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-Land of the Free: This week in History 2: The Battle off Samar
Posted by mom 10/23/2014  11:24 5 Comments 52 words Read the whole thing on page 3
This article on USS Samuel B Roberts describes just one of the remarkable Davids vs Goliaths battle off Samar. If you don't have time to read The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors, by James Hornfischer, at least go to Wikipedia on the subject.
#1: If you don't have time to read The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors, get the audio version.

And if you get the audio version, don't listen to it in traffic. It is a bit intense.
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2014-10-23 11:43 ||Comments

#2: I've watched interviews of some of the crew of the Sammy B. They all should have received the Medal of Honor.
Posted by: Deacon Blues|| 2014-10-23 12:32 ||Comments

#3: The Samuel B. Roberts fought well that day. Those who survived the fight, their ordeal was only beginning as they had to await rescue, enduring sharks and exposure.
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2014-10-23 12:59 ||Comments

#4: TLSofTCS notes that in the initial confusion of the Japanese battle orders, the escort carriers were hit a number of times - but the Japanese, thinking they were the main US carriers and not escort carriers, were using AP rounds which would carry straight through the ships, causing little damage and confusing the accuracy of the Japanese gunners.
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2014-10-23 13:07 ||Comments

#5: ... but the Japanese, thinking they were the main US carriers and not escort carriers, were using AP rounds which would carry straight through the ships....

That's odd. The first USN carriers to have an armored deck was the Midway class. The lead ship of the class, USS Midway (CV-41), was not commissioned until September 10, 1945 (8 days after the Surrender of Japan).

Posted by: Sninerong Hupinemble5552|| 2014-10-23 13:34 ||Comments



-Land of the Free: This week in History 1: USS Tang
Posted by mom 10/23/2014  11:17 2 Comments 52 words Read the whole thing on page 3
My contributions to today's Rantburg University. My dad was in submarine school at New London when TANG was in action. I have been transcribing his letters and notes from his own submarine service. I submit this story in honor of all the men of the Silent Service.
#1: Amazing courage, aggressive leadership and skill. Thank you!
Posted by: NoMoreBS|| 2014-10-23 12:13 ||Comments

#2: That is an impressive record.
Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2014-10-23 12:24 ||Comments



-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-: North Korea shuts border to all foreigners on ebola fear
Posted by anon1 10/23/2014  09:36 2 Comments 0 words Read the whole thing on page 3


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Boeing Books First Sales To Iran Since 1979
Posted by trailing wife 10/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 160 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Ynet] Boeing said on Wednesday it had sold aircraft-related goods to Iran Air in the third quarter, marking the first acknowledged dealings between US aerospace companies and Iran since the 1979 US hostage crisis.

The reliably Democrat Chicago, aka The Windy City or Mobtown
... home of Al Capone, a succession of Daleys, Barak Obama, and Rahm Emmanuel,...
-based aerospace and defense company said in a filing that it sold aircraft manuals, drawings, navigation charts and data to Iran Air to help improve the safety of Iran's civil aviation industry.

The sales did not include spare parts for aircraft, which were thought to be likely since Iran Air's fleet of planes includes vintage Boeing and Airbus jetliners delivered as long ago as 1978.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: US Reports 18 Strikes Against Islamic Militants In Syria, Iraq
Posted by trailing wife 10/23/2014  00:00 4 Comments 229 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Ynet] The United States conducted further air strikes against 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 on Tuesday and Wednesday, targeting the murderous Moslem group near Iraq's djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
Dam and the Syrian border town of Kobani, according to US Central Command.

A US-led coalition conducted 12 air strikes near the Mosul Dam complex in northern Iraq, it said in a statement. US forces also conducted six air strikes close to Kobani near Syria's border with Turkey, it said.
#1: 18??? EIGHTEEN???

Geez, if you are going to stop ISIS with air assets, the number of strikes should be 118 or 1118 not 18, that's not very impressive or very "Resolved".
Posted by: Mystic|| 2014-10-23 00:36 ||Comments

#2: Agreed, yet I can't help but wonder where we'd be today if air strikes had started when Pencilneck cross Champ's "Red Line" a couple of years ago.
Posted by: Bobby|| 2014-10-23 07:31 ||Comments

#3: Escalation.
Posted by: Lionel Thavith3490|| 2014-10-23 11:28 ||Comments

#4: ISIS continues to move fighters into the Kobane conflict and US aircraft and Kurdish fighters continue to destroy those forces.



Kurds report many of the reinforcements who are killed have international ID's.

Posted by: Ebbomosh Hupemp2664|| 2014-10-23 13:31 ||Comments



Britain: UK Anti-Terrorism Police Arrest Two Over Syria-Linked Offences
Posted by trailing wife 10/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 147 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Ynet] British police placed in durance vile
Please don't kill me!
a woman and a man on Wednesday on suspicion of terrorism offences related to the ongoing civil war in Syria, the latest arrests in recent weeks amid warnings of a growing threat from Islamist Death Eaters.

Officers from London's Counter Terrorism Command said they detained a 25-year-old woman in Bedfordshire, north of London, on suspicion of preparing terrorism acts, and she had been taken to a cop shoppe in the capital for questioning.


Iraq: Iraqi Kurdistan Parliament Votes To Send Forces To Kobani
Posted by trailing wife 10/23/2014  00:00 1 Comments 72 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Ynet] Lawmakers in Iraq's Kurdistan region on Wednesday voted in favour of sending forces to the besieged Syrian town of Kobani via Turkey, MPs said.

Kurdistan's President Masoud Barzani sent a letter to parliament late on Tuesday seeking approval to deploy the region's peshmerga forces abroad, to fight alongside Syrian Kurds.

"Today in parliament we agreed to send the peshmerga forces to Kobani as soon as possible," MP Mahmoud Haji Omer said.
#1: See HURRIYET DAILY NEWS > TWO HUNDRED IRAQI KURDISH FIGHTERS TO BE SENT TO KOBANE, denoting common agreement or rapprochement between the PYD + PKK Kurd groups.

versus

* SAME > WE EXPECTED PYD MILITIA TO BE SENT, NOT PESHMERGA, SAYS PYD HEAD MUSLIM.
Posted by: JosephMendiola|| 2014-10-23 01:37 ||Comments



Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Navy Detains Palestinian Fishing Boats Sailing Beyond Permitted Zone
Posted by trailing wife 10/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 90 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Ynet] The Israeli Navy detained two Paleostinian fishing boats from the Gazoo Strip on Wednesday after the boats sailed beyond the allowed fishing zone.

Seven Paleostinians on board the boats refused Navy instructions to return to the beach, following which the IDF used rubber bullets to force them to return to the beach.

One of the Paleostinians was lightly maimed. The seven were taken for questioning.


Good morning
Posted by Fred 10/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 22 words Read the whole thing on page 1


Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Violence Erupts In Jerusalem After Deadly Terror Attack
Posted by trailing wife 10/23/2014  00:00 3 Comments 683 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Ynet] Man lightly maimed after stones thrown at his car in East Jerusalem; Paleostinians riot, hurl stones at police, after deadly terror attack kills baby girl; police struggle to deal with 'quiet intifada'.

Violence rocked Jerusalem on Wednesday both before and after a deadly terror attack at a Light Rail station left a baby girl dead, with riots and stone throwing reported in East Jerusalem. The attack and riots have highlighter the police's struggle to deal with what some are calling a 'quiet intifada'.

A man was lightly maimed after Paleostinians pelted his car with stones near Beit Hanina in East Jerusalem. Damage was also caused to the vehicle, and police were searching the area for suspects.

Dozens of Paleostinians, some masked, rioted in Isawiya and Silwan in East Jerusalem, with some throwing stones at police, who attempted to subdue the riot. No injuries were reported but residents of the Mount Scopus area reported breathing issues as tear gas from the riots reached the area.

Meanwhile,
...back at the barn, Bossy's udder had begun to ache...
scores of young religious Jews flocked to the scene of Wednesday's deadly terror attack and held a makeshift vigil for the baby girl who was killed in the attack. The youths waved Israeli flags and sang religious songs.

Throughout the day, both before and after the terror attack, stone throwing continued throughout the capital: In the early afternoon, a 13-year-old Paleostinian pelted a car in the a-Tur neighborhood of the city with stones, causing damage to the car. Earlier, five teens aged 15-16 were placed in durance vile
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
for throwing stones on a central road in Jerusalem.

On Tuesday night, the police arrested three Paleostinian teens from Beit Hanina for their role in yet another stone throwing incident which took place that day.

Recent weeks have also seen a number incidents on the train: Just two weeks ago, the Jerusalem Light Rail came under a hail of stones in five separate attacks in a single evening. All of the incidents took place in the train's East Jerusalem stations, near Shuafat, highlighting the perils the rapid transit system faces in the Paleostinian parts of the city.

The recent two months have seen a rise in the number of attacks on the train, especially in the Paleostinian parts of the city. Those using the Light Rail for their daily commute say incidents in the Shuafat and Beit Hanina stations have become routine.

Police fight 'quiet intifada'
Only Wednesday morning, Israeli Police Chief Yohanan Danino said he believed the violence that has plagued the capital would calm down, highlighting fears the police could not handle what some are calling a "quiet intifada".

In recent days, security forces have attempted to better monitor the Shuafat neighborhood by launching a patrol blimp to view the area from the sky. In a video shot from the balloon Wednesday, police forces could be seen chasing two 10-year-old Paleostinian boys suspected of throwing rocks near the station.

The municipality says it plans to launch a number of other such balloons over other flashpoint areas in the capital.

Speaking after Wednesday's terror attack, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said that, "the situation in Jerusalem has become unbearable and we must act unequivocally to end all violence in the capital."

Barkat urged the police to take action, saying "today it is clearer than ever that police forces should enter the Arab neighborhoods where disorder is rife."
#1: Need to mow the right-of-way. maintenance is key to efficient rail operation.
Posted by: Shipman|| 2014-10-23 08:01 ||Comments

#2: "...In recent days, security forces have attempted to better monitor the Shuafat neighborhood by launching a patrol blimp to view the area from the sky...."

How about a few armed drones or an orbiting battle station
Posted by: lord garth|| 2014-10-23 08:48 ||Comments

#3: A few years ago you could see some cars in Israel with a slogan "Have Arabs, have terrorism". Outlawed by the Supreme Court, of course.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-10-23 13:23 ||Comments



Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Jerusalem Terrorist Had A History Of Violence
Posted by trailing wife 10/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 606 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Ynet] Abed a-Rahman a-Shaludi, 20, died of gunshot wounds after driving his car into a crowd of people at a Jerusalem train station; his family maintains that it was an accident.

The family of Abed a-Rahman a-Shaludi, who carried out the deadly attack in Jerusalem on Wednesday evening, vehemently deny that he deliberately drove his car into a crowd of people at a light rail station. But 20-year-old a-Shaludi, who died hours after the attack from police gunfire, had a history of violence against Jews.

According to Paleostinian reports, a-Shaludi was released from jail in December 2013 after serving a 16-month sentence. He was locked away
... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not...
again last February for a period of one month. He is also reportedly a close relative of the Muhi a-Din Sharif, aka "Engineer No. 2", a senior member of the Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, military wing who was killed near Ramallah in 1998.

The notice posted on websites affiliated with Hamas showed a-Shaludi alongside and five-year-old Einas Khalil, a Paleostinian girl who was run over and killed this week by a resident of the Yitzhar settlement in the West Bank town of Sinjil. The settler expeditiously departed at a goodly pace, saying he was afraid of being lynched. One website's Twitter account posted the picture with the hashtag #thirdintifada.

Later Wednesday evening, a Hamas-affiliated website reported that IDF troops had arrested the terrorist's 15-year-old brother, Izz al-Din a-Shaludi, in Silwad. A Hamas front man abroad, Husam Badran, was somewhat vague Wednesday afternoon, saying that if this was indeed a terrorist attack as claimed, then it was "a natural response to the crimes of Israel in Jerusalem, particularly in light of ongoing invasions of the al-Aqsa mosque."

Terrorism background
A-Shaludi had a history of security violations. When he was 18, he was indicted, along with his brother and his friends, for targeting the Jewish residents of Silwan in East Jerusalem, and for trying to prevent police cars from entering the neighborhood.

In May 2013, he was sentenced to 16 months in prison in a plea bargain, having pleaded guilty to, and been convicted of, throwing petrol bombs at Jewish cars and at a police vehicle, attempted arson, aggravated assault, attempted assault of a policeman and rioting.

A-Shaludi confessed and was convicted under the plea bargain to one of three charges, for an incident that occurred on Nakba Day: He and his friends made Molotov cocktails, which they divided among themselves and hurled. The two charges that were dropped referred to the throwing of Molotov cocktails at Jewish residents of Silwan.

In addition, he was arrested last March on suspicion of vehicular theft.

Nevertheless,
...and at this point, in the spirit of balance and fairness, the family of the dead miscreant is allowed to vent their spleen that those Jooos jumped to the assumption that their beloved good boy would have tried his damnedest to kill Jooos with his car out of sheer meanness.


India-Pakistan: Two security personnel killed in Datakhel rocket attack
Posted by Fred 10/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 388 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[DAWN] At least two security personnel were killed and three others injured in a rocket attack on a fort in Datakhel area of North Wazoo Agency on Wednesday.

Official sources said forces of Evil fired five rockets on the security forces' camp which resulted in the death of two personnel while injuring three others. The security forces responded to the attack with fire.

Meanwhile,
...back at the barn, Bossy's udder had begun to ache...
military gunship helicopters targetted suspected Lion of Islam hideouts in Shalobar and Sipah area of Bara. Casualties were feared.

The information, however, could not be verified independently as access for journalists is restricted in the area.

The plains of Bara hold strategic significance for Lion of Islam groups as they connect the agency to the outskirts of Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.
, the capital of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
province.

In a separate incident, two children died as a mortar shell hit a house in the Sipah area.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: A spirit like Salahuddin's: How Kurdish Muslims downed ISIS
Posted by Fred 10/23/2014  00:00 2 Comments 108 words Read the whole thing on page 2
From September 25 through October 19, 2014, a battle raged on ostensibly for a piece of land in the center of the planet, but it could well have been for the very soul of Islam.

The self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) band of militants marched on to a small border town in the North of Syria and South of Turkey in their bid to rule the entire region stretching 60 miles from Raqqa in Syria to Turkey.

The small border town is called Kobani â commonly referred to as Ayn-al-Arab â inhabited by 250,000 Kurdish Muslims. The town was surrounded, outnumbered, outgunned, and written off for dead by most experts.
#1: I didn't know Saladin was a Kurd.
Posted by: mossomo|| 2014-10-23 12:46 ||Comments

#2: Never again will the world ever be able to say that moderate Muslims of conscience did not stand up to the ISIS militants.

Now why is so hard for the donks to talk about the threat from radical jihadist? There are moderate Muslims helping out the USA anti-terror effort at all levels many of whom are US citizens. Nobody is trying to tar Muslims with a broad brush.

Define you enemy; he is defining you.
Posted by: Sninerong Hupinemble5552|| 2014-10-23 13:11 ||Comments



India-Pakistan: CII calls for ban on religious hate speech ahead of Muharram
Posted by Fred 10/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 409 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[DAWN] Pakistain's top religious body on Wednesday called for a ban on hate speech pertaining to religious identity and urged for greater harmony between sects ahead of the holy month of Muharram, often marred by sectarian violence.

