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Somali leader taken to hospital
Somalia's interim President Abdullahi Yusuf has been taken to hospital in the Kenyan capital, the BBC has learnt. He will not attend Wednesday's meeting of regional leaders and US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in Ethiopia. But his new prime minister Nur Hussein Hassan has told the BBC that Mr Yusuf's health is not critical. Others described his condition as "serious".

Mr Yusuf's Ethiopia-backed government is battling Islamist insurgents. The UN says one million people are homeless. He was named president in 2004 after protracted peace talks in Kenya but has not been able to end years of conflict.

Ali Mohamed Sheik, a protocol officer for the Somali embassy in Kenya, told the AP news agency that Mr Yusuf had been able to walk from the plane to his car. "He was walking, he was better than we expected." But a Nairobi hospital official told the AFP news agency that Mr Yusuf's condition was "serious". Nairobi hospital doctor Mauro Saio said the president was suffering from a chest infection. Mr Yusuf, 72, is to be flown to London for treatment later this week.
Posted by: Fred || 12/05/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6536 views] Top|| File under:

Caribbean-Latin America
Venezuela: Raid on Jewish Center Condemned
Here we go again. Leader needs to energize the masses. Needs to get them to support him. Sow fear. Create a common enemy. Divert attention from real issues. How does he do this? Jews.
Jewish leaders here and abroad condemned a police raid over the weekend at a Jewish community center in Caracas. The raid by about two dozen armed security agents, ostensibly a search for weapons, was carried out at about 1 a.m. on Sunday, just hours before the referendum that day on proposed constitutional changes backed by President Hugo Chávez. It failed to uncover any weapons.
One really alarming aspect of this article is how underreported it is. Google News reports just 19 citations. No AP, Reuters, AFP, etc. Just NYTimes, Ha'aretz, Jerusalem Post, etc. The usual suspects. I guess they don't see a trumped-up, illegitimate armed government-sponsored raid against an oppressed minority to be a problem. That is, if the minority is Jews.
Posted by: PlanetDan || 12/05/2007 11:54 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under:

#1  They raided a wedding, I was told a little while ago by a girlfriend with connections to that part of the world. At 1:00 a.m. Oh, brave, brave soldiers of Chavez!
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/05/2007 14:57 Comments || Top||

#2  Ummmm, they hold weddings in the wee hours of the morning?(1 AM?) Something's wrong here.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 12/05/2007 15:06 Comments || Top||

#3  Red Neck Jim,

Have you ever eaten dinner w. a South American? An early dinner is 10 PM!!! 1 AM is nothing.

Posted by: mjhlaw || 12/05/2007 15:53 Comments || Top||

Czech Republic: Deputies approve overseas deployments
Prague- The Czech Chamber of Deputies approved today a plan of the Czech military's foreign missions next year that include a marked reinforcement in Afghanistan to which the opposition Social Democrats (CSSD) objected. The plan is yet to be approved by the Senate that will probably discuss it still this week.

Czech soldiers will continue to be deployed in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq.

In Afghanistan the Czech Republic is to have its own Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in the southern province of Logar as from March. The number of Czechs in Afghanistan is to be raised by more than 100 people, to 415. The number of Czech soldiers in Iraq is to be lowered, on the contrary. The Czechs will remain at the Basra airport.

The Czech military will have the strongest contingent, 555 people, in the Balkans the same as this year.

The Defence Ministry wants to earrmark about 3.5 percent of its annual budget, or 1.9 billion crowns, for foreign missions next year.
Posted by: mrp || 12/05/2007 09:20 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Fighting above their weight again. I do love the Czechs!
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/05/2007 14:57 Comments || Top||

Spanish government resists clamour to outlaw Basque radicals
The government on Monday said it would not rush to outlaw a radical political party despite mounting demands from opposition politicians and victims of terrorism to strip Basque Nationalist Action (ANV) of its rights following the murder of a Spanish police officer in France on Saturday blamed on Basque terrorist group ETA.

The ANV, which won support from Basque nationalist voters in local elections in May after it was endorsed by ETA's outlawed political wing Batasuna, has so far refused to condemn Saturday's attack in Capbreton, France. Undercover Civil Guard officer Raúl Centeno, 24, died in the shooting, while his partner, Fernando Trapero, 23, remains in a coma. They had been investigating ETA's activities in France in collaboration with French police.

The government acknowledged that the ANV's failure to condemn the attack - the first killing by ETA in almost a year - "puts it in a worse situation today than it was yesterday." But it claimed that as yet there is insufficient evidence to make a case for outlawing the party.

"It's an issue that is too important to rush into," Justice Minister Mariano Fernández Bermejo declared yesterday. "We have suspicions, but as soon as there is sufficient evidence - and not one moment before - we will seek the illegalisation of ANV."

Police are thought to be compiling evidence against the Basque party, possibly with a view to seeking a court order to suspend the organisation in the run-up to the general election next March. That could pre-empt the illegalisation of the group.

In the wake of Saturday's attack, Spain's main opposition Popular Party and the country's largest association of victims of terrorism, the AVT, have both intensified their demands for ANV to be outlawed and heightened their criticism of the Socialist government's counterterrorism policies. "There is more than enough evidence to outlaw the AVT," PP Secretary General Ángel Acebes declared. During a march in Madrid yesterday, a government representative, Pedro Zerolo, was insulted and Socialists in general were labelled "terrorists" by far-right protesters.
Posted by: lotp || 12/05/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under:

New trial for France's 'Guantanamo six'
A Paris court Monday heard details of a controversial French secret service mission to Guantanamo at the start of the retrial on terrorism charges of six former inmates at the US base.

At the end of the original trial last year, Judge Jean-Claude Kross refused to hand down a verdict, saying he needed to know more about the Guantanamo mission -- whose very existence France initially denied. Mourad Benchellali, 26, Nizar Sassi, 27, Khaled Ben Mustapha, 35, Redouane Khalid, 39, Brahim Yadel, 37, and Imad Achab Kanouni, 30, were captured in 2001 during the US-led war to oust the Taliban in Afghanistan and handed over to US forces. Held for up to three years at the Guantanamo detention centre in Cuba, they were charged upon their return to France in 2004 and 2005 with "criminal conspiracy in relation to a terrorist enterprise. But defence lawyers argue that any information derived from their questioning by French intelligence officials in Guantanamo, outside of any legal framework, should be classed as inadmissible evidence.

On Monday judge Kross read out several reports by the DST domestic intelligence agency, declassified for the purposes of the trial, which he said "give us a knowledge of the DST's activities" in Guantanamo "and the framework in which all of this happened."

The DST files describe the six defendants' links to well-known Islamist circles including figures cited in several terrorism cases, but say they have committed no offence prosecutable in France. In a note dated February 2004, former DST chief Louis Caprioli wrote: "In case of a repatriation, there is no guarantee they will be placed under investigation and jailed, since they are linked to no activities in France liable for prosecution."

Lawyer William Bourdon welcomed the declassification of the intelligence reports. "We hope the court will draw the consequences of the extreme disloyalty with which the French secret services behaved towards the French detainees Guantanamo," he told reporters. "We hope that the court will recall the law: by saying that no one can be convicted if the proof was secured by disloyal means. Acquittal is the only outcome."

During their initial 10-day trial last year, some of the six admitted to staying in Afghan camps linked to Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, but all denied fighting US forces or planning attacks in Europe.

