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Home Front: Culture Wars: The Imaginary Islamic Radical
Posted by g(r)omgoru 02/01/2015  06:13 0 Comments 171 words Read the whole thing on page 4
The debate over Islamic terrorism has shifted so far from reality that it has now become an argument between the administration, which insists that there is nothing Islamic about ISIS, and critics who contend that a minority of Islamic extremists are the ones causing all the problems.

But what makes an Islamic radical, extremist? Where is the line between ordinary Muslim practice and its extremist dark side?

...Our Countering Violent Extremism program emphasizes the centrality of Islamic legal authority as the best means of fighting Islamic terrorists. Our ideological warfare slams terrorists for not accepting the proper Islamic chain of command. Our solution to Islamic terrorism is a call for Sharia submission.

That’s not an American position. It’s an Islamic position and it puts us in the strange position of arguing Islamic legalism with Islamic terrorists. Our politicians, generals and cops insist that the Islamic terrorists we’re dealing with know nothing about Islam because that is what their Saudi liaisons told them to say.


Home Front: Culture Wars: If You Were A Grown Up, My Love
Posted by g(r)omgoru 02/01/2015  06:07 0 Comments 242 words Read the whole thing on page 4
When I was very young I used to think that stories where everyone died, or stories where pointless but sad things happened were about the best thing ever. They were profound and so different from every other story I’d read till that time which were all boys-aventures or fairytales that ended well and with a moral.

If You Were A Dinosaur my Love’s win bothered me at a level I can’t begin to explain, and it still bothers me, like an aching tooth to which the tongue keeps returning. It’s not just that could have been written by me at 12 and would have got, from my middle school teacher, exactly the sort of praise it got from science fiction professionals.
It’s the ideas packed into the story that are truly disturbing.

A story that reveals a total lack of knowledge of an entire class of people (manual laborers) and instead others them as sort of scary all purpose evil that will beat to death anyone who doesn’t look/act like them won an award voted on by – supposedly – adult professionals. Not only that, but adult professionals who keep claiming their tolerance and love of the “other.” What’s more, adult professionals who would almost certainly embrace “Marxism” as a good or at least correct idea. When did Marxists start loathing and fearing the working class? And admitting it?


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia: Rebels say they have closed the lid on Debaltsevo salient
Posted by badanov 02/01/2015  00:00 0 Comments 607 words Read the whole thing on page 3


For a map, click here. You can enlarge the map, if you open it separately.

By Chris Covert
Rantburg.com

Rebel forces claim that they have 8,000 Ukrainian troops surrounded at the Donetsk town of Debaltsevo, and are currently strengthening the ring around the Ukrainian troops, according to Russian language news sources, and videos.

Donetsk military spokesman Lt. Colonel Eduard Basurin said Friday that the main route into the "cauldron" at Debaltsevo is now fully under rebel control, thereby shutting 8,000 Ukrainian troops off from supplies.

The current rebel offensive comes literally on the heels of a successful defensive operation after the Donetsk Airport fell to rebels less than three weeks ago. Subsequent Ukrainian counterattacks pressed just after the fall of the airport cost the Ukrainian Army dearly.

Despite that rebel victory, the two main goals of those operations, the cessation of Ukrainian artillery fire into residential zones, and forcing Ukrainian Army units out of two key towns near Donetsk city have failed.

The Debaltsevo operation began only a week ago as a number of attacks on the salient, which was formed last August when Ukrainian forces attempted a large encirclement battle, which failed when the southern pincher became bogged down in Ilovaisk. The resulting "cauldron" in Ilovaisk was liquidated over a number of days, some sources say, by a total of as many as 4,000 Ukrainian troops.

Only two days ago, rebel forces attacked and took two localities near the "mouth" of the salient at Krasny Pakhar and Тrоiske, and were awaiting Ukrainian counterattacks.

But the battle was actually several kilometers south of Krasny Pakhar and much closer to Debaltsevo, in fact on the town's very doorstep. The day before, battles raged at Uglegorsk, and on the eastern outskirts of Debaltsevo -- as well as at Krasny Pakhar -- but on Friday the fighting shifted to other localities nearer to Debaltsevo.

On Friday, rebel forces have announced that they have achieved an "operational encirclement" of Ukrainian troops inside the Debaltsevo salient.

Reports among rebel media conflict with official versions, however, with such military journalists as Boris Rozhin saying that the "lid on the cauldron" has not been shut. A graphical map posted on the Live Journal site of Boris shows the Debaltsevo salient essentially still open for resupply and reinforcement by the Ukrainians. In fact, current graphics supplied even by Russian military journalists show that the main route, M04, into Debaltsevo is not physically occupied by any rebel force.

According to Basruin, the "most intense fighting" has taken place in Debaltsevo itself, and in Chernukhino and Kalinovka settlements. He also said that Kalinovka, west of Debaltsevo, has been taken by the rebels, as Ukrainian Army press counterattacks at Ugelogorsk.

Basurin said that rebel forces are going to continue to reinforce the ring around Debaltsevo.

Basurin said the Ukrainians have lost five tanks, seven APCs (BMPs and BTRs), 12 artillery pieces, 97 killed or wounded. Basurin said since January 15th, Ukrainian forces have lost 129 tanks, 102 APCs, 71 artillery pieces, 40 automobiles and 1,439 dead. Additionally 28 Ukrainian soldiers have surrendered to rebel forces.

It should be noted that even though the supply route into the city has not been physically occupied, rebel forces are within three kilometers from physically occupying the road near Debaltsevo.

Chris Covert writes about foreign military issues for Rantburg.com. He can be reached at grurkka@gmail.com. You can read past articles about the 2014 war in southeastern Ukraina by clicking here.


India-Pakistan: India mobile rocket range from Beijing to Moscow
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Arabia: Drone Attack Kills Four Qaida Suspects in Yemen
Posted by trailing wife 02/01/2015  00:00 0 Comments 505 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[AnNahar] A drone strike killed four suspected al-Qaeda forces of Evil in Yemen Saturday, tribal sources said, the second attack in a week since Washington vowed to pursue its campaign against the jihadists.

Tribal sources said the unmanned aircraft, which only the United States operates in the region, targeted a car carrying four forces of Evil in the southern province of Shabwa, a stronghold of the jihadist network.

A similar strike on a car on Monday in a desert area between Shabwa and the neighboring province of Marib killed three suspected members of al-Qaeda.

That vehicle was hit by four missiles.

The previous day U.S. President Barack Obama
We're gonna punish our enemies and we're gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us...
had vowed no let-up in Washington's campaign against jihadists in Yemen.

He dismissed suggestions that deepening chaos in Yemen since the resignation of Western-backed President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi last week had forced a change in Washington's campaign against al-Qaeda.

Obama ruled out U.S. troop deployment in Yemen but said Washington would continue "to go after high value targets inside Yemen", admitting however that this was "a long, arduous process."

According to the New America Foundation, the United States has carried out more than 110 strikes on targets in Yemen since 2009, mostly using drones.

One such attack in September 2011 killed U.S.-Yemeni holy man Anwar al-Awlaqi, a leader of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula
...the latest incarnation of various Qaeda and Qaeda-allied groups, including the now-defunct Aden-Abyan Islamic Army that boomed the USS Cole in 2000...
accused of instigating a string of attacks against the United States.

AQAP, which Washington considers the most dangerous branch of the global terror network, also grabbed credit for the deadly January 7 attack on French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo
...A lefty French satirical magazine, home of what may well be the majority if the active testicles left in Europe...
.


China-Japan-Koreas: Five dead after checkpoint clash in Xinjiang
Posted by ryuge 02/01/2015  00:00 0 Comments 153 words Read the whole thing on page 2
A clash at a checkpoint followed by a 48-hour manhunt this week left five people dead in Xinjiang region.

On Wednesday, three Uighur teenagers failed to stop at a security checkpoint in Keriye county (Yutian in Chinese) in Hotan prefecture (Hetian in Chinese) and then resisted police efforts to detain them.

Three security officials "chased them with a pickup truck and stopped them at a river valley and tried to take them to the police," said Memet Turdi, village head of Yantaqkol village of Chira country (Cele in Chinese).

Turdi said the three teenagers “refused to go to the police, saying that they were there to find valuable stones."

“When a policeman dragged one of them to the truck a dispute erupted between them. Then the suspects killed all the personnel with knives," he said. According to Turdi, the three slain security officials, two auxiliary police and one security guard were not armed.


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia: Russia investigating nationals fighting with IS
Posted by ryuge 02/01/2015  00:00 0 Comments 101 words Read the whole thing on page 1
The Russian supreme court has said that authorities are investigating at least 58 criminal cases against Russian nationals fighting alongside IS.

The court's decision says that a Russian citizen is among the commanders of Jabhat al-Nusra. It is likely that the man is fighting with a faction named Seyfullakh Shishani's jamaat (fighting group), an Uzbek-led group that is part of Jabhat al-Nusra, although it maintains its own structure and consists mainly of Russian-speakers.

The Supreme Court material is only partially accurate and contains some claims that are, at best, rather odd.


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia: Now You See It, Now You Don’t: Putin Cheating on the Armistice Line in Ukraine
Posted by 3dc 02/01/2015  00:00 1 Comments 591 words Read the whole thing on page 4

Russian President Vladimir Putin is playing a cheating game with the West and Ukraine, not only hollowing out the Minsk armistice agreements (see EDM, January 22, 23, 27), but even shifting the agreed-upon demarcation line on the ground and on the map. Kyiv is alert to Putin’s con games, but it is forced to face a stronger Russia one-on-one, without Western assistance. Ukraine’s Western partners are slow, as usual, to notice Putin’s maneuvers, most recently at the January 21 “Normandy group” meeting in Berlin. There, Russia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Lavrov prevailed on his German and French counterparts to evenhandedly urge “all signatories of the Minsk agreements to meet in the coming days to implement the ceasefire and the withdrawal of heavy weapons in accordance with the Line of Contact as agreed in Minsk on September 19 [2014]” (Auswaertiges-amt.de, January 21).

But, which Line of Contact exactly? Lavrov brought Putin’s new version of the Line of Contact (demarcation line) to the Berlin meeting. The German and French ministers did not seem to object to the deceptive new version. And what does “signatory” mean in Russia’s case? Russia is a party to the conflict in every real sense, but only a party to the armistice in an official sense, rejecting its obligations as a signatory. Moscow is, instead, using its signatory’s status to protect the Donetsk and Luhansk “people’s republics” on the ground.

Putin first revealed his new version of the demarcation line in a January 15 letter to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. The Kremlin released only bits of that document, with misleading follow-up comments on a daily basis. Citing Putin’s letter, Russia justified its proxies’ attacks against Ukraine along the entire demarcation line. The Ukrainian government did not manage to explain the facts fully, even after a Kyiv journal did so on January 23 (see below). The Russian offensive operations persist, and Putin’s letter remains un-debunked outside the target country Ukraine.

The full text of Putin’s letter circulated inside Ukrainian government circles from January 16. The Russian president called on Ukraine and the Donetsk and Luhansk “people’s republics” (dignified as “DPR” and “LPR,” in the document) to withdraw their respective heavy artillery and missile systems by 15 kilometers on either side of the demarcation line, in accordance with the September 19, 2014, Minsk Memorandum (armistice document, still unimplemented). That document does stipulate this disengagement measure, referencing a then-existing demarcation line, with minor agreed-upon mutual adjustments.