The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) added that labelling any Moslem sect "non-believers" was condemnable.

"Terrorism and violence in the country in the name of religion are a violation of Islamic teachings. All schools of thought announce their disassociation from such acts," it said in its "Code of Conduct", which it wants the Parliament to adopt.

"It is an un-Islamic and condemnable act to declare any Moslem sect a disbeliever and deserving of death," it added, along with recommendations to curb hate speech and similar material in published form.

The recommendations come as the country prepares for the Islamic month of Muharram, beginning on October 24 or 25, when the Battle of Karbala in 680AD is mourned by the Shia Moslem community, which makes up roughly 20 per cent of the country's predominantly Moslem population of 180 million.

The month is frequently marred by sectarian violence, which has risen markedly in recent years.

The body also called for greater protection for non-Moslems, who make up around three per cent of the population.

"It is the government's responsibility to provide protection to their worship places and holy figures according to the law," it said.

Pak law already forbids religious hate speech but its implementation is close to non-existent, except in cases of alleged blasphemy related to Islam.

The CII is more often known for its conservative pronouncements, declaring in March the prohibition of child marriage being incompatible with Islam and that a man does not need permission from his wife to marry again.

In a meeting on Tuesday, the chairman of the council, Maulana Mohammad Khan Sheerani, said a Moslem woman cannot object to the second or subsequent marriages of her husband.

Formed in 1962, the CII's remit is to advise parliament on the compatibility of laws with Sharia, though its recommendations are non-binding.


India-Pakistan: Licence suspension
Posted by Fred 10/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 405 words Read the whole thing on page 4
[DAWN] A MERE four months after Geo News was fined and its broadcast licence temporarily suspended by Pemra, on Monday it was ARY News that was similarly cautioned with a 15-day licence suspension and a Rs10m fine. The institutions these channels are deemed to have harmed are different -- it is the ISI in the former instance and the judiciary in the second. But the root of the problem is the same: the airing of content that has displayed a problematic journalistic ethos and the failure to weed out undesirable or reckless commentary. Whether the punishment meets the scale of the transgression is debatable in such cases. But what is not debatable is that on several occasions, in different ways, Pakistain's vibrant and outspoken electronic media have erred on the side of being too lax in their application of filters, and have consequently underscored the need for regulation.

There is, of course, a lot of difference between censorship and regulation. Across the world, the functioning of the electronic media is subjected to the scrutiny of regulatory bodies that act as the media's conscience and in the public interest. This was precisely the reasoning behind the establishment of Pemra. That said, however, there are in practical terms certain problems with the watchdog. These require rectification -- and on an urgent basis. First, where regulatory bodies are effective, they also have considerable power to implement their decisions and, more importantly, are viewed as having an entirely independent and transparent functioning. What is Pemra's implementing power? Now that ARY's licence has been suspended, the country will no doubt see the same situation as it did with Geo: depending on individual cable operators' inclination, the broadcast will cease in some areas and not in others. Second, as a result of the Geo/ARY debacle, Pemra as it stands today has been tainted with political hues, and there are reasons to fear that its decisions may not be as independent as could be hoped for. This needs to be reversed. Further, there is no argument that Pakistain's electronic media landscape can do with better, clearer rules that should be applied fairly, with transparency, and across the board. All this can be achieved if the Pemra regulatory framework is subjected to close parliamentary re-examination. As long as the main stakeholders are kept part of the consulting process, there is no reason a new regulator with new rules cannot be created.


Home Front: WoT: Leader Of Mexico's Gulf Cartel Arrested In Texas, U.S. Officials Say
Posted by trailing wife 10/23/2014  00:00 2 Comments 225 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[LATimes] The top leader of Mexico's notorious Gulf cartel has been tossed in the slammer
You have the right to remain silent...
while shopping in south Texas, U.S. officials said Tuesday.

Juan Francisco Saenz-Tamez, 23, of Camargo, in Tamaulipas state, was indicted by a U.S. grand jury in September 2013 on charges of drug trafficking stretching from Texas and Florida to Washington, D.C., and the Eastern Seaboard.

Saenz-Tamez, who officials say rose through the ranks to lead the violent cartel, was captured Oct. 9 by federal agents while shopping in Edinburg, Texas.

He is charged with conspiracy in the shipping of thousands of pounds of cocaine and marijuana across the U.S.-Mexico border and with money-laundering.

U.S. officials hailed the arrest as a sign of cooperation between law enforcement agencies in the two countries.

Saenz-Tamez made an initial appearance in court Tuesday. He is being held in Beaumont. Prosecutors said they hoped to seize up to $100 million in assets he acquired during his alleged drug enterprises.

If convicted on all charges, he will face a maximum of life in prison.
#1: Wait, a 23-year-old is the top leader of one of the top two Mexican cartels? That doesn't pass the smell test.
Posted by: hagmaier@gmail.com|| 2014-10-23 11:18 ||Comments

#2: That doesn't pass the smell test

Unless he's an ambitious bugger...
Posted by: Pappy|| 2014-10-23 13:53 ||Comments



-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-: Passenger tested for Ebola after arriving at Newark airport as child who vomited mid-flight is stopped at Chicago O'Hare and quarantined
Posted by trailing wife 10/23/2014  00:00 4 Comments 152 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[DailyMail] o Flagged passengers arrived at Newark Airport in New Jersey via Belgium and at Chicago O'Hare with origins in Liberia

o The Newark passenger was taken to University Hospital in Newark, the hospital designated for evaluating passengers from the international port

o Both Liberian Chicago passengers were deemed not in need of an Ebola test
Were I on one of those flights I'd be concerned as a matter of principle. Why were the two Chicago passengers considered safe?
More details at the Chicago Tribune. Apparently the adult had typhoid fever in August. He's considered safe now but the article doesn't detail why.
#1: Apparently the adult had typhoid fever in August. He's considered safe now but the article doesn't detail why.

He's returning home to Liberia immediately following the election ?
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-10-23 00:31 ||Comments

#2: Is there any reason a prior diagnosis of typhoid fever would rule out an Ebola infection?

If a person arrives from Liberia and shows any symptoms that might indicate Ebola what would be the rationale for not testing for Ebola?

The last unplanned entry of an Ebola patient resulted in the confirmed infection of two people. In addition hundreds of people are or were put under surveillance.
Posted by: Elmerert Hupens2660|| 2014-10-23 00:57 ||Comments

#3: And the call goes out: "The Czar signal".
From deep within the Czar cave comes a furious PR release...
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-10-23 08:33 ||Comments

#4: Is there any reason a prior diagnosis of typhoid fever would rule out an Ebola infection?
Nope, none at all. Examiner was looking for an excuse not to do the Ebola test.

If a person arrives from Liberia and shows any symptoms that might indicate Ebola what would be the rationale for not testing for Ebola?
The Obamagenda is all the rationale anyone needs. The Ebola test is a simple blood test - which is run at the local level & at the CDC level. It's not rocket surgery.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 2014-10-23 11:10 ||Comments



-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-: Ebola Serum For Africa Patients Within Weeks, Says WHO
Posted by trailing wife 10/23/2014  00:00 9 Comments 635 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[BBC] Serum made from the blood of recovered Ebola patients could be available within weeks in Liberia, one of the countries worst hit by the virus, says the World Health Organization.

Speaking in Geneva, Dr Marie Paule Kieny said work was also advancing quickly to get drugs and a vaccine ready for January 2015.

The Ebola outbreak has already killed more than 4,500 people. Most of the deaths have been in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Dr Kieny, WHO assistant director general for health system and innovation, said: "There are partnerships which are starting to be put in place to have capacity in the three countries to safely extract plasma and make preparation that can be used for the treatment of infective patients.

"The partnership which is moving the quickest will be in Liberia where we hope that in the coming weeks there will be facilities set up to collect the blood, treat the blood and be able to process it for use."

It is still unclear how much will become available and whether it could meet demand.

In other developments:

  • NBC freelance cameraman Ashoka Mukpo - who contracted Ebola in West Africa - is declared free of the virus and will leave hospital in the US state of Nebraska

  • Riots break out in Sierra Leone's diamond-rich Kono district after angry youths resisted efforts to "quarantine" a house where a 90-year-old woman suspected to have Ebola lived. The youths were said to be angry because there were no treatment centres in Kono, the BBC's Umaru Fofana says. Police imposed a daytime curfew in the area

  • UK International Development Secretary Justine Greening visits Sierra Leone to assess the impact of the government's $200m (£125m) aid package

  • The US Homeland Security Department says all visitors arriving from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone will undergo enhanced screening at one of five airports

  • The Dominican Republic joins a group of Caribbean countries that have banned visitors from the three West African nations

  • Serum
    If a person has successfully fought off the infection, it means their body has learned how to combat the virus and they will have antibodies in their blood that can attack Ebola.

    Doctors can then take a sample of their blood and turn it into serum - by removing the red blood cells but keeping the important antibodies - which can be used to treat other patients.

    The Spanish nurse who became the first person to contract Ebola outside West Africa tested negative for the virus after reportedly receiving human serum containing antibodies from Ebola survivors.

    Dr Kieny said the treatment was not without risks, and WHO has already issued guidelines to ensure safety. Any donor blood will need to be screened for infections such a hepatitis and HIV, for example.

    Vaccines and drugs
    She said trials of two possible Ebola vaccines could produce initial results by the end of the year.

    The vaccines will be tested first to see if they are safe for humans, and if they can protect people from the Ebola virus.

    Once these questions have been answered, the WHO hopes to extend the trials to a much wider group of people and start giving it to Africa.

    "These trials will all start in the coming two weeks... and continue for six months to a year but to have initial results about safety and immunogenicity to have a choice of a dose level by the end of this year in December."

    Dr Kieny said there were a number of drugs being tested and developed in different countries.

    A partnership between Oxford University and the Wellcome Trust is now visiting sites in the three affected African countries to identify which treatment centres would be adequate and willing to start testing drugs soon, she said.
    #1: Nyt story said african population tripled in the last 4 decades.

    300% increase

    You can cure all the diseases but then what do you do when the sheer number of people gets too much for the food supply?.
    Posted by: Anon1|| 2014-10-23 05:23 ||Comments

    #2: You increase the food supply.
    Posted by: Bright Pebbles|| 2014-10-23 07:56 ||Comments

    #3: It's about time they learn too increase the food supply.
    Posted by: chris|| 2014-10-23 09:27 ||Comments

    #4: They will just migrate to where there is more food, at least relatvely speaking - someplace like Iowa.
    Posted by: Glenmore|| 2014-10-23 10:48 ||Comments

    #5: If people are starving in Africa, they should move to France!

    /obscure?
    Posted by: Raj|| 2014-10-23 10:53 ||Comments

    #6: love how the WHO now say they've got serum

    the same organisation - $4.27 billion budget - that couldn't isolate a couple of villages in February

    Same organisation that stopped printing standardised new infection figures in august and hasn't resumed
    Posted by: anon1|| 2014-10-23 10:56 ||Comments

    #7: also think that all help from now on to any third world country anywhere in the world should come with the following strings attached:
    - govt to pay a baby bonus for first two children
    - govt to charge a child tax for any third or subsequent child.
    - after a man has had 2 children (not before), they get $2000 cash payment to get a vasectomy if they want one

    encourage people just to have 2 kids, round the world. THat way the crashing fish stocks and depleted arable land won't be a problem in future. Everyone still gets to procreate, and everyone is happy.
    Posted by: anon1|| 2014-10-23 11:00 ||Comments

    #8: I expect Ebola in the Hot Zone will start to diminish in intensity any week now, treatments & vaccine will be a bit late to the party. Ebola is also creating a large number of aymptomatic survivors, detectable only by seroconversion - which they may or may not be looking for in the Hot Zone.
    Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 2014-10-23 11:19 ||Comments

    #9: MSF's ELWA3 Ebola field hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, largest built. Open since 21 Aug 2014. Aerial view 21 Oct 2014.
    Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 2014-10-23 11:51 ||Comments



    Science & Technology: Young Peshawar engineers build solar-powered rickshaw
    Posted by Fred 10/23/2014  00:00 1 Comments 155 words Read the whole thing on page 3
    [DAWN] Young engineering students in Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
    ...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.
    have found the perfect solution to run commercial vehicles without the need of expensive petrol or CNG fuel.

    Students of CECOS University in Peshawar's Hayatabad area say they have built a working prototype of a solar-powered rickshaw that will not only save drivers the fuel costs, but will also be environment-friendly.
    #1: They're even adding Bluetooth and WiFi so you can Facebook while someone carries your lazy a$$ around.
    Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-10-23 08:31 ||Comments



    India-Pakistan: Drones and domination
    Posted by Fred 10/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 154 words Read the whole thing on page 4
    [DAWN] DRONES have divided Pakistain for nearly a decade now. In the days when drone attacks first began many were beguiled by the promises they represented: the bad boy tumours that were eating up a corner of the country would be eliminated via these aerial weapons.

    Words like 'precision', 'necessity', 'cure' and 'excision' dominated the semantics of the drone project. The drones were operated from several oceans away, everyone knew, but some trust could be put in the American superpower's ability to know of threats and to eliminate them from the hapless and diseased soil of its ally.

    Simple recipes are always appealing and this one was truly elemental: elimination by remote control of the scourge that was damning Pakistain, bombing schools, blowing up mosques, targeting coppers, assassinating professors.


    Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia: Russian Aircraft Intercepted by NATO Forces After Entering Airspace
    Posted by Fred 10/23/2014  00:00 1 Comments 138 words Read the whole thing on page 3
    [TIME] The Russian intelligence jet reportedly entered NATO
    ...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A collection of multinational and multilingual and multicultural armed forces, all of differing capabilities, working toward a common goal by pulling in different directions...
    airspace on Tuesday

    Swedish jets have intercepted a Russian aircraft that briefly entered North Atlantic Treaty Organization airspace Tuesday.

    NATO and Swedish forces reportedly noticed the plane, identified as a Russian intelligence jet, traveling near NATO airspace in the Baltic Sea, Rooters reports. The plane later crossed into Estonian airspace for about a minute, and was escorted away.
    #1: Mayhaps trying to check up on a certain submarine?
    Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-10-23 07:33 ||Comments



    Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Driver Plows Into Group at Jerusalem Train Station, Killing Baby
    Posted by Fred 10/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 312 words Read the whole thing on page 1
    [NY Times] A Paleostinian driver plowed his car into a group of people waiting at a light rail station in northern Jerusalem on Wednesday, the police said, killing an Israeli baby and injuring eight other people. The driver was shot and seriously injured by coppers as he tried to flee, according to the police, in an episode that added to the escalating tensions in the city.

    A front man for the police, Micky Rosenfeld, said the event was being treated as a suspected terrorist attack, with a strong possibility that the driver had deliberately run people over. Footage from a traffic camera aired on Israeli television showed the car swerving off the main road and driving fast in the direction of the rail station.

    The Maan Paleostinian news agency identified the driver as Abd al-Rahman Al-Shaloudy, 20. Mr. Rosenfeld said the driver had previously served time in an Israeli prison.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel ordered a reinforcement of security forces in Jerusalem and, in a statement, accused President the ineffectual Mahmoud Abbas
    ... a graduate of the prestigious unaccredited Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow with a doctorate in Holocaust Denial...
    of the Paleostinian Authority of inciting violence against Jews in Jerusalem. In a speech over the weekend, Mr. Abbas called on Paleostinians to defend the Al Aksa Mosque by all means after a series of violent confrontations between Moslem worshipers and the police in the mosque compound, Islam's third-holiest site.


