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-Land of the Free: Indignation after New Yorker dies following police chokehold
Posted by Fred 07/24/2014  13:13 0 Comments 174 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[OBSERVERS.FRANCE24] The New York Police Department outlawed the use of chokeholds in 1993. Yet this technique was nevertheless used last Thursday by a NYPD officer during the arrest of Eric Garner, an asthmatic man who died soon thereafter of a heart attack.

Eric Garner was 43 and lived on Staten Island, New York City's southernmost borough, with his wife and six children. He was arrested there by NYPD officers, who suspected him of illegally reselling untaxed cigarettes — a misdemeanor for which he had already been arrested several times. An inquiry is currently in progress.

A video shows Eric Garner being attacked by several police officers. He neither resisted arrest nor threatened them. "Each time you see me, you try to rile me up. [...] Please, leave me alone," he is heard saying. The 160-kilo, 1m90 man was eventually seized by four officers and forced to the ground. One plainclothes officer placed a chokehold on Garner. In the video, the victim can be heard saying, "I can't breathe" eight times, before losing consciousness.

Home Front: Politix: Something else to blame on Bush before the elections
Posted by Skidmark 07/24/2014  13:05 0 Comments 0 words Read the whole thing on page 2

Government: CDR Salamander and Divsersity Thursday.
Posted by Besoeker 07/24/2014  13:06 0 Comments 0 words Read the whole thing on page 3

Israel-Palestine-Jordan: U.S. should push for the disarming of Hamas
Posted by Steve White 07/24/2014  12:58 0 Comments 20 words Read the whole thing on page 4
This is a WaPo editorial. WaPo folks. WaPo.


Israel-Palestine-Jordan: FAA Lifts Flight Restrictions for Ben Gurion International Airport
Posted by Steve White 07/24/2014  12:57 2 Comments 25 words Read the whole thing on page 2
Press statement for what it's worth. Guess Champ got more push-back then he planned...
#1: That was mighty white of you, Obama...
Posted by: Raj|| 2014-07-24 13:30 ||Comments

#2: Snark of the day
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-07-24 13:31 ||Comments

Africa North: 51 French nationals aboard missing Algerian plane
Posted by Skidmark 07/24/2014  11:24 0 Comments 324 words Read the whole thing on page 1

An Air Algérie flight from Burkina Faso to Algeria that went missing over northern Mali early Thursday was carrying dozens of French nationals, according to a senior French official.

A total of 51 French citizens were among the 110 passengers and six crew aboard flight AH 5017, French Transport Minister Frédéric Cuvillier said.

More than six hours after the flight was scheduled to arrive in Algiers, an Algerian aviation official told Reuters the plane had crashed. But he declined to provide any details of the location of the plane or the cause of the crash.

"I can confirm that it has crashed," said the official, who declined to be named.

France’s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius later told reporters the plane had “probably crashed”.

He said France has dispatched two Mirage fighter jets to search the area where the plane went missing but that “no trace of the aircraft has yet been found”.

This contradicted an Air Algérie announcement, made via Twitter moments earlier, that the plane had crashed near Tilemsi, some 70 km from the Malian city of Gao.

Conflicting reports

There have been several conflicting reports as to the nationalities of the plane’s passengers.

According to Burkinabe Transport Minister Jean Bertin Ouedrago, there were 50 French citizens, 24 Burkina Faso nationals, six Lebanese, five Canadians, four Algerians, two Luxembourg nationals, one Swiss, one Nigerian, one Cameroonian and one Malian on flight AH 5017.

But an Air Algerie representative in Burkina Faso, Kara Terki, told a news conference that the passenger list also included one Belgian, one Ukrainian and one Romanian and that there had been eight, and not six, Lebanese citizens on board. He said there were no Malians on the list.

The AFP news agency quoted officials as saying there were at least 20 Lebanese passengers on the plane.

A spokeswoman for SEPLA, Spain's pilots’ union, told Reuters that the aircraft’s six crew were all from Spain, but could not give further details.

-Land of the Free: Woman in Labor 'Not Allowed' to Cross Street to Hospital Over Obama's Impending Motorcade
Posted by DarthVader 07/24/2014  11:09 8 Comments 0 words Read the whole thing on page 6

Iraq: ISIS Orders Women of Mosul be 'Snipped' for Allan
Posted by Glenmore 07/24/2014  10:05 2 Comments 109 words Read the whole thing on page 2
The UN says militant Islamist group Isis has ordered all women and girls in Mosul, northern Iraq, to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM).
I'm sure our feminazis can't wait for the process to come to the West.
UN official Jacqueline Badcock said the fatwa, or religious edict, applied to females between the ages of 11 and 46.
Though most all of our feminazis would be exempt under this age cap.
I'm waiting for Medea Benjamin and Code Pink to fly to Mosul, handcuffs in hand, to help out...
#1: Awaiting NOW condemnation of the pronouncement in 10...9...8...7...
Posted by: Bill Clinton|| 2014-07-24 10:40 ||Comments

#2: Allan made those women the way they are. Did he make a mistake?
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305|| 2014-07-24 11:28 ||Comments

International-UN-NGOs: UN chief alarmed as rockets found in Gaza school go missing
Posted by g(r)omgoru 07/24/2014  05:42 9 Comments 48 words Read the whole thing on page 1
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed alarm on Wednesday that 20 rockets found hidden in a United Nations school in the Gaza Strip had gone missing and directed the world body to deploy experts to deal with the situation.
Afraid he'll have to repay Hamas?
#1: They saw them and ran away. Probably screaming with their hands over their heads. Then they told the worlds they were there. What did they expect?
Posted by: gorb|| 2014-07-24 06:02 ||Comments

#2: I suspect the rockets were evacuated from the school on UN ambulances.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-07-24 06:09 ||Comments

#3: UN= Pansy.
Posted by: Big Thromoth3646|| 2014-07-24 06:49 ||Comments

#4: Hey UN, stand in Israel and look up. You will find the rockets.
Posted by: Airandee|| 2014-07-24 07:10 ||Comments

#5: were evacuated from the school on UN ambulances. and taken to a hospital.
Posted by: AlanC|| 2014-07-24 07:11 ||Comments

#6: I'm sure the UNRWA has a receipt.
Posted by: raubrey@sbcglobal.net|| 2014-07-24 07:48 ||Comments

#7: Check the mosque, hospital, baby milk factory, and anything that has UN in big letters on it.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2014-07-24 08:33 ||Comments

#8: Directing the world body to deploy experts to deal with the situation is the problem.
Posted by: Flaiger Uneamp8181|| 2014-07-24 09:53 ||Comments

#9: I think Hammas sent them to Israel. Check there.
Posted by: DarthVader|| 2014-07-24 11:45 ||Comments

Science & Technology: Historical Slang Terms For Having Sex
Posted by g(r)omgoru 07/24/2014  05:39 1 Comments 15 words Read the whole thing on page 3
#1: My personal favorite is the sound the springs make

Boingee, boyngee, boeingee....

Posted by: Ebboluter Hapsburg3211|| 2014-07-24 12:40 ||Comments

Israel-Palestine-Jordan: 150 Hamas militants surrender to IDF in Gaza
Posted by g(r)omgoru 07/24/2014  05:00 6 Comments 68 words Read the whole thing on page 1
The IDF took over 150 Hamas terrorists prisoner after they surrendered in last night's offensive on the neighborhoods of Khan Yunis and Rafiyah in the Gaza Strip.

The prisoners will be transferred to the Shin Bet for questioning regarding the movements and operations of Hamas in Gaza.
Aren't they afraid of being tortured & staff?
#1: about an hour ago, the Times of Israel reported that 70 or so of the surrendered had been released

perhaps they just surrendered to get a cigarette and coffee
Posted by: lord garth|| 2014-07-24 06:53 ||Comments

#2: Falafel eating surrendering monkeys.
Posted by: JFM|| 2014-07-24 07:20 ||Comments

#3: ^^^ touche
Posted by: Frank G|| 2014-07-24 07:43 ||Comments

#4: Frank. I am not French, I am a Pied Noir ie from the guys who fought at Cassino, landed in the South of France and stopped the Germans push towards Strasbourg during the Battle of the Bulge. De Gaulle only sent his precious French to the front when the Germans began to surrender in droves. A secondary motive for him was German populations seeing French troops taking their towns and cities thus making them believe the French had kicked German asses to get there instead of a bunch of unwashed Pieds Noirs and North-Africans.
Posted by: JFM|| 2014-07-24 08:57 ||Comments

#5: I just enjoyed your snark.
Posted by: Frank G|| 2014-07-24 09:41 ||Comments

#6: Pfft. Get the hardcore not minions.
Posted by: Zorba Fleresh4606|| 2014-07-24 13:19 ||Comments

Israel-Palestine-Jordan: 6 interceptions after second salvo fired at central Israel
Posted by g(r)omgoru 07/24/2014  04:58 0 Comments 17 words Read the whole thing on page 1
For the second time on Thursday morning, Hamas fired a salvo of rockets at central Tel Aviv.

Britain: British teachers formed Islamist instant messaging group
Posted by ryuge 07/24/2014  00:00 2 Comments 400 words Read the whole thing on page 2
Teachers in British schools at the heart of the "Trojan Horse" plot set up a secret social networking group that called for the "eradication" of homosexuality and also claimed that the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby was staged. The teachers, at least two of whom are still in their positions, used an instant messaging service to post thousands of comments that demonstrated extreme "anti-Western, anti-American and anti-Israeli" views.

Transcripts from a WhatsApp group called the "Park View Brotherhood" revealed 3,000 messages posted by 55 teachers which include suggestions that the education system is "crooked" and needs more Islamic history. The teachers proposed using schoolchildren in political campaigns against the English Defence League and posted images of toilet rolls imprinted with the Israeli flag.

The group was set up and administered by Monzoor Hussain, the acting principal at Park View school. One of the biggest contributors was Razwan Faraz, the vice-principal at Nansen Primary School, who posted more than 400 messages.

In April 2013, the group circulated links to videos suggesting that the Boston marathon bombing was a hoax and that the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby by Islamists was staged as part of an "attack on Islam". One teacher suggested that the "masses are in a trance" for accepting that Drummer Rigby had been killed.

The group held an animated discussion about a Birmingham mosque which had been raising funds for the Help for Heroes charity. Faraz responds to the message by saying, "These Uncle Toms were bound to get exposed, even if it were by their own doing."

Faraz suggested that pupils should study Ibn Khaldun, a 14th-century Arab philosopher. He said, "Studying him will straighten the crooked and debased backs caused by this Eurocentric education system."

Speakers mentioned in the exchanges included one who reportedly advocated wife beating and another said to have called on God to "destroy the enemies of Islam".

Hussain claimed that the purpose of the group was to give "ideas for stories to say in [school] assemblies" and said he had deleted it a year ago. In fact, he changed the name to Park View News a year ago and only closed it down in March of this year.
The internet remembers all, something Lois Lerner and her crowd will also eventually be made aware of.
#1: Teachers---why do they hate humans?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-07-24 05:11 ||Comments

#2: Common Core adherents
Posted by: Frank G|| 2014-07-24 10:05 ||Comments

Good morning
Posted by Fred 07/24/2014  00:00 0 Comments 22 words Read the whole thing on page 1

Home Front: WoT: Sen. Cruz suggests FAA flight ban amounts to boycott of Israel
Posted by Anguper Hupomosing9418 07/24/2014  00:00 7 Comments 0 words Read the whole thing on page 2

China-Japan-Koreas: Reports: China Censors Squash Giant Inflatable Toad
Posted by Fred 07/24/2014  00:00 2 Comments 238 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[An Nahar] Chinese reports about a giant inflatable toad have been deleted from the Internet after social media users compared the puffed-up animal to a former Communist Party chief.

The installation of a giant inflatable duck in Hong Kong's harbor last year sparked a national craze for oversized blow-up wildlife, with several Chinese cities launching their own imitations.

The latest, a 22-meter-high (72-feet) toad, appeared in a Beijing park last weekend, but met with mockery from social media users who compared its appearance to that of former President Jiang Zemin.

The website of China's official Xinhua news agency and popular web portal Sina had deleted their reports on the animal -- seen as a symbol of good fortune in traditional Chinese culture -- by Wednesday.

A message on Xinhua's website read: "Sorry, the report you are attempting to access has been deleted or has expired," although reports on some lower-profile news sites were still accessible.

China's ruling Communist Party tightly controls the Internet, blocking foreign sites such as Facebook while ordering local outlets to remove articles on political topics it deems sensitive, such as criticism of big shots.

Last year China's Twitter-like Sina Weibo blocked searches for "big yellow duck" after users posted an image of the iconic "Tank Man" photograph showing a Tiananmen Square protester but with military vehicles replaced by giant ducks.
#1: Part of this is related to the nature of Mandarin Chinese. Reading the sequence of numbers: 571, or in Pinyin, Wǔ qī yī, aloud, sounds very close to a term meaning "armed uprising", Wǔ qǐ yì. "64" can refer the Tienanmen Square protests of 1989. The PRC censors are always on the lookout for anything like this.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418|| 2014-07-24 00:40 ||Comments

#2: There's metaphor somewhere here involving 'Toadlick', but it's too early to be torturing the language.
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-07-24 07:34 ||Comments

Iraq: U.S. Still Dithering Over Iraq Request for Militant Drone Strikes
Posted by Fred 07/24/2014  00:00 3 Comments 640 words Read the whole thing on page 2
Deciding is for peons. Our rulers float far above such things.
[An Nahar] Washington is still weighing Iraq's request to launch air strikes against Islamic hard boys, but is working to boost the Iraqi army as it battles the bully boys, a top U.S. diplomat said Wednesday.

After spending billions of dollars on building up and training the Iraq military, the United States was shocked when the Iraqi army melted away in face of a sweeping offensive in June by the jihadist Islamic State (IS) and allied Sunni groups.

But Deputy Assistant Secretary Brett McGurk told U.S. politicians that with increased U.S. support, including round-the-clock air surveillance in recent weeks, the Iraqi army was beginning to "hold the line" since the IS offensive captured a swath of northern Iraq, including the city of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
The U.S. is now flying some 50 intelligence sorties a day over Iraq, and has set up joint operations command centers in both Baghdad and Arbil, meaning "we now have a much better picture which will inform eventual decisions" by President Barack Obama
If you like your coverage you can keep it...
, McGurk said.

Amid angry accusations that the U.S. administration had not done enough to support the embattled Iraqis, McGurk said Baghdad's request for direct air support was not made until May and "is still under active consideration."

The commanders in Mosul were all fired after the army's humiliating rout, and new "effective" commanders have been appointed, he said.

"There are very incompetent and incapable units with very poor leadership. There's no question we found those," McGurk, who has just returned from seven weeks in Iraq, told the House foreign affairs committee.

"But we have also found extremely capable, extremely proficient and extremely dedicated units and it's in our interest, I believe, to invest in those units. We should not write off what happened in Mosul and write off the entire security force overall."

Washington was focused on trying to help Iraq establish a new stable government following its April 30 elections amid "a clear recognition by Iraqis from all communities that substantial reforms must be undertaken and undertaken urgently."

This includes restructuring the security services around the idea of a five-pronged "functioning federalism" which is adapted to the "new realities on the ground."

The Iraqi army should be given responsibility for securing the country's borders, but rarely deploy inside cities, with local citizens taking the lead in securing local areas, perhaps modeled on the idea of a National Guard -- a job for which they would be paid and equipped.