Putin’s letter, however, shifts the demarcation line. He introduces the “de facto demarcation line, in existence as of January 13, 2015 [starting date of the latest Russian offensive].” This new de facto line incorporates at least 550 square kilometers of ground captured by Russia’s proxies, westward of the Minsk demarcation line. It also incorporates a portion of the “demilitarized zone” that the Minsk agreement had created on the approaches to Mariupil. Since then, however Russian and proxy forces have entered that zone (the January 13 missile strike at Volnovakha, opening shot in the latest Russian offensive, came from one part of that violated zone, as did the January 24 missile strike on Mariupil).

Maximizing the ambiguities, Putin’s letter called for the reciprocal disengagement of forces along “the line of contact of September 19, 2014 and [sic] of January 13, 2015.” An accompanying map showed both lines, indirectly highlighting the shift in favor of the Russian side. Furthermore, “We [Russia] together with the OSCE [Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe] shall organize the monitoring over the execution of these measures.”
#1: It's a pleasure to see a smooth operator in action.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2015-02-01 06:12 ||Comments



Home Front: Politix: America is Being Delivered Directly Into the Hands of Its Enemies
Posted by Hupineger Glomomp0031 02/01/2015  00:00 1 Comments 35 words Read the whole thing on page 4
I always get a little skeptical when the "Obama is a Muslim" meme makes it, but some good points nonetheless.

#1: The current management are not enemies?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2015-02-01 04:39 ||Comments



Southeast Asia: MILF: We lost men too
Posted by ryuge 02/01/2015  00:00 0 Comments 175 words Read the whole thing on page 1
Mohagher Iqbal, the MILF's chief negotiator, said his group also suffered heavy casualties in the deadly encounter in Maguindanao.

In a joint press conference with the government peace panel, Iqbal said 18 MILF fighters were "martyred". Another 14 were wounded.

He said, "I am very hopeful that as soon as the truth would come out the MILF would be vindicated and I think we are doing everything including this press conference so that we would approach the problem on a very objective manner."

Iqbal also appealed to the public, "especially to members of the media… not to fan the emotions of hatred and prejudices."

He said, "The Bangsamoro people have also suffered a lot in the conflict in Mindanao, as a result of several massacres in the various parts of the Bangsamoro. The encounter in Mamasapano, Maguindanao was not intended by either side. It was a pure and simple misencounter. The operation was intended by the BIFF (Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighteres) which is coddling Marwan and Basit Usman."


Southeast Asia: FBI denies prior knowledge of bloody Phillipine raid
Posted by ryuge 02/01/2015  00:00 2 Comments 44 words Read the whole thing on page 2
The FBI did not have prior knowledge of a police raid in the Philippines last Sunday to arrest wanted militants that went wrong and left more than 50 policemen dead, an FBI spokesman said. Philippine media had reported that the FBI helped orchestrate the raid.
#1: .....raid, which targeted Zulkifli bin Hir, an Islamic militant on the U.S. law enforcement agency's list of "most-wanted terrorists."

If the FBI was not involved, why were they not involved ?
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2015-02-01 06:07 ||Comments

#2: It has gotten to the point that I don't believe any gov't agency about anything without corroboration.

Especially a police force or terrorist related.
Posted by: AlanC|| 2015-02-01 08:10 ||Comments



Iraq: Iraq Kurdish Forces Retake Oil Field, Villages from IS
Posted by trailing wife 02/01/2015  00:00 0 Comments 361 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[AnNahar] Iraqi Kurdish forces and police retook an oil field in Kirkuk province Saturday that was seized by the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group overnight, and freed 24 workers who had been taken captive, officers said.

"Peshmerga forces and police cleared the Khubbaz (oil) field a little while ago and were able to enter it after surrounding it for hours," police Brigadier General Sarhad Qader said of the fighting, adding that they also retook eight villages.

IS had moved into the oil field Friday night and seized 24 workers, who were freed after they withdrew, peshmerga Major General Westa Rasul said.

A police colonel said their liberation was delayed because of fears that the bunker where they were held had been rigged with explosives.

During the fighting on Saturday, a sniper killed peshmerga Major General Hussein Mansur, Colonel Kawa Gharib said.

A peshmerga major was also killed and four more fighters maimed when an explosives-rigged house blew up.

Mansur was the second senior Kurdish officer to die in two days, after Brigadier General Shirko Rauf was killed Friday during a major IS attack in Kirkuk province.

The U.S.-led anti-IS coalition carried out 10 air strikes in Kirkuk province from Friday to Saturday, hitting IS units and vehicles and buildings used by the jihadists.

The bulk of Iraq's oil output comes from fields in the south, but the government is counting on production of 300,000 barrels per day from fields in Kirkuk in its 2015 budget, so any major loss of output would be damaging.


Africa Subsaharan: Chadian Jets Bomb Nigerian Town in Anti-Boko Haram Raid
Posted by trailing wife 02/01/2015  00:00 0 Comments 146 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[AnNahar] Chadian aircraft on Saturday bombed the Nigerian town of Gamboru in a raid targeting holy warrior group 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...
, security sources said, as regional efforts to combat the Islamists intensified.

An initial raid was carried out around midday by two fighter jets on the town in Nigeria's far northeast along the Cameroon


Israel-Palestine-Jordan: 15,000 young Gazans complete Hamas terror training camps
Posted by trailing wife 02/01/2015  00:00 1 Comments 590 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[IsraelTimes] Recruits aged 15 and up taught how to kidnap soldiers, use weapons, and infiltrate into Israel through tunnels
Always good to have lots of cannon fodder...
Thousands of recruits as young as 15 learned how to kidnap soldiers, use weapons, and infiltrate into Israel though tunnels at a Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, paramilitary training camp in Gazoo.

On Thursday, some 15,000 Gazook teenagers and young men graduated from the week-long training camps, called the "Pioneers of Liberation."

The 15-21-year-olds underwent military training for the armed wing of Hamas, Izaddin al-Qassam, six months after Hamas and other Gazoo terror groups fought a 50-day war against Israel.

Drills included weapons training and exercises simulating kidnapping IDF soldiers and infiltration into Israel through tunnels. Portraits of Israeli leaders were used in target practice for sniper training.

"We are participating in the camp so that we will know how to fight the Zionist enemy and regain our ancestral home of Paleostine," one teenager said, in footage from the training camps screened on Israel's Channel 2 TV on Thursday night.

Thursday's graduation ceremony in Gazoo City was attended by Hamas big turban 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...
, the former Gazoo prime minister. The Islamist terror group, which is committed to the destruction of Israel, took control of Gazoo in 2007.

According to a Hamas spokesperson, high demand for the camp for forced organizers to expand the program and make logistical changes to accommodate all of the participants.

"They train us to be a jihad fighter for Allah, to liberate Paleostine from the defilement of the Zionist occupations, and to be ready for our upcoming Independence, Allah willing," another young participant said.

Hamas organizes military-style camps for young recruits each year, but this was the first time its military wing hosted the training at its bases, the TV report said.

The al-Qassam Brigades is estimated to have 20,000-25,000 fighters in its ranks. Some 2,000 Gazooks were killed in the summer war; Israel said most were Hamas and other gunnies, and blamed Hamas for all civilian fatalities since it emplaced its rocket launchers and cross-border tunnel openings in Gazoo residential areas. Seventy-three people were killed in Israel. Hamas fired over 4,500 rockets and other projectiles into Israel, and staged several attacks through the tunnels.
#1: The highest aspiration of the Gazan is to become a terrorist? I guess it takes too long to become a physician, engineer, teacher or something otherwise useful. At some point the West will turn on the jihadists--just not until after the next U.S. Note the recent protest signs in Texas. Got to love Texas.

Protesters hold signs and yell to disrupt and heckle a group gathered for a Texas Muslim Capitol Day rally, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, in Austin, Texas. Hundreds of Muslims gathered for the rally as part of their biennial Texas Capitol lobbying day. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) Photo: Eric Gay, Associated Press / AP
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2015-02-01 08:09 ||Comments



Terror Networks: Jihadists increasingly wary of Internet, experts say
Posted by trailing wife 02/01/2015  00:00 0 Comments 858 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[IsraelTimes] Realizing social media interactions can be used against them, bully boyz search for alternative routes to spread their messages
Less visible electronically -- until the youngsters forget, and tweet or post on Facebook -- but we followed Al Qaeda bike messengers to Osama bin Laden's new home. If there are connections, they can be traced.
After having used the Internet profusely for propaganda and recruitment, jihadist organizations have realized that Sherlocks are gleaning crucial information online and are increasingly concealing their web presence, experts say.

Apart from recent orders given to fighters to limit their exposure, erase the footprint of their online activity and avoid revealing too many place names or faces, the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
and Al-Nusra
...the current nom de guerre of al-Qaeda in the Levant, which isn't to be confused with al-Qaeda in Iraq and the Levant...
Front groups are increasingly using the "Dark Web" -- the hidden part of the Internet protected by powerful encryption softwares.

"Sometimes we get the geographical location of some fighters thanks to Facebook," Philippe Chadrys, in charge of the fight against terrorism at La Belle France's judicial police, said earlier this week.

"Some even publish it on the public part of their account. That gives us elements to build a case. Because of course we don't go to Syria, we have no one on the ground, and we lack proof."

In November, Flavien Moreau, a 28-year-old jihadist who travelled to Syria and then returned to La Belle France, was incarcerated
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
for seven years exclusively on the basis of what he posted online.

And those who just months ago had happily posted videos, photos of themselves holding Kalashnikovs or of beheadings on Facebook have now realised that they were single-handedly building a case against themselves, if they ever decided to come home.

"We are starting to notice the beginnings of disaffection with Facebook -- they have understood that's how we get incriminating evidence," said Chadrys.

"They are resorting more and more to Skype or WhatsApp, software that is much harder to intercept.

"We realise that the people we are interested in are increasingly specialised in computing. They master encryption software and methods to better erase data."

Chadrys also said that jihadists were increasingly using the "Dark Web."

"That makes our probes much more complicated. The turbans are adapting, they understand that the telephone and Internet are handy, but dangerous.

He pointed to Mehdi Nemmouche, saying last year's alleged Brussels Jewish museum killer had no mobile phone and no Facebook account.

Faced with this problem, police are resorting to calling in cryptography and computing experts, but there are never enough, which slows down investigations.

Last autumn, the Islamic State group (IS) published guidelines for its members, asking fighters not to tweet precise location names, to blur faces or stop giving too many details about on-going operations.

"Security breaches have appeared, which the enemy has taken advantage of," read the text, written in Arabic.

"The identity of some brothers has been compromised, as have some sites used by mujahedeen. We know that this problem does not only involve photos, but also PDF, Word and video files."

In a recent report, Helle Dale of the US-based Heritage Foundation think-tank wrote that cyber-surveillance was key to the fight against IS "as human intelligence is hardly available on the ground, especially in Syria, and the number of unmanned drones is limited."

But, she added, the group "is changing is communications strategy. It is encrypting its electronic communications, limiting its presence online and using services that delete messages as soon as they are sent."