Last year the French state attorney called for all but Kanouni to be found guilty, but asked for lenient, one-year prison sentences, saying their "abnormal detention" in Guantanamo should be taken into account. Though none is currently in detention, all six spent periods in pre-trial custody and could therefore expect to avoid jail. All but Yadel -- held up for professional reasons -- were present for Monday's hearing. The trial is set to run until December 12.
This article starring:
former DST chief Louis Caprioli
Judge Jean-Claude Kross
Lawyer William Bourdon
Posted by: lotp || 12/05/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda

#1  So while Chirac was busy accusing us of war crimes in Gitmo, his intelligence service was interogating French citizens in the same garden spot.

How breath-takingly hypocritical, yet totally in character.

Posted by: Frozen Al || 12/05/2007 17:29 Comments || Top||

Fifth Column
From Secrecy News email newsletter. Source links to Teheran Times.
Filmmaker Oliver Stone is expected to visit Tehran in the near future to negotiate arrangements for a film about Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian press reported last week.
Stone cavorting with the enemy. Giving him aid and comfort by making a propaganda film. I wonder if there is a term for that kind of activity?
"We have announced that he has asked for permission to travel to Iran for direct negotiations and to plan the project," one official told the Tehran Times.

Stone first sought Iranian permission last summer to make the film, variously referred to as "Ahmadijenad's Adventures" or "The Truth About Ahmadinejad." His initial request was denied, but was then reconsidered and approved by the President himself "if certain conditions were met."

Among such conditions, the Tehran Times reported, "Stone would not be allowed to invent any scenarios. [Instead,] he should only use incidents from the president's real life in the film."
The Iranians do, however, have permission to *ahem* create any scenarios, using their artistic license.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 12/05/2007 14:22 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6502 views] Top|| File under:

#1  If Stone is only allowed to"...use incidents from the president's real life in the film." and the film will indeed imitate life, then the film will indeed be only a SHORT feature.....
Posted by: USN,Ret. || 12/05/2007 14:32 Comments || Top||

#2  I wonder if he will be shown the well where the 12th Imam will rise from below?
Posted by: Delphi || 12/05/2007 14:36 Comments || Top||

#3  Could easily be a one-way trip. (I hope)
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 12/05/2007 15:03 Comments || Top||

#4  Here are some more tidbits for your reading pleasure:

News about the proposed film project "has amazed and worried many friends of Islamic Iran's honour and power and those concerned about its reputation," according to one Iranian commentator.

"How can one trust a person... who, despite efforts at proclaiming himself to represent the opposition in America's ruling system, is in line and in accordance with the essence and the overall policies of this system," wrote Elham Rajabpur in the conservative Tehran daily Keyhan.

The writer objected to several of Stone's films including Alexander ("a hated figure among Iranians") and The Doors (about "one of America's perverted and half-mad singers").

"We are afraid that the outcome of [Stone's Iranian film] venture will not be the true and realistic portrayal of an intellectual and a peacemaker such as Ahmadinejad, but a portrayal of Ahmadinejad according to Stone, Hollywood, and global Zionism."

The Doors---our secret weapon, LOL!
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 12/05/2007 15:04 Comments || Top||

#5  I do hope they cast Rowan Atkinson in the lead.
Posted by: BrerRabbit || 12/05/2007 15:07 Comments || Top||

#6  Or Martin Short...
Posted by: Pappy || 12/05/2007 15:48 Comments || Top||

#7  Honestly, what theater owner is gonna take a chance on getting his screen pain-bombed while this tripe is showing?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 12/05/2007 15:51 Comments || Top||

#8  Or Paul Ruebens (aka PeeWee Herman)
Posted by: SteveS || 12/05/2007 15:55 Comments || Top||

#9  Since the picture he made on Castro made so much money...
Posted by: rjschwarz || 12/05/2007 16:08 Comments || Top||

Posted by: tu3031 || 12/05/2007 16:24 Comments || Top||

#11  "'Rosebud' was his atomic bomb."

Posted by: Abdominal Snowman || 12/05/2007 16:29 Comments || Top||

#12  OMG tu, I didn't know that Mr.A was an Orthodox Jew. That explains a lot. It's all part of that Worldwide Zionist Conspiracy[WZC]. /sarcasm off
Posted by: Procopius2k || 12/05/2007 17:35 Comments || Top||

#13  My boyfriend suggested Emmanuel Lewis in the lead role and now I can't stop laughing.
Posted by: ryuge || 12/05/2007 20:38 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
Bush still a factor, Rove warns
President Bush, down and all but counted out by friend and foe alike just three months ago, is rising like a bloodied but unbowed prizefighter, and Karl Rove predicts peril for Republicans and their presidential nominee if they shun the lame-duck president on the campaign trail.

The president had been pummeled ever since Democrats retook control of Congress in January, but he has pushed ahead with his second-term agenda on issues ranging from opposing federal funding of embryonic stem-cell research, pushing for peace in the Middle East and establishing security in Iraq. Some in his own party broke with him on the war, but as the "surge" takes hold and the president regains his footing — and with rising poll numbers, to boot — Mr. Bush looms large for Republican contenders next November.

"Nobody can risk looking disrespectful to the president without paying a price, and they need to understand that," said Mr. Rove, Mr. Bush's former top political adviser.
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Posted by: gorb || 12/05/2007 05:54 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under:

Home Front: WoT
Bush: Iran Still a Danger Despite Report
Defending his credibility, President Bush said Tuesday that Iran is dangerous and must be squeezed by international pressure despite a blockbuster intelligence finding that Tehran halted its nuclear weapons program four years ago.
Defending his credibility? I'd call it maintaining common sense.
Bush said the new conclusion - contradicting earlier U.S. assessments - would not prompt him to take off the table the possibility of pre-emptive military action against Iran. Nor will the United States change its policy of trying to isolate Iran diplomatically and punish it with sanctions, he said.
You mean mostly contradicting earliler U.S. assessments, don't you? Except for the one that says that Iran could go nuclear by 2010, of course.
"Look, Iran was dangerous, Iran is dangerous and Iran will be dangerous if they have the knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon," the president told a White House news conference a day after the release of a new national intelligence estimate representing the consensus of all U.S. spy agencies.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: gorb || 12/05/2007 04:20 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Report still says Iran can have a bomb by 2010.

Report doesn't say enrichment of uranium halted four years ago: plans for the bomb have been floating around for years. It's the lack of fissile material that has blocked development of an actual weapon.

If you have sanctions and economic problems, it makes sense to not develop if you can just buy and copy what you can, and concentrate on developing what you can't buy.

some people are so STUPID.
Posted by: Ptah || 12/05/2007 8:22 Comments || Top||

#2  I always said the worst possible outcome of the build up to the second Gulf War would be if Hussein complied with all UN sanctions and started paying lip service to the treaty which suspended hostilities at the end of the first Gulf War. Congress would not have paid for hundreds of thousands of troops in Kuwait and environs indefinitely and, once the French and Russians and street traitors had their way, Iraq could have dug everything up out of the desert and had the bomb, say, two years later than they would have.
Posted by: Excalibur || 12/05/2007 8:58 Comments || Top||

#3  This is raising eyebrows. To start with, these intelligence agencies never agree on anything, and they certainly will never agree on proving a negative, which is next to impossible.

Therefore, they must have been ordered to agree, but even the President does not have the authority to make them do that, by himself.

The only plausible reason is that Bush and others must have ordered them to do this for one reason: to *prevent* a nuclear war. Only that is a strong enough argument.

But boy, does this open up a can of worms.

This also means that Israel has to be in on it, as they are the 800-pound nuclear gorilla in the ME.

And nutjob is proclaiming that it is a great Iranian victory, which we had to expect, and not something that is going to make us happy at all. But something we had to be willing to swallow.

The Russian and Chinese have to be involved in some way, as nobody does anything nuclear without telling the others what is going on, for obvious reasons.