There must also be closer cooperation between local, regional and national security services "to reduce operational space" for the hard boys.

And the new parliament must work to introduce on a series of reforms.

General Lloyd Austin, the head of U.S. Central Command, will go to Iraq on Thursday "to further assess the situation and discuss concrete ways in which our assistance might be effective," McGurk added.
#1: 'Dither' is a good word for our current foreign policy.
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-07-24 07:28 ||Comments

#2: Too many drones too busy in the homeland following potential and known political enemies opponents?
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2014-07-24 08:51 ||Comments

#3: Not making a decision until it's too late to make a decision is - a decision.
Posted by: Bobby|| 2014-07-24 12:29 ||Comments

Great White North: Canadian Charged with Joining Islamist Fighters in Syria
Posted by Fred 07/24/2014  00:00 1 Comments 297 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[An Nahar] The Royal Canadian Mounted Police announced terrorism charges Wednesday against a 25-year-old Canadian for allegedly traveling to Syria to fight alongside Islamist fighters.

The charges against Hasibullah Yusufzai, 25, are the first ever laid against a Canadian under a new law passed last year that criminalized travel abroad for the purpose of terrorist activities.

"On July 17, 2014, the RCMP Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET) in British Columbia charged Hasibullah Yusufzai, age 25, a resident of Burnaby, British Columbia, for leaving Canada to take part in terrorist activity," Sergeant Greg Cox said in a statement.

"The accused is being sought for leaving Canada on January 21, 2014, to commit an offence for the benefit of, at the direction of or in association with a terrorist group," he said.

"The individual is known to have traveled to Syria to join Islamist fighters."

Canada's spy service estimates that more than 100 young men have

left Canada to fight in foreign wars and join jihadist causes.

In 2011 another young man, Mohammed Hersi, was tossed in the calaboose
You have the right to remain silent...
at the Toronto airport under another anti-terror law for attempting to join a Somalia-based group listed by Canada as a banned terrorist organization.

Hersi, 28, was convicted in May of seeking to join the Shabaab, an al-Qaeda-linked group that grabbed credit for a suicide commando assault on Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall last year which left at least 67 people dead.

He faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced on Thursday.
#1: He should also be forced to sing the Python "I'm a lumberjack' song 1,000 times. Seriously revoke their citizenship after time served and deport them to the hell they came from.
Posted by: borgboy|| 2014-07-24 03:10 ||Comments

Iraq: Iraq Defense Minister Heads to Moscow with Wish List
Posted by Fred 07/24/2014  00:00 2 Comments 430 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[An Nahar] Iraq's defense minister flew to Moscow on Wednesday to ask his counterpart for military equipment, as his forces struggle to hold off a jihadist-led Sunni Lion of Islam offensive, a front man said.

"Defense Minister Saadun al-Dulaimi left Baghdad for Moscow," Staff Lieutenant General Mohammed al-Askari told Agence La Belle France Presse.

He said the minister was carrying a letter from Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to Russian President Vladimir Putin
...Second and fourth President and sixth of the Russian Federation and the first to remain sober. Putin is credited with bringing political stability and re-establishing something like the rule of law, which occasionally results in somebody dropping dead from polonium poisoning. Under Putin, a new group of business magnates controlling significant swathes of Russia's economy has emerged, all of whom have close personal ties to Putin. The old bunch, without close personal ties to Putin, are in jail or in exile or dead...
"explaining the security and political situation in Iraq and the need to strengthen military cooperation".

"Dulaimi will meet the Russian defense minister and other officials to urge them to provide Iraq with weapons, equipment and modern military aircraft," Askari said.

Despite the billions of dollars spent on training and equipment by the United States during its eight-year occupation, Iraq's million-strong army completely folded when Death Eaters attacked last month.

Within days, the Islamic State jihadist group and allied Sunni factions conquered Iraq's second city of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
and large swathes of the north and west.

The front lines have since stabilized and Baghdad has already received intelligence assistance from Washington and Sukhoi warplanes from Russia and Iran.

Shiite militias with ties to Tehran have also joined the armed forces on the battlefield, in some cases even taking the lead.
#1: Just like the good 'ol days pre 1990! Fukuyama said it was the 'end of history'! He neglected to mention it was the start of the Crusades redux.
Posted by: borgboy|| 2014-07-24 03:33 ||Comments

#2: I understand Putin has a slightly used BUK launcher he'd like to get rid of; only fired twice. Doesn't come with any paperwork.
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-07-24 08:11 ||Comments

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Four Rockets from Eastern Mountain Belt Hit Bekaa Towns
Posted by Fred 07/24/2014  00:00 1 Comments 263 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[An Nahar] Four rockets landed Wednesday evening in several northern Bekaa towns after being reportedly fired from the Eastern Mountain Range which straddles the Lebanese-Syrian border.

According to state-run National News Agency, the rockets hit the outskirts of the towns of al-Bzaliyeh, Hrabta and al-Labweh.

Voice of Leb radio (93.3) said the projectiles were fired from the Eastern Mountain Belt.

Al-Labweh's municipal chief confirmed to Sky News Arabia that three rockets had fallen on the town "without causing casualties."

Later on Wednesday, the Lebanese Army issued a statement confirming that "four rockets landed in the outskirts of the towns of al-Bzaliyeh and Hrabta after being fired from the Eastern Mountain Belt, causing no casualties."

"Army forces immediately staged patrols in the targeted area as a military expert inspected the impact site," the statement added.

Clashes have been taking place since more than a week between Hizbullah
...Party of God, a Leb militia inspired, founded, funded and directed by Iran. Hizbullah refers to itself as The Resistance and purports to defend Leb against Israel, with whom it has started and lost one disastrous war to date, though it did claim victory...
fighters and others from the Syrian opposition in the Eastern Mountain Range, which has left dozens of combatants dead.
#1: Is it actually legal, under international law, to fire rockets on somebody who isn't Israel?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-07-24 13:42 ||Comments

Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Oxfam Warns Food, Water Running Perilously Low in Gaza
Posted by Fred 07/24/2014  00:00 9 Comments 313 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[An Nahar] Thousands of Paleostinians have fled their homes but have nowhere safe to shelter from Israeli Arclight airstrikes, charity Oxfam said on Wednesday, warning supplies of water and food are dangerously low.
On the other hand, the rocket supply seems to be okay.
Over 120,000 people are displaced but are prevented from escaping violence because borders with Israel and Egypt are shut, Oxfam said.

"The terrible toll on civilians is shocking. Hospitals and water supplies are under massive strain and the needs are increasing by the day. People are fleeing terrified," said Nishant Pandey, Oxfam's head in Occupied Paleostinian Territory and Israel.

Normally such crises would cause people to flee the area, but this was impossible as the blockade prevented people escaping the violence, Pandey said.

"Lasting peace and security for both sides means ending the blockade and the collective punishment of people in Gazoo."

The charity said water supplies were disrupted to over one million people, raw sewage was at risk of contaminating the water due to the destruction of sanitation plants, and only half of Gazoo's sewage plants are working.

Much of the area, a densely populated strip of land along the Mediterranean Sea, has electricity for four hours a day or less, Oxfam said.

The charity said it was trucking water supplies to 19,000 people sheltering in a mosque, a church, schools and Al Shifa hospital, but that Arclight airstrikes made it difficult to deliver aid, and that many of its staff had also had to leave their homes.
#1: Hey, I got an idea.... why don't you guys stop shooting rockets and missiles at Israel?
Posted by: Mikey Hunt|| 2014-07-24 01:31 ||Comments

#2: Let them eat their missiles and drink from the sea.
Posted by: borgboy|| 2014-07-24 03:22 ||Comments

#3: Would that be the food and water previously supplied by the evil pigs and dogs ?
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-07-24 05:46 ||Comments

#4: Consequences. Why do they hated the Paleostinians so?
Posted by: gorb|| 2014-07-24 06:12 ||Comments

#5: Start a war and then wonder why it explodes in your face? Crap in your hat and then wear it.

Ask me if I feel sorry for you.

"The terrible toll on civilians is shocking." Hamas calls that a "victory". Would anything satisfy Hamas? What would satisfy Hamas? Think real hard. The Israelis should do to Hamas what Hamas wants to do to them. The rest of the world is like John Kerry. It will still eat it's Lunch. Make a loud noise, riot 9,000 miles away...but then eat a comfortable Lunch.
Posted by: Big Thromoth3646|| 2014-07-24 06:59 ||Comments

#6: Doesn't matter: as soon as it quiets down in Gaza, it'll be Kim-Il-whatever's turn to bang the bowl and say 'give me something'.
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-07-24 08:15 ||Comments

#7: Warns Food, Water Running Perilously Low in Gaza

They ran low in Berlin too. Might not p*** off people who become tired of your 'death cult'.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2014-07-24 08:53 ||Comments

#8: Less rockets, more Doritos.
Posted by: Pappy|| 2014-07-24 11:05 ||Comments

#9: Whaaaaaaaa....
Posted by: DarthVader|| 2014-07-24 11:47 ||Comments

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Lebanese Army Corporal Defects in a Video, Joins al-Nusra Front Ranks
Posted by Fred 07/24/2014  00:00 2 Comments 202 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[An Nahar] A corporal in the Lebanese army defected and joined the ranks of al-Nusra Front and released a video slamming the military as a Hizbullah
...Party of God, a Leb militia inspired, founded, funded and directed by Iran. Hizbullah refers to itself as The Resistance and purports to defend Leb against Israel, with whom it has started and lost one disastrous war to date, though it did claim victory...

"I am a soldier and I know the assault against the Sunni sect," Corporal Atef Mohammed Saadeddine said in a Youtube video published on Jul 23, 2014.

The soldiers states the reasons behind his decision to desert the army and join al-Nusra Front in the video.

He lashed out at the resistance, considering it to be assaulting the Sunni youth.

Saadeddine revealed that Hizbullah members carry arms at checkpoints and "no one objects."

"Terrorists are not those who are defending their sect," he said.
#1: I don't blame him for leaving the world's least competent 'army'. What have they ever achieved?
Posted by: borgboy|| 2014-07-24 03:13 ||Comments

#2: I remember another corporal...
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-07-24 13:40 ||Comments

Terror Networks: Islamic State robs al Qaeda of militant prestige
Posted by Fred 07/24/2014  00:00 0 Comments 899 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Dhaka Tribune] In hiding, targeted by drone strikes and unable to land a blow in the West, al Qaeda's ageing leaders are losing a power struggle with ultra-radical young snuffies in Iraq and Syria who see themselves as the true successors to the late Osama bin Laden
... who is now sometimes referred to as Mister Bones...
The shadowy network that targeted the West and its Arab allies for almost a generation is increasingly seen as stale, tired and ineffectual on the hardcore jihadi social media forums and Twitter accounts that incubate potential Lion of Islam recruits.

Western officials insist the network is still a top threat, in part because turmoil in Arab states gives it scope to organise: Its affiliates in Syria and Yemen include experienced guerrillas and expert bomb makers.

But many young Islamists who were of school age at the time of the Sept. 11 2001 attacks on the United States now look for inspiration not to al Qaeda, whose leader, Ayman al-Zawahri, is in his mid-60s, but to a Sunni Moslem group styling itself a caliphate.

Supporters of the so-called Islamic State admire its sectarian attacks on Shi'ites in Iraq and government forces in Syria, confident such violence is part of a broader war with the West advocated by bin Laden, killed by US
troops in 2011.

The generational divide opening up in radical Islamist ranks threatens to topple al Qaeda from its primacy in trans national militancy, a stunning loss of prestige for a group whose hijacked plane attacks killed nearly 3,000 people in New York's World Trade Center, Washington and Pennsylvania.

The Islamic State, known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
... the current version of al-Qaeda in Iraq, just as blood-thirsty and well-beloved as the original...
(ISIL) until the June 29 declaration of the caliphate, has galvanized young followers by carving out swathes of territory in Iraq in a rapid advance last month.

US intelligence agencies estimate around 7,000 of the 23,000 violent forces of Evil operating in neighbouring Syria are imported muscle, mostly from Europe. Diplomats in the region say many of these foreigners are fighting for the Islamic State, which also deploys them Iraq.

Jihadi bastion

The group, whose leader His Supreme Immensity, Caliph of the Faithful and Galactic Overlord, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
...formerly merely the head of ISIL and a veteran of the Bagram jailhouse. Looks like a new messiah to bajillions of Moslems, like just another dead-eyed mass murder to the rest of us...
calls himself a "Caliph" or head of state, fell out with al Qaeda in 2013 over its expansion into Syria, where his followers have carried out beheadings, crucifixions, and mass executions.

Saudi dissident Saad al-Faqih told Rooters that the declaration of a caliphate was not as important for the Lion of Islams' prestige as the lightening military advance that preceded it, beginning with the capture of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
on June 10.

"The declaration is a very loud noise, but not as effective as the success in conquering vast areas of Iraq," he said. "That conquest has had a huge psychological effect in the whole region."

No al Qaeda affiliate has officially endorsed the Islamic State, and scholars sympathetic to al Qaeda have denounced it, pointing to what they see as ISIL's willingness to use violence in turf disputes with al Qaeda's affiliate in Syria.

But their disapproval is cold comfort for al Qaeda. The caliphate, analysts say, was declared with potential recruits in mind, not to win kudos from leading scholars.

For many, ISIL's creation of a jihadi bastion spanning western Iraq and eastern Syria, and the slick online presence that publicises it, compare favourably with al Qaeda's failure for almost a decade to land a big attack in the West.

The contrast is not lost on Islamists such as Abdul Majeed al-Heetari, a Yemeni holy man who reproached al Qaeda in a message on his Twitter and Facebook pages on July 15.

Bangladesh: PM: Bangladesh to stop child marriage by 2021
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[Dhaka Tribune] The government has taken up the target to eliminate child marriage from the country by 2021, Prime Minister the loathesome Sheikh Hasina
...Bangla dynastic politician and current Prime Minister of Bangladesh. She has been the President of the Bangla Awami League since the Lower Paleolithic. She is the eldest of five children of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founding father of Bangla. Her party defeated the BNP-led Four-Party Alliance in the 2008 parliamentary elections. She has once before held the office, from 1996 to 2001, when she was defeated in a landslide. She and the head of the BNP, Khaleda Zia show such blind animosity toward each other that they are known as the Battling Begums..
has said.
It's a sweet idea, full of good intentions. Who could doubt it will work.
In an interview to the BBC Bangla, she said her government had already taken different steps to stop child marriage, and plans for enacting a law that would prevent marriages of children under the age of 15.

The rate of child marriage had been brought down to 17% from 52%, the premier claimed, adding that efforts to build better awareness as well as "focusing more on female education has brought the number down." She also urged all parents to provide education to their children, irrespective of their gender.

In the radio interview given during her stay in London to attend the Girl Summit, the premier also expressed hopes that the awareness created by the summit would also reach Bangladesh.

Earlier, Hasina attended an iftar hosted by the UK unit of the Awami League, where the premier said she had been assured of continued British assistance from her UK counterpart, David Cameron
... has stated that he is certainly a big Thatcher fan, but I don't know whether that makes me a Thatcherite, which means he's not. Since he is not deeply ideological he lacks core principles and is easily led. He has been described as certainly not a Pitt, Elder or Younger, but he does wear a nice suit so maybe he's Beau Brummel ...
, reports our correspondent travelling with Hasina.