Africa North: Report: Egyptian air force hits targets in Sinai
Posted by trailing wife 02/01/2015  00:00 0 Comments 191 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Ynet] The Egyptian air force targeted radical Islamists on Saturday in east al-Arish and Sheikh Zuweid in the Sinai Peninsula, according to the Al Arabiya network.

Egyptian security forces were attacked on Thursday at three different locations, resulting in the death of 30 soldiers. The Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
's local affiliate initially took responsibility for the coordinated attacks, while on Friday night Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi blamed the Moslem Brüderbund for playing a key role.


Iraq: Hagel: Ground troops could be needed in Iraq
Posted by trailing wife 02/01/2015  00:00 0 Comments 197 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Ynet] Outgoing US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in an interview on Friday the United States might eventually need to send non-combat ground troops to Iraq to help turn back Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
forces.

Hagel, who announced his resignation under pressure in November, told CNN all options must be considered in Iraq, including sending troops for non-combat roles such as gathering intelligence and locating Islamic State targets.

"I think it may require a forward deployment of some of our troops ...," he said. "I would say we're not there yet. Whether we get there or not, I don't know."


Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Report: CIA, Israel Plotted Senior Hizbullah Commander's Killing (in 2008)
Posted by trailing wife 02/01/2015  00:00 0 Comments 34 words Read the whole thing on page 2
Snip. Duplicate of an article posted yesterday here.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Military Expert Detonates Bomb in Zgharta's Majdlaya
Posted by trailing wife 02/01/2015  00:00 0 Comments 253 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[AnNahar] A military expert detonated a bomb that was found on a side road between the district of Zgharta and the northern city 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...
, the military said on Saturday.

"At 8:30 p.m. on Friday an army unit located four kilograms of explosives on Majdlaya - al-Qobbeh road," the army said in a communique.

The statement said that the military cordoned off the area as a military expert arrived at the place to detonate it.

The bomb, which was set to explode, was located on the side road of the town of Majdlaya that lies between the city of Tripoli and the town of Zgharta.

"An investigation is underway to find the culprits," the army pointed out.

LBCI reported earlier that the army detained two people at dawn at the Majdlaya checkpoint after tossing a bomb near the army.

On Wednesday, a military expert defused around 10 kilograms of explosives found on the same road in Majdlaya.

The army communique said the bomb was made up of a gas cylinder filled with 10 kilograms of explosives, and linked to a detonator and a 15-meter electric cable.


Afghanistan: 24 Injured at Anti-Charlie Hebdo Protest in Kabul
Posted by trailing wife 02/01/2015  00:00 1 Comments 623 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[AnNahar] At least 24 people were maimed Saturday when a protest in Kabul against French magazine Charlie Hebdo
...A lefty French satirical magazine, home of what may well be the majority if the active testicles left in Europe...
turned angry, police said, with officers firing warning shots after demonstrators pelted them with stones.

Some 500 people joined the rally on the outskirts of the Afghan capital to express their anger against the satirical magazine's publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.
"Somewhere in a place I've never heard of people did something insulting to our prophet, so now we're going to jump up and down shouting slogans about whatever it is. And if the police don't like it, they can die like the far-away infidels we can't reach."
"Seven protesters were maimed during the protest and they were taken to hospital," Kabul police chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi told Agence La Belle France-Presse.

Seventeen coppers were also injured when protesters hurled rocks at them, he added. Smoke was seen rising from the scene by an AFP photographer.

Local media, citing witnesses, said at least two people had been killed in the unrest, but the police chief dismissed the reports.

Islamist gunnies rubbed out 12 people at Charlie Hebdo's Gay Paree offices on January 7.

The satirical weekly, which lampoons everyone from the pope to presidents, had sparked anger in the Islamic world in the past with its cartoons of Mohammed.

Many Moslems consider depictions of the prophet to be blasphemous.

The attack on Charlie Hebdo sparked worldwide protests in defense of freedom of speech, but the magazine stirred fresh anger in Moslem countries a week after the shootings with a defiant "survivors' issue" that again featured Mohammed on the front page.

Angry crowds poured onto the streets from Pakistain to Ivory Coast to vent their rage at the new cover.

At least 20,000 people protested against the magazine in the western Afghan city of Herat
...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns...
last week, while several thousand others rallied in Kabul chanting "death to La Belle France, death to the enemies of Islam".

Police said Saturday's protest had been brought under control and the road opened for traffic.

"The protesters were throwing stones at the police, and the police fired some shots in the air to stop the protesters," said Kabul deputy police chief Gul Agha Rohani.
#1: Yet another recruiting rally for !Jihad!
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India-Pakistan: India Tests Long-Range Missile from Mobile Launcher
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[AnNahar] India on Saturday succeeded for the first time in using a mobile launcher to test-fire a long-range missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead deep inside rival China.

Although Saturday's launch was the third test of the Agni V missile, it was the first time the weapon had been fired from a so-called canister mounted on a truck rather than from a concrete launchpad used in previous trials.

The new delivery mechanism gives the armed forces increased operational flexibility.

"Successful test-firing of Agni V from a canister makes the missile a prized asset for our forces," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Twitter after the test on an island off the eastern state of Orissa.

The Agni V -- developed by India's Defense Research and Development Organisation -- was first tested in April 2012.

Analysts say the Agni V has the range to strike any target on the Chinese mainland, including military installations in the far northeast.

India sees the rocket, which has a range of 5,000 kilometers (3,100 miles), as a key boost to its regional power aspirations and one that narrows -- albeit slightly -- the huge gap with China's missile systems.

Agni, meaning "fire" in Sanskrit, is the name given to a series of rockets India developed as part of a guided missile development project launched in 1983.

While the shorter-range Agni I and II were mainly developed with traditional rival Pakistain in mind, analysts say later versions with a longer range reflect the shift in India's focus towards China.

India and China, each with a population of more than one billion, have prickly relations and a legacy of mistrust that stems from a brief but bloody border war in 1962.

India, the world's biggest arms importer, is in the midst of a $100-billion defense upgrade program.

The new right-wing government has cleared long-delayed projects worth over $16 billion since storming to power at elections in May.

Modi has pushed for greater indigenisation of its defense industry, saying India must build up its military might to the point that no other country "dare cast an evil eye" on the South Asian nation.
#1: TW, Yours are so much prettier than mine.
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#2: I wonder if O-K were spending so much time over there recently in an effort to ally with('fund') this program. Got to be less expensive than upgrading and retargeting US ICBMs.
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Iraq: Iraqi Libraries Ransacked by Islamic State Group in Mosul
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[AnNahar] When Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group holy warriors invaded the Central Library of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
earlier this month, they were on a mission to destroy a familiar enemy: other people's ideas.
#1: I am still waiting for IS to build pyramids of severed human heads a la Hulagu Khan and Tamerlane.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 2015-02-01 05:17 ||Comments

#2: AH, they may have already done that, but you'll never hear it from our regime or the MSM.
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Iraq: Suicide Bomber Kills Prominent Tribal Leader in Iraq
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[AnNahar] A jacket wallah killed a prominent tribal leader and five other people in an attack southwest of Baghdad, police said on Saturday.

The bomber blew up a tanker truck rigged with explosives outside the home of Sheikh Lorens al-Hadhal in the al-Nikhaib area of Anbar province on Friday night, Major Alaa al-Dulaimi said.

A former member of parliament, the sheikh was head of the powerful Aniza tribe, which has members in neighboring Kuwait and Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
as well as in Iraq.

The blast also maimed 14 people, Dulaimi said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but suicide kabooms are a tactic almost exclusively employed by Sunni snuffies in Iraq, including jihadists of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group.

The country's powerful tribes are key to the government's efforts to retake and maintain control of areas currently held by the jihadists.


Arabia: Bahrain Strips 72 Unrest Convicts of Citizenship
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[AnNahar] Sunni-ruled Bahrain said Saturday it had revoked the citizenship of 72 people convicted of "harming the interests of the kingdom" in unrest by the Shiite majority since 2011.

The official BNA news agency said their nationality had been rescinded in a decree as part of measures to "preserve security and stability and fight the danger of terrorist threats."

BNA published a list of the 72 people affected by the measure adopted by the interior ministry and approved by the cabinet.

"Proper legal procedures will be taken by the interior ministry to implement this decision," it added.

This is the largest number of Bahrainis to be stripped of their nationality since a law passed in 2013 on the punishment of those convicted of "terrorist" acts.

Last November, three Shiites were sentenced to 10 years in prison and stripped of their citizenship for planning to attack the police.

Their case followed that of another 18 deprived of their citizenship after the authorities in 2012 revoked the nationality of 31 Shiites for "endangering state security."

Bahrain, ruled by the Sunni al-Khalifa dynasty, is home to the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet and sits across the Gulf from mainly Shiite Iran.

The tiny but strategic Gulf nation has been rocked by unrest since a 2011 Shiite-led uprising demanding a constitutional monarchy and more representative government.

At least 89 people have been killed in festivities with security forces since 2011, while hundreds have been locked away
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
and put on trial, rights groups say.
Ynet adds:
Bahraini authorities say they have stripped the citizenship of a senior member of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
hard boy group and dozens of other people. The list includes Sunni and Shiite Bahrainis. Among those affected is Turki al-Binali, a 30-year-old Sunni preacher who has emerged as one of the Islamic State group's leading ideologues.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Kurds Battle IS Jihadists around Syria's Kobane
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[AnNahar] Kurdish forces engaged in sporadic battles with Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
jihadists around the Syrian town of Kobane on Saturday, seeking to expand their control in the area, a monitor said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Kurdish fighters from the People's Protection Units (YPG) had seized a village on Saturday as they battle to expel IS from the region.

YPG fighters now control 17 of the hundreds of villages, some no more than a few houses, in the Kobane area.

Most of those recaptured have been taken since the key town on the border with Turkey was taken by Kurdish fighters on January 26.

While IS has been expelled from Kobane, its forces remain scattered throughout the countryside around the town to the southeast and southwest.

In a statement released late Friday, the YPG said it had managed to "liberate several regions" in the west of Kobane.

It said it also seized several military vehicles and captured a boom-mobile and weapons and ammunition from IS forces.

The recapture of Kobane was a major blow against IS, which began advancing on the town on September 16 in a bid to secure its control over a long stretch of the Syrian-Turkish border.

At one point it looked poised to overrun the town, but Kurdish forces, backed by repeated U.S.-led air strikes, reclaimed Kobane on January 26.

In a video posted on the Internet, IS-linked media said the jihadists had withdrawn from Kobane because of the air strikes but vowed to return, the SITE monitoring group reported.

Some 200,000 people fled into Turkey from the Kobane region because of the fighting, with most unable to return for now because of the destruction caused during the violence.


Iraq: Civilian killed central Diwaniyah
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[IraqiNews.com] A civilian was killed by unidentified gunnies of central Diwaniyah.

Security source stated to IraqiNews.com "Unidentified gunnies opened fire against a civilian in Jamhory area of central Diwaniyah to kill him immediately."


Europe: French guide to spotting a jihadist
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[IsraelTimes] A government infographic lists a change in eating habits, including baguettes, as part of behavior modifications that could signal an embrace of Islamic extremism

In the wake of the brutal terror attacks that shook Gay Paree earlier this month, the French government took out an advertisement advising citizens on the "first signs" that could indicate a friend or relative was embracing Islamic extremism.