    Europe: Sweden could use force against suspected foreign sub
    Posted by Fred 10/23/2014  00:00 3 Comments 137 words Read the whole thing on page 3
    [BBC] Sweden could use force in its search for a suspected foreign submarine, a senior Swedish naval officer has told the BBC.

    Real Admiral Anders Grenstad said if a submarine were discovered, weapons could be used to make it surface.

    But the military operation is focused on gathering intelligence, he added.

    Russia has denied suggestions that one of its submarines got into trouble near Stockholm last week after distress signals were reportedly intercepted.

    There have been several reported sightings of a mysterious vessel off the Swedish coast, prompting the search operation.

    Rear Admiral Grenstad, who is deputy chief of joint operations in the search, said he had "no clue" which country owned it.

    "Everybody is speculating - that's what you get when you're hunting submarines," he added.
    #1: Please correct me iff I'm wrong, but wasn't this Sub recently revealed to be "Dutch", NOT Russian???

    No one e-v-a-r suspects the Dutchies, or Edam Cheese.
    Posted by: JosephMendiola|| 2014-10-23 01:09 ||Comments

    #2: The perfidious Netherworlders (or "Netherlands", as they like to call it) had indeed been in the area.
    There's a reason they call them 'The Low Countries'.
    (A little light snark to start out the day.)
    Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-10-23 07:39 ||Comments

    #3: They're preparing their lutfisk depth charges.
    Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 2014-10-23 11:15 ||Comments



    Great White North: Ottawa Shooting: St-Jean-sur-Richelieu reacts
    Posted by Fred 10/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 563 words Read the whole thing on page 2
    [CBC.CA] Residents in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, still in shock over the targeted hit-and-run that killed a Canadian Forces soldier Monday, are waiting cautiously for more information about the shootings in Ottawa today.
    It doesn't take all that many Moslems to poop in the punchbowl, does it?
    No links have been made between the two incidents.
    And, really, they had nothing to do with religion.
    Both resulted in the deaths of members of the military.
    Pure coincidence, Shirley.
    On Monday, Martin Couture-Rouleau, 25, ran down two military personnel in a St-Jean-sur-Richelieu parking lot. He was fatally shot by police after leading officers on a high-speed chase. Police describe him as "radicalized."
    That means he was a freshly perverted Moslem.
    It's fresh in the mind of many as details of today's shooting became available.
    Today's gun artiste was a Moslem, too. Just a coincidence, of course.
    "It's troubling because I went to school in Ottawa," said St-Jean-sur-Richelieu resident Emma Dubé.
    Laws of chance, y'know. It coulda been two Esquimeaux. There aren't all that many of them in the Great White North, y'know. Probably not as many as there are Moslems.
    "It's crazy that these events happened in the same week. We don't really know much right now...the details...but our hearts are with them."
    If you go bonking your head on the floor five times a day it does something to your head.
    Representatives from a local mosque, Association Musulmane du Haut-Richelieu, say they're still trying to understand the incident that happened in their city Monday.
    "We just [bonk!] can't [bonk!] understand [bonk!] it!"
    "Mais non! [bonque!] Moi [bonque!] neither! [bonque!]"

    "We're shocked, very shocked," said Imam Hamid Bekkari, who said he did not know the suspect.
    "Nous sont shoqued! Shoqued, j'e tell vous!"
    "We never heard of the guy, eh?"

    "We can't find the words to see how a person, in 2014, can do such terrible things to others. That's what I have to say."
    "It's unheard of!"
    Stricter security on military bases
    Military institutions in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu and across Quebec have increased security.
    Unlike the armed forces of Arab and Moslem countries, Canadian and U.S. forces don't lug loaded guns around with them all the time. They don't have gunsex, either.
    Members have been instructed not to wear their uniform in public areas except for "operational reasons."
    Probably it would be better in the present instance to wear the uniform and pack heat.
    The St-Jean-sur-Richelieu Garrison has increased its security, adding an extra patrol car to the gate.
    An entire patrol car? Whoa, eh!
    "Due to the recent events, we're being cautious and increasing our force protection posture to ensure the security of all military and civilian personnel at all defence establishments in Quebec," said Lt. Marco Chouinard, spokesperson for the garrison.


    Great White North: Canadian soldier, gunman killed in attack on Ottawa capital complex
    Posted by Fred 10/23/2014  00:00 3 Comments 479 words Read the whole thing on page 1
    [FOXNEWS] A Canadian soldier was rubbed out and a suspect killed in a brazen attack on the Canadian Parliament complex in Ottawa Wednesday morning that left the nation's capital on lockdown just two days after a terror attack in Quebec, officials said.

    The shooter was identified by Canadian authorities as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, 32, Fox News confirmed. He was believed to be Canadian-born.No further details were immediately available.

    The shots rang out just before 10 a.m., when a guard at the National War Monument was fatally shot. The gunman next ran into the Parliament Hill building, where one MP reported hearing as many as 30 shots fired and a sergeant at arms was later credited with shooting the suspect dead. In the following moments and hours, Royal Canadian Mounted Police converged on the scene, more shots were reported less than a mile away near a mall and officials told Ottawa residents to barricade themselves in their homes as they searched for more possible gunnies.

    At a news conference hours later, authorities described a "dynamic" situation, and could not confirm whether more potential gunnies were on the lam, although they said no arrests had been made.

    "We're still in the process of clearing Parliament Hill. It is a slow and methodical process," Ottawa police Chief Charles Bordeleau said.

    The shooting at the government complex came after witnesses said they saw at least one man jump out of a Toyota Corolla and run toward the memorial and open fire on the soldier, who later died at Civic Hospital. Officials did not identify the guard pending notification of his family, but The Ottawa Sun said he was a member of Hamilton's Argylls of Canada ‐ 91st Canadian Highlanders who were on tour guarding the memorial.

    "Our thoughts and prayers are with the member and his loved ones," Bordeleau said.

    After shooting the guard, the gunman ran to the Parliament building and unleashed a flurry of shots in the building, where witnesses later said they saw a suspect down near the library. Bernard Trottier, a Toronto-area MP, tweeted that the gunman inside Centre Block "has been shot and killed." The other was reportedly being sought.

    Veteran Affairs Minister Julian Fantino told QMI Agency that Parliament's sergeant-at-arms, Kevin Vickers, shot one unidentified gunman dead.

    "All the details are not in, but the sergeant-at-arms, a former Mountie, is the one that engaged the gunman, or one of them at least, and stopped this," Fantino said from inside Centre Block. "He did a great job and, from what I know, shot the gunman and he is now deceased."
    #1: How'd Zehaf get a gun? He was 'known' to authorities and guns are supposedly hard to get in Canada.
    Good thing the Canadians allow their Sgts. at Arms to have bullets for their guns.
    Posted by: Glenmore|| 2014-10-23 07:53 ||Comments

    #2: No disrespect to anyone, and dude could really sing, but

    There was a part of me which really, really wanted Oh Canada at the 7th inning stretch.
    Posted by: swksvolFF|| 2014-10-23 11:17 ||Comments

    #3: Total confusion in the Capitol also known as "Disneyland On The Rideau". Mounties and city cops running in all directions, hiding behind cars and around the corners of stone buildings, cop cars screeching hither and yon, newspeople flapping their gums over anything at all, everything possible locked down. Only problem with the situation is that the ONE SINGLE YAHOO was already getting cold and rigid lying dead on the stone floor.

    Sgt-at-Arms of Parliament nailed him with a 9 mil pistol (certainly wouldn't be my choice of calibre) deep INSIDE the main Parliament building . . . as he is supposed to do in order to protect Parliament.

    Total goat rodeo. RCMP looking for ways to pat themselves on the back for doing nothing, city cops hoping to get more attention, newspeople blathering endlessly on every supposed detail, nobody at all looking at why it really happened.

    Muslims-as-victims whining has already started. Going to be a hot winter here in Canuckistan no matter what the weather.
    Posted by: Canuckistan sniper|| 2014-10-23 13:10 ||Comments



    Great White North: Michael Zehaf-Bibeau opened fire on Canadian Parliament
    Posted by Fred 10/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 451 words Read the whole thing on page 1
    [DAILYMAIL.CO.UK] A gunman rubbed out a Canadian soldier at the National War Memorial in Ottawa today before firing dozens of shots inside the Parliament in a terrifying attack that left the nation's capital on lockdown.

    After fatally shooting Corporal Nathan Cirillo, 24, just before 10am on Wednesday, gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, 32, opened fire inside the Parliament and was rubbed out by the House of Commons Sergeant-at-Arms.

    The city's entire downtown area is under lockdown following the attack, which came just two days after a Canadian soldier was killed in Quebec by a man with jihadist sympathies.

    Authorities initially said they believed 'two or three' gunnies were responsible for the attack, but at an afternoon presser, Chief of Police Charles Bordeleau would not confirm whether or not they are still searching for other shooters.

    A front man for Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Harper was safe after being evacuated from Parliament Hill. He is expected to make a statement about the attacks later today.

    He had been scheduled to give Pak activist Malala Yousafzai
    ...a Pashtun blogger and advocate for girls' education from Mingora, in Swat. She started blogging at age 11-12. She was 15 when a Talib boarded her school bus and shot her in the head in 2012. She was evacuated to a hospital in Britain and the Pak Taliban vowed to kill her and her father. Among other awards, she received the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, which she deserved more than Barack Obama, Jimmy Carter, Al Gore, Yasser Arafat, or Rigoberta Menchu...
    , co-winner of this year's Nobel Peace Prize, her Canadian citizenship today.

    The government said there is not yet any evidence that Zehaf-Bibeau has any ties to violent Islamic extremism but noted that it is still early in the investigation.

    An Ottawa Citizen news hound inside the Parliament building, Jordan Press, wrote on Twitter that a suspect was '5'9-5'10, overweight & wearing a dark jacket'.

    Witnesses also told the Citizen that they saw a man wearing an 'Arabic scarf' and carrying a long rifle, while others said the suspect looked South American.


    Home Front: Politix: Audience Laughs At Shaheen For Ducking Question On Obama
    Posted by Fred 10/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 316 words Read the whole thing on page 6
    [BREITBART] Sen Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) was laughed at by the audience at the New Hampshire Senate Debate on Tuesday when she would not give a clear answer on whether she approved of the job President B.O. is doing.

    When asked to give a simple, yes or no response to a hypothetical pollster asking, "do you approve of the job President B.O. is doing?" Shaheen responded, "in some ways I approve, and some things I don't approve," a line that caused the audience to start laughing. She continued "like most questions that we deal with as policymakers there aren't simple answers, yes or no."

    Shaheen was then asked how she could reconcile voting with the president 99% of the time and President B.O.'s low approval rating in New Hampshire. She stated "I work for New Hampshire. And Scott Downtown Scotty Brown talks a lot about one survey and 99% of the time that I voted with the president," before talking about her record getting a prison in New Hampshire opened, her work with residents who were facing foreclosure, and language she added to a veterans' reform bill with Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH).

    She then concluded, "what we need is a senator who's going to work for New Hampshire, who;s going to make sure we address the concerns we hear from our constituents, who's going to be willing to work with Democrats, Republicans, and Independents, anybody in Washington who can help us get the job done for this state."


    Home Front: Politix: Party Preparations: Senate Maneuvering Begins
    Posted by Fred 10/23/2014  00:00 2 Comments 247 words Read the whole thing on page 6
    [ONLINE.WSJ] With Republicans looking increasingly likely to take control of the Senate, politicians on both sides of the aisle are already considering how they will operate in the chamber if the levers of power are reversed.

    For Republicans, the prospect of controlling the Senate is sparking an early debate over whether to change the rules of the road, particularly those guiding nominations and the budget. Such rule changes are arcane but could have a big impact on legislation and who is confirmed to judicial- and executive-branch posts.

    Democrats, too, would face choices, including how much of an impediment they want to be to a GOP-run Congress and who will lead them in that fight.

    As the election gets closer, many politicians on both sides of the aisle have remained hesitant to publicly expound on how a GOP-run Senate would operate. Democrats are unwilling to concede they might lose control of the chamber, while Republicans are reluctant to look like they are taking victory for granted.

    According to aides and strategists from both parties, however, the senators are already actively engaged on the topic in anticipation of decisions to be made next year.

    Republicans' leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, has delivered speeches about improving the Senate's ability to function by, for example, holding more amendment votes and expanding the chamber's workweek.
    #1:
    Posted by: Big Thromoth3646|| 2014-10-23 07:43 ||Comments

    #2: ForRepublicans, the prospect of controlling the Senate is sparking an early debate over whether to change the rules of the road, particularly those guiding nominations and the budget.

    Reid had no problem doing it. Do on to others as they have done on to you.
    Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2014-10-23 12:16 ||Comments



    Home Front: Politix: Michelle Obama To Students: 'Bring The Folks You Met At The Party Last Weekend' To Vote
    Posted by Fred 10/23/2014  00:00 3 Comments 527 words Read the whole thing on page 6
    [WASHINGTON.CBSLOCAL] First lady Michelle Obama stumped for Democrats in Iowa and Minnesota Tuesday, calling on the young and minority voters who powered her husband's rise to the presidency to help the party avoid a potentially bruising midterm election.

    Mrs. Obama first urged college students and supporters at the University of Iowa to vote early and volunteer for Bruce Braley, who is in a tight Senate race against Republican Joni Ernst. She delivered a similar rallying cry to a mostly black crowd later Tuesday at a high school in Minneapolis, where Sen. Al Franken and fellow Democrat Gov. Mark Dayton are counting on turnout from those groups.

    Tuesday's stop in Iowa City was Mrs. Obama's second trip to this month to shore up support for Braley, whose win may be crucial to Democrats' maintaining control of the Senate.

    Braley, a four-term congressman, had once been a favorite to win the seat held for 30 years by retiring Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin, one of his mentors. Now he's running even with Ernst, a first-term state senator and commander in the Iowa National Guard.

    Mrs. Obama said it would be up to younger voters to "step up" and help deliver the state for Braley, as they did for her husband, Barack Obama
    I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody...
    , during his presidential campaigns of 2008 and 2012.

    "For just three hours of your time, you will get six years of an outstanding senator who will carry on Tom Harkin's legacy," Mrs. Obama said. "If we all keep stepping up and bringing others along with us, I know we can elect Bruce Braley as the next senator from Iowa."

    She said students should take anyone they know to the polls with them, joking, "Bring the folks you met at the party last weekend!"

    In Minnesota, Franken and Dayton have leads in public polling over their GOP challengers. The first lady's visit was just the most recent in a parade of Democratic stars -- including former President Bill Clinton
    ...former Democratic president of the U.S. Bill was the second U.S. president to be impeached, the first to deny that oral sex was sex, the first to have difficulty with the definition of is...
    and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren -- who have stumped for the two candidates, all stressing the importance of voting in the midterm election.

