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Africa North
Tunisia Detains, Expels Ukraine Udder Activist
[An Nahar] Tunisian police tossed in the slammer
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
a Ukrainian topless activist in the capital Tunis before expelling her from the North African country on Tuesday, a leader of the women's protest movement Femen said.

"Some men entered her hotel room, ordered her to take her belongings and drove to the police... She was deported and is now on a plane to Kiev. Her passport has been given to the pilot," Femen's leader in Gay Paree, Inna Shevchenko, told Agence La Belle France Presse on the phone.

The Tunisian interior ministry, which deals with such issues, could not be reached for comment on the matter late on Tuesday.

The young woman, Alexandra Shevchenko, had gone to "support her colleagues during their trial tomorrow," the Femen leader said, referring to a trial of three European topless activists to be held in Tunis.

"The special services knew that a member of Femen was in the city and they were afraid. Tunisia has shown its true dictatorial colors," said Inna Shevchenko, who is not related to the detained woman.

The three activists, two French and one German, face jail terms of up to a year when they go on trial after staging a topless protest last week.

They are charged with public indecency for the protest outside the main courthouse in Tunis in support of Amina Sboui, a Tunisian activist who was locked away
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
after painting the word "Femen" on a wall near a cemetery in an act of protest against hardline Islamists.

Sboui is also due to appear before an investigating judge on Wednesday. She faces possible charges of indecency and desecrating a cemetery.
She is definitely guilty of the first. The second is questionable, given that the writing was on a wall near rather than at or in the cemetery. Nonetheless, the woman should be hustled back home as quickly as possible, lest Darwin win again.
Posted by: Fred || 06/05/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336062 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  "Her passport has been given to the pilot"

Her phone number, too?
Posted by: European Conservative || 06/05/2013 8:30 Comments || Top||

Egypt court sentences 43 nonprofit workers, including 16 Americans, to up to 5 years in jail
[Washington Post] An Egyptian court on Tuesday convicted 43 nonprofit workers, including at least 16 Americans, of illegally using foreign funds to foment unrest in the country and sentenced them to up to five years in prison.

Most of the Americans were sentenced in absentia because they had long left the country, including Sam LaHood, son of the U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. He received a five-year jail term.

The only American defendant still in Egypt was Robert Becker, who was sentenced to two years. Becker has maintained that his refusal to flee Egypt with fellow Americans who were in the country at the time of the crackdown on nonprofit groups was to show solidarity with his Egyptian colleagues.
Now he can show solidarity in jug...
After his verdict, Becker, who was not in the courtroom for the verdict, wrote on his Twitter account that he was reviewing his "legal/appeals options" with his lawyers.
I think Mr. Becker is about to realize that he is in a country ruled by the not-sane, and that unlike in the movies, this is not amusing for all involved.
The verdict, read out by judge Makram Awad, also ordered the closure of the offices and seizure of the assets in Egypt belonging to the U.S. nonprofit groups as well as one German organization for which the defendants worked. These are the International Republican Institute, the National Democratic Institute, Freedom House, a center for training journalists, and Germany's Konrad Adenauer Foundation.

Of the 43 defendants, 27 received five-year jail terms. Another five received two years while 11, all of them Egyptians, got suspended one-year sentences.
Posted by: Fred || 06/05/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336062 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  convicted 43 nonprofit workers, including at least 16 Americans, of illegally using foreign funds to foment unrest

Motto of Brewers Sans Borders
Ferment beer not unrest
Posted by: Shipman || 06/05/2013 4:29 Comments || Top||

#2  Molson labe___ Instapundit
Posted by: Bigfoot Sproing3989 || 06/05/2013 13:24 Comments || Top||

#3  Wait, so this Egyptian government is the one that's in power because these guys formented the unrest and forced out their predecessors, and their answer is to prosecute.

They basically gave the Brotherhood what they wanted so they're going to get &*(*%ed even harder.

Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 06/05/2013 14:30 Comments || Top||

Africa Subsaharan
FG proscribes Boko Haram, Ansaru
[Nigerian Tribune] BOKO Haram and Ansaru are coming under more pressure as President Goodluck Jonathan
... 14th President of Nigeria. He was Governor of Bayelsa State from 9 December 2005 to 28 May 2007, and was sworn in as Vice President on 29 May 2007. Jonathan is a member of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP). He is a lover of nifty hats, which makes him easily recognizable unless someone else in the room is wearing a neat chapeau...
on Tuesday formally proscribed the two groups.