All the rest is guesswork.

Is there some brinksmanship ongoing that was threatening nuclear war, that the US felt it had to defuse?

Has the US created and deployed several super weapons that can guarantee 100% that Iran cannot successfully use a nuclear weapon?

A hell of a lot of questions, and no answers.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 12/05/2007 9:45 Comments || Top||

#4  "President Bush has lost all credibility with the American people," said Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean. "We were misled on Iraq, now it's Iran. We need to get to the truth so our foreign policy is not only tough but smart."

Where did the previous NIE come from? Is that what everyone has been interpreting for the past several years? How is it Bush's fault that it changed? Has he been sitting on it for four years? That seems to be what Howie and the Dims thinks.

Why did it take the geniuses four years to figure out what was going on in 2003? What will they tell us in 2011? That Nutjob resumed work on the bomb in December, 2007 and will have the bomb in three days? Or will have exploded one three days before? How far off did the NIE tell us the Soviets were from a bomb when they exploded one? Ya know, back in the late 40's.

I can't believe how stupid the Dims think we must be. Of course, upwards of 40% believe their tripe.
Posted by: Bobby || 12/05/2007 9:54 Comments || Top||

#5  I was reading elsewhere that all sorts of pieces are starting to come together.

The US has pulled all its ships out of the Persian Gulf, Arabian Sea, and Gulf of Oman. The Iranian al-Quds activity in Iraq has close to stopped.

About a month or two ago, Bush looked tired, depressed and like he had the weight of the world on his shoulders. Now he looks happy and invigorated.

Israel has come out with a statement almost the same as Bush, implying they are on the same sheet of music, and neither horrified or terribly upset.

The Iranians are proclaiming it a great victory, which by ME standards probably means for them a disastrous defeat.

Geez, when is the other shoe going to drop?

The only people taking at the NIE at face value seems to be Moonbats.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 12/05/2007 10:25 Comments || Top||

#6  Bush was called a liar when he believed the WMD report he got from the "intelligence agencies", and now he is called a liar when he doesn't believe the reports.
Posted by: bman || 12/05/2007 10:26 Comments || Top||

#7  I motion gorb for an award.

This is not the bombshell made out to be, I think there are some things missing between the lines:

Is there a dissenting opinion from this committee of 12 committees?

I stopped driving when I got to work, my guess is that when I decide to start driving again I am already half way home.

Ahmajinn's well documented past rhetoric remains the same.

France and Russia both seem to think something is up as well.

"If everything is legit, then you won't mind someone coming in and taking a look around then..."

If Iran was doing this for the good of the people would it not be a better investment to spend this money and effort on tried and true refineries rather than experimental (for Iran) nuclear power?

The U.S. acknowledgment about faulty intelligence about Iran recalled the erroneous U.S. conclusion that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction, a belief that was a factor in Bush's decision to invade Iraq. So poison gas is only a crime in the Kirkham Street Sports and Social Club? History, intent, and an UN inspection mandate - what else do you need besides hazmat gear?

Since the show 'who want to be a democratic idol' is about to be cancelled they need a hook like this to stay on the air. Obama calls for an invasion of pakistan but "They should have stopped the saber rattling, should never have started it," . dean continues to use the singular version of the word 'we'. hillarity continues to talk out of both sides of her mouth it is a wonder her ears don't have cold sores. rockefeller's quote sounds like something from a trashy coffee shop discussion and his grandkids live in the other america so what does he care. This is the last, best shot for the democrats to defeat Bush in 2008 so expect much salivation from your radio every NPR hour and continuous coverage by cnn.

(ps thanks for the cluein about 'ignorant slut', I only wonder if the same ratio exists out there for my reference to I Love New York :-) )
Posted by: swksvolFF || 12/05/2007 11:23 Comments || Top||

#8  Another Intelligence assessment that is guaranteed to come back and bite them in the ass.
Posted by: danking70 || 12/05/2007 11:35 Comments || Top||

#9  Comment from Strategy Page:

"the people creating the Iran weapons section have a reputation for pro-Iran opinions. Moreover, the "halt" angle has very little to back it up. This new analysis seems to be more for political than intelligence effect"

Posted by: Frozen Al || 12/05/2007 12:05 Comments || Top||

#10  And the report was authored by:
Posted by: Phinater Thraviger || 12/05/2007 12:37 Comments || Top||

#11  How about some "good" leaks from the intelligence that describe the creative process that went into the creation of this NIE?

"Boy, our report will sure tie bushitler's hands regarding Iran."

Was any information included from the Iranian general who defected?

Will the 10-12 other intelligence agencies sit quietly as questions keep coming for this complete 180?

I can only imagine the Israelis coming public with more recent intelligence that completely embarasses these findings?
Posted by: danking70 || 12/05/2007 14:18 Comments || Top||

#12  Maybe it has something to do with that "non-terrestrial craft" that Pravda said was in on the Israeli bombing of the Syrian "facility", whatever that was. That's about as good an explanation as this report gives us.

Yesterday I was extremely pissed off about it. Today I still am. It's like they think we're a bunch of children so they think we're going to believe their stories about the stork and Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy.

How do they ever expect us to support any war if they are going to lie, if they are going to say one thing one day and something else on another day?

They are no good, that's all. They should all be fired. Why does the government spend my tax dollars for cow manure? We might as well be listening to Achmadiwhackjob himself.

The only way for us to know whether or not Iran is working to develop a nuclear weapon is if they let inspectors look anywhere they want. The Iranians won't allow that so BOMB THEM NOW BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!!!

Er, that is, unless it's already too late.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 12/05/2007 14:48 Comments || Top||

NYSlimes: NIE Report: New Data, New Methods, New Conclusion
Even the folks at the NYSlimes sees that something is AFU - they just assign different reasoning.

How could American intelligence agencies have overstated Iran’s intentions in 2005 so soon after being reprimanded for making similar errors involving Iraq?

The spy agencies had swallowed hard and pledged to do better after a presidential commission in March 2005 issued a blistering accounting of the intelligence failures leading to the Iraq war.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: gorb || 12/05/2007 04:08 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under:

#1  “Just possibly, the intelligence community may have taken a major step forward,” Senator Rockefeller said.

...and, just possibly, they could've fucked up big time. You'd better hope you're right.
Posted by: tu3031 || 12/05/2007 12:09 Comments || Top||

#2  Would this report be from the same CIA that somehow managed to miss the implosion of the Soviet Union and that little sign in front of a 'warehouse' that said 'Chinese Embassy'?
Posted by: SteveS || 12/05/2007 12:47 Comments || Top||

Gitmo Inmate Cuts Throat, but Survives
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) - A Guantanamo Bay prisoner slashed his throat with a sharpened fingernail last month, spilling a lot of blood but surviving, a U.S. military commander said Tuesday.
Now that's one impressive suicide attempt. Sharpened fingernail? Props.
Guards administered first-aid and took the prisoner to the prison clinic, said Navy Cmdr. Andrew Haynes, the deputy commander in charge of the guard force. ``There was an impressive effusion of blood,'' Haynes told reporters visiting the base. He would not disclose the man's name or nationality. A medical officer, who could not be identified under military rules for journalists, said the prisoner received several stitches and spent a week under psychiatric observation.

There have been four suicides since the U.S. opened the military prison at Guantanamo in January 2002 for men suspected of involvement in terrorism or links to al-Qaida and the Taliban. Many of the 305 men held at Guantanamo have been there for more than five years without charge. The military has said it plans to prosecute up to 80 of the prisoners.

