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US suspends F-35 deliveries to Turkey over Russian S-400 deal
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Afghanistan
Cold homecoming for Afghans paid by Iran to fight in Syria
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Too poor to even buy pens and notebooks for school, Mehdi left his home in Afghanistan soon after his 17th birthday and headed to Iran, hoping to make his way to Europe
...also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
and find work.

Instead, Mehdi ended up fighting in Syria’s civil war, a conflict he had nothing to do with, 2,000 km from home. He was one of tens of thousands of Afghans recruited, paid and trained by Iran to fight in support of Tehran’s ally, Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: Fred || 04/02/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  we should be not completely upset if Iran decides to finance a Shiite insurgency in Afghanistan

plenty of Iran's proxies would die and so would a few Taliban and ISIS who are encamped in shia areas of Afgh.

unfortunately a lot of civilians would also die and be made even more miserable than they are now
Posted by: lord garth || 04/02/2019 12:19 Comments || Top||


Taliban lashing women who violated Islamic Sharia
[TWITTER]

Posted by: Fred || 04/02/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6472 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Move along. Nothing to see here. Just noble brown people practicing their quaint indigenous customs.
Posted by: SteveS || 04/02/2019 16:01 Comments || Top||

#2  The guy with the pie crust on his head would probably bawl like a little girl if he was the one kneeling...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 04/02/2019 16:20 Comments || Top||

#3  It looks like the beater’s arm is getting tired as he proceeds with the exercise. It also appears, and perhaps I am misreading the situation, that each woman’s hands are being held by her husband or male relative, not by the Taiban official for handholding.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/02/2019 21:34 Comments || Top||


Africa North
Algeria protests: president to quit before end of mandate’
[PRESSTV] Apparently running out of concessions to angry protesters, Algeria’s president says he is to resign before his mandate runs out towards the end of this month.

The official Algeria Press Service carried the statement issued by Abdelaziz Bouteflika
... 10th president-for-life of Algeria. He was elected in 1999 and is currently on his third or fourth term. Maybe it's the fifth....
’s office on Monday.

Bouteflika would resign "before April 28, 2019" after "important decisions" are taken, the statement read. He would take "steps to ensure state institutions continue to function during the transition period," it added.

Protests erupted countrywide in February after the 82-year-old announced a decision to contest a fifth term in upcoming presidential elections.

Protesters say they disapprove of the country’s old political system, which is dominated by veterans of the 1954-1962 independence war against La Belle France, who include the president himself.

Opponents have also cited suspicion that the president was being kept in office to protect the grip of the military and business elite.

As the protests grew, Bouteflika said he would drop his re-election bid and usher in reforms aimed at handing over the country’s affairs to the "new generation."

Posted by: Fred || 04/02/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Arabia
Saudi Arabia executes four people for drug trafficking, including 2 Pakistanis
[DAWN] 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...
's interior ministry said four people were executed on Monday for drug trafficking, including one woman, bringing to 53 the number of people put to death this year.

Two Pak men, a Yemeni man and a Nigerian woman were executed in the holy city of Makkah, the ministry said in statements carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.

Fifty-three people have been executed in the kingdom since the beginning of the year, according to a count based on official data released by SPA.

The ultra-conservative kingdom has one of the world's highest execution rates, with those convicted of terrorism, homicide, rape, armed robbery and drug trafficking facing the death penalty
.

Posted by: Fred || 04/02/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Saudi Arabia


Bangladesh
Bangladesh former PM Zia sent to hospital from prison
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] An official says Bangladesh opposition leader and former Prime Minister the loathesome Khaleda Zia
Three-term PM of Bangla, widow of deceased dictator Ziaur Rahman, head of the Bangla Nationalist Party, an apparent magnet for corruption ...
is being treated in a state hospital after being taken there from the centuries-old jail where she has been imprisoned since a corruption conviction.

The director of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Brig. Gen. A.K. Mahbubul Hoque, says Zia’s condition is not life-threatening but there were complications.

The 73-year-old leader has been in jail since February 2018, when she was sentenced to five years in prison for alleged corruption in the establishment of an orphanage fund when she was prime minister from 1991 to 1996.

The High Court later extended her sentence to 10 years.