    Republicans in both states used Mrs. Obama's visits to tie Democratic candidates to the president and his waning approval ratings. The campaign of Mike McFadden, Franken's Republican challenger, called Tuesday "a reminder that President B.O.'s policies are on Minnesota ballots this fall in the form of Al Franken."
    #1: Because the very best Democratic Party voters are student binge drinkers who won't remember what they did today when they wake up tomorrow.
    Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-10-23 07:44 ||Comments

    #2: Don't admit you made a mistake voting for hope 'n' change - not once, but twice. Keep voting for Champ and his Nobel-Peace-Prize-winning policies! Give him another mandate for forgiving your student debt and sharing the wealth!
    Posted by: Bobby|| 2014-10-23 07:51 ||Comments

    #3: Michelle Obama To Students Freedom Riders: 'Bring The Folks You Met At The Party In Juarez Last Weekend' To Vote

    FIFY
    Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2014-10-23 12:14 ||Comments



    Economy: $4.10 Per Pound: Ground Beef Price Climbs to Another Record High
    Posted by Fred 10/23/2014  00:00 17 Comments 98 words Read the whole thing on page 3
    [CNSNEWS] The average price for a pound of ground beef climbed to another record high--$4.096 per pound--in the United States in September, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

    In August, according to BLS, the average price for a pound of all types of ground beef topped $4 for the first time--hitting $4.013. In September, the average price jumped .083 cents, an increase of 2.1 percent in one month.

    A year ago, in September 2013, the average price for a pound of ground beef was $3.502 per pound. Since then, it has climbed 59.4 cents--or about 17 percent in one year.
    #1: Closer to $7 here for Angus.
    Posted by: Skidmark|| 2014-10-23 00:08 ||Comments

    #2: "Peak Beef/Cow"???

    Proving once again that the OWG Global Consensus is that there is no OWG Global Consensus is the true danger from GWCC, including "Peak Resources/Everything".

    D *** NG IT, MORIARITY, YA SEE WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU STOP EATING AT MCDONALD'S - ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE, DATS WHAT HAPPENED!
    Posted by: JosephMendiola|| 2014-10-23 01:15 ||Comments

    #3:
    Posted by: Big Thromoth3646|| 2014-10-23 07:21 ||Comments

    #4: Inflation is low, as long as you eat hedonically adjusted flatscreen TVs
    Posted by: Bright Pebbles|| 2014-10-23 07:38 ||Comments

    #5: Throm, try 'feed prices are so damn high because all the surplus corn is being made into methanol'.
    Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-10-23 07:46 ||Comments

    #6: I think the most pernicious, slow change in government has been the corruption of statistics on the economy.

    They've always been fudged some but they have reached a level now where there is no relationship whatsoever between the reality of the common citizen and the picture they paint.
    Posted by: AlanC|| 2014-10-23 07:48 ||Comments

    #7: Oh come on now
    Shadow stats uses the old measure and the government use their new shiny measure of inflation and they only differ by 9%
    Shadow stats says inflation is 10% and the government say it's 1%.
    Posted by: Bright Pebbles|| 2014-10-23 07:54 ||Comments

    #8: its not just flat screens that have lower prices this year than last

    - gasoline is much cheaper than last year at this time
    - bread and cookies are also slightly less this year than last

    for future ref the BLS tables for grocery items in the nation and in the mid west
    Posted by: lord garth|| 2014-10-23 08:21 ||Comments

    #9: Let the people live on kale smoothies.
    Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 2014-10-23 11:13 ||Comments

    #10: I suggest that a better measure of inflation is '(gov't spending - gov't revenue)/GDP'
    Posted by: Glenmore|| 2014-10-23 11:20 ||Comments

    #11: delta(cost of average house - average cost to build house).
    Posted by: Bright Pebbles|| 2014-10-23 11:29 ||Comments

    #12: Price has very little to due with cost, especially in housing.
    Experts say that, corrected for inflation, prices are rock steady, have never changed, not a bit.
    Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 2014-10-23 11:57 ||Comments

    #13: Then the "experts" can pay my grocery bills, AH. :-(
    Posted by: Barbara|| 2014-10-23 12:23 ||Comments

    #14: "Experts say that, corrected for inflation, prices are rock steady, have never changed, not a bit."

    Can't be right. At the outset it fails to account for changes in consumer preferences.
    Posted by: Iblis|| 2014-10-23 12:28 ||Comments

    #15: I have a scheme to feed people and get rich. I want to build a facility to make pot-laced snack cakes. I'll call them "Little Doobies". People won't be able to stop eating them.
    Posted by: Deacon Blues|| 2014-10-23 12:37 ||Comments

    #16: Michelle lets you eat beef?
    Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-10-23 13:32 ||Comments

    #17: even the goldfish crackers are smaller now. You cannot hide inflation.
    Posted by: newc|| 2014-10-23 13:34 ||Comments



    Home Front: Politix: James O'Keefe/Project Veritas Strikes in Colorado
    Posted by trailing wife 10/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 188 words Read the whole thing on page 3
    [NationalReview] The guerilla filmmaker has exposed how voter fraud is both easy and condoned in Colorado.

    James O'Keefe, the guerilla filmmaker who brought down the ACORN voter-registration fraudsters in 2010 and forced the resignation of NPR executives, politely disagrees. Today, he is releasing some new undercover footage that raises disturbing questions about ballot integrity in Colorado, the site of fiercely contested races for the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House, and the governorship. When he raised the issue of filling out some of the unused ballots that are mailed to every household in the state this month, he was told by Meredith Hicks, the director of Work for Progress, a liberal group funded by Democratic Super PACS.: "That is not even like lying or something, if someone throws out a ballot, like if you want to fill it out you should do it." She then brazenly offered O'Keefe, disguised as a middle-aged college instructor, a job with her group.
    See the entire video at the link. I wonder what will be revealed next?


    Home Front: Politix: Republican opens biggest lead yet in Colorado Senate
    Posted by Fred 10/23/2014  00:00 1 Comments 249 words Read the whole thing on page 6
    [THEHILL] Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) leads Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) by 7 points in a new Suffolk University poll, the biggest lead he's seen all month.
    Wait until all the mail in ballots are counted. The Donks have a surprise...
    The poll gave Gardner 46 percent support to Udall's 39 percent support among likely voters. That's a significant shift from Suffolk's last survey, conducted in September, when Gardner led Udall by just 1 point, 43 percent to 42 percent.
    Gardner has posted a lead over Udall in nearly every public poll released this month, and his lead has consistently widened, though this is the first poll to show him with a 7-point advantage in the race.

    Udall has made Gardner's position on women's issues -- and particular his previous support for a state measure that would effectively ban abortion -- his main focus in the race. The tactic has drawn criticism and contributed to his loss of The Denver Post's endorsement, which accused him of running an "obnoxious one-issue campaign."

    Democrats are projecting confidence, however, even as Udall's own internals have shown a tightening race. They're promising that their ground and data operations, which helped drive Democrats to improbable wins in the state in 2010 and 2008, will again help Udall come out on top.

    The live poll was conducted among 500 likely voters Oct. 18-21 and has a margin of error of 4.4 percentage points.
    #1: Udall is fucking slime. He and the donks will do whatever they can to steal this one.
    Posted by: DarthVader|| 2014-10-23 12:37 ||Comments



    -Lurid Crime Tales-: Django Unchained actress charged with lewd conduct
    Posted by Fred 10/23/2014  00:00 2 Comments 182 words Read the whole thing on page 3
    [INDEPENDENT.CO.UK] Daniele Watts and her boyfriend have been charged with lewd conduct, following a highly-publicised incident in which she accused a Los Angeles police officer of racism.

    The Django Unchained actress and boyfriend Brian James Lucas were detained on 11 September, after a complaint alleging that the pair had been humping having sex in a car outside CBS Studios.

    Watts claimed that the incident was a result of racial profiling, a view shared by her partner who alleged that police had mistaken the actress for a prostitute and he a client.
    "It wasn't racial profiling, yer honor! All I saw wuz the moon and one brown eye!"
    She claims that she refused to produce her photo ID when asked by police, and was then handcuffed and held in a police car as the officers tried to work out who she was. She reportedly also alleged that she had cut her wrist as a result of being handled roughly by the LAPD officers.
    #1:
    Posted by: Big Thromoth3646|| 2014-10-23 07:25 ||Comments

    #2: ... who alleged that police had mistaken the actress for a prostitute and he a client.

    Um, that's not exactly what happened. The police officer was responding to a report / reports of car banging, so their allegation of profiling is bullshit. Other than that, the story was accurate!
    Posted by: Raj|| 2014-10-23 10:52 ||Comments



    Home Front: Politix: Grimes and her family's Hugh Jass Burgers
    Posted by Fred 10/23/2014  00:00 2 Comments 370 words Read the whole thing on page 6
    [EDITION.CNN] In her race to defeat Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, Alison Lundergan Grimes has barnstormed Kentucky, talking up her support for raising the minimum wage and criticizing the GOP's so-called war on women.

    But the restaurant owned by Grimes' family doesn't always practice what she preaches, and Kentucky Republicans have been happy to point that out.

    On the campaign trail, Grimes said recently, "I'm fighting for all Kentuckians, all working Americans across this nation. I don't believe $7.25 an hour raises a family of four above the poverty level."

    But documents and interviews with employees reveal that, like many restaurants, her family's burger joint pays some tipped staffers minimum wage.

    We caught up with Grimes in Kentucky and asked how she can advocate for raising the minimum wage, when that's all her family's restaurant pays some workers.

    "Listen, my family is not in this race. I'm on the ballot. And as much as Mitch McConnell wants to attack my family, he has from the beginning, I'm going to stay focused on the issues," she told CNN. "And for me, it's about making sure that hard working Kentuckians have a bright future. And that future includes having not just a minimum wage, but a living wage."

    Of course, servers can often make more than minimum wage after tips. And while Grimes doesn't own the restaurant, she did do legal work for the business, signing incorporation documents and representing it in a lawsuit.

    But minimum wage isn't the only issue dogging Grimes' family business. Hugh Jass Burgers -- say it out loud to get the joke -- has menu items like "Charlotte's Rack, sure to be voted biggest rack" named after Grimes' mom and "Abby's Hugh Jass," a burger named after her sister. They also sell souvenirs like an apron with "Check Out My Buns" emblazoned across it.

    The restaurant's approach has raised eyebrows, especially since Grimes' camp accused the GOP of sexism.

    "I am the Kentucky woman who my Republican colleagues in this state so gentlemanly refer to as an empty dress," Grimes said.

    When we tried to ask Grimes about her family's use of double entendre, she refused to answer, letting her security detail lead her away from reporters.
    #1: "Furthermore, I have a Honduran maid, and I don't pay her minimum wage. She's happy to be here and vote."
    Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-10-23 08:28 ||Comments

    #2: She's happy to be here and vote as many times as I tell her to!
    FIFY
    Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839|| 2014-10-23 09:22 ||Comments



    Home Front: Politix: 'Calibration error' changes GOP votes to Dem in Illinois county
    Posted by Fred 10/23/2014  00:00 13 Comments 303 words Read the whole thing on page 6
    [FOXNEWS] Early voting in Illinois got off to a rocky start Monday, as votes being cast for Republican candidates were transformed into votes for Democrats.

    Republican state representative candidate Jim Moynihan went to vote Monday at the Schaumburg Public Library.

    'I tried to cast a vote for myself and instead it cast the vote for my opponent,' Moynihan said. 'You could imagine my surprise as the same thing happened with a number of races when I tried to vote for a Republican and the machine registered a vote for a Democrat.'

    The conservative website Illinois Review reported that 'While using a touch screen voting machine in Schaumburg, Moynihan voted for several races on the ballot, only to find that whenever he voted for a Republican candidate, the machine registered the vote for a Democrat in the same race. He notified the election judge at his polling place and demonstrated that it continued to cast a vote for the opposing candidate's party. Moynihan was eventually allowed to vote for Republican candidates, including his own race.

    Moynihan offered this gracious lesson to his followers on Twitter: 'Be careful when you vote in Illinois. Make sure you take the time to check your votes before submitting.'

    Cook County Board of Elections Deputy Communications Director Jim Scalzitti, told Illinois Watchdog, the machine was taken out of service and tested.

    'This was a calibration error of the touch-screen on the machine,' Scalzitti said. 'When Mr. Moynihan used the touch-screen, it improperly assigned his votes due to improper calibration.'
    And I weigh 150 pounds and have a full head of hair. Women throw their undies at my feet. Vicious dogs turn on their owners when I approach. I made 13 holes in one the first time I played golf.
    #1: Apparently my bullshit detector doesn't need any more calibration.
    Posted by: DarthVader|| 2014-10-23 00:04 ||Comments

    #2: It doesn't matter who is running. It only matters who is counting the votes.
    Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-10-23 00:34 ||Comments

    #3: Like there's a gear, spring, bolt, bushing, or vacuum tube that just needs a small tweak with a wrench? Oh I know. They got the voting machines mixed up with the time machines again.
    Posted by: RandomJD|| 2014-10-23 06:00 ||Comments

    #4: Don't know who Calibration is but he sure makes sure that when he makes an error, it is in favor of the Dems.
    Posted by: Ebbomosh Hupemp2664|| 2014-10-23 07:30 ||Comments

    #5:
    Posted by: Big Thromoth3646|| 2014-10-23 07:38 ||Comments

    #6: Calibration? That's like how much finger pressure it takes to register a choice (or ohms or millifarads or quantum foopoos) or how big the active area is.

    Now if the (D) vote button is calibrated to be five times the size of the (R) button, that's a calibration error!

    But if the machine was calibrated, you should be able to find out who did the calibration, FOXNEWS.
    Posted by: Bobby|| 2014-10-23 07:57 ||Comments

    #7: Funny how all these calibration errors all ways seem to benefit democrats.
    Posted by: CrazyFool|| 2014-10-23 09:15 ||Comments

    #8: I suspect this is one of those alignment errors, where the index 'ballot' with the names and boxes on it is not directly over the buttons that need to be pressed to register the vote. I've had that happen, where I push the box & nothing happens (rather than something different happening) - had to press around the box until I got it to register the vote I wanted. Of course that assumes that the registering indicator is aligned close enough to tell what vote you did cast. I did prefer those old mechanical marvels where the candidate name was attached to a lever - but even then one never really knew whether those gears counted the vote to the candidate you chose.
    Posted by: Glenmore|| 2014-10-23 10:55 ||Comments

    #9: Just a tad more to the right, Jim!
    Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305|| 2014-10-23 11:48 ||Comments

    #10: Calibration=programming
    Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2014-10-23 12:12 ||Comments

    #11: Simple solution, don't use touch screen voting machines. Strain yourself to mark a paper ballot, which also leaves a 'paper trail' if there is a recount. Touch screens do not.
    Posted by: Zorba de Medici9541|| 2014-10-23 12:20 ||Comments

    #12: This is Illinois, #8 Glenmore, making your supposition touchingly naive.

    More realistic supposition: They're all set up to cheat. >:-(
    Posted by: Barbara|| 2014-10-23 12:44 ||Comments

    #13: I am surprised at this point that the Republican was even on the ballot as a selection choice.
    Posted by: airandee|| 2014-10-23 13:07 ||Comments



    Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Syrian army shoots down jets operated by ISIL
    Posted by Fred 10/23/2014  00:00 3 Comments 491 words Read the whole thing on page 1
    [Iran Press TV] The Syrian government has admitted that the ISIL Takfiri
    ...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who must be killed...
    murderous Moslems have conducted flights by three captured planes belonging to the Syrian army.

    Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi said the country's forces managed to shoot down two of the three after they made trial flights over the northwestern city of Aleppo on Tuesday.

