[VOA News] A video apparently showing the Taliban executing an Afghan woman accused of adultery has sparked international outrage. The killing highlights ongoing fears of what will happen to women's rights in Afghanistan once international forces leave.
Afghanistan's Caped PresidentHamid Maybe I'll join the Taliban Karzai ... A former Baltimore restaurateur, now 12th and current President of Afghanistan, displacing the legitimate president Rabbani in December 2004. He was installed as the dominant political figure after the removal of the Taliban regime in late 2001 in a vain attempt to put a Pashtun face on the successor state to the Taliban. After the 2004 presidential election, he was declared president regardless of what the actual vote count was. He won a second, even more dubious, five-year-term after the 2009 presidential election. His grip on reality has been slipping steadily since around 2007, probably from heavy drug use... on Monday condemned the execution, describing it as an "unforgivable crime" and an "act of brutality." He called for an investigation into the shooting and the arrest of those responsible.
In the video first obtained by Rooters and circulated on the Internet, the apparent daylight execution of the woman is cheered on by male spectators. The incident reportedly took place in the northern province of Parwan, not far from the Afghan capital, Kabul.
For Afghan women's rights activist Wazma Frogh, the incident highlights the country's lack of security despite millions of dollars spent on strengthening its forces.
"Where were the coppers when this whole act happened? It didn't happen in a matter of seconds, it happened in one, two hours," said Frogh. "Where were the foreign, or for example the Afghan national police? Where were the Afghan national army?"
She says if the Taliban are allowed to rejoin the Afghan government and society without any accountability for their actions in the last ten years, the country would once again see the public stonings, hangings and beheadings that marked their time in power.
"So what does reconciliation mean with such a notorious myrmidon group?" she asked.
[AFP] A planned visit to Khartoum on Tuesday by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu and two other former world leaders is "not possible," the group said in a statement after visiting South Sudan.
Tutu was to make the trip as chairman of The Elders, a group founded by former South African president Nelson Mandela.
"This Elders' delegation had hoped to visit Khartoum following their visit to Juba, but it was not possible to do so," they said in a news release which gave no further explanation.
The Elders had issued an earlier statement announcing a tentative presser in Khartoum on Tuesday.
"To my knowledge, they are expected and they are welcome," Sudan's foreign ministry front man Al-Obeid Meruh told AFP.
Their trip aimed "to encourage leaders of South Sudan and Sudan to take the path of peace for the benefit of their people and to draw attention to the human suffering caused by conflicts, particularly the growing refugee crisis in the border regions," an earlier statement from the Elders said.
Martti Ahtisaari, former president of Finland and Mary Robinson, who was an Irish president and also a UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, were in the delegation with Tutu.
"Elders" ...as in tribal Elders and communists the lot. Tutu and Ahtisaari should be quite proud of their communist accomplishments in South Africa and Namibia. The accomplishments of Elder member Jimmy Carter needs no comment.
[BBC] Egypt's military council has said the decision to dissolve the country's parliament must be upheld, after new President Mohammed Mursi ordered the assembly to reopen.
The military said it was confident "all state institutions" would respect the constitution and the law. The intervention is seen by some as a challenge and warning to the president, who was sworn in only a week ago.
The BBC's Jon Leyne, in Cairo, says the political truce in Egypt appears over.
The military council's words will infuriate members of the Moslem Brüderbund, who believe it was the military themselves who failed to respect the law when they gave new powers to themselves after dissolving parliament two weeks ago, our correspondent says.
Crowds are already beginning in gather in Tahrir Square ahead of a parliamentary meeting called for 10:00 (08:00 GMT) on Tuesday, in defiance of the military's decision.
Earlier on Monday, the Supreme Constitutional Court rejected Mr Mursi's order to reconvene the Moslem Brüderbund dominated-parliament and said its ruling was binding.
But MPs were allowed back into the parliament building, for the first time since the assembly was dissolved.
The BBC's Jon Leyne, in Cairo, said that as the court had not itself ordered the dissolution of parliament, Mr Mursi was not directly challenging a court order. But while MPs could meet, any laws they passed were most likely to be ruled invalid, our correspondent said.
Mr Mursi won the country's first free presidential election last month, and army chiefs formally handed over power on 30 June.
The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (Scaf) dissolved parliament in June, after the constitutional court ruled that part of the election for parliament was unconstitutional.
Before Mr Mursi's inauguration, the military granted itself sweeping powers. The commanders' constitutional declaration stripped the president of any authority over the military, gave military chiefs legislative powers, and the power to veto the new constitution, which has yet to be drafted.
