackers were killed and nine injured as the assault was successfully repulsed by Pakistain's military.

The details could not be independently verified as the access of media is severely restricted in the region.

Pakistain once again urged Afghanistan to take effective steps to stop the use of its territory for repeated cross-border fire and physical attacks by terrorists.

The Foreign Office statement said the country emphasised on the extension of all possible cooperation from the Afghan side and measures taken by Afghanistan to eliminate terrorist sanctuaries on its territory, at a time when Pakistain was undertaking a monumental effort against faceless myrmidons and their hideouts through the launch of 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!)...

Earlier in June this year the military launched a full-scale operation against Talibs in North Wazoo tribal region, named as Zarb-e-Azb, following a brazen Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP)-claimed attack on 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...
's International Airport and failure of peace talks between government and Talibam nominated negotiators.

Pakistain has repeatedly asked Afghan authorities not to bully boyz fleeing from North Waziristan tribal region and to destroy krazed killer hideouts on its territory.

India-Pakistan: What defines 'success' in Operation Zarb-i-Azb?
Posted by Fred 07/31/2014  00:00 0 Comments 39 words Read the whole thing on page 4
[DAWN] My guess would be eliminating non-cooperating turbans while retaining the infrastructure to allow colonization of Afghanistan and military adventurism in Kashmir. What's yours?

India-Pakistan: Acid violence: Laws must meet action
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[DAWN] And a big ol' "tut tut" to you, too.

The Grand Turk: Turkish women share laughter online
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[FOXNEWS] Women in Turkey have taken to social media to protest against comments by the country's deputy prime minister that "women should not laugh aloud in public."

Women were sharing photos on Twitter of themselves laughing Wednesday after Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc's comments that not laughing out loud in public is among requirements of being an honorable woman.

Arinc said Monday both men and women should be moral, and that women should be aware of what is appropriate behavior.

Canan Arin, a prominent women rights' activist, said it was a pity Turkish women have to respond to such "silly comments" when they have more serious problems to deal with, including frequent male violence against women.

International-UN-NGOs: UN Security Council condemns offensive by extremist militants in Iraq
Posted by Fred 07/31/2014  00:00 2 Comments 213 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[FOXNEWS] The U.N. Security Council is condemning the offensive waged by the Lion of Islam Islamic State group and allied murderous Moslems in Iraq, calling it "a major threat" to the country's future.

The council stressed in a resolution adopted unanimously Wednesday extending the U.N. political mission in Iraq that the only way to address the threat is for politicianship "to make decisions that will unite the country."

Council members called on all political groups to overcome divisions and urged Iraq's leaders to quickly form a government reflecting all segments of the population "that would contribute to finding a viable and sustainable solution to the country's current challenges."

The Islamic State group now controls a vast swath of eastern Syria and western Iraq, including Iraq's second-largest city djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
#1: UN Security Council condemns offensive by extremist militants in Iraq

And returns to discussing Zionist Genocide Gazan Humanitarian Crisis.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-07-31 01:02 ||Comments

#2: Well at lease ISIS won't be labeled an evil, apartheid regime. No separate accommodation permitted. You're either part of the ISIS team.... or you're dead.

Team Obama will no doubt be secretly meeting with ISIS 'moderates' very soon. We're old veterans at picking the wrong side.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-07-31 01:14 ||Comments

Caribbean-Latin America: Argentina in 11th-hour talks as default looms
Posted by Fred 07/31/2014  00:00 2 Comments 157 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[NEWS.YAHOO] Argentina was locked in 11th-hour talks on Wednesday to seek a deal with "holdout" creditors and stave off a crippling new default -- the second in 13 years -- at day's end.

Buenos Aires had until midnight to resolve its dispute with two US hedge funds whose refusal to accept a write-down on debt it defaulted on in 2001 has pushed Latin America's third-largest economy to the brink of a new crisis.

Argentina is due to make a $539 million payment on its restructured debt by Wednesday, the end of a 30-day grace period.

But a US court has blocked it from doing so unless it also pays the hedge funds, NML Capital and Aurelius Capital Management -- a ruling Buenos Aires says jeopardizes its entire debt restructuring deal.

Argentine Economy Minister Axel Kicillof and his team made no statement as they arrived Wednesday morning at the offices of the US court-appointed mediator tasked with breaking the impasse.
#1: "Malvinas!"
Posted by: Frank G|| 2014-07-31 07:39 ||Comments

#2: Who's fooling who here. They have no intention of paying back on any conditions they money they took. Anyone or any organization that gave them money after the last default are equally fools and have wasted their resources like anyone in Vegas or Atlantic City. Take your game elsewhere. They gambled. They lost. Now go cry and leave the rest of us alone without the drama.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2014-07-31 08:59 ||Comments

-Short Attention Span Theater-: MSNBC's Ronan Farrow questions lack of racial diversity in emoji characters
Posted by Fred 07/31/2014  00:00 6 Comments 262 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[P.WASHINGTONTIMES] MSNBC host Ronan Farrow took to his panel Tuesday to discuss what he perceives as a lack of racial diversity among emoji characters.

Emoji, originating in Japan, describes the ideograms or smiley faces used in electronic messages, such as texting and social media.

"Do you think there's a limitation we're suffering from in terms of the racial diversity of these emojis? Mr. Farrow asked linguist John McWhorter, who is black, Newsbusters reported.
Talk to the Japanese, my dear boy. They're the ones who invented the things.
(Honestly, he really isn't all that bright, for all he's got those artificially bright blue eyes.)
"No, I think that actually what we're going to see more is a gender skew," Mr. McWhorter argued. "Apparently women are more likely to use them and more richly."

Mr. Farrow pointed out an instance where comedian Jordan Peele did an online rendering of "The Shining" in emoji. Mr. Peele was forced to use a character of dark moon to play black character Dick Hallorann.