    "Regarding... that bully boyz control three jets in al- Jarrah military air base in Aleppo, there are three old aircraft that the bully boyz were testing so the Syrian Arab Army immediately destroyed two of them on the runway as they were landing," Zoubi said.

    He noted that the Syrian government is not worried about the third plane as it "cannot be used" by the myrmidons.

    The information minister added that the plane might be a pretext for the Turkish government to work for the imposition of a no-fly zone over Syria.

    The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday that the ISIL was preparing pilots trained under former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein for future Arclight airstrikes against Syria.

    Reports by Syrian opposition media said that the murderous Moslems targeted two MiG 23 fighter jets in Aleppo's Neirab military airbase.

    Meanwhile,
    ...back at the game, the Babe headed for second base. He almost made it. Then Sheila slapped him....
    Syrian army forces continued making advances against Takfiris in the south by launching a vast operation against murderous Moslems of the 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.
    #1: Attacking whilst your enemy is landing - minimal power, minimum speed, minimal options - pretty clever, those Syrians!
    Posted by: Bobby|| 2014-10-23 07:40 ||Comments

    #2: During WW2 many of the German jets were taken out that way. Low, slow and throttled back (older jet engines especially can't be slammed to full throttle without stalling the engine). Sitting duck mode. Prop planes could take them out in that situation.
    Posted by: tipover|| 2014-10-23 11:11 ||Comments

    #3: Target practice it is.
    Posted by: Sninerong Hupinemble5552|| 2014-10-23 11:35 ||Comments



    Iraq: Car bombs kill at 37 in Baghdad
    Posted by Fred 10/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 526 words Read the whole thing on page 1
    [Iran Press TV] At least 37 people have been killed and dozens more injured as two separate boom-mobiles rock Iraq's capital Baghdad.

    At least 27 people were killed and 37 others injured after a boom-mobile went kaboom! near a service station in Baghdad's central district of Karrada on Wednesday.

    A further 10 people were killed and 29 others maimed after the second boom-mobile went off across the street from a hospital in the Shia neighborhood of Sadr City.

    According to local residents, the blast took place when a boom-mobile which was parked across from the hospital blew up.

    Over the last two weeks, Baghdad has seen an increase of kabooms, for some of which the ISIL Takfiri
    ...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who must be killed...
    group has grabbed credit.

    On Tuesday, a series of kabooms claimed the lives of at least 21 people in and around the Iraqi capital.

    On Monday, three boom-mobiles went kaboom! simultaneously near government offices in the Shia holy city of Karbala, killing at least 16 people and injuring 40 others.

    The overall security situation in Iraq has worsened over the past months after the ISIL Takfiri terrorists, of whom many are foreign holy warriors, took control of parts of Iraq's northern and western regions.

    According to the United Nations
    ...an organization originally established to war on dictatorships which was promptly infiltrated by dictatorships and is now held in thrall to dictatorships...
    , over 1,110 people were killed in acts of violence across Iraq in September.

    The ISIL turbans have been committing heinous crimes in the captured areas, including mass executions and beheading of people.


    Afghanistan: Drone strike kills five in Afghanistan
    Posted by Fred 10/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 221 words Read the whole thing on page 1
    [Iran Press TV] At least five people have been killed by a US drone strike in Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar
    The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
    province.

    According to local officials, the causalities from Wednesday's attack were all members of the Taliban Death Eater group.

    The attack is yet to be confirmed by the US military.

    On September 9, three people were killed and two others injured in another US drone strike in Nangarhar.

    The US carries out assassinations through drone strikes in several Moslem countries, such as Yemen, Pakistain, Afghanistan and Somalia.


    Arabia: Houthis capture Yemen's western province
    Posted by Fred 10/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 111 words Read the whole thing on page 1
    [Iran Press TV] Ansarullah fighters have captured al-Mahwait province in the west of the country, Yemeni media say.

    Reports said on Wednesday that the fighters, also known as Houthis, met with the provincial officials and agreed that Ansarullah representatives be instated in all governmental offices.

    The fighters have already taken some other parts of the Arab world's poorest country and have also clashed with al-Qaeda holy warriors.

    Yemen has been facing threats from al-Qaeda-linked turbans and a separatist movement in the country's southern region.


    Africa North: 12 wounded as bomb explodes outside Cairo University
    Posted by Fred 10/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 255 words Read the whole thing on page 1
    [Iran Press TV] At least twelve people, including six coppers, have been maimed after an bomb went off outside the main gate of Cairo University in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.

    The bomb detonated near a faculty building across the street from the main university campus in the Nahda Square of Giza district on Wednesday.

    The maimed have been transferred to hospital, and explosives experts have been dispatched to the scene to help diffuse other possible bombs planted in the area.

    The injured coppers had been stationed outside Cairo University campus to quell student protests.

    On Tuesday, a student protester succumbed to the wounds he had sustained during a crackdown by security forces in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria.

    Omar Sherif had been in a critical condition since October 15, when he was shot during a university campus protest. The 19-year-old fell into a coma after being targeted with birdshot in the head and neck.

    The Egyptian government has tightened security at twelve leading universities across the country, following a rise in anti-government protests at the start of the academic year.


    Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Kerry: No need for Congress vote on Iran
    Posted by Fred 10/23/2014  00:00 4 Comments 420 words Read the whole thing on page 2
    [Iran Press TV] US Secretary of State John F. I was in Vietnam, you know Kerry
    Former Senator-for-Life from Massachussetts, self-defined war hero, speaker of French, owner of a lucky hat, conqueror of Cambodia, and current Secretary of State...
    says the White House does not need congressional approval to suspend sanctions against Iran.

    The B.O. regime is reportedly planning to suspend sanctions against the Islamic Theocratic Republic without an immediate vote in Congress, but it says politicians will have the final word on whether to permanently terminate the sanctions.

    "On sanctions, what we've merely said to people is that -- and we've said this in public testimony as well as in private conversations -- that in the first instance, we would look to suspend sanctions, which the president can do, simply because that's the necessary way to proceed with respect to the negotiations themselves," Kerry said Wednesday at a presser in Berlin.

    The plan, first revealed by The New York Times
    ...which still proudly displays Walter Duranty's Pulitzer prize...
    on Sunday, does not suggest that the US Congress will be sidestepped on any nuclear deal with Iran, Kerry said.

    "I have too much respect for the process of the Congress, the rights of the Congress, and the importance of the relationship between the Executive and the Congress, the Legislative Branch, to ever suggest that there would be any credibility to this notion there's some thought of going around it," he stated.

    The top US diplomat said that administration officials were engaged in "a regular series of briefings" with politicians on the issue, emphasizing that "Congress has an extremely important role to play in this."
    #1: Espec given ... ...

    * IIRC TOPIX, WORLD NEWS > IRAN REGIONAL HEGEMONY THREATENED BY WAR/RISE OF ISLAMIC STATE.

    Ditto for alleged "Neo-Ottoman" Turkey, Nuclear? Saudis, + Egypt.

    Although to be fair, Turkey is not mandated by God + Madonna + Ancestors + Texas-sized Asteroids to devol into a de facto world threat until sometime after 2030-2050.
    Posted by: JosephMendiola|| 2014-10-23 01:23 ||Comments

    #2: We still have a congress? I thought champ just took everything under "executive privilege" too the way he wanted it too go anyway.
    Posted by: chris|| 2014-10-23 09:22 ||Comments

    #3: No need for Congress, for that matter. Huh, Jawn? And we sure don't need no stinkin' Constitution, now do we? You bastard, how long is this "suspension" going to be? Long enough for the Mad Mullahs to get their bomb?
    Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305|| 2014-10-23 11:37 ||Comments

    #4: Since when did you ever know anything about how Our Government is supposed to run?

    You don't

    So shut your ugly, useless gob.
    Posted by: newc|| 2014-10-23 13:30 ||Comments



    Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Kobani defenders hold out as Iraq Kurds vote on reinforcements
    Posted by Fred 10/23/2014  00:00 2 Comments 372 words Read the whole thing on page 1
    [ARABNEWS] Kurdish fighters defending Syria's border town of Kobani held out against 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 Wednesday, anxious for relief as Iraq's Kurdish parliament was set to vote on sending reinforcements.

    Backed by air strikes from a US-led coalition, the Kurds have been defending the town on the Turkish border against a fierce IS offensive for more than a month.

    After initially losing ground to the jihadists the Kurds have fought back hard, with the US military saying Tuesday they had halted the IS advance and remained in control of most of Kobani.

    They were given a boost this week by the first US air drop of weapons and other supplies, though one of the parachuted crates was reported to have fallen into IS hands.

    Now local Kurds say they need reinforcements, after Turkey announced Monday it would allow Kurdish fighters from Iraq to travel to the town, which has become a crucial symbolic battleground in the fight against IS.

    A senior politician in Iraq's Kurdish regional parliament told AFP it would vote later Wednesday on deploying its peshmerga forces to the battle for Kobani.

    "Today, the Kurdistan parliament will hold a session... to give the authorization and allow the president of the region to move forces to the town of Kobani" in Syria, Omid Khoshnaw, the head of the Kurdistan Democratic Party's parliamentary bloc, told AFP.

    Kurdish forces have played a leading role in northern Iraq in combatting IS, which has seized large parts of the country and neighboring Syria, declaring an Islamic "caliphate" in areas under its control.
    #1: By most Blog-MSM accounts, "barely holding out" is prolly a better + more accurate description.
    Posted by: JosephMendiola|| 2014-10-23 01:25 ||Comments

    #2: Bet that senior politician is concerned that sending reinforcements would leave Kurdistan open to attack from Iraqi Shiite militias, maybe with help from their Turkish friends.
    Posted by: AlanC|| 2014-10-23 11:37 ||Comments



    Arabia: Enemies of Islam 'spreading evil and lies through Twitter'
    Posted by Fred 10/23/2014  00:00 1 Comments 189 words Read the whole thing on page 2
    [ARABNEWS] 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...
    's Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh says that the enemies of Islam are using social networking sites such as Twitter to spread lies about the religion and attack Moslems.

    Al-Asheikh, who is also the president of the Council of Senior Scholars, made the remarks during a show on Saudi television.
    #1:
    Posted by: Big Thromoth3646|| 2014-10-23 07:00 ||Comments



    The Grand Turk: Turkey: US airdrops to Kurds 'wrong'
    Posted by Fred 10/23/2014  00:00 3 Comments 715 words Read the whole thing on page 2
    [ARABNEWS] Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
    ... Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him...
    on Wednesday criticized as "wrong" the airdrops of ammunition and weapons by US planes to Kurdish fighters battling holy warriors in the Syrian town of Kobani.

    He said the weapons had fallen into the hands of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) -- a Syrian Kurdish group that Ankara does not support -- and also 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....
    (IS).

    "It has become clear that this was wrong," Erdogan told news hounds in Ankara airport before departing for a trip to Latvia and Estonia.

    US cargo planes earlier this week dropped ammunition, weapons and medical supplies to the Kurdish fighters who have been battling the IS for control of Kobani for over a month.

    The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said at least one of the loads dropped had been picked up by the IS. A video purportedly showing this has surfaced online.

    But Erdogan indicated that Turkey was equally troubled by the weapons falling into the hands of the PYD, whose armed branch the People's Protection Units (YPG) has led the fight against the krazed killers.

    "Some of the airdrops have fallen into the hands of the PYD and ISIS," he said, using a different name for IS. "It's impossible to achieve results with such an operation," he added.

    "Any support you would give PYD would benefit the PKK. And as Turkey we need to fight against this," Erdogan added.

    Meanwhile,
    ...back at the alley, Slats grabbed for his rosco...
    the Syrian air force has destroyed two of the three seized jets reportedly test flown over Aleppo by the Islamic State group last week, according to the country's information minister.

    Omran Al-Zoubi told Syrian TV late Tuesday that Syrian aircraft bombed the jets as they were landing at Jarrah airbase in the eastern countryside of Aleppo province. He said the holy warriors were able to hide a third jet, which the Syrian air force is now searching for.

    Al-Zoubi described the aircraft as old and suggested they were no longer useful as military equipment.

    Meanwhile,
    ...back at the alley, Slats grabbed for his rosco...
    Kurdish officials and doctors said they believed Islamic State holy warriors had released some kind of toxic gas in a district in the eastern part of Kobani.

    Aysa Abdullah, a senior Kurdish official based in the town, said the attack took place late Tuesday, and that a number of people suffered symptoms that included dizziness and watery eyes. She and other officials said doctors in Kobani lacked the necessary equipment to determine the nature of the chemicals used.
    #1: Hey Turkey, 2 words. The same ones you used on us when we wanted border access back in OIF: Fuck. You.

    Payback is a bitch. After ISIS get settled, I hope every one of the weapons finds its way into Turkey and is used against your soldiers who enforce your bigoted government.
    Posted by: OldSpook|| 2014-10-23 00:51 ||Comments

    #2: There's so much wrong with the world caused by the sclerotic conditions remaining from WWI, WWII and the cold-war.

    Turkey being in NATO is a case in point. Heck, NATO is a case in point as is the UN.

    We've got to clean out the arteries of the old institutions and invent new ones that fit the world today.

    Of course, considering the quality of "leadership" in the world today I hold out little hope for improvement.
    Posted by: AlanC|| 2014-10-23 07:39 ||Comments

    #3: "Wrong" here in it's meaning of "not what we want".
    Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-10-23 07:41 ||Comments



    Arabia: Al-Qaeda kills 30 Shiite rebels in Yemen
    Posted by Fred 10/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 423 words Read the whole thing on page 1
    [ARABNEWS] Al-Qaeda murderous Moslems and Iranian catspaws have fought a bloody battle in central Yemen, tribal sources said on Wednesday, amid fears of worsening sectarian tension in the impoverished Arabian country.

    Thirty Iranian catspaws and 18 Sunni fighters and their tribal allies were killed in the festivities, the tribal sources told Rooters. Shiite 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 Americaâ¢, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
    rebels seized control of the capital Sanaa on Sept. 21 and their forces have fanned out to Yemen's west and center since then.

    Al-Qaeda in Yemen's Twitter page said it fought the rebels with light weapons and demolished their homes in the city of Radda in Al-Bayda province over the course of several hours on Tuesday -- an account confirmed by local rustics.

    The statement did not mention any casualties on its side, which the tribal sources put at 18 among the murderous Moslems and tribal gunnies fighting along with the group. In a separate incident, Al-Qaeda grabbed credit for an attack on an army checkpoint elsewhere in Al-Bayda province which killed 5 soldiers, the fighters and security sources said.


    Israel-Palestine-Jordan: 2 Israeli soldiers wounded in Egypt border attack
    Posted by Fred 10/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 519 words Read the whole thing on page 1
    [ARABNEWS] Attackers on Egypt's Sinai peninsula opened fire on Israeli soldiers across the border on Wednesday, wounding two, the Israeli military said.

    Militants are active in the peninsula, which borders southern Israel, though assaults across the fenced frontier are rare.

    The attackers fired guns and an anti-tank missile at the Israelis, the military said in a statement.

    "Two soldiers were maimed by fire directed at them from Egypt," it added, without identifying the attackers.

    Egyptian security sources said Egyptian forces later clashed with several gunnies who had likely attacked the Israeli border patrol. No casualties were reported in the confrontation, and there was no immediate comment from the Egyptian military.

