[An Nahar] Sudan is closer to war than peace with the breakaway state of South Sudan, President Omar al-Bashir Head of the National Congress Party. He came to power in 1989 when he, as a brigadier in the Sudanese army, led a group of officers in a bloodless military coup that ousted the government of Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi and eventually appointed himself president-for-life. He has fallen out with his Islamic mentor, Hasan al-Turabi, tried to impose shariah on the Christian and animist south, resulting in its secessesion, and attempted to Arabize Darfur by unleashing the barbaric Janjaweed on it. Sudan's potential prosperity has been pissed away in warfare that has left as many as 400,000 people dead and 2.5 million displaced. Omar has been indicted for genocide by the International Criminal Court but nothing is expected to come of it. said on national television Friday, with a dispute over oil and other issues stoking tensions.
"The climate now is closer to a climate of war than one of peace," he said.
Bashir spoke after South Sudanese President Salva Kiir warned on Thursday that renewed conflict could erupt if oil negotiations with Khartoum do not include a deal on other key issues, including the contested Abyei region.
Tensions have also been raised by the still undemarcated border, parts of which cut through oilfields, as well as mutual allegations that each side backs rebel forces against the other.
But Bashir said Sudan will not go to war "unless it is imposed on us."
South Sudan separated last July after an overwhelming vote that followed two decades of civil war which killed two million people.
The crisis between the neighbors has become a major threat to regional peace and security, United Nations ...Parkinson's Law on an international scale... chief the ephemeral Ban Ki-moon ... of whom it can be said to his credit that he is not Kofi Annan... has said.
Juba announced last Sunday it had nearly completed a protest shutdown of its oil production after talks in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa failed again to resolve a disagreement with Sudan over oil fees.
Khartoum admits to confiscating 1.7 million barrels of South Sudanese crude since vowing in November to take 23 percent of southern oil exports as payment in kind during the fee dispute.
[Tripoli Post] The ceremony to take over the prison of Ain Zara from the control of the local brigade took place on 2 Feb 2012. It was the first of its kind.
The deputy minister of Justice Mr. Khalifa Ashour told the media that it's the 2nd prison to be taken over by the Justice ministry, the other prison is in Misrata.
Mr. Ashour also told the media that the ministry has sent letters all over the country asking the brigades to hand over the prisons to the national police.
He said that it is the first step to ensure the rule of law applies to the state and to ensure that all the prisoners get a fair trial as soon as the judicial system is put in place.
The National Transitional Council and the government have been working hard to put their hands on the detention facilities around the country. As the Libyan Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Defense are gaining control, it seems only a matter of time until this issue is resolved.
Iran does not interfere in Bahrain's internal affairs, IRINN TV channel quotes Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as saying. He added that if it had, the situation there would have been quite different.
"If we participate in any processes we recognise it, as in the 33-day war of Israel against Lebanon in 2006 when we were against Israel," Ayatollah Khamenei said.
Riots in Bahrain began simultaneously with the revolutionary developments in other countries of the Arab East in the spring of 2011. At present, there are dozens of dead and more than 1000 arrested who took part in the anti-government protests in Bahrain. Most of them are Shiite Muslims. Shiites constitute the majority in the country, but the power belongs to the Sunni minority.
Shia Muslims on the other side of the Gulf from Iran have been ascribed by Perts as pro-Reform, pro-Power-Sharing + of course pro-Shia, BUT NOT NECESSARILY PRO-IRAN/PERSIANIST, I.E LIKE BEING SOVEREIGN.
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned of a "scandal" if a Western-Arab drafted resolution on Syria comes to a vote on Saturday in the UN Security Council.
The remarks which Lavrov made in an interview to be shown later on state-run television, suggest Russia would likely veto the resolution if its latest proposed amendments were not taken into account. Lavrov said, "If they want another scandal for themselves in the Security Council, then we probably cannot stop them."
Lavrov said he hoped there would be no vote on the draft without changes "because our amendments to this draft are well-known."