He has also authorized the gazetting of an order declaring the groups' activities as illegal and acts of terrorism.

By this development, any person associated with the groups can now be prosecuted and sentenced to up to 20 years in prison.

This followed the imposition of state of emergency on Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states considered the epicentre of the Islamic hard boys' activities and the consequent placement of a hefty bounty on 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...
leader, Abubakar Shekau by the United States government.

According to a statement issued in Abuja by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, the order has been gazetted as the Terrorism (Prevention) (Proscription Order) Notice 2013 affects both Boko Haram (Jamaatu Ahlis-Sunna Liddaawati Wal Jihad) and another group -- Jama'atu Ansarul Moslemina Fi Biladis Sudan.

It said that it was approved by President Jonathan pursuant to section 2 0f the Terrorism Prevention Act, 2011 (As Amended).

The statement said that the order officially brings the activities of both groups within the purview of the Terrorism Prevention Act and any persons associated with the two groups can now be legally prosecuted and sentenced to penalties specified in the Act.

The proscription order warned the general public that any person "participating in any form of activities involving or concerning the collective intentions of the said groups will be violating the provisions of the Terrorism Prevention Act."
Posted by: Fred || 06/05/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336062 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram

OPEC Sweats: How Low Can Oil Prices Go?
h/t Instapundit
...every country on that list is watching the US shale revolution closely and sweating as the dotted line drops further.
The Lord moves in mysterious ways
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/05/2013 03:22 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336064 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I don't see any sign of "low" oil prices at the pump. I paid $4.059/gal at Costco yesterday.
Posted by: Spot || 06/05/2013 7:42 Comments || Top||

#2  That's QE taking effect.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/05/2013 8:26 Comments || Top||

#3  I don't either, it's $3.20 here.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 06/05/2013 8:42 Comments || Top||

#4  Michigan gas prices highest in continental U.S. One of the usual suspects is blamed.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 06/05/2013 8:56 Comments || Top||

#5  Don't forget all the taxes levied on the stuff. Not just at the pump, but through the whole process of extracting, transporting, cracking, distributing. A pound of flesh at every turn.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/05/2013 9:00 Comments || Top||

#6  The oil industry is absolutely the MOST heavily taxed industry in the country, and it is all passed along to the consumer.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/05/2013 9:13 Comments || Top||

#7  Taxes are ALWAYS passed along to the consumer. Anyone who tells you anything else is a lying sack of crap.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 06/05/2013 9:20 Comments || Top||

#8  One of the usual suspects is blamed.

I didn't read the article yet - would it be George W. Bush or Global Warming?
Posted by: Raj || 06/05/2013 9:21 Comments || Top||

#9  > Taxes are ALWAYS passed along to the consumer.

Actually if you tax the rental/unimproved value of land then the tax cannot be passed on.

It's Ricardo's law of rent (the rent will be set at the maximum the market can stand and taxing it will not reduce that figure).
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 06/05/2013 9:26 Comments || Top||

#10  A company WILL somehow charge enough for it's product/service to pay expenses in order to stay alive as an entity. Make expenses or die.
Posted by: tipover || 06/05/2013 10:34 Comments || Top||

#11  Watch for the bottom to drop out of oil once the EVs (electric vehicles) hit the road.
Posted by: Spaimp Turkeyneck3830 || 06/05/2013 10:58 Comments || Top||

#12  They hit the road several years ago. Many more on the road just this year in CA.
Govt's reaction was to raise the gas tax cause we aren't buying enough.
Posted by: Sum Dum Guy || 06/05/2013 11:36 Comments || Top||

#13  They were warned to find new ways to support themselves.
Posted by: Newc || 06/05/2013 12:59 Comments || Top||

Watch for the bottom to drop out of oil once the EVs (electric vehicles) hit the road.

Meh. They still need lube, power, and plastics.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 06/05/2013 13:17 Comments || Top||

#15  Let's find out how stable these OPEC countries are without a continuous infusion of megabucks. I'm betting on "not very".
Posted by: Muggsey Mussolini || 06/05/2013 13:42 Comments || Top||

#16  $90+ a barrel is low? I remember during the late 1990s Asian Financial Crisis when oil hit about $10 a barrel. 15 years later $90 is the new $10.
Posted by: dk70 the scantily clad || 06/05/2013 16:32 Comments || Top||

#17  Many years ago, but at $10. per barrel nearly all the wells stopped pumping as I recall.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/05/2013 16:41 Comments || Top||

#18  #14
Watch for the bottom to drop out of oil once the EVs (electric vehicles) hit the road.