Posted by: Fred || 04/02/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under:


Europe
Danish parties agree to strip ‘ISIS children' of citizenship
[VOE] n a landmark decision between the government and its right-wing allies, Denmark won’t recognize "ISIS children" as Danish nationals, and will make it easier to revoke citizenship from their terrorist parents in absentia, with no court involved.

The children of Denmark’s jihadists who left their country to join the terrorists’ cause in the Middle East will no longer be automatically granted Danish citizenship, according to a new agreement between the government and the right-wing Danish People’s Party.

Integration Minister Inger Støjberg of the ruling liberal-conservative party Venstre, said the practice of automatically granting citizenship must end.

"They are born to parents who have turned their backs on Denmark, and therefore should not belong in Denmark", Støjberg told Danish Radio.

The Danish People’s Party’s spokesman Christian Langballe welcomed this step, stressing that it is consistent with his party’s wishes.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/02/2019 05:50 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6480 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


The Grand Turk
Pentagon stops deliveries of F-35 parts, manuals to Turkey
[FoxNews] Acting Pentagon spokesman Charles Summers Jr "The United States has suspended deliveries and activities associated with the stand-up of Turkey's F-35 operational capability"
About time we acted.

From Wikipedia, an explanation why we file Turkish government actions under Sublime Porte rather than Muslim Brotherhood:
Sublime Porte

The Sublime Porte, also known as the Ottoman Porte or High Porte (Ottoman Turkish: باب عالی‎ Bāb-ı Ālī or Babıali, from Arabic: باب‎, bāb "gate" and Arabic: عالي‎, alī "high"), was a synecdochic metonym for the central government of the Ottoman Empire.

The name has its origins in the old Oriental practice in which the ruler announced his official decisions and judgements at the gate of his palace.[1] This was the practice in the Byzantine Empire and it was also adopted by Ottoman Turk sultans since Orhan I, and therefore the palace of the sultan, or the gate leading to it, became known as the "High Gate". This name referred first to a palace in Bursa, Turkey. After the Ottomans had conquered Constantinople, now Istanbul, the gate now known as the Imperial Gate (Turkish: Bâb-ı Hümâyûn), leading to the outermost courtyard of the Topkapı Palace, first became known as the "High Gate", or the "Sublime Porte".[1][2]

When Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent sealed an alliance with King Francis I of France in 1536, the French diplomats walked through the monumental gate then known as Bab-ı Ali (now Bâb-ı Hümâyûn) in order to reach the Vizierate of Constantinople, seat of the Sultan's government.[citation needed] French being the language of diplomacy, the French translation Sublime Porte (the adjective being unusually placed ahead of the word to emphasise its importance) was soon adopted in most other European languages, including English, to refer not only to the actual gate but as a metaphor for the Ottoman Empire.
Posted by: Injun Bucket8891 || 04/02/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6488 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  Good. Now start the ending of the base operations.
Posted by: DarthVader || 04/02/2019 8:41 Comments || Top||

#2  Shoulda sent them Mopar parts & manuals instead, then blame an Obama Admin. holdover.
Posted by: Raj || 04/02/2019 9:40 Comments || Top||


Erdogan's ruling party suffers major defeat in Turkey's local polls
[PRESSTV] Ottoman Turkish President Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan the First
... Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him. It's a sin, a shame, and a felony to insult the president of Turkey...
's ruling party has suffered heavy losses in nationwide local elections, a sign that rising levels of unemployment and the backlash from last year's currency crisis are starting to take their toll on his years-long domination over The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the most dubious NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A cautionary tale of cost-benefit analysis....
ally....

's politics.

Turks voted to elect scores of mayors, city council members, and other local officials on Sunday, in what the Ottoman Turkish head of state had described as a matter of "survival" for the country and his Justice and Development Party (AKP), which has ruled Turkey for more than 16 years.

Initial vote counts reported by Ottoman Turkish media show that the AKP has lost the mayoral race in the capital Ankara to the opposition Republican People’s party (CHP), a first in the past 25 years.

With 99 percent of the ballot boxes counted, Mansur Yavas, the candidate of the opposition alliance, was winning with 50.89 percent of the votes in the capital while the AKP was lagging behind with 47.06 percent, state-run Anadolu news agency reported, citing preliminary results.