Lavrov was quoted as saying, "I sent them to (US Secretary of State) Hillary Clinton yesterday, and to our representative at the United Nations to convey them to our partners. The reasonableness and objectivity of these amendments should not raise any doubts. I hope that a prejudiced view does not prevail over common sense."
At the UN, the Security Council was due to meet at 10 a.m. to vote on a draft resolution endorsing an Arab League plan calling for Assad to resign. It was not clear if Russia, which has opposed significant council action on Syria would vote in favor, abstain or veto it.
Western diplomats said the latest violence might make it more difficult for Russia to block it. One diplomat asked, "Would they dare, with what is happening in Homs?"
On Twitter, the British UN mission posted: "After the horror in Homs Friday (it is) vital all Council members back (the) resolution."
He might be a tad nervous about how a Russian veto would look back home. While supporting dictators and tyrants has long been done by the Kremlin, it has likely never had much appreciation at street level. That for once, might have at least a little influence.
Pyongyang, February 2 (KCNA) --As the proverb a crow is never whiter for often washing goes, the south Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo has always taken the lead in obstructing the unity of the compatriots and national reunification. On Feb. 1 it released extremely malignant misinformation about compatriots.
It cited lies invented by human scum, misrepresenting the atmosphere of mourning over the great loss to our nation this or that way.
The nation's enemies were so upset by the perfect unity of the DPRK unprecedented in history displayed during the mourning period, touching the world, that they are making a shriek of despair.
People are greatly infuriated by what this reptile paper has done as not an iota of soul of the nation, much less ethics of media, could be found in it. Hey, I think the "sea of fire" guy got his job back after Kimmie croaked! Chosun Ilbo was forsaken by the nation long ago.
This paper faced the nation's judgment for encouraging the Japanese imperialists in hurling many young Koreans into their battle fields in the past.
As servants for the U.S. imperialists and the south Korean puppet forces the paper took the lead in escalating the confrontation with the compatriots and creating distrust, wearing different masks with regime changes. U.S. imperialists...south Korean puppets...doing well so far Chosun Ilbo committed the above-said wrong, pursuant to the policy pursued by the Lee Myung Bak group of traitors towards the DPRK.
The group is making desperate efforts to divert the south Korean and world people's attention elsewhere as it is breathing its last owing to the total bankruptcy of its domestic and foreign policies. It is now busy conducting false propaganda against the DPRK by setting in motion all hues of riff-raffs.
The Lee group and tricksters of Chosun Ilbo are old hands at doing something baffling human imagination. They are so pitiable that they are unable to jump from the wrecked ship due to their indelible crimes committed against the nation.
The sworn enemies of the nation can never understand the DPRK's single-minded unity till they breathe their last. Come on...say it! Say it!
The world will come to clearly see what miserable end the group of traitors will meet. "The traitors will be swept away by a sea of fire" Awww...maybe next time.
"What are the bugles blowin' for?" said Files-on-Parade.
"To turn you out, to turn you out", the Colour-Sergeant said.
"What makes you look so white, so white?" said Files-on-Parade.
"I'm dreadin' what I've got to watch", the Colour-Sergeant said.
For they're hangin' Private Manning, you can hear the Dead March play,
The regiment's in 'ollow square -- they're hangin' him to-day;
They've taken of his buttons off an' cut his stripes away,
An' they're hangin' Private Manning in the mornin'.
(AFP) A Moslem businessman in Canada became a terror suspect for telling his sales staff in a text message to "blow away" the competition at a New York City trade show, a religious association said Friday.
Moroccan-born Saad Allami, who works as a telecommunications company sales manager, was tossed in the calaboose three days after he sent the message in January 2011 and jugged while police searched his home, said the Moslem Council of Montreal.
"The whole time, the officers kept repeating to the plaintiff's wife that her husband was a terrorist," said court filings in a lawsuit filed by Allami, cited by local media. Allami was released after four hours of questioning.