"And it's not just a black/white issue," the Cronkite award winner continued. "Do we have an image of what you have to go with if you want to render, for instance, someone who is Arab or Middle Eastern?"
Ladies and gentlemen of Rantburg, if you would be so kind as to oblige the gentleman?
#1: Farrow is hovering between #600 and #800 in the ratings - thats not much better than cspan2
Posted by: lord garth|| 2014-07-31 00:23 ||Comments

#2: If by 'oblige' you mean "hunt for sport", then we are ready. Locked and loaded.
Posted by: SteveS|| 2014-07-31 00:25 ||Comments

#3: While rural white farmers and defenseless pensioners appear to be struggling with it, racial diversity is thriving in some countries.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-07-31 00:34 ||Comments

#4: I've got one of Farrow. A zero... empty... no rim.
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-07-31 07:46 ||Comments

#5: I agree with Ronan.
They're all asian emojis....well.. they are yellow.
Posted by: bigjim-CA|| 2014-07-31 11:31 ||Comments

#6: We obviously need some minimum quotas of green, red, purple and pink emoticons.
Posted by: gorb|| 2014-07-31 11:59 ||Comments

Government: Sessions: 'We Cannot Allow Executive Orders to...Eradicate Plain Law'
Posted by Fred 07/31/2014  00:00 4 Comments 125 words Read the whole thing on page 6
[CNSNEWS] Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) took to the Senate floor Wednesday to blast the president's reported plan to use his executive authority to provide amnesty to undocumented Democrats by scaling back deportations and granting them work permits, saying Congress must not allow the president use executive actions that eradicate "plain law."

"This Congress needs to speak. We cannot allow executive orders to be issued by a president that eradicates plain law. To do so is wrong. The American people are watching this. They are not going to be happy that this Congress didn't take action, and expressions of concerns among senators really are not enough," said Sessions.
#1: No - this Congress needs to cut the Federal budget in half and not fold like a cheap fucking tent like they always do every goddamn time. Resist!

Otherwise you might as well get put the Burger King crown on Obama and make it official.
Posted by: Raj|| 2014-07-31 00:49 ||Comments

#2: I'm fed up with both parties; the Pubs less than the Donks. Many of the Donks ought to be serving time. Voters are faced with voting for the evil of two lessers.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2014-07-31 09:12 ||Comments

#3: They only let us vote because they stack the ballot with safe bets.
There is no substantive difference between the two parties anymore.
Posted by: bigjim-CA|| 2014-07-31 12:31 ||Comments

#4: Executive Orders, politicizing the courts, and giving Congress a stake in the action have eradicated the rule of law already.
Posted by: Lowspark|| 2014-07-31 15:08 ||Comments

Europe: Hillary Clinton: Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 shoot-down was "terrorism"
Posted by Fred 07/31/2014  00:00 6 Comments 192 words Read the whole thing on page 6
[CBSNEWS] Hillary Clinton
... sometimes described as The Heroine of Tuzla and at other times as Mrs. Bill, never as Another Edward Stettinius, Jr. ...
labeled the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Eastern Ukraine a "form of terrorism" in an interview that aired Tuesday, condemning Russia for aiding the separatists who are accused of taking down the plane.

"They were equipped by the Russians. They were trained by the Russians. There may have even been Russians on the ground with them and the result was this horrible attack," Clinton told Fusion during a wide-ranging interview. "And yes, it is a form of terrorism...When you have armed hard boys, aided and abetted by a major country like Russia, able to use surface-to-air missiles to bring down a commercial airline."
#1: Fishing for the Jacksonian vote?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-07-31 00:57 ||Comments

#2: "They were equipped by the Russians. They were trained by the Russians. There may have even been Russians on the ground with them and the result was this horrible attack,"

Was she speaking about MH-17, or was she experiencing a Benghazi flashback ?
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-07-31 01:01 ||Comments

#3: I suppose the possibility of there being white supremacists or even *gasp* Nazi types involved makes this a viable statement, as long as no muslims are involved.
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-07-31 07:30 ||Comments

#4: A tragic mistake by terrorists, sure. But for it to be 'terrorism', doesn't there have to be some sort of goal? Were they trying to destroy the airline, Hilly? Crush air traffic and bankrupt all airlines? Punish the Dutch for Theo van Gogh?

I say the former FLOTUS is losing her marbles.
Posted by: Bobby|| 2014-07-31 07:57 ||Comments

#5: She's not losing her marbles. She knows she can score some easy brownie points at Putin's expense and the MSM won't call her on it.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305|| 2014-07-31 11:27 ||Comments

#6: Amazing how she can vacillate between Leftist Progressive and Monroe-Doctrine Nationalist.

You gotta admire her flexibility.
Posted by: bigjim-CA|| 2014-07-31 12:24 ||Comments

Economy: Ratings-Challenged Al Jazeera America Considering More Layoffs
Posted by Fred 07/31/2014  00:00 0 Comments 197 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[AIM.ORG] Al Jazeera America, which will be celebrating its first anniversary next week, is considering another round of layoffs, as the network's ratings continue to sag.

According to TV Newser, Al Jazeera America CEO Ehab Al Shihabi told the staff during a meeting last week that there may be further layoffs.

A network front man told TV Newser that "Like any television network we make decisions based on our programming schedule," and that they were always looking at staffing levels.

This is the second round of cuts this year. In April, the network laid off dozens of people in their sports and business units.

Al Jazeera America reportedly spent hundreds of millions of dollars hiring staff to build 12 U.S. bureaus in anticipation of competing with Fox, MSNBC and CNN—after buying Al Gore's Current TV for $500 million—and wound up with a network whose ratings are so bad they're barely measurable.

While the Qatari government has plenty of money to spend on Al Jazeera, it's evident by the layoffs that they are finally starting to realize the folly of their investment.

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia: Rebel chief in east Ukraine bans swearing
Posted by Fred 07/31/2014  00:00 1 Comments 204 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[NEWS.YAHOO] A top rebel chief in east Ukraine has banned fighters from swearing, saying it "spiritually demeans us and will lead our army to defeat", according to a document published on a Twitter account used by insurgents.
Igor Strelkov, the self-declared defence minister of the unrecognised Donetsk People's Republic said swearing in public places by rebel gunmen would be considered "a serious disciplinary infraction".

"Swearwords of non-Russian origin were used by enemies of Rus to defile what we hold sacred," read an official order dated from Monday -- the 1,026th anniversary of the adoption of Christianity by the mediaeval state of Kievan Rus, the ancestor of Ukraine also seen as the cradle of Russia.

"Swearing is a sacrilege that has always been considered a grave sin," read the order published late Tuesday under the Twitter handle @strelkov_info.

The pro-Moscow rebels employ a variety of religious symbols including flying flags with an image of Jesus Christ from their armoured cars and they often refer to themselves as an "Orthodox army".

Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary "protect us in combat", said the order, which also accused the government in Kiev of being "haters of Christians"
#1: Awwww....Shit!!!
Posted by: bigjim-CA|| 2014-07-31 11:32 ||Comments

-Short Attention Span Theater-: MSNBC Primetime Ratings Crash, Worst In Eight Years
Posted by Fred 07/31/2014  00:00 10 Comments 198 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[BREITBART] As July closes out, MSNBC has posted some of its worst ratings in eight years.

