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Taliban suicide bombers hit Afghan cities, Kabul attack foiled
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Africa North
Tunisian Islamist PM Caught in Gay Sex Video Scandal
After the Arab Spring revolution the Islamist Ennahdha Party took control of the once moderate Tunisia. But after recent clashes and unrest Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali resigned this past week. In response, Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki asked Interior Minister Ali Larayedh, a hardliner from the main Islamist Ennahda party, to form a government within two weeks. Ali Larayedh was picked as prime minister by his party.

That's where things get interesting. The new Tunisian prime minister has been embroiled in a gay prison sex video scandal.
It is possible, apparently, that this is a photoshop, or even merely a man with a physical resemblance to the new PM. Or not. All sorts of links at the link.
Here is one of the sources in Italian. Here is another source from Free Dominion. I suggest that the 48 hour rule definitely applies.
Posted by: || 02/25/2013 01:45 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [595 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Didn't the Romanians have an Arafat gay sex tape?
Posted by: JohnQC || 02/25/2013 16:04 Comments || Top||

#2  I heard it was the Bulgarians. You can bet the KGB (or whatever they call themselves now) have said videos stored safely in their Library of Sexual Congress.
Posted by: Dopey Sinatra9196 || 02/25/2013 16:54 Comments || Top||

Down Under
Cowardly critics of Geert Wilders shame Australia
By Andrew Bolt
Posted by: ryuge || 02/25/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [1747 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Yeah, you want to copy & paste the article next time instead of just the link? Or are we supposed to pay $$$ to subscribe to read this?

Gromky, you want a pony also?

We present the news best we can with our resources. Some of the things we find that might interest our readers are indeed behind a paywall. In such situations, pay or forego reading the material.

Criminy, you'd complain if you were hanged with a new rope.

AoS at 0710 CT
Posted by: gromky || 02/25/2013 0:52 Comments || Top||

#2  A Muslim asks the same questions that Wilders asks.
How did modern Islam become so intolerant?
Posted by: tipper || 02/25/2013 0:56 Comments || Top||

#3  Try this link, similar article.
Posted by: tipper || 02/25/2013 1:01 Comments || Top||

#4  Oops! Didn't realize this one was behind a paywall. I'll try to make time to write a summary when I get home from work this afternoon.
Posted by: ryuge || 02/25/2013 4:57 Comments || Top||

#5  Instead of a summary, I'll simply say that the reason I didn't realize this article was behind a paywall is that when I did a search with the word "Wilders" in Google News, I was able to see the whole article.
Posted by: ryuge || 02/25/2013 18:51 Comments || Top||

#6  That's how I get around the Boston Globe paywall. Another technique is to delete your browser cookies, then go to the article; I figured out that's how the Globe does its paywall thing.
Posted by: Raj || 02/25/2013 20:11 Comments || Top||

#7  UT San Diego does the same. Delete UTSanDiego.com cookie...Voila!
Posted by: Frank G || 02/25/2013 20:31 Comments || Top||

#8  Or are we supposed to pay $$$ to subscribe to read this?

Why doncha ask yer Chinese friends to break in fer ya?
Posted by: HondoMacCree42786 || 02/25/2013 23:11 Comments || Top||

How big is the national debt?
Posted by: DarthVader || 02/25/2013 12:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [490 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I won't read the article because I know it's racist!
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/25/2013 12:06 Comments || Top||

#2  Its so big Michael Moore said damn, trim the fat.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/25/2013 12:32 Comments || Top||

#3  Remember its government accounting. It doesn't include future obligations already committed (ie pensions)*, because they're only reporting what's due today and on the debt interest (treasury bonds, etc). * not much different than today's state and cities who've now hit that big black hole, but don't have the means to 'legally' (inflate) money.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/25/2013 12:44 Comments || Top||

#4  Bigger than Champ's ego? Just barely?
Posted by: Iblis || 02/25/2013 15:17 Comments || Top||

#5  Not as big as Obama's lies about it, he wants to scare everybody to death, so he can raise taxes ON'T LET HIM.

Impeach Obama.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 02/25/2013 16:20 Comments || Top||

#6  Its so massive the LeftMedia has begun showing on TV only debt figures that are already outdated, + had been for a time.

GOP-DEM Congresscritters also want to copy or adopt France's method of temporary raises in the debt ceiling, which other EU States are repor also mulling to adopt.

Finally, there's the "write-off", its-not-fudging-the books-iff the-Govt-does-it method the Soviets used just before their USSR imploded + collapsed, i.e. where THEY ROUTINELY JUST ERASED THEIR GOVT-PUBLIC LIABILITIES FROM THE ACCOUNTING + BUDGETING BOOKS, ETC.

I can see the Bammer telling JAPAN now - "We in the USA rly rely Really REALLY RRRREEEEEELLLLYY,
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 02/25/2013 18:39 Comments || Top||

Home Front: WoT
Most In-Depth Report on Al-Qaeda Terrorism in the U.S. to be Released Feb. 26
Former Director of the CIA and NSA Gen. Michael Hayden and report author Robin Simcox will speak at the event being held 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), 1800 K Street, N.W. The report is the most in-depth study of al-Qaeda terrorism in the United States ever to be published and similar reports from the Henry Jackson Society focused on the U.K. have been used by the British government in formulating national counterterrorism and counter-radicalization strategy.
Posted by: tipper || 02/25/2013 09:33 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [460 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Dont trust anyone related to Pakistan.
Posted by: Snomomp Schwarzeneggar3438 || 02/25/2013 12:03 Comments || Top||

Muslim cleric in the U.S. tells followers not to engage in offensive jihad: "not quite ready yet
About fatwas issued in Arabic only by the Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America.
Posted by: tipper || 02/25/2013 04:41 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [641 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I was hoping to find a pithy and erudite statement regarding this posting. The best I can muster is to say screw this lying bastid muslim cleric, the AMJA, and the camels they rode in on!
Posted by: JohnQC || 02/25/2013 10:09 Comments || Top||

#2  Appears you've nailed it once again John.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/25/2013 10:10 Comments || Top||

#3  Well, why, when they could let the collectivists disarm and impoverish Joe Public, and then intimidate a tottering government.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/25/2013 17:51 Comments || Top||

Intelligent delusions on al Qaeda
Posted by: tipper || 02/25/2013 01:10 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [671 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Now John Brennan, the chief scriptwriter of that narrative, is about to become the head of the CIA. What kind of objective intelligence can we expect in the future?