Some of his colleagues reportedly claimed they were also held for hours at the Canada-US border on account of the accusations made against their boss.
"Mr Allami's statements, when considered in the context of which they were given, were nothing to draw such alarm or suspicion," said Salam Elmenyawi, president of the Moslem Council of Montreal.
"It is clear that his arrest was the result of racial profiling and a knee-jerk reaction to label him as a terror suspect simply due to his religious background."
Allami is seeking Can$100,000 ($100,603) from Quebec's provincial police, a police sergeant and the justice department for unlawful detention, unlawful arrest, loss of income and damage to his reputation. The Quebec Superior Court is to hear the case on March 5.
"Allami is seeking Can$100,000 ($100,603) from Quebec's provincial police, a police sergeant and the justice department for unlawful detention, unlawful arrest, loss of income and damage to his reputation."
Too bad he didn't thrown in $1 million for cop stupidity. He's got them dead to rights.
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It might be a good idea Saad, to copy Obummer and pretend you've changed your religion. Being a Muslim is not flavor of the month you know. Might be good for business too.
(Ma'an) The New York Police Department recommended increasing surveillance of Paleostinians to assess the presence of "Hamas, always the nvoice of sweet reason, members and sympathizers", a police document shows.
The document, published Thursday by The News Agency that Dare Not be Named, calls for canvassing the Paleostinian community in search of "terrorists" linked to Hamas and groups affiliated with the Iranian government.
The disclosure is the latest in a series the AP has reported for months detailing that the NYPD infiltrated mosques, eavesdropped in cafes and monitored Moslem neighborhoods with plainclothes officers.
Its spying operations were begun after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in New York City with help from the CIA, which the AP called a highly unusual partnership.
That part is old news, and has resulted in a number of arrests and convictions over the years. It might be better to phrase it "and unusual but successful partnership," but that would require approving of the result.
According to US Census data, 3,100 Paleostinians reside in NYC, the document says.
A passage from the document says "It is likely that if Hamas were to conduct a terrorist operation in New York City, it would do so indirectly so as not to jeopardize its tenuous status as a legitimate govemment entity.
"It is more probable that ancillary groups or persons associated to Hamas would carry out any terrorist act sponsored by them. Rural jurisdictions surrounding New York City provide atmospheres conducive to the covert planning and preparation of a terrorist attack. Consequently, the danger posed from an Iranian attack on New York City may ernanate fiom these environs."
Another passage: "Law enforcement research reveals that alleged members/sympathizers of known terrorist organizations traditionally supported and financed by Iran, have a presence in NYC area. Paleostinian, Iraqi and Lebanese individuals and locations affiliated with Hezbullies, Hamas and Paleostinian Islamic Jihad ...created after many members of the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the liquidation of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah... (PIJ) are the subjects of ongoing NYPD investigations.
"Hamas supporters/members have been identified among a NYC group of Paleostinian nationals who originate from a small town in Paleostine, Ein-Yabroud, which is a Hamas stronghold. Many others from that town now reside in the US (NYC, Chicago, NJ, Georgia and Puerto Rico) and own and operate fumiture and carpet stores, generating funds that are allegedly funneled to Hamas."
Good to know they aren't fooling anyone... A thought occurs: if the authorities were aware of a sales manager's poorly worded text message, what must they know about this lot?
[Dawn] Minister for Interior Rehman Malik Pak politician, current Interior Minister under the Gilani administration. Malik is a former Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) intelligence officer who rose to head the FIA during Benazir Bhutto's second tenure. He later joined the Pak Peoples Party and was chief security officer to Bhutto. Malik was tossed from his FIA job in 1998 after documenting the breath-taking corruption of the Sharif family. By unhappy coincidence Nawaz Sharif became PM at just that moment and Malik moved to London one step ahead of the button men. on Friday apprised the Senate that the murder of wife and daughter of Mir Bakhtiar Domki, member of the 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... Assembly was a conspiracy against the country.