The network came in third in total viewers and fourth in the key 25 to 54 age bracket for the month. In prime time, the network came in second in total viewers and third in the key demographic. This was MSNBC's worst showing in prime time in the key demo since 2006.

MSNBC was down 16 percent in total viewers over July of 2013 and was down a whopping 33 percent in the 25 to 54 demographic. It lost 16 percent and 25 percent in prime time over last year.

While the cable network's total viewer numbers were slightly up for July, its percentage of viewers in the key demo was down by double digits. Both All In with Chris Hayes and The Rachel Maddow Show were down 20% in the key age demo, while The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell was down 17% in the age bracket.

Daytime programming for the network also struggled in July.
You get things like this, ratings drop:
Mika Brzezinski: ‘Keep it Right Here on Morning Jew’
#1: Can you cook hot dogs over a dumpster fire?
Posted by: Raj|| 2014-07-31 01:17 ||Comments

#2: Seeing that rug munching Madcow in a soup kitchen line would certainly make my day.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-07-31 01:22 ||Comments

#3: So which will crash first, MSNBC or Al Jazira? The race to chapter 11 is on!
Posted by: 49 Pan|| 2014-07-31 01:24 ||Comments

#4: Just had an idea to raise ratings - maybe Chris Hayes and Ronan Farrow could swing purses at each other in a boxing ring?
Posted by: Raj|| 2014-07-31 01:42 ||Comments

#5: Excellent idea Raj. To keep it fair and balanced perhaps someone from Fox could officiate.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-07-31 01:49 ||Comments

Posted by: junkiron|||| 2014-07-31 06:16 ||Comments

#7: what a freak show
Posted by: Frank G|| 2014-07-31 07:38 ||Comments

#8: Good news today. Better news, if they fold completely; they are foaming at the mouth liars and truth-benders. Apparently MSNBC is driven by ideology and not the free market (if there still is one).
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2014-07-31 09:15 ||Comments

#9: MSNBC is safe harbored by cable/satellite bundling and that's the way the cable/satellite owners want it. They keep their lil'voice box booming their bigotry and bias and you have to pay for it if you want the other venues (other than open broadcast).
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2014-07-31 12:40 ||Comments

#10: They can get worse than dead last?
Posted by: DarthVader|| 2014-07-31 13:41 ||Comments

Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Captured Hamas Operative Reveals Paragliding Attack Plan
Posted by trailing wife 07/31/2014  00:00 0 Comments 656 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[IsraelTimes] A highly trained Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, operative captured by the IDF during the campaign in the Gazoo Strip told Sherlocks that he had prepared to carry out a terror attack against Israeli civilians using a paraglider, the Shin Bet security service announced Wednesday.

The Hamas detainee, who was recruited to the Islamist terror group in 2007 and joined one of the group's special units in 2010, had taken part in a weeklong military-style exercise in Malaysia, along with 10 other members of the group, the Shin Bet said in a statement. During the exercise, which included paragliding training, the Hamas squad focused on perfecting raids from the air.

The squad conducted a second training session in the Gazoo Strip earlier this year, the statement said.

The Hamas operative was tossed in the calaboose
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
near the Paleostinian city of Khan Yunis, in the southern Gazoo Strip, on the night between July 21 and July 22.

A second Hamas operative held in Israeli captivity told Sherlocks that after the IDF began striking targets in Gazoo, he received orders to enter an underground tunnel and await for further commands, Walla reported. For weeks, the operative said, he survived only on dates and water, which were brought to him by two fellow Hamas members. On the third week of the Israeli offensive, after receiving no orders, the operative, a member of Hamas's elite Nukhba unit, exited the tunnel and surrendered to IDF soldiers in the area.

Since launching a ground operation in the Hamas-controlled enclave on July 17, the IDF has apprehended close to 100 operatives, mostly members of Hamas and Islamic Jihad
...created after many members of the Egyptian Muslim 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...
. Soldiers also seized hundreds of computers, maps, and communication devices, as well as weapons.

During searches in the Strip, Israeli troops also uncovered booklets with information on various IDF units, military commanders, and the Gazoo border area in general. One of the booklets contained images of IDF Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Benny Gantz and Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, Channel 10 reported.

Paleostinian sources said that at least 76 people were killed Wednesday in Israeli strikes across Gazoo, raising the Paleostinian corpse count above 1,300 since the IDF first started operating in the Strip. Israel asserts that hundreds of those killed throughout the operation were Hamas or Islamic Jihad fighters.

Africa North: Iran says Egypt dragging its feet on allowing aid into Gaza
Posted by trailing wife 07/31/2014  00:00 2 Comments 162 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Ynet] Tehran said 100 tons of humanitarian goods have been waiting for Egyptian approval: 'This is unacceptable.'

Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said on Wednesday 100 tons of humanitarian aid had been waiting for days for Egypt's approval to be taken into Gazoo.

"For the past days we have provided the Egyptian foreign ministry and their interest section in Tehran with information on shipment of humanitarian goods and the list of 57 severely maimed Paleostinian women and kiddies we have offered to bring here for medical treatment, but they have yet to issue a permit," he told the official IRNA news agency.

Egyptian foreign ministry officials were not immediately available for comment.
#1: Moslems get along so well with each other. Its genetic probably. It has something to do with how they were raised.

Or goats.Perhaps it's the goats.
Posted by: Big Thromoth3646|| 2014-07-31 06:25 ||Comments

#2: Perhaps Tehran would like to take some sort of....bold military action? We'll certainly all be off to the races it that happens.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-07-31 06:29 ||Comments

Israel-Palestine-Jordan: US Resupplies Israel With Munitions As Gaza Op Continues
Posted by trailing wife 07/31/2014  00:00 3 Comments 424 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Ynet] American defense official says Israel received access to strategic reserves of grenades and mortar rounds.

The United States has allowed Israel to tap a local US arms stockpile in the past week to resupply it with grenades and mortar rounds, a US defense official said on Thursday.

The munitions were located inside Israel as part of a program managed by the US military and called War Reserves Stock Allies-Israel (WRSA-I), which stores munitions locally for US use that Israel can also access in emergency situations.

Israel, however, did not cite an emergency when it made its latest request about 10 days ago, the defense official said, speaking on condition of anonymity
... for fear of being murdered...
The United States allowed Israel to access the strategic stockpile anyway to resupply itself with 40mm grenades and 120mm mortar rounds to deplete older stocks that would eventually need to be refreshed.

"They didn't ask for it from there but we gave it to them so we could rotate our stocks," the official said.