Recently on a trip through the Bay Area and saw that the dozen charging stations in front of Solyndra had no waiting line... And they really have reduced traffic on the highway because the parking lots were completely empty... Guess they all rode their unicorns to work.
Posted by: Capsu78 || 06/05/2013 18:59 Comments || Top||

#19  Regular gas this afternoon rose to a price 10 cents/gal over diesel. First time this has happened in a great many years.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 06/05/2013 19:09 Comments || Top||

#20  $4.05 in the Cinncinnati area today...was $3.65 two days ago. Wait until the word on the XL pipeline comes out this month...oy vey they say.
Posted by: Mugsy Glink || 06/05/2013 19:29 Comments || Top||

#21  "How Low Can Oil Prices Go?"

Not low enough ....
Posted by: Barbara || 06/05/2013 19:40 Comments || Top||

#22  Southwest of chicago gas is 440.9. Up ,40 cents a gallon, just today!!? Prices down??? WTF
Posted by: illeagle || 06/05/2013 22:24 Comments || Top||

#23  We have anywhere from $3.57 to $3.99 in the Pac NW north of Seattlestan; and about 4 miles from the Anacortes refinery. The one that is getting 6-100+car unit trains of Bakken Shale crude weekly. These prices were @ 2 stations about 4 miles apart ( the low one is on the Indian Reservation, heve had a sweetheart deal w/ the Donk govner that cuts their taxes. many (including me) fill up there in protest to the high taxes for worthless public art and other feel good crap. ( including non-standing bridges). does this make me a bad person?
Posted by: USN,Ret. || 06/05/2013 23:28 Comments || Top||

The Grand Turk
25 arrested in Turkey for protest calls in Twitter
Posted by: Elmerert Hupens2660 || 06/05/2013 04:08 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336061 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Calling for a "flash mob" via twitter...entice using food as a reward... SHAWARMA Sandwiches to be served after the demonstration....mmmm count me in Dude !
Posted by: Spaimp Turkeyneck3830 || 06/05/2013 10:57 Comments || Top||

The woman in red

This is what police oppression in Istanbul looks like: the cop hits the woman in red with pepper spray. This is Erdogan's response to his people.
Posted by: Steve White || 06/05/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336068 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Is this the most opportune time to destabilize Turkey for an occupy movement with no bearing or Doctrine?

You failed at the Ballot box every time and for some reason, the Islamic parties are seen as less corrupt. Can you tell me why?

WE are at War, I do not like totalitarians just as you may not, but anything Soros is Evil.

Posted by: Newc || 06/05/2013 0:28 Comments || Top||

#2  Pepper-spraying an unarmed woman who simply stands there is not the way to advance peace, order or good government.

The opposition in Turkey may have failed at the ballot box, but that does not mean that Erdogan has carte blanche to change Turkey as he sees fit. He proclaims himself to be a 'servant' of the people and yet is acting as an arrogant master, telling all that those who voted against him do not matter.

They matter. This woman matters.

Re-read the Declaration of Independence. We are ALL endowed with inalienable rights. This woman was exercising hers.
Posted by: Steve White || 06/05/2013 7:47 Comments || Top||

#3  Sounds like he's following Obama, closely.
Too bad, there should be people NOT following Obama, he's not worth it.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 06/05/2013 8:45 Comments || Top||

#4  All I see is the four photos covering a large paragraph of text Dr. White wrote. What setting do I have incorrect? Win7-Firefox.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 06/05/2013 9:43 Comments || Top||

#5  I tidied the article up a bit.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 06/05/2013 10:10 Comments || Top||

#6  Anyone have the backstory on this? Was the woman doing something?

Sorry but this kind of reminds me of the old lady at the Occupy-Seattle which was pepper-sprayed (for good reason) - but the media hyped it up as an over-reaction by the Seattle Police.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 06/05/2013 11:01 Comments || Top||

#7  That's a lot of mace for one woman.

If one person can make the police sh*t their pants like that, they will surely all die of nervous diarhea.
Posted by: Sum Dum Guy || 06/05/2013 11:41 Comments || Top||

#8  Right place - Wrong time - Nice dress though - Reminded me of the delousing station photos from WWII.
Posted by: Spaimp Turkeyneck3830 || 06/05/2013 12:15 Comments || Top||

#9  I understand what you say, DR. I do find the photos not telling. You set a line for them and move your officers to another line. If they cross their line and approach, you chase them away.