What, the whole thing?
Replying to various points of order, Malik said it was not an ordinary incident and the conspirators would not be spared.
"Whenever we head towards positive development in Balochistan such things start happening," he said and added that it was an attempt to disrupt peace in the province.
Malik said the government was taking the matter seriously and on the directives of President Asif Ali President Ten Percent Zardari ... sticky-fingered husband of the late Benazir Bhutto ... , a high-level committee was set up under the supervision of Additional Inspector General of Police, comprising intelligence and security agencies officials to probe the incident.
He said that it was decided that four public representatives, including two MPAs each from Sindh and Balochistan would also be included in the committee.
Embattled Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani ... Pakistain's erstwhile current prime minister, whose occasional feats of mental gymnastics can be awe-inspiring ... said Friday he will respect the outcome of a Supreme Court move to indict him on contempt charges.
"I will go there and I will present my stance before the court," Gilani told news hounds in Lahore.
He said the matter was "sub-judice" and he should not comment on the issue, but added that he "will respect the court order" and reiterated his opposition to conflict between state institutions.
"I have attended the court when summoned in the past and I will attend again now," he said, adding that "every body should follow the constitution".
Gilani told news hounds that he had said before that conspiracies were being hatched to stop the Senate elections.
He assured that the Senate elections would be held on time and conspiracies would be revealed soon.
[Pak Daily Times] Interior Minister Rehman Malik Pak politician, current Interior Minister under the Gilani administration. Malik is a former Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) intelligence officer who rose to head the FIA during Benazir Bhutto's second tenure. He later joined the Pak Peoples Party and was chief security officer to Bhutto. Malik was tossed from his FIA job in 1998 after documenting the breath-taking corruption of the Sharif family. By unhappy coincidence Nawaz Sharif became PM at just that moment and Malik moved to London one step ahead of the button men. on Friday stressed the need for improving law to control activities of banned ...the word banned seems to have a different meaning in Pakistain than it does in most other places. Or maybe it simply lacks any meaning at all...
Malik told the National Assembly that the delay in approval of an amendment to the Anti-Terrorism Act was the main reason behind banned outfits' holding rallies across the country.
He was replying to a point of order raised by Sheikh Waqas Akram of Pakistain Mohammedan League-Quaid (PML-Q) and Sahibzada Fazal Karim of Pakistain Mohammedan League-Nawaz (PML-N). Malik said that revamping of laws was the solution but an amendment bill had been lying with the Senate standing committee for the past two years.
Earlier, Sheikh Waqas Akram said that Rehman Malik had lied before the cabinet committee that the provincial government was responsible for the rallies of the Defence Council Pakistain (DCP). "This is a shame for the interior minister. How can you fight the war against terror, if you are unable to stop rallies of banned outfits in the country?" Akram added.
Fazal Karim endorsed the view of Waqas Akram and urged the government not to allow banned outfits to hold rallies in the country.
In response, Malik said that these organizations had been rallying by changing their names. He assured the House that action would be taken if any rally was held in the federal capital.
"Revamping of laws is the only solution to the problem and parliament is the authority which can do that," he added.
BAGHDAD / Aswat al-Iraq: Iraq's Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, at his capacity as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, has presided over a broad meeting for the leading Security Commanders and some Provincial Governors and Army Divisions Commanders, with the presence of the Acting Defense Minister, to discuss plans to confront the security situation in general, according to a government statement on Thursday.
"The meeting, chaired by Maliki and attended by the Governors and Officials of Kirkuk, Thi-Qar, Salahal-Din, Missan, Ninewa and Muthanna Provinces, has discussed the security conditions in those provinces and measures to control the security situation and close the possible loopholes that the terrorists try to sneak through to commit their crimes," the statement confirmed.
I wonder to what extent those plans include Venezuela. Short Round visited there recently, now there is this big pow-wow going on with Cuba and others. I don't have a good feeling about all of this. Are we actively looking for Iranian missile sites in Venezuela? I think we should be.