Additional Israeli requests for US-manufactured ammunition were also being processed in the United States, the official said. The official did not offer further details on quantities or costs of ammunition already supplied or requested.

Israel's embassy in Washington declined comment about the resupply request, including whether it asked for the ammunition because of its operations in Gazoo.

Separately, US politicians were working in Congress to provide millions of dollars in additional funding for the Iron Dome missile shield.

The US Senate Appropriations Committee added $225 million for Iron Dome to a spending bill intended mainly to provide money to handle an influx of thousands of Central American children across the US-Mexico border.

According to the Gazoo Health Ministry, 1,346 Paleostinians, mostly civilians, have been killed since Israel began its offensive on July 8 with the declared aim of halting cross-border rocket fire and destroying the tunnel network of the Islamist group Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason,.

On the Israeli side, 56 soldiers and three civilians have been killed.
#1: I wonder if Champ knows?
Posted by: Bobby|| 2014-07-31 08:15 ||Comments

#2: He does now, or at least when he gets in from the back nine.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2014-07-31 09:01 ||Comments

#3: Champ is a spokesperson for Jarrett.
Posted by: TopRev|| 2014-07-31 13:00 ||Comments

Home Front: Politix: Alison Lundergan Grimes: Iron Dome Helps Israel Defend Against Terrorists In Tunnels
Posted by Beavis 07/31/2014  00:00 3 Comments 333 words Read the whole thing on page 6
Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes drew attention Tuesday with a remark about Israel's famed air defense system known as the Iron Dome.

Asked about the missile system at a rally in front of her new headquarters in Fayette County, Grimes had this to say, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader:

"Obviously, Israel is one of our strongest allies in the Middle East, and she has the right to defend herself," Grimes said. "But the loss of life, especially the innocent civilians in Gaza, is a tragedy. The Iron Dome has been a big reason why Israel has been able to withstand the terrorists that have tried to tunnel their way in.

"My hope is that a cease-fire can be structured. Ultimately, I think the long-term solution though is not one we can impose. It has to come from within. It's a two-state solution between Israel and Palestine."

The current Kentucky secretary of state delivered an answer largely in line with the Obama administration on the latest conflict in the Middle East; she defended Israel's right to defend itself and mourned the tremendous loss of life in Gaza.

But her description of the Iron Dome system drew criticism from Republicans, including those at the National Republican Senatorial Committee who argued Grimes wasn't ready for prime time.

"Frankly it's embarrassing that a Senate candidate would say this," NRSC press secretary Brook Hougesen said. "Alison Lundergan Grimes is now a year into her candidacy and is still fundamentally unprepared to answer basic questions and has failed to provide any sort of substantive policy plan."

The Iron Dome system operates in the air, intercepting rockets fired by Hamas using ground-to-air missiles. It does not defend Israel from Hamas-built underground tunnels, the destruction of which Israel has cited as a reason for its latest campaign into Gaza.

In a statement passed along by her campaign on Wednesday, Grimes clarified that the Iron Dome allows Israel to focus its military resources against the threat of tunnels.
#1: Maybe Alison can help Hamas with the next tunnel - she's pretty good at digging...
Posted by: Raj|| 2014-07-31 00:44 ||Comments

#2: I'm guessing that 'anything that frees up resources'?
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-07-31 07:25 ||Comments

#3: She keeps using that word, I do not think it means what she thinks it means.
Posted by: bigjim-CA|| 2014-07-31 12:25 ||Comments

Home Front: Politix: New Emails Show Lois Lerner Called Some Conservatives 'A**holes'
Posted by Uncle Phester 07/31/2014  00:00 1 Comments 14 words Read the whole thing on page 3
#1: Round up her co-conspirators, terminate their employment, and throw Lerner and the entire lot in prison for 5-10 years.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-07-31 00:28 ||Comments

Europe: Need to learn to launch a BUK missile quick? Look online.
Posted by Anguper Hupomosing9418 07/31/2014  00:00 1 Comments 151 words Read the whole thing on page 3
But the basics of operating even advanced surface-to-air weapons are relatively easy to learn — they need to be so that operators can use them even in the heat of battle — and instructions are available online. Training manuals featuring intuitive, detailed guidance on using such weapons are on the Web. The manuals include instructions on how to do most tasks, including turning the systems on, activating the radar antenna, understanding radar data and firing the missile.

More difficult, though, is committing these steps to memory and learning tactics for how to best deploy a system on the battlefield. The U.S. Army requires 10 weeks of continuous training, for example, for operators deployed with the Patriot anti-surface-to-air missile — one of the Pentagon’s most advanced such weapons. Soldiers have to learn how to calculate targeting data by both hand and electronic means. Training also includes learning complex tasks, including how to identify targets.
#1: So, Reuters decides to publish a Russian FSB press release.
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-07-31 07:34 ||Comments

Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Arab Leaders Silent, Viewing Hamas as Worse Than Israel
Posted by Fred 07/31/2014  00:00 1 Comments 350 words Read the whole thing on page 4
[NY Times] Battling Paleostinian bully boyz in Gazoo two years ago, Israel found itself pressed from all sides by unfriendly Arab neighbors to end the fighting.

Not this time.

After the military ouster of the Islamist government in Cairo last year, Egypt has led a new coalition of Arab states — including 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...
, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan — that has effectively lined up with Israel in its fight against Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason,, the Islamist movement that controls the Gazoo Strip. That, in turn, may have contributed to the failure of the antagonists to reach a negotiated cease-fire even after more than three weeks of bloodshed.

"The Arab states' loathing and fear of political Islam is so strong that it outweighs their allergy to Benjamin Netanyahu," the prime minister of Israel, said Aaron David Miller, a scholar at the Wilson Center in Washington and a former Middle East negotiator under several presidents. "I have never seen a situation like it, where you have so many Arab states acquiescing in the death and destruction in Gazoo and the pummeling of Hamas. The silence is deafening."
#1: It is not also the case that those same Arab states conduct significant trade with Israel, to include food and consumer goods?

Paleos are to Arabs what homies are to American Africans. Jordan expelled them lethally. They are wanted nowhere in the region. Israelis are nicer to them than Arabs. Their "leaders" use them to extort Euro-American nations. They are truly the dispossessed, unwanted. And they stupidly go violent, making themselves even more abhorrent. One senses that were they given the entire Levant to make their home they would turn it bleak and barren.