Haynes said he doubted the latest incident was a real suicide attempt, and characterized it instead as an act of ``self-harm.'' The incident occurred while the man was taking his daily five-minute shower in early November, around the time when more than two dozen journalists were visiting Guantanamo for a military court hearing.

Haynes said there have been up to half-dozen ``self-harm incidents'' in the two months he has been assigned to Guantanamo Bay. He described suicide as a ``paramount tactic'' used by prisoners to discredit U.S. forces. But defense lawyers and human rights groups say the suicides are a result of the prisoners' despair.
Posted by: Steve White || 12/05/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Time to extend the shower time limit I'd say. Twenty or thirty more minutes should be sufficient for a good bleeding out.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/05/2007 0:17 Comments || Top||

#2  MAtbe we xould send the next suicide attemp into to Cuba for medical help. Heard they have top notch healthcare.
Posted by: Mike N. || 12/05/2007 0:50 Comments || Top||

#3  prisoner received several stitches and spent a week under psychiatric observation

I hope they didn't cut his fingernails.
Posted by: gorb || 12/05/2007 3:42 Comments || Top||

#4  A Guantanamo Bay prisoner slashed his throat with a sharpened fingernail last month

Chiun from the "Destroyer" series would be proud of this fellow. He has all the makings of a natural assassin.
Posted by: Snarong B. Hayes8239 || 12/05/2007 4:40 Comments || Top||

#5  That's tragic.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/05/2007 7:47 Comments || Top||

#6  Why the hell can't we just give all these animals Jim Jones cool aid and be done with it. I've got no problem with muslim terrorist killing themselves. Just as long as they don't take any humans with them.
Posted by: Icerigger || 12/05/2007 8:11 Comments || Top||

#7  Better luck next time. Maybe someone will drop a box cutter in his cell.

"Cuts Throat", finger nail and several stitches do not compute. A more appropriate headline: "Gitmo Inmate Scratches Himself, Unfortunately No Sepsis. Grauniad In Tizzy".
Posted by: ed || 12/05/2007 8:53 Comments || Top||

#8  The box cutter idea is excellent.

Though I still cannot fathom why we have not gone Roman on these goat raping primitives. There should be crucifixes lining the highways in and out of conquered Mecca.
Posted by: Excalibur || 12/05/2007 10:21 Comments || Top||

#9  There should be crucifixes impaled Mohammedans lining the highways in and out of conquered Mecca.

There, fixed it!
Posted by: Fester Angoluling9790 || 12/05/2007 10:39 Comments || Top||

#10  [Aris Katsaris has been pooplisted.]
Posted by: Aris Katsaris || 12/05/2007 10:40 Comments || Top||

#11  Bwaaaaahahaha! The lister still works!
Posted by: Mike N. || 12/05/2007 14:41 Comments || Top||

#12  Speaking of pooplists, where has Zenster been of late? I haven't seen any screeds from him for a number of days.

Has he been...you know...listed?
Posted by: Black Charlie Shulet7688 || 12/05/2007 14:59 Comments || Top||

#13  "Dying is easy, It's living that's hard."

An extra ten points if you know who said that, and where/when. ;-)

Seriously, how many bad guys would confess to anything rather than be condemned to an open ended sentence where the high point is collecting feces for flinging at the guards?
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/05/2007 15:00 Comments || Top||

#14  "Dying is easy, It's living that's hard."

Isn't that a take on "Dying is easy, comedy is hard", by Donald Wolfit???
Posted by: anonymous5089 || 12/05/2007 15:44 Comments || Top||

#15  Could that be Annie Lennox???

(note that while I searched for this one, I actually knew Wolfit's, which I find very funny, given the circumstances - he was on his deathbed).
Posted by: anonymous5089 || 12/05/2007 15:46 Comments || Top||

#16  Maybe he can kill himself with his teacup.

Posted by: Free Radical || 12/05/2007 16:20 Comments || Top||

#17  Clint: Outlaw Josey Wales
Posted by: Frank G || 12/05/2007 17:07 Comments || Top||

Code Pink leader and fellow activist get busted in Pakistan
Pakistan sees red over Code Pink activists' antics
Pakistani authorities yesterday ordered the deportation of the leader of the feminist U.S. antiwar group Code Pink, who was in Lahore to join protests against the emergency rule imposed by President Pervez Musharraf, according to a spokeswoman for the group. Medea Benjamin, a co-founder of the group, said she was arrested at a student demonstration by agents of the Pakistan Inter-Services Intelligence and detained for about four hours before being released with orders to leave the country this morning. "I'm OK. A little shaken up," Ms. Benjamin told The Washington Times by telephone from her hotel in Lahore. "They mistreated us."
Golly. Wotta surprise. That's never happened before, has it?
Ms. Benjamin said she feared for her life as the agents held her at gunpoint in a car speeding through the city to the police station. "I thought I was going to die in the car," she said. "They totally terrorized us."

Pakistani authorities also detained and then ordered the deportation of Tighe Barry, a longtime Code Pink activist who was participating in the students' rally outside the Lahore Press Club. "It's a sad state of affairs when the Pakistani government, a government that is trying to portray itself to the West as democratic, tries to harass and deport U.S. human rights activists," Ms. Benjamin said at the press club before her arrest. "If they do this to us, who have the protection of being U.S. citizens, imagine what they do to their own citizens."

Code Pink activists are arrested regularly in the U.S. for disrupting congressional hearings on the war, targeting Democrats and Republicans alike with protests. A Code Pink activist was arrested in October after rushing up to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, wrapping her arms around Miss Rice and screaming "war criminal" as she displayed her red-painted hands.

Ms. Benjamin and Mr. Barry have been in Pakistan since Nov. 25 to support opponents of the emergency rule, including lawyers, judges and students. Earlier, they conducted a 24-hour vigil outside the home of lawyer Aitzaz Ahsan, who is under house arrest.

Ms. Benjamin said her ordeal in Pakistan had not changed her view of the protest she leads in the United States. Rather, she said, she was inspired by the struggle against emergency rule imposed Nov. 3 by Mr. Musharraf. "We'll probably be doing a protest at the Pakistan Embassy as soon as we get back to D.C.," Ms. Benjamin said. Ms. Benjamin and Mr. Barry plan to fly back to Washington today.
This article starring:
Aitzaz Ahsan
Code Pink
Medea Benjamin
Tighe Barry
Posted by: Delphi || 12/05/2007 13:16 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6533 views] Top|| File under:

#1  What? No stint as a human shield?
Posted by: danking70 || 12/05/2007 14:05 Comments || Top||

#2  Geez, Medea. Here you are trying to save their Muzzie asses and you get tossed in a cop car and terrorized. Don't the wog bastards know who you are!
Where's a bulldozer when ya need one...
Posted by: tu3031 || 12/05/2007 14:27 Comments || Top||

#3  So who finances their little junket to Pak-Land?
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 12/05/2007 14:30 Comments || Top||

#4  tu beat me to it: All the D-9s are in the shop.....
Posted by: USN,Ret. || 12/05/2007 14:30 Comments || Top||

#5  These people are insane. An excellent way to get their heads chopped off. They are not dealing with SFPD outside the Pelosi mansion.
Posted by: Excalibur || 12/05/2007 15:17 Comments || Top||

#6  I noticed that there was no mention of whether of not Ms.Benjamin was wearing the appropriate headgear while protesting.
Posted by: Delphi || 12/05/2007 15:29 Comments || Top||

#7  "If they do this to us, who have the protection of being U.S. citizens, imagine what they do to their own citizens."