    Security concerns and an influx of tens of thousands of African migrants prompted Israel to erect the fence, a 250 km long barrier that runs from the Red Sea port of Eilat to the Paleostinian Gazoo Strip on the Mediterranean. It was completed in 2012. Earlier that year, attacks by bandidos murderous Moslems operating from Sinai killed an Israeli soldier and a civilian who was working on the frontier fence.
    Ynet adds:
    Egypt confirms: incident at border result of smuggling attempt

    Egyptian Interior Ministry spokesperson said the shooting incident at the border in which two IDF soldiers were maimed occurred after Egyptian security forces thwarted a smuggling attempt, reported Paleostinian news agency Maan.

    According to the report, a confrontation evolved with a group of gunnies which led to the crossfire that injured the Israeli soldiers.

    The spokesperson added that the fire exchange lasted several minutes and afterward the gunnies managed to escape.
    And the usual suspects claim responsibility, legitimate or not:
    Report: Qaeda-linked terror group in Sinai carried out attack on IDF troops

    Security sources in Egypt told an Egyptian news outlet Wednesday that the Salafist, al-Qaeda linked group Ansar Bait al-Maqdis has grabbed credit for an attack on IDF troops on the Egypt-Israel border.

    Two soldiers were maimed when snuffies fired an anti-tank missile at a patrol on Israeli side of the border.


    -Signs, Portents, and the Weather-: US journalist recovers; Ebola 'czar' gets to work
    Posted by Fred 10/23/2014  00:00 2 Comments 470 words Read the whole thing on page 3
    [ARABNEWS] A TV news cameraman treated for Ebola was ready to go home Wednesday, the fifth patient transported from West Africa to recover at a US hospital, as President Barack Obama
    Dreams of My Sainted Father...
    's new Ebola "czar" got to work trying to pull together a coherent national response to the deadly disease.

    Two nurses remain hospitalized after catching the virus from a Liberian man who died at a Dallas hospital. Because of their cases, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued more stringent safety guidelines this week and is working with states to spread them to health care workers across the country.

    "Recovering from Ebola is a truly humbling feeling," American video journalist Ashoka Mukpo said in a statement Tuesday from the Nebraska Medical Center. "Too many are not as fortunate and lucky as I've been. I'm very happy to be alive." The virus has killed more than 4,500 people in West Africa, nearly all in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Mukpo got it while working in Liberia as a freelance cameraman for NBC and other media outlets. He has been at the Nebraska hospital since Oct. 6, the second Ebola patient treated there.

    The hospital said Tuesday that tests show Mukpo is now free of the virus and he would be allowed to leave its biocontainment unit Wednesday.

    Debra Berry, the mother of Dallas nurse Amber Vinson, said Tuesday her daughter is "doing OK, just trying to get stronger" while being treated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Fellow Dallas nurse Nina Pham's condition has been upgraded from fair to good at the National Institutes of Health outside Washington.

    At the White House, former adviser and veteran political operator Ron Klain was meeting with Obama and top aides in the Oval Office Wednesday afternoon to officially start his new Ebola duties.

    Obama named Klain last week to take charge of coordinating the array of federal agencies dealing with Ebola in the US and helping to tackle the crisis in West Africa.

    Resisting pressure to ban travel from the Ebola-stricken countries, the B.O. regime was tightening rules in an effort to ensure that all arrivals from the three nations are screened for the disease.

    Under restrictions taking effect Wednesday, air travelers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea must enter the United States through one of five airports doing special screenings and fever checks. A handful of people had been arriving at other airports and missing the checks.
    #1: What are we gonna DO? I know, let's have a meeting. Everybody stop what you're doing and come to the conference room. Has anybody been working on a newsletter? Get going on it.
    Where's my rolodex?
    (That should pretty much take care of it...)
    Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-10-23 08:25 ||Comments

    #2: So far he's been a no-show at the two meetings he was supposed to attend.
    Posted by: Deacon Blues|| 2014-10-23 10:38 ||Comments



    Africa Subsaharan: Nigeria truce is shaky, no news of abducted girls
    Posted by Fred 10/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 497 words Read the whole thing on page 2
    [ARABNEWS] Days after Nigeria's military raised hopes with the announcement that hard boyz had agreed to a cease-fire, 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...
    still is fighting and there is no word on the fate of 219 schoolgirls held hostage for six months.

    Officials had said talks would resume in neighboring Chad this week, but there was no confirmation that those negotiations had resumed by Wednesday.

    The official silence raises many questions, especially since Boko Haram's leader Abubakar Shekau has not confirmed that a truce has been agreed.

    Relatives of the girls kidnapped from a boarding school in northeastern Chibok town said they are confused but trying to be hopeful.

    "Things are still sketchy with lots of holes and varying statements," Allen Manasseh, a brother of one of the missing schoolgirls, said by telephone. Manasseh said he relentlessly scours the news headlines to find out when his sister, Maryam, may return home.

    Despite the cease-fire announced by the military on Friday, the holy warriors have attacked two villages and a town in the northeast and raised their flag in a fourth village.

    People who escaped this week from Bama, a town in a part of northeastern Nigeria say hundreds of residents are being detained for allegedly breaking the group's strict version of Shariah law.

    Residents who got out of Bama said so many people have been detained by Boko Haram that the local jail is overcrowded and houses are being used as makeshift prisons. Many young men have been forced to join Boko Haram, and those who refuse are killed, said those who bravely ran away.

    People are jugged
    Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
    after brief "trials" for infringements like smoking cigarettes, said Amina Bukar, a middle-aged woman who said she hiked through the bush for five days before reaching Maiduguri, the Borno state capital 75 km away.

    Food is running short since shops have been looted by Boko Haram, said Bukar. "Water also is very scarce, sometimes you line up (at the communal tap) for 24 hours," she said.


    Economy: Microsoft looks set to drop Nokia name from phones
    Posted by Fred 10/23/2014  00:00 1 Comments 171 words Read the whole thing on page 3
    [ARABNEWS] Microsoft Corp looks set to ditch the Nokia name from its Lumia range of smartphones just months after buying the Finnish company's handset business.
    "Goo-bye, Moto!"
    According to a post on Nokia La Belle France's Facebook page on Tuesday, the page will change its name to Microsoft Lumia "in the coming days."

    Microsoft declined comment.

    Under the terms of the $7.2 billion deal -- struck in September 2013 and completed in April -- Microsoft acquired Nokia's handset business, though not the name of the company itself.

    Nokia, which continues as a networks, mapping and technology licensing company, owns and manages the Nokia brand, and only licenses it to Microsoft.

    New Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has already begun to reduce the scale of its phone making operations.

    Of the 18,000 job cuts he announced in July, about 12,500 came from the unit acquired from Nokia.
    #1: Ahh, Microsoft kills off another profitable operation...
    Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-10-23 07:48 ||Comments



    Africa North: Four Tripoli kidnappings and Egyptian embassy sacked
    Posted by Fred 10/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 668 words Read the whole thing on page 1
    [Libya Herald] 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...
    was gripped by disorder today as armed gangs seized four people and the unoccupied Egyptian embassy on the Corniche attacked and ransacked in an assault by at least ten weapon-mounted vehicles.

    The kidnappings began in the morning when the local Red Islamic Thingy Secretary Nasser Mohammed Daou Al-Alwani was grabbed in his office in Shara Haiti. Witnesses claimed that he were tossed into the calaboose by security forces from Tajoura. In an immediate protest at the abduction, in which Red Islamic Thingy workers stopped work.

    Also this morning Hay Andalous councillor Hossa Tntosh was seized from the local council building by armed intruders. This evening kidnappers were again at work. Reliable sources say that journalist, who has not yet been named has been kidnapped. Meanwhile at around 8pm more gunnies snatched Colonel Salah al-Qadiri, the Libyan army head of protocol, who was drinking coffee with a friend in the Sariya Café on Martyrs' Square.

    The most spectacular event of the day however has been the attack on and the looting of the Egyptian embassy. Witnesses said that at least ten "technicals" bearing the markings of Misratan and Suq Al-Juma militias stormed the building, smashing down the front gates and shooting their way through the front doors. There were later reports of firing within the elegant building which was formerly the home of the Libyan Crown Prince.

    The attackers were still in the building late this evening. It is believed that the raid was in response to reports that Egypt has been giving more assistance to Libyan forces targeting 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...
    in Benghazi. Egypt, in concert with the United Arab Emirates, is assumed to have been behind air attacks on Libya Dawn
    ...aka Fajr Libya, the Islamist operation launched to counter that of General Khalifa Haftar (Operation Dignity). It is made up of the Libya Shield militia (Misrata and Moslem Brotherhood), Libya Revolutionaries Operations Room (Moslem Brotherhood), and Tripoli Brigade (close to Abdul Hakim Belhaj, head of Al-Watan party). Financing and moral support come from Turkey and Qatar...
    forces in and around Tripoli.


    Africa North: Fighting continues in Obari
    Posted by Fred 10/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 606 words Read the whole thing on page 1
    [Libya Herald] Sporadic fighting has continued today in Obari between Tebus and Tuaregs, with local residents from both communities still fleeing to safety in nearby villages.

    "The fighting is continuing. It is sporadic but sometimes intensifies without warning" Ahmed Younis, a Tebu resident in Obari told the Libya Herald in a phone call from Murzuk where he has taken refuge.

    The Tuareg militia involved in the festivities were launching raids into the town from the Tendi Mountain to the west of it, firing mortars and grad missiles, he claimed.

    It has been reported that the number of refugees from the fighting runs into several hundred, with Tuareg families being moved to Ghat, Tahala and Owainat and their maimed being taken to Brak as well as to Birgin, southwest of Obari on the road to Ghat. Tebus, living in the eastern part of the town are being moved to Murzuk where their maimed are receiving treatment.

    Tebu and Tuareg members of the House of Representatives, Saleh Galama and Ibrahim Kranfouda, both condemned the bloodshed in Obari at a presser yesterday in Tobruk, urging the government to take immediate action to stop it.

    In reality, there is almost nothing the government can do in the present situation.

    Reports that Misratan forces had arrived in the town to bring an end to the fighting were premature, the Tebu source said. No outside forces had arrived, whether members of the Misratan Third Force based at Tamenhint airbase near Sebha or anyone else. However he believed that Misratans were planning to move. It had been reported by Sebha residents that some 80 armed vehicles had arrived at the airbase from Misrata and it was thought that they would be heading shortly to Obari.

    Because of fears that they would support the Tuareg militia, additional Tebu forces were also moving to the town, the source claimed.

    The fighting between Tebus and Tuaregs erupted last month when a pro-Libya Dawn
    ...aka Fajr Libya, the Islamist operation launched to counter that of General Khalifa Haftar (Operation Dignity). It is made up of the Libya Shield militia (Misrata and Moslem Brotherhood), Libya Revolutionaries Operations Room (Moslem Brotherhood), and Tripoli Brigade (close to Abdul Hakim Belhaj, head of Al-Watan party). Financing and moral support come from Turkey and Qatar...
    Tuareg militia tried to take control of a local petrol station from the Tebu militia guarding it. A peace deal mediated by elders from local towns as well as by Zintanis broke down last week.

    In the past three days, "we received some seven dead bodies and 14 maimed from fighting in Obari," Murzuk hospital spokesperson Mohammed Whamer told the Libya Herald today. All were Tebus.

    Figures for Tuareg injured and dead are unknown.

    Whamer also said that the hospital was suffering from a lack of medical supplies.

    In the town itself, electricity, telecommunications and life as a whole remain fully disrupted.


    Africa North: Operation Dignity takes control of Guwarsha gate as fighting goes into seventh day
    Posted by Fred 10/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 678 words Read the whole thing on page 1
    [Libya Herald] Pro-government forces have pushed Benghazi Revolutionaries' Shura Council (BRSC) from one of its most prominent Benghazi positions over the course of the seventh day of festivities in the city.

    The Commander of Operation Dignity's Airforce, Adam Saqr Geroushi, told the Libya Herald the victory was "deeply symbolic" and "full of meaning". 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...
    's control of the entrance to Guwarsha, a predominantly pro-Islamist area, was one of the most visible signs of BRSC power in Benghazi.

    Elsewhere in the city, the violence which has plagued Benghazi for a week continued. Operation Dignity carried out Arclight airstrikes on an Ansar al-Sharia stronghold in the Masekin area where there has been heavy fighting in recent days. Further army reinforcements to bolster pro-government fighters also arrived in the east of Benghazi, Geroushi said.

    In Fweiha,t fighting continued near the 17 February Brigade base that Operation Dignity claimed to have pacified on the first day that it reentered the city. Residents said tanks were deployed from 204 Tank Battalion during the festivities.

    Senior military sources claimed they had enjugged
    Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
    12 individuals related to the commander of the Brega Martyr's Brigade Mohammed Al-Araibi which is aligned with BRSC. The whereabouts of Araibi, also referred to as Bouka, is unknown. In September he was maimed in Benghazi after he was hit in the leg by shrapnel.

    Residents in Benghazi have said, echoing claims made by Operation Dignity, that pro-government forces now control roughly 80 percent of Benghazi. The districts of Benina, Buatni, Fuwaiyhat, Majouri, Kish, Budheima, Sabri, Sidi Mansour and Al-Rajma just off Benina are said to be firmly in pro-government hands.

    In the Hmeida district a jacket wallah detonated an bomb but managed to kill only himself, locals explained. Because of the fear of suicide bombers, there is now reportedly a shoot-to-kill policy at Benghazi checkpoints maintained by Operation Dignity and the army. Reliable sources have told this newspaper that the majority of recent suicide kabooms in the city were carried out by young men from Derna.

    Because of the gains by pro-government forces, BRSC can now only reportedly move in and out of Benghazi through the port, resupplying in Derna. A source familiar with the town explained that "every single day a minimum of three bodies arrives in Derna." BRSC has never reported how many of its troops have been killed in festivities but it they generally retrieve their dead taking them for burial to nearby towns they control.


    Africa North: Ansar Al-Sharia tightens hold in Derna and formally establishes Islamic Court
    Posted by Fred 10/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 604 words Read the whole thing on page 1
    [Libya Herald] Following its declaration of allegiance to 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....
    (or Daesh), Derna's Shoura Council of Islamic Youth (SCIY), part of the local 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...
    structure, has moved to formally institute an Islamic Court in the town.

    A Yemeni, variously named as Abu Al-Bara Al-Azadi or Abu Taleb Al-Jazrawi, is now said to head the court, housed in the public legal aid building next to the King Idris library. His assistant is said to be from Algeria. Over the weekend, it handed down a sentence of public flogging for a group of young men found guilty of alcohol abuse. The punishment was carried out on Saturday in the courtyard of the town's old mosque.

    In August, the SCIY carried out two public executions supposedly as a result of a Sharia court trial but illegal under Libyan law.

    It is meanwhile reported that Jazrawi has met with education authorities in Derna to demand that they stop teaching foreign languages, physics, chemistry and biology. In August, a wall was built across one of the town's university campuses to segregate male and female students.

    As part of the new Sharia legal system, illuminated Islamic State signs can now be seen around the town. One of the cop shoppes has a new sign up, reading "Islamic Police" in Arabic. Police vehicles too denote themselves as belonging to the Islamic Police.