Speaking at the programme, held at the ballroom of London Hilton on Park Lane Hotel yesterday, Hasina said: "I have had fruitful talks with the British prime minister. He said we will continue to receive British assistance."

Hinting at possible future complications surrounding British visas, the prime minister said the UK government had assured Bangladesh that they would look after the issue.
#1: Why the rush?
Posted by: Incredulous|| 2014-07-24 02:39 ||Comments

#2: Well, you have to give the current crop of child brides a chance to have children, and those children to grow up to be child brides.
By then somebody else will be in power, and it'll be their problem.
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-07-24 08:08 ||Comments

Africa North: Tunisia continues crackdown on extremists
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[MAGHAREBIA] Tunisian National Guard members on Tuesday (July 22nd) tossed in the clink
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
ten religious snuffies for celebrating the slaughter of soldiers last week in Jebel Chaambi, TAP reported. The arrests were made at a mosque and several homes in Douar Hicher.

Five other suspects were arrested in Kasserine Tuesday on the same accusations, Mosaique FM reported.

In other news, Sousse security services arrested two terror suspects. Military uniforms and books on building bombs were seized during the operation.

Africa North: Tunisia cuts Libya diplomatic presence amid unrest
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[MAGHAREBIA] Tunisia is taking steps to protect citizens from the security chaos across the border in Libya.

In the latest move, Tunisia recalled diplomats from Libya and urged expats to leave the embattled country.

"We have decided to cut consular services provided by our consular missions in Tripoli and Benghazi, and to provide only necessary and urgent services," the Tunisian Foreign Ministry said on July 16th.

Africa North: Bukhamada calls for reinforcements, wages war against Ansar Al-Sharia
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[Libya Herald] Saiqa Special Forces
...Libya's elite army unit, insofar as they have one, formed from a mixture of paratroopers and commandos. The group emerged from a militia with the same name in 2010. It now numbers a few thousand and reports to the Ministry of Defence. It deployed in Benghazi in an attempt to control the carnage. As a result, it has been attacked and several of its officers murdered. The force is popular in Benghazi for its stance against Ansar al-Sharia group...
Commander, Wanis Bukhamada, has demanded that reinforcements be sent to Benghazi to help crush 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...
after the attack on the 316 Brigade's headquarters two days ago.

In a statement last night, Bukhamada demanded that all Libyan military forces in the east as well as the Commander-in-Chief of the Libyan Army go to Benghazi to defend it against what he called as"terrorists".

He also announced that all Special Forces soldiers were on alert and that they would react strongly to any assault on its camps or on Benghazi.

Calling on all Libyans to take a stand against "these terrorist groups", he also urged the government to take a firm position regarding them. Moreover, he demanded that the "real revolutionaries" also clearly define their position in light of the attacks.

What had happened to the 316 Brigade was an act of terror, he said.

The attack was the third against army facilities, he added, noting that the group had previously attacked the Benghazi Security Directorate and the Zawia Martyrs Brigade headquarters.

"We are preparing ourselves to respond rightly," said Bukhamada. "We hereby announce that we are launching a full-blown operation against these "terrorists". Forces from the Libyan Army, as well as members of the Petroleum Facility Guards (PFG) are currently passing through Tobruk and Beida to join us in the fight for Benghazi."

Africa North: Three killed and three in critical condition following Benghazi double suicide bombing
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[Libya Herald] Three members of Saiqa Special Forces
...Libya's elite army unit, insofar as they have one, formed from a mixture of paratroopers and commandos. The group emerged from a militia with the same name in 2010. It now numbers a few thousand and reports to the Ministry of Defence. It deployed in Benghazi in an attempt to control the carnage. As a result, it has been attacked and several of its officers murdered. The force is popular in Benghazi for its stance against Ansar al-Sharia group...
were killed in Benghazi yesterday evening and three others critically injured after a double suicide kaboom at their camp in Buatni.

Head of Saiqa Special Forces Investigations Unit Fadel Al-Hassi told the Libya Herald two cars laden with explosives had stormed the gates at Saiqa's main base, a separate premises to the 319 Brigade camp which was attacked by 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...
on Monday. He said perimeter guards managed to shoot one of the bombers who continued driving some 200 metres into the camp before exploding his device on a football pitch used for recreation. Hassi estimated that the bombs would have been around nine kilograms each in weight.

He said it was unclear whether the second attacker, who followed behind, had detonated his bomb or whether the force of the first kaboom had triggered the second. He explained that the attack took place just after Maghreb prayers as the brigade members were breaking their fast. He referred to the attackers as "sons of dogs".

Hassi said a total of 23 members of Saiqa had been killed at 319 Brigade's camp in festivities which ended yesterday.

Afghanistan: Suicide Attack in Northern Kunduz
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[Tolo News] A jacket wallah denotated his explosives in Chahar Dara district of Kunduz province early Wednesday morning claiming a life and wounding two others.

According to northern Kunduz province local officials, Chahar Dara district police chief, Ghulam Mohiuddin, was heading for work with his three bodyguards when the suicide kaboomer detonated his explosives injuring Mohiuddin and two of his three bodyguards.

Provincial police spokesperson Syed Sarwar Hussaini says that the incident took place at about 6:50 a.m. local time.

According to Hussaini, two of his bodyguards were maimed and one other killed following the blast.

The victims have been taken to a nearby hospital.

There was no civilian casualties in this blast.

No group including the Taliban has grabbed credit for the attack.

Africa North: Heavy fighting resumes at Tripoli International Airport
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[Libya Herald] Fighting has restarted at Tripoli International Airport, breaking a two-day ceasefire, with shells almost raining down . . .
Rest of the story's behind the pay wall.

Africa Subsaharan: C Africa's Selekas, anti-Balakas sign ceasefire
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[Iran Press TV] Representatives of the mostly Moslem Seleka
...a 'mainly' Moslem rebel force in the Central African Republic that overthrew the govt, imposed a regime of rapine and looting on the country's non-Moslem population, and was then tossed by France. They still exist, getting funding and weapons from somewhere or other, licking their wounds, complaining about the oppression of Moslems, and occasionally raping and looting someone...
group in the Central African Republic (CAR) have signed a ceasefire with anti-Balaka Christian snuffies to end months of violence.

The pact was signed on Wednesday in Brazzaville, the capital of the neighboring Republic of Congo.

"We will be signing the cessation of hostilities agreement this afternoon," said Colonel Youssouf Ben Moussa, a senior Seleka official, ahead of signing the truce.

"Our demand for the partition of the country has been dropped. That demand is obsolete now: What we have agreed to is the sharing of power."

The deal came after heavy pressure from regional mediators. It is not clear if the ceasefire will be respected by all the warring sides in the African country.

The African country descended into chaos last December, when Christian gangs launched coordinated attacks against the Seleka group that toppled the government in March 2013.

On December 5, La Belle France invaded its former colony after the United Nations
...a formerly good idea gone bad...
Security Council adopted a resolution giving the African Union
...a union consisting of 53 African states, most run by dictators of one flavor or another. The only all-African state not in the AU is Morocco. Established in 2002, the AU is the successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which was even less successful...
and La Belle France the go-ahead to send troops to the country.

In March 2014, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos said almost all of more than 100,000 Moslems once residing in the capital Bangui had fled the violence perpetrated by Christian militiamen.

Caribbean-Latin America: 13 leftist militants killed in Colombia
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[Iran Press TV] At least 13 leftist forces of Evil have been killed in two separate armed festivities with the Colombian army, the Defense Ministry says.

A Defense Ministry front man said that government troops killed eight forces of Evil from the National Liberation Army (ELN) during an operation in the province of Arauca and at least five rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia
FARC or FARC-EP, is either a Marxist-Leninist revolutionary guerrilla organization or a drug cartel based in Colombia. It claims to represent the rural poor in a struggle against Colombia's wealthier classes, and opposes United States influence in Colombia, neo-imperialism, monopolization of natural resources by multinational corporations, and the usual raft of complaints. It funds itself principally through ransom kidnappings, taxation of the drug trade, extortion, shakedowns, and donations. It has lately begun calling itself Bolivarian and is greatly admired by Venezuela's President-for-Life Chavez, who seemingly fantasizes about living in the woods and kidnapping people himself. He provides FARC with safe areas along the border.
(FARC) in the province of Meta.

The army said the air force, navy and national police targeted an ELN camp in Arauca that was "responsible for attacks on civilians, roads and oil infrastructure in recent days."

Security forces also jugged
Into the paddy wagon wit' yez!
eight ELN forces of Evil in the operation, it said, adding there were several minors among the detainees.

The Colombian government has been fighting with both hard boy groups for several years. The ELN is Colombia's second largest rebel group.

The Colombian government and the FARC have been engaged in peace talks in Cuba's capital Havana since November 2012 to resolve a decades-long armed conflict.

Home Front: Politix: 'Proud of pure background'
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[The Nation (Pak)] President Barack Obama
Jedi mind meld...
told a group of young black, Hispanic, Native American and Asian men that they need be proud of their backgrounds and draw strength from their cultures, but ignore people who accuse them of "acting white."

Obama shared the advice to the young men as part of his "My Brother's Keeper" program that is marshalling private and public resources to help more boys from minority groups succeed, a program that he views as an important part of his legacy. Obama said students are sometimes discouraged from "reading too much" or "speaking so properly" because of "the notion of 'acting white.'"

"The notion that there's some authentic way of being black, that if you're going to be black you have to act a certain way and wear a certain kind of clothes, that has to go," Obama said. "You don't have to act a certain way to be authentic. You just have to be who you are - and to go back to the values that you care about."
#1: First time I've ever agreed with him! -at least with the portion of said article cited.
Posted by: borgboy|| 2014-07-24 03:47 ||Comments

#2: Viele Völker, ain Reich, ain Obama!
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-07-24 05:30 ||Comments

#3: Obama said students are sometimes discouraged from "reading too much" or "speaking so properly" because of "the notion of 'acting white.'"

Rigorous academic study and achievement are not necessary when Affirmative Action becomes the promise. Looking white is simply a modern cultural taboo.

The esteemed African-American social reformer, orator, writer and statesman the late Frederick Douglas is a good example.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-07-24 07:14 ||Comments

#4: Is it still legal for a black person to act or assimilate into the larger culture if they want to, e.g. not be racist, not be bothered by being called a racist or an Uncle Tom, give up notions of a thug culture, become well-educated, speak well, embrace America and believe in the Constitution, love liberty and freedom, and wear your pants up around your waist rather than down around your butt?
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2014-07-24 09:26 ||Comments

#5: Obama studied Ebonics at the feet of the right Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305|| 2014-07-24 11:34 ||Comments

#6: President Barack Obama told a group of young black, Hispanic, Native American and Asian men that they need be proud of their backgrounds and draw strength from their cultures, but ignore people who accuse them of "acting white."

Guess those poll numbers really do suck. Someone is paying attention in the crisis room. Got to get the message out to herd enough back on to the plantation party with sweet talk rather than the usual ten minutes of hate demagoguery.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2014-07-24 11:51 ||Comments

#7: No JohnQC, Title IX of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended in subsequent years specifically prohibits interfering with all of the practices you outlined... /sarc off
Posted by: Ebboluter Hapsburg3211|| 2014-07-24 12:47 ||Comments

Afghanistan: Foreign forces kill 4 Taliban in Afghanistan
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[The Nation (Pak)] According to the 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 security officials at least four Taliban forces of Evil were killed, three maimed and two others tossed in the slammer
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
by foreign forces on Tuesday.

Nangarhar police front man Hazrat Hussain Mashrqiwal says that the forces of Evil were killed in a foreign force led operation in Haska Mina (Dih Bala) district of Nangarhar province.

"The operation was conducted by the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) special forces at about 5 p.m. local time," Mashriqiwal said. There were neither civilian nor foreign casualties during the operation. According to Mashriqiwal, the operation was conducted solely by foreign forces, and there were no Afghan forces during the operation. Haska Mina (Dih Bala) is a district in southern Nangarhar province, bordering Pakistain.

India-Pakistan: JI Ameer Siraj ul Haq resigns KPK ministry
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[The Nation (Pak)] A strong rooted politico-religious party in Pakistain, Jamaat-e-Islami
...The Islamic Society, founded in 1941 in Lahore by Maulana Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi, aka The Great Apostosizer. The Jamaat opposed the independence of Bangladesh but has operated an independent branch there since 1975. It maintains close ties with international Mohammedan groups such as the Moslem Brotherhood. the Taliban, and al-Qaeda. The Jamaat's objectives are the establishment of a pure Islamic state, governed by Sharia law. It is distinguished by its xenophobia, and its opposition to Westernization, capitalism, socialism, secularism, and liberalist social mores...
(JI) Ameer Siraj ul Haq on Wednesday resigned from senior ministry of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...

JI Ameer Siraj-ul-Haq took decision to resign from senior ministry of provincial government in KPK, where he was performing duties as Minister of Finance, since May 11 general election in 2013.

In a media statement, Sirajul Haq said he stepped down from the position of provincial minister to devote more time to his party.

He said the decision of his resignation as KP Minister was taken at JI's Central Executive Committee's meeting held on July 12.

The JI Amir said he slashed the province's budget deficit by Rs4 billion during the time he served as minister.

Sources informed that current Local Government Minister KP Inayatullah might replace Sirajul Haq as senior minister

India-Pakistan: Pakistan's offensive pushes out Haqqani Network: US
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[The Nation (Pak)] A top American diplomat says the United States believes Pakistain's counterinsurgency operation in North Wazoo has pushed the bad boy Haqqani network out of the country's restive tribal region in the northwest.

U.S. Special Representative for Pakistain and Afghanistan James Dobbins said Tuesday the U.S. will continue to provide humanitarian assistance to those displaced by the offensive, VOA reported.

Dobbins visited Pakistain and Afghanistan this week to discuss political and security issues with leaders in both countries.

A day after meeting senior political and military leaders in Islamabad, he told news hounds in Kabul that talks revolved around the Mighty Pak Army's anti-militancy operation in Pakistain's North Waziristan tribal district.

"The operation in North Waziristan seems to be a quite a massive operation. The army has taken a number of casualties," said Dobbins. "It has inflicted an even larger number of casualties on both domestic and foreign Death Eaters in the area, including Afghans. It has seized huge amounts of ammunition of IED-precursor material and bomb-making facilities, particularly in Miranshah."
... headquarters of al-Qaeda in Pakistain and likely location of Ayman al-Zawahiri. The Haqqani network has established a ministate in centered on the town with courts, tax offices and lots of madrassas...

On the other hand...
Pak military offensive didn't affect terrorist networks: Afghan intelligence claims
Kabul-The Afghan intelligence, National Directorate of Security (NDS) claimed that the Pak military offensive did not have any effect on terrorist networks including the Haqqani Network.

Haseeb Sediqi, front man for the National Directorate of security (NDS) told news hounds that the North Wazoo operation did not have any satisfactory outcome since the offensive did not harm any of the terrorist networks, said media reports.

Sediqi further added that one of the most important terrorist networks — Haqqani Network remained safe from the offensive as the network leaders were taken to safe locations along with several leaders from other terrorist networks.

He said NDS has received information which shows that the Haqqani Network leaders were shifted to Kurram agency, Quetta, Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
and even Islamabad.