The CHP also claimed victory over AKP in its Aegean coastal stronghold of Izmir, the country's third largest city.

Things did not look well for the AKP in Istanbul either as Supreme Election Board (YSK) chairman Sadi Guven said Monday morning that Imamoglu was in the lead by around 28,000 votes.

Earlier, mayoral candidates from both parties claimed victory in Istanbul.

AKP candidate and former Prime Minister Binali Yildirim claimed early victory but Imamoglu disputed the claim and projected himself as the winner, accusing Yildirim of "manipulation" by declaring victory.

The ruling party's officials said they would challenge thousands of ballots in Istanbul and Ankara.

The results are considered a heavy blow to the AKP, which under Erdogan's leadership has won every election since it first came to power in 2002.

The people have voted in favor of democracy. They have chosen democracy," said CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu.

Posted by: Fred || 04/02/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Home Front: WoT
Trial Begins for ex-U.S. Cop who Fatally Shot Australian Woman
[AnNahar] Jury selection began Monday in the murder trial of a former Minnesota police officer who fatally shot an unarmed Australian woman in 2017, provoking outrage in the United States and in the victim's home country.

Police say Mohammed Noor shot Justine Damond in Minneapolis in July 2017 while in the passenger seat of his police car. She had approached the cruiser after calling police to report a possible rape in the dark alley behind her home. Damond was shot once in the abdomen and died at the scene.
It’s odd that Mr. Noor chose this particular line of work. According to his neighbours, he is by nature ill tempered and jumpy, and dislikes women, children at play, and African-Americans.
Noor was fired from the police force and charged with second-degree and third-degree murder, as well as second-degree manslaughter.

He has pleaded not guilty
"Wudn't me."
The murder charges carry sentences of up to 25 years for the second-degree charge and up to 10 years for the third-degree.

The prosecution has claimed Noor acted unreasonably -- shooting at someone he did not clearly see, while his partner was in the line of fire.

Noor's attorneys have indicated they plan to mount a self-defense argument. Attorney Tom Plunkett has said his client "acted as he has been trained and consistent with established departmental policy."

- NOOR'S WORK HISTORY BARRED -
Dozens of prospective jurors were given initial instructions Monday and handed questionnaires. Court proceedings ended by late morning and were scheduled to resume Wednesday.

The presiding judge, Kathryn Quaintance, has barred prosecutors from presenting evidence of Noor's past work history. That history includes an incident in which Noor allegedly pointed a gun at a motorist during a traffic stop, and occasionally refused to respond to police calls,
...wait — WHUT?!
according to The Minneapolis Star Tribune newspaper.

Minnesota Public Radio reported that Noor was deemed "asocial and socially introverted" in his pre-employment psychological test, but that there were no signs of disqualifying mental illness.

Damond's killing caused international outrage. The 40-year-old Australian had moved to the United States to marry her American fiance, Don Damond, whose name she had already legally adopted, changing from her maiden name Ruszczyk. Her Australian relatives and the country's government demanded an explanation, while protests in Minneapolis led to the resignation of the city's police chief.

Across the country, prosecutors have had difficulty securing convictions against officers accused of wrongful shootings that often include racial overtones. Trials have mostly resulted in hung juries or acquittals, which at times have caused civil unrest in American cities.

Another Minnesota officer, Jeronimo Yanez, was fired from his job but acquitted after fatally shooting black motorist Philando Castile in 2016.

There were several days of protests in Saint Louis, Missouri in 2017, after a judge concluded there was not enough evidence to convict former officer Jason Stockley for shooting Anthony Lamar Smith after a 2011 car chase.

In reliably Democrat Chicago, aka The Windy City or Mobtown
... home of Al Capone, a succession of Daleys, Barak Obama, and Rahm Emmanuel,...
, Jason Van Dyke was convicted of murder for killing black teen Laquan McDonald. The 17-year-old was shot 16 times, with most of those bullets striking him after he fell to the ground.
It looks like the outrage when he is convicted is already dialed in: only racists would convict a “black” policeman of killing a white woman.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/02/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6516 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  ...Reflect upon this for a moment, Good Rantburgers: the city of Minneapolis was bound and determined through Hell or High Water to get a Somali cop on the force...and this guy was the best they could do.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 04/02/2019 4:24 Comments || Top||

#2  Somalians are useless at everything civilised.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 04/02/2019 4:48 Comments || Top||

#3  The Joe Biden method of 'self defense' - fire blindly at any noise, real or imagined

works every time!
Posted by: Bob Grorong1136 || 04/02/2019 6:58 Comments || Top||

#4  "acted as he has been trained and consistent with established departmental policy."