It sounds like a brilliant commercial for the Israeli market, with the added benefit -- from the Israeli perspective -- of annoying Iran. And let us not forget that South Korea, home of Samsung, takes Talmud study very seriously indeed.
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Russia and China braved Arab and Western fury tonight by vetoing a UN resolution calling on President Bashar al-Assad to step down.
'Braved'? Were there to be consequences?
The two powers' refusal to back an Arab League plan for Syria came despite the vote coming within hours of the worst single act of violence in the 11-month uprising.
By Russian and Chinese history, the 'worst single act of violence in the 11 month uprising' barely rates. Heck, Stalin did worse than this on a weekly basis just in the Ukraine. And Mao?
Days of tortuous negotiations led to a final act of brinkmanship as Russia said it could not support a resolution backing an Arab League plan for a swift transition of power and elections. It was said to have demanded a last-minute change dropping a call, already agreed by Syria in November, for tanks and artillery to be withdrawn from the streets.
That was rejected outright by Western governments after residents of Homs reported an extraordinary bombardment overnight by mortars and heavy artillery, shattering houses and sending the injured and dying flooding to hospitals and makeshift clinics. At least 200 were killed, with some activists giving figures as high as 330.
"This is a new massacre to add to the other Assad regime massacres," a lawyer and activist in the city who gave his name as Abu Jihad told The Sunday Telegraph. "We ask for international intervention to stop this."
Iran's supreme leader has pledged to confront and defeat the ''cancerous tumour'' of Israel as international concern grows of a pre-emptive Israeli strike on the Islamic regime's nuclear installations as early as April.
In a two-hour televised stemwinder speech on Friday,
Cheez, is he taking lessons from Castro?
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei defied international sanctions aimed at his country's suspected atomic weapons agenda and promised to retaliate if Israel or the United States opted for military action.
The ayotollah's threats of retaliation came as Leon Panetta, the US Defence Secretary, reportedly said there was a ''strong likelihood'' of Israel launching a unilateral strike against Iranian nuclear facilities in ''April, May or June''.
Amid signs of a growing rift between Israel and the US over the use of military force to contain Iran's nuclear ambitions, Mr Panetta said: ''Israel has indicated they're considering this, and we have indicated our concerns.''
Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, believes Iran's program is entering an ''immunity zone'' that will put crucial elements deep underground beyond the reach of bunker-busting bombs.
Western allies are worried the international coalition built to impose tougher sanctions on Iran could be wrecked by an Israeli air raid against its nuclear facilities, which Tehran insists are for peaceful purposes.
It would probably prompt immediate retaliation against Israel by Iran or its proxies in the Middle East, and if large population centres in Israel were hit, the US could then be drawn into a conflict in defence of its close ally.
With the drumbeats of war growing louder from Tel Aviv, Ayatollah Khamenei referred to Israel yesterday as a ''cancerous tumour that should be cut and will be cut'', a comment illustrative of his country's historic antipathy to the Jewish state.
''From now on, in any place, if any nation or any group confronts the Zionist regime, we will endorse and we will help. We have no fear expressing this,'' said the ayatollah, speaking to mark the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution against the Shah. He also offered a rare affirmation of the open secret that Iran assisted the Lebanese Hezbollah and the Palestinian Hamas.
[An Nahar] Iran has its "own threats" to respond to any military attack or sanctions against its oil exports, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Friday.
"In response to threats of oil embargo and war, we have our own threats which will be implemented at the right time, if necessary," he said in a televised speech as he led traditional Friday prayers in Tehran.
His comments came amid heightened speculation that Israel -- with or without U.S. help -- was contemplating air strikes against Iranian nuclear facilities. The West has also ramped up sanctions aimed at severely curbing Iran's vital oil exports.
Khamenei, who spoke as part of events marking the anniversary of his country's 1979 Islamic revolution, focused on warnings by arch-foe the United States that it was mulling "all options" -- including war -- to undercut Iran's nuclear program.