According to Sediqi, the Haqqani Networks leaders, members and their equipments including weapons were taken to Kurram agency two weeks before the offensive was launched.

Sediqi said the Lashkar-e-Taiba
...the Army of the Pure, an Ahl-e-Hadith terror organization founded by Hafiz Saeed. LeT masquerades behind the Jamaat-ud-Dawa facade within Pakistain and periodically blows things up and kills people in India. Despite the fact that it is banned, always an interesting concept in Pakistain, the organization remains an blatant tool and perhaps an arm of the ISI...
and other terrorist networks also remained during the operation.

Sediqi added that the deadly boom-mobileing in Orgun district of Paktika
...which coincidentally borders South Wazoo...
province was one of the attacks carried out by Haqqani Network.
#1: Bullshit! Not too mention we support their "humanitarian aid" yet we cut food stamps. Rather it. Be here than there.
Posted by: chris|| 2014-07-24 00:24 ||Comments

#2: Too bad theu (Afghanistan and Pakistan) can't cooperate on the Haqqani issue - they could take turns playing hammer and anvil on thed Haqqani horseshoe all along the border,
Posted by: Glenmore|| 2014-07-24 07:49 ||Comments

Israel-Palestine-Jordan: IDF Israeli military stunned by scale of Hamas war infrastructure
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Israel has been shocked by the scope and methods of Hamas tunnel warfare. In at least one case, Hamas fighters have infiltrated Israel wearing Israeli military uniforms. On July 21, the military reported two Hamas squads that infiltrated Israel through a tunnel from the Gaza Strip. Military sources said at least 30 Hamas fighters in Israeli uniforms sought to attack a nearby kibbutz. At least 10 Hamas attackers were killed by Israeli air and ground fire. They were found wearing Israel Army-issued uniforms and equipment, including body armor. It was not clear how Hamas acquired the Israeli military equipment.

The Hamas attack tunnels, estimated at up to 60, have forced Israel to close areas to civilian traffic.

“The [Hamas] organization has used the period in which the Muslim Brotherhood ruled Egypt to establish a real military industry in the Gaza Strip, with advanced tooling equipment, and to smuggle a large amount of anti-tank missiles, including Kornet anti-tank missiles that were transferred to Syria before the outbreak of the civil war
there,” Israeli analyst Amir Rapaport said. At one point, one of the Hamas forces fired a Russian-origin anti-tank guided missile that killed four Israeli soldiers in a jeep.

The sources said the military was working with the Israel Security Agency to identify Hamas tunnel attacks. Hours before the attack, the agency warned of Hamas tunnel strikes from the northern Gaza Strip.

“We have to be patient since the fighting will continue for as long as it is needed,” Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said.
#1: Shocked? Stunned? Please cite source.
Posted by: borgboy|| 2014-07-24 03:15 ||Comments

#2: Your UN and EU money at work.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2014-07-24 08:54 ||Comments

#3: if the tunnels go into Israel proper, the IDF can use such tunnels for intel and maybe even for operations given the right technology (which I'm sure they are working on)

so I wouldn't be surprised if a few tunnels were left undiscovered
Posted by: lord garth|| 2014-07-24 09:54 ||Comments

India-Pakistan: Musharraf exempted from Ghazi Abdul Rasheed murder case hearing
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[The Nation (Pak)] Former military ruler Pervez Perv Musharraf
... former dictator of Pakistain, who was less dictatorial and corrupt than any Pak civilian government to date ...
was granted exemption from appearing in Ghazi Abdul Rasheed murder hearing.

According to details, the hearing of Ghazi Abdul Rasheed murder case could not be held due to the absence of the judge. The case was due to be heard by additional session judge Wajid Ali. The next hearing of the case will be held on September 18, 2014. Meanwhile,
...back at the Alamo, Davy was counting their remaining cannon balls and not liking the results...
the counsels for Musharraf have filed two petitions for his exemption from court hearing. The first petition stated that Musharraf was facing severe security threats while the second maintained that he cannot travel due to sickness.

It is important to mention that the Lal masjid holy man and his mother died in 2007 during operation. During the last hearing, the police prepared an investigation report under section 173 of the Criminal Procedure Code which stated that Haroon Rasheed; son of Ghazi Rasheed was neither a witness in his father's murder nor had any evidence against Musharraf.

Home Front: WoT: Manufacturing Terrorists
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[The Nation (Pak)] Like something out of a Robert Ludlum novel, Human Rights Watch
... During the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011, HRW received a pledge from the Foundation to Promote Open Society, of which George Soros is Chairman, for general support totaling $100,000,000. The grant is being paid in installments of $10,000,000 over ten years.Through June 30, 2013, HRW had received $30,000,000 towards the fulfillment of the pledge....
(HRW) and Columbia Law School have released a report on a series of "sting operations" conducted against Moslem Americans by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The report reveals how the FBI targeted persons on the basis of their ethnicity and religion, and approached them through undercover agents in a bid to ensure preemptive prosecutions. In many cases, the undercover agent acted as the key player rather than as a mere participant or an abettor. During one of the trials, a judge had observed, "the government came up with the crime, provided the means, and removed all relevant obstacles, and had, in the process, made a terrorist out of a man whose buffoonery is positively Shakespearean in scope." HRW claims that the FBI specifically targeted vulnerable people, with low intelligence and mental issues.

It is quite clear that the FBI viewed these Moslem Americans as "terrorists-in-waiting". Many of these people neither had any links with a designated terrorist organization nor were they planning to carry out any terrorist activity on their own. In some cases, the FBI even offered large sums of money to financially troubled individuals in order to convince them to act on the plans neatly laid out before them. It is reasonable to assume that the FBI, by employing the very same tactics used against Moslem Americans, could have just as easily tricked pro-life white Americans into blowing up abortion clinics or environmentalists into attacking a pollutive oil refinery. There is not much we can do about what goes on in someone's head other than educating them to think differently. The real concern is if they will ever act on those thoughts. Now, we can either wait for them to make the wrong choice, and hold them accountable for it. Or, we can deliberately push and bait vulnerable people into making bad decisions, and remove all lawful barriers that prevent the crime from taking place.

This is yet another example of creating false perceptions which may help the US government to sustain a discriminatory 'anti-terrorism' policy, but not without turning the clock back on human rights
...not to be confused with individual rights, mind you...
and civil liberties. It also runs the risk of further inducing feelings of injustice, resentment and anger amongst Moslem citizens who are clearly being victimised under the garb of national security. If nothing else, it is a complete waste of time. Should the FBI really be creating threats out of nowhere only to counter them and appear active while real threats still exist elsewhere? How is the FBI behaving any differently than an al-Qaeda operative who preys on the vulnerabilities, emotions and simplicity of otherwise innocent individuals and recruits them as terrorists?

#1: Saying that the Feebs are manufacturing terrorists is like say a copperhead isn't dangerous until it tries to bite you. They're confusing intent with inclination.
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-07-24 07:48 ||Comments

#2: Just scroll up to Chicago Muslims Threaten Violence Against Jews Over Gaza

..of course, Chicago is home to various efforts of unconstitutional suppression of gun ownership. I'd be mildly surprised if such a headline would pop up in, say, Dallas.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2014-07-24 08:44 ||Comments

Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Why Israel Needs to Finish the Job Now
Posted by trailing wife 07/24/2014  00:00 4 Comments 131 words Read the whole thing on page 4
[PJMedia] by David P. Goldman

Dr. Uzi Rubin, the architect of Israel's missile defense, warned last January that Iran and Syria already have GPS-guided ballistic missiles.

Iron Dome can defend successfully against a handful of rockets fired simultaneously in the general direction of Israeli cities. At some point Israel's enemies will acquire the capability to fire large salvos of precision-guided weapons at key military or civilian targets and overwhelm the existing defenses. GPS-guided rockets are not that difficult to make. Iron Dome gives Israel a respite, not relief in the long term.

Israel's friends must be clear that a "pinpoint operation," as Secretary of State Kerry demanded inadvertently before an open microphone last weekend, does not serve Israel's urgent interests. Hamas must be rooted out in depth.
#1: Because we didn't do it right in 1967?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-07-24 05:21 ||Comments

#2: Somebody win and somebody loses. There is no future in losing.

There is no "nice" or less messy way to kill people. Its always a mess, and its a brutal thankless job. Do it anyway. When it's over, it's over. Then you live with it. But at least you are still alive and the bastards aren't.

You don't have a choice. Stay alive. You can't live while they are alive. Do what it requires.
Posted by: Big Thromoth3646|| 2014-07-24 07:25 ||Comments

#3: Put another way - when this is over how long will it take Hamas to rebuild? 6 months? 6 years? In the former case why even bother?
Posted by: Iblis|| 2014-07-24 08:41 ||Comments

#4: You built reservations without a BIA and you didn't follow the proper decontamination procedures.
Like THIS even though it is totally PC-Incorrect. It worked.
Posted by: 3dc|| 2014-07-24 13:30 ||Comments

Europe: Maccabi Haifa Players Attacked During Austria Training Match
Posted by trailing wife 07/24/2014  00:00 1 Comments 521 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Ynet] Anti-Israel protestors invade pitch in latest anti-Semitic incident in Europe; Club: 'Attack was premeditated'. Riot-free march in Paris under eyes of police.

Anti-Israel protesters invaded the pitch and physically confronted Maccabi Haifa players towards the end of a Wednesday training match in Austria. Officials called time on the match against French club Lille at the 86th minute.

The players left the dressing room — under protection — an hour after the match ended because some protesters had remained outside the stadium.

The rioting fans tried to attack Yossi Benayoun, the national team captain, as well as other members of the squad. One player was spat on, while the coach entered the pitch to protect his players.

None of the players were maimed. They walked to the dressing rooms as security forces cleared the protesters. One player, defender Samuel Scheimann, claimed at least one of the rioters was armed with a pocket knife.

Maccabi Haifa released a statement regarding the incident. "We experienced an uncomfortable atmosphere of violence on the pitch and in the stands. The attack was premeditated and dangerous in light of the incitement in Turkish media. (The protesters) were mostly Turkish immigrants."

In La Belle France, days after two banned pro-Gazoo protests degenerated into violence, several thousands of demonstrators marched Wednesday through Gay Paree under the eye of hundreds of riot police, this time in a legal protest.

With banners featuring slogans such as "Boycott Israel" and "Israel Murderer," demonstrators tested a government grappling with how best to allow freedom of expression while containing violence — and hate speech against La Belle France's Jews.

Jewish leaders say vocal anti-Semitic chants in previous demonstrations and several attacks on synagogues reflect rising anti-Semitism in Europe.

La Belle France has Western Europe's largest Jewish and Mohammedan populations, and the Middle East conflict often means rocketing tensions in La Belle France.

"Today we are here for Paleostine, because we find Israel shameful, because children are dying, and it's unbearable to see all this," said Fatima El Fetoui, 56.

Wednesday's demonstrators said they were not anti-Semitic — they simply opposed Israel's actions against Gazoo.

"You just need to differentiate between Jews and Israel. What we are fighting is the Zionist state. I am not fighting the Israelis," said Vincent Santoro, 24.
Israel is a democracy, my dear. In a democracy, the citizens are the state. So yes, yes you are fighting the Israelis.
#1: Turkish immigrants mass deportation would do all of Europe some good
Posted by: Frank G|| 2014-07-24 09:38 ||Comments

Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Israel Singles Out Qatar As Key Hamas Terror Sponsor
Posted by trailing wife 07/24/2014  00:00 2 Comments 388 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[IsraelTimes] President Shimon Peres
... the only Israeli that President Obama likes...
accused Qatar on Wednesday of becoming "the world's largest funder of terror" due to its financial support for Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, in Gazoo.

"Qatar does not have the right to send money for rockets and tunnels which are fired at innocent civilians," the outgoing statesman told UN Secretary General the ephemeral Ban Ki-moon
... of whom it can be said to his credit that he is not Kofi Annan...
in Jerusalem. "Their funding of terror must stop. If they want to build then they should, but they must not be allowed to destroy."

A front man for Peres would not comment on the information on which the president was basing his accusation, but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's former security adviser said Qatar was relentlessly financing Hamas terror.

Qatar's recently attempted to transfer funds for the salaries of Hamas civil servants in Gaza, following the formation of a Palestinian unity government, but was blocked by the United States, which pressured the Arab Bank not to process them. But former national security adviser Maj. Gen. (res) Yaakov Amidror told The Times of Israel that the emirate's funding for the organization's terror apparatus, including tunnel diggers and rocket launchers, has continued unabated.

"Hamas currently has two 'true friends' in the world: Qatar and Turkey," Amidror said. The small Gulf state is currently Hamas's closest ally in the Arab world, after the movement's relations with Egypt soured following the ouster of Muslim Brotherhood president Mohammed Morsi in June 2013. Qatar, which has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in reconstruction and infrastructure projects in Gaza, is also home to the movement's political leader Khaled Mashaal in Doha.

"The one supporting this organization financially, almost alone, is Qatar," Amidror said.
#1: For three deaces the Qatar royal family's (and Muslim Brotherhood-administered) Qatar Charitable Society of Doha has helped fund Mujahideen fighting in Afghanistan, the Balkans, Sudan, Syria, and Somalia. It has been especially generous in its quarter-century funding of Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The Pentagon has thought itself oh-so-clever to have set up a major US military base in Qatar. In reality the ruling al-Thani family has worked against and made suckers of the US and the West.
Posted by: Omomock Speaking for Boskone4589|| 2014-07-24 11:53 ||Comments

#2: Doesent the US have leverage over Qatar?
Posted by: Paul D|| 2014-07-24 13:42 ||Comments

Israel-Palestine-Jordan: The Gaza Op: Day 17
Posted by trailing wife 07/24/2014  00:00 1 Comments 249 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[IsraelTimes] Cabinet mulls expanded Gazoo op, Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, again rules out ceasefire, FAA extends flight ban

The Times of Israel is liveblogging events as they unfold through Thursday, the 17th day of Operation Protective Edge. Late on Wednesday, Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal rejected a ceasefire unless the blockade of Gazoo is lifted, and the Israeli cabinet met to discuss expanding the ground op against Hamas's rockets, tunnels, and infrastructure. Earlier 30,000 attended the funeral of US-born soldier Max Steinberg in Jerusalem, as other funerals took place elsewhere in Israel. The IDF corpse count rose to 32, with another soldier MIA presumed dead and claimed by Hamas to be in its hands. Only 27 of the 100-plus foreign airlines that use Ben-Gurion Airport are still flying in, and the FAA has extended its ban for another 24 hours after a rocket hit a home near the airport on Tuesday. IDF-Hamas fighting in Gazoo remains intensive, Hamas is still trying to carry out attacks in Israel through tunnels — a major tunnel found Wednesday contained maps and weaponry for an imminent attack — and rockets are still being fired.
#1: this is the fourth day of fighting in some areas with heavy Hamas troop concentration

I presume they have enough food and water but the strain of prolonged combat should be wearing down their reflex, discipline, etc.

with respect to rockets, they may be getting low in launchers by now - the total number of rockets launched as of 1800 local time was 30 - unless they pick up the pace this will be seen as evidence of attrition
Posted by: lord garth|| 2014-07-24 13:12 ||Comments

India-Pakistan: Firing by Indian BSF kills Pakistani in Shakargarh sector
Posted by Fred 07/24/2014  00:00 0 Comments 154 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[DAWN] NAROWAL: Firing by India's Border Security Force (BSF) across the working boundary killed a Pak citizen in Shakargarh sector on Wednesday, DawnNews reported.