In his decree on Monday, Mr Mursi said new parliamentary elections would be held 60 days after the new constitution had been agreed by referendum.
Despite the apparent tensions, the president and Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, who heads Scaf, appeared together at a military cadet graduation ceremony on Monday.
[Dawn] WEST AFRICAN nations are considering imminent military intervention in Mali amid growing fears that the country is about to become what one expert has dubbed "the next Somalia".
Up to 5,000 troops from the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) could be deployed in the coming days to combat Islamic snuffies linked to the terrorist group Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (Aqim). Fighting between Islamist factions and government troops has threatened to plunge Mali into chaos and undermine the security of the entire West African
"Deployment of troops in Mali is imminent," said Abdel-Fatau Musah, Ecowas director for external relations. "We are very concerned about what is happening in northern Mali, particularly with the carnage and killing, and barbaric acts that are going on in Timbuktu, and the destruction of heritage sites.
"We are preparing to deploy between 3,000 and 5,000 troops to fight against these terrorists," Musah added. "The problem is that we are going to have to engage in urban warfare because they have occupied the major centres of northern cities, they are not wearing uniforms, it is going to be very difficult to separate them from the locals."
The news follows months of fighting between Mali's national army, secular Tuareg separatist rebels in the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA), and hard boy groups. The Tuareg rebellion in the north -- one of the causes of the military coup that toppled Mali's civilian government in March -- has become increasingly fractured, with the MNLA pitted against Aqim and Ansar Dine, factions that seek to impose Sharia law in Mali.
[An Nahar] Egypt's military on Monday said the constitution and the law must be upheld concerning the dissolution of parliament, raising tension after President Mohammed Morsi decided to reinstate the assembly.
The Supreme Council of the Armed forces (SCAF), which ruled Egypt until Morsi's election last month, underlined the "importance of the constitution in light of the latest developments," the official MENA news agency reported.
Only hours after the top court on Monday rejected a decree by Morsi to reinstate the parliament it had ruled invalid -- a ruling enforced by the SCAF -- the military said it was "confident that all state institutions will respect constitutional declarations."
MENA also quoted the SCAF statement as saying that it had only agreed to dissolve parliament after the Supreme Constitutional Court ruled that the "People's Assembly is invalid."
Islamists scored a crushing victory in Egyptian parliamentary elections that were held in three-stages from November last year, with the Moslem Brüderbund, Morsi's former organization, heading the lower house.
But the military dissolved parliament last month after the top court made its controversial ruling, a day before the second round of the presidential poll that saw Morsi become Egypt's first democratically elected head of state.
The Supreme Constitutional Court had said certain articles in the law governing parliamentary elections were invalid, annulling the Islamist-led house.
[An Nahar] Mali's transition government on Monday announced the creation of an elite force of 1,200 troops to protect the leaders of the country's embattled interim regime.
"Under the direct authority of the president, these special forces will assure the security of the head of state, the prime minister, the speaker of the national assembly and other state institutions," said a statement from the communications ministry.
The communiqué added that the formation of the special force was in line with the wishes of leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) who met in Ouagadougou on Saturday.
The special force will be formed with the most recent graduates from the schools of police and paramilitary police.
The statement said Prime Minister Cheick Modibo Diarra had asked countries friendly to Mali to assist in "perfecting the training of this elite corps and reinforcing its logistical and material equipment."
He recently visited Algeria, La Belle France and Morocco.
This was done in agreement with transition president Dioncounda Traore, who has been in Gay Paree for over a month since a violent attack in his office by a mob opposed to him taking over from the junta.
The new force should be in place "as soon as possible", said the statement.
West African leaders who met in Ouagadougou urged Traore to ask "without delay" for ECOWAS and the U.N. to approve the sending of an African force to Mali, notably to protect the president when he eventually returns.
A Kenyan police officer has told a court that two Iranians accused of planning attacks on Western targets in Kenya had shipped more than 100 kilograms (221 pounds) of a powerful explosive.
Iranian nationals Ahmad Abolfathi Mohammad and Sayed Mansour Mousavi are charged with preparing to commit acts intended to cause grievous harm after they were arrested and allegedly led officials to a 15-kilogram (33-pound) stash of the explosive RDX.
Police Sgt. Erick Opagal asked the court Tuesday in an affidavit to deny the two suspects bail because more than 85 kilograms (187 pounds) of the explosive authorities say was shipped to Kenya has not been found.