It is a ditzy assumption that American citizens have any protection in Pakistan!
Posted by: Danielle || 12/05/2007 15:30 Comments || Top||

#8  Anyone who thinks they are outside a country's laws just because they are an American Citizen is just plain stupid.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 12/05/2007 15:54 Comments || Top||

#9  I think a taste of the third world is what many of these folks need. Hopefully they'll go protest China next.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 12/05/2007 16:08 Comments || Top||

#10  They should've drove her up to Peshawar or Swat. And dropped her off.
Good luck, uncovered infidel lady...
Posted by: tu3031 || 12/05/2007 16:14 Comments || Top||

#11  "If they do this to us, who have the protection of being U.S. citizens, imagine what they do to their own citizens."

So now they are American? Pity it is not possible to revoke their citizenships and give gthem Pakistani citizenship. They shhould be happy to no longer belong to the racist, fascist, oil thirsty America America

Posted by: JFM || 12/05/2007 16:17 Comments || Top||

#12  yjcmtsu.

Too bad they didn't keep her.
Posted by: Whomong Guelph4611 || 12/05/2007 16:27 Comments || Top||

#13  proof that Perv and the ISI are Anti-American - they returned this trash, alive
Posted by: Frank G || 12/05/2007 17:39 Comments || Top||

#14  Anyone who thinks they are outside a country's laws just because they are an American Citizen is just plain stupid.

It's the natural cognizant discordance of the mind of the left. Somehow in all their denunciation's of 'American Imperialism', it doesn't dawn on them that the extension of one's own laws across someone elses' sovereign borders constitutes IMPERIALISM. This however is not hypocrisy because there is no principle for the left other than POWER.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 12/05/2007 17:49 Comments || Top||

#15  "I'm OK."

Too bad.

"They mistreated us."

Quelle surprise. You mean they didn't act like the Fascist BusHitler Regime™ and politely put up with your shit?

"They totally terrorized us."


"If they do this to us, who have the protection of being U.S. citizens"

But I though you were ashamed of being Amerikkan. Interesting how you embrace it when you need it....

Here's a clue: Don't go to another country - one full of people who hate women and want to kill them for breathing - and pull your Leftist shit, and maybe you won't get "mistreated."


Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 12/05/2007 17:52 Comments || Top||

#16  Anyone who thinks they are outside a country's laws just because they are an American Citizen is just plain stupid.

Well, that would describe Medea and her acolytes to a "T"! Too bad she could not have had a wee taste of some real torture or terror.
Posted by: Spats Spinegum3184 || 12/05/2007 18:39 Comments || Top||

#17  Why isn't this code pink lady not protesting over in Iran against human rights violations by Ahmadinejad's abuse of men who were pink panties?
Posted by: Victor Emmanuel Whusoque4891 || 12/05/2007 19:58 Comments || Top||

#18  #17 Victor - because they're not completely stupid.
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 12/05/2007 20:47 Comments || Top||

#19  I guess now Medea really is an arrested adolescent.
Posted by: mrp || 12/05/2007 22:20 Comments || Top||

Jamaat says 'final no' to elections
The Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) on Tuesday left nothing to doubt to boycott the January 8 general elections, asking party nominees for the national and provincial assemblies to withdraw their candidature on December 15, the final date for withdrawal of nomination papers, party’s central chief announced. “We will not contest the elections in a situation where Martial Law is imposed, the Constitution is in abeyance, Provisional Constitution Order (PCO) is in place, judges are removed and media is gagged,” said Qazi Hussain Ahmad while addressing a news conference hours after Maulana Fazlur Rehman announced participation in the elections.

Qazi made the announcement after chairing a meeting of provincial general body or Majlis-e-Amila of his party here. The two leaders, who are partners in the six-party alliance, during separate news conferences here, said the alliance would stay intact. They claimed a majority of the MMA component parties were with them when asked by journalists what was the reaction of the remaining four parties of the religious alliance to their decision of participation or boycott.
This article starring:
Posted by: Fred || 12/05/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6476 views] Top|| File under: Jamaat-e-Islami

#1  "Weapons free"
Posted by: mojo || 12/05/2007 11:31 Comments || Top||

#2  We can't get what we want so we will stay home and play with our muslim terrorist handbook, er, the koran.
Posted by: Icerigger || 12/05/2007 12:05 Comments || Top||

Militants' threats shut video shops to give way to 'Islamic business'
Two men were seen busy putting up a white-coloured banner with announcements in blue, green and red to mark an end to the “business of movies” on Tuesday and the start of “Islamic” business in Fawad Plaza on main University Road. “New businesses, God willing, will soon be inaugurated,” the banner read at a former digital versatile disc (DVD) shop that had closed a few months ago, as threatening messages were taking heavy psychological toll on local residents. Several businesses of audio and video compact discs have been shut down following a campaign by the sleeping cells of Al Qaeda-linked militants.

Owner of the shop confirmed the shutting down of his business. “I do not want the neighbouring shopkeepers to get hurt because of my business.” He was the second businessman to have decided to close the business in the same market. V-den, another decades-old shop with a huge collection of movies, was the first to pull curtains on the CD business. There have been several bomb attacks on CD shops across NWFP and the main market of CD business in Nishtar Abad in Peshawar has recently experienced the explosion that killed one person.

V-den, centre of English, Indian, Pakistani old and new movies, was launched some 22 years ago when movie-lovers were less in number, but the V-den changed local residents’ taste by attracting them to classical movies. “We have shut down the business after threats,” Rafique Khattak of V-den told Daily Times. The collection of movies is all set to vanish that took more than two decades to make, he added.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: Fred || 12/05/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Lotta hand-waving about "new businesses being inaugurated"... What is an "Islamic" business, anyway? Or shouldn't I ask?
Posted by: Glavigum B. Hayes3666 || 12/05/2007 0:30 Comments || Top||

#2  "Victoria's Secret for Ewe"
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 12/05/2007 8:06 Comments || Top||

#3  I can't understand why the tribes in Khyber would let the Talibunnies spoil their smuggling route. They are for the most part business first folk but I must have missed something on my visit there. What a shame all the way around.
Posted by: Icerigger || 12/05/2007 8:32 Comments || Top||

Uneasy in paradise
“CONGRATULATIONS,” said the voice on the crackling phone line from Lahore, “your sons have become martyrs for the faith in Kashmir.” Ever since that January 27 call, the families of teenagers Mohammed Faseehu of Dhanbidhoo Island in Laam atoll and Shifahu Abdul Wahid of Dhiffushi Island in Kaaf atoll have been engaged in a desperate search for their children. Despite petitioning both the Maldives government and the Pakistan High Commission in Male, both families have so far drawn a blank. Of Mohamed Niaz, the Lahore-based seminary student from the Maldives who called with news of the teenagers’ death, there is no trace.

But after the September 29 Sultan Park bombing in Male, the first-ever Islamist terror strike in the Maldives, intelligence services across the world – those of India, the United States and the United Kingdom among them – have developed a new interest in the missing men. Investigators have found that the terror cell that carried out the attack had plans to execute more violent attacks in the Maldives and had a network of regional linkages supporting their project.