Seemingly, one of the the first clues one could look for is the banning of baguette from the person's diet, as evidenced by a crossed-out pictogram of a baguette with the caption: "Changing their eating habits."

The ad sparked an onslaught of ridicule on social media, with some tweets mocking the French government for not having a clue.

The ad was part of a $480 million campaign to counter terrorism and the rise of home-grown terrorists, in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo
...A lefty French satirical magazine, home of what may well be the majority if the active testicles left in Europe...
and Hyper Cacher attacks on January in which 17 people were killed over three days.

Other suggestions among the nine-point list for spotting radicalization were more well-received, such as a rejection of friends and family members, a change of dress, a loss of interest in sports, music and TV and, most obvious, if they frequent myrmidon sites online.


Britain: London mayor: Jihadists are sexually frustrated losers
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Going for the UKIP voters?
[IsraelTimes] Boris Johnson says gunnies watch pornography and masturbate excessively

London's mayor had some choice words Friday for Moslems who turn to radicalism, calling them sexually frustrated losers who turn to terrorism out of a deep-seated lack of self-confidence.

"If you look at all the psychological profiling about bombers, they typically will look at porn. They are literally wankers (masturbators). Severe onanists," Boris Johnson told UK tabloid The Sun, citing an MI5 report.
#1: I think Boris is onto something... Goats should be reclassified as a service animal... Couldn't hurt.
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#2: I thought wankers were Chelsea supporters?
Posted by: Raj|| 2015-02-01 01:13 ||Comments

#3: Especially the ones in Rotterdam.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2015-02-01 04:22 ||Comments



China-Japan-Koreas: N. Korea 'reportedly' sacks head of Pudgy's bodyguard corps
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BEIJING -- North Korea "reportedly" sacked the chief of its Supreme Guard Command, the elite personal bodyguard force tasked with protecting the North's leader Kim Jong-un, in the wake of last month's killings by a North Korean army deserter, a Chinese scholar wrote in an op-ed for state media on Saturday.

In the op-ed piece published by state-run China Daily newspaper, Hu Mingyuan, associate researcher at the Center for Northeast Asian Studies, suspected that, if the reported dismissal is true, it might indicate Pyongyang's willingness to move toward warmer ties with Beijing.

China lodged a diplomatic protest after a North Korean army deserter killed four Chinese citizens in a robbery attempt in the Chinese border city of Helong on Dec. 28 last year. The North Korean soldier was shot dead during a manhunt, Chinese officials said.

"The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) has reportedly dismissed all officials, including the head of Pyongyang's Supreme Guard Command, considered responsible for a DPRK army deserter crossing the border last month and killing four Chinese nationals while trying to commit robbery," Hu said. "If the report of the removal of the Pyongyang officials is true, it has to be said the DPRK has had a drastic change of heart."

"By holding the military leadership accountable for the shooting and robbery incident, DPRK leader Kim Jong-un has sought to not only appease the public rage in China but also strengthen China-DPRK relations," Hu said.

The North's current Supreme Guard commander, Yun Jong-rin, was last seen in public on Dec. 2 last year, in a photo published by the Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the reclusive state's ruling Workers' Party.
#1: So someone did watch, 'The Interview', and take it seriously?
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Africa North: Hamas says Egypt no longer a viable mediator with Israel
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It's been a busy day in that part of the world.
[IsraelTimes] Source close to group repudiates Cairo after court deems armed wing terrorists; Sissi: Fight against terror will be long and hard

A source close to Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason,'s armed wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, said Saturday the group no longer recognizes Egypt as a broker with Israel,
One.
following an Egyptian court's decision to label the group a terrorist organization.
Two.
Meanwhile,
...back at the pound, the little lost dog had finished eating the rat terrier...
Egypt announced plans for a unified task force to combat turbans in the Sinai peninsula as its president vowed a long and difficult battle against terrorism.
Three and four.
"After the court's decision Egypt is no longer a mediator in Paleostinian-Israeli matters," a Hamas source told Rooters on Saturday, hours after the court's ruling. Cairo has long been a go-between for both parties and has played a pivotal role in brokering a number of ceasefires in Gazoo, including at the end of last summer's war.
True. No more hudnas for Hamas, it seems.
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...
, the group's former prime minister in the Gazoo Strip, lambasted Cairo over the announcement, saying "you [Egyptians] have lost your sense of justice."

"The Brigades are a source of pride, respect and bravery," he said, according to Ynet.

The choice to label the armed-wing a terrorist group was made two days after a host of coordinated attacks by jihadists on government forces in the Sinai Peninsula killed 31 people.
It's been a busy week, too, chock full of consequences.
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi condemned the attacks, vowing a long, aggressive campaign against holy warrior groups operating in the restive region.

"This battle will be difficult...and will take a long time," he said in a televised statement on Saturday.

"We will not leave Sinai for the terrorists," he vowed. The Egyptian leader made his address as military commanders announced plans to forge a unified command for all armed forces in Sinai.
And there you have it, dear Reader.


Europe: Greece on collision course with Brussels after Merkel backs hardline debt stance
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[THEGUARDIAN] Angela Merkel
...current chancellor of Germany. She was educated in East Germany when is was still run by commies, but in 1989 got involved with the growing democracy movement when the Berlin Wall fell. Merkel is sometimes referred to by Germans as Mom...
has ruled out the prospect of Greece securing further debt cuts from its creditor nations, potentially putting the country's new leftist government on a collision course with Brussels. The German chancellor's uncompromising stance will not be welcomed in Athens, where the new ruling party, Syriza, insists that it will make good on its promises to halve the country's €320bn (£240bn) debt obligations and scrap a range of swingeing budget measures that were imposed in exchange for the loans.

Athens is refusing to cooperate with the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund ‐ the troika of institutions overseeing the loans, which total about 175% of Greece's gross domestic product. Instead its new government is looking to meet with individual creditor nations as it seeks concessions that it claims are vital if Greece is to emerge from years of austerity.


Africa North: OIC Secretary General Condemns Terrorist Attack in Sinai Peninsula
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[SPA.GOV.SA] Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Iyad Ameen Madani, expressed his strong condemnation of the terrorist attack perpetrated in the Sinai Peninsula on January 29th , 2015, resulting in many casualties among the Egyptian security and army officers, and many other injuries.

The OIC Secretary General also expressed his deep condolences to the families of the victims and to the Egyptian people and government, along with his best wishes of prompt recovery for the injured.

Also, the Secretary General expressed his full confidence that the Egyptian authorities will successfully track down the perpetrators of this despicable criminal act and bring them to justice.

In addition, the OIC Secretary General reaffirmed the OIC's full support for Egypt's security and stability and for all efforts to combat terrorism, recalling, on the occasion, the OIC's principled and unwavering stand in condemning terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.



Europe: Greek leader tamps down rhetoric, vows to pay off debts
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[SPA.GOV.SA] A day after Greece appeared on a collision course with its creditors, new radical left Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has tamped down the rhetoric by vowing to pay off debts and not act unilaterally, according to AP.
Watch the hands, not the lips. Or in this case the deposit slips.
Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, who had a tense meeting with Eurogroup leader Jeroen Dijsselbloem in Athens on Friday, has brought forward a trip to Gay Paree, London and Rome to meet his counterparts.

Tsipras says he never intended to act unilaterally and expressed his certainty that Greece and the creditors will reach an agreement.

He also pledged to pay back Greece's debt to the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund, which, along with the European Commission, form the 'troika' of Greece's creditors.
#1: With $3 bills...
Posted by: Raj|| 2015-02-01 00:30 ||Comments

#2: He didn't say when...
Posted by: Mikey Hunt|| 2015-02-01 02:46 ||Comments

#3: ad calendas graecas
Posted by: European Conservative|| 2015-02-01 02:59 ||Comments

#4: Podemos rallies Spaniards with anti-austerity message
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2015-02-01 06:23 ||Comments



Arabia: Yemen president refuses to reconsider resignation
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[DAILYMAIL.CO.UK] Yemen's president will not reconsider his resignation, despite pressure for him to do so by rebels who control the capital and who he says are holding him "at gunpoint," an official close to him said Saturday.
"Nope. I ain't gonna be president!"
The refusal comes after representatives from Yemeni political parties met Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi at his home, where the rebels, known as Houthis, continue to hold him under house arrest and are searching all visitors.
"Search that guy, Mahmoud! He might be carryin' a ladder!"
Impoverished Yemen, home to a formidable al-Qaeda affiliate, has been leaderless since Hadi resigned this month after the Houthis pressured him for a greater share of power.
"'A greater share of power?' Here, take the hat! I quit!"
The Houthis, who have controlled the capital, Sanaa, since September, and their supporters have been holding a conference in a sports stadium since Friday -- saying they seek to organize "a peaceful transfer of power."
"We're gonna be in charge, but we don't want nobody to shoot back!"
The official, speaking on condition of anonymity
... for fear of being murdered...
because he was not authorized to speak to news hounds, said Hadi was willing to participate in a national dialogue session -- provided that it took place outside the rebel-controlled capital. He said Hadi proposed the southern city of Taiz as an alternate venue.
"Taiz is nice in February! But if y'want, we can hold it in Miami Beach!"
Later in the day, a U.S. drone strike hit a car in Shabwa province, killing four suspected al-Qaeda operatives, Yemeni tribal and security officials said.
"Ahmed! What's that sound? [KABOOM!]"
A similar strike targeted the group last Monday, signaling Washington's determination to keep fighting the holy warriors despite political paralysis brought on by a power grab by Iranian catspaws. The officials did not give the nationalities of the men killed. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information otherwise.

Also Saturday, hundreds of anti-Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
protesters formed a human chain in the city of Dhamar that was later broken up by rebels who fired automatic rifles into the air. In a statement, the demonstrators demanded a halt to all dialogue with the Houthis until they disarm and release detained activists.

Military officials said the Houthis still control most of the capital's military installations and arms depots, and have at their disposal heavy weapons including hundreds of T-72 tanks, self-propelled artillery and Katyusha rocket launchers.

The Houthis also recently captured a Republican Guard camp outside Sanaa which had been used by American experts until 2012 to train local forces battling Yemen's al-Qaeda's affiliate, which Washington considers to be its most dangerous branch.

The military officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press.

Since the Houthis escalated their conflict with the embattled central government in January, demonstrators have taken to the streets in several cities to protest their power grab.


Government: Obama signs executive order aimed at reducing flood damage from climate change
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[WASHINGTONTIMES] President B.O. on Friday signed an executive director requiring all roads, buildings and other pieces of infrastructure paid for with federal money to be built in areas with less risk of flooding.

With the order, Mr. Obama established the "Federal Flood Risk Management Standard," which makes the case that climate change will make floods more common and much more destructive.

"These impacts are anticipated to increase over time due to the effects of climate change and other threats. Losses caused by flooding affect the environment, our economic prosperity, and public health and safety, each of which affects our national security," the president said in the order. "The federal government must take action, informed by the best-available and actionable science, to improve the nation's preparedness and resilience against flooding."

Moving forward, all federal agencies and departments must "use data and methods informed by best-available, actionable climate science," and build either two feet above the 100-year flood elevation or to the 500-year flood elevation, the White House said.