Iranian agents are suspected in several successful or thwarted attacks - especially against Israeli interests - around the globe over the last year.
I rather imagine that Kenyan prisons have similarities to Turkish prisons, as Ahmad and Sayed will discover...
[Daily Nation (Kenya)] Senegal ... a nation of about 14 million on the west coast of Africa bordering Mauretania to the north, Mali to the east, and a pair of Guineas to the south, one of them Bissau. It is 90 percent Mohammedan and has more than 80 political parties. Its primary purpose seems to be absorbing refugees... 's President Macky Sall has denied that the country was facing threats due to radicalisation of Islamists.
President Sall was responding to questions by the French media in Gay Paree about the rise of Islamist politicians and threat from Al-Qaeda operatives in the Magreb and Sahel.
For the first time, five Islamist leaders won seats in the country's 150-member parliament during last week's legislative elections.
Senegal is a majority Moslem country although it remains a secular state. Islamist politicians have kept out of politics until now almost 53 years after independence.
Analysts told the local media following the election that the rise of Islamist politicians was spurred by the dwindling confidence in mainstream politicians over their failure to deliver on their promises.
"Senegal is not threatened by the radicalisation of Islamic leaders, but by terrorist action because we have moderate Islam and a Moslem brotherhood in our country...this is what is known," President Sall, who is himself a Moslem, said.
[Leadership.ng] Reacting collectively for the first time since the United State government named three leaders of 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... as foreign terrorists, the Nigerians living in the United States and La Belle France are calling on President Barrack Obama and the international community to list the terrorist group as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation (FTO) based on their activity and International linkages.
Reacting in a statement which followed meetings recently held in Baltimore of the State of Maryland, the Nigerian Coalition Against Terrorism (NCAT) denounced Northern Nigerian politicians for provocative comments presaging Boko Haram violence, calling on the Moslem and politicianship of Northern Nigeria, especially the Northern Political Leadership Forum (NPLF), to bring it to an immediate and unconditional halt.
NCAT noted that as a group, NPLF has never uttered a syllable of condemnation for the Boko Haram blood-shed. "Rather, the statements attributed to their membership indicate tacit support for continued Boko Haram violence as a surrogate for Islamic, Hausa-Fulani, continued political dominance of Nigeria," it said.
The Nigerian group also asked the 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... -led Administration to note that the rationale for the endless cycle of ethnic and religious killings in Northern Nigeria, especially of Igbos and other indigenes of Nigeria as in the Jos crisis is primarily because no Nigerian government, state or Federal, has ever prosecuted anyone for these crimes.
Also reacting from Rouen, La Belle France, the Association of Nigerians in La Belle France, said that the international community should ensure that Boko Haram is listed as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation, stressing that such step will help to curb the activities of the terrorist group.
In a joint communique signed by the President of the association, Comrade Kayode Odeyemi Williams and Mr. Adeniyi Master Waliyi, the Nigerian Association in Rouen, La Belle France, said that the international community should do everything to help the government of Nigeria get out of its insecurity state.
The group also asked the federal government not to only deploy its security personnels to defend the innocent people but to also ensure that all the people found in connection with these acts of inhumanity are sincerely brought out for prosecution.
Given the list is maintained by the State Dept, once would expect all sorts of nonsense. However, according to the often interesting and sometimes factual Wikipedia, the non-Islamos are commies or violent nationalists like Sendero Luminoso, those wacky ETA Basques or the IRA: FTO list. Color me surprised.
[Yemen Post] Secretary General of the Southern Movement Abdullah Al-Nakhibi has demanded President Abdurabu Mansour Hadi ...the second and possibly the last president of Yemen, successor to former President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh... to reconstruct the army and security services, and dismiss relatives of the former president President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh ... Saleh initially took power as a strongman of North Yemen in 1977, when disco was in flower, but he didn't invite Donna Summer to the inauguration and Blondie couldn't make it... from these services.
He said that gangs that were trained in Iran and that have ties with the Houthi ...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is "God is Great, Death to America™", Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews" ... group infiltrated to peaceful protests and clashed with security forces in an Aden protest on Saturday.
Al-Nakhibi affirmed that Iran cooperates with Al-Beidh to provide support to some armed factions in Al-Beidh, considering the defeat of Al-Qaeda in Abyan ...a governorate of Yemen. The region was a base to the Aden-Abyan Islamic Army terrorist group until it dropped the name and joined al-Qaeda. Its capital is Zinjibar. In March 2011, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula declared the governate an Islamic Emirate after seizing control of the region. The New York Times fastidiously reported that those in control, while Islamic hard boyz, are not in fact al-Qaeda, but something else that looks, tastes, smells, and acts the same. Yemeni government forces launched an effort to re-establish control of the region when President-for-Life Saleh was tossed and the carnage continues... was as a setback to, al-Beidh, Houthis, Iran and other radical groups.