Would seem to not bar his bad work practices and habits. They should be front and center
Posted by: Frank G || 04/02/2019 7:11 Comments || Top||

#5  Shooting across the driver from the passenger seat in absence of a defined threat doesn't seem at all well-trained. Lucky his partner still has a nose.

This is an example of what peeves me about affirmative action - jiggering the selection and standards in order to get the 'correct' numeric results. When the outcome is people who can't do the job, the public suffers.

As tw and Mike point out, this guy seems particularly ill-suited to be a cop.

Posted by: SteveS || 04/02/2019 9:08 Comments || Top||

#6  This is an example of what peeves me about affirmative action - jiggering the selection and standards in order to get the 'correct' numeric results.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/02/2019 9:14 Comments || Top||

#7  This PENIS W/ears shouldn't EVEN be in USA. With his beliefs he should have NOTHING to do with normal Americans . Whom ever is responsible for his hire should be made an accomplice to the murder. IMO
Posted by: ranture || 04/02/2019 9:25 Comments || Top||

#8  "U.S. cop" my ass!
Posted by: Raj || 04/02/2019 9:44 Comments || Top||

#9  Somalians are useless at everything civilised.

I know a couple Somali guys in the engineering field and they're pretty good.

They, and their families, left the homelands a couple decades ago though.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 04/02/2019 10:55 Comments || Top||

#10  I know a couple Somali guys in the engineering field and they're pretty good.

It's that bell curve thing. Just because most are clumped somewhere in the middle doesn't mean the extremes are uninhabited. People are individuals, not clones like hive insects.

They, and their families, left the homelands a couple decades ago though.

Culture matters.
Posted by: SteveS || 04/02/2019 11:03 Comments || Top||

#11  On death row: "Bad timing dude. Jussie Smollett got the free pass just before your trial started. Step this way..."

Yeah, I know MN doesn't have the death penalty, but it's a nice fantasy...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 04/02/2019 11:57 Comments || Top||

#12  It's that bell curve thing.
combined with...
Culture matters.

and the $hit happens attitude.

Some cultures are especially good at populating the left end of that curve.
Posted by: AlanC || 04/02/2019 12:17 Comments || Top||

#13  Ex-US Cop, meaning he should be ex-United States.

Like, deported.
Posted by: Bobby || 04/02/2019 15:32 Comments || Top||

#14  #6 Besoeker, that's a picture of a Kenyan.
Posted by: gorb || 04/02/2019 16:01 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Fazl musters support for Islamabad sit-in
[DAWN] SARGODHA: Jamaat Ulema-e-Islam
...the political wing of the Pak Taliban...
chief Maulana Fazalur Rehman has launched a campaign to motivate his supporters for the `million march’ he has planned against the government.

"The present regime is a product of rigging. It is following the agenda of foreign lobby and destroying cultural heritage and religious assets of the nation. Therefore, we have decided to launch a million march to get rid of this fascist
...anybody not a leftist...
government," he told a news conference on Sunday.

He said the JUI-F was motivating all opposition parties to join its proposed sit-in in Islamabad. He said PPP Co-Chairperson Asif Ali Ten Percent Zardari
... husband of the late Benazir Bhutto
... 11th Prime Minister of Pakistain in two non-consecutive terms from 1988 until 1990 and 1993 until 1996. She was the daughter of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, founder of the Pakistain People's Party, who was murdered at the instigation of General Ayub Khan. She was murdered in her turn by person or persons unknown while campaigning in late 2007. Suspects include, to note just a few, Baitullah Mehsud, General Pervez Musharraf, the ISI, al-Qaeda in Pakistain, and her husband, Asif Ali Zardari, who shows remarkably little curiosity about who done her in...
, who has been singularly lacking in curiosity about who done her in ...

will support the move.