Pak forces also resorted to retaliatory firing.

The dear departed was shifted to a nearby hospital.

This is the third incident of exchange of gunfire across the Indian and Pak working boundary.

One BSF person was killed and three other were maimed on Jul 16 on the Indian side of the border during a clash between the two sides.

In another incident on June 20, a Pak civilian was killed and three others were maimed during an exchange of fire across the working border between India and Pakistain border near Silakot's Charwah and Mirajkey sectors

Southeast Asia: Obama congratulates Indonesia's incoming president Jokowi
Posted by Fred 07/24/2014  00:00 0 Comments 150 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[Straits Times] Best wishes and congratulations from world leaders have been flowing in for president-elect Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, following Tuesday evening's final election result announcement by the General Elections Commission (KPU).

US President Barack Obama
I am the change that you seek...
, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott were among the first world leaders to call Jokowi and congratulate him.

"Last night, Pak SBY (outgoing President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono) and Mr Vice President Boediono called and congratulated me. This morning, the Singaporean PM and Australian PM called me. At 11am today, Mr Obama called and congratulated me," Jokowi said at City Hall in Jakarta on Wednesday.

India-Pakistan: 20 suspected militants killed in fresh N Waziristan airstrikes
Posted by Fred 07/24/2014  00:00 0 Comments 692 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[DAWN] At least 20 suspected turbans were killed and their hideouts were destroyed in early morning air strikes carried out by fighter jets in the Shawal tehsil of North Wazoo, Pak military claims on Wednesday.

The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) claimed that foreign turbans were also among the killed.

A statement issued by the ISPR said that foreign currency was seized from Mirali Bazar during the operation while an IED and explosives factory was also discovered in the area.

It said that four isolated terrorist hideouts were destroyed early in the morning through aerial strikes in Shawal Valley, killing 20 local and foreign terrorists.

a woman is only as old as she admits...
these claims could not be independently verified.

The media has no access to the tribal region, making it difficult to verify the claims of military as well as krazed killer sources.

28 more turbans killed in North Waziristan operation: ISPR

The military operation named Zarb-e-Azb
..the Pak offensive against Qaeda in Pakistain and the Pak Taliban in North Wazoo. The name refers to the sword of the Prophet (PTUI!)...
was launched by the Pakistain Army on June 15 following a brazen Taliban-claimed attack on Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
's international airport and failure of peace talks between the government and Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain negotiators.

...back at the cheese factory, there was only one thought in the mouse's mind: I can do this! I can do this! Then the trap sprung...
a special Eid Package was dispatched for the IDPs of North Waziristan Agency by Rawalpindi Corps on Wednesday.

The ISPR statement said that 32 trucks, carrying 220 tons of rations that include flour, rice, sugar, lentils, cooking oil, dry milk and tea were dispatched from Race Course Ground for the IDPs.

This entire ration was voluntarily deposited by the residents of Islamabad and Rawalpindi at collection points established by the Pakistain army.

It was 2nd consignment dispatched by the Rawalpindi Corps for the IDPs, making a total of 440 tons of ration so far, said the statement.

Nearly a million people have fled the offensive in North Waziristan, which is aimed at wiping out longstanding krazed killer strongholds in the area, which borders Afghanistan.

Tens of thousands of families have left for the town of Bannu, close to North Waziristan, while hundreds more have moved further afield to the towns of Lakki Marwat, Karak and Dera Ismail Khan
... the Pearl of Pashtunistan ...
since the Operation Zarb-e-Azb began in mid-June

India-Pakistan: Tackling polio
Posted by Fred 07/24/2014  00:00 4 Comments 222 words Read the whole thing on page 4
[DAWN] THERE has been widespread anxiety about the implications of the recently enforced polio
...Poliomyelitis is a disease caused by infection with the poliovirus. Between 1840 and the 1950s, polio was a worldwide epidemic. Since the development of polio vaccines the disease has been largely wiped out in the civilized world. However, since the vaccine is known to make Moslem pee-pees shrink and renders females sterile, bookish, and unsubmissive it is not widely used by the turban and automatic weapons set...
-related travel advisory issued by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for Pak travellers. While experts understand the scientific rationale for many of the steps taken, these have not been clearly communicated to the public, a gap this article hopes to address.

The current polio situation in Pakistain is worrisome. From Jan 1, 2014 to July 15, 2014, there have been 123 confirmed cases of polio worldwide, and 94 of them have occurred in Pakistain. During the same period last year, there were 132 cases worldwide and only 21 of those were in Pakistain. Pakistain is the only country in the world where polio cases have increased so dramatically in 2014.
#1: Pakistan is a Moslem country. That says it all.

A lot of crippled Moslems. So?
Posted by: Big Thromoth3646|| 2014-07-24 07:27 ||Comments

#2: Pakistan is a Moslem country. That says it all.

A lot of crippled Moslems. So?
Posted by: Big Thromoth3646|| 2014-07-24 07:27 ||Comments

#3: More "Helpless" beggars.
Posted by: Redneck Jim|| 2014-07-24 10:23 ||Comments

#4: At what point does spotty vaccination start to produce polio strains which are resistant to existing vaccines?
Posted by: Iblis|| 2014-07-24 11:14 ||Comments

India-Pakistan: Acid attacks on women
Posted by Fred 07/24/2014  00:00 2 Comments 493 words Read the whole thing on page 4
[DAWN] THE right to public space for women in many parts of Pakistain is a tenuous one, fraught with insecurity, and constantly under pressure from conservative elements. On Monday and Tuesday, two incidents in Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
have served to once again underscore this reality. In the first one, masked men entered a jewellery shop in Quetta and sprayed acid from syringes on four women patrons. In the second incident, two teenage sisters shopping at a bazaar in Mastung were attacked in an identical manner. Although mercifully it appears that the injuries sustained by those targeted are not of a very severe nature, the message that has been sent out is loud, clear and terrifying: women, if they choose to venture independently into the public domain, are fair game.

There have been three earlier attacks employing the same modus operandi in the province in the last few years, in Dalbandin, Kalat and Quetta. The targets in all of them were women — sometimes no more than girls — out in public, without a male chaperone. Those attacked in Kalat, significantly, were a group of teachers and students. The perpetrators are not difficult to gauge; in fact, after the Dalbandin attack an obscure religious group had grabbed credit, warning women to stay away from public places if they were not accompanied by male members of the family. However,
facts are stubborn; statistics are more pliable...
no one has been held to account, a fact that has undoubtedly emboldened regressive elements who feel no fear in carrying out brazen attacks on women in broad daylight even in a small town like Mastung where, if the state did its duty by its citizens, it would be difficult for the assailants to slip away. Balochistan has been steadily radicalised over the years, and a plethora of shadowy, holy warrior religious groups increasingly exercise their malign influence over society, diligently seeking to restrict women's agency, and deprive them of their rights. By turning a blind eye to their activities, the state imperils the hard-won rights of women elsewhere in Pakistain as well.
#1: Moslem values.

Posted by: Big Thromoth3646|| 2014-07-24 07:29 ||Comments

#2: We will hear from NOW and the left in 10, 9, 8,...never mind.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2014-07-24 09:40 ||Comments

Europe: Two Ukrainian fighter jets shot down in east: military
Posted by Fred 07/24/2014  00:00 9 Comments 220 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[DAWN] Two Ukrainian fighter jets were shot down on Wednesday, not far from where a Malaysian airliner was brought down last week in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 passengers on board.

A front man for Ukraine's military operations said the planes were downed near Savur Mogila, a burial mound in the Shaktersky region where a memorial marks ambushes by the Soviet army on occupying Nazis during World War Two.

He said he did not have any information about the pilots.

Igor Strelkov, who is now in charge of the rebel ranks in the eastern city of Donetsk, said the separatists had brought down one plane and that the pilot had ejected. He gave no further details.

Fierce fighting raged near the rebels' two main centres in Donetsk and nearby Luhansk, where they have been pushed back by Ukrainian government forces, who have taken control of villages and suburbs around the cities.

Earlier on Tuesday, Kiev said the separatists were leaving their positions on the outskirts of Donetsk and retreating towards the city centre.

Residents said the rebels, who rose up in April demanding independence from Kiev in the mainly Russian-speaking east, had dug trenches in downtown Donetsk outside the main university, where they have been living in student dormitories.
#1: Must have bot one of those plane spotting guides this time.
Posted by: borgboy|| 2014-07-24 03:38 ||Comments

#2: the planes were downed near Savur Mogila, a burial mound in the Shaktersky region where a memorial marks ambushes by the Soviet army on occupying Nazis during World War Two.

You sure an Ukrainian spokesman said this?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-07-24 05:17 ||Comments

#3: Wherever they concentrate their air defenses is very likely the region in which they [the Russians] will push through. The Nazi occupation symbology should not be ignored.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-07-24 05:42 ||Comments

#4: Besoeker. The symbol is about fighting the Nzis and one of the Estaerne Ukarians griefs agasint the ukaranian nationalists is about nthgeir forefathers siding with the Nazis and some of their main components openly supporting Nazi-like ideas and displaying Nazi-like symbology. You can dismiss it as propaganda but nevertheless Savur Mogial commemorates kicking Nazi asses not Nazi occupation.
Posted by: JFM|| 2014-07-24 07:27 ||Comments

#5: Precisely JFM. In the early days of the recent Ukrainian conflict with Russia, you may remember the Russians referring to the [new] Ukrainian gov't as Nazis or pro-Nazi. Labeling is an essential tool of the communists, and any reference, however oblique, to the Great Patriotic War is simply buttered bread.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-07-24 07:34 ||Comments

#6: The classic Soviet era metaphor is basically 'we always keep fighting the same people in the same place the same way', (e.g. "Alexander Nevsky").
These are, by the way, likely the other 'BUK' launchers from the unit that shot down the airliner (typically one control vehicle, and four to six launchers), and is what they were supposed to be there for, which is ground screen for surface probing attack.
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-07-24 07:42 ||Comments

#7: And the communists used those symbols and propaganda as excuses for every single person they killed or took away the freedom of from 1945 to the present. Every Korean they killed, every Hungarian or Czech they ran over with a tank, and a whole lot of the peasants that were forcibly starved (using the same blueprint they used in Ukraine) in China by the communist religion, they said they were fighting Naziism. It seems everyone was responsible for enabling the Nazis, except the people who signed the Molotov-Ribbentroff Pact and helped them invade Poland.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain|| 2014-07-24 10:19 ||Comments

#8: Besoeker. THere was and probaly there is an strong Ukranian party that held/holds an imporatnt ministry (I don't remeber if police or Army) and that is idelogycally close to the Nazis, anttisemitism included.
Posted by: JFM|| 2014-07-24 11:48 ||Comments

#9: Commies and nazis doing what commies and nazis do.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305|| 2014-07-24 13:10 ||Comments

Iraq: Why "The US Should Have Already Panicked," The Sectarian Divide Mapped Out
Posted by Uncle Phester 07/24/2014  00:00 2 Comments 43 words Read the whole thing on page 4
The moment in which the US can make a difference and truly affect the outcome is narrowing dramatically every day.
Oh, pshaw. There are tee times to be met!

Caution: Nervousness Alert (ZeroHedge)
#1: Personally I've been panicked since Nov 2008.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-07-24 05:23 ||Comments

#2: There are a great number of things to be concerned with since the 2009 inauguration: invasion at our border and a lack of security against our enemies, assault on the Constitution, a President bent on totalitarianism, the ascendancy of the left in the country, the demonization and targeting of the right, the weaponization of government against its people, the lawlessness within government and without, the fueling by the administration of division and racism, the growth of our enemies within such as the radical islamics, etc. and so on...
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2014-07-24 09:38 ||Comments

-Lurid Crime Tales-: How the CIA Stole a Soviet Satellite
Posted by Uncle Phester 07/24/2014  00:00 1 Comments 57 words Read the whole thing on page 3
What happened to the original truck driver? The CIA history only says that he was "escorted to a hotel room and kept there for the night." How he was "detained" isn't clear, but it wouldn't be surprising if money, liquor or prostitutes were involved.
Booze, broads or the "Big Deal" ($), right OS?
#1: But it won’t be long before the bad-luck giant spy ship Ural is gone for good, having never deployed

Typical Soviet Navy.

Posted by: Redneck Jim|| 2014-07-24 10:54 ||Comments

Home Front: Culture Wars: Chicago Muslims Threaten Violence Against Jews Over Gaza
Posted by Uncle Phester 07/24/2014  00:00 7 Comments 57 words Read the whole thing on page 2
Violence? How is that to be squared against "The Religion of Peace (tm)?"
Or it could be your run of the mill left wing or far right pro-Palestinian antisemites, overwhelmed by the zeitgeist. We won't know unless they're caught.
#1: Makes me homesick .. Lived 2 blocks from the Rev. Louis Farrakhan for several years while attending the Univ. of Chicago.
Posted by: borgboy|| 2014-07-24 03:26 ||Comments

#2: Go to prison. You can get in some sack time with the butt boys and there are a lot of other Moslems in there with you.

You can make a shank out of a plastic spoon and have your own turf in the yard. You will love it. And when you get out you will have learned a Trade. How to drill a lock and use a crowbar.
Allah loves it.
Posted by: Big Thromoth3646|| 2014-07-24 07:06 ||Comments

#3: Ahhh yes. Chicago, a gun free zone. Hope every Jew in the city is packing some serious heat.
Posted by: AlanC|| 2014-07-24 07:18 ||Comments

#4: So, we're talking about a shankdown between the Nation of Islam vs Rahm Emmanuel here.
Anybody got popcorn?
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-07-24 07:30 ||Comments

#5: Don't believe this is Louie's group doing this, borgboy.

These are the 'newcomers'.
Posted by: Mullah Richard|| 2014-07-24 08:00 ||Comments

#6: Well it sure isn't the Van Buren gang making threats.
Posted by: Alaska Paul|| 2014-07-24 11:35 ||Comments

#7: The Jews here ain't the Jews from Europe.

Ours shoot back.
Posted by: DarthVader|| 2014-07-24 12:12 ||Comments

Home Front: Politix: Lucky Duck Joe M!: Obama Cancels Obamacare in the US Territories and Protectorates
Posted by Uncle Phester 07/24/2014  00:00 4 Comments 0 words Read the whole thing on page 4

-Lurid Crime Tales-: How a Jewish Doctor Duped the Nazis
Posted by Uncle Phester 07/24/2014  00:00 2 Comments 83 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[Politico] Thus began one of the most effective but least-known deceptions of World War II, one that is wondrously thick with irony:
Irony? Ooooooooo! My favorite!
For 16 months, working under the noses of his clueless Nazi overseers--in particular Ding-Schuler, whom Fleck described as a "dummkopf"--a Jewish doctor managed to send fake typhus vaccine to the Nazi soldiers at the front, even as he provided the real thing to inoculate his fellow condemned Jews in a concentration camp.

#1: Jewish doctor managed to send fake typhus vaccine

Nowaday he would be accused of crimes against humanity by the UN.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-07-24 05:20 ||Comments

#2: No Hollywood writer would dare name his villain Ding-Schuler.