In remarks to Akhbar Alyawam, he said that the gunnies are affiliated to the former southern president Ali Salim al-Beidh were sent to Aden with the aim of provoking chaos acts and turmoil.
He held Al-Beidh responsible for violence, urging the southerners to continue their struggle peacefully and abandon violent behavior and calling Hadi to resend all properties of the southerners that were taken over by some officials and powerful figures.
Two protesters were killed and one man was left "clinically dead" in the festivities which took place in Al-Mansura district of Aden on Saturday, while trying to get into a public square in the Mansoura district of the Arabian Sea port city.
About 25 protesters were tossed in the calaboose Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un! the protest that was held to commemorate the day in 1994 that government forces from Sana'a stormed Aden at the end of a brief civil war, but they were released hours after the deadly festivities.
Good point Besoeker. The trouble is that there are restraints against using military for cheap labour and for police work (unless unique triggering cincumstances occur)-much like your posee commititus stuff.
We had the same "issue" for the Winter Olympics - which went off well in part because the RCMP asked for and received military planning assistance early -like 2 years ahead. I suspect with the high unemployment in the UK, this is a security checklist bottleneck issue, not a hiring issue. Then again, who wants to do body searches and crawl under cars for a 2 week job in the summer heat? May as well sign up for Afghanistan as do that.
Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez declared himself fully recovered from cancer on Monday, three months before an election in which he is seeking another six-year term.
"Free, free, totally free," he told reporters when asked if he was free of the disease that struck a year ago. "this time I'm not listening to the doctors. I'm declaring myself cancer-free!"
The 57-year-old socialist leader was first diagnosed with cancer in the pelvic region in mid-2011. He wrongly declared himself cured at the end of that year before having a recurrence of the disease in February. "oops"
But after repeated cycles of treatment in Cuba and Venezuela, Chavez is once again declaring himself fully fit at a crucial time when his health is the main wild card before the October 7 presidential vote. "I feel...happy!"
Perceptions of Chavez's ability to campaign for the election, and govern afterwards, are crucial among voters in what could be one of Venezuela's tightest elections of recent times. He's cured. Then he'll have more chemo and radiation and be cured again. He'll be disease-free to the moment the cancer kills him... soooo. Let's check back in a couple weeks, k?
(JTA) -- Relatives of the victims of Toulouse ...lies on the banks of the River Garonne, half-way between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. The Toulouse metropolitan area is the fourth-largest in La Belle France... killer Mohammed Merah will seek to prevent the media from broadcasting recordings of the late French Mohammedan gunman.
Attorneys for the bereaved relatives said Monday that they are seeking a gag order on the recordings after negotiations between Merah and French police were aired by the French television channel TF1. Merah murdered three children and a rabbi at a Jewish school in Toulouse on March 19.
The conversations took place as police lay siege to Merah's home in Toulouse. He was killed in a shootout on March 23.
"You are facing a man who does not fear death," a masculine voice believed to belong to Merah is heard saying in the recordings, which were aired June 8. "I love death as much as you love life."
Samia Maktouf, an attorney for one of the families, said that "The victims of this attack are outraged." The families' main concern is that Merah's words will inspire copycats.
"Next, videos of Merah will be disseminated," Maktouf said. "This will cause irrevocable damage."
Merah made a video recording of his attack on the Otzar Hatorah school. The Qatar-based Al Jizz network obtained the footage but decided not to air it.
French police are investigating how TF1 obtained the recordings, which may have been leaked by the police.
The umbrella organization of French Jewish communities, CRIF, expressed its "shock and outrage" at the airing of the recordings. The Council for Audiovisual Communication, a French professional union, advised other media not to air them.
French Interior Minister Manuel Valls condemned the decision to run extracts of the negotiations. He also said Monday that he is concerned about a "new breed of anti-Semitism" in La Belle France. His comments came the day after the two suspects in the July 5 attack on a Jewish teenager traveling on a train between Toulouse and Lyon were jugged Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw! by police.