He said that those who had been abusing the parliament in the past were fooling the nation by their false statements and had not given up the style of abusing opposition. "Therefore, people have realised the fact that this party will rather ruin the entire set-up through its foul play."

Fazl said that his party’s move against the present regime was to make it to enforce Islamic Shariah in the country and frustrate the evil agenda of Jewish lobby. He said present regime was promoting nepotism and obscenity beside fooling the nation on oil and gas reserves. .

He said Prime Minister Imran Khan
... aka Taliban Khan, who ain't the sharpest bulb on the national tree...
was misusing his authority by doing the politics of Dire Revenge. He regretted that he planned to unite all parties against rigging and malpractices in general elections but none bothered to join hands but now those who brought Imran Khan into power had realised their mistake.

"I will convince all political parties to unite and join him at the Islamabad sit-in to save the country from collapse and for revival of true democracy."

After his presser, Fazl addressed a gathering at Fatima Jinnah Road and sounded optimism for a considerable support for the sit-in which he said would remain peaceful.He said the 18th Amendment was introduced for the best interest of provinces and all political parties would resist government move to scrap it.

He said the JUI-F would gather at Bab-e-Khyber on April 21 and in Mansehra
...a city and an eponymous district in eastern Khyber-Pakthunwa, nestled snug up against Pak Kashmir, with Kohistan and Diamir to the north and Abbottabad to the south...
on April 28 before moving to Islamabad for a "historic million march."

Posted by: Fred || 04/02/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6469 views] Top|| File under: Jamaat-e-Ulema Islami


Iraq
Peshmerga salaries will come from Baghdad: Iraqi MP
[Rudaw] The Kurdistan Regional Government’s Peshmerga ministry is waiting for procedures between the Iraqi Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Finance to finish in order for Peshmerga salaries to be sent by Baghdad.

"Baghdad has promised to send the money," Chief of Staff of the Ministry of Peshmerga Jabar Yawar told Rudaw.

In the past, the Kurdistan Region often complained to the consecutive governments in Baghdad that failure to send Peshmerga salaries was a violation of the Iraqi constitution.

But the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi reached an initial agreement for the problem. The deal finally led to the approval of the 2019 budget in which 68 billion dinars has been allocated for monthly Peshmerga salaries.

The Finance Committee in the Iraqi parliament initially asked for 120 billion dinars ($100.6 million) to be allocated for Peshmerga salaries monthly, but Baghdad didn’t approve it, explained member Ahmad Haji Rashid. Kurdish MPs settled for 100 billion dinars.

"Now they have allocated 68 billion dinars ($57 million) monthly in the [budget] law," Rashid claimed.

Efforts are underway to professionalize Peshmerga forces and command both internally and externally.
Previous Iraqi governments under PMs Nouri al-Maliki and Haider al-Abadi refused to send Peshmerga salaries on the pretext the Peshmerga payroll was unclear and inflated.

"It is the first time Peshmerga salaries are fixed in the Iraqi budget law. And this is a guarantee that these salaries will be sent to the Kurdistan Region monthly," Rashid said.

Salaries have not been sent yet because of outstanding issues between the Iraqi Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Peshmerga, according to Parliament Finance Committee member Ahmad Safaar.

"There is dialogue and exchange of opinions between both ministries aiming at reaching a better mutual understanding between them. Then the 68 billion dinars will be monthly sent along with employee salaries," Safaar said.

After the Iraqi budget law for 2019 was approved by the parliament, the Iraqi Ministry of Finance asked the Ministry of Peshmerga to submit a letter detailing Peshmerga salaries.

"We have sent a letter to the Iraqi Ministry of Defense regarding this and we are prepared for any coordination and cooperation in an attempt to give them a clearer idea about Peshmerga forces or anything else they want explained so that they send Peshmerga salaries. But they haven’t asked us for anything yet," Yawar said.

The Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga are constitutionally enshrined as an element of the Iraqi Security Forces. In reality, the Peshmerga have their own chain of command ‐ separate from the Iraqi forces.

Collaboration between Iraqi and Peshmerga forces reached its precipice during the djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
offensive against the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(ISIS) in 2016 and 2017.