Posted by: Frozen Al|| 2014-07-24 11:28 ||Comments

Iraq: Officials: U.S. knew 3 days before Mosul fell that Islamic State was moving forces
Posted by Uncle Phester 07/24/2014  00:00 1 Comments 135 words Read the whole thing on page 2
McGurk said the United States warned the Iraqi government on June 7 that American intelligence had received "early indications that ISIL was moving in force from Syria into Iraq and staging forces in western Mosul." He said U.S. officials had sought the urgent deployment of Kurdish peshmerga militia forces to eastern Mosul to stop the extremists' advance, but that the idea was blocked by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki's administration.

"The government of Baghdad did not share the same sense of urgency and did not approve the deployments," McGurk said. "Iraqi military commanders promised to send nine brigades of force to Mosul in response to our warnings and we stressed, however, that the forces would not arrive in time."

McGurk described the resulting events as "catastrophic."
Yeah, I guess.
#1: Hopefully the Ukrainians will get at least 3 days of advance warning.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-07-24 05:57 ||Comments

Home Front: Politix: The Left's dark money managers: Meet Philip Gara LaMarche
Posted by Uncle Phester 07/24/2014  00:00 2 Comments 58 words Read the whole thing on page 4
[MichelleMalkin] I checked the most updated White House visitor logs (as incomplete and shoddy as they are). LaMarche has tripled his visits over the past five years. He is listed 23 times (21 under "Philip G. LaMarche" or "Philip LaMarche" and twice under "Gara LaMarche"). LaMarche also donated $18 million through The Atlantic Philanthropies to a Chicago charity headed by Jarrett.
#1: Do people have to be entered in the White House log under their real names?
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418|| 2014-07-24 00:56 ||Comments

#2: Meanwhile, Harry Reid is running cover (the look over here ploy) by getting the Senate microphone and saying those evil Koch brothers are destroying the country by giving their money to charities such as educational institutions, cancer research, and the arts and creating jobs for regular people in the free market.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2014-07-24 09:13 ||Comments

Olde Tyme Religion: Muslim double standards abound
Posted by Uncle Phester 07/24/2014  00:00 3 Comments 34 words Read the whole thing on page 4
[TorontoSun] However, just next door to Israel almost 200,000 Arabs have been killed by fellow Arabs in Syria, but that tragedy has triggered no public demonstrations of anger in Islamic capitals, let alone in Toronto.
#1: Moslems killing other Moslems. is accepted, normal, and historically proper. Ali, the actual son of Fatimah, the Prophet's daughter took an arrow in the eye. Day One.

Now killing Jews that's in the Koran and is also recognized as a "good idea".
Killing kuffirs and making them slaves...also in the Koran. Its that kind of Book.

AND you get to pray with your butt in the air.
Posted by: Big Thromoth3646|| 2014-07-24 07:34 ||Comments

#2: "that tragedy has triggered no public demonstrations of anger in Islamic capitals"
Mainly because THEY'RE financing the whole thing.
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-07-24 08:05 ||Comments

#3: Double standards abound comment also applies to the left. As Frontpage says: "Inside every liberal is a totalitarian screaming to get out." IMO the same applies to many Muslims.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2014-07-24 09:18 ||Comments

Home Front: Culture Wars: 130 Environmental Groups Call For An End To Capitalism
Posted by Fred 07/24/2014  00:00 17 Comments 313 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[DAILYCALLER] Environmentalists have declared that global warming can't be stopped without ending the "hegemonic capitalist system," saying that cap-and-trade
... a government initiative to set limits on carbon emissions that could then be traded for money by the people who designed it ...
systems and conservation efforts are "false solutions."
They aren't called watermelons for nothing...
"The structural causes of climate change are linked to the current capitalist hegemonic system," reads the final draft of the Margarita Declaration, presented at a conference including about 130 environmental groups.

"To combat climate change it is necessary to change the system," the declaration adds.

Environmental activists met in the oil producing, socialist country of Venezuela as part of a United Nations
...an idea whose time has gone...
-backed event to increase civil engagement in the lead up to a major climate conference.

But environmentalists surprised U.N. officials by offering up a declaration that not only seeks to end capitalism, but one that also opposes U.N.-backed efforts to fight global warming — namely, cap-and-trade and forest conservation programs.

Climate-change news analysis site RTCC reports that it's unclear which groups signed onto the declaration, adding that it runs in the face of the "green economy" solutions to global warming backed by rich nations.

But many poor countries, like Venezuela, do not support a "green economy" solution to global warming, instead, arguing that rich countries should give poor nations cash payments and technology transfers.
#1: Let's help! Step one, don't donate any of that capitalism tainted money to them
Step two: don't let them use ANYTHING produced by capitalistic economies.
Step three, they can get their Kim Il-Jung healthcare cards and ration books.
Posted by: Clemp Graviger6156|| 2014-07-24 00:07 ||Comments

#2: The headline in the document released says: "Change the system, not the climate."

Someone should note the Greens slip is showing.
Posted by: badanov||http://www.chriscovert.net|| 2014-07-24 00:28 ||Comments

#3: Watermelons showing their true nature. Little would be totalitarians.
Posted by: OldSpook|| 2014-07-24 00:43 ||Comments

#4: The nuts are everywhere. 22 July, the city council of South Portland ME voted to ban the export of oil from their harbor facilities. Without oil Maine would freeze in the winter.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418|| 2014-07-24 00:48 ||Comments

#5: Was chatting with a eco-nut I knew from the early 70s on Facebook about the SpaceX planned MCT (Mar Colony Transport). He asked me who would make sure they didn't pollute the moon or mars? I answered "their owners" nobody else should care. Its uninhabited space so it can't be polluted. It is already. He then made a few snappy statements so I pointed out that the liftoff sound shockwave from an 100 astronaut MCT would be several times that of the Hiroshima bomb so the first liftoff should take care of any EPA or OSHA inspectors. He broke the connection.
Posted by: 3dc|| 2014-07-24 00:52 ||Comments

#6: Sounds good to me. I'll go for despotism. I have the guns and the supplies, therefore you greens are now my slaves.

Don't like it? Tough. Now hoe my fields worms.
Posted by: DarthVader|| 2014-07-24 01:06 ||Comments

#7: Over soy-latte?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-07-24 05:20 ||Comments

#8: Take it to Church. Tell God you are going to need a little help.

Human Nature is not going to help you much . Neither is thinking it through.
Posted by: Big Thromoth3646|| 2014-07-24 07:18 ||Comments

#9: End of Capitalism? Anyone have an approximate date? There should be a strong market rally just before the sell off. Inquiring minds....
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-07-24 07:23 ||Comments

#10: Say two years in the backwoods of Alaska with only 19th Century tools would do a world of good to enlighten the survivors of what the real world is like which is only held in check by all those hated modern technologies they take for granted.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2014-07-24 08:35 ||Comments

#11: So, this would mean that Stalin's Russia and Eastern Europe were environmental paradises?
Posted by: Matt|| 2014-07-24 08:39 ||Comments

#12: Matt, did my senior thesis on pollution in the USSR (ok, it was 40+ yrs ago) and found that surprise, surprise, it was the worst in the world do to the way their economics accounted for and incentivized resource use.

Communism is inherently polluting.
Posted by: AlanC|| 2014-07-24 10:07 ||Comments

#13: Marxism is economic pollution, it's therefore no surprise that it leads to pollution in the real-world.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles|| 2014-07-24 11:14 ||Comments

#14: Going to do away with Socialism too? Look at the Aral Formerly Known as Sea! Hello? Hello?
Posted by: korora_penguin@yahoo.com|| 2014-07-24 11:54 ||Comments

#15: The rind comes off the watermelon. Vegans of the world feast.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble|| 2014-07-24 12:05 ||Comments

#16: Hey,P2K (#10) Why would you do that to Alaska Paul?

Buy them a one-way ticket to Pyongyang.
Posted by: Bobby|| 2014-07-24 12:17 ||Comments

#17: The capital system is self cleaning. People will not stick their hand in someone else's toilet to clean it unless there is a handsome profit. Or a punishment if they refuse. I prefer the carrot; not the stick system.
Posted by: Airandee|| 2014-07-24 12:27 ||Comments

China-Japan-Koreas: Chinese city sealed off after bubonic plague death
Posted by Fred 07/24/2014  00:00 0 Comments 28 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[THEGUARDIAN] 30,000 residents of Yumen are not being allowed to leave and 151 people have been placed in quarantine after man's death

Iraq: Islamic State Says Mannequins Must Wear Veils
Posted by Fred 07/24/2014  00:00 7 Comments 269 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[BREITBART] The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
... the current version of al-Qaeda in Iraq, just as blood-thirsty and well-beloved as the original...
(ISIS) told shopkeepers in djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
the mannequins must wear veils. The veil is in accordance with Sharia law since "the human form is not depicted in statues or artwork." Both gender of mannequins are to wear the veil.

ISIS expelled all Christians from the historic city over the weekend after the people were told to convert to Islam, pay a tax, or die. The majority of Christians left with only the clothes on their back, and ISIS marked homes with an "N" for Nazarene. ISIS is also cutting off water supplies to Christian and Kurd communities they do not control.

"This is ethnic cleansing, but nobody is speaking up," said Yonadam Kanna, Iraq's most prominent Christian politician. "It is the first time in our history that something like this has happened. Mohammedans and Christians used to live together."
#1: Next week, ISIS will demand all the mannequins have their genitals mutilated.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418|| 2014-07-24 00:51 ||Comments

#2: What about blow-up dolls for the deviant?
Posted by: borgboy|| 2014-07-24 03:27 ||Comments

#3: Has to marry her first
Posted by: European Conservative|| 2014-07-24 05:00 ||Comments

#4: I would have thought mannequins were haram.
Posted by: gorb|| 2014-07-24 06:13 ||Comments

#5: Would this include HOV inflatables ?
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-07-24 06:17 ||Comments

#6: Next up: Merkins!
Posted by: Uncle Phester|| 2014-07-24 08:23 ||Comments

#7: Especially mannequins of goats!
Posted by: CrazyFool|| 2014-07-24 09:31 ||Comments

Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Jihadi cleric calls for Muslim fighters to join the fighting in Gaza
Posted by Fred 07/24/2014  00:00 0 Comments 521 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[JPOST] A new jihadi media outlet called Al-Fawaris released a video calling on Gazooks to endure the military operation, saying that victory looms and that Moslems all over the world support them.

According to a report published on Monday by the MEMRI (Middle East Media Research Institute) Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor, the video also features jihadi holy man Abu hareth Al-Maqdisi threatening Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, saying his demise is coming soon.

Sisi's killing of Moslems in Egypt is part of a Zionist-Crusader plot against the Gazooks, Maqdisi said.

"You won't sit for long in your position, because what happened to [former Egyptian president Hosni] Mubarak and [former Egyptian president Anwar] Sadat will happen to you as well," he said, in reference to Mubarak's stepping down from the presidency following protests in 2011 and to Sadat's liquidation in 1981.

Maqdisi, whose name attests to his Paleostinian origin, is currently in Syria.

"The general impression is that Al-Fawaris is close to the Islamic State, inter alia due to its use of the flag identified with the Islamic State, and due to the shared concept of shattering the Sykes-Picot boundaries that is advertised in the notice announcing the establishment of this media body," the report said.

"The Al-Fawaris Institute for Information Productions will focus on the affairs of the Moslems in al-Sham [Greater Syria], because al-Sham is not what the apostates delineated [in terms of its boundaries]. Al-Sham is as it was in ancient times… From the Euphrates in Iraq to El-Arish in Egypt," according to a post that appeared on Twitter with the establishment of the organization.

"Oh our brothers in Gazoo, know that you are fighting an enemy following Satan's path, whereas you are fighting in the way of [Allah] the merciful," Maqdisi said.

He added that he and his fighters want to join the fighting in Gazoo.

"True, we are fighting in Syria, but our heart yearns to arrive and fight the sons and brothers of the apes and pigs [the Jews]," MEMRI reported Maqdisi as saying The jihadi holy man said that Gazooks must be patient and wait for either victory or martyrdom, adding that Allah will soon send "extraordinary soldiers who will fight and defeat the Jews."

"The days of defeats have passed. Our concept today is offensive and therefore you must attack them [the Jews] so they won't attack you, hold on, fortify yourself and trust in Allah so you may succeed," Maqdisi said.

Israel-Palestine-Jordan: World suspension of Israel flights a 'great victory': Hamas
Posted by Fred 07/24/2014  00:00 0 Comments 281 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[NEWS.YAHOO] Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, said Wednesday that the suspension of international flights to and from Israel over security concerns about Gazoo rocket fire was a "great victory."

"The success of Hamas in closing Israeli airspace is a great victory for the resistance, and is the crown of Israel's failure," Hamas front man Sami Abu Zuhri
...a senior spokesman for Hamas. Zuhri gained notoriety in 2006 when he dropped his money belt containing somewhere between 640,000 and 900,000 euros, which was confiscated by Paleostinian security and customs officials at a routine border crossing from Egypt to Gaza. The news brought competing Hamas and Fatah forces to the crossing checkpoint for an epic face-making and hollering contest...
said in a statement.

A rocket fired from the embattled Paleostinian territory hit near Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport on Tuesday, prompting US and European airlines to suspend all flights to and from the Jewish state.

The flight ban was still in place on Wednesday, as Israel bombarded Gazoo for a 16th straight day in an operation to stop rocket fire and destroy tunnels constructed by Hamas, the main power in the territory.

-Short Attention Span Theater-: Michael Moore Owns 9 Homes
Posted by Fred 07/24/2014  00:00 6 Comments 206 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[BREITBART] According to the bankrupt, increasingly impoverished, reliably Democrat, Detroit
... ruled by Democrats since 1962. A city whose Golden Age included the Purple Gang...
News, anti-capitalism "everyman" filmmaker Michael Moore owns 9 homes. On top of a $2 million, 10,000 square foot lakefront mansion in Torch Lake, Michigan, there is a Manhattan condo that was once 3 condos, and 7 other properties. Moore's secret role as a land baron was revealed in divorce papers:

The filmmaker, 60, who split his time between a home here and one in New York, is leaving his wife of 22 years, Kathy Glynn.

His hit movies and best-selling books have begat a lifestyle far from most ballcap-wearing, duck-waddling denizens of Flint.

Moore and Glynn own nine properties in Michigan and New York, including a Manhattan condo that once was three apartments. CelebrityNetWorth.com pegs their wealth at $50 million.

In legal pleadings, Moore blames his wife for the expansion of the 10,000-square-foot home on Torch Lake, which has a value of $2 million.

Since his 1989 "Roger and Me," Michael Moore has earned upwards of $50 million trashing capitalism.

#1: Limousine liberal (or latte liberal) is a derogatory term used to describe a rich liberal who considers themselves a champion of the poor and downtrodden, but lives a lifestyle of wealth and luxury. Limousine liberal is mostly an American term. In Austrialia, an equivalent term is "chardonnay socialist", while in France the equivalent term is gauche caviar (caviar left).

"Capitalism is an organized system to guarantee that greed becomes the primary force of our economic system and allows the few at the top to get very wealthy and has the rest of us riding around thinking we can be that way, too - if we just work hard enough, sell enough Tupperware and Amway products, we can get a pink Cadillac."
Michael Moore
Posted by: Thineng Angailet7166|| 2014-07-24 00:12 ||Comments

#2: Parlour pink is, I believe, the British version. ;-)
Posted by: trailing wife|| 2014-07-24 00:38 ||Comments

#3: Rich leftists are always rent-seekers.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles|| 2014-07-24 07:23 ||Comments

#4: One percenters who assuage their conscious with the money of others.