It may be that the only way to civilize Paleos, make them livable, would be to lop off their leader cadre to a man and woman and bring in heavily protected non-Arab gene pools to dilute and re-form theirs under a century-long, or so, Latinate protectorate -- not UN, of course.
Posted by: TopRev|| 2014-07-31 14:21 ||Comments

Home Front: Politix: Secretive Leftwing Network Discovered through Wisconsin Records Law
Posted by trailing wife 07/31/2014  00:00 4 Comments 18 words Read the whole thing on page 3
It's not just Journolist.
#1: Fast Left Wing Conspiracy unveiled. Remember, accusations, ie "Vast Right Wing Conspiracy", as such are largely Freudian projection by the Left, based upon the belief that 'they' must be doing what 'we' do.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2014-07-31 08:54 ||Comments

#2: Wisconsin just passed mandetory VOTER ID. We'll see how long it lasts.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-07-31 11:04 ||Comments

#3: Voter I'd UPHELD by Wis Supreme Court this morning!
Posted by: Jimp Forkbeard8158|| 2014-07-31 12:33 ||Comments

#4: Thank God the Founders created a third branch of government, the Judicial Branch. It took too long for Americans to get them involved via the lawsuit but when the did the Judicial Branch has been cleaning Obama's clock.
Posted by: Ebbinelet Omusoling8390|| 2014-07-31 13:23 ||Comments

Science & Technology: Anti-Terror Drones OK, But An Australian's Lamentations of Commercial Use
Posted by Thineng Angailet7166 07/31/2014  00:00 0 Comments 111 words Read the whole thing on page 4
JEFF Bezos, the Yankee guy behind and Blue Origin spaceflight technology, seems quite a nice guy -- unusually so for the founder of a major information technology company.

Years ago, he kindly sent DoubleClick -- along with several million other folk around the globe -- a natty in-car coffee mug, in return for being an early user of Amazon services. Thanks, Jeff -- still got it, still use it on long trips.

But Jeff's also an extremely persistent cove, particularly when a new money-making idea worms its way into his always very active mind. And that's the way it has been lately with something he calls Amazon Prime Air.

Science & Technology: Mars Rover Takes "Selfie", Continues To Defy Odds
Posted by Thineng Angailet7166 07/31/2014  00:00 1 Comments 353 words Read the whole thing on page 3
This "self portrait" was taken by the Mars rover Opportunity in March, 2014 (false color added). It combines multiple frames and shows the cleaning effect of wind that blew off dust. (NASA)

The Mars rover Opportunity, already astounding for its longevity, has another claim to fame.

On July 27, Opportunity's odometer rolled over to 25.01 miles, a record for any vehicle in space, NASA said in a news release.

The previous record holder was the Soviet Union's Lunokhod 2 rover, which landed on the moon on Jan. 15, 1973, and drove about 24.2 miles in less than five months, according to NASA.

John Callas, NASA's California-based project manager for the Mars rovers, said Opportunity's record is remarkable, considering that it wasn't designed for distance and was intended to drive only about one kilometer.

"But what is really important is not how many miles the rover has racked up, but how much exploration and discovery we have accomplished over that distance," Callas said in a statement.

Not to mention the photos.

Over the years, Opportunity and other rovers have beamed thousands of photos to Earth, which NASA has made available online. The images have captivated not only scientists but also those who believe the photos provide proof of life beyond Earth.

Just this week, YouTube user "TRUTHSEEKER" psoted a video claiming to show two dinosaurs spotted in rover images show on Mars (see the slideshow above and judge for yourself).

Last month, a blogger pointed out the shape of a cat in photos taken by the rover Curiosity. A few days earlier, someone saw a toy boat.

The blog UFO Sightings Daily, maintained by Scott C. Waring, claimed in November to have spotted an iguana in images sent back by Curiosity. In earlier posts, Waring posited the existence of other animals on Mars, including a rat or lizard and squirrel.

A "mystery rock" that showed up in photos in January had even NASA baffled at first. Analysis later showed that the rover probably moved the rock when it turned in place.

Opportunity has been working on Mars since January 2004, far surpassing expectations for it. Its primary mission was complete in April 2004,
#1: imho, the most newsworthy thing about this article is that Obama didn't commit a photobomb.
Posted by: Uncle Phester|| 2014-07-31 11:33 ||Comments

-Short Attention Span Theater-: University To Offer 'Gender-Open' Restrooms
Posted by Fred 07/31/2014  00:00 4 Comments 331 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[THECOLLEGEFIX] Northwestern University will offer "gender-open restrooms" to its students this fall.

"We are trying to be responsive to the needs of all of our students and to be inclusive," campus front man Bob Rowley said in an email to The College Fix. "This is becoming a common occurrence on campuses across the U.S."
It must be terrible to be young nowadays. Think of the young man dreamily following the Most Beautiful Girl in the World into the lavatory just so he can occupy the stall next to her! If that's not bad enough, think of the bruises to his illusions of perfection when she grunts passing a hard one, or comes down with SPD (Splattering Projectile Diarrhea).
At Northwestern, the two sex-segregated bathrooms to be changed will simply have their front door placards replaced to reflect the transition — no major renovations are planned. The bathrooms are located on the third floor of the university's main building that serves as the campus hub.

Northwestern joins the estimated 150 campuses across the nation that now offer some sort of gender-open restrooms, also called gender-neutral, unisex, or all-gender bathrooms, according to a tally by the LGTBQ group Stonewall at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

But while advocates convey them as mostly "single-stall, lockable restrooms available to people of all genders," it's clear many are also sex-segregated bathrooms converted to open-gender ones, as is the case at Northwestern.

The concern among some female students who now must share restrooms with anatomically male students is apparently not significant enough to put the brakes on these transitions.
"Tut tut! Modesty is so 1959!"
"We received overwhelmingly positive information, and so we went with it," Devin Moss, the director of Northwestern's LGBTQ Resource Center, told the Daily Northwestern. "We didn't really get any major concerns."
#1: Yeah, but a guy goes in to pee, turns around, and gets charged as a sex criminal for exposing himself.
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-07-31 07:48 ||Comments

#2: Remember the fight over the 'Equal Rights Amendment', the one the judiciary has been implementing in defiance of its failure to be ratified? The critics were lambasted for saying that it would result in uni-sex toilets and that women would be drafted (NB-the Donk Congress removed the prohibition on women in combat in order to promote them to the highest position in the uniform services which eliminates the formal obstruction to the 'draft' for women).
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2014-07-31 08:52 ||Comments

#3: Can I use the President's Office as my 'gender open' restroom?
Posted by: Raj|| 2014-07-31 09:51 ||Comments

#4: It'll be more fun after they remove the panels between the porcelain fixtures.
Posted by: Uncle Phester|| 2014-07-31 11:22 ||Comments

-Lurid Crime Tales-: New Emails: Lois Lerner Referred to Conservatives as '***holes' and 'Terrorists'
Posted by Fred 07/31/2014  00:00 5 Comments 414 words Read the whole thing on page 6
[CNSNEWS] A newly discovered email exchange from Lois Lerner
...the former head of the IRS Exempt Unit. She is a past president of the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws and a member of the Massachussetts bar. She was held in contempt of Congress for her role in the IRS targeting of regime political enemies and refusing to testify. The dog ate her computer's hard drive with all her emails on it...
's official IRS email account "directly demonstrates Ms. Lerner's deep animus towards conservatives, which she refers to as '---holes,'" House Boodle Central Chair Dave Camp wrote in a letter to Attorney General Eric Inaction Jackson Holder
... aka Mister Fast and Furious...
on Wednesday.