"They have threatened that all 'options are on the table'... Threats of war are detrimental to the United States, and carrying out a war would be 10 times more detrimental for that country," he said.
From VOA: Some U.S. officials worry that the "red line" for Israel may be when Iran moves key sections of its nuclear facilities to hardened underground sites out of the reach of missiles and bombs.
Whatever its threshold, Israeli Defense Minister Barak said this week Israel cannot wait until it is reached. "Whoever says later," Barak told a gathering of security experts, "may find out that 'later' is too late."
As if to emphasize his point for a Western audience, he switched from Hebrew to English for the phrase.
The MSM hasn't stated the case this plainly. The first Iranian nuclear test may take place in Israel.
[An Nahar] Germany's foreign minister said Friday that U.N. wrangling over a resolution on Syria was harming the people, as he pushed for decisive action amid Russian hesitation and frantic diplomacy.
Speaking ahead of the opening of the Munich Security Conference, Guido Westerwelle called on his counterparts at the gathering to use the time to continue talks on finding language acceptable to all in a resolution.
"All those still hesitating must recognize that their hesitation is no longer tolerable for the people who are suffering from this violence and repression," said Westerwelle in a clear swipe at Moscow.
"The international community must negotiate. It must find common language," he said, as diplomats at the United Nations ...an international organization whose stated aims of facilitating interational security involves making sure that nobody with live ammo is offended unless it's a civilized country... consider a draft Security Council resolution that was amended to overcome Russian-led opposition.
The latest draft does not explicitly call on Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad Despoiler of Deraa... to step down or mention an arms embargo or sanctions, although it "fully supports" an Arab League ...an organization of Arabic-speaking states with 22 member countries and four observers. The League tries to achieve Arab consensus on issues, which usually leaves them doing nothing but a bit of grimacing and mustache cursing... plan to facilitate a democratic transition.
Westerwelle said the international community must recognize "that this regime cannot continue with this repression and that President Assad must allow a peaceful transition of power".
The violence in Syria has killed at least 6,000 people since it erupted in March, according to rights groups.
Westerwelle also addressed the thorny issue of withdrawal from Afghanistan, stressing that the international community had already agreed a timetable for handing over responsibility to Afghans and that the situation on the ground was key.
"If the security situation and progress in Afghanistan develop well, then we of course have some room for maneuver," he said.
[An Nahar] Phalange Party The Kataeb (Phalange) party was founded by Pierre Gemayel in 1936, who modeled the party after Spanish and Italian Fascist parties he had observed as an Olympic athlete during the 1936 Summer Olympics held in Berlin, then Nazi Germany. The movement's uniforms originally included brown shirts and members used the Nazi salute. Despite the party's uniform, its strong sense of nationalism and dedication to a single charismatic leader, the Lebanese Kataeb was not and never became a fascist party nor did it espouse a totalitarian ideology. leader Amin Gemayel stressed on Friday that an liquidation attempt against his son, MP Sami Gemayel, had been thwarted although security forces tried to minimize the impact of the new revelation, saying the politician had only been advised to avoid attending a dinner.
In remarks to al-Liwaa newspaper, the Phalange chief said: "We received information from the generate-directorate of the Internal Security Forces -the Intelligence Branch about a plan to assassinate MP Sami Gemayel whose preparations were made at the time and place where he would be."
According to the daily, Gemayel was going to attend a dinner in the Metn town of Bhersaf.
An Nahar newspaper said that Intelligence Branch chief Col. Wissam al-Hassan contacted the MP and asked him about his dinner plans. The politician then wondered "where did you get that information?"
Al-Hassan replied: "I will let you know and I urge you to take your precautions and not to attend the dinner."
The two men met the next day and discussed the issue, An Nahar said.
Gemayel family sources told the daily that an official report was referred by the security agencies to Premier Najib Miqati about the alleged plot.