St. Francis' example not applicable for these people. One set of rules for me, a second set of rules for thee. As another poster often quips - I'll believe them when they start acting accordingly.

Do take note of a wealthy actor who recently passed and is now reported to have cut his children out of the estate because (to paraphrase) he didn't want them to become trust fund babies.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2014-07-24 08:31 ||Comments

#5: Michael Moore has earned upwards of $50 million trashing capitalism

He also has a nasty record of abusing his hired help.
Posted by: Pappy|| 2014-07-24 11:08 ||Comments

#6: On a per-pound basis, nine is really not that many. Besides, I bet he's filled them all with poor immigrant children.
Posted by: Matt|| 2014-07-24 11:26 ||Comments

Africa North: Kerry, Aides Undergo Metal Detector Screening Before Meeting With Egyptian"President
Posted by Fred 07/24/2014  00:00 2 Comments 515 words Read the whole thing on page 6
[WASHINGTON.CBSLOCAL] 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...
defied a Federal Aviation Administration ban and flew into Israel's main airport Wednesday in a sign of sheer will to achieve a cease-fire agreement in the warring Gazoo Strip despite little evidence of progress in ongoing negotiations aimed at halting fighting that's left at least 31 Israelis and 650 Paleostinians dead.

Kerry's arrival in Israel came as Israeli troops battled Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, forces of Evil near a southern Gazoo Strip town as dozens of Paleostinian families trapped by the fighting scrambled to flee the area.

It also came as Israel closed the border crossing into Gazoo at Erez "until further notice," citing the heavy fighting.

Kerry planned to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Paleostinian President the ineffectual Mahmoud Abbas
... a graduate of the prestigious unaccredited Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow with a doctorate in Holocaust Denial...
and United Nations
...an organization originally established to war on dictatorships which was promptly infiltrated by dictatorships and is now held in thrall to dictatorships...
Secretary-General the ephemeral Ban Ki-moon
... of whom it can be said to his credit that he is not Kofi Annan...
during what appeared to be a crucial day in the flailing talks.

Kerry reported some progress, reports the Rooters news agency, which quotes him as saying soon after he got to Jerusalem for a meeting with Ban,"We have certainly made some steps forward. There is still work to be done."

Kerry flew to Tel Aviv from Cairo, where he met Tuesday with Egypt's president and other high-level officials.
#1: They did put then through a metal detector. The BS detector however overloaded and caught fire as Kerry was approaching it.
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-07-24 07:54 ||Comments

#2: Don't trust him, that's typical, Sociopaths don't trust ANBODY. (THEY LIVE LONGER.)
Posted by: Redneck Jim|| 2014-07-24 10:11 ||Comments

Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Israeli Justice Minister's Response To UN: Get Lost
Posted by Uncle Phester 07/24/2014  00:00 1 Comments 8 words Read the whole thing on page 2
hahahahahahahahahahahah (gasp!) hahahahahahahahahahahah
#1: Thank God someone said it! Will never make it to MSM

Posted by: chris|| 2014-07-24 00:28 ||Comments

Africa Subsaharan: Congo repels attack on military base in capital
Posted by Fred 07/24/2014  00:00 0 Comments 403 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[AF.REUTERS] Gunmen attacked a major military base in Democratic Republic of the Congo
...formerly the Congo Free State, Belgian Congo, Zaire, and who knows what else, not to be confused with the Brazzaville Congo aka Republic of Congo, which is much smaller and much more (for Africa) stable. DRC gave the world Patrice Lumumba and Joseph Mobutu, followed by years of tedious civil war. Its principle industry seems to be the production of corpses. With a population of about 74 million it has lots of raw material...
's capital, Kinshasa, on Tuesday but the government said the situation had been quickly brought under control.

Witnesses said shooting died down after about half an hour. Security forces deployed tanks to a busy junction in the city centre but they were withdrawn shortly afterwards.

The base, known as Camp Tshatshi, was the scene of fighting in December last year when gunnies also attacked state television
... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
and an airport in the capital.

"Armed men attacked Camp Tshatshi some time between 1400 and 1430 (1300-1330 GMT) but they were defeated," government front man Lambert Mende told Rooters.

Kinshasa Governor Andre Kimbuta later said on state television
... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
that the 20 to 30 attackers were civilians but did not identify them. He urged residents to return to work.

A soldier in the camp who asked not to be named said at least four attackers had been killed.

Kinshasa's main N'djili airport was evacuated on Tuesday as a precautionary measure and placed under the protection of the presidential guard, according to a staff member.

Africa North: Fuel tanks hit in clashes near Libyan airport
Posted by Fred 07/24/2014  00:00 4 Comments 484 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[AF.REUTERS] Fuel storage tanks that supply 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...
were hit on Wednesday in festivities between rival Libyan militias, igniting a huge blaze near the international airport.

More than 40 people have been killed in some of the worst violence in the capital since the 2011 war that ousted Muammar Qadaffy
...Custodian of Wheelus AFB for 42 long years until he was ejected from the gene pool by his indignant citizens...
, as rival brigades of former fighters battle with rockets and mortars for control of the airport.

Firefighters used foam spray to douse the flames at the fuel storage facility, bringing the blaze under control. Officials said only a semi-full tank had been hit by a shell.

Tripoli and the eastern city of Benghazi have faced days of heavy street fighting among armed brigades and militias who once battled Qadaffy and now want to claim what they see as their rightful share of power in post-war Libya.

A twin suicide kaboom at a Libyan army base in Benghazi killed at least four solders on Tuesday, in an escalation of festivities between Islamist Lions of Islam and regular forces battling to oust them from the eastern city.

Libya's fragile government, with no strong standing army of its own and hamstrung by political infighting, is struggling to impose order on the vast North African OPEC oil producer whose turmoil threatens to spill over its borders.

In another blow to the government, Libya's oil production has fallen this week, eroding increases since April in revenue for the state after officials managed to negotiate an end to a blockade of vital oil ports.

A front man for the National Oil Corporation said production on Monday had been at 450,000 barrels per day down from 555,000 bpd a few days earlier, partly because El-Feel oilfield had reduced output due to the festivities in Tripoli.
#1: A close friend of mine in Libya sent me a video of the explosion captured on a security camera. The blast was enormous. The fuel made a gigantic fuel air mixture bomb out of the storage tanks and the fireball, I estimate was over 400 yards wide.

The fireball engulfed several dozen automobiles on the airport road and it did not look good.

I had hope Libya would eventually become something like adult supervision in North Africa but we've jacked this one up big time leaving the country and its citizens to the devices of the militias and the fanatics.
Posted by: Bill Clinton|| 2014-07-24 10:39 ||Comments

#2: Yes, that Responsibility to Protect certainly worked out well, didn't it.
Posted by: Pappy|| 2014-07-24 10:52 ||Comments

#3: Ah, but the question is: Is Fwance getting their money's worth for the kinetic action?
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305|| 2014-07-24 11:21 ||Comments

#4: What does FAA says about flying to Libya?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-07-24 13:38 ||Comments

Africa Subsaharan: Sierra Leone's chief Ebola doctor contracts the virus
Posted by Fred 07/24/2014  00:00 0 Comments 163 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[AF.REUTERS] The head doctor fighting the deadly tropical virus Ebola in Sierra Leone has himself caught the disease, the government said.

The 39-year-old Sheik Umar Khan, hailed as a "national hero" by the health ministry, was leading the fight to control an outbreak that has killed 206 people in the West African country. Ebola kills up to 90 percent of those infected and there is no cure or vaccine.

Across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, more than 600 people have died from the illness, according to the World Health Organisation, placing great strain on the health systems of some of Africa's poorest countries.

Khan, a Sierra Leonean virologist credited with treating more than 100 Ebola victims, has been transferred to a treatment ward run by medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres, according to the statement released late on Tuesday by the president's office.

Health Minister Miatta Kargbo called Khan a national hero and said she would "do anything and everything in my power to ensure he survives"

Africa Subsaharan: Bomb targeting imam in north Nigeria kills at least 15
Posted by Fred 07/24/2014  00:00 0 Comments 633 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[AF.REUTERS] A bomb tossed off the back of a cycle of violence at a Nigerian Moslem holy man killed at least 15 people on a busy commercial road in the northern city of Kaduna on Wednesday, witnesses said.

The blast scattered debris and dead bodies on the Alkali Road in the city centre, but missed Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi, who was conducting Moslem prayers in Murtala Muhammed square, two witnesses told Rooters by telephone.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Islamist hard boy group Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
has been staging attacks, especially with explosives, outside its northeastern heartlands in the past three months.

The group has often attacked Moslem leaders and imams who criticise its hardline Salafist ideology.

Witness Yusuf Suleiman, a trader, said that he counted 15 bodies in a police van after the kaboom.

Police were not immediately available for comment.

Boko Haram, which is fighting to carve out an Islamic state in Nigeria, has repeatedly targeted civilians this year, mostly in remote northeastern Borno state. It killed more than 2,000 civilians during the first half of this year, Human Rights Watch
... During the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011, HRW received a pledge from the Foundation to Promote Open Society, of which George Soros is Chairman, for general support totaling $100,000,000. The grant is being paid in installments of $10,000,000 over ten years.Through June 30, 2013, HRW had received $30,000,000 towards the fulfillment of the pledge....
(HRW) estimated a week ago.

The Islamists sacked the northeast town of Damboa and surrounding villages over the weekend, killing at least 50 people.

The five-year-old insurgency has been in the international spotlight since Boko Haram fighters kidnapped more than 200 girls from a school in the northeastern village of Chibok on April 14th. President Goodluck Jonathan
... 14th President of Nigeria. He was Governor of Bayelsa State from 9 December 2005 to 28 May 2007, and was sworn in as Vice President on 29 May 2007. Jonathan is a member of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP). He is a lover of nifty hats, which makes him easily recognizable unless someone else in the room is wearing a neat chapeau...
met parents of the kidnapped girls for the first time on Tuesday.

Africa Horn: Somali woman MP famed for political songs shot dead by Islamists
Posted by Fred 07/24/2014  00:00 1 Comments 211 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[AF.REUTERS] A Somali member of parliament famed for political and patriotic songs she sang over decades was rubbed out on Wednesday in Mogadishu by Islamist gunnies, a fellow politician and Salafist tough guys said.

"Gunmen killed MP Saado Ali Warsame and another clerk for the parliament," politician Dahir Amin Jesow said, referring to the well-known singer, believed to be in her 70s. She was one of fewer than 30 women MPs in the 275-seat parliament, MPs said.

The Islamist group al-Shabaab
... Somalia's version of the Taliban, functioning as an arm of al-Qaeda...
grabbed credit.
#1: think Joan Baez. Can you blame them?
Posted by: Frank G|| 2014-07-24 09:35 ||Comments

Home Front: Politix: IRS Experts: Lois Lerner hard drive was just 'scratched' - Not Damaged Beyond Recovery
Posted by junkiron 07/24/2014  00:00 8 Comments 401 words Read the whole thing on page 3
Top IRS officials told congressional investigators that Lois Lerner's hard drive --
the one containing emails that could shed light on the IRS targeting scandal --
was irreparably damaged before it was destroyed completely in 2011. But now, investigators have had a chance to talk to the technical experts inside the IRS who actually examined Lerner's computer, and the experts say the hard drive in question was actually just scratched, and that most of the data on it was recoverable.

The IRS computer experts also told the committee that they had recommended seeking outside help in recovering the data from Lerner's computer - something IRS management declined to do.

The revelation has increased the sense among Republicans on Capitol Hill that they're being jerked around by the IRS. It is unbelievable that we cannot get a simple, straight answer from the IRS about this hard drive, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp said in a statement Tuesday. The committee was told no data was recoverable and the physical drive was recycled and potentially shredded. To now learn that the hard drive was only scratched, yet the IRS refused to utilize outside experts to recover the data, raises more questions about potential criminal wrong doing at the IRS.

In addition, the committee says it has come across evidence that, at least for some period of time, Lerner's computer was listed as recovered in an internal IRS IT tracking document. The committee says IRS experts were not able to say whether recovered meant that the hard drive had actually been saved or whether it had met some other fate. In any event, committee aides say they have consulted with former federal law enforcement and Department of Defense forensic experts about the matter, and their conclusion is that the majority of information on the drive could have been saved.

If anything, the new information has strengthened GOP's resolve to keep investigating the IRS matter. It is these constant delays and late revelations that have forced this investigation to go on so long, Camp said. If the IRS would just come clean and tell Congress and the American people what really happened, we could put an end to this. Our investigators will not stop until we find the full truth.

#1: This train is going to stop at the Oval Office. It's just a matter of time. I have a sense none of these IRS people have any desire to go to jail in order to protect the Champ.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-07-24 05:03 ||Comments

#2: How do you say Pollyanna in Afrikaans?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-07-24 05:04 ||Comments

#3: Sy is nie 'n 'Pollyanna' nie, sy is waar stom.
[not a Pollyanna, just quite dull]
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-07-24 05:33 ||Comments

#4: :-)
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-07-24 05:36 ||Comments

#5: First rule of government service :"It's never too early to start covering your a$$." It's why they love paperwork; it's like a big blanket to hide under.
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2014-07-24 07:58 ||Comments

#6: So,If they don't HAVE the hard drive, how do they know.
Posted by: Redneck Jim|| 2014-07-24 11:12 ||Comments

#7: Conventionally, "recovered" means her drive was replaced with a new one with cloned copies of Windows and the standard set of applications she used, and then her User Data directory was restored from central backup. This would limit the loss to a day or a week.

Her emails were stored on the central server.

The problem is, her inbox was limited (on the server) to 250 MB, a tiny amount these days. I would expect she had processed over 5GB of email in the last few years.

If she was just erasing old email (on the server), then it's gone, because the IRS was not keeping backups older than six months, so after it had been erased for six months, the backup would be overwritten. This would not comply with records retention policy, but I suppose she could easily survive the slaps with the wet noodle.

If she was moving copies of old email to her local hard drive (which is not that easy to do in an IMAP setup), then the question is why were these not restored when her computer was recovered. Is there no central backup of User Data at the IRS? Or were the emails in question manually erased from her User Data, either before or after the HD crash, and the failed drive is just a red herring?

Beyond all that, there is the requirement to preserve email, which can be, and is, complied with by printing out email or storing it on some permanent medium, like a DVD.
Posted by: KBK|| 2014-07-24 12:34 ||Comments

#8: Hey, Congress, you'd better not slack up:
Please help the tax man set a rack up
And donate some hardware
And audit her software
And burn Lois Lerner's big back-up!
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220|| 2014-07-24 13:19 ||Comments

Southeast Asia: Abu Sayyaf frees last of four kidnapped social workers
Posted by ryuge 07/24/2014  00:00 0 Comments 135 words Read the whole thing on page 1
Abu Sayyaf gunmen released the last of 4 social workers they kidnapped in Sulu province.

Sulu police chief Abraham Orbita said they recovered Roberto Saputalo in Talipao town late Tuesday. Orbita said, "His safe release was due to the pressure of law enforcement operations by security sector and the local government."

Abu Sayyaf rebels also freed recently two other social workers in Patikul town. It is not known if ransoms were paid for their safe release. The kidnappers had earlier freed another social worker, Lerna Jurah. The four social workers were conducting a survey on a government anti-poverty program when armed men seized them in the village of Upper Sinumaan in Talipao town.