All critical buildings, such as hospitals and evacuation centers, must be built at least three feet above the 100-year flood elevation, the White House said.
As long as current buildings are grandfathered, it sounds like isn't bad as a general practice -- but how much more stringent is this really than current practice, and what will the up-charge be?
#1: Maybe they will quit installing emergency generators below sea level.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 2015-02-01 04:49 ||Comments

#2: If he 'signs' his resignation, please call me. Aside from that, nothing else really matters.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2015-02-01 06:34 ||Comments

#3: If you leave the Climate Change BS it's a sensible building code.
Posted by: BrerRabbit|| 2015-02-01 07:36 ||Comments



China-Japan-Koreas: Kim Jong-un likens Obama's remarks on North Korea to barking rabid dogs
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[IBTIMES.CO.UK] North Korea's leader scorns Obama after US president suggests regime will soon collapse


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-: Vaccine Critics Turn Defensive Over Measles
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[NY Times]
#1: To be fair it is a two part problem and opening up the borders to anyone who wanted to come in this past summer and fall was a big part of the problem in my opinion.
Posted by: rjschwarz|| 2015-02-01 01:40 ||Comments

#2: ABC News: A New York college student with measles boarded an Amtrak station from Penn Station earlier this week and may have exposed other passengers to the contagious virus.
"In order to prevent the spread of illness, DOH is advising individuals who may have been exposed and who have symptoms consistent with measles to call their health care providers or a local emergency room BEFORE going for care. This will help to prevent others at these facilities from being exposed to the illness," said a statement from the New York State Department of Health.
-- Measles is one of the most contagious viruses in existence and will infect an estimated 90 percent of people who not immune to the virus. The incubation period is on average 14 days, but an infected person can be contagious up to four days before they start to show symptoms.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 2015-02-01 04:59 ||Comments

#3: NPR: Measles Took 145,000 Lives Worldwide Last Year
Compare that to last year's death toll from Ebola.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 2015-02-01 05:02 ||Comments

#4: --- Just a day ago a niece went to a sewing class at a community center in the Denver area. A room next to the classroom had been darkened & there was a pile of coats or blankets in the center. Before entering that area, niece asked what was going on. One of her potential classmates had brought a child, a primary grade schooler with a "fever" to the center - so she said - and mother created a DIY sick room next to the class room for her precious pearl. The clothing/blankets were piled on the child to keep him/her warm.
---There were dozens of people of all ages at the center at this time. My niece was outraged by this lack of common sense & disrespect for public health, was extremely vocal about it. She left before going any further. Later she learned the mother & child in question also left the center before the class started.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 2015-02-01 05:11 ||Comments

#5: Pathogen evolution and denial are key elements in the process of natural selection. Do not impede their important work.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2015-02-01 05:46 ||Comments



Caribbean-Latin America: Argentina warns Marco Rubio against 'meddling' in case of prosecutor's death
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[THEGUARDIAN] Cabinet chief accuses US senator of ‘imperialist behaviour’ after Florida Republican says he doubts Argentina’s ability to conduct a credible investigation


Afghanistan: 4 Afghan Border Police killed in Nuristan explosion
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[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A roadside landmine kaboom has killed four Afghan Border Police in eastern Nuristan province.

Abdul Baqi Nuristani, Police Chief of Nuristan province told Khaama Press that the kaboom took place this afternoon in Dawhardish area of Kamdesh District.

He said that a vehicle of the Border Police ran over a an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) that resulted in the killing of four soldiers.

Kamdesh is believed to be one of the hot spots for snuffies in Nuristan province.


Afghanistan: Police commander killed with son in Herat explosion
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[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A commander of Afghan Local Police (ALP) was killed along with his son in a landmine kaboom in western Herat
...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns...
province on Saturday.

The incident took place in Boor Ya Baff area of Pashtoon Zarghon District where vehicle of the police commander ran over a landmine.


Afghanistan: US judge denies asylum for Afghan army officer who fled training
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[Khaama (Afghanistan)] An Afghan National Army (ANA) officer who had vanished during a training exercise in United States to avoid returning to Afghanistan was denied asylum by an American immigration judge on Friday.

Maj. Jan Mohammad Arash had claimed that his life was under threat in Afghanistan where he was receiving threats from teh Taliban group.

He had vanished along with two ANA officers ‐ Cpt. Mohammad Nasir Askarzada, and Cpt. Noorullah Aminyar late in September last year.


India-Pakistan: Analysis: Sindh's rude awakening
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[DAWN] Friday's massacre in a Shikarpur Imambargah
...since Pakistain is very religiously correct, Shia Moslems can't call their houses of worship 'mosques,' which are reserved for Sunnis. It's not clear if imambargahs are used for explosives storage like mosques are...
has proved fears long held by many observers that behind the traditional image of Sindh as a placid land of Sufis, a much darker reality is developing.

While Bloody Karachi


India-Pakistan: Non-serious approach
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[DAWN] WHILE religiously inspired terrorism continues to take a bloody toll on Pakistain, there is little evidence that the state is taking intelligent steps to root out militancy. If anything, the government tends to announce half-baked measures that, on the surface, appear to make it look serious, but in reality mean little where neutralising murderous Moslem infrastructure is concerned.

Take for example the disclosures made in the Senate by Minister of State for Interior Baleeghur Rahman on Friday. The minister told the house that "only" 23 madressahs in Pakistain were receiving foreign funding. What was particularly incomprehensible was Mr Rahman's claim that no seminary in Punjab
1.) Little Orphan Annie's bodyguard
2.) A province of Pakistain ruled by one of the Sharif brothers


India-Pakistan: Police arrest 260 suspects in Quetta
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[DAWN] As part of an ongoing crackdown against murderous Moslems from banned
...the word banned seems to have a different meaning in Pakistain than it does in most other places. Or maybe it simply lacks any meaning at all...
organization
s 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...
, police and Anti-Terrorist Force (ATC) personnel have placed in durance vile


India-Pakistan: Rocket attack on Khuzdar DPO's vehicle kills two cops
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[DAWN] PASNI: A rocket attack on a convoy of Khuzdar district police officer (DPO) Abdul Aziz Yousafzai killed two coppers and injured as many near Pasni area of 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 Gwadar district on Saturday.

DPO Khuzdar was traveling to Gwadar along with his family to attend a marriage function when a rocket hit the convoy from an unknown direction.


India-Pakistan: Shikarpur blast: SHO suspended, investigation underway
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[DAWN] As the nation mourns Friday's deadly blast on Shikarpur's Masjid-o-Imambargah
...since Pakistain is very religiously correct, Shia Moslems can't call their houses of worship 'mosques,' which are reserved for Sunnis. It's not clear if imambargahs are used for explosives storage like mosques are...
Karbala-e-Moulla that killed at least 60 people, Station House Officer (SHO) Lakhi Gate Bashir Ahmed Khokar and the head constable have been suspended for showing negligence in performing their duties.

Additionally, constable Javed who had been designated the security of the imambargah has been enjugged


India-Pakistan: Lal Masjid cleric limits activities in protest
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[DAWN] Lal Masjid
...literally the Red Mosque, located in Islamabad and frequented by all sorts of high govt officials. The proprietors, Ghazi Abdul Rasheed and Maulana Abdul Aziz Ghazi, unleashed their Islamic storm troopers on the city, shutting down whorehouses and beating people up who weren't devout enough. The Musharraf govt put an end to the nonsense by besieging the place. Abdul Aziz Ghazi was nabbed while he was trying to escape dressed up like a girl. BBC reported that the corpse count at 173, but other claims, usually hysterical, say there were up to 1000 titzup. Among their number was Abdul Rashid Ghazi. Everyone then said tut-tut and what a nice guy he had been...
holy man Maulana Abdul Aziz
...nutball holy man who runs the Lal Masjid in the heart of Pakistain's capital. After instigating a rebellion against the state in 2007, he was caught trying to sneak away dressed in a burka. He rejects democracy as un-Islamic, which it probably is...
delivered his third consecutive Friday sermon over the telephone.

During the last three weeks, the holy man has not visited the mosque due to which there are speculations that he is under house arrest. However,
some people cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go...
according to police sources, he has decided to stay in Jamia Hafsa
... the Islamic nunnery maintained by Lal Masjid....
seminary to protest withdrawal of security by the government.

Maulana Aziz enjoyed official security for about three years. As many as three police commandos were deputed for his security in 2011. But on December 21, 2014, 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...
told a presser that the government had withdrawn security from the holy man.

The minister said Maulana Aziz was not the khateeb of the mosque as his nephew Maulana Amir Siddique had been appointed the khateeb when Pervez Perv Musharraf
... former dictator of Pakistain, who was less dictatorial and corrupt than any Pak civilian government to date ...
was in power.

An official of Lal Masjid, Tehseenullah, confirmed to Dawn that Maulana Aziz had been delivering weekly sermons over the telephone and did not visit the mosque for over three weeks.

"Because of security situation, the Maulana has decided to limit his activities. Moreover, the police have also informed him that his life was in danger," he said.

When contacted, SSP Operations Mir Viaz Niaz said Maulana Aziz was not under house arrest. "He can go anywhere in the city. However,
some people cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go...
it is up to him if he delivers the Friday sermons through phone or in person," he added.


Bangladesh: Khaleda stunned
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[Dhaka Tribune] BNP Chairperson the loathesome Khaleda Zia
Three-term PM of Bangla, widow of deceased dictator Ziaur Rahman, head of the Bangla Nationalist Party, an apparent magnet for corruption ...
said she is stunned and she has lost her speech to react with the recent incidents.

The authorities have disconnected the power supply and snapped all kinds of voice and data connections to BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia's Gulshan office in an apparent bid to force her to call off a crippling anti-government transport blockade.


Bangladesh: BNP's vice-president, 7 others arrested in Rajshahi
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[Dhaka Tribune] Police yesterday placed in durance vile
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
eight activists of BNP and Jamat-Shibir, including BNP's Rajshahi city unit vice-president Hosrat Mohini.

Spokesperson of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police (RMP) Assistant Commissioner (AC) Ifte Khayer Alam told the Dhaka Tribune police nabbed Mohini yesterday at around noon from in front of Bangladesh Bank in Rajshahi city.


Africa North: Rockets continue to fall in Benghazi
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[Libya Herald] Benghazi's downtown and port areas as well as some other parts of the city continued to be hit by random missiles today.

An army officer based next to the Islamic Call Society building in central Benghazi who did not want to be named told the Libya Herald that rockets had been landing nearby. He claimed that they had been fired from Garyounis and Gamfouda and accused 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...
of being responsible.

Other missiles are reported to have fallen in Beloun district. The new power plant next to the Hawari Hospital and designed to power it, was also hit by a random shell. Local residents managed to put the fire out and damage is said to be minimal.

According to the officer next to the Islamic Call Society building, the nearby Suq Al-Hoot area is now almost completely cleared of Ansar fighters. The LNA had entered the area, he claimed.


Arabia: Houthis intends to form a presidential council within hours
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[YEMENONLINE.INFO] Yahya Al-Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
member of Yemen parliament and the brother of Al-Houthis leader Abdulmalik Al-Houthi said that the the expanded National Council , which called for a meeting in Sana'a by Abdul-Malik Al-Houthi during the past two days will be announced Sunday the formation of presidential council and new government with choosing the head of the Presidential Council, and the appointment of General Commands Army.