I do not like the timing of this and the de-stabilizing features. It does not feel right and it looks staged.
Posted by: Newc || 06/05/2013 12:25 Comments || Top||

#10  UT-O
Posted by: Newc || 06/05/2013 12:38 Comments || Top||

#11  Same comment as #4 NS. Using Explorer.
Posted by: Barbara || 06/05/2013 13:21 Comments || Top||

#12  All I see is the four photos covering a large paragraph of text Dr. White wrote. What setting do I have incorrect? Win7-Firefox.

Nimble Spemble and Barbara, what you're seeing is what you should. Dr. Steve posted the four photos and a two-sentence comment below. All he wrote was, "This is what police oppression in Istanbul looks like: the cop hits the woman in red with pepper spray. This is Erdogan's response to his people."
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/05/2013 14:32 Comments || Top||

#13  Ok, the Mail has covered it. Still looks the same but some detail.
Posted by: Newc || 06/05/2013 14:35 Comments || Top||

#14  Looks like in these pics the police are slightly down wind, and there are a lot of police pretty loose with their protective gear; not saying its looks like fun, but the pics in Newc's have the police a bit more diligent with their protective gear; likely using the full strength.

It is an effective propaganda photo series - defenseless middle age woman in national colors getting blasted and calmly walking away on her own. Even pic 4, though the policeman is veering towards another target to her left, looks like he is sticking it right into her back.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 06/05/2013 16:33 Comments || Top||

#15  They don't air KELLY LEBROCK = "WEIRD SCIENCE" often enuff.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 06/05/2013 19:43 Comments || Top||

Turkey's Street Protests Get Personal
[ABCNEWS.GO] Conciliatory comments toward the protesters from some government officials also hint at disagreement with their leader's approach.

Since Turkey has a stable developing democracy and Erdogan's Islamic-rooted government doesn't appear to be in danger of toppling before his term is up, it's up to the prime minister to chart the course of the crisis. Although his deputy has apologized for the crackdown, Erdogan has so far doubled down, choosing confrontation over reconciliation, dismissing the demonstrators as rabble and even branding Twitter, used by activists to organize and update each other, as a menace.

"Social media is the pain in the neck of all societies," Erdogan said.

The startling remark, hostile to a medium that much of the world has embraced, recalls other conflicts where anti-government activists relied on social media to organize. But NATO ally Turkey does not share the same dynamics as Tunisia, Egypt, or Libya, and its relative stability suggests a Mideast-style revolution is not likely to happen.
Posted by: Fred || 06/05/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336062 views] Top|| File under:

Home Front: WoT
Fort Hood attack 'defended Taliban' sez Nidal Hasan - BBC
Appears not even Nidal Hasan is not buying the administration's "workplace violence" narrative.
Posted by: Shigum Cleter8353 || 06/05/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336061 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Article 3, Section 3 -

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.

The Congress shall have power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood*, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.

Nuff said.
*ie death penalty
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/05/2013 8:25 Comments || Top||

#2  Doesnt sound like he understands the "defense of others" the way I do. I think the law waseant to immediately protect others from attack by taking down an assailant, not defend your nations enemies on another continent from future US deployments. His defense sound more and more like an admission of treason.

Workplace violence my butt.
Posted by: Rjschwarz || 06/05/2013 9:59 Comments || Top||

#3  Hasan should have been dispatched with long ago. Disgusting POS.
Posted by: JohnQC || 06/05/2013 16:44 Comments || Top||

Champ's brother in bed with terrorists ?
by Walid Shoebat and Ben Barrack
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/05/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336062 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The secrecy, the sealed records, the family, the foreign connections and travel; a theory to ponder:

Champ began his career as a recruited CIA source.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/05/2013 7:17 Comments || Top||

JUI-F to support Nawaz Sharif for PM's slot
[BETA.DAWN] Jamaat Ulema-e-Islam
...Assembly of Islamic Clergy, or JUI, is a Pak Deobandi (Hanafi) political party. There are two main branches, one led by Maulana Fazlur Rahman, and one led by Maulana Samiul Haq. Fazl is active in Pak politix and Sami spends more time running his madrassah. Both branches sponsor branches of the Taliban, though with plausible deniability...
Fazl (JUI-F) Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman
Deobandi holy man, known as Mullah Diesel during the war against the Soviets, his sympathies for the Taliban have never been tempered by honesty ...
on Tuesday said that his party has decided to vote for Pakistain Moslem League -- Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif
... served two non-consecutive terms as prime minister, heads the Pakistain Moslem League (Nawaz). Noted for his spectacular corruption, the 1998 Pak nuclear test, border war with India, and for being tossed by General Musharraf...
in the election for the Leader of the House to be held Wednesday.