A rising tide of violent Islamism, the Sultan Park bombing has made clear, has begun to surge over the Maldives. Dozens of local men who fought with jehadi groups across the region have brought their wars home. Faseehu and Wahid travelled to Pakistan in March 2005 to study at a seminary in Karachi. Soon, they moved to the Jamia Salafia Islamia at Faisalabad – a seminary whose alumni include several Al Qaeda and Lashkar-e-Taiba leaders. It is a leading supplier of Salafi-sect neoconservatism to the Maldives. It now supplies terrorism too.
Continued on Page 49
This article starring:
ABDUL MALIKLashkar-e-Taiba
ABU ANASLashkar-e-Taiba
ABU ISAJamaat Ahl-e-Hadith
Ahmad Shah
ALI JALILLashkar-e-Taiba
Ali Rameez
ALI RASHIDLashkar-e-Taiba
ALI SHAMIMLashkar-e-Taiba
ALI SHARIFJamaat Ahl-e-Hadith
ALI SHARIFLashkar-e-Taiba
Fiyes magazine reporter Ahmed Abdulla
IBRAHIM ASIFLashkar-e-Taiba
Ibrahim Rameez
Ibrahim Shameem
Jamia Salafia Islamia at Faisalabad
journalist Ahmed Nazim Sattar
KAFIL AHMEDLashkar-e-Taiba
Maldives Home Minister Abdullah Kamaludeen
MOHAMAD MAZIDJamaat Ahl-e-Hadith
MOHAMAD SALIMLashkar-e-Taiba
Mohamed Halim
MOHAMED MAZIDLashkar-e-Taiba
MOHAMED NIAZLashkar-e-Taiba
MUSA INASJamaat Ahl-e-Hadith
President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom
SAID AHMEDJamaat Ahl-e-Hadith
ZAKIR NAIKJamaat Ahl-e-Hadith
Jamaat Ahl-e-Hadith
Posted by: Fred || 12/05/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under: Global Jihad

#1  Darwin Awards all round.
Posted by: Excalibur || 12/05/2007 9:00 Comments || Top||

#2  Congratulations, your children have opted out of the gene pool...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 12/05/2007 11:56 Comments || Top||

#3  Welcome to the Maldives: The Minor Leagues of Jihad.
Posted by: tu3031 || 12/05/2007 12:48 Comments || Top||

#4  President 'Maumoon Abdul Gayoom'

With an unfortunate name like that, no wonder its Uneasy in Paradise.
Posted by: Red Dawg || 12/05/2007 14:14 Comments || Top||

Religeon of Peace - "Death to women without a headscarf"
BASRA, Iraq (Reuters) - Women in Iraq's southern city of Basra are living in fear. More than 40 have been killed and their bodies dumped in the streets in the past five months for behavior deemed un-Islamic, the city's police chief says.

A warning scrawled in red on a wall threatens any woman who wears makeup or appears in public without an Islamic headscarf with dire punishment. "Whoever disobeys will be punished. God is our witness that we have conveyed this message," it says.

Women in the Shi'ite city are convinced hardline Islamic militants are behind the killings and say they fear going out without a headscarf. "Some women were killed with their children," Basra police chief, Major-General Abdul-Jalil Khalaf, told Reuters. "One with a six-year-old child, another with an 11-year-old." Khalaf, who was sent to Iraq's second-largest city in June with a mandate to get tough on criminals, said he did not know who the perpetrators were but vowed to catch them.

Rita Anwar, a 27-year-old Christian, said she was thinking of leaving Basra, or even Iraq, altogether. "You would not believe that I also wear the headscarf sometimes. It is terrifying to read this graffiti in red threatening murder," she said.

During the long rule of Saddam Hussein, who suppressed Islamists, Iraqi women in urban areas enjoyed some of the most casual dress codes in the Middle East. Conservative Islamist influences have spread since the U.S.-led invasion removed Saddam in 2003. This has led to stricter interpretations of Islam in many parts of Iraq.

Police in Basra showed Reuters pictures of women whose bodies were found with notes attached, accusing them of adultery and other "honor crimes." One photo was of Hayat Jassem, 45, found dead with two gunshot wounds in the stomach. Another was of an unidentified woman in her 30s who was found dead and blindfolded. "The relatives of those killed never report these crimes because they fear scandals or because they fear the threats of those killers," said Khalaf, sitting behind a desk against a backdrop of two large Iraqi flags.


A group of tribal Shi'ite leaders told Reuters in October that Shi'ite Islamist political parties were imposing strict Islamic rules in southern provinces and using their armed followers to create a state of fear. The sheikhs, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the conservative attitudes meant that only religious music was now allowed to be played in public places and dancing was forbidden, as was drinking alcohol.

Basra itself has witnessed a turf war between rival Shi'ite groups, including supporters of cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and his Mehdi Army militia, the powerful Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council, and the smaller Fadhila party which controls the governorate. Hareth al-Athari, an official from Sadr's political movement in Basra, said the movement opposed killing women for wearing un-Islamic attire. "This is a hideous crime," said the bearded cleric, wearing a black turban and black robe. He said the role of his movement's members was to educate people through written statements or face-to-face talks.

However, several women interviewed by Reuters said Islamic militants -- they did not say who -- were intimidating them, forcing them to cover their hair and bodies. "A party official who is also a university student came to me and said female students should not attend exams without wearing the headscarves," said one student, who asked not to be identified for fear of reprisals. "He told me 'God willing there won't be any girl left in the university without wearing a headscarf'."

Khalaf, who has won praise from coalition forces for his efforts to clean up Basra, said investigations were still under way to find those behind the killing of women in the city. He said assassinations aimed against other groups, such as university professors, had dropped. "Only a few professors (have been killed). But I do not accept even if it was just one," he said.

Asked who could be behind the killing of women, Athari said: "We cannot accuse anybody. But I can say that these gangs are linked to CIA international intelligence agencies." "Or they are linked to movements that want to accuse the Sadrist trend of this," he said.

Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 12/05/2007 10:42 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Islam needs to be challenged!
Posted by: Helmuth, Speaking for Cromong3228 || 12/05/2007 13:18 Comments || Top||

#2  Let them live in a Sharia paradise for awhile.

Then when they are liberated they'll know better.
Posted by: mhw || 12/05/2007 13:40 Comments || Top||

#3  The fruits of the British model of occupation.
Posted by: Excalibur || 12/05/2007 15:19 Comments || Top||

#4  Meanwhile, Code Pink was in Pakistan during this time......
Posted by: USN,Ret. || 12/05/2007 16:22 Comments || Top||

Iraq agrees to seek final UN extension for troops
BAGHDAD - Iraq’s cabinet agreed on Tuesday to seek a final one-year extension of the UN Security Council mandate covering U.S.-led foreign troops in the country, government spokesman Ali Al Dabbagh said. The UN mandate allows coalition forces to conduct a wide range of military operations in Iraq. The current one-year mandate expires at the end of 2007 and Iraqi officials have said they would only seek an extension for one more year. ‘The cabinet has just agreed on extending the UN mandate covering multi-national forces in Iraq. This will be the final extension,’ Dabbagh said.

When the UN mandate ends, bilateral agreements will govern U.S.-Iraqi relations, officials have said. The White House has said the two sides will start formal negotiations early next year about the future relationship of the two countries, including the size and role of American forces to remain in Iraq. The talks aim to conclude in July.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Al Maliki has stressed the importance of ending the UN mandate for coalition forces in Iraq. ‘This is a goal pursued by all Iraqis who love their homeland and love it to be normal again without all the consequences it endured because of the policies and adventures of the previous (Saddam Hussein) regime,’ he said in a speech late last month.
This article starring:
government spokesman Ali Al Dabbagh
Posted by: Steve White || 12/05/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under: Iraqi Insurgency

#1  Is the Government of Iraq sovereign or not? If not, why not? And if they are, why do they need the UN's permission for anything?
Posted by: mojo || 12/05/2007 11:29 Comments || Top||

Iraq to hire 12,000 Sunni militia guards
The Iraqi government announced on Monday it would put 12,000 neighbourhood guards on its payroll, a move welcomed by US forces promoting a programme of raising mainly Sunni Arab “concerned local citizen” militia. The order means that armed, predominantly Sunni Arab men will be paid by the Shiite-led government, often in communities that were until recently violent flashpoints of an insurgency.