In that Nov. 9, 2012 email, Lerner further suggests that conservatives will ruin the country: "So we don't need to worry about alien teRrorists (sic). It's our own crazies that will take us down," she wrote.

Camp (R-Mich.) told Holder the email "shows that Ms. Lerner's mistreatment of conservative groups was driven by her personal hostility toward conservatives."

Camp said he also has discovered that Lerner used her personal email to conduct official business,including confidential tax return information, and he once again urged the Justice Department to ramp up its investigation:

"While the Committee has not seen any evidence of a serious investigation by your Department, it is my sincere hope that in light of this new, strong evidence that you immediately begin aggressively investigating this matter or appoint a special counsel."

Camp warned that failure to do so "will only further erode public trust" in the Internal Revenue Service and the Justice Department.

Ways and Means is one of three congressional committees investigating the way the IRS, during Lerner's tenure, handled groups seeking tax-exempt status. The IRS admits that conservative groups were singled out for inappropriate scrutiny and delay before the 2012 election.
#1: Darn! Somebody missed destroying a hard drive?
Posted by: Bobby|| 2014-07-31 08:13 ||Comments

#2: Man, she's got my number.
Posted by: bigjim-CA|| 2014-07-31 12:26 ||Comments

#3: Fair description of the IRS, too.
Posted by: Ebbinelet Omusoling8390|| 2014-07-31 12:42 ||Comments

#4: Repeal the 16th amendment.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles|| 2014-07-31 13:30 ||Comments

#5: only fair... I've been calling her the same
Posted by: Beldar Thert7422|| 2014-07-31 14:43 ||Comments

Africa North: 3 Militants Reported Killed In Egypt Car Explosion
Posted by trailing wife 07/31/2014  00:00 4 Comments 405 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[IsraelTimes] Three suspected murderous Moslems died Wednesday when a bomb they were carrying in their car apparently went off by accident in a town south of Cairo, Egypt's official news agency reported.

The kaboom took place in the early morning hours in the town of el-Saf in Giza province, said MENA. The report quoted unnamed security officials as saying the suspects were carrying an bomb, which was likely detonated by mistake. MENA gave no further details.

Egypt has battled an Islamic insurgency for the past three years that dramatically escalated after the military's ouster last July of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi and its subsequent crackdown on his Moslem Brüderbund supporters.

An al-Qaeda-inspired group called Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis
...Supporters of Jerusalem, the current pen name of al-Qaeda in the Sinai Peninsula...
has grabbed credit for a series of kabooms and suicide kabooms over the past year.

The group has said in its statements posted on Death Eater websites that it is avenging the killing of Islamist supporters of Morsi at the hands of Egyptian security forces. Morsi's supporters have been staging mostly small, near-daily demonstrations against his ouster and the authorities' heavy crackdown on the Brotherhood.

The Egyptian military has launched a sweeping offensive in the northern region of the Sinai Peninsula, which is a stronghold of Death Eater groups, killing and capturing dozens of suspected Death Eaters.
#1: "Abu - you really need to replace the shocks in this heap, I.."

Posted by: Frank G|| 2014-07-31 06:30 ||Comments

#2: Hey Mohammed, want to change that radio station?
Posted by: AlanC|| 2014-07-31 08:24 ||Comments

#3: What the hell, I mean seriously, what the hell? I am slowly rejoining the world, has it gotten worse crazy or was I resensitsed in my absence?
Posted by: Shipman|| 2014-07-31 13:52 ||Comments

#4: You'll get used to it.
Posted by: gorb|| 2014-07-31 14:13 ||Comments

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Iranian Official: We'll Arm West Bank With Missiles
Posted by trailing wife 07/31/2014  00:00 4 Comments 484 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[IsraelTimes] A former adviser to Iran's defense minister said that Tehran would seek to arm Paleostinians in the West Bank with "strategic weapons" including missiles to target Tel Aviv and Haifa.

Iranian researcher Amir Mousavi told Leb's Mayadeen TV channel this week that "a major reshuffle awaits the region" as "new and significant fronts will be opened all of a sudden, to support the Paleostinian cause in the West Bank and Gazoo."

"A new front must be opened from the West Bank, after it has been armed, especially with missiles," Mousavi said in comments relayed by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), "because we know very well that the distance between the West Bank and Tel Aviv, Haifa, and other areas is much shorter than the distance from Gazoo. Therefore, simple means are required. There is no need for long-range missiles. Short-range missiles can change the entire picture in the occupied lands."

Mousavi added that Gazoo would also receive increased military support from Iran. As for the Paleostinian Authority which controls the West Bank and has in recent years cooperated closely with Israel on security issues, Mousavi remarked: "We hope that the brothers in the Paleostinian Authority will help rather than impede this."

On Tuesday Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged the Islamic world to arm Paleostinians to allow them to counter what he called Israel's "genocide" in the Gazoo Strip.

In a speech marking the Moslem festival of Eid al-Fitr, Khamenei said Israel was acting like a "rabid dog" and "a wild wolf," causing a human catastrophe that must be resisted.

"The US president issued a fatwa that the resistance is disarmed so that they cannot respond to all those crimes (committed by Israel)," the supreme leader said, referring to Barack Obama
I mean, I do think at a certain point you've made enough money...
's call for the "disarmament of terrorist groups and the demilitarization of Gazoo."