However,
death is not the end. There remains the litigation over the estate...
some Peshmerga clashed with Iraqi paramilitias during the federal takeover of Kirkuk and all disputed areas or Kurdistani areas claimed by Erbil and Baghdad.

Efforts are underway to professionalize Peshmerga forces and command both internally and externally.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/02/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
PA stops referring Palestinian patients to Israeli hospitals
Now that they’ve forfeited the tax money because they insist on providing pensions to terrorists, they can’t afford Israel’s world class medicine. The heart bleeds. Or burns, anyway.
[IsraelTimes] The Paleostinian Authority Health Ministry has stopped referring Paleostinians in the West Bank and the Gazoo Strip to Israeli hospitals, a Paleostinian official confirmed on Monday.

Government-affiliated and independent Paleostinian news outlets first reported late last week that the PA ceased referring Paleostinians to Israeli hospitals.

"We will no longer refer patients to Israeli hospitals because Israel has been overcharging us for medical services and taking funds for medical bills without our permission," PA Health Ministry front man Osama al-Najjar told The Times of Israel.

The PA has long paid for most medical bills of Paleostinians, whom it refers to Israeli hospitals to receive treatment that Paleostinian hospitals do not have the resources to provide. According to Najjar, in the past year, the PA sent some 50,000 Paleostinians to Israeli hospitals.

Najjar said the Israeli Finance Ministry, which deducts funds for medical bills from taxes that the Jewish state collects every month on behalf of the PA, has declined to discuss possible solutions with Ramallah.

"We told Israeli officials that we want to find a solution for this issue, but they refused," he said, stating that the PA has paid some $100 million in the past year to Israel for healthcare bills. "So we decided to make this decision. We cannot allow Israel to take our money against our will."
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/02/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6469 views] Top|| File under: Palestinian Authority

#1  Life's hard, it's harder when your stupid.
Posted by: AlanC || 04/02/2019 7:29 Comments || Top||

#2  I imagine for Israelis it's like not having your ER swamped with illegals.
Posted by: Frank G || 04/02/2019 8:34 Comments || Top||

#3  @Frank G
The NHS experience
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 04/02/2019 11:09 Comments || Top||

#4  Sending them to Iran instead?
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/02/2019 14:18 Comments || Top||


Palestinians See Little Hope in Israeli Elections
The view from the Arab side of the aisle:
[AnNahar] Tayseer Barakat is like many Paleostinians when asked about the upcoming Israeli elections. He doesn't see much hope.

"We have learned from past experience that we are always the victims of Israeli elections, and it doesn't seem there will be anything new," said 58-year-old Barakat.

"It is more than likely there will be no meaningful changes, despite our hopes that there will be something new to change the situation," he added as he walked with bags of groceries in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/02/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under:

#1  There's just zero agency by muzzies, they just seem to expect civilised people to make the place better for them.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 04/02/2019 4:10 Comments || Top||

#2  Could've just left it at: "We have learned from past strategy experience that we are always the victims"
Posted by: Frank G || 04/02/2019 7:08 Comments || Top||

#3  "It is more than likely there will be no meaningful changes, despite our hopes that there will be something new to change the situation,"

"Our Hopes" as opposed to "the great steps we have taken towards peace". When reading The Arab Mind, one of the (many!) things that struck me was the idea that talking about something was the same as actually doing it. I see it again and again in the ME where loud bloviation and mustache-cursing takes the place of concrete action.
Posted by: SteveS || 04/02/2019 9:22 Comments || Top||


#Israel has expanded the fishing zone off of the #GazaStrip to 22kms-28kms
[TWITTER]

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Egyptian delegation left the #Gaza strip to #Israel
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Factions in #Gaza threaten immediate escalation, rockets deep into Israel if Netanyahu does not grant additional concessions
[TWITTER]
Incendiary Balloon Lands In Sderot, Police Investigates

[Jpost] An alert citizen living in the southern city of Sderot noticed an incendiary balloon that landed in the city and called the authorities, the Police spokesperson said on Monday. A sapper was dispatched to defuse the explosive.