Speaking to news hounds here after a meeting of the party's parliamentary board, Maulana Fazlur Rehman said that a delegation of the PML-N had requested his party to vote for Sharif in the election for the slot of prime minister.

He said that in response, the core committee in its meeting had decided to vote for the PML-N chief as a goodwill gesture.

He said that his party had also supported PML-N in the elections for Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly.

To a question, the JUI-F chief said that he would take oath as member of the National Assembly during Wednesday's session.
Posted by: Fred || 06/05/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336061 views] Top|| File under: Jamaat-e-Ulema Islami

US publishes details of IDF missile base
...Details Israel had wanted kept secret. With friends like these, who needs enemies?
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/05/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336065 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Don't ask for a subsidy then.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 06/05/2013 8:52 Comments || Top||

#2  Don't offer a subsidy in exchange of not "acting unilaterally".
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/05/2013 13:59 Comments || Top||

#3  SSSHHHHHH ... CCCCCCCCCCC wehell, it was a secret.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 06/05/2013 19:46 Comments || Top||

U.N. Chief Says New Syria Report 'Sickening and Staggering'
[An Nahar] U.N. Secretary General the ephemeral Ban Ki-moon
... of whom it can be said to his credit that he is not Kofi Annan...
on Tuesday called a new report on growing atrocities in Syria's civil war "sickening and staggering", his front man said.
And as we've seen, the world hangs on the words of the Right Honorable Ban Ki Moon. And his spokesman.
A U.N. panel investigating human rights
...which are often intentionally defined so widely as to be meaningless...
abuses said there was "reasonable grounds" to believe that chemical weapons had been used by Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Terror of Aleppo ...
's forces and opposition rebels.

The panel said the 26-month-old conflict has reached "new levels of brutality" with new suspected massacres, sieges and widespread rights violations.

U.N. front man Martin Nesirky said Ban had read the study and "frankly he finds the catalog of atrocities in that report to be both sickening and staggering."

Its findings highlighted the need for greater diplomatic efforts to end the civil war and for Syria to give U.N. experts unfettered access to investigate the use of chemical weapons, he added.

Syria has blocked the U.N. inquiry saying that it should only investigate government claims of rebels using chemical arms.

"A credible and comprehensive inquiry requires full access to the sites where chemical weapons are alleged to have been used and only on-site investigation could provide evidence on whether or not chemical weapons were used," said the front man.

"The secretary general has been saying for a long time that there needs to be an enhanced and accelerated push for a political solution to this carnage," said Nesirky.

Top officials from the United States, Russia and United Nations
...an organization which on balance has done more bad than good, with the good not done well and the bad done thoroughly...
are to meet in Geneva on Wednesday in a bid to set a date and agenda for an international conference on Syria.

Ban believes "it's not easy to switch track and engage in political dialogue" but he "certainly hopes that there will be progress made there in Geneva towards the international conference," said Nesirky.
Posted by: Fred || 06/05/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336062 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

Erdogan: Assad Massacres Worse than His Father's
[An Nahar] Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, facing unprecedented popular protests at home, charged on Tuesday that Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Scourge of Qusayr...
has committed atrocities worse than those attributed to his notorious father.
Or at least they're more recent...
"Assad has surpassed his father in crimes and massacres, and it is not possible to forgive that. He will have to pay the price sooner or later," Erdogan said during a speech in Algeria, which he is visiting on a four-day tour of North Africa.

Assad's father and predecessor Hafez Assad crushed a Moslem Brüderbund uprising in the central Syrian city of Hama in 1982, killing between 10,000 and 40,000 people.

The 26-month civil war now raging in Syria, which began after a popular uprising was brutally suppressed, has cost more than 94,000 lives, according to one monitoring group.

Erdogan, a former ally of Damascus who has become one of Assad's fiercest critics, underlined that 300,000 Syrians who had fled the conflict were sheltering in neighboring Turkey.