"There is anti-Semitism that exists in our neighbourhoods, in our suburbs," said Valls, according to the European Jewish Press and the French news agency AFP. "There are in our neighborhoods youths or younger persons who in the name of a collective identity they feel is under attack decide on the most ignorant course, the most dangerous to our values, to perpetuate attacks on Jews. They consider Jews to be the enemy."
The 17-year-old victim of the train attack reportedly is a student at the Ozar Hatorah school. The teen, who reportedly was wearing a kippah and tzitzit, was accosted verbally before he was beaten by two assailants.
"Today, [people] don't think twice about insulting or hitting a fellow citizen because he is identifiably Jewish in his appearance," Valls added in an interview with a Jewish radio station.
According to the French Jewish Protection Service, there were more than 90 anti-Semitic incidents in La Belle France in the 10 days following the school shooting.
Here are a the key players. Now, I am requesting my million dollar reward be forwarded to Terry's family.
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Oh, and the ICE Agent shot last week in Texas was just following orders while he was discovered monitoring an illegal alien smugglers safe house.
They armed smugglers snuke up him in a pickup, and when he ran/hide in his SUV as agents are now ordered to do, they chased him, shot out his back window, shot him in the back.
The State Run US Media is refusing to report this, but now you know.
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Cash rewards for information leading to an arrest and conviction.... are they not generally issued a bit closer to the date of the actual crime? What could possibly account for the lengthy delay? [snark off]
Couldn't see how to add inline comments when I posted so here goes:
They sent the Border Patrol agents out on patrol with BEANBAG GUNS!!! UP AGAINST HARDENED CRIMINALS WHO SHOOT REAL BULLETS WITH BEANBAG GUNS!!! (OK. Calm down.)
Now, the problem I have with ABC is they don't ask whose decision that was. It's kind of important, I think. But in their broadcast last night they only mentioned it in passing, kinda like it wasn't important. Of course, they had plenty of time for the heat wave and at the end of the broadcast they had a nice, long segment about a tennis match at Wimbleton.
So, my point here is how Diane Sawyer blithers on for two minutes about how the DoJ after all this time is really on top of this case and going after the bad guys as if the bad guys weren't Eric Holder and Barack Obama.
Of course the part about the beanbags is separate from the fact that it was Eric Holder who sent those guns that fire real bullets into Mexico in the first place. Diane Sawyer doesn't have much to say about that either. She just says the operation "went horribly wrong". She doesn't ask whose decision it was to stop tracking those guns before they went across the border. That's kind of important too, I think. But I guess the folks at ABC News don't think so.
Obfuscation and deflection from those at the top of this $hit pile. Obama and Holder are trying to tamp this down before election time. Like OJ Simpson said, he was going to leave no stone unturned to find the real killers of his wife and Ron Goldman.
And the Penalty we shall assess is the charge of "High Crimes and Treason". Border Patrol agents ordered to cut and run. Thus one agent recently shot in the back. Stations that protect this nations borders to stand down and be dismantled.
This charge, constitutional grounds for impeachment, Ladies and Gentlemen, now stands on its own merits.
[Dawn] 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... has announced to organise a protest rally in the border town of Torkham on July 17 against reopening of routes for supplies to US-led NATO ...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It's headquartered in Belgium. That sez it all.... forces in Afghanistan.
Speaking at a presser here at Al Markaz-e-Islami on Sunday, JI provincial amir Prof. Mohammad Ibrahim said that Jamaat chief Syed Munawar Hassan ... The funny-looking Amir of the Pak Jamaat-e-Islami. He joined the National Students Federation (NSF), a lefty student body, and was elected its President in 1959. He came into contact with the Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba (IJT) Pakistan and studied the writings of Mawlana Syed Abul Ala Maududi, The Great Apostasizer. As a result, he joined IJT in 1960 and soon he was elected as President of its University of Karachi Unit and member of the Central Executive Council. He was Assistant Secretary General of Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistain in 1992-93, and became Secretary General in 1993. After years of holding Qazi's camel he was named Amir when the old man stepped down in 2009... , former chief Qazi Hussain Ahmad ... third president (19872009) of the Pak Jamaat-e-Islami. Qazi was also head of the Muttahidah Majlis-e-Amal until his ego became bigger than the organization. Qazi is what is known as a fiery preacher, which means he has lots of volume, a good delivery, and not a lot of reverence for coherence. He was the patron of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, Rasool Sayyaf and Osama bin Laden during the war against the Soviets. He used to recommend drining camel's urine to maintain good health before his kidneys started to go... , central secretary general Liaquat Baloch and other leaders would lead the rally from Bagh-e-Naran, Beautiful Downtown Peshawar, to Torkham.