The Iraqi government has been seen as lukewarm toward the US-backed militia programme, under which 60,000 men, mainly in Sunni Arab areas, have been given ID cards and permitted to carry guns and man checkpoints. Washington says the programme is one of the main tactics that has led to a dramatic reduction in violence across Iraq over the last several months, but many Shiites have expressed fears that it has created dangerous, unaccountable militia. The US military refers to the patrol members as “concerned local citizens” or “CLCs”. The vast majority are Sunni Arabs, although some units are Shiite and some are mixed.
Now let's get jobs for the other 48,000 men in recognition for their service. They can do reconstruction, local security, etc., just keep them on a payroll and keep them out of trouble for the next year or two. Ditto for Shi'a men in the same jobs right now.
Posted by: Fred || 12/05/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under: Iraqi Insurgency

Hamas denies Israeli reports of Shalit's captors agreeing to Red Cross visit
Ma'an – An Al-Qassam Brigades spokesperson on Tuesday denied news reports that a team from the International Red Cross is to be allowed to visit captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. Abu Ubayda told Ma'an that "Shalit's captors do not intend to let anybody visit him or deliver a message from or to him."

He described the news reports as suspicious as they came from Israeli sources. He also said that negotiations over Shalit had been suspended as the Israelis had rejected offers for a deal. The Palestinian factions, detaining Shalit are maintaining the same stipulations as before, he added.

Israeli military radio claimed on Tuesday that the Red Cross representative in the Gaza Strip had said that Shalit's captors had expressed a readiness to meet with Red Cross representatives and allow them to deliver a message from him to his family. Meanwhile, Israeli security services were dubious about the news stories, admitting that negotiations over that case will take long time.
Nobody's brought up Hamas' lack of adherence to any sort of legal norms -- starting with kidnapping the guy in the first place, through refusing to allow Red Cross/Crescent access. That's no doubt an oversight and the critiques should start pouring in any moment now.

This article starring:
Gilad Shalit
International Red Cross
Posted by: Fred || 12/05/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  He described the news reports as suspicious as they came from Israeli sources.

Honestly, think about it. Who do you think you're dealing with? It's just un-islamic.
Posted by: gorb || 12/05/2007 3:45 Comments || Top||

#2  Where are the usual suspects complaining that Hamas is violating the Geneva Convention? Cpl Shalit was captured in uniform, as a member of an organized military force. He is more of a legitimate prisoner of war than any of the prisoners at Gitmo. Yet he has been denied all of the benefits guaranteed to prisoners of war, including visits from the Red CrossThingy.
Posted by: Rambler || 12/05/2007 10:04 Comments || Top||

60 wounded Palestinians demand passage through Rafah crossing
Ma'an – Sixty Palestinians, seriously wounded during the recent Israeli attacks and targeted assassinations in the Gaza Strip, gathered near the Rafah crossing on Tuesday, demanding to be allowed to cross into Egypt for medical treatment.

The sixty people intend to wait at the Rafah crossing until they are allowed to enter Egypt, even if they die in the process.
The sixty were selected by a medical committee, who chose the most urgent cases. Some of the injured are in danger of losing limbs if they do not receive immediate treatment. The sixty people intend to wait at the Rafah crossing until they are allowed to enter Egypt, even if they die in the process, according to Abdul-Majid Al-Alul, the director of the charity As-Salamah. The Egyptian authorities on Monday allowed the passage of the second group of 1,200 Hajj pilgrims heading for Mecca, through the Rafah crossing.
This article starring:
Posted by: Fred || 12/05/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6489 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  Here's hoping they go for the "die in the process" option.
Posted by: Scooter McGruder || 12/05/2007 5:29 Comments || Top||

#2  Let 'em crawl thru the tunnels......
Posted by: USN,Ret. || 12/05/2007 14:35 Comments || Top||

#3  Checkpoint Triage, heh.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 12/05/2007 22:09 Comments || Top||

#4  "even if they die in the process"

That's got my vote! :-D
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 12/05/2007 22:11 Comments || Top||

Gas stations close as Israel continues Gaza Strip fuel cuts
Ma'an – Gas stations in the Gaza Strip have shut down and most cars are off the road as Israel continues its reduction of vital fuel supplies on Tuesday.

The deputy chairperson of the federation of Gaza's oil and fuel companies, Mahmoud Al-Khizindar, said that the Palestinian General Oil Corporation has just 16,000 liters of fuel remaining.

The Gaza Strip is completely dependent on fuel imports. Normally, hundreds of thousands of liters of fuel pass through the Israeli-controlled Nahal Oz checkpoint each day.

Since June, Israel has reduced deliveries to a trickle. The Israeli High Court upheld the fuel cuts in a ruling on Friday, defeating a petition by Israeli and Palestinian human rights groups, who argue that the cuts constitute collective punishment. Al-Khizindar said that only 30% of the gas needed by Gazan households for cooking and other uses is available.
Posted by: Fred || 12/05/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6469 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  BLOOMBERG > SIX ME Nations, including Saudi arabia + UAE, to form ME/Muslim Common Market as early as 2010. * Paleos = PA???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 12/05/2007 4:32 Comments || Top||

#2  Let Egypt supply their gasoline. Israel owes nothing to those Gazan Arabs illegally occupying Jewish land. FREE GAZA!
Posted by: Scooter McGruder || 12/05/2007 5:34 Comments || Top||

#3  Not sure how the street traitors spin "no blood for oil" with this one.
Posted by: Excalibur || 12/05/2007 8:59 Comments || Top||

#4  "Since June, Israel has reduced deliveries to a trickle."

June?...hmmm...isn't that right at the hieght of the Gazan Tourist season? Collective punishment indeed.
Posted by: DepotGuy || 12/05/2007 9:17 Comments || Top||

#5  "deputy chairperson... Mahmoud"
Like the ladies have a chance at that job. "Suicide bomber" yes, but "chairperson" I doubt it.

"just 16,000 liters of fuel remaining"
4,000 gallons. Looks like they'll have to strap their rockets on donkeys to get them to the launch sites.

"collective punishment"
BINGO! Give that man the prize! It's about time for some collective punishment for all those Hamas and rocket-attack supporters.
Posted by: Darrell || 12/05/2007 11:24 Comments || Top||

#6  Quit ya whinin! Mo didn't have a car!!
Posted by: tu3031 || 12/05/2007 11:58 Comments || Top||

#7  "...Al-Khizindar said that only 30% of the gas needed by Gazan households for cooking and other uses is available."

does this mean they use gasoline for cooking???
Posted by: mhw || 12/05/2007 13:45 Comments || Top||

#8  The "Gas" refered to here is butane/propane (Think those 5 gallon tanks for barbecues, cook grilles, etc.)
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 12/05/2007 15:18 Comments || Top||

#9  Look at the positive side of it: no gas, no CO2 so they can sell the carbon credits.
Posted by: JFM || 12/05/2007 16:49 Comments || Top||

Sri Lanka
Innocent Tamils caught by Lankan police, freed
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Facing a groundswell of criticism, Sri Lankan authorities have released most of the minority Tamils detained in recent days in a security crackdown following two deadly bombings, a Cabinet minister said Tuesday.

Ethnic Tamil politicians and human rights groups have accused government forces in Colombo and its suburbs of indiscriminately arresting more than 2,000 Tamil civilians after last Wednesday’s attacks, which killed 20 people and were blamed on the Tamil Tiger rebels.

After meeting Monday with the relatives of some of those detained, President Mahinda Rajapaksa ordered police to release all those being held who were not charged with a crime, according to the president’s office. The government released all but 202 of the 2,554 people detained in the security sweep by Tuesday afternoon, according to Cabinet minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle.