Same as we had under Panetta and Petreaus, little to NONE !
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/25/2013 3:33 Comments || Top||

#2  Intelligence isn't what it used to be.
Posted by: JohnQC || 02/25/2013 10:17 Comments || Top||

Extremism in Sindh
[Dawn] AWAY from the media headlines focused on local governments, elections and the like, upper Sindh has been roiled by a series of protests this week. The trigger was a kaboom near Jacobabad on Thursday targeting a senior Barelvi leader in the province, Syed Ghulam Hussain Shah, custodian of the Dargah Hussainabad in Qamber. Mr Shah survived but a grandson died in the attack, sending sectarian -- Barelvi-Deobandi in this case -- tensions soaring in upper Sindh. Bomb attacks are still rare in the region, the last major incident being a foiled suicide kaboom against Ibrahim Jatoi, a leader of the National People's Party, in December 2010 on Muharram 10. There was also the appalling case last December of the man accused of blasphemy who was dragged from a police lock-up and burned alive. While still too early to identify a definite pattern of violence, bubbling under the surface are all manner of societal changes that may be turning the land of Sufis that interior Sindh has long been known as into a bastion of intolerance and extremism.

As with most such emerging threats, the genesis can be traced to the breakdown of traditional social structures. Generally viewed from the outside as static and stuck several centuries in the past, interior Sindh has in fact changed a great deal in recent years. Feudalism has been weakened, as have the tribal structures predominant in upper Sindh. Sufi Islam too has suffered as succession chains at various shrines have been disputed, often with an eye to the social prestige and domination over land that control of a shrine can bring. There has also been the emergence of a rural middle class and new urban centres -- realities that have been hidden away in part because no census has been held since 1998. While change should be welcomed, the problem in Sindh is that the state has not stepped in to provide direction and structure to the new social and economic realities. Inevitably, then, the space is being filled by a growing private mosque, madressah and social welfare network with its own priorities and agenda.

Is it too early to flag the problem as a serious threat? Perhaps. But it's in the nature of such slow-moving changes that by the time they emerge as serious threats to the social fabric and national stability, it is too late to stop them. The effects of letting sectarianism grow unchallenged and uncontested in other parts of the country are all too apparent. The core of Sindh is still moderate and non-violent. Now is the time to move to protect it.
Posted by: Fred || 02/25/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [525 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

Hagel's $160 Billion 'West Bank' US Troops Deathtrap
Rolled over because it was posted late in the day.

-- trailing wife
Hagel, at Obama's bidding, plans to send troops to Judea and Samaria (the "West Bank") where they would soon be victims of Hamas terror. It's in writing. An investigative report.
Posted by: tipper || 02/25/2013 20:54 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [1761 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I don't believe the Israelis + Paleos, E-T-A-L. want or need US Troops to be in the West Bank - its just going to make thingys more complicated unecessarily than they already are.

Posted by: JosephMendiola || 02/24/2013 21:05 Comments || Top||

#2  This speculation was based on a long ago opinion piece. I don't think Hagel really wrote it but instead allowed his name to be used.

The ideas in the opinion piece were so obviously idiotic, that, even at the time it was written, it was pretty much ignored.
Posted by: lord garth || 02/25/2013 9:20 Comments || Top||

Terror Networks
Coughlin: The Role of the OIC in Enforcing Islamic Law
Posted by: tipper || 02/25/2013 07:40 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [522 views] Top|| File under:

Secretary Kerry's Maiden Speech
Posted by: tipper || 02/25/2013 04:57 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [641 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Maiden speech from virgin mind?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/25/2013 12:05 Comments || Top||

#2  Assuming his priority is to promote and defend the USA.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/25/2013 13:36 Comments || Top||

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Two weeks of WOT
Mon 2013-02-25
  Taliban suicide bombers hit Afghan cities, Kabul attack foiled
Sun 2013-02-24
  Karzai orders US special forces out of Afghan province
Sat 2013-02-23
  Syrian Rebels Claim To Seize Nuclear Facility
Fri 2013-02-22
  Boko Haram Denies Ceasefire, Pastes Threat Posters In Borno
Thu 2013-02-21
  Bombing in Indian Hyderabad, at least 11 killed
Wed 2013-02-20
  French nationals kidnapped in northern Cameroon
Tue 2013-02-19
  Mortars land near Syrian presidential palace
Mon 2013-02-18
  Five killed in attack at government office in Peshawar
Sun 2013-02-17
  Egyptian police publicly beat to death man suspected of killing officer
Sat 2013-02-16
  Bomb kills at least 20 in Pakistani city
Fri 2013-02-15
  Meteorite Hits Urals, Up to 500 Injured
Thu 2013-02-14
  Pakistan asks Taliban to announce 30-day cease-fire for talks
Wed 2013-02-13
  Syrian rebels say they captured military air base near Aleppo
Tue 2013-02-12
  KCNA confirms: Pudgy sets off a nuke
Mon 2013-02-11
  Seven killed, 11 injured in attacks across southern Thailand

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