"We support their demands (of the Syrian people) who aspire to democracy," he said.
Posted by: Fred || 06/05/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336062 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  That's because his father would kill 10000 Sunnis the first day, and there wouldn't be a second day.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/05/2013 3:05 Comments || Top||

#2  the 1982 massacres were begun and ended in one month

also Syria's population was lower then
Posted by: lord garth || 06/05/2013 17:24 Comments || Top||

Raad Says Qusayr Rebels Wanted to 'Attack Resistance from Behind'
[An Nahar] Hizbullah on Tuesday accused the Syrian opposition of seizing control of the Syrian town of Qusayr with the aim of "attacking the resistance from behind its back."
There's not even a pretense of making sense in that statement.
"The thing that is immunizing and strengthening the resistance is the harmony among all the political forces that have embraced the path of resistance, and this is what's bothering the other partners in the country, who have been trying to drive a wedge or stir discord in order to infiltrate through and achieve their plot," head of Loyalty to Resistance bloc MP Mohammed Raad said.

"The rifle of the resistance is still pointed at the same Israeli enemy, but the enemy has created a new frontier behind our backs, near our Bekaa and North, with the aim of stabbing us in the back, employing a bunch of Takfiri
...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who most be killed...
remnants through conspiring with regressive oil countries that have nothing to do with democracy," Raad added during a memorial service marking one week since the death of Hizbullah fighter Abbas Hallal in Syria.

The Hizbullah official explained that "the mission of the town of Qusayr was to attack the resistance from behind amid the slogans of self-dissociation and noninterference in Syria."

Raad added: "Hizbullah did not intervene in Syria, we rather intervened in Leb to defend Leb and its resistance and to protect the country."

"We only point our rifle at any target we believe is allying and conspiring with the Zionist enemy, because our rifle only fires on those who are allied with Israel or conspiring with it," Raad said.

The military support of Hizbullah has helped Syrian regime forces gain the upper hand in the battle for control of Qusayr, a key town for both the regime and the myrmidons, where an army assault began last month, amid a Lebanese, regional and international outcry.

Hizbullah chief His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah
The satrap of the Medes and the Persians in Leb...
had previously justified the group's involvement in Syria by saying they were defending Lebanese-inhabited border villages inside Syria and Shiite holy sites.

But during a May 25 speech marking the 13th anniversary of Israel's military withdrawal from Leb, Nasrallah said the Takfiris are the "most prevailing group in the Syrian opposition," warning against a defeat against them in the ongoing war in Syria.

He said: "If Syria falls in the hands of the Takfiris and the United States, the resistance will become under a siege and Israel will enter Leb. If Syria falls, the Paleostinian cause will be lost."
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Army Starts Removing Jabal Mohsen Barricades
[An Nahar] Army units on Tuesday launched a crackdown on gunnies in Jabal Mohsen and started removing barricades and sandbags from the Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
neighborhood, ahead of taking the same measures in the adjacent districts.

Abdul Latif Saleh, front man for the Arab Democratic Party, the main political and military force in Jabal Mohsen, welcomed the step but demanded a similar crackdown in the rival neighborhood of Bab al-Tabbaneh.

For his part, ADP secretary-general Rifaat Eid voiced reservation over the army's step during an interview with OTV.

"I was informed by the Army Command, through Brig. Gen. Amer al-Hasan, that the army will take measures and he asked me whether we have a problem with that and I said no," Eid said.

"But I want to ask the Army Command: why do things always start from Jabal Mohsen while nothing has been done on the other frontier," he added.

Security sources told MTV later on Tuesday that the removal of barricades and sandbags from Jabal Mohsen will be followed by the removal of barricades from Bab al-Tabbaneh and all frontiers.

Future TV said "some army troops were maimed in a clash with gunnies in Jabal Mohsen."

Earlier on Tuesday, Tripoli MP Mohammed Kabbara gave a 48-hour ultimatum for the state to control the situation in Tripoli.

"The residents of the city will have to defend themselves if the battles continued," Kabbara said after heading a meeting for the National Islamic Gathering.

The politician accused 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...
, Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Miqati and Army Commander Gen. Jean Qahwaji of cooperating with the regime of Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Supressor of the Damascenes...
"We call on officials to assume their responsibilities as it is their task to maintain the country's unity and the safety of its residents," Kabbara told news hounds.

The statement issued by the attendees expressed surprise that the security deterioration in Tripoli is ongoing despite all the appeals to end the chaos.

"The army should respond to snipers by firing at them and not just giving them warning gunshots," the MP said.
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White House Condemns 'Nasrallah's Game in Syria'
[An Nahar] The White House on Tuesday condemned Hizbullah's involvement in Syria's war, expressing that the party's leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah is "playing a dangerous game," as the Free Syrian Army threatened to move the battle to Leb.
Major tut-tuttery here...
"We are deeply concerned by the continued fighting in (the Syrian border town of) al-Qusayr and condemn the indiscriminate killing of civilians by Assad's forces and his proxies, including Hizbullah fighters," White House front man Jay Carney said.
"How concerned?"
"Deeply concerned."