"We say the opposite. The world and especially the Islamic world should arm… the Paleostinian people."
#1: HHHHMMMM, HHHMMMMM, D *** NG IT,thats strange, iff CHINA attacks Luzon in the PHILIPPINES it may set up DF-21 ASBMS + other potent LR PLA military assets to both threaten Guam-WESTPAC + deter any US intervention force coming in from Hawaii + EASTPAC.
Posted by: JosephMendiola|| 2014-07-31 00:19 ||Comments

#2: And we will gene-engineere a cockroach-moth hybrid that eats rugs.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-07-31 01:10 ||Comments

#3: More than a snark, genetics is the root of the problem.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-07-31 01:16 ||Comments

#4: Iran spits on your mustache. Egypt is going to be real slooooww on giving Iran free access. And who in the ME is Iran's good friend? It;s gonna COST you to ship anything close to the fence, ragheads.

So who has a border that Iran can freely cross? Ship away and be damned, goat jockey. Bring more money.

Meanwhile.... I will be over here going through Gaza's pants.
Posted by: Big Thromoth3646|| 2014-07-31 06:32 ||Comments

Arabia: Qatar Invests In The West, And Funds Hamas
Posted by trailing wife 07/31/2014  00:00 1 Comments 1057 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Ynet] The Qatari portfolio includes British supermarket giant Sainsbury's, French oil company Total, Porsche, Volkswagen, Gay Paree Saint-Germain and FC Barcelona; it also gives millions to Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason,.

Qatar's investment authority may be slowly taking over the world; and the Western world is indirectly funding Hamas because of it. Isolated and almost alone in the Arab world, Hamas has one sponsor left and that is the world's richest country, on paper at least.

Jonathan Schanzer, vice president of research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told JNS that Qatar is "believed to be the primary financier of Hamas." And the Islamist group, which is currently at war with Israel in Gazoo, is reported to have estimated annual expenses of some $1 billion.

In 2012, then Qatari Emir Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani became the first head of state to visit Gazoo since Hamas seized power there in a bloody 2007 battle with Fatah. Al Thani, who was driven around Gazoo by themn Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniyeh
...became Prime Minister after the legislative elections of 2006 which Hamas won. President Mahmoud Abbas dismissed Haniyeh from office on 14 June 2007 at the height of the Fatah-Hamas festivities, but Haniyeh did not acknowledge the decree and continues as the PM of Gazoo while Abbas maintains a separate PM in the West Bank...
, pledged some $400 million to the strip. His son, the British-educated Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, took over as emir following his father's abdication last year, and is known to look on Hamas just as favorably.

The Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) is the one of the most ambitious and fast-growing in the world. Over the years, it has moved in on many well-known companies and landmarks, including many of Britannia's most iconic ones.

Last week, former president Shimon Peres slammed Qatar as "the world's largest funder of terror," stating that it should not provide money that is used for rockets and tunnels meant to kill civilians, and if it wants to help, it should build, "but should not be allowed to destroy."

The public may be surprised to find out just how much it is indirectly funding Hamas.

According to Bloomberg, the QIA, which already owns over $100 billion worth of assets, said it's prepared to increase investments in the UK, after claiming shares of and buying out major companies such as supermarket giant Sainsbury's, the exclusive Harrods department store and leading bank Barclays Plc, among others.

Ahmad Al-Sayed, chief executive officer of the Qatari wealth fund, told Bloomberg that the QIA has its eye on Britannia as a major investment opportunity, as it has "great systems, great regulations."

He also told Bloomberg that since its purchase of Harrods in 2010, the QIA has invested approximately $413 million in the business, gaining major revenue.

Additionally, Qatar has shares in a number of oil companies, such as Total SA, as well as Volkswagen, Porsche Automobil Holding SE, and Glencore plc. Meanwhile,
...back at the the conspirators' cleverly concealed hideout the long-awaited message arrived. They quickly got to work with their decoder rings...
the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development is the sponsor of FC Barcelona, and the QIA owns Gay Paree Saint-Germain.

Qatar also has a strong history of buying US-made weaponry. Business Insider reported last week that the country has recently bought $11 billion worth of Patriot missile batteries and Apache attack helicopters.

But here lies the dichotomy, according to Schanzer, Qatar depends on the US as an ally, and invests lots of money there, but on the other hand Doha also has strong ties to Hamas.

"Just miles away from (the US airbase in Qatar), you can find the head of Hamas (Khaled Mashal), and there was even a Taliban embassy there for a while too. All of these things make for a foreign-policy anomaly," Schanzer said.

Israeli peace activist Gershon Baskin refuted all claims that Qatari money had been used to fund Hamas terrorist activity. That money, he argued, came from revenue from the smuggling tunnels.

"Let (me) correct some common lies," Baskin wrote Tuesday on Facebook. "Most of the money Hamas used for building tunnels and rockets came from the revenues from smuggling tunnels - the underground economy of Gazoo which was created because Israel and Egypt cut them off from the world yielded multi-millions a month for the Hamas government in taxes and fees for using the tunnels. Since 2012 Hamas has received very little financial support from anyone."

The funds provided by Qatar, the veteran activist said, was used solely for construction.

"Qatari money went directly for fuel and for building a couple of neighborhoods and a few tower buildings in Gazoo. Iranian money stopped. the so-called experts who talk about using donor funds provided for Gazoo for rockets and tunnels are lying and repeating lies. Cement coming from Egypt cost 1/5 the price of Israeli cement. Fuel from Egypt costs 1.60 NIS per liter as opposed to the Israel 7.5 NIS.

"The economic blockade of Gazoo is what created the revenues for Hamas, not donor funds."
#1: In should be easy for the West to overthrow the Qatar Govt as its only a small country and Saudi Kuwait and UAE dont like them either.
Posted by: Paul D|| 2014-07-31 02:32 ||Comments

China-Japan-Koreas: China Ramping Up Persecution Of Christians
Posted by trailing wife 07/31/2014  00:00 2 Comments 300 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[FreeBeacon] Issued orders to demolish more than 100 churches in the southeastern coastal province of Zhejiang.

Chinese authorities are ramping up their persecution of Christian churches in response to what they perceive as an emerging threat to the communist regime, according to reports.

Public security officials in recent days forcibly removed crosses from two churches in the southeastern coastal province of Zhejiang, the New York Times
...which still proudly displays Walter Duranty's Pulitzer prize...
reported. Authorities have now issued orders to demolish more than 100 churches in the province—most of them state-approved, as opposed to the illegal underground communities suppressed by officials.

Additionally, government officials have disrupted services, confiscated and destroyed church property, and in some cases detained members in the capital in Beijing, the eastern coastal province of Shandong, and the autonomous Xinjiang region in the northwest.

Chinese officials appear to be acting on concerns that the growing Christian movement could soon rival the influence of the 86 million members of the Communist Party. A 2011 Pew Research report estimated that China has 67 million Christians, about 5 percent of its population.