About half those remaining in custody would be released once they showed identification, while the other half were suspected of involvement in terror activities, he said. This is not an action taken against a minority. This is about security and the government safeguarding people in the town,’ Fernandopulle said.
Posted by: Steve White || 12/05/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under:

The Iranian Little (Submarine) Wonder
Posted by: ed || 12/05/2007 08:54 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The Strategy Page article seems to confirm that the 'Gaydar' is based on the Italian/Paki design.
Posted by: Pappy || 12/05/2007 9:12 Comments || Top||

#2  The Yoko Ono-class.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 12/05/2007 9:30 Comments || Top||

#3  The MG110s [the Italian design the Iranians copied] are 85 feet long, displace 105 tons and have a crew of six. These boats are designed to also carry eight combat scuba divers. These subs can carry two torpedoes or mines externally. Top speed on the surface (using the diesel engine) is 16 kilometers an hour. The sub can stay at sea for about five days.

I suppose it would be useful for interdicting the Straits of Hormuz, but not much beyond that. No reloads, and I'll bet that habitability becomes an issue pretty quick in a boat that small.
Posted by: Mike || 12/05/2007 10:21 Comments || Top||

#4  OK, who gets to explain to them what "gaydar" means?
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 12/05/2007 11:09 Comments || Top||

#5  "Italian/Paki design" -- there have got to be some jokes in there somewhere.
Posted by: Darrell || 12/05/2007 11:28 Comments || Top||

#6  OK, who gets to explain to them what "gaydar" means?

Shielded against a gay bomb, but vulnerable to a no-dong assault.

Anyone else think that getting a crew together from 'Deadliest Catch' with some fancy fishing trowels (skiff extensions with magnetic decoys) would take care of this?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 12/05/2007 11:43 Comments || Top||

#7  top speed of 16 kph. That's the equivalent of 8.5 knots. Shouldn't most ships just be able to out-run this guy?

Posted by: Frozen Al || 12/05/2007 11:46 Comments || Top||

#8  You'd think so but it's a sub and the watchword is ambush.
Posted by: Icerigger || 12/05/2007 12:10 Comments || Top||

#9  Anyone else think that getting a crew together from 'Deadliest Catch' with some fancy fishing trowels (skiff extensions with magnetic decoys) would take care of this?

I'd put money on the cast of "Kid Nation" before I'd bet on an Iranian sub.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 12/05/2007 12:13 Comments || Top||

#10  I suppose it would be useful for interdicting the Straits of Hormuz, but not much beyond that. No reloads, and I'll bet that habitability becomes an issue pretty quick in a boat that small.

The hypothesis is that the subs will be supported from oil platforms. The limited range is a given. From what I gather, the original intent was to transport commandos/special ops troops. Likely it's part of the much-touted 'Iranian response' against the other Gulf states should war break out.

[btw, the 'Gaydar' is an inside joke in the armchair-admiral community (the actual name is 'Ghadir').]
Posted by: Pappy || 12/05/2007 12:16 Comments || Top||

#11  I'd laugh at this thing, but the US's last attempt at building a swimmer delivery vehicle was cancelled due to drastic cost overruns and whatever other reasons they weren't telling us about.

Maybe I should be laughing at the US, or maybe I should just be crying.
Posted by: Abdominal Snowman || 12/05/2007 12:24 Comments || Top||

#12  Snowy here,
Posted by: Thomas Woof || 12/05/2007 14:30 Comments || Top||

#13  Thomas Woof:

See here: link.
In the end, however, technical, reliability, and cost issues have proven nearly insuperable. Indeed, the ASDS has been cancelled for all intents and purposes; all that's left is an ASDS-1 improvement program to boost the performance of the existing sub and complete its operational testing. The Richmond Times-Dispatch notes that the ASDS mini-subs were originally supposed to cost $80 million each, but numerous problems with the first boat have ballooned its cost to $446 million so far (vendor and government facility costs inclusive). Instead of completing integration and entering service in 2000, testing continued and the first boat was officially delivered in July 2003. GlobalSecurity adds that the program was initially projected to cost $527 million (including delivery of all six boats), but it is now predicted to rise to more than $2 billion – significantly more than the $1.4 billion SSGN Tactical Trident conversion program to which it is related.
Posted by: Abdominal Snowman || 12/05/2007 14:36 Comments || Top||

#14  Yow!
Posted by: Thomas Woof || 12/05/2007 14:40 Comments || Top||

JPost: 'US [NIE] report should not deter world'
The threat of Iran obtaining nuclear weapons must not be underestimated, was the message government officials sent out on Tuesday after the release of a US intelligence report claiming that Teheran halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003 but was continuing to enrich uranium.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak said that he was familiar with the report that had been shown to him by US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates during the Annapolis peace summit last week.

"I am familiar with the American intelligence assessment," Barak said following a meeting with Hungarian Chief of Staff Gen. Andras Havril. "Nevertheless, I say again that Iran is today a central threat on the world and the State of Israel."
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Posted by: gorb || 12/05/2007 04:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

Hizbullah's Mohammed Raad: No to a Constitutional Amendment by Saniora Government
The head of Hizbullah's parliamentary bloc MP Mohammed Raad said Wednesday Prime Minister Fouad Saniora's majority government does not have the authority to propose a constitutional amendment allowing the election of Army Commander Gen. Michel Suleiman president.
Therefore there's no way Suleiman can become president. There's no way the current crisis can be ended. Nothing can be changed.
Noting that he is voicing "a viewpoint that remains personal," Raad told Naharnet:
"I believe a constitutional amendment in parliament is possible after resignation of Fouad Saniora from the government which is neither constitutional nor legitimate. Parliament cannot meet with a non-constitutional government."
"To me, at the personal level, I believe a constitutional amendment in parliament is possible after resignation of Fouad Saniora from the government which is neither constitutional nor legitimate. Parliament cannot meet with a non-constitutional government. I am not making a proposal, but expressing a view point that remains personal." However, Raad stressed that "we will not block any consensus possibility if the intro to it is a constitutional amendment, provided that all opposition factions have agreed on it."

In answering a question as to whether the Hizbullah parliamentary bloc will attend a session to amend the constitution, Raad said: "We believe that any constitutional amendment will be fabrication based on tacit approval by both the pro-government factions and the opposition due to an extraordinary and very important matter. This issue should be discussed in detail by the opposition."
That sentence was absolute mush. There's no meaning to it whatsoever, much less a clear meaning.
What would your stand be if amending the constitution to elect Gen. Suleiman is the only salvation solution? Raad was asked. He replied: "In fact, this issue needs to be judged to realize its seriousness in the candidate-proposing formula, and to know if the other side considers it the salvation solution."
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former President Emile Lahoud
Fouad Saniora
Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun
Michel Suleiman
Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri
Posted by: Fred || 12/05/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah

French FM on his way to Lebanon to seal presidency deal
Lebanese leaders were approaching agreement on Tuesday on a deal to elect the army chief as president, with France's foreign minister expected in Beirut to help seal it. Rival Lebanese leaders have all come out in support of General Michel Suleiman to take the presidency, vacant since November 23, when the term of pro-Syrian Emile Lahoud ended.

While consensus on one name has finally emerged, the anti-Syrian governing coalition and the Hezbollah-led opposition, backed by Syria, have yet to work out all the details.

Parliament has been convened for Friday, but the vote will only go ahead then if the deal is sealed. A senior political source said the vote might still have to be delayed for a few more days. "After agreement on General Michel Suleiman, (French Foreign Minister Bernard) Kouchner is due in Beirut to complete the mission," the source said.
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