Carney raised disquiet about the recent spillover of violence into Leb, which he said could spark risks of regional instability.
Right. The Muddle East. Instability. Who'da ever thunkit?
"Nasrallah is playing a dangerous game by sending fighters to support Assad in Syria," the front man remarked.

He elaborated: "Hasan Nasrallah is risking Leb's stability and the security of the Lebanese people in order to preserve Assad's rule."

Carney reiterated the United States' support for Leb's policy of dissociation from the conflict in Syria.

"We urge all parties to avoid actions that will involve the Lebanese people in the conflict."

...back at the comedy club, Boogie sadly admitted that he was a better peeping Tom than he was a comedian...
the Washington-based al-Hurra television station announced on Tuesday that the FSA informed the United Nations
...where theory meets practice and practice loses...
that it plans on moving the fight against Hizbullah from Syria to Leb "if the party does not stop its invasion of Syrian territories."

Al-Arabiya television had reported earlier that the party on Tuesday held funerals for four fighters who died in Syria's battles.

The military support of Hizbullah has helped Syrian regime forces gain the upper hand in the battle for control of Qusayr, a key town for both the regime and the krazed killers, where an army assault began last month, amid a Lebanese, regional and international outcry.
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Geagea: Hizbullah Is Getting out of Control
[An Nahar] Lebanese Forces
A Christian political party founded by Bashir Gemayel, who was then bumped off when he was elected president of Leb...
leader Samir Geagea
... Geagea was imprisoned by the Syrians and their puppets for 11 years in a dungeon in the third basement level of the Lebanese Ministry of Defense. He was released after the Cedar Revolution in 2005 ...
stated on Tuesday that Hizbullah is "getting out of control," urging the president of the republic and the premier-designate to "announce that they are in charge of things."

"We are in front of two options which are either to go along with Hizbullah or to act taking into consideration the Lebanese people's higher interests through the formation of a salvation cabinet," Geagea said in an interview with the Central News Agency.

He elaborated: "Hizbullah has become out of control and totally believes in what it is doing. All its strategic considerations have become linked to Iran."

"But Hizbullah will not succeed in making the Lebanese people submissive."

"We must reform the constitutional institutions in Leb, on top of this is forming a salvation cabinet to secure Leb's higher interest. A salvation cabinet can save the country."

Geagea urged Suleiman, PM-designate Tamman Salam and Speaker Nabih Knobby Berri
Speaker of the Lebanese parliament, a member of AMAL, a not very subtle Hizbullah sock puppet...
to "assume their responsibilities in this matter."

"The situation cannot take any further postponement."

The LF leader slammed any initiative to hold dialogue session as "unreal."

"We wish that the security events happening in Leb can be resolved through dialogue. The Lebanese factions convened in national dialogue sessions about a year ago and we agreed on a a very important accord which is the Baabda Declaration," Geagea said.

"But this accord remained only ink on papers."
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#1  The perspicacity of these people is something else.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/05/2013 3:07 Comments || Top||

#2  The amassed wisdom of the Phoenician Empire.
Posted by: Dopey Sinatra9196 || 06/05/2013 15:56 Comments || Top||

#3  Getting?
Posted by: Barbara || 06/05/2013 19:32 Comments || Top||

Meqdad Says Hizbullah Fighters Set to Storm Aleppo
[An Nahar] Free Syrian Army's Political and Media Coordinator Louay Meqdad revealed on Tuesday that there are currently around 4,000 Hizbullah members fighting alongside the Syrian regime in Aleppo.

The pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat quoted Meqdad as saying that the fighters are deployed in the Academy of Military Engineering near the province of Aleppo.

He pointed out that the fighters are getting ready to storm the province, which the opposition controls more than half of it.

Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah has promised his fighters will help deliver "victory" in the battle, seen as pivotal in Syria's drawn out civil war in which more than 94,000 people have died.

Syrian rebel chief Salim Idriss warned last week that if Hizbullah fighters do not stop their aggression in Syria within 24 hours, "we will take all measures to hunt" them, "even in hell."

Hizbullah's men are fighting alongside Syrian government troops in a fierce battle to retake the strategic Syrian town of Qusayr from mostly Sunni rebels.