He said that the party workers would organise a sit-in in Hayatabad Township on July 16 and spend the night on the main road being used as main route for transportation of goods to the NATO forces.
Supplies for NATO forces via Peshawar are likely to start from Monday, as provincial and district governments had finalised security plan for protection of trucks. Authorities in Khyber Agency would deploy Frontier Corps and Khasadar personnel to secure the main highway.
For the first time a political party will hold a protest demonstration on the border since the government extended Political Parties Order 2002 to Fata last year.
Prof. Ibrahim said that the JI rally would leave Peshawar at 10am on July 17 and the participants would stage a protest demonstration against the resumption of NATO supplies and Pakistain government's cooperation with the US.
"Over 20,000 JI workers would march from Peshawar to Torkham to register their protest against allowing the US-led NATO to
use Pak territory for transportation of weapons and other goods," the JI provincial amir said.
He said that that his party was a member of Difa-e-Pakistain Council, but the rally was being organised under the JI's banner.
[Dawn] A Canadian national of Pak origin, who was released by kidnappers after payment of ransom money, has demanded of the government to provide him security as the kidnappers are threatening him again after arrest of their associates.
Speaking at a presser at Chakdara press club here on Sunday, Fahimuddin said that he had returned to his hometown Naway Kalay, Asbanr, from Canada two months ago. He said that he was kidnapped by some people at gunpoint near Garhi Pul, Batkhela.
"I was taken to Dargai where kidnappers made me unconscious," he said, adding that he was kept in chains for 11 days during which the gang, including women, demanded Rs10 million ransom. Mr Fahim said that he was thrown at Sakhakot, Malakand Agency, the other day after his family paid Rs965,000 to the kidnappers.
He said that the place where he was chained was situated near the main Malakand-Mardan GT road, as he could listen to voices of people from nearby hotels. He said that four accused, including a woman, had been placed in long-term storage ... anything you say can and will be used against you, whether you say it or not... on his report, while three other accused -- Asad, Asim and Shah Wazir -- had gone underground and were pressurising him for withdrawal of the case against them.
He demanded of the government to provide him security against the alleged kidnappers.
[Dawn] The presidential camp plans a serious effort to tame the country's premier intelligence agency -- Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) -- through parliamentary legislation and make it fully 'answerable' to parliament and the government.
A 19-page draft of a bill was submitted in the Senate by president's front man Senator Farhatullah Babar a few days ago and may be taken up during the session commencing on Monday.
Sources in the PPP told Dawn that the important legislation regarding the ISI had been discussed with coalition partners.
But leaders of the Pakistain Mohammedan League-Q, Awami National Party and Muttahida Qaumi Movement ...English: United National Movement, generally known as MQM, is the 3rd largest political party and the largest secular political party in Pakistain with particular strength in Sindh. From 1992 to 1999, the MQM was the target of the Pak Army's Operation Cleanup leaving thousands of urdu speaking civilians dead... said they had not studied the draft and, therefore, could not comment on it.
"It is a private member's bill submitted by a parliamentarian in his individual capacity and such bills are not shared with the coalition partners before they are tabled in the house," PML-Q front man Kamil Ali Agha said.
The proposed Inter-Services Intelligence Agency (Functions, Powers and Regulation) Act, 2012 (a copy of the draft is available with Dawn), suggests that the ISI should be answerable to parliament and the prime minister. It recommends internal accountability and a better discipline system within the agency to put an end to enforced disappearances and victimisation of political parties.
It is for the first time that a serious effort is being made to streamline the affairs of the agency which has always remained under criticism.
The legal fraternity praised the effort to make the ISI subservient to parliament and address the 'missing persons' issue.
"If this serious effort has been made by a parliamentarian it should be backed by all political parties, including opposition parties like the PML-N," Justice (retd) Tariq Mehmood said.
Giving the background of the proposed legislation, the bill says: "The absence of appropriate legislation regulating the functioning, duties, powers and responsibilities of the agency is not consistent with the principles of natural justice and accountability of authority and power and has given rise to resentment against the premier national agency."
PM'S CONTROL: The bill provides for a director general of the agency who shall be a serving or retired civil servant in BS-22 or of an equivalent rank in the armed forces to be appointed by the president on the recommendation of the prime minister and shall hold the office for four years. "The agency shall be directly under the prime minister and not under any ministry."
PARLIAMENT'S SUPERVISION: The bill envisages an Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament comprising nine members drawn from both houses of parliament, none of whom shall be a minister or minister of state, to examine matters relating to expenditure, administration and policy of the agency. The committee will not be allowed to go into the intelligence sources of the agency.