Reports: Islamic Jihad planning large Gaza attack to derail ceasefire talks

[IsraelTimes] Israeli defense officials on Monday warned that the Paleostinian Islamic Jihad
...created after many members of the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah...
appeared to be planning to conduct a large-scale terror attack on the Gazoo border in order to derail ongoing ceasefire negotiations between Israel and Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason,, according to two Hebrew media reports.

The unnamed officials told Paleostinian affairs correspondents from the Ynet news site and Channel 14 television station that members of the Iran-backed group had been seen conducting "suspicious activities" near the security fence over the past day.

Paleostinian Islamic Jihad is the second-most powerful terror group in the Gazoo Strip, after the coastal enclave’s de facto rulers, Hamas, though it is believed to have a slightly larger arsenal of rockets and mortar shells, mostly locally manufactured varieties based on Iranian designs.

The group is also suspected of being responsible for a barrage of rockets fired at southern Israel in the predawn hours of Sunday morning, which struck open fields in the Eshkol region, causing neither injury nor damage.

According to Monday’s reports, the PIJ operatives along the border appeared to be preparing for some kind of an attack, though the details were unclear. The anonymous officials said it could be the firing of an anti-tank guided missile at Israeli troops; a large-scale improvised bomb attack; or some type of cross-border assault.

According to the anonymous officials, the Paleostinian Islamic Jihad’s Beirut-based leadership appeared to be trying to derail these ongoing ceasefire efforts with rocket fire and its planned attack along the border.

On Sunday afternoon, a mortar shell was launched from Gazoo toward Israel but it failed to clear the border and landed inside the Strip.
Ynet adds:
In recent hours, Israeli security officials have identified unusual activity by members of the Islamic Jihad's military wing in several locations along the Israel-Gazoo border fence. This activity could be an attempt to fire a missile such as a Kornet at an Israeli target, place explosive charges along the fence or even attempt to break through the fence to carry out a significant attack inside Israeli territory.

These preparations are being carried out under the nose of the Egyptian mediators, and as far as is known, Hamas is not even aware of this activity. It appears that the instructions for carrying out the attack were given to the group's military wing by the Beirut office of Islamic Jihad leader Ziad Nahala.

It is still not entirely clear why Islamic Jihad is interested in bringing about the total collapse of the arrangement currently being brokered by Egypt. It is possible that this is the organization's way of expressing dissatisfaction at what they are receiving as part of the agreement, or could be a directive from Iran, which funds Jihad, aimed at destroying the arrangement. Islamic Jihad is also responsible for the six rockets fired at the Gazoo border communities on Sunday morning.

Islamic Jihad denied the IDF claim. "There is no truth to these reports. From time to time Israel tries to create confusion in the Paleostinian arena, but these attempts will fail," the group said in a statement.

Two senior Islamic Jihad figures - Daud Shihab and Khaled al-Batsh - are members of the extended committee in the Gazoo Strip that receives updates from Egyptian intelligence about the progress of the negotiations. It is unclear whether they too are part of the plan to scupper the arrangement via a major attack.

Negotiations for the arrangement between Israel and Hamas are being conducted by General Ahmed Abdel Khalek, who holds the Paleostinian portfolio in Egyptian Intelligence, and the UN's Middle East envoy, Nikolay Mladenov, who met Monday with Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh
...became Prime Minister after the legislative elections of 2006 which Hamas won. President Mahmoud Abbas dismissed Haniyeh from office on 14 June 2007 at the height of the Fatah-Hamas festivities, but Haniyeh did not acknowledge the decree and continues as the PM of Gazoo while Abbas maintains a separate PM in the West Bank...
at his home in the Shati refugee camp.

On the Hamas side, the negotiations are being handled by the group's Gazoo chief Yahya Sinwar, while the Israel side is headed by National Security Council chair Meir Ben-Shabbat. As part of the negotiations, two crossings from Israel to the Gazoo Strip - Erez and Kerem Shalom ‐ have been reopened, while the supply of diesel to operate the Gazoo power plant has been renewed through the latter.
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Science & Technology
ELINT spy satellite gives India ‘considerable advantage' over China & Pakistan
The EMISAT radar imaging reconnaissance satellite will allow India to “easily” unveil the electronic warfare capabilities of potential adversaries, thus giving it an edge over Pakistan and China, a military analyst told RT.