The party, a close ally of Iran and the Syrian regime, has already lost dozens of its men in the battle for Qusayr.
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Fabius Says 'All Options on the Table' after Confirming Sarin Gas Used
[An Nahar] French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Tuesday that Gay Paree had solid proof that Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad's
Horror of Homs...
regime was using sarin gas in the Syrian conflict, adding "all options" are on the table.

"We have no doubt that the gas is being used..the laboratory tests are clear," he said on television after French laboratory tests on blood and hair samples from Syria pointed to the use of sarin gas.

"There is no doubt that the regime and its accomplices" are using them, he added.

"A line has been indisputably breached. We will hold talks with our partners on what we must do and all options are on the table," to decide "whether to react, including in an armed manner," Fabius said.

"But we are not there yet," Fabius said, referring to armed intervention.

"We must react but at the same time we must not block an eventual peace conference," he said, referring to U.S.- and Russia-backed efforts to get the rebels to join peace talks in Geneva.

Fabius did not give any details of where or by whom the sarin had been used but said it had taken place "several times in a localized manner".

Diplomats said the unidentified samples tested by the French laboratory had come from two locations: a suburb of Damascus and Saraqeb in the northwest of the country.

The samples from near Damascus were brought back to La Belle France by two Le Monde journalists who reported the use of chemical weapons in the area in mid-April.

Fabius said he had transferred his results to the United Nations
...an idea whose time has gone...
, which is seeking to establish whether chemical weapons have been used in Syria.

...back at the argument, Jane reached into her purse for her .38...
the White House said Tuesday it needed more evidence before declaring formally that sarin gas has been used in Syria.
The Axis of Weasels now runs through Washington D.C.
"We need to expand the evidence we have ... before we make any decision," front man Jay Carney said, alluding to President Barack Obama's
Jedi mind meld...
stated position that use of the deadly nerve agent would be a "game-changer" for Washington.
Right. Tic Tac Toe gives way to Ring Around the Rosie.
U.N. Sherlocks said earlier they had "reasonable grounds" to believe both sides in Syria used chemical weapons.
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IIUC, FRANCE is claiming that Baby Assad's Boyz used Sarin "at least one time" agz the Rebels, while there are various MSM-Net Repos claming that the Rebs themselves may had used it severally - IOW, ITS OKAY FOR THE REBS TO USE SARIN = WMDS, BUT NOT BABY ASSAD???

The above isn't gonna wash wid Assad's backers, namely Russia + China + even Iran.

Russia + China read, UNO = UN SECURITY COUNCIL.

As below ...


Posted by: JosephMendiola || 06/05/2013 1:21 Comments || Top||

#2  Sarin was Saddam's WMD weapon of choice.

Posted by: Besoeker || 06/05/2013 8:55 Comments || Top||

Iran's only working nuclear reactor damaged by earthquakes
[FOXNEWS] Several countries monitoring Iran's nuclear program have picked up information that the country's only power-producing nuclear reactor was damaged by one or more of several recent earthquakes, with long cracks appearing in at least one section of the structure, two diplomats said Tuesday.

Iran is under U.N. sanctions for refusing to stop nuclear programs that could be used to make weapons, even as it insists it has no such plans.

Its Bushehr nuclear plant is not considered a proliferation threat. But some nations are concerned about how safe it is. Iran has refused to join an international nuclear safety convention and persistent technical problems have shut the plant for lengthy periods since it started up in September 2011 after years of construction delays.

Reports of the ineffective International Atomic Energy Agency in February and May said the agency had been informed by the Iranians that the facility was shut down, without specifying why.

Kuwait and other Arab countries are only a few hundred miles away from Iran's Bushehr reactor, which is on the Persian Gulf coast, and are particularly worried about the safety of the Russian-built reactor. 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 the Soddy national face...
mentioned Bushehr as a safety concern on Tuesday at a session of the Vienna-based IAEA's 35-nation board.
Posted by: Fred || 06/05/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336062 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Iran is dangerous to environment---can we nuke it?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/05/2013 3:14 Comments || Top||

#2  Halliburton's "Horizontal Deep Seismic Massager"?
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 06/05/2013 7:48 Comments || Top||

#3  Fracking possibly? Could have been Halliburton's Pneumatic Vertical Crawler (PVC) ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/05/2013 7:58 Comments || Top||

#4  Halliburton Quake Division - a little more to the left
Posted by: Frank G || 06/05/2013 8:10 Comments || Top||

#5  Allah doesn't like them.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 06/05/2013 8:53 Comments || Top||

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