The prime minister shall lay before each house of parliament a copy of the annual report of the committee together with a statement as to whether any matter has been excluded from it and why.
DETENTION: In the case of missing persons, the government formally stated before the Supreme Court on April 27, 2007, that the operations of the intelligence agencies were beyond the control of the federal government, the draft says.
It suggests that the director general may issue written orders for taking into preventive custody any person who in his opinion is acting or has acted in furtherance of a terrorist act or in a manner prejudicial to the security of Pakistain, or has aided or abetted any such act.
The director general shall fix the period of custody, not exceeding 30 days, in the order of preventive detention of any such person and this period can be extended up to 90 days on special grounds.
If a person is required to be nabbed Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un! for more than 90 days, the director general shall place the matter before a review board set up for the purpose under Article 10 of the Constitution.
An officer of the agency not below the rank of BS-18 should be authorised in writing by the director general to enter any premises which may contain information of substantial importance to the agency.
ACCOUNTABILITY AND DISCIPLINE: Under the proposed act, any employee of the agency found in any way working for the enemy, any terrorist or terrorist organization, or for any criminal or organised criminal group, shall, on conviction, for every such offence be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 25 years and with fine. The employees of the ISI shall not be regarded as civil servants and a separate mode of taking disciplinary action against them for misconduct has been prescribed in the draft of the bill.
It also proposes penalties for certain types of misconduct by any member of the agency who is guilty of any wilful breach or neglect of any provision of this act or is guilty of any violation of duty.
A member who without lawful authority enters or searches any building, vessel or place or inflicts torture or violence to any person in his custody shall, on conviction, for every such offence be punished with imprisonment for up to seven years and with fine.
OMBUDSMAN: The bill recommends the appointment of an ombudsman by the president under Article 212 from amongst persons having special knowledge in the field of intelligence, law and administration, on such terms and conditions as the president may determine, to independently and impartially address service complaints of the employees of the ISI and any complaints of misuse of authority by the agency.
TRIALS AND APPEALS: The accused can be tried by a specially constituted tribunal comprising a serving member to be nominated by the director general and a retired member to be nominated by the ombudsman and headed by a serving judge of high court to be nominated by the chief justice.
Russia despatched a flotilla of warships to its naval base in the Syrian port of Tartus on Tuesday in an apparent show of support for President Bashar al-Assad. Two destroyers and three amphibious landing vessels and an unnamed seagoing tugboat carrying marines set sail from Russian bases in the Arctic and the Black Sea, according to Russian military sources.
Russia's defence ministry insisted that the mission was part of a previously scheduled exercise in the Atlantic, Mediterranean and Black Sea and at least one of the vessels in the flotilla has patrolled waters off Syria earlier this year.
But Western diplomats say the purpose of the mission is to show tangible support for Mr Assad, to warn the West against military intervention in Syria and to prepare for the possible evacuation of Russian nationals from the country.
Russia renewed naval patrols in the Mediterranean in 2007 -- after a 15-year hiatus -- with a wider aim of expressing the country's military resurgence.
It was unclear whether the ships were carrying weapons supplies or large numbers of marines.
Gawd, the infinite depths of Russian self-esteem are something to behold. Apparently Russians, in order to view themselves in the proper light, are nothing unless they are against something. They never seem to be for anything. What a miserable bunch of nasty, vicious, bottom-feeding, sniveling parasites. Which brings us right back to Dar al Islam...
Rooters:Interfax quoted the military source as saying the ships were carrying marines on a training mission as well as food, water and fuel for Russia's naval maintenance and repair base in Syria's Mediterranean port of Tartous.
[An Nahar] The cabinet on Monday managed to reach a settlement over the case of Sheikh Ahmed Abdul Wahed and his lover companion and approved a plan to deploy the army on Leb's northern border with Syria, during a session that focused on the turbulent security situation in the country and the draft state budget.
The cabinet also tasked a committee headed by Prime Minister Najib Miqati with following up on the issue of providing security agencies with telecom data, after a recent attempt on MP Boutros Harb's life sparked fears of a return to political liquidations in the country.
Under the settlement reached over the case of Sheikh Abdul Wahed, the cabinet approved a decision by State Commissioner to the Military Court Judge Saqr Saqr to expand the investigations into the deadly incident under the supervision of State Prosecutor Saeed Mirza who will have to brief the government on the proceedings.