The EMISAT satellite, which was delivered to orbit by the Indian-made PSLV C-45 on Monday, is a counterpart of the American Lacrosse/Onyx spy satellite. Radar imaging reconnaissance satellites like these “intercept radio signals and identify which radio-electronic systems are used in the designated area,” establishing their location, schedule of operations, and the frequencies they use, Khodarenok explained.
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#1  Makes sense. Actual programmers versus technology parasites.
Posted by: Woodrow || 04/02/2019 10:07 Comments || Top||

#2  Indian Programmers? LOL
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Zarif: US waging ‘economic terrorism’ against Iran
[PRESSTV] Iran’s foreign minister says the US is waging "economic terrorism" against the Islamic Theocratic Republic by employing restrictive measures that are troubling the relief efforts targeting flood-stricken people across the country.
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Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted the remarks on Monday, saying the sanctions are "impeding aid efforts by Iranian Red Islamic Thingy to all communities devastated by unprecedented floods. Blocked equipment includes relief choppers."

"This isn't just economic warfare; it's economic TERRORISM," he added.

The United States under President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
left a multi-lateral nuclear deal with Iran in 2017. It later returned the sanctions that had been lifted under the accord.

Zarif also reminded that the economic restrictions, which Washington is deploying against Tehran under the banner of "maximum pressure" is "flouting UNSC Res 2231 & ICJ ruling."

The nuclear accord, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, has the UK, La Belle France, Russia, China, and Germany as its other signatories. It was ratified in the form of the United Nations
...an idea whose time has gone...
Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 2231 after conclusion in Vienna in July 2015.

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#1  Funny that, not wanting to sell rope to those who want to destroy us. If America's greedy leaders would only get a clue about China.
Posted by: Sonny Glimp8519 || 04/02/2019 5:40 Comments || Top||

#2  Economic terrorism as opposed to the blowing up Marine barracks and hostage-taking kind of terrorism?
Posted by: SteveS || 04/02/2019 8:51 Comments || Top||

#3  Maybe if they called it racist terrorism instead?
Posted by: gorb || 04/02/2019 14:15 Comments || Top||


Sydney man pleads with Australian gov’t to return home from Syria
[ALMASDARNEWS] A Sydney man is pleading to the Australian government to allow him to return home with his wife and three children after spending several years living in the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(ISIS/ISIS/IS/ISIS) occupied areas of Syria.

Mohammed Noor Masri, 26, told the Australian media on Sunday that he’s prepared to face a lengthy jail sentence in Australia for his "mistake" but wants his pregnant wife, who is also Australian, and their three young children, brought out of Syria.

Masri surrendered himself to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) last month after the latter besieged the Baghouz Camp inside the Deir Ezzor Governorate of eastern Syria.

The Australian national claimed that he never hurt anyone while living inside the ISIS-occupied areas, adding that he was misled when he moved to Syria a few years ago.

"[I feel] remorseful, regretful. I mean, people make mistakes. And you have to pay the price for your mistake," Masri said.

"What do I think should happen to me now? Whatever God decrees. I’m accepting of that."

"I would prefer to be prosecuted in Australia or under international law because you have things such as human rights
...which are usually entirely different from personal liberty...
and ... justice, so that would be the preferred option."

Masri insisted he traveled to Syria in January 2015 not as a terrorist but as a misguided devotee of a pure observance of Islam.

"I didn’t see the heads on spikes," he said, referring to the well-known practice in al-Raqqa’s main square.

"I didn’t see any heads or severed bodies and stuff like that. I wasn’t the type of person to be running around the shops too much ... and I don’t like to see beheadings. I don’t like to see those sort of scenes. Nor do I agree with it."

Masri said he worked in a hospital where his trade skills as a fridge and air-conditioning electrician were put to use.

Should Masri return to Australia, he will face at least ten years in prison for supporting a terrorist organization.
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Home Front: Culture Wars
From Gaza classrooms to the DNC, Palestinian female terrorists are all the rage
[IsraelTimes] Two-time PFLP hijacker Leila Khaled isn’t just lionized in the Arab world ‐ she’s regularly invited to speak in Europe. Now the American hard left is picking up her ideology.
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