    There was an earlier move to set up an Islamic court in Derna. In May, SCIY took over the same building, formerly the Qadaffy regime's People's Committee offices, and announced it would be converted into an Islamic court. However,
    facts are stubborn; statistics are more pliable...
    a few days later the sign on the building to that effect disappeared and nothing happened. At the time, a local official told the Libya Herald that there were problems because there were no qualified Sharia court judges in the country. They would have to be brought in from outside the country, he said. That issue now seems to have been dealt with.


    Africa North: Ansar Al-Sharia leader Mohammed Al-Zahawi almost certainly dead
    Posted by Fred 10/23/2014  00:00 2 Comments 491 words Read the whole thing on page 1
    [Libya Herald] There is now increasing certainty that Mohammed Al-Zahawi, the leader of 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...
    in Libya, has died of wounds sustained in an air strike 11 days ago.

    Reliable sources have told the Libya Herald that they believe that Zahawi died in hospital in Turkey last Thursday. After he was hit, he was initially taken to Ajdabiya for two days of treatment. He was then transferred to Misrata by ambulance and finally flown to Turkey where he died. It was originally thought that Zahawi had been taken to Sirte's Abin Sina Hospital.

    Sources maintain that four days ago Zahawi's body was flown back to Misrata where he was buried. Heavy security was reportedly in place at the Ansar leader's funeral.

    Zahawi had been the leader of Ansar al-Sharia since its inception in April 2012, initially as a predominately humanitarian organization. However,
    there's more than one way to skin a cat...
    he was also the figurehead of the organization as it started to employ brutal violence to achieve its aim of an Islamist state in Libya.

    He was the leader of the group during the September 11 attack in 2012 on US diplomatic facilitates in Benghazi in which Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed. Ansar was heavily implicated in the incident and was subsequently condemned as a terrorist organization by the United States.

    There was no official response from Ansar when rumours of Zahawi's death first began circulating. The group was equally tight-lipped when it was reported this June that he had been killed in fighting near Bouatni. It was left to officials at Jalaa Hospital to say that although he had been injured in the neck, he had not died.

    Two days prior to sustaining the injuries that eventually killed him, Zahawi pledged in an online message that Ansar and its Islamist allies in the Benghazi Revolutionaries' Shoura Council (BRSC) would soon have the whole of Benghazi under their control.

    The Ansar leader was born in 1968 and was ipmrisoned in Abu Saleem under the Qadaffy regime for his Islamist views. Before that he was a musician.
    #1: So Nato member Turkey is not checking for bad guys as they enter the country (wounded)?
    Posted by: airandee|| 2014-10-23 13:09 ||Comments

    #2: Heavy security was reportedly in place at the Ansar leader's funeral

    Wonder if the Turkish ambassador was in attendance?
    Posted by: Pappy|| 2014-10-23 13:50 ||Comments



    Africa North: Malta seizure of suspected plunder from Tripoli mosques
    Posted by Fred 10/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 271 words Read the whole thing on page 2
    [Libya Herald] Ancient Korans and other religious manuscripts thought to belong to historic 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...
    mosques attacked this month have just been intercepted by officials in Malta.

    Little details have been given of the seizure which came after a suitcase was examined by customs. It is unclear if any passengers were detained on suspicion of smuggling the books. If confirmed as stolen volumes, the find will be further proof that the severe damage to Libya's heritage is as much, if not more, about loot and plunder than it is about destroying architectural adornments that the attackers consider "haram", forbidden by Islamic teaching.

    After the sacking of the Karamanli Mosque and the Othman Pasha Madrassa earlier this month, UNESCO director general Irina Bokova warned: " The looting and illicit trafficking of cultural objects can only deepen the wounds of the Libyan society struggling for normality and recovery".

    She also commended mosque officials and ordinary citizens who had sought to defend the buildings.

    In fact locals are doing more than mounting guard over surviving monuments. It has since emerged that qualified experts are busy taking out mibars (pulpits) and other pieces of art from mosques in Tripoli's old city and transporting them to places of safety.


    Africa North: Government says removal of divisive Grand Mufti in Libya's best interest
    Posted by Fred 10/23/2014  00:00 1 Comments 734 words Read the whole thing on page 2
    [Libya Herald] The Libyan government has called on the House of Representatives to remove Grand Mufti Sheikh Sadik Al-Ghariani and hold him accountable for his inflammatory attacks on the armed forces and the legal authorities, saying that such a move was necessary in order to preserve Libya's security and stability. It called statements by him inflammatory and divisive
    ...politicians call things divisive when when the other side sez something they don't like. Their own statements are never divisive, they're principled...

    In a statement released on Tuesday, the government said that the holy man's most recent speech had been filled with inaccuracies and accusations, such as his assertion that the HoR was "scouring capitals of the world" with the goal of forming international alliances for military intervention in Libya.

    Ghariani has also called for civil society organizations to join with the gangs and gunnies that have been operating outside the authority of the legitimate government, the statement said.

    The Grand Mufti had been appointed by the government but now he was trying to undermine its authority, the statement went on to say. "We cannot continue to allow this divisive man to stay in his position,"

    A religious leader had to be the first person to call for reconciliation, the statement added.

    The National Commission for Human Rights (not the same as the National Council of Civil Liberties and Human Rights) has meanwhile also reissued a call for the HoR to sack Ghariani and for him to be put on trial by the International Criminal Court
    ... where Milosevich died of old age before being convicted ...."
    as a war criminal for "inciting murder, torture and violation of human rights
    One man's rights are another man's existential threat.

    Ghariani has been increasingly belligerent in his opposition to the government, the HoR and the forces ranged against the Benghazi Revolutionaries Shoura Council in the east and Libya Dawn
    ...aka Fajr Libya, the Islamist operation launched to counter that of General Khalifa Haftar (Operation Dignity). It is made up of the Libya Shield militia (Misrata and Moslem Brotherhood), Libya Revolutionaries Operations Room (Moslem Brotherhood), and Tripoli Brigade (close to Abdul Hakim Belhaj, head of Al-Watan party). Financing and moral support come from Turkey and Qatar...
    in the west, calling on the BRSC and Libya Dawn to smash them "with an iron fist".

    Ghariani was summoned by the HoR for a hearing in August to explain himself but never showed up in Tobruk. There have been repeated reports that the HoR is ready to sack him and had agreed in principle to do so. However,
    the man who has no enemies isn't anybody and has never done anything...
    a number of HoR members are said to be worried about the consequences of doing so at this point in time.

    Yesterday, in his latest foray into the political cauldron, Ghariani warned Egypt that it would face serious consequences as a result of bombing Libya. He was referring to the air strikes last week in Benghazi which were initially blamed by pro-Libya Dawn supporters on Egypt although photos of the aircraft in action subsequently showed them to be Libyan.
    #1: From Wikipeadia,
    "Islam, like Judaism, has no clergy in the sacerdotal sense; there is no institution resembling the Christian priesthood. The title mullah (a Persian variation of the Arabic maula, "master"), commonly translated "cleric" in the West and thought to be analogous to "priest" or "rabbi", is a title of address for any educated or respected figure, not even necessarily (though frequently) religious. The title sheikh ("elder") is used similarly.

    Most of the religious titles associated with Islam are scholastic or academic in nature: they recognize the holder's exemplary knowledge of the theory and practice of ad-dín (religion), and do not confer any particular spiritual or sacerdotal authority. The most general such title is `alim (pl. `ulamah), or "scholar". This word describes someone engaged in advanced study of the traditional Islamic sciences (`ulum) at an Islamic university or madrasah jami`ah. A scholar's opinions may be valuable to others because of his/her knowledge in religious matters; but such opinions should not generally be considered binding, infallible, or absolute, as the individual Muslim is directly responsible to God for his or her own religious beliefs and practice"
    Posted by: Sninerong Hupinemble5552|| 2014-10-23 13:39 ||Comments



    Africa North: HoR spokesman denies reports that Operation Dignity is leading pro-government forces
    Posted by Fred 10/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 213 words Read the whole thing on page 2
    [Libya Herald] The front man for the House of Representatives has firmly denied reports that he claimed Operation Dignity was directing pro-government forces in Benghazi.

    "Parliament [the House of Representatives] is the empowered commander of all the Libyan armed forces," Farraj Buhashem, the front man for the house said.

    A report emerged on Monday claiming that the House of Representatives had formally allied itself with Hafter. The same information was published subsequently by several other media outlets.

    Buhashem was quoted as saying "Operation Dignity is leading officers and soldiers of the Libyan army ... Operation Dignity is an operation of the Libyan army".

    Buhashem explained that he was deeply frustrated by the incomplete quote. "Dignity is carried out by regular members of the Libyan army which is under the command of the Chief of Staff Abdul Razzaq Nazhuri," he said. He made no reference to Khalifa Hafter widely seen as the head of Dignity but in fact thought to be playing less of a decisive role.

    "I hope in the future the media will return to the original source of the information instead of spreading the same mistakes," he added.


    Bangladesh: Extremist killed
    Posted by Fred 10/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 209 words Read the whole thing on page 3
    [Dhaka Tribune] Unknown miscreants on Tuesday night rubbed out a member of murderous Moslem outfit Purba Banglar Communist Party at Charulia of Damurhuda upazila in Chuadanga. The victim, Saiful Islam, 35, was a resident of Ramnagar village and son of Nazrul Islam.

    Officer in-Charge of Damurhuda Model cop shoppe Kamruzzaman said, farmers had informed police seeing the body lying in a mango grove yesterday morning. Police recovered the body and sent it to Chuadanga Sadar Hospital for an appointment with Dr. Quincy.

    OC further said Saiful Islam was an active member of the murderous Moslem group. There had been a number of cases against him with Damurhuda and Meherpur Mujibnagar cop shoppe. Efforts were on to arrest the perpetrators, police added.


    Africa North: Egypt jails 25 on terrorism charges
    Posted by Fred 10/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 314 words Read the whole thing on page 1
    [ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] An Egyptian court nabbed
    Book 'im, Mahmoud!
    25 men Wednesday for from seven years to life for planning "terrorist attacks" on state institutions during the presidency of Islamist Mohammed Mursi.

    The accused, members of the so-called "Nasr City Cell," were locked away
    Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
    in 2012 after an exchange of fire in Cairo's upscale district of Nasr City.

    Mohammed Jamal, one of those sentenced to life, is listed as a "terrorist individual" by the United Nations
    ...aka the Oyster Bay Chowder and Marching Society...
    and the US State Department for his alleged links to al-Qaeda.

    The United Nations says Jamal is the leader of the Nasr City Cell.

    The State Department says he traveled to Afghanistan in the late 1980s, where he trained with Al-Qaeda and learned how to construct bombs.

    The Cairo court handed down 12 life sentences, including three to people tried in absentia. A life sentence in Egypt amounts to 25 years.

    Four others were sentenced to 15 years, six to 10 years and three to seven years.

    One defendant was acquitted.

    The court found the accused guilty of planning "terrorist attacks" against state institutions, founding an illegal group that aimed to disturb public peace and security, and possessing arms and explosives.


    Arabia: Eyeing return, Yemen's ousted Saleh aids Houthis
    Posted by Fred 10/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 822 words Read the whole thing on page 2
    [ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Ousted Yemeni President President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh
    ... Saleh initially took power as a strongman of North Yemen in 1977, when disco was in flower, but he didn't invite Donna Summer to the inauguration and Blondie couldn't make it...
    is actively helping the 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 Americaâ¢, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
    rebels take over the country as part of his plan to return to power, media reports revealed on Wednesday.

    Citing a "trusted source close" Saleh, a report said a "secret meeting was held several days ago between former President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh and the Houthis."

    The meeting was reportedly attended by the head of the political relations of the Houthi movement Hussein al-Ezzi, who is in charge of signing deals with other parties, and Arif al-Zouka, a member of Saleh's General People's Congress party (GPC).

    During the meeting, GPC Secretary-General Sultan al-Barakani was contacted while he was in the Saudi coastal city of Jeddah, Saudi-based online news website al-Weam said in the exclusive report.

    The Houthis reportedly asked Saleh to assign some of his aides well-known to Riyadh "to try to deceive the Saudi leadership into believing that developments in Yemen were under control and that the Houthis can be removed from power if the kingdom entrusts him [Saleh] with this role."

    The objective of this plot, according to the report, is to "shake confidence among Houthi opponents ‐who might be backed by 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...
    ‐ in order to create a situation that is mutually beneficial for both Saleh and the Houthis."

    Action plan

    Five action groups were reportedly formed during the meeting.

    The first was tasked with providing misinformation and rumors to "figures implanted within the circle of trust to the kingdom."

    These figures "would not necessarily be conspiring," the report says. They would simply be feeding the Saudi leadership with falsities to "create a state of doubt and confusion."

    The second group was tasked with "delivering reports and information directly to Saudi decision makers to make them doubt anyone who would cooperate with them against the Houthis."

    The third group is charged with sending groups to take part in anti-Houthi protests while raising al-Qaeda's black flags. The youths would raise the flags in front of the media to create a popular impression that all the protesters are either supporters or members of the terrorist group.

    "This will create a positive picture about the Houthis, portraying them as fighting against al-Qaeda and justify their killing of Sunni tribal leaders who are standing against the rebels' advance in many parts of the country," the report said.

    The fourth group is tasked with engaging in diplomatic talks with Saudi Arabia and other concerned countries to "reassure" them and "win time" as rebels continue to advance in Yemen.

    Ali Nasir Qarsha, a tribal leader in the province of Saada, and Houthi leaders Yusef al-Fishi, Daifallah Salman and Hassan al-Saadi were named as belonging to this group in the report.

    The fifth group was set up to engage in "fake resistance" against the Houthi rebels in order to cause "financial bleeding" to their sponsors. This group reportedly includes Maj. Gen. Fadl al-Qousi, the Interior Ministry's under-secretary.


    Bangladesh: Islamic parties call hartal for Sunday
    Posted by Fred 10/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 214 words Read the whole thing on page 2
    [Dhaka Tribune] An alliance of the Islamic parties has called a countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal
    ... a peculiarly Bangla combination of a general strike and a riot, used by both major political groups in lieu of actual governance ...
    for Sunday demanding capital punishment for former minister Abdul Latif Siddique for his comments on hajj.

    Secretary General of the alliance Mohammad Zafar Ullah announced the hartal yesterday. Earlier, the alliance had threatened to enforce hartal on October 26 if the government did not arrest Latif Siddique by October 22. While addressing a programme in the US on September 28, Latif made derogatory remarks on hajj, Tablighi Jamaat
    A group of itinerant Deobandi preachers who form one of al-Qaeda's recruiting arms...
    and the prime minister's son Sajeeb Wazed Joy. His comments on hajj had sparked widespread criticism both at home and abroad.


    Great White North: Attack on Ottawa: Dead soldier and gunman identified
    Posted by Steve White 10/23/2014  00:00 3 Comments 325 words Read the whole thing on page 1
    The attack on Parliament Hill's Centre Block and the National War Memorial has left one Canadian soldier and one male suspect dead. Several hours later, Ottawa Police and RCMP officers were still searching Parliament Hill and officials declined to say whether the gunman acted alone.

    Federal sources have identified the suspected shooter as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a man in his early 30s who was known to Canadian authorities.
    Seems like he's not quite a "sudden" jihadi -- he's been simmering for a while.
    Sources told The Globe and Mail that he was recently designated a "high-risk traveller" by the Canadian government and that his passport had been seized – the same circumstances surrounding the case of Martin Rouleau-Couture, the Quebecker who was shot Monday after running down two Canadian Forces soldiers with his car.