"The cabinet has approved a plan to deploy the army on the northern border with Syria," al-Jadeed television reported.
Meanwhile, ...back at the wrecked scow, a single surviver held tightly to the smashed prow... LBCI said "the cabinet has taken notice of Judge Saqr's decision to expand the investigations in Sheikh Abdul Wahed's case."
At the opening of the session, President Michel Suleiman ...before assuming office as President, he held the position of commander of the Leb Armed Forces. That was after the previous commander, the loathesome Emile Lahoud, took office as president in November of 1998. Likely the next president of Leb will be whoever's commander of the armed forces, too... noted that withholding telecom data from security agencies has raised "suspicion" over the government's conduct.
According to al-Jadeed, Suleiman also said that officers linked to Sheikh Abdul Wahed's death were released after the duration of their detention on remand expired, adding that they can be called again for interrogation.
In a presser held after a meeting in Tripoli ...a confusing city, one end of thich 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... for the follow-up committee on Sheikh Abdul Wahed's case, Mustaqbal ... the Future Movement, political party led by Saad Hariri... bloc MP Hadi Hbeish said: "We received word of Saqr's decision to expand the investigation in Abdul Wahed's death and this will soothe his family."
"The political contacts have started to rectify the situation in this case," Hbeish added.
Meanwhile, ...back at the secret hideout, Scarface Al sneeringly put his proposition to little Nell... LBCI reported that the residents of al-Bireh, Abdul Wahed's hometown, deemed Saqr's decision as the beginning of the process to resolve the dispute.
On May 20, Abdul Wahed and his lover companion were killed at an army checkpoint in the Akkar town of al-Kweikhat.
Protests broke out on Friday in light of a decision to release on bail three army officers and eight soldiers who were incarcerated Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit! over the case, while five others remain under arrest.
Mustaqbal bloc MP Khaled al-Daher, who hails from Akkar, on Sunday called on the government to "perform its duties" concerning the case of Sheikh Abdul Wahed and his lover companion or else face "civil disobedience."
"The Lebanese must be ready to defend their country. The government must perform its duties or else it will witness something it did not experience before and we might declare civil disobedience," Daher said during a meeting in al-Bireh.
"We will stage a sit-in outside (Miqati's residence and outside the Grand Serail until we achieve justice," Daher warned.
A meeting of Akkar officials late on Thursday demanded that Abdul Wahed and Merheb's case be referred to the Judicial Council.
[An Nahar] Hizbullah voiced on Monday its concern over Soddy Arabia ...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in their national face... 's actions against religious figures in the kingdom, the last of which was the "wrongful" arrest of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.
It urged the Saudi authorities to "halt the undemocratic actions against the peaceful and legitimate demands of Saudi citizens," calling on them to respect religious figures.
Nimr has not committed any crime, all he asked was the minimum amount of civil rights that are stipulated by all international laws, added the party.
He is seeking to end the discrimination of Saudi authorities against citizens, it said.
It slammed the "violence of the security forces against the peaceful protests in al-Qatif region, which led to deaths and injuries" among the people.
Hizbullah therefore demanded the immediate release of Nimr.
A prominent Shiite
Ah yes, there's the connection to Iran's pet terrorist group.
holy man and critic of the Saudi government, Nimr, was jugged Book 'im, Mahmoud! in Saudi Arabia's eastern province on Sunday, reported Agence La Belle France Presse.
Two people were killed and a dozen other protesters were maimed during the festivities that erupted when police opened fire to disperse a demonstration against the holy man's arrest.
[Washington Times] Russia on Monday signaled that it would not sign new weapons contracts with Syria until the situation there calms down.
Russia will continue with previously agreed exports, but will not be selling new arms to Syria, Vyacheslav Dzirkaln, deputy chief of the Russian military and technical cooperation agency, told Russian news agencies on the sidelines of the Farnborough air show southwest of London. Of course they have years of weapons deliveries in the pipelines right now...
Putting it in conflict with the West, Russia has blocked the U.N.'s Security Council from taking strong, punitive action against Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad Supressor of the Damascenes... 's regime and is seen as Syria's key arms supplier. Syrian activists say about 14,000 people have been killed in the uprising that began March 2011.
Russia has been providing Syria's army with spare parts and repairing weapons supplied earlier, Dzirkaln said. He insisted that Russia does not sell helicopters or fighter planes to Syria.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague on Monday said he welcomes the decision, but added that Britannia "would like to see a halt of all deliveries of weaponry to a regime that has embarked on the killing of so many of its own people."