Al-Houthi's statement came in the light of the continued meetings between the political forces, with the participation of representatives from the Houthi group to search for consensus to form a presidential council after outgoing President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi's refusal to abandon resign, calling to resort to constitutional solutions.



Arabia: US armed drone program in Yemen facing intelligence gaps
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[YEMENONLINE.INFO] The United States is facing increasing difficulty acquiring intelligence needed to run its stealth drone program in Yemen, undermining a campaign against the most lethal branch of al Qaeda after Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
rebels seized control of parts of the country's security apparatus, U.S. officials say.

Gaps in on-the-ground intelligence could slow America's fight against a resurgent al Qaeda in Yemen and heighten the risk of errant strikes that kill the wrong people and stoke anti-U.S. sentiment, potentially making the Death Eaters even stronger in areas where al Qaeda is already growing.

Iran-backed Houthi rebels have taken up positions in and around several defense and intelligence installations whose teams had previously cooperated with Washington, cutting off key sources of information for drone-missile attacks, the officials told Rooters.

Turmoil in the wake of last week's collapse of a U.S.-backed Yemeni government after days of festivities in the capital Sanaa, has already forced the U.S. State Department to reduce staff and operations at the U.S. Embassy.

U.S. officials told Rooters last week that Washington has also halted some counter-terrorism operations, but described the measures as temporary.

The turmoil has also cast doubt over the future of a key partnership for Washington in the fight against al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula
...the latest incarnation of various Qaeda and Qaeda-allied groups, including the now-defunct Aden-Abyan Islamic Army that boomed the USS Cole in 2000...
, or AQAP. Only last September President Barack Obama
teachable moment...
touted cooperation with Yemen as a model in counter-terrorism.


Arabia: Yemeni Al-Qaeda says France replaced US as 'main enemy of Islam'
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[YEMENONLINE.INFO] Al-Qaeda in Yemen says La Belle France has surpassed the US to become the main enemy of Islam. The group says the US has been "weakening" in recent years, and also claims to be behind the recent terror attacks on Charlie Hebdo
...A lefty French satirical magazine, home of what may well be the majority if the active testicles left in Europe...
journalists in Gay Paree.

The announcement was made by Ibrahim al-Rubaish in an audio message that was published on YouTube. It claimed that with the "weakening" of the United States over the past few years, La Belle France has surpassed the US in the "war on Islam," AFP reported.


Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Clear crisis in US-Israel bond: Analyst
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[Iran Press TV] The bond between the United States and Israel is "falling apart", says a London-based political activist.
He's in London looking at what is being said in Washington, DC. This will greatly impact what he sees and through what filters he understands it.
Gilad Atzmon made the remarks to Press TV on Saturday while commenting on a Washington Post report about the US Central Intelligence Agency's role in liquidation of Imad Mughniyah, a high-ranking Hezbollah figure, by Israel's intelligence service, Mossad, on February 12, 2008.

"For a long while, Israel and the United States had been collaborating in what they regarded security issues," but now "this bond is now falling apart", Atzmon said.
There never was a bond between this White House and Israel. But the bond between Israel and the Republican Party, some Democratic politicians, and the majority of the American citizenry is as strong as ever. Ditto the Armed Forces. Not that the Washington Post is capable of recognizing any of those groups as being meaningful...
In its report, the Post quoted a former US intelligence official as saying that the CIA had been tracking Mughniyah's movements prior to the operation and also helped build a bomb, remotely detonated by Mossad after being planted in the spare tire of a parked SUV in the Syrian capital Damascus

"Nobody is surprised by the fact that the CIA was involved in the liquidation of Imad Mughniyah. What is slightly unusual is to see the method they were using," Atzmon said, referring to the boom-mobile as "not something that's usually associated with organizations like CIA".
But is well known to the Israelis with whom they partnered. Perhaps that had something to do with the successful weapon choice.


Africa North: Seven Egyptian soldiers wounded in gunmen's attack: Media
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[Iran Press TV] Seven Egyptian soldiers have been maimed in an attack by gunnies in the volatile Sinai Peninsula in the wake of a spate of myrmidon assaults in the region, Egyptian media report.

The incident took place in Sheikh Zuweid, between the cities of al-Arish and Rafah, north of the peninsula on Saturday, reports said, adding that three gunnies were also killed in the raid.

The assault came hours after Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi promised to defeat forces of Evil fighting government forces in the troubled region.

Sisi said his government is ready to brace for a long fight to defeat bandidos faceless myrmidons after a wave of myrmidon attacks in the area.

At least two children were killed in the peninsula on Friday, a day after some 44 people were killed and dozens of others injured in a series of myrmidon attacks across the volatile region.

On Thursday, a massive boom-mobile went off outside the headquarters of the 101st Brigade of the Egyptian army in the city of el-Arish, situated 344 kilometers (214 miles) northeast of the capital, Cairo, leaving scores of people dead and maimed.

Separately, an office of Egypt's most-widely-circulated daily, al-Ahram, was "completely destroyed" in an assault by gunnies on Thursday.

Two Egyptian army officers were also injured when an army convoy was targeted with mortar shells in the border town of Rafah on the same day.

Over an hour later, there were reports of another ambush on an army convoy just south of Rafah. Gunmen also reportedly attacked a checkpoint in Rafah.

The so-called Ansar Bait al-Maqdis myrmidon group grabbed credit for the Thursday attacks.


China-Japan-Koreas: N.Korean Denuclearization 'First Priority' for U.S.
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Can't you tell?
U.S. Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman on Thursday told officials here that Washington and Seoul share the same policy when it comes to North Korea.

Washington has been ramping up pressure on Pyongyang just as Seoul is trying to improve inter-Korean relations, raising concerns that the two allies are increasingly out of step.

"We have the same policy as [South Korea] does and that is to ultimately have a denuclearized peninsula. Denuclearization is the first priority where North Korea is concerned," Sherman said.

Following a vice-ministers' meeting, Sherman said all members of the six-party nuclear talks apart from North Korea are working together to see what more they can do to engage Pyongyang.

The multilateral dialogue involving the two Koreas, the U.S., China, Japan and Russia has been stalled for more than six years.
#1: Maybe they should bring Iran into the talks. North Korea could ship their nukes to Iran. This would take care of two of Obama's goals: a denuclearized Korean peninsula, and a nuclear Iran.
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#2: Champ will cut a deal with the Norks that will include the pull-out of U.S. forces from the peninsula. All former allies must be betrayed.
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Economy: Did Argentina default?
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Spoiler: It did not, but some private entities are going to court to collect more money from Argentina as Argentina refuses to negotiates. Iffin it ain't a mess, it'll do 'til the mess gets here.
A US court ruling has warped the otherwise precise meanings of three key words – “republic”, “sovereign”, and “default” – leading to absurdities like a New York district court holding the Republic of Argentina in “contempt of court”! The entire understanding of sovereign debt and its restructuring is being read through private “contract law” that cannot address the complex questions that are inherently public in nature, à la questions around restructuring Argentina’s debt. It appeared that a misreading of key words could benefit some vulture funds, but so far no one has seen as much as a penny! Maybe they never will.
More at the link


The Grand Turk: Turkey airport police hunt extremists en route to Syria
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Istanbul -- Everything seems normal as the passengers stream out of a routine flight from a Middle Eastern country after landing at a major Turkish international airport. But as they cross the air bridge from the plane into the airport, two plainclothes Turkish police -- on the lookout for militants on their way to Syria -- scrutinise their appearance and behaviour.

They check the passengers’ passports and detain two men who arouse suspicions after saying they are travelling on to the city of Adana, in southern Turkey.

The country has long been under pressure to do more to thwart the transit of militants across its territory to war-torn Syria. Thousands are believed to have taken commercial flights to Turkish airports before heading overland to Syria to fight alongside Daesh militants.

But Ankara insists it is now doing all it can to tighten border security and said Western states should do more to prevent the militants from leaving for Turkey in the first place.

Turkey has clearly been stung by the criticism, and last year it established “risk analysis centres” at international airports and bus terminals across the country in order to spot extremists and deport them.

Eager to show the extent of the measures now in place round the clock at Turkish transport hubs, the Turkish authorities gave AFP unusual access to its security teams at the airport. The teams have detected some 1,500 suspects and around one third of them were sent back to their countries of origin, a Turkish security official said in an interview.

“The suspect is spotted at the air bridge and then taken to the passenger documents check desk and later to the risk analysis centre for a further interview with the police,” the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

During the process the authorities can communicate with the countries of origin if necessary.
Or, better yet, just jug the miscreant in a Turkish prison...
Eyes turned to Turkey when Hayat Boumeddiene, the partner of a militant who took part in the January 7 Paris attacks, flew to Istanbul, passed through immigration -- and then the entire country -- without being stopped. Ankara says it cannot assure 100 per cent border security unless Western states provide real time intelligence and full lists of suspects — which was not the case with Boumeddiene.

“In the past intelligence sharing was weak,” said the official, adding that it was enhanced after the Paris attacks but “it is not considered sufficient.”

He said: “35 per cent of Daesh members come from European countries and hold European passports.”

Up to 600 Turkish nationals have joined militants but this does “not place Turkey in the top 10 source countries,” according to the official.

A 33-year-old terror suspect, identified only by his initials S.L., was held at Istanbul’s international airport by Turkish police in June last year after arriving on a flight from Paris exhibiting “suspicious behaviour”. During the interview it emerged that he had converted to Islam very recently and planned to join militants, authorities said.

In another incident, police confiscated military equipment, binoculars and first aid material from a Norwegian suspect last year.

“How can an individual with military equipment in his bag (on his way) to join Daesh be completely unnoticed in the country of departure?” the official said.

Meanwhile, militants are now going out of their way to appear normal when entering Turkey.

“Shaving the beard or changing appearance does not mean that suspects will not be spotted,” the official said.

Psychological testing in interview rooms helps determine whether suspects are to be sent back.

For those deemed suspicious, authorities draw up a confidential document outlining their justification for deportation, place it in an envelope and give it to the airline to be delivered to the country of origin.

“Airline companies are responsible for the passengers they carry,” the official said.

The two suspects who said they were headed for Adana are taken to the risk analysis centre in a small room nearby for further questioning. Officials declined to give any hint about their ultimate fate.


Africa North: Egypt sets Mursi trial verdict for May 16
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Cairo -- An Egyptian court set May 16 for a verdict in the espionage trial of ousted president Mohammed Mursi, who could be sentenced to death if convicted, an official said on Saturday.
Notice they don't say which year...
Mursi faces several trials along with top leaders of his Muslim Brotherhood. In this case, he and 35 others are charged with being part of a vast conspiracy to destabilise Egypt involving foreign powers, Hamas, Hezbollah and Iran’s Revolutionary Guards.

Separately, another court is to deliver a verdict on April 21 in the trial of Mursi and 14 others for inciting the killing of protesters in clashes outside the presidential palace in December 2012.