The U.S. State Department raised a number of concerns about China in its annual international religious freedom report, released Monday. The report said that in addition to Christians, Chinese officials persecuted Tibetans, Falun Gong practitioners, and Moslem Uighurs.

The Chinese government's campaign against churches comes amid a wider crackdown on dissent by President Jinping. Activists have condemned the Communist Party's detention of dissidents and use of involuntary psychiatric confinement.
#1: I'm still waiting for the international outrage and sanctions.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305|| 2014-07-31 12:15 ||Comments

#2: But I guess after they get done with the Juice there's not enough to go around.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305|| 2014-07-31 12:17 ||Comments

Iraq: New ISIL Mag Touts Ethics of Execution, Targets Sen. McCain
Posted by trailing wife 07/31/2014  00:00 2 Comments 388 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[FreeBeacon] ISIL vows to 'fight the barbaric Jews' in 'Paleostine'

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
... the current version of al-Qaeda in Iraq, just as blood-thirsty and well-beloved as the original...
(ISIL or ISIS) promotes the stoning of women, targets "the enemy" Sen. John Maverick McCain
... the Senator-for-Life from Arizona, former presidential candidate and even more former foot soldier in the Reagan Revolution...
(R., Ariz.), and vows to bring its violent campaign to Israel in the latest issue of its propaganda magazine, Dabiq.

As ISIL continues to wage war across Iraq and forcefully promulgate its holy warrior version of Islam, the group's public relations arms is making an effort to justify the terror group's violent campaign and bloody public executions.

The magazine, published by the Al-Hayat Media Center, ISIL's PR wing, mandates the forced conversion to Islam for people across the globe and demands that all Moslems pledge allegiance to ISIL leader His Supreme Immensity, Caliph of the Faithful and Galactic Overlord, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
...formerly merely the head of ISIL and a veteran of the Bagram jailhouse. Looks like a new messiah to bajillions of Moslems, like just another dead-eyed mass murder to the rest of us...
, who has announced that he is the caliph, or leader, of the new Moslem state in Iraq.
#1: This video has a few ladies that have something to say to the ISIS Mohammedans:

Posted by: Ebbinelet Omusoling8390|| 2014-07-31 12:57 ||Comments

#2: if ISIL and Al Q both have magazines, I wonder how much they pay for submitted articles?
Posted by: lord garth|| 2014-07-31 14:51 ||Comments

Home Front: Politix: Rep Barbara Lee (D-Cal): I am ashamed of America over illegals
Posted by Besoeker 07/31/2014  00:00 9 Comments 17 words Read the whole thing on page 6
No problem, flights are leaving hourly. Buy a ticket and be one !
#1: I'm ashamed of America over illegals, too. We should be a nation of laws that has them go through a legal process.
Posted by: gorb|| 2014-07-31 00:28 ||Comments

#2: Following the obvious WH memo, the CBC is on the warpath for the Champ this week. The majority of them are pounding the drums over the impeachment that will never happen.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-07-31 00:40 ||Comments

#3: As Congressional Representatives Barbara Lee and John Boehner prepare to take leave with their families today, the following families are requesting the Boehner meet them via an open letter to Boehner. Now, lets define SHAME:

Other signers include Laura and George Wilkerson, whose son Josh was brutally murdered by a DREAMer illegal alien, Jamiel Shaw whose son Jamiel Shaw, Jr., was murdered by illegal alien gang members in Los Angeles, Don Rosenberg, whose son Drew was killed in a car accident by a Honduran man in the U.S. on temporary protective status but driving without a license, and Carrie and Lou Ruiz, whose daughter was stabbed over 39 times by an illegal alien from Venezuela. The illegal alien remains free to this day—a story that True Crime will air later this year.
Juan Benavides, whose brother Jesse was murdered in 2011 by an illegal alien authorities had previously released after rape charges weeks earlier, signed the letter, as did Kisha Lambert, whose daughter Shatavia Anderson was murdered in 2010 by a 22-year-old illegal alien who was previously deported twice and an 18-year-old legal immigrant from Honduras.
Jim Binger, whose 16-year-old daughter Brittany was allegedly raped and murdered in 2005 by a deaf-mute illegal alien who has had trouble for years standing trial because he couldn’t assist in his own defense but will finally face trial later this year, signed the letter too, as did Maureen Maloney whose son Matthew Denice of Milford, Massachusetts, was killed in a hit-and-run accident by a drunken illegal alien who dragged his body for a quarter mile down the street after striking Denice’s motorcycle.
So did Brian McCann, whose brother Denny was murdered in a drunk driving hit-and-run by another illegal alien, as did Carol Vizzi, whose son Justin Goodman was killed in a hit-and-run by an illegal alien who fled the scene, having previously been previously arrested multiple times but never deported. Joining them also in demanding the Speaker stand up for Americans over illegal aliens is Mary Ann Mendoza, whose son Sgt. Brandon Mendoza of the Mesa Police Department in Arizona was killed in a fatal car crash earlier in 2014—the driver of the other car was an illegal alien. Ms. Mendoza has also written to President Obama saying her son’s life was “stolen.”

Do they plan to meet these families on their break?
John Boehner
Butler County Office: (513) 779-5400
Miami County Office: (937) 339-1524
Clark County Office: (937) 322-1120
Washington, D.C. Office: (202) 225-6205

Barbara Lee
Washington, D.C. Office: (202) 225-2661
Oakland District Office: (510) 763-0370
Posted by: Thineng Angailet7166|| 2014-07-31 01:04 ||Comments

#4: Unfortunately, we're way beyond it. Letters and e-mail to these people are a gross waste of time, postage, and printer ink.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-07-31 01:08 ||Comments

#5: It's not like there's rampant unemployment among low skilled blacks already in this country. It's not like California has to wrestle in its budget and thus the size of the slice of pie for welfare support while adding millions more to its rolls. Someone has to give up something. Guess who that someone is going to be. Betray your own constituency.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2014-07-31 09:31 ||Comments

#6: Shame? They don't know the meaning of the word.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305|| 2014-07-31 11:36 ||Comments

#7: There's a place for people who break the law.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles|| 2014-07-31 13:31 ||Comments

#8: Competition for wages keeps
a) profits high for the establishment
b) rents high for establishment
c) voters on the benefits plantation.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles|| 2014-07-31 13:32 ||Comments

#9: Since a large number of African Americans oppose the illegal immigration wave I suspect this is an attempt to put out a few talking points and hope to convince them to return to the plantation.
Posted by: rjschwarz|| 2014-07-31 15:02 ||Comments