The Abu Sayyaf is still holding at least ten kidnapped victims, including foreigners seized from the neighboring Tawi-Tawi province and Sabah in Malaysia.

Southeast Asia: Roadside bomb injures four Thai border policemen
Posted by ryuge 07/24/2014  00:00 0 Comments 110 words Read the whole thing on page 1
Four Thai border patrol police officers were wounded - two seriously - when a bomb went off on the side of a highway in Pattani's Muang district yesterday. The blast also damaged the victims' police pick-up.

The first two were in critical condition with bomb shrapnel to the head, which prompted doctors to send them via helicopter to a hospital in Songkhla province.

In related news, Ra Ngae district police in Narathiwat province arrested two suspects who later reportedly confessed to planning and carrying out bomb attacks in tambon Tanyongmas last Sunday. The pair was seen on CCTV footage riding a motorcycle in the area after allegedly planting the bombs.

Israel-Palestine-Jordan: 295 Suspects Arrested For Jerusalem Riots
Posted by trailing wife 07/24/2014  00:00 0 Comments 113 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Ynet] Some 20 Arab suspects were arrested overnight Wednesday for riots that were taking place in the past recent days in East Jerusalem neighborhoods. Since the riots in Shuafat following Mohammed Abu Khdeir's murder, 295 suspects had been arrested for rioting and 71 indictments were served.
"Never mind the usual suspects, Avi. Just bring in everyone on our wish list. Plus all the guilty of rioting, of course."
"Ok, Sarge. Though the two lists pretty much are the same people -- I ran a quick search. Should I call their cell phones?"
"Just ping 'em, so we know where to pick them up."

Israel-Palestine-Jordan: UN Launches Inquiry Into Israeli Violations In Gaza
Posted by trailing wife 07/24/2014  00:00 3 Comments 102 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Ynet] The United Nations Human Rights Council agreed on Wednesday to launch an international inquiry into violations that may have been committed during Israel's latest military offensive in Gaza.

At the end of an emergency session, the 47-member Geneva state forum adopted a resolution presented by Palestinians by a vote of 29 states in favour, 1 against (the United States) with 17 abstentions (including some European Union members).
That's nice. Is it binding on the Security Council or, like so much the UN does, are they registering their feelings on the subject?
#1: The only thing violated in Gaza are the women by their own men.
Posted by: borgboy|| 2014-07-24 03:35 ||Comments

#2: Ozzie Saffa excerpt:

The United Nations Human Rights Council will launch an inquiry via an international committee into alleged war crimes committed by Israel in the most recent round of Gaza fighting - 22 member states voted in favour of the inquiry. Really?

Where's the inquiry into HAMAS???

Where's an inquiry into how they use civilians as human shields, and instruct women and children NOT to leave an area about to be bombed by Israel - after Israel WARNS them the area is about to be bombed?

Yeah, I know, shocking, right?

The Israeli Prime Minister's Office stated in reply:

The HRC should be launching an investigation into Hamas's decision to turn hospitals into military command centers, use schools as weapons depots and place missile batteries next to playgrounds, private homes and mosques.
Yeah, but Israel!

Ozzie link.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-07-24 06:34 ||Comments

#3: Just like in the NFL when the guy committing the foul doesn't get called for a sucker punch or a late hit and the guy who retaliates gets the flag.

The UN is completely morally bankrupt.
Posted by: Bill Clinton|| 2014-07-24 10:42 ||Comments

Israel-Palestine-Jordan: FAA Extends Flight Ban To Tel Aviv For US Airlines By 24 Hours
Posted by trailing wife 07/24/2014  00:00 6 Comments 86 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Ynet] The Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday extended a ban on US airline flights to Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport by an additional 24 hours.

A statement from the US agency said the flight prohibition initially issued on Tuesday remains in effect as it evaluates conditions. The FAA had banned US flights to Tel Aviv in response to a rocket strike that landed near the airport.
Our beloved president is making his unhappiness known.
#1: Aqain I ask: what about a ban on Chicago due to recent heavy violence?
Posted by: borgboy|| 2014-07-24 03:37 ||Comments

#2: Banning travel to a region beset by mooslim rockets he and his State Department help finance? I think I'm beginning to detect a pattern.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-07-24 05:09 ||Comments

#3: I guess El Al's financial managers are ecstatic.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-07-24 05:11 ||Comments

#4: If neighborhood violence and death are a concern, Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and the nearby Delta Corporate headquarters should be immediately shuttered. At lease close the field expedient, urban morgue parking garages.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2014-07-24 06:06 ||Comments

#5: There are certainly a lot more people killed in the 50 square miles around O'Hare and around Hartsfield than around Ben Gurion.
Posted by: Glenmore|| 2014-07-24 07:57 ||Comments

#6: British Air was still flying in, at last report.
Posted by: Pappy|| 2014-07-24 11:06 ||Comments

Israel-Palestine-Jordan: IDF Spent NIS 1.3 Billion In Training Leading Up To Protective Edge
Posted by trailing wife 07/24/2014  00:00 0 Comments 172 words Read the whole thing on page 2
From a few days ago, but still timely.
[Ynet] Security forces have been preparing for years for the next ground operation; training focused on another Leb war but is relevant for Protective Edge as well.

Over the years leading up to the current IDF ground incursion in Gazoo, training, funding and strategic planning has been focused on just such an operation making the army well-prepared for what they are about to face in the coming days and possibly weeks.

"The Arclight airstrikes did not solve the problem and won't solve it, either. A ground maneuver is the solution. Where the ground maneuver reached - rocket launching stopped."

Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Hackers Step Up Cyber Attacks On Israel To Protest Gaza Operation
Posted by trailing wife 07/24/2014  00:00 0 Comments 562 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Ynet] Netvision customers hit by foreign hackers; Anonymous threatens 'day of solidarity and resistance' in cyber attacks on Friday.

Hackers from around the world,particularly in Arab states, have launched mutiple cyber attacks on Israeli websites, the Shin Bet says, in protest of the IDF's ongoing operation in Gazoo.

Customers of major Israeli internet provider Netvision reported experiencing connection problems on Tuesday evening, which proved to be part of a DDOS attack, in other words, a cyber attack that cuts off service from a supplier to its customers.

"The attempted attack was handled by the company by blocking the availability of websites from abroad," Netvision said Tuesday. "It seems that as a result, some customers have experienced sluggishness in receiving emails."

Tuesday's attack raised concerns regarding how such an event can be prevented in the future, but posed no legitimate security threat to Israel.
The Shin Bet said that the intention of the attack was to lead to the collapse of the Internet in Israel by creating an overload on the system. The Cyber Protection Division of the Shin Bet regularly works with media companies in Israel and private sources to work against such attacks.

Doron Ofek, an information security specialist from the Digital Rights movement, explained that Tuesday's attack raised concerns regarding how such an event can be prevented in the future, but posed no legitimate security threat to Israel.

"This action, if we translate it to the real world, is like an attempt to break into a store. If we compare the internet to a store, someone tried to break into the store and was unsuccessful. The same person then called to his friends from the neighborhood and together they filled all the routes to the store so that it couldn't function," said Ofek.

"No damage was caused to the store but all those people blocking the entrance with their bodies... only when they move from the entrance will it be able to function regularly."

...back at the wreckage, Captain Poindexter awoke groggily, his hand still stuck in the Ming vase...
a second, possibly more crippling attack is apparently being planned by the infamous hacker group Anonymous, known for successfully hacking into heavily secured systems for political reasons.

A video announcement from the group appeared online over the last week in which Anonymous claimed that, "This Friday will be a day in where Israel will feel fear tingling in their servers, and homes. It will be a day of solidarity and resistance."

"We are calling upon the Anonymous collective, and the elite hacker groups to join our crusade, and to wage cyber war against the State of Israel," said the threatening message.

Recent cyber attacks spearheaded by Israel's enemy in Gazoo, Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason,, have also been witnessed on Channel 10 and Channel 2 news.

Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Destroying Hamas Is Only Way To Peace
Posted by trailing wife 07/24/2014  00:00 3 Comments 840 words Read the whole thing on page 4
[Ynet] Israel must advance agreement with Paleostinian Authority while eradicating — rather than weakening — Islamic organization in Gazoo.

The Israeli political left says that an agreement and compromise with the Paleostinian Authority will destroy Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason,. In my opinion, it's quite the opposite: Destroying the Hamas regime is a condition for a compromise agreement with the Paleostinians.

It's not a sufficient condition — there are many other conditions and moves (for example, freezing settlement construction instead of releasing Hamas terrorists) — but it is a necessary condition.

Israel can make Hamas collapse, but Israel doesn't want it to collapse and has even declared so in advance. From this we can conclude that the existence of a "weakened" Hamas serves all kinds of interests, matches all kinds of outlooks, both personal and ideological, makes the political compromise unachievable and intensifies the suspiciousness and dissention.

Millions of Israelis are rightfully asking themselves: If all the Paleostinians are like Hamas, how can we agree to withdraw from even one more kilometer? And the conclusion is: Let's settle, let's annex and let's forget about the dreams.

Some believe Hamas is suffering from a youth revolt syndrome and is acting like an adolescent hooligan. The more it grows up, the more it will calm down, become domesticated, become tamed and make rational decisions. Rational, meaning decisions Israel would like it to make.

I see it as a false hope stemming from a deep misunderstanding of the reasons for Hamas' existence as a fanatic Islamist military organization.

It's not that Hamas is operating aimlessly. Its aim is to make the lives of both the Israelis and the Paleostinians miserable and to increase the hatred between them up to the point of no return.

The big wave of terror attacks carried out by Hamas began shortly after the Oslo Accords, about 20 years ago, and was quite successful as far as the organization was concerned. Hundreds of Israelis were killed, the public lived in fear, radicalization spread and grew stronger, Israel's prime minister was murdered and the realization of the agreement ran aground.

Since that wave of terror, our governments have sent the IDF on several operations aimed at weakening Hamas rather than, God forbid, eradicating it.

After every operation we hear that Hamas has been weakened, so much that it can now fire rockets at all parts of Israel and dig a network of tunnels which make the border fences look like a joke. It's better not to think about what its current "weakening" will lead to.

Hamas' big day — and Israel's big missed opportunity — arrived when it took over the Gazoo Strip. The takeover put Israel in danger and gave us a recognized international right to intervene and prevent the border area from turning into a terror compound.

But the Israeli government openly avoided that. It even avoided helping the Paleostinian Authority, Gazoo's legitimate landlord. Why should we care that the Paleostinians are fighting each other? It doesn't concern us.

According to that same perception which has not changed since then, Israel doesn't have to worry about who controls Gazoo, but only about the type of weapons in Gazoo. As if weapons fire on their own.

Accepting Hamas' takeover of Gazoo was a first-class strategic mistake. It got us entangled in every possible trouble, starting with Gazoo turning into a rocket arsenal to the decision to impose an economic and environmental siege on the Strip, a siege which affected a poor and helpless population and is perceived in the world as a horrible crime. Even worse than the rockets. Hamas used the siege to justify its acts of war, including the latest one.

The Israeli government eventually began letting go of the siege, secretly, gradually, at an extent which wasn't enough to create an economic perspective for Gazoo's residents. According to a public opinion poll conducted recently, Hamas has become much less popular than Fatah in Gazoo. This is the motive and the explanation for its recent actions.

There is a fear that in the post-Hamas era, worse and more dangerous jihad forces will rise to power among the Paleostinian public. They may indeed rise to power, but only if we fail to do anything to advance an agreement with the Paleostinian Authority while eradicating the Hamas rule.
#1: "They make a desert and call it peace." In this particular case the Roman political statement rings true!
Posted by: borgboy|| 2014-07-24 03:44 ||Comments

#2: Not to be a pedant, but this is a (derogatory) statement about Romans, borgboy.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2014-07-24 05:26 ||Comments

#3: g(r)I know its a derogatory statement. That's why I added 'in this particular case'. Thx for input -I'll be less obscure in my intent next time. :)
Posted by: borgboy|| 2014-07-24 09:28 ||Comments

Iraq: Jihadists Organize Tours In Their Syria, Iraq 'Caliphate'
Posted by trailing wife 07/24/2014  00:00 1 Comments 589 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[IsraelTimes] Known for kidnapping, public stonings, lashings and executions, the Islamic State (IS) is now expanding into tourism, taking jihadists on honeymoon and civilians to visit other parts of its "caliphate."
Oooh! Mom! Take me there!
Running twice-weekly tours from Syria's Raqa to Iraq's Anbar, IS' buses fly the group's black flag and play jihadist songs throughout the journey.

One of the first clients was Chechen jihadist Abu Abdel Rahman al-Shishani, aged 26, who took his new Syrian wife on honeymoon, according to activist Hadi Salameh.

"Just after they got married, he took her to Anbar. These jihadists are very romantic," Salameh joked.

But the two weren't able to sit together, because "women sit in the back, and men at the front. The bus driver plays jihadist songs all through the ride, and the IS black flag flies over the bus."

IS proclaimed a "caliphate" last month straddling Iraq and Syria. According to a rebel from eastern Syria, the tours started operating immediately afterwards.

It firmly controls large swathes of northern and eastern Syria, the Iraq-Syria border, and parts of northern and western Iraq.

The group is responsible for a number of atrocities, including mass kidnappings and killings, stonings and crucifixions.

Salameh said the group's tour buses "start their journey in Tal Abyad (on Syria's Turkish border) and end in Iraq's Anbar. You can get off wherever you want, and you don't need a passport to cross the border."

The activist, who lives in Raqqa and uses a pseudonym to avoid retribution from IS, told AFP via the Internet the company is for profit.

"Of course it's not free. The price varies, depending on how far you go on the bus," Salameh said.

Armed escorts
Syrian rebel Abu Quteiba al-Okaidi, who is from the border province of Deir Ezzor, said most of those who use the buses are foreign jihadists.

"Most of them are foreigners. They communicate in English, and wear the Afghan-style clothing preferred by jihadists," Okaidi told AFP by telephone.

"There is a translator on the bus, who explains to them where they are going. The men on the bus are not armed, but vehicles carrying armed escorts accompany the bus," he added.

IS has its roots in Iraq, but spread into Syria in late spring last year. It gradually took over Raqqa city in northern Syria, and transformed it into its bastion.

In June, IS spearheaded a lightning offensive in Iraq that saw large swathes of the north and west of the country fall from Iraqi government hands.

Abu Ibrahim al-Raqawi, another activist living in Raqa city, said "tour buses run twice a week, on Wednesday and Sunday. It works like any bus company would, except that it treats areas under IS control in Iraq and Syria as one state."

He also said the bus company is "popular" among those with relatives in Iraq.

"Many people living in this area (northern Syria through western Iraq) have tribal ties stretching across the border. So they use these buses to visit their families," said Abu Ibrahim.

Speaking to AFP via the Internet, Abu Ibrahim also said others take the bus "to do business, while some just want to take a break from the shelling in Syria".

Syria's war began as a peaceful movement for democratic change, but was transformed into a war after Damascus unleashed a brutal crackdown on dissent. Many months into the fighting, jihadists began streaming into Syria.
#1: Might as well - the OWG Globies will PCorrectly make sure little to no existential harm comes to the new Caliphate.
Posted by: JosephMendiola|| 2014-07-24 00:04 ||Comments