That will be the first in any of the cases against Mursi, who also faces a third trial for breaking out of jail during the 2011 uprising that toppled president Hosni Mubarak.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Palestinians in Syria cut off from aid once more: UN
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Beirut -- Tens of thousands of longtime Palestinian refugees in a camp on the outskirts of the Syrian capital have been cut off from United Nations emergency aid for nearly two months by armed groups that are preventing access, a UN official said.

Up to 18,000 people are living inside the devastated Yarmouk camp, which is caught between government forces and Syrian insurgent groups including Al Qaeda’s Nusra Front. Food, water and medicine are scarce.
Sucks to be stateless...
Last year “a degree of cooperation” allowed aid to enter after several months of being blocked, but access has again vanished with a deterioration of security, said Pierre Kraehenbuehl, head of the UN’s agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA.

“We really haven’t been able to bring in any assistance since early December,” he said.

Yarmouk was home to more half a million Palestinian refugees before Syria’s conflict began in 2011. Most have fled abroad or to elsewhere in Syria. Those who stayed face worsening conditions, including price rises and a severe winter, Kraehenbuehl said.

“They can’t withstand too many shocks at the same time,” he said.
Neither can your average bombing victim, but that doesn't stop the Paleos...
Kraehenbuehl said he had urged Lebanese officials to allow Palestinians fleeing Syria to enter. About 44,000 Palestinians from Syria are now living in Lebanon, but tighter entry restrictions have meant that few have been able to enter since May,
So the Lebanese still remember the last time they let the Paleos in...
Lebanon also hosts 1.5 million Syrians who fled the war, giving it the highest number of refugees per capita in the world. Hospitality has worn thin in a country with a creaking infrastructure and tense security environment.
Not to mention the ungrateful refugees...
The militarisation of Palestinian camps was widely seen as a catalyst of Lebanon’s own 15-year civil war, which ended in 1990.
Yup, that's what they remember...
Kraehenbuehl also voiced concern about Gaza, where the UN agency said last week that a lack of money had forced it to suspend payments to Palestinians for repairs to homes damaged in last summer’s war with Israel. Donors had paid only around $100 million of the $720 million needed, he said.


Iraq: Bombings Bag Bodies in Baghdad
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Baghdad -- A series of bombings in and around the Iraqi capital killed nine people on Saturday. A bomb exploded near a sheep market on Saturday morning in the town of Madain, about 20 kilometres southeast of Baghdad, killing four people and wounding 11, police officials said.

A second blast struck near a string of car repair shops in central Baghdad, killing three people and wounding 10. Authorities said another explosion also struck an army patrol in the town of Taji, just north of Baghdad, killing two soldiers and wounding four. Medics confirmed the casualty figures.

Meanwhile, two Kurdish security officers said on Saturday that Kurdish Brig.-Gen. Hussein Mansour was killed on Friday night by a sniper shot near the oil rich city of Kirkuk during clashes between Daesh fighters and Kurdish security forces.

The two officials said that Mansour has just replaced Brig.-Gen. Shirko Fatih, who was killed early on Friday after Daesh militants attacked peshmerga fighters’ positions near Kirkuk.
Iraqi News adds this detail:
The website of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) cited "The Colonel, Hussein Mansour, the Commander of the 5th Brigade within the Kurdish Peshmerga Forces was killed by a sniper while fighting the ISIL murderous Moslems in Mulla Abdullah area in Kirkuk."
#1: Boffo!
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Africa Horn: Al Shabaab fighters captured in Gun Battle in Gedo
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GARBAHAAREY/AfMADOW, Somalia -- Somali government forces captured undisclosed number of Al Shabaab militants in a gun battle on the outskirts of Gedo regional capital of Garbahaarey as new areas in Lower Juba fell to allied forces, Garowe Online reports.

On Thursday, Somali National Army (SNA) commander Col. Abdullahi Mohamed Abshir told the media that army troops are holding fighters from the militant group and will put them on display in the coming days.

Meanwhile, allied forces dislodged Al Shabaab militiamen from Janay Abdalle which lies 80km from Afmadow and nearby Farwaamo.

Al Shabaab controls trivial swathes of territories-mainly rural areas, and began to migrate northwards towards Puntland’s rugged terrain of Galgala.


Africa Horn: Somaliland denies UN Monitors access to Berbera port
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BERBERA, Somalia(land) -- Somaliland's separatist administration in northwestern Somalia has denied UN Monitors access to Berbera seaport according to independent sources, Garowe Online reports.

UN experts along with Ethiopian consular officials were refused entry into the port after a ship allegedly carrying weapons docked a few days ago.High-ranking officials in Somaliland government reportedly issued the order to bar visiting UN monitors from the seaport.

Somaliland Interior Minister Ali Mohamed Waran Adde earlier last week told the media that MV Shakir was loaded by local businessmen from Port Sudan but later he confirmed the security officials found three armored vehicles, 10 AK47 rifles and ammunition inside the ship. Ever since in depth investigations have been underway and no findings were released to the media.
So is someone canoodling with the Shaboobs or is the Somaliland National Militia doing an upgrade...
UN Security Council imposed arms embargo on Somalia in 1992 following the ouster of long standing military government.


Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Firebomb Terrorist Killed by IDF in Samaria
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[ISRAELNATIONALNEWS] A terrorist was killed Saturday evening by a force of IDF paratroopers, after he and a second terrorist were identified throwing Molotov cocktails at vehicles on the Gilad road in Samaria, next to Yitzhar.

The second terrorist escaped and was caught a short while later. He was slightly maimed.

The Head of the Samaria Regional Council, Gershon Mesika, said Saturday evening: "I wish to congratulate the soldiers who reacted properly vis-a-vis the terrorist this evening. Unfortunately, we already know what terrible results the rock and Molotov cocktail terror can have."

"Therefore, we must strengthen our soldiers who face the enemy daily and as we saw this evening, do not hesitate to react. It is important that every terrorist know that once he prepares to throw a rock or Molotov cocktail at an IDF force or Israeli citizens ‐ he is fair game."

Eleven-year-old Ayala Shapira, critically maimed in a firekaboom last month in central Samaria, is improving.

Avner Shapiro and his daughter Ayala were attacked by Arab gunnies who threw a Molotov cocktail at their vehicle on December 25.

The two suffered burns, but managed to escape from their burning vehicle, with Avner carrying his seriously maimed daughter along a narrow and dark road for over a kilometer to their community of El-Matan. The incident occurred on a service road between Ma'ale Shomron and El-Matan. Ma'ale Shomron is located off Road 55, which stretches between Kfar Sava and Shechem.
The Times of Israel notes:
The army told Ynet News the section of road in question had suffered dozens of rock-throwing and Molotov cocktailing attacks over the past year, and said the troops had been deployed in the area for the express purpose of finding such assailants.

The IDF noted that troops had been instructed to use live fire against anyone throwing Molotov cocktails.


Home Front: Politix: Democrats in Congress suggest postponing Netanyahu's address
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[JPOST] Representatives are suggesting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu postpone his speech to a joint session of Congress until after the Israeli election on March 17.
Not a bad thought: Bibi has milked this for all he's worth at home, and now he can look generous. Of course when he does speak he still snubs Champ as hard as he can. Put in those terms and SanFranNan will want him to speak yesterday...
House Minority Leader Nancy San Fran Nan Pelosi
Congresswoman-for-Life from the San Francisco Bay Area, born into a family of professional politicians. Formerly Speaker of the House, but it's not her fault they lost. Really. Noted for her heavily botoxed grimace...
(D-Caliphornia, an impregnable bastion of the Democratic Party,) said it was "not appropriate" for Speaker John It is not pronounced 'Boner!' Boehner
... the occasionally weepy leader of House Republicans...
(R-Ohio) to invite Netanyahu without first notifying the White House ‐ a move that angered the B.O. regime.
Our petulant president doesn't yet understand that the world doesn't in fact revolve around him...
Netanyahu is expected to advocate for a different policy on Iran that the president has thus far pursued.

"Such a presentation could send the wrong message in terms of giving diplomacy a chance," Pelosi said. She spoke with Netanyahu by phone on Wednesday.
#1: On the urgings of the regime, Dems will likely boycott the visit.
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#2: Dorms from Broward and Dade won't walk out. I suspect a few NYC Reps. Might tarry as well.
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#3: Dorms? Damn, Dems!
Posted by: Shipman|| 2015-02-01 06:17 ||Comments

#4: Reverse-Midas has all but ensured Bibi's victory in March
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Terror Networks: Video: Islamic State group beheads Japanese journalist
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[USATODAY] The Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
released a video Saturday purportedly showing the beheading of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto and warning the Tokyo government of "carnage wherever your people are found."

There was no immediate word on the fate of a second hostage, Jordanian pilot Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh.


Olde Tyme Religion: The Muslim Problem: 1400 Years of Inbreeding: What it Means to the West
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Slightly long in the tooth, but some interesting, and still timely, observations.
#1: If you want to see the effects of inbreeding, look at the Wikipedia article on Charles II of Spain.
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#2: For a modern example, look at Brunei. Current Sultan married his 1st cousin and voila - Crown Prince is spawned.

Rumors are that the Clown Prince is not the brightest bulb.
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#3: Retarded or deformed, when they get 51% of the vote, your country will get sharia, and you will pay the dhimmi tax. As long as the breeding rate exceeds the defect rate, and the native birthrate, the result is the same.

Happy Sunday.
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Home Front: WoT: How to Fight and Win a War: Bombs Over Tokyo
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Home Front: Politix: Here's why Trey Gowdy's had it with Benghazi committee Dems
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The most compelling witness would be Hillary Clinton, the secretary of state when the U.S. foreign mission in Benghazi was overrun by Islamic militants on Sept. 11, 2012.

Although she has testified on two previous occasions -- once in each chamber of Congress â-- she indicated a willingness to appear before the special select committee, according to Cummings, who claimed he'd broached the subject to her last year.

"She immediately said she would do that and she wanted to come in December and then she said, 'Well, if you can't have me in December I'll come in January.' She said, 'I'll do it, period,'" Cummings said, according to CNN.

Gowdy has long expressed a desire to hear from Clinton, but not until the panel has had a chance to subpoena and review all relevant State Department documentation, including emails to and from Clinton and her own notes.
Clinton feigns cooperation while Cummings, etal, throw up obstacles to same. Nice smoke.
#1: Cummings is little more than a CBC, communist obstructionist. Clinton has no desire to sit before Gowdy.
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Home Front: Politix: Hippies of yore make the switch: Baby boomers turn conservative says Gallup
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Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia: Spengler: How US policy blunders hurt Israel
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Russia, meanwhile, has also made good on its threat to make life miserable for the United States in Iran. Putin must be frustrated to encounter an American administration so eager to reach an accommodation with Iran that it doesn't appear to notice when its interests have been impaired. The Israelis notice, however.


Terror Networks: YouTube flooded with terror content
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[IsraelTimes] With 300 hours of material uploaded every minute, Google says screening for jihadi videos impossible

Internet giant Google said Wednesday that its video-sharing website YouTube is so inundated that staff cannot filter all terror related content, complicating the struggle to halt the publication of terrorist propaganda and hostage videos.

Google Public Policy Manager Verity Harding said that about 300 hours of video material is being uploaded to YouTube every minute, making it virtually impossible for the company to filter all images.

Harding spoke at a European Parliament meeting of the ALDE liberal group on a counter-terrorism action plan.