    The soldier that was killed was identified as Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, according to his aunt. Cpl. Cirillo, who was a member of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, a regiment of Reserve Forces based in Hamilton, was training to join the Canada Border Services Agency, his aunt told The Globe and Mail.

    "We're still in the process of an active operation right now. We're treating this very seriously with the RCMP in identifying and clearing Parliament Hill to render it safe," Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau told a mid-afternoon media briefing.

    Buildings in Ottawa's downtown core remained under lockdown and police enforced a perimeter around Parliament Hill after the gunman fired on soldiers guarding Canada's main war memorial and gunfire rang through the halls of Centre Block.

    Asked if the attack had caught police off guard, Gilles Michaud, commanding officer of the RCMP's national division, said: "I think that from our reaction, it caught us by surprise."

    Still, he said "all available and necessary resources were activated and deployed immediately" and will remain in place as long as necessary. 
    #1: Steyn sez his momma is a high government functionary in the immigration racket and dad is a Libyan "business man".
    Posted by: Shipman|| 2014-10-23 07:58 ||Comments

    #2: I heard on the radio going home last night that Zehaf-Bibeau had done jail time for drugs and a burglary. My question is: Was he first exposed to the Religion of Pieces in jail?
    Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305|| 2014-10-23 11:32 ||Comments

    #3: That's the way to bet, EU.
    Posted by: Barbara|| 2014-10-23 12:27 ||Comments



    Home Front: WoT: Blackwater guards found guilty in 2007 Iraq shootings
    Posted by Steve White 10/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 105 words Read the whole thing on page 2
    A US jury has returned guilty verdicts for all four former Blackwater security guards charged in the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad.

    The jury in Washington found Nicholas Slatten guilty of first-degree murder. The three other three guards -- Paul Slough, Evan Liberty and Dustin Heard -- were found guilty of voluntary manslaughter.

    The four men were charged with a combined 33 counts in the shootings. The jury had reached verdicts on only part of the charges, but Judge Royce Lamberth allowed them to announce the verdicts on Wednesday that they had reached. The jury is expected to continue deliberating on the other counts.


    Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Baby killed as Palestinian drives into Jerusalem train stop
    Posted by Steve White 10/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 360 words Read the whole thing on page 1
    A baby was killed and eight people were injured when a car slammed into pedestrians at a Jerusalem light railway stop on Wednesday, emergency services said, in what police described as a "terrorist attack".

    The driver, whom police identified as Palestinian Adbel Rahman Shaloudi, 21, was shot by police as he tried to flee the scene on foot and was in serious condition in hospital, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said, adding he was a resident of Arab East Jerusalem. Video footage aired on Israeli media showed Shaloudi lying on the ground and a plain clothes officer pointing a pistol at him.

    Two of the injured pedestrians were in serious condition, police said.

    "We can confirm that this was a terrorist attack. The driver ... is a resident of Silwan and has a terrorist background. He has served time in jail for terror activity," Rosenfeld said.

    The car was owned by Shaloudi's father, police added. After nightfall, Silwan residents clashed with police, who responded to rocks and petrol bombs with stun grenades.
    Far kinder than I would have been. I'd fired up the D9 and taken out a few blocks of Silwan, and tossed the residents across the fence at the Golan into Syria. Let them enjoy the waters in Damascus...
    Footage of the incident showed the car veer to the right from the traffic lane and hurtle at speed into a light railway platform, hitting pedestrians before coming to a halt apparently after flattening a signpost.

    The incident took place along a main north-south route leading into the centre of Jerusalem, close to the national police headquarters and one of the city's main hospitals at Mount Scopus.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the Hamas movement, with whom he has forged a unity government deal, for the attack. He also ordered police to heighten their presence in Jerusalem.

    Repeated damage caused by Palestinians to the Jerusalem light railway, which links Arab and Jewish neighbourhoods and was once hailed by Israeli authorities as a symbol of coexistence, has put a third of its carriages out of commission.


    Africa North: Libyan army troops advance into Benghazi
    Posted by Steve White 10/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 303 words Read the whole thing on page 2
    Libyan army troops on Wednesday pushed into Benghazi, the first time in two months that government forces had entered the eastern city, which has been under control of militias.

    The advance was a significant boost to the troops, though fighting was still raging in Benghazi and the army had a long battle ahead, said Meloud Al Zewi, spokesman for Libya's special forces.

    Al Zewi said Libyan troops first swooped into the district of Benina, where Benghazi's airport is located, then took control of other districts, including the eastern, heavily populated neighbourhood of Sedi Khalifa. Pictures of soldiers kissing the ground and residents welcoming the armoured vehicles were widely circulated on social networking sites.

    On its official Facebook page, the Libyan army urged residents to stay from crowding around the army in their joy for fear this would make them an easy target.
    The Libyan army has a Facebook page?
    The turmoil in Benghazi started when renegade Gen. Khalifa Hifter -- a former Gaddafi army chief who joined the opposition decades before the uprising -- launched a campaign against militias which were implicated in series of assassinations and attacks on journalists, activists, and security forces in the city. Hifter won support among large sectors of Libyans but the army units loosely allied with him were defeated and forced to leave the city by militias.

    Then, the internationally-recognised government, led by Abdullah Al Thinni, joined ranks with Hifter and on October 15, launched a wide offensive to retake the city.

    On Tuesday, Al Thinni government said it is forces are ready to retake the capital, Tripoli, which also fell into the hands of militias from the coastal city of Misrata and allied to Islamist factions.


    Arabia: Saudi convicts 27 for plotting attack on US forces
    Posted by Steve White 10/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 336 words Read the whole thing on page 1
    A court in Saudi Arabia sentenced 27 people to prison for planning a series of attacks against US forces in Qatar and Kuwait, with more than half of the defendants charged on Wednesday with also trying to join forces with a group in Syria to smuggle fighters to Iraq, official media reports said.
    First caning, then beheading...
    The same court also sentenced on Tuesday two Saudi citizens to death and a third to 12 years in prison for taking part in violent protests in the eastern town of Al Awamiya.

    The Al Qaeda-linked members on trial included 25 Saudis, a Qatari and an Afghan national. They were given varying sentences of between six months to 30 years in prison. The state news agency said the group planned to attack US troops in Qatar with grenades, rockets and mortar fire. The cell is comprised of 41 members, 38 of which are Saudi nationals. The remaining three are from Qatar, Afghanistan and Yemen.

    Verdicts for 13 people were handed down late Tuesday and another 14 were sentenced on Wednesday.

    The Specialised Criminal Court in Riyadh, created to try terrorism cases, found members of the group guilty of planning to send someone to Iraq for training on how to make car bombs to target foreign troops in Qatar and Kuwait. They were also found guilty of planning to carry out directives from Al Qaeda's branch in Iraq.

    One of the group's alleged leaders, a Qatari national, received a 30-year prison sentence. Another alleged cell leader, a Saudi national, was sentenced to 25 years in prison, the SPA reported. The Afghani was sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to be deported upon his release on charges he helped raise money for fighters in his home country.

    In the case of the three Shia Saudi nationals, the Specialised Criminal Court said the men were guilty of chanting hostile slogans to destabilise the country, using violence during protests and helping provide cover for someone opening firing at police.


    Africa Horn: UN report warns of Puntland-Somaliland oil conflict
    Posted by Steve White 10/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 374 words Read the whole thing on page 2
    GAROWE/HARGEISA, Somalia -- United Nations Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea has warned of looming threats of instability in northern Somalia as a result of Oil Protection Unit (OPU) being proposed by Somaliland's separatist administration, Garowe Online reports.

    Though Somaliland has informed the 8-member panel of UN independent experts that it would comply with weaponry embargo on Somalia, the move could trigger armed confrontations between the visible forces, notably Puntland and Somaliland in the disputed territory of Sool according to the report.

    In accordance with inadequacy of information on the nature of Sool conundrum by Somaliland Internal Affairs Minister Ali Mohamed Waran Adde , the Monitoring Group has raised concern over OPU, advising Somaliland not to attempt to import any weapons or training without United Nations Security Council prior consent.

    After speaking with Assaye Risk- a London-based risk assessment company and Protection Unit design phase contractor-officials, UN monitors learned that Somaliland wants to draw 580 personnel from the police and armed forces.
    UK-based company clarified that the territorial force would include six mobile support units of 36 personnel per mobile unit responsible for accompanying and protecting oil industry personnel in the field.

    Somaliland granted oil exploration licenses strongly challenged by Somalia Federal Government and Puntland to bunch of foreign companies -Genel Energy, Rakgas, DNO and Ansan Wikfs-which will be pushing ahead with seismic activity following the completion of environmental impact assessments.

    Political analysts who talked to GO voiced concern over hydrocarbon management and standing differences between Mogadishu-based central Government and Federal states when it comes to the oil deals.

    On April 25, Somaliland troops seized Holhol village in Sool, with units within the forces seizing strategic oil-rich targets.

    In Septemper 2013, Anglo-Turkish Oil Exploration Company, Genel Energy withdrew its expatriates from Somaliland due to political pressure with the possibility that Federal Government of Somalia threatened license revocation, Somaliland officials initially disclosed. A spokesman for the company afterwards told that security issues forced them to vacate the oil exploration fields in the separatist region.

    The proliferation of Western commercial oil exploration companies is likely to risk deeply embedded political division, diplomatic sources say.

    On August 12, clan militiamen attacked foreign experts working for DNO near Sool region town of Hudur.


    Africa Horn: Shaboobs stone teen to death for rape
    Posted by Steve White 10/23/2014  00:00 6 Comments 124 words Read the whole thing on page 1
    MOGADISHU -- Somalia's Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab group has stoned an 18 year old teenage boy to death in secret execution for alleged rape in undisclosed vicinity in Lower Shabelle region of southern Somalia according to credible sources.

    Al Shabaab judge was quoted as saying that Hassan Ali Ahmed, 18, was convicted of forcefully raping Fadumo Hassan Mohamud, 28 in area under the control of militants.
    Not that we'll ever condone rape at the Burg but I'd like someone other than a Shaboob court doing the judging...
    In late September, militants executed a woman for polyandry in the newly liberated coastal town of Barawe. Territories acquiesced to Al Shabaab rule have been witnessing mass executions.
    #1: If only he'd joined Al Shabaab, things would be very different...
    Posted by: Incredulous|| 2014-10-23 05:23 ||Comments

    #2: Well, this is an improvement. When I saw the headline I thought it would be the rapee rather than the rapist getting the rocks.
    Posted by: AlanC|| 2014-10-23 07:30 ||Comments

    #3: I thought it would be the rapee
    That's tomorrow's show, AlanC.
    Posted by: Glenmore|| 2014-10-23 07:46 ||Comments

    #4: Glenmore, I'm afraid you may be correct.
    Posted by: AlanC|| 2014-10-23 11:38 ||Comments

    #5: A man can be convicted of rape under Sharia. All it takes is four male witnesses. Otherwise, I guess the woman is guilty.
    Posted by: Rambler in Virginia|| 2014-10-23 11:49 ||Comments

    #6: Coming to a college near you (just on the accusation of rape).
    Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2014-10-23 12:11 ||Comments



    Africa Horn: Jubaland forces, Al Shabaab clash in deadly battle
    Posted by Steve White 10/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 136 words Read the whole thing on page 1
    KISMAYO -- Jubaland forces clashed with Al Shabaab fighters in Luglow area, 20 km north of the southern port city of Kismayo, capturing 11 militants in the self-defence attack overnight on Tuesday, Garowe Online reports.

    Jubaland spokesman Abdinasir Serar Mah Wednesday told a news conference that Al Shabaab militiamen launched abortive raid on Jubaland army bases: "Our troops repelled an attack by [Al Shabaab], at least five militants were killed in gun battle and they fled with more than the wounded".

    Mah furthermore stated that Jubaland forces inflicted heavy losses on Al Shabaab and seized 11 militants as prisoners.

    On October 6, allied forces liberated Bulo Gadud which lies 30km north of Kismayo from Al Qaeda’s largest franchise in the horn. Jubaland troops alongside Kenyan-AMISOM forces have pressed ahead with surge on militant hideouts, making advances on the frontline.


    Southeast Asia: Bomb expert nabbed in Mindanao
    Posted by ryuge 10/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 140 words Read the whole thing on page 1
    A combined army and police force on Tuesday arrested an ordnance expert wanted for a series of deadly bombings in Central Mindanao in recent years. Suspect Abi Salman, also known as Sauman Usman, is known to have links with the Jemaah Islamiyah.

    Salman, who has a P1.3-million bounty on his head, was cornered at his hideout in Mamasapano in the second district of Maguindanao. Salman at first yielded peacefully when he saw that his house had been surrounded by uniformed policemen and soldiers, but was shot in the leg by one of the operatives that arrested him for trying to escape.

    Local officials said Salman is a close relative of wanted bomber Basit Usman, who was said to have undergone training in handling and fabrication of improvised explosives in Peshawar, Pakistan and in Kandahar, Afghanistan in the early 1990's.


    Science & Technology: a vessel called Ghost
    Posted by Cherenter Hupaviling4186 10/23/2014  00:00 2 Comments 169 words Read the whole thing on page 3
    Matte gray, with the chiseled angles of a Nighthawk stealth aircraft, Ghost doesn’t look like a boat. Its 38-foot main hull is designed to travel above the water’s surface, propped up by two narrow struts, both 12 feet long and razor-sharp at the front so they can cut through ocean debris. Underwater, each strut is attached to a 62-foot-long tube that contains a gas turbine engine. Hinges allow the struts to move up and down like wings. While parked, or traveling through shallow waters, they can be extended to the side. In deeper waters, at speeds of eight knots or higher, they can rotate downward to lift the hull into the air, eliminating the jarring impact of waves.

    http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-08-21/juliet-marines-ghost-boat-will-be-hard-sell-to-u-dot-s-dot-navy
    Please put that URL in the Source box next time. I fixed it, but we don't always have time to do so.

    Thanking you for the moderators,
    trailing wife
    #1: Looks like the nextgen version of Lockheed's "Sea Shadow".
    Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-10-23 07:34 ||Comments

    #2: "That said, Juliet Marine faces a tough battle. "Normally, innovative ship designs stem from funded research by the Navy at one of their labs," says Schaffer. "[Juliet Marine] also has a problem with the institutional bias the Navy tends to have against small crafts like the Ghost."

    We capitalist call that innovation. The Navy should relax; innovation is a good thing.
    Posted by: Sninerong Hupinemble5552|| 2014-10-23 13:47 ||Comments



    Home Front: WoT: Convicted Palestinian murderess claims PTSD in US immigration case
    Posted by Anguper Hupomosing9418 10/23/2014  00:00 1 Comments 0 words Read the whole thing on page 2


    Government: Ex-NSA Director Ends Questionable Business Deal With Senior NSA Official
    Posted by Besoeker 10/23/2014  00:00 0 Comments 76 words Read the whole thing on page 3
    [DailyCaller] Former director of the National Security Agency Keith Alexander terminated a deal Tuesday to employ NSA’s current chief technology officer part-time at his private company, IronNet Cybersecurity, after officials cited the deal as a possible conflict of interest.
    Come on lads, what did the NSA General Council tell you from the onset? Oh, you never asked for legal opinion? No hint of NSA CTO Patrick Dowd's early gov't retirement ?