She said that "to pre-screen those videos before they are uploaded would be like screening a phone call before it's made."

The European Union
...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
's counter-terror chief believes it is time to help companies to contain the security risk by having experts from member states flagging terror-related content.

"We have to help them, and refer to them, and signal content," Gilles De Kerchove said. "Each member state should have a unit with people trained to do that."

On YouTube, users can highlight problem videos and have them reviewed by a member of staff.

When a Scotland Yard unit recently told Google about material that did not comply with the company's own guidelines, De Kerchove said 93 percent of that content was removed. But when individuals flag up problems only a third of it is taken down.

Detecting violent, extreme and racist material is a mammoth task. But concerted, targeted warnings from organized groups work best.

"There are community groups and others who do this on a larger scale and they're incredibly helpful to us," Harding said.

Despite the serious threat posed by extreme and violent videos, neither the big Internet companies nor the European Union appear willing to take on a legal battle to enforce their removal.

"We can contemplate legislation but I suspect it would be an awfully monumental exercise," De Kerchove said.


Terror Networks: The Islamic State's Model
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[WashingtonInstitute] ISIS continues to pursue its expansion model in Libya, Sinai, and other hotspots, raising new challenges that differ from those posed by al-Qaeda's past franchise approach.

The Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
announced several months ago that it was "annexing" territory in Algeria, Libya, Sinai, 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...
and Yemen. It is likely that the group plans to pursue a similar approach in Afghanistan and Pakistain following its announcement of accepting pledges of allegiance from former members of the Afghan and Pakistain Taliban to also try and "annex" territory there under the framework of a new wilayah called "Wilayat Khorasan." On its face, this bold declaration of an expanding number of wilayat (provinces) resembles the announcements by al-Qaeda of creating numerous franchises in the mid-2000s.

There is one key difference between al-Qaeda and the Islamic State's model for expansion. Al-Qaeda wanted to use its new franchises in service of its main priority: attacking Western countries to force them to stop supporting "apostate" Arab regimes, which without the support of Western countries would then be ripe for the taking. This has only truly worked out with its Yemeni branch, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula
...the latest incarnation of various Qaeda and Qaeda-allied groups, including the now-defunct Aden-Abyan Islamic Army that boomed the USS Cole in 2000...
(AQAP). On the other hand, while the Islamic State does not have an issue with its supporters or grassroots activists attacking Western countries, its main priority is building out its caliphate, which is evident in its famous slogan baqiya wa tatamaddad (remaining and expanding). As a result, it has had a relatively clear agenda and model: fighting locally, instituting limited governance and conducting outreach. This differs from al-Qaeda's more muddled approach -- it hoped a local franchise would conduct external operations, but many times franchises would instead focus on local battles or attempts at governance without a clear plan, as bin Laden had warned. Moreover, the Islamic State has had a simple media strategy for telegraphing what it is doing on the ground to show its supporters, potential recruits and enemies that it is in fact doing something. This accomplishes more, even if it appears that the Islamic State is doing more than it actually is...

Read the full article on the Washington Post website.


Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Everything you thought you knew about religious Zionists is wrong
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[IsraelTimes] On issues of land concessions, religious freedoms and gay rights, the answers of community members defy conventional wisdom.


Europe: Prayer Rug Artwork Pulled in France over Muslim Concerns
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Je suis Charlie Hebdo.
[AnNahar] An art installation showing high heels on Islamic prayer rugs was pulled from an exhibition near Gay Paree after a Moslem group complained the work could provoke "uncontrollable" reactions, the artist said Tuesday.

"Silence", which has already been shown in Gay Paree, Berlin, New York and Madrid, was supposed to go on display in Clichy La Garenne, which is just north of the capital, in a woman-themed art show.

But French-Algerian artist Zoulikha Bouabdellah decided to replace the work after a local Moslem group told Town Hall last week that "uncontrollable, irresponsible incidents could result" if the installation was shown there.

Bouabdellah said she was surprised by the "incomprehension" her work has met, but added she believes it is tied to emotions stirred by the jihadist attacks in La Belle France earlier this month that left 17 people dead.

"I'm left wondering by the reasons that push a certain fringe among French Moslems to see this work as blasphemous," she said, adding that she didn't intend it to shock or provoke.

Bouabdellah decided to replace "Silence" with a video installation titled "Dansons" that shows belly dancing to the French national anthem.
#1: Who is this 'Muslim group?'

Will the 'Muslim group' be investigated and prosecuted for this threat?

Will the 'Muslim group' ultimately be punished?

If not, why not? Could the 'Muslim group' be the de facto semi-sovereign power of one of the nonexistent no-go zones?
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Economy: SWIFT: China's Yuan Now World's 5th Payments Currency
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"We are number five!!"
[AnNahar] China's yuan has become the world's fifth most widely used payments currency, with the value of cross-border deals settled in it more than doubling in 2014, data from transactions organization SWIFT showed Wednesday.

The data comes as China looks to make the yuan used more internationally in line with its standing as the world's second-largest economy, while at the same time keeping its value tightly controlled.

The yuan, also known as the renminbi (RMB), overtook the Canadian dollar and the Australian dollar to enter the top five of world payment currencies in November, according to a SWIFT statement.

It has climbed eight spots in fewer than two years, having been in 13th place in January 2013.

The yuan's share of global payments by value reached a new high of 2.17 percent in December, SWIFT said, closing in on the Japanese yen's 2.69 percent.

Total yuan payments rose 102 percent last year, the statement added, dwarfing the overall annual rise of 4.4 percent for all currencies.

Some analysts predict the yuan will one day rival the US dollar in international markets.

"It is a great testimony to the internationalisation of the RMB and confirms its transition from an 'emerging' to a 'business as usual' payment currency," Wim Raymaekers, head of banking markets at SWIFT, said in the statement.

The U.S. dollar remains the top payments currency with a share of 44.64 percent last month, followed by the euro (28.3 percent) and the British pound (7.92 percent), SWIFT data showed.

China has set up yuan clearing arrangements with 10 countries and regions and signed currency swap agreements with 28 central banks.

The commerce ministry said last week it will only issue figures for inward and outward investment in yuan, dropping the dollar statistic, a move that the agency acknowledged was partly an effort to push the local currency's greater international role.

Earlier this month, Customs only issued trade values in yuan at its quarterly briefing, with the official dollar amount made available later on its website.


Arabia: Qatar Set to Buy London's Canary Wharf District
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When the price of oil is down, you gotta find another way to finance that princely lifestyle (and jihad, of course).
[AnNahar] Qatar
...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates...
looked to have won a drawn-out bid to buy London's Canary Wharf on Wednesday after the owner of the landmark office quarter said its main shareholders favored a sale.

The board of Songbird, which controls 69 percent of Canary Wharf Group, appeared to concede defeat despite stressing that the offer worth £2.6 billion ($4.0 billion, 3.5 billion euros) remained undervalued.

"It is now the board's understanding that each of the major shareholders intends to accept the offer," Songbird said in a statement.

It added however that "the board... continues to believe that the offer does not reflect the full value of the business, its unique operating platform and its prospects".

Sovereign wealth fund Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), in partnership with U.S. group Brookfield Property Partners, had in December proposed an improved "final offer" for Songbird.

The cash bid, pitched at 350 pence per share, compared with a previous 295-pence-per-share or £2.2-billion offer that was rejected last November.

QIA, which owns Harrods department store and the Shard skyscraper in London, already has a 28.6-percent stake in Songbird.

Brookfield owns 22 percent of Canary Wharf Group.

The former Docklands area of London where Canary Wharf is located was re-developed in the 1980s after having fallen into disrepair when the city's status as a trading hub declined. The area is now a magnet for huge building projects.

QIA owns also significant stakes in British supermarket chain Sainsbury's and the London Stock Exchange, as well as half of the Olympic Village apartments in the capital's Stratford district.


Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Why Israel rankles Europeans so much
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[WashingtonExaminer] JERUSALEM -- "It's only Europe that gives us a hard time," an Israeli minister told me last week, genuinely puzzled. "Yesterday, I had the Canadian foreign minister sitting where you're sitting now. I had a cross-party delegation from the U.S. Senate. I had ministers from India and Japan. All of them understood that Israel was facing a terrorist threat. But the EU starts from the assumption that we're in the wrong. Why?"
#1: Because the dying hate the living?
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#2: Because old habits are hard to break?
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Hard Times for Hezbollah
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[WeeklyStandard] Is Iran's Lebanese client losing its grip?
A taste:
Last week Hezbollah buried one of its princes, Jihad Mughniyeh, the 22-year-old son of the late Imad Mughniyeh, a legendary Hezbollah commander implicated in such infamous operations as the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut. The liquidation of the elder Mughniyeh in Damascus in 2008, typically attributed to Israel, is regarded as one of the organization's most traumatic blows. However,
there's more than one way to skin a cat...
some in the Shiite community here say that Israel's January 18 strike on a three-car convoy in the Golan Heights near the Syrian town of Quneitra--which killed the younger Mughniyeh and five other Hezbollah operatives, along with as many as six Iranians--is evidence of a dangerous crisis for Hezbollah.

The throngs attending the younger Mughniyeh's funeral on January 19 yelled "Death to America" only once. "I counted," says Lokman Slim, an anti-Hezbollah Shiite activist. "And they said 'Death to Israel' only a few times. Then they went to more religious slogans."

According to Slim, the scaled-down rhetoric and modest size of the funeral are evidence that Hezbollah is caught in a bind. "The [Lebanese Shiites] don't want another war with Israel," says Slim, "but they also want to know Hezbollah can protect them like it says."
#1: Hezbollah is unaccustomed to waging a long war of attrition like this, far from the Lebanese villages where it fought guerrilla wars against Israel. To be sure, its fighters are becoming a battle-hardened expeditionary force, but the nature of the war is reconfiguring Shiite society. “Boys are dropping out of school to join the fight,” says Slim. “They enjoy the benefits of manhood earlier than before, but it’s becoming a community without men, or men who are simply on leave from Syria and waiting to return. The result,” he says smiling, “is that the women will become more powerful.”

Tarbaby just sat and stared.
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The Grand Turk: Suspected ISIS Jihadis in Burqas Were Trying to Visit Secret Girlfriend: Cops
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[NBCNews] Two men detained as suspected jihadis were wearing burqas because one was visiting a secret girlfriend, according to police in Turkey.

Authorities stopped the disguised pair in the southeastern town of Mardin, close to the Syrian border, where security has been increased in the wake of the rise of ISIS.

Officers noticed that one of the "women" was wearing men's shoes, English-language news site Hurriyet cited the Dogan News Agency as reporting.

Investigators later discovered the suspects were wearing burqas in order to hide a love affair, Mardin governor's office and the local police department told NBC News.

One of them men, identified only by the initials M.D., is married but had been secretly visiting a woman who belongs to a different tribe. His friend, Z.T., was acting as a watchman during the couple's clandestine meeting.
Yet again the burqa serves to conceal sin rather than promote modest virtue. How can the pious do aught but cry to the heavens, "For the love of Allah, ban the burqa!"
The emergence of ISIS has raised social tension and security concerns in Turkey's southeast where there are worries about the movement of jihadis across the Syrian border, Hurriyet reported.